Some things you may not have known about Ernest Borgnine
Academy-award-winner Ernest Borgnine died Sunday. He was 95.
July 8th, 2012
07:15 PM ET

Some things you may not have known about Ernest Borgnine

Film and television actor Ernest Borgnine, who won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a lovelorn butcher in 1955's "Marty," has died at 95, his manager said Sunday. Here are some selected tidbits from CNN's library about the life and times of the actor:

His personal life

- He was born Ermes Effron Borgnine on January 24, 1917, in Hamden, Connecticut.

- He had a quite a few divorces before his fifth and final marriage: Tova Traesnaes (February 24, 1973, to present). Donna Rancourt (June 30, 1965, to July 17, 1972). Ethel Merman (June 27, 1964, to May 25, 1965). Katy Jurado (December 31, 1959, to June 3, 1964). Rhoda Kemins (September 2, 1949, to August 29, 1958).


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Filed under: Entertainment • U.S.
July 8th, 2012
06:19 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Lawmakers gone wild

In the U.S., there's a time on the political calendar pundits like to call "the silly season;" it's when the debate can get out of hand, and the weapons can come out, figuratively of course.  In some countries things get way out of hand, real weapons come out, and the only thing you can call is security.

Recently, a lawmaker in Jordan took such offense at accusations thrown at him by a rival, he threw his shoe, then pulled a gun, during a televised debate.  That's not the first time politicians have let the discourse turn from verbal blows, to physical ones.


Jordanian MP pulls his gun on TV

A current member of Jordan's parliament pulled a gun on a former member during a televised discussion.


Ukraine leaders brawl over language bill

A fight broke out in the Ukraine parliament over a bill to make Russian the country's official second language.


Parliament gone wild

CNN takes a look at fiery brawls that have broken out in various international legislatures.

July 8th, 2012
04:43 PM ET

Monday's Internet blackout: Justifiable hysterics or just hype?

An Internet blackout that will happen Monday has the webisphere scrambling.

Hundreds of thousands will be without Internet when the FBI shuts down selected servers supporting computers infected with the notorious virus, DNSChanger.

But are Internet hysterics warranted - or just hype?

The FBI is set to shut down servers that it initially created to support infected computers after the authors of the pesky malware were caught in November. Some reports put the number of U.S. Internet users who will go dark at less than 70,000 - a relatively small number of U.S. users.

Not sure if you're among the unlucky? The agency has offered a step-by-step plan on how to check to see if your computer has the virus.

The virus affected more than 4 million computers internationally. When infected users typed a domain name into their browser, DNSChanger rerouted them to fake ad sites, ultimately garnering millions of dollars for the six Estonian malware authors.  The FBI opted to set up servers that would allow infected users to stay on the Web without the fake ads.

Even though the number of those who will be without the Internet might not be worthy of all the hype, the World Wide Web  is a staple for getting through everyday life. And, whether reports are overblown will probably mean little to those who are going without on Monday. We want to know what the Internet means to you, so log in and tell uswhile you still can.

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Filed under: Technology • U.S.
Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
July 8th, 2012
04:37 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days

Welcome to our weekly preview of some of the stories that CNN plans to follow over the next seven days. Get a good look now, in case you're one of the thousands of people who might have some difficulty checking out the Web tomorrow:

There goes the Internet

OK, the Internet isn't really going anywhere. But hundreds of thousands of people might be unable to access it on Monday because the FBI is going to stop propping up the computers that still are infected with a computer virus that's been around for years.

The FBI on Monday will shut down Internet servers that it temporarily set up to support those affected by the DNSChanger virus, which was spread by Estonian cybercriminals to millions of computers over the past five years. Turning off those servers will knock all those still infected offline, CNNMoney reports.

The FBI has tried to notify those whose computers are infected, but nearly 304,000 computers worldwide (out of roughly 1.6 billion) still had the virus in mid-June, according to the FBI. About 70,000 of those computers are in the United States.

The agency has offered a step-by-step plan on how to check to check your computer for the virus.


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July 8th, 2012
02:53 AM ET

Officials make break in baffling disease killing Cambodian children

Health officials say they have made an important discovery in the mystery surrounding the deaths of more than 60 children in Cambodia.

The Institut Pasteur in Cambodia tested samples taken from 24 patients and found 15 had tested positive for Enterovirus Type 71.

"These results now give a good explanation to this outbreak," Dr. Philippe Buchy, head of the institute's virology unit, said in an e-mail. "We will get more results hopefully by next Tuesday or Wednesday."

In milder cases, EV71 can cause coldlike symptoms, diarrhea and sores on the hands, feet and mouth, according to the journal Genetic Vaccines and Therapy.

But more severe cases can cause fluid to accumulate on the brain, resulting in polio-like paralysis and death.

There is no effective antiviral treatment for severe EV71 infections, and no vaccine is available.

Adults' well-developed immune systems usually can fend off the virus, but children are vulnerable to it, according to the CDC.

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Filed under: Cambodia • World