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November 27th, 2009
09:42 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 11/27/09

Tonight on 360°, the photo the Secret Service must hate to see. It shows President Obama face-to-face with the White House party crashers. Plus, the latest on Tiger Woods' SUV accident. Why his wife used a golf club in the incident and why police faced when they got on the scene. Plus, meet the CNN Hero of the Year.

Want to know what else we're covering? Read EVENING BUZZ

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Filed under: Live Blog • T1
November 27th, 2009
09:17 PM ET

Video: Who are the White House Party crashers?

Erica Hill | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Erica Hill talks to Casey Margenau friend of the White House "party crashers" and Ronald Kessler Secret Service expert.

November 27th, 2009
07:32 PM ET

Evening Buzz: White House Crashers Met President

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

It turns out the White House party crashers got to meet Pres. Obama last Tuesday night at the state dinner. Michaele and Tareq Salahi got to shake hands with the President while in the receiving line.

We'll show you the White House photo of the meet-and-greet tonight on 360°.

Meanwhile, there's a confession from the Secret Service.

The Director of the agency, Mark Sullivan, released this statement tonight:

"The Secret Service is deeply concerned and embarrassed by the circumstances surrounding the State Dinner on Tuesday, November 24.

The preliminary findings of our internal investigation have determined established protocols were not followed at an initial checkpoint, verifying that two individuals were on the guest list.

Although these individuals went through magnetometers and other levels of screening, they should have been prohibited from entering the event entirely. That failing is ours.

The Secret Service safely processed more than 1.2 million visitors last year to the White House complex. In the last several years, the agency has successfully protected more than 10,000 sites for the President, Vice President and other Secret Service protectees, screening more than 7 million people through magnetometers at campaign related events, with more than 1 million during the Inauguration alone.

Even with these successes, we need to be right 100% of the time. While we have protocols in place to address these situations, we must ensure that they are followed each and every time.

As our investigation continues, appropriate measures have been taken to ensure this is not repeated.

The men and women of the U.S. Secret Service are committed to providing the highest level of security for those we are charged to protect, and we will do whatever is necessary to accomplish this mission."

We'll have the fallout and new details on the case.

We're also following developments in Tiger Woods' SUV accident.

Police said just moments ago at a news conference that the pro golfer hit a fire hydrant and a tree when leaving his Florida home early this morning and was "in and out of consciousness" and had cuts to his lips when officers arrived on the scene .

Police also said Woods' wife used a golf club to knock out the rear window and remove him from the vehicle.

Gary Tuchman is on the scene and will have more for us tonight on 360°.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10pm E.T. on CNN. See you then!


Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
November 27th, 2009
04:44 PM ET

Father Henry, a secret father

Gary Tuchman and Katherine Wojtecki
CNN AC360°

Nathan Halbach is 22, with a diagnosis of terminal brain cancer. He knows that "horrible stuff" lies ahead.

His mother, Pat Bond, has been taking care of him full time. But when she needed help, she reached out to the Roman Catholic Church.

After all, his father is a priest.

Nathan was born in 1986, during a five-year affair between his mother and Father Henry Willenborg, the Franciscan priest who celebrated Nathan's baptism. In a story first reported in the New York Times, it was revealed that The Franciscan Order drew up an agreement acknowledging the boy's paternity and agreeing to pay child support in exchange for a pledge of confidentiality.

Now her son - the youngest of four children - may have just weeks to live. And when the Franciscans balked at paying for his care, she decided she was no longer bound by her pledge of confidentiality.

Keep Reading...


Filed under: Gary Tuchman
November 27th, 2009
04:09 PM ET

Beat 360° 11/27/09

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:

Traders work the floor at the New York Stock Exchange, some with their children on the NYSE's Kid's Day, on November 27, 2009 in New York City. (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.

Staff:

Eli Lazar

"Whew…and I thought playing tag was hard work, what the heck are derivatives?"

Viewer:

Ed, Sidney, Ohio

"Will somebody please BUY, so we can go home."

_________________________________________________________________________________ Beat 360° Challenge


Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
November 27th, 2009
04:04 PM ET

Video: White House Party Crashers Interview will.i.am

TPM Livewire

Watch the video of the couple who crashed the White House's state dinner Michaele and Tareq Salahi,  interviewing will.i.am for the American Polo Cup's youth initiatives in May. Tareq Salahi is the captain of the U.S. polo team.

November 27th, 2009
03:52 PM ET

Tiger Woods injured in car crash

Golfer Tiger Woods, 33, has won 93 tournaments since going pro in 1996.

Golfer Tiger Woods, 33, has won 93 tournaments since going pro in 1996.

CNN

Golfer Tiger Woods was taken to a Florida hospital after suffering serious injuries in a car crash early Friday, officials said.
The one-car accident occurred about 2:25 a.m. near his home in Windermere, a suburb of Orlando, according to an incident report from the Florida Highway Patrol.

Woods, 33, had just pulled out of his driveway in his 2009 Cadillac SUV and had begun to drive down a street when he struck a fire hydrant, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The front of his vehicle then struck a tree.

Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn told CNN that local police arrived within two minutes of being notified. The golfer was taken to Health Central Hospital, where he was treated for facial lacerations and released, Bruhn said.

"I think it's nothing more than an accident," he said.

A woman who answered a phone there Friday afternoon said he was not there.

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November 27th, 2009
03:37 PM ET

White House crashers named in 16 civil suits

CNN

The Virginia couple accused of crashing President Obama's first White House state dinner on Tuesday are named in at least 16 different civil suits in Fauquier County, sometimes as plaintiffs, sometimes as defendants.

A trawl through court records on Thursday revealed a more complete picture of Tareq and Michaele Salahi, who have left an extensive paper trail in federal bankruptcy and state court filings.

The couple was spotted rubbing elbows with the likes of Vice President Joe Biden and Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel at Tuesday's dinner, but the Secret Service says they were not invited.

Keep Reading...

November 27th, 2009
03:30 PM ET
November 27th, 2009
03:14 PM ET

Priest's secret son

Anderson Cooper | BIO

AC360° Anchor

Anderson Cooper and his panel discuss the story of a priest that had a son and whether the church covered it up.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Anderson Cooper
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