AC360 411:  Egypt’s bloody crackdown, 250+ killed
August 14th, 2013
09:09 PM ET

AC360 411: Egypt’s bloody crackdown, 250+ killed

Editor’s Note: Join us at 10 p.m. ET tonight for the developments from Cairo. Anderson will talk with CNN’s Arwa Damon and Ivan Watson.

Hundreds of people are dead after Egyptian security forces unleashed a deadly crackdown today to clear camps filled with supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsy. For weeks, the interim government has vowed to crush the demonstrations. They made good on that promise with a chaotic and bloody operation that began at dawn. Security forces stormed two massive makeshift camps in Cairo, using bulldozers to tear down tents. CNN’s Reza Sayah reports that authorities claim they initially used tear gas and water cannons to break up the protesters. They say Morsy protesters fired their guns first and they were forced to fire back.  The gunfight went on for hours in Cairo, and the violence spread to other cities.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry condemned the violence. “Today's events are deplorable and they run counter to Egyptian aspirations for peace, inclusion, and genuine democracy,” he said at a news conference in Washington.

The stage was set for today’s violence back in early July when Morsy, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, was removed from office. The military took action to remove Morsy after thousands of Egyptians filled the streets of Cairo demanding that he step down, just one year into his presidency. The protesters were upset Morsy hadn’t done more to fix the economy and accused him of forcing the Muslim Brotherhood’s agenda onto the masses.  Morsy hasn’t been seen in public since, but his supporters have filled the camps that were raided today and for weeks called on the new interim government to reinstate Morsy.  Here’s the AC360 411 on the mess in Egypt:

At least 235

The number of civilians killed today, according to Egyptian TV.

At least 43

The number of Egyptian policemen killed in clashes today, according to the Egyptian Interior minister.

At least 278

The total number of deaths across Egypt today.


That’s the number of camps raided in Cairo.


It took 3 hours to clear one camp; a second camp was the target of a longer and bloodier operation


Morsy supporters filled the two camps for the past six weeks


Egypt’s vice president of foreign affairs, Mohammed ElBaradei, is the one member of the interim government to submit his resignation today. However, it was not accepted yet, according to state- run TV.


Egypt declared a one month-long state of emergency beginning at 4 p.m. (11 a.m. ET), according to state television.


The year Morsy became Egypt’s first democratically elected president.


Morsy’s age when his birthday takes place on August 20.


Egypt’s estimated population, according to the CIA World Factbook.


The country’s estimated unemployment rate, according to the CIA World Factbook.

$250 million

The amount of economic aid from the U.S. to Egypt each year, for health, education, and democracy programs.

$1.3 billion

The amount the U.S. gives in military aid to Egypt each year, much of it for equipment such as tanks and fighter jets.

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AC360 411: A-Rod suspended, still plays
August 6th, 2013
07:15 PM ET

AC360 411: A-Rod suspended, still plays

Alex Rodriguez isn’t backing down. The New York Yankees third baseman will still be playing tonight after getting the harshest penalty from Major League Baseball for allegedly using performance-enhancing drugs. A-Rod is one of several players being punished for suspected ties to the now-closed Biogenesis anti-aging clinic in south Florida, which allegedly distributed PEDs. He’s the only slugger fighting his suspension and is allowed to suit up in pinstripes throughout his appeal. Here’s the AC360 411 on the MLB scandal:


The number of MLB players suspended Monday for alleged doping.


One star was suspended last month for 65 games, Milwaukee Brewers outfielder and 2011 NL MVP Ryan Braun.


The number of games A-Rod is suspended for through 2014 without pay, pending his appeal.


That’s the number of games the 12 other players will each miss, also without pay.


A-Rod is the one player – and only one - who is appealing his suspension.


The number of home runs by A-Rod, the most of any active player.


A-Rod’s ranking on MLB’s career home run list


The number of All-Star games Rodriguez has played in during his 19-seasons in the major leagues.


That’s how many Most Valuable Player Awards he’s received.

$275 million

The amount of his 10-year contract with the Yankees, signed in 2007, making him the highest-paid U.S. professional athlete ever.

$9 million

The amount of money he’s owed from the Yankees and is expected to be able to keep this year.

At least $31.4 million

How much money he could lose next year and into 2015 if the suspension takes effect.

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AC360 411: Salad sickness linked to Mexican farm
August 2nd, 2013
07:50 PM ET

AC360 411: Salad sickness linked to Mexican farm

The bagged salad mix blamed for a nasty stomach bug outbreak in Nebraska and Iowa was supplied by a farm in Mexico, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced this afternoon.

The salad mix is blamed for cyclospora infections and came from Taylor Farms de Mexico, according to the FDA.

The federal agency said it traced the illnesses to salad eaten by diners at two popular chain restaurants, and it doesn’t believe the bagged salad was ever sold in U.S. grocery stores.

More than a dozen other health departments across the country are dealing with cyclospora outbreaks. The FDA and CDC are trying to determine if the salad mix from Mexico is to blame in those cases, as well.

Here’s the AC360 411 on the cyclospora outbreak:


The number of people with cyclospora infections in Iowa since June, the most of any state.


The number of people who’ve gotten sick in Nebraska.


The number of restaurants the FDA traced the outbreak to in Nebraska and Iowa, identified as Red Lobster and Olive Garden. However, exact locations were not given.

At least 400  

The total number of cyclospora infections across the country since mid-June.


The number of health departments dealing with this outbreak: Iowa, Nebraska, Texas, Florida, Wisconsin, New York City, Georgia, Illinois, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Connecticut, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, and Ohio.


The number of people reportedly hospitalized in five states.

1 week

The typical time between becoming infected and becoming sick.


The recommended treatment is a combination of two antibiotics, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, also known as Bactrim, Septra or Cotrim.

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AC360 411: George Zimmerman Trial
July 10th, 2013
06:14 PM ET

AC360 411: George Zimmerman Trial

The defense rested Wednesday afternoon in the George Zimmerman trial shortly after he told the court he would not take the stand. Zimmerman decided he would not testify in his own defense in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The state may or may not call a witness in their rebuttal phase, as prosecutors try to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Zimmerman is guilty of second-degree murder in the killing of Martin. Zimmerman claims the shooting was in self-defense.

The shooting happened after the teenager and neighborhood watch volunteer had an altercation in February 2012. Much of the testimony has centered around whether it’s Zimmerman or Martin screaming for help in the background of one of the 911 calls from the night of the shooting. Several witnesses for the defense have claimed it was Zimmerman’s voice, while others testified for the prosecution that it was Martin’s.

Wednesday night on AC360, Anderson spoke exclusively with defense attorney Mark O’Mara and Martin family attorney Daryl Parks. Tune in each night for in depth coverage of the trial at 8, 10, and 11 p.m. ET on CNN.

Here’s the AC360 411 on the trial:

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AC360 411: Arizona’s Deadly Wildfire
July 3rd, 2013
05:44 PM ET

AC360 411: Arizona’s Deadly Wildfire

Editor’s Note: Click here to watch AC360 reports from the frontlines of the deadly Arizona wildfire. 

The governor of Arizona has announced flags at all state buildings will be fly at half-staff for 19 days, through July 19. That’s one day for each of the 19 elite firefighters who died battling the Yarnell Hill fire near Prescott. Today the nearly 600 firefighters on the scene stopped their work for a moment of silence in honor of those heroes. The pause came as the convoy of vehicles used by the fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots were driven from the scene and back to Prescott, where the team was based. Some progress is being made in fighting the flames.

Here’s the AC360 411:

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AC360 411:  Supreme Court Rulings on DOMA, California’s Prop 8, and Baby Veronica
June 26th, 2013
05:38 PM ET

AC360 411: Supreme Court Rulings on DOMA, California’s Prop 8, and Baby Veronica

Editor’s Note: We’ll have more tonight at 8 and 11 p.m. ET on the Supreme Court’s rulings. Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin will join Anderson, as will columnist Andrew Sullivan and Jean Podrasky, Chief Justice John Roberts' gay cousin will react to today's rulings along with her partner.

