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context and more profiles are needed. dean, thanks again. appreciate your time. >> thanks, suzanne. top of the hour. i'm suzanne malveaux. mitt romney and rick santorum sharpening their attacks on each other a day before the illinois primary. at a campaign stop this morning, romney calling santorum an economic lightweight while santorum says romney doesn't have a core. romney also bragged about his big win in puerto rico. >> these pancakes are something else, i'll tell you. these pancakes are as large as my win in puerto rico last night. the margin was just about as good. >> cnn's latest delegate count shows romney with 518 to santorum's 239. it takes 1144 to win the nomination.
apple holds almost $100 billion in cash reserves. this morning the company announce wad it would do with some of that cold cash. apple announced a $10 billion stock buyback that would begin in october. it also would begin giving shareholders a quarterly dividend for the first time since 1995. and espn's chris mortenson a reporting that peyton manning will sign with the denver broncos. four-time nfl most valuable player had been deciding between tennessee and denver. indianapolis colts released the quarterback just two weeks ago after injury forced had i am to miss the entire 2011 season. well, in 2006 manning led the colts to a super bowl championship. all right. didn't do my brackets any good but north carolina state upset georgetown in the ncaa tournament. that happened this weekend. it was one of several big march madness upsets. the 11th seeded wolf pack ran away from the number 3 seed down the stretch. lorenzo brown sealed the game with three free throws in the
last ten seconds. nc state will face kansas in the next round. romney and santorum on the final campaign blitz across illinois. both candidates are turning up the heat. a new poll shows romney widening his lead over sonner er tner n santorum. jim acosta is here. romney is saying some positive things about the economic recovery, yes? >> reporter: yeah. he's got a pretty tough needle to thread right now, suzanne. mitt romney is feeling pretty good after that victory in prek. he was talking about that earlier this morning. talking about how the pancakes were as big as his victory down in puerto rico. he's campaigning across illinois as is rick santorum for this primary happening here tomorrow.
mitt romney does have the advantage here if you look at the polls. but if you listen to the rhetoric in the labs 24 hours between these two candidates, this race might be a little tighter than the polls suggest at this point. those polls suggested that mitt romney was way out in front down in mississippi and alabama, that he had a stronger lead going into those two primaries. rick santorum won both of those primaries. they're going to fight pretty hard for these votes. earlier this morning romney was referring to santorum as an economic lightweight saying you don't want to replace an economic lightweight in the president, in mitt romney's words, with another economic lightweight, but at the same time he was acknowledging that the economy is getting better. let's take a listen to what governor romney had to say earlier this morning. >> i have had the experience of leading and guiding enterprises. i'm someone experienced in the economy. i'm not an economic lightweight. president obama is. we're not going to be successful in replacing an economic
lightweight with another economic lightweight. we have to replace him with someone who knows how to run this economy. >> reporter: so mitt romney has a tough task on his hands. he's not only going after rick santorum before this primary tomorrow, but he's also trying to save some time while he's out on the campaign trail, suzanne, to go after president obama, but the obama re-election campaign, which, of course, is based right here in chicago, romney is in the obama re-election campaign's backyard, is going to be going after mitt romney later today holding a conference call on his economic record. so mitt romney is going to be taking it from all sides today, suzanne. >> and romney is not emphasizing so much the delegate count, i guess it's more about the message, the record. a lot of people were saying it's kind of dry and stale to talk about just the math there, but does he have the numbers? is he looking good? >> reporter: yeah. suzanne, i mean, unless something really dramatic happens in this race, you know, he is cruising to a commanding lead in this delegate count if you just add the 20 delegates he
won with that overwhelming victory in puerto rico last night, he now has more than double the number of delegates than rick santorum has. so, you know, santorum i think acknowledges all of this. he said in a number of interviews, you know, that basically what he hopes to do at this point is sort of deny romney that magic number of 1144 delegates. if he can do that, he can force some kind of fight on the convention floor in tampa where he hopes he can make the argument that a real conservative in his mind should get the nomination opinion he thinks that's where he has the upper hand with mitt romney. but, you know, there's no guarantee in any of this, suzanne, that mitt romney will get that magic number of 1144. that's part of the reason why illinois is so important. he has to win this primary tomorrow. >> we'll be watching very closely. thank you, jim. just coming in, reports coming in as we speak that former colts quarterback peyton manning is going to sign with the denver broncos. manning had been choosing between the broncos and the tb titgh
tennessee titans. i'm joined by jim trotter to tell us how it all came down. >> reporter: payton whittled it down to three, to san francisco, tennessee, and before. he made the choice of the broncos. >> why the broncos? >> i think it's a great fit for him. he's out of the nfc which is where his brother plays. two, the broncos have some good defensive talent, an celebrity offensive line, and i think he was impressed with john elway, the new executive, as well as with the coaching staff. so it made sense, and also interesting backstory here, last week philip rivers of the san diego chargers said he hoped peyton came to the afc west where the chargers also play and so that makes for an interesting story line that we'll have those two battling it out. >> how is he going to play? there was a lot of discussion, as you know, when he was leaving his former team, about those
injuries. he had to sit on the sidelines for the 2011 season. >> you know, suzanne, no one knows at this point. until he gets on the field and he's cleared and he's 100%, we just don't know. now, i talked to a scout last week two broke down peyton's game tape from 2010, the last season that he played, and the scout told me he was a very effective quarterback that year. but the question becomes if he takes certain types of hits, if the nerve damage flares up in his neck and in his arm, what kind of force will he have on his throws? at this point we don't know. so if the broncos are getting the peyton manning of 2010, they clearly become the favorites to defend their afc west title. if they don't, you have to look at another team. >> and somebody who everybody is following and talking about, someone i had a chance to actually talk to, tim tebow, quarterback for the denver broncos, how does he fit into all of this? >> well, he doesn't fit into the
bronco's picture. they were never comfortable even last year when tim led them to the playoffs. they were not comfortable with his style of play. he's more of a runner than a passer. he's not very good in the pocket. and i think that john elway and the team wanted a traditional pocket passer and they're going to look to move, to trade tim tebow at this point, and i don't know how many football people necessarily are going to be interested in tim but you can count on some owner wanting to sign him. he brings a lot of attention to a team and he has fans. you would have to look at a team like jacksonville and a team like miami. there's a possibility he's a good fid t in philadelphia. tim's game mirrors michaels a little bit. >> jim, trotter, thank you very much. peyton manning to the broncos. here is a run down on some of the stories we're covering over the next hour. if you have a 401(k), you want to listen to this. apple giving back $10 billion to
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>> reporter: so sharing the wealth. so what apple is doing is returning some of that money, some of that value back to its shareholders. so beginning this summer apple is going to begin paying a quarterly dividends. it means if you own shares of apple you will get a check for apple, $2.65 for each share you have. it's also buying back $10 billion of its own shares. what that does is usually that winds up boosting the stock price even more. what apple is essentially doing is spending about $45 billion of the $100 billion that it has in cash over the next three years. it's a little bit of a bone they're throwing to investors but at least it's something. here is a funny thing. apple is probably easily going to make back that $45 billion it gives back to its shareholders just with its ipad and iphone sales this year. >> why are they doing this? this is something the late steve jobs was against, paying dividends. >> reporter: exactly. steve jobs was dead set against paying dividends. what he liked to do was hoard
cash and the reason is jobs was still feeling stung after apple came close to going bankrupt in the '90s. many other tech companies right now they pay dividends like microsoft, cisco, and ibm. so apple has really been feeling the pressure lately to really deliver something. so new ceo tim cook even said $100 billion is more money than apple needs to run the company. he said let's issue this dividend and this buy back and why not? you look at apple stock, it's really a great investment, but shareholders were saying they want some of that cash returned to them especially when you look at how some of the shares are doing. they're up 80% over the past year. right now shares are getting very, very close to that $600 mark. trading at $599.17. >> all right. so what does it mean for everyday investors? if you don't even own apple shares, should you care? >> reporter: well, you know what? you may even own apple shares and you may not know it. >> really? >> there are many mutual
funds -- yes, really. you want to look at what your portfolio includes. many mutual funds actually hold apple stock and the dividend, that means that more funds are going to begin to buy apple shares. these dividend funds, because many of these funds they won't invest in a company unless they pay a dividend. so this means that funds in your retirement account, they probably own apple stock so you may be getting some of that $100 billion of that apple -- that apple will pay out, the $45 million that it's going to pay out so look closely at the portfolio, suzanne. >> i'm going to take a second look. thank you, alison. apple's stock price has not suffered from persistent reports of poor conditions at its manufacturing plants in asia. so in january an hour-long program aired on npr called "this american life" detailed horrific conditions at one of apple's factories in china. last week the show dedicated their entire hour-long show
retracting what they presented in their original program. i want to bring in howard kurtz from "reliable sources" to talk to us about what was in the original report. >> the original report, suzanne, had to do with whether or not there were serious labor abuses, particularly at one chinese factory that builds these i-phones and ipads and the whole radio program of "this american life" most popular show, most popular episode i should say, in the hit of this program, was built around the first person account of mike daisy who is an actor and performance artist who it turns out embellished would be too weak a word, he made up and then covered up much of what he claimed to have seen at the op ll lle -- apple factory in c. >> it says foxconn, to make it
clear what people are seeing. how was it uncovered the stories are not true? >> there was another report who thought none ever this really sounded right. sow tracked down the chinese translater who had helped this actor, mike daisy, interview at least some of the apple workers at this foxconn plant and the translator 15id mu translator said much of what daisy reported had never happened. a vivid example, daisy said he had talked to workers whose hantz were sha hands were shaking uncontrollable because they had been poisoned by a cleaner used to clean the apple i-foiphones. daisy started to use phrases like, well, i engaged in poetic license or dramatic license, and yet he basically took the credibility of very respected
public radio program and flushed it down the toilet. >> mike daisy, he released a statement here, i want to make sure we get this in here. he says what i do is not journalism. the tools of the theater are not the same as the tools of journali journalism. for this reason i regret that i allowed "this "american morning" life "wtion to air an excerpt from my monologue. "this american life" is essentially a journalistic, not a theatrical, enterprise and as such it operates and you different set of rules and expectations. you have this story out there that it turns out at least parts of it are grossly inaccurate. where does the blame lie? >> daisy bears a lot of the responsibility but you cannot take away the fact that "this american life" was willing to put this on the air even though he couldn't produce the translator when the program was trying to fact check. this is a tremendous
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century, extraordinary. we literally doubled our human life span. we tripled the per capita income for every human on the planet. we reduced the cost of food by ten-fold, the cost of transportation and electricity and communication by hundreds of thousands of fold. those same forces that made the last century good are accelerating and making this next century tremendous. >> do you focus on the things we have in surplus, not the thing we're short on. tell us about that. >> in this book i explain to readers really what are the forces that are driving us to a world of abundance? how we're going to be creating a world of abundant energy. the notion that every year we have 5,000 times more energy than hits the earth's surface from the sun than we consume as a human species. as it turns out, the technology for converting that sunlight to energy, solar, is growing expo nen tally.
the cost of solar dropped 50% last year. we have technologies coming online to give us abundant water. there's really transformations coming on in education and health care. we all hear the bad news but the good news is growing exponentially. >> tell us a little bit about, you have 7 billion people on the planet now, that number is going up exponentially. how does the planet survive overpopulation? is there going to be a point where there's just too many folks than we can take care of? >> i'm showing people really how the world is changing. one of the ways is that as a country becomes healthier and better educated, its population growth really drops. morocco is a perfect example. 30 years ago there were 7.8 kids per family. as the new leadership came in and gave it better health and education, it dropped from almost 8 to under 3 kids per family. over and over again. so this is about how technology and a series of forces will
change your life, that of your kids, your business, and everything about the future you should care about. >> and the president has been pushing green jobs now for years without a whole lot of success. we've seen these electric cars, the hybrids hit the market. not a lot of enthusiasm from consumers. why do you think the world is so slow to embrace this new technology that's already available? >> it takes a while for this to be adapted. in the book i talk about how the rising billion, the next 3 billion people coming online are going to transform how the world innovates, the marketplaces. if you think about the fact that a warrior in the middle of kenya on a mobile phone has better mobile communications than president reagan did 25 years ago. if they're on google on a smartphone, they have better access and knowledge than president clinton did 15 years ago. the world is changing very rapidly. >> it is a positive, hopeful message. peter, thank you so much. you can see more of my interview with peter on my facebook page, facebook.com/suzannecnn.
