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June 29th, 2012
11:01 PM ET

KTH: Supreme Court ruling spin

Both parties are using talking points to address the health care mandate as a tax, as ruled by the Supreme Court.

June 29th, 2012
10:59 PM ET

Syrian activist: It's hell over here

Syrian activist Zaidoun says the government has escalated the violence to an unprecedented level and his family is in danger.

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June 29th, 2012
10:58 PM ET

Military dogs classified as 'equipment'

A bill could ensure military working dogs return home and receive care after serving the country overseas.

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June 29th, 2012
10:56 PM ET

Military dogs are 'best friends 24/7'

Anderson Cooper asks Staff Sgt. Price about the relationship between troops and their military working dogs.

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June 29th, 2012
10:05 PM ET

Woman records fire evacuation

A Colorado resident films her evacuation from the Waldo Canyon Fire, which claimed her home of 18 years.

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June 29th, 2012
10:03 PM ET

Lawyer: Penn State e-mails are appalling

A lawyer for one of Jerry Sandusky's victims reacts to emails between Penn State officials on dealing with suspicions of child sex abuse.

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June 29th, 2012
09:30 PM ET

Disturbing e-mails could spell more trouble for Penn State officials

With convicted serial child sex abuser Jerry Sandusky behind bars, new questions are surfacing about what Penn State officials knew about a 2001 incident involving the former assistant football coach's encounter with a boy in the shower - and whether they covered up the incident.

Sandusky sexually abused other boys in the years after the 2001 incident and before his arrest.

CNN does not have the purported e-mails. However, the alleged contents were read to CNN.

The messages indicate former Penn State President Graham Spanier and two other former university officials knew they had a problem with Sandusky after a 2001 shower incident, but apparently first decided to handle it using a "humane" approach before contacting outside authorities whose job it is to investigate suspected abuse.

"This is a more humane and upfront way to handle this,' Gary Schultz, who was a university vice president at the time, allegedly wrote.

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June 29th, 2012
08:29 PM ET

Letters to the President #1257: 'Taking a break'

Reporter's Note: Every time the sun rises, I write a letter to President Obama. Well, not at that precise moment. I mean, sometimes I’m still asleep…

Dear Mr. President,

We’ve had a wild day around here, in a way. For some reason we’ve had several false alarms with the fire alarm system sending everyone grabbing their bags and heading to the stairs, only to have our security folks come on the intercom system and tell us everything is ok, go back to work.

As you probably know, anytime people in D.C. get an excuse to knock off early on a Friday afternoon in summer they are half way to the beach before their computer cools off. So you can imagine how frustrating all the false starts were. A lot of our folks, I think, were kind of hoping we’d be told that we had to clear out and just come back on Monday. But alas, no.

I’m not complaining. I have so much to do following up on the big Supreme Court decision, I could not afford to split that early anyway. Which reminds me of an old joke that TV news people like to tell. Don’t know if you’ve ever heard it.

A producer, a correspondent, and a cameraman have chartered a helicopter to a remote island, and it crashes in a freak storm. They wash up on the beach amid the wreckage, where they find a brass lamp half buried in the sand. They rub it. A genie appears and says, “I will grant each of you a wish.”

The correspondent says, “I’ve spent so many years on the road, I’m so ready for a break from the travel and dangers, I want you to send me home with enough money that I’ll never need to do this again!” Poof. He’s gone.

The cameraman says, “I’ve lugged this heavy gear all over the planet, sweating and struggling; I want a beautiful place in the mountains with a beautiful view, a good dog, and no worries for the rest of my days.” Poof. He’s gone.

Then the genie turns to the producer and says, “And what can I do for you?”
To which the producer responds, “Get those guys back here. We have work to do!”

Anyway, call if you get a moment. I’m still here working and could use the break.

Regards,
Tom

Tonight on AC360: Bringing military dogs home
Anderson Cooper with Sergeant Price and military working dog Gino.
June 29th, 2012
05:00 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Bringing military dogs home

In a war zone, the importance of military dogs can't be underestimated. The canines detect explosives to save the lives of troops, and they serve as steadfast companions.

The United States has nearly 3,000 military working dogs, with about 600 overseas serving alongside soldiers. Currently they're classified as "equipment," which can prevent them from returning home with those they protect.

If a dog retires on a base abroad, considered "excess equipment," they're not entitled to fly back home. And the shipping costs are expensive, possibly thousands of dollars.

A bill that was passed in the House and awaiting a vote in the Senate would change the classification and policy. Supporters of the legislation believe the dogs deserve care at home for their contributions to the country.

Anderson spoke with Staff Sergeant Price and met Gino, a 7-year-old German Shepherd who is being adopted after years of service. Gino is an explosives patrol dog who helped with convoys, roadway searches and other risky missions in Afghanistan. "He's a friend, a family member, and definitely someone to watch my back," said Price.

Watch the interview tonight at 8 and 10 p.m. ET, and find out more about the Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act from CNN's Chris Lawrence.

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Tonight on AC360: Colorado neighborhood in flames
June 29th, 2012
04:40 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Colorado neighborhood in flames

Nicole Frye sobbed as she drove through the smoke-filled streets of her Colorado Springs neighborhood. Breathing heavily from a combination of ash and emotional distress, Frye cries "We gotta get out of here." The Waldo Canyon fire was engulfing hills in the near distance.

During her evacuation, she hit record on her video camera to document the devastating situation. Frye thought she was leaving her house for the last time, and ultimately the wildfire did destroy her home and her grandmother's house.

Today President Obama toured a neighborhood consumed by the wildfires. He praised the continuing efforts of firefighters and local, state and federal agencies who are battling to contain the flames. The President signed a federal disaster order to provide more funding to local and state governments and organizaitons.

So far hundreds of homes have been ruined, more than 16,700 acres of land scorched, and more than 30,000 forced to evacuate. Tragically, the first fatality was discovered inside a home.

Hear from Frye about her escape, and the latest in Colorado at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.


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