Today, voting 5-4, the U.S. Supreme Court threw out part of the Defense of Marriage Act, a law that denied hundreds of federal benefits to same-sex couples. The high court said legally married same-sex couples must receive the same benefits provided to heterosexual couples. The act had defined marriage as only between a man and a woman, but the court said the law violated the rights of same-sex couples by demoting their marriages to second-class status when compared to their heterosexual peers.

In another landmark case, the justices, in a 5 to 4 decision, also handed a victory to same-sex proponents when it cleared the way for gay and lesbian couples to marry in California, dismissing an appeal to the state's voter-approved Proposition 8 that banned such marriages.

The Supreme Court sided on Tuesday with adoptive parents in a divisive custody fight over a Native American child after the biological father asserted his parental rights. The justices, by a 5-4 margin, said the adoption by a white couple was proper and did not intrude on the federal rights of the father, a registered member of the Cherokee tribe, over where his daughter, Veronica, 3, would live. The court said the father could not rely on the Indian Child Welfare Act for relief because he never had legal or physical custody at the time of adoption proceedings, which were initiated by the birth mother without his knowledge.

These decisions were made by the highest court in the nation.

Here’s the AC360 411 on the U.S. Supreme Court: FULL POST

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AC360 411: Whitey Bulger Trial
June 20th, 2013
01:42 PM ET

AC360 411: Whitey Bulger Trial

There were some tense moments at the James “Whitey” Bulger trial Wednesday as John “The Executioner” Martorano wrapped up three days of testimony.

Martorano, 72, came under fire during cross examination by Bulger’s attorney, Hank Brennan, who tried to portray the confessed ex-hitman as a liar with no remorse, who is trying to profit from the 20 murders he committed.

When questioned by the prosecutor,  the star government witness said he and Bulger committed 11 murders together and Bulger confessed to others he did on his own.


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AC360 411: Inside the NSA
June 14th, 2013
01:31 PM ET

AC360 411: Inside the NSA

FBI Director Robert Mueller defended the collection of Americans’ phone records and called the controversial surveillance program legal when he spoke Thursday on Capitol Hill. Muller told the House Judiciary Committee that had the information-gathering been in place before the 2001 terrorist attacks it could have helped track down one of the 9/11 hijackers.

But some lawmakers and civil liberties groups are blasting the surveillance programs conducted by the National Security Agency after classified leaks last week detailed how they worked. NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked the top secret information and is now in hiding in Hong Kong. He could face criminal charges here in the U.S. Here’s the AC360 411 on the NSA:


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June 10th, 2013
06:30 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Julian Assange’s take on NSA surveillance program

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks out tonight on AC360 about the Obama administration’s surveillance programs. Assange calls Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old who says he leaked documents on the programs, a “heroic young man.”

Assange blasts the White House telling Anderson “you can’t trust any sort of statement” made by them on the controversial tracking of telephone calls and online activity. He argues there’s no validity to a secret “worldwide surveillance” program and says it’s time to stop the collection of information.

Assange talked to Anderson from the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he fled about a year ago to avoid extradition to Sweden where he’s wanted for questioning over rape and sexual assault allegations. Assange has denied the accusations and fears Sweden will transfer him to the United States to face charges over his WikiLeaks website.


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AC360 411: Judge gives girl better chance at lung transplant
June 6th, 2013
05:46 PM ET

AC360 411: Judge gives girl better chance at lung transplant

Editor’s Note: Tonight on AC360° Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Jason Carroll will have new details on the efforts to get new lungs for 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan.

10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan is battling cystic fibrosis and desperately needs a lung transplant.  Without one doctors say she will die, possibly within weeks.

Sarah has been waiting more than 18 months for donor lungs from another child. Her parents say modified lungs from an adult donor would give her a fighting chance. This week they filed a lawsuit to get Sarah on the waiting list for adult lungs.  A federal judge ruled in their favor and will allow Sarah to be on the adult waiting list for 10 days.  Here’s the AC360 411 on organ transplants and cystic fibrosis: FULL POST

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