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runners-up, i'll have links to them on my facebook page. "cnn newsroom" continues right now with randi kaye who's in for ali velshi. have a great weekend. you as. >> caller: the department of homeland security and fbi are warning police across the u.s. right now that al qaeda has a continuing interest to attack our oil and natural gas resources. so let's go straight to chris lawrence who joins me now live from the pentagon with the very latest. chris, what was al qaeda targeting specifically? specifically, randi, they're looking at oil and natural gas installations. and this comes from initially getting some intelligence last year that they were looking at possibly oil tankers and other commercial oil infrastructure here in the united states. >> what do officials mean by this so-called continuing interest? >> what that means is they didn't get anything here that
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necessarily pointed to something specific. what they found was, last year, they got some intelligence that al qaeda was targeting these oil and natural gas installations in the united states. what they're saying is, some of the information that they just got shows that al qaeda still has a continuing interest right now in going after some of those targets. >> where is this intel coming from? >> it's coming from that treasure trove of information that those s.e.a.l. teams hauled out of osama bin laden's compound. we don't know if it specifically came from osama bin laden's journal, but we do know it did come from the effects that were found in his compound. >> so whenever we hear a warning like this, you wonder is there a specific time or a date where this attack might be possible. do you know anything about that? >> yeah. that would be what they would call actionable intelligence. in other words, they found out that so an so may be plotting an attack on this date against this
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installation. that's not what they have here. this is a little more general and that's one of the reasons the department of homeland security and the fbi did not put out a full terror alert. what this warning does is really get the police departments all across the united states to just take another step and remember the random screenings, procedures for reporting something suspicious, to brief their personnel, to keep them vigilant because they do believe that al qaeda is still interested in attacking some of these oil and natural gas installations. >> any idea, chris, how long a plot like this might have been in the works? >> well, we know that they've had some intelligence on this from last year. so it looks as if al qaeda has the interest by al qaeda and getting to some of these installations has not abated. >> all right, chris lawrence with the very latest on this latest terror alert for us at the pentagon. chris, thank you. it will soon be lunch time at the white house. a working lunch for president
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obama and his guest, israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. they've got a lot to chew on, beginning with the president's sweeping mideast address barely 24 hours ago and one line in that address in particular, quoting mr. obama here -- "the borders of israel an palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states." that's not a new idea, but no president has ever declared it u.s. policy until now. the swaps envisioned could affect the west bank, home to 300,000 jewish settlers, and east jerusalem which israel claims as part of its eternal capital, of course. palestinians claim jerusalem as their capital, too. i want to take you now over to the maps. if you come over here with me, let's take a look at this. here you see israel right here on the map. okay? well, before the six-day war of june, 1967, israel was less than
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ten miles across at its narrowest point. west bank was controlled by jordan and gaza by egypt. now after the war, you take a look, israel controlled the west bank, east jerusalem, gaza, the sinai peninsula, and of course the golan heights right there. which it captured from syria. it gave back the sinai in the early '80s and pulled out of gaza in 2005. but everything else has been in dispute ever since. netanyahu didn't wait until he got to washington to reject the president's proposal, which i should note, was paired with a demand that palestinians guarantee israeli security. throwing its support for the president's approach is the so-called mideast quartet made up of the u.s., u.n., eu and russia. we'll delve into this further next hour. we expect to hear from the president and prime minister themselves some time in the next few months. it has been almost a day since the former head of the international monetary fund was granted bail in a new york
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courtroom. but so far as we know, dominique strauss-khan is still on rikers island. the issue isn't the court which set bail at $1 million cash, plus a $5 million bond, plus home confinement with an armed guard and electronic monitoring. the issue reportedly is finding a home that strauss-khan can be confined to. the fallen superstar of global finance is charged with sexually assaulting a manhattan hotel maid last saturday. i want to turn now to cnn's senior legal analyst, jeffrey toobin. start with the bail conditions. i'm guessing a suspect who couldn't afford those terms would stay right there in jail, stay put until his trial. >> you bet. that's why it's good to have money in america. if you're arrested, it is better. if you're not arrested, it is better. i mean this is a real difference in the legal system between those who can afford this kind of bail arrangement and those
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hop can' who can't. the goal of bail is to make sure people show up for trial, not to punish them for a crime they have not been convicted of. this is a situation where someone who is wealthy can create circumstances that will allow him to show up for trial, but someone who didn't have this kind of money just wouldn't have this option. >> '. as far as reports that strauss-khan is having trouble finding a temporary new york address where he can be monitored, my question is, can he legally be turned away from renting an apartment if they don't want him there? >> they probably could legally keep him away. this is such an unusual set of circumstances. and remember, this is going to be a somewhat bizarre setting. it's not unprecedented in new york city, but it is certainly very, very unusual. first of all, there's going to be tons of press attention to wherever he is living. then there's going to be 24-hour guard. there will be photographic equipment installed. there will be the ankle bracelet and the gps responder installed.
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all of that is unusual, to say the least, for a new york city apartment and there are certainly some apartment buildings that will say we don't want him. >> you don't expect they'll let him leave rikers until he has an address that he can give them. correct? >> oh, absolutely. he's not just going to -- let him take a cab to wherever he winds up. no, he's not going to be on craigslist looking around -- for an apartment. >> what's next after he gets out of rikers if that does happen? >> well, then he's going to settle into this apartment. it is certainly going to be a complicated set of initial circumstances, what with the guard and electronic monitoring. but then he and his lawyers are going to have to start preparing for trial and that is going to be a big, big task. there is a lot of evidence that has not been accumulated yet. all the scientific tests, dna tests, hair and fiber tests, video, surveillance cameras, the records of the comings and goings from that hotel room, all of that has to be assembled.
