October 16th, 2013
09:00 AM ET

Official: 'Take Another look' At Rape Case

Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder on Tuesday called for a grand jury review of a controversial case of alleged rape in Maryville, CNN's Ana Cabrera reports. 

"The appalling facts in the public record shock the conscience and cry out that responsible authorities must take another look," he said, referring to the case of Daisy Coleman in Nodaway County.

"I hope that responsible officials will join me in this call for a grand jury to make the final call on whether criminal charges should or should not be filed," Kinder said.

The case dates to January 8, 2012. But after The Kansas City Star featured the story over the weekend, it gained traction on social media and spread to a wider audience.


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October 16th, 2013
08:52 AM ET

2 Girls Arrested After Bullying Death

The attorney for a 14-year-old Florida girl charged with aggravated stalking that alledgedly led to the suicide of a 12-year-old classmate told CNN that her client isn't responsible for a controversial Facebook post that led to the suspect's arrest.

Police on Monday arrested two girls, ages 14 and 12, in connection with the death of Rebecca Sedwick, who jumped from the top of an abandoned concrete plant last month.

Authorities said the 14-year-old girl was Rebecca's chief tormenter, and the girl posted a taunting message Sautrday on the Internet about what had happened.

"Yes IK I bullied REBECCA nd she killed her self but IDGAF," the Facebook post read. Grady Judd, sheriff of Polk County, Florida, said the online vernacular meant "I don't give a (expletive)."

The 14-year-old's lawyer, Andrea DeMichael, told CNN her client "says that this is not as clear cut as it seems."

The girl denies she stalked Rebecca and she hasn't accessed Facebook recently, DeMichael said.

The girls, minors who are not being named by CNN, were charged with aggravated stalking.

Rebecca's mother called the arrests the best birthday present her daughter, who would have turned 13 this weekend, could have received.


CNN Legal Analyst Sunny Hostin, and CNN Digital Correspondent Kelly Wallace weigh in. (SEE VIDEO ABOVE)

Hostin believes there should be more legislation holding parents accountable.

“I think people have to legislate criminal responsibility for parents,” Hostin says. “I think this family can certainly sue them civilly, intentional infliction of emotional distress, but I think you have to have parental criminal responsibility.”

Wallace agrees that parenting plays a large role.

“We have to tell our kids that that is just not the way you treat people,”  she says. “ And if you see sort of this ‘gang mentality’ online, we have to teach our kids to be strong enough and courageous enough to step up and say that's not okay.”

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October 16th, 2013
08:40 AM ET

Rep. Steve King Won't Vote For Anything "In The Next 36 Hours"

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) made it clear that he won’t vote for anything that comes out of the House or Senate “in the next 36 hours” and told “New Day” Anchor Kate Bolduan that “there’s a price to be paid” for fiscal responsibility.

He went on to say that he is not worried about default and the country will have “the revenue stream to pay” entitlements past tomorrow’s deadline, but it will get “really tough in a relatively short period of time.” Pointing out that the United States credit rating was downgraded after the government raised the debt ceiling the last time, Rep. King wants to have a conversation about entitlement spending, a balanced budget amendment and the national debt.

“I’m not worried about this thing that they term default because we are going to service our debt,” Rep. King said. “We’re going to pay the interest first and we’ll roll the principle over. It takes 8% of our revenue stream on average in order to pay the interest on our debt. A well-managed national funding stream will be just fine. But I am concerned about all the rhetoric around this about the weeks and months building up to this point and the utilization of that term default, and I’m concerned it will scare the markets. I’m concerned that the President’s remarks on this will scare the markets.”

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October 16th, 2013
07:30 AM ET

Police: Arrest In Lax Dry Ice Blasts

A suspect was arrested in connection with one of the dry ice explosions at Los Angeles International Airport, police said Tuesday.

The arrest come on the heels of two incidents at that airport on Sunday and Monday. The suspect, identifed as Dicarlo Bennett, 28, was accused of the Sunday incident, according to a Los Angeles Police Department statement.

He is being held on a $1 million bond and faces a charge of possession of a explosive or destructive device near an aircraft.

Police did not release any information on the suspect or a possible motive.

On Sunday, dry ice in a plastic bottle exploded in an employee restroom at the airport, causing a brief shutdown of Terminal 2, the FBI said. No injuries were reported, and the terminal resumed operations after a brief evacuation.

The other incident occurred Monday at about 8:30 p.m. at the Tom Bradley International Terminal, airport police said,

Three plastic bottles containing dry ice were found, but only one had exploded, police said


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