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12 years ago. 17,000 people were killed. we are joined live from istanbul. what's the latest? how are rescue efforts going? >> reporter: yes. well, of course, it's night time now. the earthquake struck, i suppose, at a relatively good time. it struck on a sunday afternoon when people weren't in bed, when people weren't at work, but even then we know the amount of people, still under the rubble, there's a large number, maybe even 400 people still waiting to be rescued. of course that rescue now has to go on by headlight and by generator light. at first there was a mad scramble by the local people to get at the people who were buried under the debris. it is now more organized. rescue teams have come throughout the country. turkey, as you said, is a country that is used to seismic activity. there are people who really know how to do this.
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but when these things first the happen it is a mad scramble. the turkish prime minister was on the scene. he has just announced in a rather subdued voice the official death toll at present is 93 people dead, but i think we may see a rise in the number as news comes in from outlying villages and as people are still trying to be rescued from the rubble. >> fill me in a bit in terms of where exactly this earthquake took place in relation to istanbul and did it make it difficult for rescue teams to get to that part of the country? >> reporter: it's really the die metrically opposite side of the country from istanbul. istanbul is in the densely populated west of the country and the cities affected by the earthquake are the poorest parts of turkey, around a major lake called lake van.
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this is, as i said, the least economically developed part of the country, the part of the country least able to look after itself and expects help from the rest of the country. now, that help has been arriving throughout the day, mainly from the capital but also from villages and towns nearby in the vicinity. so, the help is there. the tents are there. the blankets are there. of course, it's really a question of trying to rescue the people who are still trapped under the rubble. >> as you updated, 93 dead. we are also hearing 350 people are reported injured as well. those numbers clearly likely to go up over the course of the next 24 hours. how does this quake compare to previous earthquakes? >> well, turkey has had some extraordinarily large earthquakes. just over ten years ago, not far from where i am, there was a
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large quake. we know at least 17,000 people died in that quake. it was in a densely-populated part of the country but there have been earthquakes in van itself before. this was a earthquake in 1976 and then the death toll was extraordinarily large. it was close to 4,000 people. now, since that time the actual city has moved away from the lakes. it has moved inland. so it's slightly safer place. but although people know they should build against earthquakes. that turkey is a seismic country and you have to build a house to with stand an earthquake, of course it doesn't always happen in the least developed part of the country and as much as people know to expect earthquakes, i'm afraid buildings still fall down. >> of course, of course. >> thank you so much. we appreciate your update on this. of course, cnn has a lot of
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resources heading to the quake ozo ozone. next hour we will have a report from our cnn affiliate in turk. waving the new flag of libya these are pictures they did listen as the national transitional couldn't kr council members urged them to lay down their arms and embrace peace. one warned that preserving freedom is harder than obtaining it. the next step is electing an assembly to write a new constitution and it is expected to happen in this next eight months. benghazi was the location of the celebration. the revolution began there earlier this year. as dan rivers explains, we have a story of how toe dictator met his end.