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both the defense and the prosecution have to have the opportunity to test that. it is going to take months to get this case ready for trial. >> well, i'm sure you'll keep an eye on it. jeffrey toobin, thank you. appreciate it. have a nice weekend. a little good news for your wallet today. gas prices are falling. you may have noticed the slight drop earlier this week. well, today aaa reports the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline dropped to $3.89. that's about 10 cents less than a week ago. a nice break after a dizzying run-up for sure but you are still paying about $1 more for a gallon than you were one year ago. and for-profit university founded by donald trump which charges up to $35,000 a course is said to be under investigation by the new york state attorney general. sources close to the attorney general tell news organizations that students filed at least a dozen complaints accusing trump's unaccredited school of deceptive and illegal business practices. the attorney general subpoena is
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just the latest problem for the company that was known until last year as trump university. jack kevorkian known for helping terminally ill patients commit suicide is in the hospital with pneumonia and kidney problems. his lawyer says the 82-year-old has struggled with kidney problems for years and was hospitalized in detroit earlier this month for similar problems. kevorkian has been called dr. death, made national headlines as an advocate of physician-assisted suicide. he was convicted on second degree murder charges back in 1999 but was paroled four years ago. arnold schwarzenegger is putting his hollywood comeback on the back burner until "further notice." schwarzenegger's lawyer says california's former governor is focusing on personal matters. production has stopped for the governator. the children's comic book and tv show based on schwarzenegger's life and all his plans for new films are now officially suspended. the announcement follows shocking details that schwarzenegger fathered a son with a former housekeeper around kept it secret for more than a
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decade. today's "sound effect" is proof that sounds do have effects. it didn't take long for the celebrated cannes film festival to declare one film maker perso persona none grata. check out these reactions of kirsten dunst wishing she were anywhere else in the world but there. >> what can i say? i understand hitler. but i think he did some wrong things, yes, absolutely. but i can see him sitting in his bunker in the end. >> oh, dear. >> there will come a point at the end of this -- there will come a point -- no, i'm just saying that -- i think i understand the man. he's not what you would call a good guy, but, yeah, i
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understand much about him and i sympathize with him a little bit. >> yeah. you say uncomfortable? well, if you didn't catch whher whispering there, she said, oh, my god, this is terrible. later he reached that same conclusion, issuing an apology. but cannes canned him anyway and a distribution company tore up its contract to handle his latest film. no man is an island unto himself -- unless you are the one waiting out the floods on a homemade island in mississippi. wait until you see this. we are taking you there. next. rs cleaned out. but what did he say? 42 wild italians. huh? it's a cruise for plus-size individuals. it's a commercial. that's all. i'm pretty sure he said the chevy cruze eco -- a commercial for eagle? eagles? no eco, eco, eco! it's "the chevy cruze eco gets up to 42 miles per gallon." who asked you?
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well, what a difference a few weeks and a few feet of water can make. check out these satellite images from nasa. they show the mississippi river as it travels from missouri south through kentucky and tennessee. you can see over about three weeks what was once dry land is now awash with floodwaters. farmland and entire neighborhoods are now under water. but not everyone in the flood zones lost their homes. look at this. some homeowners in yazoo county, mississippi decided to build their own be levees around their homes. talk about an island of one. and one of the families that took matters into their own hands hired a crew and spent
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three weeks building their own homemade levee around their house just before the flooding hit mississippi. and that's where cnn's martin savidge is right now, in this home you see right here on the larger island in yazoo county, mississippi. martin, i have to ask, how did you get there and how is the family holding up on their own make shift island? >> well, we got here by boat, which is the only way you're going to visit the hart family these days. they are an island unto themselves. and i have to say, i think it is the first time i've ever gotten into a boat in the middle of a corn field because that's actually the closest approach you can make. it is a beautiful day out here on the lake. if only this weren't a lake. i mean there shouldn't be water within sight anywhere.
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but we are completely surrounded by water. they've lived here a long time. they weren't going to be driven out. you can see this is now protecting their son's house. >> all right, we're having some trouble hearing you, martin. we'll try and fix that audio difficulty. i know you're on a lake which used to be a corn field so we will try and get you back as soon as we can. in the meantime, some bad news for oyster lovers. the mississippi oyster business is taking a big hit due to floods. according to the biloxi sun herald, all the fresh water heading down the mississippi river will cause oysters to die. the paper says it will take about two years to get the oyster population back on track. out of the financial crisis, the consumer financial protection bureau was born but will it lead to any real change? will it help you?
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been a part of the american dream but in recent years that dream has turned into a nightmare. not only for millions of homeowners stuck with toxic mortgages, but also the country. out of the crisis, the consumer financial protection bureau was born. elizabeth warren was brought in by the obama administration to get the consumer watchdog group off the ground. earlier today ali velshi asked
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her just how much authority this bureau has. >> it has in my view enough authority to get the main job done, that is to be able to work on things like this to make prices clear and to make it easy to compare products. but it works under real constrictions. when congress built this thing a year ago, they put a lot of constraints on this agency, constraints that are not there on other banking regulators. two big ones, we have a real constraint on our budget. other banking regulators set their own budgets. ours is capped. but importantly, it is kept out of the political process. there are politicians now who want to put it in the political process so that the lobbyists will have real influence over the activities that we take. the other thing that we have that i think there's nothing like it anywhere in government is at the other banking regulators can take a look at our rules and say, well, yeah, it may help consumers but we think it might not work out for
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financial institutions or be hard on the economy. and therefore we're going to veto your rules. nobody else does that. i got to tell you, i don't think we'll do anything like that, but, boy, you kind of look over your shoulder when you know your rules can be vetoed so there are real constraints in place on this agency. and the ultimate one, if congress doesn't like what we do, they can pass a law any time and say, not that. but here's the good news -- come july 21st, we're going to take over the authority from 19 different federal statutes that are out there right now in consumer protection. right now they're administered by seven different agencies, none of whom has consumer protection as its central mission. we're going to take that over on july 21st, start to work with those statutes, and once we get a director in place, we're going
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to be in a position to start rockin' and rollin'. >> join christine romans for your bottom line each saturday morning at 9:30 eastern. 21 minutes past the hour. time to update our top stories. dominique strauss-khan could leave rikers ilan jail any time now after being granted bail. the former head of the international monetary fund will have to remain at a manhattan apartment and where an electronic monitor. strauss-khan is charged with sexually assaulting a hotel housekeeper. he posted a $5 million bond and $1 million cash. he denies any wrongdoing. we just got word the imf will give him a $250,000 separation payment and an annual pension following his resignation. president obama and israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu are meeting at the white house today. this comes a day after president obama called for the borders of
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israel and a future palestinian state to be based on the 1967 lines, border lines, that is. netanyahu says that would leave israel indefensible. astronauts aboard the space station completed their first spacewalk today. it was cut short though because of a glitch in one of the spate suits. a carbon dioxide dioxide sensor. officials had no way to monitor carbon dioxide levels so they cut the spacewalk short. 30 years after the space shuttle program began the final space shuttle flight is now slated to take place on july 8th. the space shuttle "atlantis" will make the program's final voyage on a mission to deliver supplies an spare parts to the international space station. cnn will of course be covering that live. israel's ambassador said there were many things in president obama's speech yesterday that his country appreciated and welcomed. but it was the few sentences about israel returning to its 1967 borders that prime minister
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martin, tell us about this make shift island. >> reporter: well, the levee that they've built stretches for about 2,200 feet around three acres which is where the main house of the farm sits. as i say, this family's been out here in yazoo county tore almfo 200 years so the floodwaters weren't going to chase them away. let me bring in irma hart, the landowner. step this way. what made you go to such great lengths to do this work? >> well, martin, like you say, this is my family home. i've been here all my life. we heard that we were going to have water, they were reporting, 52 feet in vicksburg, that related to about 100 feet here. when water started rising, when it got to 55'5", we had to do
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something. >> so far it's holding. a friend of mine's done dirt work for years. he came out and we started designing the levee to hold 105 feet. then it came out it was going to be 107. and when we started, we said we're going to put it high as the levee can at 110 feet. that's sea level. >> people think you were crazy when you were doing this and there was no water in sight? >> they didn't call me crazy but i was getting some strange looks. we didn't build a dike. we did come out here and build a levee. and you know, hopefully it will hold. >> we're going to hope right along with you. congratulations so far. as you can see from those pictures, we're on the bigger island, the littler island back there belongs to their son. but an amazing view. and when you stand out here an listen to this water lapping against the side of the levee, you would swear you're out in the lake in the middle of mississippi and not a cotton field. but that's exactly where we are.
