April 24th, 2012
09:15 PM ET

CNN prime time: Top Republican wants answers, Osteen's 'wide net'


Joel Osteen talks religion & politics

What role would Mitt Romney's faith play on election day? Pastor Joel Osteen weighs in on whether he believes Romney is a Christian.


Mad cow confirmed in California

"Our food supply is safe," assures Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack after a case of mad cow disease is confirmed in California.


Grassley calls for W.H. investigation

A top Republican wants more answers from the White House regarding the Colombia prostitution scandal.

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Overheard on CNN.com: Illegal immigration still significant problem, readers say
A section of the wall at the U.S.-Mexico border at Imperial Beach, California.
April 24th, 2012
08:46 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Illegal immigration still significant problem, readers say

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

A study this week from the Pew Hispanic Center finds that for the first time in decades, net flows from Mexico into the United States have balanced out. According to the report, "the trend lines ... suggest that return flow to Mexico probably exceeded the inflow from Mexico during the past year or two." But readers urged caution in interpreting such a report.

Mexican migration slows, but debate isn't over

Do the findings of the report mean immigration issues are improving?

Useyerhead: "It has slowed down, not stopped. Slowed down compared to what, the year 2000? That's a pretty high mark. Compare the current percentages to 1970 not 2000 and it is still way out of control."

Elevatn: "Regardless, it kills the right-wing talking points that illegals/ immigration are out of control and violence is running rampant. Reality proves the exact opposite."

Some had a bleak outlook.

8r1f0nt: "The dilapidated, makeshift fence in the picture is symbolic of our government's commitment to border control."

Others were skeptical of the numbers. FULL POST

April 24th, 2012
06:07 PM ET

The CNN Daily Mash-up

The CNN Daily Mash-up is a roundup of some of the most interesting, surprising, curious, poignant or significant items to appear on CNN.com in the past 24 hours. We'll top it with a collection of the day's most striking photographs. Your comments, as always, are welcome.

Sanford city manager: We need to know more

Sanford, Florida, is "in limbo" after city leaders rejected the resignation of the police chief in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting and investigation, City Manager Norton N. Bonaparte told CNN Tuesday.

Basically, what the city commission said is that they want to have more information. In particular, they want to have the results of an independent investigation that would determine what actually took place that night and how the Sanford Police Department acted. Did they do things that they shouldn't have done, or did they not do things that they should have done?

Video: This is not an action movie

A robbery suspect being chased by police in Los Angeles slows down just enough to pick up a stuntwoman/passenger, but this film will not have a happy ending for them.

Video: This is not a funeral procession

Two New Jersey state troopers who escorted a parade of high-performance cars - Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches, etc. - at speeds in excess of 100 mph have been suspended. Gov. Chris Christie called the stunt "a dumb thing to do," according to the New Jersey Star Ledger, which broke the story.

Local story: Like Jell-O shots, only nastier

Foolhardy teens are beginning to figure out that hand sanitizer is 62% alcohol and have taken to drinking it for a bad-tasting buzz, CNN affiliate KTLA reports. Doctors are warning parents as growing numbers of teens wind up in emergency rooms with alcohol poisoning.

User comment: Extraterrestrial mining full of potential

At least two start-up companies are talking about the possibilities of off-Earth mining, igniting a robust conversation among our science-minded commenters. Here's what Brad had to say:

Interesting. I never thought this would happen in my lifetime, but too cool if they can pull it off. The thing about this is, this will lead to much more innovation that will help with space exploration and navigation, along with new technologies to be used back here on Earth. The potential is amazing. I wish both groups success. I will say this, though: The thought of mining the moon worries me. Right now we have a beautiful bright moon to look at. After decades of intense mining, will the moon's surface become dull?

 iReport: Horse gets a leg up in life

iReporter adrian1125 shared video of Cheyenne, a disabled horse, getting used to her new prosthetic leg.

"It's always great to see her kick up her heels on the crisp spring mornings, like any other horse," he said. "We are obviously animal lovers and want the world of horse lovers to know that there are alternatives to putting down a loved pet. Yes, it has been expensive, but well worth doing to see our loved Cheyenne living out a wonderful horse's life."

