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We bring you 5 stories that will get you up to speed and on with your day. Updates at 6am, 9am, 12pm, 5pm and 10pm Eastern, every weekday.




5 PM ET: Tyre Nichols case, Santos under House investigation, inflation fight & more

More Memphis police officers are facing disciplinary charges in connection to the death of Tyre Nichols – we have details. We’ll also tell you about a House investigation into Republican Congressman George Santos and hear from one of his constituents. Plus, we have new developments in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake in Turkey and Syria. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh is expected to leave the Biden administration. And, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell shares his outlook on the economy in...


12 PM ET: Desperate rescue efforts, Biden's special guests, move over ChatGPT & more

Rescue efforts are growing even more desperate in Turkey and Syria - we'll bring you the latest from the ground. We'll tell you who the Bidens invited to the State of the Union tonight. The White House is in the hot seat as a House committee holds a hearing on the US-Mexico border. Alex Murdaugh’s alleged financial crimes will be brought up in his double murder trial. Plus, Google has some competition for ChatGPT. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


9 AM ET: Earthquake relief, 'wider war' warning, China’s balloon grief & more

Rescuers celebrate saving a child from the quake rubble in Turkey, but concerns grow over Syria’s plight. The UN warns of a "wider war" and diminishing peace prospects in Ukraine. China wants its balloon back. An investigation is underway after police in Louisiana shot and killed an unarmed black man. And, calls for oil companies to pay more tax grow as BP doubles its profits. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


6 AM ET: Earthquake's grim milestone, Biden's test run, Outlook's issues & more

More than 5,000 people have now been confirmed dead in Turkey and Syria after yesterday's earthquake. President Joe Biden will give his State of the Union address today - and it could be a preview of a 2024 campaign. A derailed train continues to cause problems in Ohio. Microsoft Outlook is having some serious issues this morning. Plus, a woman was taken to a funeral home... while she was still alive. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


10 PM ET: Earthquake aftermath, State of the Union preview, AMC ticket changes & more

We start with new developments in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake in Syria and Turkey. Plus, three Chinese spy balloons went undetected under the Trump administration – we’ll tell you how Pentagon officials are responding. We’re also previewing the points President Joe Biden is expected to make in his State of the Union address tomorrow. United Airlines may have to pay a hefty fine from the federal government – we’ll explain. Lastly, getting a good seat at AMC movie theaters may cost...


5 PM ET: Earthquake deaths increase, power grid plot, Bank CEO’s economic outlook & more

We start with the latest on a deadly earthquake that rocked Turkey and Syria and hear from a survivor. Plus, Ukrainian soldiers are being trained on Leopard battle tanks in the war against Russia. We’ll also update you on the steps Ohio officials are taking to prevent an explosion at a train derailment site. Then, we’ll tell you what the FBI is saying about a planned attack on Baltimore’s power grid. And, Bank of America's CEO sat down with CNN to discuss the state of the economy. To learn...


12 PM ET: Earthquake kills thousands, Disney-DeSantis feud, troubling cancer trend & more

Thousands of people have died and thousands more are injured after a powerful earthquake hit Turkey and Syria. The US is working to recover debris from the suspected Chinese spy balloon, as the political fallout continues. The Florida state legislature is meeting today to finalize its plans to shake up how Disney operates in the state. Former President Donald Trump isn’t getting support from a billionaire with deep pockets and a wide network. Plus, doctors are seeing cancer rates drop...


9 AM ET: Frantic earthquake rescue, Santos sexual harassment claim, plastic use up & more

Rescue workers are racing against the clock to reach people trapped under the rubble in Turkey and Syria after a powerful earthquake in the region. China has admitted to being responsible for another balloon. The high profile trial of pro-democracy activists starts today in Hong Kong. A prospective staffer has accused Congressman George Santos of sexual harassment. Plus, we're still making a lot of single-use plastic. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit...


6 AM ET: Earthquake kills hundreds, China's balloon complaint, Ohio hazardous train & more

Hundreds of people are dead in Turkey and Syria after a powerful earthquake hit the region this morning. We'll bring you the latest fallout from the Chinese balloon that's been shot down by the US. Emergency workers in Ohio are trying to stop a derailed train from exploding and releasing toxic chemicals into the air. More than 400 food products have been recalled because of Listeria concerns. Plus, Beyoncé wins big at the Grammys. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit...


