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good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. thanks so much for joining mess on this monday. "kill them all" are the chilling words caught on tape. the 71-year-old real estate heir is the subject of "the jinx." he's linked to two unsolved murders and the disappearance of his wife. the confession appears to have happened in a rest while unaware that his microphone are still on. he talks to himself in the bathroom. listen to this. .
or the 2000 killing of his longtime friend crime writer susan berman. we should point out that hbs is owned by time warner the parent company of cnn. good morning, jean. >> reporter: randi, good morning. we're right here at the criminal justice center. in a short time robert durst about come face-to-face with a judge. a law enforcement source has told cnn that robert durst actually drove from houston to new orleans last tuesday, checked into a downtown hotel using cash a fake name and when he was arrested late saturday night, had a fake driver's license on him, but he's no stranger to the justice
system. true he was never charged in the disappearance of his wife a medical student, in 1982 but he was acquitted on first degree murder charges out of the texas. he faces those very same charges in los angeles, california for slaying of a dear friend and confidant in beverly hills. an explosive comment by real estate heir robert durst caught on a live mike ending hbo's six-part documentary series "the jinx." what he means, unclear, but these are the words of a man who police say is a cold-case murder suspect. durst whispering to himself in a bathroom after his final interview for the special, which challenges the audience to decide whether the 71-year-old son of one of the most powerful real estate tycoons in new york city is responsible for the disappearance of his wife in
1982 the murder of a close friend in 2000 and a neighbor in 2001. >> i mean the writing looks similar. >> reporter: in the final episode, the filmmakers congress front durst after uncovering a letter written to susan berman. berman was found shot dead inside her l.a. home over 14 years ago. the handwriting and misspelling of her address eerily similar to a letter written to police telling them where to find the body. durst denying he wrote it. >> what i see as a similarity is really the misspelling in the "beverly." other than that the block letters are block letters. >> reporter: police arresting the heir in new orleans, now held on a capital murder charge on berman's death, citing evidence that's come to light in the past year. it's unclear what role the documentary played.
the millionaire's attorney telling fox news he was underwhelmed by the new developments revealed in the six-part series including his ramblings in the bathroom. >> l.a. county has a case. we'll address those facts in the courtroom, but generally speaking i was underwhelmed. >> reporter: the millionaire has long maintained he did not kill berman or his wife, who has never been found. when hbo was asked about their interaction with law enforcement, the director told "good morning america" this morning well we have been in contact with law enforcement for the past two years. so when we finally found that subsequent admission, what happens in the bathroom we contacted them and said we have something more. we do want to say that is an alleged admission. the attorney for robert durst says your honesty would lead you
to say you've said things under your breath before that you probably didn't mean so i don't want to talk about the factual specifics. randi? >> fascinating case. jean thank you very much for that. be sure to watch cnn today at noon. chip lewis, the attorney for robert durst will talk one on one with cnn's ashleigh banfield. now for ferguson missouri new information in the brutal shooting that nearly killed two police officers. authorities have arrested jeffrey williams. among the charges against him, two counts of first degree assault. williams has admitted to firing the shots, but denied he was aiming for the ciphers. let's bring in stephanie elam. she's on the ground in ferguson for us. >> reporter: what we have learned is they're saying that williams' story remains he did not target the police officers but rather was having a dispute with one person who was ute here
protesting and demonstrating in front of the ferguson police department but inadvertently hit the two police officers. at this point the prosecutor saying they're not sure that is actually a true story, but williams is sticking with the story, telling a man who is one of the organizers here for the protest movement in front of the ferguson police department and a man who also knows williams through the religious community in the greater st. louis county region told him he had been been protesting but was targeting a demonstrator. here's my conversation with this man. >> i asked him to describe the individual. he said he couldn't. i told him, could he -- i told him i would come back and see him, could he provide me more information, so that we can confront the individual who robbed him. >> reporter: and he believes that person was one of the protesters that was out there in front of the police department. >> that's what he told me.
i said why didn't he come to persons he knew like myself and others to share what was going on. there were enough law enforcement and leaders to defuse whatever was going on. i thought it just didn't look good for our community. >> reporter: it's also worth noting that police believed that williams was shooting from a car about 125 yards away from where the police were standing and the two officers that were hit were standing side by side we've learned as well. so they -- this story about whether or not he was targeting someone else that part is not clear. what we have also determined at this point listening to what the prosecutor has said randi, is that they do believe they were able to track down jeffrey williams because of people who were out here protesting and demonstrating, giving them tips as well as people in the community. they say they would not have found him so fast and recover the weapon if it hadn't been that help. obviously the police officers
that were shot very relieved to know that williams is in customer did i. >> certainly it was a lot of public information that led to it. do we specifically know what police were told. >> what they were told about the two men that were shot? >> how they were led to williams. >> reporter: they were led to williams through these tips. they didn't want to give more niches because they're still investigating. >> we understand from an official that there may have been somebody else in the car. they believe williams was the only shooter, but they may have had accomplices. they didn't want to get too deep into the mine mintia. myniya. we'll ask the bishop about that conversation more. meanwhile john kerry is
back in swilgts areland as he and his iranian counterpart race to make a deal before the deadline at the end of this month. the latest round of talks set against a back drop of ongoing bickering between the without and senate republicans, saying obama can't make any agreements without going through them first. a state department spokeswoman says negotiation have now entered, her words, crunch time. >> there are technical discussions, our technical experts have been working with each other. that's one of the reasons we have our secretary of energy to del delve into the technical reasons, but we can't pretty whether they will get there. we will keep working at it and keep negotiating for the coming two weeks. it's a key time we're in. joining me now from london senior international correspondent nic robertson, and from white house, michelle
kosinski. president obama said there's a 50/50 chance a deal will be reached. what are the next steps if one isn't reached? new sanctions? more talks? what's the answer? >> certainly there won't be a lifting of any of the sanctions that you are out there and imposed upon iran right now. that's been the iranians' concerns they want to get these things lifted sooner rather than later. they would be faced with an economy that's already being impacted by the low price of oil. where does it go from here? nobody is talking about a plan b everything is all about these talks. if they fail to reach an agreement, what we've seen so far is the ball get pushed down the road every time but at some point the political line and patience must wear out. that's what we're hearing from the state department now, there are technical issues yes, but
really it's time for iran to make those political gyms as secretary kerry said over the weekend. a plan b, no one is talking about that at the moment. >> on saturday the white house slammed a bill drafted by senator bob corker to allow a vote -- the freshman behind that controversial letter is sticking by it. any plans as far as you're aware for the white house to reach out to try to tamp down some of the this rhetoric? >> so far that hasn't happened. you look at the way this her came up, it took the administration clearly by surprise and shocked a lot of people in washington and beyond. you could see that the white house wasn't going to reach out. the damage in a sense in their view had already been done. so it doesn't look like there's a lot of back and forth, especially between the administration and republicans in the senate and in the house, because, you know both sides have been going back and forth for about a week. when we talk about a plan b,
what the white house has said so far is the efforts of some of these republicans are damaging the negotiation the the white house has said clearly that they feel it's hurting things and that that damage could be done. if not in the immediate sense of the negotiation and how the outcome will turn out, because we don't know how it will turn out, but in the view of the united states to the rest of the world as well as to allies. the white house has said if this falls through, then the only other options in their view are unacceptable. that would be more sanctions on iran which would allow them to keep going with their nuclear program, because the white house says that's what has happened before. before negotiation started, they were going forward, toward a nuclear weapon. it was only once negotiations started that they could really watch iran and monitor what was really going on there. the other option would be of course a military solution. as the white house has said now wants to see that, randi.
>> thank you both very much. still to come vladimir putin reappeared after a mysterious absence from the splice. matthew chance is following the story from moscow. >> that's right, randi. he's been out of sight for more than ten days but it seems reports of his demise have been wildly exaggerated. we'll have all the details. [ female announcer ] we help make secure financial tomorrows a reality for over 19 million people. [ alex ] transamerica helped provide a lifetime of retirement income. so i can focus on what matters most. [ female announcer ] everyone has a moment when tomorrow becomes real. transamerica.
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absence. some speculations and matthew chance has the latest. explain, please what do we know about the mystery? >> reporter: we don't know much more about it. i'm a bit tongue-tied, sorry, when you ask me about that. all we no really is vladimir putin appeared in public for the first time in 11 days. he was meeting the kyrgyzstan is that in what was meant to be a mundane political meeting, but was widely anticipated. he rooked well looked confident, there wasn't any sign of illness that would have explained his absence for so long. that was one of the rumor, that he was very ill, seriously ill. speculation that he had cancer that he had suffered a stroke or hurt his back very badly.
