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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.
- A military operation to free a group of Westerners being held captive in a remote gas field in Algeria, is over. Algeria's official news agency reports the country's military was able to free a "large number" of hostages but that there are causalities. The man thought to be behind the attack is named Moktar Belmoktar. CNN Executive Editor Tim Lister says the veteran jihadist is also renowned for hostage-taking and smuggling:
"The French have been after him for quite a long time because he's kidnapped quite a few French citizens, some of whom have been killed and some of whom have been ransomed for a lot of money. He rarely accepts less than seven figures "
- Manti Te'o's story garnered tons of sympathy and admiration. An All-American linebacker from Notre Dame and runner-up to the Heisman Trophy. He lost both his girlfriend - whom he called the love of his life - and his grandmother, on the same day last September. Te'o forged ahead with his standout performance on the field to lead his team to college football's national championship game. But it was just revealed it was all a hoax – that his girlfriend actually did not exist. And many wonder if Te'o might have been in on it. Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation, says the multitude of questions might now affect Te'o's draft status for the NFL :
"That will hang over him, even if he ferociously sticks and Notre Dame ferociously sticks to the story that he was the victim of a three-year hoax. "
- The Las Vegas gun show is the largest in the world with more than 60,000 buyers and sellers of guns and accessories expected to attend this week. While the event is not open to the public, CNN's Jim Roope traveled there, where he came away a little surprised by some of the sentiments expressed by the gun owners who talked to him. Gun owners like John Chlure :
"If I have a firearm, why should I let the government know? It's my business. Keep government out of my business. Don't Tread on Me."