On the horizon: High Court tackles Arizona immigration law

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday on Arizona's tough immigration enforcement law. Gov. Jan Brewer has asked the court to lift an injunction that has blocked critical provisions of SB 1070 from taking effect.

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Company aims to mine resource-rich asteroids
The asteroid Eros was photographed by NASA's Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous mission in 2000.
April 24th, 2012
05:36 PM ET

Company aims to mine resource-rich asteroids

Eric Anderson and Peter Diamandis pioneered the business of sending millionaire tourists to space. Now they want to mine asteroids for what they say will be tens of billions of dollars worth of resources annually for use on Earth and beyond.

Seattle-area's Planetary Resources, backed by big-money investors including filmmaker James Cameron and Google executives Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, said Tuesday it plans to develop and launch a series of robotic systems and unmanned spacecraft, starting with its Arkyd-100 Earth-orbiting space telescopes that it hopes to launch by the end of 2013 to identify candidate near-Earth asteroids.

The company hopes to dispatch swarms of Arkyd-300 prospecting spacecraft, which would orbit candidate asteroids and finish the process of determining what they hold, within 10 years.

The Bellevue, Washington, company would then unveil a new system of spacecraft for the payoff: mining precious metal, such as platinum, for use on Earth; and extracting water, whose elements the company says can be used for fuel and life-support systems in space.

In short, Planetary Resources hopes it will be in a crucial and lucrative position of not only boosting terrestrial industry, but also setting up a network of fuel depots that humanity will need to better explore the solar system and beyond.

"The Earth is feeling a resource pinch, and ultimately we will have the ability to turn that which is scarce into abundant," Diamandis, who co-founded Planetary Resources with Anderson in 2009 but generally kept mum about the project until this month, said at a press event in Seattle on Tuesday.

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Overheard on CNN.com: Joining Boy Scouts? Be prepared for rules on sexuality, religion
Jennifer Tyrrell, center, and Alicia Burns, left, with children speak onstage at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards.
April 24th, 2012
05:19 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Joining Boy Scouts? Be prepared for rules on sexuality, religion

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

LZ Granderson wrote today about a woman named Jennifer Tyrrell who was forced to resign as den leader of the Tiger Cubs for Pack 109 in Bridgeport, Ohio, because the national office learned she is a lesbian. Granderson argues that the Girl Scouts of America, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the 4-H Club allow gay kids and leaders, so why not the Boy Scouts? Readers shared varied opinions.

Boy Scouts feel a mother's wrath

Several readers said the woman should not join the group if she does not like its policies.

LeviFreck21: "Don't be a part of Boy Scouts then if you disagree with their rules/bylaws. Plain and simple. Don't join a group or an organization on your own free will and then protest the rules that that group/organization has in place. If you disagree, don't join. No one forced her to be in Boy Scouts. She chose to. It's her own d**n fault. No sympathy here. This is just another example of LZ writing a lousy article and focusing on small, isolated incidents that matter to few rather than something that is worth writing about. His CNN articles are the only things worse than his ESPN articles."

Another reader said they thought the active choice of removal didn't make much sense.

Karl Blessing: "I fail to see why they removed her. She wasn't teaching sex to her pack, and unless she was flaunting around a lesbian pride tshirt or preaching about it, then there would have been no way within the institution to know the sexual orientation of the pack leaders straight or gay. It's just messed up that if they find out you're gay outside of the organization you're canned, but as a straight person you have to actually go as far as doing something lewd inside of the organization to get fired."

Some former Scouts said that regardless of their own personal views, the organization should not be restricted from making its own decisions. FULL POST

April 24th, 2012
05:04 PM ET

Teen uses social media to rally support for slain sister

Hoping to keep the man accused of killing her sister behind bars, a teenager created an online video that was posted on YouTube asking people to show up at a court hearing today to keep the bond at $1 million.

“Even if you don’t know me or my family or my sister, like, we can save lives," Bree Ann Camacho, 16, said in the video. "This isn’t suppose to happen. We need to stop drunk driving and we can start here."

Camacho posted the video on her Facebook page, describing the horrific car accident that killed her younger sister, Kaely Camacho earlier this month. She was 13.


