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March 27th, 2008
07:16 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Good morning folks....Floods, planes being grounded and yes, according to the Generals on the ground in Iraq "the troops are feeling the strain" - really? Surprise, surprise!!! In Raw Politics the Democratic infighting continues, while John McCain lays out his foreign policy plans...AND check out the latest in the death of Carol Gotbaum in Crime & Punishment...her family has filed an 8 million dollar wrongful death suit, the police responded immediately by saying "if she was so sick, why was she traveling alone?" AND greeting cards for inmate? What will Hallmark think of next? There are lots of headlines to chew over this morning...Sooo grab your coffee and lets get this headline party started...

Top Stories
Arkansas braces for more flooding...
Arkansans sandbagged their front doors and pumped out their flooded basements Wednesday as a historic crest on the White River moved downstream, and a flooding expert said the state will have to deal with high water for weeks.

U.S. planes grounded...
The nation's aging airline fleets, already struggling with high fuel costs and growing passenger demand, delivered another blow to travelers Wednesday as American Airlines and Delta Air Lines canceled hundreds of flights while planes were reinspected for compliance with federal maintenance rules. More disruptions are expected

Florida apologizes for slavery...
The Florida Legislature formally apologized Wednesday for the state’s "shameful" history of slavery, joining five other states that have expressed public regret for what Senator Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential candidate, recently called America’s “original sin.”

Saddam paid for US congressional delegation...
Saddam Hussein's intelligence agency footed the bill for a U.S. congressional delegation's trip during a buildup to the Iraq war, according to a federal indictment unsealed Wednesday in the case of an Iraqi-born U.S. citizen charged with spying for the Iraqi government.

Troop strain...
Behind the Pentagon's closed doors, U.S. military leaders told President Bush they are worried about the Iraq war's mounting strain on troops and their families. But they indicated they'd go along with a brief halt in pulling out troops this summer.

U.S steps up strikes in Pakistan...
The United States has escalated its unilateral strikes against Al-Qaeda members and fighters operating in Pakistan's tribal areas, partly because of anxieties that Pakistan's new leaders will insist on scaling back military operations in that country, according to U.S. officials.


Raw Politics
McCain outlines foreign policy...
Sen. John McCain, carefully distancing himself from President Bush and seeking to sound a moderate tone, called Wednesday for stronger ties with allies and cautioned that American power "does not mean we can do whatever we want, whenever we want."

New poll: Clinton takes a hit...
As expected, one of the two major Democratic candidates saw a downturn in the latest NBC/WSJ poll, but it's not the candidate that you think. Hillary Clinton is sporting the lowest personal ratings of the campaign. Moreover, her 37 percent positive rating is the lowest the NBC/WSJ poll has recorded since March 2001, two months after she was elected to the U.S. Senate from New York.

Clinton backers send letter to Pelosi...
Top fundraisers for Sen Hillary Clinton's campaign upbraided House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) yesterday for suggesting that Democratic superdelegates should back the candidate with the most pledged delegates and urged her to respect the right of those delegates to back whomever they choose at the end of the primary season.

Obama warns of "you're on your own society..."
Presidential candidate Barack Obama, largely ignoring his Democratic rival for now, ridiculed likely Republican nominee John McCain on Wednesday for offering "not one single idea" to help hard-pressed homeowners facing foreclosure.

Dem party divide runs deep...
Political tension between Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton is inflaming Democrats' emotions as it spills over into the electorate with more voters threatening to defect from the party should their candidate lose the presidential nomination.

Finding political news online...
Senator Barack Obama's videotaped response to President Bush’s final State of the Union address — almost five minutes of Mr. Obama’s talking directly to the camera — elicited little attention from newspaper and television reporters in January.

McCain's daughter view of her dad...
"McCain Blogette" seems an oxymoron: a senior citizen and his presidential campaign chronicled by the Facebook generation.

Keeping them Honest
GPO profits go to bonuses and trips...
When the government's main printing agency booked $100 million in unexpected profit it went on a spending spree: large bonuses to top managers, trips to Paris and Las Vegas, and an official photo of the boss that cost $10,000.

U.S. unconcerned about erroneous shipment...
After Taiwanese officials reported in early 2007 that four packages they had received from the U.S. military did not contain the helicopter batteries they had expected, U.S. officials suggested that Taiwan simply dispose of the incorrect items - which turned out to be parts for U.S. nuclear missiles.

Crime & Punishment
Family seeks $8 million...
The family of a woman who died last year while in police custody at Phoenix, Arizona's, Sky Harbor International Airport filed an $8 million claim Wednesday against the city of Phoenix and its police department, the first step in filing a wrongful death suit.

Peterson search will continue...
Assured early on by authorities that her sister, Stacy Peterson, did not leave home by choice, Cassandra Cales is more determined than ever to know what happened to the young Bolingbrook mom who vanished five months ago.


