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happening now in the newsroom, devastating storms, more than 40 people killed across seven states. >> hear the loud roar, like a train, and 15 to 20 seconds, it was all over. >> that sound, i just can't get that sound out of my head. >> texas survivors describing what it's like to live through powerful tornadoes. >> all we could do was run to the closet and pray. >> the threat is not over. >> why you got to shoot first and ask questions later? also, a student and a grandmother, shot and killed by chicago police. >> when is the mayor going to step up? >> this morning, protesters pressuring mayor rahm emanuel to step down. plus, the iraqi flag rises over ramadi. it's a key victory against isis. but americans say the terrorists
are winning. what a brand-new cnn poll means for 2016. and peyton manning calls doping allegations against him, quote, trash. now, he's fighting back. let's talk, live in the cnn newsroom. good morning, everyone. i'm pop bpy harlow, in for my friend carol costello. hope you have a good weekend. let's get to our breaking news. 30 million americans under threat, as massive, deadly storms trudge east. in the last week, violent weather has killed 43 people. 24 of those deaths coming in just the last 48 hours. we are looking at a true triple threat. snow, tornadoes and widespread flooding. a closer look at new mexico, the city of roswell seeing record snowfall, nearly 16 inches
dumping there over the weekend. the snow now heading east, where multiple massive tornadoes just struck. 11 people killed near dallas due to the storms. in garland, texas, we know at least 600 homes have been destroyed. in the midwest, cars swept away from deadly flash flooding. more than 100 water rescues in missouri. standing water shutting down a major interstate this morning. we'll have a look at today's forecast in a moment. first though, i do want to go straight to nick valencia, live in garland, texas, this morning. nick, you and i were speaking last night. the conditions were so bad, it was knocking your camera out. you were hearing from people who survived these storms. we have 11 lives lost. what are you seeing on the ground? >> this is the closest we've been allowed to get so far, poppy. you can see the force of this ef-4 tornado that ripped through the area. this specific apartment complex suffering the brunt of the damage.
behind me, you see the tornado ripped through that brick wall. that's the path the tornado took, taking the lives of 11, eight of them here in garland, texas. >> whoa, i just got a lightning strike. >> reporter: overnight in eastern texas, blinding rain, lightening and strong winds in the city of marshall. downed trees and powerlines possibility the work of another tornado touching down in the lone star state. last night, patrons inside a chili's restaurant, huddling inside a freezer, as tornado sirens sound off. a tornado watch still in effect today. this morning, the monster storm system wreaking havoc across the southern states, making its way eastward. >> it's a big tornado, big, big, strong tornado. >> reporter: over the christmas weekend, texas baring the brunt of the storm. r ravaged by half a dozen deadly tornadoes. an airline passenger snapping this photo on a flight to
dallas. two powerful twisters carving a path of destruction in rowlett and nearby garland saturday. the death toll, 11, making this the deadliest december for tornadoes in 60 years. justin shuler sifts through what remains of his home in garland. he and his dog survived by taking cover in a bathtub. >> i heard the roaring and that's when i saw it. >> reporter: willard jordan heard the tornado rip through his neighborhood in dallas. >> buildings cracking, ripping stuff up, and all we could do was run to the closet and pray. >> reporter: this garland resident rescued by family. >> i stayed in my closet all night long, shaking like a leaf on a tree. >> reporter: the storm spawning flash floods, white out conditions and states of emergency in new mexico and missouri. in missouri, more than 100 water rescues. at least six people in pulaski county swept away by waters saturday night.
>> they probably didn't know what hit them until they hit the water. >> reporter: the massive system dumping more than 16 inches of snow in new mexico. icy roads backing up traffic and shutting down interstate 40 in albuquerque. >> i just got off the phone with the mayor in the city of garl d garland. he tells me 3,000 people are still without power. dozens of families still displaced. many having to spend the night in an american red cross shelter. poppy? >> nick valencia, thank you so much for that. we've got flooding, the biggest threat this morning. a dangerous scene, especially in missouri. moments ago, take a look at this, water on the road. more than waist deep. never a good idea to drive in that. you see multiple cars over the weekend swept away, a number of deaths there. officials warning drivers find alternate routes or stay off the roads. let's go straight to jennifer gray, tracking the latest in the severe weather center. >> good morning, poppy. water rescues going on around the dallas area right now, as
well. winter storm warnings in effect around the plains, the midwest. we have flood advisories and warnings all across the middle section of the country. we even have a winter storm watch in portions of new england. a lot of folks getting their first snow of the season coming up in the next couple of days. a lot is going on across the country. we're looking at the threat for more severe weather today. however, the threat shifted a little bit pafarther to the eas. heavy rains continuing across the mississippi river valley. we have snow and a little bit of a wintry mix going on across places like oklahoma. that's where we could see quite a bit of ice developing as we go through the day today. we know that it only takes a small amount of ice to bring down those trees and power lines. we are expecting to see power outages in some of those places. damaging winds, isolated tornadoes, that's going to be the main threat for today. places like mobile, montgomery, birmingham, memphis, you're even included in the threat for today.
shour showers and storms pushing to the east. we have a tornado watch for alabama right now. the future radar shows all this pushing to the east. new england getting it by tomorrow morning. travel is going to be very much an issue as we go through tomorrow morning. wintry mix across much of new york. we are going to see the possibility of two to four inches of snow around the boston area. it is out of here quickly. by wednesday morning, high pressure in control and everything out of the way. ice accumulation, big concern. oklahoma city, kansas city, getting that for today. we're also going to see possible icy situations. chicago, detroit, grand rapids. travel is going to be a big problem as we go through the next 24 to 48 hours. >> patience a virtue. tell yourself that at the airport. >> exactly. >> appreciate it. we're also following breaking news in the fight against isis. iraqi forces, major ajounnnounct this morning, they have liberated the key city of ramadi from the isis militants.
this is new video that shows the troops celebrating in the streets. also raising the iraqi flag over the government compound that was surrounded yesterday and liberated this morning. all of this happening months after an embarrassing setback, when the city fell to isis. i want to go anderson. she has the latest. it was may that it fell. you had defense secretary ash carter talking about a lack of a will to fight among the iraqi forces. a reversal of fortune. >> no surprise it was described as an epic victory by the iraqi military earlier. their much-touted victory in ramadi, 60 kilometers away from baghdad. cnn cannot independently confirm exactly what is going on on the ground. the extent then of what the iraqi army has liberated is very difficult to pin down. a guarded statement from the
spokesman for coalition forces earlier today. congratulating the iraqis on what he called their continued success against isis in ramadi, and offering continued support for the government of iraq a z -- as it moves to make ramadi safe for civilians to return. it is likely to isis militants who had been in control of this government compound in the center of the city, may have moved further north. it is safe to say, as we've seen in the past, there is every chance they can regroup. in fact, reports in the past couple days that isis fighters used civilians as human shields as they retreated from the complex. a number of isis fighters are concerned, it's difficult to say exactly how many are on the ground. i think, poppy, the iraqi army will claim this as its single biggest victory over isis since the terror group swept through the country in 2014.