Bradley Manning switches lawyers
Pfc. Bradley Manning is suspected of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents.
April 24th, 2012
01:44 PM ET

Bradley Manning switches lawyers

Pfc. Bradley Manning has a new military lawyer working with his civilian defense attorney as he faces charges in connection with the largest leak of classified documents in U.S. history.

The Army intelligence analyst is suspected of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified military and State Department documents while serving in Iraq. Many of those documents ended up on the WikiLeaks website.

At a hearing Tuesday, Manning requested that the two military attorneys who were assigned to him, Maj. Matthew Kemkes and Capt. Paul Bouchard, be removed and replaced with Capt. Joshua Toomes. No reason was provided.

The judge in the case, Col. Denise Lind, granted the motion.


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April 24th, 2012
01:02 PM ET

First criminal charges filed in Gulf oil spill

The first criminal charges have been filed in connection with the 2010 Gulf oil spill, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

Former BP engineer Kurt Mix was arrested Tuesday on charges of intentionally destroying evidence requested by the authorities.

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Is North Korea planning a nuclear test?
A North Korean missile Taepodong class is displayed during a military parade.
April 24th, 2012
12:28 PM ET

Is North Korea planning a nuclear test?

North Korea will soon carry out a nuclear test, the nation's third, Reuters reported Tuesday, citing a senior source with close ties to Pyongyang and Beijing.

But U.S. officials tell CNN they've seen no signs a nuclear test is forthcoming from North Korea.

Still, a test would not be surprising, one official said.

"Pyongyang is following a well-known script in preaching to Seoul that it will set the terms of the relationship," the official said.

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Timeline of UK phone hacking scandal
Rupert Murdoch, left, and son James Murdoch were called to testify before the Leveson Inquiry into journalistic ethics this week.
April 24th, 2012
12:07 PM ET

Timeline of UK phone hacking scandal

[Updated at 8 a.m. ET Thursday] Media magnate Rupert Murdoch admitted that there had been a "cover-up" of phone hacking at his flagship British tabloid newspaper and apologized Thursday for not paying more attention to a scandal that has convulsed his media empire and rocked the British political establishment.

He testified Wednesday and Thursday at the Leveson Inquiry, an independent British inquiry prompted by illegal eavesdropping by his newspaper. His son, James Murdoch, a top executive in his father's News Corp. company, testified Tuesday.

The scandal has led to dozens of arrests on suspicion of criminal activity and forced News Corp. to pay hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation to the victims of phone hacking.

The following is a timeline of the scandal:

November 2005

- News of the World prints a story about Britain's Prince William injuring his knee, prompting royal officials to complain to police about probable voice mail hacking.

January 2007

- News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire are convicted of conspiracy to hack into phone voice mails of royals and are jailed. Andy Coulson, the paper's editor, claims to be unaware of hacking but still resigns.

July 2007

- Goodman and Mulcaire sue the tabloid for wrongful dismissal. Goodman receives ÂŁ80,000 (currently $129,190), and Mulcaire receives an undisclosed amount.

- Also in July, Coulson is hired as director of communications for Conservative party leader David Cameron, who becomes prime minister in May 2010.


Alleged armored truck shooter caught, authorities say
Kenneth Konias Jr., 22, left, was wanted in connection with the shooting death of Michael Haines, 31, right.
April 24th, 2012
12:01 PM ET

Alleged armored truck shooter caught, authorities say

A fugitive accused of stealing $2 million from an armored truck he was driving and killing his partner was caught early Tuesday in Florida, according to the FBI.

Kenneth Konias Jr., 22, was arrested in Pompano Beach by the FBI, the Broward Sheriff's Office and a South Florida Violent Crimes Task Force. He had been sought since the robbery and homicide almost two months ago, according to FBI spokesman John Gillies. Between $1.3 million and $1.5 million was recovered with him, the FBI reported.

Konias is believed to have shot his partner, Michael Haines, in the head February 28 before stealing cash from the Garda armored vehicle in Pittsburgh. According to a criminal complaint, a witness heard a gunshot coming from the armored truck carrying deposits about 1 p.m. ET.

