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today. thank you for joining us. we'll begin with a devastating setback in the search for missing malaysian airlines flight 370. the bluefin-21 has now rapid up its search mission and found no sign of the missing airliner of the 239 people on board. adding to all the pain, australian officials now say they were likely looking in the wrong place. earlier on cnn, a partner of philip wood expressed frustration. >> the people running the investigation are not listening and not thinking clearly. in any normal investigation, you would pursue all reasonable avenues of evidence. in this case it's almost like they've been so fixated on this one directed path that they've managed all the information so it aligns with that path. and that's just backwards. that's the tail wagging the dog. >> let's go to cnn's rene marsh covering the story from
washington. good morning, rene. >> good morning, don. overnight we got a statement from the australians in charge of this search. they say on the record that they are now able to discount the area where bluefin was searching as the final resting place for flight 370. also, a u.s. navy official is on the record with cnn saying those promising underwater sounds were likely not from the plane's black boxes. not only were the black boxes not in the current search area. again, the consensus is neither is the plane. >> it was the most promising lead. now we know it's false. new information the u.s. navy has concluded these four underwater signals were not from the missing plane's black boxes. >> from the u.s. navy's standpoint, these sounds were most likely not from the black boxes. >> yes. i'd have to say at this point,
based on all of the imagery data we've collected and looked at, if that black box were nearby, we would have picked it up. >> when detected in april, the pings boosted confidence the plane would be found. >> the four signals previously acquired taken together constitute the most promising lead. >> reporter: now the navy says the sounds could have been from the search ship itself or other electronics. >> we may very well have been in the wrong place. again, at the end of 30 days, there was nothing else to listen for. >> reporter: after searching 329 square miles of ocean floor, the bluefin-21's mission is over. the search continues in august when private companies take over. meantime, a new potential lead. cnn has learned a sound that could have been the plane crashing was detected by underwater microphones. >> our analysis is designed to monitor earthquakes. looking with the data
specifically to finding if there's any evidence of impact from the malaysian aircraft. >> reporter: the united nations nuclear test ban organization has a network of 11 hydrophone sounds that pick up sounds, even ice breaking thousands of miles away in antarctica. but could it hear a plane hitting the water? >> it's possible, but the circumstances that allow it would have to be very particular. >> reporter: hours after our report first aired, the navy released a statement saying that michael dean, his comments were speculative and premature. however, it is important to point out that i called that same spokesman who put out the statement and asked two very specific questions. was anything in that report inaccurate? his response, we are not saying that, we are just saying it was not his place to say what he said. i also asked does the navy believe that the pings were actually from the black boxes?
the response? it is not our place to say. it is up to the australians. >> really, don, it looks like it's all about formality because michael dean has been a contact of ours and has been very much in the know during this entire under water search mission. don? >> now not really answering. thank you very much. we appreciate that, rene marsh. want to bring in aviation analyst and mary schiavo and david soucie, safety analyst and author of "why planes crash." good morning. >> good morning. >> mary, i'll start with you. if it wasn't the plane's black boxes, what were those pings? >> they're theorizing it could have been from the equipment itself, from the listening devices themselves or from the ships and going so far as to guess that if there was even some kind of short in the equipment, that could have put
out an erroneous signal. they are not suggesting i think seriously that it was any kind of marine life. they're suggesting it came from the search vehicles or the ships. >> so -- but not a false positive, mary, from something else? >> it's a false positive because it's not the black box. they thought it was. there are a lot of biases in investigations. it's a tendency to latch on to the first piece of evidence you get and try to make the rest of the pieces get. it's called confirmation bias and anchoring bias. that's apparently what happened here. >> david, does a statement f a plane may not be in the original search area, does this discredit the search investigation? >> it does in my investigation. mary talked about the biases. in 1967 we started the national
transportation safety board. that was in response to these types of investigations where they were swayed by politics and these biases. so they were brought in as a third party investigation. there's no system in malaysia. i don't fault any individual or organization at this point. it's difficult for them not to follow the paths. that's what they're caught in right now, trying to make the facts fit the conclusion. >> the reason i asked you the question, it may have been a malfunction in the equipment, so the navy is pushing back on its statement from the experts who say the pings were not in the plane. is this the tension within the group? is that kind of tension normal. >> it is. when someone inadvertently tells you the truth and the government isn't red to put out an official
statement, i think it's pretty obvious that the gentleman said what the situation was. the australians haven't said, oh, no, it's the black boxes. we heard no one else say it is the black boxes. even a couple days ago, the australian investigators were putting out hints they were looking elsewhere, they were going to search different way-point routes to see if the plane could be located against those. >> when you said malfunction in the equipment, you mean the equipment that's trying to detect the pings and not necessarily a malfunction in the equipment -- >> yes. correct. >> with nothing found in phase one. what will phase two look like when it picks back up within a few months? >> one of the challenges they had, the bluefin can't predict as well -- in flight 447 it had a map of the area, it could tell
when the plane was going up and down and could anticipate the moves. here they don't have that. the next phase will be concentrated on trying to get a good map of the surface. then they can do their job quite a bit better than they were able to with bluefin-21. >> do you guys ever get sleep? i see you on cnn all day long and all night long. see you soon. now to another story we're watching this morning. the va scandal is widening as some 42 hospitals are under investigation. that action prompted by scathing report from the va inspector general. it says 1700 veterans at a phoenix va hospital who were waiting to see doctors were never scheduled for an appointment and were never placed on a wait list. embattled va secretary eric shinseki ordering the 1700 veterans to be immediately
triaged for care. his words are doing nothing for some in congress increasingly calling for his ouster. an official saying shinseki is, quote, on thin ice. i'll bring in white house correspondent michelle kosinski. lawmakers from both parties roughed up va officials at a hearing on capitol hill last night, didn't they? >> reporter: absolutely. wow. this lasted four hours. these congressmen absolutely tearing into va representatives. they were asking these good solid questions that for some reason the va either could not or would not answer. some of it was concerning this new official report about the phoenix va where the scandal broke and now reaction to it is just exploding. >> how you can stand in a mirror and look at yourself in the mirror and shave in the morning and not throw up -- >> unforgivable. >> there's a question about destruction of documents and you don't even know who did it or their motive.
>> reporter: the anger of congress overflowed. >> this is a decade of excuses. >> the house is on fire and nobody is going to survive. >> all of you i think got to find something else to do. >> reporter: the va bureaucrats at times squirmed. >> i don't know, congressman. i don't know the specifics. we hope to get that done. >> that's not what you said a minute ago. you said we're going to do that. i think i heard you say that. >> congressman, we are going to get that done. >> reporter: the house va committee details stories, one person trying to get a hearing aid for nearly two years. another in need of urgent care sent home for months. >> congressman i was focused on trying to improve the process. >> what about the 1100 veterans? >> reporter: the scandal only seems to get worse. this inspector general's preliminary report on the phoenix va spells it out, systemic patient safety issues, possible wrongful deaths, significant delays, lists,
secret waiting lists, documents that disappeared. just in phoenix there were 1700 veterans waiting for appointments but never entered into the computer system. more than 1100 veterans waited an average of 200 days. now fallout. on cnn senator john mccain called for the va secretary's resignation. >> i think it's time for general shinseki to move on. >> the president, briefed on the latest developments, found them deeply troubling. one white house official described shinseki as being on thin ice. some lawmakers are calling for a criminal investigation. the department of justice has been reviewing the information. shinseki himself as weighed in on the phoenix report saying the va will aggressively and fully implement the recommendations and calling the findings reprehensible. >> one thing that was so us from straighting the lawmakers was so far answers came out of this four-hour-long hearing. one interesting thing that emerged was that the va has and
has had the ability to send veterans to doctors outsid the va system when the va is overwhelmed. it's completely unclear why they haven't been doing that. now the va says they are going to be doing that systemwide. don? >> what a mess, especially for the veterans. some are taking the anger to that the people who represent them on capitol hill. here is what one man said about missouri senator roy blunt who toured a va hospital in st. louis yesterday. >> he represents me. well, represent. you know what i'm doing? quit the delays. talk to the people who go here. >> our senior investigative correspondent is drew griffin. he joins me now. this latest rhett port is staggering me.
should we brace for even more revelations? >> don, i can tell you from our team, you can guarantee there is going to be more revelations that we are working on right now. keep in mind that this preliminary report now, preliminary report which is so damning points to the fact that we'll have much more revelati s revelations. they're involved in this scheming, as the oig calls it, scheming to manipulate federal health data and hide the fact veterans are waiting and waiting and waiting to get a doctor's appointment. >> there's also calls for a criminal investigation by both vet groups. the doj is reviewing this report. is that type of probe a real possibility?
>> i think so. it's also pointed out in the report, if you read the fine print, the office of inspector general is saying where allegations -- where we are finding allegations of criminal and civil wrongdoing, we are sharing that information with the department of justice. clearly if the allegations that we've been told are true, then there appears to be crimes involved. this could literally end up with some va officials across the country going to face the music in court rather than just whether or not they're going to get fired or not. >> drew griffin, we'll be following it and we're glad you are. have a great day. we'll see you on cnn. still to come, shelly sterling gets bids for the l.a. clippers, but donald sterling say it is team is not for sale. what is going on?
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here is what a source is telling cnn. as many as five bidders have lined up to buy the l.a. clippers with offers up to $2 billion. the co-owner, shelly sterling s is -- an attorney for donald sterling tells espn that sterling wants to keep the team and fight the league's charges. cnn's rosa florez joins me. what is going on? one day it's one thing. >> sprinkled with a little bit of crazy. >> a lot of crazy.
>> let me start with this. five bidders have come forward. they are wanting to cough up a lot of cash. we're talking about to the tune of $2 billion. of course, the names are being kept a secret. they're not really saying, but we do know -- you're taking a look at them on your screen. we do know of five interested parties. here is the other interesting thing. a source tells cnn that over the weekend shelly sterling spoke to at least two of them. you're taking a look. that was former microsoft ceo steve ballmer and a group led by former nba all-star grant hill. what's happening in the meantime? donald sterling and his attorney drafting a letter, sending it to the nba saying that the treatment of donald sterling is unconstitutional. there is a quote that sums up what he's saying very nicely. take a look? this is, quote, in reality mr. reality is banned for life, fined $2.5 million and stripped
of his ownership for a purely private conversation with his lover that he did not know was being recorded and he never intended would see the light of day. he makes a few other points that are very interesting. he starts with this. he says the nba morals clause does not regulate private speech. what he's saying here is, look, this was a private conversation in my living room and the nba is basing everything that they're doing against him solely on this private conversation that was recorded. he says nba rules limit fines to $1 million. the attorney checked. why are they finding me $2.5 million. the penalties are draconian. he goes on to say that the forced sale causes an egregious tax hit. he's saying this would cause a
tax bill of $500 million. he's saying, if i'm forced to sell now, i have to pay that money. however, if i have a plan with a tax planner, you can give to your family, your heirs and that would not be that big of a tax hit. the other thing that's interesting here is the timing. you're talking about shelly sterling saying sell now, now, now. donald sterling saying i'm being treated unfairly and keeping my right to sue. i'm not waiving that right. the nba board of governors meeting on tuesday saying we're going to make a decision regardless. >> speaking to legal experts, it doesn't really matter. the nba is not concerned how those conversations, his private conversations got into the public domain. that's not their concern. their concern is it's out there and it is affecting negatively the nba. and so they're not really concerned with that. in civil court, yes.
that made a difference. he has -- he decided to be and signed papers to be a member in a club, and if the club doesn't want you for whatever reason, they can get rid of you, same as a country club. if you do something wrong, you're out. >> right. they can kick you out. he's quoting, of course, the court of law. this is not a court of law. this is the nba. >> thank you very much. we'll see. much more to come. still to come on cnn. apple looks to keep the beat in the music business in a new deal with dr. dre, $3 billion. details on apple's biggest purchase ever. that's just ahead. people probay know that geico could save them money on car insurance, right? you see the thing is geico, well, could help them save on boat insurance too. hey! okay...i'm ready to come in now.
