May 4th, 2010
09:47 PM ET

Oil Spill Conspiracy Theories: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight on 360°, the stunning statement from former FEMA director Michael Brown. He said President Obama
wants the Gulf oil spill to spread, and is using it to stop all offshore drilling. Where are his facts? We're keeping them honest.

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Filed under: Live Blog
May 4th, 2010
08:37 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Times Square Terror Suspect Arrested

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

The suspect in the failed bombing of New York's Times Square has confessed to recently receiving explosives training in Pakistan, court documents in the case show.

Faisal Shahzad, a 30-year-old Pakistani-American, was arrested last night, just before midnight, at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport where he was booked on a flight about to take off for Dubai. According to court documents, Shahzad also confessed to rigging the SUV with a homemade bomb and driving it into Times Square Saturday night, where it failed to detonate.

According to the criminal complaint, filed today in U.S. District Court, Shahzad admitted he got the bomb-making training in Waziristan. That's along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. The complaint shows he returned to the U.S. from Pakistan on February 3rd. It quotes U.S. Customs and Border Protection records that reveal Shahzad told immigration inspectors at the time he had been in Pakistan for the last five months visiting his parents.

Meanwhile, in Pakistan, investigators have arrested a number of suspects at a house where Shahzad stayed during that recent visit.

Tonight on 360°, we'll give you an close look at the prime suspect. See how investigators tracked down Shahzad. We'll also dig deeper on the Pakistan connections.

The other big story tonight is the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. There are reports the edge of the spill has hit a group of islands about 35 miles off the coast of Mississippi. 360's Gary Tuchman, his producer and cameraman have taken a boat there to see what's going on. They'll have a live report.

The spill is growing with about 200,000 gallons of oil leaking each day from a damaged well, nearly two weeks after the drilling rig Deepwater Horizon sank off Louisiana.

Hundreds of thousands of feet of booms are set up all along the coast of the U.S. mainland from Louisiana to western Florida. But an aerial tour by the U.S. Coast Guard today showed some have given way or oil has gotten past others due to high winds.

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

Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
May 4th, 2010
07:36 PM ET

Reporter's Notebook: The radical next door

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

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The arrest of Faisal Shahzad reads like something out of novel. From the car left in Times Square on a busy Saturday night loaded with a home made bomb, to witnesses noticing the smoke and flashes of light inside, to the New York mayor being rousted from a black-tie dinner in DC to rush home, to the breathless, last-minute race to the airport to nab the suspect before he went airborne to Pakistan. It makes for great reading when the end comes out right. But it is also a sobering reminder of the fact that sooner or later, the ending will not be what we hope.

And in my experience more security analysts are saying when the next successful attack comes (and given enough time, it will) chances are good it will involve people who are living among us right now.


Filed under: Reporter's Notebook • Terrorism • Tom Foreman
May 4th, 2010
06:34 PM ET

In spite of everything, Haiti's children still dream and laugh

Edwidge Danticat
Special to CNN

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hey are everywhere, Haiti's precious and beautiful children. They make up more than a third of the country's 10 million-plus population. You see them on rooftops - where there are rooftops - flying kites. You see them gathered in small circles on the ground –where the ground is not muddy - playing marbles. You see them skip around where the ground is muddy, sometimes bathing in water from manholes.

You see them link hands and run in a circle while singing a song associated with the won, the Haitian equivalent of "Ring Around the Rosie." You see them fight for a turn at jumping rope. You see them twirl a bicycle wheel with a bent rope hanger and in that act you can see the dream of one day actually driving the rest of the bike, or a motorcycle, a car or an airplane.

You see them carry gallons and buckets of water on tiny heads that have no place to rest. You see them suddenly appear in the middle of Port-au-Prince's impenetrable traffic and, dressed in dirty rags, plop an even dirtier rag on the hood of your car. You see them file in and out of the same traffic wearing striking school uniforms with different color plaid tops. Sometimes you see them wearing their Sunday best in the middle of the week.

Keep Reading...

Filed under: Haiti • Haiti Earthquake
May 4th, 2010
05:47 PM ET

The risks and rewards of offshore drilling

Steve Hargreaves
Sr. Writer, CNN Money.com

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The spilled oil lapping at Gulf Coast beaches and wetlands is one tragic result of offshore drilling.

As the administration's plans to expand drilling proceed, what do we get in exchange for putting more of our coastal environment, and the fishing and tourism economies that depend on it, at risk?

First, what we won't get:

It won't make the United States energy independent: We simply use too much oil.

Keep Reading...

Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
May 4th, 2010
05:20 PM ET

Reporter's Notebook: "Murder in Mississippi: Not exactly black and white"

Randi Kaye | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Program Note: Watch Randi’s full report tonight on Anderson Cooper 360° at 10pm eastern.

