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it is 4:00 avm on the u.s. east coast and the u.s. president donald trump on the campaign trail rallying to his party's majority to keep that majority in the senate. in pensacola, florida, just across the border from alabama, he endorsed controversial senate candidate roy moore on friday. several women accused moore of sexual misconduct. >> until recently, the white house has stayed away from the race. now donald trump is all in pore more. kaitlyn collins was live at the rally. >> although the white house said repeatedly president trump would not come to alabama and campaign for roy moore ahead of that senate election on tuesday that is highly contested, he did the next best thing when he came to a campaign in pensacola, florida, and told an arena filled with alabama residents to get out and vote for roy moore. he endorsed him and hit his
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democratic opponent in that race, doug jones, claiming that he's weak on crime and that if he made it to washington, he would be chuck schumer and nancy pelosi's puppet. >> we can't afford to have a liberal democrat who is completely controlled by nancy pelosi and chuck schumer. can't do it. can't do it. his name is jones and he's their total puppet and everybody knows it. he will never, ever vote for us. we need somebody in that senate seat who will vote for our make america great again agenda. which involves -- which involves tough on crime, strong on borders, strong on immigrationing, so get out and vote for roy moore.
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>> the president said the allegations made against roy moovr troubling and concerning and that if they're true, roy moore should step aside. we heard the president himself on some of those allegations during his rally. he brought up beverly nelson, the woman who says she was 16 years old when roy moore assaulted her and as part of her proof, she shows where moore signed her yearbook. the moore campaign said that was a forgery. president trump brought that up on the stage behind me here in pensacola, mocking beverly nelson over that. we heard from the president himself on what he thinks of that accuser. we know sources said privately he doubts the women who accused roy moore, campaigning it to his own situation in the presidential election last year when he, too, was accused of
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sexual assault by multi the many women. solo the white house said president trump would not campaign for roy moore, he essentially did the next best with thing tonight when he said to get out and vote for roy moore. let's get some perspective now on this endorsement. we're bringing in now james davis. james is the dean of the school of economicics and political science at the university in st. gallon university. it's good to have you on the show at this hour. let's talk about the location, first of all. mr. the trump giving this endorsement of roy moore wout without roy moore at his side and not in the state of alabama, but close must have. your thoughts on his strategy here? >> this is obviously to get two for the price of one. he doesn't want to campaign in alabama and he's doing that by way of the media. it's an attempt to rally his base in florida, which is, of course, the an important state for his re-election prospects in a few years. .this is a calculated political
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move. but i think it does suggest that the republicans are nervous about alabama. i think if they were sure that moore was ahead in the polls, they wouldn't be putting the president out on this limb. so it suggests to me that they're trying to mobilize the base, get people out to the vote. this may, in fact, come down to be a question of the turnout. >> so the president making the argument here on the podium that this race comes down to party versus party. essentially telling voters to turn a blind eye to the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against moore or even his comments, suggesting somehow america wasser more united during slavery. but for republicans who may have issue with those thoughts, does this concept of us versus them, does it motivate them to back mr. moore? >> yeah. i mean, unfortunately, we're in a period of partisan politics that really looks more like tribal politics than it does democratic politics. and this is an effort to mobilize the tribe.
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but there are, and as you suggested, george, they're trying to make this the question of party versus party. but it's important republican voices or voices of the republican conscience of the past have suggested, this is about party versus country. are we willing to sacrifice the democratic principals at the heart of our constitution, the principles important for our communal life together, respect for each other, respect for women and men, is this what we're going to offer up at the altar of partisan politics, people like senator flaker raising this question and i applaud him for doing it. >> the questions of decency and rule of law are certainly the questions that many are wondering. whether that plays factor in politics as it is presently, also important to mention this president has a long list of women who accuse him of sexual misconduct. he even apologized during the campaign trail after this infamous tape came to light.
