March 8th, 2011
11:49 PM ET
March 8th, 2011
09:45 PM ET

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A dramatic day of developments in Libya, as poorly armed opposition forces try to hold on against attacks by Moammar Gadhafi's forces.Tonight we bring you new video from inside the surrounded city of Zawiya.  Gadhafi doesn't want you to know what is happening there

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Filed under: Live Blog
March 8th, 2011
09:05 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Will Gadhafi Resign?

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

The uprising in Libya has entered its fourth week. The question remains: Will Gadhafi resign? Libyan opposition leaders are denying they've been negotiating an exit strategy for the embattled Libyan leader and his family, despite reports to the contrary.

Members of the Libyan National Transitional Council say the talks never existed. According to the false reports, the opposition would not seek criminal charges against Gadhafi if he stepped down within three days.

Gadhafi's regime also denied a deal was in the works with the opposition.

The United States is still pushing Gadhafi to give up his reign and face prosecution.

"There is nothing preventing Mr. Gadhafi from leaving his tent, climbing in an airplane and leaving Libya so that his people can have a better tomorrow than they have today," U.S. State Department Spokesman P.J. Crowley said.

"We are going to hold him accountable," he added.

But Gadhafi is showing no signs he will resign.

Gadhafi added to the confusion today when it took him seven hours to show up at a Tripoli hotel, where journalists had been holed up waiting his arrival.

When he finally got there he only spoke with French and Turkish journalists, and repeated his claim that the uprising is the work of al Qaeda.

We have found new video denouncing that claim. We'll play it for you tonight on 360.

We'll also give you a look inside the Gadhafi family. The Libyan leader has nine grown children. Perhaps the most well-known is Saif, his second oldest, who has been seen as a possible successor to his father. But there are many others wielding power in Libya. Tom Foreman lays out a family tree for you tonight.

In other news, there are new videos of Charlie Sheen creating a lot of buzz. In one, posted on TMZ.com, he's brandishing a machete on a rooftop. Then there are the incoherent ramblings on UStream.com, with each getting nearly a million views. Dr. Drew Pinsky says Sheen's very public meltdown is no joke. We'll talk with him tonight.

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

Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
March 8th, 2011
07:12 PM ET

Opposition denies exit deal talks with Gadhafi

CNN Wire Staff

Tripoli, Libya (CNN) - Libyan opposition members denied Tuesday that they have been negotiating an exit deal with Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, rejecting an assertion made earlier in the day by an opposition official.

Speaking to reporters, members of the Libyan National Transitional Council said there have been no such talks. Council spokesman Abdel Hafez Ghoga also denied reports that the opposition would promise not to pursue Gadhafi for crimes if he steps down within three days.

Earlier, a member of an opposition group called the February 17 Coalition said Gadhafi was trying to strike a deal with opposition leaders, saying he would step down as Libya's leader if they would guarantee him safe passage out of the country and promise that neither he nor his family would face prosecution.

The coalition member, Amal Bugaigis, said the opposition submitted counteroffers, which included a stipulation that Gadhafi had to immediately concede he is not the ruler of Libya.

Gadhafi was expected to meet Tuesday with reporters at a hotel in Tripoli. The transistional council's 31 members represent most areas of Libya and focus on organizing a governmental structure for a post-Gadhafi Libya.

The Libyan opposition is composed not of a single monolithic group, but of various groups and individuals around the country whose shared goal is to see the 68-year-old ruler ousted.

Gadhafi's regime, meanwhile, also denied having entered into negotiations with the rebels. Musa Ibrahim, a government spokesman, called reports of such negotiations "lies."

In Washington, U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said any departure from Libya of Gadhafi would not exempt him, his family or others from responsibility for their actions. "We are going to hold him accountable," Crowley said.

U.S. President Barack Obama discussed Libya on Tuesday with British Prime Minister David Cameron, the White House said in a statement.

"They agreed that the common objective in Libya must be an immediate end to brutality and violence; the departure of Gadhafi from power as quickly as possible; and a transition that meets the Libyan peoples' aspirations for freedom, dignity, and a representative government," it said.

