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>> there are some incentives that government is giving for businesses to come that have some effect, and there's no state income tax in the state, so that's relevant. >> so we'll be hearing more about some of these places. very interesting. we put all these on our website. beth, you've got them all at "money." nice to see you. have a wonderful weekend. that wraps things up for us this morning, but the conversation continues online. send us an e-mail with your thoughts and questions to your bottom, and the cnn is @cnnyourbottomline. now back to cnn saturday for the latest stories making news. have a great weekend. from the cnn center, this is "cnn saturday reque" morning. that's august 20th. i'm alina cho. t.j. holmes is off this morning. we have new word on the fate of two american hikers held in iran. we'll have the latest court ruling. it is breaking news out of iran at this hour. also, rebel fighters are closing in on libya's capitol of
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tripo tripoli. is its leader, moammar gadhafi, going to stay and fight or could he possibly leave? and we've just gotten this dramatic video showing armed rioters shooting at police in the british city of birmingham. so what's the latest in that investigation? we'll have a live report. let's get right to the breaking news of iran. iranian state television is reporting that two americans accused of spying have been sentenced to eight years in prison. shane bauer and josh fattal were arrested after crossing into iran during a 2009 hiking trip from iraq. a third hiker, sarah shourd, was also arrested, but she was later released last fall for medical reasons. let's turn to our very own susan candiotti, who also joins us by phone from new york city. she's been in touch with the families of these two men. she joins us now by phone.
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susan, i know you're trying feverishly to speak to these families. when was the last time you spoke to them or their representatives and what did they tell you? >> reporter: it would have been within the last couple of months. more often than not the families, when there's a situation like this, like to speak through a representative that's speaking on their behalf. and it's not uncommon at all to discuss things among themselves, the three moms and their relatives, figure out exactly what they want to say, and then put out the word, initially, anyway, through their media representative, who is based in new york. so we're working all of those angles. i've reached out by phone to all of the families, and of course, other methods as well, as well as the representative. so i'm quite sure that's what's happening now is they're speaking among themselves to gather information, figure out what they can from all of their sources before they respond in some way, alina.
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>> susan, i think there were a lot of people here in the united states who thought that these hikers would ultimately be released. you've been following this case very closely. how surprised are you that they've now been sentenced to eight years in prison item. >> reporter: i'm sorry, alina, could you repeat that part again, please? >> you've been following this case very closely, and i'm curious to know, how surprised are you by this ruling today, that they'll be sentenced to eight years in prison? >> reporter: well, unfortunately, not surprised. certainly, the hope on the part of the family members here has been that perhaps they would have been sentenced to time served, if they received a sentence at all. that's not the case. now, this is clearly a much longer sentence than the families would have expected. but certainly, there is always the possibility of appeal. how long that could take would certainly be another matter altogether. you also have to keep in mind that this is coming down during the time of ramadan, and so it is much harder to get
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information. the courts there are closed at this time. our man, who is in iran, you'll be speaking with shortly, trying to get information. it's very difficult because of the time change now. so they were hoping that during the time of ramadan that there would have been forgiveness granted, that they would have been released because of that. >> interesting. >> reporter: unfortunately, that hasn't happened. >> right, of course. and we should mention that i'm seeing now crossing our wire that they do have 20 days to appeal this verdict. you can bet there will be an appeal, and we do want to get -- and susan, stay with us, but we are still waiting for our reporter from iran. susan, i just want to remind our viewers about this case. take us back to 2009 when these three hikers were taken into custody. what happened? >> reporter: indeed. covering this from day one, they were on a vacation. these are three young people who lived overseas, they knew each other, one of them had even
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written as a freelance journalist for various publications. one a social worker. they also worked overseas. and they decided to go on holiday. they went to this particular area because they had heard that it was very popular, very scenic with hikers and so they said they went out this one day. there's some dispute as to whether some people had warn withed them that this might be a dangerous area. they maintained that they did not have that information. but when they went out, they said that they were beckoned over a particular unmarked part of the trail, beckoned to cross over this line, so to speak, an invisible line, but someone with the iranian authorities. and at that time, they were taken into custody. ever since then, for quite some time, to have any sort of representation, eventually to meet with the swiss consular, because the united states does not have formal diplomatic relations with iran. so eventually, they did.
