May 20th, 2010
09:52 PM ET

Keeping BP honest on the Gulf oil spill: Join the live chat

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We will be holding BP, the EPA, and the White House accountable on the Gulf oil spill. Plus singer/songwriter John Legend is talking about his experiences with racism and his opinion of our landmark pilot study on kids and race.

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
May 20th, 2010
06:47 PM ET

AC360° Test: Why people cheat

There's some really interesting new research being done into why people cheat in relationships. Recent studies have examined the brains of men and women to find out why it’s so hard to stay monogamous.

Here's an experiment you can try at home. Visualize the following scenario and make sure to focus. Otherwise, the experiment won’t work.

Imagine you're in a coffee shop and you bump into a friend or an acquaintance—a person you find very attractive. You are both happy to see each other and strike up a conversation. It's warm, engaging. Maybe there's a little flirting going on and you lose track of time. When you finally realize what time it is, you need to get home. As you are leaving, the person gives you his or her number so you can get together for coffee again in the future.

Now look at the puzzle below and try to fill in the blanks. What words can you make out? We’ll tell you what your answers say about you tomorrow night on 360° Friday at 10pm ET.

L O _ A L

D E _ _ T E D

C _ _ M I _ _ E _

B E _ A _ E

Filed under: 360° Radar
May 20th, 2010
05:23 PM ET

Beat 360° 5/20/10

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:

SILVER SPRING, MD – MAY 19: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama gestures to second graders during a physical education class as she visits New Hampshire Estates Elementary School, which was awarded the USDA's Healthier US School Challenge Silver Award in 2009 and partnered with a school in Mexico as part of the Monarch Butterfly Sister School Program, May 19, 2010 in Silver Spring, Maryland. Mrs. Obama toured the school with her Mexican counterpart Margarita Zavala who was on a state visit to Washington with President of Mexico Felipe Calderon. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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° Challenge

Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
May 20th, 2010
05:05 PM ET

Reporter's Notebook: Texas textbook vote

Gary Tuchman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

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

I'm sitting in a hearing room right now in the Texas state capital of Austin, watching 15 adults wrangle with their ideas of how Texas children should be taught history.

The Texas Board of Education will vote tonight on amendments they want added (and taken away) from the history and social studies curriculum of the state's nearly five million students.

Much of what will be changed is the result of the work of religious conservatives on the board. They say they are putting a "more accurate" history in their students' textbooks. Liberal members of the board say what is being done is changing history by adding opinion. Inside this hearing room, not surprisingly, it is getting heated.

We'll have the story tonight on AC360° at 10pm ET.

Filed under: 360° Radar • Education • Gary Tuchman
May 20th, 2010
04:04 PM ET

John Legend: It's OK to see race

Watch a preview of John Legend's interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper about CNN's pilot study on how kids view race.

Don't miss AC360° tonight at 10pm ET for the full interview.

Filed under: 360° Radar • Race in America
May 20th, 2010
03:47 PM ET

Photo Gallery: Gulf oil spill

Here's a gallery of the best photos this week highlighting the Gulf oil leak's affect on the southern coast of the United States.

We'll have more on the Gulf oil disaster tonight on AC360° at 10pm ET.

MAY 19: This is a US Coast Guard image of controlled oil burns in the Gulf of Mexico.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Gulf Oil Spill
May 20th, 2010
12:50 PM ET

Marion "Suge" Knight night arrested


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Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

Rap music mogul Marion “Suge” Knight was arrested just after midnight Thursday for allegedly pointing a gun at a man, authorities in California said.

Knight, 45, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon involving a firearm and for driving under a suspended license, the Los Angeles Police told CNN.

According to investigators, an unidentified man reported that Knight aimed a gun at him late Wednesday evening.

Knight, who founded Death Row Records, was subsequently located driving a Cadillac Escalade in the city of Gardena, police said, who added that he was arrested without incident.


May 20th, 2010
12:26 PM ET

Prisoners turn over a new leaf with eye on environment

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Patrick Oppmann

Aberdeen, Washington (CNN) - The organic vegetables travel a short distance from the well-tended garden to the table where they are eaten.

Waste is carefully picked through and recycled, saving thousands of dollars.

The close-cropped lawns are maintained by push mowers to cut down on carbon emissions and gas expenses.

This is not some new designer eco-hotel where the rich and environmentally conscious can be pampered free of guilt.

It's a prison.


May 20th, 2010
11:15 AM ET
May 20th, 2010
10:04 AM ET

Dear Mr. President # 486 "Lessons from the Navajo"

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Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: I am still traveling in New Mexico, and yet my letters to the president continue unabated.

Dear Mr. President,

Well, I’ve rolled out far deeper into the Western countryside since I wrote yesterday’s letter, and I must say I am feeling better by the mile. When I moved to DC ten years ago I vowed that I would not get too caught up in all the silliness that seems as much a part of that place as marble monuments, but like the old saying goes, you lay down with dogs, you wake up with fleas.

That said, I had an experience that lifted my spirits right up today about how groups of people working together can accomplish great things. And you know where I found it? On the Navajo nation.

If you have not checked out the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry program, or NAPI, you really ought to. Here’s the skinny: About ten years ago tribe members in charge of this program decided to really step up the emphasis on quality and accountability on their massive (and I mean, 30 miles by 20 miles massive!) farm. Gone were the days of “good enough.” They started demanding top level production, utilizing state-of-the-art soil and water analysis. They pushed their teams to take pride in producing only the best alfalfa, wheat, beans, corn, potatoes, and even cattle. And they developed their markets worldwide to maximize their profits and promote the name “Navajo Pride.”


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