July 2nd, 2010
11:10 PM ET

Suspected cop killer arrested in Tampa, Florida

A man suspected of shooting two Tampa, Florida police officers was arrested Friday night, police said.

Dontae Morris, 24, is accused of shooting Officers Jeffrey Kocab and David Curtis during an early-morning traffic stop Tuesday near downtown Tampa. The officers, both 31, later died at a hospital.

Morris, an ex-convict who was released from prison in April, turned himself in through a third party, Police Chief Jane Castor said in a press conference Friday.

Another woman was also arrested Friday night and charged federally with witnessing a felony and not reporting it, Castor said.

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July 2nd, 2010
10:23 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

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

Oakland braces for possible riots: Jurors wrapped up deliberations Friday and will continue next week in the racially charged trial of a white former police officer accused of murdering a black man.

Police link student slaying with 2005 sex assault: Forensic evidence links the cases of a Virginia Tech student believed slain in October and the kidnapping and sexual assault of another woman four years earlier, police said.


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July 2nd, 2010
08:00 PM ET

Paris Hilton detained in South Africa

[Updated at 8:00 p.m.] A drug charge has been dropped against Paris Hilton, who was detained Friday in South Africa on suspicion of marijuana possession, police said.

Paris Hilton appeared in a South African magistrate court Friday after
being detained earlier in the day on allegations of possessing marijuana, CNN affiliate ETV reported.

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July 2nd, 2010
07:43 PM ET

Stocks, dollar, oil prices take hit after weak June jobs report

A look at the day's business headlines:

Stocks end at new 2010 lows

Stocks ended a volatile session lower Friday, with major indexes ending at new 2010 lows following a weaker-than-expected June jobs report.

The Dow Jones industrial average lost 46 points, or 0.5 percent, after having been on both sides of the unchanged line through the session. The Nasdaq composite slipped  9 points, or 0.5 percent and the S&P 500 index dropped 0.5 percent as well.

The Dow and Nasdaq ended at fresh 8-month lows and the S&P 500 at 9-month lows. Stocks slid through most of the day as investors digested the jobs report ahead of a long holiday weekend. All U.S. financial markets are closed Monday in observance of Independence Day. 


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July 2nd, 2010
06:12 PM ET

Obama: Byrd 'climbed to such extraordinary peaks'

[Posted at 1:31 p.m.] President Barack Obama told the people of West Virginia that the entire United States shares in their loss with the death of Sen. Robert Byrd.

"He was a Senate icon," Obama said. "And he was my friend. That's how I'll remember him. Today we remember the path he climbed to such extraordinary peaks."

Obama said making life better in West Virginia was Byrd's only agenda.

"Giving you hope, he said, was his greatest achievement," Obama said. "Hope through roads and research centers, schools..."

Watch Obama speak at Byrd memorial

Obama spoke of Byrd's knowing that life was marked with your weaknesses and strengths, sins and truths and successes and failures.

"Like the Constitution," Obama said. "Robert Byrd possessed that quintessential American quality - and that is the capacity to change, the capacity to learn, the capacity to listen."

[Posted at 1:11 p.m.] Vice President Joe Biden said while many senators revered the Senate "Robert C. Byrd elevated the Senate."

Biden said it couldn't have been more fitting for Byrd to lie in repose inside the Senate chambers, instead of in the rotunda.

"That was his cathedral," Biden said.

Biden remembered Byrd as the "fiercest" defender of his state and the people's way of life and a man who he never called "Senator," but instead "Leader."


July 2nd, 2010
06:02 PM ET

Analysis confirms "subjects-citizens" change in Declaration

Would the spirit of the Declaration of Independence have been any different if it referred to Americans as "subjects" instead of "citizens?"

Thomas Jefferson apparently thought so, and recent analysis of a rough draft of the Declaration has confirmed speculation that he considered both before settling on "citizens."

Recent hyperspectral imaging by scientists in the Library of Congress' Preservation Research and Testing Division performed on Jefferson’s rough draft shows he originally wrote the phrase "our fellow subjects." But he apparently changed his mind and heavily scrawled over the word "subjects" was the word "citizens."


