July 31st, 2013
11:07 AM ET

Manning Faces Sentencing for Giving Government Docs to Wikileaks

Private First Class Bradley Manning will soon find out the punishment for his crimes.

The former army intelligence analyst gave three quarters of a million pages of classified documents about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to anti-secrecy website Wikileaks.

Manning was found guilty of espionage and the sentencing phase of his court martial begins today.

He now faces a maximum sentence of 136 years in jail, despite being acquitted of "aiding the enemy" charges.

"As the judge moves to the sentencing phase later today, one of the key questions for her will be how many years should Bradley Manning spend in jail based on the damage that he caused to national security,” CNN’s Barbara Starr. (WATCH TOP VIDEO)

“The military accused him of putting lives in danger saying some of the material was found in Osama bin Laden’s compound. Manning said he just wanted the public to know what the government was doing."

Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin says, “It was an incredibly misguided, wrong-headed attempt to get information out to the public,” but what Manning did wasn’t treason. (WATCH VIDEO)

Convicted on 20 counts including: Stealing classified information, wrongfully causing intelligence to be published on the Internet, and possession of classified videos, “he put both our government employees and people who cooperate with them in incredible danger,” Toobin says.

“The Obama Administration widely regarded as very liberal has been very tough on leaks and this is an example of that, but it’s not the only example.”

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July 31st, 2013
11:01 AM ET

Investigation into TSA Misconduct

In any organization with 56,000 employees there is sure to be some rotten eggs in the bunch. The TSA is no different. Today the government released a report highlighting TSA misconduct, CNN's Rene Marsh reports. Some of the misconduct is commonplace, like tardiness and excessive absence, but some could have serious security impact.

The list includes everything from forgery, sexual misconduct to physical fighting and using abusive language.

"There's not even a way to properly report some of the offenses, so this may be just the tip of the iceberg of some of the offenses," says Rep. John Mica.

The government is calling on the agency to improve how they monitor allegations of TSA misconduct and how they follow up after investigating. The TSA tells CNN they are "already working to implement" the recommendation.

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July 31st, 2013
10:13 AM ET

Bagged Salad Linked to Cyclospora Outbreak

Mixed salad in a bag is now being linked to a cyclospora outbreak that has sickened hundreds of Americans in more than a dozen states. The CDC says people are so sick they have been hospitalized.

Nearly 400 people in 15 states have reported food poisoning symptoms caused by the microscopic parasite cyclospora. Health officials in two states have traced the source to bagged salad, CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.

"We saw that there was a common exposure to bagged lettuce, bagged salad products," says Steven Mandernach, Iowa Department of Inspection and Appeals.

While a specific brand of bagged salad has not been named, health officials in Iowa and Nebraska blame mixed salad bags of iceberg and romaine lettuce, as well as carrots and red cabbage. They also say the salad mix is no longer on shelves in these states.

In general, cyclospora is usually found on produce that may have come in contact with fecal matter. The CDC and FDA are continuing to look at the outbreak, and other possible causes because they're not sure if all cases are part of the same outbreak.

 

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July 31st, 2013
10:01 AM ET

Bikers Come Together for Boy with Cancer

In today's edition of the “Good stuff”, 11-year-old Gage Driskell.

Gage is a gearhead–he loves motorcycles. He's also been fighting cancer for most of his life, and faces another round soon.

Between rounds of surgeries and chemotherapy, his family asked what he wanted for his birthday, and he said maybe a ride on a bike.

Word got out and Gage didn't just get one motorcycle, he got 80.

The biker community came together with that gift for Gage and thousands of dollars in donations, making it a truly special day for a special kid.

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