What YOU will be talking about TODAY
Greeting cards for inmates?
Ever find yourself struggling to craft the perfect sentence for a loved one who's, um, serving a sentence? Now, you have a friend in the greeting card business.

March 26th, 2008
06:51 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Good morning folks....There are only a few headlines to chew over in Top Stories today. So grab your coffee and head right to Raw Politics... But definitely scroll down to What YOU will be talking about TODAY  and read about an outrageous story about a Walmart employee involved in a traffic accident and who is now being sued by Walmart for medical bills...Randi Kaye will have that story tonight on AC360.  

Top Stories
Floods in Arkansas...
Volunteers armed with sandbags held back water springing up from under a rural levee Tuesday as the White River continued its highest surge in a quarter-century through eastern Arkansas.

Iraq PM gives deadline...
Iraq's prime minister on Wednesday gave gunmen in the southern oil port of Basra a three-day deadline to surrender their weapons and renounce violence as clashes between Shiite militia fighters and Iraqi security forces erupted for a second day.

Pilot suspended after gun fires in cockpit...
A US Airways pilot who accidentally discharged his handgun in the cockpit during a flight has been suspended from the federal program that permits pilots to carry firearms and has been removed from flight duty pending the outcome of an investigation, the Transportation Security Administration said Tuesday.


Raw Politics
Clinton seeks to soften impact on Bosnia statement...
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton tried Tuesday to put a softening spin on her misstatement that she ran from sniper fire at an airport in Bosnia as first lady, saying the comment was a mistake that “proves I’m human.”

Presidential hopefuls mum on social security & medicare...
With the presidential campaign going full tilt, a new government report on a big national problem is usually followed by volleys of rhetoric from the candidates. But on Tuesday, when the annual report on the precarious state of Medicare and Social Security came out, the reaction was not exactly deafening.

Obama posts tax returns...
The 2000-through-2006 tax returns for Sen. Barack Obama and his wife were posted on his campaign Web site Tuesday, part of an ongoing effort to paint Sen. Hillary Clinton as a secretive politician who has failed to disclose key information.

McCain: Life experience shapes views...
On Sept. 28, 1983, a freshman Republican took to the House floor and did something unexpected: He opposed President Ronald Reagan's plan to keep U.S. troops in war-torn Lebanon.

Meghan McCain offers her own straight talk...
Meghan McCain, who blogs about life inside her dad's presidential campaign, is not terribly interested in matters of policy, but she is acutely attuned to matters of footwear.

Obama and the "L" word...
Sen. Barack Obama offers himself as a post-partisan uniter who will solve the country's problems by reaching across the aisle and beyond the framework of liberal and conservative labels he rejects as useless and outdated.

Obama foreign-policy views draw criticism...
Barack Obama is drawing fresh fire for pledging to hold direct talks with foreign adversaries, an approach both Hillary Clinton and John McCain say they will hit hard.

Chelsea: "I do not think that is any of your business"
Chelsea Clinton had a quick retort Tuesday when asked whether her mother's credibility had been hurt during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Keeping Them Honest
250 sick in Colorado...
Crews started pumping chlorine through this southern Colorado city's water system Tuesday to rid it of salmonella bacteria that has sickened nearly 250 people.

Cigarette company paid for cancer study...
In October 2006, Dr. Claudia Henschke of Weill Cornell Medical College jolted the cancer world with a study saying that 80 percent of lung cancer deaths could be prevented through widespread use of CT scans.

Crime & Punishment
Parachute from D.B. Cooper found?
The FBI is analyzing a torn, tangled parachute found buried by children in southwest Washington to determine whether it might have been used by famed plane hijacker D.B. Cooper, the agency said.

What YOU will be talking about TODAY
Walmart sues employee  involved in traffic accident...
Shank suffered severe brain damage after a traffic accident nearly eight years ago that robbed her of much of her short-term memory and left her in a wheelchair and living in a nursing home.It was the beginning of a series of battles - both personal and legal - that loomed for Shank and her family. One of their biggest was with Wal-Mart...

Program NOTE: Randi Kaye has this report tonight on AC360 

Family ties..Obama related to Pitt? Clinton to Jolie?
Perhaps, now the candidates will play nice.For all their insistence on how unlike they are from one another, the three U.S. presidential candidates share some noteworthy family connections, the New England Historic Genealogical Society has found.

March 25th, 2008
06:28 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Morning folks...here are your headlines for Tuesday March 25... Soooo grab your coffee and lets just get to it....

Top Stories
Bush given Iraq plan with steady troop levels...
Troop levels in Iraq would remain nearly the same through 2008 as at any time during five years of war, under plans presented to President Bush on Monday by the senior American commander and the top American diplomat in Iraq, senior administration and military officials said.

Flash flood warnings...
Forecasters issued flash-flood warnings for parts of Arkansas' prairie as the state's largest water surge in a quarter-century continued its way downstream.

