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christians taken hostage. part of a group of more than 200 people that isis captured when they swept a syrian village just a few days ago. but a syrian opposition group says some sort of authority figure has ordered 29 of those people to be released. why and is it really going to happen? also overseas one of president opinion opinion's loudest critics shot dead last night on a sidewalk just yards from the kremlin. boris nemtsov was walking home with a female friend after dinner and shot in the back four times. now press putin vowing to find and punish the killer. coming up why russian authorities are not ruling out isis involvement in this murder. any moment we will learn who conservatives think should win the white house in 2016. you're looking at live pictures there of cpac that gathering there in maryland. we're going to bring you the straw poll results in just a moment. it was a stung blow against hamas today from the government of egypt from a specific court there in cairo declaring hamas
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officially a terrorist organization. this is a label the united states and europe has already put on hamas. hamas leaders, though, shocked apparently by the ruling. our ian lee joins me on the phone live from cairo. ian, set this up for us in terms of the significance of this to hamas and frankly why hamas leaders seem so surprised at the court's ruling. >> reporter: well poppy, this is a very damning verdict by the courts of urgent matters here in cairo. but we're still trying to figure out what this exactly means. because there is a new law terrorism law, that was recently passed saying this court does not have jurisdiction that that jurisdiction lies with the general prosecutor as well with the appeals court. but what hamas is being accused of is quite severe. they're being accused of supporting snujtinsurgents in the sigh my peninsula who have killed hundreds of security
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personnel and of a 2011 jail break that freed members of the muslim brotherhood revolution. the muslim brother hood in egypt is considered a terrorist organization. hamas belongs to the muslim brotherhood. hamas has condemned this verdict. this does create a new chapter in relations between hamas and egypt which has started to deteriorate since the 2013 uprising that overthrew mohamed morsi who came from the muslim brotherhood, poppy. >> could you talk to us about the concern you raised in the earlier hour this could backfire on egypt? >> reporter: well the thing that egypt has always done is it's always been a broker for the region between hamas and israel and also interpalestinian politics. so this could be very damaging
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for egypt because they won't be seen as this independent or impartial broker for any potential upcoming wars. the last three wars between hamas and israel they have brokered the peace deal. so it is very unlikely that hamas is going to want to listen or to work with the egyptians now if there is another war. and so for egypt, this is a lowering of their stature, if you will when it comes to these sorts of talks. but for egypt they see this as a national security issue. hamas, they believe, has been undermining egypt's abilitystability. for them they believe this it the only way forward. >> ian lee from cairo, thank you for that. as we mentioned, isis may be ready to release 29 asyrian christians taken hostage in recent days. they are part of a much larger group of more than 200 christian captives including women,
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children and the elderly. information about that pending release comes from a syrian opposition group this. all really adds up to a very troubling picture of isis spreading really like a cancer across the region. jordan's king abdullah told our faried zakari this is a third world war. >> should the west be in the lead? >> this has to be unified. i've said this to leaders both in the islamic and arab world and to the world in general. this is a third world war by other means. this brings muslims, christians other religions together in this generational fight that all of us have to be this together. so it's not a western fight. this is a fight inside of islam where everybody comes together against these outlaws, so to
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speak, together. and there's a short-term part of this which is the military part of the issue. there is the medium part which is the security element of it. then there's a long-term element of this which is obviously the ideological one. >> a fascinating interview there between our faried zakaria and kipg be a dull king abdul lastbe aabdullah. police are scouring the streets of moscow trying to figure out who killed one of russian president vladimir putin's most outspoken critics and why. our fred pleitgen has the latest from moscow. >> reporter: thousands of people have been coming here to the scene of the crime throughout the entire day, many laying candles down, lighting candles, many with tears in their eyes. you can tell moscow is shocked by the events that happen here late on friday night. one of the things that really shocks me the most is the fact that we are here in the heart of moscow. also this is a place near the kremlin, near the red square as well where there is a lot of
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surveillance. there's a lot of surveillance cameras here. plain-clothesed police officers. nonetheless right here in the middle of the sidewalk on this main bridge that leads away from the kremlin across the moscow river, is the place where boris nemtsov was gunned down. however, the fact that there are so many surveillance measures in place here seems to be one thing that's helping the authorities here to try to pinpoint who might be behind all of this. the authorities late on saturday announced they had managed to find a car, a white vehicle that they believe might have been involved in all of this. they said they found this vehicle through some of the surveillance footage that they got at various points. of course a lot of that surveillance footage would be around this area. the other main thing that the authorities say they're looking at is also witness testimony. one of their main witnesses is a woman named a anna duretskaya a model apparently with boris nemtsov as he was walking across this bridge. we were able to speak to a friend of nemtsov who says he
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was able to talk to her briefly before she was taken in by the police for questioning. she told him she was walking along here with boris nemtsov when all of a sudden a vehicle stopped. someone immediately opened fire from that vehicle. and then the vehicle sped away very quickly. one of the things very significant about that is that all the bullets that were apparently fired from that car hit nemtsov. none of them hit her. that's one of the things that causes the authorities here to say that they believe it was a professionally organized killing that took place. nemtsov of course was supposed to be one of the people leading a rally here in the city of moscow on sunday. originally it was supposed to protest against russia's policies in ukraine, but now that rally after his death is going to turn into one of mourning for a man who died here on friday night. fred pleitgen cnn, moscow. >> fred, thank you for that. russian investigative committee is leading this criminal investigation. again it's in the early hours but it's exploring a number of possible motives.
