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viewers in the united states and across the world. i'm rosemary church. >> i'm errol barnett. this is "cnn newsroom." guilty of capital murder. that's the verdict jurors in texas gave eddie ray routh in the american sniper trial. >> routh here in the center was found guilty of fatally shooting chris kyle and his friend chad littlefield, back in 2 2013 at a gun range. kyle seen on the right was a former u.s. navy s.e.a.l. with 160 confirmed kills while fighting in iraq. the trial which captured headlines around the world came at the same time kyle of profiled in the oscar-nominated film, "american sniper." >> we the jury find the defendant, eddie ray routh, guilty of the offense of capital murder as charged in the indictment. the verdict is signed by --
>> the jurors had three choices -- guilty not guilty or not guilty by reason of insanity. after the verdict, routh was immediately sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. our ed lavandera is there in steubenville texas, with more on the verdict including emotional reaction from relatives of the victims. >> reporter: it was a swift verdict in steubenville texas, where the american sniper jury has found eddie ray routh guilty of murdering chris kyle and chad littlefield. the verdict came in less than 2.5 hours after starting its deliberations. the jury rejecting the argument from routh and his lawyers that the former marine was insane at the time of the murders. after the verdict of read littlefield's father and stepbrother gave emotional statements direct three routh, calling him an american disgrace. and outside the courtroom, chad littlefield's mother spoke with reporters in an emotional
statement. >> we've waited two years for god to get justice for us on behalf of our son. and as always, god has proved to be faithful. we're thrilled that we have the verdict that we have tonight. >> reporter: routh showed little emotion as the verdict was ready, the way he's been through most of the trial. sitting there most of the time taking pages and pages of notes. now he's been found guilty of the murder of chris kyle and chad littlefield and will spend the rest of his life in prison. we turn to the latest in the battle with isis. human rights activists say the self-proclaimed islamic fighters struck fear in northeastern syria tuesday by kidnapping scores of southeastern christians. >> british police believe three teenaged girls who left for turkey last week are now in
syria. the fear all aas long that they were lured there to train isis. thousands of iraqi troops are gearing up with american weapons, preparing for an upcoming offensive to retake the northern iraqi city of mosul. the u.s. has repeatedly condemned isis for claiming a religious basis for its bloody tactics. >> president obama's facing criticism, as well for america's ties to what may be the militants' biggest funding source. michelle kaczynski has more. >> reporter: as syria's civil war rages on, isis this morning kid naps some 90 christians from northeastern towns according to a human rights group spreading its reach while kurdish and syrian fighters try to battle it back. secretary of state john kerry defended the u.s. response. >> when we have here is a criminal january ay that we are fighting that is trying to claim legitimacy under religion and a whole bunch of people are fighting back against that.
>> reporter: at the white house, president obama welcomed the emir of qatar. >> significant meeting of the minds. we are both committed to making sure that isil's defeated. >> reporter: committed and meeting of the minds isn't exactly a view shared by everyone. according to reports, qatar is now the biggest source of private funding for isis. at the same time that it's home it a key u.s. air base for launching air strikes against the terrorists. qatar's state-endorsed main mosque has introduced a steady stream of clerics preaching hate including prayers to destroy all jews. when egypt started bombing isis in libya this month, qatar opposed it. accurate numbers are hard to come by on how much money flows from wealthydowns donors to isis significant but only part of the daily haul of around $1 million. do you acknowledge that qatar has been a significant source of
private donations to terrorist groups? >> what we acknowledge is that there are areas where we disagree with them. more often we find our interests overlap. >> reporter: can you say whether pressure is on them now stop the financing? >> we believe that there's more they can do and we can do together to shut down the financing of terror operations around the globe. >> reporter: cnn, the white house. we move to central nigeria. a group of men have kidnapped an american missionary. police say reverend phyllis sorta was abducted by five men at the school where she works tuesday. >> it happened where sorter ran a nongovernmental organization. police believe this was the work of a criminal gang. her captors are demanding more than 300,000 -- $300,000 for her release. >> her step son is asking for prayer. our affiliate kiro has more on the reaction in her hometown of seattle. ♪
