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making a record, i'm collaborating. if i'm on stage, i've got my band and my singers. it's kind of how i do things. it worked out great for me and i have one more book to write. >> good for you. it's been a pleasure to meet you. i hope faye's watching and feels some sort of remorse. >> thank you so much for you. i hope faye is watching and has a bit of remorse. it's been a pleasure. thank you very much. >> thank you. good sunday morning, everybody. we are just getting this in to cnn. the autopsy results for former libyan leader moammar gadhafi will tell you now what his official cause of death is. that's in just a moment. also, this morning, herman cain had a rough night. he's been at the top of the recent polls as you know, but he's now struggling to stay there. he took a lot of heat at a conservative gathering in iowa about his 9-9-9 plan and about his stance on abortion. also, did you remember to duck
while you were out last night? another dead satellite falling out of the sky, this one, we're told, the size of a minivan. we think it's crashed back to earth. we just don't know where. also, we're going to be heading to ft. bliss this morning where everybody is celebrating. you can imagine why. their loved ones are coming home from iraq for good in a few weeks. a special good morning to the men and women watching us on the american forces network all around the world, thank you for what you do. we are going to start with herman cain this morning, under fire from his republican rivals. this time for recent comments he made about abortion. and what a platform they had to take shots at him last night. a major gathering of christian conservatives in iowa. shannon travis is in des moines. >> reporter: a big night here in des moines, iowa.
the iowa faith and freedom coalition, a gathering of 1,000 iowans, many of them christian evangelicals. six presidential candidates came to court their vote. rick perry, michele bachmann, rick santorum, ron paul, newt gingrich and herman cain. herman cain was on the hot seat because of comments he made to our very own piers morgan earlier this week. he was talking about the issue of abortion. he made very clear, unequivocally, he's pro-life, but asked about what about in cases of rape or incest and his answer was interpreted by some people by leaving some room he would not support the overturning of roe v. wade. well, herman cain tried to drive a stake in any doubt that he isn't pro-life. >> i will not sign any legislation that in any way allows the government to be involved in it. i would strengthen all of our current laws that prevent abortion. i believe that abortion should
be clearly stated and illegal across this country. and i would work to defund planned parenthood and would appoint judges to enforce the constitution. and i would make sure we didn't allow any bureaucrats to get in the way in order to protect the life of the unborn. >> reporter: herman cain hopes that that puts this controversy to rest, but not so fast. rick perry, the texas governor took to the stage and said herman cain needs to explain himself further. and michele bachmann, after her speech, she spoke to reporters and listen to her comparison between herman cain and president obama. >> i think it is very important that our candidate for the presidency is a pro-life candidate. we're a pro-life party. and the president of the united states says he is per se against abortion, but doesn't believe that the government should be involved. and that is the statement that
mr. cain made and that's very disturbing for a lot of people. and it is very important that our candidate for president can clearly articulate that they're pro-life and they believe life deserves protection. >> reporter: these christian evangelicals gathered here tonight will be very important in the iowa caucuses and in the general election. shannon travis, cnn, des moines. well, four minutes past the hour now. we'll stick with politics and it appears that the crisis has been averted. you won't have to put off christmas shopping in order to vote in a presidential primary. that is because nevada has now flinched. they have backed down and moved their caucus into february. officials in nevada, you may remember, had come under pressure from the republican national committee when they decided to move their caucus up to january 14th. some republican presidential candidates say because of that move, they would actually boycott the january contest and new hampshire threatened to move its primary to december. here is how the nevada gop
chairwoman described the controversy when i talked to her after tuesday's republican debate. listen to what she told me then. >> i'm still in communications with our governor, the rnc and the state executive board, but as of right now, we're on the 14th. >> okay. >> as of now. >> as of now, but that is different from the answer you gave me a few days ago when you said absolutely not on the table. >> uh-huh. >> it is on the table at least now moving the caucuses? >> i don't set the table at home. as of now, that's where we're at. >> well, the table has been cleared, it appears so here's where we are. february 4th, nevada is now going to have the caucuses on that day. so they'll go after iowa, new hampshire, south carolina, as well as florida. we'll check in once again with amy tarkanian, the gop chairwoman in nevada. she'll join us at 8:45 eastern
time talking about this caucus change. why they decided to do it and the pressure they may have been under to move. also this morning, voters in louisiana gave bobby jindal a big vote of confidence. he easily won re-election with around 66% of the vote. the republican incumbent beat nine challengers. his next closest opponent finished with less than 20% of the vote. the war in iraq is officially coming to an end. president obama announced that all u.s. troops would be home for the holidays, bringing an end to the nearly nine-year war. listen to the secretary of state hillary clinton. >> i join the president in thanking all those who served so bravely in iraq, and particularly noting the thousands who lost their lives to bring this day to fruition. but even as our troops come home, the united states' commitment to iraq's future as a
secure, stable democratic nation remains as strong as ever. >> right now, there is still around 39,000 u.s. service members in iraq. some of them there for third, a fourth tour. martin savidge is at ft. bliss in texas where he had a chance to talk with the family members of some of these troops. >> reporter: they are coming home. those are probably about the best words that any military base can hear and certainly here at ft. bliss, texas, well, it's no different. rumors have been circulating for a while, but it wasn't until president obama made the announcement that it was official, which means, now, that the 3500 or so members of the 1st armored division that have been serving in iraq will now be headed home no later than december 31st. i was speaking with denise young. she got the news with other military spouses friday. >> everybody is yelling and screaming and clapping and crying. and, yeah, it is very emotional.
>> reporter: her husband john, it is his second deployment and denise says this good-bye was harder than the first. >> it's always a worry. anytime he's gone, whether at a training exercise, especially obviously when he's in iraq because you don't know the situation they're going into. >> reporter: for brooke, it's her first deployment. well, actually for her husband tyron. he's a logistics officer. she's thrilled he's coming back and thinks that it is time everyone comes back from iraq. >> it's been too long. definitely too long. a lot of his guys have been deployed four times over there area this is his first one but i think it is time, definitely. >> reporter: morgan can't wait to see her husband leonardo. can apparently their nearly 2-year-old, elio. when you heard the news about your husband's deployment being shorter than you thought it was going to be. >> we were ecstatic, very happy. >> reporter: thank you very
much. >> we're happy, excited, ready for him to come home. >> reporter: by the way, denise never really felt far from her husband. she took one of his old uniforms and made it into a purse. you could say he never left her side. where did you get the idea? >> i had seen, you know, i just -- i'm a purse -- i love purses and so i said, let me cut this up and see what i can make. >> reporter: while the families here prepare to celebrate, everyone also realizes that the iraq war had a cost. and it was a high one. at least 52 soldiers from ft. bliss died in iraq. and then on top of that, there are another 5,000 soldiers from here that are serving currently in afghanistan. for them, and their families, their worries and that war are far from over. martin savidge, cnn, ft. bliss, texas. also news we're just getting in this morning. the autopsy on former libyan dictator moammar gadhafi has
been completed. our dan rivers is joining me now. he is in the capital of tripoli and, dan, no real surprises here about the autopsy results. >> yeah, that's right. we haven't got the full results of the autopsy, but what we're told by the chief pathologist, he told us that the autopsy on moammar gadhafi, his son and the defense minister has been completed. gadhafi, he said, was killed by gunshot wound to the head, but we have no detail about whether that was a gunshot wound that was inflicted at close range or whether that was, as the ntc is suggesting, from cross fire. the detailed report will be handed to the attorney general's office here. and we then may get some more detail about exactly what they think happened. we thought it was performed at
misrata hospital. and that officials from the prosecution's office, hospital officials were present, but no independent international officials were present during the autopsy, which is what the u.n. and other bodies were pressuring for. and we're now told the body will be returned to the same place where i saw them yesterday, which is essentially a market outside of misrata where the public has been turning out to look at the body of moammar gadhafi. >> you're talking about how the public has been viewing the body, but what about the family? do you know of any plans for the family to get the body of gadhafi? >> well, we certainly heard reports that the family had asked for the bob body to be ha over but there is no clarity on whether that will happen or whether, as has been suggested earlier, that they would just
bury gadhafi's body in secret somewhere. i think they're slightly kind of stuck as to what to do because on the one hand, they don't want to sort of shrine to gadhafi be created at his grave, but on the other hand, they don't want to appear too callous and too insensitive to his tribe, the al gadhafi tribe, which, you know, potentially is going to be hugely alienated and angered if his body is not handed over. so they're in a difficult spot. and, you know, at the moment, all we know is that the body is going back on public display, completely contrary to tradition here that dictates the body is buried as soon as 24 hours after the death. that time frame has come and gone. and we have no clarity on what they're going to do next. >> dan rivers for us in tripoli. we'll check in with you again. thanks so much.
this autopsy comes as libyans are celebrating freedom from the former dictator. look and listen. >> libya's transitional government expected to officially declare itself liberated. ceremony set to begin in just a few hours. comes after 42 years of iron-fist rule by colonel gadhafi. h his corpse has been on display. we don't know where or when he'll be buried. he was killed thursday after being captured by rebel fighters near his hometown of sirte. we'll go live back to tripoli and benghazi later this hour for the national liberation day. that's coming up in about 20 minutes from now. another note for you from the continent there, the african continent, u.s. officials warning americans in kenya of a possible terrorist attack there. and they're urging americans to delay any plans to travel to
kenya. the threat apparently comes from the al qaeda-linked group al shabab. it follows a recent decision by kenya's government to send troops into neighboring somalia to search for al shabab members. islamic militants are expected in a string of kidnappings. and al shabab has been on the list of state terrorism organizations. we're at 14 minutes past the hour. it is big nfl sunday. the chicago bears, tampa bay buccaneers have a game today. but it won't be in chicago. won't be in tampa bay. it's in london. the nfl trying to sell nfl football to the brits. is that a tough sale, though? also this morning, we're once again bobbing and weaving and looking for space junk falling out of the sky. it could be in the backyard now. take a peek. another busted, broken satellite. they believe it is on the ground, though, right?
>> they do think it possibly made landfall. landfall. sounds like a hurricane. between 9:45 and 10:15 eastern, perhaps landing in the indian ocean. let's see exactly -- we'll talk about that coming up in a few minutes. speaking of the ocean, the caribbean sea, a big storm we're following out there. not a named storm yet, but a disturbance that could be named within the next 48 hours or so. more on that coming up in a few moments. [ husband ] you ready for this? i just signed the whole family up for unlimited mobile to mobile minutes. you're kidding. no. where's that money coming from, steve? did it even cross your mind to ask your wife before signing us up for something so expensive? my mother was right; i should have married john clarke. they were free. i got them when i signed us up for unlimited messaging. [ male announcer ] get more value from at&t. buy an unlimited messaging plan, and call any u.s. mobile phone free. at&t. [ inner voice ] establish connection. give me voice control. applications up. check my email and text messages.
