Live or later: What's your ideal Olympics coverage?
A wartime appeal for Britons to maintain a stiff upper lip has morphed into a myriad of Olympic memes. NBC is the target here.
July 30th, 2012
12:17 PM ET

Live or later: What's your ideal Olympics coverage?

Which Olympic viewer are you? The one who wants to know what happens live when the rest of the world does? Or the one who enjoys NBC's prime-time mashup, with the best event shown in the United States hours after medals have been awarded in Britain?

If you're the latter, you've probably been thrilled with the London 2012 Games coverage.

But if you're the former, you might have been among the thousands railing over the weekend against NBC for not understanding the digital age in which spoilers trickle through every nook of the Internet before the event you've been waiting four years to see finally airs.

As a wired (and wireless) society, now even more so than during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the tactic of using a tape delay to save the best events for nighttime viewers - also the most lucrative audience for NBC - has become harder to pull off.

Yes, NBC is airing all the events live online if you have a cable provider. But if you miss that showing, log on to Facebook, check your favorite news site or heaven forbid check social media, you're bound to catch a spoiler. Mostly, that's because NBC does not show many marquee events until about five hours after they've happened.  (We should note this debate occurs regularly when East Coast viewers spoil finales or award shows for the West Coast.)

The tape delay of events on TV and the resulting online spoilers have led to a massive outcry from the Twitterverse and given the aggrieved a place to lodge their complaints. The spoiler problem has also spawned its own hashtag to make the point clear.

In the minds of a growing number of digital users, the Olympics have been a big #NBCfail. And folks online are making sure NBC knows how they feel.

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July 30th, 2012
07:43 AM ET

Monday's live events

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

Today's programming highlights...

12:30 pm ET - White House briefing - Press Secretary Jay Carney appears to have the day off, but that doesn't mean the media will take it easy on Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest.  Topics expected to be discussed include "fiscal cliff" fears and Syria.

2:00 pm ET - Senate, House back in session - This week should be the final week of work for House and Senate lawmakers before their August recess.  The House will consider whether to extend the Bush-era tax cuts, while both chambers will debate efforts to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff".

CNN.com Live is your home for breaking news as it happens.

 


Filed under: Congress • Elections • On CNN.com today • Politics
July 30th, 2012
05:04 AM ET

Syrian troops reportedly pound Aleppo; France vows to try to stop the massacre

The relentless and bloody battle for Syria's largest city raged on Monday, with regime forces launching missiles and shelling from attack helicopters, opposition activists said.

The reports of terror after more than a week of clashes between regime and rebel fighters, both of which are trying to secure the commercial and cultural hub of Aleppo.

The city has seen a mass exodus amid the violence. About 200,000 people in and around Aleppo have fled shelling and heavy weapon fire in the past two days, Valerie Amos, the U.N.'s under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, said Sunday.

With no end to the country's 16-month crisis in sight, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said his country will take more action to try to stop the bloodshed.

"As France is taking over the presidency of the U.N. Security Council on August 1, we are going to ask - before the end of the week - for a meeting of the Security Council, probably at a ministerial level ... to try and stop the massacres and prepare for the political transition," Fabius told French RTL radio on Monday.

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Conrad Murray seeks new test in Michael Jackson's death
A California jury found Dr. Conrad Murray guilty last year of involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson's death.
July 30th, 2012
03:44 AM ET

Conrad Murray seeks new test in Michael Jackson's death

Conrad Murray wants a key piece of evidence tested which his lawyers argue could prove Michael Jackson injected himself with the drug that killed him.

Murray, who is serving a four-year prison sentence, is appealing last year's involuntary manslaughter conviction in Jackson's 2009 death.

A motion filed Monday by his lawyers asked an appeals court to order a test of the residue in a 100 milliliter bottle of propofol that prosecutors say contained the fatal dose of surgical anesthetic.

If it contains 10% lidocaine, then it would support prosecution expert Dr. Steven Shafer's theory that Murray rigged up an IV drip using the bottle and then left the room, Murray's motion said.

