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October 1st, 2009
07:17 AM ET

The Police: What really happened?

By John Roberts

They were legendary for their music in the eighties, but members of The Police had some fierce battles behind the scenes.

I first interviewed drummer Stewart Copeland in 1980 just as the problems were coming to a head. I caught up with him again yesterday to talk about his new book "strange Things Happen: A Life with The Police, Polo and Pygmies."

Filed under: Entertainment
October 1st, 2009
06:43 AM ET

Democrat stands by 'die quickly' remark

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Freshman U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson refused to back down Wednesday from remarks made on the House floor the night before, in which he said the Republican health care plan calls for sick people to "die quickly."

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Florida, made the "die quickly" remark on the House floor Tuesday night."]

In fact, Grayson, a Democrat who represents a central Florida swing district that includes Orlando, made another floor speech in which he apologized to the dead and their families for not acting sooner on health care reform. He then defended both speeches on CNN's "The Situation Room."

"What I mean is they have got no plan," Grayson told Wolf Blitzer. "It's been 24 hours since I said that. Where is the Republican plan? We're all waiting to see something that will take care of the pre-existing conditions, to take care of the 40 million Americans who have no coverage at all.

"That's what I meant when I said that the Republican plan is don't get sick. And if you do get sick, die quickly."

Watch Grayson defend comments Video

Republicans pounced on Grayson's late-night speech and demanded an apology.

Watch Grayson's "die quickly" remark on House floor Video

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Filed under: Controversy • Politics
October 1st, 2009
06:36 AM ET

Indonesia quake toll soars past 400

JAKARTA, Indonesia (CNN) - Another strong earthquake rocked Indonesia early Thursday as the Southeast Asian nation was reeling from an earlier jolt that killed more than 400 people and caused widespread destruction.

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Family members mourn in front of a collapsed school in Padang on Thursday. "]

The 6.8 magnitude quake Thursday hit South Sumatra at 8:52 a.m. local time (9:52 p.m. Wednesday ET), about 89 miles (143 kilometers) from Bengkulu, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. The earlier quake Wednesday was 7.6 magnitude.

At least 464 people were dead and more than 500 were injured, said Tugiyo Bisri, spokesman for the Indonesian Social Affairs Ministry's Crisis Center said Thursday. The worst hit was the West Sumatra capital of Padang, where 376 people perished, he said.

Officials had little information on those who were missing and feared the death toll would climb into the thousands. Rustam Pakaya, the head of the Ministry of Health's crisis center said that thousands of people may be trapped by collapsed buildings and houses.

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Filed under: World
October 1st, 2009
06:00 AM ET

What’s on Tap – Thursday October 1, 2009

Here are the big stories on the agenda today:

  • Iran wants respect and the world wants answers as historic nuclear talks get underway in Geneva this morning.  The White House now says Iran faces drastic international sanctions if negotiations collapse.  But does Iran care? Read more
  • We are live on the ground in American Samoa, where a massive earthquake triggered a wall of water, a killer wave that level homes up to a mile inland.  One of the first, first-hand accounts of the destruction, live this morning. Read more
  • Pitchman in chief, President Obama joins the first lady in Denmark tomorrow to try and persuade the International Olympic Committee to hold the 2016 games in his hometown of Chicago.  The president's taken some heat for making the trip.  What if it fails?  Our Ed Henry will be live from Copenhagen with the latest.  We’re also talking to Scott Pippen, – the Chicago Bulls legend and a man who brought home a gold medal with the original “dream team” – about what this could mean for the city.
  • The other bank charges you.  Then your bank charges you for having the audacity to swipe your card somewhere else!!  When will the madness end?  Well this morning there's new proof that the cost of money is slowly, but surely killing us.  A new survey says ATM fees have exploded, even in this recession.  It now costs an average of more than $3.50 to use another bank's ATM.  That's up 16 percent from 2004.  Haven’t they got enough from us already?

Filed under: What's On Tap
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