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an nfl star driven to kill after being bumped and having a drink spilled on him? that's the picture prosecutors are painting of aaron hernandez. he pleaded not guilty to a july 2012 double murder in boston. he's expected to go to trial for a separate murder last year. susan candiotti joins me now. this is madness. >> we've all heard of road rage? is this an example of what we're going to start calling bar rage? the scenario prosecutors lay out is pretty stunning, a chance encounter with perfect strangers, clueless about who aaron hernandez is. prosecutors say he thought people were testing him, disrespecting him, when he went to clubs to party. one night it led to double murder. prosecutors call it a chance encounter among strangers that
ended in a double murder over a spilled drink at a boston nightclub. >> it was an entirely senseless killing. >> while dancing, investigators say daniel abreu accidentally bumps into then new england patriot aaron hernandez who spills his drink. >> the defendant became angered and increasingly agitated. >> reporter: hernandez is accused of stalking the man after leaving the bar and shooting from his suv into their car. >> the defendant leaned out of the driver's side window with the loaded revolver extended out and stated, yo, what's up now and a racial slur. he fired at least five rounds into the victim's car. >> reporter: abreu and his friend were killed, three of their friends survived. >> the defendant and his friend were escorted into the nightclub. >> reporter: their relatives
sobbed listening to details. the man with hnds that night, in court papers he's identified as alexander bradley, not currently charged in this case. he's jailed on an unrelated charge. prosecutors say that friend told them hernandez was enraged over that spilled drink and convinced the stranger who bumped him was, quote, trying him. the suv hernandez is suspected of driving was later found covered in cobwebs at his cousin's house, but not until after the murder of odin lloyd about a year later. hernandez has pleaded not guilty in that case and in this one. >> how do you plead to this en indictment? >> not guilty. >> reporter: sgl prosecutors say hernandez told his friend alexander bradley, quote, i think i got one in the head and one in the chest. the trial is probably a good one to two years away. still have to go through one trial coming up for odin lloyd.
don't have a trial date on that. >> this precedes the odin lloyd trial. this is before, right? >> that's right. they were getting nowhere with trying to solve this kaels. it wasn't until after the murder of oh did lloyd, so sad, so tranlic, that they were able to backtrack and piece this one together, too. >> thank you, susan candiotti. still to come on cnn, the first lady's fight against childhood obesity has a new opponent, washington. she's calling outlaw makers for not using, quote, sound science.
the fight over childhood obesity has the first lady taking a swing of congress. she's criticizing lawmakers for not using science in decisions that could reduce or eliminate reforms on healthy childhood eating. changes that could include adding potatoes to lists of approved foods or lowering the quality standards for foods served in schools. here is what mrs. obama writes. she says, as parents we always put our children' interests first. we wake up every morning and going to bed every night worrying about their well-being and futures. when we make decisions about our kids' health, we rely on doctors and experts who can give us accurate information based on sound science. our leaders in washington should do the same. cnn contributor sally cohen and
ben ferguson is here. good morning everybody. great to see you. >> morning. >> sally, i'll start with you. we're talking about a simple problem that has turned into a huge partisan battle. is this the right fight to be having you think? >> it is the right issue to be focusing on as a country, right? we have a massive problem with childhood obesity. it has gotten three times worse in the last 30 years. it is a crisis. it's a crisis for families. it's certainly a crisis for our family. is it the right political battle to be having? i would argue not. the obamas didn't pick this political battle. for crying out loud she's trying to get kids to get healthy and exercise. republicans are hellbent on fighting any mott couple of success of the obama administration. >> would you be talking about ben ferguson? she has a point.
let me get this in and you can answer. this new study says 30% of the people on this planet are overweight and obese. shouldn't we all be talking about tightening these rules and not easing them. >> and we did. the problem is more than 500 schools, mostly in poverty areas, most of them in liberal areas have decided to opt out of this. >> wait, poverty areas and liberal areas? >> i'm saying these people are rejecting michelle obama and what she's done because the kids aren't eating the food. this isn't republican areas. there's another bigger issue, 1 million kids have opted out of the free or reduced lunch program in the last year. the first time it's ever happened while 1.2 million kids became eligible for the program, new kids. so the kids aren't eating the food. what you're having is, you're having people that are usually on michelle obama's side that
are saying these guidelines are too stringent and unfortunately the children aren't eating the food. we're going to have to find a compromise here. the idea is great but they're not eating. the kids aren't eating the food and they desperately need it. >> did you eat your vegetables when you were a kid? >> only the ones i liked. that's the problem with these kids. >> let's be clear. >> if you got hungry enough, you'd eat them. >> they're at school. there's three things going on. republicans want to do anything they can to attack and undermine the obama administration. >> not true. >> especially on these issues. by the way, republicans are the primary recipients of the food and beverage industry lobbying money. >> we're not trying to bring sugary drinks back in. >> two other issues. it's true, schools are having trouble paying for these things because republicans keep cutting the budget for education. >> again, not true. >> as a parent, as a parent i still send my kid to school with
healthy food. would my kid choose mcdonald's every day? >> sally, you're a responsible parent. >> yes, who has money. >> when you have 500 schools that say the kids aren't eating the food, we're losing money because no one is buying the lunches, you have a million parents look at their kids and say we're going to opt o you out of the free lunch program because you're not eeth it anyway. what are you saying? >> i'm saying we have to be more realistic. >> let ag 5-year-old decide. >> the parents are deciding for the kids because the parents are the ones that fill out the paperwork for the kid to be in the free lunch program. not a 5-year-old. >> what are you suggesting? >> you have to look at sodium. should we bring a little bit, not unlimited sodium. should we maybe roll back some of the requirements on whole grain, not all of them? >> i'm in favor of the kids
having healthier food. i think everyone is. this shouldn't be a partisan battle. >> why are republicans in congress blocking it. >> they're not blocking it. they're looking at reforming it and michelle obama is saying, you touch my program and you want to make kids fat which is maybe the most ridiculous argument i've ever heard. >> okay. i'm just saying, when i was a kid -- >> nobody wants to make kids fat. >> when i was a kid, i probably would have opted out of school. >> that's why we don't give the choice to the kids. >> if you get hungry enough, trust me, you will eat anything that is presented in front of you. thank you, guys. this will continue on. brad pitt attacked while attending the premier of his partner angelina jolie's new movie. the guy is apparently known for pulling other stunts like this in hollywood. we'll tell you which ones coming up. what does it mean to have an unlimited mileage warranty
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brad pitt appeared unfazed. it happened when the actor was signing autographs at the premier of "malificent." the suspect was arrested on suspicion of battery. michelle turner has more now. >> reporter: it was like any red carpet event. brad pitt signing autographs for fans when suddenly -- a man swings at the superstar, police say striking him in the face. it happened at the premier of partner angelina jolie's new movie ma"malificent." he was cuffed. police identified him as vitali sediuk, notorious in hollywood
for his red kafrpt crashing antics. two weeks ago sediuk was dragged off the red carpet at cannes when he tried to crawl under actress america ferrera's dress. will smith took a swipe at the prank center back in may 2012 after sediuk tried to kiss smith on the mouth. in 2013 he stormed the stage at the grammys. explanation from the red carpet crasher himself to hln's a.j. hammer right after the grammy incident. sediuk saying he took the opportunity because he's a fan of adele. >> adele is my favorite singer. she was like in the beginning and i thought, well, i'm sitting not in the right place. if i stay here a while and organize these seats every time, i sat probably not in my seat
and it belonged maybe allegedly to adam levine. i tried to do that as fast as possible and then i was kicked out and arrested. >> reporter: after that, the incident only ramped up and the bran, got bolder. he made headlines elier this year forgetting too close to comfort to leonardo dicaprio at separate red carpet events. now he finds himself back in jail and back at the headlines again. >> michelle, this is nuts. shouldn't they know this guy? >> they definitely know this guy. at one point he did get red carpet credentials when he was being the television presenter and tv host. when he started pulling those pranks, they snatched his credentials, banned him from red carpets. he wasn't in the red carpet, he was in a crowd of fans and jumped a barrier. the more they try to keep him away, the more he tries to figure out ways to get around
it. >> security is tight. brad pitt okay though? >> i think okay. maybe his ego is bruised a little bit. i think he probably wanted to punch the guy back. >> like will smith. >> you asked about security, this is an angelina jolie and brad pitt premier, security is going to be tight. it was on hollywood boulevard. they shut it down. you do have to check in the you're the press. if you're in the crowd and fans, they like for that fervor to be there. it would be easy for that guy to get into that area. he'll probably be made an example of. i think it's about time. the america ferrera incident to me was disturbing. he was under her dress. he would have got a stiletto in the face if it were me. >> you took the words out of my face. i think after this people will be checking and double-checking security measures. cnn's new series "the
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straight out of compton so cupertino. see what i did there? dr. dre's headphones and music streaming company are heading up the california coast all the way up to apple. beats has been bought for $3 billion. it's been the worst-kept secret really in silicon valley. our chief business correspondent and host of "your money," chris too christine romans joins me. does this make him the first hip-hop billionaire? >> pretty darn close. if you look at his stake at this company, he's valued at something like $550 million already. his stake with a $3 billion
purchase, that gets him pretty darn close. i think he can round up. i think he's almost there. >> it's good to be a dre these days. >> it's good to be dr. dre. as jenn berman said, this is why your mom told you to become a doctor because it pays off in the end. >> ever since is leaked, i said it was the worst-kept secret in silicon valley, everyone has been scratching their heads, does this make sense for appear snl everyone has beats. i have them. i wish they were noise canceling for the airplane. i love them. >> apple can afford to pay $3 billion for a company. they usually don't buy a company and let that company operate as its own identity under the apple brand. they usually buy a company because they want the talent, they want the patent, they want something the company has that becomes apple. they want these two guys, dr. dre and jimmy who is a legend on the california music scene. he was consulted by steve jobs when he was coming up with itunes because this guy knows everything about the music industry. so this is a play for talent. it's a play for beats and the
brand, the beats customers and maybe a play to wearable technology. that's the new -- the new thing is wearable technology. >> that was my question. do they think that people who buy beats, right, that they're not necessarily using apple products, that they will? but you said this is beyond that. maybe it's wearable. >> i think it's beyond that. i think it's wearable technology. i also think we'll see new things out of these two companies together. tim cook stood with jimmy and dr. dre yesterday announcing this deal finally. and he says it's a good deal for their company. it will be good for apple shareholders. >> i'm getting too old for this. my watch is ringing. wait, no, it's my itunes. sorry, no, it's my computer. crazy. good luck, dr. dre and company. thank you, christine. good to see you. check out this moment from the nba playoffs last night, okay? look at this. indiana's lance stephenson, really trying to get lebron james's -- in his head by, get this, blowing in his ear. lebron's thinking, i can't believe you just did that. and after the game, cnn's rachel
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if money doesn't grow on trees, you've heard the saying it falls from the sky. in san francisco, finding cash is as easy as checking twitter. an anonymous man is creating a frenzy thanks to his online hunt for cash. cnn's dan simon picks up the story from here. >> reporter: all right, he just posted a new clue. it says "find mr. frank lynn along the crookedest street." let's go. it's a san francisco scavenger hunt, and we're playing along, tracking the latest clue for cash to the world-famous lombard
street. >> we came over here, like, super fast, like the second the tweet came out. >> reporter: the search for dollars sometimes just affixed to parking meters has taken people all over the city thanks to a self-described 1%er on twitter with the handle @hiddencash. according to his profile, it's a social experiment for good. he hides money, then tweets out the clues. one of them takes us to the sea lions at fisherman's wharf. >> it's got to be around here somewhere. >> reporter: where we find at least a dozen people looking. >> barbecue's running. i hope my house doesn't burn down because we're looking. >> reporter: and if you happen to find the cash-filled envelope, all that's asked is that you tweet a photo. the man behind it all is a real estate investor who tells me that he's hardened to see that many of the lucky recipients are using the money for their own random acts of kindness. can you tell me why you decided to remain anonymous? >> i don't necessarily want the spotlight on myself. i do want it on what i'm doing and trying to do but i don't
want it on me as a private person. i have no plans to stop any time soon. i'm planning to continue this indefinitely into the future. >> reporter: since it started last week, he's been leaving about $1,000 a day. that equates to ten separate clues. and we're racing to the next one. all right. he just tweeted that the money is right near the golden gate bridge and we'll be there in just about a minute. and that's where we find izzi miller. >> hello. >> reporter: with a crisp bill in hand. >> i just rolled out of bed and i saw the tweet and ran down here. man, the first person. >> reporter: the envelope wedged in this box. what do you think about what he's doing? >> i think it's awesome. it's a totally fun thing to do. and the fact that he's doing it in a philanthropic and charitable mindset makes it even cooler. >> reporter: it's old-fashioned cash and san francisco tech coming together for a noble purpose. dan simon, cnn, san francisco. >> good luck, twitterverse. i'm don lemon. thank you for putting up with
me. the next hour of the "cnn newsroom" begins right now. good morning. i'm annika brera. thanks so much for joining me. that v.a. scandal is still growing. outrage is boiling over in washington and beyond. there's a new interim report straight from the v.a. inspector general that details even more shocking failures at the phoenix v.a. facility. 1,700 veterans waiting for doctors' care. they were never scheduled for an appointment, so they weren't even put on a wait list. the fear is they were simply lost in the system, perhaps forgotten. for those who did make the wait list, they had an average wait -- an average -- of 115 days for their first appointment. we also learned the investigation has widened yet again to include 42 v.a. facilities now under investigation all across the country. this report released just
yesterday came as v.a. officials wept to capitol hill for a real grilling from lawmakers. listen to this. >> how you can stand in a mirror and look at yourself in the mirror and shave in the morning and not throw up. >> it's unforgivable. >> there's question about destruction of documents and you don't even know who did it or their motive. >> this is nearly a decade of excuses. >> the house is on fire, and nobody's going to survive. >> all of you, i think, got to find something else to do. >> of course, at the center of all of this, v.a. secretary eric shinseki, a man described by white house officials as, quote, on thin ice with president obama. more high-profile members of congress are now calling for his resignation. among them, senator john mccain. >> i really believe that general shinseki should review, in his own mind, whether he can adequately serve the country, carrying out the responsibilities given the things that have happened on his watch. >> now, it's not just
republicans anymore who want to see shinseki step down. democratic senator mark udall from colorado tweeted "in light of ig report and systemic issues at department of veterans affairs, secretary shinseki must step down." and that was followed by a handful of other democrats then calling for shinseki's resignation. joining me, cnn senior investigative correspondent drew griffin who broke this story. tons of calls for shinseki to resign. is that really going to fix what seems to be this systemwide crisis at v.a. hospitals? >> well, ana, there's two crises going on here. one is very much political, and the other is the administration of the v.a. itself. the political crisis, i feel, is only going to get worse as more and more details emerge, not just from phoenix but now across the country at these 42 other hospitals being investigated. and each time those details emerge, you're going to have more calls for the secretary, eric shinseki, to resign.
