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pound, too. >> especially in lieu of things we've seen recently there are still good police officers out here that are serving the community. we just thank god for people like him. >> so do we. we love that officer. >> really do. >> that's great, chris. >> thanks for showing us that. with that we wrap up "new day" and hand it over to carol costello in "newsroom." >> a nice happy end to your show. have a great weekend. >> you, too. >> "newsroom" starts now. happening now in the "newsroom," destruction and devastation. the midwest waking up bruised and battered after a string of storms ripped through towns and lives. homes pummeled. families starting over. plus breaking news in the race for 2016. hillary making it official on sunday. the best political team on tv tracking the story for us. and tale of the dash cam tape. why did walter scott run. and new this morning, breaking developments on the cop charged with his murder. let's talk, live in the "cnn
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newsroom." and good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. residents from oklahoma kansas missouri illinois are getting their first look at towns and lives devastated in the wake of deadly tornadoes. you're looking at rochelle illinois. the town hit hard as tornadoes ripped through neighborhoods leaving trees up ended and roots exposed. this man stands alone, solemn surveying the debris of what once was a home. now just a pile of rubble. we'll take you to the ground in just a moment. >> he's over. he's over. >> go! go! go! >> the storm chasers were out in force last night.
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we want to show you some of the incredible sights and sounds they captured. >> oh, it's hitting. it's hitting something. >> look there goes cars. >> what? >> i saw headlights go flying. >> oh, my god that's violent, you guys. >> that's got to be an ef-5. >> oh, it's hitting. it's hitting something. >> really frightening, right? ryan young is live in rochelle illinois to tell us more. good morning, ryan. >> reporter: good morning, carol. that really is some amazing video. you can see how scary and terrifying that video is. in fact we drove all night. haven't gone to sleep. we were covering the story. as you look behind what people were experiencing this is a restaurant here that was torn apart by that storm and just
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right next to it is that tractor-trailer that was tossed like a toy. >> [ bleep ] oh, my god. this is violent. >> reporter: it was the tornado outbreak. >> look it there goes cars. >> what? >> i saw headlights go flying. >> reporter: that residents in the hartland feared. >> [ bleep ]. >> he's over! he's over! >> [ bleep ]. >> call 911. call 911. >> go, go, go. >> reporter: tornado watches over the midwest. >> oh, my gosh that's going right through. >> reporter: coming to fruition. over a dozen tornadoes touching down across missouri illinois and iowa according to the national weather service. >> guys we can't stop. >> reporter: illinois the hardest hit. one tornado pummelling the northern city of rochelle leaving a path of destruction more than 25 miles long. >> we quickly went down to the basement and could feel the tornado right over our house. >> reporter: rochelle's hospital
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in disaster mode throughout the night. emergency crews quickly clearing debris rescuing a dozen people trapped in the storm cellar of this local restaurant. >> the back wall fell right on top of it when the tornado hit and we were trapped. and we were about an hour hour and a half in there at least. >> i'm in shock. i've got no job and no car so it's -- it's scary. so -- but i'm glad i'm alive. >> reporter: just north in the cities of fairdale and kirkland illinois the local fire department says a tornado pretty much wiped out the town. >> right there. >> reporter: and in iowa the storms breaking out so quickly. this camera crew planning on covering a baseball game -- >> holy [ bleep ], dude. it's spinning. >> reporter: instead captured this footage of a possible tornado. >> god [ bleep ] it's moving. >> reporter: sadly one person
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did die in this storm. we're told eight others were injured. someone was trapped inside this building for a half hour inside a bathroom. i can only imagine how scary that must have been trying to hunker down to avoid this storm. as we look around and the sun comes up it's amazing to see the power of the storm. in fact one guy at the gas station told us there were some cows in one farm and when he woke up the next day the cows were on another side of the farm. carol? >> that's just awful. ryan young, thanks so much. there is a live news conference going on right now in rockwood illinois by fire officials. let's listen in. >> the people in their houses will be able to remain. if they leave, they're going to be under the same restrictions of those who have already left. >> what are your thoughts as you drive through this town and you see this? >> yeah, it's the worst thing i've seen. when it happens locally, it's the same magnitude no matter what the size of the town or village. so it's obviously distressing and our hearts go out to the
