September 28th, 2010
11:07 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

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

Man fires shots, kills self at Univ. of Texas: A 19-year-old mathematics major from Austin, Texas, was identified Tuesday as the suspected gunman who fired shots from an AK-47 and then turned the gun on himself, authorities said.

Fox News is 'destructive' to America, Obama says: – President Obama is pulling no punches when it comes to Fox News, declaring the cable news outlet "destructive" to America's long-term growth.


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Filed under: Barack Obama • Crime • Most Popular
September 28th, 2010
06:19 PM ET

Temporary halt on stem-cell research lifted

Federally funded embryonic stem-cell research can continue while the Obama administration appeals a federal judge's ruling against use of public funds for such research, after an appeals court lifted a temporary injunction.

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Filed under: Barack Obama • Courts • Science • Stem cell research
September 28th, 2010
06:12 PM ET

Obama focuses his message on the choice facing voters

On issue after issue Tuesday, President Barack Obama kept returning to a campaign theme he repeated like a mantra - voters have a choice of supporting Democrats in November to continue moving the nation forward, or backing Republicans to return to failed policies of the past.

The president faced a range of questions at a town hall-style meeting in the yard of a home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but no matter the topic - education, small businesses, military veterans, clean energy - he repeatedly reminded listeners that the upcoming congressional elections would be their time to decide.

"I hope everybody is going to pay attention and do their homework and find out about candidates," Obama said at the end of the hour-long event. "And I think what you'll find is, is that when you're making choices for governor and you're making choices for Senate and Congress, that these choices are going to mean something."


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Filed under: Politics
September 28th, 2010
05:07 PM ET

Consumer confidence drops, but stocks rise

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

Stocks claw out gains

U.S. stocks finished higher Tuesday as a drop in consumer confidence and a mixed reading on home prices failed to sink recovery hopes.

The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 46 points, or 0.4 percent, the S&P 500 added 5.5 points, or 0.5 percent, and the Nasdaq gained 10 points, or 0.4 percent.


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Filed under: Business • Economy
September 28th, 2010
03:12 PM ET

Eiffel Tower reopened after bomb threat

[Updated at 3:12 p.m.] A CNN cameraman on the scene says the bomb threat at the Eiffel Tower appears to be over.

Police are letting people return to the tower.

[Updated at 2:15 p.m.] The Eiffel Tower was being evacuated Tuesday after a bomb threat made by telephone call from a phone booth in the vicinity of the tower, police told CNN.

It is the second time the landmark has been evacuated in about two weeks.

The 1,063-foot (324-meter) tower was the subject of another bomb threat on September 14 that police later said was bogus.

The threat closed the tower and a nearby metro station. About 2,000 people were evacuated from nearby homes and businesses.

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Filed under: France
September 28th, 2010
03:00 PM ET

Stevens buried at Arlington National Cemetery

Former Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska was buried Tuesday at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

Friends and family attended the ceremony, including some of Stevens' former Senate colleagues during his 40-year career.


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Filed under: Alaska • Ted Stevens
September 28th, 2010
02:49 PM ET

Netanyahu and Abbas to meet next month, Israeli PM says

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Paris, France, next month at French President Nicolas Sarkozy's invitation, Netanyahu said Tuesday.

"I hope my good talks with Abu Mazen will continue - this is essential," Netanyahu said, using a nickname for Abbas.

"I believe with my whole heart that it is in our power to reach a framework agreement within a year and change the history of the Middle East," he said.

Netanyahu is due to meet U.S. special envoy George Mitchell on Wednesday.


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Filed under: France • Israel • Palestinians
September 28th, 2010
02:03 PM ET

Upset stomach hospitalizes President Jimmy Carter

President Jimmy Carter, seen here last month, was hospitalized Tuesday.

[Updated at 2:03 p.m.] Josesph-Beth Booksellers has told about 400 attendees that President Jimmy Carter will not be attending the scheduled Tuesday book signing.

The event has not yet been rescheduled, but a Carter Center statement said earlier that the president would resume his book tour next week.

Read CNN's full coverage

[Updated at 1:48 p.m.] An employee at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lyndhurst, Ohio, says about 400 people are still waiting at the bookstore to see President Jimmy Carter.

Some have been there since 9 a.m. ET, the employee said.

Carter was initially scheduled to be at the bookstore at 1 p.m., but his staff moved it up to noon prior to the president's hospitalization.

The employee, who declined to identify himself, said there were still Secret Service agents at the store, and there has been no official announcement that Carter is not showing.

