September 24th, 2010
10:56 PM ET

iPhone app tracks settlement activity in Israel

Facts on the Ground uses various filters to display settlement activity in Israel.

Want to track settlement activity in the West Bank, Gaza or Golan Heights? There's an app for that.

Facts on the Ground is a free iPhone application that lets users track settlements in territory acquired by Israel in the 1967 Six Day War, according to the group behind it, Americans for Peace Now.

The map is organized in layers that show different kinds of data collected by the group, which describes itself as a "non-partisan" Zionist organization "working to achieve a comprehensive political settlement to the Arab-Israeli conflict."

By selecting a particular settlement, like Bracha, on the map, information such as date of establishment (1983) and settlement type (ideological) appear in a pop-up blurb alongside other data. Users can also click on a series of layers and overlays to display borders, Israeli municipal jurisdictions and Palestinian residential areas.

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September 24th, 2010
09:58 PM ET

Judge sets bail for Lindsay Lohan at $300,000

A California judge has set bail for actress Lindsey Lohan at $300,00, a few hours after another judge ordered her into jail for failing a court-ordered drug test, a Los Angeles Superior Court spokesman said.

Earlier Friday, Judge Elden Fox ordered Lohan jailed for four weeks without bail while she awaited a probation revocation hearing scheduled for October 22.

Lohan was led out of Fox's courtroom in handcuffs.

In response to a writ of habeas corpus filed on Lohan's behalf, Judge Patricia Schnegg set bail at $300,000, Los Angeles Superior Court spokesman Allan Parachini said.

Lohan must wear an alcohol-detection device after bail is posted, Los Angeles Superior Court spokesman Allan Parachini said.

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September 24th, 2010
09:16 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

The five most popular stories on in the past 24 hours, according to NewsPulse.

4 dead in Seattle shooting: Five people were shot - four fatally - at a Seattle, Washington, home Thursday, police said.

Virginia executes woman who hired killers: Teresa Lewis, called the mastermind in the murder-for-hire deaths of her husband and stepson, was executed Thursday night.


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Filed under: Crime • Death Penalty • Lindsay Lohan • Politics • Showbiz • Stephen Colbert
September 24th, 2010
07:20 PM ET

Tropical Storm Lisa becomes Category 1 hurricane

Tropical Storm Lisa strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane Friday evening, the National Hurricane Center said.

Lisa is the seventh hurricane of the season, the center said.

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September 24th, 2010
06:03 PM ET

Garrido trial postponed pending competency exam

Criminal proceedings against Phillip Garrido will be put on hold until a determination is made as to whether the California man is competent to stand trial, a spokeswoman for El Dorado County Superior Court said.

A hearing has been set for October 8, when an expert will be appointed. Garrido did appear in court today.

Garrido and his wife, Nancy, are accused of kidnapping 11-year-old Jaycee Dugard in 1991 and holding her captive in their Antioch home for 18 years. Parole officers visiting the home of Garrido, a convicted rapist, saw and spoke to Dugard but never questioned why she was there, California officials disclose in newly released documents that figured in the settlement.

The state of California recently signed a $20 million settlement with Dugard.

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September 24th, 2010
05:20 PM ET

'Contract With America' signers look at GOP pledge


Bill Paxon and Susan Molinari watched with keen and sentimental interest as House Republicans unveiled their campaign blueprint this week, "Pledge with America."

The husband and wife are former Republican members of Congress who played key roles in advancing the House Republicans' "Contract with America" in 1994. The congressional couple signed the contract, then, following a quick honeymoon, hit the campaign trail armed with the Contract, stumping for Republican candidates in 52 congressional districts in 30 states.

They remember a somewhat similiar political climate. "There was some unravelling of the Clinton mystique by 1994," Molinari said.

"Today there's this palpable concern in the country literally about the future of America," Paxon added.

