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July 13th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Tracking the Money for Haiti: Join the Live Chat

Tonight on 360°, Anderson reports live from Haiti where some work has been done to help the victims of January's earthquake, but so much more is needed. We're tracking the cash that was promised, and has not arrived. Plus, the latest on the new containment cap in the Gulf. Will it finally stop the oil leak?

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Filed under: Live Blog
July 13th, 2010
09:40 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Testing the New Containment Cap

The government says BP is financially responsible for all costs associated with the response to the Gulf oil spill.

The government says BP is financially responsible for all costs associated with the response to the Gulf oil spill.

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

BP is still getting ready to run crucial "integrity tests" to see whether a new containment cap will seal the broken well in the Gulf that's been leaking oil for 85 days.

The test will run anywhere from six to 48 hours. They're hoping for a higher pressure reading, which would mean the leak can be stopped. A lower pressure reading would mean oil is escaping from other parts of the well.

If this doesn't work, the ultimate solution would be the two relief wells that are still being built. BP and government officials say that work won't be complete until next month. They also admit the work won't be over then either.

"Even if we contain the well and even if the well is capped in mid-August there's still a significant amount of oil out there and the oil recovery and the impacts of this oil will probably extend well into the Fall," Incident Commander Ret. Adm. Thad Allen told reporters today.

With that in mind, Allen announced 1,000 skimmers should be out on the water by the end of the month. There are currently less than 600 on the job.

Meanwhile, BP got a fourth bill from the Obama administration on the oil spill for $99.7 million. That's on top of the the $122.3 million it's already been billed.

Randi Kaye will have the latest developments from the Gulf.

We're also reporting live from Haiti, keeping them honest, as we mark the six-month anniversary of January's massive earthquake.

Anderson and our team of reporters/producers are trying to find out why months later so little has been done. $5.3 billion was promised by various countries around the world for rebuilding, but $89 million has been received. We're tracking the money.

There's also the troubling discovery by Dr. Sanjay Gupta of life-saving drugs, food and other items just sitting on shelves, tied up in red tape.

Join us for these stories and much more at 10 p.m. ET.


Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
July 13th, 2010
05:05 PM ET

Beat 360° 7/13/10

Ready for today's Beat 360°? Everyday we post a picture 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:

Prince Harry holds an eight week old puppy called Veyron during a visit to the charity Canine Partners Training Centre on July 13, 2010 in Midhurst, United Kingdom. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth/WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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.

Update: Beat 360° Winners

Staff:
Catherine Vojdik
"The House of Corgi crumbles"

Viewer:
Linda from Canada
"A 'fox' and a hound!"

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
July 13th, 2010
03:36 PM ET

Earthquake followed by heartbreak for Haitian family

Ivan Watson
CNN

Michel and Eliane Clervil survey a camp shortly after the January 12 earthquake in Haiti. Soon more tragedy would strike

Michel and Eliane Clervil survey a camp shortly after the January 12 earthquake in Haiti. Soon more tragedy would strike

Six months ago, Michel Clervil and his wife, Eliane, looked lost in a sea of makeshift tents. Eliane nervously clutched a small hand-cranked radio distributed by the U.S. Army, while Michel periodically wiped at the sweat on his brow with a rag.

The couple had just taken shelter with their children in the filthy camp that sprang up on a golf course in Port-au-Prince. They were disoriented and almost appeared to be in shock.

In fact, the Clervils were lucky to be alive.

Somehow, everyone in the family escaped unharmed when the walls of their five-story house came tumbling down on January 12. At least 220,000 people were killed in the earthquake. Many more were injured.

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Filed under: Haiti Earthquake • Ivan Watson
July 13th, 2010
03:23 PM ET

BP settlements: A gamble for Gulf Coast victims

Roger Parloff
Legal Analyst, FORTUNE

Both the victim and BP will, therefore, be making a gamble about the future since neither can yet foresee how bad future damages might become.

Both the victim and BP will, therefore, be making a gamble about the future since neither can yet foresee how bad future damages might become.

