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August 26th, 2013
10:50 PM ET

Crime & Punishment: Jodi Arias back in court

Jodi Arias was wearing shackles and prison stripes when she returned to court today for a hearing on her sentencing retrial. A new jury will decide whether she will get the death sentence or life behind bars. Her lawyers filed motions today requesting access to prospective jurors' Twitter accounts. They also want to limit or ban live TV coverage. CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin and criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos weigh in.

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August 26th, 2013
10:49 PM ET

Monster wildfire burns inside Yosemite

Flames are spreading fast through one of America's most beautiful stretches of wilderness. Thousands of firefighters are battling a massive wildfire inside Yosemite National Park. The Rim fire already has scorched an area the size of Chicago. It's now moving toward an area of Yosemite that includes a reservoir providing water to the city of San Francisco. 360's Gary Tuchman is in Yosemite with the latest.

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August 26th, 2013
10:46 PM ET

America's response to Syria's "moral obscenity"

Secretary of State John Kerry called the suspected chemical attack in Syria "a moral obscenity," and blamed the Assad regime. According to a senior administration official, in the next few days President Obama will be presented with final options on dealing with the situation in Syria. Already, four American warships in the Mediterranean are awaiting their orders. So what can we expect to happen next? Anderson asked national security analyst and former Bush administration Homeland Security Adviser Fran Townsend, former CIA officer Bob Baer, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution Mike Duran, and chief national correspondent John King.

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August 26th, 2013
10:44 PM ET

The latest from inside Syria

U.N. inspectors in Syria today gained access to the site of the suspected chemical attack on the outskirts of Damascus today. According to CNN's Fred Pleitgen, they were not only targeted by sniper fire, but their hotel was also struck by mortars this morning. Pleitgen is the only western network correspondent in Damascus. He is also reporting that the Syrian military is launching artillery strikes that are targeting the same areas where rebels say the chemical attack occurred.

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August 26th, 2013
10:34 PM ET

Keeping Them Honest: Millions for charity, peanuts for dying children

The headquarters of Kids Wish Network is in a low slung set  of buildings north of Tampa.   The green awning carrying the logo of Kids Wish is small and almost impossible to see from the busy road that leads to the parking lot.  But the charity itself isn't small in the least.  Over the past decade, tax records show it's been highly successful.     Add up the money received for the past ten years and more than $127 million has been donated.  But those same records also show that $109 million of that has been paid right back to the paid telemarketers who raised it.

Kids Wish Network was the subject a months long investigation published in June by the Center for Investigative Reporting and the Tampa Bay Times.  CNN joined that investigation as it was nearing its conclusion.  That investigation labeled Kids Wish as America's "worst" charity and from the available evidence, it's not hard to see why.

CNN's Drew Griffin talked to three ex employees of Kids Wish—two who didn't want their names or identities disclosed.  And one who did.   The one who told us her story on the record is a woman named Meanda DuBay, who worked for the charity as something called a "wish coordinator" for about six months from mid-2011 until January 3, 2012 when she was fired.    She was fired, she says, because she took her concerns and complaint about Kids Wish to the charity's board of directors.  Meanda DuBay was fired, he says, about 45 minutes after hitting "send" on emails to board members outlining her assertions.

Kids Wish Network has filed a civil defamation lawsuit against her but along with that, convinced the FBI to raid her house, confiscate her computers and conduct a full blown investigation for several  months, all based on the charity's claim that Mrs. DuBay stole confidential electronic information.  The FBI ended its investigation with no charges filed and returned all of the seized computers belonging to her and her husband.

It's a story about millions of charitable dollars flowing into a charity that says it helps dying kids.