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u.s. military forces are now on a heightened state of alert as an al qaeda terror plot prompts the massive shutdown of american embassies around the world. we are live from five countries bringing you the very latest. one of the victims has expired at the hospital due to the injuries. >> a car plows into a crowd of people on venice beach's famed boardwalk. one person is dead, many more hospitalized. why some witnesses are saying, listen, this was not an accident. my thing is, for that kind of money, it better work when i want it to work. >> planning on watching "60 minutes" tonight?
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how about tiger at the bridgestone invitational today? well, if you have time warner cable in new york or l.a., sorry, you're out of luck. good morning, everyone, i'm brianna keilar. >> i'm victor blackwell. 6:00 here at cnn world headquarters. thanks for starting your "new day" with us. across asia, the middle east and north africa, 22 u.s. embassies and consulate have locked their doors today. >> the signs to visitors say it all, stop. the u.s. has also issued a worldwide travel alert, warning that al qaeda may be planning attacks on americans. so, let's start our global coverage with cnn's emily schmidt. she is in washington. hi, emily. >> reporter: victor and brianna, one of the unusual aspects of the u.s. deciding to close so many embassies and consulates was that it came with a specific date attached, sunday. now that action is closely watched to see if there will be a terrorist reaction. >> out of an abundance of of caution -- >> reporter: first, the
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warnings. now, the waiting. u.s. embassies and consulates across the middle east, north africa and south asia are closed sunday in case terrorist threats turn into attacks. the move came after officials picked up increasing chatter from al qaeda in yemen where multiple sources tell cnn an attack plan could be in its final stages. >> these are numbers i can't go into, other than the fact that there definitely is planned a very enormous attack, a catastrophic-type attack. that's probably the best way to describe it. and i can't really go any further than that. >> reporter: the threat is considered credible, though ambiguous. it could target u.s. or western targets all across the region, though yemen is getting particular attention. with security around the u.s. embassy there even tighter than usual. there is a long history of al qaeda in the arabian peninsula targeting the u.s., including the christmas day 2009 underwear bomb plot. now, cnn terrorism analyst paul
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crookshank says there is a new twist. al qaeda's leader in yemen, once osama bin laden's personal secretary, is now reportedly the second command in the organization worldwide. is this an opportunity, potentially, then, for him to make his mark? >> it may well be. this is his coming out party as the de facto number two of al qaeda. the plot was in the works at the same time as this announcement was going to come out that he was playing this bigger role in the al qaeda global terrorist network. >> reporter: president obama stuck to his planned weekend schedule, golfing and going to camp david for his birthday. a white house official says the president will continue to be updated about the threat through the weekend. the white house says it will not comment on intelligence in this case, particularly as it relates to a "new york times" report that says some of this intelligence came from intercepted electronic communications between senior al qaeda operatives.
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our terrorism expert, paul cruickshank says regardless of what happens because of this threat, the terrorists have caused enough concern to prompt closures and travel alerts like we're seeing. victor and briana? >> emily schmidt, thank you very much. now, it's not just the embassies taking precautions. >> select military forces in the middle east have been ordered to a higher state of alert as well. and cnn pentagon correspondent barbara starr is now on the phone joining us from washington. barbara, tell us a little bit more about what the military forces are doing. >> reporter: well, good morning, brianna and victor. this is something that you would expect, of course, military forces ready to move if something were to happen and ready to move quickly. so, what we know now is in three locations, military forces, mainly marines, are on a higher state of alert, ready to go very quickly. what are those locations? well, there are marines in
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southern spain, in southern italy and in the red sea. these are all combat-equipped marines that could move very quickly if ordered. there are other units in the area that could go and reinforce embassies, if it came to that. everyone would be equipped to help evacuate american citizens if there was a situation that required it. basically, this is an effort to make sure that there is plenty of force available nearby, ready to move. brianna, victor? >> let's talk more about the other resources that are available, marines in spain, italy, who could move at a moment's notice. >> reporter: well, they could. and what's interesting in the red sea, there are marines on board ships, and a couple of days ago, they were ordered to move south on those ships, and so, they are now closer to yemen. all of this just is really due to a series of meetings that
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have happened at the pentagon over the last couple of days, meetings chaired by defense secretary chuck hagel, to take a look at what forces are in the region, where to position them. because, of course, what you have, if you look at the map, embassies closed over a broad, broad piece of territory, north africa, middle east. and if something were to happen, you know, it's not very practical to have forces in every single spot. so, you have to have them strategically positioned so they can be ready to move in a number of different directions. >> cnn pentagon correspondent barbara starr for us this morning, thank you. >> and cnn has team coverage on this story with our international correspondents all around the globe. so, let's start now with cnn's vladim vladim vladimir in tel aviv. vladimir, what's going on there? >> reporter: hey, brianna. actually, it's business as usual here in front of the united
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states embassy right behind me. this embassy normally is closed on sunday, so it's not really normally affected by this directive from the state department. but i can tell you, yesterday there was a suspicious package alert, and although we've been here for the last three or four days, we've only seen about three or four guards in front of the embassy. nothing has changed today. there's no beefed-up security measure that we can see, but i can tell you, when we saw the suspicious package alert yesterday, we saw them mobilize, we saw them take care of the threat. they had a bomb disposal unit here. turned out to be a false alarm, but they are ready should something occur, but it's business as usual. john? >> thanks very much. it's fair to say that the u.s. approach here is a very wide and not narrow one. the decision to close the u.s. embassy here is considered dramatic because this is a country that has very tight security normally. we can't even go into the embassy area. let's give you a sense of what the u.s. embassy looks like. it's on the right-hand side of your screen as we take a tighter shot here. it's that large, sloping building, which stands out in
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the crowd. i spoke to the u.s. ambassador this morning, who declined a comment, saying this is being handled out of washington, but a european ambassador said this is a direct response to the attacks we saw in benghazi, libya, september 11th, 2012. the u.s. is not taking any chances. the arrests we saw here and then the jail-breaks taking place by al qaeda over the last two months leading to that interpol alert also raising concerns here. perhaps it's an overreaction, but the attitude right now, it's better safe than sorry. we had one of our producers in the area today at the u.s. embassy, and there's only a few marines protecting the facility, nobody else. let's go to dan rivers in london. >> reporter: thanks, john. yeah, here in london, while the u.s. is closed 22 embassies across much of north africa and the middle east and into asia, here, the uk has decided a more targeted approach. they've just closed down the british embassy in yemen. they have issued some urgent travel advice, telling all
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british nationals to leave yemen now, saying while commercial carriers are still flying. and it goes on to say it's extremely unlikely that the british government will be able to evacuate you or provide possible consular assistance. so, they're not mincing words. they're saying if you're british, get out of yemen now. the embassy that would normally be opened there is closed today. it may be closed in the next few days as well. france and germany have taken similar measures with their embassies in yemen as well. i'll throw it over to orr warwan in egypt. >> reporter: barely visible behind the wall, blocking off the road there, the u.s. embassy in cairo. it closed, too, on what normally would be a work day, perhaps of special concern, because egyptian officials back in may say they detained three men possibly affiliated with al qaeda and the islamic grab poor planning on carrying out an attack. it's also in these streets where
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an angry mob a year ago on september 11th tried to attack the embassy, it, of course, being the same day of that coordinated attack against the u.s. consulate in benghazi. so, the u.s. most certainly not taking any chances here, brianna. >> arwa damon, thank you. americans traveling abroad today or really in the next month should be on alert. the u.s. state department has issued a worldwide travel alert, warning travelers to be extremely cautious, especially in the countries shown here, where embassies and consulates are closed. the warning also cautions travelers to be careful around typical terrorist targets, like subways and trains and buses and bus stations. officials recommend registering your travel plans with the state department. there is more information on their website. it's travel.state.gov. and another story that we're following this morning, a day at the beach turned deadly at a popular tourist spot in los angeles. a driver plowed into a crowd yesterday on the famous venice beach boardwalk. authorities and witnesses say it was deliberate. >> pedal to the metal, because
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the tires started screeching. i saw him, and he was looking for blood. that guy was -- that guy, his intention was to kill people. >> one person was killed. 11 others were hurt. and police say the driver ditched the car and then fled. >> we have detained an individual in the city of santa monica who may be involved or connected with this horrendous incident. at this point, the investigation goes on and we will determine whether or not this individual is responsible for this incident. >> here in about 20 minutes, we'll be talking with a man who witnessed the aftermath of that. to bakersfield, california, now. three people there are recovering this morning after an implosion went wrong. watch. all three people were hit by flying shrapnel during this implosion at a power plant. police say one man who was standing more than 1,000 feet
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away had to have one of his legs partially amputated. the other injuries were minor. so, it's been a pretty rainy weekend for many of you, but it could spell a little relief, at least, from the long, hot summer. let's bring in our meteorologist, alexandra steele, in the cnn weather center. hey, alexandra. >> hi! good morning to you guys. good sunday morning. good sunday morning to you out there. it's a wet one. in colorado yesterday, a lot of heavy rain and a lot of hail. so much hail covering the ground. that system has all moved eastward. so, in wichita, driving i-70 south to i-35 heading toward kansas city, some heavy rain embedded there. and also yesterday it was pretty wet in florida. remember our old tropical storm dorian, kind of shook it off yesterday for the most part. still some moisture and some clouds around. let's take you live to miami right now. we've got cloudy skies, and boy, is it steamy! 77. dew points are high. feels a lot warmer than that. heading today to 90 degrees, scattered showers today and tomorrow as well, so, good morning to you waking up in
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miami, palm beach, anywhere in south florida this morning. bank on some really warm days ahead. and you know, here's why. this is the culprit. it's the same cold front we've been talking about for days. now, north of the cold front, you're cool, it's comfortable, temperatures five to ten degrees below average in the midwest and the northeast. south of this front, kind of south of i-20 or so, birmingham, atlanta, south, that's where the incredible heat is on. west coast, looking great for you from the northwest to the southwest, although still some moisture around the rockies. when we come back, guys, we're going to look at august as a whole. it was so hot in july, so wet. what will august provide weatherwise around the country? we're going to look at that coming up when i see you next. >> all right. we'll be interested to see how that shapes up, alexandra. thanks. >> sure. if you were preparing to watch "the mentalist" tonight, you might be out of luck, depending on where you live. why some of your favorite shows are off the air. that's next. the new guy is loaded with protein!
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go outside, maybe hunker down, watch a little golf? oh, wait, maybe not! >> maybe not. if you live in new york or l.a., you will not be able to watch your favorite shows on cbs today. >> that's right. the network has gone dark in those and several other major cities because of a contract dispute with time warner cable. and at stake here, $1 million in fees. no chump change. cnn's alina cho has this story. >> reporter: turn on the nation's number one network, cbs, in new york, l.a., and six other major cities, and this is what you will see. no programming, just a slate with a time warner logo and a scathing open letter that reads in part, "cbs has made outrageous demands for the programming that it delivers free over the air and online, requiring us to remove their stations from your lineup while we continue to negotiate for fair and reasonable terms." >> i think it's a travesty.
