Convicted sex offenders in many California counties are arrested and often spend less than 24 hours in jail. Why? Mostly because of an 18 month old law that requires these offenders going to local, already overcrowded county faciities rather than state prisons. 360's Drew Griffin is Keeping them Honest.
It's an unimaginable tragedy. Two young boys killed while on a sleepover at a friend's apartment. Authorities say they were suffocated by a 100-pound snake. The situation is heartbreaking. Tonight, there is a criminal investigation underway. Anderson spoke with Jeff Corwin about how this could have happened.
Army Psychiatrist Major Nidal Hasan, shot and killed thirteen people and wounded more than 30 others, at Fort Hood. He says he did it for Allah and declared himself a soldier in the war against America and the West. But the federal government is not classifying the massacre as an act of terror. That's preventing survivors from accessing much needed benefits, and receiving well deserved honors. To make matters worse, Major Hasan is collecting thousands of dollars in military pay. Virginia Congressman Frank Wolf is co-sponsoring a bill to stop pay for alleged violent felons like Hasan. Retired Sergeant Howard Ray was in the line of fire during the Fort Hood massacre.
President George W. Bush is recuperating right now, after receiving a stent to open up a blocked artery. He is expected to leave the hospital tomorrow. But how serious is this sort of operation for the former President? Anderson asked chief medical correspondent Dr Sanjay Gupta.
Army Major Nidal Hasan has been collecting his military pay since the shooting rampage he admits to committing. So far that adds up to more than a quarter million dollars. In the meantime, the survivors say they are being denied services and unable to receive military honors, because the federal government is refusing to classify the massacre as an act of terrorism. 360's Randi Kaye is Keeping Them Honest.
Opening statements began in the Fort Hood shooting court martial today. Army Major Nidal Hasan admits to killing 13 people and wounding 32 others. Because this is a death penalty case, Hasan is not allowed to plead guilty. Instead he will have the opportunity to possibly cross examine the people he's accused of shooting. Today is day one of the court martial. CNN's Ed Lavandera has the latest.
A military judge has consolidated several of Army Private Bradley Manning's convictions, reducing his maximum possible sentence from 136 years to 90. Manning stole 750,000 pages of classified documents and videos and gave them to the web site WikiLeaks. He was acquitted of the most serious charge of aiding the enemy, but Manning was found guilty of violating the Espionage Act. In a 360 exclusive interview, his father Brian Manning is speaking out about the case for the first time since the conviction.
Alex Rodriguez isn’t backing down. The New York Yankees third baseman will still be playing tonight after getting the harshest penalty from Major League Baseball for allegedly using performance-enhancing drugs. A-Rod is one of several players being punished for suspected ties to the now-closed Biogenesis anti-aging clinic in south Florida, which allegedly distributed PEDs. He’s the only slugger fighting his suspension and is allowed to suit up in pinstripes throughout his appeal. Here’s the AC360 411 on the MLB scandal:
The number of MLB players suspended Monday for alleged doping.
One star was suspended last month for 65 games, Milwaukee Brewers outfielder and 2011 NL MVP Ryan Braun.
The number of games A-Rod is suspended for through 2014 without pay, pending his appeal.
That’s the number of games the 12 other players will each miss, also without pay.
A-Rod is the one player – and only one - who is appealing his suspension.
The number of home runs by A-Rod, the most of any active player.
A-Rod’s ranking on MLB’s career home run list
The number of All-Star games Rodriguez has played in during his 19-seasons in the major leagues.
That’s how many Most Valuable Player Awards he’s received.
The amount of his 10-year contract with the Yankees, signed in 2007, making him the highest-paid U.S. professional athlete ever.
The amount of money he’s owed from the Yankees and is expected to be able to keep this year.
At least $31.4 million
How much money he could lose next year and into 2015 if the suspension takes effect.
Convicted U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning faces possibly decades in prison for leaking classified information to WikiLeaks. As he waits to learn his sentence, Bradley's father, Brian Manning, sat down with Anderson to defend his son.
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