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December 7th, 2009
09:43 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 12/7/09

U.S. Senator Mary Cantwell is urging Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to help American college student Amanda Knox, who was convicted of murdering her study abroad roommate in Italy and sentenced to 26 years in prison. Senator Cantwell, who represents Knox’s home state, has issued a statement saying she has profound concerns that Knox has been failed by the Italian justice system.

Also tonight: science, skepticism and allegations of conspiracy. World leaders have gathered in Copenhagen for the United Nations climate summit but leaked emails from an internationally-renowned climate research unit are threatening to overshadow the talks.

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Filed under: Live Blog • T1
December 7th, 2009
09:35 PM ET

Photo Gallery: Planet in Peril – Battle Lines

AC360°

In 2007 and 2008, CNN took viewers around the world with Planet in Peril. This worldwide investigation looked at four key issues: climate change, vanishing habitats, disappearing species and human population growth. Anderson Cooper, Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Animal Planet's Jeff Corwin traveled to some of the most remote and remarkable places on Earth and gathered evidence on the unsettling changes taking place all around us.

Go here to view some incredible images captured through out this journey.

December 7th, 2009
08:30 PM ET

But what about the Afghan women?

Charity Tooze
AC360° Contributor

While the U.S. and Afghanistan government continue to work to defeat the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan, the eight-year-old promise to help relieve the oppression of women and girls has largely not been kept.

During his prime time address last week at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., President Obama laid out several military goals and a commitment to law and order. But he did not mention women and girls. Yesterday, Human Rights Watch released the report “We have the Promises of the World,” chronicling the oppressive conditions women and girls continue to face in Afghanistan.

The Karzai government will now work with Taliban fighters who are willing to give up violence and support the efforts of the Afghan government. “Women are living in Taliban controlled areas, so peace deals and payments to insurgents isn’t really going to help women. Because it won’t change the fundamental mentality of the Taliban,” said Rachel Reid, Human Rights Watch researcher and the author of this week’s report.

Similarly, both the U.S. and Afghan administrations have committed to support local tribal leaders in establishing militias in rural areas to police the Taliban. “In the past local militias given guns and money have disappeared or committed human rights abuses themselves or they start polarizing with another group,” Reid said.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Women's Issues
December 7th, 2009
07:08 PM ET

Senator Cantwell’s letters to Hillary Clinton

Amanda Knox

Amanda Knox

AC360°

Sen. Maria Cantwell, a Democrat from Washington state, is speaking out against the Amanda Knox verdict. She talks to Anderson about the case tonight. Take a look at the letters she has sent Sec. of State Hillary Clinton.





Filed under: Crime & Punishment
December 7th, 2009
06:41 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Amanda Knox’s Fight for Freedom

Amanda Knox looks on during a session of her trial last week at the courthouse in Perugia, Italy.

Amanda Knox looks on during a session of her trial last week at the courthouse in Perugia, Italy.

Cate Vojdik
AC360° Writer

U.S. Senator Mary Cantwell is urging Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to help American college student Amanda Knox, who was convicted of murdering her study abroad roommate in Italy and sentenced to 26 years in prison. Senator Cantwell, who represents Knox’s home state, has issued a statement saying she has profound concerns that Knox has been failed by the Italian justice system. She wants Secretary Clinton to intervene and ensure that Knox gets a fair appeals trial. Tonight, Anderson talks to the senator about why she thinks U.S. officials need to step in. We’ll also hear from Former Assistant Secretary of State James Rubin. Even if Secretary Clinton decides she wants to intervene, can she? How m uch leverage does she have?

Also tonight: science, skepticism and allegations of conspiracy. World leaders have gathered in Copenhagen for the United Nations climate summit but leaked emails from an internationally-renowned climate research unit are threatening to overshadow the talks. Climate change skeptics say the emails are proof that scientists have manipulated data and public perception of global warming. We’ll explain the controversy. You can decide if you think it’s a conspiracy or much ado about nothing.