[Updated at 1:21  p.m.] Jimmy Carter is "resting comfortably" after being rushed from the airport to a hospital upon his arrival in Cleveland on Thursday morning, according to the ex-president's nonprofit organization.


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Filed under: Air travel • Health • Ohio
September 28th, 2010
12:22 PM ET

Phillies own NL East, again; Yanks and Rays look to clinch

The Philadelphia Phillies celebrate their fourth straight NL East title.

While four other teams failed to clinch either a division title or a playoff spot Monday night, Philadelphia delivered, writes's Joe Lemire. The Phillies won their fourth consecutive East crown as they beat the Nationals 8-0 behind the strength of ace Roy Halladay's 21st win of the season.

But while the NL East is wrapped up, three divisions and both wild cards remain undecided as the final week of the MLB season ticks away. Baseball's hunt for October leads Tuesday's sports schedule, while soccer and tennis are also on the docket.

Here are a look at the day's key baseball races, all times Eastern.

Yankees at Blue Jays (7:07 p.m., MY9, SNET) The Yankees and Rays are both one win away from clinching postseason berths, while the Red Sox need a win and a Bronx Bombers' loss to keep their own hopes alive.


September 28th, 2010
12:06 PM ET

In tradition of Twain, authors lash out at censors this week

John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" was one of the most commonly banned books between 1990-2009.

Happy Banned Book Week, This Just In readers!

Librarians, wordsmiths and discerning readers the nation over are beating their bound volumes this week in protest of those who seek to censor literary works.

The commemorations range from banned book displays to wrapping books in caution tape to having people read outlawed books from a makeshift jail cell.

It should be no surprise devotees to the written word are incensed by efforts to ban books. History shows their longstanding commitment to keeping literature untrammeled.

Mark Twain is oft-credited with saying, "Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak just because a baby can't chew it." German poet Heinrich Heine more seriously addressed the matter in an 1821 play, warning, "Where they burn books, they will ultimately burn people."

The prediction came 112 years before Nazis burned thousands of books in a public square. The quote from Heine, whose books were among those burned in 1933, is engraved in the ground at the Bebelplatz to remind people of the tragic day.

Across the United States this week, several groups are making similar - though less prodigious - statements about attempts to ban or censor books.


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Filed under: Education • Harry Potter • Illinois
September 28th, 2010
11:56 AM ET

Tuesday's intriguing people

Amir Abo-Shaeer

Physics teacher Amir Abo-Shaeer, 38, is one of 23 people who will receive a highly coveted $500,000 MacArthur Fellowship today. Abo-Shaeer created the Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy in 2002 to offer public high school students near Santa Barbara, California, a four-year applied-science curriculum focusing on math, physics and engineering. The program has a laboratory and requires students to compete in a national robotics competition. The latest track is for students to launch entrepreneurial pursuits, Abo-Shaeer said.

Abo-Shaeer pursued the project after working with youths as a graduate student while attending nearby U.C. Santa Barbara. He began by recruiting students - girls in particular - at the junior high school level. MacArthur officials call the program a "school within a school." Abo-Shaeer sees it as a personal success. "This has also been exciting for me because to the contrary of what you always hear on the news - 'students don't want to do science, students don't want to do math' - we have had a line of people hanging out the door to get into the program."

MacArthur's Fellow Program


September 28th, 2010
11:40 AM ET

California mayor in salary scandal released on bail

The mayor of the Los Angeles suburb of Bell, California, was released on bail early Tuesday after his arrest last week on corruption charges, sheriff's deputies said.

Eight current and former Bell, California, city officials - including Mayor Oscar Hernandez - were arrested in connection with a probe conducted by the Los Angeles County district attorney. High salaries paid to city officials sparked local outrage and national attention when they came to light in July.


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September 28th, 2010
11:34 AM ET

Tarantino editor found dead in Los Angeles

Sally Menke, the editor of Quentin Tarantino's films, was found dead along a Los Angeles, California, hiking trail early Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles County coroner spokeswoman.

Police discovered Menke's body in Griffith Park after a late night search using bloodhounds and a helicopter, a police spokeswoman said.

Menke, 57, was apparently hiking with her dog on the hottest day ever recorded in Los Angeles since the National Weather Service starting keep records 133 years ago. Thermometers recorded a high of 113 degrees in downtown Los Angeles Monday afternoon, the weather service said.

Heat may not have been the only factor in Menke's death, said coroner spokesman Lt. Cheryl MacWillie. An autopsy will determine if she had a pre-existing condition that led to her death, MacWillie said.


