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June 18th, 2014
06:22 PM ET

Julian Assange on 2 years in exile, and new documents to be released by Wikileaks

(CNN) – For two years now, Julian Assange, editor of the secret-sharing site Wikileaks, has been trapped in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, after the Latin American country granted him political asylum.

Assange is wanted for questioning in Sweden on allegations he sexually assaulted two women in Stockholm. There are no actual charges against him there, but his lawyers think that the minute he steps into Sweden, he could potentially be extradited to the United States.

Now, his lawyers says they have new information that could ultimately allow him to walk out of the embassy, without handcuffs.
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June 12th, 2014
05:56 PM ET

Ride along with border control: Witnessing a wave of unaccompanied kids flood into U.S.

(CNN) – The U.S. and Texas have spent decades and billions defending the border to keep out drug cartels, bad guys, and people without permission.

But despite all that, they now seem powerless to stop the most recent illegal tide: children.

CNN's Martin Savidge reports.

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June 6th, 2014
05:36 PM ET

The VA's war on whistleblowers?

(CNN) – How did the Department of Veterans Affairs manage to keep a lid on its scandal involving outrageous wait times at its hospitals, until CNN blew that lid off in April?

Through a campaign by management of intimidation and fear, according to VA employees from all across the country, who have spoken to CNN.
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June 3rd, 2014
05:46 PM ET

More than 8,000 unruly fliers reported to airlines each year

(CNN) – Airline passengers behaving badly is a significant problem, and now one industry group is saying enough is enough, laying out the steps it thinks are necessary to tackle the problem.

CNN's René Marsh reports.

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May 28th, 2014
06:17 PM ET

NYC mayor may reverse 15-year ferret ban

(CNN) – It's the city that never sleeps. It's also the city that'll eat you alive if you sleep on it.

With the long list of problems affecting New York City right now – education, the growing gap between Wall Street and the hungry, traffic that will make you bite your steering wheel – nothing has divided the city more, and demanded the attention of city hall less, than the decades long fight over the right to own a ferret.

CNN's Jason Carroll reports.

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