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February 17th, 2014
09:38 PM ET

Eric Cantor on Syria: America’s reputation as a leader is severely tarnished

Officials estimate there are roughly 2.5 million Syrian refugees and many of them split up from families.

As for the death toll, the United Nations has stopped counting because it can no longer verify the numbers.

The U.N.'s last count in late July was more than 100,000

It's been eight months since the White House admitted that Syrian President Bashar al Assad had crossed a red line by using chemical weapons on the Syrian people.

But only 11% of those weapons have been destroyed, according to U.N. officials.

There has been a loud silence from America since that red line. And the world and the U.S. are running out of time and options.

"They have refused to open up one line of discussion legitimately about the transition government and it is very clear that Assad is continuing to try to win this from the battlefield rather than come to negotiating table in good faith," Secretary of State John Kerry said.

The security situation there is spinning out of control. For months we've heard reports about atrocities being carried out by a rebel group of al Qaeda inspired extremists.

CNN's Erin Burnett spoke to Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor about his foreign policy speech at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va.

Cantor says America's reputation as a leader has been severely tarnished by our inaction in Syria.

"There’s a residue of America drawing a ride line and failing to live up to its word," Cantor said.


Filed under: International • News • Syria
February 17th, 2014
09:18 PM ET

Lorne Michaels: The new king of late night

Tonight, Jimmy Fallon starts his gig as the host of NBC's "Tonight Show."

But it's the man behind the camera, executive producer Lorne Michaels who will be the new king of late night.

Why?

Because not only is he at the helm of the Tonight Show, but he's also the brains behind "Saturday Night Live," "Late Night with Seth Meyers," which premiers next week and "30 Rock," which just finished its seventh season.

That brings us to the #NUMBER: $115,000.

That is how much NBC reportedly paid Michaels for his first late-night series, SNL in 1975.

Michaels is now estimated to be worth more than $350 million.

Jarett Wieselman the Senior Editor for BuzzFeed is OutFront.


Filed under: Entertainment • News • The Number
February 17th, 2014
09:07 PM ET

Reality show snake-handling pastor killed by snakebite

A pastor of a Kentucky church that handles deadly snakes as part of its faith has died from a fatal snake bite.

Reality show snake-handling preacher dies - of snakebite

Jamie Coots, who passed away Saturday after refusing medical treatment had previously appeared on the National Geographic reality show "Snake Salvation."

Death by faith: Why the snake handler refused treatment

Despite the practice being illegal in every state except West Virginia, there are still over 120 snake-handling churches throughout the southeast United States.

Coots was a third-generation "serpent handler" and aspired to one day pass the practice and his church, Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name, on to his adult son, Little Cody.

CNN's Erin Burnett spoke to Raplh Hood, a long-time friend of deceased Pastor Coots.


Filed under: News • Religion
February 17th, 2014
08:52 PM ET

Protesters rally after Dunn verdict: Is Dunn verdict another George Zimmerman?

A controversial verdict in the Michael Dunn trial has many comparing it to the George Zimmerman trial.

Michael Dunn, who is white, was convicted of three counts of attempted murder, but a jury failed to find him guilty of murdering Jordan Davis, an unarmed black teenager.

Florida loud music trial: After convictions, both sides not giving up

Both sides are outraged over the outcome. Today, dozens of Davis supporters gathered in Jacksonville, Florida to protest.

CNN's Martin Savidge is in Jacksonville with the story.


Filed under: Justice • News
February 17th, 2014
08:43 PM ET

"Freak wave" kills cruise ship passenger

(CNN) - A passenger aboard the British-based cruise ship MS Marco Polo was killed after the ship was hit by a "freak wave during adverse sea conditions" as it made its way into the English Channel, according to a statement released Friday by the ship's owner, Cruise & Maritime Voyages.
"One elderly passenger has died and a further passenger has been airlifted for further shore-side medical assistance," it said.

The cruise line did not release the identity or nationality of the dead passenger.
The ship was en route from the Azores to its home port in Tilbury, England, and it was carrying 735 passengers and 349 crew members, the cruise line said. The passengers are primarily British, it said.
The cruise line did not reveal the condition of the injured passenger or say whether there were other injuries.

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