September 5th, 2013
12:38 PM ET

Thieves Steal Car With Beloved Family Pug Inside

One Missouri family is on a desperate search for their beloved dog Dugout. CNN's Michaela Periera reports.

Doug Clark of Springfield, Missouri, stopped at a metal recycling business last week to drop off his family's broken trampoline when his SUV was stolen with Dugout inside.

Clark says, "I had Dugout with me, so I left the air-conditioning on because I was just going to stop in the office real quick. I put the E-break on, I left the car running, the keys were in it."

Now the family says they are willing to give the title to their 2009 Nissan pathfinder, plus $2,000, to whoever brings back the animal.

Clark says, "They bring me Dugout back and I'll hand them the title."

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September 5th, 2013
12:00 PM ET

Can You Help Find The Iconic 9/11 Flag?

Numerous tips have come in from across the country about possible clues to the whereabouts of the  9/11 flag that became a symbol of hope, CNN's Jason Carroll reports.

After an iconic photo was taken, the flag mysteriously went missing.

Now from firefighters in Colorado to a couple in California, people are measuring their flags against the original.

So far, all the leads are false, says Michael Tucker, director of the CNN Films documentary, "The Flag."

Tucker says, "If we find the flag, it would be terrific.  And I think that people would, through that artifact, it would connect them to the past, and to those stories."

All credible leads will be vetted by the filmmakers and then turned over to yacht owners Shirley Dreifus and Spiros Kopoloucous, the only people who they say can tell what is real and what isn't.

The original flag the firefighters raised was from their boat docked near the trade towers and only they know of undisclosed markings that can help solve the mystery.

If you have information you can visit CNN.COM/THEFLAG or email at FINDTHEFLAG@CNN.COM.

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September 5th, 2013
11:20 AM ET

Anthony Weiner Argues With Voter In Bakery

Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner is on the defensive again, one week before the state's democratic primary, as he's caught on tape arguing with a Jewish voter in Brooklyn, New York.

CNN's Rosa Flores reports.

It's no secret that while out on the campaign trail Weiner has been confronted by some nasty voters, but this time it is a personal attack against him and his wife Huma Abedin.

Saul Kessler is the other man in the spat who tells CNN he did say, "You're a real scumbag Anthony," and followed the comment with "married to an Arab."

Kessler says, "It's just a certain feeling I have as a Jew."

Weiner has said, "If you're gonna say vile things about me and my family you should expect that I'm gonna go back at you."

Weiner's wife Huma Abedin was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Her father was from Indian descent. Her mother is from Pakistan. Abedin is a practicing Muslim. She spent much of her childhood living in Saudi Arabia where her father was a professor.


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September 5th, 2013
11:00 AM ET

Survivor's Aunt: 'I Wish He Suffered More Somehow'

Ariel Castro's victims and their families react to the fact that the man who was sentenced to 1,000 years in prison for his crimes is gone now.

CNN's Pamela Brown reports.

Janice Smith, the aunt of survivor Gina DeJesus, speaks exclusively to CNN about why she thinks Castro took his life.

Smith says, "He knows what he did, he knows it was wrong, and I just think that he couldn't live with it."

The grandmother of Amanda Berry, another survivor, tells "New Day," "I love it. I feel so happy, but I wish he had starved to death or suffered more somehow."

Prison officials say Castro hanged himself with a bedsheet Tuesday night inside prison in Orient, Ohio.

He was in protective custody, isolated from other prisoners and checked on every half hour.

Defense Attorney Craig Weintraub says, "He should have been on a suicide watch and there shouldn't have been a watch every 30 minutes, there should have been someone outside of his cell more frequently."

Ariel Castro's family is also coming to grips with the loss of the man they once knew as a brother, son and father – not a monster.

Castro's brother-in-law, Juan Alicea, says, "Even though he did all these bad things and the family doesn't condone,  they must grieve."

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