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July 2nd, 2010
02:34 PM ET

Report: Alex kills at least six people in Mexico

At least six people have died in the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon amid heavy rain associated with former Hurricane Alex, which stormed ashore late Wednesday, the government news agency said Friday.

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July 2nd, 2010
02:02 PM ET

Alleged Russian spies reveal true identity, documents show

Russian spying suspects known as Michael Zottoli and Patricia Mills have told investigators that those are not their real identities, according to court documents.

Zottoli says he's a Russian citizen named Mikhail Kutzik, and Mills said she is a Russian citizen said Natalia Pereverzeva.

More details to come

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July 2nd, 2010
01:25 PM ET

NASA: Unmanned spacecraft fails to dock with ISS

An unpiloted Progress supply vehicle approaches the International Space Station on a previous mission in 2005.

An unmanned cargo spacecraft has failed to dock with the International Space Station, said Lynette Madison of NASA Friday.

The Progress cargo vessel, a resupply craft, was trying to dock with the space station when a technical problem occurred about 20 minutes before the scheduled docking time, she said.

The vessel flew about two miles past the space station.

"This is kind of a fluke event," she said. "We normally don't have any problems with Progress dockings. We dock those every few months. So this is an unusual event."

Six people aboard the space station - three Americans and three Russians - are not in danger, Madison said.

Engineers with the Russian Space Agency will try to dock the vehicle again, but they do not plan to try that on Friday, she said. They have "some" control of the vehicle, she said.

The craft launched Wednesday from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan, the state-run RIA-Novosti news agency of Russia said.

It planned to deliver "fuel, oxygen, scientific equipment and video and photo equipment" to the space station along with food, water and personal items for crew members, the news agency said.

Progress re-supply vehicles typically deliver supplies to the space station and haul away trash, burning up on re-entry.

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July 2nd, 2010
01:11 PM ET

Dispersants flow into Gulf in 'science experiment'

Chemical dispersants keep flowing into the Gulf of Mexico at virtually unchanged levels despite the Environmental Protection Agency's order to BP to "significantly" scale back, according to a CNN analysis of daily dispersant reports provided by the Deepwater Horizon Unified Command.

When the May 26 directive was issued, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said dispersant use should be cut by 75 percent.


July 2nd, 2010
12:23 PM ET

How to beat Moscow traffic: Buy a helicopter

Moscow's regional governor, Boris Gromov, has suggested commuters turn to helicopters.

Moscow’s regional governor offered an unusual - and blithe - solution on Friday to the Russian capital’s massive traffic jams: get a helicopter.

“I travel in a helicopter,” Boris Gromov told journalists, the RIA Novosti news agency reported. “You should also buy helicopters instead of cars - then you will not need roads.”

He’s not the only one flying. About 400 Moscow region residents own helicopters, Gromov said.

Repair work has caused unprecedented holdups on the Leningradskoye Highway, one of the main traffic arteries to the northwest of Moscow.

The jams are so bad that about 1,500 people miss their flights from Sheremetyevo International Airport every day, according to RIA Novosti. And it’s not just commuters who are complaining. Russia’s state-run air carrier Aeroflot said it is losing an average of 400,000 euros per day over the traffic jams on the Leningradskoye Highway, the company’s deputy director-general, Andrei Kalmykov, told the Itar-Tass news agency Thursday.

Muscovite motorists reported an average delay of 2.5 hours describing their worst traffic jams of the last three years, IBM said in its first global “commuter pain” study released Thursday.

Russia’s transport head on Thursday said the jams are here to stay. "I am sure that - fortunately or unfortunately - traffic jams in Moscow will not disappear because they are a result of Moscow's activity," Vasily Kichedzhi, head of the transportation and communication department, told RIA Novosti.

Then again, Gormov’s solution might not be that unreasonable.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration cleared a flying car for takeoff this week. The agency gave the Transition Roadable Aircraft, developed by Massachusetts-based engineering firm Terrafugia, a weight exemption, paving the way for mass production.

What’s your worst traffic jam ever, and what do you do to beat these tie-ups? Let us know in the comments below.

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July 2nd, 2010
11:21 AM ET

Vets' care hurt by bureaucratic games, memo says

Military veterans are being denied health care due to "inappropriate scheduling practices" at VA facilities, according to an internal memo from the Department of Veterans Affairs.


