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a massive typhoon has spared some regions of the philippines but the storm is not over and millions of people are still in its path. two captives are dead after a failed rescue mission, a closer look at why the job inside yemen was just so dangerous. and police bring out the tear gas and handcuffs against the rowdy protesters who are demanding the u.s. justice system be fixed. well, hello and welcome to our viewers in the u.s. and around the world. the typhoon is pounding the philippines right now with the relentless torrential rain as it moves around the country. it is expected to hit again in
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the coming hours, officials are worried about flooding as the storm dumps hundreds of millions of tons of rain. many people had fled their homes in preparation for the storm. so far the government has not released any information on casualties. at the cnn national weather center, derek van dam is standing by with more on the storm. hi there, what is going on? >> well, robyn, we just received information from the typhoon center. 160 miles kilometer, roughly 100 miles an hour for our domestic viewers and the storm is becoming more and more organized as it interacts across the philippines, this storm, robyn, is putting this area in a very precarious region, but it has
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manila in its region as well. it slowly will edge closer and closer to luzon, and currently it is similar to a category 2, you can see as it interacts with the land throughout the central philippines, it will be downgraded, probably equivalent to a category 1 hurricane and exits the philippines by tuesday and wednesday. nonetheless, our major concerns we're focusing on, heavy rain leading to the possibility of localized flooding. take a look at the impressive rainfall totals. this is just something i have not seen in my years of reporting, upwards of 400 years. this is going into a northwesterly direction, this is
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a computer model from the cnn world weather center taking it out over the next 48 hours. you can kind of see the northwesterly path of rainfall, eventually reaching manila. 340 millimeters of rainfall. remember, we have 12 million people in and around the greater metropolitan area of manila. so this will pose a threat of flooding and urban flooding in the populated areas. legazpi, that is the area we're watching for a coastal surge, and we have the pounding effects of the wind allowing the storm surge to build roughly two to four meters. we'll watch the possibility of heavy rain in and around luzon, robyn? thank you, the city of tacloban was worried about the storm. the devastating storm hit them last november pretty much destroying the area. andrew stevens is in tacloban
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right now, joining us live. hi, there, andrew, i can see you inside a church. just describe what people are seeing there now? >> reporter: hi, robyn, this is the evacuation center and has been for the past two or three days. and there are still probably 3 or 400 people here. there are sacks of food, cooking implements. dogs and chickens tied up outside. so there is a whole community feel here. and despite the people here, there is also services. in fact, there is one in about 20 minutes now from now. what the people here have been telling me first is really a sense of great relief. relief that the storm was not as bad as it could have been. and certainly not nearly as bad as what happened to this city a little more than a year ago when 6,300 people lost their lives, mainly in a devastating storm
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surge that came in during the typhoon haiyan. it did not happen this time around. the wind speeds were a lot less as well, robyn, although we do have a lot of rain, the skies are slowly clearing as in the cloud is getting higher and lighter. we are still expecting a lot more rain, the people around me, a lot of these people are saying we're not going to go home until we are sure that the storm has left tacloban completely. others are saying they lost roofs on their houses and can't go home until that is fixed. just about 200 meters away, there is a sense where it doubles for people who don't have anywhere to go. the people are moving to those areas until their houses are fixed up. but robyn, it is definitely a sense of relief that they have survived a bad storm but not a killer storm. >> and you have had experience with that.
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you were there when haiyan hit. you got a real sense of the devastation, how are the people living in these conditions because they were living in vulnerable conditions already. >> that is right, they have for years, many of these people suffered the most, particularly in haiyan. now, the people who survived haiyan, some have been relocated. there are still many people living in temporary accommodations. some, a few hundred are still living in tents. so the government is worried about them. many people are around here as i speak to you. there is a big difference just walking around the city in the
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aftermath, the storm, the level of destruction, the damage is just nothing like what our crews saw a little more than a year ago. that storm surge as you can imagine, an 18-footer, six meter wall of water basically crashing into the very flimsy construction, the buildings. you can imagine the sort of damage that brought. and then consider that there were thousands of people inside those homes at the time. this time around, those people got out. they got out very early through the government warnings and obviously on their own volition, having lived through high end last year. robyn, you walk around the town and don't see really the level of devastation, this is an area
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where they're used to this type of incident. they are used to dealing with these sorts of weather conditions. so to this -- it is a major inconvenience. it is -- it does compound the problems in their lives, but it is something they take in their stride and get on with, robyn. >> andrew stevens, no doubt they will give thanks during the next catholic mass inside that church there. thank you so much. shelters filled to the bring in lagaspi, where the storm made first landfall. joining me is the mayor of lagazpi. many say that authorities, people like you have learned the hard lessons from typhoon haiyan last year and have been very well prepared this time around.
