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thanks to his service, children had coats, gloves and hats to keep warm in the winter. he didn't want any thanks. he just thought it was the right thing to do, to pay back. i thank him. we should all thank him and for the men and women striking it rich for facebook tonight, i applaud you. like winston churchill said, we make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give. i hope the facebook guys understand that, too. that's all for us tonight. camera three. >> anger boiling into the streets of chicago. this is the backdrop for world leaders as they meet with president obama. >> camera two. >> campaign 2012 heats up but one obama supporter veers from the talking points. >> this kind of stuff is nauseating to me on both sides. it's nauseating to the american public. >> you have 30 seconds.
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first, a super moon. now a solar eclipse. the amazing photos and what the universe has in store next. good evening, everyone. today we saw it. american police officers shut down a demonstration. several were hurt. a few dozen arrested and the prediction of possible violence from the nato summit came true. they were loud but uneventful then it happened. something or somebody made all hell break loose. watch. chicago police say the crowd was,500 strong when the tension escalated and happened not far from where president obama and more than 50 world leaders were juggling issues facing afghanistan and nato. the city's top police officer
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blames a small group of troublemakers. >> if there was a group of what we commonly refer to as the black bloc folks who kind of rallied together, they put their masks on and found out from the crowd they would charge the stage and try to break through and assault our cops. that 'exactly what happened. they rallied, charged the cops and assaulted the officers. we responded, so far today we're up to 45 arrests today. >> and tonight cnn's paul vercammen is live down there in the crowd or where the crowd was earlier. what happened out there? who did what to trigger the mess? >> reporter: when you're looking at it from the inside out it's difficult to determine if there was one flash point as the superintendent said, he believed that the black bloc protesters were going to charge the stage,
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that's when it became clear that there were just way too many people in one small space, many of them trying to go in different directions. the organizers who threw their medal medals were walking west so it's hard to say exactly why or what's going on but i should note as you hear the sirens behind me, there are still groups walking through the streets of chicago right now. you can see below me there are police with their visor s up and riot gear on. every single one worried because it's gone on for two nights the group of demonstrators there go into their area, try to cross the chicago river here or whatever it may be. now back to today's protest, i pressed the superintendent and asked him why they used their batons.
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can you explain why they used their batons? >> to overcome an assault. >> it's not a pretty thing. >> ultimately the officers were assaulted. they don't have to stand there and take an assault. >> and the chief also said that he had been verbally assaulted not that that would trigger, you know, any sort of a skrirmish but have to tell you there were clearly protesters pushing the officers first and they have been enduring unimaginable taunts, repeated taunts with guys getting in their face and calling them all sorts of names. had they characterize it as the black bloc that might be an accurate depiction because i didn't see, for example, anybody who might be under the umbrella of an anti-war demonstrator waving a peace sign getting in the officer's face and them getting joss manied by the officers. >> paul vercammen in chicago, thank you very much for your
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reporting. while chicago preliminaries and demonstrators fought outside one word dominated the discussion inside. the summit and it was afghanistan. one key moment today, the president of france announced he would pull his 3,300 combat troops out of afghanistan by the end of this year. cnn's jessica yellin has more on that. >> reporter: before the summit kicked off afghanistan is dominating this meeting and it's so important that before the summit began the president sat down with afghan president hamid karzai and in public remarks karzai, the afghan president, thanked the u.s. taxpayers for everything the taxpayers have done for afghanistan, announced -- said that the afghans will no longer soon be a burden to the u.s. and assured the president that afghans will be ready to take over the combat lead when it's handed over. >> jessica yellin reporting in chicago today and also today nato leaders signed a deal to add five more unarmed drones to the alliance.
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more than a dozen countries will pitch in to pay for them. another disco icon from the 1970s has died. robin gigg passed away in england after a long fight with liver and colon cancer, he and his two brothers made up the bee gees selling over 200 million album, disco legends with hits like "night fever," "staying alive" and "how deep is your love" coming three days after the death of donna summer. we'll have more on him later. the only man convicted of the 1988 lockerbie bomb something dead but the sense of relief for victims' families is mixed with anger. the death of 60-year-old abdel al megrahi comes 2 1/2 years after he was released from a scottish prison. at the time, doctors said he didn't have long to live, because of prostate cancer. but al megrahi proved them wrong and the welcome he received in libya only added to the anguish of those who lost loved ones.