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>> that is an amazing sight. he certainly said that the levee seems to be holding. there he? sign of leakage, martin, at all or they look like they're in pretty good shape? >> no, we've grown accustomed now to look for the telltale signs of weakness. you aren't seeing any sort of water on the other side of the levee, or sand boils which would be an indication of some kind of break-through. they've got plastic down on the side of the levee here. the only thing i think you have to worry about, there is a wind and there is a wave action coming in off of a cotton field, which you would never normally believe you could have. that wave action of course, it has -- beats up against the side. they've got the plastic down. as we say, it is holding. they've tried to account for everything and it certainly looks like they have. >> wow. an amazing effort to save their homes. i guess their livelihood as well. martin savidge, thank you for bringing us that.
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appreciate it. president obama and israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu sat down to talks at the white house this morning, and as far as the we know, they are still talking. ed henry joins me now from the white house. we haven't seen the two leaders yet. any idea what this could possibly mean. >> reporter: maybe there is some china being thrown or maybe, on the other hand, they're coming together in some wonderful agreement. it could obviously go either way but as you know, they went into this with pretty frosty relations. and it is fascinating that that is the atmosphere going in. then here we are now waiting for well over an hour after they were supposed to come out and address the media. and i stress, i was joking a little bit about throwing china around. on the other hand, this could mean that they're airing their differences and they're spending more time in this one-on-one meeting and not bringing the tv cameras in because they can more effectively work out their differences. in fact, i spoke to two people close to the prime minister who told me that while certainly in public they've had their
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battles, behind closed doors, these two leaders actually get along a lot better than people think and they actually are pretty frequent phone buddies. they talk to each other and try to work these things out. again, it is not always perfect, it is not always completely warm. but that they actually speak a lot more frequently behind the scenes than we ever know. the white house doesn't release the word that they had the phone call. the israeli government doesn't. but behind the scenes, these two have an understanding that there's still a wide gulf between where they both stand in terms of how to get this peace process going, but that it is not quite as nasty as a lot of people think. >> ed, obviously this isn't the first time there's been talk of returning to the 1967 borders for israel and the palestinians, but the president did go further by actually suggesting this should be u.s. policy now. any insight as to why he did take it that far? >> reporter: yeah, absolutely. when you talk to top white house aides, they say the strategy really was let's do something that will try and get the
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palestinian side back to the negotiating table. and they certainly want the 67 borders. now of course the israelis don't. that's why we're talking about this whole controversy. but the fact of the matter is that the israelis, the reason why this is blown up to some extent, is because the israelis don't want to see some sort of a soft to the palestinians right now because the palestinian government recently cut a reconciliation deal with hamas which the israeli government strongly feels is a terror group and has no business in any of this and so in toll, the palestinian authority renounces its agreement with hamas. the israeli government is not going to sit down with the palestinians so they believe it was a flawed strategy from the president's standpoint to try to do something the israelis do not like to get the palestinians to the table when the israelis are not going to that table until hamas is rejected. >> the inside scoop from our ed henry there at the white house. ed, thank you. well, when you think of
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weeks ago from osama bin laden's compound. we're just learning the former imf chief, dominique strauss-khan who resigned this week will receive a quarter million dollar separation payment and an annual pension from the imf. this news comes as we wait for strauss-khan to be released from jail on rikers island. that's expected to happen any time today. a judge grant him bail on charges he allegedly raped a hotel maid. the wealthy politician and banker forked over $1 million in cash, plus an additional $5 million bond. strauss-khan will be confined to his new york apartment while wearing an electronic bracelet and under watch by armed guards and around the clock surveillance. we're getting a better look into the mind of the accused gunman charged with shooting congresswoman gabrielle giffords and killing six others. under a court order the arizona community college jared lee loughner attended released e-mails that show there were clear signs of his increasingly disturbing behavior. one e-mail showed campus police
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were so worried, they contacted federal authorities to check whether loughner owned a gun. the school alerted local police at least five times about loughner last year before he was expelled finally last september. police say a kindergarten student in pittsburgh, pennsylvania brought packets of heroin to his school and gave them out to his friends. a teacher found the heroin and alerted the principal who found 18 bags of the drug. 18 bags! in the boy's locker and his backpack. the 7-year-old boy called the bags "the magic ticket" because they were stamped with a sticker of a rabbit with magic hat. detectives do not know where the boy got the drugs but police and child welfare are investigating that incident. take a look at this video out of south carolina that was caught on a dashcam. you can see a man attack a police officer, but he then drives off with the officer's cruiser. the suspect is the one behind the wheel. police arrested the man after he crashed into a truck and landed
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on a tree. the man was charged with several felonies, including armed robbery and assault. that is a bold move. they are american war heroes who have lost a limb on the battlefield. now they are on a different type of field, competing against each other. their inspiring story is next.
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not even a lost limb is enough to keep some wounded warriors from competing in an olympic style competition. they're competing this week in the second annual warriors games. organized by the defense department and u.s. olympic committee. jason carroll shows us how they're striving for excellence despite their injuries.