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for example, did russia's enemies kill nemtsov to create political dischord or were perhaps there islamist extremists involved? russian yeah state media reporting nemtsov had received threats like this to his views on the "charlie hebdo" attack in europe. counting me counterterrorism analyst buck sexton. when you look at the number of scenarios the russian authorities are look at right now, one of them being that isis might be linked to this murder. do you think that is farfetched or do you think that is really a possibility? >> on its face it's preposterous from what we know right now. this was a very professional hit. it seems to be the kind of trade craft that you would expect from say an intelligence service. and the fact that nemtsov was shot outside the kremlin i think also indicates these individuals knew the routes and times of their target. they shot with a tight grouping. they did not hit any bystanders. this was not meant as a spectacle in the sense you would have expected from say a jihadist. this was just a cold hard
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execution and really indicates intelligence service or someone trained by intelligence services or special forces. the when you look at the motives and some of the recent history here with for example this target saying he expects putin is going to kill him, i think people are starting to draw their own conclusions. >> and we don't want to draw conclusions. again this is early going. this i nemtsov as someone recently critical of the kremlin's handling of the ukraine crisis someone who issued a massive report in 2013 about bribery and fraud ahead of the olympics in sochi. this is someone who knew he had a target on his back and walked around without protection without bodyguards. at the same time putin coming out today and saying this is horrendous and we're going to hunt down the killer. what do you make of that? >> this is what we woeks would expect. of course putin is going to say he's searching for the real killers. the truth here when you look at the motivations for taking out an opposition politician like this and look at russia's history particularly with putin
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at the helm of journalists mysteriously dying and no killers are ever found. opposition politicians dying or being imprisoned on flimsy charges. and there's never any justice for those who seem to find themselves on the wrong end of an assassin's bullet in russia. this is a long-standing issue. i have to say this kind of a brazen assassination of nemtsov, and it clearly is an assassination. we know that just a question of the perpetrators. this kind of brazen hit opens up russia into probably a whole new level. because this was so out in the open for people to see and so clearly only going to benefit the sort of russian nationalist that we're seeing on the scene now and who are pro taking eastern ukraine and who believe that what they're doing is somehow bettering russia. when you add motive you add recent history, you add the tactics used in this event, it's certainly not isis. and i think we all know that it's somebody from inside of russia. >> but this coming as president putin has sky high approval ratings at 86% among his own people. stay with me. you're going to join us later in the hour.
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we now know who conservatives think should win the white house in 2016. voting at the conservative political action conference of cpac just wrapped up. several potential 2016 candidates along with thousands of activists elected official and party leaders have been waiting for the results of this
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annual straw poll. we bring in our cnn reporter there. so who won? >> reporter: i'll tell you who won, poppy, rand paul made his three-peat. this was expected. this is a very libertarian crowd, young crowd. you can hear them in the back behind me. very excited to get the results here. what was interesting, number two, scott walker. he had a very strong performance here a few years ago. he took number two. and he was at 7% last year. this year he had 21% of the straw poll. he lost to rand paul who had 25%. there you go. they just announced rand paul the winner. you can hear the excitement behind me poppy. people are very excited in the background here. >> i think, chris, it's really interesting we've seen this momentum behind scott walker recently. but when you look at the reality of how this plays out in predicting the next president, what's the history there?
