November 17th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 11/17/09

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Tonight a look at the mammogram reversal. Who's making the new recommendation that most women should wait until the age of 50 to get screened for breast cancer? We'll talk with a member of the government task force. Plus, a 360 investigation: "Killings at the Canal: The Army Tapes." And, Sarah Palin's new book goes on sale. She's speaking out and we're keeping her honest.

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Filed under: Live Blog • T1
November 17th, 2009
08:07 PM ET

Breast Cancer: Facts & Figures

American Cancer Society

Cancer is a group of diseases that cause cells in the body to change and grow out of control. Most types of cancer cells eventually form a lump or mass called a tumor, and are named after the part of the body where the tumor originates.

Breast cancer begins in breast tissue, which is made up of glands for milk production, called lobules, and the ducts that connect lobules to the nipple. The remainder of the breast is made up of fatty, connective, and lymphatic tissue.

• Most masses are benign; that is, they are not cancerous, do not grow uncontrollably or spread, and are not life-threatening.

• Some breast cancers are called in situ because they are confined within the ducts (ductal carcinoma in situ) or lobules (lobular carcinoma in situ) of the breast. Nearly all cancers at this stage can be cured. Many oncologists believe that lobular carcinoma in situ (also known as lobular neoplasia) is not a true cancer, but an indicator of increased risk for developing invasive cancer in either breast.

Find more facts and figures about breast cancer...

Filed under: 360° Radar • Health Care • Women's Issues
November 17th, 2009
07:59 PM ET

Army suicide numbers break another yearly record

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Mike Mount
CNN Senior Pentagon Producer

Suicides among soldiers this year have topped last year's record-breaking numbers, but Army officials maintain a recent trend downward could mean the service is making headway on its programs designed to reduce the problem, Army officials said Tuesday.

Since January, 140 active duty soldiers have killed themselves while another 71 Reserve and National Guard soldiers killed themselves in the same time period, totaling 211 as of Tuesday, U.S. Army Vice Chief of Staff, Gen. Peter Chiarelli told reporters at a briefing on Tuesday. But he said the monthly numbers are starting to slow down as the year nears its end.

"This is horrible, and I do not want to downplay the significance of these numbers in any way," Chiarelli said.

For all of last year, the Army said 140 active duty soldiers killed themselves while 57 Guard and Reserve soldiers committed suicide, totaling 197, according to Army statistics. FULL POST

Filed under: Mike Mount • Military
November 17th, 2009
06:56 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Mammogram Confusion

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

There's confusion and outrage over the new recommendations from a government task force regarding mammograms.

The United States Preventive Service Task Force announced Monday that most women don't need mammograms in their 40s and instead should wait until they are 50 to get one every two years. They also suggest that self-breast exams do no good and women should not be taught how to do them.

This is a major reversal and it's being challenged by the American Cancer Society and others.

"We're going to encourage women to continue to have mammography every year and we hope they will continue to have it into their 70s," said Dr. Peter Pressman, a surgeon and co-author of "Breast Cancer: The Complete Guide", who works with the American Cancer Society.

What do you think of the controversy? Share your thoughts below.

Tonight on 360°, we'll talk with a member of the government task force and ask her why they came up with the new recommendation.

We are also following new developments in the Fort Hood massacre investigation. According to media reports, just two days before the shooting spree suspected gunman Major Nidal Hasan went to a firing range and fired 200 rounds of ammo at ten targets. There are also reports that Hasan made repeated requests to have soldiers he counseled investigated for war crimes charges.

And tonight we begin our four-part series "Killings at the Canal: The Army Tapes." This AC360 investigation reveals what happened after three decorated army sergeants executed four Iraqi detainees at a Baghdad canal. The three sergeants were convicted of premeditated murder. CNN obtained 23 and half hours of army interrogation videotapes that detail the crime, including tapes cnn requested but the army would not release.

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

Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
November 17th, 2009
05:51 PM ET

Sarah Palin is an insider playing a rogue

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Richard Kim and Betsy Reed
Special to CNN

Sarah Palin begins her manipulation of the readers of her book "Going Rogue" in the title, embracing as a badge of honor the accusation leveled at her by McCain campaign staffers during the last bitter days of election 2008 - even though she's exemplified the political insider throughout her career.

