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national lead

November 7th, 2013
06:52 PM ET

Heartbreaking story behind CMA's Song of the Year, 'I Drive Your Truck'

(CNN) - The Country Music Association Awards' Song of the Year has a simple name – "I Drive Your Truck." But it's the deep emotion, the inconceivable feeling of loss behind the song that helped earn it the honor.

"Thank you so much Jared, for what you did for this country," songwriter Jimmy Yeary said in his CMA acceptance speech.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Jared Monti was killed in Afghanistan while trying to save a fellow soldier. The song is about the absence of Jared, the deep longing for him felt by his father, Paul.

"Very humble kid, very hard working kid, extremely adventurous kid. There was no hill too high, no tree too tall for Jared," Monti told CNN.

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buried lead

November 7th, 2013
06:45 PM ET

The nuclear waste next door

It's really a mind-boggling thing, being able to split the smallest building block of the universe to unleash the greatest power known to man.

Over the past several decades nuclear power has posed the greatest threat to human life, and also provided a commercially viable, clean source of energy for millions.

Clean, if you don't count the lethal toxic waste that will be around for years and years.

CNN's Drew Griffin reports.

CNN explores the risks and rewards of nuclear power in a new film which airs Thursday at 9 p.m. ET, called "Pandora's Promise."

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money lead

November 7th, 2013
06:42 PM ET

Behind-the-scenes drama at Twitter

Twitter is only seven years old, founded in 2006. But there has already been enough behind-the-scenes backstabbing at the company, particularly with its founders, to fill an entire season of "Days of Our Lives."

Twitter made its New York Stock Exchange debut Thursday, its closing price was $44.90 a share, well above its initial public offering at $26.

The company's founders "are going to be worth hundreds of millions, or a billion dollars," said New York Times columnist Nick Bilton, author of "Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal."

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world lead

November 7th, 2013
06:18 PM ET

Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of strongest storms ever, hits central Philippines

(CNN) - Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever observed, made landfall Friday morning in the Philippines, the country's weather service reported.

Thousands of people in vulnerable areas of the central Philippines were evacuated as the monster storm spun toward the country.

With sustained winds of 315 kph (195 mph) and gusts as strong as 380 kph (235 mph), Haiyan churned across the Western Pacific into the Philippines.


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politics lead

November 7th, 2013
06:14 PM ET

Roundtable: Is Time magazine's Chris Christie cover fat shaming?

Some would call Time magazine's new cover featuring freshly re-elected New Jersey Governor Chris Christie a heavy-handed pun, others – a fat-shaming cheap shot. But no one would call it subtle.

Time is owned by CNN's parent company.

The new cover features Christie, along with the headline: "The Elephant in the Room."

This comes at a time when there are concerted efforts to teach people, kids especially, to refrain from bullying, and not make fun of how people look.

"Look, figuratively speaking it's very true. The 2016 race that's going to form around Christie, he's the elephant in the room, in the race," said Michael Crowley, deputy Washington bureau chief of Time magazine, who did not write the headline.

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