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now, they have only had -- they only had one visit from their mothers that came about a year after they were held, and not long after that, sarah shourd was released, who was the only female among them, and she -- because of health reasons. she came back to the united states and has been working very hard on behalf of their release ever since. >> susan, i know you've been watching this case very closely and i know you're trying to talk to the families of these hikers. if anyone can, you can. so we know you'll be watching this case closely and we'll be checking with back with you throughout the hour. susan candiotti, live by phone. thank you. we want to move now to libya where nato planes hit more targets around the capital of tripoli overnight. libyan officials are denying that moammar gadhafi and his family are looking to leave tripoli. that as rebel leaders say they are closing in on the libyan leader's tripoli stronghold.
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our sara sidner has more. >> reporter: just a 40-minute drive from tripoli, rebels battled their way closer to the capital. this is the city to have zawiyah. on this day, even if you couldn't see the firefight close up, you could hear its deafening sounds reverberating from the eastern part of the city. [ gunfire ] so is this getting too close? there are snipers on the tops of buildings, there's loud bangs, there's artillery fire, there's mortars, so we've got to get out of here. despite the major battle going on around him, a rebel fighter who did not want to be identified to protect his family, was confident of victory. considering the fighting is so fierce here in zawia, how long before you can push into tripoli? >> hopefully in a couple of days. >> reporter: a couple of days? >> a couple of days or one week, maybe. >> reporter: you think it's going to be that soon? >> i think so, because we are in control in 80% of zawiya.
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>> reporter: but to push forward, they need to secure the whole city, where gadhafi's army is doing everything it can to keep hold of this strategically important city. why is zawiya so important? >> because of oil factory. >> zawiya has one of the last remaining oil refineries in the country. as of now, the rebels have captured the refinery. we are told there is a large amount of oil still left in the storage tanks. but the opposition fighters say for them, this is not about oil. it's about securing their homes and neighborhoods. most of the town is shuttered, abandoned by frightened residents. but some families remain. [ singing in foreign language ] this family is staying put, including the children, even though missiles and mortars are falling around their home. >> translator: a person feels unsafe and can't rest because of the rockets. they hit us every night.
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but we are resisting by staying in our homes until liberty. but we do feel fear. especially for the children. >> reporter: she and the rebel fighters are convinced the end of the gadhafi regime is near, but most here agree, trying to take control of nearby tripoli will be one hell of a fight. sara sidner, cnn, zawiya, libya. >> and there's continuing fallout from israel's response to thursday's deadly bus attack and it's putting a strain on relations between egypt and the jewish state. egypt has yanked its ambassador to israel and is demanding an investigation into the death of three of its security forces. this morning, a senior israeli defense official says that investigation is now underway. egypt is one of the few arab countries that shares diplomatic ties with israel. check this out. we have some newly released surveillance video from police in london. they are trying to identify armed rioters who were caught on
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tape shooting at police during the days of civil unrest that roiled a number of cities in england. earlier this morning, i spoke to cnn senior correspondent dan rivers from london about the riots' aftermath and the release of these images. >> reporter: this video was actually from the 9th of august. it's only just been released today. but for the last few days, there has been complete calm here. they have surged the number of police officers in london and other big cities, completely flooded the streets with officers on horses and just, you know, lots of officers on foot as well. that seems to have kept a lid on the trouble for now. >> west midland's police say more than 500 people have been arrested and a third of those have already been formally charged. well, 18 years ago, they were teenagers, sentenced to prison as child murderers. but this morning, the so-called west memphis three are free men.
