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to communicate. >> breaking various things. >> that was just great to see him this morning. grayson's mom and dad say they really -- there are no words to describe how excited they are about their son's progress. we are so excited for them. that's it for me. don lemon takes it from here. don lemon takes it from here. "cnn newsroom" continues. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com > good afternoon, everyone. top of the hour. i'm don lemon. in today for brooke. momore questions than answers today in the homicide of a young man in boston and the star new england patriots player entangled in an investigation. aaron hernandez spent much of yesterday trying to avoid the media horde which swarmed him after police searched his home and questioned him over the death of 27-year-old odin lloyd. a law enforcement source says lloyd was shot to death on monday. his body was found in an industrial park less than a mile from hernandez's home. hernandez has not said anything
publicly, has not been seen out since yesterday. police have not named him as a suspect in the killing. but he is also not cleared. not in the clear yet. cnn national correspondent, of course, susan candiotti. she is live for us in massachusetts. she is following this investigation. susan, give us the very latest on this. >> reporter: hi, don. well, it was -- it's been pretty quiet all day long except for a couple of hours ago when we saw two massachusetts state police investigators show up at the house here. they drove up the driveway. they walked out. one of them carrying paperwork with them. and came up to the front door, rang the doorbell. a woman allowed them inside, invited them in. they spent only about a minute inside. then the two men left and dve away without making any comment at all. again, aaron hernandez, not at the house at this time. so it's unclear what these -- the paperwork was all about. but we can tell you this. a clerk who works at the magistrate's office tells us that three search warrants have
been issued so far in connection with the murder investigation of odin lloyd. however, there have been no returns filed on them. what does that mean? according to a former district attorney, that means that t dis what evidence was taken away from any of these search warrants. and once they do return this, they could possibly put a seal on it so that it is not publicly revealed. don? >> susan, this very interesting, because you spoke to the sister of odin lloyd about the relationship between hernandez and lloyd. what did the sister say? >> reporter: well, you can imagine the family is just devastated. they can't imagine what would have happened to have caused someone to murder odin lloyd. she says he's 27 years old. he's a semipro football player. and a part time landscaper. she said that he and aaron hernandez are friends. also this. she said that her brother's
girlfriend and hernandez's fiance are sisters. >> i did not really know them. >> they were friends? >> yes. >> reporter: the last time you know they were together, tell me about that. >> i really don't know nothing they said. i wasn't there. but i do know they did go out this weekend. >> reporter: and they went together to a nightclub? >> yes. >> reporter: as far as you know, ever have any angry words between them? >> not that i know of. >> reporter: you talked to your brother a lot, didn't you? >> almost every day. >> reporter: and the last time she said she saw her brother at that home that they share where i did the interview was on sunday night. it was sunday afternoon, rather. and later that night, her brother was murdered, according to police. we can also tell you this. there are reports in the boston globe there is video
surveillance that show lloyd and aaron hernandez together on the very same night that -- that lloyd was murdered. and as it turns out, according to this report, they were -- the video was taken on the very same street where lloyd lives. don? >> all right. susan candiotti, just the beginning of this story. it is sure to heat up and become more intense. susan will be following it for us. want to take you now to washington. not washington. this next story. we're awaiting a video statement from paula deen. she sent out a tweet to this effect just a short time ago. she also tweeted out this photo. and this morning she was supposed to appear on the "today" show on nbc but she bailed out at the last minute. de deen is one of the most famous food personalities in the u.s. if not the most famous. she's in the middle of a pr nightmare over her admitted use of the "n" word. that bombshell came out of a deposition she gave in may. deen and her brother are being sued by a former employee for sexual and racial harassment. deen's company acknowledged deen
used the "n" word back when america was still segregated. her lawyer sent out this statement. contrary to media reports miss deen does not condone or find the use of racial epithets acceptable. she is looking forward to her day in court. we're watching to see when that statement comes out. the video statement. we'll keep you updated. as soon as we get it, it's released, you'll see it right here on cnn. i want to bring in now political analyst kelly goff. kelly, it's interesting to hear the statement from the attorney, to hear miss deen's statement. okay. no kelly. i'm being told by producers now. we'll get kelly up in a little bit. we'll move on now. we want to get to washington because we want to go. the president is about to make an announcement. for only the seventh time in its history, the fbi is about to get a new director. just moments from now, president obama, he's going to introduce james comey. his choice to succeed long time director robert mueller. this announcement comes at a
time of increasing public unease about domestic surveillance and what the fbi knows about our private lives. dan lothian live at the white house. we're juggling a lot today, dan. a lot of news. tell us more about james comey. >> reporter: first of all this is something we knew the president was going to do late last month. officials with the obama administration did confirm it. only now is it becoming official. this is someone who comes to the job or would come to the job with a lot of national security experience. someone who both republicans and democrats have said is an independent kind of thinker. someone who they believe, at least the administration believes, could be crucial as the fbi moves beyond some of these controversies that you reference when it comes to domestic surveillance. who is comey? on a personal level, this is someone who is a registered republican. he contributed to mitt romney in the 2012 campaign. also senator john mccain in 2008. he's married with five children. someone whose career has spanned
from public service to the private sector. his most notable job came as deputy attorney general under former president bush. oftentimes pushing back on some of the domestic surveillance programs. also well known for prosecuting martha stewart. remember, he went after her. she was later convicted in connection to insider trading. he was a u.s. attorney at the time. again, this is someone who the white house believes has the credentials to do this job. for ten years, this is a ten-year term for him taking over for mr. mueller who was in the job for 12 years because president obama at the time that his term expired, went to congress, asked for an extension. congress did give him an extension. that lasted for 12 years. his job would last for ten years. don? >> all right. dan lothian at the white house. we see you're awaiting the announcement standing by. back to dan just as soon as the president comes out. dan, appreciate that.
before the president's announcement, we want to get to other news. major developments in court today. the trial of florida neighborhood watch volunteer george zimmerman. an all female jury will decide zimmerman ea zimmerman's fate. opening statements monday 9:00 a.m. eastern time. today, two major rulings to tell you about. one being what words can and cannot be used by the prosecution while trying zimmerman. and, two, whether prosecutors can play a 911 tape in court from the night trayvon martin was shot and killed. you remember zimmerman says he fired at martin in self-defense in february of last year. the sound of that gunshot was heard on the 911 tape the prosecution wants to use. they want an expert to analyze just who was screaming. the defense says it was zimmerman. the prosecution says it was trayvon martin. take a listen. >> does he look hurt to you? >> i can't see him. i don't want to go out there.
