Overheard on CNN.com: Where do jobs, economic growth come from?
Mitt Romney has called for an apology from President Obama after Democrats scrutinized Romney's departure from Bain.
July 16th, 2012
07:18 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Where do jobs, economic growth come from?

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.

After Democrats talked up reports that Mitt Romney was listed as Bain Capital's CEO after 1999, when he has repeatedly said he left the private equity firm, CNN columnists and our readers are discussing the Republican presidential candidate's views about jobs in America. Romney's date of departure is significant because some of the companies acquired by Bain later shipped jobs overseas. Romney claims he left the company before those decisions were made. Here are some varying views on the presidential race for "job creation."

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Who are the job creators?

bigdil: "Here's Romney's problem and, for that matter, the GOP's problem: Rich people aren't neccesarily job creators. Some are. Some aren't. Romney can't just say, 'I'm a rich guy. Therefore, I'll be better at creating jobs and fixing the economy than Barack Obama.' Why should anyone believe this argument? Nothing in his Bain experience would suggest any talent in that area. Likewise, there is no reason to think that giving tax breaks to 'job creators' (i.e. rich people) will help the economy. It won't."

eddiev5: "True. But the same problem exists for Obama and modern-day liberals. The government cannot create jobs indefinitely - its not sustainable. You also cant have 'the rich' pay for half a centuries worth of spending - the math just doesnt add up. So therefore, either you tax the middle or lower class more, or you create more debt (which creates more problems), or you get rid of or reform the pricey parts of the budget. These are all options the left wing will not pursue. Big government inevitably grows to the point to where it hinders its own progress by stepping over its own toes. You can actually see this right now with Obamacare and Wall Street Reform. Sure, the GOP has a problem but its really no different than the same hard ideologically stance liberals have taken. They are both not logical."

Many readers said they don't care so much about Romney's business record. But who spends taxpayers' money? FULL POST

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July 16th, 2012
05:23 PM ET

Mash-up: Soak up some sun

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

Good attitude goes a long way

Lana Kuykendall, a South Carolina mother who is beginning to recover from a flesh-eating bacteria infection, is working on her rehabilitation. She doesn't have time to feel sorry for herself. She told CNN:

There's no point in asking, "Why me?" It just happens.

NBA fans in LA offer new arrival a beer - to go

Newly signed Los Angeles Laker Steve Nash received a blue-collar welcome to his new home Saturday when a carload of fans spotted him riding in a taxi and offered him some liquid refreshment - at highway speed. CNN affiliate KTLA has video of the handoff.

More motoring beverage news

Fiat Motors says the latest perk in the Italian version of its 500L car is just what we've all been waiting for: an espresso maker. Some CNN.com readers thought that might not be the best idea ever.


OK, let's assume it's safe. If I want a tiny cup of espresso, rather than pulling into a Starbucks, I still have to find a place to pull over, stop the car, spill coffee beans or coffee grounds all over my car, wait 10 minutes for the coffee to brew while draining my battery, and then face the danger of trying to sip scalding hot espresso while driving? That is SO MUCH BETTER than the hover cars we were supposed to have by now!

Weiner dogs take over horse track

In the land of thoroughbred racehorses, athletes of a decidedly smaller stature were the featured attraction Sunday, CNN affiliate WFIE reports. At the Ellis Park horse track in Henderson, Kentucky, dozens of dachshunds participated in a series of races in which a key concern of owners was simply getting the animals to run in the right direction. "Hopefully the dog runs straight. If you can train your dog to run straight, you got a good chance. But you never know," Ellis Park official John Harty told WFIE.

Get ready to say, 'Whoa!'

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Hot sun, cool picture

That same fiery sun generates serene scenes like this. CNN iReporter Juan Martin Penaflorida, a landscape photographer from Pasir Ris, Singapore,
photographed a beautiful sunset behind Singapore's iconic Twin Pagodas.

On the horizon: Political fundraisers

Tuesday will be a big day for political fundraisers as President Obama visits Austin and San Antonio, Texas, for events hosted by singer Jerry Jeff Walker and actress Eva Longoria, respectively; Vice President Joe Biden attends an event in New York for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Meanwhile, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is hosting fundraising events for certain Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in Columbia, South Carolina, Raleigh, North Carolina, and Atlanta, Georgia, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush does likewise in Indianapolis.

July 17 anniversaries

1918 - Russian Czar Nicholas II and his family are executed by firing squad during the Bolshevik Revolution.

1955 - Disneyland officially opens in Anaheim, California.