Shafer testified that lidocaine, which was found in Jackson's blood after his death, was mixed with propofol to ease the sting of the drug as it entered a vein in Jackson's leg.

"However, if the residue is 100% propofol, it would absolutely refute Shafer's final contention that was used to prove an IV propofol infusion," the motion said.

The defense theory was that a desperate Jackson, fearing that his comeback concerts could be canceled unless he found elusive sleep, self-administered propofol that Murray was trying to wean him off of. It contends that Jackson also swallowed eight lorazepam tablets while Murray was not watching.

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Filed under: Crime • Justice • U.S.
July 30th, 2012
01:20 AM ET

Church refuses to marry black couple in Mississippi

Hurt. Devastated. Crushed.

Those are words an African-American couple used to describe how they felt when they were forced to change the venue of their wedding because of their race.

"Because of the fact that we were black, some of the members of the congregation had got upset and decided that no black couple would ever be married at that church," Charles Wilson told CNN on Sunday night.

"All we wanted to do in the eyes of God was to be man and wife in a church that we thought we felt loved. What was wrong with that?"

Charles and Te'Andrea Wilson had planned to marry this month at the First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs in Mississippi, but were asked at the last minute to move.

Their pastor, Stan Weatherford, made the request on behalf of some congregants who didn't want to see the couple married there, according to CNN affiliate WLBT. He performed the ceremony at a nearby church.

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July 30th, 2012
01:18 AM ET

More damage expected after floods in North Korea kill dozens

Heavy rain across large swathes of North Korea has caused widespread flooding and killed dozens of people, state media reported, with warnings of more damage still to come.

The downpours have been rolling over the impoverished country for more than a week, sweeping away crops and destroying buildings, the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said in reports over the weekend.

As of Saturday, 88 people had died and 134 had been injured, KCNA said. It reported that more than 5,000 houses had been destroyed or damaged and 12,030 homes inundated, leaving nearly 63,000 people homeless.

And the torrential rain persisted through Sunday, causing further chaos.

The highest numbers of deaths so far from the flooding were reported in areas of South Phyongan Province, northeast of the capital, Pyongyang.

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July 29th, 2012
05:29 PM ET

CNN's Ivan Watson inside Syria: Rebels attack army base

CNN’s Ivan Watson reported from northern Syria on Sunday, where he witnessed rebel fighters launch an offensive against a Syrian army base north of Aleppo.

“The offensive began around sunset, and we’ve been watching a constant stream of tracer fire emerging from the location where the Syrian army base is,” Watson said.

Aleppo is a key city in the ongoing battles between the Free Syrian Army and President Bashar Al-Assad’s regime. It has been embroiled in bloodshed since since rebels burned a police a station and spurred fights in the city Wednesday. In response, the Syrian government launched a violent offensive on Saturday.

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Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
July 29th, 2012
04:24 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days

Here is a look at some of the stories that CNN plans to follow this week:

Olympic Games' first amputee runner takes to the track

The first amputee to compete in Olympic track events will make his London 2012 debut on Saturday.

South Africa's Oscar Pistorius, whose legs were amputated below the knee when he was an infant because of a bone defect, will compete in the individual 400-meter run on Saturday before participating in South Africa's 4×400-meter relay squad later in the Games. He runs on blade-like carbon fiber prosthetics, from which his nickname "The Blade Runner" derives.

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Lochte vs. Phelps: Swimmer showdown heats up the Web
Ryan Lochte shows off his gold medal in the men's 400-meter individual medley and his "grill," dental braces bearing the U.S. flag.
July 29th, 2012
03:24 PM ET

Lochte vs. Phelps: Swimmer showdown heats up the Web

The Olympic competition is heating up, but it’s the rivalry between two American swimmers that’s burning up the Internet.

People couldn't stop talking when Ryan Lochte took home the gold Saturday in the 400-meter individual medley, while Michael Phelps, a 14-time gold medalist, came in fourth.

