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Programming Note: Watch the full interview on AC360° tonight at 10PM ET.
A police officer in Tucson, Arizona, asks that local law enforcement be exempt from enforcing the state's new immigration law in a lawsuit filed in federal court on Thursday.
Officer Martin H. Escobar claims in the suit that the law will "seriously impede law enforcement investigations and facilitate the successful commission of crimes."
Officer Escobar spoke with Sanjay Gupta on AC360°. Watch a portion of that interview here.
Watch the full interview tonight on AC360° at 10pm ET.
We’re following breaking news out of Louisiana, where crude oil from that massive spill is now coming ashore. We’ll have the latest on its spread and what’s being done to contain the damage.
We’ll also look at some burning questions for the owner of the ruptured well and the government. Did oil company BP fail to take the steps it should have to prevent this catastrophe? Did regulators fail to enforce safety provisions leading up to the rupture? Did they fail to act fast enough after the rig blew? We’re keeping them honest.
Also tonight, Dr. Sanjay Gupta looks at the potential health impact of the oil spill. What will happen to all that seafood and everyone who eats it?
Arizona’s new immigration law is sparking a big backlash. Protests are planned in at least 21 states tomorrow. In the face of accusations of racial profiling, Arizona’s legislature made late changes last night to the law’s language. Will that be enough to change critics’ minds? In tonight’s Big 360 Interview, we’ll hear from a veteran police officer who is suing to block the law, which he calls unconstitutional.
Plus, four impressive women who are using their professional skills and connections to wage war against breast cancer. Newswomen Cokie Roberts, Deborah Charles, Jennifer Griffin and Jill Dougherty talk with 360 M.D. Sanjay Gupta about their personal battles with the disease and their latest call to action.
See you at 10 p.m. eastern!
As an environmental disaster, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico just keeps getting worse. Late on Thursday, April 29, BP — the energy company that operates the sunken Deepwater Horizon rig and is financially responsible for the spill — revealed that oil was leaking from the burst well at a rate of 5,000 bbl. a day, five times faster than previously estimated. That means about 210,000 gal. of oil are now spilling into the Gulf each day, forming a metastasizing oil slick that is 5,000 sq. mi. (13,000 sq km) large and growing by the hour.
Worse, shifting winds and currents are pushing the oil toward the Gulf Coast, where the Coast Guard and other government agencies are already preparing to minimize the environmental impact when the crude washes ashore. "We are being very aggressive, and we are prepared for the worst case," said Rear Admiral Sally Brice O'Hara of the Coast Guard in a press briefing on Thursday.
A major oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to cause substantial environmental damage along the Louisiana and Florida coastline.
Here CNN's Jim Boulden explains the circumstances behind the leak and the consequences for oil giant BP as efforts to limit the disaster get underway.
What caused the oil spill? It seems workers on the Transocean Deepwater Horizon drilling rig (not owned by BP) were attempting to cap this new exploratory well when it suffered a "blow" causing the fire and sinking of the rig and the rupture of the line which brings extracted oil to the shore. Investigators will want to see what caused the explosion.
What are BP's offshore operations? BP took over two big American oil companies in the 1990's, ARCO and AMOCO which gives BP access to many U.S. oil fields and refineries. There has been a slew of new oil and gas finds in the Gulf of Mexico in deep water. BP, like many of its competitors, is drilling exploration wells there to gauge the oil and gas potential. The well, known as Mississippi Canyon (MC) Block 252, is in the 'Macondo prospect'. The well in question is 65 percent owned by BP and has other oil companies as minority partners. It's the norm these days for competitors to invest in these speculative wells.
As the oil slick from the recent offshore oil rig disaster makes its way to Gulf Coast shores - expected to devastate the precious ecosystem and hurt struggling businesses - the seeds of political fallout for the Obama administration are beginning to sprout.
Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh said on his program that the oil slick disaster is "Obama's Katrina."
Not so, says Media Matters for America:
"Media conservatives have rushed to absurdly compare the Obama administration's response to a catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to the Bush Administration's botched response after Hurricane Katrina, a hurricane that left more than 1,500 dead," the liberal-leaning group said on its website. "This claim is undermined by a number of facts."
Dr. Sanjay Gupta | BIO
CNN Chief Medical Correspondent
Several Washington based journalists and breast cancer survivors, including CNN's Jill Dougherty, are challenging the DC media to Race for the Cure. Congressional offices, government agencies, several embassies and even White House officials have already committed teams. The Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Curetakes place on June 5th, on the National Mall.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer while covering the end of the Yeltsin regime in Moscow. Coincidentally, I found the tumor myself after coming home from my daily run. Ten years, two surgeries and 6 months of chemo later, I am a survivor and a runner in the Global Race. – Jill Dougherty, Foreign Affairs Correspondent, CNN
I became an activist against breast cancer in early 1992 when I went to two funeral Masses in one day for friends who had died from the disease. I vowed then to support every Race for the Cure that came along. – Cokie Roberts, News Analyst, ABC, NPR
National Cancer Institute
Estimated new cases and deaths from breast cancer in the United States in 2009: New cases: 192,370 (female); 1,910 (male) Deaths: 40,170 (female); 440 (male)
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