May 20th, 2009
06:05 PM ET

Video: Elton John on AIDS

Singer-songwriter Elton John sits down with Dr. Sanjay Gupta to talk about the global AIDS epidemic.

Filed under: 360° Radar • AIDS • Dr. Sanjay Gupta
May 20th, 2009
05:48 PM ET

Over protests, school review denies boy was bullied

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Kristina Torres
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

An internal DeKalb school district review of alleged bullying of an 11-year-old student who hanged himself has found no evidence the child was specifically targeted for bullying.

Retired Fulton Superior Court Judge Thelma Wyatt Cummings Moore, who headed the review, said at a press conference the findings show Jaheem Herrera, 11, actively participated in several fights at Dunaire Elementary School during the school year.

Jaheem hanged himself at home April 16.

His mother, Masika Bermudez, broke down crying 13 minutes into the press conference. Bermudez has insisted her son killed himself after being constantly bullied at Dunaire and that she had complained to school officials several times.

“My conclusion is there is no evidence of bullying at Dunaire,” said Moore, whom the school district brought in to oversee an internal review. “There is name-calling and teasing, but it is almost always done outside of any adult [being present]. There is a code of silence among the students.”

More than a dozen people showed up to hear the findings at the school district’s headquarters on North Decatur Road near Clarkston, and reaction was swift and harsh.

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Filed under: 360º Follow • Crime & Punishment • Education
May 20th, 2009
05:38 PM ET

House passes measure expanding gun rights

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Gun rights advocates found an unlikely ally in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives on Wednesday as lawmakers passed a measure allowing concealed, loaded firearms to be carried in national parks.

The proposal passed 279-147, winning overwhelming Republican support and that of a significant number of more conservative rural and western Democrats.

The Senate voted 67-29 on Tuesday to attach an identical measure to a bill cracking down on credit card fees. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, was among 27 Democrats backing the measure.

Under the measure, any person with a state permit to carry a concealed weapon would be able to bring that weapon into parks and wildlife refuges unless a state law specifies otherwise.

The firearms language is now expected to be included in the final version of the credit card legislation, which lawmakers want to deliver to President Obama's desk by Memorial Day.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Raw Politics
May 20th, 2009
05:32 PM ET

Urgency of credit card reform

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Ed Henry
CNN Senior White House Correspondent

President Obama will quickly sign the credit card legislation that just passed through Congress at a White House ceremony on Friday, according to White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

One problem: this means the President will again break his campaign pledge to post legislation online for five days for the public to comb it over in the interest of transparency before he signs it into law.

Obama has an out, however, because he has always suggested he would waive the self-imposed rule for an emergency situation, such as his quick signing of the $787 billion stimulus bill earlier this year.

While the President has not previously declared an emergency on credit card reform, Psaki told CNN "the urgency of the situation" for credit card users dictates that it should be signed rapidly.

Filed under: 360° Radar • Ed Henry
May 20th, 2009
05:27 PM ET

What's a National Park? Check out this interactive map

Editor's Note: Congress today sent to President Obama a bill that makes it tougher for credit card issuers to raise fees and interest rates. The move caps a years-long crusade by consumer groups and Democrats, CNNMoney reports. The approval came despite objections by banking industry advocates. The bill includes an unrelated measure allowing people to carry guns into national parks. So what exactly is a national park? Check out this interactive map.

What government agency oversees the National Park Service?
The National Park Service is a bureau of the Department of the Interior. Directly overseeing its operation is the Department's Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks.

How Old is the System?
The National Park Service was created by an Act signed by President Woodrow Wilson on August 25, 1916. Yellowstone National Park was established by an Act signed by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872, as the Nation's first national park.

How many areas are there in the National Park system?
The National Park System comprises 391 areas covering more than 84 million acres in every state (except Delaware), the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. These areas include national parks, monuments, battlefields, military parks, historical parks, historic sites, lakeshores, seashores, recreation areas, scenic rivers and trails, and the White House. Learn More about National Park Designations.

