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i'm back on the road safely. and i saved you money on brakes. that's personal pricing taking a look now at the week ahead on the campaign trail, president barack obama travels to california and colorado to talk about jobs. he'll be on "the tonight show" on tuesday. herman cain heads to texas. he'll be in rick perry's home state on tuesday for a book signing. and mitt romney travels to virginia on wednesday, virginia is considered a battleground state. and friday, rick perry goes to new hampshire to file for that state's primary. thanks so much for tuning in on this special hour of politics. join us every sunday, 4:00 eastern time. stay tuned for the latest news right here in the newsroom.
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we begin this hour with the powerful earthquake that has killed dozens of people in turkey. it is just after midnight there right now. night fall is hampering efforts to find people still alive in the rubble. rescuers with flashlights and shovels are picking through collapsed apartment buildings and we have just gotten the first official casualty figures from the turkish government. health officials announced at least 65 people confirmed dead. that number is very likely to go up as rescue and recovery efforts continue throughout the night. in libya, waving flags, blasting car horns and cheering wildly, people across the country celebrated the end of the moammar gadhafi era today. transitional leaders at a rally in benghazi formally declared the country liberated. it is now confirmed moammar gadhafi died from a gunshot wound to the head. libyans in misrata have been lining up to file past the body
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of the long time leader. a libyan doctor announced the autopsy results today and says his official report will eventually be released to the public. moammar gadhafi's third born son said he's shocked and outraged at how his father and brother were treated at the hands of libya's revolutionary fighters. he fled to niger in august and released a statement today through his lawyer. he says his father and brother were murdered. we learned the identity of the texas man killed by a great white shark in western australia. police say 32-year-old george thomas wainwright was scuba diving alone when he was attacked. this was the second fatal shark attack in the past two weeks near the city of perth. his body is expected to be returned to the us th.s. this w. another satellite came crashing down to earth last night. this one, a german satellite that entered the earth's
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atmosphere somewhere over southeast asia and took only 15 minutes to hit the ground. most of the satellite burned up during re-entry, but 30 pieces may have survived. the biggest concern, a one-ton mirror that is heat resistant. the debris may have crashed over the indian ocean or as far inland as china. now to that desperate search in the dark through the earthquake rubble in eastern turkey. rescue crews are using flashlights and shovels to look for survivors after a 7.2 magnitude quake knocked down dozens of buildings. at least 65 people have been killed. freelance journalist andrew finkel is in istanbul. what more can you tell me about the rescue efforts and here it is almost midnight. >> yes, we -- it is midnight, the rescue effort goes on. what we do know is that the -- of course, it is dark and it is
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going on by headlight of cars and by generators. help has been flown in from throughout turkey. there has been rescue relief operations, specially trained teams which look for people under the rubble have been flown to the site. one thing slightly surprising is that -- the one thing that is slightly surprising is that the actual casualty figures seem to be quite low. we only -- this is a 7.2 earthquake, that is a very serious event. a very similar event in the 1970s resulted in 3,000 or 4,000 people dying, but the reports so far mercifully perhaps is of less than 100 deaths. we only have 65 confirmed deaths. now perhaps all the news from the outlying regions hasn't come in and this would explain the low figure, but another reason may be is that this earthquake
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took place in the afternoon, on the sunday. so people weren't asleep in their beds, they weren't at school, they weren't at work, perhaps they were out enjoying themselves. we had a much lower official death toll as of now, though we do know that 25, 50 buildings have collapsed in one town and ten in another, fredricka. >> andrew finkel, thanks so much for that update from istanbul. a libyan doctor who examined the body of moammar gadhafi confirmed today that gadhafi died from a gunshot wound to the head. also today, cnn obtained this video described to us as having been taken shortly after gadhafi was found and captured by revolutionary fighters in sirte. the crowd is cheering and kissing. one man calling him the one who pulled the trigger and killed the former libyan leader. a few minutes ago, i asked cnn's dan rivers in tripoli if there is any way we can be certain this man is gadhafi's killer. >> no, i don't think we can be
