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!
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