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November 20th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 11/20/09

Oprah makes it official. She's giving up her talk show. Lisa Ling, Suze Orman and Larry King join us to talk about the big announcement. Plus, a plea deal in the Walmart line cutting case. And, we continue our special investigation "Killings at the Canal: The Army Tapes."

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November 20th, 2009
09:06 PM ET

Band of Brothers

Clint Van Winkle
Special to AC360°

That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
Let him depart...
We would not die in that man's company
That fears his fellowship to die with us.

I've struggled coming to terms with CNN’s The Killings at the Canal special investigation that highlights the murders of four insurgents at the hands of U.S. soldiers. At first I felt betrayed by the soldiers' actions, and then my feelings moved towards empathy. I've walked in their boots, so to speak. I know what it is like to have to make decisions that impact the lives of many. I never took my duties lightly and always tried to do the correct thing. And while internet tough guys and armchair generals will take it upon themselves to second-guess the actions at the canal, the men and women who have "been there" will reserve judgment. Those who have tasted battle know where second-guessing leads. Combat is measured in seconds. Indecisiveness gets people killed. Hesitation gets people killed. And for a Marine/soldier, the worse loss is the loss of a brother/sister-in-arms.]

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November 20th, 2009
05:55 PM ET
November 20th, 2009
05:44 PM ET

The Bronx is a warzone: Four decades of gunplay with no end in sight

Tributes to 15-year-old Vada Vasquez, who was shot in the head on her way home from school earlier this week.

Tributes to 15-year-old Vada Vasquez, who was shot in the head on her way home from school earlier this week.

Ivan Sanchez
Author, Youth Advocate and Public Speaker

I heard the gunshot outside my window while sitting in my office at United Bronx Parents, Inc. on Prospect Avenue.

The unmistakable pop that fills the air, followed by the sounds echo caught between the buildings, and finally the hum settles to an eerie silence as your heart rate slows in unison.

I stopped to listen for a few minutes.

I was waiting to hear if anyone was going to start screaming, but I heard nothing. So I went back to typing on my computer as if I didn’t just hear a gunshot outside my window.

Because it’s normal to hear a gun being fired in the middle of the day in the South Bronx, even though it’s not supposed to be normal.

This desensitization has taken place over the past 40 years and seems to be as ingrained in our psyche. We have come to accept the schools that continue to fail us, politicians and community leaders that fail to represent our concerns, and state and government agencies that have no clue how to improve our socio-economic living conditions – or simply don’t care to.

When I stepped outside my office a short time later, I learned that 16-year-old Paul Ulloa had been shot in a robbery attempt.

Paul’s two crimes were sporting an expensive leather coat in a bad economy, and leaving the school on his lunch break to grab a snack at the corner bodega.

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November 20th, 2009
05:42 PM ET

Beat 360° 11/20/09

Ready for today's Beat 360°? Everyday we post a picture – and you provide the caption and our staff will join in too. Tune in tonight at 10pm to see if you are our favorite! Here is the 'Beat 360°' pic:

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell points to a copy of the Senate version of health care reform legislation during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol November 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. The Republican senators accused the Obama Administration of rationing health care after a panel of doctors announced that women should begin getting regular mammogram at age 50 instead of 40. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Have fun with it. We're looking forward to your captions! Make sure to include your name, city, state (or country) so we can post your comment.

_________________________________________________________________________________ Beat 360° Challenge
UPDATE BEAT 360º WINNERS

Staff:

Jill Billante

“And we made this little booster seat here for you, Nancy.”

Viewer:

Debbie, San Diego

"Ryan Seacrest submits his resume, hoping to take over for Oprah."

Staff


Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
November 20th, 2009
05:35 PM ET

Video: Army Tapes: Behind the scenes

Abbie Boudreau and Scott Zamost
CNN Special Investigations Unit

November 20th, 2009
05:32 PM ET

Oprah through the years: Most memorable moments

Editor's Note: Today, Oprah Winfrey confirmed on her show that the 25th season will be the last. The final show will air on Sept. 9, 2011. Take a look at this roundup of Oprah's most memorable moments.

