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fact. it's time for "newsroom." good morning carol. good morning. have a great day. newsroom starts now. happening now in the newsroom, american led air power sporting iraqi ground forces fighting isis. >> it is about gaining momentum, cutting off raqqa from mosul. >> why cutting a supply line could drive the terrorists out. also two students in missouri hold by cops for allegedly making threats against black students. >> i feel upset right now. >> somber. >> just tense. it is really tense. >> boycotts, resignations. and the protests now spreading to campuses beyond mizzou. plus -- >> we are going to have a deportation force and you are going to do it humanely. >> trump defining his immigration plan, not backing down and neither are his critics. >> i don't care what he says.
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>> front and center as three more candidates make it official in new hampshire. let's talk live in the cnn "newsroom." and good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. we're following breaking news this morning on what's being called a major offensive in the war on isis. backed by a u.s. coalition air support, kurdish forces are battling to retake the key city of sinjar in iraq. a city where residents have fled from isis. cnn capturing that moment in august 2014. dozens of civilians desperately scrambling on to a military chopper in order to escape. right now peshmerga troops have managed to secure a number of villages in the area. they have also taken control of an important stretch of highway used as an isis supply route into syria. cnn is just outside of sinjar. >> reporter: just behind me you can see the thick black smoke
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covering the center since about this morning when the offensive began at first light. in addition there's been consistent exchanges of heavy machine gunfire. we're on the outskirts of sinjar. because of rules we agreed. i am standing on a key part of the strategic mission here, which is to take over this route that runs between isis's capital and the key town of mosul in iraq. at this stage the peshmerga seem to hold this particular area. thanks to the noise above me of jets and drones as well. further down the road the challenge gets messy. we're hearing of potentially 300 isis fighters still in the urban sprawl there. it is densely packed. the peshmerga are moving round in an arch it seems to try and
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go round the entire city. tense fighting ahead here. no sense of things slowing and isis very close to where we are. within a kilometer frankly of where i'm standing. much optimism at dawn. this could be over in days. as the day end, the booby trap t mine, the shear exhaustion of moving into this city. some slightly less optimistic this could be over quickly. we turn to the u.s. and a scare in the skies. five aircraft over two major cities targeted by laser pointers. first here in new york. the helicopter news crew capturing the entire incident. potentially blinding beams straight into the cockpit. listen to the reporter's response. >> i see the people involved right now. they are walking in and out of the building. hitting us right now. don't look george.
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oh yeah you think this is a joke, huh? >> well it is not a joke. it is dangerous. cnn's rene marsh in washington with more on what happened next. >> reporter: so the big picture here is there were five laser strikes in one night in two major cities. pilots flying two local tv news choppers in new york city say that someone shined a blinding light into their cockpit. the nypd says one chopper was targeted over brooklyn. it is often tough for police to track down the culprit. but the pilot of the news chopper you just heard it zoomed in on the culprits pinpointing their location and police arrested two men in that case. charges are now pending. now carol, just minutes later a second news chopper targeted near newark liberty airport. and then separately the faa says three commercial passenger planes were hit with lasers in the dallas area. all three were at altitudes
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between 3,000 and 4,000 feet coming in for landing, a critical point of flight. these lasers we should point out can temporarily blind pilots. have have been cases of permanent damage to the cornea. this is a federal crime. unfortunately though it happens very often. the number of reported laser strikes on airplanes has soared in the last few years. thousands are reported each year nationwide. just last year the faa received nearly 4,000 reports. >> well, when you get ahold of the mug shots that the police arrested here in new york city i'd like to put them on air. rene marsh. thanks so much. >> now to the race for the white house. the candidates hitting the trail hard today. bush is in michigan after delivering what many agree his best debate yet. and marco rubio telling a group
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of -- when it comes to beating hillary clinton he's the better candidate. >> i'm a better bet. >> why? >> because i got a proven record. and i campaign in a way that is based on that record and based on the ideas that i have. that are about the future. and i've been vetted. i've been tested. i'm an open book. >> and while bush is still waiting for a boost in the polls, he did get a bump of support from an enthusiastic voter. yeah. chest bump time. that was from a converted ted cruz backer as well. says he was so impressed with bush's debate performance he's decided to switch sides. and jeb bush won't be the only one in new hampshire today. republican rivals lindsey graham, ted cruz and rick santorum all filing if are the new hampshire primary. any minute we're expecting lindsey graham to arrive.
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let's bring in jeff zeleny with more. >> reporter: no chest bumps here. but i can tell you the fact that people are going after marco rubio is a sign of his performance really impressing republicans and his star rising. he's doing very well in the debates and the other debates as well. but donald trump and ben carson, they remain at the top of the policy. but the two senators, marco rubio and ted cruz to keep an eye on here. they are gaining traction as deep policy divisions inside the party are coming to the forefront. one of the flash points is immigration and senator cruz is eager to point out the differences with senator rubio. let's take a listen. >> republicans nominate for president a candidate who supports amnesty. we will have given up one of the major distinctions with hillary clinton and we will lose the general election. >> now senator rubio of course
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supported comprehensive immigration reform which is highly controversial among many republican primary voters. now, we were in new hampshire three days earlier this week where candidates are filing their paperwork for the primary. we talked to voters who say they are watching this race with great interest and they are gen rally undecided. at the breakfast for donald trump yesterday morning nearly 700 turned out but many said they weren't trump supports are at all and they just want to see the show. let's listen. >> i like marco rubio, ted cruz and chris christie because they are accustomed to being in the spotlight and making tough arguments. if you told me right now you have to pick, i wouldn't be able to. this is still wide open. >> so this race is indeed wide open. and as candidates file their paperwork, including lindsey graham what's doing so right now in new hampshire in the state house. you can see him doing that with
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secretary of state bill gardner at his side. this is a rite of passage for the new hampshire primary candidates. come in, one by one, sign the paperwork. and the pictures you see on the wall behind them really are a scrapbook of pictures over the years of all candidates who have done this. but it is not always candidates who do it themselves. in 1991 actually, hillary clinton came and she filed the paperwork for her husband's candidacy. on monday of course she filed her own paperwork. so it certainly was an interesting throwback thursday of those two. it wasn't just clinton filing her paperwork. barbara bush that year also filed for george h.w. bush. sometimes a spouse comes. sometimes a surrogate. you can see lindsey graham right there signing his own. >> you are such a political nerd jeff. i want to go back to the trump event. you said many in the audience
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were just there to see the show. how many do you think? >> this is just a handful of voters we talked to afterwards. but this is a classic thick. if you are a primary voter who is going to get up early and stand in line for politics and eggs it means that you want to see all of the candidates. so i have no scientific sense of how many of the nearly 700 in the room were trump supports are and who weren't. but our polling indicates more than half of hb hn primary voters are still open and undecided. this is why the next three months are so interesting to watch. this is a fluid, dynamic race which means everything matters. >> jeff zeleny reporting live. thanks so much. still to come in the "newsroom," protest, threats resignations. some college campuses in turmoil over radiation tensions. -- racial tensions. what can be done to quell it? we'll talk about it next. hello. if i want to go down... nooo...
