Pope Francis Named Time Person of the Year 2013
December 11th, 2013
10:26 AM ET

Pope Francis Named Time Person of the Year 2013

Time has named Pope Francis its person of the year.

"He took the name of a humble saint and then called for a church of healing," Time wrote in its announcement. "The septuagenarian superstar is poised to transform a place that measures change by the century."

Following him in the top five were NSA leaker Edward Snowden, gay rights activist Edith Windsor, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Republican Sen.Ted Cruz of Texas.

The top 10 also included Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, singer Miley Cyrus, President Barack Obama, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services.

"He's very different than Popes of the past for bringing attention to issues like inequality, talk about trickle down economics, you know, the Pope, technology. This is a person who wants to reach out to the people," said TIME Assistant Managing Editor Rana Foroohar on "New Day" Wednesday.

Watch the video to hear Foroohar talk about the other candidates and see the full story at CNN.com. 

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December 11th, 2013
10:15 AM ET

Jury Hears Montana Bride Lie About Husband's Fall Off Cliff

The defense and prosecution agree on this much: Jordan Linn Graham pushed her husband of eight days, and he fell off a cliff to his death in Glacier National Park in Montana.

In day two of the trial, the jury saw and heard Graham lying to police in two extensive taped interviews, CNN's Kyung Lah reports.

In the first video, Graham was matter of fact and unemotional as she told police that her husband Cody Johnson took off from home in a dark car with Washington plates.

Johnson had been missing for two days and police were searching for him.

The reality is Graham knew her new husband of just eight days was already dead at the bottom of a sheer cliff because she watched him fall.

The very next day, police videotaped Graham again.  She went to police because she received an email, dated July 10th, three days after her husband's death.

The email came from a mysterious friend named "Tony."  It reads, "Hello Jordan. my name is Tony. There is no bother in looking for Cody anymore. He is gone."

The email claims Johnson died during that car trip.

But Detective Cory Clarke knew something was fishy about Graham's story.

On the stand, Clarke said the email traced back to a computer at Graham's father's home and that it was a fake email created to support Graham's story to police.

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December 11th, 2013
10:06 AM ET

U.S. Man in Jail in Dubai Over Parody Video

A young American living in the United Arab Emirates,Shezanne "Shez" Cassim, has been imprisoned since April, his family says, for posting what was intended to be a funny video on the Internet. CNN's Sara Sidner reports.

It was meant to be a piece of comedy, a 19-minute video that pokes fun at a clique of Dubai teens who are influenced by hip-hop culture. In the 1990s, the label "Satwa G" was coined for a group of suburban teens who were known to talk tougher than they really were.

But the situation isn't funny any more.

No matter how hard CNN has tried, UAE officials will not make a single comment about this case to journalists and the government doesn't have to because the laws there do not require it.

Though Sidner was able to secure an exclusive interview with a man familiar with the case.

This person said he knows something because he spent time in prison with the amateur filmmakers.

He says the guys told him they were charged under the newly revised cyber crime law, the same reason he was sent to jail.

"I was using social media, especially Twitter, to express my opinions and defend human rights and cases of people detained by national security and I was calling for political reform."

The man says he was sentenced to time in cell block 7 - where he says he met the American and his friends.

In reference to the group in the cell he said:   "..in terms of their health they seemed thin, they seemed down because they didn't expect to face charges over a humorous video that they only intended to be funny."

Cassim's next hearing is six days away on December 16.

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December 11th, 2013
09:54 AM ET

Meet Lululemon's New CEO

Founder Chip Wilson steps down from popular yoga pants company Lululemon, reports CNN's Alison Kosik.

The  new CEO will be Laurent Potdevin, former Louis Vuitton manager, Burton CEO, and TOMS president.

This move follows the controversy of Wilson last month, when he implied that Lululemon is not for larger women when asked about customer complaints about pilling pants.

It is Lululemon's attempt to regain control of its leaders' brands after several months of C-Suite confusion. And with Potdevin's promotion comes Wilson's demotion. He's stepping down from his chairman role in the spring and will be replaced by current board member and former Starbucks exec Michael Casey.

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