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zoraida is off this morning. bin laden files, documents, digital files, recordings all found the night the terror leader was shot dead, coming up. you're going to get a sneak peek. junior seau, another nfl great gone too soon. this time from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. >> he never say something for me. junior! >> his mother overcome with grief. fans asking if the game he loved contributed to his death. >> a hero throws a tackle in a walmart parking lot. the iraq war vet trying to stop a suspect with a knife who took a woman's purse. >> but up first, al qaeda unmasked. in just four hours, the world gets to see a massive stack of documents from osama bin laden's compound. for the last 12 months, the documents were analyzed by intelligence officials and this morning, at 9:00 a.m. eastern they'll be posted online. we're told the information includes digital, audio and video files, printed materials,
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recording devices and handwritten documents. nic robertson live in london this morning. nic, peter bergen previewed those bin laden documents. in them, osama bin laden says we need to extend and develop our operations in america and not keep it limited to only blowing up airplanes. it's terrifying. >> reporter: it's absolutely terrifying. one of those documents, he says, specifically to his sort of und underlings, if you will, it would be nice to nominate a brother to look after the plots in the united states. we've seen the nsome plots foiled. the united states remains a target but knows they have to
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look at another way of targeting it. >> check out this bin laden quote, nic. the americans have great accumulated expertise, a photography of the region due to the fact they've been doing it for so many years. they can even distinguish between houses that are frequented by male visitors at a higher rate than normal. pretty sketchy and paranoid, right? >> totally paranoid. this is bin laden's concern about al qaeda's training camps in the border of pakistan and afghanistan, the waziristan area. we know also from the documents as well, he gives specific advice to his son, 20-year-old son hamza who's believed to be living in that area. he says he needs to move, get out of that area and only move when there's a lot of cloud cover. he knows the ability of drones and satellite surveillance to track people. he also says at one point, one of the documents, he's considering pulling most of al qaeda operatives out of that area because it's becoming too dangerous, christine. >> nic robertson in london. thanks.
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next hour, cnn national security analyst peter bergen joins us. he's one of the few people outside the government who's already seen some of these documents, actually. we're hearing from the u.s. ambassador to china this morning about the sudden about-face regarding chen guangcheng. who after leaving the embassy yesterday this morning is pleading with president obama to help him get out of that country. he says he doesn't feel safe there and that a deal that was struck between a u.s. and china is not going to protect him or his family. he also says he feels abandoned by america after spending six days holed up in our embassy in beijing. chen says his phones are being tapped and that his wife is being threatened by chinese authorities. he spoke to cnn's stan grant from his hospital room yesterday. >> translator: i would like to say to him, please do everything you can to get our whole family out. i'm very disappointed with the u.s. government.
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the embassy kept lobbying me to leave, he says, and promised to be with me at the hospital. but this afternoon, soon after we got here, they were all gone. >> for our part, the u.s. ambassador is responding to this. the u.s. ambassador to china's name is gary locke. he says all all points we were inten on carrying out his wishes and insuring we could put together something that met his needs. he said he wanted to stay in china. we asked him if he wanted to go to the united states. he said no. >> questions about whether the game is to blame for the death of a future nfl hall of famer this morning. former nfl linebacker junior seau was found dead yesterday in his home from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. he was only 43 years old and leaves behind four kids. his grieving mother overwhelmed at a news conference yesterday. >> he never say something for me. junior!
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why you never telling me? i pray to god. take me, take me, leave my son alone. thank you. thank you so much for everybody. god bless you guys. >> still not clear whether any possible brain trauma played a role. this may have been the second time seau tried to kill himself. back in 2010 he drove his car off a cliff and survived. there were suspicions back then but police later concluded it was an accident because of lack of sleep. at 6:30 eastern we speak with former nfl running back jamaal anderson who knew junior seau. were all of the collisions over the 19 pro seasons too much? we'll take a look at that. we're hearing from the mother of a & m drum major robert champion. 13 people have been charged in
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connection with his death. two of them will face misdemeanor charges, though. champion's mother told cnn's anderson cooper she was disappointed with these charges. >> i was very, very disappointed. my husband and i both, you know, we had anticipated something that was a little more harsh. >> prosecutors say unfortunately this case does not support murder charges. the police say champion collapsed and died back in november after a brutal band hazing ritual. tears and testimony marking a dramatic day in the trial of former presidential candidate john edwards. his daughter, kate, reportedly leaving the courtroom crying yesterday, just as testimony began about a fight between john edwards and his wife elizabeth. in the courtroom, edwards turned to his daughter and mouthed the words i don't know what's coming. do you want to leave? that's when kate exited the courtroom, wiping away tears. that fight took place in 2007 at an airport. elizabeth edwards was battling breast cancer at the time an a
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tabloid just reported edwards was having an extramarital affair with rielle hunter. history made on the die mondayed in anaheim last night. jered weaver through a no-hitter against the minnesota twins. very overpowering fashion you might say, striking out nine batters in a 9-0 win. if you're counting it is the second no-hitter in the majors in less than two weeks. that is something else. still ahead, he says he just wanted to make an nfl linebacker ray lewis proud. a guy comes out of nowhere, levels a thief in a walmart parking lot. wow, you're watching "early start." [ dog ] i am a pro baller. 11 years playing the outfield, and i got no plans to retire. [ female announcer ] aging may slow a dog down,
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11 minutes after the hour. let's get you up to date. chen guangcheng wants out of the china and the activist is pleading with president obama to help him. he says a deal between the united states and china won't protect him or his family, a
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deal we told you about yesterday. he claims his wife is being threatened and he feels aban doned by the u.s. after spending six days in our embassy in beijing. in a little less than four hours, the world is going to get inside al qaeda and inside the mind of osama bin laden because some of the documents that were seized in the raid on bin laden's compound last year are set to be posted online, 9:00 a.m. sharp eastern. they're being released by the army's combatting terrorism center. at the u.s. military academy. the nfl suspended four players for their part in a bounty system that paid cash for devastating hits. the harshest penalty going to jonathan vilma who will miss all of next season, pending an appe appeal. three other players receiving shorter bans. an nfl investigation found that vilma put a $10,000 bounty on two aging quarterbacks, kurt warner and brett favre in the 2009 playoffs. speaking of hard hits, watch your screen. you do not want to miss it. somebody just decided to level a
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woman who stole a lady's purse and took down a walmart parking lot in port st. lucie, florida. he came out of nowhere into the picture to make the tackle. the suspect had a knife and stabbed him in the neck. >> are you kidding. >> as they scuffled on the ground. then the suspect got away. the next day the victim showed up at the hero's door to say thank you. >> i really appreciate you helping me. not many people would do that. >> i served a tour in iraq. i guess that made things right in my head to help people like that. >> look how great he is after being stabbed the day before. it's incredible. the police say the thief took off in a dodge pickup and is still at large. a college student from san diego is suing the drug enforcement agency for $20 million after being left handcuffed without food or water for nearly five days in a cell. 23-year-old daniel chung was one of nine people detained last
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month after dea agents raided a suspected drug house. was never charged with a crime. >> he screamed hundreds of times for help. he began to dig into the walls, thinking he could get water that way. >> i had to do what i had to do to survive, you know. >> the acting special agent in charge of the dea's san diego office has apologized to chung. he's ordered an investigation and says he is deeply troubled by this incident. $20 million worth of being troubled. >> right. this has been a dream since he was just 6 years old. see that guy? daredevil nick walenda has been given the green light to walk a tight rope across niagara falls. it's a stunt that required a policy change by the state park commission and approval by the new york state legislature.
