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fbi's ten most wanted fugitives is over. authorities say adam mayes apparently shot himself as a s.w.a.t. team closed in. mayes later died at a local hospital. he'd been on the run after allegedly kidnapping two sisters two weeks ago. may haves and his wife are accused of murdering the mother joann bain and daughter 14-year-old adrienne. the two girls, 12-year-old alexandria and sister khaliah are safe and unharmed. authorities say adam mayes believed he was the father of those two little girls. george holland is live in atlanta. if you could go over exactly xa what happened last night. >> let's talk about the two girls. both girls from what we've read from these affidavits very likely knew their mother and
older sister were killed. we know that they were found alive. we know they were sent to a memphis hospital where they are being treated. in fact, we heard from a federal investigator who tells us "they are suffering from the experience of being out in the woods, from being kidnapped, they are suffering from dehydration and exhaustion but appear to be okay." that is first and foremost the condition of those girls. let's talk about adam mayes. he was found in a wooded area in union county, mississippi, in that guntown area that investigators had focused in on. and this was a task force nearby, a task force of the mississippi highway patrol, special operations team, and also officers from the state game and fish department. they got a call from someone who noticed a vehicle that this person believed belonged to mayes. when these officers got to this wooded area and started closing in, they heard a gunshot. then they got closer and
discovered adam mayes had shot himself, shot himself in the head. mayes was rushed to the hospital and he either died en route to the hospital or at the hospital. >> george, we know the girls are physically safe. and they're in the hospital. what happens to them now? >> well, we believe that at some point, they will go back into the care of their father, gary bain. and again, we know that bain has been in seclusion, obviously very distraught since all of this happened. but that is very likely what will happen next. obviously they are in memphis at this point being treated just to make sure that they are okay before being reunited with their father. >> i think it was a qulef sigh of relief when they said that those two little girls were okay. thank you for all those details this morning. also making news this morning, jpmorgan chase is the stock to watch after the banking giant's ceo dropped a $2 billion bombshell yesterday. jamie diamond making jaws drop
all over wall street admitting in a conference call a trading portfolio that was designed to hedge credit risk actually lost $2 billion and could actually lose $1 billion more. >> the new strategy was flawed, complex, poorly reviewed, poorly executed, and poorly monitored. the portfolio has proven to be riskier, more volatile, and less effective an economic hedge than we thought. >> jpmorgan chase's stock took a 6% hit yesterday and it could be headed lower again today based on the morning futures. an apology to the boss from the vice president. senior administration officials say joe biden has apologized to president obama for putting him in a tough spot on the same-sex marriage issue. it's a story our own jessica yellin first broke here on cnn. biden came out in support of same-sex marriage on a sunday morning talk show and some believe that forced the president to make his own
announcement ahead of schedule. we're told the president responded by telling biden he knew that he was speaking from the heart. the john edwards corruption trial is coming to a crossroads today. the defense planning to ask the judge to dismiss all of the charges against the former senator, claiming that prosecutors haven't proven their case. that's standard operating procedure. prosecution rested yesterday without calling edwards' former mistress rielle hunter to the stand. a tornado slamming a high school, injuring eight people. this is in south texas. take a look. the twister striking after school hours but the victims were in the parking lot for a fund-raiser. several other students were still at softball practice. >> our coach realized what was going on and he grabbed us all and stuck us in the closet to keep us safe. the press box, the football field was just gone. so all of that was just blown away. >> very smart coach. the tornado also hit a nearby elementary school but no one was injured there.
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and the human element can solve anything. solutionism. the new optimism. mitt romney's high school days are really coming back to haunt him it seems and his campaign staff shifting into damage control this morning. the likely republican nominee says he is sorry for what he calls a "high school prank" nearly 50 years ago.
when witnesses say romney and a group of friends held down a student who was thought to be gay and cut off chunks of his hair. "the washington post" quoting several romney classmates who witnessed the incident. they sure didn't think it was a prank, one of them calling it a vicious hack job. another saying that he is still troubled by it to this day. here's romney's reaction to the incident. >> i don't recall the incident myself but i've seen the reports and not going to argue with that. there's no question but that i did some stupid things when i was in high school and obviously if i hurt anyone by virtue of that, i would be very sorry for it and apologize for it. >> cnn's political editor paul steinhauser is live. 50 years ago is a very long time but there are others who allegedly witnessed these incidents, one of them saying he was so troubled by this that he called it an all-out assault. >> yeah, this story's getting a lot of traction. kind of exploded after that "washington post" article that
came out yesterday morning. here we are the next day talking about it. i have a feeling we'll be talking about it a few more days. jim spoke to philip maxwell from "the washington post." "i'm a lawyer, i know what an assault is. this kid was scared, he was terrified. that's an assault." maxwell told jim acosta he still considered himself a friend of mitt romney. the romney campaign put out some quotes from other classmates that knew mitt romney 45 years ago, much kinder to mitt romney, and what kind of student he was back then. kevin madden, one of the senior advisers to the romney campaign, he was on cnn last night. it was interesting what he said, the take from the campaign. he said this was a long time ago,fy years ago, as you mentioned. he said, i think that this is not going to define him, what defines him is how he acts today. that's what the romney campaign is trying to say, that was a long time ago, now is now, judge this man, this candidate, on what he's doing today. a lot of republican pundits and
analysts are saying the same thing, blame is the media and saying, what about president obama? four years ago, remember the comments senator obama said in his book, that he used illegal drugs in high school, that was an issue on the campaign trail. >> and it always comes back. once you're in the limelight, klieg lights get brighter. he's still on the campaign trail, but he is at liberty university, jerry falwell territory. is he likely to address this? >> i'm not sure if this comes up. but maybe his mormon faith comes up. when he was running in the republican primaries a lot of social conservative voters who were a big part of the base of the republican party were not so comfortable with him, a lot of their vote went to rick santorum and other candidates. maybe this speech at liberty university, the evangelical school founded by the late falwell, what may come up may be the gay marriage news from earlier this week maw come up.
