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June 8th, 2010
01:25 PM ET

Geezer bandit is back

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The grumpy old gunman has struck again.

For at least the tenth time, the armed serial bank robber dubbed the “geezer bandit” has walked into a San Diego area bank and left with an unknown amount of cash.

The latest heist occurred Monday afternoon at a branch of the US Bank in Poway.

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According to the FBI, the suspect gave a demand note to a female teller. He also “pointed a small caliber revolver at the teller and threatened to use the weapon against her,” the FBI said in a statement.

The “geezer bandit” is described as being between 60 and 70 years of age, 6’0” tall and weighing approximately 190 lbs.

Bank security tape has shown him wearing a navy colored blazer, navy or black colored baseball cap, and dark colored pants.
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Anyone with information should contact the FBI or their local police department.


Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
June 8th, 2010
11:46 AM ET

Opinion: Rowing across an endangered ocean

TEDTalk Tuesdays

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Editor's note:TED, a nonprofit organization devoted to "Ideas Worth Spreading," hosts talks on many subjects and makes them available through its website.

World Oceans Day, June 8, arrives this year at a time when people are especially focused on the safety of waters threatened by the Gulf oil disaster. Yet it is also a time when more people are committing to work to preserve the oceans than ever before.

Among them is Roz Savage, who last week completed the third and final leg of her effort to row across the Pacific Ocean. Savage was one of dozens who took part in the Mission Blue cruise in April, organized by the nonprofit group TED to develop a strategy to save the oceans.

In her talk on the Mission Blue cruise, taped before the final leg of her Pacific journey, Savage estimated that her trip across that ocean required more than 8,000 miles of rowing, spending 312 days on her own in a 23-foot rowboat. Savage is the first woman to row solo across the Pacific, from the West Coast of the United States to Papua New Guinea. (Maud Fontenoy rowed a shorter route from Peru to Polynesia in 2005.)

Learn more about the "Mission Blue Voyage."

Once a management consultant based in London, England, Savage says she knew from day one that the career wasn't right for her. But she didn't get serious about making a change until she was in her mid-30s.

"I sat down one day and wrote two versions of my own obituary, the one that I wanted, a life of adventure, and the one that I was actually heading for which was a nice, normal, pleasant life, but it wasn't where I wanted to be by the end of my life."

She wound up competing in the Atlantic Ocean rowing race, from the Canary Islands to Antigua, a 3,000-mile run. "Sure, I had wanted to get outside of my comfort zone, but what I'd sort of failed to notice was that getting out of your comfort zone is, by definition, extremely uncomfortable. And my timing was not great either - 2005, when I did the Atlantic, was the year of Hurricane Katrina. There were more tropical storms in the North Atlantic than ever before, since records began. And pretty early on those storms started making their presence known."

All four of her oars broke before she reached the halfway mark - and Savage was forced to improvise using a boat hook and other equipment on the boat.

The Mission Blue Voyage was a product of undersea explorer Sylvia Earle's 2009 TED Prize wish "to ignite public support for a global network of Marine Protected Areas, hope spots large enough ... to restore the blue heart of the planet." The Galapagos cruise attracted leading scientists and celebrities such as Glenn Close, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jackson Browne, Edward Norton, Elizabeth Banks, and Chevy Chase - and resulted in $15 million in pledges to protect the seas and advocate for new policies.

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Filed under: Opinion
June 8th, 2010
11:46 AM ET

Unenlightenment and the 'Holy Land'

Arsalan Iftikhar
Special to CNN

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As a global community, we would probably like to believe that our ongoing human experiment has been driven by the enlightened advancement of collective human thought. Because as Mahatma Gandhi said, "I have nothing new to teach the world. ... Truth and nonviolence are as old as the hills."

Yet the current mix of perpetual war and poverty, extremist terrorism and global racism raises the question of whether the human race has completely lost its collective mind.

This sobering condition is no more apparent than in the ironically named "Holy Land" - Israel and Palestine - where civilized humanity has seemingly gone to die a very painful death.

