August 8th, 2013
09:48 PM ET

Florida teen accused of trying to join al Qaeda

Nineteen-year-old Shelton Bell walked into a federal court for the first time to answer questions that he allegedly tried to join and and help terrorists in Yemen.

Florida man allegedly wanted to join Yemen-based terror organization

David Mattingly is OutFront with the latest.

Filed under: al Qaeda • International • Terrorism
August 8th, 2013
09:33 PM ET

Dr. Gupta changes his mind on weed

With 20 states now allowing medical marijuana and Washington D.C. opening its first dispensary, the medical community is starting to come around cannabis.

And so is Dr. Sanjay Gupta has made a  dramatic turnaround on marijuana - just four years ago, he wrote an article for Time Magazine title "Why I would vote no on pot."

In a groundbreaking new documentary airing Sunday, August 11th on CNN, he explains why he's changed his mind.

Filed under: Health • Marijuana
August 8th, 2013
09:06 PM ET

Is Snowden safe in Russia? Filmmaker has stern warning for NSA Leaker

Is NSA leaker Edward Snowden safe in Russia?

One Op-ed writer says he should watch his back.

Robert Stone: Beware the Curse of Asylum in Russia

....Mr. Snowden—may I call you Ed? Yes, the U.S. and Russia have been at odds these past few years; in fact, now things are getting particularly sticky with President Obama canceling his planned meeting in Moscow with President Putin. The White House cited the Kremlin granting asylum to you as a factor in the decision. Moscow may be glad that the Americans are so angry, but one day the relationship will once again thaw. That's when the Kremlin may consider any loose ends that could be taken care of in the name of "better relations," or even a "reset."

My advice, Ed Snowden, is beware of Russians bearing gifts of asylum.

CNN's Susan Candiotti is OutFront with the story.

August 8th, 2013
08:48 PM ET

Police: Suspected killer may be armed with explosives

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department tells CNN they fear DiMaggio is armed with improvised explosives or may have rigged his abandoned car with them.

California kidnapping, murder suspect may have improvised explosives

Outfront tonight: Paul Vercammen is in San Diego.

Filed under: Crime • News
August 8th, 2013
08:15 PM ET

How al Qaeda communicates in secret

On Tuesday, CNN learned about a conference call of sorts between al Qaeda leaders.

According to The Daily Beast, the call was intercepted, prompting an unprecedented terror alert, closing nearly two dozen U.S. embassies.

Report: Intercepted al Qaeda conference call prompted U.S. embassy closures

The idea of a conference call between al Qaeda leaders sounded a bit odd to us - it flies in the face of everything we know about the way the terror groups operate.

Erin Burnett spoke with the reporter who broke that story, and he clarified it a bit for us.

"I would say it is not a telephone conference call in that sense. It was a kind of remote conference where people are in. It is something like a teleconference."

So we wanted to do a bit more digging and figure out how al Qaeda really does communicate.

CNN's Tom Foreman has the OutFront investigation.

Filed under: al Qaeda • International
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