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After the announcement of American Alan Gross being released from a Cuban prison, President Obama announces an end to an approach he says "for decades has failed" U.S. interests.
May 8th, 2014
10:43 PM ET

Fmr. Boko Haram hostage recounts abduction: 'Disdain in their eyes, especially on the women'

Americans are now in Nigeria to help find girls abducted by terrorist group, Boko Haram.

There are approximately 50 to 60 interagency team members on the ground.

A team of seven United States military personnel from US Africa Command are scheduled to arrive in Nigeria Friday.

Officials: Abducted Nigerian schoolgirls likely split up, taken across border

More than 200 girls are still missing and thousands of people were slaughtered this year - with at least 150 just this week by the terrorist group.

Boko Haram attacks Nigerian village used by military in search for abducted girls

Bodies burned.

Throats slit.

Boko Haram's leader of this group warned, America could be next.

But Nigeria's president said Thursday 'the end is near'.

"I believe that the kidnapped of these of girls will be the beginning of the end of terror in Nigeria," said President of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan.

So what is happening to the kidnapped girls right now?

Outfront spoke to one man who survived being a Boko Haram hostage.


Filed under: International • News • Nigeria abducted girls
May 8th, 2014
09:58 PM ET

Break it up! The best of on-air brawls

Talk about arguing your point.

An all-out brawl erupted on a Jordanian television show between two journalists with differing opinions, resulting in wrecked furniture.

CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on the best brawls caught on camera.


Filed under: Jeanne Moos • News • OffBeat
May 8th, 2014
09:11 PM ET

Did Benham brothers lose their HGTV because of 'anti-gay' remarks?

(CNN) - Twin brothers David and Jason Benham have lost their opportunity to host their own HGTV show.

The brothers ran afoul of the network after the site Right Wing Watch published a post about the pair, labeling David Benham as an "anti-gay, anti-choice extremist" for reportedly leading a prayer rally in 2012 outside of the Democratic National Convention held in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The site posted a recording of Benham talking to a talk show host about "homosexuality and its agenda that is attacking the nation" and "demonic ideologies" taking hold in colleges and public schools.

Benham also discusses the fight for North Carolina's Amendment One, which involved a ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions in the state constitution.

The Benham brothers were the planned stars of the HGTV show "Flip It Forward," set to premiere in October, in which they would have helped families purchase homes they otherwise could not afford.

An April press release described the planned show this way: "After a decade of flipping houses for profit, brothers David Benham and Jason Benham now help families buy the homes they never thought they could afford. In each episode, the guys help a deserving family find a fixer-upper and transform it into their forever home - with a healthy dose of sibling rivalry between the brothers along the way."

But after the post went public, HGTV tweeted, "HGTV has decided not to move forward with the Benham Brothers' series."

Thursday night, Jason Benham told CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront" that HGTV had vetted the pair.

"When they - a year and a half ago - saw some of the footage where my brother was saying the things he was saying, they spoke with us.

"They got to know us a little better and then they made a judgment call, recognizing that David and I have no hate in our heart for anyone.

"We've been running a successful real estate company for the last 11 years and we help all people. There is no discrimination," said Jason Benham.

His comments were echoed by his brother.

"We love all people. I love homosexuals. I love Islam, Muslims, and my brother and I would never discriminate. Never have we - never would we," said David Benham.

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Filed under: Gay Rights • News
May 8th, 2014
09:07 PM ET

Official: 4 found dead in torched Florida home of tennis pro were shot

Authorities say a family of four that was renting a Tampa mansion owned by former tennis pro James Blake was found dead in the fire-damaged house Wednesday.

Official: 4 found dead after fire were shot; fireworks found inside Florida home

All four victims were shot.

Alina Machado is Outfront with the latest.


Filed under: News
May 8th, 2014
03:00 PM ET

HGTV pulls Benham brothers show after "anti-gay" comments

HGTV has decided to pull the plug on Flip it Forward.

The new series scheduled to debut in October has been canceled by the network, when Right Wing Watch reported that the hosts and twin brothers of the program, Jason and David Benham, were anti-gay.

HGTV has decided not to move forward with the Benham Brothers' series," HGTV tweeted on Wednesday.

In Flip it Forward, the successful entrepreneurs would "help families buy the homes they never thought they could afford. In each episode, the guys help a deserving family find a fixer-upper and transform it into their forever home - with a healthy dose of sibling rivalry between the brothers along the way."

In an article published Tuesday, Right Wing Watch reported that in 2012 David Benham led a protest outside of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte N.C., where he told a conservative radio host that the nation needed to stop "homosexuality and its agenda that is attacking the nation” and “demonic ideologies tak[ing] our universities and our public school systems."

The Benham brothers – David and Jason joins Erin Burnett Thursday night at 7pm ET on CNN.


Filed under: Entertainment • News
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