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now as soon as i'm off the heir. all right, you're in the newsroom. i'm fredericka whitfield. it is crunch time for the presidential candidate, president obama and mitt romney only have three days to prepare for their first debate. president obama will prepay in nevada. he already arrived there, he'll be holding an evening rally and then concentrate on preparing for wednesday night's showdown. so what is at stake in this first debate? athena jones takes a look. >> reporter: both the obama and romney campaigns are doing their best to lower expectations ahead of wednesday's debate. >> we have expected all along that governor romney will have a good night, he's prepared more
than any candidate in history. >> president obama is a very gifted speaker. the man's been on the national stage for many years, he's an experienced debater, he's done these kinds of debates before, this is mitt's first time on this kind of a stage. >> romney -- the president was widely regarded as one of the most talented political communicators in modern history. myers even pointed to a cnbc poll. the obama camp likes to remind volters that the president hasn't had as much time to prepare for the debates because he's busy being commander in chief. when it comes to just how how much debates matter it depens. >> most often debates don't make that big a difference. very few candidates win an election with a debate, but many have lost an election with a
debate. >> reporter: in 1980, between ronald reagan and jimmy carter. and lloyd benson's wipe at dan quail in 1988. >> i served with jack kennedy, i knew jack kennedy, jack kennedy was a friend of mine, senator, you're not jack kennedy. >> reporter: then there were the moments that seemed to say momplt and george h.w. bush looking at his wash. governor rick perry's oops remark. romney's high dollar wager. >> a $10 bet? >> and obama's comment about hillary clinton. one thing analyst's agree on. >> he's got two very tough competing goals, be likable and may out a contrast. >> we have gotten to know barack obama pretty well, we have seen anymore as president for four
years. mitt romney, he has still got a little white space on his canvass, he can still show us who he is and where he would lead us. >> reporter: the president spends the first part of the week in the battleground state of nevada where he'll be practicing with john kerry, and president obama will be practicing with rob port man who is playing president balm. president obama and milt romney face to face as american voters weigh the choices. the first presidential debate starting wednesday night october 3. watch it live right here at 7:00 eastern time on cnn and on cnn.com. police in winter springs florida are investigating a deadly shooting this morning outside a veteran of foreign wars lodge. our affiliate says a group of bikers was getting ready for a charity motorcycle ride when a group of armed suspects showed up and opened fire.
two people were killed and one injured. what happened to two tennessee children before fire destroyed their house? that's what police are trying to figure out this hour. their home burned down a week ago, but still no trace of 7-year-old gauge daniel and 9-year-old klee woe leverette. susan kacandiotti is following this story. >> investigators are using dogs to coffer a wider area around the house. what's so confusing is what happened to the children. police found no physical evidence, nothing in the ashes to show that those children were home when their grandparents died in the blaze. more than a week after shifting through ashes and debris, investigators have found no sign
of 9-year-old chloe and 7-year-old gauge. no sign the youngsters were there and so far no evidence they weren't when an inferno swept through the home where they lived with their grand parents. friends and family don't understand and neither does anyone else. >> i think something's very fishy. >> the more you find out the more questions you have. >> reporter: helicopters with infrared cameras found nothing. the children were seen playing in the neighborhood about three hours before the fires started last sunday night. did somebody take them? the tennessee bureau of investigation used an amber alert friday night calling the missing children endangered. authorities don't know what caused the fire adding to the mission try. >> they said it was not an intentional fire, but obviously there's more to it than that. >> chloe's parents are not considered suspects. >> we're tired, but we want this to continue on until we find out
what's really happened to these children. >> that's the thing, fred, everyone wants to know what happened to those children and so far, there just aren't enough clues to let police know. >> and do we know anything more about the living arrange mment the house? >> we do know that the children have been living with their grand parents for a few years. it seemed to be an arrangement that had been agreed upon. chloe and gauge have not lived together. they have had some legal troubles in the past but police say the parents are not considered suspects, and they tell us the whole family is cooperating with authorities. >> various agencies within the state in that low ccality are a helping out to find those children, they're fanning out among the area, they're going to the school, they're talking to
neighbors, trying to figure out when's the last time anyone saw these children, did anyone have a disagreements with the grant parents, these are the kinds of questions they are asking. an elderly man has his neighbors to thank for rescue that you have to see to believe. laura terrain of our affiliate news 12, the bronx shows us this heroic catch. >> a leap of faith from a burning building into a arms of friends and neighbors. >> i'm glad i'm healthy. >> 72-year-old ronnie post says he miraculously suffered only a bruised heel. he fell three stories from this apartment after his kitchen caught fire thursday afternoon. >> i coukoulcouldn't breathe so back to my room. >> he tells me he first yelled out this window for someone to call 911 and then began climbing
out to escape the smoke. eventually hanging by just one arm on to the window's ledge. vanessa, a good friend of ronny's was on the street below, she said she started yelling for a crowd to come help catch him. >> i said gather around and let him jump. >> i held my arm right here and waited, and waited until i couldn't hold on anymore. >> falling feet first into the group assembled question low. >> we said are you all right? are you okay? he said, yeah i'm good. >> he was trained as a paratrooper to safety jump from planes. he said says he wouldn't have survived yesterday's fall without the help of good samarit samarit samarita samaritans. >> fire officials say that the flames were contain and nobody was hurt during this heroic
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there's a fierce battle raising in the city of alepo and some historic sites are being destroyed in the fighting. angry muslims destroyed buddhist shrines in the cap tap. it happened after a photo of a partially burned koran. the army and police are now guarding the area. on to venezuela, thousands gathered for a rally in support of hugo savs. the rally was held in a caracas plaza. pope benedict's butler is on trial for allegedly stealing
hundreds of secret documents and leaking them to an italian journalist. he a mids he did take the papers and if convicted he could spend some time in prison. only eight journalists are being allowed into is trial. no reporting device is being permitted, they can't even bring their own pen. >> the first thing was the decision by the judges to separate gabrielle's trial, the butler's trial from that of the computer expert. that was the first thing. the second i think important thing was the decision that they would not bring in to the court the evidence of the commission of cardinals whom the pope has appointed to get a broader picture. >> is it likely because of the secrecy of these documents that
while the documents will be entered as evidence into court, it's still possible that very little about the content of that document would be made public simply because the vatican wants to keep these private papers private? >> well, some of the private papers are in the public domain. the real question is that the butler said that he had decided to put those documents, make them available to the media because he had seen so much evil and corruption around him. he said the pope, he believed the pope was not aware of this and he was doing so in speispir the holy spirit to protect the pope. now the question is that anybody would want to ask him what ooefrl and corruption did you see around you? >> if that question wasn't
answered, i would be very surprised. if it is answered, then we might have some interesting material. the second question, he said that he was one of a group of about 20, to who are the 20? this would be an obvious question to ask him, but whether we get the answers to those questions i'm not sure. >> and that former butler is expected to testify in court in rome tuesday. suicide bombings are on the ride in afghanistan. in a cnn exclusive interview we talked to a would be bomber who's now in prison. ♪ chirping beeping camera ahhhh drill sound chirping electric shaver shaking remote tapping sound shaking drill chirping tapping shaking remote wouldn't it be great to have one less battery to worry about? car honking irping the 2012 sonata hybrid.
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it happened at a temporary checkpoint 0er79ed by coalition troops west of kabul. three afghan soldiers also died in the clash that officials say may have been provoked by insurgent fire. there has been a rise of militant suicide attacks. suicide attacks are a common tactic for the taliban. in an exclusive interview with cnn, anna koren talks to a would-be suicide bomber. >> this man believed he was carrying out god's will when he carried out an attack in kandahar province. he said he agreed to wear a suicide vest and kill as many people as possible. it's a special feeling that comes to you when you are ready for a suicide attack. no one can stop you, no one could stop me, that is except the law. when police arrested him five months ago in jalalabad, during
the planning of the attack. he's now awaiting trial. proudly a member of the taliban, he says no one encouraged him to do this. look at our situation the foreigners kill our people, they insult our religion, burning the holy koran and making cartoons about the profit mohammad. if we don't defend -- the methods of the the insurgents are constantly changing. the enemy don't use their old tactics, now they use women, sometimes children and teenagers, they even get dressed up in military uniforms, they don't fight face to face, they're cowards. >> the taliban denies that they use children as suicide bombers. just a few days ago, a 10-year-old boy managed to
escape from insurgents whomp going to make him wear a suicide vest so he could blow himself up in front of coalition troops. this man has a 4-year-old son which he says he loves and miss very much. when i asked him how he would feel if he was used as a suicide bomber. he said if he wants to be a suicide bomber, no one can stop him, if he dew it or islam then that's a good thing. there are moments when he smiles, saying this is all a test from god. our real life starts after doomsday, so this is not our real life. this is world is a paradise for pagans and a hell for muslims. we just need to be patient. the afghan intelligence services and armed forces say they have foiled dozens of attacks in recent months, and while that's an encouraging sign, he says there are thousands of others just like him, ready to put on a
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[ grunting ] president barack obama is in nevada right now to hold a rally in just a few hours. mitt romney meantime heading to the swing state of colorado tomorrow, he'll hold a rally there and then concentrate on debate preps. the focus of this first debate will be domestic policy and jim blair will be the moderate for. the presidential debate is the following week, october 11th in kentucky. martha rthe focus foreign and
domestic poi si and the final debate will be strictly on foreign policy. bob sheaver of cbs is the moderator at that time. president obama and mitt romney facing off as the american people weigh their choices. watch it live right here on cnn 7 p.m. eastern time and then of course on cnn.com. all right the u.s. supreme court justices celebrated a red mass this morning at st. matthematthew s cathedral in washington. that means they are officially back at work tomorrow. one of the first big issues the court could tackle, voter id laws ahead of the november election, you can also see
rulings on gay marriage and affirmative action involving the university of texas. cnn's joe johns looks at how the divisions within the court could play out in this session. fred at the beginning of new session, the supreme court is going to be closely watched for signs of train between the uses or anything else that suggests things may have changed since the health care ruling, which arguably was is biggest opinion by the court since bush versus gore more than a decade ago. right after the supreme court's health care decision in june, chief justice john roberts joked to colleagues that he would find an island fortress to escape the political heat. here's how justice ruth bator gingsberg describes the spring. >> the justices are moving from
the freeying pan right into the fire. across the board, probably the biggest term in at least a decade. >> reporter: cases involving the con sensuous issues of affirmative action, same-sex marriage, voting rights and abortion are all likely to come up this term which kicks off monday. >> there's some very exciting cases already on the docket and amount more in the pipeline that the court is going to be making a decision on soon. >> reporter: rumors fashioned that the health care ruling caused a personal rift with fellow conservative colleagues, including justice antonin scalia. >> no, i haven't had a falling out with justice roberts. >> not words exchanged? >> no. >> slamming of doors? anything like that? >> nothinglike that.
>> a lot of progressives are concerned that this might mean that chief justice roberts has built up some capital, some good will and will now push the conservative agenda. >> tom goldstein who has argued before the court thinks roberts wants a more conservative court. but that he'll do it gradually. he's not trying to move the law radically quickly. justice roberts and justice scalia want to get to the end of the law. >> the conservative court watcher doesn't believe much will change any time soon. >> certainly this is not a crusading conservative court, new mexico we have a shift, i think in the membership of the court, it's impossible to call it a court that means more to the left or to the right. >> for the opinions that could be close, 5-4 decisions will
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raghi right here. the width of what we're seeing here out in space is much, much smaller than the moon. so imagine that you go outside at night and you look through your hand, it's a tiny little position of the moon. but it's so deep, it just keeps going on and on and gone for billions of years. let's go to the video. i want you to see exactly where it is in the sky for people who have followed this, it's in the constellation fornax. you can see it's going out, out, out, out. when we get to those images, in the extreme deep field, what we're going to see is the red and blues. the red is the gal galaxies that were new. our chad myers had a really
strong explanation, this is wild, of how far this is away from us. take a look at what chad said. >> 80,240,000, -- sextillion has 71 zeros. this all comes from the hubble space tell skoep. i want you to be able to see this. and i'm tweeting it. putting it on facebook at josh levscnn. >> it keeps going and going and going. no that's amazing and we have another amazing view, but this is life under sea. the people who bring you google maps now taking their cameras
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a young woman lost 160 pounds in just over a year and documented it all in photographs. julia weighed more than 300 pounds when she started taking pictures of herself in dressing rooms. she says the images helped her to come to terms with her changing body during what was also a very stressful time. julia joining me now from milwaukee, good to see you, julia. >> thank you for having me. >> okay so you had a pretty amazing year, a wedding, being a full-time college student, taking care of your parents. that's what we mean by saying a very stressful time. what caused you to change your habits and document your transformation? >> one day i got on the scale after having a giant scale. and i saw 238. you see men saying i'm 100 pounds and you look down and you see a 3.
you live with this self for so long. and for me, i hadn't been weighing or stepping on a scale for years and all of a sudden i see this 3 and i know that i'm different. i didn't want to have that feeling, i felt guilty for eating and they didn't fit in and that it was time to change. >> you changed you're eating habits? in what way? >> the first week easy things, less salad dressing, i started adding more fresh fruit, little things, i stopped eating junk food, no more fast food, no more soda and just little things and they just added up to things i would never, ever have expected. >> you started seeing results, and what gave you this idea when you go to a dressing room to start taking these pictures? >> the first time i started out wearing a pant side that was a 28 to 30. so the first couple weeks i was down to a 26.
so i took the picture, i was happy and excited that it happened. and i guess going and going, i could fit into real eventually juniors. i just wanted to see what i was doing, how i could change my actual body throughout this. the images really helped me along the way to say i could go back and flip through my phone and see here i was 20 pounds ago. do i want to go back? do i want to go forward? do i want to keep doing what i'm doing? how is it affecting me physically. >> the pictures are showing how physically you were being transformed by these new habits. some habits you were letting go and new habits you were taking on. even the express, your fashion, you were just starting to look so refreshed and happy about the results. >> sure. >> these changes, did it change you in more ways than you could have ever anticipated? >> oh, sure, sure. everything has changed in the
last couple years. it's just incredible. the way i live my day today life, the way i look, the way i present myself, if you asked me to come on this show at 338 pounds, would have said no. it's given me an incredible lease on life. there's things i think i can do that i never thought i could do before. >> there were even pictures of you tearful. >> sure. >> you were crying. this was just a moment where it all came together for you. can you describe what you were feeling at that point? >> sure. the two pictures that i know you're referring to, i was trying on a wedding dress. my husband and i were going to have a vow renewal for our second year anniversary. i put on a dress that was a size 16, and i literally broke down. i could not understand who was no the mirror. i didn't feel like the woman that i remember on my wedding day. i think it was overjoyed and it was scared and it was just everything came together and i could not understand who i was
looking at anymore. it is good in the end. it just was scary at the time because you're in these rooms by yourself and you're anxious. no one knows what you're going through on the inside. >> so now is there just a lifestyle change for you that you feel like you're going to adhere to? how do you move forward at this point? >> well, at first when i was losing weight it was about a number. it was about being a certain size. it was being able to wear certain clothes. it's not like that for me anymore. i'm actually up from my lowest weight on purpose because i want to feel good. it's not about a number anymore. it's about listening to my body, what my body needs and how i can live happily. so that's the main goal now, is living happy and living how i want to. everything in moderation, still keeping the healthy aspect to it but just really listening to inside. >> julia, thanks so much and thanks for sharing these pictures. you put them on the web for all to see.
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adam greenberg was at bat for the first time in the majors, playing for the chicago cubs july 2005. a fastball at 92 miles an hour hit him straight in the head as you see there. the injuries he sustained pretty much ended his dream of playing in the majors until now. the marlins are giving him a shot next week for one day. he got a lot of help in this quest from a self-described cubs fan nattic, matt listen. i talked to both of them. >> it's a chance for me to really realize my dream as i had my whole life as a child wanting to play major league baseball. obviously what happened several years ago did. that dream was kind of shattered. i didn't ever get to enjoy being a major leaguer. with obviously the help of matt listen and this one at-bat campaign, he's enabled me to kind of get back and now truly realize the dream. i'm honestly just saying, i'm
soaking it in and loving every second of it. >> that's fantastic. matt, you all have become tight now. you didn't know him from adam, so to speak. you didn't know him. you were a fan but you got this campaign going. why? >> i remember adam's first at-bat. i'm a chicago cubs fan nattic. i remember the day he played that game in 2005, july 9th, i thought i was about to see the center fielder of our future. i remember when he got hit in the head, it was devastating. i remember watching the games after that thinking, well, where is adam? when is adam going to get to play? and he never got called up again. he never played again for the chicago cubs. that at-bat was always burned in my brain: i would always check in to see what adam was up to online. he still didn't get the call up. right before this season started, i was watching "field of dreams" with my wife. i couldn't believe she had never watched it before. we were watching it.
she mentioned the character in there, moonlight graham -- adam is always compared to moonlight graham. she said, man, i feel sorry for that moonlight graham character. i said moonlight graham doesn't have anything on this guy, on adam greenberg. i started telling her the story of adam greenberg. i thought he's only 28, 29 years old, we can't let this moment pass, this window of opportunity. >> i wonder, adam, how are you going to be at bat marlins tuesday and not have tears in your eyes? how are you going to be able to concentrate on that moment? will you be thinking about what happened years ago? will you be thinking about your fitness, yr training, your readiness? can you tell me what you might be feeling? >> yeah. here is the one thing that i want to make very clear, this campaign and this at-bat is a success already. the result of what happens on tuesday, it's one at-bat,
showing the power of the human spirit, the power of perseverance and just staying positive and not letting yourself stay down. you can't do it alone. you need support. i didn't ask for it certainly. i didn't know matt from a hole in the wall. he wasn't a friend of mine, a relative, an agent, nothing. he's just a genuinely nice guy, passionate baseball fan and passionate person. all those emotions i'm getting to relive and talk about it and share it right now. >> fantastic. we're going to be rooting for you adam greenberg. tuesday, marlins game. of course, we're wishing him -- they have a great relationship, too. wishing them the best. isn't it magnetic just to see them, deb? >> it is. you have to believe in fate. these two people connected and they're making a difference in each other's lives. >> they've inspired so many other people. i feel so inspired after hearing them talk. >> i love that. >> that's going to do it for me. you're up next. >> thanks a million fred. have a great evening. you are in