The speculation about the swimmers' relationship and comparisons between the two are pouring in. Are Phelps and Lochte fierce rivals? Tight teammates? Are Phelps’ glory days over? Will Lochte ever compare to Phelps? Could Lochte be your future husband?

Take a look at what CNN commenters and Twitter users had to say:

Competition among teammates

mitzie-GA:  "Michael Phelps didn't train for this event until the last minute. Too bad for him and good for Ryan Lochte. Glad to have a real competition among American swimmers. Makes it more fun to watch.

Sunny:  "Lochte wins and everyone is showing pictures of Phelps. Phooey."

sharky:  "If after the next six races, he still does badly, then fine, the rivalry is gone. This is one freaking race. Good grief."

Shilah:  "Given what Michael Phelps accomplished in Beijing 2008, it would be difficult in my view to repeat such a performance. Every athlete reaches a peak in his or her career before they wane. Michael Phelps has already indicated that this will be his last Olympics. Take nothing away from Ryan's performance. He deserves the spotlight. He has worked so hard and consistently over the years. However, for those who are quick to anoint Ryan Lochte as the next sensation, let us start the comparisons after he wins several gold medals in a single Olympics like Michael did in Beijing."

ChrisE: "The thing to remember here is that Lochte came into this event the reigning world champion. It's not totally unexpected that Phelps couldn't throw him out of his own house. I'm more interested in the events that are Phelps' best. The next meeting might not be a blowout."

Tight teammates?

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Phelps' glory days over?

GB :  "Phelps acted like a little spoiled brat after all the glory. Now he's getting a rude awakening that he's not invincible like he had thought. Hopefully, Lochte will be more sensible in leading his life as a new champion."

Andrew: "Phelps has nothing left to prove and that is why he isn't on top anymore. But who can blame him?"

Josally:  "M. Phelps is an arrogant punk (who) doesn't even want to celebrate with the rest of the Olympians from the U.S. Now how special does that make him? I love to see anybody make history, but in his case I think we've had enough of him. So I guess it's time for him to go back home an look at his medals."

boomer1959: "Phelps thought he could cruise to more gold without paying the price to be in prime condition. ..."

Or are they?

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No one stays on top forever

Leonore H. Dvorkin: "No one, no matter how good, stays on top forever. Phelps should be happy with what he has accomplished thus far and then try to be happy for those who will surely beat all his records some day. And remember: They're just sports, folks! No one should take any of them too seriously."

RetiredCop: "There is always a faster gun, and no one can remain No. 1 forever. I imagine that Phelps, who set the standard, is just dead tired inside, and even though trying again at this Olympics, he may just not have it inside to prevail. But perhaps he has a little something up his sleeve, as he initially decided to pass the 400-meter (individual medley) to begin with. Even if he does not perform to gold standards, he will remain the greatest swimmer of all time, for some time. Perhaps this is Lochte's time, but it cannot compare to Phelps accomplishments."

Phelps deserves a break

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The real story ... gold and grills

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And perhaps the biggest question of all - will Lochte marry you?

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July 29th, 2012
02:13 AM ET

Romania votes: Should president be impeached?

The fate of Romanian President Traian Basescu will be determined Sunday as the country votes on a referendum to impeach him.

Earlier this month, parliament suspended Basescu saying he overreached his powers when he announced austerity measures for the cash-strapped nation.

To comply with the terms of a $24 billion International Monetary Fund load, Basescu cut wages and benefits for public workers.

The moves soured him to many inside the country.

Two pro-Basescu governments collapsed, paving the way for the center-left Social Liberal Union (USL) to take office.

Prime Minister Victor Ponta, of the USL, then succeeded in getting lawmakers to not only suspend Basescu but also remove both speakers of parliament and replace them with allies.

The crisis in the southeastern European nation, which is slightly smaller than Oregon, has sent its currency, the leu, plummeting to record lows.

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July 29th, 2012
01:05 AM ET

Julian Assange's mother arrives in Ecuador to plead son's asylum case

The mother of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will meet with Ecuadorian authorities Monday to urge them to grant her son asylum.

