March 18th, 2010
11:04 PM ET

Who are the women in these photos?

On 360° this week we've been showing pictures of women taken from Rodney Alcala, the serial killer who was a contestant on The Dating Game.

Authorities released more than a hundred photographs belonging to Alcala, images of unidentified women and children who apparently posed for him. Police fear some of the people in these pictures may have been victims of the serial killer.

If you have any information on the Alcala investigation or if you believe you recognize someone in the photographs released by the police, contact the Huntington Beach Police Department by calling 714-536-5947 or the Orange County District Attorney investigator, 714 347-8492.

Filed under: Crime & Punishment
March 18th, 2010
10:36 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Health Care Vote Days Away

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

The end is in sight in the battle over health care reform. A vote in the House will likely take place Sunday.

Today the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office weighed in with a cost estimate on the latest bill. The so-called reconciliation measure would cost $940 billion over 10 years to expand health care to an additional 32 million Americans. In addition, the plan would cut the deficit by $138 billion over the first 10 years. That's $20 billion more than the Senate bill. Over the following decade, the CBO projects, it could reduce the deficit by more than $1 trillion. The deficit reduction comes mainly from $438 billion in new tax revenue and more than $500 billion in savings from health programs like Medicare.

As we've been reporting, Democrats need 216 votes to pass the bill. We'll break down the vote count right now.

You'll also hear from a Democrat on the fence.

Pres. Obama has also vowed to jump start America's economy with a new jobs bill that he signed into law today. The measure offers a mix of tax breaks and spending aimed at getting business to start hiring again. Tonight we'll bring you one woman's struggle to find work. See how it has led her family to a place they never imagined.

You'll also hear from a woman attacked by the serial killer who appeared on 70's hit show "The Dating Game."

Tonight on 360° she's tells us about the chilling encounter at the age of eight and how she survived.

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

Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
March 18th, 2010
09:51 PM ET

Health Care Decision Time: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight on 360°,  a look at what's in the latest health care bill, how much it costs and the special deals that were made on Capitol Hill.  We're keeping them honest. Plus, Anderson on the game show Jeopardy, up against Cheech Marin. See if Anderson can still boast he's a Jeopardy champion.

Want to know what else we're covering? Read EVENING BUZZ

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

Here are some of them:

1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
2) Don't write in ALL CAPS (there's no need to yell)
3) Use your real name (first name only is fine)
4) No links
5) Watch your language (keep it G-rated; PG at worst - and that includes $#&*)

Filed under: Live Blog
March 18th, 2010
06:58 PM ET

Data: Health care bill section-by-section analysis


The House is expected to vote this weekend on the health care bill passed by the Senate in December. We want to give you a section-by-section breakdown of the legislation. Tune in tonight at 10pm ET for more on the health care reform debate, and tell us your thoughts on the bill.


Title I – Coverage, Medicare, Medicaid and Revenues

Subtitle A – Coverage

Sec. 1001. Affordability. Improves the financing for premiums and cost sharing for
individuals with incomes up to 400% of the federal poverty level. Subsection (a)
improves tax credits to make premiums more affordable as a percent of income; and
subsection (b) improves support for cost sharing, focusing on those with incomes below
250% of the federal poverty level. Starting in 2019, constrains the growth in tax credits if
premiums are growing faster than the consumer price index, unless spending is more than
10% below current CBO projections.

Sec. 1002. Individual responsibility. Modifies the assessment that individuals who
choose to remain uninsured pay in three ways: (a) exempts the income below the filing
threshold, (b) lowers the flat payment from $495 to $325 in 2015 and from $750 to $695
in 2016 and (c) raises the percent of income that is an alternative payment amount from
0.5 to 1.0% in 2014, 1.0 to 2.0% in 2015, and 2.0 to 2.5% for 2016 and subsequent years
to make the assessment more progressive.

Sec. 1003. Employer responsibility. Improves the transition to the employer
responsibility policy for employers with 50 or more full-time equivalent workers (FTE)
by subtracting the first 30 full time employees from the payment calculation (e.g., a firm
with 51 workers that does not offer coverage will pay an amount equal to 51 minus 30, or
21 times the applicable per employee payment amount). The provision also changes the
applicable payment amount for firms with more than 50 FTEs that do not offer coverage
to $2,000 per full-time employee. It also eliminates the assessment for workers in a
waiting period, while maintaining the 90-day limit on the length of any waiting period
beginning in 2014.

Sec. 1004. Income definitions. Modifies the definition of income that is used for
purposes of subsidy eligibility and the individual responsibility requirement. The
modifications conform the income definition to information that is currently reported on
the Form 1040 and to the present law income tax return filing thresholds. The provision
also extends the exclusion from gross income for employer provided health coverage for
adult children up to age 26.
Sec. 1005. Implementation funding. Provides $1 billion to the Secretary of Health and
Human Services to finance the administrative costs of implementing health insurance reform.

Keep reading...

