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national lead

July 30th, 2013
06:35 PM ET

Edward Snowden's dad speaks out on Manning case

(CNN) – Guilty findings against Bradley Manning over the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history do not bode well for Edward Snowden, who admittedly divulged top secret NSA surveillance information to the media, Snowden’s father says.

If Snowden heard about the judge’s verdict at Manning’s court martial on Tuesday it was probably in Russian and on a TV at the Moscow airport, where the former contractor has been in limbo for more than a month since fleeing Hong Kong.

Manning pleaded guilty to 10 of the 22 charges he faced and was convicted on most of the others following trial. He was acquitted of the most serious count – aiding the enemy – but still faces the possibility of substantial jail time.

Lon Snowden said he does not believe his son "could get a fair trial in the U.S., absolutely not."

He was also quick to underline the differences between his son's case and Manning's.

"My son has exercised discretion in the information that he has shared," said Snowden, echoing what his son has said in the past.
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Crowd-sourced documentary tells Springsteen's fans' stories

pop lead

July 30th, 2013
06:18 PM ET

Crowd-sourced documentary tells Springsteen's fans' stories

Born in the U.S.A., and raised in the arms of his fans for more than four decades Bruce Springsteen is not just beloved, he's "the boss."

But make no mistake, legions of fans, young and old, corporate and blue collar, are the heart of the Springsteen empire, and this month, that empire expands to film.
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national lead

July 30th, 2013
06:17 PM ET

Arkansas district arms teachers, faculty members with guns

Call it "take your gun to school day" for 20 teachers and faculty members in Clarksville, Arkansas.

Ever since the horrific mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut last December, the Arkansas school district has been training staff to react in live action scenarios with student actors, in case a similar nightmare were to unfold in their schools.

Beginning this school year, teachers and school staff will start carrying concealed weapons through the hallways, to function as their own security guards.

And it's all legal – under a little-known state law that allows licensed, armed security guards on campus.

"We made sure they had really good training for this," said David Hopkins, superintendent for Clarksville schools, adding that the teachers and faculty members received 53 training hours through an outfit in northwest Arkansas.
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world lead

July 30th, 2013
04:49 PM ET

Virginia's McDonnell giving it all back

(CNN) – Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is giving back every tangible gift he received from a wealthy executive at the heart of a federal investigation, he said Tuesday.

McDonnell has already returned the $120,000 in loans he has personally received from the owner of a dietary supplement company, Jonnie Williams Sr. Now, McDonnell will be returning everything else, including a Rolex watch he received from Williams, McDonnell said in his monthly radio interview on WTOP radio.

Everything "from this particular donor," will be going back, McDonnell said. That includes a repayment for loans made not just to the governor but also to his family. The money will come from personal assets and that of his family, he said.

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national lead

July 29th, 2013
08:11 PM ET

Human trafficking survivor: Go after the johns

It is a shocking underworld, one that Americans usually associate with far away places, but a recent FBI sting reveals the terrifying reality that human trafficking is a real, and widespread problen in the U.S.

A raid in 70 cities led to the arrest of 70 pimps, and the rescue of 105 teenagers, some as young as 13 years old.

Asia Graves is a survivor of human trafficking, and nows work with young victims. She said the arrests will not curb the rate of exploitation, unless law enforcement starts targeting the demand side.

"It's making a dent, but you have to go after the 'johns' who are buying the sex," said Graves.
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