December 26th, 2013
11:39 PM ET

Feds: 'Knockout' attacker charged with hate crime

Conrad Alvin Barrett, 27, of Katy, Texas "hit the man with such force that the man immediately fell to the ground. Barrett then laughed and said 'knockout,' as he ran to his vehicle and fled." – Federal Complaint.

A Texas man has been charged with a federal hate crime in connection with a racially motivated so-called "knockout" assault against an elderly black man.

It's part of a what appears to be a trend throughout the United States.

Feds: 'Knockout' attack was a hate crime

where people try to knock out unsuspecting victims with a single punch and often try to catch the attack on video.

The victim in this case suffered two jaw fractures and was hospitalized for several days.

OutFront: CNN Legal Analyst Paul Callan and CNN Political Commentator Marc Lamont Hill.

Filed under: Crime • Justice • News
December 26th, 2013
11:18 PM ET

Did "Anchorman 2" fall short of the hype?

There was stiff competition at this year's Christmas box office, with the second film of the "Hobbit" trilogy holding onto its number one spot for the third straight week.

But for many, the big surprise was "Anchorman 2", which came in at third place with just over 8 million dollars Wednesday night, behind the premiere of "The Wolf of Walt Street".

In the months leading up to the film's release, the "Anchorman 2" marketing blitz bombarded every corner of American media - but many fans weren't biting.

OutFront: Rob Shuter is a former publicist and Host of "The Gossip Table" on VH1.

Filed under: Entertainment • News
December 26th, 2013
11:09 PM ET

UPS, FedEx late with holiday deliveries

Santa Claus came late this Christmas for UPS and FedEx customers across the United States, with widespread complaints of packages arriving late.

The companies say the late Thanksgiving, combined with the fallout from an ice storm earlier this month could be to blame for holding up deliveries.

CNN's Alina Machado reports.

Filed under: Business • News
December 26th, 2013
07:41 PM ET

Man in drag breaches Newark airport security

A high-tech security system at Newark airport apparently wasn't enough to nab a cross-dressing man, who climbed a fence late last night and wandered across two runways.

Man walks onto Newark airport runways; authorities reviewing security video

The 300 million dollar system - called the "Perimeter Intrusion Detection System" - uses cameras to monitor the airport's fences, but the man in drag made it all the way to a terminal before he was caught.

CNN's Alexandra Field has more.

Filed under: Aviation Industry • Crime • News
December 26th, 2013
07:30 PM ET

American hostage begs President Obama for help

"I hope and pray to God that you, as leader of the United States, along with your administration, will feel an adequate level of responsibility toward me and work for my release."

An American captured by Al Qaeda in Pakistan two years ago says he feels abandoned and forgotten by the U.S.

In video, American abducted in Pakistan says he feels abandoned

In a new video released on Christmas day, Warren Weinstein pleads with President Barack Obama to negotiate for his release - a practice the U.S. says it does not engage in.

Jill Dougherty is at the State Department with all the details.

Filed under: al Qaeda • International • News
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