April 20th, 2009
05:48 PM ET

Video: Polo Club President on horse deaths

John Wash, Polo Club Palm Beach President, tells CNN's John Zarrella what happened when more than 20 horses dropped dead.

April 20th, 2009
05:28 PM ET

Remembering Columbine

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Jami Floyd | Bio
In Session

Today marks the 10-year anniversary of Columbine, the date on which Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold stormed their high school campus and took 15 lives, including their own. The shootings left a trail of horror, too many young victims, and shattered families that will never again know peace of mind.

It also left all of us with some tough questions to answer: Why does this continue to happen in our country, and more so than in other countries? Is it because our gun laws aren’t tough enough? Or, is it because more people aren’t armed to protect themselves? Is it a failing of our mental health system?

Why don’t we ever see these massacres coming? Colin Ferguson; Virginia Tech; and just this month, Binghamton, New York.

Maybe it’s the media. Studies are conflicted about whether violence in fiction leads to violence in reality. But it sure is a question worth asking. None of us have all the answers. But on the anniversary of Columbine, we owe it to the victims to get to the bottom of it.

Filed under: In Session • Jami Floyd
April 20th, 2009
05:25 PM ET

Catch pirates and - let them go?!

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Chris Lawrence
CNN Pentagon Correspondent

A NATO ship receives a distress call Saturday: a Norwegian merchant ship is under attack by pirates. The NATO ship veers off, racing to the rescue. The Canadian NATO ship fires several warning shots, which cause the pirates to break off the attack and sail away. But NATO tracks down the pirates, boards their boat and finds several rounds of ammunition onboard. The NATO crew tosses their guns, ladders and scaling equipment overboard. They question the pirates and then …arrest them? No. Hand them over to a court? No. They let them go. Why? Because there is no formal procedure for NATO forces to follow once they’re actually captured pirates. NATO leaves it up to each individual country, and sometimes those nations don’t even allow crews to detain the pirates they catch. The same day that incident happened, another NATO ship operated by the Dutch intercepted pirates. The Dutch found weapons and freed 13 hostages – then let the pirates go free.

After meeting with the Dutch Foreign Minister, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said releasing the pirates sends the wrong message. “The minister and I agreed we will take this to NATO. If the Dutch Navy had been operating under the EU, they could have turned the pirates over for trial. NATO has not provided the authority to do that.” Clinton also said there needs to be better coordination between all the nations and organizations that patrol the Somali coastline. Right now whether a pirate stays in custody or gets let go on the spot – entirely depends on which ship grabbed him.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Pirates
April 20th, 2009
05:19 PM ET

Columbine: Lessons not learned

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Andrew Robinson
Writer/Director “April Showers

Ten years ago today I was a senior at Columbine High School when two of my fellow classmates, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, opened fire. Their actions that day took the lives of 12 students and one teacher before they turned their weapons on themselves and took their own lives.

While I try to avoid such phrases as “a day that will live in infamy” it seems, ten years later, we still remember Columbine. However, I’d like to take this opportunity not to reflect on the day, but about where we’ve come as a society since that terrible day. Recently, I took part in a panel discussion in Colorado with Darrell Scott the father of my friend and slain student Rachel Scott. In the years since Rachel’s death, Mr. Scott and his son Craig have founded Rachel’s Challenge, an organization that speaks to school aged kids, mainly high-schoolers, about Rachel’s life and message surrounding acts of kindness and how they can create a chain reaction.

However, on top of his daughter’s message Mr. Scott speaks about the nature and status of today’s modern education system. It seems when our education system was founded it was founded upon a system that involved the three H’s. I’m going to paraphrase, but in a nutshell the three-H approach goes like this: by speaking and touching a child’s heart you’ll stimulate the head and produce results via the hands.


April 20th, 2009
04:33 PM ET

Handshake sets off wave of controversy

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President Obama's friendly interactions with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has set off a wave of controversy, but analysts said the leaders' next steps will show if relations have truly improved or if Obama was overstepping boundaries.

Chavez and Obama were both at the Summit of the Americas, which ended Sunday in Trinidad and Tobago.

On the first day, Obama reached out his hand to Chavez and was seen smiling and patting the Venezuelan leader on the shoulder as the two shook hands.

"With this same hand I greeted Bush eight years ago, I want to be your friend," Chavez said, his office reported.

