June 9th, 2014
12:00 PM ET

The Bergdahl Exchange: the Weekend Developments

The negotiated release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban figures has turned into a whirlwind of controversy - some of it political and some of it from the very soldiers he served with in Afghanistan.

New information on both fronts came to light over the weekend, including new details on Bergdahl himself, the conditions he faced in captivity and how he's adjusting to his freedom - both physically and mentally.

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  • Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was kept in a pitch black cage for weeks at a time
  • Sec. John Kerry says released Taliban figures will be monitored
  • If they turn to violent ways, they could die violent deaths, he says
  • Law enforcement official: The Bergdahl family has received e-mail threats

 

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May 6th, 2014
05:59 AM ET

Freedom for a Man Sent to Prison 13 Years Late

A man can do a lot of things in 13 years.

Cornealious "Mike" Anderson was able to open several construction businesses, start a family, coach his son's football team and volunteer at his church.

What he wasn't doing most of that time was serving jail time.

Convicted of taking part in a robbery at a Burger King in St. Charles, Missouri, in 1999, Anderson was given a 13-year sentence. When his appeals ran out in 2002, he was supposed to report to prison, but the call never came.

Corrections officials didn't discover the clerical error until July, when his original sentence would have ended, and they sent U.S. marshals to arrest him.

On Monday, Anderson walked out of the Mississippi County Courthouse a free man, given credit for the 4,794 days between his conviction and when he was arrested last year.

"I walked by faith this whole time, my family and I," Anderson told CNN's "New Day" on Tuesday.

Judge Terry Brown said he didn't see any point in keeping Anderson, 36, in prison.

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Storm Rages for Fifth Straight Day
May 1st, 2014
05:37 AM ET

Storm Rages for Fifth Straight Day

It's got to quit sometime. Right?

The slow-moving storm system that brought deadly tornadoes to the Plains and the Deep South, and flooding from the Gulf Coast to the Northeast, is winding down. But still, it has a bit more to give.

Washington, Philadelphia, New York City. That means you.

The forecast says up to 6 inches of rain will fall in some areas by Friday.

In the neighborhoods outside the nation's capital, water rescue teams kept busy on Wednesday as flash floods appeared and just as quickly disappeared.

Maureen Braun considered plowing through a foot of water on a Fairfax, Virginia, street, but changed her mind.

"I'm turning around," she told CNN affiliate WUSA. "I'm not an idiot!"

It was much the same in the Philadelphia area.

Bob Bonenberger found himself cut off at every pass trying to get to his home in Skippack, Pennsylvania.

"It's just terrible," Bonenberger told affiliate KYW. "The flooding is everywhere."

In the New York City area, the heavy rain caused a mudslide that covered three of four Metro-North commuter rail tracks in Yonkers on Wednesday night, delaying train service, affiliate WABC reported.

Robbs Barbota got stuck in high water in northern New Jersey. The experience left him shaken.

"I'm too young to die," he thought as the rains swamped his car. "Please someone help me."

We'll have the latest on the weather on "New Day" starting at 6am ET.

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MH370 Search: 'Object of Interest' Found on Western Australian Coast
April 23rd, 2014
06:00 AM ET

MH370 Search: 'Object of Interest' Found on Western Australian Coast

An "object of interest" in the search for missing Malaysian Airlines plane has been recovered on the coast of Western Australia, several hours drive south of Perth, officials said.

Australian Transport Safety Bureau Chief Commissioner Martin Dolan described the object as appearing to be sheet metal with rivets.

"It's sufficiently interesting for us to take a look at the photographs," he said.

But Dolan also added strong words of caution: "The more we look at it, the less excited we get."

The object was picked up near Augusta, some 300 kilometers (186 miles) south of Perth, a source with the Australian Defence Force told CNN.

The source also described the object as having rivets on one side with what appears to be a fiberglass coating.

When asked about the shape and scale of the object, the source described it as "kind of rectangular," but torn and misshapen.

The source said it was too difficult to estimate the size because they had only seen one photo with no clear scale.

The object of interest is in the custody of a police agency in Western Australia. Authorities there wouldn't comment further because it's a federal investigation.

The photos have been passed along to Malaysian investigators, and the Australian safety bureau was examining them to assess how to proceed.

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