One Thing: What Tyre Nichols Could Change About Policing

Calls for police reform have grown louder in the wake of the brutal beating that led to the death of Tyre Nichols in Memphis - especially after we learned that the first police report in the case did not match the video footage released by authorities. We examine why some are calling the quick decision to charge the officers involved a “blueprint” and look at the role specialized crime fighting units can sometimes play in these deadly encounters. Guest: Shimon Prokupecz, CNN Senior Crime...


12 PM ET: Spy balloon response, surprising jobs report, Murdaugh finances & more

China’s suspected spy balloon causes the US to postpone a major trip to Beijing. The January jobs report pleases President Joe Biden but probably confuses the Federal Reserve. A former senior Russian officer is apologizing to Ukrainians and trying to seek asylum in the US. The CFO of Alex Murdaugh’s former law firm testified she confronted him about missing funds the morning his wife and son were killed. Plus, we’ll tell you how a key meeting went on federal police reform. To learn more...


One Thing: Are Florida Students Getting the Full Story?

Earlier this month, the state of Florida announced it would block reject a proposed Advanced Placement course on African American Studies. The move follows laws passed in Florida and other Republican-led states aimed at restricting certain race-based coursework in the classroom, including so-called critical race theory. We examine how students, parents and teachers are reacting to this new era of partisan education. Guest: Leyla Santiago, CNN Correspondent To learn more about how CNN...


One Thing: On the Front Lines of the Western Water Wars

Despite recent rainstorms in California, the decades-long megadrought in the West shows no signs of easing. As a result, some states have been forced to pull back on the water they use from the Colorado River. In this episode, we hear the story of one Arizona community forced to take legal action against the city of Scottsdale after being cut off from its water supply – and why it could serve as a warning to the rest of the country as the climate crisis continues. Guest: Lucy Kafanov, CNN...


One Thing: The Biden Document Discovery (And How It Compares to Trump)

When we learned Obama-era classified documents were discovered in multiple locations used by President Joe Biden after his time as vice president, some Republicans were quick to draw comparisons to former President Donald Trump, who is also under investigation for mishandling government documents. But just how similar are the two circumstances? We break down what we know about each case, the special counsels tasked with investigating them, and the political ramifications ahead of a possible...


One Thing: Will Damar Hamlin Change How We Watch Football?

The sports world came to a standstill last Monday night after 24-year-old Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest and collapsed on the field during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals. In this week’s episode, a former NFL player weighs in on the league’s reaction and explains why he thinks this incident represents a turning point in the conversation around player safety and mental health concerns at all levels of the sport. Guest: Coy Wire, CNN Sports Anchor &...


One Thing: The Tech That Could Define 2023 (and Beyond)

The metaverse. Artificial intelligence. These technologies are here and already shaping our world in ways you may not realize. We take a closer look at how they are taking hold and tackle some commonly asked questions. See more on “Decoded”. Guest: Anna Stewart, CNN Reporter To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


One Thing: Hollywood’s ‘Last Movie Stars’ with Ethan Hawke

Earlier this year, CNN Films and HBO Max released “The Last Movie Stars”, a documentary detailing the love story and careers of legendary Hollywood icons Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. Its director, Ethan Hawke, stops by to talk about the film, how streaming has changed Hollywood, and what to watch if you have some downtime this holiday season. “The Last Movie Stars” is now streaming on HBO Max. Guest: Ethan Hawke, director of “The Last Movie Stars” To learn more about how CNN protects...


One Thing: Inside the Fall of a ‘Crypto King’

Sam Bankman-Fried promised to revolutionize the cryptocurrency industry through his exchange, FTX. Last week, he was arrested and charged with fraud, capping a month-long saga which saw the collapse of FTX along with his personal wealth. We examine how customers' money was allegedly stolen and what it all could mean for the future of the industry. Guest: Allison Morrow, CNN Business Senior Editor To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


One Thing: Just How Vulnerable is America’s Power Grid?

Thousands of central North Carolina residents spent much of last week in the dark following an attack on two electric substations. It follows years of warnings from the federal government that the power grid was an attractive target for extremists. We examine how this attack upended daily life and look at what can be done to protect the grid going forward. Guest: Whitney Wild, CNN Law Enforcement Correspondent To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


One Thing: Zero Patience for Zero-Covid in China

China has signaled it may adjust some aspects of its strict zero-Covid policy following a massive show of defiance in cities across the country, with some openly calling for the removal of Chinese leader Xi Jinping. We examine the financial and psychological ramifications of the restrictions and look at whether the protests could force more change. Guest: Selina Wang, CNN International Correspondent To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit