AC360 411: George Zimmerman Trial
July 10th, 2013
06:14 PM ET

AC360 411: George Zimmerman Trial

The defense rested Wednesday afternoon in the George Zimmerman trial shortly after he told the court he would not take the stand. Zimmerman decided he would not testify in his own defense in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The state may or may not call a witness in their rebuttal phase, as prosecutors try to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Zimmerman is guilty of second-degree murder in the killing of Martin. Zimmerman claims the shooting was in self-defense.

The shooting happened after the teenager and neighborhood watch volunteer had an altercation in February 2012. Much of the testimony has centered around whether it’s Zimmerman or Martin screaming for help in the background of one of the 911 calls from the night of the shooting. Several witnesses for the defense have claimed it was Zimmerman’s voice, while others testified for the prosecution that it was Martin’s.

Wednesday night on AC360, Anderson spoke exclusively with defense attorney Mark O’Mara and Martin family attorney Daryl Parks. Tune in each night for in depth coverage of the trial at 8, 10, and 11 p.m. ET on CNN.

Here’s the AC360 411 on the trial:

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AC360 411: Arizona’s Deadly Wildfire
July 3rd, 2013
05:44 PM ET

AC360 411: Arizona’s Deadly Wildfire

Editor’s Note: Click here to watch AC360 reports from the frontlines of the deadly Arizona wildfire. 

The governor of Arizona has announced flags at all state buildings will be fly at half-staff for 19 days, through July 19. That’s one day for each of the 19 elite firefighters who died battling the Yarnell Hill fire near Prescott. Today the nearly 600 firefighters on the scene stopped their work for a moment of silence in honor of those heroes. The pause came as the convoy of vehicles used by the fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots were driven from the scene and back to Prescott, where the team was based. Some progress is being made in fighting the flames.

Here’s the AC360 411:

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AC360 411:  Supreme Court Rulings on DOMA, California’s Prop 8, and Baby Veronica
June 26th, 2013
05:38 PM ET

AC360 411: Supreme Court Rulings on DOMA, California’s Prop 8, and Baby Veronica

Editor’s Note: We’ll have more tonight at 8 and 11 p.m. ET on the Supreme Court’s rulings. Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin will join Anderson, as will columnist Andrew Sullivan and Jean Podrasky, Chief Justice John Roberts' gay cousin will react to today's rulings along with her partner.

Today, voting 5-4, the U.S. Supreme Court threw out part of the Defense of Marriage Act, a law that denied hundreds of federal benefits to same-sex couples. The high court said legally married same-sex couples must receive the same benefits provided to heterosexual couples. The act had defined marriage as only between a man and a woman, but the court said the law violated the rights of same-sex couples by demoting their marriages to second-class status when compared to their heterosexual peers.

In another landmark case, the justices, in a 5 to 4 decision, also handed a victory to same-sex proponents when it cleared the way for gay and lesbian couples to marry in California, dismissing an appeal to the state's voter-approved Proposition 8 that banned such marriages.

The Supreme Court sided on Tuesday with adoptive parents in a divisive custody fight over a Native American child after the biological father asserted his parental rights. The justices, by a 5-4 margin, said the adoption by a white couple was proper and did not intrude on the federal rights of the father, a registered member of the Cherokee tribe, over where his daughter, Veronica, 3, would live. The court said the father could not rely on the Indian Child Welfare Act for relief because he never had legal or physical custody at the time of adoption proceedings, which were initiated by the birth mother without his knowledge.

These decisions were made by the highest court in the nation.

Here’s the AC360 411 on the U.S. Supreme Court: FULL POST

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AC360 411: Inside the NSA
June 14th, 2013
01:31 PM ET

AC360 411: Inside the NSA

FBI Director Robert Mueller defended the collection of Americans’ phone records and called the controversial surveillance program legal when he spoke Thursday on Capitol Hill. Muller told the House Judiciary Committee that had the information-gathering been in place before the 2001 terrorist attacks it could have helped track down one of the 9/11 hijackers.

But some lawmakers and civil liberties groups are blasting the surveillance programs conducted by the National Security Agency after classified leaks last week detailed how they worked. NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked the top secret information and is now in hiding in Hong Kong. He could face criminal charges here in the U.S. Here’s the AC360 411 on the NSA:


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AC360 411: Judge gives girl better chance at lung transplant
June 6th, 2013
05:46 PM ET

AC360 411: Judge gives girl better chance at lung transplant

Editor’s Note: Tonight on AC360° Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Jason Carroll will have new details on the efforts to get new lungs for 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan.

10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan is battling cystic fibrosis and desperately needs a lung transplant.  Without one doctors say she will die, possibly within weeks.

Sarah has been waiting more than 18 months for donor lungs from another child. Her parents say modified lungs from an adult donor would give her a fighting chance. This week they filed a lawsuit to get Sarah on the waiting list for adult lungs.  A federal judge ruled in their favor and will allow Sarah to be on the adult waiting list for 10 days.  Here’s the AC360 411 on organ transplants and cystic fibrosis: FULL POST

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AC360 411: Inside the Oklahoma Tornado Disaster Zone
May 23rd, 2013
02:39 PM ET

AC360 411: Inside the Oklahoma Tornado Disaster Zone

Tonight on AC360, Anderson will have more incredible stories of survival after Monday’s massive tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. He got a tour of the rubble at Briarwood Elementary with 5th grade teacher Robin Dziedzic. Amazingly, no one was killed at the school, even though it’s left in ruins. Dziedzic took students into a bathroom when the twister hit and recorded video on her cell phone of the moment of impact. We’ll share her incredible video and you’ll hear how she and so many others at Briarwood got out alive.

