The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Romney, Ryan, Medicare, FLDS, Toth, Syria, RidicuList vote, Beyonce,
August 16th, 2012
08:00 PM ET

The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Romney, Ryan, Medicare, FLDS, Toth, Syria, RidicuList vote, Beyonce,

What everyone’s talking about:

Since Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced his vice presidential pick on Saturday, the country’s been learning more about Rep. Paul Ryan. He has already hit the campaign trail on his own starting in Iowa, and political pundits are debating The Ryan Factor – how he’ll transform Romney’s campaign. CNN’s Tom Foreman takes a look at Ryan’s personal life, including his exercise obsession, and that one time he drove the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile. John King, Gloria Borger and Ron Brownstein discuss the changing nature of the Romney ticket and what voters in Ryan’s home state of Wisconsin may do in November.

It seems that Warren Jeffs, the imprisoned leader of the polygamist FLDS sect who was convicted for sexually assaulting underage girls, is still firmly in control of his followers. The police force in Colorado City, Arizona is no exception. The complaints against them have led federal authorities to take action to protect non-FLDS residents. CNN’s Gary Tuchman reports.

The FBI is hoping you can help them find one of their Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. Eric Toth vanished four years ago, but only recently was added to the agency’s infamous wanted list – replacing Osama bin Laden, Toth, a former Washington D.C. school teacher and computer whiz, is suspected of crimes associated with child pornography. The FBI is offering $100,000 for information leading to his arrest. CNN’s Tom Foreman has the story and former FBI profiler Mary Ellen O’Toole has insight on how child predators groom parents to have access to their children.

Syrian government forces continued attacking Aleppo today. At least 200 people were reported dead across the country, according to the opposition Local Coordination Committees of Syria. CNN’s Ben Wedeman was in Aleppo where he and his team were dangerously close to the line of fire near a hospital earlier this week. The bloody aftermath was heartbreaking; injured children and helpless caregivers.

Beyoncé is teaming up with the United Nations to raise awareness about upcoming World Humanitarian Day and encouraging people to participate in their communities. The singer told Anderson she is trying to set an example of how small acts can make a difference. He sat down with her and U.N. under-secretary-general and emergency relief coordinator Valerie Amos.

Today’s Scoop:

We spoke to Rosemary Putnam who said she was “petrified” when a wildfire was bearing down on her property in Washington state. She escaped with her four horses before her home was lost in the blaze. At least 70 fires are raging across 13 Western states, according to the National Interagency Coordination Center. CNN’s Dan Simon has the latest for us tonight at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.

The deadly standoff between a homeless man and six Saginaw, Michigan police officers was caught on video. CNN has purchased the video of the July 1 incident and we'll make it public for the first time tonight on AC360. CNN’s Jason Carroll will report on the community’s reaction and the state police investigation into the shooting.

Just for laughs:

We’re having a RidicuList countdown all week! So far the winners include Carpool Guy, the David Hasselhoff iced coffee ad thieves, and the "Crapper Scrapper." Vote for your favorite video and look out for #1 on Friday!

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  1. Jeff from saginaw

    First of all the "victim" was wearing a winter trench coat, so tasers wouldnt have worked. I drove by earlier and he was acting erratic and trying to stab cars. second of all these police that responded (both Black and white Officers ) dont carry bean bag rounds within reach (normally carried in the trunk of the car If at all) so this isnt a racial issue for all of you people trying to make this a racial issue. I do agree the police probably could have done something different However ask anyone who has been in a stand off.. one shot can trigger everyone else to fire and the police are trained to take no less than 2 shots and sometimes 3 until the person stops or falls. 3rd like someone else from saginaw posted in order to understand you would have to live in saginaw, flint, or detroit. compare these 3 towns to any other town in the united states or Abroad you will notice our theft and car theft are lower than any other Area ONLY because our murders forcible rapes and assaults are above any other area.....you dont get mugged up here you get shot or stabbed and as you are bleeding to death they run through your pockets and then steal your car. if there is no one to report the theft there was no theft.

    August 19, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  2. Frank. From nc. Lived in Saginaw all my life

    Do you really honk it's far that because those officers stood 12 feet away from him they needed to shoot. Fire them all take away pensions. That another reason to leave Michigan. Point shoot help a sick person later. Too bad

    August 19, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
  3. Kandice

    I cant belive what I am seeing; This is out right murder! These cops need to go to prision for sure. I believe they just didnt want to deal with this homeless, mentaly ill person anymore and so they just decided to take him out and end his life. They should of been better people and done what they should of and just talked him into putting the knife down or if they were unable to then they should of had his family or a liecensed counselor come and talk with him and take him in to get help. Why did they even shoot at all? He was walking away from the cops not going at them with a knife. If He was going tword them I could see only one or two cops stun gunning him so he would release the knife then put him in hand cuffs but this makes no sence at all. I am disgusted and ashamed that we have those kind of people in the position to have power over our citizens.

    August 18, 2012 at 11:29 pm |