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. yesterday, they cut a complicated plea deal with arkansas prosecutors, allowing them to walk out of prison. now, the trio were convicted for the killing of three cub scouts back in 1993, a crime they've long maintained they never committed. so listen to what they had to say after the judge amended their sentences to time served. >> in the beginning, we told nothing but the truth, that we were innocent, and they sent to us prison for the rest of our lives for it. and then we had to come here and the only thing the state would do for us would say, hey, we'll let you g, only if you admit guilt. and that's not justice no matter how you look at it. >> i'm just tired. this has been going on for over 18 years. and it's been an absolute living hell. >> even when you're in prison, it goes on every day. you have to worry about your own safety. it don't matter what crime it is, you still got to worry about your safety, regardless. >> prosecutors agreed to the
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deal after an arkansas supreme court ruling that could have led to new trials. well, state police in indiana say a sixth person has now died following last weekend's stage collapse at the indiana state fair. that dramatic video is obviously been played many, many times over the woeek. five people earlier in the week were killed and 40 others injured. now this sixth person has died, it's a 22-year-old student from nearby ball state university who died yesterday morning from the severe injuries she suffered in last saturday's disaster. in pittsburgh, flash flooding is blamed in the deaths of a mother and her two children. they were found trapped in their vehicle that had been submerged in the floodwaters yesterday. the victims haven't been formally identified yet. authorities are still looking for another woman who went missing during the storm. more severe storms are on the way for the ohio valley. reynolds wolf has details on that. plus, a look at where tropical storm harvey will make landfall
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back in time and show you this line of storms as it moved through parts of wisconsin and the upper michigan peninsula, the way this thing is set up, it's very possible you see this thing moving through, there's almost like a backwards "c" kind of shape, which usually indicates you've got a great line of wind flowing behind it. so there is chance this could be just wind damage, not a tornado. but at this point, it really doesn't matter. damage is damage and there's going to be certainly some cleanup. and also today, maybe more storms and maybe more flash flooding. just yesterday we had the issues in parts of peninsula. of course, we had three lives that were lost with some flooding near pittsburgh. we have heavy rain forming right near st. louis, as this drives in a little bit closer to places like st. louis, back over the mississippi river, and into spots like springfield, illinois, you could be dealing with more of that rain, possibly some strong thunderstorms, especially into the afternoon hours. with that, you'll have the subsequent delays in the locations. so just be advised if you're traveling today, at any of your
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chicago airports, anywhere else in the midwest, eventually even spots like cleveland, you might have backups, even in cincinnati, back into detroit also. hazy, hot, and humid in texas. the same song has been going on forever. 107 will be the high today. 84 in portland. 69 in los angeles. 81 in chicago. but when that rain move tlus, you might see the temperatures drop dramatically into the afternoon. 92 in atlanta. the high in boston at 83. that's a quick snapshot of your forecast. alina, let's pitch it right back to you. >> i guess it's still summer. >> very much so. in texas, it seems like it will never end. >> my goodness gracious. reynolds, thank you very much. we'll check back with you later. meanwhile, "money" magazine is out with its list of the best places to live. and this year, it's focusing on towns with less than 50,000 people. if you think about it, this is where most americans live. not those big, bad cities. so which town are we talking about today? here's a clue. >> reporter: this town has
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it has 27 parks and 27 miles of trails to keep you out of the sun. >> when you get a little older and you need a little space and have a family, louisville's the perfect place. >> reporter: and the perfect place to own a home. real estate values in town have barely budged in six years. the gop presidential field is getting pretty crowded and the race is heating up already. cnn deputy political director paul steinhauser is here to tell us where some of the candidates are campaigning today. so, paul, good to see you. let's start with texas governor rick perry. where is he this morning? >> good morning, alina. he's back in south carolina. remember, it was one week ago today that the texas governor formally jumped into the race for the white house with a speech in charleston, south carolina. from there, he went to iowa. and then new hampshire and then iowa, and then he went back to new hampshire. now he's back in south carolina. he's hitting all three of those very crucial early voting states. iowa, the first caucus state
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leads off the caucus calendar. south carolina, of course, is the first southern state to vote in the race for the white house. rick perry, very busy on the campaign trail, just in his first week. let's also talk about herman cain subpoe cain. he's up in new hampshire today. he opened up his hq up there in new hampshire and of course, former godfather's pizza ceo and radio talk show host. very outspoken last night saying, listen, everybody thinks there's only a three-person race, i am still in this race, don't let the media count me out. and let's talk about newt gingrich, you have not heard a lot about him, his campaign's kind of on a shoestring budget. where is he this week? hawaii. he is fund-raising out there, has an event tonight with the maui gop, and it's also his 11th anniversary with his wife, so he's celebrating that as well. of course, newt gingrich married three times, the former house speaker. >> i wonder if he got her a gift from tiffany's? >> we'll check into that one,
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yeah. >> hey, paul, with all this talk about perry and all of the other candidates, i have to ask you, mitt romney is still apparently the front-runner and yet we are not hearing about him. so what's going on there? >> yeah, you know, if you look at most of the national polls that were conducted, but it's been a while now, they were mostly kentucconducted before p jumped in the race. romney's the leader when it comes to campaign cash. we saw him on the campaign trail in new hampshire this week. it was an interesting dynamic. it looked like rick perry was with almost trying to make a fight between the two of them and romney was careful not to. mitt romney is trying to run a general election campaign focusing solely on barack obama. it's a lot harder now that perry is in the race. romney was asked a lot this week about perry and he didn't want to talk about him, he wanted to focus on the president. >> the old look like the front-runner strategy, early and often. all right, paul steinhauser, from washington, thank you very much for that update.
