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hello, everyone. don lemon ear. thank you for joining us. we're going to begin a developing story, breaking news out of washington state. three people have been killed in an explosion at the home of josh powell. now, you may remember his wife, susan powell cox, who went missing in 2009. police are saying that two of the victims are believed to be the powells young children. and that video, look at that, unbelievable, that house just really wiped away right there. i'm joined now by graham washington deputy fire chief
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gary franz, the deputy fire chief in washington. what's the latest on this? two bodies believed to be the children and a third body found. >> yes, that's correct. that third body appears to be an adult, can't tell at this point if it's male or female, but, you know, everything that we have, we have very credible reports of, you know, a person working with the powell children who brought those children to this house just prior to this event and then after the children were let inside, she was prevented from going inside herself. she smelled some gas and tried to get back in but as i understand it, but she just couldn't do it. she saw mr. powell, and she brought these two powell kids to this home. so within moments to have minutes after those kids were let into the house, this place exploded. there's every reason to believe these are, in fact -- this is
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the powell familiar here. >> deputy chief, not confirmed the identities but you have ever reason to believe it is the family? >> yes, that's correct. that's probably -- that's the assumption, those are the presumptions we're operating under. >> no one had complained of anything, of any smell of gas or anything that was irregular in the neighborhood. it was just this one home involved, right? >> yes. that's correct. one home involved. no previous reports. under the fire report looking back in our records, we don't have anything about gas of any kind in this neighborhood. so, you know, the police are clearly operating under -- this is now a crime scene. they believe this has been purposely put together by josh powell, and they're operating with the belief that he caused this to happen. >> sad story. we're going to follow up. thank you very much for joining us, deputy chief gary franz. we appreciate it. we're going to go overseas.
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>> syria 43 people killed including five children. most of them in the city of homs. opposition groups called for a two-day civil strike starting today to put pressure on president bashar al assad's government. meanwhile, assad attended prayers marking the prophet mohammed's birth at a mosque in damascus. the syrian government insists the whole crisis has been manufactured. the u.n. security council tried to formally condemn syria's government. didn't happen. russia and china used their veto power to block it. the u.s. is disgusted that the council is being held hostage by a couple members. richard roth asked rice for why the resolution failed. >> at the 11th hour russia tried to introduce amendments that would have gutted the text that were unacceptable to the other members of the council. the one silver lining in this is
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that 13 members of this council supported the resolution, made strong statements in its favor. the countries that had originally not supported the resolution last time changed their position and voted in favor. >> south africa, a country such as this. take news the back rooms, if you can. do you fefl russia was stalling all along, presenting a more conciliatory front, working together, sleeves are being rolled up. do you feel they ever intended to abstain or vote yes? >> i can't speak for russia, richard. i think our colleague, ambassador churkin was negotiating in good faith but at the end of the day the decisions were made in moscow and moscow decided it would rather stand with assad against the people of syria than do the right thing. >> more strong words today from secretary of state hillary clinton. during a stop in bulgaria, clinton said china and russia now bear full responsibility for protecting what the syrian government has been doing.
