May 3rd, 2012
09:40 PM ET

CNN prime time: Ted Turner's losses, Obama/Cain 'sing-off'


Ted Turner opens up

He might seem like the guy who has everything, but Ted Turner is no stranger to loss.


Gingrich: The VP bench is deep

Romney's search for a running mate is well under way, and names are flying as the guessing game heats up.


Better singer: Cain or Obama?

Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain is judging President Obama, but this time it has nothing to do with politics

May 3rd, 2012
08:58 PM ET

Glider pilot accused of swallowing evidence awaits hearing

Lenami Godinez-Avila had just started a tandem hang-gliding flight with an instructor - a gift from her boyfriend - when she fell from the glider, plunging hundreds of feet to her death Saturday in a heavily wooded part of western Canada, authorities say.

Investigators trying to determine why she fell are accusing the instructor of trying to hide what might be a key piece of evidence - a possible onboard video recording of the flight - in his digestive tract.

William Jonathan Orders, 50, was arrested Saturday and charged this week with obstructing justice, accused of swallowing a memory card from a video camera that accompanied the pair on the flight near Agassiz, British Columbia, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said.

Orders is scheduled to appear Friday afternoon in provincial court in Chilliwack for a hearing to determine whether he can be released on bail. But it’s unclear if it will be postponed - as it was Wednesday - if authorities haven’t retrieved the memory card, said Neil MacKenzie, communications counsel with the province’s criminal justice branch.

X-rays confirmed the card was in Orders’ body, and authorities as of Thursday morning still were waiting for the object to pass, RCMP Constable Tracy Wolbeck said. Investigators hope to recover the object.

“It’s difficult to speculate” whether the card will have retrievable video, Wolbeck said. “We’re just going to have to wait and see.”


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Overheard on 'Kiss my carry-on,' reader says of Spirit's new $100 fee
Spirit Airlines will charge $100 for carry-on baggage registered at the gate starting November 6.
May 3rd, 2012
06:54 PM ET

Overheard on 'Kiss my carry-on,' reader says of Spirit's new $100 fee

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.

Spirit Airlines is raising its fee for carry-on bags to up to $100. Most other airlines let you bring the bags for free, and our readers were wondering whether this move signifies a new trend for the airline industry. Some commenters said they are eager to see an incentive for fliers to check their bags instead of carrying them onboard.

Spirit Air to charge up to $100 for carry-on bags

Many readers said they were tired of watching people try to cram too much stuff in the overhead bins.

kafoste: "I think the first checked bag within weight limits should be free..and charge for second and far as carry ons..should be no cost for briefcase or laptop sized bags, purses etc...but yes the rest trying to stuff everything they own into a carry-on should be charged..have seen too many delayed planes due to someone jamming a bag into an overhead storage that doesnt fit but they try to make it 'fit' ..."

This commenter says they are already shipping bags rather than taking them on planes.

stonrdude: "They can kiss my carry-on. I do not fly Spirit nor am I about to start. It is greed and price gouging. If they cannot afford it, they should not be in business. Passengers have a choice, even if I had to pay that fee one time, I would never go back to Spirit. I already send my bags UPS. No hassle, no fuss. I have no Spirit."

These readers said the fees could actually be a good thing. FULL POST

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May 3rd, 2012
04:42 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 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.

Dolphins to be returned to wild

A wildlife rescue group that rescued two dolphins from a filthy resort pool is getting ready to release the now-healthy animals into the wild. But can the animals handle life apart from humans?

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French turn a protest into a party

CNN iReporter Adrian Michael Westbrook shot this video of May Day street protests in Paris, ahead of this week's contentious presidential election in the country. "The dominant theme appeared to be an all-encompassing disdain for the incumbent president (Nicolas Sarkozy) and a proprietary reclamation of the May Day festival itself," he said.

Children are not merely small adults

Medical ethicist Harriet A. Washington, a former research fellow at Harvard Medical School and the author of two books, agrees with research by Dr. Florence Bourgeois that says the medical field has failed to assess the effects of medications on children. Here's one sentence from an essay Washington wrote for

A child is not a Mini-Me, but according to Bourgeois' report, we tend to act as if kids are, because drug trials conducted in children are too few, of poor quality and too often focus on medications that are important for disorders of adults, not children.

That's a price worth shouting about

After hearing about the record-setting $120 million sale of a pastel version of Edvard Munch's "The Scream" on Wednesday at Sotheby's in New York, many of our readers wanted to let out a few screams of their own. Reader falconco said:

A colleague of mine, an art major, stopped at my desk to admire a watercolor I had displayed.  "Oh, that's wonderful!  Who's the artist?"  "My 4-year-old granddaughter." True story.

'Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.'

