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A man and a child watch waves break at Long Beach, New York, as Hurricane Sandy spins in the Atlantic on Sunday.
October 28th, 2012
06:40 PM ET

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Millions threatened by possible flooding from Sandy

Flooding is a major concern as Hurricane Sandy churns toward the U.S. East Coast. While strong winds are likely to bring major power outages and other troubles to inland areas this week, the possibility of significant storm surge has officials particularly concerned about millions of people on mid-Atlantic, New York and New England coasts, especially in New York City.

The center of the storm on Sunday afternoon was a Category 1, with max sustained winds of 75 mph and was a couple hundred miles off North Carolina. It could hit anywhere from Maryland to New York late Monday or early Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center says. It could unite with a low-pressure system from the West before it hits land, which could make it a little stronger.


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The Costa Concordia cruise ship ran aground off the Italian island of Giglio in January.
October 14th, 2012
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Obama intends a more energetic debate performance Tuesday, aide says

President Barack Obama reportedly was disappointed in his own debate performance  against Republican challenger Mitt Romney earlier this month. One of Obama's top advisers says he'll be more rigorous on Tuesday, when the presidential candidates participate in a town hall-style debate in Hempstead, New York, at Hofstra University.

"He knew when he walked off that stage, and he also knew as he watched the tape of that debate, that he has to be more energetic," Robert Gibbs said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" to Candy Crowley, who will moderate the debate.

Polls after the October 3 debate showed most respondents thought Romney won the first match-up, and he's achieved a bump in voter-choice polls. CNN's October 9 Poll of Polls, calculated using at least three polls that use CNN-approved methodology, had Romney with a slim lead over Obama nationally, 48% to 47%. Eight days earlier, the Poll of Polls had Obama up by 3 percentage points.


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October 7th, 2012
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Biden, Ryan face off

Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan will duke it out Thursday in the first and only vice-presidential debate. The showdown takes place at at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.

A recent CNN/ORC International Poll found that 55% of likely voters thought Ryan would fare better in the debate, while 39% said Biden would win.

Biden and Ryan face off eight days after President Barack Obama and GOP candidate Mitt Romney met on stage. Obama and Romney will debate again on October 16.

Romney to deliver major foreign policy address 

Mitt Romney will deliver a major speech on foreign policy Monday in Virginia, an aide to the Republican presidential nominee said last week, as bloodshed continued in Syria and fresh questions surfaced about the Obama administration's handling of last month's consulate attack in Libya.

The speech, which a source said would take place at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, comes as foreign policy has taken a larger role on the campaign trail.

Romney has criticized Obama for his dealings with Iran and China. Immediately following the consulate attack, Romney accused Obama's administration of sending "mixed signals" on American values. He was roundly criticized, including by some Republicans, for injecting politics into a dangerous international situation. Since his initial statements, new developments have called into question the administration's handling of security at the Benghazi consulate, both before and after the attack.


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Police in Pakistan determined Rimsha Masih, 14, is innocent after being framed by an imam for desecrating the Quran.
September 30th, 2012
03:17 PM ET

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Obama, Romney square off in Colorado

The first debate between President Barack Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney happens Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET, and the economy is expected to be the topic for about half of the 90 minutes.

Though the topics could change because of news developments, the other half is expected to focus on health care, the role of government, and governing, according to the organizers of the debate at the University of Denver.

iReport.com: What questions would you like to ask the candidates?

Debate preview: Both sides trying to manage expectations

Last Thursday's CNN Poll of Polls, an average of five national polls of likely voters conducted over a week and a half, showed Obama with a 49% to 45% lead over Romney.

Blasphemy case against Pakistani teen could be nearing end

A juvenile court in Pakistan on Monday is expected to consider a police investigators' determination that a 14-year-old girl is innocent of allegations that she desecrated the Quran.

