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money lead

December 5th, 2014
06:37 PM ET

Gas drops below $2 a gallon in some states

(CNN) – Could you soon be paying less than $2 per gallon for gas?

Right now the national average is $2.71 a gallon, down a quarter in the last month, and some drivers are already cashing in the $2 deal.

CNN's Cristina Alesci reports.

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pop lead

December 5th, 2014
06:27 PM ET

Why is Mark Wahlberg petitioning for a pardon?

(CNN) – Before he just played one in the movies, Mark Wahlberg was a criminal in real life. In 1988, when he was 16 years old, he assaulted two men while high on drugs and alcohol.

He beat one so badly, the victim was left blinded in one eye, according to ABC News.

The sentencing memorandum notes Wahlberg also made racial slurs during and after the attack. After pleading guilty, Wahlberg served 45 days for the crime.

Now 43 and a father of four, the successful rapper-turned-actor-turned-media mogul says he is a different man, and is asking for an official pardon for his past crime.
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national lead

December 5th, 2014
06:16 PM ET

Rolling Stone backs off UVA rape story

(CNN)Rolling Stone magazine is apologizing for its jaw-dropping report about campus rape at the University of Virginia, a report that prompted the school's president to temporarily suspend all fraternity activity, and triggered police investigations.

The story profiled a student, Jackie, who detailed a horrific account of being gang raped at a UVA frat house.

Media critics questioned the story, and just hours ago the magazine released a statement saying: "... In the face of new information, there now appear to be discrepancies in Jackie's account, and we have come to the conclusion that our trust in her was misplaced."
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national lead

December 5th, 2014
06:06 PM ET

Did EMT workers do enough to save Garner?

(CNN) – Many have seen the video showing New York police Officer Daniel Pantaleo use a chokehold on Eric Garner to wrestle him to the ground, as Garner says repeatedly: "I can't breathe."

Now, there is growing criticism over a second video that shows not only police officers, but EMT officers failing to respond quickly after Garner loses consciousness.

"They are supposed to be administering some level of care. Even unions that represent the EMS workers were saying the same thing, there should have been some level of service being administered to him at that time," said New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.
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national lead

December 5th, 2014
05:43 PM ET

Underway: New round of protests over police use of force

Witnessing protests in your city? Share your photos with CNN iReport.

They're preparing the signs. Lining up the locations. Getting ready to shut down traffic once again.

Protests in the growing movement against police brutality are on tap in dozens of communities across the nation on Friday, with more planned over the weekend.

The third day of demonstrations appeared to begin with two small protests that sprang up in Chicago.

On Thursday, marchers in Dallas, Boston, Chicago and Manhattan screamed for justice for Eric Garner and others killed, protesters say, without cause by police.

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