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city-wide boycott which became a crucial moment in the civil rights struggle. something has earl as early as tomorrow, the boy scouts of america could decide to lift its ban on gay members. they may vote to make that change. on tuesday, a new jimi hendrix song comes out. "somewhere" was reported in march of 196. it features hendricks on guitar and stroke calls, steven on bass and buddy miles on drums. on wednesday, fashion week starts in new york. all the world's fashionistas will head to bryant park. and on friday, bruce springsteen is honored as person of the year. the honor will happen in los angeles. among the big names who will perform neil young, elton john, sting, and mavis staples. that will do it for me. thanks for joining. cnn continues right with don lemon. have a great week. >> hello, everyone, i'm don
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lemon. thank you so much for joining us. we're going to start this broadcast with news of a killing at a gun range. and everyone involved, the alleged shooter and the victims are all former military men. one of the dead is well-known former navy s.e.a.l. chris kyle who wrote a best-selling book all about his career in special operations. he described himself as the most lethal sniper in u.s. military history. here is where he and another man died yesterday, a gun range outside ft. worth, texas. police say a third machine shot them both dead. the suspect is in custody now. we'll have full details in a live report moments away on cnn. a man holding a boy hostage is allowing the delivery of potato chips, toys and medicine. police say 56-year-old jimmy lee dykes grabbed the autistic 6-year-old after fatally shooting the driver who was trying to shield the children. funeral services were held today. pakistani activist malala
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yousufzai is awake and talking after successful operations to repair her skull and boost her hearing. taliban gunmen tried to assassinate 15-year-old malala in october because she had spoken out in favor of girls education. she is recovering in a british hospital. tourists outside london's buckingham palace got a real surprise today. a man broke through a security cordon and held a large knife to his own neck. in second, police moved in, and that set off a brief confrontation. the man started waving the knife, running at one of the officers, the officer used a taser. the man dropped to the ground and was handcuffed and taken to a police station. this time singer chris brown apparently won't face any civil or criminal charges. fellow singer frank ocean says brown jumped him leading to a brawl over a parking space a week ago at an l.a. recording studio. but ocean says he is dropping the matter. brown is already on five years' probation after assaulting his pop star girlfriend rihanna back
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in 2009. the man who invented etch a sketch has passed away. french electrician andre cassagnes dreamed up the drawing toy in his garage back in 1950. etch a sketch's popularity got another boost when it appeared in the "toy story" movies. its magic screen is in the national toy hall of fame. cassagnes was 86 years old. this is our top story this hour. two men are dead after a shooting at a gun range in texas. one of them is a well-known former navy s.e.a.l. his name is chris kyle and wrote this memoir, "american sniper" after he left the navy s.e.a.l.s. it went on the be a best-seller and propelled him to stardom. susan candiotti is closely following this for us. susan, a little while ago we heard from law enforcement where the shooting happened. what did they say? >> you know we got a lot of details from them, don. and police believe it was actually the very first time
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that legendary navy s.e.a.l. sniper chris kyle and his friend chad littlefield met with another marine vet, 25-year-old eddie ray routh. and it ended tragically with kyle and littlefield shot dead multiple times of a remote area of a gun range near ft. worth, texas. police say they were found nearly two hours later by a guide at the range. about 25 to 30 other weapons were found at the crime scene, including ak-47s and long guns. investigators say routh drove off in kyle's pickup and headed to his sister's house. there he allegedly told her and his brother what happened. he left, and the two called police. when a team arrived at his house, they say that routh was sitting out front in kyle's pickup truck. a hostage negotiator tried to talk him out, but he took off down the road. and here is how a witness describes it. >> i was scared. i'm sitting below the window
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line. i was peeking out. they had four shotguns on him, i believe. it's dark out here, so i real hi did the best counting i could. and the next thing i know, a little time passes, he starts up 2 truck. and then adds he rushes down the road, and they all take off after him. >> so about five or six miles down the road, they caught up with him and took him into custody without incident. they told him to get out of the car and he had to lay down, flat down on the street. police also found a semiautomatic handgun they believe to be the murder weapon at routh's home. >> susan, let's talk about a motive here. any idea? >> well, you know, no and sadly, don we may never know, because the only witness is the alleged killer. the other two can't tell us anything. but kyle does have a foundation where he helps veterans with post traumatic stress. the three went to the range together in kyle's pickup. so police think that maybe this was therapy for routh. they also don't know whether routh was diagnosed with ptsd. here is how investigators say
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all three came to know each other. >> there has been some mention of the suspect's mother was a school teacher for what we understand for a long time. she may have reached out to mr. kyle to try and help her son. >> so they're still piecing all of this together. routh is being held on $3 million bond, and he is in a cell all by himself so police can keep an eye on him. he is charged with two murder counts and has nod yet had an opportunity to enter a plea. don? >> susan, there is a man in custody. who is he? what is his connection to kyle? >> again, police seem to think that routh, the suspect in this case actually met them because the mother of -- his mother asked kyle to get involved and try to help her son. that's why they think maybe they went to the range to have some kind of a talk with him or give
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him some kind of therapy out at the gun range. that's what they said would have been commonplace. >> so that is the connection. okay. wondering that. thank you, susan candiotti. i appreciate your reporting. this is a nightmare scenario for police in alabama. a kindergartner held hostage in an underground bunker. the standoff began tuesday after police say a man got on a school bus, killed the driver and abducted a 5-year-old autistic boy. cnn's martin savidge is in midland city for us. martin, funeral services were held today for the bus driver who is being called a hero. what are people saying about him tonight? >> yeah, that would be charles poland. hello, don. very difficult day. they've all been difficult, of course, since tuesday. but even more so because of the emotions that came to a head as family member, as those who worked, fellow bus drivers, teacher, even strangers all came together at a nearby civic center, hundreds of them for a public memorial service that was
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held for charles poland as he is officially known, mr. chuck as he was known to his students there was a lot of praying. prayers that were said of course not only for the victim, but for the young boy ethan, who continues to be held, and for the man alleged to be his captor. and that's jimly lee dykes. they say they hope his heart will be turned to release the little boy. and then after that came the funeral service and the burial. it was very interesting to note school buses were very much a part of this memorial service. they lined up outside of that building. and then they were part of the procession that went to the graveyard itself. and at some points, we actually saw at least ten buss with school bus drivers standing by them, sometimes with the students they drive. a very difficult day. tomorrow in neighboring ozark, they will begin classes for the first time and that too is going to be a tough day. security is going to be
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tightened for that event. don? >> everyone is wondering, obviously, what is the motivation? is he going to let the boy go? but this bunker, because they're talking through a tube. but the size of this bunker, there are differing reports. does anyone know? what are your hearing? >> you know, all of that is being carefully kept as closely guarded secret, i would say. there has been some people who said authorities generally say it's about four feet deep. part of it must be above ground given that, and it's about six feet by eight feet. but again, all of the information -- well, the lack of information is mainly believed that dykes may have access to the media in some way, whether he has a radio, whether he has a television, no one will tell us. but it does appear that authorities are being extremely guarded about any specific information because of that particular fact. so in all in all of these events that occurred over time, never had one where this is so little being said. but of course everyone is in the foremost of their minds worried about ethan.
