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In Southern California–where peak fire season hasn’t even officially begun yet–a huge and deadly wildfire continues to burn out of control tonight.
The Station Fire now covers more than 190 square miles, an area larger than Philadelphia. More than 3,000 firefighters are scrambling to save more than 10,000 homes that remain at risk. Officials say it could take up to two weeks to fully contain the fast-moving blaze. We’ll have the latest from the frontlines of the battle.
We’ll also have the latest on the Jaycee Lee Dugard kidnapping investigation. Officials believe at least two unsolved kidnappings may be linked to Phillip Garrido, the man charged with kidnapping and raping Dugard.
Nine-year-old Michaela Garecht disappeared in 1988. A year later, 13-year-old Ilene Misheloff was kidnapped. Both abductions took place not far from where Dugard was snatched. We’ll show you why investigators think the crimes may be related. We’ll also hear from family members of both missing girls.
You’ll also see what court documents from Garrido’s rape conviction reveal about the defense he put forth.
Garrido was sentenced to 50 years in prison but served just a fraction of his term—and then went on to allegedly abduct and rape Jaycee Dugard. His early release has ignited outrage. We’ll dig deeper on why convicted sexual offenders like Garrido are sometimes set free before completing their sentences—and what’s being done to close loopholes that are putting children at risk.
Tonight we’re launching a series of reports on the illegal sale of human organs. Our worldwide investigation has uncovered a thriving black market for human kidneys–right here in the United States. Authorities say illegal transplants are being performed in major U.S. hospitals, with donors flown here to sell their organs to American patients. It’s a booming industry – and it’s thriving because many involved appear to be turning a blind eye to the law. Drew Griffin reports.
Worried parents and their young children are flooding emergency rooms, concerned about swine flu. The influx is taxing already overburdened ERs. Tonight, 360 MD Sanjay Gupta provides a reality check—including a checklist to help parents decide when they need to seek medical help quickly and when they can wait.
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