October 18th, 2013
10:22 AM ET

Bridget Jones is Back and She's “Mad About the Boy”

The last time we saw book and film heroine Bridget Jones, she finally settled down. But in a new installment of the series, Jones is back in the dating game.

How come?

Well, because—spoiler alert—author Helen Fielding has killed off the beloved Mark Darcy and gives Jones a new adventure as a single mother.

Now she’s fielding questions asking why, and what’s next for Jones in “Mad About the Boy.”

“It was very sad. I had to call up Colin Firth himself and tell him – he was dead,” Fielding says. “His memory lives on in the new book.”

Fielding presents Jones now struggling to be herself and try to meet the standards of a perfect mom—as told by self-help books at least. Fielding reveals she has struggled with this as well, but discovered that it's the real moments that count.

“I think that the bar is pretty high for women, in all sorts of areas, in terms of what you look like, in terms of what you achieve, and in terms of parenting, as well,” she says.

If this latest book does make it to the big screen, Fielding says she’d like to be in the casting room.

“We've got Daniel Cleaver. We’ve got a new love interest, a younger man called Rockster, and yet another love interest, who’s a sort of Bond-like figure called Mr. Wallacher. So there could be a perfect storm of really hot men there.”

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October 18th, 2013
10:00 AM ET

Lawmakers React to Bullying Arrests

Twelve-year-old Rebecca Sedwick committed suicide after months of relentless bullying.  Two teen girls have been charged with a felony in connection with her death.

Authorities are now identifying them as 14-year old Guadelupe Shaw and 12-year-old Katelyn Roman. And their bullying may have all started out over a boy who dated both Sedwick and Shaw. That boy, teenager John Borgen, has decided to speak out.

“It shocked me, it made me mad. You know, because she should have just told somebody,” Borgen says

“Sheriff Grady Judd told New Day, if he determines he can hold the girls' parents criminally responsible, he will,” reports CNN’s Chris Cuomo.

“This bullying has gone on since last November, both in person at school and over the cyber world, “ Judd says. “There's a significant problem and it started at home.”

On the vanguard of this, Criminal Defense Attorney and CNN Legal Analyst Mark O'Mara says the Internet can be used as a deadly weapon that parents should monitor to make sure their children are using responsibly. (SEE VIDEO BELOW)

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Drafting a new law that would hold parents accountable for cyber bullying, O’Mara says, “Parents have the responsibility for their children that now extends to a brand new landscape, the Internet.”

Follow along at CNN.com for details.

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October 18th, 2013
09:59 AM ET

Own Stock in Your Favorite Player

Ever wanted to share in your favorite athlete's success?

Soon, that dream will be a reality thanks to Fantex Holdings, which, according to The New York Times' Peter Lattman and Steve Eder, "will announce the opening of a marketplace for investors to buy and sell interests in professional athletes."

The new forum will open this fall with "a public offering for a minority stake" in Houston Texans Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster. Those who invest in shares will receive interest from a "stock linked to Foster's future economic success."

According to The Times' report, the player's financial success will be determined by contracts, endorsements and appearance fees.


CNN Chief Business Correspondent Christine Romans breaks down the math.

“Foster gets 10 million bucks, right? Investors then get 20% of his future income,” Romans says.

“You're literally buying stock in a sports star and you’re betting, essentially, or investing, that he's going to have a long and lucrative career.”

What do Foster and other potentially interested athletes get out of this?

They get the money up front and they get kind of the partnership with Fantex, I guess, to build a brand and build a brand that’s going to get money and recognition off the course, or court or the field.

However, there are 37 pages of risk factors to consider according to the company’s S-1 Registration Statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Romans reports.

“We'll see if they try to get more people on board and they actually have an exchange where there are a lot of different athletes,” Romans says.

“It’d be like fantasy football, only with real money and you're investing it.”

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October 18th, 2013
07:13 AM ET

Autistic Boy Still Missing in New York

From the loudspeakers of New York police patrol cars and search vehicles, Avonte Oquendo's mother calls for him.

She urges the 14-year-old autistic boy to walk toward the flashing blue and white lights of the emergency vehicles that have been combing the streets for him.

The recording is part of the New York Police Department's stepped up search efforts to find Avonte, who was last seen on surveillance video running out of Center Boulevard School in Long Island City on the afternoon of October 4, Keith Brooks, director of operations for CityWide Disaster Services, said Thursday.

"Avonte, this is your mother. You are safe. Walk toward the lights," the message repeats.

The hope is the teen, who is unable to communicate verbally, will hear the sound of his mother's voice and approach the emergency vehicles.


In New York, a city-wide search is underway for a missing autistic boy, 14, who disappeared two weeks ago.

“A source close to the investigation tells CNN searches are concentrating on a five-block area around the school with particular focus on a marshy landfall, thinking cameras don't show the child going into the neighborhood so he may have headed towards the water,” reports CNN's Don Lemon.

But the young boy’s father believes he's elsewhere.

“I look at it it's part of their job to do that. but I'm pretty sure he's not there,” he says. “He didn't like—he didn't have some kind of feeling toward water, large bodies of water.”

Lemon reports, “water, an ominous fear for these parents.

“For now, they're keeping positive, trying to find one young boy among millions, one family with an entire city behind them.”

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