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December 23rd, 2013
06:02 AM ET

Girl Hit Between the Eyes With Bullet

Seattle police say a teenager's glasses might have saved her life.

Alonza Bryant,16, had fallen asleep on the couch with her glasses on when someone sprayed her family's home with bullets.

One of them hit Alonza right between the eye but her glasses kept the bullet from going all the way into her head.

Police say someone in the house is involved in gangs and that Alonza was not the target of the shootings.


December 20th, 2013
11:45 AM ET

Mom Faces Charges For Topless Photo With Daughter

A suburban Saint Louis mother  is now facing charges after a topless photo of her and her 14-year-old daughter was shared on social media.

Prosecutors say in the photo the mother seems to be posing, topless, with her daughter in a hot tub.

But the mother insists that's not true. She says she was getting out of the hot tub when her other daughter snapped the photo without her permission and shared it on Snapchat even though she told her not to.


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December 13th, 2013
10:27 AM ET

"Early Start" Says Goodbye to Zoraida Sambolin

See CNN's John Berman give a touching goodbye to co-anchor Zoraida Sambolin as she leaves CNN and returns to Chicago to spend more time with her family.

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November 12th, 2013
05:44 AM ET

European Airports Aim To End Liquid Ban on Planes

For the past seven years, flyers have been restricted to no more than 3.4 ounces of liquids allowed in carry-on bags both in the U.S. and Europe.

Now, new technology could allow airports around the country to ease the rules, CNN's Rene Marsh reports.

London is taking the first step toward the goal of lifting restrictions on liquids by 2016. They are planning to install new liquid scanning technology at Heathrow Airport.

The Ohio-based company which developed the machines says it scans containers in less than 10 seconds, uses radio frequency and ultrasonic technology and alerts security personnel of suspicious substances. The company didn't specify the margin of error only saying it was "very low and varied on factors such as the type of container."

All European airports have been mandated to have technology capable of scanning for liquid explosives by 2014.

The TSA tells CNN developing liquid scanners that would allow them to lift restrictions "remains a long-term goal."

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November 11th, 2013
05:48 AM ET

Family: 'We Believe That She Made It"

Typhoon Haiyan survivors are facing a grim struggle in the Philippines but family members back in the United States are also frantic to discover if their loved ones survived.

Nino Arena is one Filipino who can't find his half-sister Dailyn, CNN's Stephanie Elam reports.

Arena says "I want it to be daylight over there so at least we get more progress, we get more news."

The family believes that 20-year-old Dailyn rode out the storm at her job just south of hard hit Tacloban city in Palo–  instead of heading back to her home in Jaro.

Thousands of houses have been obliterated. Many areas are still cut off from transport, communications and power. Some officials say that as many as 10,000 people may have been killed.

Despite that devastatingly high number, Nino remains optimistic about Dailyn.

Elam asks, "How's the hope level within your family?" and the man replies, "It is high. We are - we believe in divine intervention. And we believe that she made it."

See how you can help at CNN.com/impact.

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November 7th, 2013
06:01 AM ET

Democrats on Edge Over Obamacare

More than a dozen Senate democrats face off with the President urging him to get the exchange system up and running fast, CNN's Brianna Keilar reports.

At the most recent hearings Wednesday, criticism from Senate Chairman Max Baucus (D-Montana), who voted for Obamacare,  may have stung the most

For Congressional Democrats facing reelection next year, Obamacare has become a political liability.

President Obama invited 15 of them to the White House Wednesday afternoon to address their concerns.


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November 6th, 2013
04:29 AM ET

New Details Emerge About NJ Mall Shooter

New Jersey's largest mall is set to re-open Wednesday.

It's been shuttered since gunman Richard Shoop, 20, opened fire there on Monday night.

Police now say Shoop was not out to harm anyone except himself as he committed suicide in a corner of the massive mall.

This morning, we are learning new details about the incident and what may have sparked it, CNN's Jason Carroll reports.

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November 5th, 2013
06:31 AM ET

NJ Mall Gunman Dead

The gunman who opened fire at a New Jersey mall Monday night is dead, authorities said. The shooter's body was discovered at 3:20 a.m. in a back area of the mall, CNN's Nic Robertson reports.

Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli confirms that Garden State Plaza Mall suspect, Richard Shoop, of Teaneck, New Jersey, is dead.

The shooting sent panic through the shopping center shortly before closing time and set off a frenzied hunt for the gunman. In the early hours of the search, officials weren't sure whether the shooter was still inside or outside the 2-million-square-foot building.

The melee started around 9:20 p.m. ET. Witnesses said the shooter appeared calm as he worked his way through the mall with a rifle. The gunman apparently fired shots at security cameras, state police said.

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October 30th, 2013
05:30 AM ET

Sebelius On The Hot Seat For Obamacare Website

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is just hours from entering the lion's den.

At 9 a.m. ET, Sebelius will face off with House Republicans who've been calling for her head over the botched Obamacare rollout, CNN's Brianna Keilar reports.

According to a confidential report obtained by CNN, this hearing comes after the Obama administration was given stark warnings just one month before the healthcare.gov launch that the federal healthcare site was not ready to go live.

At the hearing, Sebelius is expected to point a finger at some of the private contractors her agency hired.

Last week those very contractors pointed the finger at HHS.

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October 29th, 2013
05:58 AM ET

Hurricane Sandy: One Year Later

The boardwalk and amusement park in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, were destroyed by Superstorm Sandy on October 31, 2012. CNN's Indra Petersons reports from the area this morning, one year after the storm.


Here is an animation that shows how huge Sandy was compared to Hurricane Irene, which happened the year before.

Sandy animation

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