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Filed under: Politics • Republican Party
September 24th, 2010
04:48 PM ET

All 3 major indexes hit 4-month highs

A look at the day's business news headlines:

The bulls are back: Stocks surge

U.S. stocks rallied right out of the gate and didn't look back Friday afternoon as investors grabbed onto a slightly stronger report on durable goods orders, and as gold touched a record high above $1,300 an ounce.

All three major indexes touched fresh four-month highs. The Dow Jones industrial average surged 200 points, or 1.9 percent, with all 30 components of the blue-chip index higher.


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September 24th, 2010
04:47 PM ET

Fourth lawsuit filed against Pastor Eddie Long

A fourth lawsuit has been filed against Atlanta-area Pastor Eddie Long,
alleging he coerced a 15 year-old into sex during a trip to Africa.

The man named in the new suit says he first met the pastor at his church in Charlotte, North Carolina. The improprieties continued after he moved to Atlanta at the behest of Long to attend a local university, he said.

A spokesman for Long denied the allegations. He has denied similar allegations of impropriety from 3 other men.

"Our position about the lawsuits has not changed. Bishop Long categorically deny the charges. We believe that it is unfortunate the young men have chosen to take this course of action. The defense team will review the complaints and respond accordingly at the appropriate time and in the appropriate forum," Art Franklin said.

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September 24th, 2010
04:24 PM ET

American hiker Sarah Shourd meets Iranian president

[Updated 4:23 p.m.] Freed American hiker Sarah Shourd and her mother, Nora, met Friday with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in New York, a family spokeswoman said.


[Updated 9:16 a.m.] Sarah Shourd is happy to be back in the United States after being held for 14 months in an Iranian prison. The homecoming, as welcome as it was, is still bittersweet. Her companions, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal are still being held. The three were arrested last year when they were hiking near the Iran-Iraq border. Sarah Shourd talked on CNN's "American Morning" about her ordeal and efforts to get her two friends free.

Kiran Chetry: I can't imagine the emotion you're going through. How are you physically and mentally after the release?

Sarah Shourd: Well, it is hard to explain. I mean, of course, I feel grateful. I wouldn't be free if it wasn't for a huge groundswell of supports of governments and people across the world from Desmond Tutu in South Africa to a homeless woman in San Francisco donating money for us. It is incredible. I know that the same people are doubling their efforts and no one's going to give up until Shane and Josh are with us.


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September 24th, 2010
02:18 PM ET

Chinese fishing captain freed, boards homebound plane

Protesters shout slogans in front of the Japanese Embassy in Beijing last week.

The detained captain of a Chinese trawler left Japan on Saturday on a China-bound flight, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Zhan Qixiong, the trawler captain detained by Japanese authorities since September 8, left with officials from China's Foreign and Agriculture ministries.

"We decided to suspend the charges in consideration of the Japan-China relationship," said the Japanese prosecutor in the case.

In China, the captain's wife, Chen Tingting, said she was thrilled.

"We are so happy. We are just really very happy to hear the news," she said.

His home is Jinjiang cit  in the southern province of Fujian. The captain was arrested off the disputed Diaoyu Islands after his vessel crashed into two Japanese patrol boats. He was accused of obstructing Japanese public officers while they performed their duties.

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September 24th, 2010
01:57 PM ET

Friday's Most Intriguing People

Hossein Derakhshan

The Iranian blogger accused of working with "hostile" governments, propaganda against the Islamic establishment, propaganda in favor of anti-revolutionary groups, and insulting religious sanctities says he has been convicted, his mother says in London's newspaper the Daily Telegraph.

The prosecutor in Iran is seeking the death penalty.

Derakhshan, known as the "blogfather," is credited with creating a blog platform for Persian characters. While living in Canada and Britain, he became known as a defender of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He also has traveled to Israel on a one-man peace mission.

The Telegraph reported that he was arrested within weeks of his voluntary return to Iran in 2008.

Telegraph: Prosecutors seek death penalty for 'blogfather'

Reporters Without Borders: Two bloggers held by Revolutionary Guard


September 24th, 2010
12:52 PM ET

Hostage situation over at bank, bomb may remain

[Updated at 12:52 p.m.] The hostage situation at a south Florida bank is over and one man is in custody, but the bank remains an active crime scene, police say.

