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unfathomable. >> the homecoming parade at oklahoma state university a scene of terror when a driver crashes through the crowd. four killed. dozens injured and a woman behind bars. today the community wants to know why. plus, dramatic new video purportedly showing that u.s. raid to save hostages in iraq. one american soldier killed in that daring rescue. we'll take a closer look at what these new pictures show. and a revealing interview with tony blair, about the war in iraq. >> was the decision to enter iraq and topple his regime a mistake? >> you know, when i'm asked this i can say that i apologize for the fact that the intelligence we received was wrong. "newsroom" starts now. hello, again, everyone, and
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thanks so much for joining me, i'm fredricka whitfield. stunning new details today about a terrifying crack at the oklahoma state university homecoming parade. moments ago we heard a witness describe what happened when a car plowed through the crowd. >> it was, as you can imagine, quite a crazy scene. and the only thing i could relate it to is maybe some type of bombing or something. it just -- nobody knew what was going on. and all we were really concern with was with our family and friends and everybody that was injured. you know, today we're all -- we're all oklahoma. so we appreciate the kind words, and didn't realize how big of a story or what this would be, so we wanted to put a face to leo. good guy. everybody loves him. would do anything for you. you know, loves horses. and works hard. and a big family guy and loves
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to have a good time and never any opportunity to see a cowboy football game he's there. so, we missed the game, but we feel the love, and we'll get through this and move on so -- >> so, he's talking about his stepdad who suffered multiple injuries, and remains hospitalized. and the man who was just talking also talked about suffering from a bruise. that's it for him. but his mother is in stitches. four people in all died in that crash including this 2-year-old little boy named nash lucas. our nick valencia joining me now with much more on this and you've also obtained some new video that gives people a different peck spe different perspective of what happened. >> what an emotional press conference that was and that family member apologizing for what he's wearing the past 24
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hours. it was a few hours ago that we obtained new cell phone video, and it shows the woman barreling through an unmanned police motorcycle and continued on through a very packed crowd. we have to warn you the video you're about to watch is very graphic. >> reporter: you can hear the horrific screams the crowd the cell phone video captures just how fast the driver was going on saturday afternoon when she crashed into the celebration filled with unsuspecting victims. >> people were here having fun and literally they don't know what hit them, i mean, it just came 40, 50 miles an hour. >> reporter: the suspect 25-year-old adacia chambers walked away from the crash in handcuffs. she's been charged with driving under the influence. more charges are possible. littered throughout the scene, debris from the crash that killed four people. several others are in critical condition. in all, at least 47 were hurt.
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kaylee carter was one of them. >> i'm never going to forget that in my mind, you know, it's going to replay over and over. >> reporter: she says there were bodies everywhere. >> i just saw something black coming at us, i didn't know what it was at first. i got up and ran and the car hit me, like, as it was stopping and then i flew over some strollers. >> reporter: at the oklahoma state university homecoming a moment of sigh ledges. players kneel to honor the victims. real estate mong those killed 2-year-old nash lucas. late saturday his father posted a message on facebook. miss you so much, buddy. more than a dozen people remain hospitalized. four of them are in critical condition. and we just a little while ago heard from the mayor of stillwater, fredricka, she released a statement saying, everyone was kind, everyone was happy. we were celebrating life in stillwater. we were celebrating osu. we were celebrating friendship and family and the cowboy spirit and then the unthinkable happened. she went on to say we are mourning together and we extend our deepest sympathies to the
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victims and families. our hearts are heavy. a lot of people thinking about oklahoma right now and what they've gone through. a terrible situation in an otherwise wholesome event. let's talk more about the legal ramifications of this case, joey jackson joining us now. joey, the driver is due in court tomorrow. right now she is facing dui, at least one dui charge. how do you see that charge growing into multiple charges? >> good afternoon, fredricka. and, of course, the oklahoma people, the families, everyone affected here. you know, charges are always driven by the facts, so what we learn the facts to be will ultimately be what's charged. there's some indication, as we're learning, that she may have been intoxicated now, we also know that a blood test was taken and if that blood test does indeed come back that she was intoxicated or otherwise impaired by some other type of drug, we don't know that to be