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kaf ma la. kamala harris has been called the female obama. she's turning heads and making history. she's the first female, first african-american, and first asian attorney general in california. thank you very much. what do you think, female obama? >> you know, i have an incredible degree of respect for the president of the united states. i'm humbled, but, you know, there's only one barack obama and thank god he's our
president. >> okay. you're a powerhouse in your own right. i understand that in an interview with "the new york times" you said you're a big reader, and cookbooks is your love. is that right? >> oh, yeah. i love to cook. i love to eat. you know, my mother raised me you like to eat, you better learn to cook. i love to cook. i'm going to be in new orleans over the spring break and i can't wait to just eat my way through new orleans. starting with anything that paul prudhomme has done. >> you will enjoy it. you have gotten a lot of attention for securing $18 million from the nation's banks for california homeowners. a lot of people are asking how do you make sure those benefits actually will get to the homeowners? what kind of challenges are facing making that a reality? >> right, suzanne. so that was a real priority which is making sure promises made are promises kept. and in furtherance of that
desire, i actually appointed a monitor specific to california, so there's a national monitor for the entire deal. but i brought someone in, kathleen porter, who is a professor at the university of california you are viirvine, wh review the data and make sure california homeowners are benefiting and as quickly as possible benefitting from the terms of the deal and particularly around principle reductions and their ability to refinance their loans. >> you introduced a homeowners bill of rights to change the process in helping folks with their mortgages. is this the kind of thing, a model that can be used on a national scale? >> absolutely. and it actually models the national settlement, but what a lot of folks don't realize is the settlement only spans for a duration of three years. after that it's business as usual. and i don't think anyone wants to go back and turn back the clock, and we need to really -- we need to fix the system and change the rules. so the california homeowner bill
of rights we've created does things like require that there will be one point of contact for those homeowners. you know, they're having such a difficult time navigating a system where often they speak to a different person every time who asks them to fax and send the documents as though it's the first time. it's not fair to the homeowners and there's a better way to do it. the other thing we want to end a dual track, the system where the people are in the process of foreclosure and in the process of modifying their loan and two systems don't talk with each other. so again the homeowner loses out when they really do have a good faith ability and interest in paying to stay in their home. >> and you focused on another issue, which affects a lot of people here because we're looking at our smartphones, our blackberries, but you have released a new series of privacy protections for folks who use these kinds of things. what kind of changes can consumers actually see? is this really a big problem? >> well, it is a problem, and so what we did is we realized when all of us -- i have flashlight
more bizarre twists and turns surrounding the kony 2012 documentary that went viral. you might have heard its director jason russell was stopped by police in san diego last week after he was running through the streets naked and screaming. now ugandan officials are denouncing his campaign. the prime minister is personally tweeting celebrities for support and fighting back with a youtube video of his own. >> i must correct the mistaken impression created by the kony 2012 video. y uganda is not in conflict. uganda is a modern developing country which enjoys peace, stability and security. >> cnn international correspondent david mckenzie is joining us on the phone from kenya. david, obviously two very different pictures painted of
uganda. one of rape and murder. joseph kony. and the other one from its leader saying this is one of the top places in the world to visit. how do we make sense of what is taking place in uganda now? >> well, i think you have to just look at the timing, suzanne. the kony 2012 campaign deals with history more than the present when it comes to uganda. that's kind of why the prime minister and others have been so incensed by the video. wee just gotten back from a uganda business meeting with policymakers and they are scratching their head wondering why all the fuss right now. even in 2006 it was a safe country relatively speaking. joseph kony has moved on to other countries in the region, and then some say that it gloss
ov glosses over that fact. some who support the campaign, they say it doesn't matter where they end up, they're still doing what they did in uganda and other countries and should be stopped. >> he may not be in uganda but what do the ugandan people think of this documentary and the fact that more than 80 million people clicked on youtube and really became enraptured by it all? >> well, i think there are different opinions. one is that, you know, one has to remember that internet penetration certainly in the areas in which joseph kony was active in northern uganda was very low. we went to one screening of the kony 2012 doumacumentary for le people. there was a sense from people they wanted to be part of the conversation. it's very hard for them to download this whole film, 30 minutes or so, even if they do have access to internet. we're just talking nuts and
bolts. others, international bloggers and the like, have been kind of relatively negative i would say on the whole about the campaign saying that it's simplified and it doesn't really go into the complications of this war. many others, victims especially, i went with one of the boys featured in that film. he said it doesn't matter where joseph kony has gone onto. we're sort of missing the point if we only focus on the flaws in this and really joseph kony and any other person causing havoc for civilians should be stopped. it really depends on you wwho y talk to. >> i want to bring in howard kurtz joining us from washington via skype on how this might impact this movement here. you have the director jason russell, who has this -- what
looked like somewhat of a breakdown. russell's family released the following statement about this saying that jason has never had a substance abuse or drinking problem, and this episode wasn't caused by either of those things but, yes, he did some irrational things brought on by extreme exhaustion and dehydration. so do we know, first of all, i mine this was unprecedented in this movement around his video. do we know if it's had any impact on the video or on his movement because of this? >> to state the obvious it can't help if the guy who made this film now seems to be engaging in erratic behavior. i don't know what caused it, but it's such a bizarre story, suzanne. first of all, he makes this video about an african warlord that not much fof the world has heard of and then more than 100 million people have seen it and it's getting renewed attention on networks like cnn, to go out and have this public breakdown
obviously distracts attention from this cause he's trying to champion. >> do we know if in this flurry of attention, it was extraordinary when you talk about over the course of two or three days, you have more than 100 million, we had more than 80 million clicking onto this youtube video, did anything come of it? did anybody do anything with it? we know it created awareness, but did it stop, did it disappear? >> other than creating awareness, and that's no small thing given the difficulty in getting the news media to focus on a country like uganda in the first place, it's hard to point to any concrete results. it's been criticized for focusing on a guy who is more of a threat to uganda in the past than is true today. the video has also been criticized for trying to peddle merchandise as a way of raising money. while it would make a nice heartwarming story for me to say to you after these 80 million people clicked on this video, many of them rose up and decided to do something about it. at this point i can't say that.
