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death penalty. cnn's pamela brown is inside that courtroom you're looking at right now. paul callan is on the phone to help us walk through about what we're about to see. first, pamela brown has a look at what ariel castro is accused of. >> it's our first glimpse inside the so-called house of horrors where ariel castro held gina dejesus and michelle knight and amanda berry. analyzing evidence and re-creating the terrible scene. this video from our affiliate woio shows a disco ball and silver garland hanging in castro's front room. he is making his second court appearance, facing an astounding 329 charges, including aggravated murder. >> the way of signaling, this is a very important and heinous case. >> reporter: his defense
attorney told cnn that castro will plead not guilty to all the charges in this indictment in which he is accused of using vacuum cords, chains and tape to restrain the girls in his basement and did purposefully and with cal cushion and design cause the unlawful termination of michelle knight's unborn baby. more charges are are likely. legal experts say the prosecution's office is playing a balancing act. >> as much as prosecutors want to throw the book at castro, they also have to consider the needs of the victims who may not want to testify and may not want to relive this experience. >> reporter: an attorney representing the victims tell cnn they have confidence in the prosecutor's office and hope for a swift and just result. donations continue to pour in to the courage fund set up to help the women now at nearly $1 million. since returning home a month
ago, the women continue to heal privately. one family friend says they are adjusting to their new lives, visiting nail salons and going to the park. >> they're exceptional human beings. having gone through this ordeal and to be able to come out of it and start to heal and move forward and heal is so amazing. >> and pamela brown is inside the courtroom right now. she will watch the arraignment. as soon as it's over, she'll come out of the courtroom and brief us on what happened. right now we want it bring in cnn legal analyst paul callan to bring us through what we can expect to happen in the courtroom. hi, paul. >> good morning, carol. we're really going to see somewhat of a replay of what we've seen previously. you know, he was arraigned on fewer charges when he was first arrested. the grand jury is now indicted and handed down, really, an indictment with staggering number of counts. 329 counts. those counts could add up if you had consecutive sentences to
3,000 years in prison and the possibility of a life sentence or the death penalty on an aggravated murder count. so, she will be advised of the charges against him. normally attorneys waive a reading of the charges, obviously, if they had to read all of them, it would take the entire day. usually the subject of bail comes up. but bail is already $8 million in this case, which is probably more than adequate to keep him in prison. so, i'm not sure if prosecutors will seek an increase bail. they could at this proceeding or a later proceeding ask for more bail. >> will castro enter a plea? >> his attorney may ask for a plea of not guilty on his behalf. sometimes it gets deferred and, bear in mind, defense attorneys are looking at a potential insanity defense and that will depend on psychiatric evaluations and other factors as the case goes forward. i'm not clear whether the final plea in the case will actually be entered today.
>> all right, paul callan, we'll get back to you and keep our eye on the courtroom in cleveland as soon as this hearing gets under way, we'll take you back. i can see ariel castro through the door here. let's pause for a moment to see if he's walking into the courtroom. let's watch the proceedings now. paul, you stick around. >> okay. >> all right, good morning, everyone. you can be seated. >> good morning, your honor. >> morning. >> good morning. >> good morning, your honor. >> very hefty indictment in front of me here. we're here for the arraignment of your client. >> judge, we will waive reading
of the arraignment rights. we'd like to enter a plea of not guilty. waive the 24-hour period and just enter the plea. >> very good, gentlemen. i will enter not guilty plea on behalf of your client. the case is assigned to judge michael russo. your first pretrial will be june 19th of 2013 at 9:00 a.m. and i will continue your client's original bond at this time. >> thank you, your honor. >> thank you, your honor. >> all right. you can see that was quick. ariel castro being led back to his prison cell. as you can see, he's grown a beard, but he is well groomed. but, again, he looked down at the ground. didn't look up not once, paul
callan. not once. >> no, he didn't. you know, it went, as i thought it would. they waived the reading of the indictment and we already have enough bail. we have $8 million in place. you know, he's dressed in the orange jump suit and looking at the ground and hard to get a read on what's going on with him, obviously. i have no doubt that, you know, defense attorneys are consulting with psychiatrists and trying to weigh the possibility of an insanity defense here. it will be a tough defense to prove to a jury because of all the planning that went involved in allegedly holding these three women captive. but, frankly, i don't know what other defense he would have, unless somehow some of these victims change their story and say they consented to the confinement, which i don't think you're ever going to see happen. >> the most interesting charges against him, the most interesting charges against him,
castro, paul, are the aggravated murder charges. these are, these came about because he apparently forced one of the women to have abortions when she became pregnant. apparently he punched and kicked her repeatedly in the stomach. that's why castro has been charged with aggravated murder. will those charges stick, do you think? >> that, you're absolutely correct, is the most interesting question in the case. and it's interesting because that is a count in which he could face the death penalty under ohio law. ohio has a very unusual statute which says, basically, that if you kill a fetus being carried by a pregnant women, that is aggravated murder. and the death penalty may apply, depending upon the circumstances. but here's the problem for prosecutors. since she was held in captivity and never taken to see a physician, how do they prove definitively that she was, in fact, pregnant?
every women will say, believe me, i know when i'm pregnant. but, bear in mind this has to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt before a jury. the defense can say how do you know it wasn't hysterical pregnancy or something else? in the absence of medical testimony, not as easy to prove that as you might think. the other issue they have to prove, assuming that fetal development had gotten far enough along that the women can testify realistically she was pregnant and she knew that as a result of what she saw after the miscarriage, you have to then prove that the fetus was lost because of the beating directly and not because of something else. stress or the stress of captivity or other things. so, very, very difficult counts to prove and the most important counts in the indictment. >> all right, paul callan, thank you so much for enlightening us this morning. ariel castro in court for his
arraignment, a formal reading of the charges. his lawyer entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. pretrial hearing scheduled for june 19th. let's move on to other news this morning. the man at the center of the u.s. intelligence leaks is still in hiding, but his girlfriend and her pole dancing youtube channel are front and center. this is lindsay mills. a professional dancer who dated edward snowden for the last four or five years. her father said she did not know sn sn snowden's plans. and mills' online blog, which has since been taken down, she speaks only vaguely of the drama now involving her life. her cryptic comment, "surely there will be villains pirates, distracting mermades, and tides of change in this new open water
chapter of my journey. but at this moment, all i can feel is alone." her boyfriend has not been seen since checking out of this posh hong kong hotel on monday. one of the journalists who publicized his claims says he believes snowden is taking refuge in a so-called safehouse. anna is live in hong kong. safehouse, what exactly is that? >> exactly. what is a safe house? i mean, it could be anything whether he's staying in an apartment, a hotel. if he's staying with a human rights group. we really don't know. we do know, however, that he is in hong kong. that has been confirmed by the guardian journalists who are fiercely protecting their source. you know, there was information in the local press today that edward snowden had been in contact with groups and contacted immigration lawyers in the city and none of them said they had any contact whatsoever with the 29-year-old. carol, you would have to assume that he must be getting hope
from someone. >> what is the public sentiment there? >> it is interesting. obviously in the united states there seems, here in hong kong, i think they're really welcoming the fact that he has chosen this city to release this highly sensitive information. certainly people feel that it validates the fact that although hong kong is part of china, the one country, two systems it validates its free speech policy. there's a feeling that people want hong kong to protect him, want to grant him asylum. so, that will be very interesting to see how this goes. the lawyers we have spoken to, carol, said if he does apply for asylum, drag out the extradition process for months, if not longer. >> anna coren, thanks. internet giant google says it did not betray the trust of its users and is asking the government to clear its name by allowing it to devulage
confidential details of what exactly it happeneded over. jen westhoven covers all things business. will the courts allow them to do that? >> not just google, all these other tech companies are chiming in, too. we haven't heard from the cell phone companies, but very interesting that google, they released the statement out yesterday. we got a quote from it. where basically they're saying it is time for the government to lift the veil of secrecy. to let them talk about, not the information itself, but what they're sharing and what they're not sharing. here you see google saying in this quote, without harming national security. without putting the public at risk. immediately after this we hear from other tech companies. microsoft, yes, having this kind of information out there will allow americans to understand and debate these important issues. if we don't have the facts, what kind of debate are any of us having in the public right now? >> the other thing the internet companies want to prove, they're not handing over that much
information. they are handing over everything i put online to the government right now. >> what is the point of having a password to anything. very fascinating. even after that where they had twitter coming out and facebook said a lot of times they put out transparency reports and this is what the government asks us for and this is what they ask us for and facebook says we don't bother. if we had this gag order on all of this, anything we give you is basically lying. we don't want to lie to people, you shouldn't be lying either. most of this stuff came through the lawyers and google their chief architect says he believes it is disgusting. the justice department said they would consider google's request. what do you think about that? consider. not really an action word. >> jen, thanks so much. in the meantime, one leading congressman believes snowden shouldn't be the only target of prosecutors, i should say. republican lawmaker peter king of new york says the journalist
who help exposed the nsa leaker should also face charges. >> i think action should be taken, especially somebody of this magnitude and leaks have gone into the last month. i think something on this magnitude there is an obligation and i believe against a reporter disclosing something that would so severely compromise national security. as a practical matter, i guess there have been in the past several years a number of reporters who have been prosecuted under it. so, the answer is yes. >> one of those journalists glenn greenwald of "the guardian" voiced disbelief on twitter. "is it true that i was just told peter king on cnn called for criminal prosecution of journalists reporting the nsa storie stori stories?" it is, indeed, true. strong winds and high
temperatures won't help firefighters in colorado. the biggest south of denver where 5,000 homes are under a mandatory evacuation order. across the state, at least 12,000 acres and dozens of structures have already burned. colorado's governor spoke earlier about the danger. >> people have to be prepared and they have to make sure if their homes. if you're in the wildline fire area to make sure your homes are defensib defensible. and we have to make sure we have our firefighters and our police officers and all of our first responders ready. right. and they have been. >> one of the fires south of colorado springs is threatening the iconic royal gorge suspension bridge. "the denver post" reports not far away 800 inmates have been evacuated from a state prison just as a precaution. dan simon has the latest from colorado. >> reporter: raging wildfires across colorado are forcing thousands to get out of harm's way.
>> get out! go! get in your cars now! >> reporter: the black forest fire south of denver, multiplying in size in just hours and engulfing thousands of acres in its path. the thick, billowing smoke visible for miles. massive flames consuming dozens of buildings in this heavily wooded area. >> we're still at zero containment. the fire is still pretty well scattered. not just one wall of fire. >> reporter: firefighters say strong winds and record high temperatures are fueling the fast-moving fires. >> with nightfall, a little bit cooler air and hope the winds have certainly died down since earlier today. >> reporter: the black forest fire is one of at least five fires ablaze across colorado. some 150 firefighters and the national guard aiding in the battle. >> we have other fires around the state that are also draining resources, but right now, i could not be more pleased with the support we received. >> reporter: this area is no stranger to devastating fires. last summer the waldo canon fire
destroyed 236 homes. >> i'm not experienced with wildfires. i tell you what, i won't underestimate it again. >> reporter: colorado is not alone. in northern california, a firefighter was killed while fighting a wildfire caused by lightning. lightning also the cause of another growing wildfire near kingston, new mexico. in early and devastating fire season not showing any signs of slowing down. and live now in colorado springs this black forest fire. it's believed it has destroyed or damaged dozens of homes at this point. this fire is not contained at all, zero percent. five fires raging throughout the state of colorado, as you can imagine, resources are stretched a bit thin. carol, the big priority is making sure you have enough firefighters on the front lines so they can effectively battle this blaze. carol? >> dan simon reporting live from colorado springs this morning. walgreens paying a record
fine of $80 million to settle claims it knowingly allowed drugs like oxycodin to hit the black market. alison kosik is at the new york stock exchange to tell us more. really? >> really. this all circles back to a distribution center, carol, that is located in jupiter, florida, which received bigger than usual orders of prescription pain killers from half a dozen pharmacies located in the state. walgreens is supposed to report the activity and it didn't and the government says triple the average number of pain killers were delivered to the pharmacies. the dea says these locations knew the drugs were not for legitimate medical use and there were tens of thousands of violations and that walgreens negligently allowed painkillers to make the way to the black market. not just the fine because the walgreens center is banned from distributing similar drugs until next year.
the company said in part, "we are fully committed to doing our part to prevent prescription drug abuse and advocate for solutions to combat the abuse of controlled substances and ensure patient access to critical medications." the company also says it enhanced compliance systems so it doesn't hap aen, again. ahead of the open real fast, we are seeing shares of walgreens fall. futures are pointing to a higher open. carol? >> alison kosik reporting live for us this morning. recipe for a brawl. mix in two teams that don't exactly like each other and four batters hit by pitches and then clear the benches. the fight broke out in the seventh inning of the game between l.a. and the arizona diamondbacks. look at that. there were six ejections, including dodger rookie sensation puig. major league baseball will most likely come down with some suspensions and fines. we'll keep you posted.
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accusations of prostitutes, drug deals and sexual abuse near u.s. embassy, if that's not enough. the state department under hillary clinton is accused of covering it all up. these accusations obtained in a memo by the inspector general and given to cnn by a whistleblower. a u.s. ambassador solicited sexual favors from prostitutes and minor children. a member of hillary clinton -- in beirut and in baghdad an underground drug ring supplied drugs to security contractors. the memo claims each investigation was hindered or dropped. but the state department says all of those cases were thoroughly investigated or are still under investigation. >> first we look into every
allegation that is made seriously. we would take every allegation seriously. but i'm not going to outline the status of those or any individual cases from here. >> hillary clinton's spokesperson says, "we learned of it from the media and don't know anything beyond what's been reported." congressman ed royce joins me now from capitol hill. he's a republican and chairman of the house foreign affairs committee and he's launching an investigation. good morning. >> good morning. >> do you think it's possible hillary clinton didn't know of any of these allegations? >> the one thing we do know, carol, is that the intervection of senior political appointees in this process to quash these investigations and that would include hillary clinton's chief of staff and also include a rather senior position, the undersecretary of management, mr. kennedy. and, so, again, we have an example of a situation where investigators surface an issue
here or actually eight different occasions, different issues. try to bring them under investigation and then the political appointees lean in in order to try to stop the investigation or try to manage the outcome. >> is it possible, though, that people under clinton investigated these allegations? they said they did, right? but nothing came of them. do you have access to what they found? >> well, yes. we have the fact that when approached about these investigations, which we did in march in my office, we got a copy of a draft and we particularly, you know, we approached the agency and asked them about these allegations. they said there's nothing here. now, we find out that there were investigations into the particular details in these eight cases where political appointees came in, intervened, called off the investigations
and this is what is concerning to us. normally, you'd have the inspector general and that would be the tough cop on the beat. the top cop, as well, who would then come in and be able to play the role to make certain that the investigations continued or that the evidence came out. in this particular case, you have a situation where for four and a half years, this administration has never put forward someone for this position as inspector general. and that is after repeated requests from us. i brought this up in april with secretary kerry and prior to that, we brought this up on numerous occasions. the fact that you've got to allow the inspector general and their office to do their job. otherwise, if political appointees are allowed to lean in and suppress evidence, then you have the type of outcome where there isn't a deterrent
effect and now here's eight cases at this moment coming forward that were all bottled up that have not been fully investigated. >> you know -- >> at this point, we're moving forward. >> some democrats would say the timing of this whistleblower leak is interesting. hillary clinton is thinking of running for president and now they're calling for a congressional investigation. what would you say to that? >> well, the point is that these are eight examples of malfesance and, in some cases, the conduct here is criminal. and the -- we have the facts that yes, indeed, investigations were open. and, yes, indeed, in the judgment of the inspector general's office, there was undue political interference. there was undue interference from political appointees. that isn't our judgment in congress. this is the judgment of the
inspector general's office. so, the real question, also, is why can't we get an inspector general, someone to head up that agency after four and a half years in order to back up the investigators so that we don't end up with a situation where this evidence is suppressed. and, yes, now, you have investigators that are sending out information about the investigations. that's surfacing. but the real solution to the problem is to put somebody in the position of top cop on the beat. and the other solution to the problem is for patrick kennedy, the undersecretary of management and for mills, former chief of staff. for hillary clinton not to get directly engaged in trying to suppress investigations. >> well, your investigation is now, your investigation is now under way. we'll check back with you.
congressman ed royce, thank you for being with us this morning. >> thank you, carol. up next in "the newsroom" a stunning revelation from pope francis. he admits there is, indeed, a gay lobby in the vatican. hoo-hoo...hoo-hoo. hoo-hoo hoo. sir... i'll get it together i promise... heeheehee. jimmy: ronny, how happy are folks who save hundreds of dollars switching to geico? ronny: i'd say happier than the pillsbury doughboy on his way to a baking convention. get happy. get geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more.
costello. thank you so much for joining me. stories we're watching in "newsroom" after 31 minutes past the hour. stocks heading for a higher open. about 107 points. ringing the opening bell this morning a data software company. chrysler has just six days to formally respond to a recall request from the government. we're talking about jeep grand cherokees and liberties says carries a fire risk in rear end crashes. if chrysler still says no to the recall, nhtsa will hold a public hearing. privacy advocates outraged. a new jersey lawmaker wants police officers to be able to search through a driver's cell phone right after an accident. officers will be able to see if the driver was talking or texting at the time of the incident, if they were able to do this. the aclu says this kind of search requires a warrant. for the first time since 2005, americans' opinions of former president george w. bush
are more positive than negative. a new poll by gallup finds 49% of people view bush favorably compared to 46% who have an unfavorable opinion. a stunning revelation coming from the head of the catholic church. pope francis says there is a gay lobby at the vatican. the remark came during a weekend meeting with church leaders from latin america and the caribbean. the pope mentioned the gay lobby as part of a stream of corruption within the church's central bureaucracy. the rome bureau chief and "newsweak" and "daily beast" correspondent. welcome. what does pope francis mean by a gay lobby? >> this goes back to benedict xvi his predecessor that resigned last february. of course, benedict xvi butler was convicted of leaking documents that contain a lot of information about this so-called
gay lobby and pressure they could have been under and the fact that some of these men in the vatican could have been blackmailed because of their affiliation in this so-called gay lobby. but pope francis has made his first 1100 days in office all about transparency and i think this is just one more example of that. he says what he feels, what he thinks and what he knows. that is something very new in the vatican. >> long been rumors that this gay lobby actually drove pope den bi benedict from the church. did pope francis give that notion credibility? >> well, you know, these comments that pope francis made to this congregation were not meant to be public. in fact, the vatican has been very, very clear about the fact that this was a private conversation or a private audience and not an actual announcement. but pope francis was given a lot of information from an investigation that pope benedict had ordered into corruption and financial corruption and into
problems with the gay lobby into problems with celibacy. obviously, sexual orientation with the catholic church has to do with celibacy. rumors swirling around vatican city and waiting for pope francis when he took office. he's dealing basically with problems of the past. so far we're seeing a pope who is very willing to confront these things head on. >> all right, barbie, thanks so much for joining us this morning. for more on this story and other religious stories check out cnn.com/belief. our belief blog is fantastic. well, now, we want to go back to cleveland where an arraignment hearing ended just minutes ago for ariel castro. the man accused of -- what was it like inside, pamela? >> well, carol, this arraignment for ariel castro was very similar to the first arraignment
shortly after he was arrested back in may. ariel castro walked into the courtroom in an orange jump suit and he was shackled. he looked expressionless and emotionless. that's how he looked before when he made his first acourt appearance before a judge when he stood there and pleaded not guilty. again, didn't look at his attorneys and didn't look at his judge and it only lasted for 60 to 90 seconds and then it was very quick and then he left. after that his attorney came out and gave a statement to the media and it was interesting because he had a different tone from what we've heard from him before. you may remember there was an interview with castro's attorneys a few weeks ago in which they said that castro wasn't the monster he's been made out to be in the media. today, the attorney actually admitted that some of the charges he faces, some of the 329 charges are indisputable.