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certain at all. i think we have to be extremely cautious with dealing with any of these videos. it is only the people in that video that are claiming that this man was the man that pulled the trigger. there is now a weight of evidence building up that is undermining the new government's claim that moammar gadhafi was accidentally shot in the cross fire as they tried to take him for hospital. you have, first of all, an autopsy report that is claiming he was shot in the head. we don't know whether that is concluded, that he was shot at point blank range or not, but hopefully we will get the details in the coming days. you are getting a video that emernled also over the weekend of a gun being pointed near gadhafi's head. we don't see the trigger being pulled, but certainly a gun was being brandished near the former dictator. and now this new video, from reuters, reportedly showing the man who pulled the trigger boasting with another man claiming he witnessed the
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execution. all this is building up a picture which is undermining what the new government here is claiming that gadhafi was killed accidentally, they wanted to bring him in alive. maybe they did want to bring him in alive, but the evident would seem to point towards a morbid execution rather than him being caught in the cross fire that is backed up also by the new york-based human rights watch claiming they have no evidence of any fighting after gadhafi was captured. they also have concerns that he was executed by the mob at the scene. >> again, that's dan rivers in tripoli. and in just a minute, i'll talk to the man who has been giving the libyan revolutionaries some legal advice, a vanderbilt professor who has kept his involvement secret until now. mourning a race car driver, you're looking at live pictures now from indianapolis where thousands are attending a public memorial for indy race car driver dan wheldon. wheldon died last week in a fiery crash while racing in las
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vegas. yesterday hundreds gathered in st. petersburg, florida, for wheldon's funeral. in about an hour and a half, a vigil will begin in kansas city, missouri for the missing child known as baby lisa. every night people gather to remember the little girl that went missing from her parent's home october 4th. and there have been arrests of occupy wall street demonstrators. 130 arrested in chicago after they ignore the police orders to leave a downtown park. in cincinnati, 11 protesters were arrested overnight when they refused to leave the city's fountain square park. presidential hopeful herman cain is known for his 9-9-9 plan. now another candidate is hoping his flat tax plan catches just as much attention. plus, dozens of muslims fired from hertz, at issue, praying at work and not clocking in and out according to the company policy. details from both sides on what is going on. copd makes it hard to breathe,
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big topics on the sunday morning talk shows. the struggling economy, moammar gadhafi's death and u.s. troops leaving iraq. here are some of the highlights. >> can you tell me the level of your fear that iran, whether it is in supporting troops or not, is going to be an increased presence in iraq as the u.s. pulls out? >> no one, most particularly iran, should miscalculate about our continuing commitment to and with the iraqis going forward. iran would be badly miscalculating if they did not look at the entire region and
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all of our presence in many countries in the region. >> i think the affect we have other bases in the region would have very little impact on iraq itself. in my view, this can lead to iranian influence in iraq. >> not being able to close the deal in iraq is a very serious mistake. celebrating leaving with no troops behind is a serious mistake. and an ending in iraq poorly, i hope i'm wrong about what happens in iraq, but they're dancing in the streets in tehran. >> president obama has passed with flying colors every leadership challenge. look at what he has done. >> this president now has gone in there on his own, he has flaunted the responsibility to go to the congress, he doesn't get permission. and we went over, would be the have happened without our money and our drones and our missiles and all and it happens so we're responsible for the chaos.