Christine Assange, who arrived in the capital city Quito on Saturday, told reporters she will appeal to Ecuador's stance on human rights during her meeting.

"Surely, the president and his staff will make the best decision," Christine Assange said, according to a report in the state-run El Ciudadano website.

Her son has been holed up inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since applying for political asylum on June 19.

He is seeking to avoid being sent to Sweden over claims of rape and sexual molestation and said he fears if he is extradited there, Swedish authorities could hand him over to the United States.

If her son is sent to the United States, he "could expect a sentence of death or many years in prison with torture as they are doing now with Bradley Manning," Christine Assange said, according to the El Ciudadano report.

"If they did that to a U.S. citizen, they would have fewer qualms about doing a foreigner."

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Overheard on CNN.com: 'Trying to explain what cricket is to my coworkers is fantastic'
The opening ceremony dazzled as the London 2012 Olympic Games kicked off Friday.
July 27th, 2012
07:11 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: 'Trying to explain what cricket is to my coworkers is fantastic'

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.

And, the Olympics are off! Follow along on the live blog, read about the first day and check out some of the comments that caught our eyes.

London 2012: Live blog

As CNN producers update the live blog with photos and anecdotes, readers are joining right in to the conversation. Here are a couple we saw:

Harry: "Even if people keep saying it, never have I been prouder to call myself British, and a Londoner, even if I currently live in New York. NY has nothing on the Greatest City in the World!!!"

markl: "Proud to be British, even at the other side of the world. Trying to explain what cricket is to my co-workers is fantastic. 'You play for 5 days and it can still end in a tie' ... priceless."

Some of the readers asked about the meaning of things they were seeing from the opening ceremony.

Doubt: "What are the children leading each delegation carrying in their hands?"

Jonathan Stevenson (CNN): "Good question. The copper petals being carried by a child leading each delegation have that country's name inscribed and they will all have a role in the ceremony later. So now you really can't go anywhere, otherwise you'll never find out."

One of the most talked-about aspect of the Olympics on Friday was Mitt Romney’s tough reception in London. FULL POST

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July 27th, 2012
06:35 PM ET

Five guys, fun facts, through the decades

Time almost appears to have stood still for a group of friends who have met every five years for three decades to recreate an impromptu photo from 1982.

When the men first photographed themselves near Copco Lake, California as teens, they didn't know they were spurring a lifelong tradition - or that decades later they'd become an Internet sensation. When they shared the images with CNN and the story of how the tradition bonded them for life, CNN's audience couldn't get enough.

While a click through the pics shows the men's progression from long-haired, shirtless teens to well, middle-aged men, the scene at the lake is largely unchanged. We rounded up some facts to show our readers what was going on in the world around them.

1982

  • Ronald Reagan is president of the United States
  • No.1 song in the U.S.: Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical”
  • No.1 movie in the U.S.: "E.T."
  • Average cost of one gallon of gas: $1.29
  • Cost of a Super Bowl ad: $350,000
  • Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” was released on December 1, 1982

1987

  • Ronald Reagan is president of the United States
  • No.1 song in the U.S.: Bangles’ “Walk Like an Egyptian”
  • No.1 movie in the U.S.: "Three Men and a Baby"
  • Average price of one gallon of gas: $0.94
  • Cost of a Super Bowl ad: $580,000
  • Spuds MacKenzie first appeared in Bud Light beer ads.

1992

  • George H.W. Bush is president of the United States
  • No.1 song in the U.S.: Boyz II Men “End of the Road”
  • No.1 movie in the U.S.: "Aladdin"
  • Average cost of one gallon of gas: $1.12
  • Cost of a Super Bowl ad: $800,000
  • MTV’s long-running "The Real World" reality series debuts.

1997

  • Bill Clinton is president of the United States
  • No.1 song in the U.S.: Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind”
  • No.1 movie in the U.S.: "Titanic"
  • Average cost of one gallon of gas: $1.23
  • Cost of a Super Bowl ad: $1,200,000
  • In a civil trial, O.J. Simpson was found liable in a civil wrongful death suit brought by the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.

