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346 homes gone. 20,000 more threatened. this photo was taken before the fire. look at what the area looks like now. you're looking at the reality for hundreds of families. >> it was just total shock to see your house pretty much in a fireball. >> that's our house and it's in flames and i just started crying. there was no way around it. i was never going to go home again, so it's pretty sad. >> rob marciano on the ground near the waldo canyon fire. rob, how much of this fire have crews been actually able to contain to this point? >> reporter: you know, they made pretty good head way yesterday, kyra. bumped it from 5 to 15% containment. doesn't sound like a lot, but the confidence i see in the firefighters' eyes says it all. thin veil of cloud cover came over, temperatures cooled, winds were manageable, and smoke this morning certainly seems to be
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better. behind me, you see the foothills of the front range of the rockies. we're at the air force academy airfield where u.s. forest service is using their air assets, staging air fueling here, sending them to the fire lines to battle the blaze. spot fires on the eastern flank have been less this morning than yesterday. that's good news. that's where the most populated areas are for colorado springs. that's what made this fire so remarkable, kyra. colorado springs as you know is the second largest city in the state of colorado, a huge city. the subdivisions bank up against the front range, and that's where all of the damage was. 346 homes and counting. most destructive wildfire in history. and less than 18,000 acres burned. not huge when you look at the rest of the fires burning in the state, but obviously too close to home, coming down the front range, into the highly populated area of colorado springs. >> the president is coming in for a visit. what do you know about the trip?
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>> he is not going to talk to me, that's for sure. he is going to take a tour of devastated areas. not all of it. some of it is still not safe. you can imagine areas that have burned out, areas that are still threatened, it is not safe to go there. but he will take a tour, not sure where. he is going to talk to some of the firefighters and give them words of encouragement, no doubt about that. he is scheduled to arrive at noon local and we'll take his tour thereafter. as you know, he also signed a declaration, freed up federal funds for not only this fire but the larger fire off to the north. so that's part of the reason for the visit, i'm sure. >> what about colorado springs? that's the second largest city in the state, right? how close is it getting towards that city? >> reporter: it has burned a portion of it, that's the scary thing. areas where the homes lit up, that is in colorado springs
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proper. the northwest corner, but still within the city limits. part of the air force academy where i am standing was burning, southwest corner of that. you talk to residents here, very rarely do the fires come down the front range and into these populated communities, and that's what happened with some of thor rat i can fire behavior and record breaking heat the rest of the country is enduring. temperatures were up over 100 degrees over the weekend, coupled with low snow pack, all you needed was a spark and boom, got off into the areas that were the most populated and the victims are reeling. we caught up, the victims have spread out, in shelters, friends and family, hotels. many staying at the hotel we're staying at. the executive chef, guy that runs the kitchen had to evacuate the fire as well. here is what he had to say when we caught up with him. >> the not knowing is probably the biggest frustration now
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because it could all be there or it could all be in ashes. just don't know. >> reporter: happy to report, last night he and his wife, their home was not burned. they got word last night. other residents not so lucky. not all will be able to go back today. it will be several days before it is deemed safe to be allowed back to see what's left, kyra. >> rob marciano, we will keep talking. u.s. forest estimates it could be mid july before that fire is fully under control. now that supreme court said yes to obama care, what will happen to the millions of uninsured americans? and how about those covered by medicaid, medicare? our chief medical correspondent, dr. sanjay gupta, still covering, recovering and covering this story since yesterday. he is at bellevue hospital where i understand more than 80% of the patients will specifically feel the tremendous impact by this decision.
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explain why. >> reporter: well, you know, a public hospital like this one, 80% of the patients are either uninsured or covered by programs like medicaid. quickly, i'm going to bring in allen aviles. medicaid was expanded to make up for 133% of poverty. for an individual, $14,000 a year, family of four, about $30,000 a year. if you make less than those amounts for individuals or families, you qualify for medicaid, try to get your health insurance that way. kyra, you asked the right question. you're the ceo of the new york hospitals corporation and bellevue is one of those hospitals, is that right? 80% of the patients in a hospital like this are uninsured or on medicaid. when this is fully implemented, what will be the impact on a hospital like this? >> one of the biggest impacts is related to the uninsured. the entire new york city
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hospital system saw 1.4 million patients last year, 480,000 of them were uninsured, we're the largest provider of service to uninsured patients in the nation. >> close to a third. >> close to a third. what that means for many of those patients, they'll now have the security of actual health care coverage. that's a big major victory for those patients and millions of americans uninsured across the country. >> you're going to have more patients. this is a concern that comes up a lot. are you equipped to handle more patients, are there enough doctors and resources to do that? >> that's a serious issue, and i think it is going to lead us to look how we deliver the care, and who leads that care. we need more nurse practitioners, physician assistants involved, and have to stretch the physicians we have as leaders of teams that are really providing care on a team basis. >> access being the number one issue, cost a second issue that comes up after that in terms of discussions. i mean, how do you deal with -- is it going to get more
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expensive for people that already have insurance as well? >> i think all of health care understands cost containment is here with us, that there's no way we're going to continue to sustain these costs. we're working very hard as are hospitals across the nation to figure out ways to make operations more efficient, and more important, deliver care with emphasis on primary and preventive care to avoid the expenses that hurt. >> do you think it will be effective for the average citizen? >> absolutely not. the affordable care act or initiatives are focused on increasing quality of care, even as we reduce the cost. that's a heavy lift, that's the imperative. we will march to that tune. >> one point i want to make over and over, you hear about the uninsured, people on medicaid paying attention, this effects everybody. this is a united states story. we're going to keep covering it outside one of the biggest, oldest public hospitals in new
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york. >> we need you through all of this for sure. sanjay, thanks so much. for more details how the health care law will effect you and medicaid, visit medicaid's website. european leaders appear to have a rescue plan, perhaps solving the eurozone debt crisis. that could be good for our 401(k) plans. the measure was hammered out in brussels by leaders of the 17 countries that use the euro currency. it triggered market rallies on wall street and around the world. felicia taylor, let's start with the basics of the deal. >> sure, kyra. the deal creates a banking union. one supervisory board that will oversee the eurozone banks, and that's important. obviously there are 17 different countries here. that's kind of what has been the problem. this will make coordination a lot easier with one body, overseeing banks, and one set of rules. this will allow money to be directly injected into banks that are struggling. it is similar to what the u.s.
