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♪ she loves you yeah yeah yeah ♪ she loves you yeah yeah yeah ♪ she loves you yeah yeah yeah ♪ love is all you need -- captions by vitac -- it is decision day in france. voting now under way in a french presidential election that may well prove crucial to europe's future. cnn is live across paris in moments. also, a stunned nation in grief. afghanistan's president declares a national day of mourning as the death toll from friday's taliban attack on an army base continues to climb. and caught on camera. another heated confrontation on a u.s. airliner. welcome to our viewers here in the united states and around the world. all these stories ahead here. i'm natalie allen. >> and i'm george howell from cnn headquarters in atlanta. "newsroom" starts right now.
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a vote for change is the question france decides. 4:00 a.m. on the east coast. france now votes in that country's presidential election. let's take a live look where it is presently 10:01 in the morning in paris. the polls just opened about two hours ago. this is the first round of voting ahead of next month's probable runoff. >> the final outcome of this historic vote has the potential to transform the political landscape in europe and beyond. more than 45 million voters are expected to cast ballots by the time polls close. cnn paris correspondent melissa bell joins us from a polling station in the french capital. it has finally come down to this, melissa. what is at stake today for the people of france?
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>> reporter: there is so much at stake, natalie. we've been talking about it for so many months. finally this is decision day. so much of what happens today will determine, as you mentioned a moment ago, that crucial second round, which will see france choose the two final candidates face-off. you have 11 candidates standing with very different visions of what they believe france should be. so we're here in the 18th district of paris. we've seen already a huge number of people come out to vote. you really sense that people didn't want to waste any time in casting their vote in what they know is likely to be crucial. one of those who have come down here to vote will be voting for the first time. how important was it to come out and vote today? >> good morning. it's really important for french to come and vote to make heard their voice today. really important. for me, it's the first time i will vote. it's really special.
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of course, i feel kind of disappointed about this campaign for lots of different reasons. there have been the personal affairs around some candidates. also, the terrorist threat, security issues, which sometimes can veil the rest of the debate on important issues, such as educational policies and environment. >> reporter: and there is so much at stake, isn't there? this is an election that's probably far more important not just to france but to europe than all the previous elections of the past few decades. >> of course, it's really important for different reasons. there has been the brexit last year. also the election of donald trump that's changed a lot in geopolitics in the world. this can be historical election for one important reason, the two traditional parties can be kicked out after the first round, which would potentially mean a lot in the new cleavages
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of the world. >> reporter: that is the sort of stark choice that the french are going to the polls, that they have in mind as they go to the polls. the very different visions of what this might bring. and surprisingly, natalie, even at this late stage, lots of people who have yet to make up their minds. we spoke to one gentleman today who said he'd waited to get inside, taken all the candidates names in to think about it one last time before he's cast his vote. even, despite what luis has been telling us and these stark choice, vast differences, there are people who until the very last minute are waiting to make up their mind, almost as a sort of gut reaction once they get in the polling station. >> can you imagine doing that and having that frame of mind, not knowing which button you're going to push when you get in there. why has it come to that? why is there so much weariness about which way to go and so
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much uncertainty, melissa? >> reporter: well, i think because already france's political landscape has changed so much, natalie, over the course of the last few weeks. we're facing the possibility -- and it would be the first time in the history of the fifth republic -- that the two main parties that have shared powers since 1958 could be entirely excluded from the runoff. of course, we won't know until 8:00 p.m. tonight whether that's happened. and the french tend to vote fairly tactically. they tend to go into these elections knowing who they'd like to see come to power and voting rather in a tactical way a strategical way to see the person they'd least like to make it does not. this time, given all the uncertainty and the worries, many people are simply confused about what the best, most strategic way is to cast their votes. you have the undecided voters. you have those slightly baffled
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by the changes their witnessing, the sense that this vote matters more than most. i think that's left a lot of people waiting until the very last minute to work out what it is they intend to do. >> well, we can see right there in the split screen they are in line and they are voting. so it's come down to this. very exciting. thank you, melissa. we'll talk with you again. now to george. >> let's keep the live images up. we're looking at what's happening in paris. let's bring in, at the same time, dominic thomas, who's live in paris, the chair of the department of french studies at ucla in california. again, these live images taking place where it is 10:06 in the morning. dominic, the polls opened there. the mix of candidates runs the gamut. you have the euro skeptics, those supportive of the eu. help our viewers understand what is at stake with this election. >> right. well, there's an awful lot at stake. i think as people go to the polls, they're not so much selecting candidates based on particular individual issues,