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coming up, they are the youngest victims of a tragedy in africa. thousands of children facing starvation depend on the work of a cnn hero. coming up, the race to save them.
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welcome back. in east africa, 12 million people are facing a hunger crisis without food, and almost without hope. relief groups from around the world are trying to help. one is focusing on feeding the youngest victims. its founder is a cnn hero. >> reporter: as millions struggle across the drought-ravaged horn of africa in what the u.n. refugee agency is calling the worst humanitarian disaster in the
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world, cnn hero magnus mcfarlane-barrow's organization, marys meals is in the middle of the crisis. >> we've been working in northern kenya for about four years now. we've seen the situation worsen steadily. today, around one-third of the children are malnourished. so we have a real situation of life and death. and because of that, we're trying desperately to expand our program to reach more children at risk. >> reporter: since 2006, marys meals has been feeding thousands of young children in schools across the region. >> the mission of marys meals is about linking food to education, that that education can be the way out of poverty. >> reporter: in recent weeks, magnus' organization has responded to the drought crisis by feeding an additional 6,000 children daily, 24,000 in all. the kind of important global work for which magnus was named a top ten cnn hero last year and received an order of the british empire from queen elizabeth. but magnus remains laser focused on the critical work in africa.
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>> as part of our east african emergency response, we intend to reach many more thousands of children and we'll do that as funds allow us to. >> reporter: many more thousands of children to be supported by an organization already feeding half a million children daily in 16 impoverished countries. >> it's so much just about the will of people to share a little of what they have, in order that these children can be fed. >> and to learn more about mary's meals, visit cnn you have a little more than one week left to nominate someone you know who's making a big difference in your the communco. now, remember, ever cnn hero is chosen from people you tell us about, so visit to nominate someone today. we are following breaking news out of iran this morning. american hikers shane bauer and josh fattal sentenced to eight years in prison. iran state television is reporting the details. we will speak to an iranian
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29 minutes past the hour. welcome back to cnn saturday morning. i'm alina cho, in today for t.j. holmes. thanks for starting your day with us. and our top story, iranian state television is reporting that two american hikers detained for two years in iran on spying charges have been sentenced to eight years in prison. five years for espionage and three years for illegal entry to the country. shane bauer and josh fattal were arrested after crossing into iran during a 2009 hiking trip along the iraqi border. a third hiker, sarah shourd, was also arrested, but she was later released last fall for medical reasons. she said they did not know they had crossed into iran. journalist thshazod joins u now by phone from iran. what happened in court today? >> reporter: we don't know for
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sure, but iranian news agency has reported that -- quoting officials from the judiciary, that said the court's decision has been eight years each, five years, as you said, for spying for the united states and three years for illegally entering into ran. but the attorney for the two hikers that are still in iran told me that he has not yet been informed of the court's decision and that he could not make any comments before he is informed by the court's decision. he says, until i hear from them, from the court, i can not do anything about it. but he said, if this is true, first of all, it's a harsh sentence and he said that we will have 20 days within which to appeal to the court of appeals to reduce the sentence or change the verdict. he cannot do anything until he's
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formally informed by the court's decision. >> shirzam, i'm curious to know, what has public opinion been around tehran about this case? >> this case has not attracted too much attention in iran altogether. people's opinions differ. some people are saying that they should be let go, some are saying that the law is the law, you know, and if they're convicted, they should serve their time. so it's not a very controversial case here. >> all right, journalist shirzam boroz borozogmeyer, thank you very much. now, texas governor rick perry is focusing on the issue of jobs. >> my actions as governor are helping to create jobs in this country and the president's actions are killing jobs in this country. it's time to get america working