>> reporter: a few dozen people are counting on the power of prayer to save reverend phyllis sorter. >> this is actually my 10th year. >> reporter: the veteran free end in different missionary from seattle seen in this video of kidnapped near the academy where she taught in nigeria. >> surreal. i -- i can't believe this. like all people. and talk to them and they just come out with the joke. it's like no, this really happened. >> reporter: sorter's distraught stepson richard of among those prayering. >> i know that nothing that can happen to me in my future will ever defeat me with god by my side. >> reporter: she was grabbed by several people this morning. the state department and fbi are working to find and rescue her. >> they're there doing good for other people and this happens. >> reporter: in one of her latest updates, there was no sign of distress. she seemed upbeat writing "just a little note share the joy with you regarding the long-awaited opening of our brand new international childcare ministry
school in enugu." >> she spoke such a message of love and strength in the name of jesus. >> reporter: now the faithful find themselves with one option -- >> pray. everybody, pray. that's what i came down here for. >> unbelievable. and french president francois hollande is calling for the release of a french woman who was kidnapped in yemen. gunman abducted the 30-year-old and her driver in trnt of a ministry in yemen's capital tuesday. >> the french president says she works for the world bank. urging other french citizens to leave the country as soon as possible. in southern california, the driver of a truck involved in a crash with a commuter train has been arrested on suspicion of felony hit and run. at least 30 people were injureded in the wreck, but incredibly no one of killed. >> stunning. officials believe the truck driver mistook the train tracks
for the road and tried to turn on to them. after the crash, a police officer spotted him walking along the road. >> he was contacted about 1.62 miles south of the accident. he was taken into custody for a felony hit-and-run violation. the vehicle code section is 20001. which is basically a hit-and-run with injury. in this case multiple injuries. >> reporter: one survivor described the chaotic scene and how he managed to survive. take a listen. >> i felt it hit. i felt the impact. as i came through the crossing the car exploded. i saw the explosion, we started going, i yelled across the way, are you okay, are you okay? woerp okay for a while. finally we went on a 45-degree angle. the weather on the 8s went out, stuff started flying everywhere. you had to fend for yourself.
felt like an eternity until we stopped. >> it is astounding that no one was killed. tuesday's accident comes just three weeks after a deadly train wreck in new york at a rail crossing. >> our brian todd's been looking into what's become a persistent and dependly problem. >> reporter: as crash investigators comb through the scene of another accident between a train and motor vehicle, new concerns about the safety of rail crossings. in california it was the truck driver officials say who took an inecopplicable wrong turn. >> rather than make the right turn on to westbound 5th, it turned on to the tracks. >> reporter: hoe of unhurt and fortune to have gotten away from the oncoming train. >> the power of a train impacting the vehicle is the same as a car crushing a soda can. >> reporter: libby recter snipe says highway-grade crossings where roadways cross railroad
tracks at the same level are often lethal insections. just this month, a train killed a dozen people. authorities say fatalities at railroad crossings have decreased since the 1970s. safety experts say there are still about 2,000 incidents a year at the crossings. more than 200 people killed last year. a train hits a person or vehicle every three hours in the u.s. why? >> we think drivers are very distract ed distracted in the cars. sometimes drivers are in a hurry. and this society today, people feel rushed and think they can beat a train. >> reporter: other factors, recter snipes says there are standard barriers or signals at every crossing. trains are quieter and faster than they were. and vehicle drivers make tragic miscalculations. what don't people understand about the speed of trains how long it takes to stop?
