July 1st, 2008
11:46 PM ET

The Shot: PedEgg suit

An advertisement for the PedEgg, a personal pedicure tool, has been pulled from CNN due to a pending lawsuit.

Filed under: T1 • The Shot
July 1st, 2008
09:30 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 7/1/08

CHICAGO (CNN) – Authorities have captured an Illinois man suspected of killing eight people in two states, the FBI confirmed Tuesday. Late breaking details live at 10p ET.

Be sure to check out Anderson and Erica on our live web camera from the 360° studio. We’ll turn the camera on at 945p ET and turn it off at 11p ET. LINK TO THE BLOG CAMERA

We’ll start posting comments to this blog at 10p ET and stop at 11p ET.

Filed under: Live Blog
July 1st, 2008
09:29 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Hero or Vigilante?

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tonight, we're taking another look at the controversial actions of Joe Horn. Back in November, the Texas man shot to death two men robbing his next door neighbor's house. That's even after a 911 dispatcher told him not to do it. Yesterday, as we told you on 360, a grand jury said Horn should NOT be prosecuted. They said he broke no laws. Yet, the legal decision has our nation divded ( just check out the reaction to this story in last night's Evening Buzz). Could this case set a dangerous precedent as some fear? We'll be looking at that tonight on 360.

Also, breaking news – manhunt over.
The search for a man suspected of killing at least 8 people over the last several days in Illinois and Missouri has ended. The victims included a child and a 93-year-old man. Tonight, we're on the scene with the latest developments. We're also looking at what would drive someone to go on a killing spree.

And, left for dead. A woman collapses in a hospital waiting room and what happens next?
Nothing. OK, well, not quite nothing. Almost everything that does happen, will make your blood boil. We're keeping them honest.

All that and more tonight on 360.
Hope you'll join us at 10pm ET.

Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
July 1st, 2008
09:12 PM ET

Erica's News Note: How not to get burned

Erica Hill
AC360° Correspondent

Hi all..

Today, I spotted some stories that could actually affect your life:

  • For starters, sunscreen.. it's supposed to be THE summer accessory, right. But what if we’ve all been misled?! While I would look much better tan instead of my usual pasty white/pink, I also want to minimize my chances for skin cancer… and I’m not so into premature aging. Now we hear four out of five sunscreens don’t protect they way they promised to, and some could actually harm your skin. Don’t throw your SPF out the window, but you may want to give this one a closer look.
  • Have you ever been so embarassed you just wanted to disappear? I have, believe me.. So how would you like a geniune Harry Potter invisibility cloak – FOR REAL! Sorta.
  • Got children? Get this: in Missouri, the governor signs a bill to outlaw cyber bullying. In 2006, 13-year-old Megan Meier killed herself after being harassed online. Cyber bullying has all the makings of an epidemic, but the worst part is how tough it can be for parents to spot it and stop it.
  • And for those of you with younger children, wondering what they REALLY think of the books you buy, check out the book review - by kids.

And stories that make me go “hmm”…


Filed under: Erica Hill • Erica's News Note
July 1st, 2008
09:00 PM ET

AC360° Radar for July 2nd

Lisa Ort
AC360° Producer

Here’s a look at some of the stories on our radar for tomorrow:

RAW POLITICS: Sen. Obama will be in Colorado Springs and will be giving a speech in the morning.  Sen. McCain is still in Cartagena, Colombia. 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT: Investment banker, science patron, self-made billionaire, philanthropist and former math teacher Jeffrey Epstein can add a new title to his résumé – convicted sex offender. The Manhattan moneyman appeared in a Florida courthouse where he pleaded guilty to soliciting an underage prostitute.  This yet another example of the rich and powerful falling from grace.  What drives them down this path and ultimately into the ground?

SOLAR POWER HEARING: Senate Commerce and Energy Committee holds a field hearing “to consider the value and examine the progress of electricity generation from concentrating solar power.”

UNLICENSED ABORTION ARREST: Scheduled date of arraignment for Bertha Pinedo Bugarin in San Diego, accused of posing as a doctor to perform abortions.

WORLD'S LONGEST CHAIN OF SHOES ATTEMPT: The National Geographic Kids magazine will attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the world's longest chain of shoes. The shoes than will be recycled through Nike's Reuse-a-Shoe program.

FLAG STOMPING CASE: Scheduled date of hearing for Dan Luker, a former high school teacher charged with public mutilation of the U.S flag. Luker who teaches English as a second language is said to have  be reacting to another teacher throwing a Mexican flag in the garbage.

DMX ANIMAL CRUELTY CASE: Scheduled date of court hearing for rapper DMX, aka Earl Simmons, accused of animal cruelty and drug possession.