the only good news is that it has heightened our interest in the country and its problems but that can be very ephemeral. it's similar to george clooney getting himself arrested to protest conditions in sudan. it's a great two-day story in the media. >> what do you think about the power of social media, that people can be whipped in a frenzy and then move on to something else? >> i think it says that people who wanted to draw attention to this ten years ago, they would have had to come to some news organization and have to convince a journalist to produce or write or broadcast a story. here one man making this video, even if he didn later engage in some unusual behavior, was able to rift thevet the attention of
world just by using social media. >> and what's interesting, too, howard, is you have the leader of uganda responding in his own youtube video. that's pretty enlightening as well. thank you so much. good to see you. so some out of the blue wins this weekend busting up my march madness bracket. i am not out of the running yet. i'm still trash talking. that's right. we're going to take a look at where things stand now. our neighbors... and our communities... america's beverage companies have created a wide range of new choices. developing smaller portion sizes and more low- & no-calorie beverages... adding clear calorie labels so you know exactly what you're choosing... and in schools, replacing full-calorie soft drinks with lower-calorie options. with more choices and fewer calories, america's beverage companies are delivering. who have used androgel 1%, there's big news.
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president obama's republican rivals are blasting his energy policies. the president is bragging about the benefits of health care reform law but can these claims pass the politifact test. good to see you, bill. let's start with president obama, health care reform and a campaign video. he says because of the new law 17 million kids can no longer be denied for a pre-existing condition. true or false? >> we gave that one a mostly false on our truth-o-meter. he has cherry picked the highest possible estimate of the number of children that might no longer be denied that kind of coverage coverage. they lumped in children whose families would simply have to pay more for their coverage and depending on how to define that number could be as low as about 160,000. so mostly false on the tru
truth-o-meter. >> he says because of the new health care law 2.5 million young adults have coverage. how does that measure up? >> that gets a mostly true. this number comes from the department of health and human services. it's one of two possible numbers for it. the other number is lower but this one did seem to be more solid in terms of the methodologist so it's a reasonable number mostly true. this is, of course, referring to the people who are -- would have to be covered under their parents' policy up until they turn 26. >> all right. finally, the claim from rick santorum. he says president obama's energy policies have forced many parts of the country to experience rolling blackouts. really? >> pants on fire for this one. >> oh! >> this one gets our lowest rating. we checked with some experts. we talked to one expert who said if you find a real case of these rolling blackouts, let us know.
we looked at the numbers. it's just not the case. the number of planned outages, in other words where a utility has to have an outage and takes the power down isn't even actually as many as outages caused by animals. it's entirely likely there are more out yagages caused by spiqs than planned outages let alone caused by the fire. it earns a pants on fire. >> thank you, bill. a new study finds a lot of american teenagers are now using synthetic marijuana and they're going to the hospital because of it. a report in this week's journal of pediatrics says poison control centers got 4,500 calls related ed td to synthetic pot last year. it's a legal product sold in places like gas stations and convenience stores. it is a blend of plant material that is have been sprayed with chemicals which mimic the effect of marijuana.
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>> my ncaa bracket not looking too good. i do have 3 of the 4 final picks still live and i'm beating chad. that's a good thing, right? >> i wept to a football school. i don't know this basketball stuff. >> i kind of don't either. well, i'm getting a little help, right? we lost georgetown this weekend.
but michigan state, i still got michigan state to win it all. how do i look? >> you look good -- >> am i competitive each with the other anchors? >> i had michigan out beaten by murray state. and murray state went out badly. they didn't even show up. >> there were some upsets this weekend. >> there were some upsets. we are holding up the bottom of the bracket. we are the strongest members of the bracket. that means we're on the bottom. >> really? i thought that was a good thing. >> sometimes you want to be the foundation of things sometimes you don't. bro brooke baldwin is the winner so far. >> she's bragging already. >> how did she do that? >> randi kaye and then back down to the bottom. there's don lemon. there she is, and then there i am down below ashleigh been
afield. i made some bad decisions. that's sometimes what i do. there's your bracket. you still have a lot of people in this thing. you still have kentucky, you still have kansas and michigan state in here with michigan state gong to the final two and eventually beating kansas for the number one spot. i, on the other hand, have a completely different bracket than you do. i lost my murray state. i don't even have that team. unc and syracuse. syracuse did very well, even without their center that became ineligible. and i have unc winning. if you can get michigan state to go all the way to the final two and win -- >> then i'm back in. >> you will win it. >> good. that's my dad's alma mater. >> sparty shows up all the time. you never know. they come to play. >> all right, thanks, chad and yeah, we will take a quick break before track talking with brooke baldwin on that one. today, we stand against the tyranny of meager travel cards.
