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Women, Marines and fitness

The Marine Corps is delaying a new physical fitness mandate after 55% of female recruits failed to do the minimum of three pull-ups in boot camp last year. Some are questioning what this says about women's role in combat. Others are questioning why the Marines even have a pull-up requirement. Chris Lawrence has the details.

Ashleigh Banfield discussed all of this with former Marine Corps Captains Vernice Armour and Greg Jacob.

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November 19th, 2013
10:28 PM ET

Virginia state senator stabbed by son

Va. state Sen. Creigh Deeds was stabbed multiple times by his son. Gus Deeds was found dead at the scene from a gunshot wound. State police say they are looking at the case as an attempted murder-suicide. Chris Lawrence reports.
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October 2nd, 2013
08:56 AM ET

Shutdown does not stop WWII vets

The government shutdown is not stopping a group of veterans from visiting the World War II Memorial. They showed up by the busload, many in wheelchairs. There was plenty of praise for these vets after the barriers were pushed aside. Some of the vets come the same district where their lawmakers couldn't strike a deal to keep the monument open. Chris Lawrence has the story.

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September 2nd, 2013
11:28 PM ET

U.S. warships in position to strike Syria

Pentagon correspondent Chris Lawrence describes how the U.S. Navy is preparing for possible action against Syria.

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Piracy update: Frigate on the scene

Program Note: Tune in tonight to hear more on the situation on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

Attackers hijacked the Maersk Alabama, shown here, formerly known as the Alva Maersk.

Attackers hijacked the Maersk Alabama, shown here, formerly known as the Alva Maersk.

Chris Lawrence
CNN Pentagon Correspondent

The USS Bainbridge is “within a few hundred yards” of the lifeboat holding Richard Phillips, the kidnapped American captain of the Daemsk Alabama, a US defense official confirms.

The pirates have larger “mother ships” nearby. The Navy is aware of their locations and doing surveillance.

The USS Halyburton, a frigate with choppers and guided missiles, is also “in the area” now, which I took to mean it’s not right there on the scene but is in the general area.

The amphibious USS Boxer, which has choppers and a hospital unit, is still “a day or two away.”


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September 1st, 2008
06:12 PM ET

Water over the levees

CNN's Chris Lawrence reports the waterflow into New Orleans at one levee is not as bad as it looks.
CNN's Chris Lawrence reports the waterflow into New Orleans at one levee is not as bad as it looks.

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CNN Correspondent

What an amazing difference a few hours makes.

When we first drove into the area around New Orleans' Industrial Canal, the wind and driving rain were just knocking us all around. We saw rolling waves constantly overtopping the walls, spilling over the levees, and the Port of New Orleans was almost completely underwater.

It looked bad.

Then we drove around, further south of where the Industrial intersects the Intracoastal, and saw water shooting out of sections of a flood wall. First thought would be, isn't this how floods start?

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