July 7th, 2010
09:48 PM ET

Dead Oysters: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight on 360°, dead oyster found in the Gulf.  Plus, a BP doctor talks about the injuries and illnesses he's seeing on the job.

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Filed under: Live Blog
July 7th, 2010
09:34 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Will the Relief Wells Work?

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Progress is being made on two relief wells in the Gulf. Retired Admiral Thad Allen, who’s leading the government response to the disaster, said today one well is "very close" to being completed, and would be ready in early or mid-August. Rig workers are drilling 100 feet at a time until they intercept the broken well at the right place, Allen said.

But what if they miss? Tom Foreman has the answer to that question tonight on 360°.

We're also looking into a plan to measure just how much oil is leaking into the Gulf, where it's going and what it's doing to the region. It's called "Deep Spill 2." The cost: $8.4 million. The proposal was put together by a team of researchers. They never got a response from BP on their first proposal two months ago. They're trying again.

In crime and punishment, we're following the arrest of a suspected serial killer. For decades, police in Los Angeles have been trying to hunt down the Grim Sleeper, nicknamed for taking long breaks between attacks. Today they believe they caught their man. We'll have the details.

Join us for these stories and more tonight on 360°. See you at 10 p.m. ET.

Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
July 7th, 2010
06:59 PM ET

Video: Fmr. Exxon worker blames cough on cleanup

Drew Griffin | BIO
CNN Investigative Correspondent

Program Note: After the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989, Exxon sealed the health records of workers who were sickened during the cleanup. Tonight Drew Griffin investigates whether BP is trying to hide the risks to cleanup workers now? Watch tonight only on AC360°

July 7th, 2010
06:11 PM ET

Field Report: The oysters are dead

Ismael Estrada
AC360­° Producer

Vlaho Mjehovich has been an oysterman in these Gulf waters for 21 years. His father was one here, as was his grandfather. It's what this family knows and loves.

Photojournalist Gil Delarosa and I went out with Mjehovich today to the waters where he has built his life. He started up his boat and took us out to his oyster beds in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana.

As we reached the beds, Mjehovich dropped his large oyster dredge in the water. What he pulled out was depressing.

Nearly every single oyster he pulled up was dead. Killed, he says, by the fresh water diversions from the Mississippi River meant to keep oil from coming into the marsh.

Oysters feed off salt water and can take several years to grow. With all the fresh water pumped into the marsh, oysters are starving, not getting the salt water they need to survive. With each dredge we pulled up, Mjehovich grew more and more angry.
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"It's disgusting," Mjehovich said as he looked through piles of oysters searching for a single living one.

"This one is dead, another one dead, I feel sick to my stomach!"

He knows his life is going to change forever. The oysters he once relied on to make a living are dead and won't return for many years. In turn, his business is also dying and he now wonders what he will do next.

July 7th, 2010
05:37 PM ET

Alaska pipeline CEO stepping down

David Fitzpatrick
CNN Special Investigations Unit

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Editor's Note: Exxon Valdez victims - 20 years later. CNN's Drew Griffin investigates charges that Exxon deliberately covered up high rates of sickness among workers after the spill. Don't miss a special "AC360°" investigation at 10 p.m. ET Wednesday on CNN.

The head of the company that operates the Trans-Alaska Pipeline announced his retirement Wednesday after criticism by a congressional committee and the internal watchdog unit of majority owner BP.

Kevin Hostler will step down as CEO of Alyeska, the BP-dominated consortium that operates the 800-mile pipeline, on September 30, the company announced.

"Retiring at the end of September is good for the pipeline, and it allows enough time for a proper transition," Hostler said. "Our executive team and other Alyeska leaders have worked toward developing leadership skills so that any transition in the organization is seamless."

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July 7th, 2010
04:48 PM ET

The lessons of Exxon Valdez

In the wake of the gulf oil disaster, there has been much discussion about lessons that weren’t learned from Alaska’s 1989 Exxon Valdez spill.  Click here to read the final report from the Alaska Oil Spill Commission and tune in to AC360 tonight at 10pmET to hear from environmental law Professor Zygmunt Plater, who chaired the commission’s legal research task force.

Filed under: 360° Radar • Oil
July 7th, 2010
04:26 PM ET

Beat 360° 7/7/10

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:

A White House staff member cleans and adjusts the teleprompter that will be used by U.S. President Barack Obama during an announcement in the East Room of the White House July 7, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/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 7th, 2010
04:13 PM ET

Video: Is BP Alaska safe?

Randi Kaye | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Filed under: 360° Radar • Gulf Oil Spill • Randi Kaye
July 7th, 2010
02:33 PM ET

Iran must halt woman's death by stoning

Arsalan Iftikhar
Special to CNN

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It is clearly stated in Article 5 of the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights that, "No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment."

Adopted in 1948 by the U.N. General Assembly, in addition to outlawing torture categorically, this international treaty was to be used as a common standard for international law and outlined - for the first time ever - fundamental human rights to be protected anywhere around the world.

Included under the category of "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment" would most certainly be the impending death by stoning of a 42-year-old Iranian mother for the alleged crime of adultery.

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Filed under: Arsalan Iftikhar • Iran • Opinion
July 7th, 2010
01:59 PM ET

Rough weather remains Gulf obstacle for connecting ship, well

CNN Wire Staff

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Rough seas are delaying the connection of the vessel Helix Producer to the ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, a spokesman at the oil cleanup command center in Louisiana said Wednesday. The linkup "may be in place by Saturday," he said.

Officials have said that the hookup is partially completed despite the bad weather, but once it is done it could draw up to 53,000 barrels of oil a day.

But Charles Gaiennie of the Unified Command's Joint Information Center in Houma, Louisiana, says the current "sea state" is delaying the operation and that many Louisiana cleanup activities, such as skimming and flights delivering aerial dispersants, have been "stood down" because of the rough weather.

He said that if there's is "a window of opportunity to deploy [resources], we will do so."

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Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
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