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Here’s a look at some of the stories on our radar for tomorrow:
RAW POLITICS: Sen. McCain will be at a town hall meeting in Sparks, NV in the afternoon. Sen. Obama will be meeting with Democratic leaders in the Washington, DC.
SHARPE JAMES SENTENCING: Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James, who was convicted of fraud and conspiracy charges relating to a real estate scheme, is scheduled to be sentenced.
PHIL SPECTOR HEARING: A hearing is scheduled in the re-trial of music producer Phil Spector. He’s accused of the 2003 murder of actress Lana Clarkson. At the first trial the jury was deadlocked. The re-trial begins in September.
NEW PELOSI BOOK RELEASED: “Know Your Power: A Message to America's Daughters,” a new book by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Amy Hill Hearth is scheduled to be released.
OPRAH WINFREY'S SCHOOL ASSAULT TRIAL: The trial is scheduled for Tiny Virginia Makopo, former dormitory matron at Oprah Winfrey's Academy, accused of assaulting several students.
Anderson Cooper on assignment in South Africa for Planet In Peril: Battle Lines, sees sharks up close. real close.
John McCain is facing new questions about his health. Today the presumptive Republican presidential nominee had a mole-like growth removed from his cheek. The campaign says the doctor doesn't think it's anything, but the skin was removed as a precautionary measure. A biopsy will be done. McCain has a history of skin cancer. Tonite on 360°, we'll look at the medical and political implications.
We're also looking at McCain and Barack Obama's suspected ties to lobbyists. The way McCain tells it, he's your guy in Washington fighting the influence of big businesses and their lobbyists. But is he? And, what about all that money Obama has collected for his campaign? He's made an unprecedented pledge: No money from lobbyists. But what about big business? We've got the raw politics.
Also tonight, Anderson's deep sea adventure with great white sharks (cue the theme song from "Jaws). He was diving off the coast of South Africa for our latest Planet in Peril investigation. It's an under water journey Anderson will likely never forget. It's our shot of the day, tonight on 360°.
All that and more tonight at 10 p.m. eastern.
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CNN Special Investigations Unit
Breaking news today on a story we brought you last week. You might recall the case of 21-year-old Baron “Scooter” Pikes in Winnfield, Louisiana. He died in police custody in January after being shot nine times with a taser gun when he was arrested on a warrant alleging possession of crack cocaine.
The officer who fired all nine shots, says Winn Parish Cororner Dr. Randolph Williams, is Scott Nugent, son of a former Winnfield Chief of Police. Nugent was ultimately fired by the city council and is appealing his dismissal.
Today, Winn Parish District Attorney Chris Nevils says he will convene a grand jury next month to look into possible charges against Nugent. The coroner has already declared Pikes’ death a homicide. And Nevils has received the results Louisiana State Police investigation of the case.
The death toll from two weekend explosions in Turkey rose to 17 Monday after a wounded person died, the state news agency said. The blasts Sunday injured at least 154 others, the Anadolu news agency reported. Among the dead was a three-year-old child, it said.
Istanbul Gov. Muammer Guler called the blasts "an act of terror," and said the devices were placed 15 meters (49 feet) from each other. The first was a stun grenade that was detonated to draw attention before the second blast went off, he said. One bomb had been placed in a trash can.
Guler said police had launched an investigation into who is responsible for the blasts. No claim of responsibility had been issued late Sunday.
Anti-terror squads have carried out raids in the search for leads into the deadly synchronized bombings that killed at least 49 people in western India over the weekend, according to reports.
In India's financial capital Mumbai, police raided the home of an American citizen and seized a computer from which an e-mail claiming responsibility for the attack was believed to have been sent, said Mumbai police chief Hassan Gafoor, The Associated Press reported.
In Ahmadabad an underworld figure with apparent ties to a banned Muslim group was arrested and police were trying to determine if he had any connection to the attack, deputy police chief Ashish Bhatia told AP.
A wave of synchronized bombs hit the western Indian city of Ahmedabad Saturday, killing at least 49 people and wounding more than 114, police reported.
Seventeen low intensity blasts went off within a span of 70 minutes Saturday night, all within a 6-mile (10-km) radius.
By 4:15 p.m. Sunday (6:45 a.m. ET), the death toll had climbed to 49. The official number of wounded was 114, according to Ahmedabad police, but Raghela said the number of injuries surpassed 200...
CNN Political Editor
Ben Stein says he knows how Sen. John McCain can win in November: Karl Rove.
That's right, that Karl Rove.
At a time when McCain is seeking to distance himself from President Bush, Stein argues McCain needs to enlist Bush's chief political guru in order to defeat Sen. Barack Obama.
"I don't discount the possibility that some really smart person at the McCain campaign might go over to Karl Rove, and say 'We will offer you all the kingdoms of the world if you will come and guide our campaign,' " a hopeful-sounding Stein said in a recent interview, during which he also discussed Al Franken's Senate bid and his thoughts on a sequel to the 1986 box office smash "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," which launched Stein's film career.
Stein is not unlike many Hollywood types in that he speaks his mind when it comes to politics. But what separates him from the pack is his professional background and party affiliation.
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