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April 4th, 2013
11:34 PM ET

Richard Roeper: Glad Ebert is at peace

Roger Ebert's friend and former co-host, Richard Roeper, describes the film critic as a larger-than-life guy with a passion for the movies. Ebert died at age 70, two days after revealing he had cancer again.

"I'm grateful today that he's actually at peace, and very grateful for the outpouring of sympathy and love that I'm hearing from people all the way from the president of the United States to guys on the street," says Roeper. "He had that everyman quality, which is what I think made him such a universally beloved critic."

Ebert and Roeper's show began in 2000, before Ebert was diagnosed with thyroid and salivary gland cancer. In 2006 he lost his jaw, and with it, the ability to speak and eat. That didn't stop Ebert from delivering his sharp-witted commentary on films and a variety of other topics on his blog.

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April 4th, 2013
11:20 PM ET

Roger Ebert's influence and legacy

Anderson Cooper pays tribute to legendary film critic Roger Ebert, who died at the age of 70.

He started as a freelance writer for the "Chicago Sun Times" in 1966, but he never expected to make a career out of being a critic.

He once wrote a screenplay for a trashy hollywood movie called "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls." It bombed, so Ebert decided to stick with reviewing films instead of creating them.

In 1975 he became the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize. That same year he made his TV debut on a local station with rival Gene Siskel from the "Chicago Tribune." Three years later, the show went national on PBS.

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April 4th, 2013
11:15 PM ET

Hundreds remember slain Texas DA

CNN's Ed Lavandera reports on the funeral of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, who were killed in their Texas home last week.

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April 4th, 2013
11:11 PM ET

How North Korea would attack the South

Retired General James "Spider" Marks illustrates the plan of attack North Korea would use and how the U.S. could counter.

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April 4th, 2013
10:58 PM ET

Men sought in connection with Colo. Murder

Police are searching for two men linked to the notorious 211 gang in their investigation into who killed Tom Clements, Colorado's prisons chief. CNN's Martin Savidge reports.

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April 4th, 2013
10:44 PM ET

World is watching U.S.-North Korea drama

Christiane Amanpour and Fran Townsend discuss the escalating tension between the U.S. and North Korea. Many in the U.S. and around the world may be wondering why the young dictator is making nuclear threats and seemingly preparing for a potential attack.

Amanpour  says it's difficult to understand, but the answer is rooted in generations of his family's rule. "I think that this is sort of emblematic of many, many years of a dysfunctional relationship between North Korea and frankly the rest of the world."

As the U.S. considers how to respond to the antagonistic rhetoric, Amanpour says diplomacy should be employed. "The U.S. doesn't want to do that, does not want to, quote, unquote, "reward" North Korea ... Obviously that's not what diplomacy's about."

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April 4th, 2013
09:43 PM ET

Clements' widow: We pray to forgive killer

In an exclusive interview with Anderson Cooper, the wife and daughters of the slain Colorado prisons chief, Tom Clements, talk about the crushing loss, their love for him, and why they want to forgive his murderer.

Lisa Clements was home when her husband answered the door for his killer on March 19. She says the sound of the doorbell and what came after is an unmentionable darkness.

She doesn't want him remembered for the way he died, rather for the impact he made on people's lives. "There's a scripture that's talking about when darkness overtakes the Godly, light comes bursting through and I think that that scripture captures exactly what I would like people to know about Tom."

His family tells Anderson that Tom's career in corrections was successful because he was passionate about believing people could be redeemed.

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April 4th, 2013
06:41 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Family of slain Colorado prisons chief

In an exclusive interview at 8 and 11 p.m. ET, Anderson Cooper talks with Tom Clements' wife and daughters. They share memories and speak about how their family is coping with their devastating loss.

Clements, the executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, was gunned down at his home on March 19. Clements' wife, Lisa, was in the house at the time.

Errors by law enforcement may have played a role in the crime. The suspect, Evan Ebel, was released from prison four years too soon because of a clerical mistake.

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April 4th, 2013
12:57 AM ET

Fatal mistakes exposed in Colorado killings?

Programming note: On Thursday Anderson Cooper talks with the wife of slain Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements. Tune in for the exclusive interview at 8 and 11 p.m. ET.

CNN's Martin Savidge reports on Evan Ebel, the murder suspect who shouldn't have been paroled, and should never have slipped out of reach.

Due to a clerical error, Ebel was released from prison four years before he should have been freed. He was serving time for armed robbery, and records show he was no model inmate. He threatened to harm or kill prison authorities several times.

Police believe he's behind the murder of the Colorado prisons chief. Tom Clements was gunned down at his home last month. Ebel is also suspected of killing Nathan Leon, a pizza delivery driver.

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April 4th, 2013
12:22 AM ET

RidicuList: Lochte = reality TV gold

Ryan Lochte has his own reality show, and his own language. Anderson tries to perfect his version of the Olympic swimmer's trademark "Jeah!" on the RidicuList.

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