September 17th, 2010
10:42 PM ET

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Holloway's mom pays visit to Peruvian jail: The mother of missing American teen Natalee Holloway met with the man suspected in her daughter's disappearance this week at the Peruvian prison where he is being held in another woman's death, attorneys for both sides said Friday.
Woman remorseful for acid hoax, parents say: The parents of a Washington state woman who admitted making up a story about an assailant throwing caustic liquid in her face told reporters Friday that they don't know why their daughter inflicted her own wounds.
September 17th, 2010
09:51 PM ET

Wisconsin DA won't step down amid texting controversy

A Wisconsin prosecutor apologized Friday for sending personal texts to a domestic abuse victim while prosecuting her former boyfriend, but said he won't step down from office.

Calumet County District Attorney Kenneth Kratz said he intended to stay in office "as I have been elected to do."

E-mails from November 2009 between Kratz and the Wisconsin Department of Justice show Kratz denied wrong-doing for weeks before finally saying, "My behavior was inappropriate."

"This behavior showed a lack of respect, not only for my position, but for the young woman that was involved."

Kratz said he has already seen a psychotherapist, and may consider taking personal time off to seek additional treatment for this issue.


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September 17th, 2010
09:46 PM ET

Two tornadoes, microburst caused NYC damage

Two tornadoes and a microburst with wind gusts up to 125 miles per hour hit New York City on Thursday, according to a National Weather Service spokesman.

Gary Conte said one tornado touched down in Brooklyn and one in Queens, in addition to a microburst in Queens.


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September 17th, 2010
08:14 PM ET

Parents of woman who threw acid on self still puzzled

The parents of a Washington woman who admitted making up a story about an assailant throwing caustic liquid in her face told reporters Friday that they don't know why their daughter inflicted her own wounds.

"She's obviously dealing with some deep internal, emotional and psychological problems that we had no knowledge of and we hope that she'll get the help that she needs," said Nancy Neuwelt, mother of 28-year-old Bethany Storro. "She's got a long road ahead of her, but she's on the road, and we're going to walk it with her."

Joe and Nancy Neuwelt said there were no signs of trouble leading up to the August 30 incident, after which Storro originally told police she had been attacked by an African-American woman with an athletic build and slicked-back hair pulled into a pony tail.

On Thursday, Storro admitted her injuries were self-inflicted, Vancouver police said. The Neuwelts said they had no reason to doubt their daughter's story - as "any good parents would" - until Storro confessed on Thursday.


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Filed under: Hoax • Washington state
September 17th, 2010
07:59 PM ET

Eight shot execution-style in Ciudad Juarez, cops say

Eight people were killed in a shooting at a bar in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico in the early morning hours Friday, Federal Police spokesperson Ramon Salinas told CNN.

The Chihuahua state police said in a statement that most of the victims were shot in the head execution-style at around 3 a.m. local time.

The state police would not say if this incident was drug related or not.

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Filed under: Juarez • Mexico
September 17th, 2010
06:41 PM ET

Hurricane Karl plows into Mexico mainland, weakens

Hurricane Karl weakened Friday afternoon after making landfall, but the heavy rain it spawned could still cause mudslides and flash floods in the Mexican interior, forecasters said.

Karl was a Category 3 storm when it came ashore about 10 miles (15 kilometers) north of Veracruz, Mexico, CNN's satellite and radar estimates showed, but is now classified Category 1.

Karl is forecast to weaken to a tropical depression on Saturday and dissipate over the mountains of Mexico on Sunday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Friday afternoon. It added the Mexican government has discontinued all coastal watches and warnings.


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Filed under: Hurricanes • Mexico • Tropical weather • Weather
September 17th, 2010
05:36 PM ET

Stocks eke out gains in choppy week

A look at highlights from the day's business news:

Stocks end with modest gains

Stocks closed modestly higher Friday on better-than-expected earnings from Oracle and Research in Motion, but a disappointing consumer sentiment report put a cap on gains.

The Dow Jones industrial average gained 13 points, or 0.1%, to end at 10,607.85. The S&P 500 added 1 point, or 0.1%, to close at 1,125.59, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq increased 12 points, or 0.5%, to end at 2,315.61.

During the rest of the week, stocks ended higher on Monday and Wednesday but closed mixed to flat for the other two days. The Dow gained 0.6% over the week, while the S&P added 0.3%, and the Nasdaq advanced 1.3%.

Upbeat tech earnings helped stocks pop at the open Friday, but an unexpectedly downbeat consumer sentiment report sent indexes in and out of negative territory. The banking and energy sectors ended mostly lower, while technology, retail and housing shares closed mixed.

