May 11th, 2010
10:26 AM ET

Pope calls reality of sex abuse scandal 'terrifying'

Pope Benedict XVI made one of his strongest statements to date on the sex abuse scandal sweeping the Roman Catholic Church, saying Tuesday the reality he has seen is "terrifying."

And he distanced himself from criticism of the media by senior Vatican officials, saying the most important attacks on the church don't come from the outside, they come from the sins of the members of the church, CNN senior Vatican analyst John Allen said.

Benedict was speaking on his plane en route to Portugal, where he is making a four-day visit.

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May 11th, 2010
10:23 AM ET

Vice President Biden's son hospitalized

Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden - the son of Vice President Joe Biden - is currently undergoing treatment at Delaware's Christiana Medical Center, according to a statement from the vice president's office.

"He is alert, awake, and communicating with his parents and his wife, who are with him," the statement said.

The statement did not indicate the nature of Biden's illness.

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May 11th, 2010
10:22 AM ET

Spanish judge asks for leave amid investigation

A Spanish judge who brought cases against former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet and al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden but is now under criminal investigation has asked for a leave of absence, a national court spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Spain's Supreme Court is investigating Judge Baltasar Garzon for alleged abuse of power in his inquiry of human rights infractions during the rule of former Spanish dictator Francisco Franco. The court also is investigating Garzon amid allegations of wiretapping in a corruption scandal that has affected leaders of the main opposition conservative Popular Party.


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May 11th, 2010
09:44 AM ET

On the Radar: Tornadoes, oil safety, racial profiling

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Severe weather - Forecasters warned that another round of severe weather may hit Oklahoma on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after a storm system spawned multiple tornadoes that killed at least five people across the state. People in northern, western and southern Oklahoma should prepare for severe storms Tuesday afternoon and early evening, the National Weather Service said.

Oil safety hearings - Congressional hearings into the massive oil spill growing in the Gulf of Mexico will start Tuesday, as winds continue to push the crude closer to the Mississippi Delta. BP America President Lamar McKay and Transocean President Steven Newman will appear before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in the morning and then the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in the afternoon. BP leased from Transocean the oil rig that exploded off the Louisiana coast last month, starting the spill.


May 11th, 2010
08:47 AM ET

Lettuce recall expands in illness investigation

More romaine lettuce has been recalled amid an investigation into an outbreak of food-borne illness that has sickened at least 19 people in three states.


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May 11th, 2010
08:27 AM ET

Tuesday's live video events

9:00 am ET - Oil spill hearing - There will be a public hearing for the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the explosion, fire, pollution, and sinking of the Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit Deepwater Horizon.

9:00 am ET - Casey Anthony hearing - Attorneys argue over whether the death penalty should be on the table in the trial of Casey Anthony, the Florida mother accused of killing her daughter.


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May 11th, 2010
08:05 AM ET

Tuesday's intriguing people

Frank Pajaujis

The inventor from Boca Raton, Florida, says he knows how to clean up a lot of the oil spilled in the Gulf of Mexico.

WPBF-TV reports that Pajaujis has developed an oil-absorbing byproduct made from sugar cane fibers microbes that eat the oil.

"Microbes are like multiple Pac-Men chomping away at the oil, consuming the oil and the byproduct is humic material, which is dirt," Pajaujis said.

He also claims that the product is safe for fish and water. Pajaujis told CNN that he has sold the product to petroleum companies, to Eskimos and to golf courses. He is now trying to get the attention of BP officials dealing with the spill.

"We can't coat all areas of the Gulf, but we are ideal for the coastal areas," he said.


May 11th, 2010
06:44 AM ET

Suspected U.S. drones kill 14 militants

At least 24 suspected militants were killed Tuesday in two drone strikes in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region, officials said.


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May 11th, 2010
06:26 AM ET

World update: Aquino holds lead in Philippine vote

An update from London on some of the international stories we expect to develop on Tuesday:

Philippines election - The son of former President Corazon Aquino led contenders for the Philippines presidency Tuesday morning as authorities tabulated returns from the country's first national elections held with voting machines. Read the full story

UK election - British political parties resumed negotiations for a new government Tuesday, five days after the national election failed to produce a clear winner. Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who announced his intention to step down, was keeping a low profile Tuesday morning. Read the full story


May 11th, 2010
03:37 AM ET

Truck rams into D.C. museum, prompting bomb scare

A bomb squad was called after a delivery truck ran off the street Monday and rammed into a museum in the heart of Washington.

The UPS truck driver suffered serious but nonlife-threatening injuries, said Pete Piringer, a spokesman for the D.C. fire department.

The truck smashed into the front entrance of the Hirshhorn Museum. The museum does not appear to have any structural damage, authorities said.

Two blocks were cordoned off and a police bomb squad was called as a precaution. Authorities gave an all clear hours later when it was determined not to be a threat.

It was not immediately clear what caused the truck to crash.

The museum on National Mall displays modern and contemporary art. It opened in 1974, and is named after its founding donor, Joseph H. Hirshhorn.

Hirshhorn immigrated to New York from Latvia when he was age 8. He later became a financier, philanthropist and collector of modern art.

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May 11th, 2010
03:06 AM ET

No signs of criminal act in NYC ferry accident, official says

Federal authorities see no evidence of a crime in the State Island ferry crash that left dozens injured, a National Transportation Safety Board official said Monday.


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