November 15th, 2010
09:42 PM ET

Powell: 'No interest' in more government service

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Monday that he has "no interest" in government service in response to a recently televised suggestion by Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell that President Barack Obama name Powell as White House chief of staff.

"I haven't been asked and I don't expect to be asked," Powell told CNN's "Larry King Live" in an interview set to air Monday night. " ... I don't expect to be asked because I've had 40 years of government service ... I have no interest in government service."

Instead, the retired Army general suggested Rendell would be a better pick.


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November 15th, 2010
08:52 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

The five most popular stories on, according to NewsPulse.

Farmville, squared:  Facebook, the world's largest social networking company, is providing each of its 500 million users with an e-mail address as part of a revamped messaging system that integrates with various types of communications.

Pat-down putdown: The Transportation Security Administration repeated Monday that everyone getting on a flight must be screened. The statement was in response to a video showing a California man in a dispute with airport security officials. The most powerful summation of the man's viewpoint is his saying, "If you touch my junk, I'll have you arrested."


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Filed under: Afghanistan • Air travel • Architecture • Japan • Politics • World
November 15th, 2010
07:55 PM ET

Stocks rise then fall as jitters remain

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

After posting gains nearly all day, U.S. stocks tumbled at the session's close Monday, as investors remain jittery during a week with a full economic calendar.

At the closing bell, the Dow Jones industrial average only gained 9
points, or 0.1%, after climbing as much as 88 points earlier in the session. The S&P 500 fell 1 point, or 0.1% and the tech heavy Nasdaq fell 4 points, or 0.2%.

Early in the session, investors welcomed news from Caterpillar that it
planned to acquire mining equipment company Bucyrus International. A strong retail sales report also gave stocks a boost at the get-go.
But stocks struggled to hold on to those gains toward the closing bell,
as investors gear up for more economic data due out later this week. Tuesday brings reports on industrial production and the latest Producer Price Index, an important reading on the price of goods at the wholesale level.

"This market never really had a lot of conviction going in, even though
we had some pretty good economic data to chew on. Investors just didn't have the passion for buying stocks today," said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer for Harris Private Bank in Chicago.

– reporter Annalyn Censky contributed to this report.

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November 15th, 2010
06:44 PM ET

Afghanistan dog hero accidentally euthanized

A dog rescued from Afghanistan after she alerted soldiers to a suicide bomber was accidentally euthanized at an Arizona shelter on Monday.

A Pinal County Animal Care and Control employee has been placed on administrative leave for failing to follow procedures and euthanizing the wrong dog.

The dog, Target,  was recently brought over from Afghanistan by a soldier who had returned from his tour of duty.  Target was featured by CNN for heroism after saving dozens of soldiers from a suicide bomber on February 11.

"She got her name because the Afghans we lived with were constantly trying to off her.  She's been shot in the leg. ... The Afghans actually ran over her," Sgt. Christopher Duke said, who helped care for Target in Afghanistan and has adopted her packmate Rufus.  "There's no killing this dog for sure.  She's pretty much been through it all, " he said upon their reunion in July in Georgia.


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November 15th, 2010
04:50 PM ET

Ohio sheriff cites possibility missing 3 are dead

Officials searching to find a missing Ohio woman, her 10-year-old son and a family friend more than five days after they disappeared said they want to remain optimistic, but can't ignore the evidence, according to the Knox County Sheriff's Department.

"We have to be realistic about the possibility that these folks are dead," Sheriff David Barber said Monday in Mount Vernon.

Tina Herrmann, 32, remains missing, along with her 10-year-old son, Kody Maynard, and her 41-year-old friend, Stephanie Sprang.


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November 15th, 2010
04:38 PM ET

Web Pulse: Kilts vs. TSA, Jessica Simpson, Phelps

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

While the backlash continues to grow over the  TSA's airport screening procedures, suggestions for a grassroots opt-out campaign have taken a decidedly Scottish twist.

"If you're a male, and you want to bollix-up the nonsensical airport security-industrial complex, one way to do so would be to wear a kilt," says one national correspondent for The Atlantic magazine. Things. Just. Might. Get. Dicey.

November is a time for lovers … or is that spring? Who knows, who cares, because everyone on the Web is talking about two epic love stories. First, Jessica Simpson has gotten engaged (ruby ring, y'all!) to former NFL pro Eric Johnson.

And, gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps was seen getting coffee in L.A. with reality star Brittny Gastineau. Please read the last name again. Ms. Gastineau, of the E! show "The Gastineau Girls,” was captured by TMZ sucking on a frothy beverage, jumping into a white SUV with Phelps at the wheel and speeding off. Clearly, “Phelpineau” is going to be the next hot couple to get hitched. WebPulse is calling it now!

What is it with athletes? Do women find them attractive?

November 15th, 2010
03:51 PM ET

iReport #BeAHero challenge: Reconnect with an old friend

Editor's Note: Learn about the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2010 and vote for the CNN Hero of the Year at

It’s a big day in the world of social networks and online communication.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Monday announced the site is overhauling its messaging system to help users communicate faster and more seamlessly with their friends, including those not on Facebook.

Meanwhile, AOL has revamped its fading email service with a new product called Project Phoenix.

And a new photo-sharing site called Path, a social network with a 50 friends limit, hit the iPhone app store today.

All of these services are designed to help you better connect with the people in your life.

For the past few weeks, we’ve been offering tiny “Be A Hero” challenges you can do to make the world a little better.

Today, we challenge you to check in with an old friend, colleague or relative you haven’t talked to in a while. Whether it’s by Facebook, email, Twitter, text, a brand-new tool or an old one – like the telephone – just let someone know you’re thinking of them.

Feel free to let us know how it went in the comments below.

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November 15th, 2010
02:52 PM ET

Transport authorities expand awareness campaign

Federal transport authorities are ratcheting up security measures just ahead of the holiday travel season with an awareness campaign intended to make passengers more proactive in their own safety.

The "if you see something, say something" campaign is the government's latest effort to bolster transport security, showcasing advertisements in airports, movie theaters, gas stations and local radio stations, according to a Department of Homeland Security statement on Monday.

"It is important to remember that every individual has a role to play in keeping our country safe and secure," DHS chief Janet Napolitano said in the statement.


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November 15th, 2010
02:18 PM ET

California court rules illegal immigrants can get in-state tuition

The California Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that illegal immigrants may continue to receive in-state tuition at California colleges and Universities.

The decision overturns a lower court ruling.

In their ruling, the state court said California law specifically guarantees in-state tuition, a lower price, for students attending local schools for at least three years.

In their ruling, the court said that state law does not conflict with federal prohibitions for educational benefits for illegal immigrants ased on residency.

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

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November 15th, 2010
02:17 PM ET

Defense rests with nothing to say in Fort Hood military hearing

Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, accused of the Fort Hood massacre last November, on Monday maintained the mystery about his thoughts, keeping silent when he and his lawyer had their chance to outline
their case.

Lawyers for Hasan brought no witnesses to the stand in the military hearing about the shootings.

Asked if he wished to make a statement, Hasan gave a barely audible "no" to the presiding officer.


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November 15th, 2010
02:13 PM ET

Monday's intriguing people

Garry Trudeau

The creator of "Doonesbury" is celebrating his 40th anniversary drawing the politically and socially charged comic strip.

He is making the media rounds in support of two books being published: “40: A Doonesbury Retrospective” and “Doonesbury and the Art of G.B. Trudeau.”

The comic strip, which is more likely to appear on the op-ed page of a newspaper than in the comics section, routinely skewers those on the political landscape. Trudeau’s loyal readership has led to the strip being published in 1,500 newspapers around the world since it was first published on October 26, 1970.

Collections of his cartoons have filled almost 60 books and have sold more than 7 million total copies. His 1975 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning made him the first comic strip artist to win the award.

His comic has sometimes earned him a reputation as a left-winger, but a column in The Boston Globe pointed out that Trudeau’s jabs can target anyone.

“I’ve always thought he was an equal-opportunity balloon-popper,” wrote Alex Beam. “Anybody who figured out that John Kerry was a narcissistic blowhard as a Yale undergraduate is someone who sees the world through a wide-angle lens, taking in all azimuths of social and political tomfoolery.”

Several media outlets are paying homage to Trudeau and his drawings this week. NPR is one of the few media outlets to have gotten an interview with oft-reclusive Yale graduate.

The radio network offers a condensed retrospective of Trudeau’s work as well as several anecdotes from the artist. In one, the 62-year-old recounts how he became syndicated shortly after his strip appeared on campus.

“It's a ridiculous story, and it nauseates my children,” Trudeau says, “that I would find my life's work six weeks into it.”


November 15th, 2010
02:06 PM ET

Rangel walks out of ethics hearing

Embattled Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-New York, walked out of his House ethics subcommittee hearing Monday, complaining that he has not had sufficient time to hire a new legal team to respond to corruption

The subcommittee rejected Rangel's request to delay the hearing until a new defense team is assembled.

