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as long as he's enjoying the sound that he's getting, then the plan is, give to him. he needs to experience it. he's got to associate sounds with objects or other things. >> what was that moment like? >> just overwhelming. just -- a leaf for me. >> yeah. >> it was a long journey getting there. and i knew it would work but just seeing it work was a huge, just -- it was -- the culmination i've long journey to get there. >> that was his uncle trying to control things in our -- he made a good catch, didn't he? grayson is doing fine. communicates by signing but it won't be long. thanks for joining me today. i'm carol costello. "cnn newsroom" continues right now. hello, everyone, i'm
ashleigh banfield. a busy show ahead with the main news stories and our take on daytime justice. let's begin here. all of the protests, pretile hype, stage is set for the trayvon martin trial. and george zimmerman's jury of his peers, turns out to be all women. also ahead -- what happened in the final hours and pliminutes before james gandolfini's sudden death? what do today's autopsy results tell us? and 60 nights in a row without ever really sleeping, is it humanly possible? this is michael jackson we're talking about. details get stranger by the minute in his wrongful death trial. first up this morning, the autopsy results are now out. what was widely believed to be the cause of actor james gandolfini's death has officially been confirmed. the "sopranos" star died of a heart attack. we flow the details of the final moments when he collapsed wednesday in his hotel room in
italy where he was vacationing with family. cnn entertainment corner nischelle turner joins us live. i just got to show the audience, you and i wake up to papers in new york city. and i often show you know what they say, tony's last act and the last supper. all of the last photos of him on vacation, what he was eating what he was drinking and these reports. i guess it's not a surprise that it's disquieting. >> it is. and i think that we're seeing so much response for this because it was a shock to all of us when we woke up to the news that james gandolfini, 51, this actor that we loved as tony soprano died. imagine what his family was feeling. they did have a press conference in italy to update us on where they stand. and also just talk a little bit about james, the man that we didn't know. can we listen to what they had to say at the press conference? >> we are all devastated by this loss. james was a devoted husband, a
loving father of two children, and a brother and cousin you could always count on. we thank you for giving us the privacy that you have given us and afforded us at this difficult time. >> now he was just kind of giving that statement saying, thank you to everybody. but they also went into some explanations about what happens next now that they know it was a heart attack that killed him. what they have do now is go through a process because they're in italy, there is an italian law that prevails over u.s. law. they have to go through procedures in order to bring his body back here to the united states. all they said, it could take up to ten days but they're trying to work with authorities there and they did say authorities are being cooperative to get him back earlier. >> ten days? i thought i heard about a funeral even own wednesday. >> thursday or friday is what they were thinking. what they're saying, authorities in italy are working hard with them to short than process so they can get him back here and get him buried as soon as
possible. >> of course, so many details that are streaming out about those last moments and how he was found. what do we officially know? >> this is tough, too. we know he was vacationing with his familiarly. his 13-year-old son is the one that alerted the authorities that something was wrong. what we know is they were in their hotel room and he apparently went to the rest room. he was in the bathroom for a little longer than his son thought he should, he went and knocked on the door. he wasn't getting any response from his father. so he got really concerned. >> it was locked. >> exactly. he called the hotel staff. the staff came in and had to break the door down to get in and get him and that's when they found his body. his 13-year-old son who started this ball rolling. >> i don't know if anybody knows, but did the hotel staff get the child out of there while they did this? do we know? >> we don't know. we also know he was traveling with his wife, deborah lynn, and their young daughter, who is not a year old. all of the family was there
together. i don't know where they were at the moment, the wife and daughter, but they all were in italy together. >> it's sad for us. it's just awful for this family. and of course, these pictures, it's hard to make this out, these are pictures of gandolfini i think out for dinner in the night before? >> tuesday night that we saw these photos. >> i think people have reported you know, details of where he was, what he was eating, drinking. any of it relevant? >> you never know. you never know. we do, like we said, i was talking to sanjay gupta and he said usually when we see people starting to have heart attacks they're in their mid-60s. but there could be, you know other mitigating factors, health, weight, history of heart disease, history of drug abuse or whatever. so we don't know really. but we do know he's a large man.
