August 25th, 2010
11:13 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

The five most popular stories during the last 24 hours, according to NewsPulse:

72 bodies of migrants found in Mexico: Seventy-two bodies discovered at a ranch in northeast Mexico belonged to migrants who were making their way toward the United States, Mexican officials said Wednesday.

Van der Sloot prison picture investigated: Authorities in Peru said Tuesday they have begun disciplinary action against jailers who photographed suspected killer Joran van der Sloot posing with two other men held in connection with high-profile killings there.

Martin Short's wife died of natural causes: Martin Short's wife died relatively young - at only 58 - but her death was from natural causes, a coroner official confirms.

N.J. family's picture helps catch suspect: In today's technology-laden society, hearing of crimes solved or cold cases cracked with state-of-the-art tech tools has become commonplace. But for one New Jersey family all it took to catch an alleged thief was a camera and a little luck.

3 Colombian teens on Facebook hit list killed: Three teens who were on a 69-name hit list posted on Facebook have been killed in the past 10 days in a southwestern Colombian town, officials say.

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August 25th, 2010
08:25 PM ET

Stocks recover from housing blues; treasury edge higer

Stocks creep out of housing slump
Stocks turned slightly higher Wednesday as investors looked for bargains following another round of dismal housing news.

The Dow Jones industrial average gained 18 points, or 0.2 percent, the S&P 500 rose 3 points, or 0.3 percent, and the Nasdaq composite edged up 13 points, or 0.6 percent. 

All three major indexes sold off sharply immediately following the housing data but managed to recoup some losses as homebuilding and housing material stocks crept higher.

10-year Treasury yield bounces off 19-month low
Treasury yields edged higher Wednesday, rebounding from earlier lows, as investors digested a $36 billion sale of 5-year notes and another dour report on the housing market.

The yield on the benchmark 10-year note rose to 2.54 percent from 2.49 percent late Tuesday, when the yield fell to the lowest level since Jan. 20, 2009, according to data from the Federal Reserve.

The yield on the 2-year note rose to 0.53 percent after holding near record lows this week. The 5-year yield rose to 1.38 percent; the 30-year yield edged up to 3.57 percent.

Meanwhile, the 5-year note auction received bids totaling $101.7 billion for the $36 billion worth of notes sold. The bid-to-cover ratio, a measure of demand, was 2.83. That's down from last 5-year sale in July, but above this
year's average of 2.74.

It was the second of three auctions aimed at selling $102 billion in U.S. debt this week. Demand at Tuesday's sale of $37 billion worth of 2-year notes was firm, but came in slightly weaker than previous 2-year sales this year. The U.S. will offer $29 billion in 7-year notes on Thursday. reporters Blake Ellis and Ben Rooney contributed to this report.

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Filed under: Economy
August 25th, 2010
08:13 PM ET

Cyberattack in 2008 prompted new Pentagon cyberdefense plan

An infected flash drive put in a U.S. military laptop in 2008 set off the most significant cyberattack ever against the military and brought a turning point in cyberdefense strategy, a top defense official wrote in an article published Wednesday.

Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III, in an article titled "Defending a New Domain" posted on Foreign Affairs magazine's web site, said the "previously classified incident was the most significant breach of U.S. military computers ever."


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Filed under: U.S.
August 25th, 2010
08:01 PM ET

California traces salmonella infections back to May prom

As public health officials across the country look into the salmonella outbreak that began in the spring, the state of California believes it has identified its earliest cases - and says its investigation may have tipped off the rest of the country about the looming problem.

Several people, including students, who attended a prom and graduation party on May 28 and 29 in Santa Clara County, became sick and some of them were hospitalized, Michael Sicilia, a spokesman for the California Department of Health, said Tuesday.


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Filed under: Health • U.S.
August 25th, 2010
07:50 PM ET

72 bodies found in Mexico were immigrants, officials say

Seventy-two bodies discovered at a ranch in northeast Mexico were migrants who were making their way toward the United States, Mexican officials said Wednesday.

The preliminary investigation indicates the victims were illegal immigrants from Honduras, El Salvador, Brazil and Ecuador, said Alejandro Poire, spokesman for national security strategy.


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Filed under: Mexico • World
August 25th, 2010
07:49 PM ET

New Orleans schools get $1.8 billion for Katrina damage

The federal government will award $1.8 billion to New Orleans schools damaged by Hurricane Katrina, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana, said Wednesday.

A provision in an appropriations bill authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide a lump-sum payment for K-12 schools damaged by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.


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Filed under: Louisiana • Politics • U.S.
August 25th, 2010
05:16 PM ET

Tropical Storm Earl forms in east Atlantic

Tropical Depression Seven in the eastern Atlantic has intensified and become Tropical Storm Earl, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Winds are currently 40 mph (65 kph). Earl is the 5th tropical storm in the Atlantic basin for the 2010 season. It poses no threat to land in the next 5 days.