Rangel faces 13 allegations, include failing to pay taxes on a home in the Dominican Republic, misuse of a rent-controlled apartment for political purposes and improper use of government mail service and letterhead.


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November 15th, 2010
02:06 PM ET

At least 32 killed in building collapse in Indian capital

[Updated at 2:06 p.m.]At least 32 people are dead and 40 are injured aftera residential building collapsed in the Indian capital Monday night, New Delhi fire-service chief R.C. Sharma told CNN.

About two dozen people could still be trapped, he said.

[Posted at 1:04 p.m.]At least 23 people were killed when a residential building collapsed in the Indian capital Monday night, authorities said.

Another 40 people were pulled from the rubble and taken to local hospitals, New Delhi's municipal spokesman Deep Mathur told CNN.

Video from the scene showed residents digging through the debris with help from construction equipment. Some men carried dust-covered victims to waiting vehicles.

The five-story building apparently collapsed because its foundations had weakened from seepage of rain water from this year's heavy monsoons. The fallen structure was situated closely to the Yamuna River that flows through New Delhi.

Mathur said rescue operations were still on, and fire officials estimated that as many as 20 people could still be trapped.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit expressed her sympathy for the families of the victims and promised to "inquire into the causes of the tragedy."

"I don't know if we can call it negligence ... it seems people were living comfortably there," Dikshit told CNN sister network CNN-IBN.


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November 15th, 2010
02:06 PM ET

Julian Assange: Person of the Year?

Will WikiLeaks' director Julian Assange get the big honor from Time?

WikiLeaks' controversial founder is up for Time's Person of the Year honors. Julian Assange is among more than 20 nominees, including Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the Chilean Miners (as a group) and the Unemployed American. You can vote online here.

Since July, Assange and his silver hair (which he briefly dyed black) has claimed constant headlines, whether because of his website - which published huge leaks of U.S. war intelligence - or because of a Swedish sex abuse case in which he is allegedly involved or because he stomped out of a CNN interview. Time calls Assange a digital age whistle-blower. High level American military officials and some security experts have called him dangerous for possibly putting the lives of informants at risk. Whatever Assange is, he's interesting. Time's audience will get to decide just how interesting.

Previous Person of the Year winners include 2009, Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke; 2008, President Barack Obama; and, unconventionally, Time chose "You" in 2006 to acknowledge the role YouTube and social media play in everyday life.

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November 15th, 2010
01:05 PM ET

Man living in shop window with 400 deadly spiders

Nick Le Souef is living with dangerous spiders for three weeks for charity.

Forget bedbugs in New York, imagine dealing with deadly spiders - 400 of them everywhere.

Now, picture waking up each day surrounded by them for three weeks while living in the confines of a storefront window.

It may sound like something only a crazy person would do - but it's actually all a part of Nick Le Souef's plan to help a charity.

The Melbourne man, who by the way told reporters he doesn't "like spiders all that much," is being dubbed Australia's very own Spiderman for his attempt to break a record he set 30 years ago - and raise $50,000 for a children's charity.

"I'm not afraid of them, but it's just that I'm not overly keen on them," the 67-year-old told the Australian Broadcasting Company.


November 15th, 2010
12:52 PM ET

Official: Petraeus warns Karzai on Afghan exit timing

In what may be one of the most significant breaches between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the Obama administration, Gen. David Petraeus personally warned Afghan officials over the weekend the U.S.-Afghan partnership could be "untenable" if Karzai wants U.S. troops out of Afghanistan prematurely.

A senior coalition military official confirmed details of what Petraeus said, but asked not to be identified so he could speak more candidly.

Petraeus made the statements Sunday in a meeting with Ashraf Ghani, the Afghan official in charge of planning the efforts to handle transition from coalition to Afghan control. A planned Sunday meeting with Karzai was rescheduled, but officials insisted it was not canceled due to the tensions.

Petraeus was reacting to a Karzai interview published Sunday in The Washington Post, in which the Afghan leader spoke extensively about reducing U.S. military operations and the number of American forces in Afghanistan.


November 15th, 2010
12:29 PM ET

Couple freed by pirates adjusting to freedom

For the first time in more than a year, British couple Paul and Rachel Chandler were able to update their travel blog Monday with one simple word: "free."

The Chandlers were released this weekend after being held by pirates since October 2009.

