October 29th, 2009
09:48 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 10/29/09

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A U.S. contractor fights back during a Taliban attack. He shares his story tonight on 360°. Plus, why Sarah Palin may help a Democrat get elected on Tuesday. And, funny woman Wanda Sykes talks politics.

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Filed under: Live Blog
October 29th, 2009
09:01 PM ET

Evening Buzz: American Saves Lives Fighting Taliban Attack

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

New details are emerging on the attack at a guesthouse for U.N. workers in Kabul, Afghanistan from a U.S contractor who saved 24 lives in the fire fight, but refuses to be called a hero.

The chaos began around 6 a.m. local time Wednesday when Taliban gunman disguised as police officers shot their way inside the compound. The fire fight lasted more than an hour. When it was over five U.N. workers, including one American, were dead.

Tonight you'll hear from the Chris Turner, the U.S. contractor who used an AK-47 to fight the intruders and save lives. He shares what went down inside the guesthouse.

We also have startling new numbers on the H1N1 virus in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control confirmed today that as many as 5.7 million Americans were infected with the flu between April and late July of this year. The data provides the first picture of just how fast the virus can spread.

Meanwhile, the Dow had its best day in three months today thanks to a strong report on economic growth in the third quarter. The numbers helped boost investors confidence that the economic recovery is on track. But where are the jobs? We've got the raw data and the raw politics.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10pm ET. See you then!

Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
October 29th, 2009
07:43 PM ET

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate

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Randi Kaye | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Tonight on AC360, at 10pm eastern, I’ll be looking at the online campaign by folks who consider themselves “anti-vaxers.” These people are trying to scare others into not getting the swine flu vaccine. They say it could paralyze you. They say it hasn’t been tested on humans. They say it can cause cancer and autism and kill unborn babies. The swine flu vaccine back in 1976 did cause paralysis in some...and hundreds of families sued back then saying their loved ones died as a result of the vaccine.

What do believe? Are you planning to get vaccinated? What about your kids?

Filed under: H1N1 • Randi Kaye
October 29th, 2009
06:52 PM ET

How UNICEF became a Halloween treat

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Téa Leoni
Special to CNN

Editor's note: Téa Leoni is a U.S. Fund for UNICEF Ambassador. Her grandmother, Helenka Pantaleoni, founded the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Leoni was a member of the 2007 Blue Ribbon panel for CNN Heroes.

I grew up under the impression that I was the best trick-or-treater in the whole wide world, because my grandmother invented it!

The whole thing was her idea! My grandmother and her friend UNICEF started it way back when she was born in the early 1500s. I thought UNICEF must be a pretty cool lady if she was hanging out with my grandmother.

Occasionally I'll ask people if they know about UNICEF, and sometimes they don't. But if I then mention the little orange Trick-or-Treat boxes on Halloween, suddenly everyone knows UNICEF.

We grew up carrying those Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF boxes on Halloween night, and now our kids do. These days, the candy bags may be fancier than pillowcases, and the costumes may come from the store, but the orange boxes remain the same.

Keep Reading...

Filed under: CNN Heroes • Halloween
October 29th, 2009
06:10 PM ET

Beat 360° 10/29/09

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:

John Boehner speaks about a healthcare reform bill during a news conference on Capitol Hill October 29, 2009 in Washington, DC.

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.


Staff winner: Marshall
Caption: After a stack of insurance rejections, Congressman Boehner finally concedes - tanning addiction is a pre-existing condition.

Viewer winner: Kevin
Caption: Read my lips: no new faxes.

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
October 29th, 2009
05:50 PM ET

Follow the CDC…on Twitter

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Centers for Disease Control

With the H1N1 Swine Flu constantly in the news, a variety of social media tools provide information about the ongoing outbreak. The CDC partnered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services(HHS) to create social media tools that provide easy to access information about the ongoing H1N1 Swine Flu pandemic. Widgets, mobile information, online videos and other tools help keep important H1N1 Flu information flowing in this social media age.

You can follow the CDC on Twitter here: @CDCemergency

But that’s not all – the CDC has an entire H1N1 social media strategy. There are RSS feeds, mobile phone updates, text messages, Facebook and MySpace alerts, and Widgets.

See all the ways you can stay up-to-date with the latest H1N1 news.

Filed under: H1N1
October 29th, 2009
05:22 PM ET

The DNC's new strategy?

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The DNC is targeting Sarah Palin directly, encouraging supporters to attack the former Alaska governor on Facebook in order to "debunk her lies."

On its new web site, the DNC asks supporters to call out Palin when she uses Facebook to transmit what the committee says are falsehoods.

Check out the DNC's new website - and its campaign to 'Call 'em Out' - on the site.

Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow • Raw Politics
October 29th, 2009
05:10 PM ET
October 29th, 2009
04:21 PM ET
October 29th, 2009
04:15 PM ET

Billy Corgan Blogs About Swine Flu, Refuses to Get Vaccinated

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Billy Corgan
For Rolling Stone

“I am not a doctor, and I am in no way suggesting that you should follow any medical advice from me,” Billy Corgan writes at the top of a blog post about swine flu. What follows is nearly 850 words of Corgan spitting conspiracy theories on his Everything From Here to There blog regarding the H1N1 virus.

Smashing Pumpkins’ frontman has a central thesis — that the illness was “created by man” and driven by a “propaganda machine” powered by fear. “I for one will not be taking the vaccine. I do not trust those who make the vaccines, or the apparatus behind it all to push it on us thru fear,” Corgan writes. “This is not judgment; it is a personal decision based on research, intuition, conversations with my doctor and my ‘family’. If the virus comes to take me Home, that is between me and the Lord.” Corgan also argues against a potential Massachusetts state law that will require residents of the state to receive the vaccine. “Soon, you won’t even have the choice to live OR die as you wish!”


Filed under: H1N1
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