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Is the U.S. now cooperating with Syria's Assad, the man President Obama demanded "must go?" Erin Burnett has the live report tonight.
January 9th, 2013
09:25 PM ET

A Hero's Welcome For Benghazi Attack Suspect

The only person jailed in connection with last September's deadly attack in Benghazi is free.

There's new video tonight of his release by Tunisian Authorities. It's been posted to Facebook. He is seen being greeted by what are believed to be members of the militant group Ansar al-Sharia.

CNN's Brian Todd has the story.


Filed under: International
January 9th, 2013
09:02 PM ET

Biden: President Obama can take 'executive action' on gun reform

Vice President Joe Biden met Wednesday with victims of gun violence, the first in a series of meetings for Biden's newly formed task force on gun policy.

This issue has been a political third rail for a long time, but today Biden said if no consensus is reached, the White House could go it alone.

"The president is going to act, there are executive orders, executive action that can be taken. We haven't decided what that is yet, but we are compiling it all with the help of the attorney general all the rest of the cabinet members as well as legislative action we believe is required," said Biden.

What legislative action will be taken?

Blumenthal: Crackdown on ammunition

One lawmaker has a plan of his own to help curb gun violence - going after the bullets. Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal is calling for background checks on purchasing ammunition.

OutFront tonight: CNN Contributor John Avlon, Legal Contributor Paul Callan, and Sen. Richard Blumental (D-CT).


Filed under: Congress • Gun Control • Law
January 9th, 2013
08:49 PM ET

Baseball Hall of Fame Shutout: "I did not vote for him," says Sports Illustrated Tom Verducci

For the first time since 1996 the baseball writers of America decided not to elect any players to the baseball hall of fame. Not one player got the necessary 75% of the vote.

Baseball writers balk at Hall of Fame class of '13

The 2013 ballot included notable players like all-time home-run champ Barry Bonds and seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens. Because of their link to steroids, Bond and Clemens were rejected from the hall of fame.

Sports Illustrated writer Tom Verducci did not vote for Bond or Clemens and tells Erin Burnett that he could not support any player who used steroids.

"I can not endorse someone's steroids use on any level whether they used in year one or year 19 in a 19 year career," Verducci said.

OutFront tonight: Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated.


Filed under: News • Sports
January 9th, 2013
08:42 PM ET

Father of rape victim says daughter's murder was "an awakening" for India

The father of the women raped and murdered in India speaks out for the first time.

New Delhi gang rape attack 'didn't suprise me, it disgusted me,' says Padma Lakshmi

Erin Burnett has the story.


Filed under: E-Block • International
January 9th, 2013
08:31 PM ET

Prosecutors: Holmes planned movie theater shooting for weeks

Prosecutors say 25 year-old James Holmes didn't care who he killed when he went into a crowded movie theater in Aurora, Colorado and opened fire on July 20th.

12 people were killed and dozens more were wounded. The preliminary hearing, which will determine if the case goes to trial, ended Wednesday after prosecutors presented more evidence they say shows Holmes had been planning the shooting for weeks.

Ed Lavandera is in Colorado and has the story.


Filed under: Crime • Law
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