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>> new flash flooding fears out west. california digging out of mudslides along with dangerous conditions in three different states. "cnn newsroom" begins now. it is always so good to have your company. i'm christi paul. >> i'm victor black well. 10:00 here on the east coast, 7:00 out west. thanks for being with us. we want to begin with breaking news. another outbreak of deadly violence in the middle east. israeli authorities saying three palestinians with knives attacked police and a jewish settler in three separate attacks. they happened in the west bank and jerusalem where this video was recorded. all three attackers were shot and killed. 43 palestinians have been killed this month alone. you are looking at a funeral for one of them in the city of hebron. seven israelis have reporteded being killed.
phil black has been a witness to the escalating tensions there. phil, what's happening where you are right now? >> reporter: so what we're seeing here, christi is more of the street clashes in the palestinian street of hebron and israeli security forces. young palestinian, some teenagers, some younger, some older, some young men, they are lobbing verbal assaults, as well as rocks, missiles, whatever they can get their hand on. some of them have sling shots. they are throwing that off in the distance to israeli forces. they are responding with tear gas and baton rounds. that sort of thing. it is tension. this is what we are seeing here. it is a response to that cycle that we have been discussing, which is the knife attacks, which have said to have been taking place here, two here in hebron alone where palestinians
are said to have tried to attack with knives. one jewish settler & in another case, a female border security officer, a police officer. in both cases, those two palestinians were shot and killed. in response to the death of those palestinians that we see these scenes behind us here now. this has been the cycle over the last two weeks. random attacks have started on the streets involving palestinians and knives. as a result of that, the israeli government says seven israelis have died since the start of october. 43 palestinians have been killed. whether in jerusalem, the west bank and the gaza strip as well. a very high human cost that continues to grow. there is no seaming end to this cycle and the recent surge of violence on the street. >> a couple of things. first of all, one of the things that is jolting for people watching is the age that we can only assume of some of these
people we are wondering if you can help us understand some of the noises behind you. what is the chanting that we hear every so often. . >> a lot of the chanting of rude, provocative things. these scenes are very common in towns and cities across the west bank where you see young people like this taking part in this sort of activity. this is, to some degree, a response to the recent violence. you have to say this is never a happy place. the west bank is a happy place where the people believe they are under israeli occupation, where they believe they are oppressed. their rights are restricted significantly and where they believe the israeli forces, like those behind us, often use unnecessary force that is not proportionate to what happens here. you see adults, children, the general populous at-large sometimes taking part in these
sorts of activities. it is worth noting that travel afew blocks from here and this large city is functioning as it normally would. there are a nup of hotspots around hebron today, situations where you see the israeli forces clashing with locals. there is a geographic area that is most provocative here. that is the area in the center of hebron, a palestinian city where jewish set letters, some 7,000, have moved in. because of their presence and because the palestinians don't like them here, because of the angry relations between the two, seems like it is pretty common in the city. >> phil, you and the crew, certainly do stay safe. thank you for the very latest this morning. new details about the horrific campus attack in oregon earlier this month that left nine people dead. chris mintz, the american veteran that was shot five times, is now giving his
first-hand account of what happened that day, including the moment he came face to face with the gunman. nick valencia is following this story for us. nick? >> good morning, victor. stunning new details. in chris mintz own words, the first time we are hearing from him after he was a victim in that shooting. he says it started out like a normal day. he was in class joking with his teacher and that's when they heard the gun fire. >> as many ambulances as possible, we have upward of 20 victims. >> reporter: chilling new details from the oregon shooting massacre from shooting survivor, chris mintz, the army veteran that has been called a hero for protecting others. he recalls the day that started out as normal but quickly descended into chaos. he writes, there was a punch of yelling and gunshots going off that sounded like fire crackers.
