February 13th, 2014
11:45 AM ET

Get an Inside Look at "Wicked Tuna"

This Sunday, "Wicked Tuna," one of the hottest shows on television, is back on the hook.

The stakes are higher, the captains are smarter, and their battles to hook the biggest fish are even more dangerous. CNN's Chris Cuomo reports.

This is high drama on the high seas. If you catch enough tuna, which can often weigh a thousand pounds or more, you're set for the season.  If you fail, more than just your pride's at stake.

Captain Dave Carraro stars in the show and he came by "New Day" Thursday to share his thoughts about fishing and get the audience excited about the new season.

"This is going to be the most competitive season to date out of the three seasons," he said. "This is it...We have two new boats..The competition is gonna be intense."

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February 13th, 2014
11:26 AM ET

"Morning Minute" with Michaela Pereira – February 13, 2014

Need to get today's top stories on-the-go? Watch Michaela Pereira's morning minute now!

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February 13th, 2014
11:23 AM ET

Afghanistan Releases 65 Prisoners Despite Strong U.S. Objections

Citing a lack of evidence, Afghan authorities released from prison 65 men Thursday over strong objections from U.S. officials, who said they pose a threat to security forces and civilians.

"We took this decision according to our law," said Mohammad Ishaq Aloko, the Afghan attorney general.

In a statement posted on its website, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul called the move "deeply regrettable," saying the Afghan government "bears responsibility for the results of its decision."

Abdul Shukor Dadras, head of the Afghan Review Board, said the attorney general ordered the releases from the Parwan Detention Center - formerly known as Bagram prison - after a careful review of 88 cases.

The U.S. military in Afghanistan said some of the men are linked to attacks that killed or wounded 32 American or coalition service members and 23 Afghan security personnel or civilians.

The release comes amid broader tensions between Washington and Kabul over whether Afghan President Hamid Karzai will sign a security agreement that U.S. officials have sought to keep some U.S. and other coalition troops in Afghanistan after this year.

Prior to the prisoners' release, U.S. authorities had repeatedly aired their displeasure over the plans.

"We have made clear our judgment that these individuals should be prosecuted under Afghan law. We requested that the cases be carefully reviewed," the U.S. military said ahead of the release. "But the evidence against them was never seriously considered, including by the attorney general, given the short time since the decision was made to transfer these cases to the Afghan legal system."

Releasing them, the embassy said, "is contrary to Afghanistan's commitment in our 2012 Memorandum of Understanding to take all necessary steps to ensure that detainees do not pose a continuing threat to Afghanistan, the international community or the United States."

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said he was "gravely concerned" by the decision, "which appears to have been made based on political calculations and without regard for due process before the Afghan courts." In a statement, he called it "a major step backwards for the rule of law in Afghanistan."

A 23-page document obtained by CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr from a U.S. military official who asked not to be identified outlines what it says are the cases against each of the released men. According to the document, 25 of the men were linked to the production or placement of IEDs; 33 tested positive for explosive residue when processed after capture; 26 were associated with attacks that killed or wounded 57 Afghan citizens and Afghan National Security Forces; about 19 were associated with attacks that killed or wounded 60 U.S. or coalition force members.

The U.S. military's statement detailed evidence against several of the suspects, noting that the group included an alleged Taliban explosives expert, a suspected Haqqani network commander and a specialist accused of building and placing improvised explosive devices.

"These individuals are dangerous," U.S. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Wednesday. "They pose threats to the safety and security of the Afghan people and the Afghan state."

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February 13th, 2014
11:19 AM ET

Will Cable Merger Fly?

Comcast said Thursday it had agreed to buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion in a deal that would combine the two biggest cable companies in the United States.
If the deal is approved, the combined group will be the country's dominant provider of television channels and Internet connections, reaching roughly one in three American homes.

Time Warner Cable owners will be offered 2.875 Comcast shares for each share they own, valuing Time Warner Cable at about $158.82 per share.

The two companies expect the merger to take effect by the end of the year, but regulators are likely to take a close look at the potential impact on consumers.

To address those concerns, Comcast said it was prepared to divest about 3 million subscribers. But it would still have about 30 million customers. Comcast Cable CEO Neil Smit will lead the merged company.

The proposed deal ends months of jockeying for control of Time Warner Cable, the second biggest U.S. supplier of cable television, with about 11 million subscribers in cities such as New York and Los Angeles.

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