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In what Egyptians have dubbed the trial of the century, Mubarak will face a judge Saturday to find out his fate in a long-awaited decision that is sure to make a definitive mark on the Arab nation's future. The verdict comes after a notorious emergency law expired Friday, ending 31 years of sweeping police powers. And it comes ahead of a polarizing mid-June run-off in the presidential election that pits the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi against the more secularist Ahmed Shafiq, a former official in Mubarak's regime. Mubarak could receive the death penalty. Or a prison term. Or be acquitted altogether.
The Arab League is slated to meet Saturday in Doha to discuss the crisis in Syria.
Coverage of Queen Elizabeth II's four-day Diamond Jubilee -- celebrating 60 years on the throne.
While the TSA doesn't count grumbles as fliers remove their shoes or leave behind oversized shampoo bottles, the number of complaints received by phone or email has decreased. The numbers so far this year are lower than in recent years past -- 1,294 complaints total in March, the most recent month for which data is available. That's down from a peak of 4,027 in May 2004, the highest number since the TSA began to track and release complaint data eight years ago.
The calls go out at 6 a.m. Saturday: "This is the communications system. What time can you be here?" For the next four hours, the men of Texas Task Force 1 -- and they're almost all men -- trickle through the door of a squat brick building along a scrubby highway. By midday, they'll set out for Disaster City -- 52 acres of crumbling buildings, smashed cars and rubble piles -- to put their search and rescue training to the test.
Pentecostal serpent handler Mack Wolford died last week from a snakebite, just like his dad. So why does the tradition continue?
Coverage of Queen Elizabeth II's four-day Diamond Jubilee -- celebrating 60 years on the throne. Sunday, all eyes are on the River Pageant.
Coverage of the this year's Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas.
Coverage of the MTV Movie Awards.
With his beady eyes and I-just-killed-the-cat grin, Stephen King looks and sounds like a horror novelist. But something surprising lurks in his books: There's a lot of faith behind the fright.
President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is spending record amounts of money for online advertising and more than twice as much as his Republican rival, a CNN analysis of data from organizations that track campaign finances shows.
Presidential pets have certainly played a role in politicking before, but a virtual campaign by Obama for America is taking the presidential love of pets to a whole new level. It seems to be working.
Tuomas Erikoinen, the man who drew the hit "Angry Birds" app, doesn't really resent his creation. He's just bored with it.
A Rovio vice president spoke with CNN about the company's troubled history, its future and what makes "Angry Birds" so wildly popular with its fans.
PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED ENTERPRISE
US-Mug-Shot-Websites (with art)
Imagine going to the internet to search your name only to find a mug shot from years ago posted on multiple websites. There are publications and websites whose sole purpose is to feature police booking photos. Some make a profit selling advertising around the photos, while other websites are offering, for a price, to remove or hide these images permanently. Donald Andrew McMahon learned about the mug shot business the hard way.
By now, it has been established that Latino voters are a diverse group and a crucial electorate that will help determine the next president of the United States. But here is what's new to know about the impact of Latino voters: It will be felt in places one might not expect.
An old meatpacking plant on Chicago's South Side is being transformed into an eco farm, which its founders says will produce food sustainably, while creating zero waste. American entrepreneur John Edel is the founder of "The Plant," a vertical-farm initiative that he hopes will show people the ease of adapting to green food production in urban living environments.
US-North-Carolina-Edwards-Profile (with art)
The acquittal and mistrial in John Edwards' campaign finance fraud trial completes a fall from grace that transformed the man who might have been president into one of the most vilified and lampooned political figures in the country. The boyish-looking, smooth-talking lawyer and self-described "son of a millworker" was once known for rallying supporters with a populist mantra describing two Americas -- the haves and have-nots. Now he is best known for fathering a child in an extramarital affair while his wife Elizabeth battled incurable cancer and, according to prosecutors, scheming to use wealthy donors' money to help him cover up his affair and hide his mistress from the public.