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million in campaign debt. he raised more than 23 million during his white house rung which officially ended may 2nd. many cory booker obviously didn't get the obama campaign memo when it comes to attacking mitt romney. booker says issues like bain capital is a big distraction. here my conversation. >> this is nauseating to me on both sides. stop attacking private equity or jeremiah wright. it undermines to me what the country should be focused on, a distraction from the real issue, either a small campaign about this crap or a big campaign in my opinion about the issues that america cares about. >> first to lz. a democrat who says bain capital doesn't matter. and you say amen.
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>> why? >> amen, brother these side conversations that are happening that have been spurred on by our super pacs and by pundits like will and i, those simply don't matter but making the conversations dumbed down and stupid and he's correct. we need to stay focused on the important things, the economy. >> will, is this an example, a gaffe or do you think it's just -- he's speaking his mind and i don't know, will there be any repercussions? >> the politicians from new jersey have a tendency to speak his mind. he has integrity. this isn't an endorsement in any way but a reflection of reality and undertans capitalism and private equity. that's the only place i disagree with him. we're debating capitalism here. >> will, i think you're absolutely right. it is a big issue but what is refreshing about cory book ser that he's not teowing the party line and nothing more mundane than someone when the democrats
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can't do anything wrong or the republicans can't do anything wrong and they're infallible, nice to see someone who has integrity. good for him even if awe grow with him or not. the lieutenant governor, his view on bain capital. >> in the business of profit. nothing inherently wrong with that in order to maximize profit you have to maximize costs. what's the biggest cost, reducing personnel is the business of bain, not creating jobs this, is the proof point of the romney campaign that he can create jobs, that he has a better record, he's 47th out of 50 states in job creation when he was chief executive of massachusetts. >> he on message, will, i'll say to you and ask you first because you say it is a big issue, so is criticizing bain going to resonate with voters, will? >> well, i don't -- i certainly hope not, don. take gavin newsom. gavin's analysis isn't terrible. his conclusion can. if mitt romney was vehicling
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profit and that resulted in job losses, it's not intended to give everyone a job but that being said despite the fact that barnes & noble is out of business as george will pointed out shortly later barnes & noble is on its way out of business and tower records is on its way out of business, we have net new job creation every year. jobs are a by-product, not the purpose and capitalism is pro proving pretty good at this. >> lz, i'm going to move on if that's okay with you. i don't know if it's pertinent you respond. joe biden, he's the joe populist, he is a rare form -- in rare form in the capital in the rust belt of youngstown, ohio. take a listen. >> my mother and father dreamed as much as any rich guy dreams. >> absolutely. [ applause ] >> they don't get us. they don't get who we are. i don't understand, it seems to me. again, they're not bad, they just don't get it >> that's why -- listen, because
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of that, you either love joe biden or you hate him but this resonates with a lot of people, lz. >> yeah, you know what, it does. it's a very emotional moment as will cain would like to say, very emotional but i think you need to do more than just get us fired up. we need tangibles. we need a plan. we don't need to feel just fired up but where we're going when we get fired up. these are the things when we get past this, you know, rah-rah stage, this is what americans want to hear, plans. we already have the emotion. what we need now is the direction. what exactly are you going to do? >> thanks, lz and will, cory booker, by the way in the truth about bain capital, the subjects of our no talking point subject at the bottom of the hour. the super moon tonight. wait for it. there it is right there. the super eclipse, man, that is a beautiful picture, isn't it? been a long time since we've seen one of these and it's not
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done yet, all right so we're tracking it for you next.
