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May 3rd, 2010
09:50 PM ET

Times Square Terror: Join the Live Chat

Tonight on 360°, breaking developments in the Times Square bomb threat.  Investigators are looking at the possibility this was not the work of a lone wolf. Plus, we're keeping BP honest over the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. We also have Gary Tuchman's investigation on the priest who was convicted of being a child molester. Why did Cardinal Ratzinger, who is now the Pope, hesitate in defrocking  him?

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Filed under: Live Blog
May 3rd, 2010
05:42 PM ET

Greed, negligence behind BP oil spill

Donna Brazile
CNN Contributor

Brazile: Greed, negligence caused BP oil spill, death toll; suffering to be long-term

Brazile: Greed, negligence caused BP oil spill, death toll; suffering to be long-term

I spent a restless night, worrying that another man-made disaster might devastate my beloved hometown, New Orleans, just as its post-Katrina motto "Recover, Rebuild, Rebirth" was becoming real.

The oil spill couldn't come at a worse time. Everybody was so up, waiting for the inauguration of our newly elected Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

The BP oil spill threatens New Orleans and the entire Gulf Coast in a way that's more insidious than Hurricane Katrina. After all, the failure of the levees and the response from the previous administration, widely criticized for incompetence and indifference, followed an act of nature: the destruction, immediate; the impact, obvious; and the pain and suffering, visible to all.

Keep Reading...


Filed under: Donna Brazile • Gulf Oil Spill • Opinion
May 3rd, 2010
05:19 PM ET

Reporter's Notebook: "Why did the Pope hesitate?"

Gary Tuchman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Ismael Estrada
AC360° Producer

Program Note: Watch Gary's full report tonight on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

Gary Tuchman and I were in the Bay Area last week wanting to speak with Stephen Kiesle. Kiesle is a former priest, but also a convicted sex offender. He was accused of molesting children while studying to be a priest in the 1970's. He pleaded no contest to some of those charges, but also said he no longer wanted to be a priest. His bishop at the time agreed. Kiesle should not be associated with the Catholic Church.

The problem? Someone in the Vatican disagreed. Despite the fact that Kiesle already admitted to the charges and petitioned to be de-frocked with full support from the bishop, one man said no.

That man was Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, a top Vatican official. The same man who is now Pope Benedict the XVI. After years of back and forth, Ratzinger said more information was needed because of Kiesle¹s young age. In a letter signed by Ratzinger, he wrote "the good of the universal church" needed to be taken into consideration.

Kiesle lives in a private community just north of San Francisco. An invitation is needed to get in and see anyone inside. Because of that he's been shielded from the media. We spoke with people who say they were molested by Kiesle and are frustrated and angry that the church didn't remove him quickly after he admitted to his crimes.

We were invited into the private, gated community by one of the residents. We pulled around and saw Kiesle getting into his car. Gary wanted to ask him if he was sorry for molesting children and wanted to know how he felt about the long delay in his removal from the priesthood.

Watch our story tonight at 10pm on Anderson Cooper 360.

May 3rd, 2010
05:17 PM ET

Interactive: NYC bomb scare... what happened?

CNN Wire Staff

Authorities looking for clues in the failed Times Square bombing attempt expect to release another video in the case

Authorities looking for clues in the failed Times Square bombing attempt expect to release another video in the case

Authorities looking for clues in the failed Times Square bombing attempt expect to release another video in the case, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told CNN's "American Morning" on Monday.

Kelly said a video obtained from a tourist shows a person apparently "running north on Broadway."

Authorities earlier released a video showing an image of a man changing his shirt along a New York street. A balding man with dark hair is seen removing a shirt and putting it in a bag before walking out of the camera's view from inside a restaurant.

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Filed under: 360º Follow
May 3rd, 2010
05:15 PM ET
May 3rd, 2010
05:03 PM ET

Financial Dispatch: United, Continental Airlines merging

Andrew Torgan
CNN Business News Producer

Get ready to fly the friendly skies of “Uni-tal”…

United Airlines announced today it will merge with Continental Airlines in a deal worth $3.2 billion, creating the world's largest airline.

The combined carrier, which will fly under the United name and Continental logo, would be larger than Delta Air Lines, which became the country's largest airline when it merged with Northwest in 2008. It’s expected to serve nearly 150 million passengers per year and fly to 370 destinations in 59 countries.

So what does all this mean for consumers? Will flights be cut because of the consolidation? Will ticket prices go up?

United and Continental aren't really commenting on much of that at the moment, but generally, flights do get cut when airlines merge.