and the embarrassment of may 2015, as you pointed out. while the bigger battle against isis is far from over, and ramadi may not be over as a fight, this is certainly a symbolic victory. there's no doubt there is a win here, at least for the obama administration's strategy of providing u.s. air support and military advisers for what are these local boots on the ground. also, importantly, important to point out, these were sunni triable fighters alongside iraqi forces, not shiiehiite militia. it was a controversial option in other operations. iraqi troops announcing they hold the government complex in ramadi. what happens next is a big question. >> absolutely. becky anderson, thank you very much. i appreciate it. back here on american soil, bad news for the obama
trevor noah taking over for jonathan stewart. samantha bee hosting a late night show, as well, starting on tbs. her photoshoped version of a "vanity fair" picture was a hit on the internet. number nine, "scandakan"scandal down ""19 kids and counting." the family tookly jo lstood by t got worse. he admitted cheating on his wife and viewing pornography. he called himself, quote, the biggest hypocrite ever. number eight, caitlyn jenner's new name, look and life. her "vanity fair" cover had everyone talking, spreading transgender issues. it started with a diane sawyer interview and accepted an espy.
her reality show debuted on e and was renewed n eed for anoth season. 35 women accused bill cosby of sexual assault. the headline read, cosby, the women, an unwelcomed sisterhood. the magazine's website crashed after the release. koz cosby continues to deny the accusations and hasn't been charged with any crime. number six, jason rah cysigrjas, was held in iran. the media has wildly condemned his attention, saying he's a pawn in iran's geopolitical power struggle. december marked his 500th day in jail. number five, a reminder of the power of a photograph. 3-year-old syrian refugee
drowned off the coast of turkey. the image of his body changed the coverage of the refugee crisis stripping europe. waking the world up, something that news coverage and gallons of ink failed to do. the heated debate about how to solve the problem is ongoing. the picture remains a haunting look at its toll on humanity. number four now, a shooting on live tv. the execution style killings of alis sl allison parker and adam ward. the murderer, a disgruntled former employee, posted an angle on social media and shot himself later in the day as police closed in. a strong response. broadcast journalists posting pictures of themselves doing their jobs, like allison and adam did that job. others helped the network stay
on air during the horrible days that followed. "charlie hebdo." gunman stormed the offices, killing 12 people, including the magazine's editor and several cartoonists. the attackers were seeking revenge for cartoons depicting the prophet muhammad. the world pushed back. i am charlie was a global rallying cry. it wouldn't be the only time that paris mourned a terrorist attack in 2015. number two here in the u.s., brian williams gets kicked off the air. the celebrated "nbc nightly news" anchor was suspended without pay six months in february after exaggerating a story about a helicopter mission during the iraq war. nbc investigation found ten other embellishments in the anchor's past. lester holt look over the nightly news permanently. some thought williams wouldn't return, but he did covering breaking news on msnbc. the exaggerations. this about - >> it had to have been ego that
made me think i had to be sharper, funnier, quicker. >> and number one, the biggest media story of 2015, is donald trump taking over. it started with controversy. >> they're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists, and some, i assume, are good people. >> but it was followed by rising poll numbers, record debate ratings, talking heads in disbelief, and some frustrated fact checkers. even when the media calls him out, trump never backs down. he's not afraid to pick a fight with the media, like making controversial comments about fox news anchor megyn kelly, or kicking a reporter out of a conference. or mocking a reporter, serge. the debates attracted 20 million viewers each, smashing records. it's the reality tv effect on the campaign trail. as primary season heats up in
2016, the media circus will continue. voters will have the last word on trump. happy immediamedia new year. >> brian, thank you so much. for all of you on twitter asking if i'm okay, thank you so much. i got a little hot and i passed out for a moment. i am fine. we're going to take a quick break. we'll be right back.
with the war on terror. only 18% think the u.s. has the upper hand, while 40% say that terrorists are winning. that's the highest number since september 11th. for president obama, 64%. it's lower than the confidence under president bush in 2006. this poll was taken before the iraqi military declared victory over ramadi. with me to talk about this, co-author of "isis inside the army of terror," also senior editor of the daily beast, nice to see you. >> you, too. >> ramadi has been liberated by iraqi forces. it was a setback, quite frankly, for the american administration and for the iraqis when they lost this. that was when secretary ash carter suggested the inability of the forces was -- they didn't have the will to fight. that was a controversy. >> yeah. >> what has changed now, that
they managed to take it? >> it seems they've behaved more as a professional military than they have been in the last several months of this war. by all accounts, the consortium militia groups have hung back from the main theater of operations. they're corralled in eastern ramadi. when it comes to this intense urban combat situation, they're not there. you have the golden division, some more credible brigades and iraqi divisions leading the fight. you have a few hundred sunni arabs men that were trained by the u.s. ramadi fell in may of this year, almost a year after operation inherent resolve got underway. we lost this battle, this key provincial capital. we've regained it. the real test is can the iraqi forces hold on to it? the concern of a lot of
analysts, a lot of people who served in iraq or study the conflict, is what happens if the shia militias make a play for the city? shia militias set up checkpoints, vetting whoever could come in and out of the city. the real problem with ramadi is this is sort of the hub, the headquarters, if you'd like, of sunni arab tribal control in iraq. they will be seen with suspicion, waipaving the way fo isis' return. >> you have what looks like a victory now. taking ramadi is something that was badly needed. >> sure. >> then we have this new cnn poll that shows only 18% of americans say the u.s. is winning the war on terrorism. >> yeah. >> will -- who is winning the war to terrorists? 18% say we're winning.
