Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Morning Buzz
Good Morning!!! It is day two of 2008 and 24 hours before the residents of Iowa officially kick off the '08 Presidential election. Who will win Iowa? IT is still way too close to call... There are a few international headlines this morning, but politics seems to be dominating all the major papers, today.... SOOO grab your coffee and take a quick read....


Top Stories

Record snow hits Michigan; New England braces
A fast-moving New Year's Day storm dumped more than a foot of snow on southeastern Michigan, a record blast that made driving hazardous, snarled the flight home for holiday travelers and threatened to do the same in New England.

U.S. Isn't Ready to Accept Pakistan's Initial Findings
United States intelligence analysts are not convinced by the evidence offered so far by Pakistani authorities that a militant linked to Al Qaeda was responsible for Benazir Bhutto's assassination, American officials said Tuesday.

Female suicide bomber attacks checkpoint
A female suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest struck a checkpoint of neighborhood patrol volunteers in Baquba, capital of Iraq's restive Diyala province, killing 10 people and wounding eight on Wednesday, police said.

19 killed as Afghan violence continues
Roadside bombs and military operations in Afghanistan killed 19 people, including 14 Taliban fighters, as the record violence that Afghanistan saw in 2007 continued into the new year, officials said Wednesday.

Bloody violence grips Kenya
Gangs of young men armed with machetes are roaming the streets in Kenya as post-election violence threatens to engulf the country. Horrific attacks are being reported, including the torching of a church where people who had sought refuge were burned alive.

Volcano erupts
A volcano in southern Chile erupted on Tuesday, spewing lava and ash, and forcing the evacuation of about 150 people, officials said.

Raw Politics

GOP base scatters
The long-standing coalition of social, economic and national security conservatives that elevated the Republican Party to political dominance has become so splintered by the presidential primary campaign that some party leaders fear a protracted nomination fight that could hobble the eventual nominee.

Independent Voters May Give Obama Edge
With two days before Iowans go to the polls, significant support for Sen. Barack Obama from political independents has put rival Democratic campaigns on edge, challenging the traditional model of the state's caucuses as a low-turnout exercise dominated by partisan insiders.

New Huckabee ad
For the second time in two weeks, presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee has aired a commercial in which a Christian symbol appears in the background.

Romney takes aim at Huckabee
Republican Mitt Romney sharply criticized rival Mike Huckabee Tuesday for joking in a recent interview that President Bush has not been well versed on foreign affairs.

Edwards Calls for Pullout of Troops
John Edwards says that if elected president he would withdraw the American troops who are training the Iraqi army and police as part of a broader plan to remove virtually all American forces within 10 months.

For Republicans, Contest's Hallmark Is Immigration
The imagery of the mailings is designed to pack a wallop: a Mexican flag fluttering above the Stars and Stripes, the Statue of Liberty presiding over a "Welcome Illegal Aliens" doormat, a Social Security card emblazoned with the name "Juan Doe," a U.S. passport proclaiming, "Only one candidate has a plan to STAMP out illegal immigration."

Huckabee taps 'true believers' in Iowa
Matt Reisetter, an associate church pastor, and Susan Geddes, a home-schooling advocate, have a common goal during Thursday's presidential caucuses.


Crime & Punishment

FBI makes new bid to find 1971 skyjacker
The FBI is making a new stab at identifying mysterious skyjacker Dan Cooper, who bailed out of an airliner in 1971 and vanished, releasing new details that it hopes will jog someone's memory. The man calling himself Dan Cooper, also known as D.B. Cooper, boarded a Northwest flight in Portland for a flight to Seattle on the night of Nov, 24, 1971, and commandeered the plane, claiming he had dynamite.

Students to probe Chandra Levy, Natalee Holloway cases
Criminal justice students at a Georgia college are preparing to undertake their own investigation of the 2001 slaying in Washington of Chandra Levy, the Modesto, Calif., resident whose death tainted a congressman's career.


AC360 folo (updates of stories reported by AC360)

Zoo took TOO long
The two brothers who survived a Christmas Day tiger attack at the San Francisco Zoo that killed their friend were denied help for at least 30 minutes by zoo security who did not take their claims seriously, the brothers' attorney said Tuesday.

A Divide as Wolves Rebound in a Changing West
Sheltered for many years by federal species protection law, the gray wolves of the West are about to step out onto the high wire of life in the real world, when their status as endangered animals formally comes to an end early this year.

Homicides soared in New Orleans in 2007
The bloodiest city in the country in 2006, reeling from crime in its struggle to recover from Hurricane Katrina, got even worse in 2007.

What you WILL be Talking About TODAY

Ski accident snowballs
It started as a generational collision, when a 7-year-old boy skied into a 60-year-old Pennsylvania man on a slope near Vail, Colo.

Fast-food worker finds, returns $185,000
Reggie Damone just wanted to jot down a phone number when he picked up what he thought was litter on a sidewalk this week. But what he found was an envelope containing a $185,000 check.

Mental toll of war hitting female servicemembers
Master Sgt. Cindy Rathbun knew something was wrong three weeks after she arrived in Iraq in September 2006. Her blond hair began "coming out in clumps," she says.
Posted By CNN: 6:20 AM ET
  4 Comments
Interesting stories today!

I always find geological events interesting. The volcano eruption in Chile probably won't get any air-time tonight, but I hope it does. I think it would be very cool if Anderson went to cover a story like that sometime! Just a suggestion...
Posted By Anonymous Jess, Paris, KY : 9:41 AM ET
Well, it looks like it's time for you all to come back to New Orleans, cover the core issues surrounding crime in the city (like causes and the non-tourist areas where it's happening), and show the world what positives are being done to help turn around decades of really bad system failure from the top down that have allowed crime to thrive in an otherwise amazing city and state). The positives are happening, and people need to see that New Orleans and Louisiana are recovering and getting better than ever in spite of this one really bad headline the media apparently has pounced upon today. Besides all that, just think of the timing... it's almost Carnival season, and it's a short one this year. People need to know that the tourist areas are safe. Otherwise, these stats and the negative coverage do nothing more than further help nail the city's coffin shut...You all said you were committed to helping New Orleans and the state recover. Well, stand by your word again.
Posted By Anonymous Tammy, Berwick, LA : 10:27 AM ET
Anderson,
You have enlighten my life this year and only 2 days into it! I am about 1/2 thru your book. Love your show and am a Big fan. Since your New Years Resolution is to BLOG more, mine is to read it. It is an easy way to keep up with current events via the "Reader's Digest Way". I am an ICU RN and sometimes News does not penetrate the walls of the ICU as you are so into the mix. Sometimes it is a toss up...clear your mind for 3-5 minutes or hit your BlOG. Hope you appreciate that I have AC360 in "My Favorites". Michele Rossi, RN,BSN
Posted By Blogger Michele : 10:46 AM ET
Looking forward to all the stories tonight.

About the tiger attack in the SF Zoo...the brothers story sounds a little strange to me. Why were they asking for help from security before they were attacked?

I'm interested in how this story will play out, or if the truth will ever be known. Jack Hannah's comments last night were thought provoking.

Barbara - Las Vegas, NV
Posted By Blogger Barbara : 2:19 PM ET
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