February 6th, 2013
10:08 PM ET

Are Newtown kids being exploited? Students to appear on Seacrest's red carpet show

Is Hollywood exploiting the students from Newtown? That's what many are saying after a producer announced a group of students from Sandy Hook Elementary would be featured on E! Entertainment Television's pre-show for the Grammy's.

It's being reported they'll be singing the hit song "Call Me Maybe." The appearance comes just days after another group of students from the school sang alongside Jennifer Hudson at the Super Bowl.

Is this a healthy distraction or something more?

OutFront tonight: Bonnie Fuller, President and editor of HollywoodLife.com and Slade Sohmer co-founder and editor-in-chief of HyperVocal.com.

Filed under: CT Shooting • Entertainment • News
February 6th, 2013
09:57 PM ET

Marco Rubio to give GOP's State of the Union response: Is it a blessing or curse?

Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida has been chosen to deliver his party's response to President Obama's State of the Union address next week.

It sounds like a great opportunity, a time for this rising star and potential 2016 presidential candidate to shine.

But for those who took it up in the past, this gig didn't turn out to be so glamorous.

So, is it worth the risk?

OutFront tonight: CNN contributor David Frum, former speech writer for President George W. Bush, and Rosa Brooks, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Obama administration.

Filed under: News • Politics
February 6th, 2013
09:51 PM ET

Boy Scouts delay decision on gays: Did the Mormon church influence the postponement?

The Boy Scouts of America announced Wednesday that they're delaying a controversial and highly-anticipated vote to lift a ban on gay membership.

The question tonight - does the long history between Mormons and the Boy Scouts have anything to do with the announcement today?

Mormons represent 15% of the 2.7 million registered Boy Scouts, the single biggest group. Their departure could leave a gaping hole in a the boy scouts organization, which has seen its membership decline by a third since 1999.

Statement from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

"We believe [Boy Scouts of America] has acted wisely in delaying a vote on this policy issue until the implications can be more carefully evaluated. We caution others not to speculate about our position or to assume that individual Latter-day Saints inside or outside the scouting movement speak for the Church. Neither has the Church launched any campaign either to effect or prevent a policy change."

Outfront tonight: McKay Coppins is a reporter for Buzzfeed and a practicing Mormon  he's been working his sources all day, and John Gustav-Wrathall is a former eagle scout who says he has been ex-communicated from the Mormon church because he is openly gay.

Filed under: News • Religion
February 6th, 2013
09:39 PM ET

U.S. misses chance to kill Jihadist targeting Americans

One of the most feared jihadists in North Africa has been hunting Americans. Erin first heard about Algeria-born Mokhtar BelMokhtar while traveling on the Mali border last summer.

A Tuareg tribesman who accompanied Erin received a warning call, telling him he was in the area.

Now we are learning the United States had the chance to kill Mokhtar Bel Mokhtar a decade ago but missed the opportunity.

OutFront tonight: CNN's Chris Lawrence has the story.

Filed under: International • Mali • News
February 6th, 2013
09:26 PM ET

New details on Alabama hostage taker, kidnapper described as paranoid

The child who was abducted from his school bus and held hostage in an underground bunker for nearly a week celebrated his sixth birthday today.

Authorities, meanwhile, are learning a bit more about Jimmy Lee Dykes, the man who held Ethan in an underground bunker after shooting and killing Ethan's bus driver.

Hear how driver protected kids on bus

Martin Savidge has the story from Midland City, Alabama.

Erin Burnett also talked about what happened the day Dykes killed the bus driver, Charles Poland and his state of mind leading up to the incident.

OutFront tonight: John Miller, former FBI assistant director and  Dr. James Fallon a neuroscientist who has been studying the brains of murderers for close to 20 years now.

Filed under: Alabama hostage standoff • Crime
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