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March 28th, 2012
11:24 PM ET

Zimmerman in handcuffs night of shooting

Police surveillance video shows George Zimmerman arriving at the police department in handcuffs the night he shot Trayvon Martin.

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March 28th, 2012
11:20 PM ET

Clark: Zimmerman injuries 'not apparent'

Anderson Cooper speaks with Marcia Clark, Jose Baez and Lou Palumbo about the video of George Zimmerman in police custody the night he shot Trayvon Martin.

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March 28th, 2012
10:48 PM ET

The RidicuList: Mega Millions

The giant mega-millions jackpot lands on the RidicuList. It has something to do with the AC360° staff not being millionaires tonight.


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March 28th, 2012
10:45 PM ET

KTH: More Syrians killed after peace promise

The al-Assad regime agreed to a U.N. peace plan, but the deadly shelling in Syria continues. Anderson Cooper is Keeping Them Honest.

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March 28th, 2012
10:43 PM ET

Ungodly Discipline: No state oversight at religious school

This week AC360° presents a three-part series investigating allegations of abuse at the Pinehaven Christian Children’s Ranch. The founder, Preacher Bob Larsson, asks new students to sign a document stating they understand the religious nature of the school and believe the bible to be the word of God. Because the Montana boarding school is a faith-based institution, the state has no authority to oversee or regulate it.

It’s an important factor to consider with former students and employees claiming abusive forms of punishment are common practice at the school. One former staff member told CNN’s Gary Tuchman, “... when I saw the kids they were wrenching and screaming because of the pain of what had happened.” Larsson believes Satan is behind that allegation and the others from more than a dozen people who told CNN they witnessed or experienced abuse.

Larsson, the owner for almost four decades, admits the school enforces a policy of “tough love.” House parent Ned Kent says he used pressure points on the children’s necks as a means to control their behavior. It’s a practice Pinehaven says is no longer permitted, but there is no government authority checking that claim. Teachers aren’t required to have certifications like instructors at public and private schools in Montana, and Pinehaven has free reign to employ anyone they choose regardless of qualifications or background.

In addition to the abuse allegations, at least one former student says he was raped by a peer. He began cutting himself as a way to cope with the pain. A former employee pleaded guilty to raping two students and subsequently went to prison. Larsson acknowledges past troubles, but he doesn’t welcome any changes to the law preventing state oversight of his school.

The Ungodly Discipline investigation continues tonight on AC360° at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.

Watch the first report in the series:

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March 28th, 2012
10:02 PM ET

Sen. McCain: Syria not adhering to peace plan

Sen. John McCain speaks out about the Syrian regime breaking its promise of a cease-fire. He is asking the U.S. government to act in support of the Syrian opposition.

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March 28th, 2012
09:43 PM ET

Woman on phone with Trayvon Martin says he ran away

ABC News Correspondent Matt Gutman spoke with the woman who was on the phone with Trayvon Martin before he died. Her account of that night differs greatly from what George Zimmerman told police.

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The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, Syria, Ungodly Discipline, Batman
March 28th, 2012
09:09 PM ET

The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, Syria, Ungodly Discipline, Batman

 What everyone’s talking about:

Last night Anderson spoke with Trayvon Martin’s parents about the teen’s school records being released and their search for justice. They say their son was defending himself in the confrontation with neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman. However, an eyewitness says he saw Zimmerman yell for help during the scuffle – We’re Keeping the Honest. Supporters of both Martin and Zimmerman are speaking out with competing views of what happened the night of the shooting. Among those inserting themselves in the spotlight is a group called The New Black Panthers. They are offering a $10,000 reward for the arrest of Zimmerman. Trayvon’s family doesn’t approve of the bounty, says one of the lawyers representing the family. And as the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI have launched investigations into the shooting, the local Sanford, Florida Police Department has come under scrutiny. Sanford’s mayor voted no confidence in the city’s police chief.

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March 28th, 2012
08:20 PM ET

Letters to the President #1164: 'Health care still under fire'

Reporter's Note: The Supreme Court has been hearing some strong attacks on and defenses of the president’s health care reform plan. So while the White House waits to see what the justices will do, I thought Mr. Obama might enjoy yet another letter from me.

Dear Mr. President,

I don’t know about you, but I’m thinking about keeping some football pads handy in my office. Because when the ruling comes down from the Supreme Court on your health care plans, no matter which way it goes, I expect things to get pretty rough here in D.C.

I don’t mean rioting in the street or anything like that, I just mean that I have rarely seen legislation evoke such intense emotions from both parties, and I can’t imagine the “losing” side in this case will be particularly gracious in defeat. More likely we’ll hear vicious attacks on the court, the individual justices, the opposing party, and anyone else foolish enough to stray into the line of fire.

And of course we’ll hear all about positioning…or triangulation…or whatever you want to call it. Already I’ve heard more than enough talk about how Democrats are going to declare it “good” if the court goes against the legislation, because it will invigorate voters to re-elect you. I’ve also heard Republicans predict the converse; i.e. if they lose, they expect voters to turn out in droves to defeat you.

Both sides may have a point, but we both know that whenever a sitting president has his signature legislation struck down or upheld at the Supreme Court level it is a big deal. The former is undeniably a defeat. The latter, undeniably a victory. People can spin it all they want from that point forward, but the initial impact is indisputable.

But like I said, people will certainly still dispute it. Heck, I expect the losing side…whichever it may be…to dispute everything. It would be nice if it didn’t turn out that way, but I have no faith to fuel that hope. So buckle your seatbelt…whether your side wins or not…we’re all in for a bumpy ride.

Call if you can. I’m around.

Regards,
Tom

March 28th, 2012
05:31 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: McCain on Obama's open mic with Medvedev

Sen. John McCain tells Anderson Cooper there's no reason for President Obama to be flexible on missile defense policy with Russia. Watch the preview and see the full interview on Syria, health care and the election. Tonight on AC360° at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.

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