March 1st, 2012
11:02 PM ET

Video: Translated Toyota memo shows electronic acceleration concern

Washington (CNN) - Toyota engineers found an electronic software problem that caused "sudden unintended acceleration" in a test vehicle during pre-production trials, according to a company engineering document obtained by and translated for CNN.

The 2006 document, marked "confidential," recounted the results of an adaptive cruise-control software test in a model internally designated the 250L, a vehicle later sold as the Lexus 460 in Japan and Europe. The document says a "fail-safe overhaul" would be needed for another model in production, internally designated the 180L, which the company says was later sold as a Toyota Tundra.

Toyota insists that the document shows no such thing, and it continues to deny that any sudden unintended acceleration in any of its vehicles was caused by electronic systems. But three translations of the report, including two commissioned by CNN after Toyota's objections, found that engineers raised concerns that the adaptive cruise control system would start the car moving forward on its own.

Read the original document and English translations here

"The cruise control activates by itself at full throttle when the accelerator pedal position sensor is abnormal," states the document, written in Japanese, translated into English.


March 1st, 2012
10:57 PM ET

Video: Tornado victims lose everything

Harrisburg, Illinois, mourns those killed in a storm that leveled hundreds of homes. CNN's Gary Tuchman reports.

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March 1st, 2012
10:49 PM ET

Video: RidicuList: The dangers of laughter

Anderson Cooper takes a look at Discovery Fit & Health's new show "Curious and Unusual Deaths," the dangers of laughter.

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March 1st, 2012
10:43 PM ET

Video: The Shot: Toddler and dog 'play' the blues

A child plays the harmonica and a dog howls along in this edition of "The Shot" for AC 360 °.

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March 1st, 2012
10:21 PM ET

Video: Activist: Assad will have to kill us all

A Syrian activist named "Danny" has posted videos on YouTube of the attacks for months. In an exclusive in person interview, he tells Anderson Cooper that the fighting will not stop until either Assad is gone or the activists are all dead.

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March 1st, 2012
10:14 PM ET

Video: Journalist escapes from Syria

Javier Espinosa survived the shelling that killed Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik. He describes the attacks he experienced before his escape.

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March 1st, 2012
10:13 PM ET

Video: KTH: Opposition leaves Baba Amr in Syria

The Free Syrian forces left Baba Amr with about 4,000 residents there trying to survive attacks and harsh conditions.

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The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Chardon shooting, Romney, Santorum, Syria, Midwest tornadoes, Super Tuesday
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March 1st, 2012
09:48 PM ET

The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Chardon shooting, Romney, Santorum, Syria, Midwest tornadoes, Super Tuesday

 What everyone’s talking about:

T.J. Lane, 17, was charged on Thursday afternoon with six counts, including aggravated murder. in juvenile court after he admitted to bringing a .22 caliber gun and a knife to Chardon High school in Ohio on Monday. He allegedly fired 10 rounds in the cafeteria, said Geauga County Prosecutor David Joyce. The shooting left three students dead and two others wounded; the 911 call was released shortly after. On Monday Anderson spoke to one of the victims, Nate Mueller, who was grazed by a bullet before escaping the gunfire. And in an emotional conversation, Dina Parmertor, mother of one of the teens killed, tells Anderson how her son Danny’s death has left her heartbroken. As a symbolic gesture, she and her husband will place her son’s first paycheck in his coffin because he was so excited about getting his first job.

In the race for the Republican presidential nomination, Mitt Romney won the Arizona primary and the Wyoming caucuses. While the former Massachusetts governor won the popular vote in the Michigan primary, with 41% to Rick Santorum's 38%, he will split the Michigan delegates with Santorum. They will each receive 15. Also in politics, GOP Presidential candidate Rick Santorum made some controversial comments about President’s Obama’s push for Americans to go to college or receive job training – We’re Keeping Them Honest.

Earlier this week Syrian government praised their new constitution, while violence was taking place throughout the country – especially in the city of Homs, where Journalist Marie Colvin was killed last week. Anderson spoke with Colvin’s family about her commitment to human rights and their hopes of giving her a proper burial in the United States.


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March 1st, 2012
08:51 PM ET

Letters to the President #1137: 'Government that works'

Reporter's Note: I have written another letter to the president. He will not respond. He never does.

Dear Mr. President,

My father was a hard worker and an honest man who earned every dollar he ever made. Subsequently, he respected the value of his money and, while generous and giving, he didn’t waste it.

So I was surprised once when he and I stopped by a rather high end store to buy a sport jacket. The salesperson was attentive, knowledgeable, and quick about his work. Nonetheless, an hour later or so when we left, the receipt for several purchases in hand, I expected my father to say something about the prices in the store. He surprised me instead by saying, “You know, I almost never spend that kind of money on clothing, but when the service and quality are that good, I don’t mind.”

Which leads me to something that I’ve been pondering lately. I think there is a growing group of moderate voters who don’t care if Democrats are running the government, or if Republicans are…they just want someone to do the job. Not talk about it. Not posture about it. Not try to score political points about it. But to do it.

These voters will support smaller government if that works; or bigger government if that works better. They will support cutting or raising taxes. All they really care about is that same thing my father addressed: Value for their dollars…real leadership in exchange for their votes.

I truly suspect this faction of voters is strong and growing. They are not ideologues. They see ideologues…left and right…as some of the chief troublemakers in D.C., as enemies to effective government no matter what size it may be.

Anyway, I mention it because I think they may be onto something. While Democrats in general might favor a larger government, and Republicans in general might favor a smaller one, the goal of this block of voters, once again, is simply government that works. And the candidate who shows them that he can deliver it, will likely be shown a lot of love in November.


March 1st, 2012
06:53 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Devastating aftermath in Illinois

Tonight we'll hear tragic stories of losing loved ones and also incredible tales of survival in Harrisburg, Illinois. The town suffered massive structural damage after a tornado passed through the community. Click on each thumbnail to see the photos taken today by AC360° producers in Harrisburg, Illinois.

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