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May 29th, 2013
11:02 PM ET

Michele Bachmann's political legacy

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."

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May 29th, 2013
10:59 PM ET

Mom says baby in toilet was an accident

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.

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May 29th, 2013
10:42 PM ET

Mayor Bloomberg reacts to ricin letters

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.

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May 29th, 2013
10:25 PM ET

McCain after meeting rebels: We can help the right Syrians

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

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May 29th, 2013
10:17 PM ET

Investigation ends when Bachmann leaves

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.

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May 29th, 2013
04:15 PM ET

Exclusive on AC360 tonight: Sen. McCain recounts trip to Syria

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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May 28th, 2013
11:12 PM ET

Outrage over nationwide rape kit backlog

At least 400,000 rape kits across the country have never been processed. In some cases. they've been shelved for decades while the suspects remain free.

"As someone who has tried rape cases without that vital evidence, it is just inexcusable that this kind of thing still happens in our country today," CNN Legal Analyst Sunny Hostin tells Wolf Blitzer. Going through the exam after being the victim of sexual assault can be invasive and difficult, making it even more unfortunate that the evidence is untested, she says.

In an AC360 report on the rape kit backlog, Randi Kaye interviewed a woman who followed up on her case more than two decades later and discovered that law enforcement had never processed the evidence. When they did, they found the man who raped her, but it was too late for her to press charges.

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May 28th, 2013
11:04 PM ET

Was jailed U.S. citizen framed in Mexico?

An Arizona mother of seven will be back in court on Wednesday as a judge weighs whether she will go free or remain behind bars in Mexico, her family said.

It's a situation Yanira Maldonado's family said she never imagined when she boarded a bus to head back to the United States last week after attending a family funeral.

Now she's facing drug-smuggling charges after Mexican authorities said they found 12 pounds of marijuana under her bus seat.

Her family vehemently denies the charges and accuses authorities of arresting her to get bribe money.

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May 28th, 2013
10:58 PM ET

Keeping Them Honest: Rape kits go untested for decades

At least 400,000 rape kits containing critical DNA that could help convict a criminal are sitting untested in labs around the country. Victims who submitted evidence assumed the police were searching for their attackers using the kits, but hundreds of thousands were never processed.

A new federal law aims to reduce this enormous backlog of untested kits, but time is running out in some cases.

CNN's Randi Kaye met one woman who followed up on her case decades later and was horrified to discover her rape kit was untested. When police finally processed the evidence, it was just a matter of months before they found the man who brutally raped Carol Bart in1984. But it was too late for her to press charges against Joseph Houston and seek justice because of the statute of limitations in Texas.

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May 28th, 2013
10:40 PM ET

Explosion startles man filming fire

A CSX freight train derailed after hitting a commercial truck near Baltimore on Tuesday. The collision created an explosion that was felt and heard blocks away.

One witness, Eric Beverly, was driving toward the fire when there was a sudden blast. He's heard narrating on a video as he and his friend try to figure out what caught on fire. Immediately after the boom he yells "Back up!" as they urgently turn to head in the other direction.

Officials say the contents of the train pose no risk to the community. The truck's driver was seriously injured in the crash and taken to a hospital. The cause of the accident was not immediately clear.

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