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again. >> progress since the start of this recession back in the 2008, it hasn't been fast enough. we've got to accelerate it. and there are two things that need to happen. number one, we've got to make sure that people have confidence, we've got our fiscal house in order, and that we're living within our means, eliminating programs that don't work. number two, there's some immediate things we can do around infrastructure, tax policy that would make a difference in terms of people hiring right now. >> joining me now to talk about the race for president and the world of power politics, democratic strategist, maria cardona. she's in washington. hi, maria. and republican strategist, lenny mcallister in chicago. hi, lenny. thanks to both of you for joining me. you know, i want to ask, governor perry has made a lot of news in the one week that he jumped into the race, you know, and in that time, he has made some controversial statements. one, that he made that caught hi attention was that he said, if the fed decides to implement
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quantitative easing, which means putting more money into circulation, that chairman ben bernanke, if he comes down to texas, that it would get pretty ugly down in texas. now, lenny, is this what we want to be hearing from a man who's running for president? >> no, not necessarily, but, again, we have to remember what phase of the campaign season we're in. we're talking to the hard-line conservatives, just like president obama's going to try to shore up his base before going to the general election. this is going to the play well with governor perry. you have to remember, this is the same guy that talked and flirted with secession for texas. and who was we speaking to? the tea party base at that time. is he really talking about texas leaving? no. but these kind of sentiments is going to work with the base he's trying to shore up. he came into the race when the iowa straw poll came out. so he's trying to steal some of the thunder away from conservatives in order to move forward. so by the time he gets to new hampshire and other states, he has his train rolling and he can
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go forward with the nomination process. >> and from michele bachmann who won the iowa straw poll and is a tea party favorite. meanwhile, i have to ask you, maria. you know, he, governor perry, in his state, one-third of the jobs created in this country were created in texas. the texas economy is growing at twice the rate of the national rate and home prices have remained pretty stable there. so some might say, i don't know, he's doing a pretty good job. >> well, i think that governor perry has been very lucky. and it's so interesting, because what he likes to call the texas miracle is probably one of the biggest political myths that we're living today. let's look at the facts. when governor perry came into office, unemployment in texas was at 4.2. it is now at 8.2. that is not the right direction in terms of job creation in texas. secondly, most of the jobs that have been created in texas have been government jobs. they have been because an increase in military spending. the same government that perry
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loves to rail against every chance he gets. and thirdly, a lot of those jobs have also been because of the rise in gas prices. none of those things have anything to do with what governor perry has done, but, of course, he likes to take credit for it. and i think what you're going to see now is a lot of light being shed on what the reality is in texas. >> well, obviously, critics will say that perry had nothing to do with it, that it was the oil and gas boom of texas that fueled all of this. meanwhile, lenny, i have to ask you about mitt romney, who we just heard from paul steinhauser, our deputy political director in d.c. just a moment ago, and he was saying that the reason why romney has stayed out of the spotlight is he's running a general election campaign. but if this is the front-runner, don't you think he needs to get out front? >> he is out front. i mean, and the truth of the matter is, it's a great strategy. why compete with the other conservatives that you think are going to be marginalized by the time it comes around to next summer when the guy you want to
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beat is the person you should be campaigning against? mitt romney has the money, he has the name cache, and he did this four years ago. there's no need to go down to the level and fight with michele bachmann, when he go right after president obama and spar toe to toe this early. it gives him an opportunity to make himself an equivalent to president obama, and when president obama goes on a bus tour, like the rest of the candidates do, he comes out of the presidential pedestal and out of the presidential podium, if you will, and gets down on their level. it helps mitt romney in this instance. they almost look like equal candidates, and this is a good strategy for romney moving forward at this time. he knows he's not that hard-core conservative to win in a place like iowa anyway, but if he can go after the independents and moderates right now, shore up that base as he's going into new hampshire and beyond, by the time he gets to next summer, if he wins the nomination, he's already been on the same level with president obama for about a year. >> all right. i want to squeeze this in very quickly. maria, i want to ask you about this, president obama getting some flak from some of his