Detroit Mayor charged...
Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was charged with perjury and other offenses Monday - and got a stern lecture about the importance of telling the truth - after a trove of raunchy text messages contradicted his sworn denials of an affair with his chief aide.

New P.M. in Pakistan...
Yousaf Raza Gilani was sworn in as Pakistan's new prime minister Tuesday by the same man he blames for jailing him for five years - President Pervez Musharraf.

Raw Politics
New Poll - it is tie...
On the national front, Democrats are virtually evenly split over the candidacies of Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the newest tracking poll shows.

Worried Dems wish for dream ticket...
What are the odds Democrats will field a "dream team ticket" with Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton combining forces?

Obama test: Can a liberal be a unifer?
At the core of Senator Barack Obama's  presidential campaign is a promise that he can transcend the starkly red-and-blue politics of the last 15 years, end the partisan and ideological wars and build a new governing majority.

McCain "we are succeeding in Iraq"
Fresh off his eighth Iraq visit, Sen. John McCain declared Monday that "we are succeeding" and said he wouldn't change course — even as the U.S. death toll rose to 4,000 and the war entered its sixth year.

Clinton calls for $30 billion to help economy...
Senator Hillary Clinton  returned to one of her major campaign themes Monday — the economic impact of the home mortgage crisis — and called on Congress to provide $30 billion to help states and communities lessen the number of foreclosures.

Indiana could be where it all is decided...
Something unusual appears to be developing in the Democratic presidential race in this state: a fair fight.

Jack Kevorkian for Congress...
Jack Kevorkian, the assisted-suicide advocate who served eight years in prison for second-degree murder, announced Monday he's running for Congress as an independent.

Keeping Them Honest
Study finds earmarks in education...
Congress set aside a record $2.3 billion in pet projects for colleges and universities last year for research on subjects like berries and reducing odors from swine and poultry, according to an analysis by The Chronicle of Higher Education to be published on Monday.

Crime & Punishment
Va Tech families offered settlement...
Families of those killed in the Virginia Tech massacre would receive $100,000 each under a settlement the state is proposing to prevent lawsuits, according to a victim's relative who received a copy of the proposal.

March 21st, 2008
07:11 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Morning folks....it is Friday. THANK GOD!!!! It has been a long news week...SO lets skip the introductions....grab your morning coffee and lets get right to this Friday headline party....

Editors NOTE:  Please do notice that "March Madness" has begun, I am an avid College hoops fan...so I have added a link to Sport Illustrated for all the latest scores...ENJOY!!!

Top Stories
Earthquakes in China...
A total of four earthquakes - the strongest of them a powerful 7.2 magnitude quake - hit western China on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Slump moves from Wall Street to Main Street...
In Seattle, sales at a long-established hardware store, Pacific Supply, are suddenly dipping. In Oklahoma City, couples planning their weddings are demonstrating uncustomary thrift, forgoing Dungeness crab and special linens. And in many cities, the registers at department stores like Nordstrom on the higher end and J. C. Penney in the middle are ringing less often.

An agent, a green card and much more...
No problems so far, the immigration agent told the American citizen and his 22-year-old Colombian wife at her green card interview in December. After he stapled one of their wedding photos to her application for legal permanent residency, he had just one more question: What was her cellphone number?

US Justice defends tactics used on Spitzer...
The Justice Department used some of its most intrusive tactics against Eliot Spitzer, examining his financial records, eavesdropping on his phone calls and tailing him during its criminal investigation of the Emperor’s Club prostitution ring.

Raw Politics
Bill Richardson to endorse...
Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico plans to endorse Sen. Barack Obama in the Democratic race for president Friday, an Obama campaign spokesperson told CNN.

Obama passport breached...
On three occasions since January, Sen. Barack Obama's passport file was looked at by three different contract workers, said State Department spokesman Sean McCormack.

McCain on the World stage...
Sen. John McCain on Thursday conceded that the British public is "frustrated" over the war in Iraq, but warned that the battle is not won despite recent improvements in the security situation.

Wall street darlings...
Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama, who are running for president as economic populists, are benefiting handsomely from Wall Street donations, easily surpassing Republican John McCain in campaign contributions from the troubled financial services sector.

Back to square ONE...
A proposal to stage a new Michigan primary to give the state's voters a voice in the fiercely contested nomination battle between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama collapsed Thursday. Neither candidate appeared any closer to agreement over the fate of the state's 156 delegates to the party's national convention Aug. 25-28 in Denver.

Keeping Them Honest
Keeping Starbucks honest...
Starbucks got caught with its hand in the tip jar and was ordered Thursday to pay California baristas more than $100 million.

Crime & Punishment
Wrongly accused man freed...
Willie Earl Green walked out of a California courtroom as a free man Thursday after serving nearly 25 years in prison for the execution-style murder of a Los Angeles woman, which he insists he never committed.

