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motor city go bankrupt. how much 7 million americans owe? the goal is to prevent rates from doubling but the problem how to pay for it. a new hbo movie trying to get americans off the couch and on the treadmill. we're tipping the scales big-time. will a movie motivate you to be healthy? "newsroom" begins right now. every day about 1.5 million americans board airplanes. this morning they have a big question. is it safe to fly? no doubt there's good reason for that concern. this new plot centered around a nonmetallic explosive designed to slip through airport detectors similar to a bomb aboard a flight in 2009. a malfunction may be the only reason those passengers survived. the latest plot also targeted an international flight coming into the united states. that was foiled two weeks ago.
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the investigation is still unfolding. a short time ago we heard from white house chief adviser or counterterrorism. the big question how worried should we be that this bomb and others like it would not be detected by current safeguards. >> this i.ed was a threat from the standpoint of the design we've been able to determine and so now we're trying to make sure that we take the measures that we need to to prevent any other type of ied from getting through security procedures. >> so will ramped up vigilance mean new security measures again for u.s. travelers? a former assistant director of the fbi is in washington. good morning, tom. >> good morning, carol. >> a lot of people are about to board airplanes, are they safe? >> i think they're no safer than they were before all of this happened. the second thing i would like to add is there's nothing new in any of this.
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richard reid got on airplane with explosives similar undetected. the underwear bomber undetected boarding an airplane in amsterdam bound for the united states. so whoever was going to have this chemical on their body to bring in, it probably was undetected. dogs can't smell it. unless you have sophisticated screening where you can see through the clothing and see if there's bulges or something on a body or around a body that doesn't belong there, you're not going to detect it. i would also like to add i just flew back to the united states on sunday boarding a plane nonstop landing at dulles airport sunday evening and there were no advance measures. i didn't have to take my shoes off, my belt off. no hand checking of the luggage beyond going through the belt. so even though this may have been uncovered weeks or months ago, apparently some of the other security agencies around the world didn't get the memo.
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>> it kind of makes you crazy though. you would think that the tsa would be developing new technology or figuring out new ways to pat-down flyers as they go through security since they know that x-ray machines and even those full body scanners can't pick up certain kinds of bombs. >> even if they could do it, i don't know if the public would stand for the type of screening that would be required. ten years ago richard reid tried to detonate a shoe bomb and we had to put our shoes on the belt in u.s. airports ever since. in 2009, an attempt to explode a device in underwear. haven't seen anyone's underwear on these belts. i know it sounds funny or sarcastic, but it's the truth. people are not going to stand for the kind of intrusive examination that would be required to be 100% sure that someone doesn't have something hidden like that and it would probably bring airport travel or airline travel to a screeching halt if you were trying to do
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this to the million plus passengers as you mentioned every single day boarding aircraft in or around or to the united states. >> so i fly a lot. my family flies a lot. i would like to be safe and know i'm safe onboard a plane. what am i supposed to do? sit on the plane and be ever vigilant and take care of myself and my fellow passengers through observation? >> apparently, yes. that's what the passengers were credited with being vigilant when he tried to ignite the bomb on the detroit bound aircraft. the moral of the story is there are not enough sophisticated machines which would have to be deployed worldwide to actually detect this particular -- if it's petn or similar powdered explosives ignited by liquid chemicals carried in plastic or glass containers. you are not looking at anything new in the sense that it's a
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nonmetallic device. they've been nonmetallic since richard reid in 2001. >> tom, thank you so much. in 20 minutes we'll talk with congressman mike rogers. head of the house intelligence committee and one of the few lawmakers briefed on the details of this investigation. making news this morning, it's deadline day for the pentagon. house oversight committee wants defense secretary leon panetta to hand over what he knows about 12 military personnel caught up in last month's prostitution scandal in colombia. that scandal cost nine secret service agents their jobs. voters in north carolina are deciding whether the state should change its constitution to ban same-sex marriages. if passed, marriage would be defined as union between one woman and one man and invalidate all civil unions and domestic partnerships of straight and same-sex couples. north carolina is also won of the three states holding
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primaries today. the other states are west virginia and indiana. this will give mitt romney a chance to pick up more delegates. needs just a little more than 300 more to clinch the republican presidential nomination. besides choosing a presidential candidate, voters in indiana must also decide if senator dick lugar will keep his job. the six-term challenger is fa r facing a loss. >> we've had a very vigorous campaign. essentially the bulk of the money being spent on the campaign has been by so-called outside interest and people have run negative ads for millions of dollars and not only the sup supsupe super pac but others i believe hoosiers will vote for me today.
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>> rick santorum throws support behind mitt romney for president in an e-mail. santorum told supporters in the 13th paragraph of that e-mail he made his decision after meeting with romney on friday. he says the two men agree president obama must be defeated. santorum dropped out of the republican race last month. prince harry salutes wounded war vets and asks united states and britain to give them everything they need. the prince met with a group of wounded troops that competed at the warrior games. two hours later he was honored with humanitarian leadership award by former secretary of state colin powell. >> if i may, i would like to accept the award on behalf of my brother, william, our foundation, all of those on both sides of the atlantic who worked so tirelessly to support our wounded veterans but particularly for the guys because this is their award. >> another royal gets recognized next month when queen elizabeth celebrates 60 years on the
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it's 11 minutes past the hour. a manhunt is now under way for a kidnapping suspect and two young sisters who may be in extreme danger. two bodies found in shallow graves have now been identified as their mother and another sister. the four family members disappeared a week and a half ago. cnn's martin savidge -- this is a sad story. >> a horrible story. the only hope is that we can find 12-year-old alexandria and 8-year-old alive and well. they are believed to be in the company of adam mayes. 35 years of age. he's the prime suspect here. he's also a longtime family friend according to authorities. and it all began on april 27th when joanne and her three daughters disappeared. at that time authorities it appears thought she might have gone off with adam mayes on her
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own. they brought in adam mayes and realized the stories didn't make sense. they went to his property in mississippi and found two shallow graves. it was revealed late last night that inside the shallow graves was the mother and oldest daughter. now the concern becomes for those two young children. the 8 year old and 12 year old. a major manhunt under way in western tennessee, northern mississippi. they need the public's help. there's a $50,000 reward. money is not the thing here. it's finding those two young girls and finding them alive and well and authorities say right now the key is finding adam mayes. >> tell me who he is and how he's related to the family.
