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how about that. >> yeah she can't wait to pay it forward. >> i love it. >> that's great. >> that'll show the internet bullies. >> that's great. >> on that note let's move on to "newsroom" with carol costello. good morning, dear. >> good morning. thanks so much. "newsroom" starts now. and good morning to you. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. we're following two breaking news stories this morning. any minute now indiana lawmakers will hold a joint news conference with business leaders to outline their legislative fix to that controversial religious freedom law. we'll take you to indianapolis in just a moment. we start in nairobi, kenya. a story of true religious persecution. masters terror stormed a college campus. opening fire. at least 15 christians were killed many more wounded,
hundreds missing. it isn't over yet. gunmen still on the loose holding hostages in some of the dormitories at the garesa university college. heavy gunfire and explosions within the past two hours. hundreds of students fleeing, some crawling out. al shabaab and al qaeda linked terror group is claiming responsibility for this attack. kenya's president spoke just moments ago. >> i want to take this opportunity to urge kenyans to stay calm as we resolve this matter and to provide the authorities with any information they may have in connection with any threats to our security. this is a moment for everyone throughout the country to be vigilant as we confront and defeat our enemies. >> let's bring in robin creole. she's the east african bureau
chief in nairobi. what's happening now, robin? >> reporter: what it sounds like carol, this siege is still ongoing. sporadic gunfire and explosions. we hear grenades explows sieve devices. we're just not sure at this point. this has been a very harrowing day, and i might add that night actually was when these students would be heading off for their easter vacation. so an especially awful day for this to happen as a number of students would have been getting out of town. there are a lot of students from out of town at this university. it is a very large university. it's in kenya. what we know is that at least 15 people have been confirmed dead. there have been also been talk
that some of those people include gunmen themselves. there have been instant messages coming through from students hiding under beds and imploring authorities to come in and get them as the gunmen were coming through door to door. >> robyn we had word that the attackers were asking students whether they were muslim or christian. if they were christian they were shot on the spot? >> that's indeed what we are hearing. that has become a common theme amongst these sorts of brutal attacks that have been happening in the last few years in kenya. it started -- i believe it started in west gate in 2013, the west gate malling attacks where shoppers were asked by the gunmen if they were muslim or christian. if they were christian, they were allowed to leave. sorry, if they were muslim they were allowed to leave. if they were christians they were executed on the spot or
kept for purposes later. this also happened in other attacks. and there was a bus attack where christians were forced to lie down face down and were shot. i might also add that there was a propaganda video released by the media which is al shabaab. it's an al qaeda linked group. quite a sophisticated media wing which faces specifically that wing when the attackers launched attacks, they are not aiming for muslims, that they are simply aiming for christians and that they tried to keep them safe in those instances wherever possible. >> robin kriel. thank you so much. robyn reporting from kenya. in case you're wondering about the religious breakdown of that
country. 45% of the people in kenya are christian. 33% roman catholic 10% muslim and then the others are other religions. just so you know it's a very -- there are a lot of christians in kenya. 45%. this latest attack of course bringing back painful memories for the people of kenya. in 2013 nearly 70 people were killed after the terror group al shabaab attacked a shopping center. let's bring in cnn's pentagon correspondent barbara starr on al shabaab and what its aims are. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, carol. al shabaab is a group that the u.s. has been watching for years. their initial strong hold in somalia is where they have been operating in the initial years. driven out in recent months by major combat operations by troops from africa from the african union in east africa. they've been set back on their heels a bit in somalia.