another attempt for mitt romney to get his house in order as he moves on and takes on president obama in the general election. >> paul steinhauser live in d.c., thanks for getting up this morning, appreciate it as always. 5:12, let's get you up to date on other top stories. fugitive kidnapping and murder suspect adam mayes is dead. two young girls with him were rescued unharmed. mayes shot himself in the head as police closed on him last night in mississippi. mayes and his wife were charged with abducting a mother and her three daughters and killing two of them. >> police in portland, oregon, have linked three decades old murders to the so-called i-5 killer. investigators say dna tech technology "definitely proves" that randall woodfield killed a total of seven people during a 1980s crime spree in oregon and california. so imagine this. you or a flight and one of your fellow travelers tries to open a cabin door mid-air. that actually happened on a us
airways flight from maine to philadelphia. the plane had to be diverted to boston's logan international airport. a spokesman for the airlines says the passenger became disoriented and was subdued by a flight attend ant. gas pumps will be getting a makeover. the epa is planning to phase out rubber fittings on pump handles that be designed to capture gas vapors that you can still smell. more than 70% of the cars on the road are now equipped to do that themselves. some 31,000 gas stations across the country will be affected by this move. if you are leaving the house right now watch us any time on your desktop, maybe on your mobile phone. cnn.com/tv. a dangerous flood threat for a second day in a row for the deep south. rob marciano is tracking the storms for us. >> a year ago this place was bone dry, much of central and southern texas yesterday and the past several days seeing a
tremendous amount of water, 2 to 4 inches. here's video coming out of mid land which saw 2 1/2 inches yesterday. and all the drainage ditches and canals certainly filling up with water in a hurry. so flooding there and the flood threat as you mentioned is going to progress off east. dili, texas, was the dinner with 4 inches. austin saw 2.7 inches of rainfall. that was a record. on top of that we saw tornados. you saw the video in the first block of the show of tornados near austin cog damage to a high school there. 14 reports of tornados across texas yesterday, quite a bit of action across corpus christi. the line itself is moving offshore and to the golden triangle of texas through houston to beaumont, port arthur, eventually moving toward lake charles. this bow echo heading into the open gulf of mexico, certainly has powerful winds with it. the bulk is offshore. lake charles, this is where heavy rain is going to be falling throughout the morning
today and through the afternoon. 2 to 4 inches of additional rainfall so flood watches and warnings have been posted. further east, we're talking gorgeous stuff along the east coast today. but eventually this storm will ride along the gulf coast, get to the southeast over the weekend. much of the northeast will remain in decent daytime highs. d.c. 74. 69, gorgeous day for the most part in new york. >> boy, i'll say. >> take a look at the picture behind us, it's gorgeous. sunrise over central park, there's nothing like it. 5:15 here. it is time for "early reads." catholic bishops now investigating the girl scouts. "the washington post" says the catholic church is concerned the scouts are promoting abortion and contraception. why? critics claim some girl scouts materials link to organizations that promote family planning and discrepancy access. the catholic church could ban the girl scouts from holding any meetings in their churches. catholic girls make up one-quarter of the nation's 3 million girl scouts.
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allison kosic. $2 billion loss. >> this is a classic example of why everybody loves to hate the banks and why everybody's talking about more and more regulation. jpmorgan chase had this surprise conference call yesterday with stock analysts essentially saying, the ceo jamie diamond saying, oops, we made risky bets and we lost, we made huge losses caused by errors, sloppiness, bad judgment. he called these errors stupid. keep in mind jp morgan chase is the biggest bank by assets and it made some massive bets geared toward the economic recovery. but those bets jamie diamond says went bad when the market began to turn the other way. what happened was as we learned in the conference call yesterday, that caused the bank to lose $2 billion. those losses could go even higher. i want you to listen to some of that conference call right now. >> speaking for the senior management team and myself, while we can't assure you we won't make mistakes, we can
assure you we'll try not to. these were egregious mistakes, they were self-inflicted, we're accountable, and what happened violates our own standards and principles about how we want to operate the company. this is not how we want to run a business. >> clearly he's owning up to these mistakes. ironically, these mistakes came from the part of the company of jpmorgan that's designed to hedge against risk. obviously this is raising a whole bunch of questions. number one, where was the oversight? who was watching this group making these risky bets? keep in mind, though, jamie diamond says even with this $2 billion loss, which could go higher, at least $1 billion higher, the company's still coming out ahead for the latest quarter, $4 billion. so it's not hurting their balance sheet. but still, it's a huge hit. and a huge shock to this company that really weathered the financial crisis much better than its peers, especially after it took over bear stearns, washington mutual. it's really a pillar of strength. and i think from jamie diamond,
which you heard in this call yesterday, believe it or not even with the $2 billion, it was less about the money and more about his reputation and his ego. >> mea culpa. >> of course. >> accepting the responsibility, how rare was that? >> it seemed very fierce and aggressive in his acceptance of the responsibility. >> exactly. and it is shocking to hear him admit to making stupid mistakes, oops, i lost $2 billion on a stupid mistake. you know, one analyst put it this way -- >> one guy in england who sort of set this off. >> exactly. one guy, not a rogue trader but someone who worked in this area of the company that made these big bets that suddenly started to lose money when the tide turned in the company, a domino effect. >> how many times do we hear this stupid story of one guy in england. >> isn't that amazing? >> lordy, lordy. nice to have you this moneying too. it is 5:25 and new details about top secret talks to swap taliban prisoners.
