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court today to face charges including first-degree murder. james holmes is the graduate student who is accused of killing 12 people and wounding 38 others. the hearing for holmes wrapped up in the last half hour. i want to bring in ed lavandara who is joining us from centennial, colorado. ed, walk us through the charges that he is faced with. >> sure thing, suzanne. essentially, james hmes has been charged with 142 criminal counts. 24 counts of first-degree murder and 116 counts of attempted murder, and essentially, that is doubled up on the number of victims inside of that movie theater. remember, 12 people killed an 58 people who were wound and taken to hospitals. now the legal reason behind that according to the paperwork we have received is that they were able to file double the charges on each of those victims, because number one, prosecutors say it was a planned attack, and premeditated and also because james holmes showed an extreme
indifference towards the people he was killing, and that is that he did not matter who he was killing, but shooting indiscriminantly into the movie theater. because off that, that gives them the legal basis to file double the counts against james holmes. there is also one count of possessing explosives and one count which is a sentence enhancer because of the violence associated with the tragedy that happened inside of that movie theater. so those are the criminal counts. 142 in all, and of course, he faces the death penalty which prosecutors say they are still months away from deciding if they will go down the road. >> and describe for us, ed, what he looked like, james holmes? does he have the bright orange red hair and look kind of out of it inside of the courtroom? >> well, he did. this time instead of disheveled it was like matted down like he had put something in it and matted it down, and it frailed here at the sides, but still that barre reddish orangish
color and in that burgundy jumpsuit, and shackled in the legs and the hands and sheriffs deputies were inside of the courtroom as well. what stood out as the 142 counts were read against him, he had no reaction and sat there peacefully and calmly. now having said that, we talked about the way he appeared and the mannerisms after the court hearing and some people appeared to be on medication, but to me, he appeared more lucid this time around, and slightly more aware of what was going on, but still at times he had the head would drift around and the eyes would open real wide as if he was trying to process what was going on around him is the best i can tell, and that is, you know, just a simple judgment from someone who is sitting about 20 feet a wway are fra him, and wh the judge was talking, he seemed to be staring at the bottom of the bench there, and staring blankly. it was a kind of very calm and
peaceful demeanor that he kind of showed there. >> and ed, you said that he actually spoke? and he actually spoke one word, and what was the voice like and what did he say? >> well, the one point and this is a 45-minute hearing and the attorneys were trying to figure out when they could hold a preliminary hearing which is one of the next steps here in the legal process. his attorneys, the public defenders wanted more time and to delay it back to november. the judge in the case asked james holmes to talk with his attorneys to make sure he was okay and that he understood why his attorneys were making that decision, and the judge then asked him if he was okay with that and he simply and quietly said yes and that is the only time we heard him speak. it was very hard to hear him say that word. >> and finally, ed, a quick question here, and any reaction from the victims' family members who were also there? >> well, we spoke to a couple, and let me set the scene first. 120 seats in the courtroom, and half of it was filled with the
victims or the victims' families and also an overflow room people watching with a video camera to for them to watch the proceedings. a couple of people stood out to me. one young man on the front row leaning forward who never once stopped staring at james holmes and locked in with him and trying to make eye contact with him, and never flinch and you could see a stoic and determined look on her face, and another woman tiredly leaning back in her chair with the bandage only her arms and had the hospital wristbands on and brought here by her loved ones. and suzanne, this is a story that i was struck by the name of don later who was in the eighth row of the theater and he came here with a young woman named amber harris. before the shooting they were both in theater nine, and they came here together. dan met amber in the moments after the shooting, and he found her kind of walking aimlessly around in the parking lot and
confused and dazed by everything that happened and don said, you are coming with me, and he put her in the car and they have been taking care of each other sense. they did not know each other before and they came here together and they say they are incredibly good friends and that speaks volumes to how many of the people are going to be going through the process together and dealing with the process and leaning on each other to get through it. don said he has been to see the batman movie twice since the shooting and showed up here today wearing the "batman dark knight rides rides" t-shirt. >> well, that is good news. and now, let's talk with our legal expert paul callan, and tell us why there are 24 counts when 12 people have been killed? >> well m most american states and including colorado, there is fir
first-degree murder. the first is that everybody is familiar with television, you point the gun at somebody and pull the trigger intending to kill them is ordinary murder, but there is a second kind called depraved and indifference murder and that is when you do something so horribly reckless that any reason would know it would cause death. for instance if you drove your car at a high speed on a sidewalk that would be depraved indifference murder. here sh here, the prosecutors are saying that maybe we cannot prove that he was aiming the rifle at a particular person, but anybody who sprays a rifle in a crowded theater shows such a disregad for human life that it is the functional equivalent of intentionally killing somebody. so they sort of hedged the bets with the second set of counts, but the punishment is the same and easily proven on this fact pattern if the facts are as we think they are. >> and paul, why don't we see more of that type of thing where you have a double charge for one killing? >> well, you don't usually see it, because usually in a murder
case, the murderer comes in and he intends to kill one person, and he fires a shot or uses a knife and kills the person. this is rare where a large group of people are shot in an incident. for instance, he could have been hypothetically he was aiming part of the time at the movie screen. that would be, and maybe some of the bullets ricocheted and hit the victims and that would still be depraved and indifference murder, but it is a fact pattern that you don't often see. >> and no cameras inside of the courthouse today, and you were disappointed by that decision, why? >> well, i'm disappointed and disturbed by it. the entire country is watching this case to see that justice is found in a colorado courtroom. and to exclude the public from viewing the proceedings, i think it is a mistake. and with a large number of victims in the case who probably could not even fit into the courtroom and i'm talking about the victims' family members and
cameras in the courtroom would have assisted in that process. the jury trial is very far away, and so these proceedings are not going the affect the jury trial. as a matter of fact, to me with the people speculating about what happens in a courtroom, it is more likely to have a bad effect on the trial than actually seeing what goes on inside of the courtroom. so i disagree with the decision not to put cameras in that courtroom. >> all right. paul callan, thank you, and good to see you as always. this is what we are working on this hour. mitt romney weighs in the conflict of israel and palestine. he goes beyond u.s. policy and stirring the pot in israel. plus -- >> this should be about a foot long or something like that. usually 42 or 44 grains long, and this one's eight grains long. >> it is the worst drought in the u.s. in half a century and you will be paying the price at the grocery store. heartbreak for u.s. gymnast jordyn weiber.