Both leaders agreed to go ahead with planning responses, "including surveillance, humanitarian assistance, enforcement of the arms embargo, and a no-fly zone."

The unrest in Libya, which has spiraled into a civil war, entered its fourth week Tuesday.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow
March 8th, 2011
07:00 PM ET

Sheen canned from sitcom after extended public meltdown

CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - Warner Bros. Television has fired actor Charlie Sheen from its comedy "Two and a Half Men" after a two-week public meltdown by the star that has included attacks on the show's creator.

"After careful consideration, Warner Bros. Television has terminated Charlie Sheen's services on 'Two and a Half Men,' effective immediately," the company said in a statement issued Monday.

"This is very good news," Sheen said in a statement to TMZ. "They continue to be in breach, like so many whales.

"It is a big day of gladness at the Sober Valley Lodge because now I can take all of their bazillions ... and I never have to put on those silly shirts for as long as this warlock exists in the terrestrial dimension."

Sheen, 45, has been known for his highly publicized marital, legal and substance abuse problems as much as his acting. The show was put on hiatus after he entered a rehabilitation program in January, and production was halted after Sheen blasted show co-creator Chuck Lorre and Alcoholics Anonymous in a February 24 radio interview.

He has followed that up with a series of interviews in which he threatened to sue television network CBS for shutting down the nearly 8-year-old show, demanded a raise from $2 million to $3 million per episode and insisted he was "clean, focused and ready to get back to work."

"I feel more alive, I feel more focused, I feel more energetic," Sheen told CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" last week. "I'm on a quest to claim absolute victory on every front."

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Filed under: 360° Radar
March 8th, 2011
05:33 PM ET

Beat 360° 3/8/11

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:

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shares a laugh with first lady Michelle Obama during the ceremony for the International Women of Courage Awards at the U.S. Department of State March 8, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo credit: 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.

Update: Beat 360° Winners:

Sam Meyer
“How are those 3am phone calls working out for you?”


Anthony Boggs
"And they said a woman in power would be an emotional rollercoaster....then they got Boehner!"

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
March 8th, 2011
02:00 PM ET

Libya's helicopter forces are greatest threat, U.S. Marine chief says

Jennifer Rizzo
CNN National Security Producer

Washington (CNN) - Libya's helicopter forces are its greatest threat, the head of the Marine Corps said Tuesday.

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, asked Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos about Libya's air capabilities during a committee hearing held to discuss the Navy's portion of the 2012 Defense budget request.

"I think it's modest," Amos responded. "I think probably their greatest threat are their helicopter-type forces."

Helicopters would be more difficult to target if the international community set up a no-fly zone. Such a zone would typically be enforced by fighter jets whose speed and altitude make it difficult to target helicopters, which move low and slow.

Amos didn't know how many helicopters and fixed wing aircraft the Libyan government has but said the forces are predominately concentrated in four airbases around Tripoli.

"Has it been your experience in combat if the enemy controls the air above, particularly in terrain like Libya, it gives them an enormous advantage," McCain asked.

Amos would not answer the question directly, calling the environment where the Gadhafi forces are located "very complex."

"Sir, I think there are several things that would give the enemy enormous advantage. One is the ground movement of forces, vehicles, movement on the ground," Amos said. "So I think it's more than just aviation."

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Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow • Raw Politics
March 8th, 2011
09:00 AM ET

Letters to the President: #778 'Rolling out of Little Rock'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: The president gets driven around in an expensive car that weighs a lot. I get driven around in an expensive bus that weighs even more. So I guess in the “Who gets the best mileage?” contest, we’re both losers. Ha!

Dear Mr. President,

As I write this, I am rolling on the CNN Express through Arkansas, as we continue this week’s rendition of the Building Up America tour. Which is another way of saying we are using a lot of fuel, because trust me, this mammoth, rolling, studio-on-wheels does not get the best mileage. We could probably put wheels and an engine on a house and do slightly better.