August 16th, 2012
08:09 PM ET

"Restaurant Man" took a big gamble in life... and it's still paying off

Tonight's IDEA guest quit his job on Wall Street after just one year and bought a one-way ticket to Italy – a scary move for a guy who started out cleaning sidewalks in the Bronx.

But it was a move that would pay off... big. Joe Bastianich, longtime partner of Iron Chef Mario Batali, is the "restaurant man" behind iconic favorites such as Babbo, Del Posto, and Eataly, the largest Italian food and alcohol marketplace in the world. Erin spoke to Bastianich about the IDEA that made him millions.

Filed under: I.D.E.A.
August 16th, 2012
08:05 PM ET

Claiming innocence, brothers released after 25 years behind bars for murder

Two brothers in Detroit who spent almost 25 years in jail for a murder they say they didn't commit walked free this week, as a judge overturned their convictions and granted a bond request.

Thomas and Raymond Highers were in their early 20's when they were arrested and charged with murdering a drug dealer in 1987. They always maintained their innocence, yet they were convicted and sent to prison.

But in 2009, a Facebook posting by a former resident of the neighborhood where they lived at the time led to a new chain of evidence, including one witness who says that the armed men he saw entering the drug dealer's house that night were black, not white.

Prosecutors have promised to retry the case, but for now, Thomas and Raymond are just thankful for their freedom, and they come OutFront tonight exclusively with their lawyer to share their story.

Filed under: Crime
August 16th, 2012
07:36 PM ET

Campaigns' focus swings towards Medicare

With today's revelation that Wisconsin has become a true "toss-up" state, the final result of the election could be determined by who wins the Medicare debate.

The Romney Campaign announced today that Paul Ryan will campaign with his 80-year-old mother Saturday in Florida – practically ground zero for Medicare and a state that some critics said he wouldn't dare step foot in, given his commitment to entitlement reform. FULL POST

Filed under: Election 2012 • Politics
August 16th, 2012
07:33 PM ET

With music conquered, Apple turns its attention to cable TV

Apple has got its sights set on your TV.

In a way, they've already entered the game with the Apple TV – a little box you can connect to your TV and access iTunes, Netflix, Hulu Plus, and other applications. But now, they want to do more. FULL POST

Filed under: Tech • The Number
August 16th, 2012
07:21 PM ET

Blame game escalates in aftermath of Family Research Council shooting

OutFront tonight – the blame game.

Just one day after Floyd Lee Corkins shot a security guard at the office of the conservative Family Research Council and allegedly said "I hate your politics," FRC President Tony Perkins is pinning the blame on groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has officially labeled the FRC a hate group.

The SPLC, which monitors hate groups and bigotry across the country, fought back this evening, releasing a statement that blasts the FRC for comparing their "legitimate and fact-based criticism in a democratic society" to a call for violence.


Filed under: Crime • Politics • Religion
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