What YOU will be talking about TODAY
March Madness...
Who won and who lost in the NCAA tournament.

Public Health risk...
In a highly unusual outbreak of measles here last month, 12 children fell ill; nine of them had not been inoculated against the virus because their parents objected, and the other three were too young to receive vaccines.

March 20th, 2008
06:51 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Morning folks...No one story is dominating the headlines this morning. In Top Stories...floods, a new Bin Laden message and V.P Cheney makes a stop in Afghanistan. In Raw Politics...you can get a re-cap of  Anderson' s  EXCLUSIVE back-stage access to Barack Obama if you missed last night's show AND Hillary continues to push for a re-vote in Michigan and Florida. BUT the story of the day...Is sin dead? Headlines everyday about scandal and extra-marital affairs...as we approach Easter, do people see themselves as sinners? Grab your coffee and take a look at today's headlines....

Top Stories
Record flooding...
Residents of low-lying towns stacked sandbags or grabbed belongings and evacuated Wednesday as a foot of rain pushed rivers over their banks in the nation's midsection. At least 13 deaths had been linked to the weather, and three people
were missing.

Pentagon divided over Iraq strategy...
By many important measures, the U.S. military has reason to feel better about Iraq. Violence has declined, casualties are down, the president is touting the current strategy and the public's anguish has ebbed.

Cheney in Afghanistan...
U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney met with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday to discuss ways the country's fragile government can counter rising threats from al-Qaeda and Taliban militants.

Bush approval all-time low...
Five years after he green-lighted the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, President Bush faced strikingly low approval ratings as he reaffirmed his commitment to "accept no outcome but victory" in the war.

New Bin Laden message...
A new statement attributed to al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden condemns European countries for siding with the United States in Afghanistan and for allowing the publication of cartoons considered insulting to Islam's prophet, Mohammed.

Raw Politics
"This has shaken me...."
Sen. Barack Obama told CNN on Wednesday the recent uproar over his former pastor's sermons has reminded him of the odds he faces in winning the White House.

Document dump sheds little light on Hillary...
Federal archivists Wednesday released 11,000 pages of schedules from Hillary Rodham Clinton's eight years as first lady, but the material offered little to support her assertion that her White House experience left her best prepared to become president.

Clinton presses re-vote in Michigan & Florida...
Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) shifted her schedule to make a last-minute visit here Wednesday, demanding that the state's Democratic Party hold another primary vote or count the results of the earlier disqualified balloting, and she challenged Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) to live up to his claim that he cares about making sure people's votes count.

Economy may NOT be good for John McCain...
As the economy sours, voters are increasingly demanding immediate government relief — a boost for Democrats who propose just that sort of quick fix, but a problem for Republican Sen. John McCain, whose focus has been on longer-term solutions such as tax and spending cuts and free trade.

Crime & Punishment
Charges filed against boyfriend of girl stuck in toilet...
A man whose girlfriend authorities say spent nearly two years in a bathroom in their house, sitting on the toilet so long that the seat adhered to her body, has been charged with mistreatment of a dependent adult.

Sentence in racially charged killing angers victim family...
The family of a black man who fatally shot a white teenager during a racially charged confrontation was under police protection after the victim's father blasted the man's sentence as too mild and made what defense lawyers saw as a threat.

Keeping Them Honest
Why few finish high school...
When it comes to high school graduation rates, Mississippi keeps two sets of books.

What you WILL be talking about TODAY
Is sin dead?
Is sin dead? No, not by a long shot. Yet as Easter approaches, some pastors and theologians worry: How can Christians celebrate Jesus' atonement for their sins and the promise of eternal life in his resurrection if they don't recognize themselves as sinners?

A happy marriage = low blood pressure...
Marriage really can be a matter of the heart with a U.S. study finding that happily married couples have lower blood pressure than single people.

March 19th, 2008
06:59 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Morning....Today we enter the 6th year of the Iraq war. Five years ago...the administration predicted it would cost between $50 to $60 billion to oust Saddam Hussein..Today, the cost topples $600 billion AND the cost of US Military lives nears 4000...McCain was in Baghdad earlier this week making the case to "stay the course...the surge is working." Obama, after delivering what critics call an impressive speech on "race," hits the campaign trail in North Carolina to talk about his plan for Iraq. AND guess who is along for the ride? Anderson Cooper will be with him every step of the way!  TONIGHT on AC360 you can see Anderson's EXCLUSIVE interview with Obama and get a an ALL-ACCESS pass to the Presidential contender....

In other news...floods swept  through parts of Arkansas and Texas. John Murtha endorsed Hillary Clinton. Clinton will be in Michigan today pushing for a primary do-over. AND check out What YOU will be talking about TODAY...the most competitive program for medical residents to get into nowadays is PLASTIC SURGERY...says a lot about our society... ANYWAY grab your morning coffee and lets get to it...

Top Stories
Rains lead to flooding in Arkansas, Missouri & Texas...
Torrential rains chased hundreds of people from their flooded homes and deluged roads in the nation's midsection Tuesday, killing at least two people in Missouri and sweeping a teen down a drainage pipe near Dallas, Texas.

Female suicide bomber kills 3 in Baghdad...
Iraqi police say a woman suicide bomber  has killed three people and wounded 12 in an attack near a bus terminal northeast of Baghdad.

Shock & Awe: Five years later...
For a majority of Americans, today marks the fifth anniversary of the start of an Iraq war that was not worth fighting, one that has cost thousands of lives and more than half a trillion dollars. For the Bush administration, however, it is the first anniversary of an Iraq strategy that it believes has finally started to succeed.

Cost of the war...
At the outset of the Iraq war, the Bush administration predicted that it would cost $50 billion to $60 billion to oust Saddam Hussein, restore order and install a new government.

Issue #1...
The Federal Reserve reduced short-term interest rates for the sixth time in six months on Tuesday, capping an extraordinary series of measures it has taken to stabilize financial markets. The cut was smaller than investors had been expecting, though, and exposed some signs of a split among policy makers.

Raw Politics
Clinton heads to Michigan to push for primary do-over...
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton scheduled a last-minute trip to Detroit this morning to try to salvage a Michigan Democratic primary do-over that earlier Tuesday was all but pronounced dead in the Legislature.

Murtha endorses Clinton...
Rep. John Murtha, a former Marine and Vietnam War veteran who has become one of Congress' most outspoken critics of the Iraq war, on Tuesday endorsed Sen. Hillary Clinton for president, saying she is "the candidate that will forge a consensus on health care, education, the economy and the war in Iraq."

Obama urges ALL to help heal racial divide...
Sen. Barack Obama in a speech Tuesday addressed the controversy surrounding his former minister, using it as an opportunity to challenge Americans to take a closer look at race relations.

Obama speaks...
After making what many political analysts are calling the most important speech of his political career, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., sat down for an exclusive interview with "Nightline's" Terry Moran to further discuss the delicate issue of race in America. Obama explained to ABC News why this was the right moment for him to give such a politically risky speech.

Program note: Anderson's exclusive interview with Obama airs tonight at 10 pm

Crime & Punishment
Jump in homocides in LA...
Los Angeles Police Department officials, alarmed by the continued rise in the homicide rate this year, sought Tuesday to debunk the notion that racial animosity has been at the heart of many of the killings.

Reporters apologize to McCanns...
Two British newspapers apologized Wednesday to the parents of missing Madeleine McCann for suggesting the couple was responsible for the death of their daughter.

Keeping Them Honest
Rezko jury hears tales of bribes & drugs...
The government's star witness in the corruption trial of Antoin "Tony" Rezko took the stand Tuesday and in just 48 minutes laid out a stunning personal tale of bribery, treachery, rampant drug abuse and a precipitous fall from grace.

What YOU will be talking about TODAY
For med students, appearance matters...
March Madness has a different meaning for Thomas Hocker and Meena Singh, a married couple in their final year at the Harvard Medical School, who are waiting to learn Thursday if they have been accepted into their residency programs of choice.

Report out on Tiger escape...
An organization that accredits zoos says the San Francisco Zoo had an "impressive" response to a tiger escape on Christmas Day but could have done more initially, according to a report the zoo released Tuesday.

March 18th, 2008
06:52 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Morning folks....Well, there seems to be some good "dish" in Top Stories and in What YOU will be talking about TODAY... A NY paper is reporting that the NEW NY Governor admits he had an affair while married to his current wife, the NEW FIRST lady of NY...and the former Governor of NJ is claiming he and his wife used to engage in three-way sex. Yikes...TMI, too much information, in my opinion!!! AND is the Madonna marriage on the ropes? That is what some are sayin'.... 

In Raw Politics...the race issue is rearing it's ugly head again in the race for the Democratic nominee. Barack Obama plans to confront it head on... He will give a major speech in Philly, today.  AND no re-vote in Florida!!! BUT there is a glimmer of hope in Michigan, a June 3rd re-vote is the rumor.... There a lots of headlines to chew over this morning, so grab your coffee and let's get to it....

Top Stories
NEW NY Governor admits to affair...
New York Gov. David Paterson, who took over the state's top job Monday after Eliot Spitzer resigned amid a prostitution scandal, has admitted he and his wife Michelle had affairs during a rough patch in their marriage several years ago, a newspaper reported.

The Governor's affair...
The thunderous applause was still ringing in his ears when the state's new governor, David Paterson, told the Daily News that he and his wife had extramarital affairs.

He said, she said...
He says it's true. She says it's not. Former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey says he and his wife Dina Matos McGreevey used to engage in three-way sex with his ex-aide and driver.

Fed poised to cut rates...
The Federal Reserve is expected to aggressively lower interest rates in its intensified battle against the credit crisis and spreading economic weakness. The question is whether all of the effort will turn the tide.

The Fed to the rescue...
Investors dumped stocks of the nation's major investment firms yesterday after a rescue plan for one of the biggest, Bear Stearns, exposed unexpectedly large cracks in the foundation of the financial system.

SCOTUS takes up gun issue...
Shelly Parker wants to know why she cannot keep a handgun in her house. As a single woman she has been threatened by neighborhood drug dealers in a city where violent crime rates are on the rise.

U.S. adapts cold-war idea to fight terrorists...
In the days immediately after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, members of President Bush’s war cabinet declared that it would be impossible to deter the most fervent extremists from carrying out even more deadly terrorist missions with biological, chemical or nuclear weapons.

Violence in Tibet continues...
The Dalai Lama urged Tibetans to show restraint Tuesday, saying that "if things become out of control," his "only option is to completely resign," The Associated Press reported.

Raw Politics
Obama to address race issue today...
Sen. Barack Obama, confronting ongoing questions about inflammatory sermons delivered by his former pastor, announced Monday he will deliver a "major address" on race and politics in Philadelphia on Tuesday in an attempt to move beyond the controversy.

Congregation defends Obama former pastor...
The Rev. Jeremish Wright spent 36 years teaching this congregation how to recognize injustice, and his parishioners sense it all around them now. On Sunday, more than 3,000 of them filled Trinity United Church of Christ on the city's South Side to pray for their former pastor. They read a handout that described Wright's newfound infamy as a "modern-day lynching." They scrawled his name in tribute on the inside of their service programs and applauded as Wright's protege, the Rev. Otis Moss III, stepped to the pulpit.

No Florida re-vote...
Florida Democrats scrapped plans Monday to redo the state's presidential primary, turning to national party leaders to find another way to resolve the political stalemate over the disputed January nominating contest.

New poll re: Super delegates...
A majority of Democratic voters say it would be unfair for Hillary Rodham Clinton to win the presidential nomination through the support of "super delegates" if she lags among the convention delegates elected in primaries and caucuses, according to a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll.

Economy on the campaign trail...
For months, the top presidential candidates have focused on showing a war-weary public that they have what it takes to be the next commander in chief. But on Monday, as the Iraq war entered its sixth year, they faced a test with far more relevance to the everyday lives of Americans: whether they could serve as economist in chief.

Crime & Punishment
Fugitive arrested...
Chicago police arrested a man Sunday night in Chinatown they believe is a fugitive long-sought in connection with a California 1998 double homicide and featured on the Web site of the TV program "America's Most Wanted."

Keeping Them Honest
DOD delayed brain scans...
For more than two years, the Pentagon delayed screening troops returning from Iraq for mild brain injuries because officials feared veterans would blame vague ailments on the little-understood wound caused by exposure to bomb blasts, says the military's director of medical assessments.

2.4 million toys recalled...
Federal safety regulators recalled an additional 2.4 million potentially deadly Mega Brands magnetic toys Monday, at least 14 months after learning there might be problems with some of those products.

Probe reveals doctor payoffs...
A settlement to end a federal investigation into potential kickbacks to U.S. doctors is shining light on hundreds of agreements under which surgeons across the country receive trips, meals and consulting deals from artificial-hip and -knee makers.

What YOU will be talking about TODAY
Spears to pay Federline...
Britney Spears was ordered by a court commissioner Monday to pay ex-husband Kevin Federline $375,000 to cover his attorney fees in their child-custody dispute.

Is Madonna marriage on the ropes?
Madonna is squashing suggestions that her marriage may be ending."I am delighted to confirm that Mr. and Mrs. Guy Ritchie remain happily married," the pop star's spokeswoman, Liz Rosenberg, said in a statement Monday.

March 17th, 2008
06:47 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Morning Folks....Happy Monday!!! Iraq seems to be the place to be, today. Vice President Dick Cheney is there! Senator John McCain is too. McCain is trying to look "Presidential," while Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama continue to battle it out on the campaign trail. This week we mark the 5th Anniversary of the Iraq invasion, which I gotta believe is the reason for the visits...Hillary Clinton will deliver what her campaign calls a "major" speech on Iraq today, but from DC, not Iraq.  SO I am sure we will hear from Obama on the topic in the next few days, too...

In Crime & Punishment...just a bizarre twist in the Charles Manson story. Grave sites were discovered on the Mansion compound...could there be more victims??? AND watch out for those bees...commuters in Sacramento had to when a honey truck tipped over and thousands of bees escaped... Soo grab your morning coffee and literally take a look at today's morning BUZZ....

Top Stories
Cheney in Iraq...
Vice President Dick Cheney arrived in Baghdad on Monday on an unannounced visit, the Iraqi prime minister's office said.