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this will be great stuff. >> i know. let's get a quick check of today's weather. good morning, rob marciano. >> a gorgeous date if you're going to tight walk across niagara falls. >> does he go from canada to america? >> he had to get permission from the u.s. side. i bet it's from the u.s. >> who checks his passport on the way? daring, daring officials, right? >> border patrol alert. south of the border, well south, record highs again yesterday. temperatures into the 90s. midland, texas, 98, muscle shoals, alabama, 92 degrees. showers through the new york city area which didn't see temperatures that warm. you will see temperatures rebound after this pulse goes through. showers will be prevalent not only there but also across parts of the western great lakes. chicago, 80 degrees again yesterday. that's the ninth time this year you've reached 80 and that's the
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most this early in the season since they've been keeping records. the june-like warmth continues there. showers across parts of the south where they had flooding across mobile. here's where we think the severe threat will be, buffalo to chicago, kansas city later on today. we had one report of a tornado yesterday. it did do damage and heat is on. the pacific northwest will see rain and cool temperatures. you want to cool off? go to seattle. 49 degrees there for the high temperature in the emerald city. >> nice. good for seattle this time of year. >> 15 minutes after the hour. let's get an early read on water cooler worthy stories this morning. a new scientific study claims shooting, playing those violent shoot 'em up games improves your firing accuracy in real life. >> because we need that. >> in a massacre trial in norway, he says he practiced by playing the game call of duty:
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modern warfare. he shot and killed 69 people in the 2011 attack. in this study, the subjects were given a violent or nonviolent video game to play. those who played the shooting game, ashleigh, were more prone to hit their targets. >> poll position didn't make anybody a better driver. >> they are rated, folks. a story of a city transit work worker. you might consider this person a hero. he gave a needy teenager a year's worth of free tickets. he could not afford the bus fare to ride to and from school. it costs 15 bucks a day. he gave him $300 worth of paid but unused tickets. the transportation official said unfortunately that's a violation of the transit system's policy.
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however, we have a silver lining on this one. apparently there was a woman who heard the story, contacted the teenager's school and she says she is going to pay for his transportation every day until he graduates. so there you go. >> "vanity fair" has an exert of a new biography on president obama. alex mcnear says he was interesting in a particular way. he worked his way through an idea or a question, turned it over, looked at it from all sides and then came to a precise and elegant conclusion. he a serious relationship with genevieve cooke when he lived in new york. when she said i love you, he said thank you. that's why she's an exgirlfriend. her diary entry foreshadows a marriage to michelle. i was not the person that
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right? corporate profits giving the markets a boost. that quarterly earnings season is over now and we're turning our attention to the big april jobs report that comes out tomorrow. there are not high hopes that we have a lot of jobs growth. >> it was bad last month. >> probably more than 100,000 but not high hopes it will be really big. also a big story to tell you about, more baggage fees. low-cost carrier spirit airlines says it's raising the prices for bags in general. they charge $45 for big carry-on bags. you purchase that right at the airport gate when you're about to board. that number is going to go up to $100 per bag in november. >> what? >> this applies to big carry-ones that go in the overhead compartment. smaller bags like a purse or briefcase, a diaper bag, those are still free. this is how spirit and other cheap airlines make their money, right? you can have a $9 fare on spirit. they make their money by this whole a la carte method where
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you pay for what you use. the bottom line is, just travel with a purse. >> no kidding. >> isn't it cheaper to check your bag? >> it's cheaper to check that bag. if you look at the baggage fees, i'm going to tweet this out, put it on facebook. look at the baggage fees for all the different airlines, it's cheaper to check the bag. in some cases -- if you're doing it at the last minute, what's the point? in some cases it's easier to mail the bag. >> i think it might be. i have fedexed bags before that was $78 and were quite large and heavy. $100? >> we don't need all this stuff. why do we have all this stuff? i travel with really small children so i do need all this stuff and bottle is as and diap. >> if there's one thing you need to tell me, what do i need to know.
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>> refinance your mortgage if you can. the average right for a 30-year fixed rate, 3.88%. for a 15-year, this is a popular refinancing tool, 3.12%. later today, we'll get an update as i said about what this week's rates are. this is the time to refinance if you can. a lot of you can't. you're under water and you can't. or you can't afford to have the appraisal or the assessment. i get it. if you can, you should. >> it's expensive. >> every day someone is saying to me, should i take a look at refinancing? i say yes, yes, yes. >> a couple thousand dollars. >> my appraisal was like 600 bucks. >> you got a good one. >> for those who think if i wait longer it will go down further. >> it might but it might not. now is the time to get the money out of the house if you can. for four months or so you've been trying to do it. you were worried that you were missing the moment. >> turned out to work in my favor. >> there you go. >> must just be you.