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>> yes, there is a sense of relief. the storm is only about 100 kilometers. they expect it -- >> have there been -- >> have there been any reports, i'm struggling to hear you a little bit. i just want to get confirmation. have you had any reports of deaths or casualties? >> yes, as i said before, there
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have been deaths. there violent been effective management. it is about good execution, i am very proud of my people. and the typhoon is just now moving. so we'll just now -- >> thank you very much. sir. i'm struggling to hear you. it is a bit of a bad line, i heard you say you're proud of your people. and many there are working together over the past few days and will continue to do so as the storm continues to rage. thank you, that was the mayor of
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legazpi city. thank you, a hostage in yemen killed in a raid to kill him. might have been set to be released within the next few days. we spoke with the man who was trying to make it happen. plus, peaceful protests turned violent. we'll show you how one demonstration in the u.s. broke down to near chaos. you're watching cnn. it's more than the driver. it's more than the car. for lotus f1 team, the competitive edge is the cloud. powered by microsoft dynamics, azure, and office 365, the team can gain real time insights and instantly share information around the globe. when every millisecond counts, staying competitive begins with the cloud. this is the microsoft cloud. lactaid® is 100% real milk? right. real milk. but it won't cause me discomfort. exactly, because it's milk without the lactose. and it tastes? it's real milk! come on, would i lie about this?
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the u.s. american detained has been charged with unspecified crimes. he works for the american post and has dual iranian and american citizenship. the paper says he has acknowledged charges but his lawyer has not been allowed to visit him. u.s. secretary of state john kerry has asked for his release. and we're learning more about the failed mission to free the journalist luke somers and the south african teacher were fatally wounded by the militants even as the u.s. forces approached. more on the story. >> reporter: this was a risky and dangerous mission. u.s. officials say it all started to unfold saturday morning in yemen. u.s. officials say two
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helicopters landed some distance away from the compound where their intelligence showed that these two hostages were being head. it was then where a team of 40 u.s. special forces trekked by foot through rough terrain nearly six miles long. now, they were within the compound, only 300 feet away, when they were discovered. a firefight then broke out with the terrorist. it was then one terrorist turned right back around and according to one u.s. official he went back inside the compound and shot these two hostages. now, the u.s. administration has been strongly condemning these killings. here is an emotional response from vice president joe biden. >> the women and men who were special forces, who were engaged in these two rescue missions did an incredible job. and inflicted serious damage on the captors.
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but at this time, this time they were unable to save luke. >> and president obama called this a barbaric murder. cnn, washington. well, friends of the american hostage luke somers said he loved the country of yemen and was dedicated to telling the stories of its people. >> reporter: yemen has lost a friend today. that was the statement from the u.s. embassy in yemen after luke somer's death was confirmed. and that sentiment has been expressed by so many other whose say that somers really loved the country and turned it into his second home in the two years he spent there taking photographs. we can see some of them here, they're really quite beautiful. in some cases we see protests, political meetings. but we also see the ordinary lives of people there trying to live their lives amid conflict. earlier today on cnn, one of the
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other journalists who spent time in yemen spoke about somers, here is what he said. >> was really dedicated to yemen. and he spent over two years there continuously telling the stories and documenting the people that he met. and he really truly seemed to enjoy it. >> along with taking photographs, somers also sometimes worked with the yemen times. it is an english/yemen newspaper in the country. and this week after the al qaeda militants threatened to kill him, the newspaper came out with an editorial calling for his release. they wrote this, luke loves yemen and wants the best future for the people. unfortunately, those calls were unanswered, luke was 33 years old. and days away from freedom when the u.s. navy s.e.a.l.s raided the compound. he and his wife were both captured but she was released later. the man working on his release
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promised her he would have him back by christmas. >> that is a standard rule. we didn't expect them to be negotiating. >> so the south africans were not aware of the advanced stages of your negotiations? the official south african government? >> no, the consulates, it was in saudi arabia, we told him to keep his passport ready. he was informed. i was urged in my office in yemen to be on standby. >> the americans have said that they apologized. they had absolutely no idea he was with them. that this advance stages of negotiations might be at that stage. just one other question in terms of -- i know you have committed so much emotional energy to this. what was the last update you had on his health? i understand he was in very poor
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health? >> about june, al qaeda gave messages to say he is not in good condition. but they volunteered this permission to say he was not in good health. after june, there was for mention of his health. we were afraid he may have died in captivity. but every time the tribal leaders approached him they said he is alive. they said if you want him put the money down now and you can have him. >> he says he was very close to negotiating the release of south african hostage pierre korkie, just after he was killed in the failed rescue attempt. more protests against the decision to not indict the officer who was killed in the chokehold in the u.s. now, at least one demonstration has turned violent. you're watching cnn. you give them the giggles.
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violence in berkeley, california, starting as a peaceful protest against the decision not to indict the police officer involved in the killing of eric garner. our affiliate was on the ground as it unfolded. >> reporter: this demonstration
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started to go side ways when the large group made their way to berkeley police headquarters and officers tried to keep them clear of the building. one officer was injured by a flying object tossed in the crowd. some tried to keep the protests non-violent. police deployed a smoke canister to disperse the crowd and that is when the protesters splintered. one group made their way to the nearby trader joe's and started to bash windows, others made their way to a radio shack. >> that window breaks, these two wind windows break. >> you see where the hammer comes in, like it is going to light the store on fire. the guy with a crow bar comes in starting to steal stuff. >> they say one looter went after a customer in the store and as they rushed him out the back door another looter attacked with a skateboard. >> i don't know why they have white people coming in shoving black people, if you're protesting white on black crime
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you shouldn't even be in this protest if you have white skin. >> reporter: outside, neighbors helped to sweep up the shattered glass. >> we heard people and shots, we just came to help them clean. >> reporter: as the night unravelled, some demonstrators did try to stop the looting and vandals. >> there is no need to protest here, you're hurting stores that are not bothering you. >> after hours, one group made its way back to berkeley campus and that is when police made several arrests. >> that was our cnn affiliate at kgo reporting there. for the most part, demonstrations against the peace have remained peaceful in major cities across the u.s. in hollywood, california, protesters blocked traffic to a major intersection and chanted eric garner's final words, i can't breathe.
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in demonstrations, a die-in was held. crowds lay motionless. it was a familiar scene in atlanta as dozens lay in quiet protests near a busy freeway. and in louisiana now, a republican congressman has won a seat in the u.s. senate after a tough runoff election. bill cassidy claimed victory late saturday night over democratic incumbent mary landrieu. republicans picked up nine senate seats since the election cycle and will have control of 54 seats, a majority in the upper chamber last year. landrieu could not shake off ties to president obama who is unpopular among white voters in louisiana. she has represented louisiana for eight years. democrats will not have a governor south of virginia next year. now, like many of us, the president is not immune to a little illness at this time of the year. barack obama had had a routine scan after complaining of a sore
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throat. the tests showed everything was normal, but the tests showed it was consistent with acid reflux. live to the philippines where residents are braces for more torrential rains from hagupit. next on cnn also, we learned more about the rescue mission gone horribly wrong, ending with the death of two men. female announcer: get on board for better sleep!
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. welcome back to our viewers in the u.s. and around the world, i'm robyn curnow. in the u.s. and around the
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world, protesters against the death of eric garner, and in union station in new york. while most protests were peaceful, two officers were injured in berkeley, california. two hostages were dead after u.s. special forces attempted to rescue them in a remote part of yemen. british born journalists somers and pierre korkie were attempted to be rescued. president obama said they were quote in imminent danger. and students disappearance set off massive protests across mexico by loved ones, thousands of other mexicans who have gone missing, more than 75 people have been arrested in that case.
