June 1st, 2009
09:48 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 06/01/09

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Tonight on 360°, an abortion provider gunned down in his Kansas church. We'll have all the facts on Dr. George Tiller and the man accused of killing him, Scott Roeder. The suspect has a history of protesting at clinics where abortions are performed.

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Filed under: Live Blog • T1
June 1st, 2009
09:01 PM ET

Pregnancies with fatal complications

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Jim Spellman
CNN All Platform Journalist

If you let your mind wander for a minute the waiting room at the Boulder Abortion Clinic looks like any other doctors office–Ansel Adams prints on the walls, Tropical fish tank, Year old Reader’s Digests–but the two burly undercover U.S. Marshals and the four...yes four…bulletproof glass doors that lead to the office send a different message: this is a war zone.

This is where Dr. Warren Hern has been performing abortions since the 1970s, including controversial late term abortions. Along with his friend Dr. George Tiller, who was killed Sunday, he is one of a handful of doctors that do late term abortions.

In 1985 a large stone was thrown through his front window, but he didn’t quit. He put up a sign that read, "This window was broken by those who hate Freedom."

In 1988, after years of death threats, five shots were fired into his office. No one was hurt. The shooter was never apprehended. That’s when the bulletproof glass was installed.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Medical News
June 1st, 2009
08:56 PM ET

Britain has talent, but who's doing the voting?

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Jennifer Wolfe
CNN Entertainment Supervising producer

Anyone who saw Susan Boyle’s original audition for the show “Britain’s Got Talent” would say she managed something that is awfully difficult in this day and age, surprise.

She surprised the audience, the judges and any number of people along the way who couldn’t imagine such a powerful voice emanating from such an unassuming looking woman.

I was surprised again by the show, surprised by the ultimate winners.

The dance troupe “Diversity” took top spot, Susan Boyle a crowd favorite came in second.

Did you actually watch “Diversity” perform? It was like watching the high school cheerleading competition on ESPN2 this past Sunday.


June 1st, 2009
08:40 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Vanished at 35,000 Feet

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tonight, we have breaking news on the search for Air France Flight 447. The jet carrying 228 people, including two Americans, vanished and likely crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. We'll show you what seems to have happened in the last moments anyone heard from the cockpit. And, see what efforts are underway to find the Airbus A330 and those on board.

Plus, an abortion provider shot and killed at church. Who was Dr. George Tillman and who is the man suspected of killing him? Tonight we have the latest details. In tonight's 360° exclusive interview, hear from a woman who underwent a late-term abortion.

And, former Vice President Dick Cheney speaking out on same-sex marriage. He says it doesn't have "any problems" with gay and lesbian nuptials, but he says legalization should be up to the states. Is Cheney more progressive on this issue that Pres. Obama?

Also, today would have been Marilyn Monroe's 83rd birthday. Some never before seen photos of the actress have been released. It's tonight's shot.

Join us for all this and much more starting at 10pm ET.

See you then!

Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
June 1st, 2009
07:20 PM ET

Unpublished photos of Marilyn Monroe surface

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Stephanie Chen

They were taken before Marilyn Monroe became branded as the voluptuous blonde who oozed sex appeal in dozens of Hollywood films.

They were taken before rumors of an affair with President John F. Kennedy swirled and her mental breakdowns became public.

They were taken before the beautiful actress's mysterious overdose that resulted in her death at the age of 36.

In a collection discovered by Life.com last month, unpublished photographs of Monroe reveal a softer, more innocent 24-year-old budding starlet in a more peaceful time, before her fame peaked.

Her flawless face bears a natural look with minimal makeup, unusual for the star, who was often glamorized in photo shoots with lipstick, designer dresses and expensive jewelry.

Monday would have been Monroe's 83rd birthday.

In one photo, the young Monroe lies in bliss, reading on a park bench, which editors at Life.com believe was shot at Griffith Park in Los Angeles, California. In another, her face is serene as she is perched over a bridge barefoot. The shoot, which dates to 1950, was conducted by Life photographer Ed Clark.

It's a side of Monroe that the American public has rarely seen.

"She hasn't really exploded as a star, yet she was on the brink of something big," says Dawnie Walton, deputy editor at Life.com, a Web site harboring more than 7 million Life magazine photographs. The site was launched in March.


Filed under: 360° Radar
June 1st, 2009
06:00 PM ET

A personal perspective on late-term abortion

Editor's Note: Tune in to hear more about late-term abortion and the shooting death of Dr. George Tiller tonight on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

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Lynda Waddington
For the Iowa Independent

Dear Sen. Barack Obama,

You recently spoke with Cameron Strang, publisher of Relevant magazine. During that interview, Strang asked if you could clarify your position on “third-trimester and partial-birth abortion,” and you replied:

“…I have repeatedly said that I think it’s entirely appropriate for states to restrict or even prohibit late-term abortions as long as there is a strict, well-defined exception for the health of the mother. Now, I don’t think that “mental distress” qualifies as the health of the mother. I think it has to be a serious physical issue that arises in pregnancy, where there are real, significant problems to the mother carrying that child to term. Otherwise, as long as there is such a medical exception in place, I think we can prohibit late-term abortions.”

Your response leads me to believe that you’ve either never had a one-on-one discussion with a woman who has had a late-term abortion, or that you’ve been too uncomfortable to ask such a woman difficult questions concerning not only the procedure but what led her to make that choice. Because a president needs to be given as much first-hand knowledge as possible as he develops policy, I’d like to help remedy this deficiency.

Thirteen years ago I had a late term abortion.

That’s the concise sentence I use when I don’t want to talk about what really happened. It takes all the emotion, all the family turmoil, all the medical terminology and all the grief, and packages it nice and neat. The listener is momentarily left speechless — long enough for me to walk away. Few follow as I retreat because only a select few really want to get beyond the politically charged debate that’s fueled by marketing consultant jargon such as “partial-birth abortion.”


June 1st, 2009
05:57 PM ET

Beat 360° 6/1/09

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:

Friends gather at Blackburn community centre to watch singer Susan Boyle compete in the final of 'Britain's Got Talent' on May 30, 2009 in Blackburn, Scotland.

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
June 1st, 2009
05:43 PM ET

Video: Cheney call Guantanamo a 'good facility'

Former Vice President Dick Cheney says the prison at Guantanamo Bay is a "good facility."

June 1st, 2009
05:36 PM ET

Oklahoma City pharmacist faces murder charge in shooting

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Jay F. Marks
The Oklahoman

An Oklahoma City pharmacist was charged today with first-degree murder in the May 19 shooting death of a would-be robber.

Chickasha resident Jerome Ersland, 57, surrendered about noon, his attorney, Irven Box, said. He is being held without bail in the Oklahoma County Jail.

Box thinks a jury will exonerate Ersland.

The charge alleges Ersland shot Antwun Parker, 16, while he was incapacitated and lying on his back. Ersland’s account of the incident doesn’t match the video or the evidence collected at the scene, according to the affidavit written by Oklahoma City Police Detective David Jacobson.

Parker was shot once in the head and five times in the stomach area. The autopsy found Parker was still alive after the head shot and died from the stomach wounds.

Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater discussed the case at an afternoon press conference.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Crime & Punishment
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