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>> this guy is a jerk but ain't been back since he got smacked by carl. >> wise words, spoken about carl by carl. as for the bear who messed with carl, it's gone to hibernation apparently on "the ridiculist." >> don't mess with carl. our "ridiculist" countdown continues tomorrow. this is "cnn newsroom" live from los angeles. ahead this hour, retaking ramadi. iraqi officials say the city has been liberated seven months after it was overrun by isis. donald trump goes there. with bill clinton about to hit the campaign trail for his wife hillary, trump says the former president's history of marital inif infidelity is fair game. the affluenza teen was on the run with his mom. soon both will be handed over to u.s. marshals. hello, everybody.
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great to have you with us. we'd like to welcome our viewers around the world and in the united states, i'm john vause. the first hour of "cnn newsroom" starts from l.a. starts now. we begin in iraq where the country's prime minister is vowing to force isis out of his country in the coming year. his announcement follows the iraqi army celebrating what it calls the liberation of ramadi from isis. today's brutal house-to-house fighting, forces have mostly retaken the city. there are still pockets of isis fighters throughout ramadi. a spokesman says it will take two to three weeks to root them out. iraq's military has gained new confidence after this latest victory, and the country's leaders are vowing to push on to other cities under the control of isis. the fall of ramadi is seen as a blow to the terror group. it comes as the leader of isis releases a new message to real his followers. details from jim sciutto.
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>> reporter: from the isis chief, abu bakr al baghdadh, a new audio recording seemingly attempting to boost fighters' morale with "the world united against them." in the 24-minute tape, al baghdadi says the u.s.-led coalition against isis does not dare send ground troops to fight isis. he threatens israel and praises isis fighters engaged in combat. >> this message is intended to reassure them that he is still there, he is still the leader. that isis is still in business. >> reporter: baghdadi makes no mention of recent terror attacks claimed by isis including armed assaults in paris and san bernardino, and the downing of a russian passenger jet. >> he doesn't really make any references to the current condition of the so-called islamic state either in syria or in iraq. [ explosion ] >> reporter: the message comes amid a rough week for isis on the battlefield as iraqi ground
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forces backed by coalition air strikes reclaimed much of the city of ramadi from isis fighters who have held it since may. iraqi forces claiming victory after taking full control of a key central compound. u.s. military officials, however, are more cautious. >> inside the city center, there remain some neighborhoods that have not yet been cleared. there's a threat for unexploded ordnance, minefields, boobytrapped houses. there's a lot of still danger inside of ramadi. >> reporter: with the gains in ramadi, we hear from the iraqi prime minister today saying that mosul will be next. you speak to u.s. officials, former u.s. commanders, they say there's a lot of isis-controlled territory between iraqi forces and iraq's second-largest city. it's much farther from the stronghold of baghdad. it's also five times the size of ramadi. no u.s. officials i speak with have a timeline for iraqi forces taking back mosul. jm sciutto, cnn, washington.
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former navy s.e.a.l. and veteran of the fighting in iraq joins us. he was also a co-star and adviser for the film "american sniper." he joins us from pensacola, in florida. thank you for being with us. i'm curious, is the backslapping premature? one analyst said only 14 of 43 neighborhoods in ramadi are under government control. there are hundreds of booby trap, unexploded devices. you were there in 2006. you know what it's like to go street to street. explain the challenges still ahead for iraqi troops. >> well, the fall of ramadi in may of this year of a symbolic loss for coalition forces and iraqi troops. the gaining of ground in iraq today in ramadi is a symbolic loss for isis. ramadi's been under a constant battle for the past ten years. a patchwork of streets, alleyways, they stuck a flag in government center. it doesn't mean they control all of ramadi now. rom ramadi is a stronghold for
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the insurgency. we have cautious optimism with the taking of ramadi, of government center. there's still a lot of work to be done to fully secure ramadi. back in the day in 2006, 2007, around the surge time, it was clear hold build. they're at the clear section. they need to clear the city. root out insurgents, prepare to move on and press toward mosul. >> there is positive news here. let's start with that because this was the local iraqi military, many sunni forces with the help of u.s. advisers and coalition air power. according to some, this might be the start of a revival of moderate sunni forces in iraq. is that how you see it? >> it has to be sunni forces. what worked well in 2006 and 2007 was using the tribal engagement model. use the locals to help root out insurgents. as we know, ramadi is a sunni stronghold. if we're using shia-based iraqi forces, you're going to get ethnic tensions that we had back then in 2006, 2007.
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by using tribal engagement models, using what's worked in the past, we will have success in ramadi. the advisers bring that experience having served that time frame with me in the city and pressing on the western front of iraq. so using the tribal engagement model, what's worked in the past, will help defeat isis and secure and build from ramadi and push toward mosul. >> do you agree some who believe that this is the model which should be used to move forward to mosul? maybe even moving on to syria? but the flip side is that it's going to be a slow road ahead if that's the case, isn't it? >> it's a very slow road. the winning of tikrit took a couple of months to get the amenities of power and water and supply. sticking a flag in government center doesn't mean the city's won. it's an uphill fight, but a positive fight. you know, we spent $25 billion propping up the iraqi military and promptly left in 2011. having a couple thousand ground troops as advisers and having the iraqis win against isis is a
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symbolic victory and a positive sign. it's cautious optimism. isis wants the caliphate. they want to own that territory and lure in mesh american forces on the ground to fight us in the ground, on the battlefield. to show isis they're not afraid, they will press on. with the help of advisers and air power, we can stymie the satellite line and the western front that isis partially controls. >> it's very difficult, though, to pin isis down. they are very good at changing tactics and melting away, at hitting back and hitting back hard. what do you expect to happen next? >> i expect the same thing that got the job done for us which insured success which was going thousands house, door to door, rooting them out. showing that we are advanced with tactics, and we're there for the long run to win that fight. the iraqi army has to prove themselves day in and day out. if we don't press isis, they're
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going to continue to proliferate and get bigger and stronger. people have always asked, well, what happens to al qaeda when you were out there? we were constantly hunting them down. that suppressed them and put them into hiding. when they're in the open, they inspire home-grown terrorism in fran and other countries. the fight has to continue day in and day out be relentless because the enemy is relentless. the iraqi army showed they are willing to take that fight to the enemy each and every day and secure western iraq. >> kevin, we'll at least there. thank you very much for being with us. valuable insight from your time which you spent there. >> thank you. >> take care. a recent cnn/orc poll taken shortly before the iraqi success in ramadi shows most americans are not pleased with the u.s. fight against terrorism. here are the numbers -- 74% say they are either not very satisfied or not at all satisfied.
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u.s. republican presidential candidate donald trump back on the campaign trail monday night. he's been leading the republican field for about six months now. joining a campaign event in new hampshire, he boasted about divided the pundits and confounding opponents. >> tonight somebody reported that they are absolutely going crazy, and they are devastated over what trump is saying. now we're getting back to the basics, okay. look at what's happened with the republicans -- every single person that's gone after may is gone. they're gone. [ cheers ] >> they're gone. when i say gone, they've either left the race or are down in the very, very low portion. they're low! >> themr. trump has been embroi with democratic rival hillary clinton, even taking shots at her husband, the former
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president bill clinton. here's dana bash. she's playing the woman's card. it's like, give me a break. >> reporter: the way donald trump sees it, to be a winner, you have to act like one. so he's ending 2015 as if he's already won the 2016 gop nomination -- attacking hillary clinton. >> i've had so many women come up and say, you've got to keep her out -- she is just terrible. >> reporter: trump's anti-hillary rants have been nonstop since before christmas when she returned fire. >> not the first time he's demonstrated a penchant for sexism. >> reporter: now trump is bringing bill clinton into. it the latest on iowa radio this morning. >> with all of her past and her past dealings and, frankly, she's been involved in it with her husband as much as anybody, for her to be discussing that i think is out of bounds. and i've let them know that. >> reporter: trump is doing well with republican women. in the last cnn/orc poll, a whopping 69% of female gop
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voters said they have a favorable view of trump. it's almost the opposite when all female voters are included. 61% view trump unfavorably. the only republican woman running for president is trying to capitalize on the trump/clinton war of words. >> how about an honest woman? how about a competent woman? how about a qualified woman? i'm never going to ask for people's support because i'm a woman. i'll going ask for their support because i'm the most qualified candidate to beat hillary clinton. >> reporter: as for trump, his campaign insists he'll win by bringing new voters into the gop fold which is why he's lashing out at virginia republicans for a new requirement -- to participate in its gop primary voters must sign a party loyalty pledge. one of trump's many tweets said, "straighten out the republican party of virginia before it's too late. stupid, rnc." in new hampshire, the conservative union leader, which endorsed chris christie, unloaded on trump today for
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"bathroom humor and verbal bullying." >> you got my homework finished -- >> reporter: comparing trump to the bill -- bullied biff in "back to the future." the editorial saying, "we trust new hampshire republicans will send biff trump back to somewhere, anywhere, but on the road to the most valued elected office in the united states." despite harsh critics, donald trump has admirers, too. on the most admired men of the year list, trump tied pope francis as the second-most admired man in america. both behind president barack obama. the most admired women -- hillary clinton. in fact, this is the 14th straight year she's topped physic gallup's list. 20 overall. more than any man or woman, hillary clinton has been the most admired since it started this in 1948. dana bash, cnn, washington. >> senior reporter for media and
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politics with us now for more on the trump versus hillary battle. if anyone was going to link bill clinton's infidelity to hillary clinton's run for the white house, it was most likely going to be donald trump because i guess for almost anyone else, this would backfire. but this is donald trump. and the rules don't apply. >> the rules don't apply to donald trump. and you have to imagine if he brought this out back whether he was launching his presidential campaign, we might looking at this a little differently. we've gone through six months of seeing donald trump say incendiary thing that would have tanked any other presidential candidate. so donald trump can really say whatever he wants. it's a totally different bar. the rules don't apply to him. look, he's doing two things here. he's going after bill clinton because he knows bill clinton is going to be the attack dog. he was hillary clinton's attack dog in 2008, and he's trying to get under hillary clinton's skin and run a general election campaign. >> in is a two-pronged attack. he is directly trying to hurt bill clinton, who's about to hit the campaign trail. and also, indirectly, discredit
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hillary clinton. but again, going back to the regular rules here, we say they don't apply. but in the past, it's backfired because people are sympathetic toward hillary clinton on this issue. >> this is absolutely true. it's also true that when he brings up issues like sexism, a majority of american women disapprove of donald trump generally speaking. but that's not true of the republican base. what donald trump is doing, even though he appears to be running a general election campaign, he's throwing the red meat out there for that conservative base which actually includes a lot of women who don't like hillary clinton, who don't like the clintons at all, and certainly don't like bill clinton. >> look, republicans don't like the clintons. criticizing hillary clinton and bill clinton isn't going do you any harm in the nomination. if you look at the poll numbers, he's doing well with women. when he attacks hillary clinton. overall, not so great. i mean, this comes back to the thing that -- i think he's trying to win the nomination and not the presidency because these seem to be counter to what's
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going on. if hillary clinton does win the nomination, and she probably will, and donald trump probably takes on the republican nomination, is this the kind of presidential election campaign we're in for? that all of the political scandals, all of the baggage that the clintons had during the '90s, all of that is going to be relitigated again? >> yes, but a lot of that depends on how hillary clinton handles this during the primary season. so if she goes and taxels this issue head-on and is willing to turn the tables on trump and present at as unfair territory, that he's gone too far, you could get to a general election scenario where that's no longer on the table. if she can't meet it head-on now, we could be going through an election psych wrel we're reliving all of those names that were familiar in the late '90s. >> he's running a general election campaign. she doesn't have a primary to
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run. she's the presumptive nominee. the question, does she use this as a way to brand republicans, to go after republican generally, to cast trump as he was likened to in a recent editorial, biff from "back to the future," the foul-mouthed bull? if she can sort of quarantine that issue and make it a divisive and unfair issue, then she can preclude it from taking the spotlight in the general election. >> taking on trump on anything, especially this trash talk, it's not easy if you're someone like hillary clinton who's a skill campaigner. thanks for being with us. appreciate it. >> thanks for having me. coming up, no indictment for two police officers in the shooting death of 12-year-old tamir rice. now his family is accusing prosecutors of sabotaging the
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welcome back. in mexico, authorities have detained a texas teenager known as the affluenza teen wanted in the united states for allegedly violating his probation. ethan couch and his mother were taken to custody near the resort town of puerto vallarta. he was sentenced to probation in a drunk driving crash that left four people dead. his attorneys argued couch suffered from what they called affluenza because his wealthy parents never taught him right from wrong. couch missed an appointment with his probation officer earlier this month. shortly after that, he disappeared with his mother. couch and his mom are expected to be turned over to u.s. marshals. let's bring in civil rights attorney and commentator ariva martin. leaving the country, missing the appointment with a probation officer, clearly a violation of
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probation. is ethan couch now facing jail time? >> that's what lots of people hope. it's not just missing the probation meeting. there's also this video apparently of a teenager drinking that they say looks very much like ethan couch. we know one of the important terms of his probation was that he not drink, do drugs. so if that video can be authenticated and that is ethan couch, he faces of possibility of up to ten years in jail. for the victims' families, they say that's not enough time. >> does this affect the sentence in any way? prosecutors wanted at least 20 years in jail. >> yes. >> what happens in the last couple of days and the video with the beer bong doesn't affect the judge's decision? >> well, it doesn't affect it right now because we haven't been able to confirm that he is actually the teen in this video. but once there's an investigation and it is completed and it's determined that he's drinking and violated his probation, he could face up to ten years in jail. so that's -- >> not 20 years. that ten years probation stands.