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stories about jonbenet's parents filled the tabloid, so did speculation that they were somehow involved. they have since been cleared and her father, john ramsey, says he's over the anger but not the anguish. the unanswered question, what happened to his little girl? ramsey has written a new book "the other side of suffering" and he talked with ashleigh been afield. >> i have joy in my life. what your life is all about, what your purpose is, where you're going in life, what the future holds. there was a period in time that i was so angry, if i knew who it was, we wouldn't need a trial and i would have no remorse, but that anger has passed to a point now where i want to know why. why did this happen to my child? >> how did you get there? >> well, it took a long time. i spent a lot of time thinking about and reading about forgiveness. the whole topic of forgiveness. then i realized that forgiveness
is really a gift i give myself. it's a litleti lea litletin let. it has nothing to do with the person you're giving. they may not even want forgiveness or know you're forgiving them, but it's a release. >> what would you want people to know about jonbenet? >> she's so much more than a beauty queen. that's what she's tagged as and that was just a small part of her life. she was incredibly smart. she was an may amazing little g. >> you called her johnnie b? >> yes. >> you should a much more bitter person. >> i heard in a sermon, after a tragedy you can be bitter, broken, barren or better. and the opportunity is to be better. >> powerful interview that ashl ashleigh banfield did. >> i'm brooke baldwin.
happy monday. a lot happening the next two hours. "rapid fire" rolling. want to begin here talking weather. take a good look at this. for starters, taking a close eye on the close weather hitting a lot of you this afternoon. severe storms hitting places like dallas right now. these are going so give way to flash floods. in fact, there were extensive flooding in oklahoma city right now. they're breaking rainfall records for march 19 more than 100 years old. oklahoma city, also this. >> there it is. coming face to face with that tornado. this is the town of willow and half the size of tennis balls pelted this area as well. the massive storm spawned twisters as well in nebraska. we're keeping an eye on where
the storm is next. chad and the guys are all over it. texas is under the gun, as i mentioned, as the storms are moving forward. also today, the american soldier accused of slaughtering nine children, three women and four men in afghanistan meets with his attorney for the very first time nud kansas. he is sergeant robert bales brought back from afghanistan via kuwait back to the states to face charges. we're learning bales family was under some financial pressures back home. this is john henry brown, his attorney. >> i think there's an effort to have try to paint him someone as rather having a serious brain injury and shouldn't be there to begin with, had some other factors. a financial situation for all of us is stressful, i think. but, you know, nobody goes and kills women and children because they had financial stresses. >> he's being held at fort leavenworth military prison in
kansas. mitt romney appears to be in pretty positive spirits, fresh off the primary win in puerto rico. in springfield, illinois, the presidential candidate sounded fairly optimistic about the u.s. economy. take a listen. >> i believe the economy is coming back. we'll see what happens. it's had ups and downs. i think it's finally coming back. >> a new poll shows mitt romney leading his closest rival, rick santorum by double digits going into tomorrow's primary in illinois. and a luxury cruise line passenger said his ship t-boned a container vessel in thick fog off of vietnam. look at this. both ships ended up slam into one another. these are the scrape marks left on the silver sea cruise liner called the silver shadow. the passenger sent us these photos while onboard the cruise. you can see there, the cruise ship caused a huge gas in the container ship. the cruise continues and the
ship is fully operational. and the owners of the new york mets is about to write a big old check as in $162 million. that's how much it's going to cost to settle a lawsuit for victims of bernie madoff. the owners were among thousands of investors who gave money to a wall street firm that was ultimately a front for madoff's ponzi scheme. the baseball owners denied knowing it was at all any kind of scam. apple is dipping into its massive cash balance. apple says it will pay investors a dividend of $2.65 a share starting this summer. also it will buy back stocks. the iphones, the ipads, your ipods, all helping apple accumulate that massive wealth. in greece a soccer match results in a riot. sunday night's game had to be
abandoned. the rioters setting various parts of the stadium on fire. take a look with me. the aftermath there in greece on sunday. also, big news here for kate middleton. another royal milestone for her. making her very first public speech today as the duchess of cambridge. she spoke to a hospice in england. she seemed nervous but poised. >> i'm only sorry william can't be here today. he would love it here. >> so elegant. and we have a lot more for you including this. watch.
>> the 911 call at the center of this mysterious many hope would provide answers are finally released. we're told trayvon martin's family broke down minutes after hearing them. a woman kills herself after being ruled to marry the man who raped her. now the backlash. a powerful twister races towards a couple and their very last words to one another caught on video. >> i just knew when he was laying there like that that he didn't make it. >> plus, a 6-year-old girl shot to death in a drive-by. she had been playing on her own front porch and police say the guy behind the trigger are teenagers.
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seen basically new york police, they don't want to take any chances that something could perhaps happen in new york city. so let me just back up and tell you what happened exactly this morning. there was a sloot shooter who o fired at close range. killed a teacher, his two sons, a little girl. and this is the third shooting by a gunman on a motorcycle in the southern part of the country just in the last ten days. and cnn has just learned that the same gun was used in all three shootings. the french president calls it a national tragedy. >> our compatriots should keep practicing in your mosques, your synagogues, your churches. keep doing what you dop. ewe are not going to bow to terror. we're thinking about the mother who lost her two children and husband on the same day. thinking about the direct torte of the school who witnessed all this tragedy. this barberism, this savagery,
this cruelty will never triumph of. >> the gunman in france, still on the loose. i want to bring in jim bitterman, following the story all day from paris. we mentioned previous shootings. what connection are police making among all these shootings? >> i think it's a pretty strong connection. the same gun was used in all three of these incidents. the first one took place eight days ago. a second incident took place a couple days after that. two were killed, one in critical condition after being shot somewhat randomly as they were using an atm machine. and this morning's incident. in all three, the methed to of operation was identical, the gunman pulled up on a motor bike, jumped off, started shooting then jumped back on the motor bike and got away. at one point, the police were able to track the motor bike for
a short distance, but when he hit the expressway, they lost track of him. so the only thing they know is that this is somebody who is cold blood blooded, determined. he's riding around on a black, or at least a dark stolen motorcycle or motor bike. it's not clear which. and he's using very heavy weaponry to perpetrate these attacks. they would of course, like to find out who he is and what exactly the motivation is. >> as we mentioned, you know, now new york place here in the united states are taking extr precautions around synagogues and places of that nature in the city of new york. i imagine the same thing is happening when it comes to muslim schools and businesses. >> across the country, that's true. president saca sarkozy said the
taking precautions. the soldiers are predominantly from northern africa. the jewish schools are jew ir children targeted h morning. so there's a feeling this could be somebody bent on racist attacks. perhaps even a neonazi element. there's not anything really to give police a a el solid clue on that. that's what they're looking into, brooke. coming up next, for week, the family of a teenager shot to death in a neighborhood demanded that police release the 911 calls. well, you're about to hear those tapes. and new questions surrounding the death of this young man. stay right here.
