October 9th, 2013
04:48 PM ET

Vote For This Year's Top 10 CNN Heroes

CNN's Anderson Cooper reveals this year's top 10 CNN Heroes:

Dale Beatty (Statesville, NC) After Dale Beatty lost his legs in the Iraq War, his community thanked him for his service by helping him build a home. To pay it forward, Beatty co-founded Purple Heart Homes. Since 2008, the nonprofit has modified or helped provide homes for dozens of disabled veterans.

Georges Bwelle (Yaoundé, Cameroon) For decades, Georges Bwelle watched his father suffer, unable to get the medical attention he needed. Now a doctor himself, Bwelle travels into the jungles of his native Cameroon nearly every weekend, providing free surgery for those who don't have access to health care.

Robin Emmons (Charlotte, NC) More than 72,000 people in Charlotte, North Carolina lack access to fresh produce. When Robin Emmons discovered this problem, she turned her backyard into a garden. Since 2008, she has grown more than 26,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables for area residents.

Danielle Gletow (Trenton, NJ) Danielle Gletow started One Simple Wish, a nonprofit that helps grant the wishes of foster children. Wishes are posted online, and anyone can pay to make a child's wish come true. Since 2008, the group has helped grant more than 6,500 wishes to children in 42 states.


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October 8th, 2013
05:05 AM ET

ATF Blocks Agent's 'Fast and Furious' Book

A federal agent's attempt to write a book with an insider's account of "Operation Fast and Furious" is being blocked by superiors because it could have "a negative impact on morale," the American Civil Liberties Union said.

John Dodson, an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, was among several agents who claimed whistleblower status in order to provide information to Congress about the agency, CNN's Miguel Marquez reports.

The controversial program allowed 2,000 guns to cross Arizona's border with Mexico beginning in 2009 with the intention of tracking them to criminal gangs.


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October 4th, 2013
04:19 AM ET

'I'm The Original Voice of Siri'

– For the past two years, she's been a pocket and purse accessory to millions of Americans. She's starred alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Zooey Deschanel. She's provided weather forecasts and restaurant tips, been mocked as useless and answered absurd questions about what she's wearing.

She is Siri, Apple's voice-activated virtual "assistant" introduced to the masses with the iPhone 4S on October 4, 2011.

Behind this groundbreaking technology there is a real woman. While the ever-secretive Apple has never identified her, all signs indicate that the original voice of Siri in the United States is a voiceover actor who laid down recordings for a client eight years ago. She had no idea she'd someday be speaking to more than 100 million people through a not-yet-invented phone.

Her name is Susan Bennett and she lives in suburban Atlanta.



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September 16th, 2013
09:50 AM ET

Cops Kill Unarmed Ex-FAMU Player

A former football player at Florida A&M University is dead and his parents are looking for answers. CNN's Alina Machado reports.

Jonathan Ferrell, 24, was likely looking for help after a car accident in North Carolina when he was shot to death by police early Saturday morning.

A homeowner called 911 and told dispatchers a man had been knocking on her door repeatedly.

Officers responding to that "breaking and entering" call in Charlotte say that when they got to the scene, a man matching the caller's description ran toward them.

One of the officers fired his stun gun, but it was "unsuccessful." Another officer then opened fire, police said.

Police have charged Officer Randall Kerrick with voluntary manslaughter - a felony. He turned himself in and was released Sunday on $50,000 bond.

In a "New Day" exclusive, Georgia Ferrell, Jonathan's mother, and Willie Ferrell, Jonathan's younger brother, spoke with CNN's Chris Cuomo. His mother said:

"Jonathan was a very happy, outgoing person. All my kids are good kids but Jonathan was so loving. We were sitting there trying to think about something bad about him but there was nothing we could think of."


The Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office said Officer Kerrick's first court appearance is scheduled for Monday at 1:30 p.m.

For more on this story, visit CNN.com 

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