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call or click today. from the cnn center, this is "cnn saturday" morning. i'm alina cho sitting in for t.j. holmes this morning. thank you for joining us. a major turning point in libya. moammar gadhafi is reportedly preparing for a last stand in
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the capital of tripoli and his final offensive could target civilians. cnn reporters are in libya and join us live straight ahead. social media used for extremely anti-social activity. organizing crimes. so what can police do about it? we'll take an in-depth look at this high-tech dilemma. and a bucking bronco this cowboy will never forget. it was a rough ride with an even rougher ending. we'll show it to you, coming up. but first, this breaking story. two american hikers detained in iran on spying charges, now know their fate. iran state television says josh fattal and shane bauer have been sentenced to eight years in prison. the men were charged with spying and illegal entry. cnn's reza sayah has been covering this story and joins us now live from islamabad, pakistan. so what do you know, reza? >> reporter: well, we know, according to state-run media, that josh fattal and shane bauer
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have been convicted and sentenced to eight years. i think this is a verdict that's going to surprise a lot of people, especially outside of iran, who were perhaps expecting these two hikers to be released after being held in prison by iranian authorities for two years while they waited for this very lengthy case to be completed. of course, it's a verdict that's going to be deeply disappointing to the parents of fattal and bauer, who were hopeful that this ordeal was going to be over soon, but clearly this ordeal appears to be far from over. again, according to state-run media, josh fattal and shane bauer convicted and sentenced to eight years in prison. here's the statement according to state-run media. it says, in connection with illegal entry into iranian territory, each was given three years prison sentence in connection with the charges of espionage and cooperating with american intelligence services, each was sentenced to five years in prison. we spoke to the lawyers of the hikers. he hasn't spoken to judiciary
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officials. he doesn't seem to be up to speed with what's happening and he's refraining from commenting until he does. but if you look at statement, clearly, you have the revolutionary court convicting these hikers of spying, something that they and their lawyers have vehemently denied. of course, this is a case that went worldwide with headlines and ratcheted tensions between tehran and washington. and alina, certainly, this verdict is certainly not going to help those tensions at this point. >> reza sayah live in islamabad, pakistan, reza, thank you very much for that update. our susan candiotti has been in touch with the families of these two men. she joins us now from new york. susan, i know you've been trying to speak to the families of these hikers. have you spoken to them yet? and if so, what have they cede? >> reporter: yeah, not yet. but certainly, we've been in touch with them over the course, consistently, over the past few years, but right now they are remaining quiet. we've reached out in various ways to them. this is not uncommon. initially, they oftentimes, when
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there is a major development here, they get together, they talk with each other, they get together a united front, and then they issue a statement, sometimes followed by appearing on camera to publicly give reaction. now, the last time, alina, we saw them was just a few weeks ago. and this was as the trial was underway. they were in a rally outside the united nations. and after that, they were waiting for a sentence. as you know, the sentence was supposed to be released about three -- well, almost three weeks ago, within a week after the trial ended, but it wasn't. we ared we are only finding this out now two weeks later than anyone expected. it has, indeed, been a very difficult journey. and you will remember that the families have said consistently, as well as their lawyer, who was actually in court for the trial, that iran never presented any evidence of spying. and so the lawyer was concerned
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about that, certainly the families were concerned about that. and that's why this conviction and sentence for spying is particularly the disturbing for the families. >> susan candiotti, live for us in new york on this. susan, thank you very much. we want to move now to libya, where rebel forces are closing in on the capital of tripoli. right now, they're in zawiya. that's about 30 miles from tripoli. as the fighting rages, u.s. officials tell cnn that libya leader, moammar gadhafi, may be getting ready for a last stand, but libyan officials deny that. rebel leaders say they could begin their advance toward the libyan capital within days. sara sidner is in zawiya right now. and sara, what is happening where you are on the ground right now? >> reporter: right now we are hearing many loud blasts, but they are much further outside the city than when we were here yesterday. we've been able to go all the
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way into the city center and we're seeing extensive damage to all of the buildings, and it's basically the commercial district zawiya. and rebels were told in the last couple of days to move out of the center of the town, to evacuate the residents, and there was definitely some nato action here overnight according to the rebels that we've been speaking to inside of zawiya, but they do now say they have control of the city, but there is still fighting just outside the city, where they're close enough to send in, for example, shells and mortars into the city. >> cnn's sara sidner. i know you've come under gunfire there, so please stay safe as you continue your reporting. live for us from libya. thank you very much. and with rebel forces closing in, the big question, of course, is colonel gadhafi planning some sort of last stand? our senior international
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correspondent, matthew chance, is in the libyan capital. so what are you seeing, matthew, and what are you hearing? >> reporter: well, certainly, we've heard very resistant words coming from colonel gadhafi. he's made it clear that were the rebels to advance on tripoli, he will resist that, and he's motivated, you know, all of his loyalists here. there's a lot of support for colonel gadhafi as far as we can make out in tripoli, to stand their ground and be prepared and be prepared to fight the rebels should they advance on tripoli. much of the military effort at the moment, though, appears to be in trying to hold or recapture whatever they can of zawiya, that town where sara's been reporting from. apparently, there are still clashes, as we heard there, with gaffe gaf loyalist forces, but it does seem that the rebels are, more or less, the control of the majority of that town. that's a huge blow for the
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gadhafi regime, of course, because it settles their communications and supply route to the west and it means that the city is essentially surrounded now by rebel forces, of course, backed by nato war planes, alina. >> matthew chance live for us in tripoli, in the libyan capital. matthew, thank you very much for that. meanwhile, the pressure is building on syria to stop its brutal crackdown on demonstrators. human rights activists say at least 40 people died in confrontations outside the capital of damascus yesterday. the united nations is now sending a humanitarian mission there and world leaders, including president obama, are calling on syria's president bashar al assad to step down. tensions are also rising between egypt and israel. egypt has recalled its ambassador from tel aviv and is now demanding that israel investigate the deaths of three egyptian security members. they were killed during israeli strikes in gaza.
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so families have an extra thousand dollars to spend. we can pass a road construction bill so construction crews who are now sitting idle can head back to the work site, rebuilding roads and bridges and airports. >> in the republican's response, ohio governor john kasich focused on a different approach to job creation. watch. >> we need to start thinking about what we can do to help our children have a great future. reform the behemoth that is the federal government to create the space so that businesses can invest and create jobs. let's look at what has worked throughout history. government is not the answer, but it can be part of the answer. rather, it's the ability to have providing for a robust private sector, where people want to invest and take risks. that's what's going to get this country moving again. >> and while president obama is on vacation on martha's vineyard, the economy and the volatile stock market still very much on his mind.
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cnn's dan lothian is live for us on martha ee's vineyard. so, dan, this is the working vacation, as the white house puts it. so how is he dealing with these issues during his time on the island there? >> reporter: that's right, very much a working vacation. the president away from the white house, but as the white house describes it, with very much on the job. it was described to us that the president in the morning receives two kinds of briefings. first of all, his economic briefing, which yesterday and today have been on paper. and then in person, with a national security briefing from john brennan, his counterterrorism adviser. that's how the president's morning shapes up. and then in the afternoon, he tries to have some fun time, if you will. but the focus really has been on what to do about fixing the ailing economy, and the president plans to after returning to washington from his vacation, roll out a jobs proposal, a jobs plan. that is something that he's working on here on the island. his advisers, who are here and those back in washington, also
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working on various deferent ideas. i'm told that this is still a work in progress, but that they are still making some progress, but it's, again, they will be working on it all of next week. one of the president's top advisers, economic advisers, will be coming here to the island, we're told, to give the president frequent updates on the economic situation. so, the president, again, working, but then trying to have a little bit of r&r as well. >> well, i've said it once, i'm going to say it again, great assignment if you can get it. cnn's dan lothian on martha's vineyard with the president. really tough assignment there. dan, thanks so much. which one of these presidential candidates is grabbing the spotlight in south carolina today? hmm, find out after the break. you've been stuck in the garage, while my sneezing and my itchy eyes took refuge from the dust in here and the pollen outside. but with 24-hour zyrtec®, i get prescription strength relief
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1 minutes after the hour. welcome back to cnn saturday morning. i'm alina cho. republican presidential candidates are zeroing in on two key early voting states this weekend. we want to go live to washington and cnn political deputy director, paul steinhauser. paul, i want to start with the newest gop candidate, rick perry, and he's back in south carolina today, isn't he? >> he sure is. it is a week ago today, alina, that he announced his presidency for the united states, and where'd he do it? south carolina. the first southern state to vote in the primary and caucus calendar. from there he went on to iowa
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and new hampshire, the very other crucial early voting states, back to new hampshire, and now he's back in south carolina, the second straight day campaigning there. it's been a whirlwind first week for him, not only his visits, but some of the controversial things he's said. it's been quite a week for rick perry. >> and who else is on the campaign trail today? i heard newt gingrich may be in hawaii? >> his campaign has been quite modest, you can say, on a shoestring budget. he is in hawaii today. he's going to be doing an event with the maui gop, fund-raising out there, and fweguess what, i his 11th anniversary, his third marriage, newt gingrich on the campaign trail, extends all the way to hawaii. and herman cain, the former godfather's pizza ceo and former radio talk show host. he's campaigning for a second straight day in new hampshire. you'll also see rick santorum there as well. so things are quieting down a little bit, but there's still some business on the campaign trail this weekend, alina. >> paul, you mentioned with newt
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gingrich, that shoestring budget. obviously, i want to say a month or two ago, there was a mutiny in his campaign and everyone just sort of upped and quit. has he hired back most of those campaign staffers? >> no. they are gone and some of them, some of the top ones are now with rick perry. when that happened, that was an indication that, well, maybe perry's jumping in, because two of his top former staffers were with gingrich. newt gingrich continues to campaign. he does it on a very modest budget, he's got a small staff. but he continues to do his thing, as do a couple of the other candidates with not that much money like a rick santorum or herman cain. they continue to be out there. we'll probably see a lot of those kands at the debates. there are five debates coming up in september and october, so things may get quiet over the next two weeks as the campaigns concentrate on financing, but september and october will be very busy and we could have a change again in the race for the white house. >> let's hope it narrows down a little bit. you can't even keep track of all the candidates, paul. >> four years ago, we had twice
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as many because we had the democrats and republicans. >> i have a short memory. i'm not that smart. paul steinhauser, thanks so much for joining us this morning. enjoy your weekend. social media is being used to organize crowds, some for protests, and even criminal activity. how are the police responding to this new technology? i'll tell you, next. [ male announcer ] they'll see you...before you see them. cops are cracking down on drinking and riding. drive sober, or get pulled over. so i take one a day men's 50+ advantage. as a manager, my team counts on me to stay focused. cops are cracking down on drinking and riding. it's the only complete multivitamin with ginkgo to support memory and concentration. plus it supports heart health. [ bat cracks ] that's a hit. one a day men's.
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some high-profile cases of crowd violence have raised a lot
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of questions and concerns about how social media is being used. just take london, for example. prime minister david cameron talked about putting restrictions on social media after social media like twitter and facebook were used to draw in crowds. and in san francisco, the bay area rapid transit authority even shut down cell service in some of its stations in advance of a planned protest over the shooting death of a homeless man by a b.a.r.t. officer. now, that protest never happened. earlier, i talked to lori evans. she is a social media expert who works with law enforcement and she talked about these techniques that are being used to combat the ill use of social media. >> oftentimes, they're finding themselves, the agencies who are thrust into these positions are, they don't understand how the social networks work to begin, so then all of a sudden they're in a position where they're having to, they're being thrust into having to gain intelligence on platforms that they don't
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understand. and so there are tools to do that. there are tools to monitor them, to automatic it, there are business tools available, there are tools made especially for law enforcement to do that. and they're learning to use with those tools. but i think the ones that are really the law enforcement agencies who are in there, using the tools already, are also on twitter, monitoring twitter, and using it to dispel the rumor, for example, in west midlands, in the uk, they're looking at twitter, looking at what types of things are being said that aren't true. they're using it to dispel those rumors. they're reassuring their citizens that everything is okay. and they're using it very effectively in some cases. it's important here not to overstate the role that social media is playing. you know, these social networks that exist exist in real life too. i recall speaking with a sergeant at chicago pd back in about the may time frame, when they were first experiencing some flash robs, and he didn't
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deny that he felt that maybe twitter was involved there, but he said, you know, we're arresting these kids and they're all coming from the same two or three high schools. these things are being organized over lunch. it's just that all of this is so new to all of us. the law enforcement community is learning it, we're all learning how to use these tools. and so it's making the news, i think, because i think it's just really new, as well. i really think that the single biggest thing that law enforcement needs to do is learn to use the tools in the first place. they need to build that foundation, they need to build relationships with their citizens. there are, you know, other opportunities to use these tools in a positive way, rather than making decisions like we know the law enforcement commanders made in san francisco. but i don't like to be in a position to second-guess any law enforcement commander. they had a potentially very serious situation there, a potential flash mob on a train platform during rush hour. so who am i to armchair quarterback that. i think the best thing that they
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coming up on half past the hour, top stories now. rebel forces in libya could be just days away from advancing on the capitol of tripoli. right now, they're battling moammar gadhafi's forces in zawiya, just 30 miles from the capital. rebel forces deny the claims that they're getting ready to leave libya. iran state television is reporting this two hikers detained in tehran has been sentenced to eight years in prison. shane bauer and josh fattal got five years on espionage charges and three years on illegal entry into the country. they were seized two years ago
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while hiking in the kurdish region of iraq near iran. a third hiker, sarah shourd, was released last year for medical reasons. and british police have released dramatic security camera footage of last week's rioting there. take a look at this. they say that the video shows masked and hooded rioters firing 11 shots and unarmed officers and a police helicopter in birmingham. they are now urging the public to come forward with any information on the suspects. and north korea's reclusive leader is now in russia. kim jong-il is scheduled to meet with president dmitry medvedev, then visit siberia. ahead of his trip, russia began sending tons of wheat to north korea in the midst of a severe food shortage there. well, it's probably the last thing thousands of people on social security expect, being declared dead. now, that's bad enough, but then they have to convince the social security administration that they're still alive. our allan chernoff has this
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incredible story. >> alina, reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated. that quote attributed to mark twain certainly applies to thousands of social security recipients every year, including one elderly woman with we met who received some untimely news from the social security administration. margerie lauer is a healthy and vibrant 94-year-old. yet, the social security administration thought she died five years ago. you look very much alive to me. >> i feel alive now, but at one time, i didn't. >> was that because of what the social security administration told you? >> yes, exactly. yes. in fact, one young clerk looked me in the face and told me i was dead. and i said, but i'm standing right here. >> reporter: margerie went to her local bank to get some cash, but her atm card wouldn't work. when she went inside, a bank officer can cut the card up right in front of her and said,
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according to our records, you're dead. >> and i explained to her, well, i didn't feel dead, but she insisted that i was. and from there -- >> to your face? >> to my face. >> reporter: someone inside the social security administration had accidentally typed an incorrect digit while recording the number of a person who had recently died, leading the computers to believe margerie was the decedent. it happens all the times, about 14,000 times a year, according to the social security administration. what's more, when someone is recorded as deceased, their social security number and address are recorded in the death master file, that the public can purchase, raising the risk of identity theft for those who have already suffered the ultimate insult of being declared dead. social security told cnn, mistakes do happen, and there isn't a process where there will be zero mistakes. we try to correct these situations as quickly as we can.
