November 5th, 2013
12:53 PM ET

Michelle Pfeiffer: I Was In A 'Cult'

As it turns out, Michelle Pfeiffer was once in a cult and didn't even know it.

The actress suggested as much in an interview with The Sunday Telegraph's Stella magazine, during which she recalled being under the thrall of a "very controlling" couple when she was just getting started in Hollywood.

Pfeiffer, 55, said the pair were "kind of personal trainers" and proponents of breatharianism, which is described as the practice of living off air and light instead of food. (One Seattle woman recently tried to adopt the lifestyle for 47 days as an experiment.)

“They believed that people in their highest state were breatharian,” Pfeiffer told the magazine, via the U.K.'s Telegraph. “They were very controlling. I wasn’t living with them but I was there a lot and they were always telling me I needed to come more. I had to pay for all the time I was there, so it was financially very draining.”

The actress said it wasn't until she was helping her first husband, Peter Horton, with a film he'd been cast in about the Moonies –  a term sometimes used for followers of Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church – that she understood the situation she'd been in.

“We were talking with an ex-Moonie and he was describing the psychological manipulation and I just clicked,” Pfeiffer said. "(Doing research) on this cult" led her to realize that "I was in one," the actress told the magazine.

These days, instead of trying to stick to a diet Pfeiffer said "nobody can adhere to," she's become a vegan.

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November 5th, 2013
12:45 PM ET

Teens Raise $400 To Help Replace 9-Year-Old's Bike

In today's edition of the "Good Stuff," older teens show a nine-year-old kindness and help him buy a new bike. CNN's Chris Cuomo reports.

Atticus Seng from Fresno, California,  recently had his bike stolen not once, but twice. Two bikes gone in the space of a month.

He locked them up both times, did everything right and still, off they went.

These events inspired students at Fresno High School to go classroom to classroom raising money, nearly $400, so the child could buy a new bike.

Atticus says, “Well, I was like,I was like very happy at first.  I almost cried, I really did.  And I was like, "Oh my god! My bike's here" and I just, I just didn't know what to do because I, I, was very excited.”

And the good stuff doesn't end there.  Atticus and his family have decided to pay it forward.

They are matching the price of the bike and giving it to a charity that helps buy bikes and locks for those less fortunate.

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November 5th, 2013
12:35 PM ET

LAX Shooting: Latest On Suspect, Victims And Warning That May Have Come Too Late

After a weekend of intense investigation, authorities are piecing together more details about Friday's fatal shooting at Los Angeles International Airport, including the suspect's behavior earlier in the week and a warning from his family that may have come minutes too late.

Officers sent to check on Paul Ciancia's welfare arrived at his apartment less than an hour after the shooting started, police said Monday, CNN's Kyung Lah reports.

Ciancia, 23, of Los Angeles, is charged with murder of a federal officer and commission of violence in an international airport.

He was shot by officers Friday and was in critical condition at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on Sunday.

Although Ciancia has no known history of mental illness, he said in the texts that he was unhappy, and the messages were alarming enough that Ciancia's father decided to call police.

Allen Cummings, Police Chief in Pennsville Township, New Jersey, weighed in on the messages saying,  "It was enough to make myself and Mr. Ciancia,the father,feel that his younger son is contemplating harming himself... When I saw that text message I knew we needed to make a phone call and get his son checked out and make sure he was OK in California."


According to someone who knew Ciancia and his three roommates well, Ciancia began asking for a ride to the airport days before the shooting. He claimed he needed to fly to New Jersey to help his sick father, but he never said what day he needed to leave, the source said.

On Friday, Ciancia burst into a roommate's room and demanded a ride to the airport immediately, said the source, who spoke to CNN on the condition of anonymity.

The roommate obliged. Investigators don't think the roommate had any idea of Ciancia's plans.


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November 5th, 2013
12:23 PM ET

Newt Gingrich: Christie 'One Of The Top Contenders' In 2016

Former House Speaker and CNN host Newt Gingrich says he sees New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as a major candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

Gingrich was on CNN's "New Day" Tuesday morning talking about the prospects and implications of the day's elections that include governors races in New Jersey and Virginia.

In New Jersey, the "Crossfire" host expected what polls have said for months, a landslide victory for Christie against his Democratic challenger, little known state Sen. Barbara Buono.

"He'll probably set the record for at least the last 30 years," Gingrich said of Christie. "The question will be how many Republicans does he bring into the legislature, which will be a big way of measuring his impact institutionally," he told CNN's Chris Cuomo.

In 2016, Gingrich said he expects Christie to be one of the top four or five contenders for the Republican nomination, alongside Govs. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, John Kasich of Ohio and Rick Perry of Texas.

"I think governors will play a big role in '16," said Gingrich, who served 11 terms in the House of Representatives. Gingrich did not mention any of the legislators thought to be candidates for the 2016 nomination like Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Marco Rubio of Florida.

The Virginia race has been in part a matter of messaging, Gingrich said Tuesday, with businessman and former Democratic National Committee chair Terry McAuliffe leading in the polls largely because he managed to paint his opponent in a negative light early on. Republican Ken Cuccinelli, the state Attorney General, is a tea party favorite whose conservative views have become fodder for McAuliffe in the increasingly purple state.

"The guy who gets defined as an extremist is going to be on defense all the time," Gingrich said.

The messaging and idea of pervasive negativity served as a segue for Gingrich to talk about his new book, "Breakout." According to Gingrich, the book looks at some of the major technological advances and bold ideas in the United States amid what is in large part a complete inability for the political elite to move forward with ideas just as bold.

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