1975 - An American Apollo and a Soviet Soyuz spacecraft dock in orbit, the first such link-up between spacecraft from the two rival nations.

1981 - Two crowded skywalks at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri, collapse into an atrium lobby, killing 114 people.

2007 - NFL star quarterback Michael Vick and three others are indicted on dog fighting charges.

Phyllis Diller

  • Comedian Phyllis Diller, 95
  • Actor Donald Sutherland, 77
  • Singer/actress Diahann Carroll, 77
  • Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, 65
  • Actor/singer/talent judge David Hasselhoff, 60
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'Like' group's puppycam campaign, help a disabled vet get a therapy dog
The puppycam is part of Explore.org and DogBlessYou's efforts to help veterans who need therapy dogs.
July 16th, 2012
01:32 PM ET

'Like' group's puppycam campaign, help a disabled vet get a therapy dog

There's no shortage of puppycams on the Internet these days. Thousands of people spend hours watching Shiba Inus romp around and then fall asleep.

This is perhaps why a few groups are teaming up to try to turn the guilty pleasure of watching pups all day into a way to help disabled veterans.

Explore.org, in conjunction with DogBlessYou.org, has put up its own puppycam and says that for every 1,000 likes of the DogBlessYou Facebook, Pinterest and/or Tumblr pages, the group will donate a therapy dog to a disabled war veteran.

Watch the puppycam here or on Explore.org

"The mission of explore.org is to champion the selfless acts of others, to create a portal into the soul of humanity and to inspire life long learning. What is the easiest way to do this? Through dogs – they see our souls like no other," founder Charlie Annenberg says on the the DogBlessYou Facebook page. "That is why as we build Dog Bless You, I believe that its mission should be to champion the selfless acts of animals."

It's no secret that a big push for veterans has included enlisting man's best friend in hopes of helping heal some of the wounds of war. Like guide dogs for the blind, psychiatric service dogs aid people with mental illnesses, from anxiety disorder to bipolar disorder to PTSD. The dogs are trained to know when their owners are depressed or having a panic attack, for example, and the animals might calm them down by curling up in their lap or giving a nudge.

Check out the pups playing around and visit the links above if you want to like the group's efforts to help veterans. Do you know of a similar effort? Let us know in the comments.

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Stephen Covey, author of 'The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,' dead at 79
July 16th, 2012
12:54 PM ET

Stephen Covey, author of 'The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,' dead at 79

Author Stephen Covey, whose "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" sold more than 20 million copies, died Monday at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said. He was 79.

Covey's family issued a statement, reported by CNN affiliate KSL, saying he died from residual effects of an April bicycle accident.

"In his final hours, he was surrounded by his loving wife and each one (of) his children and their spouses, just as he always wanted," the statement said, according to KSL.

Covey was "one of the world's foremost leadership authorities, organizational experts and thought leaders," according to a biography posted on the website of his 2011 book, "The 3rd Alternative."

Other best-sellers by Covey include "First Things First," "Principle-Centered Leadership," and "The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness," according to the biography.

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July 16th, 2012
12:30 PM ET

Kidnapper in Egypt releases two Americans, tour guide, official says

A kidnapper in Egypt has released two Americans and their Egyptian tour guide, said Gen. Ahmed Bakr, head of security in North Sinai.

"They are at security headquarters with us now, in good condition. The negotiations succeeded, but we did not give in to the kidnapper's demands," he said.

The hostages included Michel Louis, the pastor of a Pentecostal church in Boston; Lisa Alphonse, a parishioner at another American church; and the Egyptian tour guide.

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Report: Three men claim they were abused by Sandusky in '70s, '80s
Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky leaves court after being convicted in his child rape trial.
July 16th, 2012
12:28 PM ET

Report: Three men claim they were abused by Sandusky in '70s, '80s

Police are aware of three men who say they were abused in the 1970s or 1980s by former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky, CNN contributor Sara Ganim reports for the Harrisburg Patriot News.

The allegations are the first to involve claims of abuse by the coach before the 1990s. During Sandusky's child rape trial, his defense argued that it is rare for someone to suddenly become a pedophile in their later years.

After a three-week trial featuring emotional and often graphic testimony from eight of the former Penn State assistant football coach's victims, a 12-person jury late Friday night convicted him on 45 of 48 counts. There were convictions related to all 10 victims alleged by prosecutors, with the three not-guilty verdicts applying to three individuals.

The verdict prompted people in central Pennsylvania to breathe a sigh of relief, believing a man many called a "monster" would pay the price for his crimes and their impact on his victims, as well as the Penn State community.

