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May 15th, 2013
11:15 PM ET

Attorney: Ariel Castro ‘is no monster,’ client will plead not guilty

In Ohio, Ariel Castro plans to plead not guilty to kidnapping and rape, according to his attorneys who spoke to CNN affiliate WKYC.

Castro's defense says the 52-year-old former bus driver is not a "monster" and are planning for trial. This comes as the city of Cleveland, just minutes ago honored the first responders who helped rescue Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Gina DeJesus, who were allegedly held captive in Castro's home for more than a decade.

CNN's Martin Savidge is Outfront in Cleveland with the latest.


Filed under: Cleveland Missing Women • Crime
May 15th, 2013
09:10 PM ET

Flight simulation helping surgeons perfect brain surgery

It sounds like it could be an old joke - a neurosurgeon and two former Israeli soldiers walk into a coffee shop. But what happens next is no punch line.

It's a chance encounter that has turned an old idea – meant to prepare fighter pilots for battle – into an innovative new idea that could save lives.

Surgical Theater is a virtual program that helps surgeons simulate intricate surgery - just like a flight simulator helps the Air Force practice a critical mission.


Filed under: I.D.E.A. • News • Tech
May 15th, 2013
08:48 PM ET

IRS Chief forced to resign over scandal

A source tells CNN that the Internal Revenue Service has identified two quote "rogue" employees in the agency's Cincinnati office as being principally responsible for the quote "overly aggressive" handling of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.

But in an angry statement to the media, President Obama announced that acting commissioner Steven Miller agreed to resign over revelations that the agency targeted conservative political groups for greater scrutiny over their tax-exempt status.

Our Jim Acosta has the story from Washington.


Filed under: Internal Revenue Service • News • Politics
May 15th, 2013
08:39 PM ET

Gitmo detainees cost U.S. taxpayers $900,000 apiece

As the calls grow louder for the military to stop force-feeding some of the 100 detainees who have been on a hunger strike for nearly 100 days - we're learning not only how much money is being spent and wasted because of the current stand-off with detainees.

But also how much tax payers are shelling out to keep the prison open.

Our Chris Lawrence is at Guantanamo Bay. He's been given unprecedented access to the prison - and has more in a OutFront investigation.


Filed under: Gitmo • News
May 15th, 2013
08:36 PM ET

Can Obama quiet critics with Benghazi e-mails and IRS chief resignation?

The White House making two major announcements Wednesday night.

First, it released more than 100 pages of emails detailing the back and forth between the CIA, the State Department and the White House showing how the so-called 'talking points' about the attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi changed over time. That, of course, came after intense pressure from Republicans.

Then a short time later - President Obama made a terse statement about the IRS giving extra scrutiny to conservative groups and announced the acting commissioner has resigned.

Big question tonight - will any of this quiet the critics?

OutFront tonight: CNN Contributor Reihan Salam and Radio Show host Stephanie Miller.


Filed under: Internal Revenue Service • International • Libya • News • Politics
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