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let's listen. >> you can do anything. >> whatever you want. grab them by the [ bleep ]. do anything. >> despite that tape, mr. trump did move on to win the presidency in light of that. do you believe that the president might have a soft spot here for mr. moore, maybe seeing hims as an underdog at a similar position? >> it's hard to understand the president's position on this question. i tend to think -- and, you know, i stress i'm not a psychologist. i can't get into his mind. but i tend to think that he's convinced himself that these women that accused him mistook what he was doing, that he wasn't in any way threatening them or acting inappropriately. so i think he thinks mr. moore is subject to the same kind of misunderstanding. this is an old fashioned male view that really has no place in our society today. we know that women that are on
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the streets in our classrooms, in our office places have to be treated exactly like men and when that line is crossed, the line has been crossed. but i think the president is able in his own mind to create some ambiguity in these questions and thinks that probably poor mr. moore has been victimized by these women, the number of which continues to increase who obviously see things quite differently. >> so roy moore getting this high profile endorsement from the u.s. president donald trump across the border there in florida, but as far as moore's opponent, the democrat doug jones, why do you suspect, james, that we haven't seen the same high profile democrats? is there a concern somehow that that type of support could, in fact, have the opposite effect and rally republicans around moore? >> yeah. i mean, i think that the democratic brand is not -- is not trading very highly in the
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deep south. and so i think the effort here is to make sure that this is not about the democratic party, but this is about the candidate, mr. jones, and, you know, if you look at his resume, he looks like a serious fellow who certainly could represent his constituency, as well. and so i think what mr. trump is trying to do is once again tag the opponent to -- of mr. moore with the democratic label, raising the red flag of nancy pelosi, seen as a california liberal, raising the red flag of chuck schumer seen as a new york liberal. this is an attempt to tarnish the democratic candidate with that brand. so i think the democrats are doing the right thing. behind the scenes, they're trying to funnel money to this campaign. they're trying to help with a get on out the vote campaign. as i suggested earlier, i think this may come down to which side is able to get its voters to the polling station. >> it is a tight race, james. we'll have to see how it plays out. james, thank you so much for
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being with us this hour live from munich. >> thank you, george. now on the to southern california. thousands of firefighters are working nonstop to fight six different wildfires. they made some progress on friday containing five of those fires. however, the largest fire, the thomas wildfire, it grew nearly 58,000 hectors, about 143,000 acres. at least one person has died from that fire. >> nearly 200,000 people have been forced to leave their homes since the fires erupted this week. some returned only to find their homes gone. almost 14,000 in the area don't have power. we get more now from cnn's sara sidner in california. >> new information from fire officials on the thomas fire, the largest fire burn chg is three times now the size of washington, d.c. they are now saying that 87,000 people have been evacuated. that's almost half the total number of people that have been evacuated across southern california because of these fires. and here is why. this is just one home.
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but around us, there are within eyesight 20 homes that we can count that are burned to the grouped. they he look just like this the where basically the which i chi the only thing standing. ventura, this neighborhood devastated by this fire. home after home after home leveled to the ground. many of the homes who live if the these homes, the homeowners have not been able to make it back after evacuating, some of them with just the clothes on their back or with just a small bag, for example, their prescriptions. this has been such a difficult time for them and for the firefighters who are working double and triple shifts trying to knock this fire back. and it's still only 10% contained at this point. i do need to mention many firefighters are still battling this flame. 21 helicopters that you have
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been seeing, of course, dumping water and trying to stop these blazes. i must say that when you watch the work they do, they are amazingly accurate with dumping that water, but the flames just too strong and they keep on rolling. >> derek van dam is tracking it for us. what were they saying yesterday, this fire has burned the equivalent of orlando and seattle combined? >> two times washington, d.c. unbelievable. the stats we use to describe these fires are mind boggling to think how large it is and how quickly it spread, as well. but they are making some progress, which is good news on many of the fires that are burning across southern california. first, look at the aerial footage of the thomas fire. still, 10% containment. this is the large fire that people are so concerned about right now, also burning over 140,000 acres. aircraft, though, were helpful in fighting this particular fire because the window of opportunity given by mother nature was brief enough to where
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they were able to get this helicopter and several others like it behind me just into the most dangerous parts of the fire. and we're able to accurately place some of those water bombs over the fire and helped contain them. now, this is the six active fires across southwestern california. thomas fire, creek, skirball and lilac. it's critical fire dangers still exist today, santa barbara through san diego and los angeles. over 20 million americans under red flag warnings. we had a lull in the wind. again, mother nature providing a brief opportunity for the firefighters to get ahead of some of the major fires there. but, unfortunately, it's going to get worse before it gets better here athe winds pick up through the course of the weekend. and to make matters worse, we're going to take away a small the amount of moisture in the atmosphere. relative humidity values are going to drop into the single
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digits by sunday morning. so% containment for the thomas fire. the rye fire, 50% contained and the creek fire at 70% containment as we speak. this is interesting. look at the rise of the number of wildfires. you can see how substantial they've come for the western u.s. this has been the costliest year for wildfires in the united states. snow on the beach, this is in texas. unbelievable. ok what we've got to deal with here in atlanta. not trying to see we're the only ones dealing with it, but some unprecedented snowfall for the southeast. we've had just under a foot of snow in some locations to the north and west of atlanta. incredible. and it is ongoing. we're all going to enjoy our drives home. yeah. we're not the only ones. 260,000 people without power, as well. there are leaves on the trees still in the south, we get that snow bending the branchs and
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they break off and take down power lines with them. >> tough. it is. still ahead here on "cnn newsroom," more violence after president trump's jerusalem announcement. we have a live report from the region, ahead. a break through in the brexit talks clears the way for the next round of negotiations. however, there's a long road ahead and we'll break it codown for you. you won't see these folks they have businesses to run. they have passions to pursue. how do they avoid trips to the post office? mail letters, ship packages, all the services of the post office right on your computer. get a 4 week trial, plus $100 in extras including postage and a digital scale.