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>> this makes the story striking. he has been a friend of the family for years. he's told many people that he considers those girls to be his own. some have wondered whether he's delusional thinking they are his own or whether he's just imp implying they are close. he's been on vacation with the family. he was in the family's home the night before they vanished. they were preparing to move to arizona. we should point out he goes out by a couple aliases. christopher zachary wild is one name. paco rodriguez is another. it's also believed that he has now changed the identities or attempted to of the girls cutting their hair and perhaps dyeing the hair as well. look at that face. >> also a phone number for people to call. if you think you have seen this man, call that number so those little girls hopefully might be found alive. >> already a tragedy we're trying to prevent it from growing much, much worse.
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>> martin savidge, thank you. 14 minutes past the hour. checking top stories now, u.s. intelligence officials this morning unraveling a terror plot to bring down an international flight bound for the united states. the plot involved a nonmetallic explosive designed to slip sl through airport detectors. about an hour from now, the head of u.s. border patrol will be on capitol hill to lay out a new tragedy for securing the border. he favors a more targeted approach in high risk areas. north carolina is one of three states holding primaries today. the other states are west virginia and indiana. this will give mitt romney a chance to pick up more delegates. he needs just a little more than 300 to clinch the republican presidential nomination. a billionaire heiress knew some of the money was not going
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john edwards' trial enters the third week with more crucial testimony about donations from billionaire rachel mellon.
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$50 million would be a chip shot for the heiress to endow a foundation he intended to create. >> reporter: the prosecution in the john edwards trial coming off a day that was both very good for the government and not so good at all. their high point came with the witness who returns to the stand this morning. a neighbor of john edwards and a former side kick andrew young. he told a story about how he agreed to drive a mysterious pregnant woman wearing sunglasses at 4:00 in the morning to an airport hangar in a private plane. he later figured out the woman was edwards' mistress, hunter. the testimony tracked with what young told the jury at the start of the trial. meanwhile, the testimony that came in that was damaging to the government was offered by the
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attorney to mrs. mellon who was supposed to be a prosecution witness but dealt a big blow by explaining that one of her large checks that eventually was used by the mistress could not be a campaign donation. he also testified it was his understanding that john edwards was not supposed to know about the payments that were being made to keep the affair out of sight. prosecutors have said they hope to wrap up their case on thursday. among the witnesses expected on the stand today, a woman edwards' report ledly asked to draft a statement admitting his affair with hunter. joe johns, greensboro, north carolina. now is your chance to talk back on one of the big stories of the day. the question this morning how much are you willing to sacrifice your privacy to be safe. we've gone back and forth on airline security. seems like when there's a threat, americans want the government to do anything it can to protect us. when the threat fades, there's anger over the invasiveness of
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full body scanners and pat downs. the tsa responded by scaling back searches of children and elderly. we learned the united states thwarted a terror attempt with this twist. this would have been an undetectible bomb on an airliner coming into the united states, a bomb like the one warn by the detroit underwear bomber. a plastic explosive but with no metallic content so metal detectors would not find it. those full body scanners might show an underwear bomb or might not. either way, one thing is for sure. terrorists are trying hard to outsmart our security devices. >> people don't want to talk about the technology and the fact that they are improving their technology and i think these guys are very, very good. if they continue to adapt, i think we should consider this a very real threat to our aviation. >> for congressman peter king, the latest terror plot proves america needs to remain
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vigilant. >> this is very sophisticated deadly organization and they have one goal in mind. that's to destroy western civilization particularly the united states. we can never, ever let our guard down. >> vigilant, yes. when it comes to personal liberty, where do you draw the line? so the talkback question for you today, how much are you willing to sacrifice your privacy to be safe? facebook.com/carolcnn. i'll read your responses later this hour. so what more is being done to keep terrorists from boarding an airliner? the head of the house intelligence committee joins us live from capitol hill. that's coming your way next. don't forget if you are heading out the door, you can take us with you. watch us any time on your mobile or computer. just head to cnn.com/tv. ♪ ♪
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good morning to you. i'm carol costello. 25 minutes past the hour. back to our top story. i want to take a closer look at
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the man suspected of being at the center of this latest terror plot. he's believed to be al qaeda's master bombmaker. he's blamed for two of the most bold plots against the united states. the 2009 underwear bomb that malfunctioned aboard a detroit bound flight and the 2010 printer bombs one connected flight away from reaching the united states. in 2009, he fitted his own brother with an underwear bomb. we'll have more on that in a moment. al asiri is almost a legend among terrorists. tell us more, brian. >> officials here say that the device that was seized was similar to ones previously used by that group, al qaeda in the arabian peninsula. the group as you mentioned has this master bombmaker on america's radar for at least a few years. one u.s. official says a man suspected of involvement in this effort is a bomb making
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mastermind for al qaeda in the arabian peninsula. he's believed to have planned the 2009 plot to kill saudi arabia's interior minister by placing the bob in the rectal cavity of his own brother. the brother was killed but the minister escaped. i asked the former top aviation security official about implanted bombs. >> it tells me that we have exhausted capabilities of technology available to us. there's no way we can take the next step after the body scanners to figure out when a person carries a device inside his body. >> experts say those full body scanners which we once tested out can see through clothing and find breast implants, contours but cannot detect bombs inside of the body. i spoke with a chief trauma surgeon at washington hospital center about how terrorists might try to pull this off.
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do you need a hospital to do this or can you do it in a terrorist field camp? what kind of training do you need? >> i think again the fundamental question is how well do you want to do it. if you want to do it to 20 people and have 19 of them die and one success that you can send on your mission, that would be easier. you could do that sloppy. if you want to do it well and expect them all to remain sterile and not cause infection, i think then you're largely talking about a hospital or clinic setting. >> the doctor says explosives could be implanted in abdomen or elsewhere or placed in fake hips or breast implants. he says a nonsophisticated bomb might last three to four days inside the body before complications set in. if it's a sophisticated surgery, maybe in a hospital or something, and if it is there, it could last months or weeks, weeks, months or even longer inside the body. we also have to emphasize that the revelation coming out of yesterday's information the plot
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that was revealed yesterday indicates that this latest device may have been somethinged more like an underwear bomb than a bomb implanted in someone's body. >> those bombs designed by this guy. do american officials know where he is? i mean, do they have a lead on him? >> it's unclear where he is right now. i think they believe he's somewhere in yemen. as far as exactly where he is, right now i think if they know they're not letting on right now. >> brian todd reporting live for us from washington. thank you. other stories we're keeping an eye on this morning, voters head to the polls in north carolina to decide whether the state should change its constitution to ban same-sex marriage. if passed, amendment one would define marriage as a union between one woman and one man. it would invalidated domestic partnerships of straight couples. rick santorum throws his support behind mitt romney for president in an e-mail.
