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nominate this person who is making a difference. >> a guy who is going to make a little difference at 5:00 a.m., ali velshi is going to be waking up and getting you a bit earlier start on the news day. it's starting this monday, right? 5:00 a.m. eastern during wake-up call starting right here with ali velshi on cnn. >> start your morning with a cup of coffee with two lumps of ali velshi and you're ready to go! that wraps it up for this week. happy friday. nice for you to be here, drew. "cnn newsroom" begins right now with kyra phillips. >> did you just call ali velshi lumpy? no, i said two cups of coffee and two lumps of ali velshi to get you started. >> i know. i'm kyra phillips. it's 9:00 a.m. on the east coast and 6:00 a.m. on the west coast. in orlando, cindy anthony said she, not her daughter who googled chloroform.
prosecutors say casey anthony gave her daughter chloroform before trying to kill her. bulger returning to boston. the fbi arrested him and his long time girlfriend in santa monica wednesday night. floodwaters reaching record levels in minot, south dakota. by monday, the high water mark could be six feet higher than the disastrous flood of 1881. this morning, in washington, all eyes are on the clock in desperate efforts to avert a crisis over the national debt. bipartisan talks teetering on collapse of talks by eric cantor. dana bash is on the hill. what happens now? the clock is ticking towards the august 2nd deadline. >> reporter: the clock is ticking and this effectively gets kicked upstairs. the talks going on pretty much detail at this point, a high level but higher level now. the vice president himself who was leading these talks released a statement yesterday saying, now it is going to be in the hands of leaders, meaning the
president of the united states, and the top leaders, the house speaker and the senate majority leader to try to deal with these negotiations and there still is a lot to be worked out. you know, probably these -- the people who had been meeting will continue to do it but this is going to be crunch time for people who have a lot of on their schedule. >> so what do you think? taxes the major sticking point now? or are there other major disagreements still to work through? >> reporter: taxes was certainly the big thing that the republicans, the two republicans who are part of these negotiations said they were pulling out over, because this is something that they say is just a nonstarter. they say anything that has to do with any tax revenue, meaning even closing loopholes on ethanol and oil subsidies. the talks to reduce the deficit for the republicans to raise the debt ceilings. democrats say say you're right. no reason to cut trillions of
dollar to include taxes. a sticking point and so many others. spending cut and where to cut the spending whether from against, how much from defense and so many things they are working on. i can tell you according to sources familiar with these talks so far they had roughly found about 2 1/2 trillion dollars which is no small feat to cut and put towards the deficit but more than republicans want. how they can get there and how quickly is the big question. >> dana bash, thanks so much. president obama speaks out for gay couples. but it's also drawing attention for what he did not say. in a speech before a gay advocacy group, he called for equal rights for same-sex couples, but stopped short of using the word marriage. take a listen. >> and i believe that discrimination because of somebody's sexual orientation or gender identity ran counter to who we are as a people and it's a violation of the basic tenets on which this nation was founded.
i believe that gay couples deserve the same legal rights as every other couple in this country. >> during his presidential campaign, barack obama supported civil unions but said he would not promote same-sex marriage. he now faces growing frustration within the gay community he is not doing enough to back gay rights. how is the gay community viewing the president today? about a half hour from now, we will check in with cnn.com contributor lz granderson. a gripe with president obama members of the latino community. they say he broke a campaign promise he made to them, being a no-show at a major conference, not once, not twice, but three times. and just in time for summer travel season lower gas prices that could go even lower. a live report coming up in 15 minutes. my doctor told me calcium
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checking stories across the country. in arizona hackers releasing hundreds of personal files about police officers, including e-mails, names, phone numbers and addresses. they are doing this in retaliation for the state's tough immigration law. state highway patrol association says this puts officers at risk. fbi agents in seattle arrested two americans who plan to attack a military recruiting station. the fbi calls them would-be terrorists. police grabbed them in a sting operation when they showed up at a warehouse to buy machine guns to use in that attack.
take a look at this motorcycle chase in ft. worth, texas. a man wanted for a parole violation zoomed off from a traffic stop. police chased him. he finally gave up and was arrested. well, we are learning a lot more about the ten cals of support that may have kept osama bin laden hidden in plain sight for so many years. more than seven weeks after the u.s. raid, u.s. intelligence officials are prying secrets from the cell phone of his trusted courier. now according to "the new york times" he had spoken with a militant group long to pakistan's spy agency. no smoking gun. secret government support. but it does raise some serious questions. nic robertson joins us live from london. nic what are we hearing from this group exactly? >> reporter: mujahadin the group
had been using a cell phone to communicate with had been around 20 or more years and creation in part by pakistan's intelligence service and radical islamist mujahadin who pakistan used to help fight the soviets in the pakistan in 1980s and also used them as a proxy force in indian-controlled kashmir and that territory between pakistan and india. now, this organization has sort of ties and a common global outlook has al qaeda and the taliban and perhaps best scene in 1999, mujahadin, one of the few people in that group, hostaged an india airlines plane and landed it in afghanistan and did a deal with the taliban and al qaeda that let them off scott-free and let the indian airline passengers go free as well but shows you the fact of
the group based in pakistan and supported and trained by their intelligence and military services had close ties to the taliban and al qaeda. and that sort of, if you will, why people are asking questions now. if osama bin laden's courier had their numbers in his cell phone, clearly those ties still existed and does that mean, therefore, that pakistan's intelligence services knew about where bin laden was. the evidence doesn't point to that yet, but it certainly opens up that avenue for people to look at. >> you tend to wonder if, indeed, that's true, what kind of impact that is going to make on the relations between the u.s. and pakistan and also, you know, bottom line, nic, getting this information, learning about what type of phone numbers were there, the possible connections. could this stop future attacks? >> reporter: it certainly will put a number of people on notice, particularly in mujahadin aanyone that has been dealing with them, that they are
potentially going to be looked at as suspects in this sort of broader investigation into who knew what about where bin laden was hiding. one thing is absolutely for sure here. pakistan's intelligence services, according to an arab diplomat i was talking to over the weekend, said that the -- that a pakistani official had called their officials to say what do you know about what the united states is doing in terms of gathering intelligence inside pakistan and this phone call, two phone calls like this were made in the week and the few days before the attack and on osama bin laden's compound. what is very clear is people in pakistan, high up in their official retired military structure were watching out very closely for what u.s. intelligence operatives were doing on the ground in around abbottabad. it doesn't show they knew the operation was about bin laden or where he was, but it shows you
the kind of support network that was looking out for their own interests. so this organization, its interests, still exists and these are interests beyond the state interests of pakistan, possibly bin laden. >> nic robertson, thanks so much. at home, the federal government opening the oil pipeline. the energy department is releasing 30 million barrels of oil from the strategic petroleum reserve. cnn's poppy harlow is joining us out of new york. gas prices dropping. how long will this make or how long could this last? could they get even cheaper due to this move? >> reporter: they are absolutely going to, no question about it. before the government did this surprise move, we have been seeing oil and gas prices fall pretty rapidly the past month. take a look what it has done before the month and then we pull up a chart for you here. is it oil prices, they have been down almost 11% over the past month. they fell 4 1/2% yesterday. just started trading today and
up slightly. look at your national average for gasoline. you're going to see this at the gas station today. $3.60 a gallon we are talking about across the country. some experts, kyra, after this news came out, said they think that by the end of the summer, gas prices in the u.s. could fall 50 cents on average. so that would be a big decline. this is exactly what the government is doing here. they are saying, all right, we are tapping this emergency supply of oil which, by the way, has only been done twice in u.s. history. once during concert storm and once after hurricane katrina. they are saying we are doing this because of supply disruptions because of the unrest in libya and give the u.s. economy the shot in the arm that it needs. if people spend less at the gas station the theory spend more elsewhere and prop up the broad economy. still to be seen. good news for consumers, anyone has to fill their tank they will pay less for a while new but oil is up a little bit today. and there is a lot of political controversy whether the right move or not.
