July 21st, 2014
06:24 AM ET

Bill Clinton: Mideast Peace is Impossible Until Hamas Renounces Violence

Former President Bill Clinton acknowledges he got "very close" to helping achieve peace in the Middle East shortly before ending his eight years in office.

Over a two-week period in 2000, Clinton played host at Camp David to then-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat.

The summit ultimately ended without agreement. Two U.S. presidents later, the conflict rages on.

Now, Clinton is less optimistic Middle East negotiators will get that close again, telling CNN that peace between Israel and the Palestinians is impossible until Hamas renounces violence.

"There is no way the Israelis are going to give up the West Bank and agree to a state unless Hamas agrees to give up violence and recognizes Israel's right to exist," he said in the interview airing Monday on "New Day."

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June 6th, 2014
10:43 AM ET

Three Shot at Seattle Pacific University Before Student Tackles Gunman

When Briana Clarke heard popping sounds on a Seattle college campus Thursday, she thought the source must be something innocent - bursting balloons. Then she saw a classmate running frantically, saying someone had been shot.

A gunman had opened fire at Seattle Pacific University, killing one person and wounding two more before he was tackled by a student security guard, Seattle police said.

The gunman was reloading a shotgun when the tackler, working as a building monitor, used pepper spray and knocked him down, police Capt. Chris Fowler told reporters.

"Once on the ground, other students jumped on top of them and subdued the shooter," he said.

The suspect, 26-year-old Aaron Ybarra, is not a student at the school, police said.

They say they think he acted alone, but the investigation is continuing. Police did not disclose a motive.

CNN affiliate KOMO identified the student security guard who tackled him as Jon Meis.

MORE on CNN.com as story develops.

 

March 10th, 2014
09:54 AM ET

Adam Lanza's Father in 1st Interview: He Would Have Killed Me 'In a Heartbeat'

The father of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooterAdam Lanza said his son would have killed him if he'd had the opportunity.

"With hindsight, I know Adam would have killed me in a heartbeat, if he'd had the chance," Peter Lanza told New Yorker magazine in an interview that appears in the March 17 issue.

It's the first time Peter Lanza has spoken publicly about his son.

"The reason he shot Nancy four times was one for each of us: one for Nancy; one for him; one for (his brother) Ryan; one for me," he said.

Authorities say Adam Lanza, 20, killed his mother, Nancy, before fatally shooting 20 children, six staff members and himself at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012.

Peter Lanza said his son talked with many mental health professionals but none saw violent tendencies in his personality.

He said he may have overlooked troubling signs himself by accepting a diagnosis of Asperger's syndrome, though he doesn't think Asperger's caused the violence.

"Asperger's makes people unusual, but it doesn't make people like this," he said.

He also said his ex-wife didn't detect the potential for violence.

"She never confided to her sister or best friend about being worried," he said. "She slept with her bedroom door unlocked and kept guns in the house, which she would not have done if she were frightened."

Peter Lanza said he thought his son was "a normal, weird little kid" but by the time he reached middle school "it was crystal clear something was wrong."

"The social awkwardness, the uncomfortable anxiety, unable to sleep, stress, unable to concentrate, having a hard time learning, the awkward walk, reduced eye contact," he said. "You could see the changes occurring."

He said he thinks about his son and the massacre every waking hour.

"You can't get any more evil," he said. "How much do I beat up on myself about the fact that he's my son? A lot."

He said he's offered to meet victims of the shooting and two families took him up on the offer.

"It's gut-wrenching," he said. "A victim's family member told me that they forgave Adam after we spent three hours talking. I didn't even know how to respond. A person that lost their son, their only son."

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March 3rd, 2014
06:47 AM ET

One More Time: Snow, Sleet, Misery Fall On East Coast

Will somebody please push the reset button on the winter of 2014?

Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia were pounded Monday by yet another winter storm, one that also put the Midwest and Great Plains into the freezer.

The federal government closed offices Monday in Washington, which expects rain, ice and 8 to 12 inches of snow. Congress postponed Monday business until Tuesday.

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