June 9th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 06/09/09

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Tonight on 360°, new nuclear threats from North Korea. Plus, a rare and remarkable look at its border with China. That's where two American journalists were arrested for allegedly sneaking into North Korea. They've been sentenced to 12 years of hard labor.

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Filed under: Live Blog • T1
June 9th, 2009
08:46 PM ET

Is there a case for medical marijuana?


Is there a case for medical marijuana?

Tune in next week for an AC360° special, America's High: The Case For and Against Pot.

We’ll break down the debate over marijuana in the United States – from the cases for and against legalization, to whether it’s helped medical patients and why - or why not.

So what do you think? Is there a case for medical marijuana?

Anderson will talk with Melissa Etheridge, who says medical marijuana helped tremendously during her battle with cancer.

Do you have questions for her? What would you like Anderson to ask?

Let us know and Anderson may bring it up in the interview.

Filed under: 360° Radar • Anderson Cooper • Medical News
June 9th, 2009
07:43 PM ET

Pregnant with girl or boy? At-home test may tell you

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Danielle Dellorto

Expecting moms can determine whether they're carrying a boy or a girl as early as 10 weeks after conception, according to makers of an over-the-counter gender prediction test.

With IntelliGender's home gender prediction test, a urine specimen turns orange if it's a girl. Green is for boys.

IntelliGender, the Plano, Texas, creator of the "Boy or Girl Gender Prediction Test," says scientists isolated certain hormones that when combined with a "proprietary mix of chemicals" react differently if a woman is carrying a boy or a girl.

It claims that within 10 minutes of taking the urine test, a woman will be able to tell her baby's gender. The specimen will turn green if it's a boy, and orange if it's a girl.

IntelliGender would not say what hormones or chemicals it uses it in its test because of a pending patent.

"Most parents have a great degree of curiosity to find out if they're having a boy or a girl, and it can be so excruciating to wait until the 20-week sonogram to find out," IntelliGender co-founder Rebecca Griffin said. "But the test was never meant to be a diagnostic tool. We don't claim 100 percent accuracy."

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Filed under: Health Care • Medical News • Women's Issues
June 9th, 2009
07:27 PM ET

Evening Buzz: New Nuclear Threats

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

There are new threats from North Korea. For the first time, the communist regime says it would use nuclear weapons in a "merciless offensive", if provoked. And, there's word tonight that China, one of the North's few friends, would support tougher sanctions against Pyongyang for it nuclear tests and missile launches. North Korea has already said they will consider sanctions a declaration of war and answer with "extreme hard line measures."

The tough, dangerous talk comes one day after North Korea sentenced two American journalists to 12 years of hard labor. Laura Ling and Euna Lee were accused of trying to sneak into the country from neighboring China. Tonight, we take you to the border in question and talk with two people who know the region well. One is a filmmaker. The other spent four years on the border helping North Korean's escape.

Also tonight, a jailhouse chat. CNN's Ted Rowlands talks with the man accused of killing abortion provider Dr. George Tiller. Today Tiller's family said they are closing his Wichita, Kansas clinic for good. It was one of only of few clinics in the country that provided third-trimester abortions. The man charged with the doctor's murder, Scott Roeder, called the closing a victory. Don't miss Ted's exclusive interview.

And, hear from a survivor of the U.S. Airways Flight 1549. That's the jet that had to make an emergency landing in the Hudson River back in January. Amazingly, everyone on board survived and the pilot, Capt. Chesley Sullenberger was celebrated as a hero. The captain testified at today's NTSB hearing in Washington, along with Billy Campbell who was in seat 25-A. He was the last passenger out of the plane. He has a remarkable story. We'll share it with you tonight.

Join us for these stories and more starting at 10pm ET.

See you soon!

Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
June 9th, 2009
06:45 PM ET
June 9th, 2009
06:35 PM ET

Is it really about preventing abortion – or just telling women what to do?

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Tanya M. Acker
AC360° Contributor

Dr. Tiller’s murder was an act of domestic terrorism and the terrorist who committed it has claimed there will be more attacks. Threats and even acts of violence against abortion providers have become far too common. Each one should remind us of the precarious nature of a right that many women take for granted and that many wrongly assume is guaranteed forever.

Those of us who describe ourselves as pro-choice have far too often ceded the definitional debate to those who would deny women the freedom of choice.

As a woman who supports abortion rights, I proudly consider myself pro-life. I support the lives and life choices of women who insist upon the prerogative to make their own reproductive decisions. I believe their right to do so arises not only from the Constitution, but from their status as autonomous, free-thinking beings.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Tanya Acker • Women's Issues
June 9th, 2009
06:15 PM ET
June 9th, 2009
05:57 PM ET

An inside look at North Korea

Program Note: Tune in tonight to hear more from Mike Kim on North Korea on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

Mike Kim at the Tumen River which straddles North Korea to the right, and China to the left. Kim would visit this area two to four times each month.

Mike Kim
Author, Escaping North Korea
Founder, Crossing Borders

"In Escaping North Korea," one of the few Americans granted entry into the secretive country, Kim came to know North Korea and its people intimately. Posing as a student studying Tae Kwon Do, Kim recounts his four years from 2001-2003 on the border where he was running an underground railroad, helping North Koreans escape.

His North Korean friends entrusted their secrets to him as they revealed the government’s brainwashing tactics and confessed their true thoughts about the repressive regime that so rigidly controls their lives. Civilians and soldiers alike spoke of what North Koreans think of Americans and war with America. Children remembered the suffering they endured through the famine. Women and girls recalled their horrific sex-trafficking experiences. Former political prisoners shared their memories of beatings, torture, and executions in the gulags."

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Read excerpts of his book, Escaping North Korea: Defiance and Hope in the World's Most Repressive Country, here.

There are major food shortages in the North Korean prisons, which should come as no surprise. If there isn’t enough food in the homes, there certainly isn’t going to be enough food in the prisons. Mr. Yang, a former prisoner, says, “People there are so hungry that they would eat the maggots in the outhouses and even earthworms in the manure….I saw it in my very own cell. Some people would get so hungry that they ate centipedes.”
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Filed under: 360° Radar • Global 360° • North Korea
June 9th, 2009
05:55 PM ET

Beat 360° 6/9/09

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:

President Barack Obama talks with aides outside the U.S. Ambassador's residence in Paris before returning to Washington.

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 9th, 2009
04:49 PM ET

Suspect claims 'victory' in closing of slain doctor's clinic

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Program Note: Dr. George Tiller, whose Kansas women’s clinic frequently took center stage in the U.S. debate over abortion, was shot and killed while serving as an usher at his Wichita church last Sunday morning. His death has sparked much conversation about abortion and late-term abortion. Tune in to AC360º at 10 P.M. ET for more on the suspect in the case, Scott Roeder, and hear what he told CNN today.


An anti-abortion activist suspected in the death of Kansas doctor George Tiller told CNN on Tuesday the closing of Tiller's women's clinic is "a victory for all the unborn children."

Scott Roeder, 51, would not admit to CNN's Ted Rowlands that he killed Tiller, who was gunned down at his church May 31.

But he said if he is convicted in Tiller's slaying, "the entire motive was the defense of the unborn."

Tiller's family said in a statement Tuesday the clinic he headed will permanently close.

At the time Roeder was interviewed Tuesday, Rowlands had not received word of the permanent closure. But Roeder asked if Tiller's clinic was currently operating, and told it was not, said, "Good."

He said the closure would mean "no more slicing and dicing of the unborn child in the mother's womb and no more needles of poison into the baby's heart to stop the heart from beating, and no more partial-birth abortions."

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