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putting $100 on forcing a fumble, $100 on a sack, $1,000 on a big hit. to them that's acceptable. but the problem here is that the league says even that is a violation of league rules. >> i want to bring in ed lavandera who joins us again in new orleans who is on the phone. ed, do we have any response or reaction from the saints? >> reporter: no, not yet. we're obviously in the process of working on that as we speak, and obviously this is a huge setback for them as i think you guys have been talking about. the saints head coach sean payton essentially gone for the entire season. so this will be a situation where they'll have to kind of rearrange how they do business for this upcoming season, and this will be a topic of heated debate here in the city of new orleans. sean payton has been a beloved figure ever since the saints won the super bowl after the 2009 season in the years after hurricane katrina. sean payton and quarterback drew
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brees, you know, were the faces of this team and in the city for a team that had done so much to kind of bring this city out of the doldrums here. so the punishment against him, i think, will be a hot topic of debate here in the city. >> a lot of people, new orleans saints being one of my favorite teams having my family being from new orleans. culturally it is a part of that community there. do we know if any of the players are also going to be suspended, if there's going to be any kind of punishment for the players as well? >> reporter: there's no question that players will be punished somehow, but in this statement that's just been released by the nfl it says discipline for the players is still being looked at, and none of those announcements will be made today. that will come at a later time. if this is any indication as to what some of these players might expect, i mean, these are stiff, stiff punishments that have been handed down by the nfl and i wouldn't be surprised if what is
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levied against some of these players is right along these lines. they're kind of getting a taste of the medicine that's about to come their way. >> all right. >> suzanne, if i can, one of the reasons they may be delaying discipline against the players is if that the players association is currently conducting its own investigation of this, and so the league may wait until the players association has concluded its investigation before it proceeds with disciplining the players. >> and, jim, i want to ask you, does this sound like this is an expected and reasonable punishment, what you expected when you see this kind of behavior, or does it look like they're trying to make them an example for the rest of the league and the rest of those teams? >> i believe both. i believe that they're definitely trying to make an example of them because, look, according to roger goodell and the league's statement previously that sean payton and mickey loomi ieloomis were warn
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was going on and they were told to stop it and they never stopped it. from the league's standpoint they have to come down hard and make an issue of these guys. in the climate of the nfl today with the focus on concussions and brain trauma, the league has to be concerned about lawsuits that come forward from players down the road. if players can prove there were these bounty systemings where players were going after players attempting to injury them with the blessing of their teams, then all of a sudden the league has a problem on its hands. so i believe that's why roger goodell and the league wants to be so tough in this area and i believe that's why they came down so hard on sean payton, mickey loomis and the stants. >> finally, way tonight clarify this, do you believe this is something that is isolated within this team itself and they just got caught because there was a paper trail or do you believe this is more widespread within the league? >> it depends what we're talking
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about. if we're talking about rewarding players for things like forced fumbles, big hits, it goes on on almost every team, but it does not go on on every team where you specifically set out to injury a player or you reward players for injuring an opponent or having an opponent carted off the field. all of the players i have talked to say that that crosses the line, but in terms of rewarding players under the table for forced fumbles, sacks, interceptions, big hits, those sorts of things, almost every player i have talked to has told me it goes on on every team. >> jim trotter, ed lavandera, thank you both of you very much. we're going to have a follow-up of this story as soon as we get more information. keystone pipeline extension is back on the fast track, or at least part of it is. sources say the president wants to cut the red tape holding back the construction of the southern portion of this pipeline that is coming from canada. so want you to check out the map here and see what it's all about. the part where the green arrow is pointing, that's the part of the pipeline the president wants
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to speed up. now, the goal essentially to bring down oil prices in the long term, maybe shoot down some of the attacks coming from republican candidates on the campaign trail as well. the problem is there's still a big chunk of the pipeline that has to go through some fragile terrain that could threaten an important water source. dan lothian is joining us from the white house to talk about what this all means and potentially why the white house did this in the first place. dan, we know that a lot of environmentalists, they're going to be quite upset and disappointed with the president about this -- what looks like a change in direction here. is there any concern that he loses their support in a really critical time during the campaign? >> reporter: well, as one political observer said, you know, the base isn't going to run and vote for mitt romney or another republican. they'll stick by the president, but clearly not happy about this. they had been pleased, as you pointed out, that the president did reject the northern part of this pipeline, which would flow
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from canada into the united states, but not happy about this latest move which is to embrace the pipeline that would move oil from cushing, oklahoma, down to texas, the gulf coast there for this oil to be refined. but the bottom line here is the white house realizes that there's some negative poll numbers out there surrounding the high gas prices that americans are very concerned, so they want the president to go out there and to show his long-term vision for good energy policy. although we do know that this pipeline, at least in the short term, will have no direct impact on gas prices. >> is this enough to quiet some of the republicans who have really been hammering the president's energy policy? >> you know, it really isn't because what they're pointing out is on the one hand the president is rejecting the northern part of this pipeline that they believe would have created jobs, but yet he's embracing this southern part of
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the pipeline, a part that really the president has no control over since it's a domestic pipeline. he has no control over approving it, and, in fact, a spokesperson for speaker john boehner's office saying, only -- this is a desperate administration would inject the president of the united states into this trivial matter. going on to say this portion of the pipeline is being built in spite of the president, not because of him. so this just makes this whole situation even more political, suzanne. >> not surprising. all right. dan, thank you. a rundown of some of the stories we're covering over the next hour. first today, twitter turning six. are we better off now that we live in a world where people can share their ever waking moment with the rest of the world? and actor sean penn was slammed by some in the media for traveling to haiti after the earthquake to try to lend a hand. well, now he's getting recognition for his efforts. and then it's a pill you can find in any medicine cabinet anywhere and it may also now be
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from his grandfather who helped and even housed civil rights leaders like medgar evers and dr. martin luther king, jr. it was before smith was even born back in the '60s when 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 video, the surveillance video, what was your reaction? >> certainly breathtaking, unbelievable. thought about the fact that that could have been anyone, including myself. >> reporter: the district attorney has charged daryl deadman, the teen driving the truck that killed anderson, with capital murder.