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the case, but if that is the case then, of course, charges will elevate to dwi manslaughter which carries four years to life in jail. and she certainly would expect in the event that she was intoxicated or otherwise impaired by drugs or alcohol to be charged with multiple counts of that. in addition to those, of course, who are dead fredricka we also know of the dozens who were injured and so we can certainly expect charges of dwi causing serious physical injury. again, very significant. and so in the event that she does have this in her system, and it won't only be the blood test, although that would be definitive for sure, but you could also expect wjss to give some of their indications. did she have watery, bloodshot eyes. did she have slurred speech. did she have the odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from her breath. what if she's not drunk at all, certainly it turns to the issue of whether this was criminally negligent homicide and that's also a criminal act as well. >> what about the interviews of
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people, anyone who may have had some sort of interaction with her before that accident, perhaps even the use of surveillance video to see, you know, what her behavior may have been leading up to the crash, how might those things factor in, too? >> it's critical. and it's critical because of the fact that you want to go to the issue of the state of mind. and whenever you're charging someone with a crime, you want to know what their mental state was. and, of course, the people who she interacted with prior to this, if any, will give the indication, did she appear drunk. did she otherwise appear to be impaired by anything else. was she confused. was she disoriented. was she suffering from some time of personal, perhaps crisis, that she was dealing with at the time. these are all questions that could give investigators insight as to what she was thinking when she was doing this. in addition to that, fredricka, there will be accident reconstruction done so as to determine the actual rate of speed, exactly what the trajectory was, everything else. there will be things done in terms of forenscs on her cell
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phone. was she on the phone. was she texting on the phone. was there anything else. so investigators will piece all of this together and that will have a lot to do with ultimately what she's charged with but the charges in the event she were drunk are so significant and, again, could carry up to life in jail. >> oh, my goodness. and, of course, we mentioned the toddler, the 2-year-old little boy, who was killed in all of this. and this certainly pulls at the heartstrings. there he is with his dad, tweeting this, you know, miss you so much, buddy. how might this factor into the types of charges when you talk about someone at a very vulnerable 2 years old? >> it's what you call an aggravating factor. and clearly, you know, you talk about tugging at the heartstrings. the whole event. the child that we see there, you know, the other victims that were injured, just imagine in the event that it went forward to trial and you are a juror and you were thinking about that child as you saw that child's
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visual depiction shone to you a child no longer that had so much promise. what impact would it have on you as a juror? well, that's the impact it will certainly have on her in terms of whether she's guilty or not guilty of any crime she's charged with. it's an aggravator just like anything is just like bodies described flying through the air. was there some other indication. was there maybe a defect in the car. everything will be checked out because if there are mitigating factors, meaning factors that assist her, certainly that's something that everyone should need to know when a jury's impaneled, if a jury is impaneled, if it goes that far. or if there are aggravating factors like intoxication or some other personal crisis, that needs to be known. so an investigation will unearth all of this and we should expect to hear and see that in the coming days and weeks. >> lots of unanswered questions. all right, thank you so much, joey jackson, good to see you. >> thank you, fredricka. and you. straight ahead -- >> i can say that i apologize for the fact that the
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intelligence we received was -- was wrong. i could also apologize, by the way, for some of the mistakes in planning and certainly our mistaken in our understanding of what would happen once you removed the regime. but i find it hard to apologize for removing saddam. tony blair telling cnn exclusively mistakes were made in iraq. one of his former advisers weighs in on that next. if you qualify for a sittingham's card today i can offer you no interest for 24 months. thanks to the tools and help at, i know i have an 812 fico score, so i definitely qualify. so what else can you give me? same day delivery.