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federal reserve does. until now, individual countries had to borrow money to help banks, and that drove up the country's debt load, which ultimately hurt the banks and meant they needed to borrow more money and made things more difficult. this breaks that vicious cycle. that's why investors are so excited. you can see how it translates on wall street already. >> so you're looking at this as a major breakthrough then? >> yes. >> cautiously. >> cautiously give a yes. not too many champagne corks yet. only a few. >> exactly. exactly. you know, it sounds good, but we've seen so many european meetings, and all it has really been is these short term fixes, and then obviously the european debt problems keep coming back. we're still talking about greece, italy, spain. the devil is in the details. i used that phrase so many times, but it is the truth. finance ministers still have to sit down, hammer out how this agreement is going to work. how much money does the eu have
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to help the banks. it is not a bottomless pit, they can't keep doing this. they agreed on 120 billion euros, how far will that extend? investors were excited. this is one of the first times eu leaders showed a sense of urgency and that's restoring confidence definitely. part of the rally today is also because this is the end of the quarter, the last day in june. that kind of props up the market a little bit. it also adds to the idea of volatility. i am not sure this rally will last into next week, which of course with a holiday is a short week anyway. >> all right, felicia, thanks. for full coverage of the markets and your money needs, check out all the times i have been live in iraq. >> what do you do about that? >> this is the geographic south pole. announcer ] every day, the world gets more complex. and this is what inspires us to create new technology. ♪ technology that connects us to everything the world has to offer
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just a quick note for those of you heading out the door. you can continue to watch cnn from your mobile phone or if head to go work, you can watch cnn live from your desktop. go to congress is expected to vote today to extend the roe low 3.4% rates on student loans another year. just ahead of sunday's deadline that would have allowed rates to double. that measure is part of a larger bill that will also provide $120 billion to pave roads and improve bridges. the house and senate are expected to pass that package before heading out of town for the july 4 holiday. and the supreme court's ruling on obama care has ended for now the constitutional fight over the law, but upholding the entire law, the battle lines are now firmly set for november. mitt romney's message is crystal clear. only one way now to repeal that measure. put him in the white house.
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but could this be a message that might back fire? athena jones is in washington with more on the newest round in this pretty bitter political fight. athena, let's begin with romney and his response to obama's big win. >> reporter: that's right. what we heard from mitt romney is what we heard from republicans all over congress and outside of congress from the republican national committee and members of the house and senate, which is that elections have consequences and if you don't like the supreme court ruling and the health care law, you need to elect mitt romney. hear what he had to say after the ruling yesterday. >> what the court did not do on its last day in session i will be on my first day if elected president of the united states, and that is i will act to repeal obama care. >> reporter: so of course, kyra, this is an effort to energize their base, rev up republican supporters that don't like the
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health care law. the numbers reported from one day are any indication, they're having some success. the romney campaign says they raced $3.2 million by 9:00 p.m., after the supreme court ruling came down. that's a big figure. may not be the final figure there, kyra, over $3 million in a day shows there's a lot of energy around this issue. >> then what's the obama strategy from here then? >> reporter: it is interesting. you didn't see the white house try to spike the football as they say. they know this will be an important issue, a central issue in this campaign, but also know the politics around it are a little complicated. the president addressed the politics of this yesterday when he spoke from the east room. let's listen to that. >> i didn't do this because it was good politics, i did it because i believed it was good for the country. i did it because i believed it was good for the american people. >> reporter: so as you know, this has not been a popular law,
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at least when taken as a whole, although people do tend to like some of the provisions, like allowing young adults to stay on the health care plan until their 26th birthday. for many, they believe it is a chance for the obama administration to have a second shot at selling this law all over again, since it's going to be a central issue in this campaign. of course, for many voters, it is the economy that's issue number one. that june jobs report is not far off. it will be interesting to see how this plays out, health care and economy over the coming months, kyra. >> what's interesting, a lot of people are still confused by this law. so do you think if he takes more time to explain it that more people will support it? >> reporter: i think they believe that. you hear him speaking on the stump in various campaign speeches, there's usually a line or two about the health care law, some of the popular provisions like giving children under 19 -- making sure those with pre-existing conditions are covered, making sure insurance
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companies can't deny them coverage, making sure insurance companies can't rescind your coverage, take it from you when you become ill. so they're probably going to have to do more of that, if they want to make sure that people are on board with this because some of the provisions as i said they know are popular. they're going to get a second chance to explain it all in a way that makes voters really understand it, and maybe makes a few of them come on board, kyra. >> thanks so much. cnn will keep a close watch on this story all the way to november. you see us, at the start of the day. on the company phone list that's a few names longer. you see us bank on busier highways. on once empty fields. everyday you see all the ways all of us at us bank are helping grow our economy. lending more so companies and communities can expand, grow stronger and get back to work. everyday you see all of us serving you, around the country, around the corner.
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we are getting gruesome details from activists and syrian ex-paths that tell us a massacre happened yesterday in the suburb of damascus. proregime thugs entered that town and say they started to kill entire families. we are seeing gruesome videos showing bodies, reported to be bodies in duma. for their part, the syrian government says there are raids on-going in the neighborhood of duma, they have terrorist cells there, they're going after terrorist leaders, that's why there's violence in that part of the country. we're hearing more reports it was a massacre yesterday. very, very disturbing details beginning to emerge the last couple hours. >> so the president met with putin, now hillary clinton will meet with her counter part. what's the difference between the two meetings? >> reporter: that's the key question. there are deep divisions between
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the u.s. and russia when it comes to syria. we have known this a long time. neither country wants to see this crisis continue. all want to see the crisis end. the u.s. today, hillary clinton is hoping to apply some pressure on the russians, so they will stop selling arms to the syrians, but doesn't look like that will happen. russians said they're not willing to go with the idea for a transitional plan that the u.s. is presenting. russians said they're against the idea of foreign intervention when it comes to syrian politics. what exactly can be accomplished. it is a question mark as it has been the last several months. >> thanks so much. in another development, turkey deployed tapnks on syria after the downing of a fighter jet turkey blames on syria. ♪ how are things on the west coast? ♪
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they provide recreational opportunities for millions of people. over time, i saw them start to die. coral reefs around the world are in decline. if they go away, coastal communities will will impacted. i started to think how can we fix this problem: >> i am ken. i help restore coral reefs. >> we developed a simple and something we can train others to do. >> we start with this big, hang it on trees. after a year or two, becomes this big. then we cut the branches off, do it again. >> ken's coral nursery is ten times larger than others that are in existence. >> in 2003, we planted six here. now there's over 3,000 growing in this area alone.
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>> before i felt helpless, watching it die. now i think there's hope. it's not too late. everybody can help. i see all of the corals and fish. this whole reef is coming back to life. making a difference is exciting. >> incredible video there and an incredible man. millions depending on the reefs that cnn hero is out to save. cnn heroes are picked by you. to nominate someone, go to coral reflect.
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breaking records by the hundreds. yesterday alone, 131 record high temperatures were broken or tied across the u.s. more than 200 the day before. and settle in because it is
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about to heat up even more, with more than half this country under an excessive heat warning or heat advisory. chad myers is here to tell us basically how hot it's going to get and where. what do you think is the worst? >> i would probably say due to heat and humidity added together, somewhere around northern mississippi, just because you're going to see 106, it will feel like 110. what i want you to remember about the heat wave, if you do nothing else, let evaporation be your friend. if you have to work outside, it is nice to have a cool, wet towel around the neck. that will allow evaporation in the air to cool you down a little bit. a damp shirt, damp pants, whatever it might be, if you have to work outside, use that evaporation to your benefit because the humidity, although high, is not so high that stuff won't evaporate. sometimes middle of summer, august, september, you get so much heat and humidity, it is
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oppressive. we have rain across northern florida. when the sun comes out there, you will see sticky weather. here are high temperatures for today. 104, 105 in atlanta. just because it is windy, i don't know that we get there. hot in tuscaloosa, 107 saying really 107 in nashville? some say 104. if you can tell the difference between 104 and 107, i give you credit. it is hotter than your body, hotter than 98. that's when people run into trouble when they don't allow themselves to cool down. nashville, 107 tomorrow. here is the core. where is it the hottest with the most people here in richmond, virginia, washington, d.c. 98 even in d.c. richmond, 104 tomorrow. all of the big cities up and down the east coast from baltimore through d.c., down into north carolina, that's where temperatures are going to be really oppressive.
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it is one of those things, good news, at least it is on the weekend. maybe you can go see a movie, not work in it. not everybody has to work monday and tuesday, and certainly you don't want to go out, be the first marathon this weekend. that's a bad idea. take it easy. >> agreed. chad, thanks so much. put yourself in the place of thousands of people that have precious few items you can save, it can happen if you no longer have a home or neighborhood to return to. cnn's jim spellman has one family's story. >> reporter: as flames tore through his neighborhood, major ted stefani, an army sergeant, knew it was time to get out. >> looked at the mountain, saw flames shooting over top of the mountain. >> reporter: with minutes to spare, he packed the car, raced out to a friend's house to meet his wife and son. then the wait began. would the house be spared.
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the answer came in the morning when they saw this picture on the denver post website. their house on the left, a bonfire. >> when we saw the photograph initially, it was shock. >> that's our house and it's in flames, and i just 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, also published on and "the new york times." more photos can be seen at >> it was total shock to see your house in a fireball. we knew from the get go we lost the house. >> we got these boxes, top boxes from iraq and afghanistan. >> reporter: while managing to escape with books an important documents, there were many precious items left behind.
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ted's medals from iraq and one of caleb's beloved toys. >> crazy, it is this teddy bear thing. >> scout. >> and he played with that all the time. >> reporter: then 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. he said scout, scout. >> reporter: piece by piece, they insist they will rebuild, beginning with a small bear. jim spellman, cnn, colorado springs. >> and it could be mid july until the fire is fully under control.
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the supreme court made its historic ruling yesterday. we went around the country for reaction from every major city to big hospital, even to mancos, colorado, where it is a town so quaint, it feels like it is out of the wild west. leave it to martin savidge to find this unique perspective. >> reporter: news of the supreme court's decision arrived in mancos about the time folks sat down for their rancheros. this town, population 1300, dates back to the days of the old west. jean is the editor of the mancos times, first published in 1893.
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>> we have snow birds, people that come just for the summer, leave for the winter. we have people who have retired here, and we have people who lived here all their lives. >> reporter: a bit about the area politically. 59% john mccain in 2008. folks say conservatives were born here, liberals moved here. veronica egan came from new mexico. >> i think it is wonderful. i think there are problems with the law as it was originally written, but it is about time the united states of america started taking care of its own citizens. >> reporter: jeff mcelwain is running the only medical facility. 60 to 70% of patients rely on some publicly funded health care program, something he finds ironic, given criticism he hears of obama care. >> well, it's certainly an interesting conversation for people that are on medicare or receive some type of federal
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assistance to complain about having government health care. >> reporter: this archbishpatie health insurance, knows many that don't. >> there's people out there dying of cancer because they don't have health care, they're 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, unlike the rest of the country, the big news in town isn't the supreme court 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. >> don't need health insurance. >> reporter: he is against it mainly because of the mandate. >> 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
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anything. >> reporter: matt lauer owns and runs coffee roasters. like will, he 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 is not going to 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 be a microcosm of america, from the mountains to main street, almost equally divided on the issue of health care. >> now the affordable care act remains the law of the land. once you cut through the legal jargon, complicated arguments and partisan talk, you'll start to understand the impact this ruling has on all of us, not just patients but the doctors that treatise and the hospitals where we're treated. lisa borders is president of grady health care foundation, co-founder of no labels, which i was finding out more about as we were talking. we'll talk about that side.