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a second teen, john rice, has been charged with simple assault. five other white teenagers 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 invisible line that seems to separate black mississippi from white. and while in jackson anderson's killing has prompted marches and a call for healing, in brandon the reaction has been mostly silent.
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>> drew griffin joins us with this hearing that's taking place, and, drew, it's really when you hear the story, it's kind of hard to understand and believe, but this was a group of teenagers who went looking, right, for a black man and ended up beating him up and then running the car over him afterwards? >> right. what was so heinous about this crime and why it immediately appeared to be -- nothing but a hate crime was these kids basically went on a hunt. they went hunting for a black person to mess with. that's by their own words, by their own words told to police, by witnesses. they found a black guy, they beat him up and daryl deadman was charged with driving over him and killing him as kind of like a last step in that night. now, today we understand daryl deadman will plead guilty to murder in hinds county criminal court, and we're not quite sure of the sentencing. we're getting this from sources, but we expect this case to have even more ramifications down the road. >> do we know anything about the other teenagers who were involved in this and what
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happens with them? >> one other teenager was charged criminally with simple assault. that's in a hinds county court. what we understand is the federal government has been in on this pretty early. the department of justice has been looking at the entire case and the history of all seven of these teenagers who left a party, drove 20 miles or so to find a black person to beat up, and from our sources we understand tomorrow those five remaining teenagers and mr. deadman and possibly mr. rice will all appear in a federal court or be charged in a federal court with some type of hate crime violations. >> and what is the family looking for? is this going to satisfy them when they hear this? >> the family is looking for justice involving all the cases. you heard the sister's frustration at the court hearing where the others weren't charged. it's our understanding that the family is on board with this. they never wanted the death penalty for daryl deadman. they just wanted justice and they wanted all of those who
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deliberately took part in this act to be charged. it appears they will be satisfied with what takes place tomorrow. we'll know that tomorrow when there's a news conference in the afternoon. >> and, drew, speak about the community. how has this impacted the community? >> it is really a tale of two communities, quite frankly. you have a white town where these teenagers came from which has been somewhat nonchalant about the event calling these guys a bunch of bad apples, and then you have the town of jackson which is just outraged that a group of teenagers anywhere in mississippi could have the hatred inside them that they would literally drive 20 miles or so just to find a neighborhood that has a black person that they could beat up. it was really that deliberate according to all of the police reports we've seen. >> all right. drew, we'll be following this story very closely and again thank you. excellent reporting. >> thanks. remember the day when you can enjoy perhaps, i don't know, a beautiful day, a delicious meal and you didn't have to have
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your twitter feed clogged up hearing about it from everybody else? but twitter turns 6 today. are we really better off? we'll talk about that next. by the way, you can follow me on twitter @suzannemalveaux. available seating for up to seven people to take everyone, and the grip of available all-wheel drive to go everywhere. think of it as a search engine helping you browse the real world. this march, get no extra charge third-row seating plus 0% financing on dodge journey.
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all right. 300 million users. today they're all hoping to mark a milestone as twitter turns 6 years old. phil hahn has more on the twitter time line. >> reporter: 6 years old today and twitter keeps on growing. on this day in 2006, co-creator jack dorsey tweeted these five words --. back then users had to send in tweets via text. there's been a radical transf m transatitransfor transformation from phones to computers. in many ways the charge over recent years was led by text savvy celebs like ashton kutcher. >> if i beat cnn to 1 million followers, i will literally go
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and ding dong ditch ted turner's house while nooim atlanta. >> the current title goes to justin bieber. other cleelebrities have endors products and even had public meltdowns. >> aren't there moments where a guy crashes, like, oh, my god, it's all my mom's fault. shut up. >> reporter: politicians have signed up to twitter, too. president obama held the first ever twitter town hall at the white house last year. the hash tag ask obama was quickly a top trend. jim goi >> i am going to make history here as the first president to live tweet. >> reporter: unfortunately, things don't go to plan for everyone, especially when you tweet photos like this. congressman anthony weiner was caught out online in this twitter scandal. it got so bad it cost hip his job. >> today i am announcing my
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resignation from congress. >> reporter: and some tweeters have gone from unknowns to something of a star overnight. during the raid by u.s. forces, a lone pakistani man happened to be tweeting what he was wearihe. only later did he realize what had just happened. >> united states has conducted an operation that killed osama bin laden, the leader of al qaeda. >> another unknown tweeter flung into the spotlight. in january 2009 he tweeted the first photo of a us airways plane that had landed in the hudson. twitter had become the place to go for breaking news. but perhaps the most revolutionary role of twitter was its role in the arab spring. from bahrain to egypt, millions turned to twitter to organize protests, share information, and help bring down leaders. happy birthday, twitter. phil han, cnn, london.
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from trading to posting, liking, disliking, all words we live by, millions of people have combined to create this kind of new reality. i want to bring in psychologist wendy walsh who joins us from los angeles. i have to admit, i got on facebook and twitter kicking and screaming. my first tweet was back in 2009. i wrote at the white house. obama to meet with nato head in a few hours. big story, obama's trip on the hill to sell his budget. tough sell. i mean, that one was kind of dry, but that was my effort at getting involved in all of this. i mean, in some ways it's good. it's great. it gives us a way to reach out to the viewers, to get their feedback, collect news, but what are the drawbacks here? >> well, there are some downsides. by the way your first tweet was much better than mine. i think mine was, does this work? so basically what it's doing is in some ways helping keep us
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connected but we're not really -- we're in touch but we're not touching anything tender. these limits of 140 characters means that it becomes a moving billboard of who our performance personality, our public perso l personality. it also creates a kind of attention deficit disorder as you will because we're always checking or attached to our smartphone as a leash now, afraid we're going to miss out on something. and it becomes addictive because it's a random interval reward system just like a slot machine in vegas. every once in a wile hiles it p off with a good tweet. >> have we become more shallow in communicating with 140 characters? >> i think we have. we've become more shallow when we're also believing our own press, if you will. the good side of that is that, you know, as studies have shown, when people check their facebook and twitter profiles regularly, they tend to have less depression and they tend to have higher self-esteem because, of course, we only put the best pictures of us out there and we only say the most wonderful
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things about us, right? or our friends, if we say something negative, like i'm having a bad day, you have friends saying we love you. it helps you feel good. >> is there a downside to that? i mean, do we become more narcissistic and self-absorbed when we put out these pictures, we're douming and posting all these things? does it alter our reality in some way? >> some of the recent research coming out is showing really it's just a reflection of who we are anyway, our personality. in other words, extroverts are more likely to use twitter and facebook. there are a lot of people on facebook i call watchers. they're just watchers and lurkers. they don't really comment. they're not really extroverts. the kind of personality we have is very reflective in how we use social networking. this is 6 years old now. do you think this is going to last a long time? are we at this point where, you know, we're in it and this is the way it is or could this go away at some point?