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>> question, if president bachmann had been in charge, wouldn't moammar gadhafi still be in power? >> he may be, but i stand by that decision. i think it was wrong for the united states to go into libya. look where we're at today. we don't know who the next leaders will be. >> everybody wants the jobs to come back, but you all have had two and a half years and they're not back. how to you sell that? >> we have brought back jobs. the six months before we took office, the bottom fell out. so we started off with an 8 million job deficit that wasn't of our making. and what are these guys now saying? the way to create jobs is to go back to what we did before, continue to cut taxes for the very wealthy and unregulate wall street. >> these bills are designed on purpose not to pass. the president is deliberately trying to keat crete an issue here. i don't think the american
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people think that raising taxes on business, small business, in the middle of this economic situation we find ourselves in is a particularly good idea. >> they're reopening fights we thought we would settle 50 years ago. >> i wonder when you look around, if you ever thought, hmm, four more years, 2016, have you ruled that out in your head? you tried two times to run for president. >> i've not -- my one focus now is getting president re-elected. that is the focus. i'll make up my mind on that later. in the republican race for the white house, texas governor rick per i hary is getting read unveil a flat tax plan. our deputy political director paul steinhauser is joining us from washington. what does perry's tax plan look like or what will it look like? >> tuesday he makes the announcement in south carolina,
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one of those early voting states. and it is a one size fits all flat tax. we heard this before from many republican presidential candidates. it is go to be the same rate for businesses and for people, for personal income as well. and steve forbes who ran for the republican nomination in '96 and pushing the flat tax, the perry campaign says that forbes was helping advise himflat tax sount should. what about mitt romney, so the called front-runner now, at least on the national polls kind of with cain there. romney is not calling for a scrapping of the current tax system. he wants to maintain the current system but extend the bush era tax cuts, eliminate the death tax and lower corporate tax rates. so kind of what the top three candidates in that so-called top tier are doing, fred. >> meantime, you have president obama not necessarily talking about flat tax, but instead, you
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know, he's feeling very proud, the white house is, about the end of the war in iraq. but he continues to get a lot of flack particularly from the republicans. >> it was interesting on friday how quickly the republican candidates put out statements and how very tough and rough they were on the bhowhite housen the administration, on the president. mitt romney put out a statement and said the unavoidable question is whether this decision is the result of naked political calculation or simply sheer ineptitude in negotiations with the iraqi government. what about perry? i'm deeply concerned president obama is putting political expediency ahead of the sound military and security judgment. and michele bachmann, congresswoman from minnesota, said the announcement is a political decision and not a military one. is there a theme here? political, political, political. i think all the republican candidates are trying to say the president is doing this just to get re-elected. remember when he ran in 2008, for the presidency, this was one of his pledges to get the troops out. what is interesting is that he's basically carrying out what the bush administration did before
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they left office. it has been a good year. i think you can say for the president when it comes to international affairs and foreign national security, the killing of osama bin laden, the killing of gadhafi. but the republicans think they may have a line of attack here when it comes to iraq with this president. >> interesting. all right, paul steinhauser, thanks so much. a new biography of steve jobs reveals a life and death decision that he came to regret. and huge crowds of people turn out in cities across libya. they're calling themselves finally liberated. where they go from here next. an accident doesn't have to slow you down. with better car replacement, if your car is totaled, we give you the money for a car one model year newer.
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u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton is speaking out on moammar gadhafi's death. she says the united states supports an independent investigation into how the libyan dictator was killed. here's what clinton told cnn's "state of the union". >> as libyans move into the future once again, they need to do so with a sense of unity and reconciliation. they need to hold each other accountable, those who do not have blood on their hands must be made to feel safe and included, regardless of whether or not they supported gadhafi in the past. so we believe in the rule of law and accountability and such an investigation would contribute to that. >> meantime, today is liberation day in libya. that mean tomorrow the hard work of rebuilding and building a new government begins.
