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welcome back, everyone, to our live coverage. i'm don lemon. we're going to start with breaking news. this is just in to cnn the mother of a boy who police say killed his teacher with a box cutter and dumped her body behind a school is speaking out. colleen ritzer's algebra student is being charged with murder that took place in danvers high school in a bathroom there. and phillip's family has been
silence until now. alexandria steel is with the latest on this story. this is your neck of the woods, you know this community very well. what's his mom saying? >> everyone has been waiting to hear from this family and the for the first time diana ischisholm spoke out in a statement that she issued through her attorney. she said the two families were unexpected and inconceivably changed forever and her heart is broken for the ritzer family. and she said her son was born in love and is dear to her. she's struggling to understand this and respectfully asks for some time to process this. the statement raps up down here where she chess that she cares for the world's hurt over this and greatly hopes for your prayers for the ritzer's family and the danvers community and her son and all those affected by this tragedy. we know this is a tragedy that affected that community deeply and widely.
>> absolutely. and there is interest in this not only just, you know, in the danvers area, in the boston area, and massachusetts, but really worldwide. people want to know why. yesterday i went to the ritzer home and they were very kind and i said how are you guys doing, it was the only thing i think that they said since this happened. and they said we're doing as well as can be expected. and i just said thank you for talking and left. i also went to the chism home as well. there was an older lady and a police officer and the police officer said to us it is believed that the mother is back in tennessee now with the two younger siblings. i don't know if that is for sure. but that is what the police officer told us. and that is him in court this week. and, you know, had alexandria, he has a court-appointed attorney now who is not making any statements. but everyone is going to want to know why even though this mother is speaking out, the question still is and i'm sure she's asking herself is why. >> and your experience here has been typical with the experience that all reporters have had
covering this case. people are very eager to speak about colleen ritzer, she was much beloved, a well-liked teacher, she taught algebra and geometry and was popular with the students and she was only 23 years old and made a big impact on the community. and we're told from some of the students that you and i have token to that phillip was a nice kid, seemed like a bright kid, he was a talented junior soccer player and but he transferred earlier in the year and had only been on ka pus for a month or two so he may not have been as well known and broadly known as deeply known as some of the other kids on campus and investigators really have their work cut out for them trying to figure out who this kid is and what could have motivated him toward what he is alleged to have done. >> i think the language was he was boorn in lorn in love or con love because i think it's interesting that she's saying that because some people have pointed toward trouble at home, because they had filed for divorce and did not go through
with them. the dad didn't live with them. they moved there from tennessee to massachusetts with just the mom and the two siblings. he, his mom and his two siblings so they may be looking at some trouble at home. >> a lot of questions being raised. you have to look in to this child's, this teenager's past when he faces charges anda acucations like this. when you have a crime that seems so senseless, people want an answer. we know the prosecutors aren't obligated to lay out a motive. it can certainly help with their case before a jury. their job, though, is to present the evidence and that will include learning what we can about phillip chism. thank you, alexandria field, thank you for your reporting. new allegations just in the past few hours could be a serious new test of u.s. relations with its closest allies. a german magazine is reporting now that the nsa has been spying
on chancellor merkel's cell phone since 2002. and "der spiegel" said it was going on since president obama was visiting berlin. for more on the backlash against the nsa both here and overseas we'll turn to our correspondent, erin mcpike is in washington where there are hundreds of protests, but we'll start in london with jim boulden. what can you tell us? >> this accusation coming from "der spiegel" magazine a few hours ago. "der spiegel" is one of the news agencies here in europe that has been getting leaks from the edward snowden files over the last few months so it's been breaking news on these files and these allegations along with the "guardian" newspaper here in london. but what "der spiegel" is saying it's lengthening the timeline you say that possibly they've been listening in to the chancellor's phone or the potential since 2002. "der spiegel" also says that the u.s. has been eavesdroppingi io
