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a dog picks up the scent of death in the home of baby lisa in missouri. you'll hear what the missing infant's family is saying this weekend. plus, long lines of people waiting for a chance to look at the corpse of a dictator. gadhafi's death turning into a tourist attraction in libya. then, an entire country moved by the loss of one little girl. her final moments captured on camera. so were more than a dozen people who watched her struggle and did nothing. i'm deb feyerick in for don lemon and you're with us right here in the "cnn newsroom."
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but first, an early holiday gift from president obama to military families all over the country. the president announced this week that all u.s. combat troops will leave iraq by the end of the year. welcome news at places like ft. bliss in texas where our marty savidge is will speaking with families' reaction to the president's decision. it has to be bittersweet. >> reporter: there's always that. that is a concern for any military town. those that are coming home and those that continue to serve. we're at ft. bliss army base outside of el paso, texas. there's an air show going on, if you hear noise going on around me, don't be alarmed. bliss is exactly what they're feeling today. 3,500 families, to be exact, here in this country. they're the ones that have been told that their loved ones serving in iraq will now be coming home, according to the president, by the end of the
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year. many of them only deployed in july and august. and the families anticipated that they wouldn't see them all return until at least the same time next year. that has all changed. i talked to a young wife. it was her husband's first deployment. it was difficult for them. she's glad to hear he's coming home. but most after all, she says the multiple deployments that families have gone through, it is time they come back. here's what she said. >> it's been too long, definitely too long. i can't say anything because a lot of his guys has been deployed four times over there and this is his first one. but i think it's time, definitely. >> reporter: do you worry about other places he could be deployed? >> yes, afghanistan. and we've heard if he goes to kuwait, he could stay and go to afghanistan. that's not an option in my mind. >> reporter: and that is the problem that you hear, deborah. a lot of these families know that there is another war, afghanistan. that's what they worry about.
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their loved one coming home. but could it now mean that they could be diverted or could they be doing a deployment sooner than anticipated? mission accomplished, in their minds, their loved ones coming home. >> marty savidge, thanks so much. big reprieve for these families. much more on this story ahead. some republican presidential candidates have been extremely critical of the president's decision to end the war. a georgia state lawmaker and former iraq vet will join me to talk about that at the bottom of this hour. and the case of the missing baby girl in missouri has taken a dramatic turn. 10-month-old lisa irwin seen right here in home video has been missing since october 4th from her kansas city home. court documents say a cadaver dog has picked up the scent of a deceased body in the house. lisa's mother has admitted she was drunk when the child disappeared. joining us live from kansas city is cnn's sandra endo.
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sandra, what are the details from this affidavit? where did the dogs pick up that scent? >> reporter: interesting information in those court documents, deborah. according to this affidavit for a search warrant, police say a cadaver dog picked up the hit of the scent of a dead body inside the bedroom of baby lisa's mother, daeb eborah bradley. it says the dog made this discovery in a floor area near her bed. interesting details to note. and that was the basis of police filing for a search warrant. and that is when a couple of days later on wednesday they did a very intense investigation inside the home in this whole neighborhood, 17 hours, scouring this hour, finding more evidence and bagging up a lot of evidence they took with them. now, clearly the investigation is ongoing. it's been very quiet in front of her home right now for today. but according to a lawyer who issued a statement regarding
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these documents being released, a lawyer for the family says it's very unfortunate that these details were released and says the parents feel it will derail the investigation into where baby lisa actually is. deborah? >> tell us more about deborah bradley, lisa's mom. she fear that is police are going to arrest her. why? >> reporter: well, according to her lawyer, he says -- he issued a statement saying the family is not terrified for themselves. they're terrified for the whereabouts of their daughter. so clearly a different side of the story there. of course, the family members and the parents of baby lisa have been very quiet in recent days. we haven't heard from them. but clearly because of the evidence of this hit from the cadaver dog, it certainly points investors to the direction of deborah bradley as well as all the other leads coming in this area. police are searching high and low and not leaving any stone
