March 19th, 2012
09:40 PM ET

CNN prime time: 3-year-old pat-down, outrage escalates in Florida teen's killing


Suspect in Afghan killings had prior arrest

CNN’s Dan Simon looks at what may have been a darker side of the man accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians.


Protesters demand arrest in teen's killing

Outrage ramps up in a racially-charged case in Florida. A neighborhood watch volunteer remains free after telling police he shot and killed an unarmed teenager in an act he claims was self-defense.


Father: TSA agent's actions 'intrusive'

A viral video showing TSA agents patting down a 3-year-old boy in a wheelchair in 2010 was posted on YouTube on Sunday by his father.

March 19th, 2012
07:48 PM ET

Overheard on Revenge of the introverts? Many readers say they can relate

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

If response to the following story is any indication, a good chunk of our commenting population identifies themselves as introverts. Susan Cain, a writer and TED2012 speaker, opined that these folks are responsible for some of humanity's greatest achievements.

Introverts run the world - quietly

Readers identified what it means to be an introvert, and how that affects their lives. This was a popular comment:

Travis211: "Score one for the introverts. Something about us introverts that extroverts don't know about us:

1.) We do not believe in artificial chit-chat (We hate small talk, because its illogical)
2.) We only believe in talking when we believe we have something to say
3.) We find happiness in solitude, extroverts find happiness in rooms with people
4.) We are constantly thinking in our heads
5.) We are quietly planning to take over the world!!"

isolate: "I agree on all points but #5. A world where introversion was predominant (itself almost a contradiction in terms) would be a strange world indeed - devoid of professional sports, supermarket tabloids, mega-churches, casinos, and most of what passes for media entertainment these days. Facebook and Twitter, et al, would vanish, and anyone who proposed a television show like 'Real Housewives of New Jersey,' would be banished to an asylum. Imagine politics based on reality and not megabucks, personalities and theatrics. To you and me it would be heaven indeed, but what would happen to the millions of extroverts forced to live in a world without relentless, mindless distractions? Mass catatonia? If I might, I would replace your #5 with, 'We are self-doubting, always verifying what we think we know to be sure it's true.' "

This commenter doesn't like lots of noise.

tapeworm: "I have not been to a mall shopping in years! On top of that I hate crowds and cannot stand a lot of noise. I feel best when sitting outside or in a field where there is a breeze and only the sound of birds and the breeze. Loud music drives me insane!"

Some of our readers found kindred spirits in the comments. FULL POST

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Occupy movement plans a comeback
Occupy Wall Street organizers, from left, Hussein Amin, Haywood Carey and Pete Dutro have been strategizing over the winter.
March 19th, 2012
01:33 PM ET

Occupy movement plans a comeback

The attempt to re-occupy Zuccotti Park and subsequent arrests of dozens of protesters in New York over the weekend was the start of what Occupy organizers said will be a comeback for the movement this spring and summer. But some city and state governments, armed with new ordinances specifically aimed at the Occupy movement, are ready to prevent demonstrators from re-establishing encampments.

Police in New York put 74 people in handcuffs Saturday night as protesters tried to establish a foothold in the birthplace of Occupy Wall Street, a public plaza in the heart of the financial district. The move followed a week during which protesters tried to occupy several Bank of America branches in New York and more than 100 people demonstrated outside a Mitt Romney fundraiser at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

“Clearly the Occupy movement as we’ve known it - that is sort of occupying public spaces around government structures - is facing a stronger legal challenge,” said Gene Policinski, executive director of the Washington-based First Amendment Center, a self-described nonpartisan think tank that educates people about issues surrounding the First Amendment.


March 19th, 2012
01:28 PM ET

Stricken soccer star Muamba showing signs of improvement

Soccer star Fabrice Muamba, who suffered a cardiac arrest on the field playing for his club Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, is showing small signs of improvement, according to the hospital treating him.

The 23-year-old collapsed at Tottenham Hotspur's White Hart Lane stadium in London during an English FA Cup quarterfinal game and was treated by paramedics on the pitch.

He was subsequently taken to the London Chest Hospital where he has been in a critical condition since Saturday evening.

But a joint statement released by the hospital and Bolton on Monday afternoon said Muamba's condition had marginally improved.

