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July 14th, 2010
09:21 PM ET

The Teaser

"The Teaser” is a preview of the guests we have lined up for the next day – so you know when to tune in (and when to set your alarm!). Guests and times are always subject to change.

6:10AM Michio Kaku, Physics Professor, City Univ. of NY, on the physics behind the capping of the leaking well – why do they have to proceed so carefully?

6:40AM Gil Kerlikowske, Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy, on dramatic new findings concerning prescription drug abuse.

7:10AM Dr. David Graham, Drug Safety expert, FDA, on the mixed ruling on Avandia by the FDA.

7:40AM Two oil rig workers will join us to discuss their concerns about the deep water drilling moratorium.

8:40AM Rev. C.L. Bryant, member of Tea Party Movement and Fmr. NAACP Chapter President, on accusations by the NAACP that there is rampant racism in the Tea Party movement.

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July 14th, 2010
01:18 PM ET

Oil cap test on hold

Oil gushes from the ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico July 14, 2010 (Courtesy BP).

(CNN) – BP was reviewing testing procedures Wednesday, a day after government and company officials decided to delay a crucial "integrity test" on the ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico.

The oil giant had expected the test - to check pressure in the well and determine if it can be sealed once and for all by a custom-designed cap - to get under way Tuesday afternoon.

But late Tuesday night, officials announced that additional analysis of the well testing procedure was needed. The move followed a meeting with Energy Secretary Steven Chu and his team of advisers, and the decision was made by the Deepwater Horizon Unified Command, which includes government agencies as well as BP.

The decision to delay testing was made at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday after officials decided they needed an additional 24 hours to make sure the test will go as planned, Kent Wells, BP senior vice president, told reporters Wednesday. CNN's David Mattingly reports. Watch Video


Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
July 14th, 2010
10:49 AM ET

Indictment for post-Katrina "Danziger bridge killings"

(CNN) - Federal officials announced indictments Tuesday against four police officers and two supervisors in the investigation surrounding the post-Katrina deaths of civilians on New Orleans' Danziger Bridge.

At least three New Orleans police officers were in FBI custody Tuesday afternoon, an attorney for one of them confirmed. Kenneth Bowen, Anthony Villavaso and Robert Gisevius surrendered to authorities.

Announcement of the charges stemming from a federal civil rights investigation was made by Attorney General Eric Holder in New Orleans.

"Put simply, we will not tolerate wrongdoing by those who have sworn to protect the public," Holder told reporters. CNN's Drew Griffin spoke with one victim's family, a witness, and the city's police department to try to figure out what really happened that September day on the Danzinger bridge. Read more

Filed under: Controversy
July 14th, 2010
10:26 AM ET

Mosque near ground zero?

Emotions are running high in New York city, over a proposal to build a mosque and Muslim community center just blocks from ground zero. The city's landmarks preservation commission is deciding whether a century-old building in lower Manhattan is worth preserving. Tempers flared at a hearing yesterday. CNN's Deb Feyerick reports.

Filed under: Controversy
July 14th, 2010
09:55 AM ET

Bristol Palin, Levi Johnston engaged

(CNN) – Bristol Palin and the father of her child, Levi Johnston, are engaged, the magazine Us Weekly reported Wednesday.

The couple told Us Weekly that former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin did not know about their plans until now.

"We got engaged two weeks ago," the magazine quotes 19-year-old Bristol Palin as saying. "It felt right, even though we don't have the approval of our parents."

Sarah Palin has not yet commented on the report.

"It is intimidating and scary just to think about what her reaction is going to be. Hopefully she will jump on board," the magazine quotes Bristol Palin as saying. Watch Video

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Filed under: Top Stories
July 14th, 2010
06:17 AM ET

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Clash over proposed ground zero mosque dominates hearing

New York (CNN) - Those for and against a mosque near ground zero butted heads during a passionate three-hour hearing of New York's Landmarks Preservation Commission Tuesday night.

Officially the hearing was for taking testimony on whether a more than century-old building is worth preserving, but those pushing for the landmark status are opposed to the mosque and community center at the site where the twin towers of the World Trade Center were destroyed by Islamist hijackers on September 11, 2001.

The contentious nature of the hearing was expected, because if the commission rules the building is not worth landmarking, it will pave the way for the project that is planned there. Opponents dominated the hearing.

"It would be a terrible mistake to destroy a 154-year-old building in order to build a monument to terrorism," one woman said.

"It's called Islamaphobia, pure and simple," said Zead Ramadan while being heckled.

Earlier this month, a community board said the building at the site wasn't architecturally significant enough to landmark.

The project calls for a 13-story community center including a mosque, performing art center, gym, swimming pool and other public spaces.

It is a collaboration between the American Society for Muslim Advancement and the Cordoba Initiative.

The Cordoba Initiative aims to improve relations between Muslims and the West. Read more

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