Donald TrumpÂ holds a news briefing today.Â Will he discuss a possible run for the presidency? Will he address his "birther" claim that President Obama may not have been born in the United States? Watch CNN.com Live for coverage.
9 am ET - Aviation Summit -Â The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Chamber Foundation hostÂ today's forumÂ where experts and aviationÂ sector leaders will discuss critical issues facing the industry.Â The FAA will display its new NextGenÂ Data Communications Boeing B737NG cockpit flight simulator and Air Traffic Control simulator.
9 am ET - Donald Trump news conference -Â The possible GOP presidential candidate will speak to reporters from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, as speculation grows over his President Obama "birther"Â investigation and whetherÂ Trump willÂ actually campaign for the presidency.
11:30 am ET - James Ray trial - The so-called "sweat lodge trial" of James Ray continues in Campe Verde, Arizona.
2:15 pm ET - Federal Reserve Chairman remarks - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke holds a briefing. There's much speculation over what he may say about interest rates.
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Biologists believe a bald eagle that was a star of a popular Virginia eagle-watching webcam was killed Tuesday morning, struck by an airplane that was landing at Norfolk International Airport.
A U.S. Airways jetâ€™s landing gear struck and killed a bald eagle as the plane was trying to land, airport official Robert Bowen said. One of the plane's fairings was damaged, but none of the 21 people aboard was hurt.
The eagle, biologists believe, was part of a nesting pair that has been at the nearby Norfolk Botanical Garden since 2003, and was the mother of three chicks that are featured on the gardenâ€™sÂ Eagle Cam.
"We are fairly certain that this is the Norfolk Botanical Garden female eagle due to her physical characteristics, size and the fact that she has not been seen at the nest since the strike," said Stephen Living, biologist with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, and Reese Lukei of the Center for Conservation Biology, said in a written statement Tuesday.
Thousands of bird strikes are reported to the Federal Aviation Administration annually, and even strikes involving the formerly endangered bald eagle aren't unheard of. A different eagle was struck at the Norfolk airport two weeks ago, Bowen said. And 136 bald eagles were reported struck at U.S. airports from 1990 though March 2011, though that might be an undercount because the reports are voluntary and because it's not always clear what kind of bird was struck, according to the FAA Wildlife Strike Database.
Authorities in Ecuador closed schools and evacuated residents in areas near the Tungurahua Volcano on Tuesday after the volcano spewed ashes that fell on homes and farms, state media reported.
Ashes from Tungurahua rose more than 7 kilometers (4 miles) into the air Tuesday, the government news agency said. The glacier-capped, 16,478-foot (5,023-meter) volcano has erupted periodically since 1999.
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for Memphis,
Tennessee, until 7:15 pm CDT. Forecasters were tracking a very large
rain-wrapped tornado near West Memphis, or near Marion, Tennessee,
moving east at 20 mph.
U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has worked hard in her rehabilitation to ensure she could see her husband command the final launch of space shuttle Endeavour, he said at Floridaâ€™s Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday.
Astronaut Mark Kelly and Endeavourâ€™s five other crew members arrived at the centerâ€™s shuttle landing facility on Wednesday afternoon in T-38 training jets, two days ahead of the shuttle's launch. Giffords, his wife, has been recovering from a January gunshot to the brain but was cleared by doctors to attend Friday's liftoff.
Flanked by his crew upon arrival Wednesday, Kelly said he was looking forward to Giffords "getting here pretty soon."
"It's something she's been looking forward to for a long time," Kelly said. "She's been working really hard to make sure that her doctors would permit her to come, and she's more than medically ready to be here, and she's excited about making this trip."
Comment of the day: "At the end of the day this should show us what those who oppose gay marriage really are concerned about: writing discrimination into the law. They are not concerned about marriage at all. They are simply trying to write laws that allow them to discriminate against a specific segment of society. End of story." -10001NYC
Earlier this month, former Judge Vaughan Walker, who blocked enforcement of Proposition 8, confirmed his involvement in a long-term, same-sex relationship. Now, supporters of Proposition 8 are asking that the judge's injunction barring the measure's enforcement be thrown out because they believe he should have disclosed the information before his ruling.
Most CNN.com readers said those who want the injunction thrown out are bigoted, hypocritical and short-sighted.
Artlicious "If their real intent was to 'protect marriage,' they should argue that a straight married judge be disqualified since he would conceivably have an interest in protecting his own marriage. The argument is simply ridiculous on its face." JamesGP said, "A heterosexual judge is then presumed to be biased against the case, and therefore should also recuse themselves. According to this logic we need an asexual hermaphrodite to decide this case." CenterLeft1 said, "Well, that means an Evangelical Christian can't rule on say, school prayer. Conflict of interest...fair is fair." animaguskatt said, "Wow, so only straight people get to decide the fate of gays?"