over the weekend, the isis leader al baghdadi suggested isis is under siege. the rest of the world is united against isis. so is isis losing influence and losing control, or is isis winning? are the american people behind a little bit or the ground facts? >> to be frank, i don't think most americans care if a city called ramadi in a part of the world they've never been to and doesn't directly affect them falls to one side or the other. what they care about are attacks on the streets of paris, or attacks in ankara, or egypt, a popular tourist destination, airliner blown out of the sky. these are the data points that created this opinion. i've been critical of the way the administration has both pursued a policy and also tried to explain its policy. when the president of the united states comes out and says something like, isis doesn' pose a mortal threat to the united states, i don't even know what to do with that. nobody thinks that isis poses a mortal threat is going to
destroy the united states. let's back it up and put it in proper, sensible, human terms. what they can do and what they're seeking to do every day of the week is wage these kind of spectaculars. not to destroy whole cities on western soil. to terrorize, traumatize communities, and change how we conduct our domestic politics. it's playing into their hands, that you have the rise of these far right populous demagogues in europe and now in the united states, who say close all the borders, keep the muslims out. al bag bhdadi is a calculator. the way he presented this is oriented for a sunni audience. he's saying that isis is under siege not just by an international coalition, but there are three actors. the united states, backed by the jews, of course, russia and iran. the mortal enemies of the sunni arab world, and they're working
together. it's a grand conspiracy aimed at not just islam, but the sunnis. it's hard for us to get our imagination around this in the west, but it's a galvanizing propaganda platform for that part of the world. >> when they have successes in big european cities. in several european cities now, they're on high alert for an attack with explosives, with guns. >> yeah. >> police in vienna saying the attacks could involve several names ton vienna alert. how serious do you think the threat is? >> after paris, they're taking the faintest hint of an imminent or worth coforthcoming attack w deadly ernest. we saw it in brussels several weeks ago. the headquarters of nato was on lockdown for 72 hours. it's difficult in our position to say what they know or what they think isis is up to. as i say, the game is over, ecerta
essenti essentially. if we hear a whisper coming out of raqqah that they might be planning something. >> thank you so much. protesters in chicago are calling for mayor ram emanu rahs resignation after a shooting over the weekend. the teen's mother spoke out about her mother's death. >> no mother should have to bury her child. especially under these circumstances. you call for help. the police are supposed to serve and protect us. it's a badge to kill. i mean, where do we get our help? when is the mayor going to step up? >> overnight, the mayor ordered a series of reforms in the wake of the controversy. he issued a statement saying, quote, there are serious questions about yesterday's shootings that must be answered in full by the independent police review authorities investigation. while their investigation is underway, we must make real changes within our police
department today, and it is clear changes are needed to how officers respond to mental health crises. rosa flores is live in chicago with the latest for us. rosa? >> hi, christine. let me take you through this. here's what we know from authorities. they tell us a domestic disturbance call came to dispatch early saturday morning. when police officers responded to the scene, they say they were, quote, confronted by a combative individual, which resulted in the shooting and killing of two people. first of all, 19-year-old quintonio legrier, and 55-year-old bettie jones. here's what we know from their families. from the teen first, his mom telling cnn that legrier was actually in his house with his dad. that his dad actually called the police. now, this mom also said that her son was shot seven times, and that he was not a combative
person. now, as for bettie jones' family, they say the grandmother, the mother of five, simply opened the door to her house before she was shot. according to the coronecoroner, was shot in the chest. from her family, they're asking for solidarity and calm in this time of pain. >> i think the entire city's integrity is in question when institutions fail to respond responsibly. i think right now is not a time for politiciitipolitics. it's a time for us to remember we're all chicagoans and we share this short moment of life together. we want to be happy together. >> the police officer is on administrative duty for 30 days. mayor rahm emanuel releasing a statement, saying in part, quote, i directed the new acting chief administrator of the independent police review authority and the interim superintendent of police to meet with each other as soon as possible to review the crisis
intervention team training around how officers respond to mental health crisis calls. we should add that legrier's family is not confirming that he was having a mental health episode at the time. in fact, christine, they say, regardless if he would have been having a mental episode at that particular time, that the teen was not armed and that deadly force was not justified. christine in. >> rosa flores, thank you so much for that. in chicago. still to come, nfl quarterback peyton manning accused of doping. why he strongly denied it, calling it garbage. guess what? the first man who made the accusations, he'll denying it, too. it takes a lot of work... to run this business. but i really love it. i'm on the move all day long... and sometimes, i just don't eat the way i should. so i drink boost® to get the nutrition that i'm missing. boost complete nutritional drink has 26 essential vitamins and minerals, including calcium and vitamin d to support strong bones and 10 grams of protein to help maintain muscle.
utter devastation in north texas after a deadly tornado strikes near dallas. hundreds of homes lay splintered across lawns. look at the pictures of this devastation. 11 people killed. the city of raw let taowlett tat from a ef-4 tornado. with me on the phone is the mayor of texas. thank you for joining me. tell me what your community went through this weekend. the pictures, just devastating.
>> first off, christine, thank you for having us on. i will tell you that we are definitely in full recovery mode at this point. the ef-3 tornado hit roughly 7:00 p.m. we were fortunate and able to get significant warning. we wound up with basically 23 people injured out of it. at the end of the day. we did suffer significant damage through that particular area. we have roughly 1,000 homes that have been impacted and about 150 of those are completely destroyed, with 200 of those having major structural damage. >> where are the residents today? are they in temporary shelters? what have you set up for the people who have been displaced now? >> we actually have a shelter that is open. many of the folks have gone to spend the night at relatives or friends homes that are in the area. so the shelter is not anywhere
near capacity, but we have services available, should they need them. >> let's talk about how people -- you said people had a good sized warning here. we know people survived by hiding in bathtubs, closets. what are some of the stories your residents are telling you about where they hunkered down? >> first and foremost, we were fortunate. we actually had tornado sirens. we set them off three different times, to make sure people had fair warning. additionally, we also have texts and e-mail, as well as phone call information that we send out to all the residents, notifying them of this. most of the people hid in closets or evacuated the area or just got into bathtubs. some of the stories are amazing. i mean, you look at a house that's completely devastated, demolished, and as soon as it was over, you had three people walk out of there. some with injuries, of course, but they're happy to be alive. >> amazing. where i'm from, from iowa, we get tornado activity quite frequently. we have basements.
it's routine to have basements in the midwest. not necessarily routine where you are. people have storm shelters or they're hiding in an interior closet or bathtub. >> yes, that is correct. they typically go under a closet in the stairs or in a bathtub, small bathroom, inside room. some people lay a mattress on top of them. >> ef-3 or ef-4, it's hard to survive something like that. >> christine, the damage is significant. >> 180-mile-per-hour winds for ef-4. what is your biggest obstacle? what do you need from today moving forward into the new year? what is your message for people? >> i think the biggest thing we need right now, we have plenty of resources at our fingertips. the biggest thing is people stay out of the impacted areas right now. let the emergency crews do their work. we have the electric company, the gas company, making sure all the gas lines are off. we believe they are. they're doing second and third
checks. the power companies are going through and it's not a power line down. we have telephone poles snapped in half. they have to remove all that, and we're doing our best to restore electricity to those areas. let the -- so, you know, we need to let the emergency service workers do their job so we can start to cleanup. >> very good advice. we hope everyone can be as safe as possible in the days ahead, as you get through the debris and start to move forward. thank you so much, mayor. >> thank you, christine. appreciate it. >> for more on how you can help storm victims, visit cnn.com/impact. denver broncos quarterback peyton manning is denying an explosive report, the al jazeera documentary claim manning ordered human growth hormones through his wife. this claim linked several athletes to the doping. manning isn't the only one calling this report garbage.
andy scholes joins us now. manning strongly denied any link to performance enhancers. >> manning immediately came out and basically called the entire report a complete joke. he went on to say, he couldn't believe al jazeera was going to air something that the source of the report even came out and said wasn't true. now, charlie sly is the source of the documentary. he was an intern at the anti-aging clinic in indianapolis that manning went to. sly said manning got shipments of human growth hormone in 2011 when recovering from neck surgery. he said the hormones would go to manning's wife ashley. sly was an unpaid intern and only there for three months in 2013, which is well after manning was even treated at the guyer institute. in speaking with espn, manning
called the allegations by sly in the report, complete garbage. >> i can't speak for any other athlete. i know what i've done. i know how hard i worked during my 18 years of playing in the nfl. there are no sport cuts. i've done it the long way, the hard way. to insinuate anything otherwise is a complete and total joke. it's defamation. it really ticks me off. >> sly recanted his story. he says everything he said in this report were lies, and he actually posted a youtube clip where he said al jazeera shouldn't air the documentary. look at this. >> statements on any recordings or communications that al jazeera plans to air are false and incorrect. to be clear, i am recanting any such statements and there is no truth to any statement of mine that al jazeera plans to air. >> sly says he made up the lies about athleteshancing drugs to r british hurdler. he was the guy secretly taping
sly, posing as someone looking to get performance-enhancing drugs to get back to the olympics. this is going to continue to develop. peyton manning told peter king from sports illustration he's likely to sue for deaf natifamd. baseball players are involved, as well. zimmermann of the nationals. lawyers say they're likely to sue for defer maamation. >> any other response from the nfl? >> the nfl and major league baseball are going to look into the claims, especially with what was in the report. but the only thing that was concrete in the report that hasn't been refuted is there was a baseball player that admitted basically to taking steroids in the report. i'm sure major league baseball will look into that. >> thanks for that. donald trump and hillary clinton trading jabs over charges of sexism. you're looking at the preview of the 2016 election? everyone.
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they are the front runners in the 2016 pbattle for the whie house. donald trump and hillary clinton are looking past their party rivals and training fire on one another. at the center of their feud, at the moment, it's the issue of sexism. clinton calling out the donald last week, saying he was, quote, has a penchant for language
derogatory toward woman, after he described her 2008 loss to president obama. trump firing back on twitter. warning clinton to be careful. later, he took a shot at bill clinton, tweeting, hilalary clinton announced she's letting her husband out to campaign, but he's shown a penchant for sexism. so inappropriate. it was sunday on fox news. >> i think he is fair game pause his presidency was considered to be troubled, to put it mildly, because of all the things she's talking to me about. sexism. i turned her exact words. i turned her exact words against her from that standpoint. she's got to be careful. she has to be fair. we all have to fight fairly and have to fight for the good of the country, for the good of the people, for the good of everybody. we have to fight fairly. she's playing the woman's card. it's like, give me a break. >> here to discuss, political
anchor for new york one and cnn political commentator. and andy smith, director of the university of new hampshire survey center, also a political science senator. donald trump tweets and references his tweets when he has interviews on television. he said, be careful. he says that hillary clinton is playing the woman's card. what do you make of it? >> i think it is a misguided attempt to counterpunch in an area where donald trump is extremely vulnerable. upwards in the latest poll, upwards of 60% of women say they have a less than favorable he has, in fact, publicly used words, calling women dogs and slobs and pigs, this kind of thing, disgusting. he doubles down and says, well, i know i am, but who are you, kind of thing. this is a childish response, in dragging bill clinton into it. bill clinton had a lot of problems but he didn't call women dogs and pigs and slobs.
he obviously was part of a sex scandal, but it's not the same thing. it's unfortunate this is where donald trump wants to sort of take the conversation. i think hillary clinton is more than ready for it. >> you mention those >> you mention those poll numbers. i want to talk about those with you, andy. for clinton or trump to win, they have to get the backing of the female voters. here's the latest cnn/orc polling, 61% have an unfavorable view of trump, 65% you ever favorable for clinton. can trump compete with hillary clinton in that area. she's trying to become the first female president of the united states? >> i think it's going to be a difficult challenge. women have been going for democratic candidates for president as well as other top offices by a fairly significant margin over the last several election cycles. typically in the evenly divided state, being a woman candidate, especially if you're a woman democratic candidate. give you to about a 5%, 6% advantage over your opponent.
but the flip side of that is, that there's been a growing gender gap among men favoring republican candidates. so, i think what we may see, if this debate continues the way it is, is that you'll have a more polarized electorate based on the gender. voter with trump or republicans able to swing many more men voters, male voters. and democrats, if clinton is their nominee, many more women voters. >> it's so interesting, errol. embracing donald trump's third wedding and people wondering whether this morning there's going to be some public spat between bill clinton and donald trump. it's not just the clintons that trump is going after. he's also going after the south carolina congressman trey gowdy, the chair, who is going to be campaigning with marco rubio. he's gone after the virginia gop. so this is trump that is in fighting mode. >> well that's right, keep in mind, again, trump's base is
republican-based voters who are disaffected by and angry with other republican mainstream. that includes the party organizations like the virginia organization. that includes almost everybody in congress. trey gowdy, is a slightly different case. he's the one who found the clinton e-mails. he's going to always have a certain amount of credibility with the conservative base. the fact that he's sort of defecting towards trump and going towards rubio is where it's coming. >> errol louis, andy smith, thanks, guys. i'll be right back.
betty jones a mother of five and grand mother. police are calling her death a tragic accident. danny dan y n n ny cervales is only a. i want you to listen. >> why did you have to shoot and ask questions later? this is ridiculous. what about the tasers. don't shoot people, innocent people. >> why do you have to shoot first and ask questions later? what about the taser? did she have a point? >> yes, she absolutely has a point. listen, anyone who loses someone, especially when police are involved are going to be understandably upset. they're going to be very angry. and, yeah, cops should be outfitted with tasers because it would give them one more tool to go to instead of having to necessarily result to deadly first force unless deadly
physical force is used against them at that moment. >> let's think about that, that moment, according to what the police are saying that the 19-year-old, his father had called police on him. they're calling it a domestic disturbance. he had a baseball bat. aluminum baseball bat and coming down the stairs towards police officers. domestic disturbances are volatile by nature and very, very common. should there be a rule, a different rule book in chicago for how to handle those. was this a mistake on how they handled it. >> i don't think they have enough information to make that determination. there was a report that the young person had potentially mental illness, if that was the case that came into play. domestic violence is one of the most dangerous jobs that a police officer is going to respond to. they're highly volatile. they're completely unpredictable because you walk into someone's house or apartment, you have no idea what you're walking into. if someone is walking down the
stairs with a baseball bat, well, the police officer thinks they're going to use that baseball bat. >> they call police because they wanted help for that person, not for somebody to get shot. >> danny, the officer has been placed on administrative duty for 30 days. blah do you see happening to him, at this point? >> fix yrst, you have to have a investigation to find out if the force was warranted. and to do that we're going to be taking a look at the force model, what was presented to the officer and was his response reasonable? as tom was talking about with training, police officers are taught to escalate force depending on the amount of force they're confronted with. from near presence to verbal demands to nonlethal force. all the way up to lethal force. the other thing tom will tell you, that police are trained, that that escalation can happen very, very quickly. and this always comes down to, number one, training and the actual fact. what was the force that this officer was confronted with at
the time of the incident. and with one caveat. >> right. >> remember, the supreme court has said that we will not use hindsight monday morning quartering to determine whether the force was reasonable. we will use the officer's information that was available to him or her, at that moment. >> danny, you know, the familis of these two people have a case against the city. the nephew of betty jones was on our air earlier this morning and said that they've been mourning and they've been fielding calls from lawyers. lots of calls from lawyers. >> what i think we need to show compassion towards not only the family, you know, not only us, but i think we need to show compassion towards police officers. i think the peace starts with us. the peace starts with me. and the peace starts with the officers that first showed up on that scene. so i think everybody is going to be impacted by this situation. we need to use this as an opportunity to get better as a city. it's not a time for hate. it's not a time for swift
decisions. this is a time towards compassion of suffering of people that live in west garfield park. and compassion towards people that live in the root. >> that's jammal cole, nephew of betty jones, saying they're getting a lot of phone calls from attorneys now. do they have a case? >> it's hard to determine whether they have a case until the investigation is complete anytime there's a police shooting, there are two separate categories we have to talk about. first, the criminal case, will there be a criminal indictment, people say there's no indictment in police lethal force cases. there may be a viable civil claim. in other words, you don't need an indictment or conviction to hold a city or municipality liable for violation of civil rights or wrongful death or any other tort claim. so, those are to be expected. it would be almost a certainty that especially in an accidental shooting case that a case like
this would be brought. >> danny cevallos, thanks so much. the next hour of "cnn newsroom" starts right now. good morning, i'm christine romans sitting in for carol costello. 30 million americans under threats as a deadly storm tracks east. violent weather killing 34 people. 24 of those deaths this weekend. it's a true triple threat storm. record snow, massive tornados and flooding. parts of new mexico under 16 inches of snow this morning. that snow how heading east where multiple tornadoes struck northern texas. 11 people killed near dallas. officials calls the devastation catastrophic this morning. in the midwest, devastating flooding, cars swept away, rescue crews pulling off more than 100 water rescues.
