Editor's Note: Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor broke her ankle Monday morning on her way to Washington for another round of meetings on Capitol Hill with senators weighing her nomination, according to the White House. Here, Senator Mary Landrieu signs the Supreme Court nominee's new cast.
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Two American journalists, arrested by North Korean border guards, were put on trial and, today, sentenced to 12 years at hard labor. What will life be like now for Laura Ling and Euna Lee? And how are their families coping with the decision from North Korea? We'll have all the angles.
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Tonight on AC360°, the search for answers in the crash of Air France Flight 447. Brazilian authorities say they've now recovered 24 bodies in the Atlantic Ocean. The jet had 228 people aboard. That's not all they've found.
They've also recovered a large tail section from the Airbus. But they're still searching for those so-called "black boxes" which could reveal what caused the jet to crash into the ocean. We'll tell you what new steps are in the works to try to locate them.
Meanwhile, there's a lot of talk tonight about the plane's external speed monitor and whether it contributed to the crash. The device makes sure the plane is at the right airspeed. There's concern the plane may have been going either too slow or too fast. We'll give you details on this new theory.
Also tonight, two American journalists sentenced to 12 year of hard labor in a North Korean prison. Laura Ling and Euna Lee were arrested by North Korean border guards back in March, put on trail and, today, they found out their fate. Their sentence is harsher than expected. Their families are still trying to free them.
They issued this statement tonight:
"The families of Laura Ling and Euna Lee are shocked and devastated by the outcome their trial.
Laura and Euna are journalists who went to the China-North Korea border to do a job. We don't know what really happened on March 17, but if they wandered across the border without permission, we apologize on their behalf and we are certain that they have also apologized.
We are very concerned about their mental state and wellbeing. Laura has a serious medical condition that is sure to be exacerbated by the drastic sentence. Euna has a 4-year-old daughter who is displaying signs of anguish over the absence of her mother. We believe that the three months they have already spent under arrest with little communication with their families is long enough.
We ask the Government of North Korea to show compassion and grant Laura and Euna clemency and allow them to return home to their families.
We remain hopeful that the governments of the United States and North Korea can come to an agreement that will result in the release of the girls."
Tonight we'll show you what Laura Ling and Euna Lee might face in a North Korean labor camp. It's a brutal way of life.
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Program Note: For more from Mike Chinoy tune in tonight to hear his discussion with Anderson on the sentences of Euna Lee and Laura Ling in North Korea. Tonight at 10 p.m. ET.
There's an old saying that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
Although President Barack Obama and other world leaders could be forgiven for feeling that North Korea's Kim Jong-Il is deliberately driving them insane, that adage is worth keeping in mind amid the calls for U.N. Security Council sanctions against Pyongyang over its recent rocket test.
Virtually every angry editorial, opinion column or government statement condemning the launch and urging tough new sanctions has grudgingly acknowledged that - however satisfying such a step would be - it almost certainly won't work. Not only have the Chinese and Russians - key neighbors and trading partners of North Korea - made clear their opposition to sanctions, but history shows that pressure and coercion aimed at punishing the North or changing its behavior have usually had the opposite effect.
Editor's note: Tune in to AC 360º tonight at 10 P.M. ET to hear what Lt. Dan Choi, Iraq veteran, gay rights activist and opponent of 'don't ask/don't tell', has to say about the Supreme Court's rejection of the recent appeal.
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CNN Supreme Court Producer
A former Army captain who was dismissed under a federal law dealing with gays and lesbians in the military lost his appeal Monday at the U.S. Supreme Court.
Pietrangelo was the only one who appealed to the high court, but the justices without comment refused to intervene.
The provision forbids those in the military from openly acknowledging or revealing their homosexuality, and prevents the government from asking individual soldiers and sailors about their sexual orientation.
The Obama administration had asked the high court not to take the case, and White House officials had said they would not object to homosexuals being kicked out of the armed services.
During the presidential campaign last year, President Obama said he supported throwing out the federal law but has taken no specific action on the controversy.
The Justice Department said in a high court filing the law was "rationally related to the government's legitimate interest in military discipline and cohesion."
A map of North Korean prison camps, published by the U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea. According to the committee, up to 200,000 people are believed to be imprisoned without due process, under inhumane conditions, for political reasons; and an estimated 400,000 have died in such camps.
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In Session anchor
Two American journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, have been convicted of “severe crimes” in North Korea. North Korea is not a country known for its fair trials, so we don’t know what these “severe crimes” are; but we do know that the women had previously been charged with “hostile acts” and espionage — which, of course, fuels rising tensions between the U.S. and North Korea and calls for a delicate diplomatic balancing act.
There is the humanitarian issue: trying to get these women out; and there is the political issue: North Korea, its nuclear testing and relationship with the rest of the world.
There are no diplomatic relations between the U.S. and North Korea.
This whole mess with Laura and Euna started when they were filming a documentary on the North Korean border with China.
The Los Angeles Times
Did Sarah Palin steal Newt Gingrich‘s words? Or did she just hire a really lazy speechwriter?
In her recent speech about Ronald Reagan, Alaska Gov. Palin has been accused of blatantly copying from an article co-written by Gingrich.
Blogger Geoffrey Dunn, a Reagan expert and author, made the accusation of the Huffington Post.
Dunn carefully compared Palin's recent speech introducing former Reagan’s son Michael Reagan to a piece about Reagan’s legacy, written by Gingrich and Craig Shirley in 2005.
Gingrich/Shirley: "Reagan never won an argument in Washington. Reagan won his arguments in the country with the American people."