we dough know -- >> substance abuse. >> he has admitted to that, rehab, a cocaine problem in 2002. we don't really know. but we do know it was a heart attack. >> keep us posted on what authorities are able to do to affect tu wait his return home. new york, right? >> new york, thursday or friday. >> thank you. >> wish we could talk under better circumstances. the way the media is treating a shooting death in boston you might think it was an o.j. simpson case, almost. but it's a mysterious case involving aaron hernandez and a friend who was discovered shot to death not far, about a half mile from hernandez's boston area home. everywhere hernandez goes look at scene. reporters clinging close behind, trailing him on foot, car, overhead, in the air, cameras even watching him pump gas. he is not saying boo. not talking but his lawyer is on
board and also decided not talk either. probably because police have been searching his home. he has not been charged. more on the case from our national correspondent, susan candiotti. >> reporter: the embattled patriots' tight end spent much of thursday away from home. first he drove to gillette stadium as a news helicopter hovered overhead, tracking his white suv. hernandez hustled into the facility. next, he stopped for gas where he was bombarded with questions from reporters. >> can you tell us anything you want to say? what happened on monday night? can you tell us what happened on monday night? >> reporter: the family of oden lloyd also wanted to know what happened monday night. they wonder why lloyd, a friend of hernandez, was shot dead. his body discovered a half mile from hernandez's home. police are not calling hernandez a suspect in the murder. yet, lloyd's family wants to know why police are searching hernandez's home. what do you make of the
questions that he is being asked? what would you like to know? >> id like to know why. he's a great guy. what could he possibly have done to anger anybody to do that. >> reporter: do you think he might have had something to do with it? >> dii don't want to make a comment. >> reporter: olivia explained the relationship, saying her brother's girlfriend and hernandez's fiancee are sisters. she confirms that on friday, both men were at a nightclub together. as far as you know, ever have any angry word between them? >> not that i know of. >> reporter: back at the crime scene, investigators using metal detectors poked through piles of dirt, looking for evidence in lloyd's murder. hernandez's lawyer won't comment on the investigation. wbz reports he met with his client in downtown boston thursday. and susan candiotti joins me
live from boston. developments keep coming fast and furious. you've learned something new, susan? >> reporter: yes, ashleigh. this has to do with search warrants. we understand today that three search warrants have been issued involving this murder investigation into the death, the shooting death, of odin lloyd. this coming to us from the criminal clerk at the imagine state's office, mark sturdy. these are not yet been made public because they haven't been filed yet, they haven't been returned which in legal speak has to do with the execution of these search warrants yet. now the magistrate tells us, mark study, the clerk, tells us that the search warrant, he won't comment as to whether these involve, again, authorities investigators coming back to the home of patriots' tight end aaron hernandez here where i'm standing, or maybe at some other location. but of course we'll bring that to you as soon as we get more
information. so that is the latest from here. and of course, ashleigh, aaron hernandez has not been seen at his house since he left yesterday for the meeting with his lawyer. >> and you know, susan, so often the reason that's stated in a search warrant is pretty typical. they list out what they're looking for, why they're looking for things, what the probable cause is. but in this particular case they're keeping tight lipped and not allowing it to be a public document, they've got a seal on it right now? >> reporter: it's unclear, only we're told, in their terminology, it's not yet been returned. we're go back into the legalese of that and try to figure out -- we have no indication, in other words, they have been executed as yet. as you know, sometimes warrants are put together and approved by the district attorney's office but haven't gone public yet. for what reason that is, of course, we don't know. certainly investigators have been out to this house and removed certain items, but that
