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August 29th, 2014
12:10 AM ET

Why did USC's Josh Shaw lie?

A college football player sprains both his ankles jumping from a balcony to save his nephew from drowning. At least that's what USC cornerback Josh Shaw told his coach. It turns out not to be true and Shaw is now benched indefinitely. So how did he sprain his ankles? Sara Sidner has the latest.

Why would anyone tell a huge lie like this? Dan Ariely is a professor Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University.

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August 29th, 2014
12:03 AM ET

How will the world respond to Russia's reported invasion of Ukraine?

Thousands of Russian troops reportedly crossed into Ukraine to fight alongside pro-Russian separatists. A Ukrainian Army officer is calling the move a "full-scale invasion." President Obama addressed it today blaming Russia for the violence in eastern Ukraine, but stopped short of using the word "invasion." Now many are asking, how will the world respond? Anderson discussed this with Diana Magnay.

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Filed under: Diana Magnay • Russia • Ukraine
August 28th, 2014
11:54 PM ET

American jihadis' roots in Minnesota

U.S. counterterrorism and intelligence officials are working to verify the identity of a second American killed while fighting for ISIS in Syria. A family friend spoke to CNN and identified him as Abdirahmaan Muhumed. An anti-ISIS group already identified another American fighting for the terror group as Douglas McCain from Minnesota.

We are now learning that McCain's high school friend Troy Kastigar was killed fighting for an extremist group back in 2009. Jason Carroll spoke to Kastigar's mother. It is the first time she is speaking on television and said she believes the two were manipulated.

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Filed under: ISIS • Jason Carroll
August 28th, 2014
11:45 PM ET

Does the Ferguson audio recording backup Officer Wilson's version of the shooting?

Does the Ferguson audio recording backup Officer Wilson's version of the shooting?

It might be the sound of Michael Brown losing his life. A company that makes a video conferencing app confirms audio of gunshots in Ferguson was recorded right around the time Officer Darren Wilson opened fire. CNN cannot independently confirm whether this recording actually captured audio of that shooting, but it is an intriguing piece of the puzzle. Don Lemon explains how CNN obtained this recording.

If this audio is verified, what does it tell us about the shooting? Anderson spoke with audio forensic expert Frank Piazza, CNN legal analyst Mark O'Mara and legal affairs commentator Areva Martin.


Filed under: Areva Martin • Ferguson • Mark O'Mara • Michael Brown
August 28th, 2014
11:37 PM ET

Does President Obama have a plan for dealing with ISIS?

After days of waiting to see if President Obama would target ISIS with airstrikes inside Syria, he addressed reporters today saying:

'I have consulted with Congress throughout this process.  I am confident that as Commander-in-Chief I have the authorities to engage in the acts that we are conducting currently.  As our strategy develops, we we will continue to consult with Congress, and I do think it'll be important for Congress to weigh in, that our consultations with Congress continue to develop so that the American people are a part of the debate.  But I don't want to put the cart before the horse.  We don't have a strategy yet. '

Anderson spoke to Jim Acosta for the White House response to the President saying, 'We don't have a strategy yet.'

There are serious questions about whether ISIS can hold on to and govern areas it now controls. Anderson discussed it with the New York Times' Ben Hubbard.


Filed under: ISIS • Jim Acosta • President Barack Obama • Syria
August 28th, 2014
05:39 PM ET

Drew Griffin answers your questions on the VA scandal

A controversial new report on the VA facilities in Phoenix looked at more than 3,000 cases and found that dozens of veterans faced 'clinically significant' delays in care. The report also said investigators could not conclusively link their deaths to those delays.

How could this be?

Anderson Cooper & Drew Griffin respond to questions from viewers submitted on Facebook and Twitter.


Filed under: Drew Griffin • VA Investigation • Veterans
August 28th, 2014
12:16 AM ET

Father acquitted of killing drunk driver

A jury in Texas found a man not guilty in the murder of a drunk driver who killed his sons. Local media reports say in 2012, 20-year-old Jose Banda Jr. was intoxicated when he struck and killed David Barajas' sons. They were just 11 and 12, and helping to push the family's truck down a road near their home. Prosecutors say Barajas then shot and killed Banda. Anderson discussed this emotional case with former federal prosecutor Jeffrey Toobin and Mark O'Mara,  who is George Zimmerman's former attorney.

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Filed under: Jeffrey Toobin • Mark O'Mara
August 28th, 2014
12:07 AM ET

Preparing police for confrontation

Officer Darren Wilson's actions are being closely scrutinized to determine whether his decision to shoot Michael Brown was justified. One lab is working to help train police officers for the moments like that when lives are on the line. Gary Tuchman visited the violence confrontation lab and even took part in one of the simulations.

Anderson discussed the impact of this sort of training with Neil Bruntrager, General Counsel of the St. Louis Police Officers Association and Phillip Abita Goff, Assistant Professor of social psychology at UCLA.

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Filed under: Ferguson • Gary Tuchman
August 27th, 2014
11:56 PM ET

Freed American journalist on reuniting with his family

American journalist Peter Theo Curtis said he had no idea how many people were thinking of him and working to secure his release. He briefly spoke to reporters after arriving back at his family's home. Miguel Marquez has the latest on Curtis' homecoming.

Investigative journalist David Rohde knows what it is like to return home after spending time as the hostage of a militant group. He escaped from his Taliban captors. Rohde spoke to Anderson about Curtis' homecoming.

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Filed under: David Rohde • Miguel Marquez
August 27th, 2014
11:43 PM ET

Report: Second American killed in Syria fighting for ISIS

An anti-ISIS group now says there was a second American killed fighting in Syria. The group that released photos of Douglas McCain's passport and his remains made the claim without providing any identification or evidence. U.S. officials estimate that dozens of Americans have tried to join ISIS. What would make them want to travel to Syria, pick up a weapon and fight for a group like that? Jason Carroll looks at the stories of other American jihadis.

Maajid Nawaz was once a member of a militant Muslim group. Today he is the author of "RADICAL: My Journey Out of Islamist Extremism." Anderson spoke to him about how groups like ISIS recruit westerners.

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Filed under: ISIS • Jason Carroll • Maajid Nawaz • Syria
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