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public outrage may be closer to being captured thanks to the u.s. military. and bucket lists are so five years ago, not to mention they're usual lly for old peopl. but not for this baby, it's a tear jerker. hello, everyone, i'm don lemon. thank you for joining us, we're going to give with that horrific story out of new york where seven people including three children have died in a crash, their suv flipped over a guardrail and plunged 60 feet to the ground. susan candiotti is standing by now. do they know what exactly happened, susan? >> reporter: don, they don't, this was a beautiful, sunny sunday afternoon and then something went terribly, terribly wrong. this suv as you mentioned, driven off a bridge. police say it was driven by a woman 45 years old. there was another woman in the car as well as an elderly
couple, and three children, ages 5, 15 and 3, all of them wearing seat belts. but for some reason, this woman travelering south, in the left-hand lane for some reason lost control of their car, they don't know exactly how fast she was going hit the median concrete barrier only about three feet high. according to witnesses overcompensated, may a sharp left-hand turn and went sailing across three lanes and going 60 feet into the air and then 60 feet down. the car landed, turned over, it was crushed. an awful accident described as horrific by veteran investigators. >> my goodness. did any witnesses, did anyone see anything to figure out exactly what caused the driver to swerve and hit the median, susan? >> they are talking to a number
of witnesses, but investigators say right now it is far to early to say what might have caused this woman to lose control of this car, so many possibilities, possible mechanical failure, was she detracted by something going on in the car? did she have a medical condition? those are all possibilities and now they'll have to do an autopsy, find out what happened. and as you saw a short time ago, they were able to bring that vehicle out of a heavily brushed area and they took it away for further investigation. >> this stretch of road is no strange tore bad wrecks. back in 2006, three people were killed and almost exactly the same spot. steve, you covered the wreck near this site six years ago. was anything done to your knowledge to improve safety of the road after that crash? >> oh, don, you know, as soon as
i heard about this accident, i got chills because i remember standing ata very same stretch willi looking at the median and thinking it's very low. because it was so old, the center median was a lot lower than most highways back in 2006 and it was a horrific accident there that resulted in five family members dying on that roadway, a six person died a few days later and after that accident, they did make some improvements to the center median, in fact i drove by that area a few weeks ago and i couldn't help but notice that the center median was higher than it was back on that day in 2006. but an erie similarity to this, there was a bus -- for some reason the car jumped the center
median, slammed into a light post and it resulted in five deaths on that day and a sixth a few days later. >> so you said there have been improvements in that center median to make it a bit higher. this is the bronx river park way, right? >> yes. >> is it a straight away, is there a curve, is there something maybe unusual about that particular spot that would cause someone to lose control? >> reporter: i'll tell you, in that section of highway, it goes from being elevated to back down at the street level. and in that elevated section, it's an old section of the highway, there's a part of it that has, as you can see in that picture there, there's no shoulder on that side of the elevated part of the highway. i believe that was the accident i was at in 2006, yes, it was. you can see in that area there was no shoulder and as a result it was an area that people tended to speed in because they knew there was no place for a
police car to be sitting to catch speeders and there was talk that speed may have played a role in that accident back in 2006 and that's where speed was a factor here. but you can see in that shot that we just saw, that the center median back then was much, much lower than it is today and it was the reason why the car back then was able to ride up on to it and on to the light post. i just couldn't believe that another accident took place in almost the same exact spot, almost six years to the day afterwards. >> when you're looking at those things, when you're driving, you're investigating right on top of it, you may not notice it. but when you're driving, it could be an optical illusion in that area, that it goes from being elevated to being flat. i have to ask you, because out of 314 bridges in the bronx, the department of transportation in new york says 235 were found deficient and that is a big number, but that doesn't mean
that they're not drivable. it just means that they need improvement s this a bigger issue in new york state do you think? >> reporter: i think you hit upon something there, don, back in 2010, there was several in the united states that were not structural -- the structural integrity of the bridge was called into question. but when we look deeper into the meaning of that, it doesn't mean that the bridges are necessarily unsafe, but it means that they don't meet today's standards, contemporary standards, so these bridges needed to be brought up to date to meet today's safety standards. and this particular portion of the bronx river park way, this median that this vehicle went off of today was functionally obsolete. >> we really appreciate your reporting. good stuff there. thank you for keeping us up to