information kept under a lid right now. we don't know exactly what they have because they have not said so for the record. >> well, if there's going to be a development, you are the person who is going to uncover it. susan candiotti, live in boston, thank you. want to check other top stories. wall street, what a day yesterday. and today, the rebound. after the single-worst day for stocks all year, right now the dow is up a little over 20 points. this, despite yesterday's plunge of about 350. all things considered, yesterday may have seemed awful but for the whole year, markets are up 10%. so that ain't too bad. we'll take it. two planes getting way too close for comfort in the skies over new york city. the faa looking into a near-miss between a delta 747 arriving at jfk and a shuttle america regional flight departing from laguardia. the incident happened last thursday. both planes, though, landed
safely. 75,000 people forced to evacuate their homes. this is north america, folks. it is devastating flooding in calgary, canada. city's under a state of emergency. the southern part of the province is struggling. mitt tear stepping in with helicopters and equipment to help with rescues and evacuation. calgary's mayor saying he has never seen flood like it. i will attest. this is one of my former places of residence. i have never seen anything like it. no injuries. no deaths reported. remarkable pictures in calgary. next, on our take on daytime justice, patriots' tight end aaron hernandez sure he's used to cameras but not this kind of attention. the latest on this murder investigation of hernandez's friend and fellow nightclubgoer. by now we are all familiar with these images, michael
jackson struggling to do what he did best, dance like no other. yes, it was rehearsal but, and it's a big but, wrongful death trial, the doctor knows why the king on pop was slipping so far. sleeping problems that went way beyond anything you've heard before. it's all next. and also, remember this guy. take a close look. the guy in the blue tie. yeah. this is before he ended up in the -- jeff skilling, the man credit with the enron collapse. his get out of jail may be coming sooner than he or anyone else thought. [ male announcer ] erica had a rough day. good thing she's got the citi simplicity card. it doesn't charge late fees or a penalty rate, ever. because she's got other things to stress about. ♪ go to citi.com/simplicity to apply. the -- jeff skilling, the man
friend of pro football player is murdered and the media jumps all over the story. some comparing it to the o.j. simpson case. that is a stretch. a big, big stretch. but a very big mystery is hanging over new england's patriots tight end aaron hernandez this morning and his friend. his friend whose body was found a half mile from hernandez's boston area home. now follow me here. the sister of the victim, odin
lloyd, his sister says that the two of them were at a boston nightclub friday, that's aaron and odin, okay? she says her brother was also dating the sister of hernandez's fianc fiancee. hernandez has not been charged with anything. he's absolutely not talking. legal experts and panel, plenty to say on this one. and the trouble that he might be in. joey jackson and brian is in los angeles. joey, we know little but there is an intense frenzy around the case. what do you assume the police would be going for in that home with the warrants that they say have been forth coming? >> sure. at this point what the police have to do is piece everything together. they're saying, is he a suspect, is he not a suspect in we don't know. we know that he lives in a mansion of some sorts we know that he has a security device or some type of surveillance system. they certainly want to analyze that. they want to look at computers and anything else.
