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massive crowd there. this is the last leg of his pilgrimage to south america. he visited ecuador, bolivia all earlier this week. he chose these countries to encourage the poorest and the most marginal people to stay faithful. joining me right now in asuncion paraguay is shasta darlington and john allen. let's begin with you, chasshasta. let's talk about the mass and the importance of it and how so many have turned out to see the pope. >> that's right. this is the most important shrine in paraguay. not noenlonly in paraguay. it is an important destination for pilgrims coming from argentina. pope francis' home drint.country. they have been camping outlining
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the papal route hoping to get a glimpse of latin america's first pope and the first pope of any kind to visit paraguay in almost 30 years. an important moment for the country. we will see a lot of ar jen tine flags waving as well all around this important shrine there, fred. >> shasta it was also important for the pope to visit a children's hospital earlier. why? >> reporter: well you know the pope is a magnetic presence around children. whenever they see him, they rush him. they won't be peeled off of him. security forces believe me they try. you can see pope francis himself also lights up. when he went inside the hospital according to his prepared remarks, what he told the children is that we as adults need to learn from you, from your joy, from your tenderness also from your warriorlike spirit in the face of adversity. this is something we have heard from him before.
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on the one hand we need to protect our children. also he repeats that just like jesus christ we need to view children as our ideals what we should try and emulate an not the other way around, fredricka. >> john from denver during the pope's visit, he has focused on the most vulnerable the poor. even yesterday, he visited a prison in beau liveolivia. what is his overall message during this three south american nation tour as he tries to call more attention to the poor. those who are in prison and those who are vulnerable. among those, also the elderly. how and why is he choosing this directive? >> hey, fred. well, this is clearly the first time we had seen and heard this kind of thing from pope francis. shortly after he was elected to the papacy in march, 2013 one of his first public outings was
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to go to prison to wash the feet of inmate, both christians and muslims and also some women. reaching out and speaking to the poor. what is distinctive with this trip with he see a geopolitical strategy at work underneath that. he wants latin america to become the phrase he uses is a great homeland. a kind of economically and great homeland. a block that can stand up to the major world powers on behalf of the poor. that so to speak, is the political heavy lifting, he is trying to get done this week. >> at the same time you mentioned the word politics. he has made some conscientious decisions about places not to visit because of the political
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climate. i think the pope doesn't get sucked into partisan politics. part of the reason he didn't want to go to argentina, they have presidential elections coming up in october. make no mistake. the pope does not want to lead a party. that doesn't mean he is a political. there has been a fairly sharp political edge to a lot of his rhetoric and gestures. fundamentally, he believes that the global economic order as it has developed in the early 21st century is unjust. that is it kind of consigns a large percentage of the human family to forming a permanent underclass. he wants to challenge all of that. he believes that latin america, if it got its act together in terms of overcoming its internal divisions, could be a very important change agent. will that work? >> let's remember the last time a pope was in paraguay was john paul ii.
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the country was under a strong man by the name of alfredo. john paul directly challenged him to create better space for political pluralism and democracy. within a year after the pope's visit, strasner was gone. popes can make a difference. >> john allen, always good to see you, appreciate it. >> thanks, fred in just a few hours, republican presidential candidate, donald trump will head to nevada and arizona. in vegas, he will speak at a libertarian conference and he will head to the phoenix convention center where he is expected to deliver remarks on immigration with phoenix sheriff, joe arpaio. he has made headlines in the past for his anti-immigration policies and rhetoric. this event was supposed to be in a smaller venue but was moved to a much larger setting. the convention center to accommodate what's expected to be a sizeable crowd. last night in los angeles, trump was greeted by protesters upset
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about his remarks about people crossing the border from mexico. trump also met with families there whose loved ones were killed by undocumented immigrants. trump continues to insist that he will connect with latino voters. >> when the word gets out, i will win. romney let us all down. he was a very poor campaigner. he did a horrible job. he should have won that race. he did not do well with the hispanics. when it is all said and done i will win, win the hispanic vote over the democratic whoever it may be, probably hillary clinton. >> joining me right now, m.j. lee. tell us who are aboutmore about what's expected as the donald makes his way to vegas and phoenix? >> good morning. i have spoken to some of trump's campaign officials.
