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a landmark deal to curb iran's nuclear program is done. details on what it is and what happens next. security concerns after a deadly and brazen attack at a kenyan university. plus, a new discovery of the germanwings crash site and a chilling revelation about the co-pilot. welcome to our viewers here in the united states around around the world. i'm george howell. this is cnn newsroom. big details on this deal with iran and fears from israel and condemnation i should say over this deal, that they say does not curb iran's nuclear program. negotiators in switzerland announced the agreement on thursday. they now face a june 30th deadline for the final deal. but israel is blasting the agreement.
prime minister benjamin netanyahu says it threatens that country's survival. his spokesman talked to cnn. >> we see this deal as very dangerous. we say this deal is a move in the wrong direction. the alternative to this bad deal is a good deal. a good deal is one that would actually restrict and dismantle the iranian nuclear infrastructure. a deal that demands real changes in iranian behavior. >> word of the agreement sparked celebrations in the streets of tehran. crowds saying in celebration at the prospect of sanctions coming to an end. but iran's foreign minister says the agreement won't end decades of mistrust. listen. >> we have serious differences with the united states. we have mutual mistrust in the past. what i hope is that through courageous implementation of this, some of that mistrust
could be remedied, but that is for us all to wait and see. >> u.s. president barack obama called saudi arabia and israel to discuss this framework deal. but his toughest job may be selling it to the u.s. congress. senior white house correspondent jim acosta has this story. >> reporter: just when the iran nuclear talks appear to be going nowhere fast, top diplomats in switzerland revealed a potential breakthrough. and moments later, out came the sailsman in chief. >> after many months of negotiating, we have achieved a good deal. >> reporter: the tentative deal is specific. iran must slash by 2/3 the centrifuges needed to produce the fuel for a nuclear weapon. its breakout timeline or the time needed to obtain the material for an atomic bomb is extended to one year.
international inspectors must have access to all nuclear facilities and only when compliance is verified does iran get sanctions relief. >> if iran cheats, the world will know it. if we see something suspicious, we will inspect it. so this will be a long-term deal that addresses each path to a potential iranian nuclear bomb. >> reporter: but hold on, this is only the framework agreement that was dumar ch 31st. the technical details still have to be worked out by june 30th. if the white house starts playing games, tehran could face more sanctions. >> we need the inspectors to have the ability to go in there and verify and until that happens, it looks to me like we're being rolled. >> reporter: secretary of state john kerry said the agreement is proof diplomacy can work.
>> simply demanding that iran capitulate makes a nice sound bite but it's not a policy. >> to those who claim to power through corruption and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history. but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist. >> reporter: either way, mr. obama's legacy could well be on the line. >> you have quite a significant accomplishment. is it perfect? no. he bet a lot on this, and he's wrapped the last remaining 20 months of his presidency in what could be the most significant accomplishment on foreign policy, if in fact all of this holds. >> that was jim acosta reporting there. u.s. house speaker john boehner says he's not happy with the iran nuclear deal. the republican issued a statement saying, my immediate
concern is the administration signaling it will provide near-term sanction relief. congress must believe -- must be allowed to review the deal before sanctions are lifted. u.s. secretary of state john kerry said it would be irresponsible for congress to block the deal. the people of kenya are reeling after a horrific attack by al shabab militants. the group stormed garissa university on thursday, engaging security forces in a gun battle that lasted for hours. when it was over, the militants killed 147 people. they wounded 79. authorities say the four terrorists were then also killed and a reward is posted for another man wanted in connection with this massacre. for the latest now, we're joined live from kenya's capital in nairobi. we know that kenyan authorities do not have enough police
officials at this point, and they're calling on recruits. how is that going at this point? >> reporter: well, basically people are complaining saying that the president is using the fear that al shabab is instilling on people here in kenya to actually suppress civil rights because he has requested about 10,000 police recruits that have been stopped from training by a court order, to go for training immediately. there have been creations of police agencies to assist in this situation when it comes to terror attacks, that created a more stronger special unit service. but basically people are saying security is still insufficient. there are good reactions that came out from this attack, people saying at least there
were police there swift enough to respond. this move came soon after that there are various attacks in kenya. so there were two police officials stationed in this school when the attack happened. that's why they say the attack wasn't as bad as it could have been. still, 147 is the worst disaster when it comes to terrorist attacks in kenya since the 1998 bombing. 147 people dead, and people are asking is the security force in kenya doing enough? are they well equipped? are they well trained? are they responsive enough? these are the questions now coming out today and there will be an inquiry into the attack in garissa and we expect a lot of things to come out of this, probably a stronger security force. >> you asked -- you bring up the question do they have the manpower and the equipment, the weapons. what also are they doing to secure that border with somalia?
