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June 4th, 2013
06:39 PM ET

Rep.: Steven Seagal helped secure Russia meetings

Steven Seagal's martial arts skills have found a new use beyond taking down bad guys in his action films; they helped U.S. Congressmen secure high level meetings in Russia.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, who led a Congressional delegation to Russia, explained how the actor assisted in talks relating to intelligence cooperation in the aftermath of the Boston bombings.

"Because of his black belt and karate and things, he’s gotten to know many of the leaders in Russia, including Putin," Rohrabacher told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "[Seagal] was able to use that influence to make sure that we got to talk to the very top people so that we could try to find ways of expanding our areas of cooperation."

Rohrabacher said he doesn't believe Seagal has political ambition, but said "he has ambition to try to do something good for his country."

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Filed under: Dana Rohrabacher • Interviews • Russia
June 4th, 2013
01:40 PM ET

See kid's response to cymbal catastrophe

Watch this kid recover big after his cymbal breaks during the national anthem! CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.

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June 4th, 2013
01:36 PM ET

New IRS head pledges to fix agency

CNN's Jessica Yellin on the latest back and forth surrounding the IRS targeting controversy.

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Filed under: IRS • Jay Carney • Jeff Flake • Jessica Yellin
June 4th, 2013
01:33 PM ET

Are storm chasers going too far?

CNN's Chad Myers reports from Oklahoma on the dangers of chasing tornadoes.

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Filed under: Chad Myers • Oklahoma • Tornado • Weather
June 4th, 2013
01:28 PM ET

Can these drones hunt hurricanes?

CNN's John Zarrella reports hurricane hunters of the future could be a David versus Goliath story.

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Filed under: Drone • John Zarrella • Tech • Weather
June 4th, 2013
01:20 PM ET

10-year-old is desperate for new lungs

Time is running out for a 10-year-old girl in need of new lungs. CNN's Jason Carroll reports on the latest.

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Filed under: children • Health • Jason Carroll
June 4th, 2013
11:51 AM ET

Sen. Flake spends recess marooned on deserted island

(CNN) – In an adventure worthy of the TV show "Survivor," Sen. Jeff Flake and two of his sons marooned themselves on a deserted island in the Pacific last week during the Senate's week off.

Dodging sharks and suffering sunburns, the senator and his two teenage boys spent four days fending for themselves – spearing fish, catching crabs, picking up coconuts and sleeping outdoors in hammocks. They cooked what they caught, over a campfire kindled with a magnifying glass.

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