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all right, there it is, take a look, it's the solar eclipse, bonnie schneider is tracking it for us. how much longer will we be able to see it. >> for the next couple of hour, live picture out of san francisco. another place to track it is in qui albuquerque, new mexico. we are tracking it. you'll see it as far as lubbock, texas, the weather for visibility in the u.s. has been great to take a look at the eclipse. i'll talk more bit and show you where else you can track it throughout the evening. don? >> so excited. same technology we use to track santa claus. appreciate it, bonnie. tropical storm alberto is hovering off the coast of south carolina but it isn't expected to make landfall. it has sustained winds of 45 miles per hour and the hurricane season doesn't officially begin until june. alberto is the earliest named
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now to the big stories in the week ahead from the white house to hollywood, our correspondents tell you what you need to know. we're going to begin with the president's plans for the week. >> i'm dan lothian at the white house. in his second summit of the weekend, president obama is meeting with world leaders at the nato gathering in chicago where the focus is afghanistan. on monday he heads to joplin, an
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yeah devastated by tornadoes almost a year ago. he'll be delivering the commencement address at joplin high school. then later in the week the president travels west for a combination of fund-raisers, official events and another commencement address. >> i'm paul steinhauser at the cnn political desk. mitt romney speaks before a latino group on wednesday. the speech and a new spanish language campaign commercial seem to be part of an outreach by the presumptive republican nominee to latino voters who may have been turned off by his tough talk on illegal immigration during the battle for the nomination. also primaries on tuesday in arkansas and kentucky. >> i'm poppy harlow in new york. after all the focus on facebook and its ipo friday wall street will get back kind of to normal on monday. coming up this week we'll get the latest existing and new home sales reports for the month of april as well as consumer confidence. on the earnings front a lot of big names reporting, quarterly numbers from dell hp, cosco,
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here's some of the stories making headlines right now. rescue teams in northern italy are searching for survivors after a magnitude 6.0 earthquake early sunday. seven were killed and dozens injured. 11,000 people have been displaced by the disaster. prime minister mario monti left the nato summit early to return to italy. robin gibb has lost his fight with cancer. the 62-year-old founded the bee gees with his two brothers. they had hits like "staying alive" and "how deep is your love" appearing on "saturday night fever" one of the best-selling albums of all time. a scene we looked at right here hoping not to see around the nato summit.
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unbelievable, protesters who had been marching peacefully and police officers watching for trouble when they started fighting. well, chicago's police superintendent says his cop was in the right that they were reacting correctly to an assault by protesters. a few demonstrators and police officers were hurt and more than 40 people were arrested. cnn's ted rowlands was right in the middle of it. >> reporter: a small group of protesters was all that was left after a chaotic day after the nato summit and hundreds challenged a police line. police using their batons were able to push the protesters back and eventually they dispersed. ted rowland, cnn, chicago. >> i'm paul vercammen. what i saw was about 1800 to 2200 protesters jammed one intersection near the summit. that's when police and riot gear tried to clear out the intersection.
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you could see that there was shoving going on, cattle guards were being picked up. i saw eight being treated in a makeshift triage unit. they said they had been hit with batons but i also saw a lot of shoving by the protesters and police had been repeatedly taunting. >> ted rowlands and paul vercammen both in chicago. tomorrow is another day and the summit continues and police expect crowds of demonstrators to fill the streets once again. make sure you stay with cnn. we'll report it to you. the only man convicted of a bombing that took 270 live, cnn talks to the family of one of the lockerbie victims. ♪ [ male announcer ] virtual wallet can help you be that person who's good with money. see what's free to spend. move money with a slide. save with a shake.
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siemens. answers. we've been reportinging on the protest this chicago. they are happening again this evening. we'll get you video now. these particular protesters are in front of an event that is being hosted by the first lady of the united states, michelle obama. there's a dinner for nato spouse at an art museum and she is there at the art institute of chicago. and these protesters were outside of that protesting now and we saw what happened. these don't appear to be as violent as the ones that happened earlier but we are keeping an eye on it. this is just in to cnn from our affiliate from wgn in chicago. again, we'll keep an eye on it. time for "no talking points."
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uh-oh. somebody didn't stick to the talking points this good morning. >> i'm not about to indict private equity. if you look at bain capital's record, they've done a lot to businesses, to grow businesses and this to me i'm uncomfortable with. >> and seen. with that single comment, newark mayor cory booker took the wind right out of the obama re-election campaign strategy which is to hit mitt romney on bain capital. romney's former private equity company where he claims to be a job creator. but the democrats say not so fast. not so fast, he fired more people than he hired just to make money and the dems had already rolled out this attack ad. >> bain capital walked away with a lot of money they made off the plan. we view mitt romney as a job destroyer. >> oh, wait, there's more. >> like a vampire. came in and sucked the life out of us. >> it was like watching an old friend bleed to death. >> vampire, bleed to death.
