October 11th, 2011
02:56 AM ET

White House to jump start Guinness World Record attempt

Michelle Obama takes to the South Lawn of the White House Tuesday to break a sweat with a group of local school kids as they join in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most people doing jumping jacks over a 24-hour period.

To break the record, more than 20,000 people from around the world need to get on their feet and do jumping jacks for one minute. The White House event will be reviewed by an official from Guinness.

The recording-setting attempt is sponsored by National Geographic Kids. The "Let's Jump" rules say all jumping jacks must be done during a 24-hour period, starting at 3 p.m. ET Tuesday.

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October 11th, 2011
02:02 AM ET

Police arrest CDC official for child molestation, bestiality

An official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta has been arrested and charged with one count of bestiality and two counts of child molestation, police said.

The case involves a six-year-old boy, authorities said.

Police arrested Dr. Kimberly Quinlan Lindsey, 44, in DeKalb County on Sunday.

Authorities also charged Lindsey's live-in boyfriend, Thomas Joseph Westerman, 42, with two counts of child molestation.

A police incident report says the alleged acts took place from June 2004 to August 2011, but authorities did not disclose details.

Lindsey is the deputy director for the Laboratory Science Policy and Practice Program Office at the CDC, according to her biography on the agency's website.

Prior to her current role, Lindsey was the senior health scientist in the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response. That office oversees the allocation process for $1.5 billion in terrorism preparedness.

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October 11th, 2011
01:11 AM ET

Assisted-suicide machine among items up for sale in Kevorkian auction

The machine used by the late Dr. Jack Kevorkian in more than 100 assisted suicides will be among the items up for sale later this month, the auctioneer and his estate announced.

The Michigan pathologist helped spur an international ethics debate by helping suffering patients die and pushing for this practice to be legalized. His conviction in one such case landed him in prison for eight years. He died in early June at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, at the age of 83.

Besides the noted Thanatron machine, which Kevorkian built, other items to be auctioned include some of Kevorkian's correspondences and invention ideas, a pearl flute, his doctor's bag, a master lock from prison and his signature blue sweater. People can also purchase provocative paintings that he created, which come with brief descriptions from the artist himself.

A portion of the auction proceeds will go toward the charity Kids Kicking Cancer at the request of the attorney for Kevorkian's estate and the late doctor's niece and sole living heir.

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October 11th, 2011
01:02 AM ET

'Merchant of death' trial to open in New York

After evading international authorities for nearly two decades, alleged international arms and drug smuggler Viktor Bout, widely dubbed the "merchant of death" by his accusers, will go on trial in New York Tuesday.

The Russian businessman is charged with a wide range of counts, including conspiracy to kill Americans, attempting to sell arms to undercover federal agents, wire fraud and violating U.N. Security Council sanctions. Bout pleaded not guilty to all charges last year.

"I'm very confident that the trial will make it transparent that Viktor Bout did not intend to sell arms to anyone," Bout's lawyer, Albert Y. Dayan, said during pretrial hearings.

International security experts say that the charges encompass only a small fraction of what they believe Bout is responsible for.

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October 11th, 2011
12:52 AM ET

Hurricane Jova closes in on western Mexico

Hurricane Jova weakened slightly as the powerful Category 3 storm closed in on Mexico's Pacific coast, packing 120 mph winds.

"The center of the hurricane will be near the coast of Mexico in the hurricane warning area by Tuesday afternoon or evening,' the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

Jova was about 155 miles southwest of the resort town of Manzanillo at 11 p.m. ET Monday, according to the center. It was moving north-northeast at about 7 mph.

Emergency officials opened shelters as Jova approached.

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October 11th, 2011
12:28 AM ET

Opposition group: Iran sentences actress for film critical of government

An Iranian actress has been sentenced to a year in jail and 90 lashes for appearing in a film critical of the country's government, an opposition website said.

Actress Marzieh Vafamehr stars in the recently released "My Tehran, For Sale," which challenges the limits imposed on artists in the Islamic republic, according to the website, Kaleme.

"As producers of the film ... we would like to express our deep shock and sadness at the sentence imposed by the Iranian government," said Kate Croser and Julie Ryan.

The movie features Vafamehr playing an actress who is banned from working in Iran and then tries to leave, the Kaleme website said.

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