September 9th, 2010
11:19 AM ET

Thursday's intriguing people

Imam Muhammad Musri

An Imam from Orlando met with Pastor Terry Jones yesterday, trying for 40 minutes to persuade the local pastor not to burn copies of the Quran this Saturday.

According to a report in the Gainesville Sun, Imam Muhammad Musri was in Gainesville, Florida, for another interfaith event when he decided to go to Dove World Outreach Center and ask for a one-on-one with Jones.

Following the meeting, Musri told reporters outside the church that he thinks Jones knows that American Muslims are peaceful - despite a sign in the Dove World church yard that says "Islam is of the devil."

"I told him the world would admire your courage if you come out and say, 'Because of my devotion to Christ and the Bible, I'm going to do the right thing.'" Musri said. "I strongly believe at the end of the day that he is going to make the right step and call off this event."

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September 9th, 2010
10:10 AM ET

Tom Brady involved in car crash, source says

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was involved in a two-vehicle accident Thursday morning near his home in Boston, Massachusetts, but is now "fine," according to a source familiar with the incident.

Brady was not injured and was already at football practice after the wreck, the source told CNN. The driver of the other vehicle was hospitalized, but the condition of that person was not immediately clear, the source said.

Law enforcement sources told the Boston Globe that Brady was driving a sedan, and was treated at the scene. The driver of the other vehicle, a passenger van, was transported to a local hospital, the Globe reported.

The accident occurred around 6:34 a.m., according to Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald.

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September 9th, 2010
08:46 AM ET

On the Radar: Imam interview, Quran burning plan, pirates

Islamic center near ground zero -  The religious leader behind plans to build an Islamic center and mosque a few blocks from New York's ground zero said Wednesday night that America's national security depends on how it handles the controversy.

"If we move from that location, the story will be the radicals have taken over the discourse," Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf told CNN's Soledad O'Brien on "Larry King Live." CNN is asking for your take on the interview, trying to learn more about the man behind the Islamic center and looking at how media around the world reacted to the interview.

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September 9th, 2010
08:22 AM ET

Thursday's live video events

9:00 am ET - Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf talks to CNN replay - The imam behind plans for an Islamic center near New York’s ground zero talks to CNN’s Soledad O’Brien on “Larry King Live”.  Repeats at 11:00 am ET and 1:00 pm ET.

10:30 am ET - Combating Islamophobia briefing - The Council on American-Islamic Relations holds a news conference to announce a major educational initiative in response to a Florida church’s plan to burn Qurans this weekend.

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September 9th, 2010
07:05 AM ET

Marines board pirated ship

U.S. Marines boarded and seized control Thursday of a German-owned vessel that had been captured off Somalia by pirates on Wednesday, the U.S. Fifth Fleet said.

Marines from the USS Dubuque captured nine alleged pirates and returned control of the M/V Magellan Star to its civilian crew, the Navy said. No injuries were reported.

A Turkish navy frigate and a second U.S. warship also took part in the operation, the U.S. Navy said.

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Filed under: Crime • Somalia • World
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