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santorum told his supporters in the 13th paragraph of the e-mail that he made his decision after meeting with romney on friday. says the two men agreed president obama must be defeated. santorum dropped out of the republican race last month. about an hour from now, the head of the u.s. border patrol will be capitol hill to lay out his new strategy for securing the border. michael fisher hopes to convince lawmakers that america will be safe even if agents and cameras are not spread out along much of the border. he figures a more targeted approach in high-risk areas. great! tyler here will show you everything. check out our new mobile app. now you can use your phone to scan your car's vin or take a picture of your license. it's an easy way to start a quote. watch this -- flo, can i see your license?
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right now u.s. intelligence officials are scrambling to unravel the latest threat to air
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travelers. the plot targeted an international flight bound for the united states. it involved a nonmetallic explosive designed to slip through airport detectors now at fbi headquarters in quantico, virginia. saudi officials provided the key information that defused the threat. one of the big concerns now is whether other would be bombers are out there with similar devices. the white house counterterrorism adviser talked about that earlier on abc's "good morning america." >> you never know what you don't know. that's why the president directed us from the first days he was involved about this device that although we had the device in our control and we were confident that it was not going to pose a threat to the american public. >> joining me now is mike rogers. thank you for joining us, congressman. >> thanks, carol. >> so we know that the device is being looked at in quantico,
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virginia. will we one day know what they find? will that become public? >> probably not all of the details and for a very important reason. you don't want the bad guys in other places to know, a, the composition of this. it was more advanced than the christmas day bombers or underwear bomber's gear and still not something that we believe could have sgone throug security but we don't want the information widespread to go back to the work bench and come up with way to get around security which is important to know that they are trying to do that every single day and that's an important thing to remember in this. >> the reason i ask you this question and i understand the concerns is people need to know what to look for because they feel kind of helpless right now. what do you look for? >> well, in a case like this, that's why you have a security system at the airport to detect
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certain anomalies. you go through the x-ray machine. it's uncomfortable. you don't like it. you detect nonmetallic things that someone is trying to sneak into the airport and in this particular case many believe that that would have caught this particular device but i have to tell you, it's sophisticated. they have bright people spending lots of time -- all day long trying to develop something they can sneak through our airport security systems and that's why we have to be so vigilant and work with our liaison partners and work to try to find where these folks are and where they recruit and where they build these things and make sure they don't have the opportunity to operate. >> i want to ask you about the bombmaker in a second. i want to go back to how you can protect air travelers. many americans think privacy is being invaded already by the tsa. so if -- i don't know -- more
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stringent measures are put into place, will there be more backlash? >> preliminarily, many believe you won't have to have anything different than we have right now. the system in place would have detected this. that's the good news. the bad news is a lot of people don't like the systems that are in place at the tsa. so this is the one challenge that we have. these threats are real and they are serious. this is a device that was more sophisticated and had fail safed built into it and it was something that concerns us because it tells you that they bring capable people together to try to build something and that's why we have to be so aggressive about trying to find them and bring them to justice where they build, where they finance, where they recruit, where they train to do these things. >> i was a little confused
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because some senator feinstein saying this was an undetectible bomb but you say it was. >> the forensics are not done. many believe that the current x-ray system would have detected it. we don't know all of the facts yet. that's a preliminary conclusion. there are some things in it that are concerning, new technologies in this particular bomb that are concerning. however, we think under the current system it would have been detected through an extra type machine. >> let's talk about the bombmaker. al asiri, do we have a beat on where he is? >> we have an indication of the general area of where he is. that effort is ongoing. we understand the severity of
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what this would mean and so lots of attention paid right now to ramping up where he is and exactly how we get at him. >> i think the other thing people are curious about this bomb is now in u.s. hands and people are wondering did we confiscate it from some person who is still out there? do we know who that person is? can you answer any of those questions for us? >> i can say i feel very, very comfortable about the process of which we obtained it. the one thing that isn't talked about here that is a problem is the leak about the device being in fbi custody. very, very concerning. probably premature and shouldn't have happened. as chairman of the intel committee we'll ask questions about that these are things that you need to run all of the way to ground. as an old fbi agent you need to take your leads to the end to
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make sure you get the whole picture before you come to a conclusion and talk about your conclusion. a little bit concerning this got out as early as it did. there was some work to be done and we have to get a handle of that on this town. >> why does it concern you? doesn't the american public have a right to know that these kind of bombs are being made and we should protect ourselves? >> absolutely. at the end of that operation or investigative lead, absolutely. they have the right to know. during the process of that it is important if you are going to be successful that certain pieces of information be kept classified in order for you to meet the end, find the end, find the bombmaker, find that fill in the blank and make sure you can determine how we best handle getting not only just the bomb but the people who are building this. you can pretty much guess this is probably not the only one that they built. all of those things are very, very important and for it to
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come out when it did, i do argue that it was -- it was just not very helpful. we'll have to ramp it up and in this town and in a political season, people need to be a little more cautious. they need to be a lot more cautious about how they promote this information at a time when it may not have been most beneficial to the intelligence community to do it. >> are you saying it was deliberately leaked for political reasons? >> i can't say that. i just know that in political season funny things happen. we're going to ask as committee chairman lots of questions about this leak and we need to get this kind of thing tightened down as quickly as we possibly can so if something bad happens because it was leaked too early, that's a catastrophe. it's also a crime. so we need to be really careful about this kind of thing. we need to send a clear message to all of our intelligence community, our defense community, and to the
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administration, we will not tolerate leaks under any circumstances that jeopardize ongoing operations. >> will you suggest a congressional investigation? >> we're doing a preliminary ask of some serious questions as i speak. >> and the answers to those questions will determine whether a formal investigation should take place? >> that's correct. >> congressman rogers, thank you for joining us this morning. >> thanks, carol. alarms are going off today over the rising number of people who will be considered obese in 2030. hbo is taking the initiative in their documentary to help the cause. can tv make you skinny? sanjay gupta has the answer. if you see a car passing by with no one driving it, don't freak out. google is testing a self-driving car. it might be on the market sooner than you think. el great? actually it can. neutrogena® ultra sheer
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>> a self-driving car. wouldn't that be phenomenal? nevada is the first state to grant licenses for a car that drives itself. two people have to be inside the car in case something goes wrong but so far so good. the cars have traveled 200,000 miles in test runs without an accident. how long will you have to wait before you can get your hands on
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one of these prototypes? they could be available to the public in three to five years. actor john travolta calls a lawsuit accusing him of sexual assault a total lie and he's now fighting back. a.j. hammer has details. >> they call this fiction and fabrication. a male massage therapist identified as john doe says that travolta committed sexual assault and battery back on january 16th. the documentslaim among other things that travolta inappropriately touched him during the encounter and alleges saying sexual favors is how get ahead in hollywood. the massage therapist is seeking 2 million bucks. attorneys are fighting back. they have been telling some outlets that the actor wasn't even on the west coast the night in question. and they are promising to sue the plaintiff and the attorneys involved here.