And of course, it could also lead to higher fares, since decreased competition typically means higher prices. Industry analysts say fares probably won't be affected between major cities, but they could increase for some international flights and for flights into and out of smaller cities, where the carrier would have more pricing control.

Assuming the deal clears antitrust hurdles, the new airline would be based in Chicago, United's home, and its largest hub will be Houston, Continental's base.

United and Continental discussed merging back in 2008, but Continental backed out of the deal. This time around though, United is in a much stronger financial position.

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Filed under: Andrew Torgan • Economy • Finance
May 3rd, 2010
04:42 PM ET

"America the Beautiful" Is Under Threat

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins
Special to CNN

Ellis-Lamkins: Even then, America won’t see an end to tragedies like this one until we accept and address an undeniable lesson: what is profitable for the fossil fuel industry is perilous for the rest of us.

Ellis-Lamkins: Even then, America won’t see an end to tragedies like this one until we accept and address an undeniable lesson: what is profitable for the fossil fuel industry is perilous for the rest of us.

A massive ecological and human disaster is unfurling in the Gulf Coast. An estimated five thousand barrels of crude oil steadily spew into the Gulf every day, threatening the lives, health, economy, and environment of an entire region.

When will it stop? British Petroleum spokespeople and government officials say it could be weeks or even months until they’ve slowed the flow of oil. A massive clean-up and recovery effort will take months and years more. But much of the damage will be irreversible, from the health impacts on cities like New Orleans, where oil fumes hang thick in the air, to lost livelihoods along a coastline that is sustained by the seafood industry.

Even then, America won’t see an end to tragedies like this one until we accept and address an undeniable lesson: what is profitable for the fossil fuel industry is perilous for the rest of us.

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May 3rd, 2010
04:20 PM ET

UVA Lacrosse Player Killed, Another Player Charged

 

 

 

 

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Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

A men’s Varsity lacrosse player at the University of Virginia has been charged with killing a member of the women’s lacrosse team at the school, authorities said.
The victim has been identified as Yeardley Love, 22, a fourth-year student at the university, the Charlottesville police department said in a statement. Police said her body was discovered this morning at a 14th St. N..W. apartment.

“She suffered visible physical trauma, however the specific cause of death is undetermined pending an autopsy,” the statement said.

The victim has been identified as Yeardley Love, 22, a fourth-year student at the university, the Charlottesville police department said in a statement.

The victim has been identified as Yeardley Love, 22, a fourth-year student at the university, the Charlottesville police department said in a statement.

George Huguely, a senior at UVA was arrested for the slaying and has been charged with first degree murder, police said. Huguely, also 22, plays for the men’s university’s lacrosse team. He is from Chevy Chase, Maryland, and was an All-American high school lacrosse player, according to the school.

A senior at the University, George Huguely, was arrested for the slaying.

A senior at the University, George Huguely, was arrested for the slaying.

The victim and the suspect had a past relationship, the police said.

In a statement to the school community, UVA President John Casteen said “this death moves us to deep anguish for the loss of a student of uncommon talent and promise, and we express the University's and our own sympathy for Yeardley's family, teammates, and friends. That she appears now to have been murdered by another student compounds this sense of loss by suggesting that Yeardley died without comfort or consolation from those closest to her.”

“We mourn her death and feel anger on reading that the investigators believe that another student caused it. Like students who have contacted us in the last few minutes, we know no explanation of what appears now to have happened.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the police at 434-970-3970.


Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
May 3rd, 2010
04:06 PM ET
May 3rd, 2010
04:01 PM ET

Update: “Possible suicide” in death of Drake University Student

 

 

 

 

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Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

The Drake University student who died from a gunshot wound may have taken his own life, authorities said in a news conference this afternoon.

Benjamin Backstrom, 22, was found last week on Highway 65 outside Indianola, police said. The case was originally classified as a homicide. During today’s news conference, investigators said the sophomore likely committed suicide.

It appeared he died “as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” said Michael Motsinger, special agent in charge with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. “Any time a young person dies in this matter it is a difficult thing for the family to go through.”

Backstrom was leaning against a highway bridge in the early morning hours of April 27 and was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, authorities said.

According to Mostinger, evidence gathered in the investigation revealed “no credible threats” against Backstrom.

In today’s news conference, Motsinger said surveillance recordings indicated Backstrom was alone in his vehicle that night and that there were no other vehicles in the area. He also said the student was observed by witnesses walking along the highway by himself shortly before he was found on the bridge.

In addition, a gun has been reported missing from the family’s residence and has not been located, he said.

Authorities continue to gather information connected to the case and ask anyone with information to contact the Warren County Sheriff’s Office at 515-961-1122


Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
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