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CNN Radio News Day: May 8, 2013
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Rep. Darrell Issa ( R-CA) at a hearing on the 2012 attack on U.S. diplomats in Benghazi, Libya.
May 8th, 2013
04:27 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: May 8, 2013

CNN Radio News Day is an evening news program providing an informative, thoughtful and creative look at the day's events. It's posted Monday through Friday at 4:30 pm ET.

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day. Here are some of the stories we're covering in today's show:

  • How well does the U.S. protect its people overseas? Today the House held a hearing into the attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya on September 11th of last year. U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, and State Department Information Officer Sean Smith all lost their lives, and there's been no closure for Sean Smith's mother, Pat Smith:

"I cry every night. I don't sleep at night. I need answers."

  • We're learning new details about what three women may have experienced while held prisoner inside a Cleveland, Ohio home. The city's public safety director says police removed chains and ropes from inside the home, as evidence - but did not say how they were used. CNN has also learned that suspect Ariel Castro was accused of domestic violence by his wife, Grimilda Figueroa, back in 2005. CNN Senior Producer Scott Bronstein got a look at the court documents:

"She was allegedly given by Mr. Castro two broken noses, on different occasions, several broken ribs, she had a tooth knocked out, she had a blood clot to her brain, she had both shoulders dislocated – first one side then the other – and on repeated occasions she was threatened with death by Mr. Castro."

  • One hundred detainees at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp are on a hunger strike. Twenty-four of them are being force-fed. Their demands range from better conditions to wanting to leave. Ahmed Errachidi spent five years at Gitmo before he was set free. His story underscores one of the main criticisms some have of Guantanamo: the random rounding up of suspected terrorists:

“I am not a terrorist. I am only a cook.”

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