June 2nd, 2009
02:53 PM ET

Suspect in recruiting center shooting pleads 'not guilty'

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Arkansas Online

LITTLE ROCK — Man accused of shooting two soldiers Monday in front of a recruiting office pleads not guilty in shooting of Arkansas soldier and is ordered held without bond Tuesday.

Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, 23, is accused of shooting two soldiers in uniform in front of the Army-Navy Career Center on North Rodney Parham Road Monday. William Long, 23, of Conway died at Baptist Hospital. Quinton Ezeagwula, 18, of Jacksonville is expected to survive.

Muhammad pleaded not guilty to the charge of capital murder.

A prosecutor said Muhammad admitted shooting Long and another soldier “because of what they had done to Muslims in the past.”

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Filed under: 360° Radar
June 2nd, 2009
02:32 PM ET

Video: Why work at abortion clinic?

Dr. Warren Hern works at the Boulder Abortion Clinic and was a good friend of Dr. George Tiller's. Tiller, who was fatally shot at his Kansas church Sunday, continued to provide the late-term abortions that often brought protesters to his Women's Health Care Services clinic in Wichita. Dr. Warren Hern describes why he thinks his work is important and why he continues to practice.

June 2nd, 2009
01:29 PM ET

Obama must speak to young Muslims

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Fawaz A. Gerges
Special to CNN

In his speech Thursday to the Muslim world from Egypt, President Obama must seize the moment to stress that the U.S. is not at war with Islam, to appeal to millions of young men and women burdened by economic hardship and political oppression, and to help broker an Arab-Israeli peace settlement.

To be effective, the president must simultaneously address not only thorny regional conflicts but also the fears, hopes and aspirations of young Muslims for a better life.

The challenge facing Obama is to strike a balance between foreign policy concerns and bread-and-butter issues and to convince the youth, by far the largest constituency, that America feels their pain, supports their participation and inclusion in political and social life, and opposes the violation of their human rights, period.

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June 2nd, 2009
01:18 PM ET

Why do women have abortions?

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Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health

Understanding women’s reasons for having abortions can inform public debate and policy regarding abortion
and unwanted pregnancy. Demographic changes over the last two decades highlight the need for a reassessment of why women decide to have abortions.

Ninety percent of abortions are in the first tri-mester. So getting a large enough sample to get good stats on late term abortions is very difficult. The most recent study on late term abortion reasons I’m told is from 1988. I’m waiting to get that sent to me.

In 2004, a structured survey was completed by 1,209 abortion patients at 11 large providers, and in-depth
interviews were conducted with 38 women at four sites.

Learn more about the study here..

Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow • Women's Issues
June 2nd, 2009
01:04 PM ET

Ships head for area where airplane debris spotted

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Three commercial ships were expected to arrive Tuesday at an Atlantic Ocean debris field that may be connected to an Air France jet that disappeared Monday with 228 people on board, Brazilian aviation officials said.

Earlier Tuesday, searchers found an airplane seat, an orange life vest, small white fragments, an oil drum and signs of oil and kerosene about 700 kilometers (435 miles) northeast of the Fernando de Noronha archipelago, said Brazilian Air Force spokesman Jorge Amaral.

There was not enough material to officially say it is wreckage from Flight 447, Amaral said.

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Filed under: 360° Radar
June 2nd, 2009
01:01 PM ET

Anita Hill speaks out on Sotomayor

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Cynthia Gordy

Anita Hill will always be linked to the Senate confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court. In 1991, she gave an explosive testimony during the confirmation of Justice Clarence Thomas that forced a generation of women to stand up against sexual harassment. On the cusp of the Senate hearing for President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor, Hill, today a professor of law at Brandeis University, talked to ESSENCE.com about Sotomayor, a former classmate of hers at Yale Law School, and the legacy of her Senate Judiciary testimony all these years later.