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it was a german satellite, but the u.s. and the brits helped out. they launched it. it was up there for a decade or so but it was an x-ray telescope designed to help us understand the origins of the universe. >> okay. >> did so for about ten years or so. then we got to about '89 or so, the germans said, hey, something is not working that well at all. they left it up there. it has been up there for over a decade, spinning around, uselessly, spinning around and around. it fell out of orbit and possibly did so between the numbers 9:45 and 10:15 eastern time. if you happen to look out and see something flying through the sky, bits and pieces of it, well, yeah, could possibly be part of the satellite. >> where do they think it is going to come down? >> they're thinking perhaps the indian ocean. when this thing -- they go back through the atmosphere, it is very hostile environment, this thing breaks up in a multitude of pieces. some could be smaller than your coffee cup, some could be
smaller than that but some could be several hundred pounds. >> you give me the number. for whatever reason, i get nervous when i hear there is a satellite falling out of the sky. you say, there's 1 in a 1 billion chance you'll get hurt. >> we need a satellite umbrella. there was some large hail that fell in parts of oklahoma just yesterday. one of the reasons why is because of an area of low pressure that was drifting through parts of oklahoma. we have video for you. there you see it right there. you got hailstones. the next to it, little element of america's favorite pass time. a little comparison there. they have hail sales, automobiles that are damaged by hailstones and you can get a good deal if you don't mind a car that is all dimpled and stuff. let's talk about more of that hail and possibly more hail we might see this morning. maybe some small stuff. this area of low pressure this
is cruising its way from oklahoma, back to portions of arkansas and louisiana. and where we have this thing setting up, got the area of low pressure right about -- come on, let's get this thing working. here we go. the low setting up right here. a lot of wind popping up here. if you're in shreveport to baton rouge, get ready, you have the combination of the wind and the rain. the big weathermaker, right here, easy to see, this area of low pressure, morning showers can be expected that wi. that will eventually move into arkansas, alabama, parts of the florida panhandle. cool and dry in the northeast. to the west, very sunny. i'll tell you something else we'll be seeing out there, a little marine layer that should last through midmorning before dissipating. 73 in albuquerque. 83 your high in dallas. 77 in kansas city. 62 in minneapolis. 85 in houston. and 78 in new orleans, back out along the eastern seaboard. 66 in washington, new york, with 60. very quickly as you wrap things up, the tropical outlook, you're watching this area of disturbed weather east of central america.
right now, national hurricane center giving this about a 70% chance of further development. we'll keep a sharp eye on it for you. t.j., that's the latest. >> reynolds, thank you, kind sir. 19 minutes past the hour now. hundreds of people paid their final respects saturday to one of indycar's most talented and most popular drivers. dan wheldon. he was killed in that horrific crash at the indy 300 in las vegas last sunday. a funeral was held for him at the first presbyterian church in st. petersburg, friday. his fellow indycar drivers were all pallbearers. indycar is holding a public service today to celebrate his life. he was a two-time indianapolis 500 winner. he was 33 years old. we turn now to the world series where some are describing it as one of the greatest performances in world series history. it came from mr. albert pujols of the st. louis cardinals. they have now taken a 2-1 lead over the texas rangers.
but listen to the night he had. three home runs. you're hearing me right. three home runs, brought in six runs, five hits altogether, only babe ruth and reggie jackson ever hit that many homers in a world series game. also big game today for the nfl. the game is not happening in chicago or in tampa bay. the two teams that are participating. it is actually happening in london. they are heading over because this is the fifth regular season game that has been held over in london since 2007. this is part of the nfl's drive to export the game to other countries. the nfl commissioner says having teams play overseas periodically will help grow the fan base. we're at 21 minutes past the hour now. a 5-year-old missing child, missing almost two weeks now, and some, including her family, are openly questioning why the case has not gotten more national attention. part of my conversation with the missing child's grandmother is just ahead.
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bedroom. deborah bradley admits she was drunk the night her baby vanished. she said releasing the information about the cadaver dog's find will only derail the search for whoever took her. also, another case of a missing child. maybe not getting the same kind of attention as baby lisa. but a vigil in arizona overnight may help. at least they're hoping it will bring attention and find 5-year-old jhessye shockly. she disappeared almost two weeks ago now. her mother was out running errants and her older cybillings were supposed to be watching her. police are now counting on an $11,000 reward to help generate some information about little jhessye. the search of the neighborhood has surrounded up nothing and yesterday jhessye's grandmother told me she's not happy with how the police have been handling the case. >> there is no way you should stop looking for a 5-year-old child that come up missing after two days.
