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March 27th, 2013
09:11 PM ET

North Korea cuts military hotline ending communication with South Korea's military

North Korea announced today that it cut the last military hot line to South Korea amid the growing tensions between the two sides.

The North says a war may break out at any moment saying conditions are in place for a "for a simmering nuclear war."

The United States denounced the  move.

"We think their latest threats to cut off communication links coupled with its provocative rhetoric, is not constructive to insuring peace and stability on the peninsula, " State. Dept. Acting Deputy Spokesman Patrick Ventrell said.

North Korea's military has nuclear weapons and long-range missile systems. In addition, 1.2 million fighting troops, 8,000 artillery systems and 2,000 tanks - all close to the nearly 30,000 American soldiers stationed in South Korea.

U.S. officials talked about the North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, saying "North Korea is not a paper tiger so it wouldn't be smart to dismiss its provocative behavior as pure buster."

OutFront tonight: Matthew Chance is on the island of Yeonpyeong which is just miles from a potential North Korean military strike.


Filed under: International • News • North Korea
March 27th, 2013
08:58 PM ET

Repaired Picasso sells for record price

How much would you be willing to pay for a Picasso? Billionaire Steve Cohen has reportedly bought a famous Picasso for possibly a record price.

CNN's Alina Cho reports.


Filed under: News
March 27th, 2013
08:53 PM ET

Should the government tax your emails?

A city councilman in Berkeley, California is floating the idea of taxing emails as part of a broader Internet tax that could be used as a way to help the local economy.

The idea may not be as far-fetched as it sounds. The law prohibiting such a tax - expires next year.

OutFront tonight: Liberal radio show host Stephanie Miller, CNN Contributor Reihan Salam, and Matt Welch, editor-in-chief of Reason Magazine.


Filed under: Economy • News • Politics • Tech
March 27th, 2013
08:42 PM ET

Supreme Court skeptical of law defining marriage

Lots of skepticism from Supreme Court justices on the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and woman.

"The Federal Government is intertwined with the citizens' day-to-day life, you are at - at real risk of running in conflict with what has always been thought to be the essence of the State police power, which is to regulate marriage, divorce, custody," Justice Anthony Kennedy said.

Five justices appear receptive to gutting Defense of Marriage Act

The case against the Defense of Marriage Act was brought by an elderly New York woman, Edith Windsor who was hit with a $363,000 federal estate-tax bill when her same-sex spouse passed away in 2009.

Now had the feds recognized Windor's marriage, which was valid in New York - she would have owed nothing.

"I didn't feel any hostility, okay, or any sense of inferiority, you know, what do these people want? I felt, felt, felt we were very respected and, and I think, I think it's gonna be good," Windsor said.

Outfront tonight: Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin, who was in the courtroom.


Filed under: Gay Marriage • News • Supreme Court
March 27th, 2013
08:23 PM ET

Will James Holmes' guilty plea help him avoid the death penalty?

Lawyers for the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooter, James Holmes offered a guilty plea Thursday in exchange for life in prison.

The prosecutors say they have not yet decided whether to accept the deal because they may still seek the death penalty for the shooting rampage in which Holmes killed 12 and wounded dozens more last July.

OutFront tonight: Paul Callan, CNN Legal Contributor and Former Prosecutor, and Anne Bremner, Criminal Defense attorney.


Filed under: Colorado theater shooting • Crime • News
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