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too. we see a pile of canned goods at a playground which happened in indonesia after an electrical fire displaced 300 people in the homes they lived in. this happened in jakarta and you can see the donations being made. and taffy, the royal goat, and the goat major strolled through hyde park in the games and it is england and they are considered so soldiers in the royal regiment, and don't mess with that goat. and in africa, a elephant walking in a park in frankfort, and that is how they spend their down time from the circus. "cnn newsroom" is starting right "cnn newsroom" is starting right now. -- captions by vitac -- hello, everyone, i'm don lemon and suzanne is off today. president barack obama speaking
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in the swing state of colorado. there he is. let's listen in, shall we? >> and once again building around the core idea that built this country, the idea that if you work hard you can make it. the idea that in america everybody gets a fair shot. and everybody does their fair share. and everybody plays by the same set of rules. the idea that in america we rise or fall together. and government can't solve every problem, and it shouldn't try. and it certainly can't help folks who are not willing to help themselves, but there's some things that we can do together as a people that makes us all better off. that makes our country strong. and that our economy works best when the middle-class is growing
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and feeling secure. now, i have to tell you that we have less than three months left in the election. less than three months. time's flying. and over the next three months, you will see more negative ads, more money spent than you have ever seen in your life. i mean, these super pacs, and these guys are writing $10 million checks and giving them to mr. romney's supporters, and -- basically, they have all the same argument. they all say the same thing. they say that the economy is bad and it is obama's fault. every ad is the same argument. now, let me tell you something. that may be a strategy to try to win an election, buthey can't hide the fact that they don't
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have a plan to grow the economy. they don't have a plan to create more jobs. they don't have a plan to revive the middle-class. i've got that plan. that's why i'm running. so, you know, when you talk the your friends and your neighbors, some of them may think that, you know, we will be better off if we cut the taxes for the wealthy, and get rid of every regulation, and settle the sights lower and stop providing the kind of assistance that we need for kids to go the college. we don't,, and you know, you have to tell them, look, if you think that going the look better, that is how democracy works, you should vote for those other folks. and feel free to try to send them to washington, but i believe and you believe that we
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have come too far to turn back now. we've got too much more work to do. we've got too many good jobs that we have to create, and we have too many teachers to hire, and too many schools to rebuild. we have too many students that we need toll hp go the college. we have too much home grown energy that we need to generate right here in colorado. we have to have more troops come home, and we have more doors of opportunity that we need taupe for every young person here in pueblo, here in colorado, all across the country. that's what's at stake right now. and that is why i'm running for president and asking for your vote. not just for me, but for the country that you believe in.
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you've got to be registered to vote. we've got folks here that are ready to do that, and here in colorado, you can register on line and you go to got to, but don't wait until the last minute. grab some friends and get online and let's get this done. you know, back in 2008, i made a promise to you, and i said, i'm not a perfect man and i won't be a perfect president. but what i did say is that i'd always tell you what i thought. i'd always tell you where i stood, and most importantly, i would spend every waking minute fighting as hard as i knew how for you. >> president barack obama speaking in colorado. he is in pueblo, and this is what he is doing there, he is appealing to the hispanic population that makes up 27% of
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colorado's population and register and go to the polls to vote, and also appealing in colorado to women. this is the second day of the tour for him in colorado. i want to show you how crucial colorado is for president obama and governor romney. it shows mitt romney is ahead of president obama by 50% to 45%. and now president obama is trailing mitt romney as we just showed, and colorado is an important swing state and he said in 2008, so goes colorado, so goes the rest of the nation. it is a big deal for him. >> it is huge. he needs colorado and romney needs colorado. and both of the candidates are send spending a lot of time in colorado right now, and the president is wrapping up the speech, and focusing in as he did yesterday on issues that are involving two key constituencies that he needs to generate in
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order to get out that base, women voters and latino voters. if you look at four years ago, the reason he carried colorado as far as women are concerned, he carry ied in the state of colorado according to the exit polls 56% of the women voters voting for president obama and 41% for john mccain and it is basically tied among male voters and 56% for mccain and 49% for obama. that is four years ago. and also four years ago, he got 61% of the latino vote in colorado, according to the exit polls and 38% went to mccain. he is going to need that huge latino turnout, and women turnout in colorado if he is going to be able to carry that state, and that is why he focused in on women's issues and yesterday he talked about the economy and other issues, but today, he is spending time in colorado and as is mitt romney, and this is one of the battleground states they will be investing a lot of time and money in colorado as well. >> hey, wolf, that same poll that we talked about in virginia
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and wisconsin and the president is leading virginia and wisconsin, but in those that are the critical swing states, the battleground states, and back to colorado though, and you talked about women and hispanics, and can the women and hispanics determine who winat state? >> they could d a lot. if they come out in big numbers, and if that base is energized and they really feel that they want the president to be re-elected, they can certainly go a long, long way in making sure that he is re-elected as they did basically in 2008, when mccain was facing president obama. among male voters it was basically tied 52% for mccain and 48% for obama. and according to the quinnipiac university poll shows that romney is leading with the quinnipiac/new york times poll,
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they have among women obama leading 58-43%, and it explains why romney is ahead in colorado as opposed to the president. he needs women and latinos and better with men in order to get himself re-elected in colorado. >> well, we are reeling off at lot of numbers, but behind the numbers we are talking about people here, and we are watching the story play out in the country and the world really the shootings in colorado and wisconsin and as i understand, you have new polling numbers on gun control which i think that are very interesting, and explain the significance of this poll and tell us what the numbers show. >> this is the first poll, national poll and the cnn/crn poll after the mass murder of the sikh temple killings over the weekend and new numbers now for guns that will put up on the
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screen for the viewers. take a look. when you add up the numbers whether people want no restrictions or minor restrictions, 50% say no restrictions or minor restriction restrictions on owning guns, and 48% say they want major restrictions or a complete ban on guns. if you add up the numbers, you will see that the country is very, very evenly divided, but what is interesting is that compared the a year ago in 2011 before aurora and the oak creek shootings in wisconsin, don, the numbers were basically the same. there has not been much of a change as far as the american attitudes towards guns in the country for the past year, and they have basically been the same, and almost equally divided country as far as guns are concerned. and how many restrictions should be in place, if any, and that is the news out of the new cnn/orc poll, and there is effectively no change in the past year
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despite the mass killings. >> you can bet that the president and candidate romney are watching the poll numbers and probably the messaging will determine that this will help to determine their messaging on this issue. thank you, wolf blitzer, and we will see you later on this evening "the situation room." >> thank you. president barack obama weighing what action to take in syria right now. the rebels are taking a pounding across the country and recently in syria's largest city of aleppo. president obama's chief counterterrorism officer says that all options are on the table, including implementing a no-fly zone. >> various options being talked about in the press and sometimes advocated, and these are things that the united states government has been looking at very carefully trying to understand the implications, and trying to understand the advantages and disadvantages off this, taand the president has kt us all quite busy making sure that we are all able to do everything possible to advance
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the peace in syria. >> and the president has signed a covert operation to offer support for rebel forces battling government forces. here is what else we are work g working on this hour. the man who opened fire in a sikh temple spent years in the military and while there met other white supremacists. we are getting new pictures from mars as scientists get more excited about the curiosity rover's journey. and it is baby making time. why experts say a big baby boom is just around the corner. male spirit present.trong it's the priceline negotiator. >>what? >>sorry. he wants you to know about priceline's new express deals. it's a faster way to get a great hotel deal without bidding. pick one with a pool, a gym, a great guest rating. >>and save big. >>thanks negotiator. wherever you are. ya, no. he's over here.
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i tell mike what i can spend. i do my best to make that work. we're driving safely. and sue saved money on brakes. now that's personal pricing. two children at the sikh temple in wisconsin turned into heroes at the rampage that killed six people. the two children spotted the gunman and warned the adults inside. they described on anderson "360" what they saw in the temple. >> all of the sudden, we found this purple taxi or four-door sedan, and he, and a white man had come out, ed a he for a second, me and my sister
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thought, yeah, maybe he needed directions or he needed help. but then, when he was halfway there, he got both of his pistols and he just started shooting randomly. and at first shot, we thought it was like a firework, but then when me and my sister looked at him, then we noticed that he was shooting those two people, and then we ran as fast as we could inside to warn everybody in the kitchen, and everywhere else just to warn everybody that there is a man outside with a gun. >> were you scared? >> we were a little bit scared. >> yeah, i can imagine. how about you, because i understand that you were celebrating your 9th birthday and happy birthday by the way, and when you realize ed thd tha somebody was doing something bad and trying to hurt people, what did you any? >> i felt kind of bad. >> yes. and you guys hid inside of a pantry and you were very quiet.
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what happened while you were in there? >> well, some of the people left the gas on and all of the suddenb, the door was shut and the smoke was coming in, and it was really hot. >> and for a while, they were separated from their parents. their mother says that we were worried and praying. she also says that she is proud of her children's bravery. investigators say they haven't found any notes or clues about what caused wade michael page's massacre at this temple in wisconsin. as they piece together information about the background, they are looking into the ex-girlfriend and her ties to white power groups. they don't believe she is involved in the shooting, but she is facing legal issues of her own and the story now from cnn ted rowlands. >> reporter: investigators believe it is possible that the only reason that it is possible that wade page was in wisconsin is this woman, 31-year-old misty cook. within hours of the shooting the fbi interviewed cook first at the restaurant where she worked
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as a waitress less than a mile from the temple and then again in her upstairs apartment in the back of the home. >> she was cooperative and the police officers while there observed a weapon, and arrested her for felon in possession. >> reporter: the arrest investigats say was unrelated to the temple shooting, but cook like her ex-boyfriend page has a history with white supracist groups and that is her wearing a volksfront t-shirt. the anti-defamation league classifies this group as a hate group. in this, they have their middle finger up, but look at the person at the end of the table who seems to be giving a nazi salute. cook, also, according to the anti-defamation league posted messages on the hate site where he uses the n-word and other offensive language. this one says i've been a member of the wp, white power, movement for eight years and another one
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encouraging people to become an asset to the white community. >> we will as appropriate make a decision about whether or not she will be charged with anything. right now, that matter is also clearly under investigation. >> reporter: there was no answer at cook's door wednesday, and our requests for an interview have gone unanswered, but in an e-mail to the "milwaukee sentinel" she said, if i could say something to ease the pain of the victims and their families, i would gladly do so, but unfortunately the words do not heal the pain they are going through. and the possible connection of the temple shooting and the hate groups is possible, but there is nothing at this point to connecting anybody or anything except page to the shooting. >> and misty has been very cooperative and i don't believe that she has anything to do with this and we are not ruling out anything, and still investigating, but we don't believe she had anything to do with it. >> reporter: investigators have
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issued 180 subpoenas in the investigation and more than 100 leads pending worldwide. they say that the assailant in the case killed himself, and that the dash cam video of one of the police officers arriving on scene first shows an officer shooting page in the abdomen area, but however, when page hits the ground, the video shows that he takes out his gun and shoots himself in the head. ted rowlands, cnn, oak creek, wisconsin. >> all right. thank you, ted. the temple gunman was trained for war by the u.s. military, but the army says that wade michael page was more intent on waging a holy war that was his case. and now for a story on how hate groups infiltrate the military is chris lawrence. >> reporter: wade page's beliefs were tattooed all over his body as this myspace photo shows.
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>> he didn't have the tattoos in the army. >> reporter: but a fellow soldier says that page wasn't shy about sharing his views, and ranted against non-white people. >> he would often mention the racial holy war that was coming. >> reporter: a criminalologist who identified page said he started to identify with the neo-nazi unit in the army, because he felt that african-american soldiers got preferential treatment. >> he told me specifically that if you join the military and you are not a racist, you will be before you leave. >> and pictures like this were posted on the facebook and the fbi had identified hundreds of veterans involved in white supremist incidents and investigators say that small numbers of white supremacists have infiltrated the military. while page was at fort bragg, three soldiers were convicted of
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murdering a black couple outside of the base and all were identified as nazi skinheads. they identified the people in the ranks and convicted them. but it goes beyond one base. >> you will have at least two or three active neonazi activists trying to recruit military personnel. >> and he would know, because he says that some skinheads are often normal. >> i hung a swastika on my locker, and everybody knew it. but the only time i was taking it down was when a general would come through. >> and so when troops would put anything out with racist overtones take it down and send it home, and the army and the marines have strict rules
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against this, but ultimately, it can come down to how much the individual commander takes a look at it and enforces those rules. chris lawrence, cnn, the pentagon. >> now, from wisconsin to colorado, the man accused in the colorado neater massacre is expected back in court about two hours from now. today's hearing is not directly a part of james holmes' criminal proceeding, but instead, it focuses on the release of public information. the judge wants to have information about the case unsealed and lift parts of the gag order. it has been an exciting time for scientists getting unbelievable new pictures from mars from the curiosity rover. we will bring you the latest shots. you feel that? no. the eassist is working. right now. that's spandau ballet, man. you did this all the way to the restaurant. yeah. we were going up a hill. getting extra horsepower. from a battery-powered generator. ♪ ah, ah ah, ah, ah ♪ it's helping us conserve fuel.
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silver. i don't know, silver, not quite losing, but second place. but for the u.s., this is about redemption, and japan beat the u.s. women last year in the soccer world final. it is going to be interesting. tropical stormer n ernesto and this is weather news, weakened today as it skirted mexico's flood-one southern gulf coast, and hundreds of tourists evacuated the beach resorts and along the caribbean resorts, and fishermen along the low-lying villages. officials in veracruz are still concerned about flooding and mountainous areas prone to mud slides. officials in mexico are taking the precautionary members as they watch this storm, and we will watch it for you, too. more amazing pictures and more super excited nasa scientists, and space geeks the world over. here are the newest photos from
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the surface of mars, and they are beamed back to earth by the robotic rover called curiosity, of course, and back here on earth, the space gurus in spas dena are learning about the gravel and the rocks and the dust that curiosity is sitting on, so we will continue to let the pictures play for a minute. again, we are not sure what they are, but i mean, it just looks like the horizon, and mountainous regions in part of curiosity. john zarrella is on top of everything at the jet propulsion laboratory in pasadena. what are we seeing here, john? >> well, don, let me bring you back here real quick before we show you the images again and tell you where we are getting those from and what they do back behind me, and you can see a model of curiosity and the mast there, and on either side of the masts are the circular cameras, ster stereocams and they are called navigation cameras, and they use those to navigate, and then the square cameras in the middle are the mast cameras.
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so, now, the pictures that they got today came from both of the different instruments, and now the nav cameras took the image that shows the deck of riosity, and on top of the deck of curiosity, you will see all of the pebbles. they are trying to figure our and in fact, the entry and descent landing team now has a job the do to try to figure out how all of the pebbles got up there, and they think it of course happened when the rocket engines were fire on the descent stage as it was lowering curiosity to the ground and kicked up the pebbles, but they are bigger than they thought they were and although they don't believe it is an issue down the road for them. now, from that nav cam, they got a shot from the rover in the foreground, and in the background, you can see the rim of the crater out there, and the gail crater, and again, they are right in the middle of the landing zone, and pretty much exactly where they wanted to be. and then from the mast cameras and the are the cameras made by mike malin and we have talked
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about him in the past, the san diego picture mars photographer who has taken hundreds of thousands of mars images from all of the cameras he has had on different vehicles orbit iing ms and landing on mars, and it is a color panorama, but it is a thumbnail of the martian surface all around them. don? >> yes, before we run out of time, i want the ask you about the pictures. anything that they found out of the ordinary or especially interesting, and my next question, and i will give you two at once, when is it going to start moving around and exploring? >> okay. first question, what they found that was interesting of course were the pebbles right off of the bat, and then what they d already found and showed it again in that color panorama was the spot where everything was kicked up, and it looks like bedrock was exposed from the rocket engines, so they want to go take a look at that. but now, when are they actually going to get out the start explori
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exploring? another couple of weeks before they check out the entire vehicle and make sure all of the systems are moving and as they mentioned, they want to send up a whole new commands and software to the vehicle, and refresh the memory so to speak, before they set out on the excursions, so a couple of weeks before they do that. don. >> hinterlands are interesting, but we want to get into the urban areas of mars and see how those folks live there. oh. john zarrella, and little green men, i am telling you it is going to happen one day, and we will see something and say, oh, my gosh, what was that? that is what it is all about. thank you, john. >> i will not -- thank you, don. take care. a tennessee mosque has had one heck of a time trying to open in the town of murphreesboro and after all of the hurdles, a judge said yes, and si opening tomorrow. i will talk to a mosque board member who says they have hired extra security to protect friday prayers. and don't forget that you can watch cnn live from the computer
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places of worship targeted in a series of recent attacks, attacks just one day after a gunman opened fire at a sikh temple in wisconsin, a mosque in missouri was burned to the ground in what may be the second arson attack there in the last month. and a tennessee mosque has seen it all, arson, vandalism, and bomb threat and a lawsuit and all of it meant to keep the mosque from opening, but tomorrow, it will do just that, opening up the doors for the very first time. and we are joined by a spoex ken for the islamic sen te of murphreesbo murphreesboro, and listen, sir, after facing the fierce opposition that we have reported and many news organizations have reported both in court and by criminals who have defaced your construction site and set afire there, and how ds it feel to finally be opening up the doors tomorrow? >> we are happy and really, really happy and excited.
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we hope that everybody would be as excited and happy for us. the children, and the women and the elders and everybody is so excited. our supporters, also, are very excited, because this shows that the constitutions of the united states stands firm and supports everybody's plan to worship the way they feel fit. you know, we feel like we have been homeless for about 30 years or for over 30 years since we have been in this community. we moved from one bedroom apartment to two bedroom apartment a garage, to, you know, a business suite, and then finally we are hoping to have our building and we are going to start worshipping there tomorrow. >> mr. sbenaty, have you been wat watching the events in wisconsin over the past couple of days and if so, what do you make of it? >> we are really saddened and we
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were shocked and we were really in horror about what happened there. we hope that no community will face it. nowaday, there are people who preach hate and fear, and they may have not realized that, you know, there are some, you know, people who might take actions on their own or they want to take the law into their hands, and we need to be very careful about what we say or the accusations that, you know, these hate group or, you know, organization that sells fear -- >> and one follow-up question for you. are you beefing up security in light of that or anything? >> yes, obviously, because we are really concerned, and we have asked the sheriff of rutherford county to send more deputies and also we are taking our own security measures.
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obviously, we are all concerned. we are hoping that the best will happen, and we are taking, you know, precautions for anything that might happen. >> we hope that you are safe. we are sure you are going to be. thank you so much, saleh sbenaty in murphreesboro, tennessee. i should tell you that we are expecting mitt romney to pick his running mate any day now, and so we are looking at each of the contenders and what each of them would bring to the campaign. [ male announcer ] this... is the at&t network.
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a big political guessing game in full swing right now. it's called veepstakes. let her rip. and any day now, we expect mitt romney to name his running mate, and let's bring in our, can we call him all things politics, me and wolf blitzer and everybody
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else, our political editor paul steinhauser, and let's look at the ones to watch. speculation around tim pawlenty, and rob portman and -- is there anybody who is the front-runner right now? >> well, there are three people who know the answer, mitt romney, and his wife, ann, and his beth meyer. and they are not talking the me or anybody else, but the speculation is around these three gentlemen. and tim pawlenty, the two-term governor of minnesota, and he ran against mitt romney and dropped out last august, and since then he has been a huge romney surrogate. and what about rob portman? he is a senator from ohio and congressman from there, too, and he was in the bush administration with two cabinet positions there, and a lot of people talking about porman saying he would be a good fit for mitt romney. and neither of the men are flashy and safer picks for mitt romney. then there is paul ryan, the house budget chairman from wisconsin, another important state, and a t
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and to dday the "wall street journal" editorial page influential with the conservatives urgebed romney to name ryan who is beloved by tea party activists and fiscal conservatives about his house plan to change medicare as we know it. don? >> and we saw the picture of bobby jindal, the louisiana governor up there. all right. that is all well and good. i don't see any ladies on the list. what is up with that? >> yes, and jindal is somebody else we are talking about and as is marco rubio, and chris christie, the governor of new jersey, and no women on the short list. the only name that comes up is kelly ayotte who is the freshman center from new hampshire, but don, there could be somebody out there that we are not thinking about and it happened in the past with sarah palin, and there could be somebody out there that we don't know about. >> and you are talking about the timing, and what about the
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timing of the announcement? >> i many guess and other people smarter than me say that probably starting monday. why? because the olympics are over, and more attention by most americans and average americans toward mitt romney and them can pain, and you have two weeks from monday until the start of the convention, so any time starting monday. mitt romney starts a four-day campaign bus tour starting saturday, so keep your eyes on it, don. >> we should call it the veep-lympics as to who gets the gold and the silver and the bronze. and starbucks is trying out a product to allow you the pay with your cell phone. it is interesting way to do it, and you could do it before, but this is a new and interesting way. we will show you how it is done. he absolutely loved it. and i knew he was getting everything he needed to stay healthy indoors. and after a couple of weeks, i knew we were finally home! [ female announcer ] purina cat chow indoor.
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customers can pay for the beverages with their phones and mario armstrong joins us. mario, you can do that already with ap app on the phone. is this something new? >> well, it is a good point that you hit on, and why do we need this? you can pay on your phone with an app, but this is what it is going to do, and vendors and merchandisers and retailers want us to get to a mobile payment future and this helps to make it happen. if you see the square logo all throughout 7,000 or more starbucks starting to use it, it will bring awareness to mobile payments and it is more about awareness than the convenience, because you can already do that. but square is popular and a lot of people use the device on existing cell phone and smaller businesses you can take a credit card and swipe it through the device. this is how is it going to work at starbucks burk how it works today. >> and it is multifunctional and use it at more than starbucks and the swiping thing is it. and so, an issue if you lose the phone and someone steals it?
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>> well, that is a big issue altogether with mobile payments in general and different things like google wallet which is a mobile payment program on android devices, and they are putting in layers of protection and of course, we don't want to have a breach happen, but we know it will. and most companies have four layers of security in the devices. >> interesting. and i'm so glad that we are doing because i saw nit in the "wall street journal" about social media sites and ipos and who is popular and not and linkedin is stealing the front page of facebook when it comes to investors. does it have to do with the bad ipo kickoff? i am sure it does. >> and this is like the olympics, and all of the sudden, linkedin is emerging with the gold medal and you are like, wait, i thought that facebook would get the gold? and the bottom line is that the ipo did what it did and a lot of people thought it was great for the insider but for the general public not so great, and the issue is that facebook makes
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most of the money from advertising and linkedin makes the majority of the money from the subscription services and people paying for the service. so when you have hr departments doing business with linkedin and a very good mobile application that works well and for a better buy, if you will, or more substance, if you will, for a longer term future with linkedin than with facebook. >> and when you go public, you're accountable and they're saying, when they see these new ipo business plans, they say, this is really thin. >> that too, you're right. >> all right, appreciate it. thanks. >> thank you, don. did you have ever a brilliant idea, that would solve an annoying problem or make a household chore easier? if you want to develop it, check out "the next list." >> so i really enjoy the design and the creative process and like pulling little levers there and tweaking little details from
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linked to the economy? >> yeah, you are doing an interesting variety of stories today, don, i must say. let's talk about babies. a lot of things actually depend on how the economy is doing. if people have money or feel confident about their financial situation, they're more likely to buy a house, go out to dinner, and yes, more likely to have more kids. during the recession, the nation's birthrate dropped because people were out of work and worried about their finances. well, guess wh, the economy is improving every little bit and we're soon going to be having a mini baby boom. also, there are a lot of women in their child-bearing years, they are the baby boomers' kids, now in their late 20s, early 30s, it's an economic indicator. you didn't know that? >> i know it is. you know, that's where the term baby boom came from. listen, real quick, because we're running out of time, housing market, god news. if you're having a baby, you might need a bigger place.
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>> and those mortgage delinquency rates are at their lowest level in three years. that means more people are making their mortgage payments on time. and if someone's behind on their payments, they're more likely to fall into foreclosure. >> where's the dow? >> dow is down 15. a little slow today. >> all right, allisison kosik. we appreciate it. the newsroom continues now with the smart and beautiful alina cho. >> all right, don lemon, thank you. i'm alina cho in for brooke baldwin. thanks so much for joining us. we're glad you're with us. a lot of news to bring you over the next two hours, but i want to begin with something on the minds of many americans. you have been watching gas prices heading up for weeks. just how bad is it? from new england to california, aaa says gas prices jumped an average of more than 5% in july. that's the largest increase ever recorded in one month. and it's about to get worse.
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here's how things went down. or should i say, up. on monday, the fire starts at the chevron refinery. the very next day, wholesale gas prices shot up in california, 30 cents a gallon, with analysts warning the price could jump another 5 cents a gallon within days. now, the market did calm a bit by wednesday, but there are growing concerns we could see another jump in prices. so what happens next? depends on how badly the richmond refinery is damaged. let's bring in cnn's dan simon. he's in richmond, right outside the refinery. dan, we know that the rise in gas prices is directly linked to how long that refinery is offline. so just how badly was it damaged? >> reporter: well, that's the refinery behind me, and it seems to be severely crippled. chevron just saying that it's operating at a diminished capacity, in the wake of that fire on monday night. we should point out that this is
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the third largest refinery in the state of california. it processes, alina, about 240,000 barrels of crude oil every single day. so that is why you're seeing these gas prices go up, anywhere from 15 to 35 cents a gallon. that's what the analysts are saying. now, you might think it would be simple to bring in supplies from other parts of the country, but, no, california actually has strict environmental regulations that require a special blend of gasoline, so that's why it's not so easy, just bringing in gas from other parts of the united states, alina. >> dan, as you well know, on tuesday night, chevron met with residents in the area over health concerns that those residents were having. emotions ran high, hundreds of people, basically, shouting and booing the chevron managers. let's listen to some of that meeting. >> first and foremost, chevron will take responsibility for all legitimate claims that come in. >> you putting this poison out here, killing us, and it's not
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just happening -- is it happening in y'all's neighborhood? no, it's not! >> do i have to look forward to having cancer? does my grandchild have to look forward to having cancer? >> wow. has the community calmed down at all, or what has the reaction been? >> that's all right. >> we should point out that environmentalist activists have long expressed concerns about this chevron refineries. neighbor who is live in the area have been concerned for many years. so the fact that you had this incident, that only caused people to reallyet upset. now, we know that hundreds of people did flock to area emergency rooms, complaining of respiratory problems. chevron says it will pay for legitimate claims. we know that lawyers have already lined up looking to file lawsuits. but one thing we should point out is that the local government that is responsible for some of the bay area regulations the that came in here the night of the fire, they looked at the air levels here and they said that actually, the pollution levels
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were below what federal standards call for, so sort of an interesting dynamic. you have neighbors saying that they have all kinds of problems, but apparently, at least according to the local government, the air quality was fine that night, alina. >> dan simon in california for us. dan, thank you very much. the west coast isn't alone in this gas price surge. this summer, a leaking pipeline in the upper midwest created some of the biggest price hikes. just look at this. between july 30th and august 6th, gas prices shot up 40 cents a gallon in illinois. that's the highest in the country. the leak is blamed for boosting michigan prices by 38%. and in wisconsin, gas prices shot up 33 cents a gallon. the pipeline reopened on tuesday and aaa says illinois gas prices are beginning to fall, but just a bit. gas isn't the only budget buster this summer. anyone who's been to the grocery store lately won't be surprised at all by a united nations report released today. it found that global food prices
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jumped 6% in july. the main driver of that jump is corn. according to the u.n. report, corn prices alone surged 23% last month. that's nearly a quarter increase. things that cost more in july? cereal, peanut butter, and marg margarine, to name just a few. and the reason, according to the u.n., this won't surprise you, the record drought across the american heartland. i want to bring in chad myers. chad, we've been talking so much about the record drought, the record temperatures across much of the nation. i mean, i guess the question i have is, are we going to see any relief anytime soon? >> yes, we will. this week, it will get cooler and it will rain. >> enough to help the farmers? >> no, it's too late. the corn is set. you're not going to get a lot more yield from these crops. if we have 50%, and we do, of the corn crop at poor to very poor, that's a loss of 50% yield in those farms. now, and very little in good to excellent. that means not very many farms getting that 180, 190 bushel an
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acre yield like you can on a good year. some of the irrigated farms will do just fine, but the dry land farms are in bad shape. and the dry land hay, grass, completely gone. nothing for the cows to even eat. july 2012 is now on record as the highest temperature record of any month, ever. it even surpasses july of 1936. so think about the 30s. what would this year and the 30s have in common? drought. when you get drought, you don't get water in the ground. you don't get the ground to evaporate that water, so it isn't muggy, but the temperatures go up. and they say it's a dry heat, that's exactly how it happens. it was the top ten warmest in 32 states. it was the very warmest in virginia. you add all those together and you get the hottest month ever on record since we've been keeping records. there goes the cold air, though, by the weekend, temperatures will be 15 to 20 degrees cooler than you've seen at any time this spring, across minnesota,
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wisconsin -- it will finally feel like summer rather than feel like something completely you're not even used to. you know, people joked to me, you're moving to hotlanta 1 years ago. it's not hot. it gets to 90 degrees and it rains. it hasn't done that this year, we've had temperatures higher than average. alina? >> well, hopefully we'll see some relief. i hope you're right. you usually are. chad myers, thank you very much. a lot more news developing this hour. a pediatrician behind bars, accused of waterboarding his own daughter. and it's a guy who once spoke to larry king about near-death experiences. we'll have that story for you next. plus, the fighting intensifies inside syria. our ben wedeman has just left the battle for the country's biggest city, aleppo. and he's going to join me, live. [ male announcer ] don't miss red lobster's
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well, when it comes to disciplining a child, we've just about heard it all. belts, paddles, even electrical cords, but waterboarding? an 11-year-old girl is accusing her father, who happens to be a pediatrician, of doing just that. delaware police arrested dr. melvin morris and his wife. their daughter accuses morris of holding her face under a running
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faucet while her mother stood by and watched, and did nothing. and she told police that it happened four times over the course of two years. national correspondent susan candiotti is in new york and she is following this story. so susan, what kind of charges does the couple face? >> alina, this is disturbing, to say the very least. well, they're charged, both of them charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and assault. that's what they were charged with last month. and then that involved him a case of allegedly dragging his daughter across their gravel driveway. then this week, on monday, when the daughter was brought in for additional questioning by detectives, what's when she allegedly told police that her father had waterboarded her. that's a term that she said he used. as you mentioned, holding her head under a faucet. so that's when they charged them with additional charges of reckless endangerment, four counts each. dr. morris has not yet made bail, his wife has.
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alina? >> just incredible story. this doctor, incredibly, we found out, who i mentioned is a pediatrician, has also been interviewed, as you know, susan, on various national talk shows, including oprah, even made an appearance on "larry king live" back in 1991. i guess, the bigger question is, there's the 11-year-old and there's also a 5-year-old daughter. where are the kids right now? >> well, they're in protective custody right now. and you're right, he did make appearances on these national talk shows after he had written a book back in 1991, on children having near-death experiences. and here was his appearance on "larry king live," back in 1991, talking about that book. >> i have interviewed well over 100 children who have a lack of oxygen to the brain, who are treated with all kinds of medicines, who also are mechanically ventilated and in scary intensive care units, but were not near death. >> now, alina, at the very
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least, i suppose you could call it a coincidence that he has written such a book and now his ughter is making accusations about waterboarding her. we'll have to see, of course, how this all plays out. we just don't have enough information right now, but very serious charges with, to say the least. and it sounds like it's far from a coincidence. susan candiotti, we thank you for that. thanks so much for joining us. now to the urgent situation in syria, where the rebels are apparently retreating from the most important battleground in the race for control of syria. our ben wedeman has just left aleppo and he'll join me live, next. isn't it time the automobile advanced? introducing cue in the all-new cadillac xts. the simplicity of a tablet has come to your car. ♪ the all-new cadillac xts has arrived. and it's bringing the future forward.
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welcome back. in egypt, the sinai region bordering israel is seeing more violence. this time, gunmen shot up a police station. it's the latest attack in a deadly back and forth between egyptian security forces and militants. those militants are suspected of trying to bring down egypt's peace with israel. a band of militants killed 16 egyptian soldiers on sunday, triggering the conflict. some of the militants were killed as they entered israel.
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this israeli defense video shows how air force took out the armored car that the militants stole. since then, egypt has hit the a area by air and by ground, even sealing smuggling tunnels that led to gaza. both sides in syria are reporting heavy fighting in the battle for aleppo, that's syria's largest city. we can see part of a building on fire in this video here. that's usually a sign of artillery strikes by the government. rebel forces say they have retreated from their former stronghold of aleppo. government troops continue to pour in to drive out the rebels entirely. cnn's ben wedeman has just gotten out of aleppo after several harrowing days there as a witness to the fighting. he joins us live from northern syria. ben, glad to hear that you are safe. over the years, you've found yourself in some of thor more dangerous situations that any reporter can find themselves in. i'm curious to know, how did that fighting in aleppo that you just witnessed compare to some of the other battles you've
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covered? >> reporter: well, it's certainly dangerous. and if i think back, in lebanon and in gaza, things were very dodgy. what makes aleppo particularly frightening, so to speak, is the fact that it's in very close quarters, and you could feel this from also the local people there, in the areas controlled by the free syrian army, that the worry is that if for some reason, the rebels can not hold up any longer and the army comes in, the worry is that there will be a blood bath. that all those who express any sympathy, provided any material support for the fighters of the free syrian army will pay a very high price. that there very well could be a massacre. so when you're in aleppo, it's very much in the back of your mind, all the time, that what happens if we get stuck and the syrian army moves in? i doubt they'll be any nder to
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foreign journalists than they would be to the local people. alina? >> ben, i think a lot of our viewers are not aware that you've actually lived in aleppo before all of this fighting began. i'm just curious to know, as someone who has lived there before, who has been a witness, not just to the fighting, but to the humanitarian crisis, what that has been like for you to the see all of that and to go back now? >> well, what was interesting is that when we entered aleppo, we actually went through a government-controlled area, which was just a few politics from where i used to live. and i had a great urge to tell the driver, turn left, let's go see my house. but i sort of came to my senses and decided not to. but it's really eerie. when i lived in aleppo, there was tension, actually. because this was sort of as another against result against bashar al assad's father had come to an end, but there was
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lingering tension and bitterness and resentment against the government, but i was very aware of the fact back then that there was the potential for this. but by and large, when i lived there with my wife and my young daughter at the time, life was peaceful. the people were very friendly and outgoing, but that friendliness always ended when you got on to politics. then people would sort of freeze up, change the subject, and try to move on to something else. but it's very strange, when you go back to a city that you always thought of as peaceful and discover it's become -- >> i'm curious to know, ben, too, were you able to speak to any of the people you knew back then? and if so, how are they making out? i mean, we've been hearing for days now, for weeks, about how the civilians are having just people trying to go about their lives are having such trouble, even getting something as simple as a loaf of bread. >> well, i didn't -- i wasn't
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able to speak to anyone i knew before, although i did run into somebody who said he remembered me from my workplace, which was an international agricultural research center. but certainly, i could talk about parts of town, places, restaurants, steores that other people -- that we had that much in common. but i'm hoping to be able to go back and actually go see the people that i do know. but at the moment, obviously, communications are a bit difficult. >> ben wedeman, we were so glad we were able to speak to you live from northern syria. we hope to speak to you again in the next hour. thanks so much. and back here at home, a heart-breaking story. the last wish of a dying child is to meet his favorite nba player. and as that player heads to the airport to meet the boy, we just god word today that the little boy has died. i am going to speak with the nba
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we wanted to tell you about a story about a nba superstar fulfilling a dying 12-year-old boy's dream. nba pacer's star roy hibbert is sitting in the airport right now in indianapolis. he was due to fly out today to meet lou evans, a boy with stage 4 leukemia. it was the boy's dream to meet roy hibbert before he died. we just got words a couple of hours ago that it had happened and our newsroom went silent when we heard the news. we struggled with whether we should do the story, but roy hibbert is still flying to meet the boy's family. he joins us now from indianapolis. roy, this was supposed to be a heartwarming story.
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what you're doing is so incredible to go out and visit this boy. i'm curious to know, when did you hear the news? >> i was actually in the car, headed to the airport when i got a phone call from somebody within the pacer's organization, telling me that he passed away within the hour. and i'm very saddened and distraught. >> of course. you know, i was reading the article that said that it was supposed to be a surprise. do you have any idea whether lee knew that you were going to go out there to visit him? >> well, i'm not actually sure if he knew personally, but i know that his family knew, and we were going to surprise him and let him know that, you know, i think about him and he's a strong, strong guy, and unfortunately he didn't make it. but i want him to know and i want his family to know that i want to keep lee's memory alive and the spirit alive and i want to be a part of this cause, and,
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you know, i really feel that i need to let people know how they can, you know, possibly save or help somebody's life out by going or going to a location where you can get a cotton swab of your mouth and you're in a database and maybe a year or two from now, you may be presented with the opportunity to help somebody out. and i need to be a part of the cause. >> i think it's important to remind our viewers, and i think this is part of the reason why you're speaking to us, is that these statistics are just so incredible. when it comes to bone marrow matches, african-americans have less than a 17% chance to find a match, compared to 70% for caucasias. it's really incredible. part of what you're trying to do by talking to us is raise awareness, isn't it? >> yeah. you know, i planned on getting a swab, hopefully while i was out
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there, but i could have the chance to do that. but first and foremost, i want to get to know the family, let them know that i'm here for them in whatever way i can. but anybody could help. the athletes to get a swab, and a year or two from now, you have the chance to affect somebody's life. i'm very saddened by the news, but i feel like i believe in signs and i think that this is something that, you know, i feel very strongly about and i want to do this. >> well, it sounds like if you haven't already, that you're going to take this up as your cause. what also struck me about the article when i read it is that you were -- you said that you're usually uncomfortable going to hospitals when the pacers do events, because it's so tough for you to see kids in this situation. but in this case, you changed your mind. what was it about this case that made you change your mind and make the trip? >> out of all the nba players that he could meet, he chose me.
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he looked up to me, and, you know, that touched me. but i looked up to him as well. i've had -- i had two family members pass away from cancer. you know, i was young and i actually never got to see them, you know, prior to their deaths, and i feel like, i need to man up and i really felt that, you know, this was would be great for the boy. and unfortunately, lee wasn't able to see me, but he's touched my heart and he's affected me, and i want to, you know, keep his memory and spirit alive. >> it's just so, so heartbreaking. you know what i found so extraordinary about this little boy, lee eddins, is that he spent his whole life in california. you're an indiana pacer, and yet he followed you from the beginning of your career, back when you were playing for georgetown. i men, when you heard about that what did you think? >> i said, wow.
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i mean, i'm not sure how old he was when i was playing at georgetown, that was about, you know, between five and seven years ago. and for him to follow me then and follow me throughout my career is something that's inspiring and his story is inspiring. and i sit here and i'm holding back tears. i'm not afraid to say that. but he's somebody that touch med without even meeting him. he lives all the way across the country and he's affected me like this. and i feel heartbroken that i wasn't able to meet him. but i look up to him and the way he fought and his strength and i think that, you know, i dedicate, you know, my season to this -- to lee and his cause. and, you know, i'll always remember him. i want to meet his family -- i want to hear stories, i want to hear everything. you know, i want to hear the funny stuff about him and what he did, besides, obviously, his
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illness. i want to know the kid ti the illness. >> roy, i guess i'm not clear, were you ever able to speak to lee at all? >> i actually was not able to speak to him. we were trying to keep it a surprise. but i'm interested to know if he knew i was coming or not. >> i hope he did. >> it's very sad. >> i just have -- >> i wish i could have met him. >> i know. and i can tell you that it's very, very very difficult for you. but i'm just curious to know, obviously, the best-case scenario would have been that you would have been able to see him. what would your message have been to him? >> if i had a message to him, i would let him know that, you know, i love him, adore him, even if i haven't met him, but, you know, it's unfortunate. but i really feel like, if
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people register to become a bone marrow donor, that could really help, people, you know. get the inside of your cheek swabbed at local locations and you can really make a difference. >> i know you will keep 12-year-ollee eddins memory alive. that little boy is a hero and he worshiped you, but you are a hero too and i commend you for going out there and being with the family. roy herbert with the indiana pacers. i thank you for joining us by phone and have a safe flight. >> thank you for having me, and have a nice day. >> you too. and we're back after this.
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welcome back. mitt romney is deep into fund-raising in new york and new jersey. here is romney's motorcade, fighting its way through the crowded streets of manhattan today. in new jersey's lakewood township, members of an orthodox
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jewish wedding partner abandoned the bride yesterday, in hopes of getting a glimpse of romney. romney entered a back door to attend an event hosted by republican fund-raiser, george bathgate. it is day two in colorado for president obama. he won that state back in 2008, but trails there in one late poll now. the president greeted diners this morning in pueblo, then served up some romney bashing for brunch. >> the centerpiece of mr. romney's entire economic plan is a new $5 trillion tax cut. a lot of it is going to the wealthiest americans, but last week we found out he expects the middle class to pick up the tab to pay for it. so you've got a $5 trillion tax plan and to pay for it, you raise taxes on middle class families with children by an average of $2,000. >> the president referred to the romney tax plan as trickle-down
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fairy dust. we're going to hear more from the campaigns a bit later on. a man charged in the colorado theater massacre is expected back in court in the next hour. today's hearing is not directly a part of james holmes' criminal proceeding. instead, it will focus on the release to the public of information. the media wants the judge to unseal documents relating to the case and lift parts of a gag order. well, this story will make you look at lost and found in a whole new way. a federal review found a bomb sat for three weeks in a bag under a deskin a detroit building that, get this, houses the fbi. the review by the homeland security inspector general's office reports that employees x-rayed the bag, one even shook it, trying to figure out what was inside. the review says the most serious mistake was made by the security guard who placed the bag if in a spot where personal belongings were held, never considering it suspicious. that guard has been fired and
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the bomb, well, detroit police took care of it. an australian rescue plane lands on an ice runway to reach a person who needs medical help in antarctica. we believe the patient is an american citizen who was working at a research facility there. no u.s. aircraft were in position to respond quickly, that's why the australians did. an official sa the patient was in stable condition before the plane arrived. well, madonna's got a russian official so hopping mad, he's taken to calling her names on twitter. so what's gotten him so furious? well, the pop star is supporting a jailed female punk band. and the singer, as she does, spoke up for gay rights during her concert in moscow. let's listen. >> as you can see here on my stage, everybody with me comes from every different place in the world.
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from africa, from america, from france, from russia, from england. we are christians, we are muslims, we are jews, we are everything you can imagine. but we are a family. we are together. we are gay, we are straight, we are human beings. >> madonna always says exactly what's on her mind, doesn't she? but the government didn't like it. russia's deputy prime minister took to twitter, sending this message about madonna. "either take off your cross or put on your knickers." an olympic athlete began losing her sight when she was just 9 years old. today she is legally blind. dr. sanjay gupta has the story of how she's now helping children today. as a police chief, i have an opportunity to affect what happens in a major city.
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silver or gold for the u.s. women's soccer team? that's the question. the world will be watching and waiting. the americans are set to take on japan in the gold medal match before what's expected to be a
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record crowd at london's wembley stadium. team usa is looking for revenge against japan, after losing in last summer world cup. now, if the japanese win today, it will be the first time a team has won both the world cup and the olympics in back-to-back years. back in 2000, she became the first legally blind athlete to compete in the olympics. today, she's inspiring other children with visual impairments by teaching competitive sports. our chief medical correspondent, dr. sanjay gupta, has her story in this week's "human factor." >> good morning, camp ability! >> reporter: every day at camp abilities starts the same way. with care to share. >> i got seven more shots on the basketball court last night, including three in a row. >> i rolled three bars.
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>> i did my first backflip on the rings at gymnastics. >> all these children are visually impaired. and they've come to camp abilities for a one week developmental sports camp. their inspiration this year is marla runnion, who was diagnosed with stargarts disease. she was diagnosed when she was just 9 years old. >> for everybody, whether you're sighted o or not, physical activity, sports, and what a role that becomes in your life. running became my sport after i abandoned soccer, because i had such trouble seeing the ball, so i went out for my high school track team. >> and boy could runnion run. after rung track and field in high school and college, she turned pro, eventually becoming the first legally blind athlete to compete in the olympic games. runnion says she was able to reach her full potential by competing against the best athletes in the world, and now
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she's giving these campers their first taste of competitive sports. >> camp ability to me is all about empowering kids and teaching them what they can do and giving them opportunities that they are not otherwise available to them at public schools or after-school programs. >> reporter: and there's a lot to choose from. sports like beat baseball. goal ball. they learn to the ride bikes, practice judo. and of course, run track. >> when my vision changed, but my desire to be in sports never changed. so i just stuck with it. >> reporter: just like the camp's mantra says, a loss of sight doesn't have to mean a loss of vision. >> our motto for camp ability is, believe you can. >> believe! >> all right, sanjay, thanks so much. don't miss sanjay gupta md this weekend. meet the man who corrected forensic imaging. software to separate fat from fiction.
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well, singer mary mcbride is on a mission. not to make millions, not to go platinum, although that would be
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nice too. she is performing and touching hearts in far-flung places like pakistan, iraq, and vietnam. and the u.s. state department is actually paying for her tour. mcbride is an arts envoy, reaching out and connecting people through music. ♪ sometimes you feel like a stranger ♪ ♪ right now you feel like more >> i've actually been lucky enough to hear mary mcbride sing that song live. mary joins us live from new york. and as i mentioned right before the break, she's my dear friend, but i love it when my dear friends also do things that are newsworthy. so mary, great to see you. you look great. >> thanks. >> so the question i he is, is this all started with something you called the home tour, right? in 2010. tell us about it. >> i came up with the idea of the home tour to bring live music to people, originally
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throughout the u.s., who did not have the opportunity to hear live concerts. this included people who were living in supported housing communities, for seniors, for young people. we play for people with hiv/aids, and we play a number of shows for people with disabilities. so the home tour brings live concerts to them, where they live. >> and in fact you say you were inspired by maya angelo, a quote, "i long everybody human being, as does every human being, to be at home, wherever i find myself," which is so poignant. you weren't doing this long before you were contacted by the state department, so how did that all come to be? >> we did our first home tour in the summer of 2010 and then a two-week tour in l.a. and right after that we were contacted by the stat department to do our first tour in russia. we started our relationship with the state department on the fourth of july last summer.
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and it's been an extraordinary year. >> yeah, and tell me y you've been. you seem to always be somewhere foreign, somewhere far away. tell me about some of the more memorable moments of your trips and where you've been. >> well, we started in russia, as i said. one of our favorite performances there was for the russian rehabilitation center, which provides support for young people who have suffered spinal cord injuries. we went from there to pakistan, where we were for three weeks. we also performed for all-women audiences in saudi arabia. we performed in bahrain. and we also worked with a wonderful ngo called the humpty dumpty institute that does work in vietnam, and we had the opportunity to perform for one of their programs, for victims of land mines. >> what do you find the reaction has been? i mean, what do these people get from hearing live music from you? >> we play in places where, in
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many cases, people are really struggling. and so for us to have the opportunity to go into a community, to bring live music with a singular purpose of bringing joy to these communities, i think it's really an opportunity for people to take a break from the daily struggle of their lives. and we particularly love playing in places like pakistan and iraq, where we more recently toured, because it gives us an opportunity to play where people do not have the opportunity to hear live concerts at all. there are no venues, there are no concerts. so we are really, in many cases, the first live performance that, especially, many of these young people have the opportunity to hear. >> that's incredible. that's incredible. i know you're leaving on another trip, three-week trip on september 8th. tell me you're headed? >> we start off in italy and
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then we're going to afghanistan for two weeks and then go from there to albania. >> incredible. the u.s. consulate in ho chi minh city says mary mcbride's cultural exchange is exactly the basis of friendship between people. i hope to see you in person very soon. >> i hope so. >> thanks for coming in for us. great to talk to you. >> thanks so much. a refinery fire not only has folks in one city up in arms, it could boost the national average for gas across the united states. we are going to take you there live. plus this -- >> joe markez's police scanner crackles to life just before midnight. moments later, kaz, as his friends call him, is rushing to the scene of a robbery gone bad. >> photojournalists chase canning gunfire in one of america's most violent cities. a dozen shootings in just hours as cnn goes along for the ride in the city nicknamed
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it's only caught, august, but in philadelphia, more than 200 people have been murdered just this year. and just since the movie theater rampage in aurora, colorado, dozens have been shot in philadelphia alone. so as the crisis grows, two photojournalists are running a bit of an experiment, in a city many are calling kill-adelphia. cnn's sarah hoy is following them. >> reporter: joekez mara's police scanner crackles to life just before midnight. moments later, kaz, as his friends call him, is rushing to the scene of a robbery gone pad. along for the ride is fellow veteran, photojournalist, jim mcmillan. the 20-year-old robbery victim has already been taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the back. police take away two men in handcuffs. kaz and mcmillan co-founded gun, to help curb gun
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violence which is plaguing what is supposed to be the city of brotherly love. >> i want to put the audience out there on the streets and i want them to see what i'm seeing every night in the city. the children watching crime scene investigations, night after night, day after day. anything to disrupt this. marginally disrupt it, i would consider it a success. >> reporter: since the shooting rampage in aurora, colorado, gun crisis estimates at least 55 gunshot victims in philadelphia alone. so far this year, more than 210 murders, a rate approaching 2007, when the city saw more than a murder a day and earned its nickname, kill-adelphia. >> turning around the gun violence epidemic is a tall order. it's going to take heroic action, but our cities are full of heroes. we've done this before, we can do it again. it's not going to go on forever, and the harder we work, the sooner we'll bring an end to this violence. >> reporter: the small volunteer team wants to shake things. by chronicling the daily