when i first arrived from california, i was so happy, i saw the command post, and all this activity was going on. but not once did i see somebody going through that house which i just assumed they probably did before i got there, but they were just sitting at this command post all day, every day. and then the day after i got there, they just left, you know. they told me they was in and moving the command post. but you don't stop looking for a child after two days, take an amber alert down after two days and just -- we don't hear anything else from anyone for over a week until i just was outraged about it and started speaking out. >> now, she openly is wondering why baby jhessye's case has not gotten more attention, certainly got some attention on the local level, but hasn't gotten any national attention. i'll put the question of why to
the president of peas in their pod, a nonprofit group that helps find missing minority children. on this program yesterday, she said it is important to appoint someone to aggressively lobby for media attention. >> as you heard from the grandmother, shirley, she really has been going after the press and trying to get support and she's gotten it, but it has taken a lot of energy. that's one thing we tell families, you should appoint somebody to be your point person that will do the leg work, because it is something that really needs to be done. >> she said other relevant facts about family members in the case are also important and in this particular case of baby jhessye, her mother had actually spent time in prison for child abuse. but still, borders says the focus should stay on the child right now. we're at 26 minutes past the hour. police have arrested a mother and her boyfriend accusing them of locking a developmentally
disabled teenager in a filthy trailer. the boy lived with animals and may have been neglected for years. that is ahead. also this morning, country singer loretta lynn is in the hospital. hospital in kentucky. had to cancel a couple of concerts. we'll tell you how she's doing this morning. stay with us on this cnn sunday morning. e to the military. and commitment is not limited 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.
well, the bottom of the hour now. now a look at some of the stories making news across the country. we'll start in colorado. erie, colorado. a mother and her boyfriend are in jail, accused of keeping a 14-year-old boy locked in a filthy trailer. the boy is developmentally disabled. police say he lived with dogs,
ducks, other birds. he was rarely fed, they say, just once a day in most cases. he may have been neglected for years according to the investigators. the suspects now facing child abuse charges. turning to kentucky now where loretta lynn is in the hospital with pneumonia. she had to cancel a concert there last night and doctors say she needs some rest. she's 76 years old. a member of the country music hall of fame. best known for that signature song "coal miner's daughter". also, kate edwards married her long time boyfriend in a ceremony in raleigh, north carolina, yesterday. she is the daughter of former presidential candidate john edwards. as you know, his political career ended in scandal. he walked his daughter down the aisle at the ceremony, and it is a ceremony that her mother, who died of breast cancer last year, helped plan. 31 minutes past the hour now. festivities that have been decades in the making. we'll take you live to libya for
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we are just past the bottom of the hour on the cnn sunday morning. i'm t.j. holmes. thank you for spending part of your day here with us. it is a day that dawns a new era in libya. the north african nation puts 42 years of moammar gadhafi's dictatorship behind them. at 10:00 a.m. eastern time, libya's national transitional council will hold a ceremony. they're expected to formally declare the country's liberation. but the announcement comes as questions escalate surrounding the death of moammar gadhafi, whose body has been on display in refrigerated cooler in misrata. within the last hour, we have gotten word on an autopsy on gadhafi has been completed. no surprise. the pathologist is saying that gadhafi died from a gunshot wound to the head. after libya's immediate future, a spokesman for the ntc says elections and the draft of a constitution are in the works and rebuilding the nation's life
blood industry, oil. the ntc chairman says libya is already producing 300,000 barrels of oil daily, a huge change from its months old civil war when hardly any oil was being produced. more now on the celebrations today. cnn's dan rivers on the line with me in the capital of tripoli and nick walsh in benghazi. nick, let me start with you. how does it look so far and what will we expect to see over the next few hours? >> reporter: well, great anticipation here in central benghazi, not far away from one of the key attacks on a gadhafi compound that began the revolution. we're hearing the celebration, gunfire and sirens as police begin to clamp down on this area to make it secure for the key speech. in five hours time in which the leading figure of the national transitional council will declare this country independent. a key moment, frankly, which marks the second phase, perhaps a harder road almost for libya
as it has to retain unity in the months and years ahead to spend that vast resources from the oil, from frozen assets of the gadhafi regime abroad, to try to put this country on a road to progress after the rather horrible eight months of war. t.j.? >> and, nick, this is going to be symbolic, what we're going to see today, but as a practical matter, does this mark a transition as well? >> reporter: absolutely. i mean, i think there is going to begin a domestic political fight for power. mustafa jaleel giving the speech. there is going to be severe immediate challenges for the interim government here, many wounded to deal with, large members of men in military uniforms, rebel fighters around me who are still armed who need to be assimilated into the security forces, or found work elsewhere. and then that big task of rebuilding a city after the damage of this war, using those billions of dollars held abroad and the billions of dollars available from the oil this
country can sell on a daily basis to bring the country into some kind of improved future. so people see the strife and sacrifice of the past few months translating into better lives in the immediate future. t.j.? >> one last thing on benghazi, we know tripoli is the capital, but benghazi, a place, plays such a pivotal role and the capital of the rebellion that rose up against gadhafi. what will benghazi, what is benghazi's future? >> reporter: it will obviously hold that place in libyans' memories. people are wondering why the key celebration, the key speech is being held here and that does raise the question of unity in the months ahead. tripoli being the capital, this being the capital of revolution, already people talking about the different sacrifices made by different cities in this months long war and people trying to secure their place post rebellion in some recognition of the sacrifices made. so certainly, yes, the concerns about unity among the libyan people in the months ahead
paramount in celebration here in the capital of the revolution, not in the capital of the country, tripoli. >> nick walsh for us in benghazi, thank you so much. just hours away from the celebrations on their day of liberation. 39 minutes past the hour now. we'll turn back to the u.s. and specialty license plates are being pushed for once again in texas. and these plates are offensive to a lot of drivers and lawmakers because, well, you can see there, it bears the confederate flag, similar tags are already on the road in at least nine other states. and now texas could be next. also this morning, president obama, as we look ahead this week, president obama will be heading out west, spending some time on the hollywood hot seat. you want to see it? have to tune in late. s had a tree that bore the most rare and magical fruit, which provided for their every financial need. [ thunder rumbling ] [ thunder crashing ] and then, in one blinding blink of an eye,
