May 15th, 2014
11:19 PM ET

Wildfires raging in Southern California

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.

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May 15th, 2014
11:18 PM ET

Rep. Miller speaks out about VA Secretary Shinseki's testimony

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki testified today at his first congressional hearing since AC360's reports about allegations patients died while waiting for care got national attention. Shinseki testified to the Senate Veterans Affairs' Committee that he was cooperating fully with the investigation and he was reviewing all VA operations.

Chairman of the House committee on Veterans' Affairs, Rep. Jeff Miller, talked to Anderson about the Secretary's congressional testimony. "The Secretary did an absolutely abysmal job of trying to reinstill faith and confidence in a very broken system." Rep. Miller told Anderson, "They are cooking the books," and that he is "less convinced" of the VA leadership's appropriateness after the testimony.

Rep. Miller says he doesn't "have faith that the department is able to do what it needs to do to correct the course that it’s on," and suggested an independent group rather than the government agency should be in charge of the investigation.

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May 15th, 2014
11:17 PM ET

VA Secretary on the congressional hot seat

WASHINGTON—The former Army general who has been heading the Veterans Administration since the beginning of the Obama presidency tells a Senate committee that in his view, systematic cooking of the VA’s books to make patient wait times appear far shorter than they actually are is rare.

In his first congressional appearance since CNN Investigations Correspondent Drew Griffin first began reporting on the problem, Eric Shinseki says there’s evidence it’s happened “in a couple of cases” but told senators these were isolated incidents. A former VA doctor tells CNN that in his view, false stacking of those waiting lists has led to perhaps as many 40 deaths.

Drew’s reporting for AC360° continues tonight and a Democratic member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee says it’s high time the FBI began its own investigation.

May 15th, 2014
11:16 PM ET

Adoption Battle

When Dave and Kim Hodgin adopted their daughter Sonya back in 2008 they were thrilled. Dave said he was “ecstatic.”

They had been caring for her and fostering her since before she was two at their home in Dickson Tennessee. But their joy didn’t last long. Just over a year after Sonya’s adoption was finalized, a juvenile judge in Tennessee reversed it.

Why? Because he ruled that her birth father’s parental rights had been erroneously terminated. You see, the biological dad had been sentenced to 15 years in prison, which in Tennessee is enough to make you lose your parental rights if your child is under the age of 8. But what the court didn’t know was that before the adoption was finalized, Sonya’s biological dad had cut a deal to have his sentence reduced to 7 ½ years. That allowed him to fight for the adoption, which was later finalized, to be reversed.

Randi Kaye has an exclusive interview with Sonya’s adoptive parents, who had her ripped from their arms in January of this year.

Dave Hodgin recalled the emotional day: “…and Sonya's crying her eyes out. Screaming bloody murder, ‘Please don't let them do this, daddy, please mama don't let ‘em take me.’”

Watch Randi Kaye’s report for the full story and a preview of the family’s next steps in court.


Watch Randi's report about the May 16th hearing

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May 15th, 2014
11:04 PM ET

9/11 Memorial Museum dedication

Somber memories and tears as President Obama and others honor the victims at the dedication of the 9/11 Memorial Museum.

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