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mitt romney arrives in poland and it is the final leg of the overseas trip. the stop came after an invitation from lek aless isa w inspired the fall of the iron curtain and he hopes that romney wins the next election and criticized the leadership of the u.s. and says new leadership is needed. romney will also visit the prime minister. and in israel, he promised to move the american embassy to jerusalem, and in a speech, romney said that iran must not be allowed to develop nuclear weapon weapons and no option is off of the table. >> we must not delude ourselves to thinking that containment is an option. we must lead the effort to prevent iran from building and possessing weapons capability, and we should employ any and all measures to persuade the iranian regime from a nuclear course,
and it is our fervent hope that diplomatic and economic sanctions will do so, but in the final analysis, no option should be excluded. we recognize israel's right to defend itself, and it is right for america to stand with you. >> romney also referred to jerusalem as israel's capital and expanded on that with an interview with our own wolf blitzer. wolf is joining us from jerusalem and talk about the first point, the u.s. policy on jerusalem as the capital is intentionally vague because of the years that the palestinians who are also claiming rights as that as part of their own future and the independent state and the capital and everybody feels like they have some skin in the game, and how significant for romney to pledge to move the embassy to jerusalem? >> well, he would not be the first presidential candidate to
make the pledge, but if he is president, would he deliver? other candidates barack obama, himself, then a u.s. senator made a similar pledge and then once he became president of the united states, he didn't move the embassy from tel aviv to jerusalem to symbolize that the u.s. recognizes jerusalem as israel's capital. listen to what mitt romney told me in our interview. >> do you consider jerusalem to be the capital of israel? >> yes, of course. a nation has the capacity to choose its own capital city, and jer r jerusalem is israel's capital. >> if you become president of the united states, would you move the u.s. embassy from tel aviv to jerusalem? it has long been the policy of the country to have the embassy in the capital city of jerusal jerusalem, and the decision to make the move is one that if i were president to take in con l consultation with the leadership of the government which exists at that time. and as you know, suzanne, congress several years ago
passed legislation requiring the u.s. to move the embassy from tel aviv to jerusalem, but there was a contingent clause in there saying that if the president deemed that would be undermining national security every six months he could wave that and sign it and they would not have to move the embassy, and president obama has done that every six months. as result the u.s. embassy remains in tel aviv. >> and romney also pledged not the criticize president obama during his overseas trip, but he has made a point to point out the contrasts and also made a point to say how close he is to benjamin netanyahu and does he feel he has struck the right balance here? >> well, he has been trying and certainly in the interview i had with him and we will play the whole interview in "the situation room" today, but he was implicit in the criticism of the president in several sensitive issues, and he did not explicitly if not directly blast or condemn the president, but he
tried to contrast in a more subtle way under the theory that politics stops at the, you know, when he goes overseas and he should not be criticizing the sitting president of the united states whether in london or jerusalem or now in poland where he is. so it is a delicate dance that he tries to do, and other presidential candidates i have tried to do the same when there is an incumbent president that you are seeking to replace. he has tried to do it and for all practical purposes he has done it, but the message certainly comes through the criticism implicit in many of the statements that he makes. >> when you hear the statements, and we know that romney has been criticized by some of the palestinian leaders including sayed and he is looking how to palestinians are responding to him or how the jewish community in the united states is responding to him, potential voters? >> well, if you speak to the
aides, it is clear, he is very concerned that one of the reasons that israel was selected on the trip is because he feels that israel has a lot of supporters in the american jewish community obviously, but evangelical christians and others in a key state like florida and a key battleground state has a significant jewish vote in florida and he wants to wean away from president obama's support in the american jewish community and that is one of the major reasons he was here in jerusalem. >> wolf, good to see you and we hope you can see the interview with mitt romney today with wolf in "the situation room" today at 4:00 p.m. eastern. and bill clinton will play a prominent role in the national democratic convention. and he will place him into nomination. and they say that the president's speech will starkly lay out the economic differences of the two policies and he will describe why he believes that barack obama is the best choice
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less than two hours from now, world champion swimmer goes for the gold again. american ryan lochte is the current men's champ in the 200-meter freestyle. he picked up a gold medal by winning the medley on saturday and michael phelps came in second. and now missy franklin is going for gold in the 100-meter backstroke. the competition gets going after the men's competition. and the men's gymnastics team is trying to win the team competition, and they were in fifth overall. not all of olympians' dreams are coming true. we are talking about the world champion jordyn wieber failing
to qualify for the women's all-around final by less than half a point? >> i know. it was really devastating for her, suzanne. she ended in tears. she did not want the talk to anyone and walked out and didn't want to talk to the journalists and she issued a statement afterwards saying it was so disappointing and this was her big dream to be here at the olympics and win. she was tapped for getting gold, but essentially, she had a bad day, suzanne. she was not good in e vault and didn't do well in the uneven bars and the handstand was wobbly and on the floor exercises, she did not cut it. one of the coaches said, look, winning is a big thing, but also how you handle losing is something that is really important, too. so he said that is what they are trying to talk to her all about, and be graceful about this and it was just a bad day and a bad moment. >> it is tough when it only comes around every four years, a tough way to go. >> yes, it is. >> emotion is okay. and what about american men, the
gymnastics team, and what is going on with them and how are they doing? >> oh, another spoiler or bummer here, suzanne. they actually did really well over the weekend and everyone was floored. they did fantastic and got almost a perfect score across the board in some of the instances they were competing, but those were the preliminary rounds and they did not carryover the scores until today, so as of a short while ago, the usa gymnastics men's team is lost, and trailing china by nine points. >> they are last? >> a bit of a bummer on that front. yes, dead last. >> give me some good news, please. tell us about ryan lochte and the race is coming up soon, right? he is the swimmer to watch? >> yes, he is. it is coming up in a couple of hours and everyone here is really hyped up and excited to watch that. it is the 200-meter freestyle. and now his main challenger is going be the japanese guy who has also gotten a gold medal, and so these two are going to go
head-to-head, and we will see wh what happens. one thing that everyone is talking about, too, today, suzanne, is the 16-year-old chinese woman swimmer. and she actually won the 400-meter individual medley relay and she crushed her own championship score, her own world record by seven seconds, and then in the last 50 meters of that swim, she was faster than ryan lochte. so, that is getting a lot of attention and maybe a little bit of suspicion here as well. >> okay. zain, thank you so much. great assignment to be there obviously. our piers morgan sat down with 27-year-old swimming legend michael phelps going into the games and here is what he had to say about the athlete he most admires. >> who are your sporting idols? >> michael jordan. >> why him? >> well, he changed the sport of basketball in my eyes and how on and off of the court, the guy,
in my eyes, he made basketball what it is. and, you know, what he did -- >> have you met him? >> i have never met him. >> what would you ask him if you were able to meet michael jordan? >> you know, i have had that thought a lot. >> what is the thing that you are most curious about with him? >> ah, i mean, i think that part of me would ask him about what made him come back to the sport, what made him go to basketball and come decide to come back, excuse me, baseball and then decide to come back to basketball. i think that one of the coolest things that i love about him was that it didn't matter what he had, you know, going on off of the court or if he was sick or this or that, and he never used it as an excuse and came out every single night on the court and he did what he had to do to get the job done. that is what champions do. it does not matter what else is going on when you walk into the arena, or your, whatever you
excel at, you are there to take care of the job you have to do. >> and you can see the entire michael phelps' interview at 9:00 p.m. eastern right her on cnn. a nine-hour gun battle between rebels and military forces in aleppo, syria. our ivan watson witnessed the fight from this vantage point. he tells us what he witnessed firsthand. don't forget that you can watch cnn live on the computer while you work. head to cnn.com/tv. valley. crispy granola, layered with creamy peanut butter or rich dark chocolate flavor. 90 calories. 100% natural. and nature...approves. granola thins. from nature valley. nature at its most delicious. ♪ ( whirring and crackling sounds )
regime that has committed such violent and oppressive acts against its own people. the defections are reported inside of syria and including a brigadier general who fled to turkey along with 11 other syrian officers. the u.n. says about 200,000 people have fled the fighting in and around aleppo for the past two days and the amateur video is showing families rushing to get out of harm's way, fighting, raging overnight at a government military base just outside of the city. our ivan watson was less than a couple of miles from where all of this happened, and he joins by phone from northern syria, and tell us what we are watching here, ivan, in the overnight battle. >> well, in is the battle that we saw with three hours of fighting and we were tipped off beforehand that the rebels were planning to attack the syrian government outpost that overlooks the main highway that
runs north from aleppo to the turkish border. the fighting erupted. the army base was spraying the surrounding villages and the hills with the machine gun fire, ab they ca nd they called in ar strikes from miles away from aleppo, and one in particular that pounded a village that the rebels controlled that overlooked the government checkpoint. and what was striking was that over the course of three hours the amount of fire coming out of the army base diminish and diminished and we listened over the rebel radio that the fighters were crawling up to the base on their stomachs carrying rocket-prop rocket-propelled grenades and started taking out and capturing tanks, one by one. and by late at night, early this morning, the base was in rebel hands. suzanne. >> what is the significance of this particular base? the fact that the rebels now have it in their control.
>> well, this is one of the last remaining army outposts on the north earn artery that runs from syria's commercial capital, aleppo, to the turkish border and basically the rebels are consolidating the control over the countryside to the north of this crucial city. they have also grabbed most of the territory and the main highway running west of the city as well. so they are basically slowly and encircling it even as they have moved the men inside of the city at the same time. the fact that they were able to mount an attack on the outpost while still fighting syrian government troops inside of aleppo and the fact that the rebels felt they had the manpower and the ammunition to do this suggests they are feeling confident on the battlefield right now. and the fact that the government troops could not bring in reinforcements during the three hours that we watched the battle
says something about how weak the syrian military is in northern syria right now. >> ivan watson there in syria. thank you so much, ivan. appreciate it. it is time for kids to of course head back to school and we know what that means? mom and dad to head to the schools to pack up on the school supplies and details on how that could actually boost the economy. through university of phoenix,e that pride, that was on my face. i am jocelyn taylor. i'm committed to making a difference in people's lives, and i am a phoenix. visit phoenix.edu to find the program that's right for you. enroll now. a living, breathing intelligence helping business, do more business. in here, opportunities are created and protected. gonna need more wool! demand is instantly recognized and securely acted on
all right. if you think you spend too much time on your e-mail at work, you are probably right. the study from the mckenzie institute says we spend some 650 work hours a year on e-mail so it works out to 13 hours a week. the company says that having workers communicate however through social media might be more productive. since most of us are already spending time there anyway. we are going to get a detailed portrait of the u.s. economy happening this week. we are talking about a slow of economic data that is capped off by the jobs report that will happen friday.
