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The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Tom and Katie, health care mandate, smoke jumpers, Penn State emails
July 5th, 2012
07:34 PM ET

The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Tom and Katie, health care mandate, smoke jumpers, Penn State emails

What everyone’s talking about:

This week a celebrity divorce is making countless headlines and stirring speculation. Does Tom Cruise's Scientology faith have anything to do with the breakup of his marriage to Katie Holmes? CNN ‘s Tom Foreman looks at Cruise’s role in the Church.

A bill that passed the House and is now in the hands of the Senate would change the classification of military working dogs so that they would no longer be labeled “equipment.” The law would ensure the dogs return home from serving in warzones overseas, and receive proper care when they retire. CNN’s Chris Lawrence reports on the Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act. And Anderson meets Gino, a German Shepherd who saved the lives of our military in Afghanistan.

Today’s Scoop:

One of the nation’s largest mortgage lenders bought influence on Capitol Hill by issuing hundreds of sweetheart loans to members of Congress, their staffs, and other government employees, according to a report issued by a House committee today. Anderson spoke to Rep. Jason Chaffetz about the three-year investigation. We’re Keeping Them Honest tonight at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told CNN’s Dana Bash that the health insurance mandate is “a tax, of course.” However, last week the former Massachusetts governor’s top campaign adviser said the mandate was a penalty. Is Romney’s campaign team sending mixed messages? We’re Keeping Them Honest.

A former Wall Street trader died the day he was found guilty of arson after setting his mansion on fire. The judge read Michael Marin’s sentence and then Marin is seen swallowing something. Moments later he began convulsing, fell on the floor, and was later pronounced dead at a hospital. Did he poison himself? CNN’s Ed Lavandera is looking into the intriguing story.

The wildfires in Colorado are now 90% contained, according to officials. The Waldo Canyon Fire destroyed 346 homes and was the most destructive in the state’s history, according to InciWeb, a website that gathers fire information from various U.S. agencies. More than 30,000 residents were forced to evacuate and over 18,000 acres of land were ravaged. CNN’s Gary Tuchman followed an elite team of firefighters, known as smoke jumpers, in Colorado as they parachuted into the frontlines to fight the flames. Another team uses cutting-edge firefighting techniques to predict movement of the blaze. CNN’s Martin Savidge has the story. Tonight, we’ll look at the effort to reunite pets with the families who evacuated.

A look ahead:

A judge has scheduled a hearing on July 11 for Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, two former Penn State administrators who pleaded not guilty for allegedly lying to a grand jury during the child sex abuse case against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. There are new questions about whether Curley and Schultz tried to cover up a 2001 incident involving Sandusky assaulting a boy in a shower. In an exclusive investigation by CNN’s Susan Candiotti, purported e-mails between Penn State officials allegedly show that former Penn State President Graham Spanier, Curley and Schultz knew about the shower incident but didn’t report it to outside authorities. A lawyer for one of Sandusky’s victims called the e-mails appalling.

Just for laughs:

We asked you what your favorite RidicuList from this year was and we have the winner - drum roll please!

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