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mike newton is a law professor at vanderbilt university and now revealing he's been providing legal advice to the revolutionary fighters. professor newton, good to see you. so along the way, what were you telling revolutionaries about how to proceed once this day were to come? >> well, in the early days they were focused on the property conduct of the law and i give them lots of credit. they reached out to a number of experts and number of organizations very quietly to learn how to construct chains of command that worked, to learn how to construct operations and in accordance with the law. it is important to note one thing that not many people commented on. the fact is there were clear orders to capture gadhafi alive if possible. so there was a very strong good faith effort to institute and to comply with the law from the get-go. and now, of course, what the intent is to have that carry over to future institutional buildings. >> are you fearful at all that
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anarchy is on the horizon? >> well, the goal in libya has to be to transition from tribalism. remember, you had a cult of personality. and i think the key thing that will prevent anarchy will be to take gadhafi's words and turn them on their head. gadhafi said we will fight to the last bullet, to the last man, to the last woman. then you flip that and say we won't rest until every libyan regardless of tribe, region, religion is safe and secure, protected by long-term institutions that implement law. >> given that tribalism, how do you convey what the best kind of government should be pursued? >> the key is as we have learned in iraq and kosovo and other places, it has to be a libyan solution. we have to assist. we have to -- we have to provide expertise in a very tailored focused way to assist them.
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but at the end of the day, the long-term lasting sustainable peace will be built from the ground up. and so it is our -- i think -- i hope the united states takes a great leadership role to get in there and really help them do that in a very effective, lean, unbureaucratic way and help them begin almost immediately to do that. >> so after 42 years of dictatorship, many people have never -- have never voted before. they don't know what that is. what kind of timeline are you seeing whether it pertains to an interim leadership that is formed, a formation of some sort of governing bodies, developing a institution, trying to come about some sort of method of elections, how do you see this playing out? is this a matter of years in your view or months? >> i -- to be honest i see two timelines. there is a very short window, roughly 30, 45 days, where the expectations of the libyan
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people now that the tyranny has ended, the cult of personality has ended, i think there is a short window to demonstrate to the person on the street that there is a new libya, a better future is on the horizon, but it begins as immediately as possible. so prapgz thierhaps things like sharing so local libbians feel the effects, there has to be concrete short-term steps while you begin. i think if you wait in the long-term and say, well, in five years, when we have built stable institutions from the ground up, then things will change. i think that's a big mistake. we need to start immediately doing both tracks, demonstrating immediate progress and then building the institutions long-term. >> there will be growing pains. which ones do you anticipate? >> well, the initial thing is that when steps are taken, for example, to say that all tribes are equal, that the quality and the rule of law is implemented or police are not corrupt or
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institutions are being rebuilt, there will be many, many libyans. remember after 42 year of dictatorship, they will be very skeptical. there needs to be concrete tangible demonstration of those things in practice in a way that all libyans can see and recognize, beginning with freedom of the press, beginning with secret police that doesn't come in the middle of the night and arrest you, beginning with equality of education, and as i said, government that really does respect the rights of all libyans to reach out equally across tribal lines, across regional lines and begin to develop -- the rule of law is one of these big mushy phrases. but they haven't lived with that. they need to see it, they need to feel it, they need to taste it and i think that in and off itself will mark the beginning of the end. >> you see these tribal leaders will automatically be included in this process. >> well, not automatically. it takes leadership, it takes a great effort, but i believe it takes a great deal of good faith. remember, there has to be transparency, there has to be a
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lack of corruption. libyans like all other people just want to see their government work. they want to see government that keeps its promises. they want to see government that is not corrupt. they want to see schools at work. they want to see the sharing of oil revenues, not based on tribal lines. remember, in this culture of personality, you got a particular tribe and particular leader who took everything for themselves. libyans just want to have their country back. i think it takes a great deal of leadership to begin to instrumentalize the array of steps that need to be made to show that and practice, not in theory. >> professor michael newton, thanks so much. >> thank you, fredricka. actress alfre woodard c co-founded artists for a new south africa. here's today's impact your world. >> hi. i'm alfre woodward. you can make an impact and
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top stories now, another earthquake hit eastern turkey a short time ago. it struck 15 miles from where a more powerful quake killed 65 people earlier today. rescue crews are digging through the rubble of dozens of collapsed buildings. >> it is dark and it is going on by headlight of cars and by
