Yankees' Mariano Rivera nabs all-time save record
Right-handed pitcher Mariano Rivera, who hails from Panama, is the Yankee's go-to closer.
September 19th, 2011
05:32 PM ET

Yankees' Mariano Rivera nabs all-time save record

Enter Sandman - into the record books.

New York Yankees’ closer Mariano Rivera grabbed his 602nd save of his career Monday, making him Major League Baseball's all-time "saves" leader. With the save on Monday, he passed previous record-holder Trevor Hoffman. Rivera etched his name into the record books after he closed the door on the Minnesota Twins, earning a 6-4 victory for the team at Yankee Stadium.

Sports Illustrated: The meaning of Mariano

The 41-year-old came in to his entrance song of  "Enter Sandman," which normally signals the end for the opposing team. The crowd went wild.


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Overheard on CNN.com: The rich don't create jobs
September 19th, 2011
05:23 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: The rich don't create jobs

Comments of the Day:

"A tax like this is overdue. The supposed 'job creators' have had lower taxes for a while now and done a poor job of creating jobs. Tax them unless they actually start creating jobs."–pplr

"Obama is just asking the rich to pay the same amount as the middle class. That is not class warfare."–Harrassed

Obama to propose new tax rate for millionaires

Those earning more than $1 million a year would be taxed at rate matching that of middle-income earners, if President Obama's Buffet Rule is approved by Congress. The proposed tax hike is part of Obama's deficit reduction plan. Many CNN.com readers applauded the announcement.

poiuytrew said, "The rich do not create jobs! Their customers create jobs. Jobs are created when demand exceeds current capacity, and that happens when more people have money to spend. There is no such thing as a benevolent corporation. They will only hire when it's in their interest to hire, and it will only be in their interest when demand for their product skyrockets."

dphuff said, "I propose a shunning of any politician who uses the bogus term 'job creator' as a way to whitewash the word 'wealthy.' It's BS. Tax rates on the wealthy were higher during the Clinton years, and our economy was booming. It's time the rich paid their fair share, and that includes raising tax rates on unearned income as well. There's no reason that income from a pile of cash should be taxed any differently than income earned by honest labor."

EvelynWaugh said, "Obama is just raising taxes to previous levels .. and guess what, during Clinton they paid 31 percent and we had jobs. Now they pay 22 percent and we do not have jobs. Explain that?"

MtnDave said, "There need to be spending cuts but there also need to be tax increases on everyone. If Obama has a second term, this is exactly what he will do; and he certainly will not be liked for it (which is why it hasn't been done yet). For those who think this can be solved by spending cuts alone: they're part of the problem."

Harrassed said, "I am a small business owner and a former Republican. And I am absolutely delighted to hear Obama's plan. I don't have any lobbyists, and I don't get any loopholes. Obama's plan is a bipartisan plan that is fair for everybody." EvelynWaugh agreed, "I'm a small business owner as well and he has passed some pretty good stuff for small business." But Brad4 said, "I own two small businesses and Obama is killing me."

FoolKiller said, "So, the kids with the bubblegum have to bring enough for everyone, right Obama? Grow up! But since your target audience never did, this will probably keep working." pimpplaya999 replied, " 'The 'kids with the bubblegum' earned that bubblegum as a result of the lower rates they paid when the middle class saw their wages fall in the last decade. That bubblegum actually belongs to the middle class and they want it back."

September 19th, 2011
04:02 PM ET

5.8-magnitude earthquake hits Guatemala; 3 reported dead

[Updated at 4:06 p.m. ET] Three people have been killed following a 5.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Guatemala on Monday, according to local firefighters.

Ana Staackman, who lives in Guatemala City, Guatemala, said she felt a strong shaking in her office building during the quake.

Staackman said she is used to the earthquakes since they happen every other week but this one lasted longer and felt stronger than usual.

[Posted at 3:02 p.m. ET] A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck Guatemala on Monday, about 53 kilometers (32 miles) southeast of Guatemala City, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

"We felt some strong termors. We heard that the first tremor registered about 4.8 and the second, 5.8," Evelyn Ruano, a spokeswoman with the President's office, told CNN. "There are people buried in rubble. Firefighters are on the scene in the department of Santa Rosa. We have one confirmed dead."

The earthquake, which the USGS reported to be some 25 miles deep, was felt in the capital.

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September 19th, 2011
02:59 PM ET

Aruban authorities to re-enact American's woman's last known steps

Aruban officials plan to spend Monday afternoon tracing the last steps of an American woman last seen six weeks ago in the Caribbean nation, an official with the national prosecutor's office said.

Prosecutors had been waiting to stage the event when weather conditions were similar to those on August 2, when Maryland resident Robyn Gardner disappeared, said Ann Angela of the prosecutor's office.

Gary Giordano, the man Gardner came to Aruba with, is in custody and has been the only person identified by authorities as a suspect in the case.

