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the king of blues is dead. b.b. king passed away at the age of 89. >> missin u.s. helicopter in nepal has reportedly been found on the steep slope after mountain. >> and new details about the moment leading up to the crash of the amtrak train in philadelphia. and hello. welcome to our viewers in the united states and those of you joining us from around the world. i'm natalie allen. >> great to you have with us. i'm john vause. you're watching cnn newsroom. >> and the sad news we've today
report this past hour, breaking news, is that american blues legend b.b. king passed away at age 89. that word coming from his daughter. >> ♪ ♪ >> ledge endaurry bluesman the hits like "let the good times roll." no cause of death has been reported yet but he appears to be been in poor health. we look back on his life. >> reporter: it is hard to imagine the blues without b.b. king. the legendary blues man released over 50 albums with hit songs such as "the thrill is gone" and "let the good times roll." >> born riley b. king in
mississippi, he worked in the cotton fields before embarking on his musical career. he began recording in the 1940s and became known as blues boy king and then more simply b.b. king. in 1956 at the height of his popularity, he played an astonishing 342 one-night stand. he continued a rigorous touring schedule into his 80s. king's persistence and passion for the blues paid off. winning 15 grammies. >> it always feels very, very good to go on stage. whether you win or a grammy or not. >> throughout the years, king worked with various artist like u2 on the song "when love comes to town" and withering clapton on the song "riding with the king." >> get the chance it learn a lot of great things from people that have so much going for them today. >> reporter: in 1987 he was inducted into the rock and roll
hall of fame and was given a spot on the hollywood walk of fame in 1990. he was rarely seen without his faithful black gibson guitar lucille. >> this is my girl, lucille. >> reporter: the gift of guitars became the first blues musician to be honored with the kennedy lifetime achievement award in 1995. president bush honored king in 2006 with the presidential medal of freedom for his musical contributions. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: king's health was sometimes a concern since he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in his early 60s. >> it is like a tonic. it is good for whatever ails you. >> reporter: in 2012 president obama hosted a concert celebrating blues music. >> the king of the blues, mr. b.b. king. >> with a career spanning over 50 years, b.b. king let the good
times roll. >> b.b. king born in mississippi. of course a big hero of my hometown, memphis, tennessee. if you've been to bill street then you know b.b. king, and you took a trip there. >> yeah. this is a huge loss. not entirely unexpected. "variety", the entertainment magazine is reporting that on may 1st he entered hospice care because he was in poor health. he had diabetes. he picked cotton at one point. became a truck driver. rose all the way to the very, very top of what he loved to do. and likesome other musicians, he learned how so to do that amazing music in church by performing gospel music p. >> sure. and he came from right there, the birth of the blues, in mississippi. >> a sad day today on beale street. >> it will be on beale street,
quite the scene, i'm sure. all right, even more breaking news for you. we are getting reports that the u.s. military helicopters that went missing tuesday in nepal has been found. cnn is following this development. live from deli, sumnema what are you hearing? >> reporter: this is called wreckage but it is too early to teal if there are survivors. it has taken them three days to search for the u.s. marine helicopters carrying six marines and two nepal soldiers. it goes show you this how difficult the terrain is. it is a very small valley surrounded by very, very high mountains. hundreds of military personnel on the ground and from the air looking all day basically for this chopper. it has been found northeast of
the worst affected district. a lot of these choppers were headed to basically bring relief material and bring back the injured. that's what this u.s. marine helicopter doing as well when it disappeared on tuesday. natalie? >> you were there. you are from nepal. you've been there reporting on the earthquake and the aftermath. so you understand the conditions many of these relief choppers are having to deal with. the weather as well? >> that's right. i've been on a few of the nepali army choppers. on surveillance choppers and relief choppers. when you're up there, you get a sense of why this whole process has been so difficult. as soon as you leave katmandu valley, the valleys that