ahead of that, you have the dow that actually opened above 13,000 which happened this morning which is the first time that has happened since may. w i want to bring in alison kosik from the new york stock exchange and tell us about that, because you have a week with jobs report and housing prices and consumer confidence and all of the information we will go getting as well as a look of the central banks. what do we think we will learn? >> and the central banks figure that it is really the main focus of wall street, because what it is about for wall street, suzanne, is the anticipation or the antici-pointment, if the central banks will jump in to help the economy. and the federal reserve wraps up a meeting by the end of the week, and it will be waiting to know if the fed is going to do something, and the calls are getting louder for the fed to step in and do something and something quick after the dismal jobs report and showing that the economic activity has slowed
down in second quarter. and they say if they have to do something, they have to do it this week or next to september, because if it waits too late to the election, it could be viewed as a political view, and the fed is to be a nonpartisan party, and the central bank in europe is meeting this week and they want to know if it is going to take any steps to relieve pressure there. >> and another thing happening this week is the parents going to get school supplies and the kids back to school and a big time for retailers, and do we believe it makes a difference? >> yes, it does make a huge difference. consumer spending accounts for a huge part of the economy and maybe this is a surprise, but americans are expected to spend more on the back-to-school shopping than they did last year. there is a survey from the national retail federation says that shopping for kids from kindergarten to 12th grade is expected to climb 14% which means that the average family will spend $700 which is because partly of parents made due with old cloing and supplies last year, sof a year off of spending, they need to stock up
again. even though they will spend more, a lot of parents are planning to shop smarter and do discount and comparison shopping because of the economy and cut back in other areas, because it is about stretching the dollar, right? >> and yes, and tell us about the market and how it is affected today? >> well, the dow is holding above the 13,000 level it pushed past friday. one analyst puts it this way, that wall street is sort of wading through a fog right now. there is a lot of caution ahead of the central bank meetings that i mentioned earlier, and investors don't want to make big bets in the market until they hear what the policy makers have up that their sleeve. >> yes. thank you, alison. and now a trial by jury comes down to one thing, pate s patents. apple is claiming that samsung has infringed on the interface of the iphone and the ipad and for example sir ri, the apple's
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>> reporter: too much sun, and too little rain for too long. tommy bull's crop s as are the t he has had in more than 40 years of farming. have you seen anything worse than this? >> i have not seen anything. i heard my father-in-law talking about it in 1948 or something like that. >> reporter: his corn is dry and shrivelled and hurt iing. >> it should be a foot long or something like that, and usually 42, 44 grains long, and this one is eight grains long. >> reporter: the damage stretches across the country and the u.s. department of agriculture estimates 2/3 of crops are affected by moderate drought. when did it start looking bad? >> we started here about the third week of june. >> bowles has federal crop insurance, but at best, he will break even and he won't hire the six extra workers he gets at harvest, and they are not the only ones paying the price. >> the corn prices are fed all of the way up to the supermarket. >> the usda economist rick
volpei says it should not be historic price increases, but we expect poultry to go up 3 1/2% and beef 3 1/2 to 4%, and pork prices 2 to 3%. >> in 2013, higher prices are expected to add another $ 3 to $4 impact and that is just what tommy bowles is seeing. bowles says if there is no rain in two week, his beans are going to be worthless with the next crop one year away. >> it is in your blood. you like what you do and you can't wait to get up every morning to do it, but it hurts right now. it hurts. >> reporter: if tommy bowles had to guess, he would estimate an 80% crop loss this year. in fact, his onlyb certainty is of the 6300 acres he farms, these are the only 1,300 acres that are green.
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less than an hour from now a world champion swimmer goes for the gold. we're talking about ryan lochte. he's already picked up a gold medal. he won the 400 individual medley. that happened on saturday. michael phelps came in forth place. missy franklin going for the gold. that race gets started after the men's competition.
another u.s. swimmer set to get a world record. she's the first woman to swim the 100-meter butterfly in less than 6 0 seco0 seconds. she made a big change that improved her in a big way. her is sanjay gupta. >> reporter: dana vollmer won gold. it's a sweet comeback after a bitter disappointment four years ago when she failed to qualify. >> it just seemed like in my career i also had something. >> reporter: at one point there was a heart condition. an acl injury, shoulder injuries and back pain. there were also mysterious stomach aches. >> i always had knee or shoulder problems so i didn't want to say i have a tummy ache today. >> reporter: it went foreion fo
years. >> i been to the emergency room three times. >> reporter: doctors couldn't figure out what was wrong. >> there were multiple competitions with my family that i would be outside with them in tears because my stomach would hurt like drinking hot water to get it to calm down. my family figured it was from nerves. >> reporter: it turns out she was allergic to eggs and gluten. a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. she cut it all out of her diet. >> it's amazing how much better i feel now. the stomach aches are gone. >> reporter: as many as one in ten people are gluten sense sensitive. even a tiny amount causes headache, gas, bloating and weakness. avoiding it is a challenge but it's one opponent she knows how to beat. >> i'm in a great place.