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>> all righty. >> reporter: margerie quickly had the mistake corrected, proving her identity to the bank and notifying social security, which sent her two months of missed payments. both social security and citi bank mailed apology letters. but the memory of having been killed off remains a bitter one for margerie. >> it's a dreadful experience to go through. you laugh and your friends joke with you, but inside, you're feeling pretty sad about it. >> reporter: social security says it could be nearly error free if every state participated in a computerized system called electronic death registration. but only two-thirds of the states do, apparently because of a lack of federal funding for the program. alina? >> allan chernoff, thank you. meanwhile, it's a pretty dismal week for the u.s. economy. it really showed on wall street this week. get this, the dow has lost nearly 11%, just
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felicia taylor here with a look at the numbers and what they could mean. >> this past week, there was a tremendous amount of anxiety and uncertainty in the marketplace, and the problem is, we don't know where the growth is going to come from. that's the major question facing investors and tradering around the world. we heard from china that they're now concerned that their own growth rate, which is not hurting at all, but they'll have to hamper it back because the growth rate in the u.s. and in europe is beginning to slow town. and then we heard problems with european banks, whether or not they'll be able to satisfy their debt obligations in the united states, and certainly, we're still concerned about european sovereign debt, and whether countries like greece will be able to satisfy their obligations. all of those concerns are still out there. as far as the u.s., we got some pretty dismal figures on the jobless front, which increased to over 400,000. housing fell by 3.5%. and a little tick of inflation on the consumer front. nothing good in the economy. and that's what is concerning everybody, as to whether or not we're going to have a double-dip recession. the president of the dallas
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federal reserve bank, richard fisher, was able to talk to cnn and he allayed fears that we won't have a double-dip recession. here's what he had to say. >> we have gas in the tank. what the problem is is that no one is stepping on the gas pedal and engaging the transmission to move our economy forward, at the speed we would like to move forward. we're still moving forward. >> so he's mentioned that we're in stagnation. that's when you have less than 2% growth in the marketplace, and that's what everybody is really concerned about. we need to see more like 3% and 4% growth to really get a recovery in place. and that's part of the problem. you know, the other thing we heard in the prior week is that hp has cut its forecast moving forward, so you saw that stock on friday drop about 20%. that's significant. unfortunately, bank of america announced it's going to lay off about 3,500 people, possibly as many as 10,000 employees. so that's exactly what we don't want to see, because we want see job creation. so on friday, the selling really kicked in in the last five minutes of trade to have a market down about 1.5% across the board.
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and moving forward, you can expect that this volatility is going to continue, unfortunately, until we start to get some answers about where the economy and markets are moving in the future. alina? >> all right. we can't wait to see what happens next week. thank you, felicia taylor. meanwhile, dr. martin luther king stands tall in the nation's memory, literally. a grand sculpture of him is now in the nation's capital and the dedication and opening is next week. we'll have a sneak peek, just ahead. at exxon and mobil, we engineer smart gasoline
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stormy weather in parts of the u.s. this weekend and some areas have already had some damage. meteorologist reynolds wolf is with us now with the forecast. so we've got a possible tornado in wisconsin and severe flooding in pennsylvania. a lot to watch. >> absolutely. and the way it really went down in parts of wisconsin was all do to a very intense line of storms. in fact, as we go back in time, you can take a look at it, drifting right across parts of lake superior, leaving duluth, and moving into the upper peninsula of michigan and parts of wisconsin. you see some very, very intense thunderstorms. but not only that, notice the shape that we have. almost like this concave shape, which indicates a great deal of wind generated with this. and with the gusts right along
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the ground, you can have quite a lot of damage. was it the tornado that caused damage in parts of wisconsin? we've got the video for you, it's hard to tell at this point. but as the national weather service goes out and takes a look at some of this, maybe make some aerial reconnaissance views from high above, there is a chance that it may, indeed, be a tornado. but at this point, what does it matter? you just have the cleanup do deal with. in pennsylvania, the situation really didn't have to do with tornadoes, really just heavy rainfall and flooding resulting in the death of three people. there is still another person missing. hopefully crews will have some luck and hopefully the story will actually be favorable one and they'll actually find that the person was actually hopefully in good shape. but, unfortunately, that was not the case for three people. three people, again, driving through the deep water. the current picked it up. all it takes is water being at least 18 inches above the payment that can pick up some of the heaviest vehicles and push them downstream. the result, of course, can be disastrous. we're going to fast forward from that situation to what we have in parts of the midwest later on today.