Filed under: Health Care • Raw Politics
March 18th, 2010
06:02 PM ET

Behind the scenes: families resort to homeless shelters

Program note: Join us tonight for the full story of the Buckhannon family. They, like many Americans, lost their house due to joblessness. The family of four now lives in a homeless shelter. Tune in at 10pm ET to hear about their struggles and their hopes to one day have a home again.

John Sanders
CNN Producer

As I tried to fall asleep, I couldn't stop wondering about the last person before me to sleep in this bed.

I wasn't freaked out about sleeping in a homeless shelter. I'd stayed in unusual places before, and I was only here for one night doing a story about people in rural areas coping with the recession's aftermath.

What kept me awake were the stories. What brought that last person here? What happened to them and their family that exhausted their final options and led them to a homeless shelter looking for help?

For Stephanie, the young mom I met at this shelter in rural Fannin County, Georgia, the story began about a year ago. She lost her job during the depths of the recession and couldn't find another. After months without a job, during one of Georgia's coldest winters in years, Stephanie and her three children were living in a home without heat or water. She knew she was out of options.

They'd been there for a little over a month when I met them. Since I was staying the night at the shelter, I got to know them a bit in the quiet of the evening. Stephanie has three kids. Brittany, the oldest is 12. Brandon is 10, and Skyler is only 4. We watched American Idol together and played Rock Band on the shelter's TV. The kids showed me their toys and tried to improve my ping pong skills. Skyler, the youngest, more than once wrapped himself around my calf and refused to let go even as I carefully walked around the shelter.

I was meeting them at what may be the lowest moment of their lives, but I was taken by this family's kindness, generosity and spirit.

I talked with Stephanie and the folks at the shelter again today. Since I was there, another mother with two young kids arrived, needing help. They've moved into the room I slept in, one of them probably sleeping in that same bed I slept in for that one night in the shelter.

A few weeks ago I wondered about the people who'd slept there before me. Now I can't stop thinking about those who came, and will continue to come, after. FULL POST

Filed under: 360° Radar • Behind The Scenes • Economy
March 18th, 2010
06:01 PM ET

Beat 360° 3/18/10

Ready for today's Beat 360°? Everyday we post a picture 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:

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs speaks to reporters in the Rose Garden on March 18, 2010 in Washington, DC. Since the weather has been mild in Washington Press Secretary Gibbs wanted to hold his daily briefing in the Rose Garden.

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.

Beat 360° Winners:
The "real" Robert Gibbs (via Ed Henry)
"Sunscreen in my eye!"

Kelly Finegold, Ann Arbor, MI
"White House press secretary Robert Gibbs tries to evade the press with the most cunning of disguises, a small paper napkin. Touché sir, touché."

________________________________________________________________________________ Beat 360° Challenge

Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
March 18th, 2010
05:34 PM ET

Life in a homeless shelter: one family's last resort


Tonight, we'll take you inside the life of Stephanie Buckhannon. She is a mother who once owned a house, but now lives in a homeless shelter with her three young children. The decision to move her family into a shelter was difficult and painful. She talked to CNN about the challenges she faces everyday. Tune in tonight at 10pm ET for the full story.

Q: How long have you been living in this homeless shelter?
SB: We have been here for almost 2 months

Q: What is life like there on a day to day basis?
SB: Some days its pretty calm and some days it's kind of stressful

Q: I know you said before you were nervous about taking your kids to the shelter. What are the conditions like there? Is it better than you thought it would be?
SB: Definitely better. I had been in the shelter when I was 15 and it was one big huge rooms with tons and tons of bed and I actually had the shoes stolen off my feet when I was sleeping. And so when I came here I was scared, I thought it was going to be like that. And then we met Tom and Linda and Doug and everybody and we got showed to our room. It's a really home-like atmosphere. We have our own quarters. I have a roommate who is really sweet. And it helps ease a lot of the fear.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Economy
March 18th, 2010
03:52 PM ET
March 18th, 2010
03:25 PM ET

Massive search for America's most wanted teen


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caption="A facebook fan page for Colton Harris-Moore. He is suspected of stealing planes, boats, and luxury automobiles."]

Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

A massive land and air search is underway on an island off the Washington State coast for a young fugitive that Time Magazine last year dubbed “America’s Most Wanted Teen Bandit.”

Colton Harris-Moore,18, is suspected of stealing planes, boats, and luxury automobiles over the course of a crime spree that began several years ago.

Officers from multiple law enforcement agencies have descended on Orcas Island, the largest of the San Juan Islands, where Harris-Moore is believed to be hiding out. San Juan County Sheriff Bill Cumming, who is overseeing the operation, had a message for the accused serial burglar: “It’s time to stop and it is time to come in,” Cumming told CNN. “We just don’t want to see anyone hurt, and that certainly includes him.”

Sheriff’s deputies, dog tracking teams, FBI personal, and air support from U.S. Customs are all involved in the manhunt for Harris-Moore, Bunning said in a statement issued today.


Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
March 18th, 2010
02:16 PM ET

Video: Kucinich to vote 'Yes'

Anderson Cooper | BIO
AC360° Anchor

Filed under: Health Care • Raw Politics
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