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
December 26th, 2013
06:07 PM ET

What was the biggest blunder of 2013?

Happy New Year! Well, not yet it. We are just days away from celebrating the new year and before we bust out the champagne - we are looking at the good, the bad and the ugly from this past year.

What would you consider to be the biggest blunder of 2013?

OBAMA (2)"I am the first to acknowledge that the website that was supposed to do this all in a seamless way has had way more glitches that I think are acceptable," President Barack Obama said.

CNN Contributor and Daily Beast Columnist Dean Obeidallah says the obvious chose was the rollout of the Obamacare website.

"The program was passed three and half years ago and the rollout comes out now. The website was a nightmare, it was like an AOL dial-up website at some point."

And we can not forget about two New York politicians hit with sex scandals attempt at a political comeback.

WEINER"I've made some big mistakes and I know I let a lot of people down. But I also learned some tough lessons. I am running for mayor..." – Former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner

"I've hurt a lot of people. When you dig yourself a hole, you can either lie in it for the rest of your life or do something positive. That's why I am running." – Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer

CNN's senior media correspondent Brian Stelter picks their decision to run for political office as the biggest blunder of the year.

"I made some comments which were deeply offensive and directed at Governor Sarah Palin. I wanted to take this opportunity to say sorry to Ms. Palin," Former MSNBC TV host Martin Bashir said.

BASHIRMediaite's Joe Concha pick for biggest blunder of the year would have to go Martin Bashir for his incendiary comments about Sarah Palin. Concha says the problem was his comments, which were scripted - he highlighted the fact that the segment producer, executive producer and copy editor approved Bashir's comments.

"We the jury find George Zimmerman not guilty."

Founder of Inspire52.com Mel Robbins disagrees with Concha saying the handling of the George Zimmerman – Trayvon Martin case was this year's biggest blunder - pointing to the prosecutor overcharging the case.


Filed under: 2013 • News
December 25th, 2013
11:00 AM ET

17 signs the Pope is a Time Lord

He’s on the cover of TIME and loves the Lord. But is he a Time Lord?


1. He travels in a box…


2. …with a companion…


3. …who sometimes gets into trouble.


4. He likes hats…


5. …long scarves…


6. …robes and sceptres.


7. He carries a special book with him.


8. And is known to make speeches in front of Romans.


9. He occasionally uses the name John.


10. He's fond of art...


11. …and football.


12. Christmas is always special.


13. He's friendly with princes…


14. …and presidents.


15. Angels.


16. It's a big deal when there are two of him.


17. And there’s always a new one ready to go.


“The Time of the Doctor” airs tonight at 9pm ET on BBC America.

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