August 6th, 2012
05:33 PM ET

Mash-up: Topless driver won't pull over

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.

Blood spilled in a sacred place

Sunday's mass shooting at a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee caused a new wave of shock and revulsion on the heels of the July 20 movie theater attack in Aurora, Colorado. Kanwardeep Singh Kaleka, a nephew of temple shooting victim Santwant Kaleka, the temple president, expressed the pain of many when he said:

I just never thought it would be at a temple, at a place of worship. I don't want people to have to carry a gun at a place of worship. ... Why can't people just show each other love and care and treat each other as humans?

Which is more interesting, Mars or Mohawk?

If you watched the Mars rover Curiosity landing early Monday morning (or late Sunday, depending on where you were), you probably noticed the dude with the mohawk haircut at mission control. You probably wanted to know what the deal was with him. You probably were hoping CNN would provide an interview with him. If so, you'll probably enjoy this:

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August 2nd, 2012
04:32 PM ET

Mash-up: Horses, walruses and wiener dogs, oh my

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.

Would-be peacemaker gives up

Kofi Annan resigned Wednesday as the United Nations' peace broker in Syria, saying no one involved - including the group that hired him - really seems interested in making peace happen.


Yet the bloodshed continues, most of all because of the Syrian government's intransigence and continuing refusal to implement the six-point plan, and also because of the escalating military campaign of the opposition, all of which is compounded by the disunity of the international community. At a time when we need - when the Syrian people desperately need action, there continues to be finger-pointing and name-calling in the Security Council.

Whoa, Nellie!

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August 1st, 2012
05:08 PM ET

Mash-up: Crop circles, Twitter Olympics

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.

Twitter Olympics change the game

CNN tech reporter John D. Sutter writes, "Wasn't this supposed to be the 'Twitter Olympics,' where everyone rejoiced in the digital-era magic of hearing directly from the world's best athletes and scrolling through a global, real-time conversation about what must be the planet's most 'Kumbaya'-like sporting event?"

Well, yes. But things don't always go as planned, as evidenced by some athletes' questionable tweets and the groundswell of digital criticism for NBC's coverage of the Games.

CNN readers have at least as many opinions about Twitter as they have about the Games.

RabbitMan196

Twitter is not one of those things that makes the world a better place.  Knowing people's knee-jerk reactions to things is not news, or even interesting.

Sybaris

It may not make the world a better place but it puts a real face on the world. People are just not as nice as they pretend to be.

Anoran

Arab Spring? Just because it doesn't make -your- world a better place doesn't mean the end result isn't positive.

PSAGuy

It's the thing the younger generation does not get....yet.  They are eons ahead of us old timers with the technology...no 2 ways about it.  But they don't yet understand the ramifications of the technology. Nothing happens in a vacuum. There are consequences for not understanding the public nature of all this technology. It's one thing to know how to drive a car.......quite another to understand "the rules of the road" however.

American pie

CNN iReporter Lynn Jones got pied herself at a big cream pie fight in Dallas.

During a bid to break the Guinness World Record for the largest shaving cream pie fight, CNN iReporter Lynn Jones joined more than 700 people in Dallas plastered in globs of shaving cream. Describing it as a chaotic, fun and party atmosphere, she says it was a thrilling event that she didn't want to miss.

"It was so much fun, and I would do this again in a heartbeat," she says. "One guy at one point said I didn't have enough shaving cream on me, so his pie went on the top of my head. I was laughing the entire time."

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July 31st, 2012
05:16 PM ET

Mash-up: Ryan Lochte's mom spills

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Panetta to al-Assad: 'Get the hell out now'

In an exclusive interview with CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has some pointed words for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose country's civil war is growing bloodier by the day:

I'm sure that deep down Assad knows he's in trouble and it's just matter of time before he has to go. I would say if you want to be able to protect yourself and your family, you better get the hell out now.

iReporter witnesses whale rescue

Click on the photo to watch Finnur Andresson's video of the rescue.

