July 6th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Oil Recovery Efforts Fall Short: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight live from the New Orleans, we dig into reports that BP has fallen short on the amount of oil it promised it could recover from the Gulf. Plus, the Queen comes to America. We've got the details on her speech to her hat.

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Filed under: Live Blog
July 6th, 2010
09:02 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Mental Health Worries Linked to Oil Spill

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

The state of Louisiana is still asking BP for $10 million to fund mental health programs for those impacted by the Gulf oil spill. State health officials have made the request not once, but twice. The first time the oil company said it looks forward to "continuing the dialogue." But there's been no more dialogue. BP has not said whether it will fork over the money or not. Meanwhile, fishermen and others continue to suffer.

Tonight on 360°, Randi Kaye continues to follow this story. She'll show you who the money, if it ever comes, would help. Then we dig deeper into the problem with psychiatrist Dr. Elmore Rigamer, who's the medical director of Catholic Charities – Archdiocese of New Orleans.

We're also looking into the gap between BP promises and BP results when it comes to cleaning up all the oil in the Gulf. Critics call it a numbers game. We'll show you the allegations of fuzzy math.

Also on our radar, the new legal maneuvers over Arizona's tough immigration law set to take effect later this month. The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit asking the federal courts to stop enforcement of the measure. The new law could require immigrants to carry alien registration documents at all times and allows police to question the residence of people when enforcing other laws.

It's "wrong that our own federal government is suing the people of Arizona for helping enforce federal immigration law," said Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer in a statement. "Today's filing is nothing more than a massive waster of taxpayer funds," she added. "These funds could be better used against the violent Mexican cartels than the people of Arizona."

Meanwhile, Attorney General Eric Holder argues "setting immigration policy and enforcing immigration laws is a national responsibility. Seeking to address the issue through a patchwork of state laws will only create more problems than it solves."

We'll talk over the raw politics with CNN Sr. Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin and Sheriff Paul Babeu of Pinal County, Arizona.

There's also the buzz surrounding Queen Elizabeth's visit to New York. A lot of people are talking about the hat Her Majesty wore at the U.N. But her speech to delegates also drew a lot of attention, considering she represents nearly a third of the world's population, as the Head of State for 16 countries and the leader of the Commonwealth.

This was the Queens first time back at the U.N. in 53 years. Times have changed, but she didn't want to look back. She issued a new challenge to U.N. members. We'll talk it over with CNNi's Richard Quest.

See you at 10 p.m. ET.

Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
July 6th, 2010
04:43 PM ET

Beat 360° 7/6/10

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:

Actress Lindsay Lohan (L) and lawyer Shawn Chapman Holley attend a probation revocation hearing at the Beverly Hills Courthouse on July 6, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Lindsay Lohan was put on probation for her August 2007 no-contest plea to drug and alcohol charges stemming from two separate traffic accidents, but the probation was revoked in May 2010 after missing a scheduled hearing. (Photo by David McNew/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.

Update: Beat 360° Winners

Kirk McDonald
"You know you’ve lived hard when you make Queen Elizabeth look young."

Amanda from North Dakota
"Hmm... Which purse looks good with orange?"

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
July 6th, 2010
03:54 PM ET
July 6th, 2010
03:13 PM ET

Arizona's Senate Bill 1070: The full text

Program Note: Don't miss our conversation on the topic tonight on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

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Arizona's recently passed Senate Bill 1070, known as the "Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act," has sparked fierce debate all over the country on immigration.

Supporters say the bill gives Arizona's local law enforcement the option to question individuals about their legal status and to detain and hand over those individuals who are illegal immigrants to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Critics argue that it's discrimination and would open the door to racial profiling.

What do you think? Read the full text of the bill for yourself here...

Filed under: Immigration
July 6th, 2010
02:33 PM ET

Prosecution witness murdered


Gabe Falcon
AC360° Writer

A Texas woman has been accused of killing a man who was to testify against her brother in a criminal trial, authorities said.

Sonya Amador, 25, of Houston, was charged with the capital murder of Milton Flores, the Harris County District Attorney's Office said. She is being held without bail.

Flores, 22, was found shot to death in the driver's seat of his vehicle on June 30, police said. According to investigators, witnessed observed a black SUV fleeing the scene moments after the shooting.

Upon further investigation, Amador was arrested for the murder. "The motive was learned to be retaliation to stop the complainant from testifying as a witness in another criminal offense," the police said in a statement.

