June 3rd, 2011
07:42 AM ET

Friday's live video events

Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage of the race toward the 2012 presidential election.

Today's programming highlights...

8:00 am ET - Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference - Several confirmed and potential Republican presidential candidates will address a faith-based conservative conference in Washington.

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On the Radar: Flooding in U.S. heartland, Obama at WTC site, slain gay activist
Friends help remove furniture from a flooded house in Tiptonville, Tennessee, on Wednesday.
May 5th, 2011
10:39 AM ET

On the Radar: Flooding in U.S. heartland, Obama at WTC site, slain gay activist

Flooding in Midwest, South - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it intends to continue a controversial plan to breach a levee on the Mississippi River to help stop catastrophic floods in several states. The group wants to open the final crevasse in the Birds Point-New Madrid levee, moving ahead with a plan to blast holes in it to ease unprecedented flood pressure. The Corps started the blasting Monday.

Some who live where the Ohio and Mississippi rivers meet said it has helped. The Ohio River level at Cairo, Illinois, has dropped nearly 2 feet since Monday afternoon. Officials said they believe the levels would be up to 3 feet higher now if the levee had not been detonated.

Despite the plan, many areas were inundated as the Mississippi River spilled out across huge swaths of farmland, creating massive flooding from Minnesota to Louisiana. Part of westbound Interstate 40 was shut down in eastern Arkansas on Thursday due to flooding, state police said.

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'Corpse flowers' raise stink on Easter Sunday
A few titan arums bloom each year. In 2010, the Indonesian plant flowered at the botanical gardens in Tokyo.
April 24th, 2011
12:40 PM ET

'Corpse flowers' raise stink on Easter Sunday

In the botanical sciences greenhouse at Ohio State University, "Woody," a titan arum, bloomed Saturday for the first time after growing for nearly 10 years.

The plant, commonly called a "corpse flower" because of its pungent odor,  is the second cultivated titan arum to blossom this weekend. In Switzerland, a botanical garden is getting a whiff of its own titan arum.

“(The leaves) began to open just a little bit after 4 p.m. and it was fully open at 9:30 p.m.,” Ohio State greenhouse coordinator Joan Leonard told CNN Sunday.

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Cleveland airport terminal, planes evacuated after screening glitch
All four concourses of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport had to be evacuated and searched Friday.
April 8th, 2011
01:47 PM ET

Cleveland airport terminal, planes evacuated after screening glitch

A malfunctioning carry-on baggage X-ray machine forced security officials to take passengers off planes and evacuate the terminal during the Friday morning rush at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in Ohio, the Transportation Security Administration confirmed.

TSA officers could not determine who had been properly screened and who had not, so all passengers and carry-ons were removed from planes and the terminal for re-screening, airport spokeswoman Jackie Mayo told CNN affiliate WOIO.

“Literally a dump of the terminal,” she told CNN affiliate WEWS.

Officers and a bomb-sniffing dog checked all four concourses of the terminal while passengers waited outside in the rain, WEWS reported. The terminal reopened less than 45 minutes after the problem was discovered, Mayo said.

The action was taken "out of an abundance of caution," a TSA statement said.

“That 4:30 to 6, 7 o’clock in the morning is a really busy time,” she said. “We’ve got a lot of people in here who are taking those early-morning flights, those weekend warriors who are going home. So it was a little bit of an inconvenience, but as a precautionary measure it’s what we do, and what airports across the country do. It’s all about security, which is our highest priority.”

The schedule had returned to normal by late morning.

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Big surprise for hard-luck couple
David Loomis of Columbus, Ohio, was gobsmacked by his stroke of luck.
April 7th, 2011
01:44 PM ET

Big surprise for hard-luck couple

Just when things look hopeless, sometimes an unexpected breakthrough happens.

Just ask David and Beth Loomis of Columbus, Ohio.

David Loomis lost his job last year, and his unemployment benefits were about to expire. But while Beth Loomis was walking their dog Tuesday morning, she found a dollar and thought, "I guess this might be our lucky day," she told CNN affiliate WBNS.

Boy howdy.

Ohio Lottery officials had invited the couple to come to lottery headquarters to pick up a hat and cup consolation prize from a 2010 drawing.

What they didn't tell the Loomises was that there also was a $150,000 check waiting for them from a lottery ticket David Loomis had bought last year.

When the surprise check was presented, David Loomis gaped at his wife, then spun his chair halfway around, speechless. Then both husband and wife wept.

