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The captain of the sunken ferry in South Korea was formally charged and is in custody, state-run media reported early Saturday, citing prosecutors and police. Erin Burnett has more.
February 19th, 2013
09:29 PM ET

New book seeks to determine what killed Cleopatra, murder or suicide?

A new book called "The Murder of Cleopatra," questions how the ancient Egyptian pharoah died. Erin Burnett reports


Filed under: E-Block • International
February 19th, 2013
09:12 PM ET

Obama, GOP clash over looming 'spending cuts'

The United States is now just 10 days away from Washington's latest deadline for forced across-the-board spending cuts - otherwise known as "sequester."

President Obama said something must be done.

"These cuts not smart, they are not fair, they will hurt our economy, the will add hundreds of thousands of Americans to the unemployment roles. This is not an abstraction. People will lose their jobs," Obama said.

Erin Burnett highlights two solutions:

  • Lawmakers find another way to punt - delaying the cuts for another few months
  • The President and Congress come up with a big plan to slash the debt in this country

Burnett says option number one has a decent chance of success citing the feared "forced cuts" or sequester are just 2.5% of projected total federal spending.

OutFront tonight: Daniel Altman, economics professor at New York University and Doug Holtz-Eakin, former director of the Congressional Budget Office.


Filed under: Economy • News • Sequestration
February 19th, 2013
09:05 PM ET

California man arrested for allegedly raping woman met on Christian Mingle

A California man has been arrested after allegedly raping a woman he met online.

Police believe 37-year-old Sean Patrick Banks has been using the popular dating website, Christian Mingle, to prey on potential victims as he traveled across the country.

CNN's Miguel Marquez is OutFront with the story.


Filed under: Crime
February 19th, 2013
08:59 PM ET

Kate Middleton reveals baby bump; award-winning author attacked over 'plastic princess' remarks

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, showed off her growing baby bump during a public appearance in London this morning.
Of course, it wasn't the only story about her appearance today.

The British author Hilary Mantel found herself in the middle of controversy when one of her lectures about Kate was published by the London Review of Books today.

Opinion: Author's rant on Catherine 'mean and cheap'

The lecture included comments like this:

"Kate Middleton, as she was, appeared to have been designed by a committee and built by craftsmen, with a perfect plastic smile and the spindles of her limbs hand-turned and gloss-varnished... without quirks, without oddities, without the risk of the emergence of character." – Author Hilary Mantel said. FULL POST


Filed under: International
February 19th, 2013
08:49 PM ET

"I had no intention to kill my girlfriend": Pistorius lays out murder defense

At an emotional bail hearing today, the attorney for South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius read a statement saying his client thought his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was an intruder when he opened fire and that "she died" in his arms.

But the prosecution laid out a very different version of events - contending the killing was premeditated murder.


Filed under: Crime • News • Pistorius Case
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