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August 4th, 2008
11:47 PM ET

The Shot: Anderson meets Jaws


Anderson Cooper goes diving with Great White Sharks off the coast of South Africa for Planet in Peril.


Filed under: T1 • The Shot
August 4th, 2008
09:52 PM ET

Tomorrow Buzz: candidates, murder and beer

Lisa Ort
AC360° Producer

Here’s a look at some of the stories on our radar for tomorrow:

RAW POLITICS:Sen. Obama will be in Ohio holding town hall meetings in Youngstown and Berea.  Sen. McCain will be in Newport, MI visiting a nuclear plant.

ARRANGED MARRIAGE MURDER HEARING: A hearing is scheduled for Chaudhry Rashid, who is accused of murdering his daughter Sandeela Kanwal after she complained about her arranged marriage.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT: Over 34 million people across the country participate in this campaign to promote crime prevention and strengthen neighborhood anti-crime programs with block parties, cookouts, visits from local police and sheriff departments, parades, exhibits, flashlight walks, contests, and youth programs.

GREAT BRITISH BEER FESTIVAL: The Great British Beer Festival is one of the largest volunteer-run beer festivals in the world with over 450 different ales available.   It is held in London.


Filed under: T1 • The Buzz
August 4th, 2008
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 8/4/08

For what’s in the program take a look at tonight’s Evening Buzz.

Be sure to check out Anderson and Erica on our live web camera from the 360° studio. We’ll turn the camera on at 945p ET and turn it off at 11p ET. LINK TO THE BLOG CAMERA

We’ll start posting comments to this blog at 10p ET and stop at 11p ET.


Filed under: Live Blog
August 4th, 2008
09:15 PM ET

Evening Buzz: On the Attack

Maureen Miller
360° Writer

John McCain and Barack Obama are trading shots, and some brutal ones, over the economy. Each one is firing back at the other over their economic plans. Obama outlined his new energy plan today. He's now says America should dip into the emergency oil reserve. That's a switch from a few weeks ago. He also says he might support offshore drilling. And, he's launched an attack against his opponent's plan. He says McCain has a do-nothing track record on energy. Obama also says McCain puts big oil ahead of you the consumer. We've got the raw politics.

Also tonight, Bill Clinton is back in the spotlight. He's speaking up about Hillary's loss. We'll have an up close look.

We're also tracking Tropical Storm Edouard in the Gulf of Mexico. Will it hit Texas and Louisiana?  We'll have the latest.

And, don't miss tonight's shot. Anderson is back from his shark dive off the coast of South Africa and he gives us another look at what he faced in the water.

All that and more tonight on 360°.
Hope you'll join us!


Filed under: Maureen Miller • T1 • The Buzz
August 4th, 2008
09:13 PM ET

Who gets second billing on the presidential ballot?

Interest in the "Veepstakes" is heating up as we approach the political conventions. Weigh the pros and cons of some possible running mates for Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama.

CHECK IT OUT


Filed under: Raw Politics • Vice President
August 4th, 2008
08:37 PM ET

19 years later: Exxon Valdez oil still here

Ismael Estrada
AC360° Producer

It’s still here after all these years.

The area of Prince William Sound in Alaska is breathtaking.  The snow capped mountains are filled with brown bears, bald eagles and other wildlife. You can spot whales and sea otters swimming with a glacier off in the distance.

But talk to the people here and they’ll tell you they love the beauty, but big business is in their back yard and they are frustrated.

Earlier this summer the U.S. Supreme Court reduced punitive damages awarded to citizens of Prince William Sound over the Exxon Valdez oil spill here in 1989.   A jury initially awarded $5 billion for the devastation here. In 1994, a federal court cut that in half. And in June, the Supreme Court cut it to $500 million - enraging many people living here. And now Exxon is arguing it shouldn't have to pay interest for the delay in making payments. FULL POST


Filed under: 360° Radar • Ismael Estrada • Oil
August 4th, 2008
08:19 PM ET

Rockefeller arrested; daughter rescued

Clark Rockefeller, accused of abducting his 7-year-old daughter Reigh Boss, was arrested over the weekend.