a lot of republicans lashing out and chamber of commerce saying ill-advised move. we only do this in times of severe emergency in the u.s. kyra? >> poppy harlow, tracking those numbers and prices for us, thank you so much. live to orlando, florida. looks like casey anthony's mother has taken the stand again. you're looking at live pictures. we will take you there right after the break. [ female announcer ] the healing power of touch just got more powerful. introducing precise pain relieving heat patch. it blocks pain signals for deep relief
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♪ take you straight to orlando, florida. live pictures now. of casey anthony and her mother cindy both in tears. let's listen in. >> still have the skirt. i haven't worn it. i don't recall raring it after that. it was kind of like not popular after that. >> okay. i'd like to now show you photographs that have been mark marked. i'd like to show you exhibit a. may i proceed? >> you may.
>> do you recall -- i have shown you this frap photograph and you have testified about it previously. >> yes. >> and it is it air fair and accurate representation of you and casey at your brother's wedding? >> yes. >> judge, at this particular time we move defendant's exhibit a into evidence. >> the state? >> object. irrelevant. >> relevancy for this testimony? >> if you'd like, i could proffer a sidebar. >> you may. >> i think it's relevant. >> you're watching live pictures of the casey anthony trial out of orlando, florida. right now, her mother, cindy, is
on the stand. we will continue to follow this. we will dip in live once they continue giving testimony, again, as lawyers huddle. president obama wants to be reelected to a second term in 2012, he'll need the support of hispanic and latino voters. paul steinhauser is here to break it down for us. paul? >> reporter: let's take a look at some of the numbers because it looks like with every election latino and hispanic voters are more influential. take a look at the last couple of elections. the democrats made big jumps. there you go. the president's approval rating among the hispanics and la teens and it's dropped down to 63% the last couple of months but much higher than his approval rating which is in the upper 40s to right around 50. take oo look at this graphic. shows the democratic percentage
of latino voters went up in 2006 and went down in the midterm elections last year. what happens in 2012 is the big question. >> so how crucial will the hispanic vote be? >> very crucial in some crucial states. let's talk about those battleground states. we always talk about them, right? we put a list together. florida, no doubt. listen, we know hands down how important florida is. latino and hispanic vote could be crucial in florida where the vote could be close in 2012. colorado and new mexico and nevada states with extremely large and growing latino and hispanic populations. all of these states, not only important for the battle for the white house but all of these states also have crucial senate races, the battle for control of the senate could be -- could be determined by the latino and hispanic vote. >> paul steinhauser, thanks so much. if the hispanic vote is so important for the president's
re-election why hasn't he fulfilled a campaign promise he made in 2008? >> if you're elected president, join us next year? >> as president, i'm looking forward to being back and addressing you as president of the united states of america. >> you heard it right there. obama pledged that he would come speak to the largest gathering of latino elected officials in the country once he became president and that group is holding its annual conference right now in san antonio. but for three years now, he has been a no-show. democratic representative luis gutierrez is one of those leaders who says, on top of that, obama rather hasn't done enough to promote immigration reform either. so tell me why you're so unhappy with the president. >> well, 500,000 latinos in the united states, citizens of this country, turn 18 every year. as you suggested, the battleground states, nevada, new mexico, florida, so important to the re-election of the president. i have 100% voting record here
in the congress. whether it's wall street reform or energy policy or the health care, i supported this president and i want to see him re-elected. but latest poll that was published a couple of weeks ago in "wall street journal" 51% of latinos now say that immigration is the top most important issue for them. i want to bridge that gap so this president can be successful. yes, he is declining. but we he can reverse that decline if we bring together some really crucial public policies which he can initiate and those are the conversations in the dialogues we're having a now. >> how essential is it then that he come to a conference like the one you're talking about, taking place in san antonio? i mean, the white house says, look. the scope of the president's efforts on behalf of latinos is not defined by participating in any one particular event but his work on the economy and the jobs, you know, he is doing that. so what did the white house tell you when you got the three-time rejection? >> well, here -- here is -- let
me say we should put the national association of latinos in the conference in context. i went with the president when he was senator barack obama seeking the democratic nomination. that's when he promised he'd come back. not only did he promise he'd come back, he said i'm going to come back to your conference next year. that is when i'm the nominee. when i'm president of the united states, i'm going to come back and sign comprehensive immigration reform at your annual conference. so understand that symbolism is very important, especially when this is, as i've suggested to you, now has risen to the top issue in the latest poll and one of the very most important one. look. there is a decline in terms of the president's approval rating and popularity among latinos. when i'm critical of the president, i'm critical of the president so that we can bridge that gap and hopefully reach a point in which i can go around the country campaigning and be on your station telling everyone to get out to vote. >> luis gutierrez, thanks for joining us. we will follow it, that's for sure.
