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to me. i don't like people right now. >> i tweeted out this morning, i'm really mad at john berman because he's sleeping right now. and i'm not. >> poor berman is still going to get up early because still hosting "early start." he will be on the air at 5:00 a.m. he will also be a new part of "new day." cool stuff and chris cuomo, kate bolduan and michaela pereira, it is going to be a heck of a lot of fun. >> thank you for being such a great co-host. >> you, too. "newsroom" continues now with brianna keilar. >> thanks, guys. happening now in "newsroom" sudden collapse. a packed miami sports bar tosses dozens into biscayne bay. a massive colorado wildfire doubles in size since this time yesterday and claims its first
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lives. better watch your knees. one airline is packing in the passengers, adding even more seats to that crowded coach section we love so much. he is faster than a speeding bullet and more powerful than a locomotive. is the new man of steel strong enough to save the "superman" franchise? we'll see if superman can bring in the fans or box office kryptonite. you're live in "cnn newsroom." hi, i'm brianna keilar in for carol costello and this morning a miami area sports bar deck is no longer recognizable after collapsing and sending dozens into the water. about 100 people packed the deck on thursday night when it gave way. many were watching the miami
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heat play in the nba finals. dive teams and helicopter had to be called in to search for the injured. two dozen people were hurt and three of them have critical injuries and john zarrella is outside of the sports bar. john, some say that they had very little warning that something was going to happen here. >> yeah, that's absolutely right, brianna. it happened almost in a matter of an instant and you can see exactly now with daylight, exactly how bad it was here. that dock, which was supported by pilings on one side and the sea wall on the other. collapsing in the middle there. you can see the tables and the chairs and the potted palm trees and the railing. actually, you can see food and dishes that are down there in the water. and imagine all those people, up to 100 of them, actually being toppled one on top of the other with debris covering them. but, fortunately, less than a mile from here is a fire rescue station and a dive teams, as you mentioned, they got here very
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quickly. and there are no people missing and, fortunately, now we are being told just two serious injuries of the 24 people transported. but as patrons in the restaurant were sitting down and eating and witnessing what happened, they said it did happen almost instantaneously. >> i was maybe six feet from the deck when it collapsed. all i can describe it as is like 1,000 people standing up at the same time. it was this peculiar just roar of noise and by the time i turned around and a split second, where there was once people, i mean, 50, 100 people at least. there was nothing. >> now, coast guard patrol boat has been out here much of the morning. they're actually out there right now and just a few minutes ago they pulled up to the dock and they picked up an inspector from north bay village, the community where this accident took place. and he was out taking photographs of the scene. obviously, as they start to try
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to get the investigation under way. brianna. >> john, did they have any idea why this deck may have collapsed? when you're talking about 100 people, it makes you wonder if they weren't overcapacity on it. >> absolutely. that's the first question to everyone's minds. people who come here frequently say when there is big sporting events in miami or on television, not that uncommon to have that many people out here on this deck. but certainly that's one of the first things they look into. capacity and then whether there were wear and tear and stress on all of that wood and all those beams out there. but we're told it will take some time before they can come up with a determination of the cause. brianna. >> john zarrella in miami, thank you, john. now, in colorado, the most destructive wildfire in state history is likely to grow even more ferocious today. the fire northeast of colorado springs has turned deadly with
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the discovery of two bodies. they may have tried to escape an inferno that destroyed hundreds of homes at this point and forced 41,000 people to evacuate. dan simon is joining us from colorado springs with the latest. dan? >> good morning, brianna. a little bit of hope for the people of this community. this fire is now partially contained. a modest number, 5%. just goes to show you the fire efforts might be beginning to pay off. listen to the crackling of the flames. this just one of the 379 homes now reduced to rubble. in what is now being called the most destructive wildfire in colorado state history. the black forest wildfire has scorched nearly 16,000 acres of land, its flames widespread threatening neighboring cities like the densely populated colorado springs. >> it was extremely fast moving. i kept my family here too long because i thought we were safe and then next thing you know, it was crossing the street to the
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south of us within minutes. >> reporter: the inferno moving rapidly is now deadly. taking the lives of two people who were in the midst of evacuating. fire officials say just 40 minutes after the victims started packing, the flames were on their doorstep. >> our hearts go out to the loved ones. and our thoughts and prayers are with all the people hurt in this fire. >> reporter: thousands fleeing their homes and for some like the coin family, they're facing the reality of losing their house. >> probably the worst thing i've seen in my life. you have that moment when you say, is that really my house? >> reporter: 750 firefighters working tirelessly to contain the flames. >> what did you say? >> reporter: now we're getting a rare look from inside the fire lines. watch as air force academy firefighter brandon eubanks aids in the battle against the inferno. >> give me some water! >> reporter: working diligently alongside his team to extinguish the flames. the black forest is just one of
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several wildfires burning in the state. to the south, the royal gorge fire threatens the iconic bridge that hosted tourists for so many years while up north lightning has ignited a fire in rocky mountain national park. you have a whole lot of people displaced. 40,000 people have been evacuated. virtually impossible to get a hotel room in the city and no one knows when things will improve. of course, going to be contingent on the firefighting effort, but, more so on the weather, the temperature and the wind. right now it's a little bit cooler, not much wind at the moment. let's just hope it ke-- >> we're looking at live pictures coming to us from our affiliate kmgh where you get a sense of how big this is. 40,000 people evacuated. this is a big, developing story. dan simons will continue to follow that there from colorado springs. thank you, dan. now, severe weather is blowing through the northeast today after a day of chaotic
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weather and storm damage in the eastern third of the country. hundreds of thousands of people spent the night in the dark after storms knocked out power. you're looking here at the scene in maryland where a 400-year-old tree was just ripped out of the ground, barely missed a house, very good news there. a tornado was spotted touching down just outside of washington, d.c. if you can imagine that. there were water spouts, as well, seen on chesapeake bay. and in richmond, virginia, a 4-year-old boy was killed when a tree fell over. the boy and his father were hit by the tree as they evacuated a nature center. in iowa, a dramatic rescue. a family was trapped in an suv surrounded by rushing flood water. this took about 45 minutes but crews, thankfully, were able to pull everyone out to safety and volunteer firefighters were very busy in west virginia, as well, where flood waters were about to wash away a home. there were three children trapped inside and some adults tried to help them, but they got stuck there, too.
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crews helped get them all to dry land and to safety. meteorologist indra petersons is in new york monitoring all of this. this is sort of amazing, indra, when you look at all these different areas facing problems. are we expecting more severe weather today? >> this is the good news. that massive storm system that spread from the midwest to east coast very easy to see right now making its way off shore. taking all that lightning and wind damage with it. how much wind damage it caused yesterday. look at the amount of reports. very easy to tell the amount of damage it did. 645 wind reports. we're talking about downed trees, downed electricity poles and people without electricity this morning. i want to jump to the west coast where we're watching again today still the threat of wildfires. not really recovering too much. little byit of moisture. looks better than it is. a lot of moisture at the upper levels. a lot of it is kind of evaporating before it hits the
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lower levels. overnight 39% humidity. that's where the chances are for it to recover. by the afternoon, sun comes out and things dry out and notice how dry they are still getting. a chance for thunderstorm and a hint of rain and the bulk of it not hitting the ground and with thunderstorms comes lightning and the threat of sparking possibly another wildfire as we'll continue to monitor that. brianna. >> the opposite of what they want. for it to get warm and dry. for sure. we'll monitor that. indra petersons, thanks so much. the obama administration will ramp up support for syrian rebels after announcing forces have crossed what it calls a red line by using chemical weapons. the white house estimating as many as 150 people have died in serin gas attacks. they are denouncing the claims as it has for months saying, "the united states administration is using flagrant tricks to come up with any possible means to justify the decision of president barack obama to arm the syrian
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oppositi opposition." and they are clearly exercising scandalous double standards in dealing with terrorism. pentagon correspondent barbara starr has more on the white house's decision and what help for the syrian rebels could look like. >> reporter: the obama administration is now confirming what was feared. the syrian regime used chemical weapons multiple times. >> a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. >> reporter: pressure is growing on president obama to act. >> so, i applaud the president's decision and i appreciate it. but the presidentf the united states had better understand that just supplying weapons is not going to change the equation on the ground at the balance of power. >> reporter: the white house says it will boost military support to the rebels, but won't say exactly how. an option, arming the rebels.
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that could include desperately ammunition for rifles and machine guns as well as new shipments of machine guns. shoulder fired weapons to attack tanks, helicopters and jets and mortars and rockets. the white house does not plan to put u.s. troops on the ground in syria and is far from ready to commit to a no-fly zone. >> the question is, what is going to make a decisive difference now and is the administration willing to do that? or is this kind of a throw some guns that way and pretend you're doing something when it's not going to make a difference. >> reporter: the stakes couldn't be higher. >> it's important to us because of the tremendous number of chemical weapons that are there. and if these weapons get in the hands of the al qaeda-related terrorist groups, they will certainly be used against europe and against us. >> reporter: the white house announcement comes after word that former president bill clinton is now siding with
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mccain calling for tougher action. according to politico clinton said at a private event with mccain, "some people say stay out. i think that's a big mistake." so, now, let's say that it does start with arming the rebels and sending in badly needed ammunition and small arms, brianna. well, a lot of people say, you know, you can't really have limited military support. once you're in, you're all in. brianna? >> that's certainly the calculus. does the u.s. get ed into a bigger situation when many americans are war weary? barbara starr for us at the pentagon, thanks, barbara. this morning, nsa leaker edward snowden remains in hiding and limbo. grant asylum who exposed secrets. he initially wanted to warn americans that the government was secretly monitoring their phone calls and online activity.
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but his actions are under fire. since he told the hong kong newspaper that the u.s. has been hacking networks around the world. >> he has obviously decided he wanted to relay information about foreign-type collections, which goes beyond his original, at least his stated intention. there is a long list of questions we have to get answered about does he have a relationship with a foreign government and is there more to this story? >> i want to bring in tom fuentes now. a former assistant director of the fbi and now cnn's law enforcement analyst. so, sources tell us that there is no evidence that snowden has any ties to foreign governments or that he tried to sell secrets. what is your take? do you see anything different than that? >> morning, brianna. i think right now we don't know if he does or doesn't. it's still going it be a mystery. i think the intelligence community is still trying to figure out what exactly he may have taken. you know, we know what kind of
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accesses he had as a technician to keep these systems running, but what exactly could he have had access to. could he have removed from the system somehow the documents relating to the program, to the court order. so, i think there's kind of several mysteries here. how much damage could he have done or is he still in the process of doing based on what he took, what he could have taken and who he has given it to since he took it. >> one of the things he now revealed is the u.s. hacking china's computers. he's in hong kong, which is technically a part of china, do you read anything to into that? some people are wondering if he might not defect there. >> well, he might defect there or seek asylum if they give it to him. but i think this whole thing is incredible. when you obtain top secret clearance for the government, you take an oath that you are not going to devulg these programs or these secrets, classified material that you have access to for the rest of
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your life, not just while you're an employee. so, for him to be talking about bha what he's going to give to other people with some humanitarian interest in mind is still, to me, pretty incredible. coming out publicly and saying the united states is spying on china or china is spying on the united states, i think everybody pretty much assumes that. but neither government has confirmed that. we're still, you know, having a relationship, especially an economic relationship that it's in the best interest of both countries to find a way to cooperate and not poke a stick in each other's eye. so, i think the chinese have a dilemma here. they may be sympathetic to him and may even want all the secrets that he has. undoubtedly they would want that. on the other hand, they don't want to go too far with this and overplay it. >> create a lot of tension as we have democratic and republican support now for going after snowden with charges and then, obviously, trying to extradite him. our cnn law enforcement analyst,
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tom fuentes. thank you for joining us this morning. >> thank you, brianna. now, just ahead in "newsroom" being described as shell shocked. the aftermath of an explosion at a refinery in south louisiana. we'll bring you the latest on the investigation. ♪ ♪ fly me to the moon ♪ let me play among the stars ♪ and let me see what spring is like ♪ ♪ on jupiter and mars ♪ in other words [ male announcer ] the classic is back. ♪ i love [ male announcer ] the all-new chevrolet impala. chevrolet. find new roads. ♪ you chevrolet. find new roads. hoo-hoo...hoo-hoo.
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checking our top stories now. a dramatic rescue caught on camera in the aftermath of wednesday's storms. firefighters in iowa rescued two women and a young girl you see there after their suv went into a flooded ditch along interstate 35. >> downpours with very heavy winds and poor visibility and went off the road into a flooded ditch. several fire departments worked together and were able to rescue. >> it did take rescue workers about 45 minutes to pull them to safety. and as if your last flight wasn't tight enough, american
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airlines will squeeze more seats into its coach section. no word on how many will be added but one airline consultant says there will be likely around ten seats added on each plane. that will mean an inch less leg room for you and for me. a really good parking spot could be priceless in a city like boston, except for those two right there. that pair of parking spots just sold, get this, for $560,000. that is right. more than half a million dollars. the two were sold at an irs auction. bidding went into the hundreds of thousands of dollars within minutes. the buyer says that she owns the building next door. if you plan on going to a football game, leave that cooler at home because the nfl putting new limits on the size of bags that will be allowed into stadiums. no backpacks, no fanny packs or coolers and purses are going to be limited to a clutch size. poor gals, aren't we? but if you really need to bring something, you can put it in a clear plastic bag.
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and in louisiana, essential employees are back to work this morning and grief counselors are on hand at the refinery where a massive blast thursday injured more than 75 workers. 29-year-old zachary green was killed in the explosion. in a statement this morning, officials with plant operator williams said they're closing or, closely monitoring the condition of one employee and seven contractors who are still in the hospital and our nick valencia is outside the plant. so, nick, what is the latest on the investigation here? >> hey, brianna. i just got off the phone with the louisiana state police and they tell me that they have hazmat crews in that refinery this morning and working alongside company reps combing through the debris to figure out what happened yesterday and why. >> was passing by with a delivery and we saw big flames shooting up and we looked over and the whole unit was engulfed in flames. >> the flames are now out and
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the plant is secured, but the cause of the blast that sent fire shooting high above this small louisiana community remains unclear. >> the chemical that we think was involved in this is a highly volatile chemical, but not one that would leave the fence line, one would think. so, we think we're okay in that regard. >> reporter: the blast killed one person and sent dozens more to the hospital with injuries. but even those that eskapd unharmed were left dazed. >> boom, like that. everybody started taking off running. chaos. jumped the fence, jumped the tables. went through the grass. buses running over people. >> reporter: at a nearby baton rouge hospital doctors and nurses treating the injured. >> just the look on people's faces, the patients was just shell shock. you know, you talk to people as you take them out of the helicopter and they're just, one man said, we didn't even know what happened. we heard a loud boom and the next one was so loud, i felt like my chest was going to cave
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in. >> reporter: while investigators continue to assess what happened here thursday, louisiana's governor trying to reassure those affected. >> absolutely. once the investigations are done, once there's a responsible party, they'll absolutely be held responsible. >> and this morning still a handful of people in the hospital. some good news, though. when we were at the hospital one of those in critical condition was upgraded to fair condition. we hear from the hospital spokeswoman. she tells us that more patients are likely to be released today. also some new information that we just got from the plant, brianna. they're scheduling a 1:00 p.m. news conference to update the media and residents here in this area to the latest information and what they find out in there this morning. brianna? >> all right, nick, we know you'll be following that. thank you. still ahead, flag or table cloth? one tv network suggests the stars and stripes are both. now comes the apology. [ male announcer ] let's say you pay your guy around 2% to manage your money.
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good morning, i'm brianna keilar in for carol costello. the opening bell on wall street after an up and down week, futures are flat this morning as investors wait for a handful of new economic reports today, including industrial production and consumer sentiment. ringing the opening bell this morning, therapeutics md, a women's health care company. and hgtv is apologizing after suggesting the american flag be used as a tablecloth. this was part of an online article for fourth of july decorations. the article got a whole lot of criticism, as you can imagine. and on its facebook page hgtv says it was a regrettable use of our flag and never should have happened. as the gun debate rages on, gun sales are hitting new highs. spikes in the demand for guns help smith & wesson set a record. $580 million.
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that is a 43% increase over the year before. and sales over the past three months are up nearly 40%. we go now to newtown, connecticut, where six months ago today a gunman opened fire at sandy hook elementary school. changed not only the town but also the national conversation on guns. the tragedy being marked today with a day of remembrance, including a moment of silence, as well as a reading of the names of gun violence victims. today's event is being organized by mayors against illegal guns to draw more attention to their campaign to end gun violence and our poppy harlow is in newtown. poppy, you actually spoke to some of the family members. how are they hanging in there at this point, six months later. >> good morning, brianna. a very hard day. i just speaking to russo, he lost his beautiful daughter, lauren, in that tragedy. he said driving over here it is all hitting him, again.
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it is very difficult. as you said, this is being called a day of remembrance and also a day of action. this was not organized by family members, but organized by that gun control group, mayors against illegal guns. they are kicking off a 25-state bus tour. today they are going to make more than 100 stops. in just a minute, they're going to have a moment of silence and read off not only the names of the victims but all gun violence victims. they lost their sister, 27-year-old vicki soto, the first grade teacher. >> my mother lost her first child my brother lost his older sister. we take it day by day. but our sister wasn't just, you know, she just didn't die of an illness. my sister was brutally murdered in her first grade classroom. you can't really recover from that. you can only move on.
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>> does being here today. does working towards changes in gun legislation, that's what you're doing here today. does that help you cope somehow? >> i feel it does. i feel, especially today of all days to be in newtown. this is where my sister was. this is where my sister lost her life, it was here in newtown. part of me feels i'm here with her on this tragic day. she fought to save her kids, just like the other five educators. they fought to save sandy hook. and now we're fighting to save everybody else. so, i feel like we're honoring them as best as we can. >> i can also tell you that they told me we know the changes in gun laws won't prevent every crime, all violence. but they believe it will do a lot. i did reach out to the nra to see if they had anything to say tied to this event. they did not get back to me. i want to read you a statement, brianna, that came from the national shooting foundation
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based right here in newtown. newtown is a small community and six months after the terrible tragedy at sandy hook elementary school, we are no less affected by the profound sadness of the families and first responders involved. our hearts go out to them. out of respect for the families and our community, it would be inappropriate for us to comment or to participate in media requests made in connection with friday's events. brianna? >> and, poppy, connecticut recently passed sweeping gun legislation but i spoke with jillian soto. she was in washington with some of the newtown family as lobbying members of congress and she told me she was frustrated because so far they have been unsuccessful in being able to motivate congress to really do anything. so, what has changed overall since the sandy hook shooting? >> that's a great point. frustration is felt here from those that want to see federal change. we haven't seen it, as you know, we saw that move to ban assault
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weapons and also to extend background checks failed in the senate in april. but i want to take you through what is happening in connecticut because very sweeping changes to gun laws and more than 100 guns added to their assault weapons ban and limited to ten arms and firearm sales. everyone who buys a firearm has to go through a background check including private sales and gun show sales and actually now, brian brianna, connecticut has the first nationwide state registry for anyone who has been involved in a crime involving a gun. brianna? >> poppy harlow in newtown. we'll be right back after a quick break. ual, bob? not today. [ male announcer ] bob has afib: atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem, a condition that puts him at greater risk for a stroke. [ gps ] turn left. i don't think so. [ male announcer ] for years, bob took warfarin, and made a monthly trip to the clinic to get his blood tested.
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on their futures. this week cnn is focusing on the struggles that women face to get an education around the world and we document this in the film "girl rising" which premieres this sunday on cnn. joining us now from new york, she is the deputy mayor for legal affairs and counsel to michael bloomberg. good morning to you, carol. thanks for being with us. >> thanks for having me. >> of course. when you speak to girls, you emphasize what you call gps. but you're not talking about the navigation system here. >> that's right. that's right. i have developed what i call my personal talking points plan that i present to young girls. many women when they join the prof professional field right away they get training and they get taught how to proceed and how to really grow within their profession. so, what i've taken, ysk i've taken that message and brought it to teenagers and i call it girl power school and it's finding your way from the
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classroom to the boardroom to the courtroom to the newsroom. and using the same rules, the same advice that professional women get, but bringing directly to teenagers so they know what we know, but they know it sooner. they know the rules that it takes to do well in school. we know you have to go to school and we know you have to get there on time, but nobody really tells us. you need really strong letters of recommendations. you have to develop a network. once you start developing that network. it sfartarts in high school. it really will help you get ahead. i teach them about mentorship and many young women think that people walk around with tags on that say, i'll be your mentor. i help them empower them selves to say, hey, i like that teacher. that teacher may not know me too well but i'll make an appointment and i'll ask that teacher to mentor me or ask this coach who i think is really terrific to be my mentor and
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give me advice and help me as my career proceeds. >> that's right. it's really about being proactive and seeking out those mentors. i certainly say this when i'm talking to young women, a lot of people who want to help them, sometimes they need to know they need a little help. as you emphasize girls needing mentors. i know that one of yours is justice sonya sotomeyer. what h how do you model that for girls who need mentors? >> when i graduated from law school, we call ourselves baby lawyers. i had just started out joining the national association of women lawyers, which is another incredible organization that mentors young women and young lawyers. so, i met sonia sotomayor very
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early on and she was incredible. she was a federal district court judge. she mentored everybody. she is a very warm woman, very nurturing woman and also shared her substantive legal intellect with us very, very early on. so, we became fans not just of the person who is sonia sotomayor but the judge and intellectual. when she was to be nominated for the second circuit court of appeals i was now on the board of the puerto rican board association and other associations, as well. i was in a position, not as a mentor, but almost a sponsor of the judge. and we were in a position, as a former organization, to endorse her candidacy and to go to congress and write letters and make sure that people knew this was an impeccable jurist and i knew this from my mentor relationship, but more importantly, from seeing her on the bench and knowing what a
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wonderful judge she was. so, what happens full circle when i'm here as deputy mayor for legal affairs and president obama nominates sonia sotomayor to be his first nominee for the united states supreme court? at that time, i was in a position to recommend to the mayor that he think about formally endorsing her. now, he had met sonia sotomayor and respected her tremendously. he said what a fabulous idea. he wrote a letter on her behalf. he gets a call from the white house. wow, we love your letter from the president. we would like you to come to congress and testify at the hearing when they called three character witnesses for judge sotomayor. >> certainly does come full circle. i'm sure you emphasize that, as i'm sure you do to young women who are certainly trying to network and get support from their mentors. carol robles-roman, thank you for joining us. >> "girl rising" airs this sunday at9:00 p.m. eastern and
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pacific. now, up next, it is a bird. it's a plane, it's the latest superman reboot. can a man of steel bring it in at the box office? we'll find out. [ ice freezing ] [ wind howling ] [ engine revving ] ♪
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>> becoming something other than what society had intended. what if a child aspired to something greater. >> my son was in the bus. he saw what clark did. man of steel is out today. this is the latest reboot for the iconic super hero. and if the handsome henry cavell is the last son of cripten. if that wasn't enough, oscar
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nominee amy adams, his lady love, lois lane. margaret, you've got pretty incredible star power here. the trailer certainly looks great, draw you in. the reviews are actually only so so. do you think this version will be faring better than the last one? >> good morning, brianna. superman has been part of our pop culture for 75 years. first appeared in a comic book in 1938 and his story has been adapted for film and tv over the decades. some versions more memorable than utteothers. here's a look at "man of steel." it's been seven years since super man last flew on to the big screen. while "superman returns," now warner brothers studio owned by the same company that owns cnn hopes director zach schneider will change that with a more human "man of steel" who packs a
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punch. >> throw a punch every now and then and he has to, if some guy is threatening his mom, are you kidding me? >> reporter: known for his darker take on comic heroes, snider and producer christopher nolan offer fans a conflicting, bruting and more violent superman played by henry cavell. >> superman is one of the universal superheroes. not just genuinely an american thing. >> reporter: industry estimates show the film tracking around 1 $00 million opening weekend. >> what are you hearing from the fans? >> our fandengo fans are telling us this is one of the most anticipated movies of the whole year and 80% of the people who bought tickets are excited to buy the darker tone. >> reporter: if fans are excited, the film's corporate partners are through the roof. companies are banking on the man of steel from licensing deals to product placement, but then there are the critics. rotten tomatoes has this rated in the mid-60s, high 60s.
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that's good, but not great. >> i don't think the reviews are going to be as strong as for "ironman 3" but i think warner brother has a viable franchise on their hands. >> reporter: which at the end of the day is the super news this superman is looking for. >> now, industry estimates have "man of steel" coming in at number one at the box office this weekend. 100 to $115 million. the film is already breaking records overseas in the philippines coming in over a $1.6 million. in taiwan, the best opening for warner brothers, beating harry potter and the dark knight. they're on their way to china now for the shanghai film festival. >> henry cavell is smoking hot, they're hanging a whole lot of that of the movie's success on that. that bruting character. >> that definitely helps. there were also a whole bunch of corporate sponsors. i hops, 7-elevens and nicon and
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the first tim that retail giant walmart sold tickets for the film. "man of steel" is estimated to cost about $225 million to produce and another $150 million to market and the head of warner brothers studios says that it's going to be their highest performer ever. brianna, a sequel is already in the works. >> well, maybe people will put up with all the sponsorships if they get to tune in and see the great cast they have there p. margaret in los angeles for us. thank you so much. rg3 may not be the washington redskins playmaker for much longer. an 8-year-old boy could take the job away from him. ♪
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just minutes ago, honoring those killed in the newtown shooting with a moment of silence. >> i ask everyone here today if they can join with me in 26 seconds of silence to remember the 26 that have fallen. if we can take that moment now, please.
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26 seconds for 26 victims. today's event is organized by mayors against illegal guns, which is using today to drawing attention to their campaign. other stories we are following this morning. in colorado the most destructive wildfire in the state's history is expected to grow even bigger today. the black forest fire northeast of colorado springs has already claimed two lives. this fire has forced 41,000 people to evacuate. so far 379 homes have been destroyed. take a look at this. this happened thursday at chino airport outside of lawns. according to cnn affiliate ktla, this jet was undergoing a test, and it plane with three mechanics aboard smashed into this hangar. thankfully nobody was hurt. we're back in a moment. e're head the same way, right?
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the nba finals may come down to which mime heat team shows up s. the one that was blown out on monday or the one that was on fire last night? andy scholls joins us notice. >> the big three played arguably their best game of the season last night. they combined to score 85 points
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and grab 30 rebounds. when they produce like that, the heat is a hard team to beat. wade struggled throughout the playoffs finally had the breakout game. he finished with 32 points, as promised lebron also played much better. he led all scorers with 32 points as the heat ran away with the game. the series is now tied at two. game 5 is sunday night in san antonio. rowan 1 of the u.s. open is back under way today at the marion golf club. the rain forced many golfers to finish the first round this morning. tiger woods finished round 1 about 30 minutes ago at 3 over par. round 2 is about to get under way. phil mickelson is your leader at 3 understand. the best story of the week comes from redskins camp. latif brock was born with a chronic kidney disease and got to spend a day as a member of the redskins. he practiced with the team, and at the end, they let him run the
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ball. check this out. he goes all the way for the touchdown. he had a touchdown dance ready to go, as he breaks into what they call the burning. rg3 said he was happy to help make latif's wish come through. true. >> he chose me to be the guy he came to hang out with. actually he's a pretty good athlete. i was playing with him while everyone was doing the walk-through. it's an honor to meet him. >> lateef had a kidney translan this november. it's good to see him being so active. >> can you imagine if you're that little boy just hanging out with rg3. >> all the runners diving in as he was running the ball, pretty cool. >> andy action thank you so much for that. the next hour of the "cnn
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. life and death inside the fire zone. hundreds of homes lost, 41,000 people on the run, and the massive colorado wildfire claims its first lives. dozens tossed into the water after a packed miami area sports bar deck collapses. now investigators are on the scene to figure out why. also she once fought off a pie-wielding attacker for him, now wedgy and rupert murdoch are calling it quits. we'll like at what could be a billion dollar divorce. and young americans are turning up their noses with credit card applications. why they're saying nah, we'll just pay in cash. you're watching "cnn newsroom."
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good morning, i'm brianna keilar in washington. carol costello has the day off. in colorado the most destructive wildfire is likely to grow even more ferocious today. this fire northeast of colorado springs has turned deadly with the discovery of two bodies. they may have been folks trying to escape an inferno that has destroyed hundreds of homes, forcing 41,000 people to evacuate. cnn's dan simon joining us from colorado springs. he has the latest there. dan, do we know anything about the victims here? >> reporter: well, we know they were found in what we think was a garage. there was a car nearby, the doors were open. we think they were fleeing the fire and they just waited a bit too long. obviously a very heartbreaking situation. these are the only two fatalities that we have seen with this fire. of course, there's a fear as this fire progresses, you might see more fatalities. that's why they're telling
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everybody as soon as that evacuation order comes out, you really need to leave. i have to tell you the winds are fair lir calm, the calmest we have seen since we got here on tuesday night. the temperatures lower as well. let's just hope the weather cooperates, because that's really the key in terms of fighting this fire. you really have to have higher humidity and cooler temperatures, and the winds need to be calm if firefighters are really going to make a dent in getting those containment levels up, brianna. >> what's the biggest concern today? >> the biggest concern is keeping the fire away from colorado springs, where, you have a more densely populated area. up until this point, the fire spread in a forest area, where you have homes on multiacres of property lots of trees, so if it
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pushes into colorado springs, it has the threat of a lot more homes. obviously you have dozens of aircraft up there that will be coming up shortly. so the key is to contain the fire in those areas. brianna? >> it is a tough fight against nature there in colorado. dan simon for us near colorado springs. a chance to watch their team. in the nba finals turns into a nightmare for dozens of people at a miami-area sports bar. about 100 people had packed the deck outside of shuckers bar & grill when it collapsed sending many into biscayne bay. a few of them had serious injuries. john zarrella is outside that sports bar. john, the deck behind you collapsed without warning. >> reporter: yeah, brianna, no question about it, imagine you're celebrating your team, jumping up and down, they just
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scored a bucket, next thing you know the floor is gone beneath you and you're suddenly in the water. you can probably see the photographers behind me, but the tables and chairs all collapsing, people collapsing underneath that debris. why are all these photographers shooting there? the building inspector, structural engineers, they're down on the other side now, and they are looking at this structure starting to try to get a handle on what might have gone wrong here. in fact, earlier today, an official with north bay village, the community in which this dock sits, in which shuckers sits, was out on a coast guard patrol boat taking pictures from along the waterway of the collapsed dock. so they're getting started quickly, trying to piece together what exactly happened here. people who are inside the restaurant when all this happened, did in fact say it happened almost instantaneously.
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>> we were sitting there, enjoying the view after our dinner. we heard people screaming. we didn't know where it was coming from. >> we were walking into the back area, and it was more of what we heard rather than what we saw. first we heard like a crack, and then it was within seconds that the whole deck had collapsed into the water. >> reporter: a couple things that kept this from being a much worse accident. one thing action about a mile from here is an emergency rescue operations facility. they were able to get here quickly. dive teams able to get here quickly. and if you take a look down here, and dominick is going to pan over, you can see how shallow the water is fortunately the water here is very, very shallow. you can pretty much stand up right along the edge here where the deck collapsed. that made it easier certainly for people to stay above water and also for the rescue workers
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to get in there and get them occupy. brianna? >> yawn, the biggest concern are the folks that were critically injured. do we have any updates on the injuries, how severe they are? >> reporter: you know, last update we had was that 24 people were transported with various injuries from cuts to some bron bones. the last report we also had is there were just two people that were still? serious condition, but that's not confirmed. originally it was three in critical. now we're being told two in serious condition. that's the lates information we have. >> all right. john, we will continue to monitor that. thanks for your report. this morning e. holder says u.s. security has been damaged by leaks about the u.s. programs. edward snowden is still believed to be holed up in a safe house in hong kong. the former cia technical assistant has vowed to fight any
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extradition. meanwhile, the british government is advising airlines worldwide not to allow him on flights to the united kingdom. what kind of person is edward snowden? i sat done with maveny anderson, who calls snowden a close friend. >> i felt at the time -- i felt like he was a close friend. i didn't know him for a very long period of time, but during the time when we were in close contact, i felt like that we opened up a bit to each other, and he is a very reflective, sort of self-reflective person, introspe introspective. >> i think the public is owed an explanation that are outside the democratic model. when you are subverting the power of government, that's a fundamentally dangerous thing to democracy. he had a philosophy on government involvement in
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personal information? is that where his disagreement was? >> i mean, i think there has been a lot of dialogue, at least among my friends, about executive power, especially over the last several years. whether or not there's been any executive overreach. what sort of oversight there may or may not be over that community action and i think most people have an opinion on it one way or another. >> my sitting at my desk, i certainly had the authority to wiretap anyone from you or your accountant to a federal judge, even the president if i had a personal e-mail. >> is he an exaggerator? >> i didn't find him to be an exaggerator when i knew him. >> does that sort of what he says, would you take that to the bank, or is that something you think may not quite hold water? being able to wiretap the
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president if you had a personal e-mail? >> i don't know. i was surprised to hear him say that in the interview, but then i believed it when i heard him say it in the interview. for whatever that's worth. >> we actually know that from his interview with "the guardian" and the article that they wrote on your friend ed, that he actually watches this program. he was watching this program at the time when he spoke with the paper. in hong kong. so if he is watching this right now, and knowing that you are here to be his friend, you've said that, you want him to know, as well as other people to know he has friends, would you look at our camera and give him a message. what would you say to him? >> i mean, i would just saying, you know, that i'm worried about you and i hope you're well, and just know there are people who care about you. i don't necessarily condone your
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methods, but i still care about you, and if you get extradited to the u.s., i would be happy to serve on your defense. >> mavanee anderson knew snowden was friends with him during their time in switzerland from 2007 to 2009, a time that snowden has described as a turning point for him in changing his opinion about how the u.s. does gather intelligence. another story we're following, syria on the defense this morning after the obama administration for the first time says the assad regime used chemical weapons on its own people, the syrian government slamming the claims saying they're, quote, full of lies, and just a way to justified obama's desire to support the rebels. exactly how the obama administration will help the syrian rebels? that's still not known. joining misnow is retired general wesley clark, the former nato supreme commander and
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senior fellow at ucla's center for international relations. thanks for being with me. >> thank you. we know from the administration they're talking about very light arms, but at the same time leaving their options open for heavier artillery, which, as you know, a number of republicans on capitol hill are calling for. what are they definitely doing? and what do you think they are likely to provide to the rebels? >> well, i don't think the decision has been announced yet as what they're definitely doing, beyond the idea of some lighter-weight arms, machine guns, handheld rockets, things like this, maybe some more tars, but once the united states enters as a provider of lethal force and becomes really engaged in this, then what it becomes in essence is a united states commitment, backed by the force
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of the united states government, including lethal aid to oust bashir assad. that in turn leads to the idea of a proxy war. there are already iranian elements in syria. they're supporting assad. the russians are on the coast, maybe on the inside, so this is a very, very powerful step. but it's also a step that opens the way to diplomacy. assad has completely forfeited any claim to morally remain in power by the use of those chemical weapons. that's simply inadmissible in the 21st century. even in the darkest days of world war ii, when the soviet union was abouting to run over, even the soviets didn't use chemical weapons. it's just not permissible. he's used it, he's forfeited his
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moral authority. that in turn with the united states commitment to support more actively the rebels means there's an opening now for diplomacy. so i'm very hopeful that we'll proceed on two fronts. we'll be trying to aim -- to help the rebels, but giving them the weapons to resist more strongly, but also using assad's failure in this respect to really empower diplomacy, and bring about the kind of negotiated diplomatic solution that's needed to stop the bloodshed there. >> but, general clark, how does the u.s. walk that fine line? how does the u.s. government navigate trying to make sure that assad goes while at the same time making sure the u.s. doesn't get sucked into a conflict in the region that we certainly know americans, by large, will not support. pinches well, we've been in these positions before. as long as we're working on two
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tracks, we're in good shape. you can't run american foreign policy simply by public opinion, because opinion opinion will usually lag a lot of these events. so there's got to be some amount of leadership here, and the leadership we're seeing coming from the white house. so providing the lethal aid, let the rebels fight effect tifrly, put the weight of the united states behind it, use the moral failure of the assad regime and use of chemical weapons to further discredit it, and then take all that package to the united states, getting u.n. security council resolution, get some diplomats out of the there to negotiate a way out, and eventually get the fighting stopped or a cease-fire, separate the sides, get disarmament in there, and give these people a chance to have a country again. >> general wesley clark, thanks
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for joining us, as we await to see the obama administration's options they will pursue. in louisiana, essential employees are work to work. grief counselors are also on hand when a blast injured more than 75 workers. zachary green was killed in that explosion. and in a statement this morning, officials with plant operator williams said they're closely monitoring the condition of one employees and seven contractors who are still in the hospital. our nick valencia is outside the plant. nick, what is the latest on this investigation? >> reporter: brianna, a company spokesman was supposed to meet us a short time ago, but he hat yet to arrive, though the company says they do have company representatives trying to figure out who happened and why. >> i was pacing by on a delivery. we saw big flames in the air
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shooting up. next we looked over, the whole unit was engulfed in flames. >> reporter: the flames are now out, the plant is secure, but the cause of the blast that sent fires high above this small community remains unclear. >> the chemical we think is involved is a highly volatile chemical, but it's not one that would leave the fence line, one would think, clearly. so we think we're okay in that regard. >> reporter: the blast killed at least one person and sent dozens more to the hospital with injuries, but even those who escaped unharm were left dazed. >> bottom, like that. everyone started running going everywhere. >> reporter: at a nearby hospital, doctors and nurses treating the injured. >> just the look on people's faces, the patients were just shellshocked. >> you know, if you talk to people as you take them out of the helicopter, one man said we
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didn't know what happened, we heard a loud boom. the next one was so loud i felt like my chest was going to cave in. >> reporter: while investigators continue to assess what happened, louisiana's governor trying to reassure those affected. >> absolutely once the investigation are done, once there's a responsible party, they will absolutely be held responsible. >> the majority of those victims taken to the hospital have been released. we expect more to be released today. a couple new details to share with you. i spoke to the police, and budloads of employees will go back to collect their belongings. the company also tells me they will have a 1:00 p.m. eastern press conference to give us more details. brianna? >> nick, we will following that. nick valencia in geismar, louisiana, for us. we'll tell you why younger americans are saying they would rather pay in cash. [ male announcer ] running out of steam?
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checking top stories, colorado's massive wildfires have destroyed 379 homes, damaged nine others as the black forest fire continues to rage.
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right now the forecast holds little hope for firefighters as high temperatures and winds are expected to return. and inspectors are trying to determine how the deck of a miami sports bar collapsed and sent more than 100 people into the water below. more than 20 people were hurt, some of them seriously. a waitress told cnn affiliate wfor that the deck gave way just as everyone stood to cheer on the hometown miami heat as they played in last night's nba finals. it is day five of juries selection in the trial of george zimmerman. the judge in the case says the men and women of the jury will be isolated during the trial which could last up to a month. zimmerman is accused of telling tray von martin in a chuting last year. zimmerman claims it was self-defense. in sports the miami heat's big three picked a good time to get hot. the heat beat up on the san
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antonio spurs 109-93. the series is now tied at two games apiece. turning now to your money, younger americans are taking a look at those credit card application and they are saying no thank you, opting instead for debit carts or prepaid credit cards. christine romans is following the trend in new york. christine, this is interesting, because i remember when i was in college, that's where i got my first credit card, and you were kind of all the time you had credit card companies trying to get you to apply. why is this group different? >> congress short of shut that down, too, remembered with the card act? if you were a young person, you had to be 21 and you have to prove that you'll be able to pay it back. that's one reasons why kids aren't taking out more cards. also they have high unemployment. they've of the got student loans, so they're being more frugal in taking out the cards, either because they can't get them or they have seen the
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problems. high unemployment, student loans, maybe fewer big purchases, delaying a purchase of a home or a card, so any don't need the credit history right now, so what does it this mean? it means their credit score is actually getting better. you hear this all the time about be careful, you want to make sure you have credit cards. really the best thing is to have a couple credit cards to use them, pay them off, to make sure you always pay on time. ironically their parents, the 60 and older group, they're not paying off -- their credit score is actually getting worse. so we also know in terms of how many credit cards young people have, they have a lot fewer than they used to. in 2007, 8% had no credit cards. today 16% have no credit cards at all. that's something that really surprised me. 18 to 29-year-olds without credit cards, 16% don't have -- >> i look back, i think i got my first one when i was 17.
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luckily i was responsible, but man, i could have gotten into trouble with that i want and they really pushed them for a long time. i think the pendulum has swung the other way. >> that's right. being responsible and also being forced to be responsible. christine, thank you. exxon mobil is being sued because of the oil pipe did not line spill in a suburban arkansas neighborhood, but hear what else the oil giant is accused of.
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hi there. welcome back. eye brianna keilar. checking in our top stories, firefighters have found the bodies of two people who were apparently trying to escape that massive wildfire. more than 41,000 people are under orders to evacuate. at last count fearly 400 homes were destroyed. the search is on to figure out why a packed sports bar deck collapsed thursday night. inspectors are now taking photographs of what's left of the deck. nearly two dozen people were hurt when it gave way. hdtv is poli-- hg tv is apologizing. the online article got a lot of criticism. hgtv set it was a regrettable use of our flag and never should have happened. ? wisconsin, a college student was
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about to be appointed to the board of regents action but then the governor's office realized that joshua signed the recall petition against governor scott walker last year, so his appointment to the board was revoked. governor walker refused to say exactly why. >> i wasn't involved in that directly. i just say in the interest of not pulling him through the details on this, we withdrew the nomination and we'll be submitting another name. >> reporter: was it because he signed the petition. >> as i said before, i'm not going to comment one way or the other. >> england said he told the governor's office he had signed the recall petition. state law says no partisan -- are allowed when appointing someone to that position. exxon mobil is being sued by the u.s. department of justice and the state of arkansas. you may when this happened in march outside of little rock. an underground pipeline ruptured and an estimated 5,000 barrels of oil spewed all over this
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suburban neighborhoods. homes were evacuated. 22 homes contaminated. this is a pipeline that carries canadian oil from illinois to texas. it has been shut down ever since. arkansas attorney general dustin mcdaniel joining mess from little rock. dustin, thanks for being with us. >> good morning. >> tell me about this lawsuit, because it's not just about the spill. it's also about the disposal of the waste here. >> that's true. what we have is a really good example of the state and the united states working together to bring an action for enforcement of our environmental laws. it's not just about the spill or the damages caused to our water, air and soil, but it's also about amazingly enough violations of state law in the course of the cleanup itself. >> how much money is arkansas hoping to get over this? is there a chance that the homeowners that they see compensation?
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>> well, it's important to know the state action is really about our environmental law penalty provisions. this does 23409 impact one way or the other the private causes of action by the homeowners. my consumers division is working diligently to try and assist the homeowners, including on trying to put pressure on exxon with regard to their homeowners compensation plan that they've offered, which i have publicly said is way inadequate for what these people have experienced. no one has been evacuated from their homes or back in their homes yet today, but this is really about environmental law enforcement by the state and federal government. so this is a very narrow window and still leaves open other causes of action, both public and private in the future. >> i think we're getting a better sense of some of the damage that this caused the repercussions of this oil spill, but give us a broader sense of the damage and also, i know that
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there's a nearby lake, lake conway. what kind of damage was done to the lake? >> well, we're talking about the first oil spill in a residential neighborhood in american history. so as far as we know, this is the first time this has happened. so the future is very uncertain for these homeowners who had oil running through their yards, their driveways, home, but it enwent into a creek and lake conway, whichfuls feeds into the arkansas river. i'm proud of the fish and game commission, which acted within hours to try to sequester the oil's flow to a certain area of the lake. we feel confident that a majority of the oil was contained, but the damage to aquatic life, damage to the water itself. we know certainly within the soil. also the improper storage of the waste that was removed is part of this litigation.
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you know, they did not seek a permit, and they started transporting tons of concrete, soil, wood, wood chips, water and petroleum mixtures without a proper permit to a storage site that they happen to own for their natural gas subsidiary only a few miles away. they were ordered to remove that as early as the end of april and early may, and it's still there. so we have also added violations of the hazardous waste act to this litigation. >> and we know there will be ramifications from this as well when it comes to other oil spills in the future that we certainly would expect, as there are so many pipelines in the u.s. dustin mcdaniel, thank you for taking the time. >> thank you. have a gate day. >> you too. from iowa to the nation's capital, powerful thunderstorms wreaking havoc. now more storms are on the way? we'll have an update, next. it starts with little things. tiny changes in the brain.
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parts of the country could see more severe weather. check on you the dark ominous clouds that rolled over the nation's capital. kind of scary here yesterday. a tornado was spotted just outside d.c., and there were water spouts seen in the chesapeake bay. and thousandings spent the night in the dark. winds ripped out the 400-year-old tree just straight out of the ground. it barely missed hitting a house. in virginia a 4-year-old boy was killed when a tree fell over. meteorologist chad myers joining me noun from atlanta. atlanta had bad weather too,
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chad? >> sure did. about 5:00, 6:00 last night, the storms started around chattanooga. powers lines were all over the place in atlanta. it does get bumpy later today. rockville and laurel, maryland, all those symbols, those are wind reports of wind damage. 645 wind damage reports yesterday. the damages wind and hail, maybe even a tornado or two around lincoln, omaha, nebraska, here's the radar, right about 4:00, 5:00, that is exactly the time you don't want things to fire up, that's the heat of the day. later on tonight, it cools down, and we could see more showers later on to the east. there will be some heavy rain, i'll tell you what, anywhere in
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nebraska and kansas will tell they'll, the rain is a welcome blessing in a very dry part of the country that needs a lot more rain. i-25 looking right here in the fire zone, not a red flag warning today, but i suspect we will have winds at about 20 miles an hour, and the relative humidities around colorado springs, the firefighters still battling that black forest fire. >> that's not what they want, the low humidity and the w5r7ar. if you've covered a wildfire, that's the exact opposite of what they want. thank you, chad. they are practically defined as the power couple, but they are now calling it quits. there's potential billions of dollars on the line. [ female announcer ] the only patch for the treatment
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so diamondback in 2011, wendy stood by her man rupert murdoch. she fought off a pie-wielding attackers that came at her during a hearing. nearly two years later, they're calling it quits. murdoch has revealed he's filing divorce from his much younger and highly accomplished wife. alina cho is following this story from new york. >> reporter: their marriage was a partnership in every sense of the worse. he the ceo of newscorp. one of the richest men in the world. she, age 44, nearly half his age, a glamorous third wife with a taste for high fashion and high-powered friends. but this is what made wendy
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murdoch internationally famous. 2011, smacking a protester who tried to throw a shaving cream pie at her husband as he testified before britain's parliament about he newspaper's practice of phone hacking. the video went viral, earning her the nickname "tiger wife." now they are first divorced. this is rupert and wenty murdoch in happier times, talking to our piers morgan at this year's academy awards. >> how do you feel about cnn doing so well against fox at the moment? >> i think we're okay. >> reporter: they met in 1997 at a newscorp party in hong kong, where the yale-educated wendy worked at murdoch properties star tv. two years later the couple married on his yard, they have two young daughters and all the benefits that come with being super rich. no word on what wendy could walk
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away with, but murdoch, worth $11.2 billion paid his last wife a reported 1.7 billion in what was billed as the most expensive divorce settlement in history. is.7 billion, including, brianna, $110 million in cash. how about that? now, those who know the murdochs say wendy was a huge influence on her husband. everything from his friends to politics, even down to his clothes. those friends also say they do believe rupert murdoch genuinely loved wendy, and to quote one, everyone is now wondering what went wrong. brianna? >> so everyone from who's going to pick his tie are kind of the questions we now have. >> that's right. >> alina cho for us in new york, thank you very much. >> you bet. well, how much would you pay for a guaranteed parking spot? sometimes i would pay a lot, i'll admit this, maybe $100,
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this fire has forced 41,000 people to evacuation. so far 379 homes have been destroy destroyed the social network just took the wraps off a new app.. it's a complete redesign with just a few pieces from the original web experience. right now it's only available for apple's ios devices. so a really good parking spot can be priceless in some cities like boston, except to these two right there. that is a pair of parking spots that just sold for $560,000, that's right. more than half a million. they were sold at an irs auction. the buyer says she wanted them, because she owns the building next door. they couldn't keep this little boy from stealing the spotlight before another nba playoff game. sebastian de la cruz' encory
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sebastien sang the national anthem last night before the nba finals game.
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our mark mckay has the story. >> reporter: please help me give a great welcome -- >> reporter: after being introduced by mayor castro, sebastien de la cruz did what he does best. ♪ o say can you see >> reporter: it's rare that the same performer sings in back-to-back. the spurs didn't hesitate to extend the invitation. >> when they first told me i was going to be doing the national anthem. my father told me, i was like yes! another chance to show san antonio what i have to give them. >> de la cruz' first appearance this week saw him targeted with taunts, not from the crowd, but on social media. why they got a mexican kid singing the national anthem, daniel gilmore tweeted. how are you singing the national
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anthem looking like an illegal immigrant? matt cyrus added -- who let this illegal aliens since our national anthem? a popular social media blog highlighted more than two dozen other hateful tweets. de la cruz, who was born in san antonio, was not going to let the negativity get him down. >> i think that the people were talking bad because of what i was wearing, and it's not my fault. it's what i love. i'm just proud to be a mariachi singer. it's their opinion, actually, and if they don't like mariachi, that's their problem. but i love it ♪ and the home of the brave >> reporter: it was an encore that brought down the house, followed by congratulatory handshakes from the two head coaches. all of this for a young man who
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had ello, everyone. i'm ashleigh banfield. we have a very busy show ahead. the day's big stories and of course our take on daytime justice. let's start here. colorado it's never had a more destruct i have wildfire than the one torches the black forest. just look at the video coming into cnn. these flames have cost 379 families everything they own. their homes and their belongings