Filed under: 360° Radar • Gun Control
May 20th, 2009
05:12 PM ET

Tonight: Text 360°

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Tonight we'll be talking about a video clip that was just released of a car chase in Alabama. Police officers are seen using force on the perpetrator. When is excessive force too "excessive" and what are your questions about police brutality?

We'll be exploring this issue tonight. What are your questions? Let us know!

Send us a text message with your question to 94553, and you might hear it on air!

The message MUST start with the letters AC, and then a space, then your name and question. If you do not include AC first with a space, we will not receive your text.

Filed under: T1 • Text 360
May 20th, 2009
04:53 PM ET

Beat 360° 5/20/09

Ready for today's Beat 360°? Everyday we post a picture – and you provide the caption and our staff will join in too. Tune in tonight at 10pm to see if you are our favorite! Here is the 'Beat 360°' pic:

Former US President Bill Clinton and Fran Drescher attends the 'Life Ball 2009 at the city hall on May 16, 2009 in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Sascha Radke/DAVIDS/WireImage)

Have fun with it. We're looking forward to your captions! Make sure to include your name, city, state (or country) so we can post your comment.

UPDATE: Check out our Beat 360° Winners!

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
May 20th, 2009
03:30 PM ET

Larry King: The day my father died

Editor's note: Below is an excerpt from Larry King's autobiography, "My Remarkable Journey," published by Weinstein books. Watch him talk to Anderson tonight on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

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Larry King

I was walking home from the library carrying nine books. That's the way my memory sees it. I can't know for sure if it was exactly nine books. Maybe I picture nine books because I was nine years old. I'm certain that I was nine years old, because I'm sure of the date - June 9, 1943. There were a lot of books under my arm on that summer day because I loved books. I wonder what happened to those nine books ...

There were three squad cars in front of my apartment building. Flivvers, we called them. I don't remember exactly when I started to hear my mother's screams. But as I hurried up the steps, a cop quickly came down, straight for me. He picked me up and the books went flying.

I'm not sure if I knew the cop. But I may have. For years, before the war started and my father went to work in the defense plant, he'd owned a little neighborhood bar and grill. He was friendly with all the cops. The cops loved my father the way they loved any bar owner who had a great sense of humor. I remember having my own police costume when I was very young. A badge and a little nightstick came with it. I'd make like I was walking the beat.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Larry King
May 20th, 2009
01:47 PM ET

Is U.S. aid being diverted to Pakistan's nuclear program?

On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced $110 million in humanitarian aid for Pakistani refugees.

The U.S. has been supporting the Pakistani government in its fight against the Taliban, giving it aid to fight the counterinsurgency. While testifying at the Senate Appropriations Committee hearing today, Clinton was asked if there was reason to believe that the aid given to the Pakistani government intended for fighting the Taliban and al Qaeda, was actually being diverted to the country's nuclear program. Here's what she had to say:

And in this video, CNN's Chris Lawrence looks at satellite photos that indicate Pakistan is building a nuclear reactor.

Filed under: 360° Radar
May 20th, 2009
12:04 PM ET

Attack of the zombie computers

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David Gewirtz | BIO
AC360° Contributor
Editor-in-Chief, ZATZ Publishing

Zombies. I hate zombies. I particularly hate it when wave after wave of zombies come at you, eating brains and dripping flesh.

And yet they came - zombies...everyday computers, brains hijacked by outsiders and linked together to form an army on the attack - they came in droves.

The rate of cyberattacks against large corporations, government agencies, and even small businesses has shot through the roof over the past year.

I've thwarted cyberattacks before. But none were as ferocious as the one my company was hit with last week. Literally, millions of zombie computers attacked us, all at once.

Show me the money

In most cases, it's about money. Cybercriminals use viruses, malware, and spyware to sneak nasty computer code onto unsuspecting computers and then hijack the computers to do their bidding - creating vast armies of zombie computers.

All these computers are then targeted at their victim with one of a few main purposes: use them to send out junk mail or break into financial and credit card data, or gang them up all together at once, to shut down a computer network so the bad guys can extort payment to make it all stop.


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