the al shabaab has been turned to the so-called soft targets that we've seen. shopping malls. this university today in kenya. it was just in february that al shabaab issued a video claiming that they were going to threaten u.s. and european shopping malls. the soft targets are so readily available for them to go after. the kind of targets that just simply cannot be reasonably practically fully protected against attacks. so this is something that the u.s. is well aware of. the concern for the u.s. about al shabaab is not, of course what they are inflicting on these people in kenya and somalia. terrible as it is. a lot of concern that they are able to recruit somali americans to come to their cause, inspire them to stage perhaps lone wolf attacks. while the u.s. has been going after the al shabaab, in fact the u.s. military has staged a number of raids into somalia to try to kill some of their top
leadership. today what we are seeing the al shabaab group still very much alive, still very capable of staging these types of attacks. carol. >> barbara starr reporting live from the pentagon. thanks so much. a little correction. kenya is 80% christian. just wanted to clarify. we're also following breaking developments this hour in yemen. we learned that gunmen there have opened fire on saudi guards protecting the borders separating those two countries. ten guards are wounded. one saudi soldier is killed. he becomes the first known saudi fatality since the country launched a military offense sentences sieve against rebels. a week like this. al qaeda stormed a prison along yemen's coast and freed nearly 300 prisoners. 1/3 of them are linked to the terror group. we'll have more on the prison break later this hour. now to indiana where moments from now republican leaders will attempt to clarify the state's
controversial religious freedom bill reportedly adding language that will clear up any confusion over whether businesses can discriminate against gays and lesbians lesbians. miguel is live to tell us more. good morning, miguel. >> reporter: good morning, carol. it is an extraordinary event happening in indiana. i want to tell you to set the mood. this is the house chamber. they have invited the national media. they have invited members of the business community. eli data companies are here sales companies are here that were very very critical of the government here. the big question for us is whether this would be a partial change by the government here or it would be a complete cave in. we have the actual language that they are going to be debating here today and it actually adds into this language among other things race color, creed, sexual orientation, gender
identity and u.s. military order. it protects everything. as i understand it that is the first time ever in the state's history that they have protected sexual orientation as a class across the entire state in any piece of legislation. it's not written into their civil code or their civil rights code but it is in this bill now and that will certainly upset those that did not want that in there. religious businesses who did not want to service gay weddings that will certainly be a concern for them. it looks like they have completely reversed themselves and will take this to conference committee shortly on the other side of this hall and then they will vote on it in the house and the senate here and possibly have it to the governor's desk by this afternoon. if he vetoes it which we don't expect it's likely that the house and senate would have the votes to veto it. >> if that language is in that bill what would the law
protect? >> that is exactly the question. the way this reads now from what they have done if i can see what they are deleting from the original language and what they are inserting into it it tracks exactly, almost exactly, may in some ways be stronger than the national religious freedom restoration act in protecting individuals from government intrusion but not allowing essentially individual businesses corporations from not providing services to for instance a gay or lesbian company -- couple that went to a florist or a baker or a photography studio and asked for services for a gay wedding. carol. >> miguel marquez, we'll get back to you. reporting live from indianapolis this morning. still to come in the "newsroom," lying to stay on the job and in the cockpit. disturbing new details on andreas lubitz and his deadly deception. cnn's will ripley has the latest from germany. >> reporter: carol, just within
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lubitz was actively shopping doctors. he wanted to remain in the cockpit. cnn's will ripley joins us. >> reporter: detailed knowledge of the investigation, we've been telling you about andreas lubitz depressive episode in 2009. he had a very serious relapse last year a relapse of severe depression. as you mentioned, he started doctor shopping desperately trying to find somebody who could help him, seeing five or six doctors and being prescribed we are told very heavy medication medication to treat the depressive symptoms that would have seriously impaired his ability to fly. given that we know that andreas lubitz wanted to fly since he was a teenager was afraid of
losing his pilots license. he was not taking the medication to treat the psychological problems because he wanted to stay in the cockpit. he wanted to keep working. in fact a pilot that flew with him one day before the germanwings flight 9525 went down said that lubitz seemed completely normal. obviously very disturbing carol. they knew he was unfit to fly. they gave him notes saying he was unfit to fly. those notes were found torn up in his apartment. he was apparently thinking he could hold everything together. so now the question becomes was he planning this or was he in the midst of some sort of episode at the time of the crash. that's what investigators are looking at right now. very disturbing carol. german privacy laws would not have allowed his doctors to inform lufthansa, his employer that all of this was happening. he would have had to self-report. we know that didn't happen in this latest case. carol. >> going back to one point that you made will.