mintz, who says he sat in the front of the class, says everyone got up and took off. i stopped and held the door open and waited for everyone to leave safely, i writes and then took direction from a counselor that kept screaming, someone needed to tell the people in the library and i told her i would do it. >> somebody is outside one of the doors. mintz writes that he made his way back into the classroom area where he came face to face with the gunman. he leaned out and started shooting as i turned toward him. he recalled. this is how he described the shooter. he was so nonchalant through it all, like he was playing a video game and showed no emotion. he says the shots knocked me to the ground and felt like a truck hit me. he then says he was shot again while on the ground and that the gunman says, that's what you get for calling the cops. mintz writes in the facebook post that he told the gunman he didn't call police. they were already on the way. he then yelled to the gunman,
it's my kids birthday, man. mintz says the shooter pointed the gun right at my face and then retreated back into the classroom. >> hello, everyone. i'm doing well z a friend posted this video of mintz in the hospital. he has since been released and has this lingering question. i'm still confused as to why he didn't shoot me again? mintz has been called a hero by so many. he says the true heros are the first responders. >> nick, a lot of new details. some of them differ from what we heard. a few discrepancies between this account and accounts we have heard in the last ten days. chris mintz's aunt came out to speak publicly about what she had heard secondhand. she said her nephew had rushed toward the gunman and we believed up until this point that there was a physical confrontation between the gunman
and chris mintz. it turns out according to his words, it transpired differently but we did learn that he was running across campus notifying of livus students. a lot of people think he saved lives we are getting new information about a possible motive in the beating death of a teenager inside a church. 19-year-old lucas leonard was assaulted for hours by his parent and other members of the church. he expressed a desire to leave the church. that may have sparked the attack. the boy's parents and four others are charged in this case now. cnn national correspondent, jason carroll, joining us with the very latest live. one of the things that really struck me was when i heard this beating, is it true it went on for 14 hours? >> from 10:00 p.m. until the very next day, went on for hours as people came in and out of
that counseling session. it is really just incredible. according to the d.a., we can expect more charges and arrests in this case. they say other church members may have been inside that counseling session and may have taken part in that deadly ordeal. >> bruce and debra leonard did not hear during the preliminary hearing. >> the charge is manslaughter in the first degree. >> instead, they sat and listened to damaging testimony about what allegedly happened in that church counseling session. in the end, their 19-year-old son lucas was dead. the 17-year-old son, christopher, left in serious condition. daniel your irwin, a deacon at the word of life church said he saw bruce leonard strike both of the boys inside the sanctuary. he says, leonard his son, lucas, several times. i heard the sound of a strike,
stop and then it started again. he also told the court he saw lucas was bleeding from his leg, moaning and rolling back and forth on the floor. irwin said he also saw leonard strike his younger son, christopher, five or six times with something that looked like a belt. he recalled the beating went on for 14 hours, starting around 8:00 sunday night and lasting until 10:00 a.m. the next morning. when asked why the beating finally stopped, irwin said, because luke was dead at that point. several church members, including leonard's own brother, christopher and his father, tried performing cpr but it was too late. >> would you like to elaborate more about what happened inside and tell us about your experience? >> i have no comment. >> outside court, irwin would not comment about his testimony, nothing about the motive nor about allegations the counseling session was ordered because leonard wanted to leave the church. the leonards are facing
manslaughter charges in the death of their son. four others are facing assault charges. all have pled not guilty. police have said they have not concluded why the session turned violent. bruce leonard allegedly told investigators, his sons may have molested children who belong to the church. police say there is no indication of that whatsoever. seven children were taken into protective custody. they were interviewed and examined and police say there is no indication any of them were sexually assaulted. >> the deceased, and his brother, are victims in this horrible crime. i want to put out there, again, there is no evidence that these brothers did anything. they are, at this point, true victims. >> reporter: debra leonard's attorney believes the client is also a victim saying debra did not have the physical strength to beat her sons. she only took part in the beginning but that other church members held the brothers down while the beatings took place.