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>> i think it's going to last. it's going to grow bigger. i think most of the social networking eventually my prediction are going to merge in some way so it will be one push, one tweet that goes out to five or six places. that's already happening with some of the software out there. but the danger is people don't pick up their phones anymore. they're not talking. they're not even listening to voice mail. so the fact that the younger generation are only having text-based relationships really reduces their relationship skills. so i feel that the survival of the smartest, if you will, in the next generation will be those people who can still talk and touch and get all the messages that you get through body language and smell and vocal tone and everything else. >> all right. one of the things, wendy, that twitter is good with is actually getting news, and i do want you to know and our viewers to know we are getting some news. this is from a tweet. the official jets twitter account, the new york jets now saying they have just announced they have agreed on a trade with denver broncos a for quarterback
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tim tebow. that's right. that's coming from their tweet right there, getting it firsthand that he's going to the new york jets. there you go. all right. >> big news. the big news. >> thank you, wendy. appreciate it. >> thanks. going to take a quick break. i don't want healthy skin for a day. i want healthy skin for life. [ female announcer ] don't just moisturize. improve the health of your skin with aveeno daily moisturizing lotion. the natural oatmeal formula goes beyond 24-hour moisture. it's clinically proven to improve your skin's health in one day, with significant improvement in 2 weeks. for healthy, beautiful skin that lasts.
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here is a rundown on some of the stories we are working on. his death has sparked outrage across the country. what does trayvon martin's story mean for other african-american teens? ashton kutcher has conquered the twitter verse and now he wants to take on outer space. and pink slime. the shooting death of trayvon martin hits home for african-american families. some families prepare their boys with instructions on how to react if stopped by police, even
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how to behave in public. corey is a national correspondent at npr and he posted an article about this very subject. he's joining us from washington. corey, good to see you. joining us from new york, blogger michael skullnick. he's written a powerful article on his blog, global grind.com, entitled white git uy in a hood. his position is white guys even wearing a hoodie never look suspicion. >> corey, i want to start with you. you wrote this very powerful article and you say your parents gave you the talk, if you will, when you were growing up, a list of things that as a black man you should never do, and you outline this. you say never loiter outside anywhere. never leave a store without a shopping bag. never go anywhere alone. never talk back to police. and never doubt that trouble may strike anytime, anywhere. corey, why did you get that talk? why did they tell you that? >> well, i think part of it was informed by my parents' upbringing.
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my father was raising in the segregated south. my mother was raised in the midwest in an integrated environment but she still experienced racism. so coming to washington, d.c., it was at a time when i grew up born and raised in washington, d.c., about a mile outside the city. it came at a time when the murder rate in d.c. was the highest in the nation, crack epidemic was just sweeping that city and many other urban cities, so there were all these challenges. on top of that, you also had perceptions out there, and the sort of golden rule that my parents gave me was that i have to essentially control for other people's perceptions of me, and that's sort of where it started. >> and corey, did you ever have any problems? were you ever confronted by police or neighbors or people who felt you were suspicious when you grew up? >> i was. i was a quote, unquote, normal kid, had a normal experience. i was comfortable in many
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different racially mixed environments, but i certainly had my run-ins with police. i have been stopped because i fit the description of a suspect they were looking for. i tell the story, the account in my story about my brother being descended upon by police officers because he was at his car in a subdivision where we were visiting and the circumstances there were much like -- or similar to trayvon martin's circumstances. but you name it, being suspicious as a customer in a store. being suspicious in an elevator. seeing a woman sort of grab her purse a little bit tighter just as soon as i stepped on. >> corey, i want to bring in michael. michael, in your blog you describe a very different experience as a white person, and you write, i will never look suspicious even if i have a black hoodie, a pair of jeans, and white sneakers on. no matter how much the hoodie covers my face or how baggie my jeans are, i will never look out of place to you.