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from power was still the right thing to do. >> given, however, that saddam hussein, did not prove to have weapons of mass destruction, was the decision to enter iraq and topple his regime a mistake? >> you know, whenever i'm asked this, i can say that i apologize for the fact that the intelligence we received was -- was wrong because even though he had used chemical weapons extensively against his own people, against others, the program in the form that we thought it was did not exist in the way that we thought. so, i can apologize for that. i could also apologize, by the way, for some of the mistakes in planning and certainly our mistaken in our understanding of what would happen once you removed the regime. but i find it hard to apologize for removing saddam. i think even from today in 2015, it is better that he's not there than that he is there. >> a short time ago i asked tony
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blair's former spokesman and adviser for his take on blair's apology about the iraq war, and this is what he said -- >> well, this isn't the first time that tony blair has apologized for both the failures failures in the planning that there clearly was in the 2003 invasion of iraq. but what's important is also to listen to what he says about the reality of he just doesn't believe that you can argue that the country would be in a better place if -- or the region would be a safer place if saddam was still in power today, so, therefore, he isn't apologizing for the iraq war itself. he won't do that, because he doesn't believe that that's true. >> but he does believe that there's a connection between the 2003 invasion and the rise of islamic extremism, in fact, this is what he told our fareed zakaria -- >> when people look at the rise of isis, many people point to
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the invasion of iraq as the principal cause. what would you say to them? >> i think there are elements of truth in that. but i think we've, again, got to be extremely careful otherwise we'll misunderstood what's going on in iraq and syria today. of course, you can't say that those of us who removed saddam in 2003 bear no responsibility for the situation in 2015. but it's aren't also to realize, one, that the arab spring which began in 2011 would also have had its impact on iraq today, and, two, isis actually came to prominence from the base in syria and not in iraq. and that leads me to the broader point, which i think is so essential when we're looking at policy today, which is we have tried intervention and putting down troops in iraq. we've tried intervention without putting in troops in libya. and we've tried no intervention at all, but demanding regime change in syria. it's not clear to me that even
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if our policy did not work, subsequent policies have worked better. >> so, matthew, is it clear to you whether tony blair is saying that saddam hussein remaining in power in iraq would promote a bett better outcome than saddam hussein no longer being there? the region in large part is destabilized, so how do you interpret what he's saying? >> look, i think there's two separate parts to this. first of all, you can look at the rilese of isis, and the fac of the matter is that the ideology behind the rise of isis didn't suddenly spring up as a result of the invasion in 2003. the ideology behind isis has been around for decades and unless it's tackled ideological will be around for decades to come. there is this narrative which is based on a perversion of the faith of islam that has to be tackled and has to be
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confronted. and that is a real threat. now, at the same time it's in a sense a statement of the obvious to say that you can't say what happened in 2003 has had absolutely nothing to do with what's followed. but i believe, and i think tony blair believes, based on what he said there, that in reality if you look at the roots of isis, it's got more to do with our failure to intervene in syria than it does with what happened in iraq. >> right. and we heard him say that isis not necessarily being born out of iraq but out of syria. so, then, what is your view and what do you believe the former prime minister's view is on how the u.s. and how great britain should or should not be involved particularly with iraq right now to help stabilize it? >> i think if you look across the region, then there's no question that this isn't a conflict that we can stand idly by in. now, that doesn't always mean military intervention. as i say, ultimately what this
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needs to be solved by is tackling the narrative that is behind the rise of isis, and that is a battle that people within the region are far better placed to do than those outside the region. but we need to wake up and shape up to the reality the threat that is faced, and at times that will require us to provide military intervention in support. what iraq teaches us, however, is that when you do remove have to -- and this is probably the biggest acknowledge based on the 2003 intervention, you have to be aware of the forces that will be unleashed after that. and we've seen that in iraq. we've seen it in libya. and obviously we're seeing it in a different form in syria today. >> and to see all of fareed zakaria's interview with tony blair watch cnn tomorrow night with the special "the long road to hell" monday 9:00 p.m. eastern. cer ] knows her way around a miniskirt. can run in high heels. must be a supermodel, right? you don't know "aarp."
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the isis prison that was the scene of a daring hostage rescue that killed an american last week reduced to rubble in a coalition air strike shortly afterwards, you see the images here, this as we get a look at how that dramatic rescue actually went down at the prison with this body cam imaging.
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so, the prison was located on the border of the kurdish territory, freshly dug graves nearby indicated the hostages inside were about to be killed. cnn's senior international correspondent nick payton walsh is covering this story for us from turkey. nick? >> reporter: very secretive world you're about to get, a very rare and intimate window into. the u.s. special forces working with the kurds, the kurdish special forces, well, they've been on an advise and assist mission. no one knew what it meant, but in this video it's clear they are right up front, the tip of the spear. you're now right inside of the jailbreak that revealed america's changed role in iraq. they think they're rescuing kurds from this isis jail. but look who staggers out. terrified iraqis. even their eyes lit up by fear caught on the kurdish soldier's
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helmet camera. it's edited. cnn learns it's genuine. more cells. opened it seems and the iraqi soldier and civilian hostages keep coming. an office, an isis flag. more cells. and perhaps a target through the light of the door. then a quick close-up likely of an american commando. don't be afraid, he cries, as they search the prisones. remember, they were expecting kurds. perhaps these men are isis, have
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guns or bombs. it's the americans who seem in charge here. the captors' relief palpable, u.s. officials saying they faced imminent execution. it's unclear when before or after this footage the americans here learned one of their own was gunned down. but their mission went on to rescue 70. that first combat death since 2011 in iraq forcing public acknowledgement american commandos were now boots on the ground. in just the last few hours pentagon has released these startling pictures of what happened shortly after we believe all those commandos evacuated with the prisoners from that compound. a substantial air strike. there were air strikes before the attack, but these air strikes afterwards that laid waste to the whole area, presumably hoping to both deny isis with that prison facility
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for joining me, i'm fredricka whitfield. presidential candidate marco rubio is defending himself today against criticism that he often skips senate votes. according to the latest quinnipiac university poll rubio is polling third after carson and trump. joining me right now is cnn national correspondent ryan noble. ryan, exactly how is marco rubio explaining himself? >> well, fredricka, marco rubio has yet to crack the top of the gop field as you showed in the last poll, but recent polls show that his stock is rising and his poor attendance record in washington has made him an easy target for his republican opponents. he's actually missed more votes than any of his fellow senators republican or democrat who are also running for president. donald trump has called rubio a lightweight senator. rubio himself has said that federal workers who aren't doing their jobs should be able to be fired and the candidate told cnn that he's missing votes but he is still doing his job.
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>> marco rubio criticism over and over again that you keep missing votes on the senate floor. 43% of the votes. i know you say you are campaigning for president. but bernie sanders, rand paul, they've missed fewer than ten votes. you're up at 59 or 60. >> well, everyone needs to run their own campaign. i can tell you in the history of presidential politics people when they've been running for politics in the senate they've missed votes. i'm not missing votes because i'm on vacation. >> missing that many votes. >> this is lower than many other people. a lot of these votes won't mean anything. they're not going to pass and even if they did the president would veto it. >> the other day, though, you got up on the senate floor and you said federal workers who don't show up should be fired. >> that's not what i said. >> what did you say? >> i said federal workers that aren't doing their jobs and not
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performing at their jobs should be able to be fired. should be able to be held accountable for not showing up. >> someone would say you're not showing up, you're not doing your job by not voting. >> not true. the most important thing a senator does is swiconstituent service. >> wait a minute, votes aren't important? the intelligence committee isn't important? >> i got fully briefed and what's happening in the world. we have a staffer assigned to intelligence we get constant briefings. votes are, of course, port but unfortunately too many of them today aren't meaningful. >> while rubio has messed a lot more votes than his fellow candidates in 2015 he says i had attendance is comparable to senators who have run for president in the past. as barack obama ramped up for his campaign for president between september and november of 2007, fredricka, he missed 80% of his votes in the senate. >> oh, boy, those are big numbers. big comparisons.