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trading portfolio designed to hedge off credit risk has lost $2 billion and could lose $1 billion more. stock took a 6% hit yesterday and could be headed lower today. mitt romney apologizing for a high school incident nearly 50 years ago that he insists he doesn't remember. the likely republican nominee allegedly held down a classmate who was thought to be gay and cut off chunks of his hair. romney saying he is sorry for what he describes as a high school prank, although some students who witnessed it say it was more like an assault. we've got new information this morning on the only known u.s. prisoner of war in afghanistan. the parents of sergeant beau bergdahl are talking for the first time in over a year and they're revealing secret attempts to free him and details of the possible prisoner swap that's in the works. the taliban captured sergeant bergdahl in june of 2009. he made a daring escape attempt
last year, leaping out of a window. sadly, he was recaptured and he has now appeared in at least five different taliban propaganda videos since disappearing. our barbara starr is live at the pentagon for thus morning. this is absolutely heart-wrenching to hear these parents speak out, but at the same time, i'm curious if what they're saying is putting the u.s. government and the military in an awkward and tight spot. >> well, probably a little bit. but not all that much because what's been going on behind the scenes now is out in public, that the bergdahls are talking about their son and their frustration with the lack of progress that they see in trying to get him released. they spoke to the "new york times" and some other newspapers and what they have said is the basic elements what was has been known, that the u.s. has been talking to the taliban behind the scenes about a trade. basically swapping five taliban prisoners that the u.s. is holding in return for bergdahl,
that it would be some kind of phased turnover of these detainees, has all been taking place as part of the so-called confidence-building talks with the taliban as part of the reconciliation effort in afghanistan. but the parents are deeply frustrated and upset. and the question here at the pentagon is, is the u.s. military doing everything it can to get bergdahl back, and do they remember every day that he is out there? listen to the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. >> if you go to the centcomm command center where, you know -- their conference room, there's a 4 x 6 foot poster of beau bergdahl sitting in front of the podium to remind them and therefore us every day that he remains missing in action. >> saying that in a military command center there is a photo of him the troops have to look at every day to remind them he is still out there and just in a
few short weeks it will be three years that sergeant beau bergdahl has been held. >> just awful. reports are he was captured in that tribal area that is the nebulous zone, very unpatrolled, by one faction with the haqqani network i think it is of the taliban. how connected are these factions of the taliban, which is essentially a question about how do you negotiate with groups like these? >> let me step back a minute. he of course was stationed in afghanistan, in the border region with pakistan but by all accounts was captured in afghanistan and then believed to be transferred across the border into pakistan, into the control of the haqqani network. we asked that question. how do you know who you're talking to? if you're negotiating his release, how do you know you're really talking to the people that represent who is holding him? we're told that the u.s. is very sure that they are. but so far, those talks haven't gone anywhere, and in fact, several weeks ago they basically collapsed.
>> all right. barbara starr live for us at the pentagon this morning, thanks so much, do appreciate it. 5:33. coming up on "starting point," soledad o'brien is going to speak with a man who certainly knows what this family is suffering through because michael berg's son nick was captured by insurgents in 2004 and the video of his killing was harrowing. that's coming up at 7:00 eastern. 5:33. a former marine with a gun tries to vote in the indiana primary and is turned away. clay edinger says he carries his weapon with him everywhere that he can for protection. he is licensed to carry that weapon. approximate when he walks into the polling center at the warren township fire department election officials spotted his gun and alerted the assistant fire chief. clay was asked to step outside and told state law forbids him from bringing a firearm into the voting booth. >> i have no reason to take it off unless they can come up with a law that tells me that i can't carry a gun in here.
>> it turns out there is no law in indiana that stops someone from carrying a gun into a polling place. edinger never did vote. he says it is more important to show the world that all people who carry guns are not bad. police use a taser to subdue an autistic teenager and of course the family, none too pleased with this. it happened in johnston, iowa. four officers say they were unable to control the 15-year-old. his name is john pillmer. he was supposedly fighting with another teenager in a movie theater lobby. the boy's mother says police did have other options. >> first, get on the phone to me and talk to me. so i can explain what they needed to do to calm down the situation so the situation had not gotten as escalated as it did. >> that individual, whether he was audience stick or not, was still a threat to himself and was still a threat to the public. and we needed to neutralize that threat. >> the autistic teenager is now
in juvenile detention and he's facing numerous charges, including assault. two colorado moms are accused of spraying teens with lysol while chaperoning a high school prom. police say the moms were upset over the teens' dirty dancing and wanted to clean up their act. girls have accused both women of calling them whores and sluts. they say the lysol spray got in their eyes and mouths and some had to leave the prom. both women are facing harassment charges. they deny these accusations. sort of related but not really. reporter by day, stripper by night. houston chronicle has decided to fire a woman named sarah tresler who was working as a reporter for the society section of the paper. they did so after they say they found out she also worked as an exotic dancer and didn't disclose that when she amade for her job. again, a society reporter. tresler also wrote a blog called
"diary of an angry stripper" where she gave readers a peek into her double life. now she is suing for gender bias. >> i feel that women should not be denied other employment because they have worked as exotic dancers. some young women will use dancing as a way to make ends meet while they study to prepare for the career that they hope to be able to have for the rest of their lives. >> tresler holds a master's degree in journalism from new york university. she also happens to be an adjunct professor at the university of houston. >> that is a heck of a diverse resume that woman has. smart stripper. all right, it is exactly 5:37 here. new clues in a 22-year-old mystery. the biggest art heist ever. some of the world's greatest masterpieces. are they in a mobster's house? bizarre story that we're going to delve into for you.
