June 8th, 2010
09:41 AM ET

On the Radar: Confession in Peru, iPhone 4, oil disaster

Joran van der Sloot -  Unexpected developments in the Joran van der Sloot case: Police in Peru say the suspect admitted to murdering a young woman after she looked at his computer and began asking questions about his role in the disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway. Van der Sloot was a suspect in the Holloway disappearance in Aruba five years ago but never was charged.

CNN.com's Ashley Fantz takes a look at the victim in the Peruvian case, Stephany Flores Ramirez, and talks to her family about the slaying. Relatives said they were horrified when they Googled van der Sloot's name and realized who he was. As this case unfolds, CNN will bring you the latest details.

Gulf oil disaster - President Obama is taking heat from critics on how he's handled the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. But he says he was on top of the spill weeks ago and has been getting advice from the best minds in the field. He bluntly defended his administration's response to the undersea gusher fouling the Gulf, telling an interviewer Monday that he has met with experts to learn "whose ass to kick."

And on the 50th day since the beginning of the massive oil disaster, advocacy group MoveOn says it will hold nationwide vigils Tuesday night to call for stepped-up efforts to stop the spill. The group called for a "major public outcry" and created a section on its website for people to search for vigils in their area by ZIP codes. Hearings and briefings continue Tuesday to update the public on efforts to stop the oil from gushing and attempts to protect wildlife. We"ll bring you the latest details as they happen.

Political primaries - A number of high-profile primary battles highlight races in 12 states Tuesday, including a senator trying to save her political life and a runoff in a special congressional election to fill a vacant House seat. CNN reporters break down the crucial contests, and our partners at Time.com focus on nine races to watch Tuesday night.

iPhone 4 - The day after an iPhone announcement can go one of two ways - but whether users are excited or feel disappointed, the analysis still comes. For example, while video calls have been available elsewhere before, people wonder if the iPhone's accessibility and ease of use may officially usher in the era of video calls. CNN.com's John Sutter, who was at Monday's announcement, breaks down what 10 things you need to know about the iPhone. We also take a look at the humorous and ironic technical troubles CEO Steve Jobs had during his address.

soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. damiao

    http://www.englishtips-self-taught.blogspot.com help to spread this idea overseas...

    June 8, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. Steven Barber

    A 75 Million Dollar "Cap" on offshore oil spills? What a joke! Fine the lying, incompetent, worthless oil company 50 Million $ a day until they get their act together! Speak the only language the oil companies understand- hit them where it hurts- their pocketbook- with a stipulation that they CANNOT pass on the COSTS to the consumer by jacking up fuel prices!

    June 8, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dr Ratkartz

    Most people who express concern about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill don't recognize the extent to which the benefits and liabilities of petroleum exploration and use are "socialized." So long as people use a product and demand that it be supplied at low cost, they must inherently buy into and accept the consequences of the risks taken to provide and use that product. It would be a mistake to think that consumers and common citizens are not inevitably affected economically. Judging by some of the posted comments, one gets the impression that Americans believe that BP comprises a large company with a few foreign owners who gobble up huge profits. In fact, it is quite possible that many who post criticisms of BP are actually direct or indirect stockholders in BP and associated companies. So when comment writers decry "the oil companies" they are really talking about themselves, the common citizens who are shareholders. A very large number of pension plans, for example, have energy stocks such as BP. In fact, many financial organizations that will subsequently mix BP stock in the pension plans of Americans are now buying up depressed-cost BP stock. So, in effect, those who say "let's hurt BP!" are really saying "let's cause harm to our school-teachers' retirement fund!" Most Americans also are not aware of BP's contributions to alternative energy research and commercialization. BP is the third largest producer is solar panels in the world and has made this technology affordable to schools and other organizations.

    June 8, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. Cieje3

    Holy off-topic banter, Batman! I thought this was a vanderslime thread... Oops!

    June 8, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Thomas Paine

    CNN stands for Continuous Noise Network can you stand the pop ups?

    June 8, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |