September 6th, 2013
11:12 AM ET

"Stand Your Ground" Back In Question

What constitutes an imminent threat?

This question after a Florida combat veteran is charged with first-degree murder for killing two neighbors and wounding a third man at a Labor Day BBQ in 2012.

Now his lawyers are trying to argue 'stand your ground' and 'the Bush doctrine" as his defense.

CNN's Pamela Brown reports.

Defense Lawyer Greg Eisenmenger says his client, William Woodward, 44, was preyed upon, harassed, and tormented by the men he killed, and therefore he should be not guilty.

He says, "When you're facing eminent violence you're allowed to act."

The controversial 'stand your ground' law was first brought to national attention in the high profile Florida case of George Zimmerman, acquitted for killing Trayvon Martin.

Though it's a misconception that law played any part in Zimmerman's trial.

CNN's Chris Cuomo asked his criminal defense attorney, Mark O'Mara, about that fact and if he thinks the law applies in this new case.

O'Mara said Zimmerman's case was a straight self-defense scenario and responded this case is not a 'stand your ground' scenario either.

"The imminient reasonable fear can’t occur by your own doing," he said.


O'Mara was also asked about the recent news that Shellie, George Zimmerman's wife, has filed for divorce.

CNN's John Zarrella  says this comes a few weeks after Shellie pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor perjury charge for lying about how much money the couple had for George's bond.

She said there was next to nothing. They had raised $135,000 from donations.

Kelly Sims, Shellie Zimmerman's attorney says,

"She stood by her man like Tammy Wynette says and she probably shouldn't of. So that's pretty much it. She did what was right for her."


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September 6th, 2013
10:36 AM ET

Whooping Cough Kills Two Babies In Texas

Sixteen states and Washington, D.C. are seeing an increase in cases of whooping cough, compared to this time last year.

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.

Whooping cough is a brutal cough that can last for months and be potentially fatal, especially for babies and young children who haven't had a chance to get all their shots yet.

The sickness is becoming an epidemic in Texas, where more than 2,000 cases have occurred and two babies have died.

As the state is on course to have its worst whooping cough outbreak in over 50 years, officials are issuing a health alert that vaccinations are vital.

Though Cohen warns the effectiveness of the vaccine fades quickly over time and by around age 11, only 7 out of 10 kids are fully protected.

That's why the Center for Disease Control recommends a booster shot for pre-teens to protect themselves and any babies they could unwittingly infect.

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September 6th, 2013
10:27 AM ET

See Note Waitress Leaves For Special Needs Family

In today's edition of the "Good Stuff" a waitress reaches out with kindness to parents of a special needs child. CNN's Chris Cuomo reports.

North Carolina parent Ashley England says going out to eat can be difficult for her family because her son Riley has special needs

When Riley got loud at a local restaurant recently, Ashley thought they would have to leave and quickly asked the waitress for the check.  What she got back, was her faith in humanity.

The note read:

"God only gives special children to special people."

England tearily tells CNN affiliate WBTV, "That note is very true. I wouldn't be able to do it without god on my side."

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September 6th, 2013
10:15 AM ET

Congressman Turner: President Is Wrong on Syria

Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH), member of the House Armed Services Committee, explained to “New Day” Anchor Kate Bolduan why he is against the administration’s military plan of action in Syria over chemical weapons.

Turner says he thinks the President is wrong on the issue of Syria, especially without more money being contributed to defense spending, and blames the commander-in-chief for a  “lack of leadership.”

“The President [Obama] has no strategy. He cannot tell us who we’re for. He cannot tell us the risks. Also, he has an unexplainable policy with his imaginary red line. But even more importantly, he has shown no leadership in trying to set aside his sequestration, which is having devastating impacts on our military. Over 12,000 people in my community were furloughed. As sequestration continues to put financial pressure on the Department of Defense, the President wants to take us into this conflict.”

Turner is just one lawmaker against military action in Syria but while the debate continues, the refugee situation in Syria gets worse.

CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports over 2 million people have fled the country in the past year.

The doctor spoke to from a hospital in Lebanon, on the Syrian border, and said medical staff there want to help but are also worried about becoming the subject of attacks.


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