November 1st, 2010
05:59 PM ET

Court rules 'don't ask, don't tell' can stay during appeal

A federal appeals court sided with the government Monday, allowing the military to maintain its "don't ask, don't tell" policy during an appeal of a lower court ruling that the law barring openly gay and lesbian soldiers is unconstitutional.


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November 1st, 2010
04:29 PM ET

Canada to accept Gitmo's Khadr after U.S. incarceration

The Canadian government has agreed to accept Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr after he finishes a year of  incarceration in U.S. custody, a spokeswoman for the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs said.

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November 1st, 2010
02:33 PM ET

Monday's intriguing people

Ric O'Barry

Dolphin activist Ric O’Barry, subject of the 2009 Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove,” will meet Tuesday with officials from the Japanese city of Taiji, where hundreds of dolphins are slaughtered each year after being herded into a secluded bay.

The meeting comes as part of a forum organized by the Association to Contemplate Taiji's Dolphin Hunt. The group, which includes the local fisheries union as well as politicians, says it’s not seeking a debate on the slaughter but rather hopes to “exchange relevant particulars in the first instance,” according to an Agence-France Presse report.

O’Barry, who once trained dolphins on the 1960s' TV show “Flipper,” said he and his Earth Island Institute “will continue to address these issues with respect for the people of Japan and will work with them to solve these problems.”

On his blog, he called on Japan’s government to tell its citizens what’s happening in Taiji, where he said the fishermen capture some of the dolphins for sale to aquariums and stab to death the rest.

“The Japanese people must be made aware of the killing of dolphins, which has been covered up by their government. ... The dolphin slaughter cannot be a Japanese cultural practice if the vast majority of the Japanese people don’t even know it is happening,” he said.

The meeting is open to the media but not to the public, according to AFP.


November 1st, 2010
02:18 PM ET

Rookies surge as Giants look to win World Series

Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey were keys to the Giants' win.

But then came Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey. The two San Francisco Giants rookies displayed a level of skill and sophisticated play that silenced the Rangers in a 4-0 loss. Bumgarner managed to pitch eight shutout innings and became the fifth youngest pitcher to ever start in a World Series game.’s Joe Lemire explains how the duo could be the cornerstone for championship Giants teams in the future. "With the young pitching this team has and Buster behind the plate, this team has a chance to do something special for quite some time," said first baseman Aubrey Huff.

But the Rangers are most certainly not concerned with future competition from Bumgarner and Posey. The team is now frantically trying to find a way to battle back against the incredibly dominant boys from San Francisco to notch themselves a Game 5 victory to stay in the series. Will it happen tonight? Anything’s possible, but if the beginning of the series in any indication, it could be a good day in San Francisco tomorrow.

Needless to say all eyes will be watching the Rangers desperately try to hold on to their championship hopes tonight at Rangers Ballpark.


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November 1st, 2010
02:13 PM ET

Cargo bomb plot: Latest developments

[Updated at 2:13 p.m.] Yemeni authorities are intensifying operations to capture militant cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and to capture or kill al Qaeda bomb maker Ibrahim Hasan al-Asiri, a senior Yemeni government official told CNN.

[Updated at 12:41 p.m.] The U.K.'s Home Secretary, Theresa May, has told the U.K. Parliament that all passenger and cargo flights, as well as all flights holding unaccompanied freight from Yemen and Somalia, will be banned from travelling to the U.K. for the next month at which time, the move will be reviewed.

[Updated at 12:32 p.m.] Germany has banned all incoming flights from Yemen in the wake of a bomb plot apparently originating there, air traffic control announced Monday.

[Posted at 12:23 p.m.] The FBI has dispatched teams of explosives experts to the United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates to help in the examination of the printer-related bombs discovered on Friday, a federal law enforcement official told CNN Monday.

The FBI is not sending extra people to Yemen, where the packages originated, at this time, the source said. The FBI has a presence in Sanaa, the capital, so there are FBI people already there.

The official said the focus of the investigation remains overseas and that there are no links to suspects in the United States at this point.

- CNN's Jeanne Meserve, Carol Cratty and Diana Magnay contributed to this report.