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welcome back to "early start" this morning. i'm christine romans in for
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zoraida. here's what's happening at half past the hour. in just a few hours, files seized during the raid that killed osama bin laden will be posted online. we're told this document dump includes audio and video files, some of bin laden's handwritten notes. questions this morning about the mental health of nfl great junior seau after he was found dead in his home yesterday. police say the 43-year-old former linebacker shot himself in the chest. a handgun was found near his body. an angel on the mound, l.a. angels pitcher jered weaver no-hit the minnesota twins late last night in anaheim, mowing through the lineup in a 9-0 win. ashleigh? >> congratulations there. like deja vu, isn't it, christine? heard that story before a week ago. jcpenney's may catalog is attracting pretty serious controversy. do you see anything unusual? you see a smiling lesbian couple, both women wearing
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wedding bands. the ad says wendy and her partner, maggie. the conservative group one million moms which is considered by some to be andy guy is accusing the retailer of taking sides and is now calling for a boycott of jcpenney. it is not the first time that one million moms has gone after jcpenney. they criticized them for naming openly gay talk show host ellen degeneres as her spokesperson. this is round two. any expectations that round two will be successful when round one wasn't? >> round one wasn't successful at all. there's no expectation that round two will be either. if there was any indication that round one was successful and hurt their bottom line they would not have continued with the same promotion. ellen was -- one million moms,
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46,000 or less -- >> oh, it's small. >> fairly small, yes. if there had been a monetary loss for jcpenney, they wouldn't have continued with this campaign. this throws it in their face. not only were we successful but we're going to do it again. >> is this a sign of the times when jcpenney sees the bang for the buck is in this press coverage, bad or good. >> these ads have been going on in france. it's a sign of the changing times. these ads are in france, europe, all the time. no one has complaints over there. when ellen stood up and said why she was doing this, about three or four months ago, that clip immediately went viral and attracted millions of hits to people who otherwise didn't know about the story. >> for those of you who didn't get a chance to see it, it wasn't as though she was trying to be a spokesperson-to-gay americans, more she was trying to say, here's what i am.
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what were the values she was trying to espouse. >> the million moms think they know what i stand for. i stand for love, tolerance, respect for other people. it was a wonderful speech she gave. it sort of killed the million moms argument right there. how do you defend that? to come back and do it again is a phenomenal move on jcpenney's part. if you look on twitter right now, the trend is very, very much in jcpenney's favor. >> this irfavor. >> very much so. >> for those speaking out against the million moms group. >> correct. >> i don't know whether this was a cause or an effect or coinc e coincided but my guess it it wasn't coincidental that all of these people showed up at jcpenney stores to protest the million moms. >> of course. >> i think it's interesting, they're taking this as a way to protest against intolerance. the million moms, they're calling for conservative group trying to return to family values. what they're doing in a lot of
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people's eyes is promoting intolerance. >> who showed up in greater numbers? >> the buyers, people who came in to spend money at jcpenney showed up in much greater numbers. a lot of the tweets i was looking at right now currently say, going to jcpenney this morning, can't wait to buy at jcpenney. >> as a result of this. >> exactly. >> that's a boost in a certain group of people. how about those standing up for ellen? how about those who feel seriously about this cause. they don't like that these are the family values jcpenney are espousing. are they getting the headlines. >> they're not making a tremendous amount of leeway in making a difference. if they had, jcpenney wouldn't have gone to round two so publicly. the noise that is coming is being drowned out in much greater numbers by the audience
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going to shop. >> is mike and ike doing their two separate ways? >> it's too early. you know, this has to be -- >> you mean 5:34 a.m. on the east coast? >> exactly. >> it's fascinating you would say it has to be a better story. i wonder if these ads will become more normal and those speaking out against them, rightly or wrongly, they have the right to their voice. are they becoming smaller? number? >> 10, 15 years ago there was a campaign against bert and ernie on "sesame street." people thought they were two gay characters. even though we were thinking that was crazy. even the numbers coming out against that kind of protest weren't as big. >> wasn't newt gingrich talking about the purple teletubby? >> yes. >> he had a purse. >> it's not about family values. people see it as preaching intolerance. if they preach intolerance,
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people stand up against that. they're not saying you have to live your life as a lesbian couple, live your life as a tolerant person. >> it will be interesting to see if the million moms get more traction. they had a boost from their prior campaign to see if it has an effect on this campaign and then in turn an effect on jcpenney. might have to have you back. >> my pleasure. officials are looking into allegations that up to 80 katss of rape in montana were not investigated thoroughly by local authorities because of gender bias. 11 of the cases involve students at the university of montana. a missoula prosecutor says the allegations are false. >> i have no reason to believe that, in particular, the missoula police department has in any way violated anyone's constitutional rights. >> justice officials say they are working to find out if the university and law enforcement
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have the necessary policies to protect women in the community. the paster who said in a sermon that parents should punch their sons for acting girlish, is now backtracking from those words. shawn harris is the senior pastor of a baptist church in fayetteville, north carolina. here's what he said son. >> dads, the second you see your son dropping the limp wrist, you walk over there and crack that wrist. man up! give them a good punch. >> harris is now apologizing for his word choice. >> if i had to do it again, would i say it differently? yes, i would. everyone in the congregation on that morning understood that there was no intent in any way, shape or form that i meant to break a wrist. >> harris says he is not backing down from the message of the sermon, saying, quote, god makes
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it clear that effeminate behavior is ungodly. i'm not going to compromise on that. a high school lacrosse player in florida has been suspended for sucker punching another player. the player he hit was knocked out for less than a minute. later appeared okay. champion has been suspended from classes for at least the rest of the week. >> that's it jb just suspended from classes? next story, much better. dream come true for a paralyzed college football player named eric la grand. the rutgers university player was injured back in 2010 in a game but defied all expectations that he was going to be a paraplegic on a ventilator for the rest of his life. instead, he was breathing on his own within five weeks, stood with the help of a metal frame and this week, his former coach at rutgers called to tell him that he has been drafted by the tampa bay buccaneers.
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>> you have a 90-man roster? you're going to pick me? >> this is something i wanted to do. i talked to the gm and everybody. thanks, coach, i don't know what to say right now. it's a dream come true to me. i always wanted to go to the nfl. may not be the circumstances i want but i'm there. >> way to go, eric legrande. this contract is ceremonial. it doesn't include money. it's not clear what kind of role he will have with the team. we know this, though, he's with the team. >> cool story. >> i know. >> it happened at a time before cell phone cameras. the space shuttle "challenger" disaster. this is how we all remember it right there. new amateur video surfaced from that day. we'll talk to the family who shot it, next. you're watching "early start." r kids are getting a dependable clean in the bathroom?
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good morning, orlando. 68 degrees right now and obviously quite dark. partly cloudy when the sun comes up, 92 degrees later on. on january 28th, 1986, the space shuttle "challenger" disaster devastated a nation. just 73 seconds after launch it exploded. the huffington post has now obtained new exclusive amateur video from that historic date. what we're about to show you, it might be tough for some viewers to watch, since it shows the destruction, the moments of destruction of the "challenger." >> three, two, one. and liftoff. >> beautiful, oh, beautiful, chris. >> oh, no.
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oh, no. something went wrong. they're coming back. >> something went wrong, they're coming back. they never did come back. all seven astronauts aboard the "challenger" died that day. tricia hunt, and steven who shot that video joins us now along with tim stenovic of the huffington post. we've seen the same pictures of that moment for years. here, years later, you've got these new images that bring it back to us but show it to us from a different angle. you were looking for wedding videos, hunting through your aunt and uncle's home, had a huge collection of videos and that's how you happened upon this? >> that's true. >> they were avid takers of video of the launches? >> i have multiple copies of different launches. they moved down to florida in about 1984. i think they went to every launch possible and made videos of almost every one. >> let's listen to hope and steven's reaction when they realize what has gone wrong
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here. please note, again, we're showing you the final moments of the "challenger." it might be troubling. these are the final moments. listen in particular to the two people taking the video and what they're saying. >> oh, no. oh, no. something went wrong. they're coming back. oh, no. stay with it, steven. stay with it. oh, no. oh, my god, help them. >> then they began praying for the astronauts. you can here someone say stay with it, steven, knowing they were watching history. >> why did they never make this public? >> i don't think they didn't realize that it was not a common thing for people to have copies of it. >> even people here at cnn say this is among the best video
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we've seen of that day. we live in an era of cell phone video when you get multiple angles and views of everything. this really was a very interesting and unique moment. for your aunt, in particular, she was a school nurse. she was rooting for christy mcauliffe. let's listen to the tape and tell me about her connection with christy mcauliffe. >> four, three, two, one. and liftoff. >> come on, chris. go, chris, go. oh, beautiful, chris. there you go, chris! go, chris, go. >> it almost brings tears to my eyes. she's cheering her on. >> yes, she is, both as a woman and a fellow new englander. she was very proud she was a school teacher as well. >> that's why so many of us
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weren't even space nuts were connected to that launch. that was what the point was. the point was to put a real person, educator on. >> yes. >> i want to bring in tim here. this huffington post, she brought this to you guys. >> yes. >> what was your first reaction, tim, when you saw this? >> my first reaction is we've all seen the video of the "challenger" exploding. we've all seen it break apart. what we haven't seen is this through the eyes of somebody who was there. and i think what this video does, is it gives us really an experience of what it was like to be there on that day. >> the reaction. >> just to hear the reaction. when i was first watching this with our senior science editor, did she know her? was this a member of her family? it's almost like they knew each other, like a member of her family was going into space. i think that's among what's most compelling about this video, is
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that there was a connection between the two educators. >> and that's so amazing. tricia, tell me a little bit more about your aunt and uncle and what they would think about all of this hoopla about their video after all these years. >> i think she would be overwhelmed but also like it to refocus things on nasa, she would like to see that program continue. but she would be overwhelmed, i think. >> it's so nice of you to bring it to us. tricia hunt, thank you so much. steven, also, thank you so much for joining us. news editor of the huffington post. i'll try to get it out. >> christine, thanks. we are not far off from getting an unprecedented look inside the world of al qaeda like you have never seen before. 9:00 a.m. eastern time this morning, some of the documents that were seized in the raid on
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bin laden's compound last year are going to be posted online for you to see. they're being released by the army's combatting terrorism center. it's located at the u.s. military academy at west point. he's a human rights champion and a chinese dissident. chen guangcheng is now pleading with president obama to help him and his family get out of his country, china. chen says his phones are being monitored, his wife is being threatened and that a deal between the united states and china won't actually protect any of them. chen spent six days holed up in the u.s. embassy in beijing after escaping 18 months of house arrest. over 100 health care professionals in 7 different cities have been arrested and charged with bilking medicare and the tally? $452 million. this is the biggest medicare fraud bust in history. yes. wow. arrests apparently coming in from los angeles, chicago,
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miami, houston, tampa, detroit and baton rouge. here's a better story about medicine. how about this? a brand new facebook feature launched and boy what a frenzy for organ donation. the feature sends users to a link to the state and national donor registries. it launched yesterday. and guess what? already just california says that it has seen an 800% increase in the number of people signing up for organ donation. >> this is so important. it's so important. >> 500 million facebook users logging on every day. >> that's right. >> if just a small percentage of them decided to click that link and say i'm okay with it, i'll sign up. imagine. >> i know. changing the world. up next, the mom under fire for allegedly taking her -- under fire. that's a good use of the word. taking her 5-year-old daughter to a tanning booth. >> look at that. look at the picture. unbelievable. >> it doesn't look real. >> okay. she faces a judge, potentially a
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beautiful? >> i don't know where this is going. >> i knew i was going to put her on the spot. samantha brick is one pretty lady, according to her. >> a free lance writer for the daily mail. she wrote a column about how hard it is, look at her being so beautiful. she says it's not just the endless attention i get from all the men who tell me i look so pleasing, again, there are the pictures. it's the jealous women who have supposedly frozen her out of promotion and being a brides maid because they don't want to be overshadowed at their weddings. a 14-year-old british teenager had a nice response to that and decided to post a reality check on youtube. and can i just say, it is dripping with sarcasm. have a listen. >> you're air began and self-centered and i think it's wrong of you to do that. personally, i think you look like a cross-eyed barbie doll. this isn't the issue here. i think you're air began the and self-centered because you have a
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total lack of any grasp on reality or empathy. i would compare your intelligence to that of a three-legged dog on cocaine but then i'd have to issue an apology to canines. do you think you have the slightest shred of intelligence or knowledge or wisdom? >> calling the ep of 30 rock, hire that kid has a writer. >> did i tell you, 14? >> 14. a woman appearing in court and pleading bronze. really. the mother accused of causing burns to her young daughter by taking her into a tanning booth pleaded not guilty yesterday to a child endangerment charge. she says her 5-year-old little girl got sunburned outside. she admits she took the girl to the salon but waited outside the booth and compared it to taking her daughter along on errands like going to the grocery store.
