November 29th, 2011
09:07 PM ET

Video shows Houston police shooting armed man

Video has surfaced of Houston police officers shooting an armed man in a downtown park.

Police said 21-year-old Joshua Anthony Twohig was armed with a rifle and fired several shots inside Tranquility Park near an area where Occupy Houston protesters were gathered on November 21.

Houston police said they shot Twohig after attempts were made to have him drop his weapon. He suffered several gunshot wounds and was transported to a hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. Twohig is charged with aggravated assault against a public servant.

Bicycle officers A. Cantos and H. Lam said they were on patrol when they heard gunshots and saw Twohig standing on a bridge near the park's fountains and pond holding a weapon. When the officers approached the scene and told Twohig to drop his rifle, they said he fired his weapon into the pond and then gestered as if he was intending to commit suicide. Police said Twohig then screamed "shoot me, shoot me" toward the officers.

At about this point, police said a witness began recording video of the incident, which CNN obtained from a Houston TV station.

The video shows Twohig dressed in a suit holding a gun to his head. Officers are heard on the video shouting commands to Twohig before they shot him.

CNN affiliate KTRK reports it spoke with Twohig's family after the incident. They did not want to comment about the shooting and told KTRK not to contact them again. KTRK said the name of an attorney for Twohig has not been released at this point.

"We don't know his motives - that being said, he was not a member of the Occupy movement that we know of," Occupy Houston protester Dustin Phipps told KTRK.

"I'm glad that the gentleman did not point his gun at all these innocent people here," witness David Loeser told KTRK.

October 12th, 2011
09:10 AM ET

Newt Gingrich opens up about his family, passions and regrets

GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich revealed to CNN how his family has played a huge role in shaping his life.

His remarks came during a recent Red Chair interview - a CNN series that examines the lives of headliners to see what made them who they are today.

Gingrich, a former speaker of the U.S. House, said he learned his cheerful optimism from his mother who told him "everyday can be filled with interesting things."

"I'm like a 4-year-old who gets up every morning knowing there is a cookie somewhere and I just have to find it," said Gingrich.

The GOP presidential candidate credited his stepfather for teaching him about discipline and determination.

Gingrich's passions include a love for nature, animals and education. He also collects items related to dinosaurs.

"Early on in life I thought I'd be a paleontologist or a zoo director," he said. "I've visited about 100 zoos in my life and enjoy them."

Regarding his career, Gingrich said if he were House speaker again, he'd "do it in a significantly different way."

Learn more about his family life, passions and lessons learned in his CNN Red Chair video interview. Look for conversations with other presidential candidates in upcoming weeks.

Candidates Herman Cain and Jon Huntsman Jr. recently sat down with CNN for their Red Chair interviews.

October 1st, 2011
10:10 AM ET

Packers introducing new security measure at Lambeau Field

The Green Bay Packers say they'll be the first team in the NFL to screen fans with hand-held metal detecting wands when the team hosts the Denver Broncos this Sunday.

The wands, which will replace pat-downs as the primary method to screen people as they enter Lambeau Field, are similar to those used by the Transportation Security Administration at airports around the country.

The measure is being implemented at the recommendation of the NFL, team representative Aaron Popkey said.

The Packers' director of security and risk management, Doug Collins, said the procedures will increase the safety of fans at the stadium. He advises fans to arrive at Lambeau earlier than in the past, since it may take more time for Green Bay police officers to perform the enhanced inspections at the gate.

Pat-downs may still take place if officers notice anything suspicious, Popkey said.

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September 29th, 2011
08:35 PM ET

Shark severely injures man near Cape Town

A British man was severely injured in an attack by a great white shark while swimming this week near Cape Town, South Africa.

Michael Cohen, 43, lost his right leg and suffered injuries to his left foot in Wednesday's incident near Fish Hoek Beach. He was in critical condition and under heavy sedation in an intensive care unit on Thursday.

According to city officials, the beach was closed when Cohen decided to go for a swim. Warning flags had been raised to alert beach goers that it was not safe to enter the water due to shark sightings.  Officials said it was not clear why Cohen ignored the warnings.

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September 28th, 2011
08:30 PM ET

Ice cream cone or Ku Klux Klan member?

A Florida shop had to scrap its ice cream cone mascot because passers-by thought it looked like a man dressed in a Ku Klux Klan outfit.

"We were just trying to get people to come in," store employee Jasmine Gonzalez told CNN affiliate WTSP. "We thought it was something fun for people, but eventually people took it the wrong way."

The Ice Cream Family Corner and Sandwiches shop opened a few months ago in Ocala. The owners hired a man to stand outside the shop dressed in a vanilla  ice cream cone costume to attract business.

At first store owners told WTSP they had no idea the outfit was upsetting passers-by,  but then they noticed a drop in business, and began to wonder what was impacting their sales.

Eventually, Gonzalez said they were tipped off that people were avoiding the shop, because they thought the peaked cap was not an ice cream cone costume, but a KKK robe. The mascot was immediately pulled off the street.

Some customers told WTSP they could understand the confusion, while others laughed at the ordeal.

"They (KKK members) don't color themselves (with sprinkles) like that," Wayne Austin chuckled to WTSP as he looked at the costume.

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Hikers climb five mountain summits in one day
Mission complete: Hike five mountains, in five states, in one day
July 12th, 2011
04:30 PM ET

Hikers climb five mountain summits in one day

Hikers from the Atlanta area completed a climb to the summit of the five highest peaks in five Southeastern states in one day.

