June 11th, 2010
09:33 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 charged in Peru murder: Joran van der Sloot was charged with murder Friday, acting "with ferocity and great cruelty" in the slaying of a 21-year-old student in Lima, Peru, according to court documents.

Mobster says Amanda Knox is innocent:  A jailed Italian mobster claims he can prove American student Amanda Knox, her former boyfriend and a drifter are innocent of murdering Knox's British roommate because he knows who the real killer is - his brother.

Crews contact missing teen sailor: Australian authorities on Friday made contact with a 16-year-old American girl who triggered a distress signal while attempting to sail solo around the world.

16 dead, 36 missing in Arkansas flooding: At least 16 people died at a federal campground in Arkansas after heavy rain and flash flooding Friday, and many more could be trapped in the area, state authorities said.

Van der Sloot says he knows location of Holloway's body, official says: Joran van der Sloot told investigators that he knows where Natalee Holloway's body is, but he would neither identify the location nor say what happened to her the night of her disappearance, Peruvian police official told CNN.

Filed under: Australia • Joran van der Sloot • Justice • Most Popular • Natalee Holloway • Peru • U.S.
June 11th, 2010
09:07 PM ET

Day 53: Latest developments on the Gulf oil disaster

[Updated at 9:07 p.m.] Here are the latest developments on the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, which unfolded after the oil rig Deepwater Horizon exploded on April 20:


- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused BP of having "misrepresented what their technology could do." 
- Oil giant BP gets support from billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg: "The guy that runs BP didn't exactly go down there and blow up the well," he told a radio program. 
- Nearly 42,000 claims have been submitted and more than 20,000 payments made, totaling more than $53 million, BP says. So far, the cost of the response is $1.43 billion, it said. 
- Uncertainty about the depth of BP's pockets has spurred calls for the company to suspend its dividend payments. London's TimesOnline reported Friday that the company may funnel its second-quarter dividend into an escrow account to be paid to shareholders. 
- More than 25,000 contractors, volunteers and members of the military were involved on the ground, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said. 
- As early as Monday, BP plans to deploy a secondary to a primary cap that was put in place over the leaking well last week. Allen has said he expects that the Q4000 will be able to take an additional 5,000 to 10,000
barrels per day. 
- A delegation of U.S. senators traveled Friday to the heart of coastal Louisiana to assess the damage. "Until you see if first-hand, until you really smell it, get a sense of it, you can't understand it fully," said Sen. David Vitter, R-Louisiana. 

- An Obama adviser brushed off assertions Friday that the government had not prepared for a disaster of such magnitude. 

- If the latest estimate of 1.7 million gallons of oil spewing per day is correct, that would mean 90.1 million gallons have spewed in the 53 days since the rig exploded. That's more than eight times the amount spilled by the supertanker Exxon Valdez in Alaska's Prince William Sound in 1989.

- The U.S. government has spent about $140 million in cleaning up the oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, Adm. Thad Allen, the government's response manager, said Friday. He said federal authorities plan to keep "pouring in assets."

- Federal authorities are considering BP's proposals for increased oil collection rates and back-up plans and will make a determination later Friday on whether they are acceptable, said Adm. Thad Allen, the government's Gulf of Mexico disaster response manager. BP had been given 72 hours to deliver its plans.

- British Prime Minister David Cameron will discuss BP when he speaks by phone with U.S. President Barack Obama this weekend, Cameron's office at Downing Street said Friday. The phone call follows concern about anti-British rhetoric from Obama and others in America about BP's role in the disaster.


June 11th, 2010
08:36 PM ET

Dollar, treasurys rise on disappointing retail sales

A look at the day's business news:

Dollar rises on downbeat retail sales 
The dollar turned higher Friday after data showed U.S. retail sales were surprisingly weak in May, sparking risk aversion.

The greenback gained 0.5 percent against the euro at $1.2062 and added 1.4 percent against the British pound to $1.4513. The dollar also gained against the Japanese yen, rising 0.3 percent to ¥91.63.

On Thursday, the euro rose 0.9 percent against the dollar after the European Central Bank said it would maintain its liquidity measures, easing some fears
of debt crisis in the zone. Earlier in the week the euro fell to $1.18, a level not seen since the currency's debut on Jan. 4, 1999.


