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May 27th, 2014
05:25 PM ET

Why would soldiers 'miss' war? New documentary explores life after war for veterans

(CNN) – "What is fear like?" "What does the word courage mean to you?" "Why do you miss war?"

Those are questions filmmaker Sebastian Junger asks veterans in the new documentary "Korengal," a follow-up to the Academy Award-nominated documentary "Restrepo."

"A lot of them missed the war once they got back," Junger tells CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

"It's the hardest, most violent terrible thing they've ever experienced. They lose their friends. They almost lose their lives. But they miss it," says Junger.
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May 14th, 2014
01:02 PM ET

Rise of the 'killer robots'?

(CNN) – "The Jetsons" gave us the dream of a robot designed to help.

"The Terminator" gave us the nightmare of a machine designed to kill.

The future is apparently here.

Machines that are able to select and engage targets without a human being at the controls now exist in real life, not just in IMAX 3D.

This week, the United Nations is holding its first ever convention on "lethal autonomous weapons systems," or killer robots.

"We're living in an incredibly important moment when it comes to the history of weapons and war," said Peter Singer of The Brookings Institution. "Now we're having to compare weapons by their intelligence, they're autonomy. That's something new that we haven't measured before."
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May 13th, 2014
06:35 PM ET

Letters reveal private thoughts of young Jackie Kennedy

Washington (CNN) - She wrote of being in love, falling out of love, fearing a marriage to a skirt-chaser and then loving that marriage, and believing in God to hold on to the hope of reuniting with her assassinated husband.

Letters that a young Jacqueline Bouvier, and later a married Jackie Kennedy, wrote to a Catholic priest in Ireland offer a rare and revealing glimpse of the private thoughts of one of America's most admired first ladies.

An icon of style and elegance, she came to symbolize an administration nicknamed Camelot that ended with the violent death of President John F. Kennedy in November 1963.

Over a period from when she first met the Rev. Joseph Leonard on a trip to Ireland in 1950 until he died in 1964, she wrote him more than two dozen letters.

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May 8th, 2014
06:01 PM ET

Pomp and protest: Controversial commencement speakers

(CNN) – If there's one thing you want at your college graduation, besides getting across the stage without tripping on your gown, it's a commencement speaker who can impart some inspiring words before you walk into the buzz-saw of the job market.

But increasingly, it seems the free thought promoted at many higher learning institutions, doesn't extend to the person at the podium.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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May 7th, 2014
06:11 PM ET

Cleveland hero: I talk to the girls through prayer

(CNN) – Charles Ramsey became an unlikely national hero last year, when he helped rescue three girls – Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight, and Gina DeJesus – that were missing for more than ten years.

Ramsey is out with a new book, "Dead Giveaway," detailing how that day changed him.

When a detective told him who he had just rescued, "my heart just dropped," says Ramsey.

Everyone in Cleveland knew about Berry and DeJesus (Knight's family did not report her as missing), says Ramsey. As the neighbor to captor Ariel Castro's house of horrors, Ramsey was shocked the women were nearby all along, hidden in plain sight. He says he lives with the guilt of not recognizing something was amiss sooner.
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