They plan to use the money to pay off bills and perhaps make a down payment on a house, Beth Loomis told WBNS.

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April 1st, 2011
01:37 PM ET

Jetliner makes emergency landing after passengers faint

An American Airlines 737 jetliner with 134 passengers aboard made an emergency landing in Dayton, Ohio, Friday morning after passengers became ill and at least two fainted, CNN affiliates in Dayton reported.

Shortly after American Flight 547 left Reagan National Airport in Washington bound for Chicago, two flight attendants reported feeling dizzy, WDTN reported, citing American spokesman Tim Smith. Pilots dropped oxygen masks in the cabin, but at least two and as many as four passengers fainted, according to the CNN affiliate reports.

Six passengers received medical treatment after getting off the plane in Dayton and two were taken to a hospital, WHIO reported. It said the remaining passengers were being held in a sterile room in the  Dayton airport.

The jet may have had depressurization problems, WHIO reported, citing an airline spokesperson.

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SI.com: Madness!, Tressel's request, Bulls streak, Goodell reaches out
Delmonte Harper is mobbed by his teammates after hitting the game-winning shot to beat Louisville.
March 18th, 2011
11:49 AM ET

SI.com: Madness!, Tressel's request, Bulls streak, Goodell reaches out

The NCAA Tournament lived up to its “March Madness” moniker Thursday, particularly in the Mile High City.

Three double-digit seeds pulled off stunning upsets in Denver alone, highlighted by No. 13 Morehead State’s shocking 62-61 victory over Louisville, the biggest victory in the program’s history. Twelfth-seeded Richmond held off No. 5 Vanderbilt in the closing seconds and Gonzaga, a No. 11 seed, rocked sixth-seeded St. John’s.

As if that weren’t enough action, both Temple and Butler pulled off buzzer-beating victories to snag vintage March Madness wins on Day 1 of the tournament. No. 4 Kentucky avoided maybe the biggest upset of the day with a late pressure-packed bucket of its own to slip past Princeton.

Madness, I tell you.

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March 12th, 2011
07:43 AM ET

Patrons rescued after floating eatery breaks free in Ohio

Customers at a Cincinnati waterfront restaurant got taken for a harried ride after the eatery broke free of its moorings, according to local media reports.

The Waterfront Restaurant traveled several feet down the Ohio River on Friday before being lodged under the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge, CNN affiliate WLWT-TV in Cincinnati reported.

Patrons were rescued when firefighters created a makeshift ramp and attached it to the barge, according to WLWT. A safety cable prevented the boat from floating down the river.

No injuries were reported in the incident, which involved about 150 patrons, according to CNN affiliate WKRC in Cincinnati.

Owner Jeff Ruby told WKRC that when he arrived at the scene Friday night it took him 30 minutes to persuade rescuers to let him aboard the barge.

Ruby said engineers would investigate the cause of the incident, according to WKRC.

WKRC said the Ohio River is about three feet above flood stage, which likely played a role in the incident.

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Ohio man is first executed with lone dose of pentobarbital
Johnnie Baston was convicted of the murder of a Toledo store owner.
March 10th, 2011
12:50 PM ET

Ohio man is first executed with lone dose of pentobarbital

Johnnie Baston on Thursday became the first person in the United States executed with the single-dose drug pentobarbital.

Pentobarbital, a barbiturate that has been used in animal euthanasia and as a mild anesthetic in humans, was used in a U.S. execution for the first time in December, when it was administered as the first drug in a three-drug cocktail used in a lethal injection given to an Oklahoma inmate.

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Ohio State's Tressel fined, suspended two games
Ohio State coach Jim Tressel has won a national championship and seven conference titles in 10 years with the Buckeyes.
March 8th, 2011
07:27 PM ET

Ohio State's Tressel fined, suspended two games

The Ohio State University has fined its longtime football coach Jim Tressel $250,000 and suspended him two games after learning Tressel knew that some of his players may have violated NCAA rules months before he'd acknowledged. 

“Obviously I’m disappointed that this happened at all," Tressel said in a press conference Tuesday night. "I take responsibility for what we do at Ohio State tremendously seriously … and obviously I plan to grow from this. I’m sincerely saddened by the fact that I let some people down and that I didn’t do some things as well as I could possibly do."

