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January 4th, 2013
01:59 AM ET

Rape case divides Steubenville, Ohio

The videos, pictures and tweets are chilling. A picture of a girl dangling limply from the arms of two young men.

Other boys, laughingly saying the girl had to be dead because she didn't flinch as her body was violated.

An alleged rape, made into a joke.

The images and social media messages are at the heart of criminal charges against two high school football players accused of sexually assaulting an underage teenage girl during a series of end-of-summer parties in August.

Both boys are charged with rape. One also is accused of "illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material."

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January 4th, 2013
01:50 AM ET

Emotional return to school for Sandy Hook

Ella Seaver is one of the Sandy Hook students going back to school for the first time since her peers and teachers were killed in the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. The students will be in a different building located in a neighboring town.

The first grader and her parents tell CNN's Gary Tuchman how they've prepared for the day and the mixed emotions they're all feeling.

"It's good, she needs to go back. They all need to go back. You know, they say the best thing you can do is get back to your normal routine, although that being one of the hardest things you can do," says Ella's mom, Aimee Seaver. She added that her fear is less about Ella's safety, and more about her daughter's reaction to the situation.

January 4th, 2013
01:10 AM ET

U.S. debt rating at risk

Margaret Hoover, Charles Blow and Ali Velshi discuss the next big fight in Washington over the deficit and debt.

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Filed under: Congress • Debt • Economy • President Obama • Taxes
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