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brett kavanagh supreme court confirmation could be in danger after a bombshell revelation. the accusation against him and what one senator is saying about the upcoming vote this week, that's ahead here. plus we're following the aftermaths of hurricane florence in the u.s. why the worst could still be yet to come. and an actress has vanished amid reports of a tax evasion investigation in china. we'll have that late they are hour. hello and welcome to our viewers here in the united states and
around the world. i'm live from atlanta, ga, and this is cnn newsroom. our top story is from waesh wash. disturbing new revelations could throw a wrench in the confirmation of donald trump's supreme court nominee. republican lisa murkowski is the latest senator to suggest delaying thursday's vote on brett kavanagh's nomination. this after a woman publicly accused kavanagh of sexual assault dating back to the 1980s. her name, christine blasey ford and she shared her story with the waesh wash post newspaper alleging that kavanagh pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and columnsly attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it. kavanagh denies the allegations.
cnn's boris sanchez has more from the white house. >> reporter: the white house not really saying anything new when it comes to these detailed allegations from christine blas erks y ford in the washington post in which she alleges judge brett kavanagh inappropriately sexually assaulted her when they were both in high school. kavanagh has denied those accusations. last week through the white house, he put out a statement essentially saying that it never took place. today when i asked white house spokesperson raj shaw about these detailed allegations, ford coming forward with her name on the record, he pointed to that previous denial by brett kavanagh. the white house apparently feels that denial is sufficient to deal with some of these new claims that ford is making, including that she took a polygraph test administered by a former fbi agent back in august which she claimz that she passed. now democrats are suggesting that any confirmation vote move brett kavanagh into the supreme court should be delayed until the fbi completes a probe into
these allegations. republicans on the senate judiciary committee are pushing back. the chairman of that committee, chuck grassley, openly questioning why senator feinstein had this information back in july from ford through an anonymous letter, and chose to hold it back until these later stages in the confirmation process. republican senator lindsey graham had a notable statement as well. he essentially said that he sympathizes with republicans on the judiciary committee, but that he would like to hear from mrs. ford himself n. that statement he feck i haveeffectis her to testify before the committee, something unclear whether it will happen or not. we should point out that president trump has remained uncharacteristically silent on twitter. the president has tweeted multipletimes sunday afternoon congratulating mexicans on their independence day. saying democrats would be elect and had the economy would tank
but no komtsz on the nominee. boris sanchez, at the white house. >> let's talk more with scott li lucas at the university of birmingham. thank you for joining us. first of all, let's talk about the fact weave been here before in another case, 1999 anita hill accused clarence thomas sexually harassing her in the workplace and he went on to be confirmed. how could senators not investigate this before just going ahead with this vote on thursday? >> well, you're absolutely right to point out that almost 30 years after the clarence thomas case, we're in a much faster cycle of media. not just 24/7, but almost minute by minute. and that puts a different spin on where we are now. beyond the legal issues here which still have to be determined, there is a second major factor, however, and it's, you know, quite -- it's there,
elephant in the room. republicans need this confirmation before the november midterm elections because they fear they could lose a majority in the senate during that vote. the problem right now for the republicans is not that professor schwartz's statement will necessarily block kavanagh's vote, but into the knew nu year and that will raise further questions whether he can get through. remember, we're only at a later stage. we have questions which have been raised by critics of kavanagh whether or not he was, let's say, fully straightforward in answers to the committee for example, over the improper acquiring of democratic party documen documents 15 years ago and in his relationship with lawyers from a law firm that represents donald trump. so at this point we wait to see the white house reaction. we wait to see the reaction, more importantly, of the
individual senators. you're quite right to know that lisa murkowski who along with susan collins seen as one of the two key votes whether kavanagh gets through, saying she in effect wants to hear out professor ford and there may need to be an investigation that's correct could take this process well beyond november which is what the republican leadership does not want. >> all right. some republicans are questioning why this came in so late, that this was politics on the behalf of the democrats. however, miss ford, professor ford who brought the allegation, said she feared being annihilated in the news media and that's why she was reluctant. but the question is, this did come in at the last minute before this vote was taking place. do you think there is any politics at play here? >> first of all, speaking personally, there should be no criticism of professor ford on the timing of this. nor criticism -- we'll see what happens, but any woman who comes
forth with accounts of what she believes is sexual misconduct should not be questioned about her motives. now shrks senator feinstein have produced this letter weeks ago, there are various considerations here. it's uncertain that professor ford would have wanted story to come out and the senator may have delayed for that reason until recent days. there may be other motives she has and i'm sure she'll explain them. the fundamental point is we have a claim. if you want to call it an allegation, and you've got the choice here. forget the politics. do you or do you not investigate this allegation? if you do not, i think the overriding political message is it doesn't matter what is said about a supreme court nominee. we don't need to hear it if we believe politically we need to get him through. >> we often hear in this era of partisanship polarization everyone should be above politics. again and again, scott, that does not happen.
