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December 15th, 2009
11:25 AM ET

Husband of missing Utah woman skips police questioning

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Susan Powell, 28, has been missing for more than one week.

Susan Powell, 28, has been missing for more than one week.

Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

The husband of a missing Utah woman did not appear for his scheduled interview with police on Monday, authorities said today. Joshua Powell was supposed to meet for a second time with investigators who are trying to determine what happened to his wife, Susan Powell.

"He failed to show up," Capt. Tom McLachlan of the West Valley City Polce told CNN. "We had heard that he had retained an attorney. We contacted the attorney and he said he had advised Joshua not to submit to questioning."

"Hopefully we can rescheule an additional interview. We'll wait to see what occurs on that request."

Mr. Powell said he last saw his wife shortly after midnight on December 6 as he was taking the couple's 4 and 1-year-old sons on a camping trip, according to police. Authorities also said Mr. Powell told them that Mrs. Powell was not at home when he returned with the children on Tuesday.

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
December 15th, 2009
11:21 AM ET

The U.S. Is on Board

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: 'It is time to launch a broad operational accord on climate change'.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: 'It is time to launch a broad operational accord on climate change'.

Hillary Rodham Clinton
The New York Times

Our world is on an unsustainable path that threatens not only our environment, but our economies and our security. It is time to launch a broad operational accord on climate change that will set us on a new course.

A successful agreement depends upon a number of core elements, but two are shaping up to be essential: first, that all major economies set forth strong national actions and resolve to implement them; and second, that they agree to a system that enables full transparency and creates confidence that national actions are in fact being implemented.

Transparency, in particular, is what will ensure that this agreement becomes operational, not just aspirational. We all need to take our share of responsibility, stand behind our commitments, and mean what we say in order for an international agreement to be credible.

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December 15th, 2009
11:12 AM ET

It's Raining Ideas

Prince Charles
The Times of India

This week the world has an opportunity to herald perhaps the most exciting era of international cooperation in human history. As leaders gather in Denmark at the Copenhagen climate change summit, an accord on a way forward on this most critical issue could lay the foundations for a period of incredibly dynamic development and economic opportunity. But we will need to adopt 21st century ways of thinking and doing if we are to rise to the challenge before us and to make the most of the opportunities it presents.

While climate change has recently emerged as a clear priority for policy-makers in many countries, in many others the focus has quite understandably been elsewhere especially on development and the alleviation of poverty. While the focus on ending poverty must remain and be sharpened, it seems to me that we must guard against falling into the trap of seeing the protection of the environment and development of the economy as alternatives. I believe they are, in fact, two sides of the same coin.

No longer can any country or city pursue its interests in isolation. Today, the emphasis is very much on interconnection, interdependence and cooperation. While history reveals that humans sometimes struggle to succeed in these respects, we must not be deterred from seeking a better future. One challenge that has been on my mind a lot for the last couple of years, and which is relevant to many developing countries, is the question of how to save what remains of the world's tropical rainforests.

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Filed under: Environmental issues
December 15th, 2009
10:51 AM ET
December 15th, 2009
10:19 AM ET

Dumbest moments in business 2009

David Ellis
CNNMoney.com staff writer

Loudmouth CEOs, islands in the desert and bringing dead celebrities back to life. Our annual list of the business world's bonehead plays marches on.

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For all the complex financial products they can dream up, simple common sense still seems to elude the bright minds of Wall Street. Or at least, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein.

Hoping to shore up his firm's battered image, he spearheaded an all-out public relations campaign this fall, touting his company's important role in building economies and helping everyday workers prosper.

Last month, however, he got a bit carried away, telling a Times of London reporter that he was just a banker "doing God's work." For $43 million a year.

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December 15th, 2009
08:30 AM ET

'Gone with the Wind' still raises fuss after 70 years

Editor's note: Molly Haskell is a writer and film critic living in New York. She grew up in Virginia and is the author of, among other books, "From Reverence to Rape: the Treatment of Women in the Movies."

Molly Haskell
Special to CNN

The premiere of "Gone with the Wind" took place in Atlanta, Georgia, on December 15, 1939, but not without a territorial struggle of its own, a war between the states of California and Georgia.

Producer David O. Selznick of course wanted it in Hollywood. But William B. Hartsfield, the feisty mayor of Atlanta, with a rampant Junior League and the full force of its citizenry behind him, argued it was "their" story and won the day.

Selznick was terrified that he and the hyper-glittery event would be ridiculed by Northerners. Margaret Mitchell, by then a Pulitzer Prize winner and long past her scapegrace flapper days, was terrified the movie would be a vulgar travesty, embarrassing her in front of her friends.

