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"new day." "cnn newsroom" with carol costello begins right now. >> all right, great. have a great weekend. "newsroom" starts now. happening now in "newsroom" new accuser. >> mayor filner grabbed me and kissed me. >> 67-year-old peggy shannon. she works as a senior center and uses a cane. >> i am a mother, a grandmother and a great-grandmother. >> she's accuser number 16. >> bob filner needs to resign now. also -- day of rage. egypt on edge and america closely watching. the conflict getting critical as both sides now criticizing the united states. plus, a major nationwide dog and cat food recall.
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big brands you probably use. and it's true, it's there. it's real. beware of the little men, they might really be watching. you're live in the "cnn newsroom." ♪ good morning to you, thank you so much for being with me. i'm carol costello and we begin with our first look at hannah anderson since the fbi helped rescue her. also disturbing new evidence found at the home of the man accused of kidnapping her and killing her mother and brother. that evidence includes condoms, boxes for handcuffs and letters from hannah. cnn's casey wian is live in san diego this morning with more. good morning, casey. >> good morning, carol. you know, at that first public appearance by hannah anderson she rushed quickly by more than a dozen cameras and did not say anything to reporters.
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but once she got inside the restaurant where the fund-raiser was happening, people who were there said she was much more relaxed. what she really wanted to do was thank those who have supported her throughout this ordeal. hannah anderson's arrival at a fund-raiser for her family came as a surprise to her relatives and friends. >> this night was an unexpected reunion, honestly. all our friends were here. it was like we haven't skipped a beat. >> reporter: the media were invited to boll weevil restaurant but weren't allowed inside during hannah's reunion. >> we'll keep moving forward from here. >> reporter: wearing hannah strong and pray for hannah t-shirts, neighbors, friends and teenag teenager's grandparents helped raise money for hannah's mother and brother's funeral. >> i wanted to say thank you, all, for coming. this is a small community that we're a part of and the community came together putting on this great fund-raiser for
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hannah and hopefully her future in healing. >> reporter: what has it meant to this community to have to go through this ordeal? >> it's horrifying that that guy did what he did. just sickening to me and i just want to put them all to rest. >> reporter: the fund-raising event drew a large crowd and raffle ticket sales and cash donations and 20% of the restaurant sales all donated to the anderson family. >> we have a lot of expenses in front of us and right now we're just looking for her future and get her settled. >> reporter: a family hoping to help hannah adjust after being kidnapped by her father's best friend. >> you keep hearing the term uncle jim, he was like an uncle jim to them. >> reporter: what police discovered at dimaggio's burned down home. this newly released search warrant obtained by says that police discovered a hand written note and letters from hannah. it proves dimaggio had control over that house. police also recovered incendiary devices leading them to believe
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the house fire was caused by human actions. now, some of the other items recovered by police and seized by police during that search very chilling given what we have since learned about hannah's kidnapping. they included empty boxes of camping gear and empty boxes of handcuffs and lots of ammunition, carol. >> casey wian reporting live for us this morning. an evacuation ordered for some residents. gaining the upper hand in the rockport fire. the fire is now 50% contained. the blaze has already burned 2,000 acres, though. another bit of good news. officials have now revised the number of homes down to eight. originally they believed that 14 homes had been destroyed. a bad week just got worse for san diego mayor bob filner. a great-grandma is leveling accusations at the mayor. refused to resign despite allegations of bad behavior. well, now meet accuser number
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16. she's a 67-year-old great-grandmother who works at the senior citizen at city hall. she said she faced sexual advances by filner. her and her attorney described one of those advances to piers mo morgan. >> he hugged me and kissed me and i was appalled. i was shocked. and it's not something that i thought that the mayor would ever do. >> filner could be kicked out of office over questionable credit card charges. the city attorney's office said that charges filner made at a nearby hotel are inappropriate and turn to a rarely used section of its charter to force filner out of office. new housing numbers are putting a damper on the economic
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recovery. a lot of new homes are being built, but not like the ones we want to see. allisison kosik is at the new y stock exchange to explain it all. >> kind of painting a mixed picture showing that new home construction rose 5.9% and the problem is kind of missed wall street expectations and when you look deep into the report, you see the new construction was actually for apartments. what you really want to see are new homes being built. more stable, it's what more people buy. it is raising some certain about the housing recovery in general, especially the timing of it because we are watching mortgage rates move ever so slightly higher these days on the expectations that the fed will pull back on the amount of stimulus it's pumping into financial systems which has been pushing interest rates lower. you may see buyers and builders hesitating on buying new homes. also in this report, we got a number for building permits. this number is a good indicator of future building activity. it fell, as well. it actually rose, missed
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expectations and that is causing a little concern, as well. let's go ahead and see the glass half full here, the housing recovery is still going pretty strong. more people are also paying their mortgages on time. home sales are up, home prices are rising and recovery you have to keep in mind, recoveries in general aren't typically smooth. so, the housing recovery may be going through a few blips but moving in the right direction, carol. >> i like the glass half full. alison kosik, thanks so much. oprah is everywhere talking not just about lindsay lohan but race in america. all for a key reason, of course. her new movie "the butler" officially opens today. a return to the big screen that has been years in the making. oprah sat down with anderson cooper to talk about it. >> first of all, why this movie, why now? 15 years for you. >> i had wanted to do it for the reason that i eventually said yes. i think to be able to show through the life of this butler and he did in such a way that we