Do NOT stand between a man and his delicious Italian pastry. CNN affiliate WBBH reports a Florida man is accused of injuring his girlfriend after accusing her of finishing off their cannolis. The girlfriend told deputies he was so angry he flipped over a coffee table and threw his dinner in the trash. He then allegedly threw the food at her, hitting her in the shoulder and the face. It only got worse from there.

On the horizon: Superheroes storm theaters!

The highly anticipated 3-D blockbuster "The Avengers" opens Friday in U.S. theaters. The film, which has done monster box office in Europe, stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, and a host of other heavy hitters.  And that's just the kickoff for what promises to be a summer full of silver screen superheroes.

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Reports: North Korea jamming South's air traffic navigation
A Korean Air jet makes a landing at Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul, on Wednesday.
May 3rd, 2012
12:26 PM ET

Reports: North Korea jamming South's air traffic navigation

North Korea has been busy for the past week, trying to jam the navigation signals going to civilian aircraft over South Korea, according to reports in South Korean media.

Through Wednesday afternoon, the GPS satellite signals to more than 250 aircraft have been affected, the Chosun Ilbo reported, citing South Korea's Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs Ministry.

Planes from Korean Air, Japan Airlines, FedEx, Cathay Pacific and Thai Airways have been affected, Bloomberg news reported, citing the Land Ministry.

The jamming began April 28, according to a report from Dong-A Ilbo.

The planes have been able to use other systems to keep on their courses, according to the reports.

The planes affected were either taking off or landing at Incheon or Gimpo international airports or flying over the central region of the country, according to the reports.

The jamming signals were coming from the Kaesong area of North Korea, Chosun Ilbo reported, citing a staffer at the Korea Communications Commission.

The jamming comes after North Korea threatened to initiate "special actions" aimed at destroying the South Korean president and his government.

North Korean armed forces will use "unprecedented peculiar means and methods of our own style" to carry out the actions, the official Korean Central News Agency said in a report.

It did not specify what those actions would involve.

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Here's your chance to own Navy stealth ship
The Navy test craft Sea Shadow performs in the Sea and Air Parade in San Diego in 2005.
May 3rd, 2012
10:48 AM ET

Here's your chance to own Navy stealth ship

You've got about 24 hours to get your bids in on a piece of super-cool Cold War hardware - a stealth warship the government no longer wants.

The General Services Administration is taking bids on the U.S. Navy's Sea Shadow, built by Lockheed Martin in 1983 for the Navy to test radar-evading capabilities and other weapons systems. The ship has outlived its usefulness, and the Navy is trying to unload it to avoid maintenance costs, the Los Angeles Times reports.

"It is not cost-effective for the Navy to maintain the ship in an inactive condition any longer, and the ship no longer serves any operational or research purpose," Navy spokesman Christopher Johnson told the Times. "Our only disposition option is dismantling and recycling."

Which means if you submit the highest bid, you won't be taking the 118-foot-long, 499-ton Sea Shadow for a three-hour tour with Gilligan and the Skipper.

"The ex-Sea Shadow shall be disposed of by completely dismantling and scrapping within the U.S.A. Dismantling is defined as reducing the property such as it has no value except for its basic material content," read the conditions on the GSA auction site.

That seems to have dampened the interest of evil madmen bent on world domination. (The Sea Shadow is said to be the inspiration for the villain's vessel in the 1997 James Bond film "Tomorrow Never Dies.")

The GSA website reports only 10 bidders so far, with the top bid at $139,100. Bidding started at $10,000.

The winning bidder will have to pick up the prize from the Maritime Administration National Defense Reserve Fleet at Suisun Bay, California.

The Sea Shadow comes complete with a covered barge/floating dry dock, so once you bust it up you will have a keepsake to remind you of what could have been.

Bids are due by 6 p.m. ET Friday. Good luck.

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May 3rd, 2012
10:31 AM ET

Bin Laden documents published online

The United States published several documents online Thursday that it seized during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan last year.

The Combating Terrorism Center at West Point published the papers on its website.

They are among the more than 6,000 documents U.S. Navy SEALs seized during their raid on bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in May 2011. Among the revelations from that larger batch of documents is that bin Laden worked until his death to organize another massive terrorist attack in the United States, even while steering affiliated groups away from using the terror network's name so they would not attract as many enemies.

The documents were found on the five computers, dozens of hard drives and more than 100 storage devices, such as thumb drives and discs, confiscated from the compound after bin Laden was killed.

May 3rd, 2012
09:24 AM ET

4 minors accused in gang rape freed on bail

Four minors accused in a videotaped gang rape of a mentally disabled teenager in South Africa were released Thursday on $67 bail, their lawyer told CNN.

Four adults are also suspects in the case. Their bail hearing will be June 20, a court spokesman said last week.

The images of the assault of the 17-year-old girl, believed to be mentally ill, swept across the Internet and touched a nerve in South Africa.

The shocking footage shows the girl pleading for her attackers to stop, and it has some activists saying it is an example of the country's problem with rape.

