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with the hybrid team and worksh workshop, that's not a long shot. simon hauger has an innovative approach to education, motivating kids to stay in school by encouraging them to solve complex real life problems. that's why he's here on "the next list." check you out online, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook. you can also logon to my life stream. i'm dr. sanjay gupta. we'll see you next week. hello, everyone. you're in the "newsroom." i'm poppy harlow in today for fredricka whitfield fr. dangerous heat affecting 2 1/2 million store victims in the southeast. in colorado police are telling wildfire evacuees to be on the lock jute for buokout fo bears. mexico holds an historic
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vote. first the stifling heat wave that's creating dangerous conditions in the midwest, south and northeast. take a look at the predicted highs for today. 103 where i'm sitting in atlanta. 20 states are under heat warnings or advisories right now. the sizzling temperatures aren't just uncomfortable, they can be life threatening, especially people who don't have air conditioning. that's the unfortunate reality in a lot of northeast right now after storms knocked out power to millions of homes. athena jones joins us from a cooling center in burke, virginia. give me a sense of what officials are saying about when power's going to be fully restored there. >> reporter: good afternoon, poppy. of course this power is just the top of enone's mine. in maryland power company officials say it is going to take up to a week for full restoration of power because of the extensibilive damage. there was a conference call here with utility companies that said in virginia it could take until saturday or sun until everyone
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all across virginia has their power restored. dominion hopes to have a lot of power back to 95% of the customers by thursday. but of course that all depends on if the weather cooperates. we're dealing with 100-degree-plus temperatures here and people without power are having to go to great lengths to figure out how to stay cool. nine grocery stores in the region have been handing out bags of ice. they ran out of nearly 3,000 bags of ice earlier today, they're trying to get more. they've also opened cooling centers like this one. i'm at a library here, 1 of 110 cooling centers in the state of virginia to help people without power, people like diane who's a resident from not too far away. >> i wanted to charge my phone and my tablet but i also wanted to get some books to read. just boredom is setting in. >> what's your biggest concern? you talked about a big preparation you have. >> i have company in town so i made meals and froze them. i had about 16 dinners in the
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freezer so i really don't want to lose those. that's a lot of food that will go to waste. we found some ice today after much searching so hopefully we'll be able to keep those dinners cold. >> so her experience is a lot like many others that we've seen around here. one of the many issues here is people are warning people not to eat food that's gone bad. that's yet another one of tfof issues that arises in these situations. >> so many people are going through this right now. i'm glad she could at least get there to the library. thank you, athena. heat records yweren't just broken this weekend. they were completely shattered. meteorologist alexandra steele is tracking weather temperatures from the cnn center. i know we were a record high here in atlanta just yesterday and we're above 100 today. >> 106 yesterday in atlanta. it is not unbelievable. it is really unprecedented. we are talking about 45 million people being impacted, 24 states. these are all-time record heat. not talking about just a daybreaking a record, the day
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for the month, the day for the day. we're talking about all-time record setting temperatures since the 1800s. and the breadth and depth of this is what's so incredibly shattering. from kansas to colorado to the carolinas, 111 in dodge city, kansas. since records were kept from 1874. that's from columbia, nashville, from 1873. really unprecedented. 109 in nashville. 106 in atlanta. looking at the forecast highs for today, temperatures are down a bit. 103 in atlanta. 97. but look at how far it spreads from denver, colorado to albuquerque, to atlanta, to new york and washington. those are today's highs. let me show you tomorrow's highs. we do scrape a little bit off but it's really splitting hairs and kind of moot in some regards that the biggest problem when we had this kind of heat are nighttime temperatures. staying in the low 80s, upper 70s. that's really when the danger occurs. you can see places like washington and as you look for the next four days, temperatures
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really aren't changing much. you can see from atlanta, we do shake off about ten degrees but washington, louisville, st. louis, staying at 102 as we head into even monday. >> its persistent. let's move out west an focus on those all-important wildfires. when you talk about weather that's critical for firefighters on the front lines. any good news for them? >> there really isn't. there are three weather aspects -- temperature, wind and moisture. moisture is the only good thing. right? temperatures make it all burn faster. the wind feeds energy into the fire. we are going to see wind today from the southeast, especially around the waldo canyon fire. winds sustained between 10 and 15 miles per hour, gusts 30 to 40. temperatures not moving much. not in the hundreds but still in the 90s and not going anywhere. no rain really in sight as well. >> in the middle of winter you hope for something like this, then it comes and it's awful and it's dangerous. heat also an issue for
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firefighters battling the waldo canyon fire near colorado springs. more high temperatures and gusty winds expected today. the fire forced thousands from their homes and some of those residents will be allowed today for the first time to board a bus and go back and see the destruction and damage. but the fire victims have something else to worry about. colorado springs police say there have been about two dozen burglaries in the area. another concern -- bears. >> we've actually had an invasion of bears in green mountain falls. so we are working with d.o.w. to try to persuade them to vacate the area. >> unbelievable. fire crews have been working 24/7 to get a handle on that waldo canyon fire. take a look at just how much the folks there in colorado springs appreciate the hard work of the men and women on the front lines. they came out with signs, cheering, et cetera, to show their support. it is great to see. >> we've actually had an
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invasion of bears in green mountain falls so we are working with 2k6 -- >> the waldo canyon fire is now 45% contained today. to mexico now. right now in mexico, a historic day. voters head to the polls to pick that country's next president. the u.s. is watching this very closely. the outcome of today's election could signal a shift in strategy in that nearly impossible drug war that they've been fighting. the u.s. also shares billions of dollars in trade with mexico. the border and the u.s. and mexico stretches nearly 2,000 miles. let's turn our attention to syria where violence continues a day after world diplomats hammered out a peace deal. according to activists, at least 20 people in syria have been killed today alone across the country. our foreign affairs correspondent jill dougherty did sit down with secretary of state hillary clinton in geneva.
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clinton says she's optimistic the new plan will work but of course, there are no guarantees. >> unless i am wildly off base, there's no way anyone in the opposition would ever consent to assad or his inside regime cronies with blood on their hands being on any transitional governing body. but i said weeks ago that assad going could be an outcome as well as a precondition. >> more of that interview for you later on today. turkey scrambled f-16 fighter jets three separate times yesterday after syrian helicopters came very close to turkey's border. and unesco, the united nations educational scientific and cultural organization, is condemning the destruction of three sacred tombs in tum
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timbuktu, mali. i spoke with unesco's director general about what, if anything, can be done to stop the destruction at this historic site. we'll have that full interview in our 5:00 p.m. eastern hour. the wedding with a majestic view. ow one couple had to adjust their big, big day with new found inspiration.
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the wildfire in colorado almost threatened a couple's dream wedding. our sandra endo shows us how they were still able to say "do i." >> reporter: the view is breathtaking. that's why this couple dreamed of getting married in the foothills of these majestic mountains. >> being a mountain boy, i wanted it with these views. >> reporter: they planned for the big day for months. only to find out just a week before the wedding, the inspiration of their dreams was going up in flames. the sweeping waldo canyon fire burned just three miles from their ceremony site and uprooted the lives of friends and family involved in their wedding. jacob's sister is a colorado springs firefighter working on the front line. he says he would understand if her job trumps his big day. >> if she can't be here but she's got to go save other communities? then that's what she has to do.
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>> she had to pack up her kitchen and go to her sister's house and hope she can still do the cakes. >> reporter: despite the raging fires threatening their plans, the couple didn't want to call off their wedding. brianna is in the air force and is soon being deployed overseas. they want their wedding so symbolize much more than their union but a spirit of strength. >> our hearts go out to those communities that are lost but you got to keep plugging along or you can't just lie down and give up. >> reporter: they certainly didn't. so on a picture-perfect day with the mountains as their backdrop, they tied the knot. >> i now pronounce you husband and wife. jacob, kiss your bride.
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>> reporter: and family will always be family. jacob's firefighter sister traded her fire boots for some heels. she clocked 138 hours fighting the blaze in seven days. efforts which show firefighters are now getting the upper hand. >> it just hit so close to home and i think we're all a little shell shocked, we're devastated for the loss that this community has suffered and i'm glad that the firefighters are safe and that we're definitely in the wind-down mode. >> reporter: for jacob and brianna, they hope their union shows the resiliency of colorado springs. >> we're not going to let a tragedy stop the important things in life. >> i kind of agree. we can always rebuild. >> reporter: sandra endo, cnn, colorado springs. >> what a great story. all our best to the newlyweds. to find out more about how you can help those affected by the
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wildfires, go to we have a whole list of organizations there that are working directly with the victims and lot of different ways you can help out. apple's iphone is five years old. we'll take a look next at how it changed the tech world and the way we talk or don't talk on the phone anywhere. it's time to live wider awake. only the beautyrest recharge sleep system combines the comfort of aircool memory foam layered on top of beautyrest pocketed coils to promote proper sleeping posture all night long. the revolutionary recharge sleep system... from beautyrest. it's you, fully charged. metamucil uses super hard working psyllium fiber, which gels to remove unsexy waste and reduce cholesterol. taking psyllium fiber won't make you a model but you should feel a little more super. metamucil. down with cholesterol.
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. guess who or what, rather, just turned five years old? this thing. the iphone. it is the smart nophone that changed the way people communicate, it shook up the tech world. those are the iterations over years. matt buchanan is the editor of "buzz feed" and joins me here in studio to talk about the mark made. i just switched over from blackberry to iphone. i'm very late in the game, i aim aware. it is interesting, this phone came out in 2007. beginning of the recession, the financial downturn in this country. it made it. this company, apple, is now the most valuable company in the world. market cap over $500 billion. what's your take on the evolution on this fifth birthday of the iphone? >> well, when it came out, a lot of people derided it as this very expensive phone that
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nobody's going to buy because it was $600. and now over time as it's gotten cheaper and more accessible, you can get one more free basically on at&t and it is really become this sort of portable pocket computer that everybody has or can have and it's really sort after profound change. >> i think what you've told me, is how this phone and this company has changed the entire tech world in terms of it has turned companies, you believe, like google and other companies, from software companies to everywhere companies. they're building hardware, they're building everything they can to compete. >> yeah, that's right. in order to kind of match the experience apple's been delivering, traditionally what microsoft has done is made software and other people have made hafd wear. in order to match the experience apple's been delivering, what you've seen more and more is that these software and services companies like microsoft and google are also going to build their own hardware.
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microsoft announced they'll be building their own tablets, windows 8, because they really want to take control of that experience. >> when you look at the societal change that's gone along with this device within don't think it is an overstatement to say that. right? so many things have changed in how we act. we don't stand in lines anymore. we don't talk on the phone anymore. >> nope. maybe if you talk on the phone you may be using fae ining face video chat. there is a million ways to talk to people with your phone, none of which involve talking and that's pretty amazing. >> i think it helps some businesses and it is absolutely hurt some others. you point out it's ended all arguments about trivia and scrabble and -- of course, we have the internet in our pocket, it is easy to use and you can see it in a very compelling way, just the screen and size and color. also you've said that it's turned best buy into a show room for amazon. it's hurt some companies in
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terms of price comparisons. >> you walk into best buy and with the amazon app, you can just scan a bar code and see how much best buy is charging for it and how much amazon is charging for it and play with it at best buy. then you see, it's $5 cheaper at amazon plus i'm not going to pay sales tax plus i'll get free shipping. you wait two days and then it shows up. why go into a store and that kind of thing when you can get it online? >> it's absolutely changed my world having it just the way that i communicate. matt, thank you. appreciate you coming in to the studio today. thanks. a 49-year-old woman set out to become the first person to swim from cuba to florida. we'll tell if you this courageous grandmother made it. dad, i think he's dead.
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checking top stories this hour -- difficult days ahead for parts of the midwest and northeast, hit hard by severe storms this weekend. so far, we know 12 people have been killed and power was knocked out from nearly 4 million homes. most of those homes still don't have any electricity and that is creating life threatening conditions in areas also suffering through a record breaking heat wave. there's confusion over whether new york congressman charlie rangel actually won tuesday's primary or not. early results gave rangel the lead, but now new unofficial numbers narrow that lead to just about 800 votes with more than 3,000 votes still unaccounted for. raj has ser rangel's challenger has filed a lawsuit and the new york supreme court has set a hearing on the election results for tomorrow. a courageous try ends in
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disappointment for 49-year-old grandmother. penny palfrey was trying to become the first person to swim from cuba to the florida keys but she had to be pulled from the water early today because of strong currents. palfrey had been swimming for 40 hours. she was in the water without a shark cage, flippers, wet suit or snorkel. the london olympics are less than a month away. if you're lucky enough to be going, you'll see there is a lot more do than just the games. fredricka whitfield talked with kate maxwell of to find out what you can do other than going to the games if you're going to cross the pond. >> really london is known for some pretty fabulous museums all year round. let's begin with the tape modern. >> as you say, london's museums are really capitalizing on the influx of tourists over the olympic and mounding some fantastic blockbuster exhibitions. the tape modern has damian hurst, one of the world's most
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unflu influence controversial markets. there are spot paintings. there's even a room of live butterflies, believe it or not. definitely check that out. his dime encrusted and platinum skull worth something like 50 million pounds. really facts and controversial exhibition. >> that skull makes me think of alexander mcqueen, one of the more prominent fashion artists -- or late fashion designer. >> right. >> really, british fashion has received a kind of resurgence because of kate middleton. that's why you may want to stop by the victorian albert museum? >> it is london's big art and museum design. they have an exhibition of 60 ball gowns worn by celebrities and royalty since the 1950s. by queens and also some exciting
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people. really traces the development of society really. several really big designers. >> this exhibit would really kind of inspire people if they haven't already made plans to pri an extra piece of luggage, because when you shop in london and see what's available, you're going to want to fill it up and bring it back home. >> that was our fredricka whitfield talking with kate maxwell of i'll be back in an hour from now. we'll hear from a mexican worker whose goal of living the american dream has been diminished by the horrible u.s. economy. it forced him and many immigrants to return home. home? "your money" starts right now.
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