August 16th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Ban Mosques in America?: Join the Live Chat

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There's growing political fallout from Pres. Obama's comments on the Islamic Center / Mosque planned near Ground Zero in New York. Plus, you'll meet a man who says he speaks for a lot of Americans. He's against the center and says there should be no more mosques in America. Anywhere. Plus, we're tracking the growing health crisis due to the massive flooding in Pakistan and tonight's other headlines.

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Filed under: Live Blog
August 16th, 2010
09:39 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Same-Sex Marriage Blocked Again

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Same-sex marriages are on hold again in California. A federal appeals court has blocked such marriages in the state until a three-judge panel hears broader questions over the constitutionality of the unions.

Tonight on 360°, we'll take an up close look at the decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals with CNN's Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin. Will the U.S. Supreme Court intervene? We'll ask Toobin what the next step could be in this case that's had up-and down ruling and referendums for years.

Just last week, a federal judge ruled same-sex marriages could resume in California this Wednesday. That came after the same judge, Vaughn Walker, concluded earlier this month in a 136-page opinion that the voter referendum that passed two years ago banning same-sex marriage violated federal civil rights laws. "Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite-sex couples are superior to same-sex couples," Walker wrote.

Also tonight, imagine unplugging your laptop and Blackberry - everything and anything digital in your life - and going on a wilderness trip. That's what five neuroscientists did a couple months ago to study how technology changes the way we act and behave. Two of the scientists will join us to share what they discovered on the journey.

And for tonight's shot, don't miss some remarkable video of tennis star Roger Federer off the court.

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

Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
August 16th, 2010
04:33 PM ET

Aid group: Unlikely to leave Afghanistan

CNN Wire Staff

The director of an international aid organization that lost members in a violent attack in Afghanistan said Monday his group is unlikely to pull out of the country, although the incident will affect its charitable work.

Ten multinational medical aid workers - six Americans, two Afghans, a Briton and a German - were shot and killed Thursday by gunmen in Badakhshan, a remote northeastern region of the country. Two other Afghans on the team are alive.

Dirk Frans, the director of the International Assistance Mission, said the team had trekked about 100 miles into the mountains of one of the poorest and most remote areas of Afghanistan.

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Filed under: Afghanistan
August 16th, 2010
04:24 PM ET

A look at the 10 aid workers killed in Afghanistan

CNN Wire Staff

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The International Assistance Mission on Monday identified the 10 aid workers killed by gunmen in Badakhshan, Afghanistan, last week. The 10 "were our friends and colleagues from the Nuristan medical eye camp team," the organization said in a statement.

- Dr. Thomas Grams: Durango, Colorado, United States

Grams was a dentist and a friend of team leader Tom Little, the IAM said.

He had been working with Global Dental Relief for 10 years, and had been to Afghanistan several times, as well as in Nepal, said Katy Shaw, an administrator with the group.

He was a general dentist who gave up his private practice to do relief work, Shaw said. Grams started as a volunteer with the group, which provides dental care for impoverished children, but later became a team leader.

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Filed under: Afghanistan
August 16th, 2010
04:21 PM ET

Outdoors and Out of Reach, Studying the Brain

New York Times

Todd Braver emerges from a tent nestled against the canyon wall. He has a slight tan, except for a slim pale band around his wrist.

For the first time in three days in the wilderness, Mr. Braver is not wearing his watch. “I forgot,” he says.

It is a small thing, the kind of change many vacationers notice in themselves as they unwind and lose track of time. But for Mr. Braver and his companions, these moments lead to a question: What is happening to our brains?

Mr. Braver, a psychology professor at Washington University in St. Louis, was one of five neuroscientists on an unusual journey. They spent a week in late May in this remote area of southern Utah, rafting the San Juan River, camping on the soft banks and hiking the tributary canyons.


Filed under: 360° Radar
August 16th, 2010
04:11 PM ET
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03:35 PM ET

Opinion: Make New York mosque an interfaith center

Akbar Ahmed
Special to CNN

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The United States must resolve what I call the Great American Conundrum by clarifying its policy toward Muslims. It cannot treat its Muslim citizens as second-class citizens at home and hope to win them over abroad.

American Muslims complain of their second-class status by pointing out that their religion and houses of worship can be attacked with near impunity. When they do object, they are told that this kind of abuse is a small price to pay for living in a free society. Yet it is blatantly clear that only Islam is being attacked in such a crass fashion. It is virtually unimaginable to hear of any other ethnic or religious group being so targeted without an uproar.

The conundrum came into being on 9/11. That day, we saw how 19 men could plunge two world civilizations into world confrontation. They succeeded in creating conflict between America and the Muslim world, and almost 10 years later, nothing but a big black hole remains where the World Trade Center once stood. Muslims have not fully understood how deeply symbolic 9/11 has become for Americans. They have neither forgotten nor have many forgiven.

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Filed under: Islam • Opinion
August 16th, 2010
03:00 PM ET

What's behind the weather chaos?

Brandon Miller
CNN Meteorologist

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Is the record-shattering heatwave that has been blamed for the death of thousands in Russia somehow related to the devastating flooding in Pakistan?

Are these disasters happening more frequently - and are they a result of global warming?

Sometimes these connections can clearly be observed and understood. At other times they are more complex, taking place across time scales much longer than we are able to observe.

Muscovites will long remember the summer of 2010 as the hottest and most extreme weather summer in the city's long history. The all-time temperature record was set, and re-set, five different times during a two-week span from late July to early August. In that period the temperature climbed above 30 degrees Celsius (87 degrees Fahrenheit) for 29 consecutive days (and still counting).

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Filed under: Weather
August 16th, 2010
01:28 PM ET

Drug recalls surge

Parija Kavilanz
Senior writer, CNNMoney.com

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Recalls of prescription and over the counter drugs are surging, raising questions about the quality of drug manufacturing in the United States.

The Food and Drug Administration reported more than 1,742 recalls last year, skyrocketing from 426 in 2008, according to the Gold Sheet, a trade publication on drug quality that analyzes FDA data.

One company, drug repackager Advantage Dose, accounted for more than 1,000 of those recalls. Even excluding Advantage Dose, which has shut down, recalls jumped 50% last year.

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Filed under: Medical News
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