all these denied by the kremlin. the second category was the rather colorful claim that he had been out of the country to attend the birth of his live child. it's not even confirmed he has a girlfriend. he keeps his personal life under close wraps. these were the two main strands of the rumors. a third one being that he was actually there had been a palace coup he was no longer in charge. this appearance seem to have put to rest all those rumors. >> this comes a day after a documentary aired in russia where he claimed he was ready to put forces on alert after last year's crisis in crimea. how is that being received there? >> reporter: these how many rumors the serious backdrops,
very uneasy time in russia at the moment. the war in ukraine has ground to a halt there was the recent killing of boris nemtsov, so that's led to a sense of uncertainty in the country. the documentary you're referring to it was broadcast last night, three hours long on russian television a very long interview with vladimir in which he discussed in detail the steps he took and the kind of thinking that was behind the annexation of crimea a year ago. the reason it was broadcast is because it's a year now almost that crimea was annexed. so there's a whole series of celebrations and events being planned to mark that. in terms of his popularity immensely popular, the annexation was an immensely popular move and his popularity ratings are somewhere in the region of 86%. all right. matthew chance nice to see you.
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president loans dale saying the storm set the country back years. >> it's quite a setback for the whole nation so far we have made all the efforts that develop the infrastructure but the cyclone -- have come in and destroyed all the airports that the government and people of vanuatu have made so far. it will take a couple years before we can become up to where we were before. >> cnn's senior international correspondent ivan watson has the latest now from the island nation. >> reporter: the tiny south pacific island nation of vanuatu, devastated after monster cyclone pam toe through the remote chain of islands for most of a 24-hour period between friday and saturday. the unrelending storm leaving a
trail of utter destruction in its path homes flattened, buildings reduced to rubble. the government declares a state of emergency, as the death toll continues to rise, with more than 30 injured, thousands in need of shelter, food and water, including in 60,000 children. a near total communications blackout across the other provinces, making it nearly impossible for officials to determine the total scale of injuries and damage. aid workers calling this one of the worst disasters to ever hit the region a beautiful island paradise attracting world travelers, now hardly recognizable in some areas where winds up to 165 miles an hour and to referenceal rains have stripped rooms and decimated buildings in the capital. an estimated 90% of the infrastructure wiped out, as search and rescue operations continue authorities believe it will take days to understand the extent of the misery cyclone pam
left in its wake. ivan watson cnn, port vila in vanuatu. if you'd like to help out the people of vanuatu, head over to cnn.com/impactyourworld. there you'll find a list of the organizations ready to help once it's safe to do so. a suspected gunman is behind bars in ferguson. what he's telling investigators. plus we'll talk about the scathing department of justice report and how police departments across the country can build better community relationships.
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extra oil. secondly that possible deal with iran means that sanctioning could be lifted meaning more oil from iran could be put out on the market. third the strong dollar. oil is actually priced in dollars, so the stronger dollar causes oil prices to fall because other currencies get weaker. they need to spend more money to buy the exact am of oil, so they wind up putting their investments in something else. we've seen stock in the energy sector fall 13% since we've seen oil fall from a high level last summer. what you're seeing rate now, randi is investors trying to see if oil can find a bottom. we saw some stabilization going on but we're seeing oil go lower again. >> thank you, nice to see you. a suspected gunman is off the streets today. officials have arrested this man right here, 20 years old jeffrey williams. >> he is now charged with two
counts of assault in the first degree for the two police officers who were shot a couple days ago in ferguson in front of the police states. also -- station. also charged with fires a weapon from a vehicle, a class b felony in missouri and three counts of armed criminal action one for each one of those. >> williams admits he fires the shots, but denied he was aiming at the officers. police say they found a a .40-caliber handgun at his home and are thanking the public for information that led to his arrest. let's dig deeper. he was leading the police force during the occupy protest in 2011. williams denies he was aiming at the two officers. do you buy that? what do you make of it? >> good morning, randi. no i don't buy that. a lot of people say things when
they're caught but the truth of the matter is the facts point to someone who was spraying fire at a very minimum at a line of police officers and at worst case targeting them directly. >> there have also been a lot of questions that we're still trying to sort through about where the suspected gunman was standing in connection to the police. some say they were standing side by side. does that tell you anything about the shooter's intent, depending on where he was? >> well i mean it's clear to me that there's a lot of tension in the city and there are people and from my -- you know from my opinion, williams seems to be one of them that just are trying to make it worse by getting back you know revenge is a very clear motive here in this particular case. >> let me ask you about this scathing doj reporting that the ferguson police department engaged in widespread discrimination. let me read you something from