portions of some of the 911 calls the night a florida teenager trayvon martin was shot and killed. we know who shot trayvon but police have now to arrest him. and now the fbi might get involved. and police across florida are protesting over this story. it really boils down to this. a neighborhood watch volunteer told police he was acting in self-defense when he shot and killed this 17-year-old boy. police say nothing they came across disproved that story, so no arrest yet. but as you're about to hear, the 911 tapes, they are riddled with questions from witnesses that night just about a month ago in february. the first you're going to hear is from the security volunteer himself. he is george zimmerman. >> something's wrong with him. yep. he's coming to check me out. he's got something in his hands. i don't know what his deal is. >> are you following him? >> yeah. >> okay, we don't need you to do that. >> okay. >> the "miami herald" reports
zimmerman made 46 emergency call since january of 2011. after zimmerman's call that night, trayvon was shot. another six people called 911 and in one of the calls, you can mare t hear the gunshot, the gunshot that killed trayvon martin. >> do you think he's yelling help? >> yes. >> all right, what is your -- >> there was gunshots. >> you just heard gunshots? >> yes. >> how many? >> just one. >> so when you heard screaming, it was a male screaming? >> yes. >> and the guy on top had a white t-shirt. >> what do you mean the guy on top? >> i don't know, thei looked ouy window and saw a guy on top a t-shirt. >> he was on top of a person?
>> oh, my god. he shot the person. he said he just shot the person. >> who's saying he shot who? >> a guy is raising his hand up saying he shot a person. oh, my god. >> there are officers there. he has somebody at gun point. they're going to handle the situation from here. >> oh, my god. someone has been shot. >> it's probably going to be best if you stay inside your home for the time being, okay? >> i know. but someone was just killed. he was saying help. why didn't somebody come out and help him? i just heard somebody saying help me, help me, and this person shot him. he was wrestling him on the ground. from what i could see, it was very dark. it's right outside my window. oh, my god. why would somebody kill somebody
like that? >> david mattingly, back from sanford, florida. first, what about this security volunteer, george zimmerman? has he spoken to anyone yet? >> no, in fact, we're told he left his family home there. his father saying he had received some death threats. his father coming to his defense in a letter to the "orlando sentinel" describing him as someone who's hispanic, growing up in a multiracial family. the father went further to say he was not racist and that he believes that his son will be vindicated. >> the family, the parents of trayvon wanted these 911 tapes to be released. they're now calling on the fbi to step forward to take over this case. right now it's in hands of the state attorney general. why the fbi? >> the fbi is being reached out to by not only the family of trayvon martin but also a local congresswoman and the mayor of the city of sanford.
they've all reached out to the justice department to get involved. in fact, the police department is welcoming that kind of scrutiny to get involved in this case because they feel pretty confident with the way they've handled this investigation. >> have we heard anything from the fbi? o. >> only that they are monitoring this. >> it's not a yes or no? >> but it is on their radar. they're aware that they've been asked to get involved but not part of the investigation yet. >> okay, david mattingly a, thank you. i want to dig a little deeper as far as the legal part. sunny hostin, as a former federal prosecutor, what's your reaction, just visceral reaction in listening to those multiple calls to 911? >> i'm saddened, brooke. i'm saddened. not only as a former prosecutor, but as a mother. i'm getting some feedback in my ear. but the bottom line is it completely disproves this self-defense claim. it tells me that this child was
murdered in cold blood and there are several witnesses to that murder. you know, i heard so many people in law enforcement talk about the fact that the, you know, there aren't any witnesses to disprove this self-defense claim made by zimmerman. well, that is not true. first of all, prosecutors try homicide cases every single day without the victim because the victim is dead. so to say the self-defense claim cannot be disproved for law enforcement officials in florida to say that, i think is just so ludicrous. i'm angered by what i've heard and i'm saddened. >> i just have to ask, what is it about these calls? what did you hear that says cold blooded murder? >> yeah, and i've heard all of the calls actually. they've all been released in addition to the few that we played. the bottom line is you hear a warning shot and this enyou hear a voice plead pleading and a
cry. then you hear another voice, and you hear the pleading stop. and you also have the pleading stop. and you have the witnesses say the nan the white shirt, which was what zimmerman was saying. the man in the white shirt was on top of the other person. that tells me that he was on top of this boy, young boy, not even an adult, an unarmed young boy, takes a step back and shoots him in the chest. you can not avail yourself of a self-defense claim when you are the first aggressor, you start a fight, even if you're losing it. you can not avail yourself of that. and so in hearing all of these tapes, i'm convinced that i've heard a murder. and a murderer that is walking around our streets free without being arrested. and so i'm horrified. >> we can't convict george zimmerman. hopefully we'll ultimately hear from his side and know just
briefly, if i can get this in. when you were in florida you talked to a man last week who said this guy saied saved my l. multiple people you were talking to stand up for him. so until we hear his side, until he's fully prosecuted, we will not know. >> that's right. and we really don't know whose voice that is in the 911 tape in the struggle. we don't know whose voice that is calling for help. and they are going to be bringing in experts to analyze that tape to get to the bottom of that have soon. >> what a story. appreciate you both. thank you. neen time, we are keeping a close eye on the radar, severe weather threatens big parts of the country. possible flash flooding and some areas all over it. that's next. d. you've lost some weight. thanks. you noticed. these clothes are too big, so i'm donating them. how'd you do it? eating right -- whole grain. [ female announcer ] people who choose more whole grain tend to weigh less than those who don't. multi-grain cheerios -- 5 whole grains, 110 calories.