entire political district at this time and you say, very importantly, if this was in case happening it was happening just before president obama came to berlin. you remember he went to the g-8 in northern ireland and then he had his biellateral and spoke vy eloquently at the brendanburg gate and the snooping was taking place right up until the time he came here. >> president obama was pretty popular in europe. how are our allies taking the news? >> angela merkel has been very, very upset about it and she's been very vocal, more than i've seen her in any other situation with the u.s. you had the french going against the u.s. on this as well, spain calling in the u.s. ambassador. it is interesting here, this is an important point, it's not just doing it as the eu, it's not just a nameless and facial officials from the eu who say we need to talk to the u.s. about this more, these are the leaders of these countries who are saying one-on-one, i want to talk to president obama and i want to know more about what's
been happening and i want them to promise me they're not still listening to my phone. >> jim boulden, london, thank you. we epraappreciate your reportin. the americans rallied against nsa's activities saying keep out of our e-mails and phones and lives. and erin mcpike has been covering this. tell us about the protest. >> this is about the domestic piece of it as you mentioned, data collection from american citizens and private citizens and their phones and laptops. what's interesting about this particular protest is that edward snowden, the whistle-blower, who brought this entire controversy to light earlier this year, gave it his stamp of approval. he provided a statement from where he is in russia to the aclu and representative at the rally read part of it today. i want to just read a little bit to you. he said, "we declare that mass surveillance has no place in this country. it is time for reform. elections are coming and we are
watching you." which i thought was a very interesting way to end that statement, don. >> all right. listen, the president is clearly taking a lot of flak for this nsa spying. how's the white house reacting to all of this? are they saying anything? >> well, don, the white house isn't really responding to the protests per se and the domestic piece of it, if you will. but they are talking today about the issues that are arising with foreign leaders and we've seen spokesmen for the white house for the national security council come out and say that they understand that there's a delegation from germany coming in the coming weeks and they intend to meet with the germans, but they haven't given any details yet about that meeting. but they understand that this has created some tension with our allies, don. >> erin mcpike in washington, thank you very much. on "state of the union" candy crowley will talk exclusively to congressman mike rogers about the latest developments on nsa surveillance.
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the senator who led the recent charge against obama care spoke in iowa today. >> let me tell you all right now, the single biggest lie in politics. it is that republicans are the party of the rich. what complete nonsense. for a long time i've advocated what i call opportunity conservatism had is every policy we think about, should talk about, should focus like a laser on easing the means of the ascent up the economic ladder, on how it impactching the least of those among us, of how it impacts those who are struggling. republican senator ted cruz made his fourth speech in iowa in less than three months and he delivered the keynote address at the republican fund-raiser in des moines. he stepped in the national spotlight during the 16-day national government shutdown and cruz easily won a presidential
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officers stopped and questioned her after she bought a $2,500 bag at barneys. >> i wanted this bag. i deserved this bag. and then to find out, you know, i'm being accused of using someone else's card? i just really felt demeaned. >> reporter: 21-year-old kala phillips came forward after 19-year-old trayian christian made headlines claiming he, too, was racially profiled after purchasing a ferragamo belt in barneys. >> undercover cops on the left side with regular clothes stopped me from the left side and asked me, oh, i got a call from barneys saying your card is not real. >> reporter: mark lee ceo of barneys new york said, quote, no customers should have the unacceptable experience described in recent media reports and we offer our sincere
regret and deep apologies. be want to reinforce that barneys new york has zero tolerance for any form of discrimination. the new york police department says it's investigating the incident. jay-z's representatives have not commented but kayla phillips hopes they do. >> when he hears about it he'll get involved and make the right choice. >> reporter: and jay-z isn't the only star in the middle of the controversy, robert brown filed a lawsuit this week against macy's. brown says he, too, was the victim of racial profiling. he said police accused him of using a fake credit card and detained him back in june. macy's says they are investigating but they wouldn't comment on ongoing litigation. as far as the change.org petition asking jay-z to sever his ties with barneys it's already collected more than 5,000 signatures. don? >> nick valencia, appreciate that. actor rob brown is talking about his experience and he gave
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okay. well, you can call it coincidence or you can call for alarm. it can call for alarm. two teachers in two states were killed at school this week just days apart. each allegedly by a student. police say a 12-year-old boy gunned down a teacher monday in sparks, november, before killing himself. and then in massachusetts a 14-year-old boy was charged wednesday with murder in the slaying of his high school path