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whether those be dealing with unemployment, dealing with terror, dealing with sort of broader infrastructure questions, but the four main candidates that are left in this race offer radically different views of where they see france as being. on the far right, we have marine le pen, who's a protectionist, an economic nationalist. in the last moment, she appeared on television in the official debates, promised to return the keys to frencance, to the frenc population, talking about border control and leaving the european union. at the opposite end of the spectrum on the far left, we have jean-luc melenchon proposing what is essentially big government. all kinds of borrowing, high taxation and so on in order to address the social divisions in french society. at the center, the new candidate
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emmanuel macron, considered to be a center candidate, a very sort of open, progressive, and definitely pro-european union candidate. the only candidate left really with any chance of making it through to the second round who represents a mainstream party is francois fillon who's been embroiled in all kinds of financial scandals over the past few weeks and so on. so no matter what happens tonight, at the most there will be one candidate from a traditional party left in the race and most likely no mainstream political party will be there in the runoff stage, as melissa pointed out, would be a first in the 59-year of the fifth republic. >> and that was a good synopsis of those candidates just a moment ago, but let's talk about this. i was listening to melissa bell's interview a few moments ago. i'm not sure if you heard it as well. you mentioned that phrase "return the keys to france." here in the united states, we've
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heard the phrase "make america great again," which results in the election of the president donald j. trump. talk to us about that populist sentiment there in france. marine le pen hoping to gain tractions from voters, frustrated with the status quo, frustrated with people at the top of office. what are the roots of that frustration? >> right, well, this party goes back a long way. remember that in 2002, the electorate were shocked in what were very low turnout when is her father made it through to the second round. at that time, 80% of the population came together in the runoff stages and returned him to power. in this case, marine le pen's party has gone through what could be called a cleaning up of its image. she removed her father from the party in 2015. however, this particular party has benefitted in many ways from so many of the kinds of fault lines and fractures that we see in european societies today that helped explain the brexit vote,
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that helped explain so much of the support for donald trump. the mainstream political parties over the last 20 years have been unable to come up with solutions to sort of social problems, to deal with the questions of immigration, to deal with the questions of security, and marine le pen has played on these fears and on these divisions in french society. a lot of the vote for marine le pen is a vote of deep frustration with the system that keeps moving back and forth between mainstream political parties. and we see this not only in the le pen support but also the support for some of these other candidates that are looking at the situation slightly differently and where party loyalty has disappeared. >> one big question will certainly be how voters feel given the recent killing of a police officer on champs-elysees. dominic, thank you so much for being with us again. dominic thomas bringing us context live. we'll stay in touch with you. this is just in to cnn. we're getting reports north korea has detained another
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american citizen. sources tell the south korean news agency yonhap the man was arrested friday at the pyongyang international airport just as he was trying to leave the country. it's unclear why he was arrested, and cnn has not been able to independently verify this information. he reportedly had been in north korea for about one month working on aid and relief programs. >> a korean-american is only identified by his last name, kim. he's believed to be in his late 50s. he's believed to be a former professor. he's the third american currently detained in north korea. a college student and a pastor have been sentenced to hard labor for what pyongyang claims are acts against the country. it is a national day of mourning in afghanistan to honor the soldiers killed in friday's horrific taliban attack. >> that's right. sources say that as many as 140 people died. official figures have not yet been released.
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the victims weren't armed. >> our journalist joins us now from the afghan capital kabul via skype. as george just said, they weren't armed, they were praying. and this happened in one of the safer areas of the country. what can you tell us about it? the skype has just frozen. we'll try to re-establish contact in a moment and talk with him then. >> absolutely. we'll move tonight other story we're following. the opposition in venezuela marched in silence on saturday in memory of those killed in anti-government protests. at least 22 people have been killed there this month. the government says nine of them were electrocuted when they tried to loot a bakery. >> the opposition calls the president a dictator and blames him for the brutal economic crisis in the country.