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you have unique perspective, being in politics, now you're in health care. we'll get to that in a second. for those watching this. >> sure. >> and they go to say hospitals like grady, what's the immediate impact they're going to see or what's it you're paying attention to for them. >> what we're always hopeful is that folks will have greater access, they will come to places like grady for preventive care. we are there, regardless of whether it is an annual exam, had a stroke, heart attack, in a car accident. we are hopeful people will see this as a doorway, a pathway to good health and prevention, rather than coming through the emergency room when in a crisis. >> how many people, uninsured americans, do you deal with every year. >> there are 60 million across the country. 90% of the folks at grady are uninsured or underinsured. kyra, here is what's happening. in the face of a fragile economy, more and more middle class americans are coming to
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grady, hospitals like ours across the country, we're the largest public hospital in the state of georgia, and premier number one trauma center. we see more than our share of patients that are uninsured, underinsured, and in crisis today as they have been previously. >> so what's going to happen now as you're watching this unfold yesterday. >> sure. >> were you more excited, more stressed out? what was going through your mind and heart, knowing what you're dealing with. >> personally, i was excited. it is a victory for patients. at the end of the day, our job is to take care of patients, we are there for them, so we are very excited. we are still concerned that unless we expand medicaid in the state of georgia, we are dragging our feet in this state and it is unlike us. >> why is that. you were involved in politics. >> kyra, it looks sort of political for me, let me be clear, i am speaking for myself, so i don't get my whole hospital in trouble, i challenge the
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governor, legislators on the hill in the state of georgia, we have to expand medicaid, find out how to make it work. i know they're $300 million upside down now, but we're also one of the most unhealthy states in the country. when you talk about businesses coming to the state of georgia, they don't want an unhealthy work force, they want just the opposite. so the governor is the chief executive. listen man, we'll help you do whatever you need to do, but we've got to figure this out so jobs come back to our state. >> is that your biggest concern now, looking ahead, or is this just one of -- >> this is one of many, but i work at grady, and i am very concerned about our patients. i am concerned as a former elected official, vice mayor of city of atlanta, i saw this firsthand for almost seven years, so now the battle continues to rage. we don't want our elected officials fiddling while georgia burns. it is not a good idea. >> you said yesterday was a win for patients. how? >> it is a win for patients,
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hopefully it will inspire them to come to the hospital, come to our neighborhood care centers. we have been preparing for this a long time. we didn't need the affordable care act at grady to get our act together. we said we're going to be patient centered, have electronic medical records so we can use technology to better understand what's happening with you on a regular basis, and we're going to bring health care to you, building clinics and neighborhood centers so you can have care near your home. >> wouldn't that make an impact for certain communities. what about the cost of visits, procedures. how do you see yesterday playing into grady specifically? >> if you can get people in sooner, get them in on a regular basis, you can preempt many of the problems that we see in our emergency room. >> such as? >> heart attacks and strokes. let's go there. we live in what's called the stroke belt, meaning we have a higher incidence and prevalence of stroke in the south for many reasons. >> is that because of the way we eat? >> the way we eat, we don't exercise. some of it of course is
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genetics. we have the preeminent stroke center now because we were answering a demand. we see the stress levels in the urban environment are just overwhelming. when people can't come into a doctor for a year or two years, three years, can you imagine what we find when we do see them? it's a very bad stroke. >> what's the website for no labels? >> >> encourage people to check it out. lisa borders, appreciate it. >> absolutely. >> according to the cdc, more than 46 million people were uninsured last year. so, i'm a b. i don't need to remember the dryer sheet, so if i forget, i'm still good. woman: (shouting) remember the bar!
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it is a brutal, heart wrenching look at the drug war in mexico. several members of a cartel on their knees, chest painted with a large z w people around them with machetes. they slowly behead victims. rafael romo covers the drug wars and countless victims murdered through the year. joining us, rafael, what do we know about the rival cartels. >> reporter: these two zetas or and both of them operate south of texas on the mexican side of the border. there has been a brutal turf war between these two cartels since 2010. to give you a little history,
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kyra, they used to be the enfor enforcers for the gulf cartel until they split in 2010 and since then the brutality of the assassinations and the crimes committed has increased exponentially, and as we speak, and the reason why this video surfaced is because is because what the gulf cartel is trying to do is to send a strong and shocking message to the enemies the los zetas if you come into our territory, this is what is going to happen to you. and it is way too gruesome to show to the viewers and incredible thing to happen here in mexico. >> i whoo thwhy this video and ? >> the main thing here is that the criminal organizations are trying to send each other a m message. they are trying to say in this very con troe luted war for territory which is very profitable especially if you think of the territory south of
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texas in trafficking drugs into the united states, what they are trying to tell each other is don't come into my territory. it has happened many times before and that is why we are seeing an escalation of violence in mexico. so what better way of doing that than showing this video that has shocked not only mexico, but the international community, kyra. >> yes, this is just over the texas border, and should we be concerned here in the u.s. specifically in that area? >> for the most part, the this kind of crime, the assassinations and also there was a case of the appearance of 49 headless bodies not too far from the texas border, and in that same part of mexico, but the violence has been concentrated on the mexican side of the border. we have seen shootouts on the american side. we have seen a couple of examples in which american citizens have died, and i'm thinking of for example the death of a consular employee in northern mexico.
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the u.s. consular employee, but so far, it appears that no americans are being targeted just because they were americans. th there were other issues surrounding the incidents and in the case of the consular employee, it appears to be a case of mistaken identity, so the good news is that it is not happening on the american side of the border, kyra. >> thank you, rafael romo from mexico city.
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their stories are compelling and many times heart wrenching and i'm talking about couples who want to desperately have a baby naturally and so for many of us, we turn to high-tech and the higher you go, the higher the expense and so we are going to introduce you to a place in las vegas that is helping some couples for free. >> reporter: emily and jim heaton have tried for years to have kids. >> you think of it as a child when you play house, and 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 is a girl, grace or elizabeth and if it is a boy, liam james, and james for emily's grand father who died i 2008. >> my grandfather was a big part of my life. >> reporter: jim an active duty
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marine has been deployed and news of one miscarriage came while he was in afghanistan. >> i was sitting on an mrap when i got the news. i think that the hardest part of it is to not be there to comfort her. >> reporter: they have tried everything from holistic med stoin fertility treatments. >> i have already scar tissue built up on one side of my butt because of all of the injections we had to do. >> reporter: in may they had a chance to do what they could not afford advanced ivf costing $20,000 at the sure institute in las vegas. they gamble -- entering a contest to post some deeply personal stuff posted online for the world to see. >> there is no one in the nursery yet, and we are hopeful, still. >> reporter: 44 other couples made videos and their videos are equally heartbreaking.
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>> we want to be a happy family. >> reporter: an independent panel whittled the videos down the six, and they were posted on the facebook where there was to be one winner. >> we started offering it to one couple and largely because of me, we went to three, because i said give more. give those three. and these are the top three, give it to them. i wish i could give it to everybody, and if we did, we would not be here talking to you. >> dr. jeffrey sher admits it is a publicity ploy as it is designed to help the needy and he says if anybody can help emily heaton, he can. >> you have to use gymnastic s in the laboratory and fertilize the egg and find a good seed of the embryo to identify it and then find a receptive soil of the uterine lining to allow the seed to grow. >> reporter: emily was diagnosed
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unexplained infertility and she believes it is her thyroid or immune system disorder that attacked the eggs as if they were a virus. and this woman and her husband ray had won a previous contest and they took 15 eggs and of the 15, eight fertilized and only one embryo made it. they put him back and put a that embryo here, and nine months later, here is brandon. >> nobody is more thrilled -- >> smile. >> -- than braydon's 6-year-old sister kendra, and the heatons have their first consultation with dr. sher this week and hope to be pregnant by october. they feel it is the best last chance. >> i don't want to go through it all again, but -- >> we will cross that bridge when it comes.