2002

  • George W. Bush is president of the United States
  • No.1 song in the U.S.: Nickelback’s “How You Remind Me”
  • No.1 movie in the U.S.: "Spider-Man"
  • Average cost of 1 gallon of gas: $1.35
  • Cost of a Super Bowl ad: $1,900,000
  • Elizabeth Smart is kidnapped from her Salt Lake City home on June 5.

2007

  • George W. Bush is president of the United States
  • No.1 song in the U.S.: Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable”
  • No.1 one movie in the U.S.: "Spider-Man 3"
  • Average cost of 1 gallon of gas: $2.80
  • Cost of a Super Bowl ad: $2,600,000
  • Paris Hilton spent 23 days in a Los Angeles County jail for violating probation on a reckless driving conviction.

2012

  • Barack Obama is president of the United States
  • Current number one song in the U.S.: Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe”
  • Current No.1 movie in the U.S.: "The Dark Knight Rises"
  • Current average cost of 1 gallon of gas: $3.49
  • Cost of a Super Bowl Ad: $3,500,000
  • Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Diamond Jubilee in June.

 

Do you have a vacation photo tradition? How do you document your life? Share your stories below and post your photo rituals on iReport.com.

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July 27th, 2012
06:14 PM ET

How the Chick-fil-A same-sex marriage controversy has evolved

A growing chorus of politicians has joined a nearly two-week uproar and counter-uproar over the marriage views of Chick-fil-A’s president.

At least four Democratic officials in three major northern U.S. cities spoke against the views of Dan Cathy, who recently said his company backs traditional marriage, as opposed to same-sex marriage. Some of those politicos essentially told the Atlanta-based restaurant chain not to try to expand in their cities.

Two former GOP presidential candidates, meanwhile, have encouraged people to show their support for Chick-fil-A by buying food there this coming Wednesday, which one of them has dubbed “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.”

The controversy took flight in mid-July after Cathy gave an interview to the Biblical Recorder, on online journal for Baptists in North Carolina. In the July 2 story - picked up by the Baptist Press on July 16 - Cathy affirmed that his company backs the traditional family unit.

“We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit,” Cathy said. “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”

“We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles,” he added.

The fast-food chicken restaurant chain has long been known to espouse Christian values, and does not operate on Sundays so that employees can be free to attend church if they choose.

Proponents of same-sex marriage spread Cathy’s comments, eventually creating a firestorm of criticism on social media, including assertions that his comments and position were bigoted and hateful.

“The Office” star Ed Helms joined in, saying he was no longer a fan of the fast-food giant.

“Chick-fil-A doesn’t like gay people? So lame," he tweeted July 18. "Hate to think what they do to the gay chickens! Lost a loyal fan."

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Document: Suspect in theater shooting was psychiatrist's patient
July 27th, 2012
03:37 PM ET

Document: Suspect in theater shooting was psychiatrist's patient

Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes was a patient of a University of Colorado psychiatrist before last week's attack at a movie theater that killed 12 people and wounded scores, according to a court document filed Friday by his lawyers.

The disclosure was in a request by Holmes (pictured) for authorities to immediately hand over a package he sent to Dr. Lynne Fenton at the university's Anschutz Medical Campus.

According to Holmes' request, the package seized by authorities under a July 23 search warrant was a protected communication.

"The materials contained in that package include communications from Mr. Holmes to Dr. Fenton that Mr. Holmes asserts are privileged," the document said. "Mr. Holmes was a psychiatric patient of Dr. Fenton, and his communications with her are protected."

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CNN president to resign at year's end
July 27th, 2012
12:05 PM ET

CNN president to resign at year's end

The long-time president of CNN, Jim Walton, says he will leave the company at the end of the year.

Walton (pictured), who joined the company as an entry-level video journalist in 1981, said the company needed "a new leader who brings a different perspective, different experiences and a new plan."

"For some time, I've been talking with (Turner Chairman and CEO) Phil Kent about wanting to make a change, and he supports my decision," Walton wrote in a memo to employees.