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i love cbs. >> well, it's annoying, you know? it's like, everything -- there's a ton of stuff that i watch, you know, on cbs. that's the main annoying thing. "david letterman." i'm about ready to lose my mind. >> reporter: for golf fans, that means no pga tour this weekend, no "big brother," "the mentalist," not even this, no "60 minutes." the roughly 3 million customers affected also lose access to cbs-owned premium networks, like showtime and the movie channel. why is this happening? the fight is over retransmission fees, the millions cable networks are required to pay broadcasters in exchange for their content. >> i mean, i pay $200 a month. that's, you know, a lot of money, so my thing is, for that kind of money, it better work when i want it to work. >> reporter: the contract between cbs and time warner expired on june 30th. it was extended and extended again, but by 5:00 p.m. eastern
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friday, time warner had had enough and pulled the plug. cbs says it's the first time in its history the network has been dropped by a cable system. the question is, when will viewers be able to see their favorite shows again? nobody knows. >> just get over it. >> my news, my letterman! >> reporter: alina cho, cnn, new york. >> no laughing matter, but i do love how that woman says, no "david letterman"? i'm losing my mind! she is annoyed. >> she loves david letterman. these two are going after each other. i was on kcal's website, the station covering this venice beach tragedy, and they have on the side, call time warner cable and tell them you want cbs. and another said cbs is giving new york a black eye. like political ads attacking each other. >> big money involved. that's why. >> $1 billion. hey, next on "new day," will alex rodriguez go down swinging? the yankees slugger thinks he's returning to baseball, but new
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live look at our nation's capital. this is the washington monument in washington, d.c. 6:22 on the east coast. good morning, washington. good morning to you at home. big sports news developing this morning. according to reports, all-star slugger alex rodriguez will be suspended from baseball tomorrow. >> his punishment for allegedly using performance-enhancing drugs. and jeff fischel -- i can say your name, buddy, don't worry. it's still early, i'm warming up here. >> our old buddy. >> anything under 7:00 a.m.,
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it's all good. we're all waking up. >> take it awatch with the the "bleacher report." >> tomorrow the yankees star will be suspended for the rest of the season and all of next year as well. that's from a number of reports that say reps from a-rod reached out to the league to discuss a settlement, negotiations. the league said too late. this is all for being connected to the biogenesis clinic, which is accused of supplying baseball players with performance-enhancing drugs. rodriguez has said he'll appeal any suspension. last night he played in a minor league game, recovering from an injury, and said his plan was to play for the yankees tomorrow. >> i can't wait to see my teammates. i feel like i can help us win, i can help us be a better team, and i haven't seen a lot of my brothers in a long time. seven nfl greats were inducted into the pro football hall of fame yesterday. wide receiver chris carter, jonathan ogden, perhaps the greatest offensive lineman ever, two-time super bowl winning coach, bill parcells, aka, the big tuna. these guys are all giants of the game. dave robinson, warren sapp and
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offensive lineman larry allen. an incredible moment at the cleveland browns preseason family night practice, especially for 5-year-old cancer survivor ryan encinas. he gets the handoff. while he didn't head straight for the end zone, he eventually got there with the help of an escort from the entire browns team. by the time he gets to the goal line, you can't even see ryan, guys, because he's surrounded by 350-pound football players. but he's lifted up on the shoulders, they're celebrating. over 25,000 cleveland browns fans there celebrating with ryan. you know, just a couple years ago, he was diagnosed with a tumor. he thought he just had a cold. he's now in remission. great moment for the browns and for ryan. >> it's so funny, you see them doing the play. there's like these huge guys taking dives, really got into the drama of it. >> truly afterwards, the players couldn't have been more excited. they're like, this guy's a first-round draft pick! we loved it! it was our favorite moment of the night! so it was a special way to end a
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fun night for all cleveland browns fans. >> jeff, thank you. >> okay. and witnesses say that it was mayhem when a driver plowed through the crowd yesterday on l.a.'s venice beach. we'll be asking the man who shot this video if he thinks it could have been an accident.
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robert lustyik and two others paid to get information on two officials in bangladesh. he worked in counterintelligence and retired last september. he faces a maximum sentence of 25 years. a passenger on board the southwest airlines plane that landed nose first at laguardia airport has filed a lawsuit. according to her attorney, the woman was injured when sliding down an emergency ramp with no one to catch her. southwest says it does not comment on pending litigation. 11 others were injured in the crash landing last month. and number four, president obama himself stepping in and overturning a looming ban on older apple iphones and ipads. this was a ban that was put in place by the international trade commission, and it stemmed from a patent dispute between the iphone maker and samsung. this is the first time the president has stepped in on an itc decision since 1987. here's number five. a mountain rescue team is headed
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to oregon's mt. hood to try to save a man trapped under ice. cnn affiliate kgw reports, the man was with five other snowboarders when he got stuck in a tunnel. authorities say they know where he is. they just need to make sure it's safe to rescue him. his friends got down the mountain safely. let's go to los angeles now, where one person was killed, 11 others hurt yesterday at venice beach, world-famous beach there in southern california. and this happened when a driver just plowed through the crowd there on the famous boardwalk. >> police and witnesses said it was deliberate. a suspect is in custody this morning. joining us now by phone from l.a. is terry concha. he got to venice beach a few minutes after this hit-and-run and shot this video that you're watching now. >> now, terry joining us on the phone here. set the scene for us on the boardwalk when you got there. tell us exactly what time you got there and what you saw. >> i got there about 20 minutes
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after it happened, 20 to 30 minutes after it happened. i was skating from santa monica down to venice, and i came upon the scene. the police had cordoned off the entire boardwalk. you could only get by on the bike path. there was a bunch of ambulance and police there, and it looks like they had taken away most of the critically injured, but they were still working on people who were not as severely injured, but those people were going to the hospital as well. >> you know, we have heard from many witnesses who were there on the scene. do you believe that there was any way -- and i know you showed up a little time after it happened -- but any way this could have been an accident? >> i've seen people drive on to the boardwalk by accident. usually what happens is that they find themselves surrounded by people and then everybody starts yelling at them and then they figure, well, i'm not where
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i'm supposed to be. this person just, you know, they just kept going. i mean, usually, when somebody makes a mistake like that, they stop almost immediately, and this guy just kept going. so, you know, common sense would say i'm not where i'm supposed to be, i should stop and figure out what i'm supposed to do, which you know, i've seen a number of times before. so, this guy was just, you know, it's looking like he was out for mayhem or was really angry. the traffic wasn't that bad that day either, you know, that afternoon. i mean, it does get jammed up down there, but it wasn't like, you know, you see it on sundays. so, i don't know what this individual was thinking. >> yeah, and a lot of people are wondering that, terry, especially because of the fact that traffic isn't normally allowed in that area. as you said, a mistake that happens occasionally, but certainly, i think people aren't moving very fast when they do it. and the fact also that this
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person ditched their car after this. >> yeah. >> so, terry caccia there in l.a., thank you for that. >> okay. thank you. so, what will the august weather look like around the country? as promised, meteorologist alexandra steele in the cnn weather center with the weather outlook for the month! >> all right, it's a lot to tackle! >> yes, it is. >> i can do it, though! all right, if you're watching us from hartford or providence, you know the hottest july on record this last july. also, boston, the fifth hottest, new york city the eighth hottest. that's just on the eastern seaboard, but look at this. isn't this a refreshing change? so, what we're going to see, especially in the next 12 to 14 days, two cold fronts come through, so certainly below average in the upper midwest and great lakes, but not so, kind of just normal or average, but also even salt lake city in july, last month the hottest july on record. and you can see, it will be above average. you can see from the west all the way from the northwest, even to the southwest. so, that's the temperature profile. in terms of how much rain, you can see above normal.
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we certainly had very wet conditions here in the southeast. that looks like that will continue as well. and a few other spots in the west. so, certainly, in terms of the wildfires, which we saw, we won't see an abundance of rain, but normal conditions, even into the northeast. so, we tackled that on a whole. it does look better for some, though, than what we saw in july. all right, for today, highs below average in the northeast and temperatures, especially in texas, guys, 100 degrees not only for the weekend but straight through until friday, at least. >> what about tropical storm activity, dorian in the atlantic? we have gill in the pacific. >> both good news. both weakening, both dissipating, both really nonfactors now through the next couple days. it's a done deal. we talked about florida, of course, with dorian re-emerging yesterday. had a few rain showers, but it's over as well. now we're just looking for the next letter and we'll tell you when that happens. >> all right, let's go to the beach after the show. just head to florida. >> there you go. caribbean's good right now. >> get some color. that will be nice.
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>> that was interesting. thank you. just ahead on "new day," from the roman empire to last week in san diego, sex and politics. they seem like they're never too far apart. coming up, we look at steamy scandals here and abroad.
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20 minutes before the top of the hour. good morning. egypt is trying to reassure the u.s. its defense minister is promising u.s. defense secretary chuck hagel that his government is committed to elections and resolving differences with supporters of ousted president
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mohamed morsi. hagel has expressed concern about the recent violence that has swept the capital of cairo and other parts of egypt. and there may finally be a breakthrough in the case of a young american woman who's been missing in nepal for three years now. police in nepal have arrested two men and a teenager. 23-year-old aubrey sacco went trekking alone in nepal in april of 2010. she vanished, and police say they suspect she was murdered. iran officially has a new president. this weekend, hassan rowhani became the seventh president of the islamic republic after taking the highest percentage of vote in june. he is seen as a moderate politician and has a reputation for avoiding extreme positions. sex scandals and politics seem to go hand in hand, and it turns out, anywhere in the world. >> okay, so, you see silvio berlusconi and think what, bunninga bunninga, right? you see anthony weiner, you think sexting. and san diego's mayor filner?
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what's next? he's a hugger. >> i think of the headlock. as he says, he's a hugger. well, nadia bilchik is joining us now to discuss select start with silvio berlusconi. where do you start? >> well, let's start with the fact that over the last 25 years, he's had over 20 trials. and for the first time ever on thursday, he has definitive sentence. and it's amazing because he's had everything from elicit sex with underaged women -- remember ruby, the heartbreaker, and the bunga bunga dancing and corruption charges? but for the first time ever, he has a four-year sentence. >> the idea that you can have 30 trials over 25 years and still be elected, i don't know if that could happen in the u.s. >> probably not. >> there must be a different appetite in other countries. >> there certainly is for how people perceive these things. but interesting, of the four years, remember that in italy, three years will be shaved off because of overcrowding in prisons. >> wow.