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June 11th, 2010
02:35 PM ET

Officials: At least 16 dead in Arkansas after flash flooding

[Updated at 2:21 p.m.] At least 16 people died at an Arkansas campground after heavy rain and flash flooding, and many more could be trapped in the area, state authorities said.

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[Updated at 2:21 p.m.] Emergency management officials in Arkansas said on Friday that at least 14 people have died in the flash flood there.

[Updated at 1:24 p.m.] Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe told CNN there's word from the Red Cross that there could have been as many as 300 people in the rugged area of western Arkansas, but he said there is no registration that would show the precise number of people in the region - which is in the Albert Pike campground area.

Beebe said the water of the Little Missouri River rose from about 3 feet Thursday night to more than 20 feet early Friday in the U.S. Forest Service campground.

"It was a very rapid flash flood that inundated that area," Beebe said. "It's an unmanned campground in terms of being a campground with all the amenities."

He said rescue crews on foot, in helicopters, and in vehicles were combing the area. He said law enforcement, National Guard and parks personnel were working on the search-and-rescue efforts.

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[Updated at 11:33 a.m.] Two helicopters are searching the area of an Arkansas campground where heavy rain and flash flooding has left at least 12 people dead, a spokesman with the Arkansas State Police told CNN.

"We believe there are still people trapped in the area," Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said.

Sadler said the department's main goal at this point is to "locate and assist in rescuing the living and pinpoint where other bodies" are.

He said helicopters were needed because the area around the Albert Pike campground in western Arkansas has several camping areas and is extremely rugged and remote. Sadler said officials are working with local volunteers who know the area well and a temporary morgue has been set up in the area. FULL POST

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Filed under: U.S. • Weather
June 11th, 2010
01:32 PM ET

'Let's go Hawks' chants rain down on Blackhawks parade

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Fans of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrated their team's Stanley Cup with a parade and rally on Friday.

Thousands of supporters lined up along Chicago's Michigan Avenue and other streets for a ticker tape parade to celebrate the team's win over Philadelphia.

Team players and officials rode in red double-decker buses as fans cheered them along the route.

As the buses passed, chants of "Let's go Hawks! Let's go Hawks" echoed from the fans celebrating the team's  first championship since 1961.

Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews rode in the last bus, holding the Stanley Cup as confetti poured down on the parade route.

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June 11th, 2010
12:51 PM ET

Feds charge alleged cartel leader 'La Barbie'

Federal authorities have charged alleged drug cartel leader Edgar Valdez-Villarreal - known as "La Barbie" - on charges of importing and distributing thousands of kilograms of cocaine from Mexico into the United States between 2004 and 2006, according to an indictment unsealed in federal court Friday.

Valdez-Villarreal, who remains at large, is alleged to be a top member of the Arturo Beltran-Leyva cocaine cartel.

Authorities have issued a $2 million reward for information leading to his capture.

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June 11th, 2010
12:34 PM ET

At least 37 dead, 500 injured in Kyrgyzstan clashes

At least 37 people were killed and more than 500 suffered various injuries as a result of the latest violence in the city of Osh in southern Kyrgyzstan, a health official told CNN on Friday.


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June 11th, 2010
11:31 AM ET

N.J. suspects attended protests organized by radical Islamic group

CNN has obtained this photo of Mahmood Alessa and Carlos Eduardo Almonte at a rally of an extreme Islamist group.

Two New Jersey men arrested last week at John F. Kennedy International Airport allegedly on their way to fight with an al Qaeda affiliated group in Somalia were followers of an extreme Islamist group based in New York, CNN has learned.

CNN has obtained an image of the two suspects, Mahmood Alessa and Carlos Eduardo Almonte, attending a protest in New York organized by the Islamic Thinkers Society on June 1 of this year. They appear to have been taking part in a demonstration against Israel.

One is holding a banner; the other an Islamic Thinkers Society poster that includes the slogan, "Exterminate the Zionist Roaches." The Society's video of the event, posted on its YouTube channel, has since been removed.

The rally took place just a week before the two suspects made their way to JFK airport and were arrested.