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all right, now back to "meet the press." as we saw with vp joe biden, that's like kryptonite for surrogates and mayor booker didn't stop there. >> it'll be a small campaign about this crap or big campaign about the issues americans care about. >> this is exactly the kind of thing we applaud on our "no talking points" segment, a politician would goes off script and says what he really thinks. having said that, he felt he had some explaining to do later on. >> i believe that mitt romney in many ways is not being completely honest with his role and his record. even while a business person and is shaping to it serve his political interests and not necessarily all -- include not necessarily including all the facts of his time there. >> booker. what happened? did you get a phone call after your "meet the press" appearance. you say that. we know you're a brave guy. people love you for your
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thank you, mr. davies. turning back now to one of our top stories, a death of lockerbie bomber abdel al megrahi. he's the only man convicted in the bombing that took 270 lives, but his time in prison was cut short infuriating families who lost loved ones in the family. alison kosik spoke with one family about their ordeal. >> reporter: don, i sat down with the parents of one of the victims who was on pan am flight 103 and they said the pain of losing their son never goes away. >> thank goodness he's gone.
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he should have been gone years ago. >> reporter: his dad brings little relief to this couple. their son was on pan am 103 bombed over lockerbie scotland in 1988. even now mark's presence is everywhere in their new york home. >> one of his. >> reporter: mark was 29 years old, worked for goldman sachs in london and was on his way home for the holidays. it was 24 years ago but it's every bit as painful today. >> good kid. would have been a contributing member of a society. i'm very sad about that sad for him. we're hurt. he's gone. all the other people, just not mark, just think, a member in washington and the family, i remember one family lost five members of the family. unborn children. so sad. >> reporter: mark's parents have followed every twist and turn of
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the investigation to bring al megrahi to justice, protesting and demanding more information. they even wrote former president richard nixon seeking his support two years after the bombing. nixon responded with a handwritten letter. >> including governments who subsidize and -- >> encourage. >> encourage terrorism. >> reporter: years later they continue to keep tabs on the case, baffled by a decision by scottish officials nearly three years ago to release him when he supposedly had three months to live. insulted by al megrahi's hero's welcome in tripoli and al megrahi died surrounded by family while mark was killed while traveling far from his loved ones. >> they could compromise and send that guy home to be with his family. he was part of a murder racket. i mean, what, are you kidding? killing all those innocent souls on the plane. i was very angry. we all were.
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>> reporter: mark's parents say they believe there are others out there just as responsible for killing the 270 people on that flight including 189 americans on that december day in 1988. dna? >> thank you, alison. one year ago damage and destruction spanned as far as the eye could see, the entire city of joplin, missouri, including the high school was in ruins. administrators had to scram toll come up with a place for stud t students to go to class and jim spellman rathered an unusual place that they chose. we'll have jim's report in just moments here on cnn. in the meantime, in toronto history was made. this woman became the first transgendered contestant to compete. she forced donald trump and the pageant to end its ban on transgendered contestants. she didn't win but feels pretty good about her performance. >> for a couple seconds i was a little bummed out but after like
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a couple minutes, i was just extremely happy, so proud of myself and made sure i did my best performance so i wouldn't feel getty. people should embrace their individuality and follow their dreams like i did. >> talackova was born a boy named walter and began hormone therapy as a teenager and had gender reassignment surgery four years ago. as we mentioned the one-year anniversary of the destruction in joplin, moissouri, is today. the entire city including the high school was in ruins and they had to scramble just to get students out of harm's way. here's jim spellman. >> reporter: when the tornado struck, rachel berryhill and her family took shelter this their bathroom. >> we shut the door and then we were just holding on to each other and our eyes were closed and all praying. >> reporter: they weren't hurt but emergesed from their destroyed house to a scene like this. when did it hit you that your