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unturned. >> sandra, you see the grief on the mom's face when she's talking about this. how is the family holding up because there are other children in the home as well. >> reporter: absolutely. they do have two other children. right now, they aren't even staying at the house behind me in their own home. they're staying are other family members just about ten minutes from her. from time to time, you do see family members, grandparents came here for a vigil yesterday. and constantly neighborhood family members an friends have been coming to lay things down for baby lisa. you can see some of the mementos placed in front of the home. tomorrow, they are organizing another vigil for baby lee sachlt. but according to the parents, they feel she is alive and they just want her back. >> sandra, thanks so much. the heir to the saudi throne
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has died. abdulaziz al saud died earlier today in a new york hospital. his half brother was thought to be in his 80s and was reportedly battling cancer. he served for decades as the saudi defense minister and described president obama as, quote, a valued friend, unquote, of the united states. observers speculate that his brother will likely become the successor to the king. libya's new government is set to declare liberation sunday. but questions remain about the way moammar gadhafi died. hundreds of libyans have hurried to misrata to view the dictator's body. his tribe is demanding the government hand over the body so it can be buried according to islamic tradition. dan rivers saw the bloody body in misrata. >> reporter: controversy is still swirling around the final
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minutes of colonel gadhafi's life. hundreds of people line up to see his body. >> you can hear a lot more of dan's great report on the mystery over how gadhafi was killed coming up at 7:00 eastern. iran's had a complicated relationship with libya and both have been thorns in the side of the u.s. cnn's fareed zakaria is in tehran and scored an exclusive interview with mahmoud ahmadinejad. >> moammar gadhafi is dead. what is your reaction to the news of his death? >> translator: it was no differe different. we think it is the will of the people that should work and prevail everywhere. justice, freedom and respect to people, this is the right of all
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nations. but, of course, we are very sorry that people are being killed. i wish everybody would respect justice, freedom. and there was no need for any conflict or clash. in the beginning, we recommended dialogue between the two sides and all parties. but they did not pay attention to our recommendations. and, of course, nato intervention was effective in exacerbating the conflict. >> that's iran's president mahmoud ahmadinejad speaking to cnn's fareed zakaria in tehran. watch the full interview and fareed's reflections on his time there sunday morning, 10:00 eastern. republican presidential candidate herman cain spoke out on abortion this week. will he elaborate more tonight
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at a gop event where faith comes first? we're live from iowa in three minutes. and how much does it cost to raise a child from birth to 18? here's a hint, start saving right now. the answer, just six minutes away. more and more folks are trying out snapshot from progressive. a totally different way to save on car insurance. the better you drive, the more you can save. no wonder snapshot's catching on. plug into the savings you deserve, with snapshot from progressive.
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gop presidential contenders are looking for an edge in iowa. but two notable names are no-shows at the faith and freedom coalition, mitt romney and jon huntsman, both mormans, they didn't come. shannon travis is at the event in des moines. shannon, does it have anything to do with the fact that, in fact, they are mormons? what was their reason for not being there? >> reporter: well, it's really
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unclear. i spent the better part of yesterday trying to talk with the romney campaign and ask that very question, why aren't they showing up at this event? you know that mitt romney was just here on thursday. so he was in this state. but he left. he's actually campaigning in new hampshire today. we don't have a clear reason from the romney campaign. but we do have the organizer speaking out, offering his reason. steve scheffler said he thinks that mitt romney isn't comfortable in this kind of setting. i pressed him and said, what do you mean by this kind of setting? he said, i don't think mitt romney is comfortable in a setting with economic and social conservatives, christian conservatives, evangelicals. of course, i then pressed him and said, he's been to a lot of these forums, even recently two weeks ago at the values voters summit in d.c. and steve scheffler told me, this is iowa. if he's going to be the nominee, if he becomes the nominee, he'll need christian voters. >> is it the the fact that he has been attacked -- he's had to defend himself and his religion?