>> reporter: basically, there has been a plan to build a wall between somalia and kenya. this is a very ambitious plan because the border is quite large, up to the north and eastern province of kenya. it's quite a large border. there's been a suggestion to build a wall and to beef up the security forces there, because having security forces present has been a default plan, as people are calling it. so it happens only after the attack or during the attack. and soon after the police forces just march out after the attack and after the figi t is over. >> joining us there live in nairobi, kenya. thank you for your shorting.
two u.s. citizens are now in jail accused of plotting terror attacks inside the united states. federal prosecutors say noelle velentzas told an undercover officer she was inspired by isis and wanted to make history at home. she and her former roommate allegedly had propane tanks and studying how to build bombs. velentzas's husband says she's at a loss for words and never saw any of this coming. her lawyer says she plans to plead not guilty. at least five people are dead and more than a dozen injured after an explosion outside a bus station in northeastern nigeria. witnesses say a woman left her handbag full of explosives next to a bus as passengers were boarding on thursday night. no one has claimed responsibility at this point, but the terrorist group boko haram has carried out similar attacks in that area. german investigators have new evidence about what co-pilot
the saudi led coalition battling a houthi rebel advance in yemen. those rebels have seized the presidential palace in aden. the advance comes despite a week of continued air strikes by saudi-led warplanes. also on thursday, a very troubling prison break. al qaeda fighters attacked the jail there freeing nearly 300 inmates, including a senior al qaeda operative. let's bring in now cnn military analyst lieutenant colonel rick francona. thank you for your time. put this in perspective for us, what does it mean in the ongoing fight there? >> it's interesting what we're seeing in yemen. the saudis are concerned about the houthi group down there, because they believe it to be nothing more than a proxy for the iranians. they're looking at what's going on in the whole persian gulf region and they feel that an
iranian backed group in yemen is not in their national interest, so they're taking steps against that group. so this frees up al qaeda in the arabian peninsula, a very effective organization, to do what they need to do to expand their holdings in the area. so they're going after this prison to release some of their own people. so what we're seeing is almost neglect of al qaeda at the expense of the houthi group. so the saudis need to figure out what they're going to do. the saudi air campaign has not been effective in the last few days. it was effective initially, but it's starting to taper off. >> so we're watch thing air campaign continue, but there's been a lot of talk from saudi arabia, from egypt about possibly putting boots on the ground. could that happen next? >> it could happen next. that's a very big step, george, because the egyptians have been there before, the saudis have been there before, and they've
not been successful. yemen is a very difficult fighting area. it's very, very difficult to achieve any operations on the ground there. so i think that would be a big step, a major step. we're hearing reports there might be special forces already operating there. but the last thing the saudis and egyptians want to do is get involved in a ground war on the ground. what they want to do is use the air campaign to force the houthis to the table to come up with some sort of diplomatic solution and get el hadi back in power. the houthis have rejected all offers so far. i don't see any reason why they would accept one now. >> in the bigger picture of geopolitics, rick, what does it mean this new framework agreement and seeing the lifting of sanctions on iran, what would that mean in yemen with the houthi rebels in the long-term? >> it will give the iranians more capability to provide support to these groups.
