November 19th, 2013
10:47 AM ET

Children Are Trapped in Fire When...

In today's edition of the "Good Stuff" a man with one arm and one leg helps save children trapped in a fire in New York. CNN's Chris Cuomo reports.  

A freak accident as a child left Fidel Morales with just one arm and one leg.

But that hasn't stopped him from having a fulfilling life or a challenging career in the Department of Corrections or, as it turns out, from being a hero.

Fidel was the first to notice his Bronx apartment building was on fire.

Twelve people would be seriously hurt in the blaze, but not Fidel's one-year-old son or 20 day old niece.

Fidel did the unthinkable, he thought fast and flung both children from the second floor balcony to the arms of his neighbor below.

Fidel then jumped to safety himself, injuring what he calls his good knee. In true heroic fashion, he gives all the credit to the man who caught his kids, not to himself for throwing them.

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November 19th, 2013
08:41 AM ET

Embattled Toronto Mayor Stripped of Power, Vows "Outright War"

Embattled Mayor Rob Ford vowed "outright war" after Toronto's City Council voted to strip him of most of his powers Monday in a tumultuous meeting during which a charging Ford knocked down one of its members. CNN's Nic Robertson reports.

Nearly two weeks after Ford admitted to smoking crack cocaine in a "drunken stupor" - an admission forced by a drug probe that resulted in extortion charges against a friend - the mayor said he was done apologizing. He called Monday's vote "a coup d'etat" and compared it to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990, warning council members, "What goes around, comes around, friends."

"If you think American-style politics is nasty, you guys have just attacked Kuwait," he said to groans and laughter in the council chambers. "And you will never see something - mark my words, my friends, this is going to be outright war in the next election, and I am going to do everything in my power to beat you guys."

Undeterred, the council voted 36-5 to slash the budget of the mayor's office and transfer most of his duties to the deputy mayor. City Councilor Karen Stintz said Ford "doesn't understand the issues he's facing," and Monday's votes reduce him to "a figurehead."

"We are a great city, and the reality is Mayor Ford does not represent the face of the city," Stintz said. "We are taking the steps we're taking to give the deputy mayor the powers and the responsibility and the staff to exercise the functions that the mayor no longer can."

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November 19th, 2013
08:39 AM ET

Authorities Investigating Deadly Russian Plane Crash

The president of the Russian republic of Tatarstan declared Monday a day of mourning as crews continued to look for bodies in the wreckage of a Russian jetliner that crashed on landing a day earlier.

All 50 people on board, including the son of Tatarstan regional President Rustam Minnikhanov, died in the crash in Tatarstan's capital, Kazan.

Richard Quest, CNN International Business Correspondent and the host of “Quest Means Business”,  is closely familiar with the Boeing 737 and weighs in on the known details of the crash.

Closed-circuit video, aired on Russian media outlets, shows the plane vertical to the ground as it crashes in the darkness, creating a large fireball and a wide fire on the ground.

The victims ranged in age from 13 to 87, according to a list of names the airline posted on its website. Among them was Lt. Gen. Alexander Antonov, the regional chief of Russia's Federal Security Service, and a British national.

"Not all the bodies have been located," Deputy Emergency Situation Situations Minister Vladimir Stepanov told local media Monday morning. "The main work will be completed today."

Officials do not know why Tatarstan Airlines flight 363 crashed. Authorities say they have confiscated documents and fuel samples from Tatarstan Airlines.

Part of the answer may lie in the Boeing 737's flight and data recorders. Russian officials say they've found the flight recorders, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency said Monday.


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November 19th, 2013
08:39 AM ET

Obamacare Success Story Now an Embarrassment

The White House is faced with two more embarrassing revelations in the never-ending Obamacare fiasco.

First, newly released documents reveal a private consulting firm warned the administration that the Healthcare.gov website could be a disaster - way back in spring.

And second, in a CNN exclusive, a Washington state mom–hailed as an Obamacare “success story” by the president in a speech just last month–says now she can't afford the insurance and blames the state exchanges, CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

Obama is expected by former administration officials to soon make a course correction in his administration to address the glaring mistakes made in the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act.

"I think they're going to have to hold somebody accountable for the botched roll-out and the website not working –somebody at HHS or a group of people," said Robert Gibbs, Obama's press secretary during his first term, on NBC's "Today" show on Monday.

"I think if this were to happen in the private sector, somebody would have probably already lost their job and I think the only way to restore ultimate confidence in going forward is to make sure that whoever was in charge of this isn't in charge of the long-term health care plan," Gibbs said.

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