June 3rd, 2010
11:00 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

The five most popular CNN.com stories during the last 24 hours, according to Newspulse.

Van der Sloot arrested in Chile, police say:  Joran van der Sloot, the suspect in a young woman's slaying this week in Peru and previously considered a suspect in the 2005 disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba, was captured Thursday in Chile, authorities said.

BP robots steer cap to spewing well: Robot submarines steered a new cap to BP's ruptured undersea well in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday in the company's latest attempt to rein in the largest oil spill in U.S. history.

Fisherman's wife breaks the silence: Kindra Arneson believes her husband and other shrimpers were sickened by the cleanup of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.

'Golden Girls' star Rue McClanahan dies at 76: Emmy-winning "Golden Girls" actress Rue McClanahan died of a stroke in a New York hospital early Thursday, her manager said.

Charge to Obama: 'Go off!': In the weeks since an oil rig exploded and later sank into the Gulf of Mexico, President Obama has dealt with the tragedy with his signature cool, calm and collected approach. But with the oil still gushing, the president is becoming a target of the anger that was originally directed only at BP.

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June 3rd, 2010
07:28 PM ET

Stocks make slight gains; dollar rises

A look at highlights from the day's business news:

Stocks stage recovery

Stocks managed gains Thursday following a choppy session in which investors mulled mixed economic news ahead of Friday's big monthly jobs report.

The Dow Jones industrial average added a few points. The S&P 500 index gained 4 points, or 0.4 percent. The Nasdaq composite rallied 22 points, or 1 percent.


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June 3rd, 2010
02:53 PM ET

Selig to examine umpiring, replay after 'perfect' error

Many baseball fans are saying Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga was robbed of a perfect game. So is the umpire who made the call.

[Updated at 2:49 p.m.] Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said he will re-examine the umpiring system and the use of instant replay in the wake of the uproar over what should have been Armando Galarraga's perfect game in Detroit.

Umpire Jim Joyce called the Cleveland Indians' Jason Donald safe at first with two outs in the ninth inning Wednesday night, ending the Tigers pitcher's bid for a perfect game. Joyce later admitted he made the wrong call.

"As Jim Joyce said in his postgame comments, there is no dispute that last night's game should have ended differently," Selig said in a statement. "While the human element has always been an integral part of baseball, it is vital that mistakes on the field be addressed.¬† Given last night's call and other recent events, I will examine our umpiring system, the expanded use of instant replay and all other related features.¬† Before I announce any decisions, I will consult with all appropriate parties, including our two unions and the Special Committee for On-Field Matters, which consists of field managers, general managers, club owners and presidents.‚ÄĚ

[Updated at 1:06 p.m.] Less than 12 hours after losing a perfect game because of a blown call, Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga took to the field once again in what turned out to be a day of celebration.

Galarraga, before Thursday's home game against the Cleveland Indians, was presented with a new red Corvette from Chevrolet and received cheers and applause from the fans and his teammates. Then in a very emotional moment, Galarraga presented the Tigers lineup card to the umpire who cost him his perfect game the night before - Jim Joyce.

Joyce stepped onto the field amid a smattering of boos, but some applause as well. His face was red and was obviously holding back tears as he approached home plate with the rest of the umpiring crew.

Galarraga gave him the lineup card and then shook hands with Joyce and the Indians' manager. Joyce appeared to wipe away tears as Galarraga returned to the dugout.


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June 3rd, 2010
02:22 PM ET

Day 45: Gulf oil disaster updates

[Updated at 10:16 p.m.] Here are the latest developments on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which began when the oil rig Deepwater Horizon exploded on April 20:


- BP on Thursday night was positioning a cap over the top of the blowout preventer, which may dramatically slow the oil leak. Earlier Thursday, BP said it had reached an important milestone in its effort to cap the spill by cutting away the damaged riser pipe atop its ruptured undersea well.

- Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has asked BP for an additional $50 million to cover the costs of preparing to protect the state's coastline from the oil spill. BP granted $25 million to Florida last month. In a letter to the president of BP America, Crist writes that Florida already has spent $50 million in protective measures and other preparedness costs.


June 3rd, 2010
01:17 PM ET

Interpol: Joran van der Sloot arrested in Santiago

Joran van der Sloot is being investigated in connection with the death of Stephany Flores Ramirez, right, and was a suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway.

[Updated at 1:13 p.m.] Joran van der Sloot has been arrested and is in police custody in Santiago, Chile, an Interpol spokesperson in Santiago told CNN.