Re-enactments are common in the Dutch legal system, like the one done while authorities probed the disappearance six years ago of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway, Angela said. Aruba is an independent entity within the Netherlands government.

The missing woman and Giordano, a 50-year-old from Gaithersburg, Maryland, arrived on the island on July 31 from the United States, prosecutors say.

Prosecutors say Giordano told authorities he was snorkeling with Gardner, 35, on Baby Beach on Aruba's western tip and signaled to her to swim back. According to a transcript of a police interview, obtained by CNN, he said he feared for his life when he signaled to Gardner and didn't look for her as he swam for shore. When he reached the beach, Gardner was nowhere to be found, Giordano said, according to authorities. Search efforts for the missing woman are ongoing.

Earlier this month, a three-judge Aruban panel denied Giordano's appeal of a ruling keeping him behind bars for another 60 days as the investigation continues.

- CNN's Martin Savidge contributed to this report.

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A Greek tragedy: How the debt crisis spread like a virus in 'Contagion'
Experts are worried about whether the Greek economy may flatline.
September 19th, 2011
02:08 PM ET

A Greek tragedy: How the debt crisis spread like a virus in 'Contagion'

A look at the plot of the No. 1 film at the box office, “Contagion,” shows a striking thematic resemblance to the debt crisis in Greece.

“’Contagion’ follows the rapid progression of a virus that kills within days. As the epidemic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself.” That’s what the film’s website says.

So how exactly does that relate to Greece, you ask?

In a theoretical movie that followed the "Contagion" effect in Greece, the plot would follow the rapid progression of debt that is crippling economies. As the debt drives up interest rates and sends financial markets plunging, the worldwide political and financial communities race to find the public money to stabilize markets and control the financial panic that spreads faster than the debt itself.

More than a year ago, Michael Shuman, writing on Time.com, told how this script played out in the Asian financial crisis of 1997, and how Greece might be the latest sequel.

That is in part because the crisis in Europe has turned into an epidemic of sorts as it spreads from country to country. It's left the European Union struggling and the eurozone's financial health hanging in the balance, and it threatens prospects for a U.S. recovery if the global economy is in shambles. Which is part of the reason that U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner huddled with European finance ministers in search of a way out of the debt crisis.

And it's not just a financial crisis that's spreading. It's the fear too.  In the same way that riots in England have been blamed on economic hardships, reports out of Greece show the once carefree residents are getting "more depressed by the day" with depression and suicide rates growing.

Can an answer be found in time?


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September 19th, 2011
01:35 PM ET

Obama outlines $3 trillion debt plan; GOP slams tax component

President Barack Obama released his long-awaited debt reduction plan Monday, outlining a roughly $3 trillion savings blueprint that was immediately criticized by top congressional and other Republicans.

The president's plan includes $1.5 trillion in new revenue generated largely by higher taxes on the wealthiest Americans, a proposal vehemently opposed by GOP leaders, who insist that any tax increase will undermine an already shaky economy.

The measure - which would add to nearly $1 trillion in savings signed into law under the debt ceiling deal enacted in August - does not include immediate changes to popular Medicare or Social Security benefits.

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Accused Norway killer gets 4 more weeks in solitary
September 19th, 2011
01:28 PM ET

Accused Norway killer gets 4 more weeks in solitary

Anders Breivik, who has admitted killing 77 people in Norway in July, will remain in solitary confinement for another four weeks, a judge ruled Monday.

Breivik will remain in police custody for eight more weeks, until November 14, with the first four in solitary confinement, Judge Anne Margarethe Lund ruled Monday.

Breivik admits carrying out a bomb and gun rampage in July, but has not pleaded guilty, a judge and his lawyer say.

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September 19th, 2011
01:02 PM ET

Appeals court says Padilla's 17-year terror sentence too lenient

A federal appeals court has thrown out the 17-year sentence given to Jose Padilla, convicted of conspiracy by aiding terror groups overseas. The court upheld Padilla's convictions but said the sentences imposed by a federal judge were too lenient.

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September 19th, 2011
11:31 AM ET

Nevada air show death toll rises to 10

The death toll from a crash at an air race at Reno, Nevada, has risen to 10, one of the hospitals treating patients from Friday's accident said Monday.

Close to 70 people were injured in the incident, which occurred Friday.

National Transportation Safety Board member Mark Rosekind said investigators are looking at whether the plane's apparently damaged elevator trim tab - whose breaking apart was captured in a photograph - played a role in the nosedive crash. Authorities do not know why the aircraft went down.

A full investigation could take six to nine months, Rosekind said.

Investigators will be poring over a trove of spectators' videos and photos, he said.

"It seems there were a tremendous number of cameras and video that was captured," he said. "On the one hand, it's an excellent source of information, but on the other hand, there's not a lot of other specific components from the wreckage that at this point we can identify."

At the time of the crash, three NTSB investigators happened to be at the air show - a common practice - and one of them has been appointed investigator in charge, Rosekind said.

