Overheard on CNN.com: No political experience necessary
Herman Cain needs government experience, writes David Frum, former assistant to George W. Bush.
October 17th, 2011
07:52 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: No political experience necessary

Comment of the Day

"With the state of today's shaky economy, the insanity of the current world politics, and, most importantly, the unyielding anger and unresolvable division of the American public, I think the ONLY way a candidate can win is by losing the election."–justincase04

Why Herman Cain can't be president

"Herman Cain is not ready to be president because has no experience as a government executive, neither as governor nor mayor," writes CNN contributer David Frum. "The president's most fundamental job is to run the government. That job is very, very hard." What about the current president? He's an exception to the rule," he writes, "and - well - enough said." CNN.com readers argued over whether Cain needed that experience to be considered real presidential material.

GreginOC said, "The best presidents in recent memory - Reagan and Clinton - had experience governing states where they did not have a natural constituency. Reagan was a Republican in California and Clinton was a Democrat in Arkansas. They both learned to influence legislators on both sides of the aisle to get things done. It's a very big deal."

Guest said, "I could not agree with you more. We need someone with executive experience. I'm for the one who by election time will have 4 years experience as President of the United States."

CrunkSwaggaG said, "The man who is widely considered our country's greatest president–Abraham Lincoln–had no executive experience, either. His resume was paper-thin, too, and his education was informal at best, yet he saved the union and is the reason why we are known as the United States of America today."

But jalloh86 replied, "Good point, but also remember that civilization has changed greatly compared to those days. ..."

superskeet said, "Cain would make a great president regardless of his political experience." Capitalism said, "What a stupid article. America needs someone like Herman Cain now more than ever. We need someone who can get rid of the waste and fraud of government and run the government like a private company. This is exactly what we need."

MightyTiny said, "Competence is achieved through experience. Without the experience, whether or not there's competence is a crap shoot. Competence in one area of life or profession does not imply competence in another."

XoriusM said, "I think the reason why neither he nor any other Republican candidate can win is because they are all way too extreme in their conservative ideologies. The whole party right now reminds me of the American version of the Taliban."

BADGUY said, "Come on guys! You're kidding ... right? When are you gonna show us the REAL candidates for the Republican party?"

Open thread: Talk about the news, or whatever's on your mind

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October 17th, 2011
04:02 PM ET

FBI joins investigation in Philadelphia captivity case

The FBI has joined an investigation into the discovery of four mentally disabled people apparently held captive at a Philadelphia apartment building. A search determined that one of the suspects in the case had identification documents for dozens of people.

Bond for Thomas Gregory, 47, Eddie Wright, 49, and Linda Ann Weston, 51, was set Monday at $2.5 million each, according to the Philadelphia district attorney's office.

All three face charges that include criminal conspiracy, aggravated assault, kidnapping, criminal trespass, unlawful restraint and false imprisonment, Philadelphia police said Sunday. Among other things, the defendants are accused of stealing the alleged prisoners' Social Security checks.

A preliminary hearing on the charges and evidence in the case was set for October 24. No pleas were entered on Monday, with that to happen at a formal arraignment at a date yet to be set.

The FBI joined the investigation after it was determined that Weston allegedly had traveled to at least two other states with the people found in the basement, Lt. Ray Evers said.

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Overheard on CNN.com: A few good people can combat evil
Police carry away chains that were used to imprison handicapped people in the basement of a Philadelphia apartment building.
October 17th, 2011
12:49 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: A few good people can combat evil

Comments of the Day:

"The landlord and the block captain are heroes and should be awarded." - CWhatsNew

"The block captain notified the landlord, who checked on the situation not once, but twice. There will always be bad people. We are OK in this country as long as there are more good people." - PatSJ

Landlord finds mentally disabled people locked in basement; 3 arrested

A landlord alerted by a neighborhood block captain found four mentally handicapped people locked in the basement of his apartment building in Philadelphia. Three people have been arrested and accused of detaining them and stealing their Social Security checks.

