Adrian Peterson's mother describes him as a loving father and says he was only disciplining his son in the same way he was disciplined growing up. Speaking to The Houston Chronicle, she went on to say, "When you whip those you love, it's not abuse, but love. You want to make them understand what they did wrong." Peterson is charged with felony child abuse. The case set off a national debate over discipling children. Gary Tuchman had a frank discussion about spanking with three generations of a family in Georgia.
Anderson discussed the culture of child discipline with CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin, New York Times columnist Charles Blow and cultural critic Michaela Angela Davis.
Dutch aviation investigators released their preliminary report on the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. They found "high-energy objects" struck the plane from outside. The report supports the theory that a warhead struck MH17, but it stops short of pointing the finger at who may have fired it.
The U.S. and Ukraine have accused pro-Russian separatists. Russia's BUK missile system is widely blamed as the weapon that brought down the flight.
There are no BUK systems in the U.S., but but Gary Tuchman visited the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force for an up close look at its Soviet predecessor the SA-2.
A transit station in London posted this snarky tribute to Joan Rivers:
Well played, Transport for London pic.twitter.com/HuUlgLtOpZ
— Claire (@byronhamburgers) September 5, 2014
It's a good bet that sign would have made her laugh. Joan made no secret of her many plastic surgeries. While she often joked about it, she also admitted the procedures terrified her. Gary Tuchman takes a look back.
Joan Rivers always called Johnny Carson her mentor, who made her a frequent guest on "The Tonight Show." When Joan was tapped to become the first woman to host a late night talk show, the two comedy legends became rivals. Gary Tuchman looks back at their complicated relationship.
Last week we reported on the tragic story of a nine-year-old girl who accidentally killed her firearms instructor while learning to shoot an Uzi. It started a national debate over how young is too young to fire such heavy weaponry. Gary Tuchman visited the Okeechobee Shooting Sports range in Florida, where the owner said he has seen four and five-year-olds shoot better than some adults.
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.
California's wine country was rocked by the region's strongest earthquake in 25 years. For one Napa community, it wasn't the shaking that destroyed several homes, it was the flames from what's believed to be a broken gas line. Gary Tuchman meets some of the residents who are still figuring out how to pick up the pieces.
Immigrants heading north through Mexico risk life and limb in hopes of crossing the border into the U.S. For many, the most dangerous part of the journey is a ride on the train that has been nicknamed both 'The Beast' and 'The Train of Death.' Gary Tuchman spoke to a mother who nearly lost an arm in an accident on 'The Beast' that cost her two-year-old son his leg.
Once immigrants reach the U.S., many are facing angry protests. In Oracle, Arizona, demonstrators made their voices heard after learning young undocumented immigrants would be making a local ranch their temporary home. Anderson discussed the volatile situation with Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu.
Gary Tuchman is in Mexico, following the trail that many immigrants are taking from Central America to the United States. He met people who are ready to risk life and limb to ride on a dangerous train heading north. He also meets a six-day-old baby born during her mother's journey to reach the U.S. border.
Last night, Gary Tuchman reported from the Guatemalan border, where U.S. bound immigrants are paying $1.30 to take a rickety raft across a river into Mexico. The dangers don't end there. Gary is following the trail that countless immigrants are using to travel north through Mexico while putting their lives at risk in hopes of reaching America.
Gary mentioned the train that many immigrants use on this journey derailed. Karl Penhaul spent time on board and shows why it is nicknamed the train of death.
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