When it comes to recruiting, Virginia Tech's athletics department is taking an "if we build it, they will come" approach, with plans to construct a new $20 million indoor practice facility for its football and other sports teams near Lane Stadium on the university campus. The Hokies have the third-longest college bowl game streak in the country, and have sold out every game since 1998. However, they have yet to win a national championship. The athletics department hopes a state-of-the-art facility nearer to the football stadium could help change that.
Bad luck comes in threes, even for the pope. The past week has seen his butler arrested, accused of leaking secret papers from the papal apartment; the head of his bank sacked for incompetence; and a demonstration on his front doorstep by protesters demanding that he reveal what he knows about Italy's most famous missing-person case. It's bad PR for the Vatican, but it may be more than that, experts say. It could affect who becomes the next pope.
On February 5, 1994, shoppers were crowded into the main market square in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo. At the time, the city was under siege by Bosnian Serb forces. Just before noon, a single 120mm artillery shell landed in the square. Sixty-eight people were killed; more than 200 wounded. Some victims were literally torn apart. For anyone watching the raw footage of that atrocity as it fed into television newsrooms around the world, the horror of the scene was not easily forgotten. Nearly 20 years later, video from the Syrian town of Houla evokes a similar response -- and similar outrage around the world.
Nyla was just two or three days old, no one really knows for sure, when she was found abandoned in the middle of a field in Rwanda. She was "black and blue," says her adoptive mother, Karen Brown. Her umbilical cord was still attached. One year later, Nyla lives in a high-rise building in Hong Kong with American parents and a four-year-old sister who is Chinese. She just started walking and has "seven-and-a-half" teeth, though she's too shy to show them. The bright-eyed baby is one of more than 35,000 children sent from Africa in a surge of adoptions in the last eight years, according to adoption expert Peter Selman from Newcastle University in the UK.
In nearly two thirds of Middle Eastern countries, there are more women than men in university, according to United Nations statistics. This is a giant step towards -- and in many cases beyond -- one of the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals: to eliminate gender disparity in all levels of education by 2015. While most women's rights campaigners welcome the progress in education, many are concerned it does not translate into greater equality in the workplace.
A group of architects gathered in Oxford, England last month with an unusual brief -- to design the ultimate dream home for bats. The winged mammals are valued from an ecological viewpoint for preying on insects, dispersing seeds and pollination. But their numbers have declined dramatically in North America, where a fungal disease called white nose syndrome is estimated to have killed more than 5.5 million. In the United Kingdom, the fungus has yet to appear, but habitat destruction remains a major threat.
The first Latino president of the United States already has been born. Henry Cisneros, the former San Antonio mayor who was secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Clinton administration, made the suggestion three years ago in an interview with the Spanish-language news service EFE. "I don't know if he or she's in elementary school or in law school or is already elected ... to public office, but I believe that that person is already alive, and we're 20 years or less away from having a Latino or Latina president," said Cisneros, whose own path to higher office may have been derailed by personal scandal and who today is executive chairman of CityView, an urban development investment firm. When the day comes that Cisneros predicted, the man or woman behind the resolute desk in the Oval Office will represent an ever-increasing segment of the population. Latinos (or Hispanics, the official government term) made up 15.5% of the U.S. population in 2010, but by 2050 they're projected to approach 25% of the population. The American, the online magazine of the American Enterprise Institute, calls the Hispanic electorate a "sleeping giant" yet to wake.
President Barack Obama has made a boatload of promises for the economy. He's pledged to do plenty of things during his presidency -- cut the deficit in half, double exports and slash unemployment. The list goes on and on. Some have worked out, and others not so much. But what exactly did candidate Obama promise to do for the economy in 2008 in order to win favor with voters? And did he follow through?
Call them "unicorners." A liberal group says it has collected more than 19,000 e-mails requesting Arizona officials to confirm Mitt Romney is not a unicorn. Without such proof, the group Left Action argues with tongue in cheek, Romney may indeed be a unicorn -- his dark mane hiding a horn -- and therefore ineligible to be on the presidential ballot in November.
Looking for a job? Try moving to Brazil. Just ten years ago, Brazilian professionals were fleeing the country in search of better jobs and higher pay elsewhere. But these days, white-collar workers from around the globe are pouring into Brazil to find work.