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felt the soul of him on screen. and have the backdrop of the civil rights movement. at this particular time of our evolving as a nation was an important story. >> do you find that young people don't know this stuff, don't know the significance of birmingham, the freedom rights? >> i feel that not only young people, but lots of people don't know. americans don't know and particularly a whole generation of kids who don't know. i don't want that to be a negative. i want this movie to be a positive offering for that. you know, it's an opportunity, is it not? don't you see it as an opportunity. >> you explore that movement, but with emotional content behind it because you explore from this family and see how it affects their lives and their feelings and allows you to possess those emotions of the great courage it took them to walk through certain fears and to accomplish certain things and we get to see those moments in a personalized way. >> you talk about this coming at an important time and certainly there has been in the wake of
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the trayvon martin case, a discussion about race in this country that it's interesting, i saw a gallup poll that majority of african-americans said this is a discussion that needs to be had. majority of whites said too much is being made of this discussion of race. >> i know. that's why i love the film in light of this discussion is because it brings context to the discussion. when you look at the film, beginning with that lynching scene and ending with, you know, walking into obama's office, look at what has happened. look what has happened in the span of one man's lifetime. >> the circular motion of things trying to work itself out and now it's moving in and we're looking at trayvon and oscar grant and looking at all these situations and realizing we have to move ourselves forward in this chain. to achieve our policy or what we said we were going to do. >> i mean there are multiple
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trayvon martins whose names never make the newspapers or the headlines. the circumstances surrounding that allowed it to be, but there were multiple emmett tills and multiple lynchings. >> whose names are not remembered. >> whose names are not remembered and often not reported. >> it's interesting to me, though, how people from different backgrounds see this and i talked to a juror on the trayvon martin case who clearly did not understand or did not feel linked to trayvon martin. felt connected to george zimmerman in a way, but not to trayvon martin. and i wonder if she felt race was not a part of this case at all. i'm just wondering -- >> people don't call it race. that's not what they call it. they don't say, oh, you know what i found, too, a lot of people if they think they're not using the n-word themselves they physically are not using the
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n-word themselves and do not have harbor ill will towards black people, then it's not racist. but, you know, to me, it's ridiculous to look at that case and not to think that race was involved. >> you talk about the n-word. in the film it is used, but what's fascinating, it's not just used by guys in the plantation but lbj and in those lbj reportings. there's a scene where people in the -- when did he start to use that word, he always uses the n-word. so, was that hard for you, i mean, i know you spoke publicly about the importance of not using that word. >> i think it depends on the context of the time in which you were raised. i was raised in the '60s -- a student of my history and i have said this many times. it's not a part of who i am to
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use that word. i understand why other people do. it's impossible for me to do it because i know the history. and i know that for so many of my relatives who i don't know. who i don't know by name. people who i am connected to. my ancestors. that was the last word they heard. that was the last sense of deg ruigation as they experienced as some harm was caused to them. it's just not part of the fabric of who i am. so, out of respect to those who have come before and the price that they paid to rid themselves of being relegated to that word, i just don't use it. >> you can see part two of anderson's interview with oprah tonight 8:00 p.m. eastern right here on cnn. still to come in "newsroom" remember this explosion in kansas city? who can forget.
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checking our top stories add
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15 minutes past the hour. the deadly blast that hit a kansas city restaurant is blamed on a utility contractor. cited heartland midwest llc for safety violations. hit an underline gas line an hour before the explosion at jj's restaurant. one person killed and 15 others hurt. the company disputes the findings. a romanian princess is due in federal court in oregon today after she was caught in a cockfighting ring. they are charged with operating an illegal gambling business. she's the third daughter of romanian's exiled king michael i. two popular brands of popular cat and dog food are being recalled because they contain salmonella. stamps on potential dangerous lots say the product is best used by november 2014. the manufacturer procter & gamble says no illnesses have
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been reported. animals and humans can be at risk. tropical storm erin still far from the u.s. shoreline but expected to gain strength. let's head to the cnn severe weather center and indra peterson. >> how far away it currently is. right now just one mile per hour over tropical storm strength. sure, it will strengthen to 45 miles per hour, but, eventually, still expected to dissipate by the middle of next week. still way out into the ocean to just a depression. something we'll have to monitor. what we're really focused on currently is what's going on right near the yucatan peninsula. having just exited the area. look at the tropical moisture currently feeding into florida. this is key. talking about heavy rain possible all throughout the entire weekend. one change from yesterday and that is look at all the models. pulling this in closer to texas by monday. that's the actual track of where that could go if it does form. regardless of whether it forms or not, we still have a huge
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problem, a stationary front pulling in all this moisture from the gulf and combine that with the tropical moisture we just showed you and we add a low. pull that front farther back, which means more access to this heavy rain all along the gulf states. let's talk about that. how much rain are we talking about. two to four inches from new orleans and up to charleston and keep in mind these areas have seen so much rain all summer long. let's take it day by day. here's friday. looking at it through florida and even through georgia. by saturday that moisture gets closer and we see more of it. we see the stationary front back up and start to see it pulling up even into the mid-atlantic and just clouds. this is the area we're concerned with as they get the bulk of the tropical moisture. sunday, still there. plus, you can see moisture making its way towards texas bringing that heavy rainfall in their direction, but, most importantly, still present in these gulf states not going anywhere and this is what i want to show you, carol. places seeing 20 or 30 inches of rain since just june. that is almost 20 inches above normal for tallahassee alone.
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flooding concerns extremely high as we go through the weekend. >> i live in atlanta, georgia, which is known as hotlanta. >> will you pick me up? >> i will. thank you, indra. coming up in "newsroom" sex sells but one mom ain't buying it. one ad went way too far and now she's fighting back.