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families who are still here and who have left and any of those who are injured. >> [ inaudible ]. >> the town is -- a lot of the fire -- i'll let the fire guys respond to that. >> as of last night we checked 71 structures with our trt teams. we did one primary search one secondary search of the buildings and today we are bringing -- we do have trt team here. we will relieve them of their duties and bring in a fresh trt team to get a little more meticulous with -- obviously with -- the daylight helps us. we had some safety issues last night. we're going to work with them
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and i can introduce pete blaire chief of the sycamore fire department who is helping out with that. >> how many are there? >> all 70. >> good morning. polerk. >> we're going to jump away. as you can well determine, fire officials have their hands full in illinois around the rockwood area. they've searched 71 buildings so far to see if anyone is trapped or if there are any survivors or worse. we'll keep you posted. >> on to politics. hillary is expected to announce her candidacy for the white house on sunday. brianna keilar broke the news
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this morning. why sunday? >> i think it's at this point in time time to get going. april is key. this is the beginning of a fundraising quarter of the year so that's also very key, but obviously things are ready for the campaign to go ahead and launch. we understand from the source close to the campaign that hillary clinton in a video on social media, which is already -- it's already been taped. that's what my colleague jeff zelany has reported. this will be released on sunday. immediately she's going to start traveling. her first stop is going to be iowa which is key. you'll remember carol, this is where she came in third in the all important caucuses in 2008. not just behind president obama, then senator obama, but also behind john edwards. of course this is something -- you know this has been the secret about when but certainly listen to hillary clinton just last month. she hasn't kept it a secret that at some point she was very likely going to be running for president. >> don't you some day want to
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see a woman president of the united states of america? [ cheers and applause ] well -- well in many ways owl of these questions, all of these questions can only be answered by you. >> so it's almost like she was thinking about it right? but the other very -- >> her entire life. >> certainly for some years, i would say. and it's very important to notice "huffington post" got its hands on the epilogue remember her book "hard choices" came out and now epilogue will be attached to the back of the paper copy. this is key. it lays out hillary clinton's message. she tells a story about leaving president obama on their last trip together and just thinking how far they had come since it
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had been a really prickly relationship during the 2008 campaign and also she talks about becoming a grandma and then really the reasoning, which is just as important as declaring that you're going to run, for why she wants to be president. she talks about becoming a grandmother, connecting with so many americans, and thinking that children deserve to have any opportunity that they have the god given potential to live up to. she talks about wanting to provide that. she says that she shares in a world where, you know she will pass on the -- she has a responsibility to pass on these opportunities. so i think that is really the foundation for what we'll be hearing from hillary clinton. >> we'll await the video on sunday. brianna keilar thank you. >> hillary's rebranding has been weeks in the making. how will voters respond? peter hamby is in washington with more on the reaction. good morning, peter. >> hey, carol. good morning. >> what is the reaction -- we don't know what the reaction is
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going to be because the video is not out. candidates like rand paul are already attacking hillary clinton. is this why she's announcing on sunday and starting her campaign in earnest in iowa? >> well brianna's right. hillary clinton was under pressure from democrats to get going on this in part because of what you say, republicans have been attacking her. you know she's come under criticism from the media without a real apparatus around her to defend her. secondly going to iowa is going to be hugely important to her. last time in 2007 and 2008 she was criticized for being, you know too imperious for going outside of des moines and not touching and feeling voters inside their living room. the clinton campaign has been reaching out aggressively in the last few days trying to line up events for this week. she's going to new hampshire. i checked with some of my sources in south carolina another early primary state who say they're actually not hearing
