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December 12th, 2014
10:56 PM ET

"My son’s race and the color of his skin had a lot to do with why he was shot and killed"

In a CNN exclusive interview, on Friday evening Anderson Cooper welcomed four women, all of whom are mothers grieving for a lost son.

Though the circumstances surrounding the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, and Tamir Rice were different, there existed one constant: in each case the victim was a black male, and perceived to be a threat.

Asked if things might have been different were her son white, and Sybrina Fulton didn't hesitate:

"It’s an easy question for us, I think absolutely my son’s race and the color of his skin had a lot to do with why he was shot and killed," said Trayvon Martin's mom.

Watch the above clip for more of Fulton's response, as well as the answer from Tamir Rice's mother, Samaria.

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Filed under: Eric Garner • Ferguson • Michael Brown • Tamir Rice • Trayvon Martin
December 12th, 2014
10:42 PM ET

Did Eric Garner's race cost him his life? His mom believes it did

Connected by similar tragedies, on Friday the mothers of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, and Tamir Rice found themselves together in one room, all talking with Anderson Cooper.

Each of the four women is grieving over a lost son, and though the specifics in each instance varied, certain similarities did exist. And one of those similarities was race.

"If Eric Garner was a white man, in Suffolk County doing the same thing that he was doing – even if he would have been caught selling cigarettes that day – they would have given him a summons," said Garner's mother, Gwen Carr. "He wouldn’t have lost his life that day. I believe that 100 percent."

Watch the above clip as Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, explains what she thinks needs to happen for police profiling and racial bias to change.

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Filed under: Eric Garner • Ferguson • Michael Brown • Tamir Rice • Trayvon Martin
December 11th, 2014
10:14 PM ET

The story behind 'Dinosaur 13'

It’s a legal battle 67 million years in the making. The dinosaur named ‘Sue’ who is on display at a Chicago museum was found in 1990. Two years later, the FBI and National Guard seized the skeleton. The fight over that T-Rex is documented in the film 'Dinosaur 13.' John Berman spoke with Peter Larson, a paleontologist on the team that found ‘Sue,’ along with his ex-wife Kristen Donnan. Together they wrote a book about the experience.

Filed under: 360° Radar
December 11th, 2014
10:08 PM ET

GM crash survivor exonerated 

Candice Anderson spent years believing that she was responsible for her boyfriend’s death. He was killed when her car crashed into a tree back in 2004. Ms. Anderson ended up pleading guilty to criminal negligent homicide, making her a convicted felon. This year, GM recalled her car along with millions of other vehicles for an ignition switch defect. It came out that GM had known about the defect when Ms. Anderson was pleading guilty, but didn’t tell her. Now a Texas court overturned her conviction and her record was cleared. Poppy Harlow has the update.
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Filed under: GM • Poppy Harlow
December 11th, 2014
09:55 PM ET

Crime & Punishment: Retracing Jessica Chambers final hours

The murder of Jessica Chambers has devastated a small town in Mississippi. The 19-year-old was attacked and burned alive. Police say they are following leads, but have made no arrests. The local District Attorney says he doesn’t “anticipate any in the near future.” Local residents refused to speak with Martin Savidge on camera, admitting they are scared. He has the latest on this tragic case.
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Filed under: Martin Savidge
December 11th, 2014
09:51 PM ET

How CIA Director Brennan defends the agency after the torture report

The report on torture released by the Senate Intelligence Committee has shaken the CIA. It moved Director John Brennan to speak today. He laid out a very carefully-worded and sometimes contradictory version of the truth as he sees it. Barbara Starr takes an up close look at Brennan’s defense.

Glenn Carle and Gary Berntsen are former CIA officers and they have very different opinions on the issue of torture.

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Filed under: Barbara Starr • CIA • Torture
December 11th, 2014
09:45 PM ET

‘Stormageddon’ slams West Coast

It could be the worst storm to hit the West Coast in a decade. More than a foot of rain has fallen in some areas, other areas are getting hit with snow and hurricane force winds. Tens of thousands of people are without power. Dan Simon has the latest from San Francisco.
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Filed under: Dan Simon • Severe Weather
December 10th, 2014
10:57 PM ET

RidicuList: The ‘nutty’ airline executive

Air traffic congestion and weather are some of the typical reasons for flight delays. A Korean Air flight was minutes away from take off when an executive demanded the pilot return to the gate. The reason for this delay is just nuts.

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Filed under: The RidicuList
December 10th, 2014
10:08 PM ET

Jorge Ramos on Pres. Obama: Pressure from the Latino community was felt

Hours after the release of the Senate’s torture report, President Obama sat down for an interview with Univision News and Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos. The subject quickly switched to immigration and that’s when things got heated. Mr. Ramos tells Anderson that the vast majority of the Latino community supports President Obama, but there is anger over the millions of deportations during his administration.

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Filed under: Immigration • Jorge Ramos • President Barack Obama
December 10th, 2014
09:59 PM ET

Wild weather causes serious airport delays

Cities across the East Coast are getting hit with snow and flooding rain. Residents on the West Coast are bracing for what could be an even bigger storm. Dan Simon takes a look at the worst of it.
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