date on this. i want to go now to the pacific coast where three people are dead after an accident after a sailing race. race organizers say itlikely collided with a much bigger vessel saturday night near the coronado islands. that's where they found the three bodies and the wreckage. the coast caguard is searching r that fourth crewmember. when u.s. commandos flew into pakistan on a singular mission and get to guess osama bin laden and after a nighttime raid on his compound, bin laden was dead. tonight president obama's counter terrorism chief said the u.s. still has work to do. >> we're on the path to al qaeda's destruction and the president has committed that we're not going to rest until al qaeda is destroyed as an
organization. it's a murderous organization that has killed many americans as well as many other nationalities over the course of the past decade and more, so we are going to make sure that that group is destroyed. >> the u.s. has expanded the use of drones against militants in yemen, even when their exactizities aren't known. operations can be green lighted based solely on intel. in fact this week, officials said at least 52 al qaeda militants were killed in yemen, including one of the terror group's top commanders. coming up, i'm going to talk to general spider marks a year after the killing of osama bin laden. terror worries surround the upcoming london olympics. now we have linebackearned that
missiles may be placed around the city. >> mr. president, remember when the country rallied around you in hopes of a better tomorrow? that was hilarious. >> jimmy kimmel zings the president, but mr. obama had some funny lines of his own. we're talking with our political junkies, that's next. bored with your one trick lipstick? then lead a double life! with new blast flipstick from covergirl. creamy color on one end, shimmery color on the other. so you can flip your look from demure, to daring. new blast flipstick from covergirl.
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reported. at this hour, president barack obama holding a fundraising dinner at a private home in virginia with former president bill clinton. tickets are 20,000 zlrz each. each. it's the president's second fund-raiser today. the president went zinger for zinger with jimmy kimmel last night. and he wasn't afraid to go there. >> what's afraid of a hockey mom and a pit bull? a pit bull is delicious. of course i know everybody's predicting a nasty election and thankfully we have all agreed that families are off-limits, dogs are apparently fair game. >> i'm going to bring in now cnn contributor will cane and a senior writer at espn. that was good. wasn't it, funny? did you guys like it? >> it was funny. i.
>> i thought it was grade. >> lz, were you surprised that the president joked about eating dogs? >> no, of course not. i mean, it's pretty much his stage, right? so if you know people are whispering about him, if you know it's political fodder, the best way to get a hold of it is to beat it head on. i thought it was absolutely hilarious. >> i wrote that joke. there was a much different ending, if he had just flipped that, it still would have been funny, the hockey mom instead of a pit bull it still would have been a very funny joke. and here's jimmy kimmel. take a listen. >> he's going to burn more bridges than the arsonist of madison county, he has more pink slips than marcus bachmann. too soon? if you're not familiar with marcus bachmann, he plays
cameron the show "a modern family". >> okay, i have a question. >> that was just wrong. that was wrong. >> more pink slips than marcus bachmann. >> let me ask you a question, let me be the host and ask you guys a question. and i'm genuinely curious, if the rumor is correct, that marcus bachmann is gay. why is it okay to make fun of him? was it because it was politics? >> stop it. >> look at this video first of all. >> you don't have to convince me of anything. i'm just asking why it's okay. >> before lz answers, i'm just going to say this, i'm assuming that he's flamboyant, i just
thought it was a very funny joke, i didn't analyze it as much as you have, will. but go on, lz. >> don and i have been friends for years, but i wasn't around don when he was a teenager if he tried to convert gay people or not. by it just seems funny that when you are having flamboyant mannerisms and your livelihood is to convert gay men to be straight, i think it's funny. it doesn't matter what your politics happen to be. it just brings up an image, that's all. >> anyway, did we satisfy your curiosity, by the way, since you're so curious? >> there's no doubt it's a funny joke, but there's a lot of funny jokes in the world. i was just wondering why it was okay. but it was a good answer. i didn't mean to rain on your
parade. >> let's move on before this becomes something way crazier. i see the bloggers already. >> it was more of a roast. >> no offense sir, i think you mental less than. -- 16 years ago, there was no face book, there was no google and a tweet was something barbara walters gave her dog. >> barbara did not like that, did she, lz? >> no. >> the girlfriend did not like that at all. but i thought it was hilarious.
i guess i won't be on the view any time soon because i thought that was really funny. >> i had a republican strategist on last night. she was saying hey, listen, it's all fair game, it was funny. why go to a correspondents dinner if you can't take a joke. some of the harshest jokes were to chris christie. >> there's nothing more endearing than to be able to laugh at yourself. and you got to expect it when you go there. and barbara walters' displeasure of that joke, she should be used it to by now. it's kind of part of her fame, part of her schtick. >> you missed the joke, it is do all black people look alike,
that was the funny part of the joke. >> i got that part of the joke. >> i'm glad we satisfied your curiosity. >> thank you will, thank you, lz. >> you're bad, don. >> i know, i know. i got the microphone. thank you, guys, see you. right after a quick break. . under fire, gun ships and fighter jets take aim inside the world's newest nation.
an admission to bring joseph kony to justice. if kony sounds familiar to you, it's probably because of joseph kerr. next hour, we're going to go to the front lines with a reporter from a cnn correspondent embedded with a report from a cnn correspondent embeddeded with u.s. troops. egypt could have a new government within hours, as a post revolution chaos continues. the head of europe's ruling council will form a new government. . splitting sudan was supposed
to be the end of decades of civil war. instead it had just drawn a line in the border for the two sides. journalists ran in fear for their lives when they came under fire in south sudan. [ gun fire ] reporters scramble for cover as they scramble for cover from gun ships and fighter jets. the governmewe're going to showe of this video and talk about the history of conflict in sudan. another sign that myanmar's isolation is slowly ending, ban ki-moon visited the state. myanmar's -- political reforms.
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national guardsmen opened fire during an anti-war protest. allan canfora was shot in the wrist. >> i could not believe i had been shot. >> reporter: in a sense he says he has been wounded again, just before this week's anniversary of the event, the justice department sent canfora a letter denying a reopening of the case. >> was there or was there not an order to fire? >> reporter: a federal civil rights case against the guardsmen was dismissed in 1979. t a digitally enhanced review of a copy of those tapes has revived the question. audio engineer stewart allen was hired by a cleveland newspaper to analyze the tape.
ever happen again. >> the state department calls the words and sound unintelligible. allen says this isn't with the prosecuting anyone in the national guard. >> it's about setting history right. >> we're seeking healing and we're seeking reconciliation. >> canfora and others plan to meet with ohio's governor and take legal action hoping the mystery behind the kent state shootings may one day be solved. susan candiotti, cnn, new york. it's half past the hour, now let's get you caught up on the headlines. seven people including three children have died in an horrific crash in new york state. their car plunged 60 feet to the ground, it landed in an area of the bronx zoo that is closed to
the public. all passengers were wearing their seat belts. u.s. troops are helping in the hunt for joseph kony. an internet campaign called kony 2012 pushed for world leaders to make his capture a priority. next hour you're going to see how u.s. soldiers are helping in the crusade. egypt's parliament has persuaded the president to form a new government. lawmakers suspended parliament in protest. the head of egypt's military counsel says the cabinet will be changed within 48 hours. the fire marshall is looking into a tent collapse in st. louis yesterday that killed one person and injured 16 others. it happened as baseball fans gathered at a local bar, just as a storm blew right through. now manufacturing guide lines say the tent should have held up to the estimated
50-mile-per-hour wishnd gusts. wind was only part of the problem. jacqui jeras says the hail was the size of golf balls? >> no, bigger. baseballs, tennis balls and this is what we consider severe, the size of a quarter. and this is what came down. >> that's huge. >> and it caused a lot of damage. let's roll the video to give you a better perspective on what happened. this is just outside the st. louis area in illinois and this was baseball-sized hail, and you can see, when you compare it to the size of your hand just how huge this thing is. and then we'll go to our i-reporters who have been sending in some incredible video as well. louisville got hit hard with this hail yesterday also. you can see it pounding cars, when you're talking about hail the size of baseballs, that just smashes the windows and puts dents all over the place. it's like somebody takes a
sledgehammer and beats your car wit. there's all those little punch holes all over it. how did this hail get this huge? people want to know, right? in a thunderstorm you have updrafts and downdrafts. you have little particles of water that rise in the updraft, and it starts to freeze and it starts to fall down into the downdraft and it can caught up in this cycle of going up and down, up and down, each time collecting a layer of ice upon it. eventually it gets so heavy that the updraft can't support it anymore that it goes back down as a chunk of ice. the colder it is and the here t goes, the more receive it is. >> when it came down from higher, does that mean it was bigger than that. >> when we measure hail, if you
want to be a little weather reporter at home. it's diameter, it's not the s circumference all the way around, it's just half of it. wait until the storm is over before you take those pictures. >> that was horrific yesterday with that tent. . it's been one year of royal wedded bliss. william and kate are celebrating their anniversary. and in that time kate has become one of the biggest stars in the world. their story next. no matter what you do. when you're living with moderate to severe crohn's disease, there are times it feels like your life... revolves around your symptoms. if you're tired of going around in circles, it may be time to ask your gastroenterologist about humira. because with humira, remission is possible.
