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the passengers included the mother of three children, who was in the car, but it's unclear who the other woman was in the car, however there was also an elderly couple in the car as well, a married couple in their 80s. according to police, here's what they think happened. this suv was traveling on a six-lane highway heading southbound in the left-hand lane. the left side of the driver's car hit a concrete barrier in the median strip, and then according to an eyewitness the driver appeared to overcompensa overcompensate, make a sharp right turn, hit a curb on the far side of the road, and then went over that railing and over an overpass. she sailed about 60 feet into the air, and then about the same distance down before coming to rest upside down. all the passengers inside were dead on arrival. police do say all of them were wearing seat belts. but obviously that was not enough to save them in this horrific accident. >> i know you said that the
vehicle hit that concrete barrier, and so that leaves the impression that that sort of caused the car to sort of go into that spin. any sign, any witnesses saying that the vehicle was acting sort of an erratic fashion, driving in an erratic fashion before that? >> reporter: there doesn't seem to be any indication of that so far. what police are hearing is that the car appeared to be speeding. how fast it was going isn't known. it's also not clear what caused the driver to hit that barrier, the median strip in the middle. which i'm told is only a few feet high. when she crossed over the three lanes, when she hit that curb, and then the railing, that also -- it's more like a fence. and it, too, is just two to three feet high before she went sailing over the overpass. so authorities believe that's another reason why they think she was going so fast, that the car was going at such high speed, that it flipped over that railing. >> and it's amazing no other cars were hit in this.
>> reporter: apparently not. exactly. it's a very, very crowded expressway. usually a very busy one, especially on a sunday when people are out and p. obviously it's near this bronx zoo, where it landed on the southeast perimeter of that -- of this area. it's 275 acres wide. but yes, inn deed, that is something to be sadly thankful for, where there's nothing else to be thankful for on this particular day. >> susan, thank you. fire officials in st. louis, missouri, are launching an investigation after a sports bar tent collapsed during a severe storm this weekend. one person was killed, 16 were seriously hurt, and almost 100 others suffered minor injuries. officials say 50-mile-an-hour wind gusts lifted the tent off the ground. >> they got hit with the metal pipes, the stainers that hold the things down, we've got electric inside this tent. we had a mix of about everything
that could have happened here. we had live wires laying on the ground. we've got severe injuries to quite a few people. >> we understand there was about 100, 150 people under the tent when the weather came in. the music was loud. people had been in attendance at the ball game all afternoon. and i don't think they were really aware the seriousness of the situation. >> officials say manufacturer of guide lines on the tent require it to withstand winds up to 90 miles noir. three sailors are dead and the coast guard is looking for a fourth after an accident during a california-to-mexico sailing race. race organizers say the victim's sailboat likely collided with a much bigger vessel in the early-morning hours yesterday. organizers say the deaths are the first in the race's 65-year history. it was a low point in the protest against the vietnam war, and one of the darkest chapters in recent american history. 42 years ago this week, national guard troops opened fire on students at kent state university in ohio killing four and nine others were wounded.
just this week, the justice department refused to reopen the investigation into the shootings after it found enhanced audio recordings of the incident remained inconclusive. it's been one year of royal wedded bliss. william and kate are celebrating their first year of marriage today, and unlike their fairy tale wedding, the couple is keeping their wedding plans pretty darn private. coming up in 20 minutes, we'll see how kate's royal style has made an impact on the fashion world. high-level talks between american and chinese officials will go on this week despite a new source of tension about human rights, freedom of protest and about a blind man who has been a thorn in china's side for years. cnn's stan grant reports from beijing. >> reporter: somewhere behind these walls may well be the answer to china's great guessing
game. where is chen? within minutes of pulling out our camera, security at the united states embassy in beijing pounced. i ups we can't take photos. but is chen here at the embassy? >> i don't know whether he is. >> reporter: the blind human rights activist has been in hiding after escaping house arrest in his provincial village and fleeing to beijing. now a close friend and fellow campaigner says chen is indeed here, given refuge at the u.s. embassy. when chen first fled to beijing, we had to keep moving him from place to place, to ensure his safety. and we agreed the u.s. embassy is the only absolutely secure location in town. hu jia is seen here in recent days. chen was also meeting his wife.