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CNN inside Syria: A bloody mess could get messier
CNN's Ivan Watson reports from a battle-scarred Syrian town where the civilian population has fled.
July 27th, 2012
10:04 AM ET

CNN inside Syria: A bloody mess could get messier

As the months-long violence in Syria engulfs two key cities, Damascus and Aleppo, CNN's Ivan Watson has been traveling through villages in the area. He and the crew are some of the few international reporters in Syria, whose government has been restricting access on foreign journalists and refusing many of them entry. Check out more from CNN inside Syria.

Below is an edited Q&A about what Watson has seen and heard in rebel-controlled towns near Aleppo:

CNN: We're hearing that one community in Syria - the ethnic Kurds - are beginning to take matters into their own hands. They're breaking with the regime. What are you seeing? What are the signs that this could impact the entire conflict?

WATSON: It could definitely complicate matters. The Kurds make up about 10 percent of the population, long-oppressed, even denied citizenship by the al-Assad regime. But they've largely sat out this uprising for about the past 16, 17 months. In the last week, we've seen one of the strongest of the Kurdish political factions, which is closely affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers' Party or PKK, claiming control over a number of Kurdish communities. FULL POST

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July 27th, 2012
10:00 AM ET

Syrian rebels: Guns, mortars ... and mansions?

Editor's note: CNN's Ivan Watson and crew are some of the few international reporters in Syria, whose government has been restricting access on foreign journalists and refusing many of them entry. Check out more from CNN inside Syria.

A distant machine gun rattled away in vain as a military helicopter flew long, slow circles, arcing from the contested Syrian city of Aleppo over to the rebel-controlled town of Anadan, six miles to the north.

A group of fighters stared and pointed from under the shelter of an overhanging building, until one man said in a worried tone, "Let's go away" before hurrying indoors.

In a matter of months, Syria's rebels have transformed themselves from ragtag village defense forces into an armed movement capable of attacking the country's two largest cities, Aleppo and Damascus. They have also punctured the image of invincibility projected by Syrian army tanks and armored personnel carriers, as proven by the twisted wreckage of armored vehicles that now litter some roads.

But the fighters still find themselves vastly out-gunned when facing government air power.

And yet, even that advantage may be shrinking.

Read the full story from CNN's Ivan Watson

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July 27th, 2012
07:40 AM ET

Friday's live events

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

Today's programming highlights...

9:00 am ET - International AIDS Conference - Today is the final day of the International AIDS Conference in Washington.  Among today's highlights - Whoopi Goldberg will address delegates at 11:00 am ET, while Bill Clinton and Rep. Nancy Pelosi deliver closing remarks at 3:15 pm ET.

11:30 am ET - White House briefing -  "Fiscal cliff" fears, the Colorado shootings and Syria will likely top Press Secretary Jay Carney's agenda with the White House press corps.

CNN.com Live is your home for breaking news as it happens.

 


Filed under: AIDS • Elections • Health • On CNN.com today • Politics
July 27th, 2012
04:14 AM ET

Syrian rebels amass as battles for Aleppo, Damascus intensify

Syrian rebels prepared for a fresh onslaught Friday by setting up medical clinics in apartments and homes throughout Aleppo, the country's commercial hub.

The offensive is expected after morning prayers, according to the opposition Local Coordination Committees of Syria.

Plans are under way to send 300 more fighters to bolster forces in Aleppo, where 18 of 22 rebel brigades are located, according to a rebel commander.

As the rebels geared up for the Aleppo offensive, the seat of Bashar al-Assad's power saw renewed violence as heavy shelling rocked Damascus, according to the Local Coordination Committees of Syria.

Regime forces battled rebels in several neighborhoods Friday, including Damascus and Aleppo. At least one person was killed in Aleppo, the opposition group said.

The clashes come after at least 200 people were killed Thursday, including 48 in Aleppo and 46 in Damascus and its suburbs. The LCC said it is the first time since the uprising started that Aleppo has led in the number of deaths in a single day across Syria.

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