February 13th, 2014
08:33 PM ET

Police: Body found in Texas believed to be missing world traveler

(CNN) - Authorities in Texas believe they have found the body of Leanne Hecht Bearden, a 33-year-old who traveled all over the world only to go missing soon after returning to the United States.

Bearden had last been seen January 17, heading for what was supposed to be a one-hour walk from her in-laws' house in Garden Ridge, Texas. When she didn't come back, her family joined authorities in conducting an extensive search and a public outreach blitz urging people to be on the lookout.

Police got their first indication the hunt might be over in a phone call from a man around 12:15 p.m. (1:15 p.m. ET) saying there was a body "in a wooded area near his home in Garden Ridge," city police Chief Donna O'Conner said.

O'Conner said responding officers "located what we believe to be the body of Leanne Bearden."

"We will reserve any information regarding the cause of death until an autopsy has been performed," the chief said. "Our thoughts are with the Bearden and Hecht families and (we) ask that you respect them in their time of grief."


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February 13th, 2014
08:24 PM ET

Son-in-law charge in deadly Tennessee package bombing

Police say they've arrested the person who left a package outside a Tennessee home that exploded after being opened, killing a retired couple.

The suspect is the couple's son-in-law, 49-year-old Richard Parker.

Police say he personally delivered the package to Jon Setzer, a retired lawyer, who was killed almost immediately after opening it on Monday.

Son-in-law charged in fatal Tennessee package bombing

His 72-year-old wife, Marion Setzer, has also died from the injuries she suffered in that blast.

CNN's Jean Casarez is OutFront.

Filed under: Crime • Justice • News • Tennessee package bombing
February 13th, 2014
02:34 PM ET

Comcast to buy Time Warner Cable for $45 Billion

If the deal is approved, the combined group will be the country's dominant provider of television channels and Internet connections, reaching roughly one in three American homes.

Analysts say the consolidation could help Comcast to compete with satellite providers like DirecTV, wireless phone companies like AT&T (TFortune 500) and new streaming services like Netflix (NFLX).

"This isn't about TV anymore - it's about controlling a fatter, more intelligent pipe for multiple services that emanate from it," including broadband Internet, phone and home security monitoring, said Tim Hanlon, the founder of the Vertere Group, an investment advisory firm that focuses on media and technology.

Time Warner Cable (TWCFortune 500) owners will be offered 2.875 Comcast(CMCSAFortune 500) shares for each share they own, valuing Time Warner Cable at about $158.82 per share.


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February 13th, 2014
01:26 PM ET

Barbie is 2014 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover model

Sports Illustrated is celebrating its 50th Anniversary Swimsuit Issue with Barbie.

The cover line?

"The Doll that Started it All."

Sports Illustrated's choice has spark outrage among some bloggers.

One mommy blog has this headline, "The Sport’s Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Will Feature Barbie, So Your Daughter Can Feel Bad Too."

"Now when you find your husband gazingly adoringly at next week’s Sport’s Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, you can be thrilled to know your daughter can also feel just as insecure as you do – because the issue will feature Barbie as well. Not that she is also an example of super unrealistic beauty standards or anything."

Filed under: News • Sports
February 13th, 2014
01:12 PM ET

How much are Americans spending on their pets?

According to the American Pet Products Association, Americans spent $55.5 billion on their pets last year. Erin Burnett reports.

Filed under: Animals • News • The Number
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