Filed under: 360° Radar
July 1st, 2008
07:00 PM ET

Housing crisis worse, Congress takes vacation

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Ed Henry
White House Correspondent

If you're taking some well-deserved rest for the Fourth of July, you are probably getting at best a day or two off around the actual holiday itself. Only in Congress could a break for the "Fourth" become a vacation spanning more than a week.

The Democratic-run Congress shut down last Friday and is not returning to work until next Monday. Between now and then, the New York Times notes in a blistering editorial Tuesday, another 55,000 homes will sink into foreclosure.

Yet the Senate left town Friday without passing a long-awaited housing rescue bill that would allow homeowners on the edge to get new mortgages backed by the federal government. The catch is that the existing lending institution would have to agree to cut the existing mortgage balance down to 85 percent of the home's value.

Between Republican fundraising events, President Bush is in Little Rock today at a credit counseling agency and is expected to prod Congress to finish the legislation. But even if it did, the President has threatened to veto the current bill... FULL POST

July 1st, 2008
06:14 PM ET

Obama campaign talks faith and values

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Jessica Yellin
Capitol Hill correspondent

Barack Obama’s people are spreading the good word – they’re not shy about being religious Democrats.

As part of an effort to reach religious voters, the Obama campaign is organizing small gatherings of religious voters, to talk about religion and values and how they should play out in politics and , of course, to convert new Obama supporters.

I attended one of these American Values house parties in Cincinnati last night. The attendees were Catholic; all except one were Democrats, and most were signed on as Obama supporters. Most people were acquaintances of the hostess, but strangers to one another.

You might think in this setting folks would be reluctant to share their religious views. Not at all. They had strong opinions and were ready to share them... FULL POST

Filed under: Barack Obama • Raw Politics • Religion
July 1st, 2008
05:17 PM ET

Missing 12-Year-Old Girl - “Stranger Danger” doesn't help

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Dr. Lisa Boesky
Clinical Psychologist
Author, When to Worry: How to Tell if Your Teen Needs Help–and What to Do About It

The disappearance of 12-year-old Brooke Bennett initially focused on who she met online, but now the investigation also includes her uncle (a registered sex offender) as a “person of interest.” One year ago, 19-year-old Donna Jou disappeared after going to a party with someone from Craigslist.

Thousands of children and teens are sexually assaulted by relatives each year. Every parent warns their kids about strangers—but unfortunately “Stranger Danger” does NOT seem to be effective for the dangers of the “Internet” or relatives…

Kids often don't realize they should view Internet friends as “strangers.” The Internet creates a false sense of intimacy, so if your daughter has been talking to someone online, she probably feels like she knows him. He's not going to be one of those people who would hurt her, right? The only problem is that if she is wrong, it can lead to tragic consequences.

Children would never consider their uncle, step-father, or cousin to be a “stranger.” Yet most male sex offenders have siblings, cousins, nieces and nephews, many of whom are married with children. If kids hear mommy or daddy saying these people are okay, why would they have any concerns? Family = Safety right? Not always…The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior (especially when it comes to male sex offenders).

Some girls are more vulnerable to being preyed upon by Internet “friends." If they are desperate to connect, feel loved or cared about, or even hungry for flattery and attention FULL POST

Filed under: Crime & Punishment
July 1st, 2008
04:17 PM ET

Dear Candidates: See you in ‘Hell’ (Michigan)

David M. Reisner
AC360° Digital Producer

The candidates have been tackling election issues Americans care about… But there’s something else the candidates appear to care about: Location, location, location.

Seems the candidates are ‘taking issue’ with town names, and the issues they bring up…

Last week Democratic candidate Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton traveled to Unity, New Hampshire to show a sign of … well… Unity. And Monday Sen. Obama stressed patriotism on his visit to Independence, Missouri

Coincidences? Not a chance… So that got me thinking – I should put together a week-long itinerary for the candidates … to locations around the United States that would put their issues right on the map.

Let’s begin, shall we?

Filed under: David M. Reisner • Raw Politics • TV
July 1st, 2008
03:39 PM ET

Beat 360° 07/01/08

It’s time for ‘Beat 360°!’

Everyday we post a picture – and you provide the caption. Our staff will get in on the action too.

Tune in every night at 10p ET to see if you are our favorite! Can you Beat 360°?

Here is the ‘Beat 360°’ pic of the day:

President George W. Bush gives a signed baseball to Cramer Hill Little Red Sox' player Xavier Garcia on the South Lawn at the White House, Monday.

Beat 360°

Have fun with it.

Make sure to include your name, city, state (or country) so we can post your comment.

Beat 360° Challenge

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When you win ‘Beat 360°’ not only do you get on-air prime-time name recognition (complete with bragging rights over all your friends, family, and jealous competitors), but you get a “I Won the Beat 360° Challenge” T-shirt!

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