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the u.n. warns iraqi yazidis are facing genocide. a troubled soul. new details about the apparent suicide of entertainer robin williams. ebola outbreak. an experimental drug that could save lives. convoy controversy. ukraine threatens to stop a russian aid convoy bound for ukraine. and the passing of another screen legend. lauren bacall has died at the age of 89.
welcome, everyone. glad you can be with us. i'm errol barnett. >> and i'm rosemary church. thanks for joining us. >> what's good is we can begin this newscast with a bit of good news. there are refugees trapped into the mountains of northern iraq. >> a cnn crew saw hundreds of yazidis make their way down mt. sinjar. sunni militants helped open that route and the u.s. has announced it has sent more military advisers to kurdistan in northern iraq. >> british planes are joining the effort, dropping food and water. they have more missions planned as well. the u.s. says tens and thousands of people are still stranded in the region, all of them facing possible starvation. we saw that really compelling report from our ivan watson as
he was with the iraqi military as they dropped aid and ended up rescuing people and another iraqi helicopter bringing food to mt. sinjar crashed yesterday after picking up about two dozens people. >> the iraqi pilot was killed and a number of passengers injured. they were taken to hospitals in the kurdistan region. >> u.n. officials are warning that thousands of iraqis could face mass slaughter within days, even hours if the help -- if the international bodies don't do more to help right now. our senior international correspondent ivan watson has more for you. >> reporter: the scene is almost biblical, a modern day exodus. thousands of people escaping a violent enemy. most of them move in silence. on occasion, loved ones separated by war tearfully
reunite. everyone is freeing isis militants who many here refer to as dash. >> when the terrorists, you know, daish, they attack us and our neighbors, they are -- since terrorists came, they joined them and actually they kill us. yes, people. our neighbors. >> reporter: many refugees are members of a kurdish religious minority known as yazidis. >> we lost each other. we lost each other. >> reporter: like many of the other refugees, jamir and his family fled to sinjar mountain more than a week ago after isis captured their town. they spent days camping on the
mountain desperately waiting for food and airdrops until they escaped on the 15-hour journey to syria, a journey that claimed lives. >> on the way, two of our brothers, what they do, actually, i feel that i will die. they died. >> your brothers? >> yeah. >> your brothers died? >> yeah. bby. >> reporter: a senior kurdish official here is calling on foreign governments and organizations to prevent genocide. >> use your power through the international law to save the yazidi from the genocide. >> reporter: by the time these
refugees reach iraqi kurdistan, some are too sick and exhausted to walk. this family won't go any further. for the 11th night in a row, they'll sleep out in the open but this time by the banks of the river. their dinner? two plates of donated check enf chicken for 12 people. their bed, a few scraps of cardboard. ivan watson, cnn, on the iraqi kurdistan border with syria. >> meanwhile, secretary of state chuck hagel says 130 additional military advisers have already arrived there in erbil, the kurdish stronghold we've been watching in northern iraq. >> their mission is to coordinate relief efforts and figure out how to evacuate those stranded refugees. pentagon correspondent barbara
starr reports. >> reporter: the first challenge for any rescue operation, figuring out how many people are trapped on sinjar mountain. the pentagon's top operations officer says nobody really knows. >> i've seen reports of numbers in the thousands and i've seen reports in the numbers of tens of thousands. >> reporter: the u.s. is continuing airdrops of food and water and air strikes against isis positions around the mountain trying to push the militants back. a vital military step if a rescue operations to be launched. >> we're working with international partners to develop options to bring them to safety. >> reporter: several defense officials tell cnn, if there is any rescue mission, it could be chaos like this. there will have to be ground troops from some country on the mountain to keep an evacuation orderly and secure. u.s. officials tell cnn there are two basic options. a massive air lift, potentially landing helicopters and cargo
planes for weeks to move everyone out. or a ground operation using hundreds of vehicles to transport people to safety. that's already begun on a small scale. a humanitarian corridor opened by iraqis has helped thousands of yazidis escape. they are still looking to get back to their homes. but either option will require stepped-up u.s. air strikes to keep isis away. for now, the u.s. says no american boots on the ground. >> there will be no reint droux of american forces. >> they speak the language, they are better able to coordinate, to cooperate, to take control. >> reporter: the defense department says it is simply assessing the options for a possible rescue mission in iraq
but if one goes forward, it could draw u.s. forces even deeper back into iraq. barbara starr, cnn, the pentagon. now, we will have much more ahead on the situation in iraq, including an interview with the country's former foreign minister who says, sure, the u.s. air strikes have helped but he warns the worse may be yet to come. we turn now to another big story we're following here at cnn. the world health organization says it is ethical for unproven medication to be used in the fight against ebola. now, the united states is sending samples of an experimental drug to liberia in an effort to treat two doctors treated with the virus. washington has granted the export of a serum called z-mapp. drug maker says these are the
last remaining samples of the drug. z-mapp has never been clinically tested on humans. expectations must be tempered. >> i think this represents a glimmer of hope. we want to keep it like that because there's very little that we know about this serum except that once a prior consent is given, there is a slim chance, albeit slim, that one may recover. >> now, it's worth noting that a spanish priest who received the zmapp serum has died. miguel lost his fight against the virus on tuesday morning. he was being treated in madrid after contracting the disease in liberia. two american missionaries who received the experimental drug in atlanta appear to be
recovering. the w.h.o. says more than 1,000 people have died from the west african ebola outbreak. >> just staggering numbers there. all right. we're going to get back to our top story after this break. iraq's prime minister is facing dwindling support at home and abroad. what that means for the country and for the wider region. plus, moscow says these trucks barrelling towards ukraine are carrying humanitarian aid but nato and others fear it could be a new kind of trojan horse. stay with us here on cnn. do you have something for pain? i have bayer aspirin. i'm not having a heart attack, it's my back. i mean bayer back & body. it works great for pain. bayer back & body provides effective relief for your tough pain. better? yeah...thanks for the tip! oh no. who are you? daddy, this is blair,
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welcome back, everyone. let's get you the latest information. in iraq, nouri al maliki continues to lose ground in his fight to stay in office. the united states and now iran are putting their support behind the new person that was voted to replace al maliki. on monday, al maliki had mobilized troops in baghdad, sparking fears of an impending coup but on tuesday he ordered those forces to stay out of the political fray. i spoke with someone about the volatile situation and began by asking him what the new prime minister needs to do.
>> the new prime minister will have to correct al maliki's mistake, bringing the sunnis back on board to the extent that they can, for -- to meet the crisis of the moment, which is the islamic state. but maliki -- it goes beyond maliki's personality and his inability to rule inclusively. there's a range of incentives in iraqi politics that make for -- that make leaders want to centralize power at the expense of all other rivals and that's something that the new prime minister is going to have to try to avoid. >> that's what i wanted to talk to you about with more. because he is a former aid to al maliki. iran now seems to indicate that they are supporting the newly elected prime minister, not the outgoing one. so how -- and in what
perspective is al abadi's position and what can he do? >> well, that is the big question. there is a lot of relieve now that maliki has gone. but there have been actually 16 people in the position of prime minister since the american invasion of iraq. none of whom could rule an inclusive way to bring the country together. certainly not after the american withdrawal and maliki clearly made a hash of things in iraq. as you point out, abadi is someone who was close to maliki. he was an adviser to al maliki. as far as the iranians go, they weren't necessarily committed to maliki. they were committed to those who they believe will advance and protect their interests in iraq. >> so considering the external geo politics at play and
internal fractures and fissures, are we looking at a scenario where it's becoming more and more likely that iraq will spin off into these semiautonomous regions that have been discussed so widely, specifically with the kurds in the north who have been fighting with isis militants. is this becoming more of a reality now? >> i think even before the current crisis, the kurds in particular were moving towards an independent state. if you visited kurdistan well before isis moved down and took over large swaths of iraqi territories, this was a country in all but main. one of the unintended consequences of the challenge that isis has presented to both baghdad as well as erbil is they suddenly meet oech other. the kurds and leaders in baghdad are going to find that they have
a confluence of interest in fighting isis together. as to whether or not iraq will break up into three separate states, probably not going to be the case that it's three separate states but certainly you can expect that some time down the road there will be an independent kurdistan and the rest of iraq will remain contested among different groups fighting over the remaining resources of the country. >> scary times for people of iraq. steven cook there, thanks so much for joining us from your webcam from washington, d.c.. >> thank you. we move to another troubled spot in the middle east and the cease-fire in gaza is set to expire 17 hours from now. they are trying to hammer out a longer term agreement but both sides have reported little progress into on the ground, meantime, in gaz ga, people are taking advantage of the three-day truce to return to their homes and see what they
can salvage. aid has been distributed and the u.n. agency hopes to hand out food to 730,000 people. >> massive undertaking there. >> it is huge. coming up next on c ncnn, s had what was described as the look. >> and it captivated men and women. a look back at the late star lauren bacall. motion allowed me to start investing for my retirement. transamerica made it easy. [ female announcer ] everyone has a moment when tomorrow becomes real. transamerica. transform tomorrow.
all right. we do want to check the weather from hong kong to taipei. a powerful system is soaking the area this week. >> it seems as though parts of asia have been constantly ind e inundated with rain. >> also portions of china and japan. what is happening at this hour is completely independent of any tropical organized feature and pretty widespread complex thunderstorms developing from northern vietnam in hanoi across hong kong. this is just a frontal boundary beginning to exit this region. it brought down upwards of 8 inches of rainfall, well over 300 millimeters in other areas. so significant. again, in a region that is used to this kind of weather. school closures prompted on tuesday morning across taiwan
because of the severity and heavy nature of the rainfall in a few short hours. hong kong, population, 7.1 million based on the 2012 census, also picking up similar rainfall totals also seeing pretty impressive rainfall totals. all of this is going to continue the next couple of days. 150 millimeters would be roughly 6 inches of rainfall. and we had a quake that occurred here about a week ago that took hundreds of lives and many injuries. the makeshift rescue operation zone and the last thing you want to see is this much water on the ground with the people who have already dealt with loss of family and relatives that are displaced. look at this video. this region of china is
notorious for a tidal bore. when you put in a super moon that we've had with the full phase of the moon, it really amplifies the wave action and when this happens, water goes down and narrows on the mouth of a river and this perspective, again, is one of the most impressive. the mouth of the river here narrows very quickly and causes the water to surge up and cause a lot of damage on the immediate coast of china. thanks. >> unbelievable. thanks. police believe actor and comedian robin williams committed suicide by hanging. he was found unresponsive in his california home on monday with a belt around his neck and cuts on his left wrist. >> yeah, williams was 63 years old. it will take a few weeks for toxicology report to reveal whether or not he was under the
infuns influence of drugs or alcohol when he died. >> mr. williams' personal assistant became concerned when he failed to respond to knocks on his bedroom door. at that time, the personal assistant was able to gain access to mr. williams' bedroom and entered the bedroom to find mr. williams clothed in a seated position with a belt secured around his neck with the other end of the belt secured between the closed closet door and the door frame. >> kind of difficult to listen to all of that. williams' daughter zelda has spoken about her dad saying he was one of the most kindest and generous souls she has ever known. the last instagram image he sent was of him and his daughter zelda when she was young. >> this is the tragedy of suicide, particularly when there are children who have been left behind. >> exactly. >> and they wonder, all of the
time, for the rest of their lives, what happened, was there something i could have done? but particularly the children. >> not just for the fans but for all of the relatives to deal with this. >> particularly so. and more bad news for hollywood. classic hollywood film star lauren bacall has died at the age of 89 in new york. >> we got some information from her grandson. she apparently suffered a stroke. bacall shot to fame in 1944 with future husband humphrey bogart. >> she was famous for her husky voice and sultry look. nischelle turner has more. >> just put your lips together and blow. >> reporter: with those words in the film "to have and to have not," a screen icon was born. the confident smouldering expression, the downturned nose