CNN.com readers applauded the block captain, Danyell Tisdale, and landlord, Turgut Gozleveli, for their good citizenship and wondered how to stop evil from happening. maxhedroom said, "Thankfully someone saw something odd and did something about it." Ulaa said, "The important thing is SOMEBODY gave a damn."

khill9702 said, "That is a rather vigilant block captain. Actually gives meaning to an unofficial and voluntary labor of love for some people, being a block captain. Who knows how long they would have been down there if she didn't call the building owner to come inspect his property."

Ohio1970 said, "To Ms Tisdale: You definitely did the right thing. You saved four lives today! And to the landlord: Thank you for taking her concerns seriously. You, too, helped save their lives. As the parent of a developmentally disabled adult this story made me weep. The system has failed these four individuals. There is no excuse."

inc0gnit0 said, "This is terrible. On the other hand, no more terrible than the homeless mentally ill wandering the streets, discarded by society. Of course, unlike the three suspects, society as a whole can't be prosecuted."

Eliz1108 said, "As any human, I find this disturbing. As a mother of a young child that is developmentally disabled, this frightens me. My daughter will someday become an adult and eventually outlive me. Although I have the ability to prepare for her future as best I possibly can while living, there is no doubt that one day the responsibility for her wellbeing and care will rest on someone else. I hope and pray that more will take a stand and advocate for the special needs community.

nathan5871 said, "What the hell is the matter with this world? This bizarre behavior is becoming more and more frequent in the news these days."

JeanVSeatte said, "There are good people in the world, dear heart. That's why everyone is so shocked and horrified when something like this comes to light - it disgusts us. Don't worry, most of us are good most of the time."

TimSims said, "It's a perfect example of how normal people can help prevent evil, simply by being concerned about their neighborhood and their neighbors. Rather than focus on the evil, why not focus on the good? Be like this block captain and the landlord who took her seriously enough to look into the situation repeatedly."

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

Aruban court denies U.S. suspect's request to be released from jail
October 17th, 2011
12:29 PM ET

Aruban court denies U.S. suspect's request to be released from jail

An Aruban court has denied American Gary Giordano's request to be released from jail, a spokeswoman for Aruban prosecutors said Monday.

Giordano, who is being held in connection with the disappearance of traveling companion Robyn Gardner, 35, was taken into custody August 5 at the airport in Aruba as he waited for a flight back to the United States. He has been held for 70 days.

Giordano has maintained the pair went snorkeling behind the Nanki Country Club on the southern end of the island and that Gardner vanished in the water as he returned to shore. Authorities say Giordano was the beneficiary of a $1.5 million accidental death insurance policy on Gardner, taken out just days before their trip.

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October 17th, 2011
12:13 PM ET

'Occupy' movement goes global as a symbol of shared economic frustration

Editor's note: iReporters all over the globe are showing us what Occupy Wall Street is like in their towns and cities through the Open Story: from the Aleutian Islands to Raleigh, North Carolina; from Reykjavik, Iceland, to Zadar, Croatia. Check out a map of the reports, videos and pictures here.

The Occupy Wall Street movement, which swept across the United States as thousands demanded that government institutions change to help fix a struggling economy, gained a major boost as the world began to come together in solidarity over shared economic frustrations.

As the sun rose on each country, one-by-one in the same way each stock market would open, protesters took to the streets. What began as a movement that was largely ignored by the mainstream media can't be dismissed anymore, not when thousands of people are sharing rally cries from Zucotti Park in New York to City Hall Square in Copenhagen, Denmark. Perhaps that's what organizers hoped for when they called the global day of protest "Solidarity Saturday."

But that global push may not end with the one day of solidarity. Some would say it has bolstered the ambitions and confidence of those who began Occupy Wall Street. It was a hint that, with the right support and organization, they can spread the message they've so desperately tried to get across: They want change, and they want it now. And even though the frustrations and complaints may differ from country to country, the theme remains that governments aren't handling economic crises properly.