"A witness came forward that indicated that the defendant, Ms. Amador, had been trying to arrange the killing," said Donna Hawkins, spokeswoman for the Harris County District Attorney's Office. "The killing was done because she didn't want the complainant to testify in court against her brother."

Hawkins said the victim had accused Mr. Amador of aggravated robbery.
She said the case against Ms. Amador's brother had been dismissed on July 2 "due to the murder of the only witness," but was re-filed on July 4 because of new evidence.

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
July 6th, 2010
01:40 PM ET

Feds to challenge Arizona immigration law

CNN Wire Staff

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The Justice Department is expected to file a legal challenge Tuesday against Arizona's controversial immigration law, according to an administration official.

The law, which is scheduled to take effect at the end of July, requires immigrants to carry their alien registration documents at all times and requires police to question people if there's reason to suspect they're in the United States illegally. It also targets businesses that hire illegal immigrant laborers or knowingly transport them.

President Barack Obama said in a speech on July 1 that the measure has "fanned the flames of an already contentious debate." Among other things, it puts pressure on police officers to enforce rules that are "unenforceable" while making communities less safe - in part, by making people more reluctant to report crimes, he said.

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Filed under: Immigration
July 6th, 2010
12:51 PM ET

Gulf Coast folks will fight for their rights

Kathleen Koch
Special to CNN

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Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Our forefathers penned those simple words into the Declaration of Independence 234 years ago as a promise to every citizen of their fledgling country. Today, millions of Americans living along the Gulf Coast find those unalienable rights threatened.

I grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. It was a place of pristine, natural beauty. Miles of soft, sandy beaches. The gentle, warm waters of the Mississippi Sound. The bays that cut inland to rivers and streams lined with grassy marshes and bayous that served as nurseries for tiny crabs, shrimp and all manner of fish and marine life.

This weekend, as the nation celebrated, the first black tar balls and foul patties from the oil spill washed up on the beaches of my hometown. Bay St. Louis was hosting its annual Crab Fest on Friday when the quarter- to fist-size globs began rolling in. My brother called to say he'd spotted some in front of the site of our former home on South Beach Boulevard. It was sickening.

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Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill • Kathleen Koch • Opinion
July 6th, 2010
10:55 AM ET

Stimulus: The big bang is over

Tami Luhby
CNN Money, senior writer

The job market and economy need a serious jumpstart, but the stimulus program likely won't be able to do it.

This summer will be the peak of the $787 billion stimulus program in terms of creating jobs and pumping money into the economy. In fact, the Obama administration is calling it the Summer of Recovery because more than 30,000 miles of highways are being improved, more than 2,800 water projects have been started and 120,000 homes will be weatherized.

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Shifting to stimulus projects
When it was passed in February 2009, the nation's largest stimulus program focused on sending aid to struggling state governments, providing tax relief and augmenting the safety net for the unemployed and low income.

Some 57% of tax benefits and 60% of entitlement money has already been paid out, according to federal data. But only 43% of the funding for contracts, loans and grants has gone out the door.

Now, however, the focus is shifting to infrastructure and other projects that will drive job growth, according to the administration. For instance, President Obama on Friday announced 66 new stimulus-funded broadband projects nationwide that officials say will create about 5,000 jobs immediately and spur long-term economic development.

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Struggling economy
Bethune, however, says that the government's projections are overly optimistic. Though he agrees that the Recovery Act has juiced the economy, he feels it's closer to a 1 percentage point increase in the gross domestic product in the first quarter, rather than that 2.5 to 2.9 percentage point hike estimated by the White House's Council of Economic Advisers.

"Just look at the number of jobs we created over the past four quarters," he said. "There haven't been a lot."

Unemployment slid to 9.5% in June even as 125,000 jobs were lost. The vast majority of those losses, however, were temporary Census workers. Private sector employers added 83,000 positions.

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Filed under: Economy
July 6th, 2010
10:49 AM ET

Deep-sea mysteries: Why drilling in 'inner space' tests human limits

John D. Sutter

Behind each video feed of oil billowing out of the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico is a robot about the size of a minibus built at an industrial center in this Louisiana oil town.

The robots, which go by the name Millennium, are constructed as if they're on a voyage to another world - one that's "harsher than space," says Mark Campbell, the manufacturing manager at Oceaneering International's production site.

This may come as a surprise since the oil cam produces images so clear they look like they could have been filmed at the bottom of a neighborhood pool. But keep in mind that these robots - which hover like confused cuttlefish in front of the busted pipe 24 hours a day - navigate a world that's 5,000 feet below the surface of the ocean.

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Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
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