i don't know what's going on. they're sending -- >> so you think he's yelling help? >> yes. >> what is your -- >> okay. criminal defense attorney and legal analyst joins us now. if the president comes out we'll have to interrupt this interview. fair warning. >> i understand that. i had it happen before. >> what would it mean for prosecutors if they can't play this tape in court? >> it's a terrible thing for them. this tape and who is the one screaming for help, help me, help me, is, in fact, a corner stone of the state's case. without it an already challenging case becomes even worse. p issue is, is that whoever is screaming help me, help me, or words to that effect, are -- is a person who is presumptively the person who's on the bottom. the person that is the one who's a victim. the other person is the aggressor. with that if they cannot
establish that it's george -- if they cannot establish that it's trayvon martin, well then you've got reasonable doubt for a jury. you don't have any proof that, in fact, it was trayvon martin who was the one who was being victimized. it's a critical issue. i think the judge realizes that. this is a judge who's made some very rapid decisions, well thought out, well prepared. >> mark, we got to go to the president now, mark. thank you, mark. let's listen in. >> in that time, the fbi has been led by six directors. and the second longest serving director of the fbi for the last 12 years has been an exemplary public servant, bob mueller. by law, fbi directors only serve for ten years. but back in 2011 when bob's term was up, i asked congress to give him two more years. it wasn't a request i made lightly. i know congress didn't grant it lightly. but at a time when transitions
were under way at the cia and the pentagon, and given the threats facing our nation, we felt it was critical to have bob's steady hand and strong leadership at the bureau. 2 ye 12 years is a long time to do anything. i guarantee you that bob's wife agrees. in addition to asking congress, i think we needed approval from ann as well for those extra two years. today as bob prepares to complete his service, this is a wonderful opportunity for all of us as a nation to say thank you to bob and ann. but also gives me a chance to announce my choice to be the next director of the fbi, jim comey. every day our fbi's special agents, analysts, and professional staff devote and often risk their lives keeping us secure from the streets of our cities to the battlefield of
afghanistan. they embody the core prince pms of fidelity, bravery and integrity. bob mueller has embodied those values through decades of public service. and lived them every day as fbi director during an extraordinary period in our nation's history. bob, some of you will recall, was sworn in just days before 9/11. bob not only played a key role in our response to those attacks, he began one of the biggest transformations of the fbi in history. to make sure that nothing like that ever happens again. like the the marine that he's always been, bob never took his eyes off his mission. under his watch, the fbi joined forces with our intelligence, military and homeland security professionals to break up al qaeda cells, disrupt their activities and thwart their plots. i'll say it as clearly as i can. countless americans are alive today and our country is more secure because of the fbi's
outstanding work under the leadership of bob mueller. all the while, bob and the fbi have been tireless against a whole range of challenges from preventing violent crime and reducing gang activity, including along our border, to cracking down on white collar criminals. today there are many in the fbi who've never known the bureau without bob at the helm. like us, they've admired his tenacity, but also his calm under pressure, his devotion to our security, and his fidelity to the values that make us who we are. it's a trademark -- a tribute to bob's trademark humility that most americans probably wouldn't recognize him on the street. but all of us are better because of his service. bob, i can't tell you how personally grateful i am to you and to ann for your service. i know that everyone here joins me in saying that you will be remembered as one of the finest directors in the history of the fbi. and one of the most admired public servants of our time.
and i have to say just personally, not only has it been a pleasure to work with bob, but i know very few people in public life who have shown more integrity, more consistently under more pressure than bob mueller. [ applause ] i think bob will agree with me when i say that we have the perfect person to carry on this work in jim comey. a man who stands up very tall for justice and the rule of law. i was saying while we were taking pictures with his gorgeous family here that they are all what michelle calls normal height. the grandson of a patrolman who
worked his way up to lead -- police department, jim has law enforcement in his blood. as a young prosecutor in the u.s. attorney's office in manhattan, he helped bring down the gambino crime family. as a federal prosecutor in virginia, he led an aggressive effort to combat gun violence that reduced homicide rates and saved lives. he has been relentless, whether it's standing up for consumers against corporate fraud or bringing terrorists to justice. and as deputy attorney general, he helped lead the justice department with skill and wisdom. meeting the threats we know about and staying perpetually prepared for the ones that can emerge suddenly. so jim is exceptionally qualified to handle the full range of challenges faced by today's fbi. from traditional threats like violence and organized crime to protecting civil rights and children from exploitation to meeting transnational challenges like terrorism and cyber
threats. and just as important as jim's extraordinary experience is his character. he's talked about how as a young boy, he and his brother nearly lost their lives. they were at home, and an intruder broke in and held them at gunpoint. so jim understands deeply in his core the anguish of victims of crime. what they go through. and he's made it his life's work to spare others that pain. to know jim comey is also to know his fierce independence and his deep integrity. like bob, he's that rarity in washington sometimes. he doesn't care about politics. he only cares about getting the job done. at key moments, when it's mattered most, he joined bob in standing up for what he believed was right. he was prepared to give up a job he loved rather than be part of something he felt was fundamentally wrong. as jim has said, we know that the rule of law sets this nation apart and is its foundation. jim understands that in time of crisis, we aren't judged solely
by how many plots we disrupt or how many criminals we bring to justice, we're also judged by our commitment to the constitution that we're sworn to defend and to the values and civil liberties that we've pledged to protect. as we've seen in recent days, this work of striking a balance between our security, but also making sure we are maintaining fidelity to those values that we cherish is a constant mission. that's who we are. and it is in large part because of my confidence not only in his experience and his skill, but his integrity, that i'm confident that jim will be a leader who understands how to keep america safe and stay true to our founding ideals no matter what the future may bring. so to bob and ann, i want to thank you again for your incredible service. i want to thank jim, his wife patrice, and their five children who are here today. maureen, katherine, brian,
claire and abbie for supporting jim as he takes on this important role. i know he couldn't do this without you and he is extraordinarily proud of all of you. and i can see why. this is a ten-year assignment. i make this nomination confident that long after i've left office, our nation's security will be in good hands with public servants like jim comey. so i urge as usual for the senate to act promptly with hearings and to confirm our next fbi director right away. i'd like now to give both of them a chance to say a few words, starting with bob. >> i want to start by thanking you, mr. president, for those kind words. i also want to express my gratitude to both president bush and president obama for giving me the honor and the privilege of serving -- >> that is the outgoing director of the fbi speaking now, robert
mueller, of course, seeing james comey coming in. i want to tell you a little bit more, talk a little bit more about james comey. he's a central player in the domestic surveillance debate which began when he served in the bush administration. bush two, that is. in fact, some would say comey was a hero in a dramatic late night showdown with andy card and alberto gonzalez. to talk about that former fbi special agent in charge is david williams. he joins me now from washington. thank you for joining us, sir. >> good to be here, don. >> so, mr. williams, on march 10th, 2004, james comey received an urgent late night phone call summoned and escorted, raced sirens pla sirens blairing to the hospital bed of then attorney general john ashcroft. recount that story if you would and tell us why it's connected to the domestic surveillance debate. >> well, the attorney general john ashcroft had been very ill. he was hospitalized in bed. there was a feeling that he was going to be asked to, perhaps, to continue a program that he may or may not have had any
angst with. the real question came here was, was he really in charge at that point? had he handed off the day-to-day material dealings of the department of justice to his chief deputy, jim comey, or was he still functioning as the attorney general. he was in very bad shape on that particular day medically. and there was a showdown. i believe it was at george washington hospital. at that time jim comey came forth as did bob mueller. there was a confrontation. in fact, they prevailed. >> he's taken over when there's been increased public unease really about domestic surveillance. what are the challenges ahead for him and for the fbi? >> well, the fbi is always faced with a number of challenges. they don't go away. the fbi is by far the largest federal criminal law enforcement agency. in fact, it has far more jurisdictions than all the others put together. those challenges tend to change from time to time. the number one priority for the fbi, for the past several years, of course, has been terrorism.
