August 11th, 2008
11:47 PM ET

The Shot: Ketchup slide

A Wisconsin burger festival boasts an extra long ketchup slip n' slide.

Filed under: T1 • The Shot
August 11th, 2008
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 8/11/08

For what’s in the program take a look at tonight’s Evening Buzz.

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
August 11th, 2008
09:19 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Sex and Consequences

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tonight on 360°, we have the latest on John Edwards' political bombshell.  He may have hoped his confession on Friday to an extramarital affair would have stopped all the questions.  Instead, there are a lot of unanswered questions about secret cash payouts, the potential political fallout and paternity. We've got the raw politics.  We're also on the trail, looking at the feedback from a top aide to Hillary Clinton who says Edwards' cover-up cost Mrs. Clinton the nomination.  Former Clinton Communications Director Howard Wolfson said today if the lie would have been known earlier Clinton would have won the Iowa caucuses.  Do you think that's true? We'll crunch the numbers for you.

And, chaos in Georgia, a former Soviet Union republic.  Russian troops, tanks and fighter jets are on the attack. While, Georgia's tiny army is in a rapid retreat to the outskirts of the country's capital. This evening President Bush spoke about the violence saying the attacks have "substantially damaged Russia's standing in the world." President Bush is demanding that Moscow accept a cease-fire. We'll have the latest on the situation.

Plus, there are new details tonight in the search for Caylee Anthony. 360's Randi Kaye spoke with the girl's grandparents who belive she's still alive. They believe without a doubt that their daughter, Casey, knows who took her. But does she know WHERE she is?

All that and more tonight on 360°.
Hope you'll join us!

Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
August 11th, 2008
08:48 PM ET

Tomorrow Buzz: tasers and meteors

Lisa Ort
AC360° Producer

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

RAW POLITICS:Sen. John McCain will have a town hall meeting in York, PA in the morning and will attend an event in Teaneck, NJ in the evening.  Sen. Barack Obama continues to vacation in Hawaii but will make time for a fundraiser in Honolulu. 

PERSEID METEOR SHOWER PEAK: This is the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower.

TASER DEATH INVESTIGATION: A grand jury is scheduled to meet and consider charges against former police officer Scott Nugent. Nugent is alleged to have tasered suspect Baron Pikes nine times, possibly leading to his death.

ANDY DICK DRUG AND ASSAULT CASE: A court hearing is scheduled for comedian Andy Dick.  He was arrested on drug and sexual battery charges in July.

NY TIMES CLIMBER HEARING:  There's a hearing on the schedule for David Malone’s case.  He scaled the outside of the New York Times building in protest of Al Qaeda.

Filed under: The Buzz
August 11th, 2008
08:40 PM ET

Hunting for votes – and a new jacket

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The motorcade pulled away from the Hilton Harrisburg at about 5:30 p.m. and eight minutes later arrived in Lemoyne, a suburb on the Susquehanna River. JSM went to the home of Frank Bingaman, described by neighbors as the owner of the Caterpillar dealerships in several mid-Atlantic states, in order to tape one-on-ones with local TV. It seems the patio of the home on Bridgeview Drive provides a stunning backdrop of the Harrisburg skyline, including the green-tinged dome of the state Capitol.

A group of neighbors, most Republicans and McCain supporters, watched the invasion of their development from across the street. Several held cocktails. One resident, Lt. Col. (ret.) Phyllis J. Nagle, said she was a flight nurse in the USAF unit that brought home a young John McCain and the other POWs when they were released. (She did not treat him.) Medicos "worried about what to feed them," Nagle recalled. "They just wanted beer, steak and ice cream."

Motorcade exited about 6:07 pm.

Fifteen minutes later, McCain entered Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Swatara Township, Pa. A sign at the entrance warns customers that firearms and bows must be checked at the customer service desk.

The store is massive, with every kind of outdoors equipment imaginable, from boats to woolen hunter's socks. It features a 3-story waterfall, and a giant fish tank in the middle of the room; swimming inside are some freshwater catches from around PA, including a catfish reputed to weigh 100 pounds.

Sen. McCain shook hands with some kids perched on pink Arctic Cat ATVs, then worked his way to the marine department. He picked out an electronic fish scale and wended toward the checkout with it, shaking hands. Your pool was kept too far away to hear any exchanges between the candidate and public.

At the checkout counter, McCain checked out the snacks – barbecued pork rinds, kettle corn and a kind of trail mix – but passed. He paid $5.88 for the fish scale. Then a deal on camo slickers beckoned and McCain bought one of those too, for $21.07 with tax.

Poolers asked what he intended to hunt, but McCain did not answer.

The rumble of the STE's idling engine outside muffled most of the dialog, but one admirer asked him what he bought. McCain showed him. "Now all I've got to do is catch a fish," he said.

Editor's note: This article was from a TV pool report following the McCain campaign trail.

Filed under: Behind The Scenes • John McCain
August 11th, 2008
07:22 PM ET

Erica’s News Note: Milestones

Erica Hill
AC360° Correspondent

I hope you caught last night’s spectacular gold medal win by the US Men’s swim team in the 4×100 relay. My husband and I were jumping out of our seats, cheering Jason Lezak. I love my DVR – we replayed it at least three times, because the .08 second win over France was almost too fantastic of a story to be true, but it was and IS.