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a promo for a new tv show is so steamy and so sexy, some people were outraged by it. so, a warning, if you find these kind of images offensive or if you have kids in the room, you might want to turn away. the big problem the sultry ad aired during "good morning america" at 8:00 in the morning when kids could be watching television. ♪ >> betrayal. >> okay, so, there you have it. one mom saw this air with her kids in the room at 8:00 in the
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morning and she was in a state of disbelief, so she snapped a photo of the nude scene off the tv and posted it on to her facebook page and the steamy picture was removed from facebook because it violated facebook's policies. now, it's the subject on her blog. this mom says she's fighting for change and has filed a complaint with the fcc. that mom is named rebecca sights and joins us from naples, florida. good morning, rebecca. >> good morning. thank you so much for having me. >> thank you for being here. so, you're sitting there in the morning with your kids and this ad appears and what do you do? >> i panicked first because i quickly turned and i saw that my son's eyes had gone wide. and i quickly got him out of the room and i rewound it because i thought there is simply no way we saw what we just saw. i will rewind and see what it actually is and then i'll be able to explain he didn't see
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what he thinks he just saw and then i rewound and saw and i saw, no, no, it was exactly what we thought it was. >> you don't object to this being on television, you object to this being on television at 8:00 in the morning. >> exactly. i object to the idea that i see this over corn flakes and coffee with my kids nearby. that's what i object to. >> you post this image on your facebook, just to generate conversation about it and facebook removes it. >> it did. i got a notice within 30 minutes of it that said it had been reported and, so, i put that it had been reported on my facebook and within an hour they took it down and said it violated their community standards. i thought, well, right, that's the point. so, a friend of mine is actually the one who said you should put this over on your blog because we all want to talk about it and we can't do so on facebook. >> i'm sure it generated a lot of comments.
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advertisers use sex to sell all the time on daytime television. like this commercial from hardy's. >> it's barbecue's best pair. >> wow. like i can't even remember what that ad is for. what makes that commercial different from the abc promo? >> well, the big thing for me was that commercials like what you just aired, those typically happen in primetime. i'm a parent who chooses to not allow my children to see those images, so, i don't plop my children down in front of the television during primetime. this was at 8:26 in the morning. i didn't have the choice to turn the television off because i had no idea that it was coming. when you aired the promo right then for the show, you said, hey, if you have children in the room and you don't want them to see this, you might want them to leave the room. i didn't have the option, it was
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just there. >> have you heard from abc? because i know you reached out. >> i did. i called the pr director for the "betrayal" show and she said to me was very quickly, she said, i'm not responsible for it. i did see that you had done an interview about it and put it on your blog and i let other people know and i'm going on vacation. >> we also reached out to abc and haven't heard back so there you have it. rebeca, thank you for being with us this morning, we appreciate it. >> thank you. still ahead in "newsroom" the latest bombshell from edward snowden. how the nsa violated the privacy of americans like you. thousands of times per year. you know throughout history,
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[ male announcer ] one pill each morning. hd happening now in "news room" snowden speaks out saying the media misled by his situation
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and his father the only person publicly defending his son. snowden says his father does not speak for him. plus, this -- >> from now on we just won't be visiting planets, we'll be staying. >> seriously. the red planet. it's not as far off as it may sound. the size of a raccoon in the face of a teddy bear. a brand-new species, but i'm calling it a teddycat. jeff will come on the show and correct me in about 15 minutes. "newsroom" starts now. good morning, thank you so much for being with me. i'm carol costello. checking our top stories at 30 minutes past the hour. supporters of mohamed morsi are calling for mass protests to mark a day of anger. demonstrations would defy an emergency ordered declared after clashes wednesday left at least
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580 people dead. egyptian state news reports that the army is trying to thwart protests by blocking public spaces. to southern california where kidnapping survivor hannah anderson was spotted in public for the first time since her harrowing rescue in the idaho woods. seen arriving at a fund-raiser for her and her family. she did not speak to reporters but her father thanked the community for helping his daughter heal. another sign of recovery in boston. a restaurant just steps from the site of the marathon attack reopens today. cnn affiliate wcvv reports that it is the last business to reopen since the april bombings. its security cameras caught the alleged bombers on staff and staff credited with helping many who were injured. opening bell ringing on wall street. right now markets are poised to head higher and that's a good thing, taking back some of the big losses we've seen in the
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last couple of days. alison kosik following the trade from the new york stock exchange. good morning. >> good morning, stocks are not heading higher. extending lossing. the dow over the past few days tumbled more than 300 points. august has really been a rough one for stocks, but putting it in perspective after six weeks of gains for the dow. one analyst puts it this way this eerie calm settling over the markets at this point that we could be in for a bit of a slow down. here's the thing, some of the economic data we're getting are concerning, too. especially with manufacturing and the job's market and also the worry hanging over investors when the fed will pull back on the stimulus money that it is pumping into the economy and if it's taken away too soon, it could cause a setback for the economy. we watch big names like walmart and cisco say economy is challenging for its business. so, with so much up in the air, no big reason to buy into stocks today. the reason you're seeing stocks head lower in the early minutes of the trading day. carol? >> alison kosik, we'll get back
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to you. also new this morning, the latest bombshell from edward snowden saying the nsa violated privacy laws every year since 2008. this was reported in "the washington post." the article said snowden leaked an audit from may 2012 outlining 3,000 violations. collected surveillance on americans without authorization and the "post" says these incidents may have been unintended, accidents. like the one time in 2008 when the nsa intercepted phone calls from washington after a programming error confused the 202ar airea code for 20, which the international call for calling egypt. nsa foreign intelligence collection activities are continually audited and overseen
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internally and externally. when nsa makes a mistake in carrying out its foreign intelligence commission, the agency reports the issue internally and to federal overseers and aggressively gets to the bottom of it. snowden's dad has been outspoken and critical and sometimes speculative and now the younger snowden says his dad does not speak for him. phil black has more for you. >> reporter: since edward snowden fled the united states. one person has assumed the role of his public champion, his father. >> i know my son. i know he loves his country. >> reporter: but often strayed into commentary about his son's legal options and recently his own legal team express eed concn about the advice snowden is receiving from wikileaks. edward snowden did not like those comments and his secret location somewhere in russia, he
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smacked them down. in a statement to the "huffington post" "neither my father, his lawyer, bruce fein nor his wife represent me in any way. i ask journalists to understand that they do not possess any special knowledge regarding my situation or future plans. and not to exploit the tragic vacuum of my father's emotional compromise for the sake of tabloid news." using an encrypted internet chat service. their lawyers didn't want them to do it. investigators haven't finished digging into edward snowden's past. the three past years he worked at the dell computer agency. snowden left an electronic footprint that showed he accessed nsa surveillance programs as early as april 2012.
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>> phil black reporting there. edward snowden charges with espionage and other crimes in the united states, but granted temporary asylum in russia. still ahead in "newsroom" area 51. yes, it does exist. but are the remains of alien spaceships kept there? we'll explore that issue when we come back. [ female announcer ] this summer, plan a romantic getaway at a conrad, enjoy an unforgettable breakfast at an embassy suites, or lead a victory dance at a hampton. get great rates at our ten top hotel brands during the great getaway. book now at
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ufos, aliens, little green men. we've been fascinated by it all for years. >> welcome to earth. >> so much of our search for all things extra treseral has been
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focused on a small section of the nevada desert better known as area 51. the u.s. government has refused to acknowledge area 51's existence until now. newly releashed cia documents say it was nothing more than a testing site for the aerial surveillance programs. no alien autopsy rooms or spaceship parking lots there, they say. michael su michael schermer joins us now live. good morning. >> good morning. >> first of all, explain your magazine. do you believe there is something out there and you want to put it in scientific terms? what is it? >> so, skeptic is a science magazine we investigate claims of paranormal and any claims in science that are on the fringes or margins that people fill in with their imagination. ufos, aliens, that is one of our biggest, most popular topics because, first of all, we don't know if there is alien life somewhere out there and have
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they come here is the second question. but have they come here is fraught with all kinds of, you know, human psychology more than extra turesteral intelligence. so, the government, obviously, doesn't tell us national secrets for obvious reasons during the cold war. so, people have for decades filled in that gap in the nevada desert with the imagination. >> well, you have it exactly right, apparently. now, these documents have been released. the government acknowledges there is an area 51, what is it 83 miles northwest of las vegas and they used to, back in the day, i think in the 1950s used to test u-2 spy planes which flew at 50,000 feet and not very many planes flew that high at that time so people figured, you're right. they probably filled in with their imagination what those strange things way up high in the sky meant. >> sure. also people just imagined things that aren't there at all. flocks of birds.
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not just possibly real experimental aircraft and flocks of birds and balloons and just regular airplanes and when you go out there, i go out to the desert. when you go out there at dusk, it's spooky and you can see a long way and things reflect high in the atmosphere like birds, for example. it's hard to tell what's going on at dusk. you can imagine all the experimental test flights that are going on out there and people seeing things, but what are they seeing? so, again, if it's not clear what it is, we're not comfortable with just saying, i don't know and leave it at that. we have to fill it in with something and the mythology of our culture is aliens, ufos. >> some things people thought were stored in area 51, a storage crash area for alien spacecraft. that was one conspiracy theory. secret development for time travel was kept in some laboratory there. they also thought there was a secret engineering, you know,
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for spacecraft based on alien technology. >> yeah, that's my favorite because the idea of engineering alien technology means that these aliens have managed get to earth, land and then crash. and then their technology is about five years ahead of ours. that's it? because we were that close anyway after world war ii. >> okay, so, could the government have better handled this? i mean, they have not really talked about this since, what, the 1950s? this area. they never acknowledged its existence. >> snippets have come out here and there by people who work there. could they have handled it better? well, okay, this is the issue of freedom versus information versus national security and secrets and, obviously, they could have released it a decade ago since the cold war has been over long enough now. but, still, whatever. the thing is, there may be other things that they are testing now that we won't know about for
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another 10 or 20 years. frankly, i'd rather not know and have our enemies know than have everybody know. because that's still the world we live in, unfortunately. it is great if we live in the open world of science and knowledge for everyone on the planet and we're not there yet. our government has to keep some secrets and, you know, and the desert is a great place to do it. >> you got that right. i'm opposite of you because i want to know everything. thank you so much. >> i want to know everything, too. >> thank you, michael, we appreciate it. >> you're welcome. could be the trip of a lifetime. tens of thousands of people have already signed up for a one-way trip to mars. >> you will be staying. the search for life on mars. begins on earth. >> a dutch nonprofit is looking for people who would leave earth and create a new colony on mars. the mars 1 project could cost $6
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billion. part of it could be funded by a reality show created to help pick the members of the program, you know, the people willing to go to mars on a one-way ticket. applications are being accepted until the end of the month. still to come in "newsroom" what is two feet long and adorable all over? well, the world's newest animal discovery. the olinguito, of course. alert. the beach on your tv is much closer than it appears. dive into labor day with up to 50% off hotels at travelocity.
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there's a new animal in town and he's an olinguito, a member of a new species and primed for a starring role in a disney flick he's so cute. two pounds of adorable found living in the rain forest in south america. describes him as a cross between a house cat and a teddy bear. teddycat. jeff corwin is a host and thanks for being with us. >> good morning, carol. >> new animal to show you and he's the olinguito. how does that happen? >> i know, it's really exciting. you know what's amazing, carol, we have only identified about 10% of all life on earth. of that, we only know about 1% beyond their scientific name. when we come up with a new creature, especially as
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something as charismatic as a big olinguito is pretty exciting. >> how did the olinguito come to be? >> the process of rediscovering something that may have been previously misidentified as a museum or zoo logical institution. the truth is they have been under our noses the entire time. they belong to a group of mammals that includes the raccoon. basically the raccoon family. other groups include the adorable and close cousin of the olinguito which is the olingo. it is just wonderfully exciting for science. >> is it a cross between two animals that are known? >> actually not. it's its own distinct species. just like raccoon is distinct
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species. most of it like to spend up in the treetops and likes cold, high altitude places and primarily eating fruit, nectar and insects and, really, tells a powerful story of the challenge of science which is to identify animals before they become extinct because the truth is every half an hour we lose the species of life on our planet. >> that's really sad. in talking about species that you have yet to discover, how many, how many could there be? >> that's what's so exciting. in places like rain forests or the deep recesses of the planet's oceans exists many creatures waiting to be revealed. again, we've only identified 10%. and most of that identification is just their names. we don't know about their ecology and how they fit in the environment and their value to human kind. in a place like a rain forest where the olinguito lives, we
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lose 3,000 acres of rain forest every hour. it's important that we protect habitat because in a rain forest not only olinguito but a cure for cancer or aids or the next food source to help in starvation. >> really fascinating. jeff corwin, thanks for sharing. we appreciate it. >> thank you, carol. here's what's all new in the next hour of "newsroom". >> mayor filner i am a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. >> another bob filner accuser comes forward. >> he came up to me without any warning and hugged me and kissed me. >> her attorney gloria allred joins us live. plus -- >> president obama -- hey -- >> the rodeo clown with the obama mask. has the outrage gone too far? and -- >> wait, wait, wait. have you tried to knock?
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center. plus the rodeo clown and the obama mask. first there was outrage now there's outrage over the outrageous. your iphone is using as much power as your refrigerator. plus -- as you can see the hillsboro police department is ready to handle any situation. >> yeah, they get me every time. >> shut up, duane. >> it's the police recruitment video that's got everybody talking. newsroom starts now. good morning, thanks so much for being with me, i'm carol costello. a new twist in the sexual harassment scandal involving san diego mayor bob filner. we don't know where the mayor is. we know he's not at city hall. filner has not been at his desk for weeks. but a new woman with familiar accusations has come forward to
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say that the mayor made continuous inappropriate sexual advances and it comes as the effort to remove filner from power may gain strength. >> reporter: good morning, carol. the story has certainly taken some unusual turns. and then it took another one, hearing from our very first senior citizen accuser. >> walking slowly, assisted by a cane, 67-year-old grade grandmother peggy shannon -- stopping by her desk at the senior service center. she alleges she he once grabbed and kissed her on the lips and even told her, think i can go eight hours in one night? >> mayor filner, i am a mother, a grandmother and a great grandmother, i have three sons, four grandsons and two great grandsons. as our mayor, you should be, but are not a role model for any of
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them. >> shannon is the 16th woman to publicly accuse the mayor of sexual harassment, but the first senior citizen. >> a great grandmother doesn't surprise you? >> at this point, nothing would surprise us. >> san diego city attorney jan goldsmith has been investigating the mayor. goldsmith says he may have found a way. laid out in his memo to the city council, the city's charter has a little used section about firing city officers for unauthorized use of city money. cnn obtained the mayor's credit card statement showing charges at a san diego hotel, restaurants, that are indeed, says the city attorney personal expenses. >> somebody is so brazen and abusive in personal, often, often that translate into the same type of conduct in
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financial affairs. >> now the city attorney just can't move forward, he's got to go to the city council, the city council will approve of this. if they do, then he can go to a judge and move through the court system. but remember, carol there,'s also the recall effort as well as a number of investigations that may also open up some other paths to remove filner from office. >> so no one knows where mayor filner is? >> reporter: you're right. and we have been calling his office or his attorney every single day asking for comment about these daily revelations that we have been getting. they have never responded or a terse, we have no comment. we have also gone to his local hangout, we have spoken to a lot of people here at city hall, some of his former friends and none of them seem to know where he is. we do understand, though, carol, that he may be back at work on tuesday. but, you know, it changes daily. so everyone we talked to says
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they simply don't know. >> kim law from san diego. coming up in about a half an hour, i'm going to be talking about gloria allred, peggy shannon's attorney. that's ahead at 10:30 eastern time. thousands of protesters taking to the streets in cairo. [ chanting ] >> part of what the muslim brotherhood is calling a friday of anger and supporters of the group and ousted president mohammad morsi have faced off against the military. armed forces removed morsi from office last month. edward snowden speaks out from his house in russia and tells the media to quit exploiting his father for the sake of tabloid news.
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snowden told "the huffington post," neither my father, his lawyer, bruce fine nor his wife maddie fine represent me in any way. kidnapping survivor hannah anderson has been spotted in public for the first time since her harrowing experience in the woods. >> she's like acting strong for everyone and i think that's more of just like for her appearance. but i can tell that there's something inside of her that's upset. like when we're all having a good time and everyone stops laughing, she get this is serious look on her face. >> in the meantime, investigators have investigator s -- if you like sunny weather to
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sit by the pool, this has been one bummer of the summer in the south. say that five times fast. check out the flooding earlier this week in alabama. birmingham is more than 10 inches above its average rainfall total since june. it's even worse in florida. ft. lauderdale has had 31 inches of rain in the last two months and more is on the way today. ingrid peterson is here with, what, more rain? >> yes, more rain on the way in what's already been an unbelievable summer of above average rainfall. first i want to talk about tropical storm erin. just 1-mile-per-hour over a tropical storm. so we say it's going to strengthen, it will strengthen about 45 miles an hour, but then weaken by the middle of the week to a depression. even so still being in the middle of the atlantic, so not our immediate concern but we'll continue to monitor that as we
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go into next week. what we're concerned about is a potential system that could with develop, currently just exiting the yucatan peninsula. all this moisture feeding into florida. instead of going towards florida, we're looking at these models pulling this moird into texas. currently, a stationary front is still there bringing heavy rainfall, two to four inches without the tropical moisture. we're going to combine the tropical moisture and we're going to add a low. the reason why that matters is that we're going to pull that stationary front back just a little bit and we're talking even more rain into the gulf states. maybe up to 10 inches before the weekend is said and done and that moisture could seep up all the way to the mid-atlantic. in the mid-atlantic for me, it means clouds, for you it means lots of rain. judge judy's tough as nails
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inside her tv courtroom. now off the bench, she's got some tough words for a new york sheriff unfairly attacking the character of judge judy's son who's a local prosecutor. the son wants $5 million in a defamation claim. pamela brown has more for you. >> you think you're smooth? you're a 19-year-old zero. >> reporter: judy sheindlin is the tough talking judge you don't want to cross. her daytime tv court show judge ju judy. now she's weighing in on a legal matter involving her own son, adam levy, a new york district attorney who filed a lawsuit against putnam county sheriff. >> in reviewing statements made by don smith that i interfered with, used my office and my title as districts attorney to
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influence his investigation is an outrage. >> according to the putnam county sheriff, a man was accused of raping a 13-year-old girl on two occasions in 2010. levy says he accused himself after he found out -- defamatory statements made by smith against him were published in various online publications, including if he could have his own way, mr. hossu would never have been brought to justice. he said the lawsuit is politically motivated. >> it's obviously intended to influence the outcome of the upcoming sheriff's -- >> when someone attacks his character professionally or personally, they best be
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data usage. you add up all the new technology that we have, yeah, it requires a lot of electricity. how much? the study shows about 10% of the world's energy pie. another way to look at this, all the new technology together uses 50% more energy that globe aviation uses. oh, my. carol? >> that's incredible. still to come in the newsroom, a police department makes a silly new recruitment video. would you want that -- well not that guy, but that guy, would you want that guy as your local cop? we'll look at the video when we come back.
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you normally think of police cracking down on crime, busting thugs and solving homicide cases. but a new police recruitment video from oregon may make the cops look more like, you know, the flunkies from police academy. >> as you can see the hillsboro police department is ready to handle any situation.
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>> yeah? they get me every time. >> shut up, duane. >> i want some of that, i'm in on it, i'm in. oh, yeah. >> wait, wait, wait, have you tried the knob? >> quick, get out of here! >> hey, what are you doing? >> what we're looking for is a leader who can understand our passion, who can laugh with us, but more importantly, understand our culture and our community. what we're really looking for is you. >> that's really funny. this is from the hillsboro police department, they're looking for a new police chief since the last one resigned amid labor tension. this video has gone viral, it's getting a lot of national attention and some of it is negative. joining me now from oregon is
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mike rousch. i was watching you guys watch the video as we played it and both of you were laughing. you're proud of this video, aren't you, michael? >> we sure are. it's a great opportunity for us to highlight something that's really important for us in hillsboro and that is for us to have a sense of humor and to use humor appropriately. yeah, i am proud of it. i'm proud of the producers who produced it and the employees who were a part of it. >> i guess when i think of my local police officer, i actually want criminals to be afraid of him, i don't want him to laugh at the police officer's jokes. >> well, there's many ways to do the job and if we can get them to laugh at our jokes and get them to jail effectively, then we have solved a few problems. our whole thing is, how can we be more connected, more communicative and imaginative in the way we deliver service? our police officers are very,
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very committed to serving and the authenticity of that we hope comes through with some of the humor in the video. >> so what kind of applicants have come forward, michael? >> well, at this point, we're just in the process of collecting applications. so at this point, we have received applicants and i'll tell you, what's been great about it is the exposure, so the net that was cast by having a considerably larger audience, the number of people that would otherwise maybe not look at us, we believe that it will result in a more qualified applicants for our process. so it's part of a -- the video is part of a much more comprehensive application package that have a lot of serious elements to it. so the video is just one piece of that. >> so, mike, i want to ask you this, because, still, when we think of tough law enforcement officers, we think of people like sheriff joe arpaio of
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arizona. he wants to reinstate chain gangs and limit inmate meals and that's far from what you want to do. >> certainly that's one way to do the job, there are a lot of ways to do it. our community expects us to be collaborative, connective and imaginative. we do have officers who incredibly serve as they're working their jobs in the field. but most of the contacts police have and progressive policing today requires a police officer to truly be communicative and to loses some of the badge heaviness that they can get tied up in. while our officers are very dedicated to serve, they do it with a real sincerity and a little bit of humor. >> thank you both for being with us this morning and sharing your video because it really was funny. mike rousch and city manager michael brown, thank you
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the morning talk show front page. the hosts are not news anchors and do not represent uttv's news ram. it was a light hearted parody for a personality driven show not a -- peggy shannon is the 16th woman to say the san diego mayor sexually harassed her. >> he came up to me without any warning when i was outside going home. and hugged me and kissed me. and i was appalled. i was shocked. and it's not something that i thought that the mayor would ever do. >> we now enter day 26 of filner watch as the mayor refuses to resign or even show his face in public. peggy shannon's attorney gloria allred joins me now, good morning. >> good morning, carol. >> tell me about your client, why did she decide to come
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forward? >> well, peggy shannon is 67 years old, as you said a greats grandmother. she works in city hall and she is there to help senior citizens with services. she works part time, she really needs the job, it's just part-time but she needs her social security, she needs the little wage that the job brings in. and she was very upset when the mayor came up to her one day as she was leaving the building and planted a kiss right on her lips. this is not a california kiss just on the cheek. this is right on her lips. and that combined with other things that he said to her, like coming up to her one day and saying, you think i can go eight hours? and she said you're kidding. and he says, no, i can go eight hours. i mean it was really disgusting to her. and we say to the mayor, look, we don't care how long you can go, we just want you to go as soon as possible, we want you to
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resign as mayor of the city of san diego. >> so many unbelievable accusations are coming out about mayor filner. this woman is a great grandmother, she would probably be the least likely victim of sexual harassment ever. >> that's really the issue, because it's not about sex, it's about power. it's about the sense of entitlement, that he is a person in power that he can do whatever he wants to any woman who's there, it appears. this is particularly serious because it's an employment situation. it's like the lawsuit that i filed originally which i think encouraged other women to keep coming forward like his director of communications. he's treats them as though they're his sexual play things. the mayor and the city hall should be respected and it should not be a sexual
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playground that a person in power like the mayor can just play in any time that he wants to and take advantage of these women. the case of my client, peggy shannon, the great grandmother, she was worried that maybe show would lose her job if she didn't go along with whatever the mayor was trying to do. she of course didn't, but she was worried that if she got on the wrong side of him that she would lose her little job. >> so, the entire city of san diego seems to be mortified by all of this now. there are many calls for the mayor to resign, yet he refuses. why do you, gloria, think the mayor refuses to step down. >> well, of course, we have our ongoing lawsuit, and not only has he refused to step down, and that is really important to our client irene, she wants justice for the people of san diego, and she also wants justice for herself. justice requires him to citizen down. we're proceeding with our lawsuit. there's a motion to change venue. apparently the mayor had enough confidence in the people of san
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diego to ask for their vote to get elected, but he doesn't have enough confidence in them to have a jury decide our sexual harassment lawsuit. he's seeking to move it to another county, imperial county which is near mexico, it's almost 200 miles from my office. we're going to resist that. he did not appear for his deposition on august 9. i'm looking forward to questioning him on behalf of my client. he's not going to be able to make speeches, he's going to have to answer precise questions that i ask him and it's going to be under personality of perjury. >> ms. allred, thank you for being with us this morning. >> thank you, carol. before we move on, an invitation to mayor filner, i would love to hear your side of the story, mr. filner, we have reached out by phone and e-mail and now on air. i would love for you mr. mayor,
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i will even fly to san diego. the ball is in your court. this is cnn breaking news. >> we want to take you to cairo, egypt right now. because we thought it might be calm there, but we suspected something may happen because the protesters, those who such port the ousted leader of that country, mohammad morsi, they're calling it to the day of rage, or the friday of rage. what's it like there right now? >> reporter: it's ugly, i hate to say it, but this conflict seems to be intensifying. we're at the scene of another intense face-off between security forces and supporters of the former president mohammad morsi and the muslim brotherhood and this face off involved is
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intense gun fire. we have seen at least two protesters injured, they appear to be shot. let's walk up and tell you exactly where we are. we are on a small street that runs perpendicular to the cornish. this is the road that runs along the river. if you follow this road, that leads to ramsey square. thousands of protesters were watching, but about 200 miles up that road, you'll find about 20 armed police officers and they blocked their way. so for about a half hour, they were stuck and at some point, they fired tear gas to disburse the crowds and then you had gun fire, at least several people here injured. this is all part of a day called friday of rage in response to the blood you crackdown on wednesday launched by the government against two pro morsi sit ins that have been going on
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for weeks. hundreds have been killed. this is an effort to show that they're still fighting, they're still here, and they're not going away. and as we're talking, again, sporadic gun fire. we don't know where it's coming from, we can tell you that in similar clashes, we have seen supporters of the president and opponents of the president both armed and of course we saw on wednesday, these are security officers, police officers who do not hesitate to shoot unarmed protesters. that's where things stand right now. this is a country in turmoil, and at least for now, unfortunately, carol, there's absolutely no sign of this conflict ending. >> so sad, already almost 500 people have killed, thousands of people injured. we'll be right back. hey linda!
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the rodeo clown. see, the story has become such a hot topic, you actually know what i'm talking about. but just in case you don't, a reminder. >> president obama. hey, i know i'm a clown, he's just running around acting like one, doesn't know he is one. >> ever since the rodeo clown asked the crowd at the state fair, the rodeo clown has become both -- the missouri naacp called for an investigation and the head of the missouri rodeo cowboy association resigned over the controversy. and now a new twist. steve stockman is welcoming the rodeo clown to his home state of texas with open arms and other
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conservatives are rallying around to the clown's defense. he does not wish for the missouri state fair to -- damming the clown and tda may i be blunt in this whole controversy is being blown way out of proportion and it's just kind of stupid now. here to tell me i'm wrong or i'm not, jason johnson, he's a political science professor and jason richardson, he's a republican blogger. thanks to both of you for being with us and being willing to talk about the rodeo clown. it bills down to this for me, the missouri state fair hired this guy to perform at the rodeo, they didn't like what he did, and as an employer, it is their right to fire him. and this has nothing at all to do with free speech. >> there were obvious elements of this stunt that were inappropriate and i think even
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supporters of the clown's free speech would concede as much. but people go to the rodeo with the expectation of ridiculous, crude and often outrageous behave yorks these are performers that are working in mud and cow dung after all. you go there with the expectation to watch something outrageous and frankly president obama has not been uniquely or unfairly targeted as a biracial joke. in 2004, a clown -- there's obvious differences here, primarily one being race. >> look at his face over here. >> this is so crazy, it's obnoxio obnoxious. you like baseball, where they have the presidents run around. making fun of the presidents is completely cool. but when you have politicians
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like representative stockman who want to make this something else. if i'm going to the state fair, i want fried twinkies, and i don't want to talk about politics. they have ever right to fire this guy and the politicians that want to make hay about it and turn it into an issue, that's a problem. >> talking about george w. bush's effigy getting run over by a bull, why didn't they come out then and raleigh around this rodeo clown? and just because it happened in the past, doesn't mean it's right now. >> it's not just steve stockman making this an issue u it's people on the left as well. there are people on both sides of the aisle that are trying to turn this nonissue -- they would rather spend a week talking about this clown rather than our involvement in egypt. right now we're talking got a man in makeup. >> and james is right, because the missouri naacp got in the middle of this for what reason?
