August 6th, 2013
03:09 PM ET

New Book Details JFK's Final Year with Jackie & His Rumored Affair with Marilyn Monroe

A new book about President John F. Kennedy's last days with First Lady Jackie Kennedy alleges Marilyn Monroe spoke to Mrs. Kennedy about her long-suspected affair with JFK.

“Never before have such details been heard about the relationship between President John F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe and the First Lady,” says “Early Start” anchor Zoraida Sambolin.

In "These Few Precious Days: The Final Year of Jack with Jackie,” author Christopher Anderson claims that the sultry actress actually called Mrs. Kennedy on the White House phone, to confess to the affair she was rumored to be having with the president.

“The First Lady allegedly responded by saying, ‘That's Great….You'll move into the White House and you'll assume the responsibilities of First Lady, and I'll move out and you'll have all the problems,’” Sambolin says.

Presidential Historian Nick Ragone says the story may or may not ring true.

"The claim that Marilyn Monroe actually called Jackie O. at the White House...does seem slightly farfetched,” Ragone says. “But then again, with Marilyn Monroe, seemingly anything was possible.”

The book also claims the Hollywood sex symbol confided her most intimate details of the alleged affair to a friend, convinced the president would leave Jackie for her, and even fantasized about being first lady herself.

"The idea that President Kennedy would leave his beloved wife, who the nation adored, for an aging movie star probably was a fantasy in only Marilyn Monroe's mind,” Ragone says.

“The claims in the book have not been substantiated,” Sambolin says, “but one historian says it could very well be true and that although it seems unbelievable, it is the sort of thing that happens in history.”

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August 6th, 2013
11:58 AM ET

Fort Hood Trial Begins

It’s expected to be a dramatic day in court as the trial of accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan gets underway.

Major Nadal Hasan is charged with murdering 13 people and attempting to kill 32 more in the 2009 terror attack on a U.S. Army base.

Acting as his own attorney, Hasan will question some of the very people he's accused of shooting.

While he only plans to call two witnesses of the 32 survivors from the massacre, “when prosecutors bring some of them to the stand, Hasan, himself, will be doing the cross-examination,” reports CNN's Chris Lawrence. (WATCH TOP VIDEO)

“Hasan's former attorney says he’s got a right to represent himself, even if survivors have to be subjected to his questions.”

Legal Analyst and former federal prosecutor Sunny Hostin says it will be up to the judge in the case to make sure the victims are treated properly on the stand.

“If she does the right thing, if she does her job well, she will do what it takes to protect the process and also protect the victims,” Hostin says. (WATCH VIDEO)

Hostin suspects Hasan, who had offered to plead guilty but was denied by the prosecution, will likely take the witness stand in his own defense.

“It’s gonna be a dance that they’re gonna do in the courtroom," Hostin says.

Believed to be a death penalty case, the president would have to authorize the death penalty if Hasan is convicted, an unprecedented move.

“You're talking about a man who was in the military, a psychiatrist, who killed his fellow soldiers,” Hostin says. “I can't imagine that a president wouldn't authorize the death penalty, so it's gonna be a first on many levels.”

Visit for developments on the trial.

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August 6th, 2013
11:47 AM ET

Shark Sightings on the Rise

It seems sharks are suddenly all over the place. From "Sharknado" to "Shark Week" - you can't escape the deadly predator.

Experts say shark sightings are on the rise along the East Coast.

“But scientists say when comes to comes interactions, it is much more a case of a human invasion,” “Early Start” anchor John Berman reports.

“Recently researchers have noticed an increase in great white sharks off Cape Cod, not far from the original location for the movie 'Jaws.'  The non-profit group "Ocearch" started tagging and tracking these sharks to find out why.”

But, the global shark population is actually at an all-time low.

“Experts say the close encounters are due to humans spending more time in the water and moving closer to habitats long occupied by sharks,” Berman says.

“When you have more people out there looking, or more people on or about the water, and when you have more eyeballs out there, you're going to get more shark sightings," says marine biologist Greg Skomal of the Massachusetts Marine Fisheries.

"If anything we're encroaching on sharks habitat more so than otherwise.”

Still, it is extremely rare to be attacked by a shark.

“Shark attacks are so rare that it’s not something in terms of probability that we worry about,” Skomal says.

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August 6th, 2013
11:46 AM ET

3 Dead in PA Town Hall Shooting

Three people are dead after a gunman opened fire at a town hall meeting in Eastern Pennsylvania.

The deadly shooting unfolded last night at about 7:30 p.m.

“The normally calm town council meeting turned into horror in seconds,” reports CNN's Poppy Harlow from Saylorsburg, PA.

According to authorities,  suspect Rockne Newell entered the township meeting and sprayed bullets to the 15 people and attendees.

“Police say Newell started firing even before entering the building, killing three and wounding several more with what is described as a long gun.”

“He then again reproached the building and entered the building again firing a weapon and was subsequently tackled and brought to the ground,” a police official said.

Authorities credit one of the men who tackled him for preventing further bloodshed.

“We don’t know why he did this,” Harlow says. “We don't know whether anyone was being specifically targeted or not. That is yet to be seen.”

But local media from the last year indicates the suspected shooter was involved in an ongoing property dispute with town officials.

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