The punishment comes one day after Yahoo Sports reported, citing an anonymous source, that the coach was aware of player infractions in April, not in December as he and the university had stated.  Athletic Director Gene Smith said Tuesday the school had been investigating Tressel since January and expected to finish by week's end, but a leak to the media on Monday sped up the announcement.

The case involves a federal investigation into a Columbus, Ohio, tattoo parlor owner - an investigation that revealed five OSU players including the starting quarterback had sold  memorabilia to the owner, and that one player received a discounted tattoo, violations of NCAA rules.

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March 5th, 2011
07:09 PM ET

Ohio priest bound for rehab after drunken jail cell sermon goes viral

An Ohio priest is heading to rehab, his lawyer said, after his drunken, profanity-laced rant from inside a jail cell wound up on YouTube and went viral.

The Rev. Ignatius Kury has taken a leave of absence from Holy Ghost Ukrainian Byzantine Catholic Church in south Akron and plans to enter a clerical rehabilitation center in Maryland next week, his lawyer told CNN.

Yes, Kury has seen the video of himself, and it's clear he's drunk, attorney Walter Benson said.

"He’s an extremely intoxicated priest. I don’t think being a priest saves you from the affects of alcohol," he said. "He’s feeling horrible. He’s unbelievably remorseful for his actions. He's trying to be proactive to address the issues that he has."

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Thursday's intriguing people
Ford Motor Co. Chairman Bill Ford says there's an urgent need for solutions to gridlock.
March 3rd, 2011
03:28 PM ET

Thursday's intriguing people

Bill Ford

The chairman of Ford Motor Co. is calling for an end to "global gridlock." During a presentation at the annual TED conference Wednesday, Ford said that as many as 4 billion automobiles will be on the earth by the year 2050 — extending traffic jams, delaying food provisions and stalling health care delivery. He's calling on a collective group of transportation officials, manufacturers and policy makers to develop a global solution to gridlock. "[Without it] our quality of life will be significantly compromised," he said.

Salman Khan

When the former hedge fund manager began posting humorous math tutorials on YouTube for his young cousins, they not only loved it, but it quickly earned a grass roots following. Today, the Khan Academy offers 2,000 such tutorials, ranging from basic addition to vector calculus - for free. Khan conducts all the tutorials for his audience of 1 million students. This past year, a northern California school district began using a Khan-developed curriculum that uses data analysis and self-paced learning to help its teachers better work with students individually. Following Khan's rousing presentation at the annual TED conference Wednesday, Khan supporter Bill Gates told the audience: "I think we've just gotten a glimpse into the future of education."

Peter Hatas

The homeless veteran has raised $20,000 toward converting the St. James hotel in North Toledo, Ohio, into a home for military veterans. An engineer by training, Hatas told Toledo's WUPX news that he needs just $55,000 more to make the project a reality. He has reportedly received e-mails of support from CSX railroad system, as well as the Veterans of the UAW. The building will give homeless veterans a place to eat, sleep and work, Hatas said. "A lot of these men and women on the streets have phenomenal skill traits," he said. "They are carpenters, brick layers, cement finishers, iron workers." He believes these contributions will keep the building in perfect condition.

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Protests grow louder in Ohio, Indiana
Protesters rally last week at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus against a bill curbing public workers' collective-bargaining rights.
March 1st, 2011
01:36 PM ET

Protests grow louder in Ohio, Indiana

As Wisconsin's pro-union protests rage, a huge crowd in Ohio is gathering Tuesday for the event "Rally to Save Ohio's Middle Class." The movement, which reportedly could draw 20,000 people, is being documented live on Facebook. The AFL-CIO also is tweeting the event.

Protesters are demanding lawmakers drop a bill that would end Ohio public employees' right to collective bargaining. An Ohio Senate committee has said it will revise and vote this week on the legislation that would affect about 350,000 state workers, teachers, public safety employees and others.

And in Indiana, lawmakers have stooped to name-calling in a debate that pits union forces against legislators who want to undo union rights.