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>> and if he does the year, it will be house arrest or community service, and house arrest, by the way, in either the villa, the seaside estate or the palazzo in rome. >> so, he's hardly paying a price for this. >> it is -- you know, thinking about it, it may be a victory for the court, but at the end of the day, is he finally getting something? but the real thing for him is the loss of power, because he'll have to give up his senate seat and then he won't be able to endorse other candidates, but for berlusconi, that's the real thing. but isn't it fascinating that it's not sex that brought him down but tax fraud. >> tax fraud. it's always the tax fraud, right? >> exactly. >> so you know, we were talking, and i brought this up just a moment ago, but i want to elaborate on this just a bit. we talked earlier this year about putin and his divorce. other politicians overseas. >> suitly. >> he was divorced. >> he left his partner of 27 years and now lives with his mistress. and don't forget, they had a
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great roehl model in mitterand who had mistresses. in fact, his wife said he can have as many mistresses as he wants, i'm still madam mitterand. >> but that doesn't fly in the u.s., no, no. >> no, we're very punitive. phil neff is up to what, nine women? >> nine women. >> and as you mentioned, weiner. so here in this country, sex can bring down a politician. and in italy, some, you know, hardly mattered. in france, hardly mattered. in south africa, the current president has four wives and is not known for his fidelity. but we're not worried about berlusconi. he is worth $6.2 billion. he's still on "forbes"' list as the 194th most wealthy man. >> that's good because i was so concerned about him. >> yes. house arrest is going to be so difficult. >> and i'm waiting for your report on the women who are behaving badly. i'm sure we'll have that at some point, or not. >> women never behave badly, brianna. >> no. nope, not as much. nadia bilchik, thank you for that. >> i'm not going to comment on that. anything i say will be a
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you know, this week may feel like a repeat of the 2012 election because you have both president obama and mitt romney on the trail and making headlines. >> yeah, it's part of the political week ahead. here's cnn political editor paul steinhauser with more. hey, paul. >> good morning, brianna, victor. it's august, and capitol hill's quiet, as lawmakers head back to
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their home districts and states for summer recess. the big question, will we see a repeat of this? >> get off of me! >> everybody back up! >> those were the tea party protests against obama care at congressional town halls four augusts ago. conservative groups say they're planning a repeat performance with pro-obama groups saying they plan to be out in force in supporting the health care law. talking about the president, tuesday he heads to arizona to talk about the economy. >> growing the economy, making sure that the middle class is strong is like getting in shape. >> then it's on to los angeles later in the day as he joins jay leno on "the tonight show." the man he beat last year is back in the political spotlight this week. mitt romney's the main attraction at a gop party reception in new hampshire. it's the first fund-raiser he's headlined since his election loss last november. and two republicans who may run for president in 2016, rick santorum and ted cruz, show up at the end of the week at a social conservative gathering in, you guessed it, iowa.
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brianna, victor? >> paul steinhauser, thank you for that. all right, guys, we're going to show you what's ahead for the new week. on monday, in kansas you have the sentencing for brett seacat, the former police officer found guilty last month of killing his wife and setting their home on fire to cover it up. now, on tuesday, you have opening statements in the texas trial of accused ft. hood gunman nidal hasan, the army psychiatrist who could face -- i'm not very good at this, am i? he could face the death penalty if found guilty of killing 13 people and wounding dozens more in the 2009 shooting rampage. and then on thursday, it is a very big day in sports. you have the pga championship, the tournament on the men's pro golf tour, gets under way in new york. so, set your dvrs. the world's top-ranked golfer, tiger woods also doing pretty good today in the bridgestone invitational. he tees off at 8:35 in the
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morning. and then on friday, disney's d-23 expo. thousands of ironmen, mickey mouse and buzz lightyear fans uniting in california, part of disney's d-23 expo. more than 40,000 fans are expected to attend there. then on saturday, that's right, the first family, they are going on a pretty nice summer vacation. they're headed to martha's vineyard for nine days. this will be the obamas' fourth vacation there since first taking office. and no, i am not actually going with them, victor. >> i would just like to say, the production team gave me so much grief a few weeks ago when i had trouble with that board. i'm happy to see that i'm not the only one. >> it's because i didn't get a run-through. i actually think that i might be better at it than you. >> see, you -- >> i'm better at pressing a screen than you. >> okay, well, i'll let you have that. >> let me have it. it's the small victories.
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coming up on nine minutes before the top of the hour, and it's time for our weekly series "the science behind," where we give you the why behind the whats. and today we have a real-life deep sea adventure. fabien cousteau, grandson of the legendary diver jacques cousteau, is about to plunge into the ocean, but he's not just jumping into the water. he's going to live in an underwater lab for 31 days. his team will even cruise the ocean floor on motorcycles, really, on motorcycles. he spoke to our chad myers about the mission. >> fabien, 63 feet, 31 days, never done before. what do you hope to find? >> well, the unknown, you know? this is what it's all about is pushing outside the box and going into the mysteries, and hopefully, bringing some of those discoveries back. >> you have motorcycles to get on, too, some kind of underwater vehicle. >> we have a lot of modern-day
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technology, including underwater motorcycles, which are the modern-day scooter. you can sit on top of them like a motorcycle with a cowling, and it gets you from point "a" to point "b" more efficiently than the traditional scooter. >> i heard you talk in the past about places that you used to dive where there would be hundreds of thousands of fish, and now you don't find any fish. does that concern you at all? >> it used to be a fireworks display of life when i was a child, and i go to those places that used to be full and teeming of life, and it's changed quite drastically. what worries me probably even more is that today's youth doesn't know what it's supposed to be like and figures that what it is today is what it's supposed to be. >> do you think it's ocean acidification, global change, global climate, overfishing? what do you think? >> i think you've hit all of the topics right on the head. it's climate change and acidification issues, it's overfishing issues, especially by commercial interests and nonselective fishing, and it's
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pollution issues. and all those things, of course, affect our planet and our oceans, but it affects us fundamentally. and that's what we really have to be worried about. >> let's talk about the six aquanauts that are going to be down there with you. >> yes. >> what are you going to do all day? >> well, they're about as crazy as i am if they're coming with me, but we'll be doing a lot of things. we're going to be diving six to nine hours a day, going down to depths of up to 150 feet or maybe even more. we're going to be looking at the fo phosphorusence and luminescence of the coral reefs, what i call underwater cities, and what my grandfather only dreamed of, we'll be able to reach millions of people, millions of students around the world for 31 full days live in realtime through things like skype in the classroom. >> so, you swim under, kind of like the old movies, where we'd see you pop up, and you'll be in the air and aquarius will be full of air, but there will be water all around this, what,
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bus-sized thing, right? >> right. it's about 40 feet long, 9 feet wide, inside full of equipment and full of people, six people. you can get in and out "the habitat" from down below in what we call the moon pool. but inside, it's air, it's at pressure depth, so to speak, so we'll be saturation diving, as opposed to diving from the surface. and once we're we're down there, we are committed to being down there for the full 31 days before coming back up. >> all right, chad and fabien, thank you. to follow fabien cousteau's underwater adventure, go to mission31.com. and be sure to come back and see us next week for our new segment, "the science behind." nearly two dozen u.s. embassies and consulates closed down and select u.s. military forces are on high alert. just ahead, we are live from five countries on the al qaeda terror threat.
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in michigan, police arrested a man who tried to break into the home of musician kid rock. security cameras caught this suspect -- we don't know his name yet -- using his van to break open a gate, and kid rock called him out and he posted this footage on his website. veteran character actor michael an sara has passed away. he may be best known for "star trek," "julius caesar" as well as "the greatest story ever told." speaking of space, we talked
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about space moments ago, graduates at a north dakota college had a special commencement speaker. the former astronaut delivered a speech to the graduating class from space. >> i am extremely proud to be a graduate of und. my time there provided a great foundation for me, not only as an engineer, but also as a person. >> nyberg told the students they should continue to reach for their own stars. >> i wonder if that's a first. pretty cool. >> it is pretty cool, probably one of the more interesting graduation speeches. >> thank you so much for starting your morning with us. >> the next hour of your "new day" begins right now. good morning, everybody. i'm brianna keilar. >> i'm victor blackwell. it's 7:00 here on the east coast, 4:00 on the west coast. this is "new day sunday." a former u.s. ambassador tells cnn he's never seen anything like it. this morning, almost two dozen u.s. embassies and consulates
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across the middle east, north africa and asia are closed. >> also, select u.s. forces in the middle east are on a heightened state of alert. we have reporters standing by in five countries to bring you the latest on this unprecedented move by the u.s. we start with cnn's emily submit. she is in washington. emily, this terror threat has embassies locking their doors. >> reporter: brianna and victor, 22 embassies and consulates closing their doors across the country. we are only seven hours into the day in washington, but all weekend, the world is watching sunday arriving abroad. president obama is in camp david, being updated on a regular basis about the terror threats. we know the briefing saturday included members of his national security team. it includes the president's national security advisor, the directors of the fbi, cia and national security agency, secretary of state and the secretary of defense. cnn has also learned that defense secretary chuck hagel has looked at what forces are in the area where the embassies and
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consulates are closed to be used in the event of any attack, and as a result, some select military forces are now operating on a higher state of alert as a result of the terror threats. combat-equipped marines were deployed to the red sea, spain and italy after last year's attack on the u.s. diplomatic compound in benghazi. it's a situation here of watching in washington. they're also watching abroad. we go now to john in abu dhabi with more. >> reporter: yeah, thanks very much, emily. in fact, it's fair to say that the u.s. is using a broad brush approach here, as you noted, with this response to shut down the 22 facilities. it raised some eyebrows here in abu dhabi, specifically because security is normally very tight. let's give you a shot of the u.s. embassy. it's on the right-hand corner of your screen as we take a tighter shot, the big, sloping building. i was suggesting that security's so tight normally, under normal operations. we're not allowed to take even a still or video camera into that area. a european ambassador told me this is a direct response to what we saw in benghazi last
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year, perhaps an overreaction. but after the gains al qaeda has made in the last couple of months in iraq with all the killings and also into yemen, the u.s. is not willing to take any risk. we had a producer in the area this morning, and there's only a few marines at the facility right now. it's a 24-hour shutdown. vladimir? >> reporter: john, here in tel aviv, the united states embassy, which is right behind me, is typically, normally closed on sunday. we've been here for the last three days. we've seen just three or four security officials out in front. nothing has changed. we haven't seen any kind of beefed-up security measures. however, yesterday there was a suspicious package that was sort of right across the street from the embassy. within minutes, security officials had cordoned off the area. bomb disposal unit showed up on the scene, disposed of the package. it was a false alarm, nothing to worry about, so, they clearly are prepared should something happen, but it's business as usual here in front of the united states embassy outside, right behind me in tel aviv. dan?
