July 9th, 2013
10:40 AM ET

Jeff Bridges Fights Childhood Hunger

Actor Jeff Bridges fights childhood food insecurity with the No Kid Hungry Share Our Strength campaign. As the national spokesperson, Bridges advocates for increased awareness of the problem and solutions, including universal breakfast in schools and summer meal programs.

“It affects me in a personal way thinking about what that would feel like if I wasn’t able to provide for my kids,” Bridges said.

More information: www.cnn.com/impact


Posted by
Filed under: News • The Good Stuff • Videos
July 9th, 2013
10:16 AM ET

Trayvon Martin's Father Takes the Stand

As the Zimmerman trial heads into day 11, "New Day" has details on a critical testimony from yesterday. In somewhat of a surprise move, the defense called the father of Trayvon Martin, Tracy Martin, to the stand.

Before he went up, the defense set the stage with a barrage of witnesses that testified it was George Zimmerman screaming for help on the 911 call, CNN's George Howell reports. After that, defense attorneys recalled two investigators who say Tracy Martin told them, no, the voice screaming was not his son.

Then Tracy Martin was brought to the stand. “I didn't tell them, 'no, that wasn't Trayvon,'” he counters. “I think the chairs had wheels on them and I kind of pushed away from the table and just kind of shook my head and said ‘I can't tell,’…But I never said that wasn't my son's voice."

Also important to note, Judge Debra Nelson ruled that testimony regarding marijuana levels in Trayvon Martin's system will now be allowed as evidence for jurors to consider.

The judge is expected to make another ruling today on “whether a computer re-enactment will be able to be admitted in this trial,” Howell says. “We'll also expect to hear from more witnesses, more experts in this case.”

Tune-in to CNN and for updates, CNN.com.

Posted by ,
Filed under: Big Conversation • News
July 9th, 2013
09:36 AM ET

Mass Shooting and Chaos in Egypt

“New Day” is covering the latest on the ground in Egypt where there are growing fears that the country may be spiraling deeper into chaos.

In the last few days, more than 50 have lost their lives and hundreds wounded.

Protests have turned violent with witnesses saying Egyptian security forces opened fire on supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsy.

And now the Muslim Brotherhood is calling for a national uprising.

CNN's Reza Sayah is on the ground live covering the growing instability from Cairo.

“Every day seems to be another round of intense fighting in this conflict, where on one side you have the moderates, the liberals, even supporters of military rule who are pushing forth with establishing a new government,” Sayah reports.

The interim president declared constitutional decrees as of last night, setting a timetable and a framework for new elections in 15 days.

Meanwhile, the supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood are furious. “They're screaming for the process to stop,” Sayah says, “screaming for the armed forces to be held accountable for yesterday's deadly clashes.”

Who is responsible for firing first during yesterday’s demonstration is still in dispute, with “both sides accusing the other of starting this clash.”

Follow along at CNN.com as the story develops.

Posted by
Filed under: News • World News
July 9th, 2013
08:54 AM ET

Cleveland Kidnapping Victims Speak Out

For the first time since their release, the three Cleveland women held in captivity for more a decade are speaking publicly in a four minute Youtube video.

In the video, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, are shown separately and each take their turn to say "thank you" to friends, family, the public and those who donated to the Cleveland Courage Fund.

The fund is set up to provide them "immediate, ongoing assistance and facilitate the long-term recovery and healing" after alleged abuse and captivity by Ariel Castro, CNN's Pamela Brown reports.

At the start of the video, Amanda Berry, who was kidnapped when she was 16 in April 2003 and has a 6-year-old daughter born during in captivity, says "I want to thank everyone who has helped me and my family through this entire ordeal, everyone who has been there to support us. It has been a blessing to have such an outpouring of love and kindness."

Gina DeJesus, who was 14 when  kidnapped in 2004, then says "I would say thank you for the support."

Michelle Knight, who was abducted at age 21 in 2002 held the longest. "I will not let the situation define who I am," she says. "I will define the situation. I don't want to be consumed by hatred. With that being said, we need to take a leap of faith and know that God is in control."

They were once silent, but now they want to world to know they have a voice and have reclaimed their lives. As for Ariel Castro, their alleged kidnapper, if a plea deal isn't reached, the trial will be August 5th. He faces 329 charges.

Check for story developments on CNN.com.

Posted by
Filed under: Headlines • News • Videos
« older posts
newer posts »