The protests spread amid the growing financial troubles for several Western countries. Maybe that's why it's no surprise the global movement came during a G20 meeting of ministers and bankers in Paris. Finance ministers with the Group of 20 pledged Saturday to take "all necessary actions" to stabilize global markets and ensure that banks are capitalized.

Europeans turned out to protest amid debt troubles and austerity plans in Greece, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Portugal and Germany. And in an increasingly intertwined global economy where Americans watch what happens in the Greek debt crisis, the world too is watching to see how the United States is handling its economic issues.

In the spirit of that solidarity, thousands stepped out to support the frustrations of the unemployed in the U.S. and, in some cases, to share their own grievances.

We're taking a look at scenes from across the world to find out more about the main frustrations being lodged and how the protests are drawing support from each other through the lenses of our reporters and iReporters around the world.


The movement gained traction in London especially because of the presence of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Some Brits, who have not been shy to share their frustrations with their economic situation during riots months earlier, echoed American sentiments that governments need to focus not just on the rich but on the little man.

Amedeo d'Amore , an iReporter, was at a demonstration near St. Paul's Cathedral, where he said there were about 1,500 to 2,000 protesters along with a few hundred police officers.

Protesters gather at the London Stock Exchange on Saturday.

"Essentially, they are very disappointed by the current economic system," he said. "From my understanding, they feel that governments have done too much to protect companies while doing very little to assist the average citizen."


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October 17th, 2011
10:58 AM ET

Mother: I was drunk when Missouri infant disappeared

The mother of Lisa Irwin, an 11-month old Missouri girl missing for nearly two weeks, said in an interview she was drunk the night the infant disappeared.

Deborah Bradley made the admission during an NBC interview, portions of which were aired Monday on "Today."

She also said she last saw Lisa at 6:40 p.m. October 3, when she put the girl to bed, not at 10:30 p.m., as initially believed.

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October 17th, 2011
10:27 AM ET

Government forces take over Gadhafi stronghold

One of the last Libyan cities loyal to ousted ruler Moammar Gadhafi is now under control of  the country's new government, National Transitional Council military spokesman Abdelrahman Busin said Monday.

Earlier, Monday Salah Beniran, a field commander in Bani Walid for the new government, said his troops were closing in on full control of the city after taking the city's main hospital Monday night. At the time, he said Gadhafi troops remained in Klomat, an area east of the city center, but that many of the troops were fleeing.

About 20 of Gadhafi's troops were captured on Saturday as government forces began sweeping areas they control in the city.

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October 17th, 2011
09:54 AM ET

Somali militants threaten to enter Kenya if troops don't withdraw

Islamic militants in Somalia have threatened to "come into Kenya" if Kenyan forces do not leave Somalia, according to an online message posted on a jihadist website.

"Kenyan troops have entered 100 kilometers into Somalia, and their planes are bombarding and killing residents," said Sheikh Ali Mahmud Ragi, spokesman for Al-Shabaab, an Islamic extremist group considered a terrorist organization by the United States, in the posting. "We shall come into Kenya if you do not go back."

Kenyan forces crossed into Somalia to pursue Al-Shabaab fighters after the recent abductions of tourists and aid workers in Kenya heightened tensions in East Africa. Kenya invoked the United Nations charter allowing military action in self-defense against its largely lawless neighbor.

"If you are attacked by an enemy, you have to pursue that enemy through hot pursuit and to try (to) hit wherever that enemy is," said Kenyan Defense Minister Yusuf Haji in a news conference aired on CNN affiliate NTV on Sunday.

October 17th, 2011
07:54 AM ET

Monday's live events

CNN.com Live is your home for gavel-to-gavel coverage of Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial.  The Murray trial is dark today.

Today's programming highlights...

9:25 am ET - Obama heads to North Carolina - President Obama departs Andrews Air Force Base to begin a two-day bus tour on jobs.

