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Jane Velez-Mitchell

Jane Velez-Mitchell takes a stand on the biggest topics of the day that people across the country are buzzing about.

Greenpeace activists in Russian jail

Greenpeace activists in Russian jail

Twenty-eight members of the environmental group Greenpeace set out to peacefully protest a Russian state owned oil rig operating in the Arctic Sea and are now in a Russian jail. During the protest, they sailed near the oil rig in inflatable boats and tried to climb aboard to raise a banner. Then Russian authorities began spraying them with a high pressure water blast and fired warning shots.

Russian authorities then handcuffed and seized the Greenpeace boat claiming the activists endangered the crew on the oil rig.  Greenpeace says they were arrested in international waters.

Man charged in 'Puppy Doe' beating

Man charged in 'Puppy Doe' beating

Police have arrested and charged a 32-year-old Polish man in an animal cruelty case that involved a pit bull puppy known as "Puppy Doe." The dog was found badly beaten and abused in Quincy, Massachusetts, in late August. Veterinarians tried to keep her alive but her injuries were too serious and she could not be saved. 

According to the Animal Rescue League of Boston, when Puppy Doe was discovered, she weighed less than half what a normal, healthy dog of her size should. The rescue league said Puppy Doe, who was estimated to be about 1 or 2 years old, was starved and routinely beaten, suffering multiple fractures. She also appeared to have burn and stab wounds.

'Pillowcase rapist' may be released

'Pillowcase rapist' may be released

Christopher Hubbart admitted to sexually assaulting approximately 40 women and yet he could be released by the end of this year.  Hubbart committed these assaults in the 1970’s and 1980’s in California. He was known as the “pillowcase rapist”.

Hubbart has been in a state hospital for decades but not a judge has ruled he is no longer a threat.  Hubbart was released before in 1979 but just three years later he was sentenced to 16 more years for attacking another 15 women.  He was again released early from that sentence and was again arrested for sexual assault.  Then a third time, Hubbart was released on parole, this time it was revoked only 2 months later and Hubbart has been in custody ever since.

Kanye says luxury goods are too expensive

Kanye says luxury goods are too expensive

Kanye West publicly blasts Louis Vuitton for being too expensive!  Is this a sign of Kanye growing up or just another sign of celebrity hypocrisy? Jane spoke to Real Housewives of New York's Jill Zarin.

For more on this story, watch Jane Velez-Mitchell weeknights at 7 p.m. ET on HLN. Follow the show on Facebook, and follow Jane on Twitter.

Child predator on the loose

Child predator on the loose

A dangerous predator is on the loose.  An 8-year-old girl was studying on her bed in her family's Aurora, Colorado home late Sunday night when a mystery man slashed a screen and dragged her through the window.  But this little girl wasn't going to go quietly.  She started screaming her head off and the abductor dropped her and ran.  Her father got outside just in time to see his daughter's attacker speeding away in what looked like a silver or grey sedan, possibly a BMW.  The girl was rushed to the hospital where she was treated for minor injuries.

Investigators released a sketch of the man, who is described as a white male with short blond hair.  He was wearing a heavy black winter jacket and smelled of cigarettes.  There's a $20,000 reward for any information about the suspect.  If you know anything about this case, call Detective Christine Hurley with the Aurora, CO Police Department at 303-739-6113 or Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.

Why are my friends giraffes?

Why are my friends giraffes?

You may have noticed something strange in your Facebook feed. Your friends are now giraffes. John Smith is now a giraffe. Aunt Sally is now a giraffe. That weird guy from the office is now a giraffe.

What's the deal?

Can you adopt King Leon or his friends?

Can you adopt King Leon or his friends?

Each night, Jane Velez-Mitchell features her "Pet of the Day" on her show at 7 p.m. ET on HLN. Today, we have a special collection for Pet of the Day. These pets all need new homes. 

Jane Velez-Mitchell is teaming up with animal welfare expert Jane Garrison and adoptapet.com to try to find some amazing animals new and loving homes. You can find information on adopting each animal below. And you can always go to adoptapet.com to rescue an animal near you! If you save any of these animals, please send us a photo so we can post it on the website. Our email address is Jane@hlntv.com

Beyond Blackfish: Billy the elephant

Beyond Blackfish: Billy the elephant

Billy the elephant has been at the LA Zoo for about 20 years. A judge has ruled that it is “not a happy place for elephants”. But the judge did not say it was abusive and would not close down the elephant exhibit.

Prominent Los Angeles attorney David Casselman who took the case to court spoke to Jane Velez-Mitchell about Billy the elephant and animals in captivity for Beyond Blackfish.  

Charge reduced for Chris Brown

Charge reduced for Chris Brown

Chris Brown was facing felony charges for allegedly punching a man in Washington DC but the charges were reduced to a misdemeanor. He was released without bail, ordered to see his probation officer and ordered to stay 100 yards away from the alleged victim.

Was this the right decision or is this another example of special treatment for a celebrity? Jane Velez-Mitchell debates it in the Lion’s Den.

Man in custody in 'Puppy Doe' case

Man in custody in 'Puppy Doe' case

An arrest has been made in the ‘Puppy Doe’ case.  The Quincy Police Department said a “person of interest” is in custody.  The 32-year-old man is in rendition from Connecticut where he was arrested by Quincy Police Officers. He is due in court on Tuesday.

According to the Animal Rescue League of Boston, “Puppy Doe,” the young adult female dog in this photo was found alive August 31, 2013, in the vicinity of Carrolls Lane in Quincy, Massachusetts, near the Whitwell Street playground and the campus of Quincy Medical Center. She weighed less than half what a normal, healthy dog of her size should. Due to the extent of her injuries, she could not be saved by veterinarians.

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