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Overheard on Story on slavery in Mauritania inspires readers to seek action
In 1981, Mauritania became the last country in the world to abolish slavery.
March 19th, 2012
01:24 PM ET

Overheard on Story on slavery in Mauritania inspires readers to seek action

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

CNN's John D. Sutter and Edythe McNamee traveled to Mauritania to help tell the heartbreaking story of slavery that persists to this day. Their project, Slavery's last stronghold, illustrates both the horrors experienced by enslaved people and the reasons it continues even after being officially abolished by the country.

The CNN Freedom Project: Ending modern-day slavery

In a separate blog post, readers commented about the story. It was clear from the conversation that many were strongly affected.

Karen: "I must say this is piece was presented extremely well. Kudos to the design team, reporters, photographers, editors and CNN, but most importantly to those who boldly spoke out and have assisted those in need. The presentation left only one question: What can we do to help?"

Sutter compiled a post with suggestions of where to send donations and how to get involved. CNN iReport is also collecting messages of hope for a school of escaped slaves in the Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott.

Some readers said they hoped to work toward bettering the lives of others. FULL POST

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March 19th, 2012
01:17 PM ET

4 killed in shooting at French Jewish school

A teacher was gunned down along with his two children at a Jewish school in southern France Monday, while the director of the school saw his daughter shot and killed in front of him, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said in a somber appearance at the school.

Monday's killing of four people at Ozar Hatorah school in Toulouse was a "national tragedy," Sarkozy said. He called for a minute's silence in French schools on Tuesday.

It is the third time in the past 10 days that a gunman on a motorcycle has fired on members of ethnic minorities in the southwest of France.

French soldiers of north African origin were shot and killed on March 11 and March 15.

One of the guns used Monday was also used in the earlier killings, said Elisabeth Allannic, a spokeswoman for judicial authorities in Paris. A court in Paris Monday opened an investigation into all three killings, under anti-terrorism powers.

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Reports: Manning to sign with Broncos
Peyton Manning has spent 14 years with the Indianapolis Colts.
March 19th, 2012
12:58 PM ET

Reports: Manning to sign with Broncos

Peyton Manning wants to join the Denver Broncos, ESPN and the Denver Post reported Monday.

Manning has told his agent to begin contract negotiations with the Broncos, ESPN and the Post reported, both citing unnamed sources.

The Indianapolis Colts released Manning, a four-time National Football League Most Valuable Player, earlier this month as he was due to be paid a $28 million bonus if he remained on their roster.

Manning sat out the 2011 season after having surgeries on his neck. He has spent his entire 14-year career with the Colts. Denver takes a risk on Manning

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March 19th, 2012
12:54 PM ET

Al Qaeda leader's brother to be freed in Egypt

Mohamed al-Zawahiri, brother of al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, will be freed from prison in Egypt after 13 years, his attorney said Monday.

He was acquitted by an Egyptian military court and will be released Tuesday, said attorney Nizar Ghorab.

Mohamed al-Zawahiri was imprisoned in 1999 after being detained and extradited from the United Arab Emirates on allegations that he was linked to the 1981 assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. Al-Zawahiri was acquitted on the assassination charges but later was accused of conspiring against the Egyptian government.

He was sentenced to death, but then appealed the ruling.

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Weather out of whack as winter nears end
Peak bloom dates for cherry trees in the nation's capital are this week, earlier than usual.
March 19th, 2012
12:50 PM ET

Weather out of whack as winter nears end

On the last weekend of winter, people were taking out their skis in Arizona and putting them away in Minnesota. They were putting on sweaters in Phoenix and stripping down to their shorts to ice fish near Fargo, North Dakota. They were calling out snowplows in the California desert and counting the millions left in their snow removal budget in Ohio.

There were real extremes in a record-breaking streak of weather across the country.

Here's how the topsy-turvy climate confounded convention:

Officials closed 180 miles of Interstate 40 across northern Arizona on Sunday as a winter storm dumped more than a foot of snow on the region. In Flagstaff, schools were closed Monday as the snow made travel hazardous.

But some snow-hungry visitors went to Flagstaff specifically for the snow, CNN affiliate KPHO-TV in Phoenix reported.

