[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/12/art.bofam0412.wh.jpg]Penny Manis
AC360° Senior Producer
There are celebrations this morning in Vermont, home of Sea Captain Richard Phillips, after he was rescued over the weekend and now resting comfortably on a U.S. warship. He had been held hostage for almost 5 days. Navy seal snipers killed 3 Somali pirates who took him hostage, and a 4th pirate has been captured-he could spend the rest of his life in a U.S. prison.
The Navy says it acted when one of the pirates was seen pointing an AK47 at the Captain’s back. Somali pirates currently hold more than a dozen ships and over 200 hostages, and they are vowing revenge for the above killings.
We’ll give you the latest on this story, and also tell you how the US administration plans to deal with the piracy problem in the aftermath of this dramatic incident.
IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman outlines the agency’s new plan to help taxpayers who have taken a financial hit today. We’ll tell you what you need to know with tax day right around the corner.
Madonna is hoping to win over the people of Malawi after a judge already rejected her attempt to adopt a 3 year old girl named “Mercy.” She is now appealing, and in an email to a local newspaper in the country, she said she hopes the boy she already adopted and the girl she is trying to adopt will one day return to Malawi to help their people.
If you haven’t already guessed, the AC360 staff is full of dog lovers. This is why we are committed to bringing you the latest on the First Dog. Malia and Sasha will get a Portuguese water dog they have named “Bo.” The First Dog’s debut is set for tomorrow, but his identity and some pictures have been leaked. We can be sure Erica Hill will be raising her hand to tackle this story today.
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