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May 21st, 2014
10:39 PM ET

Obama: Shinseki stays despite calls for resignation

The fallout continuing to grow over the scandal at America's veteran hospitals. The House just passed a bill that cuts through the red tape and makes it easier to fire senior officials at Veteran Affairs for misconduct.

The bill comes as President Barack Obama finally broke his silence Wednesday after meeting with embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki.

Obama: Shinseki stays for now, but VA misconduct will be punished

The president went before the American public to express his outrage and frustration over the alleged misconduct revealed by CNN that may have resulted in the deaths of at least 40 veterans in Arizona.

"If these allegations prove to be true, it is dishonorable, it is disgraceful, and I will not tolerate it, period," the President Obama said.

For now, the president is standing by Shinseki.

But as the crisis continues to snowball, Democrats are breaking with the President.

In interview with CNN's Brianna Keilar, Democratic Congressman John Barrow from Georgia explains why he's now calling for Shinseki's resignation.

"It's a whole lot easier for someone new to investigate and you also get to a point where someone needs to be held accountable," Barrow said. "People died as a result of this."

OutFront, Andy Card, the former White House Chief of Staff for President George W. Bush, and Bill Burton, the Former Deputy White House Press Secretary for President Obama.


Filed under: Health • News • Politics • Veterans
May 21st, 2014
10:26 PM ET

Prosecutors: Christmas lights used in Boston marathon bombs

(CNN) - The accused Boston Marathon bombers used Christmas lights and model-car parts to make the explosives, prosecutors said in court documents obtained by CNN Wednesday.

"The Marathon bombs were constructed using improvised fuses made from Christmas lights and improvised, remote-control detonators fashioned from model car parts," federal prosecutors said in a motion filed Wednesday. "These relatively sophisticated devices would have been difficult for the Tsarnaevs to fabricate successfully without training or assistance from others."

To obtain explosive fuel for the pressure cooker bombs, the filing says, brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev "appeared to have crushed and emptied hundreds of individual fireworks containing black powder."

Authorities say Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 20, planted bombs at the finish line of the 2013 race. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed during the manhunt that paralyzed Boston. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to killing four people and wounding more than 200.

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Filed under: Boston Marathon Explosion • News • Terror Attack • Terrorism
May 21st, 2014
10:23 PM ET

Witness: 20,000 bees take over car

According the Department of Agriculture, bee populations have been dying at a rate that is "economically unsustainable."

Yet you wouldn't know it from the stories crossing the wires.

On Tuesday night, a tractor-trailer carrying live bees overturned in Delaware, forcing the closure of an entire off ramp due to transient bee swarms in the area.

Then, in Canada, a massive bee hive was found inside a home. Tens of thousands of bees needed to be removed from the hive by an experienced beekeeper.

And in England, 20,000 bees swarmed a car, covering the tires, doors and windows.

What do you do in a situation like that?

CNN's Brianna Keilar talks to the young man who experienced it first-hand, Rory Edwards.

 


Filed under: News
May 21st, 2014
10:16 PM ET

Texas teen faces life in prison for hash brownies

A 19-year-old Texas man is facing serious prison time for hash brownies.

Marijuana may be legal in some parts of the country, but in others, laced-baked goods could land you in jail for the rest of your life.

The issue is the brownies were made with hash oil, which is considered much more serious than marijuana in Texas.

So does the punishment fit the crime?

CNN's Pamela Brown has the story.


Filed under: Drugs • Justice • Marijuana • News
May 21st, 2014
08:40 PM ET

'Wheel of Fortune' host Pat Sajak under fire over 'unpatriotic racists' tweet

"Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak, says he was kidding when he tweeted:

"I now believe global warming alarmists are unpatriotic racists knowingly misleading for their own ends. Good night."

The remark set off a firestorm with one fan responding:

"Apparently when he's not entertaining the trailer park crowd, @patsajak is a climatologist. buy a vowel for this, Pat: F_ck Off"

CNN's Nischelle Turner has more on the controversy.


Filed under: Global Warming • Social Media
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