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generators. help has been flown in from throughout turkey. there has been rescue relief operations, especially trained teams which look for people under the rubble, have been flown to this site. >> some of the rescues are being carried out by civilians since quake debris left so many roads impassable. hit by the worst flooding in 50 years, many in thailand are forced to get around by boat and more bad news by the thai government today. the high floodwaters that are -- that is making getting around so difficult for the country's 9 million people could actually take another month to recede. more than 113,000 people are living in shelters. 356 lost their lives. euphoria across libya today, especially in benghazi. the people are trumpeting the start of the post moammar gadhafi era. this is a city where the uprising against gadhafi began. it is also where the country's
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transitional leaders today declared libya liberated. polls are now closing in tunisia. voters today cast ballots in first free election of the arab spring, picking the representatives who will right the country's new constitution. the regional uprising that overthrew several middle eastern leaders began in tunisia. republican presidential candidate herman cain upset some african-americans with his comments about blacks blindly voting democratic. just how did that sit with members of cain's church. cnn.com writer john blake wrote about cain's relationship with his church and i spoke with john last week about that. >> his statement a couple of weeks ago when he said a lot of blacks are brainwashed to vote democratic, i think that would offend a lot of people and offended some of the clergy in the church as well as in atlanta. that's implying that black
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people, we have a herd mentality. that offended a lot of people. at the same time there are people in the church who are very proud of cain. here is a guy that went month morehouse and went off and made a fortune and came back. it is like family. you get together for thanksgiving, argue about politics but still love them in the end. >> reverend alexand, the league pastor at antioch north loves him like he's a son. but at the same time, has he been outspoken, because you write he may have a little internal conflict about some of the politics of herman cain. >> i was -- how are you able to learn what those things are. reverend alexander wouldn't talk to you for the article, nor did herman cain. who was it that you did talk to who established where he's coming from. >> two sources were kind of establishing where alexander comes from. pastors who know him in the church. i talked to a couple of the pastors. but his own statements. here is a guy who said publicly that rosa parks, malcolm x, that
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are of my human rights heroes. you can see where he's coming from, from that perspective. and antioch, the church that alexander pastors is like a stopping place for civil rights heroes. so alexander is definitely not in the camp of herman cain's political philosophy. yet at the same time, people say he's really good friends with him. cain is saying the impossible dream at cameron alexander 50th anniversary celebration. >> in your article, are you going as far to say even herman cain feels a little conflicted as well. you write there is a real contradiction in cain that on one hand says racism is not a huge obstacle for blacks but admits privately that it is, particularly in georgia republican politics. >> that came from a assistant pastor at antioch. i wouldn't say that cain is -- has a lot of conflict about this. hard for know peer into his heart to say that. what i would say is with that pastor said to me about cain is he's aware there is racism still out there. he's been affected by it. nose the going to make a big
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issue out of it. >> john blake of cnn.com and you can check out his article in the belief column. dozens of workers fired from hertz car rental company, the company and former employees weigh in on the issue and after a career spent covering stories from all over the world, a journalist tackles one very close to home. cnn's managing editor mark whitaker talks about his new memoir, his family memoir, "my long trip home." mary? what are you doing here? it's megan. i'm getting new insurance.
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a new biography of steve jobs says the apple chairman came to regret his decision to put off cancer surgery for nine months. during that time, jobs treated a pancreatic tumor with acupuncture and other herbal remedies. we'll hear from the author of the book a little bit later. the earth's population will reach 7 billion this week. while babies are born worldwide every five seconds, the birth rate in the u.s. is actually falling. senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen has more in this week's health for her. >> any parent can tell you that
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kids can be expensive. as the economy has gotten worse, people are choosing to have fewer children. if you compare 2007 when the economy was doing well with 2010, we're talking about 300,000 fewer children. take a look at this graph and you see the correlation. on the far left in 2002, until 2007, things were doing pretty well and that number is going up, up, up. people were choosing to have more children. it hit its peak in 2007 with the highest birth rate in that time period. and then it has been coming down ever since. and here is exactly how expensive children can be. it costs between 8,000 and $20,000 a year to raise a child depending upon how fancy the clothes are, whether they go to private or public school, all of that. and if you look at the numbers this way, from birth to 18, the cost of raising a child is between $206,000 and $477,000 with housing, food and child care being the biggest expenses.
