July 12th, 2013
11:33 AM ET

Walmart vs. D.C. Lawmakers

An epic showdown in the nation's capital. A giant – private – business versus officials who want to ensure higher wages for workers. At stake: thousands of jobs and a possible national precedent.

The issue? Walmart is now killing plans to build 3 stores in Washington, D.C. after lawmakers passed the 'living wage' bill, despite an ultimatum from the world's largest retailer, CNN's John Berman reports.

The bill forces big box retailers to raise worker wager to $12.50 an hour, 50% more than the city's current minimum wage.

Walmart told CNN it will review what to do about 3 more stores under construction in the city. The spokesman also said the company reconsider the future of all 6 stores if DC Mayor Vincent Gray vetoes the bill. The mayor has 10 days to decide.

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July 12th, 2013
11:15 AM ET

Final Moments of Flight 214

As the investigation into the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 continues, the NTSB revealed that an in-depth review of the on board voice and data recorder reveals the two pilots called to abort the landing, and that there were no problems until 50 seconds before impact.

CNN's Miguel Marquez reports that around 50 seconds out, the first officer sitting in the jump seat commented about the "sink rate," the speed at which the plane descends.

At about 35 seconds out and 500 feet up, the pilot told investigators he saw a bright light, and in response looked at the controls in the cockpit including the speed indicator.

"At about 500 feet the airspeed was approximately 134 knots, the 350 ton plane was already below the 137 knot speed to which the pilot believed he had set the auto throttle. And for the first time we are hearing that at 9 seconds before impact, 100 feet above the ground one of the pilots expresses concern about the aircraft's speed," Marquez reports.

The NTSB says they are now trying to determine who said that.

Follow along at CNN.com for more on the investigation.

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July 12th, 2013
10:46 AM ET

Final Day, Zimmerman Defense Gives Closing Arguments

Today, the defense gives closing arguments in response Thursday's powerful summation by the state. Prosecutors received a big boost on Thursday when the judge rules jurors can consider a news charge in the case.

George Zimmerman's lawyer, Mark O'Mara, has 3 hours today for the defense closing arguments. The prosecution will have 1 hour for a rebuttal.

Tune-in to CNN now for live coverage.

 

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July 12th, 2013
08:39 AM ET

'New Day' Exclusive: Teen Jailed for Facebook Comment Speaks

Justin Carter, the 19-year old teen facing a felony terrorism charge for an alleged threat on Facebook, is now free on bail after five months in prison as a result of an anonymous donor posting $500,000 bond.

Here is the background leading up to now:

Today, for the first time, Carter speaks to CNN’s Kate Bolduan on "New Day" to discuss his release and comments on Facebook that got him in trouble.

“I just think that it got taken out of context and it’s been blown out of proportion,” Justin Carter says.

He was joined by his father Jack Carter, mother Jennifer Carter and two attorneys Chad Van Brunt and Donald Flanary, who are working on the case pro bono.

When Bolduan asked what he would have done differently, Carter replies, “I certainly would have thought a lot more about what I said and how permanent my writing is. I just want to make it clear that people should be very, very careful of what they say and it’s being recorded all the time if you say it on any website, anywhere. And you can get in trouble for something that’s not something you should get in trouble for. And I just want people to be warned.”

Justin Carter, his parents and their legal team claim that his comments on Facebook about “shooting up a kindergarten class” were sarcastic. An online petition seeking his release recently reached over 125,000 signatures in less than two weeks.

For updates, visit CNN.com.

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