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>> what happened yesterday at the united nations was a travesty. those countries that refuse to support the arab league plan bear full responsibility for protecting the brutal regime in damascus. >> we have our senior state department producer joining us from washington. elise, what can the u.s. and the rest of the u.n. security council do now? >> it's really back to the drawing board. secretary of state hillary clinton calling it a travesty but saying the work will go on not only to get a u.n. security resolution passed. this is the second time the council will be blocked by russia and china, but also trying to impose new sanctions on the regime, strengthen existing sanctions if not through the u.n. security council then bilaterally, regionally to try to dry up sources of funding for the regime to continue the crackdown and the russian foreign minister will be in damascus on tuesday
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to meet with president bashar al assad to try to get him to change course. but secretary of state clinton and many other leaders saying really this is terrible what happened because they really want the whole united nations security council to speak with one voice. you can try and dry up sources of funding for the regime but they really want the security council to finally condemn the violence. they feel that would pressure the regime even though legally it wouldn't do anything. >> russia and china say they agree on stopping the violence. their issue -- wording of the u.n. resolution, any idea what they're planning next? >> well, don't really think there's going to be much action at the u.n. it's really going to go between the united states, the european states like britain and france to go to other nations to try and get them to impose their sanctions. really don't see any sanctions coming by russia and china, but there will be additional pressure by russia and china maybe using their influence now that they blocked the
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resolution. maybe they'll have a little bit more in with the assad regime to try to stop the violence. nobody obviously optimistic about that, but certainly something needs to be done, and now the onus is really on russia and china. they blocked the resolution. what are you going to do about it now? >> you're also following another major international story out of egypt. 19 americans are among 43 people facing trial there. he all work for nongovernmental organizations, ngos accused of illegal foreign funding. the son of u.s. transportation secretary ray lahood. what else do you know right now? >> well sam lahood and a few other americans are really taking refuge in the u.s. embassy to try to avoid this prosecution. they were detained from leaving the country. they're not allowed to leave the country, and there are about a dozen or so, a little more than a dozen or so other americans that seem there will now be legal prosecution. they were facing some investigating because of this raid in november about raiding
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their offices because of foreign funding regulations, that they were receiving foreign funding and they weren't registered with the egyptian government. this is really coming at a horrible time. you have seen those riots going on with egypt. the economy is in shambles. right now the u.s. is in a standoff with the egyptian military over what to do with these americans, and there are several other people from other ngos right now that are having this problem. >> how far could their cases go? >> not sure at this point. the ng os haven't been officially notified or arrest warrants given out to them. obviously the ngos are speaking out very forcefully and so is the state department coming out with a statement from mark toner, deputy spokesman. we've seen media reports that judicial officials in egypt intend to forward a number of cases involving u.s.-funded ngos to the cairo criminal court. we are deeply concerned by these reports and are seeking clarification from the government of egypt. so that's what the state department is saying right now.
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>> this happened days after 41 members of congress, as you know, in a letter they pressed the obama administration to withhold aid to egypt. is that going to have any effect? how might it affect the relationship? >> it's going to have a major effect, don. the susmth hu.s. has so much important business to do with egypt. they're seen as a critical country in the region. and their economy is seen in shambles. bill burns was out to meet with the new government led by the political party of the muslim brotherhood so listen, we want to work with you. we know your economy is terrible, but now congress is facing increasing pressure on the administration to do something about the aid. if these americans are not released ready to let it go from the country, there's going to be a significant pressure on the obama administration to cut that aid at least temporarily until this is resolved. there was a military delegation in town last week trying to deal with this. certainly it's going to drag on for several weeks. >> elise, thank you.
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appreciate that. moving on to politics now. mitt romney is feeling good after his second straight win, but newt gingrich is angry at romney's tactics. we'll tack about that next. and later singer and dancer, jody watley. you don't want to ms it. she's going to join me live to remember television pioneer don cornelius. dad, why are you getting that? is there a prize in there?
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morning, and now you're back in new york. >> can you take a moment now and just give me credit. i put on a tie. last week you chastised me about my look. >> and look at jamie. i didn't have to say anything to jamie. he shows up in a tie, dressed appropriately. some people need chastising. a romney victory but today we heard rudy giuliani voice a familiar complaint about romney. both of you listen. >> he's changed his position on virtually everything. he was a traditional moderate republican, strong on fiscal matters, conservative, strong on foreign policy, but basically socially moderate, and he changed all that. >> man. so is mitt romney, will, ever going to be able to escape the flip-flop krid simpcriticism an preventing some conservatives from getting on board with him?