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kate middleton and emerged as her royal highness, the duchess of cambridge. she was the newest member of the royal family and already one of its most famous. the duchess's first big test as a working royal was her tour with prince william of north america. >> i'm so excited to be able to share this with katherine because she has told me -- >> she appears so relaxed, so composed. she prompted comparisons to her late mother-in-law diana who also had a talent for wooing the
crowds. katherine's visit to canada was the highlight of her year, senior royal sources told me. by the time the tour hit los angeles, katherine was questide one of the biggest stars in the world.
on her return to the uk, katherine accompanied her husband to visits to his causes while she researched her own. in january, her charities were announcement and they focused on art, addiction and hospice care. although it was nearly always what she wore that made the headlines first. >> i have been kind of a bit concerned that if it keeps up like this with kate turning up and people just writing about what she wears, then she'll get a very shallow image and i have mentioned this to people at the palace, but that will change, because she will
be doing more interesting, more challenging jobs. >> reporter: that started to help when the duchess delivered her first speech, in england's ipswitch last month. william had been tutoring his wife from the falklands where he was on military service.
the senior royal source tells me that the prince has taken the lead in helping his wife adapt. >> i'm really sorry that william can't be here today. he would love it here. >> reporter: with her inaugural speech kicked off, katherine completed the full range of public duties expected of a royal. the palace source has confirmed that her induction is complete and she is a fully fledged member of the royal family. but william can't take all the credit for her success. his father, prince charles has also played a key role in helping katherine adjust as has the queen. cnn has learned that charles and katherine have become so close they now go on private visits together to art galleries and opera houses. but despite the help she's received from family members and palace staff, everything the duchess has gotten involved in including this olympic hockey
practice have been approved if not instigated by her. the senior royal source says that the duchess knows her mind and she has the confidence to handle big events like this. so the duchess has graduated as an independent working royal. how does she feel about it? she would never judge her own achievements, but she does feel that she has achieved her objectives. max foster, cnn, london. up next -- >> get down. we promised you more of this incredible video, soldiers and journalists under fire in sudan. we're going to talk more about the history of conflict in sudan.
remarkable images out of the country of south sudan. they show a camera crew running for cover, as gun fire comes from above. and just hours ago the president of sudan declared a state of emergency in the cities along the border between the two rivals. >> reporter: we have been promised a story. this is close to the front line of the border clashes with the north. and the south sudanese commander here is ready to talk. but another story is about to
we were just three kilometers from the front line when we heard incoming fire from what the soldiers say were gun ships and migs. we were then forced to take cover and once there was a lull in the firing, we decided to head out in our vehicle because it was simply too dangerous and we didn't know what to expect. >> we want to go beyond this incident now, beyond this one headline for a look at what caused all this. that's pretty incredible video, but if you lives there, sadly, this is just another day. >> this is just another day and this is a contested region, don. what we're seeing here is a
border war. south sudan is the newest country to be added to the world and it's not even a year old first. as things escalate over how to divide the oil revenue, and where to demark ate the border, where to draw the line. >> why all this fighting? >> this fighting has a history to it because there's been decades of civil war in the region, in sudan. so with last year's vote, when they voted to gain their independence and split off, there was a lot of concern from the international community as to whether or not this violence would then resurface and escalate and we're seeing it happen right now. it didn't happen as much at the time, but now we're seeing it come back into play. >> you've been talking about george clooney. >> very passionate. >> beyond that, help from the international community? >> the international community has -- there's been a lot of finger pointing but nothing concrete or tangible has been put into motion or effect.