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>> reporter: well it doesn't always have a history of predicting the next president. the poll is very good as a snapshot for where this particular conservative group is right now. this is a very conservative face very libertarian. you start to see who has momentum going into the election season. certainly scott walker has that momentum. he is up in the polls in iowa. and he's coming out of this looking very strong. rand paul held on. he needed to make sure that he held his crown for a third year in a row. he did that. and another thing to mention here poppy, jeb bush came in fifth place with 8%. that's not surprising. he came, in had a very strong showing. kind of walked into the lion's den here. and had a strong respectable showing. but this is not his crowd. this crowd is much more conservative much more libertarian. so not a surprise there, and certainly jeb bush has other advantages such as a donor class
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behind him, so just because he came in poorly here doesn't mean he doesn't have a shot. this is just a snapshot in time. i think it's important for people to remember that. >> of course appreciate the reporting live as it was announced there at cpac. thank you very much. coming up next we're going to continue on politics and talk about your nation's capitol. our nation's capitol. guess what? at the last minute they came up with a way to fund the department of homeland security but only for one week. what happens after that? we'll discuss next.
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. two arrests in new york one in florida, another in indiana. all people suspected of conspiring to fight for or to support isis. court documents released yesterday suggest this man captured in central indiana bought military equipment for terrorists and in one point intended to fly to syria to fight with isis. while he and others were stopped many more have slipped through the crack. this weinerek i went to minnesota to talk to the state attorney general to talk about this problem and what's being done to counter it. >> from the intelligence that you have at this point in time is isis targeting the somali community in minnesota? >> yes. >> no question. >> no question. >> how aggressively? >> they're recruiting westerners
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but they're recruiting here. >> approximately how many young people from minnesota have left to go fight with terrorists? >> well, over two dozen during the al shabab days. more now during the isis days. each one is a tragedy for their families for their community, for minnesota. so we're trying to turn it around. >> do you have a number? i mean are we talking 30 40 50? >> it's too many. and i'm reluctant to give you an exact number because the investigations are ongoing. but each person who travel ss or tries to travel is a tragedy. and it's a failure of all of us that we need to turn this around. >> one community activist told us that one day instead of leaving the u.s. to fight for al shabab or isis they're going to fight here. does that keep you up at night? >> everything keeps me up at night. but we have no indication. there's no intelligence to suggest that anybody's planning
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anything in minnesota. but obviously we're vigilant about that on a daily bay is. >> what we saw play out in the recent attacks in paris, and likely although it's early going in copenhagen is that there was no direct order, attack this place at this time, kill these people. the it was this propaganda-driven here's a mission you should carry out when you deem the time and target are correct. do you worry about that here? >> we're watching that kind of activity on a daily basis. there is no indication anybody is making such a plan of attack here. but we have some of the best fbi based here. >> why here? >> it started in 2007 2008 with al shabab from somalia recruiting young somalis. isis has now picked up on the success of al shabab and trying to improve upon it.
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it's not what we in minnesota want to be known for. but we have to tackle this and break the cycle of recruiting. >> if you were to boil down the solution how you're attacking this how would you describe it? >> the way the community described it to me. they wanted more community engagement by law enforcement. they want to get to know us and learn who we are better. that's point one. point two is address the root causes through more mentoring, through more job opportunities, after-school programs in-school programs. that's point two. point three is early intervention teams that grow out of the community with the imams and the parents and the youth leaders working together at the early signs of radicalization. those are the three pillars of our plan. >> but is it happening right now? because isis is recruiting from here right now. >> we're already working on this. the community is already working on this. the pilot program is to take it to the next level. >> do you have the money to do it? >> we have some money coming in
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right now. we have corporate and nonprofit support here in minnesota. and i was just in a meeting at the justice department to talk about grant funds that we're expecting in the near future. >> do you think you're going have enough money? this is something we hear often from government agencies whether talking about the s.e.c. or you guys we don't have the funds. we don't have the staff to combat the criminals. >> we're going to have the fund we're going have the staff. most importantly we're going to have the community's leadership. >> some from this community in minnesota call this a terrorist hot bed in the united states. is that fair? >> i don't use terms like that. we're the focus of terror recruiting overseas. we're doing everything we can to turn it around. i don't use inflammatory terms. we have a problem. we're addressing it. that's what minnesotans do and we do it very well. >> i would agree with you on that one. thank you. >> thank you. all right. you can watch our full story and the immense efforts to tackle