>> if the train is coming this way, it can take an average train up to a mile to stop. that's the length of 18 football fields. if a train sees something on the tracks it can'ts in low stop in time. >> reporter: she says if you're stuck on a track, some steps are obvious. try to somehow get the vehicle off the track. if you can't, exit the vehicle and run. libby recter snipes says if you're stuck at a place like it and have to run from a vehicle and a train is coming in their way, run toward the oncoming train but at a 45 degree angle so that you're running away from the track and avoiding the collision and debris coming this way. brian todd cnn, alexandria virginia. rebels are on the move in eastern ukraine. this time it may be a good sign for a very troubled see e cease-fire. we'll have a live report. plus, it's been accident after accident on those treacherous icy roads in the
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deploying british service personnel to provide advice and training from tactical intelligence to logistics. >> david cameron there. now to the front line if eastern icrane. report say rebels -- ukraine. reports say rebels have begun withdrawing heavy weapons. fred pleitgen from moscow. reporters witnessed pro-russian separatists withdrawing heavy weapons from the front lines in eastern ukraine as required under the cease-fire deal. ukraine says the rebels are preparing for another advance. any evidence of that or is this the start of a real cease-fire between the two sides? >> you know it is a good question. you're absolutely right that several reporters that we've also talked to are saying they've seen convoys of rebels with artillery and other heavy weapon that appear to be moving away from the front line. rebels have said that's what they intend. they've signed an order to do. that the ukrainians are saying they haven't seen evidence of that happening. they're not starting the
withdrawal of their heavy weapons at this point. one of the things the ukrainians have been saying is that they fear the rebels might be amassing troops in the south of the front line in the town of mariupol which strategically is important because it's by the black sea. also it is on the roads to crimea. and of course there are many who speculate that possibly the pro-russian separatists might want to create a land corridor from russia to crimea. it's difficult to say that at this point. the organization that's supposed to be monitor, the osce says they're trying to do that. they say they have drones flying overhead to see what heavy weapons are on the front line area. they have told us they have interesting images already that they can't share at this point. they're also trying to use satellite imagery as well to see what's going on. they say the big problem is that first of all they don't have an inventory of what heavy weapons were brought to the front line.
they also haven't gotten any word from either of the sides which corridors they plan to use to withdraw those heavy weapons. they don't know what's at the front line and don't know what routes they'll be taking to withdraw from the front line. therefore, they say it's impossible for them to tell if the withdrawal is going through. >> a lot is not known now. meantime a natural gas feud has raised its ugly head again with somewhat threatening to cut ukraine's supplies in two days if it doesn't pay more money. is this the same war on just another front? >> reporter: well it certainly is one that's been ongoing for quite a while. there was a similar gas dispute that happened last year around this time. there were similar warnings that have happened the past couple of years. we had a couple of years in europe a scenario why gas was decreased going through ukraine because of that -- because of a dispute between the ukraine and the russian federation. it's something that has happened in the past. certainly it has to be seen in the context of the ongoing conflict going in east of
ukraine. the russians for the most part are saying ukrainians got gas from them and only pate paid for part of it. they're late on payment and if the payments dope come through, they might cut off gas within two days. delay said that yesterday. might be the next 24 hours. they want assurances from the ukrainians that they are going to pay. the process of payment also takes its time. this is something that could have significant effects on gas supply to europe as well. it's certainly something to keep an eye on. and certainly something that also has to be seen in the context of what's going on in east ukraine. >> we'll be watching those stories. many thanks. this hour fifa and qatar's local organizing committee will be giving a quarterly update on world cup preparations and this comes on the heels of tuesday's announcement which could move the 2022 tournament anywhere between november and december to the first time in history.
