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September 16th, 2014
10:32 PM ET

What does it take to infiltrate a terror group?

When it comes to battling terror groups like ISIS, few tools are as effective as human intelligence. It took years to infiltrate key al Qaeda operatives. The CIA did it with the help of a double agent named Morten Storm.

Storm was a Danish boxer, who was radicalized after he converted to Islam. He quickly rose into the upper ranks of al Qaeda. When the large number of civilian deaths convinced him to turn on the group, Storm helped take out one of its top leaders, Anwar al-Awlaki.

CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank helped tell Storm's story. He is a co-author of the new memoir "Agent Storm: My Life Inside al Qaeda and the CIA."

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Filed under: al Qaeda • Paul Cruickshank
September 16th, 2014
10:28 PM ET

President Obama calls Ebola "a potential threat to global security"

Up to 3,000 U.S. troops could be heading to Liberia to help in the battle against Ebola. President Obama addressed the crisis today in a speech at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. Global health officials have been sounding the alarm about this outbreak and begging for help. Can the president's plan help end this outbreak? Anderson discussed it with Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

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Filed under: Dr. Sanjay Gupta • Ebola
September 16th, 2014
10:20 PM ET

Advertisers pull out as Peterson prepares to return to the field

The Vikings are hoping to rebound from last week's tough loss against the Patriots with the help of star running back Adrian Peterson. He is set to return to the field this weekend, despite facing a felony child abuse charge.

Some big advertisers are now jumping ship. Castrol Motor Oil says it is dropping its sponsorship of Peterson. Radisson pulled its advertising deal with the Vikings. One of the NFL's biggest sponsors Anheuser-Busch is still on board, but released a statement expressing its disappointment and increasing concern.

Ed Lavandera has new information on a second allegation of child abuse by Peterson involving a different child.

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Filed under: Adrian Peterson • Ed Lavandera • NFL
September 16th, 2014
10:17 PM ET

Suspected cop killer on the loose, inside the search for the 'survivalist' fugitive

31-year-old Eric Matthew Frein is the prime suspect in an ambush that left one Pennsylvania State Trooper dead and left another seriously injured. Frein is on the run and believed to be armed and dangerous. Police also describe him as a survivalist who is ideally suited to life in the wild. Jason Carroll has the latest on the search.

Where does a manhunt like this start? Anderson asked former LAPD psychologist Kris Mohandie and former FBI Deputy Director Tom Fuentes.

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September 16th, 2014
10:09 PM ET

Shocking allegations in Joan Rivers death investigation

It started as a routine medical procedure, but days later the country was mourning the death of Joan Rivers. Susan Candiotti reports on what was allegedly happening inside the out-patient clinic when Rivers was getting what should have been a routine procedure.

Anderson digs deeper into these shocking allegations with Arthur Caplan, who is the founding director of the Division of Medical Ethics at NYU Langone Medical Center and Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin.

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Filed under: Jeffrey Toobin • Joan Rivers • Selfie • Susan Candiotti
September 16th, 2014
10:19 AM ET

For a decade, she thought the crash that killed her boyfriend was her fault. Now regulators say a faulty GM ignition switch may be to blame.

So far, hundreds of people have put in death and injury claims against G-M.

Today the lawyer hired to manage the company’s compensation fund tied more deaths to the defect and said he expects the number to rise.

One of the 19 people killed was Mikale Erickson. His girlfriend, Candice Anderson, was behind the wheel when they crashed in 2004. Mikale died and Candice was seriously injured. The police report says neither was wearing a seat belt and the car's airbags did not deploy.

It was found that Candice had taken unprescribed Xanax the night before the crash, and she was prosecuted for homicide. She later pleaded guilty to felony negligent homicide and was sentenced to five years probation and fined.

You can watch Poppy Harlow's report, and find out much more about this case at CNNMoney

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Filed under: GM • Poppy Harlow
September 15th, 2014
11:33 PM ET

Watch the CNN report that China doesn't want you to see

The Chinese government pulled the plug on CNN's feed inside their country when AC360 aired David McKenzie's report on the crackdown on Christians in Eastern China. Christian leaders there are facing the worst persecution in decades. It features exclusive video of police clashing with church members.

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Filed under: China • David McKenzie
September 15th, 2014
11:08 PM ET

Brother of murdered British aid worker David Haines speaks

David Haines is the third Western captive to be executed on video by ISIS. His family is dealing with an unimaginable tragedy. His brother Mike is speaking out about David's motivation to be an aid worker. Nic Robertson has the latest.

ISIS' videos show horrifying acts of brutality carried out in Syria and Iraq. Those graphic images have many people wondering whether ISIS could launch an attack on U.S. soil. Anderson looked at ISIS' capabilities with CNN Political commentator Peter Beinart and retired Army Lieutenant General Mark Hertling.

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Filed under: ISIS • Peter Beinart
September 15th, 2014
10:52 PM ET

Vikings clear Adrian Peterson to return to the field

Adrian Peterson will be back on the field, playing with the Vikings next weekend. The decision comes just days after he was benched following his indictment on a felony child abuse charge. Peterson released a statement on the way he punished his son, saying in part:

"The way my parents disciplined me has a great deal to do with the success I have enjoyed as a man..."

He is talking about a style of parenting that millions of Americans will recognize. It is also a style of parenting that's at the center of a national debate over what constitutes abuse. Ed Lavandera takes a closer look at the Peterson case.


NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley weighed into the controversy surrounding Adrian Peterson saying:

"I'm from the south. Whipping is…we do that all the time. Every black parent in the south is going to be in jail under those circumstances. We have to be careful letting people dictate how we..you know treat their children."

 Anderson discussed all of this with children's advocate Areeva Martin, New York Times columnist Charles Blow and Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin.

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Filed under: Adrian Peterson • Charles Blow • Ed Lavandera • Jeffrey Toobin • NFL
September 12th, 2014
10:14 PM ET

AC360 Exclusive: James Foley's mother on receiving a massive ransom demand by e-mail

Diane Foley spoke exclusively with Anderson Cooper about the kidnapping and murder of her son, journalist James Foley. She put the blame squarely on ISIS, but she also said that she felt "our country let Jim down." She also spoke to Anderson about her son’s time in captivity, the handling of an e-mail demanding an impossible random, the release of Bowe Bergdahl and the launch of the James Foley Legacy Fund and Foundation.

Justice Correspondent Pam Brown reports on the government's response to Diane Foley's allegations.

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Filed under: ISIS • James Foley • Pamela Brown
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