CNN iReporter Finnur Andresson in Iceland hurried out this morning with his camera when his photo club said he should to drive down to Krossvik because many whale sightings were occurring. As he began to take photos, he says the whales went wild and started to swim toward the shore when a whale watching boat approached closer to them. FULL POST

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July 30th, 2012
06:08 PM ET

Mash-up: Olympics coverage, stuck Superman

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Aurora victim's father on media coverage

Tom Teves doesn't want his son Alex's legacy to be defined by a gunman. When the Aurora, Colorado, theater-shooting suspect first appeared in court last week, Teves was there. Teves blames news outlets, including CNN, for playing a role in perpetuating mass shootings.

You make him out to be a madman. He knew he was going to be on television. These guys are playing you like fiddles. Either you're not that bright - I used a better word than I was thinking of - or you don't care and you're using it to sell advertising, and then you're the worst thing on the face of the Earth.

I see your Olympic flame and raise you a lightning bolt

Some folks in London have complained that they can't see the Olympic flame from outside the Olympic Stadium. There's a natural remedy for that.

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July 25th, 2012
05:07 PM ET

Mash-up: Firefighters, iPhones, exploding fruit

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.

From the horse's mouth

Sandy Weill, the man who built Citigroup into the financial behemoth it is today, tells CNNMoney that maybe the money giants need to be downsized a bit.

What we should probably do is go and split up investment banking from banking. Have banks do something that's not going to risk the taxpayer dollars, that's not too big to fail.

Tough job in a tough place

Photographer and CNN iReporter Brian Day documented life on the job for firefighters in Detroit off and on from 2009 and 2012.

He recently shared his photos with iReport, and CNN International put together this piece with Day telling the story of his project and his feelings toward the subjects.

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July 24th, 2012
04:53 PM ET

Mash-up: Beckham bombs, naughty tags

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.

That's a big haboob

CNN iReporter Jessica Backofen says she looked up and saw a huge brown cloud rolling in over the mountains near Phoenix and captured photos of the dust storm from her car. "The winds were gusting pretty hard, so I made sure to park in a lot away from any tall trees," she said. "It was like a scene from 'The Mummy' or 'Hidalgo,' with the giant sandstorms in the deserts of the Middle East. Within 10 minutes, my position was enveloped in the cloud. The sun was almost completely blocked out, which is quite a feat in the desert. It was very intense!"

She hitched her dreams to Sally Ride's rocket

CNN iReporter Cynthia Falardeau, a 47-year-old nonprofit executive director and professional fundraiser in Vero Beach, Florida, said the late astronaut Sally Ride inspired her to follow dreams big enough to fail.

"Sally Ride is an icon to me and to all American women to dream. She was a pioneer to encourage small-town girls to think big. Most of all she got me to wonder how I fit into the world and what I had to contribute."

Follow the link to read Falardeau's entire essay.

David Beckham photobombs fans

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July 23rd, 2012
05:16 PM ET

Mash-up: Penn State, great pilot, dry lake

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Harsh penalties for Penn State

In the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, the NCAA on Monday announced a $60 million fine against Penn State and took 14 seasons of football victories away from the late coach Joe Paterno. The school was also banned from the postseason for four years and will lose 20 football scholarships a year for four seasons.

Ed Ray, chairman of the NCAA's executive committee, said:

The corrective and punitive measures the executive committee and the Division I board of directors have authorized should serve as a stark wake-up call to everyone in college sports.

Air Force pilot shows mad skilz

This was no video game. An Air Force pilot landed a huge cargo plane at a Florida airport whose runway is nowhere near long enough for such a big aircraft. Watch the aviator's impressive work:

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July 19th, 2012
06:21 PM ET

Mash-up: Working moms, blessed rain, Chick-Fil-A

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Drought could give booze a kick

OK, now this drought is getting serious. As the heat and lack of rain cause grain crops to wither, the price of corn, wheat, barley and rye goes up. Eventually, that could mean the price of your favorite alcoholic beverage may rise too, Iowa distiller Ryan Burchett tells CNN affiliate WQAD. Something must be done!