"We knew what the weather would be like up here so we made sure to keep all of our snow gear so we could come up here and play in the snow and have lots of fun," Jennifer Gregory told the station.


March 19th, 2012
11:40 AM ET

Crews search for balloonist who fell from 17,000 feet amid storm

Search-and-rescue teams were conducting an aerial and ground search Monday for a missing hot air balloonist who crashed in Georgia three days earlier.

At least seven helicopters and planes were in the air and more than 100 people were on the ground looking for Ed Ristaino of North Carolina, Ben Hill County Sheriff Bobby McLemore said.

Teams made up of state patrol officers, forestry units, neighboring sheriff's department personnel, and other volunteers were scouring areas east of Fitzgerald in south-central Georgia, where it is believed the balloon basket went down.

The search was not easy, McLemore said.

"It's majority pines out there with underbrush, some hardwood bottoms, really just a lot of vegetation," he said. "It's more woods than anything - we don't have a lot of open areas."

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March 19th, 2012
07:51 AM ET

Monday's live events

The race to the Republican presidential nomination heads to Illinois, where 69 delegates are at stake.  Watch Live Tuesday for results and reactions from the Illinois primary.

Today's programming highlights...

10:00 am ET - Santorum rally - GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum holds a series of rallies in Illinois today, beginning with a morning event in Rockford.  He'll also visit Dixon at 1:15 pm ET, Moline at 4:00 pm ET and Peoria at 8:30 pm ET.


Filed under: Elections • Politics • Republican Party
March 19th, 2012
05:40 AM ET

Rights group: NATO failed to investigate airstrike casualties in Libya

A leading human rights organization accused NATO on Monday of failing to investigate civilian deaths caused by its air strikes in Libya that aided in the downfall of Moammar Gadhafi.

In a 20-page report titled "Libya: The Forgotten Victims of NATO Strikes," Amnesty International laid out allegations that NATO and the new Libyan government failed not only to document the deaths but has not paid reparations to the victims and their families.

The report said "scores of Libyan civilians who did not directly participate in hostilities were killed and many more injured as a result of NATO strikes," adding that the 28-member nation alliance has yet to address the incidents in the months since it ended the air campaign.

NATO did not immediately respond to a CNN request for comment, though it apparently defended its actions in a letter to Amnesty International.

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March 19th, 2012
05:20 AM ET

Shooting at French Jewish school causes casualties

A shooting at a Jewish school in southern France resulted in casualties but authorities did not immediately say how many people were wounded or killed.

Media reports placed the number of dead at three, but CNN could not immediately confirm the figure.

The shooting took place at a private school, Ozar Hatorah, in the city of Toulouse - the same city where a soldier was fatally shot earlier this month.

France has one of the largest Jewish populations in Europe, with 380 reported acts of anti-Semitism in 2011, according to the French Jewish organization CRIF.

The news of Monday's shooting brought immediate reaction from Israel and France's grand rabbi.

"We follow with shock the news coming from France, and we trust the French authorities to shed full light on this crime and to bring those responsible to justice," said Yigal Palmor, the spokesman for the Israeli foreign ministry.

Gilles Bernheim, the grand rabbi of France, said he was "horrified" and "upset" and that he was on his way to the school.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said he too was on his way to Toulouse, accompanied by the head of CRIF.

Media reports said that a man in a motorcycle shot and killed three people - a man and two children - and fled.

On March 11, a soldier was on his motorbike when a man wearing a helmet on another motorcycle pulled up and shot and killed him, Toulouse police Capt. David Delattre said.

The soldier was not in uniform, and his motorbike did not have any military identification, Delattre said.

On Thursday, two other soldiers were shot dead and another injured by a black-clad man wearing a motorcycle helmet in the southwestern French city of Montauban, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Toulouse.

If the reported details of Monday's school shooting are confirmed, it will be the third incident in a little more than a week where the shooter fled on a motorbike.

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March 19th, 2012
04:06 AM ET

Retired general: Afghan killings fallout could see troop return within weeks

As the attorney for an Army soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians prepared to meet his client for the first time Monday, a retired U.S. general suggested the fallout from the massacre could see American troops begin to return home from Afghanistan within weeks.

