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November 18th, 2011
11:07 PM ET

Video: College sports and abuse allegations

Anderson Cooper talks with Dr. Drew and reporter Pete Thamel about the way universities respond to claims of abuse.

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Dr. Drew Pinsky
November 18th, 2011
11:00 PM ET

Video: What happened to Natalie Wood?

Anderson Cooper talks to Jim Moret and Sam Kashner about the mystery surrounding Natalie Wood's death investigation.

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment
November 18th, 2011
10:10 PM ET

Video: RidicuList: Is pizza a vegetable?

Congress decided that two tablespoons of tomato sauce "is good enough" to categorize a slice of pizza as a vegetable. And that's good enough reason to put it on The RidicuList.

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November 18th, 2011
08:00 PM ET

AC360 Poll: Super committee deadline

The Republicans and Democrats on the congressional super committee are still negotiating the terms of a debt deal. They're deadlocked on taxes and spending with only five days until the deadline.


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Tonight on AC360: New developments in the Penn State scandal
November 18th, 2011
06:58 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: New developments in the Penn State scandal

Editor's note: At 8 p.m. ET Anderson reports on the surprising new developments in the Penn State investigation.

(CNN) - The NCAA says it will examine how Penn State University has handled the child sex abuse scandal that has tainted top university officials and continues to grip the nation.

"This unprecedented situation demands the NCAA evaluate the university's accountability" and the application of NCAA bylaws, said the group's president, Mark Emmert, in a letter to the university.

"While the criminal justice process clearly takes precedence over any NCAA actions, the association is closely monitoring the situation," he said.

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Jerry Sandusky
Tonight on AC360: Super committee deadline
November 18th, 2011
06:28 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Super committee deadline

Editor's Note: The deadline for the super committee is fast-approaching. Will they reach a deal in time? Anderson Cooper is Keeping Them Honest at 8 p.m. ET. 

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Well, here we are again. You can count the hours to yet another deadline, and Congress remains deadlocked over debt and taxes, this time through its proxy - the bipartisan debt committee.

First there was the government shutdown threat in the spring. Then there was the threat of a U.S. default this summer during the debt ceiling debate. And, to top it all off, a downgrade.

At least this time, shutdowns and defaults really aren't a threat if the super committee fails to approve a debt-reduction plan by next Wednesday - its official deadline.

So what is the super committee trying to accomplish and what's at stake?

How much they'll cut: No one knows ... still.

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November 18th, 2011
05:40 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Natalie Wood death investigation reopened

Editor's Note: At 8 p.m. ET Anderson reports on the mystery behind Natalie Wood's death and why the investigation was reopened years later.

Monterey Park, California (CNN) - Actor Robert Wagner isn't a suspect in the reopened investigation into the 1981 drowning death of his wife, actress Natalie Wood, but authorities have received "substantial" new information to initiate a new inquiry, Los Angeles County authorities said Friday.

"We have several sources coming forward with additional information and we have found it credible enough to take another look at the case," Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. John Corina said outside the sheriff's headquarters in Monterey Park, California.

"This new information is substantial enough to make us want to take a new look at the case," he added.

Corina declined to comment directly on new statements made by the captain of the yacht on which Wagner, Wood and actor Christopher Walken were passengers off Catalina Island near Los Angeles at the time of Wood's death.

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November 18th, 2011
03:00 PM ET

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November 18th, 2011
12:57 PM ET

Letters to the President #1033: 'How much power in a protest?'

Reporter's Note: Protesters are creating quite a stir in a variety of places. I, on the other hand, am creating yet another in my endless string of letters to President Obama.

Dear Mr. President,

Well, if you’re thinking of calling me this afternoon you might want to think again. I have taken the day off to protest. No, no, I have not joined the Occupy bunch. I’m staging my own little demonstration called “Occupy a warm seat in a nice café for breakfast, then occupy the rest of the day hanging out, maybe taking in a movie.” As protests go, I realize it is no Million Man March, but it totally fits the bill for my own little constituency of one and I shant be deterred no matter the opposition. (Although admittedly the only likely reaction will be my wife strolling by and saying something like, “So I guess you’re just going to sit there all day?” Oh, the oppression!)

I like to think that the reason I’ve never joined any kind of mass movement is that I am a level headed, reasonable guy who prefers quiet negotiation to window rattling days of discontent. That and I can never come up with enough snappy sayings for the signs or figure out where to park.

Still, I suppose another factor is this: I’m also a bit of a pessimist about such things. I’m hard pressed to believe that big marches and rallies can really cause change.

Sure, sometimes they do. But that is the exception. More often, people invest all this time and effort in gathering signatures for petitions, and setting up email chains, and buying poster board and markers; and they wind up with little to show for it. They make themselves feel excited and important, but they have little or no impact on the people they are ostensibly trying to reach.

So while I certainly have no objection to them giving it the old college try, I’m too much of a pragmatist to join their ranks even if I felt moved enough by one of their causes to contemplate such a decision. I almost always find myself measuring effort against results, not against emotion. The old “I tried my hardest so I feel good despite having lost” is for grade schoolers. Adults, I think, must be brutally honest about what they are accomplishing, or what they are failing at.

Here is the good news: In my protest of one today against the occasional drudgery of work, I expect a strong result. I will come away from it rested, happier, and more ready to tackle the tough problems on the job again next week. For my purposes, that is more likely to produce meaningful changes than any movement I might join.

Regards,
Tom

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Filed under: Letters to the President • Opinion • President Barack Obama • T1 • Tom Foreman
November 18th, 2011
01:00 AM ET

Video: Keeping Them Honest: Possible Penn State cover-ups

When searching for answers about the Sandusky investigation, it seems there is a deep culture of silence at the school.