>> you're welcome. we take you live, one again, to orlando, florida. we are following the casey anthony murder trial. her mother, as you can see right there, cindy anthony has taken the stand once again. let's listen in. >> is it a fair and accurate representation of such? >> yes. >> judge, at this time, i would move into evidence defendant's exhibit dt. >> what says the state? >> no objections. >> it will be received in evidence as defendant's exhibit numbered. >> 49. >> may i approach the jury? >> you may.
may proich the witness. >> may i approach the witness with du? >> you may.>> may i approach th with du? >> you may. >> do you know what that photograph is of, mrs. anthony? >> yes. >> would you like to take a break? do you need a break? >> no. i'm okay. >> can you tell the ladies and gentlemen of the jury what that is? >> it's a picture of caylee walking up the ladder and i'm behind her holding her. >> your honor, i have to object. not in evidence.
approach for relevance? >> okay, approach. >> looks like we lost audio transmission out of the courtroom there. you're watching live pickets of the casey anthony murder trial. her mom taking the stand and both of them in tears as they are talking about the death of 2-year-old caylee. we will try to get that audio reconnected. take a break and be back. in he, the planned combination of at&t and t-mobile would deliver our next generation mobile broadband experience to 55 million more americans, many in small towns and rural communities, giving them a new choice. we'll deliver better service, with thousands of new cell sites... for greater access to all the things you want,
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make sure some of them are pure michigan. your trip begins at michigan.org. ♪ casey anthony's mother is giving emotional testimony this morning. this is a live look inside the murder trial. cnn's david mattingly is also there. david, why don't you bring us up-to-speed. we have watching casey and her mother, her mother giving some pretty emotional testimony right now. >> reporter: yes. cindy anthony getting put through the emotional wringer on the stand today. she is identifying for the defense certain pieces of evidence. first, she was shown a video of caylee playing with her daughter casey. that brought her to tears. she was asked to talk about the clothing that caylee was wearing, what size caylee was. that's going to be important
later with a point the defense plans to make. also, they showed her photographs of the family pool with the ladder attached. we know that the defense claims that caylee drowned in the family's above ground pool. cindy anthony was then brought to tears again as she was showed a photograph of her holding caylee on the ladder of the pool. again, bolstering the defense's claim that caylee accidentally climbed up that ladder and then drowned under no supervision in the family's pool. but, again, a very emotional day. quite a turn from what we saw yesterday when cindy anthony had very contentious back and forth with the prosecution after she testified that she went on the family computer and she searched for information about chloroform, not her daughter casey. so, again, this is probably, i think, about the fifth time that cindy has been on the stand, both for the prosecution and for the defense, and, again, she is just having a very difficult
time looking back and seeing those pictures of her granddaughter before she died. everyone in the courtroom just paying very close attention to this, unlike the days past that we have had, where they have sat through just mind-numbing testimony about forensic evidence. this is very real, very human and everyone paying very close attention. >> david, just to sort of reset where we are right now. as you know, we made some news yesterday with this talk about cindy anthony believing that her -- her daughter was not innocent, and this was coming from possibly one of the attorneys and there was some back and forth on whether she was going to say that or not. or believed that or not. can you kind of reset the stage of what happened yesterday and how it folded into today and why so many people have been paying attention to what casey anthony's mom is saying?
>> reporter: well, the attorney for the anthonys, cindy and george anthony, the parents of casey anthony, that attorney told cnn that the family supports her, they love her, they do not want her to get the death penalty, and, at one point, he said that they do not believe she is innocent. he clarified those comments yesterday saying they have reached no conclusion whatsoever about what happened. they want the truth. they want to know what happened. and they want the prosecution and the defense to do their job. but this has happened all outside the courtroom. the jury is not aware of any of this at all. they are only aware of what has been presented right there in front of them. they are sequestered and been there for quite some time away from the public eye and they are watching today cindy anthony get very emotional. casey anthony, herself, shedding some tears as some of this evidence is placed into the
court's view but they are watching this very human moment of this very human tragedy playing out in front of them. >> all right. david mattingly live from orlando, florida. we will continue to check in with you. flood in minot, north dakota is coming faster and greater force than first predicted. a lake near the city is already overflowing and jim spelman is live in minot where people now are expecting rather record flood levels. is that right, jim? >> reporter: that's right, kyra. take a look. i mean, the water is already coming up here. you can see from the traffic signals. this is looks like a pond or something but this is one of the intersections right here in town. the water has been coming up about a foot or so every hour. kyra, i'm 6'3" and this water is going to come up another eight or nine feet and hard to imagine what that much water is going to do here. the dike system they have put in place the last couple of weeks
they realized the last few days no way it is going to hold back the water and protect the whole city so they are focusing on key infrastructures. this dike they have been building yesterday and continue to work on it today to protect city hal and the police station that have several dikes like this around town. the water treatment plant, some schools. they have to get people out of the way. 12,000 people have already evacuated from their homes and being taking refrigerators and stoves. they know when they come back with this water there may not be much to come back to. >> jim spelman, a story we are following closely. we are also following closely the murder trial of casey anthony. right now, her mother cindy on the stand again. you remember yesterday, if you've been following this, how emotional that was. now you've got both of them close to each other and both emotional and we will listen in to what casey anthony's mother is saying after the break. ♪
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>> and i believe that discrimination because of somebody's sexual orientation or gender identity ran counter to who we are as a people and it's a violation of the basic tenets on which this nation was founded. i believe that gay couples deserve the same legal rights as every other couple in this country. the one word you didn't hear was "marriage." lz granderson joins us once again and he talked about this last night in prime time. we wanted to bring you back, lz, you have written so much about this issue and you are openly gay. you said you wanted to get mad, but you couldn't. why not? >> reporter: because i understand how politics works and if you allow yourself as a voter to take your emotion out of the situation and look at it from a real pragmatic point of view you can understand why the president was careful in his word choice last night. while as a gay person who has a partner who i would love to
marry, i wanted to get upset. as a voter, i knew why he did what he did. >> in your opinion, is it worth it, though? and will he really lose that many votes if he comes out and supports gay marriage? >> reporter: you know, that's the 10 billion dollar question, right? and i'm not really sure if it's wise for him to try to answer that question. quite frankly, because his record on the economy is quite abysmal right now. people are looking for jobs. so i think if things were better, for more americans, he could take this risk. but, you know, there's no guarantee he is going to be reelected based on the record he has thus far and with the economy so i'm not sure if it's wise to take that risk in terms of dealing with gay marriage right now. >> so let me ask you this, because the president has been progressive in some ways when it comes to gay issues. were you proud of him in any way
when you listened to this? or was it still -- you may have gotten it, but was it still not enough? like what is the next thing that you really would like to see from this president on this issue? >> well, you know, first and foremost, let me say i'm very happy with president obama as my president. not just dealing with issues in terms of gay rights, but in terms of a lot of things he has handled. i've been disappointed with some decisions but overall happy with him as president so i don't want my disappointment in what he said last night to mask the fact he has been, by far, the most gobt friendly president we've ever had. would i have wanted him to say gay marriage last night? absolutely. do i give him a pass for not saying it? yes. >> interesting. by the way, i heard you are engaged. congratulations, lz. thanks for weighing in on the issue. >> thank you. >> okay. take you back live to orlando, florida. we have been following this trial as you know even more
closely since yesterday, when casey anthony's mother took the stand. a lot of emotional testimony. well, that's exactly what is happening again. both very emotional as we listen to casey anthony's mother, cindy, talk about the loss of her granddaughter. >> what is that photograph of, ma'am? >> it's caylee climbing the ladder. it's just another image from the last one. >> and is that where she's a little further along up the ladder? >> yes. >> is it a fair and accurate representation of what it depicts? >> yes. >> your honor, at this time, we
>> may i -- your honor? >> you may. >> what is that photograph dw of? >> it's caylee that same day when she made it to the top platform of the ladder. >> and is that a fair and accurate representation of what that depicts? >> yes. >> could you read the letters on the back for me? i want to make sure -- is it dw? >> yes, dw. >> judge, i would, at this time, move dw into evidence. >> what says the state? >> objection overruled. be received in evidence as defendant's exhibit number? >> number 52. >> may i approach the jury? >> you may.