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the same things about an imminent visit in the same way as those first two states. look this is smart of her to announce on sunday. a lot of people are going to be watching the masters on sunday obviously, but this guarantees sort of roadblock political coverage. the following day you've got to feel bad for marco rubio, the florida senator, who's announcing his presidential bid on monday in miami. it will be hard for him to compete with hillary clinton chewing up a ton of oxygen. so look the campaign is most definitely underway this week here. >> all right. peter hamby, thanks for your insight as always. i appreciate it. still to come in the "newsroom," the moment before a deadly police shooting in south carolina caught on dash cam video. martin savidge is in north charles ton with more. martin? >> reporter: carol, you're right. this video tells us how the terrible day began, but it also reveals a mystery that a lot of people are still talking about. i'll have that. your baby is getting more than clean. your touch stimulates her senses and nurtures her mind. and the johnson's® scent
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carol. the family of walter scott says this dash cam video does not change anything when it comes to the case against former police officer michael slager but it does give us the first look at how that terrible day began. dash cam video now released capturing the moment police officer michael slager pulls over walter scott last saturday morning. slager's patrol car follows scott as he pulls into an auto parts store. he asks him for his license. >> your brake light's out. >> in less than a minute the talk turns to paperwork, questions over the purchase of the car. >> you bought it. you're saying on monday. >> i'm sorry about that. >> slager returns to his patrol car. moments later scott starts to get out of his vehicle. >> stay in the car. >> and in fewer than 30 seconds scott gets out of his car again and runs. possible reason the 50-year-old tried to flee a bench warrant
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was out for his arrest since january of 2013 after failing to pay over $18,000 in back child support for two children. what happens next is out of view of the camera but partially picked up on the officer's microphone. he sounds like he's running and can be heard yelling. >> taser, taser, taser. >> one eye witness says a tussle ensues. >> wasn't on the ground rolling, it was like a tussle type of thing like you know what do you want or what did i do type of thing? >> reporter: the man who took this disturbing cell phone video said they were on the ground before he started recording. >> i went to the scene and mr. scott was already on the ground. the cop was on top of him. he was -- tasering mr. scott. >> reporter: slager joined two years ago. in 2013 he was exonerated for im
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improper use of tasering this man. he meant to arrest his brother for robbery. >> he pulled out his taser and told me if you don't come out, i'm going to tase you. i put my hand up moved out the way. he still shot me with the taser. >> slager's mother told abc she hasn't seen the video and said she can't imagine her son shooting an unarmed blackman while he ran away. >> i just have to let it be and hope god takes care of everybody involved. none not only for my family but for the scott's family. >> reporter: carol, getting back to that dash cam video, at the very beginning when you see walter scott's vehicle pull into the auto parts parking lot, if you look closely on the passenger's side you'll notice there's somebody there. this person could be key. now the authorities interviewed or at least detained this person for a time. they know who it is but they have not identified it either to
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the public or apparently to scott's family because they say they don't know who he is and, of course the reason clearly many people would like to know is because he might have some insight as to what walter scott was thinking what were the fears he had and why perhaps he ran. as of yet that person hasn't come forward, carol. >> and is it because the person doesn't want to come forward? >> reporter: you know without being able to talk to that person it's hard to gauge. there are some in the past for instance the photographer the bystander, he didn't want to come forward. he feared retribution? is there anything like that going on? we won't know until we get the chance to talk to this person. >> martin savidge reporting live from north charleston south carolina, this morning. the dash cam video tells us nothing that happened immediately before. it tells us why he was pursuing mr. scott. put simply scott got out of the car and he ran. yes, he was wanted for back child support, but why run like this? cnn legal analyst and former
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prosecutor paul callan is here. welcome, paul. thank you so much for being here. we can guess that walter scott ran because he feared repercussions, right, that's fair to say? there are some who say it's deeper than that. "the new york times" points to aggressive policing in north charleston which has led to a decrease in crime but comes to a high cost in trust. do you understand where "the new york times" is going with this article? >> i understand where they're going and i think there are legitimate points in the article. i'm not sure it applies to this situation. the times and others have looked at this aggressive policing policy and found in the past what it does is it increases distrust in minority communities. aggressive -- you put the cops in high crime neighborhoods, they happen to be unfortunately minority neighborhoods and while it diminishes crime when you're stopping african-americans and hispanic citizens on a routine basis, it creates resentment and it creates fear.