and upturned eyes, lauren bacall had the look. she struck the pose because she felt insecure. >> that was what started the look, nerves, trying to keep my head steady. >> bacall was from hollywood's golden era and the wife of humphrey bogart. ♪ >> reporter: the big sleep was among a handful of films that they made together but they were one of the greatest romances. bogart died of cancer in 1957, leaving bacall a widow at the age of 32 with two small children. for a time she was engaged to frank sinatra. soon, bacall married again and married jason with whom she had a son. she blamed his drinking for their divorce. >> i don't even know if he enjoyed it but he was hooked on
it and he was almost really destroyed. fortunately not. >> reporter: she was born september 16th, 1924. her parents were jewish immigrants who divorced when she was just 6. as a lanky teen she modeled to make extra money and took her mother's name bacall adding an extra "l." >> he felt that lauren bacall was better sounding than betty bacall. he had a vision of his own. he wanted to mold me and control me. >> reporter: big screen or small, she was viewed as a legend. >> john houston, charlie chaplain. she just knows or has been around everyone that has formed what we know of this business. >> reporter: bacall's co-stars
read like the who's who of hollywood. >> oh, i loved it. that was my original dream, anyway, to be on stage. >> reporter: she spent nearly 20 years on the stage starring in "cactus flower" earning two tony awards. she starred opposite of barbara streisand in "the mirror has two faces" and she was still acting in her 80s in such films of "dogville" and "birth" with nicole kidnap. a classic legend of an era gone by. >> she truly led an extraordinary life. lauren bacall dead at age 89. we'll be right back. [ male announcer ] ours was the first modern airliner, revolutionary by every standard. and that became our passion. to always build something better, airplanes that fly cleaner and farther on less fuel.
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a warm welcome back to our viewers in the united states and across the world. i'm rosemary church. >> and i'm errol barnett. >> thousands of iraqis could face slaughter within days, even hours, if the world doesn't do more to help. hundreds of refugees crossed back into the relative safety of iraqi kurdistan after fleeing from isis fighters. thousands more are still stranded on mt. sinjar. the world health organization says it is ethical to use medication that has not been tested on humans in the fight against ebola. the united states is sending samples of the experimental drug z-mapp in order to treat two doctors with the virus.
a spanish priest died of the virus on tuesday. lauren bacall has died at the age of 89. her grandson said she apparently had a massive stroke. bacall shot to fame across future husband humphrey bogart in "to have or have not". she was nominated for a supporting actor oscar and two tony awards. now back to our top story, about 130 u.s. military advisers have arrived in northern iraq to coordinate relief and rescue operations there. >> but some people are questioning whether the u.s. role will have to expand to fight off the threat from isis. >> chief security correspondent jim sciutto reports. >> reporter: here the aftermath of a devastating u.s. air strike on isis fighters in northern iraq. the obama administration insists
attacks from the air like this one are the limit of america's combat role in iraq. several veteran iraq commanders we interviewed said mission creep is inevitable. >> eventually this administration will have to confront how to destroy this islamic state. >> when you look at the capabilities or lack of capabilities of the iraqi military, the u.s. is going to have to be more involved going forward do you think that's a reasonable assessment? >> you need an organization, whether it's the united states or coalition forces to come in and provide them with military advice. eventually if u.s. forces are not on the ground, i don't see how we're going to keep isis at bay. >> reporter: for now, the u.s. has defined their objectives very narrowly. one, protect tens and thousands of iraq's yazidi minority from
an impending massacre. two, protect hundreds of americans and military advisers stationed in erbil and baghdad. however, even the pentagon conceives those goals as strictly defined do not address isis itself. >> these strikes are unlikely to affect isil's operations in other areas of iraq and syria. >> reporter: in fact, since the president first announced u.s. military action last thursday, the u.s. has already expanded its military support. sending weaponry to kurdish forces and increasing the number of u.s. military advisers on the ground. today, secretary of state john kerry categorically ruled out u.s. ground troops, though crucially he set the stage for further military support for iraq's new government. >> the u.s. does stand ready to fully support a new and inclusive iraqi government,
particularly in this fight against isil. >> reporter: the administration has not defined what the new help to the iraqi government will be. they have asked for heavy weaponry. we know that the white house is sending in more than 100 additional military advisers. the question is, will the mission expand from protecting yazidis and american staff and pushing back isis. a task that the iraqi military has proven incapable of on its own. jim sciutto, cnn, washington. there's another development in all of this. iran has designated a new prime minister halder al abadi. >> cnn's fred pleitgen spoke