For those of you who may have forgotten ...

This is what rain looks and sounds like. CNN iReporter Paul Markgraff says the rain in this video, shot Wednesday, is the first his Wisconsin town has seen since June 1. He says the storm took down some trees and power lines. 'The wind was blowing the rain so hard it was coming down sideways and sheeting off the roofs and onto driveways," he said. "It lasted maybe half an hour, calmed down for a bit and started right back up later in the night."

Forget 'War of the Worlds' and 'Independence Day'

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July 18th, 2012
05:47 PM ET

Mash-up: Terror, lightning, Mandela

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Israel vows 'to settle the account'

A deadly explosion on a bus carrying Israeli tourists at an airport in Bulgaria is "clearly a terrorist attack," Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Wednesday.

We are in a continued fight against them. We are determined to identify who sent them, who executed and to settle the account.

6-year-old photographer snaps nice shots

Yes, this photo was taken by a 6-year-old girl.

CNN iReporter Michael Butler shares a series of photos that his 6-year-old granddaughter, Rian Grace, took from her outing to the San Antonio Zoo with his wife. "I have a budding nature photographer on my hands. My little granddaughter saw my wife taking photos and asked if she could also," he says. "She took over 400 pics, but these were her best shots. She is only 6 years old and already has a pretty good eye."

Third time's a charm?

Bob Edwards gets hit by lightning for the third time - and lives to tell about it, CNN affiliate WSOC reports.

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July 17th, 2012
04:42 PM ET

Mash-up: Jealousy in time of drought

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Income dries up with crop

Drought conditions in the nation's midsection are going from bad to worse. Derek Mullin, a farmer from Mount Pleasant, Iowa, told CNN's Chris Welch that in a good year he can get 200 bushels of corn per acre, but this year he expects that number reduced by 25%.

This is our personal business. It's right at our back door. As soon as we walk out of our house we see our investment, and when it goes downhill, it does take a toll on you. One of the hardest parts about this is you can do everything just right - planting dates, work hard at putting in a good crop, have a good stand established - and when mother nature works against you, then it all seems like it was for nothing.

Cows chill out, '70s-style

I brake for birds

A motorcyclist from Glide, Oregon, was injured in a crash that sheriff's deputies say may have been caused by a vulture hitting the man while he was riding, CNN affiliate KPIC reports. Deputies say Kyle Rovetto, 29, was riding down a road in Roseburg, Oregon, when a vulture flew up out of a ditch and may have struck Rovetto's helmet, causing him to crash. Rovetto was treated at a hospital for road rash and a broken collarbone, the station reported.

 iReporter captures the faces of New York

CNN iReporter Johnny Runciman of Columbus, Ohio, wanted to share his views of the people of New York City he saw while vacationing there. The result is a captivating gallery of seemingly timeless images. "New York represents a microworld of the Earth," Runciman says. "It's a black-and-white city, powerful and romantic. You couldn't do justice to New York in color."

People are caught in the act of dancing on a New York City street.

Dad wants his princess all to himself

A story by CNN's Shanon Cook about how hard it is for dads when their daughters start dating touched off a range of emotional responses from CNN.com readers. This one in particular caught our eye:

Crater14

My precious daughter is 2.5 years old and a total daddy's girl.  All I hope for is her health,  happiness and well being.  How I may feel when she discovers romantic love is rather inconsequential I think, as long as she is prepared for it. By "prepared" I mean enclosed in body armor with a lock to which only I have the combination, equipped with helmet cam, dual stun guns and pepper spray operating by remote control.  Just let some pimply dude try to touch her.  I'll learn him ...

On the horizon: U.N. vote on Syria; Beige Book release

The U.N. Security Council is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a resolution threatening Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with punitive sanctions over violence being carried out against dissidents in his country. The mandate for the U.N.'s Syrian observer mission expires Friday.

The Federal Reserve is due to release the Beige Book, which summarizes current U.S. economic conditions by Federal Reserve districts, at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

July 18 anniversaries

1936 - Spanish Army officers led by Gen. Francisco Franco revolt, starting the Spanish Civil War.