it is still the number one priority and still the greatest challenge. we are faced with people who want to do us harm, both domestically and internationally. but closing fast, if you want to use a horse racing analogy on that program of terrorism, would be cyber crime. and those things that are coming out of the cyber programs, whether it be cyber theft, cyber terrorism, or, in fact, just a simple dealing with people who want to bring down our cyber system from around the world. those threats seem to be growing every day. they are not well understood by most americans. they can be very, very technical. but the fbi plays a very key role in that. >> all right. we'll be watching, of course. david williams, thank you very much. we appreciate you joining us heren cnn. as we told you earlier, the judge made a major decision in the trayvon martin case. we're going to continue that conversation next. later, keep your eyes to the sky. shocking video of another baby saved after falling from a building window. [ male announcer ] erica had a rough day.
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so before the president came out, we were talking about the george zimmerman trial down in florida. six-member jury already been impanelled, all women. i was speaking with criminal defense attorney and cnn legal analyst mark nejane. let's talk about the series of words the judge will and won't allow. so the state can, they can argue that mr. zimmerman confronted trayvon martin. the state can also use these phrases. vigilante, self-appointed neighborhood watch captain and wannabe cop. what they can't say, they may not say zimmerman was racially profiling. mark, how important is being allowed to use confronted trayvon martin to this case? and profiling. they can say profiling, they just can't say racially profiling. >> right. i think the judge made some pretty sound, good legal decisions today. basically, she's saying to the state, you can go ahead and say that he was confronted. but you're going to have to prove it.
the state can bring it up and say that trayvon martin was confronted by george zimmerman because that's the theory of their case. they believe that george zimmerman went ahead and saw trayvon martin and initiated the confrontation. well, if they're going to claim that, they're going to have to prove it. it could be a double-edged sword for the state. they're allowed to bring it up. i think they well should. if they don't prove it they'll have egg on the face when it comes to the jury. you're going to surely hear the defense at closing arguments say they promised you this and they didn't deliver. so i think that the judge was real clear. i think it's appropriate. but the state's got the burden. with that said you've now got a situation where the racial issue, you know, when all this started the state surely suggested that this was a racially profiled case. they seemed to have back pedalled on that. now the issue is that they can talk about profiling. but the racial aspect is one issue amongst many on the profiling. how maybe trayvon martin was dressed. how he was walking in rain by himself that night.
his youth. all those things are simply the whole composite of the profiling, but purely racial profiling is not going to be permitted and it's not going to be the way the state is proceeding. >> this all starts monday, 9:00 a.m. eastern time. mark nejame. thank you. appreciate you waiting for the president. >> my pleasure. still ahead on cnn, autopsy results and new details about the death of actor james gandolfini.
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new details about the sudden death of actor james gandolfini. a family friend says an autopsy confirms the former "sopranos" star died of a heart attack two days ago while vacationing in rome. he also said gandolfini's body will likely be returned to the u.s. next week. >> the body has been turned over to the funeral director who will be performing whatever he does to embalm the body. in italy, it can take up to ten days to get all the necessary tockme d documents and paperwork to repay
trait t triate the body. we're doing everything so we can get jim's body back sooner. once we have the clearance, we will put him on a flight to america. >> with the latest now from los angeles, cnn's stephanie elam. stephanie, gandolfini was locked in a hotel bathroom. what happened? >> now we know it was just natural causes that killed james gandolfini. michael cobalt who you heard in that press conference earlier today in rome saying nothing was found in that autopsy. he had been happy enjoying the vacation earlier on the day he died. his took his son, michael, teenage son to the vatican before eating dinner at the hotel where they were staying. michael then became worried about how long his father had been in the bathroom. because his dad did not answer his knocking, michael alerted the hotel staff who then knocked down the door and called
emergency services. doctors attempted to resuscitate him. that's took for, like, 40 minutes they were working on him. but they were unable to restart his heart. we do know now his wife deborah lynn and their 8-month-old daughter were also traveling with the actor. now the family as you just heard is really focused on getti inti fwandle f gandolfini back to the united states and hope the hold the funeral thursday, friday, saturday next week. it all depends on how long that process takes to get the body back to the united states from italy, don. >> such a tragedy. stephanie elam in los angeles, thank you, stephanie. up next, a story for every person who gets on a plane. an investigation is under way after two passenger jets, two passenger jets, come dangerously close to a collision. how did it happen? details, next.
the worst fear for people who fly a lot. listen if you would to a flight recording. june 13th. it's a lot of pilot lingo. i can tell you this much. it spells trouble. >> 172 heavy are you turning? >> we're almost at zero four zero now. >> traffic, 12:00. 1,400 feet embraer, 1600 feet. >> we got him on the fish finder. >> okay. 1800 feet. >> we're turning right to zero six zero. >> bottom line, very close call.
a delta 747 and a smaller plane came within half a mile of each other. here's cnn's renee marsh. >> reporter: the incident happened here at new york's jfk airport. a shuttle america embraere-170 was taking off just as a delta 747 was preparing to land. that 747 then peeled out of its landing in a standard procedure called a missed approach. it is the latest in a string of near misses across the mags's airports in the past few years. last year in washington, d.c., at reagan national airport three planes barely avoided slamming into one another after a control tower miscommunication. and a frightening near multiple collision in denver. >> traffic one o'clock less than two miles at same altitude. descend immediately. >> a passenger plane caught an radar steering directly into the line of several aircrafts. in 2010 a pilot at boston logan
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all right. here's a really wild invention. an iphone case that doubles as a stun gun. i'm not kidding you. there it is. it doubles as a stun gun. do you really want these loose on the street? a former army soldier came up with the idea after he was robbed at gunpoint in his own home. it can deliver a shock that causes extreme pain. cnn's personal finance business correspondent joining me now. how does this thing work? >> don, it doesn't get any more james bond than this, does it? >> it's a little scary for me.
