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Tonight, Southern California is dealing with aftershocks after the largest earthquake to hit the region since 1994. Thankfully, the damage is minimal. This wasn't the so-called "big one". Yet, it still rattled a whole lot of buildings and people. We're on the scene with a live report.
Also, a powerful republican U.S. senator has been indicted by a federal grand jury.
Here’s a look at some of the stories on our radar for tomorrow:
RAW POLITICS: Sen. Obama will be attending two town hall meetings in Missouri – one in Sprngfield, the other in Rolla. He’ll end the day at a BBQ in Union, MO. Sen. McCain will be in Aurora, CO before he heads to a finance event in Kansas City.
ENERGY CRISIS HEARING: The Joint Economic Committee holds a hearing on “Efficiency: The Hidden Secret to Solving Our Energy Crisis.”
RISING FOOD PRICES HEARING: The House Budget Committee holds a hearing on "Rising Food Prices: Budget Challenges."
FUTURE OF AL QAEDA HEARING: The House Homeland Security Committee’s Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment Subcommittee holds a hearing on "Reassessing the Threat: the Future of Al Qaeda and Its Implications for Homeland Security."
ELECTRONIC VOTING REFORM HEARING: The Senate Rules and Administration Committee holds a hearing on the "Bipartisan Electronic Voting Reform Act of 2008."
DREW PETERSON CASE: Scheduled date of court hearing for Drew Peterson, a person of interest in the disappearance of his wife Stacey, on firearms charges.
NEW IMMIGRATION REPORT RELEASED: The Center for Immigration Studies holds a news conference for the releases of its new study “Homeward Bound: Recent Immigration Enforcement and the Decline in the Illegal Alien Population.”
CNN Political Analyst
Sen. Barack Obama's trip abroad was a very smartly stage-managed extravaganza, and it may well have accomplished the goal of the campaign: to assuage Americans that Obama can stand toe to toe with foreign leaders.
Sen. Barack Obama holds an economic roundtable in Washington on Monday.
It's not as if he got a great bounce out of the trip: While his poll numbers did increase slightly, some of the numbers in key battleground states appeared to close. So it's hard to tell this soon.
What we do know is that neither Obama, the presumed Democratic nominee for president, nor Sen. John McCain, the probable Republican nominee, can get to the magic 50 percent number in the polls, and that's not great for either fellow.
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She did everything she was ordered to do.
But it wasn't enough for the killer.
The video you are about to see is grainy and above all, it is gruesome, showing the taking of a life for a few dollars. The images were recorded last Tuesday night at around 9PM. They show the final seconds of the life of Linda Susan Raulerson.
A surveillance camera is fixed on the inside of the Joy America Food Store in Lake City, Florida.
At the counter is Mrs. Raulerson. She is the clerk. She is also a 56-year-old wife and mother.
Outside the window, a car pulls up. Police believe it is a four-door Buick Regal, white with black trim, uncertain of the year, but possibly 1993 to 1995 model.
We see a man enter the store. What happens next is hard to watch.
The man approaches Mrs. Raulerson, brandishes a gun and while barking orders, shoots her in the right arm. She screams. And then he fatally shoots her. Customers would later find her body in a pool of blood.
The motive was robbery. Sheriff Bill Gootee of the Columbia County Sheriff's Office is shocked. "This murder is especially heinous," he says. "Mrs. Raulerson did nothing but comply with the suspect and she was shot in a cold-blooded manner.”
Here is the video – we warn you it is graphic...
For those that do not wish to watch the video – here are several images of the suspect:
The sheriff is asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at (386)-754-7099.
Samuel Snow was one of two surviving World War Two veterans of one of the biggest military trials of the war. He had been wrongly convicted and imprisoned for a crime that over sixty years later, he said he didn’t commit. When I met him late last year, the Army had recently overturned his conviction and awarded him the wages he’d lost while behind bars for 15 months: $725.
At the time, our story focused on the rather small sum awarded Snow that didn’t factor in interest or inflation, not to mention the myriad of benefits denied to him for receiving a dishonorable discharge like those provided by the GI Bill.
Snow was one of 28 black soldiers convicted of rioting one night at Seattle’s Fort Lawton that left an Italian POW hanged to death. Two of the 28 were also convicted of man-slaughter and sentenced to 15 years. Last October, the Army determined they didn’t get a fair trial and over-turned all convictions and sent Samuel his check.
Program Note: In CNN’s Black in America, Soledad O’Brien examines the successes, struggles and complex issues faced by black men, women and families, 40 years after the death of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Senior Medical Producer
Purcell was the first to be diagnosed. He was young, black (and beautiful) and gay. He thought he had his whole life ahead of him. He looked so scared when he told me "I have it, I have AIDS" and I was scared for him. That, it seemed, was just the beginning. Van, BG, Grayling, Glen. All young black men–friends of mine–whose lives were cut short by that deadly disease. None of them dreamed it would happen to them. After all it was supposed to be a gay white man's disease. That was twenty-five years ago. Who knew it would be a precursor of things to come? Today in America AIDS is a Black disease.
The Black AIDS Institute has just released a new report full of stunning and startling statistics on just how pervasive this disease has become in the Black community, and reveals shocking similarities between the AIDS epidemic among African Americans and some of the world's poorest countries. In Alabama, Blacks are 26 % of the population but make up 69% of all new HIV/AIDS cases. In Detroit, Michigan HIV infection rates are higher than Rwanda and Kenya–who has one of highest rates in the world. In Jackson, Mississippi, 84% of those living with AIDS are Black. In New York City the rate of infection among African Americans is higher than in Nigeria. And in Washington, DC, the nation's capital, more than 80% of HIV cases are among Blacks – that's one in 20 residents!