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November 1st, 2010
02:12 PM ET

Condit: 'Never had any cross words' with Levy

Former U.S. Rep. Gary Condit, testifying in the trial of a man charged in the 2001 murder of Chandra Levy, an intern with whom Condit allegedly had an affair, refused to address the question of whether he had sex with Levy.

Condit told prosecutor Amanda Haines that it's been 10 years and he has never divulged whether he and Levy were intimate. Asked whether he would answer it, Condit said, "We've lost our feeling for common decency. I didn't commit any crime. I didn't do anything wrong."

The disappearance of Levy, 24, an intern for the federal Bureau of Prisons, drew national attention after her parents discovered a connection with Condit, who was then a sitting congressman. Condit was never a suspect in the case but was questioned intensively for details as to Levy's whereabouts.

Ingmar Guandique, a reputed member of the Salvadoran gang Mara Salvatrucha, is charged with killing Levy. Prosecutors believe that he attacked her as she jogged in a park and then killed her when she began to scream. Her remains were found more than a year later off a jogging trail in Washington's Rock Creek Park.

Condit said of Levy, "We never had a fight. We never had any cross words."


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November 1st, 2010
01:05 PM ET

Kid's Texas Rangers costume makes him internet sensation

The Texas Rangers face elimination tonight in the World Series but they, or at least one of their fans, has already clinched one title, “Best Halloween costume that makes him look like the manager”.

It may not roll off the tongue like MVP, World Series Champion, or Manager of the Year but seven year-old Liam Roybal of Keller, Texas and his parents managed to make a costume that really does make him look exactly like a mini version of Rangers manager Ron Washington. Being Ron Washington wasn’t what Roybal planned to be when he started planning his Halloween, but it certainly has worked out for him. The two got together for a picture before last night’s game.

CNN affiliate KTXK spoke to Roybal about his thoughts on the team's performance so far.

"Not good,” he said.

When asked why he thought the Rangers were struggling, and why the Giants were winning, Roybal had a simple, but on point answer: "They hit more homeruns."

Now the full-size Ron Washington and his team, down three games to one, hope to throw more of a scare into the San Francisco Giants starting with tonight’s game 5 in Texas.

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November 1st, 2010
12:35 PM ET

U.S. hikers held in Iran can talk by phone to moms

The mothers of two American hikers held in Iran will now be able to speak to their sons via telephone, according to the Mission on Iran to the United Nations, who said the decision was made based on "humanitarian consideration."

Hikers Josh Fattal, Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd were arrested after Iran says they crossed into the country in July 2009.


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November 1st, 2010
11:54 AM ET

Tropical Storm Tomas could re-intensify into rare November hurricane

A weakened Tropical Storm Tomas could re-intensify into a rare November hurricane, the National Hurricane Center said Monday.

As of 11 a.m. Monday, the center of Tomas was about 90 miles (150 kilometers) north-northeast of the island of Curacao and about 420 miles (675 kilometers) southeast of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. It had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (75 kph), with higher gusts, and was moving west-southwest at 14 mph (22 kph).

No coastal watches or warnings were in effect associated with Tomas, according to the Miami, Florida-based Hurricane Center. The storm is expected to continue westward over the next day or two and slow down.


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November 1st, 2010
11:50 AM ET

Did Stewart restore sanity? Or just have a comedic success?

When Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert announced their sanity rallies, politicians on both sides of the aisle took notice.

And with the event taking place so close to a crucial midterm election, many wondered what impact it might have on voters. Would a disillusioned citizen suddenly decide they needed to have their voice heard? Would the people in the middle find a way to silence the extreme views of the far right and far left?

With the rally over, and some time to reflect, we ask - was sanity restored or did a whole lot of people just show up to see their favorite comedians and work political satire into funny Halloween costumes that swamped the Metro trains of D.C.?

CNN Contributor John Avalon said the point of the rally was simple - people don't want to be divided.

"The rally's size and enthusiasm was evidence of a growing demand for something different - an alternative to predictable talking points and the partisan spin cycle, a desire for humor and honesty, independence and integrity. It is both an opportunity and an obligation."

In a article James Hohmann, Marin Cogan and Byron Tau answered the question about whether the rally would galvanize an unexcited Democratic youth movement in their second paragraph bluntly, with two words. "It didn't."