but first, nick valencia is in garland, texas. nick. >> reporter: good morning, christine. the sun has come up in the last few hours and it gives us a look at the scope of how powerful the tornado was. an ef-4 tornado. the most powerful tornado out there. winds up to 200 miles an hour. you can see what it ran into at this apartment complex. the first residents from this complex just now starting to show up. you see them sifting through belongings and trying to sift through what is left. i spoke to one inside the complex with his wife when the trchd tornado hit. he said the family is okay. when he walked out to this area, you could see the tears in his eyes. what he's been through in the past couple of days. the path is evident. it came through, this is probably one of the hardest hit areas in garland which suffered the brunt of that ef-4 tornado. 8 of the 11 killed here in this
area happened in garland. i just got off the phone with the mayor pro tem tells me dozens of people are without power. dozens of people had to spend the night in shelters box there's no places to go. the mayor said they are coping here. the red cross is helping with shelters. they're getting a lot of help from the emergency management team. like that one resident that's come back, it's heartbreaking to see when you have everything that's precious to you lost. many of these people don't have insurance. they're trying to figure out a way exactly how they can move forward with their life, especially what they went through this weekend. christine. >> hearing about people hiding in interior closets. hiding in the bathtub. pulling a mattress on top of you. if you're talking about an ef-3, ef-4 tornado, that devastation, you're not guaranteed survival in an interior room. and these are devastating winds. what are people saying, i mean,
frankly, about how they're going to rebuild. >> well, we have spoken to some survivors, just really remarkable and courageous stories of survival. i spoke to one man in the middle of his living room, watching his furniture, his sofa, parts of his kitchen just floating around as he held on to a 60-pound pit bull and his mother-in-law. we did catch up with other survivors who say they don't know how they are still alive today. >> nick valencia for us in garland, texas. garland texas taking a direct hit from ef-4. live on the phone is lieutenant pedro barrenno from the garland police department. the recovery process just beginning. what is your priority now, sir? >> right now, we're continuing to assess the damages that are done. we're going to begin debris removal and sifting down into the debris and find out if there's anything that's a hazard to the community. >> tell us the stories of
survival this morning. what are people telling about how they made it through? an ef-4, those are up to 180-mile-per-hour winds. >> yeah, it's amazing. i'm not a meteorologist, but the fact that the winds are up to 200 miles an hour are just incredible. but of the fact that people survived it, it's amazing. and people in our community are strong. we're going to have those who survived, it's a resilient city and we have plans in place to make the community strong once again, right before this tornado struck. >> okay. we know at least 8 people were killed in garland. do you know, were they inside their homes? were they out on the roads? is there anything we can glean from that about where the safest place to be was in this storm? >> well, sirens were going off in most locations over and over again. but the location where this tornado impacted was mostly off the highway i-30 george west turnpike. people in their cars got hit by
the tornado. and we have three people that were confirmed dead in their vehicles. where the debris was projected from the tornado on the north side of the highway. the direction of the tornado coming south. that's exactly what happened there. there's so much debris from around, there's no telling where the debris, all of the debris really came from. whether it came from the highway or other buildings. >> lieutenant, what are you telling people now? the storm has passed but there still are danger there. it's just so much devastation. it's such a dangerous situation, what are you telling people as you move forward and going into the new year? >> right now, just keep your head up. it's such a devastating time for so many people who have lost their homes and their family. however, we are resilient. we are working together. we are going to recover from this. we have partnerships with the red cross. we have partnerships with other agencies. and we are going to provide all
of the assistance necessary for people to get back on their feet and back to their daily lives. >> our thoughts and prayers are with all of you especially around the holidays. so much work to do. lieutenant, thanks for that in garland. thank you. flooding and snow across the country is the biggest concern right now. jennifer gray is in atlanta with the latest threat. >> yeah, christine, we are going to see the threat of snow, not only that, a quarter inch to half inch accumulation in some spots. that's enough to bring down the trees and power lines. we're going to see power outages in places like oklahoma city, as well as kansas city. i want to drive home the power of what we saw outside of dallas. an ef-4 tornado with winds of 166 to 200 miles per hour. those are the winds that are equivalent to a category 5 hurricane. well constructed and whole frame houses will be leveled. cars and other large objects will be thrown around. and small objects, objects as
small as pine needles will be turned into projectile missiles. and so, that's the kind of devastation, that's the kind of damage we saw with those tornadoes, that you saw from nick valencia. so, we still have the threat going on for today. we that winter storm warning along the plains in the midwest. we have flood advisories and warnings still going on. in fact, water rescues are still going on around the dallas area this morning. we have a winter storm watch in effect for portions of new england. a lot of people see the first snow of the season by tomorrow morning. a messy morning commute tomorrow, all. showers and storms pushing east. the tornado threat is still there. you can see that snow and wintery mix around places like oklahoma. and that's pushing into kansas. severe weather risk includes montgomery, mobile, we're seeing tornado warnings pop up along the florida panhandle and southern alabama. that tornado watch in effect including birmingham, that includes mobile as well going on right now. you can see that tornado warning
in effect for just north of pensacola moving to the north and east. so, is this going to push to the east, christine, by tomorrow morning, it's going to be a messy commute. wintry mix outside of new york city. we're also going to see possible snow and wintery mix around the boston area. travel is going to be treacherous. >> be careful. they are traveling to and from grandma's house. i've got to tell you, around here the cherry blossoms are starting to bloom. it's been crazy. for more on how to help the storm victims in texas and across the country, visit cnn.com slacnn daut ka cnn.c cnn.com/impact. >> after a punishing blow to isis and retakes the key city of ramadi, why forces there still face major challenges.