if, if this vote were to go through, if republicans pushed it through despite this allegation, how might that hurt them in the mid terms? >> natalie, you and i are sharp people. we know that as much as this should be a legal process based on the law, based on the independence of the supreme court, politics is always shot through this. it was shot through the anita hill/clarence thomas case a generation ago. in this case, the same republicans who blocked for months in 2016 the obama administration's nomination of a justice on the court, merely so they could gets a 5/4 conservative majorities, those are the same republicans saying we can't have any delay here. it is what it is, and at the end of the day there should be a judgment based on the supreme court nominee's record, based on his statements. but right now the political imperative for the republicans, that's what's going take
precedence. we have to see if they can hold up against the latest, basically the latest challenge that could delay what they hope to achieve. >> and we should mention judge kavanagh vehemently denies the allegations. scott lucas, we always appreciate your insights. thank you, scott. >> thank you. >> the other major story we continue to follow, because it continues to be a major storm, is the storm that keeps ongoing in the southeastern u.s. we still have not seen the worst of florence, which has been downgraded to a tropical depression, but at least 18 people are dead now in north and south carolina, and the rain likely won't let up until at least tuesday evening. that means the worst and most dangerous flooding is yet to come. our polo sandoval is in lumberton, north carolina where officials are afraid a levee may not hold the river that's rising very quickly. >> reporter: the residents of lumberton, north carolina are very familiar with the damaging
potential of flood waters that come after these tropical systems. it's been only two years since hurricane matthew swept through the region sending flood waters into the neighborhoods. here it is again. many of the residents tell me they feel like history is repeating itself. this time, however, they tried to get ahead of this storm. last week they came together, strangers with city officials to create a manmade, makeshift levee, if you will n a certain parts of town they say is where the water swept in after hurricane matthew in an effort to keep that happening again, they created that levee. however, on sunday it was compromised. we were there with the u.s. coast guard as we noticed the water began seeping in, breaking part of that barrier. it did buy them time, however. an opportunity to evacuate some of these neighborhoods that were hardest hit by matthew, get people to higher ground. however, officials fear there are still many people who will decided to stay in their homes e even though the water level
continues to rise. authorities say that they expect the lumber river to crest sunday night into monday, possibly even reaching record heights. in the meantime, authorities say that there is still one main levee that runs along that lumber river that is still holding up. it is still doing okay, doing the job that it's supposed to do. but officials say and they fear if that gives out, all bets are off. polo sandoval, cnn, lumberton, north carolina. >> and that's not the only place that is under threat of something even more catastrophic than the flooding. more flood forgive levees breaking. pedram javaheri is watching the latest for us from the area. pedram, it's hard to believe that this is even worse when it was a hurricane. now it's a tropical depression. >> yeah, we always say, natalie, when it comes to tropical systems it is the water element that's most concerning. that's what takes the most lives. that is certainly what causes the most damage. the storm system far from over. satellite presentation doesn't
really look all that impressive, but when you look at what's happening in the southern periphery where it's tapping into all that tropical moisture off the coast of the southeastern, united states, that's essentially where all the damage has been in place and still getting thunderstorms at this hour where the storm made landfall 72 hours ago near wilmington, north carolina. guess what? the center of it several hundred miles to the north. the tropical pressure will be present at least another day. the storm picks up forward progression the next 24 hours. we think it will finally begin to ease across this region. when you look beneath the surface we know the water table certainly has taken on quite a bit of water. that essentially has been rising. it is not that additional rainfall that is a concern across the carolinas. it's what is's happening upstream f. you're familiar with the geography across the region, the mountains of the appalachian goes across the west t. goes