so if you want to get beyond the political crisis, i think that is why the white house is signaling that eric shinseki is on very thin ice. as for the v.a., it has shown it can't manage itself. it appears there needs to be some kind of a change in the way it operates. do you trust that to the people who got us into this mess, or do you bring in somebody else? and i think that's what the white house is now trying to weigh. >> everybody wants to see somebody held accountable for all of this. at least if we could blame somebody, it would make people feel better. then again, critics of those who are calling for shinseki's resignation are saying, well, if you get rid of shinseki, then the focus is going to turn to finding his replacement. it could get bogged down in some of the procedural hurdles and all of that. is that a valid concern, do you think? >> i mean, it's valid that they're making that, but keep in mind shinseki has been in that office since 2009. our indications are, from memos we've uncovered, he's known about these very issues since
2010. this stuff has been quite well known in the v.a. the v.a. just wasn't paying attention. so now what the politicians are saying, and quite frankly what many veterans groups are saying, is do we trust these same administrators, this same staff, this same group of people who got us into this mess, and quite frankly ignored the mess to lead us out of it. you know, at some point, if you were turning around a company, ana, you'd have to say, hey, enough is enough. we do need new leadership to turn around what is obviously a ship that's been going in the wrong direction. >> all right. we keep hearing more problems, but not enough solutions right now. drew griffin, we know you'll stay on top of this. thanks so much. >> thanks. now to a devastating setback in the search for missing malaysian airlines flight 370. the bluefin-21 has now wrapped up its search mission with no sign of the missing airliner or the 239 people on board. and adding to the pain now, a
u.s. navy expert says the pings that had once seemed so promising are not connected to the missing plane's black boxes. they may have even come from the search ships themselves. earlier on cnn, sarah bajac expressed her frustration over the search efforts. >> they're not running it like an investigation. the tail is wagging the dog. they made a determination of where they thought the plane went, and now they've force fed all of the information to satisfy that. there are just too many inconsistencies and too much -- i mean, i call it overt incompetence for it to be accidental. i mean, nobody can be so stupid as to make so many mistakes over and over and over again. >> will ripley is covering the story from tokyo. will, where do we go from here? >> reporter: well, where we go from here, ana, is a very slow,
painstaking, grueling search. now that this roughly 330-square-mile area that the bluefin was searching that they thought these pings may have indicated the presence of black boxes, that has turned out not to be the case. now this new search area, 23,000 square miles could take a year, maybe longer. they'll have to bring in private contractors to do a lot of this work. those contractors aren't even going to get to the search area for two months. and then you think about the obstacles, ana. we've already seen just how difficult it is to truly map out and understand the ocean floor in this area that is really more unknown than the surface of the moon. some of the places where these searchers are going to have to look, the water there, more than 3 1/2 miles deep. so if this search has taught us one thing so far, it's that nothing is certain, and that this is going to be a very slow process. many more months of waiting for closure for the families of these 239 people. >> tough to hear. will ripley, stay with us. and let's bring in thomas, the
vice president and group manager at teledine marine systems which makes some of the pinger locators that have been used in this search for the flight. also mary schiavo, aviation analyst and former inspector general for the u.s. transportation department. thomas, i want to start with you. first, are you surprised about this latest news that the pings didn't come from the black boxes? >> no. i mean, that was always a possibility. i think we talked about this over the last couple of months, that the frequency was slightly lower than what is the prescribed 37.5 kilohertz requirement for the aviation pinger. there are a whole bunch of reasons that could potentially be, but there are also other man made sources that could generate that type of signal. so it was an attractive target, let's say, to look at, but it wasn't a definitive target. and so the failure and the lack of finding a real item on the bottom is not necessarily surprising. >> and lots of time and effort
happening and going into this one focused area. mary, it wasn't just the pings that had led investigators to this area. are there other reasons that we should still keep looking here, or is this a lost cause now? >> well, i wouldn't say it's a lost cause. the biggest reason and the same reason that led the searchers to this area is the inmarsat data. right now that's really the only hard data, if you will, that the investigators have. some people say it's not such hard data, but that's really all there is. although the australians have said they are going to perhaps look at waypoints to see what possible routes there could have been. and now with the underwater hydrophones from the nuclear test ban agency. so they're looking at other avenues. but right now the search will still there because of inmarsat. >> as you mentioned, some new technology will come into play in this next phase. thomas, are we going to have
something different than we haven't already seen? >> not for a long time. so as they start to bring in a broader area search capability, and that would be using towed sonar systems, deep side scan systems, that process becomes slow. the area expands for surge. it's just going to be the same kind of sonar maps that the bluefin-21 was generated, probably at a lower resolution, but now over a very large area. so the search could go on for months or a year, and it's really an incredibly large area to try to build a map of. >> and will, i want to bring you in for one last quick question. are you hearing anything about where this search is going next in terms of physical location? could we be looking at a completely different area in the next phase? >> reporter: well, the inmarsat data basically gives the search teams this 23,000 square mile area where they believe there's the greatest likelihood that the
plane went down. and then mary also pointed out that, you know, that united nations network of underwater microphones may have detected some sort of a sound around the time that could have been a plane crashing. although as we've seen so many false leads in this case, we have to couch that with the fact that it's very unlikely that the microphone detected a plane crashing, and it could have been a natural event. nonetheless, you have this team that have been analyzing this data, and it's in this 23,000 square mile that they're going to be searching. they're going to be canvassing, and they're going to be looking for this plane. >> 23,000 square miles, that's a lot to cover. will, thomas, thank you so much. mary, please stay with us because we have another airline-related story. another close call at a u.s. airport. an alaskan airlines jet about to land comes dangerously close to another plane. that's ahead. ♪ [ girl ] my mom, she makes underwater fans that are powered by the moon.