the "boston globe's" editorial board writing this -- the remedies should apply across the country. the police need more citizen involvement, internal policing and real efforts to stamp out bigoted attitudes. do you agree with that? >> well boston has had a great history of inclusion with citizens but we can always do better. i don't have any problems with the "boston globe" el torrie. i believe in ferguson right now you need a strong leader to take charge and say these bad acts have stopped and citizens will get a fair deal. then you need to put a police department in place that's reflective of the community. if there are people in the organization that are guilty of bad acts they have to the separated from the service so that real trust can be established with that community again. i think that applying to cities across the country. doj is doing this in city after
city after city. we clearly have to look at what they're uncovering. >> yet all of it sounds like great ideas, yet the unrest remains, even though the police chief and a number of city official have resigned. how do they make real progress? it seems as though it continues every time there's another incident, you know it just gets uglier. >> i've worked with the justice department in various cases over the years, and i know they want this to happen quickly. the truth of the matter is there's a process that has to occur. right now there's a real vacuum of leadership in ferguson. that would be corrected over the months to come. in the meantime it's a very dangerous situation. so they have to -- they have to have a sense of urgency in putting people in there that can correct this problem. >> all right. ed davis, nice to see you. thank you very much for your insight. >> thank you. still to come the countdown has begun for the election in
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the prospect of a major upset is looming over tomorrow's israeli election. take a listen to what netanyahu told tens of thousands last night in tel aviv. >> translator: as long as likud is in power, we will not divide jerusalem. there would be no concessions, no withdrawals. therefore, our rivals are investing in a huge effort to harm me and the likud to open a gap between the likud and labour party. if we don't close the gap,
there's a real possibility -- >> every poll almost echos his fear putting him and his party four seats behind. one reason for the possible change the palestinian vote. elise labott has more now. >> reporter: he is a powerful new face in politics. campaigning at hebrew university ayman aday is a star attraction but he is not jewish. he is an israeli citizen of palestinian descent, one of 1.6 million living in israel. come election today the bloc he leads dubbed the joint list could hold the power in the kin knesset, who who decades has complained of being second-class citizens. no one can ever ignore us again,
he told us. we want to close the social and economic gaps between arabs and jews in this country. walking through the neighborhood of haifa, he is welcome as a local. i walk this street every day, he said i belong it each shop even person. he said he identified with matt com x. now the lawyer relates to martin luther king having convinced israel's splintered parties to team up for the first time he wants arabs to get out and vote to unseat benjamin netanyahu, who he says fuels racism against them in their own country. he says we are 20% of the population. together we can prevent him from forming a government. there is some skepticism but many here believe their native son can lead them to a better place. many people didn't want to vote
before this man told us. we asked for our rights but we never get anything. this is a good step and united kell can be strong. why odeh's focus is improving life in the occupied territories, he says he nudes israeli jews to help. arabs alone cannot make a democracy strong he says. it must be arabs and jews together a message that resonates back at hebrew university where some students are joining the fight against what they call institutional discrimination. >> it's not only a instrument of the palestinian minority within israel. it's a struggle of the palestinian minority together with jews like myself. >> reporter: it's not a vision shared by nos in israel but his message is now is their chance by finding their voice and using their vote, they can make that vision a reality. elise labott is live in jerusalem with the latest on
tomorrow's vote. elise, how are you? let's talk first about the changes the americans might see in the u.s./israeli relationship if netanyahu loses. what might happen? >> reporter: obviously, randi, there's been so much bad blood from prime minister netanyahu and the obama administration if isaac herzog were to emerge there could be a new goodwill along the lines when you saw president obama elected after eight years of president bush. i think you would see the obama administration try to reach out, but even if prime minister netanyahu is reelected, i think the white house knows they have to deal with him. from what i understand from white house officials, they feel they need to get this election behind them and see what the landscape looks like. >> so how much if at all do you think is the obama/netanyahu spat that we've all been watching play out, how much do
you think that's playing a role in this election there? >> well, i think it contribute to what they call here bibi fatigue. that's netanyahu's nickname. i think there's relentless focus on security on iran the last six years at the expense of some of the social and economic issues that are important here -- rising food prices astronam cal, in fact housing prices. social issues health care. these are the things look we want a prime minister to keep us safe but we also need to pay attention to the economy. we're becoming stagnant. they also want someone to improve the image of israel around the world. prime minister netanyahu not a very popular figure israel facing increasing isolation around the world. >> it will be interesting to see how this plays out. elise labott, thank you very much. still to come arrested enroute to syria, supposedly.