Pakistani police told CNN their investigation concluded Rimsha Masih is innocent and was framed by an imam. The girl faced life in prison on allegations that she burned pages of the Quran to use as cooking fuel. But Rimsha's lawyers said the accuser wanted to settle a personal score with the girl because the two didn't get along.

The teen's case sparked international outcry against the Pakistani government, some saying that its blasphemy laws are used to settle scores and persecute religious minorities.

Will Pennsylvania voter ID law stand?

A Pennsylvania judge is expected to rule by Tuesday on whether the state's new voter identification law disenfranchises voters.

The judge upheld the law earlier this year, but the state's Supreme Court sent it back to him to reassess whether alternative forms of identification are sufficiently available. The law requires that most voters show photo identification before casting ballots.

The law's opponents said the measure undermines the ability of registered voters to vote and that it was passed without sufficient evidence of prior identity fraud. Its backers argue the law strengthens voting procedures and protects against fraud.

Ex-Cub getting long-delayed major-league at-bat

Seven years after Adam Greenberg was hit in the head by a pitch in his first Major League Baseball plate appearance, he's finally going to get a chance to get a complete MLB at-bat.

Greenberg, who hasn't been to the majors since that injury with the Cubs in 2005, is expected to take an at-bat for the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night, during their game against the visiting New York Mets.

The Marlins - the very team that knocked him out of his July 2005 game - signed him to a one-day contract last week so that he could bat in Tuesday's game, the penultimate match of the regular season. A filmmaker's campaign, including an online petition, helped persuade the Marlins to give Greenberg the chance.

Greenberg, 31, last played professionally for Bridgeport in the independent Atlantic League in 2011, but has been working out and served as a reserve outfielder for Team Israel in World Baseball Classic qualifying games this month.

Who wants James Bond's 2008 Aston Martin?

Friday marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the first James Bond film "Dr. No." What better to celebrate than to buy Bond's 2008 Aston Martin 6 Litre V12 DBS two-door coupe?

The car, used by actor Daniel Craig in "Quantum of Solace," is expected to attract up to £150,000 at an auction at Christie’s action house in London on Friday. Friday's event will sell the car and nine other items relating to the films. Forty other items are being auctioned online through October 8.

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September 23rd, 2012
04:48 PM ET

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Pressure builds on Libyan militias

The Libyan army on Sunday issued an ultimatum giving militias 48 hours to withdraw from military compounds and property belonging to members of the former regime in the country's capital and surrounding cities, the state-run LANA news agency said.

The development is yet another indication that public and governmental pressure is building against armed groups in Libya since people from a radical Islamist group were accused of involvement in an attack at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi earlier this month that left four Americans dead, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.

On Friday, hundreds marched in Benghazi and took over the headquarters of Islamist militia Ansar al-Sharia, and protesters demanded an end to all security activities of armed groups operating outside the official command of the army or police.

Fighting groups that helped topple former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi have stepped in to maintain law and order after the fall of the regime, according to Frederic Wehrey, a senior associate in the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. But militia members largely distrust the new government's authority, in part because of the "taint" of a link to the Gadhafi regime, Wehrey told CNN.

Obama to address Iranian nuclear issue, Mideast unrest at United Nations

U.S. President Barack Obama will likely address Iran's nuclear program the recent unrest in the Middle East and North Africa, including in Libya, when he speaks to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, according to administration officials.

He is expected to once again reject the views in a controversial anti-Islam video that is thought to have instigated the violence, one official said, while underscoring that violence is never acceptable. Regarding Iran's nuclear program, the forum of world leaders is an "opportunity for him to underscore that Iran must not be allowed to develop a nuclear weapon, an official said. Western governments have suspected Iran of trying to make nuclear weapons, but Iran insists its nuclear program is solely for peaceful purposes.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is one of many world leaders expected to speak at the General Assembly this week. Watch for walkouts - diplomats have walked out on his U.N. speeches for three straight years, due in part to controversial comments about Israel.