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Filed under: Weather
August 25th, 2010
03:56 PM ET

Web Pulse: Elin speaks, WikiLeaks, a cabbie is stabbed

Tiger Woods' ex-wife tells People she feels "better" than ever.

Elin's peace - Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren have divorced and she's given her first interview. "I have been through the stages of disbelief and shock, to anger and ultimately grief over the loss of the family I so badly wanted for my children," she told People in a series of talks at her home in Florida where the sex scandal began last year. Nordegren, People reports, is studying to get a psychology degree. She told the mag: "I also feel stronger than I ever have. I have confidence in my beliefs, my decisions and myself." Well, you go, Elin. You're having a much better season than Tiger.

The golfer wished Elin "the best in everything" and said he's to blame for their divorce.

WikiLeaks - Let's review what's happened over the past several weeks involving the story of a whistleblower website, its controversial editor Julian Assange and every person and entity WikiLeaks has ticked off or inspired. In July, WikiLeaks released more than 70,000 classified documents about the Afghanistan war and a U.S. soldier remains suspected of the leak. The posting of the so-called "Afghan diaries" angered military leaders but was also praised in some circles. In the days following, Assange threatened to released 15,000 more war documents. Most recently, a Swedish prosecutor filed rape and molestation charges against Assange, then immediately withdrew the rape charge but continues to pursue the molestation allegations. Assange has cried dirty tricks over the case.

On Wednesday, WikiLeaks published what it purports to be a CIA paper on terrorism.

Is the publishing of the CIA paper a big deal? The CIA says it's not.


Filed under: New York • Sports • Tiger Woods • Web Pulse • WikiLeaks
August 25th, 2010
01:36 PM ET

Lindsay Lohan, out of rehab, has new probation rules

Lindsay Lohan is a changed woman after her 13 days in jail and 23 days in a drug rehab program, her lawyer asserted Wednesday.

"She has learned her lesson," defense lawyer Shawn Chapman Holley told
the judge at a Wednesday morning hearing.

"She's very serious about her sobriety," Holley said. "She looks forward to proving to the court that she is taking this seriously. She has learned her


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August 25th, 2010
01:36 PM ET

WikiLeaks: CIA paper published on site

The whistleblower site WikiLeaks has posted what it said is an internal CIA report into the perception that the United States exports terrorism.

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Filed under: WikiLeaks
August 25th, 2010
01:35 PM ET

Wednesday's Most Intriguing People

Former FEMA Director Michael Brown is talking about Hurricane Katrina.

Michael Brown
The former FEMA director - of "You're doing a heckuva job, Brownie!" fame - will host his political radio talk show from New Orleans, Louisiana, on Wednesday and Thursday. Brown will go live from 9 p.m. to midnight EST on KOA in Denver. The return to New Orleans appears to be part of Brown's campaign to address history. In an interview Tuesday with ABC News, Brown said he no longer wanted to be the historical scapegoat of the George W. Bush administration. Brown was forced to resign from FEMA on September 5, 2005.

"I remember telling the [Bush] White House, 'I don't think you guys get it. This is going to be the big one that I've been fighting to get money for, that we've all been worried about,' " he told ABC News. " 'I think this could be it, and nobody seems to care.' " Brown believes that he was targeted because Bush was not going to fire Michael Chertoff, then only the second director of the newly established Department of Homeland Security.

Rick Scott
The "health care tycoon" won Florida's Republican gubernatorial nomination Tuesday, despite being involved in one of the largest Medicare fraud investigations in history.

Dr. Nega Beru and William Neuman
The Food and Drug Administration's director of food safety told New York Times reporter Neuman in the wake of a massive egg recall that U.S. regulators opted not to mandate a hen salmonella vaccine because there was not enough proof that it was effective. In a report Wednesday, Beru said: "We didn't believe that, based on the data we had, there was sufficient scientific evidence for us to require it." Beru added that egg producers were encouraged to vaccinate their hens if they thought it would help fight salmonella. A second FDA official, Nancy Bufano, supported Beru's comments to the Times, saying the proposed U.S. vaccine was viewed as different from the one British farmers were using.

Allen West
The retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel - and Tea Party favorite - won the Republican nomination for Congress in Florida's 22nd District on Tuesday. He will now be in a rematch of his 2008 race against current U.S. Rep. Ron Klein, D-Boca Raton. West, of Plantation, has spent much of the past two years campaigning throughout Broward County, where only 36.8 percent are registered Republicans and 37.1 percent are Democrats. According to the Sun-Sentinel, West has raised tons of cash and will be a formidable challenge for Klein because the district is typically anti-incumbent.