McCain in Iraq, too...
Senator John McCain arrived in Iraq on Sunday morning on a trip that was described as a visit by an official Congressional delegation, but that also served to showcase his foreign policy credentials as he campaigns for the White House.

Federal Reserve makes move to avert crisis...
The Federal Reserve took dramatic action on multiple fronts last night to avert a crisis of the global financial system, backing the acquisition of wounded investment firm Bear Stearns and increasing the flow of money to other banks squeezed for credit.

JP Morgan buys Bear Stearns for $2 dollars a share...
In a shocking deal reached on Sunday to save Bear Stearns, JPMorgan Chase agreed to pay a mere $2 a share to buy all of Bear — less than one-tenth the firm’s market price on Friday.

Three missing still in crane collapse...
Three people were missing Sunday, a day after a crane collapsed, killing four construction workers on the east side of Midtown Manhattan, Mayor Michael Bloomberg told reporters.

Tornadoes hit in the southeast...
Two people in rural northwest Georgia are dead and dozens injured after a series of severe storms moved through the Southeast this weekend, producing the first-ever tornado to hit downtown Atlanta.

16 dead in Tibet riots...
Tibet's governor promised leniency to anti-Chinese protesters who turned themselves in before the end of Monday — and harsh consequences for those who don't — while troops fanned out to quell sympathy protests that have spread to three neighboring provinces.

Raw Politics
Obama ex-minister under attack...
The Rev. Jeremiah Wright's former church criticized the news media Sunday for coverage of his sermons, saying in a statement that Wright's "character is being assassinated in the public sphere."

Styles vary on the campaign trail...
The Democrats running for president are promising sweeping changes to reinvigorate America's economy and boost its workers, including health care for all, overhauling or scrapping of trade deals, broad tax cuts for the working class and a crackdown on companies that ship jobs overseas.

Male vote key to win...
In the fierce campaign between Senator Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, a battle dominated by questions of race and gender, white men have emerged as perhaps the single critical swing constituency.

As campaign drags on, aides put lives on hold...
There is the abandoned $1,000-a-month temporary apartment in Des Moines, littered with dirty T-shirts and a deflated air mattress. The campaign aide whose 105-degree fever sent her to the hospital. The neglected fiancée in New York who handed down an ultimatum: Take a weekend off — or else.

Crime & Punishment
Graves found Manson campound...
Bone-white stretches of salt, leached up from the lifeless soil, lay like a shroud over the high desert where a paranoid Charles Manson holed up after an orgy of murder nearly four decades ago.

Man defends self in murder case...
It's an axiom known by every lawyer and judge in every courthouse in the land: A man who represents himself in court has a fool for a client.

Keeping Them Honest
Tainted drugs put focus on F.D.A.
After a contaminated medicine from China was linked to as many as 17 deaths in the United States, members of Congress clamored for changes while regulators defended their actions.

Families sue Chiquita...
Tania Julin remembers hearing the distinct sound of feet racing through the dark Panamanian forest moments before armed masked men burst through the door of the modest hut she shared with her husband.

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Bees swarm morning commute...
Imagine driving down the highway amid the typical stream of cars and trucks to suddenly discover millions of bees swarming toward the morning commute.

March 6th, 2008
06:47 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Morning!!! Politics is still dominating the headlines today. What is the endgame for the dems? Can McCain raise enough money? Is Huckabee in-line for the #2 spot on the GOP ticket? Will Florida and Michigan become the re-primary states? Take a look at Raw Politics for the latest...

In other news...troop morale is down in Afghanistan and health officials have admitted that childhood vaccines worsened the health of a girl with autism-like symptoms....PLUS the star of GHOST and DIRTY DANCING, Patrick Swayze, has cancer...so sad!!! SOOO grab your coffee and take a look at today's headlines...

Top Stories
Explosion in Times Square...
New York City police officers and firefighters cordoned off much of Times Square after a small explosion — possibly set off by a human-made device — rocked the front of the Armed Forces Recruiting Station on the traffic island bounded by 43rd and 44th Streets, Seventh Avenue and Broadway around 4 a.m.

Vaccine may have injured girl with autism symptoms....
Government health officials have conceded that childhood vaccines worsened a rare, underlying disorder that ultimately led to autism-like symptoms in a 9-year-old girl, and that she should be paid from a federal vaccine-injury fund.

National dragnet is a click away...
Several thousand law enforcement agencies are creating the foundation of a domestic intelligence system through computer networks that analyze vast amounts of police information to fight crime and root out terror plots.

Troop morale down in Afghanistan...
U.S. troop morale improved in Iraq last year, but soldiers fighting in Afghanistan suffered more depression as violence there worsened, an Army mental health report says.

Border war?
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Wednesday called a Colombian raid that killed two dozen rebels in Ecuador a "war crime," and joined Ecuador's president in demanding international condemnation of the cross-border attack.

Raw Politics
Florida & Michigan seek new primary...
Will the recount state become the re-primary state? And will voters in Michigan have their say in picking a Democratic candidate for president?

