July 8th, 2010
09:46 PM ET

Oil Outrage: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight on 360°, Gulf locals speaking out. Oystermen, fishermen and others demanding to know why a company based in London and officials in Washington seem to be calling the the shots. Plus, see what's being done to make sure seafood from the Gulf is safe for you to eat.

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Filed under: Live Blog
July 8th, 2010
08:23 PM ET

A new war widow's wedding dress

Dave Schechter
CNN Senior National Editor

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The first time Emily McGarrah wore the dress her mother picked out was on May 7 when she hurriedly married U.S. Army Spec. Clayton D. McGarrah while he was home on leave.

She wore it again this week as his body arrived at Dover AFB, Del., from Afghanistan.

I read the casualty notices from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan sent by the Department of Defense. Some days there is one, some days more; less often there are none.

The death of a soldier on the Fourth of July, Independence Day, caught my attention. The Defense Dept. said that McGarrah, 20, of Harrison, Ark., died “at Arghandab, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device and rocket-propelled grenade fire.” Looking at a map I found Arghandab just northwest of Kandahar, a major city in south-central Afghanistan.

I read about McGarrah, who was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. Local newspapers told the story of Clayton and Emily, who hailed from Harrison, Ark., population 13,100, in the northwest of the state.


Filed under: David Schechter
July 8th, 2010
07:46 PM ET

Video: BP dumping waste in Mississippi?

Randi Kaye | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Filed under: Oil • Randi Kaye
July 8th, 2010
06:02 PM ET

Haiti health care improving, still dicey

Dr. Sanjay Gupta | BIO
AC360° Contributor
CNN Chief Medical Correspondent

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Access to health care has improved in Haiti, but the everyday situation remains precarious for thousands of Haitians nearly six months after a devastating earthquake struck the country, according to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). The medical humanitarian organization released a report on Thursday, outlining its response to the disaster and current living conditions for Haitians.

The country is in need of permanent structures to deliver health care, says Dr. Hans van Dillen, a head of mission for MSF. 60 percent of the country’s hospitals collapsed during the earthquake and many health care workers were killed, injured or fled the country according to the report. So far, doctors and nurses have been providing medical care out of tents and other semi-permanent facilities while the Ministry of Health works to rebuild the country’s medical infrastructure.

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Filed under: Haiti Earthquake • Sanjay Gupta
July 8th, 2010
05:15 PM ET

Father of missing boy suspects stepmother


The father of Kyron Horman believes the child’s stepmother is involved in their son’s disappearance, according to court records released Thursday.

The revelation was made public after Kaine Horman’s restraining order against his wife, Terri Horman, was unsealed by the authorities in Portland, Oregon.

The order of protection bars Mrs. Horman from having any contact with Mr. Horman or the couple’s 19-month-old daughter.

In seeking the restraining order, Mr. Horman alleges his wife knows what happened to their 7-year-old son, who was last seen in school more than one month ago.

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“I believe respondent is involved in the disappearance of my son Kyron who has been missing since June 4, 2010,” Mr. Horman writes. “I also recently learned that respondent attempted to hire someone to murder me. The police have provided me with probable cause to believe the above two statements to be true.”

A message left with Mrs. Horman’s attorney was not immediately returned.

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office had no comment to the allegations made by Mr. Horman and have not named any suspect or person of interest in connection with Kyron’s disappearance.

“We are going with the premise that yes, Kyron is alive,” said Multnomah County Sheriff Spokesperson Lt. Mary Lindstrand, “and we are going to bring him home.”

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
July 8th, 2010
05:06 PM ET

Fourth of July with a lady named Gaga

Devna Shukla
AC360° Staff

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The fireworks have faded and the intense heat of July has settled in. Yet days after the Fourth of July, I’m still thinking about what independence really means.

This year for Independence Day, I decided to pass up barbeques and time at the pool to go to the Lady Gaga concert in Atlantic City. Through the glitz, glamour, and fire-spewing pianos, I was excited to see what Lady Gaga was all about. No matter what your personal feelings are related to her music, fashion, or politics, one thing is for sure: Lady Gaga is a woman of freedom.

Free from judgment, inhibitions, and fear itself, Gaga’s message this Fourth of July was clear: own the freedom you have to be who you are.

While for Gaga this may mean wearing a bra to a Yankees game or speaking out against “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the entire arena was energized with this contemporary pledge of independence. Each and every person in the arena was celebrating themselves and the freedom that comes with being an American.

During Lady Gaga's two-hour performance, she served as an example of an American woman who fearlessly loves her freedom – and continues to push the boundaries of it each and every day.

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Filed under: Devna Shukla
July 8th, 2010
04:44 PM ET

Financial Dispatch: Unemployment claims slide in the right direction

Jennifer Rizzo
Assignment Editor CNN New York

The number of Americans filing for initial claims for unemployment benefits dropped by 21,000 last week to 454,000 according to the Labor Department, more than economists expected. People coming to the end of their unemployment benefits are waiting for the Senate to vote on an extension. The Senate, currently on its weeklong summer break, will be back in session July 12th. More than 2.1 million people are expected to have lost their unemployment benefits by that time.