ESSENCE.COM: What do you think of Sonia Sotomayor as a Supreme Court nominee?
ANITA HILL: I think it's an excellent choice, just on the face of the selection. Here's a person who has years of experience on the bench, and has distinguished herself in private practice as well, and has been a prosecutor. I think she's got an incredible breadth of experience. Clearly she's an exceptional mind, having done very well at her undergraduate school, Princeton, and law school at Yale. But that's just the beginning. There are other things that I think make her a great choice.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Sonia Sotomayor • Supreme Court
June 2nd, 2009
12:59 PM ET

Man pleads not guilty in deadly recruiting center shootings

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An Arkansas man accused of a shooting at a Little Rock military center in which one soldier was killed and another was wounded pleaded not guilty during an arraignment Tuesday, authorities said.

Abdulhakim Bledsoe, 24, of Little Rock faces a first-degree murder charge and 15 counts of engaging in a terrorist act, Little Rock Police Chief Stuart Thomas said.

The terrorist counts stem from the shots fired at an occupied building.

Bledsoe is being held without bail.

The suspect is a Muslim convert who has also gone by Carlos Bledsoe and Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad.

He changed his name from the latter April 23, citing religious reasons, court records show.

Police think the shooter acted alone "with the specific purpose of targeting military personnel," Thomas said.

The shooting Monday killed Pvt. William Long, 24, of Conway, and wounded Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula, 18, of Jacksonville, who were outside the Army/Navy Career Center.

Ezeagwula is expected to recover, the police chief said.

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Terrorism
June 2nd, 2009
12:50 PM ET

Sotomayor, great judge, strict constructionist

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Lanny Davis
The Washington Post

Suppose a black female nurse is seriously injured during her work at a hospital and is forced to take a medical leave of absence. When she returns almost a year later, she reapplies for new jobs but doesn't get any offers of comparable salary and seniority. For one of the jobs for which she was turned down, two white women with disabilities are chosen. For another job for which she was rejected, a younger white male is hired.

So how did Judge Sonia Sotomayor rule? The ultra-right talk-show hosts who spent all last week attacking the judge as a "liberal activist" or even a "racist" would surely predict that she would have ruled in favor of this sympathetic black female with a severe disability.

They would have been wrong.

Read Judge Sotomayor's 11-page published opinion, on behalf of a unanimous three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in the case of Norville v. Staten Island University Hospital. The case, decided Nov. 3, 1999, can be found in the published federal court decision reports at 196 F.3d 89.

She found no race or age discrimination and voted for a new trial on the disability claim because of legally erroneous jury instructions.


Filed under: Justice Department • Supreme Court
June 2nd, 2009
12:33 PM ET

Financial Dispatch: Banks plan to repay bailout money

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Andrew Torgan
CNN Financial News Producer

Financial giant’s American Express, J.P. Morgan Chase and Morgan Stanley have all announced plans to issue common stock in the hopes of quickly paying back taxpayer bailout money.

J.P. Morgan and American Express disclosed plans late Monday to sell $5 billion and $500 million worth of stock respectively. Morgan Stanley followed that up this morning with its own plans for a $2.2 billion offering.

J.P. Morgan was one of the first major banks to get government money when it accepted $25 billion from the Treasury Department's $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program back in October.


Filed under: Andrew Torgan • auto bailout • Economy • Finance • Gas Prices • Housing Market
June 2nd, 2009
12:22 PM ET

Why I chose abortion

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Gretchen Voss
Marie Claire

Fireworks lit up the sky; great big booming explosions of color. It was New Year's Eve 2002, and I'd just found out I was pregnant with my first child. Surrounded by a dozen friends on Cape Cod, I thought those fireworks were meant just for me.

We wanted to keep it a secret, my husband, Dave, and I, so I stealthily poured nonalcoholic O'Doul's into my frosty mug, trying to act like I was the same old person I was yesterday. That lasted about an hour. I've never been good with secrets, especially life-changing ones.

Four blissful months later, the lights dimmed and the screen brightened. My rounded belly was covered in slick, warm gel. As I lay back on the cushy examining table at my doctor's office in Lexington, MA, fuzzy gray images of our baby pulsed on the monitor. It was curled up like a question mark in my womb-our baby-and Dave and I oohed and aahed over its perfect little features. "Is it a boy or a girl?" I asked, giddy-thinking, really, that the sole purpose of this routine full-fetal ultrasound was to determine what color to paint the nursery.


Filed under: Women's Issues • Women's Rights
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