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she could face a decade in prison. her husband says she doesn't have a problem, she likes to tan. >> stop what you're doing and look at this screen at this moment at that suntan. and ask yourself if the woman has a problem. you know, look, she has an argument in court. without question she has a case. she can win the case by the facts on the case. this has become the story. >> how old is she. >> 44. >> she has also said i'm addicted to tanning. >> this little girls needs to wear spf 30, red hair, fair skin. the moral of the story here, skin cancer not cool and -- >> in some states it's illegal for anyone under the age of 14 to go tanning. she does have a case. let me make that clear. there are facts that there were no witnesses to, so it could be true that the child had nothing to do with the tanning salon. but that picture, i can't get over the picture. >> i'm speechless. still to come on "early start," an early preview inside al qaeda.
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good morning to you and welcome to "early start." i'm ashleigh banfield. >> i'm criminhristine romans. zoraida is off today. we are hours away from the release of thetoday. documents and digital files and recordings found the night terror leader osama bin laden was shot dead. coming up, we are going to get a sneak peek of what they say. junior seau, another nfl great, gone too soon. this time from an apparent
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self-inflicted gunshot wound. >> he never say nothing to me. junior! >> the fans asking if the game he loved contributed to his death. we'll talk to a friend and former player, jamal anderson. left handcuffed in a federal holding cell for five days. no food, no water. forgotten. a college student saying he was sure at one point he was going to die. >> i had to do what i had to do to survive, you know. >> he even says he started carving a good-bye note to his mom into his arm with his own broken glasses. how he ended up there and more of this unbelievable tail tale just ahead. dissident chen guancheng is now pleading with president obama to get him out of china.
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he says he doesn't feel safe there, that a deal struck between china and the united states won't protect his family. he feels abandoned by the united states after being holed up in the u.s. embassy. he spoke to cnn's stan grant from his hospital room yesterday. >> translator: i would like to say, please do everything you can to get our whole family out. i'm very disappointed with the u.s. government. the embassy kept lobbying me to leave, he says, and promised to be with me at the hospital. but this afternoon soon after we got here, they were all gone. >> the u.s. ambassador to china, gary lockee, tells cnn at all points we were intent in carrying out his wishes and ensuring we could put together something that met his needs. he made it clear from the beg beginning he wanted to stay in china. we asked him if he wanted to go
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to the united states. he said no. in just a few hours from now, the proverbial curtain is going to be lifted off of some of osama bin laden's plans for future of al qaeda and also the way he was living before he died. it is a hall of documents, folks. hard drives, flash drives, all sorts of documents seized during the raid on the terror leader's hideout in pakistan nearly a year ago. it's all going to be made public online for you to see. maybe not all, but a lot. some of the information, including bin laden's orders to his followers but also his mind-set in the final isolated years. it certainly paints a picture of a man who was not only paranoid but a micromanager, often dictating his follower's every move. the author of the brand new book "manhunt," peter bergen has seen some of these documents, been inside that compound and one of the only people who has had a
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chance to interview bin laden himself. first of all, before i get to the details of the documents, which i'm fascinated with, what was it like inside that house? >> the overwhelming impression, ashleigh, they were not living large. this was 24 people in this compound. it's a big building, but their beds were basically bits of plywood hammered together, no air conditioning. hot in the summer. few gas heaters, as it gets cold in the winter. growing their own crops. it was a squalored suburban compound. >> it looks like rudimentry setup. >> three wives were there. they all had their own kitchen and their own sort of bathroom facilities. >> hole in the ground bathroom? >> it was a hole in the ground. so, you know, you -- and there was medicine scattered about.
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there was a ferocious assault. >> you could see the blood? >> yeah, on the ceiling where they shot him through the head. you could see the blood marks sort of spattered on the ceiling. >> tell me about the most significant documents you had a chance -- by the way, they didn't let you see everything. >> they're not going to release everything. there's more than 6,000 documents. some of them were trivial, some of them were significant and some of them are still operational. >> what stood out the most? >> this is bin laden unplugged. you never thought these memos would end up in the cia. >> did he sound kind of average? >> 48 pages. he would write these massive memos, advising his affiliate groups in somalia not to use their al qaeda in their name. it's going to be tough to fund raise if you use the word al qaeda. >> a branding problem? >> a branding problem. >> before you move on from that, i want to read something from your book about this branding
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problem and the ideas that bin laden had for al qaeda. he went on to nominate some new names. these are some suggestions. monotheism and jihad group, monotheism defending islam group, restoration of the caliphate group. muslim unity group. >> a dozen names like that. i didn't put them all in when i wrote the piece. so, these were not great names. >> what was the matter with al qaeda? not to us, but say to -- >> he thought the obama administration had done a rather effective job of rebranding the war on terror as a war on al qaeda and its allies and he was concerned that somehow if you rename renamed it with an islamic title, it would be a war on an islamic group. >> does that mean that the battle for the hearts and minds early on in a war was working?
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>> they were losing the war of ideas. al qaeda was definitely losing. not because united states was winning but because al qaeda was killing so many muslims. bin laden himself was very, very aware of how damaging, particularly in iraq, to the al qaeda brand. >> just the muslim civilians, not, say, the american civilians? >> yes. he was advising somalia where you're going to kill a lot of civilians. this was a constant theme. >> drone attacks, there's been a lot made about drone attacks. there it's a big issue right now with afghanistan. from what you've been able to surmi surmise, they're working. >> he was writing notes saying get my son out of the pakistani region. >> everyone else fight to the death but my 20-year-old son isn't safe here? >> he should go to the safest
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place in the middle east, also one of the richest countries in the world instead of staying in the afghanistan tribal region. >> the last question is that the document does come out in the next 24 hours. people will be able to read a lot of the 6,000, not all. will it damage the brand? i follow this had guy. he was trying to protect himself and his son. >> the brand was already damaged but this will do more damage to it. >> i can't wait to read your book. peter bergen, thank you for getting up early and coming in to speak with us. christine? >> fascinating stuff, ashleigh. whether the game is to blame for the death of junior seau. he was found yesterday in his home dead from an apparent self-inflicted gun shot wound to the chest. he leaves behind four children. still not clear if any possible brain trauma played a rolement this may have been the second time he tried to kill himself. back in 2010, he drove his car
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off a cliff and survived. there were some suspicions back then but police later concluded it was an accident caused by lack of sleep. at 6:30 eastern we'll speak to former running back jamal anderson, who knew junior seau. a college student from san diego is suing the drug enforcement agency for $20 million, after being left handcuffed without food, without water for nearly five days in a cell. 23-year-old daniel chung was one of nine people detained last month after dea agents raided a suspected drug house. he was never charged with a crime. >> he screamed hundreds of times for help. he began to dig into the walls, thinking he could get water that way. >> i had to do what i had to do to survive. >> the acting special agent in charge of the dea san diego
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office has apologized to chung. he was ordered an investigation and says he is deeply troubled by this incident. tears and testimony marking a dramatic day in the trial of former presidential candidate john edwards. his daughter, kate, reportedly leaving the courtroom yesterday, crying, just as testimony began. testimony about a fight between john edwards and his wife, elizabeth. in the courtroom, edwards turned to his daughter and mouthed the word, i don't know what's coming. do you want to leave? that's when kate left the courtroom, wiping away tears. that fight took place in an airport in 2007. she was fighting breast cancer and it was just reported that edwards was having an affair with rielle hunter. minnesota twin, overpowering fashion, striking out nine batters in a 9-0 win. the second no-hitter in the majors in less than two weeks. ashleigh? >> christine, thank you.