surround katmandu, the terrain is incredibly inaccessible. very high mountains. there are landslides everywhere. particularly after the second earthquake on tuesday, a lot of landslid landslides, dozens of landslides which have completely blocked off the roads to the area which is why the helicopters have had to head in the direction. that's the only way to get aid in and bring the injured back. while we were on the ground actually something the officials kept talking about, unless you are a pilot familiar with the terrain, it is incredibly difficult to maneuver around this terrain it bring relief in. natalie. >> yes. they were heading to the crash site and we will find out if by miracle there are some survivors. also you've been reporting, sumnima, on the issue of getting aid to the area has been quite difficult and these very brave
pilots making these trips that aren't familiar with the area are doing phenomenal work trying to so hard becausesome people still aren't getting the need, to the people that need it to the host. >> that's right. on the ground and in the villages, a lot of the aid has been taken to the village headquarters. and from there distrb outed by road if road are accessible or the villagers have to walk for hours to get the packet of aid. what is happening is in the beginning this wasn't a problem but o now because of the fractured political sift nm me pal, we are seeing politics getting involved in the by of a humanitarian aid. there is a lot of political parties, local political parties hoarding that aid basically so this they can contribute it to their constituency. that's what a lot of locals are saying to gain political mileage. that's the main problem right
now. aid from elsewhere is coming in. coming into katmandu. coming into the district headquarters but not to the villages. not to the people who need it most and that's mainly because of politic involved right now. >> very unfortunate. all right, sumnima there for us p. the helicopters there has been located p. we will get back to you. thank you. >> we move on now to the latest in the investigation into the amtrak train kcrash in philadelphia. >> this is video captured by a nearby towing company. these are sparks as the train flies off the crash. >> talking to the coo about the late of the findings and what the company plans to do to prevent accidents like this happening again. >> reporter: tonight, investigators say the camera
shows the train progressively acceleratinging. in final seconds the video goes blink and the train goes off the tracks. >> here second into the turn. we could see the train tilting approximately 10 degrees to the right. fs and then the recording went blank. >> reporter: in his first network interview with cnn, amtrak co said he doesn't believe the tracks caused the derailment. he is confident the tracks are in good condition. >> you are heart broken. sick to your stomach. this hasn't happened for the northeast corridor for 28 years. >> reporter: when you heard the news 106 miles per hour in the 50 miles an hour zone what is your initial feelinging. >> we knew that was too fast. certainly right away we knew that. >> reporter: the locomotive still on-site and a mound of sledded twisted medal from the
cars. thursday morning an eighth body was discovered. >> the dog hit on a couple of spots and we were able to find one other passenger in the wreckage. >> reporter: authority say all 233 people on board have been accounted for. as crews work to repair the tracks, ntsb investigation continues. they've taken 3-d imaging of the cars and continue to analyze the train's recordings. the other high priority, interviewing the train's crew including engineer, 32-year-old brandon bostian. >> i'm pleased to report we have contacted the not ji here in an he has agreed to be interviewed by the ntsb. we look forward to that opportunity. we will be meeting with him in the next few days. >> reporter: men time, some are questioning why amtrak did not install special technology on the tracks that would have automatically slowed the speeding train.
>> we will have positive train control on the northeast corridor section by december 31st. >> to push you a little bit, some would say, congress says you have to have it by december 2015. why don't have you it now? is it a issue after cost? >> it is time issue and cost. >> now the hope is to reopen them by early next week. renee marsh, cnn, philadelphia. >> many experts are asking if the automated speed control system, the ceo was talking about in that report, also called positive train control would have worked. >> positive train control is the matrix of information about all of the trains out there so they know precisely where they are and where hazards might be as well and so they can avoid them. it starts with gps, satellite to track the movement of every train and let it know where it is at any second in time.
