January 10th, 2014
08:44 PM ET

Mom defends toddler in "Thug Cycle" video

"He's a smart little boy. All that cussing that he did, he doesn't do that," mom says.

The mother of the so-called "thug" toddler is breaking her silence, claiming she didn't film her 2-year-old unleashing a slew of obscenities.

The video went viral after the Omaha Police Union re-posted from the family's Facebook page.

The video appears to contradict the mom's story.

"He had a clean diaper, the house was clean and like they said, kids curse, every kid does it," the mother told CNN affiliate KETV in an exclusive interview. CNN does not identify juveniles in such stories. The mother is 16.

The Department of Health and Human Services first got involved with this family back in June, worried that the children were unsupervised.

The family then was moved to a new home in August. Then in October, there was a shooting at the house.
The two-year-old child was hit by bullet shrapnel. Four others were injured including the mom, then just 16-years-old.

The family was moved again to a new home in November. Then in December, police raided a party at that home searching for a shooting suspect.

OutFront: Sgt. John Wells, President of the Omaha Police Union, which posted the video and attorney Natalie Jackson.

Filed under: 'Thug cycle' video • Justice • News
January 10th, 2014
08:38 PM ET

Chemical spill leaves 300,000 West Virginians without water

There's a state of emergency in West Virginia and the people there getting more desperate by the minute.

The water that some 300,000 West Virginians usually depend on to slake their thirst, wash their bodies and brush their teeth is now good for only one thing - flushing their toilets, authorities told them Friday.

300,000 West Virginians told not to drink or bathe in water after chemical leak

Their water supply has been potentially poisoned by a dangerous chemical. And there's no water to drink.
It's all sold out. Grocery store shelves empty. People are forced to melt ice for water. Restaurants and schools are closed.

The company that may be responsible for the chemical spill, Freedom Industries has been issued a "cease operations" order.

OutFront: Mayor of Charleston, West Virginia, Danny Jones, whose town is at the center of this scare and environmental activist Erin Brockovich, who's team is now headed to West Virginia.

Filed under: Environment • News • West Virginia Chemical Spill
January 10th, 2014
08:35 PM ET

Dallas safari club draws death threats over rhino hunt auction

The FBI is looking into death threats against a Dallas safari club, for auctioning off a rare permit to kill an endangered black rhino.

The auction will be held at the club's annual convention Saturday night, and the chance to hunt one of the rare rhinos could fetch up to a million dollars.

CNN's Ed Lavandera has the story.

Filed under: Animals • Crime • International
January 10th, 2014
08:31 PM ET

Family of mentally ill teen killed by police speaks out

The controversy surrounding a police shooting in North Carolina continues.

16-year-old Keith Vidal ended up dead after his family called 9-1-1 seeking help for the teen, who suffered from Schizophrenia.

Vidal was hit with stun guns and was apparently being restrained by two officers, when a third officer shot the teen in the chest.

Funeral set for mentally ill North Carolina teen shot by police

On Wednesday, CNN's David Mattingly spoke with Vidal's stepbrother, Mark Wilsey, who said the officer had no reason to use his gun.

"They had the situation completely under control." Wilsey continued, "The third officer was 100 percent in the wrong. Why would somebody shoot a 90 pound kid with two full grown officers on top of him with two tazers deployed inside him. There's no reason."

On Thursday, Mattingly spoke to exclusively with the attorney for the officer who fired the fatal shot.

"At the instant that it occurred, he had to make that (judgment call) in that split instant," W. James Payne said.

Filed under: Justice • News • North Carolina teen killed
January 10th, 2014
08:24 PM ET

Golden Globes an early indicator for Oscar winners?

Celebrities from the big and small screens will come together on Sunday for the 2014 Golden Globe Awards.

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey will once again take up hosting duties for this year's ceremony, which has gained a reputation as a place for A-listers to cut loose and check their inhibitions at the door.

Golden Globes 2014: Who should win vs. who will win

OutFront: Rob Shutter is a showbiz columnist and host of "The Gossip Table" on VH1.

Filed under: Entertainment • Money & Power • News
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