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November 27th, 2013
10:27 PM ET

RidicuList: What was Jose Canseco doing in a car with diaper wearing goats?

We probably would have never even known this happened if a police officer had not pulled over the former big league slugger. Jose Canseco tried to explain the situation on Twitter.


Filed under: The RidicuList
November 27th, 2013
10:25 PM ET

Hero Afghan interpreter's journey from Taliban "kill list" to a new life in the U.S.

It's a reunion five years in the making. For Army Captain Matt Zeller, it is mission accomplished. He promised to get the Afghan interpreter who saved his life a visa to move to the U.S. That interpreter, Janis Shinwari, quickly became a top Taliban target and landed on their "kill list." Anderson talks to them about why the visa was so difficult to obtain.

Click here to donate money to help Janis Shinwari begin his new new life in America.

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November 27th, 2013
10:22 PM ET

Did Dr. Mary Neal go to heaven and come back?

Editor's Note: "Anderson Cooper Special Report: To Heaven and Back" airs Sunday, December 1st at  7 p.mand 10 p.m. E.T.

Orthopedic surgeon Mary Neal was kayaking in South America when she got pinned underwater for 15 minutes. She says she had no pulse, was not breathingand experienced what she described as an out of body experience. Dr. Neal told Randi Kaye  her extraordinary story, and says "you can't write everything off as a coincidence."

Mary Jo Rapini says her life changed profoundly when she suffered a severe brain aneurysm.

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November 27th, 2013
10:20 PM ET

Will the Thanksgiving Parade go on as planned? When hippos fly

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There is still no word on whether the massive helium balloons will be allowed to fly during Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Despite the threat of strong winds, crews are working through the night to inflate the balloons. The crowds are already lined up for what might be their best chance to see them. Gary Tuchman is on the scene.

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Filed under: Gary Tuchman • Thanksgiving
November 27th, 2013
10:14 PM ET

Thanksgiving travel chaos

The storm along the east coast is causing a ripple effect of travel delays stretching across the country. Whether you are hitting the road or heading to the airport, the weather is posing a serious challenge for millions of Americans. So just how rough is it out there? John Berman has the latest.

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Filed under: John Berman • Thanksgiving
November 27th, 2013
12:07 PM ET

Anderson Cooper Special Report: To Heaven and Back

Editor's Note: "Anderson Cooper Special Report: To Heaven and Back" airs Sunday, December 1st at 7pm and 10pm E.T.

Their stories are extraordinary. Randi Kaye speaks with people who were on the brink of death, when they say they left this world for another. They offer answers to the questions we would all like to ask.

Randi spoke with Orthopedic surgeon Mary Neal, who was trapped underwater for more than fifteen minutes. She describes the moment "I felt my body break free, and I felt my spirit break free."

Anita Moorjani was living her final moments with stage 4 lymphoma. She says she had to choose whether to come back or not. In her own words, Anita tells Randi why she returned.

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November 26th, 2013
09:59 PM ET

"Knockout game": Fact or fiction?

Videos are capturing what some are calling a trend: Young people assaulting random strangers, trying to knock them to the ground with a single punch. The so-called “knockout game” is making headlines nationwide, but is it an actual trend? Pam Brown has been investigating.

Phoebe Connolly, who works with young people professionally, was punched in the face by a stranger while riding her bike home. She says teenagers "don't always think of the ramifications of their actions."


Filed under: Pamela Brown
November 26th, 2013
09:57 PM ET

Pope Francis' new vision for the Church

Pope Francis is challenging church leaders to shift their focus back to the poor. In the first major document he’s written since becoming pontiff, Pope Francis writes:

"I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security."

That's basically a call for leaders to get their shoes muddy and get involved in the lives of their parishioners, rather than spending too much time parsing church doctrine. CNN Senior Vatican Analyst John Allen has more.

One of the most powerful images of Pope Francis' papacy is his embrace of a severely disfigured man. It has become a symbol of the pontiff’s compassion for all people, and it changed the life of the man he hugged. Ben Wedeman has his story.
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Filed under: John L. Allen Jr. • Pope Francis • Up Close
November 26th, 2013
09:51 PM ET

What new poll numbers say about the midterm elections

The latest CNN / ORC poll shows Republicans have an edge over Democrats among registered voters. That's a big turnaround from just one month ago when Democrats had an eight-point advantage. Control of Congress is up for grabs in next year's midterm elections. Chief National Correspondent John King takes a closer look at what these new polls could mean.

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Filed under: John Berman • John King • Raw Politics
November 26th, 2013
09:48 PM ET

Do corporations have freedom of religion?

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a pair of cases contesting the Affordable Care Act's contraception rule. Religious groups are already exempt, but for-profit corporations are not. The companies behind the two cases say they should not have to provide health insurance that covers certain types of birth control that they consider to be a form of abortion. John Berman takes a look at both sides of this issue with legal analysts Jeffrey Toobin and Sunny Hostin and Jay Sekulow, chief counsel at the American Center of Law and Justice.

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Filed under: Jeffrey Toobin • John Berman • Obamacare • Sunny Hostin • Supreme Court
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