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>> reporter: yeah, here in the uk, the foreign office has issued a very unusual, urgent piece of travel advice, saying, it's telling all brits to get out of yemen immediately. they've also announced the temporary closure of the embassy today and possibly tomorrow. the statement says they're advising against all travel to yemen and telling all brits to get out now. they say it's extremely unlikely the british government will be able to evacuate you or provide consular assistance. this coming as france and germany have taken similar measures for their embassies in yemen as well. and interpol, based in leon in france, has also put out a global security alert relating to the breakout of prisoners in iraq, libya and pakistan, numbering some 2,000 inmates altogether, including they think some al qaeda senior members, wondering if all the prison breaks are related and if that,
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perha perhaps, has some impact on this security alert. throwing it over to arwa in cairo. >> reporter: barely visible behind the wall blocking off the road there, the u.s. embassy in cairo. it too closed on what would normally have been a work day, perhaps of special concern, because egyptian officials back in may say they detained three men, possibly affiliated with al qaeda and the islamic mag rain. and it is in these streets where an angry mob a year ago on september 11th tried to attack the embassy, it being the same day of that coordinated attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. so, the u.s. most certainly not taking any chances, brianna. >> arwa damon, thank you. americans traveling abroad today or any time in august should be on alert. the u.s. state department has issued a worldwide travel alert, warning travelers to be extremely cautious, especially in the countries here in yellow, where the embassies and consulates are closed.
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the warning also cautions travelers to be careful around typical terrorist targets like subways and the stations, trains and buses. officials recommend registering your travel with the state department. there is more information on their website. it's travel.state.gov. >> and u.s. officials are particularly concerned about yemen and the possibility of an attack there. you'll remember, the embassy has been attacked by al qaeda affiliates before. this was actually the scene in 2008, when a car bomb went off outside the embassy, and that attack killed more than a dozen people. that included an 18-year-old woman from new york named susan elbana. >> today the embassy in yemen is closed and security there extremely tight. at least 12 tanks are surrounding the building. let's bring in national security analyst peter bergen. peter, good to have you this morning. >> good morning. >> what makes -- and we've got, as we said, 22 countries where all this has been shut down, but what makes yemen so dangerous?
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>> well, as you indicated, they've already had an attack on the embassy there, and certainly there have been multiple attempts to attack the embassy in the past, some successful, some less successful. al qaeda in the arabian peninsula, the al qaeda affiliate in yemen, has tried to bring down american airlines in 2009, american cargo planes in 2010. that said, this affiliate in yemen has also been under substantial pressure. something like 37 of their top leaders and senior operatives have been killed in u.s. drone strikes in the past three years. they held significant territory in southern yemen in 2011. they were pushed out by the yemeni army with some u.s. help. and so, you know, the chatter that may have prompted this ale alert, you know, it certainly, it's prudential to close these embassy facilities, but it may all wash out.
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often, you get these kinds of alerts and nothing really happens. >> but what do you -- peter, what are you expecting in terms of how long this could last? obviously, the main concern seems to be today, which is a keyhole holy day on the muslim calendar, but might this go beyond today? >> well, it could. one of the reasons you do these alerts is basically to interrupt the plot. you know, anybody trying to attack the yemeni embassy today would have to have their head examined with all those tanks around it and all the kind of security alert that's going on. so, you know, as you've indicated earlier in the report, many of the embassies we're discussing have a very high degree of security on any ordinary day. so you know, they're hard targets, but they remain targets. many of the embassies that have been closed today have been not just the one in sanaa, yemen, but also in riyadh, saudi arabia, the consulate in jedda, saudi arabia, you know. there have been multiple attacks
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on these embassies in the past. so, a state of alertness at these embassies is quite usual. >> can you tell us the level of confidence that this is confined to these 17 countries? i mean, how concerned should people here stateside be about an attack? >> i wouldn't be that concerned about it at all stateside. this is a kind of general alert. you know, in a sense, this is unusual, because usually when you have a specific alert, a specific embassy might close in a specific country. this kind of generalized alert, we had one a couple of years ago in europe where there was some kind of notional plan by an al qaeda affiliate to do some kind of mumbai-style attack that came out of an interrogation of somebody in afghanistan, the information, and nothing happened. so, you know, in the post-benghazi era, the u.s. state department isn't taking any risks. no one wants to testify, you know, a year from now at some congressional hearing into some inquiry about why a bomb went off at a consulate somewhere in
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the middle east and the state department hadn't taken appropriate measures. >> and peter, speak to the abilities of al qaeda at this point in time. we've heard that it's not a cohesive organization like it used to be. what is the ability to launch an international attack or even a widespread international attack? >> i think it's very low, you know. the last time that al qaeda attacked in the west was on july 7th, 2005, successfully. obviously, there hasn't been a successful attack on the united states by an al qaeda affiliate or group or inspired organization since 9/11. we've had lone wolves who were inspired by al qaeda's message of attacking the united states, most recently in boston, but also at ft. hood, texas, and one or two other places. but you know, these have been relatively small-scale attacks. they have been tragedies individually, but they haven't been catastrophic attacks as we
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saw on 9/11, and i don't think there's any likelihood that al qaeda's able to pull anything remotely like that from now on going forward. it's an organization under tremendous pressure that has lost almost all of its leadership, and that's true not just of the central organization but of many of the affiliate organizations. that said, we have had prison breaks in iraq and in libya and in pakistan over the past several months and militants, senior militants from these groups have got out, and certainly, they'll be looking for attacks, at least against american targets in those countries. >> cnn national security analyst peter bergen, thank you. chaos on l.a.'s venice beach. a driver speeds through the crowded boardwalk, leaving one person dead. was this an accident or was it a plot to kill? did you know, your eyes can lose vital nutrients as you age? [ male announcer ] that's why there's ocuvite to help replenish key eye nutrients. ocuvite has a unique formula not found in your multivitamin
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for blood. that guy was -- that guy, his intention was to kill people. >> one person was killed. 11 others were hurt. and police say the driver ditched the car, then fled. >> we have detained an individual in the city of santa monica who may be involved or connected with this horrendous incident. at this point, the investigation goes on, and we will determine whether or not this individual is responsible for this incident. >> to bakersfield, california, now, where three people are recovering this morning after a planned implosion went wrong. >> three people were hit by flying shrapnel during the implosion at a power plant. police say one man who was more than 1,000 feet away had to have one of his legs partially amputated. the other injuries were minor. july was an extreme month for weather.
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record heat, record rain. so, what's coming up in august? let's bring in meteorologist alexandra steele in the cnn weather center. hopefully, no new records. >> yeah. i mean, we've set some incredible records. you know, places like seattle in july, first time in 50 years without any measurable rain. that certainly notable. in ft. lauderdale, july was the wettest july on record. the hottest july on record in places in the northeast, like bridgeport and providence. so, we're talking about over 100 years of data. so, certainly substantial. so, that's how july shook out, hot in the west, hot in the northeast and kind of below average or just about average for many. not a lot of cool areas, but here's what august looks like, kind of on the aggregate. what we're looking at are above-normal conditions, so expect the west to stay hot. a little pocket of below-normal temperatures. we have seen two fronts move through, one now, one coming in later next week. so, that really will keep things cool, below average by about ten degrees or so. so, the temperature outlook normal in the southeast, where
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it was quite cool because of all the rain. unfortunately, august outlook in the southeast above normal in terms of rain as well, and you can see mostly on average more or less. so, in terms of the wet weather, not as wet as we've seen. but places like chicago have certainly seen some cooldowns, and this is why, a cold front moving through, dropping their temperatures, which were so warm, to below average. let's take you there live. lollapalooza going on in chicago, and really a beautiful weekend for it. temperatures in the 70s. right now temperature at 64, sunny skies. 75 and sunny today in grant park, so hello to you waking up there, walking out the door or already partying. 150,000 around grant park for lollapalooza this weekend. so, temperatures will warm up in chicago, midwest. you're going to lose this cool air and get up into the 80s by the time we hit tuesday. so, we'll shake off the cool, but here's where the front drops down and still warm and steamy, guys, in the southeast for today. >> all right, alexandra steele, thank you very much. >> sure. and you know the beach is
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beautiful, but it can also be dangerous. and alison teal learned that firsthand. there's a peek at her now. she learned this on "naked and afraid." have you seen that show? it's a good one. we've got her story next. but first, let's check in with dr. sanjay gupta for what's coming up on "sanjay gupta md" at 7:30 eastern. good morning, sanjay. >> brianna, ahead on "sgmd," parents are demanding more information from this elite children's hospital following the death of multiple young heart patients. we'll explain. also, convicted cleveland kidnapper ariel castro, he said in court that he's a sex addict. is that even real? and new warning about energy drinks. i'm going to tell you what to look for. see you in just a few minutes at the bottom of the hour. you like to keep your family healthy and fit. and now there's a new way to do the same for your dog. introducing new purina dog chow light & healthy. it's a no-sacrifices, calorie-light way to help keep him trim,
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for some of us, camping is about as rustic as we're going to get.
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maybe you've even gone glamping, have you heard of that? but what if you didn't have shoes or clothes or even a tent? that is the premise behind the discovery channel's latest hit "naked and afraid." a man, a woman, alone without clothes in the wild, finding food, shelter, really just trying not to die. and i'm joined now by alison teal from hawaii. she was featured on the show's reunion special, which aired last night. alison, aloha to you. >> aloha! >> aloha to you. and you know, did you think that the show lived up to its name? were you afraid? we know you were naked. were you afraid? [ laughter ] >> absolutely! you know, one time during the storm, i did get a little bit afraid when the camera crew -- nobody, none of the medics, anyone could make it to the island and i actually had to film the storm with my diary cam. so, i have to say, i got a little bit full of fear at that point, but other than that, you know, i'm pretty at home in that environment.
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>> sure. and you're quite the adventurer, i think from the time that you were 2 months old, because you are the daughter of adventure photographers. you were sort of running around the world. the world was your playground to some areas that we might say are inhospitable. did this compare to anything that you had done before, or did this really push you to the extreme? >> this definitely pushed me to the extreme. it's funny, it was actually kind of a coming of age experience for me, because i'm used to the three adventurers, me and my mom and dad, and we go in these, you know, wild gallivants around the world. and suddenly, here i am with a strange, naked man, and i'm actually not one to be with naked men, regardless in strange places, let alone on national tv. so, that was -- oh, man, it was mind-boggling, but it was one of the most incredible experiences of my life, and i think it's changed me forever, for sure. >> what was that like? so, jonathan, actually -- i believe he is a -- is he a retired marine, i think? so, he's sort of -- you know, he should be having some skills as
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well. but what was that like to be -- and you were in the maldives, because each episode is in a different place, some in borneo, some in panama. what was it like to be with someone you didn't know and what difficulties did that create? >> yeah, you can imagine, we're in the middle of the indian ocean, 20 minutes from the equator, it's 150 million degrees. i'm driven in by a boat, run by a muslim captive, it's an islamic country, so i'm taking my clothes off and i'm brought on to this island with the largest recon marine i've seen in my life and he has the word "sniper" tattooed on his back in huge letters and i'm like, oh, my gosh, this is wild! what am i doing here? and we had our ups and downs. luckily, we came together in the end. but really, naked is an issue for about ten minutes, until you're like, oh, gosh, where am i going to sleep, what am i going to eat, what am i going to drink and how am i going to survive with this individual i don't know at all?
