February 5th, 2013
11:00 PM ET

Jenna Miscavige Hill on Piers Morgan Tonight: David Miscavige is 'evil'

This evening on Piers Morgan Tonight, Piers sat down with Jenna Miscavige Hill, the niece of David Miscavige, the head of the Church of Scientology, to talk about her memoir Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape.   Hill described her childhood in a Scientology camp where she was required to work long hours doing hard labor and rarely allowed to see her parents.  Asked by Piers if she thought her uncle was an evil man, Hill said “Yes.”

Piers also asked Hill about what her reaction is to celebrities like Tom Cruise who promote the Church.  She said that “either he does know what’s going on and he’s not talking about it, or he is willfully ignorant.”  She went on to say that celebrities who endorse an organization like the Church “have a responsibility to know everything about it, and know what they are endorsing.”

Watch: Jenna Miscavige Hill on Tom Cruise and Scientology celebrity center 

Topics: CNN • Piers Morgan
February 5th, 2013
09:17 PM ET

AC360 EXCLUSIVE – Slain Alabama bus driver's son tells Cooper his father treated kids 'like his own'

In an exclusive interview on tonight’s AC360°, Anderson spoke to Aaron Poland, whose father Charles Poland was murdered when five year old Ethan was kidnapped and taken hostage in Alabama. Poland told Cooper "My dad's key job was to make sure every child was delivered safely to their parents." Poland loved his job and “was encouraging to ‘em all the time, and he would you know anytime they did something good, my dad was proud. It was like his own kids doing something good and my dad was enjoying every bit of it.”

Topics: AC360 • Anderson Cooper
February 5th, 2013
06:23 PM ET

CNN reports on warnings of Superdome power failures, ahead of Super Bowl

CNN correspondent Brian Todd reports on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer:  "In the months leading up to Super Bowl XLVII, there were worries and warnings among engineers and Superdome officials about the stadium's power situation.

That's according to memos and letters obtained by CNN from the attorney for the Superdome's management group.  October 14, 2012, a memo from Pat Tobler, construction consultant for the Superdome, refers to transient spikes and loads in the system that had previously occurred.

The concern, whether the connection point from the grid from the power supplier, Entergy, to the Superdome was reliable.  This memo said a test determined that the power feeder line had some decay and had a chance of failure.

A letter five days before that from an outside engineer hired by the Superdome said based on test results, the Superdome's main and only electrical feed are not sufficiently reliable to support the high-profile event schedule.  That letter warned of the loss of events and financial liability to the Dome's managers."


A full transcript of Brian Todd's report will be posted on http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/sitroom.html.

February 5th, 2013
12:47 PM ET

Jake Tapper Reports – An American Hero: The Uncommon Valor of Clint Romesha

Former Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha tells CNN's Jake Tapper about seeing the dangerous location of his outpost in Afghanistan for the first time: http://on.cnn.com/WsaaJ4

In a Jake Tapper Reports documentary, the anchor and chief Washington correspondent will look back at one of the deadliest days of the Afghan war through a compelling interview with former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha, who led the courageous battle when Combat Outpost Keating was attacked on Oct. 3, 2009. The one-hour special will air Thursday, Feb. 7 at 10 p.m. ET, just days before President Obama will award Romesha the Medal of Honor for his actions that deadly day. FULL POST

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Topics: Jake Tapper
February 5th, 2013
10:21 AM ET

Southern Baptist Convention: "Catastrophe" to lift gay ban on Boy Scouts

CNN’s John Berman and Brooke Baldwin challenge Southern Baptist Convention’s Richard Land on his view against allowing gays to participate in Boy Scouts.

Land says, “The Scouts have said for themselves for over a hundred years that traditional morality is at the core value of scouting – teaching them to be morally straight. And now they are going to make it a local option under pressure from corporations and from some Scout groups. A core value is not a local option. When a core value becomes a local option it’s just a preference, and preferences are normally not protected by the First Amendment. Core values and convictions are…. Homosexuals by definition are attracted to people of the same sex. Now, I’m not accusing homosexuals of being pedophiles. But I’m accusing homosexuals of being what they say they are – attracted to males. How many people that are listening to me would allow their teenage girls to go on camp outs and engage in camping activities with heterosexual males? They wouldn’t.”

Berman says, “When I was a cub scout… we had den mothers. Obviously opposite sex of the cub scout troops.” FULL POST

Topics: Brooke Baldwin • CNN • John Berman • Starting Point
Inside Syria: Exclusive look at pro-Assad Christian militia
February 5th, 2013
10:14 AM ET

Inside Syria: Exclusive look at pro-Assad Christian militia

In a CNN exclusive, CNN's Fred Pleitgen (@fpleitgencnn) reports from Saidnaya, a predominantly Christian town outside Damascus that is standing firmly behind President Bashar al-Assad.

"I don't know why, but we love the president very much," said Housam Azar, a Saidnaya resident and organizer of the town's militia. "Sure, there have been mistakes, but we love the president a lot."

Watch Fred's report here

Topics: Breaking News • Frederik Pleitgen • Syria
February 5th, 2013
10:06 AM ET

AC360 – Ethan's rescue brings back memories to former child hostage

Katie Beers survived a kidnapping and assault at age 10. She and psychiatrist Dr. Louis Kraus discuss recovery from such extreme trauma in light of police rescuing a 5-year-old boy held hostage in an Alabama bunker.

Topics: AC360 • Anderson Cooper
CNN welcomes Zain Asher
February 5th, 2013
09:39 AM ET

CNN welcomes Zain Asher

Zain Asher joins CNN as business correspondent, where she will appear across platforms covering the latest news on personal finance, money and the economy.

Asher comes from MONEY magazine where she covered careers and investing, primarily focusing on stocks, mutual funds, consumer tech stories and workplace advice. Prior to joining MONEY, Asher spent two years as a reporter for News 12 covering the local economy, as well as political and cultural issues in Brooklyn, The Bronx and Connecticut. She served as a contributing reporter for Forbes.com, covering business trend and consumer stories. Her articles have appeared on CNNMoney.com, The Guardian and The Oxford Reporter. Born and raised in London, Asher graduated from Oxford University in 2005. In 2006, she earned an MS from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Topics: CNN • CNNMoney
February 5th, 2013
09:24 AM ET

Richard III Society: 'Feeling' led to remains; found him on day one

Richard III Society’s Philippa Langley explains to CNN’s John Berman and Brooke Baldwin how she and other researchers were able to find remains of Richard III.

Langley says, “It was a really strange story. We could tell by the street signs that we were in the right area for the Greyfriars precinct, but we didn't know if we were in the right area for the Greyfriars Church. So, I had this very strange experience where I felt I was standing on top of Richard's grave and there was an "R" marked into the tarmac. It was just a hand painted "R" for "Reserved," but when I had the feeling, I felt that I was standing on his grave right by this letter "R." So, when we then outlined the trenches, that letter "R" was in the first trench and in the very first few feet of the first trench, and we actually found him on day one.”

Topics: Brooke Baldwin • CNN • John Berman • Starting Point