right through portions of eastern regions munorth carolin where the heaviest rain comes down. 36 gauges reporting significant flooding at this hour. getting reports these gauges are beginning to malfunction was of the tremendous amount of water. some of them not reliable because of how much water has come down. current radar this morning shows showers pushing off toward this region. 17 million people underneath the flood alerts at this hour, quite a bit of them right there where flood warnings are in place n. fact, 600 roadways across the state of north carolina have been completely shutdown or inundate bid waters. when you look at how much has come down, we're talking about 33 inches or over 800 millimeters in a matter of three days. in fact, that has broken the all-time state record for a tropical system which was from hurricane floyd in 1999. that brought a couple feet of rainfall. the storm system, natalie, is on the move again. it will improve as far as the weather is concerned down toward the south. unfortunately that water does want to eventually end up do you think towards the atlantic coast
line. as it does it will continue to flood that region. and as a result, you can actually follow the river gauges. we're expect ing it to crest sometime, say tuesday into wednesday. so, still a couple of days of rising flood waters before next weekend, we'll see the waters want to recede across some of the regions. some forecasts we're going to follow and hopefully we'll see improvement in the next couple of days, natalie. >> how many roads did you say were impassable in north carolina alone? >> 600. officials are saying they're literally saying avoid driving through the state right now if you can avoid it in its entirety. that's how serious of a situation it is especially on the eastern side. >> all right. on top of that, so many don't have electricity. not a good time for the carolinas. such beautiful states. pedram, thank you. earlier the mayor of wilmington, north carolina said the city was effectively cut off by flood waters. we spoke with zach of hanover
counsel any emergency management. >> we are hopeful there's not too many more rescues to go on in the coming day. we're hoping that, you know, tha that the safety of the public has been kept by evacuation were done previous to the flood waters coming in and people heeding the warnings about the incoming hurricane. and, you know, the rescue teams have been hard at work over the past couple of days. boat rescues, transporting evacuees and transportediing th shelters so they're at a safe location. >> are there people still in homes, in apartments in wilmington that are stuck there? >> as we're getting 911 calls, we are responding to those persons that make those emergency calls. i'm not aware of any right now.
>> there was a report that the 911 system went down for a time. is everything working okay now? >> yes, ma'am. you know, any time that 911 service, you know, goes down in a certain location, there's contingency plans in place and the lines automatically forward to another jurisdiction. >> that's good to know. as far as the people who have been helping out the rescuers on stand by, do you 12still have people that are able to assist, enough hands to assist, considering this has been going on for so long? >> our teams have been supplemented by -- through a federal request for a task force team. so we have federal and state partners in the county right now that have been assisting us with this. so everybody has been working hard to keep everyone as safe as we can. >> zach, is there any idea when
wilmington will get back to life as they knew it before florence? >> you know, in the next several days, the rivers are cresting still. they're at flood stage. nearly every river in the region is in flood stage right now. and so, you know, we want to maintain our message that -- to the public that when the rivers are cresting, when the rivers continue to rise as water flows down the cape fear and other areas, other bodies of water, that it's still dangerous. we don't want you out on the roads. stay home if you can. we just wants you to stay in a safe location until the waters recede, until it's safe to do so, to get emergency crews in the area to restore utilities and power. >> zach wicker talking with me a bit earlier. that is the u.s. east coast. now we go to the other side of the world for another devastating storm and it's still
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welcome back. the danger from southeast asia's super typhoon mangkhut is far from over. rescuers are searching for any survivors of a land slide in a mining town in the northern philippines. at least 36 people are feared buried under the thick mud. you can appreciate the scope of the effort there. landslides are the primary cause of fatalities in the storm in the philippines where at least 54 people are confirmed dead. the full extent of the storm's damage is still being assessed. hundreds of homes are destroyed and there is widespread crop damage from flooding. for more on the clean-up, christy lou stout joins from us hong kong. of course hong kong hit, also main land china. so, this is a storm that is