they could be doing other searches in terms of forensic type information that may be gleaned from the particular area. we know he went rented cars or rented cars on behalf of people, they'll pull those report. anything and everything that could potentially help them and assist in knowing of was he involved, they're going to try to find. >> brian, there's a lot they know that we don't know because just the fact they were at a nightclub the night before and they know each other, does not a murder make. >> that's absolutely right. however, let's look at some of the evidence that's coming out so far, at least we're hearing about. destroyed security system, smashed cell phone and cleaning company brought in almost immediately to clean the house top to bottom especially ordered, at least that's what i'm hearing. start putting all of this together and it looks very suspicious. what's going to happen next? i think the prosecution, i think the district attorney, takes their time to build a case. i don't think it's a rush to judgment. as long as they're keeping an
eye on this guy and he's not going to leave, they can keep track of him and build their case. >> yeah. when you have a big celebrity, it's hard for them to fall under the radar. there's no statute of limitations on murder. brian, let me point out, there are fast and furious reports all over the place, and those things you mentioned about the cell phone smashed and cleaners being hired, none of that has been confirmed by cnn at this point. that might be accurate reporting and it may not be. that would be very fascinating. but i just want to make absolutely clear, that cnn hasn't confirmed that as evidence. there is something else that's out there. joey, maybe you can weigh in on this. he's being sued by a man in florida who claims that hernandez shot him in the face. it's hard to sort of put those two together, they're very different cases, very different states, very different times, oftentimes courts will not even allow something like that to come into evidence. what do you make of that kind of activity. >> inn. instances like this in the event he were charged,
presuming he is and moved forward it's called a prior bad act. what the prosecution will do, try to get a prior bad act in under some exception. it goes to motive it goes to intent it goes to design it goes to acommone purpose. propensity evidence, something someone else did, shows nothing about what they did here but could go to prosecutors trying to piece together the type of person he was and what he could do in any particular instance. >> one thing for sure, there's reporters trying to figure out what it is that has police fascinated with that man and his home. i'm sure we'll be finding out soon enough. stick around. i have more for you. like this one, after nine days, hundreds of potential jurors questioned. a jury has been selected in the george zimmerman murder trial which is under way in florida. but there is something very unusual about this panel. in fact, i've never seen it before. veteran correspondents haven't
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you know, sometimes a jury of your peers looks nothing like your peers. it's exactly what george zimmerman might be thinking as he stares down an all-female jury deciding his fate. charged with killing trayvon martin last year. until now the case focused mostly on race. but the big headline today is gender. six female jurors. two female the nates. and then two male alternates. five of the jurors are white in a case that is anything but black and white. cnn's legal correspondent jean casarez joins me live from sanford, florida. first, to the big elephant in the room. i don't think i've ever seen an all-female panel. >> i haven't either. >> it's unusual, isn't it. >> it's very unusual. i've never seen it. but there are six jurors, and it was a primarily female jury pool of 40. still, when it happened,
ashleigh, i was in the courtroom, and i said this is an all female jury. 5 of the 6 are mothers. though this is a case of trayvon martin against george zimmerman, mothers are going to be sitting in the courtroom. >> talk to me about this frye hearing. a love the way you boil down complex legal terms and make them make sense. has do with analyzing a 911 call to try to determine whose voice it is screaming for help. and the frye hearing, i think either has come to an end or should be coming to an end, should determine the science of determining that. why is it significant? >> exactly. exactly. i want to tell you, ashleigh, the judge is working on the decision now. the order could come down at any time. but it's all about the science because the prosecution experts that they want to put on the stand, they say have undertaken established procedures to discern and tentatively conclude that that voice crying out in pain, knowing they're going to die, is trayvon martin's. the defense put on experts to
say, no, and including the senior audio engineer of the fbi, saying you've got to have at least 16 seconds, you've got to have something that's clear. there are too many factors here. voice was too far away. this is not reliable science. it will confuse the jury. it will not aid and assist them. now it's all up to the judge. >> okay. well, it's all fascinating stuff. we're just getting started. jean casarez, thank you for that. as jean's been reporting all along, this is a tough one for this jury. they are sequestered, starting monday. that's when the opening statements are set to get under way. let's dig deep for in what is a -- i think you guarantee to be a highly charged case with a panel that's going to be wide-eyed. our legal panel, way more seasoned than that. joey and brian. guys, i'm looking over the list here. jean said many of them are mothers, 5 out of 6 are mothers. i looked at the ages of their children because we effectively
have two children in this case. we've got trayvon martin who is a 17-year-old child and then we've got george zimmerman who is a 29-year-old child. his parents are in the courtroom, too. a juror with a 20-year-old, a 28-year-old, a 27-year-old, a 24-year-old, another juror who has no kids, then we have a juror with a 13 and 1-year-old, and another one with a 28-year-old. they all have kids right in this range. joey, that's a tough one to gauge. >> great work, ashleigh, breaking all of that down. it's very important. and i think it's important because it can cut both ways. from one perspective, women, right, they have children and as a result of that, who do they side with? do they see and empathize and sympathize with trayvon martin? that could have been my child who was murdered on that night. at the same time, you know what? you mentioned it, ashleigh, george zimmerman, 29 years old. he also is a son. do they sympathize with him? you know you have to look at it you can never tell, you just hope they base it on the facts,
the evidence as it comes out in the witness stand, starting monday. >> listen, brian, race has been a headline right since the get-go. five jurors described as white. one juror is described as, it's an unusual description, nothing formal, we don't have the questionnaires but described as black or hispanic. do you think this is a big issue because trayvon's parents don't seem to think so. >> i think it's a huge issue. i like this jury for the defense. i like the women on the jury. i like the fact that one of them used to have a concealed weapon permit. another one said daughturing ju selection process questions about what trayvon was doing out at that time of day. i like everything i see about the jury. if i were the defense lawyers i'd be very pleased with the jury selected and not the least of which five are white that certainly helps, it's a predominantly white area. all of this taken together weighs heavily in favor of a good defense jury.
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to some, it is a deal with the devil. to others the way to get justice for an american soldier a prisoner of the taliban. bowe bergdahl hasn't seen his family for years. they want five prisoners from guantanamo bay. take a look at some pictures and also want you take a look at something else. his father begging for his son's safe return. i want you also to take a look at bowe himself begging to come home. >> get me release me, please. i'm begging you, bring me home, please. bring me home. >> it is hard to look at that. it's hard to listen to it. but should this country
negotiate with terrorists? what kind of precedent could this set for other troops serving in the field? cnn military analyst general james "spider" marks and cnn national security analyst peter bergen join me now. should we engage with the taliban? should we negotiate to get bowe home? >> i think we already are, frankly. moving down the path to establish negotiation with the taliban writ large and this should be one of the foundations of that, clearly there have to be preconditions. but the icrc has indicated that this young man 'live, they've delivered lettered to him. pete and i have talked about this. i think the united states has a moral obligation not to leave a fallen comrade behind. so there is an obligation to do what we can to get him home. so peter, it just raises so many questions. you know, from my experience in afghanistan from the years that we have followed the taliban,
one of their main purposes is to be legitized through recognition. maybe there have been secret talks, maybe not so secret talks but this would be really, lal official. done this set a dangerous precedent for the future and possibility of people being nabbed overseas regularly? >> well, maybe. but on the other hand, you know, the way you end conflicts you speak to your enemies. we have negotiated with people who have posed a bigger threat, whether china or the soviet union. somehow we managed to survive. i think you know, we can be in a permanent state of conflict with the taliban, should we choose to be, but the fact that they've opened this office in dough hard and qatar is a sign, i think, on their part they realize they also have to negotiate. they're not -- they realize there's no hope that they can become, you know, the overall government of afghanistan, that's a pipe dream. and i think they understand the battlefield reverses have forced them to behave in a slightly
more responsible manner. as you say, ashleigh, from your own experience in afghanistan, the taliban have a thirst for international recognition. and that's something that we hopefully can leverage. >> and you know, general marks, it's not as though there isn't precedent around the world for this as well. israelis deal with the palestinians and do prisoner swaps all the time and at the same time don't want to legitize what's go on by negotiating with the palestinians for prisoner swaps, they do it. >> we've reached that point. i would say we've reached that point over the course of the last decade in that a constant state of conflict is describing our foreign affairs in many cases, the fight in many cases is getting closer to home. from the intelligence sper speccive, have we been able to get the intelligence value from the prisoners in guantanamo that the taliban is looking to have us release, be released. if the answer's yes, and in many cases in excess of nine years from an intelligence
perspective, i think we've wrung these guys out. now from a legal and inspirational perspective, do you want them injected back into the constant state of conflict, that's another discussion point. >> peter, the list of the five guantanamo prisoners that they want for our one bowe bergdahl is not insignificant. these are very serious leaders, dangerous people that until now we have felt needed to be locked up without trial. do you really foresee this happening? >> well i think the devil's in details. you know, this exchange idea has been out there for some period of time. one of the ideas is that they would go to qatar, where the taliban office is just been opened, a very small, prosperous and extremely well-run country and that they would be living there under some form of, you know, not quite house arrest, i think, but at least very careful observation. if there is a deal to be made where, you know, they're not
just being released willy-nilly into afghanistan, that's the kind of deal that seems rational and appropriate. >> it will be fascinating to watch. easy for us to have this conversation. a whole different kettle of fish when you're the family of bowe bergdahl that has to live through this for half a decade. thank you both. how long did michael jackson actually go without sleeping before he died? a sleep expert's testimony at the michael jackson trial. you will not believe what michael jackson did was humanly possible. stay with us. dad. how did you get here?