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>> translator: i'm 24 years old and i refuse to leave the country. my entire family is here. my future is here and i want it to be so. that's why i'm here and will continue be here until i see a change. we have been in the streets for more than 20 days making demands of the authorities. >> the opposition says president maduro's blocking efforts to hold regional elections. we've now re-established skype. i was asking you about this attack. it was a revenge attack, we understand. it happened in one of the safer areas of the country, and the country is certainly mourning the loss of so many of its s soldiers. >> yeah, it's true. where this attack happened is one of the safer areas of the country. that's why it's rattled afghans. up to 140 people might have been killed, even though the afghan government have not released
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official tallies yet. and that's actually something that's angering a lot of afghans. the president's called for a national day of mourning, but at the same time, they feel the government by not releasing exact numbers of how many people were killed, they're not really respecting the sacrifice of the soldiers who were murdered. like you said, a lot of these soldiers were unarmed, as they normally are on bases here. they were sitting down for lunch and exiting a mosque. thousands of people exiting a mosque after prayers. so it's definitely an attack that's both in size and scope but also the nature of it has startled a lot of afghans here. >> just shows how hard it is to stay ahead of the taliban. our thoughts are with the people of afghanistan. thank you, sune. and coming up, the u.s. faces a possible partial government shutdown as congress returns from recess.
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a u.s. soldier has received the purple heart from u.s. president donald trump. sergeant first class alvaro lost part of his leg after being wounded in afghanistan. he attended the ceremony in a wheelchair accompanied by his wife. the purple heart is awarded to service members wounded or killed in combat. this was the president's first trip to the water reed military medical center near washington. president trump is about to reach a very important benchmark. it is 100 days in office. that benchmark happens next saturday. >> mr. trump tweeted that he will hold a big rally that day in pennsylvania. he previously tweeted that 100 days is a ridiculous standard by which to measure his presidency. the rally will be on the same day as the white house correspondents' dinner, which mr. trump has declined to attend. there are some other key events happening in washington this
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coming week. >> congress returns from recess, and it will have to scramable to avoid a partial government shutdown. for more, let's bring in cnn's athena jones. >> reporter: hi there. a big week ahead in washington. house republican leadership held a brief conference call with the entire caucus today to talk about this coming week and made it clear that passing a bill to keep the government running is the top priority and will be the primary focus of this coming week. we know a couple of things the white house wants to see included in that funding measure. one is money for the hiring of more immigration agents. another is money for the border wall the president promised on the campaign trail. senate democrats, though, say that the border wall money is a nonstarter. they do not want to see that in this bill. they're also opposed to including the money for immigration agents in this spending bill. so the big question is will the president sign a bill to keep the government running that doesn't include money for the border wall.
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my colleague dana bash spoke with homeland security secretary john kelly about this. watch. >> let's start with the border wall with mexico and how it relates to keeping the government open. if congress doesn't send president trump a government funding bill by midnight on friday, the government will run out of money and a shutdown would begin. so will the president go to the mat and insist on funding his border wall as part of this stopgap government funding measure? >> dana, i think it goes without saying that the president has been pretty straight forward about his desire and the need for a border wall. so i would suspect he'll dot right thing for sure, but i will suspect he will be insistent on the funding. >> so there you heard secretary kelly sounding pretty certain that the president would insist on border wall funding, but the president himself sounded a bit less definitive about that in an interview he gave to the associated press. he told the a.p., i want the border wall, my base definitely
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wants the border wall, but asked whether he would sign a bill that doesn't include that funding, he said, i just don't know. so to use one of the president's turns of phrase, we'll see what happens on the border wall funding issue next week. i should mention one gop source was on that conference call, said republicans were still in negotiations on the final points of the spending bill and hope to get it on the floor friday. friday, by the way, is the deadline. back to you. >> athena jones, thank you. >> spending bill, possible government shutdown, border wall. a lot to talk about. scott lucas is here to talk with us. >> scott is professor of international politics at the university of birmingham in england and founder and editor of ea world view. scott, pleasure to have you with us. >> first up, donald trump campaigned on winning, getting deals done. he said he was going to get moving on day one and make that happen. but he has fallen short in the
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first 100 days. now he's saying it's a ridiculous benchmark. what do you think? >> yeah, that's like me going into me final exams and when i flunked them said, it didn't really matter anyway. talk is cheap. governing is tough. i think president trump may not realize it, but his administration does. there were very bold promises here. we were going to talk about sweeping acts regarding trade. we were going to talk about acts regarding removing environmental protections. we were going to talk about acts to get rid of obamacare. we were going to talk about tax reform. all of this in the first 100 days. it was in his supposed contract for america. what he has been able to do is push through executive orders to do some of that. so ironically, given we had earth day yesterday, he stripped away a lot of the environmental and scientific regulations that president obama brought in, but he hasn't yet got a major piece of legislation through congress.
