November 13th, 2008
11:47 AM ET

Experts weigh in on which vitamins to toss back or toss out

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Elizabeth Cohen
CNN Medical Correspondent

Americans love to take their vitamins. More than 150 million Americans take dietary supplements according to the Council for Responsible Nutrition, a supplement industry trade group.

But what should you do? Walk through the vitamin aisle of any grocery store, and you're hit by a staggering array of options. From vitamin A to glucosamine to milk thistle (what is that, anyway?) to whey protein, it's hard to decide what to take.

That's why this week the Empowered Patient asked four experts - all medical doctors - what supplements they take every day. Their lists may surprise you - they all take at least two supplements - some take three or four or more.

Choosing a daily vitamin regimen is especially daunting in light of two new studies out this week. In the largest and longest study of its kind, researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, found that vitamins C and E do nothing to protect against heart disease in men. The study, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, also found that vitamin E even appeared to raise the risk of bleeding strokes, which, while rare, are often the most deadly. Other research on women and vitamins is also discouraging.

A study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute this week found that a daily regimen of vitamin D and calcium did not offer any protection against invasive breast cancer.

With those studies in mind, here's what our panel of experts takes every day.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Health Care • Medical News
November 13th, 2008
11:28 AM ET

Want to work in Obama's cabinet? Take this questionnaire...

Read the 7-page questionnaire sent by the Office of President Elect Obama here:
Read the 7-page questionnaire sent by the Office of President Elect Obama here:

Suzanne Malveaux | BIO
CNN White House Correspondent

I just received the 7-page questionnaire being sent by the Office of President Elect Barack Obama to those seeking cabinet and other high ranking jobs.

It includes 63 questions to be completed...

covering everything from info on family members, Facebook pages, hired help, links to Fannie, Freddie, AIG and other troubled banks, lawsuits, gifts, resumes, loans, blogs, etc....

Click on the questionnaire for more

Filed under: Barack Obama • Raw Politics • Suzanne Malveaux
November 13th, 2008
11:10 AM ET

If you couldn't sense the awkward tension on TV, you could definitely feel it in the room....

Dana Bash | BIO
CNN Political Correspondent

Trying to get more info, but I'm told by one Republican source here at the GOP Governors Association meeting that as of 830a , Gov. Sarah Palin was supposed to be at the presser without the row of fellow governors who stood silently behind her.

Another RGA source tells me the reason for that is a "long story" that i'll be told later.

Haley Barbour told Evan Glass that they all met at 9a and by then it was "decided" that they'd all go out.

But , notice that the host, Florida's Charlie Crist, wasn't even there.
A Florida GOP source said "he didn't know about it"

Also, it was slated for 20 minutes or so, but as you all saw, she took 4 questions...and the last, mine, was only because Gov Perry forced it.

If you couldn't sense the awkward tension on TV, you could definitely feel it in the room....

Filed under: Dana Bash • Raw Politics • Sarah Palin
November 13th, 2008
10:41 AM ET

360 Crime Blotter: Cops attacked; Pizza man arrested

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Compiled by Gabriel Falcon
AC360 Writer

Welcome to the 360 Crime Blotter.

Some of the best crime writing comes from cops on the beat. But it’s not fiction. It’s fact, put down on paper in incident reports. We’re going to bring you their first-hand accounts. Taken from police department web sites, the official submissions run the gamut from mundane misdemeanors to the most serious of felonies. They all show what police officers across the country face 365 days a year. So let’s get started:


Colorado Springs Police Department

November 10, 2008
Time 10:30:00 PM
Division Falcon
Shift III
Title Other
Location 4715 Garden Ranch Drive, Highland Park Apartments