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well, 43 minutes past the hour. voters in louisiana gave a big vote of confidence to their governor, bobby jindal, easily re-elected. got around 66% of the vote. the republican incumbent beat nine challengers. his closest opponent finished with less than 20% of the vote. it will be a full calendar for the republican presidential candidates this week. our deputy political director paul steinhauser with a look. >> good morning, t.j. republican presidential candidate rick perry tuesday unveils another part of his plan to boost the economy and create jobs. the texas governor will propose a flat tax during a speech in the early voting state of south carolina. >> scrapping the 3 million words
of the current tax code, starting over with something simpler, a flat tax. >> perry, mitt romney and newt gingrich will all separately be in new hampshire this week to officially register to get their name on the ballot in the state that holds first in the nation primary. meanwhile, the man whose job they want, president barack obama, he's in the west holding re-election fund-raisers in denver, san francisco, and los angeles. and while in l.a., the president joins jay leno as a guest on "the tonight show." t.j.? all the excitement on the presidential campaign trail providing a lot of fresh material for the late night comedians including, of course, jon stewart. take a look at this one. >> the real fireworks came when the two silverbacks, romney and perry, went mano amano on the subject of people whose native tongue gave us the phrase mano a mano. >> mitt, you lose all of your
standing for my perspective because you hired illegals in your home and you knew about it for a year. >> i don't think i ever hired an illegal in my life. i'm looking forward to finding the facts on that. >> i'll tell you what the facts are. you had -- >> rick, i'm speaking. i'm speaking. >> did he just -- are they allowed to use their hands? you're not allowed to use your hands. i would hate to be able to zoom in right now and see what's going on inside rick perry's head. to be fair, to be fair, from what i understand that is the clip that is always playing inside rick perry's head. >> reynolds, we shouldn't -- it is funny the way jon stewart did it. but it should not be any moment
in any presidential debate where you actually think that two of the candidates could come to blows and i was there in vegas and i saw that moment, i held my breath. i thought this is about to happen. these two are about to come to blows. i knew was about to happen. >> where was that in vegas? >> at the venetian. >> do they ever have -- is there never boxing that occurs? >> not there. >> but they do it in the town. >> on the vegas strip, always. >> perfect place. >> you know it. >> it was interesting, spell binding. you couldn't look away from it. what was happening. it was an amazing thing to see, but, yeah, something that doesn't really belong in politics. >> it was kind of ugly. anything ugly on the map? >> some of that other stuff? yeah there is some ugly stuff to share with people. what we're watching is development, potential development in the caribbean sea. hurricane season is going to last through november 30th and we're watching this pocket of deep convection that we have. in fact, as we look at it, there is a chance this may actually
strengthen a bit. the national hurricane center is giving us a 70% chance for further development and as we look at the computer models, the spaghetti models, some in agreement showing this moving more to the west, eventually going to belize and the yucatan peninsula. this can somehow maintain its structure, which is hard to do with these storms, by friday morning, a couple of models bringing it all the way in across the yucatan peninsula and into the gulf of mexico. a lot will happen between now and next friday. we'll watch for you very carefully. heavy rainfall moving towards the gulf coast and into the deep south from shreveport, southward to houston. get ready for the splash and dash showers. you had rain in dallas last night and large hail in places like oklahoma. we can expect those to pretty much stick around through a good part of the morning. rain for the central and western great lakes and the pacific northwest, plenty of sunshine out west and beautiful, beautiful cool day for you in parts of the northeast. highs very quickly as we wrap things up, 66 in washington, 73 in albuquerque and 80 degrees in
san francisco. t.j., up to you. >> did you say splash and dash? >> splash and dash showers, yeah. >> what does that mean? >> means basically light precipitation. not the heavy gully washers. all kinds of vernacular this morning, but little rain drops here and there. splash and dash, quick moving showers. >> that was a new one. >> thumbs up or thumbs down. >> no, i like it a lot. like it a lot. good stuff. >> good to know. 12 minutes until the top of the hour now. we'll return to texas where a controversial issue is back. it is back on the table. it is the renewed push to allow vanity plates that bear the confederate flag. here's what the plates would look like. a critical vote to allow the plates could come as early as next month. the proposal was sponsored by a texan land commissioner, texas land commissioner who is backed by the sons of confederate veterans. they already have permission for the plates in nine other states. in houston, lawmakers including congresswoman sheila jackson held a rally to appeal directly
to governor rick perry to make sure texas does not become one of the states to allow these plates. >> i would indicate to you that the appropriate call we make today is for the governor of the state of texas to encourage and ask his board, the texas motor vehicle board, to vote no or not bring up any action that would promote a state action issued license plate that has the symbol of the confederate flag. >> a vote on the issue last april ended in a tie. this could, as you know, become a campaign issue now for governor rick perry, who, as you know, is running for president. what do you think about it? want to hear your comments this morning about this issue. hit us up on twitter, @tjholmes. should it be allowed, the confederate flag on vanity plates? people have the right to do
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about seven minutes until the top of the hour now. take a look at this video and the folks you're going to be seeing here are from haiti. they were all injured and severely in many cases ais you can see in last year's earthquake. but they haven't let it slow them down. they actually arrived in the u.s. last week to say thank you to the united states. nadia bilchik here with me for the morning passport. a lost people were fascinated by this video and wanted to make sure we got it on. >> you have haitian amputees who formed a soccer team called team zaraian. that is a tarantula. they say a tarantula, when wounded, can still fight back. and here you're watching the
national amputee soccer team of haiti with wounded service members here in the united states of america, inspiring them, showing them various moves, showing them what to do and people who witnessed this said the energy was extraordinary. and, you notice the team zaraian, the ones wearing kakies and the others are the service members, but the skill to play soccer and when they actually play soccer, they do it with only one leg. they take off the prosthetic and they use the crutches. so there you're looking at the video at walter reed and various other places where the team is encouraging and inspirining others. i want you to have you listen to a sound bite from one of the team members as to why they have such great grat tatitude towardd states. >> most of the haitians can live
life now because of the soldiers. they came with the boat, the big ship, into the boat. they take all the worst people we have -- they bring them on the boat and do surgery for them. >> we know houthousands of peop lost limbs, but the gratitude of the haitians to the american and one particular organization called healing haiti's children's program gave limbs to these soccer players and to many others and then gave them a year of physical therapy. so enormous gratitude there for u.s. involvement in helping haiti's -- haitians heal. and just such an inspirational story. you're seeing soldiers bringing supplies to haiti. just enormous gratitude and just a story of inspiration on a physical level, on a spiritual level, and just inspiring in every single way. >> the team, do they travel around, bringing goodwill?