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why do you suppose that you're given the benefit of the doubt? >> well, i'm given the benefit of the doubt because of the color of my skin opinion i think what corey is saying, you know, i wore a black hoodie and a pair of jeans and white sneakers on sunday walking around new york city, and i could put my hand out and a taxicab bill stop. i can walk on the street and no woman would ever grab her purse in fear of me. i could go to a restaurant and no one is going to ask me to pay before i eat. trayvon martin had the same outfit i had on, a hoodie, a pair of jeans, and a pair of white sneakers. it wasn't about what he wore, it was the color of his skin. no one would ever stop me as i'm walking through a neighborhood no matter what i have on and say what are you doing here? no one will call 911 and say he looked suspicious. i wrote this people challenging my people, white people, that we have a choice. i was given a hand and the card came out of the deck and i came out a white man in america. i'm not ashachmed of it, i'm no
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guilty, but i have a choice. and my choice is to stand up for trayvon martin and say his death will affect me. if i'm quiet, two weeks ago my white colleagues and white friends were vtweeting about joseph kony but four days ago we were quiet and i don't want to be quiet. >> how do you take the burden off corey and others like corey because they're saying the burden is for us to act different to reassure people they're okay in the neighborhood. how do you put the burden back on people who are suspicious of black teens? >> we need an honest conversation about race. my thoughts and prayers are with the family of trayvon martin. this will happen again unless we have an honest conversation about race. this is racial profiling at its worst. it's happening all across this
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country. it's happening to young black men every single day walking through white communities, walking through black communities, walking through mixed communities. so i think that we have to have an honest conversation about race and white people, frankly, have to come to the table and be honest. i'm privileged. i'm white, i'm a man, i'm american. i'm privileged. i know i'm privileged. i don't have the same experiences as corey. >> and, corey, just if i can end this with you, the kinds of things that your parents said to you never do, these rules, are you passing them down, will you pass them down to your own children? do you think that's still necessary today? >> i am a father. i am a father of a daughter, but to some degree, yes, i will pass them down. i think they will be informed by my own personal experiences which are a little different from my parents', but those lessons have already begun. >> all right. thank you very much, both of you, for being so candid. corey as well as michael, really appreciate it. >> you're welcome. >> thank you, suzanne. sean penn, he got a lot of flack from some folks for
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oscar winner sean penn about to win another award. this is sean penn the activist, right? >> that's right, suzanne. the often controversial sean penn is making headlines again but in a good way this time. it's for his charitable work. you see next month penn will be recognized by a group of nobel peace prize when einners. this year the peace summit award will go to penn. he's a founder of the j.p. haitian relief organization which managed a camp for 50,000 people left without homes
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following the 2010 earthquake. the agency is still working in haiti to help lift the country out of poverty and penn insists he's there for the long haul. the actor activist issued a statement saying i am thrilled to receive this tribute and to offer it to the youth of haiti, the strong women. >> what about ashton kutcher? i understand you have something about him going into space. is that right? >> for a mere 200 grand, can you believe that? he signed on to become the 500th passenger on richard branson's commercial space program. >> really? >> yes, virgin galactic. branson announced the news on his blog writing, i gave ashton a quick call to congratulation and welcome him. he's as thrilled as we are at the prospect of being among the first to cross the final
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frontier. branson's space program hasn't sent anyone into orbit just yet but he says they're in the final stages of production on their spacesh spaceship. the billionaire and his family plan to be the first passengers on board. there are other reported celebrities who signed up to take off into space like brad and angelina, tom hanks, katy perry. 200 grand, that's a lot of money. >> i will just wait for others to do it first. >> we'll see how it goes. >> exactly. >> i'm with you. >> we'll stay down here on earth. don't forget to catch "showbiz tonight" on hln week nights at 11:00 p.m. eastern. so there is something going bump in the night in this wisconsin town where these loud mysterious booms got everybody
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do you have some ideas? is this real? >> of course, it's real. they're hearing it. it's happening. windows are rattling, the pipes are shaking, things like that, but it's odd that it's only happening in one town. we're trying to put a phenomenon. is it really because there's no snow on the ground. it's been 85 degrees. could that have anything to do with it? but you would think it just wouldn't be the northeast part of one town in northeastern wisconsin that's doing this, right? there would be other places. so i think it's manmade. i honestly do. i think something underground is rattling, going bump in the night. things go bump in the night, not bang in the night. that's the odd thing. but some guy was in charlottesville about a week before the earthquake that hit virginia and d.c. and he heard booms in the middle of the nift and a week later there was the big earthquake that even managed the washington monument, so it could be something rumbling, something almost getting ared to crack. they don't think it's part of the sewer system. here is what they've ruled out or at least they could rule back in i suppose. but they ruled it out so far.
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they have ruled out earthquake activity, water or sewer systems. they've ruled out elevated gas levels and blasting or mining because there really isn't any in the area, and usual drilling, we don't know of anything called fracking in the area, nothing so far. no businesses or any military installations have close. so what could it be? gas maybe escaping from the ground. i would think that would sound more like a his than a boom. a rock burst which means rocks are cracking just to stress but not sliding so not an earthquake. and the earth can do strange things we don't even know about. you can google it, it's called seneca guns, and it's happened in upstate new york for decades. >> yeah. i was going to ask you has this happened anywhere else besides this town? >> other than that one guy who heard it in virginia before the earthquake, it does happen. it's happened in the carolinas, it's happened in new york, and it happens overseas. >> how long is it going to happen? will they have to deal with this for a while? >> maybe. and it wakes them up.
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people have been tweeting me saying it's because it's quiet at night. there's something going on in the night. maybe a pump in the water system. i don't know. but i think it's manmade. >> or extraterrestrial. you never know. >> it could be. >> thank you, chad. >> i'm not ruling anything out. >> i'm not either. if you eat ground beef, you might be eating something known as pink slime. that's right. a major grocery chain says it's going to stop selling it now. ♪
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people repulsed by this? >> pink slime is something we companies put into maes as you said, as a filler and it's a combination of connective tissue and trimmings. so the public has come to call it pink slime. a lot of people say it's more dangerous as regular meat. the industry calls it lean, finely texture d baef. costco, safeway, whole foods among others have decided to just not -- and say in the future they'll take it off their shelves. >> and this pink slime, you referred to it as the kind of meat that's engaged in fee call matter and all this other kind of -- >> i'm going to quote a senator on fee call matter because he put it better than i have ever could. let's look at what bob mendez from new jersey wrote. concerned about pink slime.