An individual in the bank had a "device" on them, Coral Gables Police Sgt. Janette said. The device has been removed and remains inside the bank.

"The bomb squad is currently on scene and trying to contain it and detonate it inside the bank,"  Frevola said.

The bank is now clear, no injuries have been reported, and Frevola said police are questioning the individual who had the device.

"There is no confirmed role of this individual," she said.


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September 24th, 2010
12:40 PM ET

Judge puts Lohan back behind bars

Lindsay Lohan arrives at the Beverly Hills courthouse Friday.

Lindsay Lohan was taken out of a Los Angeles courtroom in handcuffs after a judge ordered she be returned to jail until late next month.

The 24-year-old actress is scheduled to remain in jail until her probation violation hearing October 22.

Lohan served 13 days in jail and 23 days in rehab for a 2007 drunk driving conviction and was released on probation last month.

Her supervised probation required counseling, behavior therapy and random drug tests, and Lohan tweeted last week that she had "regrettably" failed her most recent drug test.

Read CNN's full coverage here

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September 24th, 2010
10:18 AM ET

Changes announced at CNN

CNN President Jim Walton announced a major shakeup of CNN management Friday, replacing the head of CNN/US with a long-time CNN executive known for his business turn-around skills.

HLN head Ken Jautz takes over as executive vice president of CNN/US, replacing Jonathan Klein, who headed the network for six years. CNN's chief marketing officer Scot Safon will run HLN, replacing Jautz.

Walton also said he would hire a managing editor to "help leverage our newsgathering resources across multiple platforms."


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September 24th, 2010
09:42 AM ET

On the radar: Hiker pleads, comedian takes Capitol Hill

Freed hiker wants audience with Ahmadinejad - Sarah Shourd, the American hiker recently released from an Iranian prison, told CNN's "American Morning" on Friday that she would like to speak to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is in New York for the U.N. General Assembly.

Shourd said she would like to appeal to the Islamic republic's president to release her fiancée, Shane Bauer, and friend, Josh Fattal, who are still being held there. She would ask him to show the same mercy he showed in releasing her earlier this month.

Ahmadinejad told CNN's Larry King on Wednesday that he suggested Shourd be released but that he had no influence over the legal process. He said there was a chance Bauer and Fattal could be released, but it would be up to a judge to make that decision.


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September 24th, 2010
08:58 AM ET

$100 million: Will it make a difference in Newark?

If you had a spare $100 million, what is the one thing you would do? Well, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and TV queen Oprah Winfrey are getting together today to hand over that amount to help to give a fighting chance to  inner city kids in Newark, New Jersey, which has a troubled public schools system.

Newark is a city where 46% of students fail to graduate and only 20% go on to attend a four-year college. So is giving this school system $100 million really going to make a difference? Steve Perry, CNN education contributor and principal and founder of Capital Preparatory magnet school, and David Kirkpatrick, author of "The Facebook Effect", weigh in:


September 24th, 2010
07:36 AM ET

Friday's live video events

Ongoing coverage - Tropical Storm Matthew tracker

9:00 am ET - U.N. General Assembly morning session - World leaders gather in New York to discuss the issues of the day before the United Nations General Assembly.


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September 24th, 2010
06:17 AM ET

World update: Organizers make progress with Games

An update from the CNN newsdesk in London on the stories we're following on Friday:

Commonwealth Games - The list of countries that have agreed to compete in the Commonwealth Games is growing. Team Wales and Team England have announced that they will travel to Delhi for the competition, despite criticism that the athletes' village is uninhabitable and filthy.

U.N. focus on Sudan - The United Nations today turns its focus to Sudan, and a January referendum for independence in the south of the country.  Given the ethnic divisions and potential violence, the world body wants the election to be peaceful.   Today's session will be attended by U.S. President Barack Obama, who also meets with ASEAN leaders.