they're among a group of supporters who have aided chen's dramatic escape, who himself is targeted by chinese authorities and would only speak to cnn away from our cameras. but even then, within hours of meeting us, hu was arrested. and another friend of chen was seized by cops. she spoke to cnn by skype just before disappearing. telling how chen says he has no desire to flee china. >> translator: when i asked him if he would go abroad, he said he wants to live freely in his own country. he said he hopes to take my hand and take me to his village one day. >> reporter: more details are emerging just about how chen managed to escape. now, according to activists who know what happened, they say that for months he has lulled his captors into a false sense of security. he was spending more and more time asleep on his bed. they got used to his absences and then dropped their guard. under cover of darkness chen
made his break. he climbed over a wall, and then this blind man managed to cross a creek, along the way he stumbled, injured himself but finally managed to meet a car at a secret rendezvous point and they brought him to beijing. chen had been under heavy guard for the last 18 months. the self-taught lawyer angered chinese authorities by campaigning against alleged forced abortions and sterilizations. he had spent more than four years in prison convicted of disrupting traffic and damaging property during demonstrations. since his release, he's been in lockdown. this is what happened when we tried to visit chen last year. with hollywood actor christian bale. >> we've been stopped. we've been stopped. >> reporter: now bale has released a statement to cnn, in it he says an innocent family has been horrifically tortured while it gives hope that for now
chen is safe. his family is not. as a world leader, china must now show its wisdom and compassion. and remind the world of its rit cultural history by permanently freeing chen guangcheng and his family and never allow thuggery again. if indeed chen is here behind the gates of this u.s. embassy, then this threatens to become a political tug-of-war between china and the u.s. at the moment, neither country is making any public statements. but u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton is due in beijing this week, and in the past, she has championed chen. stand grant, cnn, beijing. it's one of the great american tragedies, the assassination of robert f. kennedy. now this's a new account of what happened that night in 1968. sirhan sirhan was sentenced as the lone shooter, but his attorneys are hoping for a new
trial. among the evidence they may present is the story told by nina rhodes-hughes. that's her on the left with robert kennedy there. she was there at the ambassador hotel the night kennedy was shot. in an exclusive interview with cnn she said there's part of the story that the fbi has ignored all these years. listen to this. >> there were more than eight shots. and interesting that you read whatever the fbi issued, everybody said eight shots. i wish there was some recordings of me that night, where i did give an interview to someone with a microphone when i said there were at least 12, maybe 14. and i know there was, because i heard the rhythm in my head. you know, and i know with the first two or three shots, i wasn't aware as i said, i thought were flash bulbs. what has to come out is there was another shooter to my right. and robert kennedy was also to my right where sirhan sirhan was, almost straight ahead. and to my left standing on some steel platform -- you know,
raised platform. and that there were two shooters. it must come out and who they were. it must come out who the other shooter is, because there definitely was another shooter. >> rhodes-hughes was never called as a witness in the original 2r50i8. but she said she just wants to get her story out. she'll join us at 35 past the hour to talk about what she says she saw. antiaircraft missiles in the middle of london? the british army said it's part of security. some residents said take it down a notch. also, almost a year since osama bin laden's death, the fight against terrorism is far from over. but al qaeda is no longer the biggest threat. biggest threat. details next. on december 21st polar shifts will reverse the earth's gravitational pull and hurtle us all into space. which would render retirement planning unnecessary. but say the sun rises on december 22nd, and you still need to retire. td ameritrade's investment consultants can help you build a plan that fits your life. we'll even throw in up to $600
