Confrontations with police armed with military weapons and vehicles are some of the iconic images to emerge from the chaos and violence in Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of Michael Brown. A New Jersey city that just a few years ago ranked dead last when it came to murders, shootings and drugs has transformed its police force by moving away from militarization. Deborah Feyerick looks at how that move may have also turned around the city of Camden.
Videos from ISIS that depict the executions of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff have drawn condemnation from around the world. Randi Kaye reports how those videos are also being used to draw new recruits on jihadi web sites and chatrooms.
Maajid Nawaz was once a Muslim extremist. He discussed what this generation of radicals sees in ISIS' videos.
Michael Brown was 18 years old when he was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson. Now a judge is deciding whether to release his juvenile court records. This legal battle began when a pair of media outlets petitioned to make the records public. At a hearing today, a court official said that Brown had no serious felony convictions as a juvenile. What would be gained by releasing these records? Anderson spoke with CNN legal analysts Jeffrey Toobin and Mark Geragos and legal affairs commentator Areva Martin.
During a news conference today in Estonia, President Obama said his goal is to "degrade and destroy" ISIS. He then took a step back and said his goal is to ensure ISIS is "manageable." President Obama has already sent U.S. troops to Iraq to help protect U.S. personnel and embassies. Is the administration concerned that ISIS is plotting attack targeting Americans here at home? Anderson spoke with Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken.
Tom Foreman looks at who is fighting for ISIS, along with the terror group's strengths and weaknesses.
Nancy Writebol made history as one of the first two people ever treated for Ebola in the U.S. She also beat some staggering odds by recovering from the disease. Now she tells Anderson that she is feeling great and gaining strength everyday.
But it was a long and hard journey from the mission hospital in Liberia where Writebol and her husband, David, were working. That's where Nancy was infected, and she says she does not know how it happened. The disease forced the Writebols into a terrifying period of isolation and uncertainty. David acknowledges he was even preparing for his wife death.
In her first ever television interview, Nancy Writebol tells Anderson Cooper that she would like to return to Liberia to help Dr. Rick Sacra. He was just infected while working with the same missionary group that she and Dr. Kent Brantly worked for in the country.
Anderson continued his interview with the Writebols. Nancy discussed the toll Ebola took on her body, the experimental serum that helped save her life and much more.
Steven Sotloff was Jewish and he held dual-citizenship with Israel. His ISIS captors may not have known this about him. An Israeli news organization spoke with someone who had been held captive with Sotloff who said he managed to fast for Yom Kippur by pretending to be sick and secretly prayed in the direction of Jerusalem. Anderson spoke with Jane Eisner, who is the Editor in Chief of the Jewish Daily Forward, one of the outlets that reported new information on Sotloff today.
Janine di Giovanni is Newsweek's Middle East Editor and she was a colleague of Steven Sotloff. She shared her memories with Anderson.
Editor's Note: Anderson Cooper's full interview with Nancy Writebol and her husband David airs tonight on a special two hour AC360 starting at 8pm ET.
Nancy Writebol says she really doesn't know how she was infected with Ebola. She was doing missionary work in Liberia when she fell ill. In her interview with Anderson, Writebol describes the moment that she learned about the Ebola diagnosis and her feelings when she realized that her husband could not put his arms around her.
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