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all right, ryan noble, thank you so much. so let's dig deeper into this and what marco rubio had to say in this interview. okay, gentlemen, so, let's hear this. does marco rubio put himself in a good position to defend why has missed so many votes? how does this translate, brian? >> i think he's put himself in a fine position. particularly comparing himself to the president who missed a lot more votes than he's missing and he won so that's a pretty good little data point there. and also bucking, you know, the leadership and pointing out how many show votes and things have been happening in washington. also plays well with conservative america, so he's defending himself. and i will add this, you know, people are going after him for this instead of things that, you know, really matter to the american people and attacking him on issues then he's in a pretty good position. he's been attacked for sweating,
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owning a boat and now skipping a few votes. he's doing great. >> so, ellis, is it the issue of how many votes or is it what kind of votes? because apparently he's missed a lot of very important intelligence briefings as well and he responded in that interview by saying that his staffer goes to those meetings andst ro reports back to him. how does it translate? >> i think my buddy brian needs to get real on this one. as long as he's explaining this, it makes him look bad, right? there he was, this vote didn't matter. i got briefed this other time. listen, as long as he has to make excuses for not showing up he's not arguing on his turf. although it's probably true that some of those tea party folks think that no one in congress should ever show up and ever do anything ever, so maybe he's playing to the, you know, the whacky side of the base. >> should that be an appropriate segue? we're going to talk about donald
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trump now. >> what do you mean? >> you gave me the material. what can i say? okay, he was on "state of the union" this morning and one of the key moments of that interview was truchl. saying that he's going to get democrats and republicans to get along. listen. >> the level of hatred between republicans and democrats was unbelievable. the level of -- you've never seen anything like it. i'm going to unify. this country is totally divided. barack obama has divided this country unbelievably. and it's all -- it's all hatred. what can i tell you? i've never seen anything like with it. i've gotten along with democrats, i've gotten along with republicans. i said that's a good thing. >> he's saying the chances of unifying people are much greater if he's in the white house. how does he do that? how does he convince people? >> i'm trying to wrap my head around the idea the idiot, moron, all the horrible things that donald trump has called people are really his effort to
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unify our country? listen, listen, clearly trump does not pay a penalty for saying stuff that makes no sense, and i would say that this might be another example of that. >> brian? >> well, here's how he's going to unify us. he's going to build a big beautiful wall all around the country and nobody is coming in or out and we'll be unified just like north korea, it's going to be fantastic, it's going to be terrific. it's going to be amazing. look, if donald trump wants to unify i think he should start with the republican party which would start with not slamming and sliming your fellow candidates. so, this is hilarious and it's donald being donald and it's fun to watch i guess. >> it will be a huge undertaking. okay, let's talk about chris christie. he's not getting a whole lot of airtime or face time anywhere these daydays, but he was on ce the fashion" this morning and he criticized the black lives matter movement and accused president obama of not
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supporting police officers. listen. >> the problem is this. there's lawlessness in this country. the president encourages this lawlessness. encourages it. >> how? >> by his own rhetoric. he does not support the police. he doesn't back up the police. he justifies black lives matter. >> black lives matter shouldn't be justified at all? >> list withen, i don't believe should be justified when they are calling for the murder of police officers. >> but they aren't doing that. >> sure they are. >> listen, you know, john, that's what the movement is creating and the president of the united states is justifying that but not only that, he hasn't backed up police officers from the minute he's gotten into office. >> so, brian, what is this? you know, is this chris christie distinguishing himself from the pack? or is chris christie also trying to get additional attention because people may have forgotten that he's actually in the race? >> well, chris christie's a law and order guy. that's kind of his m.o. is
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coming in the -- in the giuliani mold of, you know, prosecuting corruption and working with the police department. so, he's a pro-cop guy. the problem with that statement, i would go back to his fellow candidate rubio who said of the movement, while there are some people inciting violence, you can't diminish the legit massey of people being disenfranchised and harmed by a criminal justice system that is more likely to interact with young black men than other segments of the population. taking this tack, i understand it fits with his persona but i don't think it's something that will grow the party or necessarily grow his ability to get votes. >> ellis, does this hurt or help him? >> well, listen, we make a mistake taking this too seriously. he doesn't matter in the race anymore. the best chris christie story was the report the last hour about him getting tossed out of the quiet car on amtrak.
