December 26th, 2013
08:41 AM ET

Is Justin Bieber Retiring?

In a series of tweets written on Christmas Eve, singer Justin Beiber said that he is “officially retiring,” but then he added that he is “never leaving” his fans and will be “here forever.”

"People" magazine's pop culture expert Carlos Greer weighed in on "New Day" Thursday and said he's doubtful it's true.

Greer said, "Justin Bieber is his own empire, so something tells me he's not retiring. Maybe he meant for the night?"


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December 26th, 2013
08:25 AM ET

"Morning Minute" with Pamela Brown–December 26, 2013

Need to get today's top stories on-the-go? Watch Pamela Brown's morning minute now!

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December 26th, 2013
08:23 AM ET

Car Bursts into Flames, Cop Dives in

It's being called a Christmas miracle on a Los Angeles freeway.

A 72-year-old man whose car burst into flames after smashing into the center divider of the 405 has a few Good Samaritans— including a police officer and a fire fighter, to thank for his life this holiday season.

They were there just in the nick of time.

“Don Thompson, a 26-year veteran of the LAPD bomb squad happened to be on his way to work,” CNN’s Miguel Marquez reports. “His shift started early, diving into the flames to pull the driver to safety.”

Thompson says, “It was just a matter of seconds. Another 10,15 seconds there just would have been too much fire."

He adds that he feels good to have saved a life.

“Thank goodness I found that button and popped the belt and grabbed him and pulled him out.”

Adding to the miracle, “a Los Angeles fire fighter happened to be driving by, making the rescue seamless,” Marquez reports.

LAFD Spokesman Erik Scott says that firefighter was be able to “do an immediate patient assessment and get other resources on scene a lot quicker cause he happened to be the commander of the dispatch center and called in directly to do so.”

The driver of the car was taken to a hospital with moderate injuries and Thompson was singed by the fire, but no one was seriously injured.

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December 26th, 2013
08:17 AM ET

Couple Sues Company After They're Fined $3,500 for Review

A Utah couple who was fined $3,500 for writing a negative review of is now suing the merchant for retaliating against them, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday on the couple's behalf by Public Citizen.

Their story - first reported by CNN's affiliate in Salt Lake City KUTV- started in 2008 when John Palmer bought his wife's Christmas gifts off The items never arrived and the Palmers said the transaction was automatically canceled, CNN’s Pamela Brown reports.

After repeated calls to to find out what happened, Jen Palmer posted a review of the company on saying in part,"There is absolutely no way to get in touch with a physical human being. No extensions work."

More than three years later, the Palmers received an e-mail appearing to be from stating that they would be fined $3,500 if the negative review posted on wasn't taken down within 72 hours.

"It's ridiculous that anyone would turn around and try to extort us like this, especially for doing something as simple as posting a review online," Jen Palmer says.

“But the Palmers apparently signed away that freedom when they agreed to's non -disparagement clause forbidding them from taking any action that negatively impacts,” Brown says.

The Palmers tried to take the review down but couldn't and Kleargear apparently reported the $3,500 bill as unpaid to a collections company. Attempts to settle this amicably turned up empty as the couple never heard back from the company.

According to the Palmer's, the company left them with no choice but to file a lawsuit.

“They are asking the court to declare they never owed the $3500 and are seeking compensation to be determined by a jury,” Brown says.

CNN repeatedly tried reaching out to Kleargear's phone number and email on its website but did not hear back. did respond via email back in November to CNN affiliate, KUTV,  defending its actions saying, the request for the Palmers to take down their comment was not blackmail, but  “a  diligent effort to help them avoid the fine.”

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