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At least one person is dead and another injured after Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo space tourism craft crashes in California. Brianna Keilar is in for Erin Burnett.
October 22nd, 2014
09:45 PM ET

Rene Zellweger raises eyebrows with her new look

Renee Zellweger is one of Hollywood's most famous faces.

As Jeanne Moos puts it, "she may have raised more than her own eyebrows."

Now, many of her fans say they barely recognize her.

Jeanne looks at the public's reaction... and some overreactions.


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October 22nd, 2014
09:37 PM ET

U.S. on alert following Canadian Parliament shooting

NORAD put additional aircraft on standby and went into a higher state of alert following the deadly shooting in Ottawa.

Barbara Starr reports from the Pentagon on ways the U.S. increased security following today's attack.


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October 9th, 2014
09:25 PM ET

Mother tweets plea to ISIS leader to release her son

There were 11 new U.S. airstrikes against ISIS in Syria and Iraq - six of those strikes near the besieged city of Kobani.
But still, ISIS now appears to be in control of a third of this key city near the Syria – Turkey border.

Airstrikes alone aren't turning the tide.

And Turkey, a key U.S. ally in this fight, says it's not realistic for the world to expect Turkey to fight the ground war alone.

But as the battle continues, it's now a race against time to rescue an American held by ISIS.

Kassig's mother plea to ISIS leader: 'I am an old woman, and (he) is my only child'

Abdul-Rahman Kassig, whose given name is Peter, was detained on October 1 while doing humanitarian work in eastern Syria.

Now, his mother making a desperate plea to the terror group's leader, begging for her son's release.

Arwa Damon has the story.


Filed under: International • ISIS • News • Terrorism • Uncategorized
September 25th, 2014
04:43 PM ET

Bill Clinton: America has 'bought the NRA's theory' we would all be safer with a gun

New York (CNN) - Bill Clinton addressed a number of crime and justice issues during a sweeping talk with CNN on Wednesday, including taking on the National Rifle Association and its pro-gun policy.

The former president, in a conversation with CNN's Erin Burnett at the Clinton Global Initiative meeting in New York, lumped together the NRA, stand your ground laws, and people surrounding themselves only with those who agree with them as problems that lead to a more violent climate in the United States.

Clinton, however, rejected the idea that several high-profile cases with apparent racial undertones mean the U.S. is more racist than it was in the past.

"I think we have enhanced the risks by changing the environment, basically, because it seems we bought the NRA's theory that we would all be safer if everybody in this audience had a gun that was a concealed weapon," Clinton said. "Then if one of them felt threatened by another, they could stand up right here and stand their ground. And we could watch the whole saga unfold. That is what happens."

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Reporter's Notebook: Why police often favor guns over Tasers
August 22nd, 2014
10:19 PM ET

Reporter's Notebook: Why police often favor guns over Tasers

There has been a lot of discussion on social media about law enforcement's use of force. There was the officer-involved shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson on August 9. Then ten days later, Kajieme Powell was fatally gunned down by St. Louis police officers.

Many have questioned why officers pulled their guns instead of using a less lethal device like pepper spray or a Taser. Experts walked us through the 21-foot rule, which is currently taught in police academies across the United States. The average assailant can run a distance of 21 feet in two seconds. That's the same amount of time it takes an officer to remove his gun from his holster and raise his weapon.

Forensic criminologist Ron Martinelli, an expert in more than 100 shooting cases, most of them officer-involved, showed us how the drill works. It revealed how little time an officer has to decide to shoot an assailant. But it also showed how the more items you add to a duty belt, the more an officer’s response time is going to be delayed, by as much as 50%.

If the officer is in close proximity to an assailant, he will likely turn to his gun because it's more effective. A Taser must be used when the assailant is more than two feet away but not more than 20 feet away in order for the two probes to launch and hit the perpetrator. Martinelli estimates the Taser has an effectiveness rate of only 60%, much of it due to operator error.

Given how little time an officer has to make a lethal force decision and the proximity these decisions often have to be made, experts say it's the reason officers often grab their gun before their Taser.

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