>> erick tyes, the team travels. people who were there, t.j., just said the energy, the spirit, having lost limbs, now many of the people in the soccer team were soccer players before. so imagine being an athlete and losing a limb and finding a way to rekindle that and inspire others, rather extraordinary and apparently very skillful and quite a formidable team. >> you have to be. they make it look easy, but no doubt that is extremely difficult to do. nadia bilchik, so glad we were able to share this story this morning. thank you very much. a few minutes until the top of the hour. stick around. we're going to strike up the band. it is time to quit. one guy was fed up with his boss, he walked out with a bang. you're going to see the video, the greatest way to quit your job ever is coming up. also this morning, they're just hammering herman. his rivals took turns battling
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been there, right? you want to go out in style from your job. you just want to go off on your boss and just do something over the top, but then you don't do it, because you might need the reference or, you know, you don't want to burn some of the bridges. as jeanne moos reports, one guy went through with what we have all wanted to do before, and now he is a huge internet star. >> reporter: if you're mad at management -- >> they hated me and i hated them. >> reporter: -- and you want to quit your job as a hotel room service server, imagine sneaking in a brass band and serving this to your boss. >> all of you out, right now. >> i'm here to tell you that i'm quitting. one, two, three, four! ♪ >> reporter: joey defran chess coe says he finished his last 13-hour day at the marriott renaissance hotel in providence, rhode island. after three and a half years of butting heads with bosses and helping to organize a union --
>> they treat us like [ bleep ] here. >> reporter: -- he decided to live his fantasy. >> tell their boss to shove it or push back in this big way. >> reporter: joey is a member of the what cheer band. he used his access code to bring a dozen or so band members through the employee entrance to stake out his boss' office. ♪ now joey quits is a youtube sensation. quits like a champion. ♪ joey says his hotel sources tell him that after the band left, management called police. but no action has been taken against him. the hotel would only say, we take the health and satisfaction of our employees very seriously. going on to cite nice things management has done like an iron chef competition for employees, and housekeeping week. the last time we saw a musical resignation was in the movie "that thing you do." >> i quit, i quit.
i quit, mr. white. >> reporter: we have seen a happy resignation presented on a cake. and a spicy i quit when a taco bell employee near buffalo rearranged the letter s on the sign. at least he punctuated his expletive with a smiley face. >> i wasn't going to get a reference anyway. i organized a union. they hate me. >> reporter: joey already has a new job. though his new boss doesn't want him to say where. but it is a job where his degree in history could come in handy. over at abc, they labeled joey's exit the i quit polka. actually, a serbian song and now joey's a hit in serbia. i guess if he can do it -- >> jerry, i'm here to tell you i'm quitting. >> reporter: cnn, i'm here to tell you that i'm staying. ♪ jeanne moos, cnn, new york.
