On the Radar: Obama's life threatened, Olympian kills self, Washington talks debt
Jeret "Speedy" Peterson in January 2010 in Vancouver after winning the men's freestyle aerials.
July 27th, 2011
07:32 AM ET

On the Radar: Obama's life threatened, Olympian kills self, Washington talks debt

Man arrested for threatening Obama's life - A 21-year-old man from Uzbekistan was indicted Tuesday in  Alabama for threatening to kill President Barack Obama. The man was in the United States illegally because his student visa had been revoked, yet he was able to obtain a machine gun and a grenade, authorities said. Ulugbek Kodirov had bought the machine gun from an undercover agent at a motel in the small town of Leeds, Alabama, the Department of Justice said.

Olympic athlete kills himself - Freestyle skier Jeret "Speedy" Peterson, who won a silver medal at the 2010 Olympic Games, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Utah police say. The 29-year-old called police Monday night and said he was going to kill himself. He told them he was in Lambs Canyon, between Salt Lake City and Park City, a police official told CNN. Officers found him there dead at about 11:30 p.m. Peterson had competed in two Olympics, taking bronze at two straight World Junior Championships in 2000 and 2001. He picked up the nickname "Speedy" at a summer ski camp in Lake Placid, New York, in the mid-1990s, because coaches said his big helmet reminded them of the cartoon "Speed Racer." He competed in Torino, Italy, at the 2006 Winter Games.

Memphis schools to open on time - Schools in Memphis, Tennessee, will start the school year on time. The announcement comes after much controversy surrounding $55 million the city owed the schools so that they could keep operating on a normal schedule. There was talk that school openings would have to be delayed. There are approximately 103,000 students in the state's largest district, according to local reports. What's happening in Memphis mirrors a trend in the rest of the country, where schools are laying off teachers and trimming budgets due to fiscal problems related to the troubled national economy.

Debt talks - There is still no end in sight on a debt agreement. A representative from Moody's will be on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to give lawmakers a frank assessment of how bad things could get if there isn't a resolution by next week. Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey says the U.S. could lose its AAA credit rating regardless of whether an agreement is reached. Read more about what the stalemate could mean for the economy.

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  1. gung hoe

    Really am surprised it wasnt a american psyho I personally dont know of anybody that would go to the extent of threatening the president but i do know alot of people that are very unhappy with the president and i would have to imagine that you get someone that is unstable and unhappy and You would have the perfect combination to have a disaster like in norway

    July 27, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. gung hoe

    Phillip the more i read your blogs the more i like you the other night anti phillip was goin round with you and i stuck my big nose in it

    July 27, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. proof in the puddin

    Look up Howard Philip Milstein, Sentor Cantors wife works for Emigrant Bank, They got 267 Million dollars in bailout funds and their Virginia bank and trust only targets Ultra rich clientele. On the Sept 11th memorial foundation. Stem cell research.

    July 27, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. s kel

    ok cnn let people blog on here

    July 27, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. s kel

    ok well im suprised the nra is not defending the illegal for buying a automatic weapon and the tea party is not raising money to defend this person.

    July 27, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. s kel

    hey philip theres a happy face in laurel md where you racist pres canidate was shot, im also glad wallace saw what he was and before he died , was sorry for being a tight minded racist, and for that, i praise him, God bless him.

    July 27, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    hey banasy, phillip and ruffnutt. always seem to miss u guys but think of u all often! but as far as the idiots we have running our country. into the ground pretty much, they are worse than any mafia. time to fire em all and start over.

    July 28, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
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