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the images may be disturbing to viewers. >> reporter: this a new video that emerged purportedly showing the ambulance which brought colonel gadhafi's body to mizrata. it has jubilant scenes as a young man is apparently the person that pulled the trigger to execute gadhafi. we have no way of confirming the veracity of the video. another man claims to have witnessed the execution. we have no way to prove it right or wrong but this adds to evidence that undermines the new government's claims that colonel gadhafi was killed in the cross fire as they tried to take him toll the hospital. other video that emerged over the weekend over gun being brandished near a still alive colonel gadhafi. it paints a picture of a mob out of control certainly and is raising more questions about the last minutes of colonel
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gadhafi's life. we also feel his body has been carried out. we have no detail on that, other than they say he was killed by a gunshot wound to the head but no details of how close the gun was when it was fired or whether he was shot at point-blank range or as they suggest caught in the cross fire as they tried to take him away. >> thank you so much reporting there from mizrata, libya. secretary of state hillary clinton wants to send a clear message to iranian president am mahmoud ahmadinejad. she says steer clear of iraq. atheen ya jones is joining us in washington. secretary clinton made the rounds on sunday talk shows. some aren't happy about how the iraq pullout is being handled, correct? >> that's true. secretary of state wanted to send a message that because the u.s. is pulling out doesn't mean we are turning our back on the
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country of iraq where we spent so many years, so much blood. thereby a fairly large diplomatic president at the embassy in baghdad and basra. you will havehave 1700 diplomat experts. and so she addressed concerns that some raised about iraq's security and iran's influence which some people believe could grow. listen to what she told candy crowley this morning on "state of the union." >> no one, particularly iran should miscalculate about our continuing commitment to the iraqis going forward. iran would be badly miscalculating if they didn't look at the entire region and all of our presence in many countries in the region, both in bases, in training, with alternate allies, like turkey. >> and now the secretary of state was responding, of course,
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to a lot of criticism we have seen from the republican side, not just members of congress but republican presidential candidates. let's listen to what south carolina senator lindsey graham had to say on one of the morning shows this morning. >> 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 iraq poorly fumbled the ball but they are dancing in the streets in teheran. >> that is one of the examples of criticism. what people on the republican side are saying and not just republicans to be fair, but this is concern the u.s. isn't leaving behind a few thousand troops to help to train iraqi security personnel and the idea that once we pulled out completely will iran's influence grow? it is just a neighbor there and so by us being gone it could create a vacuum, deb. >> at the same time iraq said
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the u.s. was not entitled to have any troops there. they are being pulled out because there isn't another a option. the presidential candidates must be on the attack about the issue as well. >> certainly. that's what i was touching on the idea they have been talking about this for some time. the security agreements that set this end date were agreements that were negotiated during the bush administration and signed in 2008. what president obama is doing is fulfilling that commitment, and as he says, keeping his campaign promise to bring this war to a responsible end. you have people who say that you needed to leave these troops behind. the problem is iraq didn't want to give u.s. soldiers immunity from iraqi prosecution, which is something the u.s. thought was necessary to leave the soldiers behind. it is not as if we are turning our backs completely. we label to do with what iraqis ask as long as we agree on both sides.
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if you ask government officials we are giving the iraqis what we wanted and even president obama said sometime ago the idea is not to leave iraq with completely perfect. they are going to have to step up. we can't patrol the streets there forever. republican candidates say it is political p. mitt romney says it is an astonishing failure. michele bachmann saying it is a political decision, not a military one. we expect to hear more of that going forward. >> thank you so much. it will be interesting to see what kind of security diplomates and contractors and the like have a as this plays out after december 31st. thank you so much. >> thanks. straight ahead, what is it going to take to get along in washington? it is partnership at its worst. where neither side can do anything to make the other happy. we are asking when and if it can change. and later, archaeologist dig up a burial site they believe
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well, the facts are simple enough. moammar gadhafi is dead. osama bin laden is dead, too. and democracy has taken root in some of the most unlikely places in the middle east. some say president obama's speech in cairo was the spark that ignited the arab spring. for many republicans, hardly any credit is being given to the president. so let's bring in cnn contributor will cain and lz granderson and i want to talk to you about this. jobs aside. we will get to the issue of jobs
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but president obama can't seem to get a break. is it that the republicans see nothing positive in what he is doing? will? >>. >> you know, there is a narrative out there that the republicans won't give obama any credit, especially in the wake of moammar gadhafi's death. to me it remind mess of the scene in "gladiator" when russell crowe annihilates his predator and looks up and says are you not entertained. we have stayed until moammar gadhafi has been killed and this is the moment of celebration. not just confusion from me or republicans but syria -- i mean china and russia are saying they won't give the united states actions from the u.n. level in syria because we went in to libya under different pretenses than which we stayed. i'm under the impression our