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a second person has been placed under arrest in connection to threats made on social media at students from the university of missouri. at the same time a campus director has been placed on leave. and at yale, hundreds of students gathered trying to create a climate of understanding on campus as racial tension has roiled the campus in recent weeks. >> it is about getting students to see the visibility support on campus, to come together, to be empowered. to see the bodies that are in solidarity with them. students of color and our allies. what's happened this week has created a platform for students to become vocal about issues they experience on a daily basis as students of color. >> that sentiment catching fire on twitter yesterday under the #black on campus with people of color describing their experiences like this one who
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wrote, when i'm represented in every promotional brochure but not in ssyllabi, curriculum, faculties and boards of trustees. and talking about race and race. being seen as oversensitive. and hundreds taking part o in a massive walk out yesterday calling for the oust of the school's president chanting no confidence. let's talk about this. i'm joined by a senior at ithaca and the student body president. welcome. >> good morning, carol. >> thank you so much for being here. what has your president done to lose his job? >> he hasn't lost his job yet. but what the president has done is he has shown a consistent lack of understanding for the campus community here. under his leadership a lot of the responses to racial issues on campus have definitely not been what the students are
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looking for and actions have truly not been taken. he's created a more diverse campus. but the support for the students of color has not gone up with the numbers. >> i know the president of the campus has tried. this youtube video -- oh this is in the middle. the president was on stage before these students rushed the stage. he was talking about diversity on campus and the racial tension on campus and these students overtook the stage not allowing the president to talk. is that helpful? >> yes. i think it was truly, truly helpful. i think that what was presented on that tuesday was and -- was a series of ideas by the college administration and members of myself like faculty county president and staff council president that may not understand the campus community well enough so those students don't think the empty dialogue is good and they wanted to be included from the start in things. from the first moment they
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stepped on campus. so all of this being reactionary is not what the students want and that is what's tying into the president. they mentioned a lot of the quotes from his book culture moves. he wrote a book about culture movements and that was one of the first things students got up on stage and read and talked about how the book stands for their cause more so than his. >> i understand. so the chair of the board, on your campus, says he is actively working with with the president to address concerns. and i think they announced a new diversity officer position. are these good first steps in the students' minds? >> they are okay. but last year the student government association put forward that proposal for the chief diversity officer. so now -- and with it coming now shows that president ro shan's leadership is too little too late. we asked for that chief diversity officer more than a year ago and for that to come now that everything is sort of
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hitting the fan, for lack of a better term, that that just shows lack of over time commitment and shows only when things are immediate and urgent that he will take action. >> and i i feel like i have to ask you this question because it is out there. there are people who think that is it opportunities are overreacting. because you can't, you know, present one horrible incident that would merit these large protests and the ouster of a college president. can you address those people? >> yeah, i will. these students are not overreacting. all of these scenarios, all of these words, and all of these situations have students of color at ithaca college very, very unsafe. they do not feel emotionally safe or physically safe in many scenarios on this campus. and i think that it is really important to foster a school and a institution where students can feel safe and can feel that they are just as included as any
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i got to warn you, it is disturbing and graphic video revealed for first time two years after it happened. a virginia man is handcuffed and shackled, then stunned multiple times by officers. one who quotes threatens to light him up before discharging the taser. today his family is in court demanding answers. pamela brown is following the story. good morning. >> good morning carol, this is video we received through the attorney involved with the
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lawsuit. it shows the man being tased by police multiple times. though it is unclear exactly how many times he was hit with the taser in this video. we see. and it shows him dying while in police custody, despite the fact that incident happened at the doors of the emergency room. >> in police video shows three officers in south boston virginia tasing a man outside a hospital emergency room. shortly after that man 46-year-old linwood a lalambertd in police custody. the video begins with officers picking him up after several 911 calls were made about noise. and court records say because of the way he was acting they decided to take him to the hospital for a mental health evaluation. they say he made comments about murdering two people and hiding their bodies in the ceiling.
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>> we gonna take you to the emergency room and gonna get you looked at make sure you good to go. >> inside the patrol car, police say he kicked out the window. then the video shows lambert running straight into the hospital doors while hand cuffed. he falls to the ground and the officers repeatedly ask him to roll over on to his stomach while threatening to tase him. >> on your stomachish -- >> lambert then admits he was on drugs. >> i just did cocaine. >> but instead of taking him inside the emergency room the officers take him to the police station. the officers tase lambert multiple times. hooegs bleeding apparently from breaking the squad car window. by the time they really reach the police station lambert seems unconscious in the backseat. he was later pronounced dead at the hospital. the report ruled the cause of death as acute cocaine intoxication. but the family blames police and
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they filed a $25 million wrongful death lawsuit alleging quote the officer's callous disregard for linwood lambert in tasering him multiple times and depriving him of the care he needed violated his constitutional rights to be free from cruel and unusual punishment. the police deneed the allegations saying his actions required the use of force. >> stating we are vigorously defending the case. reports affirmed in the field. cnn attempted to reach both south boston police as well as virginia state police who picked up this investigation, carol, after lambert's death. we have not heard back and there have been no charges against these police officers since this happened two years ago, carol. >> all right. pamela brown reporting. thank you. and good morning. i'm carol costello.