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air force attacked military units in south sudan. this is what's left after the air strikes today. helicopters and jets fired on forces in south sudan. at least four soldiers were hurt. south sudan and sudan are fighting over where there should be their border and how to share oil production. else within africa today, a campus shooting spree at the university of northern nigeria. no official word on casualties yet, but witnesses say gunmen
opened fire on worship services. some londoners are shocked to learn that the british army may set up surface-to-air missiles right in their neighborhood. it's part of security preparations for the summer olympic games. the army is informing people in the east london neighborhood that they may see antiaircraft missiles as the games get closer. many residents say it's an overreaction. it's been almost a year since osama bin laden was killed during a u.s. commando raid on his compound in pakistan. athena jones takes a look at where al qaeda stands now, and even a bigger terror threat on the horizon. >> reporter: it was an historic moment. >> tonight i can report to the american people and to the world that the united states has conducted an operation that killed osama bin laden, the leader of al qaeda. >> reporter: after a risky overnight raid, america's enemy number one was dead. >> i think the one thing all of us feel pretty good about that
were involved in this operation is that as a result of what we did, america's safer. >> reporter: it's a view shared by national security analysts. peter bergen who interviewed bin laden in 1977 said al qaeda is in terrible shape. >> all the leaders are dead or captured. they haven't managed a successful attack in the west since the london attack of 2005. their brand is severely tarnished. >> reporter: but government officials and experts warn that the fight against global extremism isn't over. so-called lone wolf attackers, like the man who planned the bomb square, and the underwear bomber and the man who killed southern people in southern france earlier this year remain a threat. bruce reidel is a former cia officer. >> yemen, iraq, which remain dangerous, and we have the idea of al qaeda. the idea of global jihad, which inspires a small minority of fanatics to carry out mass
murder and commit suicide. >> reporter: he said americans should underestimate the importance of getting rid of bin laden and people like anwar al awau ki killed by a strike last fall. u.s. counterterrorism efforts are aimed at keeping up the pressure on his sponsor, al qaeda, and other al qaeda allies who are still bent on attacking us. analysts say the arab spring has changed the game. >> the arab spring showed the dictators could be toppled through twitter, not terror. and that's not al qaeda's m.o. >> reporter: peter bergen said it's important to maintain perspective. >> 17 people have died since 9/11 in the united states at the hands of al qaeda or people inspired by their message. about 300 americans die every year in droungs. drownings. >> athena joins us live from washington now. how concerned are officials at this point that terrorists may strike on the actual anniversary
of osama bin laden's death? >> reporter: right. well, the fbi and the department of homeland security issued an intelligence bulletin last week saying extremists have been posting messages on what they call these violent extremist web forms, these websites. they were vowing attacks on the u.s. around the anniversary. but the advisory goes on to say that, quote, such threats are almost certainly aspirational. meaning that there's no credible information that anything is in the works. now, these kinds of warnings around these anniversaries are not at all uncommon. i had one analyst put it to me saying, you don't get in trouble for warning people to keep their eyes open. so everyone should remain vigilant, but no credible information about any threats. >> okay. athena jones in washington, thank you. >> thanks. let's stay in washington. make a hard right turn and talk about the menu at the white house correspondence dinner. on it, a little glitz, a little glamour, and of course, lots of laughter. >> it's great to be here this
in political circles, it's called the washington prom. it's the white house correspondents dinner, though, and it's all about poking fun. here are some of the best laughs from last night's big event from comedian jimmy kimmel and president obama at the helm. >> four years ago, i looked like this. today i look like this. and four years from now, i will look like this. >> mr. president, you remember when the country rallied around you in hopes of a better tomorrow? that was hilarious. you know, there's a term for guys like president obama. probably not two terms, but -- >> we've got men in tuxes, women in gowns, fine wine, first-class
entertainment. i was just relieved this was not a gsa conference. >> if anyone has tickets to the gsa after-party, the plane is leaving for the four seasons in dubai at midnight on the dot. if you leave later, you'll miss out on your complementary white tiger cub. >> it's nice to be here in the vast hilton ball room, or what mitt romney would call a little fixer-upper. >> we have numerous members of the print media in attendance. which reminds me of a riddle. what's black and white and read all over. nothing anymore. >> even sarah palin's 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. >> i do have a lot of jokes
about the secret service. you know, i told them for $800, i wouldn't tell them, but they only offered $30. >> i really do attending these dinners. i had a lot more material prepared, but i have to get the secret service home in time for their new curfew. >> time for a check of what's happening in the week ahead. a somber start to the week. a memorial will be held for mike wallace. he died earlier this month. on wednesday sources tell cnn that republican presidential candidate newt gingrich will officially end his bid for the white house. on friday we'll get the latest look at the job market when the labor department releases the april jobs report. saturday, let the celebrations begin, it's cinco de mayo celebrating the mexican army's victory over france. and the start of the kentucky derby. prince william and his wife kate are celebrating their first anniversary. while kate has only been a royal for a year, she's made quite an impact especially on the fashion
world watched britain's prince william and kate middleton tie the knot. kate's style has been quite an effect on fashion around the world. nadia joins me now. clearly the duchess of cambridge has had a huge effect on the monarchy. but she's also impacting what we wear. >> absolutely. they call it the kate effect. the duchess of cambridge effect. i notice you're wearing nude pumps, as am i, popularized by kate middleton. she always wears nude pumps.
one of their shoes is even called the kate. >> go figure. besides shoes, she's also -- the fashions she's wearing, she's made one american designer very happy. >> rebecca was thrilled this week because on thursday, kate emerged in a tweed navy suit made by rebecca taylor, that sold out online in 30 minutes. >> that's amazing. how do people know exactly where to get this? >> they obviously, fashionistas came out that she was wearing a rebecca taylor. rebecca taylor said it's a dream come true. >> it's not just what she's wearing here, on her head continues to have an impact. >> huge impact her wearing hats. have you heard of something called a fascinator before? i spoke to vivian sherip who is one of her hat designers. vivian said that since she's
been designing hats for kate and kate's family, she's gone from having this little company in wilshire, england, to having a multi-national vast hat company. >> it's amazing how the interest in hats has really grown. and the interest in getting clothes that look like kate is wearing. that is growing as well. those popular copies are just a new industry. >> prolific. anything kate wears, the next day you can find a copy. now, designs here in the united states has come up with several kate copies. and they've been very popular. remember the navy lace cocktail dress? there's copies of that. also the beautiful chiffon dress she wore to the bafta awards. a very popular copy. but her sister, pippa, a copy of that brides made's dress, just with this company alone, there were other copies that sold around 10,000. >> is there like one central place that you can go to to find copies online, if you want to
find the popular copies of the wonderful fashions? >> that would be a pretty good business. you might do that. >> or in the meantime i'll just continue to wear the nude pumps. >> the reality is, if you google kate middleton fashion or the kate effect or the duchess effect, huge impact. she's made designers around the globe very happy. >> very rich, very happy. nadia, thanks so much. after the super bowl, it's probably the biggest event in the nfl. we're going to tell you what happened in nfl draft right after this. hi, i'm new ensure clear. clear, huh? my nutritional standards are high. i'm not juice or fancy water, i'm different. i've got nine grams of protein. twist my lid. that's three times more than me! twenty-one vitamins and minerals and zero fat! hmmm. you'll bring a lot to the party. [ all ] yay! [ female announcer ] new ensure clear. nine grams protein. zero fat. twenty-one vitamins and minerals. in blueberry/pomegranate and peach. refreshing nutrition in charge!
