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January 31st, 2013
10:33 PM ET

Senator Menendez pays back $58,000 for trips following ethics complaint; two years after trips

We first brought you this story last night - and now, there are new twists in the accusations involving Senator Robert Menendez.

Menendez's office says it has reimbursed a political donor more than $58,000 dollars for two trips to the Dominican Republic back in August and September of 2010.

But the reimbursement came two months after an ethics complaint was filed against him and two years after the trips took place. The senator's office is calling the late reimbursement an "oversight".

But it's those trips to the Dominican Republican that sparked allegations that Menendez was meeting up with prostitutes.
For more on this developing story, Susan Candiotti reports.


Filed under: Congress • News • Politics
January 31st, 2013
09:46 PM ET

"Chuck Hagel appeared weak and wobbly," says Senator John Barrasso

President Obama's Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel faced tough questions Thursday during his Senate confirmation hearing.

Barrasso: He failed to gain my vote

Erin Burnett spoke to one senior lawmaker who opposes Hagel's nomination - Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming, the Senate's fourth highest-ranking Republican about why he is opposing Hagel's nomination.


Filed under: Congress • News • Politics
January 31st, 2013
09:24 PM ET

Washington State searching high and low for pot czar

In Washington State, where officials are searching high and low for someone to help them grow pot.

Colorado and Washington are the first states to legalize recreational marijuana use, and before they start producing and selling it in mass quantities, they are looking for an "expert" in the field.

You've heard of pot brownies... how about a pot czar?

CNN's Paul Vercammen is OutFront on this story.


Filed under: Business • Marijuana
January 31st, 2013
08:55 PM ET

Pond Scum Fuels Audi's Future: E-Fuel works just like gasoline

German car manufacturer Audi figured out a way to fuel a car using pond scum. Erin Burnett reports.


Filed under: Business • I.D.E.A.
January 31st, 2013
08:45 PM ET

Boy held hostage in underground bunker, suspects' neighbors describe him as a menace

Swat teams and hostage negotiators continue to surround an underground bunker in Midland City tonight - that's about 100 miles south of Montgomery - where a five year-old boy is being held hostage.

On Tuesday, authorities say a man who neighbors have identified as 65 year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes stopped a school bus, shot the driver dead, and took a random kindergartener to the bunker on his property.

Neighbors describe the Vietnam veteran as a survivalist and a menace to the community who has a history of threatening people.

CNN's Victor Blackwell is about a half a mile away from the scene with the latest.


Filed under: Crime
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