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>> and it creates mistrust right? >> absolutely. now i say i'm not so sure it applies here because mr. scott had a warrant for his arrest outstanding, okay? so aggressive policing or not, the court had issued a document saying if you find this guy, you have to arrest him. so i'm not so sure that we can blame that on aggressive policing. i think there's another factor going on though that -- and it kind of worries me and it's the old -- i always tell my clients, my own kids never get into an argument with a cop because he's got a gun, you're going to lose the argument. certainly you never want to run away from a cop because you might get shot. >> but my immediate thought is the cops -- my immediate thought is not, oh, this cop's going to kill me. i don't think that when i'm stopped by a police officer. but some people do. >> those are people who live in aggressively policed neighborhoods, minority neighborhoods, okay? but -- and frankly, even if a caucasian person gets into a dispute with a cop who's got a chip on his shoulder you may
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wind up under -- they may not shoot you, carol, but they'll put you in handcuffs and place you under arrest if you give them too much lip so don't get into an argument with a comep. people are more informed about their constitutional rights. when cops get overly aggressive people are talking about. you don't have the right to say that to me. you don't have the right to treat me like that. i think the police need more training about how to be polite to citizens so that you don't create the resentment. now would it have stopped this? i don't think so -- >> there were no harsh words traded between the officer and mr. scott. >> there's one harsh word there and it's called arrest warrant. mr. scott knew that there was this arrest warrant hanging out there. $18,000 is a lot of back child support to owe. so i'm not so sure. and if you look at the encounter, what we've seen the initial encounter is relatively professional and friendly. to me the key encounter is what happened in the so-called
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tussle. what was said that so frightened mr. scott that he ran knowing the cop was armed and pulled out a trayser. >> that's what i'm saying. >> let's assume mr. scott was afraid of being arrested. did he really think -- because the officer had asked for his driver's license so he had his driver's license. >> yes. >> he knows who mr. scott is. >> right. >> he probably knows where mr. scott lives by now or could easily find out yet mr. scott ran. >> yes, he did. >> and continued running. >> i can't psycho analyze scott. >> i can't either. >> except to say you can blame aggressive policing for pulling innocent people into a large dragnet for mistreatment of them for rudely treating them so that people distrust the police but you can't blame the police for following up on warrants for their a zbles you don't believe this shooting was justified. >> i believe this was an absolutely unjustified excessive
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use of force and that this officer should be charged with homicide. that's what i'm saying based on the tape. you can look at this from a number of different angles. >> paul callan thanks as always. i appreciate it. tomorrow the family of walter scott will say good-bye for a funeral service set at 11:00 a.m. media can attend but no cameras or recording devices will be allowed inside that church. still to come in the "newsroom," the president set to meet with cuba's raul castro. what they're expect the to talk about next. ♪ where do you get this kind of confidence? at your ford dealer... that's where! our expert trained technicians... state of the art technology and warranty parts keep your vehicle running right. it's no wonder we sold more than 3.5 million tires last year and durning the big tire event get a $120 mail in rebate on 4 select tires. ♪
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during a drive green event at your john deere dealer. and good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. an historic meeting in the making. president obama landing in panama for the summit of the americas and for the first time ever cuba is attending. obama set to cross paths with the cuban president raul castro but it would not be the first time. who could forget this headline making handshake at nelson mandela's funeral. at the time the white house down played it calling it simply unplanned pleasantries. as for today's encounter, it's happening as the u.s. considers removing cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism. rosa flores is in panama city following the latest
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developments for us. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, carol. you know what started under the cloak of the vatican with the help of canada now is on the world stage happening here in panama city panama at the summit of the americas. we're expecting the historic handshake between the united states and cuba. now here is what we know. no bilateral meeting between president obama and president castro has been set yet, but both heads of state are expected to mingle during the summit of the americas. what we do know is that secretary kerry and his counterpart, cuban foreign minister bruno rodriguez met last night, late last night for a high level bilateral meeting. let me tell you something, this has not happened between the united states and cuba since 1958 so a lot of historic events happening here. the state department also expecting to recommend to the president of the united states that cuba be removed from the state sponsored terrorism list. that's a really big deal for the
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cubans because as you and i know negotiations are ongoing for the establishment of embassies in d.c. and havana. all eyes on panama city as we anticipate the handshake between president castro and president obama. >> rosa flores reporting live from panama city this morning. thank you so much. a routine traffic stop turns deadly. up next we'll show you new dash cam video from that fatal police shooting in south carolina. why it could reveal new clues about the final moments before gunshots were fired. know your financial plan won't keep you up at night. know you have insights
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for the first time we're seeing new dash cam video. what you're about to see are the final moments leading up to when walter scott was shot and killed by officer michael slager who is now charged with murder. the video does not show the actual shooting but it does show new clues about the actual traffic stop. take a look at this. here it comes. you see slager following scott who's driving a mercedes. scott gets pulled over because of a broken taillight. all right. you see shag ger approaching the car and the two men exchange words. there's no stress level noticed in their voice. once scott hands over his driver's license, slager returns to his car. at one point scott tries to get out of the car. you hear the officer say, stay inside the car. scott obeys. he gets into the vehicle. then scott gets out of the car again and makes a run for it. what you're about to hear is the
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audio picked up on the microphone as the chase begins. it happens so quickly we're going to play some of the video a couple of times for you so listen as slager takes off after scott. >> not so helpful, right? then you hear slager yelling. listen to this. >> taser, taser, taser. taser, taser, taser. >> all right. remember we're playing parts of this video more than once. so as the scuffle continues, more yelling from the police officer. >> hand behind your back. get on the ground. get on the ground.
