"New Day" anchor Michaela Pereira stops by "AC360" before CNN's new morning show premieres on June 17. She tells John King about her move to New York, working with her co-anchors Chris Cuomo and Kate Bolduan and the first thing that comes to mind when she hears the words "Anderson Cooper!"
Kristin Beck served honorably in the military for 20 years as Chris. Now she's retired and living as a transgender woman. Watch what a day in Kristin's life is like in this excerpt from an Anderson Cooper special report.
There were three of them, one of them probably a child, and at least one met a gruesome end at the hands of a terrifying predator.
About 67 million years later, a Wyoming rancher led scientists to their remains. Now experts are digging out one of the most complete skeletons yet of a Triceratops, the three-horned, plant-eating dinosaur that was one of the last of the giant reptiles.
"There's only three other skeletons that will match the completeness of one of the specimens we're excavating right now," said paleontologist Peter Larson, president of the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research.
What everyone’s talking about:
A former government contractor employee, Edward Snowden, revealed that the National Security Agency has secret programs to collect records of domestic phone calls in the U.S. and Internet activity of overseas residents, according to documents he provided to The Guardian and The Washington Post. His disclosures prompted reactions from both major political parties in Washington. Republican Rep. Peter King told Anderson that Snowden put American lives at risk and that he believes journalists involved in reporting stories about classified programs should face consequences. However, columnist Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who broke the story for The Guardian, said he was “staggered” by Rep. King suggesting he be prosecuted for his reporting, and King's claims that Greenwald threatened to release the names of CIA personnel. Greenwald called that completely false. As for Snowden, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange had some advice for him: “Go to Latin America." Speaking from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Assange told Anderson, "Latin American has shown in the past 10 years that it is really pushing forward in human rights. There’s a long tradition of asylum.”
The man accused of murder, rape and holding three women in his Cleveland home pleaded not guilty on Wednesday. Ariel Castro was indicted last week on 329 counts. Anderson spoke with kidnapping victim Jaycee Dugard’s psychologist, Rebecca Bailey, about how victims cope and rebuild their lives after the trauma endured in captivity.
FBI Director Robert Mueller defended the collection of Americans’ phone records and called the controversial surveillance program legal when he spoke Thursday on Capitol Hill. Muller told the House Judiciary Committee that had the information-gathering been in place before the 2001 terrorist attacks it could have helped track down one of the 9/11 hijackers.
But some lawmakers and civil liberties groups are blasting the surveillance programs conducted by the National Security Agency after classified leaks last week detailed how they worked. NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked the top secret information and is now in hiding in Hong Kong. He could face criminal charges here in the U.S. Here’s the AC360 411 on the NSA:
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