You may remember CNN covering what seemed to be a very high number of LA’s homeless being dropped off on Skid Row after being released from local hospitals. Now, several LA-area hospitals are charged with exploiting the homeless in a Medicare/Medicaid scam. The allegations are sickening.

I’m not big on computers, video games and excessive TV for kids… and the thought of an elementary school-aged child with a cell phone sends shivers down my spine. I’m not anti-technology, but I am pro-books, outside play and creativity. “Everything in moderation” has served me pretty well thus far, and seems to be working for our family, as well.

When it comes to cell phones for little ones, I do see the benefit from a safety perspective. But how soon do they need their own phone? What if we find out one day that cell phones *do* harm our brains? What if that damage started at age three? And then there are the practical issues, like interpersonal communication skills that I worry will not be learned. In a world where everyone has their own phone line, how does a child learn to answer the phone properly and politely? Let’s not even start on the texting!

I can barely wrap my head around the “preschool process," let alone think about my son and his 3 year old classmates on cell phones…but being that we live in NY, I have a feeling there could be more than one preschooler in this city with his own ringtone.

Filed under: Erica Hill • Erica's News Note
August 11th, 2008
07:10 PM ET

Clinton Aide: She would have won

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Rebecca Sinderbrand
CNN Associate Political Editor

If reporters had nabbed former presidential candidate John Edwards lying about his extramarital affair, Hillary Clinton would have captured the Democratic presidential nomination, her former communications director said.

"I believe we would have won Iowa, and Clinton today would therefore have been the nominee," Howard Wolfson told ABCNews.com in an interview released Monday, because internal campaign polling showed "our voters and Edwards voters were the same people. They were older, pro-union. Not all, but maybe two-thirds of them would have been for us and we would have barely beaten Obama."

Two months after Edwards first denied rumors of the affair, Barack Obama's win in the Iowa caucuses — and Clinton's third-place showing behind Edwards — fundamentally altered the shape of the race.


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Raw Politics
August 11th, 2008
06:58 PM ET

Volunteering to kill Georgians

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/08/11/art.russian.army.jpg caption="Ramaz Kuchiev, far right, a former soldier in the Russian army and other men wait for their papers to be processed so they can join the Russian army to join the fighting in South Ossetia and Georgia"]

John Wendle

The Vladikavkaz City Recruiting Center in the Russian territory of North Ossetia lies just outside the main town, through a tall, steel gate. Inside, along a small driveway overlapped by tall pines, lie a parking lot, pavilion and fruit orchard. A low, two-story concrete building with peeling paint serves as the recruiting center. Men in clean, dark green fatigues organize would-be recruits. They are mostly men in their 50s and 60s who have already served but are too old now. Lots of gray hair and mustaches, gold teeth and cigarettes.

Around the courtyard, the potential recruits, men of all ages, squat and stand. There are half a dozen in their 20s; at least twice as many older men, some as old as 50. A group of 10 Cossacks — in their traditional blue breeches with a wide red stripe down the side, green tunic bedecked in medals and tall black riding boots — forms to one side. One man has a curled handlebar mustache and watery pale-blue eyes. The men in this group won't talk to the press and keep walking off to stand and talk in a circle in the orchard. But one told a reporter earlier that he had come all the way from Siberia to serve in the Russian operations across the border in Georgia and its breakaway region South Ossetia. They look like a rough, hard bunch.

A tall, athletic Serb in his mid-40s, with blue eyes and curly long blond hair, comes into the courtyard. He walks over to the group of Cossacks, picks the oldest one out of the group and gives him a big hug and a kiss on each cheek. According to two of the men in the courtyard, the Serb, who is wearing new fatigues and slightly worn Asolo hiking boots, had fought Bosnia and is now there to fight in South Ossetia and Georgia. He may have fought in Chechnya, but no one will say. I talk to him for a moment. He speaks some English but is more comfortable in his lightly accented Russian. "I've come to fight in South Ossetia alongside the Russians," he says.


Filed under: Global 360° • Russia-Georgia
August 11th, 2008
05:38 PM ET

Making a baby, HIV-positive couple want their chance

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/08/11/art.hiv.jpg caption="A close look at an HIV-free sperm being injected into the woman’s egg."]
Kyung Lah | BIO
CNN International Correspondent

They are a couple in their 30’s trying to get pregnant and have a child. Their doctor believes they’re good candidates for in-vitro fertilization.

But they are also both HIV-positive. If they successfully give birth to an HIV-negative baby, they would be the first HIV-positive couple in the world to give birth using IVF.

The question is: should they? The couple says they deserve to live as normal a life as possible, after they each lost that chance as children. They were among 2000 Japanese citizens infected in the 1980’s through HIV-tainted blood.

They grew up, met at the hospital, fell in love and married. Being parents, they say, is the natural next step.

Filed under: 360° Radar • AIDS
August 11th, 2008
05:17 PM ET

Beat 360° 08/11/08

Okay, okay. For those of you who are paying attention, we decided to throw out our earlier Beat 360° picture, because we like this one better!

So get ready for today’s Beat 360° picture, again!

Everyday we post a picture – and you provide the caption and our staff will join in too.

Tune in every night at 10p ET to see if you are our favorite!
Here is ‘Beat 360°’ pic of the day, (we promise this one is it!):

President George W. Bush, First Lady Laura Bush and daughter Barbara Bush attend the National Aquatics Center on Day 3 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

Beat 360°

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
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