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for the guy who took four minutes on a youtube video fixing his hair, it's not far fetched. >> there's a point where you are so despicable that you become likable. i would suggest john edwards flirting with the jury is just about there. i almost like him now. >> i don't know. i don't know. >> his wife is dying for cancer and
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an 11-year-old boy spoke to cnn about what he witnessed firsthand. the united nations is blaming the majority of the hula deaths on a group of armed men who are
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loyal to syrian president assad saying the militia went house to house to carry out executions. turkey is joining 11 other nations to expel syrian diplomats in response to the syrian killings. but not everyone is united. china and russia continue to resist calls for military intervention, this despite a report saying a ship loaded with weapons was scheduled to arrive in syria last weekend sent from russia. vladimir putin is asaad's arms dealer. say assad bought nearly 5 billion in weapons in the past decade. so now, the question is what can be done to end syria's 15 months of violence and which country will be the one to lead the effort? joining me now is james
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spidermarx. so, some u.s. lawmakers said the united states should take the lead and involve itself militarily. why is syria different than let's say libya. syria certainly had a greater population, a smaller piece of geography, therefore, it's a lot more urbanized and it becomes a very entangled and tough target to go against. unlike libya that had pocket of e resistance that were spread out and there seemed to be at some point, a unified opposition against gadhafi. so that answer to the question in terms of the difference between those two. in other words, it's a tougher nut to crack, a harder problem and would entangle us greatly. >> when you say something shouldn't be done, what is that something that should be done?
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>> well, clearly, what has to happen is the united, let's take it from the top and work our way down. united states is going to lose in this particular confrontation if russia brokers the deal to try to get assad to step aside. russia then is the peacemaker, russia owns the cards and have now caused this great con fill in syria to go away. they have increased their stature relative to the united states. this administration knows that very well and it becomes a very, very thin line if the administration to walk. does it allow this administration to make moves, the risks are high, the tarkts's a lot tougher, but can they allow russia to take a lead in this instance? >> well, there are political issues to consider, too. >> well, there always are. >> most of the american public are not interested in taking on another military intervention
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anywhere in the world, so that really puts the obama administration in a tough place, doesn't it? >> it does. let's move our focus a little bit oth east and look at iran for a second. iran holds sway in the area of the middle east through syria. if assad goes away, iran becomes increasingly do you achieve that without getting involved in syria and trying to accelerate? what's the accelerant for assad to go away? >> general spider marks, thank you for joining us this morning. >> thanks, carol. >> you're welcome. the jury in the edwards' corruption trial will go at it for an eighth day. the judge caused a stir in the courtroom yesterday when she announced the jury has sent a note that they reached a good stopping point. she meant it as a joke. earlier she reminded jurors not to talk about the trial in small groups or outside of the jury room. edwards is accused of using campaign money to conceal his affair with rielle hunter.
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we'll have a live update at 10:00 eastern time in about 50 minutes. reports of a tornado have not been substantiated in oklahoma city but the north side of the city was violently pelted with hail last night. some of the hail was more than four inches thick. our affiliate koco reports the storm damaged several homes and left 63,000 people without power and flooded several roads. the pilot of a small plane had to make an emergency landing after his plane's propeller fell off. here it is on a man's roof in california. it's about 75 miles east of san francisco. the pilot landed the plane in a field. he's okay. the homeowner told affiliate kxtv he wants to trade the propeller for new roof. one day there may be an ipad or iphone manufactured within the united states and not in
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china. that's what apple ceo tim cook says he would like to see but it may not be so easy to do. >> will there be an apple product ever made again in the united states? >> i want there to be. >> will it say on the back of an apple product designed in california, assembled in the united states? >> it may. it may. even though it doesn't say that today, you could put down there several parts are from the united states. >> alison kosik is at the new york stock exchange. so will we ever see a day in the near future that iphones and ipads are made and assembled here in the good old usa. >> first step is discussion and you saw that happening there. apple was sort of making some buzz worthy comments through ceo tim cook. he was at this conference called all things digital yesterday. he said that he hopes that one day you'll see an apple product actually manufactured here in the u.s. of course the company has faced a ton of criticism about its
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plants in china and the working conditions there especially those operated by apple supplier foxcon. cook pointed out that certain components like chip and glass for iphone and ipad are made right here in america but the problem is it is much more expensive to hire u.s. workers here and there's also this sense that we're not so up to speed in certain areas with critics saying the u.s. doesn't have a strong electronics manufacturing hub. now cook also spent a lot of time at this conference talking about former ceo steve jobs who died in october. specifically he talked about how important it is to keep forging ahead. >> at some point late last year or i sort of somebody kind of shook me and said it's time to get on and so that sadness was replaced with this intense determination to continue the
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journey. and that's where it is today. so what did i learn from him? i learned we could be here all night and probably all week and maybe a month. i learned that focus is key. >> cook went on to say that in final days jobs told him to do just what's right and don't worry about what he would have done. i'm thinking easier said than done, right, carol? >> that's for sure. alison kosik at the new york stock exchange. the first lady, michelle obama, appeared on the daily show with jon stewart to talk about her new cookbook but was grilled about recent reports detailing president obama's pot smoking habits in high school. >> we're reading these stories now about your husband in high school and in college and when you met him -- >> what was he doing? >> what is that a description of a cheech and chong movie. what's going on? he had already sown those and
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was done? >> by the time he was in college like so many young people, he realized that he could do more with his life. he had a mother that was always saying you're so gifted. you're so talented. slapping him in the back of the head get yourself together. >> during the campaign for president, mr. obama admitted to smoking pot and inhaling because that was the point. still ahead, doritos, cheetos under attack by the drug cartel and being firebombed by masked men. a party?
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florida are hispanics. it's a critical significant voting block come november. but who they're going to vote for is not necessarily a given. patrick enjoys a good zbrar at his local establishment. he's a democrat and not a republican. he says the issue that will decide how many hispanics in florida will vote is not what you might think. >> immigration at the end of the day doesn't affect many voting hispanics. schools affect them. social security effects them. medicaid. medicare. all of these other issues affect them. jobs, jobs. >> stereotyping florida's nearly 1.5 million registered hispanic voters as focused on only hot button issues like gay marriage,
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communist cuba or immigration is long. perez says there's no question about it. >> do it in small batches you receive a product roasted every week fresh. >> reporter: he owns a small business in orlando. he hears and overhears a lot. >> it boils down to the economy. getting people to work. >> reporter: and getting them out to vote. the interstate 4 corridor between tampa, orlando and daytona beach is split nearly 50-50 republican and democrat. with a large voting block of cuban americans in tampa and puerto ricans in orlando. perez himself is 50-50. half cuban and have puerto rican. >> it's amazing. they got a strong opinion but you ask them, i am tired of it. whatever political party can get those particular folks out to vote probably can win or lose. >> reporter: that may come down
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to which candidate does a better job at courtship. >> the issues are clearly economic like they are for everyone else. but hispanic really like to be appealed to. they love for candidates to come to their fiestas and to events at their churches and to speak a few words in spanish but not look fake about it. >> reporter: there are specific issues that will sway some. cuban american hernandez says one such issue was obama's administration granting raul cast castro's daughter permission to attend a conference in san francisco. >> i don't like obama before and now worse. >> reporter: some hot button issue could gain enough traction between now and november to turn florida's hispanic vote one way or the other. absent that, it will be as patrick says, jobs, jobs, jobs. now, in miami's little havana of course the cuban american community very likely to vote
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heavily for the republicans in the general election. but others are saying that not so fast. you know, whether it's mitt romney or whether it's obama, they may wait until just before the november election to make up their minds, carol? >> not so unusual for any kind of voter. john zarrella reporting live from miami this morning. the singer marry j. blige thinks no more drama but her charity is dealing with legal drama. she's now responding.s buy mos. 1% cash back everywhere, every time. 2% on groceries. 3% on gas. automatically. no hoops to jump through. no annual fee. that's 1% back on... wow! 2% on my homemade lasagna. 3% back on [ friends ] road trip!!!!!!!!!!!! [ male announcer ] get 1-2-3 percent cash back. apply online or at a bank of america near you. ♪
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♪ >> music world loses a folk hero. grammy award winner doc watson has died from complications following colon surgery. watson who was blinded by an infection after birth was known for his flat picking on the acoustic guitar. he vowed to stop playing after his son died in farm accident in 1985 but he had a dream the night before the funeral where his son told him to keep going. watson was 89. mary j. blige's charity is hit with two lawsuits and now the grammy award winner is responding. "showbiz tonight's" a.j. hammer joins me to talk about her legal drama and what she has to say about it. hi, a.j. >> on the surface it looks like
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another well intentioned celebrity charity that was mismanaged. the charity failed to file federal tax returns for 2010 and has been sued by musicians who claim the group stiffed them after 2011 fund-raising gala. they reportedly are suing for more than $100,000. "showbiz tonight" can confirm there's also this second lawsuit from td bank which accuses the charity of defaulting on a loan. fawn, which stands for foundation for the advancement of women now doesn't just have blige's name attached to it. fax designer is listed and sean carter as board members. jada pickett smith served on the board of directors in 2009. >> what's mary j. blige saying about this? >> she issued a statement to "showbiz tonight" saying she's trying to get to the bottom of what's happening and acknowledging that ultimately she's responsible for whatever has gone wrong. she says that she had the wrong people working for her and now
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they're trying to fix it. ffawn is not closing down and working as quickly as possible with a new team of experts. their goal is to get the foundation back on track and rectify outstanding issues and make good on all of ffawn's obligations. good that she's stepping up and doing the right thing here. >> a.j., thanks. a.j. biwill be back with more showbiz headlines including a letter to his ex-wife and whether it will be sold at auction. some of the best name brand snacks. now in the mexican drug war. we'll tell you why. in seasons to come, they are first and foremost her people so wherever she goes, they follow. at the same time, as she's traveling through many different
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45 minutes past the hour. checking our top stories, mitt romney has enough delegates to become the republican nominee for president. last night he won the texas primary. that put him over the top. still not official until the
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republican national convention. that is set for late august in tampa. romney will be the first mormon to become a presidential nominee for a major party. police are conducting an arson investigation at washington state university. there was more water damage from the sprinklers than fire damage at mccoy hall. investigators believe the suspect smashed a window to break into the building and then set the fire. this is the third suspicious fire on campus in a week. eighth day of jury deliberations in the john edwards' corruption trial. the judge caused quite a stir in the courtroom yesterday when she announced the jury had send a note that reached a good stopping point. she was just joking. earlier she reminded jurors not to talk about the trial in small groups or outside of the juryroom. edwards is accused of using campaign money to conceal his affair with rielle hunter. we'll have a live update for you in about 11 minutes. mexican drug cartels are turning their attention to a rather unlikely but well known u.s. brand, cheetos.