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the u.s. recognition of jerusalem as israel's capital is certainly being felt throughout the middle east. after another day of rage by palestinians. they clashed with israeli forces in jerusalem and the west bank friday. >> at least four palestinians were reportedly can killed in gaza. officials report three of the deaths were due to israeli air strikes. israel says its aircraft targeted hamas as their projectiles were fired at israeli territory. the u.s. president announced the change on u.s. policy.
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here is is what diplomates said at a u.n. meeting on friday. >> we therefore disagree with the united states to recognize jerusalem as the capital before a final status xwraemts. these decisions are unhelpful to prospects in the region. >> translator: we're worried about the new fact that the united states announcement on jerusalem risks further complications on palestinian relations and in the the region as a whole. >> the u.s. decision to award israeli's impunity undermines and essentially this qualifies its leadership role to seek peace in the region. >> cnn's ian lee is covering this story for us. he has the latest from jerusalem. ian, there's fallout on the streets, across the region and within the halls of government. this is a story that is not going away anytime soon. >> that's right, fatly. and later today, we're expecting
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another round of protests here in in jerusalem as well as in the west bank. this anger is just continuing to be played out on the streets. we're covered these clashes day in and day out and they continue as you see palestinian protesters going up against the israeli military. yesterday we saw a number of people killed, four people killed in gaza. the israeli military says their aircraft targeted two weapons manufacturing plants, a warehouse, as well as a training facility. and we have seen a number of rockets fired from gaza. now israeli military says it doesn't matter who fires the rockets in gaza, they hold hamas responsible because they say hamas runs the gaza strip. but this is just the tensions we're seeing continue past the announcement. these three days of rage.
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and it doesn't look like it's going to stop anytime the soon, natalie. >> right. and certainly there have been protests against donald trump. this was his move as a part of the u.s. government. and is there a disappointment that there's not more dialogue or input from mr. trump or any sort of diplomatic initiative to go with this decision by mr. trump? >> is for the palestinians, it was pretty clear. they were not going to negotiate with the united states. at least this is what they say after the decision was made. they say the americans have to take a back seat, that they showed their true colors, that they've always sided with the united states. and we heard this from palestinian official after palestinian official. it seems very difficult now to find any way to revive any sort of peace process. you know, there is anger toward the united states, towards israel. the one thing also that was interesting was hearing the
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anger towards other arab leaders on the streets because they say, yes, you can come out with your strong words against the united states, but we want to see action. if you really want to show solidarity with us and condemn the united states, then we want to see action. and so for the palestinians, a lot of them, when you talk to them, they feel like they're on their own when it comes to their protests or protest movement. they say even their leaders haven't shown as much initiative of direction as they would like. and that's why we continue to see these street protests really driving the narrative. but right now, we are in uncharted waters. the united states made this unilateral move despite its key allies in the regions as well as european allies saying, don't do this. the united states made this move. so now we're just seeing the repercussions of it, natalie. >> and as you say, more protests expected. ian lee following it for us from
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jerusalem. thank you, ian. now on to brexit. after months of stalled talks there is now a break through in those negotiations. >> erin mcfw laughlin looks back at how hardite been to get to this point. >> after nearly nine months of punishing negotiation, a break through. somethinging to make theresa may smile. and the all-clear from the european commission. >> the commission has just formally decided to recommend to the european council that sufficient progresses has now been made on the terms of the divorce. >> it's a deal many feared might never be done, especially after what happened in brussels earlier in the week. >> some dinnerses fferences do which require further negotiation. >> may was forced to go home empty handed after texts about the northern ireland border leaked to the press.