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well, our focus today on cnn on this typhoon moving across the philippines. we're going to go now to the international weather center where derek van dam is standing by with more on where the storm is headed. derek, i understand you also have dramatic new pictures? >> yes, robyn, this is coastal storm surge and this is exactly why we warn people to stay away from the coast when a typhoon of this magnitude comes through. this is legazpi city, we have been discussing this for days. these are some of the first images coming out. this is not just one particular wave which would be a tsunami, which would be something different. what we're seeing here is a compounding effect of the wind pushing up the water, just continually battering the coastline near legazpi city. this is an east-facing port city, and we'll talk about it in some detail. here it is, legazpi, this is the
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rotation of the wind moving through the region. i want you to take note of the direction the city is facing again, an easterly city and with winds rotating in a cote -- counterclock wise direction. high tied, 4:47 in the evening, roughly two hours from now. what we'll see is the onshore wind coinciding with the high tide, only exacerbating the problem there. look out for the waves, if you're near the coast get to higher ground immediately. this is the latest satellite information we can pass along to you. winds at the moment, 100 miles an hour for our domestic viewers. about 160 miles an hour, equivalent to a category 2 hurricane. we're focusing our attention now as it moves away, eventually within the next six hours from
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legazpi into the central philippines and impacting the islands near manila. we expect the category 1 equivalent storm winds, roughly 130 kilometers per hour, 80 miles an hour for the domestic viewers. we have rainfall in the region, remember, manila has a population of roughly 12 million people. with the dense population it will obviously spell major concerns, rainfall totals exceeding 400 millimeters with a very slow moving storm system you can see why we have this flooding potential. in fact, the cnn computer models are actually picking up on 300 millimeters in a two-day period from manila. the storm system continues to slow. robyn? >> thank you, derek van dam d e updating us on the weather
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patterns, right now, we know this is not a super typhoon anymore, but still very heavy rains. what is it like there at the moment? >> reporter: yes, very heavy rains, incredibly powerful winds. actually coming up from behind us against me right now. right up against my back, robyn. it feels pretty strong and is had howl, as well, the winds here, a pretty strong building, but the winds are shaking and bou bounding. it sounds like you have an uninvited guest trying to get into the hotel. it is still pretty powerful. as we heard from the weather report from derek there, as well. i'm going to step aside, it is still not very clear, four kilometers that way is the coastline we were just hearing about. incredibly choppy waters, high
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tide coming up and the concern of course, is first, not quite the destruction that we saw in typhoon haiyan last year. but flooding, because this storm is moving so slowly across the philippines, it is taking its time. it's giving every location it hits quite a pounding. but also a lot of rain. sheets and sheets of rain coming down every single second here. and it is reluctant, nonstop. so with that comes the risk of flooding and landslides, robyn? >> i was just going to say, this is a huge storm, 40 million people could be affected by it. just tell us about where you are. that seems to be at least a focus now for authorities. there is also a volcano, geographically the area where you are is very vulnerable,
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isn't it? >> reporter: it is. it is an incredible mixture of geology, quite a combination we have to work with here. so i'm in legazpi, which is made up of three different cities, 15 different towns. earlier we spoke to the governor who said this time around because of what he calls yolanda phobia, the name there, they were ready to evacuate everybody. they set up 3,000 centers in the entire province plus 10,000 families willing to take people in. he said a lot of people have taken heed of that, 120,000 at least taking advantage of the evacuations. but many more not doing so and
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that was a major concern for him. and so the other issue is as you mentioned the volcano, not too far, just a couple of kilometers down that way. there is the volcano which is still active. the volcanologists watching it, not because they believe it can erupt. but the volcano has previously volcanic materials, vapory if you like, coming down the side of the volcano. it is actually known for its perfect cone shape, as well. so that material when hit by a lot of rain and wind can potentially come sliding down creating an incredible landslide at the top of the volcano. they can hugely impact, of course. not just the communities around them. we understand the communities in
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the immediate vicinity have been evacuated, the villages and towns there. but that can still block up streams and reservoirs and cause yet more flooding. so a number of combinations and still, we have high tide coming up. even though the eye of the storm has not quite hit legazpi as we expect it to. it has gone down south. going past us, i should say, we're still very much feeling the impact here, robyn? >> okay, in the center of things as the cameraman wipes the lens, thank you so much for your update. well, we're learning more about the u.s. navy s.e.a.l. mission to try to rescue two hostages in yemen. u.s. commanders stormed the village early saturday. the al qaeda captors killed luke somers and pierre korkie during the raid. this was the team's second attempt to rescue them.