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despite all the show he'll make this week about introducing a tax reform bill, he won't get that any time soon either. >> look, so when there's any talk of a possible government shutdown, partial or full, we heard athena jones reporting on this just a moment ago, but if a shutdown were to come to pass, which political group would take the heat for it? >> everybody tends to take heat in a shutdown. we saw that during the obama years. when the republicans kept pushing us to the wall. but i think by and large, it's the executive that's going to take the first shot. there's two things happening here. one is, let's be blunt, the democrats are trying to contain trump. they're trying to get a guarantee for subsidies under obamacare. they're trying to make sure the wall never gets built. but the onus is on the president that he insist on that symbolic wall, which has no practical use. he has not worked with democrats. his advisers have actually also
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alienated many republicans in congress. so yeah, they're the ones that carry most of the water if this government shuts down this weekend. >> it's the republicans that dominate in washington. it's his party. but what can you do to try to get them behind him? they haven't done that as of yet. >> you stop insulting them on twitter. that's one thing, which he did during the attempt to get the health care bill through. alienating not the moderate republicans but the conservative republicans, the freeway codom . that's the challenge he has to pull together, both the moderate and conservative wings of the party. it's been the challenge for the republicans for 30 years, inside or outside office. and trump doesn't have the governing style. the question is whether his advisers can do that, but as long as you have steve bannon as chief strategist, it's going to be a tough task to get the republicans together in the house of representatives, let alone in the senate where they only have the narrow majority. >> scott lucas live in
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birmingham, england, with context and perspective. thank you for being with us. we'll be in touch with you again for sure. >> thanks, scott. still ahead here, we'll take you back to paris, where voting is now under way to choose france's next president. also, people from around the world come together on earth day in the name of science. we'll take you to some of the demonstrations coming up here. >> cnn is live on our networks in the u.s. and around the world this hour. you're watching cnn "newsroom."
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and a welcome back to our viewers here in the united states and all around the world.
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you're watching cnn "newsroom." i'm natalie allen. >> and i'm george howell. this hour, the first round of france's presidential election is now under way. millions of french voters are casting ballots for 11 different candidates. no one is expected to get 50% or more to win the presidency outright. a runoff between the two top vote getters is set for next month. afghanistan is in mourning after the taliban raid on an army base during friday prayers. the death toll could reach 140. the afghan military says taliban fighters disguised themselves wearing soldier's uniforms and caught the base off guard. a taliban spokesman tells cnn it was revenge for the deaths of two of its officials. now to saudi arabia. the king there shaking up the government. reuters reports he's replaced the information and civil service ministers. he's also reinstated bonuses and allowances for civil servants. the government says the saudi economy is quickly recovering
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from the economic slowdown caused by falling oil prices. throngs of people around the world sent a message on earth day, saturday. scientists and supporters on every continent protested to counter what they see as a disregard for evidence-based knowledge, or science. this year's movement was sparked by u.s. president donald trump's plan to scale back obama-era environmental regulations. now back to france. the outcome of presidential voting now under way could redefine european politics for years to come come. >> cnn is live in paris following this story. melissa bell live at one of the polling stations there. fair to say a lot is at stake there, and many nerves are frayed given the recent killing of a police officer in paris. what is the mood of people as you see them there heading to the polls? >> reporter: you know, a great deal of enthusiasm, actually,
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george. that's what we found this morning. just behind me, the door to one of those polling stations here in france. it's now been opened for a few hours. we've seen a lot of people come through here. many of them tell us, i wanted to make sure i got here early because the later in the day you leave it, the more likely it is that you'll be discouraged or unmotivated or find other things to do. a real enthusiasm, a determination to register their vote in this election that is so crucial. not only for the french but of course well beyond the borders of france. one of the big tests, one of the big questions we're waiting to get the answer to today, and we won't have it until about 8:00 p.m. local time, is whether that populist wave that's swept the united kingdom, the united states, does it stop in france today, or on the contrary, duoe it continue? i think that's one of the things from the outside the whole world is really watching this poll as a test of. >> melissa, for our viewers who may just be joining us, give a sense of the diverse positions