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conrad murray, the doctor convicted in the death of michael jackson wants a key piece of evidence tested. he wants to show that jackson injected himself with the drug that killed him. we know that it contained the fatal dose. what does he want to check? >> just days in the news where he invited katherine jackson to visit him in jail. this new development is based on how michael jackson died. murray wants a key piece of evidence tested which his attorneys argue that it could prove the pop star injected
himself with the drug that killed him. this gets a bit complex but lawyers for the doctors are asking a test of the residue in a bottle. if it contained 10% of the the drug lydocaine that he rigged up an iv drip using the bottle. if it's 100% propofol it would dispute what they are saying. >> is he likely to succeed in getting this bottle tested? >> what's interesting here in this bottle appeal is a small part of the appeal. the defense admits it isn't too optimistic that will go through but they feel overall about their whole appeals process. we'll have to see.
>> any reaction from the family? >> i just got this from a source a few minutes ago. they say that they'd be surprised if the jackson family has even notice to this. everything above and beyond the drama that's going on, that's what their focal point is right now. they don't think anyone is aware of this appeal and they have a lot of things to consider outside of murray's legal activities. short answer, no. >> keep us post. brett favre is coming back to football. he's not going to be a quarterback. he's back in his home state of mississippi to be an assistant high school football coach. team began practice this morning. he doesn't officially start until later in the week. "cnn newsroom" is continuing now with brooke baldwin. >> thank you. hello to you. happy monday. we want to stay committed to what's happening inside syria. we're about to take you inside the country for a rare live
report. the nation's largest city, the commercial hub here. the center of this fierce battle between the rebels and the regime. we're talking about families, children, escaping aleppo leaving everything they have behind just to save themselves. we're about to hear what's happening there on the ground. plus, i'll speak with someone who says watch out because a terror group may jump into this mess very soon. we'll take you inside syria in just moments. just in, we are getting word that swat teams are storming a jail where the standoff has been under way for hours between inmates and police. i want to go live to jewel hillary. she's our reporter from wlbt. she's been on the scene since the whole thing started. just back up and tell me when this started and what you're seeing right now. >> reporter: good afternoon. this all got under way early this morning about 3:00. we're about a mile and a half to two miles away from where the
detention center is. we've been blocked from going to where the actual detention center is. we have a helicopter up which has video of this disturbance. looks like it's wrapped up in the past couple of minutes. swat teams from across the area as well as officials from the hinds county sheriff's office have gone in by force and taken inmates out by force. there's some that are running out in an orderly fashion but also a number that are being taken out by the swat team. this got under way about 3:00 this morning after a gentleman by the name of kendall jackson was uncooperative during a routine security check and he got out of an isolated pod and went into a larger pod, pod c where he started to stir up be disturbance and that's when the situation escalate and got out of hand. >> let me jump in.
>> reporter: the other inmate but haven't been able to so they went in by force just not too long ago. >> i don't know how well our connection is. it sounds to me, if you can hear me, that this thing pretty much is done, correct? >> reporter: can you repeat that? >> you're saying that this has been going on since 2, 3:00 in the morning but it's more or less an orderly fashion. everything is wrapped up? do we have any accounts of injuries on either side? police or inmates? >> reporter: we haven't heard about any injuries. i know one detention officer was taken to the hospital early this morning. she went into shock. in terms of injuries, we have not heard any official word from authorities. we've received lots of phone calls into our news room from inmates inside of the prison and people that work inside the prison just saying how chaotic
the situation is. we haven't been able to confirm that. that's just calls that have been coming in. authorities say they are still investigating and aren't giving us information about anyone being beat. >> okay. jewell hillery. thank you. now to this one. 142, 142, criminal counts for the movie theater gunman james holmes. he was in court today. this is his appearance number two. we saw him a week ago today. here he is. these are just sketches because today cameras are not allowed inside the courtroom. today we hear james holmes speak. ed, from what i understand it was about a 45-minute hearing. can you walk me through these charges? 142 counts in total. what did he say?
>> reporter: we'll run over those charges. there's 142 criminal counts. 24 are first-degree. 116 are attempted murder. one for possessing explosives and another one is an enhancement because of the violence in this. that 24 and 116 might be confusing to most people. there are 12 victims who died, 58 wounds. prosecutors were able to double up on those charges and file them twice because of two different stitchlations in the law. one of them is because it was premeditated and another one had to do with the randomness and the indifference, the extreme indifference he showed the victims. those counts are doubled up. the one time that we heard from james holmes and it wasn't much, it was the simple word yes. he was asked to speak with his attorneys. his attorneys were trying to delay and get more time for the preliminary hearing which is
scheduled in november. it's one of the first times we'll get into the meat and the details of the evidence that will be presented against james holmes. the judge told him to confer with his attorneys and make sure he underwhat was going on with that and the judge asked if that was okay and he said yes. throughout the entire process he was very calm, very, much more lucid from last time. we talked about how bizarre he acted. this time much more lucid and still very strange mannerisms, but i thought he was much more with it today. >> i do want to ask you a bit more about who was in the courtroom. to your point, just for the people who have been confused wondering because there were the 12 fatalities, but he faces 24 counts of murder. i just want to play a little sound. this is from a legal expert. you touched on it, but this is something called depraved indifference. let's take a listen. >> in most states like colorado,
you have first-degree murder which could consist of an intentional murder. you point a gun at somebody with the intent of killing them. that's first-degree. there's a second type and that's called a eed a depraved indiffe murder. he went into the theater and just sprayed shots around the theater, maybe not intending to kill a particular individual. that would be a form of what we call depraved indifference murder and it's functionally the same thing. >> i just wanted to play that so we could understand the 24 counts of murder in the first-degree. you were in the courtroom. there's about 100 seats. half media. tell me who else was in there. >> reporter: there were a lot of victim survivors who were there in theater number nine. there was an overflow room of people brought and allowed to listen to this.
we've been talking to them as they have been leaving the courthouse. those who have chosen to speak publicly and their thoughts about being in the same room with the man that caused so much pain and destruction. we were told that the prosecutor went with those victims and the survivors into another room and explained the reasoning behind the charges and why they were going to. we asked if they thought 142 criminal counts was enough. some people suggested they would have like to see terrorism charges or something like that. one person said that the prosecutors explained to them they were charging what they could handle. if they just started throwing the book and piling on and piling on a mass amount of criminal charges that that would delay this process and make this last much longer than they felt it needed to. clearly, prosecutors kind of targeting exactly the criminal
charges and going after what they wanted. that's what they wanted to explain to them. >> 142 counts. thank you, ed. one argument here in the gun violence debate, we've been talking about this the last week or so, don't look at the people. look at the guns. the u.s. has more than any other nation in the world. >> reporter: the united states stands out from the rest of the world not because it has more nut cases. i think we can assume those people are sprinkled throughout every society equally but because it has more guns. look at this map. it shows the average number of firearms per 100 people. most of the world is shaded light green. that's where there's 0 to ten guns. in dark brown you have more than 70 guns per 100 people.
the u.s. is the only country in that category. there are 88 guns for every 100 americans. yemen is second at 54. s ser serbia and iraq are among the oers. we have 5% of the population and 50% of the guns. the sheer number of guns isn't an isolated statistic. we compare badly on fatalities too. ten times as many as india. whatever you think of gun rights and gun control, the numbers don't flatter america. i saw an interesting graph in the atlantic magazine. on a spectrum from yellow to red it shows the gun related deaths by state. be f you add one more piece of data, gun control, you see the
state with one firearm law such as the assault weapons ban or trigger locks tend to be the states shaded in lighter colors. conclusion. there are lots of factors involved but there is a correlation between tighter laws and fewer gun related deaths. >> given what you just heard, you would think that crime in the u.s. has gotten worse, right? no. listen to what is surprising. >> reporter: the u.s. is getting safer. since 2000, violent crime rates fell by 20%. aggravated by 22%. motor vehicle theft by 42 murder. murder by 13%. guns are the exception. gun homicide rates haven't improved at all. there were roughly the same levels in 2009 as they were in 2000. serious but nonfatal gun injuries caused during assault have increased in the last
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aleppo so far has not been to laugt slaughter. some had predicted far from it. we have been getting video showing the bodies of government soldiers in the street here. we also have this, syrian rebels pumping ground to air fire at a government helicopter swooping overhead. the rebels are making a stand, at least so far in the city of aleppo. i'm going to illustrate to you why this is significant here with the help of the map. first, i want to bring in our correspondent there inside syria on the ground, ivan watson. he's just outside of aleppo. he witnessed this battle. he's been to this military base since the rebels overran it. tell me what you have seen with your own eyes. >> reporter: last night we saw pretty serious battle. i watched three hours of fighting that started at sunset
with the rebels attacking this military outpost from three sides. it's now posted overlooked to the main highway that runs north from aleppo to the turkish border. it's a pretty important transit route for trade and travel. the army base was firing in all different directions with machine guns. it was firing big tanks outside hitting the neighboring villages, shooting anything and they calmed in artillery from aleppo which was a couple of miles down the road. in the end the rebels captured the outpost which was defending by a dozen tanks and armor personnel carriers. the rebels had carted away four tanks that they captured and were taking away boxes and boxes of ammunition that they captured as well. >> i want do show our viewers as
we talk about aleppo. we said you're near aleppo. there's this neighborhood. you have this rebel stronghold here. the government says it's purged, at least so far, the rebels are still there. what can you tell us about this spot in aleppo? >> reporter: i assume you may be talking about salahoudon. they claim to have control. that's pretty normal. there's a war of information and war of propaganda as well. it's hard unless you're on the ground in that particular spot to confirm either side's claims of what's happened. the fighting is still raging.
it's displacing ten, if not thousands of terrified civilians. last night's battle at this outpost which is really the gates of the city, proves to me was that the syrian military was not in a position to rush reenforcemented to its desiebes base. they couldn't run any re-enforcemented there, and had to retreat. the rebels still felt they had the manpower and weapons to make an attack outside of aleppo. that says something about the dynamics of the conflict of this civil war in northern syria. it also says something about how far this opposition movement has come. these guys barely had shotguns five months ago and now they are capturing tanks and using them
in battle. >> you've reported on how you've seen this evolution and sophistication. they are holding down on the city of aleppo. we thank you. stay safe. i promised we'd explain why this is really significant. jim, clancy walk on in here. this is our veteran journalist. i think it's important to explain the significance. you have syria, neighbors to the north being turkey, lebanon, israel and iraq. iran and syria are buddies. they hate the united states. >> promotes a state within a state. famously precipitating that 2006 war with israel that led to devastating results inside lebanon. still a question as to will iran
allow assad to fall. will he ask hezballah to move in. >> if hezballah comes in, does that give nato justification to come in? >> no. right now this is shaping up not to be the military fight but it's still a political fight. it's a political fight right now for momentum. you've got to ask yourself what are the rebels doing up in aleppo. they just got punished in damascus. why are they trying to hold a major city like this? >> how are they able to? how are they able to so far? ivan was talking about how the government troops haven't been able to run re-enforcements. they don't have what the regime has. >> the rebels may be thinking just as leon panetta pointed out
this is another nail in the coffin of bashar assad of what he'll have to do to push them out. he's going to have to pound them. more and more people are alienated from the regime. the very legitimate rule, the political viability becomes more and more remote. this may by their strategy. they may not have a strategy. seizing that military base shows they have the aggressive stand. they have some momentum. it doesn't prove, don't think this is the same as being able to fight toe to toe with the syrian military. >> let me ask you about turkey. we've seen video of tanks, turkitur turkish tanks. might we see intervention? >> i don't think so. >> why? >> because i don't think they want to turn it into a national
event. >> why bring tanks? >> just to let them know they don't want to see anybody coming on their side of the border, just to let them know they are there. let them know we are here to defend our interests. bashar assad has been using foreign intervention to explain why his own people have risen up against him. no one wants to give him an excuse to say that's the reality. the rebels are getting their guns from somewhere. some of them are coming from military bases, but not all of them. >> we'll keep the conversation going as this is important. thank you so much. now to the other global event dominating the world's attention. that being the olympics. during this show some major events going down including missy franklin's event.
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he is just two medals shy of becoming the most decorated olympian ever. michael phelps swims next hour hoping to get closer to that record that he wants in london. up to now london has not looked good for phelps. he trailed we behind ryan lochte on saturday. lochte scored the gold there. fast forward to sunday, phelps and his teammates came in second giving up the gold to team france. piers morgan is having a ball in london watching all of this sort of first hand. piers, i know you sad down with michael phelps before the olympics.
we all see michael phelps who is the swimmer on television. tell me about the other side that we never get to see. >> he's a fascinating character. very confident and laid back. the more i pressed him about what we didn't know, he said that 90% of him and his life and character is a secret to the public. i delved into his background. some touching stories about how he's gone out of his way to help sick children in particular. he helped a young boy who got very sick who was a swimming fan and he flew across america to be at this boy's death bed. when he tells the story airing tonight it's a powerful, moving story. he's a complicated character. there was one part of the interview i was stunned by. he said at the height of his training before beijing he trained every day for five years up to eight hours a day. he never missed a single day
training. he said that's what it took in his head to be the best of the best. the question is, has he trained at that intensity for these games because if he hasn't, that might explain why ryan lochte has come along and stolen the early thunder. >> i know everyone is saying who is this ryan lochte. so many people were honed in on michael phelps. let's play a bit of your exchange with michael phelps. here it is. >> london is my hometown. everyone is very excited about you coming. what's extraordinary is every american athlete when i asked them to site a role model, 90% say you. with that comes responsibility. are you among of the status you have among your peer group, and what do you feel about that? >> sometimes i feel it, but i like to just think of myself as a normal person who just has a
passion, has a goal and a dream and goes out and does it. that's how i've always lived my life. >> i've seen you say that before, kbrobut you're not a no person. >> i'm normal. i spent 20 years in the pool. >> that's not normal. >> what do you consider normal? >> not spending 20 years in the pool. i spend about 20 minutes in the pool a day. >> that's not normal. >> it's incredible how laid back he seems. i'm sure once he hears that announcer say, swimmers take your mark, something flips and he's game on. we'll watch for that tonight. piers, i have to get to something. i know you're in london and you get to see this live. for those of us in the united states, there's all kinds of frustration. nbc are holding off on airing some of the events live and
saving them for primetime. gary tweeted me, we can watch revolutions as they happen but not the olympics. guess there's no money in revolutions. megan tweeted, doesn't bug me. i have a job so getting to watch in primetime is fine with me. ryan said it's very frustrating. it's like i have to unplug for the next two weeks to avoid spoilers, do it live. i think it speaks to how so much has changed so many people are on social media and it's frustrating to a lot of americans. >> i think the game has changed and nbc have to react to that. i'm a huge admirer of jim bell who is the guy that's running it this year and the team he has. the reality is that you have a situation where michael phelps and ryan lock khte is engaged i the battle and only in other
countries can you watch it live. you have to wait for nbc nightly news on the report for who won and hours after that they are showing the race. that can't go on be i'm as active tweeter and you know you live these events in realtime with millions and millions of people around the world. a number of people on twitter and facebook is increasing at a high speed that by the next olympics more people will be watching in some form of internet way than watching on television. i think nbc has to do something. i interviewed ryan's mother and she said they should air them live for those who want to watch it live and re-air them primetime. i don't think nbc would suffer the ratings issues that they fear they may. to be fair to them, it's always been this way. every olympics in america, the broadcast networks for a long, long, long time, they've done it this way. >> we're all at twitter is new.
>> the game that changed. the game has changed in way that's never going to be reined back. we're watching and living with the global social media network and it's not good enough to hold everything and run it hours after the event. when you watch sports live, that is how most people want to watch it. i think nbc should experiment. they should say the next phelps lochte showdown we'll run it live and air it in primetime. i bet you the ratings in primetime will be just as good. >> good to see you. i hope you're having a blast. i wish i was there. >> i'm having a wonderful time. >> we'll watch the interview tonight at 9:00 eastern. now to this, it's got
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cover about a different republican presidential candidate. the magazine famously labeled george h.w. bush a wimp. guess what? he went onto win the white house. one of the questions we have today is this just a big publicity stunt by a magazine to get readers, and what do they mean behind wimp any way? >> he is wishy washy of the most important issues of today, on pro-life versus pro-choice, on immigration. >> politicians, if we had a dollar for every politician who changed their position on an issue, we could both retire from our jobs. >> one or two issues, sure. not six. not seven, not the most important issues. not every single one of the most important issues of our time. >> newsweek may consider it
pandering but romney's tough talk delivered in jerusalem was anything but wishy washy. he was strong and forceful and not wimpy at all. >> now is then the conduct of iran's leaders gives us no reason to trust them with nuclear material. today the regime in iran is five years closer to developing nuclear capability. preventing that outcome must be our highest national security priority. i want to pause on that point. it's said that those most committed to stopping the regime are wreckless. the opposite is true. we are thepeacemakers.
when the regimes secure the world's most destructive weapons, peace gives way to oppression, violence or devastating war. >> mitt romney there just yesterday. guess who else is in israel, went there to get a sit-down interview with him. wolf will join me next hour. we'll talk what about he got out of mitt romney. you can see his interview at 4:00. we'll talk to wolf next hour. also, new evidence that barack obama is related to the first documented african slave in the united states. diarrhea, gas, bloating? yeah. one phillips' colon health probiotic cap each day helps defend against these digestive issues with three strains of goobacteria. approved! [ female announcer ] live the regular life. phillips'. ♪ [music plays]
what did you find? >> our team has been working on president obama's tree for the last four plus years. as we were working on his family tree we were looking for interesting stories that we could use to showcase interesting tidbits in the family tree that would get people excited about researching their own family tree. on his mother's side who previously we assumed she was all european descent. she came with a family with the s surname of bunch. recent studies showed their direct ancestors were from africa. that tipped us off to an amazing new clue that his mother has african heritage in her family
history. that led us to the question could we document this. could we put a name and identity to that african ancestor. as we dug further into that part of his family tree, we were able to find enough evidence that led us to the conclusion that president obama's 11th great-grandfather was a man named john bunch who was the first documented african to be enslaved for life in the colonies. >> this goes back to the 17th century. what's interesting, this is president obama's mother who is white from kansas, this is her lineage. you came across this almost, you sort of stumbled upon it? >> that's right. our team has been working on president obama's tree and what we have discovered is the best of your knowledge family had african dna, that was completely
unexpected surprise and as we continued to pursue the research further to document it to john bunch was an amazing discovery because this man is known in history. he has been identified but to actually put a legacy to his name that he has descendants, that's an amazing discovery. president obama our first african-american president with the first african slaves in the colonies being related to each other, it's an exciting discovery our team was proud to put together. >> i know it's assumed there was no slavery with regard to the president but it sounds like you've found something. the president hasn't reacted. it's interesting. so many people are on ancestry.com looking up their own geneaology. thank you. she had the best of
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since mid-june, gibbons had been on a mission to raise $150,000 for her charity recovery on the water. the group supports breast cancer survivors but coaching them to row together but gibbons effort was cut short in a brutal way. two sundays ago while sleeping on her boat, this man, took a good long look, this man raped her. they believe he followed her blog which included locations and targeted her specifically. she managed, sounds like she's one tough cookie. she free herself. locked herself in an out house and called 911. she's not running away from her goal. he says i can be changed by what happens to me but i refuse to be reduced by it. jenn taking a break from biking
right now from michigan. jenn we appreciate you jumping on the phone. i think your story is so important as you do as well. cnn has this policy of not revealing the names of sexual assault victims, yet you wanted to talk to us. why go public with there? >> hi. i think it's important that my story is told not only so that we can find this person but also because so much of my life has been public over the last year and a half. there's a lot of people that look to what i do, look to what i say, and what i represent. i feel i have a voice in a world of sexual assault victims. i think it's important that i'm heard. >> absolutely. i want to get to what you do. as part of your story, can you just take me back to that sunday. wee hours of the monday.
you're asleep on the boat. what happened? >> i can give you as many details as we put out there just to protect me in the ongoing investigation. i was sexually assaulted on sunday morning in the wee hours. i was able to fight away and get away. it was something that was really disturbing to happen inside of my boat because my boat name is live which is for life and protector. this boat is meant to protect me and protects me in six foot waves. it protects me in all kinds of conditions and i always feel safe in this boat. this is just something that i didn't anticipate. tomorrow is when i'm reunited with the boat. tomorrow will be a big day. >> talk to me about that because
you haven't been rowing. you've been biking. why in the world after this happened to you on this thing that's supposed to be so precious and keep you safe and this sexual assault happens, didn't you just want to quit? >> you know, to be honest, the thing, that's not the first thing that came across my mind. it never really ran across my mind. i've been planning for this trip for so long. i spent the last 18 months of my life dedicated to this cause and this particular adventure and journey. while this is mog i counothing have planned for, i did train. i just got my eyes on the prize. i can't let go of that. this is one thing that happened. it was one bad thing, one bad person. i can think of a million wonderful people i've met along the way. i can think of a wonderful, positive, amazing people i've met and so many great things i've happened. i need to focus on that.
>> i love your optimism. i can't wait to sit here with you on the show when you finish. good luck. thank you. >> thank you so much. we're just getting word right now an nfl player has apparently killed himself in front of a high school. the details are just coming in. we're just learning about this. that's next. with food. switch to citracal maximum plus d. it's the only calcium supplement that can be taken with or without food. that's why my doctor recommends citracal maximum. it's all about absorption. to experience the lexus performance line... including the gs
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