next part of it, relay stations along the tracks themselves. to tell them where switches are p. what position they're in. potential hazards, crossings and overall ground patrol effort which brings all of that information together and turns it into one simple graphic that would show up for any engineer out there. showing him or her precisely when the train need to be slowed down. how much time it'll take at that weight and at that length after train, that sort of thing and if they do not responding with if the engineer does not showdown when the hazard is up a ahead. commuter would take over. that the positive part of positive train control. once the computer takes over, it'll slow the train down or stop it no matter what the engineer wants to do to avoid an skent. in herery, this could help avoid a lot. a congressional analysis said this system would stop train to train collisions. no more instances of switching
errors where a train doesn't know which track it'll be on. you wouldn't be running into crews who are working out on the trains and nrimportantly this should stop incidents like we just saw, trains flying off the tracks because they go too fast through the turn. important note, you would only get rid of about 2% of the train collisions or derailments each year. it is an important 2% because that 2% would include those catastrophic failures we are talking about. but there are still train accidents and this will do nothing to stop instances of people walking on the tracks or cars on the tracks who get hit by trains and that takes hundreds of lives every year. >> thanks to tom foreman for that report. >> yes. such a tragedy. no one knows how does the train goes from 70 to over 100. >> because it wasn't late at
night or he handed his phone over. blood test taken. so it remains a mystery at least for now. >> yeah, it does. we will continue to follow that of course. now we turn somewhere around the world. the area of burundi is not in control and it is unclear who is in charge of the country right now. we will have a live report for you next.
welcome back, everybody. the last time we heard from a leader of isis it was november. now he has a new message and he is calling on muslims everywhere to join the terror group and fight for the self declared islamic state. >> as jim sciutto reports, there is another reason the audio message has been released. >> reporter: in a new audio pressage, isis leader al-baghdadi makes a threatening new appeal calling on new recruits to join the group or fight quote in his land or wherever they may be. heard for the first time in six months, he references the saudi air campaign in yemen which began on march 26th.
he survived an air strike which he was wounded in in february. air strike after devastating air strike. american pishls say the u.s.-led air campaign is having a punishing effect on isis. its fighters and the u.s. saysity leits leaders p. >> if you look at the the extent of their reach about a year ago and look at it now, you see it is pushed back in many, many places. >> now the iraqi military says a coalition strike killed the second in command of the terror group. his roots in isis date back more than a decade. he has been a key u.s. target with the $7 million bounty on his head. the pentagon tells cnn it has no hard efd that he is dead. >> there have been people burned in the past when they say they struck or killed a target or an individual and suddenly that
individual pops back up somewhere else p. >> it is not clear how serious the death of a senior leader would change the equation opt battlefield. when the leader of isis's predecessor of al qaeda of iraq was killed in 2006, the group survived. and it covers large parts of sir why and iraq. still with ice its as with all terror groups, leadership does matter p. >> they control the operational tempo. and the kind of design of the operation. especially in this organization which has key leaders from both terrorist background but also from military background. >> in reporting could be a way to prove that he wasn't killed in the air strike. there are still many unanswered questions. michael west joins us from new york. michael, is there enough on the tape to prove that he hasn't been seriously wounded? we don't see him. it is possible he could be incapacitated in some way.
>> caller: he is incapacitated. my reporting from the journalist confirmed it based on isis sources and also more importantly doctors who have been treating him have said, which that he was hit in an unintensional air strike. the u.s. didn't know they got him. his spinal scored injured in some capacity. his left leg is inka it is a pated. he is down but not out. even from a hospital bed you can run the day-to-day operations of isis. but yes, this is clearly designed to give proof of life and show that he is still running the organization. >> he references the saudi air campaign in yemen which mean the recording could be seven months old. is it possible he could still be speaking from beyond the grave? >> it is possible but again i think very, very, very unlikely.