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that michael jackson may have gone two months straight without real sleep. and if the sleep expert who is testifying in the wrongful death trial is right, that would be an absolute record, it also would have killed him. alan duke is live from los angeles. first of all, alan i thought it was a joke. i thought it was erroneous reporting when i saw that. i don't understand why that kind of a detail would not have come out in the criminal trial against the doctor, conrad murray. how are we just hearing about this now? >> because the study on lab rats was done about 2009, published 2010, that showed if you deny a rat propofol, or rim sleep which propofol does, over a period of five weeks, that rat will die. michael jackson had it for 60 days, according to conrad murray's police statement. he admitted that. and we saw deterioration
described in the e-mails. i'm not sure the district attorney even had that evidence. how could the district attorney bring that up in the court, perhaps resulting in more than just involuntary manslaughter charge against murray. >> it's remarkable to think, you know, there's evidence that he used propofol for 60 days straight which deprives you of the rim sleep and that's like basically eating dust. you'll feel full but eventually you will die. that's like the analogy, isn't it in. >> michael couldn't dance, couldn't do this classic dance moves. people say look at "this is it" documentary. he was dancing. adequately. but guess what happened? that happened after a couple of days after dr. murray stopped the regular nightly treatments. in fact he weaned him off the 22nd, those were taped the 23rd and 24th. the doctor of harvard medical
school, world renowned sleep expert testified one to three days after you get rim sleep you recov of. so we saw a recovered, somewhat recovered michael jackson in the "this is it" documentary. however show producers in e-mails talking about how hes and a basket case, needed serious help. one thought he was dying, that was while he was still getting though propofol infusions, which broke his sleep cycle, and according to the expert, prevented him from getting vital rim sleep that would have eventually killed him. >> alan, ten seconds. does this matter? does this matter to the case at hand? >> did aeg live know, did their executives know, did they high or retain or supervise dr. murray, that's the central core issue. the jury's hearing what they should have known and that is essential. >> and details are difficult, but the facts remain, who employed that doctor. alan duke, thank you for that. coming up, he was the symbol of corporate greed a decade ago.