Speaking of Israel, watch for the Palestinian Authority to announce at the General Assembly on Thursday an attempt to obtain nonmember observer state status at the U.N., one step up from its current status as a permanent observer. Israel objects, saying it is an attempt to get state recognition by shortcut, circumventing negotiations on critical issues.


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September 16th, 2012
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FBI waiting to visit Benghazi for investigation of consulate attack

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The consequences of last week's attacks that killed four Americans in the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi continue to develop, with the United States pressing an investigation in Libya.

FBI agents are conducting interviews with witnesses outside the country, including people who've been evacuated, while waiting to visit Libya themselves. Agents hoped to arrive on Saturday but reconsidered because of the instability sweeping across Libya and throughout the region, federal law enforcement officials said.

Libyan officials believe the attack was a planned assault that used a protest over a film mocking the Prophet Mohammed as a diversion. Rage over the film across the Muslim world appeared to contribute to a number of protests outside U.S. embassies in the Middle East, North Africa and elsewhere last week. Although tensions remain, protests dwindled over the weekend.

Delayed 'Fast and Furious' hearing might happen this week

The Justice Department's inspector general is scheduled to talk to a House committee on Wednesday about his investigation into a controversial gun-trafficking operation,  a week after his testimony originally was scheduled.


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September 9th, 2012
09:22 PM ET

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Report expected to blame Arizona ATF officials for Fast and Furious 

long-awaited report on a controversial ATF gun-trafficking operation known as Fast and Furious is expected to be issued by the Justice Department inspector general by Tuesday - the day that the inspector general is due to testify on the matter in front of  a House committee.

The report would come just days after Mexican authorities arrested a man in connection with the 2010 slaying of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, whose death led U.S. lawmakers to begin investigating the operation.

The sting operation, set up by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives officials in Arizona, allowed straw purchasers to leave Arizona gun shops with illegally purchased weapons. The operation was designed to track the weapons to Mexican drug  cartels, but the monitoring broke down and nearly 2,000 weapons were "lost." Many are believed to have ended up with the cartels.

Two of those weapons were found at the scene of the murder of Terry in Arizona, near the border, in December 2010.

Two senior ATF officials familiar with the report, insisting on anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss it, say the findings are consistent with what  headquarters has maintained throughout the investigation - that much of the blame lies with officials in Phoenix who developed the operation and largely kept Washington executives in the dark.

Fast and Furious investigation started with agent's death

Politicians not invited to Tuesday's 9/11 ceremony in New York

The United States on Tuesday will mark 11 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but politicians won't be among those gathering at the World trade Center memorial in New York.

Organizers did not invite politicians to attend the event, in part because of tension between the governors of New York and New Jersey and New York City's mayor over who is responsible for costs of a yet-to-be-opened 9/11 museum and other things, as WNYC reports.

Other official remembrances of the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania are planned. Vice President Joe Biden, for instance, is scheduled to speak Tuesday in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where one of the hijacked airplanes crashed 11 years ago.

Obama honors those who joined military after 9/11

Congressional truce? Budget showdown could be pushed to post-election 

Congress will return from recess this week, and it looks like they're set to avoid a possible October 1 government shutdown.

Lawmakers are expected to vote this week on a deal that would extend current government spending levels for six months, putting off threats of a government shutdown until after the November election, which will decide the makeup of a new House and Senate.

House Republicans have been pushing for more cuts, but some GOP lawmakers told CNN they were OK with the deal, saying that anything that would come out of 11th-hour negotiations in the lame-duck session of Congress after the November vote could be significantly worse than the six-month spending deal reached by leaders of the GOP-led House and the Democrat-led Senate. Conservatives also believe that agreeing to a stopgap deal now takes some leverage away from Senate Democrats to try to use the threat of a shutdown to extract items from House Republicans on other year-end fights on tax breaks and scheduled cuts to defense programs they oppose.

Chicago school officials trying to avoid teachers' strike

We'll learn later today whether the nation's third-largest public school system will avert a teachers' strike, which would begin Monday if nothing is worked out.