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>> reporter: they marched on colorado springs. the drums of battle igniting the warrior within. but this time these servicemen and women who once fought side by side will be competing against each other. >> being lazy has not been an option and i like that. i've been pretty damn busy training for this thing. >> reporter: this army specialist, david oliver, is ready. so is marine captain jonathan dispro. >> i wasn't really an athlete before this so this whole experience has been really an eye opener for me. >> reporter: the experience -- the warrior games, an olympic style competition for wounded service members. david oliver lost his right arm during a humvee accident in afghanistan two years ago. jonathan's right leg amputated below the knee in 2005 after an injury in iraq. >> he had 17 surgeries where they tried to save his foot. in six months. >> the challenges there presents to you so you can either accept that limitation or take that
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challenge and overcome it. >> reporter: there are more than 200 others here eager to show how they have overcome their challenges. right now jonathan is getting ready to compete in his first event of the morning. it is the shot put. they're going to strap him in to get into ogs. he gets the shot put gold and competes in four other events. david oliver medals, too, fighting for the bronze in the 800 meter. >> i was about to fall on my face like the last quarter of the thing. i'm thinking to myself, i got my family to think about, army this toink about. i haven't pushed myself harder than that in my entire life. >> do you remember what happened when the idea first came across your table? >> it was a blinding flash of the obvious. even as they recover from these wounds and injuries and illnesses, that to be symbols of the highest and most capable of their type. i think they must take -- i
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would take extraordinary pride in that. >> some of these guys that hadn't been involved in sports before, now they're involved in sports? they have expectations on them and the marine corps team's doing pretty well. a lot of medal winners here. >> including you. that's got to -- >> i'm just happy for the whole team. i'm proud of the whole team. it's been a great experience so far. >> reporter: ultimately, that's what warrior games is all about, men and women continuing to push themselves, never giving up. jason carroll, cnn, colorado springs. coming up, a u.s. convoy brutally attacked in pakistan and a new warning of revenge from the number two leader of pakistan's taliban. that is next. better than any other luxury brand. ♪ intellichoice proclaims that lexus has the best overall value of any brand. ♪ and j.d. power and associates ranks lexus the highest in customer satisfaction. no wonder more people have chosen lexus over any other luxury brand
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♪ one team. one planet bridgestone. the pakistan taliban is claiming responsibility for today's suicide attack on a u.s. consulate convoy. it happened in the northwestern city of peshawar an is the latest in a surge of violence since bin laden was killed earlier this month. cnn's stan grant joins us from the pakistani capital of islamabad. stan, what is the latest that you have that you can tell us about this attack? >> reporter: randi, as you say, there have been a series of attacks since osama bin laden was killed. the pakistani taliban saying that they are out to eveng his death. they're trying to show that they have the fire power to do it. now american and nato targets
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are very high on their list. that's why we saw this convoy of u.s. vehicles from the u.s. embassy that were targeted today. we were speaking to police in the area. they say a car loaded with explosives, about 50 kilograms of explosives was parked by the side of the road. as the convoy went by it was detonated by remote control. only 11 people were injured in this attack. the fears were that it could have been much higher than that. we understand two of those were foreigners but the injuries are only slight. one person, however, was killed. that was a civilian, bystander, according to police there. but this is part of the p taliban's strategy, going after more an more targets, not just avenging osama bin laden's death but also in retaliation for the continual operations, drone strikes an operations by the pakistan military against them. >> stan, tell us about your interview. i know that you spoke with the number two commander of the pakistan taliban. what did he tell you?
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>> reporter: yeah. he is the number two commander. these people lead very secretive lives. they have to. they live along the pakistan-afghanistan border. rarely seen. but in this case he agreed to an interview and through an intermediary we were able to get hold of this tape and broadcast this interview. what he's really saying here is that osama bin laden's mission is greater than the man himself. in fact, the mission is greater in death while they mourn bin laden's death, they are going to continue with this fight. now he's also threatening not just meamerican and nato target by anyone he says works for them, that particularly is the pakistan government. let's listen to what he had to say. >> translator: in the koran, god says fight the infidels until they are finished. not just infidels but also their lackeys. we've been fighting infidels for 10 to 12 years unarmed. now its allies, america and nato, confessed they cannot win
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the war in afghanistan. if all these countries together with k not stand up to our guerrilla war in afghanistan, i'm sure pakistan which is weak and lacking technology cannot defeat us. >> reporter: randi, these militant groups predated osama bin laden's emergence in this region and al qaeda and they're going to continue the fight now. if anyone thought bin laden's death was going to bring an end to this, these messages say think again. >> all right, our thanks to stan grant in islamabad, pakistan. thank you. fast company magazine names the top 100 creative people in business, names on the list range from oprah to the 29-year-old who, for good or bad, discovered justin bieber. but who's number one? and how have they changed the business world? you can find out along with us right after the break. ♪
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beautiful sunny day there in atlanta. this week "fast" company magazine released its list of the 100 most creative names in business. the list includes some names you
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may never have heard of along with celeb tirities like oprah winfrey. rick, from "fast company" joins us to talk about this. rick, the question is who is number one and why? >> number one is the head of al jazeera. he's number one because of his innovative use of social media and television, the way he's blended those together and the way that al jazeera has had a massive impact over the last year. >> hmm. okay. i notice that so many names seem to come from tech and the internet companies. i guess we should probably not be so surprised by that. >> no. i think that's still where, you know, innovation is coming from mostly in america, but it's extending into all kinds of industries. we've got people from all different industries on this list. >> and i notice also that you
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have names like tina fey and conan o'brien, who many look at really as comedians. that is what they are. what have they done in the business world that impressed you so? >> well, i think tina fey is beginning to build a little business empire around here's. i was in barnes & noble the other day buying a book, and the clerk yelled out, next tina fey book buyer, please. because that book is doing so well. >> wow. >> and then -- and conan is really an enormous business success. i mean, the way -- when he was bounced from the "tonight show," people really wondered if he could come back, and he performed a remarkable turnaround using social media. it was a brilliant business strategy. and now he's, you know, on top of his game again. >> i want to ask you about number 86. that is one of our own, cnn's
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david bohrman. his son, harrison, is producing his segment. he says, i think he means, we think. he thinks he should be on the list. let's get back to david bohrman. what did he do that is so special? i mean, i have a whole list of things. i'm curious what you think. >> right. well, now that i'm on cnn i think he should have been much higher on the list. >> absolutely. >> you know, i think if you look at how people responded to things like the magic wall and that sort of thing, that's innovation in practice. there were a lot of skeptics at first, and now that stuff has come into being, you know, accepted everywhere and you see other networks trying to do the same thing. and it's one of the wonderful things about innovation and why we love covering it at "fast company" because it starts out one place then it gets picked up in all different places. >> as you're talking, we're looking at the hologram which
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davis created where jessica yellin hologramed in on election night to speak with wolf blitzer which is one of the great things david brought to us along with the magic wall and so many others. he's our great innovator at cnn. >> exactly. i think you're going to see so much more of this. it makes enormous sense. he's just taking advantage of technology in a way that's very friendly to viewers. and that's the way it's supposed to work. >> all right. you have a great list. i suggest everybody check it out. rick, appreciate it. thanks for comingen. >> thanks so much. for more about "fast company's" list of the most creative names in business, check out our blog at cnn.com/ali. you want to know what innovative idea we'll look at next? tune in next week and see, as always, as we like to say, same "big i" time, same "big i" channel. that's david bohrman's son who wrote that. president obama may be on the brink of breaking the law and many in congress don't seem to care.
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we want to bring you this sound recorded moments ago from the oval office. president obama meeting there with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. >> as is the opportunity for the prime minister to address congress during his visit here. i know that's an honor that's reserved for those who have always shown themselves to be a great friend of the united states and is indicative of the friendship between our countries. we just completed a prolonged and extremely useful conversation touching on a wide range of issues. we discussed, first of all, the changes that are sweeping the region and what has been happening in places like egypt and syria and the interests and securities of the united states and israel as well as the opportunity for prosperity, growth, and development in the
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arab world. we agreed that there's a moment of opportunity that can be seized as a consequence of the arab's strength, but acknowledge there are significant perils as well and it's going to be important for the united states and israel to consult closely as we see developments unfold. i outlined for the prime minister some of the issues that i discussed in my speech yesterday how important it was going to be for the united states to support a political reform, support human rights, support freedom of speech, religious tolerance, and economic development. particularly in the egypt is the largest arab country as well as tunisia, the country that first started this revolutionary movement that's taking place throughout the middle east and north africa. we also discussed the situation in syria, which is obviously of
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acute concern to israel given its shared border. and i gave more details to the prime minister about the significant steps that we are taking to try to pressure syria and the assad regime to reform, including the sanctions that we placed directly on president assad. we continue to share our deep concerns about iran. not only the threat that it poses to israel, but also the threat that it poses to the region and the world if it were to tdevelop a nuclear weapon. we upgraded our strategy to continue to apply pressure both through sanctions and our other diplomatic work, and i reiterated my belief it's unacceptable for iran to assess a nuclear weapon.