The board will look at safety oversight and the placement of the grandstands for the air race, Rosekind said.

Japan feared evacuation of 30 million in nuclear crisis, ex-PM says
Residents of the area near the 20-kilometer exclusion zone around the crippled Japanese nuclear plant are tested for radiation earlier this month.
September 19th, 2011
11:13 AM ET

Japan feared evacuation of 30 million in nuclear crisis, ex-PM says

After the March 11 earthquake and tsunami off Japan damaged the Fukushima Daichi nuclear reactor, the Japanese government was presented with a scenario which would have required the evacuation of half of Tokyo and the entire width of the main island of Honshu, former Prime Minister Naota Kan says in an interview with Kyodo News.

The evacuation zone would have covered all areas within 200 to 250 kilometers (125 to 155 miles) of the nuclear reactor, meaning about 30 million people in Tokyo and its surrounding areas would have needed to be moved, according to the Kyodo report in The Japan Times.

Kan said he feared such an evacuation would have resulted in chaos, according to the report.

"I wasn't sure whether Japan could continue to function as a state," he is quoted as saying.

Kan also said Japan was not prepared for the disaster resulting from the 9.0-magnitude quake.

"We had never foreseen a situation in which a quake, tsunami and a nuclear plant accident would all happen at the same time," he is quoted as saying.

Kan resigned in August after widespread criticism of how his government handled the aftermath of the quake. His approval rating plummeted.

As of early September, more than 75,000 residents who live within 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) of the crippled nuclear plant were still unable to return to their homes because of high radiation levels.

Toshio Nishizawa, president of Tokyo Electric Power Co., which operates the Fukushima plant, has said he hopes to achieve the second phase of a cold shutdown of the plant before a January deadline.

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What you need to know as U.N. General Assembly meets
September 19th, 2011
09:27 AM ET

What you need to know as U.N. General Assembly meets

World leaders converge on the United Nations in New York this week for the 66th annual session of the General Assembly. Of 193 member nations, South Sudan being newly inducted this past July, 121 heads of state and government are expected to attend the six-day event.

We're helping break down the week's events to give you a viewer's guide to key topics this week.

Our GPS blog breaks down the top five stories on the agenda this week in New York, ranked in descending order of likely media interest. And our Security Clearance blog provides a viewer's guide to the events listed below:


The U.N. kicks off events with a two-day first-ever high-level meeting on noncommunicable diseases that cumulatively kill three in five people worldwide. It will focus on combating cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic lung diseases and diabetes. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is looking to "broker an international commitment that puts noncommunicable diseases high on the development agenda."

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September 19th, 2011
07:51 AM ET

Monday's live events

The presidential election may be more than a year away, but that doesn't mean the race to the White House is quiet.  Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage of the battle for the presidency.

Today's live events...

9:00 am ET - Florida millionaire murder trial - Testimony continues in the trial of Bob Ward, who's accused of killing his wife inside their Florida mansion.


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September 19th, 2011
07:36 AM ET

Officials: English tourist kidnapped by Somali pirates

An English tourist kidnapped from a remote Kenyan resort is being held by Somali pirates in a remote corner of the lawless country, according to experts and security analysts in Nairobi.

"Gangs from Southern Somalia took her up the coast and then moved her several times," said Andrew Mwangura, a piracy expert and maritime editor of Somalia Report, an independent online publication.

Judith Tebbutt was abducted by armed men from a remote safari lodge near to the Somali border earlier this month. Her husband, David Tebbutt, was killed in the attack when he resisted, according to Kenyan police.

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On the Radar: U.N. health meeting; Davis hearing; home-invasion trial
Campaigns against smoking are one way to fight non-communicable diseases, the World Health Organization says.
September 19th, 2011
06:39 AM ET

On the Radar: U.N. health meeting; Davis hearing; home-invasion trial

Three things you need to know today.

U.N. health meeting: For only the second time in the history of the United Nations, the General Assembly will hold a meeting on a health issue.

The body convenes in New York on Monday to discuss non-communicable diseases. Each year 36 million people worldwide die of non-communicable diseases, the World Health Organization reports. Those include cancer, diabetes, heart attacks and strokes and chronic respiratory disease. That's 63% of all deaths worldwide, the agency says.

The aim of the two-day U.N. conference is "to adopt a concise, action-oriented outcome document that will shape the global agendas for generations to come," according to the WHO's website.

Eighty percent of deaths from non-communicable diseases occur in low- or middle-income countries, the WHO says. On Sunday, the organization released a study saying that low-income countries could introduce strategies and treatments to fight non-communicable diseases that would cost just $1.20 per year per person. Some of those strategies include anti-smoking campaigns, reduce salt content in food and public awareness programs about diet and physical activity.

Troy Davis hearing: Georgia's parole board will convene Monday morning to hear a last-minute appeal by Troy Davis, who is set to die by lethal injection for the murder 21 years ago of a Savannah police officer.


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