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isis recruiting in minnesota. our story airs on cnn tonight monday evening 10:00 p.m. eastern, 7:00 pacific right here on cnn. coming up next just into cnn, new surveillance video that may show the murder scene of a significant russian opposition leader on the streets of moscow last night. see what you think. that's next. but before that, this week's ones to watch. >> jennifer lopez's choreographer is pulled from behind the scenes to perform with her center stage. so what is it that makes him so irresistible to the stars? >> he's the best dancer in the world, okay? i think the thing that makes chris and people like beyonce' and jay low and michael jackson is the fire. >> the spins, the hips the thrust. he studied michael jackson's every move and performed his routines at talent contests across the state. the king of pop had a magic he
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all right. brand-new video may show may show a murder yards from the kremlin. outspoken putin critic boris nemtsov, was shot four times in the back. murdered last night as he walked home from dinner. look carefully at this video. this is just into us at cnn. it's hard to see. pretty grainy. this is bridge surveillance video that comes to us from moscow city government-owned tv station, tv center. they say it was shot by a low-quality camera that records weather and the bridge around the clock. in the video the reporter says the camera captured two people believed to be boris nemtsov and his companion. then a reporter explains what the footage shows is the two people walking. then they're blocked by a snowplow. the video then shows this one person left at the scene, presumed to be nemtsov's companion. also a person running into a car, the car speeding off. i should note cnn cannot independently confirm the authenticity of this video. it is coming to us from basically moscow's government
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television station. joining me now to talk about it former cia counterterrorism analyst buck sexton. buck no one can really tell what is going on here. but as someone that was formerly with the cia, when you're looking at this what do you make of what we're seeing? >> there's one difference here based upon what we heard from the earlier reports is that it seems that there may have been a getaway car that came and picked up the assassin as opposed to what would have been really a drive-by shooting. so you're talking about a difference in perhaps tactics based upon this new video and what the russian government or russian government-owned tv station is saying here. but it doesn't change any of the other factors, the fact that there was supposed to be an opposition rally mere days after this that nemtsov was going to play a very prominent role in that was going to criticize openly russia's policies in ukraine. everything else more or less stays the same. in terms of the difference in tactics here it all still points towards a high level of proficiency, a high level of training and trade craft.
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that does not suggest some terrorist or some sort of a lone wolf one off situation. >> right. which we know is one of the theories the investigators are looking at right now. you think it's ludicrous. >> so far right. >> but let me ask you this. this is something, boris nemtsov, who was pushed out of government in 2003 continued to be very vocal about his opposition was vocal about his opposition of russia's ukraine strategy and policy. published this damning report in 2013 about basically fraud within the government bribery, et cetera. so if he was targeted for his political beliefs and work why now? >> well as i said there was a rally that's supposed to happen in just a few days in which nemtsov was supposed to play a rather large -- >> that's not the first of these kind of rallies. >> i understand that. but there's also been a pretty strong consolidation that putin's been engaged in for some time. and why now? i think that he may have finally just reached a point where both putin or whoever may have been behind this -- i don't want to
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suggest that we know. we don't know. but whoever may have been behind this inside of russia it certainly points towards some kind of official involvement of some kind whether it's from the top of the government or from somewhere else. but if that had been the case i think eventually they decided nemtsov was too much of a liability. they were able to get alexi alexi novali jailed and missing this rally. it seems they decided to act and this has the hallmarks of a contract hit. >> with the caveat we have no idea whether the putin government was involved in any way in this he's clearly coming out and saying we did not and we are going to find and hunt down whoever did this. this comes at a time when putin's approval rating is through the roof 86%. >> certainly the thuggishness of the putin government has been on display for some time in ukraine and interior inside of russia there's been as i said a pretty strong consolidation. and for a variety of reasons he does have popular support despite the sanctions and the
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economic pain that that country's been under because of its ukraine policy specifically. there is a rise in really a russian ultranationalism right now. so putin also because of the polls and because of the support he's been able to build up through these very aggressive policies outside of russian borders, he may have felt he was in a position to do this possibly conceivably or somebody in the government may have felt they were in a position to order this kind of a hit now. but again, this is very early on in the investigation. we'll certainly get more facts. the russians may produce in mere hours someone. the question is will it just be a scapegoat or some kind of a patsy but we'll see. >> i do wonder very quickly, do you think we will ever really know who carried this out? >> there's unfortunately a history of people being killed in russia whether it's investigative journalists or opposition politicians or anyone who essentially gets in the way of the state being killed and the killers are never found. so this would not be an anomaly if we actually had nobody who was arrested for this. certainly if it didn't ever go beyond one person who we're told
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is the killer but there's not very much evidence that it goes beyond that. >> buck, thank you. appreciate the insight. and that video we're seeing just for the first time here of what may be the murder scene. thank you very much. we appreciate it. coming up it is the subject of scientific obsession and religious devotion. the shroud of turin may be christianity's holiest relic. we will see the hidden clues found in what some believe is the burial cloth of jesus.