one of the first things the iranians want is the lifting of sanctions. that will allow them to sell more oil and generate income. there will be increased trade in europe, giving the iranians a huge capability increase. we'll see that as they expand their tentacles throughout the region. they're expanding into lebanon, syria, iraq, and now yemen. and we'll see increased operations. they've already committed to more operations on the west bank. so this is going to embolden the iranians. i think unless this agreement really is effective, we're going to see an iranian homogeny in the region. >> thank you for your time. there have been major developments in the investigation of the germanwings crash. workers in france recovered the aircraft's data recorder. and we're learning more about
what might have been on the mind of andreas lubitz just before that deadly crash. cnn's will ripley has this story. >> reporter: a stunning new revelation in the germanwings investigation. prosecutors say a tab let seized from andreas lubitz's apartment reveals a series of chilling internet searches in the week leading up to flight 9525, including the day before the crash. >> according to these search terms, the user searched for medical treatment and sought information on methods to commit suicide. on these one day, the user searched for several minutes with search terms relating to cockpit doors and their security measures. >> reporter: a european government official with detailed knowledge of the investigation, tells cnn all evidence points to the premeditated murder of 149 innocent people. as mourners remember the lives cut short, disturbing new details emerge about lubitz's
rapidly deteriorating physiological health. a law enforcement source close to the investigation says lubitz suffered severe depression and stress late last year. he was doctor shopping, seeing as many as six for ongoing sleep and vision problems. lubitz was even prescribed heavy depression medication. the source believes he was not taking it the day of the crash. and now french prosecutors say they have the second black box. these new photos show the flight data recorder burned and buried eight inches under the surface of a reveen in the french alps. investigators say it will help answer key questions, including if lubitz flew the plane manually into the mountains at 800 miles per hour. >> on several occasions, the pilot acted twice to prevent the alarm the last few minutes of
the flight. it was a voluntary action which guided the planes toward the mountain. >> reporter: more than a week and a half into the investigation, officials are moving closer to answering key questions. but the biggest question of all remains unanswered -- why. >> the leaders of seven political parties in the uk face off ahead of the country's parliamentary elections. the key moments from that heated debate just ahead. plus, after mounting pressure from businesses and gay rights supporters, lawmakers in one u.s. state unveiled promises and changes to a controversial religious freedom law. reinvent . from pharmaceuticals to 3d prototyping, biotech to clean energy. whether your business is moving, expanding or just getting started... only new york offers you zero taxes for 10 years with startup ny, business incubators that partner companies with universities, and venture capital funding for high growth industries. see how new york can grow your business and create jobs.
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welcome back. on may 7th, the uk votes in its national parliamentary elections. and now voters have seen the seven top party leaders square off in the only fully televised debate of the campaign. opinion polls afterwards showed just how close the contest will be. four of the surveys came up with four different winners. one was scottish nationalist leader nikola surgeon, who took a firm line against austerity. and the leader of the liberal democrats who vowed to make economic choices if he wins. >> none of us can afford more austeri teterity austerity, and none of us can
afford the 100 million pounds that the liberals intend to spend on new nuclear weapons. their priorities are wrong. but they won't pay the price. it will be ordinary people across the country who pay the price. >> i will always act responsibly. i've never let anyone else borrow money we don't have and generalize your jobs and our economy. and above all, i will always act fairly. i won't let anyone impose cuts on your hospitals and schools and serve the whole of our country, not just parts of our country, the whole of our wonderful united kingdom. >> back in the united states, the state of indiana, legislators approved changes to the state's controversial religious freedom law after the governor promised a fix. governor mike pence signed the revisions into law thursday, hoping to satisfy critics within the business and day rights
communities. but the controversy is far from over. >> reporter: a stunning reversal. governor mike spence asks his own legislature for clarification of the religious freedom law he signed. what he got? more back flip than backtrack. >> how big a deal is that? >> i think it's huge. >> reporter: for the first time in indiana history, the conservative state is including sexual orientation and gender identity as part of statewide legislation to fix the religious freedom restoration act. one of the law's principal supporters eric miller says he's angry the change is being made. >> christian bakers, florists and photographers should not be forced by the government to participate in a homosexual wedding. >> reporter: the speed and scope of the reversal, a shocker after the bill was pushed through the largely republican legislature and signed by the governor in a private ceremony. indiana speaker of the house was
the man charged with writing the fix. >> we didn't believe it discriminated against anyone, since it's been depicted that way, it needs to be fixed that's what we pledged publicly to do and that's what the folks behind us assisted us in doing. it's fixed. >> reporter: in an extraordinary press conference held in the house chamber, business, sports and gay leaders joined republicans to tell the world indiana doesn't discriminate. >> we know that this is only the beginning. the end is that the equality guarantied to all other hoosiers, through the indiana civil rights code, is guarantied also to us. >> we shall overcome! >> reporter: in arkansas, a similar reversal. a house committee passing a bill similar to the narrower federal religious free tom law. governors hutchinson and pence, both former loyal conservative le foot soldiers in the u.s. house, now are learning new
lessons and perhaps changing with the times as governors. but these historical reversals come as a result of intense and wide ranging pressure from the sports world, as the ncaa wraps up in indianapolis, to the business world with corporate giants like walmart voicing disapproval, to the pop culture front, with one of the most famous hoosiers david letterman. >> and the least popular celebrity, mike pence's non-gay breakfast sausage links. >> that was cnn's miguel marquez reporting. u.s. senator robert menendez pleaded not guilty to criminal corruption charges and says he lacks forward to proving his innocence in court. a judge released the new jersey politician without making him post any bail after he entered his plea thursday in federal court. menendez is charged with accepting over $1 million in lavish gifts from a florida eye doctor in exchange for political
favors. dr. melgen was also named in the u.s. justice department indictment. he pleaded not guilty, as well. negotiators reach a preliminary agreement to keep iran from getting a nuclear weapon. just ahead here on cnn newsroom, one expert explains why he thinks it's a historic breakthrough. details on the el shabab massacre in kenya and the casualties left in its wake. both drive for a living, both like to save money on car insurance, and we both know you may not get this car back in the same condition. watch your toes. wo! ya boy... get it! sorta you isn't you. with drivesense from esurance, you can earn a personalized discount based on how you drive, not how someone sorta like you drives. you'll even get a discount just for signing up. esurance. backed by allstate. click or call.
