August 12th, 2013
12:58 PM ET

How did Authorities Track Down James DiMaggio in Idaho?

James DiMaggio's car was found by authorities in Idaho hidden under a heavy amount of brush. The discovery helped lead them to DiMaggio and 16-year-old Hannah Anderson.

Colonel Ralph Powell with the Idaho State Police spoke to CNN's Chris Cuomo about the challenges of tracking them down and the clues DiMaggio left behind:

"It's a huge area, the Frank Church wilderness area, not only is it expansive, but it's rugged and it's rough. You go from 9,000 foot peaks down to the gorge which is almost as deep as the Grand Canyon. So to think you've got to cover that would initially be perceived as an impossible task, but none the less, resources were brought to bear and we were ready to take that on."

Attention to detail was key.

"You've got attention to detail being paramount in this whole episode… It's providence perhaps because the morning the light hit just right to catch a piece of reflection off one of the red, rear tail lamps, and that's what it took… right place, right time, sun at the right angle."  (WATCH TOP VIDEO)

It was one thing discover where they were, but it was another challenge to actually rescue Anderson.

Steve Moore, a former FBI agent who specialized in investigation and prosecution of violent crimes, spoke to CNN's Kate Bolduan about the process authorities likely followed once the location was determined:

"Well this is something we train to do in SWOT. You would not want to be dropped right on the campsite because the hostage taker could harm or at least get to the victim before you could do anything about it. Two hours away is probably their desired distance because it's to take them a while to infiltrate the area of the campsite covertly. I would guess that the first time the hostage taker knew that the FBI was there was when he was told to put his hands up."

Authorities apparently waited until DiMaggio and Anderson were not near each other.

"That tells me they were following standard procedure for a hostage rescue. You wait until there is distance between the 2 and then you act. It makes no sense to do it otherwise… You're first goal is to bring her home. Your second goal is to arrest him alive. The first one has to take precedence..." says Moore. (WATCH VIDEO)

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August 12th, 2013
12:24 PM ET

Bob Filner Quits Harassment Program

Fourteen women have now come forward with allegations against San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, yet he has ended a two-week sexual harassment therapy one week early.

He has offered no explanation or defense to the waves of complaints, and calls for him to step down grow louder by the day.

This morning, “Filner is believed to be back in the city he governs, after checking out of rehab a week before he publicly said he would finish,” reports CNN's Kyung Lah.

But Filner's residents overwhelmingly want him to keep his distance.

“Really mayor? You did what you did and now you want to stay as mayor?" asks San Diego Resident William Sawaya. “You're not staying as mayor.”

U.S. Senator and fellow Democrat Barbara Boxer also wants him out of office. She wrote an open letter to Filner saying, "You must resign."

“She adds, the latest revelations regarding ‘women recovering from sexual assault…have shaken me to my core,’” Lah reports.

Senator Boxer’s words refer to CNN's exclusive interview with two women, both former military and rape survivors, who say they were then harassed by Filner at a support meeting.

“We're all victims of military sexual assault,” says Eldonna Lewis Fernandez, (Ret) MSgt. USAF. “And it appears to me that he was targeting the organization and hitting on the women of this organization because they were easy prey.”

San Deigo attorney's office, the sheriff's department, and the California attorney general's office are currently all working on investigating the mayor.

“Filner's Chief of Staff reportedly changed the locks on the mayor's office, to preserve what she calls potential evidence,” Lah reports.

“The mayor remains on personal leave amid the growing chorus for him to resign.”

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August 12th, 2013
12:20 PM ET

Possible new CBS Show: ER Meets the Emerald City?

Did you hear the idea for a new CBS show? CBs is developing a "medical soap inspired by 'The Wizard of Oz,'" CNN's John Berman reports. Seriously.

So it is like "ER" meet the Emerald City. "General Hospital" meets the munchkins. "Grey's Anatomy" meets the yellow brick road.

According to Berman, you could say "The Wizard of Oz" has organ transplant themes with the scarecrow getting a brain, and the tin man a heart. There are psychiatric themes, the lion needs courage. There are even veterinary these with Toto. Perhaps the wicked witch could be an HMO?

Still, this seems like a sketchy idea from CBS, says Berman, so I'm giving them the "Time to Get Time Warner Cable Award." Because you know, Time Warner Cable is still not airing CBS.

 

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August 12th, 2013
11:55 AM ET

AOL CEO Cans Executive on Conference Call

People in the tech world are beyond stunned this morning after AOL CEO Tim Armstrong stopped mid-sentence on a conference call to axe an executive.

While AOL employees were expecting to hear about layoffs, they didn’t expect they’d hear someone actually getting fired, live, with a thousand people listening in.

Ironically, the call was set up to outline drastic cutbacks and layoffs.

"Abel Lenz, the Creative Director of AOL's local-news network, 'Patch', reportedly tried to take a picture of Armstrong, and it didn't end well," reports “Early Start” Anchor John Berman.

"Abel put that camera down right now," Armstrong told him. "Abel, you're fired. Out."

"Later on the conference call, Armstrong is quoted as telling employees: ‘We can't have people that are in the locker room giving the game plan away,’” Berman reports.

Lenz only tweeted, "No comment," on Friday night with a photo taken at a Manhattan bar.

CNN reached out to both AOL and to Abel Lenz and was unable to get a comment.

“If Lenz was indeed fired, he's not alone,” Berman says.

"Over the next seven days, 400 of the local news network Patch’s roughly 900 community sites will be closed or partnered with other sites, and hundreds of employees there will be laid off.”


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