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On the Radar: Day 15 of Libyan protests, Sheen on CNN, Florida wildfires
Libyan anti-Gadhafi protesters wave their old national flag on an abandoned tank in Benghazi on Monday.
March 1st, 2011
11:07 AM ET

On the Radar: Day 15 of Libyan protests, Sheen on CNN, Florida wildfires

Libya - Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is calling Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi "delusional." Her remark followed Gadhafi's ABC interview in which he insisted that there are no protests in Libya and that citizens "love" him. It is actually day 15 of massive protests in the chaotic country. Thousands are demanding Gadhafi's ouster, as the world wonders what would happen if he did step down. Enigmatic and eccentric, he has ruled Libya for more than 40 years. As night fell Monday, forces loyal to him tried to retake the town of Zawiya with tanks and anti-aircraft guns, an opposition leader said Tuesday. The town, which is a short drive from Tripoli, the capital, seemed to be in control of those who oppose Gadhafi, so the pro-Gadhafi crowd was stopped, the opposition leader said. CNN journalists are on the ground in Libya and across the Middle East and North Africa to bring you background on the crisis in Libya. Other countries across the region have seen unprecedented protests calling for changes in government to reflect a more democratic models. CNN's Fareed Zakaria breaks down the history that led to the uprisings, and he urges the U.S. to recognize Libya's new provisional government led by anti-Gadhafi forces. What are the U.S.'s options for Libya? The Obama administration has said nothing is off the table.

Charlie Sheen - Charlie Sheen continued his nonsensical ranting Monday on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight." He said that he has results of a test that showed him to be drug free. "I'm super-bitchin' [and] I don't believe myself to be an addict," Sheen declared. His recent rants, speculated to be some kind of drug-addled meltdown, have been major headlines since reports of a high-profile night of debauchery with prostitutes that ended when he was rushed to a hospital for severe pain. In the past few weeks, Sheen has repeatedly texted journalists and given interviews to a radio show during which he has insulted his former bosses at his hugely popular sitcom "Two and a Half Men." The show was canceled. When Morgan asked Sheen if he felt any responsibility to act as a role model because the sitcom was a family-oriented comedy, Sheen replied that he thought the show's content was  "juvenile or gross." Sheen also said Sean Penn and Mel Gibson had reached out to him to offer advice, and denied that he is violent toward women. Sheen remarked, "I'm still alive, which is pretty cool." Time magazine wonders today if Sheen is bipolar.

Florida wildfires - Firefighters are having a tough time getting a big wildfire under control in central Florida. About 20 miles of Interstate 95 are closed. Officials say the blaze has burned about 10,000 acres. Heavy winds and dry conditions are fueling the flames.

Union protests - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker warns of dire consequences, including layoffs of state workers, if Democratic state senators don't return to the legislature in Madison to vote on the budget. The budget plan the governor will unveil Tuesday has led to protests by throngs of public employees who are enraged that lawmakers would consider ending their right to collective bargaining. Polls indicate there is growing support for Wisconsin's public workers. Protests about similar union issues are heating up in Indiana and Ohio. Background on those protests can be found here.

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Baby delivered after mother shot to death
A pregnant woman and her husband were shot at this house outside Columbus, Ohio, but the baby was saved.
March 1st, 2011
09:46 AM ET

Baby delivered after mother shot to death

A pregnant woman was shot to death in suburban Columbus, Ohio, on Monday, but doctors were able to deliver her baby alive, CNN affiliate WBNS-TV reports.

Tenishia Latham, 25, and her husband, Larry Latham, 28, were both shot by a man with whom Larry Latham was having a dispute, police told the station.

Three children, ages 4, 8 and 9, were in the Clinton Township home when the attack occurred but were unharmed, the Columbus Dispatch reported. One of the children called 911.

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On the Radar: Day 14 of Libyan unrest, Wisconsin protesters, Oscar wrap-up
Children in Malta protest Libya's Moammar Gadhafi on Sunday. Malta has been at the center of evacuations from Libya.
February 28th, 2011
11:38 AM ET

On the Radar: Day 14 of Libyan unrest, Wisconsin protesters, Oscar wrap-up

Libya - It's Day 14 of a massive, and often violent, uprising to force Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi to step down. CNN's Nic Robertson has been in Zawiya, a town about 40 miles from Tripoli, and watching as crowds of Qadhafi opponents grow. Gadhafi clings to power despite members of the country's security forces deciding to defect and join the protesters over the weekend.

Abdullah Alzubedi, Libya's ambassador to South Africa, told journalists Monday that Gadhafi should leave office and that he would not continue to work for Gadhafi if the leader survives the popular uprising. But Alzubedi said he will not quit despite resignations by other Libyan officials because he said he must "serve the needs of Libyans living in South Africa and help South Africa evacuate its citizens."