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we also discussed the hypocrisy of iran suggesting that it somehow supports democratization in the middle east when, in fact, they first showed the oppressive nature of that regime when they responded to the own peaceable protest that took place inside iran almost two years ago. finally, we discussed the issue of a perspective peace between israelis and palestinians. and i reiterated that we discussed in-depth the principles that i laid out yesterday. the beliefs that our ultimate goal has to be a secure israeli state, a jewish state, living side by side in peace and security with a functioning and effective palestinian state.
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obviously there are some differences between us in the precise formulations and language, and that's going to happen between friends, but what we are in complete accord about is that a true peace can only occur if the ultimate resolution allows israel to defend itself against threats. and that israel's security will remain paramount in u.s. evaluations of any perspective peace deal. i said that yesterday in the speech, and i continue to believe it. and i think that it is possible for us to shape a deal that allows israel to secure itself, not to be vulnerable, but also allows it to resolve what's
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obviously been a wrenching issue for both peoples for decades now. i also pointed out, as i said in the speech yesterday, that it is very difficult for israel to be expected to negotiate in a serious way with a party that refuses to acknowledge its right to exist. and so for that reason, i think the palestinians are going to have to answer some very difficult questions about this agreement that's been made between fatah and hamas. hamas has been and is an organization that is resorted to terror, that has refused to acknowledge israel's rights to exist. it is not a partner for a significant realistic peace
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process. and so as i said yesterday during the speech, the palestinians are going to have to explain how they can credibly engage in a serious peace negotiations in the absence of observing the core principles that have been put forward previously. so overall i thought this was an extremely constructive discussion. and coming out of this discussion, i once again can reaffirm that the extraordinarily close relationship between the united states and israel is sound and will continue and that together hopefully we are going to be able to work to usher in a new period of peace and prosperity in a region that is going to be going through some more profound transformations in the coming weeks, months and years. so mr. prime minister, welcome.
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great to see you. thank you very much. >> thank you. mr. president, first i want to thank you and the first lady for the gracious hospitality that you've shown me, my wife and our entire delegation. we have an enduring bond of friendship between our two countries, and i appreciate the opportunity to have this meeting with you after your important speech yesterday. we share your hope and your vision for the spread of democracy in the middle east. i appreciate the fact that you reaffirmed once again now and in our conversation and in actual deed the commitment to israel's security. we value your efforts to advance the peace process. this is something that we want
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to have accomplished. israel wants peace. i want peace. what we all want is a peace that will be genuine, that will hold, that will endure. and i think that the -- we both agree that a peace based on illusions will crash eventually on the rocks of middle eastern reality. and that the only peace that will endure is one that is based on reality, on unshakeable facts. i think for there to be peace, the palestinians will have to accept some basic realities. the first is that while israel is prepared to make generous compromises for peace, it cannot go back to the 1967 lines. because these lines are indefensible. because they don't take into
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account certain changes that have taken place on the ground. demographic changes that have taken place over the last 44 years. remember that before 1967, israel was all of 9 miles wide. it was half the width of the washington beltway. these were not the boundaries of peace. they were the boundaries of repeated wars because the attack on israel was so attractive for them. we can't go back to those indefensible lines and we're going to have to have a long-term military presence along the -- i discussed this with the president, i think that we understand that israel has certain security requirements that will have to come into place in any deal that we make. the second echos something the president just said, and that is that israel cannot negotiate with a palestinian government that is backed by hamas. hamas, as the president said, is a terrorist organization
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committed to israel's destruction. it's fired thousands of rockets on our cities, on our children. it's recently fired a tank rocket at a yellow school bus killing a 16-year-old boy. and hamas has just attacked you, mr. president, and the united states for ridding the world of bin laden. so israel obviously cannot be asked to negotiate with a government that is backed by the palestinian version of al qaeda. i think president abbas has a simple choice. he has to decide if he negotiates or keeps his pact with hamas or makes peace with israel. and i can only express what i said to you just now, that i hope he makes the choice, the right choice of choosing peace with israel. the third reality is that the palestinian refugee problem will have to be resolved in the
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context of a palestinian state, but certainly not in the borders of israel. the arab attack in 1948 in israel resulted in two refugee problems. palestinian refugee problem and jewish refugees, roughly the same number, who were expelled from arab lands. tiny israel absorbed the jewish refugees, but the vast arab world refused to absorb the palestinian refugees. now 63 years later, the palestinians coming us and they say to israel, accept the grandchildren, really, and the great-grandchildren of these refugees. thereby wiping out israel's future as a jewish state. so it's not going to happen. everybody knows it's not going to happen. and i think it's time to tell the palestinians forthrightly it's not going to happen. the palestinian refugee problem has to be resolved. it can be resolved, and it will be resolved if the palestinians
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choose to do so in a palestinian state. that's a real possibility. it's not going to be resolved within the jewish state. the president and i discussed all these issues, and i think we may have differences here and there, but i think there's an overall direction that we wish to work together to pursue a real, genuine peace between israel and its palestinian neighbors, a peace that is defensible. mr. president, you are the leader of a great people. the american people. and i'm the leader of a much smaller people. >> a great people. >> it's a great people, too. you know, we've been around for almost 4,000 years. we've experienced struggle and suffering like no other people. we've gone through expulsions
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and massacres and the murder of millions, but i can say that even at the dearth, even at the valley of death, we never lost our dream of reestablishing a sovereign state in our ancient homeland, the land of israel. and now it falls on my shoulders as the prime minister of israel, at a time of extraordinary instability and uncertainty in the middle east, to work with you to fashion a peace that will ensure israel's security and will not jeopardize its survival. i take this responsibility with pride but with great humility because as i told you in our
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conversation, we don't have a lot of margin for error. and because, mr. president, history will not give the jewish people another chance. so in the coming days and weeks and months, i intend to work with you to seek a peace that will address our security concerns, seek a genuine recognition that we wish from our palestinian neighbors, and give a better future for israel and for the entire region. and i thank you for the opportunity to exchange our views and to work together for this common end. thank you, mr. president. >> thank you. >> thank you very much, guys. >> thank you, guys. >> there you have it. you've been listening to president obama and prime minister from israel benjamin netanyahu speaking in the oval office. those comments were recorded a
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few moments ago. ed henry has been standing by at the white house listening to this. certainly from the body language, i don't know if you could see it or just hear it, it seems as though the two may have made some progress since the anger that came from yesterday's speech regarding the middle east. >> reporter: absolutely. i mean, we don't know how much anger was exchanged yet. we're digging on that. and the first part of the meeting. it went on a long time. you're right, when they came out, we did see the body language and the small group, a pool of reporters who went in came out and told us that in particular if you notice in the video, prime minister netanyahu was rarely looking at the media in the oval office. instead, spent most of his time looking directly in the eyes of the president of the united states. significant, because at one point he said in terms of talking about hamas, he said hamas has just attacked you, mr. president, for ridding the world of bin laden, making that very personal. reaching out, eye to eye, man to man. and then repeatedly both men, i
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think, clearly showed that they were one trying to paper over the differences. at one point netanyahu saying there were going to be differences here and there. president obama, i'll note, never mentioned 1967 and the borders but did say there would be differences over, as he put it, precise formulations. that's a euphemism for we had a big fight yesterday, but we're trying to make up a little bit obviously, randi. i thought it was also significant, finally, that they both tried to make, you know, bend over backwards to say, look, we're going to disagree from time to time, but we're both committed to trying to work this out long term. not surprising, i mean, it would be surprising if they came out and said, we're giving up, folks, we're not going to try anymore. it's still significant in front of the entire world the two men are saying, we have our differences but are going to figure this out and keep working at it. that's all they can do at this point. >> is it your feeling, given their relationship, do you get the sense they trust each other on this one?
