What everyone’s talking about:
Mitt Romney emerged as the front-runner in the Florida primary on Tuesday. The former Massachusetts governor took 46% of the vote, compared with 32% for Newt Gingrich, 13% for Rick Santorum and 7% for Ron Paul. Romney caused a stir on Wednesday when he said he wasn’t “concerned about the very poor.” After the comment was met with criticism, he told reporters that his words needed to be kept in context and explained. In full, he said, "I'm not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there, and if it needs repair I'll fix it. I'm not concerned about the very rich, they're doing just fine. I'm concerned about the heart of America, the 95% of Americans who are right now struggling."
We’ve been following the story of teen girls’, who all attend the same upstate New York high school; and each has a mysterious medical condition. Some believe that there may be an environmental link to their involuntary tics. We talked to HLN’s Dr. Drew and Erin Brockovich earlier this week.
The United Nations Security Council has not yet agreed on a draft resolution to pressure Syria, while the Arab League believes that even a watered-down resolution could be effective. At least 70 people were killed in Syria on Wednesday, according to opposition activists, with more violence reported on Thursday.
One year after the Egyptian revolution began, 79 people died in a violent riot after a soccer game in Port Said, Egypt. Egyptians began three days of mourning on Thursday and the newly-elected parliament erupted in anger over the national tragedy. Eyewitnesses said they were horrified when police stood idly as many fans tried to flee the stadium only to find a locked steel gate blocking their escape. The soccer massacre sparked violent riots in the country. At least 900 were injured in Cairo. Ben Wedemen reports the latest from Cairo on AC360 tonight.
Harry Bostick, a former IRS investigator, had three DUI’s on his record when he was pardoned by former Miss. Gov. Haley Barbour. While he was awaiting approval for the pardon Bostick was arrested in a fourth drunk driving incident that left 18-year-old Charity Smith dead. Yet the pardon was still approved for his previous crimes. Join us tonight for Ed Lavandera’s report.
Punxsutawney Phil says there’s six more weeks of winter left, but some other groundhogs beg to differ. Tune in to tonight’s RidicuList for more on this controversy!
A look ahead:
For real-time coverage of the Nevada caucuses on Saturday, watch the political team on CNN starting at 6 p.m. ET.
And Super Bowl XLVI weekend is right around the corner! Will you be rooting for the Giants or Patriots?
If you thought you had the best boss around, you should know that one man in Australia is now dubbed the country’s "most generous boss" after he gave up to $30,000 in bonuses to each of his 18,000 employees.
Anderson Cooper goes beyond the headlines to tell stories from many points of view, so you can make up your own mind about the news. Tune in weeknights at 8 and 10 ET on CNN.
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