December 19th, 2013
09:45 PM ET

Target: Up to 40 million cards compromised

Target says a breach of credit and debit card data may have affected as many as 40 million shoppers who went to the store in the three weeks after Thanksgiving.

Target: 40 million credit cards compromised

The hackers targeted the systems at Target's brick-and-mortar stores, not the website.

OutFront: David Kennedy is CEO of TrustedSec and is a "white hat hacker" who looks for security flaws.

Filed under: Business • Cyber Security • News • Tech
December 19th, 2013
09:39 PM ET

Fmr. Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales speaks out on NSA recommendations

House Republicans are demanding an immediate investigation of the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, for lying to Congress in this exchange.:

Sen. Ron Wyden asked Clapper whether the National Security Agency (NSA) collected "any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?"

Clapper answered, "No, sir."

Wyden: "It does not?"

Clapper: "Not wittingly. There are cases where they could inadvertently perhaps collect, but not wittingly."

OutFront: Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, he fought to defend NSA surveillance tactics during the Bush administration.

Filed under: News • NSA • Politics • Privacy
December 19th, 2013
09:07 PM ET

'Duck Dynasty' fans outraged over Phil Robertson suspension for gay remarks

A national conversation has started after a popular 'Duck Dynasty' star was suspended by A&E for controversial comments about sexuality, religion and race.

Supporters of Phil Robertson have come out swinging.

They claim the self-proclaimed redneck is being unfairly targeted for speaking publicly about a divisive issue that a large percentage of the population still agrees with.

GOP Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas weighed in on TV reality star's forced leave from the series.

Palin, Cruz, Jindal: 'Duck Dynasty' star suspended over intolerance of politically correct

Cruz, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, also defended Robertson in a post to his Facebook page titled: "Free Speech Matters"

"The reason that so many Americans love Duck Dynasty is because it represents the America usually ignored or mocked by liberal elites: a family that loves and cares for each other, believes in God, and speaks openly about their faith," Cruz said.

Does their argument add up?

CNN's Tom Foreman has more OutFront.

Filed under: Celebrity • Gay Marriage • LGBT • News • Religion • Same-sex marriage • Sex • Social Issues • Television
December 19th, 2013
08:54 PM ET

Paddy Power bets on Dennis Rodman in North Korea

"I am just going to play basketball over there and have some fun."

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman arrived in Pyongyang, North Korea early Thursday morning for third round of what many call - Basketball diplomacy.

He may be the first westerner to meet with his 'friend' Kim Jong Un, since the dictator had his uncle executed for treason last week.

Dennis Rodman lands in North Korea to train basketball team, news agency says

Rodman told reporters "It has nothing to do with me, it has nothing to do with me. I mean, whatever his uncle has done, and whoever's done anything in North Korea, I have no control over that. I mean, these things have been going on for years and years and years."

Rodman says he'll spend four days training the North Korean basketball team and will return in two-week with 12 former NBA players for an exhibition game.

As for politics, he says he's not interested, and despite a plea from Kenneth Bae's sister, he has no plans to discuss the detained American with Kim Jong Un.

Dan Simon has more on Rodman's trip and the controversial betting website, Paddy Power - who is paying for it.

Filed under: Diplomacy • International • News • North Korea • Sports
December 19th, 2013
08:43 PM ET

Chicago teen beaten, sexually assaulted near 'safe passage' route

"We can't say it's a result of a problem with 'safe passage,' but we know it's not supposed to happen," Chicago Alderman Ariel Reboyras said.

A vicious attack on a 15-year-old girl has Chicago officials re-examining the city's "safe passage" system.

The program is meant to protect students on their way to school and back, with trained workers patrolling designated routes throughout the city.

But Tuesday's incident, which occurred 30 minutes before the start of "Safe Passage" patrol has raised doubts over the effectiveness of the program.

CNN's George Howell reports.

Filed under: Crime • News
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