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June 23rd, 2011
09:50 PM ET

'Whitey' Bulger Not Fighting Extradition: Join the Live Chat

We have breaking news on the capture of fugitive James 'Whitey' Bulger. He went before a judge in California, who has ordered him to go back to Boston to face charges. Plus, the latest developments on the New York same-sex marriage bill. We'll have a live report from Albany on when the vote may take place. And, Cindy Anthony takes the stand again in Orlando, Florida. She told the jury she did the search for chloroform, and not Casey.
What that could mean for the case against her daughter, tonight on 360°.

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June 23rd, 2011
08:00 PM ET

Captured fugitive 'Whitey' Bulger will be taken to Boston

Los Angeles (CNN) - Nabbed mobster James "Whitey" Bulger appeared relaxed Thursday at a Los Angeles hearing, where he learned he will be taken to Boston to face a string of charges - including multiple murders - dating back to the early 1970s.

Bulger did not seek bond, according to a spokesman for federal prosecutors. He and and his girlfriend are being held without bail. It was not clear when the longtime fugitive, who sported glasses and a white beard, would be transported.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John E. McDermott asked Bulger if he was aware of the two existing indictments against him.

"I know them. I know them all. Thank you," he politely told the magistrate.

Bulger, a Boston mobster on the lam for 16 years, "appeared to be a guy who was healthy, vibrant and knew what was going on," said assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Dugdale.

Bulger, 81, faces multiple charges related to alleged criminal enterprises that spanned two decades.

Bulger, subject of a $2 million FBI reward, has been living in a Santa Monica apartment and was arrested outside it, the FBI said Thursday. He is charged with 19 counts of murder and a slew of other crimes.

Acting on a tip, members of the Fugitive Task Force staked out the residence Wednesday and arrested Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Elizabeth Greig, 60, who was inside the home, said FBI Special Agent Richard DesLauriers. Greig is suspected of harboring Bulger.

Neither put up a fight, authorities said. After the arrests, members of the Fugitive Task Force, which included the FBI and police, searched the apartment. Agents found firearms and a large amount of cash, a law enforcement official said.

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Beat 360° 6/23/11
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), left, talks to his father Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), right, during a news conference June 22, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. A number of Republican congressional members joined The Cut, Cap, Balance Pledge Coalition at the news conference to oppose any debt ceiling increase unless a "Cut, Cap and Balance" plan is passed. (Photo credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
June 23rd, 2011
08:00 PM ET

Beat 360° 6/23/11

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June 23rd, 2011
07:07 PM ET

AC360 Preview: Attorney explains Cindy Anthony testimony about chloroform

Editor’s note: Tune in to AC360° Thursday beginning at 10pm ET to watch Anderson Cooper’s interview with Mark Lippman.

(CNN) – An attorney for Casey Anthony’s parents rejected the suggestion Thursday that Cindy Anthony’s testimony in court contradicted earlier statements she’d made to authorities about Internet searches done on the Anthony family’s computer. And attorney Mark Lippman added that Cindy Anthony’s memory about the Web searching had become sharper in recent years because of a change in the medications she is taking for stress.

Testimony regarding Internet searches for chloroform, alcohol, and various key words relating to different types of bodily injury has been presented by the prosecution in Casey Anthony’s closely-watched murder trial – apparently in an effort to demonstrate that Casey Anthony premeditated the murder of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.

But in testimony Thursday, Casey Anthony’s mother, Cindy, told the jury that she – not Casey – had done some of the Web searching used as evidence in the case against her daughter.

Related: I searched for chloroform on computer, Cindy Anthony testifies

“It does seem what she is saying now on the stand differs from what she told authorities a while back,” CNN’s Anderson Cooper said to Anthony family attorney Mark Lippman in an interview set to air Thursday on AC360°.

“Not necessarily,” responded Lippman, “if you listen to the questions very, very carefully that were asked and her answers.”
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June 23rd, 2011
06:00 PM ET

Cindy Anthony: I searched for chloroform on computer

(CNN) - Casey Anthony's mother, Cindy Anthony, testified Thursday that she, not her daughter, conducted Internet searches for key words including chloroform and alcohol on the Anthony family computer in March 2008.

Cindy Anthony told jurors in her daughter's capital murder trial that she conducted the searches because she was trying to figure out what was making one of her Yorkie dogs "extremely tired all the time." Both the dogs ate bamboo plants in the backyard, she testified, so she started searching for chlorophyll to see if the plants were causing the dog's exhaustion.

A bacteria associated with chlorophyll production comes from different plants, she said, and some species of algae and seaweed produce natural chloroform, so the search led her from chlorophyll to chloroform.