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales stands accused of a shooting rampage in southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province, allegations that have significantly heightened already tense U.S.-Afghan relations and intensified a debate about whether to pull American troops ahead of 2014 planned withdrawal.

Following the March 11 shootings in two neighboring villages just outside a U.S. outpost in the Panjwai district, Afghan President Hamid Karzai demanded troops withdraw from villages and return to their bases. He said relations between the two countries were "at the end of their rope."

If U.S. troops are not allowed to return to the villages and resume their mission, "the United States mission is changed," retired Maj. Gen. James A. "Spider" Marks, a former commander of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center, told CNN's Don Lemon on Sunday.

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March 19th, 2012
02:08 AM ET

2 Italians abducted by Maoist rebels in eastern India

Two Italians have been kidnapped by Maoist insurgents in eastern India, the local authorities said Monday, in what is believed to be the first abduction of Westerners in the region.

Italian nationals Bosusco Paolo and Claudio Colangelo have been held hostage by left-wing rebels in the eastern state of Orissa since Wednesday, said Rajesh Prabhakar Patil, the top administrator of the state's Kandhamal district.

"As of now, the government has expressed its willingness to negotiate" to secure the Italians' release, Patil said, noting that the kidnappings came to light Sunday.

Anti-Maoist operations, part of a decades-long conflict, have been suspended in the troubled Kandhamal area, and the authorities are in the process of appointing a mediator for talks, he said.

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Zimbabweans arrested for watching Arab Spring videos to learn fate
The six were arrested during an academic meeting where a video showing events across the Arab world was showing.
March 19th, 2012
01:40 AM ET

Zimbabweans arrested for watching Arab Spring videos to learn fate

A court in Harare is expected to issue a verdict Monday in the case of six Zimbabweans who were arrested last year for watching footage of the Arab Spring protests.

The six were among 46 people arrested on February 19, 2011, during an academic meeting where a video on the events in Tunisia and Egypt were shown.

Police eventually released 40 of the attendees, but charged the rest with treason or attempt to overthrow the government by unconstitutional means.

Those charges were later altered to conspiracy to commit public violence, and the Harare court will rule whether the six are guilty.

The government has said the six were plotting an Egyptian-style uprising in the southern African country. Critics have called the charges politically motivated.

The defendants were allegedly watching video footage of protests that led to the ouster of presidents Zine El Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia and Hosni Mubarak of Egypt.

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2 nurses in Uruguay charged with killing patients
Suspects in the killings of patients by nurses are transferred to a police van after a court appearance on Sunday.
March 19th, 2012
12:50 AM ET

2 nurses in Uruguay charged with killing patients

Two male nurses face murder charges in Uruguay after admitting to killing a total of at least 16 patients in two hospitals in the country's capital, Montevideo, a judge told CNN affiliate Teledoce.

One of the men has been charged with five aggravated homicides, while the other has been charged with 11 aggravated homicides, Judge Rolando Vomero said in an interview with Teledoce, noting that the two men appeared to have acted independently of each other.

The authorities are also charging a woman as being an accomplice in one of the murders, he said.

According to Vomero, the two male nurses both said they killed the patients because they did not want to see them suffer. But not all those killed were terminally ill, he added.

The killings took place at the hospitals of Maciel and La Espanola in Montevideo, the judge said.

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Soldier who died trying to rescue daughters to be buried at Arlington
Chief Warrant Officer II Edward Duane Cantrell had four Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart for his service
March 19th, 2012
12:18 AM ET

Soldier who died trying to rescue daughters to be buried at Arlington

A decorated U.S. soldier who died while unsuccessfully trying to rescue his daughters from their burning North Carolina home will be buried alongside the girls at the Arlington National Cemetery at 9 a.m. ET Monday.

Chief Warrant Officer II Edward Duane Cantrell, 36, was a member of the 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg. The Green Beret had returned in August from his latest overseas deployment.

His wife, Louise, told officials the family was upstairs when the fire broke out just before 2 a.m. in Hope Mills, a suburb of Fayetteville, on March 5.

She jumped from a second-floor window and ran next door to call for help while her husband went to get their daughter, 6-year-old Isabella and 4-year-old Natalia, the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said.

"They never made it out," said Debbie Tanna, spokeswoman for the sheriff's office.

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