"We're interested in total peace," says Ken Feinberg, the administrator of the $20 billion Gulf Coast Escrow Fund that is being set up to provide a fast, fair claims processing facility for most oil spill victims. "We're not interested in any halfway measures," Feinberg adds.

What he means is that the fund he'll be administering won't be dispensing any relief for losses already incurred unless the victim also consents to accept an estimate of his future damages, too, and then releases BP from future claims. "My goal is to settle then and there," Feinberg says. "Why bother coming back? Let's resolve it right now."

Both the victim and BP will, therefore, be making a gamble about the future since neither can yet foresee how bad future damages might become. As of the moment, of course, the gushing Macondo deep-sea oil well hasn't even been plugged yet.

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Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
July 13th, 2010
02:40 PM ET

Interactive: Complete coverage of Gulf oil spill

CNN

Click on the image below to see CNN's complete coverage of the Gulf oil spill disaster.


Filed under: 360° Radar
July 13th, 2010
01:31 PM ET

Is the world ready for good news?

Richard Galant
CNN

TED European director Bruno Giussani says notable progress is being made in technology, science, and other fields.

TED European director Bruno Giussani says notable progress is being made in technology, science, and other fields.

War and terrorism besiege countries around the world. Infectious diseases kill millions. Environmental catastrophes threaten nature. Is this a time for a conference titled "And Now the Good News"?

Yes it is, according to Bruno Giussani, European director for TED, the nonprofit organization that on Tuesday is beginning TEDGlobal 2010, its third conference in Oxford.

"Someone has written, in presenting the conference, that good news is a species that is becoming extinct. If you look at any newspaper ... we are bombarded by bad news," he said as attendees chatted at a welcome party at Keble College on Monday. "But if you dig, if you look under the surface and search, you will find a lot of new technology, new science, new art, new ways of thinking, politically, socially, philosophically that may give you, when you string them all together, a more optimistic view of the future."

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Filed under: Technology
July 13th, 2010
12:59 PM ET

Police: Families turn suspected bank robbers in

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The parents of two suspected bank robbers are being credited with turning their sons in, police in Florida said.

Andrew Wright, 18, and Michael Jeczalik, 24, are in federal custody awaiting charges connected to the July 9 robbery of a Bank of America, said Stephanie Slater, spokeswoman for the Boynton Beach Police Department.

Authorities said it didn't take long for the families to identify the alleged perpetrators.

“When Gary Wright saw photos of a bank robbery suspect on an internet news site, he immediately recognized the man in the pinstriped suit,” Slater said in a statement. “It was his 18-year-old son.”

Mr. Wright confronted his son about the hold up, police said. The teenage suspect surrendered on Sunday, according to Slater.

“At the same time,” Slater said, “the parents of Michael Jeczalik called Boynton Beach Police and said they saw their son and Andrew Wright writing a note for a bank robbery at their home in Boynton Beach on Friday.”

Slater said the Jeczalik’s parents saw Wright leaving their house shortly before the robbery and noticed he was wearing a pinstriped suit and hat.

According to investigators, Jeczalik implicated himself, telling detectives how he gave Wright the suit and a gun to commit the robbery.

“Jeczalik told detectives that the gun used in the robbery was under the living room couch in his house,” Slater said.


Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
July 13th, 2010
12:22 PM ET

Video: Full interview with former President Bill Clinton

Anderson Cooper | BIO
AC360° Anchor

Program Note: Anderson Cooper will be reporting live from Haiti tonight on AC360° at 10pm ET.


Filed under: Anderson Cooper • Bill Clinton • Haiti Earthquake
July 13th, 2010
10:35 AM ET

New well cap to get 'integrity testing'

CNN Wire Staff

Official says placing the cap to seal the well went 'extremely well'

Official says placing the cap to seal the well went 'extremely well'

A BP official praised the successful attachment Tuesday of a cap that could seal the ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico.

He cautioned, however, that the company still must conduct more tests to determine if the effort will stop oil from gushing into the Gulf. Those tests started Tuesday morning.

"I couldn't be prouder of the team that put on the sealing cap. That really went extremely well," BP Senior Vice President Kent Wells told reporters in a conference call Tuesday.

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Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
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