February 20th, 2013
10:26 PM ET

AC360 – TIME Magazine Investigation: Bitter Pill, Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us

CNN's Drew Griffin and Time magazine investigate what's behind the high cost of medical bills in America. They find a family who was charged hundreds of thousands of dollars for items like a blanket and the paper cup that holds a patient's pills.

Topics: AC360 • Keeping Them Honest
February 20th, 2013
09:41 PM ET

AC360 Video: Exclusive interview with Reeva Steenkamp's brother "We just want to know what the truth is"

In an exclusive interview which aired tonight on Anderson Cooper 360°, Jake Tapper spoke with Reeva Steenkamp’s brother Adam. Reeva was allegedly shot by her boyfriend, Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius.

Tapper, who is filling in for Anderson, asked Adam about his sister’s life and her relationship with Pistorius. Reeva Steenkamp graduated law school and Adam said "She wanted to make a difference," he tells Tapper. "She started by making small steps in that right direction."

Adam said Reeva didn’t speak about her relationship with Pistorius and that he has never met him “apart from watching him on the Olympics last year.”
Adam Steenkamp says that he doesn’t “have any absolutely terrible, vengeful feelings. I’m not wishing for bad things on anyone else. But If I were to detach myself from the situation, which I suppose I can't do, under the circumstances, I would think it would be rather strange if someone who quite clearly did something like this were to get bail.”

Topics: AC360
February 20th, 2013
06:54 PM ET

Sen. Cruz to CNN's Dana Bash: "A lot of Americans are tired of politicians in Washington and both parties who play games."

CNN chief Congressional correspondent Dana Bash recently traveled to Texas to speak with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). Today on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, Bash reported on her Texas findings  and on her interview with the new senator. A highlight is below and a transcript from the full report will be posted on http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/sitroom.html.

VIDEO: http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/politics/2013/02/20/exp-bash-ted-cruz-tsr.cnn

CNN Political Ticker: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/02/20/video-cruz-makes waves-with-no-apologies/


Topics: CNN
February 20th, 2013
05:09 PM ET

EXCLUSIVE: Reeva Steenkamp's brother Adam on tonight's AC360 "We want to know what the truth is"

In an exclusive interview which will air tonight on Anderson Cooper 360°, Jake tapper spoke with the brother of Reeva Steenkamp, who was allegedly shot by her boyfriend Oscar Pistorius.

Tapper, who is filling in for Anderson, asked Adam Steenkamp about his sister and what the last days have been like for the family. The interview will air tonight at 8 &10pm ET on CNN.

Below is a select bite from tonight’s interview:

Jake Tapper: Adam, your family- as you work through your grief and you try to suspend any judgments, are you able to just hover in an area and not reach any conclusion or do you go back and forth between different views of what happened that horrible, horrible night?

Adam Steenkamp: I think each individual in the family has swung either way. People’s thoughts are all over the place at the moment. I mean at a time like this when people are grieving I think it’s hard to keep a clear mind on anything. And with the added pressure and the media coverage and the interest you know from the world looking into this story – it’s a rather unnatural situation, so I suppose I would agree with everyone is flipping from one side to the other. We just don’t know, you know, all that we want is we want to know what the truth is and I think that’s what everyone else would like as well. You know to be able to make something of this- to be able to deal with this and have something positive come out of this.

Please credit all usage to Anderson Cooper 360°

Topics: AC360 • Anderson Cooper
February 20th, 2013
04:15 PM ET

CNN's Ali Velshi exclusively talks with Mark Zuckerberg and Anne Wojcicki

In a live, exclusive interview, CNN's Ali Velshi sits down with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Founder of 23andMe Anne Wojcicki to discuss tech giants at Facebook and Google putting up their own money for research in the field of health-science.

