June 1st, 2009
05:30 PM ET

How I (and other "Pro-Life" leaders) contributed to Dr. Tiller's murder

Dr. George Tiller was one of the few U.S. physicians who performed late-term abortions.

Dr. George Tiller was one of the few U.S. physicians who performed late-term abortions.

Frank Schaeffer
The Huffington Post

My late father and I share the blame (with many others) for the murder of Dr. George Tiller the abortion doctor gunned down on Sunday. Until I got out of the religious right (in the mid-1980s) and repented of my former hate-filled rhetoric I was both a leader of the so-called pro-life movement and a part of a Republican Party hate machine masquerading as the moral conscience of America.

In the late 1970s my evangelical pro-life leader father Francis Schaeffer and Dr. C. Everett Koop (who soon become Surgeon General in the Reagan administration) went on the road with me taking the documentary antiabortion film series I produced and directed ( Whatever Happened to the Human Race?) to the evangelical public. The series and companion book eventually brought millions of heretofore non-political evangelical Americans into the antiabortion crusade. We personally also got people like Jerry Falwell, Ronald Reagan and countless Republican leaders involved in the "issue."


June 1st, 2009
05:21 PM ET

Map: Missing plane probably crashed into Atlantic


The jet carrying 228 people from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, that disappeared overnight as it entered an area of strong turbulence probably crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, the CEO of Air France said Monday.

The first three hours of what was to have been an 11-hour flight appear to have been uneventful, CEO Pierre-Henri Gourgeon said.

But about 4:15 a.m. Paris time, Flight 447's automatic system began a four-minute exchange of messages to the company's maintenance computers, indicating that "several pieces of aircraft equipment were at fault or had broken down," he said.


June 1st, 2009
04:28 PM ET

Interactive map: GM's sphere of influence around the globe

A look at GM's plants and manufacturing employees, as well as suppliers and retirees, in the United States and around the world.

June 1st, 2009
04:15 PM ET

Surveillance Video: Murder charge filed in would-be robbery

Take a look at this surveillance footage of a would-be Oklahoma City pharmacy robbery that resulted in a murder charge being filed against Jerome Ersland. More tonight on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

June 1st, 2009
03:52 PM ET

GM bankruptcy: End of an era

Chris Isidore
CNNMoney.com senior writer

General Motors filed for bankruptcy protection early Monday, a move once viewed as unthinkable that became inevitable after years of losses and market share declines capped by a dramatic plunge in sales in recent months.

The bankruptcy is likely to lead to major changes and job cuts at the battered automaker. But President Obama and GM CEO Fritz Henderson both promised that a more viable GM will emerge from bankruptcy.

In the end, even $19.4 billion in federal help wasn't enough to keep the nation's largest automaker out of bankruptcy. The government will pour another $30 billion into GM to fund operations during its reorganization.

Taxpayers will end up with a 60% stake in GM, with the union, its creditors and federal and provincial governments in Canada owning the remainder of the company.

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June 1st, 2009
03:50 PM ET

Andrew Sullivan: Torture And "Specific Intent"

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

Andrew Sullivan
The Atlantic

I'm not a lawyer so I will leave the legal parsings to others. But I do want to note something quite odd in Andy McCarthy's latest defense of torture as national policy for the US. He wants to argue that those who waterboarded terror suspects were not torturing per se because they were intending to procure intelligence, and not torturing purely for the hell of it.

I don't believe there's much evidence that the intent of the torture program was sadism, although obviously once you condone torture and inhumane treatment of prisoners in any war, the sadism will emerge. And I see no evidence that those who waterboarded Zubaydah were doing it for the evil joy of it (although we don't know who the torturers were exactly in that case, or most others). But this is all irrelevant. The crime of torture is not about sadism. It is specifically about getting intelligence. The UN Convention's definition couldn't be clearer on this:

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June 1st, 2009
03:39 PM ET

The Prince in action

Prince Harry playfully spits champagne to Nacho Figueras (R) after polo match Saturday at Governors Island.

Prince Harry playfully spits champagne to Nacho Figueras (R) after polo match Saturday at Governors Island.

Ella Perlis
AC360° Associate Producer

As if by royal edict, the sun was shining on New York City Saturday, banishing a streak of bleak weather and bad hair days.

It was a perfect backdrop for the immaculate polo field on Governors Island, where Prince Harry of Wales was set to compete in a polo match. It was just one of the 24-year-old’s stops on his first official trip the United States.

Prince Harry played in the Veuve Clicquot Manhattan Polo Classic to raise money for his organization, Sentebale, a charity that helps orphans in the African nation of Lesotho. His team was up against a formidable opponent – Black Watch, captained by Ralph Lauren model Nacho Figueras.

I had the opportunity to meet Nacho prior to the match; I told him New Yorkers wanted to know if he intended to kick the Prince's ‘butt’ in the game. Although he was gracious, I got the impression he wasn’t going to go easy on his good friend, Harry.


June 1st, 2009
02:57 PM ET

Unpublished photos of Marilyn Monroe surface

A 24-year-old Marilyn Monroe poses for Life magazine in August 1950.

A 24-year-old Marilyn Monroe poses for Life magazine in August 1950.

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.

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June 1st, 2009
02:49 PM ET

Susan Boyle’s rollercoaster journey

Brittany Kaplan
CNN's Showbiz Tonight

The first time I watched the infamous Susan Boyle YouTube, I cried- I’ll admit it. I might have shed a tear the second time I watched it too. There was something about watching an ordinary woman do the extraordinary that truly touched me. I wasn’t the only one she made an impact on- that original audition has had over 100 million hits on YouTube to date.

Susan became a worldwide sensation and an instant celebrity but as every celebrity will tell you there is a price to fame. Along with makeovers and appearances on Oprah come constant paparazzi and naysayers waiting for you to fail. Within the last week Susan appeared to be on the brink- she lost her cool with journalists in the lobby of her hotel and there were rumors that she was threatening to quit the show.

Despite all of that Susan Boyle stood on the stage of Britain’s Got Talent and sang her heart out during the finals this weekend. She sang “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables, the song from the famous YouTube clip where the world fell in love with her in the first place. She wowed the judges who applauded her for not only her performance, but for her grace under pressure.

It seemed as if her fate was sealed and she would be crowned the winner; but it was not meant to be. The dance group Diversity was named the winner and Susan Boyle, looking worn and defeated was gracious, saying “The best people won.”

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