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April 20th, 2010
03:39 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Radical Islamic Website Warns 'South Park' Creators

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

A radical Muslim website is taking on the TV cartoon "South Park", after an episode that aired last week depicted the Prophet Mohammed dressed in a bear suit.

Those who run Revolutionmuslim.com, based in New York, issued a warning on the website on Sunday to the “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. "They will probably wind up like Theo van Gogh for airing this show. This is not a threat, but a warning of the reality of what will likely happen to them," the posting said.

Van Gogh, a Dutch filmmaker, was stabbed to death on a street in Amsterdam by a Muslim extremist in 2004. He became the target of radical Muslims after releasing a short documentary depicting the oppression of Muslim women in Europe. Revolutionmuslim.com included a graphic photo of van Gogh at the time of his death in the posting.

Over the photo of van Gogh, Parker, Stone and others you hear the audio of a sermon by the radical U.S.-born preacher Anwar al-Awlaki, who is thought to be hiding in Yemen. The sermon, recorded some time ago, talks about assassinating those who have "defamed" the Prophet Mohammed.

Tonight on the program, Anderson will talk with Ayaan Hirsi Ali. She was working with van Gogh on the controversial movie that led to his assassination six year ago. Hear what she has to say about this latest controversy.

Also tonight, the son of actor Michael Douglas faces five years in prison for dealing methamphetamine and cocaine.

Cameron Douglas, 31, pleaded guilty to the charges in January. Before being sentencing today in a New York courtroom, his father and his stepmother Catherine Zeta-Jones wrote personal pleas to the judge asking for leniency and revealing the private pain of a famous family. We’ll have those details.

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


Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
April 20th, 2010
03:26 PM ET

Tonight: Text 360°

AC360°

Half of all Europe's flights were back in the air Tuesday, but more ash from Iceland's erupting volcano threatened to stall plans to reopen British airspace - including at London's Heathrow, one of the world's busiest airports.

Eruptions from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano are weakening, authorities in Iceland reported, but volcanic ash already in the air continued to blow towards Britain.

Gary Tuchman is reporting live from Iceland where he'll have the latest developments on the erupting volcano and its impact on travel delays. CNN Meteorologist Chad Myers will also answer questions about what to expect. Do you have questions? Let us know!

Send us a text message with your question. Text AC360 (or 22360), and you might hear it on air!


Filed under: 360° Radar • T1 • Text 360
April 20th, 2010
03:05 PM ET

Bill Clinton is back and looking good

Former President Bill Clinton has been experiencing a resurgence in popularity.

Former President Bill Clinton has been experiencing a resurgence in popularity.

John. P. Avlon
CNN Contributor
Special to CNN

With the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing this week, former President Bill Clinton has been back in the news with timely reminders of the costs of extreme anti-government rhetoric and his perspective on the partisan wars in Washington.

After a speech at the Center for American Progress on Friday, an ABC News "This Week" interview on Sunday and an op-ed in The New York Times on Monday, Clinton's resurgence amounts to a reassessment of his presidency - and Bubba is looking pretty good in the rearview mirror of history, even to his one-time critics.

In some ways, the parallels to today's political debates are striking: A Democratic president from a new generation, representing a mandate for change during a recession, brings his party into unified control of Washington for the first time in more than a decade.

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Filed under: Barack Obama • Bill Clinton
April 20th, 2010
02:55 PM ET

25 People to Blame for the Financial Crisis

Angelo Mozilo helped lead Countrywide as it grew into the nation's largest mortgage lender.

Angelo Mozilo helped lead Countrywide as it grew into the nation's largest mortgage lender.

TIME

The son of a butcher, Mozilo co-founded Countrywide in 1969 and built it into the largest mortgage lender in the U.S. Countrywide wasn't the first to offer exotic mortgages to borrowers with a questionable ability to repay them. In its all-out embrace of such sales, however, it did legitimize the notion that practically any adult could handle a big fat mortgage. In the wake of the housing bust, which toppled Countrywide and IndyMac Bank (another company Mozilo started), the executive's lavish pay package was criticized by many, including Congress. Mozilo left Countrywide last summer after its rescue-sale to Bank of America. A few months later, BofA said it would spend up to $8.7 billion to settle predatory lending charges against Countrywide filed by 11 state attorneys general.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Economy • Wall St.
April 20th, 2010
01:16 PM ET

Missing mom seen with mystery man

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UPDATE: According to the Xenia Police Department, officials have located Tiffany Tehan in the Miami Beach, Fla. area. Tehan had been missing since Saturday night. She is safe now and has been in contact with her family, according to police. Tehan was found with Tre Hutcherson and is no longer considered missing.

Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

Police searching for a missing Ohio mother have released surveillance video showing the woman with an unknown man. Authorities said Tiffany Tehan, 31, who never returned from shopping Saturday, was seen several times during March and April with the unidentified male companion at a local convenience store.

“The male subject is not known to Tiffany’s family and friends, said the Xenia Police Department in a statement released today. Investigators have labeled him a person of interest. Investigators said he is “known to drive a late model red Volkswagen beetle and sometimes has a German Shepherd dog inside the vehicle.”

Captain Scott Anger, of the Xenia Police Department, told CNN, the video suggests Tehan was familiar with the male companion.

“Those pictures would indicate that they know each and that they been seen on more than one occasion and the information that we received is that they’ve been seen at that location on multiple occasions," Capt. Anger said.

Tehan, who is married and has a one-year-old daughter, disappeared on Saturday morning after leaving the family’s home to go shopping for the day.

The Ford Explorer she was driving was found abandoned and with a flat tire early Sunday near a skate park in nearby Kettering, Ohio, police said.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
April 20th, 2010
11:49 AM ET

Wall Street reform: Senate showdown set

Jennifer Liberto
Sr. Writer, CNN Money

With SEC charges against Goldman Sachs in the background, Democrats plan to start debating the Wall Street reform bill in the Senate this week, even as Republicans continue to say they oppose the bill.

"Our bill ends too big to fail, bailouts end forever," said Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., in a Monday press conference held to drum up momentum for the bill. "Our bill holds Wall Street accountable, mandates real transparency, so that large banks can't gamble our money in the shadows of the financial system."

But, in a letter to Senate Democrats on Friday, 41 Senate Republicans said they "are united" in opposing the current bill that passed the Banking Committee last month, according to a letter penned by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

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Filed under: Wall St.
April 20th, 2010
11:19 AM ET

Goldman faces tough questions over SEC suit

David Ellis
CNN

Analysts grilled Goldman Sachs Tuesday for its role in structuring a security tied to subprime mortgages even as the firm reported a stronger-than-expected profit of $3.5 billion in the latest quarter.

Just days after being charged with defrauding investors by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Wall Street's top investment bank defended its actions, maintaining it never deceived investors and that it did not make money on the deal.

"We would never intentionally mislead anyone," said Greg Palm, Goldman's co-general counsel during a conference call with investors Tuesday morning.

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Filed under: 360° Radar
April 20th, 2010
10:16 AM ET

Dear President Obama #456: Prairie, and pizza, and farm implements ... oh my

Reporter's Note: I’m still in Kansas, so I suppose I should be sending postcards instead of letters to the White House this week. But then once President Obama stuck them on the refrigerator for a while, they’d get all dusty and he’d take them down, but he really wouldn’t want to throw them away, but gosh what do you do with them?...you know the drill. So here’s today’s letter.

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Dear Mr. President,

It’s been a long day out here on the prairie. (Ha! Sounds like a letter to Jefferson from Meriwether Lewis.) We started in Wichita working on our Building Up America stories, traveled on to Kingman to see a farm equipment manufacturer, then onto Greensburg to talk about that town rebuilding from a terrible tornado, and finally we doubled back this evening to Pratt where we are busy editing away on the CNN Express as I write this at midnight.

And you are seriously missing out on all the fun. This is just a fantastic time of year to be on the Great Plains. Absolutely achingly green fields stretch along the highway in some places, while in others controlled burns send sheets of fire and towering columns of smoke into the sky. Along the creek beds, the cottonwoods are filling in fast, creating those little islands of coolness that will be so inviting in just a couple of months; the clouds are skittering against the blue; startled pheasants are peaking from the roadsides while hawks soar far overhead…ah, it’s the life.

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April 20th, 2010
10:13 AM ET

Video: Patriots dangerous to government?

Drew Griffin | BIO
CNN Investigative Correspondent


Filed under: 360° Radar • Drew Griffin
April 20th, 2010
10:10 AM ET
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