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>> reporter: you know what's interesting, you used that very word. i told you earlier i was speaking with two people close to the prime minister who told me they're actually more close behind the scenes than we think when we see them publicly. and that they'll hash things out but they speak on the phone a lot and they're closer. when that word of trust came up, one of the people close to the prime minister told me, i'm still not sure that the trust is there. there's a personal bond, there's a connection, but on the israeli side there's still concern every wednesday in a while there's a comment from the u.s. side that seems to poke the prime minister in the eye. they think a little bit that's what happened yesterday. again, you saw right there they're trying to patch this up, but i still think that while there's a personal connection that one word that you raised, you're exactly right, trust still not completely there. >> all right. ed henry, appreciate you standing by and watching this with us and helping us get a better understanding of those two men there and their relationship. thank you. new information just breaking in the case of
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that they had some place to stay under home detention and 24-hour monitoring by a private security firm that would cost upwards of $200,000 a month. but they also had to wait for the bail orders to be signed and we just got word moments ago that, in fact, that happened. including a $1 million cash bail as well as a $5 million bond. the thing is, there's a hitch. as you indicated, there have been reports, and we've been watching this apartment building where we believe he would be heading to, but he hasn't shown up. first they had to have the order signed, but now the hitch is that there are reports that there's an issue with that apartment lease. either by the building owner or te tenants of the building. cnn reached out repeatedly to the property owner as well as the defense attorney and so they have not returned calls or messages. it's gotten to the point where the judge has called a hearing
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at 2:30, just in a little while from now. we're in the courtroom to find out what exactly the issue is. until he has a place to stay, obviously, he won't be able to leave rikers. >> exactly. and certainly he was planning on leaving today. this is getting even more interesting. where, legally, though, susan, is he permitted to live? is it just in an apartment building in manhattan? >> yes. he has to be within the district. he's had to turn over his passport. he can't go anywhere but stay at home unless, for example, he's told the court that he might occasionally want to go to a religious service. and he would have to do so under very strict observation. he can receive visitors at his house to include his family and other friends, but only a limited number of people at a time, the judge has said. he also could have, of course, all the visits he wants with his lawyers as he tries to prepare his defense for presumably a trial that wouldn't happen for another six months or so. >> i want to ask you, also, this
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other new information coming to us today during the show. as for the suspect's wealth, which by the way, we've learned is enhanced now by a quarter million dollars, severance from the imf, do you think that we might be expecting, i know you're not a lawyer, but you think we might be expecting a civil suit to come out of this as well? >> you mean filed by -- >> i imagine it could be filed possibly by the imf. >> well, he resigned, remember? so i don't think there's -- there's no indication, i should say, from the international monetary fund that he would be that -- that they would take action against him at this time. now, whether there would be for other reasons, if there were allegations made against him that he had done some kind of act that would impact them, or against any employee of the imf, that certainly is a possibility. but so far we know of no
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cell phones, most of us use them. are they really safe? do they cause cancer? the government and the cell phone industry say no, the fine print on cell phone packaging says maybe. but some leading scientists and doctors say we should be concerned. especially for our children. our chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta has been looking into this and joins me now. i guess the key question on everybody's mind, how concerned should we really be? >> it's a good question. perhaps more concern than the headlines have you believe. the phone study was this big study, 13 countries participated. the headline was there's no association. what we found by digging deeper, though, randi, into this, there's an appendix to this study which you could only find
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online. once you looked at that, here's what i thought was interesting president people who use their cell phones ten years, you started to see a doubling in the rate of glioma, a brain tumor. if people are using their cell phones longer and longer an there's a latency period. it takes a while for a tumor to develop. might this be a problem a decade from now, two decades from now and so forth? they've only become popular over the last 15 jeeryears. it's gone up ten times in 15 years. the question is, what is all that doing to the brain in the longer term? as you point out, people are starting to beat the drum on this, loud and prominent voices on this. >> meanwhile, the fcc is pretty clear in saying they're okay, there's nothing to worry about. i'm curious, how is this tested? >> yeah. this surprised me. we got pretty unusual access to a testing facility. so when you have a cell phone, it says it can't emit more than
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a certain amount of radiatiorad. it was decidedly low tech. that's a model of the brain. they create this liquid brain inside by using salt, sugar and water. they took my phone, hooked it up next to this sort of model and they tested for radiation throughout the brain. now, you know, i guess it works pretty well, but it's pretty low tech. the thing that strikes you, struck me, anyway, is that that's an adult male skull. supposed to be approximating that. what about people who have thicker or thinner skulls? more importantly, what about children? there's not been a single peer reviewed study looking at cell phones and children. children use their cell phones their entire lives. >> my 6, 7, 8-year-old nieces, nephews are. >> i'm trying to keep my kids from doing it. it's a losing battle for me. >> a lot of parents will do it for safety reasons so they have it. a lot of people, including you, i've seen you walking around with the little ear bud.
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is that the safest way to talk on a cell phone do you think? >> i think so. it's one of these things where you talk about not wanting to change your life upsidedown. i'm not giving up my cell phone. i have three of them. >> you can't. >> you're not either. even on the manufacturing insert that comes with it, it says you should hold your phone an inch away from your ear. who does that? >> everybody's going to hear my conversation. >> right. no one does it. everyone puts it against their head. even the cell phone instructions say you shouldn't do that. the further you move it away, it drops off radiation level exponentially. i hold it then i'll use my ear piece. i also, you know, check my e-mails at the same time. >> i lay it down on my lap, or i -- it's always on me somewhere. i see a lot of people with it in their back pocket. none of that is a good idea. >> they say you should be an inch away. i carry it in my back pocket as well because it's further away from my bone marrow, my reproductive organs. that's a mitigating risk. i think the ear piece is a pretty simple thing to do, and a lot of these concerns which we raise in this piece can, you
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know, greatly be reduced just by doing that. >> wow. if anybody is going to get the final answer on this, sanjay, i have faith you will. >> digging on it, yes. might be ten years, but will you have me back then? >> if the world doesn't end this week and cell phones don't kill us, we'll have you back. >> might have other things to worry about. >> sanjay, thank you. see much more of sanjay's year-long investigation on "anderson cooper 360" tonight at 10:00 p.m. eastern and this weekend on "sanjay gupta md" saturday at 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and once again sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. so, fighting the mighty mississippi, one family is taking matters into their own hands. they hired a crew and spent three weeks building their own homemade levee around their house just before the flooding hit mississippi. and that's where cnn's martin s s saf raj is right now. he's at the home you see here in yazoo county, mississippi.
