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February 5th, 2014
09:56 PM ET

U.S. warns airlines of explosives in toothpaste tubes ahead of Olympics

Washington (CNN) - The United States is advising airlines with direct flights serving Russia to be aware of the possibility that explosive materials could be concealed in toothpaste or cosmetic tubes, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said Wednesday night.

Rep. Michael McCaul said the Department of Homeland Security issued a bulletin to airlines flying into Russia warning of the potential threat.

The bulletin, the Texas Republican said, indicated that officials believed the explosives might be used during flights or smuggled into the city of Sochi, where competition at the Winter Olympics begins Thursday. The opening ceremony is Friday.

A U.S. law enforcement official told CNN that the cause for the Homeland Security alert was specific to the imminent start of the Games.

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Filed under: Aviation Industry • International • News • Sochi 2014 • Sochi Winter Olympics • Terrorism
February 5th, 2014
09:40 PM ET

Is Obamacare a massive jobs killer?

Is Obamacare a massive jobs killer?

The man who said Obamacare could cut the labor force by the equivalent of 2.5 million jobs was in the hot seat on Capitol Hill.

The Director of the Congressional Budget Office seeming to hit home runs for the Republicans.

REP. PAUL RYAN (R-WI): Just to understand this, it is not that employers are laying people off, but that people aren't working in the work force, aren't supply labor to the equivalent of 2.5 million jobs in 2024, and as a result work force participation rate, less labor supply lowers economic growth.

DOUG ELMENDORF, CBO: That is right, Mr. Chairman.

And for the Democrats:

CHRIS VAN HOLLEN (D-MD): So when you boost demand for labor in this kind of economy, you actually reduce the unemployment rate because those people who were looking for work can find more work, right?

DOUG ELMENDORF, CBO: Yes. That's right.

OutFront: Congressman Chris Van Hollen, the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee.


Filed under: News • Obamacare
February 5th, 2014
09:21 PM ET

Hoffman's overdose highlights Hollywood's growing addiction to Heroin

Last May, Hoffman checked himself into a detox center for a heroin addiction and like so many other stars, including Robert Downey Jr., Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen, he did it in the privacy of a drug treatment facility.

But what really happens inside these cozy and expensive clinics? And why is it that they've become so popular?

CNN's David Mattingly has the story OutFront.


Filed under: Drugs • Heroin • News • Philip Seymour Hoffman
February 5th, 2014
09:16 PM ET

McDonalds reveals what's really in a McNugget

McDonald's has taken some heat over what's really in their chicken.

Now, they are fighting back.

CNN's Jeanne Moos has the report.


Filed under: Food • Jeanne Moos • News
February 5th, 2014
09:07 PM ET

Four arrested in connection with drugs found in Hoffman's apartment

New York (CNN) - Four people believed to be connected to the drugs found in Philip Seymour Hoffman's apartment were arrested late Tuesday night, law enforcement officials told CNN.

During the raid that led to the arrest of the three men and one woman, police recovered 350 small plastic bags of what is believed to be heroin, the officials said. The bags of alleged heroin were branded "black list" and "red bull" - not the same brands found in Hoffman's apartment, the sources said.

Apartments at 302 Mott Street in Manhattan, where the four were arrested, are part of the investigation into Hoffman's death, according to a police source.

The source identified the suspects being investigated in connection with drugs sold to Hoffman as Juliana Luchkiw, 22, charged with criminal use of drug paraphernalia, criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana; Max Rosenblum, 22, charged with criminal use of drug paraphernalia, criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana; Robert Vineberg, 57, charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of drug paraphernalia; and Thomas Cushman, 48, charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.

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Filed under: Drugs • Heroin • Philip Seymour Hoffman
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