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October 24th, 2013
07:15 AM ET

Man Gets $6 World Series Ticket

Baseball fan Erik Jabs thought he got the deal of a lifetime when he scooped up a $6 ticket to game one of the World Series on StubHub. He was crushed to find out that the ticket was fake.

“Then the next day, StubHub –they contacted me and said ‘We’re going to make this right. We’re going to send you to the World Series.’ So it was kind of like a rollercoaster of up and downs, but it turned out to be a happy story,” Jabs tells CNN’s “Early Start.”

He ended up sitting just past first base, about 15 rows back. This is the 109th game that the Pittsburgh Pirates season ticket holder has attended this year.

Click on the video to see the awesome souvenir that he got from last night’s game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox.

 

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October 24th, 2013
05:30 AM ET

Debate Over School Safety Revs Up After Teacher Deaths

Teacher slayings in Nevada and Massachusetts this week are the latest examples of how educators feel schools are less of a traditional safe haven, especially from gun violence that killed one of the instructors, an education firm says.

A survey of 10,600 educators in 50 states captured this uneasiness after another school shooting - in Newtown, Connecticut - when the vast majority of respondents favored an armed guard to improve safety, though they didn't want to be armed in school themselves. Almost a third of teachers felt that their school wasn't safe from gun violence.

"That's a high number to me. That's a lot of teachers feeling nervous about this," said Cory Linton of the School Improvement Network, which provides professional development to educators and which conducted the January survey.

"Even though nine out of 10 educators feel safe in school, the survey shows that teachers don't feel completely safe from random acts of violence," said Linton, executive vice president of the Utah firm. "You think about how many students are in Massachusetts and how many students are in Nevada. They're not going to learn much this week. That's a pretty high cost to society."

As a sign of the times, 43-year-old Linton cited how the only drill he did in school was for earthquakes. Now, his five kids must learn a "lockdown drill" in school in the event of a violent intruder or bomb threat.

In one remedy to this specter of violence, some teachers carry a "panic button" that turns on a video camera in the classroom that transmits live footage and audio to police, Linton said.

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October 24th, 2013
05:29 AM ET

Hearings Start Today Over Obamacare Website

Finger pointing over the technical blunders that gummed up the Obamacare website launch will ensue on Thursday, it appears.

Contractors who helped develop the embattled HealthCare.gov website blame each other and the government, but not themselves, in testimony prepared for the first congressional hearing on the problems engulfing the online enrollment system.

House Energy and Commerce Committee members will grill officials from CGI Federal, Optum/QSSI, Equifax Workforce Solutions and Serco at the hearing to examine technological problems faced by people trying to buy health insurance under President Barack Obama's signature reforms.

Complaints of inability to log in, lengthy delays, incorrect information relayed to insurance companies and other problems have plagued the website since it opened to much fanfare on October 1.

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October 23rd, 2013
05:42 AM ET

Rough Obamacare Rollout: 4 Reasons Why

It seems like a long time since Vice President Joe Biden whispered a bit too loudly to President Barack Obama that his imminent signing of the 2010 Affordable Care Act was "a big f-ing deal."

Biden was right - it was big then, and is even bigger more than three years later. However, most of the talk today is about problems with Obama's signature health care reforms that are emboldening hyper-partisan critics on the political right and raising public doubts about the system's viability.

How could it be that the administration, with so much time to implement the overhaul the health insurance overhaul, ended up botching the roll out of the most controversial provision - the individual mandate requiring people to obtain coverage or face a fine.

Some reasons are political and others are technical, but all point to a mix of presidential over-promising, rabid political opposition and the arcane contracting process used by the government to choose which companies got the job of devising a website enrollment system unprecedented in its size and complexity.

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October 23rd, 2013
05:35 AM ET

MacNeill Trial: What You Missed And What's Ahead

Prosecutors say Martin MacNeill was having an affair when he drugged and drowned his wife, Michele, in 2007. He has pleaded not guilty to her murder. Get caught up on what you missed from week one of his trial.

Prosecutors dragged a bathtub into court for the first days of their case against Martin MacNeill and questioned whether the Utah doctor actually tried saving his wife after pulling her lifeless body onto the bathroom floor.

Martin MacNeill is accused of drugging his wife with a powerful cocktail of prescriptions and then drowning her as she recovered from face-lift surgery in 2007.

MacNeill, who has pleaded not guilty, could face life in prison if convicted. His defense attorneys say investigators were so intent on pointing the finger at MacNeill that they overlooked the simple fact that his wife died from natural causes.