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inside al qaeda, inside the mind of osama bin laden and even inside that place in islamabad. some of the documents are said to be posted online 9:00 am eastern time. they're being released by the army's combating terrorism cent center. 13 people are charged in the hazing death of robert champion. 11 of them face a felony hazing charge, which carries a maximum penalty of six years. two will face misdemeanor charges. champion's mother was disappointed that the punishments were not more severe. champion collapsed and died after a hazing ritual. three people managed to escape from this 7,200 square foot inferno. they were treated for smoke inhalation, but otherwise okay.
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hayes, also known as the voice of the chef in south park died of a heart attack inside that home in 2008. >> an anonymous bidder paid nearly $120 million for that. a pastel version of an iconic painting. "the scream," highest ever at sotheby's, which handled the auction. it's the highest price ever paid for a work of art. the previous record was a picasso that sold for more than $106 million two years ago. >> for the scream. >> think how famous that is. that picture, so famous. >> business story, girlfriend. >> oh, yeah. >> holy moly. to china, travelers at an airport may be thrilled to have a delayed flight. look what they get to see.
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not a joke. the airport has decide d to hir cheerleaders to entertain passengers while they wait. folks there say that the cheerleaders demonstrate spirit and then perform routines that soothe the emotions of the passengers. >> oh, my. >> i love it. let's get a quick check of today's weather. rob marciano will have some kind of magical segue. >> for those of you at the airport wanting some entertainment, can you dance? >> no, i can't. just trying to imagine some of the cheers they would be throwing out there, you know. >> don't freak out. on the gate at -- >> let's board now. let's board now. anyway, i'll take it. in the atlanta airport every once in a while some guy is twinkling the ivories there in the grand piano before you enter security. dance team out there to give it a whirl. you may have some delays across the i-95 area. there's your transition, from
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boston to philly. this round of showers has moved through. for the most part, it will be dry and we'll start to see things warm up. wet across the ohio river valley. out of sharonville, ohio, they got between 4" and 6" of rain in a short period of time. this truck parking lot was inundated with a fair amount of water. it's dry at the moment. chicago, temperatures up and over 80 degrees. with that heat comes humidity and showers interrupting that daytime heat. also flooding in the streets in mobile. from buffalo, detroit and toronto -- this map doesn't highlight that but the friends across the border will see the potential for downpours. temperatures will be well up and over seasonal averages. 84 degrees expected in chicago. another mid 80s in d.c.
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get on your planes and bring your pompoms. >> rah, rah, siss, boom, ba. >> i'm disappointed you didn't dance. it was a fair request. hard-hitting moments. let's check out this video. somebody going after a crook and leveling that crook. it's a woman, too, by the way, the crook. all of this happening in a walmart parking lot in port st. lucie, florida. the man who went after the crook, went after the woman was sean cox, an iraq war vet, coming out of nowhere in that picture to attack. that thief had a surprise, a knife and stabbed the vet in the neck. >> i really, really appreciate you helping me. not many people would do that. >> i served a tour in iraq. so i guess that made things right in my head to help people
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like that. >> wow! listen, that's pretty nice. you are a hero in many ways. can't believe you're able to get up and talk after that incident. police say that thief too many took off with the purse and made off in a dodge pickup and this morning is apparently still at large. >> something about being a good samaritan, you don't know what the other person is going to do, a knife, a gun. >> you don't. shawn cob, an iraqi war vet, you would think, has come up against a lot worse and then comes back to america to be stabbed by some loser who does that. baggage fee. how does it sound to pay $1 h00o check -- no, no, not a checked bag. a carry on bag. $100 for a carry on bag. good morning, atlanta. beautiful sky line and your lovely sunrise. 6:19 am in the east. don't hit snooze. you're watching "early start." a party?
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23 minutes now past the top of the hour. thanks for joining us on "early start." u.s. markets closed. dow coming off that four-year high christina and i were talking about and also take a look. those two were closing down the mid arrow. what's that about? >> until now it's been stronger than expected corporate profits. companies have been doing well, even though you may not feel like you have. the earning season is now over and the jobs report is due out tomorrow. we'll see if they can get more
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than 120,000 jobs created in the month, which isn't enough to raise anybody's living standard or lower the unemployment rate. the other big story, more baggage fees. spirit airlines says it's raising the prices for bags in general. right now, they charge $45 for those big carry-on bags right at the airport gate when you're about to board. that number will go up to $100 per carry on. not checked bag, carry on. that starts in november. this applies to the bigger carry-ons that go in the overhead compartment. smaller bags like purses and briefcases, those fit under the seat and are still free. this is how spirit and other cheap ticket airlines make their money. it's called the a la carte pricing method. you use more jet fuel to carry more stuff, you're going to pay for it. >> the new business. are you ready? >> what?
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welcome back to "early start." i'm ashleigh banfield. in this past hour, here's what's happening. chinese human rights hero, chen guangcheng is now pleading with president obama to please get me and my family out of china. he is now fearing for his life and his family's life as well. a lot of those files that were seized during the raid on osama bin laden's compound will be posted online. we're told that the documents include audio, video and the best. some of the handwritten notes of bin laden himself. feast your eyes on that one.
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angel on the mound. that's what we like to call it, anyway. l.a. angels pitcher jered weaver did a no -hitter, mowing throug the lineup in a 9-0 win. congratulations to him. >> thank you, ash. death of a former football star is raising questions about long-term brain injury in the sports elite players. junior seau was found dead to a gunshot wound to the chest yesterday. investigators are treating this case as a suicide right now. his ex-wife told a local paper on tuesday he texted her and each of their children separate messages "i love you." now questions whether head trauma from his play iing days could have affected seau. this, as a new lawsuit will be filed against the nfl this morning on behalf of 114 former players who says the league hasn't done enough. one of those players, jamal anderson, who joins us now. former nfl player and a friend of junior seau's.