But some readers agreed with those who support the request:
bobbynakka said, "There is a clear conflict of interest here and if you don't see it then you lack common sense."briancmyers said, "There's significant risk of bias so the ruling should be tossed." nyma11 said, "I perfectly understand, A judge gave himself the right to marry. He created a law for his own self-serving purposes."
leelanau said, â€śDoes this mean a white judge canâ€™t rule on a case involving a white defendant? No.....it means that an activist judge made a ridiculous, over-reaching activist ruling not based in the law or constitutionality. Why can't the proponents of gay marriage accept the fact that the people have spoken?"
But greysky67 said simply, "The government needs to get out of the marriage business."
The Internet was humming Tuesday withÂ a reportÂ that the worldâ€™s last typewriter manufacturer is closing shop and has 500 machines left, according to the Business Standard of India.
â€śWe stopped production in 2009 and were the last company in the world to manufacture office typewriters,â€ť said Milind Dukle, general manager-operations of Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Co., according to the Business Standard. â€śThe machines are of Godrej Prima, the last typewriter brand from our company. ...â€ť
But Edward Michael, sales general manager at Swintec, a New Jersey-based typewriter company, said not so fast. He said when he readÂ the report onÂ the typewriters' demise, he initially thought it was a typo.
"We are a typewriter company, and we are alive and doing very well," Michael said in a telephone interview Tuesday with CNN.
Before the Internet age, the typewriter ruled. But when the seeds of the tech boom started to germinate, the typewriters' use as a business communication tool quickly faded.
Michael said he couldn't recall exact sales figures but his company, which started in 1978, sold "in the thousands" to private dealers, prisons and government offices.
Michael said if you want the latest in business communication, sans the Internet, there's an "app" for that.
â€śSome (typewriters) have memory, some donâ€™t," he said. "Even spell check. You can save the document in the machineâ€™s memory, call it up at a later time. It doesnâ€™t go on the Internet, but it saves inside the typewriter itself. Â It has a ribbon, it has a print wheel. You can change the character style (50 variations) by changing the wheels. Thereâ€™s many applications that are easier than a computer."
Michael said many government agencies actually prefer the typewriter for official documents. He cited marriage licenses and birth and death certificates.
We think there's more electric and manual typewriter manufacturers out there. Know of any?
The upcoming nuptials of Will and Kate have created a frenzy for kitschy wedding memorabilia. From a Lego replica of the wedding to the quickest way to bust the bank on mementos, you've gotta watch all the hoopla surrounding royal wedding keepsakes.
Inside the royal wedding – It may be your best chance to get an up-close look at Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding. Check out this Lego replication of their ceremony.
Microbial life can grow in gravityÂ more than 400,000 times that of Earth, according to a new study detailed in National Geographic.
BiologistÂ Shigeru Deguchi led a team that tested fiveÂ species of bacteria by subjecting them toÂ intense gravity conditions, called "hypergravity." The species continued to multiply despite being spun in a machine that replicated pressure 400,000 times that of Earth's gravity.
Shigeru, in an e-mail to CNN Tuesday, said the findings suggest that there might be life forms - microbial in size - that could withstand even more weight.
"We tested only five microbes in this study. Because the list of microbes is very short, we anticipate that further accumulation of experimental data on various microorganisms may result in discoveries of previously undescribed species that expand the range of habitable gravities even more," he said.
The former U.S. Solicitor General during the George W. Bush administration has resigned from his post at the Atlanta-based law firm of King and Spalding. According to NPR, Clement resigned as a partner at the firm after King and Spalding decided not to represent the House Republicans in their legal effort to support the Defense of Marriage Act. Earlier this year, the Obama administration announced that it would not defend the constitutionality of the law, which speaks against gay marriage. On Monday the law firm withdrew from the case and Clement resigned. "I resign out of the firm belief" that a lawyer should not abandon his client "because the client's legal position is extremely unpopular in certain quarters," Clement said in a statement.
The Rutgers football player who was paralyzed in an October 2010 game at MeadowlandsÂ Stadium in New Jersey gave his first interview yesterday to journalists, insisting that he will some day walk again. LeGrand, a 20-year-old 6-2, 275-pound junior, broke his C3Â and C4Â vertebrae during a play against Army. While he uses a power chair that he guides with his mouth, LeGrand said that he's regained sensation in his body and can move his shoulder slightly. He lives with his mother in New Jersey, does therapy three times weekly and takes two classes via Skype. His sunny attitude is what contributes to his success, his mother told the New York Daily News. "He knows, 'Maybe playing football is something I'm not supposed to do,' " she said. "'I'm supposed to do something bigger than that.'"