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northern ireland holds the key to her government majority. >> and we will with not accept any form of divergence. >> it took four more days of intense phone calls between bell fast, dublin, london and brussels. then in the small hours of friday morning, just enough progress paving the way for a press conference unveiling a deal on the break-up, the issues that matter most to the eu. the financial settlement, rights in the uk and northern ireland. in the 15-page joint report outlining the agreement, the uk has made plenty of concessions on those issues, including on money, commit to go a formula to pay the eu tens of billions of euros and a role for the european court of justice to be able to weigh in on what happens to eu citizens. a red line for hard line brexiteers who wanted to leave it to the courts. >> the whole thing is a humiliation. >> but what is seen in brussels
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as a diplomatic victory for theresa may is likely to be bittersweet. >> we all know that breaking up is hard, but breaking up and building a new relation is much harder. >> friday's deal still needs to be approved here at the european council in brussels, something that seems likely. then the focus shifts to the position rig potential transition, something that the uk wants to remain status quo for two years to give more businesses time to adjust. eu officials warning that that, too, will come at a high price. erin mclaughlin, cnn, brussels. the russian investigation, the white house official to have their contacts with russia scrutinized. plus, the white house calls him just a coffee boy, but george papadopoulos 's fiancee
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death has been reported in southern california. firefighters working around the clock to combat six blazes. they made progress friday with the liberty fire that's now 90% contained and the creek fire now 70% contained, but strong winds expected through sunday could fuel the flames of other fires. the u.s. recognition of jerusalem is israel's capital. it's led the to more violence on the streets friday. palestinians clashed with israeli forces in jerusalem and in the west bank. four palestinians were reportedly killed in gaza. officials say three of the deaths were from israeli air strikes. israel says it targeted hamas after projectiles were fired at israeli territory. the united nations now says at least 15 peacekeepers were killed thursday in an attack in the eastern part of congo. the u.n. secretary general calls it the worst attack of its kind in recent history and a war crime. the peacekeepers were off in
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tanzania. 53 people were wounded. we are getting another piece of the puzzle with regard to the russia investigation that's hanging over the white house. >> a report says russian operatives repeatedly tried to establish contact with another close aide to president trump after his win. cnn's jessica snyder has our story. >> we've learned that senior fbi officials met with hope hicks earlier this year all to warn her about several e-mails she received from russian contacts at the beginning of this year. they told her those e-mails were not what they seemed and they may have been part of a russian intelligence operation. so all of that according to reporting from the "new york times." but this, it was a very specific warning and it shows that law enforcement was alarmed that the russians were still trying to establish contacts with the trump team after the election.
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now, reportedly, hope hicks disclosed her meetings with the fbi to white house counsel don mcgann and we do know hicks met with officials friday as part of their ongoing russia probe. and they're releasing new details in the paul manafort and gates case. they say so far they've amassed 400,000 documents in the case and the government is also saying that they have 36 electronic devices they seized from paul man ma fort's home. investigators have also in this case issued 15 search warrants. interestingly, in the court filings onry, the government referenced that manafort and gates have given deposition testimony in another matter, but prosecutors aren't saying exactly what that means.
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but this case is moving if you will full steam ahead. the white house, of course, is trying to distance itself from people like manafort and gates including foreign policy adviser george papadopoulos . >> papadopoulos was described as just the coffee boy on the campaign, but his fiancee says that couldn't be further from the truth. >> we are hearing from the first time george papadopoulos 's side of the story through his fiancee. she wanted to share things papadopoulos himself has not spoken publicly about himself. his fiancee, an italian national says she, too, was interviewed by the fbi in the russia investigation, strongly refutes claims by the white house and campaign officials that papadopoulos was nothing more than a coffee boy. >> what have you seen, what have you read that doesn't square with the george papadopoulos you know? >> george papadopoulos is
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everything but a coffee boy. >> despite what the white house says about her fiancee, george papadopoulos -- >> it was a volunteer position. >> he was the coffee boy. >> he was not a rogue agent who acted without policy approval. >> he was a foreign policy adviser to the campaign. he helped edit trump's speech on foreign policy, entertained contacts with high levels officials of different countries. he was actively giving his input and insights on -- if terms of strategies and, of course, he was in contact with a high level official and got approved for any initiative. >> in march of 2016, president trump named him as a top foreign policy adviser. >> george papadopoulos . he's an oil and energy consultant, excellent guy. >> later, papadopoulos met with the president and now attorney
