On Wednesday CNN's Rafael Romo spoke with Yanira Maldonado, the Arizona woman imprisoned in Mexico. In the jailhouse interview, Maldonado proclaimed her innocence and wept at the circumstances that have put her behind bars, far from her children and grandchildren.
She was in the country for a relative's funeral and on her way home with her husband Gary when police arrested her on a bus and accused her of smuggling drugs. Authorities claim they found 12 pounds of marijuana under her seat.
Her family believes she was framed because Mexican soldiers at the checkpoint wanted a bribe.
John King and David Gergen discuss why Rep. Michele Bachmann won't run again in 2014 and how her legislative career will be remembered by her colleagues and constituents.
In a video statement, Bachmann said her decision has nothing to do with an ethics investigation into her presidential campaign or her concerns about not winning another election.
But King points out she won by fewer than 5,000 votes last time she ran. "The Republicans win today by having Michele Bachmann step aside," he says. "The leadership would prefer a different candidate."
A mother in China tells police she tried to save her newborn baby after he got stuck in a sewage pipe. The dramatic rescue of the baby boy was caught on video last Saturday.
Tenants in the apartment building called law enforcement after they heard quiet cries and saw a small foot in the opening of a toilet pipe.
Rescuers feared harming the baby and couldn't pull him free at first, so they sawed off a section of the pipe containing the baby and brought it to a hospital in Jinhua.
Preliminary tests indicate ricin was found in letters sent last weekend to New York City Mayor Bloomberg and the director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. The American Postal Workers Union said the letters were postmarked in Shreveport, Louisiana.
"The letter obviously, referred to our anti-gun efforts but there's 12,000 people (who) are going to get killed this year with guns and 19,000 that are going to commit suicide with guns, and we're not going to walk away from those efforts," Bloomberg said.
There is no known cure for the toxic substance. A small amount can kill a person within 36 to 48 hours.
Watch PART II of Anderson's exclusive interview with Senator John McCain:
The U.S. State Department helped Sen. John McCain with his trip into war-torn Syria this week, the senator from Arizona said Wednesday.
McCain acknowledged on AC360 that the State Department and rebel groups were both involved in providing his security.
"I want to express my appreciation to the State Department," McCain said in the exclusive interview. "The reality is if they had said no, I wouldn't have made this visit. They were very helpful and cooperative, and I'm grateful."
On Monday, McCain slipped across the Syria-Turkey border and became the first U.S. senator to visit the country since civil war broke out more than two years ago
Rep. Michele Bachmann has decided not to seek re-election in 2014. An ethics investigation into how her campaign funds were used will end when she exits Congress at the end of her term.
The Republican Congresswoman announced the news in a video on her website on Wednesday. Bachmann said she didn't base the decision on the congressional ethics inquiry, and it's not because she's worried about her chances of getting re-elected. CNN's Dana Bash reports.
In his first interview since meeting with opposition leaders inside Syria, Sen. John McCain tells Anderson Cooper why he made the trip and he shares his reaction to seeing the effects of the conflict firsthand. Their conversation airs at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.
An outspoken proponent of U.S. involvement in Syria, McCain has urged President Obama to help end the violence and support rebel leaders by providing weapons. An estimated 80,000 people have been killed since March 2011, according to the U.N.
"When you look at the faces of these people and hear their stories, so many of them have lost family members. So many of them have lost friends," McCain said. "This is a pretty bloody, bloody business that they've been in."
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