2:00 pm ET - Senate considers spending measure - Senate lawmakers will discuss and debate a measure that, if signed into law, would fund several Cabinet departments.

5:00 pm ET - Obama goes back to school - President Obama will discuss his jobs legislation and other issues when he speaks at a Millers Creek, North Carolina, high school.

8:00 pm ET - Herman Cain in Arizona - GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain addresses a Republican fundraising dinner in Arizona.

CNN.com Live is your home for breaking news as it happens.

Filed under: Barack Obama • Conrad Murray • Crime • Politics
October 17th, 2011
06:06 AM ET

Iran willing to look at Saudi plot evidence, minister says

Iran is willing to look at evidence that an Iranian man plotted to kill Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, the country's foreign minister said Monday, even as he denied the allegations had "the necessary basis in fact."

"We are prepared to consider any issue, even if it is falsely created, with patience. We have asked the Unites States to provide us with the relevant information regarding this scenario," Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi told the Islamic Republic News Agency.

The U.S. State Department said last last week there had been direct contact with Iran about the alleged plot, but a senior Iranian official denied it.

Two State Department officials said U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice met with Mohammad Khazaee, Iran's permanent representative to the United Nations.

But the Iranian mission in New York denied it.

"There were no kinds of negotiations between the two countries, and there was not such a contact," said Alireza Miryousefi, press secretary for the Iranian Mission to the United Nations.

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October 17th, 2011
05:00 AM ET

Women march in Yemen's capital

Thousands of women marched toward Yemen's foreign ministry in the capital, Sanaa, Monday, demanding U.N. intervention in the ongoing unrest in the Persian Gulf nation, residents and eyewitnesses said.

The protest comes a day after a female protester became the first woman killed in a demonstration against the government, according to opposition activists.

The women called for sanctions against President Ali Abdullah Saleh and asked that he be tried by the International Criminal Court.

The women also alleged that snipers were on the rooftop of the foreign ministry Sunday.

The protests came hours after gunfire and loud explosions reverberated throughout the capital early Monday.

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Stranded American researcher rescued from South Pole
This photo dated October 2002 shows an aerial view of US Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica where Renee-Nicole Douceur has been stranded.
October 17th, 2011
04:46 AM ET

Stranded American researcher rescued from South Pole

After weeks of waiting, an American researcher who suffered a suspected stroke while working in the South Pole flew out Monday.

Renee-Nicole Douceur, 58, had been stranded at the Amundsen-Scott research station in Antarctica since she fell ill on August 27. She had been unable to leave to receive treatment, due to bad weather and storms that prevent planes from landing during the region's winter period.

The website SaveRenee.org reported Sunday that Douceur will depart from the South Pole on a cargo flight.

On Monday, CNN affiliate TVNZ said she boarded a U.S. Air Force cargo plane.

The New Hampshire woman will first go to McMurdo Station in Antarctica and then to Christchurch, New Zealand, later this week.

Last week, Douceur told CNN she had been pleading for a rescue evacuation flight since her initial stroke but her request was denied.

Raytheon Polar Services - the company that runs the station for the National Science Foundation - deemed it too dangerous to send an air rescue crew in, she said.

"While I was devastated that I had a stroke, it was like, oh, my God, it just stymied me...and I cried," Douceur said. " I just didn't know what to do and the doctors basically told me, just go back to my room.".

Raytheon Polar Services told CNN that Douceur's station has a well-trained medical staff that can provide all levels of medical for employees.

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October 17th, 2011
02:59 AM ET

Centenarian completes marathon, sets record

Fauja Singh finished dead last at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Sunday.

But even though it took him eight hours, he had every reason to beam.

By completing the 26.2 mile course, Singh - nicknamed the Turbaned Tornado - became the oldest undisputed runner to finish a marathon.

He is 100.

Singh, born in rural India in 1911, did not start running marathons until he was 89, after he moved to England following the death of his wife and son.