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foreign policy is confusing. i can't give credit because i don't know what our purposes are. >> that is a good point. lz, how do you see it? do you think the president hasn't been specific enough about citing what america's goals are or where things are happening so fast she trying to make the best decision at any moment of his presidency. >> i love my friend will because he is inflicted with selective memory. this is the only time in which there's been any type of nongiving of credit to president obama. or acknowledging the good things he's done. the fact is, this is the rhetoric of politics and the primary focus is president obama because the pub ub cans want the white house and they cannot acknowledge anything good he is proposing or anything he may have done because it would detail their efforts to overtake the white house. this isn't just about libya. how quickly the conversation
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turned when osama bin laden was killed and how he went from president obama had little if anything to do with that, and even if you look at some of the good thing he's done in terms of the stimulus package. the rhetoric is that the stimulus package was a failure and did nothing that was good. despite the fact there are many, many, many economists who look back and say if this wasn't created, if this wasn't done the united states would be in worse shape than it is. >> some people say that president obama helped avoid a second great depression. you know, i grew up and i was told if you can't say anything nice about somebody, don't say anything at all. it goes to the root of civility. finding the good in people. the fact that people are trying to do the right thing by the american people, may be. so will, is it simply that it just doesn't mean anything anymore? >> let me make two points. first to respond lz, i can't deny there might be some people
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trying to make a political characterization of president obama but there are substantive questions that have not been answered of what we are doing in parts of the world from uganda to afghanistan. we should both recognize it exists. and can't we give credit where credit is duel due, stylistically lz and i couldn't disagree more but we get along well, from politicians to pundits to people at home, i don't think we should have the emotional attitude of 53-year-old toddler. because we disagree doesn't mean we have to hate each other. i don't think that government's role is to solve all of the problems that are presented to society. lz and liberals often do. we go our separate ways there. >> absolutely. that is a fundamental difference. let me ask this question. will, you mentioned afghanistan, but this question is directed to lz but a president is not just elected and arrives at the white house with a blank slate.
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they arrive inheriting everything else that has gone ahead of them, not just from the previous president but two and three presidents previously. how do you see that as being a factor in this or is it too much, an overstatement? >> i think that both parties are guilty of pretending whatever party was in control beforehand gid did nothing wrong and i think that puts us in a position of starting at zero. i think that is a problem with president obama's facing now. when the opposing party is saying every decision they made is absolutely wrong and nothing they did is right the american people aren't able to build on what is good. again, i keep saying, this isn't just about foreign policy. there were things in health care reform such as not kicking you off in the event that you become ill that i think is good. but when you say that everything about obama care is wrong it
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doesn't let us decipher what is good. and i they cripples us as a nation. we aren't civil and can't find solutions. >> maybe next position we should nominate is a mediator in chief. so they can weigh the good from both sides so each party doesn't have to start all over again, presenting ideas and we can make build and possibly get somewhere with on compromise. will cain, lz gand granderson, sorry we couldn't get you up there on the skype. appreciate you being with us. thank you so much, gentlemen. america's game goes global. the bears and buccaneers kick it off in london. the action from across the pond and why the nfl is hot for europe. coming up in two minutes. [ tires screech ] [ crying ] [ applause ] [ laughs ] [ tires screech ] [ male announcer ] your life will have to flash by even faster.
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the nfl's chicago bears and tampa bay buccaneers squared off today in london. this is not the first time the league has played a game across the pond. what's the reasoning behind it? are the brits craving live american football action? i am joined with a recap of the action. patrick, who won? bring us up to speed? >> it was an occasion there at wellably stadium. in the end it is a victory for the bears against the buccaneers
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and this was an exciting game. had 75,000 inside of it. it was 2k3w50d for the public to see. 24-18 in the end. the bears led 21-5 in the first fourth quarter but touchdowns and in the end the buccaneers couldn't quite hold it off. chicago wins 24-18. it's been an exciting time for these players. a real eye opener going to the major european capitals and it is a regular game as well. >> this isn't part of a swap. we are not going to get rugby teams coming here and they send us rugby and we send them football. was this a big interest? was the stadium soldout. >> soccer football rules the roost. i think the nfl would be best served keeping it, the last five years it has been one game a
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season. there's been talking of doing two in the season but i think it maybe too much of a good thing. it is very much football, soccer all the way and this is a nation obsessed with the sport of soccer. >> absolutely. don't they call this in the u.k., american football? >> they or we call it american football, yes. >> exactly. patrick snel, thank you so much. maybe we will see rugby going over there. travel, jet lag any issues there. >> some of the players talk about going shopping and climatetizing is difficult. two you would be permanently across the pond, i it this would take its toll. these are finely honed professionals and their sleep and diet are vital. >> thank you so much. appreciate that. we first told you yesterday about the german satellite plunging to earth but scientists had no idea where it would land. where is it now?
