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Wildfires burn through Colorado causing thousands to evacuate, and protests in Turkey are in 13th day. Tune in at 7am ET.
March 29th, 2013
11:23 AM ET

New sci-fi thriller 'The Host' from 'Twilight' saga author hits theaters – Actors Max Irons and Jake Abel on making the film

If you like the blockbuster "Twilight" series, then you may love "The Host." It's based on a novel by the same author, Stephenie Meyer. "The Host" is about humans who are invaded by an alien race seeking to occupy their bodies.

Actors Max Irons and Jake Abel talk with Soledad O'Brien on "Starting Point" about their new sci-fi thriller and being part of a Meyer project.

Filed under: A little fun • Entertainment
March 29th, 2013
11:17 AM ET

Parents surprised by skill of two-year-old pillow pet bandit

Here's a question: What would you do for a unicorn pillow pet?

How about breaking and entering?

Kyle Moser, a two-year-old 'bedtime bandit' as his parents labeled him in this YouTube video, was caught using a nail clipper to pick the lock of his sister's bedroom door to get at that highly coveted pillow pet.

When his sister's toys went missing, she always pointed at Kyle. Their parents set up the sting operation in the hopes of catching him in the act...and they struck web video gold.

This morning on "Starting Point," Kyle's parents Joann and Mike Moser, tell Soledad about catching their little bandit in the act.

Filed under: A little fun • Viral video
March 29th, 2013
11:10 AM ET

VIDEO: 'Dear World' photo project profiles superstorm Sandy survivors in Breezy Point

Dear World's Robert Fogarty & FDNY volunteer Sebastian Danese on a photo project profiling hurricane Sandy survivors.

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Filed under: Superstorm Sandy
March 29th, 2013
11:07 AM ET

President Obama, Newtown families reiterate call to action on stricter gun control

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama tried to shame the nation and Congress into action against gun violence Thursday, saying it is time to pass new laws after the tears and grief of tragedies like the Newtown massacre in December that killed 20 first-graders.

"We need everybody to remember how we felt 100 days ago and make sure that what we said at that time wasn't just a bunch of platitudes, that we meant it," Obama said at a White House event on a national day of action by supporters of tougher gun laws.

Victoria Soto was among the teachers who lost their lives in the Sandy Hook massacre. Her younger sister Jillian appeared in a new ad from Mayors Against Illegal Guns. She talks with Soledad on "Starting Point" this morning about the push for stricter gun control laws.

Filed under: Gun control • Newtown
March 29th, 2013
10:25 AM ET

Investigators to fly stereo photography to secure measurements of of Washington landslide

(CNN) - A massive landslide in Washington has destroyed one home and threatens more than a dozen others, an official and CNN affiliates in the Seattle area reported.

This morning on "Starting Point," Washington State's chief hazards geologist Tim Walsh reports on the latest into what caused a massive landslide, and what methods they're using to measure the area.

Filed under: Uncategorized
March 29th, 2013
09:14 AM ET

VIDEO: Soledad O'Brien signs off for the last time on 'Starting Point'

"Starting Point" host Soledad O'Brien reflects on her tenure on the show and reveals her future plans.

Filed under: Goodbye
March 29th, 2013
08:56 AM ET

VIDEO: Should New Hampshire school ban dodgeball to prevent bullying? The Starting Point team weighs in

The "Starting Point" team discusses a move by a New Hampshire school to ban dodgeball and other "human target" games.

Filed under: Uncategorized
March 29th, 2013
08:54 AM ET

Official: Dental practice didn't follow universal protocols, unlicensed personnel administered anesthesia


(CNN) - About 7,000 patients of a Tulsa, Oklahoma, dental practice were being notified they could have been exposed to HIV and hepatitis over the past six years, health authorities said Thursday.

Dentist W. Scott Harrington voluntarily stopped practicing when the joint investigation by the Tulsa Health Department and the Oklahoma State Department of Health began, the Tulsa agency said in a statement. "The dentist is cooperating with investigators through his attorney," the department said.

Patients who have seen Harrington since 2007 will be notified by letter. It is recommended they be tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV, the health department said. Harrington worked in the Tulsa suburb of Owasso.

On "Starting Point" this morning, Oklahoma Board of Dentistry executive director Susan Rogers on the reaction to a health scare at a dental practice and steps investigators are taking in the case.

READ MORE: 7,000 warned of potential HIV, hepatitis exposure

Filed under: Hepatitis • HIV
March 29th, 2013
06:05 AM ET

WEB EXTRA: Is 'The Fast Diet' just a new fad or a smart weight loss method? Author Dr. Michael Mosley explains

A new diet book is climbing to the top of the New York Times best-seller list.

"The Fast Diet," also known as the "5-2" diet, allows 'normal' eating for five days out of the week, then fasting for two non-consecutive days a week.

The author of the book is UK medical journalist Dr. Michael Mosley, who discovered the diet while working on a TV science show as a human guinea pig.

The health, diet and exercise-focused science series comes to PBS's "Exploration Wednesdays," premiering April 3rd at 10pm Eastern.

See more from Soledad O'Brien's interview with Dr. Michael Mosley, where he explains the method and science behind "The Fast Diet" in the video above.

Filed under: Weight loss
March 28th, 2013
11:37 AM ET

Chicago Public Schools CEO: Students have been 'trapped in under-utilized and under-resourced schools'

As hundreds of teachers took to Chicago’s streets Wednesday to protest the closure of 54 public schools, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public School CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett refused to negotiate. The consolidation of many of the city’s schools is necessary, they argue, as classrooms are half-empty and CPS faces a $1 billion budget deficit.

Byrd-Bennett joins “Starting Point” on Thursday to discuss the city’s efforts to consolidate schools and to improve education for Chicago’s students.

“Our guarantee is that no child will go to a school that is lesser performing than the school that they’re in,” Byrd-Bennett explains, adding that for many years students have been “trapped in under-utilized and under-resourced schools.”

The consolidation plan has come under fire for potentially endangering students that will have to travel farther to attend their new schools. The Chicago Teachers Union warns that closing schools in certain neighborhoods may expose students to gang violence.

“No child will travel more than two blocks in an average than from where they currently live and we are working very, very directly with the Chicago police department, our faith-based organizations, and our neighborhood-organizations to ensure that there’s safe passage for our children on the routes to and from school,” Byrd-Bennett says on “Starting Point.”

Filed under: Teachers • Uncategorized
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