law enforcement source with detailed knowledge of the investigation doesn't think lubitz was using the heavy medication while he was working because they interviewed him the day before he flew and said this lufthansa employee germanwings employee said lubitz seemed completely normal with no problem whatsoever. so he hid things well or -- what do you make of that? >> reporter: he did hide things well carol. remember his long-time girlfriend whom he had known since he was in high school when he was growing up together working at burger king she was even unaware of the extent of what he was going through. she knew that he had psychological problems and prps even knew that at least two doctors had told him that he was unfit to fly, however, she thought that he was going to be okay that they would be okay as a couple and so we have an instance here where on the surface people who interacted with andreas lubitz believed
that everything was fine and yet we paint this increasing picture of someone who was internally so troubled and falling apart trying desperately to hold it altogether. certainly he had no business being in a cockpit on that day with 149 lives in his hands. >> will ripley reporting live from germany this morning. thank you. still to come in "newsroom," running out of water. now new orders for california residents to cut back. way back. financial noise financial noise
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all but gone. a huge difference from what it looked like in 2011. chad myers is monitoring the impacts of this historic drought. he's here to tell us more. it's incredible chad. bad. >> the numbers carol, are staggering. when i show you the numbers, trillions, not about national debt but water debt that we have out here in gallons, trillions of gallons that we don't have where we need it. 99.85% of the state is severe and then the next layer up is extreme, 41 is in the exceptional category which means essentially some spots are turning into deserts. this is what the rain should already look like. not much rain. not much snow. certainly not in 2015. we back you up to a wet year. this is what the snow looks like. it's an odd color. that's what snow looks like on this modus satellite. this year the snow is gone. it didn't fall. not that it melted already, it just didn't fall. there is what our snow pack looks like. that's all that's left across the sierra.
that's 1.4 inches across the ground. that's 5% 5% of the average snowfall. this is what this picture looked like in 2012 where jerry brown stood yesterday and the governor stood on that on that meadow. numbers that you just can't get your head around. 36 billion gallons of water are used each day in california. even cutting that back by 25% will help but it won't help everyone because they've already cut it back for the farmers. there are farmers that can sell their water rights for more money than they can make using that water to plant because they can't grow can't make enough money. the water is so expensive now. 11 trillion gallons. that's how much rain snow whatever needed to put this drought to an end. we're not even close. even saving the 25%, that's only going to get 4.4% savings of what we need to get of that 11 trillion gallons of water on top of what we just don't have out there, carol. >> that's just incredible.
so the pacific ocean is out there. is there any way to take the salt from the water and use it for drinking water? >> certainly there is. it's very cost prohibitive because it takes a lot of power to do it. to steam that water to make it distilled water takes a lot of energy. energy that we just haven't put -- now there's ways to do it solar. that would be a very large con continue tan ner -- container. the earth evaporates the water out of ocean, makes it rain makes it fall. we just can't get the rain to fall where we need it carol. >> all right. chad myers, thanks so much. we appreciate it. still to come on the "newsroom," indiana lawmakers promising change protecting all hoosiers from discrimination. we'll have the changes from the state's controversial religious freedom law next. in new york state, we're reinventing how we do business so businesses can reinvent the world. from pharmaceuticals to 3d prototyping,
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this is cnn breaking news. good morning. >> i'm carol costello. thank you for joining me. we begin with breaking news out of yemen. there's been a terrifying prison break that happened earlier this morning, and now we understand that houthi rebels have raided the presidential palace. it seems that things are getting worse and worse in yemen despite an intervention by saudi arabian troops. let's head to saudi arabia now
and nic robertson to tell us more. hi nic. >> reporter: hi carol. well an estimated 270 al qaeda prisoners are among them a senior al qaeda leader in yemen who's been in prison for about four years were sprung from jail bli by al qaeda operatives. this is a coastal town. it is a town that is perhaps the strong hold of the southern separatist movement who are fighting on the side of the ousted president, president hati. what we're seeing is by al qaeda breaking their comrades out of jail it appears they are taking advantage of the breakdown of security in the country at the moment. we're also getting those same reports that the president's compound president's had his compound in the southern port city of aiden. this is the last presidential compound he was living in before he fled the country a few days ago. has reportedly been overrun by
houthi rebels. it is not in itself tactically significant. however, it also is in an area that is a strong hold of the southern separatists who are on president hati's side and the side of the southern forces. we're seeing increased violence in the port city of aiden and the effects of the growing instability across the country that al qaeda is exploiting right now, carol. >> all of this is happening, nic, and saudi arabia said it's pushing houthi forces back. so is that not true? >> they're making gains in some places and in the east of the country they've made gains. they've essentially overrun and collapsed, squelched as the saudi government military spokesman said last night part of the former yemeni army that's loyal to the houthis, loyal to the former president. they think they defeated him in some places.
