Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was forced onto the defensive Thursday by charges he bullied a fellow classmate as a student in prep school.
CNN's Erin Burnett talks to Daniel McMullen, FBI agent in charge of the manhunt for Adam Mayes and the two missing girls.
Adam Mayes - accused of murder and kidnapping in a case involving a Tennessee mother and her three daughters - has died, FBI spokesman Joel Siskovic said late Thursday. The two sisters he allegedly kidnapped were found alive, law enforcement sources said.
There had been conflicting reports about whether Mayes was dead or alive after he reportedly shot himself in Union County, Mississippi.
Daniel McMullen, FBI special agent in charge in Jackson, Mississippi, said that officers with the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol and state Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Parks rescued Alexandria and Kyliyah Bain, "alive and unharmed."
"Preliminary reports indicate that Mr. Mayes shot himself in the head and was later pronounced dead," McMullen told reporters.
CNN's Chris Lawrence reports on the secret negotiations under way between U.S. and Taliban for a prisoner swap.
CNN's Erin Burnett tackles congress' vote to cut social programs rather than having mandatory spending cuts to defense spending. Virginia Congressman, Rob Wittman says he has made the tough choices when comes to spending cuts.
House passes bill undoing defense cuts
In a vote that was almost entirely along party lines, the house of representatives passed a Republican bill that cuts $243 billion from the budget over 10 years. Those cuts are meant to help offset a massive mandatory $500 billion cut to defense spending. The mandatory cuts will happen at the beginning of next year if congress can't agree on $1.2 trillion in overall cuts and so far, not a lot of agreeing is going on.
No democrat supported the Republicans' bill and it's pretty much dead on arrival in the Senate.
Mortgage rates remain at amazingly low levels, but as Erin Burnett reports in The Number, tougher bank regulations mean far higher pricetags at closing.