If a strike happens, it would affect nearly 700 schools and about 400,000 students. The school year would abruptly stop not long after it started: Some students in the district began class on August 13, and more - on a different schedule - started on September 4.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports the teachers are under pressure to move back their strike deadline if no resolution is reached before Monday. The teachers and school administrators are bargaining on issues such as merit pay and health care.

The next iPhone is (almost assuredly) here

Apple fans will be looking forward to Wednesday's expected unveiling of its next iPhone, which industry observers say could be smaller, lighter and faster than previous versions.

Video: New iPhone expected to have 4G LTE capability

Last week, Apple sent the media a cryptic invitation to an announcement event Wednesday in San Francisco, widely believed to be the iPhone unveiling. The invitation featured the number 12 - for September 12 - whose shadow not so subtly appears in the form of the number 5. This reinforces speculation that the new device will be called iPhone 5 instead of iPhone 4G or something else.

Multiple reports citing anonymous sources have said that the new phone will be released on September 21, nine days after Wednesday's announcement.

The announcement is set to begin at 10 a.m. PT Wednesday. CNN Tech will be live blogging the announcement.

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September 2nd, 2012
07:29 PM ET

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Labor Day

It's estimated that 33 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles during Labor Day weekend, according to AAA. Unfortunately, gas prices will be high for those trips but are expected to drop off after Monday.

The extended weekend being the last blast of summer for many, beaches, pools and even backyards will be full of people celebrating. For more information on Labor Day, catch up on the holiday by the numbers.

CNN's food blog, Eatocracy, will also be on hand with great tips and recipes to make the holiday even more tasty. And CNN Money will have the latest information on how those gas prices will affect you during and after Labor Day.

Democratic National Convention in Charlotte

After Republicans had their say and Clint Eastwood addressed an empty chair at last week's RNC in Tampa, attention shifts to the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The convention runs Tuesday through Thursday.

Exactly one week after Ann Romney spoke on behalf of her husband, first lady Michelle Obama will have a headlining role at the DNC, speaking on behalf of "what drives (President Barack Obama) every day." Former President Bill Clinton will give the nominating address on the final night of the convention.


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August 26th, 2012
07:43 PM ET

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Republican National Convention in Tampa

Setting the stage for the race to November, The Tampa Bay Times Forum hosts the Republican National Convention. The Republican National Committee canceled the program's first day because of Tropical Storm (soon to be Hurricane) Isaac. The convention will convene on Monday and then immediately recess until Tuesday afternoon, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said.

The convention has been scheduled to culminate Thursday with Mitt Romney accepting the GOP nomination for presidential candidacy. However, a GOP source confirmed to CNN late Sunday afternoon that Republican Party officials are considering extending their convention by a day.

Once considered Romney's fiercest competitor for the Republican presidential nomination, Rick Santorum will speak at the RNC. Also expected to speak are former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, and  Ann Romney, the candidate's wife.


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August 19th, 2012
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Mars rover on the move

The Mars rover Curiosity could go for its first, short test drive this week, roughly two weeks after landing.

The mobile science lab touched down on Mars early on August 6 and has been beaming back images of the surface of Gale Crater ever since. But it hasn't yet moved from its landing site. Controllers needed to execute a planned upgrade of its control software and make sure its systems operate properly.

Curiosity is on a two-year mission to determine whether Mars ever had an environment capable of supporting life.

Holiday travel forecast

AAA will release its forecast for travel over the upcoming Labor Day holiday on Tuesday.

The organization will look at how many people are planning Labor Day trips and what effect the sluggish economy will have on their travel plans. Numbers on road as well as air travel are expected.


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August 12th, 2012
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Will Shell get OK to drill in Arctic?

A decision on whether Royal Dutch Shell can perform one of the first Arctic offshore oil drilling operations in recent memory is expected to come by Wednesday.

