June 24th, 2010
09:17 AM ET

On the Radar: McChrystal, Gulf oil disaster, iPhone 4's arrival

Obama and McChrystal - President Obama says he regrets having to accept Gen. Stanley McChrystal's resignation but felt he had no choice. The ousting of the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan came after publication of a Rolling Stone magazine article in which McChrystal and his staff appeared to disparage decisions from Washington. Gen. David Petraeus, commander of U.S. Central Command, will take over in Afghanistan. CNN takes a look at what happened in Wednesday's meeting between Obama and McChrystal and evaluates what the implications may be for the war in Afghanistan.

Gulf oil disaster - The U.S. Coast Guard has released a document showing that BP did not cooperate in providing accurate information about how much oil was leaking from the well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. The records show that BP was offered technology to measure the flow but delayed acting on it because the oil giant wanted to rely on its own efforts.

In other Gulf oil news, a New Orleans judge could decide Thursday whether a government ban on deepwater drilling will continue. The Obama administration has asked U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman to delay his decision to lift the ban until an appeals court reviews the case later in the summer.

Spain train accident - At least 12 people were killed and several others injured when a train ran over them in a town south of Barcelona, Spain, a spokesman for Catalonia Emergency Center said Thursday. At least 14 more were hurt, and three remained in critical condition, the spokesman said. The accident occurred between 11:30 p.m. and midnight Wednesday local time as a group tried to cross the tracks after getting off a local train that had stopped at the town of Castelldefels, authorities said. Many of the victims were headed to a fiesta. A witness said the train hit them at full speed.

Jailed hikers in Iran - The mothers of U.S. hikers held by Iran said a magazine article that contradicts Iranian government claims the three Americans crossed the border before their arrests is "concerning" and raises many questions. The article for the July 12 edition of The Nation cites two witnesses who said they saw members of Iran's national police force cross the border into northern Iraq to apprehend Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal.

Apple iPhone 4 - After lining up for hours, or sometimes days, Apple fanatics on Thursday morning started to get their hands on the iPhone 4, the latest gizmo in that company's line of trend-setting smartphones. The iPhone 4 went on sale at 7 a.m. local time Thursday in U.S. stores, and at 8 a.m. local time in France, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom. We'll watch for iReporters sharing their experience with the new phone and take a look at Apple's forgotten co-founder.

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  1. BreakingNewsBlog.us

    very hard to call it a "containment cap"... :[
    anyhow, WHAT are they waiting to listen those who have the RIGHT IDEAS AND SOLUTION to STOP the oil spill QUICKLY to SAVE the sea and shores nature and wildlife BEFORE they'll be submerged by over 250,000,000 more gallons of oil, in the next TWO months (if lucky) ???????????

    June 24, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JimmyLove

    What if that oil we’re sucking out of the earth is the life blood of the planet? It is widely known that the earth itself is a living organism and we came from the earth, having consciousness the same way that the earth has. Consider this: We have blood running in our vein without which we cannot stay alive; we already know that we can use crude oil to create energy; What if that same oil is needed for the long term health of our planet. I cannot help but to consider this possibility.

    June 24, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ron

    amazing how the news media has swung to the resignation of McChrystal and we "forgot" about the oil spill. i watched the news all day long while working (its a perk) and the oil disaster was about 5 minutes an hour, the other 55 minutes was weather and McChrystals comments and Obamas sum up of the meeting. Amazing how the news can just jump the shark and go from one to another. Remember the Swine flu, bird flu, were all going to get it and die....stop the hype and report the news without the drama, WE DONT NEED IT!!! Panic the public and we'll never get back to "normal" life around here.

    June 24, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. speedboat

    BHOPAL. This a city in India, where an American Owned Company had a disastrous accident concerning Gas. 3.000 died the first day or two and since there has been 15000 die; more happening still.
    The BP oil mess, bad as it is, and going to be for some years, is well down the line, compared to this in Bhopal.
    America has refused to extradite the American Manager, although to Junior Managers have been tried and jailed. Of course, they are Indian. There has been some 'compensation' paid out but nothing anywhere near what should be.
    A Congressman that has been in the forefront of screaming at BP, has also had contact over Bhopal. No screaming there. How about people protesting over Bhopal. No, the poor system of the USA, stands out poor, when real Justice is needed.

    June 24, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |