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his brother was killed defending this very neighborhood last year. this is his gun, abu says, gesturing to his ak-47, but it's hardly a match for the heavy weapons that government forces have. abu and many like him say they will fight until the bitter end. even if it means the uprising becomes a civil war. arwa damon, cnn, beirut. i'm suzanne malveaux. two things we are watching in afghanistan right now. one is a u.s. army helicopter that went down today killing both crew members on board. military officials believe it was shot down from the ground. more details when we get them. also today two separate suicide bombers hit a crowded market in kandahar. at least 22 people were killed. it happened near a nato airfield. and back in the u.s., jury selection has resumed in the child rape trial of jerry sandusky. now, you may recall he's a
former penn state assistant football coach accused of sexually abusing ten boys for more than a decade. nine jurors have already been chosen. attorneys are asking them about their ties to penn state and the charity for underprivileged children that sandusky founded. republican scott walker keeping his job as governor of wisconsin. >> the only governor elected twice in one term! >> walker defeated milwaukee mayor tom barrett in a recall race that, of course, has implications for the presidential election. what does it mean in november? it depends on who you ask. dana bash joins us live from milwaukee. dana, i know you have been talking to a lot of folks. republicans saying this is a preview of things to come. how is this playing out where you are? >> reporter: well, you know, let's look at the numbers because they really do tell an interesting and maybe perplexing story about what this could mean for november. first of all, how scott walker
really did. obviously he won. he won by 53% of the vote according to our exit polls but look at the numbers, the same polls, of what voters here in wisconsin think of the presidential race. in that president obama is pretty far ahead of mitt romney, 51% to 44%. so why the discrepancy? i think first answer to that question is this is historically a purple state, wisconsin. but in the presidential races, it has gone democratic, as you and i were talking about yesterday, since ronald reagan, since 1984. statewide had has been trending more republican and this could tell that story. we actually were talking to some voters this morning at a local diner, and the answer is that people really are ticket splitters. they are independent voters. we talked to one man, for example, who said he voted for barrett and he plans to vote for mitt romney. that's the answer. the question is how the parties will seize on this and try to change the narrative. >> dana, in talking to folks, how do they bridge this divide? how do the people there get over
this tremendous split and also really this fascinating and very unique but emotional crisis, experience that they had from this whole recall vote? >> reporter: it is not going to be easy. emotions are so raw. it's really an understatement. the divide is really palpable here in wisconsin. but looking ahead to november, suzanne, on the republican side you have a national chairman who happens to have already just been -- he's from wisconsin and just been the state chair here, so they are very much hoping that the resources that they put in here, the infrastructure, is going to matter in november. in fact, i talked to the rnc chair last night at walker headquarters-listen to what he said. what parts of this race do you think is a true test for what happens in november? >> first of all, i think the ground game is a good test. i think messaging is a good test. this messaging is the same as november. i mean, should we limit the government spending to what we can afford?
yes or no. that's what scott walker did and he led on that issue. that's the same thing barack obama is going to have to answer to in november. that's why it's important. >> reporter: so that you heard, that is very much their message on the republican side here in wisconsin and across the country. you know, the open question is whether or not that is going to continue to play when emotions or maybe if emotions do die down here over the very, very divisive governor and that is scott walker. >> all right. dana, everybody is going to be watching what happens in wisconsin. obviously purple as you said, a very good description for wisconsin. thanks again. vaccinations a normal part of growing up for most kids in the u.s. but in pakistan thousands of children are rejecting free polio vaccines. their parents fear that health workers are cia spies and concerns can be traced to the raid on osama bin laden. >> this is 17-month-old ekra. she'll probably never be able to
walk on her own. doctors say she'll probably spend the rest of her life paralyzed, a victim of polio. when the other kids play, she cries because she wants to play with them. but she can't even move, her mother says. and here is what make this is tragedy worse. doctors say she could have lived a normal healthy life if someone would have given her a polio vaccine that costs less than $1 soon are a she was born. one of the worst black marks on pakistan is that it's still one of three countries that's yet to eradicate polio, a virus that attacks the nerves and leaves you paralyzed. the other two countries, afghanistan and nigeria. last year the u.n. reported 198 polio cases in pakistan. 30% of the world's cases were here. this week aid groups and local health officials making another push to reduce the numbers, going door to door offering free vaccines. in recent years they made
progress, they say vaccinating millions but then came the raid on the bin laden compound and reports that paa pakistani doct was part of a cia fake free vaccination campaign. the plan was to get into bin laden's compound, make sure he was there. the scheme didn't work. the doctor went to jail accused of spying for the u.s. the media chasing after any story linked to osama bin laden reported on the doctor's alleged links with the cia. here is what didn't make many headlines. health officials here say all those bin laden reports hurt the polio campaign. many pakistanis here deeply conservative, already suspicious of strangers coming into their homes, now thought the vaccination campaign was part of some sort of foreign spy plot. this father of two says he rejected free polio drops for his children. the u.s. pays for these campaigns to destroy muslims and make them slaves, he told us.
>> that incident of the doctor, it affect our polio program, not only our polio program, but the rest of the health-related activity. >> reporter: health officials say thousands of pakistani families have yet to vaccinate their children without good reason. but with help of local religious leaders and aggressive awareness campaigns, they're making progress, they say, convincing more families the free vaccine can save them a lifetime of hardship and pain. children like ekra and their family endure it every day. we're trying our best, her mother says. we've left her in god's hands. reza sayah, cnn, pakistan. here is what we're working on for this hour. no garbage pickup or mail delivery. is that where greece is headed? the country is running out of money and time. plus -- ♪ this little light of mine >> the music is strong but the pews are empty. a minister's support for same-sex marriage cost him his
capzasin-hp. take the pain out of arthritis. to a story that has many twists and turns. earlier this week a tire flew off an 18-wheeler in florida, became a remarkable journey. luckily nobody was hurt. >> reporter: we another tire of watching runaway tires whether it be a bus tire on the loose or a car tire that almost takes out a guy preoccupied with his phone who belatedly runs for his life after the tire shattered a window and bounced around a computer repair shop. but this truck driver's lost tire -- >> they blow, you know. >> right. it blew? >> reporter: pucks tts the frea freak accident. william harvey lost his tire on interstate 75. the tire went off the overpass
onto another highway below smashing this car. the driver was badly shaken up but escaped major injuries. meanwhile, the escaped tire kept rolling to the nearby ramada inn where it barged in a partially open door to a conference room where bob hurst was just heading for the refreshment table for some cookies. . >> all after sudden one of the members said look out. right at that point something large and black came right by my side, scratched against my leg. >> reporter: the refreshments were pretty much obliterated. in the immortal words of tire review, runaway truck tire checks into hotel conference room. >> good morning. thank you for calling ramada inn. >> could i make a reservation for a runaway truck tire? >> one moment. >> reporter: it was a steamy stay for this truck tire. >> the tire flipped over and was smoking like crazy. >> reporter: but if you want to know what a smoking hot tire
looks like, check out this one that came bouncing into a car leadership and crashed into a parked car. this woman has an appliance store in las vegas and had a close encounter with a tire gone wild. imagine you're trying to change a tire when a runaway tire comes whizzing by. that's what happened on this bridge in baytown, texas, as a motorist changed a flat. a 20 pound wheel almost took out the officer. it scuffed his gun, ripped his holster, but the sergeant was unharmed. it's as if tires are out to get us. the serial killer tire in the cult comedy rubber. >> this is what our killer looks like. >> reporter: it kills people with its psychic powers, so tread carefully. help. jeanne moos, cnn. some retread. new york. >> all right. we talk a lot about the debt
crisis in europe on this program. financial troubles impacting us here as well in the united states. greece really a mess right now economically. . it's unclear whether or not it's even going to be the first country ever to leave the eurozone. people are pulling out their euros out of the banks by the billions in greece and spain. they are looking for some place safer to park what is left of their life savings. want to bring in richard quest from london to talk a little bit about this. rim richard, we'll talk about greece later but tell us about what's happening in spain. a major bank in spain asking for a bailout. >> yes. the major bank in spain, we know this for some time, they have asked for 19 billion euros in all. substantially what's happened to the spanish banks is not so unfamiliar to those of you in california and southern florida and large parts of the u.s. that have been affected by dramatically reduced housing prices and apartment prices. it's just the same in spain
where there was an jorgy of overbuilding. now people can't pay their foreclosures, in many cases not just foreclosures, these properties are just empty, vst amounts. what it means for the banks is they're having to write off all their debts and all this property they've got. that has created a huge capital hole in their balance sheets, and they need money. now, this is not -- this is not greece. they can get the money. there are ways they can fill the holes. the question is hold your nose, jump in at the deep end, at what point are you going to ask? >> everybody is holding their nose these days, richard. tell us a little bit about this new banking union that the eu is planning, this large union. could it possibly rescue what we are talking about, the entire eurozone? >> imagine the united states didn't have the fdic or didn't have the treasury, it didn't
have the central banking regulation of the fed, and even though you've got state banking regulators, the feds couldn't step in and do something if they needed to. that's the situation in europe in the eurozone, and what everybody is now saying is hang on, we need a central core authority that can tap them on the shoulder and say, the game is up, close down, or hand over your assets or sell yourself. think about what happened in 2008 and '09 the way the treasury and the fed did gunshot marriages of many of the investment banks in the u.s. that's what's needed in europe. the commission and the council has put forward proposals. expect there to be a fight as national regulators say they can still do the job. >> that's a big fight, richard, and i know there's some talk now, and you tell us if this is exaggerated or not, but there is talk now when you talk about greece, the possibility that
garbage is not going to be collected, the mail is not going to be delivered, people are not going to get their social services if they go down this economic path that they are down now. is that true? >> if -- it's a classic dilemma. two equally unappealing options. continue the austerity and hope that the economy turns around and things get better on a more competitive economy. that's the route they're taking at the moment. or go the other way, the very risky way, go for broke. leave the eurozone, see a collapse of the economy, have a devaluation, take the pain on the chin, and see what happens then. now, they're already well and truly down the austerity path but on the election on june 17th, this one will once again come into focus. if greece does decide to go it alone, does decide to rip up the agreements, they can expect
limited, if any, help from their european partners, and that's when the real crisis happens. >> just weeks away, june 17th, right? >> june the 17th. i will be in athens for that second run of the election. they already had one. i'll be there for the election. you and i no doubt will talk then. >> absolutely. we'll talk with you before then, too. all right, richard, thank you. as always. >> thank you. she scored a big interview with syria's president and then barbara walter tried to get a job for the president's aide. the controversy around her decision. companies have to invest in making things. infrastructure, construction, production. we need it now more than ever. chevron's putting more than $8 billion dollars back in the u.s. economy this year. in pipes, cement, steel, jobs, energy. we need to get the wheels turning. i'm proud of that. making real things... for real. ...that make a real difference. ♪
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a minister in minneapolis has paid a heavy price for supporting gay marriage. he voted in favor of same-sex marriage seven years ago. today he has lost nearly his entire congregation. david mattingly has his story. ♪ this little light of mine >> reporter: the grace community united church of christ in st. paul, minnesota, has seen better days. the everyone at this pews, signs of a congregation shattered by a single issue. >> categorically they said i cannot be a part of a church that accepts same-sex marriage. >> reporter: reverend oliver white voted in favor of
accepting same-sex marriage at the 2005 national meeting of the united church of christ. the vote was historic. the fallout immediate. white lost two-thirds of his predominantly african-american congregation. >> they thought i was a heretic, that i was not leading them to christ. >> reporter: what have you learned about attitudes out there that you didn't know before? >> that we are more fundamentally religious than i ever dreamed. >> reporter: seven years later white's congregation still has not come back. i was invited to watch what could be the last service before the church closes its doors for good. what i saw was a far cry from the days when the seats were full. when services started just a few minutes ago, there were only about 20 people in the pews. a few people have come in since then, but more than half the people attending today are visitors. the church is now in financial ruin. the few members that still
remain say they couldn't overcome a stigma. >> it is hush-hush, you don't talk about it. if you're gay, you're wrong, and it is very much -- very prevalent in the black church that you do not talk about it. >> i would not have just kept it to myself as to make sure that i don't rock the boat, no. i can't do that. i won't do that. it's not me. >> reporter: do you pray about this a lot? >> every day. >> reporter: what do you pray for right now? >> $200,000. >> reporter: $200,000. that's what white says will keep his church afloat. but he has just a few days left to raise it. >> $2. >> reporter: $2. >> yes. >> reporter: little miracles arrive in the mail every day, donations along with words of encouragement and at times temptation. this man was going to pay all your bills. >> yes. >> reporter: all your worries would be gone.
>> yes. >> reporter: all you had to do was what? >> renounce. renounce what i have been saying and come back to god, as he said. >> reporter: did you think about it? well, maybe for one-tenth of a second. ♪ >> reporter: better to be a heretic in the eyes of many of his fellow christians than, he says, to preach what he believes is a lie. david mattingly, cnn, minneapolis, minnesota. new cnn poll shows that americans have significantly changed their attitudes about the gay community. 60% of americans polled now say they have a close friend or family member who is gay. back in 2010 only 49% of americans said that. and in the '90s most americans said they did not know anyone close to them who was gay. these pink pills are at the center of a new battle between anti-abortion and abortion rights activists. the so-called morning after pills also called plan "b" used
to prevent pregnancy after sex comes with a printed label describing how they work. well, the labels say that the pills may work by blocking fertilized eggs from implanting in a woman's uterus. well, based on that definition, anti-abortion at vo cats want them banned from coverage in the president's health care plan. an investigation by "the new york times" found that those labels don't reflect what the current science shows. "new york times" reporter pam bollok joins us now. how do these pills actually work if you look at the science? >> right. well, what the science is showing is that what these pills do is they block or delay ovulation. so that's the release of the egg from the ovary that occurs before a fertilized egg is -- before an egg is joined with a sperm to form a fertilized egg.
what that means is according to the evidence out there and to the scientific studies that have been done, there's no evidence that these pills work after that point, and so there's no evidence that they work to block that fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus, and that is the issue that ant anti-apportion advocates are concerned about. >> the bottom line is these labels are wrong then, is that right? >> yeah, they don't reflect what the current science shows. they don't really reflect what the science showed at the time when the labels were created. there really was never any evidence that indicated that these pills might block implantation. >> in light of that fact then, the debate obviously between life begins, anti-abortion activists saying it begins at conception, the science now saying that this is something that it doesn't necessarily happen. do you think folks will feel differently about plan "b"? >> it's really hard to say. obviously, this is a political
debate that has other dimensions beyond this. the anti-abortion advocates that i spoke with for the story said that some of them said they would be relieved if, in fact, this was the case but they weren't really persuaded that the science shows what most of the leading scientists say it does show. so i think, you know, there's still some skepticism on the part of anti-abortion advocates and we'll have to see. one thing that might really help move the debate is if the fda does decide to change the labels because what is on the fda label really drives a lot of the other information that's out there. it drives what's on, for example, the mayo clinic website or the nih medical website, and so the fact that these things are sort of stated out there, that is something that anti-abortion advocates point to
sand say, well, look, it says it right there on the label. >> give us the big picture here. is this really significant for them, for the anti-abortion gro group? do they feel this is very important or is this just a part of it? >> i think it's an important part of it. i think that this is one factor in the abortion debate. these are pills that have been -- they're increasingly used, something like 12 million women use them in the last year i believe. so there are a lot of people affected, and it also -- it's not only the actual issue of the pills but as you mention it relates to these other political issues out there. so the obama health care law, for example, would provide coverage for all forms of
contraception including emergency contraception and if these pills are -- can affect impi implantation and therefore violate what anti-abortion advocates consider to be, you know, essentially causing abortion, then that's an important issue. >> all right. pam, thank you so much. we appreciate your reporting. if you enjoy eating, the mcrib sandwich from mcdonald's is easier to swallow. the company is getting rid of those tiny cages for animals. you can watch cnn live on your computer while you're at work. head to cnn.com/tv. warning.. you can feel. introducing the all new cadillac xts, available with the patented safety alert seat. when there is danger you might not see, you're warned by a pulse in the seat. it's technology you won't find in a mercedes e-class.
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talking about? this is gestation cages? >> since february you probably heard the word gestation crate or gestational crate pop up in the news a whole lot. what it means is that mcdonald's and burger king and various supermarket chains are phasing out the use -- they're working with producers who are phasing out the use of these crates which are seen by people on the pork board as being a scientifically sound method of animal husbandry but people on the animal rights front find to be cruel in their usage. >> tell us about that. what is the difference here? >> so i got the chance to speak with animal scientist temple grandon last night, and she compared the experience for a sow, there are 5. 9 million breeding sows across the u.s. and 60% to 70% of them are kept in these crates which are two feet wide and seven feet
wide. you can maybe flop over on your side and food is brought to you but you can't turn around or have any quality of life. that's really sort of disturbing thing to think about. while the pork industry is standing by their checklist of animal welfare points, i mean, you really have to consider the well-being of an animal. would you really enjoy being in a place you couldn't turn around at all. >> mcdonald's is not the only company doing this, right? >> far from it. and it's actually a really seismic step for the industry. this is going to cost pork producers a certain amount of money as they change over but sort of corporate responsibility policies for companies like burger king, safeway, kroger, wendy's, they're working really closely with the pig producers because the public stepped up and said we really actually care about how our pork is raised. and the producer are really going to have to step in line. >> do we know, kat, if they're going to pass on that expense to the consumers, to folks who are
actually buying these mcrib sandwiches and other kind of things? >> i haven't been able to get a straight answer on that. it's definitely going to cost money. who is going to shoulder that, whether it's going to be the producers, whether it's going to be the consumers, it's not clear. but any time i have done polling, people would be willing to pay a certain amount more if it meant better food for themselves and knowing they weren't doing this to another living creature. >> do we know, first of all, is this the same as free range in terms of how they're raised? >> this is the opposite of free range. in free range which is a nebulous term, it just means they're not caged and able to have some sort of access to an outside area, these animals are kept very deliberately in this tiny -- except when they're in a farrowing pen. they spend all of their productive lives giving birth to piglets and being kept in one of these crates. so, you know, they might give birth to four or five different
litters and they have, you know, i guess the key is three months, three weeks, three days to jess tate a pig. from the time they're in a breeding age they're in a pen for most of their lives until they're brought to the sausage factory. >> when does this happen? >> it's being phased out over the course of probably the next ten to 20 years. basically the most economical solution for the farmers is going to be as temple grandon was telling me, anything made of metal wears out eventually, and so as these things are end their natural point of use, they'll be replaced with this -- with basically group housing which is another system. they're not going to be penned in, able to move, it's own set of problems but better than what we have. >> kat kinsman, thank you. barbara walters making news but not for in-depth reporting. she's being criticized for using her influence to help an aide of syrian president bashar al assad
find a job here in the u.s. walters has now apologized for what she calls a conflict. she says in a statement, quote, in the aftermath, miss jaafari returned to the u.s. and contacted me looking for a job. i told her that was a conflict of interest and that we would not hire. i did offer to mention her to contacts at another media organization and in academia. though she didn't get a job or into school, in retrospect i realize that this created a conflict and i regret that. it was surprising to hear this. >> this is a world class embarrassment for barbara walters. i have a huge amount of respect for her but i think she realizes how badly she screwed up. you have barbara walters on the one hand just seeming to do a favor for somebody she had gotten to know, the daughter of the syrian ambassador, help her out, the news organization she referred to was cnn. she tried to help her get an
internship with the piers morgan program and help her with an application to columbia university but we're talking about syria which is conducting a campaign of violence against its own citizens. secondly, this woman helped barbara walters get an interview last december with assad and the efforts to help her land an internship or college application help started immediately after that interview aired on abc. >> so, howard, we also learned, which was surprising, she's 82 years old, a feat in and of itself in this business. does this look like an isolated incident or do we know more? are people looking into more? >> well, look, it's a stain for barbara walter's reputation but it's something of an isolated incident. i can't think of another instance in her career, in her long and illustrious career, as you mentioned she's 82, where she has had this kind of embarrassment.
she's had a lot of success in landing these exclusive interviews. the problem with this from an appearance point of view is this looks like a bit of a quid pro quo. this woman was close to assad, the daughter of the ambassador, helps her arrange the interview and the next day they're on e-mail talking about helping her, barbara walters helping her to either get into an ivy league school or land a media internship and the woman is saying things to her like i feel like your daughter and i will pick up some jewelry for you. i mean, it seems like a very close relationship, all of which makes walters seem a little too cozy with somebody who is after all part of a pretty brutal regime. >> howard, do we expect any other statements from miss walters or perhaps on her own show to explain any further? >> you know, i think a good thing for barbara walters to do would be to address it on her own show and tell her viewers in her own words why she did this and why she thinks it was a mistake. on the other hand, it's kind of
read like a damage control statement where she hopes she wouldn't have to talk about it anymore but we'll have to wait and see. i guess it depends on how much publicity and how much criticism there is. >> all right. howie kurtz, thank you very much. good day on wall street. we'll go live to the new york stock exchange, find out what is driving up the numbers. people's lives?e these g as a police chief, i have an opportunity to affect what happens in a major city. if you want to make a difference, you have to have the right education. university of phoenix opened the door. my name is james craig, i am committed to making a difference, and i am a phoenix. visit phoenix.edu to find the program that's right for you. enroll now.
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facebook's very, very messy ipo. what nasdaq is doing is laying out a plan for how it's going to make up for that really messed up ipo. the company says it's going to be paying out $40 million to compensate some financial firms that were in the middle of this. this is going to come in the form of a combination of cash and trading discounts. before this happens, the s.e.c. still has to approve it and what's interesting is it's not really clear whether the $40 million is going to satisfy all of these investors who lost money. they're estimating their losses are closer to $100 million, so not so sure if they're going to be happy about this $40 million. you remember what happened, that big techniccle glittechnical gl. many traders didn't see orders executed until much later. they didn't know where they stood on their positions for a long time. it caused a lot of firms to loose a lot of money. the nasdaq is saying those technical problems have been
remedied. shares of facebook are up 1% but if you look at since they went public, they're down more than 32% from when they launched on may 18th. would you believe that shares for facebook have fallen 8 of the 12 trading days it's been on the market? not a really good showing. >> do they know who is actually going to get this money, the payout? >> well, there are going to be requirements that these institutional investors have to meet as far as what they bought the price at, whether they were stuck holding the bag not knowing their positions. there are several requirements. the nasdaq is not just going to hand out this money to these firms. they will have to show they actually lost money in these trades. >> all right. >> because of the nasdaq. >> thank you, alison. space shuttle "enterprise" damaged on the way to its new home in manhattan. one of the best things about state farm is our accessibility.
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a rare perspective of just how humg the sun is. chad myers to talk about this rare event. you're not going to be able to see it. >> it's 105 years from now. if you ear 5 years old, you can maybe see it when you're 110. i was watching it on nasa tv at home, that dot, though, is only 1/1,000th the size of the sun. that has something to do with the distance away and all that other kind of stuff, but it was a very cool sight. people were asking me, at the beginning it was at the bottom of the sun then it was at the top of the sun, yes, it did go across. but because you have to understand what nasa was showing you, sometimes telescopes show you the act opposite. the flip side. then they flipped it back. i don't know if they did it digitally. there it is. that is the silhouette of venus with the amazing looking sun
behind it. i think i learned more and enjoyed looking at the sun more than the dot. because the pictures are coming out of the sun. you don't get to see them all the time. >> why was this thing so a ir? >> it's three dimensional space. you have all of these things flying around the sun. you know, the rarest one, believe it or not is the transit of mars. we will never see a transit of mars. we'll never see a transit of saturn or pluto because they're not between us and the sun. >> it's rare because you have three dimensional space, all these things flying different speeds. aear not on the same plane and they only come together once in a while. the transit of mercury happens every eight years. that's a little bit faster, but the dot is, like, 10 times smaller than the dot we had yesterday. >> and whatn't a the u.s. spy agency? >> did you hear that? >> they gave nasa a little gift. >> i signed up for zite.
you can program anything you want it to search for. and i searched science yesterday and we found out that the d.o.d. has -- you know, the nasa has other things that they have in storage that that they don't even know about. here's one of the pictures of the hubble. now there are two new spy satellites that were supposed to be looking down at the ground. they said here, nasa, you can turn them up and look at space. they're 100 times more powerful than hubble. i get too excited. >> it is one of sheryl crowe's biggest song but one day on stage she forgot the lyrics. that led to a shocking diagnosis. [ mechanical humming ] [ male announcer ] we began with the rx. ♪
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they're not causing in i problems. her rep says that she feels fine and doesn't have any symptoms. now, there was this much publicized event where shery crow forgot the lyrics to one of her own songs. and there's been a lot of talk about it. >> oh, what's the words? it's live. i'm 50, what can i say? >> sheryl crow says the tumor had nothing to do with that momentary lapse. she has two little children, she's working hard. sometimes people forget things. it's important to note, the tumor isn't actually in her brain, it's between the lining of the brain and the skull. so that's important to note. sanjay said it's not anywhere where it would affect her memory. now, many of us remember that sheryl crow is a breast cancer survivor. there are studies showing that
breast cancer survivors do have an increased chance of getting these tumors later in life. however, some stud did i haves show it's not true. if it is true, it may be because there are hormones involved in both mengiomas and in breast cancer. >> we wish her the very best. cnn "news room" continues with kate baldwin. >> thank you. i'm kate baldwin in for brooke baldwin today. let's get straight to it. we begin with a drug raid today at puerto rico's main airport so big that drug dealers on the streets are likely to feel the hit. it involves airport and airline employees, helping to get drugs and cash through security. the raid, investigators say is likely to limit cocaine traffic to these u.s. cities. showing you right there. senior latin american affairs reporter covering the story. lots to cover here, but first, put this into perspective.
how big of a bust is this? >> it's a very big bust. for people who wonder how do drugs get into the it's, this offers a partial explan in addition nation. airport employees or employees to a private company that offers services to the airport. the way they operated is they used their security clearance to get to the airport and using official work vehicles transport backpacks, suitcases and packages with large quantities of cocaine, a suitcase that contained as much as 45 kilos of cocaine at a time. inside the airport, they would give the drugs to a currier inside restrooms who then would board flights from burt rico, from san juan, their international airport there to cities in the united states like miami, orlando and newark, new
jersey. now, this was an investigation that lasted two years. and we see the map there of the cities that were arrested. i should mention that dallas, there was an arrest there, but no drugs ever made it there. three-year investigation and agent i say they have been able so dismantle two drug trafficking organizations in puerto rico. >> and they're talking about 9,000 kilograms of cocaine. how much are we talking about here? >> 9,000 kilos in cocaine, not only that, but the additional amount is 3,000 more. so you're talking about what happens in part of the investigation, what they've been able to document. one da agent said you talk into account they were able to smuggle as many as 100 to 150 a year, that gives you even a
larger amount. let me tell you how one agent described they were able to take advantage of their security clearance to get insiedde the airport. >> they offer them money. most employees refuse but several said yes. that's why we have this arrest. this demonstrates we're working together and keeping an eye on the airport which will always be a point of interest for us. >> and kate, you know, puerto rico is a u.s. commonwealth, so once the drugs made it inside puerto rico from somewhere else inside south america, it was much easier to transport the drugs to the united states. and that's exactly what was happening here. >> so interesting how this all unfolded. so what is american airlines saying about these accusation against its own employees, rafael? >> that's right. american airlines, i should point out 12 current or former
employees of american airlines have been mentioned in the two indictments unsealed this morning. the airline said it's fully cooperating with the investigation and they released a statement in which they say that they have a zero tolerance policy. here we have -- american airlines says our support also extends to helping prosecute the individuals responsible to the fullest extent of the log. we have a zero tolerance policy for any employee when it comes to this type of activity. kate? >> so interesting. i'm sure, not over in terms of what they found in this investigation. and really, it's just starting for these people who are now indicted. rafael romo, thank you so much. there's much more making news at this hour pit's called "rapid fire." here we go. suicide bombers killed 22 people and injuring 50e more. a man on a motorcycle set off the first blast near a restaurant. when people rushed to help, a second blast went off in the
crowd. it's near kandahar air troop, with nato troops are based. a massive dock has washed ashore on an oregon beach. the 60-foot structure landed on the beach monday. oregon officials have no confirmation of the dock's origin, but a few believe it may have crossed the pacific as a result of the 2011 tsunami in japan. >> it could have been made in japan, but it also could be from japan. >> another clue, this placard with japanese writing was found attached to the dock. the japanese consulate in oregon is investigating. a south carolina prison guard has been rescued after being held hostage for several hours at a maximum security prison. the guard was helping a nurse distribute medicine when some inmates attacked last night. the nurse got away, but the guard was grabbed by prisoners and held until early this morning. the guard has been taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries.
and an attempt to raise the cigarette tax with the money from that tax going for cancer research fails in california. voters rejected it yesterday. 51% to 49%. supporters say it would have raised $735 million a year. opponents say, it would hurt poorer people who are more likely to smoke. in california, a pack of cigarettes runs about $5. compare that to new york city where a pack tops about $11. ms. pennsylvania is making headlines. she's giving up her crown and says sunday night's ms. usa pageant was rigged. she resigned her title today and ripped pageant organizers in a facebook post saying the top five finishers were determined before sunday night. organizers deny the allegation saying an e-mail she sent to them claimed she was stepping down because the pageant accepts transgendered contest at that particular times. a whole lot going on here, folks. donald trump wasn't too thrilled with the allegations.
>> it is so ridiculous. what we've authorized today is we're going to bring a lawsuit against this girl. >> other stories, science fiction author ray bradbury who wrote the classic "fahrenheit 451" has died. he predicted atms and live broadcasts of car chases. he wrote for nearly 70 years including dozens of books, 600 short stories, screenplays and operas. he was 91 years old. we have a whole lot more to cover in the next two hours. take a look. gangs, bringing crime and intimidation to neighborhoods. >> our police department will not sit idly by. >> city officials sued the gang. plus, take a pill, lose weight. if you use it, these days you're paying out the wazoo. and amazing images. the space shuttle enterprise's final journey takes it by lady liberty.
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shuttle named off star trek's u.s.s. enterprise is going where no shuttle has gone before. it passed the justice of liberty this morning. it's lifted to its new home on the deck of the retired war craft carrier, the intrepid. quite a journey to get the enterprise from here 20 there, right? >> yeah. we sat here and watched it fly into jfk. then had to get on a barge. then it bumped a bridge on the way. damaged the wng. >> glad that's not going into space anytime soon? how are they going to do this? >> they're picking it up by a crane. it will be picked up and literally placed on top of the deck of the aircraft carrier. they had to move some planes to get this year. then it will be housed in an enclosed -- they don't want it to be rained on every day.
you can almost see behind that white, looks like an oil rig. there's some wires, some cables coming down in the front and the back of the shuttle now attached to the crane. and if i want to, literally play by play, blow by blow. they're taking pictures every two minutes. here it is, it's hooked up, it's lifting off and they're sending great pictures back. does the enterprise need to be fixed? >> done. they fixed it. it took an extra day because of weather. >> it's cosmetic. >> it looked like the foam at the end of the wing was gone. this thing never flew in space. >> right. >> this never went to the iss. it dependent go fix the hubble. this is one they launched, literally let go from the 747 and practiced landing. it was only -- so it really was
only in the atmosphere. it never came through the atmosphere. it was never made to, you know, to not burn up on the way in. so it's still a shuttle. it just didn't go anywhere. >> and still special to our american history. when can the public see the enterprise? >> i don't know. the weather delayed things now. so i think it's going to be a couple days backed up, but certain will i ly in a week or . >> maybe a month to get it all set up? >> there are very important people who are going to see it today. they're already on the back of the aircraft carrier. >> can only wish that was us out there. watching this with you. so seating a jury in the trial of firmer penn state coach jerry sandusky. finding jurors in a small town who are not connected to the university is a little difficult. we'll see how it's going. and just a quick note for those of you heading out the door. you can continue watching cnn from your mobile phone. or if you're heading to work, you can also watch cnn live from your desk top. please join us. go to cnn.com/tv and tell your
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have picked 13 people to be sdwroor jurors or alternates. every single one of them selected today has ties to the school. a fen state administrative assistant, an education instructor and penn state professor and even a 2007 penn state alum. four yesterday have ties of some kind to the school as well. bring in a cnn contributor, also a winner of the pulitzer prize for her report on this case for the patriot news. thanks for joining me. what's the latest for inside the courtroom today? >> the latest is all 12 jurors have been picked. and one alternate. so this afternoon, when they come back from lunch, attorneys and the judge are going to continue looking for three more alternates. when they get to four alternates, they're done. essenti essentially, the jury is picked and everyone will go home until monday when opening arguments are scheduled to begin.
>> do they expect to finish that up today? >> well, you know, they've been moving pretty quickly. it's midway through the day on wednesday we're pretty close. yesterday they picked nine jurors. today they finished that off. they have four more. they're moving at a pretty fast pace. it's very likely we could be done today. >> and we are starting to learn some more details about this case. you are learning about these love letters. they're described by love letters bring a source to cnn from sandusky to one of the alleged victims. what more are you hearing? >> well, we know the attorney for victim four, who is expected to be the fist one to testify when the trial begins says these letters are going to be introduced. however, he's not talk act the content of the letters. so we don't know what they say. what we do know is that alleged
victim number one, who is expected to go second, who also had a long-term relationship with jerry sandusky, according to prosecutors, also received note and birthday cards from jerry sandusky over the time that he knew him. a source close to that victim tells me that those notes include phrases like i love you. however, they're not sexual. so when we get to the beginning of trial, when we start to hear testimony, i think we're going to know what kind of supporting evidence prosecutors really have, whether or not they're in the form of letters or some other kind of evidence. but i do believe that a majority of this case is rely on the actual testimony, the words of the eight men who say they were abused by jerry sandusky and the two witnesses who say they witnessed acts of sexual abuse. >> and finally, one more time, when do you expect the trial to begin? i find it interesting the judge decided not to sequester the jurors. >> essentially, when they're done, when they're picked, they
walk out of this courthouse behind me. they see the media all around the courthouse. they're going home, they're able to talk to people. the judge said, we trust you. essential i will, i'm asking you to act as a juror, but they're not being sequestered. they're going to be asked not to talk about it or read about the case. he did tell them, he said, you know, 12 people seated in this jury sit in that box are going to know more about this case than anyone else. so i'm just asking you to obey the rules. but yeah, they're not going to be sequestered. if we pick a jury today, they're going to be over for four more days before the trial begins on monday. >> pretty amaze wheing when youk how high profile the media is and that they ha l not be sequestered. thank you so much. so a huge loss for unions and democrats in the wisconsin recall vote. is this a preview of more to come in november for the general
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>> welcome back. wisconsin's governor sr. smiling today. >> the erec is over, it's time to move wisconsin forward. many wanted to recall walker after he removed collective bargaining agreement. one woman slaps barrett in the face after his concession speech. not so nice. and we're going to put it in slow motion. she was angry that barrett conceded while votes were still being cast. and then there was this moment.
>> the end of the usa as we know it just happened. we don't have any other resource left but the people you see here behind me. and if the people you see here behind me can't get it done tonight. it's done. democracy is dead. >> emotions are still running high over this one. our dana bash is joining me now. it is a big loss when you consider how much money they and republicans poured into this recall, right? >> no doubt about it. to be fair for democrat, part of their spin has truth to it. which is that recalls are very, very difficult in any situation. generally they're done when
there's corruptions involved. it was debbie wasserman-shultz who said it on our air about 10 minutes ago, they did' this as a dry run for november. if that's the case, they're in big trouble when it comes to making sure this historically democratic state when it comes to presidential races stays democratic. and the fact is that they're going to have to pour time and resources into this state now. >> when you talk about it some talk about it being a dry run you talked about politics for a long time. do you think this is a bellwether for the november election or are those connections kind of the national implications and the fallout is, that being a bit overblown. >> it's a big question mark. if you look at the exit polls, they show that scott walker won, but the same people polled were in favor of the democratic president, president obama.
we were out at a sdiener this morning. it was evident why. the people here consider themselves independents. they are ticket splitters. and they view -- many of them view their vote on a state level, specifically when their emotions are so high, may be pretty different from the way they're going to vote in november. so that's why -- you know, you can look at this and you can look at the infrastructure that republicans were able to put in place, which is a big deal, wait. they put in 25 so-called victory offices across the state. six months earlier than usual. they made four million calls. infrastructure doesn't get you passion. it's unclear whether passion for scott walker translates into mitt romney. >> i think you said that perfectly. if your view, president obama won wisconsin in 2008, do you think we should be putting wisconsin into the toss-up category now?
>> you know, i can answer that question just by telling you what the obama campaign has done. and they have put it into the toss-up column. the campaign manager had a video that wept out in the last couple of days, which had a map and it did show wisconsin in the toss-up column. that might be about, you know, kind of cyops, making sure that republicans do spend money here. the national republican party president is going to be able to get money in here. i think covering the presidential races, i have not been here since 2004 when i was covering george w. bush's re-election. it was very, very close. and i'm guessing that all of us covering the presidential will be back here more often than we have in the past eight years or so. >> also a great point. dana, thank you so much. great work out there.
in about half an hour, president obama will attend his first of three fundraising events today for his re-election campaign in california. two events tonight will target the lgbt community. june is pride month for the gay community and the president's been raking in the donations after his kre recent announcement showing support of same-sex marriage. i want to bring in our white house correspondent dan lothian for more on this. this is clearly a big donor group for president obama. how important are these fundraising stops for him right now? >> well, it's important for two reasons. first of all, this is a group that has largely supported democrats over the years. and supported president obama in a big way in 2008. but there were a lot of concerns that the president's view on same-sex marriage were evolving. some said they would sit on the sidelines in the upcoming election. others said they would sit on their money. but as the president finally
made that evolution complete, supported same-sex marriage, you saw that sense changing and the president going there and having these campaign events and raising money. the second point is that it's no history at all that the president has not been able to tap into wall street the way he has been able to do in the past because they're concerns among those big donors on wall street about regulations. and so the if the needs that cash in order to compete with the big donors, backing the republican super pacs. a. >> and a new poll shows the majority of americans support same-sex marriage. this is no surprise to the obama campaign as they're bank on the support from the gay and lesbian community in november, right? >> that's right. and there are still a lot of americans who do not agree with the president on same-sex marriage, but this new poll you're talking about showing that most americans out there, 54% say yes, 42% say no.
when they're asked whether or not gay couples should be recognized as valid. and this polling also showing that overall, most americans are getting comfortable with the with the idea of gay marriage because they either have a family member or very close friend who is gay. there's a shortage of a popular pill many of you probably rely on to lose wait. and a new strategy for getting rid of gang members hanging out in parks. sue them for illegal assembly. is it constitutional? we'll talk to the mayor.
$1,000. alison kosik is live at the new york stock exchange to help us explain why. let's talk maybe some good news. let's talk about the surge in the stock market. where is it no uh? >> the bulls are certainly out today. the dow surging 223 points. guess what? the dow is back in positive territory for the year. the reason we're seeing this great rally is because there's no negative news out of europe. the european central bank, that's another equivalent of the fed here in the u.s., said it would extend its current stimulus measures. also the e.u. called for a coordinated banking union for europe. what this group would do is deal with financial crises and bailout instead of leaving it up to the individual nations like currently happens. it's certainly giving a boost to the markets, to bank shares. looking like a good day on wall street.
>> why is this drug in such short supply? >> it's the only fda approved weight loss drug you can get over the counter. it hasn't been on store shelves since the beginning of the year. it's happening because of alli's active ingredient, there's a shortage. . the 120 pack normally sells for $70. it's gong for $350 on amazon. the bigger sizes are going for double that and people are actually paying that kind of money for this drug. we called glaxosmithkline and they said consumers could see it back in the stores in july. the company says it feels unfortunate that prices have got son high and is encouraging people to wait, to hold off spending that kind of money and waiting for alli to go back on the shelves. >> the question is, is there enough competition. if there was another drug on the market similar to it, they
probably wouldn't have this big problem in this price surge. any chance there are similar weight loss aids that are going to be coming on the market anytime soon? >> there are possibly. two different drugs are up for an official fda review. that could be happening in the next couple of weeks. they've already gotten preliminary approval from a panel there. one is made of two chemicals already approved by the fda. it's essentially an appetite supressant. and then there's another that controls your appetite and metabolism. both are expected to be approved. that could give alli some stiff competition, certainly pushing alli to get its products back on the shelves with the other two drugs right on its heels. so vaccines are a very normal part of growing up for most children in the united states, but in pakistan,
thousands of children are rerejecting free polio vaccine. their parents fear health workers are cia spies. and the concerns can be traced back to the raid to kill osama bin laden. >> this is 17-month-old icra. she'll probably never be able to walk on her own. she'll probably spend the right of her life paralyzed, a victim of polio. >> when the other kids play, she cries because she wants to play with them, but she can't even move. and here's what makes this tragedy worse. doctors say she could have lived a normal healthy life if someone would have given her a polio vaccine that cost less than $1 soon after she was born. >> one of the worst black marks on pakistan is that it's still one of three countries that is yet to eradicate polio. the other two countries, afghanistan and nigeria. last year, the u.s. reported 198 polio cases in pakistan.
38% of the world's cases were here. this week, aid groups and local health officials making a push to reduce the numbers, going door to door, offering free vaccines. >> in recent years, they made progress, vaccinating millions. but then came the raid on the bin laden compound and reports that a pakistani doctor was part of a cia hatched fake vaccination campaign. the plan was to get into bin laden's compound, make sure he was there. the scheme didn't work. the doctor went to jail accused of spying for the u.s. the media, chasing after any story linked to osama bin laden reported on the doctor's alleged links with the cia. but here's what didn't make many headlines. health officials here say all those bin laden reports hurt the polio campaign. many pakistanis here deeply conservative, already suspicious of strangers come into their homes now thought the vaccination campaign was part of
some sort of foreign spy plot. this father oof twof said he rejected free polio drops for his children. the u.s. pays for these campaigns to destroy muslims and make them slaves, he told us. health officials here say thousands of pakistani families have yet to vaccinate their children without good reason. but with help of local religious leaders and aggressive awareness campaigns, they're making progress, they say, convincing more families the free vaccine can save them a lifetime of hardship and pain. children like ikra and her family endure every day. we're trying our best, her mother says. we've left her in god's hands. police in nashville announce a new strategy for getting rid of gang members. sue them.