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with these candidates that we're talking about. you have euro skeptics, but you also have those who support the eu. >> reporter: that's right, george. the european union has come to take a central position in this campaign. but again, what we're talking about are candidates that are defining themselves not so much according to the old divide of left and right but, again, it's long that new divide of those who want more openness to the rest of the world. they're the pro-europeans. those who want continuity with what's gone before in france. and those on the other hand, the populist in this presidential race who want closure, who want to close france's borders, who want to retreat within them, who want to rehit it economic policies in a much more protectionist way, who want to rethink france's belonging to the european union. of course that, george, would
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put into doubt the entire european project. so we are talking about very important changes, very big changes, which is why i think so many french people are expressing that enthusiasm this morning about the need to come out and vote. already we've seen a number of the politicians involved, a number of the candidates casting their vote in what they know is a crucial election as well. not only the french president, francois hollande, who is not standing this time, but the man who is standing for his party, benoit hamon. a real sense that the candidates are getting out early to vote, but many people as well because they know that there is so much at stake. >> melissa bell live. while you're speaking there, i want to tell our viewers we're looking at a live image here of emmanuel macron voting. it is 10:34 there in paris. polls have been open for a couple hours. mr. macron is a centrist who no
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one really took serious at first. he did create his own party, in fact, formed his own party. didn't have the backing of my major political parties. he finds himself now in the running. he backs liberal yet business-friendly measures to boost the economy. you're looking at live images here in paris, where emmanuel macron has just voted there. >> he's in a booth. there he is. he's behind the man in the red jacket, coming out with his wife. >> we have live cameras all over as these candidates cast their votes. all right. we're going to turn back to the earth day celebrations around the world. >> absolutely. protesters on all seven continents marched in defense of science. scientists and their supporters on every continent organized on saturday to counter what they see as a growing disregard for evidence-based knowledge. >> this was berlin, one of several major cities where large crowds packed the streets. then we have london.
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one protester held a sign reading "wake up, world." while this girl donned a lab coat and blew a whistle. >> the u.s. president donald trump hadn't mentioned the march for science protests, but he did tweet this on saturday. quote, i am committed to keeping our air and water clean but always remember that economic growth enhances environmental protection. jobs matter with an exclamation point, from the u.s. president. >> bill nye, pretty popular guy over here, known as the science guy on u.s. television took part until the march for science in washington. here's what he had to say. >> without scientifically literal citizens, the united states, any country, in fact, cannot compete on the world stage. yet, today we have a great many lawmakers not just here but around the world deliberately ignoring and actively suppressing science. their inclination is misguide and in no one's best interest.
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our lives are in every way improved by having clean water, reliable electricity, and access to electronic global information. >> when you know scientists take to the streets, you know they're ready for some changes. marches were held across the united states as well. cnn covered the events from coast to coast. >> with our correspondents migu miguel marquez in washington, where thousands gathered to demonstrate, and sara sidner on the west coast, following protests in san francisco. take a look. >> reporter: thousands and thousands of scientists and their supporters clogged the streets of washington. you can see just the end of the march for science here. it was raining. it was windy. and it was cold. but they stuck with it. they say this is the beginning of a new effort to emphasize science in their communities. it ended here at the capitol building. what they were protesting about was the trump administration itself, the message from the
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trump administration, the cuts in funding the trump administration is indicating it will take on, specifically federal employees here who undertake science are concerned that their scientific work will be sifted essentially through a political lens. they say this is a nonpartisan march, but it certainly had a hard political edge. miguel marquez, cnn, washington. >> reporter: thousands of people here marching and rallying in san francisco on this earth day. here to stand up for science. some here to talk about what science has done for the world and for humanity. others here to send a very strong plitolitical message to trump administration. in particular, concern for the rollback of epa regulations. you hear the crowd go wild. every now and then they'll pass some tree or somebody will be singing, and everyone starts clapping and yelling. also, you're seeing a lot of folks in lab coats. you're also seeing a lot of people with very clever signs.