>> pretty creative way to invent your iphone from getting stolen. very simple how it works. it has an activation button on the side. you press it. it basically delivers 650,000 volts right at the person you're aiming at. it looks like a normal iphone case. a little heavier. if you're walking around carrying one no one would ever know until they tried to steal your phone. then they would know. >> till the guy next to you or gal -- >> exactly. i spoke to the company today. i said, listen, my main concern with this is how do you prevent it from being used accidentally. they said there is a protective safety cap. you have to go through a couple of steps before it aims. it feels like a bee sting. it's not going to knock someone down completely. it feels like a bee sting. of course, you do have to be over 18 to buy one. >> okay. zain, listen, there are -- stun guns are banned in certain states. there have to be restrictions on selling and using this case. >> in about 40 case there's
absolutely no restrictions at all. in seven states including places like new york and new jersey there are complete restrictions. krou can't use stun guns anywhere in those states. eight states that are partial restrictions. as long as you don't have a criminal record you're fine using them. i think no matter where you live one thing to remember is that this is one iphone case you cannot take on a plane. i think it's pretty safe to say. >> okay. i'm just worried about someone -- after a couple drinks or something. how much does it cost? >> about $140. probably the most expensive iphone case out there. you can buy stun guns for a lot cheaper. i think it's just the fact this disguises as an iphone case as well. that is what has people intrigued. >> we'll see. what will they think of next? >> i know, i know. >> thank you, zain asher. appreciate it. still ahead here on cnn, s just a few months after undergoing a double mastectomy angelina jolie back on the front lines of the refugee crisis in syria. to play, stay active, and enjoy the outdoors.
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have just received a shipment of heavy weapons including anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles. they say the weapons came from brotherly nations. they say the weapons shipment will be a turning point in the war against government forces. military assistance will be discussed tomorrow when secretary of state john kerry meets in qatar with nations that make up a friends of syria group. speaking of syria, angelina jolie is voicing -- using her voice to try to help millions of syrian refugees who have fled the country's civil war to neighbors countries. this is jolie visiting a refugee camp nearly two years ago. and this week she visited another refugee camp in jordan and filed a firsthand account for cnn. our aaron mcglock lynn reports. >> reporter: every 14 seconds somebody crosses syria's border and becomes a refugee. >> reporter: the vous of angelina jolie hard at work. a clear signal the star is not
slowing down since news of her preventative double mastectomy. >> refugees struggling to survive in villages, towns and cities across the region. >> reporter: she filed this exclusive report for cnn produced by the united nations. it's an effort to highlight the surge of refugees out of syria. it includes her personal interviews with some of the families who have fled the conflict. filmed during her most recent journey to the refugee camp in jordan. >> translator: we want the situation to get better so that we can go home. >> reporter: angelina recently drew crowds throughout europe. she was by brad's side for the press circuit for his new film. now she's trying to draw attention to her work as a u.n. special envoy for refugees, which has brought her to iraq, afghanistan and turkey. here she is touring the congo in march. even though she was between required surgeries. for the past year her focus has been primarily on syria and its children. >> it's impossible to imagine any mother standing by and not
stepping up and doing something to prevent this. >> reporter: angelina talks to the mother of a teenager named basel who was killed in the conflict. >>. >> translator: basel was everything to me. i loved him so much. >> reporter: the report highlights a haunting truth. that the facts of the syrian conflict are staggering. and the situation is getting worse. by the end of the year the u.n. estimates half of syria's population will be in need of help. angelina jolie declined to be interviewed by cnn. keeping the focus on syrian refugees. further proof that she's not just a mother, director, and actor, but an advocate against human suffering. earn mclaughlin, cnn, london. >> erin, thank you very much. still ahead here on cnn, police are looking for a superhero not to help them catch criminals, but because he is one. uess what day it is?? guess what day it is! huh...anybody?
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some of the hottest stories in a flash. rapid fire. roll. to brazil first where the president is holding emergency meetings today with her cabinet after a massive protest last night. police say more than 300,000 people rallied in rio de jane o janeiro. one death was reported in a demonstration in sao paulo
state. demonstrators say they are fed up with high taxes and poor services while the government spends billions in preparation for the world cup soccer tournament next year. superheroes are not supposed to rob banks. a robber in florida apparently did not get the memo, wearing an iron man mask to hide his identity. the man pulled a gun and te manded money inside a wells fargo branch late yesterday. police are still working for him. lebron, well, he's left the critics with not a whole lot to say for the second consecutive year. he has led his miami heat to the nba title. 37 points for lebron last night. and mvp of the thrilling seven-game series with the san antonio spurs. all according to plan, says lebron. >> the vision i had when i decided to come here is all coming true. you know, through adversity, through everything we've been through, we've been able to persevere. and to win, you know, back to back champion -- back to back championships. it's an unbelievable feeling.
>> final score last night, heat, 95, spurs, 88. a toddler dangling on a window ledge five stories above the ground. some guys out on a work break heard the little girl east's fy -- terrified cries and looked up. david mackenzie has more on this incredible scene in beijing. >> reporter: an incredible rescue in china. taking a break from work, the group of couriers hear crying. they look up. to their horror they see a 2-year-old girl on the ledge outside a window five floors up. the whole sequence caught on a security camera of the company. they tried to calm the young girl nicknamed chichi. then the nightmare scenario. chichi loses her footing. the men rush forward. and she falls. and just in time, they catch her. and she gets a hug. their actions have set chinese
social media alight. good job, mr. male courier, said this user. this is the best marketing, said another about the korea company. the company says they will reward their workers who saved chichi. two were likely injured. and the young girl whose parents say she got through the window when they were out buying medicine was left shaken. but with just a scratch. and quite a story. david mackenzie, cnn, beijing. >> did you see that? coming up in the next hour of the "cnn newsroom," students in washington state say they were hazed, hit with lead pipes and burned by cigars. but get this. investigators told us they're not going to file any charges. we'll tell you why. [ male announcer ] this is kevin.
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-- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com getting in details of a multiple shooting in north carolina. that's greenville, north carolina, 80 miles east of raleigh. joining me now on the telephone is mayor allen thomas. mayor allen thomas. mayor of greenville. sir, what do you know? >> don, at this point we know there are four victims. we had an isolated shooting situation around 12:00 noon today. very concerned at this point. we don't know the status of the victims. an individual shooter.
police responded quickly. the shooter was taken down within a short period of time after the exchange of gunfire. but it's just a tragic situation now. you know, that we've seen in so many other communities across the country. isolated individuals with issues and access to guns. we're dealing with it here in greenville, north carolina. >> again, explain to our viewers what happened. this gunman, the situation, this gunman came up on the victims. how did all this go down? >> the way it happened, an individual with a backpack with a shotgun approached a parking lot area near a walmart. and began opening fire. and made contact with the victim. ran across the boulevard into the walmart parking lot and began shooting randomly in the parking lot area. three other individuals were injured in that process. in less than a minute, a greenville police officer was in that lot exchanging gunfire with the individual. this could have gotten a lot
worse, don. i just can't commend our officers enough for getting on the situation and responding. police responded. after exchanging gunfire the individual was taken down. >> mayor, do you know if the individual had any connection with anyone at the store or any of the people he shot? >> at this point, we don't know. we don't think so. they've put in the back story at this point he had some individual issues. it was not directly related to the shopping center itself. we think this was just an act of someone with rage and took action with that. it's a tragic situation today. but i commend our law enforcement officers all across the country for the great job they do in being ready to deal with these situations. >> okay. mayor, thank you. mayor allen thomas, mayor of greenville, we appreciate you joining us on cnn. if you get more information, call back in, please. another breaking story to tell you about as well. a plane has crashed as oakland county international airport in waterford township.
these are live pictures via our affiliate wdiv. wdiv. again, a plane crash. it's about 45 minutes northwest of detroit. sky 4 video. this is live pictures, right? on the scene. it shows a plane down in the grass with several emergency crews surrounding it. you can see right in the middle of your screen an ambulance and a medical helicopter on the scene as well. working on getting more information on you. we're going to pass it along as soon as we get it. there you see the horrific scene. as soon as we get more, we'll bring it to you. so stand by. lots of news here. now to the homicide of a young man in boston and the star new england patriots player entangled in that investigation. aaron hernandez spent much of yesterday trying to avoid the media horde which swarmed him after police searched his home and questioned him over the death of odin lloyd, 27 years old, odin lloyd. a law enforcement source says lloyd died of a gunshot wound on monday. his body was found at an
industrial park less than a mile from hernandez's home. hernandez has not said anything publicly. he has not been seen out since yesterday. police have not named him as a suspect in the killing. investigation now taking a financial toll on hernandez. we are learning the makers of the energy drink muscle milk today issued a statement saying they've terminated an endorsement contract they had with him. let's dig deeper into this whole story. who aaron hernandez really is. for that i want to bring in a reporter who has been a staple of the boston sports scene for decades. his name is bob ryan. thank you so much for joining us today. >> you're welcome. >> you know, you've covered aaron hernandez for a while. you met aaron hernandez. what can you tell us about him as a person? >> all we knew about aaron hernandez the person as opposed to the player, from what we see, he's been affable and
cooperative and just a routine interview subject. there have been no problems. he's not noted for being particularly glib more for being particularly evasive. all we knew about him away from the field was that while at the university of florida, he had some issues with marijuana. there was a suspension thing. there was a character issue at the time of the nfl draft that resulted in some teams shying away from him. the patriots having what they felt and everyone felt was the good fortune of getting him lower than he should have gone on the virtues of basis of talent. they got him in the fourth round. he's turned out to be a far superior player than that. we did not know until all these revelations over the last couple of days about the nature of his friendships at home in connecticut. the nature of the people who visited him at florida which put off the authorities in florida. they did not like these characters he was associated with. we did not know his real reputation inside the locker room. >> bob, bob, bob.
>> somewhat stand offishness. we didn't know any of this. >> let me jump in here. what do you mean the nature of the relationships, the characters he hung out with in florida? what are you talking about? >> we're talking about people that are not unfamiliar with the police. we're talking about not boy scouts. we're talking about questionable characters that make teams nervous when they see them and make schools nervous. he had a bad -- hung out with a bad crowd. that's what we're now learning. put it that way. >> okay. so then let's talk about this since you opened that door. there are reports that when he was down in florida, that he was questioned about another shooting. a shooting -- i believe it was three individuals in a car. he has not commented about that. what do you know about that? >> well, we know -- we knew nothing about -- we didn't even know about the fact that someone had been shot in the face outside a strip club. and that there were -- they failed to name the assailant. now it's coming back with a civil suit naming the assailant
as aaron hernandez. these are all tumbling out now as this thing unfolds. >> that was -- you're talking -- the one i'm talking about is 2007. right? that happened in florida. the one you're talking about is from january where allegedly he shot the person in the car he was riding with in the arm. then it went into his eye. that person lost his eye. he had to get -- he has a prosthetic eye in now. then now he has -- doesn't have use of his arm anymore. but aaron hernandez was never even named in the -- listed in the police report. >> no. i know that. and now this person, this victim, has come back and chosen to identify him as the -- as the person who pulled the trigger. and this is all an unfolding story. what i'm trying to get at is, all this was unknown until this recent development with this homicide of this person whose relationship with him we are still trying to -- and the police are still trying to
establish. >> okay. so -- and i should say, alleged. because if he's not on the police report, he wasn't charged in the incident, that person is making these accusations. so allegedly. >> right. >> so, listen. let's talk about this incident now. odin lloyd. his body found less than a half mile away from hernandez's home. according to reports, these are just -- these are reports. again, this is not cnn reporting. there was some shady business allegedly with the surveillance camera at his home. with his cell phone evidence. and other things like that. what do you know? >> well, what we know is what -- what -- this we do know. we know the cell phone that he turned over, that was turned over to police was in pieces, quote, unquote. we have been told that this home surveillance equipment was destroyed. we have been told that on monday of this week, before everything exploded in the public awareness, that he had a
professional cleaning service come and fine tooth comb clean his home. with the inference, obviously, all being that there was an attempt to eradicate evidence of some sort. it's highly circumstantial. but very questionably intere interesting circumstantial evidence and incriminating evidence, these activities. these are out there. he has said nothing. his lawyer, of course, have said nothing. his lawyered up with the most famous law firm in boston. >> yeah. this is all circumstantial, right? because, again, if it -- all this evidence, supposed evidence is, indeed, true, this is all circumstantial. and he has so far not been charged with anything. and as far as we know, no arrest warrant has been issued for him. this is all circumstantial at this point? >> no. but within the last hour, hour and a half or so, reports are out there that a warrant will be issue e ed in very short order.
that's the latest hot piece of news. the warrant supposedly is coming, will be served. that's what we last heard. >> i got to ask you before i let you go, bob. where do you see -- you've been doing this for a long time. you've been covering, you know, sports figures, professional sports figures. where do you see this going? >> it doesn't sound and feel good. it looks highly incriminating on the surface. once again, allegations. lots of things not known. but it doesn't look very good. it doesn't feel very good. the whole package of who he was before, who he is, who he hangs out with, and this whole thing, it opportunidoesn't look good. naturally the other side has not been heard from. he has not been heard from. we'll have to wait to see. certainly it is a very, very disturbing set of circumstances. >> bob ryan knows his stuff. we appreciate it, bob. thank you very much. >> you're welcome. within the past hour, we hope you watched along with us, president obama unveiled his choice to succeed bob mueller as head of the fbi.