there are many many fronts to this fight. one of the key places that the houthis are taking over is the port city of aiden. that's why we're seeing an increase in fighting. special forces loyal to the houthis, loyal to the former president here landed in a part of aiden where there hadn't been fighting until now and have taken their fight into the heart of the old city. this is an important area. so that instability in aiden itself is becoming worse and of course this is a town that -- this is a town that the saudi air force is trying to keep in the hands of the southern separatists, in the hands of the pro hati internationally recognized government carol. >> nic robertson. >> robert menendez expected in federal court to face federal corruption charges. he accepted a gift and campaign donation of almost $1 million. prosecutors don't know the
difference between friendship and corruption. he vows to stay in office so let's head to our justice reporter evan perez. he's in newark new jersey this morning with more. good morning. >> reporter: evan can you hear me? i don't think evan can hear me. i don't think evan can -- we're going to go back to newark when we get those technical issues -- when we get those technical issues taken care of. in other news this morning, all eyes are on indiana and the controversy over the state's new religious freedom law. changes to the controversial religious freedom bill. if the new bill is passed businesses cannot discriminate or refuse services based on sexual orientation or gender identity. a short time ago republican lawmakers outlined the goal of the revised language at a news conference.
and in arkansas amid heavy backlash governor asa hutch chin son said he will not sign the state's religious bill until changes are made. let's talk about that with cnn's miguel marquez. stephanie wang is there. commentator l.z. granderson and paige pate. miguel tell us about this addition to the law, the fix. what is it? the r. >> the question was whether the governors and legislators are meeting here. this is the house floor of the capital here in indiana and they had invited all of the press in this room because it's the biggest place they can hold everybody who is interested. i can tell you everybody listening in that room legislators, lobbyists, listening intently. when i was trying to speak to folks earlier they would shush me and move so intently. the question whether this was a
partial cave or complete cave it appears this is the new language that has been hard fought over. it appears it is a complete cave by the governor and by the conservative members of the house andersen nate here for this reason. for the first time ever in indiana history it includes sexual orientation as a protected class in the religious freedom restoration act. that is something that indianans have fought for to include in the civil charter. that doesn't cover them entirely that way, but it is a giant step forward. there was very heart felt testimony or discussion from the head of the rainbow or the gay chamber of commerce here who is a republican himself who almost started crying over the fact that they were able to get this language in this bill. carol. >> miguel marquez. thanks so much. i want to read specifically the language that was put into that bill and then i want to address a question to you, paige. it says the religious freedom law does not authorize a provider including businesses or individuals, to refuse to
offer a provided services facilities public accommodation to any member of the public based on sexual orientation or gender identity. the proposed language or language in this bill also exempts churches including affiliated schools from the definition of provider. so paige, is miguel right? was this a complete cave? >> it was a complete cave and i think even more than that what has happened here is that the supporters of this law who wanted to allow discrimination this whole thing has backfired because now indiana is going to provide more protection for same-sex couples for sexual orientation than that state has ever had before so this fix, if it goes into this law, will not just change this law but it will start protections in indiana that they've never had before. >> so stephanie, what might conservatives think of the
governor now? stephanie, can you hear me? >> yes, i can. >> what might conservatives who are in favor of this law think of governor pence now? >> well, i think you have supporters of the religious freedom law who are concerned about this clarification and whether it waters down the religious freedom law and the religious freedoms that they were hoping to protect so i think there might be some concerns on this side -- on that side when it comes to this clarification. >> l.z. as far as the other side is concerned, you heard what miguel said. one republican gay rights activist was in tears he was so happy. >> well yes. i mean this has been for the state of indiana which, you know not too long ago had to defeat an attempt to add a ban of same-sex marriage to the state's constitution. this is validation for all lgbt groups have been working
towards. it's quite emotional to have that language and be recognizable because the people in indiana have been subjected to hostility coming out of the capitol. >> paige, let's face it the law was instituted because opponents didn't like same-sex marriages. so you're saying this is a complete cave but this won't make those kinds of conservatives happy. so what does this law really do? why is it necessary at all? >> well that's what i think is interesting here. if you back up to the whole intent of this law, it was never to allow discrimination. i mean the law simply allowed someone who raises a defense if they were forced to do something that went against their religious beliefs, but in almost every case since these laws have been around we've had them on the books now for more than 20 years, courts have said that fighting discrimination is a compelling government interest. and doing it by a law that
allows public accommodation is the least restrictive means so i don't think this law would have ever worked the way the supporters wanted it to work in the first place and now they're getting something that at least in their minds is much much worse. >> stephanie, do you agree? >> i think what's significant here is that what opponents to this law really wanted were state -- was a statewide ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. this clarification isn't that. this clarification only provides us protections related to that law. in many parts it's still legal to discriminate against somebody based on sexual orientation and gender identity and you don't need a religious belief to do so. >> l.z.? >> stephanie is correct. this bill was signed not necessarily with indiana in mind but the white house in mind. governor pence has been whispered as a 2016 candidate.