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the officials say they were not aware of any attempts to rescue pierre korkie. the attempt to rescue the hostages in a remote area is filled with challenges and problems. earlier i talked about why the white house approved such a risky mission. >> i don't think we have very many options. you're looking at situations where other detainees in syria have been murdered very quickly after a video was shown. in this case, we have a situation where i think the yemeni people who held these guys felt they were under threat. i don't think if you're sitting in the white house situation room, you have very many options. i think we were lulled after the osama bin laden situation that these operations are easy and they were not. >> why do you think -- could the first rescue attempt unwittingly
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put both men in danger? >> look, i don't think it was n unwittingly. you have them coming into the white house room describing these people's lives are at risk. i'm sure the white house said there is intelligence suggesting this man will die unless we undertake a highly risky raid. you feel like when you're in the room you have been dealt a pair of deuces. you don't have a good hand but you have to play it. >> was there also a critical lack of information? i don't want to call it a failure, but the other hostage was due to be released. and there was information that there was a real chance he would have been released tomorrow. and now, pierre korkie is dead. >> i wouldn't make a decision, because you're making a decision based on what you think not on
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what you know. if you have a hostage that may be released and you know that other hostages, and groups aligned with the group have been brutally murdered. and you say hey, we think our hostage is going to be killed fairly soon but we hope a hostage will be released you can't make a plan based on hope. the beliefs about the other hostages were hopes, not a fact. >> now, i am not a historian of yemen terror groups or their strategies, but what i have heard it could be the tribes or upset locals. kidnapping is a fairly kind of common extortion basically. it is a bargaining chip. people are taken, demands are met, discussions happen. and in yemen, it is frequently the case. is it possible that that is really what these terrorists were after? they mention in their video that they have made demands and were pressing their demands in the
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video. we never learned what the demands were. but could some form of discussion have gotten these men out safely? >> i think that is unlikely. let's not mix apples and oranges here, you have local groups, including al qaeda groups that take people for money. al qaeda in asia has made a lot of money off hostages. but these groups are closely aligned in watching what happens in places like syria, they are taking their cue from groups like al nusra, we have to watch in the broader global efforts to take people who are western hostages not for money but for publicity and for beheading. and i think the latter is what was happening here. >> now, there are so many groups it is hard to keep track without a score board, boko haram, the group in the peninsula that took these hostages who sadly have
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lost their lives. does it make any difference? do any of them treat any hostages better? is there any one of those groups that we might expect to do business with, or ultimately when hostages are taken wherever the islamic extremists are, is this the only way with a nighttime raid with the hope that it will succeed? >> i don't think there are many options, other countries pay money to get hostages out. the u.s. government and others decided it is not a good thing to do because it sets both a bad precedent and puts other hostages at risk. but to fund the groups, when you're dealing with the groups whether they're in yemen or syria who absorbed the al qaeda ideology, when they absorb it they also take action based on what they see the al qaeda core do. the al qaeda core group shows it will behead the people they detain. the other groups say if that is the direction of the al qaeda movement that is the same thing i'm going to do. i think these people are at high
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risk if we let them remain in detention, and i think high risk elements are sometimes the only thing we can do. >> well, the u.s. will keep a greater number of troops in afghanistan early next year than originally planned. the u.s. defense chief chuck hagel announced in kabul they will bring the total to almost 11,000. kabul has seen a recent uptick in taliban attacks. and more on rolling stone backped backpedaling on a campus rape story.