Federal regulators are to decide whether to grant Shell its final permits. If Shell gets approval and drilling goes smoothly, the operation could be a catalyst for further development there. Shell and other energy companies say they can safely drill in the region, though environmentalists generally oppose Arctic drilling, saying it could put a sensitive environment, and the people who rely on it, at risk, CNNMoney reports.


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Stay up for Mars rover’s big moment

With just hours to go, the viability of a highly anticipated mission to Mars comes down to a critical seven minutes, when the Curiosity rover attempts to make a difficult and unprecedented landing.

NASA’s $2.5 billion rover, which scientists hope will let them finally understand whether Mars does or could ever have sustained life, is scheduled to land at 1:31 a.m. ET Monday. Because scientists elected to land the car-size rover in tricky spot - a mountain-containing crater that experts think might have once had water - the landing will be a piece of drama for Curiosity watchers. The world’s largest supersonic parachute and a jetpack-like device will be some of the tools scientists use in the attempt.


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July 29th, 2012
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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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July 22nd, 2012
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Colorado shooting suspect due in court

James Holmes, the man suspected of shooting 70 people in a movie theater early Friday in Aurora, Colorado, is scheduled to appear in court Monday morning. The court file was sealed, according to a court order.

Holmes allegedly set off a noxious gas canister and opened fire a few minutes into a midnight showing of the latest Batman film, "The Dark Knight Rises." Twelve people were killed and 58 wounded.

Funeral arrangements and memorials for the victims of the shooting are likely to unfold throughout the week as Aurora and the surrounding community come to grips with the massacre.

Drew Peterson jury selection begins

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday for former Illinois police Sgt. Drew Peterson, who is charged with killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in 2004. He remains under investigation in the October 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson.

Savio's death originally was ruled accidental. However, after Stacy Peterson went missing in October 2007, Drew Peterson became the focus of a police investigation. Authorities exhumed Savio's body and conducted a second autopsy, and this time her death was ruled a homicide.

Peterson has consistently said he never harmed either woman.

NFL teams report for training camp

National Football League teams open training camp for the 2012 season this week. The New Orleans Saints, hobbled by season-long suspensions for head coach Sean Payton and linebacker Jonathan Vilma, report Tuesday. FULL POST

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July 15th, 2012
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After deadly week in Syria, Annan to meet with cautious Russia

Days after an alleged massacre of 200 people in a Syrian village, a U.N. envoy whose peace plan has yet to stem 16 months of violence in Syria is expected to meet Monday with the foreign minister of Russia, one of two nations that vetoed U.N. resolutions that would have condemned the Syrian regime.

Kofi Annan, envoy to Syria for the U.N. and the Arab League, is to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Annan brokered a six-point peace plan for Syria, to which the Syrian regime and rebels agreed. But one of the key provisions - a cessation of violence by all parties - hasn't been heeded.

Russia and China have vetoed previous attempts to pass resolutions condemning the Syrian regime at the U.N. Security Council. And last week, Russia's deputy foreign minister said a new push by some Western nations to invoke Chapter 7 of the U.N. charter, which could authorize sanctions and ultimately lead to an authorization of the use of force, was unacceptable.

Since the Syrian uprising began in March 2011, the United Nations estimates more than 10,000 people have been killed in the violence; opposition groups say thousands more have died.

Russian views on Syria may be more nuanced than they appear

Justice Department sues Arizona sheriff

A Justice Department lawsuit against Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, is scheduled to go to trial Thursday in Phoenix.

According to the civil complaint, the Sheriff's Office has displayed a pattern of racial profiling, unlawful detention and searches, and unlawful targeting of Latinos during raids. The complaint also alleges Maricopa detention officers discriminated against Latino prisoners in the jail by punishing them for not obeying orders given only in English.

The feisty sheriff vowed in May to defend himself and his office against the allegations.

"They're using me for the Latino vote, showing that they're doing something, taking on the sheriff over an alleged racial profiling," Arpaio said. "I'm not going to surrender my office to the federal government," he said. "I will fight this to the bitter end."