Their last blog post, titled "Farewell Seychelles," was dated October 21, 2009 - two days before they were seized from their yacht after they set sail from the Seychelles Islands for Tanzania.

The Chandlers issued a brief statement Monday, asking for privacy while they come to terms with the death of Paul Chandler's father during their time in captivity.

The couple said they planned to return to the United Kingdom soon but had no plans to give any press interviews or make any further statements until they have time to adjust to the situation.

"We have just learned that Paul's father died in late July, and we obviously need to come to terms with that," they said. "... We would appreciate it if you would give us and our families some space, and respect our privacy for the moment."

The couple landed in Kenya late Sunday afternoon, said Abdurraham Omar Osman, a Somali government spokesman. The couple's family also confirmed their arrival but would not comment on a reported ransom payment.

"Throughout the protracted discussions with the pirates it has been a difficult task for the family to get across the message that these were two retired people on a sailing trip on a small private yacht and not part of a major commercial enterprise involving tens of millions of pounds of assets," said a statement issued by the couple's family.


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November 15th, 2010
10:46 AM ET

Tech's big day: The battle to see who will change your Web

Facebook is expected to introduce an e-mail service that some are calling a "Gmail-killer."

It's a big day in the tech world and, depending on which company you favor, they are about to change the way you work and live online.

At least, that's the hope.

Several companies will be announcing or unveiling major products Monday that they hope will revolutionize the Web - again. To help you keep them straight, our tech gang will be breaking down each of the announcements and what they mean.

First up, Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg's company is expected to make a big move today against rival Google by announcing its own e-mail service. So, if you're one of the 500 million active Facebook users, your online activity may become even more streamlined. Depending on the depth of the service, it could mean that your chats, posts, photos and e-mail will all come from the same window - or app. It's been dubbed a possible "Gmail killer," a tough name to live up to, but if it can pull it off it may solidify Facebook's spot atop the tech mountain. Facebook e-mail? Escalating the war with Google

Facebook's announcement comes on the heels of AOL's announcement regarding Project Phoenix - a revamping of its own fading e-mail service. That's right, all of you who only use your AIM screen name, the company is looking to court you back to that old e-mail address you had in 199-something. After all, they were once known for declaring, "You've Got Mail."'s TechLand: AOL's Project Phoenix: E-mail is innovative again

In a time of old battles new, our tech folks will be taking a look at what your e-mail address says about you. They're looking at Gmail, Hotmail and MSN users. Check out this afternoon to find out what your handle means about your personality.


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November 15th, 2010
10:44 AM ET Patriots send Steelers a message

The Patriots really wanted to send the Steelers a message. And send a message they did. After Sunday’s 39-26 rout of Pittsburgh, the Pats showed that no matter the venue they can still beat out the Steelers when it matters most.’s Don Banks explains that the Patriots were on a mission during Sunday’s matchup to show that they are in fact in contention for a spot in the Super Bowl. So what happened to the Steelers?

Well a tour-de-force performance from Tom Brady from the now 7-2 team didn’t help matters, but Pittsburgh’s problems could be a little deeper. With Max Starks, Ramon Foster, among others sidelined with injuries, the Steelers were missing the depth that it needed to put up a fight against the Patriots.

But despite the impressive win by New England, it’s not time for the team to rest on its laurels just yet – especially when it comes to their kicking. Both teams struggled mightily on the kicking front with Pittsburgh’s Max Reed and the Pats’ Shayne Graham. But tied with just two other teams for the season’s best record, Patriots kicking issue aren’t putting much of a damper on their big show hopes.

NFL aside, there is plenty going on in the NCAA and NBA to keep you entertained tonight:

Denver Nuggets vs. Phoenix Suns (9:00 p.m., ET) – Denver will be battling against history when the Nuggets take the court at US Airways Center tonight to face the Phoenix Suns. The boys from Denver gave lost in 11 straight matchups against Phoenix and have not won a game against the Suns since Carmelo Anthony’s rookie season. I’m guessing Denver is looking to change that.


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November 15th, 2010
10:31 AM ET

Ethics committee won't grant Rangel's delay request

[Updatedat 10:31 a.m.] California Rep. Zoe Lofgren, the chairwoman of the House ethics committee, said Monday the subcommittee reviewing allegations against New York Rep. Charlie Rangel will not grant his request for a delay in order to raise funds for a new legal team.

[Posted at 9:49 a.m.] Rep. Charlie Rangel walked out of his ethics committee hearing Monday morning, complaining that he has not had sufficient time to hire a legal team.

The committee then continued meeting behind closed doors.


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