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could see that the vietnamese ship rolled over at a 90-degree angle. we thought it was going to cap side. it then righted itself. with the forward momentum of our ship, it pushed the vietnamese ship around so it actually came down the side, the length of our ship, scraping along the side as it went. >> wyches, look at these pictures. these are new pictures of the scraping damage. the cruise line, silver sea cruises is calling it a minor incident, but the collision actually punched a hole in the container ship. look at this. brian, given all these picture wes es we're looking at. wow. it was minor? i guess it could have been worse. was anyone hurt? >> it could have been worse.
none were hurt onboard the cruise ship on the container ship, it could be a different story. getting the first hand account just now, it happened off the coast of vietnam on friday, but we are just now getting the details and the pictures that you showed. i spoke with that passenger andrew lock, he was onboard the silver shadow. it was passing into vietnam on friday. he was in the observation lounge with his wife on friday morning. in another clip different than the one you just aired, he described the moment of impact when they looked up. listen. >> there was a certain point in time where the fog horn in the front of the ship suddenly sounded. and it was much, much louder and it caused us to look up. and, in fact, we looked up
straight out of the window and through the fog, to our horror, we saw this vietnamese container ship appear sideways on and it was like our ship was perfectly lined up to hit nit the side. it was a horrifying moment. and in less than about five seconds after the ship appeared, we did, in fact, collide right in the side of it. >> now again, lock says there were no injuries onboard his cruise ship, but he told me he did see people lying on the deck of the container vessel as it was scraping alongside the cruise ship. we're trying to get more information on the possible injuries on the container ship. also that vessel's name and who owns it. it's a bit of a slow process now because it's overnight in vietnam right now. we have a statement, though, from the owner of the cruise ship. a company called silver sea, owned by an italian firm. it calls this, quote, a minor
incident. there was contact between silver shadow and a local commercial vessel. silver shadow incurred limited minor dents and guest safety was never compromised. the ship is fully operational, all shore tours operated normally. silver sea will carry out a full investigation into the incident. they are doing so now obviously, brooke. andrew lock has a got of good descriptions about this incident. and just basically the fact -- he said to me, he thought that his vessel was going to go down, and he said, of course, with all the irony here, they were thinking of the costa concordia accident back in january when all this was happening. they couldn't get this out of their minds. >> what a year for cruises. appreciate it. >> strong storms are drenching part of the nation's midsection. swamping parts of oklahoma right now. chad myers, we're talking potentially the worst they've
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to meet with his attorney for the very first time today in leavenwor leavenworth, kansas. he served multiple deployment, both in iraq. this was his first in afghan stap. he also suffered a traumatic blaine injury and then went back to war. he had part of his foot blown off and then went back to war. a seasoned soldier. but he was also a regular guy. grew up the youngest of five kids. and we spoke with a family friend who knew him. >> he called from afghan stap. >> said i love you, bobby. take care of yourself. >> that was in december. shortly before he was redeployed to the region. >> a real caring, real understanding individual. even from a real young age. >> durham has known bales all
his life. they lived next door to each other in norwood, ohio. he still calls him bobby. >> bobby and my son were best friends. >> an uncommonly kind friend, because durham's son wade, two years older than bales is severely disabled. >> bobby was just a very understanding, very accepting kid. he didn't at one time point out a kid's disability. it was what they could do. >> bobby took wade swimming, to school parties, to the zoo. bobby made sure wade was never left out, no matter what anyone thought. >> with bobby around, there was never a question. all of bobby's friends accepted wade because bobby accept eed h. >> at norwood high school outside of cincinnati, bales was a football captain. yearbook photos show him typing and a playful side. after attending two colleges and
work in finance, the fateful day, 9/11. >> 9/11 really affected bobby. >> within two months he joined the army. >> he was like a lot of young men and women who decided not on our watch, you don't do this to our country. >> when they talked about the war, durham staaid bales empathized with civilians. people are people to him. people are people. i never heard him say that he hated anyone. like most, durham was horrified to hear about an american soldier who gunned down 16 afghan villagers door to door. >> how did you react when you heard the news. >> they're saying bobby did that and i couldn't believe it. i still can't believe it. the bobby that i knew is not the bobby that could have done that. >> durham suspects his friend may have snapped and he's worried. >> i don't think he can live with it.
he'll never be the same. and he's such a great person, that just -- that crushes me. i don't know. >> what questions do you have? >> i think everyone has the same question because everyone knew the same bobby. what happened? what happened? >> questions with few answers. >> i don't know what happened with my friend bob bales. i hope somebody figures it out. >> and gets him help. >> susan candiotti, norwood, ohio. >> want to bring in war veteran nick hogan. he was awarded the bronze star. nick, you just heard a reporting on sergeant bales as a young man growing up. accepting, empathetic, a good guy, a leader. when you hear all that and you know what he's accused of doing, what's your reaction? >> it's hard to even put it into
words. i was in a similar situation in afghanistan. i served oen a small fire base. i did 15 months in afghanistan and just like staff sergeant bales, i suffered a draw mattic brain injury. and it's hard to believe that something like this could happen. it's not represented of 2.4 million veterans that have served in iraq or afghanistan up to this point. you point out the similar toifs your tours and where you were based. if you can, help us who have never been to war understand what life is like. i mean, you know, from when you wake up in the morning to when you go to bed, what is a day like and describe the stresses. >> you can't hardly describe it. you're sleeping out on the ground in the mid of afghanistan, getting shot in day in and day out. having to worry about the stresses of life back home. but that's when you turn to your battle buddies to the left and right to get that pure support. and we lost a soldier shot in
the head and lost a few special forces the same night. but i went back to the base, got three hours of sleep and went back out the same day. i helped save 42 afghanis from a flooding river. it's hard to think this could happen. >> and we thank you for your service. but i have to ask, if there's anyone on base, if you need to talk to somebody. certainly stresses back at home, that's in your mind, as well as being shot in day in and day out. do you feel like there's an outlet? instead of leaving base own doing something you would regret? >> when i went over to afghanistan, there was definitely an outlet. we had a couple of individuals they were starting to feel combat stress quite heavily. they self-identified and we sent tem from our fire base back to the main base and they saw individuals in combat stress, basically mental health specialists. i don't hold it against them.