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thank you so much for joining me. donald trump is refining his immigration plan. he's now touting a deportation force that would forcibly remove undocumented immigrants humanely. >> we are going to have a deportation force. and you are going to do it humanely. it is going to be a trump wall. there is going to be a real wall. and it is going to stop people and it is going to be good. it is going to a big beautiful, nice door. people are going to come in and legally. but we have no choice. otherwise we don't have a country. >> how you going to pay? >> it's very -- >> trump's idea is taking shape after his fellow republicans called his immigration plan a gift for democrats. >> 12 million illegal immigrants, to send them back, 500,000 a month, is just not possible. and it is not embracing american values. and it would tear communities apart. and it it would send a signal that we're not the kind of
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country that i know america is. and even having this conversation sends a powerful signal. they are doing high fives in the clinton campaign right now. >> actually they are. hillary clinton did weigh in on this deportation force and blasted trump's plan on twitter. she said the idea of tracking down a deported one million people is absurd, inhumane and un-american. no trump. with me now cnn political commentator and also cnn political commenter tara set mire. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> trump's rivals have called his immigration plan silly but he's still kind of on top of the polls, so can they really call his immigration plan silly? >> yeah. because it is silly. i think even if you talk too, you know, very, very smart sincere immigration restrictionists, people who believe we should have lower rates in immigration, people who tend to oppose the big
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immigration bills that come up in the senate, they don't talk about deportation forces. because it is implausible. they talk about how if you actually secure the border and have, you know, better sanctions for employers who hire illegal immigrants you will have a slower rate and so on. the idea that you are going to send a large squad of people around to round up 12 million people is even from a restrictionist point of view unlikely and absurd. and frankly i think it makes sense for other republicans to say so. i don't know how, you know, in the long run i'm skeptical. this is a great gift to hillary clinton just because i think this is the primary season, it is donald trump. i don't think he's going to be the nominee. and in the long run i think this debate will be somewhat forgotten. but obviously if he has real staying power deep into primaries then we're going to be talking about this if a long time. >> and tara, do you agree?
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this really won't help hillary clinton in the long run? >> in the long run it depends on who the nominee is. if the nominee is donald trump, this absolutely helps her. >> listen i'm in the business where words matter. and when you start saying things like mass deportation force, i can imagine the ad kah campaign already. they can do wonders with that. that is not what we want. when you start talking about the real coherent immigration plan what do and you are talking border security we have deportation force. it is called ice. we already have these folks. we need to enforce the laws we have already. this idea of rounding people up -- listen, i'm a hard liner but this vision of what you are creating of that is a terrible image for the american people to see. and you can be frustrated and the gop primary voters are very frustrated with the level of illegal immigration and the lack of enforcement. the fact that president obama has ruled by executive fiat to
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disregard the law and it was struck down by the fifth circuit court of appeals by the way. so people are frustrated by the lack of immigration enforcement that it's feeding this. and trump knows that but he has no depth when it comes to actual policy and ryu rubio and cruz do. >> okay. let's talk about rubio. especially rubio because he's on the rise supposedly, ross. he used to be, you know, for immigration reform back in the day. i'm not sure what he's about now. are you? >> no. no i think rubio was very happy during the republican debate this week that he wasn't asked about immigration during the period when cruz and bush and all of the others were arguing about it. i think that, you know, rubio has streamlined and smoothed out his immigration pitch to make it a little more appealing to conservatives. he talks more about enforcing the border and more about the idea that, you know, any kind of reform to deal with illegal
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immigrants would be long-term and so on. but he hasn't come out with a specific new plan to replace the bill that he was part of crafting. and this is -- look, this is his biggest liability as right now as a potential republican nominee. i think he's got a relatively good path open to the nomination right now. but if it comes down to him and ted cruz and donald trump yelling about immigration, rubio is going to have to -- you know, he's going to have to have some more detail and he's going to have the to have a lot of finess. >> immigration reform is the reason why rubio was not leading sooner in the poll, why he struggled with the republican base. because they felt betrayed by him because he got into bed with chuck schumer and others in the immigration reform battle in 2013. and that did not ingatiate him to conservatives. he has since had a come to jesus moment and denounced that tactic since and taken a stronger stance on immigration.
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because he realized he made a mistake or --. i think when you start to see the discussion between him and cruz it is going to be fascinating. i think we'll see more of that in december. listen to this. >> i don't know what her appeal is at all. do you? >> well she has a new hairdo. >> that is called a wig. >> is that a wig? >> i think it's a wig. nothing personal. i'm not against wigs. people with wear whatever they want. >> it's okay. you know, but i tell you what. it really was shocking to see it. because you're right. it must be -- it was massive. her hair became massive. >> you know you're going to get in trouble now. >> i don't care. >> in fairness hillary clinton has also talked about donald
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trump's hair. so before we dive in, let's listen to that. >> a lot of people have said a lot of things about my hair over the years. so i do kind of know what donald is going through. and if anyone wonders if mine is real, here's the answer. the hair is real. the color isn't. >> okay. ross. you were saying? >> democracy. this is what the american public wants. they want a serious in-depth debate about the hair styles of our candidates. and having trump in the field gives it to them. you know if it was just hillary clinton up against, you know, a sort of normal field of republican candidates we wouldn't be having this conversation but thanks to trump we're really getting into the real issues so we should be grateful. >> true. they went after joe biden for having hair plugs. but it is also the silly season.
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and unfortunately trump has introduced that into the discussion on more than one occasion. there's no shortage of silly things coming out of trump's mouth but he's an entertainer. >> i have to leave it there. thanks both of you. just a quick programming note for viewers. donald trump sits down for a one an one interview tonight with with erin burnett to talk about his strategy. not his hair or hillary clinton's hair but his strategy. catch it here at 7:00 eastern. still to come a facebook coo brings her mission to the air force academy. >> women and minorities face barriers that white men don't face. and the veil of silence pretending this doesn't exist does not make the playing field even. >> how did these air force cadets respond? you will be surprised. that story after a break.