Coincidentally, a court injunction against implementation of part of Arizona's stringent immigration law expires on Friday. That section of the law, known as Section 2B of SB1070, requires police to try to determine the immigration status of anyone they question or detain, so long as the officer has good reason to suspect the person might be in the country illegally. Most local authorities say they don't expect their practices to change significantly.

Loan-rate scandal making waves in Congress

A British scandal alleged to have affected bank loan rates across the globe is making waves in the United States, with two congressional panels expected to question Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke about it Tuesday and Wednesday.

Barclays, the UK's No. 2 bank, admitted that its employees from 2007 to 2009 manipulated the Libor rate used to determine trillions of dollars of loans worldwide, with some alleging that Barclays did so to unfairly profit in derivatives trading, according to CNNMoney. The Libor rate affects how much interest ordinary people pay on credit card debt, home mortgages and student loans.

Documents released last week at the request of a U.S. congressman show that a Barclays official admitted to the New York Federal Reserve in April 2008 that the bank was under-reporting interest rates used to calculate the Libor.

Bernanke would have been speaking before House and Senate panels this week even without the scandal; he meets with the committees twice a year to testify on monetary policy.

Will inmate found likely disabled be put to death?

A man convicted of killing a fellow prison inmate could be executed in Georgia this week, even though a judge ruled that he was more likely to be mentally disabled than not, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Warren Lee Hill's execution is scheduled for Wednesday. Georgia law prohibits the execution of the mentally disabled, but it also requires defendants to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that they are mentally disabled, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Primetime Emmy Awards announced

Kerry Washington  of "Scandal" and Nick Offerman of "Parks and Recreation" will announce the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations Thursday morning. The ceremony will take place at 8:40 a.m. ET at the Television Academy’s Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood, California.

The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, with Jimmy Kimmel as host, will air live on ABC on September 23 from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

Toast could bring in some dough

It doesn't have the image of a deity on it. It probably doesn't even taste very good. Nevertheless, bidders are expected to jam (sorry) a British auction house Thursday for what is considered a very special slice of toast. This bit of bread purportedly was served to (and apparently rejected by) Prince Charles on the morning he married Lady Diana Spencer in 1981. The slice is to be sold at Charles Hanson Auctioneers, in Etwall, Derbys, on behalf of Rosemarie Smith, whose daughter worked as a maid and a dresser for the royal family for almost three decades.

"At the time my daughter was a maid at the palace and one of her duties was to collect Prince Charles' breakfast tray from outside his room," Smith said, according to an article on the auction house's 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? '"

Hanson, a regular on BBC1's "Bargain Hunt," said the slice could fetch up to £500, or about $775.

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July 8th, 2012
04:37 PM ET

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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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Mexico elects a new president

By Monday morning we should know who the next president of Mexico will be. Voting was taking place Sunday in the race to succeed President Felipe Calderon.

Calderon has engaged drug cartels in a bloody six-year war for control of parts of Mexico, mostly in the north near the U.S. border. More than 47,500 people have died in drug-related violence nationwide, according to government statistics.

Flesh-eating bacteria patient goes home

Aimee Copeland, the graduate student in Georgia who has been ravaged by flesh-eating bacteria, is expected to be released from the hospital on Monday. Copeland has lost her hands, one leg and her other foot to necrotizing fasciitis, which followed her fall into a creek in a zip-line accident May 1. Nevertheless, Andy Copeland says his daughter feels optimistic and "blessed to be different."


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Supreme Court rulings on two hot-button laws

The high court is expected to rule this week on Arizona's controversial legislation on immigration and possibly on the federal health-care reform law that is the signature legislation of President Barack Obama's term in office.

The Arizona ruling could have widespread implications for other states with similar laws. At issue is whether states have any authority to step in to regulate immigration matters or whether that is the exclusive role of the federal government. In dry legal terms, this constitutional issue is known as pre-emption.