The leader of the trip, Charlie Cottingham, said the group has applied to GuinnessWorldRecords.com to have the feat recorded as a hiking world record.

The 21 hikers are part of the Atlanta Outdoor Club. They climbed South Carolina's highest peak, Sassafras Mountain at 3,564 feet, Mount Mitchell in North Carolina at 6,684 feet, Clingmans Dome at 6,643 feet in Tennessee, Brasstown Bald in Georgia at 4,784 feet and Cheaha Mountain in Alabama at 2,413 feet.

"It was a perfect day because it was in the 70s in all five places," Cottingham said.

Cottingham said the idea for the trip dates back to 1992 when a group from the Atlanta Ski Club climbed four summits in four states. He was part of that trip and always believed it was possible to hike a fifth summit between sunrise and sunset on the same day.

The group used private vehicles on Sunday to travel between the mountains and "obeyed all traffic laws" during their journey. Cottingham said the five summits are near trailheads, which saved time.

"I'm proud of our achievement and it offers proof of what the spirit of friendly cooperation can do," Cottingham said.

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How some winning presidential campaigns started
CNN unlocks its video vault of presidential campaign announcements.
April 4th, 2011
06:56 PM ET

How some winning presidential campaigns started

Take a peek inside CNN's massive library system and view archival video of winning U.S. presidential campaigns as they kicked off on television.

Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton are among those featured in the video clip from CNN's video vault.

Obama is the first candidate to officially launch a campaign for the 2012 presidential election.

View his team's campaign message, released Monday, on BarackObama.com.

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Only panda born in U.S. in 2010 named 'Po'
Actor Jack Black and Dr. Hayley Murphy of Zoo Atlanta watch over 'Po'
February 15th, 2011
09:48 AM ET

Only panda born in U.S. in 2010 named 'Po'

The newborn panda at Zoo Atlanta was named "Po" at a special ceremony Tuesday morning.

It's Chinese tradition to name a panda when he or she is 100 days old.

Born to Lun Lun on November 3, the cub was the only giant panda born in the U.S. in 2010.

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Video: CNN iReports from Egypt
Egypt unrest through eyes of iReporters
February 3rd, 2011
06:44 PM ET

Video: CNN iReports from Egypt

A CNN iReporter submitted video of a hit-and-run incident involving an Egyptian police van that hit several pedestrians in Cairo. A warning – this video is graphic.

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Video: CNN reporters in the midst of violence in Egypt
Anderson Cooper, CNN crew attacked
February 2nd, 2011
06:48 PM ET

Video: CNN reporters in the midst of violence in Egypt

CNN's Anderson Cooper and his crew were attacked in Tahrir Square by protesters Wednesday.  Cooper said he was hit on the head by a pro-Mubarak demonstrator in front of the Egyptian Museum.  CNN producer MaryAnne Fox and a cameraman were attacked, too.

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First panda born in U.S. this year 'progressing well,' 'in great shape'
December 2nd, 2010
11:52 AM ET

First panda born in U.S. this year 'progressing well,' 'in great shape'

The newborn panda at Zoo Atlanta was given a clean bill of health Thursday.

“He looks great and is progressing well for this stage in his one month long life,” said Dr. Hayley Murphy, director of veterinary services for Zoo Atlanta.

The unnamed cub is the only giant panda to be born in the U.S. in 2010.

He weighed in Thursday at 2.2 pounds and is 13.7 inches long from the tip of his nose to the end of his tail. He has a full coat of hair and continues to nurse with his 13-year old mother Lun Lun in their den.

“His mother is taking great care of him and has great maternal instincts,” said Murphy. “We checked his vital signs this morning and discovered that he’s in great shape, eating well and is an average size for a panda of his age.”

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October 22nd, 2010
12:34 PM ET

First panda birth in U.S. this year expected soon

Giant panda Lun Lun is pregnant, and officials at the Atlanta, Georgia, zoo say they are thrilled.

Animal and veterinary teams estimate that a birth could occur in 10 days to two weeks.

It would be the first panda birth in the U.S. this year. Memphis, San Diego and Washington, D.C., zoos also have pandas, but none has produced a baby panda this year.

Thirteen-year-old Lun Lun was artificially inseminated, and the father is Zoo Atlanta's Yang Yang. Lun Lun and 13-year-old Yang Yang have already given birth to two cubs - Mei Lan, a 4-year-old female who now lives in China, and a male, Xi Lan, 2, who resides at Zoo Atlanta.

The giant panda is an endangered species, so another birth is good news for the zoo and, of course, the species.

"We're absolutely excited about the news," said Rebecca Snyder, the curator of mammals at Zoo Atlanta. "Many times, zoo handlers are not aware that a panda is pregnant until after the birth, so to know ahead of time is a special treat."'

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June 11th, 2010
01:32 PM ET

'Let's go Hawks' chants rain down on Blackhawks parade

Fans of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrated their team's Stanley Cup with a parade and rally on Friday.

Thousands of supporters lined up along Chicago's Michigan Avenue and other streets for a ticker tape parade to celebrate the team's win over Philadelphia.

Team players and officials rode in red double-decker buses as fans cheered them along the route.

As the buses passed, chants of "Let's go Hawks! Let's go Hawks" echoed from the fans celebrating the team's  first championship since 1961.

Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews rode in the last bus, holding the Stanley Cup as confetti poured down on the parade route.

SI.com: Watch highlights from the game

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