The unemployed in America’s small towns are getting opportunities for new “onshored” jobs. Companies looking for skilled low cost labor are forgetting about India and taking a look at job hungry areas around the country for work traditionally outsourced overseas. The practice called “ruralsourcing” or “onshoring” has sparked new startups in places like Joplin, Mo., and Eveleth, Minn., where hundreds of employees crank out software code or offer IT support for large corporate clients.

Companies however are still shedding jobs. Wells Fargo announced yesterday that it will cut 3,800 employees and close over 600 branches of its financial division. The cuts come after the closing of Wells Fargo Financial, the company’s consumer finance division that was no longer needed after its 2008 merger with Wachovia.

Also on the economic front, June sales numbers for chain retailers across the country were reported today with mixed results. Most major chains however like Macy’s and J.C. Penney, posted better than expected gains.

American Eagle is hoping to jump start its back to school promotions, giving every customer who tries on a pair of jeans a free smartphone. The caveat–in order to get the free phone you must sign up for a new two year service plan from July 21st to August 3rd. Customers can choose from over 40 phones from a variety of brands including BlackBerry and Android.

Later today the government will release its report on consumer credit for May. Credit is expected to have fallen by $3 billion after rising by $1 billion in April.

And looking at the bigger picture, the International Monetary Fund warns that while the global economy grew at a stronger-than-expected pace so far this year, the risks to recovery have greatly increased. In an update of its World Economic Outlook, released Wednesday, the IMF raised its growth forecast for 2010 to 4.6% from the 4.2% estimate it made in April. However, the international organization warned that the risks to recovery have "risen sharply" due to renewed financial turbulence.

Filed under: Finance
July 8th, 2010
04:22 PM ET

Beat 360° 7/8/10

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:

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks July 8, 2010 at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/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

Candy Crowley
"Look, I’m LeBron’s father"

Leslie from the Bronx
"Work with me here: I can give you East Jerusalem for LeBron James. Final offer."

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
July 8th, 2010
01:17 PM ET

Video: Should disabled mom be kept from kids?

Dr. Sanjay Gupta | BIO
AC360° Contributor
CNN Chief Medical Correspondent

Program Note: See Dr. Sanjay Gupta's full report on Abbie Dorn tonight on AC360° at 10pm ET.

I am not sure which instinct took over first. When I heard the story of Abbie Dorn, I remember listening with my "head" as a neurosurgeon, and also listening with my "heart" - as a dad. Like you probably will, I thought of Abbie's three children. I have three of my own.

Abbie was young, recently married, and wanting to start a family. It did not happen easily. She underwent IVF, and was finally told she was pregnant. Triplets. It was the most exciting day of her life. Abbie's mother told me all of this, because Abbie cannot. You see, something went terribly wrong during the delivery. There was bleeding, more than two liters. Abbie's heart failed, and for too long her brain went without oxygenated blood.

Abbie survived, but she was left in a state where she can barely move, cannot speak and only blinks her eyes. As you will see as I examine Abbie, it is this blinking that is now at the heart of a bitter legal controversy.

Abbie's parents, her therapist and her lawyer believe she is communicating through those blinks. They believe she is letting them know: "I want to see my children." Her husband, who has since divorced her, thinks otherwise. He thinks that there is no way she could be communicating, and that it would be damaging for the children to see their mother in this condition. He worries the triplets, who are now 4 years old, might one day blame themselves for what happened to her, at the time of their birth.

There are gray areas of medicine, and that is especially true when it comes to the brain. Doctors don't agree on Abbie's condition. And, now to try and settle this, medicine and the legal system will collide.

Of course, when sitting back and thinking about this whole situation, my dad instinct took over once again. I wondered if the focus regarding Abbie was misplaced. Regardless of her condition or her ability to communicate or interact, do her children have a right to see their mother? And, does Abbie have a right to be with her children. There are no easy answers, but I am eager to hear what you have to say.

Filed under: Sanjay Gupta
July 8th, 2010
12:33 PM ET

Spy suspects could plead guilty, be deported soon

CNN Wire Staff
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Ten suspected Russian spies in the United States could enter guilty pleas Thursday and be swiftly deported, possibly as soon as Thursday night, a source with detailed knowledge of the investigation told CNN.

The source said the suspects are expected to plead guilty in federal court in New York to one of the current charges against them - failing to register as a foreign agent - and will likely be sentenced to time already served since they were arrested at the end of June.

The development comes amid reports of a possible exchange of the accused Russian spies in the United States for convicted Russian spies in Russia.

One of those Russians - a man convicted of spying for the United States in 2004 and possibly on a list for the swap - left Russia earlier Thursday and arrived in Vienna, Austria, Russia's state-run news agency RIA-Novosti reported. The scientist's family told CNN he was part of the exchange.

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