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hospitalized this morning after a massive burst of wind whips this tent right off the ground in st. louis. plus, it was history in the making. >> tonight i can report to the american people and to the world the united states has conducted an operation that killed osama bin laden, the leader of al qaeda. >> reporter: now as we approach the anniversary of the killing of america's enemy number one, we look to the future of security here at home. also, the world was watching a year ago today. a real life royal fairy tale. how the duke and duchess of cambridge have changed the world of weddings. and there was a little bit of hollywood. a little bit of politics. a whole lot of funny. >> mr. president, you remember -- you remember when the country rallied around you in hopes of a better tomorrow? that was hilarious. >> reporter: funny man pete dominik was there. wait until you hear his take.
good morning, everyone. i'm randy kay, it is 7:00 on the estcoast, 4:00 a.m. on the west. let's get straight to the news this morning. we start with that tragic post-game party in st. louis. one person was killed. 16 others sent to the hospital when strong winds tore up a tent at a sports bar. as many as 100 others were treat for minor injuries at the scene. >> then i got hit with the metal pipes, the standards that hold these things down, the wire. we've got electric inside this tent. it's -- we had a mechanics of about everything that could have happened here. we had live wires laying on the ground. we have some severe injuries to quite a few people. >> we understand there was about 100, 150 people under the tent the time the weather came in. the music was loud. people had been, you know, in attendance at a ballgame after afternoon, and i don't think they were really aware of the seriousness of the situation. >> the fans had gathered there after the cardinals win over the milwaukee brewers. the tent was supposed to be able
to with stand 90-mile-per-hour winds. the winds that tore up the tent were about 50 miles per hour. the bunker standoff near seattle that you just first heard about here is now over. they blew a hole in the undergrountd mountain bunker looking for peter keller. they found his body. he is accused of killing his wife and daughter. they found a whole lot of guns. they feared he was heavily armed and well prepared. police say that keller had been dead for some time. he hadn't been seen for a week sense the death of his family. police believe that he died from self-inflicted gunshot. the u.s. coast guard and the mexican navy are searching for a missing crewmember from a racing yacht. three other crew members were found dead after the boat went missing during a race from california to mexico. other boats saw debris in the water, but there's no word on what actually happened to that yacht. the "new york times" is reporting that a government investigation has found that google didn't break any laws when they lined thousands of emails and pass words and
investigation. they also said that google claimed it was a mistake and it was untrue. it was all part of the street view project, between 2007 and 2010. newt beginning research has picked a drop-out date. a source close to the former house speaker tells cmn it will now be wednesday. in his fair well speech gingrich is expected to back likely mom knee mitt romney. the republican race was a hot topic at last night's white house correspondents dinner. host gemmy kimmel got in a few shots at the candidates, as did the president. >> any way, it's great to be here this evening in the vast magnificence of the hilton ballroom or what mitt romney would call a little fixer-upper. i know at this point many of you are examining me to go after my likely opponent, newt gingrich. newt, there's still time, man. >> it's great to see that gingrich is here tonight because i guess that means the check
cleared. i guess it just wasn't rick's year. rick's year was 1954. you know, it's one thing to oppose gay marriage. it's another altogether to do it in a sweater vest. >> yes, it was a funny night. pete dominik is also pretty funny. he will join me later in the show with his highlights from last night, and i understand he is still in his tuxedo, so we'll see. so wednesday marks the one-year anniversary of the killing of osama bin laden. senior government officials say his terror organization, al qaeda, is still in disarray. joining me now is retired lieutenant colonel robert mcginnis to talk more about this. good morning, bob. >> good morning, randy. >> first of all, how has al qaeda changed, do you think, since bin laden's death? >> well, the core al qaeda, randy, which has been in pakistan the last number of years, you know, is not as strong, but what has happened, it's franchised out. you have al shabab in the horn of africa and the aqap in yemen
and aqim in northern africa. they really disbursed. their capability in terms of major attacks is diminished as the president said recently, but they're really using a strategy of death by 1,000 cuts. that's their philosophy, and we'll see if it works. >> so would you say we are any safer than -- now than when osama bin laden was alive? i mean, you look at al shbab, they're certainly very dangerous and certainly al qaeda in the arabian peninsula. >> well, i think the major attacks, like we saw in 9/11, are something that is really beyond the capability of some of these groups. unless something happens in the mere term. it's these little tiny attacks like we saw in uganda and that we have seen threatened in kenya, that we've seen even in nigeria with an affiliate of al qaeda, so these are the types of things we are concerned about, and also the lone wolf type of
thing that is energized through ideology over the internet. this is something i think law enforcement in the united states is more concerned about and we tend to be able to track them down. we foiled at least 50 of these teepz of plots here at the homeland over the last ten years, but, you know, it's always hard to predict whether or not one of these is going to get through. >> how concerned do you think we should be about a lone wofrl attack? i mean, that sounds pretty scary. somebody who is just inspired by some of these crazy groups. >> yeah. well, we've had a couple this year so far. of course, we had the times square issue. we have had the major at fort hood. we have others spun up on this ideology. even this terrible alleged killer in norway. you know, he said he was really radicalized through, you know, studying bin laden's ideology. so it's hard to know what people do in the secrecy of their homes