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did you see that? drinking a slurp ee. >> cameras are everywhere. bad behavior is always under a microscope, ouch. thank you so much. thanks so much, brian, ellis, good to see you guys. >> thank you, fred. okay, coming up next the rain that caused major flooding in texas now heading to louisiana. ryan young is there. ryan? >> reporter: we've been tracking heavy rain and the damage to property. we'll show you what's going on in a live report as more rain is expected in the next few hours. alright team, we've got an f150, needs a systems check and tires. doc, i need you on point for this one. already got the latest updates direct from ford engineering. 'cause ford dealers get that intel first. treads, what do you got? lookin' a little bald, sir. with all due respect. got the perfect fit- ready to roll. wheels up, flaps down, let's fly. ford parts. ford tools. ford techs. when your ford needs service,
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from one easy to review list. and now you can use zip recruiter for free. go to all right. what's left of hurricane patricia and another system are now heading towards louisiana. and that has put more than 6 million people under a flood watch in the area. meanwhile, texas is getting some relief after being soaked with more than 20 inches of rain in the past day or so. cnn's ryan young made his way today from texas early in the morning and then now in lake charles, louisiana, and how's it going? >> reporter: well, good afternoon, fred, like you said we started around 3:00 this morning tracking the storm and seeing the damage that's been caused by it. but the good is so far we haven't seen any major property damage. we did come from houston, texas, dow jones here. i want to show you the end of this residential street because there's a creek at the end of it. we'll walk down this direction, and i just wanted to tell you
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this before they've dealt with flooding in this area and one thing we notice on the edge of this creek here, you can see just over there's a measurement that gives you a gauge of where the water is standing it's less than one foot right now and that's good news for the people that live in this section. the heavy rains haven't hit this area just yet. but let's talk about houston because we saw it first hand with the water they were dealing with. they were hit hard. in fact, the entire time we were there, we were drenched, we were soaked with rain, and several cars got stuck in water because people decided to try to drive through the fast-moving waters and several cars were left behind overnight. the good news there is no one lost their life of trying to drive through the water. right now it's a wait-and-see mode, because there's still rain out there. it's been slick all day long. we've seen accidents on the highway but the good news so far is it doesn't seem to be the dangerous model we thought would be coming through this area with the flash floods, even though warnings continue to pop up. >> all right, ryan young, keep us posted on that. of course, you know, folks are
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bras i bracing there and we are hoping for the best. hopefully the flash floods do not happen there. all right, thank you. pope francis lashing out at catholic bishops after a three-week meeting exposing deep divisions in the church. but talks did lead to progress on one issue, we'll explain next. cnn announced the top ten heroes of 2015 and we'd like you to meet another one of them, her name is monique poole and she helps save our environment by help saving sloths. >> saving the sloths for me is not just about saving the sloths. it's about what they stand for. it's about losing habitat. it's about the importance of environmental protection for everybody. >> for more go to and while you're there meet all of the top ten heroes. and vote once a day every day for your candidate. and all will be honored on "cnn heroes" an all-star tribute
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pope francis delivered a sharp reduke to conservative catholic bishops at the close of a historic summit today. the meeting focused on two matters once considered taboo for the catholic church, divorce and same-sex marriage. progress was made on one of the issues. cnn's delia gallagher explains what it all means. >> reporter: some 270 bishops from 120 countries from around the world have handed in their final recommendations to pope francis on what to do about some