teacher. he allegedly used a box cutter to kill her in a school bathroom. police say he then slashed her body and stashed it, excuse me, in a recycling bin, rolled it outside and then dumped the body in the nearby woods. meanwhile in washington state an 11-year-old boy is accused of bringing a gun, knives and 400 round of ammunition to his middle school on wednesday. there were no injuries and no shooting. you can't help but ask, are we as a country doing something wrong with all the conversations on violence in schools, why does nothing seem to change? i want to bring in clinical psychologist jeff gardere he joins me in new york and criminal defense attorney holly hughes joins us from atlanta. okay, this one really gets me going, right? because i think it has a lot to do with the parents. dr. gaardegardere, you first, i
blaming the parents, they didn't do it themselves, but you are responsible for a child's life from the moment of conception until that child is an adult and sometimes later and can go off and fend for themselves. >> i agree you even until later, because the buck stops with the parents, whatever is going on with the child psychological, you have to look at the upbringing. we don't know what happened with the parents. being a parent of four children myself, sometimes we try to do our best, but what we also know is when we're dealing with undetected mental health issues, and believe me we're dealing with mental health issues, someone that would kill someone, shoot other people, end up taking their own life and someone that uses a box cutter and rolls out a body in a bin, in a recycle bin, these are monstrous things, we are not recognizing as parents that there are mental health issues and even when we do we are sometimes helpless to get to the help for those kids. >> yes, sometimes helpless and people say what am i supposed to
do, who do i turn to, i didn't know my child would have the issues. but when you take on the responsibility of having a child, that all comes with it. that child can be a straight "a" student and can be summa cum laude and that child can have mental issues or some sort of birth defect but that goes with having a child and once you decide to have that child, that's your responsibility for life! >> the responsibility is yours. but here's what happens with parents and i'll make it quick because i know holly wants to jump in, the issue bj becomes parents we love our children so much we're in denial or we're afraid that they're having these issues and then we don't tackle them perfectly. >> my kids are always angels or you don't want to say your kid has any sort of problem because the kid is some sort of odd, i don't know, extension of yourself. narcissistic extension of yourself and if someone criticizes a kid and there's something wrong with a kid there's something wrong with you. >> you're also afraid in a world that likes normality that your
child will be considered abnormal and you don't want it for the child and therefore you also tend to look the other way. you're afraid for that child. >> holly, let's talk about the legal system here. go ahead, go ahead, holly. >> but we're seeing the end result of looking the other way is a slew of dead bodies. 20 bodies in newtown. >> you're right. >> we cannot continue to put these blinders on and say, no, no, not my johnny. and, don, you wrote a fantastic blog on this. when are we going to stem up? i know certain parents are saying by child will be called defacts. there's a huge difference between discipline and abuse and i think dr.the doctor will back up. you are not abusing your child because you discipline your child. how do you not know, and you mentioned specifically in your blog, if i had a gun under my bed as you said, not only would my parents know about it, it would be sitting on the kitchen counter when i got home and my mother would say, what the hell is this. >> what the hell is this.
>> it would be followed by a butt whooping to put it politely. >> as i said. i'm not advocating violence, but this whole thing, listen, i think when we have call them educated fools, right? when you say, oh, time-out. time out only allows someone to go into their room during a time-out to contemplate more bad behavior. we need more time-ins. time in the garage cleaning it out. >> yes. >> time in the kitchen doing the dishes. >> time talking with the kids. >> yes. >> to help them resolve their issues. i would never advocate hitting your child but i would advocate spending time figuring out what's going on. >> we're different with that. i don't have any kids, but i might have to whip them if they were my kids because i needed plenty when i was a kid. we'll examine the twists to the next story. ♪ ♪ dial up my number now
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back now single mom down on her luck was caught shoplifting at a miami supermarket, but she didn't get hauled off to jail. instead the officer responded to the call from the publix supermarket did something that brought the suspect to tears. >> she came out and asked, do you even have food at the house? and i looked at her, you know, her face and i told her no, i don't. >> i made the decision to buy her some groceries because arresting her wasn't going to solve the problem with her children being hungry, so i went in and bought her some groceries. >> $100 worth of groceries. >> were yes, $100. >> amen, sister. i want to bring back our panelists. let's be clear, the woman was charged with a misdemeanor, she was charged and the cop gave her a ticket to show up for a court date but the officer chose not to arrest her and take her to jail which i think is a good thing and take her away from her kids. holly, what do you make of this?