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. another midair close call involving a passenger jet. the latest near-miss, an alaska airlines jet coming within a quarter mile of a cargo plane. now, this happened on tuesday in anchorage. the passenger jet landed safely. nearly 150 people were on board, but this is just the most recent close call. you might recall two passenger planes came within a mile of each other on takeoff at houston's george bush intercontinental airport this month. and then back in april, united airlines jet taking off at newark international came within just yards of another plane that was landing. there was another near-miss in hawaii on april 25th. and a fifth incident, may 10th, at jfk. so this isn't just a perceived increase in these events. the faa says there were more than 4,300 near-misses in 2012,
and that, of course, is way up from the nearly 1,900 that happened in 2011. staying with us, aviation analyst and former transportation department inspector general mary schiavo. mary, why are we seeing so many more of these incidents? >> well, there's a problem with air traffic controller training and discipline, and mistakes by air traffic controllers, these are called operational errors when you have near collisions in the air or near collisions at the airport when the planes are under control by air traffic controllers. and they've been on the rise for a number of years. back in 2009/2010, the office of inspector general, my old office, did a study. some of the report of increase is because the faa now gives amnesty to air traffic controllers if they will report their own mistakes. but the ig found that aside from that amnesty program, the numbers are on the rise, and they do plane it on training and discipline at the faa. >> so it is an air traffic control problem, you're saying, mostly with training, or is it also with numbers? do we not have enough air traffic controllers?
>> well, we have enough air traffic controllers to do the job. the faa is required to keep, according to federal air regulations, a required number of controllers on the job, both in the air traffic control towers and in the en route facilities. there are a required number, they must keep them. but there is a need to train a vast number of controllers to replace the controllers that were hired after president reagan, in the early '80s, fired illegally striking air traffic controllers. those controllers are retiring, and there's a need for a great number of controllers, but that's another problem. turns out that the time to train an air traffic controller has increased in some cases doubled. and the faa has not been very responsive to congress and to the office of inspector general to explain why it now takes twice as long to train a controller. in some cases as long as three years. >> most importantly, i need to ask how concerned should we be as passengers? >> well, we need to be concerned because but for the wonderful equipment called tcas, the
traffic collision avoidance system, these near-misses would have disastrous. so we have wonderful equipment on board, but we also want the human element to contribute. so we need to be worried, but there's not much a passenger can do except obviously stay on major well-known recognized scheduled carriers because in the united states for passenger aircraft, that tcas is required. it's the law. >> not real comforting, but we appreciate your advice on that issue. thank you so much, mary schiavo. still to come, brad pitt attacked while attending the premiere of angelina jolie's new movie and the guy arrested for it, well, he's apparently known for pulling other stunts just like this in hollywood. nischelle turner is following the story for us this morning. nischelle? >> yeah, he has a long list of incidents dating back two years ago. we'll tell you all about it when we come back. captain: this is a tip. bellman: thanks, captain obvious.
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brad pitt appeared unfazed after he was struck in the face at a movie premiere in los angeles. it happened when pitt was signing autographs at the premiere of "maleficent." the movie featuring angelina jolie. he was arrested on suspicion of battery there. nischelle turner is with us now from new york with a look at exactly what happened. >> well, ana, it's funny, i was just on television yesterday talking about emma watson and her having security detail at her graduation.
people thought it was a little weird, but you know what? celebrities do things like that because of situations like this. the man who attacked brad pitt has been at this for a while. he calls himself a prankster. he's a ukrainian tv host who has also tried his hand at acting. he's been banned from red carpets all over the place, but he keeps showing up, and somehow he keeps getting close, way too close, to hollywood's a-list. >> reporter: it was like any red carpet event. brad pitt signing autographs for fans. when suddenly -- a man swings at the superstar. police say striking him in the face. it happened at the premiere of partner angelina jolie's new film, "maleficent." when the man lunged, security moved in, quickly taking him down. he was cuffed. police identified him as vitaly, a 25-year-old ukrainian tv host who is notorious in hollywood for his red carpet-crashing
antics. two weeks ago he was dragged off the red carpet at cannes when he tried to crawl under actress america ferrera's dress. he is best known for this, getting slammed himself. will smith took a swipe at the prankster back in may 2012 after he tried to kiss smith on the mouth. and in 2013, he stormed the stage at the grammys. >> i feel sorry for that, but i know what i did. it's crazy. >> reporter: explanation from the red carpet crasher himself to "hln's" a.j. hammer right after the grammy incident. saying he took the opportunity because he's a fan of adele's. >> adele is my favorite singer, so i can go on with adele. and in the beginning, and i thought, well, i'm sitting in my place. and if i stay here for a while and, like, organize every time they would ask me to believe because i sat probably in my
seat. it belonged maybe, allegedly, to adam levine. i tried to do that as fast as possible, and then i was kicked out and arrested. >> reporter: but after that, the incident only ramped up and the pranks got bolder. he made headlines earlier this year for getting too close for comfort to leonardo dicaprio and bradley cooper at separate red carpet events. and now he finds himself back in jail and back in the headlines again. >> now, at this incident last night, he apparently was in the crowd of fans where brad pitt was signing autographs. a lot of celebrities do that at red carpet premieres. eyewitnesses say he jumped over the barriers, and that's when he struck brad pitt. now, after all of this, ana, brad pitt did continue to walk the red carpet. he didn't do any interviews. he kind of walked the crowd, waved at the reporters and kept going right on inside. >> well, glad to hear he's okay. what about security, though? i mean, this obviously proves, this guy has done it before, and he continues to do it. something's wrong here.
>> well, you know, it's tough. because there's two sides to it. i don't know if i would actually say something's wrong because as far as covering the event or being on the red carpet, there is security in that area, and there is a check-in place there. so you do have to be accounted for and checked in. but if you've seen a red carpet premiere, they shut down the street a lot of times. they want fans to come out and see the stars and have it be a big party and fun atmosphere. on the periphery, there's always a lot of fans there. and most times celebrities want to be good to their fans. they go across the street and they sign autographs for the people waiting. the fans there that want to see them. that's what happened here. that man was in that crowd, not necessarily at the premiere. so it's hard to manage what you do in a situation like that. you want the fans there, but you can't check every single person that comes up to the barrier. >> maybe this guy needs a restrain order of some sort. >> you're right.
