November 18th, 2010
11:11 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

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

Family waits to see if mother will be hanged: In this village in Pakistan's Punjab province a tearful 12-year-old girl ponders if the Pakistani government will soon hang her mother.

Computer virus Stuxnet a 'game changer,' DHS says: A highly complex computer attack that may have been targeting Iran's nuclear power plants is posing a serious security threat to critical infrastructure worldwide, according to government and cyber-industry experts.

Eva Longoria speaks on decision to divorce: Eva Longoria is speaking up about her decision to file for divorce from San Antonio Spurs player Tony Parker, and she's starting with Twitter.

Missing Ohio women, boy confirmed dead: A kidnapping suspect provided information that led to the discovery of the bodies of a missing Ohio woman, her 10-year-old son and a family friend, authorities said.

Slain publicist was master at Oscar buzz: Ronni Chasen came to California to be an actress and spent the next four decades as a Hollywood publicist.

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November 18th, 2010
10:19 PM ET

Federal judge to plead guilty in drug case

A federal judge in Georgia is expected to plead guilty to charges Friday stemming allegations that he bought drugs for a stripper.

Senior U.S. District Judge Jack Camp Jr. will plead guilty to the felony charge of  aiding and abetting a felon's possession of marijuana and cocaine, misdemeanor conversion of government property; and misdemeanor possession of roxycodone, a painkiller, Camp's lawyer, Bill Morrison, told CNN.

"We have made a mutually acceptable resolution of the case," Morrison


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Filed under: Crime • Drugs • Georgia
November 18th, 2010
09:15 PM ET

Security measure myths: How the TSA sees it

The TSA is not as bad you think they are. Or at least, that's what a list of "myths and facts" issued Thursday by the TSA about pat-downs and other security measures would like you to consider.

Many Americans have reacted with displeasure and outrage, over recent high-profile stories about intrusive searches at airports.

But in its fact sheet, the TSA says that pat-downs only occur when a passenger sets off a metal detector or opts out of an X-ray scan.

Some see the pat-downs as a punishment for refusing to get scanned, but the TSA says that is not the case.

"There is nothing punitive about it - it just makes good security sense," the TSA said. "And the weapons and other dangerous and prohibited items we've found during pat-downs speak to this."


November 18th, 2010
07:40 PM ET

Atlanta's baby panda: It's a boy!

The panda born November 3 at Georgia's Zoo Atlanta is a boy, the zoo announced Thursday.

The 11-ounce cub's mother, Lun Lun, has left it alone for brief periods, allowing veterinarians from the zoo and from China to look the little guy over. He's starting to develop the giant panda's characteristic black saddles on the shoulders and patches around his eyes, which aren't open yet.

The unnamed youngster and his mother won't make their public debut until spring, but fans can watch them on Zoo Atlanta's PandaCam.


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November 18th, 2010
07:37 PM ET

Overheard on 'Teen Mom' charged

COMMENT OF THE DAY: "I give America 75 to 100 years before it falls apart. It started in the mid-80s and has now progressed full force by the division between those who are educated enough to see this downfall and those who are not educated enough to even think critically. ... Goodbye America, it was nice while it lasted." - unsigned commenter
MTV's "Teen Mom" Amber Portwood faces felony domestic violence charges in her Indiana hometown because of incidents on her reality TV show where she is seen shoving, punching, slapping and choking her boyfriend, a police spokesman said. Several comment threads emerged, with a lot of frustration expressed in regards to this story.

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November 18th, 2010
06:07 PM ET

Committee votes to censure Rep. Charlie Rangel

A House of Representatives committee has voted 9-1 to recommend that Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-New York, be censured by the House and be required to pay restitution for any unpaid taxes.


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November 18th, 2010
05:28 PM ET

Remains found of missing Ohio women, boy

The week-long search for an Ohio woman, her 10-year-old son and a family
friend has ended with the discovery of their remains, Knox County Sheriff David Barber said Thursday.

The bodies of Tina Herrmann, 32, her son, Kody Maynard and friend, Stephanie Sprang, 41, were found in garbage bags in a hollow tree near Frederickton, Ohio, Barber told reporters.

The three went missing last Wednesday, along with Herrmann's 13-year-old daughter, Sarah Maynard, who was found bound and gagged in a basement over the weekend.

The owner of the residence, Matthew Hoffman, 30, was arrested on suspicion of abducting her. Hoffman provided authorities with information that led to their bodies, Barber said.


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November 18th, 2010
04:10 PM ET

WebPulse: Screening, sweating and The Situation

The online chatter-battle over how much bod one should share with airport security screeners continues as Thanksgiving travel begins. If you're curious which airports have body scanning technology, find that here. When we're traveling, we'll be loading up on headache soothing apps and a few drinks. (Starbucks is giving away certain menu items until November 21.)

Ooh, yeah ... that makes us sing Kanye's catchy old "Workout," ditty ("All them mocha lattes/ya gotta do Pilates") ... Pause for little WebPulse dance. Ok ... Where were we? Oh, yeah, getting fat. There's no doubt you'll hear someone lamenting that they need to get in the (high-concept) gym after stuffing themselves with turkey. Beat 'em all to it and get on that treadmill and sweat for a few. Rest assured that no one expects you to be Tom Cruise. Look, America's most beloved Scientologist is sitting on the world's tallest building! You will never be as physically able as Tom Cruise, and in that you should find peace.