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>> it's not easy being cheesy. >> cheetos snacks. >> you remember the face of cheetos. and now cheetos along with other american made products are caught up in the violence in mexico as cartels target big american companies. thanks for being here, raphael. why are they targeting american companies? >> no information that they are targeting this company because it's american or they have a beef with pepsico. in mexico it is the brand name that people know so there's no indication they are making that connection yet. however, it is a huge company in mexico. it dominates the market. it is certainly something of concern not only for the government but for the business sector that organized crime can launch this kind of an attack. we're talking about five
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distribution centers in two mexican states in southern mexico. four suspects have been arrested already and they say they belong to a cartel known as knights templer. they are very concerned about this and spoke about how this is not only a threat to security but also to the business -- to the economy in mexico. >> why would drug cartels target these big companies? what's the goal? >> officially what the government is saying is that it's another attempt to extort businesses. this has happened in mexico for the last five years if not more. normally it happens with small businesses and not with this kind of international company but it's happened before. what is new is that it could be extortion but it also may be
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because mexican security forces use delivery trucks similar to the ones used here to transport weapons and personnel to where they fight organized crime. >> your chance to talk back. a big story of the day. the question for you this morning. should the u.s. get militarily involved in syria? [ male announcer ] this is genco services --
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yeah, jeff is back today. >> i'm back. >> so happy to see you. the spur, the seemingly unbeatable team. >> the question is, can anyone
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beat them and the answer is no. they've now won 20 in a row. that includes last night against the oklahoma city thunder. everybody loves to watch. the spurs are old and rickety, but they are efficient and deadly. look at tony parker. the spin move. 34 points for the frenchman. tim duncan, who was in the nba with some of these young stars when they were in elementary school, took the kids to school. the spurs win 121-111. two wins away from the finals. nick swisher thinks he has hit one out of the park, but mike trout steals it. great catch. crashing into the wall. wasn't even sure he had the ball, but sure enough, in the glove. albert pujols, think he's shaken off that slump. he's crushing the ball in may. that's off andy pettitte.
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angels have won eight in a row. reds' today frazier is getting a reputation for superman. he's the one who hit the home run as the bat was falling out of his hands. monday night, he was eating at a restaurant and he saved a life. he is superhuman. frazier went over and gave the guy a heimlich maneuver who was choking and saved him. still hot at the bat as well. after he did that at lunch, he slugs in two more hits. this one goes for a triple. crazy throw. frazier comes all the way around to score. he leads the reds to the win. todd frazier's having a great few days in major league baseball. >> noticed someone choking and just went over and applied the heimlich maneuver? >> live in his world right now because he will do something great for you. tennis. huge upset. serena williams, she was so upset, crying on the court in yesterday's first round of the
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french open and also lost. first time ever. 111th woman in a world who has a great story of her own. she, a year ago, lost her fiance and coach to a brain tumor. serena goes off the coach. incredible win in front of the home crowd. williams is done at the french. finally, the cubs, they wouldn't let wrigley, the goat, on to the field at wrigley field. what happened? yes, wrigley was supposed to be allowed on as some five fans took him on a 2,000 mile walk to wrigley field and they were supposed to celebrate raising some money for cancer research, but wrigley wouldn't, the cubs ownership wouldn't let him on the field. none the less, they did give a check to the fans for doing such great work. >> we had pictures, but they didn't come up. there he is. wrigley. >> we needed todd frazier here to help us with that. the cubs did write them a check
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for their great work. but there's a picture at least. of course, this goes back to 1945, the last time the cubs made the world series. there's a long standing fra edition that there was a spell put on the cubs. a curse, because of a goat and so, they tried to remove the hex, but it's been that long. and cubs still aren't going to the world series. i got to tell you. they are a bad team this year. >> the next hour of cnn >> the next hour of cnn "newsroom" starts now. -- captions by vitac -- just ahead, adding a little drama to deliberations. reports of the jury in the john edwards trial coordinating what they wear to court and not following judge's orders. game over. rhode island gambled on a video game company founded by curt schilling that was supposed to bring in jobs, but the company went bust. now, taxpayers are stuck with a
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$112 million tab they cannot affo afford. it is the biggest tech company in a world and there are rumors with a new product from apple. hear about apple tv and the future of siri. right now, the u.n. security council is meeting on the crisis in syria. they're focusing on scenes like this, which have dominated the country for the last 15 months. and after a weekend massacre in hula that left more than 100 people dead, nearly half of them children, small children, the international envoy says syria is now quote at a tipping point. i.t.n.'s chief foreign affairs correspondent went to syria and has more on the violence there. >> reporter: one eyewitness told channel 4 news he hid in a pile of hay and had seen men in black and army uniforms surrounding the town. he said at first, they were
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welcome in this city town surrounded by largely sheer and otherwise large areas. another villager said they went building to building shooting people in the head and then looting. the u.n. confirms 49 children, 34 women were killed on friday. amateur video shows tanks still surrounding the town today and i certainly witnessed them in action here two days ago. president assad of course blames what he calls terrorists. >> ivan watson joins me now from istanbul, turkey and the united nations has had tons of meetings and nothing has changed. what can the united nations really do? >> reporter: well, part of the problem is that there is a close ally of syria that has a seat on the united nations security council, that's russia as well as china, and they've made it clear that they do not want an increase of sanctions.