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how is this family holding up? how are things going on the makeshift island? >> reporter: everybody's fine. we're on the big island as we like to refer to it. the little island over there is a little house that belongs to their son, but it is quite remarkable. i'm standing in the center of what is three acres of completely dry land next to a beautiful farm house and the outbuildings that are all just dry. surrounding us, though, as far as the eye can see is what looks like a massive lake. it's not meant to be there. that's normally 1,000 acres of cotton. it's water backing up from the yazoo and mississippi rivers that inundated the land around here. this is a family that's lived in yazoo county almost 200 years. when they heard the water was coming, they weren't going to pack up things and leave their houses behind to be flooded. they took on a major effort. they are farmers. they have a lot of land around
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them. they have the stuff to make the levee, the dirt, two weeks using earth moving equipment with the help of a contractor. it ranges in height from 8 to 11 feet. that is what is holding out all of that water. when you look at the imagery from up in the sky, it is just phenomenal to see that they are an island. heart island surrounded by what i call the heart lake. so far everything is good. they have electricity, they have television, they have internet. they have it all. they just don't have the floodwaters inside their home. >> that's good. that's what they don't want. it certainly is impressive. is the family, though, in case of an emergency, do they have the means to get out of there? >> they have a couple of things set up. plan "b" and "c." first of all, they have boats. second, it would be possible to wade out of here. would probably be up to chest high, maybe a little higher in other places. you could. if there were to be some sort of
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break, they do have heavy equipment, farm equipment you normally have standing by here. they have everything from pumps ready to pump a water out if there's a leak. they have plows if they need to move dirt and in a hurry. this is very heavily constructed. it's not just piled up dirt. they packed it down. on top of that, they put plastic sheeting on the outside before the water came. what you're having happening out there, the waves are getting fairly high out there in what's the cotton field. they're pounding against the plastic side. the plastic is preventing it from eroding away. they thought a lot about this. it seems to be paying off. >> it is a fas nacinating fete this family and certainly an important one. martin savidge, thank you, appreciate it. adopting a child in the u.s. can cost tens of thousands of dollar. this week's cnn hero learned that firsthand when she paid the bills to adopt her children.
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becky foster is helping other adoptive parents build their families without breaking the bank. >> i don't care how you become a mother, it's a miracle. one of them making the other one laugh. it's just the greatest noise ever. i waited a long time for that kind of noise. jake and brooke are both adopted. to adopt our two children, it was over $100,000 in after-tax money paid in full, paid upfront. adoption in this country can cost between $30,000 and $50,000 depending on the situation. you ready? there are plenty of loving homes out there and the only obstacle is this cost of adoption. my name is becky fawcett. i started an organization that helps complete the cost of adoption by rewarding grants. since i was a little girl i dreamed of being a mother. our applicants are hardworking, educated americans. >> she's the light of my life. she's everything to me.
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meet them. go to cnnheroes.com and nominate someone. gunfire rips through the streets of southeastern cities after friday prayers. the number of people killed at the hands of government forces on the rise. once again. the deadly details are next. in, building up our wireless network all across america. we're adding new cell sites... increasing network capacity, and investing billions of dollars to improve your wireless network experience. from a single phone call to the most advanced data download, we're covering more people in more places than ever before in an effort to give you the best network possible. at&t. rethink possible.
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a bold strike against the u.s.s today in pakistan. suicide bomb attack on u.s. convoy in northwestern city of peshawar. michael holmes is here to bring us the latest on this. i guess the pakistani taliban claiming responsibility? >> they say it's a revenge killing for the death of osama bin laden. two u.s. consulate officials were slightly wounded. a motorcycle rider was killed there. i think nine civilians also wounded. luckily the u.s. officials were in an armored vehicle, two armored vehicles. they were slightly hurt. this is the latest in a bit of a surge of violence since bin laden's death. >> we've been seeing quite of bit of that. also there was another u.s. drone attack in pakistan. what happened there? >> it's a bit of an uptick what we're seeing. this happened in a tribal area in north waziristan. we heard that place before. four militants said to have been killed. we've seen 6 drone attacks in the past 15 days according to a cnn count. there's a huge source of tension
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between the pakistanis and united states. we're seeing more since bin laden's death. turning to syria. after prayers today, more violence. >> i can't get over the bravery of the protesters. they're going out there with a good chance of getting killed. what we've heard is based on eyewitness accounts, 31 demonstrators in various places around syria. protesters filling the streets of cities including the capital demassus. that's significant, too. there's been little going on in the kmcapital. >> the latest protests are coming the day after president obama had very sharp words for president assad. >> he spoke very directly, speaking on the middle east yesterday. he told assad to basically either implement democratic reforms or get out of the way. also comes on the heels, of course, of the u.s. imposing those sanctions against assad and some other top leaders. pretty symbolic, though. they don't really mean much. >> what is going on with watermelons? >> this is a funny story. >> i don't know how to bring
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this in. >> i saw this on cnn.com. a day or so ago. i thought, that headline can't be right. it is. it's bizarre. watermelons have been blowing up in fields in southeast of beijing. >> this is so bizarre. >> it is, isn't it? >> what is this, because of fertilizer? >> apparently the farmers, i wouldn't want to be eating these watermelons anyway. they mistake fwnly applied some sort of growth hormone, accelerator to the watermelons. this started happening. the farmers were having to wear goggles when they went into the things there to pick them. >> they're trying to make them larger i guess? >> faster, grow faster. bigger. >> bigger, faster, better. look what happens. they explode. >> don't be buying chinese watermel watermelons. >> there you have it. good advice. >> not the first food problem we've had there. >> no. that's very true. all right. put that on the list. no watermelons. mental note. >> good to have you back. >> thank you. good to be back as well. earthquakes, tornadoes,
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floods. is the world really ending? some say tomorrow is the day. the one and only pete dominic is next with a look at the end of the world. could it be true? if we're not back in two minutes, panic. her morning begins with artitis pain.
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by now you've probably heard of the religious group that's predicting the end of the world starts this weekend. the one and only pete dominic hit the streets to talk to some of the believers and here is what he found.