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life wasn't going to be the same? >> i think once i found out that the high school was destroyed. >> reporter: joplin high school was reduced to rubble and classes in the district were cancelinged for the remainder of the year. administers needed to find a temporary facility as aceh fast and they did at a local shopping mall and took over a vacant end of the north park maul and turned it into the temporary high school. they needed to learn and also be together. >> it's really important like we get support from each other and from our teachers and it just helps us grow stronger and stronger. >> reporter: walking the halls of what they call the mall school easy to forget all the students have been through. do people talk about it much anymore? >> not -- no, not like they used to and the storms were like, oh, my gosh, i'm really scared. >> reporter: if another storm hits the school installed tornado shelters. each student is assigned to a
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shelt shelter. they come with a few flashlights and even a simple bathroom behind this tarp. they rung regular drills to be sure that every student can be out of the school and into their shelter in a matter of minutes. this man spent the first few days after the storm helping search and rescue teams seeing things teenagers shouldn't have to see. >> it was hard. i went long time not being able to sleep and i got up to take medicine to force myself to sleep because like when -- for the longest time i had nightmares. >> reporter: counselors help students like him cope but just being together with his friends for senior year made the difference. >> everyone is going through the same thing so you talk bit, hear each other's stories and know you're not alone. >> reporter: the small stool will remain in place for two more years as a new high school is built. there must have been time when is it was difficult to get through the next day. >> yeah, it was definitely stressful and it's so much harder than like how my life
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was. it's changed a lot and it's still different but i know it will be better so -- >> reporter: jim spellman, cnn, joplin, missouri. >> hers is the face of torture and survival and the mere sight of it is hard to bear. nevertheless the mutilated face of aisha was on the cover of "time" magazine in august of 2010. her nose and ears cut off by her husband and other taliban members. but since her rescue her fairy tale ending has remained elusive. cnn's jessica ravitz has the story. >> i think all the time why this thing happens to me, why they cut my ear and nose. if i had my nose, i could have my life now. >> reporter: this is 19-year-old aesha. it was her husband who cut off her nose and ears.
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>> born in a village in southern afghanistan, aesha was forced into marriage at a young age given as payback for a crime committed by someone else in her family. after years of abuse from her in-laws aesha ran away but was caught. she spent months in prison. her father-in-law retrieved her and with her taliban husband and others brutally cut off her nose and ears. she appeared on the cover of time and was brought to the u.s. for reconstructive surgery. but she was deemed too emotionally fragile to undergo the procedures. almost two years later she has settled with an afghan family who wants to give her the life she never had and the tools to become independent. >> better than english. [ speaking a foreign language ]
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>> land. >> she was a police officer. that's what she wants to be. >> she loves justice and she thinks she found it in officers and soldiers. >> i love these officers. >> reporter: aesha arrived in america more traumatized than anyone had anticipated. >> somebody wants to kill me or somebody following me. every single night she has this kind of dreams. >> reporter: for more than a year a strong support of women surrounded her but still she struggled to find a sense of belonging. in late 2011 she asked to move in with the family who cares for her now. but progress is slow and aesha's past is not easily overcome.
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>> what? what are we practicing? i'm practicing -- practicing, practicing english. >> she is interested to learn the language. she's doing her homework. she's going to the english class. >> which do you like, miss or ms.? >> miss. >> you like miss so we can choose. >> practicing. >> practicing. >> 70. >> 70. okay. >> i am from afghanistan. [ applause ] >> between her she's part of this family. >> she sees how the people have their relationship with each other, the respect. >> reporter: family hopes she will soon get the surgery to
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rebuild her nose and ears. if she does, it will be a grueling and contemplated process that could take up to two years to finish. aesha and the wholly have a long road ahead of them. >> i'm a nice girl. i want to get my nose. >> worried that i hope they give me a very nice nose. >> you can read more of her story on cnn.com/savingaesha. now back to our breaking news here on cnn covering the protests in chicago live pictures there you see. outside of the art institute in chicago. this is an event being hosted by the first laid of the united states. there were several protests earlier today that got violent, this one apparently has not yet but we are going to check in with a reporter on the scene coming up in moments.
