Some breaking news, CNN has confirmed that the White House is talking about a massive new overhaul of how they regulate Wall Street. We'll start with that.Also, from the campaign trail, calls from Barack Obama supporters for Hillary Clinton to get out of the race. Some of her senate colleagues have been very strong in their words, but she believes that she's got the best of all reasons to keep going.We'll start posting comments at 10p ET and stop at 11p ET.
Not sure how this fits into your Saturday plans, but there’s a worldwide movement to go dark tomorrow night at 8pm local time… actually, it’s part of a plan to go green. “Earth Hour” starts in Christchurch, New Zealand and moves West with the sun, with cities – and, the hope is, with citizens – pulling the plug for an hour, to remind people of the link between energy usage and climate change. In San Francisco, both the Golden Gate and the Bay Bridges will be dark.
Earth Hour is supposed to make us think about a greener lifestyle… or, if you own a bar, maybe just the green on those dollar bills. According to Time, a Phoenix bar is serving up “eco-tinis” and glow-in-the-dark necklaces in honor of the occasion. hmmm, plastic necklaces filled with chemicals? Yup, that sounds super green. At the Sheraton in Chicago, you’ll check in by candlelight. But will any of this really do any good?
A curfew isn't stopping militas from firing bombs and rockets into Baghdad's Green Zone. There are more calls for Sen. Clinton to drop out of the race for the White House. She's battling on. And, attention passengers: leave your nipple rings at home if you plan to fly. Here's your Afternoon Buzz:
Baghdad on lockdown as bombs, rockets fly
Baghdad was on virtual lockdown Friday as a tough new curfew ordered everyone off the streets of the Iraqi capital and five other cities until 5 p.m. Sunday.
Tiger attack victims sue zoo
Two brothers who were attacked by an escaped tiger at the San Francisco Zoo have filed claims against the city alleging negligence and defamation.
Should Clinton quit?
A pair of high-profile backers of Sen. Barack Obama have called on his rival, Sen. Hillary Clinton, to drop out of the race for the Democratic nomination for president.
Obama gets key endorsement, Clinton talks economy
Sen. Barack Obama kicked off a bus tour Friday in Pennsylvania, gaining a key endorsement in that state ahead of its April 22 primary.
Ad casts McCain as strong, patriotic leader
Sen. John McCain launched his first general election ad Friday.
Crime & Punishment
Suspect arrested in Virginia highway shootings
Authorities arrested a suspect early Friday in a series of highway shootings after storming a farm and firing at a man who met them with a handgun, police said
Police: Teen admits to 12 killings
A 16-year-old boy has admitted to the murders of 12 people in southern Brazil, according to a police investigator who described a chillingly calm confession.
What YOU will be TALKING about TONIGHT
Traveler told to remove nipple ring
The Transportation Security Administration said its officers at a Texas airport appear to have properly followed procedures when they...
Gray wolf: Still endangered?
The gray wolf was officially removed from the...
Program note: Catch Dan Simon's report on the gray wolf, part of our Planet in Peril series, tonight on 360° at 10p ET
After three decades on the Endangered Species Act's "threatened" list, the gray wolf was officially removed today – a decision that has stoked controversy among environmentalists and ranchers.
It means the wolves can now be shot and killed if they step out of Yellowstone National Park. Fish and Wildlife officials from neighboring states can shoot them when they deem the wolves to be a problem, and it's expected they'll establish hunting seasons too.
The government delisted the wolves – which were eliminated from Yellowstone decades ago but reintroduced in the 1990s – because they are now thriving in the park that is dominated by bison, elk, and bighorn sheep.
Today during a press conference with the Australian press conference, President Bush underscored the significance of the latest explosion of violence in Iraq by calling it “a defining moment in the history of a free Iraq.” The much maligned Iraqi forces desperately need a military success as the lead force, but U.S. troops are being drawn deeper into the conflict.
President Bush also said “any government that presumes to represent the majority of people must confront criminal elements.” Yet many believe that the very same group with which the U.S. and Iraq signed a cease-fire - Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr and his Mahdi militia – are such criminal elements.
But what exactly is - and who defines - a “criminal element” in a country where it’s hard to distinguish between foe and friend from day to day?
What are the consequences if the current burst of fighting spreads beyond the oil-rich city of Basra? Does the intra-fighting among Shiites undermine the Administration’s argument that al Qaeda and Sunni extremists represent the greatest threat to stability? Is the potential civil war rising, in the struggle for power among Shiites? What if the Iraqi forces - with American aid - squash the militias and restore order: Would Iraqi forces finally be able to “stand up” and allow American forces to “stand down?”
Exactly what’s at stake right now?
– Eric Bloom, 360° Producer
Anyone who came to CNN heard pretty quickly about "Bev."
Beverly Broadman joined CNN a month before the network launched 28 years ago. And when I got to know her, she was CNN's national desk dayside manager.
Bev was a petite woman, stooped, with hands knarled by early and painful arthritis. But for those of us in CNN's bureaus, you wouldn't know it.
The expression is a cliche, but Bev was a towering figure. Her job was to make good journalism happen across the nation. And she was amazing at it. Bev cajoled, she probed, she challenged, she kept us hopping, she kept us motivated, and she kept us honest.
But probably the most amazing thing about the way Bev did all that was that she did it with heart... a huge, huge heart in a tiny woman...
It’s time for ‘Beat 360°.’ Everyday we post a picture – and you provide the caption. Our staff will get in on the action too.
Tune in every night at 10p ET to see if you are our favorite! Can you Beat 360°?
Here is today’s “Beat 360°” pic of the day: Here we have U.S. heiress "she who must not be named" trying on a veil as she poses for photographers during a photo call in Istanbul, Turkey... "She who must not be named" is in Turkey for the Miss Turkey 2008 beauty contest as a jury member.
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Two nights ago on AC360, I introduced you to Debbie Shank. She is a brain-damaged woman from Jackson, Missouri, who used to work for Wal-Mart.
In May of 2000, Debbie’s minivan was struck by a semi-truck and her brain received the brunt of the trauma. She now lives in a nursing home. Debbie was covered by Wal-Mart’s Health and Benefits Plan but after she settled with the trucking company that hit her, Wal-Mart sued her to get back the $417,000 it had paid out for her care.
What neither Debbie nor her husband, Jim Shank, noticed was a tiny clause in the health plan’s paperwork that said if Debbie settles with a third party for damages, which she did, Wal-Mart has a right to recoup the money it spent on her care.
All that’s left in the fund set aside to care for Debbie right now is $277,000 and she needs every penny of it. Her husband is working two jobs to care for her. She can’t function on her own and, because he has to work, he can't always care for her at home. He even divorced her so she could get more money from Medicaid. It gets worse. After they lost their first appeal in Missouri, their 18-year-old son was killed in Iraq. Debbie attended the funeral but because of her injuries, she doesn’t remember being there or even remember that her son is dead. She still asks for him. She doesn’t understand why she lives in a nursing home. It is no way to live...
How times have changed. This morning I reported about DNA paternity tests.
That's right – you can go to the drugstore today and buy a genetic test that can determine who is the father of the child. In fact my producer Danielle bought two from the Rite Aid by her house – she did get a few funny looks.
According to the directions, you take a cotton swab and rub it inside the child's mouth. That will provide enough DNA for the test. The man who may or may not be the father has to do the same. After you collect the DNA and send it in, it takes three to five days for the test to come back, and you can even go to a confidential Web site and get the results...