agreement to keep the country's nuclear program peaceful. in exchange, the u.s. and european union would begin to lift sanctions against tehran. israel is blasting the deal as a threat to its survival. the al shabab terror group claimed responsibility for thursday's massacre at a university in kenya. at least 147 people were killed. 79 were wounded. security forces killed four gunmen. two u.s. citizens are now in jail in new york accused of plotting terror attacks in the united states. one of the women told an undercover officer she was inspired by isis and wanted to "make history at home with terror attacks." a lawyer for one of them says she plans to plead not guilty. u.s. president barack obama says the nuclear framework deal with iran would cut off every
pathway that country could take to develop a nuclear weapon. mr. obama is also facing opposition from some in congress, but he says the deal is a good deal that meets u.s. objectives. listen. >> this framework gives iran the opportunity to verify that his program is, in fact, peaceful. it demonstrates that if iran complies with its international obligations, it can fully rejoin the community of nations. there by fulfilling the talent and aspirations of the iranian people. >> here is a look at some of the key points of that framework deal. iran agreed not to enrich uranium over 3.67%, just enough to power a nuclear reactor. it would reduce the number of centrifuges from 19,000 to 6100. and reduce its stockpile of y uranium from 10,000 to 300
kilograms. iran would limit the output of the reactor in iraq. international inspectors would have regular access to all of the nuclear facilities. if at any time iran violates the deal, sanctions would snap back into place. joining us now is phillip uhn, director of the plow shares fund. thank you for taking time with us. let's talk about this framework agreement. so we understand obviously that it extends ten years and in some years goes to 15 years. but after that, what happens? does this just kick the can down the road? what are your thoughts? >> i don't think that's quite right. there are different segments. so that's ten years related to enrichment. there's 15 years related to other parts.
there's also 25 years that relates to certain kinds of inspections. because iran is a member of the nonproliferation treaty, there are inspections and treaty obligations, specifically treaty obligations that extend indefinitely. so i think the key in all of this, though, as we look to it, is does it accomplish the things that we want to accomplish which is to prevent iran from having a path to a nuclear weapon. does it have intrusive inspections to prevent what we call a breakout, which they would take their existing facilities and try to race and put together plutonium to make a bomb or sneak out which they would basically try to take certain materials and go to a covert site and reconstruct everything. the other thing this agreement does, which is really good, is the fact that it preserves the coalition of the major powers
and that relates ultimately to enforcement. >> so we are talking about a framework agreement, and there is still a great deal of negotiating that has to be done. but what is your make on this agreement? what are your thoughts? >> well, i think it is a major significant breakthrough. if they are able to come to a final agreement, it's really potentially -- it could be -- it would be a historic breakthrough for what it's able to do. you know, the united states and iran have been estranged for a very long time, as well as the west. iran has been an international pariah. there have been serious concerns about its nuclear activity, and this is a pathway, really, to finally resolve that for a long time to come. >> u.s. secretary of state john kerry has played a lead role in the iran nuclear talks. he spoke to cnn. >> reporter: several members of congress are coming out against
this agreement. they seem to have a veto proof majority for a vote, for a stay. they could kill this. >> no, i don't believe so, and i think on close inspection, i don't believe that will happen. that would be very irresponsible to make politics trump facts and science. and the reality of what is possible here. and it would be particularly irresponsible to do it when you have six nations, p-5 plus one, permanent members of the security council, plus germany, china, and russia, they are absolutely dedicated to the enforcement of this. so i think that really some of our senators and congressman need to step back, take a keep breath. >> you spent more time with the iranian foreign minister than most foreign ministers you've been meeting with. certainly more than any u.s. official has spent with an iranian official in 30 years.