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>> reporter: you may have seen one of 5,000 ominous billboards, posters, fliers and digital bus displays across the country. you may have seen one of these people handing these out for years and now we start to think, wait a second, may 21st, that's saturday. >> our message is for the world to turn to god. cry out for mercy. so we will be part of that ratchet that's going to occur. >> reporter: do you have questions for this guy? >> i'm not getting married on the 21st. >> reporter: you're not getting married. you're getting married this weekend. what time is the wedding? >> it's at 5:00. >> reporter: this guy is getting married. >> how do you tell a false prophet? if it comes to pass -- >> reporter: if this doesn't happen, everything you believes it false. >> it will happen. >> reporter: if it doesn't -- >> guaranteed. >> reporter: if it doesn't. i'll bet you $20 right now it doesn't happen. >> that's silly. there's going to be no banks,
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there's going to be no structure. >> reporter: after talking to these guys i'm starting to get scared. i decided to go to my favorite catholic priest at sirius xm. father dave, yes or no, world is ending tomorrow? >> we can't say yes or no. that's the whole point. we don't know. jesus said you're not going to know the day or the hour. there's some people out there that kind of think they know when it is. >> the first time the earth r l rolled into may 21st, the international timeline, new zealand. >> reporter: new zealand first. we'll be able to watch. >> that's right. >> reporter: on cnn, the earth ending in new zealand. >> right. >> we're supposed to believe that they're christians, that they believe that. what does that say about catholics? about other christians? >> i think we live in such a diverse society that most people kind of say, that doesn't represent all people. i actually in some sense have to be honest with you, i admire the fact that they're out there, they're handing out pamphlets. it reminds me of people in the early church that were bold and got thrown in jail. >> reporter: tony, there's no way by saturday i'm going to
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figure this out. i have a dentist appointment, have to take my kids to a birthday party. i have to work. if you knew you had one day left, what would you do, you guys? are you a couple? >> yes. >> reporter: what would you guys do? >> spend it with family. >> reporter: would you shave the beard before you died? >> absolutely not. >> i probably would have taken the train somewhere else. >> i guess i got to go out and have some fun today then, huh? >> reporter: what are you going to do? >> let me see. >> reporter: let it all hang out. >> let it all hang out. i can't say, because my wife might watch. >> reporter: fair enough. fair enough. i understand. >> that was the one and only pete dominic reporting from new york. catch him on "newsroom" or hosting his daily political talk show on sirius xm. the centers for disease control and prevention is a big serious government agency with a big, serious job. protecting public health from threats ranging from hurricanes to bird flu. why did they write a post on monday how to survive a, quote, zombie apocalypse?
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they say prepearing for a night with the living dead is the same as preparing for a hurricane or major pandemic. so many people checked out the story that their website crashed on wednesday. visit our blog at cnn.com/ali for a link to the story. president obama states u.s. support for a future palestinian state based on borders that existed before the 1967 middle east war and gets an earful from israel's prime minister. why did he say this publicly? why now? the stream team breaks it down for us next. we were actually thinking, maybe... we're going to hike up here, so we'll catch up with you guys. [ indistinct talking and laughter ] whew! i think it's worth it. working with a partner you can trust is always a good decision. massmutual. let our financial professionals help you reach your goals. but afraid you can't afford it? well, look how much insurance many people can
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on the eve of today's meeting with israel's prime minister, president obama made official the long held but rarely stated u.s. support for future palestinian state based on borders that existed before president 1967 middle east war. so let me show you something. this is a map of israel before the 1967 6-day war. in the past the united states has unofficially packed a two-state solution to the israeli/palestinian conflict based on this border. take a look at this map. this is what the region looks like today. after the war, israel controlled the west bank, east jerusalem, gaza, the sinai peninsula and the golan heights.
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it pulled out of gaza in 2005. everything else has been in dispute ever since. in that major speech yesterday obama became the first president to formally endorse the pre-1967 border. however, president obama did leave himself some wiggle rook acknowledging the need for m modification process due to conditions on the ground. the question remains, what did the president home to accomplish by bringing up this strategy in his speech in michael sing is managing director of the washington institute. and aaron david miller is a public policy fellow with the woodrow wilson international center for scholars. thank you both for coming on to discuss this. aaron, i'd like to start with you. should the president have made this public push for the 1967 borders, as he did? >> i mean, what you say actually is important, but what you do is even more important. and the reality is, through no fault of the president's, he's lacked an effective strategy from the beginning of his administration. 80% of this, of the impasse, is a result of the fact the israelis and the palestinians
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simply can't make the big decisions on jerusalem border security and refugees. 20% of it may be the administration's efforts to deal with that problem, and i think the president felt a certain amount of desperation, the palestinians are going to new york to get virtual statehood approved by the u.n. or u.n. membership and we don't have an all teternativ alternative. i think he reasoned to put out one of the most contentious issues pub licry which is the question of territory. since you don't have a negotiation and no prospects of seeing this principles implemented, he might have kept his powder dry for september when he may need it. >> michael, the same question to you. your take on that. should we have gone public with this? >> well, you know, i think the president's intention probably is to try to halt this kind of slide to september when the palestinians intend to make a unilateral push for statehood. this is really a case of bad
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timing and sort of badly conceived diplomacy. because he's not going to accomplish that. he's not going to satisfy the palestinians. you know, and he certainly won't get negotiations started because the obstacle there is this hama hama hamas/fatah unity deal. he's further eroded his relationship with the israelis who see this as a major step backwards and major step from previous assurances they were given by presidents clinton and bush. >> aaron, did the president gain anything at all, do you think, by going public here? >> well, i think he probably further endeared himself to the europeans, the russians and the united nations. but i think the problem here is the gap between words and deeds. no american president should articulate a set of principles months away from a negotiation which he can't really implement. if i were a palestinian right now, here's the conclusion i
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would draw. our u.n. strategy is working. we got the president, essentially, to move toward us on the borders issue, and if we wait long enough, and if we make him feel very nervous with respect to what's going to happen in september, maybe he'll come out on jerusalem and do the same thing. so i think it's not smart negotiating tactics to put out an american position on one issue in a vacuum. >> michael, just quickly, we don't have that much time left. the border situation is supposed to be the easy part of this deal, right? wasn't the border situation almost settled under president clinton? >> there is no easy part of this deal. i think that we can be sure of that. you know, the fact is that the two sides are quite close, i think, on the border situation. and one israeli fear, i'm sure, is that this will actually break that consensus in a sense that the president didn't mention, something that president bush and clinton mentioned, which is they should keep the settlement blocks. the truth is, really, in
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contrast to what the president said yesterday, all of these core issues need to be decided together because if you talk about borders, well, the border around jerusalem is the most contentious part of the border. how to you separate the issue of jerusalem? likewise, the refugee issue for israel is a security issue. you can't draw this distinction between refugees and security. the fact is the only way to solve this is the two sides sitting down and negotiating over all the issues and that's the obstacle we can't just seem to get them to do that. >> all right. michael, aaron, both of you. i appreciate it. very interesting discussion. being told something in my ear? oh, okay. cnn is going to continue in just a moment here after a quick break, with t.j. holmes. building up our wireless network all across america. we're adding new cell sites... increasing network capacity, and investing billions of dollars to improve your wireless network experience. from a single phone call
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