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>> i will risk it, if it does work, because it is worth the risk to find out if it will work. >> faith has gotten them this far and now they are hoping for a miracle. miguel marquis, cnn, las vegas. >> currently 15 states in the u.s. require that insurance providers cover the cost of fertility treatments. thank you for watching, everyone. you can continue to conversation on twitter @kyra.cnn. newsroom international starts right now. i'm suzanne malveaux, and we take you around the world in 60 minutes. we are live in aspen, colorado, and it is a beautiful setting to talk about the most pressing problems. this is the festival that are hosting leaderers and thinkers from around the world to discuss policy and politics to business and science and arts and culture and values. it is a chance to learn and
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listen as well as debate. president obama will be in colorado also today about 110 miles from here, and getting a look firsthand at the wildfires raging near colorado springs. at least one person has now died. hundreds of homes destroyed. we will have more of that up ahead. -- captions by vitac -- the sound of gun fire and plumes of smoke fill ed the air over the town of homs in syria today. the government rebel forces battled across the country and 30 people at least have been killed today alone. the international diplomats are going to talk about it in switzerland today. and just ahead, we will talk to the former u.s. ambassador to the nato nick byrnes. >> it is back to earth for ch china's first chinese astronaut who is a woman, and also a parachute brought the capsule down today, and china has made some progress in the space
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program in the last ten years and the latest mission was a manned space docking. only the u.s. and russia have done it before. european leaders are calling it a breakthrough deal to help rescue struggling banks. now the agreement is welcomed news to financial markets both here in the united states as well as across europe. it calls to use bailout money to provide direct help to banks without adding to the debt of countries like spain and italy. sets up a single body to oversee the banks in the eurozone which is the 17 countries where the euro is the currency and that is the nuts and the bolts of the deal. i want to bring in richard quest from london to talk about what this agreement means. richard, obviously, this has to be great news for spain who could be looking at 50 to 60 billion euros worth of loans to the banks which is $76 billion u.s. dollars. >> you are right. it is good news for spain which will get its money and looks like italy could get money if italy asks, and that is now the
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big question. and a major step was taken towards creating if you like a single banking union, a single area for banking in the european, in the eurozone, and the way to think about it is highly technical, but in the era of low expectations the mere fact that the europeans didn't have a fistfight and fall out is to be celebrated. as for this whole question of money being bailed out, think of it this way, suzanne, it is as if you have -- it's as if you have given or you have guaranteed the debt of your children, and it is no longer on your books. your child's borrowed money, spain or italy, and you aare longer up for the guarantee. that is what is happening and that is why it is so important, because for the first time at least since this crisis. go ahead. >> so that everybody can understand that, and it is a way you can, and i like that analogy. it is a way for the eurozone to
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break apart, and does it basically put that to rest? >> the eurozone sleeps better tonight, but it still doesn't get a full good night's sleep is the best way to think of it. it is still going to get up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, and it is still going to toss and turn and who knows, there might be a few more doses of insomnia before we are through, but again, i mean, i hate to keep sort of having low expectations, but in an era where people are just glad they did something, we go home to the night a little bit more relieved. >> and it does -- does it mean that some of the countries won't be dealing withcuts they were s concerned about? >> well, there is a measure of austerity and if it is broke, you have to fix it. that is the problem with countries like italy and spain and greece. so you may sort of spend a
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little bit longer tinkering with the machinery, but you can, sor example as a 120 billion euros worth of growth packages as well and very much along the american line to keep it moving while things get better, but the reality is ultimately, no, they are going to still have to go through the pain. anybody who says otherwise should be locked up for misleading the public. >> all right. richard, final question here. should we be checking here in the united states, should we be checking our 401(k)s, the bank accounts? how is this impacting us? >> well, i certainly, i would have thought and hoped that you have bet ter things to do than necessarily checking the 401(k) purely on the back of the eurozone crisis, and the truth is that with europe in recession, and with the u.s. growing at 1.9%, with unemployment high, we know that there will be very low stimulus for the foreseeable future, and everybody should be checking
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their 401(k)s on a regular basis and rebalancing where necessary and taking professional advice, but ultimately recognizing that if your money is in the bank, it is probably fdic insured. >> all right. that's good information. good to know. richard, thank you very much. >> thank you. it is a beautiful setting here in aspen, colorado, for talking about of course some of the world's most pressing problems. this is the eighth annual aspen ideas festival. here you have leaders, thinkers from the united states and around the world to meet, discuss ideas and we are talking about policy, politics, business, science, culture, arts -- the whole thing. it is a chance to learn, listen and debate. right now i want to bring in walter issacson who is the president of the aspen institute. thank you for joining us, walter. >> great to be here. >> the opening session was so exciting because you had people around the world talking about the big ideas and the kind of things they wanted to see improve our society.