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i asked them what will he say at this big rally? they said his message will be this. stopping illegal aliens from killing u.s. citizens. that means that trump will be doubling down on his original comments which obviously were controversial, speaking about folks coming over in mexico that they are most often criminals or rapists or drug dealers, has created a huge bash lash. we are expecting him to say those comments again today repeatedly. we are expecting protesters to show up at his event to send him the message that his comments are not appreciated. >> mr. trump is speak very confidently about his position here and then you look at the polls and he continues to stay on top. what are his people, so to speak, saying about how he is managing to do this and at the
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same time offend so many? >> look i think it is certainly true that mr. trump's comments about illegal immigration probably are appealing to a small subset of the republican base. i think you probably can't overstate just how deeply upsetting his comments have been to the immigrant community, particularly the latino community here in the united states. i think that's why even though we have seen mr. trump surging in the national polls, there has also been a ton of backlash. earlier this morning, michael smerconish spoke with the executive vice-president of the trump organization about his relationship with the latino community. let's take a listen. >> donald trump has a great relationship with latinos. this is all being fostered by groups that want to create something for themselves. eventually he is going to have the latino community voting for him as well. the people that are most hurt by
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illegal immigration happen to be legal immigrants. it is not that he is against immigration. his father grandfather, came from germany. his first wife from czech. his current wife in slovenia. he is not anti-immigrant. donald trump wants immigration. it is what created this country to be the wonderful country that we are. >> so, again, comments that we are probably going to continue hearing over and over again from trump and his campaign officials in the coming months. >> okay. so m.j. let's talk about another potential candidate. maybe the cat is out of the bag. we are talking about wisconsin governor scott walker. so via tweet, prematurely, an announcement was made he will be running. however, it had been said his formal announcement would be on monday. was it premature? was this intentional? was this a problem with twitter or was this the scott walker camp? >> it sounds like walker's campaign did not mean to send
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out that tweet. they have said that was unintentionalle. it is sort of the worst kept secret that scott walker will be running for president. i think we can bet on that being the announcement made in wisconsin. we have known for a while that governor walker has been holding back from jumping into the race because he has had so many issues to deal with in his home state. on monday i guarantee it will be that he is officially making a run for the house in 2016. >> all right, thanks so much. for all the latest news on the race for 2016 go to cnn politics.com. still ahead, the fbi now says, dylan roof dylann roof never should have been able to buy the gun he did to kill nine people in a church. we have details from the house. the fbi made a huge mistake. there was a flaw in that
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a review by the fbi inspection division is now underway. this comes following revelations that dylann roof should not have been able to purchase the gun he is accused of using in the charleston church shootings. >> reporter: this contradicts what the fbi says that the background check was done properly. now, revealing this big bombshell of an error.
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he says this was a mistake. they are all sick that it happened. the man who confessed to gunning down nine people inside a south carolina church should never have been able to buy the .45 caliber gun used in the slaughter. that emission coming from fbi. they made a mistake during his background check. according to law enforcement officials, within days after the shooting agents on the ground knew something was amiss and suspected that his arrest record should have prohibited the gun purchase. >> that just shows how a bureaucratic mistake can cost human life. >> reporter: the director says the fbi examiner during his background check didn't discover he had previously admitted to illegally possessing drugs when he was arrested in late february. that would have permitted him from passing the background check. >> there is a revel ligsation that
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would have said if he was a drug dealer he wouldn't have gotten it. >> reporter: he said the fbi examiner failed to make contact with the columbia south carolina police department. which arrested him on the drug charge because of a clerical error that listed the wrong police department in the online court system. after three days of waiting, the south carolina gun shop legally used its discretion to sell roof the gun even though his status was still pending. it is disastrous that this bureaucratic mistake prevented existing laws from working and blocking an illegalle gun sale. for the family of one charleston victim surprise and understanding. >> i thought being that it was an fbi check that they were very thorough. so i was surprised that they weren't very thorough.