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we have reached out to the attorneys and to travolta to get a comment on the story. haven't heard back yet. sometimes it's better not to respond publicly to these things which do happen a lot but sometimes you got to make a bold statement that you're going to fight back because that can help quiet down other potential lawsuits. they do happen all the time. >> they do sadly. many thanks. we'll catch you in the next hour. 46 minutes past the hour. u.s. intelligence officials unraveling a terror plot to bring down an international plot bound for the united states. the plot involved a nonmetallic explosive designed to slip through airport detectors. officials provided the key information that diffused the threat. 15 minutes from now the head of u.s. border patrol will be on capitol hill to lay out the new security for securing the border. they hope to convince lawmakers that borders will be safe. he favors a targeted approach in
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high-risk areas. north carolina one of three states holding primaries today. the other states are west virginia and indiana mitt romney needs a little more than 300 delegates to clinch the republican presidential nomination. the growing rate of obesity may be worse than expected. agencies are meeting in washington to discuss ways to control obesity. the numbers are not showing progress. look at the figures from centers for disease control and prevention. 12 states had populations with 30% or more suffering from obesity. in 2000, no state had a 30% rate. in 2008, $147 billion in medical costs were associated with being overweight. hbo is now getting involved. they are going to run a documentary series called weight of the nation. the network will explore america's uphill battle of the
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bulge. >> i think i gained maybe ten pounds in the first few months here. it's just -- i weighed 126 and then now i'm up to 170, i think. >> you get bored. you just want to eat. >> some of us are here eight hours. some of us are here 12 hours a day. >> so that documentary will air may 14th and 15th. dr. sanjay gupta is here. you're on your own mission to fight obesity. it's tough. >> it's a story we've been talking about for a long time. no question if there's any good news in this and it's small good news at best, the numbers are expected to be even higher at one point. they thought that 51% of this country would be obese. not overweight but obese by the year 2030. 42%. that's 30 million more americans who are clearly going in the wrong direction. to your point, these messages have been out there for some time but clearly they're not being heard or implemented or followed. everything from not enough playgrounds, too many roads, too
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cheap unhealthy food to expensive healthy food. one thing i'll point out and we have talked about this. it may not be just how much you eat but also what you eat that makes a big difference. >> everybody knows that being overweight, being obese is unhealthy. everyone knows that but people continue to eat. michelle obama, the first lady, on this big mission to feed kids healthier foods and there is pushback on that. erybody knows that's what kids should be doing because their adult lives will be miserable if they're obese. why can't we just do something about it? >> taking people at their word like you just saw saw the clip, don't want to be in that position. they don't want to be overweight and exposed to chronic health conditions. some may be unwittingly, meaning we think health food in this country is low fat food that also has a lot of sugar. and when we started adopting that lifestyle over the last 30 years, what happened? we became more obese and the
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childhood epidemic has skyrocketed. not all the calories are the same. the sugar behaves differently from fruit. it spikes insulin and makes us store fat. that's a shocker to a lot of people pop so the calories are important, but what we're eating as if not more important. it's a lack of education really at all levels from the medical establishment on down. >> it makes you wonder if this documentary will help. we have shows on television like the biggest loser. we all cheer when the people work hard and lose weight, but still we just watch for the most part. >> and i think you're right. i would be curious to see the interview with john hoffman. i think a lot of the solutions have already been discussed. and some of them work in small
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we ask you to talk back on one of the big stories of the day. how much are you willing to sacrifice your privacy to be safe? this from trace. i will sacrifice all my privacy to be safe. this from bob. the tsa is a joke and so is the government. both try to instill fear through the patriot act. this from judy. what's more invasive than being blown up? let's get past a 60-second scan to be safe. there is no need to make travel
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more miserable than it already is. besides if the tsa wants to see me naked they should at least buy dinner and drinks first. keep the conversation going on facebook.com. i'll read more comments in the next hour of newsroom. we're following a lot of developments in the next hour. let's check in with martin savidge. >> he's the man believed to be the kidnapper of two young girls. he's suspected of murdering their mother and now one of the sisters. we'll tell you what people can do to help. i'm stan grant in beijing where the government is ramping up the propaganda campaign trying to smear the activist as he prepares or tries to flee to the united states. more on that next hour. and from china to kentucky, carol, i'm poppy harlow in new york. we'll talk about this. the glass on your iphone, guess
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where it comes from? not china or silicon valley. we'll have the story coming up in the next hour. also voters in north carolina will vote today on a constitutional amendment banning civil unions and domestic partnerships of any kind. i'll talk with two people with opposing viewpoints. the pastor of a church and the openly gay mayor of chapel hill. [ female announcer ] introducing coffee-mate natural bliss. made with only milk... cream... a touch of sugar... and pure natural flavors.
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chris paul for playoff games like this. the point guard took control in overtime against the griz lees. he lead l.a. to a 101-97 win over memphis. they lead the series 3 games to 1. they could capture the first playoff series in 36 years. major league baseball is suspending hamels for throwing harper. he said he was welcoming him to the big leagues. the gm did not see it that way telling "the washington post." coleman has use of just one arm. the south carolina boy was born with a right arm that ends at
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the elbow, so he's learned to do things with his left arm. as you can see, he does things really, really well. the next hour of cnn the next hour of cnn newsroom starts right now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com good morning to you. i'm carol costello. happening now in the newsroom, the united states is inspecting a bomb from a foiled al qaeda plot to blow up a plane. current checks would not have detected the bomb at all. we're asking what is the tsa doing to keep you safe. voters are heading to the polls in north carolina to decide on a controversial proposal drawing national attention. amendment one would define a union between a man and a woman, but would invalidate any civil unions or domestic partnerships. >> let no one define your marriage for you. >> marriage between a man and a woman is the foundation of our
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culture. >> that glass screen on your smart phone is specially-made to take a beating. while the rest of your phone is put together in china, the glass is likely from a rural town it in kentucky. we'll take you there. right now, one lawmaker is worried that someone is playing politics with the latest terror plot against u.s. air travelers. minutes ago, i spoke with the head of the house intelligence committee. mike rogers is one of the lawmakers briefed on one of the details of the investigation. he's worried someone went public with that information inappropriately. >> it's important if you're going to be successful that certain pieces of information be kept classified in order for you to meet the end, find the end, find the bomb maker, determine how to handle not only getting the bomb, but the people who are building this. you can pretty much guess this is not the only one they have
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built. all of those things are very important. and for it to come out when it did, i do argue that it was not very helpful. we'll have to ramp it up. this town in a political season, people need to be a little more cautious. actually they need to be a lot more cautious about how they promote this information at a time when it may not have been beneficial. >> are you saying it was deliberately leaked for political reasons? >> i can't say that. i just know in a political season, funny things happen. i'm going to ask lots of questions about this leak. >> okay. here are some of the details of what congressman rogers called this plot. it's centered around a nonmetallic explosive. it's similar to the underwear bomb in 2009. a malfunction may be the only reason those passengers
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survived. the plot targeted an international flight coming into the united states. now also a short time ago, we heard from the white house's chief advisor on counter terrorism. the biggest worry is this is not detected by current safeguards. here's john brennan. >> people should feel confident the services are working to stop these types of ieds from getting anywhere near a plane. but also i think when they go through the screening measures at airports, they understand why they are in place because there are terrorists groups that continue to try to evade those security measures. >> lizzie o'leary is joining us from topeka, kansas. glad you're with us. abc reported that we ordered scores of u.s. air marshalls to
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protect our planes. does that mean observation is our only protection? >> reporr: if you look at the wide spectrum of security and screening, what they call behavioral detection and good old-fashioned observation is often the gold standard. it's certainly what the israelis do. but it's also worth noting that that's a very challenging thing to do in the u.s. where we have 450 commercial airports and we're also talking about looking at flights coming into the u.s. we know tsa has screeners in specific screeners where they try to look at folk who is they think might be a threat or coming from a country they realize is a threat. so what they say is that they have sort of a layered approach. that's the term they always use, which means a little bit of observation, a little bit of air marshalls, a little electronic screening, and a little of
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watching what peoples' behavior is with the recognition that there's no plan that is 100% full proof. >> senator diane feinstein said this device was undetectable to security screenings. then she described had her airport experience in dubai. she said i was subjected to three levels of intense security including pat downs of my body. but the nature of this plot demonstrates al qaeda remains determine to attack the united states and is a reminder why the tsa and other agencies are extremely vigilant on airport security. the question for you, lizzie, will we see more pat downs at u.s. airports? >> they are frankly a more full-proof way to inspect people. so there's a combination of that and two kinds of machines travelers are familiar with. there's one kind called a back scanner and another called a
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millimeter wave. there are open questions about whether a device like this that was non-metallic in nature would have been caught by one of those machines. they raised questions about if the underwear bomber would have been caught by one of those machines. there was an inspector general's report from the tsa basically raising questions ant the efficacy of those machines. it's a lot harder to identify something that's non-metallic. so senator feinstein is right. a patdown is a more effective way to do that. but you have seen the backlash they have created. people feel it's an invasion of privacy and it just slows down the process. >> you'll have much more on in in the days to come. thank you. we want to turn to fran t n
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townsend. she's a mek of the external advisory committee for the cia and department of homeland security. welcome, fran. >> hi, carol. >> i just talked with congressman rogers. he's upset about the information that the new kind of bomb leaked. >> it certainly makes it more difficult for the intelligence community and investigators. here's what we know. we know this came from a tip from the saudis who have tremendous understanding and intelligence on al qaeda and the arabian peninsula. also as part of their operation, they had penetration. that is somebody inside the organization, which would explain why when he talks about the plot, we e weren't afraid of the current threat because we had it under control. that's generally language in the community for suggesting you had somebody inside the organization so you understood well what was
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happening. for information on an investigation to leak where you have a penetration of an organization is not only dangerous, it not only endangers the investigation, but the individual that's providing the information. so i understand why the congressman is worried. the other piece we know al qaeda especially tends to go for multiple simultaneous attacks. that would suggest if they used their old apparatus, there may have been more. to cause a disruption from the investigation where you seized one bomb but don't know whether there are others out there is rightly cause for the congressman's concern. >> you have been in politics a long time, fran. congressman rogers intimated that this information was leaked for political purposes, although he wouldn't say that. do you think that's what happened? >> i will tell you, carol, when i was in government, we were
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always frustrated by leaks, especially of this nature when you have an ongoing investigation. i'm not aware of them ever being done intentional for political purposes. the worst thing for the administration is if one of these bombs gets through. they want to see the investigation be successful and seize any bombs out there. it's not really in their interest or anybody's interest for the leak to disrupt the ongoing investigation. so i frankly find it hard to imagine that anybody would be that irresponsible. >> so one last question. congressman rogers said he wants to get to the bottom of who leaked this information. and if he doesn't get the proper answers, maybe he'll do a congressional investigation. is all of that warranted? >> first and foremost, what we have to do is see this investigation through. i think the congressman would agree with that. you want to get to the bottom of that. you don't want intelligence officers distracted right now with an investigation. there will be time to figure
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this out and whether or not he gets his questions answered after we have gotten through the investigation. >> fran townsend, thanks so m h much. in other news, the blind chinese activist is speak out against what he calls a state-run media smear campaign. chen guangcheng talked to cnn by phone from his beijing hospital bed. he calls personal attacks against him by chinese media utter nonsense. cnn's stan grant is in beijing. you spoke to one of his critics. why does he say he's attacking chen? >> reporter: i have to say, we turned up to interview this man and waited for us with three other cameras to film us filming h him. one of them from a website that's gone by the name in the past anti-cnn.com. this is all orwellian this has become. he's launched this campaign
