After the bombings at the Boston Marathon, backpacks are now banned at the New York City Marathon and family members waiting at the finish line will be screened. Those are just some of the increased security measures. Last year's race was canceled because of Superstorm Sandy, so this year's marathon takes on special meaning. Tom Foreman has one runner's American Journey.
When the shooting started, Terminal 3 was packed with travelers lining up for flights. In the rush to escape the gunman, Nick Pugh ran out to the tarmac and briefly ended up in handcuffs, mistaken for the killer. Pugh spoke to Anderson and recounted the frightening shooting spree.
TSA officers are not armed, even though they are on the front lines of airport security. Today's shooting at LAX is the first time a TSA officer has been killed in the line of duty. It shows just how vulnerable they are while on the job. Airports have long been known to be soft targets. Anderson spoke with Tom Ridge who served as the nation's first Secretary of Homeland Security.
Anderson discussed the response to today's shooting with Tom Blank, a former TSA deputy administrator and HLN law enforcement analyst Mike Brooks.
As the people around him were running for their lives, Leon Saryan came face-to-face with the gunman. Saryan says he asked him whether he worked for the TSA. Saryan told Anderson, "If I had a TSA uniform on, I would not be here talking to you."
That's how “Mythbusters” star Tory Belleci described the moment he realized he was in danger at LAX today. He was inside Terminal 3, so was his co-star Grant Imahara. They were both in different areas of the terminal, and told Anderson what they experienced.
Estella Pyfrom used her life savings to create “Estella’s Brilliant Bus,” a mobile computer lab that provides computer-based tutoring for low-income children and adults in Palm Beach County. Since 2011, thousands of students have benefitted from her bus.
One of this year’s Top 10 Heroes will become the ‘CNN Hero of the Year’ and awarded $250,000 to continue their work.
You can vote once a day, every day at www.cnnheroes.com through Sunday, November 17.
A nine-year-old girl blew everyone away with her recent performance on "Holland's Got Talent." What's even more incredible, this little girl says taught herself to sing by watching YouTube tutorials. Daniel Coyle is the author of "The Talent Code," and joined the panel to talk about how much of talent is nature, and how much is nurture.
A recent Gallup poll shows support for the death penalty is at its lowest level since 1972. States like California have plenty of people on death row, but rarely carry out executions. Andrew Sullivan makes the case, "When you have someone locked up forever and can't hurt anyone, the death penalty becomes a form of vengence"
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