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Authorities are investigating the possibility the South Korean ferry was off course, reports that few of its lifeboats made it into the water and that the captain was among the first to escape.
January 11th, 2013
09:18 PM ET

Kate Middleton's portrait unveiled in London; critics say it's "rotten," "dull" and "ghastly"

Erin Burnett buck critics of Duchess of Cambridge's new portrait revealed in London.


Filed under: E-Block • International
January 11th, 2013
09:10 PM ET

Who is calling the shots on U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan after 2014?

Who's calling the shots? President Barck Obama, or Afghan President Hamid Karzai?

Obama's mixed messages as to when U.S. troops might come home from America's longest war in Afghanistan raise more questions.
Here's what Obama said today after meeting with Karzai in Washington:

"We've already reduced our presence in Afghanistan to roughly 66,000 U.S. troops. I've pledged we'll continue to bring our forces home at a steady pace. And in the coming months, I'll announce the next phase of our drawdown, a responsible drawdown that protects the gains our troops have made," Obama said.

The decision is "months away". Let's rewind just one month. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said then to troops in Kuwait: "The size of that enduring presence is something that the president is going to be considering over these next few weeks"

Weeks. Not months. Over a month ago.
So how about two months ago?

Speaking about the troop count decision - Secretary Panetta told reporters in November: "My hope is that we will be able to complete this process in the next few weeks."

Two months ago it was "weeks." Four weeks after that, still "weeks." And now, it's "months"?

OutFront tonight: CNN Contributors Roland Martin and Reihan Salam.


Filed under: Afghanistan
January 11th, 2013
08:56 PM ET

Costa Concordia one year later: "What really terrified us was when panic started"

It's been almost one year since the luxury cruise liner Costa Concordia ran aground off the Italian island of Giglio. Nearly three dozen people were killed as passengers scrambled for life boats.

Later this month the captain could be indicted for his role in the chaos.

Have industry-wide safety procedures gotten better in the wake of that January 13th disaster?

CNN Miguel Marquez has the story.


Filed under: Crime • International
January 11th, 2013
08:51 PM ET

"The individual is evil, he's not crazy," Father of shooting victim speaks out about James Holmes

A Colorado judge has ruled there is enough evidence for 25 year-old James Holmes to face trial for killing 12 people and wounding 58 others in the July 20th massacre at an Aurora movie theater.

Will the former neuroscience grad enter an insanity plea? The judge delayed today's arraignment until March to give the defense more time to consider the evidence.

Outfront tonight: Tom Teeves, whose son Alex was killed in the shooting. He spent the week in Colorado at the preliminary hearing and right before the show Erin Burnett asked him what is was like to sit in the same room as James Holmes.


Filed under: Colorado theater shooting • Crime
OutFront OutThere: D.C. Residents Rock Bus Line
January 11th, 2013
08:38 PM ET

OutFront OutThere: D.C. Residents Rock Bus Line

We’ve all used public transportation at some point or another. And straphangers around the country may have a few choice words come to mind when reflecting on their rail or bus experience.

Delayed.

Crowded.

Outdated.

Automated-train-announcement-voice-lady-that-haunts-you-in-your-nightmares.

But bus riders in some Washington, D.C. neighborhoods now have one more thing to worry about on their commute.

Rocks. FULL POST

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