November 17th, 2010
10:29 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

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

Eva Longoria files for divorce from Tony Parker: A day after her reps denied reports that Eva Longoria had filed for divorce from Tony Parker in Texas, the actress set the wheels in motion in California to end her marriage to the NBA star.

FDA calls 7 caffeine-alcohol drinks unsafe: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration told the manufacturers of seven caffeinated alcoholic beverages Wednesday that their drinks are a "public health concern" and can't stay on the market in their current form.


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November 17th, 2010
10:04 PM ET

Overheard on Comic relief

COMMENT OF THE DAY: "The Greenless Lantern?" –bbare89

The authors of a satirical graphic novel, "The Adventures of Unemployed Man," wrote an opinion piece for CNN explaining that they created the character because the "country needed a dose of emergency comic relief."

We received an extremely interesting response to this story, with some readers coming up with their own superhero ideas, and a great many others feeling that the story was unfairly attacking capitalism.

Read more on iReport

November 17th, 2010
08:40 PM ET

Catch it if you can: Leonid meteor shower continues tonight

A meteor streak captured in Sherborn, Massachusetts, during the 2001 Leonid meteor shower.

Stargazers have the option of staying up real late tonight or waking up very early Thursday morning for optimal viewing of this year's Leonid meteor shower.

Weather permitting, viewers can expect to see up to 20 meteors per hour after the gibbous moon sets  between 3 and 4 a.m. Thursday, depending on where you live, according to StarDate magazine.  At this time, look eastward to see the meteors.

Consult this handy table, courtesy of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, to find out the time the moon sets tonight where you live.

All you'll need are your eyes and a dark place far from the lights of a city to view the meteor shower without a telescope or binoculars, as long as skies are clear.

The light of the moon, sun and stars hinder meteor-watching. With the full moon approaching next week, tonight offers the best remaining opportunity to witness the annual November shower.

The name Leonid comes from the constellation Leo, from which the meteors appear to radiate. But Leonids are bits of debris from the Comet Tempel-Tuttle that are left behind as the comet orbits the sun.

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November 17th, 2010
06:10 PM ET

Verdict reached in Ahmed Ghailani case

Ahmed Ghailani, the first Guantanamo detainee tried in civilian court, was found not guilty on all counts except one in connection with the 1998 bombing of U.S. Embassies in Africa.

Ghailani was convicted of conspiracy to destroy public property. He was charged with conspiracy and murder in the 1998 attacks on embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Read about deliberations in the case

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November 17th, 2010
04:45 PM ET

'American Kills' public art highlights military suicide

Sebastian Errazuriz used the side of his Brooklyn studio to highlight military suicide.

A New York-based artist is using a wall as his canvas to draw attention to the suicide rate among U.S. troops.

The simple exhibit, titled “American Kills,” compares U.S. military suicides in 2009 to the number of troops killed in the Iraq War over the same time period.

Sebastian Errazuriz, 32, used a series of black strokes on the outside of his white-cinderblock Brooklyn studio so that passersby can see at a glance the disparity between the death tolls.

“The counting of dead soldiers outside my studio was long and surprisingly eerie; it was hard to forget that every brush stroke was a soldier who had died the previous year,” Errazuriz said on his website.

The Chilean-born artist, who says he often leans on the “the dichotomies of life and death” in his art, came up with the idea after perusing Internet sites about war. He discovered there were more than twice the number of suicides in the military (304) than there were U.S. troop deaths during the Iraq War in 2009.

(Errazuriz’s sources peg the latter number at 149, while CNN’s war casualty database has a tally of 150).


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The Adventures of Unemployed Man
November 17th, 2010
04:33 PM ET

WebPulse: Unemployed hero, Google's fashion, Sexiest Man

The Unemployed American

Time has nominated The Unemployed American to be Person of the Year. And today, published a supercool cartoon called "The Adventures of Unemployed Man," a parody of the classic superhero comic in which our jobless hero and his team of down-but-not-out friends battle the invisible forces of the bad economy. Check out the official site of creators Erich Origen and Gan Golan. In the real world, there was much buzz about jobless benefits and just how much that's cost the U.S. so far. But, as this Washington Post story and others reports have reminded us, the job forecast is improving.

Speaking of spending money you don't have... Ever imagine a world where you never have to go to a store again? A world where you can stay in your apartment, cower in a dark, cool corner with a can of Pringles and click on your mouse until you build a wardrobe of such piecemeal perfection, such haute originality at bargain-basement prices, that Kim Jong Il calls and asks for the secret to your evil fashion surfing genius? Apparently, Google has had the same fantasy. uses algorithms to help people dress like Ashley Olsen. More precisely, the site "uses computer vision and machine learning technology to visually analyze your taste and match it to items you would like," according to Munjal Shah, Google product management director, reports.

