November 23rd, 2009
03:29 PM ET

Cancer screenings under scrutiny

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Madison Park

It's been a confusing week for women.

On Monday, it started with breast cancer.

A federal advisory board made a controversial recommendation that women begin routine mammograms at age 50, rather than at 40. The United States Preventive Services Task Force came under heavy criticism for its position and triggered confusion and political accusations of health care rationing.

Then, the week ended with cervical cancer.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists issued guidelines advising that women should receive their first cervical cancer screening, or Pap test, at the age of 21.

The group, a nonprofit organization of women's health care physicians, also recommended that patients younger than 30 be screened every two years, instead of annually, and that healthy women 30 or older be given a Pap test once every three years.

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Filed under: Health Care • Women's Issues
November 23rd, 2009
03:20 PM ET

Cops: Driver drags officer

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Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

A driver accused of dragging a police officer with his car following a routine traffic stop is under arrest, authorities in Tennessee said today. Jeffery Story, 43, was apprehended Sunday night. He is charged with attempted criminal homicide, resisting arrest, domestic assault and theft.

In a media release, the Nashville Police Department credited the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force for capturing the fugitive after locating him walking near a farmer’s market.

According to investigators, Officer Carlos Anderson pulled Story over on Wednesday for having non-working tail lights on his pick-up truck. A criminal background check revealed that Story was wanted on several outstanding warrants for theft, domestic assault and failure to appear on a suspended license.


Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
November 23rd, 2009
02:02 PM ET

Video: Journalist recalls torture

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Filed under: Fareed Zakaria • Iran • Torture
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01:16 PM ET

21 dead in Philippines massacre


The wife of a candidate for governor and an unconfirmed number of others were abducted Monday morning in the southern Philippines - with at least 21 of them later killed, army officials said.

The woman was on her way to file her husband's nomination papers, when some 100 armed men abducted her and the others in Maguindanao province, said the candidate, Ibrahim Mangudadatu.

The number of people abducted remained unclear. Mangudadatu said he had a list of 36 who had been abducted, but a woman who was traveling with the convoy but left it prior to the abduction said as many as 65 people were in the group.

Army Lt. Col. Romeo Brawner said soldiers later recovered 21 bodies - 13 women and eight men - from the area where the abduction occurred.

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Filed under: 360° Radar
November 23rd, 2009
12:07 PM ET

Financial Dispatch: Home sales soar

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Andrew Torgan
CNN Financial News Producer

Sales of previously-owned homes - by far the largest segment of the real estate market - surged in October to the highest level in more than 2-1/2 years.

The National Association of Realtors says that existing home sales rose 10.1% last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 6.1 million units, up from the downwardly revised rate of 5.54 million in September.

Sales activity is the highest since February 2007, when the annual rate was 6.55 million. FULL POST

Filed under: Andrew Torgan • Economy • Finance
November 23rd, 2009
11:15 AM ET

Sanford impeachment measure to be formally considered

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Peter Hamby
CNN Political Producer

A special House committee in South Carolina will formally consider an impeachment resolution against Gov. Mark Sanford for the first time next Tuesday, the Republican chairman of the committee told CNN Friday.

The resolution, filed by a handful of House Republicans earlier this week, will be examined by an ad hoc committee of seven lawmakers from both sides of the aisle.

The group will meet for the first time next week, after Sanford provides the legislature with the results of a state Ethics Commission investigation into the governor's travel expenses, Judiciary Committee chairman Jim Harrison said.

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Filed under: Republicans
November 23rd, 2009
11:13 AM ET

Kids smuggle food for cents along war border

Sara Sidner
CNN Correspondent

Sabar Mina is cloaked in a light green shawl tinged with dirt. She is holding an empty flour sack that she plans on filling with firewood.

Her eyes are soft and kind, but they bear the signs of exhaustion. There's a reason for that. Instead of going to school, the eight-year-old walks an hour to work.

All day long Sabar takes items back and forth between two of the most dangerous countries in the world, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Normally she smuggles flour from the Pakistan side where she is from. Pakistan has a ban on exporting food items to Afghanistan because of a spike in food prices, so flour is a hot commodity right now.

Once over the border Sabar gathers and carries firewood to take back from Afghanistan. Her job is hard and sometimes dangerous.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Sarah Sidner
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