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they don't want outside military force. they say this is an internal problem that needs to be solved internally. that pretty much blocks to use this as a mechanism to put more pressure on the syrian reveem iwo jima. we've seen a growing number countries that are trying to show their revulsion at the massacre of at least 109 people in hula last friday. the syrian village where at least 49 children under the age of 10 were killed. some of them with axes. and we have a growing number of countries including the u.s., japan and turkey, about a dozen countries or more, that have expelled syrian ambassadors and diplomats, but have been criticizing the syrian regime for close to 15 months and that clearly has not stopped it from firing at syrian cities. >> well, there is now talk from some u.s. lawmakers about possible u.s. military
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involvement. here's what senator john mccain said on fox news sunday. >> horrible things are happening in syria. this administration has fectless foreign policy which abandons foreign leadership. they are ready to help these people, but it cries out for american leadership. american leadership is not there. >> so, ivan, some u.s. lawmakers say hey, we should implement a no fly zone over syria. arm the rebels. are those things possible? >> reporter: well, theoretically, yes. it does seem the obama administration has no interest whatsoever in using force in getting embroiled in another messy middle east earn conflict in syria and it is messy over there. there is the syrian government, the opposition that's increasingly weaponized. i meet with these rebels all the
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time. they are desperate bands. they're not united under one leadership group. sometimes, they have conflicts and arguments in between them, so it's difficult to coordinate with these guys. for now, it does not seem that washington wants to put boots on the ground in syria when it's still trying to wind up wars in iraq and afghanistan. mitt romney's got the delegates now. he's going for the dollars. he's clinched the republican nomination. no surprise there. romney will not be the official nominee until the gop convention later this summer. later today, mr. romney will attend a fund-raiser at this modest little fixer upper. it's the carolyn chateau right outside of san francisco. tickets reportedly are going for $50,000 bucks a piece. trump might be brash, but
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he's sure got the cash and while romney might disagree with trump over the president's birthplace, he still welcomes his support. trump and wolf blitzer got into a battle royale over the birther topic that just won't die. >> donald, have you seen the actual newspaper announcements within days of his birth in honolulu? for example, the honolulu star bulletin. the birth announcement back in 1961. listen to me, donald -- honolulu -- can i ask a question -- >> sending obama -- >> donald, donald, you're going to sound a little ridiculous. >> i think you are, wolf. and let me tell you something. i think you sound ridiculous. >> romney says he doesn't always agree with the people who support him. trump will still be a supporter of his campaign. the blitzer versus birther though, conversation, it generated a lot of buzz online. check out what the left leaning
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"huffington post" said about it. trumped. wolf mauls the donald and the right leaning politico. it says donald trump takes aim at cnn ratings. now let's go in depth on a battle brewing in florida. a military hero from world war ii gets a letter from the state saying basically, prove you're an american. >> i was amazed when i got the letter. i have to tell you, i've been voting since -- i was 18 years old. and i never had any trouble. >> this is part of an attempt by florida's governor to purge voter rolls. democrats are slamming him for it. john zarrella is on the story, so basically, what is the florida governor trying to do? >> reporter: so, here's the story. initially, the division of elections in florida identified what they thought were about
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180,000 people who shouldn't be allowed to vote because they weren't u.s. citizens. they went back, double checked, used other data bases. the number was whittled down to about 2,600 statewide. then they notify the county supervisors of elections who sent out letters telling people hey, you've got to prove your citizenship within 30 days or we're going to purge your names from the voter rolls. democrats say we don't have a problem with cleaning up the voter rolls, but they charge that the bulk of these letters are are targets minority groups. hispanics and african-americans. and they are saying that the timing is awfully suspicious coming just a few months before the november election. now, i talked this morning with mitch caesar, who is the chairman of the democratic party in broward county and he said to
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me, quote, it appears republicans have political goals and have created a legal fiction to justify those goals. now, florida senator bill nelson is screaming foul. several members of the democratic congress out of florida, they sent letters to rick scott's office charging him, that this is wrong. and wanting an explanation. we talked to the governor's office this morning. they said look, this is absolutely not politically motivated. and in fact, the republican party chairman said of bill nelson that nelson wants public servants to ignore electoral integrity. the state division of elections told us today, we want to make sure people who aren't eligible to vote don't vote. >> going back to our poor world war ii veteran, is he qualified to vote? should he be able to vote in florida? he has for for a very long time. >> yeah, and all he had to do he
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said was he sent in his papers, so he should very likely be allowed to vote and many of these people who have gotten these letters saying hey, we need you to verify that you're eligible to vote, have sent their paperwork back to their counties and the issue's been clearing up. but the bottom line for democrats is they believe that hispanics and other minority groups are are being targeted and that's what has them really upset. and he's appearing in a new jersey courtroom now and will report to jail tomorrow to start his 30-day sentence for bias intimidation. yesterday, he apologized for being thoughtless, insensitive and immature when he used a web cam to watch his roommate's gay sexual encounter in 2007. that roommate later killed himself by jumping off the
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george washington bridge. the jury in the john edwards corruption trial resuming their eighth day. the judge reminded jurors not to talk about the trial in small groups or outside of the courtroom. joe johns is following developments in greensboro, north carolina. this jury, it just seems to be a different kind of jury than we normally hear about, joe. >> well, yeah, and it's also a different kind of case, if you think about it. it's a very unusual case. novel has been one of the words used to describe this case and they've got a lot of evidence and they got a lot of instructions. 45 pages of instructions from the judge, so that's going to take them a long time to go through. at the end of the day, there's also the issue of political lines. you know, this is a very political case and north carolina is one of those cases that's had deep political divisions over the years. body language, we've seen all