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but, i know people make mistakes. >> fbi officials met with the families in person this week to make assurances that the system would try to be fixed but also to explain the mistake. fred? >> all right. thanks so much. >> former police officer jonathan gilliam, help people skrund stan even when you her sunlen say the gun shop legally was able to use its discretion even after they didn't hear from the fbi after three days. that is customary? >> well apparently so. it does point out one thing, one very important thing. if we are going to set up standards that say if you do drugs, you can't have a gun or if you are a felon or if you have been arrested for certain things you can't buy a gun. if we are going to set up those standards, then we need to have
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better people to input the things in the computer. so these gun owners can see these things or something has to be redone. you see who is it left to. it was left to a guy who owns a gun store who works at the counsel counter to make a psychological judgment call that he is not qualified to make. that is something that is a real problem. >> doesn't it send up a red flag for the gun shop owner or whoever is in the position of trying to consider and get these check-ups done. if they didn't hear from anyone that maybe there is some presumption that something is wrong or does it mean eliciting another phone call to make sure. is it really okay i can sell this firearm to someone? >> well fred we would have to see the statistics on how often this happens. if this happens all the time then it wouldn't be uncommon in the gun store to say oh it is probably just going to take a
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little while longer. the law says i can sell this to you after three days. so i am going to sell this to you. why the law says it? i don't know. if you are going to put something in place, make it very firm and very strict. the biggest takeaway from all this having been in the fbi for eight years. i will tell you this and i don't know an fbi agent that would agree with me right now. there is too much paperwork. stuff is not straemeamlined. when they decide to do something a better way, they don't get rid of the other way. they keep them both. you are inundated by paperwork. if i take a picture with this phone right here there is a date and time stamp on the picture. why isn't it then when somebody gets an arrest record or they get arrested or something happens and they input that it immediately goes to a database with a time and date stamp saying this just happened? >> so when you talk about the straem
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streamlining are you talking on the level of the seller? the streamlining of the local jurks jurisdiction or all of the above? >> a national database that collects rapidly when people need a background check. they have the credentials to logon. they are just logging on and saying here is the person's information. it immediately goes in and says whether or not this person has been arrested in the past 24 hours, which shouldn't be difficult. most stuff gets inputted very quickly in police departments and turned around and seas, okayays, okay you can't sell this guy a gun. >> you got it. the killing of a san francisco woman is now raising new questions about the so-called sanctuary cities. there are hundreds of these communities across the country. what exactly are they? what role does the san francisco status as a sanctuary city play
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government employees will help the federal government find or help detain the 11 million undocumented immigrants. kate steinle was shot and killed while walking with her father along a san francisco pier on july 1st. juan francisco lopez-sanchez pleaded not guilty. he has been convicted of several felonies and deported five times. he had been released after local authorities decided not to prosecute him on a 20-year-old marijuana charge. federal immigration says they might have deported him again but the san francisco sheriff's department never told them lopez sanchez was being released. here to talk about sanctuary cities is attorney and immigration annal immigration analyst reyes. >> how are local governments allowed to make these laws around put policies in place
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that macon flikt with the enforcement of federal immigration laws? >> they don't exactly conflict. there is a lot of confusion about what the term means. a sanctuary city all that means is that the federal government still has control over immigration enforcement, which it historically has and always has. as recently at 2012 the supreme court says it must have. that leaves state and local officials to handle criminal offenses. one of the big misconceptions about sanctuary cities are that they are a place where undocumented people can live and work openly and not have to fear the authorities. you can be deported in a sanctuary city. local officials can turn you over to i.c.e. >> it means the senganctuary cities can ignore law and custom enforcement, i.c.e. to administratively doe ploy illegal aliens without seeking
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from the federal or local court. if the federal court doesn't instruct or have warrants is it the discretion of some of these sanctuary sit itcities to say we north going to volunteer or reach out to i.c.e. to try to have this person deported or to further any kind of offense of the federal immigration law? generally speaking in the sanctuary cities all across the nation miami, new york chicago, seattle, in these sanctuary cities when local officials encounter someone who may be undocumented if they are not processing them for some type of criminal offense, they will let them go. that doesn't conflict with federal law. they are leaving the immigration enforcement to the federal government. the reason they do that in the past there were times when with programs like the secure communities, 287-g program, where local officials cooperated with federal officials. what happened was state police