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he violates it, he goes to jail for 10 -- >> the requests by the prosecutors, not followed by the judge. what was ten years violation of probation could mean facing ten years in jail. >> what about the mother? >> oh, my god. this is a mother who -- >> horrible parent -- >> what we know about her, coddled her son, made excuses, led to this conduct that he's engaged in. breaking and entering, stealing, drinking, driving, killing four people, injuring many more. and yet, helps him, at least what we've been told, violate his probation, leaves the country. so she also could be face something serious charge. >> mother of the year. there's another big story. this is sad -- a grand jury in ohio has decided not to indict two police officers. this is a sad story. a young, 12-year-old boy shot to death. everyone agrees this was a tragedy. the details are, an officer in training shot tamir rice last year as he held a pellet gun outside of a recreation center
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outside of cleveland. it of the unknown that rice of a juvenile and that the gun of a fake. the death was called a tragedy but said it's not clear the officers acted criminally. >> on close examination, critical evidence, a recent enhancement of the surveillance video by an expert laboratory often relied upon by the fbi, it is indisputable that tamir is withdrawing his gun from his waist as police neared him and officer loehmann exeited the ca. >> the criticism some are making, particularly of the fame of tamir rice, is the way that the prosecutor directed the grand jury. prosecutors usually want a grand jury, don't they? >> this san appalling case. when you think about it, this prosecutor began the process of
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preparing this community for no indictments some month ago. he started releasing reports that he went out and sought from expert to -- experts to support that. it's highly unusual to find exculpatory evidence for the police officer. his job it to take evidence into the grand jury that would lead to an indictment. he is to present the evidence that would allow for a probable cause determination to be made. and he did just the opposite in this case. he put himself in the position of the defense attorney. and he found these experts to issue these reports. >> for a couple things -- was it wrong or unusual for mcdidn'ty to recommend to the grand jury that no decision filed -- >> the grand jury sprosz there to -- process is there to allow jurors to look at the evidence and make this low-threshold of probable cause, ton find guilt or innocence, but is there
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enough evidence to proceed to a trial to determine whether a crime was committed. clearly, there was enough evidence. >> unusual to be -- the two officers involved not to go on to cross-examination? >> not cross-examined. he went into the grand jury -- although it's a secretive process, from what we're learning, he provided that information, that evidence. >> wrong. >> absolutely wrong. you think about the grand jury's job and what a prosecutor's job is -- >> grill? >> not necessarily illegal, but let me tell you this -- the state of california has a new law just signed by the governor in 2015 which will prevent the use of grand juries in cases of police excecessive force cases d hopefully will eliminate thing like we're seeing with tamir rice, michael brown, and eric gardner. >> the people across the country, police officer-involved shooting incidents, that the prosecutor should not be involved in a grand jury?
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>> the relationships are too close. we've seen too many incidents where the prosecutors aren't willing to step up and charge and hold police officers accountable. i think this is the most egregious case that we've seen in the tamir rice case. >> thanks for coming in. there's a lot going on. we appreciate your thoughts. >> thank you. when we come back, we're tracking severe weather across the united states including texas. deadly tornadoes and snow. we'll hear from one man who -- [ inaudible ] nexium 24hr is the new #1 selling frequent heartburn brand in america. i hope you like it spicy! get complete protection with the purple pill. the new leader in frequent heartburn. that's nexium level protection.
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welcome back, everybody. watching "cnn newsroom" live from los angeles. just about 9:30 on a monday night. i'm john vause. the headlines this hour -- iraqi forces say they've liberated ramadi from isis. they spent days going house to house to flush out the terrorists. iraqi troops say it will take two or three more weeks to clear the remaining pockets of isis fighters. mexico it expected to turn -- mexico is expected to turn over the so-called affluenza teen to u.s. authorities. ethan couch and his mother were found in puerto vallarta after he allegedly violated his probation from a 2013 drunk driving crash that killed four people. the family of a ohio boy shot and killed by police say the prosecutors deliberately sabotaged the case. a grand jury decided not to indict the officers involved in the death of tamir rice last year. police say video shows rice reaching for a pellet gun when he was shot by an officer in training. governments in central
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america have a new agreement to allow thousands of cuban migrants to continue their journey to the u.s. they've been stuck in costa rica since mid-november. there's been an increase in migration since the u.s. and cuba announced renewed diplomatic ties. at least 43 people have been killed in severe weather across the united states in the past week. it's not over yet. flash floods in missouri are blamed for several of those deaths. the state's governor has declared a state of emergency. further to the west, blizzard warnings are in effect. near dallas, texas, many have try -- many are trying to recover from deadly tornadoes. i thought i was dead, you know. i was waiting for the tornado to suck me out, but it didn't. life gave me a second chance. >> reporter: for josh white, the chance to walk away from a deadly e4 tornado in garland, texas, almost didn't come. >> i was running toward my closet. the doors and everything started
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caving in. stuff started flying through the windows. stuff was hitting us, bricks, everything. >> reporter: he hid with his wife and 5-year-old son to protect them with mattresses, winds up to 200 miles per hour. >> made me realize how fragile life is. >> reporter: 11 people killed in texas alone this weekend whether tornadoes ripped through the state, tearing apart buildings, leaving skeleton structures, and shattered wood behind. the destructive winds are a part of a massive storm system wreaking havoc across the nation with a deadly mix of tornadoes, ice, blizzards, and flooding stretching from new mexico to maine. at least two dozen people have died, and more than 100 million more could be affected by severe storms. flooding and snow from the same system. white gathers his belongings and just a sweatshirt while others in the lone star state are digging out of fridged blizzard conditions.
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just part of the bizarre and brutal weather here. texas is among the hardest hit states along with illinois and missouri. each reporting multiple deaths. at least four international soldier stationed at ft. leonard wood perished in missouri when their car was overtaken by rising water. >> they did find two individuals in the car. we found two other men that were actually outside of the vehicle that were in the creek. >> reporter: now with hundred of american beginning to see the destruction left in the storm's path, millions more are bracing for what's next. josh white says, he am be there to help anyone who needs it. >> everybody never expects this. i mean -- once you go through it, it change your life forever. you want to help people now, you know? >> reporter: the recovery efforts in garland, texas, continue. residents at this apartment complex have slowly started to trickle back to see if they can salvage any of their belongings. the structural damage is so severe that many of them have yet to be let back inside. nick valencia, cnn, garland,
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texas. gary taco was caught in the tornadoes, in his truck that was lifted off the ground by the winds. he was inside along with his girlfriend. he lived to talk about it and join you now live from garland, texas. gary, you've had a little time to piece together exactly what happened during the storm. can you walk us through what some of the worst moments were, what you were thinking at the time? >> yes. so you know, i was thinking we'd -- we get lots of warnings around here, and what i have to say first is we've got to heed those warnings. a thousand false alarms is better than what -- than one time of what we went through. we were lucky. we were in a large toyota truck, and it saved us. a lot of people weren't so lucky. heed the warning. that's my first thing that i am thinking. but we got in the automobile, the truck, despite the warnings, and we were headed home. and i could see just a big mass
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wall -- we were little real driving through the apartment complex that you just mentioned was swirling around. like you said, at 200 miles per hour. and that started banging into the truck. and we could just -- you know, i could see it ahead of me, and i could see debris, two by fours, pieces of guardrail, just as far as my vision could see swirling around. and so i put the truck in park, and i started screaming, "get do down! stay down, stay down!" we could hear the debris hitting the truck and breaking out the windows. started shaking, and literally at one point, the truck started lifting off the ground. i could feel it. i remember thinking just as plain as day that his died. and i had the feeling that i had passed away. and if i can give anyone comfort in saying that at that moment, i -- i totally blacked out. i believe when we pass away, the body has a mechanism that shuts off and we don't feel pain. and i literally thought from
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what was hitting the truck and all of the thing that were breaking that -- that i had died, and the truck lifted up off the ground. and i don't remember anything after this. but what we know is the truck was thrown into the field, you know, 20, 30 feet, and rolled some seven to ten times. and it wasn't until we stopped rolling and the truck office its side, on the driver's side, that someone was yelling at us, "are you okay? are you okay?" and we were thankfully -- we were able to climb out the window. >> so did you have any idea of how far off the ground the truck was at the highest point? and so many people were killed in this storm. why do you think -- how do you think you managed to survive alongside with your girlfriend? clearly you were in a dangerous situation. >> i don't know how high.
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you look at the truck. it's a solid truck. took a beating. a lot of the beating came from just the sheer stuff of hitting it. i suspect, you know, it was some -- rolling off the street, it had to be fairly high. i have no idea. i believe god has a bigger plan that we know nothing about. in addition to that, being in the large toyota truck, it had to be a combination of those two things. i don't know why. [ all talking at once ] why us, right, go ahead. >> i was asked how much damage is around you? how much destruction has been left behind by the storms? >> well, that was really -- when we got out, we were, of course, in shock from what we went through. it was like being in a war zone. there were cars all around. the he next to us, cars had flown off of the highway and were all around us, frankly. there literally was debris and trees, and there was a riding
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lawnmower some 10, 15 feet away from the truck. so when we got out, it literally was like being in a war zone. it was pretty amazing. >> we're glad you survived. trouble tell a pretty incredible tale there. we appreciate you being with us. thanks a lot for filling us in. >> all right. thank you. let's get to more on the terrible weather. pedr pedram, twisters, flooding, snow -- incredible pattern. >> i've never seen a pattern persist so far into the year. if you look at the past seven days other nearly 70 tornadoes. we plotted every one across this portion of the eastern and southern u.s. of course, the number is just -- tells the tale. six consecutive days of tornadoes in the month of december. that's only happened two other times. guess what, that was 1953, el nino year. 1982, another el nino year. and of course, you know what's happening now in 2015. the pattern falls in line with
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what you would expect. 145-mile track, longest december track. multiple ef-4s, and we had multiple in the past week, becoming the deadliest month on record for the month of december. the pattern is a global pattern when it comes to weather anomalies and how el nino displaces the steering currents in the atmosphere and essentially displaces storm tracks and weather patterns. this is what's happened across south america. want to give a floor perspective. this is the piranha river. it's the second longest river behind the amazon. comes out to paraguay and argentina. about 400 miles up. the after perspective -- you see the river balloon. that has forced nearly 200,000 people to be evacuated, and the continued conditions are for heavy rainfall for the next several days. and similar scenes out of parts of england. working your way into york, this is what it looks like with evacuations the military personnel on the scene across the region. the flood warnings ease the just
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a little as we head in toward wednesday. median risk returns. this is something we expect for a lot of places around the world. last time, we had a severe el nino, back in 1997 into 19 8, it impacted globally. this is something a lot of people are looking at going into 2016. >> you pray for the rain, got to deal with the mud. thanks. a long-awaited reunion in canada for one family. three police officers in puerto rico shot and killed inside their headquarters by a fellow officer. those stories and more straight ahead. ♪ (vo) some call it giving back. we call it share the love.
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three police officers in puerto rico are dead, and the suspect is a fellow officer. a 50-year-old officer is accused
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of shooting and killing a police commander, lieutenant, and officer after an argument in the police headquarters building on monday morning. what exactly caused the killings of the officers is still not known. puerto rico's governor has declared three days of mourning. the family of a syrian boy who drawn drowned -- who drowned off the coast of turkey has started a new life. they met with family. the drowning received worldwide attention and put a face on the migrant crisis. the boy's brother and mother also died as their boats capsized as they tried to cross from turkey into greece. a report on the poignant reunion for the kurdy family. understandably, there were emotional scenes at vancouver airport as tima kurdy couldn't wait to get her hands around her family that had just come from germany. they were coming from turkey
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originally. obviously struggling to make a new life for themselves outside of syria. she wanted to bring them long ago. the back story is there was too much paperwork. they had told her brother muhammad it wasn't possible. she had told her brother, abd abdull abdullah, it wasn't possible. that's why she said her brother, abdullah, took his family on the boat. that's where herrer nev-- why h nephew died. she want this to stand for something when the world finally said enough is enough. here is what she had to say at vancouver airport. >> we almost lost hope, but thank you to the canadian government and the canadian people who make it happen, and to our family who --
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[ inaudible ] >> reporter: her brother, abdul aalan's father, he lost his entire family, his two little boys, his wiemp fe. he was also invited to apply in canada and chose not to. he said he's grieving and wants to figure his life out. he's volunteering for refugees. and what the kurdy family says is that they want people to keep in mind that while they've had a happy reunion for today, what they really want is for peace to come in the next few months to syria. an al jazeera reporter standing by her story regarding peyton manning, while he calls the stories against him complete trash. an update on that controversy after the break. a tragic loss for heavy metal music as a legend suddenly passes. we'll remember motor head lemmy. and how a japanese teenager inspired an indy pop group with resilience in the face of bullying.
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we found her on twitter in a small town in japan. contacted her, asked if she wanted to come over. we did a song together. we don't speak the same language. and i thought it was so cool to show that the world can be more gracious than the walls of a high school. the flu virus.
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soccer midfielder sergei gardella signed to a deal. fans were made aware of tweets from 2013 where he was critical of the team and the region of catalonia. the team released a statement saying the contract was terminated because of the offensive tweets. an al jazeera reporter says she stands behind her story that peyton manning once used human growth hormones. the nfl superstar calls the story completely fabricated, garbage. the al jazeera documentary alleges that manning was one of several athletes who were given hdh by an indiana doctor. human growth hormones are not illegal but have been banned by the nfl since 2011. the doctor, manning's teams, and even the source who made the original claims that to al
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jazeera have all denied the report. lemmy, the legendary front man and bassist for the british band motorhead, died monday after a short illness with cancer. here he is in all his almost. ♪ motorhead was formed in 1975, and lemmy was the sole constant member of the band. his music was influential then and now and helped to shape hard his bandmates encouraged people on facebook to celebrate the life this lovely, wonderful man celebrated vibrantly himself. japan has one of the highest rates of suicide in the world. it's something a teenager thought b. we featured her in september as she revealed her struggles with bullying at school. her story resonated with members of the indy pop group foster the
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people. now how the two are striking a chord against bullying. ♪ >> reporter: the story of how a teenaged girl from japan wound up in california recording with indy pop's foster the people begins on a darker note. a disturbing cnn piece about bullying. ♪ >> reporter: she explained starting in second grade, she was slapped, beaten with broomsticks. she later contemplated suicide. >> translator: the big problem in japan is that when you are seen as somebody who's a little different or strange and devyates from mainstream society, that's when bullying happens. >> when i read the story, it took me right back to the place when i was her age in school and right when i discovered music. music for me at that moment was my outlet. really i guess it gave me hope. ♪ >> reporter: foster the people, known for social consciousness,
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created a fund drive to fly her to the u.s. to collaborate on a stirring song. >> translator: this song is very autobiographical. it's about me losing hope in my life at some point, but i decided to keep going. and i decided to live. even when thinking of suicidal thoughts. it's about a miracle that happens if you keep living. >> reporter: the young singer is also receiving support from molly thompson and lauren paul, the wife of breaking bad's aaron paul. the friends founded kind campaign and now speak at schools about girl-on-girl bullying. >> to be able to stand in front of girls and to let them know that that's never the solution to anything. and how i wish so badly that i would have reached out to a counselor or talked to my parents more about what i was going through. but we love, you know, being here today a part of this story and this amazing experience. and creating awareness all identifier the world and specifically in japan. >> reporter: this is no junior
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varsity performer. >> he walked into the situation like, okay, what are we going to do now. after the first day, i was like, wow, this girl is something special. >> reporter: cnn, burbank, california. >> great stuff. thank you for watching "cnn newsroom" live from los angeles. i'm john vause. i'll be back with another hour of news from around the world after a short break. stay with us. automated voice: to file a claim, please state your name. carnie wilson. thank you. can you hold on? ♪ hold on for one more day really? hey, i know there's pain. why do you lock yourself up in these chains? ♪ this would be so easy if you had progressive. our mobile app would let you file a claim and help you find one of our service centers where we manage the entire repair process. things will go your way if you hold on. [ sighs ] someday somebody's gonna make you wanna turn around and say goodbye. ♪ say goodbye no, you just made it weird.
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this is "cnn newsroom" live from los angeles. ahead this hour, iraqi troops raising their flag and claiming victory in ramadi. does it give them any momentum against isis? former u.s. president bill clinton set to hit the campaign trail. could it hurt more than help his wife's run for the white house? the deadly monster storm that swept across texas as millions more deal with extreme weather all over the country. hello, everybody. great to have you with us. we'd like to welcome our viewers in the united states and all around the world. i'm john vause. another hour of "newsroom l.a." begins right now.
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a major blow against isis. iraqi forces say they've captured ramadi. isis had controlled the strategic city west of baghdad for almost seven month. it was a scene of brutal fighting in the last few days. now iraqi troops have raised their flag in the city center and declared victory. some pockets of isis fighters remain. a spokesman says it may take up to three weeks to push them out. as troops celebrate their first major win against isis, the country's leaders are voiing to fight on to other -- vowing to fight on to other terrorist strongholds. now a look at the capture of ramadi. >> reporter: declaring victory in ramadi. video broadcast by iraqi state tv shows soldiers raising their national flag over the city's government compound, celebrating the iraqi military's first major victory over the so-called islamic state. >> translator: ramadi has been freed, and the armed forces and
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group -- all the government in al anbar. >> reporter: in may, isis fighters seized ramadi capital of the mainly sunni anbar province after government troops fled in defeat. the u.s.-trained iraqi forces returned, launching an assaults on the city last week and making their final push to seize the centrally located government. it showed iraqi troops advancing to ramadi. [ explosion ] even amid the celebrations, iraqi official say government troops still need to clear some remaining pockets of insurgents in the city. once secured, ramadi will be handed over to local police, and a sunni tribal force, a measure aimed at winning support from the local community.
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after that, iraq's government has said their next target will be the northern city of mosul with an estimated prewar population of two million, mosul is by far the largest population center controlled by isis in either iraq or syria. and a crucial source of tax revenue. if it's retaken, it will take down much of the infrastructure underpinning isis' plan to state here. cnn, baghdad. we spoke with former navy s.e.a.l. kevin lace about what's next in iraq. he said while ramadi is no longer under isis control, there's still a tough fight ahead. >> it's a slow road. the winning of tikrit took several months to get the power of water and supply and -- sticking a flag in the city of ramadi doesn't mean it's won. it's an uphill fight but a positive fight. we spent $25 billion propping up the iraqi military and promptly left in 2011.
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having a couple thousand ground troops as advisers and having iraqis win the fight against isis is a symbolic victory and positive sign. it's cautious optimism. as we know, isis wants a caliphate. they want to own territory and to lure in american forces on the ground to fight us in the open. what we have is boots on the ground. it takes the iraqi military to win the fight on the battlefield and show they're not deterred and will press on. and with the help of advisers and air power, we can help sometimy that supply line that leads -- stymie that supply line that leads to syria syria and the front that isis partially controls. >> and the retaking of ramadi is a rare bright spot for the obama administration in the battle against isis. ads jim acosta reports, many americans are losing faith in the president's strategy. [ gunfire ] >> reporter: with the u.s.-led coalition at war with isis half a world away, president obama just got a fresh reminder during
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his vacation in hawaii, americans are worried the terrorists are winning the fight. [ gunfire ] >> reporter: a new cnn/orc poll shows americans have lost confidence in the obama administration's ability to defeat isis and prevent another terrorist attack. 64% disapprove of the president's handling of isis. and 51% of americans believe the government can protect against a terrorist attack. down sharply from 65% in 2010. that deep pessimism has frustrated the president. >> i'm confident that we're going to prevail. >> reporter: mr. obama wants americans to feel that confidence. cnn has learned the white house has asked top officials across the government to do a better job of selling the isis plan. >> i think that there is a legitimate criticism of what i've been doing and our administration has been doing in the sense that we haven't on a regular basis described all the work that we've done doing for more than a year to defeat isil.
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>> reporter: now the president may be able to point to progress after iraqi security forces combined with the support of coalition air strikes apparently defeated in -- succeeded in driving isis out of ramadi. even republicans in congress are optimistic. >> it seems like a victory. we should proceed with caution. if we hold ramadi, this is a good thing for our strategy in that region and against isis. >> reporter: it could be a vindication of the president's cautious approach of relying on iraqi and syrian forces instead of u.s. troops on the ground. the latest cnn/orc poll shows americans are split down the moitsds whether to send ground troops to fight isis. which explains in part why the the special resistant to such a move, as he said last month defending his isis strategy. >> why can't we take out these bastards? >> jim, i just spent the last three questions answering that very question. we can retake territory, and as
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long as we leave troops there, we can hold it. but that does not solve the underlying problem of eliminating the dynamic that are producing these kinds of violent extremist groups. >> president barack obama finishing that report. we have another set of numbers from our recent poll taken shortly before the iraqi success in ramadi. shows most americans are not at all pleased with the u.s. fight against terrorism. 74% said they are either not very satisfied or not at all satisfied. u.s. republican presidential candidate donald trump on the campaign trail in new hampshire. he's sticking to that formula that's managed to get him so far, that is going after all of those around him. more than usual, his main target recently has been democratic
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rival hillary clinton. they are the current front-runners of their respective parties which could make for an interesting showdown next year. trump downplayed the idea that mrs. clinton would have the upper hand in any match-up. >> you know, she says, oh, we'd love to run against trump. it's her worst nightmare. these people -- [ cheers ] >> these people back here said, well, the hillary campaign said they'd love to run. yeah, she wants to run against me instead of somebody else. i guarantee -- and i tried to explain to chuck todd and all these guys, you don't understand, chuck, when they say they want to run against trump, that means they don't want to run against trump. they don't understand. >> and donald trump is going beyond hillary clinton, attacking former president bill clinton. hillary recently announced that her husband, bill, would be joining her on the campaign trail. randi kaye looks at the pros and cons of bringing him on board.
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i have no confidence in my political field anymore. i'm been out of it a long time. >> reporter: former president bill clinton downplaying his skills as a surrogate for his wife, hillary. >> he was cool, calm, collected. he was kind of calibrating himself, and then he'd drop a bomb. i don't know anything about politics, i'm out of it, and then he'd drop another bomb. that kind of bit will be a tremendous asset to hillary clinton. >> reporter: cnn political commentary van jones considers bill clinton one of the greatest defenders of his wife. listen to him with fareed zakaria. >> i have never seen so much expended on so little. the other party doesn't want to run against her. if they do, they'd like her as mangled up as possible. >> he is a beloved figure, period. he's one of the most popular politicians or political leaders on planet earth. you don't put somebody like that in a jar and hope they don't say anything. will he make mistakes? sure. >> reporter: like mistakes he
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made in 2008? early that year, he said this about then senator barack obama's campaign -- >> give me a break. this whole thing is the biggest fairytale i've ever seen. >> reporter: only to explain later he was talking about obama's stance on the iraq war. not obama's quest to become the first black president. bill clinton also compared obama's south carolina primary win to jesse jackson's successful campaign in the state years earlier. a comment that angered black voters who thought he was marginalizing obama. clinton tried to explain. >> i think that they played the race card on me. this was used out of context and twisted for political purposes by the bicycle campaign to try to breed resent -- the obama campaign to try to breed resentment elsewhere. >> reporter: then when he thought his mike was off, went on to say this -- [ inaudible ] >> reporter: when a reporter asked about the comments. the former president was the one
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pointing fingers. >> you always follow me around and play these little games. i'm not going to play your games today. you have mischaracterized it to get another cheap story to divert the american people. >> the reality is, the black communities forgave him 20 seconds later as soon as obama won. since then, he hasn't made those mistakes. >> reporter: a march cnn/orc poll shows bill clinton with 65% favorability. why not put him on the trail sooner? supporters say he takes all the oxygen out of a room and could steal the spotlight from his wife. he tends to connect better with voters than she does, and is tremendously popular. all advantages that even outweigh the possibility of him going rogue. cnn, new york. >> senior reporter for media and politics joins us for more on bill clinton, hillary clinton, bill bill-ary, donald trump. he remains popular with democrats and american voters in general. does that translate into support
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directly for hillary clinton? it didn't get her over the line last time in 2008 when she was up against barack obama. >> no, it didn't work in 2008 because bill clinton was playing the attack dog for the clinton campaign. and they were seen as running -- obama was running on hope and change. he was trying to elevate the conversation. the clintons were seen as bringing it down into the typical mud slinging we're used to in presidential campaign season. it's a different calculus now because all of the mudslinging is taking place on the republican side, and there's no mud to be slung on the democratic side. the stage is set for the clintons to take the high rode, especially in light of ever -- high road, especially in light of everything going on with the republicans and donald trump. >> with that mind n mind, are you saying that bill clinton is a better campaigner or more effective campaigner, especially because he's older, a bit more liked, he's this elder statesman? >> he's certainly an elder
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statesman. it would be foolish to underestimate his added value to the campaign despite what happened in 2008. look at the 2012 democratic convention. by most account, he saved that convention for barack obama with a really sort of award-winning speech of that -- right, of the four-day period. you know, look, he's been through the ringer many times. the question is, can he work within the framework that the clinton campaign wants? can he be effective and not go too far out on his own, because he's willing to say whatever he want to say, whatever comes to mind. he's that sort of politician. if he can work within his wife's framework, he can be an effective campaigner. >> high-risk calculation in ways. you talked about he's been through the ringer, and donald trump essentially saying, bill clinton's history of infidelity is fair game. is this something that could end up hurting bill clinton but
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helping hillary clinton indirectly? >> yes. it's complicated and would be -- use want to be careful in terms of trying to point out how this works out. it's never going to have dirty laundry aired. special especially by someone like donald trump who has no limits to what he'll say and has an enormous following and influences media coverage. by the same token, it could help hillary clinton. by going after the issue where she was the victim of her husband's infidelity, you could reinforce the image of her as this strong individual, strong wife who stood by her husband in a hard time and persevered and went on to have this truly historic sort of political career. >> in the polls, donald trump doing well with republican women. doing awful with women voters in general. i mean, this is yet another of those example that we always talk about with trump that, you know, he's doing whatever he has to to win the nomination, but that could lose him the
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election. >> right. this is the important point. by going after the clintons, donald trump is saying i've moved on -- it's 2015, moving into 2016, we're turning over a new leaf. i'm entering the general election, never mind that no votes have been cast, no caucus vs. been held. -- no caucuses have been held. this is red meat for the conservative base. he's very much running a primary campaign. and you look at the numbers of women who oppose him, and the attack lines that work for conservatives could work for a general election audience. >> okay. we'll wait and see. the universe, the donald trump universe doesn't play by regular rules. >> quite true. >> good to speak with you. thanks for being with us. >> thank you. still to come, a grand jury in ohio decides ton file charges in the deadly -- not to file charges in the deadly shooting of a 12-year-old boy. the family of tom issue rice has harsh words for the prosecutor ahead. police track down the so-called affluenza teen weeks after they say he skipped out on
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a probation after. we'll tell you where they caught him. also, the family of a young man shot dead by police in chicago, taking legal action against the city. we'll have those details next. we live in a pick and choose world.