Several other states followed Arizona's lead by passing laws meant to deter illegal immigrants. Similar laws are under challenge in lower courts in Georgia, Alabama, Utah, Indiana and South Carolina. Arizona's appeal is the first to reach the Supreme Court.

The four provisions of the Arizona law that are on hold pending the decision are:

- A requirement that local police officers check a person's immigration status while enforcing other laws if "reasonable suspicion" exists that the person is in the United States illegally.

- A provision authorizing police to arrest immigrants without warrant where "probable cause" exists that they committed any public offense making them removable from the country.

- A section making it a state crime for "unauthorized immigrants" to fail to carry registration papers and other government identification.

- A ban forbidding those not authorized for employment in the United States to apply, solicit or perform work. That would include immigrants standing in a parking lot who "gesture or nod" their willingness to be employed.

Law leaves divisive legacy

The justices are also weighing the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the health-insurance law Democrats had dreamed of for generations until a compromise version finally signed into law  in 2010.

The  key issues in that case:

– Does the law overstep federal authority, particularly with the "individual mandate" that requires nearly everyone to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty?

Must the entire act be scrapped if that key provision is unconstitutional?

– Are the lawsuits brought by the states and other petitioners barred under the Anti-Injunction Act and must they wait until the law goes into effect?

– Are states being "coerced" by the federal government to expand their share of Medicaid costs and administration, with the risk of losing that funding if they refuse?

The rulings could come on Monday or Thursday.

London poetry drop

It's dubbed the "Rain of Poems" and organizers vow it will be "one of the most visually stunning displays of aeronautical poetry ever seen."

At sunset on Tuesday, 100,000 poems from more than 300 artists in 203 countries will be dropped on bookmarks over London's Jubilee Gardens as part of the Poetry Parnassus, a festival being in conducted as part of the buildup to the Summer Olympic Games.


Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
June 17th, 2012
02:22 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:

Sandusky's defense begins

The trial of former Penn State football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky began last week with the testimony of eight of the 10 men who accuse him of sexually abusing them when they were boys. This week, possibly on Monday, Sandusky's lawyers are expected to begin their defense, after the prosecution rests.

Sandusky admits showering with boys - some of whom he allegedly met through a charity he created for underprivileged children - but denies the child-sex accusations. Defense attorney Joe Amendola may present evidence about a condition known as histrionic personality disorder, according to CNN's Ann O'Neill. Symptoms include attention seeking, a flair for drama, inappropriate seductiveness and sexual acting out.

According to a source with knowledge of the case, Sandusky was to be examined today by a prosecution psychologist as part of the defense's intention to introduce testimony about the disorder.

Sandusky trial: All you need to know about the allegations, how case unfolded 

Holder tries to avoid contempt vote

A U.S. House panel is scheduled to vote Wednesday on whether to cite Attorney General Eric Holder with contempt in the botched "Fast and Furious" gun-running sting operation. But the vote apparently will be postponed if he delivers on his offer to  turn over certain documents to the committee.

Holder last week promised to provide documents he had previously refused to turn over. The chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, said the documents, while they "may not be sufficient to allow the committee to complete its investigation," would be sufficient to postpone the contempt vote. Holder has proposed meeting Issa to talk about the documents on Monday.

Issa has accused Holder and other top Justice Department officials of withholding requested documents and misleading them about when they first learned of the program.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives launched Operation Fast and Furious out of Arizona to track weapons purchases by Mexican drug cartels. However, it lost track of more than 1,000 firearms that the agency had allowed straw buyers to carry across the border, and two of the lost weapons turned up at the scene of the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

Euro's fate may hinge on Greek elections

As the results of today's Greek parliamentary elections and subsequent coalition talks are sorted out, expect plenty of speculation this week about the future of the euro currency and the financial stability of Europe.

Antonis Samaras, the leader of Greece's center-right, pro-bailout New Democracy party, claimed "a victory for all Europe" after a first-place showing in Sunday's parliamentary elections, promising that unpopular austerity measures "will bring the country back to prosperity."