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>> i think they got in the middle of this because there's always thetsz elements, you see it in arizona, you see it in some of the protests. if you hate obama becau-- they democrats, republicans, liberals, conservatives and everybody who's there. and i think the naacp are saying hey, that's tax money and you're not supposed to be doing that with tax money. >> people are coming out in support of this rodeo clown. is that really what they want to do? >> there's few ways to make -- i think that's an element of that to make a name for himself in the house. but i don't think it's necessarily wise to rally around a guy who by all rights did something imprudent. >> i like that.
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jason justin, james richardson, thank you so much for discussing the rodeo clown this morning. still to come in the newsroom, something serious now, a 2-year-old's life hangs in the balance as the new jersey governor weighs in on medical marijuana for children. we'll talk about that straight ahead. [ female announcer ] it's simple physics...
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christie to allow children access to medical marijuana. >> these are complicated issues. i know you think it's simple. but it's not. >> please don't let my daughter die, governor. >> this is the man's daughter, vivian. she suffers from a form of epilepsy that isn't responding to the usual medications but does respond to medical marijuana. ashley banfield is covering the story today on her show "legal view." it's not an easy situation is it? >> while it seems very simple to that father, it's his daughter who's dealing with epilepsy, and many have said all the she needs is a little bit of this medical marijuana. others have said it's maybe not that proven either. no whaert what the case, it has to do with kids and medical
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marijuana. i think we're all here with baited breath, carol. but you can't look at that and not feel something about this argument, no matter what you feel about marijuana, right? >> right, and just to make it clear, this little girl suffers from help helpity, she suffers from seizures hundreds of times a day and medical marijuana seems to stop it from it occurs. >> they're not talking about getting their daughter high, it has nothing to do with the thc, it has to do with the other properties of marijuana, which they extract that they can deliver in some sort of oral medication. >> ashley banfield, thank you very much.
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linda lovelace is synonymous with the porn industry thanks to her movie "deep throat." her struggles and her complex relationship with the business that made her famous. >> who are you? what do you want? >> reporter: the year was 1972, a pornographic film came out that would cause a sensation. the movie was "deep throat" stars linda lovelace, a newcomer noted for a particular sexual skill. >> reporter: darwin porter author of inside linda
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lovelace's new book. >> it had a plot, not a great plot but a plot. it had certain comedyover tones to it. >> reporter: attempts to ban the film made it more of a must see. it went on to gross $615 million. >> how much are you going to tell me about "deep throat?" >> reporter: now more than 40 years after deep throat came out, a new movie tells a story of the film star. >> so me, it's a movie like any other movie. >> amanda sifert plays the leading roll. >> it is eye opening, the stuff that she went through. nobody wanted to believe that she was a victim because she was a porn star. >> the film presents lovelace is coerced into do the film by her husband, chuck schumer.
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>> larry flynt describes the circumstances around the making of "deep throat" as pathetic. the legendary hustler -- >> that type of coercion actually took place. it was being controlled by chuck. it wasn't something that she would wake up every morning and say i can't wait until i get to work again. that wasn't the situation. >> trenor died in 2002 just months after linda suffered fatal injuries in a car crash. in a 1986 interview with cnn she was asked if she had done porn of her own free will. >> no one held a gun to your head, did they? >> they did hold a gun to my head, i was in constant fear for hi life. >> reporter: she became an anti-pornography advocate.
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but her position on porn changed. >> she started attending porno conventions and started selling "deep throat" memorabilia, so it was a turn around. >> reporter: the landmark film came along at a key moment, when porn was going from something that was a dirty little secret to something more main stream. >> you see a budding industry there, that's no longer something in the seedy back room of some adult bookstore. >> she did launch a billion dollar industry and she is the queen of it all, a very unlikely queen, but history sometimes selects very unusual people to put on thrones. >> michelle turner, cnn, new york. still to come in the newsroom, is this the new gateway to newcomers to the united states? st. louis lays out the welcome mat for immigrants.
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component in the mosaic project. an ambitious plan to make this area much more inviting to immigrants. >> st. louis wants to be an open and welcoming community. >> reporter: so the city is helping immigrant groups connect with loans, opportunity, education. this is not just a feel-good measure. a study found immigrants are more likely to open businesses, create jobs, raise wages and pursue higher degrees than the general population. as for jason jans, he may make it permanent, he's applied to become a u.s. citizen. thank you for joining us today, i'm carol costello. "legal view" with ashley banfield. >> it is friday august 16, we
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want to start with this story, a desperate dad saying that marijuana may be the only thing that can save his 2-year-old daughter's life. and he is pleading with his governor. the only, the one and only new jersey governor chris christie, he wants him to help by signing a bill that makes medical marijuana available to children, including his child. the governor has thought about it and he has proomsed mised toa decision by today. i do want to warn you that some of the images and scenes that you're about to see may be difficult to watch. >> it's been like two months now. it's very well come coupdocumen. >> these are very complicated issues. >> reporter: this is a conversation between chris christie and a concerned father.