June 25th, 2014
11:40 PM ET

Thornberry: Gen. Petraeus calls Iraq "a mess"

There is more evidence Iraq and Syria's borders are blurring after  Syrian warplanes carried out a cross-border attack on Iraqi towns, killing at least 57 civilians, ccording to local officials.

A U.S. official also says Iran is flying drones over Iraq and providing guns to the Iraqi government.

This comes as Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki snubbed the U.S.'s push for him to share power. Al-Maliki rejects forming a unity government to be formed under Iraq's constitution.

CNN's Erin Burnett discusses the Iraqi conflict with Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) who is vice chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Thornberry attended a closed-door briefing with General David Petraeus on Capitol Hill.

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Filed under: International • Iraq • ISIS • News
June 25th, 2014
11:01 PM ET

Teen who planned school massacre: I'm mentally ill

The teen who was just days away from carrying out plans for a school massacre detailed his plot to police.

17-year-old John LaDue tells investigators he was looking for "as many victims as possible." He was planning to kill his family, set off bombs at his Minnesota high school, and shoot countless students.

Minnesota teen who planned school massacre: 'I think I'm really mentally ill'

Luckily, LaDue's plan was thwarted. Chelsie Schellhas was credited for thwarting this young killer's massacre. In an interview with CNN's Erin Burnett, Schellhas explains what happened the day she encountered LaDue.

Filed under: Crime • Justice • News • Uncategorized
June 25th, 2014
10:19 PM ET

Amazon drones preparing for takeoff despite new FAA guidelines

Amazon's latest innovation - the delivery drone - is coming.

There were a lot of reports today that the FAA was going to get in the way of Amazon's plans by banning the devices, which could deliver a package in less than 30 minutes.

Our producers did some digging, and it turns out, that's not the case. The current FAA ban on deliveries does not apply to companies. That means Amazon still has a lot of money and power riding on this technology.

CNN's Richard Quest joins Erin Burnett to discuss the FAA's new guidelines on drones.

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Filed under: Business • Drones • News
June 25th, 2014
09:55 PM ET

Is a United States ally a haven for terror fundraising?

The terror group ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, is committing atrocities in Iraq. Comprising mostly Sunni Muslims, ISIS claims to have killed at least 1,700 Shiites since launching their offensive in Iraq.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki blames Saudi Arabia and Qatar for providing ISIS militants with money and weapons.

Joint Chiefs chairman: Iraq has asked for U.S. air power to counter militants

ISIS is one of many groups loyal to the cause of Islamic extremism that are growing in influence. They are growing because someone is paying the bills.

CNN’s Erin Burnett investigates whether Qatar, a key American ally, is a haven for terror funding.  Burnett reports from Doha, where she talks to a man using social media to raise money for weapons for Islamic Extremists.

Filed under: News • OutFront Investigation • Qatar • Terrorism
June 25th, 2014
09:48 PM ET

Strangers get slap-happy for video

Women slapping men, men slapping women, everybody taking turns slapping their randomly-selected partner. Forty people do nothing but turning the other cheek in a new viral video.

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CNN's Jeanne Moos puts the slap in slapstick.

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Filed under: Jeanne Moos • OffBeat
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