July 1st, 2010
09:55 PM ET

Police: Bike riding bank robber caught


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A suspected serial bank robber who uses a bicycle for hold-ups has been apprehended, California authorities said.

Hubert Rotteveel, 47, of Dixon, California, was arrested Wednesday afternoon after robbing two banks in just over an hour, Sgt. Anthony Cucchi of the Woodland Police Department told CNN.

Rotteveel pedaled up to the River City Bank in Woodland shortly before 2pm Wednesday, police said. Wearing black clothing, a black face mask, sunglasses and a white bicycle helmet, he held the tellers at gunpoint and demanded money before fleeing on a bike, authorities said.

At approximately 3pm, Rotteveel biked to the First Northern Bank in West Sacramento where he committed another armed robbery, police said.

“As he’s fleeing that bank on his bicycle,” Sgt. Cucchi told CNN, “he passes a police officer from West Sacramento and the dye-pack in his bag explodes in front of the officer.

“He tries a quick getaway and the officer gets right on him and apprehends him.”

Rotteveel is being held at the Yolo County Jail. Bail is set at $200,000.

Authorities believe he may be linked to several armed bank robberies in Northern California, including one in Santa Cruz on Monday afternoon.

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
July 1st, 2010
09:45 PM ET

New Oil Spill Access Rules: Join the Live Chat

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New rules in the Gulf will make it more difficult to see the disturbing reality of this disaster. Despite promises of transparency and full access - photographers, reporters and the general public now could face fines and felony charges if they get to close to response vessel or booms. We're keeping them honest. Plus, Anderson's exclusive interview with Jimmy Buffett. What the superstar thinks of the spill and how the area will recover.

Want more details on what 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
July 1st, 2010
09:23 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Buffett: BP Lied from the Start

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tonight on 360°, singer Jimmy Buffett gives his take on the Gulf oil spill. "This is the beach of my misspent youth," Buffett told Anderson as they began to walk along the sands of Gulf Shores, Alabama. He went on to say, it's "depressing as hell" seeing tar balls rolling in with the tide. Buffett's sister owns a restaurant in town. He sang a few of his famous songs for the crowd there last night. We'll show you the video.

It was a rainy day along parts of the Gulf in the wake of Hurricane Alex. Skimmers still aren't being used, and they could be tied up through the weekend, due to the rough seas.

Randi Kaye went out in a boat with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal to survey the damage from the storm on the barrier island of Grande Terre. The governor didn't like what they saw - oil deep into the marshy grass.
Before the spill, the governor said, the area would have been filled with fishermen. Today there's only oil.
Jindal is asking the federal government to help protect his state's shoreline. Is he getting the response he wants? Randi will answer that for you.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, is also taking aim at the government's response. He released a report entitled, "How the White House Public Relations Campaign on the Oil Spill is Harming the Actual Clean-Up". The report accuses the government of misrepresenting the facts, including how many vessels are part of the response and questions how much control the government has over the cleanup efforts. Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser is quoted in the report on both issues, and seems to support Issa's claim. We'll talk it over with Nungesser.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs responded to the accusations today.

"I would say one thing to Congressman Issa: Plaquemines is spelled P-L-A-Q-U-E-M-I-N-E-S.," Gibbs said.

We also have the latest developments on the allegations former Vice President Al Gore had "unwanted sexual conduct" with a massage therapist in 2006. Portland, Oregon police today revealed why they reopened the case.
We'll talk it over again with CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin.

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

Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
July 1st, 2010
08:24 PM ET

Margaritaville will survive

Program note: Watch AC360° tonight at 10pm ET to see Anderson's exclusive interview with music legend Jimmy Buffett on the Gulf oil spill disaster and the Jimmy Buffett & Friends Gulf Shores Benefit Concert.

Anderson Cooper

Jimmy Buffett was out walking on the beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama when we arrived for the interview.

"This is the beach of my misspent youth," he said, as we began to stroll along the water's edge.

A few kids played in the water, but the rough surf created by Hurricane Alex kept them from swimming. A thin line of tar balls had been left on the beach by the morning tide.

"You're not human if anger isn't the first emotion," says Buffett, who has long been involved in environmental causes.
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Buffett's benefit concert in Gulf Shores, Alabama has been postponed until July 11, but he came here anyway and played at his sister's restaurant last night. He's trying to encourage people to come visit the Gulf.

"Can Margaritaville survive an oil slick?" I ask. "Sure, hell, we'll survive," he says quickly, "people on this coast can survive anything. I mean, it's another storm, it happens to be one we're not quite used to in terms of what it's leaving behind, but you know, this is hurricane country and people bounce back, and I love the resilience of people."

Buffett himself has just opened up a hotel in Pensacola Beach, not great timing he admits, but he is not surprised this spill has lasted so long. He says he didn't believe the early estimates put out by BP about the oil flow.

"You know what," he says,"I've been in show business a long time, I know liars when I hear them. I thought they were lying from the beginning. That's just me personally."

More of my conversation tonight on 360° live from the Gulf.

