November 16th, 2010
11:17 AM ET

Four Ohio State buildings closed after bomb threat

Four buildings on The Ohio State University campus were evacuated Tuesday after the FBI's Columbus, Ohio, bureau notified the university it had received an anonymous message that explosives were placed in the buildings, authorities said.

Classes in the three academic buildings involved were canceled and the library was closed until at least 5 p.m. or until the investigation is complete, according to Vernon Baisden, the university's director of public safety.

The university's alert system was activated after it learned of the threat about 8:20 a.m. ET, officials said.


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November 16th, 2010
11:10 AM ET

Senate leadership unchanged for 112th Congress

The top Democratic and Republican Senate leadership will remain the same for the incoming 112th Congress.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, were chosen by their Democratic and Republican colleagues, respectively, to head their party caucuses again.

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin remains the chamber's number two Democrat; New York's Charles Schumer will keep his post as the third-ranking Democrat, Reid announced. Arizona Sen. John Kyl and Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander will once again fill the second and third highest slots in the GOP chain of command, according to Republican leadership aides.

- CNN's Ted Barrett and Alan Silverleib contributed to this report

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November 16th, 2010
11:03 AM ET

France condemns Iran's treatment of diplomats

French authorities summoned Iran's ambassador in Paris on Tuesday after France accused the Islamic republic of a "serious violation" against its diplomatic personnel.

The French Foreign Ministry said that Iranian security officers blocked the entrance to the French embassy in Tehran on Sunday and arrested guests of the ambassador.

The ministry said the Iranian officers used "unacceptable violence in this incident towards the guests and the staff."

France strongly condemned the incident and accused Iran of violating the Vienna Convention regarding diplomatic relations, of which Iran is a signatory.

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November 16th, 2010
10:46 AM ET

Beatles music at last comes to iTunes

It's been a long and winding road, this relationship between Apple and the Beatles.

But Tuesday, at long last, the Fab Four made it to iTunes.

"We're really excited to bring the Beatles' music to iTunes," said Beatle Paul McCartney said in an Apple news release. "It's fantastic to see the songs we originally released on vinyl receive as much love in the digital world as they did the first time around."

The iTunes store's main page featured a host of Beatles albums for sale, beneath an early photo of the supergroup.

The update came in advance of what Apple had promised would be a 10 a.m. ET announcement that would make Tuesday, "A day to remember."


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November 16th, 2010
10:44 AM ET

On the Radar: Will puts a ring on it, Medal of Honor, Haiti

Prince William's enagement - The best way to start off the morning is with a little love, and what's better than royal amour? Word of Prince William popping the question to his longtime girlfriend, Kate Middleton, is dominating headlines and Internet buzz across the world. The well-liked heir to England's throne met his betrothed when they were students at St. Andrews University in Scotland. The press has followed their every romantic turn since then. William's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, said in a statement from Buckingham Palace that she and her husband, Prince Philip, "are absolutely delighted" about the engagement. The couple, both 28, plan to wed next spring or summer.


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November 16th, 2010
09:50 AM ET

Capt. Sully: Pilot scans a 'waste of limited resources'

America’s hero pilot Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, who landed a U.S. Airways flight on the Hudson River last year, told CNN's American Morning he opposes the new full-body scanners for flight personnel due to their radiation risk.

This morning Sullenberger said he thinks pilots are trusted crew members, and talks about why he believes there are better options for pilots than the full body scan.

Watch what Sullenberger thinks and then tell us your opinion.

More on the debate over body scanners:

Video spotlights airport security debate

Airport body-scan safety questioned

Fliers debate prodding, scanning

November 16th, 2010
09:26 AM ET

Earmarks could get ax from GOP senators

GOP senators face a tough vote Tuesday on whether to ban earmarks, a policy House Republicans already have in place and are expected to keep in the new Congress.

The idea of prohibiting members from designating funding for specific projects in their states or districts is popular with reform-minded deficit hawks, but opposed by congressional veterans trying to steer funds to constituencies back home.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, a longtime defender of earmarks, announced Monday that he intends to vote for the ban when the GOP Senate caucus meets Tuesday.


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November 16th, 2010
09:04 AM ET

William and Kate: The web's response

Within seconds of the Clarence House announcement, social media was abuzz with news of the royal engagement.

"Prince William" and "Kate Middleton" quickly shot to the top of Twitter's trending topics, where comments on the social network were mainly congratulatory.

Some tweeters were already agog with excitement about the wedding day. Amy Patel (therealamypatel) tweeted, "Does Kate Middleton have to pick a traditional wedding dress? – can't wait to follow the royal wedding planning!" and Adam Huckle Films (adamhucklefilms) posted, "Better buy a fancy hat." Angeldirecto was already keen for memorabilia: "Somebody send me a tea towel or a plate w/ their faces!"

The shadow of Diana, Princess of Wales could be perceived in some comments. Evangeline Holland (evangelineh) posted, "I hope Prince William and Kate Middleton will have a (relatively) normal marriage."

Others expressed their hopes that the wedding would be a modest affair.

Didi Vonmonied (MissDeeN) said, "So will Kate and Wills have a budget wedding? In these times of austerity, we need to watch the pennies," while Matt Davies (matt–davies) said, "Given that 'we're all in this together' and most of us will be homeless by next summer, the royal wedding will be a toned down affair, yes?"

Some of Prince William's fans, such as Ewa Pandjaitan (EP2410), expressed distress at the news. "Oohhh, heart broken," she said. "My my my." User omg–ilubit expressed wry disbelief: "What? Prince William is engaged? I don't remember him proposing to me."


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November 16th, 2010
07:42 AM ET

Tuesday's live video events

9:00 am ET - Rangel ethics trial - The ethics hearing for embattled Rep. Charlie Rangel continues on Capitol Hill.

9:30 am ET - Cannon, Cramer on Wall Street - Entertainer Nick Cannon and business TV personality Jim Cramer ring the opening bell on Wall Street as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.


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November 16th, 2010
07:40 AM ET

Bone found in Aruba tested for Holloway connection

Natalee Holloway disappeared in 2005 while on a vacation with her Alabama classmates.

Dutch forensic experts are analyzing a bone found on a beach in Aruba to see whether it's human and if so, whether it came from missing American teen Natalee Holloway, a Dutch newspaper reports.

"We are investigating some bone material sent from Aruba from the prosecutor's office," Inge Oevering, spokesperson for the NFI forensic institute in The Hague, Netherlands, told CNN. "We are trying to identify whether these bones are human. Once we establish if the bones are human we will try to get a DNA profile. All the findings will be sent back to the prosecutor's office, who will decide whether they are released."

The Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf said the bone was a jawbone and was found near Aruba's Phoenix hotel, a location previously noted by Joran van der Sloot, the prime suspect in Holloway's disappearance.

He is in jail in Peru, charged with murdering another young woman.

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November 16th, 2010
06:17 AM ET

Britain's Prince William engaged

Prince William and Kate Middleton started dating in 2003.

A royal source has confirmed to CNN that Prince William and Kate Middleton have announced their engagement. They will marry in spring or summer 2011.

The prince and Middleton, both 28, have been dating since 2003. Rumors have been rife for years that they have been close to marriage.

Prince William is second in line, behind his father, Prince Charles, to the British throne. He is an officer in the Royal Air Force.

Middleton is the daughter of a former airline flight attendant and a former pilot who made a fortune selling party supplies.

The prince and Middleton met when they were both students at St. Andrew's University in Fife, Scotland. She has been trying to outmaneuver the paparazzi ever since.


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