December 11th, 2013
09:31 PM ET

Texas teen killed four in DUI spared from jail

A 16-year old drunk driver from a wealthy family is avoiding jail after killing four people.

He was going 70 miles per hour on a rural road with a blood alcohol level that was three times the legal limit.

[cnnvideo url='http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2013/12/11/exp-erin-intv-hostin-texas-teen-drunk-kills-four-spared-jail.cnn' inline='true']

He was facing up to 20 years in prison. But the Texas judge gave him just 10 years probation, because his lawyers argued he was suffering from "affluenza" and was never taught right from wrong.

David Mattingly has the story.

Filed under: Crime • Justice • News
December 11th, 2013
09:18 PM ET

Should Snowden be Time's Person of the Year?

Who's afraid of Edward Snowden?

The infamous NSA leaker was named runner-up to the Pope for Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2013.

Pope Francis is Time Person of Year

Does the Pope really trump the long-term impact of Snowden's leaks? Or would there have been a backlash against Time magazine if he got the top spot?

OutFront: Mediaite's Joe Concha, Father Edward Beck, a CNN contributor and Senior Media Correspondent Brian Stelter.

Filed under: News • Pope Francis
December 11th, 2013
08:57 PM ET

Marlee Matlin: Fake interpreter at Mandela memorial was 'offensive'

Shock and outrage around the world amid claims that the sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial was a fake.

Interpreter at Mandela memorial dubbed a 'fake,' group says

The Deaf Federation of South Africa says the unnamed man is not a recognized professional.

"The so-called 'interpreter' who interpreted at the official memorial service for late former president Nelson Mandela at FNB stadium has been dubbed the 'fake interpreter' and the deaf community is in outrage," Bruno Druchen, national director of DeafSA, said in a statement.

"He is not known by the Deaf Community in South Africa nor by the South African Sign Language interpreters working in the field."

OutFront: Marlee Matlin, she lost her hearing when she was 18-months old, and went on to be the youngest person to win the Oscar for "Best Actress".  She currently appears on the ABC family series "Switched at Birth".


Filed under: International • Nelson Mandela • News
December 11th, 2013
08:44 PM ET

Was Korean culture a factor in Asiana crash?

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the first officer on Asiana Flight 214 tried to warn the other pilots that the plane was descending too fast just minutes before the July crash in San Francisco, which killed three Chinese teenagers.

NTSB probes fatal Asiana Flight 214 crash

First Officer Bong Dongwon told investigators that he noticed the planes' steep descent rate, but thought the pilot was correcting it.

"Since Bong advised of high sink rate several times, he was monitoring sink rate and saw that it was decreasing, '1,500, 1,400, going up,'" a summary of the interview says. "When he recognized this correction was going on, and after passing 500 feet, seeing the vertical speed was less than 1,000 (feet per minute), he decided not to advise anything."

As the investigation continues into the cause of the deadly crash, the NTSB says they are looking at every factor.

"Certainly in any cockpit, in any country in the world, there are cultural issues and the NTSB, what our job is to be very fair and to base our information, our investigation, our findings and our recommendations on the facts," NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman said.

So, was Korean culture a factor in the crash?

Kyung Lah has the story.

December 11th, 2013
08:22 PM ET

Rep. Tim Huelskamp: The budget deal will pass

Wow! A budget deal in Washington.

If passed by the House and Senate, it would set federal spending levels and eliminate arbitrary forced spending cuts scheduled to hit in mid-January.

But not everyone is hailing the bipartisan budget deal in Washington a victory. Lawmakers on both sides have some pretty big concerns.

The budget deal in plain English

A big issue for some Democrats - the deal doesn't extend emergency unemployment benefits for more than one million long-term jobless Americans.

5 things the budget deal doesn't do

"In terms of unemployment benefits, the president feels strongly that those unemployment benefits should be extended," Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.

Still the President says he'll sign the bill if it passes through both Houses of Congress.

"This agreement doesn't include everything I'd like - and I know many Republicans feel the same way. That's the nature of compromise. But it's a good sign that Democrats and Republicans in Congress were able to come together and break the cycle of short-sighted, crisis-driven decision-making to get this done," Obama said in a statement.

But will it get that far?

OutFront: Congressman Tim Huelskamp (R-KS).

Filed under: Budget Deal • News • Politics