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kinds. people staring down at the ground. one woman juror coming in with a big sigh every time she sits down, but who knows what's going on in the jury room. a lot of people predict it could go on into next week. >> let's talk about the jury discussing the case in small groups. is that never done? shouldn't they all be talking about this together to come up with some sort of consensus? >> that's interesting and she said that actually, twice. yesterday, she told the jury that and again on friday, she told the jury that, so it seems there may be some concerns about them breaking off into groups or coalitions or what have you. but what it sounds like she's most concerned about is people outside the courtroom and dividing up into teams. the a team versus the nay team for acquittal. and going at it that way. i mean, i've been a jury foreman before and i know that that kind of thing does happen.
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you can still get a verdict one way or the other, but it can be more difficult because each juror isn't individually approaching the issue by themselves and on the merits. so, yeah, it can happen. >> joe johns, you're destined to be there for a very long time. thanks so much. >> i hope not. former red sox pitcher curt schilling goes from hero to goat. the video game company is forced to lay off its staff while taxpayers are stuck with a huge bill. sometimes, i feel like it's me against my hair.
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15 minutes past the hour. mitt romney now has enough delegates to become the republican nominee for president. last night, he won the texas primary, putting him over the top, but it's still not official of course until the republican national convention. that will take place in august in tampa. romney will be the first mormon to become a presidential nominee for a major party. we are waiting to see if any big news comes out of a pretrial hearing for jerry sandusky today. last night, he met the judge behind closed doors. he is not expected to be in court today.
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sandusky's charged with sexually abusing at least ten boys over a 14-year period. this morning, one of the most notorious warlords in the world was sentenced to 50 years behind bars. the judge said charles taylor benefitted from a steady flow of blood diamonds in return for supporting a rebel group. those rebels slaughtered thousands of people, raped women and enslaved children. curt schilling, a legend. who could forget the bloody sock? when he p pitched on an injured ankle, but today, schilling has gone from hero to goat in rhode island, accused of sticking taxpayers with a $75 million bill and hundreds of lost jobs. it all has to do with his post baseball dream, to build a video game publishing house which would produce video games for
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xbox 360. that didn't happen. schilling's company, 38 studios, went bust, and there are a lot of angry taxpayers in rhode island. mike stanton and andy smith spoke exclusively to schilling. welcome. >> thank you. >> good morning. >> good morning. glad to have you here. rhode island's governor alerted schilling's company with a $75 million loan guaranteed funded by taxpayers. what happened to that money? >> well, carol, that money was spent on developing this massive game that curt schilling envisioned when he started this company back in 2006 and of the 75 million, about 47 million went directly to his company in the proceeds of bonds sold and guarantee guaranteed by the taxpayers. the rest of the money was set aside in reserve accounts by the state to pay interest in case of
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problems with the loan. in addition to this, curt schilling told us he's got about $59 of the money he made in baseball, what he has left, basically, into this company. 38 million in cash and 12 million in personal loan guarantees. >> the $75 million is in essence taxpayer money. is it gone? >> no one really knows. they've spent the money. except for the money that's been set aside in the reserve fund. but the way the guarantee works, if curt's company, 38 studios, and that's named after the jersey number he wore as a red sox player, if he cannot repay those bonds, then it's up to the state. >> oh, okay, so more than one critic sukts rhode island officials were simply dazzled by schilling's star power and made a bad decision. is this an example of a huge star blinding public officials with his celebrity? >> well, of course, the
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officials who brought him here notably our former governor, will deny that. they just think it was good business. but a awful lot of people feel that if his name had been curt smith, none of this would have happened. >> when schilling told us and said elsewhere, he acknowledges his celebrity got him in the door, but as he would go looking for funding, he says after about ten minutes, he would have to really rely on his video game expertise and he did bring in some top people. todd mcfarland, a famous author. some other really well-known people in the video game industry and now that his company is in trouble, a lot of top companies have come to providence recruiting his people. so, opportunity the people. it was the problem. the game plan. that's really what we're wrestling with. >> i want to read a quote, he says i have done whatever i can to create jobs and a successful
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business with my own income. everything i ever saved has been put back into the economy. and so how does that translate into welfare, baby? i've tried to do right by people. is he busted personally because of this? >> that's an interesting question and we asked him that. we asked him if he was going to lose his house, for example, if he had enough money to support his family. and he declined to comment. specifically on that. so i don't actually know. >> he basically said if this all goes down and the company fails, his financial distress will be quite evident to the public at large and he said one of the problems he was deal iing with he went to the state economic development corporation board in recent weeks and has been b seeking state assistance, which has been quote controversial,
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people said, you're curt schilling. can't you just write a check for the million dollar payment you owe the state on may 1st? >> and curt says he is quote, tapped out. >> i'm sure this story will go on and on for both of you. thank you so much. >> thank you. one day you may see made in the u.s.a. printed on the back of an iphone. apple's ceo doesn't seem to think that will happen any time soon. we'll tell you why.