>> the proposed schedule change is the latest in a string of controversy since qatar was awarded the tournament from allegations of corruption in the bidding process to amnesty international's glaring report spotlighting the dangerous working conditions of migrant workers who were building the facilities. >> the latest we turn now to cnn's reporter live from abu dhabi. two big issues here. the treatment of migrant workers in qatar and the controversial move of the world cup to november/december months. first, what do we know about how dangerous it has been for migrant workers there helping build facilities? >> reporter: according to human rights organizations, it's been very dangerous. that's the one thing that's overshadowed qatar since it won its bid to host the world cup. the. >> operator: of these migrant workers. tough working conditions that are deemed unsafe by human rights organizations and working through the summer which they have to do to complete the
stadium and infrastructure. you've been here, you know what it's like. temperatures can hit 50 degrees celsius. that's over 100 degrees fahrenheit making doing anything outside very difficult and dangerous. now according to one trade union, 1,000 migrant zoerks died working on the infrastructure around the world cup. that figure, they say, is expected to rise to 4,000 by the time the tournament kicks off. now the country acknowledges there have been problems saying it's unacceptable that people work in these conditions. they've promised to introduce new legislation especially when it comes to the cath on sim. that's effectively a sponsorship program which gives full control to the company that these migrant workers work for, ricking their movement and so. on some changes have been made we understand. but it's quite -- quite insignificant for the time being. they say early this year more changes to the labor laws will
be made. >> it's not just qatar all over the middle east and the gulf. you have many south asian migrant workers in similar conditions. you also have many of the players who will be a part of the game complaining they knew about the conditions when they awarded the world cup to qatar. the european club association, european football leagues lobbied for a may/june compromise because it's so hot they didn't get that. so what will a move to november/december mean for the players? >> reporter: as you say, players, managers owners, even fans are furious about this proposed change of date. if it does happen during november/december, it will be in the middle of the european football season. around 50 leagues will be disrupted. in the last could w, 75% of the players came from european leagues. the leagues and federations in england, spain, germany, are very rich, very powerful. they've been making it known
florida if these changes do take place, they'll have to be -- there will have to be some payback. listen to what the head of the club association had to say on the matter. >> all match calendars across the world will have to accommodate such tourism in 2022/'23 which requires everyone's willingness to compromise. however, the european clubs and leagues condition be expected -- cannot be expected to bear the costs of rescheduling. we expect the clubs to be compensated for the damage that a final decision would cause. >> reporter: a german football player and powerful figure in european football. whether fifa will heed his words will just have to wait and see if these proposed dates are eventually confirm. >> we go when we come back when we come back to my days in abu dhabi. you'll have to enjoy or suffer
the heat with everyone a fascinating story. thank you very much. icy road causing accidents, snarling traffic across southern parts of the united states. just as the area braces for another dangerous s. not all bad news though. surely there's some positives, i don't know. we'll see. >> we'll check it out. woman: for soft beautiful feet my secret is the new amopé pedi perfect foot file. its microlumina rotating head buffs away hard skin even on those hard-to-reach spots. it's amazing. you can see it and feel it. for soft, beautiful feet. amopé pedi perfect.
winter storm warnings from texas to carolinas causing accidents and lots of traffic problems. the bone-chilling cold and dangerous conditions have caused at least 30 deaths in the state of tennessee. now through thursday more than 40 million people across the south are bracing for the next big storm system some states have closed schools and braced for weather emergencies. cnn is part of the emergencies. we've had to make contingency plans. pedram javaheri part of the plans, keep asking how bad it's going to be. how bad is it going to be? it could be not as bad -- >> yeah.
it's trending more like it will be a pretty impressive snow maker across the south. in atlanta, one of the largest metropolitan areas in the southern united states. about 1,700 miles of roadways 3,000 kilometers. 160 bridges across the city. the city spent a lot of money. spay spent millions in recent years. they have about 400 snow-remove equipment. they had a dozen a couple years ago. >> some say atlanta learned a lesson. >> the test is. us. we'll see what happens as far as what will play out. we want to show what's in store. the weather element coming into place. to have snow across the southern united states a handful of times per year a storm system across the east. the narrow band across northern louisiana, portions of arkansas
alabama, mississippi into georgia, we have some chances for significant snow accumulations for their standards. when you average two to three a year in the way of a couple of inches and get three four inches in the forecast could be a big deal. you can see the areas across i-20 east of dallas. dallas you've dealt with plenty of weather in recent days. still seeing problems because it will be slushy when the snow comes down. we'll relay some the forecast models. the four models from left to right. then the national weather service and local offices. notice dallas typically in the forecast one to three. birchling ham, one to two. one model says nothing will come down. the local service saying we have enough cold air. this could be a three four-inch set yet for the city. one model says not much will come down. we'll play into the afternoon hours when we think at least some wintry weather will begin to move in shortly after noon for a lot of southern states. northern tier. it pushes out and tapers quickly. heavy snow for a five to
six-hour period. two to three inches portions of georgia six to eight inches. a lot of amounts of snow will cause problems for millions of people. in brazil a drought happening comparing to california. brazil has the highest fresh water supply of any country in the world. 12% of the world's fresh water comes out of brazil. you ask why do we have exceptional droughts taking place. it's distributed poorly. the water among the amazon basin to the north for only 4% of the country's population resides. you come toward sao paolo, 21 million the most densely populated area it's a mess when it comes to water rationing and droughts in place some doctors cutting short dialysis for
patients because of the lack of the water. people scrambling to get by across the areas of brazil. >> what happens to the people on dialysis? >> i don't know. honestly it's a tough question for a lot of people. the water has been the reservoirs down to 5% of what is considered to be normal. >> it speaks to the importance of fresh water all around the world. the u.n. estimates that's what wars will be fought over in the future. fresh water is essential. thanks for the update. it took less than three hours to reach a verdict in the high-profile american sniper trial in texas. details after the break. kurdish forces in northern iraq say the tide is turning in their fight against isis. a rare visit to the front lines just outside of erbil.