June 11th, 2010
11:23 AM ET

Van der Sloot charged with murder

Joran van der Sloot was charged with murder Friday in the slaying of a 21-year-old student in Lima, Peru, according to court documents.

Van der Sloot, a 22-year-old Dutch citizen, is suspected of killing Stephany Flores Ramirez last month.  Ramirez was found beaten to death in a hotel room registered in van der Sloot's name.


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June 11th, 2010
09:52 AM ET

On the Radar: Gulf oil, van der Sloot, teen sailor, World Cup

Gulf oil disaster - Researchers have doubled estimates of how much oil has been spewing from a ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico, reporting Thursday that up to 40,000 barrels (1.7 million gallons) a day may have escaped for weeks. Well owner BP has been able to capture a varying percentage of that oil, first with a siphon inserted into the well riser and since June 3 with a cap that allowed workers to draw nearly 16,000 barrels to a ship on the surface Wednesday.

The change in estimates comes as a delegation of U.S. senators head to the heart of coastal Louisiana on Friday to assess the damage caused by the growing BP oil disaster. Sens. Benjamin Cardin, David Vitter, Jeff Merkley and Barbara Mikulski will be in Grand Isle, Louisiana, one of the early areas hit by the slick created by the underwater gusher.


June 11th, 2010
08:15 AM ET

Friday's intriguing people

Rick Kuykendall

The attorney and Alabama native is working with lawyers from Louisiana, Alabama, Texas, Pennsylvania, Mississippi and Florida to prosecute claims for those who have been hurt by BP's Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.

Kuykendall told CNN on Thursday that he'll be representing fishermen, business owners and land owners who have suffered economic injury as a result of the oil catastrophe.

Kuykendall is with the Murphy Firm in Baltimore, Maryland, as well as Kuykendall & Associates in Fairhope, Alabama. He says since 1995, his cases have resulted in verdicts and settlements totaling more than $2 billion.

Kuykendall said he was appointed by former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman to his commission on environmental affairs and that he participates in the Water Keepers Alliance.

"I have prepared my entire professional life for this," Kuykendall said. "But I never expected it to happen in my back yard."


June 11th, 2010
07:26 AM ET

Friday live video events on CNN.com/live

Today's live streaming events. Watch at: http://www.CNN.com/live

10:00 a.m. – Ducks Unlimited/oil spill impact briefing – Ducks Unlimited hosts a briefing on “The Future of a Sportsman’s Paradise – Post Gulf Oil Spill.”  The briefing focuses on the effect of the oil spill on the 13.7 million ducks and 1.6 million geese and millions of other birds that will fly down in winter to the Gulf Coast.

10:00 a.m. – Adm. Thad Allen oil disaster briefing – Adm. Thad Allen provides a daily update to the oil disaster cleanup efforts.


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June 11th, 2010
06:57 AM ET

Report: 19 killed at Mexico drug treatment center

At least 30 armed men invaded a drug treatment center in northern Mexico late Thursday night and killed 19 patients and wounded four others, the state-run Notimex news agency reported Friday.

News of the killings is just coming in. CNN will update the story as information becomes available.

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Filed under: Mexico • World
June 11th, 2010
06:12 AM ET

World update: Mandela to miss World Cup opening

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

Mandela tragedy - Former South African President Nelson Mandela will not attend Friday's opening of the World Cup soccer tournament after the death of his great-grandchild in a car crash, a representative says. Read the full story

Vatican conference - Pope Benedict XVI says the church must promise "to do everything possible" to ensure that the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests "will never occur again." He was addressing thousands of priests who had gathered at the Vatican for a three-day conference to mark the end of the "Year of the Priest."


June 11th, 2010
02:53 AM ET

Australian search crews contact missing teen sailor

Australian search crews have made contact with the 16-year-old American girl who was feared lost at sea while attempting to sail solo around the world, according to a family spokesman.

Abby Sunderland's family began scrambling to organize a search-and-rescue effort for her after they learned her emergency beacon was detected just an hour after they last spoke to her on Thursday

Her vessel is believed to be adrift in the middle of the Indian Ocean some 2,000 miles east of Madagascar, 2,000 miles west of Australia and 500 miles north of the French Antarctic Islands.

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