Marcos Esparza Bofill
The former day trader and garage band enthusiast faces a $172 million bill from the IRS, reports the New York Daily News. On Tuesday, the Smoking Gun posted the lien against Esparza Bofill, a 20-something who lives in New York. Though the Daily News could not get Esparza Bofill on the record, an anonymous friend told the paper that his first response was: "Who's the IRS?" Esparza Bofill apparently lived in the U.S. in 2006 and traded for one year, the Daily News said. When he failed to file an income tax return, investigators tracked his every trade. Because he did not report losses or expenses, the IRS presumed a profit on Esparza Bofill's trades, which were $500 million. "He lives a very modest life," the friend told the paper. "So just to think that all of a sudden he owes $172 million is pretty ridiculous." An accountant told the paper that Esparza Bofill just needs to file a return to resolve the problem.

August 25th, 2010
10:56 AM ET

Afghan trainee gets into deadly shootout with Spanish mentors

A mentoring session for Afghan police spiraled out of control and ended in a shootout that killed two Spanish soldiers, an interpreter and a rogue police officer in western Afghanistan Wednesday, a statement from NATO-led forces said.

The Afghan police officer began firing a gun and the Spanish soldiers returned fire, according to NATO's International Assistance Security Force (ISAF). Officials were trying to determine why the Afghan officer opened fire.

The shootout occurred at the Qala-i-Naw base in Badghis province, according to the Spanish Interior Ministry. Several people protested afterward, ISAF said.


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Filed under: Afghanistan
August 25th, 2010
10:15 AM ET

Colombia volcano about to spew

Colombian authorities on Wednesday issued a red alert, the highest level, for the Galeras Volcano, indicating it could erupt at any moment.

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Filed under: Colombia
August 25th, 2010
09:59 AM ET

On the Radar: Islamic center, Alaska race, recall in Michigan

Support rally for center - Some family members of 9/11 victims will rally Wednesday in support of a controversial mosque and Islamic center that is scheduled to be built near New York's ground zero. September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows will be joined by at least 40 religious and civic organizations and is expected to announce the creation of a coalition called New York Neighbors for American Values. The coalition's goals include support of "religious freedom and diversity" and the rejection of "crude stereotypes meant to frighten and divide us." The rally is scheduled to be outside a municipal building in Manhattan. Plans to build the community center and mosque near the site have stirred emotions and provoked debate nationwide.

Primaries - On the day after Tuesday's elections, Alaska's GOP Senate race is still up for grabs. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is trailing Joe Miller, largely a political unknown who has the Tea Party's support as well as the backing of  former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Voters also were deciding on gubernatorial nominees in Alaska. Gov. Sean Parnell, who replaced Palin when she resigned last year, faced two challengers in the GOP primary. With 84 percent of precincts reporting, Parnell had 49 percent of the vote, according to an unofficial Associated Press vote count.

Michigan joins recall list - Eggs are being recalled from another state - Michigan. That raises the total number of states to 23 that received potentially contaminated eggs from Wright County Egg or Hillandale Farms, the distributors at the center of the recall of more than half a billion eggs. The Michigan Department of Agriculture said Tuesday that eggs associated with the recall have been distributed in the state. Also Wednesday, Thomas R. Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is scheduled to address the Atlanta Press Club. Frieden likely will discuss the recall.

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Filed under: Alaska • Michigan • New York • On the Radar • Politics • Sarah Palin • Tea Party
August 25th, 2010
07:27 AM ET

Wednesday's live video events

9:00 am ET - Gulf oil disaster hearing - Hearings continue in Houston on the circumstances surrounding the causes of the Gulf oil disaster.

10:30 am ET - Pentagon briefing on Pakistan - U.S. military officials brief reporters from Pakistan about U.S. military support to flood victims in the country.

12:30 pm ET - BP briefing on Gulf oil disaster - The COO for the BP Gulf Coast Restoration Organization will hold a news conference on a new unmanned water quality monitoring system being deployed in the Gulf of Mexico. Live is your home for breaking news as it happens.

Filed under: On today
August 25th, 2010
06:35 AM ET

World update: WikiLeaks says it will release CIA documents

An update from the TV newsdesk in London on the stories we're following on Wednesday:

Wikileaks founder - While Swedish prosecutors mull over whether Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, ought to be arrested on charges of molestation, the organization sent out a message on Twitter to say that it will make public CIA documents today. There is no guidance as to which sensitive information, if any, will be leaked in these documents.

South Africa strike – More than a million public sector workers have defied a court order to return to work and continue to strike in South Africa. The strike is now one week old and hospitals are bearing the brunt of the action.


August 25th, 2010
01:47 AM ET

Suspicious package shuts down road, redirects subway

Two blocks of Chicago, Illinois, remained shut down early Wednesday morning and a subway line redirected after a suspicious package was found on a street near a metro station, police said.

"Our bomb unit is on the scene right now," Chicago Police Officer Amina Greer said.

The suspicious package was reported at 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, Greer said.

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Filed under: Illinois • U.S.