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i know they're putting it sort of more in economic terms. but how do you get the balance? could his message on the economy be heard in a forum that's labeled faith, basically? >> reporter: that's certainly a possible reason for romney's no-show here today. but another possible reason and actually probably a more probable reason is that mitt romney is focusing on the state's economic conservatives and letting the likes of michele bachmann and rick perry and maybe even herman cain duke it out for the christian conservative vote. you know that they come out in big numbers for the caucus and for the general election here in iowa. so it could be possible that mitt romney is saying, you know what, let them divide that vote. i'm going to go after economic conservatives and maybe even democrats who are disgruntled with the way things are going with the economy, deb. >> interesting. shannon travis, thanks so much. we appreciate that. we'll check in with you a little later on. louisiana voters are going
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to the polls today in a statewide primary that's expected to return republican governor bobby jindal to office. the state has what's called a blanket primary with both parties running in the same contest. if a candidate gets more than 50% of the vote today, then he or she wins the race. before today's vote, jindal was pulling 57%. his nine opponents were tracking at a combined 15%. a shocking high school kiss. here's the video that caused some in the audience to walk out. that's right. two boys locking lips. more on this in two minutes. but first -- saving for your child's college tuition? there are some tough decisions parents are forced to make. christine romans has some tips in this week's "smart is the new rich." >> most of us aren't saving enough for college or starting early enough. it's easy to see why. you're already spending $227,000
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to raise a kid from birth to 18, this the according to the usda. that's up 40% since 2000. that doesn't include the cost of college. that's another $21,000 for a firefight four-year college room and board every year. the debate should be, is college worth it? it should be how are you going to pay for it and in a smart way. according to the government, a worker with a college degree will make more than $1 million more than a high school graduate over the course of their lifetime. and the unemployment rate for a college graduate is only 4.3%. >> if you look at data, this country is going to require that college degree, like a high school degree. you really, absolutely need the degree. but what are you going to do with it and how are you going to pay for it is the important question? >> time is your best friend. even saving a little when your kid is still in diapers is better than taking out boatloads of loans later. you don't have to save for all of the college and you shouldn't. you should save for your retirement, too, don't forget.
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from his plastic surgery to crazy clothes, there's no doubt that moammar gadhafi craved being the center of attention in life. now in death, his body is attracting lines of libyans who want to see the dictator's body with their own eyes. gadhafi was killed thursday under circumstances that are still not clear. his body now lies in a meat market cooler on public dips display in the city of misrata. joining me now is dr. wendy walsh, a human behavior expert. wendy, people are lining up, they want to see him dead lying there with his son.
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is this feeding a sense of revenge, perhaps? >> it may be to some degree. but these people have been oppressed for so long, i'm sure many of them don't know what to believe. to have this visual proof that he is dead is probably something that many, many people need. and it's helping them create some closure. >> one thing i'm fascinated by is here's this tyrant of 42 years who in the end is begging for his life, asking the people to show mercy which arguably he never showed them. what's that about? >> that's called a survival instinct. that happens in the last minutes or hours when there's a knife or gun put to us, any human being, at that stage. but we have to remember, he may have been a tyrant but he kept a very well-oiled machine in organization. and it's estimated that up to 20% of the population were his informants or employees. so he was hoping to appeal to potentially one of those.