with the former iraqi of military affairs. >> they are pushing south of erbil and there are claims to some of the sinjar mountain. the situation has changed because the u.s. air strike has been very, very effective. there was a strike on one of isis' places north of sinjar. the relief operations going well. thousands of people have been saved and rescued but many other thousands are still besieged and trapped on sinjar mountain and the isis has been taking a more and more aggressive positive to
annihilate them. the situation is still danger. the situation is not over. isis is a very, very lethal force, very dangerous with an ideology of hatred and it's trying to expand and change its military tactics to move their battles from one area to another with their superior weapons and guns. >> one of the things that the u.s. said is that these air strikes is not going to alleviate the isis threat. what do your forces need, in addition to what they have right now, in the form of military equipment, in the form of other support to win this fight? >> well, i think it's important their support is crucial but really it has to be fought on the ground. i mean, they have to be pushed back, to be cleared, to isolate themselves from the population,
to win over the population. and also to conduct some different operational tactics, the same tactics that they are using with mobile vehicles with the superior guns. that's why the peshmerga and iraqi forces desperately need weapons, trainers to advise the forces to change their tactics because the threat is growing. >> one of the things that you said, it's important to isolate isis from the local population. of course, that's not going to happen until there is political change in baghdad. how do you view the current situation there with nouri al maliki not willing to step aside and the politicians struggling to form a new government and, after all, you were part of that until very recently. >> yes. i think the process has started
since last night after the president has named a new prime minister, designated abadi with the support of the sunni parliamentaries and i think he has one month to form a new inclusive government and we all have pledged to support this effort in order to stablize the situation. the formation of a new government as soon as possible but to be true representative of the nationalities is very important to defeat isis. the military solution is very important but the political solution also is very important. in fact, you give the cover and i think with that we'll see more
international aid and more support from the united states, from britain, even from the arab countries, i think we have had some good statements to support the new iraqi government. >> do you get the sense that those in power in baghdad understand how dire the situation is, understand how close isis is and understand how fast and divisive they have to -- >> unfortunately, fred, really, i've been a member of the government, part of the political process since 2003. unfortunately, maliki himself and some of his associates do not recognize how -- how big is the threat and how dangerous the country is moving without a democratic representative inclusive goe inclusive government to reach out and to fight back. you don't get that sense of you
are general see in order to save the country from a total collapse. >> so what you had is the iraqi army basically melting away. on the other hand, you have the kurds who are defending their territory. you have the kurds who are trying to save the yazidis from the sinjar mountain. why wouldn't they want full ib dependence at this point when it seems like they have a coherent structure whereas the government in baghdad is in total disarray. >> well, kurdistan was the one oasis in the desert of iraq. it was functioning. it was working. it was blossoming with the investment, democratic freedoms. and i'm not denying there are
some shortcomings here and in the region but really iraqi kurdistan have done better at either ports. that's why it's so important to defend this example, just one of the last remaining heritage of the u.s. war occupation on how to overthrow suddam hussein. >> all right. you can see the entire interview there, plus more analysis on the crisis in iraq, over at the amanpour blog. you can find that at cnn.com/amanpour. all right. we're going to take a very short break. ahead, could it be a modern day trojan horse? ukraine and the west have their suspicions about what you see here. hundreds of russian trucks said to be carrying aid toll
war-weary eastern ukraine. plus, a witness speaks out on the shooting of missouri teenager meek kell brown. the firsthanded account of a killing that is sparking racial tensions in the u.s. we'll be right back. shopping online is as easy as it gets. wouldn't it be great if hiring plumbers, carpenters and even piano tuners were just as simple? thanks to angie's list, now it is. start shopping online from a list of top-rated providers. visit angieslist.com today.
welcome back, everyone. the european union says if russian humanitarian aid is to come into ukraine, it must be checked and then the red cross must distribute it. all of these clarifications are coming at a time when literally hundreds of trucks -- you see some of them here -- that russia says are loaded with tons of grains, baby food and medical supplies. ukraine's government doubts russia's motives are pure. our will relationshipley has mo >> reporter: 280 trucks that
left moscow and have been driving towards an area in conflict with hundreds and thousands of people who very ee sently been cut off from the outside world for more than a week now, people who desperately need humanitarian aid. they have no power, they are out of water and running out of medical supplies and food. there are concerns of food, especially in the city of luhansk and the situation is only getting worse in donetsk as well. the ukrainian government, the new ukrainian government here in kiev has one thing on their minds when they look at the white trucks barrelling towards their border. they think of the annexation of crimea and they think this may be a ploy of russia to come in under the cover of peacekeeping only to take another piece of ukraine. how could that happen? let's just say that these trucks are not carrying the food and
medicine that they claim are carrying but rather it's weapons to fight against 50,000 ukrainian forces and appear to be closing in a barrage of gunfire. 24 battles reported in 24 hours. but the next thing that needs to happen, according to the ukrainian government to allow this convoy in, russia needs to provide them with a detailed list of the contents of these trucks. the trucks may have to be inspected before they are allowed to enter. all of this is going to take time. russia has still not provided a full list. once these trucks arrive at the border, they could essentially sit as all of the governments involved here try to figure out what to do as the families in eastern ukraine continue to suffer. will ripley, cnn, kiev, ukraine. police in missouri are still not releasing the name of the police officer who fatally shot
an unarmed african-american teenager. the police chief says he fears for the officer's safety after an office started receiving death threats. the accounts of what happened differ wildly. the witnesses, including one of brown's friends, say the officer opened fire after a verbal altercation. >> at no point in time did they struggle over the weapon because the weapon was already drawn on us. we were both unarmed, sir. we didn't have a sharp object on us. nothing. i didn't even have pockets on the shorts that i had on and we had nothing on us, no. >> brown's death sparked angry confrontations with police in ferguson. his father is calling for people to steer clear of violence in the wake of his son's killing. u.s. president barack obama is also urging people to remain
calm. well, michael brown's parents are heartbroken, of course. they had expected their son to start college this week. well, it's official. former microsoft ceo steve ballmer is the owner of the los angeles clipper. >> a court allowed shelly sterling to sell the team. this is quite a drama that she all watched. ballmer paid $2 billion. >> donald sterling had been battling his estranged wife for control of the team. we saw that playing out on cnn after the nba ousted him for making racist comments. dick parsons spoke with our poppy harlow about the deal. listen. >> what does this mean that the final sale of the team is steve ballmer? >> well, it means, at a minimum,
that this team is going to survive. and it wasn't clear, if any judgment, that it would survive under continued ownership by donald sterling. that's number one. >> why? >> because nobody wanted to play for donald or coach for donald. it really was a disaster. >> and for more on the deal and what it means for professional sport, you can visit our website, cnnmoney.com. all right. canadian pop star justin bieber -- oh, goodness. what is it now? well, hey, he's taking responsibility. b he's expected to plead guilty in miami beach for misdemeanor charges connected to his arrest there back in january. his mug shot went viral. police say they saw him street racing. they charged him with drunk driving, resisting arrest and drifgs without a valid license. a rep says he will not comment on the case until after the