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sheriffs and county executives didn't like it. >> why not? why wouldn't they want to cooperate or respect federal law? what is holding them back? what is the argument as to why they don't want to? >> the reason there was this pushback. remember this came from law enforcement, not from immigrant rights advocates or anyone like that. it came from police, local officials. they wore the costs of holding undocumented immigrants while ice came to pick them up. if there was any type of liability issue. this he picked up someone spanish speaking and held them and they turned out to be ai green cardholder. they wore the liability for that. they could sue the city not the federal government. local officials didn't like it. they are not trained to do immigration policing. they thought rightfully, this should stay with the federal government. when we talk about sanctuary cities one of the biggest
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proponents was rudy giuliani. he is not soft on crime. this would allow local police to do the job they can do best and let the federal government handle their responsibilities. >> it is very confusing and it sounds very arbitrary and it differs from city to city even though you are talking about 200 different jurisdictions. in the case of the san francisco situation, you have the sheriff coming out yesterday who said that it was i.c.e. that didn't follow procedure. prior to that i.c.e. said san francisco didn't make that phone call and let us know so that we could take the next step. neither one of those arguments have anything to do with what you just laid out, an issue of paperwork or money or expense. >> exactly. >> so what is it? >> when you think about it remember the last segment when you were talking, i believe it was, with the fbi official and he said, unfortunately there
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was a bureaucratic mistake and a life was lost. a similar situation here. it wasn't about deportation. this guy was deported five times and jailed for re-entering. the city agency should have issued a warrant. the city could not have disregarded but they didn't. the city let him go and we have tragic consequences for this young woman. >> thank you so much. we will have to let it go. >> we'll be right back. ♪ while you're watching this i'm hacking your company. grabbing your data. stealing your customers' secrets. there's an army of us. relentlessly unpicking your patchwork of security. think you'll spot us? ♪ you haven't so far. the next wave of the internet
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con trotroversy continues to follow the stop and frisk policies. a report suggests that many stops may be going undocumented. in 2013 a federal judge ordered the program be reformed after finding the department unintentionally discriminated against minorists. sarah ganam, what are we learning from the new report? >> good morning, fred. that's right. this report is showing the numbers are down but not necessarily for the right reasons, fred. this report finding that in many cases, documentation is not properly handled when it comes to stop and frisk. that officers aren't necessarily putting on paper when stop and frisk is occurring and there is another reason too, that they found that these numbers may show that they are drastically down from 2011. that's that this report finds that officers may be misinformed, may be not trained properly and then not using stop
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and frisk policy when they should. so not stopping people who they should be stopping on the street, two-fold here. this report comes after the stop and frisk policy nypd policy was found unconstitutional by a federal judge in 2013. it was a violation of the fourth and 14th amendment. this policy had been widely criticized and peaked under michael bloomberg. it was a policy of stopping people on street and searching them if there was any suspicion there might have been foul play. they might have been involved in. the 14th amendment says you need a reasonable suspicion of a crime being committed. the federal judge found this was in violation of that. as a result this federal junl former federal prosecutor his name is peter zimroth, he was tasked with revising the nypd
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policy working with them. the first report he has released since he began going back and looking at that. this is what he found, fred. >> how is the nypd responding right now? >> so they are saying that they are going to revise their training so that officers understand how to document their encounters with the public specifically when it comes to stop and frisk. they say it is of the jut most importance to them that documentation is accurate of course. now, another response to this is that peter zimroth is saying that he wants to implement a body camera program that's more random among the different precincts so that they can look and see how body cameras, how the police react to them when they are wearing them how it affects what they do and their actions as well as the public that they are dealing with how
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they react to police who are wearing body cameras. >> okay all right. sarah ganam, thanks so much in new york. still to come serena williams making history yet again, another title. this time, will believewimbledon, alive report next. it relieves bloating in minutes. plus that uncomfortable pressure. no wonder it's the #1 gas relief brand. this is an iphone. and it comes with something different. ♪ ninety-nine percent of people who have an iphone love their iphone. ♪ if it's not an iphone, it's not an iphone. ♪