so, an admission of sorts that some of those charges can't be contested. interesting to note today, too, today is the first time the attorneys have been able to look at some of the evidence in this case. so, what it really seems like the trial would hang on is whether the aggravated murder charge is pursued with the death penalty. here's what the attorney had to say about that. >> we are very sensitive to the emotional strain and impact that a trial would have on the women, their families and this community. mr. castro currently faces hundreds of years in prissen with the current charges and it is our hope that we can continue to work towards a resolution to avoid having an unnecessary trial about aggravated murder and the death penalty. >> the attorney said that negotiations have not begun with the prosecution, but he did make it clear that he hopes a resolution will be reached
before this has to go to trial. and, again, he is almost as though he was speaking to the prosecution urging them to drop the aggravated murder charge and to not pursue any more aggravated murder charges so castro doesn't face the death penalty. >> sounds like he doesn't want a trial at all. we'll see what happens. still ahead in "newsroom" the nsa under fire for spying on americans. i'll talk to one former employee who tried to blow the whistle on the agency years ago. you'll hear what his experience was like on being a whistleblower. goodnight.
my next guest blew the whistle on waste, fraud and abuse after working at the nsa for decades. his name is kirk and he joins me now from washington. welcome. >> thank you, carol. thank you for having me. >> we're glad you're here. you went through the proper channels to complain about the nsa. and many are asking today why edward snowden didn't do what you did, go through the proper channels. what happened when you and your colleague did that? >> we didn't do very well. we tried to follow proper channels, including going to congress directly. through a staffer that we knew there by the name of diane rorke. when that didn't work, we ended up filing a dodig complaint in september of 2002. believing we'd see some results from that. unfortunately, that investigation after two and a half years was basically covered
up. the report is available on the internet. but is 99.9% redacted. so, in essence, we failed going through the prescribed channels. >> so, that edward snowden chose not to go through the proper channels doesn't surprise you. >> no, it doesn't. whistleblowers within the intelligence community virtually have no protections. and, in fact , there's been recent legislation proposed to give agency heads to remove people, people's retirement pay after retiring from the agency. >> did you ever feel that your own government was against your efforts, you know, to better the country? >> yeah. it was shocking. it began inside nsa first when we had made huge breakthroughs. in fact, the deputy director from nsa back then was bill
black. and he came down, he was michael hayden's deputy. he came down and saw what we had done. he said, my god, you've made major breakthroughs. why are you being so modest? we weren't being modest, but we were being resisted by various bad culture elements within the nsa, very competitive organization and people didn't want our solution to be known. however, thinking the deputy director had seen it, we were hopeful something would move forward. unfortunately, he went completely silent. we got trailblazered. >> the other thing many people are wondering, edward snowden was a high school dropout, didn't have a college education. powerful position within the nsa. how do you think that happened? >> it happens for a couple of reasons. there's a great demand for i.t., information technology, knowledgeable people. in the entire washington area,
everyone needs it. we're so dependent on i.t. with our computers and databases and it's especially important in nsa where one is collecting information and have to store it and process it and have to access it and perform analysis on it. so, a guy comes along with minimal formal education, but, yet, has a knack for i.t. many of us are aware of 10 or 12 year olds who build computers. they just have a knack and he became very knowledgeable. >> last question for you. do you believe edward snowden is a traitor and defector and do you believe he put the country in danger? >> i worry about going to china. that's the one bit of a red flag that goes up. otherwise, i would say he's provided a public service. because we were worried about the privacy issues. we had a way to overcome them over a decade ago. they were shunned. when we tried to raise the issue else where through beltway
companies that typically do business, we were told nobody cares about the privacy and we were shocked. >> kirk wiebe, nsa whistleblower, thank you so much for joining us this morning. we appreciate it. >> my pleasure, thank you. werewolveswerewolves, vampi countdown is on to season six of hbo's "true blood." up next in "newsroom" what is coming out of the coffin next. ♪ bonjour ♪ je t'adore ♪ c'est aujourd'hui ♪ ♪ et toujours ♪ me amour ♪ how about me? [ male announcer ] here's to a life less routine. ♪ and it's un, deux, trois, quatre ♪ ♪ give me some more of that [ male announcer ] the more connected, athletic, seductive lexus rx. ♪ je t'adore, je t'adore, je t'adore ♪ ♪ ♪ s'il vous plait [ male announcer ] this is the pursuit of perfection.
come sunday, it is back to louisiana. i love the show, i watch it, i really do. talking about the super natural drama vampires that live among us. the hbo hit tv show "true blood." the show stars were out in los angeles for the season six premier. cnn entertainment correspondent nischelle turner joins us. good morning, nischelle. >> good morning. i can bet you're a fan. this show kind of grabs people, takes hold, won't let you go. vampires have been big for awhile. this vampire show has a mix of suspense, sex and it has generated a huge devoted fan base, one of hbo's biggest hits. early premiers say it hasn't lost a step. new york post review of the first episode said instead of
blood lust, this shows lust blood. we caught up with the stars last night and they talked about just how this show keeps moving along. listen. >> i feel like every year we're like oh, my god, how can we top how crazy we went last year. they always come up with something that takes it over the edge. >> my mum said you're going to l.a. to be a vampire, a vampire show, twilight wasn't out, none of it was out, she was like really, darling? i was like mom, this is it, this is the one. >> she was like really? no, you're going to be a street performer. really, he did have a job. by the way, if you didn't know, they aren't just co-stars, they're married and have twins. >> that's fantastic! charlene harris, the author of the series just released what she says is her last book in the series. so what does that mean for the show? >> well, you know, it could mean one thing, but this isn't like a
game of thrones situation where they try to stick closely to material in the books. one of the most popular main characters in the show is briefly in the book. for example, the show will probably continue with a life on its own. we're just in season six here, and she has written the 13th book. we still have a little ways to go and there's a lot still to play out on the series. there's new characters this year, so we will have to see the love triangle between suki, bill, eric, see how it plays out. maybe there will be new people for them to, i don't know what vampires do, bite. >> nischelle turner, thanks so much. >> all right. tim tebow takes the field as a patriot, talks about what it means to him next in bleacher report.