what was the most surprising thing about these negotiations? take us inside there. >> well, there was a seriousness and purpose. people negotiated hard. it was tough. very intense at times. sometimes emotional and confrontational. it was a very intensive process, but because the stakes are very high, and because there is a long history of not talking to each other for 35 years we haven't talked with the iranians directly like this. so we're not basing this on a naivety or trust, this is based on real steps, real accountability, real measures that have to be implemented and accountability if they're not. at the height of his power, china's president controlled court systems, spy agencies, and
bruce syst-- prosecution system. now he's accused of leaking state secrets. we're joined with more details on this story. andrew, china is definitely cracking down on corruption. but is this that or is this politically motivated? >> i think some people would say it's a bit of both. certainly the corruption campaign has been gathering steam since xi jinping came to office. there were 72,000 people caught up in the investigations. 23,000 of those were severely disciplined. so that gives you an idea this is not just targeting people that may have fallen out with xi jinping. although there are many people who will say it's also a good way of getting rid of political rivals that xi jinping can use
this anti-corruption campaign. certainly he was zeen as a political rival. he was under investigation for several months over corruption charges. you have to remember corruption is seen as endemic in china, not just the communist party by any means, but business, bureaucracy, military, people from all those areas have been indicated and have been charged and found guilty. but he's such a big and powerful figure. he was on the member of a committee that basically rules the country. we don't know the details yet,
george, behind these charges. what we can say is back in december of last year, an internal party investigation into him and his operations found -- came up with a few pointers, if you like. he took advantage of his position to seek profits from others. he abused his power to help relatives, mistresses and friends make huge profits, resulting in serious losses to the state. he traded his power for sex and money, and he leaked the country's secrets. that is what came out of an internal investigation. now we're seeing the formal charges being laid. interesting to see just how much detail we're going to get once that trial starts, george. >> andrew stevens, thank you so much. as happens many times, when we cover controversy in china, cnn's signal is being blacked out across the country. for those of you who can see us, find out more about this story by logging on to our website.
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welcome back to cnn newsroom. i'm george howell. the somali terror group al shabab has claimed responsibility for a bloody attack on university in kenya. the attack left 147 people dead and wounded 79 others. militants opened fire just before dawn. one witness says christians were targeted and muslims were set free. authorities say the siege ended with all four gunmen killed. for more on the casualties, we're joined from the kenyan red cross. thank you so much for your time. talk to us just about what's happening as far as the families coming together after this terrible and bloody attack. >> yeah, good morning. the latest from the scene is that right now kenya red cross is working with the government. we spent two planes from nairobi
to garissa. today our main focus is the recovery of the dead back to nairobi. right now, government officials on the ground have been briefed and right now the university campus -- [ inaudible ] as soon as they give us the all clear, the red cross will move in and recover any of the bodies that need to be recovered. and then organize for their transportation back to nairobi. >> i did want to ask you if there are any memorials or are families coming together? many people were killed in this and several wounded. are you seeing memorials happen? >> you know, just to give you the context. it's about 8:40 a.m. here in
nairobi. so i think we're all just waking up. of course, the next couple of hours is -- what i can say is on the ground here, the public has been very united. they've really come out to support each other, and like i said earlier, we had a blood drive on site yesterday. i think yesterday we collected about 84 meters of blood. [ inaudible ] we're working very hard to make sure to reunite families with loved ones. >> thank you so much for your insight on what's happening on the ground in kenya after this terrible attack at a university.