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he said the leftover scraps, in other words, the stuff in pink slime come from parts of the cow with high exposure to fee call matter. so that's his concern. that's why they treat this pink slime with something called ammonium hydroxide to get rid of any kind of, you know, infection in the meat. the senator says that they don't -- that doesn't always work. and he says you're still getting a higher infection rate from pink slime an you would from other cuts of meat. >> so the fda says this is safe. why is it now stores are saying we don't want this stuff anymore. >> i think basically some people don't trust the fda. it appears senator mendez does not trust the fda. i think other folks, bloggers, people who write about food, people who write about food safety. i mean, this has become a big deal. so these food companies would rather say, you know, fda i know you say it's safe, but frankly our customers are getting worried about this, let's just not go there anymore. >> how do you know if there's pink slime in your food. >> you don't. i've been told if you have a
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hum hunk of hamburger with pink slime and a hunk without it you do not know the difference and it does not have to be labelled. >> and you can't find out? >> if you go to one of these stores that says they're getting rid of it. that would give you some level of assurance it's not there, but i will say, if you go to safeway now, it can still be on the shelves. they say they're going to get rid of it, you know, they're working on it. >> thank you. you're ruining my appetite. thank you, elizabeth. appreciate it. >> parents, we want you to be aware. the number of children dying from medication poisonings is on the rise, includes prescription and over-the-counter drugs. there's a new report by safe kids worldwide that says each day roughly four school bus loads of american children, about 165 kids are seen in emergency rooms after getting into medications. most of those happen when young children are unsupervised.
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are to blame for some of the killing, the torture and executions. i want you to see this report. this is from anwar damon. i have to warn you, there are some graphic images. >> the battle for syria is getting uglier. this man is allegedly up with of the much feared government militia. captured and interrogated by the free syrian army. he's accused of lying and then his interrogator asks someone to bring the electricity machine. this video was uploaded in september. there have been many more since. this one posted to youtube in january. sgen, the men in the video identify themselves as being with the free syrian army. hanged from a tree, a man they say is the deadliest. they say he killed unarmed demonstrators, so they killed him. summary justice. in another video from january, a bruised and bloodied man is identified as a member of the
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air force intelligence battalion, based in homs. he is interrogated. clearly under duress the man says he killed people for demonstrating against president assad, that he slaughter ed people. what do you request before you die? for god's sake, please. though not widespread at this stage, it's a trend that worries human rights watch which has asked the syrian national council to condemn kidnappings and the use of torture by regime opponents. there's also a growing sectarian edge to syrian's violence. in january, cnn met a alowite family that said they fled from homs after being threatened for supporting the assad regime. hue map rights watch also said it collected evidence that certain armed attacks by opposition groups were mote va elevatored by anti-shia or
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anti-alowite sentiments. the release goes on to state, the syrian government's brutal tactics cannot justify abuse by opposition groups. the groups say it doesn't compare to the atrocities of the regime. >> you can not expect those who have lost family members, who have seen their wives being raped, their children being slaughtered to remain rational and remain thinking about every action they made. >> but the syrian opposition so splintered, hatred against the government and its supporters running deeper by the day. such abuses will be difficult to prevent. arwan damon, cnn, beirut. >> we're going to get you caught up eneverything making news this
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hour "rapid fire." so let's go. at this hour, the naacp calling for the resignation of the police chief in sanford, florida. that's a town where a neighborhood watchman shot a 17-year-old african-american, claiming self-defense. and a congresswoman made the same demand on the house floor just today. there will be much, much more on this story in just a few minutes here on cnn. we're closely monitoring a standoff between french police and a man suspected of gunning down three jewish schoolchildren, a rabbi and three french soldiers. french police have surrounded an apartment where the suspect is holed up. the suspect is an al jihadist who traveled between the border region of pakistan and afghanistan to train with al qaeda. the nfl suspended coach sean payton for one year without pay for his role in a so-called bounty program.
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online safety tips for members. the companies are urging other online dating sites to join the fight. the agreement was prompted by a case we have covered right here in cnn. a woman was sexually attacked by a man she met. she later searched the internet and found he hsh convicted of an earlier sexual assault. it's good to see you. can you tell us what happened to you and where is the attacker now. >> well, the attacker is in jail. what happened is on a second date, he raped me. and i didn't realize he was previously convicted of sexual battery six times. i found that out on the internet and then reported him to the police. >> how are you doing today, carol? >> i'm doing good. i'm really happy the attorney
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general has followed our lead and made it safer for online dating. >> you didn't ask for any money, you just wanted background screening. so i would imagine the agreement that was made from the online dating sites, it's good for you, as you said, but does it go far enough, do you think? or is it just the beginning? >> well, i think it already elevates the level of dating and safety that's on dating sites. and it's a big step. what we did was just the beginning and it has had a domino effect and i think it will have an effect throughout the whole industry, which is what we want. so to be safe for everybody. >> often times when you step out front on issues like this, other people will come to you and say hey, something similar happened to me. did that happen to you? and were you surprised by the number of people? if they did come forward, who came forward to you. >> yes, they did. i originally was a jane doe, it
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came forward and changed the case and made it more personal. so people did come forward and tell me their stories. >> were you able to date after this happened to you? >> i have, but i haven't done online dating. >> ooze ha it paid off for you in a relationship? is there good fuse you would like to share? >> still looking for love and i'm confident i'll find it. >> looking for love in all the right places? >> exactly. but now i can go online. it's safer. >> now it is the thing to do and people tout it and say hey, i have a profile online. if you know anyone, show them my profile. do you have any advice for folks? >> well, i think you just have to be cautious a little bit. don't give out too much information right away. and go slow and make sure that the person, you know, meets yo
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>> it's the case con suling america right now. george zimmerman said he fired in self-defense back on february 26, but this gathering of protesters in florida last night shows that many people do not believe zimmerman. anyone is called to step forward who feels mistreated by the sanford police who have yet to arrest zimmerman. now the naacp leader is calling for the police chief to resign. the president of the naacp is going to join me here in the next hour. 800,000 signatures and counts in this online petition, demanding zimmerman's arrest. that message has made it all the way to washington. that's frederica wilson holding up a sign. it says trayvon murderer still at large, days with no arrest -- 25. and the city of sanford is
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feeling the pressure, too. today the city manager released a letter responding to the firestorm. follow along with me. he writes that the police chief billie provided the answers, right? why was george zimmerman not arrested the night of the shooting. and this is important. follow along with me as i read this. when the sanford police department arrived at the scene, he said, of the incident, mr. zimmerman provided a statement saying he acted in self-defense, which at the time was supported by physical evidence and testimony. by florida statute, law enforcement was prohibited from making an arrest based on the facts and circumstances they had at the time. they had at the time. additionally, when any flifr makes an arrest for any reason, the officer must swear and affirm that he/she is making the arrest in good faith and with probable cause. if the arrest is done maliciously and in bad faith, the officer and the city may be