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>> that is probably at the core of the problem. people can't trust him. i have to say last night that narrative i think began to shift. i can't say if nevada is going to translate over to the next couple states, but mitt romney won among people who describe themselves as very conservative, people who describe themselves as very supportive of the tea party. >> can i ask you something? do we -- we talked about women not voting for newt in south carolina and then we talked about the whole, you know, poor comment. i don't care that much about the poor, and now this about the flip-flop. is it something we talk about and the pundits like you and then the voters are like i really don't care about that because it seems they're voting for mitt romney regardless of what rudy giuliani or anybody else says. >> yeah, but look, when you look at this republican field, mitt romney is the obvious choice by default. you look at the alternatives and you go, that's not going to work, that's not going to work. i think that's happening in the voting booth. i think people are saying i guess i'm going to vote for mitt
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romney. all these issues are problems. they see hip as a man they can't seem to trust. it's not that that's not a problem. it's just he's the inevitable guy. >> all right. now it's time for jamie to come in here. jamie, who dressed appropriately, needs to chast e chastisi chastising. the obama camp has consistently gone after mitt romney, never mentioning any other republicans even when newt gingrich was high in the polls. he's now won two battleground states in a row. is that what democrats want? >> well, listen, if that's what we end up with, let's go. you know, looking at mitt romney's campaign is like watching a remake of dr. jekyll and mr. hyde. he is one way -- before he decided to run for president, he was pro-choice, pro-gun control, pro-health care reform, and as soon as he drank that elixir to run for president, he's now anti everything else. if we get mitt romney, we're really salivating because the campaign that they ran against
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kerry in 2004 is going to pale compared to what we run against him in 2012. >> i want to talk more about newt gingrich. he didn't hold back last night, and we were watching it live here, will. he didn't hold back in that post-caucus news conference which was very unusual as well. here is a taste of what he had to say about mitt romney. listen. >> i didn't have any good mechanisms to turn to somebody who was being blatantly dishonest to the entire country as a candidate for president. if you can't tell the truth as a candidate for president, which is, by the way, a charge that's been made by mccain, by fred thompson, by huckabee, if you can't tell the troou as a candidate for president, how can the country possibly expect you to lead as president. >> jamie, watching this, what are democrats thinking? what is the president thinking or his strategists are they're watching newt gingrich last night go after mitt romney this way but then saying i want a
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more positive tone but then he comes out and is very negative against romney? >> i think the theme from last night is newt gingrich really dislikes mitt romney. it's gotten really, really bad. and i think if i had to give romney any advice, it is just don't talk about newt gingrich at all and just continue to run your campaign. because the more he prods gingrich, the more angry he's going to get, and that means he's going to stay there until the end of the race and so if i were romney, i would just be quiet about gingrich and continue to run a campaign. >> so, will, is gingrich -- is he running out of steam by doing this? is he focusing on the wrong person because romney was all obama, obama, obama, and gingrich is romney, romney, romney. >> well, i don't think gingrich is real interested in winning the presidency anymore. i think all he's interested in is denying it to mitt romney. that's not just a reflection of his speech last night, don, which basically is this huge
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massive i hate mitt romney tomorrow from invoking george soros to calling him a liar from start to finish. put it this way, it wasn't presidential. he'll have some strong states in the south but it doesn't add up to 1,144 delegates. but what it can do is deny mitt romney that number of delegates just stringing this thing out and trying to deny it to mitt romney. >> all right. will cane in his necktie, jamie, thank you. you're very appropriate so i don't need to say anything. see you both very soon. appreciate it. coming up, parents in one new york state community want answers about a medical mystery. listen to this town hall meeting. >> i am done listen to you. you guys need to do something. my child, my children, all of them, i run a business in this town. it is not safe. why is it? you need to prove -- >> more from these parents two minutes away. [ male announcer ] this was how my day began.
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a community meeting in leroy, new york, turned ugly after officials told parents a local school was safe despite a group of children developing involuntary twitches and gestures. doctors diagnosed most of the childrens a suffering from conversion disorder a condition induced by stress. some parents suspect the problem is linked to a train derailment 42 years ago that spilled toxic chemicals a few miles from the school. school officials defended science showing no environmental link but enraged parents weren't satisfied.