Hey, good-look'n

Guess who's feeling extra sexy today? Scarlett Johansson's husband. Like this guy needs the ego boost, but start the ticker-tape parade, it's Ryan Reynolds' year! He is People's "Sexiest Man Alive." Apparently, his "mean omelette" and abs helping to nab the title. The 34-year-old "Green Lantern" star will probably trend high on Google,  Twitter and supermarket waiting lines this week as everyone flips open the mag (we know you do it!) to judge whether Reynolds is truly worthy. Disappointingly, unlike past Sexiest Men - Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt - Reynolds is not planning to reproduce anytime soon.

Eva and the Big D

From good news to bad: Scarlett and Ryan, in love. Eva and Tony, not so much. "Desperate Housewives" star Eva Longoria has filed for divorce from her NBA-playing husband, Tony Parker. Not-so-nice tweets about Tony are appearing on Twitter. The couple were married for three years, after getting hitched in a ritzy, star-heavy extravaganza in Paris.

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November 17th, 2010
04:33 PM ET

iReport #BeAHero challenge: Test your 'go green' smarts

Editor's Note: Watch "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute" Thanksgiving night at 8 p.m.ET/5 p.m. PT.

[Updated 11/18/10 at 12:20 p.m. ET ]

We got dozens of great responses to last night's "Going green" challenge.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR program, the biggest contributors to global warming are power plants, cars, trucks, airplanes, buildings and homes.

Clearly, you know what it takes to save water and energy in your home: Fixing leaks; taking short showers instead of baths; washing only full loads of dishes and clothes (and using cold water); turning off the tap while brushing your teeth; using power strips for electronics and turning them off when not in use; and replacing incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs or LEDs, among other things.

The question is: How many of these changes have you made?

Darkharp says he makes 85 percent of his own power using solar panels; uses renewable wood to heat his home, and telecommutes, thereby reducing gas consumption and pollution from his car.

Graeme Jones, 49, a computer analyst in Marietta, Georgia, recycles all his plastic, cardboard, glass, junk mail, tin food cans, aluminum cans and styrofoam. The bulk of his mail goes into a paper shredder and is recycled with yard waste into compost for his garden. He also diverts the water from his washer, shower, and AC to water his trees in the dry months. He said saving money was the primary reason for the changes, but also, "I don't like things going to the landfill that can be used again."

Jeff Lytle, a software company owner in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, says his family doesn't want to use any more oil than can what be produced domestically. So he and his wife are building their "green dream home" complete with concrete exterior walls, ENERGY STAR appliances, geothermal heating and air conditioning, reclaimed hardwood floors, countertops made from recycled glass and concrete and other features. He says construction costs are comparable to less-energy-efficient homes in the neighborhood. He is chronicling the process on his blog

"I don’t think the government’s ever going to solve the energy problem. I think it’s up to individuals to do that," he said.


November 17th, 2010
03:26 PM ET

Murkowski to declare victory Wednesday night

Senator Lisa Murkowski will declare victory in the Alaska Senate race tonight in Anchorage shortly before 10pm ET, a spokesman told CNN.

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November 17th, 2010
03:06 PM ET

Military can seek death penalty for accused Fort Hood shooter

The investigating officer in the case of the accused Fort Hood shooter has recommended that the military pursue the death penalty against Maj. Nidal Hasan, according to his lawyer.

Col. James Pohl, who acted as a judging during the just completed Article 32 hearing, also recommended a general court martial for Hasan, who faces 13 counts of pre-meditated murder and 32 counts of attempted pre-meditated murder in the shootings at Fort Hood on November 5, 2009.


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November 17th, 2010
02:56 PM ET

John Boehner selected as Republican House leader

Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, was unanimously selected as the Republican House leader for the incoming Congress Wednesday - putting him in line to become the next speaker.


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November 17th, 2010
02:45 PM ET

Company to pay $6 million for 2003 oil spill

The company that owned a barge that spilled 98,000 gallons of oil into a Massachusetts waterway has agreed to a $6 million civil settlement with the government.

Bouchard Transportation Co. will pay the U.S. Justice Department, Massachusetts and Rhode Island for its role in the spill in April 2003, the Justice Department announced.

A barge carrying No. 6 fuel oil from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to a power plant in Sandwich, Massachusetts, ran aground in Massachusetts' Buzzards Bay, rupturing the hull and spilling the oil, the Justice announcement said. FULL POST

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November 17th, 2010
01:51 PM ET

Sports: Longer season will cost NFL

Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis sheds a tackle by the New York Jets' David Harris on Sunday.

An 18-game regular season is going to cost NFL owners some concessions.

The NFL Players Association delivered its response to the owners' 18-game plan on Tuesday and included some bargaining points that could prolong negotiations all the way until March, when the current collective bargaining agreement expires.

Among the players' requests: two bye weeks, increased active rosters, bigger practice squads and a two-thirds reduction in offseason workouts.

The changes undoubtedly would alter the NFL as we know it, but not as significantly as an 18-game regular season. The owners want to shorten the preseason from four games to two and extend the regular season by an additional two contests, leading to more revenue but also a longer season and a mid-February Super Bowl. FULL POST

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November 17th, 2010
01:21 PM ET

Woman in Florida diagnosed with cholera

A woman who recently returned to Florida from Haiti has been diagnosed with cholera, the Florida Department of Health announced Wednesday.