Dems fear an ugly end to race...
Leading Democrats scrambled Wednesday to prevent the closest, most riveting presidential contest in decades from tearing the party apart, as the odds rose that neither Hillary Rodham Clinton nor Barack Obama could clinch the nomination without angering large blocs of voters.

Obama comes back swinging...
Senator Barack Obama woke up on Wednesday talking of his delegate lead and of taking the fight to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. But after defeats in two of the most populous states, he also sounded like a chastened candidate in search of his lost moment.

Rezko trial begins...
As he paces the courtroom Thursday while delivering his opening statement on behalf of Antoin "Tony" Rezko, attorney Joseph J. Duffy's gentlemanly manner may mask his considerable talent.

Clinton team battling itself...
For the bruised and bitter staff around Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Tuesday's death-defying victories in the Democratic presidential primaries in Ohio and Texas proved sweet indeed. They savored their wins yesterday, plotted their next steps and indulged in a moment of optimism. "She won't be stopped," one aide crowed.

Huckabee ponders future...
Advisers to Mike Huckabee spent yesterday starting to build a conservative coalition that could propel a future run for the White House , hoping to capitalize on the popularity he gained during his unlikely presidential bid.

Crime & Punishment
Jump in homocides a challenge for LAPD...
Homicides in Los Angeles have sharply increased in the first two months of this year, reversing nearly five years of decline and posing a puzzling challenge for Police Chief William J. Bratton.

Student fatally shot...
An Auburn University student was found fatally shot on a highway just before her car was discovered in flames on campus, several miles away.

Keeping Them Honest
F.B.I. investigates missing GOP money...
Hundreds of thousands of dollars are missing and presumed stolen from the chief fund-raising arm of House Republicans, according to party officials who described the findings of emergency internal audits.

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Patrick Swayze diagnosed with cancer...
Patrick Swayze, who starred in Dirty Dancing and Ghost, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, his doctor says.

March 5th, 2008
06:28 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Morning Folks!!! She's baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!!! Hillary Clinton pulled off three MAJOR victories last night, winning the Ohio, Rhode Island and Texas primaries.  Obama won Vermont!  AND drum roll please.....John McCain is now the Republican presumptive nominee. He secured enough delegates to put him over the top....Mike Huckabee bowed out of the race gracefully.  Man oh Man!!! It CANNNOT get any better than this... Today the Top Story is politics...sooo let's get right to the headlines...

Top Stories/Raw Politics
Clinton wins, McCain clinches...
Sen. Hillary Clinton got her campaign back on track with projected wins in the Texas, Ohio and Rhode Island primaries.

Clinton wins big, but the math is troubling...
Hillary Clinton's popular vote victories in Texas and Ohio fundamentally change the race for the Democratic presidential nomination in at least one important way: she's still in the race for the nomination. Clinton's long, arduous campaign might have ended abruptly if Obama delivered a knock-out blow in either state.

Huckabee bows out...
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee bowed to "the inevitable" and dropped out of the Republican presidential race Tuesday night after an improbable run for a politician little known beyond his home state a year ago.

Going negative proves positive for Clinton...
In winning New Hampshire a few weeks ago, Hillary Rodham Clinton declared, "I found my own voice." But it was a much different voice in the closing days before Tuesday's voting that carried her to victory in Ohio and Texas - and which now lets her make a strong case for extending the Democratic presidential race into the spring and possibly beyond.

Who will be McCain running mate?
Now that Senator John McCain is headed to the nomination, he can begin thinking seriously about perhaps the most important decision he will have to make as the Republican presidential nominee: the selection of a running mate.

News coveraged changed...
Over the last few days, the tone of the Democratic contest seems to have shifted, with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign more buoyant and Senator Barack Obama’s more defensive.

Crime & Punishment
Ritter's wife takes the stand...
Sobbing into her hands, John Ritter's widow gave jurors in a wrongful-death trial a minute-by-minute account of events leading up to the actor's death in 2003.

Memphis police search for clues...
Residents prayed and officers went door to door looking for tips that could lead to a suspect or a motive in one of the city's biggest murder investigations in decades.

Keeping Them Honest
Pellicano trial begins...
For the last six years, few plots in Hollywood have kept more power brokers and entertainment lawyers in suspense than the FBI investigation into onetime private eye to the stars Anthony Pellicano.

CDC: slow reaction to trailer toxins...
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should have reacted sooner to concerns about hazardous fumes in government-issued trailers housing thousands of Gulf Coast hurricane victims, a CDC official told a congressional panel Tuesday.

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Anna Nicole heir...
Anna Nicole Smith's daughter will inherit her late mother's estate

Guns on campus?
Horrified by recent campus shootings, a state lawmaker here has come up with a proposal in keeping with the Taurus .22-caliber pistol tucked in her purse: Get more guns on campus.

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