Summary: On the above date and time, Mr. Robert Wade, and his girlfriend, Nicole Mintus, had just arrived at Mr. Wade's apartment and were walking through the parking lot when they were approached by three unknown males. At least two of the males were carrying unknown objects, possibly knives, as they approached Mr. Wade and Ms. Mintus. The third male was carrying an unknown caliber handgun. After the males verbally challenged Ms. Mintus and Mr. Wade, the male with the gun approached Mr. Wade and pushed the gun against Mr. Wade's chest. Mr. Wade advised that he heard a clicking noise, and he thought the suspect may have pulled the trigger on the gun, but the gun did not fire. After a brief physical altercation with the males, the males all got into a red Honda Civic 4-door vehicle with black rims and left the area. Neither Mr. Wade, nor Ms. Mintus suffered any injuries. The suspects did not demand any money or other things of value from the victims. Mr. Wade and Ms. Mintus were not able to provide very much of a description of the suspects, but they did say that all of the males were wearing some sort of masks or bandanas over their faces. FULL POST

Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
November 13th, 2008
10:07 AM ET

Paying the price for truth

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Jill Dougherty | Bio
U.S. Affairs Correspondent

Six years ago, Aliaksei Karol was returning at night from a forum of democracy activists in Lithuania. “He was hit from behind with some heavy object, fainted and came to his senses in a puddle of blood,” says Zhanna Litvina, chair of the Belarusian Association of Journalists. There was an investigation but Karol’s attackers were never found.

Karol, the 63 year old editor-in-chief of the Belarus weekly newspaper Novy Chas, knows the price journalists in his country pay for telling the truth. Belarus, headed by President Alexander Lukashenko, is often called “Europe’s last dictatorship” and there’s good reason.


Filed under: Global 360° • Jill Dougherty
November 13th, 2008
08:51 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Bailout or Bust?

Penny Manis
AC360 Senior Producer

Hello AC360 fans:

Ali Velshi, our financial guru, has his work cut out for him today. The debate over Bailout or Bankruptcy for the Big 3 continues-Democrats say they’ll try to save the American auto industry, with or without President Bush.

Even though Barack Obama is behind closed doors today piecing together his Administration, he is quietly weighing into this debate.

Obama is pushing for the current Administration to cut the domestic auto industry a check asap. Many folks believe that the collapse of the Big 3, or even just General Motors, could set off a catastrophic chain reaction in the economy.

Barack Obama believes the crisis in the auto industry must be addressed before he hits office in January. We’ll keep a close eye on this story today, and Randi Kaye brings back our Most Wanted: Culprits of the Collapse series. Tonight, she pinpoints the names/faces behind the auto industry mess.

Critics accuse Prez Bush and Henry Paulson of a Bait and Switch. Yesterday, Paulson told Congress that the Bush admin is abandoning the original strategy for the $700 billion bailout: instead of buying up toxic mortgage debt, they'll invest directly in banks to encourage consumer lending. There is a Senate hearing on the bailout this morning that we'll monitor.

Dana Bash is in Miami at the Republican Governors kumbaya. Today Sarah Palin holds a press conference at this convention, and participates in a panel on the future of the GOP. For a gal who played hard to get during the campaign, she sure is making herself available to the media these days.

In interviews yesterday with Wolf Blitzer and Larry King, she did not rule out a 2012 run for the White House. Surprise surprise. Still, reviews are mixed: some folks believe she is the new face of the GOP, while others think she needs more experience before she gets into that game again.

Ed Henry follows McCain today as he stumps in Georgia for Republican Saxby Chambliss who is in a hot race against Democrat Jim Martin. This race has major national implications because Dems are approaching a 60-vote, filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. They now have 57 seats, with races in Georgia, Alaska and Minnesota to be resolved. Obama has also sent his peeps down to GA to help get those blue votes in.

Tom Foreman follows the story of the KKK murder: 8 people were arrested earlier this week - one on a charge of murder - in connection with the fatal shooting of a woman at a remote Louisiana campsite during what police say was an initiation ceremony for the Ku Klux Klan.

An important programming note: There is an Escape from Jonestown special hosted by Soledad O’Brien from 9-11pet, so tonight AC360 is live in the 11pet hour. See you then!

Filed under: The Buzz
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