al shabab is a major security threat to kenya and to the region. and it seems these attacks only help with recruitment. i spoke with cnn security analyst julia kayam about that. listen. >> organizations like al shabab always need more young people to join them. big, spectacular attacks like this, like what we saw in kenya, are used ultimately as a recruitment device to get more people to join the group. obviously there is the attack and deaths of christian students. but their bigger motivation is to keep the terrorist organization alive and relevant. >> with al shabab based there in somalia, just next door to kenya, you mentioned the issue of border security. can kenya secure its boarders? >> not perfectly. no country really can, just given the number of people coming through. just look at the united states with mexico. so it takes a domestic effort in
the case of kenya and somalia, you see a focus by the african union and the international community. but ultimately, that's just defense. it's just a short-term defensive position to keep people out. the longer-term solution is one that everyone struggled with, al shabab and al qaeda. >> so we're talking about somalia. but on the other side of the waters there, there's yemen. a similar country and a similar situation. do you see boots on the ground when it comes to the arab led coalition against the houthi rebels there? >> i think eventually you could see not u.s. boots on the ground but certainly saudi or other gulf nation boots on the ground. yemen is essentially a failed state. there's very little that the u.s. can expect from yemen in terms of cooperation or counterterrorism efforts. so in that vacuum, saudi arabia
fortunately steps in to try to at least stem the chaos that is going on there. what you're seeing is countries like saudi arabia that have for a decade looked at what is going on in the middle east, maybe gave money here or weapons there, but would never invest their military efforts, all of a sudden realizing it's getting close to home and investing their own military might in a neighboring country. >> the search continues for the missing, after a russian trawler sank thursday in the country's far east. a government spokesman says the trawler must have collided with something that damaged the hull, possibly ice there, sinking the vessel within minutes. at least 54 crew members died, including the captain of the fishing vessel. more than 60 people were rescued from the icy waters. about a dozen more are still unaccounted for. still ahead, an incredible
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prison in rome. one of the altar services was a man convicted of multiple homicides. the pope said he wanted to "become more of a slave in the service of people." switching over to weather now, blowing sands create major headaches for people in the middle east. karen mcguiness has been tracking this and joins was more. >> george, this has been phenomenal. even by middle east standards, this is impressive. this is the view across dubai. you're not looking at the tallest building in the world. if you were, you probably couldn't see it. yeah, this has been very problematic for workers in the area, for people trying to get away, they're saying at the dubai airport there were numerous interruptions. and the roads around dubai are very busy, very chaotic, and this really slowed things down.
there were numerous accidents reported there. not just across the uae, also in qatar, also into saudi arabia we had reduced visibility. some of the schools were closed in southern sections of saudi arabia. this is regionally known as a haboob. it's have you get maybe an area of low pressure, perhaps cold front, and that kicks up the sand a little bit and as a consequence, sand and dust can be suspended in the atmosphere very easily and can travel for thousands of kilometers. and the visibility at times was just a few hundred meters. this is the view across abu dhabi. you can see just how dreadful the sky conditions have been there of the past couple of days. the good news is, it looks like that's going to be improving over the next 24 to 48 hours. you're going to see that gradually collapse and you'll
expect much improved weather conditions there as that temperature heats up very dramatically over the next couple of days. the big weather service across the united states is going to be the spring outbreak of severe weather. primarily across the ohio river valley, even currently throw the ohio river valley, this region right about here. here you're looking at the east coast of the united states. for ohio, indiana, also into illinois, missouri, oklahoma and kansas, an outbreak of severe weather triggered seven reports of tornadoes. some damage reported with them. this is a live radar as we're looking at it. across a portion of missouri and into arkansas, we've had several tornado warnings. that means either radar indicated or it's been sighted tornadic activity. well, we have seen seven tornado reports across the region. but also numerous hail reports.
as much as 67 reports of large size hail. and george, at times, the hail was the size of ping-pong balls. back to you. >> wow. that severe weather can get really intense. karen, thank you so much. in the united states, a man rescued after 66 days lost at sea. he says he lived off raw fish and rainwater he caught in his own hands. louis jordan was reported missing by his family back in january. on thursday, a passing ship found him on his disabled sailboat near cape hatteras, north carolina. a coast guard helicopter picked him up from that ship and soon after jordan got a chance to speak to his father on the phone. listen to this. >> hey, louis, you're fine, son. i'm so glad that you're alive. we prayed and prayed and we hoped that you were still alive. so that's all that matters. [ laughter ] that's the only thing that
matters. your mother -- huh? >> i was praying about you, because i was afraid that you were crying and sad that i was dead and i wasn't dead. >> well, we were. i thought i lost you. >> wow. and so thankful i'm sure that family to have him back. jordan is now at a virginia hospital. he says he tried to fix his boat but couldn't sail back to south carolina where he departed. that's the news this hour. i'm george howell. we thank you for watching. another hour straight ahead with natalie allen here on cnn. introducing the kelley blue book price advisor. the powerful tool that shows you what should pay. it gives you a fair purchase price that's based on what others recently paid for the same new car and kelley blue book's trusted pricing expertise. kbb.com you want i fix this mess? a mess? i don't think --
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