May 20th, 2010
09:20 AM ET

ISAF says Afghan plane wreckage found

Aircrews from the Afghan National Army Air Corps and from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force have found the wreckage of the plane that crashed Monday with 44 people aboard, ISAF said Thursday.


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May 20th, 2010
09:09 AM ET

Would-be muggers in Australia thwarted by ninjas

Sensei Kaylan Soto, middle, and his students came to the rescue of a German exchange student.

A group of would-be muggers in a Sydney, Australia, met their match Tuesday night in the form of black-clad ninjas.

The three stalked and attacked a German exchange student, 27, in a dimly lit alley that fortunately for the victim ran behind the Ninja Senshi Ryu warrior school, according to an Australian Broadcasting Corp. report.


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May 20th, 2010
08:42 AM ET

Thursday's Intriguing people

Robert Redford

Robert Redford

The actor and activist is calling on President Obama and Congress to put America back in control of its energy future. In a Huffington Post essay, Redford writes, “The American Power Act, drafted by Senators Kerry and Lieberman, is not perfect– but it is a significant step toward cutting our dependence on fossil fuels, limiting carbon pollution, and encouraging businesses to shift to clean energy sources.”

Redford explains that he worked with the Natural Re

sources Defense Council to record a new commercial asking that leaders in Washington “stand up to big oil.” Thursday marks one month since BP's oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 people and creating what may be one of the country’s worst environmental disasters.

The Huffington Post: Mr. President: Now Is the Time For Clean Energy

National Resources Defense Council


May 20th, 2010
08:09 AM ET

Thursday's live video events

9:30 am ET - Stock market plunge hearing - The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee will hear testimony about the sudden plunge in stock prices on May 6.

10:00 am ET - Toyota recall hearing - A House Commerce subcommittee holds a hearing on how Toyota handled the recall of numerous vehicles due to safety issues. 


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May 20th, 2010
07:54 AM ET

Reports: Cyclist Floyd Landis admits to doping

Editor's note: Listen to what Landis says at 2:01 into the interview when Larry King asks him whether he doped.

Cyclist Floyd Landis has acknowledged using performance-enhancing drugs for most of his career after disputing for years a positive doping test result that led to his suspension from the sport, two news organizations reported Thursday.

Landis also sent e-mails saying that other cyclists have used performance-enhancing drugs, including Lance Armstrong, the American cyclist and seven-time Tour de France winner, one of the news outlets reported. Armstrong has repeatedly denied taking such drugs.


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May 20th, 2010
05:39 AM ET

World update: Thailand to prosecute protest leaders

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

Bangkok quiet after unrest: Government officials extended a dawn-to-dusk curfew for 24 provinces until Sunday in the hopes that their successful crackdown on protesters would sustain. Full story

N. Korea denies it torpedoed ship: South Korean military officials on Thursday announced the results of an official investigation into the sinking of the Cheonan, prompting North Korea to accuse them of fabricating evidence. Full story

Strikes over austerity: Workers' unions are out on another day-long strike in Greece to protest tough austerity measures. Meanwhile in Spain, unions are protesting a government move to cut state worker pay by five percent this year and freeze it next year.


May 20th, 2010
04:32 AM ET

Report: Mothers met with detained hikers in Iran

The mothers of three American hikers detained in Iran met with their children on Thursday, Iran's Press TV reported as it showed pictures of the tearful reunion.

Sarah Shourd, 31; Shane Bauer, 27; and Josh Fattal, 27,  were detained last July. Their families say the three accidentally  strayed across an unmarked border into Iran while on a hiking trip in  Iraqi Kurdistan.

Fattal's  mother, Laura Fattal, last week picked up visas that enabled her and the two other mothers to enter Iran to visit their children. They  had applied for visas six months ago.

The three Americans have not  been formally charged, although Tehran has said they will face trial on  espionage charges.

They have had little contact with the outside world since their arrests.

They made a brief phone call home  March 9 and have had access to a few letters and messages sent by  relatives, friends and supporters.

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May 20th, 2010
02:36 AM ET

Judge to decide if Lindsay Lohan gets break or jail

The latest Lindsay Lohan drama unfolds in a Beverly Hills, California, courtroom Thursday morning without its leading lady.


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May 20th, 2010
02:19 AM ET

New hearing in Dugard case set for Thursday

A court hearing is scheduled Thursday in the case of a northern California couple accused of abducting Jaycee Dugard and holding her captive for more than 18 years in a ramshackle backyard compound.

Phillip Garrido, 58, and his wife, Nancy, 54, are charged with 29 felony counts in the kidnapping of Dugard, who was 11 when she was snatched in 1991 from the street in front of her house in South Lake Tahoe, California.

The couple have pleaded not guilty.

The hearing, scheduled for 1 p.m. (4 p.m. ET) at the El Dorado County Superior Court, is a procedural matter about witnesses in the case.

Authorities say the Garridos held Dugard in a hidden compound behind their home for 18 years.  She was 29 when she was found in August at the Garridos' home in Antioch about 120 miles from her house.

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