"The event, with the Capitol as the backdrop, was a comedic success ...," they wrote. "But Stewart’s decision to avoid explicit partisan politicking denied the left a kind of galvanizing moment that might have driven to the polls his Democratic fans who weren’t already planning to vote or motivated previously apathetic liberals to grass-roots activities ...
"While Stewart may not have changed many minds, he also did nothing that might create a backlash to his brand as an entertainer or blow up on Democrats."

In a column for the Huffington Post, however, Russell Bishop argued there was plenty to learn from what Stewart and Colbert did.

"Perhaps it is time to supplant the Biblical statement that 'a child shall lead them' (Isaiah 11:6) with something more contemporary. How about 'two comedians shall lead them'? Here's a large dose of gratitude to Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert for their inspiring civility lessons this weekend in Washington, D.C. Perhaps tapes of the event should be required viewing in civics classes these days?"


November 1st, 2010
10:09 AM ET

Steele has two words for Palin critics: 'Shut up!'

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is defending Sarah Palin against recent attacks Monday, telling CNN that GOP detractors of the former vice presidential nominee need to "shut up."

"These Republican leaders who don't put their names in print but make comments in shadows need to shut up," Steele told American Morning's John Roberts Monday. "We're focused on winning elections tomorrow night. We're not focused on 2012."

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November 1st, 2010
09:37 AM ET

Who you calling 'mate?' Not this Aussie judge

A judge in Ipswich, Australia, briefly jailed a defendant last week in a move one city councilman says is just un-Australian.

In a hearing in Ipswich Magistrates Court, Thomas John Collins, facing charges of drunken driving, driving without a license and driving an unregistered, uninsured vehicle, addressed Magistrate Matthew McLaughlin as “mate.”

“I'm not mate... I'm sir or your honor,” McLaughlin told Collins, according to a report in the Queensland Times.

“Okay, mate,” Collins replied.

McLaughlin ordered Collins held for contempt in the courthouse lockup, where he spent about a half-hour before coming back to court and apologizing. His next hearing is November 12.

Ipswich city Councilor Paul Tully said McLaughlin needs to lighten up, according to a report in the The Courier-Mail.

Nothing is “more Australian than calling someone mate," Tully said. “Calling someone mate is a term of endearment." FULL POST

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November 1st, 2010
09:35 AM ET

On the Radar: Bomb plot details, midterm elections

Bomb plot - Yemen is tightening security at all airports in the aftermath of a plot to send bombs from the Middle Eastern country to the United States, its National Civil Aviation Security Committee said Monday.

New details in the package bomb plot have emerged, including that the explosive found in the United Arab Emirates may have traveled on passenger planes to get there, airline officials said Sunday. The explosives, including a similar device found in the United Kingdom, appear to have been designed to detonate on their own, the top White House counterterrorism official told CNN.

Officials have said a Saudi national is the suspect behind the bomb plot. Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri is one of Saudi Arabia's most wanted men, according to a list published by the government last year. The Saudi government described al-Asiri as an explosives and poison expert. CNN continues to dig in to who may be behind the plot, what information may have led officials to learn about the packages and more about the explosive, PETN.


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November 1st, 2010
08:54 AM ET

Yemen steps up airport security after bomb plot

Yemen is tightening security at all of its airports in the aftermath of a plot to send bombs from Yemen to the United States, the country's National Civil Aviation Security Committee said Monday.

"Every piece of cargo and luggage will go through extensive searching," the committee said in a statement.

Cargo companies such as DHL, FedEx and UPS will be required to make more stringent checks before accepting any package, according to the committee.


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November 1st, 2010
07:36 AM ET

World update: Security spotlight on Yemen

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

Yemen conference - A conference to discuss Yemeni development is taking place in London. In the light of the events of the past few days, security in the country and the threat it poses to the rest of the world will be top of the agenda.

Ivory Coast election - The outcome of Ivory Coast's election on Sunday is not expected until Tuesday. The world's largest cocoa producer has been due to hold an election since 2005 when President Laurent Gbagbo's term ended. An election date has been set and missed six times already, with the voter list and rebel disarmament the main bones of contention.