The Japanese figure skaterÂ will defend her 2010 world championship title Tuesday in Moscow, rather than in Japan as originally scheduled. The 2011 World Figure Skating Championships were slated to begin March 21st in Tokyo, but Japan's earthquake on March 11 forced the International Skating Union to delay and relocate the competition. The Japanese athletes and coaches all wear stickers on their jackets that read "Rebirth Japan. We are always with you." Joining AsadaÂ will be TakahikoÂ Kuzuka, Japan country's men's champion. He leads the men's competition going into Wednesday's short program by nearly 30 points.
The U.S. Olympic Track Gold Medalist announced earlier this month that he wouldÂ seek a seat in the New Jersey State Senate. In today's Philadelphia Inquirer, Lewis said that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tried to dissuade Lewis from running hours before the announcement. The conversation with the governor came after several days of talks with Christie's staff, Lewis said. Staff members threatened that if Lewis decided to run, an athletic program he wanted to start would be scuttled. Christie's office is downplaying the accusations as a "silly" misinterpretation.
U.N. panel may look into SyriaÂ allegations -Â The U.N. Security Council could take up the issue of alleged human rights abuses in Syria on Tuesday, a day after witnesses said thousands of troops invaded the heart of the country's recent protests and carried out a bloody crackdown.
A U.N. diplomat said a draft Security Council statement sponsored by France, Portugal and the United Kingdom condemned the violence and called for restraint. It also supported U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's call for an independent investigation on the matter.
A final statement could be agreed upon by Tuesday, the diplomat said.
Donald Trump may be getting the lion's share of attention over speculation he may run for president, but today, Texas Rep. Ron Paul gets the spotlight. Watch CNN.com Live for coverage of Paul's announcement of a presidential exploratory committee.
12:30 pm ET - White House briefing - The situations in Libya andÂ Syria will likely top the agenda at today's briefing with the White House press corps.
4:45 pm ET - Rep. Ron Paul announcement - Republican Texas Rep. Ron Paul will announce the formation of a presidential exploratory committee at an event in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Some highlights from the day's business news:
7% of Americans subscribe to Netflix
Netflix knocked over a new milestone Monday: It now has more subscribers than the largest cable TV operator in the U.S.
Netflix's global subscriber base grew almost 70% over the past year, to 23.6 million users. With that audience, it dethroned Comcast as the country's biggest provider of subscription video content. More than 7% of Americans now subscribe to Netflix.
Those details came out Monday in Netflix's first-quarter report, in which the company reported earnings of of $60.2 million, or $1.11 a share. That's up from $32 million, or 59 cents a share, a year ago.
A confirmed tornado is approaching the town of Romance, Arkansas, the National Weather Service said.
The weather service urged residents of Romance to take cover immediately.
If and when a zombie apocalypse ever does come to pass, rest assured: Tons and tons of your fellow living humans already have a plan in mind.
Today's comment of the day comes from Stejo, who addressed the political implications of the zombie brain: "For those of you thinking you'll browse the comments, I'll save you some time: Right: 'Democrats are zombies.' Left: 'Republicans/Tea Party members are zombies.' Serious Scientists: 'This article is full of errors.' Sci-Fi Fans: 'Lighten up, Serious Scientist.' I think that pretty much sums it up. I hope I've saved you some valuable time."
Between a blissfully geeky story about the undead and Friday's article on Mac and PC users' stereotypes, we saw a major revenge of the nerds on CNN.com in the best possible way. We also received lots of thoughtful postings on airline overbooking. Our readers are churning many ideas on how to improve the airlines' workflow. Read on and check out what they had to say.
The new novel "The Zombie Autopsies" includes an apocalyptic scenario in which an airborne virus is rapidly turning people into zombies and wiping out humanity. Writer Dr. Steven Schlozman says the undead are a great way to explore real-world health issues, and commenters jumped at the chance to have a big ol' Internet-powered chat about zombies. Most seemed eager to have found people who think like them.
Maybe HolyMoley summed up the response best: "You know what is beautiful about this story and all these posts? I have just discovered I am not alone in my obsession about a pending zombie apocalypse."
A federal judge ruled in favor of NFL players on Monday, issuing an injunction that ordered the league's owners to lift their lockout.
The league will ask Nelson to stay the ruling, pending the league's appeal to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said.
"We believe that federal law bars injunctions in labor disputes," the league said in a statement. "We are confident that the 8th Circuit will agree. But we also believe that this dispute will inevitably end with a collective bargaining agreement, which would be in the best interests of players, clubs and fans. We can reach a fair agreement only if we continue negotiations toward that goal."
A lockout was imposed after talks onÂ collective bargainingÂ between the players and owners broke down last month.FULL STORY
The bane of Los Angeles' existence as of last night: Chris Paul.