>> may i approach the witness, your honor? >> you may. >> mrs. anthony, what does the photograph depict that you are looking at? >> it shows me attempting to go around caylee as i usually did. i mean, we used to have caylee sit, once she got for the platform, with her feet on the first step in the water and then whoever was with her would get
around that way. we would get in the pool before her and then receive her. >> and is that a fair and accurate photograph of what it depicts? >> yes. >> and the letters on the back side of it are? >> dx. >> judge, we, at this time -- >> you can only imagine what is going through cindy anthony's mind there as she is looking at pictures of her granddaughter when she was alive. pictures of her and her granddaughter there. you're watching live testimony as casey anthony's mother -- there is the picket right there that she is looking at. live pictures out of the courtroom there in orlando, florida, as the murder trial of casey anthony continues. we are following this closely. we are going to take a break. be right back. ♪ i'm good about washing my face.
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we take you once again live to orlando, florida. that is cindy anthony, the mother of casey anthony, on the stand now looking at photographs of when her granddaughter 2-year-old caylee was still alive. our legal analyst, sunny hostin, has been following this from the very beginning. very emotional today like it was yesterday when she took the stand, sunny. let's talk about the significance behind the questions being asked right now of cindy anthony.
>> well, it's very significant to the defense's theory because the defense really maintains that caylee was not murdered by casey anthony, rather, she decide accidentally in the pool that we are seeing the pictures of. they maintain that caylee walked up these very steps by herself when george anthony and casey anthony were home and then drowned. they also say that george anthony found the little girl dead in the swimming pool and then said to casey anthony, your mother is going to be so upset with you and so the relationship between casey anthony and cindy anthony is very crucial, not only for the prosecution, but also for the defense and that is why we are seeing so many pictures of this pool because the defense wants this jury to believe that caylee could have walked up these stairs by herself. >> all right. let's listen once again to the trial and then i have a couple of more questions for you, sunny. >> once i made it to the other side and got my feet in the
water, it was usually okay for her to start going in. i had to be at least on the other side of the ladder. but, yes, she was anxious to get in. >> and did you take numerous precautions around the pool with caylee? >> yes. >> can you share with the ladies and gentlemen of the jury some of those with the ladies and gentlemen of the jury some of those precautions that you would take? >> we made very -- we made sure that once caylee started walking, we used to have a pool deck -- i mean, a pool box, a deck box right next to the pool and it was just a little bit further from where the ladder was in that picture where it showed that the ladder was down and once caylee was a toddler, we moved that. put it up against the house. where you can see in the
background where it looks like a an ficas tree and then two hangings on my house right back there. it was below that where the tree is right below that area. we put the deck box so that she could not climb up on the deck box to get in to the ladder. an we took extra precaution every day to keep the ladder off the pool. unless we were going swimming. and then we'd put it on and then we'd take it off. we also made sure that we taught caylee that she had to be with us, one of us, to go into the pool and that she had to wait for us. i mean, we took precautions on teaching her how to go back up and down the ladder, backwards and forwards, just like you would stairs in a house so that we knew she could come up and
down and told her that we had to be with her and why. we showed her why she could get hurt. and we kept the life vest inside the back patio. caylee's wearing a swim suit and at that timeframe with one of those -- >> let me stop you there. >> did this vest fit her a year later or did you buy another one? >> no. that one -- that one was actually the second one we had bought for her. she grew out of the first one and she grew out of that one and we bought a removal life vest that would go over her suits. >> now, these photographs, they were taken after the video that we showed the ladies and gentlemen of the jury first, right? >> yes. a few months later. >> okay. and she even outgrew this vest, as well? >> once again, following live
testimony of casey anthony's mother cindy there on the stand. right now looking at pictures of when little caylee was alive, by the swimming pool, talking about the fitting of the vest. we'll talk more about what these questions mean and where exactly this discussion is going as we take a quick break. we'll be right back. coldwell banker. we never stop moving.
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the casey anthony murder trial continues. live pictures right now out of the courtroom there in orlando, florida. you are looking at cindy, casey anthony's mother. sunny hostin, looking at pictures of her with her granddaughter talking about safety precautions, the fitting of that vest to wear before she goes in the pool. what's the significance behind the questions? >> well, certainly, the defense is trying to take the sting out of the prosecution's cross-examination because i'm sure the prosecution is going to go over those very facts and there were all these methods in place to make sure she didn't go in the pool by herself and my understanding is there's a defense witness to testify to seeing that ladder down there when the anthonys were home, when caylee was home.
and so, i think that is why we're seeing the defense laying the groundwork for that witness and also for the prosecution's cross-examination. they want to put this stuff out there before the prosecution gets the opportunity to do it. >> all right. thanks. we'll take a quick break. more at the top of the hour. stay with us. [ male announcer ] if you find yourself between a rock and a hard place, on second thought... ♪ she got an attitude ...you never will. the 2011 jeep wrangler. adventure is never ordinary. ♪ she got attitude now sign and drive a jeep wrangler sport 4x4 with zero first month's payment, zero down and zero due at signing for qualified lessees.
