We’re learning new details about the hostage rescue in Alabama. Law enforcement officers were able to see inside the underground bunker where a 5-year-old boy was held hostage for nearly a week by slipping a camera into the hideout, an official tells CNN. An FBI rescue team in Midland City raided the bunker Monday and when it was over the boy named Ethan was free, his kidnapper Jimmy Lee Dykes was dead.
The FBI team practiced the rescue operation nearby with a mockup bunker, law enforcement sources said.
The chief negotiator for the local Sheriff’s office told the Southern Poverty Law Center's Hatewatch that Dykes was a "survivalist type" with "anti-America" views.
What drives some people to build underground bunkers in America? FULL POST
We have been coming to the twin towns of Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Arizona for many years covering stories about the thousands of devoted followers of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who live, govern and police the towns. Also known as the FLDS, members of the breakaway Mormon sect openly practice polygamy.
Each time we come here, we are noticed the minute we drive into either town. These are not the kind of towns where outsiders would have a reason or need to stop. There aren't any shops, restaurants or businesses that cater to the outside world. So the minute an outsider does arrive, they are noticed and met with skepticism. Children ride horses and are dressed like everyone else, in traditional FLDS clothing. They are controlled and ruled by their imprisoned prophet, Warren Jeffs. You don’t see children playing with toys or riding bikes. They are usually found working on homes or in fields with their parents. FULL POST
The odds were stacked against Baby Audrina. She had open heart surgery the day after being born, because she was born with part of her heart beating outside of her chest. Audrina has a rare birth defect called ‘ectopia cordis’ where the heart is abnormally located either partially or totally outside the chest. FULL POST
There are still many questions surrounding Manti Te’o’s fake girlfriend. The Notre Dame linebacker hasn’t spoken publicly about the scandal since Deadspin.com broke the story Wednesday, but he did release a statement saying “to realize that I was the victim of what was apparently someone's sick joke and constant lies was, and is, painful and humiliating.” According to reports in Deadspin, ESPN and others, the instigator was a man named Ronaiah Tuiasosopo. CNN hasn’t been able to confirm those reports. But tonight on AC360, you’ll hear from Tuiasosopo’s uncle. CNN also caught up with his father. See how they’re reacting to the scandal in Gary Tuchman's report.
A doomsday prophesy from jailed polygamist prophet Warren Jeffs has the attention of law enforcement officials.
“The consensus seems to be that (he’s) indicating that by the end of the year, the end of the world will be here,” said Sam Brower, a private investigator who has represented more than 100 former member of Jeffs’ Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Church.
Law enforcement is on alert and monitoring the border towns of Colorado City, Arizona and Hildale, Utah, where Jeffs’ followers live.
This week the U.S. Senate blocked a U.N. treaty aimed at protecting the rights of disabled people around the world. 125 countries have ratified it. The treaty is modeled on the American Disabilities Act, which Congress passed in 1990. However, 38 Republican senators voted against the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), leaving it five votes short of ratification.
Tonight Anderson talks with the son of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy. Ted Kennedy Jr. lost a leg to cancer when he was a child. He feels the Republican Party has turned its back on disabled Americans with this vote. “It’s a sad day for people with disabilities, and it’s a sad day for the U.S Senate,” Kennedy tells Anderson. “You ask yourself… who could be against a treaty that basically affords people with disabilities the same rights and opportunities of everyone else?” Kennedy believes several Republicans are to blame for the treaty’s demise after they spread “fiction” and “innuendo.”
For years, we've reported on the mysterious enclave of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints near the Utah-Arizona border. We thought we've seen it all. But tonight Gary Tuchman reports on a development that raises new questions about the Church run by jailed polygamist leader Warren Jeffs.
Gary received a tip that Jeffs, from his prison cell, ordered all schools closed this week so the children could harvest pecans. Gary went to the ranch in question and found hundreds of children in the fields. As soon as he got out of his car, the children all started scattering away from him, and eventually running in the opposite direction.
Gary talked to the owner of a neighboring hog farm, who told him the child labor has gone on for a week or two over a period of years.
Tune in tonight at 8 and 10 p.m. ET for a special edition of AC360°. Anderson Cooper hosts tonight live from Gaza.
AC360 will cover all sides of the conflict. Wolf Blitzer is live in Jerusalem, Arwa Damon and Ben Wedeman report live in Gaza City.