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bigger. on the right, a record-setting heat wave that will have millions of americans sweltering today. intense heat will blanket most of the country. look at all those 90s and 100s. that's drawing dire health warnings especially for the very young and the very old. our affiliates in kansas city, missouri, say the intense heat wave may be to blame for two deaths there. so be very careful today. nowhere is the heat more a factor, though, than in colorado. the heat coupled with raging wildfires have made it an inferno. this morning, the state is awakening to a bittersweet designation of federal disaster area. today, fire crews will canvass the charred ruins of subdivisions and neighborhoods to search for bodies. one victim was found last night near. . nearly 350 homes confirmed lost. 20,000 more in danger. among the tales of heartbreak,
tales of kindness. >> we were welcomed into the home of perfect strangers who acted like we were family. they gave us their beds, their food. they cooked for us. >> when i ran across them and heard their story, there wasn't any, you know, thinking about it. it was you're absolutely staying at our house. we're taking care of you guys. >> that warms your heart. joining us now is the mayor of colorado springs. welcome. >> good morning. >> president obama plans to tour the scene of the fires today. will you meet with him at all? >> yes, i'll be meeting the president when he arrives here, and then we will give him a tour of the damaged area. >> will you be asking him for any federal help? >> yes, i will be, to whatever it's possible. we have a real disaster here and really appreciate the president coming to see us. >> what do you need? >> well, we're going to need, if he can, some financial resources to rebuild. we've lost a lot of
infrastructure here. and of course a lot of homes. >> one firefighter said it might be mid july before they put these fires out. have you heard that? >> yes. and that would be typical for colorado wildfires. it's just very hard to get these out in very rugged terrain. our city is right up against the mountains here. and so there's still a lot of who, to do. >> we see fires out west often. tell us why this fire is different. >> this fire started in a national forest. and we've had very high winds, high heat, and very low humidity. and that's just a perfect storm of conditions to create wildfire. and the wind keeps shifting. it will go one direction and then 20 minutes later it's going a different direction. so it's very difficult for firefighters to get a handle on it. >> what is your biggest fear? >> well, certainly a fear of a loss of life. we know we have one fatality. we have a number of other people
missing. we have 32,000 people who have been evacuated, and, you know, that's difficult for him. so our important task today is to try to keep our community focused on getting this fire out and helping those that need help. and we will move forward. we're a close-knit community here, and we will get through this. >> we'll pray. mayor bach, thank you so much for joining us this morning. let's go now to one of the hubs of the firefighting effort. cnn meteorologist rob marciano is live in colorado springs. tell us about the efforts and the victims in this thing. >> reporter: well, there's a lot as the mayor pointed to. this is the most destructive wildfire in colorado history because of the number of homes destroyed and the number of people affected. 346 homes. possibly more destroyed by this fire. one fatality. and they still have to do a second round of searches through those damaged and destroyed homes to confirm that the folks that are unaccounted for will be found somewhere else.
so devastating blow to the colorado area, and specifically colorado springs. the victims themselves that have been evacuated now for days are spread out through a few shelters, yes, but mostly friends and family have taken these people in. hotels in the area are booked. there's victims in our hotel. as a matter of fact, the chef who runs the kitchen in our hotel had to evacuate. and has been living in the hotel and working at the same time along with his wife, living and working in the hotel. and he described for us what it was like to have to evacuate and the frustrations of having to wait. >> the not knowing is probably the biggest frustration right now because it could all be there, or it could all be in ashes. just don't know. the whole mountainside looking up from my house was on fire. and a lot of homes, families that are in my neighborhood and people that, you know, are my neighbors, their houses were engulfed in flames. >> reporter: last night for the first time, residents who had to
evacuate were allowed some access at least to information. and many were informed whether or not their homes survived. i'm happy to tell you that peter and his wife, their home miraculously survived. their street was virtually untouched. meanwhile, the street next to them in their subdivision is completely gone. so that's the kind of story that we're looking at here. some of the victims will be allowed back into the areas to assess the damage. but a lot of the areas that have been damaged are still very, very close to the fire line, carol. so that's the -- they're going to have to wait even longer. we are at -- on the air force academy airfield right now. and behind me are air assets that be taken up later to fight the fire. 15% containment. they have made some strides in that part of the story and hopefully will continue to do that today. it's a little cooler today, and hopefully there won't be erratic winds from thunderstorms. >> i hope not. thank you, rob.
army investigators say this morning they are trying to find out why a soldier started shooting people during a safety briefing during fort bragg. he killed battalion leader, according to nbc news, and then he wounded one other person before shooting himself. he is alive and in custody, but people are having a hard time making sense of it all. >> it's really a sad situation because the soldiers are really here to help us. why would someone do something like that? so maybe they need evaluations or something is going on. but it's really sad. >> investigators at ft. bragg in north carolina don't have a motive yet. that safety briefing was about how to stay safe during the fourth of july weekend. just minutes from now, george zimmerman gets another chance at month. earlier this month he was ordered back to jail after he hid $150,000 in donations in his
first hearing. cnn's john zo rella is outside of the courthouse there in florida. >> reporter: they are going to go into court today and argue that zimmerman is apologetic, that he accepts responsibility for misleading the court back before his -- during his original bond hearing. what happened was that on june 1, when his bond was revoked, prosecutors produced jailhouse recordings where zimmerman and his wife were talking in code about money that was in a defense fund, moving that money to a personal account. based on that and based on the fact that he had two passports and didn't acknowledge that he had a second passport, the judge went ahead and revoked his bond. so zimmerman is in court again today. and his attorney is going too'm accepts responsibility for what happened and that he has done everything that the court has
asked him to do, and that he should be allowed out on a reasonable bond. carol? >> ok. so the hearing is set to start in about an hour. we'll get back to you. thank you, john. on this morning after the supreme court upheld president obama's health care law, politicians are still battling over its future. well, we want to sidestep the politics for now and take a deep breath. and break down what you need to know about the changes in your health care right now. our senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen is here with a checklist, three things that people need to know. >> the first biggie is that you have to have insurance. now, for some of us who already have insurance, this doesn't make a difference. but if you don't, you've got to get some. and secondly, you may qualify for subsidies if you're buying insurance on your own, not from your employer. you can qualify for subsidies. a family of four can make as much as $90,000 and still get subsidies. >> going back to you have to get insurance, and if you don't you'll pay a penalty. what is the penalty?
>> well, the penalty which we are now calling a taxes are because that's what the supreme court is calling it, it's based on a percentage of your income. the first year, 2014, if you don't get insurance, that tax will be quite small. maybe just a couple of hundred dollars. by 2016, the size of that tax is going to be about as much as insurance would cost you. so then of course you think, well, why would i want to pay this tax and get nothing? i might as well actually get insurance. >> on to the subsidies. >> the third one, free preventive care. it allows people to get free preventive care. a long list of what that involves. go to cnn.com to find out. >> you can get cancer screenings and things like that. >> right. for example, all screenings. you mentioned cancer. co col colonoscopies presented for free. autism screening for children.
that would be free. contraception. vaccines. if you go to cnn.com/empoweredpatient, we have the list of all the free stuff. >> and i also understand some people will get rebate checks. what is that about? >> this hasn't gotten a lot of attention. this is mostly people who buy insurance on their own. not people who get it from their employers. so we are talking about 12.8 million people will be getting these checks. it will be about $150 per household. and this will be happening no later than august 1. so soon, like within the next, you know, month or so, people will be seeing these checks. >> thanks so much. coaches are supposed to be role models for kids, but watch this hockey coach as he trips players on the opposing team. it's not fun and games. one kid was seriously hurt. er it
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14 minutes past the hour. we want to take you live to cape canaverel, florida, at the kennedy space center. you're looking at a delta four rocket. it is about to -- actually, was supposed to launch at 6:13 eastern time but they had a little technical glitch. but it should take off at any time. if you're wondering what's onboard -- i'm going to tell you -- let's listen for a second before i tell you what's onboard. >> eight, seven, six, five, four, three. and the rs 68 a engines roar to life. and liftoff! of the united launch alliance delta iv carrying the nrol-15
mission for the national reconnaissance office. and the systems continue to ensure vigilance from above. >> the chamber pressure and holding. 20 seconds in. >> so you heard that. national reconnaissance. you heard that term there. because onboard this rocket is a classified spy satellite for the national reconnaissance office. this is the second to launch into space in as many weeks. and pretty cool. so there will be eyes up there keeping track of stuff probably we'll never know about. cool pictures, though. on to other news now. attorney general eric holder is facing a potential criminal case where he will be the defendant. yesterday, the house of representatives voted to hold him in contempt of congress for refusing to hand over more documents related to the botched fast and furious gun sting. that sting resulted in the death of a border patrol agent. more than 100 democrats boycotted the vote. they walked out of the house chamber in protest. joe johns is in washington, and
you witnessed this walkout. but let's talk about what happens to eric holder next, because probably not much. >> that's exactly right. there's a criminal referral that's supposed to go to the united states attorney's office for the district of columbia. he is the top prosecutor in the federal system here in town. and he is also an employee of the justice department, and eric holder. so he has discretion on whether to seek indictments and whether to bring up those charges. and, you know, in all likelihood, it's just not going to happen. it hasn't happened before in similar situations. so that's probably an avenue that's cut off in all likelihood. the other way they could go is a civil contempt. and there was authorization voted last night on the floor of the house for the house oversight committee to go into court and sue essentially to get the information they say they need from the justice
department. that of course is something that could take months, if not years. so the guess is, if the congress is ever going to get this information, they are going to have to negotiate with the department of justice to try to figure it out, carol. >> so likely house republicans don't want what they say they really want, these documents, because doesn't this make the whole thing come to a screeching halt? >> yeah. it makes it come to a screeching halt. but this is sort of a kabuki dance that goes on in washington over stuff like this. and they use going to court as leverage. and they don't really know which way a judge is going to go, but they know one side doesn't want to lose because it could affect the rights and privileges in the courts going forward. so it's always better to try to negotiate some type of a solution. and it's been done before so it's not outside the realm of possibility. >> ok. i know you'll keep an eye on. joe johns reporting live from washington. they tried everything they can think of to have a baby, and
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now is your chance to talk back on one of the big stories of the day. the question for you this morning, obama care. should we move on or fight anew? it's all over. fat chance. the supreme court upheld the constitutionality of the health care law, and instantly the opponents of obama care went off. >> i'm angry, mad at chief justice john roberts. >> this is clearly unconstitutional.
this is a turning point in american history. we will never be the same again with this denial of liberty interest. >> politico reports that republican congressman mike pence compared the supreme court's decision to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. he later apologized. house republicans have already scheduled a vote to repeal the law. mitt romney, who's also vowed to repeal, says the court should have overturned the entire law. oh, really, said democrat nancy pelosi, who could not resist this zinger. >> i don't know. maybe he's going to pay for it out of his own pocket, the pre-existing conditions costs of people who have children with pre-existing conditions. you cannot have it both ways. >> seriously. we fought about health care bitterly for months and months. it widened the partisan divide that was already there. do we really want to go there again? secretly, don't you wish mitt romney would help us understand his signature accomplishment as massachusetts governor, health care complete with a mandate and
everything? and don't you wish president obama would really explain the plan's impact on our economy? he seemed to start doing that yesterday. but if we're going to go back to those angry town halls and talk of death panels iss, it's going be a long hot summer. the question of the day, obama care. should we fight back or begin anew? i'll read your responses later on this hour. a couple in las vegas tried everything to have a baby but nothing has worked. they have even entereda a contet for free fertility treatments in a competition on facebook. >> reporter: emily and jim heaton have tried for years to have kids. >> you think of it, you know, as when you're a child, you know, you play house, you play, you know, mommy. and so it's something that i want a lot. >> reporter: emily has suffered seven miscarriages since their
marriage five years ago. they have even picked out names. if it's a girl, grace or elizabeth. if it's a boy, james. for emil's grandfather who died in 2008. >> my grandfather was a very big part of my life. >> jim, a marine, has been deployed four times in six years. news of one miscarriage came to him when he was in iraq. >> i was on the phone when i got the news. i think the hardest part about it is not being able to be there to comfort her. >> reporter: they have tried everything from wholistic medicine to fertility treatments. >> i have already scar tissue built up on one side of my butt because of all the injections we have to do. >> reporter: in may, they had a chance the something they could never afford, advanced ivf treatment costing up to $20,000 at the sure institute in las vegas. they gambled, joining a contest, making a 4 1/2 minute video
describing why they should win. deeply personal stuff posted online for the world to see. >> there's no one in our nursery yet. we are very hopeful still. >> reporter: 44 other couples also made videos. their stories equally heartbreaking. >> we just want to be a happy family. >> reporter: an independent pan panel narrowed them down to six. >> we started off offering it to one couple. it was because of me that we went to three, because i said give them all. give those three. these are the top three. give it to them. i wish i could give it to everybody. but if we did, we wouldn't be here talking to you. >> he admits the contest ises much a publicity ploy as it is designed to help the needy. he also says if anyone can help emily heaton, he can.
>> you have to use certain gymnastics in the laboratory, fancy foot work to fertilize the egg. you have to have a good seed, embryo, which is not always available, and you have to have a receptive soil to allow that seed to grow. >> reporter: emily was diagnosed unexplained infertility. she believes her thyroid and immune system are at fault. when pregnant, they launch an attack on her fertilized eggs as though they are a virus. leslie carlisle from las vegas had a similar problem with her second child. she and her husband, ray, won a previous contest offered by the sure institute. >> they took 15 eggs. of the 15, eight fertilized. only one embryo made it. they put him back, you know, put that embryo in, and nine months later, here's brandon. >> reporter: no one is more thrilled -- >> smile! >> reporter: than braden's 6-year-old sister, kendra. the heatons have their first consultation with dr. sure this week and hope to be pregnant by october.
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ok. a bit of breaking news to share with you now. you can see him right there. george zimmerman, the man accused of murdering trayvon martin, is back in court, seeking a second bond. the judge revoked his first bond after learning he had lied about his finances, and the judge released phone calls where it appears zimmerman was talking to his wife in code about the money that -- >> if the bond is 50, pay the 50. if it's more than 50, just pay 10% to the bondsman. >> you don't want me to pay $100? >> i don't know. >> all right. well, just think about it. >> all right. let's head back with a live look inside the sanford, florida, courtroom. zimmerman's attorney says his client has now taken responsibility for misleading the court. let's listen a bit to the judge. >> the motion is up first. is that what we want to do?
>> that makes sense.o'marra, yo. >> i would be glad to go over everything i said in the motion. but presuming you had an opportunity to read it and i know you know the case law better than i do as to witness nine, i just think that the absolute lack of any value of that, yet the incendiary potential is certainly prejudicial nature of it should suggest to the court now that you have reviewed it in camera it's not a necessary document to be disclosed. and there's two sides to that argument. everything has been -- >> they are going through media motions right now. and by the way, judge's name is judge lester. we want to bring in our legal analyst to just, you know, walk us through what's happening today. so, paul, take it away. >> well, there are two things going on today. what we're watching now is an argument over the public release of various documents, discovery documents, in the criminal case. now he is referring to witness number nine.
obviously, this is a witness who has said something that o'marra feels would be prejudicial to his client, if that version was released. and florida unlike a lot of states has a very open discovery process, where the lawyers get the documents, about what witnesses have said about the crime, and the press gets it. it's a state that's really very friendly to press coverage and the first amendment. so this is an argument about whether that document should be released to the press. a motion has been made by a media representative to force disclosure of this sealed document. >> which is interesting because this attorney released videotape taken inside the police department with zimmerman's interrogation, and many people thought he released that because it would perhaps be helpful to his client. >> yes. o'marra has a lot of people think waged a fairly sophisticated press and media strategy.
he was a television commentator himself down in florida before he took this case on. and, yeah, he releases whatever helps his client. and he tries to keep out of the public eye whatever he thinks will hurt his client. and, you know, ultimately it's up to the judge. and i think, you know, in florida, in the end, probably it's all going to be made public in advance of trial. it's just a question of when. >> ok. so after they get done with this phase of the trial, they go on to the actual bond hearing. and, i mean, will he put witnesses on the stand? what will happen? >> well, this is the big moment. will he put witnesses on the stand is the key question. and that -- the key witness, of course, would be mr. zimmerman himself. you know, zimmerman's bail was revoked because he lied to the judge. and his wife lied to the judge. and i don't think there's any dispute about that, that they both told a lie about how much money they had in the bank and the judge was angry about it and he revoked bail. now, there's a huge risk, though, if you put zimmerman on the stand to apologize to the
court and to explain why he told this lie. on the one hand, maybe he'll give a persuasive explanation, and the judge will have mercy and grant bail again. but on the other hand, from what i've seen, carol, zimmerman's kind of a disaster every time he opens his mouth. i mean, i -- you know, i listened to him at the initial court appearance where he made a couple of errors about the age of trayvon martin and contradicted his 911 call. he was only on the stand for a minute or so. and he sounds sort of in those recounting of what happened that night with the police kind of arrogant and a little bit of bragging going on. and i'd be very hesitant to put him on the stand if i was his defense attorney. this is a murder case. and i would not put him on the stand personally. but we'll have to see what o'marra does. >> we'll be watching. and you're going to stick around. and if zimmerman takes the stand, we're going to dip back into that court. actually, we'll dip back throughout the next hour and a half or so and you'll stick
around. >> nice to be with you as always. >> thank you. it's looking like a good day for your 401(k). opening bell rang minutes ago. stocks are already up more than 150 points. this comes after international markets closed way up after a major announcement on the european financial crisis. felicia taylor is at the new york stock exchange to sort it all out for us. hi. >> hey, carol. if you have money invested in the market, this definitely matters to you. and investors are very excited about the latest development out of europe. european leaders have reached a deal to help struggling banks, and basically there's now going to be what is known as kind of a banking union with one authority that will actually oversee banks in the eurozone. this banking union will now be able to directly inject money into banks when it's needed. but, look, we have seen these kinds of deals struck before, so we'll see if the enthusiasm lasts. right now we are up almost 190 points on the dow, a gain of 1.5%. and we reached a 2% gain on the
nasdaq. so clearly there's a lot of enthusiasm out there. the question is, how long? there have been a lot of european meetings. >> right. we have talked about this. they result in short-term fixes. but ultimately, you know, the debt problems keep coming back. so we'll see. >> ok. i'll keep my fingers and my toes and everything else crossed. felicia taylor. >> me too. >> thanks so much. it's 35 minutes past the hour. other stories we're watching right now, army investigators looking into why a soldier opened fire during a safety briefing at ft. bragg in north carolina. nbc news is reporting that the suspect killed his battalion commander and then slightly wounded another soldier before turning the gun on himself. now this man, the soldier, is alive and is now in custody. in just a few hours, president obama will get a close look at a deadly wildfire that is still threatening colorado springs. the fire has destroyed nearly 350 homes. flames have already chased 36,000 other people out of their homes. a grandmother hoping to
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this morning, mitt romney is counting his cash after his campaign raised about $3.2 million in the hours after the big health care ruling. supreme court ruled 5-4 in favor of the law. chief justice john roberts said the most controversial part, the individual mandate, is valid as a tax, even though it's not valid under the commerce clause. the ruling became a rallying cry for both political parties. democrats praising the president and republicans vowing to repeal the law. and no matter how you feel about the health care law, there's no escaping it. even in a town so quaint, it feels like it's out of the wild west. martin savidge went there to get reaction to the supreme court's decision. >> reporter: news that the supreme court's decision arrived about the time that folks sat down for their breakfast. this rural southwestern colorado
town, population 1,300, dates back to the days of the old west. gene is the editor of "the mancos times" first published in 1883. >> we have snow birds, people who come for the summer and leave for the winter. we have people who have retired here. and we have people who have lived here all their lives. >> reporter: a bit about the area politically. it voted 59% for john mccain in 2008. folks say the conservatives were born here. the liberals mostly moved here. veronica egan came from new mexico. >> i think it's wonderful. i think there are problems with the law as it was originally written, but it's about time that the united states of america started taking care of its own citizens. >> jeff mcill wayne is as close to a permanent doctor as the town gets. the physician's assistant runs the only medical facility in the town. 60% to 70% of his patients rely on some type of publicly funded health care program, something he finds ironic given the
criticism he often hears of obama care. >> well, it's certainly always an interesting conversation for people that are either on medicare or receive some type of federal assistance to complain about having government health care. >> reporter: patient betty romero has health care insurance, but knows many who don't. she is an obama care fan. >> there are people out there dying of cancer because they don't have health care. they are dying of other things because they can't walk into a doctor's office and get the help they need. >> reporter: it may surprise you, but unlike the rest of the country, the big news here in town isn't the supreme court's ruling on health care. instead, it's that. wildfires that continue to threaten from just down the road. still, it's easy to get people here talking about health care, which i did, with will stone, who makes wagons for a living. >> he doesn't need any health insurance. >> he is against obama care,
mainly because of the individual mandate. >> that's the biggest burr under my saddle is the mandate. i just don't care for it. i don't like to be told to do anything. >> reporter: mat lauer owns and runs coffee fahrenheit roasters. he too is against obama care, not because he is against national health care he just thinks the president's plan is the wrong one. >> this is a gift to the insurance companies. it won't do anything to assure health care to all in this country. and i think that's the bottom line. >> reporter: mancos may seem like a long way from anywhere, but i found it to really be a micro koz imof america, equally divided on the issue of health care. we asked to you talk about on this question. the question of the day, obama care. should we move on or fight anew? we have lots of responses and i'll read some of them after the
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i've been training for a triathlon along with dr. sanjay gupta's fit nation team. and april ga lotty checked out the way i ran. she found a few things wrong, and explained why they might be causing those annoying stitches in my stride. >> give me that sprint. not for the upper body. there's a little bit too much side-to-side motion. all of your movement should be going forward. pretend there's a spring running through the center of your body and you're kind of pulling yourself up from that string. go ahead, and pretend -- pull yourself up by that center string. with the arms in general, you want most of your movement to be behind you. as if you were trying to elbow somebody. here, here, here. >> a big problem that i have when i run is a get a stitch in my side. and i do this, and i squeeze my muscle. and it hurts. so what can i do to get rid of it? >> some of that might be caused
from that movement that -- >> that washing machine motion? >> yeah, that motion. when you find yourself with that cramp, ask yourself am i rotating side-to-side? am i using the stomach muscles improperly and kind of causing that. >> i yearn to have april's arms, but i don't think it will happen. check out my tips with april every thursday morning, all part of the 2012 fit nation triathlon challenge with dr. sanjay gupta. right here at 9:00 eastern on thursdays. want to buy one of the latest items from the olsen twins? even if you have $17,000, one group says don't do it. it's cruel to the animals. [ male announcer ] sheets or bar, how do you get your bounce?
♪ we link people and fortune 500 companies nationwide and around the world. and we will continue to free you to do more and focus on what matters. one of the big stories of the day. the question this morning, obama care are should we move on or fight anew. from james, back up, relax and regroup. we now know the november election is the most important in my lifetime. progressivism must be stopped. from bernard, romney invented obama care. and another, we need to move on, to repeal the bill would be an
insult to the supreme court and our founding fathers. checks and balances is a fundamental part of our government. do people not realize our country is a trillion dollars in debt? keep the comments coming. facebook.com/carolcnn. i'll read more next hour of newsroom. peta is bashing mary kate and ashley olsen about a $7,000 backpack. a.j. hammer joins me about why someone would pay $7,000 for a backpack. >> it is made of fur and the olsen twins made it. it sparks another battle in a long running war between peta and the olsen twins. they are big whigs in the fashion industry. people for the ethical treatment of animals are upset about one of their creations, a fur backpack sold for $17,000. if you think that sounds like a
crazy price. last fall, their fashion line reportedly sold out $30,000 alligator backpack. they have been calling them the trolsen twins. they had another called full house of horrors. i want to achieve the statement released to showbiz tonight. they said if it looks like a tropical and acts like a tropical, it's probably a trollsen twin, or someone wearing one of their $16,000 toets. sadly, it is foxes, calves, alligators have the fur ripped off them while still conscious and able to feel pain that pay the dearest price. celebrity bag was put on a website and said perfect for
fall. peta may have words for her next. >> you're right. 17,000. i can't even fathom that. >> really? really? >> i know. thanks so much. aj will be back with more proof the boss is the boss. big honor for the grammy winner. with over 25 delicious flavors for a fraction of the cost of the coffee house. add your flavor with coffee-mate, from nestle.
now to sports. we all new anthony davis would be picked first in the nba draft by the new orleans hornets. history was made when a fellow kentucky wildcat went second. unheralded luke as rosol had a huge upset at wimbledon. he ousted raf he will nadal. and there won't be bending it like beckham. superstar david beckham wasn't selected for the british team. he played a role helping them land the summer games. one misstep trips up countless people. it is all caught on camera. here is jeanne moos. >> reporter: it is hard not to stare when everyone is tripping
on the subway stairs or more precisely, on one particular step. everybody loves to watch people trip though. >> it's true, as long as it's not you. >> reporter: but it was him. this is filmmaker dean peterson's subway stop in sunset park, brooklyn. he videoed other people tripping because he kept tripping on that one step that was slightly higher than the others. >> i know it is there, it doesn't stop me from tripping. >> reporter: didn't stop him from editing together and putting together music of the montage of trippers. 17 of them, shot over a total of about an hour. even a guy carrying a kid. >> i felt bad videotaping, luckily nobody got hurt. >> reporter: they got famous after dean posted his montage. >> next thing you know, the video was on a trip of its own around the world on the internet. let's all laugh at people tripping on stairs, was the
headline out of australia. you know who wasn't laughing? the metropolitan transportation authority, the day after the video went viral, repair guys were pacing the steps. least this guy didn't trip. neither did this one. commuters were happy to see them. >> almost bust my entire behind on that step. >> reporter: this can't be what the mta means when they say have a nice trip. jeanne moos, cnn. new york. thn newsroom starts now. stories we are watching in the newsroom. death valley, that's what it will feel like in most of the country. 107 in nashville, 108 in paducah, and we are just getting started. a killer wildfire grows and destroys nearly 50 homes in
colorado springs. is an arsonist at work. and what kind of role model is he? a hockey coach deliberately trips an opposing player, the kid is 13, now has a broken wrist. newsroom begins right now. good morning. i'm carol costello. we begin with two stories, sharing a common theme. the unrelenting force of nature. on the left, the wildfire gnawing at the edges of colorado springs. today that fire is growing bigger and deadlier. on the right, a record setting heat wave that sends many into the danger zone. wait until you see it. intense heat will blanket most of the country. look at the 90s and 100s. drawing dire health warnings, especially for the very young and very old. our cnn affiliates in kansas city, missouri, say the intense heat wave may be to blame for two deaths. nowhere is the heat a factor
more than colorado. the raging wildfires made it an inferno. this morning, they awaken to a bittersweet designation, a federal disaster area. today, president obama will visit the area of the waldo canyon fire. they will canvas the subdivisions and neighborhoods to search for bodies. one victim was found last night. nearly 350 homes confirmed lost. another 20,000 homes in danger. cnn meteorologist rob marciano is in colorado springs. tell us where you are, what's behind you, rob. >> we are on the air force academy campus. this is the airfield, the staging operations where fixed wing aircraft and more importantly some of the helicopters fighting the fire are launched from, and they're getting their firing briefing now, within the next few minutes or hour, they'll start to launch these birds in the air, going back to fight the fire. temperatures this morning are cooler than yesterday morning,
but there's less clouds, so it will heat back up again. it seems to be less smoke. panning across the airfield where the front range of the rockies, you can see the smoke is not nearly as dense as it was yesterday, so firefighters are getting a little more optimistic. they have 15% containment yesterday. hoping for more than that today. they reduced coverage of the fire down from 18,000 acres to about 16,000 and change, but the damage done as you mentioned, nearly 350 homes destroyed, even with a fire this small, because it is close to such a big city, it is the second biggest city in all of colorado. this is the most destructive wildfire in colorado history. one of many fires burning throughout the state, carol, and after the dry winter that we had and the hot, hot spring and some of that heat now, as you mention, the heat wave pushing to the east, that heat was here this past weekend and really accelerated the flames. victims as you can imagine
frustrated, saddened. last night, a lot of them got news their homes were lost or somehow were saved and some of them will be able to go back today, a lot of them won't for quite some time, the fire is still close to the populated areas. >> the mayor of colorado springs told me these fires may not be put out until mid july. now the fbi is involved, an arsonist may be to blame for setting the fires. do you know anything about this, rob? >> i don't know anything about that just yet. they're not really saying. the first order of business obviously is to get the fire out. i can tell you this, it doesn't take much. not only was it a record low snow pack, we had 80% below snow pack may 1st, had the heat. last year, we had incredible amount of snow. that fed vegetation through the growing season, so we had dense, lush fuel at one point dried out by early, hot spring and almost the perfect storm of sorts. that's why you're seeing much of
colorado burning. and unfortunately we're just getting into fire season. got a couple months left where things could get worse. similar to 2002 the way things shape up. that was the worst wildfire season here in colorado. >> rob marciano, reporting live this morning. put yourself in the place of thousands that fled their homes in colorado, among all your belongings. what precious few items would you save and what happens if you no longer have a home or neighborhood to go back to? cnn's jim spellman has one family's heart wrenching story. >> reporter: as the flames tore through his colorado springs neighborhood, major ted stefani knew it was time to get out. >> saw flames shooting over the top of the mountain. >> reporter: with minutes to spare, he packed the car and raced out of the neighborhood, meeting his wife and sonata friend's house. then the wait began.
would their house be spared. the answer came with this picture in the paper. flames and the bonfire. >> when we saw it, it was initial shock. >> that's our house and it is in flames, i started crying, there was no way around it, i was never going to go home again, so it's pretty sad. >> reporter: the photo went viral, published on cnn.com and in "the new york times." more can be seen at denverpost.com. >> it was a shock to see your house pretty much in a fireball. but i think that was also therapeutic, too, because we knew over the last couple days where there's a lot of families that don't know the outcome of the home, we knew from pretty much the get go we lost the house. >> we got these boxes that i had from iraq and afghanistan. >> reporter: while managing to escape with books an important documents, there were many precious items left behind.
ted's medals from iraq and one of caleb's beloved toys. >> it is this teddy bear thing. >> scout. >> scout, and he played with that all the time. >> reporter: they saw another scout for sale at a bookstore, caleb lit up. >> it was an emotional event. >> yeah. we both about lost it in the store and our son just beamed when he saw that bear, and hugged him and he just said scout, scout! >> piece by piece, they insist they will rebuild, beginning with a small bear. jim spellman, cnn, colorado springs. also this morning, army investigators are trying to find out why a soldier started shooting people in a safety briefing at fort bragg. people near the base are having a hard time making sense of it all. >> it's really a sad situation because the soldiers are really here to help us.
why would someone do something like that. so maybe they need evaluations or something is going on, but it's really sad. >> pentagon correspondent barbara starr joins us. this isn't the first time. the shooting turned the gun on himself. >> hi, carol, yeah. it is a tough situation at fort bragg. army investigators are on scene, trying to figure out what exactly happened yesterday when soldiers gathered for that formation and one soldier opened fire, shooting and killing one fellow soldier, wounding another at this formation, then indeed turning the weapon on himself. he is said to be wounded and being treated for that. very little information being given by the army at this point. they say they just don't have it right now. they are not identifying the victim in this shooting, the person who died in it, because of course they don't do that
until family notification is complete. they don't know the motive of the shooter. and they may know one interesting detail, whether it was a personal weapon or military issued weapon, but they're not telling us that, not telling us any of those details. a u.s. military official says five bullets, however, did strike the victim that was killed in this. carol? >> i just remember the stories you did a few months ago at fort bragg. they were taking measures to stop the suicide. are those steps in place or do they apply in this case? >> reporter: i suppose until we know exactly what happened here and what the motive was, it may be difficult to connect any dots to the deeper issue and deeper serious crisis of suicide in the u.s. military. the person did turn the weapon on themselves, whether that was their intention going in, what
their motivation may be, what disturbed issues the shooter might have been dealing with, all remain to be seen. it may be early to specifically tie it to the deeper suicide efforts, but you're exactly right, the military across the board, the army in particular making a big effort to try and deal with the suicide issue, offering more counseling, more sort of watchfulness, if you see a buddy in trouble, seems to be having problems, say something, try to get soldiers and troops who feel they may be facing a suicide crisis to get the help they need so these incidents don't occur. as for this particular one, they just don't know yet. if they know, they're not saying. carol? >> barbara starr, reporting from the pentagon this morning. right now, george zimmerman getting another chance at freedom. these are pictures from inside a florida courtroom where zimmerman's bond hearing is being held. earlier this month, a judge put
him back in jail saying he hid $150,000 in donations when he appeared at the first hearing. he is charged with secondary murder in the shooting death of trayvon martin. zimmerman may take the stand in his own defense and tell the judge why he lied in his initial bond appearance. if zimmerman takes the stand, we will go back in that courtroom live for you. now that the u.s. supreme court upheld the obama care law, what are everyday people asking? we wanted to give you a chance to ask our resident expert. dr. sanjay gupta joins us outside bellevue hospital in new york city. you have been soliciting questions from people. what are they asking? >> reporter: there are all sorts of questions. no surprise, 450 some provisions in the bill. we have gotten some questions in by video. let's listen to the first one. >> i am a free-lance artist living in new york, speaking for
a generation of people who sometimes don't know where to start in terms of getting health care, finding the system inaccessible, i wonder what we will have available to us in terms of plans and programs starting in 2014. >> reporter: you know, it is interesting because fair to say, carol, i think you would agree with this, even now trying to navigate the health care, insurance programs, trying to sign up for programs is difficult, can be very confusing for people. for someone like her, a free-lance artist, so not getting employer based health care, we get a lot of questions from people like that, there's going to be something known as statewide exchanges set up. there's an exchange already set up in the state of massachusetts. if you want to get what one of these may look like, go to their exchange site. called the connector in massachusetts. you get a profile who you are,
how much money you're making, health history, all of that, and it basically finds various options in terms of what you want to buy for health care insurance. that's the most likely scenario for someone like her. depending how much money she's making a year, she may be eligible for tax credits. if she's making lower than 133% of poverty level, she may be eligible for medicaid. those are things to keep in mind as well. in the state of massachusetts, a quick side note, in 2006, that health care reform went in place. 450,000 additional people were insured. about a third of them got their health care insurance through the exchanges. so that's going to be a big part of this. >> okay. heidi also had a question about copayments. >> i was interested in knowing how under the new obama care my copayments and premiums would be lower. >> reporter: you know, i want to preface by saying there's been a
lot of back and forth on how the premiums for people who already have health care insurance under their employer, how they would be effected. heidi, carol, you probably heard these numbers as well. let me tell you, in our reporting and investigating, i don't know we can convincingly say premiums will go down. i know it has been talked about. if you crunch the numbers in the short term, premiums may not go down and may continue to go up as health care costs continue to go up. for someone like heidi where she may notice a difference and the rest of us, the co-pays for preventive service, cancer screenings, anything related to prevention, those co-pays won't exist any more. that can be a big deal to people, 25, 50 bucks, whatever it may be, a lot of people won't get screenings because of co-pays. co-pays for those things will go away for heidi and everybody else. >> and a question from frank in california, a question about
priorities. >> my name is frank. i am 37 years old from victorville, california. i am wondering what about us who are unemployed, would rather keep the lights on than pay f for mandated health care or fines for not having it. >> reporter: he gets right to the crux of the issue. it is more of a psychology question than medical one. let me say it like this. in the year 2014 when this is all implemented, if frank chooses to keep the lights on versus paying for health care insurance, the penalty or tax now being called will be $95, or 1% of his income, whatever is greater. by 2016, it will be $695 or 2.5% of his income. at some point he will decide how much does it cost to buy health insurance and how much for the tax and has to make that decision. as i satd before, he may be eligible for tax credits or
medicaid, depending what you make. a lot more there, hopefully that sheds more light. >> so complicated. dr. sanjay gupta from bellevue hospital in new york. thanks so much. possessing marijuana would automatically get you thrown into jail, unless you live in one, well, i'm going to tell you, chicago. chicago the latest city decriminalizing pot. recently, students from 31 countries took part in a science test. the top academic performers surprised some people. so did the country that came in 17th place.
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ground to rebel fighters. the violence escalates, diplomats prepare for an emergency meeting. muhammad jam june is in abu jab ee in the arab emirates to tell us more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, carol. as you mention, more reports of violence. 15 people killed through the country, this on the heels of terrible news yesterday. a very violent day, heard from activists at least 140 killed, 46 syrian regime forces. getting reports out of damascus from ex-patriots there was a massacre in duma. proregime thugs raided the town and started to slaughter families. the television version is there were terrorists in the town, a military raid is on-going,
they're arresting and killing terrorist leaders in that town, but a very chaotic scene and gruesome details emerging from damascus amidst the back drip of diplomatic negotiation that's going on. you have the u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton meeting with her russian counter part, sergei lavrov, but nobody knows what to expect. there have been deep divisions between the u.s. and russia o r over syria. they continue to support the syrian regime there, even though there are concerns, and even though there's a plan to get some sort of political transition under way when it comes to syria to try to bridge the diplomatic impasse, the fact of the matter, president assad says he won't accept foreign intervention with regard to the crisis in syria, coming at a time when syrian activists say since the crisis began, over
off. >> i am angry, mad at the chief justice, john roberts. >> this is clearly unconstitutional. this is a turning point in american history, we will never be the same again with this denial of liberty interests. >> politico reports that republican congressman mike pence compared that decision to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. he later apologized. house republicans already scheduled a vote to repeal the law. mitt romney who also vowed to repeal says the court should have overturned the entire law. really, said democrat nancy pelosi who couldn't resist this sinker. >> i don't know, maybe he will pay for it out of his own pocket, pre-existing of people, children that have pre-existing conditions. you cannot have it both ways. >> seriously, we thought about health care bitterly for months and months, widened the partisan divide. did we want to go there again?
secretly, don't you wish mitt romney would help us understand his signature accomplishment as massachusetts governor, health care complete with a mandate and everything. and don't you wish president obama would really explain the plan's impact on our economy? he seemed to start doing that yesterday. but if we're going to go back to angry town halls, talk of death panels, it is going to be a long, hot summer. the talk back question today, obama care, should we move on or fight anew? facebook.com/carolcnn. i'll read your responses later this hour. guess what, the dow is up more than 200 points right now, after an agreement to help banks in europe. felicia taylor is live at the stock exchange with an exciting plan causing investors to go
wild. >> not sure they're going wild, but there devil is euphoria over the break through deal with the eu summit. hopefully they're going to continue the discussion about a central banking union with an overriding supervisor, which would allow that banking system to inject cash into the system as needed, similar to what the federal reserve can do in the united states. absolutely. a strong rally on the dow, 220 points. nasdaq up more than 2%, which is interesting, considering the fact that rim stock is down 17% on very disappointing earnings report that came out after the close in thursday's session. it will be a somewhat volatile session, carol. it is end of the month, end of second quarter, so you can expect to see not such great volume and we're moving into a holiday week next week. >> got you. let's talk about congress's
kumbaya moment over student loans. >> congress is expected to vote today to keep interest rates on federal college loans at 3.4%. otherwise, they would have doubled this weekend to 6.8%. most students take about ten years to pay off their loans, so this actually really matters. the legislation will effect more than 7 million students, taking out new loans for the next school year. it doesn't effect loans that students already have, however, but both the senate and house are expected to pass the measure. hopefully that will go through. carol? >> felicia taylor, reporting live for us this morning. so what's next after the supreme court upheld obama care? we will look at how president obama and mitt romney are using the ruling to benefit their campaigns. d@ [ male announcer ] every day, the world gets more complex.
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just about 30 minutes past the hour. stories we're watching now in the newsroom. army investigators are looking at why a soldier opened fire during a safety briefing at fort bragg in north carolina. nbc news is reporting the suspect killed his battalion commander, slightly wounded another soldier before shooting himself. the shooter is alive and now in custody. and this is the view from space of the wildfire damage in colorado springs. you can see dark patches where the fire is burning. nearly 350 homes now destroyed. at least one person has died. president obama will tour the damage later this afternoon. a grandmother hoping to break her own world swimming record is trying to swim from cuba to florida. 49-year-old penny palfrey dove in a short time ago, and is doing all of this without a shark cage in shark infested
waters. she's hoping to finish the 103 mile swim in 40 to 50 hours. good luck. now that the supreme court has upheld the significant piece of the obama white house, the health care law, what's next? democrats say they would like to move forward on some other hot topics like jobs. republicans say not so fast. >> when we return the week of july 9th, i scheduled a vote for total repeal of the obama care bill to occur on wednesday, july 11th, and in that way, we can clear the way towards trying to again focus on accomplishing a health care future that is premised on patient centered care, lowering costs, and affording better access. >> the republicans are in a sense trapped between their tea party base that wants to repeal this law at all costs and the rest of the country which wants them to move on. so far, republicans seem to be casting their lot with the tea party, and this is a mistake.
the public is fatigued with all these partisan fights, but they just want to keep re-enacting them. >> a lot of americans, though, don't like the law, and there are a lot of people who are willing to part with some cash to kill obama care. mitt romney's campaign raised more than $3 million after the ruling came down, and the obama campaign, well, it's raising money pegged off joe biden's initial joy when the health care law passed. >> ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states of america, barack obama. big [bleep] deal. >> thank you everybody. you know what joe biden whispered in the president's ears, this is a big bfd. the obama campaign is selling t-shirts on its website that say health care reform is still a
bfd. they run 30 bucks a piece. this is surrounding a law that effects every one of us. to talk about that, cnn contributor and democratic strategist maria car donna, and cnn contributor anna navarro. >> welcome to you both. >> thanks. good to be here. >> to get this out of the way, romney's people tweeted bfd t-shirts weren't presidential, that may be so. this is another example of how we can't discuss this issue in a rational way. why is that? >> i think the vast majority of people have discussed it in a rationale way. certainly yesterday, barack obama discussed it in the right tone, mitt romney responded to it in the right tone, and the vast majority of people in congress responded to it in a ranch why you, logical way, it is an emotional issue, some people want to spite. we saw that out of the dnc,
tweeting words that rhyme with witches and trucking that aren't appropriate speak certainly for somebody involved in running presidential campaigns. they are inappropriate. but you know what, carol, if the dnc, want to be inappropriate, unpresidential, perfectly fine for me. works for my purposes. >> this is the kind of thing i'm talking about. why can't we push all of that stuff aside and talk about the health care law and make americans really understand. maria, why can't we do that? >> i think ana is right in that it is emotional, and both sides have a lot going on this, and you know, if you want to talk about inappropriate, you mentioned this earlier, carol, mike pence basically comparing the scotus decision to 9/11? i mean, come on. i agree both sides need to basically calm down and rational ideas and arguments need to prevail for the good of the american people, and that's exactly what this president, what democrats are trying to put
forward to make sure americans do understand. and by the way, it is a bfd for a lot of americans. if you're a mother who has a child with pre-existing conditions, this health care decision is going to save the life of your child. that is a big deal. so those are the issues that we need to be discussing. >> okay. maria, let me ask you this, justice roberts ruled the mandate and penalty is a tax. this will cost many middle class americans money because they will now have to buy insurance or face a penalty if they don't. tell us how democrats get around this because this is a tax on middle class americans. this will cost them money. >> actually, it's not, carol. the way we get around it is by telling the truth. look, it is projected that the amount of people who can afford the insurance but refuse to buy it is 1%, carol, 1% of americans who will actually be given that penalty. for the rest of the millions of middle class families, this will
be the largest health care tax cut in history. if you cannot afford insurance and you are a family, you will be giving a tax subsidy of about $4,000. if you're a small business and you cannot afford insurance for your employees, you will be given a tax credit so you can be sure those employees are covered. remember the majority of americans in this country want to have health care coverage. they want to have health insurance. they know it is the right thing to do for themselves, for their families, and if you were a small business, you want that for your employers. you want healthy employees. that's good for the economy. that's exactly what democrats are going to continue to talk about. >> i know that ana is listening, saying she's painting a rosy picture, but it ain't so rosy from the republican perspective. >> well, look, the only reason it survived is because it is a tax. it would have been unconstitutional under the commerce clause. it is constitutional because
yesterday the supreme court confirmed what we know, which is that congress has the right to impose taxes. this is a scary precedent, though. i have never seen a tax before, first time we see a tax for something we don't do. so it is impossible to get around the tax issue because it is the only reason that it is alive today is because it is a tax. not only that, it will be enforced and regulated by the irs. i think the american people are smart enough to understand that it looks like a tax, smells like a tax, walks like a tax because it is a tax. we're going to see how this plays out in the rest of the year. i think what was undoubtedly victory for obama yesterday could turn into a long term headache going through the summer and the election cycle. >> let me run this by you. couldn't it also back fire for republicans? mitt romney often said any time i'm not talking about the economy, it's not good. now he has to talk about health care and has to defend something
that was inspired by mitt romney. how do you get around that? anyone? >> that's exactly right, carol. mitt romney is in a huge box. there's plenty of tape of him back when he supported not just romney care but the individual mandate. not only that, he talked about how he would love to see the individual mandate and his health care bill he passed in massachusetts be a model for the nation. so this should be a happy day for mitt romney, because now it is not just a model for the nation but law of the nation. frankly, it is something that will help millions of american families get health coverage they couldn't get. >> let me ask, ana, you're a republican strategist. everybody knows this about mitt romney. would it be better if he didn't talk about it so much? >> i don't think so. i actually think this is a very refreshing moment in the campaign because it's really the first time i can think of where
we have two diametrically opposed and clear positions from the candidates to choose from. and you see, that's what's helping romney now. he is the messenger against obama care, promising repeal of it. yes, he had his massachusetts issue. that was an issue for him frankly, bigger issue in the primaries, he was able to surpass that. make no mistake about it, today, mitt romney is the last great hope against obama care. you've got two choices. you want to keep it, you vote for barack obama. if you want to repeal it, you vote for mitt romney. everything in life is relative, it is about choices and those are the two choices now. >> i completely agree with ana on this. it is our choice, a choice of someone that wants to help american families and republican party who wants to basically take away life-saving health care coverage for millions of children with pre-existing conditions. that's going to be on them.
we -- republicans eat children for breakfast in the mornings. we eat children for breakfast in the morning. >> i guess so. >> bid you good-bye. let's talk about the boss. bruce springsteen being recognized for more than his music. his big honor next. high schools in six states enrolled in the national math and science initiative... ...which helped students and teachers get better results in ap courses. together, they raised ap test scores 138%. just imagine our potential... ...if the other states joined them. let's raise our scores. let's invest in our teachers and inspire our students. let's solve this.
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the years. musicares is a great organization. this foundation was created by the recording academy in 1989. they do great work, offering everything from financial assistance to substance abuse. a worthy charity. bruce is certainly a worthy honoree. >> that he is. let's talk about the olsen twins. everybody seems to be in trouble with peta these days. >> yeah. if you want a fur backpack designed by the famous twins, costs you about 16,000 bucks. this is causing reaction from peta. they haven't been a fan of the fashionista sisters. they referred to them as the tropical -- trollsen twins. they say if it looks like a troll, acts like a troll, it is
probably a trollsen twin. what they lack in creativity, they makeup for in shock value. sadly, it is the foxes, calves, and alligators who often have the fur ripped off them while they are still conscious and able to feel pain who pay the dearest price. >> $16,000 for a backpack? i mean, fur is a concern, too, but come on. a.j., thank you. a.j. and "showbiz tonight" airs at 11:00 eastern on hln.
let's go live to sanford, florida. you're looking inside the courtroom there. this is the second bond hearing for george zimmerman, the man that shot and killed trayvon martin, he says in self defense. originally zimmerman posted bond and the judge agreed and everything was great until the judge found out that george zimmerman lied about how much money he had in the bank. then the judge says you don't do that, he revoked zimmerman's bond. turned out zimmerman had $150,000 in donations in the bank, and supposedly, he and his wife were trying to hide that money. so this is the second bond hearing. zimmerman is trying to convince
the judge it was all a big misunderstanding. so how's it going? paul callan has been watching testimony. i believe a firefighter is on the stand now. what have you heard so far? >> it has been an interesting morning actually. o'mara, zimmerman's defense attorney, started by calling a forensic accountant. he traced the money that had gone into the zimmerman defense fund, over $200,000 had gone into the fund originally, and when the money was transferred from a paypal account into george zimmerman's personal account, and his wife's personal account, some cash was taken out. eventually it gets moved into attorney o'mara's account, and finally into another trustee protected george zimmerman defense fund account. but prosecutors really came strongly at the forensic accountant because a lot of the transfers were in the amount of $9,999. that's a magic money in the
money laundering field. if you transfer under 10,000, you don't have to report it to the federal government. so the prosecutor was trying to make it look like the zimmermans were being deceptive by transferring large amounts of money in $9,000 amounts. their explanation, by the way, was paypal rules will not allow transfers of more than $10,000, so there was nothing, they weren't trying to sneak around or engage in any kind of fraud. anyway, so that's what happened basically with the accountant. follow the money. they used some of the money to pay off their own personal credit card accounts, but in the end, carol, i think when prosecutors get back up to make their argument, it's clear there was a lot of money. hundreds of thousands of dollars in zimmerman controlled bank accounts when they told the judge they were basically broke and they didn't have any money or minimal money, minimal resources. that's when the judge set
$150,000 bond. now we have this emergency medical technician from the fire department on the stand. his name is o'rourke. this is kind of interesting. we're starting to see what the trial of this case is going to look like. this fellow, o'rourke, testified that he responded to treat george zimmerman at the scenario, that zimmerman's head was covered with blood, that he had a laceration on his nose and o'rourke described zimmerman's nose as broken and deformed at the scene. this of course would be consistent with zimmerman's claim he was punched in the face by trayvon martin. why is this coming out at a hearing because one of the things a florida judge is allowed to consider is the strength of the case against the defendant. if there's a strong probability of conviction, you can set higher bail because obviously he has a lot to risk. so it is kind of an excuse to get a mini trial on the bail
issue. i think we're getting a good snapshot at what kind of defense is going to be presented by zimmerman defense attorneys. >> all right. i'm sure you'll continue to watch this bond hearing, and when there's a conclusion, of course, you'll be here to report course, you'll be here to report it paul callan, thanksyt so himuchs >> thank you, carol. >> thank you, paul. we'll be right back. e hu only the beautyrest recharge sleep system combines the comfort of aircool memory foam layered on top of beautyrest pocketed coils to promote proper sleeping posture all night long. the revolutionary recharge sleep system from beautyrest... it's you, fully charged. get a free set of sheets when you buy a select beautyrest mattress. hurry, offer ends soon.
much of the eastern half of the united states will feel like death valley today. take a look at the map. meteorologists expect temperatures to exceed 100 degrees from st. louis to washington, d.c. officials are urging people to try to avoid the deadly heat and check in on those in need. chicago is decriminalizing recreational use of marijuana. city council approved a measure allowing people to issue citations for those carrying small amounts, rather than make arrests. the new policy starts august 4th. watch this. a youth hockey coach caught on video tripping a 13-year-old player from the opposing team! witnesses say he did this on purpose, knocked two kids to the ground. one of them suffered a broken wrist, the other wasn't hurt, his mom was mad. >> it was a disgusting game at the end. he should be banned, he should be fined as well. he shouldn't be coaching any kids' sports. he picked the wrong career. >> the coach has now been
suspended and canadian police are looking into possible criminal charges. if looking to save on your vacation, you may want to consider a staycation or look at visiting places close to home. cnn producer jamie mag lee et a recently moved to georgia and found savannah can be a pretty good get away. >> reporter: researching weekend trips from atlanta, i realize savannah is four hours from the city. what we love about it, river street. the cobble stone street has southern hospitality and street drinks. yes, you can stroll on river street with a beer in your hand. besides beer, there are tasty restaurants. if you want seafood, try fiddlers or tubby's. or walk to lady and sons, owned by paula deen. i recommend shrimp and grits. yum. if looking for a place to stay,
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our talk back question of the day, obama care. this from jason. move on instead of bickering. republicans and democrats should work on, discuss, compromise on a jobs bill that helps everyone. please move on, i'm so tired of angry, irrational rhetoric, fear there are enough potential voters who agree with me that even more citizens will stay home election day. obama care should be repealed. sounds good on the surface, but when you dive in and find out the cost for the long run, it is a train wreck. and bob, for 50 years i had to pay for auto insurance, never used it. used health insurance, always have, probably always will. repeal auto insurance! keep the conversation going. facebook.com/carolcnn. that does it for me. thank you for joining us.
cnn continues with kyra phillips. talking about the extreme heat. temperatures hitting all-time highs as the blistering heat wave moves eastward. and the health care law, a look at the fight to repeal obama care. and also this hour, just how far will infertile couples go to get pregnant? all wait to vegas, baby, chasing a long shot and competing for free ivf. we begin with devastation on a historic scale in colorado, and the president is on his way as we speak to survey fire damage after signing a disaster declaration for the state. we're closely monitoring the waldo canyon fire which has become the most destructive fire in the state's history. at least one person was found dead overnight, another is still missing. nearly 17,000 acres