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now is your chance to talk back on one of the big stories of the day. should the united states get militarily involved in syria? it can't get much worse. 49 kids, some babies, executed. allegedly by syrians loyal to president bashar al assad. some u.s. lawmakers are calling it a tipping point. a call to action for the united states. as lindsey graham tells "the new york times," quote, maybe the kids will make the difference. we live in a visual world. when you see the slaughter of children, it reminds us of who we are. mitt romney seems to be urging some kind of u.s. military involvement, too. calling president obama's strategy a strategy of paralysis. romney suggests arming the rebels, but the obama administration suggests we don't know who the rebels are. >> the concern is that further militarization of the situation
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in syria could lead to greater chaos. could lead, could make it harder to achieve the political transition with the syrian people deserve. >> some republicans also worry about arming the rebel, saying al qaeda could be a part of that so-called opposition. >> i'm not sure arming is the right answer here. mainly because of just not exactly sure who the bad guys are, who the good guys are right now, so you don't know who you're fwifing weapons to. >> rogers says all though the united nations plan seems to be dead in the water, there is still room for american diploma diplomacy. for one, step up on russia and work more aggressively with our arab league partners. should the united states get militarily involved in syria? ma
7:26 am ut presidents have been to be natural born citizens and at least 35 years old, but at least one voter thinks the constitution should add another requirement. business experience. that's in our political buzz today.
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but that may not be so easy. dan simon is in california where the apple ceo spoke at a tech summit about the company. >> reporter: hi, carol. it's an interesting phenomena. this question comes up all the time about whether or not you could manufacture an iphone or ipad here in the united states. this is really the first time since becoming ceo that tim cook has spoken publicly in front of journalists and taken questions, so the question became could you do this in the united states and you'll hear what he has to say in a moment, but he says the problem is right now, the infrastructure does not currently exist where you could manufacture these items at a massive scale because there aren't enough companies in this country that can make the tools and r parts and the machines to assemble the iphone. but here's what tim cook had to say. >> will there be an apple product ever made again in the united states? >> i want there to be. >> so, will it ever say on the
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back of an apple product, designed in california, assembled in the united states? >> it may and even though it doesn't say that today, you could put down there, several parts are from the united states. >> reporter: but he did note there are certain things on the iphone that are made in the united states such as the glass that you see. it's manufactured at a plant in kentucky. also talking about the ap p p economy. the thousands of developering you see making applications for the iphone. so i don't think you're going to see it anytime soon, but he did not rule out the possibility and sounds like he'd like to see that happen some day. >> it's interesting he didn't mention cost because it's a lot cheaper to make products in china. you don't have to pay people as much. >> reporter: well, that's exactly right. i think you would actually see a higher price for the iphone if that would occur, but the real problem is right now, you don't see an infrastructure. let me tell you about one more thing mentioned here at the
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conference. there's been a lot of rumors about a so-called apple television. right now, they make an apple set top box for your tv, but there's currently no television of course and so, the question arose about whether or not apple would get into the tv business. tim cook said the company is doubling down on sec resy, so he didn't talk about that, but said there is intense amount of interest within the company in the tv business, so i think you can read between the leaves there and say maybe some day. >> many thanks. it's 31 minutes past the hour. julian assange has lost his bid to fight extradition, but in a twist, the british supreme court is is giving the attorney two weeks to file an appeal. two women accused assange in august 2010 of sexually assaulting them during a trip to sweden. one of the most notorious
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warlords was sentenced to 50 years in prison. he benefitted from a steady flow of blood diamonds. those rebels slaughtered thousands of people, raped women an enslave d children. mitt romney now has enough delegates to become the republican nominee for president. last night, he won the texas primary. still not official until the republican national convention in late august in tampa. romney will be the first mormon to become a presidential nominee for a major party. political buzz is your rapid fire look at the best political topics of the day. three questions, smart answers. playing with us today, maria cardona, she plays on the left side of the political field and dana lesh. i think i'm talking too fast, sorry. she plays on the right side. welcome to both of you. >> good morning.