7:00 a.m. out west. casey anthony's mother cindy on the stand right now. both casey and her mother cried while video of caylee was played for the jury. crime boss james bulger headed back to court in boston faced the murder charges he fed 16 years ago. the fbi arrested him and his long-time girlfriend in santa monica wednesday night. floodwaters reaching record levels in minot, north dakota. by monday, the high water mark could be six feet higher than the flood of 1881. well, this morning, you have new reason to actually look at that gas pump and not get angry. today is the 21st straight day that prices dipped and the white house wants to push them even lower. the feds are tapping the emergency stockpile now and we could see another drop of 50 cents in the coming weeks. allen chernoff in new york with the good news and probably takes the subway but telling us it's
good news. >> yeah, kyra, you know, the price of the subway hasn't come down here in new york city and most of the country this is good news. let's see how much gas prices do actually decline. certainly, gas right now is much cheaper than a month ago. aaa say it is national average right now is $3.60. 26 cents lower than a month ago and one analyst saying the move to release oil reserves could send gas prices down about 50 cents a gallon. a lot of analysts are saying that's probably too optimistic. keep in mind, it takes a few weeks for gas prices to actually catch up to what oil is doing. it's a typical lag in this process and also, gas station owners, well, they the end to keep prices a bit higher while oil prices are falling. makes up for losses they suffered on the way up. it is a low margin business. we can't put all the blame on
the guys that pump the gas for us. oil fell 4% yesterday. this morning, it is down one third of 1%. kyra? >> all right. we still want to see that extra 50 cents off the price. alan, thanks. alleged mobster james "whitety" bulger could be in a boston courtroom this morning. he was caught in california. his arrest making news internationally. our zain verjee in london. what are they saying about this guy, zain? >> hi there, kyra. "the irish times" says u.s. crime boss captured after 17 years on run. so corrupt and sordid it says was the relationship between bulger and the fbi that many bostonians assumed the fbi was not really looking for him. take a look at "the irish independent." links to ireland helped mobster stay free. james "whitety" bulger it says
was immensely proud of his irish heritage and in fact it was the irish-american connections that are believed to have helped america's most wanted successfully stay on the run from the fbi for 16 years. those are the headlines today out of ireland. kyra? >> okay. zain, thanks. flooding in minot, north dakota, back here at home coming faster than first predicted. a lake near the city is already overflowing. cnn's jim spellman is live in minot where people now expect record flood levels. so jim, more rain in the forecast or no? >> reporter: might get a little bit of rain but the problem is the rain getting up in canada. the other day they got six inches in one day and that's gone beyond the capability of the dams upstream to hold the water back. they say at this point it's a done deal. this city will flood and trying to mitigate what they can. you can see the water's already coming up fast. this is a street right here, an intersection. it's filling up fast.
coming up about -- advancing towards us about a foot every hour or so. still even with the water coming up, people are trying to save their property. they're building the temporary dikes here. this is around a business. coming over to this side, see this one around city hall and the police station here. they know they can't save the whole city, kyra. they're trying to preserve the valuable infrastructure that they can to manage the disaster as it continues. >> jim, thanks. also this morning, we are learning more about the ten kls of support that may have kept osama bin laden hidden in plain sight for years. more than seven weeks after the u.s. raid, u.s. intel officials prying secrets from the cell phone of his trusted courier and according to "the new york times" he had spoken with militant groups long tied to pakistan's spy agency. well, we are told it's no smoking gun of secret government support but it does raise some serious questions.
knick payton wallace in kabul. nick, what does it tell us? looks like we had gunshots there. are you all right? >> reporter: it does seem to suggest that there was this long-standing support. that's fine. artillery fired. we are on a military base and at times there are artillery shots in the distance so do give us a basis to fire at taliban positions behind me in the base around but let me ask your answer. forgive me. yes, this relationship according to "the new york times" seems to suggest the courier who helped bin laden stay in the compound was tied to a group which seemed to be one of these many groups living in pakistan who the pakistani intelligence service accused of supporting. these groups created some reserve force in an eventual war in india so goes the theory. the courier's supposed to have a relationship with the militant group and this militant group to
have a relationship with the pakistani intelligence services. no signs of a direct link and as you say there's no smoking gun. but what this does point out is how vital the cell phone was that bin laden's courier used, not only led the s.e.a.l.s to that compound but it seems now its data seems to be suggesting how bin laden stayed there for sometime. kyra? >> nick, thanks. we want to take you back live now to orlando, florida. they've taken a 15-minute break. there in the courtroom. that is casey anthony's mother cindy. she was just testifying on the stand. sunny hostin been watching this for us all morning. catch us about why today is so significant. >> because really what happened yesterday, kyra. yesterday, cindy anthony got on the witness stand for the defense and said that she is the person that conducted the searches for chloroform on the family computer.
before today, this jury had been told that casey anthony was the only likely person at home at that time and conducted the chloroform searches. the reason that's so very important is because the prosecution's theory in this case is that casey anthony premeditated this first-degree murder by searching for chloroform on the computer in march 2008 and then in june 2008 drugged her daughter with the chloroform, placed duct tape over her daughter's nose and mouth and suffocated her to death. that is the prosecution's theory. yesterday, the defense clearly poked holes in that theory. now today, the defense is putting on evidence of its theory which is, no, casey anthony did not kill her daughter. this was an accidental drowning in the family pool. and that is why today we're hearing so much of this evidence about a pool, about whether or not the ladder was down on june 16th, 2008. i think, kyra, that what is so
very interesting about this alleged accidental drowning is that in florida death by drowning is the number one cause of death for children under the age of 5. this is a jury made up of floridians so this is a defense theory that really may reverberate with this jury and cindy anthony is giving this scenario to the jury this morning. >> all right. sunny hostin, appreciate the context. legendary crime boss whitety bulger's long run from the law is over but today big questions remain. we'll talk with a former mobster all about it. hmmm, you can't do that. but you can do this. bengay pain relief + massage with penetrating nubs plus the powerful pain relief of bengay. love the nubs! with heart-related chest pain or a heart attack known as acs, you may not want to face the fact that you're at greater risk of a heart attack or stroke.