a warm welcome back to our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. this is "cnn newsroom." i'm rosemary church. >> i'm errol barnett. our last half-hour of the day with us. in headlines, hundreds of syrian christian families taking refuge in a cathedral in northeastern syria. the human rights activists say more than 150 men, women, and children weren't so fortunate. they were taken hostage by isis as militants overran two nearby villages. in california, the driver of a truck involved in a crash with a commuter train has been arrested on suspicion of felony hit and run. no one died in the wreck but dozens were injured. officials believe the truck driver mistook the train tracks for the road and tried to turn on to them.
federal authorities are investigating. a jury? texas has found eddie ray routh guilty of murdering american sniper author chris kyle and his friend chad littlefield. routh was sentenced to life in prison without parole. kyle of a former u.s. navy s.e.a.l. with 160 confirmed kills while fighting in iraq. his expire instoried the -- story inspired the oscar-nominated film "american sniper." a key moment in the trial may have been when prosecutors brayed a dramatic videotaped confession from routh. the 90-minute video was part of his questioning shortly after his arrest in february 2013. in it routh confessed to the killings saying he knew what he it done was wrong. he spoke inso teernt eherently throughout most of the interrogation. the court also heard kyle's widow describe their relationship. >> we loved each other and kissed and hugged like we always did. and then just -- i left. when i left, he was in the
driveway still trying to get more stuff in there and get going. >> the american sniper trial has captured people's attention all over the world. >> earlier we asked the famous trial lawyer and cnn legal analyst mark gary geragos for his perspective. take a listen. >> given everything we know and the timing of the trial coming on the heels of the scars and the appearances of the widow wall to wall the jury really had nowhere else to go. i think the proof was that it only took two hours to deliberate. >> the defense was pushing saying that the actions were based because he was insane. because of a mental diser. the jury seemed to dismiss that. eddie ray routh did serve in iraq but not in combat. chris kyle did. how do you or how does the jury differentiate between ptsd and a
true menial disorder? >> the standard in texas where this case was tried and where the crime was committed is a very high bar basically knowing the right from wrong. in this case the thanks hurt him were the "new yorker" article where he stated he couldn't figure out why he did it and the fact that he had taken the truck, chris kyle's truck and lead police on a chase. then you have the videotapes of him kind of jumping down on to the ground as if he knew he had finally been caught. those things were hard to come over. what the defense did have however, was chris kyle's texts in real time right before he was murdered saying "this guy is straight-up nuts." clearly this guy has a mental disorder. no question about it. it's whether or not the jury was going to say not guilty by
reason of insanity. when you have somebody who was killed who's an american hero and especially in texas, that's an awfully tall order. >> routh got life without parole. what will it mean for a man who is clearly mentally ill? >> when you say the right outcome, it was the legal outcome. prosecutors were not seeking the death penalty. the only other alternative for the judge was life without parole me think he will never get out. if you're asking is it the right sentence the judge should have discretion to do something. say 30 years, 35 years, and then at this point, reevaluate whether this is somebody who could be or should be housed in a mental institution as opposed to what we have happening in america now which our jails have become our de facto mental
institutions. >> mark geragos there. now some other stories we're following. there's a controversial e controversial decision in the trayvon martin shooting case. there will not be civil rights charges against against george zimmerman, the man acquitted in the 2012 killing of martin an african-american teenager. federal prosecutors say a lack of evidence led to the decision. in the coming hours, a polish court will hear a u.s. extradition request for film director roman polanski. u.s. police have been after the polish-born oscar winner since 1977 when he fled the country. he had pleaded guilty to having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl. even if the court rules polanski should be extradited the justice minister can approve or reject the decision. student leaders are calling for nationwide protests in venezuela after a teenager was shot and killed by police. venezuela's president admits the boy was killed by security foursz during a crackdown in the
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kurdish fighters say coalition air strikes are helping them gain momentum against isis. but they're pleading with the u.s. for near and more effective weapons. >> ben wedeman reports from the front lines in northern iraq. a warning here, some of what you're about to see is disturbing. >> reporter: a peshmerga gunner keeps an eye on the river valley separating him from isis. letting loose the occasional round at an enemy that rarely shows itself.