well, the news of robin williams' apparent suicide was a shock to people all around the world. considered a comic legend, williams was known for his kindness but he battled a darker side. >> we spoke with a clinical psychologist who said they see the world with tunnel vision. they don't see it as it is. he struggled with addiction and depression. deborah feyerick has more. >> please welcome robin williams! >> reporter: perhaps it was no coincidence that robin williams' hbo tour was called weapons of
self-destruction. >> ta-da, you are an alcohol. and some people say, robin, i'm a functioning alcohol. which you can be one, it's like being a paraplegic lap dancer. you can do it, just not as well as the others. >> reporter: williams did that tour in 2009, a year after a major operation. >> please, i've had heart surgery. thank you. >> reporter: surgery that he says triggered mood swings. >> after the surgery, you get very emotional. it's weird. people go, how are you? thank you for asking. >> reporter: for williams, it was all fair game. >> when i was growing up, they used to say, robin, drugs can kill you. and now that i'm 58, my doctor is going, robin, you need drugs to live. >> reporter: raw, honest, self-deprecating humor in which williams shared with the world his problem with alcohol and drugs. >> i had a problem with alcohol. it wasn't really a problem. everybody had it.
>> you were a drunk? now, do you think you've beaten it? >> no, larry. it's always there. yeah, i kicked it. i'm fine. no. the idea is that you always have a little bit of fear. like you have to just keep at it. it's a day by day. >> reporter: in 1982, as a young comedian, williams famously partied with james belushi hours before his overdose with heroin. williams remained sober for two decades until 2003. then relapse and rehab here in 2006 on "comic relief". >> good time for you? >> good time for me. it's like going to columbia. where are you going for detox? columbia. >> reporter: in 2008, when his
second marriage ended as a result of alcoholism, williams again went to rehab, joking about it with u.s.le troops. >> i was violating my standards quicker than i can lower them. >> reporter: with that came unbearable pressure. williams suffered manic depression. >> you know, no. i'm not always fun to be around and there is this thing of, yeah, the world sees one thing and what am i like at home? different. because i can't always be on. >> reporter: surrounded by millions who adored him, loved him, but yet in the end could not save him. deborah feyerick, cnn, new york. >> it's amazing. so many people we've been speaking to right across cnn have said when it was just one-on-one, he was quiet. as soon as there was two people in the room, he was on. it required so much energy and he gave so much. >> and he was never really off and the energy that requires of
you whether on stage or in your personal life, it's challenging to deal with. >> williams' family is asking fans to donate to one of six charities. >> yeah. they are saying, do this rather than send flowers. if you feel compelled, donate to the uso, christopher and dana reeves donation. go to cnn.com/impact sf. well, the u.s. national weather service has issued a warning for flood watches for parts of the northeast and midwest. >> how many of our viewers need to listen up? >> this situation here, we've got an amplified jet stream pattern, extreme conditions on either end of the united states. massive high pressure has been in place. near 100 in the pacific northwest and that fueled storms across the eastern united states with the dip in the jet stream.
i want to take you into maryland where we've had tremendous rainfall come down across this region because the flooding is causing major problems across the roadways. of course, if you're traveling by air, similar circumstances. look at the scenes coming out of baltimore where they saw the second wettest day recorded in history. 5,000 flights were delayed on tuesday afternoon. we had 550 flights canceled across this region as well. you see the flash flood watch extending across the metro areas of the northeast and you can see the rain that came down. 6.1 inches in just six or so hours across baltimore, nearly doubling the average leading to the scenes you saw out of baltimore. in detroit, they average about 3 and extensive damage across this region as well. as many as 100 cars stranded on the highway across portions of detroit. some 30 vehicles still left on
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