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welcome back. we're in make where authorities have detained a texas teenager known as the affluenza teen, wanted in the united states for allegedly violating his probation. ethan couch and his mother were take postpone custody near the resort town of puerto vallarta. couch was sentenced two years ago to probation in a drunk driving crash which killed four people. his attorneys at the time argued couch suffered from what they named affluenza because his wealthy parents never taught him right from wrong. police say couch missed an appointment with his probation officer earlier this month. and along with his mother, disappeared. couch and his mother are expected to be turned over to u.s. marshals. i spoke last hour with civil rights attorney ariva martin and asked what sort of punishment could touching facing. >> there's also this video apparently of a teenager drinking that they say looks
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very much like ethan couch. we know one of the terms, important terms. his probation that -- was that he not drink, do drugs. if that video can be awe then dated, he -- authenticated, he faces up to ten years in jail. for the victims' families, they say this is not enough time. >> this does not affect the sentence in any way. prosecutors wanted at least 20 years in jail. >> yes. >> what happened in the last couple of days and the video with the beer pong doesn't affect the judge's decision? >> not now because we haven't confirmed he's the teen in the video. once the investigation is completed, and it's determined that he's drinking and violated probation, he could face up to ten years in jail. the grand jury in ohio has decided not to indict two police officers involved in the shooting death of a 12-year-old boy. an officer in training shot tamir rice last year as he held a pellet gun outside a
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recreation scene in cleveland. police were dispatched without knowing the boy was a juvenile and the gun may have been fake. the death was called a tragedy, but it's not clear if the officers acted criminally. >> on close examination especially of what is perhaps the most critical piece of evidence, a very recent enhancement of surveillance video by an expert laboratory often relied upon by the fbi, 'tis indisputable that -- that is isdisputable, that tamir raised the gun as the officers approached. >> and the prosecutor described the shooting as a perfect storm of human error, but not a crime. what is reaction in cleveland both from the family of rice, as well as the activists who wanted the police officer charged? >> reporter: the family couldn't disagree more. they see it as a crime. they see it as, in fact, using the words of the mother of tamir
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rice, as the murder of her son. she believes that there was a great injustice done. she also made it quite clear that she believe the case was mishandled -- beyond mishandled by the prosecutor. she says that it was sabotaged, implying there was deliberate effort on the part of the cuyahoga county prosecutor to prevent any charges being filed against these officers, the grand jury agreed with the prosecutor, that's not to say that they agreed in any way with what the mother is depicting as to how things happened. we are at the gazebo, this is the recreational center where this all tragically happened in november of 2014. publicly, there have been small protests, not large numbers as yet. but this caught a lot of people surprised. not because they knew eventually there would be a ruling but the week between christmas and new year's is not a time that many thought would come down. perhaps that could be part of
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the planning, if there was any planning. >> also the family call figure there are to be demonstrations to keep them peaceful and lawful may also be contributing to a quieter reaction or more muted reaction on the streets of cleveland. one interesting point that the prosecutor made, and for me, it involved the radio dispatcher saying the dispatcher was partly to blame for not passing on vital information to the officers. exactly what was that information? and will there be repercussions for that. >> reporter: right, the person who called in initially said that he believed that the person with the gun, in other words tamir rice, was a juvenile. and that the gun -- he didn't believe -- was real. that critical information was never apparently passed along to the responding officers. instead, they were given what was called a priority one call. doesn't get any higher than that when it comes to alarm. being told that there was a person with a gun at a
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recreation center threatening people. that's why police say they responded as they d. there are actually two radio operators, you could say. one person takes the call, types it up, and transmits it, extends to the radio dispatcher who then transmits that information to the officers responding. somewhere in between, there was a breakdown. and that's what the prosecutor is pointing to as a substantial error in this whole case. there hasn't been an investigation of that as yet because the city of waiting until the grand jury ruled or didn't rule in this case. so now that investigation -- >> and what is next for the two police officers who are at the center of the shooting? >> reporter: well, you can imagine -- according to their attorney, who i've spoken to, they are relieved. nobody is celebrating. and it should never be construed that way. the police union put out a note
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to say there is no celebration. this is a horrific tragedy. but you could bet for them it must be a relief. there's still a civil suit that will be filed, has been, handled by the city. these men have to live with what happened. some saying they should leave the force. we have no idea where it will progress regarding that. it's too early, john. >> martin, always good to speak with you. thank you, we appreciate it. >> thank you, john. we turn to chicago where a father is suing the city after his son was killed by police over the weekend. an officer shot 18-year-old quintania lagrier. they said he held a metal bat. bettie jones, a neighbor, was accidentally shot and killed according to the wrongful death suit. the officer shot without justification and used excessive
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force. the incident is putting increasing pressure on mayor rahm emanuel, who has ordered changes in how the police are trained. the mayor is also cutting his family vacation short to return to chicago. still to come, a big storm system bringing severe weather across the united states. up next, the sad return of many to what is left of their homes destroyed by tornadoes. details.
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welcome back, everybody. you're watching "cnn newsroom" live from los angeles. 10:30 on a monday night. i'm john vause, time to check the headlines. an iraqi general says it will take a few more weeks to clear out remaining pockets of
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isis sfierts from the city of ramadi. iraq's military declared the city liberated on monday after a number of days of intense fighting. the government's leaders are vowing to retake other cities from isis. mexican authorities have detained the so-called affluenza teen, ethan couch, and his mother near portia vart a. they disappeared this month after couch missed an appointment with his probation officer. he was sentenced to probation for a 2013 drunk driving crash that killed four people. the family of an ohio boy shot and killed by police say the prosecutors deliberately sabotaged the case. a grand jury decided ton downtown the officers involved in the death of tamir rice last year. police say video shows rice reaching for a pellet gun when he was shot by an officer in training. at least 43 people have been killed by swier weather across the united states in the past week. it's not over yet. texas is one of the hardest hit states, and now after the deadly tornadoes, there's snow.
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here's cnn with more. >> reporter: the path of destruction carved by this deadly december tornado -- >> oh, it's massive. oh! my gosh, it's big. >> reporter: is growing clearer by the day. the twister, part of a massive storm system that swept through texas and parts of the midwest over the weekend killing 24 people. in texas, 11 people died, eight of them in dallas county. on monday, less than 48 hours after the storm, survivors were allowed back in to some of the hardest hit areas for the first time. carol barnes of among them. her house, barely standing. several cars piled up in front of the home. >> i think i'm in shock. i don't believe that happened. >> reporter: barnes and her family rode out the storm inside a bathroom. her husband and her children held on as the twister tore through the home. >> the walls shattered shaking, and the house was rocking. we kept hearing notices, hold
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on, hold on. and then it was nothing. >> reporter: they survived but lost everything in the storm. so did david ruiz and his family. >> you don't know what's coming next. you don't know how to recover yet. >> reporter: the family's two cats are still missing, the wintry mix that followed the tornado left little hope of salvaging much of what was left behind. but ruiz says he's glad they have insurance. grateful they have the supportive family and friends, and most of all, thankful his wife and two children survived. >> thankfully, a lot of families -- they've spent a lot of money so that we could recover, and we're able to eat and, you know, stay somewhere warm with a friend. >> reporter: in illinois and missouri, more than a dozen people died after driving on to flooded roads. the victims include four foreign soldiers who were temporarily stationed at ft. leonard wood
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for training. people bracing for what could be record flooding in the coming days. officials here in dallas county have released the names of the eight people who lost their lives here. the youngest was just a year ago. the oldest was 77. cnn, garland, texas. okay, more what the weather holds in the coming days, the coming weeks. meteorologist pedram jevaheri. this is crazy weather. we've been saying there's a lot left in the system. >> reporter: i think so. the flooding aspect, too, is what's concerning. people get caught up in tornadoes and tornado fatalities, which we've had a large number of in recent days. flooding on a given year on average takes more lives in the united states than does tornadoes. take a look at this. over 400 related reports of flooding as far as river gauges reporting flooding. some 300 more near flood stage across the midwestern and southern united states and, of course, roughly 70 tornadoes spawned in a seven-day period that have caused substantial
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damage across the region. typically you see 24 for the entire month of december. and now we're talking almost 70 in seven days. across parts of the u.k., also seeing significant flooding taking place. we have officials in place, rescue operations, water rescues, as well. this pattern continues with additional rainfall. and unfortunately, a lot of the regions in the u.k. dealing with flooding here on the western periphery. additional rainfall in the forecast across that region and then you work toward south america. some of the worst floods in five decades education place. i want to lay down how it globally connects. when we talk about an el nino pattern, we're talking about water temperatures across the pacific warming up. as they do, they display the jet stream with a steering current in the atmosphere. you work toward the western united states. and now we're seeing an area like portland and seattle that have been rainfall all 28 days in the month of december. in the southeast, of course, tornadoes, six context sieve days of tornadoes occurring in the month of december. last time that happened was an el nino year in 1982. seeing significant flooding
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across portions of the u.k., working toward another, seeing massive floods taking place across the region, as well. globally speaking, this is something that typically has somewhere on the order of 30 to $45 billion of damage, at least occurred the last go round in 1997 into 1998 for the major el nino year. this is something we're watching carefully in the coming couple of month. >> yeah. the bigger picture certainly is that there's crazy weather still to come. >> thanks. back to the main story. a major blow to isis. iraqi forces say they have won back control of ramadi. the capture of the strategic city has reinvigorated morale for iraqi forces. we have more on what this means for the overall fight against isis. >> reporter: claiming an epic victory, the iraqi army announced the liberation of ramadi, 60 miles west of baghdad. drone surveillance footage shows the moment iraqi troops raised the national flag over the government complex.
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>> translator: the city of ramadi has been liberated. >> reporter: u.s.-led coalition air strikes aided newly trained iraqi forces who called in isis targets. today, the coalition, though not ready to declare the city liberated, called the success a "proud moment for iraq." >> the iraqi forces is made great progress over the last week or so. >> reporter: the celebrations could be short-lived. pockets of resistance remain along with hundreds of explosives planted by the terror group. still unclear whether iraqi forces can hold the city and stop shia militias who were not included in the operation from reigniting sectarian tensions. >> needs to be an inclusive governmental approach. iraqi forces need to show that they're committed to the process. >> reporter: retaking the capital and largest population center of the predominantly sunni anbar province, a strategic and symbolic victory for the iraqi army.
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the city's fall to isis in may, an embarrassing defeat that had defense secretary carter questioning their resolve. >> they failed to fight. they withdrew from the site. >> reporter: week ago, carter urged iraq's prime minister to move north toward mosul. iraq's second-largest city where isis leader abu bakr al baghdadh proclaimed the caliphate more than a year ago. >> we do want to help you build on your success in ramadi, to move toward mosul. >> reporter: after a recent string of defeats, north of baghdad, and sinjar mountain, al baghdadi warned in a new recording that despite the setbacks, isis remains strong, promising an epic final battle. [ explosions ] >> reporter: on monday, iraqi prime minister al badhi tweeted with confidence that the iraqis are going to liberate mosul.
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a spokesman for the coalition says first the iraqis have a lot of work to do to retake and secure all of anbar province including fallujah. the coalition also needs to finish training the remainder of the iraqi army and resupply forces after these last few months of fighting. mosul is considered the big prize in freeing iraq from isis, and the coalition says it is determined to help the iraqis make that happen. cnn, washington. we have the founder of the counter terror school that specializes in tactical training for law enforcement as well as special operations forces. thanks for being with us. if this is the model for retaking mosul, training up the sunni forces and have the iraqi military do the heavy lifting on the ground, it's going to be a long time before they actually are in any position to take mosul. it's seven month before they're in position to take ramadi.
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smofl bigger, there's a -- mosul is bigger, there's more territory between ramadi and mosul. >> yeah. just the training itself requires thousands of rounds of ammunition, multiple, dozens, hundreds of instructors whoa i have noticed snippets of. the iraqis are not on their own in this operation. they are heavily backed by u.s. special operations from what i can see by looking at the footage which is -- goes against what we've been told as far as putting boots on the ground. that is a reality. having said that, at the end of the day, this is a monster project which is going to not see immediate results. the reason why is because isis will not fight face to face. terror groups don't do that. so i don't know how much resistance we were looking at here. i wouldn't be surprised given the fact this is guerrilla warfare, that these guys ended up dispersing quickly and blending to the crowd. >> this is not your traditional warfare where you take hill 91,
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declare a victory, and move on. it is an important victory for reasons especially isis in iraq. but the terror group is still making territorial gains in places like afghanistan. it's holding ground in syria and libya. so we have to keep this in context. >> we do. i don't think this is any real significant victory. i think it's important as far as the term context. what does that mean? this terror group immediately disper dispersed. i think there may have been contact. i think thanded up disappearing. what they're capable of doing as an international terror organization is continue to use that propaganda and continue to recruit and incite by building up their fighting forces. so i think afghanistan, pakistan, like you said, we are nowhere close to putting isis into any kind of done group. >> there are audio recordings rallying troops and followers. what does isis do now?