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Filed under: Cate Vojdik • The Buzz
December 7th, 2009
05:54 PM ET

Photo Gallery: Amanda Knox's childhood

CNN

Amanda Knox is in an Italian jail, sentenced to spend the next 26 years there for the 2007 slaying of her roommate, Meredith Kercher, while the two were exchange students in Italy.But despite a trial lasting nearly a year, many questions about the case remain unanswered. Knox's family will talk to Larry King tonight at 9 p.m.

Go here and scroll down to view a photo gallery of Amanda Knox's childhood.

December 7th, 2009
05:36 PM ET

Raw Data: Abortion in the U.S., by age and state


Number, rate, and ratio of abortions performed, by year - selected states, United States, 1996–2006

Centers for Disease Control

Each year, CDC requests abortion data from the central health agencies of 52 reporting areas (the 50 states, New York City, and the District of Columbia); these data are provided to CDC voluntarily. In 2006, data were received from 49 reporting areas. For the purpose of trend analysis, data were evaluated from the 46 areas that reported data every year during 1996–2006.

For 2006, a total of 846,181 abortions were reported to CDC. Among the 46 areas that provided data consistently during 1996–2006, a total of 835,134 abortions (98.7% of the total) were reported; the abortion rate was 16.1 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years, and the abortion ratio was 236 abortions per 1,000 live births. During the previous decade (1997–2006), reported abortion numbers, rates, and ratios decreased 5.7%, 8.8%, and 14.8%, respectively; most of these declines occurred before 2001. During the previous year (2005–2006), the total number of abortions increased 3.1%, and the abortion rate increased 3.2%; the abortion ratio was stable.

In 2006, as during the previous decade (1997–2006), women aged 20–29 years accounted for the majority (56.8%) of abortions and had the highest abortion rates (29.9 abortions per 1,000 women aged 20–24 years and 22.2 abortions per 1,000 women aged 25–29 years); by contrast, abortion ratios were highest at the extremes of reproductive age. Adolescents aged 15–19 years accounted for 16.5% of all abortions in 2006

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Filed under: Women's Issues
December 7th, 2009
05:28 PM ET

The new face of evil

Barbie Latza Nadeau
The Daily Beast

Is the real Amanda Knox the sex-obsessed, cold-blooded murderer that the prosecution depicted? Or worse?

Amanda Knox should be finishing college and polishing her résumé for her first job. She should be buying Christmas presents for her friends. She should be falling in love. But so should Meredith Kercher, the British woman Knox was just convicted of killing. Knox, who was sentenced to 26 years in prison for sexual assault, murder, staging a crime scene, and criminal defamation, will one day walk out of prison. She will likely be out in time to marry and have children, should she chose to. Kercher has been wiped from existence.

 Knox is a convicted murderess but she is not necessarily an assassin. She is a 22-year-old woman who followed a dream to study in Perugia, but instead found herself in an unthinkable situation that led her to Capanne Prison just outside of town. She has a recognizable face, but she is no longer the young woman from the pictures taken on November 2, 2007, snuggling outside the crime scene with her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, who was also convicted for Kercher’s murder. Back then, Knox seemed naïve and carefree. Now she is withered. The lines in her face are deep with concern.

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment
December 7th, 2009
05:23 PM ET

Beat 360° 12/7/09

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:

Senator Max Baucus speaks to reporters after a meeting with President Barack Obama and other Senate Democrats on Capitol Hill December 6, 2009 in Washington, DC.

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:

Kirk McDonald

"No, young lady, I will not nominate you to be a US attorney if you date me."

Viewer:

Sean, Boston, MA

"No, no, no, I told you I'll only speak to Anderson, he's got gray hair, about this tall..."

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
December 7th, 2009
05:10 PM ET

Interactive Map: Battle lines around the world

AC360°

"Planet in Peril: Battle Lines" traveled around the world to document threats to the environment.

Go here to learn more about each location.

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