we definitely don't recommend that you try that. certainly not here at cnn. i would have been hauled out by police. just a few minutes past the hour now, and we're going to start this hour of "cnn sunday morning" with herman cain. it is tough being the front-runner sometimes. he's come under fire once again from his republican rivals this time for recent comments he made about abortion, making some people question whether he was truly a pro-life advocate. and the platform to take shots at him, well, it was a major gathering of christian conservatives in iowa. potential voters crowded into the faith and freedom coalition's banquet to hear from the republican presidential candidates. take a listen. >> number one, on abortion on demand, i would be fully supportive of a federal constitutional amendment to define life from beginning, conception. i believe in life from conception until natural death. and i would support all pro-life language that comes across my
desk. >> i would not sign any legislation that in any way allowed the government to be involved in it. i would strengthen all of our current laws that prevent abortion. i believe that abortion should be clearly stated and illegal across this country. and i would work to defund planned parenthood and make sure i appoint judges that will enforce the constitution. no activist judges. and i would make sure we didn't allow any bureaucrats to get in the way in order to protect the life of the unborn. >> it is a liberal canard to say i am personally pro-life, but government should stay out of that decision. if that is your view, you are not pro-life. you are pro having your cake and eating it too. >> i call it my 0-0-0 plan. because zero is better than
nine. but it -- it zeros out the corporate tax for manufacturers it zeros out repatriated profits on taxes for repatriated profits that come back into the country. it will create jobs in this country. >> we now face a horrendous problem because we do not believe in honest money anymore. the most significant and most threatening event today to us as a consequence of this lack of understanding of the value of family and civil rights and the constitution is what has driven us to what we call the debt -- the sovereign debt problem. it is worldwide. this debt is so huge, it is bigger than anything that has ever happened in the world. and it is threatening our breakdown of our society. >> the process of recovery economically is not that
difficult. i predict to you that late on election night, as it is clear that obama has been defeated, and that the democratic senate has been defeated, late that night the recovery will begin. [ applause ] >> well, mitt romney and jon huntsman were not at the iowa event. romney was campaigning in new hampshire instead. six minutes past the hour. it appears that maybe the crisis has been averted. you won't have to put off christmas shopping in order to go vote in a presidential primary. that is because nevada has flinched. they backed down, moved it caucus now into february. officials in nevada, you may remember, had come under pressure from the republican national committee when they decided to move their caucus up to january 14th. some of the republican presidential candidates said they would actually boycott the january contest and new
hampshire threatened to move its primary into december. here is how amy tarkanian described the controversy when i talked to her shortly after last tuesday's republican debate in vegas. >> i'm still in communications with our governor, the rnc and the state executive board, but as of right now, we are on the 14th. >> okay. >> as of now. >> as of now, but that is different from the answer you gave me a few days ago when you said absolutely not on the table. >> uh-huh. >> it is on the table at least now moving the caucucaucuses? >> i don't set the tables at home. as of now, that's where we're at. >> where we're at appears the table has been cleared. so here is where we are. february 4th, nevada moved their caucus to february 4th so they'll now go after iowa, which will go first on the 3rd, and then new hampshire, which is expected to pick up january 10th, not for sure yet, and south carolina going on the 21st and florida, which really threw
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11 minutes past the hour. news we're just getting in about a earthquake in the eastern part of turkey, the southeastern part of turkey. we'll bring reynolds wolf in. we'll show your picture, because you can show us the location, but a 7.3 magnitude quake, just about 20 miles northeast of the city of van. give us an idea of where this place is and, again, we talk about 7.3, that's a big earthquake. >> it is. it is a major earthquake. i got to tell you, this is not an anomaly worldwide. is this serious? absolutely. this is a major earthquake. but earthquakes have happened in this region before. you see this area shaded in red, that is the epicenter in far eastern turkey. georgia to the north. armenia, azerbaijan, iraq this is close to the triborder area of iran, iraq and turkey. no reports as of yet with regard to damage. but those reports at times often come slowly. this is anywhere from again a
7.3, there may be aftershocks. we're looking at video being fed in now this is stuff that is just fresh. we're looking at it for the very first time, we're sharing it with you. you remember the earthquake we had on the eastern seaboard, a lot of confusion, same thing happens here. you have about 134 magnitude 7.0 earthquakes that happened a year worldwide. and when they do, of course, it is going to cause a wild reaction. you can see people walking around, they're checking the structure of their buildings. a lot of people getting out, the big fear is when you have an initial shock, t.j., it can cause some damage, some unseen at first, but if you have an aftershock that is slightly smaller, like a 6.7, 6.5, that may be enough to cause a building that doesn't appear to be weakened, it may be enough to cause the building to collapse altogether. and that's the big fear is if you're out in the open, you should be okay, but if you happen to be in a building, a structure with some kind of damage to it, there is the fear
that it is going to just fall like, say, a house of cards, so to speak. it is something that bears watching and we will definitely have -- i'm not saying we might, we will have aftershocks in this region. we'll keep you up to speed on that. >> if we can, go ahead, rerack that video for us if you can, we're seeing this video for the first time with our viewers, this is coming in to us from cnn turkey. you don't see a lot of damage. this is what people naturally do, go outside when a earthquake takes place. this is one area we're seeing, many other areas, maybe there is more damage and we haven't gotten these reports of damage and injury just yet. something key here to remember, we don't know the depth, that's so important. you hear about an earthquake being this strong, i haven't seen on the information yet from geological survey, but the depending on the depth of an earthquake, it can be more damaging than others, even though 7.3 might sound like a huge, very powerful earthquake, depending on how deep it was, the epicenter, it may not be as bad as it sounds quite frankly.
>> new information just came in. 4.5. that's your depth. the depth of this. there is the possibility of substantial damage. we're seeing this video, it is really not, at this point, something that we're going to be seeing right away. that information may come in pretty soon. this is our quake map. take a look at this the usgs shake map in eastern turkey. you see the places where you have the violent, heavy shaking place at the epicenter. this may be hard for you to see. you have smaller communities, one community on the other side of this body, this lake is over here, certainly not right on top of a population cluster. but that doesn't mean you can't have damage in places that are far beyond. just, again, we use our own experience. you remember when we had the earthquake on the eastern seaboard. people in atlanta, georgia, far away from the epicenter, were feeling a little shaking. washington, d.c., the nation's capitol was getting some of it. where you see here, obviously, some video being fed in.