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do you remember the names enron and jeffrey skilling? how could we forget. enron, a global energy giant, skilling, the ceo of said giant. money was rolling in, the employees and the investors thrilled. and then in november of 2001, implosion. and those investors are and those employees, well, just about everything went up in smoke. not so thrilled anymore. skilling was convicted of fraud and conspiracy. he was sent to federal prison for more than 24 years. and he was the highest ranking enron executive sentenced. he's been in the can since 2006. but today, in a federal court in houston, skilling's sentence could be reduced by ten years. all of this part of an agreement with the justice department, it gets a wee bit messy, but this, skilling would waive his righted to future appeals. and he's agreed kindly to allow
more than $40 million of his assets to be distributed to the victims of enron's collapse. thank you, mr. skilling. hln's legal analyst joey jackson here with his take on the indicate. why did he still have the $40 million when he went to the can if it's ill gotten gain. >> certainly a lot of what you have acquired through ill gotten gains are subject to as set forfeiture, what does that mean in it means that the government takes your money. however, not all of it is subject to asset forfeiture and you maintain as a defendant, even as a convicted criminal, the right to certain asset. that's subject to litigation. there has been litigation. as you know, there has been multiple appeals. >> all the way to the supreme court. >> all the way. finally, they said, listen, okay, the bottom line here is restitution for the victims. people have been defrauded deserve their money back. let's do this. we'll shave ten years off of your sentence, we'll take this $40 million that we have, we'll divide it in a pot to give those
who were defrauded money back. you won't appeal any further. you'll be out ten years earlier, remember he got 24 years and 4 months. >> only in his 50s too. still have quite a life. >> he's got some time after he goes. what seemed to make sense. he gets justice in that he serves prison time. restitution victims don't get justice they've been defrauded. >> it's a drop in the bucket. this restitution pales in comparison to the losses. quickly, when i said it was messy, i don't want to get into the arcane part of the services challenge and all of the rest. basically if i understand it correctly, professor, what happened the conviction was a bit ill gotten in its own right in that the evidence perhaps wasn't processed as properly as it should have under these honest services. and all the way up to the supreme court they decided you know what? he was convicted appropriately, however we think he should have a reduction in sentence. is that it? >> that's exactly what happened.
you have this honest services law. you have it in 1988 statute by congress and you go after people who have violated these issues. it was issue to whether or not it was vague or appropriate. whether or not the government's theory should have held the day. ultimately it was decided by the supreme court that while there may be some things that are amiss. it's constitutional. however it would be subject to this recalculation. i think everybody wins here but everybody gets something from these deal. >> every gets something but the rest of us think these big fat cats take stuff from us and get away with it. okay. do can you know much about the farm bill? it's a big old deal sponsored by house republicans and nobody
administration. if confirmed he will replace robert miller. critics are concerned about his parents support of certain policies include indefinite detention and water boarding. cnn will have live coverage at 2:00 p.m. today. some conservatives believe the bill spent too much money on food stamps and nutrition program. house democrats also opposed to the cuts in food stamps program. that did surprise a lot of people. you can be part of the problem or the solution. it's what i tell my little kids every day. today cnn's hero is the latter. he started cleaning up the mississippi river on his own. he inspired thousands of volunteers to pick up millions of pieces of trash from rivers
all across the united states. take a look at his story. >> 67,000 tires, 951 refrigerators. 233 stoves. it's crazy what you find in the rivers. around the age of 17 i really started to focus on the problem. 18 million people get their daily drinking water from the river. i'm thinking this should thot be like this. this stuff just collects here and goes on for blocks like this. it's a bad deal. i said no one going to do anything about it, i will. with the help of over 70,000 volunteers we have removed over seven million pounds of garbage from america's rivers. you ready? >> yeah. >> our primary focus is the mississippi river. you'll be amazed in two hours how much stuff we get.
we do everything in our power to get people excited about it. you're out there picking up garbage. >> you're having fun. >> i knew i was going to be going through it. >> people want to see change and are stepping up to make change. that was the last bag. yeah. this is a problem that people created but a problem that people can fix. >> who is the hero in your neighborhood or town because we want to know about it? cnn wants you so go to cnn heroes.com and nominate someone you know who is making a big difference and deserves to be recognized for it. back in a moment. ♪
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that's all the time we have. have a great weekend. "around the world" is next. 36 hours after james gaddolfini passed way we know the cause of death and who called for help. there it is. >> there it is. a house carried away by water hitting a bridge. flooding forcing 75,000 canadians to evacuate. one says everything is destroyed. an amazing catch by a group of mail carriers. they happened to be i