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>> let's go to another international story. this is one that makes us question, what has happened to human compassion? this is the image from security video that shows a 2-year-old girl in china just moments before she's run over by a fan? you see her walking there. it's almost as if she doesn't notice the van until it runs over her. 18 people walk by her, ignoring her as she's bleeding in the street. finally, a woman who is actually one of those sort of street folks gets her to safety. what is going on here that people simply will walk by an injured child? >> yeah, and sadly this woman did get her to hospital. but yesterday, this child did pass away. this is a classic bystander effect. there's two major social psychological features in this. in one, there's a diffusion of responsibility. people are say, it's not my
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problem, somebody else will help. and we pick up social cues in public. if nobody else is doing anything, maybe that's what you're supposed to do. so let me tell you this, if you are ever in danger needing a medical emergency in public, you want to hope that few people are there to see it because the more people there are to witness it, the less likely you will get help. >> that's amazing. everybody's taking their cues from one another. one person helps, other people help. if they don't, they feel they're sanctioned to pass by. a story in this country, a lot of outrage over a connecticut high school play that shows two male teens kissing. it's very brief. one of the groups behind it is a gay student coalition. what's your take on this? do you think within the context of the play, it's okay, that it's all right if other students are sort of shown this? would it be more acceptable if it were a girl and a boy? how do you read this? >> well, i think part of coming of age and high school age is
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for us to expose our youth to all the variations in human society. of course, the play is optional to attend. you don't have to attend. some people did walk out. that is their right as an american, too. all that's okay. the play itself, the theme was about prejudice. so it was a reverse theme, as i understand, so that the culture was actually gay and they were discriminating against straight people within the theme to make fun of it. but the way we're talking about this now sort of sounds like in the 1950s, should it be okay to show an interracial couple kissing on a public stage. >> there's a study out that says in a bad economy, men seek out more one night stands. why is that? >> this is an age-old ancient survival instinct. apparently our hunter gatherers, their survival strategy was to spread their seed on their way out, if you will.
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but it's like the craving that we have for salt, sugar and fat today. it doesn't make sense in today's economy. so spreading your seed or increased sex drive doesn't necessarily help you pass your genes because what it takes for your genes to keep going and grow up to produce healthy children themselves, of course, are involved parents, good education, economics. so if you think that your genes are going to survive by spreading them around, guys, uh-huh. >> does it make sense that men who may feel like they're out of control feel more in control, at least there's something they can at least be in control of, so to speak? is that what it's about, about having control over something that's spiraling out of control? >> i think in some ways it's a sense of control. but more than anything, sex is like a drug. it can be self-soothing. when we have anxiety, it's one of the great nature-made ways to be calmer and feel closer to
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another human. >> wendy, thank you so much. really interesting insights on those various topics. we really appreciate it. coming up after the break, an iraq vet and georgia state lawmaker joins me to address the harsh criticisms from some republicans about bringing all u.s. troops home from iraq. [ beatboxing ] ♪ i help pay the doctor ♪ ain't that enough for you? ♪ there are things major medical doesn't do. aflac! pays cash so we don't have to fret. [ together ] ♪ something families should get ♪ ♪ like a safety net ♪ even helps pay deductibles, so cover your back, get... ♪ a-a-a-a-a-a-a-aflac! [ male announcer ] help protect your family at aflac.com. [ beatboxing ]
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veteran race car driver dan wheldon has been laid to rest in st. petersburg, florida. wheldon died last sunday in a fiery 15-car crash at the las vegas indy 300. the two-time indianapolis 500 winner was remembered as a driver with the heart of a lion. this weekend, nascar said it's giving teams at the talladega super speedway a decal that features an image of night and the word "lionheart" in his honor. wheldon leaves behind a wife and two young sons. president obama's decision to bring all combat troops home from iraq is met with scathing criticism, especially from some republicans. senator john mccain of arizona called it a sad setback for the united states. some of the gop presidential candidates are criticizing it as
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well. scott holcomb joins us. what do you make of the republicans' complaints about this decision? they're saying by pulling out all troops, it leaves iraq vulnerable to iran and that makes the u.s. more vulnerable to iran as well. >> i disagree. i actually think that the decision is the right decision and it's the right decision for three reasons. first, it's the right decision because this respects and honors an agreement that was made during the bush administration to withdraw our troops by december 31st of this year. secondly it's the right decision because it puts the focus back on america where we need to do our own nation building, focus on our own development. and it respects the will of the iraqi people. for us to stay would be to say to the iraqi people, we don't respect you. if you think back during the dark days of the iraq war, president bush would often say, america will sit down when the iraqis stand up. the iraqis have stood up. so now it's time for us to come
