Former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda suffers heart attack
Tommy Lasorda, a former Dodgers manager, sits in the team's dugout during a spring training game in Arizona on March 30.
June 5th, 2012
06:00 PM ET

Former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda suffers heart attack

Former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda suffered a mild heart attack Monday while in New York, the Los Angeles team confirmed Tuesday.

Lasorda, 84, was in New York for the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. He was taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, and doctors inserted a stent to correct a blocked artery, the Dodgers said in a statement. He is resting and in stable condition.

The Hall of Fame manager led the Dodgers between 1976-1996. He also managed the United States to its first gold medal in baseball at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, according to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

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June 5th, 2012
05:06 PM ET

Moderate earthquake rattles Japan

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the eastern coast of Japan early Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, and no tsunami alert was issued.

The moderate quake struck off the east coast of Honshu, the main island, about 4:30 a.m., the USGS said. Its center was 95 miles east-southeast of Tokyo.

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June 5th, 2012
04:33 PM ET

CNN Mash-up: A queen, a nice kid, a smart kid

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 top it with a collection of the day's most striking photographs from around the world.

Rockin' with the royals

You may have heard there was a party going on in the UK for Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee. CNN iReporters are all over it, filing pictures and video of court jesters, bobbies, Elizabeth impersonators and regular folks having a jolly good time. We give them a respectful bow and curtsey here.

And here's the guest of honor herself

Nice girl finishes last

Even for very good athletes, winning isn't always everything. Sometimes it's more important to be a good sport, as beautifully demonstrated by a runner at a West Liberty, Ohio, track meet. CNN affiliate WDTN tells the inspiring story. FULL POST

Overheard on Do Americans take enough personal responsibility?
Readers are debating the role of personal responsibility in health and the economy.
June 5th, 2012
04:03 PM ET

Overheard on Do Americans take enough personal responsibility?

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.

The obesity debate is about people as much as it is about calories or large sodas. LZ Granderson's opinion article about the availability of healthy food garnered a huge response, and brought forth a powerful discussion about the individual and society. We've seen a lot of readers talking about personal responsibility, with some saying we need to foster more of it.

Poor and fat: The real class war

Are poor people spending their money on the wrong things and digging a deeper hole?

tspaquin: "I live in a true mixed-income community. You could draw some easy conclusions by comparing my apartment building with the public housing next door. We both have access to two businesses a block away - a large grocery store selling plenty of healthy food (and the bad stuff too), and a video game store. Guess who are the vast majority patrons at the video game store? The public housing residents. If they have money for video games (which I feel I don't) - then they certainly have enough money to buy potatoes instead of potato chips. This is not about politics so much as it is about personal choices. It is no surprise that there are strong correlations between education, income, and health outcomes. My median income family spends a modest amount on healthy foods that we prepare ourselves - without meat. It's not a choice between expensive lean meat and fatty meat - you don't need meat, you're healthier without it. And it's not about buying more calories for the dollar - healthy food is subsidized by the government and is perfectly affordable. Organics are irrelevant. Yes, there are certain cases of income so low that there is a barrier to buying any food at all - that's why food assistance exists, and its no small sum. LZ is the perfect spokesman for the victimized, government solution oriented liberals of this country."

Or, conversely, is the concept personal responsibility applied selectively?

Brad Potter: "I can understand the liberal view, where government has a role in presenting solutions for problems, I can also understand the libertarian view regarding personal responsibility. So if government shouldn't be providing solutions to problems then the government shouldn't be reimbursing hospitals for those people who don't have insurance and can't pay their bill. To take it a step further then there is no role for government regarding medicare, welfare, foreign aid, defense, prisons, corporate subsidies etc as these are all victim driven problems that government feels it needs to step in to try to solve. They all relate to personal responsibility but to most people who tout personal responsibility, the application of this concept ends with foreign aid, defense, prisons, and corporate subsidies. Miraculously these victim driven problems do require government intervention according to the advocates of personal responsibility whereupon the safety net sponsors come flying out in support of medicare, welfare etc. It's a vicious never ending circle ..."

Long hours and low wages get in the way of healthy meals for this reader: FULL POST

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Al Qaeda's No. 2 leader killed by drone strike, official says
Abu Yahya al-Libi appeared frequently in videos on the Internet, including one in 2006 by an al Qaeda-linked media group.
June 5th, 2012
01:27 PM ET

Al Qaeda's No. 2 leader killed by drone strike, official says

[Updated at 1:27 p.m. ET] Abu Yahya al-Libi, the second most senior leader of al Qaeda, has been killed by a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan, a U.S. official said Tuesday.