The New Orleans Hornets point guard and his team managed an astonishing 93-88 win against the Lakers, tying his team's series with the reigning champs. Sans leading scorer David West, the Hornets managed to capitalize on its pick-and-roll game with Paul racking up a game high 27 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists. As SI.com's Mark Haubner writes:
"This night in New Orleans was all about Paul. In the first half, the Hornets played less pick-and-roll than we've seen. They looked to get everyone involved with more of a motion game, and Paul was content to play facilitator, with four points on just three shots and nine assists. In the second half, New Orleans re-emphasized its pick-and-roll game, and its floor leader took over."
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Monday he will not run for president in 2012.
"This has been a difficult, personal decision, and I am very grateful to my family for their total support of my going forward, had that been what I decided,"Â Barbour (pictured), a Republican, said in a statement.
â€śA candidate for president today is embracing a 10-year commitment to an all-consuming effort, to the virtual exclusion of all else," the statement continued. "His (or her) supporters expect and deserve no less than absolute fire in the belly from their candidate. I cannot offer that with certainty, and total certainty is required."
A number of other Republicans are near their own self-imposed deadlines for making a decision about a 2012 presidential bid.FULL STORY
The Federal Reserve's board convenes on Tuesday with Chairman Bernanke taking an unprecedented risk. On Wednesday, he'll hold the first-ever press conference by a Fed Chairman. The entire worldâ€”particularly the Fed itselfâ€”will assess every word, the Wall Street Journal's David Wessel told NPR this morning. Bernanke feels this transparency is needed, given the public mistrust after the financial crisis. At the same time, the slightest misstep by Bernanke would cause a market tumble, said Wessel adding that this move will change the role of fed chair forever. Charisma will now be a required skill set for any future Federal Reserve chair, he said. Read Time magazine's intimate portrait of Bernanke, who was Man of the Year in 2009.
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Bahrain's Crown Prince is sending his regrets to Britain's Prince William, stating that he must decline an invite to the royal wedding due to unrest in his country. The decision was delayed until the last minute, Prince Salman wrote, because he'd hoped violence would have subsided. There have been accounts of human rights violations across Bahrain. Go here for more on the latest from Bahrain.
Four members of the group for former world leaders announced in Beijing this morning that they will travel to North Korea in hopes of restoring dialogue between that country and South Korea. Former President Jimmy Carter, Finland's Martti Ahtisaari, Ireland's Mary Robinson, and the former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Brundtland are traveling to Pyongyang at the invitation of Kim John Il's government, Carter said. North Korea's critically low food supply and South Korea will be discussed. "Clearly there is a great level of mistrust and suspicion between North and South Korea," Ahtisaari said. "But the stakes are too high to allow this standoff to continue."
WikiLeaks has released close to 800 secret military documents that reveal fascinating insights into al Qaeda and terrorist detainees at Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, including close-up photographs of detainees. One document reveals that a detainee threatened guards by saying he would fly airplanes into houses. Another said that Osama bin Laden was, at one point, in good health despite having only one kidney.
The Guantanamo document dump is only the latest in 2011 from WikiLeaks, which gained international prominence in 2010 when it leaked thousands of papers about the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan. Late last year, WikiLeaks began publishing 251,287 leaked United States Embassy cables dating from 1966 to February 2011. The cables are still being slowly released. The content is so broad, and involves so many countries, there isn't room enough on this blog to adequately describe it. Need a WikiLeaks refresher? Watch this.
A few notable 2011 WikiLeaks revelations:
Tunisia - WikiLeaks released cables alleging the president of Tunisia's corruption and high spending. The documents painted a scathing portrait of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his relatives by describing them as a "quasi-mafia" that pushed businesses for a slice of any venture they were involved in.
Syria - In the past few days, Syria has erupted in violence, and witnesses tell CNN that authorities are going door to door shooting people. On April 19, the U.S. State Department denied it was seeking to undermine the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, despite the revelation in diplomatic cables unveiled by WikiLeaks that the U.S. is financing groups seeking to overthrow him.
Libya - Cables related to Libya were credited by some for helping fuel the fighting in the country. A cable described the town of Derna, Libya, as a "wellspring" of Libyan foreign fighters for al Qaeda in Iraq. They also revealed much about Libyan President Moammar Gadhafi's odd personal life, his penchant for hiring celebrities and his love of a good party.
Mexico - The U.S. ambassador to Mexico resigned after a January 2010 WikiLeaks leaked cable described the Mexican army as "slow" and "risk averse" and concluded that only 2% of people arrested in Ciudad Juarez, the most violent city in Mexico, were charged with a crime.
Bahrain - A cable showed the "deep suspicion" that Bahrain has for its Persian Gulf neighbor, Iran.
Iran - WikiLeaks exposed an alleged secret plot to assassinate an Iranian-American dissident.
Egypt - A cable revealed details about Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, Egypt's new deputy prime minister, as more details and images emerged from the country that experienced a historic revolution this year.