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held liable. cnn's john zarrella live for us right now in sanford. so they are responding, and as we understand, john, there is a hush going on in the entire area. except for the neighbors and people outraged. you've seen the whole thing. is there anything that stands out to you about this letter? >> yeah, you know, don, when you read that over. the one that you pointed out, absolutely. i picked that up right away as well. i thought that was pretty significa significant. and also, what was it that zimmerman was saying was his self-defense? if you read in there, zimmerman claims in his statement to police that he was walking back to his truck to await police, the arrival of police. he said he had already called police at that point, he had gone back to his truck to await
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his arrival. and he claims that's when he was attacked by trayvon martin. that's his defense, that's his self-defense claim. and this is really about in the body of this letter the first time we had actually been hearing exactly what zimmerman is claiming with his self-defense. >> that's in the letter. but george zimmerman, no one has heard from him. the police department are the only people who have spoken from him. reporters, no one. he's gone dark. any other response from him other than what you saw in this letter? >> no, none at all. and that is true. in fact, we talked to someone today who lives in the neighborhood there and i asked him, have you talked to mr. zimmerman? he said no. i said where is mr. zimmerman? he said i don't know, he's gone underground is the way it was put to me. so we assume the police can go get to him very quickly if need be, but no one as far as i know has spoken to h him and no one
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out in the general public know where is he is. >> no spokesperson, no attorney representing him saying -- -- you know, standing up for him, nothing. >> no, not at this point. we have no indication that he has legal representation. . >> let's talk about this. i have heard other news organizations play it, enhance it, and there are some people who have some pretty strong stances on this particular thing. there's many reports about a racial slur made on the 911 call that zimmerman made to police on the night of the shooting. let's talk about that and talk about what we are doing as well as a network as it comes to that. so tell us about that comment, allegationed comment on 911, john? >> within the body of the 911 call, some people are saying and reporting that there may have been a racial slur uttered by mr. zimmerman during that call. cnn has had half a dozen of its
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audio people listen to that 911 call and there is nowhere in there that anyone can really, clearly say george zimmerman actually said -- >> let me stop you there. no one can clearly say that he, in fact, did say this racial slur f-ing rimes with boom. but other reporters say they have sent it to analysts and that's what it said. that's not our reporting, but we're not able to confirm that's exactly what he said. >> that's correct. and even the police department, the cnn asked the police department here yesterday and the police department said look, we do not know exactly what was said there in that portion of the tape that's been brought into question. >> right. and it's out there. i just wanted to say that. but again, cannot confirm. he says it under his breath
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allegedly, but policed missed it in the beginning and said we didn't hear it. and again we can't confirm. we've had lots of people listen to it and no one can make it out. but other reporters say they have ent is it to analysts and that's what they have said. trayvon martin's death has intensified the criticism of the stand your ground law which allows someone to kill in self-defense. first, let's talk about the basics of this case which is the stand your ground law and what it says. if you look at what the city manager says, he says listen, in order to arrest someone, there have to be a certain number of circumstances there. and this didn't rise to that level. and part of that have would imagine is the stand your ground law. >> right. and good afternoon, don. stand your ground isn't really self-defense.
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but it takes it outside the home and the rules for not having to retreat to safety if somebody comes into your home and attacks you. outside of your home, it takes what's called the castle doctrine outside the home. so wherever you are is your castle at this point. you don't have to retreat in safety. if you are not engaged in an unlawful activity. he was licensed to carry a gun. if he wasn't licensed to carry a gun, he would haven't have had this defense available. secondly, you have a right to be where you are. the dispatcher said you don't have to go after him opinion and third, your perception that deadly force is being used against you has to be a reasonable one. let's just say, don, for the stake of this discussion, what john zarrella just reported about zimmerman's statement that trayvon martin attacked him, he was retreating to his car. let's just say that happened. i don't know that it did. zimmerman claims it did.
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there may be evidence to the contrary. that doesn't mean he can turn around and shoot him. you can only meet force with the force that's being used against you. so he better be darn reasonable in his perception that trayvon martin was meeting him with deadly force, otherwise we would have people getting in fistfights and someone could shoot them and that's okay. you can not do that. >> i think what you're saying here, do you believe that george zimmerman had the grounds so shoot trayvon martin? >> i don't know that he did. the police did. the police apparently believed that there wasn't enough evidence to charge him and the case was going away. but after the release of the 911 tapes people said wait a second, there's another case here. and now law enforcement is calling for a grand jury. which is usually what happens in
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a shooting like this. you go to grand jury. you talk to witnesses, let them be the investigative body, not just let it sit with the police department. not that the police can't do an adequate job, but especially when you're crossing racial lines here and there are, you know, allegations of bias, it's much safer to go to the grand jury. that's what this grand jury will do. they will do what the police did and more. >> is that's what i want to ask you, just hearing a lot of people talk about it. and listen, people talking about it personally are even more outraged than the people you hear on the air, african-americans, especially. i mean, everyone is riled up about this. but when having conversations among themselves, african-americans are, like, i can't believe it. i can't even talk about it without getting upset. that sort of thing. let's strip away the racial component. i know that's hard to do. but let's strip that away. i'm sure you've seen cases where
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a man will, you know, abuse his wife, domestic abuse, the wife kills the man. the woman is taken in and arrested and then goes through the process and then faces a judge or whatever body and they will say there's no evidence to charge them with a crime because the husband had been abusie inir over the years. charges are dropped you're free to go. why isn't that process, why hasn't that happened? >> right. and actually, i've been talking to lawyers who are defense attorneys in florida and they actually have been saying i don't know why zimmerman wasn't charged. they actually think it will be manslaughter or second degree murder coming out of the grand jury but we don't know. but why he wasn't charged at that point. police are saying we didn't have probable cause. we didn't have enough evidence at that time. we don't know the extend of their investigation, did it end that day, but the more prudent
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thing one could argue would be to take whatever you check that night, go to the state attorney and say maybe you should make a decision whether or not there should be a grand jury investigating it, calling in witnesses and wait for the autopsy report and get toxicology on everybody involved and do a more thorough investigation. i don't know the extent frankly of the police investigation, but it seems like it was closed pretty quickly and it should have gone through the process you're talking about. if not an arrest, at least the grand jury investigation. and if they indict, that indict would serve as an arrest warrant and he would be arrested on that. >> so in the city manager's letter, one of the questions was what about media re-enactments of shooting incident. we have to agree, it is speculati speculation. everyone is sort of saying --
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trying to figure out what happened. put the pieces together. but the reason that many people are doing that is because there's been so little released that there's not a lot to put together. what trayvon nar tin's family is say, what neighbors are saying. media reand actments or what have you, that's an interesting part of it. but we don't know. the investigation has to play out, but there have been -- and you can correct me if i'm wrong -- people who have been convicted and arrested on circumstantial evidence far less than the evidence in this case so far. >> well, you know, anderson cooper had a couple of ear and eyewitnesses to at least parts of this on the air last night. were they spoken to by the police? frankly, i don't know. >> those two women spoke out very -- they were on anderson last night. they spoke out very early on. even this weekend. they're saying that the police wouldn't even talk to them.