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>> what i have to do as the superintendent is take the experts -- what the experts are telling me, and the experts are telling me and the data is showing me that there is no environmental cause here linked to this condition. >> you need to prove to us that it is safe to put our children in this school. as a community we need to come together, we need to pull our children out. there's other places we could take them and give them the education they need. you are not doing your job. you are not doing your job. >> i'm not answering questions -- >> i am -- i want people to stand up as parents to fight for the rights of our children. you're not. >> environmental activist erin brockovich is among those investigating whether environmental factors are causing the illnesses. another story making headlines in the medical community, the susan g. komen foundations reversal of a decision to stop giving funds to
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planned parenthood. susan candiotti has more on the two organizations' relationship. >> fallout from the funding flap is far from over. susan g. komen for the cure is known for its races and other events that draw huge crowds and big donations. but those donations may take a dive after komen reinstated its funding for planned parenthood which provides health care for women, including abortion. national right to life says komen will face consequences. urging the anti-abortion movement to stop writing checks to komen. >> when people and women want to run in races, people want to donate to cancer research organizations, they want to support the work they're doing, but they ultimately want to make sure their donations is not going to be going to the nation's largest abortion provider. >> reporter: planned parenthood says abortions total 3% of its health care services. komen says it's funding to
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planned parenthood paid for breast cancer screenings and referrals, not abortion. it doesn't matter says right to life. for a fund-raising juggernaut like komen, what does matter is whether it can win back donors who rallied support for planned parenthood. including a quarter million dollar donation from new york city mayor michael bloomberg. even some of komen's critics, who have questioned its corporate ties, say it was right to restore funding to planned parenthood. >> i don't think komen's job is to make everyone happy. i think our job as breast cancer advocates is to ensure that women's health comes first. women's health needs to come before politics. it needs to come before religious pressure. >> reporter: after alienating those on both sides of the abortion divide in just one week, komen must now try to convince them on focusing on a shared cause, fighting breast cancer. >> thank you very much for that. hundreds of passengers get sick aboard two ships belonging
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want to check your headlines right now. an explosion at a home in washington state has killed three people believed to be josh powell and his two children. a case worker who dropped off his children today reported smelling gas but said she was prevented from entering the house. powell's name has been in the headlines because of a custody battle with the parents of his missing wife, susan powell cox.
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powell said the last time he saw his wife was on a december night in 2009 before he left on a camping trip. an outbreak of illness aboard two florida-based cruise ships. nearly 500 people traveled aboard the rudy princess and crown princess arrived in port this weekend suffering from for row virus infections. the ships have already been cleared, cleaned, and returned to service. a breakthrough resource for people curious about their an sesors, especially those descended from slaves. a new online database has been created featuring the names of 3,000 slaves, slave holders, and freed blacks who once lived in virginia. the resource project has compiled more than 8 million documents through the years, postally from wealthy families. as many as nine people were killed today when a suicide car
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bomb exploded in the southern afghan city of kandahar. the blast occurred near a police headquarters. a doctor at the local hospital said at least five of the victims were police officers. afghan president hamid karzai called the explosion a cowardly act of terror. the pentagon is investigating the death of the highest ranking soldier to die in afghanistan. brigadier general terrence hildner died friday in afghanistan. he was deployed in afghanistan to assist the that i tnato trai mission. helicopters are being used to evacuate thousands threatened by tragic floodwaters. a woman was swept away minutes after she was able to hand off her 7-year-old son. hardest hit is the eastern australian state of queensland. unreasonably warm temperatures for much of the united states. jacqui jeras, i shouldn't say unreasonable, unseasonably.