Topics: CNN
Rani Raad to head all commercial activity for CNN International
Rani Raad
February 20th, 2013
12:44 PM ET

Rani Raad to head all commercial activity for CNN International

Turner International creates organisation “CNNI Commercial”


London, 20 February 2013 – Turner executive Rani Raad will become Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer, CNN International, it was announced today by Gerhard Zeiler, President of Turner Broadcasting System International, parent company of CNN International. FULL POST

PREVIEW: CNN International Programme Information Weeks 10 and 11
Crowds gather for the Al-Dhafra camel Festival in the UAE (Inside the Middle East)
February 20th, 2013
12:00 PM ET

PREVIEW: CNN International Programme Information Weeks 10 and 11

World’s Untold Stories: Adopting Africa

‘World’s Untold Stories: Adopting Africa’ follows the story of two adopted Ugandan boys

‘World’s Untold Stories: Adopting Africa’ follows the story of two adopted Ugandan boys


Monday 04 March at 0830 GMT / 0930 CET
Tuesday 05 March at 1030 GMT / 1130 CET and 1730 GMT / 1830 CET
Wednesday 06 March at 1730 GMT / 1830 CET
Friday 15 March at 1530 GMT / 1630 CET
Duration: 30 minutes

With 2.5 million orphans as defined by UNICEF, Uganda has become a prime destination for those looking to adopt children. While other adoption hotspots, like Russia and China, have clamped down on or even moved to ban foreign adoptions, for Americans Uganda has maintained relatively lax laws. This has led to a significant boom in international adoptions.

'World’s Untold Stories: Adopting Africa’ follows the fortunes of Zach and Philip, two young Ugandan boys brought to America by the Harding family. While these children may be afforded more opportunities than they would in the country of their birth, many in Uganda wonder what they might lose by being raised abroad. From the slums of Kampala to the frozen landscape of Minnesota in winter, this powerful programme examines the highs and lows of adopting from Africa.


Topics: CNN • CNN Preview
February 20th, 2013
08:35 AM ET

Piers Morgan Tonight: CT reporter on Adam Lanza emulating Norway shooter

Last night, as new theories develop following the tragic mass killing in Newtown, Conn.,"Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed a pair of journalists reporting on the Adam Lanza story.

In teaming with PBS FRONTLINE to produce the film "Raising Adam Lanza," reporters Alaine Griffin and Josh Kovner looked for answers surrounding the unspeakable events in December 2012.

Joining Piers Morgan for a live interview, tonight the pair revealed some of their findings particularly in terms of the relationship and role of his mother Nancy, and the woman known to have brought the firearms used in the shooting into the Lanza home.

"How much responsibility should she have on her shoulders," asked Morgan, allowing that she's unfortunately unable to defend or speak for herself. "Should she have done more, do you think, to get him treatment?"

Mr. Kovner responded:

"For a healthy kid, it's fine. And maybe early in his life, maybe it was okay," he said, referencing the presence of guns in Lanza's life. "As he struggled more, as he struggled to find his place in the world, as his contemporaries went on to college and went on to jobs and he ended up basically sitting home, it starts to get unhealthy perhaps. I think she should have regulated the activity a little bit more."

Topics: CNN • Piers Morgan
CNN International puts audience front and centre with 'CNN Football Club' second screen experience
CNN Football Club logo
February 20th, 2013
06:11 AM ET

CNN International puts audience front and centre with 'CNN Football Club' second screen experience

London 18th February, 2013: CNN International will debut second screen technology for its new half hour weekly football debate show, 'CNN Football Club'(www.cnn.com/footballclub), enabling online users to view and manipulate real time data and statistics on Champion's League players and teams and share comments via social media including Facebook, Twitter and blogs.

Powered by London-based start-up, Squawka (www.squawka.com), the functionality gives users the chance to take centre stage in the Champion's League match commentary by going head-to-head with each other in a debate style set-up that mirrors the format of the 'CNN Football Club' show, on air. Squawka will also power a touch screen application, enabling host Pedro Pinto and guests to use statistics to analyse football games in the studio for audiences at home. FULL POST