We're not sure how to transition to discussing a weird ad about safe sex featuring Bristol Palin and The Situation. There are so many cheap jokes to be had here. We don't know where to start, so we'll leave it to you. Just watch.

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November 18th, 2010
02:43 PM ET

Hernandez sets record with AL Cy Young award

Feliz Hernandez won the AL Cy Young Award with just 13 wins on the season.

Winning isn’t everything when it comes to the American League Cy Young Award.

Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners won the award given to the league’s best pitcher Thursday despite winning only 13 games,  the least ever for a starting pitcher. Hernandez led the league in earned-run average and innings pitched. He was second in strikeouts.

Voters didn’t hold the fact that he pitched for the last-place Mariners against him.  He won 21 of the 28 first-place votes.

David Price, who won 19 games for the Tampa Bay Rays, finished second, and CC Sabathia, who won 21 for the New York Yankees, finished third.

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November 18th, 2010
02:38 PM ET

'Snowstorm' surrounds comet

A contrast-enhanced image shows icy particles surrounding the comet Hartley 2's nucleus.

Rudolph's nose may get a workout if Santa's sleigh passes anywhere near comet Hartley 2.

NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft photographed a snowy cloud of carbon dioxide crystals surrounding the comet's nucleus when the probe flew past Hartley 2 on November 4.

Some of the crystals could be the size of basketballs, NASA said in an article on its website.

"We've never seen anything like this before," University of Maryland professor Mike A'Hearn, principal investigator of Deep Impact's EPOXI mission, said in the article. "It really took us by surprise."


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November 18th, 2010
02:29 PM ET

iReporter: Haitian residents form anti-U.N. police force

Protesters hurl stones at U.N. peacekeepers in Cap Haitien on Wednesday.

Young men frustrated with the United Nations presence in Haiti have become a self-appointed police force in Cap Haitien, setting up “checkpoints” every hundred yards on main roads and keeping an eye out for anybody who appears to be a foreigner, according to a CNN iReporter in the city.

“They feel like they’re an occupied territory,” the iReporter said of those manning the roadblocks Thursday. “They’ve just had enough. They’ve decided that they want their own police force. They’ve created their own community police department."

Protesters this week took over the streets of Cap Haitien to protest what they say is the U.N.'s role in the nation's cholera epidemic.


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November 18th, 2010
02:16 PM ET

Natalee's mom to van der Sloot: 'I can't close the book'

Beth Holloway has once again pleaded face-to-face with Joran van der Sloot to give her information about her daughter Natalee, who went missing in 2005 in Aruba. Holloway, her voice shaking, gave van der Sloot a candy bar when they met recently in a Peru prison where he is being held in the slaying of Stephany Flores, a 21-year-old Peruvian woman, this summer.

A Dutch television station taped the meeting, which comes as authorities test a jawbone recently discovered in Aruba that could be part of Natalee Holloway's remains.

Beth Holloway has tried previously to persuade van der Sloot to tell her where her daughter might be, meeting with him in person. He has lied to her and to the Holloway family, authorities say.

During this latest meeting, the teen's mother implored: "I can't close the book."

"I have not any hate in me," she told him. "I have none for you because I don't know you, Joran."


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November 18th, 2010
01:47 PM ET

Ethics counsel recommends Rangel censure

The chief counsel of the House ethics committee concluded Thursday that Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-New York, should be censured by the House of Representatives in response to multiple rules violations committed by the 20-term congressman.

"Disciplinary action in this matter is necessary," R. Blake Chisam said. "This is about the institution (of the House) and the ultimate test for the
institution is whether members behave creditably."

Rangel, who was found guilty of the violations on Tuesday, pleaded for "a drop of fairness and mercy" in part out of recognition of his lengthy public


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November 18th, 2010
01:39 PM ET

E-mail scam involves fake package delivery problem

The U.S. Postal Service urges consumers not to click on links in suspicious e-mails.

Like a shopping-mall Santa, a familiar scam is making a comeback as the holiday shipping season ramps up.

Watch out for official-looking e-mails that appear to come from package delivery services such as UPS, FedEx or even the U.S. Postal Service, consumer protection advocates warn.

The e-mail says there was a problem delivering a package you either sent or were supposed to receive. It may even include a phony tracking number. The recipient is instructed to open an attachment and fill out an invoice, a claim form or a corrected mailing label.

However, opening the attachment downloads malware or viruses to your computer, the Better Business Bureau warns.


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November 18th, 2010
11:14 AM ET

Search efforts under way after Florida 'aircraft incident'

An "aircraft incident" involving a civilian plane took place near the Avon Park Bombing Range Air Field, according to a statement Thursday from MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida.

The Highlands County Sheriff's Office said earlier Thursday that deputies were assisting in the search for a military plane that was reported missing
about 10 p.m. ET.