She also was searching for other chemicals, including alcohol, she told defense attorney Jose Baez, because of a recent scare regarding hand sanitizers around small children. And she searched on some injuries, she said, because a friend of hers had recently been in a car accident and suffered head and chest injuries. She was, she said, "looking up specific terminology that someone had asked me to look up."

In a testy cross-examination, prosecutor Linda Drane Burdick noted that Cindy Anthony's work schedule showed she was working the days the searches were conducted, March 17 and 21, 2008. The witness said it was possible she could have been home, saying she went home early a couple of days that week.

"Were you or weren't you?" Burdick asked.

"The only thing that triggers that day for me is those computer entries," Cindy Anthony told the Orlando courtroom. "It was not a traumatic day for me like the last three years, so I can't tell you what time I went home."

Casey Anthony, 25, is charged with seven counts in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, in 2008, including first-degree murder. If convicted, she could face the death penalty.

Prosecutors allege Casey Anthony used chloroform to render her daughter unconscious, then used duct tape to cover her nose and mouth, suffocating her. Caylee's remains, prosecutors allege, were then put into Casey Anthony's car trunk and eventually disposed of. The girl's skeletal remains were found in a wooded field on December 11, 2008, nearly six months after her family last reported having seen the child.

Defense attorneys say Caylee was not murdered, but that she accidentally drowned in the family pool on June 16, 2008, the day she was last reported to have been seen. They argue that Anthony and her father, George Anthony, panicked and covered up the death. George Anthony has rejected that scenario in his testimony.

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Obama's gay marriage stance criticized as he speaks to LGBT fundraiser
President Obama will address a LGBT fundraiser in New York City Thursday.
June 23rd, 2011
02:15 PM ET

Obama's gay marriage stance criticized as he speaks to LGBT fundraiser

New York (CNN) – President Obama headlines three big-money fundraisers in
New York City Thursday evening, one of them steeped in controversy.

The largest of the three campaign fundraising events is sponsored by the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Leadership Council at the Sheraton Hotel in midtown Manhattan. It's expected to rake in upwards of one million dollars with 600 attendees forking over a minimum $1250 a ticket to hear the president speak. But outside, protesters from three other LGBT organizations are expected to chastise the president for not supporting the legalization of same sex marriage which is set to could come to a vote in the New York State legislature as early as this week.

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June 23rd, 2011
09:00 AM ET

Letters to the President: #885 'Being classy'

Reporter's Note: President Obama has been inclined to suggest that one of our chief economic problems is that some people are getting more than their fair share of the good life. I don’t know about that, but I do know that he is certainly getting more than his fair share of letters from me. Ha!

Dear Mr. President,

I am working up in New York today, so if you planned on inviting me to lunch, many thanks but I just can’t make it. Maybe tomorrow. Isn’t that just the way life goes? So often we find we’re in the wrong place at the right time, or the other way around. It’s like that old Dr. John song, only not as much fun.

I’ve read some interesting articles lately about the idea of “class warfare” being a central theme in the upcoming election, and that’s on my mind a bit. In short, some of your sharpest critics suggest that the cornerstone of your campaign is going to be this notion of saying, “Yes, the economy is struggling, but that’s not because I’ve done anything wrong; it’s because the rich people are screwing you!”

I suppose you could call and let me know if this is the battle plan you will use, but I doubt you will. In any event, it strikes me as a risky tactic in several ways.
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June 23rd, 2011
12:37 AM ET

The RidicuList: Southwest Airlines

Editor's note: After one of its pilots had an insensitive open mic moment, Southwest Airlines has landed a spot on AC360's RidicuList.

Related: Southwest disciplines pilot for rant during flight

June 23rd, 2011
12:31 AM ET

Crime & Punishment: Anthony defense focuses on forensics

Editor's note: After nearly a week of testimony, Casey Anthony's defense is heavily focused on forensic and scientific testimony.

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June 23rd, 2011
12:28 AM ET

Exclusive: Parents don't believe Anthony's innocent, attorney says

Editor's note: In a CNN exclusive, the attorney for George and Cindy Anthony says they do not believe their daughter Casey is innocent.

Update, 6/23/11, 4 pm ET: In response to Gary Tuchman’s report, Mr. Lippman issued a statement implying that Tuchman had taken his statements out of context. Further, he said “Lippman Law Offices does not and will not condone the idea that attorney-client privilege was ever breached.” CNN and Tuchman stand behind his reporting, and say that when Lippman was asked which statements were taken out of context, Lippman provided no examples.

Earlier: Anthony parents want justice done, attorney says

Later: Anthony family attorney clarifies comments

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