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March 22nd, 2013
05:43 AM ET

Gunman and two others dead in shooting at Quantico Marine base – Shannon Travis reports


A shooting that prompted a lockdown for hours at a Marine base in Virginia ended with three dead early Friday, including the gunman, authorities said.

Sgt. Christopher Zahn said they were notified of the shooting at Marine Corps Base Quantico late Thursday.

One person was fatally shot, and the gunman barricaded himself into a room, he said.

Using a public address system, police announced a base lockdown as the shooter was holed up inside a building.

Law enforcement officials from the base and the Prince William County surrounded the area.

When they finally entered the building, they found the gunman dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound and a second victim, he said.

The lockdown ended early Friday, a few hours after it started,.

The suspect was a staff member at the Officer Candidate School, according to Capt Eric Flanagan, a Marine Corps spokesman. The motive is unknown.

READ MORE: Lockdown at Quantico Marine base ends with 3 dead, including gunman

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March 21st, 2013
08:09 AM ET

Who killed Colo. prison chief and why? Jim Spellman reports on the manhunt

The manhunt for a killer continues in Colorado this morning. Police are searching for leads as to who gunned down the chief of the state's corrections department and a possible motive for the murder.

The family of 58 year-old Tom Clements says they lost a devoted husband and father. He was shot in cold blood Tuesday night as he opened the front door to his home outside of Denver. Authorities have not identified a suspect or a motive but want to talk to a woman who may have been seen walking in the area. Investigators are also looking for the driver of car seen in Clements' neighborhood the night of the murder. Jim Spellman is live in Denver with the latest on the search.

“So far, there are few leads, only a car seen idling nearby around the time of the shooting,” Spellman reports. “The same witness who saw the car idling near the crime scene, minutes later saw it driving…towards Interstate 25. Near the on-ramp to the interstate, there are numerous cameras. Police are checking them to see if they spot the car.”

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March 18th, 2013
06:54 AM ET

Arrests after dramatic helicopter prison break in Canada – Paula Newton reports


Even by dramatic jailbreak standards, this escape was particularly brazen.

Two men posing as tourists reportedly commandeered a helicopter from a Canadian tour company, ordered the pilot to fly over a detention center near Montreal, hoisted two inmates using cables or ropes into the hovering aircraft - and zipped away.

All in broad daylight. All in full view of incredulous witnesses.

But despite the movie-worthy getaway, the prisoners' freedom didn't last long. By early Monday morning, authorities arrested both inmates and two other people.

CNN's Paula Newton reports on this brazen prison break on "Early Start" this morning.

READ MORE: Canadian prisoners captured after daring helicopter escape

Filed under: Law • Law enforcement
March 13th, 2013
08:26 AM ET

Motel standoff ends in Oregon for suspect in grandparents' death – Dan Simon reports


A standoff at a beachside Oregon motel ended Tuesday evening with the focus of the police's attention - the suspect in his grandparents' deaths over the weekend - being taken from his room and transported away in an ambulance.

Members of a "tactical team" entered the Lincoln City, Oregon, room of 26-year-old Michael Boysen around 7 p.m. (10 p.m. ET), emerging with no injuries, said city police Chief Keith Killian. The suspect had suffered apparently self-inflicted cuts, he added.

The image of him on a stretcher being placed in a waiting ambulance closed a day full of drama at the WestShore OceanFront Suites.

Boysen was taken into custody about an hour after authorities used water cannons to blast down part of the front door to the suspect's room, a move that showed authorities' intent to "just kind of step ... things up a little bit," according to Killian.

Dan Simon reports the latest on "Early Start" this morning.

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March 8th, 2013
07:15 AM ET

Georgia town wants guns in every household – Shannon Travis reports


A small Georgia town may soon require every household to own a firearm - a law that, if passed, would make it the second town in the state to mandate gun ownership.

City council members in Nelson, a town of 1,300 people north of Atlanta, unanimously approved the proposal at a meeting this week. Citizens now have a chance to review the proposal before the council takes it up again in April.