However, MacDill said it was not a military plane. "The small, fixed-wing civilian aircraft was providing support to a Special Operations Command
training exercise," the statement said. "There was no armament on the aircraft or military personnel."


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November 18th, 2010
11:14 AM ET

Thursday's intriguing people

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin shows off his new pup.

Putin's puppy

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is asking Russians' help in naming his new puppy.

The dog was a gift from Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov in celebration of an agreement to build a gas pipeline between the two countries.

The Bulgarian shepherd has a Bulgarian name, Yorgo, but Putin wants to give it a Russian moniker, the Sofia news agency says.

Widely circulated photos of Putin nuzzling the fuzzy puppy could soften the ex-KGB agent's judo-wrestling, tough-guy image, for whatever reason, the Globe and Mail of Toronto, Canada, noted.

"Russia's man of deeds hugged it affectionately and kissed it on the nose," the official RIA news agency dutifully reported.


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November 18th, 2010
11:10 AM ET

Sweden orders arrest of WikiLeaks founder

The Stockholm Criminal Court on Thursday issued an international arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on probable cause, saying he is suspected of rape, sexual molestation and illegal use of force.

The court also ordered Assange arrested in his absence, which requires Swedish authorities anywhere in the world to detain Assange if they come across him. Sweden's director of prosecutions, Marianne Ny, had requested the arrest in absence.

"The background is that he has to be heard in this investigation and we haven't been able to get a hold of him to question him," Ny said earlier


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November 18th, 2010
11:09 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Spidey, AC's a bunny, church bans Facebook

Spider-Man is real! - Unemployment is a diabolical foe in New York City. Peter Parker can attest to that. His alter-ego Spider-Man was in town Wednesday alongside Mayor Michael Bloomberg to unveil a comic book called "Spider-Man, You're Hired," promoting the city's free career services. You'll notice Spidey didn't arrive on a web or crawl down a building. I guess he took the subway. Don't judge. He's probably tired from filling out job applications.


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November 18th, 2010
11:09 AM ET Longoria-Parker divorce drama

NBA star Tony Parker and actress Eva Longoria are divorcing.

Tony Parker is making news, and not for his 21 points against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night. The San Antonio Spurs point guard and his wife, actress Eva Longoria, have called it quits after seven years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences, though Parker is rumored to have cheated.

Granted, it's not the most shocking development in athlete-celebrity relations. There are plenty of hookups, divorces and everything in between when these two worlds collide. But what does make this story a little more intriguing is the identity of the alleged "other woman."

Basketball drama aside, Thursday night football action is coming your way:

Chicago Bears vs. Miami Dolphins (8:20 p.m., ET) - Down to their third-string quarterback, the Dolphins face an uphill battle against the Bears at Sun Life Stadium. But don't underestimate Tyler Thigpen. With 20 touchdowns and 16 interceptions, Miami could have a lot worse to work with.

By The Numbers

17 - age of Juan Agudelo, the youngest member of the United States national soccer team to score a goal in the modern era. Just six days away from his 18th birthday, Agudelo scored his historic goal during a friendly against South Africa.

82 - number of games Greg Oden has played in since making his NBA debut four seasons ago. The Trail Blazers center will miss the rest of the season after undergoing microfracture surgery on his left knee Friday.'s Zach Lowe discusses Oden's future in Portland on his blog, The Point Forward.

11 - number of consecutive games the New York Islanders have lost. Their most recent disappointment came against the Tampa Bay Lightning on the night of new coach Jack Capuano's debut.

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November 18th, 2010
09:50 AM ET

On the Radar: Miners in U.S., Rangel punished

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Miners in America - The men who survived 69 days in a Chilean mine are in Atlanta, Georgia, on their first U.S. tour since being rescued last month. The miners are on their way to Los Angeles, California, to tape "CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute," which will air on Thanksgiving.

"I want to see the world," said 27-year-old miner Richard Villarroell, who has only been to Argentina. "I know all of Chile, but not the rest of the world."

CNN Heroes brings attention to regular people around the globe who are doing significant things that improve lives. The Chileans were invited because they symbolize the resiliency and endurance of the human spirit.

Rangel punished, Murkowski claims win - Politics is making news Thursday from New York to Alaska. New York Rep. Charles Rangel will be punished by his colleagues for violating House rules. The House ethics committee meets today and could recommend anything from a fine to expulsion. In Alaska, Sen. Lisa Murkowski has finally declared victory over fellow-Republican Joe Miller. The votes are still being counted. Murkowski would be the first write-in candidate to win a Senate race since Strom Thurmond in 1954.

Mystery bone - Investigators hope to determine Thursday whether a jawbone found on an Aruba beach belongs to an animal or a human. It's possible that the bone is from the body of Natalee Holloway, the missing American teenager. If the bone is human, authorities will attempt to find out using a DNA match whether it belongs to Holloway, who was last seen on the island in 2005. The Netherlands Forensic Institute in The Hague is examining the bone. Joran van der Sloot, the suspect in the Holloway case, is being held in Castro-Castro prison in Peru on another murder charge. Holloway's mother met with him recently.

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