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>> it was really fascinating to watch, not just the human interaction, but from the get-go, you have to swim into shark-infested waters because you're on an island without the resources and you're not going to survive 21 days. and what struck me was it was interesting skills that got you by. for instance, this hat i'm sort of wearing, we saw you wearing a lot. >> yes! are you wearing it? >> yes. >> are you wearing the coconut shells, too? >> no, i can't wear the coconut bra you made because our producer jason took it and will not give it up, so i don't have that, but you are a weaver -- >> tell jason i'll make him a coconut jock strap, too, if he wants. >> he's listening. we'll let him know that. but this sort of skill really came in handy, right, for keeping the sun off of you and for making things. talk about that. >> absolutely. yeah, i actually made the first couple things for jonathan because i could tell he was get a lobsterfied, but he didn't take on to the island-style clothing until a while later.
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i think he thought i was arts and crafts first, but then he noticed the importance of it. and i'm kind of surrounded by palm frons. i'm very swiss family robinson. you can make baskets, you can make blankets, and it's just a joy to really actually live off the environment. so, until times got really tough and we hadn't eaten in 16 days, it was actually cool to see what i could make out of what surrounded me there. >> yeah, and it was pretty amazing. and he was much fairer than you, jonathan is, so i'm surprised that he wasn't up for wearing the hat. alison teal, it was great to see you on the program and thank you so much for joining us today. >> all right. do i have a second? >> yes, real quick. >> i would love to say that if you go to redcapes.com and you look up "alison's adventures," i'm crab funding to take this knowledge that i showed on the show all across the nation to schools and bring it to kids,
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because that's my real dream is to educate children. so, check out redcapes.com, alison's adventures film series. and please donate to my cause, because i'd really, really love to get out there and inspire and educate kids. >> and it is a pretty cool cause. i know that your goal in life is to really kind of make the world a smaller place for everyone and explore different cultures. so, a good cause, alison. thanks for being with us. >> absolutely. thank you so much! mahalo! >> mahalo. victor? >> hey, if alison is passing out coconut jock straps, i want one. >> she'll make you one. she will! >> we'll be right back. mine was earned in djibouti, africa. 2004. vietnam in 1972. [ all ] fort benning, georgia in 1999. [ male announcer ] usaa auto insurance is often handed down from generation to generation. because it offers a superior level of protection and because usaa's commitment to serve military members, veterans, and their families is without equal. begin your legacy, get an auto insurance quote. usaa. we know what it means to serve.
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we'll see you back here at the top of the hour as "sanjay gupta md" starts now. and welcome to "sgmd." there are new hospital ratings out there, and i'll tell you, i get this question all the time -- what's the best hospital for me? for you. i'm explaining how to find the best care. also, some renewed concerns over energy drinks. you know, if you need that kick,
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i'm going to show you a healthy alternative. but first, there was this mesmerizing scene, really, in cleveland this week, where ariel castro was sentenced to life in prison, plus 1,000 years for holding three women captive in his basement for a decade. now, before that sentence was read, castro apologized, but he also offered this explanation. >> i'm not a monster. i'm just sick. i have an addiction, just like an alcoholic has an addiction. >> that got some head-shaking, as you might imagine, eyes rolling. and we've heard this before, this idea of sex addiction. it made us wonder, is it real and does it do anything to explain or even excuse terrible behavior? joining me to talk about this from new york is jane velez-mitchell, host of "jane velez-mitchell" on hln and also the author of "addict nation: an intervention for america." jane, thanks for joining us. you've been talking about this
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quite some time, answering a lot of questions. you've also been very open about your struggles as a recovering alcoholic. you wrote in the book about sex addiction. when castro said i have an illness, just like an alcoholic, what did you think of that? >> well, as a recovering alcoholic with 18 years of sobriety, i can tell you that alcoholics and other addicts can get help, and there is a choice when you choose not to get help. this man has a lot of serious problems. he's likely a sociopath or a psychopath, but he may very well be a porn addict. that does not excuse his behavior. he's a monster. i'm glad they locked him up for life plus 1,000 years and are throwing away the key. however, if, sanjay, it's an opportunity for us to look at the epidemic problem of porn addiction, it's a good thing. while only a tiny percentage of porn users become violent criminals, it's a good bet that
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the vast majority of men who are committing violent crimes against women, sadistic crimes against women, have a great familiarity with porn, if not addiction to porn. >> let me get into this idea, though, a little bit in terms of how we should feel about him. and i asked this question in part as a doctor. and let me give you some of the facts here, first of all. the diagnostic and statistical manual, dsm, you're familiar with this, jane, the official psych bible, if you will, does not list sex addiction as a disorder. you think about these addictions, you think about the hallmarks of substance abuse. one of them is physical withdrawal. and again, you write about this very candidly in your book. i mean, it's tough to be a recovering alcoholic. you have the physical withdrawal symptoms. and that's one of the things that people look at in terms of saying this was an addiction. that doesn't happen with sex, though. >> well, look, there are substance addictions and then there are behavioral addictions. and if you want to broadly define the term addiction and we
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can have a semantical debate about it but it's a compulsive behavior that you continue, despite the fact that it's destroying your life and destroying the lives of people around you. and so, ultimately, however you want to define it, it's a huge problem in america. >> you know, look, if you have a gambling addiction, quote/unquote, you can still lose your home to foreclosure. alcoholics can still get convicted of dui. so, i mean, the excuse part i think you and i both agree, that's not what we're talking about here. >> no. >> but before you go, i want your take on one more thing. ariel castro offered what he said was an explanation for his behavior, not an excuse. just listen to this and then we'll react. >> i believe i am addicted to porn to a point that really makes me impulsive and i just don't realize that what i'm doing is wrong. i know it's not an excuse. i'm not trying to make excuses here. >> jane, in the end, you listen to this.
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the judge didn't buy it, the excuse part of this. he told castro he's a narcissist who couldn't see beyond his own needs, and that's what truly made him dangerous. >> look, addiction is not a get out of jail free card, even if he is a porn addict, i'm glad he's going away for life and they're throwing away the key. but the fact is that a lot of crimes that i've covered over many decades involve people who have drug problems, alcohol problems, porn problems. if you look at a lot of violent crime, a lot of people are high when they commit it or they're in withdrawal looking for their drug. >> right. >> it doesn't excuse it any more than if somebody drinks to the point of blackout and drives the wrong way down the freeway and kills somebody, that that's an excuse. but if it's part of the dynamic that we can look at to understand the deeper why and then as a society do something about it, then perhaps these women will not have suffered in vain. >> i always learn something when i talk to you, jane velez. thank you so much p. and your book, "addict nation."
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you know, you've probably seen magazines and newspapers that rank the top hospitals in the country. people pay attention to these rankings, but i've learned sometimes the most important information is just simply not available, at least not to the public. i'm going to get to that point in just a minute, but first, my friend and colleague, elizabeth cohen, found a disturbing example of what we're talking about in lexington, kentucky. >> reporter: on the surface, kentucky children's hospital is all kittens, murals and smiling faces, but inside there's a secret. last august, 6-month-old connor wilson died after having heart surgery. >> his lips were blue, his eyelids were blue, his fingers were blue. >> reporter: and another baby, rayshawn lewis-smith died after heart surgeries. another newborn went into heart failure and barely survived. jackson russell had heart surgery, and his parents say it was botched and a surgeon at a different hospital had to fix it.
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>> he said there was scar tissue and infection left behind. >> reporter: all of this happened within eight weeks. it was a crisis, to say the least. so, in october, kentucky children's hospital, a part of the university of kentucky, stopped doing heart surgeries and put its chief heart surgeon, dr. mark plunkett, on temporary leave. now the question is, were these four babies the only ones who suffered? how many other babies died or had complications at kentucky children's? no one knows. why? because the hospital refuses to say. heart programs at many other children's hospitals report their mortality rates on their websites, but kentucky children's refuses to release their mortality rate. they won't give it to us, they won't give it to parents, they won't even give it to the kentucky attorney general. the parents are angry and demanding answers. do you feel like there are things they're just not telling you? >> i think they're hiding something. >> reporter: the attorney general ruled that by withholding the data, the university was in violation of
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the state's open records act. the university has appealed that ruling. we asked a hospital executive about the heart surgery mortality rates. he said they were average. >> they were okay, and okay isn't good enough for me. it's got to be better. it's got to be good. >> reporter: and still, he won't release the mortality rates. why won't you give it to parents whose babies are in your hospital? >> as i said, i have not been asked by a parent about data personally. >> reporter: we talked to plenty of parents who said we want this data. so, i'm surprised you don't know that parents want this data. >> it's not gotten to me. >> reporter: but don't you think parents want data? i mean, they're having their baby's heart operated on. don't you think they want to know the success rates? >> you may be sophisticated and
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ask about data. most of our patients want to come in and they want to be assured that we're committed to doing the very best they can for them. most of them would have a hard time understanding data. data is a complex issue. >> reporter: these parents say they understand numbers just fine. >> my first question was, i want to know statistics. i want to know hard facts. i want to know chances, possibilities. i want to know everything you can tell me. >> reporter: dr. karpf says there is another reason they won't provide the mortality rate. he says it would violate patient privacy, even though the data is just numbers, there are no patients identified. and what if dr. plunkett -- he resigned and he has a new job at the university of florida doing the same surgeries. kentucky children's hospital says after an internal review, they will start doing heart surgeries again. and karpf says this time, he'll make sure the program is top-notch. but these parents say as long as the death rate remains a secret, it's not safe for any child to
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have heart surgery at kentucky children's. >> i'm standing up for the ones who have lost their kids, the moms that i've had to stand in the hallway with and tried to console because they've lost their children and they don't know what's happened and there's still no answers given to them. >> it's scary to think that maybe, you know, the reason that they had been shut down could have been prevented and our child could have still been here today. >> so, i guess, elizabeth, first question is, do they know what went wrong here? >> you know, sanjay, we don't really know that. we asked, when you do your investigation, are you going to make it public? and they said we're not sure. so, we may never find out exactly what happened at this hospital. >> you know, you bring up this point, and i get this question all the time -- you probably do as well -- which doctor should i go to see for "x," which hospital? and it's a tough question to answer, even for people within the medical community. "consumer reports" has this sort of ranking that has come out,
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and there are a couple things that caught my eye. first of all, about 30% of patients who have surgery have some sort of post operative problem, infection, it could be more serious like heart problems, things like that, but also, you know, the hospitals that have the big names, they didn't always fair so well in these rankings either. one of the mayo clinic satellite campuses, for example, ranked low. what were some of the things you took away from this? >> you know, one of the things that i took away from this is that you need to consult lots of different things. so, you want to look at "consumer reports," look at "u.s. news & world report," at their hospital rankings. and there's a third thing i think can be very happiful, especially if you're looking at a specific procedure, and that is social media. patients will often go on social media and talk about their experiences. it's not a scientific thing, but i think hearing from other patients and, you know, what's happened with them i think can be very, very useful. you may start hearing the same things over and over again and you may decide that that's important. >> yeah, i think that's right.
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and also, the doctor, obviously, how many operations they've done, but the hospital as well, because as you've pointed out in the past, post operative care relies on entire teams of people, the nurses, everyone who's caring for the patient after the operation. what did you find were some of the biggest concerns post operatively? >> i think there are many concerns out there. infection is one of the big ones. and i think there are three things -- well, there are many things, but there are three big things that patients can do to try to get the best outcome they can get, to be as healthy as they can be. and the first one is, is that after your surgery, or any time you're in the hospital, make sure that all the staff wash their hands. this doesn't happen nearly as frequently as it should. another thing is that if you have a catheter in you or if your loved one has a catheter, ask every day, when can this come out? because catheters are great places for infections. you want them out of there as soon as you possibly can. and the third thing that you want to do is you want to have a list of all of your medications. so, sanjay, you want to ask your
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nurse, what am i getting today? you know, you're getting this pill, which is blue at 9:00 a.m., and this pill which is orange at noon. so, if you get an orange pill at 9:00 a.m., you know something's gone wrong. >> elizabeth, thank you for sharing with us. after the "rolling stone" cover came out with at buice accused boston bomber on the cover, people told me, don't forget about the victims. i never did. next, mark fucerio has had a tough journey over the last few months. we'll meet him next.
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boston marathon bombing has fallen out of the headlines. i'll tell you, sometimes our attention spans are short, too short, including us here in the med media, but it is still fresh for many victims, who are trying to figure out how to cope with a different sort of reality. i want to introduce you to one man today struggling to keep his remaining leg but also his sense of hope. >> horrible. my pain is so bad in this foot. >> more than 1 hou00 days after boston marathon bombing, patients are still left with gut-wrenching decisions. in the case of mark, it's whether or not to keep his leg. >> get it out of here all together. i don't use it anymore. >> when you're looking at your leg right now, how are you feeling about it? >> not too good.
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>> it's not giving you function right now, and it's painful. >> yeah. i'm trying to fight to keep it. i want to keep it, but if it's like this, i want nothing to do with it. >> mark was near the finish line at the boston marathon on april 13th when those two bombs exploded. after the first blast, his right leg was sheared off while parts of his left foot hung on by just a thread. gl my foot was not attached to itself. all the tendons had broken from the explosion. >> since that day, he has been through a revolving door of surgeries, skin grafts, all sorts of procedures. >> mark's been to the operating room 16 times since april 15th. he's had 49 different procedures. >> his body is still riddled with bbs and shrapnel from the
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explosions. one piece of shrapnel is nestled next to his heart. >> the pain is absolutely unbearable right now, jenny. >> and while he has made considerable progress -- >> like, look, see that twist. >> there are still days when mark seriously considers just giving up on his left leg. >> it sounds selfish to cut it off to go home. i would have been fitted for probably two prosthesis by now. it would have saved me a lot of surgeries, and sometimes i feel like i just know -- i just know it's going to be hard forever with this leg. >> part of the frustration is the pain. part of it is that his left leg, like other parts of his body, is just healing so slowly. and while he waits and works on it, there is no guarantee his remaining leg will be functional again. but more than anything, his left
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leg is what's kept him from his fiancee jen and his 5-year-old son gavin. >> i promised him i'd never leave him. i told him, daddy's going to get better. >> let's talk about your leg. how do you tell a 5-year-old? >> just tell him i'm going to get a better leg. he thinks it's kind of cool. it's kind of unfortunate that this is what he's going to know from now on, you know. it's going to be his normal. >> there is one glimmer of hope. fucarile was told that in a few weeks he will finally go home. >> to go home to jen and gavin is just going to be everything. i just can't wait. >> guess who's coming home today? who? >> you. >> me? you happy?
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you happy? >> i'm excited to have them be able to play together and just sort of have like -- you know, to not have a family dinner for 100 days is huge. i think those are the most important things to me like sitting down at the table and talking about your day. >> i've been doing it sitting in a hospital bed. >> we were lucky enough that he made it. that's going to be the most important thing, i think, to me. >> all right. on my way. >> it is a triumphant day for mark, for his family, and in a way, it's a triumph for his city. because fucarile is the last of the boston marathon bombing victims to leave the hospital. and now he is back to the place where he so desperately has wanted to be. as for his left leg.
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>> as of right now, i'm going to keep it and keep working on it, but there is a point where it could be better to actually have a prosthesis, and i'm still weighing it out. get over here. don't leave me. don't leave me. >> you want to help mark, whose struggle, i will tell you, with medical bills is almost as difficult as his rehab there, you can log on to cnn.com/impact. good luck, mark. checking your top stories just minutes away. still ahead, got my chasing life lesson for you, the healthy way. stay with us. mom, dad told me that cheerios is good for your heart, is that true? says here that cheerios has whole grain oats that can help remove some cholesterol, and that's heart healthy. ♪ [ dad ] jan?
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the senate held a hearing this week on energy drinks. it's a $9 billion industry now, and the question they were trying to answer, is it appropriate to market them to children? you've seen these energy drinks. they have these amazing names like monster energy, rock star, red bull. a lot of people drinking them. they want a quick pick me up. but the mix of caffeine and other stimulants could be dangerous for people with heart problems of the that was one of the conclusions. and we also don't know much about the long-term effects. for example, this one can over here has as much caffeine as seven cans of soda. kind of looks like motor oil as well. that could be of particular concern to children and teens. that was part of the discussion. simply because we don't know the long-term effects. so the american medical association wants to ban energy drink ads aimed at anyone under 18. that's what they're discussing. if you and your kids want to keep going longer without the crash afterwards, there's better
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alternatives. first, just drinking lots of water. people are chronically dehydrated and focusing things on high in protein, greek yogurt, chicken, eggs, or almonds and cheese. these things can give you the kick without giving you the crash. they can also help you chase life the healthy way. before we go, a quick programming note. next weekend here on "sgmd," we're going to get real answers about something i've been investigating for quite some time, marijuana. all of this leading up to my new documentary, which is called "weed." how bad is it for you, and could your health actually improve? could it do you some good? tune in next sunday night, 8:00 p.m. eastern, here on cnn. new day sunday continues right now with brianna keilar. u.s. military forces on a heightened state of alert as an al qaeda terror plot prompts the
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massive shutdown of american embassies in 17 countries. we are live around the world, bringing you the latest. >> one of the victims has expired at the hospital due to the injuries. >> a car plows into a crowd of people on venice beach's famed boardwalk. one person is dead, many more are hospitalized. why witnesses say this was no accident. >> my thing is, for that kind of money, it had better work when i want it to work. >> planning on watching "60 minutes" tonight? how about "the mentalist"? if you have time warner cable in new york or l.a., you're out of luck. good morning, everyone. i'm brianna keilar. >> i'm victor blackwell. 8:00 at cnn headquarters. thank you for starting your new day with us. there are fears that al qaeda might be getting ready to launch attacks in the coming days. >> the u.s. is not taking any chances from asia to the middle east to north africa, almost two dozen u.s. embassies and
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consulates have shut their doors. >> also, u.s. forces are poised to move in closer to the middle east to those hot spots if they're needed. we have reporters around the globe to bring you the very latest on this developing situation. we're going to go ahead and start with cnn's emily schmidt. she is in washington. emily, talk a little bit about the specific time frame that's attached to this threat. >> brianna, victor, good morning to you. one of the most unusual aspect of the u.s. deciding to close so many of the embassies and consulates is it came with a specific date attached. that day, sunday. now the date has arrived. there's a lot of watching and waiting to see if the terrorists are going to take the threats to another level. as far as here in washington, president obama is at camp david this morning. the white house says he's been meeting with his national security team, getting regular updates about the terror threats. we're getting another view of the seriousness of these threats from republican peter king. he was briefed as a member of the house intelligence committee. he says the best way to describe the plan is a catastrophic type attack. officials say this threat is considered credible.
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problem is it's ambiguous. it could target western or u.s. targets all across a huge area, an area stretching from northern africa across the middle east, even into asia. it was nearly one year ago, you remember, when the u.s. diplomatic compound in benghazi came under attack, killing four americans. after that acan at that, the pentagon decided to deploy combat ready marines to the red sea, to spain and to italy, so if another attack happened in the area, they would be in place for a rapid response. the u.s. has learned, as a result of this particular threat, some military forces in the area are now operating at a higher state of alert. victor and brianna? >> emily, there's this chatter that's been discussed, the chatter that's picked up from al qaeda. talk about that, if you would, and what the intelligence community is focusing on. >> reporter: what we hear from the sources is they say the chatter seemed to come from the area of yemen, not a region that really surprises a lot of people in the intelligence because al qaeda in the arabian peninsula has targeted the u.s. for years. that's, of course, where the
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2009 underwear mabombing originated. another potential twist that's happening when we talk about the chatter and where it's originating from, recently, the al qaeda leader in yemen may have recently been tapped to be in charge of al qaeda worldwide. this plot really could be a way for that appointee to make his mark. whenchatter, when we hear it coming from the area of yemen, that's why a lot of folks are not surprised about the region we're talking about. >> emily schmidt in washington for us. and cnn has a team of correspondents covering this across the middle east. outside the u.s. embassy in tel aviv, good morning, vladimir. >> reporter: good morning, victor. i am standing out in front of the united states embassy in tel aviv. we've been here for the last three days. i can tell you, in speaking to people and speaking to the
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security officials out in front, this is a normal, routine security apparatus behind us here. they -- we are told, generally speaking, there are not more than three or four officials. the embassy is not normally open on sundays, but i can tell you yesterday there was a suspicious package that was placed right in front of the embassy, and within minutes, security officials had rushed out onto the scene. they had a bomb disposal unit that showed up, took care of the package. it turned out to be a false alarm. even with this sort of just few people standing out in front of the embassy, we could tell that, if there was even a hint of a threat to the facility, that they were ready to basically deploy all resources to mitigate that threat, victor. >> vladimir duthiers in front of the embassy in israel.