Van der Sloot, who was previously considered a suspect in the 2005 disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba, is the main suspect in this week's slaying of 21-year-old Stephany Flores Ramirez, officials said. She was was found Wednesday in a Lima, Peru, hotel room registered to van der Sloot. Chilean police told CNN that paperwork showed that van der Sloot entered Chile on Wednesday.

Peruvian Interior Minister Octavio Salazar Miranda said Thursday that Peru has made arrangements with Interpol to extradite van der Sloot.

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June 3rd, 2010
12:59 PM ET

Pakistan alerts fishermen as cyclone approaches

Fishing boats pack Karachi's harbor in anticipation of Cyclone Phet's arrival.

[Updated at 7:15 p.m.] Pakistani authorities dispatched Navy helicopters Thursday to alert fishermen near Karachi and parts of Balochistan to the expected arrival of Cyclone Phet and to urge them to return to shore, the state-run Associated Press of Pakistan reported. Read the full CNN.com story

Fourteen families marooned Thursday by high tides were evacuated by helicopter to higher ground, said Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Nauman Bashir.
Civilians along Pakistan's coast will receive priority in the relief effort, dubbed "Operation Madad," should it be needed, he said.

[Updated at 12:59 p.m.] More than 60,000 people were being evacuated from villages along Pakistan’s coast on Thursday as the country prepared for a strike from Cyclone Phet during the weekend. Officials said another 500,000 people could be affected by heavy rains and strong winds associated with the storm, according to reports from Karachi.

[Posted at 9:43 a.m.] Tropical Cyclone Phet was bearing down on the coast of Oman on Thursday, threatening to bring torrential rain and hurricane force winds to the Arabian Peninsula sultanate.

The forecast on stormtracker.com has Phet making a sweeping turn to the northeast, with the center of the storm just brushing the Omani coast near Al Ashkhirah on Friday before it heads across the Arabian Sea toward Pakistan at the weekend.


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Filed under: Pakistan • Weather • World
June 3rd, 2010
12:23 PM ET

Gaza aid ship delayed for installation of recording technology

[Updated at 12:23 p.m.] An Irish-owned aid ship headed for Gaza is delaying its voyage for a while to get equipped with video capabilities and satellite transmission to record what is happening at any given moment on the vessel, a Free Gaza Movement activist told CNN.


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Filed under: Gaza • Israel • Middle East
June 3rd, 2010
11:35 AM ET

'Golden Girl' Rue McClanahan dead

Rue McClanahan, middle, seen with co-stars from "The Golden Girls" has died.

"Golden Girl" actress Rue McClanahan died of a stroke in a New York hospital early Thursday, her manager said.

McClanahan, the actress known for her roles as the blowzy best friend Vivian on "Maude" and as the prowling Southern belle Blanche on "The Golden Girls," was 76.

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June 3rd, 2010
11:19 AM ET

Sports Update: 'Perfect' dispute, Griffey Jr., NBA finals

With the most heartbreaking missed call in baseball history, Jim Joyce gave official proclamation to the 2010 baseball season: welcome to The Year of the Umpire. So wrote SI.com's Tom Verducci on one of the most infamous nights on the diamond. After Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga had seemingly thrown the 21st perfect game in baseball history - the third perfect game inside of four weeks - first base umpire Jim Joyce ruled the Cleveland Indians' Jason Donald safe on a play at first base. Video replay clearly showed the runner was out. "There is no polite way to say this," Verducci wrote. "Joyce blew the call."

The call will be water-cooler discussion throughout the day, overshadowing the retirement of Ken Griffey Jr., the Flyers win over the Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals and the beginning of a glamourous NBA Finals series between the Celtics and Lakers. The latter is the highlight on the day following one of the biggest blunders in officiating history.

The Memorial (Golf Channel, 3PM)
Tiger Woods returns to the course today in Muirfield Village, Ohio for the his first start since his injury withdrawal at the Players Championship. Questions abound about the health of Woods's neck, his mental focus, and whether he will be a factor with the U.S. Open coming in two weeks. Woods will tee off at 12:44 p.m.; Phil Mickelson is also entered in the tournament and will begin his round in the morning.


June 3rd, 2010
10:32 AM ET

Catholic bishop stabbed to death in southern Turkey

A Catholic bishop has been stabbed to death in southern Turkey, the Vatican Embassy in Ankara confirmed on Thursday.