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general jeff sessions where papadopoulos allegedly proposed setting up a meeting between trump and putin. sessions claims he nicksed the idea. but when news broke about his cooperation with the special counsel, president trump slammed papadopoulos in a tweet. >> a young, low level volunteer who has already proven to be a liar. what was your reaction to that tweet. >> he's the same person who called him excellent guy, so i agree with that. >>. corey lieu endouseky, steve manafort, sam klobis and rick deerborn. and she says during the transition, former national security adviser michael flynn. most have denied, down plays or said they didn't recall their interactions with him. you say he was consistently in touch with these high level campaign officials. >> yes. >> what was his interaction with michael flynn? >> he was in contact with michael flynn and he worked with
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michael flynn during the transition and the u.s. actively contributing to the foreign policy strategies for the campaign. he didn't take any initiatives on his own without campaign approval. >> papadopoulos e-mailed campaign officials in march 2016 about setting up a meeting in moscow. a campaign supervisor, now identified as sam clovis, responded, quote, great work. and later wrote, i would encourage you to make the trip if it is feasible. in a second e-mail, paul manafort wrote it should be someone low level in the campaign sos as not to accepted any signal. papadopoulos did the an interview in the the fall of 2016 with russian news agency
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innerfax. lanza declined to comment. >> so the campaign approved him doing the only interview, as far as you know, with russian interfax. >> yes. >> signed off by the campaign. >> yes. >> was russia a big focus for him? >> my understanding of his contribution to the campaign, russia was secondary and he he really the did big work with egyptians, israel -- >> she points to his role as a foreign policy panelist as the republican national convention. and a meeting with israeli settlers around inauguration day. seen here in video obtained by the jerusalem post. and while she says papadopoulos communicated with bannon, deerborn and flynn later in the campaign, he never discussed russia with them. >> why do you think the white house was so quick to come out and call him a coffee boy or a low-level volunteer? >> i think they wanted to disassociate from the first person who decided to actively cooperate with the government.
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i suppose this can be quite threatening for some people. >> manjanta says she was interviewed by the fbi in october and that a key focus was on london-based professor joseph mifsud, suspected of being a link between the trump campaign and russian officials. >> a lot of discussion. >> he allegedly top papadopoulos during the campaign that the russians had dirt on hillary clinton. thousands of e-mails. manjanta says she met papadopoulos in september 2016 through linkedin because she was working at the london center of international law practice where he had, worked earlier in the year. when they met, mifsud was running the center. >> i suppose that the fbi was interested in knowing my connection with mifsu you d, which makes perfectly sense. it's quite a strange coincidence that we both worked for the same person. she says despite that coincidence, she told the fbi she's not a russian spy. >> they asked me if i speak
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russian, if i know russian people. i think people got wild on twitter about me being a spy thinking i was the russian putin -- that was a bit of fantasies and everything. >> manjanta says despite everything they've been through, she continues to stand by her fiancee and his willingness to work with investigators. >> i'm very proud of it, of his choice to work with the right side of the history. >> she believes he didn't intentionally mislead the fbi. she believes he might have gotten confused about the dates he met with the professor, but says he has taken responsibility for it. she says she hopes president trump will pardon her fiancee because he has been loyal to him. the white house did not provide a comment for this story. pamela brown, cnn, washington. also in washington, a third member of of congress is resigning over a sex scandal. representative trent franks announced he is quitting
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immediately. this after one woman says that he approached her to be a surrogate for his child in exchange for $5 million. the offer reportedly made his staffers uncomfortable. now a house ethics committee is looking into the situation. in addition to franks, representative john conyers and senator al franken both announced they are stepping down amid sex scandals. still ahead, towering smoke and fast-moving flames. >> people in southern california are feeling ferocious heat from six wildfires tearing through their neighborhoods.
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firefighters are tirelessly battling six wildfires in southern california. they made progress friday, enough that officials lifted some of the evacuation orders that forced nearly 200,000 people out of their homes. but as people return, they're
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finding rubble and scorched earth. joining us now is kylie veramontes. she is joining us via skype from silm the ore, california. as credible as this is to believe, she and her husband are also survivors of the recent las vegas massacre. thank you so much for taking the time to talk with us. >> of course. thank you for having me. >> how are you holding up right now? and how are you fist alerted to the fire in your neighborhood. >> well, it was about 4:30 in the morning and i heard pounding at my door. my husband and i were upstairs and i woke him up and i said someone is at the door. immediately, we smelled the smoke and open onned up the door and saw it was flames everywhere. >> did you have any time to grab belongings or did you just bolt?