a proud moment for iraq. that's how the international coalition describing a key situation on the ground in the key city of ramadi. they have pushed out isis and liberated that town. you're watching brand new video showing the iraqi flag flying over the center of town. an embarrassing setback when the city fell into their hands back in may. cnn international correspondent now, is this an important strategic retaking of this town, but it's going to be hard work to rehold it? >> reporter: absolutely, christine. i mean, you saw those pictures of that flag being raised. you absolutely couldn't in any way judge them, perhaps being a
bit previous in putting that flag out. they acknowledge there's clearing that needs to be done north of ramadi. it's a moment long time coming to the iraqi government. and it's strategic not just in terms of massive propaganda blow to isis. but it's strategic in setting a blueprint for this fight against isis. you'll remember back in may, those images we saw of that extraordinarily humiliating defeat of the iraqi government forced to endure even before much of that isis force had even arrived in the city, well, now, we're looking at a reinvigorated plan not just for iraq, but back in d.c. back in nashgs causmay, it caus complete re-evaluation of how it needs to be to moving from mosul to fallujah and perhaps all the way to the broken borders with
syria. and the key element here is sunni tribal forces. they have been at the forefront of this fight. and they're expected to be at the forefront of the fight to hold and protect ramadi, one it is fully clear. and moved beyond there, perhaps all the way to mosul. so, having been here 18 months ago, when this push by isis came almost 60 kilometers from the gate of this city of the iraqi capital city, i have to tell you, christine, it feels very different standing here today. >> all right, nima elbagir, thank you for that. again, you say potentially moving towards mosul next. we'll see if they can do that, too. thank you for that, nima. back here on cnn/orc poll says the american public is dissatisfied. 18% sink the u.s. has the upper hand while 40% think the u.s. is winning. as for president obama, 33
approve of how he's handling isis. that's 8 points lower than the confident level under president bush back in 2006. it's important to point out that this poll was taken before this iraqi military victory over ramadi that we just told you about. with me, senior editor peter beinart and spider marks. >> here's what president obama told npr in an interview recently, listen. >> isil combines viciousness with very savvy media operations. and as a consequence, if you've been watching television for the last month, all you've been seeing, all you've been hearing about is these guys with masks or black flags who are potentially coming to get you. >> so, do you think he sees this
as simply a communication failure. or does he see the broader u.s. frustrations with the actual war against terror? >> i think he believes that, to be honest, that people's fears of terrorism are exaggerated. if you look at the period since september 11th, we have not had another terrorist attack on u.s. soil in 50 years now, nearly on the scale of september 11th. and that the -- most of the attacks have been these lone wolf attacks that are frightening to people but really don't kill any more people than you find in your average gun shooting that we tolerate all over the united states. so, i think that's what he really feels. now, what we've seen since san bernardino and paris is a huge spike in terrorism. and isis is master full at making people afraid. i believe on the ground, they believe the strategy is working that isis is losing territory. that they are starting to get some success amongst the sunni tribes that they need to
actually take on isis in certain areas where the kurd don't have a presence. and that the threat of terrorism is not nearly as great as you would believe listen to some of president obama's opponents. >> but you look at san bernardino, that's an isis inspired attack not isis ordered attack. >> right. >> and america is afraid of this homegrown thing in the back yard. san bernardino, that fear is real. >> fear is real. the question is how do you view it as a leader, if you don't believe that the fear is as great as people think it is how do you respond to it. >> a poll shows 18% americans think that u.s. is winning that war on terrorism. over the weekend, isis backer, we think it's from him he talks about ice incognisis under sieg.
will america's opinion on this fight shift this administration's policy at all? should americans' opinions shift what the policy is? >> i would hope not. frankly, what the administration needs to do is ensure that all the elements of power that need to be engaged in order to contain and then defeat isis are employed, frankly, equally across the board. but right now, we're in a situation where isis has been able to achieve such strength within the caliphate that they've defined. that the only element of power right now is the military element of power that can really do significant heavy lifting, albeit, diplomatic efforts are in place clearly to build a coalition of part offer ins that want to go against isis. i think the american public is clearly frustrated, obviously, and they're looking for a quick solution and there isn't one. this is intergenerational. this is going to take time to contain and introduce this and
it only modernization of the part of world. all of that a deriveive of something not in place yet. is. >> this is really a good deal. there could be this euphoriced me, episodic response which is great. unfortuna unfortunately, this has to be sustained. it's very difficult. that map is so telling, you have this big swath, especially north and west of baghdad, leading into syria. and there are portions of kurdistan in very good control. and there are portions of baghdad and south under control. but you've got this very large caliphate that extends into syria that we've been looking at for so long. it's very dangerous and needs to be addressed by the iraqi government.
>> you wrote something very telling, obama's view i suspect democratic is not the radical islam of isis. it's authoritarian capitalism of china. while republicans think isis is strong and growing stronger, obama thinks it's weak. two very differing views. >> right, describing the terrorism as this year's analog to communism and fascism. kind of a global ideological competitor to the west. i don't think obama sees that. i think obama believes that communicatism and fascism at their height in the '30s made people believe they could bring economic prosperity. i think he believes that this is fundamental weak foe that we can defeat, as long as we don't do self-inflicted wounds. >> right. >> as long as we don't do thinks like invading another middle eastern country which is gives them a big opportunity to act as
an anti-occupation force or do the kind of thing that donald trump is proposing. ultimately, that strengthens their side. they're not offering very much. >> peter beinart, general spider marks, great to see both of you. as many as 600 firefighters fought back the fast moving wildfire which came within striking distance of beaches. officials believe the flames were sparked by falling power lines. madonna's son by a court has to return home to his mother. the 15-year-old wants to stay with his father director guy ritchie. rocco is apparently tired of being on tour with madonna. peyton manning accused of doping, he's strongly denying
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denver broncos quarterback peyton manning is denying an explosive report. this report claimed manning ordered human growth hormones through his wife. also claimed to link several other pro athletes to doping. here's what the future hall of fame quarterback told espn in response to the allegations. >> i can't speak for any other athlete. i know what i've done. i know how hard i've done playing 18 years in the nfl. there are no short cuts. i've done it the long and hard way. to insinuate otherwise is a complete joke, it's defamation and ticks me off.