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gave up and was arrested. all right. let's talk about legalizing marijuana and a bill that would actually end the federal prohibition of pot and lets states decide how or if they want to continue enforcing marijuana laws. it is an unusual effort by a political group or odd couple, rather. democrat barney frank and republican ron paul. our brian todd is working the story for us. >> reporter: a bold, new plan to end a major battle in the war on drugs. two prominent congressman say it's time for the feds to stop regulating marijuana. democrat barney frank and republican presidential hopeful ron paul are pushing a bill to let the states make their own laws on marijuana. the states could legalize, tax and regulate the use of pot and the federal government would only crack down on smuggling across the nation aal border. is this a legalization bill? >> we should not have federal laws to make the use, personal
use of marijuana criminal or even the growing of it. it should be criminal if a state wants to maintain its restrictions and the federal government should honor that state's laws. >> reporter: frank says there are two principle reasons he's behind this. to make sure that the government doesn't intrude on freedom of choice and to stop wasting federal resources own enforcement of anti-marijuana law that he says hasn't been effective. in this slow recovery, the economics of legalization also come into the debate. according to a study published six years ago by a pro-legalization professor at harvard, california could bring in more than $105 million a year in revenue if marijuana sales were taxed there. look at what new york, florida, texas and ohio could make. that same study found if marijuana was legalized states would save more than $5 billion a year in law enforcement costs. federal government could save more than $2 billion a year on police, courts and prisons. but sue thaw an opponent of
legalization shoots through the numbers citing a federal study showing all drugs cost society nearly $200 billion a year in lost productivity, health care, criminal justice and child welfare. >> the issue is do we want more harmful substances more available to our youth and i think the answer is, no. we have enough societial problems dealing with alcohol and we're doing a pretty poor job of dealing with that as it is. >> reporter: even if the marijuana bill makes it through congress, a long shot, it would have to get past president obama. the white house telling cnn it won't comment specifically on the new bill but says it's a nonstarter with them. brian todd, cnn, washington. she wowed the world as the maid of honor in the royal wedding. now kate middleton's sister is being eyed as a, well, special kind of model.
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i don't know, a.j. i have a feeling piper would not say yes to this. she could get in big trouble with her new relatives. >> you might think. certainly. if nothing else, hey, this is a great pr stunt. usher is saying he has the sights set on pippa middleton and she became a worldwide sensation when her sister married prince william. "look" says usher said i don't think there's more talked about woman in the in the world at the moment. that may be true and if you're looking far model, makes sense to reach out to a celebrity with facebook sites devoted to her backside and now attention just for saying he plans to reach out to pippa without paying a penny. as for the odds of this happening, i don't think they would appreciate it if the princess sister-in-law modeled underwear. i don't hear the queen signing off on that. >> i don't think so. we should point out that she is
a very smart and educated, as well. george clooney, back on the market. what more are you uncovering about this break-up? >> well, of course, everybody's talking about this and a bunch of stories out there about clooney's breakup. this may not exactly be a shock and most of the stories point to clooney breaking up with his italian model girlfriend. and not the other way around. italian steal vision ran an interview where a friend said she was blindsided by the breakup and stormed out of the house when he ended things and says the relationship was complicated by clooney's massive celebrity and she was as they put it terrified about speaking about the private life and i can see that because george has always kept his private life relatively private. something that's pretty tough to do when you're as big of a tar as he is. >> true. a new gig for octo-mom. joining the cast of a dating show, really? >> yeah.
i don't know. this is very strange category to me. a new show called "celeb-ri-date." she said she was invited to appear and then said i never dated. this is the first time i've dated in my life. i had one boyfriend. it was fascinating to me. unforgettable experience. i'm painfully shy and anxious. a bit unexpected from a woman who has 14 kids but there you are. if you're look frg a chance to go out with the octo-mom, the producer is roger lodge. the casting call is out there for males or females, 18 to 38 who want to date, quote, some of hollywood's hottest celebrities. nothing against octo-mom, kyra. not exactly sure how she fits in there. there you have it. happy friday. >> happy friday. have a great weekend. thanks, a.j. for information on everything and anything breaking in the
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more demonstrations in the streets of syria. more than three months protests exploded in several cities across the country but a different scene on the streets of damascus a. rally supporting the government. why are things so different in damascus? >> reporter: well, things are different in the larger cities, damascus. we haven't seen widespread protests in the heart of the capital and the heart of the second largest city in syria. we have seen the demonstrations on youtube that we still cannot independently verify, kyra. the reason for that is that we're here in the syrian capital for the first time since the unrest began. but our range of motion is rather limited. we still have government minders with us telling us where we can and where we can't go.
that being said, it's an interesting perspective on what the regime here wants us to see and it shows us, as well. some of the people in syria who support the regime either because they're convinced that the assad regime is right for the country or they have benefited economically from it. today on the streets of old damascus outside of the mosque, we saw a small but vocal demonstration in favor of assad and what's interesting is seeing the pro-regime demonstrators use the same refrain every time. and that is that the outside world, the west, news channels are all conspireing to create this story that people inside of syria are unhappy with the regime. that in fact, there are armed gangs, terrorists and the refugees on the turkish side of the border, in fact, they're being held hostage by the turkish government. that's what we're hearing in the syrian capital today, kyra.
>> thanks. he was a criminal kingpin in boston and a cranky, elderly neighbor in santa monica. how did whitey bulger remain on the run for 16 years? coming up, i'll ask a former mobster who took so long. an accident doesn't have to slow you down. introducing better car replacement, available only from liberty mutual insurance. if your car's totaled, we give you the money to buy a car that's one model-year newer with 15,000 fewer miles on it. there's no other auto insurance product like it. it's a better policy that gets you a better car. call...
