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April 17th, 2013
11:56 PM ET

Report: Explosion at Texas plant

An explosion at a West, Texas, fertilizer plant about 18 miles north of Waco may have injured 100 people. Glenn Robinson, CEO of Hillcrest Hospital, tells Anderson Cooper his staff set up a triage area on a nearby football field for anyone who needs medical attention.

For information about patients at Hillcrest Hospital, call 254-202-1100.

April 17th, 2013
11:47 PM ET

Firefighter: Marathon was like a war zone

Firefighters who saved lives after the Boston bombings say their training helped, but it was unlike anything they've seen. Anderson Cooper asked them about their heroic actions.

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April 17th, 2013
11:23 PM ET

Pres. Obama on background check rejection

Dana Bash and Gloria Borger report on the president's response to the defeated bipartisan gun legislation in the Senate.

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April 17th, 2013
11:02 PM ET

Acts of heroism in wake of Boston terror

CNN's Randi Kaye reports on the heroic acts in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings.

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April 17th, 2013
10:56 PM ET

Ricin as a weapon

Dr. Sanjay Gupta says the process of making ricin is not easy and some types of contact with the compound can be deadly.

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April 17th, 2013
10:50 PM ET

Deval: Community shattered after attack

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, who knew Martin Richard, the 8-year-old boy killed in the bombings, says the community will turn to each other to heal.

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April 17th, 2013
09:20 PM ET

Victim: I saw things I wish I didn't see

Steve Byrnes was cut badly on his face but says a mailbox absorbed most of the shrapnel that would have hit his lower body when the second bomb exploded at the Boston Marathon. He tells Anderson Cooper that he remembers everything about the blast.

His clothes were burned off his body and he believes he was inches away from losing his legs the way his friends did – four out of five lost limbs. "It was just absolute chaos. I saw things that, you know, I wish I didn't see," he says.

Caitlin Norden's brothers, JP and Paul, were at the marathon together and each had to have a leg amputated. They're being treated at two separate hospitals, and Norden says all they ask about is each other.

To help Byrnes with his medical costs, visit this fundraising site: Www.fundly.com/benefitforbizz

To help Norden's brothers, go to this site: https://www.facebook.com/WebbandNordenRecoveryFund

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Tragedy in Boston: How to help
April 17th, 2013
08:40 PM ET

Tragedy in Boston: How to help

Celeste and Sydney Corcoran

To help the mother and daughter featured in Gary Tuchman's report on AC360° tonight, go to http://www.gofundme.com/celesteandsydney

Steve Byrnes

To help Steve Byrnes, whose face was cut by shrapnel during the attack, go to Www.fundly.com/benefitforbizz

JP and Paul Norden

To help Caitlin Norden's brothers, JP and Paul, who each lost a leg in the bombing, visit https://www.facebook.com/WebbandNordenRecoveryFund

Jeff Bauman

To contribute to a fund for Jeff Bauman, who lost both legs in the attack, go to http://www.gofundme.com/BucksforBauman

One Fund Boston

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston's Mayor Tom Menino says the city has established 'One Fund Boston'. "At times like this we are one state, one city and once people," Governor Patrick said. Boston based insurance company John Hancock has already committed $1 million to the fund, which will raise money for families most affected by the bombings.

Donate to Onefundboston.org

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AC360 411: Ricin’s Wrath
April 17th, 2013
07:18 PM ET

AC360 411: Ricin’s Wrath

Editor’s Note: We’ll have the latest developments on the ricin investigation tonight on AC360° at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.

Suspicious mail laced with ricin has Washington on edge. Preliminary testing shows a letter addressed to Pres. Obama and another to Mississippi Republican Sen. Roger Wicker both tested positive for the poison at off-site mail facilities.

Additional testing on the letters should be complete on Thursday. According to a law enforcement source, both letters had the same message: "To see a wrong and not expose it, is to become a silent partner to its continuance. And the same closing statement: "I am KC and I approve this message." Here’s the AC360° 411 on ricin:

 

  • If ingested, injected or inhaled, less than a pinpoint can kill a human within 36 to 48 hours.
  • Initial symptoms of ricin poisoning by inhalation may occur as early as 4-8 hours and as late as 24 hours after exposure.
  • If ricin is ingested, initial symptoms typically occur in less than 10 hours.
  • If ingested, ricin causes nausea, vomiting and internal bleeding of the stomach and intestines, followed by failure of the major organs and death usually follows.
  • If injected, ricin causes immediate death to the muscles and lymph nodes near the site of the injection.
  • Ricin is a natural, highly toxic compound extracted from castor beans.
  • Ricin has been used experimentally in medicine to kill cancer cells.
  • There is no known cure for ricin poisoning. FULL POST
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