>> well, that's exactly right. and this is just what we were talking about with our last story. it is assessing the situation, looking at it and determining how can i help. this is common sense and compassion meets the law. this officer could have just done right down the line of taking you to jail. but if this woman can't afford food for her children, she can't afford bail money, don, so what did she do? she listened to this lady, just like dr. jeff said, sit down, talk to people, spend the time. and when she determined what the problem was, she nailed it in the little clip we just watched. >> yeah. >> arresting her was not going to solve the problem. the problem is her children are starving. >> yeah, i'm going to play devil's advocate here because there are people that are going to say what about the responsibility for the children to realize she couldn't afford three kids. >> she's going to court. >> everybody falls on hard times and it's not that black and white. nothing is that concrete. the officer said -- did you want to weigh in? >> why would she do something
like this? why would she put herself in danger of going to jail and possibly using custody of her kids? so for her to do something like this means she was really desperate. >> right, right. again, as i said, you don't know what it was like. she could have -- be unemployed now. lots of people are on unemployment and the unemployment rate is really high. i think it's important to be compassionate. the cop said she was a single mother at one point and fallen on hard times. >> yes. >> i think cops maybe need a little bit more leeway to be more compassionate. >> not only was she being more compassionate and you're absolutely right about that. >> she's a woman. >> she's a woman which makes her superior. >> amen. >> to us. just like holly. but the other thing that i think is important is she said now i want you to go out and give back to someone else. >> right. >> in the future. so, this cop was smart enough to analyze the situation and come up with a solution. yes, she gave her the desk appearance ticket, but came up with a solution that will
actually work better and not overtax the system. >> and then she will realize instead of being away from her kids, this is -- it's almost like a scared straight kind of thing, oh, i can't be doing this. >> and compassion. >> and you're right, women are the more evolved of the sexes, don't you think? >> if women ran the world, we'd be a much, much better place. go ahead, holly. >> very quickly, what the police officer did was she checked this woman's criminal history and there wasn't any. >> yeah. >> right. >> she did assess the situation and realize this is not a repeat offender, this is a woman who steals and uses her children as an excuse. she said this is a woman who as dr. jeff said is desperate and she made the right call. >> smart policing. >> exactly. >> we're all in agreement on this one. it's a very compassionate thing to do and more people should be like this. thank you, jeff. thank you, holly. appreciate it. >> thanks, guys. we'll turn now to a really deadly story. there's a new tactic in syria's
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from a ruthless killer to protesting women we're going to go to news making headlines around the world and rosa flores is here with that. what do you have for us, rosa? >> well, good evening, don. we start off in saudi arabia. women there are not only getting behind the wheel in protest of the country's ban on women drivers, take a look at your screen. >> translator: i'm driving through a street. i'm taking my sister -- >> that's right, they are also taking video of themselves driving and posting them on youtube for all of the world to see. at least 35 of these videos have been shared as a part of this movement to defy authorities. no arrests so far. but the saudi interior minister issued a warning that women who are caught will be punished. the nigerian navy is still
still looking for two americans kidnapped by pirates from a supply chief, the men believed to be the captain and the engineer were taken from the "sea retriever" off the coast of brass, nigeria. the ship is at post but a u.s. official did not disclose the exact location. the member of the notoriously dangerous gulf cartel is arrested in mexico after being linked to 79 murders. juan pablo vazquez is only 20 years old and he's akudes of killing bystanders and a stripper and on and on. here's what's shocking. mexican authorities are not surprised by the crimes or his young age saying he is not the most ruthless, not the youngest and not the worst killer they've seen out there. psycholosigpsychologist alf called the war organized murder. in syria where brutality is the
daily norm, it's gotten uglier than that. the u.n. said more than 100,000 people have already been killed and now this deadly new tactic. hear this, snipers are setting their sights on pregnant women. i've got to warn you, some of the video that you are about to see is very graphic and disturbing. here's atika shubert. >> reporter: it's a chilling image of just how horrific the syrian civil war has become. a sniper's bullet in the skull of an unborn fetus. the pregnant mother was the victim of a sniper attack. british surgeon dr. david knot volunteered at several hospitals in northern syria with the charity syria relief. >> you see the bullet hole here going from one side of the uterus to the other side and the baby was caught in the middle. >> reporter: these images are graphic, but they are all survivors. the doctor says 90% of the surgeries he performed on any given day were sniper wounds, up