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>> isis will continue to get on youtube, they'll continue to get on twitter. they'll continue to use social media in order to -- in order to continue to just propagate and show the world that they are strong. >> how do they show the world? i guess in terms of attacks, what do they hit? >> well, exactly what they've been doing which is ton incite and propagate and use that as their primary weapon which is we can tap into a vast number of potentially millions of -- of wannabes who ought to be or want to become or are affiliated with isis, tapping into that 21-year-old suffering from low self-esteem, often who knows what country, and then get him to want to pick up a rifle or get a weapon, and open fire into a crowd. we saw this in san bernardino. they're treating that as terrorism. isis continues to do what they do, which is the main weapon is let's tap into any potential sympathizer that we can recruit to create acts of terror. >> in other words quickly, it's impossible to know exactly whether they're going to hit which target, what's next, but you expect something? >> that is theuality --
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unfortunately, that is the biggest problem with terrorism. when you're dealing with guerrilla warfare, you're dealing with an enemy -- this is worse because these guys can use the internet and continue to incite, recruit, attack as they feel it's appropriate. retreat back into the crowd and disappear into the civilian population, and take their time. and that's the problem when you're fighting this type of war, you can't -- the intelligence has to be so spot on that taking large pieces of ramadi means nothing in the big picture of the macro picture of counterterrorism. let's see what happens in mosul. i wouldn't be surprised if isis disappeared after we went after mosul, as well. >> thanks. coming up on "cnn newsroom," how pollution in china's cap stall making a profit with some entrepreneurs.
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in beijing, a city that is quite literally choking on its own air.
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residents of beijing, shanghai and another region of china are selling face masks. cashing in on pollution with everything from stylish masks to canned fresh air. here's more. >> reporter: there's no doubt that living in pollution like we see in beijing can be harmful to your health. and frankly, the longer the smog lingers, it can get you a bit down. but people always say focus on the positive. and there are positives here. specifically positive profits. there's an entire industry focused on helping people deal with plougz. air purifiers for apartments or homes are some of the first things that ex-pats buy when they arrive in beijing. the chinese public is starting to buy them, too. more aware than ever of the harmful effect s of pollution. if you want to know how effective the purifiers are, there's a product for this, too. the device known as the laser egg is a product built here in beijing that will tell you how good or bad the air quality is
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inside your home. after the first red alert for pollution earlier this month, the company says it sold out its entire supply in under a day. then, this masks. as ubiquitous on the streets as cars and scooters. they are becoming more and more popular here. never more visible than what the air quality is like it is right now. disposable masks like this one here have been prevalent for some time. masks designed for longer term use are grabbing more and more market share. we recently spoke with one young british entrepreneur who started his own company here in the last few months. and business is good. >> since september we've had about 40% monthly growth since we started. it's been quick. and with the regular issue in beijing in december this year, that focused a lot of attention on the issue and bumped up in sales. we're out of stoke at the moment. >> reporter: this pollution isn't going anywhere any time
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soon. you would imagine there's a lot of room for growth in this industry. then there's this -- an aerosol can filled with air from the canadian rocky mountains. a company there just started selling this here in china and says that so far they've sold hundreds of bottles. you take a breath of the fresh air, it's a little awkward. but it is definitely fresh. and at $30 a can, apparently you can put a price on fresh air. matt rivers, cnn, beijing. well, still to come on cnn, indy pop foster the people and a japanese teenager teaming up and taking a stand against bullying. do you know the secret to a happy home in these modern times?
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♪ lemme, the hard rocking head of motorhead, died after a short battle with cancer. he had been the only consistent member. his music helped shape rock and heavy metal. a japanese teenager knows too well what it's like to be bullied. she dealt with it since
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elementary school, even considered taking her own life. the story resonatesed with members of the indy pop group foster the people. now the two are fighting back against bullying. we have the details. ♪ >> reporter: the story of how a teenaged girl from japan wound up in california recording with indy pop darlings foster the people begins on a darker note. a disturbing cnn piece it bullying. ♪ she explained starting in second grade, she was slapped, beaten with broomsticks. she later contemplated suicide. >> translator: the big problem in japan is that when you are seen as somebody that's a little different or strange and deviate from mainstream society, that's when bullying happens. >> when i read the story, it took me right back to the place when i was her age in school. and right when i really discovered music. and music for me at that moment was kind of my outlet. really like i guess it gave me
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hope. >> reporter: foster the people, known for social consciousness, created a fun drive to fly her to the u.s. to collaborate on a stirring song. >> translator: the song is autobiographical. it's about me losing hope in my life at some point. but i decided to keep going, and i decided to live. even when thinking of swiefdal thoughts. it -- suicidal thoughts. it's about a miracle that happens if you keep living. >> reporter: the young singer is also receiving support from the wife of "breaking bad's" aaron paul. the friends founded kind campaign and speak at schools about girl-on-girl bullying. >> to let girls that's never the solution to anything. i wish badly i would have reached out to a counselor or talk to my parents more about what i was going through. we love being here to be a part of this story and experience and creating awareness all over the
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world and specifically in japan. >> reporter: and as a talent, this is no junior varsity performer. >> she kind of walked into the situation like, okay, what are we going to do now. and you know, after the first day, i was like, wow, you know, this girl is something special. >> reporter: cnn, burbank, california. ♪ and thank you for watching. i'm john vause. please stay with us. more news after the break with rosemary church. we were in a german dance group. i wore lederhosen. so i just started poking around on ancestry. then, i decided to have my dna tested through ancestry dna. it turns out i'm scottish. so, i traded in my lederhosen for a kilt.
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a major blow to isis after claiming victory in ramadi, iraq's government vows to liberate more territory. why a grand jury didn't indict a police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old tamir rice. and more tough sledding to come. the storm system that's triggered tornadoes, floods and blizzards isn't done yet. we'll show you who's getting hit with what, next. >> hello and welcome the to our viewer here in the united states and all around the world. i'm rosemary church, and this is "cnn newsroom."
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and we begin in iraq where the country's army is celebrating what it calls the liberation of ramadi from isis. after days of brutal house to house fighting, iraqi forces had mostly retaken the city. there are still pockets of isis fighters throughout ramadi, and a spokesperson says it will take time to root them out. they have new confidence in the country's leadiersleaders. alise lev it has the details. >> reporter: claiming a, quote, epic victory, the iraqi army announced the liberation of ramadi, 60 miles west of baghdad. drone footage shows the moment the iraqis raised the flag over the government complex.
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>> translator: the city of ramadi has been liberated. >> reporter: u.s. led coalition strikes called in isis targets. today the coalition, though not ready to declare the city liberated, called the success a, quote, proud moment for iraq. >> the iraqi forces have made great progress. >> reporter: the celebrations could be short-lived. pockets of resistance remain along with hundreds of explosives planted by the terror group. also still unclear, whether iraqi forces can hold the city and stop shia militias who are not included in the operation from reigniting sectarian tensions. >> this needs to be an inclusive government taal approach. >> reporter: retaking the capital of the sunni anbar province, a symbolic victory for the army.
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the city's fall to isis in may, an embarrassing defeat that had defense secretary carter questioning their resolve. but just weeks ago, acarter urgd them to move north toward mosul where the isis leader proclaimed the caliphate more than a year ago. >> we want to help you build on your success in ramadi. to move toward mosul. >> reporter: after a recent string of defeats north of baghdad and sinjar mountain, baghdadi warned in a new audio recording that despite the setbacks, isis remains strong. promising an epic final battle. on monday, the iraqi prime minister tweeted with what he called complete confidence that the iraqis are now going to liberate mosul. but a spokesman for the
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coalition says first the iraqis have a lot of work to do to retake and secure all of anbar province, including fallujah. the coalition also needs to finish training the remainder of the iraqi army. but mosul is considered the big prize in freeing iraq from isis, and the coalition says it's determined to help the iraqis make that happen. cnn, washington. >> we turn now to chicago where a father is suing the city after his son was killed by police over the weekend. an officer shot 19-year-old quintonio legrier while responding to a domestic disturbance call on monday. police said he had a metal bat. bettie jones, a neighbor was accidentally shot and killed. according to wrongful death suit, the officer shot without
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justification and used excessive force. they're putting pressure on the mayor. the mayor is cutting his family vacation short to return to chicago. a grand jury in ohio has decided not to indict two police officers involved in the shooting death of a 12-year-old boy. the family of tamir rice says he was murdered, and they're accusing the prosecutor of sabotage. we get more now. >> reporter: the prosecutor announcing the grand jury's ruling on the shooting death of 12-year-old, tamir rice. >> the grand jury declined to bring criminal charges against the police officers. >> reporter: the prosecutor said newly enhanced video made it induce putable that rice was drawing a gun from his
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waistband. >> it is likely that tamir whose size made him much older and who had been warned that his pellet gun may get him in trouble either intended to hand it over to the officers or show them it wasn't a real gun. but there was no way for the officers to know that. >> reporter: and tragically, we never had the chance. rice was shot just two seconds after the officers arrived on scene. that was 13 months ago. rice was walking back and forth in a cleveland park, playing with a toy gun. a witness called 9-1-1. >> a guy is pulling it -- it's probably fake, but you know what? it's scaring the [ bleep ] out of me. >> reporter: the witness added the victim was probably a juvenile. dispatchers neglected to relay those important details to the officers.
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>> a moment later, he drew the replica gun and the officer fired. he had reasonable belief given the high stress circumstances in his police training. >> translator: shortly after the press concerns, the rice family issued a statement slamming the prosecutor. tamir's family is saddened and disappointed by this outcome but not surprised. it has been clear for months now that the prosecutor was abusing and manipulating the grand jury process to orchestrate a vote against indictment. cnn, new york. cnn legal analyst, sonny hos kin joins me now. she's also a former prosecutor. the grand jury decided not to indict the officers who shot and killed tamir rice.
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what's your view of that legal decision? >> i was shocked, especially as a former prosecutor. i know that a prosecutor controls the grand jury. i know that a prosecutor controls the flow of information to the grand jury, the prosecutor decides which evidence is presented to the grand jury. and quite frankly, in the united states if a prosecutor wants an indictment, they get an indictment. and so in this case, i think it's pretty clear that this prosecutor was not seeking an indictment. he indicated just today during a press conference that he recommended that no charges be filed. and he even questioned this family's motives. he's suggested that tamir rice's mother who i've interviewed, had some sort of economic motive, and we're talking about the death of her 12-year-old son. and so i think that i am surprised that this prosecutor proceeded this way, given what we now know about one of the two
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officers that was on the scene that day. the officer that shot the 12-year-old had been let go from one police department because they felt that he was immature emotionally. they felt that he had a dangerous loss of composure during firearms training, and one super visor indicated in writing that he did not believe that any training would be able to change or correct the officer's deficiencies. yet the cleveland police department hired this officer without looking at his personnel file, and the suggestion somehow that the officer acted reasonably given the fact that he shot tamir rice just two seconds after leaving his police car is just astounding. it's ludicrous, and i think there's been a real miscarriage of justice. >> and the rice family released a statement after the decision was announced. i want to read a portion of that
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statement, if i can. it reads, after this investigation, we no longer trust the local criminal justice system which we view as corrupt. the prosecutor deliberately sabotaged the case. never advocating for my son and acting, instead, like the police officer's defense attorney. they are very strong words, and from what you have assessed from this, talk to us about whether you would go as far as using the word sabotage? >> well, again, a prosecutor controls the grand jury process. and the standard, the legal standard for bringing a case for filing charges is very, very low. it's the lowest legal criminal standard that we have. it's probable cause. and so the fact that a seasoned prosecutor could not bear that burden of probable cause in front of a grand jury wreaks, in
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my view. >> the prosecutor said it was not clear the police officers acted criminally. but some analysts who have watched the video, and you mentioned it yourself, they saw the police officers arrive, and within just a matter of seconds, they shot and killed tamir rice, and they acted very quickly, and that is a lot of people are questioning those circumstances. and the fact that you mentioned one of those officers having some very difficult problems in his background. so what went wrong here as far as ensuring that justice was the outcome? >> i think what went wrong is that in cases involving police officers, there should be a special prosecutor, an independent prosecutor. it really just makes no sense to have a prosecutor's office that deals with these police officers day in and day out. they work together. prosecutors and police officers
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build cases together. you should not have that office investigate, really, what is one of their own. this is a case, and i believe in all police excessive force cases, screened out for a special prosecutor. had there been an independent prosecutor, i'm not suggesting that the result may have been different. perhaps the result would have been the same, but we would not be in a position where grieving families are questioning the very process, and that, i think, is where this was wrong. from its inception. >> sonny, thank you so much for joining us. we appreciate it. >> thank you. >> mexican authorities say they have detained a texas teenager known as the affluenza teen wanted in the u.s. for allegedly violating his probation. ethan couch and his mother were taken into custody near the
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resort town of poert vie ar. his attorneys argued he suffered from affluenza because his wealthy parents never taught him right from wrong. police say couch missed an appointment with a probation officer and he and his mother disappeared. they are expected to be turned over to u.s. marshals. a broad and powerful storm system has killed at least 43 people in the u.s. in the past week. and it's not over yet. people in texas trying to recover from deadly tornadoes are now getting hit with snow. blizzard conditions are in effect in parts of new mexico and oklahoma as well. the national weather service says flooding for many areas could linger well into the week. cnn spoke to several survivors of the texas tornadoes.
