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Some members of Congress to view bin Laden death photos: Join the Live Chat
May 10th, 2011
09:45 PM ET

Some members of Congress to view bin Laden death photos: Join the Live Chat

Tonight on AC360°, more developments in the wake of the bin Laden raid in Pakistan.

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AC360 Preview: Real deal SEALs?
U.S. Navy SEALs await a night mission to capture Iraqi insurgent leaders July 27, 2007 near Fallujah, Iraq. American Special Forces operate throughout Iraq, targeting 'high-value targets' in commando raids, often at night to take advantage of their night vision superiority. (Photo credit: John Moore/Getty Images/File)
May 10th, 2011
08:52 PM ET

AC360 Preview: Real deal SEALs?

Editor's note: Watch the Shipley interview here.

(CNN) – When it comes to the famed U.S. Navy SEALs, if it sounds like a plot from a Steven Seagal movie then it’s probably too good to be true.

As the world heaps praise upon the SEAL team that killed Osama bin Laden, a troubling trend is coming to light: fraudsters trying to pass themselves off as members of the elite band of brothers.

“I’m dealing, since this bin Laden thing, with 40 to 50 of these guys a day,” says retired Navy SEAL Don Shipley, who has made it a priority to ferret out the bogus SEALs. Shipley is being credited with red-flagging Pennsylvania pastor Jim Moats, who in the wake of bin Laden’s death gave an interview to a local newspaper claiming to have been a Navy SEAL in Vietnam. It was a claim that didn’t pass the proverbial smell test for Shipley.

Tune in tonight beginning at 10pm ET to see Shipley explain how he was tipped off to Moats’ tall tale.

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May 10th, 2011
06:45 PM ET

Next targets for slow-moving bulge of water: Mississippi, Louisiana

Memphis, Tennessee (CNN) - The Mississippi River is cresting at Memphis, forecasters said Tuesday, as attention began turning to flooding concerns in Louisiana and Mississippi.

The slow passing of the bulge of water working its way from north to south along the Mississippi is only the beginning of the end of the siege for Memphis residents, who could be dealing with high water levels into June.

And the struggle is just getting started for residents of Mississippi and Louisiana, where the river is expected to rise over the next few days to levels unseen since 1927.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal predicted Tuesday that as many as 3 million acres of his state could be affected by the flooding.

As has been the case upriver from Missouri south to Tennessee, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is predicting its system of levees and flood walls will hold, keeping the river from inundating the small towns and farms that line its banks.

"The system is under stress. It has been under significant stress all along. However, it is operating as designed and intended," said Memphis District Readiness Branch Chief Steve Barry.

"The time of greatest concern has passed. We're in a stable situation," he said about the area around Memphis.

In Tunica, Mississippi, where the river was inching toward a 48-foot crest Tuesday evening, county spokesman Larry Liddell said there's not much anyone can do.

"We're just watching and waiting," he said.

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May 10th, 2011
06:31 PM ET

Bin Laden death photos to be shown to some members of Congress

Washington (CNN) - Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee, as well as those in the equivalent House committees, will be allowed to view the photographs taken of Osama bin Laden after he was killed, a U.S. official told CNN Tuesday.

The viewings will take place at CIA headquarters in northern Virginia at a time to be decided, the official said.

U.S. Navy SEALs killed the al Qaeda leader last week in an attack on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow • Osama bin Laden
Beat 360° 5/10/11
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton toasts at a dinner during the 2011 US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue May 9, 2011 at the State Department in Washington, DC. (Photo credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)
May 10th, 2011
06:25 PM ET

Beat 360° 5/10/11

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!

Update: Beat 360° Winners:

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May 10th, 2011
03:15 PM ET

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver split

Los Angeles (CNN) - Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver announced Monday that they are "amicably separating," but there was no mention of divorce in their joint statement.

Confirmation of their split came just two weeks after their 25th anniversary and four months after Schwarzenegger left the California's governor's office.

"This has been a time of great personal and professional transition for each of us," their statement said. "After a great deal of thought, reflection, discussion, and prayer, we came to this decision together."