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but there is a very serious message that science matters. back to you guys. >> sara sidner, thank you so much. let's talk about these wildfires that continue to burn across central and southern florida. they're forcing thousands of people to leave their homes. >> speaking of the environment, there are hundreds of firefighters battling the cow bell fire in naples where an estimated 6500 hectares, or 21,000 acres, has already burned. part of this is in response to the fact it is so dry in florida. >> it's like a tinderbox there. in fact, there are reports that flames have towered over 150 pete in some of these brush fires. that's serious. check out some of the footage out of central and southwestern florida. this is the cow bell fire. collier county, the area just outside of naples, homes are being engulfed by flames, yards reduced to rubble, crews working around the clock to try and get
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this under control. you'll see just now with the fwra graphics behind me that it is not yet contained completely. about 60% containment. by the way, there's a major, major highway that runs across this particular county, interstate 75. ever driven on it? ever heard of it? lots of traffic there. and guess what, it's being impacted by these fires. a lot of the smoke drifting across the roadways. over 100 acres currently burning across central and southern florida. here's the reason why. the national drought monitor has 34% of the state under severe drought conditions. there has not been any rain, but the good news is there's some rain in the forecast. in fact, this is the latest radar. we focus in on the collier county region, which is right there. there's the active fires. there's interstate 75. guess what, there's some showers moving across the region. even an uptick in the relative humidity. we don't like to see these numbers in the 40% range where they've been the last couple day, but it looks as if today it
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will reach into the 80%. that means there's more available moisture in the atmosphere. it helps the firefighters really suppress the fires. of course, chances of rainfall also helps. how much rain should we expect? anywhere between a quarter to half an inch. we'll take it. if you're coming out of florida watching us, you'll know that we will take any precipitation that we can get. all thanks to a cold front passing through. unfortunately with a cold front comes drier air. so the fires could potentially start up by middle of next week again. >> wow. >> florida showing signs here on earth day of needing some help. >> absolutely. doing everything we can. >> derek, thank you. it's a story for many families in the u.s. millions of undocumented immigrants, they fear being deported at any moment. >> coming up, you'll meet a family divided after the mother was deported more than a decade ago.
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welcome back. the trump administration is giving an ultimatum to so-called sanctuary cities, which protect some undocumented immigrants from being deported. the justice department is threatening to withhold some federal funding if these cities don't comply by late june. >> millions of people, millions of undocumented immigrants fear they could be deported a the any time, but the fear and the pain of deportation is not new. cnn's nick valencia spoke with a family that was torn apart more than a decade ago. here's his story. >> it's just after 6:00 a.m. in vista, california. like he does every day -- >> oh, boy. >> reporter: michael paulson is rushing to get his three kids ready for school. >> you need me to sign anything? >> reporter: paulson is married, but he might as well be a single dad. for the last 11 years, his wife emma sanchez hasn't been home. in 2006, she was deported to mexico, and their family was ripped apart. it's been the most difficult on
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her kids. >> what makes you upset about it? >> that everybody else has their parents, both of them, and i don't. >> reporter: nearly 70 mile ace w -- miles away on the other side of the border, his mom emma sanchez stresses too. countless nights without her family have left her physically worn. >> translator: it hurts to know my kids are growing up without me, she says. i missed out on their birthdays. you don't need to understand spanish to hear the pain in her voice. here in tijuana, sanchez helps direct a group called dreamers moms, a collection of deported mothers fighting to get back to their families the u.s. yolanda founded the organization after she was deported in 2010. i hurt more every day, she says, wiping away tears. people think it gets easier with years. that's not true, she says.
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alo alongside, sanchez works with mothers to deal with despair brought upon by being deported. today they host a group of veterans who served in the u.s. military but were later deported. they're getting a spiritual workshop on healing through meditation. it's one of the ways sanchez says she can occupy her mind while she waits for approval to return to the u.s. she recently completed a ten-year ban for twice crossing into the u.s. illegally. back across the border, his mother's absence has been especially tough on 15-year-old alex. he was old enough to remember when his mom was taken away. >> what do people not understand about the impact that deportation has on families? >> when they separate families, it devastates them, any age or any family member. >> reporter: hope is something the family counts on. alex's father says it's usually all they have to keep from focusing on the fury. >> it's hard.