i'm still friends with them to this day. those types of mechanisms are in place. and the command smould support it, just like they did in my case. >> i don't know if you' ever been stationed quite at the location where sergeant bales was, the panjwi sector. he was living in an outpost in metal cargo containers. what kind of supervision would soldiers get that kind of environment? can you set the scene for me. >> definitely. it's important to remember when you're deployed in afghanistan, it's not like working in the states where you get a 9:00 to 5:00 and only see the individuals you work with then. >> of course. >> while i was overseas, most nights i was never more than five feet away from my commander when i went to bed. you're with the guys you serve with 100% of the time. any small changes in each other, you notice. it's almost like they become one
with you. it's hard to imagine that something like this could happen. it's important not to jump to stereotypes wales, but you spend a lot of time with your brothers and sisters in arms overseas. >> you mentioned both you and sergeant bales suffered a tbi, traumatic brain injury. he suffered nit iraq, ended up deploying to afghanistan. had voiced, according to reports that he didn't really want to go. how were you functioning post tbi? >> it's still a struggle every day. while i was overseas, i sought help for tbi and they realized i could finish out the extra month of deployment i gleft. i got home and was diagnosed with tbi. i got looped into the va hospital and they got me the help that i needed. but there definitely needs to be a higher focus on mental health screening.
if that was the case in this incide incident, like i said, it's hard not to jump to conclusions, but america needs to be 100% focused on getting troops the support and resources they need from the second they deploy to -- for the rest of their lives quite frankly. >> we know that he did have that traumatic brain injury, lost part of his foot because of an explosion in iraq. he voiced he wanted to be a recruiter. and they wanted to move to hawaii or germany. that didn't happen. he ends up going back to afghanist afghanistan. and he voiced some concern about not being deployed. if you don't feel like something is quite right, can you say no? >> quite frankly, i haven't experienced that. i volunteered for many i deployment. and there were others in my aid station that were trying to fight to get on deployments. it's it may have been the
culture i'm from i wouldn't want to go overseas and risk my life every day as a medic if the guy to my left or right or female to the left or right didn't want to be there. i'm sure it's the same for the command. but the culture down where i was at fort bragg is we join to serve our country and we want to make them proud of us. >> we appreciate you. we appreciate your service. >> thank you. >> now this. what are they angry about? listen to this. this teenager kills herself after a judge rules she must marry the man who raped her. find out what this woman did moments before collapsing in the street. that's next. or hires another employee, it's not just good for business, it's good for the entire community. at bank of america, we know the impact that local businesses have on communities.
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and now on the eve of illinois's republican ply mare, some encouraging news for mitt romney. >> he's got a pretty decent lead in this american research group poll. >> very impressive lead. among registered republican, getting ready to vote, likely choice for nomination, romney with 44%. santorum, 30%. gingrich 30%, ron paul, 8%. nice double-digit lead going into tomorrow's primary in the state of illinois. coming off a very pre impressive win in puerto rico. looks like it's pretty good news for romney right now moving ahead to illinois. and remember as far as the del sgat count, santorum wasn't able to do the proper paperwork to get on four of the congressional districts. so he's not even going to be eligible for delegates in those
congression congressional districts so he's at a disadvantage right there. the romney folks keep pointing out, this guy can't even get on the ballots in illinois or virginia for that matter. upcoming in the district of columbia, how is he going to be able to put together the organization beat president obama in november. that's a big issue the romney folks are making against santorum. right now, this latest poll on the eve of illinois primary, very good news for mitt romney. >> let's talk about the president, wolf blitzer. he's in full swing here, reelectioned by, raising a little bit of money last month. about 300 million total. but those numbers are definitely offpace from what we saw in 2008. why dpung? -- why do you think? >> it's only offpace when you take a look at the highest income, the people giving more than $2,000, a little bit offbase. but he's raising a ton of money. he's got a lot of money that he's pocketing, getting ready for the general election. and he's well on his way to having hundreds of millions of
dollars in the bank red dwi to go once there's a republican nominee. here's where they're in trouble, the democrats. so far the pro obama forces. the so-called pro obama superpac run by paul begala, they have not come anywhere near in raising all the super pac none the pro republican super pacs are raising, especially that karl rove is involved with. they're raising a lot more money for that super pac as opposed to the pro obama super pac. having said all that, the obama campaign is in great shape going into the fall. they're not really spending that much money. they're saving a you would of their money. they're hording nem. the republicans, romney, let's say he's getting the nomination. he's spending a ton of money. not raising anywhere near what the president has raised but he's not going to have the bank roll that the president will
have once the general election battle gets under way. so yes, the president has irritated some fat cats by going after wall street and making some snide comments about those involved in wall street. that's irritated some of his 2008 supporter, but h he's raising money from a lot of folks out there and he's got a lot of money in the bank ready to finance this campaign. >> got it. you can see the headlines, a rot of the articles today. it's important to put it into context. you're a music fan, as you would say. stand by for this. roll it, rob. >> if you take a look at this bland, you're going to want to groove. but you sweet me all the time about my musical tastes and yours. do you notice anything missing here? take a look at this stage. stick around what look at what this group doesn't use to make
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know, driven out of a heart break fitz went through. just dealing with a breakup. you have a lot of love story in there. you're just trying to get over the person, getting through your life. we also have songs that have more of a play on what was happening in our economy here in america. >> i believe it was nietzsche said all art aspires to music. it can generate so much feeling and emotion. ♪ the only people that get mad are guitar players. they come out after the show and say do you know what you're missing? i say let me guess. guitar.
in every live setup, you see guitars everywhere. would we make a big full sound that was relevant in today's modern music without it? and also you've got a lot of keyboard players in this band. when i sit down at night and i'm feeling create i have it's at the black and white piano keys. jeremy, amazing keyboard ist, same with noel. joe is actually quite a hidden talent. he can do a fierce elton john rendition for you. ♪ i don't believe in the power of love ♪ >> it's great bag keyboarder in this band buzz there's no guitar player. it's a fun challenge not having that element in the band and still trying to make it sound huge. >> it was just a sort of logical place. and we started playing without it right from the get-go and created our own vocabulary without it. >> we have always had the focus on wanting people to have a good