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Robin Meade and Anderson Cooper host a special on the events that shook us—and the people who suddenly became our heroes. That includes Antoinette Tuff who managed to calm and disarm a gunman ready to shoot up an Atlanta middle school. Watch a preview of Anderson's interview with Antoinette now. You can catch her full story tornight and get ready meet more extraordinary and inspirational people.
Earvin “Magic” Johnson described himself as "the blessing and the curse of HIV" in an interview with Anderson Cooper and also opened up about his gay son who came out publicly a few months ago.
"I'm the blessing because people were talking about it, they ran out and got tested at that time. Then I'm the curse because…people now say, oh well, HIV is nothing because if I get it I can be like Magic. He's doing good, and I can do the same thing he's doing or take the same medicine he's taking and I'll be okay," Johnson said. "But what they don't understand, in 22 years, millions of people have died."
Today, Anderson announced the ten finalists for CNN's Hero of the Year
The winner will be revealed during the tribute show that airs on CNN on December 1.
Anderson introduces you to the remarkable everyday people who will be honored this year on "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute."
Each of the ten finalists will receive $50,000.
You can help select which one will be named as the CNN Hero of the Year and receive an additional $250,000.
Vote for your favorite Hero now at CNNHeroes.com or from your mobile device. The winner will be revealed during the tribute show, which will be hosted by Anderson Cooper at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
Mia Farrow making headlines today, by suggesting for the first time that Frank Sinatra might be the father of her son Ronan, not Woody Allen. We learn a lot about Anderson's family life as he opens up about his mother's relationship with Sinatra.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made his debut at the United Nations today. He spoke hours after President Obama stood at the same podium, but the two President did not meet face-to-face. Today's events are raising questions about a possible new chapter in U.S. / Iranian relations. Anderson takes a look at the events that brought the two countries to this point.
The terrorist attack at Nairobi's Westgate Mall is now in its fourth day. At least 62 people are dead and dozens are unaccounted for. Kenya’s Interior Ministry says authorities are in control of the mall, but that several gunmen remain inside. Anderson takes a look at the events that brought us to this point.
On a special edition of AC360, Fouad Ajami, Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, Anne-Marie Slaughter of the New America Foundation, Charles Blow of The New York Times and Chief National Correspondent John King discussed President Obama's case for use of U.S. military force in Syria.
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