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at issue, hillary clinton's claim that more than 3,000 e-mails were destroyed because they were personal. it was clarified yesterday that each e-mail was read before deleted. british police hope a new media campaign will deter young people from traveling to syria. police announced the new campaign after a man was arrested. the arrest follows that of three london teens g through turkey. tur turkish officials say they arrived friday night on a flight from barcelona, spain. atika shubert is there following the story for us. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. the key in this particular case seems to have been quick communication from british authorities who learned that these two 17 year olds from
northwest london were traveling on that same day they called turkish authorities and were able to arrest them when they landed innist turkey. that's how they are attempting to deal with those that attempt to go to syria but returned to the u.k. as you point out, british authorities have launched this media campaign that's really specifically targeted to mothers. to convince moms to tell their children to keep a watch on their sons and daughters to prevent them from traveling to syria. they clearly have had some success with family members calling in when their children are missing but clearly police need more cooperation. >> such a difficult -- it's a real struggle for a lot of these parents all around the world now looking to join isis.
atika shubert, thank you very much. appreciate that. still to come brackets are set but who has the best chance of winning the ncaa tournament? andy scholes is all over it. >> kentucky has the best chance of winning it all according to las vegas. we'll go over helpful tips on how to build a winning bracket when "newsroom" continues. you get sick you can't breathe through your nose... suddenly... you're a mouthbreather. well, put on a breathe right strip and instantly open your nose up to 38% more than cold medicines alone so you can breathe and
march madness is here and the brackets are set in the ncaa basketball tournament with kentucky villanova, duke and wisconsin taking the top seeds. the action starts tomorrow night with the play-in games. before you fill in your bracket, let's bring in cnn sports andy scholes. you have some tips and good strategy for filling out your bracket. i'm going to take some serious notes. this is a very weak point for me. >> don't worry, randy. it doesn't really matter at this point. there's a lot of different strategies to get a winning bracket. some pick winners based on what they've seen throughout the year and then there are those that don't watch college basketball until the tournament starts. half the time they do just as well as experts in the bracket. that's why march madness is so great. according to the american gaming association, an estimated 40 million americans are going to fill out some 70 million brackets just like this one over the next few days. average person spends more than
an hour doing so. i just spent three hours filling out this bad boy. still not sure how i feel about it. this year's popular pick to win it all, number one overall seed kentucky wildcats. they cruised to 78-63 victory over arkansas razorbacks in the championship game. wildcats are a perfect 34-0. they have a chance to become the first team to put together a perfect season in nearly 39 years. nearly everyone will have kentucky as their team to win it all. kentucky has them as the overwhelming favorite to cut down the nets when it's said and done. other than picking kentucky to win it all, i've got a few other helpful tips for you when you fill out your bracket. pick all one and two seeds to win in round of 64. number one seeds has never lost in 124 games. don't pick either one of them to get upset in the first game. another useful tip, nine seeds have a winning record against eight seeds so don't get caught up in seeding with picking those matchups. another good tip, every year a
12 seed beats a five seed. it's the most common upset. three of the hour 12 seeds won in round of 4. pick a 12 seed you like. if you pick them to win one game pick them to win two games. you'll look like a genius if it works out. don't pick two number one seeds to face each other in the championship game. that's actually only happened six times in the tournament's history. a fun number we like to talk about this time of year is the odds of filling out a perfect bracket. those odds are 1 in 9.2 quintillion. it's easier to win mega millions lottery two times in a row than to get a perfect bracket. if all possible brackets just like this filled out on a piece of paper, they would circle the globe 21 million times. we're never going to see a perfect bracket in our lifetime. the first four games they tip-off tuesday on our sister channel true tv and then tournament will get going on
tbs, cbs and tnt. we want you to play along with us at cnn. go to cnn.com/brackets and fill yours how the before the games get going on thursday. >> i'll call you later to go over that again. >> hope you were taking notes. will do. the next hour of "cnn newsroom" begins right now. happening now in the "newsroom," ferguson arrest. this 20-year-old man admitting to shooting two officers but he claims they weren't his target. >> why didn't he come to persons like myself who he knew and others to share what was going on? >> the pastor who spoke to the accused gunman joins us live. tale of the tape. did a millionaire real estate heir admit to murder in an hbo documentary. robert durst heading to court next hour. flood emergency. the ohio river at the highest
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