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strongest supporters. i want to listen to what representative maxine waters said and we'll talk on the other side. >> sure. >> the congressional black caucus loves the president too. we're supportive of the president, but we're getting tired. we're getting tired. we want to give him every opportunity, but our people are hurting. the unemployment is unconscionable. we don't know what the strategy is. we don't know why on this trip that he's in the united states now, he's not in any black communities. we don't know that. >> all right, maria, what's going on? >> well, i think what you're hearing is frustration that we're hearing all over the country. and frankly, president obama's the first one to acknowledge that. which is that unemployment in this country is way too high, job creation is happening at a steady rate. we just came off of the 16th straight month of private sector job creation. but it's not happening fast enough. president obama, again, will be
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the first one to acknowledge that. and i think that what maxine waters is saying, is that he needs to be very clear with the american people on what he's going to do about it. and that's exactly what he's going to do in september. what i hope is that the republicans, instead of being so recalcitrant, the way that they have done, when they come back in september, will be able to loosen the strangled hold that the tea party has on them and be able to work with this president to create jobs in this country, which is the number one issue that americans care about. the president is ready to do it, republicans need to join him, he can't do it alone. >> never a dull moment, maria cardona -- >> alina -- >> i've got to leave, i've got to leave, i've got to leave. i'm so sorry. maria cardona and lenny mcallister, i'll give you the final word, lenny, next time. thank you so much for joini ini us. enjoy your saturday. coming up, a goodwill basketball game in beijing turns really ugly. it became an all-out brawl and an american college team was right there in the middle of it. we'll tell you how it started and ended, next.
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it's 42 minutes past the hour. we are watching the tropics, specifically, the yucatan peninsula. meteorologist reynolds wolf is watching everything weather
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wise, including tropical storm harvey. so, how severe is this storm and when is it going to make landfall, reynolds? >> it looks like it should make landfall fairly soon and when it comes onshore, it will be away from its primary power source, being the warm water, and fade out. however, it will provide a great deal of rainfall for areas south of the yucatan into central america and die out as we get into monday. the name of this storm, i don't see it up here, so we'll just add it in, h-a-r-v-e-y. learn it, live it, love it. well, if you can love one of these things. right now the national hurricane center gives this a 70 to 80% chance of further developing. could this become a named storm? it possibly might and where it's heading is kind of interesting. there are a couple scenarios that are plague out. these are spaghetti models, some go right into the center of the
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caribbean. a couple have them hop scotching several items including puerto rico and a few bring them into south florida. there's a whole lot that can change between now, tomorrow, even the next week or so, so there's a chance this thing could gain a lot of strength or die out altogether. the best thing we could possibly do is watch it for you. that's what we do here at cnn. we're your hurricane headquarters. let's pitch it back to you. >> all right. and it's heating up. thank you very much, reynolds wolf. airfares are up, but there are still ways to save money on flying. listen up. it seems that when you buy your tickets could determine how much you pay for them. you've heard that before, but we're going to give you the real tips and we'll explain after the break. constipation, diarrhea, gas and bloating. with three strains of good bacteria to help balance your colon. you had me at "probiotic." [ female announcer ] phillips' colon health. if you don't have airplay.e, you had me at "probiotic." which makes it easy to play music from your phone,
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but they've called a truce, the two sides met yesterday. they actually went before georgetown went off to another basketball game in china. they exchanged some souvenirs, they took some photos. it was all smiles. everybody's happy. >> are you serious? they did? >> yeah, they did the whole deal. georgetown's in china promoting goodwill through sports, obviously. >> yeah, obviously, they are. >> but we didn't see any goodwill there. punches thrown, bottles thrown on to the court, there were chairs thrown. it was a total mess. >> did anyone get hurt? >> no, fortunately, no one was hurt in this brawl. >> it could have gotten really ugly. well, it did. >> people have been saying, well, what caused this fight? was it cultural misunderstandings? just aggressiveness? there's conflicting reports coming out of it, but college basketball, the ncaa is saying that they're going to continue these goodwill-type games in china. you've got duke there now. hawaii's playing games there now as well. so the ncaa basically saying that it will continue to keep a presence in china. >> i'll tell you what caused it, they both really wanted to win.
