August 2nd, 2013
11:22 AM ET

Award of the Day: Sharks!

One of the biggest films of the summer is Sharknado, and a couple of really creative folks created a Tumblr based on a simple theory - If there is one thing that makes every movie better, it is sharks.

Watch the video above and check out the "Sharks make movies better" tumblr below:


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August 2nd, 2013
11:13 AM ET

Ariel Castro Sentenced to Life

Locked up for life without parole, Ariel Castro is finally being punished for the crimes he commited while keeping three women captive in his home for a decade.

During his sentencing– the Cleveland kidnapper said he was "not a monster."

But one of the women he tortured had a very different story to tell.

An emotional but defiant Michelle Knight said she would overcome what happened– but that Castro would face "hell for eternity."

“Despite her tearful statement and the 937 counts against him– Ariel Castro was defiant, almost rebellious, in court,” CNN’s Pamela Brown reports. (WATCH TOP VIDEO)

Castro denied beating, torturing or raping the three women.

"Most of the sex that went on in that house, practically all of it, was consensual,” Castro said. “These allegations about being forceful on them, that is totally wrong. There was times that they would even ask me for sex. Many times."

Castro also said, "We had a lot of harmony going on in that home."

But the graphic evidence unveiled in court paint a horrifying picture of their home, Brown reports, one with “rusty chains, doors rigged with homemade alarms, windows boarded, a gun Castro says he would show the women as a form of control.”

Castro’s words and the evidence against him paint a clearer picture of the man himself as well.

“He came across as manipulative, impulsive, self-absorbed,” says Dr. Gail Saltz. (WATCH VIDEO)

Psychiatrist and author of the book "Anatomy of a Secret life,” Dr. Saltz got the impression of a sociopath from Castro’s statements, “ that he wanted to impress his view and his view was that he's in the right, still.”

While Castro also apologized in his speech, “there were all kinds of excuses and reasons why essentially he was entitled to do this and that does make you think about anti-social personality disorder, that he's a psychopath,” Dr. Saltz says.

Despite his claims and his apology, Castro is now behind bars for life. And his victims can close this chapter of their life as they walk free.

Dr. Saltz says it’s cathartic for some victims to talk about their trauma or confront their perpetrator.

Knight, who not only spoke but stayed for the entire sentence said, “After 11 years, I’m finally being heard and it’s liberating.”

“I thought that she appeared to be resilient," Dr. Saltz says, "to be able to do that.”

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August 2nd, 2013
10:53 AM ET

Rep. Chaffetz: Security Measures Go "Way Too Far"

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) spoke to CNN's Chris Cuomo and Kate Bolduan about Russia granting Edward Snowden asylum for one year, privacy versus security, embassy closings this weekend and criticism of how the administration has handled the U.S. consulate attack in Benghazi.

“I think it’s ridiculous for anybody to use the word freedom and Russia in the same sentence. [Snowden’s] new freedom? I don’t think so,” Rep. Chaffetz says. “It really does, I think, put some pressure on how we do these security clearances. Are we going to continue to use these contractors? That’s something we have to dive into to make sure that this doesn’t happen again.”

Rep. Chaffetz adds, “I just don’t believe you’re going to give up every liberty, every freedom in the name of security. I think a lot of these things go way too far.”

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August 2nd, 2013
10:43 AM ET

Where is Snowden Now?

Edward Snowden is out of the Moscow Airport, but the big question is, where is he now?

New photos show a smiling Snowden walking through the airport as he left. His lawyer says the NSA leaker is staying with other Americans in Moscow, and will soon be speaking to journalists, CNN's Phil Black reports.

Snowden is even getting job offers.  A seemingly "normal" situation for a man in the middle of an international diplomatic crisis. Watch video above.

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