unfortunately keptd unfortunately kept on giving. hello, christy. >> reporter: absolutely, natalie. a day after typhoon mangkhut hit, schools are closed, many businesses as well. you see scenes like this behind me across the territory of hong kong. felled trees, crushing cars, major roadways. we've seen it play out on air and online of windows being sucked out of skyscrapers, major structural damage across the city as well. for some of the most heart breaking scenes have been picked up in the low lying areas of. we had a cnn crew go to a village and look at the damage caused by a storm surge. we saw a woman return to her home to see what was left. wading through her debris. she lost her home of 65 years and she was in utter tares --
tears because of everything she lost. according to the hong kong government, no fatalities. people dl have to seek emergency assistance and hospital assistance during the storm b. 1500 people hurricane wilma to seek temporary shelter, a very different story in main land china across guangdong province 2.5 million people evacuated. the death toll stands at 4. no official death numbers from macau, we are awaiting that. a grim and difficult picture continuing to emerge out of the philippines where, as you recall, it was a super typhoon mangkhut that swept through a category 5 hurricane speeds and brought about total destruction. the death toll there standing at 54. about four dozen people remain missing. that means the deaths toll number may very well rise. we are closely monitoring that live rescue operation that is taki taking place right now in the northern philippines . when it it was was a super typhoon, many
people believed to be buried under the mud alive. time is of the essence to find them before it is too late. adds for the storm itself, it continues to move westward. it has weakened significantly. as for people across the region here, they have to face all that they lost and they have to pick up the pieces. back to you. >> absolutely. christy, you know in the philippines, they are still searching for people there as you mentioned. china is still under threat from this storm. so the people of hong kong must be feeling a lot of relief today. you were out in this storm for hours, 24 hours ago, covering it. you've been in hong kong for a very long time. even though hong kong didn't see the damage, it was perhaps a storm to be reckoned with. how would you compare it to other storms you've been in in the past? >> reporter: yeah, absolutely it was a storm to be reckoned with. it was the mostly powerful storm of the year, one of the most
powerful through hong kong since they started recording activity in 1946. a 10 at the top level according to hong kong government measurement systems. this is a stormy never felt that strong before. wind speeds between 100 kilometers per hour to 230 kilometers per hour. debris everywhere, clean-up underway after this monster storm. back to you aefrmts christy lou stout for us. thank you so much. let's go now to pedram javaheri in the weather center at 2.35 million evacuate ed in this one area of china. so, this is definitely still a threat, pedram. >> you know it was a big deal when the storm system makes landfall a couple days earlier as a strong category 5, natalie, and it goes over land for about eight hours, interacts with the mountains of luzon, reemerges still as a category 4, three categories stronger than impacted the southeastern u.s. puts it in perspective with
mangkhut that moved into western and southern china. pretty remarkable when you look at this. any time you have tall buildings they tend to not only funnel wind speeds and increase wind speeds right through them. significant damage is often left behind. that was the case. winds within the city, hurricane force, 80, 75 miles per hour which is about, say, 115 to 130 kilometers per hour. there is still some rain in the forecast and it's really important to note this is the latter half of the wet season. roughly 8 inches comes down in the month of september in hong kong. 6 inches or so came down over the past 24 or so hours across the region and still expect something heavy rainfall to continue as the rains push off a little towards the west. we'll expect condition s to want to improve the next couple of days. you'll notice hong kong gets on a dryer end of the storm now as the system pushes off towards the west, natalie. >> all right, pedram, thank you. continue to watch it. doctors and nurses demand protection in syria. how idlib residents are getting ready for what could be a final assault.