1976 - 14-year-old Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci earns the first perfect score of 10 in modern Olympic history at the Summer Games in Montreal.

1984 - Gunman James Huberty kills 21 people at a McDonald's restaurant in San Ysidro, California, before being killed by a police sniper.

July 18 birthdays

  • Anti-apartheid activist and former South African President Nelson Mandela, 94
  • Former astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn, 91
  • Former Olympic figure skater and broadcaster Dick Button, 83
  • Former baseball player and manager Joe Torre, 72
  • Publisher/politician Malcolm "Steve" Forbes Jr., 65
  • Actor Vin Diesel, 45
  • Basketball player Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway, 41
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July 16th, 2012
05:23 PM ET

Mash-up: Soak up some sun

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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.

jimmy

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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July 12th, 2012
05:13 PM ET

Mash-up: Penn State; reverse birthday gift

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Report damns Penn State top brass

Former FBI director and federal judge Louis Freeh issued the findings of the internal investigation Penn State had him conduct into the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. Freeh singled out four former university officials - President Graham Spanier, Vice President Gary Schultz, head football coach Joe Paterno, and Athletic Director Tim Curley - for failing to act on suspicions and reports that former assistant coach Sandusky was sexually abusing boys in his care. In stinging remarks, Freeh said the officials put the reputation of the school's storied football program above protecting children:

Our most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky's child victims by the most senior leaders at Penn State. The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized. Messrs. Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley never demonstrated, through actions or words, any concern for the safety and well-being of Sandusky's victims until after Sandusky's arrest.

Louis Freeh delivers his report Thursday at Penn State.

Findings spur strong reactions from readers

The Freeh report generated thousands of comments from CNN.com users. Here is just a small sampling:

Lisa

I will always love Penn State and Penn State football; however, I hate what the top officials, including Joe Paterno, did to protect their own interests with no regard to protecting children. I do not feel the entire school, students, or student athletes should be held accountable for the actions of these men's ignorance. PSU needs to remove all remembrances of the Joe Paterno era and everything he represented. The statue, the uniforms, the helmet, the shoes all should go. Start fresh, a new era, Then they should donate every damn cent the football program makes to a victim's abuse fund. FULL POST

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July 11th, 2012
04:51 PM ET

Mash-up: Hot weather, dunked horse

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Is it hot on this planet, or is it just me?

This year's - and this decade's - weather extremes have heated up the debate over climate change, aka global warming. NOAA reports that nine of the 10 warmest years ever recorded have occurred since 2000. But does that indicate climate change, or is it just a normal variation? There is a relationship between the two, says Chris Field, founding director of the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology.

As we change the climate, we're shifting the odds for extreme weather. Increasingly, we are loading the dice towards these very damaging kinds of extremes.

In Maryland, it even looks hot

CNN iReporter Janie Lambert is sweating it out at home in Maryland, where record heat and nasty storms are making it a decidedly uncomfortable summer. She shot a series of pictures, including the one below, Tuesday evening. "The images just say hot, sultry and humid," she told CNN. "The heat and humidity just smack you in the face. It is nauseating to be out for five minutes. I am so looking forward to fall!"

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July 10th, 2012
05:46 PM ET

Mash-up: Gators, gizmos, gov't surplus

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The Panterragaff. It's not your father's Huffy.

Want to ride a 12-legged walking bicycle?

Award-winning CNN iReporter Percy von Lipinski, a freelance videographer in Vancouver, British Columbia, filed a fun video report from the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire, a quirky convention devoted to do-it-yourself art projects. He got to try out the Panterragaff, a 12-legged, two-person walking bicycle, and was especially amused by one particular interest group.

"So when I heard that there was going to be the world's first and only Panterragaff at the same location as the Knot Tying Association, I just knew I had to attend," Lipinski said. "And was I glad I did. I spent the day there looking over some of the craziest concoctions that I could have ever imagined."

