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April 21st, 2010
11:50 PM ET

Photo Gallery: A dispatch from Rwanda

Program Note: On Thursday, April 22, CNN takes an in-depth look at flashpoints around the globe where natural resources are caught in the crossfire of conflict.

Tune in to watch Anderson Cooper swim without a cage with Great White Sharks, meet a group of Mountain Gorillas never seen before by tourists and explore the next possible deadly pandemic with Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

A special Earth Day edition of CNN’s award winning documentary, Planet in Peril will air tomorrow night at 11pm ET on CNN.

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Anderson Cooper, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and Lisa Ling traveled to Rwanda as part of the Planet in Peril series, examining the conflict between humans and nature.

April 21st, 2010
10:07 PM ET

Video: Anderson Cooper dives with sharks

Program Note: On Thursday, April 22, CNN takes an in-depth look at flashpoints around the globe where natural resources are caught in the crossfire of conflict.

Tune in to watch Anderson Cooper swim without a cage with Great White Sharks, meet a group of Mountain Gorillas never seen before by tourists and explore the next possible deadly pandemic with Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

A special Earth Day edition of CNN’s award winning documentary, Planet in Peril will air tomorrow night at 11pm ET on CNN.

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AC360° Anchor

April 21st, 2010
09:51 PM ET

'Birthers' Vs. Pres. Obama: Join the Live Chat

Tonight on 360°, keeping them honest. The 'Birthers' are back and this time legislators are listening.
Arizona passes a bill demanding presidential candidates produce a birth certificate. Five other states are working on similar measures. Tonight, hear directly from one of the Arizona lawmakers who voted for the bill.
Plus, new developments in the murder of a principal and more.

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

Here are some of them:

1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
2) Don't write in ALL CAPS (there's no need to yell)
3) Use your real name (first name only is fine)
4) No links
5) Watch your language (keep it G-rated; PG at worst - and that includes $#&*)


Filed under: Live Blog • T1
April 21st, 2010
06:00 PM ET

Latest 'birther' move: A good idea or a waste of time?

The Arizona legislature demands that President Obama show his birth certificate to get on the state's ballot in 2012.

The Arizona legislature demands that President Obama show his birth certificate to get on the state's ballot in 2012.

AC360°

On Monday, the Arizona House voted Monday by a 31-22 margin to require all presidential candidates to prove they were born in the United States in order to meet the constitutional requirement. The measure still has to be considered by the Arizona state Senate before it can become law.

White House aides are scoffing at the move, which would force President Obama to show his birth certificate to get on the state's ballot in 2012 for his likely re-election battle.

What do you think? Is this a legitimate idea or a waste of time? Let us know!

April 21st, 2010
05:46 PM ET

Arizona 'birther' amendment: The full text

Obama may be forced to show his birth certificate in Arizona in 2012.

Obama may be forced to show his birth certificate in Arizona in 2012.

CNN

The Arizona legislature caused controversy this week by passing a bill that may force President Obama to show his birth certificate to get on the state's ballot in 2012 in order to be re-elected.

This so-called 'birther bill' must now be considered by the Arizona state Senate before it can be written into law.

For the full text of the amendment, click here.


Filed under: President Barack Obama
April 21st, 2010
05:06 PM ET

Resources for parents with disabilities

Program Note: Don't miss Anderson's conversation with Abbie Dorn's mother tonight on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

Abbie Dorn is unable to move or speak due to complications from childbirth.

Abbie Dorn is unable to move or speak due to complications from childbirth.

AC360°

Yesterday, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled that the parents of a woman who communicates largely by blinking have the legal right to fight on her behalf. She is trying to see her 3-year-old triplets.

Abbie Dorn 34, was left unable to move or speak because of a series of medical complications while giving birth to the children in 2006. Dorn now lives in South Carolina with her parents. Abbie and her husband, Dan, eventually divorced in a proceeding that left decisions over custody, visitation, property and child support unsettled.

A trial is set for May 13. Dan Dorn has refused to allow the children to visit their mother, arguing that it would be detrimental at their age.

We're reporting on the issue tonight. In the meantime, we found a wealth of information and resources about parenting with disabilities. The National National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families (also known as Through the Looking Glass) is a non-profit agency that provides services, information and referrals, consultation, training, materials, and research programs concerning families in which a parent, grandparent, or child has a disability or medical issue.

Find more information on the organization – and its resources – here...

April 21st, 2010
05:05 PM ET

Travel Update: Clearing the backlog and reopening flights

CNN Wire Staff

Airports across Europe began reopening Wednesday

Airports across Europe began reopening Wednesday

Airports across Europe began reopening Wednesday, six days after ash from an Icelandic volcano forced the shutdown of airspace and stranded thousands of passengers around the world.

The airspace over most of the United Kingdom, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Ireland, Sweden and Germany was open again, air traffic authorities said.

The airport in Helsinki, Finland, was briefly open on Wednesday but then closed again, airport officials said.

Keep reading for the latest travel developments...


Filed under: 360º Follow • Travel
April 21st, 2010
04:02 PM ET

Online tributes for slain principal

A memory wall dedicated to Betts outside Shaw Middle School. Photo courtesy DCPS.

A memory wall dedicated to Betts outside Shaw Middle School. Photo courtesy DCPS.

CNN

Teachers, students, and members of the community have taken to the web to share their memories of slain D.C. principal Brian Betts. See some of the online tributes on the District of Columbia Public Schools website as well as on a special Facebook page set up to honor Betts' memory.


Filed under: Crime • Education
April 21st, 2010
03:43 PM ET

Video: Reaction to 'South Park' sparks debate

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Anderson Cooper • Islam • Religion
April 21st, 2010
03:15 PM ET

Did slain principal know his killer?

Program Note: Don't miss Randi Kaye's report on the case tonight on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

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Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

A popular District of Columbia school principal who was found shot to death in his home may have been targeted by his killer, authorities said. “The circumstances surrounding his death generally have led investigators to believe this was not a random crime,” Captain Paul Starks of the Montgomery County Police Department told CNN. “There was no ransack, the front door was closed but unlocked, there was no forced entry in the home.”

The body of Brian Betts, 42, was discovered last Friday in his house last Thursday in Silver Spring, Maryland. The 42-year-old, who was a principal at Shaw Middle School, did not show up for work that morning, officials said.

Capt. Sparks said Betts was alive up to at least 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night. On Friday, two unidentified men were seen exiting an SUV owned by Betts on a District of Columbia street.

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
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