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July 2nd, 2010
10:34 AM ET

War crimes suspect averts extradition from Australia

A man wanted in Hungary for the torture and killing of a Jewish teenager during World War II averted extradition Friday after an Australian federal court ruled in his favor, the an Australian news agency reported.


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July 2nd, 2010
10:31 AM ET

Gen. Petraeus arrives in Afghanistan

Gen. David Petraeus, the new U.S. commander in Afghanistan, has arrived at NATO headquarters in Kabul, the military said Friday.

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July 2nd, 2010
10:30 AM ET

Former S. African police chief convicted of corruption

South Africa's former police chief, Jackie Selebi, was found guilty Friday of corruption resulting from his relationship with a convicted drug trafficker, the state news agency in South Africa reported.

Selebi will face 15 years in prison when he is sentenced July 14.


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July 2nd, 2010
10:29 AM ET

High winds may mean less BP oil collected

A cap meant to capture oil gushing from BP's ruptured undersea well appeared to be bouncing in the water Friday, moving more freely than it has in the past.

The implication is that less oil is being captured, said Steven Wereley, a member of the Flow Rate Technical Group, which is meant to provide scientifically sound information about how much oil is spilling into the Gulf of Mexico.

High winds account for the cap's "wobble," said Mark Proegler, a BP spokesman. He noted that forecasters expect rough seas to calm a bit this weekend.

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July 2nd, 2010
09:02 AM ET

Mexico: Suspect arrested in U.S. consulate shooting deaths

Mexican authorities have arrested a drug gang suspect accused of planning the shooting deaths in March of three people connected with the U.S. consulate in Ciudad Juarez and participating in the killings of 13 teens at a party in the city a month earlier, federal police said Friday.

Jesus Ernesto Chavez Castillo, known as the Camel, prepared the logistics and secured the weapons used to kill consulate employee Lesley Enriquez and her husband, Arthur Redelfs, said federal police spokesman Ramon Eduardo Pequeno Garcia. Jorge Alberto Salcido Ceniceros, the husband of another consulate employee, was killed in a separate attack that day.

The 13 dead people at the January party were mistakenly believed to belong to a rival drug gang, Pequeno said.

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July 2nd, 2010
08:56 AM ET

On the Radar: Gulf oil, alleged Russian spy, Byrd memorial

Gulf oil disaster - Now that former Hurricane Alex has lost nearly all its punch, many in the Gulf Coast states are hoping that cleanup efforts will resume Friday for the massive oil spill. The dangerous storm had created choppy seas in the Gulf of Mexico and caused hundreds of oil skimmers to be docked.

Memorial for Byrd - President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are among the mourners who plan to attend a memorial service Friday in West Virginia for Sen. Robert Byrd, a nine-term Democrat. The memorial service is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. ET. 

Byrd's body arrived Thursday at the U.S. Capitol to lie in repose in the Senate chamber, a rare honor for a man who rose from the poverty of Depression-era West Virginia to become the longest-serving member of Congress. He died Monday at age 92.


July 2nd, 2010
08:44 AM ET

Unemployment rate declines to 9.5 percent

The U.S. economy lost 125,000 jobs in June, the Labor Department said Friday, but the unemployment rate declined to 9.5 percent.

It was the lowest unemployment rate since July 2009, when the figure was 9.4 percent.

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July 2nd, 2010
08:12 AM ET

Friday's intriguing people

Jaycee Dugard

The California Assembly on Thursday passed a bill appropriating $20 million to the kidnapping victim to settle her claims against the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, according to the chief clerk's office.

Dugard vanished in 1991 at the age of 11. She was found in August 2009, living in a shed in the Antioch, California, backyard of Phillip Garrido, a registered sex offender who had been on parole since January 1988. Investigators said Garrido fathered two children with Dugard during her captivity.

He and his wife, Nancy, are charged with 29 felony counts in the case. Both have pleaded not guilty.

In a report issued in November, the state inspector general's office found the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation failed to keep tabs on Garrido properly or properly supervise the officers assigned to his case.

According to CNN affiliate KCRA-TV in Sacramento, corrections officials entered into the settlement with Dugard, now 30. The settlement process was "pretty much unprecedented," said Jeff Long, spokesman for Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, who sponsored the bill.


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