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all right, live pictures now from chicago, courtesy of our affiliate wgn, and obviously this cameraman does not realize he is on the air right now. but anyway, the protests, can we just come back to me on camera? this is probably dizzying our viewers right now. thank you. the protests have been happening all over chicago, specifically early in the south loop where they got really violent. that's the pictures that you're
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looking at, and we saw police officers pummeling some of the protesters there in chicago, and we saw some of the protesters taunting police officers. this was three blocks away from the nato summit that's happening there with the president and leaders from around the world. this evening, take a look at this. let's show this video from earlier. this is the video of an officer's pummeling some of the protesters there earlier. a new report this evening from wgn reporter gaynor hall filed moments ago. >> reporter: protesters, several groups of protesters have confirmed because this is where first lady michelle obama was hosting a dinner for the
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first spouses of nato officials, so it's been a spirited crowd gathering here just a few moments ago. they were jump iing up and down dancing in the streets, dancing in the rain. they weren't deterred by a downpour, a brief downpour that we had just as they weren't deterred earlier today by the extreme group that descended on chicago. so they are chanting and holding up their hands. they are in the middle of michigan avenue forming a human peace sign trying to send their message to the people who are inside, but so far this leg of the protest as far as we've seen has been very peaceful. it was much like what we saw yesterday where groups broke off from the larger protest earlier in the afternoon and then they
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just started to march. they took to the streets once again making their way around downtown chicago and gathering here. so that is the very latest. from the art institute, i'll send it back to you. >> okay. hard to hear that reporter, but that was gaynor hall from wgn with all of the yelling and screaming there and, again, the protests continuing into the night in chicago. it is just before 10:00 there, and it's going to continue on as we just want to check to see what else is happening in the pictures. let's move on and talk about another story that happened today. musicians dream of having a career like robin gibb. he and his brothers owned a decade as the bee gees. they gave the '70s its soundtrack and became icons. cnn's becky anderson looks back at robin gibb's legacy. >> reporter: with record sales of over 200 million, including 60 hit singles and 9 grammys, the bee gees remain one of the
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most successful pop bands in history. along with elder brother barry and his twin brother maurice, robin gibb first scored chart success in australia. before the family returned to their homeland and reached much bigger audiences. ♪ you should be dancing yeah >> reporter: the band made a change in direction in the 1970s as the fashion for dance music exploded. the bee gees music provided the soundtrack for what was then the biggest movie in history, "saturday night fever." ♪ dancing yeah >> reporter: the film made worldwide superstars of actor john travolta and the bee gees themselves. ♪ it provided iconic tracks including "staying alive," "night fever," "more than a woman" and "you should be dancing." >> the bee gees became really the biggest group in the world at that point. unfortunately, you know, they paid a price for that. you know, they got tagged as a
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disco group, and suddenly, you know, once that wave had receded, you know, the white suits and the puffed up hair and the funny stage moves didn't -- weren't so entertaining for people. >> reporter: although their popularity faded in the decades that followed, their songs were covered by artists as diverse as elvis presley and aretha franklin, while their musical contributions were recognized by induction to the rock and roll hall of fame alongside such enduring pop bands as abba. >> why they listen to our songs on the radio is because of our melodies, harmonies and human emotion, human relationships and that reaches out to lots of young people and that -- you know, human emotions never go out of fashion. >> reporter: the band was brought to an end due to the death of his brother maurice's cancer in 2003. >> the only songs that melodies last, all the mozart works have lasted, the songs of melodies. if he were alive today he'd be
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writing popular songs. that was the way he wrote in those days. it's not about how complicated music is. it's about how simple and relative to the human spirit it is. >> reporter: but while it had its prestigious premiere in central london, robin gibb was in a nearby hospital being treated for pneumonia following a long battle with cancer. a few days later he slipped into a coma while family and friends gathered to maintain a bedside vigil. becky anderson, cnn, london. >> robin gibb, 62 years old. man, i love the bee gees, love the bee gees and disco and all of that. so listen, tell us about this eclipse. you have been tracking it. what can we see now? >> well, we can still see it. you know, depending upon where you are and really the weather in the u.s., with the exception of the west coast has been terrific to see the eclipse or the ring of fire, the solar eclipse, you can see this picture from san francisco. this is from our affiliate kgo in san francisco.
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generally speaking as i mentioned, the weather has been favorable to watch this eclipse event. let's take a look at the eclipse event. it's what happens when the earth passes between the moon and the sun and saw some great viewing over in asia. though japan had not so great weather. a partial eclipse was further to the north. the red line indicates the path of where we saw it from beginning to end, and we can still pick up some glimpses of this towards texas, and really once you start getting into new mexico and texas, that's where the skies were brilliant and clear, so i think that's where we're getting some of our great pictures. >> that picture is really cool. that was from san francisco? >> yeah, san francisco, they got some nice weather. i think in other parts of california not so great but what an opportunity to see something like that. >> all right. thank you. more, next. ( younger sister ) where's heaven ? ( older sister ) far. what will you inspire,
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