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November 18th, 2010
11:59 PM ET

Inside the science of how dogs think

Randi Kaye
AC360° Correspondent

Editor's note: Learn some surprising things about what your dog might be thinking on AC360's series "Animal Intelligence" tonight, 10pm ET.

(CNN) - Sit! Shake! Quit barking! Get off the couch! Go find your toy!

Ever wonder what your dog is thinking as it gazes at you while you are giving it commands?

Duke University's Canine Cognition Center in Durham, North Carolina, is one of the few labs in the country focused on how dogs think.

"We're excited about describing the psychology of our dogs," says professor Brian Hare, the lab's director. "Different dogs solve different problems differently. And what we want to understand is: What is it that either makes dogs remarkable as a species or what is it that constrains the ability of dogs to solve problems?"

To test the dogs' ability, Hare and a team of graduate students put dogs through a variety of games similar to those you might play with young children.

"We don't want to look at cute pet tricks. What we want to know is, what does the dog understand about its world?" Hare said.

Hare has been analyzing our four-legged friends for about 15 years. He says dogs have figured out how to read human behavior and human gestures better than any other species has, even chimpanzees.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Randi Kaye
November 18th, 2010
09:51 PM ET

Ban on Earmarks?: Join the Live Chat

Lawmakers in both parties are now making a big deal out of banning earmarks. But is this political gamesmanship to avoid tough decisions needed to fix the nation's finances? We're Keeping Them Honest. Tests are being done on a jawbone found on the beach in Aruba – the island where Natalee Holloway was last seen in 2005. So is it Natalee? We'll put that question to a forensic scientist. Plus, our Amazing Animals series. Man's best friend is smarter than you think. Dog behavior expert Cesar Milan joins us.

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.

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Filed under: Live Blog
November 18th, 2010
06:44 PM ET

Beat 360° 11/18/10

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:

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, wear 3D glasses to watch a display and pilot a JCB digger, during a visit to the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Center, on November 18, 2010 in Sheffield, England. (Photo credit: John Giles/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
Kirk McDonald
"Dear God, Charles’ ears are even larger in 3D.."


Viewer

Jack Miyler
"Its 74 miles to London, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, its dark, and we're wearing sunglasses. – HIT IT"

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
November 18th, 2010
04:30 PM ET

House Republicans agree to continue ban on seeking earmarks

Evan Glass
CNN Congressional Producer

Washington (CNN) - House Republicans agreed Thursday to continue their ban on requesting earmarks in the upcoming session of Congress.

The moratorium on pet projects will be written into the rules of the House when Republicans officially take control in January, therefore denying Democrats in that chamber the ability to receive such funds.

Senate Republicans this week endorsed a nonbinding moratorium on earmarks - a reversal for many GOP senators. It appears unlikely, however, that earmarks will disappear entirely from Congress. Democrats in the Senate do not plan on adopting a similar prohibition when they reaffirm their majority status in January.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Raw Politics
November 18th, 2010
04:15 PM ET

House ethics committee votes for censure of N.Y. Democrat

Rep. Charlie Rangel defends himself at Thursday's House ethics committee hearing.
Rep. Charlie Rangel defends himself at Thursday's House ethics committee hearing.

CNN Wire Staff

Washington (CNN) - Washington (CNN) - The House ethics committee voted 9-1 on Thursday to censure Rep. Charles Rangel, D-New York, in response to multiple rules violations committed by the 20-term congressman.

Zoe Lofgren, a California Democrat and the committee's co-chairwoman, announced the recommendation around 6 p.m. Thursday, after a day of sometimes charged and emotional comments regarding how to penalize Rangel. She said that, in addition to the censure, Rangel would have to pay restitution for any unpaid taxes and report back to the committee.

Rangel's office refused to comment after the announcement, beyond saying in a statement, "the final decision on sanctions for violations of the House rules will be made by the full House of Representatives."

On Tuesday, an ethics subcommittee found "clear and convincing" evidence of Rangel's guilt on 11 counts, including failing to pay taxes on a home in the Dominican Republic, misuse of a rent-controlled apartment for political purposes, and improper use of his office to raise funds for a public policy center named for him.