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now to abu dhabi. >> reporter: thanks a lot, brianna. the u.s. is being seen as taken a very broad brush approach to the security situation vladimir was talking about. 22 embassies and consulates being shut. let's take a look at the one here in abu dhabi over my shoulder. we'll take a tighter shot of it as well. it's that large sloping building. that is the diplomatic quarter here in abu dhabi where all the embassies are. the one from the united states stands out from the rest. you can understand why the u.s. is being very cautious as we speak. also, this alert that's come out from interpol suggesting that nearly 2,000 militants have been freed from jails with the support of al qaeda since july 23rd, has raised the intelligence traffic and the noise here. so there is that sort of of concern. but i did speak to one ambassador who suggested that perhaps the u.s. is overreacting in abu dhabi and dubai, shutting down the consulate services there, because this is a country that has extremely tight
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security. to give you a sense, if we try to go to the diplomatic quarter with a still camera or a video camera, even under normal operations, we're not allowed to go in. that's how tight the security is, brianna. >> john, when you're there on the ground, are you seeing any visible difference in the security? >> reporter: none whatsoever unless you go in front of the u.s. embassy. there's only a handful of marines in front of the embassy. the commander said he could not go on the record because he is taking orders from washington. this is the last week of ramadan. other muslims who live in the uae are not even coming out until 3:00, 4:00, 5:00 in the afternoon, about right now, because they're staying up so late for that early break of the fast. so this is business as usual, with the exception of the diplomatic quarter, and with the exception particularly for the u.s. embassy where it's almost a ghost town. just a few marines watching the
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facility today. brianna? >> interesting. john, thank you for that. another story we're following this morning. a day at the beach turned fatal at a popular tourist spot in los angeles. a driver plowed through the crowd yesterday on the famous venice beach boardwalk. authorities and witnesses say it was deliberate. >> pedal to the metal because the tires started screeching. i saw him, and he was looking for blood. that guy was -- that guy's intention was to kill people. >> one person this morning is dead. 11 others in hospitals. police say the driver ditched the car and then ran off. >> we have detained an individual in the city of santa monica who may be involved or connected with this horrendous incident. at this point, the investigation goes on, and we will determine whether or not this individual is responsible for this incident. to bakersfield, california, where three people are recovering this morning after an implosion went wrong.
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now, you've seen these before. normally, they go off like clock work, but all three people here were hit by flying shrapnel. obviously, not supposed to happen during yesterday's implosion at that power plant, you saw there. police say one man standing more than 1,000 feet away had to have one of his legs partially amputa amputated. the other injuries, though, were minor. if you live in new york or l.a., you will not be able to watch your favorite cbs shows today. >> no golf. tiger, big day. >> bridgestone invitational, won't be able to watch it. >> they've done dark in several other major cities because of a contract dispute with time warner cable. at stake here, big money. $1 billion in fees. >> alina cho is following this one for us. >> reporter: turn on the nation's number one network in new york, l.a., and seven other major cities, and this is what
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>> i paid $200 a month. that's a lot of money. so my thing is for that kind of money, it had better work when i want it to work. >> the contract between cbs and time warner expired on june 30th. it was extended and extended again. by 5:00 p.m. eastern friday, time warner had had enough and pulled the plug. cbs says it's the first time in its history the network has been dropped by a cable system. the question is when will viewers be able to see their favorite shows again? nobody knows. >> just get over it. i want my letterman. >> so if you are waking up in new york city or any of those other cities this morning with cbs owned stations, this, if you're old school like me, this is how you are going to read that tiger woods is leading the bridgestone invitational. he shot a 61, under par
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yesterday. he's heading into it, looks like he's going to win. everybody knows, when tiger is playing, the ratings tend to go up. too bad for people in new york and l.a. and those other cities. they won't be able to watch it. victor and brianna, though, important to point out this is happening in the middle of summer. it would have been far worse had it happened in the fall with the nfl lineup and the key primetime lineup. nevertheless, it's not good for those viewers who want to watch the news on cbs, letterman, and all of those other shows, which are so, so popular. and we can tell you that, from what we're hearing, the talks will resume tomorrow morning. >> at least they're continuing to have the conversation. >> i bet it will be resolved quickly. there's nothing like a little bit of pressure, not being able to see whether it's "60 minutes" or the golf. >> and this many would's david letterman. please get her the letterman. >> she alone could tip the scale to get things moving. the u.s. embassies are closed this morning across the middle east, across north
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defense secretary chuck hagel has been holding meetings athe pentagon and some forced to move at a moment's notice. i want to bring in cnn intelligence and security analyst bob baer. bob, first off, thanks for being
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with us. >> thanks. >> can you tell us, what's so unique about this threat other than what we're seeing the resultant shutting down of such a wide swath of embassies? what's unique about this threat? >> brianna, first of all, i've spent 21 years in the cia, and i don't think i've ever seen 22 embassies closed simultaneously. this is very, very unusual. it could only be based on very credible information. secondly, we're seeing a resurgence of al qaeda, which frankly surprises me. we've had prison breaks in libya, iraq, other places in the middle east. we've got mali and also egypt, which we're being held responsible for the military coup d'etat there, the overthrow of the islamic governmenbrother
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we're seeing a lot of turmoil. it goes back to the chatter. there are definitely plans to make some sort of attack, supposedly today, but there could always be slippage in this. >> just to remind people of those prison breaks, we're talking about prison breaks, for instance, the one in iraq where you saw hundreds of inmates escape. these are very serious criminals who are accused or convicted of murder. it would almost be like someone breaking folks out of san quentin or something like that here in the u.s. a big deal when you're talking about al qaeda's involvement. talk about the timing here. why would al qaeda make a move now. is this connected to the 9/11 anniversary, the benghazi anniversary? what is it? >> it's the end of ramadan, that's one reason. they like to do this during the holy month. it's not necessary. in islam at a time of war, you can make attacks any time you like. at the end of ramadan, important for them. just in general, they need to put themselves back on the map and make a big splash at this
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point. >> so much of the focus here is on yemen, even though we're looking at so many countries affected. there is talk that this could be the coming out party for lack of a better term, for a former bin laden protege. what do you know about that? >> well, it's yemen is very much big, large parts of it are in the hands of al qaeda, especially in the high mountains. it's sort of their central base. in that sense. they've got a lot of people there that understand explosives, how to attack aircraft, how to project power across the world. so i wouldn't necessarily say that it's a coming out party for anybody because the organization isn't about a person. it's about jihad, an attack on the west, drive the west out of the middle east. and that's as deep as it goes. but it's very, very lethal organization still and could hit us just about anywhere. >> bob baer, thank you so much for your insight here. appreciate it. >> thank you.
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♪ your ticket to a better night's sleep ♪ 23 minutes after the hour now. welcome back to "new day sunday." this is today's must see moment. it was captured by the dash cam on a big rig. >> you can actually see another semi launch into the air as it
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crosses in front of the overpass there. it bursts into flames after that. >> you can also hear the beeping from the person who was driving this big rig because they used a few choice words. it it happened on i-74 in central indiana. local reports say the driver and his 7-year-old son escaped with only minor injuries. >> unbelievable, isn't it? >> wow. >> i don't even know what to say. that's like a movie. >> fortunately, the kid got out safely, and so did his dad. >> exactly. very good news there. to colorado, where a fire department captured some amazing pictures. some other pictures. here it is. this is a layer of hail on top of several feet of floodwater. this happened yesterday in windsor, where it had been raining for hours when hail started to fall. >> a crew was out checking out reports that people were trapped in a car. turns out the car was empty, but they got these pretty remarkable pictures. >> it's kind of like cereal. >> i was going to say something else. let's stop here.
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it's kind of like cereal? >> it is. it looks like weather cereal. alexandra's laughing at me. >> to meteorologists, everything looks like weather of some sort. >> weather cereal. >> it looks like some type of interesting cloud picture. hi, everyone. good morning. what you were looking at there in windsor, colorado, that's northern colorado off i-25, that whole storm system, that complex, has moved eastward, and you can see where it is now. not as robust in scope as it was yesterday. showers and thunderstorms, though. kansas now seeing that along i-70. that's where the heaviest rain is, and with that, they've seen three to five inches of rain, thus the flash flood warning, meaning we are seeing flooding, and flooding is imminent and happening. and another five inches of rain expected around wichita. certainly a slow go. we're watching the waters rise. here's a look at what else we're seeing in radar around the country. a few cells here from birmingham dropping south. you can see not really in atlanta. cloudy skies around.
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89, expecting a warm day. jacksonville seeing some clouds. let's take you there and show you what we've got out there this morning. clouds and warm and sticky. it's incredibly warm in the south. dewpoints are incredibly high. it will feel in jacksonville like 102 this afternoon. temperatures there, though, only getting to about 92, though. atlanta, 89 this afternoon, but feeling even warmer than that. here's where a little cool pocket of air is. cold front moved through, one cold front, second one expected to move through next week. with that kind of reinforcing shot of so much cooler air. we know how hot it was in july. not seeing that in the upper midwest and even into the northeast. here's the august outlook. we've seen such extreme conditions. in the northeast, july was hottest on record. we're talking over 100 years of data, in places like bridgeport and providence. we're going to see more cooler temperatures or more on average. below normal here in the upper midwest. the west, salt lake city, had their hottest july ever on record. above normal conditions
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continuing, looking like, for the next four weeks or so. in terms of the forecast for today, the cold front dropping south. the sticky air here along the gulf coast, and once again, a few storms in the central portions of the country. the west coast, guys, is dry on this sunday. >> they have no breakfast, no weather cereal. >> no, they don't. you know where i think that comes to mind is you know that children's book, "cloudy with a chance of meatballs." >> that's right. there you go. >> next. >> bye-bye. >> let me out of this conversation. >> thank you, alexandra. now a changing of the guard in iran taking a turn here. a new president takes charge and promises change. plus u.s. embassies lock their doors, troops are on alert. the latest on the al qaeda threat.