he has very close ties to deep pockets and very ultra conservative groups so this was sort of his attempt to try to shore up his, you know street cred with the conservatives, if you will. this is part of the reason why governor jeb bush was the first person to come out in support of this bill with governor pence because jeb bush needs to shore up his street cred. it's good to see this as a first step for the state of indiana, keep in mind this whole move was motivated at least in my perspective with the governor's office 2016. not necessarily the people of indiana. >> but it puts them in a tough spot l.z. right? businesses came out in force against this proposal made no bones about it. they said it was wrong. i'm talking about businesses sports franchises including nascar. >> yeah. no doubt about it. he was blindsided by the amount of attention and the backlash that came his way. i'm sure he thought that he would sign this bill and not
much would come of it. that's the only reason why you ignore your state's chamber of commerce saying not to sign this bill beforehand. that's the reason why you ignored the mayor of your largest city who was republican saying not to sign this bill. there were actually other republicans within his own legislature that said not to sign this bill but he did so anyway. so i think he was blindsided by the amount of the reaction that happened nationwide and he's been trying to figure out a way to keep his ultra conservatives somewhat appeased while not looking as if he's completely unelectable come 2016 in a general election. >> all right. paige pate, l.z. granderson stephanie wait. thanks to all of you. i appreciate t. i'll be right back. r has the fastest retinol formula...it. i'll be right back. i'll be right back. neutrogena®. i guess i never really gave much thought to the acidity in any foods. never thought about the coffee
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iraqi forces celebrating a major defeat against isis. troops in tikrit taking back the hometown of saddam hussein. the fight isn't over. bobby trapped buildings and equipment laced with explosives. cnn has is on the ground in tikrit. they worked to free the cities. here's cnn's arwa damon with an exclusive look at what the iraqis face as they set their sights on mosul. >> reporter: the smoke hangs thick over the city we drive through. smoldering of buildings, some people's homes. rigged with ieds iraqi forces
couldn't disable so they say they had to detonate. the city a web of potential threats left behind. the building there, they had put explosives into the staircase that detonated when one of their commanders went in. he was trying to take down the isis flag and raise the iraqi one. he was killed along with one other. elsewhere, roads still need to be cleared. that vehicle right there had a heavy machine gun on it that's being used by isis. we're not able to advance beyond it in this particular direction because even though they say there's no threat up there posed by isis fighters there is still the possibility of the road the buildings being filled with various different types of bombs. one they diffused nearby. this is some of the ieds that they found lying around. this was a bulldozer lying on
its side that they found filled with barrels that were all packed with explosives. saddam hussein's presidential compound where isis was at its strongest, a charred body we're told of one of their fighters. the palace's today more damaged than they were during the u.s.-led invasion. somewhere within the sprawling area lies some of the mass graves of sheer recruits, hundreds possibly more than 1,000 executed when isis first took over tikrit last june. under this bridge one of the killing sites. there aren't many left here the colonel with the federal police explains. so this is how they're spying on the isis fighters. they've set the radio to their frequency. next to us a building hit in a recent coalition airstrike. the police force has been asked to return to work he says and there will be a temporary force to support the local police. the force that moved into this
predominantly sunni city a combination of iraqi security forces and the popular mobilization units, the pnus, mostly made up of iranian backed shia militias and volunteers. gunfire still reverberates some from pockets where isis is still holding out, much of it celebratory celebratory. severed head in hand one pmu fighter cries out. this is one of the isis racks. these are not muslims. let them see what we did to them. we are coming to get them in mosul. the hands are bound on the headless body on the pavement. the man had been detained and then shot and decapitated. the crowd breaks out into a celebratory dance. iraqi security forces tell us the pmu fighters cannot all be controlled. something the city's population fears when they return to the lives they left behind. arwa damon, cnn, tikrit iraq.