As the jury was deliberating, more accusers - including his own adopted son - were speaking publicly for the first time about alleged abuse.

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July 16th, 2012
12:19 PM ET

U.S. military ship fires on small boat in Persian Gulf; 1 killed

A U.S. military supply ship fired at a small boat in the Persian Gulf on Monday after it came too close to the ship, apparently killing one person on board, two U.S. officials said.

The incident happened near Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates.

The crew of the USNS Rappahannock verbally warned the small boat and fired at least one warning shot before the boat, described as a small white pleasure craft, was targeted with .50-caliber machine gun fire, the Navy said.


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July 16th, 2012
12:06 PM ET

Libya's Olympic chief kidnapped

The president of the Libyan Olympic Committee has been kidnapped, the committee said Monday.

Ahmad Nabil al-Alam was taken in central Tripoli on Sunday, the organization said.

He was followed by two vehicles and then seized by unidentified gunmen around 4 p.m., the committee said.

The identity and motive of the kidnappers were not immediately known.

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July 16th, 2012
12:04 PM ET

Red Cross: Geneva Conventions apply to Syrian conflict

The Red Cross has determined the conflict in Syria to be a civil war - a declaration that officially applies the Geneva Conventions to violence throughout the country.

International humanitarian law now applies "wherever hostilities take place," the organization said Monday.

The announcement came as violence spread into parts of the capital that had previously avoided the bloodshed, and just a few days after more than 200 people, according to activists, were massacred in the town of Tremseh. It was the deadliest day of the conflict.

The International Committee of the Red Cross, on its website, explains that its mandate "stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949."

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Debate brews around espresso machines in new Fiat
Fiat shows the Lavazza espresso machine built and docked into a console in the new European model of the Fiat 500L.
July 16th, 2012
11:31 AM ET

Debate brews around espresso machines in new Fiat

Drivers love fancy technology extras packed in their car and Fiat is hoping their latest innovation may be the best yet - one that can save you a trip to your favorite coffee store.

But the car designers new innovative addition to their latest line, due out in Italy in October, is landing them in some hot water with some consumers concerned about it adding to a mounting list of things that distract drivers. However, the car maker says, don't rush to judgement, you can't brew up a cup unless your car is stopped.

Their new crossover model the Fiat 500L boasts a whole range of accessories, but the one drawing the most attention and perhaps concerns, is their built-in espresso machine. That's right. Forget your Starbucks runs, or trying to rush out the door to work with your homemade brew.  Instead, inside your console you'll find a "new coffee machine created in collaboration with Lavazza," considered to be the Starbucks of Italy.

"The 500L is the first standard-production car in the world to offer a true espresso coffee machine that utilises the technology of the 'A Modo Mio' pods," the company said in a press release. "It is perfectly integrated in the car with a deck designed expressly by Fiat."

A video put out by the automaker shows a cartoon character couple debating the choice of having to make a coffee run. But no longer!

"Do you want to take a break while flavouring the best Italian espresso coffee without stepping out of the car? With 500L even this will be possible!" the company touts on its Italian site. 

Passengers can brew on the road, filling the car with the sweet aroma of drink of the tired.

" It will be possible to enjoy ... inside a car the high quality, the unique taste, the body and creaminess of the true Italian espresso," the automaker boasts.

While it is certainly a first-of-its kind offering, the function has been met with a lot of criticism in the U.S. about concerns that drivers don't need another distraction while driving. Most of the focus of distracted driving campaigns have focused on texting, including a new set of public service announcement commercials from AT&T that show the fatal consequences of multitasking while driving.

So, when news of the coffee meets car collaboration hit the Web in the U.S., people on Twitter took the car company to task, noting that while we can't drive while texting in many places, it doesn't seem like a stellar idea to be making scorching hot coffee while taking your car to the road. It was unclear if those criticizing the idea knew the machine only worked while the car was stopped, a detail that was not touted on the car's site or in many media pieces criticizing the idea.

Even TV host Tom Bergeron weighed in on the idea, remarking that the innovative addition may be more dangerous than impressive.

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And it prompted responses from others that wondered whether it would lead to lawsuits, similar to the infamous McDonald's scalding hot coffee debacle and concerns from auto blogs and writers about the safety of the innovation.

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But the automaker wants to make a few things clear in the wake of the sudden uproar about the espresso machine's safety. They say they've done the testing and they are sure their setup is safe for drivers.

"You can use it only when the car is stopped," Norman Winkler, the communications press officer for Fiat in Europe told CNN. "It's quite tiny and it has a docking station in which it remains locked. The quantity of coffee is much (less) than usual use in the cups in the states. Its espresso, it's very tiny."

