Maya Angelou's voice may have fallen silent today, but her words live on. Angelou died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina at the age of 86. She was a poet, civil rights activist, a singer, a dancer and when she was just 16, Angelou became San Francisco's first female streetcar driver. Anderson had the honor of speaking with Maya Angelou several times. We wanted to share the full interview from their conversation marking the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.
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Their most recent conversation was about six months ago following the death of Nelson Mandela. She spoke about his legacy and even broke into song.
When Shelly Sterling started lining up buyers for the L.A. Clippers, it may have seemed, at least for a minute, that Donald Sterling was ready to walk away from the NBA. In fact, he cleared the way in a letter to the NBA confirming that he authorized his wife to negotiate the sale of the team. But now, his lawyer tells ESPN that Donald Sterling "is going to fight to the bloody end," and "he disavows anything" Shelly is doing to sell the team. So what's next for the Clippers? Anderson spoke with CNN legal analysts Sunny Hostin and Jeffrey Toobin along with Rachel Nichols, host of CNN's Unguarded.
It was the most promising lead in the search for Flight 370, but now investigators say those underwater pings did not come from the missing plane's black boxes. Those pings helped shape the search zone and set the path for the underwater sub. So where does the search go now? Anderson got the latest from Rene Marsh, aviation correspondent Richard Quest and analyst David Gallo, who co-led the search for Air France Flight 447.
19-year-old Veronika Weiss was in the wrong place at the wrong time when bullets started flying during the Isla Vista, California rampage. She was shot and killed outside the Alpha Phi sorority house, though she belonged to a different sorority. Her father, Bob, and brother, Cooper, told Anderson how they spent hours sitting at the edge of the crime scene waiting for word. They went on to say that they are not angry with the family of her killer.
A shocking new report on problems at the Phoenix VA hospital details at least 1,700 veterans who were waiting to see a doctor and were never scheduled for an appointment. They were also never placed on a wait list. A new report from the VA's Office of the Inspector General confirms much of what AC360 has been reporting for months now. It found vets spent months waiting for care and Phoenix employees cooked the books to hide it. The scandal is expanding with 42 VA hospitals now under investigation. Drew Griffin is Keeping Them Honest and has the latest on the shocking report.
Anderson discussed the findings with Drew Griffin along with Paul Rieckhoff, founder and CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.
As the bullets flew in Isla Vista on Friday, some good samaritans put their own lives in danger to save the life of a woman who had been shot. Gary Tuchman has the story some of the heroes who stepped up during the tragedy.
Richard Martinez lost his only son in the Isla Vista rampage. He has gone through more in the last few days than most people can imagine. He spoke to Anderson about his son's love of basketball and how he was a fierce competitor while remaining a gentle person. He also called on lawmakers to take action to prevent another tragedy.
On Friday at 9:17 pm, the killer sends out his frightening 137 page manifesto by e-mail. Moments later a killing spree would begin. Less than two hours later six people will be killed, 13 others wounded and the killer would take his own life. Kyung Lah looks at how the Isla Vista killing spree unfolded.
AC360 is not showing the killer's photo or using his name. Anderson discussed this decision with former LAPD psychologist Kris Mohandie and "Columbine" author Dave Cullen.
Anderson looks back at the lives lost in the killing spree near University of California, Santa Barbara.
Family and friends gathered today for a vigil honoring those who were killed in the rampage.
U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan are set to end at the end of the year. Now, President Obama is laying out his plan to leave nearly 10,000 troops there through 2015. That is contingent on the new Afghan government signing off on a security agreement. Even if this plan does win approval, President Obama admits Afghanistan "will not be a perfect place." National security analyst Peter Bergen has the latest.
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