james comey is a long-time lawman, a former federal prosecutor, and deputy attorney general under george w. bush. that's comey there on the left. in his brief remarks today, he paid tribute to bob mueller, fbi director since just before 9/11. >> i must be out of my mind to be following bob mueller. i don't know whether i can fill those shoes, but i know that however i do, i will be standing truly on the shoulders of a giant. someone who has made a remarkable difference in the life of this country. i can promise you, mr. president, and mr. director, that i will do my very best to honor and protect that legacy. >> james comey is a registered republican who supported mitt romney in the 2012 election. he is married with five children. in addition to deputy attorney general under george w. bush, as a u.s. attorney, he prosecuted
martha stewart and he's one among the most prominent republicans who support gay marriage. okay. that's it. now to florida. new twodevelopments in the triaf neighborhood watchman george zimmerman. an all female jury will decide zimmerman's fate. opening statements will be monday in the second degree murder trial. the judge issued her ruling on what prosecutors can and cannot say just a short time ago. we're waiting for her written order on a 911 tape. she'll decide if prosecutors can play the tape in court from the night trayvon martin was shot and killed. zimmerman says he fired at martin in self-defense in february of last year. i want you to take a listen to the tape. >> does he look hurt to you? >> i can't see him. i don't want to go out there. i don't know what's going on. they're sending -- >> so you think he's yelling help? >> yes. >> what is your -- >> cnn legal correspondent jean casarez joins us now. following this story from the
very beginning. jean, the defense opportunity wa -- doesn't want an expert to give an opinion on who was actually screaming. why? >> reporter: they say it's not reliable. scientifically, it's just speculative. it's not based on general accepted principle in the audio engineering forensic community. and it's going to confuse the jury. what the defense wants, remember, what we're waiting for right now is not whether the 911 call will be played before the jury. that 911 call will come into this courtroom. people will sit in silence and hear that scream and hear that shot. the question is, should the jury just look at all the rest of the evidence and decide for themselves who is about to die on that recording, or should experts come in and say their software and their spectro analysis is telling them that it's trayvon martin. speculatively. no one conclusively is saying it's trayvon. >> okay. jean, thank you. we're going to get back to you. it's a very busy day here. we have breaking news here on
cnn. and it involves paula deen. one of the most well known figures, celebrity chefs, in the country. remember, she's accused of using the "n" word in a videotaped deposition. she was supposed to appear on the "today" show this morning. backed out of that. now she has released a statement online. a video online. the deen office, though, is not confirming that this is it. but this is her explanation in its entirety as it appears on the youtube page. here it is. roll it. >> i want to apologize to everybody for the wrong that i've done. i want to learn and grow from this inappropriate, hurtful language. it's totally, totally unacceptable. i've made plenty of mistakes
along the way. but i beg you, my children, my team, my fans, my partners, i beg for your forgiveness. please forgive me for the mistakes that i've made. >> okay. that is that in its entirety. so i want to bring in now some people who are going to help me along the way with this. i want to bring in eric dezenhl. kelly goth is here as well. i also want to bring in alina mochado who has been covering this story for us, for cnn. kelly is a political analyst and crisis management expert eric dezenhall. alina, give us background. her company -- or she is being sued by a former employee who's alleging harassment and discrimination, correct? >> that's correct. that employee, lisa jackson, filed a civil lawsuit last year. and she was deposed for that
civil lawsuit. paula deen was deposed for that civil lawsuit last month. it was a videotaped deposition. we got ahold of a transcript of that videotaped deposition. several other people also got ahold of that transcript earlier this week. that's when this controversy really took off. because in that krtranscript of the video deposition, paula deen admits to having used the "n" word in conversations. particularly in one conversation with her husband about something that happened to her years earlier. so people -- this story really took off online, twitter, social media. a lot of people firing back, very upset by -- by paula deen's admission that she used this racial slur in conversation. since then we really hadn't heard much from her camp beyond a statement that her attorney released basically saying that his client does not condone or find the use of racial epithets acceptable and that she was looking forward to her day in court.
and now we just got this apparent statement from paula deen. and i say apparent, because we have calls into her office. we have not received official confirmation yet. as you can see, that statement is paula deen talking and apologizing, apparently, for what's happened. >> okay. eric. crisis management here. it's -- on the surface it appears to be a nightmare. is it? how do you handle it? did she handle it well when you look at that video? >> well, it is a nightmare. racial incidents are notoriously difficult to recover from. just because of the history in this country with those issues, it's very, very difficult to extricate yourself. what usually ends up happening to people of this situation, they often lose their jobs and end up having to go away for a while and returning to a much smaller format. in terms of the apology, you know, whenever somebody does an apology, it is always declared
to have been misexecuted. too little, too late. the problem is, an apology, regardless of how it's done, is just the price of entry. nobody, you know, even though the pr world loves the idea that apologies are the answer, in this culture when we are doing what we're doing now and analyzing the apology, it's always considered to be substandard. so she's at the very fwbeginnin of this, not the end of it. i think there's something to be said after the apology. for some sort of recognition of the substance of what she did. because based on what you played, i only heard the terms apology as opposed to an acknowledgment of why this type of thing is wrong. >> okay. hold it right there. producers, if you can, cue it up. it's a short video. i want to play it again for our viewers before i bring kelly in. let me know when you have it. okay. we've got it. go ahead. let's listen to it again. >> i want to apologize to
everybody for the wrong that i've done. i want to learn and grow from this. inappropriate, hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable. i've made plenty of mistakes along the way. but i beg you, my children, my team, my fans, my partners, i beg for your forgiveness. please forgive me for the mistakes that i've made. >> okay. kelly goth here. kelly is in new york. both together here in new york. kelly, nobody's perfect. right? not that i'm saying that, you know, i'm making excuses for paula deen. but she did say, you know, she's apologized. what do you make of her apology? >> well, look. i think that obviously using the
"n" word is problematic. i'm an african-american who f m feels strongly regardless of race. the thing -- sorry. i'm a little distracted. i believe it's problematic regardless of who uses it. i will be candid as a white woman of a certain age from the south it's not entirely surprising she used the word. for me this was sort of reminiscent of the mark furman disaster from the o.j. simpson trial. the fact he used the "n" word was far less propmatic than lying about it. while paula deen didn't lie about it in the initial days, i think that the silence, the silence spoke volumes. that's what i actually think her fan base is having a tougher time recovering from. because just as you said, don, we've all made mistakes, right? it's how you handle it afterwards. i think there's a little bit of questions in terms of the authenticity of the apology. that the first reaction was to kind of go to her team of people, hide out for a few days, cancel interviews. then when it starts hurting her bottom line, come out a couple days later and say i'm really sorry for what had happened
which is a little bit of what this sounds like. which to me is chris brown territory for my lawyers don't want me to really say what i did. how are we supposed to accept a genuine apology for being sorry when a person can't articulate what they did and why it was wrong. it took them several days to say i'm sorry for, quote, what happened. >> there's a "time" magazine article here that i read. i want to read a quote from it, keli. it says deen made a pile of money off a certain idea of old school southern culture. in return, she had an obligation to that culture, an obligation not to embody its worst, most shameful history and attitudes. instead in one swoop, fairly or not, she single handedly afirped people's worst suspicions of people who talk and eat like her along with glibly insulting minorities. she slurred many of the very fans who made her successful. she made it that much harder to say that confederate bean soup is just a recipe. there's a lot in that quote. >> that's the one thing i kind of wanted to -- i agree with everything eric said.