they're here. in the distance isis' black banner flutters when the breeze. below the village is in peshmerga hands. the inhabitants fled months ago. in the far bank in isis-controlled territory, sloems been abandoned. -- homes have been abandoned. this once peaceful river now a battleground. the echo of gun and mortar fire regularly schwartz the calm. fingers here on the front line are usually on the trigger. this man commands the hilltop and has faced off against isis for months and knows them well. "they have the tactics of thieves," he says. they sneak up on us from different directions at night. they attack our positions. we beat them back. they can overcome us. after month of coalition air strikes, this veteran fighter says isis' onslaught has been
blunted here at least. three months ago, isis was firing 150 5050 mortar round a day at us. now they seem much weaker. weaker perhaps, but not defeated. throughout the time we've been here it's been outgoing fire from the kurdish positions in the direction of isis. now late in the afternoon, isis is starting to fire back. normally they attack at night. that's what they tried unsuccessfully a week ago. fighters shared the phone video of the isis fighters they managed to kill with the help of air strikes. the fighters believe the tide is turning, but it's no time to let down the guard. northern iraq. british police say they believe three teenage girls who flew to turkey last week are in
syria. the fear has been that the girls were head there to join isis. their families are history fired and appealing for -- are horrified and appealing for their safe return. >> british prime minister david cameron says the case highlights the need to do nor combat isis on line and across society. >> we need the school to combat extremism. we need the community to be doing as much as it can. that's the point about the whole duty the prevention in institutions to say we're all in this together. we've all got to play a role. we also me to social media organizations to do more in terms of helping take down pages and pages of extremist material. there is more they can do. >> what more could be done? the managing director of a think tank devoted to counterextremeism counterextremism. >> he joins us live to talk about isis and the propaganda
campaign. thank you for speaking with us. what is isis promising young people on line, ask what happen is the reality once the young -- and what is the reality once the young people join the group? >> i think in terms of young women, isis is trying to get them to reject the western notion of feminism and create their own version of feminism by claiming that they're going to give them empowerment to come out and do their bit for the islamic state, for the faith. their interpretation of the faith of islam, and for their political viewpoint and goals. they're promising they'll get an adventure. they're promising they'll come out and do things that they're not allowed to in most cases in the west because of cultural aggressiveness from the parents. the real sit when they get there -- we france lated the official manifesto that isil have for women in the islamic state that they didn't want westerners to
see. there's about 10,000 words. the reality is that they expect girls to be married from the age of 9 onwards and to have been married by the age -- by the age of 16 17. they actually want them to cover up fully. they want them to be basically jihadist brides. they don't want to leave the house on their own unless they're carrying out a specific task in terms of morality police and what will happen when the girls go over, they would live a much more sheltered life and have less empower. than they did before they -- empowerment than they did before. >> what propels them to leave? of course most young people are impressionable. surely there's an additional almost that takes their naivete and turn it into action. >> there are a number of things. the mechanism, we know that there are in the region of 40,000 isil twitter accounts generate being 200,000 tweets a
day. there's an old sales analogy that even if you put on the dog's tail and ask them to go after it somebody will see it sign it and come about if it goes out for long enough. it's about volume about getting out to young impressionable teens who feel they may be disenfranchised, who feel feel they have grievance and saying come join our gang. we'll give you a fine. we'll fine you solutions to the issues and problems that you may have at home by giving you fog? do within the islamic state. secondly the ideology of the islamist caliphate has been propagandaed without being challenged for decades. you saw prime minister david cameron talking about