He's completed eight now.

"He says no one is forcing him to do it. It's his desire to do it," coach and translator Harmander Singh said Sunday in an interview with CNN affiliate CBC. "He wanted to do one when he's 100 and today's the day."

Singh was a colorful sight as he started the race in his canary yellow turban and a matching T-shirt with the words " Sikhs in the City" printed across its front - a nod to his faith.

He finished more than six hours behind winner Kenneth Mungara of Kenya, who won the event for the fourth straight year.

Then again, Mungara is only 38.

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October 17th, 2011
01:55 AM ET

Samsung files injunction against iPhone 4S sale in Japan, Australia

Samsung Electronics filed preliminary injunction motions in Japan and Australia on Monday to block the sale of Apple's iPhone 4S there.

The South Korean company is accusing Apple of patent infringements dealing with wireless telecommunications technology.

In the Japan filing, Samsung also wants the court to bar the sale of iPhone 4 and iPad 2.

Apple could not immediately be reached for comment.

Apple announced the latest incarnation of its smartphone - the iPhone 4S - on October 4.

The next day, Samsung filed preliminary injunction motions in Italy and France to ban its sale in those countries.

The two companies have been at odds, suing and countersuing, for several months - both accusing the other of patent infringements.

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October 17th, 2011
01:25 AM ET

Thai capital escapes worst of flooding

Thai authorities on Monday moved to ease fears that the devastating floods that have engulfed much of the country will swamp the capital.

The country's Flood Relief Operation Command (FROC) reported that flood defense measures in low-lying Bangkok have held and that the bloated Chao Praya River has not risen any further.

There had been fears that further heavy rain over the weekend combined with the spring high tides would overwhelm parts of the city.

"The water situation in Bangkok city is no longer a worry and today is the end of the high tide period," FROC spokesperson Wim Rungwattanachinda told CNN.

However, Irrigation department director general Chalit Damrongsak warned the situation remained critical as water from low-lying areas north of Bangkok still needed to drain.

"It is not over," he said, in quotes carried by Agence France-Presse.

So far, 297 people have been killed during months of monsoon rains across Thailand, with more than 8.5 million in 61 provinces affected by the rising floodwater.

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October 17th, 2011
01:09 AM ET

Israeli Supreme Court to hear cases against prisoner swap

The Israeli Supreme Court will hear cases Monday brought by family members of terror victims who are against the release of Palestinian prisoners in exchange for captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

A total of three petitions were submitted to the Supreme Court on Sunday. Earlier in the day, Israel released the names of the first group of prisoners to be freed.

"The goal of this petition is to stop the madness. We are very afraid that the terror will again rule the streets - that they will murder us again in restaurants, in cafes, at night in bed, at kindergartens and in schools," said Meir Schijveschuurder, whose parents and three siblings were killed in the 2001 bombing of a Sbarro pizza restaurant.

Two other families that lost loved ones in a 2003 bombing of a bus in Haifa filed civil lawsuits against the plotters of the attack.

"It may sound like I am a drowning man clutching at a straw, but this is the least that we can ... at this time," said Ron Kerman, whose daughter was killed.

Late last week, the terror victims' association Almagor petitioned the Supreme Court to suspend the release until the deal is thoroughly examined.

The list released by Israel features 477 names, including those of Ahlam Tamimi, serving life terms for being an accomplice in the Sbarro bombing, and Amneh Muna, who plotted the killing of a 16-year-old Israeli boy in 2001 and received a life sentence.

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October 17th, 2011
12:21 AM ET

Cardinals to take on Rangers in World Series

The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 12-6 in Game 6 Sunday night to win the National League Championship Series.

The Cards will now take on the Texas Rangers in the World Series, which begins Wednesday.

St. Louis has won the World Series 10 times, most recently in 2006.

For the Rangers, it will be their second straight appearance.

Texas lost Major League Baseball's championship series last year to the San Francisco Giants.

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