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one of the greatest mysteries woven through the christian faith and now a new cnn series takes an in-depth look at the scientific findings. watch. >> an unprecedented cnn event. he didn't vanish without leaving a trace. >> at this point in history we're able to place these. >> and changed the world. >> this is really the moment of truth. >> this is the story of jesus. >> the rock upon which the church is built. >> an icon of scientific obsession. >> this extraordinary to find an archeological piece. >> what do we really have here? >> why did judas betray jesus? >> somebody chose to write this.
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>> it dutdoes matter. is this time burial shroud of jesus? >> what are the clues he left behind?" faith, fact forgery" finding jesus. >> how could you not watch that? i promise it is fascinating. this week's episode, the shroud of turin. this is a mystery that has eluded both christians and nonchristians all over the world. what did jesus look like? and does this burial cloth reveal his very face? let's talk it with david gibson and michael mckinley, creators of the series. thank you, gentlemen, for being here. it is absolutely fascinating as i said. david, let me begin with you. as you take it without giving away too much about the premiere episode, do you believe that we come to an answer at the end of this first episode over whether or not the shroud of turin is in fact the real thing or a forgery? >> i think we get closer to an answer than anybody has gotten before. that's not to say that we're going to get final resolution. and that's part of the mystery and the beauty and the allure of
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the shroud of turin. as scientific technology has grown and we've made so many breakthroughs, science hasn't been able to explain this image, how it got on there, how old it is and above all who it is. >> michael, when you look at this episode, it goes down to the fines of the cloth. and it talks about a number of different lab experiments that were done all over the the world, frankly. and they come to different conclusions. talk to me about the significance of the blood stains. >> well the blood stains are huge. it's important to remember the shroud was found with another piece of linen called the sudarian of movieta which is a face cloth which the gospel calls wrapped the head of jesus after he had died. again, without giving await entire show the blood stains
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compared from the sudarian to those on the shroud were found to match. not only in terms of pattern but in terms of blood type. >> but what's also really interesting, i think, and to you, david, is that later in the program you get this other expert that comes on and says actually he believes that this is the world's first photograph. what? >> yeah. absolutely. some people have called this the world's first selfie. not to be too irreverent. but again, it is a photographic image essentially. and again, that's part of the mystery of this thing. you know they knew for centuries there was an image of a man on this cloth and it was revered as that of jesus. it wasn't until the 1890s or so that an italian photographer had taken the first pictures of the shroud. as he was developing them in his dark room, the negative images came out. and all of a sudden this image of the man of jesus, whoever it is popped out at him.
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so they suddenly realized this wasn't just painted on there or just impressed on the linen somehow. this is an actual photographic image. but look even if it's only 800 or 900 years old, how did a photographic image get on there eight centuries before the invention of photography? >> and why is it the only one of its kind if that it is. michael, you're dealing with people's faith here. you're dealing with somebody so sacred to people. i wonder how you walk that line. >> well with the greatest of respect. and i think the thing that if you remember poppy, we came in with questions and not answers. and so in using that approach we always had room to learn. and we did. and i certainly learned a lot more about the shroud that i thought i knew or than i actually did know. and might have come in a little more skeptical than i went out of the shroud episode with.
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so i think my own sense of that particular artifact was strengthened by doing this episode. >> david, did you struggle with that at all through this? >> no. i think it's one of these things. look this isn't going to disprove anyone's faith. it's one of those things that the christian faith does not rise or fall on the veracity of the shroud of turin. but what it can do, i think, if you're a person of faith it can deepen your faith. it can certainly provide a lot more information about jesus, about crucifixise about crucifixion what he or someone like him went through on the cross. jewish burial systems. if you're a skeptic it won't make you a believer, either. >> it just left me wanting to see episode number two. congratulations. it is a beautiful series. i'm glad we can air it here on cnn. for all of you watching you're not going to want to miss this new cnn original series. it talks about the science and the faith, all of it.
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"finding jesus, fact, faith, forgery" tomorrow night only here on cnn 9:00 eastern. coming up, police now think they know what triggerered a deadly shooting spree in a tiny missouri town. what happened? the details next.