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>> good morning. first question. democratic congressman keith elson of minnesota is urging the united states to do more in syria. he is also a muslim. here's what he told john king. >> they were assassinated. this is the kind of government we're talking about right here. i think the president is moving in a deliberate way, but i think he's got a weigh various things. i'm saying that the people of syria need more focused attention and they need it now. not only from president obama, but from the whole world. >> so, the question this morning, should the united states militarily intervene in some way? maria? >> well, we certainly shouldn't take that off the table and we haven't, but it's very complicated situation and there's no question that the massacre was unconscionable and anybody with a decent bone in their body thinks the assad regime should be taken out immediately. the problem is, we don't know
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who the regime is. we need to continue to work with our allies to make sure whatever the next steps are, are coordinated because we certainly can't go in there alone and politically, i don't think the american people are there in wanting us to intervene in another war while we're trying to end two others. i think the obama administration is doing what they need to do. >> dana. oh, my goodness. her time was up in just seconds. >> the massacre and what happened, it was truly horrible. but i agree with her in that we need to really figure out who is behind this opposition. i talked to an activist from egypt and she was really concerned about a lot of the who was involved in the egyptian uprising an the demonstrations there, so i think there are questions to be answered because we kind of went into libya without really knowing who we were aligning ourselves with. nato commanders were saying well, we're kind of not sure who
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exactly, you know, the opposition is, but that's not the time that you figure that out, after you go in. plus, we have two other conflicts that we're ending right now and can we afford it? >> good question. second question. mitt romney's campaign gurus say they don't regret embracing donald trump. listen to part of wolf blitzer's epic smackdown. >> many people did not think it was authentic. his mother was not in the hospital. there are many other things that came out. >> you're beginning to sound a little ridiculous. >> i think you are, wolf. >> just part of it. roimny needs trump's money and conservative support, but is it worth it? dana? >> we don't worry -- our own side and i wish that democrats would do the same. we believe in a big tent on the right and you have to have a big tent especially if you're going to go forward and win in november and 2012. i would be more interested in
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figuring out maybe the president's start in some of his past relationships in chicago before we start thinking of trump and his talk about birtherism. nobody believes that the president wasn't born in hawaii except for people like phil berg and the clintons. >> maria. >> unfortunately, it's not moot because you have mitt romney basically embracing and being on stage and raising millions of dollars with the birther in chief, which is donald trump and so many republicans, i think the romney campaign is the only republicans that believe it's a smart strategy because so many other republicans are shaking their head privately and saying what the f is he doing. why is he giving the obama campaign an opening to underscore what mitt romney's failures have been, spineless, a huge lack of courage and underscores what americans already believe about him, which is that he'll stand up to no
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one. >> okay, on to the third question. a president must be born in the united states and be 35 years old, but one business owner told mitt romney there should be another requirement in our constitution. >> i was thinking with one of these business owners who owns a couple of restaurants in town and he said, you know, i'd like to change the constitution. i'm not sure i can do, he said, but i'd like to have a provision that in addition to the age of the president and citizenship and birthplace of the president being set by the constitution, i'd like it also to say that the president has to spend at least three years working in business before he can become president of the united states. >> so, do you think mr. obama would have been, would have had a bert handle on the economy if he was required to have some business experience? >> i think that the president has done just fine. he rescued us from the second great depression and contrary to
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what republicans love to say, he's been the president with the slowest growth in spending of any president in history and implemented less regulations than george w. bush and also, other presidents with business experience, jimmy carter -- >> oh, my. dana. >> slowing the growth of spending doesn't mean you're spending less. let's be honest about that. i think it would have been helpful if barack obama would have been business experience. changing the institution to do it, no. i think any talk about it is silly. people should have common sense about the government mandating that they do. >> thanks for playing today. >> thank you so much. >> thank you. a private letter from michael jackson to lisa marie pressly is uncovered. the unsettling message it contains. been some good days. and some difficult ones.
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mary j. blige's charity is hit with not one, but two losses. a.j. hammer joins me to talk about this legal drama. >> blige issued the statement saying she is trying to get to the bottom of what's happening here and is acknowledging that she is ultimately responsible for whatever's gone wrong in this case, but on the surface, this looks like yet another well intentioned celebrity charity that was mismanaged. they are reporting that the charity failed to report its tax returns for 2010 and also that the group stiffed them after the 2011 gala and are being sued for more than $100,000 there. there's a second lawsuit from td bank accusing the charity of defaulting on a $250,000 loan. blige is telling "showbiz tonight" she had the wrong people working for her.