His leading rival, Alexis Tsipras of the left-wing, anti-bailout Syriza, had called for the deal to be torn up. Tsipras congratulated New Democracy late Sunday, but said his party's nearly 27% showing has forced Greek leaders to realize the bailout "is a nonviable economic plan."

The big question: Is the New Democracy victory large enough to calm euro jitters?

Obama heads to G-20 talks in Mexico

The situation in Greece is likely to be one of the topics on the minds of world leaders as they meet in Mexico this week for the Group of 20 summit.

Leaders of 20 of the world's leading economies  will meet in Los Cabos, Mexico, on Monday and Tuesday. President Barack Obama will attend and is expected to meet one-on-one with Russian President Vladimir Putin; the two are likely to discuss the uprising in Syria and nuclear negotiations with Iran.

Iran in nuclear negotiations as sanctions loom

Iran is expected to meet officials from the United States and five other nations in Moscow this week in the latest installment of talks  aimed at persuading Iran to curb its nuclear program.

The talks on Monday and Tuesday come ahead of a potentially devastating oil embargo against Tehran that takes effect July 1. The embargo is coming because Western nations suspect Iran is developing nuclear weapons, though Iran insists its nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes such as energy.

Earlier this year, the six nations negotiating with Iran - the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia and China - proposed that Iran curb its production of high-grade uranium, ship any stockpile of it out of the country and close its underground facility at Fordo, where uranium enrichment is taking place. Iran said it was willing to discuss the proposal this week in Moscow in exchange for easing sanctions.

Officials in Israel, which fears the prospect of Iran's obtaining nuclear weapons, accuse Iran of using the talks to stall the West and delay crippling oil sanctions for as long as possible while it continues to develop its nuclear capability.

Rio+20 hopes to build toward international climate deal

What is billed as one of the largest conferences in United Nations history will kick off Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro, where officials from more than 130 countries will gather to discuss how to solve the world's environmental problems.

The Rio+20 summit - so named because it comes 20 years after a similar "Earth Summit" in the same city - is an event where officials are expected to talk about securing global economic growth without destroying the planet. It is hoped that the conference will at least lay the groundwork for a set of sustainable development goals that can be adopted worldwide.

Some critics have dismissed the event as an expensive talking shop that stands little more chance of succeeding than previous environmental summits.

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Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
June 10th, 2012
04:51 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:

U.S. nuns, Vatican to meet over 'radical feminism' accusations

Leaders from the United States' largest group of Catholic nuns will head to the Vatican on Tuesday to address accusations that it strayed from church doctrine, according to CNN's Jim Roope.

An April report from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Catholic Church's watchdog on doctrine, said the Leadership Conference of Women Religious had allowed "radical feminism" to be espoused at their conferences unchecked.

The doctrinal assessment praised the sisters' work on social justice issues but said they were not doing enough on abortion, same-sex marriage and euthanasia. The Vatican report also was critical of the nuns because of their support for the United States' Affordable Care Act, which will require private health plans to cover artificial birth control, the use of which is against Catholic teaching.

The cardinal who heads the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said he hopes the meeting in Rome will let the two sides "review the document together in a spirit of mutual respect and collaboration, hopefully thereby avoiding possible misunderstandings of the (assessment's) intent and scope."

JP Morgan CEO to testify on billions in losses

The CEO of JPMorgan Chase is scheduled to testify before the Senate Banking Committee this week about the bank's billions of dollars in trading losses that it reported last month.

Jamie Dimon is scheduled to testify Wednesday. The bank originally reported a $2 billion trading loss on May 10, but since then estimates of the size of the loss have risen, and some believe the losses could reach $6 billion to $7 billion, CNNMoney reported.

The news of the loss has renewed debate on Capitol Hill about financial reforms designed to stop big risky bets that could hurt the financial system. After JPMorgan disclosed the loss, the FBI and the Securities and Exchange Commission opened preliminary investigations looking into the matter. FULL POST

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