CNN Breaking News

March 24, 2008

I get CNN Breaking News e-mails, and every now and then I can’t understand what they consider “breaking news”. This page will keep track of some of their Breaking News Alerts that I think are a waste of electrons.

Breaking News Date
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to be cited for failure to wear a helmet, not having a proper license at time of his June 12 accident. June 19, 2006
10:30 a.m.
Dan Rather reaches agreement with CBS News to leave the network after 44 years, The Associated Press reports. June 20, 2006
10:11 a.m.
Enron founder Ken Lay has died in Aspen, Colorado, a spokesman for Lay's family said today. Lay was awaiting sentencing after being found guilty of conspiracy and fraud. July 5, 2006
10:05 a.m.
Mystery writer Mickey Spillane dies after a long illness, a nursing home spokesman says. He was 87. July 17, 2006
5:45 p.m.
Evacuation fees for americans being helped to leave Lebanon will be waived, two Republican senators tell CNN. July 18, 2006
8:08 p.m.
Mel Gibson has pleaded no contest to misdemeanor drunken driving and received three years probation, prosecutors say. August 17, 2006
2:35 p.m.
Leading astronomers say Pluto is no longer defined as a planet, The Associated Press reports.
August 24, 2006
9:22 a.m.
Apple Computer is recalling 1.1 million laptop batteries supplied by Sony, citing a fire hazard, The Associated Press reports.
August 24, 2006
1:13 p.m.
Grammy-winning singer Whitney Houston has filed for divorce from husband Bobby Brown, her publicist tells The Associated Press.
September 13, 2006
3:44 p.m.
Dallas Cowboys star Terrell Owens says "there was no suicide attempt" when he took pills that left him hospitalized.
September 27, 2006
3:38 p.m.
The Dow Jones industrial average closes at a record high as the bell rings.
October 3, 2006
4:04 p.m.
Former Rep. Mark Foley was molested as a teenager between the ages of 13 and 15 by a clergyman, his lawyer says.
October 3, 2006
6:05 p.m.
Kirk Fordham, a former aide to ex-Rep. Mark Foley, said he alerted the office of the Republican leader of the House of Representatives two years ago about worrisome conduct by Foley with teenage pages, AP reports.
October 4, 2006
4:11 p.m.
The National Transportation Safety Board blames a stiff wind for the plane crash in New York last month that killed Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle, The Associated Press reports.
November 3, 2006
2:34 p.m.
Britney Spears files for divorce from her husband Kevin Federline, citing irreconcilable differences.
November 7, 2006
4:09 p.m.
Allen Iverson traded by Philadelphia 76ers to Denver Nuggets, NBA source tells The Associated Press.
December 19, 2006
5:13 p.m.
The musical "Dreamgirls" led today's Academy Awards contenders with eight nominations, but was shut out in the best picture category for which it had been considered a potential front-runner.
January 23, 2007
8:49 a.m.
The Associated Press reports Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro was euthanized this morning, according to one of the horse's co-owners.
January 29, 2007
12:28 p.m.
Anna Nicole Smith dies after being found unconscious in her hotel room, a law enforcement source says.
February 8, 2007
3:53 p.m.
A Los Angeles judge orders the body of Anna Nicole Smith to be preserved pending a February 20 hearing on the paternity dispute surrounding her five-month-old daughter, lawyer says.
February 9, 2007
12:33 p.m.
There is no evidence to suggest that a crime occurred in the death of Anna Nicole Smith but case remains open, Seminole, Florida, police chief says.
February 9, 2007
3:33 p.m.
Larry Birkhead is the father of Anna Nicole Smith's baby, a court in the Bahamas rules. Birkhead said he hopes to have custody soon.
April 10, 2007
3:49 p.m.
Ashton Kutcher is first to reach 1 million followers in Twitter contest with CNN.
April 17, 2009
2:17 a.m.
A 6-year-old climbed into a balloon-like experimental aircraft built by his parents and floated into the Colorado sky.
October 15, 2009
2:57 p.m.
A balloon-like experimental aircraft thought be carrying a 6-year-old Colorado boy has landed.
October 15, 2009
3:44 p.m.
KMGH: Police say no one was found inside a balloon that was thought to be carrying a 6-year-old Colorado boy.
October 15, 2009
3:47 p.m.
A 6-year-old Colorado boy believed to have set adrift a helium balloon has been found alive, authorities said.
October 15, 2009
6:22 p.m.
Sheriff: Charges are expected to be filed against Richard Heene, whose son was thought to be in runaway balloon Thursday.
October 17, 2009
9:37 p.m.
County sheriff in Colorado says "balloon boy" incident was a "hoax" and a "publicity stunt."
October 18, 2009
1:11 p.m.
Golfer Tiger Woods was injured in a car accident this morning, the Florida Highway Patrol reports.
November 27, 2009
2:44 p.m.
Windermere, Florida mayor: Tiger Woods released from hospital, treated for facial lacerations.
November 27, 2009
3:25 p.m.
'There is no time to waste' on climate change accord, President Obama tells U.N. Climate Change Conference.
December 18, 2009
6:53 a.m.
The Dallas Cowboys defeated the New Orleans Saints 24-17, ending the Saints' hopes for an undefeated NFL season.
December 19, 2009
11:33 p.m.