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branding chen a traitor. he's written an editorial for the communist party mouthpiece here. in that, he says that chen is being used by the united states. he says the united states wants to make points against china and is using chen guangcheng in this way. he also claims to have spoken to locals who see chen as a traitor and accused him of being an american spy. chen denies all of this in the meantime. he's still in his hospital bed surrounded by security. they are blocking any media access. he's still in contact with american officials by phone, but he still can't meet them face to face. he's waiting for the passport to leave the country. >> is this being orchestrated by the chinese government in effort to keep chen in country? >> reporter: certainly, the smear campaign is being seen as a way of trying to prepare the
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population here for the time that chen actually leaves. they don't want him leaving as a hero. they don't want others to think, look, if i do the same thing, if i make a run for an embassy, i can escape china in this way. they are trying to sully his name. looking at him as a traitor. this process was meant to have been done a lot quicker than this. it's a week since he went to the hospital. they said they would expedite the passport. but chen is still hopeful of being able to leave. >> stan grant, live for us in beijing. north carolina voters are making a huge decision now whether to define marriage within their state's constitution. we'll talk to people on both sides of the same sex marriage issue. ♪ an old man shared some fish stories... ♪
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15 minutes past the hour. checking our top stories now. the republican who heads the house intelligence committee is questioning whether politics played a part in the leaked terror plot. congressman rogers worries the information could hurt the investigation. it involved a non-metallic exploisive. it's aimed to bring down an international flight bound for the united states. the head of u.s. border patrol is expected on capitol hill later this hour to lay out his strategy for securing the border. michael fisher hopes to convince americans the border will be safe. he favors a more targeted approach in mie-risk areas. it's primary day in north
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carolina, west virginia, and indiana. it will give mitt romney a chance to pick up more delegates. he needs a little more than 300 to clinch the presidential nomination. also in north carolina today, all the buzz is really about amendment one. it would change the state's constitution to read "marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state." billy graham has taken out ads in newspapers supporting the amendment. bill clinton recorded o robocall opposing it saying it would have consequences saying it would have nothing to do with same sex marriage. >> its passage would take away health insurance from children and domestic violence protection for women. so it's not to keep the definition of marriage. it's already done that. it would hurt families and drive away jobs. >> a final poll shows the amendment would likely pass by a
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16-point margin. we want to talk more about this this morning with mark smith, he's the first openly gay marriage in chapel hill. and pastor ron bathe with the church in winston salem. welcome to both of you. >> thank you. >> good morning. >> good morning. mayor, let's start with you. if this amendment passes, what do you expect will happen? >> well, certainly, the legislature had intended consequences here. that would be to define marriage, but it's so broadly defined in this measure that there are a whole plethora of unintended consequences. as president clinton said in the robocall, we had a potential for impact on the lives of children, seniors, and individuals who rely on domestic violence laws to protect themselves against
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abusers. i'm afraid that given the breath of this amendment and this ballot, we're looking at years of litigation to just determine what the full meaning of this amendment would be. >> pastor, do you agree? >> no, i sure do not. all of that is a facade with nothing there that has been proved. as a matter of fact, the state of idaho has a marriage amendment in place that when in place in 2006. and the language of the marriage amendment in the state of idaho is basically worded the same as the amendment here in the state of north carolina. and there's been no case or history of case law where that law has been challenged. in the last few days here in the state of north carolina, several district attorneys, judges, and sheriffs have come front and center and testified that all of
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that the domestic violence laws are not in a position that they can be removed from the protection of the people here in the state of north carolina. as a matter of fact, ohio had their marriage laws challenged in the state court and the state court in ohio determined that there's no conflict between domestic violence laws and the marriage amendment. >> pastor, let me ask you this. why is this amendment so important to you? >> it's so important to us because biblical marriage was put in place not by the legislature, but was put in place by our creator when he created man. he performed the first marriage there in the garden of eden. and the lord jesus went back and referenced that and gave us the definition of marriage and he said for this cause shall a man
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leave his father and mother and shall be joined unto his wife and they shall become one. the status quo has been marriage between one man and one woman. it's worked for thousands of years. and it does not need to be redefined. >> pastor, you feel so strongly about this that at one point in one of your sermons, you said people who are in same sex marriages should go to prison? >> no, ma'am, i have never said th that. >> what did you say exactly? what did you say? >> i could preach all of my sermon. i'm not sure which reference. i have never said that. i have always said we love homosexuals. we do not agree with their lifestyle. the lord does not agree with their lifestyle. the bible is conclusive from genesis chapter one that marriage is ordained of god and
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that it is between one man and one woman and there's not one verse. >> i want to get the mayor's position on this. i'd like your reaction, mayor. >> i have the highest respect for the pastor's believes. and i ask only that he have the same respect for mine. my faith tradition recognizes the full equality of all human beings. and i think it's wrong as an elected official myself that we should choose one particular religious definition and impose it within our laws and our constitution. but even that argument aside, the pastor already has what he is seeking. here in north carolina it is already against the law for same sex couples to marry. the only purpose that this amendment would serve would be to give individuals at the ballot box the opportunity to
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declare their distaste for the lgbt community. and as a mb of that community and as someone who is an american who expects and deserves equal treatment under the law, i believe it is inappropriate to the extreme and un-american to put the rights and privileges of a segment of our community to a vote of the people. it's offensive to the members of the lgbt community and in doing so, it has the potential to impact the lives of many members of the state whether they be lgbt or not. while i understand the pastor's position around domestic violence laws, his position is just supposition. in ohio, scores of people had their convictions overturned on domestic violence charges before the supreme court clarified. our court has never interpreted the language that's being
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presented to the people of north carolina. our courts are not the ohio courts. in many ways, our laws operate differently. and i would expect our courts to interpret it independently. we do not know how broad an impact this amendment will have. and i think the people of north carolina should be concerned about that. >> okay. we'll see how the vote goes. thank you both for sharing your views. we appreciate it. amendment one being voted on today by the people of north carolina. thanks to both of you. mitt romney taking credit for the auto industry's rebound. the white house says it's a new low. we'll run it by our panel come ing up. ♪ ♪ ♪
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now is your chance to talk back on one of the big stories of the day. how much are you willing to sacrifice your privacy to be safe? we have gone back and forth on airline security. when there's a threat, americans want the government to do whatever they can. but when the threat fades, there's anger over the invasiveness of pat downs. the tsa has scaled back searches of children and the elderly. now the united states has thwarted a terror attempt. according to diane feinstein, this would have been an undetectable bomb. like the one worn by the underwear bomber, a plastic explosive with no-metallic content. the scanners might show an underwear bomb or might not. one thing is for sure. terrorists are trying to
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outsmart our security devices. >> people don't want to talk about the technology and the fact they are improving their technology. i think these guys are very, very good. if they continue to adapt, we should consider this a very real threat to our aviation. >> for peter king, the latest terror plot proves america needs to remain vigilant. >> this is a very sfris indicated, deadly organization. they have one goal in mind. that's to destroy western civilization. we can never let our guard down. >> when it comes to personal liberty, where do you law drau the line? the talk back question. how much are you willing to sacrifice your privacy to be safe? facebook.com/car facebook.com/carolcnn. a senator could get the boot today. a tea party challenger could end dick lugar's career. the buzz panel will weigh in. i'm freaking out man.