he's a genius in terms of crisis management. i do think there's a distinction to be made between when apologies work and when they don't. it depends on the audience. there's certain people like a rush limbaugh. if rush limbaugh made a comment like this, where an apology would be enough, right? his fan base is not going to be as outraged about this type of language. he's someone who uses racial innuendo to fuel his fan base and fire up his fan base. when your fan base is middle americans who like to think of themselves as fwood people, and we li ve in a country today usig the "n" word does not denote any longer you're a good person, that's problematic. >> there's a lot to be discussed with this. we'll discuss it on cnn. for now our time is up with this one. thanks to all of you. more to come, as i said, on cnn. coming up this hour on "newsroom," a case of brutal hazing at washington state high school. at a washington state high school. so far no charges have been filed. why? because the teens volunteered for it. this is a shocking story. we have to warn you ahead of time, ahead of time, that the
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we warned you before the break. we're going to warn you again ahead of time. this next story contains graphic images which may be disturbing to some viewers. seventeens were reportedly blindfolded and led into the woods in a rural area outside seattle. they were beaten. they were burned. and they were urinated on. this video shows one teen's injuries after monday's brutal hazing. he says a burning cigar was mashed into his shoulder. why did the teens volunteer for horrible beatings? so they could join a club that cheers during football games. the beatings are part of the club's hazing rituals. so far no charges have been filed. cnn's sar sara gannon has more fallout. >> they call themselves the naked bikes. an exclusive club in a high school outside seattle. her son was eager to be one of them. >> he wanted to be a naked veki. it's like a badge of honor for these kids. >> reporter: to join, this is
what he had to endure. >> they used pvc pipes, the headless club clubs and flour and maple syrup. they peeed on us and stuff. >> reporter: will says he and six other juniors were blindfolded, taken to a wooded area and beaten. here's where a lit cigar was put out on his skin. >> every time i look at that i just want to cry. it's not right. these kids need to be stopped. >> reporter: you would think this is all authorities would need to take action. but it's not that simple. the county sheriff's office told cnn none of the seven, including james, are cooperating with police. until they do, there may never be an arrest. here's what an investigator told me. quote, we can't make a person a victim if they don't want to be. the ones who are asasaulted hav
said i don't want any part in this prosecution. the kids who are beat up have said we agreed to do it. the school system told cnn the naked viks were a nonsanctioned group already advised about appropriate behavior. the district says those involved in the beating have now graduated and are banned to returning to the school, including sporting events. and the school says next year there will be no naked viks at inglemore high. so that initiation was for nothing. >> my goodness. sara gannon, she's in atlanta. there she is. sara, you spoke with sheriff's deputies there. why are they not pursuing charges? >> i want to start with the sheriff told me they are not, not closing this case. what they're hoping for is that some of these kids involved are going to change their minds and come forward to testify. the school district is also trying to convince them to cooperate with police. i got to tell you, what i find most interesting here, the lieutenant investigating this case told me he's double
checking state laws to see if there's anything more he can do without cooperative victims. but he believes, this is the lieutenant investigating, believes that hazing laws in the state of washington only apply to colleges and units and not at the high school level. don? >> all right. sara, thank you for that. for your reporting. i want to bring in cnn legal analyst now, sunny hostin. sunny, the school says it did not sanction this group called naked viks. but the group did appear at school functions. football games. does the school have any legal responsibility here? >> well, no question about it. the school has legal exposure. the school can certainly be charged civilly for negligent supervision and criminally as well. i've got to tell you, i was listening to sara and sitting here thinking, well, we try cases as prosecutors all the time without the cooperation of victims. without the cooperation of witnesses. i can't begin, don, to tell you
how many domestic violence cases i tried when the woman who had been beaten viciously refused to get on the witness stand. these legal, you know, authorities have these pictures that we've been showing which are gruesome. they have the parents. they certainly have enough information to go forward. perhaps not under a hazing statute, but what about assault? what about battery? what about criminal negligence? so there i think is sort of this huge basket of potential charges in a case like this that just really should be brought. i'm shocked that they are saying that they won't bring any charges. >> all right. sunny hostin. >> maybe they need me there, don. >> sounds like you're pretty fired up about it. thank you, sunny hostin. up next, news on everyone and everything. including -- i can't believe i'm reading this -- kim kardashian and kanye west choosing a direction for their child's name. it's so odd. i guess we should report it. protests in brazil are
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bottom of the hour, everyone. i'm don lemon. thank you for joining us. technology, sports, business, health, science and technology news. hitting it all. air travelers may soon be able to use electronics during takeoffs and landings. faa has been under pressure to allow wider use of ipods, nooks, tablets, laptops and other electronic gadgets. right now those devices must typically be turned off turg takeoffs and landings as a safety precaution. an advisory group is expected to make recommendations about relaxing the rules come september. okay. so this weekend when word came that kanye west and kim kardashian had had their baby, i walked through the newsroom. past the entertainment department. i said, ha, ha, ha, do you have the name yet. maybe it'll be north west. maybe southwest.
maybe mae west. what do you know? look at the birth certificate. they named the baby north west. what the? really? isn't there supposed to be a "k" in there? north has no middle name. last we checked north west is trending all over twit r. this is the first child for both kim and kanye. kim delivered north saturday, five weeks early in los angeles. mark that on your calendars, people. the president of brazil holding emergency meetings today as the country is seemingly on the brink of a full blown crisis. police say more than 300,000 people rallied in rio de janeiro. one death was reported as a demonstration? sao paulo state. demonstrators say they are fed up with high taxes and poor services while the government spends billions on preparations
for the world cup soccer tournament next year. shasta darlington live in sao paulo for us. shasta, what exactly is the brazilian government going to do in these emergency meetings? >> reporter: that's the million dollar question, don. there's no quick fix. that's because even though this started as a protest of a hike in bus fares, it's blown up into something so much bigger. it's a massive rejection of a political system that a lot of people consider very corrupt. so we've seen tens of thousands of people on the street, night after night. last night there were more than a million people on the streets across the country. and they're not looking just for lower bus fares anymore. they want to see more schools, better schools, better education. and less money going into politicians' pockets and less money being spent on these beautiful stadiums. that's not something that can happen overnight. what they would like to come out of this meeting, however, is some kind of a common, some kind of national address from the president. and so far that hasn't happened.