>> i have indicated before and will continue to indicate that we are looking at other charges and if other people should be charged, we will present that evidence to a grand jury. >> the evidence will be presented to the grand jury within 45 days. the d.a. is not calling this church a cult but saying that anyone who may be a member of the church, they are encouraging anybody to call them, reaching out to them, trying to find out more information about what this church was all about, christie. people in california are digging out after major mudslides and more rain is causing flooding fears in three states. donald trump, keeping quiet. doesn't happen often but check out the gop frontrunners response when asked about comments about george w. bush and 9/11. >> you want to comment with the 9/11 comment, sir? mr. trump, can we get reaction
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this is going to be the talk of the campaign trail today. this intensifying twitter feud between donald trump and jeb bush. it comes after trump took shots at president george w. bush and linked his administration to 9/11, mentioning they happened around the same time. listen to what he said in this bloomberg interview. >> whethn you talk about george bush, say what you want.
the world trade center came down at the time. >> you can't blame george bush for that. >> don't blame him or blame him. he was president. the world trade center came down during his reign. >> jeb bush fired back, how pathetic for donald trump to criticize the president for 9/11. we were attacked and my brother kept us safe. then, it went on. here is cnn's chris frates. i'm looking for a word. you said this and know you are this person and whatever you said sticks to you. >> i know you are but what am i? that's basically what we have this morning, victor. our own m.j. lee, she caught up with trump on the campaign trail after this exchange and asked trump what he had to say about this. what was so interesting about this exchange, victor, was it was more what trump didn't say. let's take a listen.
>> mr. trump, can you clarify, do you think that 9/11 was president bush's fault? your comments on twitter about 9/11. >> so a shockingly quiet trump there, victor. he regularly takes questions from reporters on the trail. it is a bit unusual for him to walk away without saying anything at all. it turns out trump wasn't done. a few minutes later, he took to twitter. here is what he said. at the debate, you said you kept us safe. i wanted to be nice and did not mention the world trade center came down during his watch, 9/11. then, he went on to tweet, no, jeb bush, you are pathetic for saying nothing happened during your brother's term when the world trade center was attacked and came down. victor, as we were talking about that, last week, we said, i know you are but what am i feel to
it? a real tit for tat. bush said he had no idea what kind of leader trump would be, because all trump does is talk about himself and not about how he would lead. this twitter feud between bush and trump has been going on for months. trump hit bush for immigration. he retreated messages calling bush crazy and calling on bush to stop speaking, quote, mexican. this is the latest chapter in a long-running feud. this is the first time we have seen a hit on george w. bush's handling of 9/11. that's been something that's been relatively off limits to republicans. trump, he may alien nate republicans here. this is something that republicans are not big fans of. we saw representative pete king. a new york republican say on friday that this looked like a michael moore talking point. that's not something you want to hear if you are donald trump
trying to apea to the republican base, a liberal critic of george bush. he has had some problems on the campaign trail appealing to republicans when he has had some pretty liberal positions in the past. >> it was a big applause line when jeb bush said his brother kept america safe during the debate. we'll see how it is received over the next 24 hours. chris frates, thanks so much. look at that scaffolding just crumbling in houston. construction workers are recovering this morning after this collapse. also, nearly two years after a deadly typhoon in the philippines is bracing for another monster storm. what the country can expect. i don't want to live with the uncertainties of hep c. or wonder... ...whether i should seek treatment. i am ready. because today there's harvoni. a revolutionary treatment for the most common type of chronic hepatitis c.
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today, three more palestinians have been shot and killed in jerusalem and the west bank. they say the palestinians attacked police and the jewish settler in separate incidents. this is the latest in a wave of knife attacks that has plagued the region this month. the u.s. and russia are close to signing an agreement to avoid mid-air collision in syria. it comes days after two jets came within miles of one another as both sides conduct air campaigns in the region. >> fresh off a record-setting debate. in a few more days before she is set to testify in front of congress, hillary clinton spoke exclusively to jake tapper in new hampshire on a number of topics, including benghazi. good morning, jake. >> i am here in beautiful keene, new hampshire, where hillary clinton has just pulled ahead of her challenger, bernie sanders, in the first poll taken before the democratic debate. we talked about everything from her marriage to bill. they just celebrated their
anniversary to the republican rivals whom she is preparing to face down next week. >> your scheduled to testify before the benghazi committee at the house of representatives. what are you expecting and how are you prepare willing? >> caller: . >> i really don't know what to expect. i am pretty clear that whatever they might have thought they were doing, they ended up becoming a partisan arm of the republican national committee with an overwhelming focus on trying to, as they admitted, drive down my poll numbers. i've already testified about benghazi to the best of my ability. this is after all the eighth investigation. other committees of the congress, standing committees with very experienced members and staff, have all looked into this. and basically rejected the
conspiracy theories that are still floating out there in some circles. i really don't know. i will do my best to answer their questions. i don't really know what their objectives are right now. >> lots more to our conversation about benghazi, her e-mail server, afghanistan, making college affordable. you can watch it all this sunday on state of the. >> unwion at 9:00 and noon eastern. let's talk more about the conversation, specially the benghazi hearings with senior political analyst, ron brown stein and cnn political commentator, ben ferguson. good to have you both. i want to start with you, ben. after the comments from representative hannah and the majority leader and the whistleblower who was an investigator, hillary clinton says this is just an arm of the rnc. how does that change how republicans will question her during these hearings? >> i think if they are smart, they are going to ask questions based on actual facts and e-mails and information they
currently have. there is more than enough there for this to not be looked at as political. the family members of those that died in benghazi, they are saying to them, this is not political and they have real questions that they want answered. they haven't had answered yet. i think if you stick with those issues and don't try to make this political. obviously, there is politics involved. she is running for the president of the united states. there is no doubt there is politics there. i think you have to stick with the actual facts and answer the questions and deal with that timeline so that ultimately you get answers from the family members. that's what it should be about. >> ron, let me come to you. during that interview with tapper, clinton spoke about vice-president joe biden's potential run. lis sto listen to what she said. we will talk about it. >> whether you are encouraging or not, there does come a point where a decision has to be made. certainly, i'm not in any way suggesting or recommending that the vice-president accept any timetable other than the one that is clicking inside of him.
he has to make this decision. >> so there is also this cnn source who revealed that an influential labor group, international association of firefighters, i believe it is, that the president of that group said during a call that the v.p. strongly indicate that he had is going to run. i just wonder what's the impact of the delay of the consideration that goes on for so long. does he lose potential support for waiting so long? >> as i've said before, as we've talked about before, in some ways, joe biden is a dependant variable in his own campaign. by which i mean, the interest for him is really more a function of the level of concern about hillary clinton and her ability to function effectively as a general election nominee. many people have thought that he would wait until after the benghazi hearings to see how she performed. what's happened, of course, is the very strong debate performance, has quieted a lot of democratic concern. the series of estlaents you alluded to with the majority
leaders comments and the comments from the former staffer and bernie sanders comments have really dampened the e-mails from benghazi as an issue in the democratic primary. i think the vice-president as he is making his final call is in a situation where there is less demand for an alternative than they might have expected. >> do democrats want to soot the vice-president in this race? because there was an extended primary season in 2008, barack obama was a better candidate? i would say no. that is troo you that that race in 2008 was once in a lifetime. twice as many people voted. they raised more money and campaigned in more states and did force each other to get better. generally speaking, tough nomination battles all the way to the end are pretty defleeting
and i think unbalanced that the hillary clinton would rather face bernie sanders who faces a do or die situation in new hampshire. candidates like him before, at 68, gary hart in 2000. hampshire is the best terrain for candidates like that. if they can't make it there, it will be harder for him to take off subsequently. this debate gave the sense that she was a bigger figure in the party than any of her rivals. >> we have had cnn analysts identify senator marco rubio as the republican they don't want to run against. is there, just between these two, the vice-president and the former secretary of state, one democrat who offers a stronger challenge against the eventual gop nominee? >> if you are any one of the republicans, you want to run against hillary clinton. she has the most baggage and a lot of unanswered kes about
things currently going on. she also has that big issue. joe biden comes in. he is very likeable and he has a story to tell and this tragedy with his son that is going to be a part of his son. you would have to treat him a little differently than you would hillary clinton. if i'm any one of those, i would much rather run against hillary clinton, because i feel like i am have a fight with her and it is not going to be held against me in any way by the voters. she is vulnerable. he she is definitely vulnerable. other democrats have realized that. >> it is not easier to make the argument that the next, whomever the nominee is, is an extension of barack obama. >> gentlemen bid joe biden is the vice-president. how can you separate yourself from barack obama? there is voter fatigue when it comes to people. after george bush, eight years.