In "Going Rogue," she describes the campaign as disorganized and defeatist and writes that Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain's aides had a "jaded aura" about them.

She's a "diva" who is "playing for her own future and sees herself as the next leader of the party," one anonymous McCain staffer alleged at the time. Now, Palin wants payback.

It's not yet clear who will emerge the victor in this Republican Party version of "Thunderdome." But it's telling that Palin intends to twist the meaning of "rogue" - an untrustworthy and unprincipled person - into its very opposite.

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Filed under: John McCain • Republicans • Sarah Palin
November 17th, 2009
05:49 PM ET

Killings at the Canal: Map

Abbie Boudreau and Scott Zamost

CNN Special Investigations Unit

A CNN investigation reveals why the Army's rules for holding detainees may have led to the murders of four Iraqis by three decorated Army sergeants.

Here is a map of the approximate location of where the killings took place along Baghdad canal.

Watch Tuesday through Friday on "AC360" at 10 p.m. ET.

See the location of the incident and learn more about the story.

Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Iraq • Military
November 17th, 2009
05:00 PM ET

Beat 360° 11/17/09

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:

Michael Phelps of the US shares a joke with team members after competing in the heats of the Men's 200m Butterfly at the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup 2009 in Berlin November 14, 2009.

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.

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
November 17th, 2009
04:55 PM ET

Imam: Fort Hood suspect asked help finding wife

Brian Todd
CNN Correspondent

A Washington-based imam told CNN on Monday that alleged Fort Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan approached him for help finding a wife.

Imam Yahya Hendi, the Muslim chaplain at Georgetown University, said Hasan came to him at least two years ago as the cleric conducted services at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland.

"He said he wanted someone to help him serve, deploy and be understandable and understanding of his own military career," Hendi said. "He saw himself as someone ... continuing his service with the U.S. military till the end of his career."

The imam said he spoke with Hasan on at least two occasions about his search for a spouse.

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Filed under: Brian Todd • Fort Hood Shooting
November 17th, 2009
04:23 PM ET

Financial Dispatch: 15 million may owe IRS

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Andrew Torgan
CNN Financial News Producer

More than 15 million taxpayers may be getting paid more of the Making Work Pay credit than they should, according to a report from a Treasury Dept. inspector general that was released Monday. That means they either will get less of a refund than they expected, or will actually owe money to the IRS on their 2009 taxes.

The taxpayers most vulnerable are those in two-earner couples; those who have dependents who earn wages; single or married filers who have more than one job at the same time; and filers who get pension payments or have a job and receive Social Security benefits.

Also late yesterday, the U.S. Postal Service reported a $3.8 billion loss in the 2009 fiscal year and said it plans to propose to Congress in 2010 that it drop Saturday delivery.

The agency already reduced expenses by $6 billion during the year ended Sept. 30.

Those measures included eliminating 40,000 jobs. However the cash-strapped agency still employs over 712,000 people. The Postal Service also reduced overtime hours and lowered transportation-related costs.

Additionally, the USPS lowered the payments it made for retiree health benefits by $4 billion in fiscal 2009.


Filed under: Andrew Torgan
November 17th, 2009
03:39 PM ET

Breast 'awareness' trumps self-exams, docs say

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Elizabeth Landau

A vacation to Washington nearly a decade ago led to a life-changing revelation for Kathi Cordsen. Passing by a breast cancer awareness event, her mother blurted it out: Her doctor had just confirmed that she had breast cancer.

She'd found the lump during a self-examination.

Fortunately, Cordsen's mom had found the cancer so early that she was able to have a lumpectomy and didn't need chemotherapy or radiation. That's why, today, Cordsen checks her own breasts every day in the shower.

"It was such an inspirational thing to find out that it saved her life, that's for sure," said Cordsen, 57, who submitted her story to CNN's iReport. "It's just important, to want to live and take care of yourself."
New guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force say that women age 40 to 49 don't need to have routine mammograms anymore and that breast self-exams aren't recommended in general. The group found no evidence that self-exams reduce breast cancer death rates, and it discourages teaching women how to examine themselves.

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Filed under: Health Care • Women's Issues
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