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do you have a big idea? >> well, one of the things that is important is that when you have a big idea, you have to figure out how it relates to the values we have, and the values are sometimes in conflict as we have seen throughout the history and even in the past week. supreme court did a good job yesterday of figuring out a balance of values and ideas. and i think that sometimes in the society, we don't value balance enough. know i knowing that the other side actually has values on their side as well, and how do you strike the right balance. >> you are somebody who has travelled the world and done some deep dives when it comes to writing the books, and benjamin franklin and steve jobs, and what have you learned and universal values when you look at the world crises today, and do you think that i have something to help society? >> oh, yes. i think that we all know how, you know, certain solutions whether it be between the palestinian and israeli problem or how to improve k-12 education in the united states, we all know certain ideas that could
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really work. it is just a question of getting the will, figuring it out and knowing the path there. i mean, k-12 education is something that we were just talking about in there, you can put together a series of proposals, including longer school days and years, and making sure that we have the proper tools for the teacher and the proper assessment of the teacher, and those are the things that if you delve into it, you can form a consensus and improve the way we do things. >> is part of the problem that we don't communicate any more and talk to each other? >> well, one of the things that surprise surprised me is how big this ideas festival has grown and we have done research on this campus for 60 years, but the notion of everybody wants to come and see and talk has grown in the digital age, because we get a lot of the exchange of ideas on twitter or facebook or e-mail or skyping each otherer or listening to the tv or the radio, and the notion of actually sitting down with a person face-to-face or sitting
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down with 12 people at a table and discussing things, and there a hunger for that in our societ society. it is a good thing, too. >> and now the one thing that is really great about the aspen ideas festival is that you have people like pervez musharraf of pakistan and ehud barack of israel, and bob harper of the "biggest loser" "and moby, all talking about ideas. what comes from that? >> well, part of creative i thought about when you said it comes when people from different backgrounds and ideas and strengths somehow get together. i grew up in new orleans and you look at why did jazz music comele a long? we well, it is because different people whether they had fought in the spanish american war or worked on plantations or grew up -- you mix different types of people together and it sparks creativity. i was so amused last night hearing moby ask a lot of questions that sort of sparked some creative thinking of people
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in totally different fields. >> what is the most interesting thing that you have heard so far in the last couple of days? >> well, just this morning as i said, this whole notion of how we can take america's teachers both, you know, hold them accountable for making sure that the kids learn, but also makein them into a true profession to get the learning where they deserve, and i think that we should laser focus on kids k-12 to create the jobs that we need for the economy. >> all right. one of the big ideas. walter, good to see you again. >> good to see you again. here is more of what we are working on for newshour international. the president of egypt is speaking to crowds live in tahrir square. this is a speech a day before he is sworn in to replace egypt's former president hosni mubarak. we will go there live after the break. and plus, egypt's first lady is also the first person of her husband, and we will introduce you to the woman behind the
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vail. also, no politics, but good come competition. north korea loves basketball, and so an american team is there to shoot some hoops and warm relations between the two countries. we will take a look. >> we wanted to promote basketball diplomacy and friendship and break the barriers and bring in a whole team of americans and say, hey, we are not those guys that you see on the posters, and we are not the guys that, you know, that you guys hate so much. meineke's personal pricing on brakes.
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i tell mike what i can spend. i do my best to make that work. we're driving safely. and sue saved money on brakes. now that's personal pricing. egypt's president-elect mohamed morsi is addressing a packed tahrir square right now. more h zi became -- morsi became the country's first
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democratically elected president in a nail-biting vote. he is going to make history again today when he announces the appointment of a female vice president. michael holmes is joining us from homs atlanta to talk about. this is a significant moment. >> yes, they had called for a million man march and a million people to turn out there and listen to mohamed morsi today, but it is far less than that, but it still a significant crowd. you can see them there still gathered as he continues to talk. you know, the first, and you think about this, and you go back 7,000 years the first democratically elected president where the people have actually had a vote and they gotten the person they voted for. a lot of people, and you know a lot of people who were in tahrir square during the revolution, a and this is not guy they wanted, but they were politically organized. four or five moderate candidates split the vote, and the runoff
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between mohamed morsi of the islamic muslim brotherhood, and of course, ahmed shafik of the old guard. so the people at the heart of the revolution is not the guy they wanted, and that is for sure, and he ended up with 25% of the overall vote, but he certainly won the election, and that is democracy in play. and this is a guy they have gotten and she is going to be sworn in tomorrow. >> i want you to hold on if you can, because i want to bring in nick byrnes who is a former u.n. ambassador to nato to talk about what we are seeing the mamazing pictures out of ta here skwad and you have the muslim broth brotherhood candidate who won the presidency, a how significant is this this moment? >> well, this is a big moment. he is the first islamist to be elected worldwide, so it is a transcendent moment, and he has a tough battle with the egyptian military struggling with him for power and this speech in tahrir
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square is appealing to the people of egypt to support him, because the key thing that needs to happen, suzanne, is that the constitution assembly has to meet and they have to write a constitution and decide who has power, the military or the new muslim brotherhood-dominated government? >> and how concerning is it that we don't know what that will happen? >> well, it is very important, because you have seen president obama reach out to mohamed morsi and call him on sunday and we will work with him and the military and try to use some american influence behind the scenes to appeal to both of them to work out the compromises, because this is a precious and rare opportunity for a democratic government to take hold in the arab world. >> and now hosni mubarak was not democratic and a lot of problems in egypt, but he kept stability and held back al qaeda and held back some of the radicals in the
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country, and do you have the same confidence that morsi will dedicated to that mission? >> we just don't know. that is the dilemma for the u.s. and the egyptian people. and mubarak did oppose al qaeda and a factor of stability in the region and obviously the united states would like to see an egyptian government especially in the camp david according with israel maintain the policies, but on the other hand, the united states has an interest in democracy, and we ought to have an interest in the arab people finding their way forward and morsi is the key to that, because we have to respect the elections other countries have. that is the dilemma that most of the world is experiencing in reaction to this new president. >> if you can stick around, i want to talk about morsi's wife and what we hear. there is a lot of concern inside of egypt, because she is traditional in the way she dresses with the veil, and her role in the campaign, and what that'll mean for the country. explain who she is and what that is like.
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>> well, ali mahmoud is her name, and she is not the common first lady in the west, but she is somebody who as attracted, well, sort of a split vote if you'd like. the twittersphere has been alive discussing this lady. she was married at 17 to her husband, and they are first cousins. she has been a charity worker and translator and lived in the united states with her husband while he studied here. she is going to be the first lady, but she does not want to be called that. now, the clothing as you point out, some people see it as emblematic of what some people feared which is a steady march if you would like toward conservative islam, but a lot of other people are saying, no, she dresses like this, like most egyptian women, and she is one of the people. she is an ordinary person, and she's going to be an ordinary first lady if you'd like and that she is one of us. so, if you are going to have
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democracy and freedom of choice, well, it is her freedom and choice to wear what she wants to wear, so you are hearing both sides of the argument at the moment in egypt. >> there was something else that kind of raised some eyebrows here, the fact that she and her husband are first cousins, and that may seem unusual to many folks, but this is a practice that is not uncommon in much of the world, right? >> it is certainly not uncommon in the middle east or in muslim countries. in pakistan, for example, it is extremely common. under islam, it is not illegal if you like or fored bydbidden marry your first cousin. so it is often practiced in islam. it is practiced in other religions as well. you could say that it is not expressly forbidden in the bible, but of course in the west it is seen as incest and certainly not genetically smart, but you are right, in the muslim world it is not forbidden and
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not all that uncommon and in some ways it is keeping things in the family, literally be that wealth or loyaltieloyalties. it is a social thing in many ways as well. >> all right. michael, thank you very much. thanks for breaking it down for us as always. t good to see you. if it could get any worse, the crisis in syria is deepening. we will talk to former nato ambassador nick burns about what can actually be done. we began with the rx.e an] ♪ then we turned the page, creating the rx hybrid. ♪ now we've turned the page again with the all-new rx f sport. ♪ this is the next chapter for the rx. this is the next chapter for lexus. this is the pursuit of perfection.