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can an alpha male lean in? secretary defense ash carter is counting on it. there is an all out push to recruit more women into the military. soon most the not all combat roles will be open to women and not everyone is happy about that. so the department of defense recruited cheryl sandberg to open a dialogue about gender bias. she delivered a speech at the air force academy. i was in the audience for that speech and sat down with her after. let's just say her message on equality was not exactly met with open minds. >> i love being here. >> facebook's coo cheryl
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sandberg on stage at the air force academy. thousands of cadets, the majority young men seemed prepared to lean in. >> women and minorities face barriers white men don't face. >> at times you could hear a pin drop. >> and veil of silence pretending this doesn't exist does not make the playing field even. for women in the military there is a special challenge. because you have to be tough in you have to fit in. >> as sandberg leans in further -- >> i've never met a man who was asked "should you be working?" i can't tell you how many times in my life i have been asked, should you be working? >> men and awomen appeared uncomfortable. it came to a head after the speech in q and a. >> i feel like even the work at home is so important. and it can't be underestimated. so what is the ideal balance between that? and is it more important that it
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is equal or that the work at home is done as well? >> great question and beautifully asked. the work at home is just as important. >> at times the crowd reaction resounded with skepticism. after sandberg left the stage a cadet leader scolded his classmate's behavior. >> we can fix this problem. we can be worthy of respect. we can hold each other accountable and love on one another and treat each right and treat the people who take their time to come and care about us right. or we can try and get our friends to laugh at us for [ inaudible ] the choice is ours. you are dismissed. >> i sat down with sandberg and air force secretary debra lee james. >> that was one of the most fascinating speeches i think i've ever seen from an audience
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perspective. because t times it seemed like you were in the lion's den. >> i think there are people in the believe this is meritocracy and in that system more men will be in the audience. >> men in the audience looked physically uncomfortable. >> societal change and cultural change is not always uncomfortable. we know women of 5% in the top jobs of corporate america. we know women make up 9% of the generals in the u.s. military and that is not reflective of the population. >> it is why the armed forces partnered to create peer to peer groups that empower women and give men a way to lean in and support their female colleagues. >> this is something we don't regularly discuss here at the air force academy as well as other colleges and other universities. it is something that society needs to talk about. not only in these forums but in
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our classrooms. in our dorm rooms. >> the air force hopes opening a male/female dialogue about unconscious bias will attract more women and pave the way for female cadets to choose more non traditional roles like fighter pilots. >> why don't they want to be pilots? >> i think they don't see enough role models. it's a self fulfilling profess. we don't have enough in the role there today and not enough role models for the young ones coming up. >> and it doesn't help when a u.s. congressman and former army ranger questions the ability of women who do find the courage to compete. steve russell is demanding proof that three women pioneers who graduated from the elite army ranger school didn't get special treatment. in a letter to army secretary john mchue russell wrote the training of our combat warriors is paramount to national defense. in order to ensure the army retains ability to defend the
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nation we must insure our readiness is not sacrificed. >> what do you say to those men who really think women can't handle the job. >> the evidence shows otherwise. that when we have women and men in leadership roles. when we have women and men in fields, performance goes up. >> similarly there isn't a job out there that women can't do. and there aren't leadership that women can't take. we just need to help them get there. >> but how? >> during your speech you could hear people who who weren't accepting the facts and the data behind things. how do you stand up and counteract that bias and that unwillingness to open their mind? >> stereotypes are deeply -- they are just deeply reinforcing and they are deeply reinforcing because of the way humans process information. the other thing to understand is that i'm not standing on this stage and saying that the white men in audience have biases that other people don't have. i want to be really clear on that. the white men have the biases all the women have and all the minorities have. we all have the same biases. there are only two options.
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one that men are far far more talented than women and deserve 95 orkt of the top jobs or the second is that there is systematic bias. those are the options. pick one. >> the good news. the opening class at the air force academy is 30% women. that is impressive. it is also impressive the air force is willing to hold the forums. it provokes conversation and that is good. and one more bit of good news. general jeffrey snow, in charge of recruiting for the u.s. army, tells me last year 17% of those recruited were women. one of the better years they have had on record. if you want to hear more about the air force academy and cheryl sandberg, check out i may on ed on ♪ (woman) one year ago today mom started searching for her words.
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it's being called the worst refugee crisis since world war ii. leaders from africa are holding talks in malta. this comes from 14 people drowning when this boat sank off the turkish coast. 27 others were rescued. in a second incident the bodies of four people were recovered bit turkish coast guard. null arwa damon joins me now. hi. >> reporter: hi, carol. those tragic deaths happening in those waters just behind us, that is tricky. about a two-hour ride away. so many people perishing here because the smugglers continue to pack them into these barely
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sea-worthy dinghies. you see that one arriving, among the other arrivals we did witness. people, when they finally get to the safety of greece, so understandably relieved. many of them shell-shocked, traumatized by the journey. oftentimes, as they have been telling us, the boats, these rubber dinghies they're in, begin sinking as they're going along because they are so over weighed. they try to protect the children by putting them in the middle areas, arriving on these shores cold, in need of medical attention. volunteer teams rushing to their assistance. you see one of them right there, they are the greek volunteer life team. putting their lives on hold to try to help out because they fundamentally believe that is something they have to do. just to give you a bit of an idea of the sheer volume. you see that pile of life jackets right there. that is a fraction, and i really mean a fraction of the life
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jackets that you will see littering the various different coastlines, beaches and coves here. in terms of numbers, they said in the first ten months of 2015, 540,000 people made the journey from turkey to greece. that is 13 times the number that made the journey in the same time period of 2014. the malta conference very much focusing on africa and the migrants leaving africa. a pledge of around $1.8 billion being made to different nations. but the dynamic, the people we're seeing arriving on these shores, those are those fleeing the war zones of syria, iraq and afghanistan. they do not have a choice. and trying to end what is forcing them to leave their homes, that horrible violence, that sadly is not going to happen any time soon. the more people try to get here, the more people are being found dead in these various waters, carol.