In the days ahead, jurors may hear from the couple's daughter, Alexis, who now goes by her mother's maiden name, Somers. She was a medical student at the time of her mother's death and was by her mother's side during her recovery. Somers is expected to testify about her suspicions surrounding her father's behavior. She may also tell jurors that it was her father who pushed her mother to have the surgery.

Anna Osborne Walthall, a woman who claims to have been Martin MacNeill's lover for several months in 2005, is also expected to take the stand at some point. She claims MacNeill told her about how to administer heart-stopping drugs that can go undetected.

There's also MacNeill's alleged mistress, Gypsy Willis, who could be thrown in the mix. Prosecutors say the doctor and Willis were having an affair and she's the reason MacNeill was moved to kill his wife. The pair was convicted of fraud charges in 2009 after using the personal information from one of MacNeill's adopted daughters to create a new identity for Gypsy as "Jillian." MacNeill listed "Jillian" as his wife on at least one document, with their marriage date the same day as his late wife's funeral.

MacNeill's trial is expected to take place over five weeks. The jury who will decide his fate is comprised of six men and five women, which includes three alternates.

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October 22nd, 2013
06:09 AM ET

Did Obamacare Site Fail Pre-Launch?

The president's healthcare sign-up web page was supposed to handle tens of thousands of people at once. But in a trial run days before its launch, just a few hundred users flatlined the site.

Despite the problems, federal health officials pushed aside the crash cart and rolled out HealthCare.gov on October 1 as planned,The Washington Post reported.

The result? The website crashed shortly after midnight as a couple thousand people tried to start the process, two people familiar with the project told the Post.

The report is the latest criticism of the problem-plagued site - criticism so acute that even the President said there was " no sugarcoating" the difficulties Americans have faced trying to sign up for insurance coverage.

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October 22nd, 2013
06:09 AM ET

Nevada School Shooting: Teacher Killed By 'Nice Kid' Who Was Bullied, Girl Says

No one knows why he picked this day, this time, these victims.

It was the first day back from fall break at Sparks Middle School. Students milled about, waiting to hear the morning bell.

Within moments, two 12-year-old students were wounded. A beloved teacher and military veteran lay dead. And the young shooter - armed with his parents' gun - took his own life, silencing any way of understanding what he was thinking.

Before Monday morning, the young gunman seemed like the antithesis of a school shooter.

"He was really a nice kid," schoolmate Amaya Newton told CNN. "He would make you smile when you were having bad day."

But for whatever reason, the boy, whom authorities have not identified, took his parents' handgun to school, a federal law enforcement source said.

"I believe it was because I saw him getting bullied a couple of times, and I think he took out his bullying," Amaya said.

Amaya said she thought the two students at the Nevada school were friends of the shooter.

"It's too early to say whether he was targeting specific people or just going on an indiscriminate shooting spree," Reno police Deputy Chief Tom Robinson said.

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October 21st, 2013
08:32 AM ET

Experts are Learning How to Break into Web Cams and TVs

Disturbing new revelations about personal computers and hackers. As CNN Money's Laurie Segall reports, there is new evidence that those who want to spy on you are finding ways to do it...

by using the electronics around your home.

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October 21st, 2013
06:42 AM ET

Escaped Killers Captured in Florida

While handcuffed and shackled, Joseph Jenkins and Charles Walker said little during their first court appearance after being arrested. For the two convicted killers, their manhunt ended just 80 miles from where their escape began, CNN's Nick Valencia reports.

Officials tell CNN the two were waiting for a ride from Atlanta in a Panama City Beach motel when they were busted unarmed. They were detained without incident.

At a press conference on Sunday, Florida officials addressed the bureaucratic blunder. The two convicts serving life sentences were accidentally released after showing forged paperwork. It also turns out that apparently this has happened twice before, only the inmates were caught before they got out.

Law enforcement has launched an investigation to figure out how Jenkins and Walker duped the system and obtained the fake documents.

"... there is speculation, and underline speculation, that there was a source where for a certain sum money documents could be constructed for eight thousand dollars, whether that is true or not, is will be determined," says Jerry Bailey, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner.

Many believe it was an inside job. CNN legal analyst Mark O'Mara says they must have had help.

"It has to be somebody on the inside. It just has to be. Somebody at the clerk's office, somebody in the courthouse, maybe even somebody in a state attorney's office position, a secretary maybe who can actually get that paperwork done," he says.

Police are now promising to hold all who contributed accountable, telling CNN that additional arrests are expected.

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October 18th, 2013
11:38 AM ET

Snowden Breaks His Silence to the NYTimes

NSA leaker Edward Snowden is asking you to trust him. He says there is zero chance Russia or China has any of his top-secret files. Of course he is presently in Russian and wanted in the US on espionage. Can you take him at his word?

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