July 6th, 2009
09:42 PM ET

Police say suspect in South Carolina serial killings is dead

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Investigators believe the serial killer blamed for five deaths in South Carolina died in a shootout with police in neighboring North Carolina on Monday, a South Carolina state police official said.

Tests on the gun found on 41-year-old Patrick Burris match the weapon used in the killings that have haunted Gaffney, South Carolina, since June 27, said Reggie Lloyd, director of South Carolina's State Law Enforcement Division. The dead suspect and his vehicle also appear to match descriptions circulated by investigators in Gaffney, he said.

"We believe a killer is off the streets," Lloyd said.

Burris was killed early Monday morning in Dallas, North Carolina, after police received a call about a possible burglary in progress, officers there said. At a news conference Monday evening, investigators described him as a "habitual felon" with a record in several states and who was on probation at the time he was killed.

When police arrived at the home, they found inside two people who lived there and a third who "was an acquaintance," police said.

"A second check on the suspect individual uncovered an outstanding warrant" from nearby Lincoln County, police said. "Officers attempted to serve the outstanding warrant when the suspect pulled a gun and fired at officers. Officers returned fire, killing the suspect."

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Crime & Punishment
July 6th, 2009
09:22 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 7/6/09

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Tonight on 360°, gearing up for Michael Jackson's memorial service tomorrow at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Sarah Palin's surprise resignation and the manhunt for the serial killer in South Carolina.

Want to know what else we're covering tonight? Read EVENING BUZZ

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

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Filed under: Live Blog • T1
July 6th, 2009
06:22 PM ET

It came from Wasilla

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

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Todd S. Purdum
Vanity Fair

Despite her disastrous performance in the 2008 election, Sarah Palin is still the sexiest brand in Republican politics, with a lucrative book contract for her story. But what Alaska’s charismatic governor wants the public to know about herself doesn’t always jibe with reality. As John McCain’s top campaign officials talk more candidly than ever before about the meltdown of his vice-presidential pick, the author tracks the signs—political and personal—that Palin was big trouble, and checks the forecast for her future.

The crowds begin streaming into the Evansville Auditorium and Convention Centre a couple of hours before the arrival of the “special guest speaker” at the Vanderburgh County Right to Life dinner on a soft Indiana spring evening—nearly 2,200 people in the banquet hall, 800 more in an adjacent auditorium watching the proceedings on a live video feed. The menu is thick slices of roast pork and red velvet cake, washed down with pitchers of iced tea, and when Sarah Palin finally enters, escorted by a phalanx of sheriff’s deputies and local police, she is mobbed.


July 6th, 2009
06:20 PM ET

Should Diprivan be a controlled substance?

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Elizabeth Landau
CNN.com Health Writer/Producer

The general anesthetic Diprivan (propofol) has been making headlines as questions about Michael Jackson’s death abound. A nurse who had worked for the singer told CNN that Jackson requested the drug because he had trouble sleeping, and The Associated Press reported that it had been found in his home. Diprivan is not approved as a sleep aid by the Food and Drug Administration. Read more about propofol.

It turns out that propofol, used routinely for surgeries and procedures such as colonoscopies, has been a point of concern among some anesthesiologists because of the potential for abuse by health care workers. A 2007 study published by the International Anesthesia Research Society found that about 18 percent of the 126 academic anesthesia programs in the United States had at least one reported instance of propofol abuse within the previous 10 years.

Researchers also found that six out of 16 residents (about 38 percent) who abused propofol died from it. While these are small numbers, lead author Dr. Paul Wischmeyer, professor of anesthesiology at the University of Colorado, believes this is indicative of a larger problem.

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Filed under: Medical News • Michael Jackson • Sanjay Gupta
July 6th, 2009
06:12 PM ET

Evening Buzz: New details on Jackson Memorial

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Cate Vojdik
AC360º Writer

Tonight Anderson anchors live from Los Angeles, where the city is bracing for Michael Jackson’s memorial service at the Staples Center. A private funeral and burial will take place tomorrow morning before the memorial. We’ll have the latest details, including the superstar line-up of performers—many of them personal friends of Jackson–scheduled to take part.

We’ll also have the latest on the investigation into Jackson’s death and the battle for control over his estate. A judge today denied Katherine Jackson’s request to remain in temporary control her son’s estate—and instead appointed two longtime advisers of Michael Jackson - an entertainment attorney and a music executive named in a 2002 will - as temporary administrators pending an August hearing.

Another story we’re following closely: the fallout from Sarah Palin’s surprise resignation as governor of Alaska. She dropped the bombshell Friday, heading into the holiday weekend. Since then, the questions have only multiplied. Why is she stepping down with 18 months left in her term? Are there new and unwelcome revelations coming down the pike that forced her to bolt? Or is this just the latest left turn from a self-described “maverick.” We’re digging deeper.

