The CNNMoney investigation team that brought you into the Secret World of Government Debt Collection is back with a new expose inside the Better Business Bureau.
CNNMoney’s Melanie Hicken and Blake Ellis found more than 100 businesses that had ratings of A- or higher despite having serious actions taken against them by government regulators in the past year. Some have been ruled flat-out scams and were shut down. Some have already been required to pay multimillion dollar penalties. And others have recently been rocked by big government lawsuits.
Among some of the BBB’s most highly-rated companies: A mortgage broker charged by federal regulators with discriminating against minority borrowers. A financial firm accused in an ongoing federal lawsuit of preying on seniors. A medical testing company that settled charges of paying kickbacks to doctors. A vitamin maker that allegedly misled parents with claims that its supplements could treat symptoms of autism. And that’s just to name a few.
CNN Films and Dinosaur 13 won the Emmy for Outstanding Science and Technology Programming at the 36th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards held in New York last night. In addition, CNN founder Ted Turner was honored with the News and Documentary Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement at this evening’s ceremonies.
Dinosaur 13 is a documentary that follows the odyssey of paleontologist Peter Larson and his team from South Dakota’s Black Hills Institute of Geological Research after their history-making find: the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever found. The dinosaur skeleton quickly became known to the world as ‘Sue,’ named after amateur paleontologist, Susan Hendrickson, who located the first fossil fragments late in the summer of 1990.
The film, which premiered on December 11, 2014, on CNN, tells the tale of this truly amazing scientific discovery and the strange and twisted aftermath concerning the legal custody of Sue and the fate of the team that unearthed her.
Vice President Joe Biden will be invited to participate in the first Democratic presidential primary debate if he declares his intention to seek his party's nomination as late as the day of the debate, eligibility criteria released Monday by CNN shows.
So far, Lincoln Chafee, Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley, Bernie Sanders, and Jim Webb have been invited to the first Democratic National Committee-sanctioned debate on Oct. 13 at the Wynn Las Vegas.
To read more about the upcoming Democratic presidential primary debate, view the full story here.
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The following transcript is of an interview by Fareed Zakaria with former President Bill Clinton. They discussed the current presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton’s run for president, Donald Trump and the GOP brand, the civil war in Syria, good news on the United Nations’ development goals and Clinton Global Initiative accomplishments, the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran, and Russia’s interventions in Ukraine.
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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton will appear on the Sunday, Sept. 27 edition of FAREED ZAKARIA GPS in a taped interview covering topics including the current presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton’s run for president, Donald Trump and the GOP brand, the civil war in Syria, good news on the United Nations’ development goals and Clinton Global Initiative accomplishments, the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran, and Russia’s interventions in Ukraine.
The interview will air on FAREED ZAKARIA GPS on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, at 10:00am and 1:00pm, and on CNN/U.S. and at 7:00am and 3:00pm on CNN International. All times Eastern.