For more on the day in the markets, check out's wrap-up of the week.

September 17th, 2010
04:37 PM ET

Colbert, Stewart rallies on 'date of no significance'?

P.T. Barnum's "Greatest Show on Earth" debuted October 30, 1873.

When Jon Stewart raised the idea of doing a march in Washington, he said he wanted to make sure it was "on a date of no significance."

Stewart publicly floated the idea of a counter-rally to Glenn Beck's much-publicized "Restoring Honor" rally on the National Mall in a profile in the September 12 edition of New York magazine. Beck's rally was held on the 47th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered in the same place.

So when Stewart and Comedy Central's other favorite funny man, Stephen Colbert, decided to announce rallies of their own in the nation's capital October 30, we had to take a look into history to see whether the date held a clean slate or whether there were some moments in time the two comedians might be ironically, or purposely, shining a light on.

Although it's likely any single day they chose could have some ironies to it, it turns out there are a number of interesting events in history that have taken place October 30.

Perhaps the double team of Stewart and Colbert are hoping their respective rallies will be regarded as the "Greatest Shows on Earth" - after all, P.T. Barnum's now-well-known circus did debut October 30, 1873. (If nothing else, it'd be a nod to the show's creator, who is also known for coining the phrase "there's a sucker born every minute"). Are you trying to send a tongue-in-cheek message to us, men of comedy?

Or perhaps the date of the rallies, and their place on the Mall, could be a nod to several historic moments in time. Here are a few of the other big events that have taken place on October 30. Are any the impetus behind the date's use? Or just a coincidence? Share your thoughts in the comments bellow.


September 17th, 2010
03:54 PM ET

6.3. quake hits northeast Afghanistan

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck the Hindu Kush region of northeast Afghanistan Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter of the earthquake occurred 165 miles northeast of Kabul, where the earthquake was still felt, reports CNN's Joe Duran.

CNN freelancer Bill Skinner said from a military base six to seven kilometers east of Kabul that the ground shook for about 15 seconds, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

This story is developing. We'll bring you the latest information as we get it.

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September 17th, 2010
03:14 PM ET

WebPulse: Colbert, Stewart and acid hoax

Comedy Central hosts Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart plan to hold rallies in Washington.

Here's a look at some of the stories that are trending and popular on Twitter, Google and other news and social media sites.

Announcements from popular Comedy Central fake news hosts Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert that they plan to stage rallies in the nation's capitol on October 30 has the rumor mill buzzing over whether it's all a big joke. For now, fans of the funnymen seem content to muse over the names of the events - "Rally to Restore Sanity" and "March to Keep Fear Alive" - and their not-so-subtle references to the political rally staged last month by Fox News host Glenn Beck.


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Filed under: Justice • Politics • Showbiz • Washington state • Web Pulse
September 17th, 2010
02:10 PM ET

'Bore hole' reaches trapped miners in Chile

A bore hole reached 33 trapped Chilean miners Friday, officials said, but it must be widened before miners can squeeze through - a process that should take a few weeks.

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September 17th, 2010
01:55 PM ET

Obama names Warren to consumer protection post

President Obama announced Friday that he's appointing Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren to a key role crafting the consumer financial protection bureau that was her idea in the first place.

"Getting the agency off the ground is a task that can't wait," Obama said. Warren "is the best person to stand this agency only make sense that she should be the artchitect," he added.

Warren, 61, said she "enthusiastically agreed" to serve as a special adviser in the Obama administration, in a blog post appearing on the White House Website.


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Filed under: Barack Obama • Economy
September 17th, 2010
01:01 PM ET

'Draw Mohammed' cartoonist goes into hiding, paper says

Muslims burn an effigy of cartoonist Molly Norris in Karachi, Pakistan, on May 26.

A cartoonist for Seattle Weekly in Washington state is in hiding after she received death threats for mocking the Prophet Mohammed five months ago, the newspaper reported.

The alternative weekly’s editor in chief reported this week that artist Molly Norris is “going ghost” on the advice of FBI security specialists. She will be moving and changing her name, Mark Fefer wrote.

“You may have noticed that Molly Norris’ comic is not in the paper this week. That’s because there is no more Molly,” he said. “She is, in effect, being put into a witness-protection program – except, as she notes, without the government picking up the tab.”

Norris’ hasty exodus stems from an April controversy in which the creators of “South Park” saw their 201st episode censored over its inclusion of Mohammed as a character. Creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker received death threats because their 200th episode featured the Muslim prophet in a bear suit.