It was, of course, a triumph - for the South it was like a sweet vindication for their humiliation at the hands of Sherman's army. For Selznick, the biggest gamble of his life would go on to win 10 Oscars and become a success beyond his wildest dreams. In its day the longest and most expensive film ever made, it had cost $4,250,000 to produce. It would go on to become a global hit and, with dollars adjusted for inflation, it remains the biggest blockbuster of all time.

But the tensions and ironies present at the premiere were an indication of fault lines that, without ever completely tarnishing the film as an audience favorite, would plague its 70-year history. How could it not be so in a movie that told "our" nation's history, the Civil War and Reconstruction, from the unreconstructed South's point of view?

A hundred-thousand people turned out on a bitter cold night and there were bands on every street and old men marching in Confederate uniforms. The stars arrived in full force ... the white ones, that is.

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Filed under: Pop Culture • Race in America
December 15th, 2009
08:22 AM ET

Advice for travelers affected by British Airways strike

CNN

British Airways announced Tuesday it is seeking an injunction to prevent a strike by cabin crew from going ahead over the busy holiday period.

Cabin crew plan to strike between December 22 and January 2, according to the Unite union.

No flights have been canceled yet, but what do you do if you're holding a BA ticket for the holidays? Here is some advice.

What do I do if I'm scheduled to fly during the strike period?

Make sure British Airways has your correct contact details so they can let you know whether your flight will be canceled, and whether they can book you on a new flight. You can do this via their Web site, britishairways.com, or by calling a BA ticket office.

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Filed under: Travel
December 15th, 2009
07:19 AM ET

Dear President Obama #330: Don't bank on bankers

Reporter's Note: President Obama met with some high-finance banker types to urge them to be more helpful to the recovery by making more loans available to taxpayers and easing up on some of the customer fees they are requiring. Ha! Good one! The subject of my daily letter to the big house on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Dear Mr. President,

While I appreciate your appeal to the better nature of those bankers, I suspect you are a bit like a rabbit appealing to the kinder side of wolf. Even if the wolf eats more slowly, the rabbit is still dinner.

The high finance crowd, (you know, the ones with gold Krugerrands stuffed into their penny loafers, and trophy wives who no longer bronze at the tanning salons, but instead are custom ordered with a platinum coating) has made it screamingly clear that they are not in the same boat with us; heaven forbid, they don’t even want to share our ocean. Oh sure, they’ll take our money to bail out their mistakes, and they’ll show up to have their picture taken with you, but if you think they have even the faintest glimmer of concern about the “greater good,” you’ve been sharing too many lunches with Geithner.

How many times do I have to say this? You keep hoping these guys and gals will see the error of their ways and realize their country needs help. You forget, however, that they don’t think they did anything wrong. Have you not heard these folks before Congress or in interviews? The way they tell it, their greed, manipulation of the markets, deceit, and gouging of customers had absolutely nothing to do with the problems we now face. CEO pay out of hand? Nonsense! Poor judgment in taking on outlandish risks to pad their own pockets? Poppycock!

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December 15th, 2009
07:00 AM ET

Sound Off: Your comments 12/14/09

Editor's Note: Many of you appreciated AC360° reporting the news about Tiger's sponsors, and not focusing solely on his infidelities. The segment about the killings in Chicago brought many comments. Some of you said that putting the blame for youth violence on teachers is unfair to the dedicated educators working in challenging districts. Some put more responsibility on parents to guide their children.
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Anderson Thank you for being a respective reporter and treating your guest with respect. I am so tired of these anchors cutting off their guest who are not giving them the sensational crap they want to call journalism. I have turned off your competitors and like watching your stories. Stories of Tigers infidelity is his private affair, but the sponsors dropping him is your story. My private life or anyone else's life should be theirs until they so choose to share it. Keep up the stand up news reporting.

I can't disagree more with your educational expert Mr. Perry. Mr. Perry commented that children aren't born violent and that the educational system failed them. I am an inner city school teacher and am quite offended by this comment. When are we going to put the responsibility back on parents to raise their kids. I personally see how no matter what we as teachers do to education children, if we don't have the support of the parents, there's not much we can do. Parents need to take a more active role in their child's education. They need to support education and enforce the importance of education. Too many parents see our schools as babysitters. Let's get real. It's not the school systems that are failing these kids, it's their parents.

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Filed under: Behind The Scenes
December 15th, 2009
01:35 AM ET

Video: Self-help gone wrong?

Anderson Cooper | BIO
AC360° Anchor

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