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nothing is unreasonable to me about warm temperatures. >> i know. in fact, we were looking at this on the break. this beautiful shot of atlanta. >> it's so gorgeous. >> if you could pick a perfect day -- >> wow. >> 70 degrees. isn't it just beautiful. it's still 65 at this hour. should be 55 for a high this time of the year. so you're talking 15 degrees above where you should be and that's really been the rule across much of the rest of the country. it's been a gorgeous weekend for most people. we've been tracking some travel concerns and that's been focusing in on parts of texas into louisiana. we've had a lot of flooding rains in the last couple days. today the rain much lighter but still a lot of swollen rivers. we have been reporting on and off some airport delays in houston but right now those have cleared up. so that's the good news out of all this. there you can see the big picture across the country. really that's the only storm system we're dealing with. we will see a few storms in the week ahead impacting the west coast and parts of the south. and that will be our main focus. almost every else is going to see nice weather. you want to talk strange, don,
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let's talk tropics in february. how about that? believe it or not, we're tracking this system here near the yucatan that shows some tropical characteristics. this could be maybe a little subtropical thing that we're watching, and we have had one other tropical system develop back in 1952. so it's not unprecedented. either way you slice it though, it's going to bring in some nice and much-needed rain across parts of south florida. a couple inches expected here over the next couple of days. so those will be our big weather concerns and maybe i broke my master -- did you hear that? >> what was that? >> i don't know what happened. hopefully it will work next hour. >> i think john king left something on the magic wall back there. >> that could be. >> thanks, jacqui. appreciate it. now to the big stories in the week ahead. from the white house to wall street our correspondents tell w you what you need to know. >> i'm dan lothian at the white house. as italy, the eurozone's third
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largest economy, deals with its economic woes, president obama welcomes its prime minister, mario monte to the white house on thursday. they will talk about a range of issues, but in particular what the italian government is doing to restore market confidence. then on tuesday president obama will host the second white house science fair, a chance to celebrate kids from across the country, but also push initiatives to make sure that more students, not only he can sell in math and science, but also earn degrees in those fields. >> i'm kate bolduan in washington. this week on capitol hill, the house is expected to take up a bill that would explicitly ban insider trading among lawmakers and thousands of executive branch employees. the senate passed its version of the bill with broad bipartisan support last week. and the senate is expecting to vote on a long debated plan to fund the federal aviation administration for four years. the house adopted the measure friday bringing to a close months of negotiations and multiple short-term extensions. this could also be a key week in the negotiations to ebs tend the
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payroll tax cut for a full year as the house/senate conference committee tasked with working out a deal inches closer and closer to their deadline. i'm poppy harlow in new york. following friday's strong jobs report, wall street is gearing up for a slew of corporate earnings. we'll hear from coca-cola, disney, bp, visa, and sprint. there could be a massive foreclosure settlement. state attorneys general have until monday to agree on a deal with the nation's biggest bank that is could be worth as much as $25 billion. it would settle the robo signing scandal of 2010 when we learned that some mortgage servicing companies signed off on foreclosures without checking that all the paperwork was accurate. that's all ahead. we'll keep an eye on that on monday and all the business news of the week on cnn money. all right, thank you, guys. i have been waiting to do this all week, to pay honor and tribute to don cornelius. next, one of the original "soul train" dancers, jody watley. there she is. love the hair, girl. she's going to join me live to talk about the passing of the
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in 1971 don cornelius spent just $400 to film the pilot
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episode of "soul train." that's virtually nothing now and for the next 22 years he became the voice that changed music in america. >> cool and the gang. we think it's one of the baddest things around. it's called "jungle bogey." ♪ get down, get down >> jungle bogey, i remember that but his impact on america was so much bigger than the music. just ask jody watley. you remember her, her dance moves as a regular on the show. take a look. ♪ i know you come a long way, baby ♪ ♪ but you don't need that, no >> that's jody. that's jody dancing. look at her doing the robot right there. over the years, you know, cornelius gave a number of performers their big break. he really hand picked watley to be a member of the group. look at her. go on, girl, with your bad self.
