Tomorrow marks 25 years since the deadly crackdown in Tiananmen Square, where armed troops opened fire on the crowd of pro-democracy protestors. The Chinese government never released an official death toll, but human rights groups say hundreds of people were killed. In the middle of all the violence, Jeff Widener captured the most iconic image.
The Obama administration is defending itself against accusations of negotiating with terrorists after striking a deal for Bowe Bergdahl's freedom. The U.S. has been engaging in prisoner exchanges since the Revolutionary War. Randi Kaye takes a close look at previous deals to bring captured Americans home.
How is this for a birthday surprise? Anderson thought he was reading tonight's RidicuList on a bear sleeping in a hammock, but that's when some of the biggest names in news delivered unforgettable birthday messages.
We don't know why Bowe Bergdahl walked off his base, leaving his fellow soldiers and his weapon behind. Retired Sergeant Josh Korder was in Bergdahl's platoon when he was captured. Sgt. Korder explains to Anderson why he and other soldiers were not surprised to hear it was Bergdahl who disappeared after learning someone was missing.
Pamela Brown takes a closer look at Bowe Bergdahl's time in the military.
Two 12-year-old girls are facing attempted murder charges, accused of stabbing one of their friends more than a dozen times. The victim survived and is in stable condition. Police say the attack was not triggered by a fight or jealousy. Investigators say the girls were trying to kill their friend to impress a made-up character called 'Slenderman.' FBI profiler Mary Ellen O'Toole breaks down this disturbing case.
There are few people who can relate to what Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and his family are gong through right now. But Keith Stansell is one of them. He was held for five years by FARC militants in Colombia. Anderson spoke with Keith and his mother Lynne Stansell.
Senator John McCain is a former prisoner of war and he is also one of the most vocal critics of the Obama Administration's deal to bring Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl home. He spoke to Anderson and questioned President Obama's priorities after releasing five Taliban detainees from Gitmo.
Anderson Cooper spoke to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney about the release of Bowe Bergdahl. They spoke for so long we could not fit the entire interview on TV. Their full conversation is available here.
You can see part 2 of the full interview here:
While some churches are struggling to attract younger members, 20 and 30-something-year-olds are waiting in long lines to get into Hillsong's services. Pastor Carl Lentz is the main attraction. He spoke to Poppy Harlow about the church's success and where he stands on several major issues.
This past weekend Donald Sterling accepted an invitation to a predominately African-American chuch service in South Central Los Angeles. The pastor, Rev. J. B. Hardwick, explained the invitation to Anderson saying, "I noticed this man carrying a load or burden and my heart went out to him." Rev. Hardwick also talks about his feelings about Sterling's racist comments.
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