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July 30th, 2013
07:13 AM ET

Weiner Fighting for Every Vote

Support for Anthony Weiner keeps eroding, but as calls continue for him to drop-out of the New York City mayoral race, Weiner continues to ignore them, CNN's Rosa Flores reports.

Weiner's poll numbers plummeted from first to fourth place in a new Quinnipiac Univeristy poll that was conducted after a new round of lewd internet chats were revealed.

"I am going to leave this to the people of the City of New York to decide. Period. End of conversation," says Weiner at a Flushing campaign stop.

Despite all, he continues campaigning across the city, finding supporters at every stop, and making it clear, he is fighting for every vote he can get.

Weiner has also been sending his supporters emails asking for their vote, and their money, because as you know, campaigns are expensive, adds Flores.

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July 30th, 2013
06:49 AM ET

DC Monuments Attacks

The National Cathedral is one of four DC landmarks vandalized in the past few days and so far, one person is in custody in connection with one of the crimes. However, authorities are still investigating whether that same person is responsible for the rest, and there are still a lot of unanswered questions, CNN's Pamela Brown reports.

On Monday, cleaning crews spent the night scrubbing green paint off an organ and a wall inside two National Cathedral chapels.

Police arrested Tian Jiamel and charged her with defacing property. A law enforcement source says the 58-year-old woman was found carrying a green paint can when she was arrested.

It is still unknown if the suspect is linked to the vandalism of three other DC landmarks in recent days. On Friday, authorities discovered green paint splattered on the Lincoln Memorial

Authorities then discovered what looks like green painted symbols on the statue of Joseph Henry, the first secretary of the Smithsonian. Adding to the mystery, green paint was discovered on a statue of Martin Luther at a DC church, a day before the National Cathedral incident.

Officials are still investigating whether the vandalisms are linked, or if these are copy cat crimes.

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July 29th, 2013
07:23 AM ET

Cannes Jewel Heist

In a move straight out of a caper movie, an armed robber walked into a jewelry exhibition in the French resort city of Cannes on Sunday and walked out with millions of dollars in stolen jewels. Police estimate the value of the jewels at more than $50 million dollars, CNN's Vladimir Duthiers reports.

The robbery occured at 11:30 am in the morning at the Carlton Hotel. Officials say the robber pulled out a gun and threatened to shoot the exhibitors andpeople admiring the display. Security guards were on the scene during the robbery but were unarmed. No one was hurt.

This is not the first time the Carlton Hotel has been targeted by jewel thieves. In May, during the Cannes film festival, robbers made off with close to $4 million dollars worth of jewelry meant to be worn on the red-carpet by Hollywood stars.

On top of that, the hotel is not just a real-life crime scene. It was also the setting for a 1955 Alfred Hitchcock film starring Cary Grant as a jewelry burglar. The movie was "To Catch a Thief," something the police in Cannes, so far, have been unable to do.

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July 29th, 2013
07:09 AM ET

Hudson River Boating Accident: Police Discover Body of 'Best Man'

Authorities in New York believe they found the body of a man set to be the best man at a wedding. He's the second victim of a tragic boating accident that killed the bride-to-be, and left her intended injured.

Lindsey Stewart and Brian Bond were the picture perfect couple. The two – engaged to be married – were set to wed on August 10th, until they decided to take a boat ride Friday night up the Hudson River, CNN's Alina Cho reports.

Just minutes after leaving the marina around 10:00 pm ET, the small speed boat, carrying 6 people, struck a barge.

The bride-to-be and best man were ejected, and the groom-to-be was among the 4 survivors. He was knocked unconscious and when he awoke, he immediately called for help.

"There was a body recovered of a female, who basically fit the description of the person who is missing," says Chief William Barbera of the Rockland County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities say it appears the driver of the boat, a 35-year-old man and friend of the couple, was intoxicated. He's been charged with vehicular manslaughter and vehicular assault.

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July 26th, 2013
06:16 AM ET

Juror B-29: "George Zimmerman Got Away With Murder"

Barely two weeks since George Zimmerman was acquitted in the death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, many supporters and opponents of the verdict are learning more details about what went on in the jury room.

Not long after Juror B37 and alternate Juror E54 broke their silence, another juror has now come forward to explain the verdict.

Juror B29 is showing her face as she talks with ABC News about the decision to acquit the former neighborhood watch volunteer.

"George Zimmerman got away with murder, but you can't get away from God," Juror B29 says.

“Anguished and apologetic, Juror B29–going by the name Maddy–told ABC's Robin Roberts that she favored convicting George Zimmerman of second degree murder,” reports CNN’s Pamela Brown.

 "For myself, he's guilty,” she says, “…but as the law was read to me if you have no proof that he killed him intentionally, you can't say he's guilty."

Maddy says that after more than 16 hours of deliberations, she struggled to find the proof to convict. "Maddy concedes she still struggles with the verdict and the public outcry that followed,” Brown reports.

