On the Radar: Libya battle, Calderon visit, Rodney King anniversary, Florida fires
Rebel fighters hoist their flag in the Libyan city of al-Brega on Wednesday after advancing on government forces.
March 3rd, 2011
12:05 PM ET

On the Radar: Libya battle, Calderon visit, Rodney King anniversary, Florida fires

Gadhafi fights back - Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi are fighting to hold or regain control of rebellious areas. Two bombs were dropped Thursday on military camps in the eastern Libyan town of Ajdabiya, a tribal leader said. Another bomb was dropped in al-Brega between an oil facility and the airport, but there were no injuries or damage, witnesses said. Al-Brega, which has key oil and natural gas facilities, also was bombed Wednesday.

Security Council meeting on Ivory Coast - The U.N. Security Council is set to meet Thursday to discuss the violence and instability in Ivory Coast, where incumbent Laurent Gbagbo and apparent election winner Alassane Ouattara
are struggling for control. The council will get a briefing from the U.N. peacekeeping director. The situation is alarming, U.N. diplomats and officials say.

Obama hosts Mexican president - Mexican President Felipe Calderon visits Washington, where he'll meet with President Barack Obama at the White House. It will be the fifth time the leaders have met since January 2009. Calderon arrives in Washington after making harsh statements criticizing both the U.S. ambassador to Mexico and American security agencies.

King beating was 20 years ago - Thursday marks the 20th anniversary of the beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police officers, which led to four nights of rioting after three officers were acquitted and a mistrial declared for the fourth. CNN anchor Don Lemon retraces the beating, the riots and the lessons learned in "Race and Rage - The Beating of Rodney King." The documentary debuts at 8 p.m. ET and PT Friday on CNN.

NFL negotiation deadline looms - The NFL owners and players union are meeting in Washington as they try to beat an 11:59 p.m. deadline to negotiate a new collective-bargaining agreement. Without an agreement or an extension, a lockout of players could start Friday. The two sides are trying to hash out an agreement on revenue sharing, the length of the season and a rookie salary scale.

Florida wildfires close highway - Wildfires in Florida have burned more than 17,000 acres and closed a stretch of Interstate 95. The fires, which began Monday in northern Brevard and southern Volusia counties, have destroyed a mobile home and several outbuildings and camp structures, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said.

Olympic rings unveiling in London - London's Olympic Organizing Committee is set to unveil the first set of Olympic rings on city landmarks Thursday. The rings at St Pancras International Station will measure 70 by 30 feet. As London counts down to the 2012 Summer Games, rings will be displayed at Tower Bridge and the London Eye, and by light projections on the Houses of Parliament and the National Gallery, among other spots.

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  1. mohamad

    Fukk them

    March 3, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Frank

    People of the United States of America and President Obama,
    First let me say,the people of Libya hate the United States with a passion.
    It took them 40 years to wake up to the fact that GAD. was a bad guy.
    I would not waste one American Life protecting these people.As a matter of fact at this point remembering what a terrorist their leader was ,I would blow up every oil field and refinery they have just as punishment for what the Libyian people allowed to happen over the last 42 years.Let Libya fall into total Kaos and when everything stops burning and they ASK US for help maybe we could consider it.

    March 3, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • norman

      Frank, you ignorant individual. All you care about is yourself. Libyans do not hate Americans. Some might, but certainly not the majority. There are number of European people who hate Americans, but certainly not the majority. Wake up. Not agreeing with their foreign policy does not equate to the people. Educate yourself, you sound pathetic.

      March 3, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mohamad

    Kill em all, they are all crap

    March 3, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Scott

    Let's not attack the innocent. We have no beef with the Libyan people. Please, Frank and Mohamad, try to maintain a cool head.

    March 3, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Frank

    Fukk you Scott

    March 3, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Please Frank,can you and mohamad cout that filthy Tea Party lingo out? It has no place here! Leave that for Sarah Palin and her associates!

      March 3, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Scott

    Its ok Frank. You and Mohamad are upset. You didn't mean that. I don't take your childish outburst personally. Please try to control yourself. Libyan people, I wish you the best. More power to you. Frank and Mohamad are in the minority of the American opinion.

    March 3, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bill

    as long as its only people being killed america will watch. let anything happen to the oil or affect the oil billionares and see how fast we drop bombs

    March 3, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mohamad

    I think you should avoid using my name Scott, I haven't said anything to you so pls direct your comments to the people and don't post my name

    March 3, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Morbo

    So, humans have easily wounded egos. Morbo's people will find this information very useful.

    March 3, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Frank

    Hey Mohamad fukk you too

    March 3, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rodney King

    Y'all don't waste yo time talkin' bout Libya. I still here, suckas. I still gots some money left from my "gettin' wooped" lawsuit. I didn't spend it ALL on crack.

    March 3, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Morbo

      Morbo's people will "woop" you very badly indeed, when the time comes. Mwoo-haa-haa-haa!

      March 3, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesse Cook

      Now you can quit whining about the system so much.

      March 3, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Frank

    Rodney you blak motherfukker you people are the same as arabs and should be eliminated

    March 3, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Morbo

      All humans are vermin in the eyes of Morbo.

      March 3, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Sorry Rodney,I never posted the above. The guy who did is obviously a Tea Partier,judging by his choice of words!

      March 3, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      Sounds like something Sarah Palin,Michele Bachmann,John McCain or Mitt Romney would say to you,Rodney. All these Tea Partiers think alike!

      March 3, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mohamad

    Frank take it easy my friend avoid this kind of talk

    March 3, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Frank

    Mohamad you are in no position to say anything since you are a filty arab

    March 3, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Frank

    Morbo shut the fukk up, you're disturbing my conversation with these ashols

    March 3, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Morbo

      Puny human. I WILL DESTROY YOU!

      March 3, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
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