December 14th, 2009
02:04 PM ET

Your year in 30 seconds

Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

Hey Everyone - we're gearing up for our annual New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square and we have a terrific show lined up for you, but we're missing one crucial element - YOU.

Can you sum up your entire year in half a minute? It’s time to rewind and cobble together a montage of your life in the past year.

Here’s the challenge: Make a 30-second video looking back on 2009. Tell us how your year went and show us the most important events, news and milestones in your life.

Shoot your own video, dig out your own footage and gather together your own photos. Your video could be part of CNN’s coverage and our New Year’s Eve special.

Check out the iReport assignment guidelines and send us your year in 30 seconds here.

Filed under: Beyond 360 • New Year's Eve 2010
December 14th, 2009
02:01 PM ET
December 14th, 2009
12:51 PM ET

Husband of missing Utah woman to be interviewed today


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Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

The husband of a missing Utah woman will meet with investigators today, police in Utah told CNN. "We do expect to have an additional interview with Joshua Powell sometime today," West Valley Police Captain Tom McLachlan said. He added that he did not know what time it will occur.

Mr. Powell was questioned last week after his wife, Susan Powell, vanished.

Susan Powell, 28, disappeared from her suburban Salt Lake City home under what many consider to be mysterious circumstances last weekend. Her husband, Joshua Powell, said he last saw his wife shortly after midnight Sunday as he was preparing to take the couple’s four and one-year-old sons on a camping trip in a freezing remote area of the state, police and family members said.

His wife was not in the house when he returned with the children on Tuesday, investigators said Mr. Powell told them.

The West Valley City Police Department continue to classify the investigation as a missing persons case. They have also labeled it as suspicious.

And today, McLachlan said the case could turn into a criminal investigation. "Of the many possibilities out there, that's one of them," he told CNN.


Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
December 14th, 2009
12:48 PM ET

Holy Jihad, Batman! Al-Qaeda Offers Condolences?

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Arsalan Iftikhar
AC360° Contributor
Founder, TheMuslimGuy.com

Holy jihad, Batman!

Did Al-Qaeda just officially offer condolences to innocent civilians murdered by their stupid acts of terrorism?

Well, sort of…

According to CNN, Adam Gadahn- also known as ‘Azzam the American’- appeared in a 17-minute video released on Islamist online forums late Friday, offering condolences to the families of innocent people killed in Al-Qaeda attacks.

“We express our condolences to the families of the Muslim men, women and children killed in these criminal acts…” he says in the video.

Wait a minute. Did a member of Al-Qaeda just admit that their acts of terrorism are ‘criminal acts’?


Filed under: al Qaeda • Arab Affairs • Arsalan Iftikhar • Terrorism
December 14th, 2009
12:31 PM ET

Can Obama bully the bankers?

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Colin Barr
Senior writer

President Obama is about to give the banks an earful about lending. But he may be a day late - and $116 billion short.

Obama will meet Monday with top executives of some of the nation's biggest lenders.

CEOs of 12 banks are expected, including the heads of American Express (AXP, Fortune 500), Bank of America, Capital One (COF, Fortune 500), Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, and Wells Fargo.

The president is expected to say he wants to see more loans for the sake of economic recovery. He'll also urge execs to curb compensation, to stop gouging customers with high credit card rates and hidden overdraft fees, and to support financial reform efforts.

Keep Reading...

Filed under: Economy • President Barack Obama
December 14th, 2009
12:06 PM ET

Dear President Obama #329: Back to work ... thank heavens

Reporter's Note: I’ve been writing to President Obama every single day since he took office. You might think he’d send a postcard when he travels. Yes, you might think that, but you’d be wrong. Sigh. Anyway, here is today’s letter to Pennsylvania Avenue.

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Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Dear Mr. President,

Not too eager to get back into work this morning, I must say. Last week was such a barnburner and I’m enjoying my time with the family so much, I just don’t feel like going to the mill.

Of course, I will anyway. I have never been the kind of person who can even contemplate staying home from work and feigning illness or anything like that. Other people can do it if they wish, but I just can’t get onto that train.

What do you have coming up this week? You really ought to call me once in a while and update me on your situation. I mean, what if I run into a common friend who says, “Hey, Tom, how’s it going? What do you hear from the president?” What am I going to say? You can understand the predicament you are putting me in. On the other hand, I understand how busy you are, so no rush; I’m just saying, eventually, pick up the phone!

I have to go back up to New York some day this week, although I’m not entirely sure which one or how long I will have to stay. That’s the news business. Years ago when I was in Denver, which was a hardcore travel bureau, I spent 10 years with a bag packed in the trunk of the car so I could head to the airport at any moment.


December 14th, 2009
11:42 AM ET

Theme of the '00s? Unpaid bills

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David Frum
Special to CNN

It's sometimes said that the '00s opened with a Pearl Harbor and ended with a Great Crash. Yet this dramatic decade still lacks even a name. The Forties had big bands and a bigger war, the Sixties protests and hippies, the Seventies "malaise." But what do we call the decade just ending?

The Double-Zeros? The late Bill Safire suggested the Naughties, "nought" being an old-fashioned term for "zero" (as in dough-nought).

Whatever you call them, the years from 2000 on have been united by one great theme: This is the decade when the bills came due for neglected problems.

Keep Reading...

December 14th, 2009
11:23 AM ET

The Top 10 Everything of 2009

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Belinda Luscombe

1. The Love Guv

After telling his staff he was hiking the Appalachian Trail for four days in June, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford turned up instead at the international airport terminal in Atlanta. Thus sprung, he held a very raw and rambling press conference, admitting he'd actually been in Argentina with his mistress and "soul mate." Seven weeks and several more excruciating media appearances later ("I'm trying to fall back in love with my wife"), his wife and four sons moved out of the Governor's mansion and back to their hometown of Charleston. In early December a House impeachment panel was convened to weigh recommending removing him from office.


December 14th, 2009
11:15 AM ET

Jenny Sanford: The Savviest Spurned Woman in History

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Belinda Luscombe

The cheated-upon spouses of the world have a new hero and her name is Jenny Sanford. The wife of the governor of South Carolina, who announced on Dec. 11 that she is filing for divorce, has handled the denouement of her marriage in a way that makes losing a husband to an affair almost look like a shrewd career move.

Perhaps Elin Nordegren Woods, the newest member of the Spurned Sisterhood, could take a few pages from the soon-to-be-ex Mrs. Sanford's playbook. Nordic silence has its place, but there's a lot to admire in how Sanford deftly and subtly grasped her part of the narrative and spun it. Hers is not the story of a dull wife who was passed over for an exotic soul mate in Argentina, but rather the tale of the true captain of a family ship, unbowed by the squalls.

For starters, this summer when her husband held the customary I-have-disappointed-my-family press conference, she did not appear alongside him. This was a doubly wise move, since the governor apparently chose to make the most emotional and difficult announcement of his life without a script. Not only did Mrs. Sanford avoid looking like a fool for literally standing by her man, she didn't have to be associated with what quickly devolved into a p.r. trainwreck. (His rambling 18-minute press conference included weeping, mention of his life-long love of camping and a "surreal" conversation he'd had recently with his father-in-law.)


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