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August 29th, 2014
09:56 PM ET

American Journey: HopeCam

It is a side-effect of cancer that is often overlooked: social isolation. It wasn't ignored by Len Forkas when his son Matt was battling leukemia at the age of nine. To help him fight the loneliness, he used a web cam to reconnect his son to his friends at school. Today, both Len and Matt are using their charity HopeCam to help kids fighting cancer stay connected. Randi Kaye has their story.

Click here to learn more about helping HopeCam

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August 29th, 2014
09:52 PM ET

Tony Stewart speaks about deadly crash as he returns to racing

NASCAR superstar Tony Stewart is speaking publicly for the first time about the death of fellow driver Kevin Ward Jr. Stewart struck and killed Ward during a race three weeks ago. Stewart held a news conference today in Atlanta where he will return to racing this weekend. Andy Scholes has latest.

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August 29th, 2014
09:32 PM ET

What's on the 'laptop of doom'?

It looks like your typical Dell laptop. But this one was left behind by an ISIS fighter who fled an attack by a group of Syrian rebels. When the rebels powered it on, it looked like it's hard drive was wiped clean. But then they found the 'hidden files' section. There were 35,347 hidden files, with training information, propaganda, even tips for avoiding authorities while traveling between jihadi hot spots. What was most troubling was a plan for a biological weapons attack using the bubonic plague. Foreign Policy reporter Harald Doornbos was able to look through the contents of the laptop. He said it contained instructions to 'basically destroy the world.'

Former CIA officer Bob Baer says terrorists are more likely to launch an attack using Ebola rather than Bubonic plague. He explains why in a conversation with Jake Tapper and former U.S. Ambassador-At-Large Daniel Benjamin.

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August 29th, 2014
04:34 PM ET

You need to know: 5 things you probably didn't know about ISIS' leaders

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Ben Hubbard has been covering the battle with ISIS for the New York Times. Anderson spoke to him from Baghdad. Here are the five most surprising things we learned from Ben about the leadership of ISIS.

- ISIS' top leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has about two dozen deputies.

- These deputies are mostly middle-aged Iraqi men who spent time in U.S. custody.

- About 1/3 of al-Baghdadi's deputies were officers trained in Saddam Hussein's military

- The advantage they bring is to allow ISIS to operate as more of a military, rather than just an insurgency force.

- Ben says the creation of an inclusive Iraqi government is key to a longterm strategy for defeating ISIS.

This is not all Ben Hubbard had to say about ISIS. Watch his full interview with Anderson Cooper.

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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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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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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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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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