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and barely had any time for them and didn't take what they were saying. and that's just acco according to them. but go on. >> so that's why people were upset. that the police were not thorough enough. they said they made their decision based on what they had. but one had to question whether or not they could have done a little bit more. more can be done now. it's not too late. it's a month. it may be too long for the parties involved, but you know what, justice will prevail. maybe justice is zirmman isn't charged, but there will be the thorough investigation they need done. however, they won't ever have toxicology on zimmerman. you say take race out of this discussion, but it is a part of this case. and the african-american experience in this country is one that you can not understand unless you are african-american. . >> oh, i can understand, yes. >> i was a prosecutor here in new york and i know the experience and i know what it's
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like in the inner city. the bias element will be something that will be hard to ignore if, in fact, a racial epithet was uttered on that 911 tape. >> and again, you don't know. sometimes people are hyper sensitive about race. it's not always race in these cases but many times it is and we sort of dance around it because we want to be overly, completely oh, we don't want to take a stand about pit. sometimes it is what it is. >> yep. >> beth, thank you. appreciate it. 3 million new ipads sold over the weekend, but now there's trouble. some say they are overheating. find out if it's bad enough to be dangerous. ♪ an old man shared some fish stories... ♪ oooh, my turn. ♪ she was in paris, but we talked for hours... everyone else buzzed about the band.
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>> is this you? i'm talking to you. are you one of the millions of people who snapped up the new ipad? come on, be honest. you may want to think twice about using it on your lap.
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a lot of people says the new ipad heats up way too much. it was measured at 13 degrees higher than the ipad 2, but apple says it's well within our thermal specifications. lance, these ipads not only burning a hole in some people's wallets but also in their laps maybe? is it -- do you think it's hot enough to be dangerous? >> no, i really don't. i've been looking at technology for a very long time. when you put faster components inside anything, they're going to generate more heat. that's kind of the nature of them. you know, some years ago, we were talking about laptops and there being so hot they would sterilize you, but it was a concern but it wasn't a reality. no one got actually scalded.
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no one got third degree burns. with the ipad, the temperatures are generally lower. other sites had temperatures around 95 degrees. this seems to have more heat than substance. >> so you said when you put all this stuff, because it's faster, that's why it's eat heheating u. is it a bigger battery? graphics chip? >> so, you know, what's really interesting about the new ipad, ipad third generation is the dpe sine is essentially the same as the ipad 2. but inside it is an a-5x dual core chip, process graphics and the lte, the retina display has
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more picxels than the human hig can perceive. each one of them bourqueser, does more and will ultimately generate more heat. i mean, they can do everything possible to try and ameliorate that and make sure it's not overheat, but it's kind of a natural thing. and because apple didn't change the chassis, the question is, should they have changed the chassis to accommodate that -- >> all right, you said that it's more heat than substance, so you believe it's being blown out of proportion a little bit. but the interesting thing is, it's all about customer service and the customer is always right. you know with apple that's. >> you know, their motto. not only do they do great technology, but the customer service is supposed to be great as well. do you think the company is going to have to provide a fantastic for this even if it's blown out of proportion? >> apple came forward pretty quickly.
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the last big controversy was called aten that gate. that was about the attenuation of your phone. you hold it too tightly and call connectivity drops down. apple kind of addressed in a design way with additional updates on the way they designed the outside of it. but people did not line up to return their iphone. they sold millions of them, and there were not tales of people lining up to return them. i'll come back in a few months and we'll talk and i'm telling you, we will not see people all returning their ipad 3s or whatever you want to call it. i don't see it happening. you know, yes, is it hotter, it's measurably hotter. the it's more powerful. is it something that rups tins product?
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10,000 people dead. in the past year alone, that's according to a syrian opposition group. today alone, at least 60 people have died and we now have new pictures showing the force of the syrian government. this showing armored vehicles outside a hospital. the sarrows show them surroundig a building on two sides. the picture on the left, a bridge, just three days later, destroyed. but the most tragic stories of
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this war, the children wounded and killed in heavy killing by syrian's military. the stred you're about to watch contains very graphic and disturbing images. so cnn's arwan damon. >> doctors try in vain to revive this little boy. he has a head injury. is this part of the armed gangs? the doctor asks? is this how kofi annan al qaeda calls for peace? other children shriek in pain. a little girl with a leg wound calls out for her father. lying next to her, another child. she has a wound to her arm that is too gruesome to show.
