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Ferry crew members answered questions about why more life rafts were not deployed. Tonight on AC360, the latest from South Korea on the effort to reach victims.
June 26th, 2013
01:40 AM ET

George Zimmerman's 120 pound transformation

Randi Kaye reports on George Zimmerman's weight gain and how it may affect the jury.

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June 26th, 2013
12:36 AM ET

Baby Veronica's story

Supreme Court case Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl ruled 5-4 in favor of Veronica's adoptive parents. Randi Kaye details the story behind the divisive case.
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June 22nd, 2013
12:08 AM ET

Are these Travyon Martin's screams?

The audio from the 911 call on the night Travyon Martin died could shape the direction of the George Zimmerman trial. CNN's Randi Kaye reports.

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June 13th, 2013
10:51 PM ET

Reputed Boston gangster on trial

CNN's Randi Kaye reports on the life of bank robber James "Whitey" Bulger, who's an alleged cold-blooded killer.

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June 5th, 2013
10:44 PM ET

Boston bombing survivor meets woman she says saved her life

Editor's note: If you'd like to help Erika cover the cost of some of her medical bills, her friends have established the Erika Brannock Fund to collect donations.

Erika Brannock, a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing, anxiously purses her lips.

Her eyes jump and she is quick to smile and laugh.

This is what someone looks like waiting to meet the person, a stranger, who she believes saved her life.

"I told my cousin last night that it's kind of like the night before Christmas, where you're so excited, but nervous at the same time and you can't sleep," Brannock told CNN's AC360 on Wednesday.

Brannock is about to meet Amanda North, a woman who took her hand and did not let go.

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June 3rd, 2013
11:34 PM ET

Help Boston victim find her rescuer

Erika Brannock could have died from her severe injuries after the Boston Marathon bombings were it not for a good samaritan. Part of Erika's left leg was blown off in the blast and her right leg was broken. A compassionate stranger, who she recalls having the name Joan, made a tourniquet out of a belt to stop the bleeding.

"I had a conversation in my head with God and I told him I wasn't ready to go," remembers Erika. "It was almost instantaneously ... this woman kind of crawled over to me and she grabbed my hand ... she said 'My name is Joan from California and I'm not going to let you go,' and she stayed with me the whole time."

The preschool teacher has overcome many obstacles in her recovery, including 11 surgeries, as well as the fear of another attack. Every time she was wheeled into the operating room, she had to pass the section of the hospital where bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was being treated. The FBI assured Erika that he would never hurt her again.

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May 31st, 2013
12:47 AM ET

Dad to teenage suspects: Rot in hell

16-year-old Skylar Neese disappeared after sneaking out of her West Virginia home on July 6, 2012. She wanted to hang out with close friends that night, so she climbed out of her window and got into a car with them.

The teen never returned. Six months later, two girls who had been her best friends told police they stabbed Skylar to death. The girls told police they left her body on the side of the road covered with branches.

One friend, Rachel Shoaf, left for church camp the day after the murder. The second girl's name has not been made public because she is a juvenile.

That other friend stayed in town after her friend's disappearance. She hung missing posters and comforted the family before the body was discovered. Skylar's dad told CNN's Randi Kaye their family thought her friend " ...was so upset and missed Skylar so much, and to find she murdered her makes me sick."

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May 28th, 2013
10:58 PM ET

Keeping Them Honest: Rape kits go untested for decades

At least 400,000 rape kits containing critical DNA that could help convict a criminal are sitting untested in labs around the country. Victims who submitted evidence assumed the police were searching for their attackers using the kits, but hundreds of thousands were never processed.

A new federal law aims to reduce this enormous backlog of untested kits, but time is running out in some cases.

CNN's Randi Kaye met one woman who followed up on her case decades later and was horrified to discover her rape kit was untested. When police finally processed the evidence, it was just a matter of months before they found the man who brutally raped Carol Bart in1984. But it was too late for her to press charges against Joseph Houston and seek justice because of the statute of limitations in Texas.

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Tonight on AC360: Rape evidence ignored for decades
May 28th, 2013
06:03 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Rape evidence ignored for decades

Imagine being brutally attacked, then going through the pain of providing a rape kit for investigators, only to have it sit untouched, collecting dust on a shelf, for more than two decades. During that time, the rapist remains free – not only allowed to go about his business but free to brutalize and rape others because investigators aren’t looking for him. They can’t be looking for him because they’ve never tested the rape kit that contains his DNA.

In my story tonight for Anderson Cooper 360 you’ll meet two women who lived this nightmare. They went through the pain of providing a rape kit, only to have it sit on a shelf for more than two decades in each case. Carol Bart, who was raped in 1985, called the Dallas Police Department to check on the status of her kit in 2008. Unbelievably, it had not yet been processed more than 20 years later. Once it was, her rapist was identified in just four months. But that was too late for Carol to press charges since the statute of limitations had run out.

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May 28th, 2013
01:42 PM ET

Was new Rutgers athletics head abusive?

On paper, the former University of Tennessee women's volleyball head coach looks like the type of visionary Rutgers needs to help its athletic program recover after a scandal at the school in April. But claims about her past paint a different picture about her leadership abilities.

Women who played on Julie Hermann's team 16 years ago are coming forward with allegations that could undermine her work before she even begins the new job.

In 1996, the team wrote a letter outlining the unbearable "mental cruelty" she inflicted, and accusing their coach of calling them "whores, alcoholics, and learning disabled." The letter was published Sunday in Newark's "Star- Ledger" newspaper.

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