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welcome back. it is 5:40. dramatic search for stolen art and an accused gangster's house in a case that began 22 years ago. back in 1990, two thieves stole up to $500 million in priceless art from the isabel store gardner museum in boston. yesterday authorities searched the home of robert genteel. he's been in close watch by the fbi in connection with that theft. three rembrandts and a one of a kind vermeer have been recovered. kevin kirktin, investigative reporter who covered the case with the "boston globe," joins me now on the phone. thanks for being with us this morning, we appreciate your time. i've got to tell you, this is a
head-scratcher because of the dames here. this man is 75 years old, he's been in jail since february 10, spent time in sol carry confinement, his wife says the fbi is just applying pressure, that he has no idea where the art is. how is he connected to the art heist? >> well, the account that we're getting from the federal authorities to this point is that mr. jen tilly is part of a network of mid-level organized crime members, was part of the attempt to get the stolen items fenced, sold to people who might be willing to, might be interested in buying it. now, that's just the allegation. but the federal authorities who are working this case, individuals who have broken up a major, major criminal enterprise here in boston that dates back to the 1970s, they're not the type of people who have been
known to make wild sayings, they deal in hard evidence. the evidence has resulted in the issuance of a search warrant signed by a judge, a u.s. district court judge. >> but what evidence -- if i may interrupt, what evidence is there? >> the evidence on this search regards not specifically the paintings or the masterpieces that were taken from the gardner museum, but guns and silencers. and one gun, one silencer was found buried in his backyard. that may be a ruse for what they're actually looking for, because we're told in federal court, back in march, february or march, that in fact they believe mr. jentelly is part of this network that resulted in the fencing of the material. but they would not -- the authorities here in boston and new haven and hartford are not the kind of people who would make these accusations without
some solid information. now, that information will become known. >> i think that's the problem right now, that there is not a lot of information and his attorney is saying it's just a ruse and they really have him on other charges and so he feels that the guy should not be in jail. but i want you to do this. take us back to 1990 and explain exactly what happened. >> well, it was in the early morning hours after the st. patrick's day celebration here in boston. and that's a time that everyone else in boston is settling down for a good night's sleep after a big celebration. and two men dressed as boston police officers -- i don't think it was boston police -- rang the doorbell inside the employee's entrance of the gardner museum. the guard, young, a little experienced but not terribly experienced, not terribly trained, well-trained guard, to let them in, saying there was a
disturbance on-scene. and when the -- after he let them into the museum on that ruse, that they tied him up and got him away from the one alarm bell that was there inside the museum. the museum's security system was not like most small museums at the time, was not 100%. and they were able to have the access to the entire museum from 1:30 -- excuse me, 12:30, to near 10 minutes to 2:00. >> that's absolutely incredible. >> they could have spent the entire night in the museum. and stolen michelangelos. they did get extraordinary booty, extraordinary masterpieces. but there were other things that were available to them that they didn't take and that's one of the clues that the authorities are working. why did they take three rembrandts and leave a
michelangelo? >> i've got to ask you, where do you hide that? it hasn't come up on the market. where are these paintings? why haven't they been able to find them? it's got to be difficult to sell. >> well, that's absolutely the right question. but it raises this one implication, which is these thieves could not have been very sophisticated to think that they would be able to gain money from the theft. >> i got to tell you -- >> when it was learned there was no insurance on the -- the museum was, you know, threadbare, they didn't have insurance on their masterpieces. so there was no way to, you know -- ransom the material back. >> no, incredible. stephen kirkjan, we appreciate your time. it's fascinating, kind of like a mystery novel here.
we'll talk to you again, thank you. 5:46, time to get you up to date on the top stories. we'll begin here. two missing tennessee girls safe this morning. the suspected kidnapper, fugitive adam mayes, not so much. he's dead. fbi officials say he shot himself in the head last night and was later pronounce dead. the girls were found in a wooded area near mayes' home in union county, mississippi. police say they did show signs of exposure and dehydration, they've been taken to the hospital for observation. mitt romney says he's sorry for a high school incident nearly 50 years ago he claims he doesn't even remember. according to witnesses the likely gop nominee allegedly held down a classmate who was thought to be gay and cut off chunks of his hair. romney apologized for what he called a high school prank, although some students who witnessed it are describing it as an assault. florida a&m university's band director is out of a job this morning. julian white stepped down in the wake of the school's hazing
scandal. he'd been with them for 40 years. he was placed on administrative leave back in november after the death of drum major robert champion. police say champion died in a hazing incident and 13 people have now been charged in connection with that death. the board of trustees is meeting next week to discuss the future of the band. smoke on the water. take a look at this. a 105-foot yacht completely in flames in seattle's fisherman's terminal. after firefighters made sure no one was on board they backed off because the heat was too intense. the losses in the millions of dollars. >> there's a song there somewhere, zoraida. break out the celestial champagne, it's called vesta. new observations from nasa's dawn spacecraft show us vesta's left over from the solar system's early days. the huge asteroid didn't quite
develop into a full-fledged planet so it's sitting there, dead. it's roughly as wide as the state of arizona. can a guy just ride a unicycle naked any more? >> what's up? >> in the running for greatest traffic stop of all-time, police in texas pulled over a naked guy on a unicycle, on a bridge outside houston. >> he's wearing something on his back, he's not really naked, he's got a necklace. >> he's being accused of indecent exposure after police say he was distracting drivers and creating a hazard. at least he had a good reason. >> he said he liked the way it felt. really don't know what he meant by that. but that's what he said. >> sure you know what he meant by that. police say his clothes were found at the base of the bridge. >> look, i don't know what that would feel like but i think it's gross. there's a sign field moment in here somewhere, i think. 5:49, it is time for your
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time to take a look at what's trending on the webs at 5:52. obama -- president's obama change of heart on same-sex marriage is really making history in more ways than just one. moments after he made the announcement on abc news, his official twitter account posted this. "same-sex couples should be able to get married." president obama. so, short and sweet. but that may already be the most retweeted message of all-time. now, here's the deal. twitter only officially tallied retweets up to 50. but there's this hacker who runs a remember site called retweetingobama.com who claims he knows the exact number of times the president's message has been retweeted and says it has been shared more than 56,700 times and counting since yesterday. twitter says president obama's announcement generated more than 1.6 million tweets from people who were reacting to it.
so the 1.6 million tweets -- >> makes sense to me. the other one seems low. >> very low, 56,000 retweets. the word on the tweet street is it's very high, and not as many people retweet they comment. 5:53. he sprinted up the steps of the philadelphia art museum but who knew rocky was actually in a classic painting. an american college student vacationing in italy spotted a dead ringer for sylvester stallone in a roman fresco. take a look for yourself, what do you think? rocky was the italian stallion. he even looks like he took a left hook in the painting. hm. >> i can see that. >> a little bit. >> i looked at it up close. the rafael painting "the cardinal of theological virtues" was done in 1511. that's rambo right there in the background. >> i think all of 16th century art looks like rocky. >> he has a little bit of a
double chin, though. >> i think they all look like sylvester stallone, not just that one. how's this for serious pressure? an anchor tosses to the weather with the words, "your highness?" kid you not, it was prince charles who was taking a tour through the studios in glasgow in scott land delivering the lunchtime forecast, learned about the green wall, and talk about nerves. then learned how to use the clicker. i guess in scotland they use an orange wall, maybe not a green wall. take a look at how it all played out. >> well, it's on several pictures. we head toward the end of the week. this afternoon it will be cold, wet and windy across most of scotland. we're under the influence of low pressure. and this weather front pushing northwards is bringing cloud and outbreaks of rain. >> they always sound smarter in
a british accent. he did a really good job. it's not easy to do. will he pick up the snarky anchor thing quickly? he ripped the writers on live tv, take a look. >> snow with a higher ground of the highened lands and aberdeenshire -- who the hell wrote this script? as the afternoon goes on. >> all right, that was the highlight. >> how do you like that he can say who the hell on tv and nothing will happen to him. ahead in our next hour, a $2 billion blunder at a bank that could hammer your 401(k) today. happy friday. [ female announcer ] introducing a match made in skin heaven. new venus & olay. olay moisture bars help lock in moisture...
