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August 30th, 2010
09:52 PM ET

Dry Run to Blow up U.S. Airliner?: Join the Live Chat

We're following breaking news. Was it a practice run to blow up a U.S. jetliner? Bottles of liquid with watches and cell phones attached, inside checked luggage on a flight out of Chicago. Two men are in custody in the Netherlands. We'll have the latest and tonight's other news.

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Filed under: Live Blog
August 30th, 2010
06:35 PM ET

Text 360°

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Earl was upgraded to a Category 4 hurricane Monday as it strengthened and lumbered across the Atlantic. Its sustained winds rose to 135 mph (215 kph), the National Hurricane Center said, and as of 5 p.m. ET, the storm was moving away from the Virgin Islands. CNN Meteorologist Chad Myers delivers the full forecast tonight. But what questions do you have?

Send us a text message with your question. Text AC360 (or 22360), and you might hear it on air!


Filed under: T1 • Text 360
August 30th, 2010
06:26 PM ET

Video: Receding waters reveal destruction

Dr. Sanjay Gupta
CNN Chief Medical Correspondent

Related: In Pakistan, a flood of tears


Filed under: Pakistan • Sanjay Gupta
August 30th, 2010
06:19 PM ET

Hurricane Earl grows to Category 4

CNN Wire Staff

Miami, Florida (CNN) - It's increasingly stormy in the Atlantic as Hurricane Earl, Tropical Storm Danielle and now Tropical Storm Fiona all occupied different areas of the ocean Monday.

Earl was upgraded to a Category 4 hurricane as it strengthened and lumbered across the Atlantic. Its sustained winds rose to 135 mph (215 kph), the National Hurricane Center said, and as of 5 p.m. ET, the storm was moving away from the Virgin Islands.


Filed under: 360° Radar
August 30th, 2010
06:16 PM ET

Magazine: Billionaire brothers funding conservative causes

The New Yorker's Jane Mayer reports on David and Charles Koch writing: "The Kochs are longtime libertarians who believe in drastically lower personal and corporate taxes, minimal social services for the needy, and much less oversight of industry—especially environmental regulation. These views dovetail with the brothers’ corporate interests."

Read more of Mayer's report in The New Yorker


Filed under: 360° Radar
August 30th, 2010
06:04 PM ET

Newspaper: Dem violated rules, steered scholarships to relatives

The Dallas Morning News reported Sunday that Texas Democratic Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson "has awarded thousands of dollars in college scholarships to four relatives and a top aide's two children since 2005, using foundation funds set aside for black lawmakers' causes.

"The recipients were ineligible under anti-nepotism rules of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, which provided the money. And all of the awards violated a foundation requirement that scholarship winners live or study in a caucus member's district.

"Johnson, a Democrat, denied any favoritism when asked about the scholarships last week. Two days later, she acknowledged in a statement released by her office that she had violated the rules but said she had done so 'unknowingly' and would work with the foundation to 'rectify the financial situation.'"

Read more from the Dallas Morning News


Filed under: 360° Radar
August 30th, 2010
05:31 PM ET

Beat 360° 8/30/10

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:

Baseball pitching star Roger Clemens arrives at the U.S. District Court on August 30, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/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.

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
August 30th, 2010
02:09 PM ET

Obama juggles thorny issues in week ahead

Kristi Keck
CNN

Programming Note: Special coverage of President Obama's speech starts at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday, live on CNN and CNN.com, followed by Obama's address at 8.

(CNN) - President Obama's vacation may have provided a much needed recharge as he jumps back into thorny issues this week.

Coming off a 10-day trip to Martha's Vineyard, Obama turns his attention to the economy and Iraq.

The economy is the No. 1 issue for voters, polls show, and as the midterm elections near, it's becoming increasingly clear that what the administration dubbed the "summer of recovery" has not yet met the public's expectations.

Full story


Filed under: Economy • Iraq • President Barack Obama • Raw Politics
August 30th, 2010
11:52 AM ET

Video: Fleeing the water in Pakistan

Dr. Sanjay Gupta
CNN Chief Medical Correspondent

Related: In Pakistan, a flood of tears


Filed under: Pakistan • Sanjay Gupta
August 30th, 2010
11:38 AM ET

Drilling to reach Chilean miners to begin

Karl Penhaul
CNN

(CNN) - Chilean officials plan to start drilling a rescue shaft Monday, as they begin a months-long operation to reach 33 miners who have been trapped underground for more than three weeks.

The effort to drill through more than 2,300 feet (701 meters) of rock and safely extract the miners could take three to four months, officials said.

The miners have been stuck in the mine since an August 5 cave-in and are surviving off food, water and other supplies funneled to them from above ground through an "umbilical cord" - a tube about four inches in diameter.

Meanwhile, a four-person team from NASA is set to arrive in Chile this week to help provide physical and behavioral health support to the miners. NASA has a long history in dealing with isolated environments and thinks experiences in space and underground are not too different, said Michael Duncan, the U.S. space agency's lead person on the Chile effort.

Full story


Filed under: Karl Penhaul
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