and what they read on the internet and what goes through their minds. these are the types of things law enforcement really grapples with and it's hard to stop. >> bob mcginnis, appreciate your time this morning. thank you. >> thank you randy. we are watching severe wlr as it crosses through the midsection of the u.s. reynolds wolf has an update in just a moment. you want to give it to us now? >> yeah, why not? why not? >> i'll take it. >> we're all casual here. you know what, unfortunately, randy, we might be seeing deja vu. what we had yesterday and what we have today it looks similar. at least the atmosphere setup is very, very similar. we're expecting that frontal boundary to be very close to parts of the midwest. in fact, what's going to show you right there crossing portions of the midwest. the mid mississippi valley, and we have that slight risk of severe storms. now, keep in mind some of that will be right over st. louis where we had the rough weather yesterday. yes, round two may be on the way. more on that coming up in a few moments. >> thank you. even in his death beloved boston
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listen to how loud it is, and you can see it bouning off the pavement. storm chasers in southern illinois took this video. many some hail was as large as baseballs. yeah. more powerful storms rolling through the central u.s. today. apparently, reynolds, you think we're going to see more of that hail? >> ufr, it's very possible. a lot of strong updraft with the storms that help produce a lot of the large hail stones. those were in ophalin, illinois. not sob confused with the one in missouri. we've got that frontal boundary which is basically the demarcation point of two very different air masses, and one side very dry and very cool. on the other, very humid and at the same time fairly warm. that's where you have the dividing line. if you had a warmup, it would make that increasing will he unstable. well, we've got that. if we add the jet stream kicking in, it might make it more unstable than that. well, that could maybe -- we've got some area from parts of the ohio valley back into the midwest and into the southern plains where it might be dealing
with a slight risk of severe storms, including large hail, damaging winds, and possibly tornadoes, which right now among i-35, back to i-44, we have scattered showers and storms. a couple of severe thunderstorm watches are in effect. not warnings, but watches in both the jay harbor and back into oklahoma. as those are heating up, we have things cooling down across parts of the great lakes. we have freeze warnings that are in effect actually for parts of western new york and northern pennsylvania where temperatures going to 33 degrees as we have right now in syracuse. 34234 albany. a beautiful morning -- look where we're headed in terms of highs. 79 in albuquerque. 71 in san francisco. that is your forecast. we're going to have your travel weather coming up very soon. >> i'm sure you remember, of course, that auction at fenway park in boston that we talked about. >> i do remember it. not only do i remember it -- my bids were unaccepted, unfortunately.
>> oh really? >> they weren't taken. >> that is too bad because apparently 800 items from the red sox legend ted williams' personal collection were sold off. >> wow. >> we're talking about, of course, jerseys, baseballs, plaques, paraphernalia from his time in the military, and we added up the selling price of just a dozen items sold. it was over, get this, $1.5 million. >> unbelievable. >> you want to share some of the highlights? >> absolutely. take a look at it. someone paid over $300,000 for william's mvp plaque that was given to williams, and williams adds sold for nearly $200,000. to me that's a steal. quarterback drew brees bought the korean war flight logs for nearly $36,000. wow. >> it is amazing. and some of the proceeds actually from the auction, they benefit the jimmy fund, a boston cancer institute. it's a really great cause.
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anniversary much more quietly today, though, with friends. cmn's royal correspondent max foster joining me now from london. good morning to you, max. this really has been an incredible year for the duchess of cambridge. she's really grown into being a royal. wouldn't you say? >> yeah. the royal family is thrilled with her. i mean, often comparisons are made with diana, of course, but it's a very different story because kate is ten years older than diana was when she entered the royal family, and also the royal family did learn some pretty harsh lessons about their handling of diana and the monarchy was at risk at one point because of the unpopularity of the queen as a result of the way she handled many public, at least, diana's death, for example. this time around with catherine, you've got a situation where prince charles has been getting full support to her, helping her in her training, as has the queen, and she's got her own private secretary just a year into the job as well, so it's a different story, and she's had huge amounts of support,
catherine, and she's also grown into the job. >> she just looks so comfortable and really they look so comfortable as a couple. i mean, they have lived together. they were at university together. they have a dog now. you know, it feels like they have really grown into their life together. >> yeah. they were together for nine years, remember, before they actually got married, so both of them were very sure that she could handle the pressure by the time she hit the spotlight. as she is in now. there is a technique to her composure. she researches everything to death before she turns up to any event. she thinks very carefully about what she wears, so she's very comfortable, and she ignores the cameras. she blocks them out, allowing her to connect with people that she speaks to and meets. so she looks composed, and comfortable because she is. she's fully prepared. >> they have made a few memorable moments over the years -- over the year, but one of the big moments really was when they were in the spotlight for last year's trip to the u.s. in canada.