we're going to watch this closely and see how the violence and how this escalates going into the coming weeks, but believe me, there's going to be some kind of outcry. it's easy to form a new government, don, but the reality is establishing and maintaining that new government sometimes doesn't happen without a fight. and that's what we're seeing now. >> thank you very much, appreciate that. athletes behaving badly from punching opponents to infidelity. do they think the rules don't apply to them? stupid sun. [ grunts ]
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the rest of us or jobs, even our careers. but they survive to play or to even coach again. john is here from "sports illustrated," there you see lebron james on the cover. bobby petrino and his witness, just the latest example of this bad boy stuff we have been seeing. and there's new orleans saints, ron artest. do these guys think that normal rules don't apply to them, you think? >> yeah, you know, we're not talking about all athletes, we should probably draw a distinction between what happens on the field in the heat of battle, but yeah, look at an fleet's life, about everything militates against normal. you've got young guys that get paid lots of money, they've got staffs, they don't wait in line, they're not paying for meals. yeah, there's a reason why they
often don't behave like the rest of us. >> i think you're right. because there should be a distinction about the things that happened in the heat of battle like ron artest. but when there's bad boy behavior when you hear about tiger woods, that's different. but if it happens on the court, i think that's different. is there something, though, in the mindset of folks, you know, like a tiger woods, like a bobby petri petrino, that contributes to their behavior that makes them maybe more successful in sports than in real life that hurts anymore this real life, do you think? >> oh, i think absolutely, we think of athletes as being exceptional because they are bigger and faster and they jump higher. but they're also exceptional in the way they view things. it takes an immense a lot of self-absorption to plich the things that they do. i think they're not wired like we are in a lot of cases.
look back on what we know about tiger woods, and how many of us, if we had that much turmoil in our personal life could do so well in our professional life. look at kobe bryant, he had -- i think that ability to compartmentalize, but it doesn't always translate so well to everyday society. >> hey, john. it's interesting, though, because when all this stuff is going on, and use tiger woods as an example. when they have all this turmoil, they seem to be or even when we didn't know about them, they seemed to do much better than once they don't have it anymore. i don't think it's a false sense of security. maybe it's something we should examine psychologically. >> i think it's fascinating, i think where athletes get their motivation is fascinating. they love the sort of us against the world and we shocked the world and a lot of times athletes almost create this tension, they create a reason to
get upset and i think sometimes there is this motivation that i've got all this stuff going on in my life, i've got all the haters and i'm out to prove them wrong and a lot of times we find that some of this conflict is just manufactured. >> what about arkansas put bobby petrino riding around on a motorcycle in the state with a 23-year-old who wasn't his wife, even if he hadn't crashed, how do you explain that behavior? or can you. >> you were on, i heard you talking about john edwards. that's sort of different from an athlete, arrogant, hub brus. here's a guy, highest paid public employee in the face, this recognized guy. the fact that he's driving around with a woman other than his wife on the back of his motorcycle, given his stature tells us a lot about this corruption of power. it's more like what we see with politicians, eventually enough people are pounding them on the
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the white house to wall street. our correspondents tell you what you need to know. we begin tonight with president obama's plans for the week. >> reporter: i'm brianna keeler at the white house, on monday, president obama addresses a very powerful construction union, the building and construction trades department. then welcomes prime minister noda to the white house. tuesday and wednesday he has a light schedule with meetings, thursday he and the first lady host a cinco de mayo celebration. i'm poppy harlow, we'll get auto sales and then on friday, we'll get that much anticipated april jobs report. that comes out before the opening bell, and on the earnings front, we'll get results from the oil giant bp along with visa, general motors and a host of other companies, we'll see how the market responds to all of it. i'm a.j. hammer and this
week, entertainment tonight goes inside octo-mom's home. and i got to ask snooki, what's it like to live with a pregnant snooki. "showbiz tonight," 11:00 p.m. eastern and pacific on hln. i'm don lemon, just coming up on the top of the hour here and we are going to begin the newscast with this story. there's some new details coming out of new york right now. four adults and three children have died in a crash. their car went over the guardrail and plunged 60 feet to the ground. susan candiotti standing near the site for us. susan, it's terrible, you've seen the video, what are police saying happened? do they really know? >> reporter: don, it's a horrible tragedy, and no, police still don't knowh