A bat loose in a Knoxville, Tennessee newsroom forced it's way into a live broadcast. While you need to see how this news team reacted to the unexpected flying guest... apparently bats and other pests interrupt live news shows more often than you might realize.
Polls are about to open in Scotland for an historic referendum on independence from the U.K. There are certainly practical implications if Scotland breaks away, but there are also practical matters. John Berman takes a closer look at all of it.
Adrian Peterson's mother describes him as a loving father and says he was only disciplining his son in the same way he was disciplined growing up. Speaking to The Houston Chronicle, she went on to say, "When you whip those you love, it's not abuse, but love. You want to make them understand what they did wrong." Peterson is charged with felony child abuse. The case set off a national debate over discipling children. Gary Tuchman had a frank discussion about spanking with three generations of a family in Georgia.
Anderson discussed the culture of child discipline with CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin, New York Times columnist Charles Blow and cultural critic Michaela Angela Davis.
The grand jury that will decide whether to file criminal charges in the Michael Brown shooting is meeting behind closed doors. According to the Saint Louis Dispatch, the man who pulled the trigger, Officer Darren Wilson testified about the shooting. Anderson discussed why this is a surprising and potentially risky move with legal analysts Jeffrey Toobin and Sunny Hostin.
ISIS has made it clear that they want to launch an attack on U.S. soil. Despite the group's bloodlust, it is not necessarily the threat that most worries authorities whose job is protecting the homeland. Justice Correspondent Pamela Brown looks at the danger of so-called 'lone wolves' who are inspired and sometimes trained by al Qaeda.
Police are searching for the suspect in the ambush of two Pennsylvania State Troopers. They say Eric Frein killed Byson Dickson and seriously wounded Alex Douglass. Now we are learning Frein belongs to a military simulation group that reenacts battles from the Cold War. There are fears that he is using 'survivalist' skills to act out one of those battles in real life. Jason Carroll has the latest on the manhunt.
The U.S. is in the middle of an air campaign against ISIS. If that fails, will the Obama administration send combat troops on the ground? It seems to depend on who in Washington you ask. Anderson Cooper is Keeping Them Honest and asked White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest. He described the role members of the U.S. military may be asked to play on the ground in Iraq.
The state of California cracked down on the charity Help Hospitalized Veterans, after finding it spending hundreds of thousands of dollars that should have been going to vets, on big time salaries and golf club memberships. That got the charity banned from VA hospitals. However, Help Hospitalized Veterans is still in business, just under new management. The current CEO is a disgraced former VA administrator with ethics issues of her own. Investigative Correspondent Drew Griffin is Keeping Them Honest and describes the situation by saying "this is where the poor management at the VA… and very bad veteran charities intersect."
Last night on AC360, Susan Candiotti broke news about the death of Joan Rivers. Sources tell CNN that a staff member at the clinic told investigators that a doctor treating Rivers took a 'selfie' in the procedure room while the comedienne was under anesthesia. A source also told CNN that a doctor began performing a biopsy without Rivers' consent. Now, Susan Candiotti has new information on the that clinic, and questions about whether it should be open today.
When it comes to battling terror groups like ISIS, few tools are as effective as human intelligence. It took years to infiltrate key al Qaeda operatives. The CIA did it with the help of a double agent named Morten Storm.
Storm was a Danish boxer, who was radicalized after he converted to Islam. He quickly rose into the upper ranks of al Qaeda. When the large number of civilian deaths convinced him to turn on the group, Storm helped take out one of its top leaders, Anwar al-Awlaki.
CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank helped tell Storm's story. He is a co-author of the new memoir "Agent Storm: My Life Inside al Qaeda and the CIA."
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