April 4th, 2013
03:36 AM ET

Ware thinking of team, not leg

Kevin Ware's leg may be broken but not his spirit.

Not in the least bit.

Millions of television viewers cringed, when a bone punched through Ware's skin, protruding out of his leg after the University of Louisville guard landed hard from a jump to block a shot Sunday night.

It brought the Elite Eight game against the Duke Blue Devils to a screeching halt in the first quarter.

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Gotta Watch: 'Birthers' here to stay
Donald Trump disputes the existence of a CNN poll with John King.
April 28th, 2011
11:40 AM ET

Gotta Watch: 'Birthers' here to stay

Even as the president jokingly proclaimed he was carrying an ID to prove his citizenship, it seems the "birther" movement just won't let up. These are the latest fiery interviews that seem to be fueling the movement.

'Blowhard and a phony' – Those are some strong words for Donald Trump from New York Times journalist Christopher Byron. Last night,  Trump continued to question President Obama while sparring with CNN's John King . This is Byron's fierce analysis of the feud.

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Searchers race against nature for clues to Long Island killings
Police are conducting an extensive search of the area near Gilgo Beach and Ocean Parkway on Long Island after finding human remains this month.
April 16th, 2011
05:55 PM ET

Searchers race against nature for clues to Long Island killings

On this cold, wind-whipped, rainy spring day, I can tell you one thing about this place: The barrier islands, facing the Atlantic on one side and Great South Bay to the north, are inhospitable and uninviting. But it's the best time of year for investigators searching for more victims.

That's because the twisted, prickly, thorny brush beautiful in its own way is beginning to bud. And that's bad if you're trying to find clues in a possible killing spree. Once everything blooms, police say it will be next to impossible to get in the scrub and hack away to find anything.

Even search dogs trained to handle difficult situations are balking.

A few feet into the brush from a beachside road, things can be easily lost or hidden. You could see how anyone, even an alleged killer, might choose to use the area as a dumping ground.

Police have identified the remains of Melissa Barthelemy, 24, Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25, Amber Lynn Costello, 27, and Megan Waterman, 22 near Oak Beach, New York, in recent weeks. Their efforts are part of a probe into suspected serial killings that have turned up at least eight bodies - four of them identified as prostitutes - since December 2010. The grisly finds occurred as police searched for Shannan Gilbert, 24, who was last seen alive in May in the Gilgo Beach area.

Detectives and divers are taking a short break this weekend but will resume their work next week. They’ll be back in the water looking for clues. The FBI expects to put a helicopter back in the air for more high-tech aerial imagery.

Around here, residents are watching and waiting to see what happens next. Rumors are rampant about who might be involved, with some speculating that a member of the community might be invoved. Some people are frightened; others aren't.

Among those taking extra precautions are prostitutes.

Four of the eight victims identified so far were women who advertised their services on Craigslist. I talked with some women who continue to work this area of Long Island. Some are now carrying weapons. Mainly, they're trying to to take a friend along to make sure when they meet with a client, they leave the client.

One shrugged off any risk. "Hey, we know what we're doing when we take this job."

Watch: Inside the mind of a serial killer

Why is the case grabbing so much attention as far away as Germany? Maybe it's because of the taint. Human remains are being recovered from a long stretch of beach brush in a place where people like to live and vacation.

"It’s just a beautiful place," one detective told me. "This area seems damaged right now because of the bodies that have turned up."

Who are the other victims who have yet to be identified? Are they connected to the first four?

This week, Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer cautioned against expecting any quick answers.

"Please keep in mind this isn’t an episode of CSI."

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April 6th, 2011
11:20 PM ET

A look back to 1995, before the last series of government shutdowns

As U.S. congressional leaders face a Friday deadline to avert a partial government shutdown, it might be worth looking back at what leaders said during a similar situation less than 16 years ago.

Included in this post is video of a CNN report from November 1995, shortly before a similar spending standoff led to the last series of partial government shutdowns.

"[The 1995 report] is really fascinating because you can just change the names, and it was almost the same as the arguments that we’re hearing from both sides now," CNN's Wolf Blizter said Wednesday.

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Gotta Watch: 2-story snowman; viral millions; old school CNN
A Reno, Nevada, father built a two-story snowman outside his home.
March 1st, 2011
03:00 PM ET

Gotta Watch: 2-story snowman; viral millions; old school CNN

Coolest dad ever - A dad in Reno had a lot of snow in his backyard and apparently a lot of time on his hands. He spent more than 50 hours building a two-story snowman complete with a slide for his kids and their friends.

Don't quit your day job - There's a new get-rich-quick scheme out there, and all you need is a camera and a computer. Partner up with YouTube and toss some ads on that snoring cat video and you just might make millions. CNN's Jason Caroll shows you how.

TV the old-fashioned way - CNN opens its archives to give you a rare glimpse at how the sausages are made. It's tough to picture how a network made the jump to 24-hour news when even creating a simple graphic was such an arduous task.


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Mother's heartfelt plea to get 'her baby back'
North Carolina honors student Phylicia Barnes, 17, disappeared three days after Christmas.
January 17th, 2011
02:34 PM ET

Mother's heartfelt plea to get 'her baby back'

Editor's note: CNN anchor Don Lemon talks about how the mother of missing 17-year-old Phylicia Barnes made an emotional plea for her daughter's safe return.

I first heard about Phylicia Barnes on Twitter and Facebook over the holidays.  The North Carolina high school honor student had gone to visit her half sister in Baltimore and disappeared three days after Christmas.

Viewers were asking why they hadn't seen her story on CNN. I didn't have an answer for them. Unfortunately, I was on vacation and spending time with my family. But I immediately began to research her story. I found a few articles in the Baltimore papers but not much else.

In those reports, police speculated that the lack of national media response was because the 17-year-old is African-American. They were calling it Baltimore's version of  Natalee Holloway, the Alabama teenager who disappeared in Aruba. But still not much national attention was given.

Case of missing N.C. honor student still a mystery

So, when I returned to work, I asked my producers to reach out to Barnes' family and police in Baltimore. Both agreed to appear on CNN to answer questions.

I met Barnes' mother, Janice Sallis, shortly before we went on air. She gave me a long hug and thanked me for covering her daughter's disappearance on CNN. Her grief was palpable. I couldn't imagine how she was even able to get out of bed and travel to CNN and appear on national television. She said it was only through the grace of God that she was able to make it through the past few weeks, not knowing where her child was and whether she was even alive.

Sallis told me and anyone listening that she believes her daughter is still "with us." Sallis said she believes her daughter is alive but fears she is being tortured somewhere.

And in a surprising moment, Sallis turned to the camera and made a direct and emotional plea to anyone with information on her daughter's disappearance. It was stunning and sad to watch. But I'm glad she did it.

Although police suspect the teenager would have received more coverage if she were white, her mother didn't want to dwell on that aspect. She said at this point race and social issues weren't important to her. She just "wants her baby back."

Let's hope that happens.

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