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Filed under: Al Qaeda • Anti-Islam • Islam • Pakistan • Religion • Washington state
September 17th, 2010
12:49 PM ET

Right wing rips Obama, GOP establishment

Hotly energized social conservatives took aim at Washington's political establishment Friday, gathering to celebrate a string of GOP primary upsets this year and promising a revolution at the polls in November.

Speaker after speaker slammed the Obama administration for advancing what was characterized as a left-wing agenda threatening to undermine the country's economy, security and moral foundation.

The fifth annual Values Voters Summit, held in the nation's capitol, is a veritable "who's who" of rising Republican stars and possible 2012 presidential contenders: Sens. Jim DeMint of South Carolina and Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, among others.

Also scheduled to appear at the two-day gathering is the right's newest celebrity, surprise Delaware GOP Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell.


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Filed under: Politics • Republican Party • Tea Party
September 17th, 2010
12:48 PM ET

Jeter's pitch controversy; Braves take on Mets

A team trainer examines Yankee Derek Jeter after the shortstop claimed a pitch hit him.

Is Jeter a cheater?

That’s the question circulating around baseball circles (or diamonds?) after the New York Yankees’ famed shortstop caught some flack for a controversial play Wednesday night.

With the Yankees trailing 2-1 in the seventh inning and Derek Jeter at the plate, Tampa Bay’s Chad Qualls threw a pitch way inside that appeared to hit something. Jeter wailed in pain and grabbed his wrist, making it seem as if the ball had struck him. But upon further review, the ball clearly hit the knob of his bat. But thanks to Jeter’s much-acclaimed acting performance, the Yankee was awarded first base and went on to score a pivotal run that helped the Yankees take the lead for while, but they ultimately lost the game.


September 17th, 2010
11:56 AM ET

Friday's intriguing people

Beth Holloway

The mother of Natalee Holloway, an American teen who vanished in Aruba in 2005, visited a Peruvian prison Thursday and reportedly spoke to the man who she believes killed her daughter. Beth Holloway made a trip to the Castro Castro Prison along with documentary filmmaker Peter de Vries. Unconfirmed reports say she was able to see prisoner Joran Van der Sloot for at least five minutes before being led away by authorities.

Van der Sloot was arrested twice in Aruba in connection with the younger Holloway's disappearance but was never charged. He is in Peru facing murder charges in the death of Stephany Flores, who was killed in a Lima hotel in June.


September 17th, 2010
11:21 AM ET

'Soulmates' Chrissie Hynde, J.P. Jones talk music and love

Chrissie Hynde

Chrissie Hynde and J.P. Jones perform on CNN.

Former "Pretender" Chrissie Hynde tells CNN's Kyra Phillips that J.P. Jones "seduced" her with his singing and songwriting. The collaboration between the two, who are almost 30 years apart, led to a romantic relationship and the formation of "J.P. and Chrissie and the Fairground Boys," whose new album, "Fidelity," is earning accolades from critics and fans.

Watch "J.P. and Chrissie and the Fairground Boys" play on CNN

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September 17th, 2010
11:16 AM ET

Hurricane Karl batters Mexico as it nears landfall

Powerful Hurricane Karl battered the Caribbean coast of Mexico on Friday, bringing torrents of rain and fierce winds several hours before its center was expected to make landfall.

Karl, a Category 3 hurricane, was centered about 25 miles (40 km) northeast of the state of Veracruz, Mexico, at 11 a.m., the National Hurricane Center said. Maximum sustained winds were near 120 mph (195 kph) with higher gusts.


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Filed under: Hurricanes • Mexico • Tropical weather • Weather
September 17th, 2010
10:33 AM ET

On the Radar: Elizabeth Warren, funnymen's rallies

Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren is expected to be named special adviser to the treasury secretary.

Elizabeth Warren - President Obama officially is expected to announce his appointment of Elizabeth Warren as assistant to the president and special adviser to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In the new role, Warren, now the head of oversight for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, will launch the U.S. Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. will carry the announcement at 1:30 p.m. ET Friday. It comes after months of speculation over who'll be appointed to play a key role in crafting the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.


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Filed under: Barack Obama • Elizabeth Warren • Hurricanes • On the Radar • Politics • Weather
September 17th, 2010
10:08 AM ET

Rare Asian 'unicorn' captured

The rarity of the saola, which resembles an African antelope, gives it mythical status.

Scientists have confirmed the first sighting in more than a decade of one of the world’s rarest animals - the saola, sometimes called Asia’s “unicorn.”

 The animal was captured by villagers in Laos in August, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. The villagers took the saola back to their village in Bolikhamxay province and Laotian conservation authorities sent a team to check on the animal. The creature, likely weakened from its time in captivity, died shortly after that team arrived.


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