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rush limbaugh is known for disagreeing with president obama. but a former child slave says his recent it is criticism was so skewed she had to set the record straight. the controversy involves the president's decision to send 100
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troops to uganda and elsewhere in central africa to help bring down this man and his military group the lord's resistance army. listen to limbaugh as he defends the lra. >> i have witnessed the spirit of joseph kone and it is not from god. abducting young people from their home and forcing them to become something that is not meant to be. i don't want anymore children to go through what i went through. >> lords resistance army are
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christians. they are fighting the muslims in sudan and obama has sent troops, united states troops to remove em from the battlefield, which means kill them. that's a new war. 100 troops to wipe out christians in sudan, uganda. >> well, i spoke to poevelyn apoko. she hopes that limbaugh will respond. >> it upset me a lot. i get very angry and i don't want to talk about it, but i embrace myself. i say i cannot keep quiet on what he had said because it's not right. so i decided to do something about it, take action out of it. to let the world know that sometimes what we hear without getting the background of it,
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sometimes is not true. >>, so the lord's resistance army, what did they do to you, specifically? because it was a horrifying thing. >> the lord's resistance army they abducted me, as a child from my parents, from my home where i grew up and they talk me in the bush with a lot of hundred thousand of kids were there with me. >> what is it that you want rush limbaugh to say. now he is not changing his statements since he made them two fridays ago. what do you want to hear from rush limbaugh? >> i want him to understand that what he has said is not right. >> i see you are i wearing a dog tag around your neck. tell me about that. what's the significance? >> this dog tag represents a thousand kids who have been
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abducted from their parents. some of them are still missing and some of them made it back home and some which i'm not sure where they are. >> what do you think of president obama's move to help uganda fight the lra, the lord's resistance army? >> they continue to abduct young people in congo right now and some of them are still diagnose. i think if the troops went to africa, i don't think the kids would have fear, live with fear or -- -- themselves. they would be happy. >> evelyn's apoko's face was disfigured while she was captive by the lord'sry resistance army. we were unable to reach rush limbaugh for comment. you can learn more by going to and it is featured in the middle of the taij page.
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it is very powerful. checking some of the headlines, at least 138 people now confirmed dead in eastern turkey following a major earthquake. the .2 quake truck midday near the city of van which sits next to a large lake. powerful aftershocks have been frequent including a 6.0 an hour ago. the red crescent put out a emergency call for wokers, heavy equipment and drinking water. libyan fighters congratulating a man that they say killed moammar gadhafi. it contradicts the story that the former dictator was killed in the cross fire of a battle with his own loyalists. an autopsy revealed that he was killed by a gunshot wound to the head. through a lawyer, his son said he was shock bd the vicious bu tallty of the murder of his father. and the indy car racers
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remembered dan wheldon today as a family man an practical joker. he was a two-time winner of the indianapolis 500. his wife and two young sons were also at the memorial. the senior writer for "sports illustrated" will join us with more ahead. and the american killed by a shark off the coast of western australia has been identified as george thomas wainwright of texas. they say it was a shark that attacked him. they say he was diving alone when his friends who were not in the water noticed air bubbles floating from a plume of body. they say his body is to be returned within the week. a demissioned german satellite entered the earth. up to 30 pieces of space debris could hit land or water,
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depending where it broke and europe, africa and australia appear to be safe. and it did enter the atmosphere and we are going to see ail s d alexandra steel has been following this. it reentered. >> it entered at 10:00 last night when we were on the air. it was pretty exciting. in southeast asia. no word on debris. it is in the indian ocean or china. there were two big cities along the flight path but of course if there was a populated area and debris we would know about it. as of not yet nothing has been spotted but interesting. it may be cold where you are watching us but hot in the tropics. td 18 just deemed such in the western caribbean. give you an idea the purples and reds where the heaviest storms
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and thunderstorms are. looks a bit disorganized but the expectation is tonight or tomorrow this to be a tropical storm which would be the 17th of the season. you can see where it is moving. we have tropical storm watches posted for the eastern portions of honduras. meaning that we will see tropical storm convections and conditions most likely within the next 48 hours. all eyes on that. here's a look at the potential path. hugging the coast making its way to the yucatan peninsula. winds sustained at 60 miles an hour. maybe you will be closer to home for the week. the cold get colder and the hot stay hot on monday cooler in the northern tier t. warm in the deep south, oklahoma city to the southeast but watch what happens midweek. we will watch this front move through. as it does the cold air in place, ingredient number one and moisture ingredient two and look at the snow in the northern
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rockies as we head to wednesday. we will watch the cold air dive south and potential for flurries here and even in the great lakes and we will watch it continue eastward from thursday to friday. wet in the northeast at the end of the week and the cold air settles down. this weekend is the coldest weekend thus far this winter in the southeast. >> what is fascinating is it has been so beautiful here in atlanta. not humid, very cool and clear. it's almost like new york weather. >> beautiful week ahead, too in the southeast. >> i'm a small town girl from manhattan. >> big city slicker. >> works for me. thank you so much. >> coming up, mississippi's ugly past is suddenly present. reaction to a shocking video showing a black man being beaten and run over. not from the '60s but from earlier this year. we need more affordable energy in this country. we need to protect the environment. what about the economy?
