August 20th, 2013
03:54 PM ET

Ft. Hood Shooter Begins Defense

Almost four years after the Fort Hood massacre, Nidal Hasan is expected to try to justify why he killed 13 unarmed fellow soldiers and wounded more than 30 others, CNN's Ed Lavandera reports.

Hasan, who's an Army psychiatrist, has been told he can not argue he killed American soldiers because in his view they were preparing to fight Muslims in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Since Hasan is acting as his own attorney, he will write out a series of questions for his "standby attorneys" to ask him.

Shooting survivor Christopher Royal has worked to already move on from the tragic event.

"I wont allow him to consume any more energy for my life than he has already done. And so I have released him. I have forgiven him completely. It's not up to me to punish him."

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August 20th, 2013
03:49 PM ET

Mom Says Daycare Mocked Son on Instagram

What would you do if you were a parent and you discovered someone you trusted making fun of your child online?

In Newport News Virginia, mom Melissa Jordan allegedly discovered workers at the Heavenly Haven Learning Center took pictures of her son Ethan, added mocking comments, and posted them to the photo-sharing site Instagram.

Two teachers have been fired and the center is now under investigation by Virginia's Department of Social Services, CNN's Chris Cuomo reports. 

One posted photo is of Ethan, who has delayed speech development, sitting in a highchair with his usual smile replaced with a frown. The manager of the business wrote, in part:

"...thinking cuz sure can't talk."

Officials at the center say, "A Heavenly Haven's position on the actions of the employees involved zero tolerance, and the employee's have been terminated."

The company also apologized to the betrayed mom.

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August 20th, 2013
03:39 PM ET

Fifth Vanderbilt Player Indicted in Sex Assault

Chris Boyd, a star wide receiver for Vanderbilt University, now faces felony charges as he's accused of helping his teammates cover up an alleged rape in a school dorm earlier in June. CNN's Alina Machado reports.

Four other Vanderbilt football players - Brandon Vandenburg, Corey Batey, Brandon Banks and Jaborian McKenzie - were indicted earlier this month in direct connection to the alleged rape of a  a 21-year-old student. All four were subsequently dismissed from their team and suspended from school.

Metro Police Spokesperson Don Aaron describes the charges.

"He is alleged to have given certain advice to other defendants as part of an attempted cover-up." (WATCH VIDEO)

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August 20th, 2013
02:18 PM ET

Toobin Calls Glenn Greenwald's Threats "Revenge Journalism"

For Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, his new threats to release British classified documents are personal. CNN's Jill Dougherty reports.

Greenwald has become a household name as he's already published thousands of secret documents on behalf of NSA leaker Edward Snowden. The reporter is being even more combative after British authorities recently detained his Brazilian partner David Miranda for nine hours at Heathrow Airport.

Miranda said British agents held him in their custody as he was on his way back to Rio from Berlin, where he meet with subversive filmmaker Laura Poitras, citing an anti-terrorism law.

Greenwald is now vowing to release more classified information.  While in Rio De Janeiro, he told TV Globo:

"I am going to write my stories a lot more aggressively than before.  I am going to publish many more documents now. I have a lot of documents about the espionage system in England."

CNN's Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin weighed in and called Greenwald's response "revenge journalism."

"That's not how we're supposed to act. We're supposed to be journalists because there's material that should be published, not because we're angry at people."

Watch this clip to see Toobin's full opinion on the story:

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