“I literally fell on my knees and broke down,” she says. “I kept saying to myself, ‘I feel like I killed him.’”

She also says she owes Trayvon's parents an apology.

“I would like to apologize because I feel like I let them down.”

Trayvon martin's mother released this statement in response.

"This new information challenges our nation once again to do everything we can to make sure that this never happens to another child.”

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July 26th, 2013
06:16 AM ET

Human Error Possible for Southwest Nose-Landing

New details are emerging about the Southwest Airlines flight that skidded down a runway and landed nose-first at New York’s LaGuardia Airport this Monday.

Flight 345 had 150 people on board. Federal investigators are questioning why the jet landed nose-first.

“When it comes to landing, the 737's rear landing wheels touch ground first, the front wheels second,” CNN's Rene Marsh reports.

“But investigators say that's not how it happened here. The front wheel came down first and it couldn't withstand the weight of the plane, ending with a 19 second skid.”

According to the NTSB, in the final four seconds before touchdown, the plane shifted from 2 degrees nose up to 3 degrees nose down.

Kevin Hiatt, President of the Flight Safety Foundation, says human error could be a possible cause.

“Southwest tells CNN the landing scenario the NTSB describes... ‘is not in accordance with our operating procedures,’” Marsh reports.

“This is now the second investigation looking at potential pilot error in a matter of weeks. Asiana Flight 214 crash landed at the San Fransisco airport earlier this month...killing three people.”

Follow along at CNN.com as the investigation develops.

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July 25th, 2013
06:50 AM ET

Who is Huma Abedin? A Look at the Woman Standing by Weiner

Embattled New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner is holding firm despite the scandal now surrounding him—once again.

He’s remaining defiant amid calls from newspapers and his political rivals saying he should drop out after he admitted to “sexting”, or exchanging explicit online messages with a woman, even after he resigned from congress in disgrace for the same lewd behavior.

That woman has been identified as 23-year-old Sydney Elaine Leathers - who was active online talking about democratic politics.

She's said to have once loved the former congressman, but is now disgusted by how he treated her.

Despite all this, Weiner's wife is expressing her support, telling the press on Tuesday, "I love him, I have forgiven him, I believe in him." 

“When Huma Abedin spoke of her devotion to her husband Anthony Weiner Tuesday,” reports CNN’s Alino Cho, “the public may have been surprised but not those who know her. Members of her inner circle say Huma was out there because she wanted to be.”

In a revealing essay in the September issue of Harper's Bazaar written by Abedin herself, she writes: "... yes, I'm out on the campaign trail.  It's where I want to be.  Because the choice for me is simple: I love my husband, and we both love this city."

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July 25th, 2013
06:20 AM ET

Deadly Derailment in Spain kills 77, Injures 100

In Spain, an occasion for celebration turned into tragedy overnight.

At least 77 are dead and more than 100 injured after a high-speed passenger train crashed and almost snapped in two in northwestern Spain on Wednesday.

“About a third of the people who got on that train in Madrid yesterday are now dead,” CNN’s Al Goodman reports over the phone.

“A court official tells CNN that number is expected to rise. We’re hearing that they still have some train cars to look at.”

That deadly derailment happened just one day before the patron saint day of St. James, Santiago.

 “There are dozens and dozens of people who wounded on what was supposed to be one of the happiest days of the year…It’s a big tragedy instead.

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July 25th, 2013
06:11 AM ET

Weiner Rejects Calls To Withdraw From NYC Mayoral Race

The field of democratic candidates in New York City's mayoral race will have Anthony Weiner to bully during the race.      

The scandal-plagued former representative is back on the campaign trail just one day after revealing he continued "sexting" long after the same lewd behavior forced him to resign from congress.

He remains defiant despite calls that he drop out of the race. But while he tries to focus on his campaign, it’s proving tough escaping the scandal.

CNN’s Dana Bash asks New Yorkers if the scandal bothers them, and the feelings are mixed.

One man says, "No, I mean, a lot of politicians have their issues and I think this one we can put behind us.”

But another New Yorker disagrees.

“I think it's kind of creepy," says one woman, "so I don't think I'd want that as my mayor.”

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July 24th, 2013
06:12 AM ET

The "Modern" Royal Family

The world has been enthralled this week by the sensation across the pond over the birth of the royal baby. The ceremony and the pomp and circumstance announcing the birth can be traced to centuries past, but some also to the customs of current day. 

A scene that’s very traditional but also a little bit modern, critics say the birth of the royal baby might be a sign of things to come.

“The world celebrates the new prince, the future king, the possible 1st British Monarch of the 22nd Century,’ CNN’s John Berman says.

The parents William and Kate have been hailed as young, fresh, modern.

In that style, a break from tradition; they sent word of the birth in an email.

“William and Kate are expected to be more hands on parents than past royals,” Berman says. “Instead of a nanny, they have reportedly hired a housekeeper to help around the palace. So no Mary Poppins unfortunately.”

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