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Television legend Dick Clark died on Wednesday from a “massive heart attack” at the age of 82, according to his publicist. Nicknamed “America’s oldest living teenager,” his extraordinary career in the entertainment business included “American Bandstand” and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.” Anderson spoke with music icons Aretha Franklin and Little Richard about Clark’s legacy, his “fabulous” parties, and how he managed to break down racial boundaries on “Bandstand”. Motown Records founder Berry Gordy joined the conversation and explained how Clark influenced Motown and changed history. As for Dick Clark’s business, CNN’s Tom Foreman reports on how much Clark’s empire is worth.
As concern over the Syrian crisis grew on Thursday, at least 25 people were killed in the country, according to the opposition Local Coordination Committees of Syria. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for an arms embargo and other tough U.N. Security Council steps against President al-Assad’s regime. Meanwhile, an advanced team of 30 U.N. observers is in Syria to observe the fragile truce. But U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is asking the Security Council to authorize his call for the mission to be expanded to 300 monitors in 10 locations over three months. Anderson heard from one activist who said the U.N. needs to send 3,000 observers to get the job done. He also spoke with U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Susan Rice, who called al-Assad the “biggest fabricator of the facts.”
Pippa Middleton, Prince William’s sister-in-law, caused a scandal with French authorities after her friend flashed a toy gun at press photographers in Paris. Her friend has since apologized. CNN’s Richard Quest reports.
And Anderson spoke with Dr. Otis Brawley, from the American Cancer Society, after Warren Buffett announced he was diagnosed with stage one prostate cancer.
More Secret Service personnel resignations are expected soon, following the alleged prostitution scandal in Colombia, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee told CNN. Anderson spoke with New York Times Reporter William Neuman after he interviewed the Colombian escort at the center of the incident. She said she was stunned to find out the men were part of the U.S. Secret Service when the news broke. CNN’s National Security Contributor will have all the latest developments tonight at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.
Some believe Florida Special Prosecutor Angela Corey should not have charged Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman with second-degree murder. She’s accused of making controversial decisions in other cases as well. Last year, Corey charged a 12-year-old boy as an adult after he allegedly killed his 2-year-old brother. The boy faces the possibility of life in prison if convicted. CNN’s Gary Tuchman has the story on AC360 tonight.
It’s been more than three decades since authorities put the face of Etan Patz on the sides of milk cartons in hopes of finding the 6-year-old boy. In 1979 he disappeared when he walked, for the first time, by himself to his school bus stop in New York City. The F.B.I relaunched their search for him in the basement of a building in Manhattan’s SOHO area, one block from where Etan lived. “We’re looking for human remains, clothing or other personal effects,” said NYPD spokesman Paul Browne. Anderson will have the latest on the investigation, and will interview Ed Smart, father of child abductee Elizabeth Smart, tonight.
A look ahead:
Last week we showed you the story of Matthew Roberts, an L.A. musician who says he may be the son of convicted cult leader and murderer Charles Manson. Now CNN has identified Manson’s grandson, Jason Freeman and on Thursday DNA tests will be performed on Roberts and Freeman. An Ohio lab will reveal the results one week later. DNA specialists say if Jason and Matthew are both related to Manson, the genetic correlation will be undeniable. Tune in next week for an update.
Just for laughs:
Courtney Stodden went on a quest for sexy…veggies. And for all you Courtney Critics, you’ve landed back on the RidicuList!
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