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March 11th, 2013
10:46 PM ET

Pistorius wants to travel before trial

CNN's Drew Griffin reports on Oscar Pistorius' request for leniency on the conditions of his bail, including traveling outside of South Africa while he awaits trial. He's charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in his home. The national prosecutor's office says it's going to oppose the lifting of the travel ban.

A BBC report quoted a friend of Pistorius claiming the athlete is suicidal. Pistorius' uncle says that's not the case. In a statement, Arnold Pistorius writes, "Oscar, broken as he currently is, believes he has a purpose in life and is working towards that."

Griffin also reports that Pistorius is selling his home and several racehorses to cover the cost of his defense.

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Oscar Pistorius
January 25th, 2013
10:35 PM ET

New taxpayer-funded train just 28 min. faster

CNN's Drew Griffin investigates how the federal government used billions of dollars for a high-speed rail plan with next to nothing to show for the investment.

January 16th, 2013
11:08 PM ET

Outrage over Miss. hit-and-run killing

It was a hot Sunday morning last July when, right on schedule at 6:30 a.m., 61-year-old Johnny Lee Butts left his rural Mississippi home on his morning ritual, a 4-mile walk.

His neighbor, Otis Brooks, says Butts, a Sunday school teacher, waved as he passed his front door wearing a blue T-shirt.

Brooks remembers that his neighbor's skin tone was easily visible that morning. "You could tell he was black; you could see his arms." The point would become important later.

At nearly 7 a.m., about an hour after sunrise, three white teenagers were barreling down Panola County Mississippi Highway 310 in a white Monte Carlo. Two of the three teens later admitted they had been heavily drinking vodka and smoking marijuana all night. They were headed right toward Butts.

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Race in America
December 26th, 2012
11:52 PM ET

Toyota pays $1.1 billion settlement

Toyota is paying a settlement to drivers who said their cars suddenly accelerated on their own.

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Filed under: 360º Follow • Randi Kaye • Toyota
December 20th, 2012
01:01 AM ET

Noah's uncle protects family online

Alexis Haller fights online after a website was set up in the name of his nephew, Noah Posner, who died in the Sandy Hook shooting.

Haller tells Anderson he's spent so much time hunting down these fake sites, that "...instead of doing things with our family, I am running around trying to protect the family."

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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.

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November 30th, 2012
10:32 PM ET

Murder, money and politics in Chicago

CNN's Drew Griffin investigates an anti-violence program in Chicago that cost millions without reducing crime.

November 29th, 2012
07:50 AM ET

Company accused of giant Medicare fraud

It started with a chance conversation between a doctor and a nurse several years ago. But that brief encounter may end up exposing what could be one of the largest Medicare frauds in U.S. history.

Dr. Alon Vainer, a medical director at dialysis clinics in Georgia, was discussing clinic procedures with one of the nurses, Daniel Barbir. The two men say they saw something they believed was very wrong: expensive medicine, and lots of it, was being tossed in the trash. And the clinic workers were being told to do it, the two men say.

"When we sat down and started talking about it and getting into details, we actually realized exactly what was going on," Vainer said.

The alleged waste was being carried out on a massive scale and, the nurse and the doctor said, they knew why almost immediately. They claim it was a way for their company, DaVita Inc., to defraud the government, overbill Medicare and Medicaid and make a fortune.

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November 14th, 2012
11:18 PM ET

JIll Kelley's financial troubles

For one woman involved in the Petraeus scandal, records show a history of lawsuits and the creation of a charity that never donated. CNN's Drew Griffin reports.

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September 28th, 2012
10:30 PM ET

'Solar Star' shunned by White House, credits AC360 viewers for saving small business

Editor's note: Watch the video of Drew Griffin's original report, then read his update to the story.

St. John, Indiana (CNN) – Amidst hundreds of emails I get each day, Bill Keith’s stood out for its subject line: CNN viewers are the best.

I couldn’t agree more. Because when we told you about his plight, how bureaucrats in Washington were close to shutting down his homegrown solar attic fan business, you responded. And today Bill is out of his jam.

You may recall the story. Bill Keith is an Indiana roofer who came up with the idea of creating a solar powered attic fan. The fan cools off your attic during hot summer days, lowers your electric bill and requires absolutely no power source other than the sun to do it.

SunRise Solar was a perfect U.S. born “green” company. So perfect that during the 2008 election the Obama campaign took notice. And shortly after the election, Bill Keith and his company became the poster child for the president’s green jobs, green manufacturing initiatives.

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