challenging the ideology from across the board testimony's a problem for all of -- across the board. it's a prosecutor for all of us. this is a problem for the whole of society. solutions need to come on line and off line from all of us. >> thank you very much for joining us. a lot needs to be done of course to stop these vulnerable young people leaving for isis. many thanks. >> thanks a lot. a short break now. just ahead, police are on the hunt for two men after an apparent home invasion turns into a bizarre robbery attempt. we will explain how the plot unfolded. plus, a car flies into a light pole and off a boston interstate. the man behind the wheel survived. now he's facing serious charges. >> technology gives you security. technology gives you control and now technology gives you home security and control in a new and revolutionary way. introducing plug & protect
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remembrance day poppy inside. >> we're unable who constructed -- unable to who constructed the chamber and the motive for it. we're hoping to get information to have direction in solving what did this -- who did this and why. police say they think whoever built the tunnel had to have some experience. so far they don't believe there is any threat to the pan american games. police are on the hunt for two men involved in an apparent home invasion in connecticut. the story does not end there. >> authorities say it was a first step in a bizarre scheme to rob a credit union. we have the latest. >> reporter: detectives in unmarked cars search for clues in this connecticut home trying to figure out the mystery of what happened in this quiet cul-de-sac. >> a bizarre story. >> reporter: investigators say it was early machine morning
when the man was pulling into his driveway getting ready to go inside. he said there were two men waiting, and they forced their way in. the homeowner, matt yeusman tells police the two men took him and his mother hostage. strapping to him what looked like an explosive but was deemed safe and is being analyzed. then he says the men ordered him to drive alone 20 minutes to the credit union where he's the cfo threatening to blow him up if he didn't rob it and bring back the cash. police have key questions like why didn'tly call 911. >> certainly he could be the victim here. that's why we're going through investigative process to figure that out. >> reporter: instead he called the ceo of achieved financial credit union telling him to get the money ready. the credit union evacuated. police called the bomb squad put schools in lockdown and shut down a busy highway for
more than three hours. >> a scary day for the people in the area. >> reporter: the story is similar to the bizarre case of brian wells. in 2003, the pizza deliveryman claimed strangers strapped a bomb to him and forced him to rob a bank. the scene played out live on tv when police intervened. the bomb went off killing wells. the case remained a mystery for years until 2007 when authorities determineded wells was in on the scheme all along. tonight in connecticut, investigators looking for two masked men. has anyone else seen them? >> i don't know yet. that's part of the investigation that's ongoing. >> reporter: nobody came to the door at his house. police say he's been extremely cooperative, facing intense questioning. >> the whole story is just something out of a movie. >> reporter: right now a mystery. and nobody knows how it will
end. cnn, new britain, connecticut. >> we'll bring you developments as we get them. interesting story. it isn't setting a monthly budget and sticking to it. it probably wouldn't be so bad if the budget was $1 million a month. that's how much support the estranged wife of hedge fund billionaire kenneth griffin is seeking in the couple's divorce. >> yeah. apparently living the life. she claims she needs $300,000 for the private jet. don't you? $60,000 for office space, a professional staff, and $160,000 for vacation accommodations. >> what a life. that does seem like a lot of money. it might seem like pocket change when you compare it to the most expensive divorce in history. >> a russian oligarch was ordered to pay his ex wife $4.5 billion after the couple split last year. >> get some money if you can pronounce the name. it's worth it. now from a battling daughter a battle in nature take a look at this rare video that is
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