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Filed under: Arsalan Iftikhar • Middle East • Opinion
June 8th, 2010
11:36 AM ET

The final 50: My journey to every country on the planet

Chris Guillebeau
AC360° Contributor

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The Final Fifty

Greetings from Terminal 1 in Singapore’s Changi Airport—or perhaps HKG, or NRT, or en route to LAX depending on when you read this. I’m on the way home from my latest global adventure.

A long time ago—five years, to be precise—I had an idea to visit every country in the world. I like travel, I like big goals. Smash the two together and you get: 192 official countries, plus a bunch of other places.

So I started working toward it, around the same time I started publishing this online journal that people from almost as many countries are now reading.

I set the deadline of April 2013 to coincide with my 35th birthday. I’m 32 now, so we’ve come to the final three years. This year I had an extra challenge—from September-December I’ll be based entirely in the U.S. due to the upcoming Unconventional Book Tour. No international travel for four months! Yikes. I knew I had to work hard to get ahead during the first half of the year.

While hopping around the world over the past two weeks, I did a personal check-in on the progress. Am I on track? Am I in trouble?

The verdict: it looks like I’m doing OK. I’m not tremendously far ahead of schedule, but I’m not far behind either. 144 countries down, less than 50 (technically 48) countries remain… a few easy ones, a bunch of hard ones, and another big group in the middle. Here’s what they look like.

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Filed under: Beyond 360 • Chris Guillebeau
June 8th, 2010
11:14 AM ET

Opening statements to begin in Blagojevich case

CNN Wire Staff

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Opening statements in the federal criminal trial of embattled former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich are set to begin Tuesday.

The trial could feature White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. Both have been subpoenaed as witnesses in the case, according to a senior administration official.

Blagojevich, a two-term Democrat, was impeached and removed from office in January 2009 amid accusations that he had attempted to sell the U.S. Senate seat that had been occupied by Obama before he became president.

The ousted governor is accused of telling his former chief of staff, John Harris, that he wanted "a good gig" in exchange for an appointment to Obama's seat, either in Washington or with a lucrative private foundation.

Blagojevich was arrested in December 2008 on federal corruption charges.

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Filed under: 360° Radar
June 8th, 2010
11:06 AM ET

Live view of BP oil leak

BP has released a live feed of the oil leak to the public. Click on the photo below to see it.

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

June 8th, 2010
11:01 AM ET

Obama looking for 'whose ass to kick'

CNN Wire Staff

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President Barack Obama bluntly defended his administration's response to the undersea gusher fouling the Gulf of Mexico on Monday, telling an interviewer he has met with experts to learn "whose ass to kick."

"I was down there a month ago, before most of these talking heads were even paying attention to the Gulf," Obama told NBC's "Today" show in an interview scheduled to air Tuesday. "A month ago I was meeting with fishermen down there, standing in the rain talking about what a potential crisis this could be."

A variety of critics have accused Obama of being too cerebral in his reaction to the undersea gusher now fouling the Gulf of Mexico, of failing to put the full force of the administration and of putting too much trust in oil company BP. But Obama told NBC his deliberations have been more than academic.

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June 8th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Flotilla clash still making waves in Middle East politics

CNN Wire Staff

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The political repercussions of Israel's raid of boats carrying aid to Gaza last week continued to ripple across the Middle East and showed no signs of slowing Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters outside an Asian security summit in Istanbul, Turkey, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the killing of nine Turkish activists by Israeli naval commandos aboard one vessel in the flotilla "will change many issues in the world" and marked the "final countdown" for Israel's existence.

"It shows that it has no room in the region, and no one is ready to live alongside it," he told reporters.

His comments came as more aid ships, some backed by regional powers, prepared to set sail.

Israel has said its naval blockade is in place to stop weaponry from reaching militants in Gaza intent on attacking Israel. But critics say the three-year blockade - imposed after Hamas took over Gaza - has deepened poverty in the Palestinian territory.


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Filed under: Israel • Middle East • Palestine
June 8th, 2010
10:55 AM ET
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