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February 15th, 2010
08:48 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Professor murder suspect killed her brother decades ago

Amy Bishop was taken into custody Friday in the shooting of three people at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Amy Bishop was taken into custody Friday in the shooting of three people at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Cate Vojdik
AC360° Writer

Tonight we have new revelations to report about the University of Alabama professor accused of fatally shooting three colleagues during a faculty meeting. It turns out she shot and killed her brother decades ago. The incident was ruled an accident. She was also questioned about a pipe-bombing attempt targeting a former colleague at Harvard. This information is causing some to wonder, were warning signs missed? It’s our Keeping Them Honest report.

We also begin a week-long look at Republicans under fire from within their own party–for not being Republican enough. Conservative activists and tea-partiers are going after some big-name GOP politicians, including Senator John McCain. He’s facing a potentially tough primary challenge from former Arizona Congressman J.D. Hayworth. We’ll take a closer look tonight at what McCain is up against and what’s driving the backlash.

Today brought another unexpected and bizarre turn for the 10 American missionaries being held in a Haiti prison. A judge couldn’t rule on their bail today because of quake-related power problems. Meantime, the spotlight remains on the man who acted as a legal adviser – and his alleged ties to international sex trafficking. An international arrest warrant has his name on it. That warrant includes crimes against children. The adviser denies the charges. Tonight we’ll focus on how all of this might affect the jailed Americans.

We’ll also have the latest on the major NATO operation underway in southern Afghanistan. Military officials say it’s the biggest offensive since the war began in 2001. NATO forces, including thousands of U.S. Marines, are targeting the Taliban in the city of Marjah. Over the last three days there have been civilian casualties, despite efforts to warn residents in the region in advance of the mission. We’ll look at what’s at stake for U.S. troops and President Obama.

Also in the mix tonight: a debate over weight. Should airlines be allowed to have size restrictions for passengers? Director Kevin Smith was bounced off a Southwest flight over the weekend for being too fat. He’s tweeting about it and his tweets have the whole country talking. Are obese travelers being treated unfairly? Or are they asking for special treatment? Tell us what you think.

See you at 10 p.m. eastern as always!


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  1. Vivian - Mtl.

    About that professor.....if she killed her own brother decades ago and was protected from serving time or getting cuz it was ruled accidental, then that's probaly why she thinks it's ok to shoot and kill whoever gets in her way, she doesn't know any better, she probably thinks that she's untouchable.

    February 15, 2010 at 9:14 pm |
  2. Annie Kate

    Obese people are no different from any other minority group who wants to be treated like everyone else (gays, women, etc). The airline should do like the theaters are doing and having some larger seats installed; Airline seats are not large to begin with and are uncomfortable. For the amount of money charged to fly, the airlines could be a bit more accommodating.

    Looking forward to tonights show and hearing about the Afghanistan news. See you then.

    February 15, 2010 at 9:04 pm |