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the spurs had the third largest victory, winning 113-77, take a two games to one lead in the series. game four is tomorrow night. tebow mania has arrived in new england. tim tebow was in uniform and practiced with the patriots yesterday during the first day of their three day mini camp. they signed tebow as a quarterback. he is expected to compete with ryan mallett for the right to back up tom brady. after yesterday's practice, tebow didn't take questions but did talk about joining the patriots. >> i'm very thankful, it is such an honor to be a patriot and play for coach bell check, and learn from tom, be a part of this great franchise, part of a very successful franchise. i found that out firsthand, lost to him several times. so it will be a lot of fun. looking forward to working hard every single day and getting a lot better, and learning under some great people. that's all i got. thank you all so much and god
bless. >> and tebow looked pretty good throwing next to tom brady. hard to know if the tight thing in the off season helped work on the throwing motion. >> andy, thanks so much. next hour cnn newsroom starts now. happening now in the newsroom, a huge fire, mandatory evacuations ignored. >> i am not experienced with qualifiers. i tell you what, i won't underestimate it again. >> colorado on fire as strong winds fuel the flames. also a pole dancing girlfriend blogs about her boyfriend, edward snowden, america's most wanted man. my world had opened and closed all at once, leaving me lost at sea without a compass. plus, looters in oklahoma, six under arrest for stealing
from tornado victims, police struggling to stop it. and who? puig? the best baseball player you never heard of. >> first three games he played, it has been truly remarkable to see such talent. >> puig merchandise flying off the shelves, not bad for a guy that played for the dodgers for a week. you're live in the cnn newsroom. good morning, i am carol costello. thank you so much for being with me. quote, he is neither a defector nor traitor. how one describes edward snowden, the defense contractor that is in hiding. he exposed the secret government program that monitors phone calls and online activity. republican lawmaker peter king of new york says the reporters who publicized those leaks should also face charges.
>> if they willingly knew this was classified information, i think action should be taken, especially on somebody of this magnitude. i know the whole issue of leaks has been going on the last montd, but i think something of this magnitude there's an obligation, moral and legal against a reporter disclosing something that would so severely compromise national security. as a practical matter, i guess there have been in the past several years a number of reporters who have been prosecuted under it, so the answer is yes. >> joe johns is our crime and justice correspondent. joe, the nsa director is due to testify this afternoon in a senate hearing. i guess we are likely to see similar passion from other lawmakers. >> potential for it, carol. this is a spending hearing, so there's likely going to be a lot of things to talk about. safe to say that the leak controversy is likely to come up in some form, and there's growing unease about all of this
on capitol hill. >> i sit at my desk. >> investigators are asking where in the world is the man at the center of the scandal. former intelligence contract worker edward snowden. members of congress were told in a briefing at the capitol that national security agency doesn't know. the real irony says former justice official andrew mcbride. >> on the one hand, nsa is collecting all this information, and on the other hand, they don't know where this guy is. >> chief of the national security agency and u.s. cyber command, keith alexander is heading to capitol hill and can expect a grilling this afternoon. at least one member says he was surprised by the scope of the surveillance program. >> i did not know a billion records a day were coming under the control of the federal executive branch. >> it is part of the growing outcry for the government to make more information available to the public about its secret
phone and internet tracking program. and it is not just politicians. internet giants google, microsoft, and facebook are calling for greater transparency, and permission to tell the public what they gave out. and lawsuits are threatening, including the aclu challenging the constitutionality of the phone program. suspected leaker edward snowden says he wants that debate. >> the public needs to decide whether these programs or policies are right or wrong and i'm willing to go on the record to defend the authenticity of them and say i didn't change these, i didn't modify the story, this is the truth, this is what's happening. you should decide whether we need to be doing this. >> while a law enforcement official says there's no time frame for when charges will be filed, legal experts say the most likely charge is unauthorized disclosure of classified information under the espionage act. >> there's one felony here that pretty clearly applies, that's the disclosure felony which has a ten year max.
you can stack those up all you want, but under sentencing guidelines, basically he's looking at ten years. >> a lot of legal authorities say if and when charges against snowden have been presented before a magistrate and it could have happened already in a sealed court document, the next step would be to cancel his u.s. passport. the question is how well prepared he is to be on the run, and what measures he took to elude law enforcement in advance of disclosing his identity, carol. >> joe johns reporting live from washington. a former lawmaker, he is raising eyebrows with his comments about edward snowden, the nsa leaker. former congressman ron paul says he fears snowden could be assassinated by his own government. >> i am worried about somebody in our government might kill him with a cruise missile or drone missile. i mean, we live in a bad time where american citizens don't
even have rights and that they can be killed. >> >> she's probably one of the people closest to snowden, whether she knew about his plans remains a mystery, talking about lindsey mills, snowden's long time girlfriend. miguel marquez traveled to hawaii where the couple lived and where family and friends are trying to make sense of this story. >> reporter: the man at the center of the controversy left everything behind for his beliefs. >> you have to make a determination about what it is that's important to you, and if living unfreely but comfortably is something you're willing to accept. >> reporter: snowden says he cut his ties cleanly with everyone he knew or was close to, including his girlfriend, lindsey mills who lived with him here in hawaii. mills' father says she dated snowden some five years, but met him only a few times. >> always had strong convictions of right and wrong, it kind of makes sense, but still shocking.
>> reporter: snowden prepared for that shock, telling "the guardian" my primary fear is that they will come after my family, my friend, my partner, anyone i have a relationship with. snowden said law enforcement had already been in touch with mills. in her blog, adventures of a world traveling pole dancing super hero, just days ago, june 10th, mills wrote my world had opened and closed all at once, leaving me lost at sea without a compass. she and snowden moved out of this rented home outside of honolulu may 6th. he told the guardian he left for hong kong may 20th, telling mills he would be back in a few weeks, but leaving the reason fate. she packed up everything and left for the mainland. as the story unfolds, people in the neighborhood are more cautious about going on camerament one thing several neighbors told us they found peculiar about the situation, when they looked at this garage,
saw boxes all the way to the top of the windows here. the question is where have those boxes gone and the contents of the house. mills' father told cnn his daughter is now on the west coast visiting friends, when she left hawaii a question, so is whether she had any clue about her boyfriend's plans. on her blog, says snowden's family was in town may 17th, three days before he left his life behind. her next post june 3rd, she wrote the past few weeks have been a cluster jumble of fun, disaster and adventure. six days later, her boyfriend revealed he was the source of the leaked security documents, triggers as many questions as answers. >> miguel marquez joins me from honolulu. your story raises so many questions. i know what her father said but i mean is he telling us the truth? do we know? >> we don't know. the last that the parents told
cnn was she was on the west coast visiting friends. it is not clear where she is today. there is no real indication that she knew exactly what mr. snowden was up to, her boyfriend was up to, but the fact that she packed everything up, the fact she left for the ma mainland just as he was leaving for hong kong, he told her previously he would be gone a few weeks on assignment, presumably would be coming back here, but sheer clearly moved out as well. clearly the escape from here in hawaii was smooth and seamless, well thought out, carol. >> no reporters located her so far, as far as we know, right? >> no one has located her, but look, she has a very good reason to keep a low profile at the moment, no matter where she is. i can tell you we tried to talk to several people who do know her and mr. snowden here in hawaii, but even the neighbors now are getting nervous. this is a very big story.
people are very quiet and personal here and they don't really want all of the attention on them. they realize the more they speak out, the more people may cast dispersions or negativity on them, and people just really don't want that now. >> miguel marquez live from hawaii this morning. we're not labeling the nsa big brother, but many americans are unusually interested in that label. sales of the novel 1984 are soaring. you know "1984" featuring futuristic totalitarian state. here it is as seen as a film adaptation. ♪ >> who are we? >> there are criminals that
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homes and with record temperatures and strong winds, this fire apparently shows no signs of letting up. raging wildfires across colorado are forcing thousands to get out of harm's way. the black forest fire south of denver multiplying in size in just hours, and engulfing thousands of acres in its path. the thick, billowing smoke visible for miles, massive flames consuming dozens of buildings in this heavily wooded area. >> we are still at zero containment. the fire is pretty well scattered, not just one wall of fire. >> reporter: firefighters say strong winds, record high temperatures are fueling fast moving fires. >> with nightfall, cooler air, hope that the winds have certainly died down since earlier. >> reporter: the black forest fire is one of five fires ablaze across colorado. some 150 firefighters and the national guard aiding in the battle. >> we have other fires around the state that are also draining
resources, but right now i could not be more pleased with the support we received. >> reporter: this area is no stranger to devastating fires. last summer the wallow canyon fire destroyed 346 homes. >> i am not experienced with wildfires. i tell you what, underestimated again. >> reporter: and colorado is not alone. in northern california, a firefighter was killed while fighting a wildfire caused by lightning. lightning also the cause of another growing wildfire near kingston, new mexico. an early devastating fire season, not showing any signs of slowing down. this fire is not contained. the big challenge today is getting enough resources in place to make a difference with pief fires raging through the state. they need to get more folks here. dan simon, cnn, colorado springs, colorado. up next in the newsroom, leave your insurance card in your wallet. more and more doctors are taking
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checking top stories. a proposed law in new jersey has privacy advocates outraged. they want police officers to be able to search through a driver's cell phone after a car accident, then they can see if they were talking on texting at the time of the accident. walgreen's will pay a record $80 million fine to settle claims that knowingly allowed painkillers like oxycodone to hit the black market. dea said they saw unusually large drug orders and knew they weren't being used legitimately. chrysler has days to respond to a recall request for jeep grand cherokee and liberty. they say it carries a fire risk if it has a rear end crash. if chrysler still has no, they will have a public hearing.
more and more primary care doctors are cutting ties with insurance companies, switching to a cash only system. they say it benefits not only them but their patients, too. really? because it means a lot less hassle. alison kosik at the new york stock exchange, i am struggling to understand how this helps patients. >> reporter: you know what's interesting, you look at this trend, there aren't a lot of doctors doing this now, but those that do say you know what, it works for them, by opting out of the insurance completely and taking cash or credit cards direct from patients instead, doctors say they can spend more time with each patient and give higher quality care. all right. the way some offices are doing this is by these membership plans where a patient pays a flat monthly fee to have unlimited access to the doctors, and any service that can be provided in the office, and fees are different, depending on ages. one office in kansas, they charge $10 a month for kids, 50
for for for adults and 100 for seniors. this has been nicknamed concierge medicine, carol. >> okay. so what if you need a really, really expensive procedure like surgery? >> reporter: and having everybody afford this type of care, it is an obvious question and concern. critics say paying the monthly or a la carte fees is great if you're healthy, but what about middle and low income people. can an older person really afford a $100 membership fee to a doctor? and what if they need an emergency operation or another expensive procedure? also one health policy expert says by negotiating with certain outside service providers it can wind up creating this kind of barrier. give you an example, the relationship of primary doctor
creates with a specific allergist, may not be the best one to go to with your particular problem. obviously it is not an exact science, not every doctor is catching onto this, but it is becoming a bit of a trend. >> interesting. alison kosik live from new york stock exchange. thank you. still ahead in the newsroom, his head down, charges numbering in the hundreds. the cleveland man accused of holding girls hostage for years enters a plea. er to play, stay active, and enjoy the outdoors. and for the last four summers, coca-cola has asked america to choose its favorite park through our coca-cola parks contest. winning parks can receive a grant of up to $100,000. part of our goal to inspire more than three million people to rediscover the joy of being active this summer. see the difference all of us can make... together.
frmt an hour and a half ago an arraignment for ariel castro, a man called a monster even by his own family. entered plea to more than 300 charges, including kidnapping, rape, aggravated murder. castro is accused of holding three women against their will for about a decade. pamela brown was in cleveland in that courtroom for the proceedings and joins us live now. good morning, pamela. >> reporter: well, good morning to you, carol. this is the second time ariel castro appeared before a judge in person since he was arrested back in may. today he entered a plea, he
entered a not guilty plea for the 329 charges he faces. it all happened in a flash. castro walked into the courtroom, wearing an orange jumpsuit, was shackled and handcuffed with his head down. during the entire minute long arraignment, he didn't look at his attorneys or the judge. it was similar to the way he looked during the first time he appeared in court several weeks ago. after the arraignment, his attorney came out and spoke to media and actually admitted for the first time that some of the 329 charges castro faces are indisputable. at one point, it seemed he was making a plea to the prosecutor to drop the aggravated murder charge he faces which would come with the death penalty. he hinted that whether or not there's a trial would hang on the fact of if that charge is dropped. let's listen to what he had to say. >> we are very sensitive to the emotional strain and impact a
trial would have on the women, their families, and this community. mr. castro currently faces hundreds of years in prison with the current charges, and it is our hope we can continue to work toward a resolution to avoid having an unnecessary trial about aggravated murder and the death penalty. >> reporter: important to note, his attorney said today they did look at evidence in this case for the first time. he said that so far negotiations the prosecutor's office haven't begun yet, but reiterated he hopes a resolution will be reached so that this doesn't go to trial and that the women don't have to testify. as he said there, he acknowledged today it would be very traumatic for them to have to do that. carol? >> that is true, but the prosecutor seems very willing to go to trial. in fact, he made a controversial move to charge him with aggravated murder. in your mind as it stands now,
is the prosecutor willing to talk about a plea agreement? >> reporter: this could be strategy. you look at the astounding number of charges, 329 charges, including aggravated murder which could bring the death penalty. of course the question is still out there, did the prosecutor bring such aggressive charges so a deal will be negotiated, so this won't have to go to trial. talking to legal experts, it seems unlikely the prosecutor will be able to seek death penalty for that aggravated murder charge. the burden is for the prosecutor to bring forth evidence that michelle knight was pregnant in that time frame and that ariel castro caused termination of her pregnancy. also when you look at legal precedent, there's only legal precedent for the killing of the mother and fetus. i think the scott peterson case, death penalty was sought for there, but no legal precedent
for seeking death penalty for murder of a fetus. seems like it would be very difficult for the prosecution to continue to pursue that. >> pamela brown live from cleveland, thank you. preying on victims of tragedy, looters are heading to moore, oklahoma and stealing whatever they can. we'll talk about that next in the newsroom. i am an american success story. i'm a teacher. i'm a firefighter. i'm a carpenter.
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and may invade the privacy of millions of americans. in colorado, 3600 people are not in their homes this morning, they were forced to leave due to mandatory wildfire evacuations. more than 150 firefighters and the national guard are trying to get five different fires under control. the worst, the black forest fire northeast of colorado springs, has already burned 7500 acres. we hear a lot of stories about sink holes lately, but nothing like this. this is a sinkhole that actually opened up behind the pitcher's mound at the ballpark at arlington, just before last night's game with the cleveland indians. the hole opened after an underground pipe burst. crews repaired the sod, the only thing lost was batting practice. i would have been afraid to stand there though. do you think summer interns work for free? not at google. according to glassdoor.com, they pay the average intern $5800 a
month, some earn almost a thousand dollars more. salaries are competitive at silicon valley. google is in the spotlight because it is the backdrop for the new movie "the internship." imagine, you just lost your home in a tornado. if that wasn't bad enough, you've now got to worry about looters. police in moore, oklahoma say as many as 15 people have been arrested for looting homes destroyed by the may 20th tornado. some coming to oklahoma from as far away as virginia and new york and stealing everything from copper wires to refrigerators. joining me now, jeremy lewis, spokesman for moore police department. good morning, jeremy. >> good morning. >> so they're coming in from out of state to steal from these damaged homes? >> yes. we did have one specific incident where we had three individuals, two from virginia, one from new york, that were all together. they actually brought reflective
vests to blend in with the workers that were actually contracted by the city. those workers actually are the ones that contacted us and didn't think they belonged. once we questioned them and looked in their trailer, we found a lot of utility wire they were actually taking for their personal gain. >> so they brought their own van or truck with them and they were stealing what, copper wire, refrigerators and stuff too? >> they were stealing copper wire. it was a lot of utility wire from utility poles that have fallen near houses, they had their own truck and trailer they brought from virginia and new york and were trying to equip themselves to look like the workers that were contracted to do the work. so they blended in for awhile, eventually were caught and arrested. >> so you've got to be thinking that's pretty despicable. >> we talked about it. you know, these people lost everything. for someone to come and prey on
someone who virtually lost their entire lives in these storms, you know, their entire homes, everything they worked for is blown away, the little things they are able to salvage, people are coming and taking, i just don't see it getting much lower than that. >> that's pretty low, like pond scum, right? >> right. >> so what steps are you taking to protect these homes? >> we have officers assigned in addition to regular patrols, have officers assigned to each part of the city. our city was basically split in half by interstate i-35. in oklahoma, we have officers on each side of the city that are just assigned to the disaster areas, responding to the calls. the best way for us to get these is for neighbors to call, let us know that these people don't belong. that's how a lot of them are being contacted. if it is obvious they don't belong, officers contact them, ask for id, seeing why they're in the area. >> thank you for being with us and thank you for your efforts in moore, oklahoma.
jeremy lewis of the moore, oklahoma police department. >> thank you. turning now to your money. we told you earlier walgreen's is paying $80 million to settle claims that knowingly, knowingly allowed drugs like painkiller oxycodone to hit the black market. alison kosik is at the new york stock exchange to tell us more about this. >> reporter: this is interesting, carol. the government wound up focusing on a big distribution center located in jupiter, florida because it was receiving bigger than usual orders of prescription painkillers from half a dozen pharmacies located in florida. dea rules say walgreen's is supposed to report the activity, but here's the thing, it didn't, and the government said as a result triple the average number of painkillers were delivered to the pharmacies. the dea says these locations knew the drugs were not for legitimate medical use and there were tens of thousands of violations and that walgreen's negligently allowed painkillers
to make their way right onto the black market. now walgreen's will be paying that $80 million fine. happens to be the biggest in dea history. here is the thing, it is not just the fines. the distribution center will be banned from distributing similar drugs until next year. >> walgreen's will lose even more money. what is walgreen's saying about this? >> they say they worked up months and agreed to the fine. it will take a bit of a hit, four to six cents off the share price, not a huge deal. in a statement, the company said in part we are fully committed to doing our part to prevent prescription drug abuse. we will also continue to advocate for solutions, going on to say to combat abuse of controlled substances and ensure patient access to critical medications. the company says what it has done is enhance the compliance systems so it doesn't happen again. the goal for dea is to try to cut back on the number of deaths
from prescription drug overdoses because the numbers exceed those from car accidents or those related to other street drugs like cocaine and heroin. carol? >> alison kosik, thanks so much. just ahead, a state department memo raising serious questions about prostitution, drug deals, and sexual abuse near u.s. embassies. the worst part, it may have been a coverup. everybody has different investment objectives, ideas, goals, appetite for risk. you can't say 'one size fits all'. it doesn't. that's crazy. we're all totally different. ishares core. etf building blocks for your personalized portfolio. find out why 9 out of 10 large professional investors choose ishares for their etfs. ishares by blackrock. call 1-800-ishares for a prospectus, which includes investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. read and consider it carefully before investing. risk includes possible loss of principal.