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it seems that a lot of women are saying, i think we're going to delay this or not going to have a child right now and, of course, that makes a lot of sense for a lot of families. also remember, if you think, oh, i'll have children when we have got more money in our bank account, that could be a little problematic, you may be so old that you need fertility treatments and that can cost a lot of money. back to you. all right, thanks, elizabeth. an accomplished journalist who also happens to be a cnn executive opens up about his long trip homecoming up.
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he's an accomplished journalist, rising to the ranks of top executive at newsweek, nbc news and now cnn worldwide. mark whitaker's curiosity with his own family became the subject of a family memoir on book stands now. he tells me about the amazing story of his parents, an interracial couple who fell in love in the '50s and he tells me how their relationship, the family's life, all had a profound impact on who he is today. i spoke with whitaker about his
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long trip home. you're a very accomplished scholar, journalist, and then you get to this point where you say, you know what, i am not going to write primarily about that. but i'm going to write about something very intimate, very personal. what was that, i guess, evolution of thinking? >> i had thrown myself into my work for 30 years as a journalist, partly to get away from my childhood and my upbringing and a lot of the pain that had been involved. but when i finally decided that i was ready to write the story, it was, i think, my training as a journalist that, first of all, allowed me to report the story, but also gave me a little bit of the emotional detachment that i needed to put it in perspective as i went along. >> the relationship with your father was one that you struggled with for a good part
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of your life. >> well, it is interesting because when people who over the years had heard about my story said, you know, you should write a book one day, they knew the romantic parts. so my parents were an interracial couple who met in the 1950s, was illegal in most states in the country at that time. my father was a student, an undergraduate. my mother was his teacher. so it was illicit in that sense too. a teacher-student relationship. they had to keep the relationship secret for a couple of years before they married. >> so you were real conflicted too. because while you write your dad was charismatic, you adored him you looked up to him, at the same time he was the root of depression for you. >> i had for better or worse a 50-year relationship with my father. and there are a lot of twists and turns and ups and downs you see in the book and part of the story is the evolution of my feelings towards my father,
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worship as a young child, depression when i was separated from him, incredible clashes that we had when i was a teenager and his life was really falling apart, a gradual getting after he finally stopped drinking, we gradually got on better terms, but i was very prideful, i was establishing my own career and my own family, didn't need his help. >> writing this was a personal journey for you too trying to piece this relationship together. when you decided to write this, it really came as a result of the death of your dad. >> that's right. that's right. he died two days after thanksgiving 2008 at 2:30 in the morning. i know this because the next morning i had a voice mail from his widow, his third wife who was with him, stamped 2:30 in the morning saying he passed away. i thought, you know, not only is he gone, but athat point i thought if i ever thought about writing about him, that's over, i can't talk to him and so forth. a year later, two days after
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thanksgiving, 2009, i woke up at 3:00 in the morning, almost to the hour and said that i want to try to write the story now. i literally -- >> what are the pieces you wanted to get down? >> at first i thought i was going to write the story from memory, like a traditional memoir. and i got out of bed and started writing down my memories in a laptop computer. and i kept writing like that for several weeks but then i realized, you know, trained as a reporter, there are a lot of things i don't know or things i think i heard or might know, but i don't know for sure. so i said i got to report this story. so at that point i started calling everybody who was still alive, who was in -- who would live through the event. >> they were open to sharing. >> they were. they were. but what was interesting is their first response almost to a person was, well, i just don't remember that much. it was kind of painful, i had forgotten a lot. i said, let me come and talk to you. and then one after another, it would go on for hours and hours.