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now more of the widening crisis in syria and the race to find a diplomatic solution.
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gun fire and smoke filled the air over homs and fierce battles over the government forces and rebel fighters are going on unabated. in a town outside of damascus, activists describe an attack on an armored vehicle, and cnn cannot confirm the authenticity of the video, but we are joined by the former nato u.n. ambassador nick burns. and talk to us about what we are seeing on the streets the bloodshed and not just numbers, but people in communities. what can be done? >> it is horrific violence in syria and the government firing on its own people. at this point, there is little appetite on the part of the arab league for u.n. to march into syria with a military intervention forces to stop the fighting of what essentially happened in libya.
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it is being blocked in a various ways and so can we convince assad to give up power. his days are numbered and maybe he will survive for a couple of months, but too much of the population have turned against him, so for instance could russia step up to the plate and convince assad much in the way we convinced the president of yemen to voluntarily leave power and perhaps be guaranteed to live in some comfort in a third country and not face trial as a war criminal, and that is a compromise that would be acceptable to most countries but russia is the key country here. >> and we know that secretary clinton is meeting with her russian counter part as we speak today. and how much leverage does u.s. have with russia, because we saw president obama meet with president putin in a couple of weeks ago and did not seem to convince russia to get on board here, and they are critical. >> they. >> rob: a --
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>> they are ak salutely critical. and iran is involved in the syrian drama. we don't want to see libya go in and go unopposed. >> and what do they say? >> well, russia is going to lose in syria. they have a relation there, and they have access to naval ports that are important to them. they might lose everything if they are seen to be the last defender of president assad, and can russia get ahead of the curve and put together the international coalition to resolve this peacefully, and that is what is on offer to russia, but it is unclear if president putin will take the offer, but it is worth a trial. >> what about the role of nato, because you are the former ambassador of nato and turkey and syria and a lot of tension between the two and nay believe that turkey has been supplying some of the syrian rebels, the opposition, and we saw one of the turkish planes shot down by syrian forces, and they are
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really at a tense moment here. is it possible, is it even advisable for turkey as a nato member to invoke article five and say all for one and one for all and if we are attacked all of the nato members will join in, in attacking syria? >> i don't believe it will happen at this point, because after the shootdown of the turkish airliner, they convened saying to support us, and what was happened was a statement issued that was rhetorical and saidk if you do this one more time, we will react militarily, and should that happen, then, suzanne, turkey as a nato member could turn to the allies and say, we need military support, and assad would be smarter in taking on the turks again. >> would we offer support if it gets down to that? >> i remember september 11th when i was nato ambassador that day and all of the allies came to our defense, and so if turkey hypothetically ended up with some war with syria, certainly
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the united states and nato would be in support of turkey, but president assad understands that if he uses force under turkey under any situation in the next few weeks he is going to get into a shooting war. he can't afford that right now. >> nick burns, thank you. and she grew up with a family of 25 children. find out how she beat the odds to become the first african woman to win the new york marathon.
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she is the mother of three and the grandmother of two and 49-year-old australian penny pelfrey is trying to swim 103
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miles from havana to the florida keys. she cove into the hemingway marina earlier today and she is doing this without a shark cage in heavy shark-infested waters. pelfrey is hoping to break her own swimming record. we will keep a close eye on what she is all about. and meet another casualty of mexico's war on the drug cartels. it is not a person, but it is actually a whole town. >> welcome to a town near the texas border that used to boast a population of 20,000 just three years ago, but for all practical purposes, it has now become a ghost town. ♪ rocky, rocky mountain high ♪ ♪ all my exes live in texas ♪ ♪ born on the bayou [ female announcer ] the perfect song for everywhere can be downloaded almost anywhere. ♪ i'm back, back in the new york groove ♪ [ male announcer ] the nation's largest 4g network.
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it has become a virtual ghost town and pescaria, mexico was a quaint and peaceful town, but now among many places in mexico, it is completely deserted. the drug cartels have people running for thar lives w. the presidential elections days away, the election is taking center stage. rafael romo has the story. >> reporter: at this abandoned gas station the only thing that you hear is the howling wind. nearby a partially collapsed wall and a window blown out. welcome to this town in mexico
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near the texas border and it used to post a population of 20,000 three years ago, but for all practical purposes it has now become a ghost town. a handful of residents remain, only those who cannot afford the remain. ef ram says he lives in terror and that is the reason why most people left. constant shootouts between the rival drug cartels and explosion and violent murders drove people to leave the town in a panic. amarosa lopez would like to leave as well, if she could afford to. and drug cartels harassed residents and they left in droves. and this is almost as many as displaced in libya in the revolution that toppled moammar khadafy. >> some of the people with power decided to go to the united
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states or some places that they considered safer. >> reporter: this professor says that many people have moved to places like monterey shg, mexic largest city, and now a person like this woman is painting a mural to paint the violence. >> we need to understand what is happening to us. we need to stop seeing it as normal and do something about it. we chose this way to communicate to people know what is going on. >> reporter: getting to the polls is of concern for people to get to the vote for the presidential elections. meanwhile, back in this town a lamp post that nobody would fix lies on the ground rusting. a sad reminder that a town has falltone a organized crime and a challenge to the next leader of mexico. >> rafael romo joins us from mexico city.