Keep Reading...

Filed under: 360° Radar • President Barack Obama
April 20th, 2009
04:26 PM ET

The island of longevity?

Program Note: Tune in tonight to hear more about Ikaria on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

Residents of Ikaria, Greece, believe they hold the secret to the fountain of youth and scientists are discovering why. We'll have more on this tonight with Dan Buettner, who is in Ikaria on his quest for "Blue Zones." He'll share some secrets on why Ikarians are living longer and healthier lives.

For more on the Blue Zones quest, go to: http://www.aarpmagazine.org/health/longevityquest

April 20th, 2009
03:48 PM ET

Quiz: How long will you live?

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All this week, we’ll be talking to Dan Buettner, the best-selling author of “THE BLUE ZONES: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest.”

Buettner just named Ikaria the world’s fifth “Blue Zone.” Ikaria is a remote Greek island of Ikaria where people are living longer, healthier lives. He's there right now to get some firm answers for us about what makes Ikarians so special, and to share those tips with us.

And are you curious about how long you’ll live? Check out Dan’s vitality compass and find out what your biological age is, how old you’ll be when disease is likely to kick in and how long you’ll most likely be on this planet.

For more information on the Blue Zones Quest, go to: http://www.aarp.org/bluezones.

Plus, cast your vote here to determine where Dan and his team go next in their quest for longevity.

April 20th, 2009
03:26 PM ET

Why Washington won’t take its money back…just yet

Program Note: Tune in to hear more from Ali Velshi tonight on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

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Ali Velshi
CNN Chief Business Correspondent

On May 4th, The Administration will unveil the results of the “stress tests” that it is conducting on the country’s 19 largest financial institutions. The goal is to figure out – in the government’s worst-case scenario – how much MORE taxpayer money the government may have to put up to prevent a major collapse. The government is not likely to detail each bank’s financial position, for fear that new of an “unhealthy” bank could trigger a run on that bank by both investors and customers, thereby hastening its demise. But it IS likely to say something like “if unemployment were to increase dramatically, and home prices were to drop by a certain percent more, we’re likely to need this amount of money.”

Until the government finishes its tests, it’s not likely to even discuss taking back any of the big money that it has lent those big banks, despite the fact that many of them have reported profits for the first three months of this year, and say they WANT to give the money back. That could put $88 BILLION back into TARP’s coffers (right now the government has about $115 BILLION left of the $700 BILLION, and is counting on about $20 BILLION coming back.); money that can be used for other banks, preventing the administration from going back to a Congress without much of an appetite to lend more taxpayer money to Wall Street.


Filed under: Ali Velshi • Economy
April 20th, 2009
02:30 PM ET

Sex + Sleep = Long, healthy life?

Program Note: Tune in tonight for more on Ikaria and to hear more clues for a longer life on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

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Erica Hill
AC360° Anchor/Correspondent

Forget counting calories, crunches and laps around the track. What if the secrets to a long life involved a lot less work and a much more enjoyment? Turns out, sex and sleep could be just as important to a long, healthy life as omega-3s and cardio. I know, you’re thinking, “This is too good to be true!” Followed by, “I can barely find time for the little sleep I get right now.” Stick with me – I promise it’s worth it.

All this week, we’ll help you find ways to make these simple secrets to a long life work for you. An active sex life and plenty of rest are just two reasons scientists think people on the remote Greek island of Ikaria are living longer, healthier lives. Of course, I’m guessing living on a Greek island doesn’t exactly lead to depression, but for those of us who can’t pack up and move to a Mediterranean paradise, we can reap the benefits of Ikarian culture at home.


April 20th, 2009
01:44 PM ET

Columbine: Where they are now

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The Denver Post

Anne Marie Hochhalter: For Hochhalter, April 20, 1999, is as close as the wheelchair she uses to get around and as far as can be for a happy, confident, active young woman.

Hochhalter, 27, nearly died outside Columbine High that day after two bullets ripped through her body. One of them severed her spinal cord and left her unable to walk.

But it didn't stop her from earning a degree in business, with an emphasis in management, from the University of Colorado Denver. It didn't stop her from buying a Westminster townhouse or from pursuing her career.

Today, she is a manager at a Bath & Body Works in Westminster, where she started as an associate in 2002.

"I'm putting my degree to use," she said.


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