Lipinski brought some of his film and video students from the Pacific Audio-Visual Institute to help with camera work.

Crowning moment

The Olympic Torch arrives at London's Windsor Castle on Tuesday, and guess who's at the door to welcome it?

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July 9th, 2012
05:44 PM ET

Mash-up: Tom Cruise, heroic cheerleader, Melinda Gates

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The Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes divorce has tongues wagging.

What's up with Tom and Katie?

The quick divorce settlement between Hollywood stars Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes (predictably) stirred up a discussion about Scientology, the controversial religion Cruise follows. Many of the comments were judgmental, speculative and some downright cruel, but  a few seemed to strive for a bit of balance:

urgoodsheep

He has dissolved three marriages with Scientology at the center. I do not see how these people who have very similar problems as normal people - except for the fact that they also have multimillion-dollar portfolios - think their problems are solved by this preaching self-reliance. I would need little help, too, if I had 40 people on my payroll. My religion is my faith, though, so he can have his. Maybe after this last family crash however, he can see that he is putting his guru above those he supposedly cares deepest for.

RitaJgal

I can see her decision to divorce as reasonable on many levels. I cannot see him, based on how he has handled things in the past, settling this surprise divorce in this way ... unless she has very solid ground to stand on.

DowPartyof5

Yes, the very solid ground being that she doesn't want to be married to him anymore.  Why fight her?  Why keep someone who doesn't want to be there?  I am sure he had a tight pre-nup, and she is obviously NOT a gold digger.  Best to them both!

ingyandbert

Agreed.  Katie's legal position was very strong thanks to smart maneuvering by her lawyers on jurisdiction and other matters.  Plus she has been the primary parent to Suri all along, so it was going to be hard for Tom to wrestle primary custody away from her.  The biggest factor, however, may have been the damage being done to Tom's career and pressure from the Church of Scientology to put a stop to the bad press.

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June 28th, 2012
05:09 PM ET

Mash-up: Dogs killed by bees

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Well, when you put it that way ...

Your quote of the day comes from a Supreme Court decision you may have heard about. Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the majority, wrote in the opinion's pivotal paragraph:

The federal government does not have the power to order people to buy health insurance. ... The federal government does have the power to impose a tax on those without health insurance.

Mixed feelings on court decision

CNN iReporter Jannet Walsh of Murdock, Minnesota, was both pleased and disappointed by different parts of the Supreme Court's health care ruling. She's unemployed and Catholic, and she questions whether religious institutions can be forced to provide access to birth control.

It's going to be great for people to get health care, but I still think we're going to wonder how we're going to pay for it. ... I'm left wanting to know more, and want someone to address those points.

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June 27th, 2012
05:36 PM ET

Mash-up: Heroes, poems, stories

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Shaking off the Troubles

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, dressed in green, shook hands Wednesday with former Irish Republican Army commander Martin McGuinness. It was a historic gesture as Northern Ireland continues to heal from decades of violence over British rule. Gerry Adams, president of the Irish republican party Sinn Fein, welcomed the meeting:

All in all, it's a good day for Ireland and a good day for the people of these islands. It brings our journey of relationship building within this island and between these islands onto a new plane. I would like to think we will build upon that.

Missing Nora Ephron

The death Tuesday of screenwriter and author Nora Ephron has brought forth an outpouring of grief from celebrities who knew her and worked with her, but regular folks appreciated Ephron too, as evidenced by CNN users' comments. An example:

djreilly

I never saw a Nora Ephron picture I didn't enjoy and I'm a guy. I like guns and body counts in my movies. But, Nora could tell a story even I could enjoy. The warmth, depth and humor she brought to the screen was barely matched, Nora you will be missed. I know Harry and Sally will miss you even more.

 Something about the name Thompson

Two regular guys, both named Thompson, in different cities are being hailed as heroes after coming to the rescue of people in trouble along their routes.