Filed under: 360° Radar • Anderson Cooper • Gulf Oil Spill • Jimmy Buffett
July 1st, 2010
07:30 PM ET

AC360° Exclusive: Jimmy Buffett on the Gulf oil disaster

Program note: Watch AC360° tonight at 10pm ET to see Anderson's exclusive interview with music legend Jimmy Buffett on the Gulf oil spill disaster and the Jimmy Buffett & Friends Gulf Shores Benefit Concert.  Read Anderson Cooper's blog.

AC360° Producer Ismael Estrada just sent in some photos of Anderson talking to Jimmy Buffett on the beach in Alabama about the oil spill and its effects on the Gulf shore communities and wildlife. The interview will be on AC360° tonight.


Filed under: 360° Interview • Gulf Oil Spill • Jimmy Buffett
July 1st, 2010
07:06 PM ET

Interactive: Tracking the oil's impact on you


The oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico has wide environmental and economic consequences. Click the points on the map to see the impact on the area.

Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill • Oil
July 1st, 2010
06:49 PM ET

iReport Gallery: Oil arrives in Biloxi

Photos of oil coming ashore in Biloxi, Mississippi taken by CNN iReporter mrshmills. At the brink of finally recovering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina, residents are distraught as little was done to prevent oil from floating onto their shores, even with 70 days of knowing it would be headed their way.


Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill • iReport • Oil
July 1st, 2010
06:26 PM ET

Beat 360° 7/1/10

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:

Queen Elizabeth II looks at a whale skeleton as she visits the Canadian Museum of Nature on yesterday in Ottawa, Canada. (Photo by Chris Jackson-Pool/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.

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
July 1st, 2010
06:05 PM ET

Police Chief explains re-opening Gore case

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In an ongoing effort to be fully transparent and responsive to media inquiries regarding the investigation concerning Al Gore, Chief Michael Reese has issued the following statement to clarify the actions of the Portland Police Bureau:

The case concerning allegations against Al Gore began in 2006, when an attorney representing the woman involved contacted the Portland Police Bureau. Detectives arranged to meet with the woman on three different occasions. All of these meetings were canceled by the woman’s attorney. Detectives were then told by her attorney that the woman was pursuing civil litigation.

The District Attorney was consulted, but without the woman’s cooperation, the case was cleared.

In 2009, the woman involved asked Portland Police Detectives to take her statement. She read a prepared statement and a Detective asked follow-up questions. The Police Bureau did not contact Mr. Gore, nor did it refer the case to the District Attorney at that time.

In June 2010, when a national tabloid published a story, the Police Bureau received public records requests for the police reports regarding these allegations. In accordance with public records law and because it was a closed investigation, the Police Bureau released those redacted reports.

In reviewing this case, we have determined there were procedural issues with the 2009 investigation that merit re-opening the case. There should have been command level review at the time on the specifics of this case and decisions on whether the investigation should go forward.

The decision to re-open the case was solely made by the Portland Police Bureau. It is our responsibility to both parties involved to conduct a thorough, fair and timely investigation. As with any open investigation, it is inappropriate for the Police Bureau to comment on any specifics regarding the investigation. We ask for the public’s patience as we let the facts of the investigation guide us and ensure the integrity of the investigation. I have asked Detectives to assign appropriate resources in the interest of conducting a complete investigation in an expedited manner.

Filed under: Al Gore • Crime & Punishment
July 1st, 2010
04:23 PM ET

The Governor, Alex and oil

Program Note: See Randi Kaye's full report tonight on AC360° at 10pm ET.

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AC360° Correspondent

The rain in Grand Isle, Louisiana won't quit. But nobody cares about staying dry here today. They care about the oil and where it's moving. I just boarded a boat with Governor Bobby Jindal to go see what Hurricane Alex brought ashore. Our tour should take us over to Grand Terre and Barataria Bay. Those areas were hit really badly by the spill. Oily pelicans and turtles were pulled from there for days. The governor wants to see how much more damage the hurricane may have caused there. He's not sure what to expect. Neither are we.

Our first stop is Pass Abel. One of many that lead into Barataria Bay. The governor shows us where he wanted to put huge rocks to help keep the oil out. He says he asked the President for help with this a month ago and has heard nothing back. Governor Jindal told me if the federal government isn't going to help then they "need to get out of the way".

As we make our way to Barataria Bay we run across an oily sheen on the water about a mile wide. Right nearby dolphins swimming. It's a surreal sight. You only hope they keep a safe distance.

After we passed the dolphins we arrive at Grande Terre Island. The Governor sees just what he feared most. The oil has moved deeper into the barrier island marsh threatening the shrimp and redfish. This is their nursing ground. Over 90 percent of the species in entire gulf area rely on this unique estuary. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service calls this the most productive estuary in North America. It's a combination of fresh water from Mississippi and salt from the gulf. Easy to see why folks here are fighting to protect it.

All photos courtesy Chuck Hadad/CNN

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement pointed out mangroves that oil had killed after 4 weeks of exposure, saying "they're dead and they ain't coming back."

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Filed under: Environmental issues • Gulf Oil Spill • Oil • Randi Kaye
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