The statement did not reveal when the separation began, but Shriver, 55, was not wearing her wedding band in a video posted on YouTube two weeks ago.

"At this time, we are living apart, while we work on the future of our relationship," they said.

Schwarzenegger, 63, has been busy reviving his acting career and signing movie deals - including another installment of his "Terminator" series.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow
May 10th, 2011
02:30 PM ET

Video: Flashback catches Cooper off guard

Editor's note: The AC30 crew has some fun with Anderson Cooper, slipping an embarrassing childhood moment into a Justin Bieber story.


Filed under: 360º Follow
May 10th, 2011
09:00 AM ET

Letters to the President: #841 'So when will you solve the immigration issue?'

Reporter's Note: President Obama is traveling to the border to talk about border security. My suspicion is that the border will be more secure during his visit than it is any other time of the year…and isn’t that the whole issue?

Dear Mr. President,

So you are headed down to Texas to make a big speech on immigration, are you? Well, I hope it goes nicely for you, but I would not bet on it. To the contrary, I think you ought not be surprised if the first thing you hear from folks in that part of the country is: “It’s about time!”

Related: Immigration reform taking center stage in Texas

Ever since that big dustup with Arizona over their law addressing illegal immigration, I think a lot of Americans have been waiting to see what you will do. And now that the Arizona crew is arguing before the Supreme Court for a right to enforce their law despite your objections, it does seem as if the clock has about run out on the DC stalling.

Related: Arizona takes controversial immigration law to Supreme Court

You really can’t blame folks for growing impatient, no matter what view they hold on this matter. Consider the progression: After years of concern about people hopping back and forth across the border while agents chased them willy-nilly here and there, Arizona said “Enough!” They enacted a law to take on the issue themselves. Your Justice Department immediately countered with, “Hey, that’s not your job. It’s ours! Only the federal government can address this problem.”

And since then, our country’s official stance toward this problem has not been clarified one bit. Arizona has not been able to enforce its law, frustrating conservatives. Reform advocates have not been able to make any moves, frustrating liberals. And yet your administration has effectively done nothing to pick up the ball that you were so eager to slap out of local hands.
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Bin Laden raid's lone glitch could be headache for U.S. military
The Navy SEALs' helicopter tail rotor assembly came down on the other side of the compound wall.
May 10th, 2011
08:45 AM ET

Bin Laden raid's lone glitch could be headache for U.S. military

Washington (CNN) - The one major problem for the Navy SEALs who killed Osama bin Laden was the crash of one of their helicopters.

It was no ordinary military chopper. Numerous aviation experts say they see several telltale signs of stealth technology in photos of what was left after the SEAL team tried to destroy the craft.

Some think it was a secret aircraft.

"Had this particular helicopter not crashed, we still would have no idea of its existence," said Gareth Jennings, the aviation desk editor for Jane's Defence Weekly.

Jennings and other aviation experts say the helicopter may have been a heavily modified version of the UH-60 Black Hawk, a mainstay of the military's helicopter fleet.

But it may include stealth technology developed for the now-canceled RAH-66 Comanche helicopter. That aircraft was designed to be an armed reconnaissance craft capable of carrying only two people.

Two of the aircraft were built for test flights before the Army canceled the program in 2004, not because of performance but because it needed money to upgrade existing helicopters. At the time, Les Brownlee, then acting secretary of the Army, said, "We will retain relevant technologies developed in the Comanche program."

At the same 2004 briefing about the cancellation of the Comanche, then-Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Schoomaker said, "much of what we've gained out of Comanche we can push forward into the tech base for future joint rotorcraft kinds of capabilities as we look further out."

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Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow • China • Pakistan
May 10th, 2011
08:30 AM ET

Video: Ship named to honor fallen Navy SEAL

Editor's note: Susan Candiotti talks to the father of late Navy SEAL Michael Murphy at the christening of a ship in his son's honor.

Related: Navy ship dedicated to fallen SEAL

Related: In commandos' home base, pride is deep and lips are sealed


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