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home. >> you can't overlook the fact that the iraqi folks said, no, you can't keep anybody here. the u.s. did want some u.s. forces to be able to look after the contractors, look after diplomats. there's still a u.s. presence there. but now they don't have the security and iraq wouldn't give them a pass on what law dos or do not apply to u.s. troops. how does that factor in? they said, no, get out. >> that was a sticking point. . but we need to respect their sovereignty. i think it's the right decision for both the united states and for iraq. and the folks that work there will still be protected. and iraq is really coming together in terms of being a much more stable and secure country. so i think the president has made the right decision and one that furthers our national interest. >> as a vet yourself, this is one thing, you see a lot of guys who are going to come home, a
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lot of men and women made it out safe. a lot of people didn't. close to 4,600 people died in iraq. three times as many will come back with concussion, brain injuries. there's a huge human toll to this. and now we're sort of going away. isn't that a little bit bittersweet? >> i could see how some could characterize it as bittersweet. but i see it as a real success. the united states -- we toughed it out. there were some days where this conflict did not look like it was ever going to work out. and the united states pulled back together, regrouped, rethought our policy and ultimately it led to a much more stable and secure iraq. that's something that i think should be celebrated. moreover, we've been there almost nine years. this war started on march 19th of 2003. i was there when it started. and so this isn't as if we're just cutting after a very short period of time. we've been there for almost a decade. and with respect to the
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sacrifices, there have been very real sacrifices that have been borne by our men and women of uniform. some of my friends, they gave their lives in iraq. and we all owe them such a debt of gratitude. and this decision to end the war is a recognition that we succeeded. it is a positive statement and it's one that i think that we should actually celebrate as opposed to malign. >> sure. at least you're bringing a huge number of troops back safely and those that gave their lives, clearly everybody appreciated their sacrifice. scott, thank you so much. we appreciate your joining us today. >> thank you. in four minutes, did michael jackson accidentally kill himself? defense attorneys for jackson's doctor will try to convince jurors that's exactly what happened.
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>> let's bring in holly hughes. holly, prosecutors took a month to lay out their case. clearly that kind of testimony, the jury's got to be listening to that very, very closely. what do you think the three key pieces of evidence are for the prosecutors? what is it that the defense is going to have to try to undercut? >> they have to show that michael jackson somehow caused his own death. so the prosecutors have done this fantastic thing. they had dr. steven schafer on the stand this week. he was so impressive. he set up a demonstration. he showed them how the iv bag hangs and how the drip goes in and basically he brought that home for the jurors. he brought it into the courtroom. that's really impressive for the jurors to see how it happened, how it went down. the second really big thing that helps them is their propofol
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expert, dr. steven schafer, he wrote the insert that goes inside the bottle. when you get the bottle from the pharmacy with the little instructions, that's the man who wrote this. his saying that dr. murray's standard of care was so below where it should have been in the administering of this drug is number two for them. number three is the obvious, what we've always seen. the victim here is a celebrity, typically we see defendant celebrities and the jury wants to help them out and be nice to them. here we have a victim who is the celebrity. and that's got to play into the jurors' mindset. who do dr. murray's lawyers bring in? who do they put on the stand to say, there was a possibility that michael jackson did administer the propofol on his own? who do they have to bring in? >> they are bringing in dr. paul white, who is world renowned anesthesiologist. and he's going to say just the opposite, that michael could
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have done this to himself. michael could have taken additional drugs which would have interacted poorly and, hence, resulted in his own death. they're going to bring on their expert to say, dr. murray exercised the proper standard of care and it's going to be a battle of the experts. >> it's all about reasonable doubt. that's what the defense is going to be working on. another story, baby lisa, the missouri infant missing for several weeks. police brought in a dog to the house. they got a scent of a cadaver, of a dead body. where do we stand on that? is it the mother, as the police investigation seems to be focusing? >> well, she certainly is what we call a person of interest. we used to call them suspects. now it's person of interest. here's the reason why. not just do you have the scent, the cadaver dog picked up on, he hit, as we say. but she's the one who told the story. she's the one who said, oh, no, the baby was fine. i put the baby down for bed.
