June 3rd, 2010
12:17 PM ET

Blocks of cocaine wash up on beach


It wasn't just shells and seaweed that washed ashore on one Texas beach last month.

Authorities said a backpack stuffed with 16 blocks of cocaine was found close to the water's edge.
[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/03/web_drug.bust.copy.jpg caption="According to the Galveston Police, the blocks weighed a total of 37 lbs, 2 oz., and had an estimated street value of $2.1 million."]
According to the Galveston Police, the blocks weighed a total of 37 lbs., 2 oz., and had an estimated street value of $2.1 million.

The discovery was made on May 22, the Galveston police said. A person walking along a city beach noticed the black backpack close to the shore, investigators said.

A field test came back positive for cocaine, police said, while adding that each block was wrapped in rubber and plastic

Police believed the drugs were in the water for sometime.

Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
June 3rd, 2010
11:03 AM ET

After quake, middle-class Haitians wrestle with fall into poverty

Moni Basu

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Ronide Baduel keeps a broken teacup tucked away for safekeeping.

One day, she will look at it, maybe even smile, and recall how life's rhythms shifted with the earth in January.

She was unlike many of her Haitian compatriots who were barely squeaking by. She had everything: an education, a decent job as a nurse, a three-bedroom home she rented with her teenage son, who was in school.

But when the massive earthquake struck, Baduel's house collapsed. For the first time in her life, she had nothing.

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Filed under: Haiti Earthquake
June 3rd, 2010
10:53 AM ET

Fisherman's wife breaks the silence

Elizabeth Cohen
CNN Senior Medical Correspondent

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Kindra Arnesen's husband often calls while he's out on a shrimping trip, so she wasn't surprised to hear her cell phone ring the night of April 29 while he was on an overnight fishing expedition.

However, this time, her husband, David, wasn't calling to tell her about the day's catch or to wish their children Aleena and David Jr. a good night. He was calling to tell her he was sick, and the strange thing about it, so were men on the seven other shrimping boats working near his.

"I received several calls from him saying, 'This one's hanging over the boat throwing up. This one says he's dizzy, and he's feeling faint. Everybody's loading up their stuff, tying up their rigs and going back to the docks,'" Arnesen remembers.

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Filed under: Elizabeth Cohen • Gulf Oil Spill
June 3rd, 2010
10:44 AM ET

Source: Administration officials subpoenaed in Blagojevich trial

CNN Wire Staff

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Two senior members of President Barack Obama's administration have been subpoenaed as witnesses in the federal corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, which begins Thursday in a federal courtroom in Chicago, Illinois.

Blagojevich is charged with racketeering and fraud, among other charges.

A senior administration official confirmed that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett have been subpoenaed.

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Filed under: Rod Blagojevich
June 3rd, 2010
10:42 AM ET

Arizona governor to meet with President Obama

CNN Wire Staff

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President Barack Obama plans to meet Thursday with Arizona Governor Jan Brewer - their first face-to-face since the governor signed the state's controversial immigration reform law.

The president has called the Arizona law misguided.

For her part, Brewer made clear Tuesday she's not worried about a potential legal challenge from the Obama administration over the law.

"We'll meet you in court," Brewer told CNN's John King, USA. "I have a pretty good record of winning in court."

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Filed under: Immigration • President Barack Obama
June 3rd, 2010
10:36 AM ET

BP apology campaign begins airing

CNN Wire Staff

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If he was unknown to the American public before, Tony Hayward is fast becoming a household name, answering rapid-fire questions about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in newspaper stories and television shows.

On Thursday, BP's chief executive officer hit the airwaves again. This time, with a carefully crafted message of his own: "I'm sorry."

"The Gulf spill is a tragedy that never should have happened," Hayward says in commercials that began airing on national television.

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Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
June 3rd, 2010
10:27 AM ET

Video: Unpaid Boat Captains

Gary Tuchman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Filed under: Gary Tuchman • Gulf Oil Spill
June 3rd, 2010
10:21 AM ET

Video: Cleanup crews feeling sick

Dr. Sanjay Gupta | BIO
AC360° Contributor
CNN Chief Medical Correspondent

Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill • Sanjay Gupta
June 3rd, 2010
10:18 AM ET
June 3rd, 2010
09:51 AM ET

BP tries again to cap well; protests set to start

CNN Wire Staff

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After every effort to contain the undersea oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico failed or fell short, BP devised a new strategy Thursday to cap the ruptured well, though the new plug will not be as tight as previously hoped.

The oil giant said it would try again to slice off a damaged riser pipe and then place a containment dome over the well.

But after an attempt to sever the pipe with a diamond-embedded saw failed Wednesday, the company will have to use shears that will not be able to make as precise a cut.

Even if the attempt is successful, then the cap will not be as snug and oil will still be flowing out into the Gulf.

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Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
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