August 14th, 2013
01:17 PM ET

Kidnapping Victim Shares Pain on Social Media

Update: CNN can now report that we have been able to independently confirm Hannah Anderson posts on “ask.fm” are hers. She is telling the world that the man who kidnapped her after murdering her mother and brother "deserved what he got," CNN's Casey Wian reports.

The 16-year-old answered anonymous questions where she shared details about her abduction by the man she knew as Uncle Jim, James DiMaggio.

Alan MacNabb, whose son is one of Hannah's closest friends, confirmed to CNN that the postings were by Hannah.

Follow the story for updates at CNN.com.

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August 14th, 2013
01:03 PM ET

Celebrity Moms Take on Paparazzi

Two of Hollywood’s brightest stars appeared in front of California lawmakers yesterday, asking for better protection for their children from paparazzi cameras.

A-list moms Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner gave emotional statements at the hearing, describing a nightmare of constant surveillance with paparazzi aggressively trying to snap shots of their children.

"I love my kids,” Jennifer Garner says. “They're beautiful and sweet and innocent, and I don't want a gang of shouting, arguing, law-breaking photographers who camp out everywhere we are, all day, every day to continue traumatizing my kids."

"We aren't just whiny celebrities,” Halle Berry says. “We're moms here, who are just trying to protect our children."

While there are laws on the books protecting the privacy of celebrities, these actresses say they don’t go far enough.

“Garner & Berry testified before the California Assembly Judiciary Committee in support of a bill that would increase paparazzi penalties and broaden the definition of harassment to include photographing a child without the permission of a legal guardian,” CNN's Nischelle Turner reports.

“Some media organizations oppose the legislation, saying that it could infringe on the ability of journalists to cover news in California,” Turner says.

“This was approved by the State' Assembly's Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, but there still several steps that remain before it would go into law.”

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August 14th, 2013
11:44 AM ET

Doctors Add 15-Year-Old to Transplant List

One teenager in Atlanta has just had a dramatic change of fortune.

“Fifteen-year-old Anthony Stokes will die if he doesn't get a new heart in the next six months,” reports CNN's Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen.

But doctors at the Children’s Health Care of Atlanta also denied him a spot on the transplant list last week. Backlash followed, and only then did the hospital reverse course.

According to a letter provided to CNN by a family spokesman, doctors had said Anthony was “not a transplant candidate due to having a history of non-compliance.”

But the family said there was nothing to show a history of Anthony being non-compliant with doctor’s orders.

“The family thinks they didn't want to give Anthony a heart because he has low grades and was briefly in juvenile detention because of a fight defending his younger brother,” Cohen reports.

“News of the rejection drew national attention.”

By late Monday, the family says the hospital changed their decision.

Cohen reports, “Anthony is now on the transplant list, they say, and is awaiting a new heart.”

While the hospital didn’t confirm this, it did say, “Our physician experts are continuing to work with this family to establish a care plan and determine the best next steps for the patient.”

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August 14th, 2013
11:41 AM ET

Race for Mayor of New York City Heats Up

The race for mayor of New York City turned testy when candidates faced off in their first televised debate. All eyes, as usual, were on embattled politician Anthony Weiner.

Weiner again apologized for the sexting scandal that took him from first to worst in the mayoral race, saying, “I've made mistakes, embarrassed myself and have hurt my family.” (WATCH TOP VIDEO)

And things only got more uncomfortable from there, especially when he repeatedly went head-to-head with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

“I’ve apologized for my personal behavior,” Weiner said. “The Speaker refuses to apologize for overturning the will of the people, for the slush-fund scandal, and for the things in her professional record.”

Quinn shot back, “Neither me, nor anybody else on this stage, or any New Yorker, quite frankly, should be lectured by Anthony Weiner about what we need to apologize for tonight, or ever.”

Yet the other three opponents preferred not to focus on Anthony, but on the issues important to the city. And according to the polls, the city isn’t taking kindly to Weiner.

“In recent weeks, the scandal-plagued candidate has gone from first to fourth place,” CNN's Rosa Flores reports.

“His support plummeting from 26% before the latest sexting admission, to 10% in a new Quinnipiac University poll.”

“Crossfire” Host S.E. Cupp prefers to see this as the polls “correcting”. “He is a jerk, he's a clown,” Cupp says. (WATCH VIDEO)

“We don't need another circus in New York. New Yorkers deserve a serious candidate for mayor and I think they're course correcting.”

Cupp also weighs in on Weiner’s politically savvy wife and long-time aide to Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin, who has been absent from the campaign trail.

“The jerk part of him is that he's aware of the fact that he's hurt her professional career, which could have skyrocketed and still could,” Cupp says.

“But he’s knowingly injected himself into the path of her career.”

Cupp also discusses another political headline of the day, including the birther issue, but not in regards to President Obama.

Donald Trump is raising the question in regards to Republican Senator Ted Cruz, who has been officially deemed eligible to run for president despite his childhood in Calgary, Canada.

“I don't know if our candidates and would-be candidates need to spend time going down that path, looks like we have nothing else to go after,” Cupp says.

“If I were advising Republican candidates for any office, I would say stay away from this issue.”

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