In South Carolina, there’s a potential break in a string of killings that have terrorized a small rural community. Five people were shot to death over six days last week. Tonight, the manhunt for the suspected killer may be over. We’ll have the latest developments as they unfold.

Plus, in Moscow today President Obama kicked off two days of meetings with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. On Day One, they committed to deeper nuclear cuts and downplayed differences over American missile defense. They’re also expected to focus on nuclear arms control, Afghanistan, and the environment. We’ll talk strategy with David Gergen.

See you at 10 p.m. eastern.

Filed under: Cate Vojdik • The Buzz
July 6th, 2009
05:42 PM ET

Palin’s Twitter timeline

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Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

Governor Sarah Palin’s announcement that she will resign from office at the end of the month shocked many on all sides of the political spectrum.

Even many of her fellow conservatives were surprised by the move. Karl Rove said the resignation left some Republicans "a little perplexed" and Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa said her announcement was "astounding."

Some analysts believe that Palin is resigning with 18 months left in office so that she can raise funds  and spend time preparing to seek the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

But Palin said she already knew she would not seek a second term and decided she didn’t want to become a “lame duck governor” for the remainder of her time in office. She also said that too much time and too many taxpayer dollars were going toward fighting ethics investigations and that the mainstream media were continuing with unfair attacks on her and her family.

The most surprising thing about Palin’s announcement is that few people saw it coming. As analysts rush to figure out exactly what prompted her decision, a look at her Twitter feed offers little indication of a planned resignation.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Raw Politics • Sarah Palin
July 6th, 2009
05:42 PM ET
July 6th, 2009
05:35 PM ET

Robert McNamara: an original 'Whiz Kid'

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Tim Darling

For those who don't know how Robert McNamara ended up at Ford and then came to Defense Secretary in the 60's, you may be surprised to learn that he first became known as one of the "Whiz Kids" of the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II. He and his colleagues revolutionized logistics and production systems in ways that that now permeate the military, industrial and business world. If you ever wondered how the Pentagon could get the right spare part, and make sure it arrives at the right sand dune in the Iraqi desert to fix some M-1 tank, the Whiz Kids helped build that logistical support system.

His statistical and quantitative perspective greatly influenced (some say doomed) the U.S. effort in Vietnam.

For a quick synopsis of the authoritative book on McNamara and the rest of the Whiz Kids, read here.

-Scott Spoerry, CNN

On one side of the Atlantic in 1939, Robert McNamara was celebrating his Harvard MBA graduation by backpacking around Europe when Hitler invaded Poland. He stopped at a train station in Berlin and asked for a ticket to Italy. “Don’t you know there’s a war on?” he was asked. He didn’t. He would later joke that a future Secretary of Defense was in the middle of the enemy’s capitol at the start of the greatest war of the 20th century without even knowing it!

Robert McNamara was the head of the Ford vehicle division and was one of the earliest proponents of safety in automobiles. Bob believed that Ford had a responsibility to its customers in 1955 that was years ahead of its time. Ralph Nader would not take up this battle until 1965. He put seatbelts in his cars and advertised safety features, which ostracized him from the Detroit community that didn’t want to scare its customers.

When he first met JFK to discuss the Secretary appointment, he asked the President-elect only one question: “Did you write Profiles in Courage?” The book had impressed McNamara. It adeptly dealt with the conflict between principles and expediency but Bob had heard rumors that it was ghost-written and wanted to make sure he was working for an honest man. JFK was surprised by the question but answered in the affirmative.


July 6th, 2009
05:26 PM ET

Behind the scenes: Setting up to cover Jackson's memorial

Kay Jones
AC360° Coordinating Editorial Producer

Set up is underway for tomorrow's coverage of Michael Jackson's memorial service. Standing outside the Staples Center, media crews from all over the world are setting up their cameras and figuring out the best shots from the platforms that have been designated to them.

We have a great position, high in the sky, for Anderson, Soledad and Don to anchor our coverage tomorrow.

The CNN crew is hard at work today figuring out lighting, since the first shot is at 3am local time, as well as camera positions, shading from the sun, and any other problems that always tend to pop up at these major events.

Officials are starting to cordon off the area so that only people with credentials can be allowed in designated locations, but there are still more than one hundred fans are signing a huge condolence card to Jackson's family. They were mostly here early, and a LAPD rep said that they will shut off the area soon, only allowing those of us with credentials in.

Now it's off to our bureau to work on tonight's program as well as finalizing interviews for tomorrow. Will check in later, and hopefully have some good pics for you soon.

Filed under: Behind The Scenes • Kay Jones
July 6th, 2009
05:13 PM ET

Beat 360° 7/6/09

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:

U.S. President Barack Obama, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov hold their press conference after the signing ceremony of the Joint Understanding on Strategic Arms Reduction at the Kremlin on July 6, 2009 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Epsilon/Getty Images)

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
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