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June 26th, 2012
05:25 PM ET

Mash-up: Florida flooding, blind insight

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Insight from a blind man

Samuel Davis III has found a home as a server at Dans Le Noir?, a restaurant in Paris where guests dine in complete darkness and are served by blind staff. Davis, 51, from the Bronx, was blinded when he was shot in the head in 1984, but he can still wait on tables and he has a deep philosophy:

God took away my sight to give me sight. I have a brand new outlook on life. I was supposed to be dead.

Police hire homeless man

The police department in Marysville, California, can't afford to post an officer to watch over the historic Marysville Cemetery and keep it safe from vandals, so it did the next best thing. CNN affiliate KTXL reports the department  recruited a homeless man to take care of the cemetery in exchange for a roof over his head. Donald "Shortstack" Oliver will live in a city-leased trailer overlooking the cemetery, which has sustained $28,000 in damage over the past year. "I never thought in my lifetime I'd be overseeing a graveyard, but hey, the good Lord has his ways," Oliver said.

The end of a species - or is it?

That kid better not run for president someday

We've all heard stories about children being accidentally left behind at gas stations or rest stops during family road trips. One family passing through Memphis, Tennessee, turned that on its head Monday when the dad got out of the car to pay for gas and one of his children woke up, took the wheel and drove off. CNN affiliate WMC takes it from there.

Gale on the beach!

Vacations are being ruined in a different way along Florida's Gulf Coast. CNN iReporter Tracy Bond, an Alabama resident, was staying at a resort in Destin, Florida, last weekend when she snapped some evocative images of Tropical Storm Debby skirting the coast. "We were in awe at the power of nature, watching these huge clouds rolling in toward the shore from the horizon," she told CNN. "It took my breath away."

Are you a Mac or a PC?

The Wall Street Journal has discovered that the online travel search engine Orbitz has been steering users of pricey Macintosh devices (yes, they can tell what you're using) toward more expensive accommodations. It didn't really need the boost, but the revelation stirred the old Mac-vs.-PC pot again, including among our readers. One particularly tart comment:

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What Orbitz doesn't tell you is that they also put a pretentious neckbeard hipster in every room Apple users book so they'll feel more at home.

Ouch!

On the horizon: Congressional Gold Medal, Loughner hearing

Ted Britton was one of the original Montford Point Marines.

In a ceremony at the Capitol, U.S. House and Senate leaders will award Congressional Gold Medals to recognize the nation's first African-American Marines. Those Marines received basic training at Montford Point Camp in North Carolina from 1942 to 1949.

A competency hearing will be held for Jared Lee Loughner, the man accused of shooting six people to death and wounding 13 others, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, at a Tucson, Arizona, political event in January 2011. Loughner has been under mental health treatment at a facility in Missouri for almost a year.

June 27 anniversaries

1844 - A mob kills Mormon leader Joseph Smith in Carthage, Illinois.

1985 - The legendary Route 66, running from Chicago to Santa Monica, California, is officially decertified as a U.S. route.

2007- Gordon Brown becomes the new British prime minister, replacing Tony Blair.

Vera Wang

June 27 birthdays

  • Businessman and presidential candidate H. Ross Perot, 82
  • Fashion designer Norma Kamali, 67
  • Fashion designer Vera Wang, 63
  • Actress Isabelle Adjani, 57
  • Filmmaker J.J. Abrams, 46
  • Actor Tobey Maguire, 37
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Mash-up: Not all immigration

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.

Everybody wins ... or not

The Supreme Court's split ruling on Arizona's immigration law, known as SB 1070, has both sides claiming victory and each side saying the other had better watch its step.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer

Today's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court is a victory for the rule of law. It is also a victory for the 10th Amendment and all Americans who believe in the inherent right and responsibility of states to defend their citizens. After more than two years of legal challenges, the heart of SB 1070 can now be implemented in accordance with the U.S. Constitution.

President Barack Obama

I am pleased that the Supreme Court has struck down key provisions of Arizona's immigration law. What this decision makes unmistakably clear is that Congress must act on comprehensive immigration reform. A patchwork of state laws is not a solution to our broken immigration system - it's part of the problem.

Union leader: This will not stand

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