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she says i just want to go home, have dinner and watch tv. she said she was playing with three other children when an artillery round struck. these are scenes from close to the syrian border over the week. earlier this month, video showed rebel fighters in and around the town with meager and faulty weapons. and a population on edge. knowing a full-on assault was imminent, but with nowhere to go. government forces now seem to have temporarily pulled back, allowing for activists to film images of the aftermath which they then post to youtube. in some parts of the city of homs itself. this boy says his name is abdallah. he was in a mosque when the soldiers came in. not even the children were spared. >> they lined us up against a
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wall they started shooting. there were 15 of us. some were my relatives, some were my friends. some were even younger than he. for days the town was under heavy shelling. army raids drove rebel fiergs out. rescue teamser with unable to enter. when they finally did, they say, the streets were littered with corpses. there were bodies that were burnt completely as if someone poured gas on them and set them on fire he recalled. i saw five children they slashed their eyes and faces with knives. moj the piles of dead, evidence of dozens of wounded children. gunshot wounds he says. i mean, they were young, all under 15 yeefrs age, he continues.
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the story behind this incredible video coming up 60 seconds away.
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>> that is a boulder you see that hit a house last night. crews haed to clean up and remove that giant bolder. can you imagine that? for fans of the new orleans saints, coach sean payton has been suspended for one year without pay for his part in a bounty program run by the saints over three seasons. now, players were rewarded for targeting certain opposing players and knocking them out of the game. what's involved in this nfl action? and it goes far beyond just the
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suspension of sean payton? >> i think many people here across the nfl community knew these punishments were going to be severe, but i think even for most people who have been following this closely, it's a shocking surprise. the level in which many people have been punished. the new orleans saints is going back to the bounty problem. greg williams has run this paid for performance program for knocking a player out of a game or $1,000 for hits that would have other players carted off the field for a stretcher. the new orleans saints have been fined $500,000. they lost the second-round draft pick in 2012 and 2013. sean payton, a beloved figure suspended for a year without pay. some reports say that will cost him as much as $6 million to $8
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million for his pay this year. the general manager is suspended without pay for eight regular season games. and the man at the center, greg williams who ironically is no longer with the saints. he's with the defensive coordinator with the rams. he has been suspended indefinitely and the commissioner will decide what to do with him after the season. and also an assistant head coach suspended without pay for the first six regular season games. the reaction across new orleans as you might imagine incredibly intense. and drew brees, the quarterback of the saints, another beloved figure in this town tweeting out just a little while ago saying i am speechless. sean payton is a great man, coach and mentor. the best there is. i need to hear an explanation for this punishment, which comes close to what we've been looking at the last several weeks. many people across the nfl who are former players -- and i've been looking into this. we've been working on a special
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this weekend. many people wondering what is the big deal? p players are paid to hit others hard and violently. we spoke with one of the legendary kickers in the nfl. a man by the name of morten andersen who used to play here for the saints. he told a story how he was once knocked out of a game because of a bounty. >> all i feel is a helmet in my rib cage and i go flying the other way ten yards. and we were running the tape on monday. now you see him, now you don't. i'm decleated. my shoulder is separated. i have a concussion, i'm out. my ribs are broken and i just remember waking up and i'm staring out of the ear hole of my helmet. his job was to put me out of the game there's no question in my mind. >> what do we know about who was
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targeted and how? >> well, in the statement the nfl put out today, they said that there were four quarterbacks in particular that shall targeted. you had brett favre back when he played for the minnesota vikings, aaron rodgers, the super bowl winning quarterback for the green bay packers, as well as cam newton and as well as kurt warner. one interesting thing i should mention about the morten andersen sound is he told us two years later, that player was trait traided to his team. he said he was paid $1,000 to knock him out of the game. so far he's denied being paid that money, but he said he was told to knock morton anderson out of the game but denies the payment part of it. >> thank you very much. severe weather in parts of the united states right now. speaking of down south, new orleans. we have seen tornado warnings in
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>> this has been days where tornadoes are on the ground for three minutes then they're gone. this is a day where things could really spin up quickly. you may not have time to get all the things you want done done.
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the warning means this piece of paper is printed out. there's enough rotation on the radar that there certainly could be tornados. >> i know you know it very well. another problem is flooding. this isn't moving quickly. parts of the deep south all the way from st. louis down to new orleans. here's what it looks like for the next 48 hours pl i would like to see rain here to wash away some of this pollen. we're going to see six inches into the southern counties there of mississippi. not even a drop here in atlanta for the next couple of days. >> when you said we were trying to figure out natchitoches,
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louisiana. my mom said the wind was really kicking up and the rain was coming as well. so be careful. >> we've seen 24 inches of rainfall in 24 hours. no place can handle a foot of rain in one day. >> natchitoches. robert de niro quoted that america wasn't ready for a white first lady. now he's backtracking. ♪ beth! hi! looking good. you've lost some weight. thanks. you noticed. these clothes are too big, so i'm donating them. how'd you do it? eating right -- whole grain.
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>> anytime there's a warnings, we want to report it. >> people will say a lot, how do you feel about this. we can make people make better decisions. we know they're in some type of trouble. we had a lot of damage earlier today when a tornado just south of town went through, knocked down a bumpl of buildings and roofed. today is going to be one of those days we could see severe weather on and off all day long. the watches will be posted for the rest of the afternoon. the watch box, and i want to get to this for just a second. take a little bit of time here and draw it. this red box means tornadoes are possible inside that red box.
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i believe we'll probably get more red boxes today. so that means that this weather is going to charge ahead. also something else is going to pop-up here. make sure the pets are inside. the car is inside. the kids are inside. the garage is a good spot. won't have to worry about them getting hit on the head with the hail. as we get east to about mobile up through jackson and maybe as far as tuscaloosa. people are gun shy to what they saw last year. the weather could certainly cause more problems later on today as the sun heats up. this is not really the warmest part of the day. what's the most dangerous part of the day? that's 4:00, 5:00, 6:00 in the afternoon, because that's where the sun has been able to heat up the ground.

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