If you've got a guilty conscience, there's nothing to be ashamed of -- you're simply displaying the hallmarks of a natural leader, according to new research.
In Zambia, bicycles are grown from the ground. Making the most of the southern African country's bamboo plants, two Americans and two Zambians have set up a company that is crafting high-end, lightweight bicycles with frames made out of the locally-grown wooden weed. Dubbed Zambikes, the company is putting its custom-built Zambian bikes on roads around the world, offering pedal enthusiasts a unique ride while helping to empower local communities back home.
Can you do business well by doing good? "Yes," says Christian Stadil, owner of Denmark based Thornico Group -- a group of more than 100 companies spanning food, technology, shipping, sports fashion, real estate and financing -- and author of the Danish book "Company Karma."
In the oil boomtowns of southern Kansas, enterprising residents are turning into real estate moguls, renting out everything from double-wide trailers to rooms in an old bank for as much as $2,000 a month. Workers flocking to the area seeking high-paying jobs in nearby oil fields and windfarms have created a housing shortage in these small farming towns, causing the rents to skyrocket.
MED-Health-Care-Costs (with art)
What you pay for medical procedures can vary drastically from city to city, hospital to hospital, even doctor to doctor - and there's not a whole lot you can do about it, according to a new report in Consumer Reports magazine. Nancy Metcalf, the magazine's senior program editor and author of the article, says she was stunned by some of the numbers.
Carlos and Adriana have been dating for six years, and though they don't see each other regularly, they value their relationship. A decade ago, when they didn't even know each other, Carlos and Adriana were diagnosed with schizophrenia; from that moment their love lives became a more complex issue than most people have to deal with.
In the four weeks since his daughter cut her leg in the Tallapoosa River, Andy Copeland has experienced several low points. But nothing was as desperate as a moment in the surgical waiting room on May 4.
You might want to lose weight, but the noticeable benefits seem so far off in the future that you continually procrastinate. You need a reason to get more fit right now - how about money?
When it comes to air travel, just about everyone has a complaint, no matter which security line they use. Passengers are tired of long lines, baggage fees and last-minute delays. Airline employees and flight attendants could do without the cranky travelers who refuse to wait patiently, turn off cell phones or stay in their seats. Sometimes that frustration escalates into "air rage" incidents that still disturb the friendly skies post-September 11. Reported instances of unruly passengers rose internationally about 29% between 2009 and 2010, following an estimated 27% rise between 2008 and 2009, according to the International Air Transport Association, which represents about 240 airlines worldwide.
If you're on a flight -- especially a long one -- a coach class seat can be a chair of torture. It doesn't take much these days to ruin a perfectly good airplane ride, CNN.com readers have made clear. It's a real buzzkill to try to walk down the aisle "with a bag on your shoulder, hitting everyone as you pass by," suggests user "Cajuncatdude." Commenter "Rosemeow" writes, "It's bad enough that about a quarter of the time, I have an obese person sitting next to me (sometimes on both sides) who doesn't fit into their own seat, crushing me."
TRAVEL-World's-Best-Airport-Restaurants (with art)
Airport dining doesn't have to be terminal. A new wave of airport restaurants is elevating airport cuisine above the level of greasy burgers and wilting sushi, as celebrity chefs and regional food heroes bring their magic to the one-time culinary wasteland of the airport. Many of the chefs involved are Michelin-starred, and their offerings rate alongside the finest restaurants in their cities.
Politics will mix with partying this Pride season as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their allies around the world celebrate President Barack Obama's support for same-sex marriage and protest North Carolina's passage of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex unions. When planning a Pride vacation, pick a destination where the scale of the celebration is one that you can handle, recommends Ed Salvato, gay travel expert and editor in chief of Man About World, a soon-to-launch gay travel magazine for the iPad.
TRAVEL-Portland-Smackdown (with art)
Some of my most memorable travels have been abroad. But I can forgo the passport, lack of Wi-Fi, wading through customs and calculating currency exchanges and still experience all my favorite international elements right here in one city: Portland, Oregon. With Portland around, there are few reasons to leave the continental United States for a worldly experience.
