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July 12th, 2013
11:48 AM ET

Terrorist killed time building this?

Infamous terrorist designs ... a vacuum cleaner? CNN's Jeanne Moos has a story that will suck you in.

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July 12th, 2013
11:44 AM ET

Can Spitzer beat the clock for ballot?

Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer is confident he'll be on the ballot for New York City comptroller. Mary Snow reports.

RELATED STORY: Spitzer says he exceeded signature requirement for NYC ballot

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Filed under: Eliot Spitzer • Mary Snow
July 12th, 2013
11:40 AM ET

Canadians aim anger at train CEO

CNN's Anna Coren gets an exclusive interview with Edward Burkhardt, chairman of Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway.

RELATED STORY: Railway chairman: People in Canadian city 'wanted to throw stones at me'


Filed under: Anna Coren • Canada • Interviews
July 12th, 2013
11:36 AM ET

Why House GOP isn't likely to help Obama

House Republicans show some willingness to compromise on immigration reform but insisted they would draft their own plan.

RELATED STORY: Five reasons immigration reform isn't close to the finish line


Filed under: GOP • Immigration • John King
July 12th, 2013
11:33 AM ET

What to expect from Zimmerman defense

The prosecution has finished its closing arguments in the George Zimmerman trial. Our legal panel shares what's to come.

RELATED STORY: 'Coulda beens,' 'what ifs' not enough to convict Zimmerman, defense says


Filed under: George Zimmerman • Jeffrey Toobin • Sunny Hostin
July 12th, 2013
10:58 AM ET

NTSB chief's surprising background

National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman is the face of the investigation into the crash of Asiana Flight 214.

She’s a wife, a mother of three and a triathlete. Hersman has also competed in races like the Warrior Dash, a five-kilometer “mud run” complete with an obstacle course designed to test your strength and stamina.

Friends who watch her crisscross the country leading NTSB investigations call her an expert multi-tasker.

“My guess is, when she gets that call, she’s already prepared two to three days of meals,” says former West Virginia Governor Bob Wise, who hired Hersman as an intern when she attended Virginia Tech. Hersman than served as a congressional aide to Wise from 1992-1999.

Hersman doesn’t have a pilot’s license, but is the daughter of a former Air Force pilot and she does have prior experience with transportation issues.

After working for Wise, she served as a senior adviser to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation before joining the NTSB in 2004. Five years later, President Obama appointed her chairman.

She’s been on the scene of more than 20 major transportation accidents including the last commercial plane crash in the U.S, the 2009 Colgan Air crash near Buffalo, New York.

But she hasn’t avoided criticism. The Airline Pilots Association sounded the alarm saying the NTSB was releasing too much information too soon about the Asiana 214 crash. A firm believer in transparency, Hersman continues to provide information to the public.

RELATED STORY: NTSB: 2 Asiana pilots call for landing to be aborted