you're seeing some of the furniture that is being toppled over. a lot of windows rattling. you see the window treatments shaking a little bit. you see the people, they're doing what people do, hey, are you okay? going from door to door, neighbor to neighbor, asking people their condition, how are they doing, watching out for relatives and friends. >> reynolds, thank you so much. this information just coming in to us and some of the video coming in to us. we'll continue to collect information because we know we'll get updates by the minute here and we'll pass them on to our viewers. reynolds, thank you so much. we'll check in with him again. 16 minutes past the hour. now to thailand, where it may take four to six weeks we're told for floodwaters to recede there, according to the prime minister. the country is experiencing its worst flooding in in 50 years. paula hancocks is joining us live from the capital of ban
coo kock. >> we were at the flood relief headquarters today and twill be a couple of weeks before the situation even starts to get better. more suburbs in bangkok, in the north, are being submerged in water over the past couple of days, seeing people having to move out because the water has risen from ankle level to waist level within a matter of hours. the prime minister and also many of the officials are still saying that they are confident they can keep central bangkok safe. we just spoke to the prime minister earlier on and she was confident that the drainage situation in bangkok was going to be okay and they were going to be able to keep the business district dry, but that doesn't help those who are in the suburbs themselves. and there is a lot of misery there. thousands of people have had to leave their home. there is at least 110,000 evacuees at this point. many of them living in tents, in
domestic airports. the arrivals hall and departure hall turned into an evacuation center and could go on for a couple more weeks. the expectation is these waters will not recede for a month or a month and a half. t.j.? >> and you mentioned how many people had been evacuated. but what are the latest numbers you're getting in terms of the number of people who may be injured and seeking treatment, but also the number of deaths we have seen because of this flooding. >> well, the death toll at this point is over 350 people. and we know that many people have also obviously been injured. now there are many people still trying to evacuate areas as different suburbs are being submerged in water, those people are trying to move to airports, trying to move to schools which have been turned into evacuation centers. now, one spot of bright news, farther north, this isn't just bangkok this is happening in, this is happening across the whole of the central and northern thailand, through the
north, the waters do appear to be receding somewhat. but, of course, all that water has to go somewhere. it is coming south, coming towards bangkok and that's why the bangkok suburbs are being hit at this point. >> paula hancocks for us in bangkok. thank you so much. we're at 19 minutes past the hour. stay with us on this "cnn sunday morning," following a lot of stories for you this morning including that breaking story out of turkey, where we're getting word of a 7.3 magnitude earthquake. stay with us. [ female announcer ] once you taste new fiber one 80 calories... ...with its sweet honey taste,
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you're seeing video just coming to us on the right side of your screen. this is from our cnn turkey there. this is what naturally happens as i bring in reynolds wolf who has been watching this with me and has new information for us. we're seeing pictures, we're sharing -- frankly, folks, i'm seeing the pictures for the first time along with you. the video is coming from seven different parts of the region, for the most part what we had seen, a lot of shaking, some things falling off walls, shelves, things falling over from inside someone's home. this appeared to be a little more of a chaotic scene than we saw before. give us some perspective on this region. but also on how powerful a earthquake is, a 7.3, people can go back to a haiti wake, a 7.0, i do believe. >> 7.0. the one we had in 1989 in san francisco, 6.0. now, the one that affected japan, that caused the giant tsunami, that was a 9.0. this is not quite as strong.
7.3. this is an area that is really no stranger to having seismic events. so these are people that if they're walking down the street and feel a tremor, it is not something uncommon. this is a major quake. you see the video coming in, smoke, dust, not sure what that might be, possibly from a fire. too early to tell at this point. there is a lot of confusion there, people milling around, trying to determine how much damage they might have. as i was telling t.j. earlier you have something like this that strikes a populated area and have tall buildings, it is difficult to say how much damage you have. water damage from broken pipes. you have a building that may not appear damaged, but if you have another thing that strikes, that would be an aftershock that is like 7.0 or even a 6.5, that might be enough to cause a tall building to topple over. we're going to zoom in and show you this area. this is the spot where we happen to have the epicenter. if we can, monica o'connor, our producer, if we can zoom in a little bit, give you an idea of
the land that we have. very rocky area. part of the hope is that with the extremely large rocky areas it will help absorb some of it. if you look at the community of van and over to this lake, this lake is actually called lake van, and then over on this side you have latvan, a small community. you may have small communities around a like this and it causes a displacement of water, in a spot like van, so you have the potential of having something similar to a tsunami that may affect some of the communities. hard to say now. we don't have the information yet but i'm sure we'll get it within the hour or perhaps even sooner. t.j.? >> new information is coming to us by the minute here. reynolds, thank you. we'll update you on this story, but a 7.3 magnitude earthquake, a major quake rocked the southeastern part of turkey in the area of van. we're just starting to get the reports in and the new video in. we're still waiting on any reports of major damage, injuries or possibly deaths, but we are all over this breaking
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as we come up on the bottom of the hour, let's go right to this video. we're getting new video in, showing more of a chaotic scene in turkey where we have seen a 7.3 magnitude earthquake according to the u.s. geological survey. that is a major earthquake, folks. some of the video we're getting in shows more of a chaotic scene out on the streets. we have seen several people, small children crying, people kind of frantic right now. we're waiting to get the reports in. we're just getting this information in, new video in. we're waiting to get the reports of possible injury, possible damage as well. and as reynolds was saying, in our last 40 seconds here, reynolds, this is an area -- these folks are used to earthquakes, but still a 7.3 is going to rattle you. >> i don't care where you're from, if you're in a earthquake prone area, a seismic active region this is something that will -- you'll take