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we have this just into cnn newsroom. house speaker john boehner now weighing in on the growing v.a. scandal. here's what he said just minutes ago at the weekly briefing. >> the question i ask myself is, is him resigning going to get us to the bottom of the problem? is it going to help us find out what's really going on? and the answer i keep getting is no. but the real issue here is that the president is the one who should be held accountable. as kevin pointed out, we sent a letter, going back to early 2013, talking about the gao report and asking for its recommendations to be implemented. and for the president to say he didn't know anything about it is rather shocking. and so the president is going to have to step up here and show some real leadership. >> so boehner taking it a step forward, even above shinseki, calling for the president to really lead on this issue.
let's bring in white house correspondent michelle kosinski as well as senior investigative reporter drew griffin. michelle, what's your take on what we just heard? >> reporter: i think that's the first time we heard that put so bluntly. although there has been plenty of criticism, not only on secretary shinseki, but on the administration. and they've defended themselves these past few weeks, saying that they are taking action. they've launched this report, expressing confidence in shinseki. but meantime, the calls are growing from both sides. democrats and republicans just yesterday on cnn, senator john mccain said that he previously was waiting and seeing, you know, critical of the situation but not necessarily calling for shinseki to resign. well, he said, as of now, i am calling for him to step down. it seems like this report, it was a preliminary inspector general report that came out yesterday, really looking closely at the phoenix v.a., which is where the scandal broke, and some of the details
in there turned heads, sparked a lot of anger among congressmen. so we saw, as of yesterday, many, many more calls for him to resign. but we did ask the white house, because there's been reporting that white house officials are saying that shinseki now is on thin ice, that the president was deeply troubled by what was in that report i just mentioned, and that he's basically on probation. kind of a step away from the confidence that was expressed in the last two weeks. but i just heard from a white house official now who says really nothing has changed. that the administration does still have confidence in secretary shinseki, but accountability will be effected once they have the results of the full report, ana. >> well, drew, i want to ask you this question because you've been covering this since the beginning, several months ago. it just seems like we're seeing a game of political football unfold as this pressure mounts
and the outrage grows. but what really is being done to solve the problem? >> reporter: yeah. you're right, it is turning into political football, but the problem for the president is, it's not republicans versus democrats. it's republicans and democrats versus what they are seeing as a disengaged white house and a completely disengaged v.a. nothing has changed, as michelle has pointed out. that is the problem that politicians are telling me. nothing has changed. they believe this is a crisis. there needs to be immediate action. it took the president a month to speak about it at all after the phoenix allegations broke. the v.a. has yet to respond to our individual requests for interviews on what we thought was a crisis back in november. so it's this lack of emergency crisis management from the actual white house that is going to continue to drive this as a
political crisis as more and more of these revelations become public. >> and we're hearing more and more from the lawmakers. something congress have any power in all of this, drew, in terms of getting involved and making some changes themselves? >> reporter: well, they can't fire anybody at the v.a. that's up to the president. they can only provide the v.a. with enough funding that the v.a. says it needs to get the job done, which they have through many administrations now. so it does seem to rely on the president leading and v.a. secretary shinseki either leading or leaving. and right now politicians -- and i must say, both democrats and republicans, but democrats reluctantly now are saying we are not seeing that leadership. >> all right. drew griffin and michelle kosinski, thank you both. still to come, students at the university of california-santa barbara returning to classes after last week's shooting rampage. we'll talk with the student body
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>> what do you want people to know about how much they did try, how much they struggled with managing the mental illness of their son? >> there is a sense that they tried everything. and as i say, even on the final night, they were in chase of trying to rescue him. >> there was nothing unusual about elliott rodger when he went to purchase one of the guns he used in that shooting rampage. at least that was the feeling from the man who sold the weapon to him. cnn's sara sidner joins us with that part of the story. >> reporter: while the community and the families are struggling to begin that healing process, the rampage has reinvigorated the gun-control debate. we know that the suspect bought all of his guns legally. cnn went to one of the gun shops in oxnard where he purchased his gun, and the manager says he does remember back in february when the gun was sold to rodger.
and he said he did everything legally. waited the required ten days and then picked his gun up. >> it happens from time to time, but what about the guy that sold him the knives or the swords that he used? what about the guy that sold him the car he was in driving around and hit people? i mean, do they feel bad? or did they know he was going to do something bad with it? i mean, we sell tools or items. it's no different than the guy that sold him the knife that he used. >> now, that's being pointed out by others. he killed as many people by stabbing them to death as he did by shooting them, but he did manage to injure far more people with his gun than with his car or with knives or whatever he used to stab his roommates. and in his 137-page rant and pseudoautobiography, he had a moment of panic. he described when deputiy ies
showed up at his house, he thought his deadly plan would be discovered if police had discovered his arsenal which included 400 rounds of ammunition and those three guns we told you about. but the sheriff said that rodger didn't have a criminal record or a record of being committed to mental health facilities, and of course he talked again about the fact that he obtained all of this legally. and after his deputy's conversation with rodger, his actions did not indicate a person teetering on the edge, so they left. ana? >> tough story to cover. sara sidner, thank you for your reporting. of course, this is a tragedy that's touched so many lives. and to discuss more, i want to bring in allie guthey. we know it's a tough time there. thanks so much for spending a few minutes of your day with us. >> yeah, thank you for having me. >> so yesterday i know was the first day classes resumed there on campus. what was the mood? >> well, students on this campus
are still really grieving and mourning the loss of our six ucsb family members that lost their lives this weekend. classes may have resumed, but we are definitely not acting business as usual this week. >> i imagine it came as a shock to everybody there. do you feel safe on campus? >> absolutely. law enforcement, the foot patrol, ucpd, sheriff's deputies and the ally agencies that have really come together to support us in light of this tragedy have really been incredible, ensuring the security and safety of our community. on campus, there is definitely some concerns in the immediate aftermath of this tragedy. i don't know how there couldn't be. but i definitely personally feel safe on this campus still. >> we know politicians are moving fast on the tragedy. one lawmaker even now proposing a gun violence restraining order that would allow family members or friends to block someone from purchasing a gun if they're mentally unstable. what are your thoughts on this?
