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September 30th, 2009
10:37 AM ET

Update: Amber Alert for abducted newborn

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Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

Authorities in Tennessee searching for an abducted newborn said today a woman previously named a person of interest in the investigation is not connected to the case.

The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said the woman, Lisa Sampson, was interviewed in New York and is not believed to be involved in the abduction of the 4-day-old baby.

A state-wide Amber Alert remains for Yair Anthony Carrillo. Police believe he was kidnapped from his family’s home in Nashville at approximately 2:40 p.m. Tuesday. “We believe he is in danger,” Kristin Helm, the Public Information Officer for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, told CNN.

Investigators provided details of the abduction:

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
September 30th, 2009
10:21 AM ET

Morning Buzz: An epidemic of violence

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Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

We’ve been following the violence on the streets of Chicago for more than two years, and the problem doesn’t seem to be going away. Four teenagers have been charged with the murder of Derrion Albert, a 16-year-old whose videotaped beating death has sparked outrage over the killings among young adults in the city. Over the course of the last school year, 34 school students were killed. We follow up with an E.R. doctor who witnesses the impact of the violence every day, when young victims are rolled into his emergency room for care.

So what are city leaders doing to curb the violence plaguing Chicago’s streets? And should public officials be focusing on ending this epidemic rather than fighting for an Olympics bid? Gary Tuchman is in Chicago and is keeping them honest tonight.

Have you ever gotten frustrated filling out an insurance form? You’re not alone. Do insurance companies make it complicated on purpose? The mountain of insurance paperwork confronting patients and doctors is daunting to be sure, but many consumers feel that all that paper is hiding something much more sinister – a basic effort to deny legitimate claims. Many believe it all boils down to a war of attrition; that insurers are counting on people getting confused, tired and giving up on collecting money they are rightfully owed.

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Filed under: Eliza Browning • The Buzz
September 30th, 2009
09:07 AM ET

Dear President Obama #254: The much higher cost of higher education

Reporter's Note: President Obama has two daughters who will go to college one day. So do I. My family’s “one day” however is right around the corner, which oddly enough, has me wondering why my wallet feels so thin.

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Tom Foreman | Bio
AC360° Correspondent

Dear Mr. President,

Well, the big college-hunting swing to Colorado with the elder daughter is over, it was a pleasure. We went for some lovely hikes amid the lodgepole pines, made a tiny snowman near the top of Guanella Pass, and took care of some pretty important work too. As always, the mountains made me feel optimistic. And I guess I’m going to need some optimism in the next few years. Have you looked at the cost of higher education lately? I’ve had good jobs for my entire adult life, my wife and I are relatively conservative with our spending, and yet the price tag on the old cap and gown is enough to make me wonder if I missed some basic math lessons along the way.

Just the tuition and fees for the average in-state, four-year education, if I understand it correctly, is well over thirty-thousand dollars. Multiply that by two kids and you’ve got sixty-thousand. Add in the cost of food, transportation, and a place to live (Because after all, it’s really hard to position your study desk under the overpass) and the bottom line is…well, I don’t know, but a heck of lot more than most families have stashed in the mattress. Out-of-state is more. Private schools much more.

But here’s the question: Even if you have an extra half million dollar and you are in your late 40’s or 50’s, can you afford to pour it all out the door for your children’s education? And conversely, can you afford not to give them the best education possible? In this economy, I understand why many parents overextend themselves buying educations for their kids, because they are terrified that if little Sally and Bob don’t get a jump on a good job now, they’ll take a big ride down the economic slip and slide.

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September 30th, 2009
08:55 AM ET

Dozens dead as tsunami slams into Samoan islands

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CNN

A huge emergency effort is under way in the Samoan islands after towering tsunami waves triggered by an 8.0 earthquake left dozens dead and entire villages flattened or submerged.

At least 77 people are so far confirmed dead in American Samoa and neighboring Samoa but officials fear the toll will rise as rescue workers work to reach outlying villages. Seven people were also confirmed killed in Tonga.

The quake hit the small cluster of Samoan islands in the South Pacific early Tuesday.

In Samoa, the death toll currently stands at 55, according to government minister Maulolo Tavita, but he said he feared the number of casualities would continue to rise.

In American Samoa 22 people were confirmed dead by late Tuesday. But Salamo Laumoli, director of health services at the LBJ Tropical Medical Center in the capital, Pago Pago, said he feared more fatalities would turn up as rescue workers were still trying to access parts of the island severed by damaged infrastructure.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Weather
September 30th, 2009
08:16 AM ET
September 30th, 2009
06:41 AM ET

Sound Off: Your comments 9/29/09

Editor's Note: Our Tuesday night AC360° viewers commented on the interview with Michael Moore with mixed results. Some felt that Moore is not an authority to be speaking on the health care reform, and has had more than his share of air time recently. Others had opinions on the health care reform itself. As always, we'd love for you to read the comments below and tell us what you have say:
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The majority of American Citizens DO NOT want the Government running their healthcare....if the Democrats ram this public option down the American Citizens throats, they will lose their seats in Congress. The Government can't run anything successfully and the American Citizens DO NOT WANT THEM MAKING THEIR HEALTHCARE CHOICES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I don't know why you keep on about the Obama health care plan. It's a no brainer; we do not want government-run insurance. What we have now is fine, just needs a tune-up.

I wholeheartedly agree with Michael Moore on health care. I feel we need a public option and Democrats are cowards for not bringing it forth. I feel every member of congress or the Senate should lose their public option insurance if they vote against it for their constituents. My husband was part of the VA Healthcare system in Palo Alto at Stanford and it is wonderful. I expected this negativity from Republicans. Shame on the Democrats. I will not vote for any candidate who does not support a public option (but I'm from Silicon Valley so our Representatives are for it.)

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