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August 21st, 2011
04:03 AM ET

Iran Sentences U.S. Hikers

The two U.S. hikers detained for two years in Iran on spying charges have been sentenced to eight years in prison, Iran's state-run TV reported Saturday. They have 20 days to appeal their sentence, which was handed down by the Revolutionary Court, IRINN reported.

We'll have the latest on this developing story on CNN Sunday Morning with Alina Cho is sitting in for T.J. Holmes.

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August 20th, 2011
06:23 AM ET

Building the Dream: The MLK Memorial

Next Sunday, August 28, the dedication ceremony will take place for the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington.
Today in the Newsroom, I'll be taking you on a virtual tour and giving you an interactive look at the sculpture of the civil rights leader.
To check these out yourself, go to the official website, or click here for a panoramic view you can control.
Interested in taking part in the dedication week? Here's the official website about the scheduled events.
Also be sure to visit our section at CNN.com devoted to stories about Dr. King.
What are your thoughts on the new memorial? What does it mean to you? Send us an iReport or join our discussions at Facebook or Twitter.
And be sure to tune in for our special coverage of the dedication next weekend on CNN Sunday Morning.


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August 19th, 2011
07:07 PM ET

"West Memphis Three" out but not exonerated

The "West Memphis Three" were released today after serving 18 years in prison. Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley Junior, and Jason Baldwin were convicted of brutally killing three young boy scouts, during a satanic ritual in the woods but today the court released them after some legal maneuvering in which the three agreed to plead guilty and then got credit for time served. They were released, but not exonerated. Brooke Baldwin chats with director Joe Berlinjer and producer Bruce Sinofsky, from the award-winning HBO documentary series "Paradise Lost". They've been following the case since 1993.

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August 19th, 2011
06:18 PM ET

What to do about Syria

Right about the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was calling for the departure of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a man described as a Syrian activist witnessed a shooting in Syria's capital, Damascus. He tells CNN it was carried out by Syrian security forces and he does not know if anyone was wounded. The violence continues each day. So what would happen if al-Assad were to step down? State Department Deputy Spokesperson, Mark Toner paints the picture for our Brooke Baldwin.

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August 19th, 2011
10:15 AM ET

Can teaching more history now prevent repeating the past?

 By Dave Schechter

CNN Senior National Editor

Not long after moving to Atlanta nearly 24 years ago, my mother came to visit. I drove her out to Stone Mountain to see its enormous bas relief of three heroes of the Confederate States of America: Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis. We rode the train that winds around the enormous, 825-foot-tall rock and listened to a recording about its history. At some point my mother, an Iowa native whose graduate degree in history is from an Ivy League university, asked me, in a conversational voice, “Don’t these people know they lost that war?” I shushed my mother and whispered, “No they don’t!”

Growing up north of Chicago,  in Illinois, in the “Land of Lincoln,” my teachers referred to that conflict as the Civil War. Living in the South, I’ve heard it referred to more than once as “the war against Northern aggression.” And what I was taught was a war primarily fought over the issue of slavery is viewed by some Southerners as having had more to do with economics and states rights, animosities still playing out today. FULL POST

August 18th, 2011
09:42 PM ET

9 year-old said 'I love you' to mom before succumbing to deadly amoeba

Brooke is joined by heartbroken mother Amber Strickland, whose son recently died of meningitis on August 5th. Health officials have recently confirmed that a deadly amoeba, already blamed for the death of another teenager earlier this month, was the cause of his illness.


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August 17th, 2011
03:58 PM ET

9/11 First Responders Snubbed for 10th Anniversary

9/11 first responders, who risked their lives to save others, are not being invited to New York's 10th anniversary memorial service due to space restraints.  Brooke spoke to retired NYPD officer James Ryder, who is extremely angry that first responders are being "betrayed."   He says Mayor Bloomberg could figure out how to get elected three times, but can't figure out how to find first responders a seat?

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August 16th, 2011
05:07 PM ET

"If you want a safe secure society than move to a place like Russia or China"

Free Speech VS. Safety.    First Amendment Attorney Lawrence Walters  answers the burning question:  Is San Francisco's Bay Area Rapid Transit System (BART)  within its rights to shut off cell service?   Or are they overreaching?

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August 16th, 2011
04:36 PM ET

Behind The Scenes of President Obama's Bus Tour

Ever wonder about everything that goes into covering the President?   CNN's White House Coorespondent  Brianna Keilar takes us behind the scenes of President Obama's midwest bus tour.

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August 16th, 2011
04:04 PM ET

Missouri Neighbors Shocked By Girl's Murder

The FBI and local authorities  in a small Missouri town are looking for the body of Breeann Rodriguez.    The town is in shock, trying to understand how and why one among them would allegedly murder a toddler.    43-year-old Shawn Morgan has been charged with 1st degree murder, but has not entered a plea.   Brooke gets some answers from Sheriff Bob Holder in Kennett, Missouri – who has been out searching for Breeann's body.

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