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February 3rd, 2014
09:02 PM ET

Heroin use on the rise in the U.S.

Philip Seymour Hoffman's death is a devastating loss and his suspected drug use is bringing new attention to an alarming trend OutFront has been reporting on for weeks.

The number of people using heroin is rising dramatically across the United States and quickly becoming a national crisis.

Between 2002 and 2012 heroin use has jumped more than 100 percent nationwide and overdose deaths increased 55 percent from 2000 to 2010.

CNN'S Ted Rowlands has more OutFront.


Filed under: Crime • Drugs • Heroin • News
February 3rd, 2014
08:38 PM ET

Puppy Bowl's MVP: Most Valuable Pup

The Super Bowl may have been a blow-out, but it was still the most watched blow-out in television history.

A record 111.5 million people tuned in to see the Seattle Seahawks take down the Denver Broncos.

But that wasn't the only game begging for your attention. CNN's Jeanne Moos has more.


Filed under: Jeanne Moos • News • Sports • Super Bowl
February 3rd, 2014
08:37 PM ET

Philip Seymour Hoffman, in his own words

He was a beefy 5-foot-10 but won an Oscar for playing the slight, 5-foot-3 Truman Capote. He had the booming voice of a deity but often played schlubs and conflicted characters.

He could be heartfelt and giving, as with his male nurse in "Magnolia" or rock critic in "Almost Famous," or creepily Machiavellian, such as the game master in the latest "Hunger Games" movie.

Philip Seymour Hoffman was an actor who could be anybody.

"I don't know how he does it," director Mike Nichols told The New York Times Magazine in 2008. Nichols directed Hoffman on both stage ("The Seagull," "Death of a Salesman") and screen ("Charlie Wilson's War").

"Again and again, he can truly become someone I've not seen before but can still instantly recognize. ... He may look like Phil, but there's something different in his eyes. And that means he's reconstituted himself from within, willfully rearranging his molecules to become another human being."

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February 3rd, 2014
08:32 PM ET

Dow sinks 326 points on weak data

The Dow tumbled more than 300 points Monday afternoon, or almost 2%, after a much worse-than-expected reading on manufacturing activity. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq were down more than 2%.

Dow tumbles 300 points on weak data

Companies like Microsoft and G.E. were also down 3 percent. And AT&T fell more than 4 percent.  So far this year, the Dow is down 1,200 points.

OutFront: Brent Wilsey, President of Wilsey Asset Management.


Filed under: Economy • Markets • News
February 3rd, 2014
08:23 PM ET

Chris Christie answering questions about bridge scandal: I knew nothing about lane closures

Washington (CNN) - Embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday forcefully reiterated he knew nothing about lane closures at the George Washington Bridge last September before media reports appeared.
Christie, whose administration is under fire for suggestions top appointees orchestrated traffic jams at the foot of the bridge in Fort Lee to punish that town's mayor politically, said again that he "had nothing to do with this."

In a radio interview with New Jersey 101.5, Christie was asked to respond to a new allegation from a central figure in the scandal that "evidence exists" showing he was aware of the lane closings in real time over a work week last September, contradicting his recollection of events.

The allegation was made by David Wildstein, a former top Christie appointee at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, who is thought to have carried out the lane closures and has been subpoenaed by a state legislative committee for all documents and other materials on the matter.

But Christie, whose comments on Monday mirrored what he expressed at a January news conference, said he asked aides to investigate once he became aware of the traffic mess.

"I was told at the time that the Port Authority was engaged in a traffic study," Christie said, again reiterating past comments on the subject. "That's what I was told at the time."

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Filed under: Chris Christie • News • Politics
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