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what we're going to be seeing is more storms developing. all right with in st. louin st. morning, it's been a warm, muggy air mass. that will give you a chance of severe storms. we're talking not just into the midday hours, but into the afternoon. that coupled with the high temperatures we can expect in parts of the gulf coast and into parts of the southern plains, just going to be brutal. for example, dallas, back into the triple digits again. 107, the expected high. 107 in albuquerque as we wrap things up. san francisco, 66. 94 degrees in portland. wow. 79 in minneapolis. 94 in new york, and 91 in tampa. you're up to speed. alina, your turn. >> dallas can't get a break, can they? >> no. it will be a while. >> reynolds wolf, thank you very much. a civil rights giant immortalized in this nation's history and a giant sculpture of him erected in the nation's capital. the martin luther king jr. memorial will be dedicated next
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week, but we've got a sneak peek courtesy of cnn's josh levs, who is here with us right now. hey, josh, good morning. >> good morning to you, alina. you and i were talking earlier about how incredibly long in the making this is. the first congressional action towards the ultimate arrival of this martin luther king jr. memorial began 15 years ago. i have a couple of new pictures here. the organizers have been getting to me today, these are rend renderings of what it looks like. and i also have for you now an interactive virtual tour video. let's jump into that. we're going to say on this. i'll tell you all some new information about this. the entire site is four acres and organizers say it's designed to evoke the images and presence of dr. king himself. and it has several separate sections inside of it, 14 quotations from dr. king's speeches, sermons, and writings,
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plus, two inscriptions in addition to those. the centerpiece of all of this is a giant sculpture of dr. king himself. 30 feet tall. and i'm able to do this on my screen right here. i can actually show it to you with right now, and i can show you what it signifies, how it was designed. let's zoom in here. i want you all to take a look at this for a second. this is made out of granite blocks and it shows him looking out over water, over what is washington's tidal basin. and they say it signifies the idea of him looking toward a future of justice and peace. now, there's an inscription over here on the side. i'm going to click on it a couple times and my photographer, scotty, can zoom in on this. out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope. this is a very famous quote from dr. king, one that he used inside his "i have a dream" speech. so think about this. we're talking about out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope. this is designed to be a stone of hope out of this, a mountain of despair, coming out of it. so they're literalizing that very famous, very popular, very
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beautiful metaphor that dr. kick put forward. the actual exact location of this is very significant as well. let's go to google earth. i want to talk you all through this. what we've done, we've put a triangle here so you can see some of the major memorials. you've got the jefferson memorial, the lincoln memorial, and the washington monument. the martin luther king memorial is on the other side of the tidal basin. if we start at the washington memorial, this is part of what's so cool here, we'll zoom over to the lincoln memorial, that is where dr. king delivered his "i have a dream speech," on those steps. and we'll zoom behind it and look over at where the martin luther king memorial is. so it's just near that reflecting pool, just near where he gave his most famous speech, it's in that corner in the distance right there. and the google earth will be updated as you get to see the memorial itself. i want you to hear one thing that the president of the organization overseeing this project said about the memorial. >> when future generations visit washington, they will see a mall that is more closely reflecting
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the diversity of our great nation. >> the dedication will be a week from tomorrow, but there's events all week. and right now you can see everything i just showed you and a lot more. i put it up at facebook and twitter, joshlevscnn, and at my blog, you can see all these interactives, check them out yourself, and let us know what the memorial means to you. we're interested to hear your thoughts. so alina, the significance gets going right now. >> on facebook and on twitter, i want to thank you for following me on twitter. >> yes, alinachocnn, she is finally, finally coming to the fold. we lassoed her into twitterville and we've got alina now. >> i went kicking and screaming, but i've done it and i now love it. thank you very much. >> you got it. it's been decades since americans have been allowed to travel to cuba. well, now the ban is partially lifted. do you know what year that trade embargo and travel ban were put into place?