to 20 gunshot wounds a day. syria relief provided cnn with these pictures of sniper victims in order to raise awareness of the growing violence. the doctor says he believes snipers are specifically targeting pregnant women and sometimes children in a vicious game of war. >> for one day we received, say, 15, 16 gunshot wounds, of that 8 to 9 were targeted in the left groin only and then the following day they were targeted in the right groin only. i think definitely there was a game going on. >> reporter: a targeting game. >> a targeting game. >> reporter: in this video from aleppo, men, women, and children try to outrun snipers' bullets as they cross from the regime controlled enclave of the city to the rebel-held areas. it's not clear who is pulling the trigger in this video. but innocent civilians are literally being caught in the cross fire. they risk their lives because
food and provision are on the rebel side, but their homes and families are on the regime side. desperate, they make a dash for supplies. but not everyone makes it through. it is a scene reminiscent of another conflict, bosnia. but at that time, the u.n. operated humanitarian corridors to ensure a steady amount of food and medical aid despite the fighting. dr. nott was there. >> it's wonderful to see the lories coming in, white lories with unhcr coming in, which you knew were full of food and medical aid for the besieged town. because that was a conflict with various different factions working, but at least they got their act together that time. and i would like that to happen again for syria. >> reporter: do you think it can? >> yes, i do. >> reporter: without that humanitarian corridor in syria, he and other doctors warn these
horrific images will not go away. atika shubl betteertshubert, cn. >> those are difficult images to see, just when you think the senseless killings can't get any worse, you see this, targeting pregnant women and unborn children. >> thank you, rosa, i really appreciate it. what an awful story. i spend a big part of my day like now being watched by complete strangers. i don't consider you complete strangers. i feel like i know all of. it's my job, it's likely not your job. but you may have complete strangers watching you in your house all day and the details on how to stop it next. going to . it's out there somewhere spreading the good word about idaho potatoes and raising money for meals on wheels.
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search teams trying to find a missing 14-year-old teen with us atism say they are losing him. they have been trying to find avonte oquendo and his mother refuses to believe the worst. >> my son, he's alive. he's out there, you know? we're not looking in the right places. >> police have scoured all 468 new york city subway stations because avonte likes trains. they also employed sonars, video
camera scans and roaming audio vans to find him. matthew kordel finally got his justice for what he was seeking, justice he did to a 61-year-old, a vic tomorrow of kordel's drunking driving. this youtube video went viral back in september. it was his confession. now he's been sentenced to 6 1/2 years telling cnn his jail time will never make up for what he did. >> there is really no fair sentence when it comes to the loss of life. it's just time and time won't bring back the victim unfortunately. so, you know, i'm just glad that family can have some measure of closure and i hope that they find peace throughout this. >> well, the victim's dotter spoke at cordle's sentencing unlike cordle, her dad got a death sentence. maybe you picked up a cheap webcam hoping to skype with a
friend in indianapolis, or a friend in new zealand, whatever it is, you're practicing first and then maybe you're not ready for prime time, but as we learn in this week's "technovations" you may already have an audience that you don't know about here. >> reporter: in this living room a stuffed animal on the couch. >> we're looking actually at a live shot of a friend's house. it's not an individual we don't know but it is a live shot of somebody's home and there are many others out there. >> reporter: how did we get this view? the camera you used to chat online hacked giving outsiders a window into your home. how rampant is this? >> i would say many, if not more than half of the ip cameras at least have an issue where it doesn't prompt the user to change the default user name and pass word or it has a vulnerability where you can bypass security and get right into the camera. >> reporter: it's not just your webcam, any camera connected to the internet could be
vulnerable. here we're looking at a traffic camera. kyle is a security researcher. his goal is to call attention to these problems. >> many times you can actually manipulate the cameras themselves if you can actually get into the code where you can turn the camera. you can turn the l.e.d.s on and off. >> reporter: baby monitors and children's laptops they've all been compromised. >> you are looking at vendors putting the products to market without doing thorough research in to security. >> reporter: sometimes they accuse the camera itself. other times it's the router connected to the camera. the flaws kyle uses to get access have yet to be fixed by the manufacturers. >> many of these newer attacks can be done from anywhere around the world. >> reporter:i certainly don't want someone turning on my webcam at home. what can i do to protect myself? >> first and foremost change your defaults. change your default user name and pass word. >> reporter: if you want to be careful you can always turn off remote access to your camera. >> we can set them up so we can