And it's not even clear whether those who are outraged in the U.S. will even have to deal with the issue. Jiyan Cadiz, the spokesman for Fiat in the U.S., said it was too soon to say what features might or might not show up in the American model.

"We have not provided any product details at this time," he told CNN. "As we get closer to our own launch of the vehicle we’ll provide feature availability and specs and more context between the Euro cousin and the U.S. model."

July 16th, 2012
10:35 AM ET

Officials: Alleged Nazi war criminal found in Hungary

A worldwide Jewish rights organization is pushing Hungarian authorities to prosecute a man it claims is a Nazi war criminal, recently discovered in Budapest, Hungary, who allegedly sent more than 15,000 Jews to Auschwitz in the spring of 1944.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center found Ladislaus Csizsik-Csatary as part of its "Last Chance" project, said Efraim Zuroff, director of the center's Israel office.

The center cooperated with British tabloid The Sun to photograph Csizsik-Csatary, who reportedly is 97, and ask him questions, Zuroff said. "We're the ones who found him; they're the ones who photographed him."

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July 16th, 2012
10:30 AM ET

Official: No progress as Egyptian intelligence officers meet with kidnapper

Cairo (CNN) - Egyptian intelligence officers met twice over the past three days with the kidnappers of two Americans and an Egyptian tour guide, but negotiations are at a "stalemate," a senior Egyptian government official told CNN on Monday.

Negotiators have rejected a kidnapper's demand that authorities release his imprisoned uncle immediately, the official said.

"This will not happen. He has to release the hostages first, or else every Bedouin in Sinai will go on a kidnap spree," the official said. "Egypt is a country of law, and this is for the good of the nation. The negotiations are at a stalemate, yet will continue to pursue a resolution."

Two intelligence officers visited the alleged kidnapper, Germy Abu Masouh, on Friday and on Sunday, and have communicated with him by phone, the official said.

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July 16th, 2012
05:42 AM ET

Search fails to turn up missing Iowa girls; 'It's like they vanished,' official says

(CNN) - As the search moved into its fourth day Monday for two girls last seen riding their bicycles near a lake in Evansdale, Iowa, authorities suspended a volunteer effort that drew hundreds over the weekend.

The girls - 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins and 10-year-old Lyric Cook - were last seen by their grandmother on Friday when the two, who are cousins, left her home to go ride their bicycles, authorities said.

A massive volunteer search effort that grew to over 900 people by Sunday failed to locate the girls.

"As we evaluate the accomplishments and results of the searches conducted this past weekend, we are not asking for any additional assistance from the general public," Evansdale Police Chief Kent Smock said in an e-mail early Monday sent to news outlets.

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July 16th, 2012
02:53 AM ET

Shell Oil ship slips anchor; incident raises questions about Arctic drilling plan

(CNN) - One of the ships that Shell Oil plans to use to drill in the Arctic slipped its mooring and drifted close to one of Alaska's Aleutian Islands, the latest in a string of incidents to arise around the controversial project.

The Noble Discoverer was about 175 yards from shore in Unalaska Bay when it slipped its mooring Saturday and drifted towards shore near Dutch Harbor, Coast Guard Petty Officer Sara Francis said.

"There are no reports of injuries, pollution and damage to the Noble Discoverer," she said Sunday night.

The incident raised concerns of a possible grounding near Dutch Harbor, though Francis said there was "no damage to the hull or evidence it ran aground."

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July 16th, 2012
02:34 AM ET

A toast to bring in some dough: Royal leftover bread goes up for auction

Your typical royal toast likely involves a bit of the bubbly. This one just involves some stale bread.

Up for auction in the United Kingdom this week is a piece of toast from Prince Charles' breakfast tray on the morning he married Lady Diana Spencer on July 29, 1981.

Rosemarie Smith snatched the crispy piece of bread during a visit to Buckingham Palace. Her daughter, who worked for the royal family for almost three decades, had invited Smith to spend the hours ahead of the wedding at the palace with her.

"At the time my daughter was a maid at the Palace and one of her duties was to collect Prince Charles's breakfast tray from outside his room," Smith said in a report on the auctioneers' website. "I was with her in the corridor and saw that Prince Charles had left some toast on the tray. I had been thinking about a keepsake from the wedding and saw the toast and thought to myself: 'Why not'?"

William and Kate's wedding and the Queen's Jubilee got Smith thinking that her bit of royal bread could be worth something.


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