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nobody wants to jeopardize that young life. don? >> absolutely. martin savidge, thank you so much. more than $70,000 in reward money may help track down the killer of a texas assisted d.a. 57-year-old mark hasse was gunned down thursday near the kaufman county courthouse. his boss hopes to encourage someone to talk. investigators are pouring over his caseload, searching for clues to a possible motive. new details about the missing american woman whose body was found yesterday in istanbul, turkey. police cesar rye sierra died of a blow to the head. the 33-year-old mother of two also had stab wounds. police are detaining at least nine people in connection with the case. sierra was reported missing after failing to board her flight home on january 22nd. police in alabama want to end that hostage situation that martin just reported about quickly and peacefully to rescue that little boy. next, we'll talk with a man who knows how this is done. and later, we'll take you inside
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the bunker is four feet underground. its only connection to the outside is a 60-foot ventilation pipe. joining me right now is nypd hostage negotiator wally zions. how are you this evening? >> i'm doing fine, thank you. >> it's got to hurt your heart to watch this. you probably want to be down there helping, don't you? >> absolutely. everyone in my profession wants to do that. >> how do tack tibbs change for a sealed off location like this one, wally? >> first of all you have to go with the premise that he has a tv, he could have cable tv, he can have satellite tv. you've got to go with the premise that he has weapons. you got to go with the premise that he has explosives. until you can disprove any of that, you have to continually go with that. now, there are options there is only one good option in this particular negotiation, and that is to keep talking. >> keep talking. someone brought up we were talking about this story yesterday as we were doing our editorial meeting, and someone said why not just do the gas
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like you do at a dentist? >> well, i don't know if you remember this, that is probably the worst suggestion. first of all, the child's lung capacity is different than an adult's lung capacity. you don't know if he has has ma, the child has asthma, and you don't know what type of lung conditions. look what happened in russia a number of years ago. they did that in a movie theater. 120 people died. >> 117, probably -- what was close to 120, october of 2002 when that happened. they sent in gas, and people died from inhalation, gas poisoning. so you're right. what are the top priorities for negotiators as the standoff continues here? >> the most important thing is to have a dialogue between the hostage taker and the negotiator. you want to be able to gain credibility. everything is a negotiation. if he says i need some sodas, well, they can negotiate and to say let me talk to the child, let me know that he is okay.
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the bottom line to this whole thing is he has the onus of being responsible right now. and he is. he is starting to develop what we call the stockholm syndrome, which is a very important type of thing. it's bonding, and that's very important. >> how long will officials allow this standoff to continue before taking more aggressive action? >> i don't think they're going to take aggressive action. i think they'll continue to negotiate and talk. talking is the name of the game. unless something happens that, you know, takes place where they know it's happening, they will not take action. they have a great rapport in a sense that the conversation is going. and one premise in hostage negotiations are that if you continue to talk, the best results will be a good hostage negotiation where everyone is safe. >> how do they know the little boy is alive and well? >> well, they are communicating with him.
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they must have some sort of information, and they're not giving it out to the public. they have to have some sort of information telling them that they are communicating with the boy. and, again, there is back and forth conversation. it can be a marathon, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. the bottom line is keep talking. >> i heard earlier that chances are that he probably has a television down there and he is watching television. he could be watching. could he be watching us now? >> absolutely. and most importantly is that we all have to be honest with him. >> what would you say to him if he is watch, wally? >> if he is watching right now, tell him that his big responsibility right now is to talk to us and let us know that the child is okay, and that he is okay. and that the situation that he is involved in, we're here to negotiate to help him and the child come out safely. we're not there to go for the arrest. that's a totally other side of the coin. we're here to help him and help the child. >> wally zeins is a former nypd
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hostage negotiator. thank you, sir. i appreciate you joining us. >> thank you. president barack obama heads out on the road tomorrow to sell his gun control plan. but tonight it is this picture that has everyone talking. ahead, our experts weigh in on the president's skeet shooting.
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president obama sat down for what has become a traditional presuper bowl interview and weighed in on a range of topics. he blamed the washington debate over the fiscal cliff for the economic slowdown at the end of last year. he said football is going to, in his words, evolve to make players safer, and he said the boy scouts should be open to gaye members. as for the debate over raising taxes as a way to reduce a deficit, he said the answer will require sacrifice from everyone. >> well, i don't think the issue right now is raising rates. the question is if we're going to be serious about reducing our deficit, can we combine some smart spending cuts, because there is still some waste in government. can we reform our health care programs in particular, because we spend a lot more on health care than every other country
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does, and we don't get better outcomes. so there is a lot of waste in the system. and there are things that we can do to reduce health care costs. and can we close some loopholes and deductions that folks who are well connected and have a lot of accountants and can take advantage of, so they end up paying lower rate that's an bus driver or a cop. can we close some of those loop holes? if we combine those things together, then we cannot only reduce our deficit, but we can continue to invest in things like education and research and things that will help us grow. >> meantime, the president leaves washington tomorrow for minnesota to make his case for new gun restrictions. it's part of an attempt to pressure congress to take action in the wake of the horrific shootings in newtown, connecticut. the president has called for new safety programs and universal background checks. he also wants congress to renew the assault weapons ban. >> let's talk more now about the president's push for new gun
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restrictions with our contributors lz anderson and anna, in washington, a republican strategist. so guys, as the president gets ready to take his message on the road, the white house released a photo that shows him skeet shooting at camp david. there he is in his golf shirt, firing away. so anna, the president says skeet shooting is something he does all the time at camp david, but until a week ago he had never even mentioned it before. what is going on here? >> look, i think -- i think this is the president's version of small varmint, if you will. i really don't understand the timing for releasing this picture now. i'm not understanding what the purpose of it is, or what the end game is. but, okay, it's provided a distraction. i'm not sure it's going to have any effect on the gun debate or any gun legislation or any efforts having to do with guns, but okay, we had some fun during the week. next? >> lz, why even do it? just like the president, i've
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never heard you talk about skeet shooting. how often do you go to the firing range? >> i don't go that often, but i actually have gone scoot shooting myself. about four or five years ago i did a piece on skeet shooting on cnn and i went skeet shooting with the olympic team before they went to beijing. i don't recall anyone ever asking the president if he had a gun or fired a gun in the past. while this may be a political move, we may not have heard about it, but we haven't asked him about it either. >> all i can tell you, i was born in nicaragua. we only shoot stuff we can eat. >> thank you, ana. thank you. we needed to hear that. let's talk about chuck hagel now. it was a very interesting week for him. his nomination for defense secretary. his senate hearings this week were rough, to say the least, especially when his old friend, maybe former friend, frenemy asked questions. take a listen. >> were you correct or incorrect
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when you said that the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam. were you correct or incorrect? yes or no. >> my reference to -- >> are you going to answer the question, senator haguele? were you right or wrong? that's a pretty straight forward question. i would like to answer whether you are right or wrong, and then you are free to elaborate. >> lz, hagel had a bad day for sure. you know, maybe they have said it. i haven't heard a lot of democrats saying he was ill-prepared, because he seemed ill-prepared if you were the viewer watching it at home. did he deserve the treatment he got from mccain and others? >> you know, if they do a movie about that hearing, i hope daniel day lewis is involved, because there was a lot of political drama and political theater happening during that confirmation hearing. so much focus, so many of the questions were based upon things that he said decades ago, and not enough was being asked about
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the present state, where the military is, about the war on terrorism. so in my opinion, that was simply about republicans being upset over the past remarks that hagel has made, and it's their chance to get some opportunities to have a measure of revenge and also try to embarrass him a little bit. he wasn't as prepared as he needed to be. but at the same time, on the line of questioning that was happening really weren't relevant to what we need to be focusing on today. >> so listen, are you saying he wasn't as prepared as he needed to be because the questions were out of line? i mean, he just -- he just seemed really ill prepared. come on, lz. >> i think he was ill prepared to get beat up. i think if he was allowed to answer the questions in a sensible manner, perhaps he would perform a lot better. but i don't think he was expecting to get beat up, especially by someone he considers a friend during a confirmation hearing. he already knew there would be controversy. but no one expects to get blindsided like that. and i think that's what happened to him. >> ana, was this about hagel's views or was this just bad blood
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with mccain? >> it definitely is not bad blood with mccain. they've never had a fight. anybody who has seen john mccain or many of the other senators who were on that panel do questioning before, i remember john mccain grilling don rumsfeld in hearings. i remember john mccain grilling secretary baker in hearings. it's their job. they are there to advise and consent. somebody needs to put these candidates through a scrutiny. the questions need to get asked. >> what about the relevance of the questions they asked, that they were old questions. >> oh, don, look. a lot of it goes to -- chuck hagel couldn't answer questions about things he said ten years ago, and he couldn't answer questions, for example, about the united states policy towards iran. he couldn't answer any questions. basically, the only question he answered accurately was when he got a softball question from senator jack reed who asked him how he got the job. and he said he had told president obama he wasn't qualified. that's probably the only truth he said in that entire hearing.
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it was a hearing that was full of chuck hagel saying i should have said, i meant to say, let me clarify this. there were clarifications to his clarifications. so he looked very poor. he looked ill-prepared. he looked rather incompetent. had this been an interview for a private sector job, he probably wouldn't be getting hired. >> at one point, football was so violent, critics wanted to ban it. the president of the united states had to step in to help save it. tom foreman follows the american journey of this country's most popular sport. ♪ >> the numbers expected from the big game are staggering. 179 million fans will likely watch. almost 8 million will buy new tvs, and total consumer spending for wings, beer, pizzas and more will top $12 billion. so how did we get there from here? this is believed to be the oldest film of a college match, princeton and yale, 1903.
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at that time, versions of the game had already been played for 30 years. but football as we know it was just beginning its american journey. >> we're talking about a period when the game was being played in college, and maybe 2% of americans were even going to college. >> reporter: michael is a former nfl player turned author and college professor. >> so why would they care about what the boys are doing with their spare time? well, the popular press transformed the game into this popular spectacle. >> reporter: through lurid hyperventilating accounts, newspaper readers were drawn into a competitive world so violent that horrendous injuries and even fatales were common. the game was so wild, many wanted it banned outright, prompting president theodore roosevelt, a fan, to plead with organizers to tone it down. he succeeded, and football has grown ever since. developing a professional league before world war i, and not terribly long after world war ii, surging in popularity.
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>> and what changed that in the 1950s was television. television made it possible for football fans everywhere to follow professional football. and it also opened up then a game for people who had no connection whatsoever with universities. >> reporter: tv turned it into big-league entertainment, with slow motion replays, cute cheerleaders, and superstar athletes. today pro football has by far more fans than any other american sport, and each super bowl is a record-breaker even before the kickoff. tom foreman, cnn, looking for tickets in washington.
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just a little bit half past the hour. a look at your headlines right now on cnn. tomorrow in manhattan, new york city will say goodbye to its third term mayor, ed koch. koch died early friday of congestive heart failure. a who's who of new york political power is expected to attend the funeral. former president bill clinton will give a tribute, and current mayor michael bloomberg will deliver the eulogy. ed koch was 88 years old. direct talks between the
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united states and iran. it could happen. vice president joe biden says washington is willing to sit down one-on-one with iranian officials on the subject of tehran's nuclear program. biden is in germany, attending a security conference later this month, iranian officials will start a new round of nuclear talks with the u.n. security council. the boy scouts of america could decide to lift its ban on gay members as soon as tomorrow. the group holds its executive meeting this week in texas, but republican governor rick perry of texas says there is no reason to change the ban. >> scouting is about teaching a substantial amount of life lessons. sexuality is not one of them. it never has been. it doesn't need to be. >> governor perry, a former eagle scout, spoke yesterday before a statewide scout meeting. can wall street hold on to friday's momentum when it opens tomorrow? the dow will start the trading day above 14,000 for the first time in five years. but that could be threatened by
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what are expected to be weak factory orders due out this week. in addition, the consumer credit report comes out thursday, along with earnings reports from sony, nextel, sprint, and aol. ben affleck and his movie "argo" just keep piling up the awards. the directors guild of america gave affleck its top prize last night. ironically, he is not nominated for an academy award for best director. but "argo" is up for best picture. back to this hour's top story here on cnn, the shooting death of a highly decorated military veteran and best-selling author. this is chris kyle. he claimed a record number of sniper kills during four combat tours in iraq as a navy s.e.a.l. he came to national attention because of his autobiography that became a best-seller. he and another man were shot dead yesterday at a texas gun range. kyle was 38 years old. i want to bring in cnn's nick valencia right now. nick, the police in texas still working on a motive, gathering evidence. and they have a suspect in custody right now. but let's leave this horrible
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crime and the investigation alone for just a minute, because i want to talk about chris kyle. he was more than just a military man, right? he was doing some work, and he was helping a lot of people here. >> yeah, i spoke to his friend travis cox, who he worked with at fitco, a nonprofit, a dallas fitness club. it also what a side project, the heroes club. almost immediately after coming home, chris kyle got involved and worked with soldiers who were suffering from ptsz. although he was never officially diagnosed himself with this disorder, travis cox, his friends said that he struggled with everything that anyone who is in combat, who sees combat, comes back with. he wasn't just known in the service community. he was known to millions of americans nationwide. he wrote that best-selling novel. and during his combat tours, he earned the nickname "the devil of ramadi." he wrote he killed more than 150 iraqi insurgents. in a recent interview with conan o'brien, he talked about that. >> how did the iraqi insurgents identify who you were? >> when i'd go into a house and
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we had the occupied houses, i would take the top of my uniform off and just have my short-sleeved shirt on. and you could see my tattoo coming down the arm. and they identified that with me. and every time someone would be shot by a sniper in the area, they associated that with me. >> he was very proud of his service in the military, but above all else, don, he was proud to be a family man. >> he did catch some heat because he wrote a book around the s.e.a.l.s like to keep what they do everything secret. but he said he didn't want to be famous. so why in the world would he write this book and go on television? >> i think it was probably to help his fellow soldiers, and as well self-therapy as well to put these combat tours. i mean, he survives four combat tours overseas in the middle east only to come back home, don, and die around the corner from his home. he is a humble man, and he leaves behind a wife, tea and two small children. >> and so the investigation continues. a suspect at this point that they're questioning. >> right. >> thank you, nick.
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>> thank you. >> appreciate it. now to the big stories in the week ahead. from washington to wall street, our correspondents tell you what you need to know. we begin tonight with john kerry's first week as secretary of state. >> i'm at the state department which be be all abuzz with the arrival of john kerry. secretary kerry, who was sworn in on friday will be meeting with his new staff at the state department as he assumes his duties. but he'll also have to face some pressing issues, particularly a suicide attack on the u.s. embassy in turkey. the u.s. is also bracing for a possible nuclear test by north korea that could present secretary kerry with his first foreign policy crisis. i'm poply harlow in new york. a psychologically important day for investors friday. the dow closed above 14,000 for the first time in five years and all three major u.s. indices posted a fifth straight day of
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gains. coming up, we'll be closely watching some key economic news and earnings. we'll get the latest earnings on factory orders. just how many of the big ticket items are in demand. that's key for u.s. economic growth, which we know contracted in in the final quarter of last year. we'll also get the latest earnings from bp. we'll hear from toyota, coca-cola and disney as well as other major companies. we'll track it all very closely for you on cnn money. i'm a.j. hammer. here is what we're watching this week. we're going to play monday morning quarterback, judging beyonce's super bowl performance, and also tomorrow "showbiz tonight" is at the oscar luncheon. we're talking to all of your favorite nominees. it is going to be one business star-studded week. a 5-year-old boy held hostage for six days in an underground bunker. next, a look inside that bunker through the eyes of a man who says he has seen it.
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authorities in alabama spent a sixth day trying to negotiate
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the release of a 5-year-old autistic boy being held hostage in a cramped shelter four feet underground. george howell caught up with a neighbor who described the bunker in detail and the man who built it. >> reporter: jimmy davis jr. and his family have been neighbors to jimmy dykes since he moved to this area and bought property here more than a year and a half ago. and davis says he has seen the bunker firsthand. >> and he told me it was storm shelter. and i've not seen it in about probably eight to nine months. i'm not sure at what he has done to update it or anything. >> reporter: so when you saw that bunker, what did it look like? how wide, how deep was it? >> it was like a 15 by 15-foot wide in length, and about 12 foot deep. and it was lined with bricks like the little red bricks. >> reporter: david says dykes' trailer are rer where he lives sits about 20 feet off the road.
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behind the trailer is a massive shipping contain they're he used as a shed. and behind that, lightly to the left sits the underground square bunker. >> actually had syndrome err blocks going down the steps. and it was covered up with two sheets of plywood nailed together with hinges and stuff with a door to open to it. >> davis saw the bunker early in the development and said it had a tarp overtop and noticed a pvc pipe that went from the bunker to the front gate. dykes told davis that he put it in so if he was in the bunker, he could hear people or cars approach the front gate. did he ever give you any indication as to why he built this bunker? >> a storm shelter. that's what he told me. he said back when i lived -- i forgot where he told me he used to live. but back where he lived there was a bunch of tornadoes and they would always hit close to his house. so he is preparing for it. he wanted to make sure he had somewhere to get. in. >> reporter: davis says his relationship with dykes quickly deteriorated, though. just in december he says dykes
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fired a pistol at him and his family while they were in her pickup truck. the two men were due in court wednesday, where dykes was to face a charge of menacing. but since allegedly kidnapping a child and killing a man, dykes is now in much deeper, hiding out underground. george howell, midland city, alabama. >> there is always a party in new orleans. with the super bowl in town and mardi gras coming up, the city is alive tonight. we're going to take you there next.
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the super bowl down in new orleans marks the end of a great nfl career for baltimore linebacker ray lewis. the ravens chose him in the first round in 1996. now he is hoping to head into retirement with a super bowl victory. our rachel nichols has more from outside the superdome. >> reporter: ray lewis one way or the other, win or lose he said he is walking away from the game. and really, an interesting moment. because over his 17-year career hee has not only become for fans a presence. he is used to being a premier middle backer in the game for his entire career, but for other players as well. over the past decade i would say he has become kind of the godfather of a lot of nfl players, 20 the point where dozens and dozens of other players not just on his own team, but around the league regularly talk to check in with him, ask him for advice. i think some of that will continue once he leaves the game. but obviously, it's going to be a bit of an end of an era for
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many people around the league when ray lewis walks off the stage there are fans who are conflicted about that, given some of his history both on the field and in the courtroom. but there is no question that for the players on his team, the emotion he has shown this week to them, it's not over the top. they say that for them, they feel just this incredibly strong rush. ray rice, one of his teammates, the running back on the ravens what has called ate rush of destiny. they said they're going to feel it walking out of the tunnel and maybe the fans will too. we'll have to see if it comes true. >> thank you, rachel. international controversy over iran's claim of launching a monkey into space. iran's government says it has an explanation. you'll hear that story. it's next. twins. i didn't see them coming. i have obligations. cute obligations, but obligations.
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a space monkey controversy raising some tough questions. iran says it launched a monkey in space this week and returned him to earth safely. according to iran the fearless monkey was strapped snugly inside a rocket. some say iran's space monkey claim is completely bogus. a birth mark may be a clue. i never thought i would be reporting on a space monkey but here we are. >> we are. >> some are questioning this iran space monkey launch. what are they saying? >> well, iran is basking in the glory of their recent space race success. they're like look at us, we can send a monkey in space and bring it back safely. the reality is you're always going to have naysayers. these conspiracy theorists took to the internet and they just went bananas and got all in tehran's monkey business, no pun intended, but they really did. they said what is the deal with
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this monkey? is it real? is it fake. all of this over the monkey's mole. we're going to take a look at the pictures. look at the pictures before the monkey was sent up into space. >> all right. >> right. that's before. >> let's look after the monkey was sent up to space. we're going to look at the comparison. i want to point this out. we had the picture at the top was obtained from the official islamic republic news agency, and what happened was they published in picture before the mor monkey was sent up into space and you can see the light fur and the mole above the right eyebrow. and the bottom one is the monkey supposedly afterwards with the dark fur and there's -- >> it doesn't look the same. >> do you know why? because it's not. do you know what happened? >> i was going to say that's not the same monkey. unless that monkey is under a lot of stress. he must work in the newsroom. >> the pictures though showed of the monkey were archive of
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photos that were taken in 2011 of a space flight that didn't succeed. >> all right. >> that's what happened there. >> but launching a monkey in space, not ground breaking. >> or the iranians it is. because the last time they tried to send something into space, a turtle, some worms, but for them it is but not for nasa, no. because, you know, this dates back to 1948 when the u.s. actually sent the first -- >> controversy settled. not the same monkey. unless it's just a very stressed out monkey. >> which it could be. >> yes. probably. thank you. >> you're welcome. >> all right. we've done that story. we're moving on. #hacked. twitter accounts compromised. next, what the site is saying tonight. ♪ shimmy, shimmy chocolate. ♪ we, we chocolate cross over. ♪ yeah, we chocolate cross over. ♪ [ male announcer ] introducing fiber one 80 calorie chocolate cereal. ♪ chocolate.
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i heard something but it all happened so fast, and it was like all of a sudden black. >> police say the driver of a charter bus that crashed in boston yesterday was not among the 27 people injured and may face charges. the bus was carrying high school students from harvard to pennsylvania when it struck an overpass. the overpass was up for replacement. officials say the driver failed to heed height warning signs and troopers are looking into how long it had been on the road. your twitter account may have been hacked. twitter says sophisticated hackers struck t