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jody, you and i were talking during the break, we're sad at what happened to don cornelius but we're really celebrating his life and his legacy and, as i said to you, people have been going back, looking at all of these old "soul train" clips and doing the "soul train" line all week because they're honoring him. >> absolutely. what an incredible legacy, great man, trendsetter, pioneer, legend, and so many of us, needless to say, shall very shocked and saddened by his passing but his legacy is incredible and it will live on. >> you knew he had been sick, i'm sure, and when you found out i'm sure it was just unbelievable to you. what ran through your mind? >> well, the first -- i was, you know, shocked, and i had seen don last year. i sat on a panel with him at the grammy museum here in los
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angeles celebrating the 40th anniversary of "soul train" and the first thing i thought of was i was happy that i did have the chance to thank him again. i have been thanking him my whole career, and to let him know how much we all appreciated him and everything -- the doors that he opened for us. >> did you know, jody, back then when you were -- as i'm sure a little pip skek dancing on "soul train" did you have any idea the impact of what you were doing, what don cornelius bass doing? it was watched all over the world? >> we all lived to be on "soul train." it was our culture and, you know, it's where you found out what was hip, what was hot, and when i moved to los angeles with my family, i'm from chicago, it was a dream come true, and that was my goal, i'm going to get on
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"soul train," and to become one of the popular dancers on the show. it was great. but all of us, we did it for free for the love of it. freestyle dancing and it was great. and, again, don made that happen, and as an artist "soul train" was and probably, you know, will always be a place that you could go whether you were hot 100, top 40, top 10, r&b, whatever, "soul train" was always there for black artists so i'm grateful to don for that. >> it was home. i have to ask you this, so you're a dancer, and we saw your dance moves and you doing the robot and all that. then to come back -- there you are. that's jody, y'all, believe it or not. so to come back and perform with shalamar and as a sow le artist,
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that must have been surreal to you. >> don cornelius is the reason shalamar came to be. he had soul train records. he formed it and created it. he had bought a master to a song called "uptown festival." and they didn't have a group -- the single "uptown festival" took off and they needed a group that perform it. don cornelius selected myself and jeffrey daniel to be the group to promote the song because of our popularity, our style, and what he thought was star quality, and his partner didn't want me, but it was don that convinced him that i needed to be in shalamar. again, just very grateful for him, and if you talk to other dancers, we all have stories of how don cornelius was so pivotal
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in our lives and in our careers. >> yeah. on a saturday morning we would watch the osmonds' cartoon and the jacksons' cartoon and band stand and "soul train." >> me, too. >> a lot of people would compare "soul train" and "band stand." they were alike but obviously very different. >> well, "soul train" was, you know, for us, you know, for african-americans, but then -- yeah, for black folks and then it went on to be for the world, you know. i have been around the world and people know "soul train." if they don't know "soul train" they know the "soul train" line. at one time don opened a dance studio in los angeles and i was one of the instructors and got to teach the queen of soul, arena franklin, how to do the robot which was surreal. there's just a lot of great and a lot of good that came out of "soul train" and all the jobs he
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provided for cameramen and talent coordinators. i mean, again, i just really can't say enough. >> yeah. you're maybe not prepared but if there was a song you could sing to don cornelius, what would it be. maybe you can sing us to break if you wouldn't mind. >> oh, my gosh. i don't know what song i would sing, but i know that as he would say and departing, i wish him love, peace, and soul. >> and soul. and you got to do the hair because he would do the soul and the hair and the afro would bounce around. >> and soul, and soul! >> jody watley, you're the best. thank you so much. jody watley is my twitter buddy. it's @jodywatley. >> thank you for having me and just my condolences continue to go to his family, to his sons, and all of us and those who he
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impacted and touched in such a positive way. >> thank you, jody. we'll chat on twitter. see you later. you take care of yourself. moving on now, a new kind of sea animal. well, this thing gives new meaning to the -- look at that. holy cow. is that a shrimp? prawn? jumbo shrimp?
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we are going to go globe trekking now in our top story as we go our globe trekking. freezing temperatures are paralyzing parts of europe and creating stunning scenes, scary situations. 29 people have died in poland. that's alone. cnn's international editor joins me now. how many deaths has this weather caused? >> across europe 300. over 300 and the death toll keeps rising, don. some of the most deaths we have seen have been out of poland and ukraine. and this is unprecedented really in decades. they haven't seen pictures like this or weather like this for that matter. but this is heathrow airport. this is earlier today. they canceled 30% of their flights, and one other image i want to bring up, what i want to talk about is bosnia in sarajevo.
