December 6th, 2013
08:34 PM ET

Huge ratings, mixed reviews for NBC's live "Sound of Music"

"The Sound of Music" – did you love it or hate it? It probably doesn't matter.

NBC's three-hour live performance of the classic musical with Carrie Underwood as Maria drew a whopping 18.5 million viewers, as many as the 2009 series finale of ER.

From the very first notes, social media was buzzing with a variety of reactions, both positive and negative.

Actress Kym Karath, who played Gretl Von Trapp in the original "The Sound of Music" movie shares her take.

Filed under: Television
December 6th, 2013
08:32 PM ET

Examining Nelson Mandela's historic, complicated legacy

Around the world, tributes are pouring in for Nelson Mandela who passed away yesterday at the age of 95.

President Obama and the First Lady will head to South Africa next week to honor the South African leader. They will be traveling with former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush.

Former President Bill Clinton, a long-time friend of Mandela, is also planning a trip. Earlier today, Wolf Blitzer talked to Clinton about the advice Mandela gave him that guided him through some of his darkest moments.

Joining us now is Cornel West, who met with Mandela in South Africa in 2005, and the National Review's Reihan Salam.

Filed under: International • Nelson Mandela
December 6th, 2013
08:30 PM ET

Massive ice storm paralyzes Dallas, much of Midwest

One of the biggest cities in America is essentially shut down tonight because of a massive winter storm that's affecting many southern states.

Major highways across the Dallas-Fort Worth area have been closed until further notice, and with temperatures dipping into the 20s, the Dallas Marathon has official been canceled for the first time in its 26-year history.

Ed Lavandera is OutFront in Dallas with more on how the city is coping.

Filed under: Weather
December 6th, 2013
08:29 PM ET

After bloody 2012, Chicago sees historic drop in murder rate

Just one year after the FBI named Chicago the homicide capital of America, the city is on track to have its lowest murder rate in nearly half a century - already down 20% from 2012.

What is behind the dramatic turnaround? Ted Rowlands is OutFront in Chicago with the story.

Filed under: Crime
December 6th, 2013
08:27 PM ET

Slain teacher's friend: He wanted to "change lives"

Thirty-three-year-old American teacher Ronnie Smith was shot and killed in Benghazi this week, but the reasons behind his murder remain a mystery. OutFront tonight with more on his life and work is Fernando Velasco, a close friend of Smith's.

Filed under: Benghazi • International
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