December 18th, 2009
09:49 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 12/18/09

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Tonight on 360°, we're tracking the massive storm that could cause a big mess along the east coast this weekend. Plus,  a Mexican  drug cartel leader is killed and law enforcement is on alert for reprisal attacks. We take you inside the war next door.

Want to know what else we're covering? <strong><a href="http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/category/the-buzz/&#034; target="_blank">Read EVENING BUZZ</a></strong>

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Filed under: Live Blog • T1
December 18th, 2009
08:49 PM ET

Photo Gallery: The 360° Canine Crew

Editor's Note: This week, the Vermont State Supreme Court began hearing a case that started in July 2003, when Denis and Sarah Scheele, who were visiting relatives, let their mixed-breed dog wander into a neighbor's yard and he fatally shot it. The court is now reviewing the case.

The Scheeles filed a civil suit against Dustin, arguing that Shadow was more than a piece of property and that they could not be compensated just with reimbursement of what they paid to adopt him from an animal shelter, the veterinary bill that resulted from the shooting and the cost of his cremation.

Jeffrey Toobin and Lisa Bloom will be on to discuss the case tonight at 10 p.m. ET.

When we heard about this story, many of us here at 360° started thinking about our own dogs. Check out this gallery of a few of our canine companions.


Erica Hill's dog, Jake.

Kathleen Friery's dog, Wally.

Tom Foreman's dog, NOLA.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Behind The Scenes • Beyond 360
December 18th, 2009
07:58 PM ET

Obama transcript on climate: Act boldly

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President Obama spoke in Copenhagen on Friday to push for an agreement with world leaders on climate change.

The meeting at the United Nations Climate Change Conference included nearly 20 other heads of state and government leaders.

The following is a transcript of Obama's prepared remarks:

Good morning. It's an honor for me to join this distinguished group of leaders from nations around the world. We come together here in Copenhagen because climate change poses a grave and growing danger to our people. You would not be here unless you - like me - were convinced that this danger is real. This is not fiction, this is science. Unchecked, climate change will pose unacceptable risks to our security, our economies and our planet. That much we know.

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December 18th, 2009
07:00 PM ET
December 18th, 2009
06:55 PM ET

Good, bad and ugly self-help: How can you tell?

Program Note: Tune in tonight to hear Gary Tuchman's report on the investigation into James Arthur Ray's self-help program. AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

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Jason Hanna

Amber Lemna says studying "The Secret" is changing her life for the better.

The 2006 book and film discusses the law of attraction, something adherents say allows people to attract what they want by envisioning it and believing it will come. Lemna says she's used it to kick-start a business idea: attaching decorated tabs to credit cards so people can easily pull the cards from wallets.

Thanks to "The Secret," she says, she's attracted people and resources to help her and already is selling the tabs in 10 local stores.

"Nothing has been the same since I've listened to the CD [of the book]," said Lemna, 29. "I can control how my day goes."

So the Minneapolis, Minnesota-area insurance agent bristles when she hears people using the troubles of self-help entrepreneur James Arthur Ray, who appears in but did not create "The Secret" film, to bash the attraction principles.


Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow
December 18th, 2009
06:45 PM ET

Palin, and Pols, and Prose, Oh My!

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Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

The Internet is overflowing with holiday gift books for your politically savvy friends; to be unwrapped, placed prominently on the coffee table, and given to the school book drive two months later when your pals realize they are not really that interested in a biography of Barry Goldwater.

The problem is clear: For all the books out there, the ones that we actually want to read were simply not penned. So herewith I present the ten best books of the year that should have been written:

1.  Sarah Palin, Levi’s on the Floor!: When a harried ex-governor is called away from her busy schedule of debunking climate change by the hijinks of her almost son-in-law, hilarity prevails! And when he poses for Playgirl, it’s not just the planet that heats up.

2.  Barack Obama, Dreams of My Campaign: In beautifully crafted prose, the Commander in Chief explains why certain unforeseen situations, the difficulty of pulling people together, and the economy have made fulfilling his campaign pledges…uh…what was I saying?


Filed under: Opinion • Raw Politics • Tom Foreman
December 18th, 2009
06:15 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Monster Snow Storm

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

It could be a brutal weekend from Virginia to all points north. A storm may dump close to two feet of snow in some places, along with blizzard conditions. Virginia's governor has declared a state of emergency, where it's already snowing in the western part of the state. He and officials in other locations, all along the east coast, are urging people to stay home. Of course, that's not what retailers want on this last weekend before Christmas.

Tonight on 360°, we'll check in with CNN Meteorologist Chad Myers, who calls this a "monster storm". Depending on where the storm tracks, residents may see no snowfall or 20 inches, Meyers said, pointing out there could be only a 50 or 60-mile difference between the two parameters.

We also have the raw politics of Pres. Obama's climate change deal with China, South Africa and Brazil. Mr. Obama announced the "meaningful and unprecedented" agreement when leaving the U.N. conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.

"We agreed to list our national actions and commitments, to provide information on the implementation of these actions through national communications with international consultations and analysis under clearly defined guidelines. We agreed to set a mitigation target to limit warming to no more than 2 degrees celsius, and importantly to take action to meet this objective consistent with science. Taken together these actions will help us to lead our responsibilities to leave our children and grandchildren a safer planet, " Pres. Obama said.

Also tonight, we'll tell you the story of Shadow the dog. Shadow was deeply loved and lost, shot to death when he strayed into a yard. His owners have filed a civil suit against the Vermont man who pulled the trigger, claiming emotional distress and loss of companionship. They say they should get more than just the money that covered what they paid to adopt him, the veterinary bill linked to the shooting and the cost of his cremation. They say Shadow was more than property, he was family.

The lawyer for the man who shot Shadow told the Associated Press his client "has always regretted that it happened." His client pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty. He was given a year of probation and ordered to pay $4,000 restitution to Shadow's owners and perform 100 hours of community service.

The case is now in the hands of Vermont's highest court. We'll talk about the possible legal precedent it could set with our legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin and Lisa Bloom.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET on CNN. See you then!

Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
December 18th, 2009
04:47 PM ET

Beat 360° 12/18/09

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:

CNN's Larry King, Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Soledad O'Brien attend CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta 'Cheating Death' Book Party in New York City.

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.


Sean Yates

"Larry: Listen, if anyone knows about cheating death … it’s me. I’ve been doing it for the last 150 years."


Warren Alexander

"Larry tells colleagues about his interview with Marie Antoinette."

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
December 18th, 2009
04:44 PM ET

Weather alert and travel delays

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Craig Johnson
Special to CNN

A major wintry storm heading for the Northeast may cause chaos for weekend travelers and Christmas shoppers.

A winter storm warning was in effect for East Coast metropolitan areas including Washington; Baltimore, Maryland; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, according to the National Weather Service.

Gregg Laskoski, managing director of public relations for AAA Auto Club South, said road safety is key during inclement weather.

"At this time of year, we're finding that there's the potential for early morning fog. It's important to use their low beams, not the high beams, because the fog's moisture can reflect the light back into their eyes," Laskoski said.

FAA: Check air travel delays here...

DOT: Check Road delays here...

Keep Reading for the latest details on the storm...

December 18th, 2009
01:32 PM ET
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