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checking today's top stories. new video you're looking at it of the horrific accident in new york. you're looking at aerials of the crash site. seven people were killed when a van flipped off an overpass and fell right into a transit facility right near the bronx zoo. three of the victims inside that vehicle were children. everybody inside that vehicle were killed in that tragic accident. fire officials in st. louis, missouri, are launching an investigation after a sports bar tent collapsed during a severe storm over the weekend. one person was killed, 16 were seriously hurt and almost 100 others suffered minor injuries. 50-mile-an-hour wind gusts
lifted the tent right off the ground. >> they got hit with the metal pipes, the stainers that hold these things down, the wire. we've got electric inside this tent, so it's -- we had a mix of about everything that could happen here. we had live wires laying on the ground. we've got severe injuries to quite a few people. >> we understand there was about 100, 150 people under the tent at the time the weather came in. the music was loud. people had been in attendance at a ball game all afternoon. and i don't think they were really aware of the seriousness of the situation. >> it's a dubious anniversary. it's been 20 years since the start of the los angeles riots. much of south los angeles burned in violence sparked by the acquittal of four white police officers in the videotaped beating of rodney king. more than 50 people lost their lives during six days of rioting. switching gears now. it is the best time for the best sports stories of the week. and i'm joined by mike pesca.
how are you? >> hello. good. >> i'm going to take a big shot here at this. and say that the biggest sports story of the week, that it didn't materialize on any playing field, it was actually the nfl draft. am i right? >> yeah, guys in suits, not with cleats, not with skates, but suits. it's because the nfl is just kurt actually ascending into the biggest sport going. who gets to play on the teams next year is always a matter of interest. and the top two picks in this draft, andrew luck of stanford and robert give fin iii, these are two of the most highly regarded quarterbacks in years and years. but i always find the draft a little bit overrated. i find that -- i go to the draft every year and the fans are high fiving each other. but if you cut ahead to four or five years later, it turns out half of these guys don't pan out. undrafted guys will always do well, like victor cruz. this happens all the time. in fact, this year i thought the most interesting story out of the draft was from hamilton college, which isn't known for
its football team. they're not as good as alabama. but some professors there did a study and found that players who were arrested or suspended from their teams actually might be more valuable in the draft than nfl gms think, because people are scared away from character issues. these professors found that if a player was arrested but not charged, take them. but they did find if a player was suspended by a team that will be a bad player in the nfl. >> so the nba play-offs are in full swing right now. let's talk about a team who, alas, won't be playing for a championship. but they do have a historic record. the charlotte bobcats. officially the worst team in nba history. but at the same time, they're owned by michael jordan, one of the best players in nba history. what is up with this? >> i'll tell you exactly what's up with it. the reason that the charlotte bobcats set this record for horrendousness is because they were designed to be a bad team. if that doesn't make sense, you just have to look at, again,
we're talking about the draft. when teams do poorly, they get a better shot at the number one pick. the general and conventional wisdom around the nba is you don't want to be a team that's pretty good, a team that kind of makes the play-offs but gets eliminated in the first round because you'll never qualify for the great picks. charlotte only had seven wins, a lower win percentage. remember, this year they played fewer games than is usually played in the nba. i do like the third team on the list, they played in the league that eventually became the nba. i think they should be called the providence steam rolled, because they were a terrible team. the bobcats were supposed to be bad because they wanted to get high picks. i don't think they were supposed to be this bad. it does tarnish michael jordan's reputation. it's not like every bad decision happened on his watch. they made a conscious choice to let's not win that many games,
let's try to get a number-one pick. that doesn't always work out. this is what the bobcats wanted to do. >> switching gears, baseball. for some fans, the major highlight isn't necessarily the guy who hit the home run or turned the dounl play. it's the guy who's the beer guy. lately he's been getting booed in some stadiums. the people at the denver post, did you read this, they actually put together a list of the parks that have the most expensive beer. the average price for a small beer at all the major league parks is just over $6. which parks had the most expensive beer, mike? >> well, actually, it turns out that not the greatest team, but look at that. that's now the miami marlins. $8. >> look at their new stadium. they have to pay for it. >> $8 the cheapest beer. and some really expensive -- it has the giant piece of artwork that i'm sure cost a lot. you've got to spend a lot to get a lot of beer. usually it's parks in big cities
or newer parks or teams that are good, that can afford to charge a lot. so we see here, for instance, the boston red sox. they charge $7.25. some places reported that boston actually has the most expensive beer, because in miami, the smallest beer you can get is 14 ounces and in boston you can get a 12-ounce beer for $7.25. you can't get a beer cheaper than -- >> smuggle it in, you'll get it cheaper. but don't take it from me. thanks. appreciate it. corporations buying space on nba jerseys of all places. team owners are reportedly considering it the controversy coming up. the millions of men who have used androgel 1%, there's big news. presenting androgel 1.62%. both are used to treat men with low testosterone. androgel 1.62% is from the makers of the number one prescribed testosterone replacement therapy. it raises your testosterone levels, and... is concentrated, so you could use less gel.