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starbucks is getting some flack for leaving out the holiday spirit on its seasonal cups. but one of its competitors is finding a way to bring joy. there it is. that's the dunkin' donuts cup. >> it's either the war on christmas or a tempest in the coffee pot, depending on how you look at it. here is the dunkin' donuts' cup. just like last year. but online it's heralded, get it, heralded that the christmas and holiday spirit is alive and well. the controversy over starbucks, it got minimalistic in its design. can i show you the evolution of
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the starbucks cup. 2010, festive, lots of snowy spirit. by 2012 you have the stove top hat. he gives way to some sort of starry, you know, more -- don't know, vague in 2013. by now it's 2015 and it's just red, white and green. starbucks said they wanted to allow every customer to tell their own story on the cup but a lot of people online thought this was getting christmas out of the spirit. if you go to -- >> that snowman is very christ-like. >> you can get a santa claus cookie. i want everyone to be aware. you can still make a lot of money selling these. >> thank you. the next hour of "newsroom" starts now. happening now in the "newsroom" -- american-led air
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power supporting iraqi ground forces as they support isis. >> it's about momentum, cutting off raqqa from mosul. >> why cutting a supply line could drive the terrorists out. also -- two students in missouri held by cops for allegingly making threats against black students. >> i'm so upset right now. >> somber. >> just tense. it's really tense. >> boy cotts, resignations, and the protests now spreading to campuses beyond mizzou. plus -- >> can senator rubio beat secretary clinton? >> i'm a better bet. >> the gop candidates zero in on another candidate. marco rubio. he speaks in south carolina. will he fire back? let's talk live in the "cnn newsroom." and good morning, i'm carol costello. thank you for joining me. we are following breaking news on what is called a major offensive in the war on isis. kurdish forces backed by
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u.s.-led coalition air support are battling to retake the key city of sinjar. that's a city where residents have fled from isis. cnn capturing that moment in 2014 in august. dozens of civilians desperately scrambling onto a military chopper in order to escape the terror group. right now officials say peshmerga troops have managed to secure a number of villages in that area. they've also taken control of an important stretch of highway used as an isis supply route into syria. cnn nick paton walsh is on the front lines outside of sinjar. he has more. >> reporter: just behind me, you can see the thick, black smoke that has been covering the center of sinjar since about this morning when the offensive began at first light. in the distance there's been pretty consistent exchanges of heavy machine gunfire. we're on the outskirts of sinjar because of the rules we agreed to when working with peshmerga in this imbed.
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there is intense fighting. i'm on a key part of this strategic mission, which is to take over this route that runs between isis's capital of raqqa and syria and the key town of mosul in iraq. at this stage the peshmerga seem to hold this particular area. thanks to the noise i'm hearing above me of coalition jets, drones as well, and we hear military advisors in the local area, too. further down this road, though, the challenge gets messier. we're hearing potentially 300 isis fighters still in the urban sprawl there. it's densely packed. the peshmerga are moving around in an arch to try and go around the entire city. tense fighting potentially ahead here. no sense of things slowing. isis very close to where we are. within a kilometer, frankly, of where i'm standing. much optimism at dawn. this could be over in days. as the day ends, booby traps, the mines, sheer exhaustion of
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moving into this town. the bookie traps making some peshmerga. this could be over. let's talk about the race for the white house. it's a busy day on the campaign trail. the republican presidential candidates hitting key battleground states today. earlier this morning senator lindsey graham filed his paperwork to get on the ballot in new hampshire. any minute now we're expecting senator ted cruz to do the same, followed by rick santorum. in the meantime, marco rubio is campaigning in south carolina. rubio now battling it out for third place against senator cruz in that state. these are live pictures from hilton head, south carolina, where rubio is getting ready to speak. there you see him approaching the podium right now. let's bring in sunelin. she's there, too. >> reporter: good morning. marco rubio speaking in a few minutes here at the hilton head
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chamber of conference event. he's neck and neck with ted cruz behind donald trump and ben can carson. we'll see how the latest polling after the debate really potentially shuffles the deck, if at all. rubio here last night in columbia, south carolina, he opened up his first office in the state and really talked about the importance that he sees for this first in the south primary state. here's what he had to say. >> we plan to be here quite often. maybe not in the office every day but in the state because we want to do very well here. we want to be successful. because this election could very well be decided, at least denomination could be decided in the state. >> reporter: now, in the aftermath of the debate this week, much of the focus among the gop candidates has been their distinctions over immigration policy, especially after donald trump says his plans to deport the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the nation by using something he calls a deportation force.
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now, marco rubio still has not affirmly come down where he thinks -- what he thinks about this deportation force. he is largely avoided being pinned down on any sort of specifics about this. certainly something we look forward to hearing from him today. certainly his opponents, ted cruz, namely, is trying to start drawing specific policy distinctions with him as they both buy for key votes. here's what cruz said last night in new hampshire. >> if republicans nominate for president a candidate who supports amnesty, we will have given up one of the major distinctions with hillary clinton. and we will lose the general election. >> reporter: and ted cruz really tell graphi telegraphing in a big way he intends to go after marco rubio with more specificity in the coming days. something we're already starting to see him do on immigration. >> thanks so much. live in south carolina this
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morning. many people are calling this the marco moment. rubio is on the rise, but don't expect the other candidates to go on the attack. rubio is not trump or fiorina. as "the washington post" put it this morning, he's now the republican establishment's golden boy. with me now, columnist for the daily beast, patricia murphy, joint by cnn political commentator and conservative talk radio host ben ferguson. good morning. >> good morning. >> so, a bush supporter is quoted in "the washington post" this morning, i think he put it best. his name is vin webber. he says, rubio's articulate, attractive and young. his rivals don't want him to win but no one wants him to lose. ben, what does that mean? >> it means that he is a candidate that's consistently done well at the debate and has had a consistent rise in the polls. it hasn't been overnight, like we saw with carly fiorina and then immediately dropped back down. and i think most people are starting to look at this as a very consistent, you know,
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momentum. he's been tested now multiple times, multiple candidates have come after him and he continues to be able to weather those storms and those fights. and so i think if you're around politics, if you're a voter that really is keyed in on these primary states, you're paying attention to marco rubio. you're liking what you're seeing from him because he seems to be getting better and better at this and not having flubs or accidents or autopsy against donald trump or any other candidate. >> on the subject of attacking rubio, donald trump is not afraid to attack him because he called rubio a lightweight. bush maligned rubio and that hurt him. how do you effectively attack rubio if you're running against him? >> i think the person whusz doing it most often and the best is ted cruz. if you talk to people who know things in the republican peopar they see marco rubio and ted cruz as the guy who is have the
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legs to go the distance. they do think that donald trump and ben carson are going to flame out somehow and it's going to eventually come down to cruz and rubio. look at what cruz is doing. he's hitting rubio not on his age, not on his experience, but on his position. specifically on immigration and saying that marco rubio is not conservative enough to not only win the nomination but also to put up a contrast against hillary clinton. on immigration, marco rubio has a significant problem, you look at a state like south carolina, very conservative. south carolina has one of the toughest immigration laws in the country. and he's going to need south carolina conservatives to come out for him. when i talk to tea party supporters, they say they will never forgive marco rubio for supporting that gang of eight bill in the senate. he was actually one of the key people to draft it. >> that's his biggest liability. >> it is his biggest liability. he backed off it but he's not getting supporters of immigration or against immigration because he's somewhere in the middle. >> it's very hard to know where
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he is. i wish during the debate last night somebody would have asked him, but nobody did, ben. do you know where marco rubio stands on immigration? >> i think he's trying to figure out exactly how he wants to play this because his record is different probably than what he's going to say. the gang of eight is his biggest vulnerability. i think that's where you see a candidate like ted cruz is going to have the biggest chance to gain momentum and maybe topple rubio in some of these polls by saying you're not exactly as conservative on these issues as you're claiming. let's go back and look at your record. let's go back and look at the time when you were in the senate and you worked with the gang of eight. let's go when you were pulling back because you were taking so much heat. ted cruz is a guy that i think can pull the most supporters not only from tea party members but also from people that support ben carson and people that supported donald trump. i think he can pull more from them because of how conservative he is compared to marco rubio. if they go toe to toe towards the end, that might be the
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advantage ted cruz needs over rubio. if they go toe to toe on stage together without all these other candidates around, it would be a pretty incredible debate, especially with rubio being such a good counter-puncher. >> have i to leave it there. thanks to you both. just a quick programming note for our viewers. donald trump sits down with a one-on-one interview tonight with erin burnett to talk about his strategy and his plan for keeping the competition from surging ahead. you can catch it 7:00 p.m. eastern right here on cnn. and this just into cnn. the biggest union endorsement yet for democrat bernie sanders. the american postal workers union, more than 200,000 members strong, is backing him. sanders, in part, won the union support by opposing privatization of the potional service. still to come in the "newsroom," it's not just the university of missouri. rising racial tensions and protests across other college campuses are problems as well.