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sexual assault dating back to the 1980s. kavanagh denies the accusation. the senate judiciary committee is still set to vote on his nomination thursday. brazil's presidential candidate is blasting his opponents from his hospital bed. he addressed the public sunday for the first time since being stabbed during a campaign event earlier this month. he's now out of the icu and in a semi-intensive care unit. pope francis has expelled a chilean priest accused of sexually abusing children. he is among many clergy men under investigation in chile but has not yet been criminally charged. the de-frocking comes as the church faces the outcry for abuses dating back decades. river flooding is just beginning in parts of north and south carolina. the slow-moving remnants of hurricane florence are expected to dump even more rain through
at least tuesday evening. 18 people are dead from this storm, hundreds are still trapped. our kaylee hartung is in wilmington, north carolina. that city now essentially cut off from the rest of the state. by water. >> reporter: this is a different kind of phenomenon. this is something we've never seen before. that's how wilmington's mayor bill saffo described to me the situation this city finds itself in now. flood waters rising quickly in areas that have never flooded before, and flood waters moving quickly on to their next target. last night in wilmington, more than 250 rescues were performed by the volunteers of the cage unnavy. 500 rescues performed by local state and federal assets working together as well. over the course of this day, that need has subsided, but the flood waters remain. this intersection behind me, one example, but i'm told this is as a flood zone. this is what this area is
supposed to be doing even after a good thunderstorm. this area will flood. that flooding helps keep thoroughfares like market street just down to my left open for people to pass through the city of wilmington, which they are able to do. maybe, though, the necessity to dodge a downed tree or power line. the bigger problem for transportation around this city? those would be the flood waters that have cut off this city effectively make ing it an island. the mayor telling me, you can't get closer than 40, maybe 20 miles to wilmington and its surrounding areas before you come across impassable roads. he says anyone trying to come back home to check on their property after the storm, you will be stopped by highway patrol. you will not be let through. those same rules have applied to fema trucks coming in for help. even duke power company trucks trying to get power back to this area. the situation continually ee vochling and the damage that florence will do to this area,
the extent still unknown. kaylee hartung in wilmington, north carolina. >> now wie turn to a pivotal moment in syria's civil war. the citizens who live in idlib, it is the country's last major strong hold. russian and syrian force s have been bombing for weeks. that has led to medical workers demanding protection ahead of a likely ground offensive. they marched on sundays. dozens of doctors and nurses calling on the global community to safeguard hospitals and medical staff. as cnn reports, families are also preparing for the worst. >> reporter: there are so many ways to die in idlib. but only the most primitive methods for survival. he is preparing for a regime
onslaught in idlib. this makeshift shelter may be the difference between life or death for his family. >> translator: we have moved some supplies, food and water in case of an emergency, god forbid, because russia is striking with highly explosive bombs that houses cannot withstand. god willing, the cave will protect us from that. >> reporter: the regime's offensive to recapture the last major rebel strong hold hasn't officially started yet, but bombs have already been raining down on southern idlib. he hopes the cave would shelter his family from the worst of the conventional weapons. but in syria, even a breath of fresh air is an uncertainty. >> translator: we made the gas masks to protect our children, god forbid, if a chemical attack happens to protect their eyes and ears. it's the least we can do. >> reporter: upstairs in their living room preparing for the worst is all they can do.
residents here fear the possibilities of another chemical attack. following instructions he found online, he uses what he can find. colorful paper cups, cotton, bandages and charcoal for a survival kit, these improvised gas masks. he walks his children down into the darkness to inspect their underground hideaway with nowhere left to run when the battle begins, this could be their only sanctuary. cnn, istanbul. >> police in salisbury, england, say it is not novichok that made two restaurant diners mysteriously sick on sunday. investigators cordoned off the area several hours sunday ek evening. it shows how the city is on edge after a former spy and his daughter were poisoned by the deadly nerve agent back in
march. here's cnn's nick robertson with more. >> reporter: natalie, it did take the police barely six hours to declare that there was no novichok involved. they said that the precautions that they took were -- was a highly precautionary approach, and it was interesting that the police were called in initially by the ambulance service. it was the ambulance service who were called to the restaurant behind me because two people, a man and a woman, had fallen ill. it was the ambulance service that then called the police because of what they were seeing medically in front of them. of course, this town now is very aware and very able because the circumstances to deal with the possibility of there being a poison involved. and that appears to be what the police instituted closing down the restaurant, closing down the nearby streets for their investigation. the area is now open. the restaurant itself remains cordoned off to the public.