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williams. the world number one player won her fourth grand slam. joining me is christina mcfarland from the all england club. four majors in a row in this calendar year. last year it seemed like an anomaly but here we go again. she is amazing. >> reporter: she is absolutely incredible. it is hotting up here now with that potential calendar grand slam. 13 years after she took her first wimbledon title here she has followed up with her sixth. her 21st grand slam of her career. but, you know what it wasn't an easy match for her here in the finals. she went down early in the first game of the first set. she was broken against the young 21-year-old. garbine garbine muguruza. she hit serves of 123 miles an
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hour. she wrapped up the match 6-4, 6-4. she dropped to her knees when she knew she won it and leapt up and dropped all over the court an went over to console her opponent. all eyes will turn to the u.s. open next month. serena is on for a potential calendar grand slam. that's four grand slams in one year. if she can do it she will become the first player men or women to win this calendar grand slam since steffi graf since 19le 1988. incredible. >> it is hard to believe, 1988 when steffi graf did that. this is an amazing year for any spectator to watch tennis too. christina mcfarland thanks so much. appreciate it. we'll be right back. here at td ameritrade, they love innovating. and apparently, they also love stickers.
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south carry care governor, nikki haley, says it is a new day in her state. this is why. the confederate flag was removed on friday triggering a roaring emotional reaction from the thousands of people that turned out to witness this historic
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moment. this after state lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to remove the confederate flag in the state grounds. it is now in the south carolina relic room and military museum. the call was sparked by the killing of nine people at a historic african-american church in charleston. the confessed shooter, dylann roof was photographed with the confederate flag. joining me right now is bakari sellers, a former state representative of the state house and born and raised in the state. good to see you, bakari. the fbi, before i ask you about the confederate flag and what that means to you, particularly as a native son of south carolina let's talk about the fbi and its response saying the background check of dylan roof that confessed was not thoroughly completed. he should have never been able to purchase that gun. what's your reaction to that. >> an apology is not enough.
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we had a travesty a failure in our bureaucracy that allowed this to happen. i saw the fbi director stand up and say, he apologized and it tears his heart up. we need more action than that. this can not happen again. we had a fame yurilure by our government that allowed nine people to die. someone out on bond that previously admitted to a drug offense should not be allowed to get a gun. that's common sense. the fact the system failed it didn't just fail me or those nine families. they failed the entire country. we were on the brink of something very very bad in south carolina and charleston. as a community, we were on the brink to make that not happen. we are going to make sure that doesn't happen again. >> in turning history around, the flag would be removed from
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the state grounds. as someone born and raised in south carolina you have seen that flag during your lifetime. what did it mean to you to witness it being brought down? >> when the flag came down, tears came down. in my 30 years of being on this great earth, i have never lived in south carolina when that flag has not flown. for me it is a personal my father was shot february 196 and imprisoned after the massacre. i knew clemente pinckney serving with him for eight years. i know what it means when that flag came down. it was one of relief it was one of joy. and my tears were tears of optimism as well. and so i look forward to a new day in south carolina beginning of a new healthy conversation not just in this state but throughout the country. >> what does it mean to you that
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the catalyst of this change there have been so many debates over the years. there have been other votes prior to last week. but the catalyst of change of bringing down the flag would be the deaths of nine people including your friend mr. pinckney? so how do you process that? >> well for me it goes back even further to be completely honest. for me it goes back and i think about the sheroes like sarah may fleming who sat down on a bus before rosa parks. jessica simkins and the three young men killed in the orange road massacre. i think about 40 years ago when jean tul and kate patterson filed a bill to remove it. it does bring you great sadness clem and others had to die for this flag to be brought down. but i know those nine are joining hands in heaven today looking down upon us and saying
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job well done. >> bakari sellers, thanks so much for your time today. >> thanks for the opportunity. have a great day. >> you, too. still ahead, outrage over a doctor who got rich by treating hundreds of patients for cancer even though they didn't even have the disease. details on the doctor sentenced next. to help rearrange the fridge and get us energized! i'm new ensure active high protein. i help you recharge with nutritious energy and strength to keep you active. come on pear it's only a half gallon. i'll take that. yeeeeeah! new ensure active high protein. 16 grams of protein and 23 vitamins and minerals. all in 160 calories. ensure. take life in.