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financially it's very hard. i don't mean financially, but a lot of stress. >> reporter: there is a light at the end of the tunnel. with her u.s. ban now over, sanchez has reapplied for entry. she could be back in a year. the fight will not end when i get back to the u.s., she says. the day children don't have to grow up without their parents, that, she says, is when her fight will end. nick valencia, cnn, tijuana, mexico. >> nick valencia taking us into the family situation. very sintimately. nick, excellent reporting. >> i admire that mom's fight. >> indeed. now, airlines. you fly on an airline and things get caught on camera. american airlines is apologizing for what happened on a flight from san francisco to dallas, texas, on friday. much of the aftermath, as i mentioned, caught on video. witnesses say that while passengers were boarding, a flight attendant had violently
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taken a stroller from a mother, narrowly missing the baby that she was holding. >> another passenger, as you can see, got involved and things got heated. here's how it played out. >> just give me back my stroller, please. >> hey, bud, you do that to me, and i'll knock you flat. >> you stay out of this. >> you get the hell off this plane. get the hell off this plane. >> you try that with me, i'll knock you out. >> tony, sit down. >> you don't know what the story is. >> i don't care what the story is. you almost hurt a baby. you keep looking at me, and it shows what you did to that lady. i can see exactly what you did.
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maybe you'll get videotape too and get it all over the news. >> that's hard to watch. >> it is. >> american airlines says the flight attendant has been removed from duty while they investigate what happened. just two weeks ago, united airlines made headlines when police violently dragged a passenger off a plane. paisley park is filled this weekend with music and fans. they're paying tribute to prince on the first anniversary of his death. >> just ahead, we hear from the photographer who took some of the most iconic images of prince. stay with us.
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welcome back. it's been one year since prince died. doesn't seem like it, doesn't it? >>, no it really doesn't. >> fans have been marking the first anniversary of his death by celebrating his life. ♪ prince's minnesota home, paisley park, now a museum, is hosting a weekend of events paying tribute to the superstar's music. >> and many landmarks in his native minneapolis turned purple. prince died a year ago this week. he was 57 years old.
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cnn's stephanie elam went to minneapolis to talk to a photographer who worked with prince. >> wow. those are really bad. >> reporter: he says that was prince's reaction during their first photo shoot in 1979. prince's second album was out. his chart topper "i want to be your lover" was all over the radio. >> i found out bad was good. he goes, no, these are really bad. >> good bad. >> reporter: his star on the rise, prince then asked him to shoot his next album cover. >> he goes, well, the nai want shot on a bed. just the springs in the background. on the back cover, of course, i did shoot him on a bed. he actually spray painted the titles. >> reporter: in 1981, prince released his fourth album,
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catapulting him to success. he also shot this cover. >> i said, we're going to invent this controversy daily and i'll give you the titles i want you to use. all night i'd be shooting. he'd play the same song over and over and over. >> why? >> kind of got him in that mood. >> reporter: he also hit the road with prince for his "dirty mind," "controversy," and "1999" tours. >> do you have one backstage picture we haven't seen that's your favorite? >> where he's looking in the mirror and he's got the lightbulbs around it. another photo is i got him in a pinball. it's a lot like prince. >> reporter: the last time he saw prince was at paisley park during the filming of "graffiti bridge." >> he came up behind me and gave me a big bear hug. that's the last time i ever saw him. if i would have known that, i guess i would have held on a little tighter. >> reporter: stephanie elam,
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cnn, minneapolis. >> fantastic photographs. >> indeed. >> thank you for watching this hour. i'm natalie allen. >> and i'm george howell. "newsroom" continues right after the break.
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voting is under way in france right now, and there is marine le pen casting her vote at a precinct. this is live from paris as france decides who will be their leader. >> we're all over that story. plus, learn mother abore ab taliban's deadly raid on friday that may have killed as many as 140 people. and people took to the streets around the world in support of science as president trump defended his actions on the environment. >> live from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, welcome to


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