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>> all right. then i guess about a minute later scott is shot dead. let's examine all of this with audio expert frank piazza. thanks for being here. >> sure. >> do you notice something in this dash cam video that we haven't noticed? >> all i know is that the audio clearly is being compromised because of the activity. the microphone's bouncing around so it's hard to really know exactly without enhancing it and really getting down to you know what really might be said in there. you know just to create more accuracy in the play back. >> so how do they do that? >> well you know there are techniques that we do when we enhance audio. the quick version is you're trying to reduce the noises that meeting masking the conversations. >> once you go through and you start parsing this out according to the audio, the officer had
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loud music playing in his car. there's no stress as he's approaching the car seemingly. >> well to measure the stress of the voice, that would be a different sort of expert who might do that but having the music playing in the background i've done so many of these dash cam type of recordings. i've always wondered how come the music is on in the actual audio channel of the recording of the police officer. things are a little different here and there. you just deal with it. >> so you've probably dealt with a lot of these kinds of cases. is there anything unusual in what the officer said during the chase that you noticed? >> nothing seems unusual. seems standard. i think, again, i don't know the proper procedure or what is the right or wrong way to do it. it seems like he's just conducting his normal day work. >> so if you were working for the defense team what part of that tape would be most important. >> they would probably really
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want all of the audio as clear as possible. if there's a possibility when the officer might have been near the window of the car was there anything spoken between the two people in the car, maybe some sort of conversation might have led to what happened. and then the chase. you know when the microphone is bouncing around and at some point it becomes very quiet at the end also. i'm curious to know what happened there? was the microphone tossed off? did it fall off in the scuffle? things of that nature. >> you don't really hear the gunshots right? >> yeah. i was curious about that myself. i was wondering why that wasn't there. we don't know. we have to recognize that the authenticity of this audio, we want to make sure that it is in fact everything that was recorded. >> this is a stupid question. what microphone is picking up all of this as the officer and mr. scott run away? >> it's probably his lapel
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microphone. it could be the radio microphone that he uses but usually those are triggered by pressing them on or off. this could be just a lapel microphone that was active while he was going through the traffic pullover. >> just through your experience does this kind of dash cam video really help in court? >> oh, gosh. it could and it could not depending what the goals of the attorneys are. >> thank you so much for joining me this morning. i really appreciate it. we couldn't help but notice the music playing during that dash cam video. listen. ♪ ♪ >> all right. so in case you're wondering, it's a song by everlast and it's called "that's life."
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today jurors could decide if former new england patriots star aaron hernandez is guilty of murder. he's accused in the 2013 kill of his friend odin lloyd.