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the assistant police chief in brandon, mississippi, called the brutal killing of an african-american man an isolated incident, but was it, in fact, a mission of hate? a gang of white teens is accused of beating james anderson and running him over with a truck.
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is mississippi still burning? >> reporter: the death of james greg anderson was like the dark mississippi past coming back to life. prosecutor robert smith had only heard the tales of racial hatred from his grandfather who helped and even housed civil rights leaders like martin luther king jr. was before smith was born, in the '60s. both men were shot down in a terrible wave of racial violence. on june 26th, that ugly past was suddenly present. >> when you first saw the surveillance video, what was your reaction? >> certainly breathtaking,
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unbelievable. thought about the fact that that could have been anyone including myself. >> reporter: the district attorney charged darryl denmon with capital murder. a second teen, john rice has been charged with simple assault. five other white teens who were there have not been charged. anderson's family has kept their grief and frustration mostly private. but after a court hearing, anderson's sister could not contain her emotions. >> go to brandon, mississippi. go to brandon, mississippi, and get those other five murderers who committed such a horrendous, violent act against my beloved brother james craig anderson. >> reporter: you have to drive east to get to brandon. across the pearl river, the
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invisible line that seems to separate black mississippi from white. while in jackson, anderson's killing prompted marchs and a call for healing. in brandon, the reaction has been mostly silent. >> keep it here. soledad o'brien and sanjay gupta will team up for a special edition of "cnn prints." they will have more of "mississippi still burning" and then "forgotten heros" an backstage all access pass to rock out with kiss. the loss of a top speed racer, another devastating crash today. this one overseas.
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well, it's been one week since the racing world lost one of its favorite sons, dan wheldon and another racing track tragedy hits but this time in malaysia. this motor bike racer.
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it is so hard to watch these young guys out for the thrill. >> if you look at the video it is traumatic to see what happened. you have a 24-year-old italian motorcyclist at the height of his career. he crosses the lanes and i want to see the video -- we will get to it in a second. simon celly swer he swerves in front of two rider and he is lying unconscious. impact and then loses. you can see him riding on the tracks itself. they red flagged the race. medics rushed to the scene but they weren't able to do anything because of the nature of the accident. what happened to him. >> it was so immediate. >> when you see him being taken out there. is it clear was he leaning too much or trying to cross the track. >> at this point it is not but these motorcycles can go up to
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speeds of like 200 miles an hour. regardless, once that impact is made it is hard to regain control and try to gain your track. >> plus, you were so exposed. they showed a man holding his head. that is his father, his father being told the news. let's move to politics. this election is today in tunisia. that is the country the world considers the inspiration for the arab spring. the elections there today. what's going on? >> an unprecedented number of voters turned out. 70% of the voters came out to cast ballots. it is historic on many fronts. not just their first democratic elections but also whoever they apoint the constitutional assembly will be responsible for drafting a new constitution for the country so 95 candidates, 60 political parties thousand of independents for 218 seats and
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the polls closed recently. >> it is almost like seeing the declaration of independence written but in these various countries. scottish archaeologist found the burial site of a viking. >> they found it in the scotland high lands. you can see the burial boat was 16 feet long. in this burial boat, this warrior, which is considered to be a high-ranking official base odden what they found in the burial boat. he had a sword, a bronze ring pen and you can see archaeologist excavating the site but when they found it was intact. that's one of the marking points of the -- >> usually you see with the pharaohs and less with the vikings. really interesting. when can it be a good thing to have a nfl trade voided before it can happen? who how about when it may have saved a player's life. we will talk about that coming up three minutes away.