With all the Facebook news lately -- the flat IPO, the regulatory interest, the Chan-Zuckerberg wedding -- it's highly possibly you've forgotten all about Twitter. If so, you'd be like most Americans.
Remember earlier this year when Wikipedia went black in protest of anti-piracy legislation moving through the U.S. Congress? Yeah, well, that may be nothing compared to this.
You've heard of CNN, but unless you pay close attention to photo and video credits on news sites, you've probably never heard of the Syrian group SNN. The Shaam News Network is one of several groups that aggregates photos and videos taken by citizen journalists in Syria and tries to show them to the world.
'Klouchebag' site keeps shameless self-promotion on the web in check.
There's a lot of excitement surrounding the "Transit of Venus," even though this rare astronomical event will yield little scientific value. On Tuesday, Venus will cross the face of the sun. The transit will take about seven hours and begin at 6:09 p.m. EDT.
Kathryn Hamm and her fiancée had no blueprint to follow when they were planning their wedding in 1999. Same-sex marriage wasn't legal anywhere in the country, and "commitment ceremonies" were mostly small affairs that didn't get a lot of coverage in bridal magazines or newspaper wedding announcements. Instead, they were able to pick and choose from familiar traditions and create their own. They invited 92 friends and relatives to join them on Maryland's Eastern Shore for a weekend of celebration. When Hamm's family minister declined to officiate, a friend helped the couple arrange the ceremony and performed it for them. The brides' siblings walked each of them down the aisle. They recited original vows and shared a kiss before kicking off a reception that ended with a midnight swim.
FEA-Believers-vs-Skeptics (with art)
I was surprised, leading up to this weekend's top grossing movie, "Men in Black 3," that paranormal phenomena such as UFOs, the Roswell Incident and, yes, the mysterious Men in Black themselves were conspicuously missing from the zeitgeist. When the popular sci-fi franchise launched 15 years ago, it was all anyone could talk about. The first "MIB," along with "Independence Day," "The X Files" and "Roswell," brought aliens and government cover-ups their biggest pop culture moment in a generation. While my geeky friends and I were rabid science fiction fans, excited about the proliferation of these movies and television shows, we scoffed at the idea that any of the aliens or UFOs we saw on screen had any basis in reality. When we got hold of a video of purported UFO sightings around the time the first "Men in Black" movie came out, my friends proceeded to take apart the grainy footage methodically, claiming "hoax!" or easily identifying the flying object. So, I wondered, how is it that some nerds can be so interested in science fiction involving alien life forms but can't believe that anything remotely paranormal is actually happening?
FEA-Swedish-Teenager-Big-in-Japan (with art)
A few weeks ago, a memorable video made the rounds of the usual Internet hangouts. It featured a pale, beautiful, blond-haired singer named YOHIO with huge dark eyes, wearing pigtails and a Lolita-style ensemble and playing a white guitar. The song, called "Sky*Limit," is a full-on Japanese rock ballad, evocative of a musical subgenre called visual kei that celebrates dramatic fashion and a androgynous look not unlike that of David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust. However, YOHIO is not Japanese. In fact, he's not even female.
In 2001, I walked into the editorial pit of the men's magazine where I was working as an art director and saw the almost all-dude staff glued to ESPN coverage. As I glimpsed the TV screen, a shock of panic and nausea wracked my body, and I bolted from the room. A friend followed to find me huddled in a ball at my desk. "I was ... there," I admitted. "In the Bee. I lost." He grabbed my shoulders and shoved me back in front of my colleagues, still staring rapt at the rows of fresh-faced kids, competing their hearts out at the National Spelling Bee. "DUDE! Kat was THERE!" They swarmed around and pressed me for details: the words, the kids, the prizes, meeting the president, the "crying room," the pressure. It began to dawn on me that they didn't give two sloppy syllables that I hadn't won -- just that I'd been there, and that was incontrovertibly cool. But it didn't feel cool at the time, and here I am again, in the middle of my annual freakout. Karla Miller is right there with me.
John Edwards: Once a cheater, always a cheater?