The law would give every family the right to protect themselves and their property "without worrying about prosecution for protecting themselves," Cronic told the meeting. He said the proposal was modeled on a similar law in nearby Kennesaw, Georgia, that has been on the books since 1982.

This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Shannon Travis reports on this controversial proposed law.

READ MORE: Georgia town mulls mandatory gun ownership

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March 8th, 2013
06:03 AM ET

Osama bin Laden's son-in-law expected in federal court today after capture – Susan Candiotti reports


Osama bin Laden's son-in-law is scheduled to be in a New York City courtroom Friday morning to face charges of trying to kill Americans.

Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, who served as an al Qaeda spokesman, was captured and taken to the United States, federal officials announced Thursday.

Abu Ghaith was captured within the past week in Jordan, according to a spokesman for U.S. Rep. Peter King of New York. He was charged in a federal indictment with conspiracy to kill U.S. nationals, the Department of Justice announced.

This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Susan Candiotti previews today's arraignment in federal court in New York.

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December 10th, 2012
07:34 AM ET

Boston Globe reports shocking holes in U.S. immigration system; reporter Maria Sacchetti broke the story about 'secrecy' of system

A new investigative report in the Boston Globe reveals shocking holes in the U.S. immigration system. According to the series, the U.S. government is quietly releasing thousands of dangerous illegal immigrants, including murderers and rapists, back onto American streets, because their home countries won't take them back. All this while detaining harmless and often sick immigrants for months at a time. Maria Sacchetti is the reporter for the Boston Globe who broke this story. She joins “Early Start” live from Boston this morning.

The names of the immigrant offenders are classified. The immigration system has “always said that they believe this is a private matter, that they need to protect the immigrant’s privacy,” Sacchetti reports, “so they won’t release the criminals’ names.”

Sacchetti says the Globe's report thus focuses on the secrecy of the immigration system. "Immigration has become the largest law enforcement system in the country. And very much unlike the police or the FBI, they operate largely in secret. So their arrests are secret. Their detentions are secret."

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July 26th, 2012
08:45 AM ET

Jackson family drama continues as Katherine Jackson speaks out for the first time

Katherine Jackson spoke out for the first time after losing custody of her three grandchildren yesterday, telling ABC's Nightline that she's devastated after a judge granted temporary custody to 34-year-old T.J. Jackson.

Jackson also addressed the controversy surrounding her reported disappearance, saying, "I am here today to let everybody know that I am fine and I am here with my children, and my children would never do a thing to me like that, holding me against my will. It's very stupid for people to think that."

Criminal defense attorney Joey Jackson, who is not related to the Jackson family, sits down with Zoraida on Early Start today to weigh in on Katherine Jackson's comments and the custody battle.

Filed under: Law • Michael Jackson
May 28th, 2012
10:25 AM ET

Pope's butler arrested on suspicion of leaked documents- Barbie Nadeau reports live from Rome

Rome bureau chief for Newsweek and the Daily Beast’s Barbie Nadeau was live this morning from the Italian capital reporting on the latest findings in the ongoing papal leak investigation. The purported leaked documents range in subject matter from gossip to cronyism and financial corruption.

Nadeau says the leaks which were allegedly masterminded by the pope’s own butler Paolo Gabriele have “really shaken the very core of theVatican.” Gabriele reportedly leaked these documents to reporter Gianluigi Nuzzi, who published the book “His Holiness: The Secret Papers of Pope Benedict XVI” last week.

Filed under: Law • Pope
April 30th, 2012
08:04 AM ET

Boy kicked off all-girls field hockey team, says he doesn't pose threat to other players

At just 13-year-old, Keeling Pilaro was kicked off his high school girls field hockey team because the school's athletic governing body has determined he is the dominant player on the field. However, Keeling says "there are definitely girls that are a lot better than [him], have more skills and are faster." He talks with Ashleigh Banfield this morning.

Filed under: Gender • Law
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