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well, after rolling stone magazine apologized for its story about a college campus rape, sexual assault survivors say they hope more victims will still come forward. anti-rape advocates held an event on friday to talk to high school and college students about the issue. cnn spoke with some university students and survivors. >> the shock, surprise and concern. that is how many here at the university of virginia are feeling this weekend after rolling stone magazine's apology. the main concern that the broader issue of campus sexual assaults will be lost. the stories of survivors
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discredited. >> i was terrified. >> reporter: sexual assault survivors like ashley brown wor worried after the apology came out. >> it doesn't change the fact that sexual assault is still a huge issue. >> reporter: survivors we talked to said there is still so much tolerance at uva, where rape is so misunderstood there is even a nickname for it. >> bad experience? >> yeah, the overwhelming way to describe it, you just had a bad experience at that house. >> you know what i'm talking about, but you don't actually say it. >> emily said she was assaulted last year. >> i remember crying when it happened and i remember saying no and i remember pushing him off of me and crying. >> according to the university officials, 38 uva students
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reported to the university last year that they were raped. none of the reports led to expulsions, and there is no way of knowing how many are like emilys and they didn't report what happened to them. >> you start to wonder well, will it do me any good to report it? for some people it is worth it, for some people it is not. >> reporter: she found it too hard to finish. >> i was having panic attacks on campus and literally running from class to class because i was so fearful of running into the person that had hurt me. >> eventually she dropped her case but told cnn she witnessed disturbing scenes like having to carry friends out of frat parties where she says they were drugged. >> people use words like oh, that is the rapy frat. a majority of them are like oh,
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you're not hot enough to get into them. >> a statement was released, saying we asked that our community does not become mired in the details of one specific incident but rather that we continue to relentlessly pursue the university support. a tradition that sullivan agrees with. >> there is a piece of our culture that is broken. and i ask your help in coming together as a strong and resilient community to fix it. >> welcome words for survivors like ashley brown. >> i think that that attitude definitely existed. but i will say i think that a lot of the greek system is finally waking up. >> since the rolling stone story broke up, the university has instituted a zero tolerance pole. the police investigation into the alleged gang rape continues. >> well, that was sarah gannon reporting there. in mexico, bone fragranment
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from one of the missing students have been identified. the students disappeared in mexico in september, the authorities believe they were killed by drug gang members acting on the orders of a city's mayor. more than 75 people have been arrested in that case. next on cnn, it has been more than three years since the duke and duchess of cambridge tied the knot. we'll tell you how much somebody paid to own a slice of cake that was served at their wedding. you're watching cnn.
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well, in the u.s. state of florida, the search is on for a pablo picasso piece stolen from a miami art fair, the work is valued at $85,000. more on this heist. >> reporter: it is called the face with hands. the silver plate is a pablo picasso creation, one of a set of 20 made by the spanish master, it was sotolen in mid-town in miami. >> it is bad, they shouldn't do that. >> reporter: david smith, the owner of the gallery in which the piece belongs to said it was discovered missing this morning.
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the miami police have been alerted and an investigation is continuing. meanwhile, a source with knowledge of the investigation tells cbs 4 that it was stolen overnight when only a cleaning crew and security team had had access to the galleries. all the staff is being questioned as the piece was kept in an unlocked case. >> it was probably going to happen eventually. people realize there is an opportunity here, less secure than a gallery setting for sure. >> organizers of the art miami fair say this is the first time they ever had a problem. a $5,000 reward is being offered to whoever returns the piece. that reward could make a nice down payment on the world's largest truffle, sold at auction for more than $61,000. weighing in at a record 1.89 kilograms, twice the size of the existing record holder. it was discovered last week in
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italy by a truffle company. the truffles are rare and can only be found in italy during three months of the year. proceeds of the sale will go to charity. and a royal family fan now owns a slice of history, a piece of fruitcake from the wedding of the duke and duchess sold at auction for $7500. the cake was given to the couple at the wedding. it was expected to only fit between a thousand and $2,000. the royal couple will arrive of course in new york on sunday in their first-ever trip to the states. and kate and will will go to ten events, and will be there for a moment of reflection at the memorial. and that does it for us, we'll of course return to the
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its wake. we'll have the details of what set off the violence in california. and officials in mexico can finally confirm they have found the remains of one of the 43