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detroit-area doctor was sentenced for giving cancer treatment drugs to more than 500 patients who did not need them. some of them didn't even have cancer. dr. fariedd fata was sentenced to 45 years in prison. but for many victims and their families isn't enough. it was an emotional ending to a long court saga. jonathan carlson from our cnn affiliate wxyz was there. >> reporter: farid fata got 45 years in jail but caused a lifetime of pain for his victims. >> so sorry for all you went through. >> reporter: tears and hugs come naturally these days for this group. >> it's not all right, actually. it's not all right. >> no. >> you know? it's not all right. but you have an amazing attitude. amazing! >> that's god. >> i know. >> all god. >> reporter: they're bound by tragic circumstances. each one a victim in some form of fashion of a cancer doctor prosecutors say did the unthinkable. >> this we believe to be the
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most serious fraud case in the history of the country. >> reporter: but it was so much more than just fraud to these folks. they lost their health or their loved one to dr. farid fata's care or lack thereof. more than 500 patients were unnecessarily pumped with drugs, prosecutors say. lives altered or ended. an emotional week which began with victims sharing their stories of pain finished with dr. fata himself sobbing before the judge, begging for lean yen sichlt leniency. 45 years in jail. >> 45 years for the lives that he took. >> it wasn't enough. all the victims? my sister's gone. it just want enough. >> reporter: prosecutors wanted what the families wanted 175 years. >> we believed that nothing short of a life sentence was appropriate in this case because the harm was so egregious. >> reporter: but for families they concede prison terms will
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never bring complete closure. >> can't bring any of them back. you can't heal the hurt. >> reporter: so where do these men and women go from here? they're still trying to figure that out. >> hopefully move on somewhat or try to now. >> it's been a very long road. and a very hard journey for all of us. >> reporter: fata will next have a restitution hearing. he's on the hook for 17 million in fraud. he also has the right to appeal today's sentence. >> thanks so much to jonathan carl sohn with wxyz our affiliate. checking stories right now, florida state running back dalvin cook was suspended indefinitelily after being charged with misdemeanor battery for allegedly punching a woman in a face outside a tallahassee bar last month. he is denying the allegation. it's the second battery charge against an fsu player in the past several days. quarterback de'andre johnson was dismissed from the team and
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charged with battery for this incident caught on tape in a tallahassee bar. and in bosnia people are remembering the 8,000 men and boys killed in the srebreneza massacre 20 years ago. the serbian prime minister attended the ceremony. former president bill clinton was part of a delegation that traveled to bosnia to commemorate the anniversary and he addressed the crowd there. >> i am begging you not to let this monument to innocent boys and men become only a memory of a tragedy. i ask you to make it a sacred trust where all people here can come and claim a future for this
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country. >> bill clinton was president at the time of the bosnian massacre. the killings pushed him and other western leaders to support nato action in the region. we've got so much more straight ahead in the news room. it all starts right now. happening right now in the news room, donald trump making a bold prediction. >> when it's all said and done i will win, win the hispanic vote. vote. >> the presidential candidate will speak to thousands about immigration in a matter of hours, plus a report that two commercial airline pilots posted pro-isis content on their facebook pages. and later serena williams ta

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