remote into the cameras from other locations so let's say i'm at work and i want to see what's going on at home. that's one of the main benefits of having the cameras but that's also one of the main vulnerabilities, because usually if i can from work to home, then anyone can remote from anywhere in the world to my home. >> cnnst money tech pro is here with me. listen, this is frightening. i thought, like if the camera came on, the light comes on and you know it. wait a minute, the light is on, who is watching me. this is beyond dancing around to your favorite sound track. i remember the video queen, someone spying on her. >> this is where we see the scope of the problem. someone can turn it on to see if you are home. miss teen usa had someone turn on her camera, record her
changing and try to blackmail h her. right now, i should say a lot of problems kyle showed us, they haven't been fixed. there's a larger issue. a lot of security researchers have a problem going to these companies saying hey, i found this flaw. a lot of times they say, we are going to see you if you put this out there. >> are they -- i guess they have the capability of taking over home security systems, right? >> yeah. >> what if you need it, like a baby monitor? you can't just unplug them, you need them. >> our smart homes completely connected to the internet. i joke but you can put tape in front of your camera. right now, the ball is in the court of the bigger companies to bake in the security. a lot of them aren't doing that. now, we hear about crimes happening offline. we are beginning to understand, really, the scope of the
problems happening online. i spoke to someone at the nypd. they have a cyber security division devoted to this. this is the future. >> i'm going to the technical crew to get a piece of black tape. it's going on my computer. wow. thank you. good stuff, appreciate it. a winter like blast hits the u.s. from the midwest to the deep south. when will the warmer temperatures come back? they are not coming back until next summer. what does an apron have to do with car insurance? an apron is hard work. an apron is pride in what you do.
the food and drug administration is taking steps to make animal feed and pet food safer. scientists hope to keep it free of disease causing bacteria, chemicals and contaminants. right now, there are zero regulations over it. learn something new every day. america is in the midst of a cold snap from the midwest, to the mid-atlantic to the deep south. look at this, halloween decorations in the window and snow on the ground. meteorologist karen mcginness has more. >> reporter: it felt more like november rather than late october this morning. across a large area of the u.s., the deep freeze is on with this morning's low temperatures dipping into the double digits below average. >> a surprise coming this early in october. not used to that.
>> reporter: cleveland got hit with an early halloween trick. up to five inches of snow in some places, downed power lines and neighborhood trees. >> kind of bored and pacing around. we are used to having our electronics on. then, you know -- >> you have to talk. >> i know. we were forced to all sit in the same room. it was driving us crazy. >> reporter: the conditions are stretching from the midwest to the mid-atlantic and deep south. the winter like conditions are also causing treacherous driving conditions on the roads. in south bend, indiana, black ice caused several accidents. fortunately, no one was injured. in saugatuck, michigan a multivehicle accident turned deadly. two people were killed including good samaritan. still for some, this early sign of winter was a treat, a chance to fine tune the snowman or hit
the green for one more round. >> here in milwaukee. it's electronic. it has coils running through it. >> reporter: as cold as the temperature started out this saturday across the east, they will warm up nicely over the next several days. as temperatures reach near normal status, coming up, for the west, we'll be watching a winter storm brewing. >> karen, thank you very much for that. look at this adorable baby panda learning to walk. as if i have to say adorable. this is in taiwan, the cub is a few months old. momma bear is concerned. she steps in and grabs the cub by the neck and drags her back. giant pandas like this incredibly rare.
1600 exist in the world. there she is. come on back here. don't be doing that. two giant panda twins have been named here in the u.s. instead of cub "a" and cub "b" zoo atlanta has names. they are the first pair of giant panda twins born in the u.s. the names mean something indescribable and magnificent. cute. one georgia teenager has a lot to cheer about. she's a guinness record holder. this is the video that got her that record. [ cheers and applause ] >> who can't do that? kidding. it's amazing. 16-year-old clark broke the record for the most consecutive back hand springs.
the previous was 36. she managed an incredible 44 of them. that's pretty cool. congratulations, michaela. hello, everyone. 6:00 on the nose here in the east. it is a beautiful evening in new york city. i'm don lemon. you are in the cnn news room. we start with new allegations in the past few hours. could be a new test with u.s. relations with the closest allies. a german magazine said the nsa has been spying on angela america l's cell phone going back to 2002. they say it was even going on when president obama was visiting berlin. in washington, today, hundreds of americans sick and tired of the