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30 minutes past the hour. checking our top stories. they are questioning whether politics played a part in the leaked terror plat. congressman mike roger worried the publicized information could hurt the investigation. it involved a non-metallic exclusive. it's aim? to bring down an international flight bound for the united states. a conference getting underway for the fight to keep student loan interest rates from doubling. a white house-backed bill is supposed to come up for consideration today. republicans promise to block it unless democrats allow a vote on an alternative. the sticking point is on how to pay the price tag for the program. rick santorum throws his support behind former rival mitt romney for president in an e-mail. santorum told supporters in the 13th paragraph of the e-mail he made his decision after meeting
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with romney on friday. santorum says the two men agree that obama must be defeated. santorum dropped out of the race last month. political buzz is your look at the best political topics of the day. robert zimmerman and republican strategist ron bondy. the longest-serving republican in the senate dick lugar of indiana is down double digits to a challenger who has tea party backing. soledad o'brien asked lugar about the race. >> we have had a vigorous campaign, but sensely, the bunch of the money has been spent by outside interests. and people have run negative ads for millions of dollars. not only the super pacs but well-known organizations. having said all that, i believe
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that hoosiers will, in fact, vote for me today. >> he's lagging in the polls. 36 years in the senate could be gone after today. what does this tell you about the gop in 2012? >> i'll tell you what. if dick lugar loses, it will be sad to see him go, but indiana is going to remain solid republican. it's going to go to romney in november. there's really nothing to worry about here. but you know, it just shows you the polarization of politics that more hard-line conservatives are defeating more of the moderates. we're going to have more partisanship in the years to come in congress. >> robert? >> ron makes an important point. he talks about the polarization of the process. this isn't a story about the republican party in 2012. it's a story about the nature of our political process today. the nominees for both parties, my party, the democratic party and the republican party, are truly controlled by super pacs and by the extreme polarization and fringe of either party.
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due to the nature of the discourse. therefore, concepts like negotiation and compromise are ultimately the victims. if dick lugar loses, it's a sad day for the nation. >> on to the second question. mitt romney and the auto bailout. in 2008 romney wrote that detroit should go bankrupt. fast forward 2012 and he says this. >> the auto companies needed to go through bankruptcy before government help. that's what the president did. he took them through bankruptcies. that was the right course i argued for from the beginning. it was the uaw and the president that delayed the idea of bankruptcy. i pushed the idea of a managed bankruptcy and when that was done and help was given, the companies got back on their feet. i'll take a lot of credit for the fact this industry has come back. >> a spokesman for president obama accuses romney of sink to a new low, even for him. ouch.
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can romney really take credit for detroit's comeback? robert? >> you know, the first rule i think ron would agree with me, the first rule in politics is when you go on the attack or take credit for a project or try to make a charge, you have to be personally credible. and romney not only embarrasses himself by this attempt, but he hurts his credibility. the fact he was opposed to the actual bailout that took place. the only reason they went into forced bankruptcy is because of the federal guaranteed loans that were provided that george bush and president obama supp t supported. he embarrasses himself with that charge. >> what romney was saying he was against the millions of dollars for a sweetheart union deal instead of a more responsible restructuring deal. and that, you know, romney was pressuring the administration along with a lot of republicans into having a managed bankruptcy process. i think that's what you're
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seeing mitt romney trying to say here. this is about democrats trying to nationalize health care and the financial sector and the auto industry. and that's just not where republicans want to see the country go. >> okay. on to number three. 20 seconds each. members of congress are richer than you and me with a net worth of $878,000. democratic lawmakers are worth more than nine times the typical american household in 2010. not bad for the party that positions itself as a defender of the middle class. given this information, can democrats honest ly make romneys wealth an issue? ron? >> not at all. that's what's hilarious about this. it's shocking how much democratic lawmakers are worth. president obama is worth millions of dollars due to book deals. you have democrats in the senate worth millions of dollars. the average is hundreds of thousands of dollars for
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democratic lawmakers. it just shows you the warfare against the middle class versus those who have too much is a bunch of buck. >> robert? >> my first concern is why are the democratic house and senate members worth all this money calling me for donations all the time? that's my greatest concern. but the reality is i don't think we have to pass the hat for republican house and senate members either. the bigger issue is not his wealth, but mitt romney opposes plans for the middle class. like education opportunities and loans for small business. >> all right. i just wanted you to finish your sentence. thanks for playing. ron and robert. have you thought about where the glass on your smart phones come from? chan chances are it's made right here in america at corning gorilla glass plant in kentucky. we'll take you on a tour.