The girl went missing on March 21. Police suspect she was kidnapped and turned into a sex slave.

The cell phone video of her gang rape surfaced and went viral among schoolchildren in Soweto, a vast township near Johannesburg.

The Daily Sun, a local tabloid, alerted police about the attack after a concerned mother whose daughter was watching the video handed it over to the newspaper.

Police embarked on a search for the girl and the people in the video.

Eight suspects have been arrested and charged with kidnapping and raping the teen. Seven of them were seen on the video; the other was a 37-year-old man found with the girl.

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May 3rd, 2012
07:47 AM ET

Thursday's live events

The race to the presidency now turns toward the general election in November. Live is your home for all the latest news and views from the campaign trail.

Today's programming highlights...

12:00 pm ET - Ali Velshi and Christine Romans chat - CNN's Ali Velshi and Christine Romans join us to talk money, the economy, stocks and real estate.  Send questions via Twitter to @AliVelshi and @ChristineRomans and they may answer them on air!


Filed under: Budget • Economy • Elections • Finance • On today • Politics
Angels' Weaver throws no-hitter against Twins
Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrates with catcher Chris Iannetta after throwing a no-hitter against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday.y 2, 2012 in Anaheim, California.
May 3rd, 2012
07:09 AM ET

Angels' Weaver throws no-hitter against Twins

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jered Weaver tossed the second no-hitter of the Major League season on Wednesday night, shutting down the Minnesota Twins 9-0 in Anaheim.

Weaver missed a perfect game by two batters, with Chris Parmelee reaching base in the 2nd on a passed ball after a strikeout, and Josh Willingham walking in the seventh.

Weaver threw 121 pitches, 77 for strikes.

Weaver, 29, is a Southern California product, hailing from Northridge and attending Long Beach State, and he had plenty of personal support among the 27,288 in the stands Wednesday night.

"It was unbelievably neat to get it in front of friends and family," Weaver was quoted as saying by ESPN LA.

Weaver's father, Dave, was in the stands.

"I get so nervous sometimes I have to go stick my head in a toilet," Dave Weaver said, according to a Los Angeles Times report. "It gets so nerve-racking, and he's been close before. But after 8 1/3 innings, I figured he'd have a chance."

The victory moved Weaver to 4-0 on the season and lowered his earned run average to 1.61.

"It still hasn't totally sunk in yet," he said on the field after the game, according to a report in the Orange County Register. "It's so surreal."

The first no-hitter of the 2012 season was on April 21, when Philip Humber of the Chicago White Sox shut out the Seattle Mariners 4-0. Humber's win was a perfect game, meaning no Mariners reached base.

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May 3rd, 2012
03:49 AM ET

Activists: Syrian troops storm university, arrest hundreds

Syrian forces raided a university Thursday, the opposition said, the latest sign of continuing attacks despite a truce implemented three weeks ago and the presence of United Nations monitors in the country.

The troops targeted anti-government protesters in Aleppo University, killing four and injuring 28, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

About 200 students were arrested, the opposition group said.

Soldiers also fired at the hospital where the wounded were taken, leading to more casualties, said Mohammad Hareitan, 25, a student at the university. It was unclear how many more people were wounded in those attacks.

CNN cannot independently verify reports of violence and deaths within Syria because the government.


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May 3rd, 2012
02:49 AM ET

Seau's death adds to dark legacy of championship team

The death of legendary linebacker Junior Seau, as sad as it is for many, is nothing new for the remaining members of the 1994 San Diego Chargers.

Seau, who was found dead Wednesday of an apparent suicide, is now the eighth player of that team to die before the age of 45.

The 1994 Chargers, a group of gritty overachievers, are the only edition of the team to make the Super Bowl. But instead of that feat being the team's legacy, many are wondering about the string of freakish deaths that have haunted the AFC championship team.

"Not again," former Chargers running back Natrone Means told the San Diego Union-Tribune after one of the deaths in 2008. "It's crazy, just crazy, that we've had so many guys who have fallen. I can't make any sense of it. I've given up trying. You just hope you quit getting these random messages out of nowhere that another teammate has passed away."


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May 3rd, 2012
02:14 AM ET

Chinese activist says he wants to go to U.S.

The Chinese activist who left the refuge of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing said Thursday that he regrets the move and now wants U.S. officials to help get him and his family to the United States.

"I want them to protect human rights through concrete actions," Chen Guangcheng told CNN from his hospital room in Beijing. "We are in danger. If you can talk to Hillary, I hope she can help my whole family leave China."

Chen was referring to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who arrived Wednesday for trade talks and found herself in the middle of a diplomatic firestorm.

U.S. officials in Beijing said Thursday they would do what they can to help Chen, but stressed that the decision to leave the embassy was his own.


Filed under: Politics • U.S. • World