>> honestly, my community or myself personally, we haven't had a chance to really fully process this event or even think politically in terms of it. we're still, again, mourning the loss of six ucsb family members who have lost their lives this weekend. there will be a time and a place for political action, but we are still in a place of mourning, and we haven't really thought of that yet. so there is a time and a place for action, and we will get there. but we're just not quite ready yet. >> do you think the gunman slipped through the cracks? >> in terms of the mental health check that was issued on him and deputy sheriffs that did check on him, no one places blame on them, or i personally -- you know, in hindsight everything can appear 20/20. but you can't blame someone for missing something like that. you know, we definitely need to reassess moving forward how we issue those checks. but again, i'm not a law enforcement officer. i don't know the specifics of how those checks are run. we should be looking into that, but i personally do not place
blame on anyone for not seeing that. i don't think -- in hindsight, everything appears 20/20, and we shouldn't blame them for that. ali guthy, thank you so much. we wish you the best of luck and your peers as well. >> thank you so much. still to come, a u.s. marine sitting in a mexican jail makes a surprise move in court. now he could be behind bars for longer than expected. captain: this is a tip. bellman: thanks, captain obvious. captain: and here's a tip. when you save money on hotel rooms, it's just like saving money on anything else that costs money. like shoes, textiles, foreign investments, spatulas, bounty hunters, javelins...
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a u.s. marine stuck in a tee juwannjuan tijuana prison will more time than expected. his legal troubles began when he says he accidentally crossed the border into mexico with three guns in his truck. >> i'm at the border of mexico right now. my problem is i thougcrossed th border by accident, and i have three guns in my truck, and they're trying to possess -- they're trying to take my guns from me. >> so you're in mexico? >> yeah. >> there's nothing i can help you with, then, sir. i do apologize. you're not on american soil anymore. i can't really help you. >> well, now in a shocking move, he's fired his legal team. this happened during a court hearing yesterday. cnn's nick valencia is joining us with the latest.
do we know why he fired his lawyers? >> there was a conflict of how they wanted to precede with the defense. the former attorney told the family that he believed it was in his best interest not to reveal that he had been in mexico before, specifically had been in mexico on foot earlier that day. the family, from what they tell me, they didn't want to lie, they said, so they dismissed the attorney. he's facing up to 21 years in prison for this weapons charge. and his case has picked up a lot of team especially among lawmakers here in the united states. one specifically, duncan hunter, representative hunter has written a letter to mexico's attorney general asking for the marine's release on that legal team. yesterday the media caught up with the former defense attorney of andrew, and that defense attorney says he believes that he will be released sometime soon. >> they talked and made the decision. and like i said, i need to respect whatever they decide. i wish andrew and his mother all the best. like i said, andrew is innocent. andrew shouldn't be here. and he will get out of this mess he's in. probably a couple of weeks
later. >> now, when i spoke to his mother yesterday, ana, she's very skeptical that her son will receive a fair trial. she says the mexican judicial system is corrupt, is known to be corrupt. less than 90% of the crimes get prosecuted there. so she feels that her son may not get a fair trial. there's some concern there, which is why they're putting so much media attention, why the political pressure. this is a case that has happened, similar cases happened before in 2012. another u.s. marine had taken a weapon down, crossed the border. he registered that with u.s. customs. he was told he could bring the weapon back into mexico. that wasn't the case when he arrived in mexico. he was detained for four months, and he was eventually let go because of this political pressure and media attention. now, i spoke to that marine's mother. they're working in conjunction with this family, hoping that he will be released sometime soon. >> well, of course, it's illegal to take any firearms into mexico. it's been under scrutiny because of the drug war. this is a bizarre one. i don't think we've heard the end of it.
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yes, it was the '60s that changed life as we know it forever. not just in music or television, but our entire way of life. olympia dukakis knows all about it, and she revealed some surprises in an interview with carol costello. >> you had an amazing experience in the 1960s. you talk about -- >> i did. >> -- when you got married, you had an open marriage. i don't think many people realize that. >> it didn't seem dramatic or daring or anything. it just felt very much for me
like something i wanted to do and try out. >> now, obviously, it's something your husband wanted to do as well because you guys are still married today, right? >> you betcha, right. because it didn't necessarily have to do with love. i mean, the love was strong and firm. you know, a lot of people take vows, and the vows of fidelity. well, those vows we didn't keep, but the ones that we kept, the one that we kept was the vow to help each other's dreams come true. so this open marriage didn't last that long. i mean, with three children, you don't have much time for other stuff. and to be honest with you, i lost interest in it. there were other things that interested me more. starting a theater and the children, our careers. those things began to matter more. >> if there was one lesson learned in that generation that you could impart to young
people, what would it be? >> don't take anything for granted. don't let other people make up your mind. get interested. even if you're not an activist, know what's going on. try to know what's happening. >> and then let me ask you it this way. because i know you're around young people a lot. you teach young people. what is the difference between this generation and the generation of the '60s? >> they're not as free to invent themselves. >> really? >> yeah. they have -- we have so many -- we have fashion that is telling us who we are. we have celebrities who are telling us who we are. sports figures who are telling us who we are. i teach at nyu, and i see this
motor that's going. it's not being left behind. when i came here to new york, i did little plays and things in coffee houses. not that that still isn't going on. it is. but in terms of the climate, that's not the climate. the climate is how are you successful? how do you know you're a real actor? you get noticed. but about the fact that the work itself gives you an identity. what about that? one of the things that really has affected me, though, now is looking back at the '60s and thinking that how naively we thought that we were on the way to solve all of these problems in terms of racism and women's rights and war. it's bad, if not worse, than ever. >> you think so? it's bad?
it's worse than ever? >> oh, my god, of course. look at the wars that are going on. look at the wars that we have been engaged in. for me, i just see the same things rolling over again. the same battles needing to be fought again and again. >> so how does that make you feel as a child of the '60s? >> it makes me feel that we were naive and that our feeling that we had made such a big difference. i guess actually historically things are cyclical. they keep rolling around, and they keep receding and renewing themselves, and the problems renew themselves, et cetera. they have different faces. they don't look the same. but they're still there. you think i'm too pessimistic, don't you? >> i do. i really do. but i love you anyway. thank you so much. >> so tonight the premiere of the cnn original series "the
sixties," executive producer tom hanks and the decade that changed america. set your dvr tonight at 9:00 right here on cnn. thanks so much for joining me. "@this hour with berman and michaela" starts right now. we'll see you back here tomorrow. the man in charge of overseeing the care of america's veterans is now on thin ice with the president. a scathing new report of treatment deferred as calls for eric shinseki's calls for resignation intensify. it turns out the pings that carried so much promise in the search for flight 370 may have been from something else. wrong pings, wrong search area, no plane. now what? can you imagine that? hit by lightning. we're going to speak with a storm chaser who got a little too close to the action. an unwelcome jolt and how he