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April 12th, 2013
09:52 AM ET

MUST-SEE VIDEO: Pilot lands small plane without landing gear

Local news chopper video caught a small plane coming in for a landing after the landing gear jammed.

Filed under: Air travel • Must-see video • Safety
January 16th, 2013
11:32 AM ET

Girl abducted from school by unidentified woman – KlaasKids Foundation's Mark Klaas shares safety tips for parents and educators


Philadelphia (CNN) - A 5-year-old girl abducted Monday from a West Philadelphia elementary school was found early Tuesday barely dressed and crying under a slide at a playground, police said.

A pedestrian walking by the park around 4:40 a.m. heard the child crying.

"When I got closer, it sounded clear: 'Help, help,'" the Good Samaritan, Nelson Myers, said at a news conference Tuesday.

"When I saw her under the slide I was shocked," he said. "She was there by herself and only had a shirt on."

"Five-year-olds don't escape. Someone put her at that playground," said Capt. John Darby, commanding officer of Special Victims.
The girl told Myers she "was stolen," Darby said.

The girl was taken by an unidentified woman wearing Muslim-style head garb with her face covered, authorities said.

This morning on "Starting Point," KlaasKids Foundation's Mark Klaas weighs in on proper visitor procedures after a 5-year-old girl was abducted from her school and shares tips for parents talking to their children.

Read more: Police: Girl abducted from school by woman with face covered by head garb

Filed under: Safety
November 9th, 2012
11:00 AM ET

VIDEO: Is recreational marijuana use safe? Sanjay Gupta explains

CNN's Sanjay Gupta addresses safety concerns for recreational marijuana use after Colorado residents voted to approve it.

Filed under: Marijuana • Safety
August 24th, 2012
10:56 AM ET

Will Navy Seal tell-all book 'No Easy Day' on Bin Laden raid put him at risk? Gen. Marks on the intricacies of classified information

The Navy Seal behind the much-anticipated firsthand account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden has been unmasked this morning. Several news outlets are posting his name. Here at CNN we'll honor the request from the Pentagon to not name him.

Officials say the book, called "No Easy Day," could have some dangerous repercussions. The publisher says it provides a blow-by-blow on the bin Laden compound raid in 2011.

Gen. James "Spider" Marks explains to Soledad O'Brien on "Starting Point" this morning that the unnamed Seal is putting himself at risk for retribution.

"There may be elements that would want to try to exact some type of retribution, personal lip against him. He's a private citizen now and that puts him at greater risk. By association, you then have his buddies and those still in harm's way that may be put at risk as well," Marks says.

Marks also addresses why the Seal would decide to unveil so much sensitive information.

"It's contradictory to the military and the Seals are at the top wrung. All military personnel are entrusted information. They receive the security clearances and in the specific case of the Seals, they probably signed a nondisclosure agreement that said you will not only be after your service to the nation, you still have an obligation to hold on to that information. I as a former intelligence officer, I still have information that's embedded in my cranium that is never going to be released because its classified and I would have no reason to believe that it has been declassified. So it clearly is against the ethos and there is a legal ramification and that will be worked out through a number of investigations. There are really three stake holders. This was a CIA operation, with a Navy unit but under the fielding of SOCOM. So there are going to be a number of investigations."

Filed under: Navy Seal • Osama Bin Laden • Safety
June 15th, 2012
12:35 PM ET

Rep. Kinzinger says F-22 flight vests best item to investigate in pilot dizziness probe

This morning, there are new concerns about planes that are making air force pilots sick. The problem could be worse than originally thought.

The Air Force is now confirming that F-22 pilots are 10 times more likely to get sick in the air than pilots of any other planes. Pilots have said they've become dizzy, confused, and nauseated in the cockpit. The symptoms that seem to resemble oxygen deprivation or hypoxia.

Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) released this new information from the Air Force. He's also a military pilot, serving as a major in the air National Guard. He talks with Soledad on "Starting Point" on the latest in the investigation.

Filed under: F-22 • Safety
May 17th, 2012
11:59 AM ET

'Miracle on the Hudson' Capt. Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger on the importance of leadership and his new book 'Making a Difference'

Who could forget the miracle on the Hudson? Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger successfully piloted a landing in the Hudson River in January 2009 and all 155 people onboard walked away unhurt.

Now he's out with a new book, the second book since the 2009 landing. It's called "Making a Difference," and it focuses on stories of inspiration and leadership.

Captain 'Sully' talks with Brooke Baldwin today on "Starting Point" and explains the importance of good leadership. He also addresses the mystery in the sky in Denver when a pilot said he saw what he thought was a large remote controlled aircraft fly by his plane.

Filed under: Leadership • Safety
May 16th, 2012
10:45 AM ET

Rep. Kinzinger: A 'bigger task force' needs to be assigned to investigate F-22 safety

In light of recent reports of pilots getting sick while flying the Air Force's premiere fighter jet, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta mandated yesterday that all F-22 flights "remain within the proximity of potential landing locations" to ensure the ability to recover and land should a pilot run into "unanticipated physiological conditions."

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who has been fighting for action to be taken to address the issue, calls Secretary Panetta's decision a "good first step" on Starting Point this morning.

Although Kinzinger notes that he believes that the full resources of the Air Force are being used to address the safety problems, he says that he thinks a "much bigger task force" needs to be assigned to the investigation.

"I think what’s disturbing about this is that with all of the intensity people have put into finding [the issue], we haven’t been able to pinpoint the problem yet,” Rep. Kinzinger says.

Filed under: Military • Safety
May 8th, 2012
01:17 PM ET

Rep. Kinzinger on giving whistleblower protection to pilots who question safety of F-22 planes

The Air Force is fighting back this morning against pilots who say the F-22 "next generation jet" is making them sick, and putting them at risk for serious accidents. The Air Force says it will keep using the jets.

It's the Air Force's most sophisticated and expensive aircraft, at $400 million each. But two captains say they and others have become too disoriented to fly them.

The commander of Air Combat Command, General Mike Hostage says "Right now, we believe that risk, although it's not as low as we would like it, is low enough to safely operate the airplane at the current tempo."

Congressman Adam Kinzinger is giving those pilots who speak up whistleblower protection under the Military Whistleblower Protection Act. He explains why to Soledad this morning.

Filed under: Military • Safety • Whistleblower
May 7th, 2012
11:25 AM ET

Stamford fire inspires kids to create 'Safety Guard'in' – a home safety business plan

It was a stunning tragedy. Two grandparents and their three granddaughters die in a Christmas Day fire in Stamford, Connecticut. The home was under construction at the time and the smoke detectors weren't connected.

That event inspired four school children from another Connecticut town to create a business proposal they call the "Safety Guard'in" – a home inspection and online fire safety network which they entered into a contest for young entrepreneurs, sponsored by Warren Buffett.

These kid creators are now finalists in Buffet's "Grow Your Own Business Challenge", and are set to pitch their idea directly to the Oracle of Omaha two weeks from today.

Joining Soledad this morning is 11-year-olds Amanda Carter and Michael Wipf, Michael's 8-year-old sister Diana, Amanda's 7-year-old sister Lilly, and Amanda and Lilly's dad Kevin. They explain how they came up with the idea and the anticipation of presenting their business to Buffett.

Filed under: Safety
May 1st, 2012
12:31 PM ET

Widow to reclaim exotic pets in Ohio – Columbia Zoo's Tom Stalf explains

Columbia Zoo's Tom Stalf on the return of exotic animals to their owner's widow after a bizarre escape last year.

Filed under: Animals • Safety