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first off, i want to say, jamal, i'm sorry. you knew him. you were friends with him. tell me what kind of guy he was. >> junior was a terriffantastic terrific teammate for those who played with him, miami dolphins and patriots. a fantastic person. a guy who gave back, meant so much to the community in san diego. energetic guy, type of guy who you see in the photos would always smile, have a hug and welcoming the people. it was really important for junior seau to give back to his community, to his community of oceanside. his foundation donated some $4 million to this date to the community in helping kids in impoverished neighborhoods, helping kids go to school. just tough. such a good guy and so unexpected. >> he was just in a charity golf -- played a round of charity golf on tuesday. >> right. >> but he was somebody who --
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look, obviously he loved his career. the end of that career must be difficult. it must be difficult for a lot of nfl players. he was considered a likable, high-spirited guy. in 2007, he was sued for calling two women slurs. and he had these episodes of being a little aggressive. in 2010, he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. after that, he drove his car off a cliff and survived. did you notice any changes in his personality? could there be anything to explain these? a lot of people are talking about the head hits. he was a linebacker. >> no, he was. junior was a linebacker for a number of years. he was a physical, physical, ferocious player, a very intense player, the type of guy you would be assured of, if anybody on a football team was going to give 110% and be as physical as possible on the football team, you could count on it being number 55 in junior seau. i've got no answer, christine, for the things that have transpired in his life in any
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form or fashion in a negative sense. but to say that i know the type of person junior seau was and the type of person he tried to be on a continuing basis. this is a shock to so many people. frankly, when the news hit me yesterday and i got a phone call, i was like, who? you're talking about what? there's so many people that are so surprised. obviously, it was heartbreaking seeing his mom on the news last night. and just -- you know, anybody around junior seau, anybody who met junior seau -- when he was in atlanta, he made a point of calling me. hey, i'm coming in town. let's go play golf or go to dinner. same thing in san diego. i used his venue for an event i wanted to house. he was so open and welcome, had many, many mutual friends and family during the two and growing up in southern california. he was a guy i watched at usc and looked up to. >> so young. >> having an opportunity to play against him for the first time
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in an nfl game. everybody was just like, wow, it's junior seau. >> 43 years old. i think there's eight players from his original team who are gone under the age of 45. >> unfortunately, yes, junior makes the eighth player from the san diego chargers '94 super bowl team and terribly unfortunate irony that the number of guys who have passed now -- i don't know what happened. i'm waiting, really, really waiting to see what happens with this police investigation. i don't know what junior's mental health was like at the time. i can't speak to that personally. i just know who he is and the type of person he is. and i have my own thoughts and beliefs. i just would like to wait to see what happens with this investigation. i'm not prepared to say that co the other based on the type of person -- >> you don't believe he committed suicide? >> i will wait for the
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investigation. junior seau, three kids, very close to his family. tight, close-knit community. not a lot of them who ascend to this level of success, junior seau. it's a hard pill to swallow. we'll see. it's just so sad. it's just so sad, christine, for football players and football fans to lose a guy, charismatic, talented, energetic, great guy like this in the community. it's really sad. >> jamal anderson, thanks for like giving us your personal take on this story today. >> thank you. >> nice to see you this morning. jamal anderson, former nfl football player. san francisco transit worker has been fired for giving a n d needy student a year's worth of tickets. it cost about 16 bucks or so.
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the agent gave him $300 worth of paid but unused tickets for the city's bus and subway system. that's a violation of the transit system's policy. unused tickets go back into a general fund. >> tickets that still have value on them can't be just given away. it's like cash for us. >> there is good news in the end for this teenager. there's a woman who watched the story and heard about t she contacted the school where the teenager attends and is pledging to pay for his transportation until he graduates. dare devil nick wolenda is finally fulfilling a childhood dream, receiving permission to walk a tight rope across niagara falls because the wolenda's have these kind of childhood dreams. he will attempt this feat on june 15th on live tv. it require aid policy change by the state parks commission. not only that, there had to be
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approval given by the new york state legislature as well. no word on whether he has to go through customs in order to get to the other side or whether he'll end up in canada. >> what's harder, the paperwork or actually walking the tightrope. >> i know the answer to that one. >> the paperwork. >> you bet ya. we'll tell you about michele bachmann's big announcement today. a quick check on the weather story for today, especially if you're traveling or going anywhere. hey, rob. good morning, guys. it will be warm. in some cases, showery threat exists from the del mar across the border in ontario, omaha, nebraska as well. threat for downpours, which yesterday created some flooding situations. where it's not raining on the eastern third of the country, it will be warm and humid. heat pump is on, late june, early july-like pattern. 84 for the high, 85 in d.c. and the rain has passed in new york, 65 degrees. [ male announcer ] if you stash tissues
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good morning, pittsburgh. here's what it looks like for you today. scattered storms, 64 degrees right now. but you are warming up. it's going to be a great day for you. 86 degrees. can you say spring? no, how about summer? a couple of kumbaya moments, you might say, after a couple of cut-throat months we've had to go through. rick santorum is said to meet privately with mitt romney in
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pennsylvania. they're saying we're going to talk about the conservative values of this party and of this campaign. later today, though, michele bachmann is said to endorse romney at a campaign stop in virginia. even newt gingrich seems to be coming around slowly, too, after dropping out of the race yesterday. >> i've been asked sometimes, is mitt romney conservative? and my answer is simple. compared to barack obama? >> that is simple, isn't it? paul steinhauser is live in washington this morning. i never think i'm going to hear newt that short spoken, but there you were. out of newt, rick and michelle, which endorsement is the most important to mitt romney? >> i would say santorum. you showed that live picture of pittsburgh. we learned that the meetling take place in pittsburgh. the former senator hails from pittsburgh, pennsylvania. no endorsement at athat meeting
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but aides say, yeah, it's going to be a get together. no cameras. they're trying to keep this thing quiet. no media, no press. as you mentioned they'll talk about conservative issues important to the former senator and his backers. that's why it's so important. mitt romney really wants rick santorum's endorsement. in the primary he did really well with tea party backers, social conservatives, blue collar republicans, people that mitt romney didn't do so well with. >> they're going to talk about those issues and the endorsement is important. is it also possible what kind of role do i have in your administration if you win and then you'll get my endorsement. >> sure, and what kind of role might i have in this election campaign? and they'll never talk about that in public. talk about social conservative in tea party, michele bachmann can help out there as well. her campaign didn't go very far,
