January 6th, 2014
08:59 PM ET

'SNL' adds first black female cast member in 6 years

After six years, Saturday Night Live is finally getting a black female comedian.

The show confirming reports that comedienne Sasheer Zamata will join the cast when they return in two weeks.

Sasheer Zamata joins 'Saturday Night Live,' its first black woman in 6 years

She's the first female African American cast member since Maya Rudolph left in 2007.

Now the show has been under fire recently for its lack of diversity - prompting producers to hold auditions last month exclusively for African American women.

OutFront: Mediaite's Joe Concha joins us as well as Comedian Sheryl Underwood.

Filed under: Entertainment • News
January 6th, 2014
08:52 PM ET

Detroit police chief: More guns to good people can deter crime

Detroit's police chief James Craig says he thinks more people with concealed weapons would deter violence, even though his city has one of the highest violent crime rates per capita in the country.

Detroit police chief: Arming residents will act as a deterrent

So why does he think more guns would help?

OutFront: Detroit Police Chief James Craig.

Filed under: Gun Control • News
January 6th, 2014
08:50 PM ET

Historic freeze covers two-thirds of U.S.

A fast-moving cold front is thrusting two-thirds of the U.S. into an ice-box. Temperatures for tens of millions of Americans are plunging into the single digits.

In New York, the thermometer is expected to dip as low as 5 degrees. But that's balmy compared to other parts of the U.S. where this "polar vortex" is shattering decades-old records.

'Historic and life-threatening' freeze brings rare danger warning

Fargo North Dakota is expected to hit negative 24 degrees. Minneapolis and Indianapolis to hit near 15 below and the frigid air forcing schools and government offices in several states to close.

There are delays building at the nation's airports and the black ice is causing places like Indianapolis to make it illegal for anyone to drive except for emergencies.

CNN's Ted Rowlands is in Chicago with more.

Filed under: News • Weather
January 6th, 2014
08:42 PM ET

Family moves brain-dead girl Jahi McMath to new facility

Jahi Mcmath, the 13 year-old girl who was declared brain-dead by California doctors has been moved to a new facility that is willing to continue treating her.

Brain dead girl Jahi McMath released from California hospital

Mcmath has been on a ventilator since suffering complications from tonsil surgery on December 9th. At least three doctors and a judge have declared her brain-dead.

But her family has been fighting a legal battle to keep her on the ventilator. And now they're concerned about Jahi's safety.

OutFront: CNN's Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin, and Bobby Schindler, who is Terry Schiavo's brother. The schiavo family lost a prolonged right-to-die battle with Terri's husband.

Filed under: Health • News
January 6th, 2014
08:21 PM ET

Key vote on unemployment benefits delayed

The first partisan battle of 2014 is officially under way in Washington.

A key vote is expected in Washington Tuesday on a bill that would extend unemployment benefits for the 1.3 million long-term unemployed Americans.

Year's first partisan showdown: extending jobless benefits

The bill would extend those benefits for three months.

Democrats are making it clear that this issue is a top political priority for them this year.

President Barack Obama: "Instead of punishing families who can least afford it, Republicans should make it their New Year's resolution to do the right thing, and restore this vital economic security for their constituents right now."

Gene Sperling, Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy: "We have never, over the last half century, cut off emergency unemployment benefits when long term unemployment was even barely over half the rate that we have right now. Now is not the time to."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: "Let's start helping the middle class. Let's start helping the poor. The rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer. The middle class is being squeezed out of existence."

Senate delays test vote on jobless benefits extension

Is this an effort to distract from the Obamacare debacle?

OutFront: CNN Political Commentator Paul Begala and Senior Political Columnist for the Washington Examiner Tim Carney.

Filed under: News • Politics