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a second person has been arrested connected to threats made on social media against students at the university of missouri. in the meantime, the campus director of greek life has been placed on leave while the school investigates her actions during a student-led protest. the university of missouri is just one of several college campuses across the country dealing with flaring racial tensions. and students and faculty try to create a safe space on campus for living and learning. paul is following the story. he's in los angeles this morning. good morning, paul. >> reporter: good morning, carol. these protests spark up on other campuses and now within the ivy league, at yale university. about 1,000 demonstrators marched in solidarity for students of color. in our many campuses they're calling for more diversity among the faculty. they're also asking for scholarships for minorities and
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cultural centers. at yale they say there's long simmering racial tensions. just recently some black students were denied access to a fraternity party. basically, the claim was they said that the students were told this is a whites only party, but the fraternity denied that. at ithica college yesterday, students walked out calling fortress i guess nation of the school president there, basically chanting no confidence. new president now. they cite what they call his lackluster response to racial insensitivity on campus now, social media you will see some people are saying this is politically correct, overblown reaction. the student body president at ithaca doesn't think so. >> these students are not overreacting. all of these scenarios, all of these words and all of these situations have students of color at ithaca college very, very unsafe. they do not feel emotionally
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safe or physically safe in many scenarios on this campus. and i think that it is really important to foster a school and an institution where students can feel safe and can feel that they're just as included as any other student. >> a common refrain seen on social media among students of color is, you see diversity on the brochures, but that is not their everyday experience. back to you, carol. >> paul vercammen reporting live from los angeles. disturbing new video shows officers repeatedly tasing a handcuffed man who would later die in police custody. this video was taken in 2013. it's now a key piece of evidence in a $25 million wrongful death suit filed by the man's family. the suit claims the officers used their tasers 20 times in a half-hour period. none of the officers have been charged in the case.
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the halifax commonwealth attorney says it's still under investigation. grass fires are burning throughout northeastern oklahoma. the fire sparked wednesday afternoon and torched 2500 acres. one home has been destroyed. the u.s. soccer federation is issuing new guidelines trying to lower the risk of concussion. the policy prohibits children younger than 11 from heading balls while players 11 to 13 can only do it during practice and not at games. it will settle a class-action suit brought by former child athlete which alleged the organization failed to protect young players from head injuries. the faa now investigating a major concern in the skies overnight. five aircraft targeted by laser pointers. this video taken in new york city. a chopper with a news crew captured it with a blinding beam, shot straight into the
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cockpit of the helicopter. this is a still video of what it looks like when a pilot takes a direct hit. listen to the reporter's response. >> i see the people involved right now. they're walking in and out of the building. hitting us right now. don't look, george. oh, yeah. you think this is a joke, huh? >> cnn's renee marsh is more in new york with more. >> reporter: rear talking about five laser trikes. this happening in two major cities. pilots flying, two local news choppers in new york city say someone shined the blinding light into their cockpit. now, the nypd is telling us that one chopper was targeted over brooklyn. that's the one you just saw there. it's often tough to track down the culprit, but the pilot of this news chopper, you saw that video, zoomed in on the culprits, pinpointing their location. police arrested the two men.
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in that case charges are pending. take a listen to the reporter who was on board. >> we're talking about a helicopter that weighs almost two tons. imagine that coming down on your house because the pilot's vision is impaired. even more serious is if it was a jetliner. >> reporter: this is a serious situation. i mean, blinding a pilot, even temporarily could be catastrophic. minutes later a second news chopper targeted near newark liberty airport, and separately the faa says three commercial passenger planes were hit with lasers in the dallas area. all were at altitudes of 3,000 to 4,000 feet coming in for landing. thets a critical point of flight. police have not made arrests in those cases yet. these lasers can temporarily blind pilots, even cause permanent damage to the cornea. we should remind you, this is a federal crime. unfortunately, it happens so
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often. the number of lasers reported, carol, laser strikes, thousands every single year. this year through october, more than 5300 already reported. >> all right, renee marsh reporting live. >> i was distracted because i have breaking news. new video from isis threatening to attack russia, quote, very soon. the five-minute clip showing generic cities in russia saying, soon, very soon the blood will spill in the ocean. we will will have much more to come. also to come in the "newsroom" -- >> welcome. ♪ >> spike lee's latest film. the film taking on violence in chicago and comparing the windy city to iraq. we'll hear from the controversial director next. ♪ it all started with a gorgeous
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checking top stories at 26 minutes past. shocking images of a small corporate jet's final fiery moment. this surveillance video could ploy valuable clues of why that plane fell short of the airport. it shows the aircraft flying at low altitude, banking to the left before slamming into an akron, ohio, apartment building. all nine people on board were killed. no one on the ground was hurt. a mix-up in the packaging of birth control pills has led to a multimillion dollar lawsuit by more than 100 women who say they got pregnant. the mothers are seeking millions in damages, including the cost of childbirth and raising the baby. the mislabeled pills were recalled in 2011, but many of them had already been used. after 15 months of living
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inside a church to avoid deportation, an undocumented woman is back in her tucson home with her husband and two children. rosa robles has been in the united states illegally for about 25 years. she was granted sanctuary inside the church in 2014 as she faced deportation. her attorney now says she has nothing to worry about after a deal was worked out with immigration officials. good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you for joining me. an historic moment set to begin soon at the white house. a retired army captain will be awarded captain groberg for saving lives. >> reporter: that ceremony scheduled to begin at the white house around 11:15 eastern time.