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she ended it it after the iowa caucuses, but still popular with a lot of tea party activists. her endorsement can help. very friendly person, someone that can relate to people. helping out on the campaign trail will be a plus for mitt romney. >> there's some new polling out. >> exactly. let's look at them. the two biggest swing states, the two most important. florida, out just a couple of minutes ago, quinnipiac university, obama did have a bit of advantage in the last poll they had out. going to ohio, you can see basically the same story, a slight margin there for obama, for the president. but again within the sample iin error, dead even. romney is pretty much the unified nominee on the republican side and there in
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pennsylvania you can see the president with an eight-point advantage. >> we'll talk to you again. paul, thanks. >> thank you. christine, over to you. >> soledad o'brien joins us now to look at what's ahead on "starting point." good morning to you. we'll talk to president obama's half sister. she has a new book out about her very diverse family, talks about what it was like meeting her brother, now the president, for the very first time and we'll sit down with bobby jindal, once talked about as presidential material. what about vice presidential material? name is being battered around at potential vp talk. diana mendosa talks about racial slurs from someone else on the show who was a teammate. pioneering an original youtube channel for women. explain what they're doing. if you're headed to work, check out the rest of our show on
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we're about to get an unprecedented look at the world inside al qaeda and inside the mind of its deceased leader. some of the documents seized in the raid on bin laden's compound last year will be released online by the u.s. military academy at west point. u.s. hero and dissident chen guangcheng is pleading with president obama to help him get out of china. a deal between the u.s. and china this week, he says, will not protect any of his family. he escaped 18 months of house arrest and was holed up in the u.s. embassy in beijing. two elementary school workers smacking a special needs student in the face several times. the video was captured on school bus surveillance camera. it shows the women struggling to
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put a safety harness on this child. the alleged victim is a 10-year-old boy, who is not able to speak. two women have been arrested and charged with assault and battery. >> you can bet that video will be played at the trial. florida governor rick scott is rejecting a request from the mayor of tampa to ban guns in the downtown area while the republican convention is going on, in august. governor scott telling the mayor that conventions and guns have been coexisting since america's birth and will continue to do so. accused of stealing absentee ballots in his city's primary last year. douglas campbell is the mayor of austin, indiana. police say he conspired with a sanitation worker and both men drove to homes, asking residents to hand over their ballots. one woman says campbell filled out her ballot for her. he says he's innocent. high school lacrosse player
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in florida has been suspended for sucker punching another player. in ft. lauderdale, the video shows the player he knocked out for less than a minute and appeared okay. he has been suspended from classes for at least a week. hollywood's elite by doing this. getting down on your knees, posing for pictures s for yourn star on the walk of fame. she will next be seen in the movie "hitchcock." she'll play that role of actress janet leigh. i cannot wait. a mom arrested for taking her 5-year-old daughter to the tanning booth. she says it was all a big misunderstanding. what's the headline here, christine? >> the headline is not there, but tan-orexia. >> tan-orexic, tan-tastic. all energy development comes with some risk,
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55 minutes past the top of the hour. note to self, don't dress your baby like a zebra. >> oh, my. >> check out the lion at the oregon zoo. oh, my goodness. that is some video, i'll tell you. that tape shows the lion clawing away, trying to bite at a small child on the other side of that very, very protective piece of glass. the kid, no idea. just doing his thing. check out the kid. brave little guy. once he does get wind of it, doesn't even worry about it. just, hey, mom, take the picture. family decided to videotape this. >> i kind of feel bad for the lion. all he wants is a little lunch. >> oh, good loord, look at that. such frustration. i don't know that i could hold the video camera if that was my
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son, even knowing it was protective glass. a mother appearing in court. >> do you know why it's unbelievable? it's on the cover of both new york tabloids this evening, toast of the town. >> one of our crusade she's hot. >> she's warm. >> accused of causing burns to her young daughter by taking her into a tanning booth. she claims the whole story is a lie, that her 5-year-old daughter got sun burned outside on a very warm day. i will say it was 90 degrees on that day in april in the area when this happened. she admits she took the girl to the salon but waited outside the booth. the little girl. she admits to taking her daughter along with her on errands, including the grocery store. she could face a decade in prison. >> this is the reason, though, that the story is getting such traction. that little fair-haired girl, standing next to her mother who truly looks like she's been painted or something. >> i know. >> wait till the video pans
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over. look at that picture, people. it's not a joke. it's not lighting. it's not makeup. it is truly what she looks like. i think that is maybe why the story is getting more traction. >> $99 pass, she could tan as much as she wanted. the local place, tanned about 20 times a month, two-thirds of the time. they're sick and tired of all this publicity, people staked out, taking pictures of the tanning salon and they would rather she goes some place else now. >> i would suggest she shouldn't go to another tanning booth for a while, athe least not until this case is over. it's not looking good. a lot of you are going to like this. sharks with lasers. i am not kidding. check it out. marine biologist and a celebrity shark handler named luke triple decided to answer a challenge on facebook. it's not a joke. the picture is real. he attached a low-level green laser to a lemon shark.
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all of this happening off the coast of the bahamas last month. took the photos for proof. you may be wondering why. he wanted to prove he could do it but also wanted to test out his scientific clamp and see if sharks did avoid laser energy as other sharks swam by. there are scientific applications. the bigger story is that it is just so cool and awesome. you know, i have one simple request. and that is to have sharks with freakin' laser beams attached to their heads. now evidently my cycloptic friend tells me that can't be done. >> that is why it's so cool. also commission the velocity and real time of sharks. there are scientific applications. it's not just as ywesome cool, awesome possible, apparently. "starting point" with soledad o'brien starts right now. welcome, everybody, to
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"starting point" this morning. a look inside the mind of osama bin laden. two hours away from his personal documents, including handwritten notes being released to the public. we'll talk to one of the very few people who has had a chance to see them and look at what's hidden inside that can tell us what bin laden was thinking about, including terror attacks. a chinese dissident is pleading with president obama, get my family out of china. and also nfl great junior seau gone too soon. apparently, suicide. his mother, overcome with grief. >> he never said something for me. junior! >> the question today is did the game contribute to his death? we'll speak to his friend and former nfl player, jamal anderson. my conversation with president obama's half sister, what he told her the first time they met when they were in their 20s and what she said

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