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maurice zen dak has died. the children's book "where the wild things are" was turned into a movie. he illustrated 100 books during his career. former president bill clinton called the artist the king of dre dreams. he was 83. if you have a smart phone, there's a good chance the glass was made in america. poppy harlow takes us on a tour of the corning plant in kentucky where they are making this glass and working on the glass of the future. >> today apple is going to reinvent the phone. >> reporter: the iphone, apple's iconic smart phone, millions sold worldwide. assembled in giant factories in china. yet would you believe the glass for it was developed right here in america. not in silicon valley, but here
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in rural kentucky. this 6-year-old plant is the home of gorilla glass. >> this glass is pretty strong. it's damage resistance. it can take some drops. >> reporter: in 2007 apple ceo steve jobs asked corning to make a thin, but strong glass for the first iphone and gave them six months to produce it. >> one of the fastest developments we have ever pulled off here and a very successful one. >> reporter: other companies came calling looking to add gorilla glass to their phones. >> we work with over 30 different manufacturers. we're in over 600 different designs. >> reporter: and that's keeping this factory and its workers pretty busy. but without gorilla glass, this plant may not have made it through the recession. before steve jobs made that initial order, the plant made lcd glass, but demand was
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slowing. >> in 2008 and into 2009, the world experienced a real crisis. we were extremely fortunate at that time to have a new business, gorilla, that was growing and could really help this plant stay viable. >> reporter: all of the gorilla glass made here is packaged up and shipped over to asia because that's where the customers are. 40% of corning's workers are here in the u.s. 400 here at this kentucky plant. but 60% are overseas, mainly in asia. yet corning keeps this product development close to home to protect the glass-making secrets at the heart of its business. a lot of what is happening here at corning, we can't shoot or even show it to you because of the sbekt yule property protection. >> it's important we protect our innovation. we spent a lot of money to develop our technologies and we immediate to make sure they are secure. >> reporter: they are not planning to ride the gorilla
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glass wave. their latest invention is part of it. >> i can bend the glass around a certain radius. we plan on providing these to our customer. >> reporter: this is the future. >> this is the future. >> poppy harlow joins us now live. i love the name of that gorilla glass. i know the importance of keeping, you know, things secret, but do we know if gorilla glass is used in the ipad or the newest iphone 2? >> reporter: it's a great question. i tried to get it out of them. apple's lips are seal ed. what we can tell you is this is the glass that was used in the first iphone and in my of its competitors. may well be in your phone. we don't know because of trade secrets. but this is a 106-year-old company. depending on what generation we're talking about, they know corning for different things like the dishes in our kitchen.
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this is a good example of a company that some way, some how revented itself. walking around the plant is the reality of american manufacturing and how much of it is automated and now done by machines. robots really. so jobs have changed. they still have jobs, but they are different. they are running computers to run the machines, not doing it by hand. >> i know corning well. my father-in-law worked there many moons ago. it's an iconic american company. i'm glad it's adjusted and doing well. poppy harlow, thank you. checking our top stories now. the republican who heads the house intelligence committee is questioning whether politics played a part in the latest terror plot. the plot involved a non-metallic explousive designed to slip through detectors. its aim was to bring down an
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international flight. we heard from another lawmaker on capitol hill demanding answers. susan collins wants to know why she wasn't told about the plot until it went public. listen to her comments moments ago. >> if there is dispute over the administration's reports to congress that there was not an active plot tied to the answer ver ri of osama bin laden, it may be that the administration just did not want the news to become public and to alert those involved in the plot. that's an issue that i am going to pursue because, obviously, those of us who have access to highly-classified information and serve as the leaders of the homeland security and intelligence committees do need to be kept informed and briefed. >> collins is the ranking minority member on the senate intelligence committee.
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she says the administration better have good reasons for keeping her in the dark but will reserve judgment until she hears the reason. the head of border patrol is on capitol hill laying out a new strategy for securing the board per hep e favors a more-targeted approach, but he must convince lawmakers that america will be safe if agents and cameras aren't spread across the border. dude you don't understand, this is my dad's car. look at the car!
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two young lives are in the balance and your help is needed. take a look at these sisters. 12 years old and 8 years old. they may be with a family friend now a kidnapping suspect. the girl's safety and greater
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concern with the discovery of their mother's and sister's body. tell us more. >> let's start with the names. it's alexandria and kylea. then there's the other name we need to know and that is adam mayes. he's the family friend who now is believed abducted this family back on april 27th. he's now murdered the mother and older sister. and still believed to be holding the two younger sisters. authorities tell us they believe the younger sisters are alive and in his custody. he is the source of a major man hunt that's taking place throughout the southeast. there is still a lot of information we do not know. sfrins sfrins, we don't have the nature or the automobile in which he was driving at this time. we don't know where he is. could it be he's still in the
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mississippi or tennessee area where it played out. we don't know. but. >> what's his relationship to the family? >>s that what's so interesting and tragic. he's a family friend that goes back many years. he treated the girls as if they were his own. and then he is involved in this kidnapping and with the death of at least one of them and their mother. it's unthinkable. just unthinkable. >> they did find the mother's car. >> they did. they found that abandoned. this was two days after they were reported missing. they found this car on the side of a dirt road. that was the first indicator it could be trouble. they brought adam mayes in for questioning. then he vanished. they went to his property. that's where they found the bodies over the weekend. the identifications didn't come out until last night.
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first it was a missing family. now we know two family members are dead. two more lives are at stake. >> martin savidge, thanks so much. we'll be back. t rest tends to stay at rest... while a body in motion tends to stay in motion. staying active can actually ease arthritis symptoms. but if you have arthritis, staying active can be difficult. prescription celebrex can help relieve arthritis pain so your body can stay in motion. because just one 200mg celebrex a day can provide 24 hour relief for many with arthritis pain and inflammation. plus, in clinical studies, celebrex is proven to improve daily physical function so moving is easier. and celebrex is not a narcotic. when it comes to relieving your arthritis pain, you and your doctor need to balance the benefits with the risks. all prescription nsaids, like celebrex, ibuprofen, naproxen, and meloxicam have the same cardiovascular warning. they all may increase the chance of heart attack or stroke, which can lead to death. this chance increases if you have heart disease or risk factors such as high blood pressure
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-- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com we asked you to talk back on one of the big stories of the day. how much are you willing to
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sacrifice your privacy to be safe? i don't understand why we're having this discussion. whatever happened to we will never forget? my life is not worth a little extra discomfort. this from clark. our intelligence community was able to prevent such attack and what little of a role the tsa played will still be called into question. my privacy is tan ta mount to my pride as an american. this from carmen, people need to wake up. they are trying to make sure we make it to destinations alive. i think we should say thank you to the tsa and homeland defense. and from diane. we have to be as vigilant about our rights as we do our terrorists. continue the conversation on facebook. thank you for joining us. i'm carol costello. here's kyra phillips. >> it's 11:00 on the east coast. 8:00 on the

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