We just finished up in court here in Jackson, Mississippi. We came here to attend the hearing for Vincent McGee. He’s the 22- year-old African American man accused of murdering 67-year-old Richard Barrett, a well-known white supremacist. Barrett rallied across the country in support of segregation. He believed non-whites, especially African Americans, were inferior. He was the leader of the “Nationalist Movement” and would often invite fellow white supremacists and skin heads to his home for “warrior weekends” during which they would take target practice at photos of Martin Luther King.

Barrett was found stabbed and beaten in his home outside Pearl, Mississippi on April 22nd. Police say he had 16 stab wounds and 35 percent of his body had been burned. Plus, he had suffered blunt trauma to his head. We learned in court a neighbor had seen smoke coming from the home and when firefighters arrived they found Barrett’s body in the kitchen, with his head severely burned and several stab wounds around his neck. Police say he had been killed first, then the house set on fire to cover up the crime.

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In court, Deputy Sheriff Brent Bailey said Vincent McGee confessed to killing Barrett and taking a knife from his house. McGee was in court today dressed in a bright yellow jumpsuit, bullet proof vest, and shackles on his hands and feet.

In his first statement, Deputy Bailey said McGee told him he went to use his Facebook account at Barrett’s house and Barrett made a sexual advance toward him so he killed him. But in his second statement, the Deputy said McGee told him, “he went to confront Barrett about some money… they got into an argument about the money and Barrett dropped his pants and asked him to perform a sexual act. He hit him with a radio… grabbed a knife, wrapped a belt around his hands, and kept stabbing him until he quit moving.”
Police say Barrett had hired McGee to mow the lawn.

So if it’s true and Barrett did proposition McGee for sex, how ironic is it that a white supremacist who railed against blacks and homosexuality for decades would then ask a young black man for sex? Or is this just a way to try and get out of a capital murder charge? We’ll ask the defense attorney.


May 4th, 2010
05:19 PM ET
May 4th, 2010
05:14 PM ET

Is oil spill 'Obama's Katrina'?

Ed Hornick

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From the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico to Washington, critics charge that the Obama administration didn't act fast enough after the April 20 oil rig explosion and subsequent spill.

Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh called the incident "Obama's Hurricane Katrina." A Palm Beach Post editorial stated that Obama "acted way too much like George Bush after Katrina." A Washington Examiner headline read: "Gulf oil spill becoming Obama's Katrina: A timeline of presidential delay."

Is the analogy fair?

Keep Reading...

Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
May 4th, 2010
05:05 PM ET

Ohio police: Man confesses to 1977 cold-case double homicde






Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

A man who wrote about his life as a career criminal in his autobiography has confessed to a 33-year-old double homicide, authorities in Ohio said Tuesday.

Edward W. Edwards, 76, who is awaiting trial on murder charges in a separate case in Wisconsin, admitted killing a young Ohio couple in 1977, the Summit County prosecutor's office and the Norton, Ohio, police department announced in a statement.

According to police and prosecutors, Edwards said he killed William Lavaco, 21, and Judith Straub, 18. Their bodies were found in a Sterling, Ohio, park on August 8, 1977. Police said the couple had been shot point-blank in the neck with a 20-gauge shotgun.

Jeff Straub, who was 9 years old when his sister was killed, said he waited decades for this day. "After the first ten years it was very improbable that there was ever going to be any justice in this case," Straub told CNN. "But I never completely gave up hope for Judy's sake."

Authorities said charges have not yet been filed against Edwards in the case as they are "reviewing their options" and have asked the public for help with information.

Detectives are trying to corroborate Edwards' confession, Norton Police Chief Thad Hete told CNN .

"Our investigators have taken the evidence that was retrieved from the crime scene in 1977 and are meeting with the crime lab to see if they can extract some DNA that matches that of Edwards," Hete said.

Years of not knowing who killed his sister haunted him and his family, Jeff Straub said.

"You knew the killer was out there and you didn't know where," he said. "I wondered they could possibly be here in the same store or driving down the same street. You just wonder could that be the person that possibly killed my sister?"


Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
May 4th, 2010
04:50 PM ET

Reporter's Notebook: Oil reaches islands

Justine Redman
AC360° Producer

Editor's Note: Watch Gary Tuchman's full report tonight on AC360° at 10pm eastern

Gary Tuchman, photographer Phil Littleton and I are on our way to the Chandeleur Islands, 35 miles off the coast of Mississippi. They're uninhabited barrier islands, not much but some patches of land sticking out just above the water's surface, we think. And we believe the oil spill has hit them.

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We found a man with a boat willing to take us on the three hour sail from Gulfport. We've got our satellite gear, and rubber boots, and we're hoping it all works out to have Gary live from the islands for AC360° tonight, taking a look at the sort of thing we can expect to see on the mainland if the oil reaches that coastline.

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