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February 21st, 2013
07:25 AM ET

VIDEO: Sloppy police work in Pistorius case? Paul Callan on how a murder investigation should be conducted


CNN) - As Oscar Pistorius returned to court Thursday to seek bail, the sensational case took a new turn when police said the lead investigator is facing seven counts of attempted murder stemming from an incident four years ago.

That investigator, Hilton Botha, and several other police officers apparently fired at a minibus they were chasing in late 2009, spokesman Neville Malila told CNN affiliate eNCA. The officers were allegedly drunk at the time, the spokesman said.

They were arrested on seven counts of attempted murder - one for each occupant in the minibus, the spokesman said. They were also charged with using firearms under the influence of alcohol, and all of them appeared in court.

In court Thursday, the prosecutors said neither the state, nor Botha, was aware that he might face attempted murder charges, thinking the case had been dropped.

This morning on "Early Start," CNN legal contributor Paul Callan weighs in on what he calls 'sloppy' police work in the Pistorius case.

READ MORE: Police: Lead investigator in Pistorius case facing attempted murder charges himself

Filed under: Oscar Pistorious
February 21st, 2013
06:51 AM ET

Triumph passengers file class-action lawsuit against Carnival – Rene Marsh reports


(CNN) - A class action lawsuit has been filed against Carnival Corporation surrounding the events that crippled the cruise ship Triumph in the Gulf of Mexico.

Filing on behalf of other passengers, Matt and Melissa Crusan of Oklahoma alleged in their lawsuit that "Carnival knew or should have known that the vessel Triumph was likely to experience mechanical and/or engine issues because of prior similar issues," the court filing said.

The lawsuit alleged that conditions on the ship "created a severe risk of injury, illness and/or disease."

The case was filed this week in U.S. District Court in the southern district of Florida.

Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen said: "We are unable to comment on pending litigation."

This morning on "Early Start," Rene Marsh reports on the latest in the lawsuit.

READ MORE: Class-action lawsuit filed against Carnival Corp. in Triumph cruise

Filed under: Carnival Triumph
February 21st, 2013
06:38 AM ET

Report: Consumers returning to recession spending habits

Christine Romans on the National Retail Federation's report showing consumers returning to recession spending habits.

Filed under: Consumers • Economy
February 21st, 2013
06:27 AM ET

VIDEO: Police release 911 calls in Calif. car jacking murder spree

CNN's Miguel Marquez on the release of 911 calls in a car jacking spree that led to three deaths in California.

Filed under: Crime
February 20th, 2013
10:19 AM ET

VIDEO: Russia wants to stop all internation adoptions after boy's death in Texas – Phil Black reports

CNN's Phil Black on Russia's response to the suspicious circumstances in the death of an adopted Russian boy in Texas.

Filed under: Adoption • Russia
February 20th, 2013
10:16 AM ET

Is Pistorius defense poking holes in prosecution's murder case? Paul Callan weighs in


Pretoria, South Africa (CNN) - Sounds of arguing for an hour before the shooting. Blood stains on a cell phone and cricket bat. Boxes of testosterone and needles. Angles of gunfire.

The shape of prosecutors' case against Oscar Pistorius began to come into focus Wednesday as they argued the Olympian charged with killing his girlfriend is a flight risk who should be denied bail.

Police investigator Hilton Botha told the court there's no way Pistorius was acting in self-defense when he shot through the door of a toilet room in the bathroom of his home and killed Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius has said he thought he was shooting at an intruder in the early hours of Valentine's Day, but Botha said he believes Pistorius knew Steenkamp was on the other side of the door.

Prosecutors tried to poke holes in Pistorius' story, and defense lawyers fired back: The witness who heard sounds of arguing lives 600 meters (more than 650 yards) away, Botha testified under cross-examination. Pistorius had a legal herbal medicine, not testosterone, defense attorney Barry Roux said. Steenkamp locked the toilet room door when she heard Pistorius screaming for help, Roux said.

With all these new details, how will Pistorius shape his defense? This morning on "Early Start," legal contributor Paul Callan weighs in on the case.

READ MORE: Prosecution argues against bail in Pistorius case

Filed under: Oscar Pistorious
February 20th, 2013
09:48 AM ET

VIDEO: Will Sony reveal new Playstation 4 today? Christine Romans on the latest rumors

Christine Romans on the rumors around a possible unveiling of the new Sony Playstation 4 console.

Filed under: Playstation • Sony
February 20th, 2013
06:53 AM ET

Southwest prepares for severe snow storm – Casey Wian reports

CNN's Casey Wian on a heavy storm moving east across the southwest, and the large amounts of snow it could bring.

Filed under: Uncategorized
February 20th, 2013
06:44 AM ET

Kansas City Mayor: Female employee only missing person after gas explosion

A natural gas explosion leveled a popular restaurant in Kansas City, Missouri about 6 p.m. CT Tuesday. One man walked out from the rubble with only cuts and scratches, but he couldn't find colleagues who'd been standing next to him when the blast occurred.

This morning on "Early Start," Kansas City Mayor Sly James and Fire Chief Paul Berardi discuss the latest in the explosion that leveled the restaurant.

Mayor James says that one female employee is still missing, after another person thought to be missing was found and taken to the hospital.

See more in the video above.

Filed under: Gas explosion
February 20th, 2013
06:26 AM ET

Security questions at Brussels airport after $50 million diamond heist – Dan Rivers reports

Police this morning are looking for an Audi in the search for the people who stole $50 million in diamonds from the cargo hold at an airport in Brussels, Belgium.

It's a story with "Hollywood Movie" written all over it: Eight diamond thieves, well armed and well organized, crashed through the airport fence, pointed guns at the plane's crew and made off with the jewels. Then, they vanished.

CNN senior international correspondent Dan Rivers reports live from Brussels for "Early Start" this morning, and speaks with Brussels Airport's Jan Van Der Cruysse about security questions in the wake of the theft.

Filed under: Diamond heist
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