12 years of reagan, which was amazing and then bush and eight years of clinton. when you look at it from that perspective, there is going to be some voter fatigue. that's why they are vulnerable, whether it be joe biden or hillary clinton . she is not being tested. bernie sanders is the best second place candidate you have seen. he is not willing to take her on. he bailed her out on benghazi and on the e-mails. he is going to come in second place and do really well at it. she needs to be challenged bigger than that. the only person that can do that that's left is joe biden. >> we have to wrap it there. ben, ron, thank you, both. >> could lamar odom be on the road to recovery? we have live reports on his improving condition as the former nba star is still in a las vegas hospital. what we have learned so far this morning. also, more trouble for johnny manziel, the brown's quarterback, pulled over after
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morning? >> reporter: christi, there are multiple sources saying that lamar odom was able to speak, versus sources saying that he looked at his estranged wife, khloe kardashian and said hi. kris jenner is stechnically stil his mother. she told them that basically lamar odom is not in a coma and no longer on a ventilator but on a breathing mask. she did concede that he does have some sort of major organ damage. that remains to be seen what. all accounts are that he is no longer in a coma and has been able to speak some short words, christi. >> is there any indication this this is the hospital he will stay or any indication they will have to remove him for any reason? >> none whatsoever. this has been a text book job of circling the wagons, both by the
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>> browns quarterback, johnny manziel, is making news again for the wrong reason. >> coy wire is here with more again. that seems to be the operative word here. >> it is. good morning, guys. >> here is a guy who is in the headlines again for all the wrong reasons. at some point, i have been on teams in the nfl with guys who are problems. this is a guy who had he not been the former heisman winner, a first round pick, the team would have cut him long ago. at some point, the players start to get sick of him. yesterday, reports surfaced that johnny manziel was pulled over by police on monday after an argument with his girlfriend got out of hand. according to the police report, a witness called police after they saw the couple arguing as manziel tried to pass them on the shoulder of the road. then, the report stated that a
second witness called police when the couple pulled into a neighborhood and continued arguing on the sidewalk. manziel's girlfriend, colleen crowley, told police he pushed her head into a window and wanted her cell phone, because she was concerned about her safety. she did not press charges nor want to. he and his girlfriend told officers he was drinking earlier in the year. he spent ten weeks in a rehab facility during the off-season. a manziel spokesman says they are really concerned about this. his status for sunday's game has not changed. he can suit up. we will see if the nfl will look to discipline manziel through the player conduct policy. >> here is what i'm confused about. if she didn't want to press charges, that's fine. if he had been drinking while he was behind the wheel, did they do any tests? >> the report stated that he was not intoxicated to a level that was worthy of him being taken into custody or even not allowed to continue to drive. so he was able to go drive away. now, from the reports, it
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nice morning. very busy, active. >> ready for you. good. have a great day! >> you too. it is the 11:00 eastern hour here on the east coast. i'm fredricka whitfield. news ro "newsroom" starts right now. breaking news this morning. a major effort underway right now in southern california to dig out from mudslides that trapped hundreds of drivers and closed roads and people there are preparing for the possibility of even more rain this weekend. the images and videos coming in are simply stunning. one driver captured a harrowing rescue on a road that was inundated by floodwaters and mud. >> oh, my god. he has to get her. >> the mud was up to 20 feet in some places. more than 200 cars and trucks as you see right there were