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nina rhodes-hughes was at the ambassador hotel on the night he was shot in 1968. she said there were two shooters that night, not one. rhodes-hughes joins us now from british columbia. what did you see and hear and how long ago did you first tell authorities about it? >> i told authorities about it when the fbi came to my home, about a month after the incident. >> okay. but you're coming out now 40 years -- more than 40 years after the murder. why come out now? >> well, actually, it was something that was brought out by cnn. i got a phone call from brad johnson, who has been doing a lot of due diligence on the amount of shots that were fired that night from a tape that they have just uncovered. and i got contacted and felt
compelled to cooperate because of the importance of the true story coming out obviously. >> nina, you're calling this a cover-up. why do you call it a cover-up? >> well, because when i was at the ambassador hotel that night, which was in june 1968, there were more than eight shots. because as i was running down the hall to bring senator kennedy back to the press room, as i was instructed to bring him to, this other gentleman escorted him very, very quickly to the other area, which was known then as the kitchen and the pantry. and i ran after them shouting, you know, come back, please, please come back, your-going the wrong way. and as i did, i noticed -- i was watching senator kennedy, and he stopped to greet a few pem and then he went on. and i saw him in a left profile.
then he went on more towards my right, and suddenly i heard like pop-pop. and i looked and saw sirhan sir ran and rosy grim running to subdue him. there were still shots going on to my right which was more to where senator kennedy was. and it was at least 12 to 14 shots. because it was very rapid fire. it was like a ba, ba, ba, ba, ba and i will never forget that ever. >> let's talk about the shots. sirhan sirhan is the only person arrested and convict in kennedy's shooting. he's looking to get a new trial and there's a dispute about what you're talking about, over how many shots were heard. prosecutors say you heard only eight and they came from the same direction. defense attorneys are saying you heard more along the lines of 12 to 14 shots. who's right? >> well, i was there. and the fbi, i don't believe
was. and when you have an experience like that, it's burnt in your memory forever, because not only is it a horrible tragedy, but it's something you just never, ever forget. and i relive it in a very, very realistic like now manner. i know there were more, because as i said before, when raker went to tackle sirhan, i looked to my right and i heard all these other gunshots. and he had already been subdued. and then i saw senator kennedy disappear from view. and i screamed, oh, my god. and i passed out. >> all right. nina rhodes-hughes, thank you for joining us and telling us your story. >> i want to thank you so much for pursuing this. >> sure. you got it. >> thank you. big corporations, they may soon be buying space on your favorite nba player's jersey.