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jurors are in session and deliberating. in the meantime a photographer who works for a boston television station has been barred from the courthouse over allegation he followed jurors as they left court on wednesday. that is a big no-no. let's bring in cnn national correspondent susan candiotti. she's in fall river, massachusetts. tell us more susan. >> reporter: hi carol. good morning to you. as you said the jurors are now into their 16th hour of deliberations. this is day four trying to decide whether to convict aaron hernandez of murder the murder of odin lloyd who was dating his fiance's sister. speaking of his fiance today is the first day she has returned to court since closing arguments on tuesday. he has had no family members here since then. when he entered the courtroom this morning when cameras were not rolling and the jury was not there, he briefly appeared to mouth love you to shayanna
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jenkins, his fiance. she had a very serious look on her face and so did he. on the opposite side of the courtroom is the victim's mother ursula. some people might wonder why haven't we had a verdict by now? it's not hard to really question if you think about how long this trial has been underway since last january. there are more than 430 exhibits to consider so there's a lot of work to be done. and, carol, kind of winding things up here. you mentioned that photographer. he is now banned from covering this trial anymore after the judge said he should not have been following jurors to their parking spot although he said he did not speak them and did not photograph them. as you said you just can't do that carol. >> no you don't approach jurors. they have a right to privacy at this time. you approach them after all is said and done and you wrap up the case. it's like journalism 101. susan candiotti, thanks so much. i appreciate it. still to come in the
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president obama spoke with the cuban president raul castro on wednesday before president obama left washington on his way to jamaica. there's been talk about a possible informal meeting between the two today at a summit in panama but they broke the ice earlier as the state department considers removing cuba from the u.s. list of state sponsored terrorism. rosa flores is in panama city. the two men are where you are. do you think they'll meet in person? >> reporter: they'll definitely meet in person. at the summit of the americas all mingle at these events. they're definitely going to rub shoulders. we're expecting president obama and president castro to have that symbolic handshake at some point in time. cnn learning from the white house that president obama and president castro had a conversation before president obama left washington on wednesday. let's keep in mind he traveled to jamaica before coming here to
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panama but all eyes at the summit of the americas awaiting not a phone call but an actual visual where we'll see both heads of state in the same room. now, we do know that secretary kerry met with his counterpart and that of course is cuban foreign minister bruno rodriguez late yesterday for a bilateral meeting. let me tell you something, a meeting of that level hadn't happened between both countries since 1958. a lot of history here today, carol. we'll be expecting that handshake and we'll bring it to you as soon as we see it. >> all right. rosa flores we appreciate it. thanks so much. tomorrow pope francis will declare an extraordinary holy year. the holy year which will start in december is called the jubilee of mercy. as part of that mission of mercy, seven holy doors located in seven different cathedrals around the world will be opened to pilgrims of all faiths.
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i talked with one of the first cardinals appointed by pope francis who is archbishop of quebec. ♪ >> reporter: a celebration of faith in a year of jubilee. a jubilee of mercy as declared by pope francis. the jubilee of mercy. what does that mean to catholics and noncatholics alike? >> saying the word mercy is a great gift. it's love that goes beyond what you see almost every day. it's love that includes forgiveness. it's love that goes all the way. i think the world needs that today. pope francis giving us this holy year year of mercy, is telling us catholics and the whole world, humanity we need to go a step further and learn to love better. that's how god loves it. >> reporter: the cardinal newly appointed by pope francis is about to literally open the door
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to love to redemption, in his church. the cathedral in quebec. it's the gateway to salvation opened every 25 years or by the pope's decree. i got to touch it. it was pretty amazing. then i thought to myself it's just a door. >> a door is a door. a window is a window. it's also quite a symbol. a door is something that says come on in. we're open. >> reporter: people of all faiths are welcome to come through this door? >> absolutely. you don't need a passport. you don't need a certificate of baptism or belonging to a church. i saw last year people come from every walks of faith. even people who don't believe just to experience this. this is a sacred place. a church is a place that celebrates god's presence and it's meaningful to a lot of people. >> reporter: the door itself
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weighs more than 1,000 pounds. symbolic of a heavy burden. once the door is opened it's an invitation to a new beginning. pass through it and your sins are absolved by mariea who passed through the door last year opened to celebrate the church's 350-year anniversary. tell me about your life before you decided to walk through the door. >> i had experienced the loss of my husband. i was living a very sad moment in my life. basically i had no life. when i came to quebec and i learned about the holy door i decided to cross it. i had the hope. i am a believer. i kneeled down. i prayed a little. i pushed the door. very heavy door. and it reminded me of all of the
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heaviness i was leaving behind. i closed the door and i cried. it was a beautiful moment. just recalling i get very emotional. it was a moment of rebirth. i felt that i was being born again. and i just said god, take me. i'm yours. just tell me what i should do in my life to serve you better. i began to sing again. my life is full of joy and hope. >> reporter: as jesus said i'm the door of the sheep, come through me. the cardinal will make that physically possible when he opens the door on december 8th. god, he says will take care of the rest. you are welcome to travel to quebec city to the basilica of notre dame and go through that
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