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trade embargo and travel ban from the united states to cuba. now, do you know what year it was put into place? drumroll. and the answer is 1962 by president john f. kennedy. earlier this year, president obama partially lifted the travel ban, and as our shasta darlington reports, many americans are now seeing havana for the very first time. >> reporter: sipping mojitos to the rhythm of cuban salsa at havana's historic hotel nacionale. thousands of tourists do it every year, but usually they're not americans. cuba receives more than 2 million tourists every yore. they flock to the white sand beaches and ogle at the vintage american cars. but for half a century, the vast majority of americans have been barred from traveling to the communist country. earlier this year, president barack obama eased restrictions and resumed allowing americans to visit the island for
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purposeful travel, called people-to-people tourism. such trips had been suspended by from president bush. the first tours organized by inside cuba have finally landed. >> swoe tao we take them throug real places in cuba meeting real people and real-life settings and they're incredibly rewarding. >> reporter: the idea is that visitors interact with ordinary cubans to help support the society. they also get a taste of forbidden fruit. >> i don't have to see a mcdonald's and strip mall and get to see something new. >> reporter: i ten rares include schools and hospitals and community projects. this is where cuban artists and musicians get together every weekend to jam and show off their art. most say they prefer it lounging on a beach. >> i would choose this, the culture and people. >> reporter: some said they felt they were being fed too much
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propaganda. >> on our own time is a heavily programmed trip. >> reporter: a delicate balance for organizers who have to meet u.s. requirements and work are cuba's state-run tourism operators. insight cuba hopes to bring in 5,000 americans in its first year alone. cnn news room continues at the top of the hour with fredricka whitfield. it's good to see you. >> we're going to have to do this more often. t.j.'s going to have to go on assignment more often. we love you. happy birthday. >> oh, yeah, happy birthday, t.j. have you heard of swatting? there are so many different things out there. mob calling, flash mob is taken on a new connotation.
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take a look at these pictures. this cowboy and the crowd got a little more than they bargained for yesterday at a rodeo in quincy, illinois. with this rider hanging on for dear life, the horse crashed into a fence and fell into the stands. wasn't just the rider. it was the horse, too. spectators scrambled to get out of the way. the rider was pinned under the horse for a little bit of time there, but thankfully, all are okay. the rider and the horse. nice ending to that story. you don't have to enter your actual credit card numbers when you purchase online. earlier, i spoke to clyde anderson and he told me about a virtual credit card number. >> the beauty is that they do exist. we know that identity theft is one of the nastiest crimes out, so to be able to protect yourself when people are making
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online purchases. it's a dummy number. a 16-digit number that's different from your real number. but you can limit it. that's how it protects you. >> so, this is a number that you can get through your bank or credit card company and it has an expiration date, right, so you can use it once or a couple of times or for a month? i mean, how does that work? >> that's the beauty. you can set it up. you can decide to have a certain amount and it will expire after a certain date or have it for one-time purchase and one-time use, so you kind of choose depending on the provider and options they have able. that makes it required to have this number, they can only use it at certain websites or for a certain period of time. if thieves do get the number, it probably will not work. >> is it free or does it cost anything to get in? >> that's another wonderful thing. it's free. this is a free service, free technology that's available to
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really help protect you. i think it's a great tool to protect you. now, you have to be careful because it will expire or you will have a date or amount that you can have it expire. if you're going to say rent a car online and you go and you're going to show your card, you're going to have a different number. just kind of take note. >> i want to ask you this because nothing is foolproof obviously, but people and you say, this is hacker proof, so how is it so? i don't want to get too techie on people, but how is it hacker proof? >> the number, it's a special number that's encoded. and so, if you say i want to use this one time at abc website, that's what's going to happen and they're only going to use it one time. there are some ways around this and some hackers have probably found this, but it's limited. the thing about it is you have to make sure you dispute anything that happens


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