back to boston today. he was on the run for 16 years. and a tsunami warning is canceled for some alaskan coastal towns following a earthquake. the 7.2 mag if i tuesday quake hit near the aleutian islands. the hottest political topics of the day. playing today, democratic national committee member robert zimmerman, talk show host pete dominic and cnn contributor -- pete, what are you doing in exercises? neck stretches? getting ready to get beaten up here? first question, the president said last night he believes in equal rights for gay couples and didn't say that one word that so many people there wanted to hear. marriage. how did he handle the political tightrope. dana? >> oh, he was a spinmeister at that speech. he walked up to it, danced around it, he looked at it and
then fell back on federalism is what he said. he was talking about having equal rights for all and said i'm happy that the locals are doing what they're doing and something of which bill clinton would have been incredibly proud. >> robert? >> standing up to civil rights and social justice should not be a political tightrope for this president and he ought to stop flip flopping on the issue and leading by supporting the majority of americans for marriage equality. and my democratic talking head friends should stop making excuses and speak truth to power. >> pete? >> well, i think it's classic orwell, kyra. all hand malls are equal but some are more equal than others. i think when this -- if the president is elected, i should say, glitter himself and show up in a sequinned suit and say he was full-out for gay equality. we have to wait. this is purely politics. >> that would definitely make headlines and also our political buzz. all right. eric cantor walks out of debt negotiations with more calls for
president obama to take over. to take charge. should the president get directly involved, robert? >> of course, the president's directly involved this process and the vice president's doing regular meetings. but he didn't put president obama on the spot. but the republican house majority leader eric cantor did is throw the republican speaker of the house under the bus by putting him in the middle of the controversy about spending cuts. they're about as effective of a team as hosting the oscars. >> dana? >> a lot of people say that eric cantor punted but i think the president is sort of punting towards his congressional leadership, as well. bottom line, i do think that it benefits for the discussions if the president gets involved because he has to show whether or not he's serious about cutting spending or wants to raise taxes. either the american people can stop spending or government can. one of the two. >> pete? >> eric cantor, this is a really, really great thing that
he did for eric cantor. for the country, not so much. for his party, you know, he's definitely going to -- boehner has to handle it. cantor and no republicans wants their fingerprint on the tax rates increases. you can't raise them ever again and not talking to you if you decide so and cantor won't have to touch this one. >> buzzer beater. ten second to answer this one. we have heard the tea party complain about the so-called mainstream media so what did it do this week? launched a new tv show. will you watch? robert? >> great. so the same people that taught sarah palin about paul revere are now doing a tv show. very frankly, it sounds like a political spinoff of "the jersey shore." i'll pass. >> dana? >> i don't think the criticism of mainstream media or bias and i think it's great. more diverse voices on the air waves the better. >> pete? >> kyra, i think think this is a great show. the viewers will love it. i will have a party and
everybody can come but you have to wear a wig. finally an excuse for me. kyra, you have to bring your own wig. >> okay. >> it is a wig party. >> the regulars are coming as i dash through the streets. thanks, guys. all right. checking stories cross country. take a look at new york. water gushing down city streets and sidewalks from severe flooding caused by recent heavy rains. a state of emergency for the worse flooding many for than a decade. this in oklahoma, a wildfire destroyed more than a dozen homes and threatened many more. businesses, too. many people had to evacuate. firefighters said it burned about 5,000 acres. bargain hunters here found themselves in the middle of an s.w.a.t. raid. they swooped down on this and two others for selling bootleg and imitation goods. at least eight people were arrested. and in legoland, california, employees pulled off a prank. they hid the bosses volvo and
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we were introduced to the next generation of nba stars last night and for at least one night cleveland cavalier fans could wipe away all the scars of seeing lebron james leave town. the cavs had the number one pick and chose duke guard kyrie irving. jimmy fredette going to the kings. he'll add some instant offense. and it was a dream come true for a young basketball player to have his name called last night at the nba draft. listen to nba commissioner david stern announce pick number 30 in the first round. >> the chicago bulls select jimmy butler from marquette university. >> well, you may not have heard
of jimmy butler but after you hear his entire story, i can promise you you'll never forget him. jimmy butler joins us from houston with his mommy shell. great to see you both. >> good morning. >> thank you. >> so jimmy, tell me what it was like. you're in. you're in the nba. what did it feel like to hear your name called? >> it was an amazing feeling. i was there with my family and tom ball and instantly i hugged her and we started crying because i felt like i've had an incredible journey but now my -- i reached my dream. >> you sure did. michelle, what did it feel like for you? >> well, i think i stopped crying probably about 4:00 this morning. and i promised him i wouldn't cry today but i can't promise anything anymore. >> that's okay. that's understandable. now, folks may be watching this segment going, okay, this seems like a really nice young man and
his mom and, oh, isn't this a great story? but here's the kicker. jimmy, and you kept this quiet for so long and we appreciate you coming forward and telling this story but actually when you were growing up at a very young age, age of 13, your biological mom kicked you out of the house in brooklyn. your brother died. life was not going well for you at all. you didn't have a dime in your pocket. you became homeless. what do you remember? as you're looking at your life now and reflecting on, oh my gosh, this is where i started, are you just completely amazed at how you have survived? >> i am. but i found incredible people in her and people that i met through the high school and throughout marquette and they continue to be on my side through the ups and the downs. i'm very blessed to have them in my life and without them i definitely wouldn't be here. i wouldn't have had my name
called last night and i'm just very blessed and i can't -- i can't thank enough people and i want to thank everybody for believing in me and being there for me. >> and jimmy, only one more question because i think folks want to know, why did your mom say she didn't want to be your mother any longer, she wanted you out of the house? >> i can't even tell you. i think just a lot of stress built up in her and she just took it out on me for the most part. i'm not mad at her for it. i think one of these days i'll forgive her but i couldn't tell you the answer to that question. >> i know it took a number of years to figure out, okay, what am i going to do and survive? you went from one friend's house to another friend's house and then you met a remarkable young man by the name of jordan, michelle's son. he brought you home one day. michelle, you decided to take him in. you had so many kids, money was tight. why did you bring jimmy into
your home? >> anybody that meets jimmy falls in love with him. you just can't help it. he's an incredible, incredible child. he says we did so much for him but he's done the world for us. >> jimmy, how did you remain not angry, not rebellious? how did you keep your center throughout all this? >> i just believe that god does everything for a reason. he puts people in your life for a reason. he takes people out of your life for a reason. and i took that and i moved on with my life and the people that he put in, i stuck with them and they stuck with me and look where it got me. >> final question, michelle. you said to your son, you got to stay strong. i need you to be a role model. why? >> you know, especially i think -- especially in sports and stuff there's so many role models that are so not the best,
i guess. and i just wanted him to, you know, take this, learn from it. everybody makes mistakes and go on and be a better person and he's done that more than i could even imagine i've expected from him. >> jimmy, you are a blessed young man. congratulations. so great to you and your mommy shell. we expect great things in your career. >> thank you very much. >> you bet. appreciate it. straight ahead, crime boss whitey bulger's long run from the law is over but big questions remain. we'll talk to a former mobster. [ female announcer ] you use the healing power of touch every day.
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so some time today whitey bulger could be headed back to boston to face a slew of charges. he fled from the law 16 years ago after a fbi agent tipped him off that he was about to be arrested. bulger was an informant who worked for the fbi and some say worked the system itself. >> his big career move was to understand that if he helped the fbi take out the italian faction, the mafia, which was the national directive to take it out, that he would put out of
business his rivals. and in return, he got from the fbi protection. it was both legal and illegal protection. he corrupted the bureau. basically, bulger would like to say that he had tushed the federal bureau of investigation into the bull ler bureau of investigation. >> strong words. was there too cozy of a relationship between an alleged murderer and the feds. michael was a captain in the crime family before leaving it behind and joins us live from california. so, michael, what do you think about that? he said he felt whitey corrupted the bureau. >> well, you know, i don't think these are -- this policy comes from the top of the fbi but, you know, my experience on the street is sometimes the agents get a little bit too comfortable, too cozy with some of their informants and in this case, you know, to protect a guy like this, to get a guy like,
you know, some of the guys i knew back there, a few guys in the new england family, that was a bad tradeoff. i can tell you that. >> did you know whitey at all? did you come in contact with him, talk to him? >> never met whitey but a well-talked about -- well, i shouldn't say well-talked about. he was an often-talked about guy on the street putting guys in the trouble. he had as much to worry about from guys on the street as the fbi. >> do you believe that the fbi actually turned the other way when he was committing the crimes so they could get good intel on other mobsters? >> well, you know, i mean, some agents have priors in that regard. it's happened in new york with a couple of agents and i think these are rogue agents. i don't believe it comes from the top. that, you know, top people in the fbi would allow such behavior but like i said some of the agents get too cozy, you know, with their informants and
they do look the other way to make a case on somebody that they want. >> when you think that he was on the run for 16 years, is it that easy to evade capture when it comes to the fbi? you know, it is not that easy. i mean, you know, whitey was obviously a guy with a lot of discipline. you know, he cut off ties with everybody. you know, he's not the first to have made it that long. i knew a guy that made it 18 years and really never left his own backyard. he was a new york guy and in new york 18 years until he was captured so if you discipline yourself, you know, you can get a good run out of it. the fbi is spinning this and get our man but guys on the street facing the time he had knew that they would get 15 years out, they'd go for it. >> did you ever dupe the fbi? were you able to talk your way out of something? were you ever able to pull something off? >> you know, not really. i didn't have that kind of relationship with the fbi so, you know, i never experienced myself anything like that.
