May 25th, 2010
07:56 AM ET

Tuesday's intriguing people

David Byrne

The songwriter, artist and former Talking Heads band member is suing Florida Gov. Charlie Crist for using the song "Road to Nowhere" in an online campaign ad without permission.

Bloomberg reports that Byrne said that he never licensed a song to be used in an advertisement and is seeking $1 million in damages.

"I'm a bit of a throwback that way, as I still believe songs occasionally mean something to people," Byrne said in a statement. "A personal and social meaning is diluted when that same song is used to sell a product or a politician."

Crist, once a Republican, is now running as an independent for U.S. Senate.

Bloomberg: David Byrne sues Crist for using 'Road to Nowhere'

CNN Political Ticker: No refunds, Crist campaign says


May 25th, 2010
07:44 AM ET

3 Americans among dead in Afghan plane crash

Three Americans were among the 44 people killed when a plane crashed in a mountainous region of Afghanistan last week, Afghanistan's Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.


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May 25th, 2010
06:29 AM ET

Baghdad jewelry store robberies lead to 15 deaths

Fourteen people were killed in southwestern Baghdad on Tuesday when more than 10 gunmen stormed jewelry stores, and a gunman was killed later in clashes between police and the robbers, police said.


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May 25th, 2010
05:55 AM ET

World update: Further tension between North and South Korea

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

N. Korea threatens military action: Pyongyang has accused the South Korean navy of trespassing into its waters and threatened to retaliate with military action, the Yonhap news agency has said.

Unrest spreads in Jamaica: Violence related to the planned extradition to the United States of an alleged drug kingpin has continued, with police saying a number of people died in an attack on the suspect's stronghold in the west of the capital Kingston. Full story

Thaksin faces terrorism charges: A Thai court has issued a warrant against the country's ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on terrorism charges connected with the violent clashes that crippled Bangkok for weeks, the former prime minister's lawyer said. Full story


May 25th, 2010
04:22 AM ET

GOP to unveil action blueprint - with your help

House Republican leaders are drafting a blueprint similar to the 'Contract with America' that will lay out policy items they will pursue if they win back control of the House in November.

The twist, however, is that they are inviting constituents to let them know what issues they want the House members to focus on.

The lawmakers expect to release more details of the "America Speaking Out" initiative at a press conference scheduled for Tuesday morning.

In addition to meetings, the initiative will reportedly have a social-networking component: a website where citizens can earn points by suggesting ideas and others can vote on them.

The Republican Party released its 'Contract with America' during the 1994 Congressional election campaign. It outlined the actions the party would take if it became the majority party in the House - which it did.

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May 25th, 2010
03:17 AM ET

Gut-buster meals get extra helping of reality

Meals that feature items like whipped-cream-topped pancakes and cheesy cheese fries with extra cheese will be "honored" at an award ceremony in Washington on Tuesday.

Winners of the "Xtreme Eating Awards" will be announced at the event, hosted by the Center for Science in the Public Interest in an effort to get restaurant chains to cut back on gut-busting portions.

The winners will include 1,400-calorie breakfasts and 2,500-calorie entrees.

The nonprofit health-advocacy group said it is highlighting these belt-expanding meals to prepare restaurants for a new federal law that makes eateries label the calorie content of their meals.

Among the winners of the dubious honor last year were Red Lobster's ultimate fondue, Applebee's quesadilla burger and the Cheesecake Factory's chicken and biscuits meal.

The award ceremony and press conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday and comes at the same time that First Lady Michelle Obama is leading a campaign against childhood obesity. Obama has said she is trying to reduce childhood obesity from nearly 20 percent to 5 percent by 2030.

On Tuesday, she inaugurates "The South Lawn Series" - where the White House will be opened all summer long for activities pairing local children with physical education teachers and trainers from professional teams, such as the Washington Redskins.

It is part of Michelle Obama's goal to encourage children to have at least an hour of active play each day. She will also highlight on Tuesday a report by the health and human services department that details the average level of physical activity by adults and children state by state.

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May 25th, 2010
01:59 AM ET

Rip Torn faces pre-trial hearing in bank incident

Actor Rip Torn, who is accused of breaking into a bank, will appear for a pre-trial hearing in a Connecticut courtroom on Tuesday.

Prosecutors allege that Torn, 79, was intoxicated and carrying a revolver when he broke into a bank near his Lakeville, Connecticut, home in late January.

Authorities charged him with first-degree burglary and carrying a pistol without a permit, both felonies, and other misdemeanor charges.

The pre-trial hearing was initially scheduled for April 27 but was pushed back.

Torn will now appear at the Litchfield Judicial District Superior Court at 9:30 a.m. ET.

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