i can't disclose how, did you i heard today all of the western governments in the so-called five eyes nations inlugd the u.s., great britain, australia, are aware that he's within injured. the question is why then isn't sim con and the pentagon coming out and disclosing the fact. i've heard, though this part i can't confirm, this is just a theory, is because the americans want to hit him again and don't want it disclose his location. we know he w he got you and we don't want to let you know that fact. i heard that after he was hurt vowed maximum vengeance against the united states. >> if you look at the message itself, it seems incredibly inflammatory. islam is a religion of war. islam can't live with other religion. . >> what i found impressive, a he
is laying wlam at the feet of internally displaced sunnis in iraq and saying how dare you flee from me. the warm embrace and a way to describe the shia. and due to join with them and the jewish crusader. and so he is actually sort of, this is an implication delivered at the expense of the sunnis who have been fleeing from isis's clutches over the past nine months. that said he counter poses this message with praising them from s sudan to iraq. >> thank you. even hearing from him, it has to be verified. >> cheers. >> another report about isis and that is that another piece of serious cultural heritage is
under threat from isis. an opposition group says they are two away from the world heritage site with temples, statues and monuments dating back to the first and second centuries. look at that. it might be gone soon buzz of isis's rampage. sir why's director of antiquities says it faces the same fate as other cities. the terror group destroyed those ancient cities earlier this year. >> raising a red flag about the number of citizens radicalize had by extremist groups. about 700 britains travelled to sir why to fight for isis. and hundreds are back home in the uk. police say terrorism related arrest are up 33% in the past year. >> cnn learned top generals
involved in that attempted cou have been arrested after surrendering to forces loyal to president pierre. >> the president was attending a summit in tanzania when president erupted back home. let's bring in robyn kriel. now one of the cirques surrounding those arrests. >> it was initially reported that three of the leaders but be the major general who dismissed the president and was the face of this coup attempt but that he had been arrested. i just got off the phone with a spokes person erik bedathat tol he surrendered so they do have all of the main generals behind this coup attempt in military
custody. they'll be changed with trying to stij a coup. he also said there are at left five deaths, reported by news on the ground. and charged in some way with those deaths. however, there are conflicted, a price on the ground in burundi p. as allegedly spoken to a police force. that he has escaped. conflicting reports, flou id dynamic situation changing moment by moment. >> let's assume they have it right. is there any reason the generals decided to give themselves up? >> from what it looks like on wednesday, when they staged the coup, john, they marched victoriously without much resistance to the state broadcaster managed to briefly close down the airport. at least disrupt the what was happening at the air' long
enough to the president's plane could not land or did not take off to come back. and they add lot of popular support. hours long, semi machine gunfiring from eyewitnesss. sounding almost like all out war they said overnight. then it became apparent that the leadership did not have support that they thought they had to overthrow the government. loyalist soldiers to president and came out to fight. in defense of him managed to retake the state broadcaster. retake the airport. and obviously the general dissolve need the general population. they have come forward and the president said that he is back in the country in burundi and he thanks them for their patience. >> i guess the next question is will he get a fire striel. all hole to details yet to be resolved.
been found. the chopper and its eight-member crew went missing during recovery effort after the nepal earthquakes. three bodies we are told have been found at the scene. >> officials say up from 70 miles an hour to over 100 miles an hour in a matter of second and another body has been recovered from the crash site bringing the total number of dead to eight. >> diplomats from u.s. and cuba will meet next week to discuss reopening and to see each other's capitals. part of the efforts to restore diplomatic ties between the two countries. the talks will be the first since the u.s. president announced last month that cuba would be removed from the u.s. list of state sponsors of terror. >> now back to our top story. american legend b.b. king passed away. he was 89 years old.