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Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana protesters: 'Kill the bill!'
Tens of thousands of protesters are rallying in Wisconsin.
February 23rd, 2011
11:25 AM ET

Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana protesters: 'Kill the bill!'

Thousands of protesters are chanting, drumming, singing, locking arms and waging campaigns against bills that would affect union rights in Ohio, Wisconsin and Indiana. CNN's iReporters are there, capturing the demonstrations from within the crowds.

Wisconsin: Facebook, Twitter and e-mail are playing a huge role in student involvement in the massive protests outside the state Capitol building in Madison. Watch protesters chant, "Kill the bill!" Three student walkouts were reportedly sparked by Facebook invitations that were sent across the University of Wisconsin-Madison Facebook page. Thousands are now standing, shouting and chanting in the city Wednesday, voicing their opposition to what Republican Gov. Scott Wilson calls a "Budget Repair" bill that would force state workers to increase their contributions to their pensions and health insurance benefits. Wilson said the bill must pass to head off a $3.6 billion budget gap by 2013 - and layoffs.

University of Wisconsin students have protested alongside teachers. Health care workers have shown up to rally, and dozens of other state employees are literally beating drums to express their opposition to the bill that would eliminate collective bargaining rights. Even Rage Against the Machine's guitarist is there. He wrote about why he's joined the demonstrators for CNN.com. And CNN's Tom Foreman penned this note to President Barack Obama about the protests. All-but-declared presidential candidate Rick Santorum compared protesters to drug addicts.

Indiana: Democratic members of the state House walked out yesterday on a Republican-supported bill that would reduce private-sector union rights and prevent unions from requiring workers to pay dues. Labor unions shouted, "You're fired!" at Republicans on Tuesday, according to the Indianpolis Star-Tribune. The paper filed a Q & A about the bill. The battle in this state is all about politics at this point - a political standstill.

Ohio: For the second week, crowds of teachers gathered in Columbus, shouting and chanting "Kill the bill!" Ohio is facing an $8 billion budget shortfall, and Republican Gov. John Kasich says that it has to pass to restore "balance" to the budget. Demonstrators have been yelling, "Teachers, yes! Kasich, no!" The measure is not about destroying unions, Kasich has repeatedly said. The legislation would allow school administrators to be able to ignore tenure when considering whether to lay someone off. The bill would also mandate that workers pay at least 20 percent of their health insurance premiums. Merit-based pay - though it's unclear how merit would be measured - would be given to some public employees.

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Students defend public employees' stance in Wisconsin
A student holds up a sign during a rally this week at Wisconsin's state Capitol in Madison.
February 18th, 2011
12:59 PM ET

Students defend public employees' stance in Wisconsin

Thousands of demonstrators massed for a third day Friday in Madison, Wisconsin, to protest Gov. Scott Walker's drastic budget-cutting proposal.

The proposal includes the elimination of some bargaining rights for public employees and slashing of benefits.

Teachers have been prominent among the protesters, so much so that school districts in Madison, Milwaukee and other cities were forced to cancel classes because of short staffing.

Many students came out to march in support of their teachers.

"I believe that their rights are really being violated. This is something they've fought for generations to achieve, and for Scott Walker to just take away their collective bargaining rights is just wrong," one young man told CNN affiliate WISC-TV in Madison.

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Party ejection led to Ohio frat house shooting, police say
February 7th, 2011
11:18 AM ET

Party ejection led to Ohio frat house shooting, police say

The two men accused of shooting into a Youngstown State University fraternity house, killing one and wounding 11, were apparently angry because they were being thrown out of a party there, police said Monday.

Police identified the suspects in the Sunday shooting as Columbus E. Jones, 22, and Braylon L. Rogers, 19, both Youngstown residents.

Jamail Johnson, 25, of Girard, Ohio, died in the shooting. He was shot once in the back of the head and several times in the lower body, Dr. Joseph Ohr, a forensic pathologist at the Mahoning County Coroner's Office, told CNN.

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Ohio college student killed, 11 wounded, university says
February 6th, 2011
12:24 PM ET

Ohio college student killed, 11 wounded, university says

A student at Ohio's Youngstown State University was killed and 11 others, including six students, were wounded in an off-campus shooting Sunday morning, university officials said.

No further details were immediately available about the shooting in the northeast Ohio city, and the condition of the wounded was not known. University spokesman Ron Cole said there was no threat to the campus, but campus police have stepped up their presence "as a precaution."

Stay with CNN.com. This story is developing.

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