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once they got talking, they remembered a tremendous amount. but it was really -- then i would ask them for letters and documents. i became obsessed. >> and do you feel like it lifted a burden to have written all this down to discover to reach out to family members in a way that your reporter instincts had you do. >> people say, you know, to understand is to forgive. i point out that sometimes you have to forgive before you can understand, that i had -- there is a certain amount of forgiveness that had to take place before i could even embark on this journey. >> my long trip home, you came up with this title? >> i did. and as a couple of meanings. so the first meaning is that i took a lot of long trips as a child. a lot of them were unhappy trips, new homes where i didn't know anybody. and i didn't know what awaited me. the second meaning is that the reporting of this book and the writing of this book was a long
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an update to a story we have been following involving muslim employees at a hertz rental car company. a branch suspended 34 employees for not clocking out for breaks. some 26 somali muslims have been fired. more from denise whittaker with our affiliate komo. >> we feel we are being punished for what we believe in. >> reporter: elise is out of a job, terminated after she refused to clock in and out to pray at work. she's a muslim who prays five times a day. in the past, muslim employees at hertz, paused for prayers without clocking out it. >> is five minutes. it's not as big of a deal as companies make it.
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>> reporter: she says -- a spokesman said the abuse had become a significant problem creating issues of fairness among employees. teamster union 117 says a blanket policy is not the way to address it. >> if this is a problem with the performance or conduct of any employee you have the right to deal with that employee individually. that's not what they did here. >> reporter: the union provided me with this notice, posted for employees at hertz earlier this year. it stated employees who want to take their ten-minute break in smaller chunks don't have to punch but must notify their supervisor. september 30th the union claims hertz posted a policy which states all rest and meal periods must be punched including all religious observations. >> the company unilaterally implemented this policy to clock in and out and specifically identified prayer breaks in their policy. they have not applied the policy to speak people take smoke breaks. >> reporter: hertz says that
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clocking out is required for all breaks and it is enforcing the policy to prevent abuse. tomorrow a new biography of steve jobs hits the bookstores. they say that jobs came to get his decision to put off cancer surgery for nine months. >> i think that he kind of felt that if you ignore something, if you don't want something to exist you can have magical thinking. it worked for him in the past. he regretted some of the decisions he made and certainly, i think he felt he should have been operated on sooner. >> initial indications are the book had details on what jobs thought of his rival bill gates and a glimpse at what he had planned for future apple products. wall street could be looking at jittery start to the trading week. let's look at the week ahead. we begin with allison in new york. wall street had a case of
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the jitters last week. the dow moved up one day and down the next until posting back-to-back gain gains. that lack of direction shows toward are nervous and one of the concerns is europe's high debt. the dow ended at the highest level in 12 weeks. good news for senior citizens. social security checks will increase by an average of $40 next year. they are getting bigger because inflation is heating up. the last adjustment was 2009 with. now poppy harlow has a look at business news. wall street is looking ahead to the quarter gdp report. it was i not high enough to bring down unemployment. analysts say economic growth is sluggish throughout the summer but expect it was i enough to keep us out of a technical recession. the biography of steve jobs will
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hit store shelves. he lost his battle with with cancer two weeks ago. you can see excerpts from the book starting on monday. alexander steel, some possible disturbances out there. >> absolutely. our temperatures are getting colder. the tropics are incredibly hot. just deemed a tropical depression, it is tropical depression number 18 in the western caribbean. 35 mile an hour winds. it is moving northeast northwest at 12 miles an hour. the expectation is for it to become a tropical storm. it will be the 17th of the season. expectation for a tropical storm to become one tonight or tomorrow. we have tropical storm watches for the portions of the coast, the eastern coast of honduras. tropical storm watch means tropical storm conditions are possible within the next 48 hours. all right. here's our big look ahead. warmer conditions. the warm get warmer and cool get cooler and even a little snow.
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cooler air settles in and who how about snow in the rockies on wednesday. some snow and it will be nice there, if you like it. we have expecting northern tier of the country to be colder and wet wither than average. may make for a banner snow season. >> something tells me it will be a brutal winter. thank you so much. have a great evening. much more on the newsroom straight ahead at the top of the hour. ♪
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