but i know others that have. i mean, it was -- you know, it was a guy in our family that did it for many, many years. greg scarpa. a few other guys i know of. willie boy johnson, a gotti guy. they're involved in criminal activity and talking with the fbi and get a long run out of it. >> good talking to you today, appreciate it. >> thank you. politics in the spotlight today. paul, tell us about the big gathering going on. >> national right to life convention, kyra. jacksonville, florida, right now. rick sanatorium speaking there moments ago. he is one of five candidates, kyra, five republican presidential candidates speaking at the convention. abortion is an important issue among all americans and far, far down the economy of course right at top. the top concern. among republicans and especially in the battle for the nomination, it is a little bit more important. weighs more. in fact, there's a controversy
right now because two of the candidates, huntsman and mmp, refused to sign an anti-abortion plan by a major pro-life organization. playing a role right now. we eat get back to you with more. >> the president speaking in pittsburgh. anything special about the location? >> very much. pennsylvania is a battleground state and always about the battleground states. this is the ninth visit by the president to one of the battle groupd or swing states since kicking off the re-election campaign on april 4th. these are crucial states that the president wants to win again if he wants to be re-elected next year and nothing new. not like president obama is the only one that's done this. every president running for re-election often goes to the crucial states to speak on the economy or something else. we'll keep an eye on it and keep him honest and we always do, kyra. >> paul, thanks. next political update in an hour and for the latest political news go to our website
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slavery but slavery is very real right now and it's fueled by human trafficking. did you know worldwide 800,000 people are snatched every year and forced into slave labor? $32 billion industry and a u.n.o.d.c. goodwill ambassador is working hard to raise awareness of it. i had a chance to speak about human trafficking and the business of slave labor. i mean, if you talk about supply and demand, it is happening because people are paying for it but who exactly is paying for this? >> well, everyone is paying for slavery in some way, whether it's the direct consumer of commercial sex. no one can be certain now if they're buying the services of a prostitute whether that people is trafficked or not so just by supporting the practice of prostitution you are supporting trafficking and slavery and the devastation of lives but even the consumer at -- buying goods
at any store, right now, we have the responsibility as consumers to ask whether the goods we're buying have been touched by slavery in any part of the supply chain and very few companies right now are accountable. very few have cultures of zero tolerance for slavery. and if we the consumer rise up and say i demand to know whether there's slave labor involved in making this product then companies will respond. >> is that the only way to stop it? >> oh, no. there are many ways to stop it. right now, the united nations has a trust fund called the u.n. voluntary tus trund for victims of human trafficking and you can contribute any amount and the money goes directly towards assisting victims of human trafficking. and working with ngos around the world. many have applied already and the ngos do the work of the angels on the ground, they do incredible things helping human beings in slavery, getting out of slavery.
they help provide all of the services, the beds, the shelter, the counseling. to help these people rebuild their lives and assist prosecution in convicting traffickers and we really need to raise the bar in terms of the penalties for trafficking because right now we're even finding that gangs are switching from drug trafficking to human trafficking because it is more profitable, there is less jail time and easier to do and you can sell a person many more times than a bag of coke. >> well, you talk about the angels working hard to stop this. you're one of them, too and your efforts made a tremendous impact. thank you so much for joining us. really appreciate it. >> thank you very much. >> a young girls in nepal bought and sold for sex get a voice. stevie moore joins the hero of the year and in the inside the fight to stop slavery.
and you can look for the stories coming up later today on cnn. 11:30, president obama will be in pittsburgh for a speech on the economy. he'll hee light the importance of manufacturing and research and development at carnegie mellon university. mitt romney also talking economy at 5:15 this evening, meeting with small business owners in salt lake city, utah. also, the latest republican to announce he's running for president will be in nevada, 6:55 p.m., jon huntsman will be in reno for a rodeo. potty mouth pilots spouted mystery insults. jeanne moos tries to get to the top of it ♪ come fly with me >> reporter: ah, for the days like in the movies when everyone looked up to the captain and looked at what then are called stewardesses. >> should have been a pilot. >> reporter: maybe not this
pilot. 11 [ bleep ] over the top [ bleep ] and a granny krp caught on the radio complaining hardly anyone worth hitting on. take it from a famous former flight attendant -- >> i was horrified. i was mother if ied. there was just something about this particular incident that kind of struck the ick factor were you have to admit the ill lit ration in that ickiness. >> it was just the continuous stream of gays and grannies and grandes. >> gays and grannies and grandes. what a charmer this guy is. >> i never heard the word grandes before. >> reporter: gets confusing because in the language of starbucks, a grande is merely a medium. we're pretty sure the chatty pilot used grande to mean women he considered too large. maybe it's cockpit slang. had you ever before heard the word grande? >> no. that was a new one for me.
only going through the drive through at taco bell. >> reporter: as if grande isn't bad enough, how about grenade? that's what the guys in "jersey shore" call women deemed unattractive. >> i'm trained. i'm going to dodge the grenade. >> reporter: they have a grenade warning horn. that pilot sure tooted his own horn dissing everyone else. >> i mean it's all these [ bleep ] old dudes and grannies there's maybe a few of cute chicks. >> if i meet you, i'm going to be the granny from hell, honey. >> reporter: when the pilot finished evaluating potential sleeping partners -- >> two girls, one of them quite doable. >> reporter: they couldn't wait to dismiss the transmission. >> that was not us. >> it wasn't us either. >> reporter: a grande of the skies.