His death marks one of the most significant blows to al Qaeda since the U.S. military killed Osama bin Laden in a daring nighttime raid in Pakistan a year ago. Al-Libi was second-in-command behind al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, who took the helm after bin Laden's death.

The drone fired at least six missiles at a militant compound near the town of Mir Ali in the North Waziristan region near the Afghanistan border. The attack left 15 militants dead and three others wounded, a U.S. official said earlier Tuesday.

Al Qaeda will have a hard time replacing al Libi, according to the U.S. official who said al Libi was dead. "There is no one who even comes close in terms of replacing the expertise (al Qaeda) has just lost," said the U.S. official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

[Initial post, 8:04 a.m. ET] Abu Yahya al-Libi, the No. 2 man in al Qaeda and a longtime public face of the terror network, has been targeted by a drone strike in Pakistan's tribal region, a U.S. official said Tuesday.

Investigators are trying to determine whether al-Libi was injured or killed in the Monday hit, which left 15 militants dead and three others wounded, the official said. Intelligence officials may find out al-Libi's fate only from monitoring websites and chatter, according to the official.

A senior Pakistani official said investigators have to verify that al-Libi was among the dead. Eight of the victims from the strike were "foreigners," with most of them Arabs, the Pakistani official said.

The drone fired at least six missiles at a militant compound near the town of Mir Ali in the North Waziristan region near the Afghanistan border.

It was the third such deadly attack in as many days and the 21st suspected U.S. drone strike in Pakistan this year in the fight against al Qaeda.

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June 5th, 2012
01:04 PM ET

Federal appeals court won't hear same-sex marriage case

A federal appeals court refused Tuesday to revisit the divisive issue of same-sex marriage in California, months after judges gave gay and lesbian couples constitutional blessing to wed.

In February, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Proposition 8, California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, unconstitutional. In a split decision, the panel found that Proposition 8 "works a meaningful harm to gays and lesbians" by denying their right to civil marriage in violation of the 14th Amendment.

But backers of the proposition asked for a larger panel of judges to rehear the case.

With the full appeals court declining to rehear the panel's decision, supporters of the ban could appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court - something they have previously said they are willing to do.

The February three-judge appeals court panel ruling upheld a 2010 decision by a U.S. district judge in San Francisco. However, in the appeals court decision, Circuit Judges Stephen Reinhardt and Michael Daly Hawkins said that they were speaking only to Proposition 8, and that states would have to decide the marriage issue themselves.

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Disabled golfer Casey Martin earns spot in U.S. Open
Casey Martin uses a golf cart during a tournament in Palm Harbor, Florida, in 2002.
June 5th, 2012
10:50 AM ET

Disabled golfer Casey Martin earns spot in U.S. Open

If you're a golfer aspiring to play in the nation's most prestigious golf championship, the U.S. Open, here's some tips to ensure you won't qualify:

- Take some time off from competition, say several years, before beginning the qualifying process.

- Then cut down on your practice time and hit just a few balls on the range before your final qualifier tournament.

- Concentrate on other things, such as coaching a collegiate golf team in the days leading up to the final qualifier.

Except if you're Casey Martin, a 40-year-old man with a right leg withered by a circulatory disorder who hasn't played in a pro tour event in nine years, that's just the way to go about getting into the U.S. Open.

Martin shot back-to-back 69s in two rounds Monday at the Emerald Valley Golf Club in Creswell, Oregon, to win a sectional qualifier for this month's U.S. Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, according to the U.S. Golf Association.

“I don’t even know how to explain it,” Martin told The (Eugene, Oregon) Register Guard, “but I’m really grateful I’m through.”


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June 5th, 2012
09:37 AM ET

Jury selection under way in Sandusky trial

Jury selection in the trial of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach charged with child rape, began Tuesday in Pennsylvania.

Proceedings started about 35 minutes later because of a conference between Judge John Cleland and attorneys. About 220 potential jurors reported for duty, called to arrive after the court whittled down the number from about 600 based on answers to questionnaires sent to prospective jurors' homes.

A judge last week denied Sandusky's attorneys' latest bid for a delay, allowing the case to move forward.

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June 5th, 2012
08:46 AM ET

Syria responds: Foreign diplomats being expelled

Syria announced Tuesday it is expelling some diplomats from 11 countries, a week after those nations expelled Syrian officials in a coordinated response to a massacre and the government's violent crackdown on the opposition.