Clark Rockefeller, accused of abducting his 7-year-old daughter Reigh Boss, was arrested over the weekend.

Gabe Falcon
AC360° Writer

In case you missed it, that man of mystery – Clark Rockefeller – was captured in Baltimore over the weekend.

His daughter, Reigh, was rescued in a new $450,000 home that Rockefeller reportedly paid for with cash.

So ends the search for the 48-year-old fugitive with the famous last name and the 7-year-old girl he allegedly abducted while on a supervised visit with her in Boston.

He waived extradition back to Massachusetts where he will be arraigned on a slew of charges, including felony custodial kidnapping, assault and battery, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Why would a father allegedly abduct his own child? According to authorities in Boston, it “appears to be the result of Clark Rockefeller’s dissatisfaction with a divorce and custody settlement between him and Sandra Boss.”

That theory is just part of the puzzle. Rockefeller is apparently not a Rockefeller. As we’ve been reporting, he has implied he is a member of the famous family, but the Rockefeller Archive Center says his name is not in any of its records. He is an enigma, with multiple aliases; he bought the new Baltimore using the name Chip Smith.

Rockefeller doesn’t have a social security card or birth certificate. He was married to Reigh’s mother, but has no marriage license. And when police caught up with him in Baltimore, they say he was planning to start a new life.

Instead, he’s heading back to Boston, a shadowy fugitive from justice now behind bars.


Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
August 4th, 2008
06:52 PM ET

Erica’s News Note: A few answers

Erica Hill
AC360° Correspondent

I can’t read enough about the kidnapping out of Boston and the man who may – or more likely, may NOT – be a Rockefeller. The most fascinating part of this story is still to come.

Who is this father with at least four aliases and enough cash to buy a house?
If he isn’t Clark Rockefeller, who is he?
Why doesn’t he have a social security card or a birth certificate?
Did his ex-wife of 12 years know about any of his aliases?
What did he tell his daughter?
What did she ask him?

Oh, the questions! I’ll have a few answers for you tonight, so be sure to join us for that.

Race is probably the most difficult topic of conversation in this country. Yes, more than politics, religion or money. Barack Obama’s bid for the White House is making race a more common discussion, but that doesn’t mean it’s any more comfortable for most Americans. One of the reasons it’s so tough to have an honest talk: no one wants to be called a racist.

But you would think that the one place you shouldn’t have to worry about race is in church. After all, doesn’t Christianity teach that Jesus loved everyone, no matter what they looked like? Maybe… but that doesn’t mean people want to worship with just anybody. It turns out, many Americans prefer to get their religion with folks who look like them.

An ironic twist… a man who works at a funeral home confirms he’s very much alive, despite reports he died in a flood more than 30 years ago.


Filed under: Erica Hill • Erica's News Note
August 4th, 2008
06:44 PM ET

Brangelina baby pix: capitalism at work!

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were paid $14 million for photos of their twins.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were paid $14 million for photos of their twins.

Phil Black
CNN correspondent

Paying $14 million for baby photos. That’s newsworthy. Telling the story on television without showing those photos. That’s tricky.  My challenge was to report on the first public images of the Brangelina twins, but I could not show the pictures - I had to show the magazine cover, and I couldn't find one!

Fortunately there's lots to talk about here: celebrities selling photos of their newborns to further their own fame and/or make make lots of money. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are giving the money to charity. But they're not the only stars showing off their babies for cash, and many keep the proceeds.

Even veteran paparazzo Darryn Lyons isn't completely comfortable with this celebrity trend. He says Hollywood stars are "manipulating" their own children. But then he also wishes his own picture agency played a part in the Brangelina deal. His prediction is $14 million won't remain the record price for very long.

You know the market for this stuff is strong when even the siblings of celebrities can cash in. Britney's little sister Jamie Lynn Spears reportedly made a million dollars by posing with her daughter Maddie. My cameraman told me he thinks that makes the Brangelina deal sound almost reasonable.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Behind The Scenes
August 4th, 2008
04:22 PM ET

Endangered great white sharks


Great white sharks are dying off at an alarming rate. CNN's Anderson Cooper reports.


Filed under: Anderson Cooper • Planet in Peril
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