>> we heard from one of the sources of the report, a guy named charlie sly. he says he was recorded secretly without his permission. >> statements on any recordings that al jazeera plans to air are absolutely false. to be colleagues i am recanting any such statements, and there is no truth to any statement that al jazeera plans to air. >> there's only one person that can make sense of this, cnn's rachel nichols. it's bizarre. manning coming out strong, calling it garbage. charlie sly who was an intern an intern at the clinic, not even at the time manning was at the clinic, saying, no, he's lying, what's going on? >> look, this is so difficult to uncover. even the time at the clinic is up for debate. al jazeera said they have
employment records that he did work at the clinic. we've seen versions of this before. with performance-enhancing drugs it's often someone we don't expect or this is the fifth person accused of of cheating, sometimes, you can vigorously deny it and there's no evidence uncovered. and then again, sometimes, they'll stomp their feet and vigorously deny it and call them liars. and fans feel mislead and the athlete sheepishly apologize. everyone gets painted with this. it's difficult on all sides. we have to see how this turns out. >> the insinuation here that when he was recovering from a series of neck surgeries that he was using this hgh and shipped to his wife somehow. he's furious and threatening
legal action? >> absolutely. he's threatening that now. his agents are threatening that. the other players involved, their agents are threatening that. i don't know if this is going to make it to court if it does, it would open peyton and his wife up to discovery and that process going into their private records a lot more than anybody wants that to happen. also, he would have to prove actual malice because he is a public figure and they might have a hard time with that. i think right now, we're just seeing how upset he is and the denials. >> risch nick dolls, thanks for that. i'm christine romans sitting in for carol costello this morning. she could make history as the first female president of the united states. but donald trump said hillary clinton is blazing their path to the white house not on her political issues but on her
gender. trump is firing back, not just at the democratic front-runner but also at her husband who trump claims has his own issues with sexism. here's what he told fox news yesterday. >> i think he is fair game because his presidency was really considered to be very troubled, to put it mildly, because of all of the things that she's talking to me. she's mentioning sexism. i actually turned her exact wording i don't know if you saw the tweet, but i turned her exact words against her from that standpoint. but it's got to be fair. we all have to fight fairly. and we have to fight for the good of the country for the good of the people, for the good of everybody. but we have to fight fairly and she's playing the woman's card and it's like give me a break. trump says the last person he wants to run against is him.
he hasn't really gone after her yet. how will this rhetoric play out for a man who has a 61% unfavorable rating among women voters? >> i don't think it's going to do him any good in terms of that gap that he has attracting women voters. it will certainly stir up the base. he's looking at this republican primary where he is in the lead a lot at national polls but areas are catching up to him. i also think he is trying to give us a preview of what a trump/hillary clinton matchup would be like. he has unloaded really on a lot of his fellow candidates in this race from jeb bush from kasich to rubio. now, he's essentially saying if you like what i've done in the republican primary from some of his opponents then look at what i would do in terms of running against hillary rodham clinton in a general election. the problem is, these lines have
never worked against hillary clinton and has back fired against people who have tried him. some of her best poll ratings actually came during the monica lewinsky scandal back in the '90s. it's very much a throwback to that era. it's a trial balloon that donald trump is floating here. i'm not sure it's going to work for him long term. >> you know, larry, the clintons and rump have history. you all saw that photo from 2005 with his current wife. there you go. they're happy and daughters are friends. i'm wondering maybe trump's remarks are more out of the his sphere of bill clinton's abilities on the campaign trail. all is fair in love and war. this is war. politics is war. look, this is classic trump he looks at any opponent, whether democrat or republican, and tries to figure out what the achilles' heel is and then he
grants it. the woman card, suppose carly fiorina got the nomination. don't you think he would go after the fact as president, of course she would. that's what hillary clinton is going to do if she's the democratic nominee. >> both of them clearly battling, acting like their the front-runners for the party. while they battle, bernie sanders said his economic message should be the one resonating with trump supporters. listen to what sanders told cbs yesterday. >> this is a guy who does not want to raise the minimum wage. in fact, he has said that he thinks wages in merng a s is in high. but he does want to give billions of dollars in tax breaks for the top 1 to 3%. i think for the working class support, i think we can make the case that if we really want to
address the issues that people are concerned about, why the middle class is disappearing, massive income and wealth inequality in this country, we need policies that bring us together that take on the greed of corporate america, and create a middle class that works for all of us, rather than an economy that works just for a few. >> and mia, sanders has built his campaign around those very issues. a recent cnn/orc poll shows among democrats he trails clinton hang se clinton by eight points. is that smart to be going for trump voters? >> you know, at this point, he can certainly try, i don't think he's going to meet with much success. he's thinking about what happened to him in vermont. he did do well among republican voters in vermont but 25% of republicans backed him. it is true that the majority of republican voters agree with him
that corporations have too big a role to play in american society and american politics. so, i think there are some strands of his message that could resonate with these republican voters 3. but i think he's got a much bigger problem in terms of this contest with hillary clinton because he hasn't been able to get southern -- southern democrats, african-americans and latinos to back his candidacy just yet. he's obviously trying to look for other voters to make up that ground. >> you know, larry, trump and sanders have been labeled populist. in the diagram which is a sliver between the two, is there overlap? >> it just shows you how useful the word populist is. i'm not going to say there are joint sets but the intersection is timely. those supporting bernie sanders now and those who will support bernie sanders are liberal
democrats. those supporting donald trump now and later are conservative republicans who care about immigration and national security more than they do income equality. so bernie is drilling a dry well here, believe me. >> mia, larry, thanks for joining me. still, a call to 911 ends in tragedy and controversy after a police officer opens fire and kills a 55-year-old grand mother, a mother of five, also kill a 19-year-old college student. we call it share the love. skin sean skwee. o over sixty-five million dollars. and bringing love where it's needed most. love. it's what makes a subaru, a subaru.