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so what else are you talking about this morning? you got something with kobe? >> kobe and the lakers. this is a good samaritan story of sorts. right now the nba's in the middle of a lockout and a lot of people laying people off. the lakers just fired 20 people, front office people, scouts, trainers. but when the lockout ends, a lot of these people will get their jobs back, but there are two people who won't get their jobs back, most likely, two guys in the video department. this rubbed a lot of the guys the wrong way. so kobe and derek fisher got together and put a vote out and said, we're going to give some of our playoff bonus money in these guy's pockets so they can have some money while they look for other work. so $65,000 to these two guys. not a lot of money to kobe bryant and derek fisher, but a lot of money for two video department guys. >> it is a lot of money, so we applaud them. thank you. looking for a travel deal? look no further. when you are looking to flying
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well, washington is about to change in a big way. next week, the martin luther king jr. memorial will have its dedication ceremony. but we're going to give you a sneak peek of the site right now, and that's because our josh levs is here to do it. hey, josh, good morning. >> hey, good morning to you again, alina. you're absolutely right. it's a big change. you know, presidential administrations come and go, policies come and go. this will be permanent and a huge statement to ourselves and
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to the world about who we are as a nation. here's a couple pictures. the renderings of what will be dedicated next weekend, the martin luther king jr. memorial in washington, and here is a virtual tour. ♪ >> let's keep watching this. i'll tell you what you're seeing. this is built on four acres and organizers say it's designed to evoke the memory and spiritual presence of dr. king. it has sections that include his most famous quotes and focused on four recurring themes, democracy, justice, hope, and love. the centerpiece of all of it is the sculpture of the slain civil rights leader. i have it right here behind me. this is pretty amazing. this is a 30-foot sculpture the likeness of dr. king and this has an inscription on the side. when i click on it a couple time, it gets pretty big. take a look here. "out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope."
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a very famous quote from his "i have a dream" speech. we'll take a look at how that quote designed the whole thing. this is a stone of hope emerging from a mountain of despair. that's how that likeness has been designed for that monument. let's go to this gooing l earth. i want to show you where it all fits in. it's right next to other major memorials. you've got the washington monument, and you've got the jefferson and lincoln memorials. and it's actually very close to the lincoln memorial. and it was on the steps of the lincoln memorial that dr. king gave that famous "i have a dream" speech. and now from those steps, you will just be a walk away from the brand-new martin luther king site. that will be dedicated next weekend on sunday, but the activities are taking place all week long. you can see there in the corner of your screen, there's where it will be. here's what the head of the project said about the upcoming monument. >> when future generations visit washington, they will see a mall
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that is more closely reflecting the diversity of our great nation. >> yes, they will. and you can see everything i just showed you online, these pages, i put it up on facebook and twitter for you, and it's on our blog, and i've linked you to our cnn special coverage of dr. king. lots of stories for you right there. alina, we'll be there. >> did you hear him on twitter? >> congratulations, and welcome to twitter. >> @alinachocnn. and join us next weekend for the unveiling of the martin luther king jr. memorial. our t.j. holmes will be live from washington with the ceremony. and we'll continue to bring you the very latest out of iran and the sentencing of those two american hikers. they've been sentenced to eight years in prison. we'll have a live report. plus, she doesn't look sick, but the social security administration thinks she's dead and it isn't the only case.
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