June 27th, 2011
11:58 PM ET

Crime & Punishment: Anthony trial proceeds after delay

Editor's note: Casey Anthony's defense team continued its case Monday after a surprise weekend delay. CNN's Martin Savidge reports.

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June 27th, 2011
11:56 PM ET

Video: Activist speaks out against crackdown

Editor's note: CNN's Anderson Cooper speaks with Razan Zaitouneh, a human rights activist in Syria.

Related: Videos belie Syrian regime's denial

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June 27th, 2011
11:55 PM ET

KTH: Videos belie Syrian regime's denial

Editor's note: A steady stream of amateur video is undermining the latest claim from the Syrian regime. CNN's Anderson Cooper reports.

Related: Activist speaks out against crackdown

June 27th, 2011
11:52 PM ET

Raw Politics: Bachmann under the spotlight

Editor's note: CNN's Anderson Cooper, John King, and Gloria Borger discuss the presidential candidacy of GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann.

Related: Bachmann's big government doublespeak

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June 27th, 2011
11:48 PM ET

KTH: Bachmann's big government doublespeak

Editor's note: GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann has spoken out against excessive government spending while receiving federal money.

Related: Bachmann under the spotlight

Keeping Bachmann Honest: Join the Live Chat
Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-MN, announces her candidacy for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination at the historic Snowden House June 27, 2011 in Waterloo, Iowa. (Photo credit: Steve Pope/Getty Images)
June 27th, 2011
09:49 PM ET

Keeping Bachmann Honest: Join the Live Chat

Michele Bachmann said Sunday that she and her husband didn’t benefit from federal money given to two businesses associated with her family. We’re Keeping Bachmann Honest tonight on AC360°.

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

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June 27th, 2011
07:51 PM ET

Letters to the President: #889 'Raspberries!'

Reporter's Note: President Obama’s wife has talked up the need for a natural, healthy diet. I have part of the solution; a small part, but still…

Dear Mr. President,

I don’t care how busy your week may be, or which world leaders are waiting on your call, or even what sort of trouble Biden has gotten himself into. You have to get out into the Maryland countryside sometime over the next few days to enjoy some wild raspberries. Sure, this is hardly a matter of great political importance, but it is important nonetheless.

My wife noticed the first cluster during a bike ride Sunday. We pulled to the roadside, plucked a few, and it was heaven on a briar bush, I must say. Unbelievably sweet and tangy all at once. (Like a girlfriend I had in college. Ha!) I’m not a wild “it has to be organic” kind of shopper, but I have noticed over the years that a lot of flavor has been bred out of apples, pears, peaches and the like in favor of shinier, more uniform fruits that sell better. And all it takes to remind me of this sad phenomenon is a quick taste of any fruit, berry, or vegetable that has escaped the process.

I went on a ten mile run Sunday afternoon and stumbled into several berry patches, stopping each time just to taste a few. Magnificent.

AC360 Preview: Critical day in Amanda Knox trial
"I don't know what happened that night," American Amanda Knox declared Monday in an Italian court.
June 27th, 2011
07:38 PM ET

AC360 Preview: Critical day in Amanda Knox trial

(CNN) – Prosecution witness Rudy Guede refused to say Monday that American student Amanda Knox was not involved in the murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher– and prosecutor Giuliano Mignini read out a letter saying Guede thought the American and her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito had killed Kercher.

Rudy Guede’s testimony was a blow to the Knox’s defense team, who hoped he would confess that he himself stabbed Kercher to death in 2007, and that Knox and her former boyfriend were innocent.

Related: 'I don't know what happened that night,' Knox says in court

Knox, 23, and Sollecito, 27, were convicted of the murder in 2009, two years after Kercher was found semi-naked with her throat slashed in the home she shared with Knox. Guede was also found guilty of the crime in a separate fast-track trial and sentenced to 16 years.

Once Guede had left the courtroom, Knox stood up and told the judge she was “shocked,” by what he had said. “The only time Rudy Guede, Raffaele Sollecito and I were in one room together was in a court room… He knows what the truth is. I don’t know what happened that night,” Knox said.

As she spoke to the court, Amanda Knox was visibly struggling with her emotions. Her mother Edda Mellas, who sat just behind Amanda as she spoke, told CNN, “It’s devastating to watch your child in pain. It’s horrible to see her go through that.”

Knox’s appeal may now depend heavily on forensics, as DNA evidence is re-examined and the methodology for testing DNA in the original trial is scrutinized.

CNN’s Dan Rivers was in the courtroom and talks to Anderson about the dramatic developments, tonight on AC360°.

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June 27th, 2011
07:30 PM ET

Casey Anthony declared competent; trial proceeds

(CNN) - Casey Anthony, accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee in 2008, was determined competent to proceed with her capital murder trial after she was examined by three psychologists over the weekend, the judge said Monday.

The psychologists' reports will be sealed, said Orange County Chief Judge Belvin Perry Jr. outside the presence of the jury.

"Based on privileged communications between Casey Marie Anthony and her counsel, counsel reasonably believes that Ms. Anthony is not competent to aid and assist in her own defense and is incompetent to proceed," said the motion, filed by defense attorneys Saturday under seal and made public Monday. "As a result of this well-founded concern, counsel requests a full competency determination before the continuation of trial proceedings."

It was implied - but not expressly stated - that the motion was the reason for the abrupt recess Perry called on Saturday morning.

Anthony, 25, is charged with seven counts, including first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and misleading police, in her daughter's death. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against her.

Anthony's defense team is trying to discredit the prosecution theory that the Orlando woman rendered Caylee unconscious with chloroform, duct-taped her mouth and nose, and stored the body in her car trunk for a few days before dumping it in the woods.

The defense says Caylee accidentally drowned in the family pool and that Anthony and her father, George, panicked and covered it up. George Anthony has denied that theory.

Anthony's defense attorneys also filed a motion Monday asking Perry to reconsider an earlier decision and declare Florida's death penalty law unconstitutional.

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Beat 360° 6/27/11
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann, left, greets Florence Redig, a long time family friend, prior to announcing her candidacy for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination at the historic Snowden House June 27, 2011 in Waterloo, Iowa. (Photo credit: Steve Pope/Getty Images)
June 27th, 2011
05:41 PM ET

Beat 360° 6/27/11

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Florence Redig: "You mean I didn't win the Publisher's Clearing House contest???"

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