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July 12th, 2012
11:59 PM ET

KTH: Investigating truth behind animal charity

Anderson Cooper looks at the questionable history of a woman who promised to help reunite owners and pets after hurricane Katrina.

July 12th, 2012
10:53 PM ET

Bain claims fueling campaign controversy

Mitt Romney's tenure and record at Bain Capital is a contentious issue in the election with dueling ads and accusations.

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Filed under: 2012 Election • Mitt Romney • Raw Politics
July 12th, 2012
10:32 PM ET

RidicuList: Nicolas Cage resume mix-up

Actor Nicolas Cage gets attached to a bizarre resume blunder that inspired a new addition to the RidicuList.

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July 12th, 2012
10:27 PM ET

Sandusky victims' attorney: Penn State report devastating

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh’s report came as no surprise to Sandusky’s victims, according to Justine Andronici who is an attorney for several of the young men. “Officials at Penn State University actively concealed a child predator in their midst,” Andronici tells Anderson Cooper.

Freeh’s report, which states that university leaders made a decision to prioritize their brand above the wellbeing of children, uncovered only part of the scandal according to Andronici. “We are conducting our own investigation,” she says. “We have no doubt that there’s more to come in this story.”

CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin says nothing in the report suggests there are more criminal charges to come. However, he seems to agree with Andronici’s point. “People generally do not become child molesters for the first time in middle age,” he says. “If they are gonna be child molesters, they start earlier.”

The civil suits the school now faces are much more problematic for Penn State. “Justine and her colleagues who are suing Penn State are gonna need wheelbarrows to carry all the money the juries are gonna give them,” Toobin tells Anderson.

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July 12th, 2012
10:21 PM ET

KTH: Freeh report blasts PSU officials

Anderson Cooper examines evidence in the Freeh report that exposes how and why Penn State University officials concealed Jerry Sandusky's abuses.

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Filed under: Jerry Sandusky • Keeping Them Honest
July 12th, 2012
10:19 PM ET

CNN investigates charity's use of money

CNN's Drew Griffin investigates a charity suspected of only giving a small percentage of money raised to help dogs.

July 12th, 2012
09:19 PM ET

Letters to the President #1270: 'A Rolling Stone'

Reporter's Note: President Obama seems to like music, although I’m not sure how he feels about some groups. Perhaps today’s letter will spur him to call me and we’ll discuss our favorite tunes for a while! Then again, maybe not.

Dear Mr. President,

So I was a bit surprised to hear that the Rolling Stones played their first gig 50 years ago today. I would have thought it was much longer. Ha! Just kidding.

I’ve been a Stones fan a long time, and I still enjoy listening to their music. I saw them on the Steel Wheels tour way back in November of 1989 when they played the Superdome in New Orleans. I went with the drummer from my band back then, a guy named Guy, to get tickets, which involved going out into the pouring rain around four o’clock in the morning. Even then we were too far back in the line, but we spotted a friend closer to the front who had camped out in the rain. We made a fast deal: If she’d buy tickets for us and our wives we’d pay for her and her boyfriend. She scored the extras and we were in.

The show was spectacular, of course. Living Color was the opening act and they were fabulous. Vernon Reid’s guitar was a shredding machine, especially on their signature song, Cult of Personality.

But then the Stones came roaring out and it was magnificent. Start Me Up. Shattered. Honky Tonk Woman. Wow. It was so much fun. My favorite moment was when they started the intro to Sympathy for the Devil and Mick disappeared, only to reappear atop a tall tower above the stage with the classic line: “Please allow me to introduce myself…”

He was only in his mid-40’s then, so you can imagine how much zip he had. Not exactly a young rocker anymore, true, but he was still able to run around like crazy and his voice was great. The rest of the band was too. Loved watching Keith Richards and Ron Woods bending down over their guitars, pumping out those grinding chords like the twin valves of a rock and roll heart; Bill Wyman calmly thumping his bass; Charlie Watts placidly beating away on the drums like an accountant who just happened to show up for the gig.

It was a show to remember because they played it like they meant it. I know they were already multi-millionaires by then; hardly the angry, scuffling young men characterized by so much of their music. But it seemed like they were having fun, like they still liked pounding it out, like they were still in it for the music…not just the money.

At least I like to think so.

Anyway, it is just a memory that is in my mind today. Call if you want a few more details. It was quite a show. Meanwhile, do you think you ought to call Mick and the boys and wish them a happy anniversary? I’m sure they’d appreciate the gesture.

Regards,
Tom

Tonight on AC360: Toyota investigation "too narrow"
July 12th, 2012
07:35 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Toyota investigation "too narrow"

Editor's note: Tune in tonight at 8 and 10 p.m. ET for Drew Griffin's update on the investigation.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, is asking the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration to look into additional questions about unintended acceleration of Toyota cars.

Citing unidentified whistle-blowers critical of "too narrow" federal investigations, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked the NHTSA in a letter to look into the phenomenon of "tin whiskers" - or crystalline structures of tin - that theoretically could lead to the unintended acceleration.

The whistle-blowers also provided Grassley with documentation about the investigations by NHTSA and NASA into the Toyota vehicles, including one NASA report that stated: "Because proof that the (electronic throttle-control systems) caused the reported (unintended accelerations) was not found does not mean it could not occur."

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Toyota
The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Cruis ship predators, deadly mystery illness, investigating court suicide, Penn State report, BBQ chip bandits
July 12th, 2012
07:15 PM ET

The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Cruis ship predators, deadly mystery illness, investigating court suicide, Penn State report, BBQ chip bandits

What everyone’s talking about:

A 360 investigation reveals why cruise ships may not be as safe as they seem. CNN’s Drew Griffin spoke with a teen who says she was sexually assaulted by a man who unlocked her cabin door. And a former cruise security guard is speaking out about what he thinks makes female passengers vulnerable while vacationing on a ship.

A child as young as six or seven begged for money at a subway station to collect funds for his California religious school. To CNN’s Gary Tuchman, it looked like a modern version of Oliver Twist. When he approached the adult who accompanied the boy, the story took another twist. In the latest installment of AC360’s “Ungodly Discipline?” reports, find out who runs the school and what criminal allegations they’re facing.

Doctors have finally identified the illness that killed more than 60 children in Cambodia. A combination of three pathogens is to blame, and the inappropriate use of steroids contributed to their deaths. Anderson spoke with CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta about how the mystery was solved and why the children were given steroids in the first place.

There’s new evidence in the saga of Michael Marin, an ex-Wall Street trader who swallowed an unidentified substance in a courtroom and died a short time later. The dramatic scene happened moments after he was convicted of burning down his home as part of an alleged insurance scheme. CNN’s Ed Lavandera reports on new details in this bizarre case.

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July 12th, 2012
05:06 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Sandusky victims' reaction to PSU report

After months of investigating, Former FBI Director Louis Freeh issued a report detailing the extraordinary failures of powerful officials at Penn State University to protect children from Jerry Sandusky's abuse. Freeh was charged with looking into how the school handled the scandal involving the former assistant football coach preying on young boys.

The 267-page report exposes the disturbing decisions made by university leaders to conceal Sandusky's crimes, allowing a child predator to continue victimizing children in a culture of secrecy. It also states that part of the motivation for a cover-up was to "avoid the consequences of bad publicity."

A lawyer representing several of Sandusky's victims tells Anderson Cooper what her clients think about Freeh’s findings. Justine Andronici says "they were not surprised by the scope of the cover up" and feel satisfied that the public is now aware that "the highest level officials at Penn State University actively concealed a child predator in their midst."

Watch a preview and see the full interview at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.


Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Jerry Sandusky
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