May 17th, 2010
07:52 AM ET

On the Radar: Oil spill, Thai protests, pesticides and ADHD

Gulf oil spill - Almost a month after an oil well ruptured in the Gulf of Mexico, BP says its latest attempt at capping the gushing crude is working, while the Obama administration vows it won't rest until the company cleans up the spill and addresses its impact. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and BP America Chairman Lamar McKay will appear before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs at 2:30 p.m. Monday to assess the response to what some lawmakers are calling a "catastrophe."

Thai protesters - Thousands of anti-government protesters remain on the streets of downtown Bangkok, Thailand, as a deadline issued by Thai authorities to evacuate the area passes. On the scene in Bangkok, CNN's Sara Sidner reports tensions have reached a boiling point between both sides battling over the current political crisis. In the wake of the violence embassies have been closed and tourists have been advised to stay away from Bangkok. And to make matters worse, the Thai finance minister reported the protests have begun impacting the economy and have had an "incalculable impact on investor confidence."

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May 17th, 2010
07:50 AM ET

Small plane crashes into Florida home

Six people escaped unhurt from a Clearwater, Florida, home after a six-seat plane crashed into it Sunday morning, firefighters reported.

The pilot and two passengers aboard the single-engine Piper Mirage suffered non-life-threatening injuries when the plane crashed into the house, setting the attic ablaze, according to the Clearwater Fire and Rescue service. But the six people at home - including 9-year-old twin girls and a 7-year-old boy - got out of the house unharmed.

The plane was taking off from a small airport used by private aircraft located just a few blocks from the house, Clearwater municipal government spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts told CNN. Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were headed to the scene, the fire department reported.

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May 17th, 2010
07:25 AM ET

Flight diverted after small fire in cockpit

A United Airlines flight from New York to Los Angeles was diverted to an airport near Washington after the crew reported a small fire in the cockpit, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration said Monday.

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May 17th, 2010
06:24 AM ET

Philippine governor, 5 others die in copter crash

The governor of a northern province in the Philippines and five other people died Monday when their helicopter crashed south of Manila, the official news agency said.

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May 17th, 2010
05:21 AM ET

World update: Thai opposition leader dies

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

'Renegade' Thai protest leader dies: Doctors in Bangkok, Thailand, have announced the death of Maj. Gen. Khattiya Sawasdipol, a key anti-government leader who was wounded by a sniper's bullet last week. At least 36 people have now died in the bitter standoff between anti-government protesters and troops since Thursday. Full story

Report: Iran to send uranium to Turkey: Iran has agreed to ship its low-enriched uranium to Turkey, state media said Monday. Western nations had been asking Iran to send the low-level uranium out of the country to be enriched elsewhere, but the country had resisted until now. Full story

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