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>> reporter: the path of destruction carved by this deadly december tornado. >> it's massive. oh, my gosh. it's big. >> reporter: it's growing clearer by the day. the twister part of a massive storm system that swept through texas and parts of the midwest killing 24 people. in texas, 11 people died, eight of them in dallas county. on monday, less than 48 hours after the storm, survivors were allowed back into some of the hardest-hit areas for the first time. carol barns was among them. her house barely standing. several cars piled up in front of the home. >> i think i'm in shock right now. i don't believe it happened. >> reporter: she and her family road out the storm inside a bathroom. they held on as the twister tore through the home. >> the walls were shaking and the house was wronging. we kept hearing noises.
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it was hold on. and this wen it was nothing. >> reporter: they survived but lost everything in the storm. so did david and his family. >> you don't know what's coming next. you don't know how to recover yet. >> reporter: the family's cats are missing. the wintry mix left little hope of salvaging much left behind, but he says he's glad they have insurance, grateful they have the support of family and friends, and most of all, thankful his wife and two children survived. >> thankfully, a lot of family has sent a lot of money, so that we can recover, and we're able to eat and stay somewhere warm with a friend. >> reporter: in illinois and missouri, more than a dozen people died after driving onto flooded roads. the victims include four foreign soldiers who were temporarily stationed at ford leonard wood for training. now people in both states are
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bracing for what could be record flooding in the coming days. >> reporter: officials in dallas county have released the names of the eight people who cloths hair lives here. the youngest was a year old. the oldest was 77. cnn, garland, texas. and we will have more on the severe weather gripping the u.s. later this hour. plus parts of northern england dealing with major flooding are about to get even more rain. details on a new storm system that's rolling in. plus more harsh words fly between donald trump and the clintons. what the possible 2016 opponents are saying now. and peyton manning calls a new report linking him to performance enhancing drugs complete trash. stay tuned to "cnn newsroom."
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newsroom." iran has shipped more than 25,000 pounds of low enriched uranium to russia. the u.s. calls it a significant
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step in iran honoring the nuclear deal reached with major world powers earlier this year. under the deal iran agreed to curb its nuclear program in exchange for relief from a number of economic sanctions. tehran committed to making the enriched uranium to below 660 pounds. u.s. presidential candidate, donald trump, has been a vocal critic of his opponent since the campaign began. but recently it seems like he's looking past his republican rivals, straight to his counter part across the aisle, hillary clinton. dana bash breaks down the latest round of trump versus clinton. >> she's playing the woman's card. >> reporter: the way donald trump sees it, to be a winner,
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you have to act like one. so he's acting like he's won the nomination, attacking hillary clinton. >> i've had so many women come up and say you have to keep her out. she's terrible. >> reporter: trump's anti-hillary rants have been nonstop since before christmas when she returned fire. >> it's not the first time he's demonstrated a pension for sexism. >> reporter: now trump is bringing bill clinton in it, the latest on iowa radio this morning. >> with all of her past and past dealings, and she's been involved in it with her husband. for her to be discussing that is out of bounds, and i've let them know that. >> reporter: trump is doing well with republican women. in a poll, a whopping 69% of gop voters said they have a favorab favorable view of trump. it's the opposite when it's all
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women. the only republican woman running for president is trying to capitalize on the war of words. >> look, how about an honest woman, a competent and qualified woman? but i'm never going to ask for people's support because i'm a woman. i'll ask for it because i'm the most qualified candidate to beat hillary clinton. >> reporter: as for trump, his campaign insists he'll win by bringing new voters into the gop fold which is why he's lashing out at virginia republicans for a new requirement, to participate in the gop primary, they must sign a party loyalty pledge. one of his tweets said straighten out the republican party of virginia before it's too late. stupid, rnc. meanwhile in new hampshire, the conservative leader unloaded on trump today for bathroom humor and verbal bullying.
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comparing trump to bif in back to the future. the editorial saying we trust virginia republicans will send bif back to anywhere but the d.c. in the united states. >> trump has never shown himself to be one to back down from a fight. he promptly struck back at the paper in true trump fashion. >> i just have to tell you, it's your paper. it's not a good paper. you know it's dying. i don't think it's going to be in business more than two years. if they endorse christie, that's fine. but you don't try to hurt somebody that's been helping and that has done a good job. you don't do that. you can have it, darling. that's all it's worth. piece a garbage. >> and to keep track of all the latest on the campaign trail, just visit cnn.com/politics. investigators in puerto rico are trying to figure out why a
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police officer shot and killed three of his colleagues. the shooting happened at a police head quarters on monday. officials say there was an argument shortly before the officer opened fire, but gave no details on a motive. the suspect is in custody. puerto rico's governor has declared a three will have day mourning period. an al jazeera reporter says she stands behind her story that peyton manning once used human growth hormones, but the nfl superstar is blasting the report. andy shuls has the details. >> reporter: peyton manning immediately came out and said this whole story is a complete joke and that he couldn't believe that something like this would be reported, especially after the source of the information said the claims were false. charlee sly is the man who is recanting his story. he was an intern at the anti-aging clinic that manning went to for treatment.
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in a documentary that aired sunday night on al jazeera america said manning used to get shipments of human growth hormone while he was recovering from neck surgery. he said the shipments would go to manning's wife, but according to the chin, sly was an unpaid intern and he was only there for three months in 2013 which is well after manning was treated after the clinic. now, 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 how hard i've worked during any 18 years in the nfl. there are no shortcuts in the nfl. i've done it the long way and hard way. so insinuate anything otherwise is a joke. it's defamation. and it really ticks me off. >> sly recanted the entire story saying al jazeera should not even air the documentary. >> we'll take a short break here.
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but still to come, we're tracking severe weather in the u.s. and the uk. just as waters are beginning to recede in northern england, another storm system could bring more flooding. we'll have more on the relief efforts next. plus oil prices are forcing saudi arabia to reassess a growing budget deficit. we live in a pick and choose world. choose, choose, choose. but at bedtime? ...why settle for this? enter sleep number, and the lowest prices of the season. sleepiq technology tells you how well you slept and what adjustments you can make. you like the bed soft. he's more hardcore. so your sleep goes from good to great to wow! only at a sleep number store, find the lowest prices of the season.
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a warm welcome back to our viewers here in the united states and, of course, all around the world. i'm rosemary church. let's update you on the main stories we are watching this hour. iraq's prime minister says he expects to push isis out of
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his country in 2016. the statement comes after the liberation of the city of ramadi. a military spokesman said troops will spend another two to three weeks flushing the final pockets of isis fighters from the city. the family of an ohio boy shot and killed by police says the prosecutor deliberately sabotaged the case. a grand jury decided not to indict the officers involved in the death of tamir rice last year. police say video shows rice reaching for a pellet gun when an officer in training shot him. mexican authorities have detained the afun za teen and his mother. they disappeared earlier this month after police say couch missed an appointment with his probation officer. he was sentenced to probation for a 2013 drunk driving crash that killed four people.
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severe weather has killed at least 43 people in the u.s. a state of emergency in missouri. the national weather service says things could linger into the week for many areas. parts of west texas, new mexico, and oklahoma are suffering under blizzard conditions. so let's get the latest on these very rough conditions now from pedram javaheri. pedram, it is disturbing when you look at this extreme weather across the country. when is there some sort of sign that things will improve? >> i think in the next couple of days. we still have what is left of the storm system, and then we get beyond the severe pattern. you take a look at what has transpired in the last seven or so days. over 69 tornadoes reported
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across this part of the region. summer, about six consecutive days in the month of december. that's tieing an all time record from 1953 and also 1982, the last such events where there were six straight days in december with tornadoes, and these were both el niño seasons. and we know multiple et 4 reports. one tracked 149 miles on the ground. that's the longest december track of a tornado and the deadliest month for tornadoes in december in a 60 year period. you go toward the united kingdom, significant flooding and military personnel on the ground helping out with the evacuation procedures there. rainfall comes in over this region over the next couple of days, and then you shift toward the southern hemisphere to paragu paraguay. the flooding is similar to this.
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about a quarter of a million people displaced out of their homes from the rainfall. i want to give you a global perspective. weather patterns are tied globally. this has something to do with ill knoel nino. you look at what's transpired around the northwestern united states in the city of portland and seattle, in december, rainfall among the wettest month of december on record. the south eastern united states, severe storms. then, of course, out toward parts of the uk, the severe flooding. south america also reporting significant flooding. this is a great way to show you satellites of where has been impacted. this is the second longest river in south america. it goes toward santa fe into parts of argentina. the before and after shows you the water literally shrinking
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and expanding dramatically. this is what has displaced so many people over this portion of the world. this is the global pattern that we're going to be dealing with over the next several months, potentially into the middle portion of 2016, and the sea surface temperatures here around the equitorial pacific. when it comes to food change supply being impacted, the energy supply being impacted, that led to a tup of 30 to $45 billion of losses in a global scale. this weather pattern shift is a costly one as well. >> the ramifications are huge, aren't they in thanks, pedram. we'll chat soon. >> thank you. >> a band of heavy rain is causing a lot of misery in parts of the united kingdom. british troops are helping to
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evacuate hundreds of people from flooded areas in northern england and southern scotland. damon green reports. >> reporter: the river may be subsiding but many parts of the city of york are still flooded. the extent of the water visible from the air. and today they had to call on the raf to deliver the cables, the generators and the motors to get the pumps working once more. the river waters are several meters above where they would normally be, and the pumping station is surrounded by the river. it's only accessible by air, and the only way to bring in the heavy equipment need second down with a helicopter. it's not just the environment agency relying on the armed forces to bail them out. 500 soldiers are deployed in the north of england. today david cameron visited them
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preparing sandbags and also visited some of the flooded streets of the city, but not everyone was pleased to see him. [ chanting ] >> reporter: he's had to defend his government spending on flood defenses and deny growing accusations that when there's money to be spent, it's the north that loses out. >> we've spent -- we're planning to spend three times as much. but that's of no comfort, obviously, to the people who have been flooded here in york. >> reporter: hundreds of families have had to leave their homes. it's not certain when they'll be able to return. and with more heavy rain forecast for wednesday, they want to say the risk of more flooding is past. for those whose property has been damaged by the rising water, little consolation that water levels have started to fall. >> they're frustrated.
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they don't know any real information, why it had to happen. it affected all the houses on the road, and we were coping okay. the river wasn't really flooded, but when they lifted the flood barrier, everything came in. >> reporter: the people of york continue to enjoy the cold, the wet of the foods, but those who care about the city say things must change. >> the city ofwo york is a wonderful city. and this is a testing of our will. and i want to say having lived in york shire for ten year, they're resilient people. but work hard to make sure doesn't happen again. >> reporter: everyone wants to believe this will never happen again, but that is a promise that nobody is prepared to make. damon greene, itv news, in york. the falling price of oil, saudi arabia is preparing for a
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year of dramatic cutbacks after announcing the biggest deficit in its history. it revealed a budget 14% smaller than it was in 2015. the finances are getting slammed by low oil prices, oil rev view which makes up three quarters of the country's revenue has fallen 23%. that's led to a record $98 billion deficit to help get their fiscal house in order, they are considering bold measures. it plans to privatize some sectors and is cutting the large subsidy on domestic fuel, raising local prices by 50%. an emotional reunion in canada for a syrian family starting over after a heart breaking loss. the details still to come. >> plus, we will hear from a harvard professor who is combining his research on human trafficking with the power of media to help in the fight
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and civilians have been evacuated from besieged areas under a deal. about 300 shiite fighters and civilians were taken from two pro government towns. hundreds of hezbollah supporters cheered. and others were taken to southern turkey. the deal allows the government to retake control of the rebel held areas. the family of a syrian boy who drowned off the coast of turkey is starting a new life in canada. al alan kurdi died with his mother
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and brother as high tried to flee. the picture of his body brought attention to the desperation. paula newton reports on the reunion for the family. >> reporter: they were emotional scenes as they couldn't wait to get their hands around their family who came in from germany. they were coming from turkey originally, and obviously, still, really struggling to make a new life for themselves outside of syria. she wanted to bring them to canada long ago, and the back story was that there was too much paperwork. she told her brother it wasn't possible. she told her other brother it wasn't possible. she says that's why they went on the boat. and that's where her nephew died in september. she said she wants people to remember that picture. she wants it to stand for something, for a time when the
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world finally said enough is enough. and here is what she had to say at the vancouver airport. >> we almost lost hope, but thank you to the canadian government and to canadian people who make it happen, and to our family who -- the rest you know. >> reporter: her brother, a abdullah, he was invited to apply also for asylum in canada. he chose not to. he wants to figure his life out, and right now he's doing a lot of volunteer work for refugees. and what the kurdi family says is they want people to realize while they've had a happy reunion for today, what they want is for peace to come in te next few months to syria.
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>> central american governments have reached an agreement to allow thousands of cuban migrants to continue their journey to the united states. they have been stuck in costa rica. officials meeting decided to provide flights for the cubans to el salvador. then they'll go to mexico by bus. there's been an increase in migration since renewed diplomatic ties. ♪ now to a development from cnn's freedom project and the fight to end modern day slavery. a researcher who has traveled the world documenting cases of human trafficking is using the power of media to inspire
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change. we have an exclusive look on the set of trafficked. >> reporter: inside this secluded california ranch -- >> i'm not. if i just get that, we're fine. >> reporter: a film crew is busy shining lights on a crime traditionally hidden in the shadows. >> everything that's happening is drawn from something real that i documented. >> reporter: this is a noted harvard professor and human trafficking expert. he's spent the past 15 years documenting trafficking cases around the world. those cases provide the inspiration for this film. >> do you have any idea how many girls i see on the streets? >>. >> reporter: traffic stars ash lee judd as a social worker, and there's a corrupt congressman who operates a lucrative international trafficking
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operation. >> it's an important subject matter. i think to unencumber the hearts and minds of people, to allow them, even if they're involved in thinking about a subject matter, it's better than ignoring it. >> reporter: one of the film's most riveting performances belongs to charlie canter. she plays a young woman fooled by a fake modelling offer and then made to work in a brothel. she said she learned of this before landing the role. >> i did a paper about human trafficking my freshman year. i learned an abundance of things going on that nobody, at least in my environment, knew about. >> reporter: for her, reaching a broader audience while seeing the stript come to life calls up a range of emotions. >> there's a bit of pain as i
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think back to the true people, and i wonder what happened to them. but there's also some hope in that as i see this young girl saying what she said to me, i'm realizing she's got a voice, and her story is being told. >> reporter: with hopes that by telling it, the story will prevent others from going through it themselves. cnn, los angeles. these israeli supreme court has partially overturned a bribery conviction against the former prime minister. he was originally sentenced last march to six years behind bars, but will now serve just 18 months. he was prime minister as recently as 2009, and will be the first the -- the country's first former official to serve jail time. we continue after this very short break. back in a moment.
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here's a question for you. who do americans admire the most? gallop released the results of the annual poll asking that very question. and it finds president barack
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obama far atop the list of most admired men. pope francis and donald trump are tied for number two. bernie sanders and bill gates round out the top five. hillary clinton is the most admired for women, followed by oprah winfrey and initial obama. clinton has been the most admired woman each of the last 14 years and 20 times overall. adult colors books have become a craze. so it's only fitting there's now one for the most popular republican presidential candidate. ♪ >> reporter: donald trump is used to being parodied. but now the parody is interactive. you can color him donald. >> let's get the eyebrows. >> reporter: donald is the
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statue of liberty on mt. rush moer. donald as a beatles? i never thought i'd be coloring donald trump's fig leaf. i colored my way through the entire interview with the creator and publisher of the trump coloring book. do you think donald trump would be flattered or insulted by the coloring book? >> i'm not so sure if he'll sell this, but i think he would enjoy this. >> reporter: it turns out adult coloring books are the hottest category in publishing right now. so cashing in on trump made sense. there's also the off color coloring book featuring quotes. >> mr. trump, are you bat man? >> i am bat man. >> reporter: go ahead and color that quote, but who needs a who box of crayons. >> that's the beauty. you only need one or two colors.
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>> reporter: orange and yellow? >> that's pretty much it. >> reporter: but we weren't good to go almost from the get go. oh, no. that's trouble. i broke the yellow. it was enough to get to the hair. 25,000 copies will be shipped so you can color the candidate who is already beyond colorful. >> we're trying to make coloring great again. >> all right. i'm rosemary church. remember to stay in touch on social media any time. we want to here from you. and i'll be back in just a moment with more news from all around the world. we live in a pick and choose world.
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a 12-year-old african american boy. welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. i'm rosemary church. thanks for joining our second hour of "cnn newsroom." and we have this just in to cnn, a belgian federal prosecutor says police have arrested two people suspected of plotting militant attacks in brussels on new year's eve. a news agency reports the arrests came in different parts of the country on sunday and monday. police say they clothe military clothing and isis propaganda, but no weapons. the searches were not linked to last month's paris attacks. iraqi forces are declaring a victory and a major blow against isis. the iraq army says it pushed
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isis out of ramadi. on monday, iraqi soldiers raised their flag in the city's center. even as they sell pracelebrated of gunfire were heard. there are pockets of isis in ramadi, and a top general says it may take up to three weeks to push them out. we have the details. >> reporter: declaring victory in ramadi. video broadcast by iraqi state tv shows soldiers raising their flag over the city's government compound. celebrating the first marriage victory over the so-called islamic state. >> translator: ramadi has been freed. and the armed forces and the anti-terrorist group and also we've raised our flag on all the government's government in anbar. >> in may, isis fighters seized
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ramadi after government troops fled in defeat. >> reporter: but u.s.-trained air stri iraqi forces returned making their final push to siege the government located complex on sunday. they advanced streetly street amid piles of rubble and collapsed houses. even amid the celebrations, iraqi officials say government troops still need to clear some remaining pockets of insurgents in the city. once secured, ramadi has been handed over to local police and a sunni tribal force, a measure aimed at winning support from the local community. after this, iraq's government has said their next target is mosul with a population of 2 million, mosul is the largest
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population controlled by isis in either iraq or syria, and a crucial source of tax revenue. if it's retaken, it will take down much to the infrastructure underpinning isis. >> we are joined on the line from baghdad. how significant is this given there are many challenges ahead in the effort to liberate the whole of ramadi with these pockets of ri disr sesistance t talked about? >> reporter: we all remember the images of iraqis fleeing ramadi, the humiliation, the sense that it was as much about the failures of the u.s.-led strategy as it was about the failures of iraqi government. in a way, it's understandable that the iraqi government is, perhaps, calling this a
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liberation. because this is as much about what this means for the rest of iraq as it is about ramadi. this is very much a break from the strategy that failed back in may. this will be the first major city taken by the iraqi army. we've supported those, mobilized shia travel forces, and we've seen, really, even though the u.s. has been very cautious in their welcoming of this as a fully liberated city, they've been quick to claim credit for the revitalized city and the role in this, advise and assist, that the training that they've been giving the iraqi forces that have taken the vast majority of this town. those we're speaking to say the similarities here are much like tikrit. they took tikrit. the military campaign ended, and then it was about the security campaign as they're calling it, as the sources are calling it,
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and that security campaign will take a little bit of time to clear out the remaining pockets of isis. but they are seeing this very much as a good omen going toward the end of the year and going toward what their hopes are for the retaking of cities in the next year. >> and mosul in the north is very much in their sights now. we'll continue to watch this story. mexican authorities say they have detained a texas teenager known as the affluenza teen wanted in the u.s. for allegedly violating his probation. ethan couch and his mother were taken into custody. couch was sentenced two years ago to probation in a drunk driving crash that killed four people. his attorneys argued couch suffered from what they called affluenza, because his wealthy
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parents never taught him right from wrong. police say couch missed an appointment from his probation officer earlier this month, and he and his mother disappeared. couch and his mother are expected to be turned over to u.s. marshals. at least 43 people have been killed in severe weather across the u.s. in the past week. it's not over yet. flash floods in missouri are blamed for several of the deaths. the state's governor has declared a state of emergency. west blizzard warnings in effect, and near dallas, texas, people are trying to recover from deadly tornadoes. nick valencia reports. >> i thought i was dead. i was waiting for the tornado to suck me out. but it didn't. life gave me a second chance. >> reporter: for josh white, the chance to walk away from this tornado almost didn't come. >> i was running toward my closet, and the doors and
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everything started caving in and stuff started flying frut windows. things were hitting us. >> reporter: he hid with his five and five-year-old son with just a mattress to protect them from winds up to 200 miles per hour. >> this made me realize how f j fragile life is. >> reporter: 11 people were killed ten tornadoes left skeleton structures. the winds are part of a massive storm system across the nation with a deadly mix of tornadoes, ice, blizzards and flooding stretching from new mexico to me. at least two dozen people have died and more than 100 million more could be affected by the same system. white gathers his belongings in
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just a sweatshirt. while others are digging out of blizzard conditions. part of the bizarre weather conditions here. texas is one of the hardest hit states. at least four international soldiers perished in missouri this weekend when their car was overtaken by rising water. >> they did find two individuals in the car. we found two other men that were outside of the vehicle that were in the creek. >> reporter: now as hundreds of americans are beginning to see the destruction left in the storm's path, millions more are bracing for what's next. josh white says he'll be there to help anyone who needs it. >> everybody never expects this. i mean, once you go through it, it changes your life forever. you want to help people now. you know? >> reporter: the recovery efforts here in texas continue. residents at this apartment complex started to trickle back to see if they can salvage any of their belongings. but the structural damage is so
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severe that many of them have yet to be let back inside. northern england is also dealing with severe weather. the region has been rocked by extensive flooding with a month's worth of rain coming in just a day in some areas. the british prime minister toured the flood zones in york on monday, seeing the widespread damage firsthand. he pledge he would help with whatever was needed. >> here in york, we've spent 100 million pounds on flash defenses. we're planning to spend almost three times as much. but that's of no comrt to the people who have been flooded here in york. and all our hearts go out to them. to be flood second down a terrible experience anyway, and it's even more terrible when it happens at christmas or a time when people are meant to be at home with their families and celebrating. the prime minister there,
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and our meteorologist, pedram javaheri joins us with the latest on conditions there. pedram, talk to us about when people in that region can expect the water to subside and the weather to improve. >> a couple of days before some improvement. the conditions improve and then we go back downhill, and then improve again, and then additional storms. this persistent across the midwestern united states. the most number of tornadoes for the month of december in a long time. when we take a look, six consecutive days of tornado reports in the month of december. the last time this happened was 1982. the only other time in december was in 1953. both of the years el nino years. two ef 4s reported making this the deadliest tornado month in december in about 63 years.
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there's a flooding concern in the united states. you work your way across the pond in the uk, a high risk of flooding in place on monday. improves tuesday a little bit. in wednesday, nine flood warnings still in place. and the images look like this, and when you tie in this on a global scale, take a look at the floor graphics. the global perspective, we're talking about el niño. we have wet weather pattern across the northwestern u.s. in places like seattle, 28 straight days, they've seen measured rainfall across that region. the south eastern u.s. the severe weather unusual for the number of tornadoes we've seen. work toward the uk, on the order of 350 plus percent above normal when it comes to the amount of rainfall in this region, and unfortunately the forecast continues to bring rainfall the
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next couple of days. and this is something you expect as we go in over the next couple of weeks potentially into the early portion of 2016 as el niño begins to bring in rainfall in areas we expect to see. >> understood. and i just received a tweet from someone in ireland saying there are problems there in terms of flooding as well. severe flooding is also affecting large parts of south america. more than 160,000 people have been displaced by rains. argentina's tourism industry is suffering, and many people are beginning to worry about lasting damage. cnn reports. >> reporter: the situation in concordia, north eastern argentina is concerning. there are more than 10,000 evak wees in this town that add to the figure of more than 160,000 people evacuating in the region
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combining other countries. in this town, one in ten residents have lost their homes. but that's probably not the biggest part of the drama here. the biggest part is that many businesses are gone. the water already above roof levels in many businesses. together with that, this is the beginning of the summer season. the beginning of the travel season. in the summer this town depends on tourism. many people are worried they won't make enough cash flow for the year. they depend on a travel season to make enough money to live through the year, through 2016. and that is exactly what most people are concerned with right now. in the meantime, i authorities are mobilizing police, army, and rescue personnel to try to bring shelter, food supplies, to those that have been displaced.
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but the crisis is expected to last for many, many months to come. cnn, concordia. iran has shipped more than 25,000 pounds of low enriched uranium to russia. the u.s. calls ate a step in iran honoring the nuclear deal reached earlier this year. under the deal iran agreed to curb the nuclear program in exchange for relief from a number of economic sanctions. tehran committed to reducing its supply of low enriched uranium to below 660 pounds. there will be no indictments for two police officers in the shooting death of tamir rice. coming up, why his family is accusing prosecutors of sabotaging the case. also ahead, u.s. presidential candidate, donald trump has more harsh words for the clintons. back in a moment. "why are you checking your credit score?"
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a grand jury in ohio has decided not to indict two police officers involved in the shooting death of a 12-year-old boy.
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the family of tamir rice says he was murdered. they've issued a statement saying, and i'm quoting here, prosecutor mcbeginty sabotaged the case and acted like the police officer's defense attorney. and we get more now from cnn. >>. >> reporter: the prosecutor announcing the grand jury's ruling on the shooting death of 12-year-old tamir rice. >> the grand jury declined to bring criminal charges against the police officers. >> reporter: the prosecutor said newly enhanced video made it indisputable that rice was drawing a gun from his waist pand as the officers pulled up. >> it is likely that tamir whose size made him look older, either intended to hand it over to the
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officers or show them it wasn't a real gun. but there was no way for the officers to know that. >> reporter: and tragically, he never had the chance. rice was shot just two seconds after the officers arrived on scene. that was 13 months ago. rice was walking back and forth in a cleveland park playing with a toy gun. a witness called 911. >> it's probably fake, but it's scaring me. >> reporter: in addition to reporting the fun was probably fake, the witness added the black male was probably a juvenile. dispatchers failed to relay those two pieces of critical information to the officers who believed they were responding to an active shooter in a high crime area. >> a moment later, tamir drew the gun and the officer fired. believing he was about to be shot was mistaken.
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he had reasonable belief. he had reason to fear for his life. >> reporter: shortly after the press conference, the price family issued a statement, slamming the prosecutor. tamir's family is saddened and disappointed by this outcome but not surprised. it has been clear for months now that the county prosecutor was abusing and manipulating the grand jury process to orchestrate a vote against indictment. cnn, new york. i spoke earlier with our legal analyst about her reaction to the grand jury's decision. she told us she was shocked. >> as a former prosecutor, i know that a prosecutor controls the grand jury. i know that a prosecutor controls the flow of information to the grand jury. the prosecutor decides which evidence is presented to the grand jury, and quite frankly, in the united states, if a prosecutor wants an indictment, a prosecutor gets an indictment.
