July 22nd, 2008
09:30 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 7/22/08

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Filed under: Live Blog
July 22nd, 2008
09:13 PM ET

What happened to Nancy Cooper?

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Erica Hill
AC360° Correspondent

Care and concern. Two tiny words, two very clear emotions in the 911 calls released today by the Cary, NC police.

On Saturday, July 12, 34-year-old Nancy Cooper went for an early morning run, according to her husband. At 8 a.m. that day, she was due to meet a friend. Nancy Cooper never showed up. Six hours later, that friend was on the phone with 911.

Caller: Her name is Nancy Cooper.
Dispatcher: And what is her address?
Caller: Her husband and her are living together but they're in the middle of a divorce and he is, um… phew, okay hold on

Clearly upset, the friend takes a minute to compose herself.

One thing that stands out on this tape is the number of times she mentions a divorce and concern about Nancy’s relationship. At one point, the caller even wonders aloud to the dispatcher if “(…) maybe he's done something, I mean God forbid, but…”, referring to Nancy Cooper’s husband, Bradley.

But the thing is, her husband isn’t a suspect – police haven’t named any suspects in the case. FULL POST

Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Erica Hill
July 22nd, 2008
08:59 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Fallen Prophet Indicted

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Maureen Miller
360° Writer

Good Evening! There are new legal troubles for polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs. Tonight, a Texas grand jury has indicted the fallen prophet on sexual assault charges. Five of his followers also face charges. The alleged victims are girls under the age of 17. The FLDS runs the Yearning for Zion ranch near Eldorado, Texas. Sounds familiar, doesn't? That's the ranch Texas authorities raided in April, taking away more than 400 children who were later reunited with their families. They were returned after the Texas Supreme Court ruled the state had no right to remove the children and didn't have another evidence their were in imminent danger of abuse. This story just broke. We'll have the latest on the new charges tonight on 360°.

We're also tracking Hurricane Dolly.


Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
July 22nd, 2008
05:36 PM ET

McCain's best shot is stressing independence

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Gloria Borger
CNN Senior Political Analyst

It was just back at the end of May when Sen. John McCain started to criticize Sen. Barack Obama for not visiting the Middle East since 2006. At the time, McCain coyly suggested they tour Iraq together.

Sensing a good thing, the Republican National Committee started a clock to count the days since Obama had visited the region.

The chiding worked. Obama is now on his grand tour of the Middle East and Europe. The RNC clock has stopped, but timing is still everything.

On the eve of Obama's trip, a German magazine quoted Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki as essentially embracing Obama's 16-month timetable for withdrawal. (Later, an aide to Maliki tried to walk it back, albeit without specifics.)


Filed under: Gloria Borger • John McCain • Raw Politics
July 22nd, 2008
05:00 PM ET

McCain gets some straight talk back

Editor’s note: Senator John McCain visited Rochester, NH, today, and got some pretty straight talk from a volunteer. Here's a clip from that exchange. You can read the transcript, provided below.

Volunteer: Senator McCain, you are the man that we want for our next president of the US. I'm gonna do a little straight talk. You're a straight talker and so am I, very much. I'm a die hard Yankee and I'm a straight talker.

McCain: I could never tell by your accent.

Volunteer: (laughs) Mine's not really a question, it's a statement. It's a statement about a lot of your campaign staffer members and I'll tell you right now I know I'm going to be right on top of their s**t list but I could care less…

McCain: Shhh…

Filed under: John McCain • Raw Politics
July 22nd, 2008
03:04 PM ET

Beat 360° 7/22/08

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
July 22nd, 2008
02:51 PM ET

Iraq less safe now

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Juan Cole
President of the Global Americana Institute

Despite all the talk about Iraq being "calm," I'd like to point out that the month just before the last visit Barack Obama made to Iraq (he went in January, 2006), there were 537 civilian and ISF Iraqi casualties. In June of this year, 2008, there were 554 according to AP. These are official statistics gathered passively that probably only capture about 10 percent of the true toll.

That is, the Iraqi death toll is actually still worse now than the last time Obama was in Iraq! The hype around last year's troop escalation obscures a simple fact: that Obama formed his views about the need for the US to leave Iraq at a time when its security situation was very similar to what it is now! Why a return to the bad situation in late 05 and early 06 should be greeted by the GOP as the veritable coming of the Messiah is beyond me. You have people like Joe Lieberman saying silly things like if it weren't for the troop escalation, Obama wouldn't be able to visit Iraq. Uh, he visited it before the troop escalation, just fine.

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Filed under: Iraq • War on Terror
July 22nd, 2008
02:05 PM ET

Accused, arrested, tasered, killed…

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David Fitzpatrick
Producer, CNN Special Investigations Unit

When I felt the searing 98 degree heat and the oppressive 100 percent humidity here, it wasn’t as jarring as it might have been. In fact, it seemed familiar for a very good reason.

Just a year ago I was in the same sort of weather in a town only 40 miles from here: Jena, Louisiana, ground zero for the nation’s largest civil rights demonstrations in a generation.

Then, I was helping to produce stories about what led to the demonstrations - the jailing of a teenager named Mychal Bell.

You might recall, Bell was in a school yard fight in Jena that stemmed from three nooses, hung from a tree in front of the local school. Bell was jailed on a charge of attempted murder in the wake of that fight and five of his classmates were also charged, but not imprisoned.

A year later, I was in Winnfield where one of Mychal Bell’s first cousins, Baron ‘Scooter” Pikes, was the central figure in another case where accusations of racial injustice have been flying.

Last January, the 21-year-old Pikes was struck by a taser gun nine times in less than an hour, after he was arrested on an outstanding warrant alleging possession of crack cocaine.

He was dead on arrival at a local hospital after being hit six times while handcuffed and lying on his stomach, once in the back of a Winnfield police car and twice more on the concrete outside the police department’s headquarters.


July 22nd, 2008
01:56 PM ET

McCain to New Hampshire – success and honor first

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Dana Bash
CNN Political Correspondent

If you’re John McCain looking for some love while Barack Obama is overseas, you come to New Hampshire.

The line of Granite State voters waiting to get into McCain’s town hall at the Rochester Opera House snaked around the corner.

Most of them I spoke with were coming to see and hear the Arizona senator who has come to be a New Hampshire favorite son…and they greeted him with a rousing, lengthy standing ovation.

“It’s nice to see so many old friends,” he said as he tried to signal he was ready to talk.

“Coming back to New Hampshire is like coming home,” he said.

Voters here know full well the impact they have had on this election year. FULL POST

Filed under: Dana Bash • John McCain • Raw Politics
July 22nd, 2008
12:58 PM ET

Hello Dolly!!

Jacqui Jeras
CNN Meteorologist and Weather Anchor

Here we go… the first hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. is just hours away. At the time I write this, it’s still a Tropical storm with winds of 70 mph. It needs to hit 74 mph to call it a hurricane. What are a few miles per hour between friends?

Dolly has been intensifying all morning and will continue to do so… there’s not much doubt it will be a hurricane later today, as there’s little in the way to weaken the storm before landfall.

Check out the Sea Surface temperatures map here.


Filed under: Jacqui Jeras • Severe Weather • T1
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