October 3rd, 2009
05:25 PM ET

Typhoon Parma slams into Philippines

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Typhoon Parma slammed into the already storm-battered Philippines on Saturday afternoon, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee their homes for safer shelter.

At 5 p.m (5 a.m. ET), Parma, known locally as Typhoon Pepeng, had maximum sustained winds of 148 kph ( 92 mph) with gusts as high as 185 kph (115mph) as it made landfall in a rural region of fishermen and farmers in Luzon, the largest of the Philippine islands.

The winds whipped the coastline and felled power lines in northernmost Cagayan Province. Debris littered the roads, making evacuations even more difficult.

Parma veered off to the north, avoiding a direct hit on heavily populated Manila. But the real menace in the Philippines capital was not wind. It was water, and there was no escape from it with Parma.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Weather
October 3rd, 2009
08:38 AM ET

Dear President Obama #257: Letterman, the Olympics and the Big Apple

Reporter's Note: President Obama is back in DC. I’m in NYC. And the Olympics won’t be in either place anytime soon. My daily letter to the White House.

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Tom Foreman | Bio
AC360° Correspondent

Dear Mr. President,

What a day! Your Olympic bid came apart like an overeager sprinter blowing out a hamstring. Letterman’s admission of some extra curricular work on the ad libs (if you know what I mean) has emerged as one of those freaky private-life-gone-way-too-public stories. And I was rousted up to New York to jump in on the coverage. Imagine, all of this crashing down on Friday of the very week that I promised to be a bit more positive in my outlook. Oh well.

Right now I am sitting in my hotel just a short walk from Letterman’s theater, after slogging over here in the rain from our studio after our show was over. Can’t score a plane until morning. But in the spirit of keeping a sunny outlook, if I get up early enough I can score a totally excellent breakfast at a diner here that I like. And trust me, it has to be pretty great for me to get up early.

First things first: Sorry about the Olympics. I know you, the First Lady, and your pal Oprah put on a full court press to get the games into Chicago, and it’s no fun losing a contest like that. Still, you have to admit, South America has been shunned way plenty by the IOC over the years, and it was rather heart warming to see all those Brazilians leaping around. I’ve had “Girl From Ipanema” running through my head ever since.


October 3rd, 2009
08:00 AM ET

Update: Abducted newborn found safe


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Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

Investigators have found the newborn baby abducted from a Tennessee home, authorities announced in a statement late Friday night.

The 4-day-old child is safe and in good condition. A 39-year-old-woman was arrested in connection with the case.

This is the statement following the recover of 4-day-old Yair Anthony Carillo:

"Tonight the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation along with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have safely recovered the infant abducted earlier this week who has been the focus of a three day law enforcement investigation.

Seven-day-old Yair Anthony Carillo was found in a home in Ardmore, AL at approximately 10:00 PM after investigators located the suspect involved in the Tuesday attack. Authorities currently have 39-year-old Tammy Renee Silas, of Ardmore, AL in custody for the attack of Maria Gurrolla and abduction of Yair Carillo, charges against Silas are pending.


Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon