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charged today with second degree murder. susan candiotti is outside of the courthouse. susan, bring us up to date. >> reporter: fredricka, the latest information we have on the suspect in this case, pedro hernandez, is that he is not being held in jail at this time. instead, he is at bellevue hospital in new york, which is a very highly regarded public hospital, which has an equally highly regarded psychiatric unit as well. we are told that he is being evaluated. he is not under a suicide watch, according to police officials, at this time. so right now at the courthouse, we are waiting to find out when a hearing might be scheduled. this would be the first appearance for mr. hernandez at which time we expect that prosecutors will be announcing exactly what he will be charged with. now, it was flagged yesterday by police that they expected the charge to be second degree murder. but it will be the first opportunity we have to see him in court if in fact this appearance does come today as
expected. fredricka? >> susan, yesterday, you told us that someone was being questioned, that his story was being met with healthy skepticism. are police now confident that pedro hernandez is etan patz's killer, or at least the suspect? is this the same person that they had some trepidation about initially? >> reporter: well, we are still hearing from different law enforcement sources. we are hearing both, that they believe that this is a solid case and certainly police are on the record saying that they believe the credibility of this man based on the detailed statements that they say he made to them over the course of 3 1/2 hours on videotape. but we also have other law enforcement sources who are telling us that while this investigation is still going on, there is naturally always skepticism involved here as they continue to look for any possible physical evidence to link this man to the case. we already know that there isn't
any, according to police here. and also to try to determine what his motive might have been, fredricka. because from everything we're hearing, evidently mr. hernandez had no prior contact with etan patz prior to, well, what he said was his alleged contact with him on the day that he disappeared when he said that he lured him into a convenience store with a promise of giving him a soda. got him to the basement, and then allegedly strangled him. fredricka? >> susan, thanks so much for that update out of new york. all right. no coincidence today is national missing children's day. it was given that designation in 1983 by president reagan. to long beach, california, now where a nightmare that started with a false accusation is over. in a court hearing yesterday, that lasted less than a minute, a judge dismissed the rape conviction for which brian banks had spent five years in prison.
banks was a high school senior with high hopes of playing college football when a younger classmate claimed he had raped her in the summer of 2002. he took a plea instead of risking the rest of his life behind bars, and never expected to hear from his accuser again. well, last year, however, he did. she contacted him on facebook, accepted his invitation to meet, and admitted that she had put him away on a lie. banks recorded the whole conversation. here is what he told "the today show." >> i've been dealing with this now for 10 years. and i've had my moments where i was very angry and very vengeful. but i know it was best for me to try and move forward in a positive manner, and for the better. of me. -- betterment of me. it hurts no one but me to hang onto that negative energy. it will always keep me in a stagnant position. and i always want to better
myself as a person regardless of the situation that i'm on. >> the woman and her mother sued the lodge beach schools and then won $1.5 million. according to banks, she refused to go public with her reca recantation because she didn't want to give back the money. john edwards jury is back to work. six days of deliberation, and no scrap of evidence is too small for this jury. yesterday they asked to examine all of theibility ands. they are trying to determine if edwards used campaign contributions to cover up his affair with rielle hunter. we will bring you the evidence once a jury has decided on a verdict. and the man who trained a horse on the verge of winning the first triple crown since 1978 is facing suspension over the alleged doping of another horse two years ago. doug o'neal won't have to serve his 45-day suspension until after the belmont stakes, but it only adds to the pressure on the
horse known as i'll have another. the winner of the kentucky derby and the preakness. o'neill was not personally blamed for giving a horse chemicals that raised carbon dioxide levels in its blood, but as the horse's trainer, he was still held responsible. and a private company is making history this morning becoming the first-ever to send a capsule to the international space station. live images right now. the spacex dragon is docking with the station, the international space station, with the help of a robotic arm that reached out and then snagged the capsule and is slowly pulling it in there. let's bring in cnn aviation and regulation correspondent lizzy o'leary. so what more can you tell us about this mission, and whether folks are considering this so far mission accomplished or a success? >> so far, fredricka, it's seen as a success. there was a lot of cheering both in the spacex center in california and in houston, where nasa folks were overseas the mission. and you called it right. basically, that arm there that
you see sticking out from the international space station, it's the canadarm 2. and it grappled the dragon capsule and is slowly pulling it in towards the space station. i want to play you a little sound from the moment after that happened, complete with a pretty clever line from astronaut don pettitte, who was in fact in charge of grabbing the dragon. listen to this. >> capture is confirmed. [ applause ] >> congratulations on a wonderful capture. you have made a lot of folks happy down here. great job, guys. >> houston, it looks like we've got us a dragon by the tail. >> so maybe just like neil armstrong, he had his clever line ready. but what's inside the capsule is also important it's supplies for the space station. laptops, food, supplies,
batteries, all sorts of things that will gradually be brought inside the space station. they're doing a process called birthing, and that will take the next couple of hours. we expect them to open the hatch door tomorrow, frederickrickfree they bring the stuff inside. >> and spacex is a private company and sells its launch services. if you have some cargo you want to send to space, the price tag this year is a little steep. $54 million per launch paid in full. ♪[music plays] there's another way to help erase litter box odor. purina tidy cats. only tidy cats has new odor erasers... making it easy to keep things at home... just the way you want them.
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and then there's the festering concern over the role of the military. will it accept the results regardless of who wins? hala gorani and ben are joining us. why the concern over the muslim brotherhood? >> well, the worry among many egyptians is that the muslim brotherhood already dominates parliament. they dominated briefly constitutional assembly. if they have the presidency as well, they monopolize the entire government. many egyptians feel that the brotherhood went in the promise of working on getting the economy going, getting employment going again, health, education, all of the sort of things that made them popular. but once in parliament, they focussed on things like lowering the legal age for marriage and allowing female genital
mutilation to be something of a personal choice. so the worry is that their agenda is increasingly religious and really much less to the things, the issues, that concern egyptians most like the economy and security. >> ben, what about the military? would it accept, you know, respect, honor either candidate that were to win? >> well, certainly the military might have concerns if the muslim brotherhood were to win the presidency. but by and large, all indications are that they will hand over power to civilian government as they promised by the end of june. they really actually don't like all the attention and the responsibility of running this country, of nearly 90 million people. my sources say they are eager to hand over control of egypt to whoever, the muslim brother or
the former leader under hosni mubarak. >> after two days of voting, is there a resonating feeling that this is exactly the kind of outcome they were hoping for? this is the kind of election they were hoping for? >> well, certainly not what the revolutionaries were hoping for. you know, if this result holds and these are preliminary, nonofficial results, it's very important to underline that. then that means that the center has lost in this country. you had a more moderate islamist candidate. if he does not make it to the second round, and if moussa, the former secretary general of the arab league, does not make it into the second round, and it's likie looking like he won't, you'll have a very polarizing outcome here. one of the candidates was the last prime minister of hosni mubarak. so if you're a revolutionary in this country, if you out in the
square for 18 days last year, this is quite possibly the worst outcome you could have imagined. the question is going to be whoever is elected, what power will this president have? this country still doesn't have a constitution that defines his role, fredricka. >> all right. thanks so much. hala gorani and ben weedman both joining us from cairo. appreciate that. meantime, the cleanup on a pristine but deserted alaskan island began today. part of a field of debris from japan. it's already creating an ugly environmental mess. alaska is asking the federal government for millions of dollars to help pay for this kind of cleanup. [ kate ] most women may not be properly absorbing
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some rather encouraging news on the condition of the flesh eating bacteria victim, amy copeland. we have been following her story the past couple of weeks now. amy is now able to sit up in a chair for hours at a time, and doctors say she may be out of the intensive care unit in three to four weeks. the georgia college student was infected by flesh-eating
bacteria after a zip line accident. both her hands, a left hand, and a foot had to be amputated. elizabeth cohen is with us here now to tell us more about her condition. you know, is she kind of out of the woods yet or no? >> i spoke with her dad yesterday. and he was very clear that she is not out of the woods. however, let's talk about this sitting up, which doesn't sound like a big deal. but when you're as sick as she is, in critical condition, sitting up is a milestone. >> and so many amputations. >> yes. sitting up is a milestone. not only is he a great dad, he is an amazing writer. i'll read from his facebook page. he wrote, when the doctors put amy up in that chair, their expectations was to give her an hour. five hours later, amy decided she was ready to lie down. had she been running an olympic event, i think she would have experienced a record-breaking gold medal moment. and it wasn't five hours. it was 5 1/2 hours.
so really a proud dad that she is so strong. >> and see seems to be handling this well mentally from what she knows of her condition. >> before her hands were amputated, they brought her hands -- her parents brought her hands to her face so she could see the purplish color and understand, and she mouthed the words let's do it. she understood what needed to help. >> let's talk about the other vulnerabilities of her body and the bacteria. her intern orgal organs, what k of condition is she in? >> the reason why she needs three to four more weeks, or that's the forecast right now, is because her internal organs have really suffered. she's on dialysis all the time. on continuous dialysis. they take her off for short periods of time to see if she can handle it, but they do end up putting her back on. and her lungs are not fully functioning. she's on external oxygen. not 100% oxygen. it's more like 30%. but she is receiving external ox
g oxjin oxygen. so right now it's the internal organs they are concerned about. >> so they feel like they have contained the bacteria? >> i'm glad you brought this up. the bacteria is gone. they feel like that bacteria is out of her body. but the bacteria did huge damage while it was in there. and so people with this disease go into shock often, and their internal organs don't get the oxygen they need which is why they suffer so much. that's important to understand. the bacteria is not the threat at this point. it's the damage that the bacteria left in its wake. >> as far as they know, this is not contagious. all of the family members who have been around her or been exposed to her during this time, they were not vulnerable? >> i have not heard that as a concern. >> incredible. all right. we are learning so much about this. and sadly, it is rare, but there are occurrences in which this does happen. and we are just praying for her.
our fingers are crossed. >> and for all the other people. there are hundreds if not thousands of people who get this flesh eating bacteria every year in this country. and people -- you don't want to be panicked about it, but you do want to know that it's out there. and i think one of the great things that she's done that her case has done is that if you have a bruise or a cut or something on your body, and it hurts like crazy, and it's swelling and it's growing, pay attention. >> you have to address it right away. thanks so much, elizabeth cohen. appreciate that. meanwhile, "the atlanta journal constitution" is reporting that a laboratory has tested the water in the river where aimee contracted that infection, and the lab says that the flesh eating bacteria is present in normal levels in the river. and the other day, aimee had an unexpected visitor to cheer her up. nashville recording artist cory durkin drove to the hospital and played this song he wrote especially for her. here is his "southern belle."
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when i first saw the earthquake that hit haiti, a lot of the images felt like i had seen them before driving through the streets of fallujah or afghanistan. and i realized i could actually help out. i went on facebook and said i'm going to haiti. who's in? 72 hours after that, we were on our way to port-au-prince. >> let's get our gauzes. >> we got to work setting up a triage clinic. >> go through and number the beds. >> we realized veterans are useful in these situations. i'm jake wood, and i want to help others in need. we started as a disaster relief organization, and we realized we could help the veteran community as well. we bring them together to be a part of a team once again. they are almost recharged. >> when you get out, you have the feeling of what are you really doing that's important in the world. this has provided a great opportunity to help people in need. >> put your foot back as far as you can. >> most of the work we do
internationally is emergency medical clinic triage. here at home, we've been in tuscaloosa, joplin, debris clearing operations, search and rescue. we have about 1,400 volunteers and about 80% of them are military veterans. helping other people is part of the healing process. >> i can't thank you all enough. >> there is really no limit to what veterans can do. we have the ability to help, and we want to serve. i think it's a win-win situation. heartbreaking story now out of miami. john is joining us now. this involving an american airlines flight. >> yeah, fredricka. it's american airlines flight 320 that was coming in from montego bay, jamaica. and what we are hearing from miami international airport officials there, the spokesperson telling us that there was an unruly passenger onboard, but apparently this began to transpire after that plane actually landed. and this person was then
restrained and police were called, and this person was taken off of the flight. we have no idea why this person became unruly. what the passengers did to restrain this individual. if there was any problem with police getting this person off of the american airlines flight. and i believe you can see that airplane there at the gate at miami international airport. again, right now, these are just the very first initialfredricka is literally all we have right now. again, it's an unruly passenger onboard a flight out of montego bay into miami. and apparently, the incident didn't take place at least from what we're hearing now at first blush until the plane was actually on the ground. >> and so your understanding is, john, that passengers helped to restrain this unruly passenger? >> appears to be the case. that passengers also aided in restraining this individual, and
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involving an unruly passenger onboard that flight. and other passengers reportedly actually subdued that passenger. that person has since been taken off the flight and is being questioned. it's unclear about any details as to what that incident was, what that passenger -- unruly passenger did or may have said, and also still unclear whether there are still passengers that are being held on that flight before everyone deplanes. but that flight from montego bay to miami, we understand landing safely there in miami. still at the jetway there. but an unruly passenger who was subdued by other passengers was taken off the flight and is being questioned. we'll keep you posted on that flight 320. all right. ballgames. indy 500. a whole lot going on this memorial day weekend. fun in the sun. at the beach, et cetera. of course, you want the weather to cooperate. let's check in with our chad meyers. of course, everybody wants sunny skies everywhere. will they get it? >> not going to happen. you've got formula one. you've got monaco there.
you also have the coke 600. the indy 500. race fans nirvana weekend. and you really don't want it to rain. although formula one, sometimes do you because they still race in the rain and it's more fun. rain slowing down the airports. laguardia and newark, almost an hour delay. this is the get away day here. moderate to severe weather, just not a big day for severe weather across parts of the plains. moving you ahead to tomorrow, there's something brewing out here. could be a storm called beryl. >> already? >> not barrel, like a barrel of monkeys. it's beryl, b-e-r-y-l. could bring rain tomorrow from the carolinas all the way down to florida and on sunday really move in. big winds in parts of the southwest. blowing dust in parts of vegas and even phoenix and flagstaff. big fire threat there because fires are already going there in spots across the southwest.
and sunday morning is when if this becomes a named storm or not, we're really anything to see rain across all north florida, georgia, and as far west as panama city. there's a silver lining to this because this area of the country has the worst drought going right now. south georgia, north florida, riddled, just killed with the drought at this point in time. so this is what we want to break droughts. a small little storm, 30, 40 miles per hour, not a hurricane, maybe not big deal, but the rain can really help things out there. not going to help you if you're trying to get some sun along the beach. i don't expect any rainshowers for indianapolis. the storms should be well out towards the south and southwest part of south dakota. so we're ok with all of that. and memorial day, along the beaches, very hot. mobile, 96. destin, 89. and this then is the part here on saturday that could begin to see the rain. that's why it's not quite as warm here. chance of precip in savannah, at least 40%. further up, could be 60% or 70%,
and the water is still cool. it is only may, by the way. >> yeah, it's early. i'll stick with half glass full. let's stay positive. be sure and join us again monday, 11:00 a.m., right here in the cnn newsroom. we'll bring you the annual memorial day observance with the presidential wreath laying ceremony at the tomb of the unknowns. ♪ [ acoustic guitar: upbeat ] [ dog ] we found it together. on a walk, walk, walk. love to walk. yeah, we found that wonderful thing. and you smiled. and threw it.
breaking news involving american airlines flight 320 from montego bay to miami, still on the jetway there. john, bring us up to date. >> well, the latest information we're getting from american airlines is that apparently as we had reported earlier unruly passenger after the plane landed, while it was taxiing to the gate, got up in his seat when he was instructed to sit back down by the flight attendants, and he refused to do so. he began moving towards the front of the aircraft, at which point he was subdued. we believe with the assistance of other passengers onboard the flight. and he was then of course turned over to the local authorities. we still don't know, fredricka, if the passengers are still on the flight or have been allowed to disembark. we're still waiting to get some clarification on that. but, again, taken into custody. the incident happening, this unruly passenger apparently disoriented, getting up in his seat, moving towards the front
of the plane, disobeying flight attendant instructions and was subdued at that point. >> john, appreciate that. keep us posted. everybody has an opinion these days, right, and people are really taking advantage of that through the internet, social network sites, and blogs. but a blistering online review of a plastic surgeon in florida could cost a disgruntled patient a lot more than two cents. the doctor is suing, claiming he's the victim of a malicious campaign of unlawfully defaming and spreading lies. he wants the post taken down, and wants $49,000 in damages. we're not going to get into the legal maneuvers right now, but was this inevitable, given that people turn to the internet for advice, information, or feedback? joining me right now is the first lady of online consumer reviews, angie hicks. good to see you. you probably know her. you know her site, angie's list.
you started your service in 1995. great to see you. and now cover more than 200 cities with 1 million plus members. clearly people love to get on the computer and vent. but you kind of always knew this kind of conflict would arise, didn't you? >> well, i think what people have to keep in mind is when consumers are thinking about using the internet to post reviews, they just need to be honest about their experience. and at angie's list, in fact what we find is that a lot of times consumers have a lot of great things to say, and it's a great way for consumers then to network and share information with each other. the situation we're talking about today, with this other site, you know, this was really, you know, this is so, so rare. i've been in this business for 17 years. and you just don't see things like this that often. >> what's the rare part? you mean it's rare that someone would want to take legal action or so rare that peopled vent and say something negative? it would seem that is actually very common, that people feel like they are licensed to say anything they want. >> well, sure. consumers -- the important thing is that they are being honest
and sharing their opinion. if it's a bad experience, you know, that is certainly good feedback to give. it's just very rare that you see legal action taken in a situation like this. but i think one of the things that has differentiated angie's list over the years is that we really take a fair stance. we don't allow anonymous reviews. we give companies the opportunity to respond to reviews. and because of that platform of fairness, it really reduces the impact of something like this. >> so you have that kind of procedure or those standards in place so that you don't have like a legal case that's just unfolded. however, you know, do there need to be or are there other protections in place to make sure you're not roped into any potential legal cases? >> the way we look at it, we're here to protect with the consumers' right to share their opinion. and if ever we find that a service company is, you know, really getting out of line and trying to intimidate a consumer, we step in and protect the
consumer. and even though that is extremely rare that that happens, that we would have to do that, we're here to do that. i mean, what i find is always, you know, some good conversation with the providers is important, reminding them that every now and again, you're going to get a complaint. and it's really important to take that information with a grain of salt, take the opportunity to respond to the review in a thoughtful way and unemotional way, and that's going to go a long way in letting people really see what your practice or your service is all about. >> what are the pitfalls of having this kind of business? >> well, the pitfalls of this kind of business? >> yeah, being able to be a place where it does essentially become a dumping ground for people to say, hopefully positive, and certainly sometimes negative, things as they review other businesses. >> well, i mean, i think we spend -- one of the things, i think it's an opportunity for consumers to share their honest opinion. and angie's list, we get a lot of positive feedback because consumers usually start with us to get the name. so we're not typically a rant
site and that kind of element. but the pitfalls are just continuing to manage the platform and create a fair platform for consumers and service companies alike. and that -- because then it can be a valuable tool for both sides. >> how do you also create an environment where some of these businesses can kind of turn some of those bad customer experiences or, you know, to their advantage? like i guess in the case of this doctor, who is not necessarily -- he's going to take the legal route. or has he also taken advantage of something you offer on angie's list where he can kind of respond? or others might be able to respond? >> yeah. i talk to companies all the time because no one likes to get negative feedback but it's inestable, we are human. so i always encourage companies to follow their reviews, understand what the feedback is that they are getting. and if it's something they can fix, fix it. and absolutely thoughtfully respond to the reviews. but don't respond when you first
read the review, because oftentimes that leads to an emotional response. give a thoughtful response after you think about it because honestly, consumers can learn a lot more about a company, about how they handle a bad situation, than if they just have all glowing reviews. >> how do you see this case as potentially impacting your site or what is it that you do? >> you know, i just -- you know, i don't see -- i have been in the business for 17 years. this is not a common occurrence. so from that perspective, i don't think it's going to change the fact that consumers are out there giving, you know, honest feedback on their providers because i think it's an important way for consumers to network. but i also think just for the internet in general, we need to think about providing more accountability. the fact that there are anonymous reviews, i'm against that because i think you need to have a fair platform for both sides. >> all right. angie hicks, thank you so much for joining us from indianapolis. big weekend for your city. >> yeah. >> are you going to be on the track? >> yeah. >> taking in the --
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they are america's two favorite pastimes, baseball and politics. so what better place to check the score of the presidential campaign than a ballpark >> whoo! >> welcome. the cats are in town tonight. thank you for coming. >> reporter: it's opening night atlagrave field, home of the ft. worth cats, the team that brought america's pastime to these parts in 1888. grover cleveland was president. this is where young ball players come chasing big league dreams and big league castoffs try to hold onto a last bit of baseball glory. it's a fitting place to talk about the hopes and dreams of americans. ♪ oh, say can you see >> reporter: and to talk politics getting the pulse of voters about the 2012
presidential election. in the first inning i find michael kelly, and it's clear when you come to a baseball game to talk politics, you're the most annoying fan in the stadium. so tell me, we're six months away from the next presidential electi election. why does that make you laugh? >> you had to ruin my night. >> reporter: kelly drives delivery trucks for a food vendor. he's on medical leave, worries about social security and health care issues the most, but doesn't think politicians can fix either. >> what's so united about the united states? you got the republicans, you got the democrats. they're not working together. they're like those two mules on the road, one is pulling this way, one is pulling that way, you're never going to get anywhere pulling against each other. united we need to be. >> reporter: is that frustrating for a guy like you? >> very, yeah. >> reporter: but the time we finish, the ft. worth cats are tied 2-2. we summable across carmelo and roxanne in the third inning. do you talk politics? >> yefer. >> carmelo is a hard core
democrat, roxana is republican, and this is just to get interesting. are they talking about the things you want to hear? >> no. they're talking about stupid [ bleep ] that doesn't matter to get some votes. >> reporter: roxana agrees and says president obama is the worst violator talking about gay marriage. >> he's talking about gay marriage and he's a christian. so talk about bending the rules. >> and i am gay. >> i am your friend so i don't mind. >> does that make me a nonchristian? >> carmelo, i will break with my church before i break with you. >> i know. way to break up a friendship, dude. >> reporter: i feel like dr. phil. see, now you have something to talk about for the next six innings. the ft. worth cats are now up 4-2, and we're going to leave these friends alone. ♪ it's the final countdown >> in the top of the seventh,
bob and his family are enjoying their night. he works in the energy industry and served in the navy and he's not a fan of president obama. you're a romney guy? >> i'm a conservative guy. >> reporter: you're a conservative guy? >> yes. >> reporter: do you like your choices? >> i wish we were stronger, but i like my choices. >> reporter: bob says president obama represents big government and out of control spending, but one question weighs on him the most. do you think you were better off four years ago? >> absolutely. >> reporter: you were? >> absolutely i was, and the big thing four years ago, i wasn't worried about tomorrow. i wasn't worried about me getting laid off. >> reporter: as we hit the seventh inning stretch, the cats are holding onto their lead and we find craig and johnsy. craig leans libertarian. johnsy teaches social studies and is turned off by politicians. >> do they have the right
answers for politicians? >> no because most haven't been in education. they just want to pretend they understand it. >> reporter: if it's romney and obama in november, who are you picking? >> it's unfortunate there's only two, but -- >> i'll go for obama. >> i guess i would have to. >> reporter: but you don't sound gangbusters about that choice. >> no. would it be nice to say he's the lesser of two evils? you know, if you want to look at -- i guess it's sad -- the state of our politics is you want to pick the person who will do the least amount of damage. >> reporter: in the bottom of the seventh one of the ft. worth cats hits a three-run homer to make it 10-2, and in a tradition you will only find in minor league baseball, ushers pass around hats and buckets collecting donations for the pledge fle-- fledgling sugar. that's the kind of economic stimulus they can all agree on.
a key moment in wisconsin politics, one that could have national implications happening tonight. it's the first debate between the candidates running in the governor recall election. scott walker, the republican, is trying to keep his seat. milwaukee mayor, tom barrett, who walker defeated in the 2010 governor's race, is giving the democrats a second chance. the recall movement started after walker signed a controversial law minimizing the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions. so how much is a vial of ronald reagan's blood worth? we may never know. a british auction company did say that bidding got as high as $30,000 this week, but now the online auction has been called off, and the owner is donating the blood to the reagan presidential foundation in california. the vial reportedly contains dry blood taken from reagan while he was being treated after a 1981 assassination attempt outside the washington hilton hotel.
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involved in politics because they fear -- >> it's all different now. >> -- that if one portion of your audience is a republican or democrat and they don't like what you're saying, they're going to tune you out. >> that's right. >> doesn't bother you? >> well, i know what your point is and i have been guilty of appearing to be playing partisan politics. however, i'd just like to say that for the record i am a registered independent. you go where the material takes you. poor bill clinton, no president i am aware of got hammered harder than president bill clinton over the monica lewinsky situation. we beat up on him. we still use him as a reference, and then we were desperate. we thought, well, this was so easy, and then we got george bush, and within a matter of days we realized our prayers had been answered. he's just as good in terms of material. so it may appear to people that we have a slant one way or the
other, but if a guy, you know, drops his dog -- or a guy straps his dog to the roof of his car or if a guy gets a shoe thrown at him, well, this is where the material is going to be. >> all right. covering a lot of territory there. you can see the full regis philbin interview of david letterman tuesday night as we begin the piers morgan tonight guest host week right here on cnn. thanks so much for watching. i'm fredricka whit field. much more straight ahead. >> i'm suzanne malveaux. we are following breaking news out of miami. an unruly passenger aboard american airlines flight from montego bay, jamaica, had to be restrained. police were called in when the plane landed. i want to go straight to john zarrella in miami. john, what happened? >> reporter: well, apparently once this american airlines flight 320 from montego bay landed in miami this male passenger got up from his seat when he was told to sit down by
the flight crew as they were taxiing in. he refused to sit down. he began to move towards the front of the airplane towards the cockpit. at that point he was restrained by members of the flight crew and we believe by some of the passengers as well. but the plane, again, to reiterate was already on the ground. now, we have been told that the fbi is investigating the reports that the man moved towards the cockpit, and he is in federal custody while they continue the investigation into exactly what happened and why it happened. >> john, do we know if he had any intention of going after the pilot or anything like that or was he disoriented? had he been drinking? >> we don't know. one of the reports was he may have been disoriented as he went towards the cockpit, but that's all we have heard was that he may have been disoriented, but clearly he did not listen for
whatever reason to the instructions of the flight crew when they landed and he then got up in his seat and when he was told to sit back down, began moving towards the front of the airplane. >> where is he now? has he been charged with anything? >> reporter: not charged yet, but he is in federal custody while the fbi tries to sort all this out and figure out whether, information, he actual in fact, he actually did move toward the cockpit and whether anything else was said, uttered, or anything of that matter. >> john zarrella, thank you. 33 years to the day after a 6-year-old boy disappeared on his way to school, a suspect is expected to face charges of killing him. police say pedro hernandez confessed to luring etan patz into a store, strangling him, and placing his body in the trash. the case helped set off a nationwide movement focused on missing children. suzanne candiotti is following the story for us. susan, i understand, first of all, that the man who has now confessed to killing etan patz
is not in jail right now. where is he? >> reporter: that's right. at first he was being held in jail, but we were told that this morning according to police that i have learned that he was moved to bellevue hospital here in new york city, which is a very highly regarded public hospital which also has a psychiatric unit. however, the reason i'm told he was moved is because he was on medications. pedro hernandez, the suspect in this case, we are not finding out what kind of medications he's taking. police refuse to say whether they are psychiatric medications or some other kind of pills, but in any case they will tell us only that he is being moved there because they would prefer to have people in a hospital setting if they are on meds. suzanne? >> do we have any idea of his emotional state, his mental state at all? are they giving us any of that information yet? >> reporter: no, we don't. of course, it wouldn't be unusual for a mental evaluation
and/or physical valuatievaluati take place in certainly high-profile situations and court cases and investigations, but we don't have any information about that as yet. we do, according to police, still expect this man to appear in court for his very first appearance to officially hear what charges are being filed against him by prosecutors. and mr. ray kelly, who is the police commissioner in new york, indicated and flagged yesterday at his news conference that he expected the charges to include. >> and i understand we're learning new details, how he was lured into the store and sta strangled. do we know how close this was to his home? >> we know the little convenience store was only located about a block and a half west of where etan's parents still live, and so very short distance away. of course, we've got a lot of
traffic noise here at the moment so i hope you can still hear me. what we are understanding is that from police that he lured the little boy, although he apparently had no prior contact with him, but he told police allegedly that he offered to have him come to the store so he could give him a soda. and so that's when he said he got him into the basement and allegedly strangled the little boy, put him into a trash bag, suzanne, and then took that trash bag out and dumped it into an open area in the street where presumably that trash bag was carried away. now, for now police say they believe these statements based on the detail he provided to them. they're not telling us everything they know, but for now they have no physical evidence to link him to this crime. >> all right. susan, thank you very much. we'll have much more on the arrest and confession of etan patz in the case there. author lisa cohen will join us in ten minutes. he wrote the book "after etan."
find out why she's actually not convinced that the man who confessed actually did it. a historic meeting in space happened this morning when the spacex dragon linked up with the international space station. take a listen to how it all went down. >> capture is confirmed. [ applause ] >> congratulations on a wonderful capture. you have made a lot of folks happy down here over in hawthorne and right here in houston. great job, guys. >> houston, looks like we got us a dragon by the tail. >> lizzie o'leary is live in d.c. wow, this is pretty extraordinary, this is history-making. the first spacex flight to connect to the international space station, first private enterprise here. think there are more to come or what are we looking senate. >> reporter: there are more to come. this is the first of 12 flights, suzanne. you heard that phrase, a dragon by the tail. that was restaurant don pettit. he was operating that robotic arm that reached out from the international space station and
captured the dragon capsule. remember, there's no people on dragon. it's got a lot of stuff, supplies, food, more laptops, batteries, things for those astronauts on the space station. now, spacex has got a contract with nasa about $1.5 billion to do these flights to bring stuff up to the international space station. right now humans can only get there courtesy of the russian space flight program. so there's not a way for humans to get there on the commercial side yet, but that is certainly something that spacex and a couple other private companies have their eye on kind of looking down the road as, of course, we know the shuttle program was phased out and private space flight in cooperation with nasa is starting to take over some of those responsibilities. today we saw the first cargo one. they're slowly working on hooking this thing up to the space station and then they'll open the hatch probably tomorrow, suzanne, and start to
offload the cargo. >> we'll take a look at those pictures too. fascinating stuff. here is what we're working on for this hour. the votes are being counted, but will egypt's new president be able to fulfill the promise of the people's bloody revolution? we'll look at the tough choices. a high school football star went to prison for five years for rape. now he's proven innocent after his accuser reached out to him on facebook and admitted she lied. and millions more americans are choosing to drive this memorial day weekend instead of flying, but they're not going very far. see how summer gas prices are affecting their decisions. one of the best things about state farm is our accessibility.
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in egypt it is all over but the counting now. we're talking about the most historic election in egypt's history, something that many people said they would never see in their lifetimes. voters lining up to make their voices heard in a free and open democratic process. it was a first round where the field of 13 candidates cut down to two. then it's a runoff, a two-man race to be president of egypt. the first one picked by the
people. want to talk about these two guys and who got the most votes this week. michael holmes from cnn international. this is interesting because on the one hand you've got one guy who basically an islamist, believes in sharia law, covering women head to toe, death penalty for adultery and homosexuality. the other guy is so close to mubarak, almost a twin. the old guard. is this a kind of revolution that the egyptians were talking about? >> it's certainly not the revolution that those we saw in tahrir square would have liked, but it's democracy in action. these are two guys that the voters have picked. and so there you go. well, they haven't picked. the two guys we're talking about, and you see them on the screen, mohammed mersi with the islamist brotherhood. he says nasty things about israel and wants sharia law. he wants something more on the saudi model of government. the other guy is ahmed shafiq.
he's part of the old guard. hardliner. so nobody from the middle. you've got these two guys who are both on the extremes, if you like. >> how did that happen though? i'm a little confused. you've got the protesters in tahrir square, who say they want democracy. half of egypt's 50 million came out to vote. how did the two extreme guys get the most votes? >> well, pretty simply, i want to make it clear the two guys we're talking about, the muslim brotherhood, who are all over the counting, they are the ones saying these are the two leaders at the moment. there's nothing official yet, about you they have a pretty good political machine so everybody is quoting what they're saying. how did we end up this way? essentially the easiest way to describe it is they were the moderates or let's say more moderate among the candidates, they split the vote. there were too many of them. people wanted mussa, some wanted a couple other guys that were more in the centrist line, so
they split that moderate vote. >> mussa was the former head of the arab league, a moderate. >> moremoderate. >> what does it mean for the united states and their relationship with egypt? >> that's a great concern. there's another guy who is a very moderate guy. he's coming in third at the moment. so when the official results come out, it's not over yet, but as far as the u.s. is concerned, there is not much the u.s. can do. this is democracy. the people have spoken, and as we saw with the election in gaza, hamas won. you can't pick the winner. so they're going to have to do business with these guys but it will be a very different kind of business. the u.s. probably is going to be preferring shafiq to win this election because at least he's kind of a security blanket in the way, they know what they're going to get. >> how confident are you that the military is actually going to allow either one of these leaders to take the reins and actually become the president?
>> that's a good question. it's a very good question because as we have discussed before, there's no constitution written yet. the presidential powers are not even written.it it's a job without a job description. if the muslim brotherhood candidate wins, the military will not be pleased. it will be interesting. they say they're going to hand over power july 1st. how much power will they hand over? how much power will the pl president get? if shafiq wins? he was in the army, i'm sure they'll work together just fine. that's not great for the people. if he wins expect a crackdown on protesters because he's a law and order candidate. if the muslim brotherhood wins, you expect a different kind of crackdown. i think there could end up being some buyer's remorse among the voters but democracy is about the right to make the wrong decision. at the end of the day at least it's democracy. >> messy business. when is the final runoff? >> that's going to happen july 16 and 17, two-day vote, and then the big date is the --
sorry, june 16, 17 is the runoff. july 1st is the day when the military is meant to hand over power. fascinating to watch, but in a democracy, we don't get to pick the winner. >> we just watch and see. michael, thank you. 33 years ago today etan patz disappeared. now police say a man has confessed to killing the 6-year-old, but my next guest is not sure that he actually did it.
it's a somber anniversary for the parents of etan patz. exactly 33 years ago their son disappeared on his way to school. after more than three decades of grief and unanswered questions, this year perhaps they're finally going to have some sense of closure. today a suspect is expected to face charges of killing etan. lisa cohen is author of the book "after etan: the missing child case that held america captive." she's joining us from new york. first of all, thank you for being here. your book considered to be one of the most definitive accounts of the case. initially you said you were not convinced that the man they have in custody, pedro hernandez, is actually the man who killed etan
patz. do you believe that still? do you believe that he is the one who did it? >> i haven't heard anything definitive that convinces me that he's the man that did it. he says he did it. i don't know what the motive is. i don't know details about why he's so convincing to authorities. i only know he's been arrested and that he said he did it. a lot of people have said they did crimes that they didn't do. >> do you think they need hard, physical evidence to prove that he's the one who did it or do you think they can actually take him at his word? >> i think there's something in between. i don't know that you need hard, physical evidence in a case that's 33 years old where, you know, the body may have been disposed of in a way that no one could ever find traces of it, but on the other hand, someone stepping forward to say they did a crime, we don't know that much about him, we don't know that much about his history. we don't know that much about his mental condition. so for me the jury is still out. >> from your account and your
book and your knowledge of the case, do you believe that at least the man behind bars, do you believe they have the right person, that they have etan's killer or do we still just don't know? >> we just don't know. i think they arrested a man. they're charging him with second-degree murder. this is something that as far as i can tell has been on their radar no more than a month since the basement was being dug up down the street from the patzes and apparently someone contacted police having seen that publicity. i don't know -- i have only heard about him since two days ago. i had never heard his name before. >> and have you spoken with etan's parents? have they responded at all, reacted at all about the arrest? >> they're just hearing the news, too, so this is all something that has to be thought about and figured out and, again, i have said many times they've heard these kinds of things before. they haven't actually seen anyone charged before, so obviously that's going to make
them, you know, really take this seriously, but it's still so early in the game. >> you have studies this, gone through every single detail here, and your understanding of what happened, tell us what you believe happened to etan patz 33 years ago. >> i can only say what happened up to a point. you know, he went and he headed towards the bus stop, and he never made it to the bus. so whether or not he made it to the actual bus stop is a bit in contention. i understand there are some reports from parents who were at the bus stop that said he never was there. so he walked to school for the first time on his own. he disappeared. over the years there have been -- there has been a lot of conjecture there were pedophiles in the neighborhood that had an interest in him. there's a prime suspect up until this time period who is now sitting in a prison in pennsylvania who made admissions about having taken etan back to
his pardon me the day all this happened. a boy that he was 90% sure was etan and trying to have sex with him. so if that is true, then this isn't true. they both can't be true. >> does it seem plausible or even feasible the story that we've heard from hernandez now, the fact that investigators are now saying that he might have gone to this store seeking -- wanting to buy a soda, that he lured him into the basement promising him a soda and that he killed him there? >> it's possible. i mean, i think it's possible. i know he had a dollar when he left for school that day or at least that's the story i have always heard from his parents and that he had talked about buying a soda at the bodega before he got on the school bus. in that sense there's nothing that i could rule out of his version of the story. >> and finally, do you think that this in any way provides some sense of closure or do you think it only provides more questions perhaps for the parents and for people like yourself who have been following
this case for decades? >> well, i think at this point it does raise more questions than anything, but if he did it, if there's a satisfactory way to ascertain that he did it, i don't think -- i think closure is not really a great word. i think there will be some sense of we've done everything we can and we have some answers, and i don't think that will ever take away the grief and the loss, but sam pace is fond of saying that something is better than nothing. >> all right. lisa cohen, thank you very much for your perspective. >> thank you. president obama calls the claim mitt romney made about the nation's debt is cow pie of distortion, that's his words. we're going to look at the claim. you can watch cnn live on yu computer while you're at work. head to cnn.com/tv.
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[ speaking foreign language ] >> so this actually is in new york at the egyptian consulate. a staffer told a reporter to stop interviewing people. they got physical and did some pushing and shoving. the reporter says he was kept from doing his job. the consulate apologized and said tensions were running high because of this important election. we are remembering our fallen veterans this memorial day weekend. it's an annual tradition that dates back to just after the civil war. also the unofficial start of the summer travel season. aaa says the number of people hitting the road will be up.
almost 35 million americans expected to travel more than 50 miles from home. that's up more than 1% from last year. aaa also reports a majority of travelers say gas prices are not going to affect their plans. president obama slams mitt romney over claims about the country's debt, and he puts it in language that maybe farmers can appreciate. it's one of the stories our political radar this hour. paul steinhauser joining us. paul, the president, he was campaigning in iowa. so i don't know, maybe he thought comparing romney's claims to what he says is a cow pie might work in iowa. >> i know governor romney came to des moines last week, warned about a prairie fire of death. that's what he said. prairie fire! but, you know, he left out some facts. you know, his speech was more like a cow pie of distortion.
i don't know whose record he twisted the most, mine or his. >> all right, paul. i don't know. i don't know what cow pie really is, a cow pie. kind of reminds me of 2008 when he said lipstick on a pig, but sometimes those things work, sometimes they backfire. clearly he is trying to go after mitt romney and keeping up the attacks. is it a strategy that they feel is working? >> you know, i think in this day and age he really doesn't have a choice. you know, back in the day, the president is running for re-election employed what was called the oval office strategy. they wouldn't go on the attack and name their opponents until much closer to the conventions, in october and september near the general election. times have changed. used to be the running mates would be ones who were the attack dogs. now with the internet and especially nowadays with social
media like twitter, like facebook, presidents really don't have a choice. that's why you're seeing president barack obama, not just the clip you played in iowa, but earlier in the week going after mitt romney, naming him by name, attacking him. i think they really don't have a choice anymore. you know, his opponent is attacking him. mitt romney and his campaign is attacking the president. they don't really have a choice. they don't have a luxury of sitting back and letting the vice president do all the work. >> and romney,ing, fighting back here. saying the president hasn't come close to keeping his financial promises. he says in a statement, a president who broke his promise to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term has no standing when it comes to fiscal responsibility. so i am assuming this really is going to turn into a including fest over the economy. >> oh, yeah. it already has. we've got a little over five months to go. stay tuned. if you like what you've seen so far, you're going to see a heck of a lot more of it between now and november 6th. why? because this election is all about the economy, the economy, the economy.
what's the number one issue on the minds of americans? the economy. that's why you're hearing them battle over jobs, battle over the federal government deficit, battling over taxes. you will hear more of that between now and november 6th. mitt romney's main theme in running for the white house is i can do a better job on the economy, i'm the pro, i'm the guy from the business world. i can create more jobs. >> break it down for us when it comes to the new poll numbers. i know there are certain job cat gours in which both of these two are rated. >> this is really interesting. most polls you break it down by party, gender, age, you name it. this is really fascinating. look at the new numbers by gallup. they break it down by the kind of worker you have. among professional workers, and that would include lawyers, doctors, scientists, teachers, engineers, nurses, accountants, you can see the president according to this new poll from gallup has an eight-point advantage. among service workers, police officers, firefighters, people in the fast food industry, other waiters and waitresses, look at
that, also a 13-point advantage. look at it switch among managers and executives. romney on top by 7 points. they're tied among clerical workers, office workers. go to the next screen. you can see a big lead for romney among construction workers and people working in mines. and among business owners and a smaller lead among people who work in the transportation field. first time i have seen numbers like these broken down by -- >> fascinating. >> it really is an interesting look at how people feel about this race for the white house. >> very informative. you can use it to figure out which groups you have to target there. paul, stick around for this one. you went from governor to ambassador, presidential candidate. well, now jon huntsman, new title, one of the sexiest men alive. made the arp list of top hotties over 50. he was singled out, they say, for being the hippest dude in the conservative crowd. others included george clooney and denzel washington. do you think it's going to give him a little extra something there, paul? a little street cr ed?
>> a little late for the nomination. a good looking man. mitt romney over 50, also a good looking man. if you had a choice there, who do you think? >> i think huntsman kind of edged him out a little bit, but they're pretty close. and then there's always obama, so, you know, you could widen the field a little bit there. >> there you go. >> and you're not old enough, so, paul, you wouldn't make the list -- >> maybe next year. >> you're just not old enough. you and i, not arp material just quite yet. thanks, have a good weekend. we'll have more after the break. [ male announcer ] aggressive styling. a more fuel-efficient turbocharged engine. and a completely redesigned interior. ♪ the 2012 c-class with over 2,000 refinements. it's amazing...inside and out. see your authorized mercedes-benz dealer for exceptional offers
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california man is rebuilding his life after being wrongly convicted of rape. brian banks was a promising high school football star when a classmate falsely accused him of attacking her. after he spent more than five years behind bars, the woman contacted banks on facebook and ended up confessing her lie. we get more from sarah welch at
our affiliate ktla. >> the people's motion to dismiss this case pursuant to section will be granted. >> reporter: ryan banks choked back the tears. the 26-year-old waited ten years for a court proceeding that lasted only 30 seconds. his rape conviction overturned as if it never happened. outside the court family cheered the truth. >> all i have ever wanted was just my freedom and i got that today. >> reporter: banks was wrongly convicted of a rape and kidnapping in 2002. banks who was a top football recruit with hopes of the nfl, spent five years in prison, another five as a registered sex offender. last year gibson admitted to banks she lied. >> one of the hardest days of my life, to keep cool and to keep calm. >> reporter: it was that new evidence that led the california innocence project to step in and
push for banks' exoneration. >> considering that statement in the context of the full case, there's only one thing that made sense here and that was he was totally innocent ten years ago. >> we do not believe mr. banks did the crime that he pled guilty to and, therefore, justice has been served. >> thank you, thank you, thank you. >> reporter: with his parents by his side, banks can't wait to get his ankle monitor removed and with football still a passion, he's making a play for a possible nfl career. >> i have a message to any nfl executives out there, give this guy a shot. >> i feel like anything is possible and it's proven today for me by me getting my freedom back. >> and now banks will have the freedom to pursue those nfl dreams. even though home prices are on the rise, about 1 in 3 homeowners still underwater on their mortgage. we're going to take a look at why. great shot.
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owing more than your home is worth, that's the gut wrenching reality facing a startling number of homeowners. alison kosik is with us for the latest figures. that's a really tough thing for a lot of folks to realize they owe that much, they owe more than their home is worth. >> exactly. what's interesting is that right now you're seeing home prices actually slowly going up, but this really is more evidence that we've got a long way to go because about 31% of homeowners are under water in the first three months of this year, and that number has actually gone up. 90% of those underwater borrowers are current on their
mortgage payments. what that means is they are overpaying, basically throwing their money into a hole instead of building equity in their homes. still a huge problem here and one that's holding back a stronger recovery in the housing market. >> what needs to happen to turn this around to get more people actually on the other side of this? >> you know what? it's kind of that chicken and the egg theory at this point. you have to get one thing to get another. and the housing recovery is not going to take hold until the number of these underwater borrowers goes down, but the number of these borrowers isn't going to go down until we see the housing market recover in a stronger way. we have seen prices start to rise, sales are beginning to go up. that should help. there are also some programs in place to let underwater borrowers who are current on their mortgages to refinance. that will help as well. what will ultimately help is if we see those prices for home across the country start to go up even more. suzanne? >> all right, alison, thank you. have a great weekend. >> you, too. he may be only 15 years old,
but he's already taken science world by storm. check it out. [ cheers and applause ] i love this guy. this is jack. i love him. look at the passion in this guy. he's the winner of intel's international science and engineering fair. the maryland teen developed a test for pancreatic cancer that's cheaper and 20 times faster than current tests. >> i got really interested in early detection of pancreatic cancer because that's one of the main problems behind a huge death rate, and so then i was looking at blood tests because those are really the only way to detect it in its early stages. so then i developed this sensor. what's so cooing is it can
detect pancreatic sensor before it becomes invasive. your survival rate is close to 100%. it's just amazing how this will be applicable. also can look at other forms of cancer, cancer drug resistance, how effective a cancer treatment is, and basically any disease. >> you have to love his passion. he received $75,000 award. he's applied for a patent on the test as well. good for him. so if you're packing up the car for some memorial day travel this weekend, you're not alone. many people heading out, but they're not going too far. hey there. on the help dsk today we're going to talk about credit cards because this affects every american in some way with me. ryan mack is the president of optimum capital, stacy francis. a question came into us. i have just finished paying off my credit cards. when will this all be reflected in my credit report? >> it's a big myth. a lot of people think if you carry balances on your credit it
helps your fico card. it's a myth. paying down your death, 30% of your fico score is your balance to your total line of credit that you owe. so the faster you pay down your debt, the faster a corporation takes a snapshot. next month he should see a dramatic increase. >> the next month? >> exactly. >> what about closing out those credit cards? for a lot of folks who have a number of different credit cards, they want to get rid of them. closing them can affect their score negatively. >> go ahead and cut it up but don't close it because it will hurt your credit score. if you have two cards and each has a $5,000 credit limit and you have $10,000 in total. you close one and maybe $5,000 is left on this one, you're using your total limit. before you were only using $5,000 of your total limit of $10,000. so don't close them. >> just cut them up. >> cut them up and have a ceremony and feel great about it but don't let them get you. >> great advice, guys.
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all right. let the travel begin. memorial day weekend, it's here. start of the summer vacation season. a aaa says more people will travel this year than last year but they're staying close to home. renee marsh is reporting from d.c. >> reporter: expect busy roads this weekend. aa a says more people will opt to drive rather than fly. bill kelly is mentally prepared for gridlock from d.c. to virginia. >> it will take me hours to get there. >> reporter: a drop in gas prices is likely the reason for the increase. of those 35 million travelers, aaa says roughly 31 million of them are expected to drive to their holiday destination. but they won't be going far. only 50 miles on average. >> so i'm not one of the millions of people who are going to be taking my car and driving more than 50 miles away somewhere. >> folks are economizing while choosing to travel. they're taking shorter trips. >> reporter: travel experts say those shorter trips dubbed
staycations or nearcations will likely remain popular this year. aaa says it has seen a surge in family bookings for shorter vacations exploring hometown tourist des tititinations or sp nearby. >> how does it look today? >> reporter: it looks pretty good, suzanne. a lot of people do plan on using the roads. aaa estimating some 31 million and a lot less people will be here at the airport, and we've seen that here. the lines are pretty quick to get through. lots of passengers that we spoke to said, you know what? it is really easy to get in and out today. they're kind of happy they chose to take the air rather than the ground. >> it looks pretty empty behind you. looks like things are going pretty well there. what are some ways that folks are looking to save some money, especially when you look at the gas prices?
>> reporter: that's right. you know, the big thing is a lot of people are saying they want to do something, but let's face it, they are on a very tight budget. so we have put together a couple of tips. aaa saying that one of the things you can do is think about where you're going to stay. look for value-added options, meaning hotels that may offer free breakfast or it may offer free activities or maybe an all inclusive toe hotel where you can get free maleals and bevera. the national park service is giving away free passes to those who are active duty and their family members, and then if you're interested in driving, which a lot of people are doing to their destination, they're saying slow down. take your time. you waeste a lot more gas if you're speeding and keep the tires inflated. the last tip we have is the staycation. i like that idea. i mean, i'm from new york city,
and i have to say i'm guilty of this. you live in a great area and you don't go out to see all those touristy sites, and i'm guilty of that. so take advantage of what's in your hometown. they call it the staycation. it doesn't cost a lot of money and you don't have to worry about a hotel. >> i like the idea of the staycation. i'm doing it myself. i'm just going to be by the pool this weekend, enjoying atlanta's jazz festival. it's a good idea. i think a lot of folks women do it if they can. renee, thank you. >> reporter: sounds good. i will be hanging out here in d.c. >> good deal. what can we expect for the weather for the weekend here, chaed? is it going to be nice in atlanta? can i hang out by the pool? >> i'm not convinced yet. on sunday because there's something that could be tropical that's now off the carolina coast that could kind of come back and get us. even if it doesn't get a name, if it gets a name, it will be beryl, not barrel, beryl. we've already had alberto.
it's the "b" storm if we get there. it come come in from north carolina and south carolina and even down into florida. and could sneak up into georgia. it could even get to charlotte for the 600 on sunday. i think by then though if it does do its track like it's supposed to, it will be well off to the west and maybe raining in louisiana and not charlotte. so there you go. obviously it's going to be hot there for the indianapolis 500. we have a little bit of travel problems right now from lard ga and newark. they're about an hour delay or so but that's about it. i was trying to find flights to get out of town this weekend. airfares were so ridiculously expensive. i think the airports aren't going to be that busy because people didn't find the flight they wanted. there's the rain for tomorrow, still off the coast, but raining down toward daytona. as we get into sunday's forecast, there's the low. if it turns into beryl, that would be the storm. this area where this rain is going, it has been a dramatic drought over the last year and a
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now she has to go back to italy and an italian court will decide who the bhwho the boy belongs with. we look at both sides of this rather complicated story. >> it's my worst nightmare coming true. >> reporter: laura, an american finding for her 6-year-old son, leo. two years ago she fled parma, italy, and an italian husband she grew to fear. >> you feared for your life? >> i feared moi life and my son's life. >> reporter: neither parent wanted us to show leo's face. when she left italy with leo who was born there then filed for legal separation here in california, her italian husband filed charges of his own, kidnapping. >> i'm not a bad mom. i didn't damage my child. i was protecting him. i was protecting him, and all i did was come to my family, you know. i don't have a right to come to my own family for help? >> reporter: she claims her husband physically and emotionally abused her, sexually
abused her son, and may have hired a hit man. she won her first case but a california appeals court in december found only the claim of emotional abuse credit ekt and ord ordered she return leo to italy and let the courts there sort it out. >> i don't see myself as a child abductor. i see myself as a person who saved her child. >> reporter: her husband used international law, the hague convention, to compel his son's return. he claims the abuse came from her and in taking their son to california she went too far. >> she broke the law, she did bad things. she claims a lot of stuff they weren't told. >> reporter: but she has support from high powered celebrities like anxious lena jolie whose foundation believes hague convention rules are being abused by vindictive spouses. >> all of it is being taken away from him for what? to go back to an abusive man. >> i am ready to care about his needs, you know, and i will with
all my patience, all my love, i want the best for leo. >> they will return to italy june 1st. upon landing in rome, leo will go home with his father until a full custody hearing two days later. calder fears that separation could be devastating. >> my son has never spent a single night ever alone with his father in his entire life. >> reporter: a bitter custody fight, a 6-year-old boy at its heart. leo's fate soon in the hands of an italian court. miguel marcus, cnn, los angeles. want to get right to it. a man is in federal custody in miami after a disturbance aboard an american airlines polite from jamaica. a source tells cnn that the man got up, charged towards the front of the plane, began banging on the door as the plane was taxiing to the gate. american airlines described the passenger as disoriented. we're going to continue to follow the story and bring any updates as they become