September 28th, 2010
10:56 AM ET

Iran unveils squadrons of flying boats

Iran's Defense Ministry released photos of what it says are its new radar-evading flying boats, the Bavar 2.

Iran unveiled three squadrons of new flying boats on Tuesday, Iranian news agencies reported.

The craft, dubbed the Bavar 2, is armed with a machine gun and carries surveillance cameras, according to a report from the Iranian Student News Agency.

Video: Watch boats soar FULL POST

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Filed under: Iran • World
September 28th, 2010
10:32 AM ET

Suspected University of Texas-Austin gunman dead

A suspected gunman fired shots inside a library at the University of Texas at Austin on Tuesday morning before shooting himself, university spokeswoman Rhonda Weldon told CNN.

The gunman died, Weldon said. No one else was hurt.

On its Facebook page, the university police said they were searching for a possible second suspect.

Weldon said it was not known whether that second suspect was armed.

Students and others on campus were advised to remain indoors with their doors locked.


KXAN: Second shooter reportedly at large

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Filed under: Crime
September 28th, 2010
10:08 AM ET

Soldiers to Segway owner: Your product saved our lives

The British owner of Segway Inc. who drove the scooter off a cliff and died has became a huge headline grabber because of it - but his legacy may be more about the lives his company's products helped saved if messages left on his company's site are any indication.

Though little is known about James Heselden's personal life, there are details emerging about his trajectory from rags to riches. Before he amassed a fortune worth about $262 million, the 62-year-old was a coal miner, the Wall Street Journal reported. He dropped out of school to take the dirty job at 15, the paper said but had to quit after a country-wide mining strike in 1984.

Heselden used his unemployment compensation to found Hesco Bastion Ltd of Leeds, England, which purchased the Segway in 2009. He became famous in England for his philanthropy, giving more than $35 million to Leeds Community Foundation, according to the WSJ.

It appears that Heselden's legacy will be that the products, including the Hesco Bastion barrier, his company produced are credited with protecting soldiers and others at wartime. Hesco posted this short message on its site about Heselden's death, which is followed by posters who remarked how grateful they were for Hesco's protective products.

"Your Hesco bastion saved my son's life on several occasions in Iraq, along with many other soldiers and Marines," posted Douglas Price.


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September 28th, 2010
09:54 AM ET

Governor: Up to 1,000 trapped in Oaxaca, Mexico landslide

Up to 1,000 people may have been trapped by a landslide in the southwestern Mexico state of Oaxaca, Gov. Ulises Ruiz said Tuesday morning.

A hill about 650 feet wide (200 meters) collapsed early Tuesday, sending tons of mud atop up to 300 houses, Ruiz told CNN affiliate Televisa.

Rescue officials, heavy machinery as well as police and military authorities were on their way to the scene, Ruiz said.

"We expect to get there in time to rescue these people," he said.

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


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September 28th, 2010
09:39 AM ET

On the Radar: Rahm Emanuel, Ted Stevens, allergy bullies

Emanuel's bid for mayor? - Three Democratic sources close to Rahm Emanuel tell CNN that the White House chief of staff informed senior colleagues he is all but certain to run for mayor of Chicago, Illinois, and will leave the White House to take the final exploratory steps.

Close associates are already building a campaign team, according to sources. An announcement by Emanuel is expected to be scheduled for Friday, sources said. With his bigger-than-life personality, Emanuel - known to some as Rahmbo - has aggressively been involved with Obama's agenda. A source close to Emanuel says that Deputy Chief of Staff Pete Rouse is the favorite to take over as chief of staff on a temporary basis in order to give President Obama more time to find a long-term replacement for Emanuel.


September 28th, 2010
09:18 AM ET

Fingerprint exonerates deaf Texas inmate

A deaf Texas man, who was imprisoned for years for a sexual crime, was exonerated and will be released Tuesday.

Stephen Brodie was convicted of the 1990 sexual assault of a 5-year-old girl largely based on his confession rather than physical evidence, CNN-affiliate KTXA reported.

But new evidence emerged - a fingerprint at the crime scene from a different man who has since been convicted of a sexual crime against an underage teen.


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Filed under: Texas
September 28th, 2010
08:39 AM ET

Children on school bus abducted in Nigeria

About 15 children have been kidnapped in southeastern Nigeria when gunmen hijacked a school bus, police said on Tuesday.

The incident occurred on Monday in Abia state, said Emmanuel Ojuku, National Police spokesman.

Kidnapping has been rampant in the region for years. In this case, the abductors are asking for ransom money.
Police don't know the whereabouts of the children, and they can't confirm their nationalities.

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