The 80-year-old Rangel, re-elected earlier this month, was cleared of a charge relating to an alleged violation of the House gift ban. He had previously been forced to step down as head of the Ways and Means Committee because of the allegations against him.

Speaking earlier Thursday to the committee's five Democrats and five Republicans, Rangel pleaded for "a drop of fairness and mercy," in part out of recognition of his lengthy public service.

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Updated: 7:34 p.m.


Filed under: 360° Radar
November 18th, 2010
03:01 PM ET

Letters to the President: #668 'Meet the new boss…'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: Despite grumbling in the ranks, especially from moderates, the Democrats in Congress have elected Nancy Pelosi to continue as their leader. Just as I have elected to continue my series of daily letters to the White House.

Dear Mr. President,

Well, no one should say you Democrats are not fearless. You get slammed with a full house on Election Night, you're playing with something like less than half the stake you held a year ago, and yet your side is doubling down with a new bet on Nancy Pelosi as your leader. That's gutsy, to say the least. Despite all of your difficulties, you remain probably the single most popular politician in the country and she is one of the least popular. Interesting combination.

There are a lot of ways for us outsiders to read it. This could be a slap at you by House Dems who are showing they have more faith in her than in you. It could be a tribute to the way she muscled through some tough legislation. But most of all, it just seems like a way of saying, "We're not backing down on anything. We are proud of health care reform, pleased with the stimulus, we think we are doing what is right for the country. And if the citizens don't like it, that's tough nuts for them ... we're still dealing most of the cards."

It's always fascinating watching someone (or a group of someones) go "all in" and bet so much on being right, especially when the trend is against them - the quarterback who desperately needs a touchdown and goes for the long bomb, the investor who is down to his last dollars and lays it all down for a risky new venture, the poker player with a shaky hand who tries to bluff his way out of going broke.
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November 18th, 2010
01:45 PM ET

Producer's Notebook: Rescued miners come to U.S.

CNN's Gary Tuchman returned to Chile last week to meet with the rescued miners including Daniel Esteban Herrera Campos, pictured here.
CNN's Gary Tuchman returned to Chile last week to meet with the rescued miners including Daniel Esteban Herrera Campos, pictured here.

Ismael Estrada
AC360° Producer

(CNN) - It was the chant we heard for days: "Los Mineros de Chile!"

A month ago Gary Tuchman and I were in Copiapo, Chile covering the mine rescue at the San Jose mine. It was rare to cover an event where there was a happy outcome.

We were perched atop the mountainside along with hundreds of other journalists from around the world as the miners were resurfacing one by one. We could hear the cheers coming from around the capsule as each miner reached the outside of the collapsed mine for the first time in 69 days.

“Chi, Chi, Chi, Le, Le, Le, Los Mineros de Chile!”

The chant was everywhere; it was fun to watch the families and friends celebrate with each rescue.

There were celebrations, tears, singing and music blaring inside Camp Hope, the makeshift camp where the families of the miners lived after their loved ones became trapped inside the mine.

Last week, Gary Tuchman and I returned to Chile and met up with many of the miners for the first time. We spent the days getting to know them and learning about their incredible time inside the mine. We heard stories of faith, of an incredible will to survive, of fear and, most importantly, of hope.
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Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow • Ismael Estrada
November 18th, 2010
10:49 AM ET

Authorities await DNA test on bone in Holloway case

CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - Investigators - asked to determine if a possible new clue is linked to the disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway - now hope to learn Thursday whether a jawbone found on an Aruban beach belongs to an animal or a human.

Results from the testing of the bone were expected to be returned Wednesday, but investigators were held up by a technical delay.

If the bone is human, authorities will then attempt to find out through DNA testing whether it belongs to Holloway, who was last seen on the island in 2005.

It is being evaluated at the Netherlands Forensic Institute in The Hague, Netherlands, Aruban prosecutor Peter Blanken said this week.

Holloway's dental records were sent to the forensic institute on Wednesday, the FBI said.

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Filed under: 360° Radar
November 18th, 2010
10:47 AM ET
November 18th, 2010
10:45 AM ET
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