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well, albert pujols joined some exclusive company last night as the st. louis cardinals took a two-games-to-one world
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series lead over texas. joining us now to talk about it is john worthheim of "sports illustrated." john, thanks so much, and here's this week's cover focusing on the series and the rangers' nelson cruz. first of all, tell us about pujols' amazing night last night. he did something that most people have never done. >> only two players have ever done it. albert pujols hit three home runs in a world series game. he comes back last night, game three. this was the offensive equivalent of a no hitter. three home runs, five hits, six rbis. probably the single best offensive game in world series history. and he showed why he's been the best baseball player over the past decade or, just a tremendous offensive game. >> that's remarkable. now, he is a free agent at the end of the series. he's asking for a lot of money. do you think the cardinals are going to balk? do you think they're going to be able to keep him? >> you know, it's really one of the interesting things of this series, really this whole season, where you've got this great player who has this
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contract coming up. he's going to be 32 in january, so do you bestow that kind of money of a player of that age. but last night he show what had he's capable of. especially if st. louis can win this world series, i suspect he'll stay in st. louis for a lot of money. >> that's good. we don't want another lebron james thing going on where he leaves and -- anyway. turning to the tragic death of iny car driver, dan wheldon, a meeting is scheduled tomorrow to discuss the accident. can we expect safety changes? is that a possibility? >> yeah, i think we'll have some safety changes. we'll probably move more of these indy car races to road tracks and not the banked ovals. but we've had about a week to grieve and now the discussion will be, what can we do to make this sport safer. but at some level, these are cars going in excess of 200 miles per hour. there's only so much that can be
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done. after dale earnhardt died, nascar made serious changes. but it's never going to be golf. speed is what it's predicated on. it can only be so safe. >> and one article i was reading say, people who watch race car driving, they love that thrill and that excitement. they love that on the edge of the oval. let's switch to this. an nfl trade this week may have actually saved a player's life. tell us what happened. >> yeah, engineer rojerome harr traded to philadelphia, went through this physical, it's routine, standard after every trade and complained about headaches, and i think that really speaks well of him. a lot of players probably wouldn't have complained, given the context. he said, look, i've been getting these headaches and the doctors checked him out and they found he had a brain tumor. the trade was voided, he underwent surgery and had it removed. a player that a week ago was on his philadelphia and now he's lucky to be where he is. >> and prognosis. is he going to return to the nfl
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ultimately? >> you know, he's not playing anymore this season. yeah, they haven't ruled out playing in the future. he won't play anymore this season, but they haven't ruled out returning to football. >> all right. jon wertheim of "sports illustrate illustrated", thanks so much for joining us today. we're three minutes away from a live report out of turkey. the search for survivors underway right now after a powerful earthquake flattens dozens of buildings. which provir every financial need. and then, in one blinding blink of an eye, their tree had given its last. but with their raymond james financial advisor, they had prepared for even the unthinkable. and they danced. see what a raymond james advisor can do for you. my son and i never missed opening day. but with copd making it hard to breathe,
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now to the big stories in the week ahead, from the white house to tinsel town, our correspondents tell you what you need to know. we begin tonight with the president's plans for the week. >> i'm dan lothian at the white house. after a big foreign policy week for president obama, he heads west again, attending fund-raisers in los angeles and san francisco. during the trip, he'll also make a stop in denver, colorado, and sit down on late-night television. according to the white house, the president will be on "the tonight show" with jay leno on tuesday. >> i'm poppy harlow in new york. wall street will continue watching earnings from big corporations this week.


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