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i passed out from drinking too much wine. if, in fact, something happened in that house, she's already put herself dead in the middle of that crime scene and she can't get out now. >> something has to surface that the baby went missing somehow, somewhere with an open window or something. more legal issues to talk about after the break. the laws on owning wild animals, should it be more difficult to have tigers, bears, lions on private property so we don't end up with a strategy we had this week? to one's military oath. the same set of values that drive our nation's military are the ones we used to build usaa bank. from free checking to credit cards to loans, our commitment to the military, veterans, and their families is without equal. ♪ visit us online to learn what makes our bank so different. usaa. we know what it means to serve.
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now to the tragic killing of dozens of exotic animals this week in ohio after their owner freed them and then took his own life. police say they had no choice but to shoot and kill the animals. legal an analyst holly hughes explains the laws as they apply to exotic creatures. i think a lot of people are just surprised at how easy it is to own one of these animals. >> but that's very specific to ohio, deb. what we're talking about -- there's only about seven or eight states in the nation that have such weak regulatory laws about owning exotic animals. about 26 states flat-out ban the ownership of exotic animals. what you have here in ohio, the
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governor has come out and said, we had a more stringent law but we let it lapse while we were legislating something else and they're going to have to put that back in place because even though the deputies had been out there before about animal cruelty, they went out, they looked. he had the proper permits because in ohio, at that point in time, you were allowed to own these gorgeous creatures. >> what's interesting also is that -- i know some people who own horses. and the cost to feed a horse is so extraordinary. multiply that by 50 or 56 -- however many animals he had -- you would think that at least people who are watching out for the safety of these animals are also running numbers to make sure there is enough money coming in so that these animals are taken care of. >> see, you just hit the nail on the head because there isn't anybody looking after, there isn't anybody regulating. this state doesn't have a regulatory agency. all they said was, if you get a permit and you have a vet, clear them and say they're healthy,
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you can own them and that's the problem. and then when this one person -- and he did have the money, he had an inheritance and he did some selling of things, so he was taking care of them. but then when he took his own life prior to doing that, he let them out into the community and the police had no choice, deb. think about this, if they had not put those animals down even if they attempted to tranquilize them, one of those animals wakes up and kills a neighborhood child, they're going to sue the police. >> and you have to wonder what was going on in his mind to do something so reckless and so dangerous to the community at large. he had to know what the outcome would be. >> absolutely. but when you are desperate enough to take your own life, you're not thinking clearly, not thinking rationally. and it's all about you at that point in time. it's a double tragedy. i'm a huge animal lover. and this breaks my heart. but we lost a human being here,
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too, which is also a tragedy for his friends and family members. >> holly hughes, thank you so much. appreciate your insights there. could anything have been done to save the wild animals in ohio? a wild animal expert who runs a private zoo will join us at 7:00 p.m. eastern with his take on the massacre of so many animals. and also just ahead, we'll hear from a teen who's half the man he used to be. we'll explain.
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at 18, he is already an accomplished author. last year he wrote a book called cutting myself in half. it's about his battle with childhood obesity. you see, he was always a chubby kid. in grade school, he was constantly teased and picked on. >> people just, they put me down for no real reason than that i have a weight issue. >> as a teen, a walk to the mailbox left him short of breath, lightheaded. he already had high blood pressure. one day he stepped on a scale and got what he says was a shock of his life. >> the numbers were at 297 pounds.