The move came as those countries looked for new ways to push for a halt in the violence, through the U.N. Security Council and other means.

And in Syria, an opposition group reported 24 people were killed Tuesday, and the government reported that three of its officers were assassinated.

Syria's Foreign Ministry said diplomats from the United States, Britain, Switzerland, Turkey, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany and Canada were being declared persona non grata.

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June 5th, 2012
08:21 AM ET

Live blog: Queen's Diamond Jubilee, June 5

Welcome to CNN's live blog of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee! Follow along here while you watch on CNN, where Piers Morgan and Brooke Baldwin anchor our coverage. To get things started, you can read a little about what to expect from today's festivities. Check back often for pictures and videos, iReports, facts and trivia and more. Also, you'll find tweets from our anchors and reporters – and you! Use the hashtag #JubileeCNN and tell us what you think.

[10:59 a.m. ET, 3:59 p.m. local time]: And now a look back at the events that transpired this morning. Thank you all for joining the live blog, and check out "Piers Morgan Tonight" at 9 p.m. ET for more highlights from all the Queen's Diamond Jubilee events.

[10:55 a.m. ET, 3:55 p.m. local time]: We have news that President Obama has issued a statement about the Queen, and Prince Philip is feeling better and has been watching the festivities.


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June 5th, 2012
07:42 AM ET

Tuesday'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...

9:00 am ET - Florida real estate developer trial - Jurors are expected to begin deliberations in the case of Adam Kaufman, who's accused of second-degree murder in the death of his wife.


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Racer Busch suspended for verbal abuse of reporter
Kurt Busch is the 2004 NASCAR season champion.
June 5th, 2012
06:35 AM ET

Racer Busch suspended for verbal abuse of reporter

Former stock car season champion Kurt Busch won't be racing this weekend in Pocono, Pennsylvania, after NASCAR suspended him for verbally abusing a reporter following Saturday's race in Dover, Delaware.

Busch was already on NASCAR probation following a confrontation with an opponent's crew in Darlington, South Carolina, in May.

When Sporting News reporter Bob Pockrass asked Busch on Saturday whether being on probation affected his performance on the track, Busch berated Pockrass.

"It refrains me from not beating the (expletive) out of you right now because you ask me stupid questions," Busch replied. "But since I'm on probation, I suppose that's improper to say as well."

Busch's probation was to have ended July 25. NASCAR has extended that for the rest of the year as well as suspending Busch for any races this weekend in Pocono, according to a NASCAR press release.

"Busch violated Section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing; violation of probation; verbal abuse to a media member) of the 2012 NASCAR Rule Book," the press release said.

In a statement, Busch accepted his punishment, according to a report on

"I put them in a box," he said of NASCAR officials. "They had to take action, and it's my fault for putting them in this position. I apologize for the comments I made to Bob Pockrass."

Busch has 24 career victories and was the 2004 series champion.

Can Busch's career survive his temper?

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June 5th, 2012
05:42 AM ET

Trial of NGO workers set to resume in Egypt

The trial of nongovernmental organizations accused of operating illegally in Egypt is slated to resume Tuesday as the case fuels a diplomatic rift between the United States and Egypt.

A total of 43 workers from various countries are on trial - though many in absentia - after authorities targeted 10 NGOs in a series of December raids.

The employees were charged with operating in Egypt without being officially registered and receiving foreign funding.

American Robert Becker chose to stay in Cairo and face state prosecutors. If found guilty, Becker could face up to six years in an Egyptian prison.

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June 5th, 2012
05:14 AM ET

Data, cockpit voice recorders found in Nigeria crash

Nigerian authorities found the flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder from the deadly weekend plane crash, emergency officials said Tuesday.

The devices will help investigators piece together what caused the crash.

Meanwhile, heavy rains have prompted a suspension of recovery efforts, officials said.

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June 5th, 2012
02:41 AM ET

Case 'far from' over: Canada to seek extradition of dismemberment suspect

While the international manhunt for the porn actor accused of killing and dismembering a man in Canada ended Monday in a Berlin Internet cafe, the investigation is far from over, authorities said.

Canada will have to request for Luka Rocco Magnotta's extradition from Germany, and many of the body parts of the victim he allegedly dismembered are still missing.

Montreal Police Cmdr. Ian LaFreniere told reporters that investigators would begin looking into possible links to other crimes and that authorities have much work ahead of them in bringing Magnotta back to Canada to face trial.

"This is far from being over," LaFreniere said.

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