There is also a lot of grieving in Moore, where 24 people died when the tornado hit, including 10 children. Tonight Anderson will talk to Phillip Vargyas, who lost two children in the tornado – Karrina, 4, and Sydnee, just 7 months old. Vargyas’ two daughters were at home with their mom and grandma. They all tried to ride out the storm in a bathroom. “But when an EF5 lands on top of your house… there's nothing you can do,” says Mr. Vargyas. His wife and mother-in-law are hospitalized with injuries. He vows the family, which includes two older children, will recover and stay strong. He wants people to know what his daughters were like and will share his memories tonight on the program.


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AC360 411: Hope in the search for missing children
May 8th, 2013
07:10 PM ET

AC360 411: Hope in the search for missing children

Editor’s Note: Tonight Anderson Cooper will be reporting live from Cleveland with the latest developments on the three long-missing women who were found alive in a home on the city’s west side.

Two of the three women who were rescued from a Cleveland home after being held captive for years returned to their own homes today. Amanda Berry and her 6-year-old daughter, who was born in captivity, heard cheers from the crowd that gathered to celebrate her return. A few hours later, a similar scene played out at Gina DeJesus’ home, where several family members stepped up to a microphone in front of the residence. Gina’s mother, Nancy, shared what she did when she was first reunited with her daughter. “I grabbed her and hugged her. I didn’t want to let go,” she said. “I still feel as if it is a dream. I still pinch myself.” A third women rescued, Michelle Knight, remains hospitalized. The rescue of these three women gives hope to families all across America searching for a loved one.

Here’s the AC360 411 on missing children: FULL POST

AC360 411: The ultimate bomb-sniffing dogs
April 25th, 2013
08:00 PM ET

AC360 411: The ultimate bomb-sniffing dogs

Editor's note: Don't miss Randi Kaye's report on the dogs training at Auburn University and see them in action at 8 and 10 p.m. ET tonight.

Since the deadly Boston bombings, there’s been a lot of talk about what could have been done to prevent the attack. Bomb-sniffing dogs swept the area twice before runners crossed the finish line, according to the Boston Globe.  “Dogs are not in infallible,"  Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis told the newspaper. “With such a crowd, the dog can't check every individual and package,” he added. But researchers at Auburn University are training what may be the ultimate bomb sniffing dogs. Here’s the AC360 411 on the so-called Vapor Wake Dogs:


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AC360 411: Ricin’s Wrath
April 17th, 2013
07:18 PM ET

AC360 411: Ricin’s Wrath

Editor’s Note: We’ll have the latest developments on the ricin investigation tonight on AC360° at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.

Suspicious mail laced with ricin has Washington on edge. Preliminary testing shows a letter addressed to Pres. Obama and another to Mississippi Republican Sen. Roger Wicker both tested positive for the poison at off-site mail facilities.

Additional testing on the letters should be complete on Thursday. According to a law enforcement source, both letters had the same message: "To see a wrong and not expose it, is to become a silent partner to its continuance. And the same closing statement: "I am KC and I approve this message." Here’s the AC360° 411 on ricin:


  • If ingested, injected or inhaled, less than a pinpoint can kill a human within 36 to 48 hours.
  • Initial symptoms of ricin poisoning by inhalation may occur as early as 4-8 hours and as late as 24 hours after exposure.
  • If ricin is ingested, initial symptoms typically occur in less than 10 hours.
  • If ingested, ricin causes nausea, vomiting and internal bleeding of the stomach and intestines, followed by failure of the major organs and death usually follows.
  • If injected, ricin causes immediate death to the muscles and lymph nodes near the site of the injection.
  • Ricin is a natural, highly toxic compound extracted from castor beans.
  • Ricin has been used experimentally in medicine to kill cancer cells.
  • There is no known cure for ricin poisoning. FULL POST
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AC360 411: North Korea missile crisis
April 11th, 2013
02:12 PM ET

AC360 411: North Korea missile crisis

Editor’s Note: Anderson Cooper will report the latest developments on North Korea's threats and the United States' response tonight on AC360° at 8 and 10 p.m. ET. He'll be joined by former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman and CNN's Christiane Amanpour.

With North Korea expected to soon test more missiles, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Wednesday the hermit nation is "skating very close to a dangerous line." Intelligence suggests North Korea could be planning “multiple missile launches” in the coming days, according to Pentagon officials. Here’s the AC360° 411 on North Korea:


  • North Korea has the fifth-largest military force with 1.2 million soldiers, sailors and airmen.
  • South Korea's military, by contrast, is nearly 700,000 strong.
  • Land Area: 120,538 sq. km, slightly smaller than Mississippi
  • Population: 24,720,407 (July 2013 est.)
  • Median age: 33  FULL POST
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