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problems facing modern families. now, one of the most divisive proposals at this meeting was the question of divorced and remarried catholics. currently in the catholic church if you are divorced and you have not annulled your first marriage and you are remarried they consider that second relationship to be adult truss because they consider you still maril married to your first partner so they ban you from certain activities in the catholic church such as being godparents and having communion and the bishops recommended to pope francis a way to change this or make exceptions for these couples via the internal forum a spiritual internal counseling between the couple in question and the priest or bishop that examines the particulars of their case. so in a case where one of the partners has been left and has no fault in the divorce there might be grounds for re-admitting them to some activities in the church. significantly the bishops' recommendations do not directly
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mention readmission to communion which was the real sticking point of this issue and, in fact, the proposal itself only just barely received the two/third majority vote necessary to recommend it to pope francis suggesting there is still strong opposition on this question. on the question of gays and lesbians, there was some indication that the church might change its language. the church currently calls gay sexual orientation disorder. however, the final recommendations of the bishop do not address this issue. it instead restates the traditional church teaching that gays and lesbians are to be respected and not discriminated against, but it does not equate gay unions, says it is not remotely analogous of marriage between a man and a woman. interestingly on this point the cardinal of vienna sean byrne said to reporters that he felt the questions of gays and less biians were too delicate to be addressed fully by the synod considering the political and
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cultural context of gay issues in the various countries around the world. that did not mean, however, according to the cardinal that those questions were not important for churches in north america and europe. now up to pope francis to decide whether and when to issue any final guidelines based on the bishops' recommendations. delia gallagher, cnn, rome. we'll be right back. the citi double cash® card comes in very handy with cash back twice on purchases. earn once when you buy, and again as you pay. that's cash back now, and cash back again later. it's cash back déjà vu. the citi double cash card. the only card that lets you earn cash back twice on every purchase with 1% when you buy and 1% as you pay. with two ways to earn, it makes a lot of other cards seem one sided. if you have moderate to severe ...isn't it time to let the...
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fishermen off turkey are credited with saving the life of a very young syrian refugee. a warning this story you are about to see is very difficult to watch, and you might want to look away. although it has a happy ending, it does highlight the dangers refugees face during their difficult journeys. >> reporter: baby mohamed hassan clings to his mother in turkey. their journey to get here a harrowing one. their survival, miraculous. just days ago fishermen off turkey's coast spotted the 18-month-old and others floating in life jackets in the aegean sea. video of the rescue shows a fisherman rushing to pull the bodies from the cold water. the boy is brought into the boat. the fishermen tries frantically
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to clear the water from the boy's lungs. he is barely responsive. but he is alive. fearing hypothermia the fisherman proceeds to remove the childs wet clothes and wrap him in a warm blanket. the fishermen were able to pull some 15 refugees from the water, including baby mohammed and his mother. they were among 30 refugees aboard a small boat headed for greece. a boat they hoped would take them to a better life. but capsized before reaching shore. more than 500,000 people have arrived by sea in greece this year. mostly from syria, afghanistan and iraq. thousands have died. but to mohammed and his family, lucky to have made it to solid ground, these fishermen are heroes.
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>> translator: you both gave him a second life. we are grateful to you. may god bless you. >> wow, incredible rescue. all right, thanks so much for being with me this afternoon. i'm fredricka whitfield. much more of the "newsroom" straight ahead with poppy harlow. top of the hour, i'm poppy harlow in new york, thank you so much for being with me this sunday evening. we begin with the race for the white house, and the republican presidential candidate marco rubio in a fascinating interview defending a high number of skipped votes while in the senate while he's out on the campaign trail. rubio sat down for an exclusive one-on-one with "state of the union" jamie asked him this question -- is it hypocritical for rubio to call federal workers, to call on them to be fired for not doing their job when he himself has the worst voting attendance record in the senate? >> marco rubio criticismve


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