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the city of tyrone missouri population 50 on thursday night nine people were found dead after harrowing house to house shooting rampage. our will ripley has the latest. >> police in southeast missouri are awaiting the results of a postmortem examination of the mother of the gunman. they believe she died of natural causes and they're wondering if her death somehow triggered this shooting rampage. >> reporter: no stoplight in tyrone missouri, no post office or gas station, but this tiny town is the scene of the deadliest mass shooting in recent missouri history. john schrieber got a fen call to go to his cousin's house down the street. >> driving by you know it just -- you can tell that he was dead already. >> reporter: schrieber thinks his cousin and his wife were killed quickly. their car and washing machine still running. their 13-year-old son alive and terrified in a back bedroom.
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he's in shock. >> i would say. >> reporter: the house, one of six crime scenes and nine deaths. seven people shot and killed four from the same family less than three miles apart. the gunman's mother apparently dead of natural causes. police investigating if her death somehow triggered the rampage. >> you know what that's -- in our job we see a lot of bad stuff, and this is bad. this is also hard on the police officers who are working there. it's not natural to see that sort of thing. >> reporter: the missouri state highway patrol says the gunman joseph aldridge killed himself. authorities say he had only a minor criminal history, nothing to foreshadow something like this. many in this quiet corner of southeast missouri say they don't even lock their doors. >> my concern is children and so our kids are having a really tough time. you know a wide variety of emotions some shock, some
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tears, a lot of questions. >> reporter: investigators working to figure out why someone would want to kill nearly an entire family hoping the sole survivor now in the hospital can provide answers. how is your community going to move forward from this? >> one day at a time. as a family. this community is based in faith and based in family and i've seen them come through some very difficult situations. nothing like this of course. >> reporter: a massacre in a missouri town. the few left behind left to wonder why. as investigators in tyrone try to answer that question why, they continue talking to the sole survivor of the shooting, a woman who remains in the hospital and we're told is cooperating with investigators, giving them whatever information she can. will ripley cnn, southeast missouri. >> thank you for that. meet the world's newest energy superpower. surprised? in fact, america is now the world's number one natural gas producer...
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thanks for the ride around norfolk! and i just wanted to say geico is proud to have served the military for over 75 years! roger that. captain's waiting to give you a tour of the wisconsin now. could've parked a little bit closer... it's gonna be dark by the time i get there. geico. proudly serving the military for over 75 years. all right. now to "cnn heroes" and a young inventor with a very big idea. >> my grandfather has parkinson's disease that causes him to shake. he spills all the time.
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so i decided to make the kangaroo cup. i came up with the idea when i was around 8 or 9 years old. i wanted to put legs on the cup because i figured that it wouldn't be as likely to spill. the original cup was made out of porcelain. we decided to make a plastic version so it can be used by anybody, like little kids people with mobility issues. i have a design team and they really do help me so much. color-wise. >> yeah. the blue? >> mm-hmm. >> lily has sold about 11,000 cups total. many of her classmates and teachers don't even know what she's doing. >> like the next one. >> really do keep the kangaroo cup talk to a minimum. >> i remember reading act it. >> now the word is getting around school. like wait lily? she did what? she invented this cup?
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oh my gosh! >> that is so cool. >> hi lily. how you doing? >> good. my cup has changed my grandfather's life because that's the only cup he uses now. like once the kangaroo cup came the other cups that he used they were just out of the picture. one day i want to give money from the kangaroo cup to parkinson's research and hopefully we'll find a cure. >> here's to you. >> here's to you, lily. i love that idea. now this. he lived long and prospered. the death of leonard nimoy prompted an outpouring of tributes both on earth and from space. an astronaut on board the international space station tweeted this picture from orbit giving the vulcan is a salute made may fousse by mr. spock. the president writing, "long before being nerdy was cool there was leonard nimoy. leonard was a life-long lover of the arts and humanities a supporter of the sciences generous with his talent and his
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time and of course leonard was spock -- cool logical, big-eared and level headed the center of "star trek's" optimistic inclusive vision of humanity's future." >> live long and prosper. images. father of all we now hold true. >> leonard nimoy died yesterday at his home in los angeles. he was 83 years old. i'll see you back here at 7:00 p.m. smerconish begins right now. i'm michael smerconish. thank you for join us. crisis averted for at least one more week. or is it? after a nail-biting showdown on capitol hill last night, the house and senate agreed on a bill to fund the department of homeland security. but only for seven days. it's gridlock in action a dysfunctional display, but at least it keeps hundreds of thousands of tsa screener border agents and other who is keep us safe on the job and paid for a few more days. dhs