that was a big one for them. >> yeah. kate, that was her highlight of the year, i'm told. visiting canada. it was interesting. by the time she reached l.a., there was such a frenzy, media frenzy around her. i'll never forget this. there was a particular moment when she hit the red carpet in los angeles. you had the likes of nicole kidman and tom hanks literally sort of pushing to meet her. it was quite bizarre, but this is someone who is just a couple of months into the job and who is being sort of bombarded by requests from studio execs and hollywood a-listers, and it really did show how she was the biggest star in the world at that point probably. >> so all that palace training they gave her has certainly paid off, it seems. >> yeah, absolutely. and william has very much led this. he is completely paranoid that she will experience what diana experienced. he has been very careful. that hasn't been the case. he has taken most of the training hands-on. her first speech, he was in the
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>> even sarah palin is getting back into the game. guest hosting on the "today" show, which reminds me of an old saying. what's the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? a pit bull is delicious. >> so is a guy with lots of stand-up you should your belt. how did he do? >> he did excellent, as he always does. i mean, the whole key, randy, is to -- if he is going to make fun of people, you just saw him take a shot kind of at sarah palin, but he took shots at donald trump and newt gingrich, and, of course, mitt romney, but you get away with that as a comedian, but especially when you are the president, the commander in chief. if you self-deprecate, and he spent so much time making fun of himself and the mistakes of his administration. he opened with a whole open mike bit making fun of that, and he took so many shots of himself, gets away with taking shots at other people. you got to give credit to the writers and even had graphics
people putting together two videos, so he had a lot of people helping him, but he did a great job, and even timed his wink perfectly. >> oh, wow. sounds like you are impressed. we know that the hosting honors, of course, went to comedian jimmy kimmel, who spared no one, even the president. take a quick listen. >> it's an honor to be here. you know, you told me when i was a kid that i would be standing on the same stage as president barack obama, i would have said the president's name is barack obama? mr. president, you remember -- you remember when the country rallied around you in hopes of a better tomorrow? that was hilarious. >> oh, i have been laughing at this stuff all morning, pete. how do you think jimmy kimmel did? >> he did fantastic. jimmy is a hilarious guy and a great guy. really nice guy. class act. and that joke was probably one of his most brutal. i read one website today said he went easy on the president. he didn't go easy on anybody.
he took shots at everybody, and jimmy did a great job hosting. everybody was dying laughing in the room. it was a lot of fun. >> i hear that you had some pretty great seats. you must have slipped somebody a 20 or something because i understand you had a chance to eavesdrop on a conversation between defense secretary leon pineta and director steven speilberg. what were they talking about? >> well, of course, they were talking about star wars and rasberries. there were some rasberries being searched, but they do have the star wars thing many common, but it was surreal. at one point jim where i kimmel said something about the bin laden raid which was a year ago, and i literally padded secretary of defense on the shoulders because, of course, he was the head of the cia and spearheaded. that was a surreal moment. i don't know how i got so close, but it was amazing for me and for my wife. we were looking at some of these pictures. my wife had such a great time, and it was really weird because george clooney came up and said, please, pete, let me get a picture with your wife. >> oh, yeah, right.
>> we got a picture with george clinton. i had to jump over attorney general eric holder to get to sandra fluke. that was surreal. the greatest moment was when my wife had a conversation with the first lady and said, oh, i love you. my wife is a big fan, as many women are, of the first lady. she said do you want me to wave or something. she did. that's zoo that's a great shot. >> it was just -- that was a very special moment for my wife. you know, a picture with michelle obama who had a conversation with, and, of course, george clooney begging me to get a picture of my wife. i mean, the guy was mobbed. kim kardashian begging to get a picture with me was a little awkward. i ended up not taking the shot, randy. >> it looks like a lot of fun. i know you have to get that rental tux back, right? >> yes, yes. i got to get this back to the small men's warehouse. >> you better get on your way, pete. thank you. >> thank you, randy. thanks for starting your morning with us. i'll be back at the top of the hour. sanjay gupta m.d. starts right now.