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this weekend in indianapolis huge for college basketball fans with duke and michigan and kentucky and wisconsin squaring off in the final four. the head coaches of those deems released a joint statement slamming indiana's religious freedom law. quote, each of us strongly supports the positions of the ncaa and other respective institutions that discrimination of any kind should not be tolerated. today they'll be talking basketball with cnn's rachel nichols who joins us from indianapolis. what do you have rachel?
>> reporter: just walked out of an interview with coach mike shah she was ski that any window to discrimination is an issue for him. let's talk about sports and the attention of an event like this final four could cause change. from racial integration on the court, front offices and coaching jason collins being the first openingly gay athlete in major american sports. i know it caught the attention of a lot of people i think on your show earlier this week. coaches have been declining to comment. he made a comment that he had gotten in from a road trip at 2:00 a.m. and didn't want to make a comment until he had read the law. he's definitely speaking out now. >> i know the ncaa sent over a press conference. i'm trying to find it. you know indiana applied a fix to this law, it put language
into the bill that prevents discrimination of any kind against gay and lesbian people so the ncaa sent out a press release a short time ago, moments ago, rachel praising indiana lawmakers for making that change. >> reporter: and i think it's a good example how sports is a window into how we see things as a society and also to force social change. i don't think it's a coincidence that that amendment was made on the day that all these teams are here to begin to kickoff the final four. this is a huge event in our country, huge spotlight on indiana and the fact that they were able to come together and make an amendment to this speaks to the power of sports. >> rachel nichols, thanks so much. this saturday at 2:30 eastern, you can catch a cnn bleacher report special all access at the final four. rachel will take you to the final four with the behind behind-the-scenes look at the game and the celebration that
extends beyond the court. the nba play-offs are about two weeks away. andy scholes joins me now. good morning, andy. >> good morning. with the play-offs right around the corner a big question still is who is going to win the mvp. lebron is the best player in the nba every year. it looks like warriors steph curry, russell westbrook and wes hardin in the running. hardin making a statement that he should be the mvp, making eight of his three nine-point attempts on his way to a career high 51 points the second time in two weeks he's scored 50 or more. rockets beat the hit 115-11. elsewhere last night, blazers and clippers squaring off. chris kaman flat out shoves chris paul in the back. the two teams almost come to
blows. paul scored 41 points. they went on to beat the blazers. more nba action coming our way on our sister network tnt. it comes with lebron playing his old mates at the miami heat. that game followed by warriors hosting the suns. >> i can't wait. andy scholes, thanks so much. i appreciate it. the next hour of cnn "newsroom" after a break. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com rita. sandy. ♪ ♪ meet chris jackie joe. minor damage or major disaster, when you need us most, we're there. state farm. we're a force of nature,
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good morning. i'm carol costello. i'd like to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. thank you so much for joining me. we do have breaking news on the crash of germanwings flight 9525. minutes ago a french prosecutor told cnn that the second black box has been found. we are expecting to hear from the german prosecutor at any moment now. so let's head immediately to cnn's will ripley in germany with more. >> reporter: carol, that breaking information just coming in. if you look behind me you can see the german prosecutor outside of the office here has gathered. they are going to be speaking to reporters. we have a camera over there and we will bring you those breaking details at any moment. we have now confirmed moments ago that the second black box, the flight data recorder for germanwings flight 9525 has been
recovered. this is important, carol, because this will answer crucial technical questions in this investigation. the transcript of the cockpit voice recorder was leaked earlier. the flight data recorder will help investigators know exactly what was going on technically with the plane at the time of the crash. it will help them for one, rule out any sort of technical issue with the aircraft. it will also perhaps confirm their suspicion that andreas lubitz may have been manually flying the aircraft toward the french alps in those final moments. also within the last hour or so new breaking details about that co-pilot andreas lubitz. this is coming to us from a law enforcement source with close knowledge of the nation. this source telling cnn lubitz was very afraid he would lose his pilot's license. in fact after suffering depression back in 2009 a severe episode, he relapsed late last year and was doctor shopping essentially going from doctor to doctor see