police officers remain outside. the reason for that is the police say they are still investigating to see if a crime was committed. the police say it was a man of 40 and a woman of 30 who were taken ill. no more details yet about what may have caused their illness, but not novichok and of course that is news here people in salisbury wanted to hear, wanted to hear quickly. the police very aware of concerns here. and, of course, during that last incident where a woman died back at the end -- back at the end of june, the police officer in charge here said it still wasn't clear if there were the possibility is -- the possibility that more novichok items may be discarded in this town. the police, he said, cannot rule that out. so, of course, an abundance of caution being exercised here, natalie. >> nick robertson for us there. thank you, nick. well, one of china's most popular movie stars has completely disappeared. she has starred in chinese and
western films has not been seen in public since june. where is she? what could have happened to her? let's go now live to beijing and get more from our matt rivers. he's there for us. matt, this is a bizarre story and certainly her fans and many people are worried about her. >> reporter: yeah, absolutely. i mean, the equivalent would be someone like jennifer lawrence or meryl streep up and disappearing. she might not be a household name name, but in china she is an a-plus-plus celebrity in china. where it all comes down to where her problems began center on the concept of ying ying contracts. they're universal. they sign two different kinds of contracts. one of the contracts is reported, the income on those
contracts is reported to the government, another bigger contract is not. so basically they sign two contracts. it's a tax avoidance scheme. fan bingbing alleged, the contracts were posted on chinese social media in may. she meedsly denied the allegations. other than a social media post she put on chinese social media in julian assange, sne, she has from since. we even asked the ministry of foreign a faiffairs for a commen the story. none they have have comment. the state-run media outlet securities daily that posted an article on september 6 saying that fan had been brought, quote, under control and is about to receive legal judgment. but that article, natalie, was almost immediately deleted after it was posted. so where this actress is, we have no clue. could she be in government custody? in china, it's certainly a possibility despite her fame.
>> and china has different rules as far as how much publicity they will explain there. what about her family, what about herman jerry lewis, a man them able to come forward? >> we have reechds out to literally anyone and everyone that we know that could be possibly connected to the actress, and no one has responded to us. we haven't been able to get anybody on the record. but, you know, this is china, natalie. we should say that people are disappeared within china's murky legal system all the time, you know. human rights lawyers, for example, are often arrested and their family has no idea where they are for months. we can't confirm that's what happened to fan bingbing. no one is above the law in china really at all. so, yes, she's famous, yes, she is worth tens of millions of dollars f. china's government is unhappy with her, they will absolutely disappear if they want to. we just can't confirm that's what's happening.
>> all right. we know you'll still be covering it for us. thank you, matt rivers, in beijing. thanks, matd. still to come here, he was in his apartment when he was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer. now botham jean's family wants answers demanding justice. we'll have the latest in that case just ahead. medicare options before they're on medicare. come on in. you're turning 65 soon? yep. and you're retiring at 67? that's the plan! it's also a great time to learn about an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. here's why...medicare part b doesn't pay for everything. this part is up to you. a medicare supplement plan helps pay for some of what medicare doesn't. call unitedhealthcare insurance company today to request this free decision guide. and learn about the only medicare supplement plans endorsed by aarp. selected for meeting their high standards of quality and service.
a haunting thog shing to shu near dallas texas. they carried two coffins for two men recently shot by police. o'shae terry and botham jean. demonstrators marched outside at&t stadium home of the dallas cowboys football team to demand justice. friends and family of the two men are also demanding answers. botham jean was shot earlier this month in his own apartment by a police officer who claims she entered by mistake, thinking it was her apartment.