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regard to this, why was an independent contractor, 29 years old, given such access to america's secrets? part of what is being discussed is whether or not new legislation needs to be passed to prevent that from happening in the future. that's what the speaker was asked. here was his answer. >> i think committees of the congress provide oversite of the executive branch. you can look at any agency of the federal government, they have a number of federal employees, but there are also federal contractors that are used for federal programs, that's fair and appropriate. it is up to committees to provide that oversite and i think we will. i am not sure that is the cause of this, we will continue to look at it. >> if you couldn't hear the follow-up question, it was about the efforts by republicans to shrink the government has lead
to the situation of the government, namely nsa, having to hire outside contractors. he sort of punted on that. i will tell you, carol, talking to members of congress, those on the intelligence committees, this does seem to be an issue. in fact, i was told that the democratic chair woman of the senate intelligence committee dianne feinstein is going to pursue some kind of legislation to try to crackdown on this idea of outside contractors getting this kind of access to this information. obviously these are the people that wanted to do this that think this program, all these programs, are good for national security. the flip side are members of congress on both sides of the aisle that think this is not such a good idea. >> i get the part about the outside contractors, i do. i don't get the part about the 29-year-old because if you're brilliant and you're 29 and know your way around a computer, and i'm sorry, most 50-year-olds don't. >> reporter: good point. >> that's a silly argument. if you're qualified to do the
job, do the job. >> reporter: you should see my two-year-old on his ipad, it is kind of amazing. >> more to come. dana bash, thanks so much. still ahead in the newsroom, what a week for yasiel puig. merchandise for puig is flying off the shelves. we will talk more about it next. hoo-hoo. hoo-hoo...hoo-hoo. hoo-hoo hoo. sir... i'll get it together i promise... heeheehee. jimmy: ronny, how happy are folks who save hundreds of dollars switching to geico? ronny: i'd say happier than the pillsbury doughboy on his way to a baking convention. get happy. get geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more.
checking our top stories at 46 past the hour. opening arguments under way in the trial of gangster james whitey bulger. after spending 16 years on the lam, the 83-year-old is finally standing trial. he faces 19 murder charges, as well as federal racketeering charges. the trial is expected to last into september. for the the first time since 2005, americans' opinions of former president george w. bush are more positive than negative. a new poll by gallup finds 49% of people view bush favorably compared to 46% who have an unfavorable opinion. day three of jury selection in the murder trial of george zimmerman. this is a live picture from inside the courtroom. zimmerman is accused of killing 17-year-old trayvon martin in a case that grabbed headlines for more than a year. potential jurors are pressed how much they learned about the case from the media. a suspected burglar is under arrest and quite frankly lucky
to be alive after he was shot by a 72-year-old grandma. all went down monday night in anaheim. the grandma, jan cooper, saw the suspect jump over the fence in her yard, try to break into her home, so she pulled out her .357 magnum and fired a shot. she missed but certainly scared the robber off. policeman managed to catch him short time later. cooper has a warning. >> you have no idea how lucky you are to walk away from my house. >> he was on parole for another burglary conviction. san antonio spurs put a beat down in game three. 113-77, converting 16 three pointers, a record for the finals. lebron james shot 33% from the field, didn't even get to the free-throw line. spurs lead three games to one.
baseball fans that follow fernando mania in southern california, put that memory back into mothballs. there's a new dodgers phenom rewriting the books on playing on the field and sales in the store. casey wian has more. >> reporter: tuesday began with more smiles from yasiel puig, who entered the game against the the arizona diamondbacks batting .500 and as reigning national league player of the week, his first week in the majors. the cuban defector who last year signed a $42 million seven year contract already is a favorite of teammates and dodgers fans. >> i am so excited to see puig play, man. >> he was hit in the face with a 92 miles per hour fast ball. he was down several minutes, shook it off, and scored when the next batter homered to tie the game. an inning later, his first bench
clearing brawl, and first ejection from a game. that's not likely to change the opinion of baseball experts who give puig the ultimate compliment. he hits for average and power, runs fast, can field and throw. >> we have seen all five tools in the first three games in which he played. it's just been truly remarkable to see such talent and to see it immediately. >> reporter: legendary scout helped sign puig. >> i am very happy. >> reporter: he is not just helping the dodgers on field, he is also helping their bottom line. his merchandise like this t-shirt, hottest seller ever for a first year dodger player. he is scheduled to appear at a southern california autograph show later this month, depending on the item he signs, that signature will cost 149 to $299. he is no saint. there's an april reckless driving arrest while in the
minors and vague references to on the field maturity issues by coaches. sports talk radio loves him. >> yasiel puig, what a reckless, crazy young guy. he is so much fun to watch, and he's energized the city. i am bonkers over watching the kid play baseball. >> reporter: too soon to tell how far the cuban missile will fly. his rise so far is nothing short of spectacular. casey wian, los angeles. >> that's awesome. good for him. coming up in the newsroom, sushi delivered on a flying tray? yeah, that's actually happening. we will tell you where after a break. [ female announcer ] the only patch for the treatment of mild to moderate alzheimer's disease is exelon patch. now with more treatment options, exelon patch may improve overall function and cognition. your loved one can get a free 30-day trial. and you can have access to nurses.
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who needs a waitress when your food can fly to the table? just one thing, be prepared to duck. cnn's jeanne moos reports on the flying tray and what happens when it runs into turbulence. >> reporter: think of it as a magic carpet ride for your dinner, maybe the teriyaki burger better fasten its seat belt. here at yo sushi in london, this waitress has four propellers, has to drop food on liftoff. the tray is equipped with cameras so the controller can steer it using an ipad.
don't be surprised if dinner lands in your lap. >> we are working on something that's pushing boundaries, conveyer belt to bring food to you. >> reporter: the conveyer belt is their original claim to fame. the flying trace snatch food. it may be in place by late summer. we're not holding our breath. what's next? delivering room service via drone? dominoes pizza is experimenting delivering by drone for a publicity stunt. what is it with all of the food stories. see what oscar meyer is doing with bacon? billed as the perfect father's day present. >> when words just aren't enough, say it with bacon.
>> reporter: oscar meyer, selling bacon collections, the commander, the mat door, a utility tool, added to bacon cuff links, sells for 28 bucks. select a card with a meaty message, you're the second best reason to wake up in the morning. >> give a gift from oscar mayer original collection. >> reporter: from frying to flying, maybe it is okay for r.kelly to think he can fly. on a rice bun and chicken teriyaki burger? ♪ spread my wings and fly away. >> reporter: now that's a crash diet. jeanne moos, cnn, new york. >> you have to be good with the chop sticks, too, right? finally this hour, come september, an iowa actress taking her message about
overcoming disabilities all the way to miss america pageant. she was born without a left forearm, has been crowned miss iowa. kelly says her passion is the stage, because that's where audiences have, quote, permission to stare. good luck to her. thank you for joining me today, i am carol costello. cnn newsroom continues after a break.
hey, everyone, john better man in for ashleigh banfield. coming up this hour, what will a man that says he knows all the nsa secrets say when he is grilled on capitol hill. the nsa director in the hot seat as the debate over privacy versus security intensifies. what happened to three women inside this cleveland home sent shock waves across the nation. ariel castro enters a plea on 329 counts. and reputed mob boss whitey bulger facing 19 murder counts after years in hiding. what could be boston's biggest, baddest, ugliest trial ever. and more than a dozen devastating wildfires are raging across the west. some of the most dangerous, fastest growing are in colorado where five fires are