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museum. this journey really began back in april of last year when nasa announced it was retiring the space shuttle fleet. so president obama traveling to the west coast today. there's a particular sheriff's deputy who should probably watch his back if a hollywood actress gets her way. say hi to joe johns joining me from washington. this actress is getting quite a few smirks for this tweet to the president in the. >> we're talk about amanda bines. she wants the deputy who popped her with a dui charge to get fired. she's a former star of nick loadsian. she was on the teen choice awards. done a few movies. but back in april, she's oit driving in west hollywood. sideswipes the sheriff's deputy car 3:00 in the morning.
the authorities say she refused a chemical test to determine whether she was under the influence. then she gets a misdemeanor dui charge. so she tweets to president obama. i don't drink, please fire the cop who arrested me. i also don't hit and run. we haven't seen any response at all on the president's twitter feed. she pleaded not guilty, her dad was quoted of saying she wasn't under the i fluns, just emotional. this could go into the category why tweeting after being arrested or any other emotional situation is probably not such a good idea. >> probably not such a good idea. i just have a feeling we will not be hearing the president intervene in this situation. have you heard this song? take a listen. ♪ hey this is crazy ♪ he's my number so call me maybe ♪ >> that's the number two song in the country right now.
"call me maybe" is obviously a favorite of yours. is there a president's version of this. is the president singing? please tell me no. >> you hear that song once, you hear it twice and it sort of sticks in your head, doesn't it? so a little mash-up that is slightly bizarre. probably heard it a time or two. the fact of the matter is we have a mash-up of that, but unlike some of the other mash-ups, it's the way president obama gets used in this that's a little different. he just isn't singing. they just sort of chopped up his words. >> hey, this is crazy so call me maybe it here's my number so call me maybe ♪ >> yeah, i know. now, one thing, kate, i've got to tell you about this. that version with the president
has gotten something like 5 million views on youtube, right? but nothing, absolutely nothing compared to the original song. she's gotten 94 million hits so far. so safe to say people like the real thing. >> the president has some stiff competition when it comes to his mash-up abilities. >> that was very creative. joe johns with the "political pop." nice to see you. >> take care. so a mom is in legal hot water for getting her seat belt priorities a bit out of order. we think we can see why. what went wrong.
potty mouth. >> i just never paid attention to what the doll said. this particular day i hear you crazy [ bleep ] i turn and i'm like wow. >> the doll is part of the you and me triplet dolls set. toys r us says that people are confusing something that's just supposed to be baby gibberish. some parents in minnesota are considering suing their kids school after being forced to take a breathalyzer test. school officials said they smelled alcohol on 20 or more seniors so they tested the entire class. school officials said they feared some kids might drive home under the influence. the number of kids who tested positive was in the double digits. a mom arrested in south carolina for cheering too loudly at her high schoat her daughter
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nashville which we oprofiled here on cnn five years ago. listen. >> some wonder if the violent roots of the homeland foster a gang mentality. to no way says cameron abdullah. he says it doesn't make sense because most gang members were born in the u.s. that may be part of the problem. many have one foot in a culture that's thousands of years old. another one that glorifies sex, drugs and rap. >> let's look a little deeper into this. i want to bring in carl dean, the mayor of nashville. the city is targeting two dozen alleged members of this gang, this kurdish pride gang that police say have been involved in murder, drugs, illegal weapons, vandalism. for years, i saw it listed in a statement. so what was the last straw leer. why take this action now? >> well, we initially received the authority from the tennessee legislature to file a nuisance
action, which is really a civil action against gangs to prevent them from holding meetings in public spaces and other things. and that statute has never been used in tennessee yet. and so we decided that this was a good time to use it. and basically what we're asking for is to prohibit this gang from having meetings or gatherings in two of our public parks and to prohibit them from having meetings in a relatively small geographic area of about 1.4 miles. but let me stress something. nashville is extremely proud of our kurdish population. you know, one of the things that gifs me the most pride as mayor is that groups look at nashville as a welcoming city, an open city and they come to nashville because of the quality of life here. and the kurdish population here have been really outstanding citizens. this is really about a relatively small gang that has affected the quality of life for all the citizens of nashville, have prevented nashvillians from using a couple of parks, and
created a public safety issue, which we want to address. >> and obviously, you talk about it being a small, relatively small geographic area. you want to address the crime, you want to address the fact that they're meeting in parks so people are too afraid to use them. so what do you really want to accomplish? this raises the question, if this is a small geographic area, can't ore members move to another part of the city? >> if they can, and if they do, if they have problems in other parts or other areas of the city, we'll take action there. i think what we have to do as a city and what our police department needs to do and they're doing it is to pay a lot of attention to any gangs that we have and to make sure as a city we're making an effort to make our parks available to our citizens and not say we're going to give up on anything. nashville has a high quality of life. we have a lot of excellent parks. we want people to use them and we want gangs no tot use them. >> and nashville is a great city. what has the reaction been from the community there?
>> well, it -- you know, we announced it yesterday and i think the reaction has been supportive as much as there's been a reaction. people appreciate the fact that they expect the city not to turn a blind eye when citizens who want to use a park can't use a park because they have safety concerns. and so this civil action -- this is what it is. a civil action. the police department filed a complaint which contains a lot of supporting information, identifying the gang and the past behavior of the gang and identifying the public safety issues and that will go to court after these individuals are served and we'll ask the court to order them to stay away from the parks. now, there will be a legal proceeding that takes place. they're obviously entitled to have their lawyers and a discussion about the law and the facts. but our goal at the end of that would be for the court to tell them, gangs cannot hold meetings in these public parks and you can't holde