>> ♪ ♪ >> the legendary blues man released 50 albums with hit songs such as "the thrill is gone" and as you can hear there, "let the good times roll." ? 1987 he was inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame. >> and rarely seen without his gibson black guitar named lucille. >> always seems to be having a good time, too. >> feel good music. >> yes. and randy, he just wrote an obituary on b.b. king. i'm from memphis and from mississippi. we all love b.b. king but i imagine beale street will be a sad place. or a happy place? i don't know. people celebrating his life. what do you think about his
passing? >> i think they will be celebrating. he was 89. he had a long run and extraordinary life. but it is a sad day. blues lost a joy ant today. >> incredible know even as he got older, he performed a hundred shows aaer. >> he kept a very busy schedule. and he didn't have to. he loved playing for audiences but also one of his fears within one of the reasons he kept that busy schedule, he didn't need the money. co-have retired. he could have sat back and enjoyed his golden years. but part of the reason he kept going is to make sure the people in his band were taken care of. >> let's talk more about his
background. some celebrated blues artist have a wonderful rich background. rich, not money wise, but tell us more about his story. born in mississippi. take it from there. >> well, it is an extraordinary story. there are so many people out of this region of mississippi, around the plantation, he said like 90% of the great blues artist came out after 100 mile radius of the plantation. b.b. king was one of them. grew up picking yont. i interviewed him several times over the years and he was proud. when he was a lad he was a great cotton picker. he could pick 500 pound a day and get 35 cents a pound for
every 100 pound he picked. once he started playing music he found out he could make more in one night playing music than he could get in a week. of picking cotton, yeah. >> made the switch, got to memphis and recorded some records. we all know that one. >> you are incredibly fortunate to have interviewed him and met him on a number of occasions. and quite often the stars you see on screen or stage are different to the people you meet in person. what was the situation with b.b. king? what you see is what you get? >> very much. he was one of the kindest most humble human beings you would ever meet and for someone who influenced music as significantly as he did, he was very self depricating. he always gave cred it to
others. he was always making time to give attention to younger artist coming up p. he was admired and just never showed any flashes of ego and if anybody certainly could have deserved to do that, b.b. king could. >> he was a mentor to many guitarists, including eric clapton. >> yes. clapton was a big fan. he told us that b.b. king had something universal. he couldn't find this any one genre. that's why i called him a global musician. i talked to billy gibbons of zz top who first heard b.b. king in texas recording studio when gibbens was 7 or 8 years old.
his father took him down. got to hear b.b. king in the studio at that time. and givens said that he could do more with a guitar string than most could do with the alpha bet combined. >> he came up with a unique style that couple up with his physical limitations and just one of these great examples of where you know somebody made lemonade out of lemons that life dealt them. his fingers, he said were too chunk oo. they couldn't find into the guitar slide that most blues guitar players were playing that time so he today figure out a way to do what the other guys were doing without the slide. he did that with his fingers. by vibrating his fingers and it became known as the finger
bravado and the signature of his sound. and beyond that he was every bit as much influential and unique and demonstrative as a singer as he was a guitarist and that's a rare combination to have someone as important as a vocalist as they are an instrumentalist. >> kwquickly, my question, one last question. his health deteriorated. i read reports may 1st he went into hospice care. what more do you know about that? ? in the halast couple of weeks, e information has been hard to come by. because he was pretty much in he is s seclusion. that's what we heard. he went into hospice in his home in las vegas. his daughter was with him. he is the one that said he died peacefully in his sleep.
but we didn't get a lot of real specific detail about his precise condition. we know he had been battling diboatid diabetes for years and still managed to get out on the road. you could see it had taken his toll. he would sit in the chair for most of the performance but still had that spirit. he flashed that smile. and hit those notes that just you immediately knew who it was. and he was still there with us as a musician. >> what a gift and all of us get to, can you imagine how many songs will be downloaded in the next few hours and we get to enjoy his muse ic for a lifetim. randy lewis, thank you so very much. >> thanks, my pleasure. >> we will take a short break. but go out with good music here. b.b. king, dead at age 89.