AC360°

Oprah.com: Oprah through the years



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EW.com: 12 most memorable shows (Entertainment Weekly)


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November 20th, 2009
05:16 PM ET

Tonight: Text 360°

AC360°

Tonight we continue our special investigation into a 2007 execution in Baghdad. Three decorated U.S. Army sergeants shot and killed four Iraqi detainees their platoon had taken into custody earlier that day. The soldiers are now serving prison terms at Fort Leavenworth. During interrogations, the soldiers blamed military policy for making it too hard to detail suspected insurgents.

Tonight we’ll examine what the soldiers say is a “flawed” Army policy. It turns out the rules and requirements for taking in and holding detainees appears to be very strict. Soldiers must present detailed evidence, including accounts from two local witnesses to the crime. We obtained a memo that spells out the rules that were in place at the time of the murders. Of the 87,000 Iraqis detained since the war began, nearly 77,000 have been released due to lack of evidence. We interview a Brigadier General who oversees detainee operations in Iraq and we’ll ask him what he thinks of the policy.

Do you have questions about this case and about the detainee policy in Iraq? We'll be digging deeper tonight.

Send us a text message with your question. Text AC360 (or 22360), and you might hear it on air!


Filed under: T1 • Text 360
November 20th, 2009
04:55 PM ET

Oprah: Who Wins? Who Loses? And Is She Really Quitting?

Oprah Winfrey will pull the plug on the talk show on Sept. 9, 2011

Oprah Winfrey will pull the plug on the talk show on Sept. 9, 2011

James Poniewozik
Time

Oprah Winfrey made it official on air today: on Sept. 9, 2011, she pulls the plug on the talk show that has dominated daytime TV for two decades. Says the Queen: "Twenty-five years feels right in my bones and feels right in my spirit." Mo Ryan has the full statement. (In related news, Discovery announced a launch date of January 2011 for Oprah's cable channel, OWN.)

Is Oprah actually done as a daytime host, though? The assessments of Oprah's career have been rolling in as if she had died. But we have to at least consider her history of making huge decisions and later changing them. Remember her founding Oxygen, the channel for women? She was going to be heavily involved in it—maybe even move her show there—and then she wasn't. She was going to end her show in 2006, and then she didn't. She canceled Oprah's Book Club and then she un-canceled it.

I am not saying that Oprah is going to change her mind. I'm just saying that if she does change her mind, I will claim to have totally called it. Until it is actually buried, I consider Oprah's talkshow career as dead as a major character on 24.

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Filed under: Oprah Winfrey
November 20th, 2009
04:46 PM ET

Why can't we share the truth about war?

Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster appear in a new film as Army officers assigned to notify families of the deaths of loved ones.

Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster appear in a new film as Army officers assigned to notify families of the deaths of loved ones.

Oren Moverman
Special to CNN

There are dozens of get-well cards on his wall. On his bed, there's another pile from family, friends, high school pals. The patient must be 19 or 20 - a kid - and his smile is magnetic.

His mother hugs every visitor, strangers like us included. "I'm a hugger," she explains. His girlfriend is by his bedside too, wearing a sweatshirt from her college in upstate New York, her studies interrupted.

"My leg will never be a hundred percent," he says, "which means I just have to get a new hundred percent."

It helps that we were visiting this wounded soldier at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, a few weeks ago, with the actor Woody Harrelson, instantly recognizable from TV and movies. Woody is profoundly good-natured and can make anyone smile, even the maimed young men and women, just back from a combat zone they carried home with them. But this particular soldier/kid is happy anyway. Happy to be alive, mature enough to be grateful.

A few weeks earlier, an Afghan soldier he had known for eight months - a man who fought by his side - turned his rifle on his American "allies" and killed two of this soldier's buddies, wounding three, including him. This kid knows he's among the lucky ones.

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