Wildfires spread rapidly in Southern California are forcing thousands of residents to evacuate. Scorching temperatures, dry conditions and Santa Ana winds are fueling the flames. Some 10,000 acres has burned in San Diego County, including the nearly uncontrollable fire in San Marcos.
Anderson spoke with San Marcos fire chief, Brett Van Wey. There's still a full evacuation of 5,000 homes in the city. "It's a moving target as far as estimating size, we're only about five percent contained right now," Van Wey said.
Watch Gary Tuchman's report from the frontlines in San Marcos, California.
One family whose home was destroyed spoke to Anderson about the miraculous survival of their dog Rocky.
Watch Ted Rowlands’ report from inside an air tanker and see how they battle wildfires from above.
Police announce arrests and charges in connection with the death of Chicago 15-year old Hadiya Pendleton.
CNN's Ted Rowlands reports on the arrests and the teen's family reacts to the news.
When an armed bank robber struck a Wells Fargo branch in Aurora, Colorado, police took extraordinary and controversial steps to find the suspect.
They pulled over 19 cars at an intersection and ordered everyone out of them at gunpoint, even children.
"I had my hands up, they had rifles and guns and everything pointed at me with shields and a canine dog," 16-year-old Michael Hance told CNN's Ted Rowlands about the June incident.
Nearly everyone was then handcuffed and treated as an armed and dangerous suspect.
They did this because the stolen money bag with $25,000 had a GPS device hidden inside and it showed the bank robbery suspect was at the intersection.
Last night CNN's Ted Rowlands showed us a night-time ride-along with veteran Chicago police officers combating gun violence in the deadly neighborhood of Englewood. Many of the victims end up at the ER trauma unit of Cook County hospital, where they are stretched thin by the city's surge in violent crime. Here is another up close look at the fight to save lives.
CNN’s Ted Rowlands takes you on a ride along with two 26-year veteran Chicago police officers to document what happens nightly in the deadly neighborhood of Englewood.
And watch Ted's night in the ER
CNN’s Ted Rowlands was permitted to ride along with two 26-year veteran Chicago police officers to document what happens nightly in the deadly neighborhood of Englewood. Here is a video preview of what he saw
Editor's note: Anderson Cooper will broadcast from Wisconsin on Monday with the latest on the mass shooting at a Sikh temple. Watch at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.
Women and children were busy inside the Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee, preparing for their traditional Sunday feast. Religious leaders gathered in the building's holy room, ahead of the hundreds set to arrive soon for the next service's 11:30 a.m. start.
This peace was shattered, when what authorities believe was a lone gunman opened fire inside and outside the temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. By the time a police officer - after his colleague had been "ambushed" and shot multiple times - returned fire, the gunman and six others were dead, Oak Creek police Chief John Edwards said.
Ted Rowlands and Michael Martinez
Los Angeles (CNN) - An "America's Got Talent" contestant who was questioned by police in connection with his wife's death is now offering $25,000 for information leading to a conviction in his wife's "murder," the contestant says.
Joe Finley, 47, a Los Angeles, California-area rock musician, said he wants to find the person responsible for what he called his wife's "murder." His wife's body was found just hours before he auditioned for "America's Got Talent" in October.
On Wednesday, Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County coroner's department said Laura Finley's cause of death is still being investigated, and he added he's waiting on toxicology tests, which should be completed by the first week of January.
Also this week, Los Angeles police said the case is still open and the death could have been an accident. But Finley has described police as accusing him of murdering his wife, though no charges have been filed.
Laura Finley, 48, who lived with her husband in Rancho Cucamonga, California, was discovered dead at the bottom of a staircase in the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles about 8 a.m. on October 23, according to police.
Joe Finley, who owns a spring-manufacturing business, has hired attorneys Sean Macias and Nareg Gourjian, who have represented a number of high-profile clients including Chris Brown and Scott Peterson.
Finley has described police as urging him to confess to killing his wife.
Los Angeles police declined to comment on Finley's reward offer or his assertions.
Finley told CNN he had nothing to do with his wife's death.
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