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and i'm 14 years old and i'm alone in this room. and i'm like, oh, my goodness. i'm not even an adult and i weigh nearly 300 pounds. >> frightened, he immediately stopped eating junk food. he began to count his calories. he started exercising at home, taking long walks. an avid video gamer, he made up a game to track how much he was eating and how much he was exercising. four months later unhappy with his progress, he started going to the ymca to work out. eventually the weight start coming off. >> the gym membership was really what made everything just click together. that was the other half of what i was, what i needed to do to change my life. >> and the payoff was big. in 18 months, taylor shed 150 pounds. >> i thought perry did a pretty good job. >> today taylor is a freshman at washington college in maryland. he's healthy, he's fit, but it was a long, hard fought battle.
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one that he now shares with kids while speaking at schools about obesity. >> my goal is to be able to help other kids get their weight under control. everyone deserves to be amazingly amazing. and i really think that if you believe in yourself, that's the key part. to believe in yourself. then you can make it happen. >> taylor said he is determined to keep the weight off. he no longer has high blood pressure. he still counts calories, exercises five days a week, and is happy to be just another student on campus. dr. sanjay gupta. >> and taylor said he is determined to keep the weight off. he no longer has high blood pressure, still counts calories and exercises five days a week. up next, an nfl player under arrest. starting my progresso soup for lunch plan, huh. nope, just having some tender chicken and some tasty noodles. let's see...south western vegetables...60 calories.
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checking some of our top stories, the u.s. embassy in nairobi is warning that terrorists could strike areas where foreigners are known to meet. the statement specifically mentions malls and nightclubs as potential targets. the warning comes after kenya's military sent troops across the bored entire somalia to pursue suspected islamic militants. and for the second time this
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year, minnesota vikings cornerback chris cook has been arrested. cook was charged early today with two counts of domestic assault. the vikings say he'll not play this weekend against green bay packers. in march, he was arrested for allegedly threatening a man with a gun. he was later cleared in that case. it sounds like deja vu. another satellite could crash to earth tonight. the latest threat to humanity is a decommissioned german satellite. it is expected to enter earth's atmosphere as soon as 90 minutes from right now. the biggest fragment may be the satellite's telescope mirror which may weigh more than 1.5 tons. a nasa satellite crashed into the pacific ocean last month. at 7:00 eastern, i'll speak with a guest with the satellite's path toward earth. finally, if you're going to be out drinking tonight, it is best to have a designated driver. make sure that person is old enough to drive. jeanne moos has the story of a guy in michigan who put his 9-year-old daughter behind the wheel. he even bragged about it.
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>> reporter: the way she droe up to the gas pitches was a little jerky. and when she got out and saw why, it was a 9-year-old driving her allegedly drunk dad, something witnesses say he bragged about inside the store. >> 9 years old. 9. gas, brakes, listen, we're leaving and she's driving. i'm drunk. >> reporter: she didn't just drive. her dad bought her a caramel apple. then she got back on the booster seat behind the steering wheel and slowly off they went. a customer who saw the whole thing dialed 911 and followed them. >> is the vehicle staying on the road? >> yes, she's driving pretty good. i'm telling you, i can't believe it. >> reporter: when police stopped the van, the girl said, what most people say. why did you stop me? i was driving great. but her dad is not looking so
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great. 39-year-old shawn wiped his eyes as his preliminary hearing was postponed. he has been charged with child abuse. >> what made you think it was okay to let a 9-year-old driver drive a public road? >> anything to say to your daughter? >> no comment. >> reporter: friends say he is a great dad who had weekend visitation rights with his daughter. >> now he cannot see her. that will destroy him. >> reporter: he told a reporter for wxyz that as he good dad who made a bad decision. he has been busted before after crashing while driving under the influence. this time his daughter said he had been drinking whiskey all day. he refused a breathalyzer test and told police he was just teaching his daughter how to drive. there have been lots of stories of little kids driving their parents' cars. >> i'm trying to drive but i couldn't reach the pedals. >> reporter: from this 5 dwroeld a 7-year-old who told police he was trying to avoid going to

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