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they're fixing and it and fawn is not closing down. she's working with lawyers and accountants to get the foundation back on track, but this is not one of those any publicity is good publicity, so it's good to see she is stepping up and doing what she can to make this right very quickly. >> another story you're followinging. a private letter from michael jackson to his ex-wife. i'm dying to know what it says. >> this is interesting and item going to show it to you although it's hard to read. it's being auctioned off by julian's auction house. here's the letter from michael to lisa. it says smell and with the arrow here and it says lisa, i truly need this rest. i haven't slept literally in four days now. i need to be away from phones and business people. i must take care of my health first. i'm crazy for you, love turg. the letter is attracting a lot of attention, of course it was
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michael's difficulty sleeping that led to his use of pharmaceutical medications, which led to his death and there is a new report this morning that the letter may have been pulled off the auction block at the request of lisa marie. they're l.a. based, so i'm not surprised we haven't heard back. what's also clear to me, is he calling lisa marie a turd or -- i'm crazy for you, love turd. we'll just have to wonder, i guess. there it is. always a mystery with michael jackson, even after he's gone. >> okay. a.j. hammer. thank you so much. want information on everything breaking in the entertainment world, a.j.'s got it. the fda has a warning about online dealing for adhd tablets.
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the agency said the drugs are fake. we'll tell you how you can tell the difference between the real pills and the counterfeit ones. you inspired a ron howard production.
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the fda is warning consumers that pills purchased online to treat adhd are fake. elizabeth cohen is following the story. are they cheaper? >> the problem is, you can buy all sorts of things online. you can go online and buy drugs and the fda says they have reports of two people who think they're buy iing adderall, whic is a perfectly legitimate drug, but they're getting something fake. they're warning people to be careful when you go online and go shopping. the first thing you want to do is an you can see here, the legitimate adderall, that's the way you should be getting and then the counterfeit is there. there's misspellings. you have to wonder how smart these people are. not the buyers, the sellers.
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the word single is spelled s-i-n-g-e-l. >> you have to worry about the buyers, too. >> you do. especially in this case, where people have gotten the wrong thing. >> can you legally buy prescription drugs online? >> sometimes, you can. but here's the catch. if they need to ask you for the prescription. if they don't, you should not be buying from them. so you might think, oh, i want adderall, but here's this website where i don't have to have a prescription. there's an excellent chance you're not going to get the drug you think you're getting. you should not be buying drugs without a prescription. it sounds so observe. but people try to do it. >> i'm sure it's much cheaper, too, and some people feel they don't have a choice. just to give them a break here. >> if you feel like you need
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adderall, go to your doctor, explain it and get a real prescription. it can be little cheaper when you buy it from these sites, but still, you should not be taking it without being treated by a doctor. >> message taken. thanks so much. two princes talk to katie couric about life in the royal family. some really touching talk about their late mother, princess diana. details coming up. [ female announcer ] did you know the average person smiles more than 50 times a day? so brighten your smile a healthy way with listerine® whitening plus restoring rinse. it's the only rinse that makes your teeth two shades whiter and two times stronger. ♪ listerine® whitening... power to your mouth.
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this weekend, the u.k. is celebrating the diamond jubilee. it's queen elizabeth's 60th year on the throne and prince william and harry spoke with katie couric about this big moment.
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max foster is in london. >> it was a very moving interview at one point where the two brothers, harry and william, were talking about their brother, diana, and say they're so sad she never got a chance to meet kate. harry saying that she would have really liked kate and about the royal wedding last year, perhaps diana had the best view of the wedding. so trying to be positive about things and william really saying that it did make him very sad that she couldn't be involved in the wedding in any way. this is the first time he really felt she missed out on a big part of his life, so very moving words about diana and also, inevitable questions about whether william is planning any babies and kate wouldn't be drawn on it, only saying he does want a family at some point. he did talk about although the difficulty in balancing his military career and royal career at the moments. some big questions ahead for
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him. >> i really enjoy my time in the air force and i'd love to continue it. but the pressures of my other life are building. and fighting them off or balancing the two has proven quite difficult. more importantly, i'd rather like to have children, so that's the key thing, really. >> the question there is it's best to have children and some suggesting if you're in a military family, you're quite protected on a base, so a family there will get more privacy there than if he gave all that up and went straight into his royal role proper. >> it's really surprising to me they've been so open about things, both princes, and they seem so down to earth and friendly. >> when you get them in an environment where they feel comfortable, they are open. they did plan to say these things and there's a lot of interest in the royal wedding, but they're really using this as a vehicle to promote their
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mother and her big weekend. grandmother, i'm sorry. it's interesting the queen has put william and harry and kate very center stage every single part of the four days events coming up. so she's almost suggesting she's looking ahead to the future here as she marks her 60th year on the throne, carol. >> yeah, you don't see prince charles out there too much. thanks so much. max foster live from london. you can watch the celebrations marking 60 year of queen elizabeth's rain. our coverage begins sunday morning. when you have diabetes...
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we asked dwrou talk back on one of the big stories of the day. should the u.s. get militarily involved in syria? this from james. the situation is complex, but the bottom line is innocent lives have to be protected. the u.s. needs to push for any multilateral plan. this from brad. we can't afford a war, we can't afford the one we're in now. yeah, what they're doing isn't right, but let them deal with their own problems. we've got ours. if the same were occurring in england, the u.s. would have no headsation. this from march. the slaughter of children should enrage the world. and this from tyson.