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i talked to a resident who said residents literally have to dig out tunnels to get out of their homes. >> goodness. >> they saw like 43 inches of snowfall. this is the worst they have seen since 1999. and it's not going to end anytime soon. >> they're getting our cold weather. >> because we have warm weather. >> we have these unseasonably warm temperature. >> look at this car just spinning out of control. this is from earlier this week. >> we're going to follow that. >> this is a more positive angle. the mannequin bronze statue of a young boy urinating. officials turned off the water because of subzero temperatures and they were afraid it will damage its internal mechanisms. moving on. >> saudi arabia, a woman suing so she can drive. >> i just want to point out in saudi arabia there's no traffic law that specifies or it makes it illegal for women to drive. it's more of a religious edict
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that makes it -- is interpreted as a prohibition. but that being said, this woman who has been on our air before, she's really in the forefront of the women a woman, who's been on our air before, is really at the forefront of this movement to drive in saudi arabia. we had video of her in may and after that she was detained. i want to look at that footage. this is the youtube video that she posted of herself driving. >> she's just driving. then after this video got out she was detained? >> she was detained for nine days. she applied for a driver's license after this. she was denied. she went forward and said i'm going to sue. now where things stand with her case is that she's -- they gave -- she hasn't heard from them and she's filed an objection now with the general director of traffic in riyadh. >> let's listen. >> we have a saying in arabic -- the rain starts with a drop.
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so this thing is really symbolic thing for us women driving. but it basically very insignificant right for us. >> insignificant right but a big step forward if they are able to make this happen. we have to move on real quickly though. this looks like a big shrimp. >> it is a super giant. that's what it is called. it is a trustation. it is a foot long. never before have they found six of them like this before off the coast of new zealand. they scavenge the bottom of the ocean and find debris and stuff like that. >> that would take a lot of cocktail sauce. that's like $5 footlong shrimp. thank you. up next here on cnn, an atlanta man devotes his time and energy to give teens an alternative to gang life and there's even a movie about it. hs are those great-tasting little o's made from carefully selected oats that can help lower cholesterol.
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an atlanta man who became fed up with gangs in his neighborhood and young victims dying decided to quit his
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corporal job and devote his time to giving teens a positive alternative to to the destructive lifestyle. he's also bringing awareness to the big screen in a documentary called "if streets could talk." dominique stokes says he understands the plight of today's youth because he was once an at-risk teen himself. >> the month of september i've visited four memorials. young kids that were murdered under the age of 17. one of the reasons why i wanted to start a program, because myself growing up as an at-risk youth, there were many kids our kids were lackinlacking, resour. right now there are over a million gang members. it is a virus that's going around not only in our city, our state, but throughout this nation. most recently, i decided we actually want to venture out into doing films that's called "if streets could talk." we are raising awareness about
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the mindset of gang activity, trying to understand why young kids are joini ing gangs and wh can we do to help. there are several reasons why kids join gangs. they want a sense of belonging, they want it be a part of something. they'd rather be a part of something than nothing. so when i go in, those are the kind of things that we talk about and i give them alternatives. by showing them the business, what we do. that's a very basic concept that can put money in their pocket if they can take it from this level and turn it into a business where they have -- they are able to generate income not only for their community but for their family. we start off with the very basics. we teach them about work ethics. we show them how important it is to be dependable, to -- we teach them about integrity, about character. so through our program they learn from day one how to develop a business plan. >> i've been in the program
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approximately two years and i just got more insight about everything. >> people enjoy it. so the kids have a great time. >> people come through, oh, italian ice, and the fact i give it to them makes me happy. >> i have a positive male figure in my life which is a great thing. >> working with youth is my passion. this is something that i will be doing for the rest of my life. next on cnn, breaking news out of washington state. three people have been killed in an explosion at a home of josh powell. you might remember his wife susan powell cox went missing in 2009. that's next. ask me.
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