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the captain groberg was in afghanistan the summer of 2012 when the security detail he was working on was approached by two suicide bombers on motorcycles. groberg grabbed one of them, tackled them, pushed him away. the suicide vest went off and a number of people were killed, including two army major, one air force major and an individual with the state department. so, he was very badly injured. actually had to have more than 30 operations on his leg to try to repair it. listen to what he had to say about that day. >> motorcycle coming toward our patrol. when i looked to my left, i saw a young afghan male. as soon as he started moving toward my patrol, i left my position to meet him because he's a threat and i need him away. i hit him with my rifle.
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naets when i felt i hit a vest under his clothing. all i could do is just get him away as far as we could. grabbed him by his vest and tried to push him down, throw him. sergeant followed me into this and as i'm throwing him down, sergeant mahoney is throwing him down and then it detonated at my feet. >> he's from bethesda, maryland. he's retired now. when he was in college at university of maryland, he was a standout distance runner there. obviously, that is very important to him. continues to work on that recovery. the president of the united states has already met once with groberg in september, on september 11th of 2012. this will be a second meeting for him and the retired army captain. back to you. >> joe johns reporting live from the white house. thank you. still to come in the "newsroom" -- determining a split second of sound. the lessons investigators learned from a past plane
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or go to today. get this free calculator just for requesting a quote. comcast in chicago says the city's south side is so dangerous that it canceled at least six appointments in that area in an effort to keep their technicians safe. the company made that confirmation to the chicago "sun-times." those efforts subl sized after a complaint by father michael flagler, who said the internet provider would not come out to his church after the funeral of tyshun lee. cnn sat down with father flagler and spike lee who talked about the city's violence. >> what about you, spike, wanting to come here? >> well, number one, i care
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about human beings. and what's happening in chicago is happening where i'm from, bronx, baltimore, new orleans, houston, south central. but my wife really gave me -- made it crystal clear. chicago is the canary in the coal mine. new york city has three times the population of chicago. yet chicago has more homicides than new york. so, this is the -- this is the spot. this is ground zero. and i've always been a believer, and i'll go to my grave believing this, anderson, that art can affect change. good and bad.
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>> part of that art lee is talking about is this, his new movie, which comes out next month. the title is "chi-raq." >> homicides in chicago, illinois, have surpassed the death toll of american special forces in iraq. >> welcome to contract hi-raq. ♪ welcome to chi-raq >> land of pain, mizry and strife. >> everybody here got a man banging and slanging, fighting for the flag, risking that long to put the cadaver back. >> all for the bang bang. >> all for the bang bang. >> it all started with a gorgeous sister. >> what's up, spinner. >> they call her lisa starks. a woman like no other. >> you just try taking away their guns. >> the story is actually a take off the greek play alyssa strada
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where women refuse to have sex with their husbands and boy f d boyfriends. let's talk about this. welcome. >> hi, carol. >> when i first heard what this movie was about and it's a satire and i was insulted. >> why? >> it's women withholding sex and why go there? a little 9-year-old was shot in an alley by gang members for retaliation of maybe something his father did and to put a movie out like this? >> this is art. this is one 69 things, at its best, art is to provoke. i think it's really interesting that spike in his tradition of making movies about topical things in historical theater context, right? some of them like the movie about black campuses was done in a musical tradition. i think it's very interesting to
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put it in a greek tragedy idea. because this is a tragedy we're looking at. playwrights throughout the ages, shakespeare, you put current events into structures that make people think in a different way and come and see it. and i think this is a tragedy that we're looking at. and i think that chicago and iraq have some real similarities in some of the young men. you have hopeless, jobless, young men who are isolated with easy access to guns. so, what they did to that young boy is what we're seeing happening there, but the difference is, this is america. we shouldn't have a population of young men so hopeless for so long and so sequestered. just like the men of color in iraq. you know, so i think it's very provocative. and this is -- >> like, i understand where you're coming from. i do. when i thought twice about the movie, i'm intrigued now and i
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want to see it. but i've got to tell you, many white people will not get this. who is spike lee talking to? >> spike lee is talking to the culture. it's time for white people to get it, right? i feel like there's this idea that only black people and people of color have race. white people get to be human. and not choose. they don't see race as their thing. so, perhaps when you present it like art, when you present it like a greek tragedy, when you present it in the dignity of theater that more people will come, right, that need to understand versus those people fighting for their lives on the streets in chicago, they might not see it. but for, you know, scholars, they know what alyssa strada is. so perhaps it will get to the people that -- that's the beauty of art. that's the beauty of cinema that's supposed to draw in people. >> will it really make a
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difference? >> art does at its best, right? so, i think we all need to go see it, right? get uncomfortable. go see it. and then let's talk about it. but look at all the stars. you've got sam jackson is back in there -- >> the most interesting is jennifer hudson. she suffered tragedy in her own family in chicago. >> in the same city. that's part of it. don't you want to see -- there are all these elements of why you should go see it, but also it will provoke these conversations. you know, the idea that you won't come and do service because you're afraid you might get shot? we are -- the intersectionality of what's happening in chicago and other parts of the world, whether it's isis, whether it's nigeria, this is happening right in our hometown. we need to -- you know, we need to deal with the structural problems that cause that kind of condition, right? >> yeah. because it's sis to say, criminals, throw them in jail. that's the easy way but it
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doesn't solve the underlying -- >> but it's spike lee. we have to go see it. >> i want to see it with you. >> good. let's go! >> you can watch the rest of spike lee's interview tonight on "ac 360." to the investigation of the crash of the russian jetliner now the ntsb says egypt has accepted u.s. assistance and they're waiting for information and access to the wreckage. a split-second sound in the final moments of that cockpit voice recording has been uncovered. so, how do investigators determine what that sound is? how do they use it? miguel marques has more. >> reporter: that's what one half of one second of an explosion sounds like. here it is slowed down five times. in the metrojet 9268 investigation, an investigator says something at the very end