The truck was later discovered under a Pittsburgh bridge by the company's employees and two detectives. Haines was dead inside the vehicle, authorities said.

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Nets end 35-year run in New Jersey, head to Brooklyn
A fan holds up a sign bidding farewell to the New Jersey Nets at the Prudential Center in Newark on Monday night.
April 24th, 2012
11:46 AM ET

Nets end 35-year run in New Jersey, head to Brooklyn

When the New Jersey Nets game ended Monday night, Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run" blared over the loudspeakers at the Prudential Center in Newark.

When the Nets play their next home game, expect "Brooklyn (Go Hard)" - from Nets co-owner Jay-Z - to be the song of choice.

That's because the NBA team ended their 35-year run in New Jersey on Monday night with a 105-87 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. Come fall, the team will become the Brooklyn Nets and play their games in the brand-new Barclays Center in the New York borough.


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April 24th, 2012
09:38 AM ET

Canada sawmill blast kills 1, injures 23

[Updated at 12:28 p.m. ET] An explosion at a sawmill in western Canada has killed one person and injured 23 others, officials said Tuesday.

The blast happened in Prince George, British Columbia.

Ten people remained hospitalized Tuesday morning. Another 13 had been treated and released, according to a statement from University Hospital of Northern British Columbia.

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April 24th, 2012
09:30 AM ET

Town where Trayvon Martin died in 'limbo' after city nixes chief's resignation

The rejection of the resignation plan for the embattled police chief in the Trayvon Martin case leaves the city in "limbo," the city manager said Tuesday.

"It would be better for us to have a separation," Sanford, Florida, City Manager Norton N. Bonaparte told CNN, speaking about Chief Bill Lee. "It will be challenging for him to come back."

City commissioners in Sanford voted Monday to reject the proposed resignation of Lee, who has been under fire for the handling of the probe into Trayvon Martin's death in February.

Lee has been on paid leave since March 22, a day after the commission expressed a lack of confidence in him because of the case. He remains so after the commission's decision, and Capt. Darren Scott continues to serve as acting chief.

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April 24th, 2012
07:36 AM ET

Tuesday's live events

Five states hold Republican presidential primary contests today with more than 200 delegates at stakes.  CNN.com Live is your home for all the latest news and views from the campaign trail.

Today's programming highlights...

10:00 am ET - Immigration enforcement hearing - One day before the Supreme Court takes up Arizona's controversial immigration law, a Senate judiciary subcommittee looks at the clash between state/local-level and federal-level immigration enforcement.


Filed under: Elections • On CNN.com today • Politics • Republican Party
April 24th, 2012
04:27 AM ET

Brazilian actor dies after accidental hanging in 'The Passion of the Christ' play

A Brazilian actor died after accidentally hanging himself during the play "The Passion of the Christ," a local hospital said.

Tiago Klimeck, 27, was one of the actors from a local theater company taking part in an independent production of the play April 6 in the city of Itarare.

Klimeck died Sunday after spending more than two weeks in a medically induced coma due to extensive brain injuries from a prolonged lack of oxygen after accidentally hanging himself, according to the Hospital Santa Casa de Misericordia, in the neighboring city of Itapeva.

Photos taken by a local photographer show the final moments of the play as Klimeck, in the role of Judas Iscariot, hangs himself as described in the Bible in the book of Matthew.

Klimeck wore a harness under his robe during the play, according to CNN affiliate TV Record.


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April 24th, 2012
04:23 AM ET

Deion Sanders accuses estranged wife of assault, to press charges

 The estranged wife of former football star Deion Sanders was arrested on domestic violence-related charges Monday night, hours after Sanders sent a series of bizarre tweets saying she assaulted him.

In one of the messages posted on his verified Twitter account, Sanders even posted a picture of what he said were his children filling out complaints to give to the police.

"Pray for me and my kids now! They just witnessed their mother and a friend jump me in my room," the first tweet posted at 6:15 p.m. read. "She's going to jail n I'm pressing charges!"

Two minutes later, Sanders tweeted again.

"I'm sad my boys witnessed this mess but I warned the police department here that she was gone try n harm me and my boys. This is on my mama!" it said.

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