December 13th, 2012
11:55 PM ET

17-year-old Syrian risks life to help woman shot by sniper

Reporting from Aleppo, Syria, Arwa Damon has exclusive and chilling footage of a Syrian teenager trying to rescue a woman shot by a sniper. She spoke to the young man about his selfless actions under fire.

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December 13th, 2012
11:19 PM ET

RidicuList: On-air TV mishaps

The CNBC Danger Zone crashes onto the RidicuList, joining the best of the best TV bloopers.

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December 13th, 2012
11:01 PM ET

Hunting for a dolphin killer

As many as 10 slain and mutilated dolphins – some with bullet wounds – are mysteriously washing up along the Gulf Coast. CNN's Ed Lavandera went with officers from the Miss. Dept. of Marine Resources to search for the killers.

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December 13th, 2012
10:28 PM ET

Doctor who killed his kids set free

Canadians expressed outrage Thursday after the release of Guy Turcotte, a cardiologist who in 2009 confessed to killing his children as they slept in their beds.

What many wanted to know was how a father who stabbed his children dozens of times could be free after 46 months of confinement. Those voices echo the grief of Turcotte's ex-wife, Dr. Isabelle Gaston, the mother of 5-year-old Olivier and 3-year-old Anne-Sophie.

As Gaston pored over her children's autopsy reports, she wished she had no idea what they meant. But as a physician and a coroner, she knows it's true: Her children suffered a long, gruesome death.

"I knew it was not a short death. You know, my little boy received 20 stabs of a knife, he had seven marks of defense," she told CNN in an interview at her home before Turcotte's full release. "He had no wound that was the one that gave him death," she added, trying to hold back tears.


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December 13th, 2012
10:25 PM ET

VA under scrutiny after Legionnaires' cases in Pittsburgh

Twenty-nine patients at the Veterans Administration hospital in Pittsburgh have been diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease since January 2011, raising questions about the institution's safety practices.

Five of the cases "are known to have acquired the disease from the hospital," the VA said. Another eight were infected elsewhere, and the source of the infection in 16 cases cannot been determined.

The spate of illnesses has led relatives of two veterans who died after contracting the disease, a type of pneumonia, to blame the hospital.

CNN has learned that hospital officials knew they had a problem with the water system as far back as last December, but chose not to reveal that until a month ago.

That's when the hospital began turning off the water in parts of the hospital, staff and patients told CNN.



December 13th, 2012
08:48 PM ET

Letters to the President #1424: 'Rice withdraws'

Reporter's Note: President Obama is assembling his new team for his second term. I don’t believe I am being chosen. Especially after all these letters. Oh well.

Dear Mr. President,

I’m sure you were none too happy about Susan Rice withdrawing her name from consideration as a possible new Secretary of State. Heaven knows what kind of back door wrangling was involved in all that, and I doubt you were surprised, but it is never comfortable for an administration to see one of its possible picks for a job being instead picked off by the critics.

That said, I am struck by something that one of those critics said weeks ago; in essence it was, “Yes, Rice is a highly qualified candidate for the job. But there are plenty of those in D.C. There is no reason for the president to stick with her when clearly she has become a lightning rod over the Benghazi incident.”

That, I suspect, sounded pretty harsh to many of her fans. But there is a ring of practical politics in it, that you and I both know can’t be ignored in this town.

I’m sure you realized within a few weeks of taking the job that your effectiveness depends in large part on how much faith voters have in your leadership. So while many may find it admirable that you defended Rice in the early weeks after the attack, just as many may appreciate your decision to move on now.

The anger at her statements following the attack has not abated. Republican critics, who are looking for any weakness in your armor, would have surely used her confirmation to rehash the painful events over and over again. Beyond that, they would have suggested none too subtly that your judgment was unsound in even considering her after what happened in Benghazi. And even if Rice survived the process, she would have been a target; someone whose every move would be scrutinized and every misstep assailed. That may well have weakened her effectiveness, no matter how good she was at the job.

Now, would she have been good at the job? No one really knows, nor now will they ever. But it is virtually certain that there are indeed many other strong candidates for the post, and the sooner you can move on to them, the sooner your administration can put these troubles behind you.

Hope all is well.


December 13th, 2012
12:53 AM ET

RidicuList: Toys for tatas

What could possibly be more festive this holiday season...than a strip club? North Pole meets stripper pole on the RidicuList.

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