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good morning and welcome to "early start." i'm ashleigh banfield. >> we're happy you're with thus morning. i'm intra ride desambolin. we begin with a family tragedy ending with some fairly good news. two missing tennessee girls alive and at this point unharmed. they were rescued last night in union county, mississippi. fugitive adam mayes shot himself after being cornered by police and he later died. mayes was accused of kidnapping 12-year-old alexandria bain and her sister 8-year-old kyliyah after being accused of murdering their mother and older sister. the older sister. the fbi just put mayes on the top of its most wanted list. cnn's george howell is live in atlanta. obviously all eyes are on these two little girls and their condition as they're under observation. >> let's talk about them, the two girls from what we've read very likely knew in their mother
and older sister had been killed. they were both find alive and physically unharmed. they were rushed to a memphis hospital where they're currently being treated. one federal investigator tells us "the girls are suffering from the experience of being out in the woods, from being kidnapped, suffering from dehydration and exhaustion but appear okay." so that's what we know about them at this point. let's also talk about adam mayes. authorities found him in a wooded area in union county, mississippi, the same gun town area they had been focusing in on. apparently authorities got a call from someone who spotted a vehicle that they believed belonged to mayes, these were officers task for from mississippi's special operation suite team and officers from the state fish and game department. the officers were in the wooded area and heard a gunshot, as they got closer they saw adam mayes and determined he shot
himself in the head. mayes was rushed to a hospital, either died en route to a hospital or died at the hospital. >> george, what about the father of these girls who has obviously been through utter hell as the girls have been on the lam with adam mayes and he suffered the lost of his oldest daughter and his wife, where do the two girls go now, to him? >> gary bain, as you mentioned, in seclusion, distraught from weeks of not knowing where his daughters were. we do believe at some point they will be reunited with their father. again, the girls currently in memphis, tennessee. that is where we believe that will happen as they are being treated there, but gary bain, again, will very likely be rener reunited there. >> our hearts go out to them and the entire family. george thank you. >> of course. police in portland, oregon, using dna technology to connect
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welcome back. it is eight minutes past the hour. mitt romney's apologizing for what he insists was a high school prank that he doesn't even remember and that has his campaign staff doing damage control this morning. he says he is sorry for an incident that took place in 1965 at the cranbrook school in detroit. witnesses say he and a group of other students held down a student thought to be gay and cut off chunks of his hair. other classmates called it a "vicious hack job." another says he is still troubled by it to this day. here is romney's reaction. >> i don't recall the incident myself but i've seen the reports and i'm not going to argue with that. there's no question but that i did some stupid things when i was in high school and obviously if i hurt anyone by virtue of that, i would be very sorry for it and apologize for it.
>> cnn political editor paul steinhauser is live in washington for us and paul, some people jumped right on this and called it bullying way before we were even using that word. it was almost 50 years ago. is this really going to hurt him? >> it's definitely a story for a day or two. will it hurt him come november, unlikely. we're talking about it, it's on the front pages of some newspapers this morning and talking about it on cable news as well. you have quotes from some who witnessed the incident. jim acosta spoke to one of them last night, philip maxwell. he says i'm a lawyer, this kid was terrified, that's an assault. phillip maxwell still considers romney a friend. other former classmates were much kinder in an attempt to counter the criticism. here is what kevin madden, senior adviser to the rohment
know campaign state on "out front." >> he did apologize for anyone that would it be offended. 50 years ago is a long time and i this i that this is not going to define him. what defines him is how he acts today. >> that's what a lot of republican pundits are saying about that. what about president obama, nothing's been coming up on that. go back four years ago and his comments in one of the books he wrote of his use of illegal drugs in high school was a topic on the campaign trail and we talked about it in the media. >> people do evolve but at the end of the day i found it unusual he says he doesn't remember anything about it. >> that is interesting. yes, that's something people will talk about that he can't remember. that is something you would remember, you would think. >> mitt romney is speaking at liberty university today. do you think he's going to continue to address this? what can we expect in. >> i think he would like to be done addressing this.north cain
probably talking about same-sex marriage and then new jersey, here's what he's going to say, you are ready for jobs that were supposed to be ready for you. millions wait on the day when there are jobs for everyone willing to work and opportunities to match your hopes and your goals. but don't lose heart because that day is coming. evangelical school founded by the late jerry falwell, maybe he'll be reaching to social conservatives. >> he needs the young votes. at 7:30 eastern on "starting point" soledad o'brien will talk about the incident in 1965 when she's kind by kerry healey, mitt romney's campaign adviser. it's 12 minutes past 6:00. they are safe and physically unharmed, two young girls
missing for two weeks now rescued. it happened last night in mississippi, adam mayes, who is accused of kidnapping them and on the lam after allegedly murdering their mother and sister. authorities say he shot himself in the head as the police closed in. a third suspect arrested in the death of a marine's wife in california, 36-year-old dorothy mara maraglino was arrested in the connection of a marine's wife while he was serving in afghanistan. both pleaded not guilty to murder charges. a disor yented passenger in police custody this morning, accused of trying to open the cabin door while the plane was still flying in the air. u.s. airways commuter flight from maine to philadelphia had to be diverted to boston. the passenger was subdued by one
of the flight attendance. the john edwards corruption trial comes to a crossroads. the defense plans to ask the judge to dismiss all charges claiming prosecutors haven't proven their case. the prosecution without calling rielle hunter to the stand. not expected to affect the price of your fill-hup but gas pumps will get a makeover. the epa will phase out the rubber fitting. apparently more than 70% of cars on the road now have the stuff on them that does just that so don't need them on the pumps. some 31,000 gas stations across the country should be affected by this. one world trade center may miss out on becoming the tallest building in the country on a technicality. here's a rendering of what it will look like in a couple of years. the design calls for a 408-foot needle to be placed atop the
building which would top it out at 1,776 feet but a design change could change the classification of a needle from a spire to an antenna which means the willis tower in chicago would still technically be on top. >> ahh. 14 minutes past 6:00. if you take a close look of your screen to the left of it you can see what is the tallest building in new york city, the empire state building, as the sun -- wait a minute, the world trade center became the tall nest new york last week but the empire state building was that after 9/11. we wanted to show you the reflective sun. >> there is no rain. if you are leaving the house at any time watch us on your desktop or mobile phone go to cnn.com/tv. rob marciano is joining us
right now. >> good morning, you mentioned rain in new york, a gorgeous day expected today. plenty of rain in midland, texas. year ago bone dry and extreme drought. this spring the opposite, the gullies, drainage ditches, rivers and streams filling up and overflowing causing all problems across central and southern texas. harper, 3.5 inches, 2.7 in austin. midland record rain as well, that will press off to the east and flood watches for southeast and upper texas coastline and much more for southern louisiana, 2 to 4 inches of rainfall expected. we also had 14 reports of tornadoes across texas, some doing damage outside of austin and near corpus christi as well and right now we have a tornado warning for cameron county, texas, just north of brownsville.
the cell is moving off to the east, probably be allowed to expire. most of the heavy wind with the system is offshore. this will make its way across the northern gulf states over the weekend, a wet weekend there. high pressure in control for much of the eastern quarter of the country for a good looking day today. it will be breezy across the northeast but that will hold looks like most of the dry air through saturday. 69 degrees, a little bit of a breeze. i think you'll take that, zoraida. >> thank you, we were feeling a little waterlogged so thank you for that. 16 minutes past the hour. police use a taser to subdue an autistic teenager and of course the family is very upset to say the least, it happened in johnston, iowa. four officers were unable to control 15-year-old john pilnor, he was fighting with another in a movie theater lobby. the boy's mother said police had other options. >> first get on the phone to me and talk to me, so i could
explain what they needed to do to calm down the situation so the situation had not gotten as escalated as it did. >> that individual, whether autistic or not was a threat to himself and a threat to the public and we were needed to neutralize that threat. >> you understand both sides of the story, right? the autistic teen is now in juvenile detention facing numerous charges including assault. in the state of illinois you can register your autistic children with the police department and the police officers have training so a situation like this does not have to escalate so check your state. 20 dogs are getting a second chance at life after being rescued because they spent seven years in a california research kennel. these little beagles, look at them, getting on to the grass for the very first time in their life. never touched grass before. they had spent their entire lives in a test laboratory. beagles are often used in animal
testing because they are so trusting. the dogs were released to an animal rescue group because scientists no longer had use for them. the rescue workers will not reveal where those dogs came from. >> if we were to reveal the name of the facility, they would never release to us again so it's a double-edged sword and it's awful. i hate teetering that line. >> they sure look happy now. look at them, all 20 beagles are now up for adoption. >> they have a lot of energy, those little beagles. it is 18 minutes past the hour. still ahead, where the hoodie meets the hops. what can mark zuckerberg learn from a boston beer guy about an ipo? i'm dying to learn more. alison kosik will be here with that. >> for a look at our top stories head to our building at cnn.com/earlystart. you ready? we wanna be our brother's keeper.
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22 minutes past 6:00, we're minding your business. one week out from facebook's initial public offering, ipo, cool lingo, what i'm told by alison kosik. they thought to put the start date back. >> mark zuckerberg was in new york wearing his famous hoodie meeting with potential investors. alison kosik is in for christine romans this morning. the hype machine is in overdrive? >> yes and the questions are coming out is facebook living up to the hype. one report out of bloomberg says it's not living up to the hype. on this road show it's being discovered, coming out that it's not getting the demand that was expected. there's concern how facebook is
going to grow, other reports its ad growth isn't keeping pace with the increase of users on facebook. poll showing the majority of responders say facebook is overvalued. i asked one coo of boston beer company also known as sam adams, the very popular beer on how to generate interest from average joes to buy into this facebook ipo, get people who actually use facebook to buy into the company. so this is a great case study because sam adams went public 17 years ago on the nyse and did something radical. i talked with jim cook on the floor of the new york stock exchange and he said it was important to let his beer drinkers become his owners. what he did was tagged six-packs, you go out and buy in the store, telling drinkers to send in, get information, get a prospectus and buy shares directly even at a lower price being offered to institutional
investors, the price being offered to institutional investors was $20, 15 bucks for the average joe. he said he did this because these are the people that mattered most to him. here is more of our conversation. listen to this. >> to the rest of the world of facebook ipo it's a big financial transaction but as the entrepreneur and the founder, it's also a statement of what your values are. >> reporter: are you going to buy into this facebook ipo? >> i'm not an investor. alison, i make beer. ask me about hops. don't ask me to pick stocks. well, you want to have a beer with me? >> reporter: i would love to have a beer with you. the mid morning drink. so what do we have here? >> this is the original sam adams. this is the beer that i started making in my kitchen 28 years ago. >> how'd that go? >> it helped start an enkir kraft beer in america. cheers, the original social network. >> love that.
having a beer, you can't go wrong with that. >> the original social network. >> kraft beer. i thought it was microbrew. >> he created that bossen lager, the original so we both drank that first and i said you know what? summer's coming. let's try the summer ale so we sipped tha little bit of that. >> our control room guy says it used to be called microbrew and now they have evolved craft beer. >> live and learn. i got to say jim cook is amazing. he said you know what? never forget the people who drink your beer. he said i don't forget the people who are drinking my beer and never forget to say thank you and his point with facebook is, he hopes that facebook doesn't forget that either, who his users are. >> it's very important, seemed genuine. i wanted to ask you how the beer was but we'll talk about it off camera. >> yummy. >> he is the only known american
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29 minutes past 6:00. welcome back to "early start." i'm ashleigh banfield. two missing tennessee girls found alive and physically unharmed today. adam mayes the fugitive suspected of kidnapping them and murdering their mother and sister dead. the fbi says he shot himself in the head. mitt romney apologizing for a high school incident nearly 50 years ago that he insists he does not even remember. the likely gop nominee allegedly held down a classmate who was thought to be gay and cut off chunks of his hair. romney is saying he is sorry for what he describes as a high
school prank. some students who witnessed it said it was more like an assault. the drug truvada might soon be approved for preventing aids in high risk patients. an advisory committee recommending the fda police it as a preventative medication by a 19-3 vote. that is a big deal. new details on the only known u.s. prisoner of war in afghanistan. the parents of sergeant b bo bergdahl, reveal details of a possible prisoner swap in the works. the taliban captured him back in june of 2009 and he's appeared in fi taliban propaganda videos since he disappeared. barbara star is live at the pentagon. earlier we said this is sensitive information being released now. is it?
>> well, good morning, zoraida. the administration is now acknowledging that yes, indeed, there were talks with the taliban about exchanging five prisoners being held at guantanamo bay in the return for the release of sergeant bergdahl. this was late last year as so-called reconciliation talks. the potential release of the sergeant was one of those so-called confidence building measures. the taliban allegedly would release him, the u.s. would release these five prisoners. it was not being widely discussed but was understood to be happening, now that sergeant bergdahl's own parents are speaking out yes the administration is going ahead and publicly acknowledging it. lot of questions of course about what is being done to recover this young man. here at the pentagon a good deal of discussion about it and
questions whether he really is remembered every day by the u.s. military. have a listen to what the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff had to say. >> if you go to the centcom command center, their conference room, there's about a four by six-foot poster of bo bergdahl to remind them and therefore us every day that he remains missing in action. >> so even with these exchange talks having collapsed some months ago, now the pentagon coming out and talking about it and saying yes, they are doing everything that they can to get him back, in a few short weeks, it will be three years ago he's been in captivity. >> you have to understand the frustration of the parents and i was reading somewhere online that the parents had reached out to the taliban directly. do you know anything about that? >> well, they're trying to, i think, is fair to say. mr. bergdahl has made some
videos where he is speaking, trying to make these messages public to the taliban, that they would like their son back, that they understand what is going on in the region and make these appeals to get their son back. so far to no avail. >> barbara, is there good reason to believe he is still alive? >> according to the source, everyone we have spoken to yes, they do believe he is alive, being held in pakistan by the so-called hakani network, one of its most active and terrorist-capable networks in pakistan across the border. that's one of the problems, the u.s. says. they do believe he's being held inside pakistan. >> barbara starr live at the pentagon for us, thank you very much. at the top of the hour, soledad will be joined by
michael berg has son was murdered by insurgents in 2004, one of the few people who know what the parents are going through. voters in indiana headed to the polls earlier this week, one was turned away before he could cast his ballot because he was carrying a gun, a former marine, his name clay edinger. he carries his weapon with him everywhere he can for protection. he's licensed but when he walked into the polling center the elections official spotted the gun and aert willed the assistant fire chief. clay was asked to step outside and told state law forbids him for bringing a firearm into the voting booth. >> i have no reason to take it off unless they can come up with a law that tells me that i can't carry a gun in here. >> and as it turns out, there is no law in indiana that stops anybody from carrying a gun into a polling place. by the way, edinger never did
get to vote. he says it's more important to show all people who carry guns are not bad. >> 35 minutes past the hour. reporter by day, stripper by night. there are a lot of layers to the story. the "houston chronicle" fired a woman named sarah tresler working for the society paper. after they found out she also worked as an exotic dancer and did not disclose that. she wrote a blog called "diary of an angry stripper" she gave readers a peek into her double life. now she is suing for gender bias. >> women should not be denied other employment because they have worked as exotic dancers. some young women will use dancing as a way to make ends meet while they study to prepare for the career that they hope to be able to have for the rest of their lives. >> miss tresslor holds a masters degree in journalism from new york university and adjunct
professor at the university of houston. >> one smart cookie. >> wow. have you ever tried to ride a uni cycle? it is not easy. look at how this guy decided to give it a go and naked unicycle romp on a bridge. why? where? and how do you think that officer was handling all of this, it's all coming up. >> it's morning friendly. we blurred it out. first a quick check of today's weather with rob marciano. good morning. >> good morning. boy we're heavy on the stripper stories. >> equal opportunities. >> maybe that young man is studying for his journalism degree. look at the rainfall, going to be heading across the southeast part of texas, and also southern louisiana, looking at rainfall here of two to four inches, so flood watches in effect. we saw several tornadoes yesterday which caused damage and minor injuries no, fatalities thankfully outside of houston. rainfall pushing into the gulf
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county, mississippi. florida's band director is out of a job. he stepped down in wake of a hazing scandal. white had been with famu for 40 years. he was placed on administrative leave in november after the death of robert champion, who died in a hazing incident. 13 people had been charged in his death. the board of trustees is meeting next week to discuss the future of the band. after a string of worker suicides and sweat shop conditions apple will share the costs of improving the lives of workers at plants in china who make your iphones and ipads. it will work with key text supplier foxconn. there's a deal in place to raise the wages by up to 25%. former "news of the world" editor rebecca brooks testifying in the uk's phone hacking and press ethics inquiry. the hearing is examining the
relationship between media, politicians, police and the public in great britain. brooks fielding a question the way rupert murdoch's papers present stories to the readers. >> you present issues with a certain spin, a certain slant, don't you? >> well, depending on the paper, yes. you can do. i wouldn't say spin. i would say attitude. >> or perspective then? >> okay. >> brooks is expected to answer questions about her friendship with current prime minister david cameron and her relationship with former prime ministers tony blair and gordon brown. build it, build it! >> chanting build it. the minnesota vikings just one signature away from getting the stadium that they have wanting for years. the plan cleared final approval in the minnesota state senate yesterday setting the wheels in
motion for a new billion-dollar stadium. the public is on the hook for $348 million of that price tag and the plan is now headed to the governor's desk. >> that's a lot of moolah. can't a guy just get a ride on a unicycle naked anymore? greatest traffic stop of all-sometime in tall all-ti all-time. the man is accused of indecent ex-poreeur after he was distracting drivers and creating a hazard. at least he had a good reason, they say. >> he said he liked the way it felt. really don't know what he meant by that but that's what he said. >> police say his clothes were found at the base of the bridge. >> i just can't speak to how that feels. sorry. it seems to me it wouldn't feel that good but i don't ride a unicycle. >> i think he meant the air, not actually sitting on the
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welcome back. it's 47 minutes past 6:00. dramatic search in connecticut linked to one of the greatest unsolved art heists ever. it is a big story, folks. 22 years ago two guys dressed as cops just talked their way in to the isabela stewart gallery in boston and made off with 13 priceless pieces of art. we're not just talking any art. masterpieces from artests like rembran rembrandt, degat, manet. the total haul was about a half billion dollars. the fbi has raided 75-year-old robert gentile's home in connecticut. police say he's a reputed mobster and arrested on gun charges back in february and
when they searched the home back then they say they turned up four guns, ammo, home maid dynamite, a stun gun, $20,000 stuffed into a grandfather clock with a set of brass knuckles, just to name a few of the items they found but they did not find any stolen art and so far in the recent search thursday didn't find any stolen art, that they're telling us anyway. gentile's lawyer ryan mcwiggin is here to talk about the case. thank you for joining us. what is it the police thinks connects your client to the 22-year-old art heist? >> they do not think that he had any direct role in the theft of the art. i believe they have information that they've generated from a grand jury whereby they've had some people pointing their fingers at my client. i'd say the majority of the
information comes from incarcerated criminals, who are trying to get out, most of them are now in their 70s, and it looks like they're pointing fingers at anybody that they possibly can in exchange, giving up information in exchange for early release. >> why is the warrant for what the police are doing, we're looking at the tent set up over the yard, using the ground-penetrating radar to search for weapons. why does the warrant say they're looking for weapons when in fact, the suspicion here is that they're looking for those masterpieces or information that will lead to the whereabouts of the masterpieces. >> well that's a very good question. they have to ostensibly say they're looking for firearms in connection with a drug case, because the statute of limitations has already run on the theft of the art and
therefore they could not get a search and seizure warrant for a crime whereby the statute's already run. they have to come one a new crime that they can attach a search and seizure warrant to it and search my client's house which is the whole intent of his entire underlying criminal case, the whole -- sorry. >> if that's the case, pardon the pun, if that's thes case and the statute of limitations for the search forced them to make the warrant all about guns and art, what happens if they find art or information about art? does the statute still exist? is that limit still there? could he be charged with this? >> no he couldn't be charged with it. however, under common law, if you have property that doesn't belong to you, you cannot keep it, and so the art would then be rendered back to the rightful owner. he wouldn't have a valid ownership claim over the property.
he couldn't be charged with possession of it, but the property would then go back to the museum. of course if he -- >> just to wrap it up if he can't be charged with it, if he knew where he had the art there is a $5 million reward from the museum he could get the money and not face any charges. >> he could get the money, not face any charges and it's my understanding that he would have a very amicables relul resoluti the underlying criminal charge and any criminal attorney would recommend this to his client. i have. he's given them the information that he has. he has no more information and it would take a nut not to take this deal. >> ryan mcguigen, thank you for joining us. we'll keep watching this and if there's a resolution we'd like to have you back. >> thank you very much. >> thanks very much. time for your royal weather report, prince charles takes the clicker as he hangs out with the commoners at the bb.
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it is 55 minutes past 6:00, and it's time to take a look at what's trending on the interweb. president obama change of heart, hugely posted in same-sex marriage and turns out that was so retweeted it's setting a record. moments afterwards when he tweeted out same-sex couples should be able to get married, we found out it may be the most retweeted message of all-time. twitter apparently only monitors up to 50 re-tweets but we're getting this information from a hacker who says he runs the site
retweetingobama.com and claims it is 56,700 and counting since yesterday and if you think that sounds low. >> it does. >> it might sound a little low but there is something else to the story that might make is sound more plausible. twitter is announcing that president obama's announcement generated 1.6 million tweets from people reacting to the news and you probably saw the celebrities what tweeted out thank you, mr. president, probably some others saying what were you thinking so with all of the pluses and minuses on it, lots of tweets and retweets. he's sprinted up the steps of the new york art museum. an american college student vacationing in italy spotted a dead ringer to stallone in a roman fresco. looked like he took a left hook
in the painting so there it is. i wish we could put them side by side so you can compare and decide whether you think they look alike, the painting called "the cardinal and theological virtues" was done in 15 11 and shows pope gregory ix approving laws and ram bow in the background. when you put them up close and together you see the resemblance. separately, not so much. >> i said it before and say it again, i think all 16th century art has people in it who look like rocky. they just have that face. we have another one for you you'll probably really enjoy, if you're an anchor and tossing to your weatherman you're probably mott expecting it's going to be this guy. that's the prince, prince charles, taking a tour of the bbc facilities in glasgow, scotland. >> when she tossed it, did she say your royal highness. >> they were getting information on how to use the clicker and
did a pretty good job. look at the crash course and the results. >> well it's an unsettled picture as we head towards the end of the week. this afternoon it will be cold, wet and windy across most of scotland, we're under the influence of a low pressure and this weather front is pushing northward, bringing cloud and outbreaks of rain. >> what you didn't hear was when he read one of the scripts up on his teleprompter he didn't like and he actually said "who the hell wrote this stuff?" which was adorable. he truly did a great job, very entertaining and replayed on cable networks all around the world. that would do it for us at 58 minutes past the hour. "the news from a to z." i'm ashleigh banfield. >> and i'm zoraida sambolin. "starting point" starts right now. our starting point this morning, he was on the fbi's most wanted fugitive list. well this morning, it turns out that adam mayes is dead. the dramatic and abrupt end as
cops closed in on him in tennessee. that murder/kidnapping suspect, we'll tell you what happened. plus it was the biggest art heist ever, the hunt for $500 million worth of art stolen from a museum 22 years ago. right now, federal agents are all over the home of a reputed connecticut mobster. we'll tell you what they found so far. also was presidential candidate mitt romney a bully? he's now responding to allegations he harassed a prep school classmate who later came out as gay. his adviser from the campaign will join us live. it's friday, may 11th and "starting point" begins right now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com welcome, everybody. our starting point is with headlines. zoraida sambolin has an update on what's happening in that manhunt, the two sisters have been found alive and unharmed. zoraida, good morning. >> absolutely that