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clinically proven unisom helps you fall asleep faster and stay asleep so you wake rested. unisom. fall asleep faster. sleep longer. bottom of the hour now. welcome back, everyone. i'm brianna keilar. >> i'm victor blackwell. we're starting with five things you need to know. number one, visitors to embassies in the middle east, africa, and asia. more than two dozen u.s. consulates across that region are shut down. and select u.s. military forces in the middle east are on a higher state of alert and poised to move if needed. washington is taking no chances with a terror threat from al qaeda. number two, iran's new president formally took charge of the country yesterday. hassan rouhani is promising reform, and he says he'll end iran's isolation. keep in mind the supreme
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ayatollah still calls the shots in iran. rouhani replaced the firebrand mahmoud ahmadinejad. number three, you'll still be able to buy the iphone 4 and the ipad 2 this fall because the u.s. international trade commission had banned apple from importing the devices because of patent violations, but the white house had the option to review the decision, and it overturned that ban. number four, who won last night's $300 million powerball jackp jackpot? nobody. hooray. >> yes, yes. >> that means wednesday night's drawing will get jacked up to around $400 million. not bad. >> not bad at all. >> that is still, though, far below the record jackpot of $600 million. i will take it, though, victor. >> still a good payday. number five, veteran newsman john palmer died. he is 77. palmer covered everything from the civil rights movement to 9/11. he spent most of the 1980s as the news anchor on the "today"
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show. dozens of u.s. embassies are shutting their doors today on a threat the u.s. state department called credible and serious. candy crowley is following the story from washington. candy, do we know anything about how washington is responding to these threats? >> the orders are coming from washington. so you are seeing with the embassy shuttings, you are seeing with some troops in the area and in europe, on u.s. bases, being put on a higher state of alert. you are seeing it with the global warning to americans overseas. be careful. it is coming out of here. at the same time, this is a curious balance for the administration. because most everyone we've talked to, members of the hill, members of the administration, say this is warranted. this was a serious enough threat that this is warranted. you don't want it to go over the top and push people into fear. so at the same time, you have
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the president yesterday played golf, went about his business. so it's this kind of balance of, yeah, take this seriously, we're doing everything we can to make sure americans stay safe. let's not go overboard on the fear factor. >> it's interesting how some republicans, who obviously are very critical of how the obama administration handled benghazi, they're saying, this time it's warranted, and they're happy with how the administration is responding. >> they're also saying they're not sure this would have happened prebenghazi, that there is sensitivity to what happened at benghazi involved in the administration's decision to go very public with this and say, here's what we're doing. here's what we're saying to troops. you remember one of the things that has been -- one of the questions about benghazi has been why did they not scramble some troops? why didn't they put some folks on a plane and get help there? and the military has always
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said, we couldn't do it. we couldn't get anyone there in time. there was some question -- a lot of people question whether that's true. nevertheless, some very high ranking military people say that. a lot of republicans are saying this is post-benghazi, but well warranted. they truly believe that this is the right action to have taken. let's be serious here. that is that nobody wants to be the guy that puts the kibosh on telling the public there's a threat and then having something happen and have it revealed the government knew all along. there is a kind of a group thing that goes with this in that, if the threat is this serious, you don't want to be the person that says, you know, we're going to scare people. so that's kind of, again, one of the balances going on here. >> don't be scared, but be cautious. we know you'll be covering this, candy. 9:00 a.m. eastern on cnn's "state of the union," along with a lot of other issues, including
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the political football that obamacare has become. we look forward to seeing you then. >> thanks. >> islam's holiest month is marred by an al qaeda terror plot. now moderate muslims are speaking out against the extremism. hd "
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for today's faces of faith, we're talking and taking a different look at religion, considering today's news that 22 u.s. embassies and consulates are closing over a possible terror attack. the threat coincides with islam's night of power. it's a special holy day the night of ramadan for a month of fasting and rituals that ends this week. already government security experts are making the connection between terror and the muslim holiday, but there are 1.6 billion muslims in the world, and many moderate muslims say their voices are drowned out by violent radicals like al qaeda. joining us to talk about this is rayna shakir, it's good to have you with us. >> thank you so much for allowing me. >> certainly. as a muslim american, how does this news of a terror threat, especially the connection to the night of power, feel, and what do you feel like you have to do in response to that connection? is >> well, let me say first, mr.
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blackwell, that i would say ramadan mubarak to all the millions, and as you mentioned, 1.6 billion muslims throughout the world, that we are in the last days of ramadan, where many people have been fasting. and to hear this sort of connection between a terrorist threat and the night of power, there is no connection. i've never heard this before. and so it does not sit very well, i'm sure, with the majority of muslims in the world. >> with the radical element of, i guess, any group, they often pick times and holidays to highlight the reason they're doing it. you know that many in -- of the muslim faith who are of the extreme end want to use the
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koran as an explanation for why they're doing that. what does that make you feel? >> let me say that i don't know those people from that extreme end, and it may be about, i don't know, o1%, 2%, 3% of what is supposed to be part of the muslim community. but these are not people that for most of us, that we know or understand. we are not partners with them. we are not trying to speak on their behalf or to condone anything that seems to be volatile or terrorist threat. even to us. there are many muslims, unforl, throughout the muslim world that are being killed en masse. >> you're obviously very outspoken about religion. you host a show on faith. you're here speaking with us about your faith. what is the biggest misconception about islam?
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you've spoken pretty much about sharia law. >> well, i was afraid you were going to bring this up. our program does not really focus on sharia law. we interview christians, buddhism, the high sheikhs and on and on. the one sentence of our show is we try to dispel the myths and stereotypes of various faith traditions. sharia, which i find very interesting and because it has been brought up in a number of legislators or political leaders in the united states, are saying they want to ban sharia. well, we don't need -- we are not asking people to include sharia. we have a constitution in the united states.
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it would be good for us to follow the constitution as it has been prescribed for americans. let me just say there are very few people who even understand what sharia law is about. sharia, even by muslims is not something that's understood well. but the final thing i'd say about sharia is what people are saying, particularly those who know very little about sharia, is you're saying to me, as a muslim, that you are not accepting my law, which comes from the holy koran. the sharia comes exactly from koran, and many. things and passages that i've actually read and heard about have not been anything that i've grown up with as a muslim. >> and i'm glad we've had this conversation so you could dispel some of those myths and share with us some of the history of the koran and the month of ramadan. thank you so much. >> thank you so much for the opportunity.
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>> who is it? who benefits? >> i can't tell you that right now, and i hope i never have to. >> cnn's jason carroll spoke to a group of sports journalists about a-rod, and if someone in baseball is really out to get him. >> do you believe he is being targeted because of the amount of money that he makes or because of that lucrative contract that he signed? is he a target? >> i don't think it's because of that. i think it's more because major league baseball feels that he kind of got one over on them before. >> so you believe that major league baseball is out to get him, rodriguez? >> i think there's a little bit of a grudge because he has admitted it and yet they haven't been able to do anything to him. >> in some ways he would be an easy target. he's admitted to using steroids in the past. he's not playing particularly
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well in his position, and he's making a lot of money. >> the money is a big factor. he's owed nearly $100 million. you can't take that out of the equation. >> what do you think? >> i think the reason they don't like him is he's always been sort of a fly in their ointment. he's never been a particularly likable person. >> and why is that? >> he's pompous. he's often thought of himself as bigger than the game, and he's been a huge part of the game. >> do you believe that he loved the game so much he'd be willing to do anything to play it? >> well, i mean, look, if you look at it in this current scandal when he did the performance-enhancing drugs that they're alleging, it was after he already had his big contract. is that vanity? is there some integrity there? i don't know. >> what do you think? >> i think it's a combination. again, this is a alleged if he did it or not. we don't know for certain. if you go on the assumption he did do it, i think there's some vanity, and i think there's a performance level he wants to achieve even though he already has the money.
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>> i don't doubt for a second that he loves the game and respects the game. i don't doubt that at all. there's a lot of pressure on a guy when you get that kind of a contract. i think that you do want to put up certain numbers, and maybe you do buy into it a little bit where you need that extra help to do it. >> should he be allowed to keep playing? >> that's a great question. there are two different legal avenues to take there. one is yes, he can. one is no, he can't. there's two different routes that major league baseball can take. >> what do you think? what would you like to see happen here? >> for my own selfish purposes, i'd like to see him play because it's a great story. in terps of justice, i think either way it could be justified. >> thoughts on that? >> i think you can justify either way as well. i think, to be fair, he should be allowed to play because, if
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it came back that he didn't do these things, you've punished him for nothing. >> rodriguez will appeal any suspension, and he says it's his plan to play for the yankees tomorrow. we'll see if that happens. next on "new day," could you spend a month living under water. the grandson of famed oceanographer jacques cousteau is going to try. you really couldn't have come at a better time. these chevys are moving fast. i'll take that malibu. yeah excuse me, the equinox in atlantis blue is mine! i was here first, it's mine. i called about that one, it's mine. mine! mine. it's mine. it's mine. mine. mine. mine. mine. it's mine! no it's not, it's mine! better get going, it's chevy model year-end event. [ male announcer ] the chevy model year-end event. the 13s are going fast, time to get yours. current chevy truck owners can trade up to this chevy silverado all-star edition with a total value of $9,000.
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we're nearing the top of the hour. now it's time for our weekly series, "the science behind," where we give you the why behind the what. today we have a real life deep sea adventure. fabian cousteau is the grandson of legendary diver jacques cousteau. he's about to plunge into the ocean and live in an underwater lab for 31 days. he spoke to our chad myers about this mission. >> fabian, 60 feet, 31 days, never been done before. what do you hope to find? >> the unknown. this is what it's all about. it's pushing outside the box and going into the mysteries and hopefully bringing some of those discoveries back. >> you have motorcycles to go on too, some kind of underwater vehicle. >> we have a lot of modern day technology, including underwater motorcycles, which are the modern day scooter. you can sit on top like a motorcycle with a cowling, and it gets you from point avllin"a
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point "b" more efficiently than a traditional scooter. >> you were talking about places you used to dive and find hundreds of thousands of fish, and now you don't find any fish. does that concern snu >> it used to be a fireworks of life as a child, and i go to those places that used to be full and teeming with life, and it's changed quite drastically. one of the things that worries me even more is today's youth doesn't know what it's supposed to be like and figures that what it is today is what it's supposed to be. >> do you think it's ocean acidification, global change, global climate, overfishing? what do you think? >> i think you've hit all of the topics right on the head. it's climate change and acidification issues, it's overfishing issues, especially special interests. those things go into effect, and it affects us fundamentally. that's what we really have to be worried about.
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>> let's talk about the six aqua gls nauts that are going to be down there with you. >> we're going to be diving down to depths of 150 feet or more. we're going to be looking at biolumnessent reefs, and something my grandfather dreamed of. we're going to be able to reach millions of people, millions of students around the world for full day and night in realtime for things like in the classroom. >> so you swim under like the old movies where you'll see it pop up in the air. >> it's a habitat that's about 43 feet long, 9 feet wide inside. full of equipment and full of people, six people. you can get in and out of the
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habitat from down below in what we call the moon pool. but inside it's air. it's at pressure depth, so to speak. so we'll be saturation diving as opposed to diving from the surface. once we're down there, we are committed to being down there for the full 31 days before coming back up. >> to follow fabien cousteau's underwater ocean adventure, please go to mission31.com. i have a special thing for you. the polar bear cam from researchers at the oregon zoo. they're getting a new look at life from a polar bear's perspective. tasso, the polar bear, has been wearing a camera fitted with sensors that track her movements. once the technology is finalized, similar collars will be placed on free roaming polar bears in the arctic. pretty cool prototype. >> i guess so. i don't know what they thought the polar bear was going to do all day. >> they do interesting things, pretty much sleeping. look at this.
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i love it. that's going to do it for us today. u.s. embassies shuttered across the muslim world and the military on a higher state of alert. an uneasy weekend beneath the shadow of a terrorist threat. today a suspected plot prompts a global warning to americans far from home. take care. senator lindsey graham joins us for a talk on al qaeda in the arabian peninsula, edward snowden in russia, and crisis in egypt. then house intelligence committee member adam schiff on whether these security warnings justify the breadth and depth of spying by the national security agency. and see you in september. congress takes a month long break, leaving nearly every important piece of business

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