July 19th, 2012
11:27 PM ET

Socialite's death still unexplained

Eva Rausing, 48, was found in an advanced state of decomposition more than a week ago in the London mansion she shared with her husband, Hans Kristian Rausing, the son of one of the world’s richest men.

Rausing had a troubled past. In 2008 she attempted to smuggle crack cocaine into the American embassy in London, and her problems with drugs didn’t end there.

“She had been introduced to drugs at an early age,” Liz Brewer, a friend of Rausing, tells CNN’s Nima Elbagir. “But she got married. She seemed to be very happy.”

Watch the video above for rare footage of Rausing with her husband in London. Filmed in May, it is the last time she was seen alive.


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July 19th, 2012
10:59 PM ET

KTH: Bachmann sticking by Islamic infiltration claims

Michele Bachmann expands her unproven allegations that the U.S. government is being infiltrated and subverted by radical jihadists, members of the Muslim Brotherhood.

While Bachmann has received public scoldings from a number of noteworthy Republicans, she continues to point to Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s deputy chief of staff, as a potential threat.

Although Bachmann refused to speak with CNN’s Dana Bash about her allegations, she did speak on Glenn Beck’s program. “If the state department breaks American law to bring a terrorist in to the white house,” she tells Beck, “it certainly is conceivable that maybe they looked the other way issuing this security clearance, that’s all we’re doing is asking a question.”

Bachmann continues to allege that not only was Abedin’s late father a part of the Muslim Brotherhood, but also that Abedin’s brother and mother are affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood and Muslim Sisterhood.


July 19th, 2012
10:46 PM ET

RidicuList: Fast food employee stands on lettuce

What's the fastest way to get fired from a fast food restaurant, and land on the RidicuList? Try doing the food prep work... with your feet.

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July 19th, 2012
10:42 PM ET

Drought forces farmers to sell cattle

What auction barns across the country are seeing this summer is unprecedented. It is possibly the largest single year reduction in livestock population ever, leading some to call it “Cowpocalypse.”

“We just don’t have the grass to take care of them,” Kansas cattle auctioneer Brian Little tells CNN’s Ed Lavandera.

It’s all due to the drought which has taken a toll on the cattle industry. The grazing pastures are fried and cost of cattle feed is skyrocketing, causing cows to head to slaughter much sooner than normal.

Cattle rancher Ben Allen is forced to sell half of his herd, 90 cows and calves in all. “I don’t wanna seem them go to slaughter,” he says. “You get attached to the cows, you know them, they know you.”

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July 19th, 2012
10:38 PM ET

Police: Bombing suspect had fake U.S. ID

Authorities say the suspect in the deadly blast in Bulgaria used a fake Michigan driver's license with a Louisiana address. CNN's Tom Foreman reports on the investigation.

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July 19th, 2012
10:29 PM ET

Rep. Ellison: Bachmann claims 'ridiculous'

Rep. Keith Ellison responds to accusations by his colleague, Rep. Michele Bachmann, that he is associated with the Muslim Brotherhood.

July 19th, 2012
10:15 PM ET

The Shot: Dragonfly is fed with tweezers

A woman feeds an injured dragonfly, found on the banks of a river in Oregon, using tweezers and live ants.

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July 19th, 2012
09:40 PM ET

CNN exclusive: Possible Congressional insider trading loophole

It was a rare show of bipartisanship - President Barack Obama, flanked by Democrats and Republicans in April, signing into law a bill that would ban insider trading on Capitol Hill. The measure, known as the STOCK Act, had passed the House and Senate in warp speed.

"The powerful shouldn't get to create one set of rules for themselves and another set of rules for everybody else," the president said at the time.

Lawmakers proclaimed that the bill, officially called the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act, would restore trust in government. It also applied new rules to some employees of the executive branch.

But CNN uncovered that the law that members of Congress thought they voted for earlier this year isn't exactly as advertised. A loophole could still allow family members of some lawmakers to profit from inside information.


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July 19th, 2012
08:42 PM ET

Letters to the President #1277: 'Me for VP!'

Reporter's Note: President Obama is running for re-election; Mitt Romney would like to upset that plan; but either way, both of them will have running mates.

Dear Mr. President,

I just want to let you know, in the spirit of full disclosure, that it is highly unlikely Mitt Romney will ask me to be his Vice Presidential running mate. Oh sure, it could happen, but I suppose I could be chosen as Miss Teen Nevada, but it is a “long shot” as they say in Vegas.

In some ways, that’s a shame because I would make a great second banana for any administration, Democratic or Republican. I’m really good at sitting around. As much as I like being in charge, I also recognize the headaches involved, so it’s not like I’ll spend every hour of every day hoping for my shot at the top. I can attend a ceremonial event with the best of them, and when a president needs a trial balloon floated no one could do it with more gusto.

That said, I’m not sure how I’d do on the campaign trail. I’ve covered enough of you folks out there, and it just seems exhausting. All that baby kissing, roaming around state fairs, and fund raising. No, that’s not for me.

On top of which I really could not tolerate the fund-raising. Once when I was a kid my church youth group had to sell these decorative prayer plates and I kept a box of them in my bedroom for what seemed like months. I just hated asking people for money. I figured if they wanted something (even a prayer plate) they’d go to the store and find one. This is one reason I would never have cut it as a salesman.

Yet, all that aside, I still think I’d make a great Vice President. So if Biden decides to bow out, and Romney doesn’t call, you might want to keep that in mind. You know where to reach me, even if the D.C. crowd doesn’t know what to make of me. Ha!