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florida. bob, you've just written a column on cnn.com about this. are nba owners seriously considering this? >> well, they're meeting earlier this month, the details were reported by richard of "the new york times." there were six mannequins, actually the torso of mannequins in front of the owners, and three of them wore chicago bulls jerseys and three wore boston celtics jerseys. but they had been purposely altered. and in place of the name of the team on some versions, was the name of an advertiser. the second version was a little more subtle. underneath the player's name was the name of the advertiser. and the third one just had the advertiser's logo on the shoulder strap. but as you pointed out, nascar, golf, and soccer already have advertising on the clothing that the athletes wear. what's called the four major sports in north america, national football league, major league baseball, national hockey
league don't permit it. but it looks to me if the owners are starting to look at these things in private meetings that that's where they're heading toward. >> you write in your column that no other american major sports leagues have turned their uniforms into advertising billboards. is the nba in that badly need of money at this point? >> i think they're probably the test case for the other leagues. it's not badly in need of money. they want more money. if the players -- if this happens, it hasn't happened yet, but if the players object and say, we don't want to be your walking billboards, they'll negotiate. and the players will ask for a certain percentage and they'll work it out. but i think maybe sadly, after the fans express initial consternation about this, they may just get used to it. because advertising has been so ingrained now in every aspect of american life, that in some circles, people think, you know, if a national soft drink
advertiser puts their logo on your charity race t-shirt, it sort of elevates it. it's almost like a re-write of the old dean martin song where somebody buys you. >> and you know, it's not just on jerseys. trains are wrapped in advertisements. advertisements are everywhere. i mean, it's just everywhere. do you think that this is a bad idea for sports? >> well, good or bad idea, it looks like if it happens -- once they're in the door, it will keep going. i take it beyond sports. my thought is, what are two parts of american life that are really in need of finances now? the united states postal service, and the federal treasury itself. how far are we away from the th advertisers are invited to bid to put their logos on postage stamps, or even on dollar bills. it sounds ridiculous, but ten years ago you wouldn't have even thought we were talking about the nba, with the coca-cola
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some breaking news now to tell you about from the university of south alabama, they have put a statement on their website saying there's a crime alert about an armed individual, that there's been reports of somebody on campus, armed with a weapon who was last seen in the housing area. they're asking anyone on campus to remain inside until further
notice. we'll stay on top of this and let you know new details as they come in. i'm filling in for fredericka whitfield tonight. she's in new orleans. >> reporter: it must feel very different to be in the new orleans jazz fest. how does it feel? >> it feels like i'm in the living room singing with my friends. i don't sing at an audience, i bring them to me. but this one is special because i'm not just singing to local people, i'm singing to the world. >> oftentimes when you see a person who's an r&b artist, listening to gospel music, i expect it to have that oozytinge
to it. and this is how i was taught to do it. and this is how i feel good doing it. i don't think it needs to be polished up. because gospel music is prayer set to music. >> i connect with the song in so many ways. >> what happens when you start singing and you take a look at that audience? >> it's not a situation where something -- it's a spontaneity when you're doing gospel. when you listen to the words and you relate to the words, it becomes a whole thing. it doesn't say that that's the audience. it's everybody involved.
>> and fredericka returns to the anchor set next weekend with lots more from the jazz festival. parts of florida are facing a severe weather threat tonight. >> jacqui jeras is in the newsroom now. >> there's been a lot of standing water around the miami-dade area. record rain already reported since midnight, 2.86 inches and then the next 24 hours, we could be talking about an additional three to five on top of that. parts of south florida could get as much as eight inches of rain before all is said and done. we have a lot of tropical moisture that is in effect here. and this is affecting much of the caribbean, parts of jamaica, up into cuba, up into the bahamas in the atlantic we're getting all this rain and we are looking at flood advisories in effect, including you in ft. lauderdale. the ft. lauderdale air show had to be cancelled today because of
the wet conditions. good call but kind of a bummer. things are calming down but we do think things are going to continue to fire up tonight and tomorrow. storms in parts of colorado and new mexico. this is the general area for severe weather tonight. many of the same areas that got hit this weekend, up towards kansas city and up toward st. louis. that frontal boundary remains parsed so you're going to remain hot and sticky in the south and near record in atlanta and sultry in new orleans. a crime alert on the university of south alabama, their website, you can see there, there's an armed individual, there's been reports of somebody on campus who has a weapon, last seen in the housing area, anybody on campus is asked to remain inside, we're told they're giving more notice, all students are asked to take shelter and remain inside.
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