she's still in the meetings. but we haven't heard from her. and it's not clear whether or not we will, don. >> all right. shasta darlington, thank you. sao paulo, brazil. coming up, a high school valedictorian from oklahoma on a trip to ecuador with his parents disappears without a trace. today, the search intensifies. more on the search for this young man and his mysterious disappearance, next.
seek shelter. a storm that dumped more than six inches of rain on the area this week caused rivers to crest. authorities are asking people to stay away and limit cell phone use so they won't hinder emergency responders' efforts. no new leads. no clues. and still no sign of an oklahoma teenager missing in ecuador. 18-year-old august reiger was in the town of banos when he didn't meet his family as planned on sunday. the trip was a graduation gift for reiger who speaks spanish. he is a valedictorian of the class and school of advanced studies, a high school in oklahoma city. he has a full ride to the university of oklahoma this fall. we'll update you as we get more. coming up now, michael jackson died while preparing to set a world record for the most successful concert run ever. he unknowingly may have set another record that led to his death. we'll tell you what it was right after this break.
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a sleep expert testifying that michael jackson's wrongful death trial says jackson may be the first person ever to get no r.e.m. sleep for two whole months. the expert says he is basing his opinion on prior testimony that jackson was given the drug propofol for 60 days. the drug doesn't allow a person to get real sleep. okay. so cnn's senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen joins me now. elizabeth, how did propofol mess up michael jackson's sleep? >> don, according to the expert who testified, he said propofol would interrupt your r.e.m. sleep. r.e.m. sleep is where you're dreaming. you're in a slightly lighter stage of sleep. you can actually see someone's eyeballs moving under their eyelids when they're having r.e.m. sleep. r.e.m. sleep is important. just like the other stages of sleep you need to have it. if you don't have it, that's a problem. >> okay. so the dangers. what's the problem -- the dangers of going without sleep for so long or r.e.m. sleep?
>> right. the dangers of specifically missing r.e.m. sleep for a long time would be all sorts of things. for example, you might become more clumsy. you might become paranoid, anxious. you might have difficulty learning new things. we need our sleep. we need every stage of our sleep. >> okay. so a lot of people have trouble sleeping. i mean, that's -- it's common. it's very common. what can they do to try to sleep? >> first of all, i want to make it clear, i know this is going to be obvious to some people. but i just want to make it clear propofol was never intended as a sleep aid. propofol is to anesthetize you for procedure. create our sleep sanctuary. exercise for better sleep. not just before sleep but at some point during the day. take the technology out. do not be looking at your ipad or phone or whatever just before
sleep. also create a schedule so you're going to bed and waking up at the same time every night. >> i've been given that advice. by a sleep expert. >> has it worked? >> down it atlanta. yes, it did work. i don't have a tv in my bedroom anymore. it did work. the need for more bone marrow donors is motivating superstar enrique iglesias to ask his fans to help. you can help to. here it is. >> i'm enrique iglesias. we can make an impact on people in need. love hope strength is our rock 'n' roll cancer organization. >> this is just the eligibility. >> they're getting people to register for bone marrow transplant. it's extremely easy. all it takes is one of these and one person. just get a swab and that's it. that's how simple it is. that's how you can save someone's life. i think part of the mission on this tour was that we get different ages in our shows. and different ethnic backgrounds. i thought a lot of people would
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in the wake of the edward snowden leaks, nsa surveillance tactics, president obama meeting today with acalled a privacy an liberty oversight board. cnn's jake tapper taking a closer look on "the lead" today. >> i don't know how much you've heard of the privacy and civil liberties oversight board. i hadn't heard much about it. it turns out president obama's first ever meeting with the organization is today, going on right now. even though it was formed back in 2004. we'll be talking about that and a host of other issues including the potential trade of a soldier who is in taliban custody for five top level taliban operatives at gitmo. we'll be talking it over with a former secretary of the department of homeland security, michael chertoff, who served in the bush administration. we'll also, of course, talk
about a whole host of other things including the prevalence of movie sequels out this summer. sequels that are stinking up the multiplexes that i try to go to with my wife and my children and enjoy myself. and they are just almost to a picture atrocious. we'll talk about that as well. >> why don't you tell us how you really feel there, jake tapper? >> if you are a fan of "fast and furious 6" then i apologize to you. dare i say that was the reason why cinema was invented. >> everything on your show. no north west? >> i told you this on the break. i had something to say about kanye last week. my twitter feed exploded. i think i'm going to take it easy on mr. west, let him enjoy -- let him enjoy his little baby girl. i hope she's healthy. >> yeah. just say no comment, right? that's it. >> i'm willing to comment. good luck. good luck to that little baby. i hope she's good. >> we loo forward to the top of the hour. thank you, jake tapper.
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i saw the story on the evening news last night and it made me cry. a special today on a story that has captured the country. it's about a boy who just heard his father's voice for the very first time at the age of 3. >> daddy loves you! daddy loves you! daddy -- >> yeah, he hears it. >> can you hear daddy? >> hmm. grayson, who was born deaf, is the first child to see an auditory brain stem implant, a device that until now was only for adults. the clamp family visited the set of our new show "new day" this morning. once again grayson stole the show as his parents talked about the thrill of seeing their son here. >> just overwhelming. a huge relief for me because it
was a long journey getting there. i knew it would work but just seeing it work was just a huge -- it was just the culmination of a long journey to get there. >> it was joy, it was excitement. i think, too, for us it was validation for what we've really seen as a plan that god set out for our lives, for grayson's life. so i think in that moment we just got an overwhelming sense of god and his faithfulness to us and all we did was step out. one step of obedience in fostering and in adopting grayson. >> yeah. in case you're wondering, grayson's uncle was the man helping to keep him safe around all those cameras. congratulations to that family. i want to you also look at this amazing video from china. can't get enough of this video. eight group of delivery men. they saved this 2-year-old girl dangling from a fifth floor
window. they were on a break and they heard her crying and the toddler fell and they caught her. everybody is fine. there she is. one of the heros broke his arm. i'm don lemon, have yourself a great weekend. now "the lead" with jake tapper. >> i'm jake tapper. this is "the lead." the national lead. did you have know there is a board designed to call out the president on any policy violations? he's never met with them before today because it was mostly just on paper. suddenly he's very interested in what he has to say. >> please forgive me. >> super star chef paula deen begs for your mercy after she acknowledgesng