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in this case, i think it's pretty clear this prosecutor was not seeking an indictment. he indicated just today during a press conference that he recommended that no charges be filed. and he even questioned this family's motives. he suggested that the mother who i've interviewed, had some sort of economic motive. and we're talking about the death of her 12-year-old son. and so i think that i am surprised that this prosecutor proceeded this way, given what we now know about one of the two officers that was on the scene that day. the officer that shot 12-year-old tamir rice had been let go from one police department because they felt that he was immature emotionally. they felt that he had a dangerous loss of composure during firearms training and one supervisor indicated in writing that he did not believe that any
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training would be able the to change or correct the officer's deficiencies. yet the cleveland police department hired this officer without looking at his personnel file, and the suggestion somehow that the officer acted reasonably given the fact that he shot tamir rice just two seconds after leaving his police car is just astounding. >> cnn lauren analyst, cedric alexander joins me to talk about the decision not to indict the officers. thank you for joining us. what is your first impression when you heard the decision that was made? >> well, you know, it was very sad. a 12-year-old child lost his life in the park that day. police officers who were assuming that something was there that we learned later was just an innocent child with a toy gun. it's a very sad day.
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it's a sad day in that community, and i imagine it's going to be a sad day across this country, but the unfortunate part of this is there's loss here. a small child loses his life. a community loses faith and trust in this criminal justice system and its law enforcement organization there. >> so what's the answer in a situation like this? how do you make this system work better? you've got the family of tamir rice accusing the prosecutor of sabotaging the case. so when you have -- when they've lost so much faith in the justice system to that degree, how do you make it better? >> well, that's going to be the challenge. that's not just a challenge in cleveland. that's the challenge right now across america. when it comes to building these relationships and legitimacy in our communities. and all of us, right now, in law enforcement, are struggling and
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working hard to build and maintain those relationships. and when we have any type of shooting that becomes of any question to the community at large, we have to do everything that we can to be as transparent and open with our investigation. it must not be a hurried investigation, but it must be an investigation, of course, that is complete and thorough both to the fairness of everyone that's involved. but we have to go back and look at our training, and we have to look at who we hire and who we maintain inside that organizations as well. and certainly there as some question to this officer from previous history that has been noted in reporting all day and over the course of the last year. so there are a variety of things that we need to look at. >> why did that not appear to play into this, and when you also look at the video, you see the two officers arrive, and within seconds, they've shot and killed this young 12-year-old. and then, of course, we find out, as you've mentioned some
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questionable problems with one of those officers, the one who actually shot tamir price. >> i think it will. it won't in terms of this being a criminal case, but it will come into play in regards to public opinion, and it's going to need to come into play in regards to that department in terms of how and who it hires and making sure that they do adequate background investigations and do really complete and thorough psychological exams which is going to be critical. >> thank you so much for joining us and sharing your perspective. appreciate it. >> thank you. a father is suing the city of chicago after his son was killed by police over the weekend. an officer shot 19-year-old quintonio legrier. police say legrier had a metal bat. authorities say 55-year-old bettie jones, a neighbor was
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accidentally shot and killed. the incident is putting increasing pressure on the mayor who has ordered changes in how the city's police are trained. the mayor is cutting his family vacation short to return to chicago. despite some gains being me a against isis, americans are worried about isis militants launching more attacks at home. how president obama is responding. that still to come. and a heart breaking loss seen the world, a syrian family has an emotional reunion in canada.
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a warm welcome back the to our viewers in the united states and around the world. i want to update you on the main stories right now. a belgian prosecutor says police have arrested two people suspected of plotting militant attacks in brussels on new year's eve. police say they found military clothing and isis propaganda but no weapons or explosives during their searches. the iraqi military says the it's liberated ramadi. only small pockets of isis fighters remain in the city. an army spokesman says it will take two to three weeks to push the fighters out. mexico is expected to push over the so-called affluenza teen to u.s. authorities. ethan couch and his mother were found near puerto vallarta after
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they disappeared in december. he was wanted for violating probation from a drunk driving crash that killed four people. a grand jury has decided not to bring charges against two police officers in the shooting death of a 12-year-old boy. tamir rice was holding a pellet gun when an officer killed him. rice's family says the prosecutor deliberately season taujed the case. require good news for the obama administration in the battle against isis. >> reporter: with the u.s. led coalition at war with isis, half a world away, president obama just got a fresh reminder during his vacation, americans are worried the terrorists are winning the fight. a new cnn poll shows americans
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have loft confidence in the obama administration's ability to prevent another terrorist attack. 65% disapprove of the handing of isis, and 51% of americans believe the government can protect against a terrorist attack. that deep pessimism has frustrated the president, but he wants america to feel the confidence. the white house has asked top officials to do a better job of selling the isis plan. >> i think there is a legitimate criticism of what i've been doing, and our administration has been doing in the sense that we haven't, on a regular basis, i think, described all the work that we've been doing for more than a year now to defeat isil. >> reporter: and now the president may be able to point to progress after iraqi security
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forces succeeded in forcing isis out of ramadi. >> it seemed like a victory. we should proceed with caution. if we hold ramadi, this is a good thing for our strategy in that region and against isis, and these are the types of things that we should be doing more. >> reporter: it could be a vindication of the president's cautious approach of relying on iraqi and syrian forces instead of u.s. troops on the ground. the latest cn n orc poll finds americans are slplit on whether to send ground troops. he said last month defending his strategy. >> i just spent the last three questions answering that very question. we can retake territory, and as long as we leave our troops there, we can hold it. but that does not solve the
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underlying problem of eliminating the dynamics that are producing these kinds of violent extremist groups. u.s. presidential candidate donald trump is stepping up his attacks on bill clinton. on monday the republican front runner for the white house accused the former u.s. president of having a, coat, terrible record of women abuse. trump has made bill clinton a central element in his attacks on democratic rival, hillary clinton. dana bash has more. >> she's playing the woman's card, and it's like give me a break. >> reporter: the way donald trump sees it, to be a winner, you have to act like one. so he's ending 2015 as if he's won the gop nomination, attacking hillary clinton. >> i've had so many women come up to me and say you've got to keep her out. she's terrible.
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>> reporter: trump's anti-hillary rants have been nonstop since before christmas when she returned fire. >> the it's not the first time he's demonstrated a pension for sexism. >> reporter: now trump is bringing bill clinton into it, the latest on iowa radio. >> with all of her past and her past dealings and frankly, she's been involved in it with her husband as much as anybody, for her to be discussing that, i think is out of bounds. and i've let them know that. >> reporter: trump is doing well with republican women. in the last cnn poll, a whopping 69% of female gop voters said they have a favorable view of trump. but it's almost the opposite when all female voters are included. 61 % viewed trump unfavorably. the only republican woman running for president is trying to capitalize on it. >> how about a honest, qualified woman. i'm never going to ask for
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people's support because i'm a woman. i'll ask for support because i'm the most qualified candidate to beat hillary clinton. >> reporter: as for trump, they say they'll win by bringing new voters into the fold. which is why he's lashing out at virginia for a new requirement to participate in the primary, voters must sign a party loyalty pledge. one of trump's tweets said straighten out the republican party of virginia before it's too late. meanwhile in new hampshire, the conservative union leader unloaded on trump for, quote, bathroom humor and verbal bullying. comparing trump to bif from the movie back to the future. the editorial saying he trust new hampshire republicans will send bif trump back to anywhere.
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despite having harsh critics, trump has admirers. trump is tied with pope francis as the second most admired man in america. both behind the president. and the most admired woman? that's hillary clinton. in fact, this is the 14th straight year she's topped gallop's list. the 20th overall, and more than any man or woman, hillary clinton has been the most admired since it started in 1 8 1948. >> trump has never shown himself to be one to back down from a fight. he struck back at the paper in true trump style. >> i just have to tell you, it's your paper. it's not a good paper. you know it's dying. i don't think it's going to be in business more than two years. if you endorse christie, that's up to him. but you don't try to hurt somebody that's been helping and has done a good job. you don't do that.
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so you can have it, darling. that's all it's worth. a piece of garbage. >> and to keep track of all the latest on the campaign trail, just visit cnn.com/politics. australia was the hottest place on earth monday reaching just over 41 degrees celsius. that's 105 degrees fahrenheit. rob scott reports on the scorching weather. >> reporter: when this family heard it was going to be 41 degrees, the first thought wasn't to abanden their plans. instead, they thought they'd do it earlier. >> our workout was 41. i said let's go. >> reporter: while they pounded the stairs, most were trying to stay cool. today was the second hottest day this year. only the fifth of january was hotter when it reached 44
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degrees. this is how we sweated through the day. at 7:00 a.m., it was already 27 degrees. by 8:00, we passed 30. it was 40 degrees at 11:30. we hit 41.6 around 1:00. today's extreme heat led to -- >> pierce was the hottest suburb at 4 3 degrees. pert airport reported a blitzering 41.7. bickley was a touch cooler. >> reporter: thousands enjoyed the water at adventure world. and firefighters were put to the test again, this time in a valley where the heat meant the blaze started easily and spread quickly. the israeli supreme court has partially overturned a bribery conviction against the
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former prime minister. olmert was sentenced last march to six months behind bars but will now serve 18 months. we will be the country's first former official to serve jail time. saudi arabia is taking measures brought on my falling oil prices. it will raise the domestic fuel prices by 50% and cut subsidies on water and electricity. the moves are to cope with a growing record budget deficit now at $98 billion. a long awaited reunion in canada for a family's whose loss game to symbolize the migrant's plight in syria.
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>> the family of a syrian boy who browned off the coast of
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turkey beginning a new life in canada. the uncle, aunt and cousins of alan can kurdi stepped off a plane to reunite with family. the picture of the boy haunted the world. his uncle translated by his aunt, thanked the people of canada. >> we almost lost hope, but thank you to the canadian government, and to canadian people who make it happen and to our family who -- the rest you know. >> alan's father is now living in curdic stan. his sister says he's trying to help other refugees. >> an agreement between japan and south korea is almost you
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milluati milluating. the two countries reached a deal for the women. as we report, some say it's just not enough. >> reporter: after 12 recent round of negotiations and decades of tensions between south korea and japan, a resolution over comfort women. if the japanese government carries its end of the deal out for a foundation to support the surviving women, south korea will consider the matter resolved. in order to restore dignity and regain the impaired reputation of the comfort women as well as heal their wounded hearts frut agreement, i think it is most important that the japanese government carry out the measures under the deal. >> translator: i think we did
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our duty for the current generation by reaching this final and irreversible resolution before the end of the 70th year since the war. >> reporter: the announcement of the deal comes with a message that japan's prime minister again expresses his most sincere apologies and remorse to all the women who suffered. it also has the government taking responsibility for the military's use of comfort women, but one group represents survivors says the apology is vague and fails to make clear the japanese government's role in perpetuating the crimes against women. this is one of the women forced to leave her korean village at the age of 14. she says she was used for five years as a sex slave. >> i can't put into words the scars it left me with. it still keeps me awake at night. it went on for such a long time. by the time things went down, i couldn't use my lower body at all. in my old age, i couldn't have a
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single person who can call me mother. i couldn't never have a child. >> kim is one of 46 surviving comfort women. there were estimates that up to 200,000 women were used as comfort women by the japanese military. and still to come, the indie pop group teams up with a japanese teenager to take a stand against bullying. the treatments discovered at st. jude help save kids with cancer in like where?verywhere. like here and here. in those spots. donate now at st. jude dot org or shop wherever you see the st. jude logo.
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♪ >> lemmy, the hard rocking front man for heavy metal band, motor head died monday after a battle with cancer. the band was formed in 1975 and lemmy had been the only consistent member since then. his music helped shape hard rock and heavy metal over the last 40 years. motor head encouraged fans on facebook to, quote, celebrate the life this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly
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himself. japan has one of the highest suicide rates in the world. it's something a teenager once considered herself and we featured her back in september. she revealed her struggles with bullying in school. the story resonated with members an indie pop group. we explain how the two are now fighting back against bullying. ♪ >> reporter: the story of how a teenage girl from japan ended up in california recording a story begins on a darker note. a piece about bullying. >> reporter: she explains starting in second grade she was slapped and contemplated suicide. >> when you're seen as somebody
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that's different or strange and is different from mainstream society, that's when bullying happens. >> it took me bright back to the place when i was her age in school. and right when i really discovered music. and music for me at that moment was my outlet. i guess it gave me hope. >> reporter: foster the people known for social consciousness created a fund drive to fly her to the u.s. to collaborate on a stirring song. >> translator: this song is very auto biographical. it's about me losing hope in my life at some point, but i decided to live. even when thinking of suicidal thoughts, it's about a miracle that happens if you keep living. >> reporter: she's also receiving support from other people. the friends founded kind campaign and now speak at schools about girl on girl bullying. >> to be able to really stand in front of girls and let them know
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that that's never the solution to anything and how i just wish so badly i would have reached out to a counselor or talked to me parents more about what i was going through, but we love being here today to be a part of this story and this amazing experience and creating awareness all over the world and specifically in japan. >> reporter: as a talent, this is no junior varsity performer. >> she kind of walked into the situation being like okay, what are we going to do now? after the first day i was like wow, this girl is really something special. >> reporter: cnn, burbank, california. >> there's an inspiring story for you. thanks for your company. i'm rosemary church. you can find me any time on social media. early start is coming up for our viewers in the u.s. for everybody else, stay tuned for more from the "cnn newsroom."
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