"We are working with our health care partners to ensure appropriate care of this individual and prevent the spread of this disease within the community," said State Surgeon General Ana M. Viamonte Ros in a written statement.

She said Florida authorities will "continue to monitor the state for any future cases."

The news follows an announcement that the cholera outbreak in Haiti has spread across the border to the Dominican Republic.

The cholera outbreak confirmed last month in northwest Haiti has killed 1,110 people, and 18,383 people have been hospitalized with the disease, according to Haiti's health ministry.

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November 17th, 2010
01:21 PM ET

U.S. case to unfold against international arms dealer

The accused international arms dealer now in U.S. custody for agreeing to sell millions of dollars of weapons to a Colombian narco-terrorist organization faces life in prison, the Manhattan U.S. Attorney said Wednesday.

Viktor Bout - who faces an initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon in New York - has been charged with four counts of terror-related crimes.

The charges are conspiracy to kill U.S. nationals; conspiracy to kill U.S. officers or employees; conspiracy to acquire and use an anti-aircraft
missile; and conspiracy to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization. In this case, that would be the
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.


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November 17th, 2010
12:04 PM ET

Pentagon: Missing military jet 'believed to be crashed'

An Alaska-based Air Force F-22 that went missing on a training mission is "believed to be crashed," a Pentagon spokesman said Wednesday.

Col. Dave Lapan did not immediately give other details about the situation.

The aircraft lost contact with air traffic control Tuesday evening, officials from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson at Anchorage, Alaska, said Wednesday.

Gary Strasburg, an Air Force spokesman, told CNN that a pilot was in the single-seat aircraft during a routine training mission.

Contact was lost with the F-22 at 7:40 p.m. Alaska time (11:40 p.m. ET) on Tuesday.

- CNN's Larry Shaughnessy contributed to this report

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November 17th, 2010
11:45 AM ET

Wednesday's intriguing people

Athlete Marion Jones' book gives her version of her drug scandal and time in prison.

Marion Jones

The American track star won three gold and two bronze medals at the 2000 Olympics in Sidney, Australia, but relinquished them when news emerged that she had used performance-enhancing drugs.

Jones spent six months in federal prison for lying to investigators. She now plays guard for the Tulsa Shock of the WNBA and recently released "On the Right Track," in which she gives her version of events and describes her time in prison.

Filmmaker John Singleton has made a documentary about Jones titled "Press Pause," airing on ESPN.

The Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy blog says it had a hard time getting a straight answer out of Jones when it pressed her on whether she knew she was taking performance-enhancing drugs. FULL POST

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November 17th, 2010
11:25 AM ET

Guinea declares emergency after post-election violence

Authorities in the west African nation of Guinea have declared a state of emergency amid post-election violence that has killed at least nine people, the government said Wednesday on national radio.

"The president of the republic can take, by order, any measure necessary to defend the integrity of the national territory and to re-establish and maintain public order," a senior government official read Wednesday afternoon on state radio.

Supporters of rival Guinean presidential candidates have clashed with each other and with security forces in Conakry, the capital, and other cities in northern Guinea, after Alpha Conde was declared the winner of the runoff election Monday. At least nine people have been killed in the past three days.

Thierno Barry, a doctor at Clinique Dixinn in Conakry, said that he personally had transported five dead bodies since Monday. He said they had all been killed by gunshot wounds from Guinean security forces.

- From Journalist Joe Penney


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November 17th, 2010
11:23 AM ET

Pope calls for Pakistani Christian woman to be freed

Pope Benedict XVI called Wednesday for the release of Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy.

He also spoke out about the "difficult situation of Christians in Pakistan," who suffer "discrimination and violence," at the end of his weekly general audience Wednesday.

Bibi was sentenced to death for insulting the Muslim prophet Mohammed and for calling the Quran "fake" - a capital crime in Pakistan. She has filed an appeal and asked for bail, the chief prosecutor of Punjab province told CNN. The prosecutor, Chaudhry Muhammad Jahangir, said the appeal will be heard by the Lahore High court and a decision could be months away.

Pakistan has never executed someone convicted of blasphemy, he said, but he refused to predict the outcome of Bibi's appeal.


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November 17th, 2010
11:23 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Bad prison flicks, 'Poacher X,' 1st royal wedding

Inmates subjected to bad movies - Do inmates have a right to television in jail? Debatable. However, a federal judge is reviewing a case filed by inmate James Poulin who says he has a right to media. Poulin claims he and other inmates are subjected to the same movies over and over instead of basic programming. Sounds like a case of torture, but then again, if President George W. Bush is still defending waterboarding ...


November 17th, 2010
10:59 AM ET

Royal fiances spend day in limelight

In case you can’t get enough of the news of the impending wedding of Britain’s Prince William to Kate Middleton, we’ve rounded up some of the most popular videos of their engagement news.

One of the biggest stunners was William’s choice of his mother’s engagement ring to seal the deal. The first glimpse came at a photo op at St. James’s Palace.

They spilled some of the details of the engagement during an exclusive interview– he’d carried the ring around in his “rucksack” for weeks looking for the right time!


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