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china's remere want their leaders in india to help with the trust that he calls the fair international order. >> they are working together on a number of issues to try to grow their economies. chiepa invested heavily in ind why's rival pakistan. that caused tension between beijing and new delhi. they aimed the rebuilding trust and trade. >> david mckenzie joins us with information but not much detail on how to go about this fairer international order. whatever that really means. >> i think what that means effectively is that china want india in its corner in relation
to the u.s. but that's tricky because india certainly has become more friendly to the u.s. and the prime minister. they did manage to hammer out at least sign 24 different agreements ranging from diplomacy to commerce and foreign policy issues. most of them not biending thoug they are trumpeting a $10 billion trade agreement that has to be pushed through. the details of those exact agreements are relatively thin at the moment. this is as much about the uptick as offense for the meetings and show a more collegial relationship between india and china with those disputes over territory in the border region and china is encircling in its neighboring countries. the president of china does say they must put some issues aside and build the trade relationship
but the modi did give a dig at the chinese. take a listen. >> i stress the need for china to reconsider its approach on some of the issues that hold us back from realizing full potential of democracy. >> certainly that's about as biting as it got in public. what happened in private is the important stuff and with those meetings, we will have to wait and see how the relationship develops. 71 or so billion dollars in trade last year but that's in fact relatively disappointing with the two powerhouses in asia. natalie? >> david, if nothing else, the full-court press of diplomatic wooing of india is in stark contrast with the relationship
with japan, philippines and vietnam? >> certainly. china can't afford to make india into an not my both commercially and other wise and same applies to india. there has been a very steady, if not dramatic rise of china's aspirations in northeast asia. china is trying a different tactic with india because they want infrastructure and expertise with that relationship. but india and china is one of competition. certainly on some level tle also want to cooperate to help both their economies. natalie? >> david mckenzie live from beijing for us. thank you very much. >> breaking news into cnn. nepal's defense secretary tells us three bodies have been found at what is believed to be the crash site of a u.s. military kopter. it was found in burned condition. it was carrying six marines and two nepali soldiers.
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is this the back best backdrop ever, ever on cnn. >> like being on the simpson's cartoon. >> it is. voice actor harry shearer is quitting after 26 years. you certainly know his voice. >> and he is taking his version after few characters, including ned flanders and mr. burns with him. >> turning down a $14 million offer. you turned that same offer down with cnn. >> that's what i signed on for. >> for the next two seasons buzz after contract dispute. shearer said it centers around his ability to do outside work. here is an interview in which he showed off his voice acting skills. >> what is your occupation? >> mogul. >> tell me if you will how you feel about your employee, homer simpson. >> who? >> homer simpson. the i go that falls asleep at the safety desk. >> one of your drones in sector 7-g sir.
>> you are the sort of person who believes in revenge, don't you? >> yes. hence the helms. >> the characters will be recast. this is interesting. with other voice actors. hard to i math nmagine how that work out. >> we will see. and derek van dam with with us. marge simpson would like the weather you've got. >> i thought of derek as a millhouse type person. >> i need tekt spectacles foreign that one. okily-dokily. i grew up with that cast. what ready to believe they will have different characters or different voices. we have a very interesting weather pattern setting up this time the possibility of severe weather. also a repeat of what happened last weekend at this time.
we looking towards the central plain states for the possibility of severe werth today but not all doom and gloom. i want to show you something on the west coast of the u.s. you know that big drought we've been talking about in california ongoing for the past four years, finally some relief in sfoer that region. 2.5 million americans experiencing hail damage. that parts of kansas, oklahoma, into the texas panhandle. more needed rain to the southern portions of california. lock at this large expansive area of precipitation. low pressure system situationed off the coast of southern california. rain fall and even localized flooding taking place. more rain in store upwards of two inches of rain possible into the next 24 hours. we have a loin of thunderstorms that will be moving through the dallas and oklahoma city region just in time for the morning
rush hour and wet weather across the northern portions of the great lakes as well. by the way, john and natalie, this storm system will move east ward aep bring the possibility of severe weather through w it through the weekend. back to you guys. >> okay, millhouse, thank you for that. >> mission the glasses, jorge posada. john /*. >> whatever. >> thanks for watching cnn. i'm natalie allen. >> more news coming up for the united states, for everyone else, cnn newsroom is next. >> we leave you with the sounds of b.b. king, blues legend died in the past hour. he was 89. bulldog: what's this?
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gaining speed as it approached that curve. new information this morning about the deadly amtrak derailment. when the train's engineer will finally speak about what led up to the tragedy and how available technology may have been able to prevent that crash. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. it is 4:00 a.m. in the east. we start with breaking news. the u.s. helicopter missing since tuesday in nepal has been found high on the steep slopes of a mountain east of kathmandu. the