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>> we did have some times. the flames were behind our neighbor's house. so i just grabbed as much as i could. i grabbed pictures, paperwork, anything sentimental. i grabbed stuff from my recent wedding. we through it in a bag and ran. >> you're a newlywed. did you go your wedding photos? >> i got my wedding fphotos. >> that's so about. i understand you went to your relatives house, and you almost had to evacuate their house, but you didn't. is there any news the on your house and your neighborhood? >> sure. so we were allowed back into our neighborhood, which is great news. we don't have any fire damage here at my particular home. but down the road, six houses burned down which is so sad and i feel so terrible for everyone. our house is really affected by all the whipped damage. landscaping is destroyed.
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but i have a home so i'm thankful for that. >> absolutely. what were you thinking or were you thinking anything when you and your husband realized the flames were very close to your house and you were having to get out and get away. what was going through your mind? >> i was just in survival mode. i had tunnel vision. i was like, grab this, i'm going grab this, get the dog, get in the cars and go. it's amazing. you never understand how you're going to react to a situation until you're in it and you immediately go into sur rival mode. >> so you escaped the wildfire and you just escaped the las vegas wildfire. you have been through a lot, you and your husband, so much in your young marriage. you were at the concert. what did you experience trying to escape that horror? >> that is just -- it's -- it was a horrific experience. we were very close to the stage
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and we were probably about 10 feet away from where people were getting hit. when the gunshots first went off, we laid down because we didn't realize where it was coming from and we just decided to make a run for it. we were running and running and people were dropping all around us and we're running, just not knowing if we're going to get a bullet in the back or not. we climbed the fence and ran about two miles and the same thing. went into survival mode. >> so i can see weeks after this is still, you know, a horror to you. now you have this to deal with, as well. how are you and your husband going to cope with all of this? it's something that has definitely made us stronger. it's been a lot of trauma, but i feel -- even though i've had a lot of hardship recently, i feel very lucky because i've survived everything. and and i just have the mind-set
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where you have to keep living your life. you can't live in peer. we're trying to be positive about everything. we're alive, we have a home, keep moving forward. >> and you have each other and you have your dog, yes, all of that. it's time to count your blessings, for sure, isn't it. >> it is. >> we hope you get back in your home and back on with your life. thanks so much, kylie. >> thank you. >> can you believe that? they escaped the fires, they escaped that massacre in las vegas and hopefully it's more smooth sailing for that young couple. after all she's been through, absolutely. still ahead, the countdown is on in south korea. >> but there are challenges on the horizon for the winter olympic games. we'll have that for you as we push on here.
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welcome back. jeffrey feldman was in north korea for five days and met with north korean officials there. state media blamed what they called nuclear blackmail by the
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united states for rising tensions, but said north korea wants to ease those tensions. no word yet from the u.n. on what was discuss. the last time a senior u.n. official visited north korea was in 2010. meanwhile, in south korea, the countdown is on. we are only week away from the opening ceremony of the olympic games. >> the south says don't worry, everything is going to be okay. paula hancocks has more on that story. >> as the olympic torch makes its way around south korea, problems are mounting for these winter games. the russian olympic committee is suspended with immediate effect. >> one of the world's major winter sports powers is out. the ioc banning russia for systemic manipulation of anti-doping rules. and there's another major company wavering, the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. nikki haley was asked by fox news if
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the u.s. attendance is set in stone. >> there's an open question. i have not heard anything about that. whether it's jerusalem or north korea, it's always about how do we protect the u.s. citizens in the area. >> later in the day, press secretary sarah saunders tweeting the u.s. looks forward to participating in the winter olympics in south korea. for south korea, there is no plan b. officials say north korea, just 50 miles or 80 kilometers away from poeyondchang, these were te preparations transforming the area outside the stadium where the opening and closing ceremonies will be held. the site manager says personally i don't think you need to worry. no one around here is talking about north korea. ham man has sold jewelry in the
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area for years. he dismisses concerns. the slowingingan for the game is peace. i believe tensions will ease and many countries will take part. two months out anding lagging ticket sales enjoyed a boost from 100-day events in the torch relay. 54% sold in winter slightly better than the winter games in sochi four years ago. but on organizers have to contend not only with tourists put off by north korea, but the likely ross of many russian spectators if there's no national team to cheer on. looking forward to the olympics. a little break fm the news. >> newsroom is back afthe break. we leave you, though, with these imag of a rare sight in atlanta. not like south korea, but we've got snow, too. we'll be right back after the break.
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