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her child. and especially under these circumstances. we called for help. the police are post to serve and protect us. it's a badge to kill. i mean, where do we get our help? when is the mayor going to step up? >> cnn's rosa flores is live in chicago with the very latest. rosa. >> christine, if by the independent review authority is investigating this shooting, it investigating all officer-involved shootings in chicago, until they finalize their report, here is what we know about what happened. it all starts very early on saturday morning. with a call into dispatch. a disturbance call. police say that they responded to the scene and they were confronted by, quote, a combative individual, resulting in the shooting and killing of two people. first of all, the 19-year-old that you mentioned, quintonio legrier, and also 55-year-old
betty jones. here's what betty jones' family is saying. they're saying all this woman did was opened the doors to her house before she was shot by police. police later releasing a statement saying, quote, she was accidentally struck and tragically killed. as for legrier's family, his mother is saying it was his father who called the police. that his son was shot seven timings and that he is not a combative person. >> seven times my son was shot. one in the buttocks. that shows that he was turning away. he was turning away. i got to turn today for him, and i have to be there. this needs to stop, no mother should have to bury her child. >> the police officer is on a 30-day administrative duty. now in recent weeks, mayor rahm
emanuel has released the heads of two different departments by the city. first of all by the independent review authority and also the chicago police department. now, after the shooting he is asking both groups to come together and review crisis intervention training in a statement saying in part, quote, i have can asked if they determined deficiencies in the current training and determine what steps must be taken immediately to address them. christine, the family members of these two people are saying that some of those deficiencies, for example, is why not have tasers, stun guns. something else other than lethal force, in cases like these. christine. >> rosa, we've been told by police sort of early on, that they've been treating this as a mental health issue, a domestic disturbance, a mental health issue. what is the family saying about the status of the 19-year-old. >> you know this, is a tough
topic for this family. they are not confirming that he was indeed having a mental episode. they are not going there, christine. what they are saying is, regardless, if this 19-year-old was having a mental episode or not, he was not armed with a gun and that that police officer should not have fired his weapon. >> yeah. they say it doesn't matter either way. it's sort of irrelevant, either way, that he should not have been shot. rosa flores, thank you for that in chicago this morning. checking top stories, a suburban louisville, kentucky, mall is back open for business after 2,000 teenagers forced to close over the weekend. dozens of police officers responded saturday night to reports of disorderly conduct at the mall during the post christmas rush. the teens were fighting each other. they were harassing shoppers. they were harassing store employees. no arrests were made. a houston mosque catches fire after prayers on friday federal investigators say it
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today's move puts the s&p 500 once again down for 2015. a major drag on stocks is oil. this morning.e tumbling again - down more than 3%. lost $37 a barrel. that's because of iran's promise to increase its oil production. the national average for a gallon of gas, just under $2 today. "star wars: the force awakens" made $1 billion at light speed. the new "star wars" movie passed 9 billion dollar mark just 12 days after its global release. that's three days faster than "jurassic world." it led the box office again this weekend bringing in another $153.5 million. the film hasn't even opened yet in china, the second biggest market. this has been a year of amazing stories across the globe. anderson cooper counts down some of the biggest international stories of the year. ♪ top ten starts with the shocking prison escape inside the mexican jail cell of joaquin
"el chapo" guzeman. he walks into a shower and vanishes. >> very difficult to breathe down here. a lot of dirt. dust. here's the bike that chapo used to get out of the prison. >> he remains at large. number nine, a moment for the history books. cuba and america back on speaking terms. americans boarding planes bound for havana. amid icy relations between the two countries. >> a years ago it might have seemed impossible that the united states would once again be raising our flags, stars and stripes, over an embassy in atlanta. number eight, a massive quake shifted to nepal's capital katmandu, 30 feet in ten seconds. days of aftershocksed. more than 8,000 people died. very few stories more divisive than number 7. >> after decades of hostility.
an historic victory. some hailing it as a major victory for zmrdiplomacy. >> there's a reason why 90% think it's a good deal it's because it's a good deal. >> it doesn't make peace more likely, it makes words more likely. >> powerful words from the leader of israel. even more powerful, on the floor of the united states nations. 45 seconds signifying the deafening silence towards iran to the rest. at number 6, the bloody war rages in syria and iraq. a sprawling mess in a dangerous proxy war. u.s.-led coalition air strikes pound isis targets in syria. russia says it's bombing isis targets as well. >> the russians are not attacking isis. they are conducting strikes in areas where there are anti-regime militias. those strikes will bolter bashar
al assad. >> on the sidelines, turkey fiercely protecting its borderses. >> a russian warplane crashed in the mountains of syria near the turkish border. zmrt russian, understandably absolutely furious. >> president putin speaking out calling the incident, quote, a stab in the back. >> this year, the world watched the biggest escalation of the american military campaign against isis to date. >> i will not put american boots on the ground in syria. >> u.s. stepping up its presence on the ground. >> president obama putting combat boots on the ground in iraq and syria. the first time sending special forces into syria to fight isis. rounding out of top 5, a rock star welcome for pope francis as he toured the united states and cuba. >> this man is playing extraordinarily well on the stage. >> reverend i want to listen it's so exciting.
>> and tiny glimpses into the man so many have come to love. >> he then went to a war zone in central african republic part of the pontiff's historic visit to africa. number 4, a city understand siege. >> a manhunt is under way for the man who perpetrated this attack to "charlie hebdo." >> a man is dead, as well as one the men responsible for the famous muhammad cartoon back in 2011. >> two forced their ways into the offices of satirical magazine "charlie hebdo." opening fire and killing 12. >> he walked in, obviously a very disturbing scene to see. bodies on the floor. some people were crying out for help. >> chaos spilling out on to the streets. a muslim police officer was executed on camera. the manhunt intensifies. >> al qaeda in the arbian
peninsula claims responsibilities. shoppers held hostage not by the brothers but a man working apparently in concert with them. up to three intense days. 17 innocent people are dead. two terrorists killed. number 3, a german wings plane crashes. and rocks the captain out of the cockpit, steered into the ground. a chilling revelation agency they hear it unfold on the black box recorder. >> the screams were in the last instance. i remind you that the deaths are instantaneous. >> lubowitz flying it into the side of the mountain. >> he reprogram the auto plane changing altitude from 38,000 feet to 1,000 feet. killing everyone on board. >> senseless killing that sparked fear around the world in
trusting the person piloting your plane. number 2, syrians run for their lives. on a scale not seen before. >> running for their lives. syrian refugees crossing the border by the thousands trying to escape. >> in syria, president bashar al assad dropped bombs on his own people. terrified syrians flee. >> they fired more tear gas so people are sort of panicking. >> at borders across europe, men, women and children are pushed back. tens of thousands more with nothing but the clothes on their back. desperately crammed on to boats, destined for unknown short. some would never make it. >> the 2-year-old was found face down on a turkish beach. he drowned at sea while crossing with his family. >> picture of the toddler's lifeless body seen across the
globe. still in many countries fear of the unknown prevails. we have some breaking news for you out of paris, france. number 1, isis terror ices the world. spreading the brutality around the world from iraq and syria. explosion rings outside of a soccer stadium in paris. first of three suicide bombers detonating outside of the stadium. a terrorist attack the likes that paris has never seen. >> those words saved my life. >> people me for their lives. a pregnant woman so terrified she hangs from the side of a building to escape the gunfire. >> terrorists unload round after round. >> we are at war against terrorism. >> the unimaginable slaughter of 130 people in paris happening just 24 hours after this.
beirut, lebanon, a pair of suicide bombs, after the smoke cleared, 43 people left dead. isis' inability to incite terror and fear made clear -- >> new u.s. intelligence suggests the plane was most likely brought down by a bomb. >> isis is holding the photo up as proof that it downed metrojet 9268. >> they say they detonated it in midair as you know 234 people were killed. >> then an attack on u.s. soil. >> a disturbed husband and wife, drop off their little baby and kill people. >> the deadliest terror attack in the united states since 9/11. leaving many to wonder and worry where isis could strike next. >> thanks for that, anderson. thanks for joining me today, i'm christine romans in for carol costello. at this hour, berman and baldwin
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twisters, floods, blizzards, four soldiers among those who have died in massive and dangerous storms across america. see where the extreme weather is heading next. is isis getting weaker? breaking now -- iraqi forces raising their flag over one. terror group's strongholds. but the fight may not be over. and chicago on edge. rahm emanuel taking heat for his vacation as police shoot and kill an unarmed college student and grandmother. a march against the mayor begin. ♪ hello, everyone, i'm deborah feyerick, john and kate are off today. deadly storms sweeping much of the country spawning rain, tornados, storms and