cnn's ryan young has more for us from dallas. >> reporter: unit 1478 was botham jean's apartment. it's where the 26-year-old's young life was cut short when he was shot by a police officer in his living room. a small memorial, flowers and a photo with his mother adorn his front door. >> at 26 years old, he had done so much. >> reporter: with permission from the family, we are getting a look inside botham's apartment. it's a typical single man's apartment, except for the bullet hole in the wall indicated by an evidence maerkirking more than 6 feet high. there is a pool of blood on the floor which we will not show you. laundry piled on the couch and his half eaten bowel of cereal still had milk in it. he was mai have bemay have been before he was shot by amber geyger. moments af the shooting she tells investigators she shot
jean after mistaking his apartment for her own. after work she paerkd her car on the wrong floor, walked to the wrong parmtd and that jean's door was slightly open n. her statement to police geyger said she gave verbal commands before firing two shots. lemur lee merit says witnesses tell a different story. >> they heard poinding on the door hearing a female voice saying open up, let me in. it didn't sound like an officer command, but like someone who wanted to be let into the apartment. she said that was short isly followed by the sound of gunshots and the sound of a man's voice saying what she believed to be oh, my god, why did you do that? >> reporter: the jean family attorney are upset by the leak of a search warrant indicating officers went inside jean's apartment looking for drugs. officers say they did find and removed several items including a small amount of marijuana. the warrant does not indicate who the items belong to.
it's unknown if the search warrant was executed at the officer's apartment. >> 26 years on this earth, he lived his life virtually without blemish. it took being murdered by a dallas police officer for botham jean to suddenly become a criminal. there is a clear intent here to smear the name of botham jean. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: during a moving funeral service we learned much more about jean and his accomplishments. family and friends talked openly about his love much people, for singing and the fact that he was a high-achieving employee on a partnership track at the accounting firm pwc. >> pwc is hurting. not just in dallas, but all across our country. >> he was so joyful and we know how much he loved to sing. you know, he was the biggest extroverted accountant you'd
ever find. >> reporter: amber geyger is on administrative leave during the investigation. the d.a. apartments office will take the case before a grand jur toy determine the next course of action. cnn has reached out to the officer geyger's attorney and they have not returned our calls for heartbroken mother wants answers. >> so i'm calling on the dallas officials, please, come clean. give me justice for my son. because he does not deserve what he got. >> reporter: ryan young, cnn, dallas. >> a day at the beach turns into a nightmare. we'll look at the latest shark attack and whether they're on the increase. my name is jeff sheldon,
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encounter with a shark in the area this year. as our alison kosik explains. >> reporter: a vigil wad held to honor arthur med irks si. many showed up at the beach and walked to the water's edge and threw fresh flowers into the water. he's described as a guy with a bright smile and bright future ahead of him his life was cut short and he was on a boogie board and seriously injured by a great white shaerk. the beach was closed after that attack. interestingly enough, hours after that attack, aerial video shows sharks still swimming in the water where that attack happened. many surfers say that the beach shouldn't be closed, that it's really not accomplishing anything. >> the same condition that's were here yesterday about the person was attacked are the same condition hears today, and will be tomorrow and ten years from now. it's exactly the same. this environment doesn't change for us. we have to change for it.
>> reporter: witnesses tell investigators that they think that medisi was attacked just 30 yards from shore. that's 90 feet. great white sharks aren't strainge strangers to cape cod beaches. there is an increase in gray seals and their predators are sharks. many people bhol go into the water talk about swimming side by side with seals. the thing they don't know is if a shark is nearby. in wellesley, massachusetts, i'm alison kosick. now back to you. >> a couple in north carolina did not let hurricane florence cancel their wedding. they had planned to celebrate their big day at a farm house, but instead, a hotel hosted their wedding in its breakfast room. the staff stepped in as wedding planners and the bride made her own bouquet. she did a good job. she even frosted her own wedding cake. the hotel's manager said the wedding brought them some brightness during the gloomy storm.