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June 3rd, 2010
10:14 AM ET

Officials: 25 killed in Bangladesh building collapse

Rescue workers pulled 25 bodies from the rubble of a four-story building in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Twenty-five people were killed in the collapse of a four-story building in Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, authorities said Thursday.

Fire officials said they had completed their rescue operation after pulling the 25 bodies from the rubble, two days after the building fell and destroyed nearby shanties. Most of the dead were in the shanties, Bangladesh’s online newspaper bdnews24.com reported.

According to a report from the Malaysian national news agency Bernama, the building was not constructed according to code, with additional construction above its original three-story height completed just a week ago.

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June 3rd, 2010
09:16 AM ET

Source: Obama officials subpoenaed in Blagojevich trial

Two senior members of President Barack Obama's administration have been subpoenaed as witnesses in the federal corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, which begins Thursday in a federal courtroom in Chicago, Illinois.

Blagojevich is charged with racketeering and fraud, among other charges.

A senior administration official confirmed that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett have been subpoenaed.


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June 3rd, 2010
09:08 AM ET

On the Radar: Gulf oil disaster, Gaza aid, Gaga and Lupus

Gulf oil disaster - BP seemed to be getting criticism from every angle as the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico entered its 45th day Thursday and every effort to stop the historic flow is still failing - and oil could begin to show up on Florida coast on Thursday. As the oil company gets increased scrutiny from Congress and President Obama, a grass-roots campaign dubbed Seize BP planned demonstrations in more than 50 cities to start Thursday. In the wake of the anger, BP's CEO Tony Hayward is appearing in an ad, saying he is "deeply sorry" about the disaster and that BP "will make this right."

Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, who is heading the federal government's response, said the real fix for the disaster will be a relief well, but that won't be working until August. Until then BP's next move will be to use the same sheer-cutting device that made a successful cut on the riser Tuesday. The only issue with that cutter is the rougher surface left by that cut will not accommodate the tight seal needed for installation of the lower-marine riser package that BP wants to use to stop the gusher. BP engineers now plan to use a different device called a "top hat" instead.


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Filed under: BP • Gaza • Gulf Coast Oil Spill • Health • Israel • Middle East
June 3rd, 2010
08:21 AM ET

Thursday's live video events

Continuous coverage - BP webcam of Gulf Coast oil spill

8:30 am ET - Meeting on Gulf Coast oil spill - The Consortium for Ocean Leadership holds a meeting to address the response and impact of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.


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June 3rd, 2010
08:07 AM ET

Thursday's intriguing people

Tony Hayward

Sometimes you can't apologize enough.

BP's chief executive officer drew loud criticism this week when he told reporters that he "would like his life back" from the spill dirtying the Gulf of Mexico.

Fishermen and shop owners along the coasts affected by the spill took issue with what they perceived as a whine from the millionaire businessman. So Hayward posted an apology on BP's Facebook page Wednesday afternoon:

"Those words don't represent how I feel about this tragedy, and certainly don't represent the hearts of the people of BP - many of whom live and work in the Gulf - who are doing everything they can to make things right. My first priority is doing all we can to restore the lives of the people of the Gulf region and their families - to restore their lives, not mine."

BP also ran full-page ads in major daily newspapers, promising to "make this right." And on Thursday, Hayward himself will make that same promise in national television ads.


June 3rd, 2010
06:13 AM ET

World update: Police identify victims of UK gunman

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

UK shooting spree - Police have started identifying the victims of a series of drive-by shootings in a remote and picturesque area of northern England that left 12 people dead before the gunman killed himself. Read the full story

Gaza flotilla - The next showdown over Israel's naval blockade of Gaza could come as early as Friday as an Irish-owned ship filled with humanitarian aid steams into the region. Read the full story


June 3rd, 2010
02:51 AM ET

Blagojevich corruption trial starts Thursday

The federal corruption trial of Rod Blagojevich begins Thursday in a federal courtroom in Chicago, Illinois.


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June 3rd, 2010
02:17 AM ET

NY to conduct civil ceremonies for gay couples

The city clerk's office in New York will begin conducting domestic partnership ceremonies for gay couples starting Thursday.

For more than a decade, the office has handed out certificates for such couplings.

But after the city rules were amended earlier this year, the office decided to add a little fanfare to the unions and conduct marriage-like ceremonies for the pairs.

While domestic partners in New York don't enjoy all the rights that married couples do, such unions can bestow some legal rights - such as hopital visitation and health benefits.

Marriage for gay couples is still unrecognized in the state. In December, the state Senate rejected bill legalizing such marriages.

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Filed under: Gay and lesbian • Politics