September 3rd, 2012
10:44 PM ET

Starship guitarist dead at 46

Mark Abrahamian, lead guitarist for the veteran rock group Starship, has died, according to the band's official website.


Multiple news sites reported Abrahamian, 46, died of a heart attack backstage after a concert Sunday night in Norfolk, Nebraska.

Starship's planned Monday night concert in Orem, Utah, was canceled, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. People who have tickets for future Starship shows should check with the concert venue.

Abrahamian had been touring with Starship, featuring original member Mickey Thomas, since 2000.

According to the band's website, Abrahamian's life was changed when he heard the Van Halen song "Eruption" when he was in the seventh grade.

"I went home and didn't leave my room until the ninth grade," he says on the site.

Starship's songs include "Sara," "Jane," "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us," "Built This City on Rock and Roll" and "Find Your Way Back."

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September 3rd, 2012
06:59 PM ET

Mash-up: Firefighters revive dog

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.

Firefighters revive dog

Firefighters in Richfield, Minnesota, were able to revive a dog pulled from a burning house, CNN affiliate KARE reports. No humans were home at the time, and a second dog died in the fire that destroyed the house, but firefighters are trained in animal resuscitation techniques, the station reported.

Massive fire overwhelms firefighters

A fire at a sprawling abandoned hotel in Oregon proved too much for firefighters, who turned out in large numbers but had to stay outside and fight it from there.

Apology by text doesn't cut it

MIT psychologist Sherry Turkle is one of the leading researchers looking into the effects of texting on interpersonal development, Time's Jeffrey Kluger writes. Turkle believes that having a conversation with another person teaches kids to think and reason and self-reflect.


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September 3rd, 2012
04:55 PM ET

10 beached whales rescued on Scotland coast

Ten beached pilot whales were rescued Sunday in Scotland, but 16 others could not be saved, the local newspaper The Scotsman reported.

The stranding occurred between Pittenweem and Anstruther at the mouth of the bay called the Firth of Forth on the North Sea.

Rescuers took advantage of high tide to get 10 whales out of trouble about 4:30 p.m., but the rest, including three calves, died, the paper said. A 17th whale died Monday, BBC reported.

The Fife Coastguard, Fire Brigade, British Divers Marine Life Rescue team, and Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals were joined by local veterinarians and volunteers in the rescue effort, The Scotsman reported. Large crowds gathered but were urged not to interfere with the rescuers.

A group of whales believed to be the ones that were refloated was spotted Monday near North Queensferry, across the Firth of Forth from the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, BBC reported. They were being monitored for signs of stranding as low tide approached. About two dozen other whales, believed to be from the same pod, were seen in shallow water a short distance away.

Bob McLellan, Fife Council's head of transport and environmental services, told BBC the whale carcasses are in a hard-to-reach place and may have to be winched up the cliff face for disposal.

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Filed under: Animals • Environment • Scotland • United Kingdom • Whales • World
September 3rd, 2012
03:09 PM ET

Earthquake strikes south of Java

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 struck south of the Indonesian island of Java early Tuesday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed. The quake epicenter was 583 miles southeast of Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Filed under: Indonesia • World
September 3rd, 2012
07:39 AM ET

Monday's live events

The Republicans have had their say, and now it's time for the Democrats to hold their national convention.  Watch Live for gavel-to-gavel coverage.

Today's programming highlights...

12:00 pm ET - Biden Labor Day rally - Vice President Biden spends part of his day in Michigan, where he'll address an AFL-CIO Labor Day rally in Detroit.


Filed under: Elections • On today • Politics
September 3rd, 2012
03:39 AM ET

Coast Guard rescues Russell Crowe after he's lost while kayaking

In his many blockbusters, actor Russell Crowe plays the man of the hour, swooping in to the rescue. But this weekend, he needed a little help of his own.

The Coast Guard plucked the actor and his friend from the waters off New York's Long Island after the pair lost their way while kayaking.

Coast Guard personnel were on a routine patrol in the area when they heard one of the two calling for help Saturday night, Petty Officer Anthony Kozak said.

Read CNN's full coverage of Russell Crowe's rescue
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