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of the voice recorder sounded like a possible explosion. could that be possible? pan am flight 103 was brought down by a bomb placed in the luggage hold. the bomb exploded as the 747 was at 31,000 feets. the jet's final moments captured on the cockpit recorder left little for investigators to work with. just 170 miliseconds. >> it's going to be loud enough to severely overload the input system to the cockpit voice recorder. >> reporter: in the final moment flight 103's voice recorder shows nothing on the pilot's mike. co-pilot with ground control and microrecording of everything in the cockpit cappears to capturea loud noise but investigators could never determine what it is. >> it is going to overload the microphone, the recording system and cause distortion and that --
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that's just telltale that something happened that was very quick, very loud. >> reporter: the voice recorder then indicates all power was cut to the system. >> it's not just about the voices on the voice data recorder. >> no, no. it's everything. it's the totality. you have to -- you have to be a real detective and use every bit of information that's recorded on the recorder. >> reporter: investigators found the power cut itself. this five millisecond, a sign all four of the plane's generators simultaneously ceased. the only explanation, the disruption of the passenger cabin floor across its entire width. in other words, the massive jet in the fraction of a second split into pieces. the voice recorder also gave investigators a tireference for for when the cataclysmic
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occurred. it showed not one blip, but four. the plane was coming apart. then 46.5 seconds after that loud noise, flight 103 crashed into the area surrounding lockerbie scotland. 270 people died. 11 of them were on the ground. miguel marques, cnn, new york. still to come in the "newsroom" -- we know donald trump certainly likes to talk but now his wife melania is going to have her voice heard. her new role in the campaign next. coughing...sniffling... and wishing you could stay in bed all day. when your cold is this bad... need new theraflu expressmax. theraflu expressmax combines... maximum strength medicines available without a prescription... fight your worst cold and flu symptoms... you can feel better fast and get back to the job at hand. new theraflu expressmax. the power to feel
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all right a quick journey to new hampshire. that is ted cruz and his wife heidi. ted cruz just signed paperwork declaring his candidacy in new
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hampshire, so the beat goes on there. let's talk more politics and donald trump because donald trump might grab a lot of headlines, but is his wife about to give him a little competition? randi kaye has more on that. >> reporter: supermodel turned super supporter to gop presidential candidate donald trump. suddenly fielding questions in the post debate spin room. >> great evening, yes. the way it was handled was very fair and elegant and fair questions. all about the economy and business. and he's master of that. >> reporter: after months of keeping his third wife out of the spotlight, melania trump is by his side on the campaign trail, and she's talking more than we've ever heard her before. in september she did talk to "people" magazine, sharing how when she and donald first met in 1998, she refused to give him his number even though she thought donald did have, quote, sparkle. when "people" magazine interviewed melania trump,
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politics was off the table. i'm not ready to go political yet. that's his job and i'm supporting him. she told larry king years ago she considers herself her husband's equal. >> you know, you need to know who you are. and you need to be very strong and smart. >> reporter: melania once graced the covers of glamour magazines and sold her own line of jewelry on qvc. her name is trademarked. >> make them feel special and elegant. >> reporter: she also appeared in this aflac commercial. she's a slovenian immigrant who became a naturalized citizen in 2006. when asked about becoming a citizen, her response is it didn't even just cross my mind to stay here. i think people should follow the law. if they do reach the white house, melania would be the first foreign-born first lady since john quincy adam's wife.
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i'm an artist, designer and television host. i live at miami beach. this is my favorite place to be. ♪ >> you know what, if you think
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this is cool, just wait. a bowling alley in the hotel, in the basement. i can't handle it. i need a strike. an ice skating rink in the basement of a hotel. i'm actually terrified. if you're like me, you are coming to miami beach to be on the beach. i mean, look at this place. it's gorgeous. it's fabulous. have you seen my tan? welcome to the wynnwood walls. look around us. beautiful murals. so many international artists represented here. this is not your average graffiti and this is what inspired this whole district.
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this is truly one of miami's most popular tourist destination and honestly, it's one of mine. oh, my gosh. do i look like that when i'm angry? >> i love him. an iconic tourist destination gets a visitor unlike any other. here's cnn's jean moos. >> reporter: is it a bird? is it a plane? it's a man in the jetpack flying around the statue of liberty. >> it's a dream come true. i was having a blast. >> reporter: the actual blastoff from a boat was fairly gentle. the founder of jetpack aviation is the test pilot. yes, he and his chief designer had to get all kinds of approvals to pull this off. >> the faa asked, what is it? what is it? what is that? >> reporter: the flight lasted about five minutes. the pilot uses hand controls and his body to steer.
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they he took one hand off the controls for one second. >> i saluted lady liberty and on one of the passes i stopped and turned around and gave her a salute. >> reporter: he's been hooked on jetpacks ever since he saw james bond take off in one in "thunderball." for ten years, he and designer nelson tyler have worked together. tyler helped design the rocket belt that sent up a man for less than 30 seconds at the 1984 olympics. for the statue of liberty flight, the designer told his pilot -- >> fly slow and careful and not too high. >> yeah, i didn't hear that message, i don't think. >> reporter: next thing you know, he was 100 feet up doing 65 miles an hour. he says he can eventually imagine selling a jetpack for the price tag of a super luxury car. somewhere in the ballpark of $100,000. there are other devices that
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transform men into flying machines. some are big and bulky. these take takeoff from a jetliner. >> no well dressed man should be without one. >> reporter: no well dressed man should be without one, especially when taking liberties with a certain well-dressed lady. je jeanne moos, cnn, new york. thanks for joining me. "at this hour with berman and bolduan" starts now. happening now -- u.s. forces involved in a major offensive as they try to retake a key town from isis. cnn is on the front lines of the battle, ahead. above and beyond the call of duty. he tackled a suicide bomber, saving countless lives and in moments this hero will receive the medal of honor. we have live coverage ahead. donalum


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