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rafael, tell us if the government is doing something to protect the folks from this organized crime. >> the government, suzanne, has done a lot of things in the last few years philippe calderon dispatched as many as 50,000 army troops and federal police to some of the hot spots areas in northern mexico, but it seems like one area is stabilize, and then another one blows up. that is what has been happening in that area around that town, suzanne. >> it is very close to the u.s. border. is this a kind of violence that is spilling offinto t ining ove american side as well? >> well, so far, there's no indication that the criminal organizations in mexico are targeting foreigners or specifically americans or we haven't seen incidents of violence spilling over to the american side. we have had some very unfortunate incidents in which
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americans have died however in mexico. for example consular employee, u.s. consular employee henriquez was shot in 2010 in what is described as a case of mistaken identity. suzanne? >> thank you, rafael romo. we are here in aspen at this ideas conference which is at tra tracting people around the world, and one of the issues is how the bring peace to a place where there only seems to be violence and war joinwar. join joining me now is a woman who is using sports to bring peace. join joining me is the new york marathon winner who is now a u.n. peace ambassador who is hoping to end the fighting in uganda and also one of the women who sits on her board, wendy. i have to ask you, did you go running this morning? you have been running here since you got here? >> yes, i have to be honest, i
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did not go this morning. i wish i had. did you go? >> for a little bit of a run. >> you go in the afternoon. >> you to tell the viewers first of all, you are the world's fastest woman twice in the olympic olympics and what was your time for the marathon? >> my time is 2:27 in new york, but the other one was 2:20 is the fastest african woman in the world. >> i do marathons and three hours later behind you. >> well, i have heard that people run it in three hours is not easy. >> you make it look easy. tell us how running has changed your life and condition and you have been through tremendous odds and obstacles. >> you have to understand that women from africa, we do not have enough support. we have to fight all of the time, but when i became the fastest african woman to win new york and also that opened up the doors not for me alone, but for the women on the continent.
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>> tell us what is happening now, because this is incredible and we are looking at pictures here of warriors and fighters who have put down their weapons and put on the green t-shirts and competing in sports. why are they doing this? how are you doing this? >> well, suzanne, where i come from there is a lot of conflicts and you see in my own film, the opposition, and that is when i decided to go home and encourage the youths that there is another way, and probably we can use sports. i e want the yo use the youth ss as a platform for the government to come to the people. it is difficult for the youths in the community all of the sudden, they start to respect my voice and also including our own government and also the neighbor uganda. >> when you tell us why this is actually effective and you have seen people putting their w weapons down, and they are now competing. >> well, it is amazing. i went to kenya in november and
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ran in one of her peace race, and the peace foundation that she established after her winnings, she went back and began reforming warriors, and because she had a voice, they listened to her. she began to promote peace through running and starting the peace races through uganda and sudan and somalia, and they respect respected her as the world's fastest woman at the time. they listened to her. they understood that there was a reason to give up the fighting for peace. so they started, and so when i went to the peace run in november, it was amazing, because i met so many reformed warriors that now work on her behalf to go out to work so hard to reform other warriors because they have so much credibility. so it is just that i learned from tegula that one person's efforts can change the world. >> and why is it that when they talk to you, why do they say they are willing to stop fighting?
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h. >> well, one thing, they are thinking that when you become to the u.s. or in europe, but i came home to support them. i just wanted them to have edgebication so they can see further. not everybody can run, but if they can use a means of education, and say, you are not a politician, and you are a person and you can use what you are earning, and you can say in nairobi and you can have peace especially the women. >> they want to see the peace? >> yes. they are losing their sons and children, and also the neighbors. >> it is amazing thing that you are doing. >> it is so small that sports cannot help a lot. you need more than, more than sports. >> but it is a good beginning. it is amazing. >> and if i did not have that event i could not have met
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somebody like wendy. and today, yes, i am here sitting with you and you will also help with the message. >> yes sh, we will take the mese and a lot of people watching will take the message. thank you, both. basketball diplomacy and the americans are shooting hoops in north korea to break bare yeses and warm relations between the two countries. cover everything. only about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. so consider an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like all standardized medicare supplement plans, they pick up some of what medicare doesn't pay. and save you up to thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket costs. call today to request a free decision guide to help you better understand what medicare is all about. and which aarp medicare supplement plan works best for you. with these types of plans, you'll be able to visit
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welcome to "newsroom international" where we take you around the world in 60 minutes. let's look at what is trending globally now. europe. as we say hot topic on twitter and final game of the european soccer championship is sunday. fans are going wild. here they are celebrating italy's win over germany in the s semifinals, and italy's super mario scoring two goals to beat the germans. germany has lost to italy in the last eight times they have played in major tournaments. spain will face the italians in the final held in ukraine. they beat portugal in the penalty kick shootout that happened on wednesday and spain is defending the euro and the world cup champion. in 1971, the u.s. table t tennis team was invited to china. and it ended a separation of the two sides and now another group
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of americans is using basketball to forge a relationship with another group that remains a mystery. >> reporter: chingu means friend and not what you would expect north koreans and americans to be shouting together, but this is basketball, no politics here. a group of americans, many of them coaches and former u.s. college basketball players formed a club, the coaches team, while living in south korea and they took the talents north this month to teach and compete. >> we really wanted to promote basketball diplomacy, and friendship and break the barriers and bring in a whole team of americans and say, hey, we are not those, you know, the guys that you see on posters. we are not the guys that, you know, that you guys hate so much. >> reporter: the team had far more interaction with north koreans than most visitors although luke said it took a while for the hosts to relax. >> at first, there was distance, but before the end of the,
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before the end of the games and before the end of the practice sessions, the kids were definitely laughing with us. >> reporter: basketball is one of the few american exports welcomed in north korea. the young leader kim jiang unis believed to love the sport and as did his father. rumor is that kim jung il was a great fan of the star michael jordan. it was not all sport for coach's team. >> this is kim un square. >> reporter: and this was filmed in conjunction with the korean partners and hence the music and of course, the propaganda. >> imperialists were afraid that future generations might see the place where they signed and surrendered a document after suffering a shameful defeat in the korean war. >> reporter: the team were treated to a visit to the "uss
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pueblo" a ship captured by north korea in the 1960s and the anti-american rhetoric that went with it. >> we try not the look at the anti-americanism or the propaganda, and we knew it was coming. we were briefed ahead of time. and we didn't want to get caught up in that. >> reporter: there was the obligatory visit to the giant bronze statues of the former leaders kim jong sun and kim jong-il. and a trip to the fair. the whole trip cost $50,000 and self-funded by the players. the intention is to find sponsorship for future visits. >> we are convinced that we introduced the high five to north korea. we don't know if that is true or not, but they responded well to it. >> reporter: there is the belief that basketball diplomacy can build trust where politics cannot. paula hancocks, cnn, seoul.
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while thousands were celebrating egypt's historic election, a british student was fighting for her life after a mob of men attacked her.
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welcome to "newsroom international" where we take you around the world in 60 minutes. a few minutes ago egypt's president-elect wrapped up a
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speech before a massive crowd in tahrir square. mohamed morsi is sworn into office tomorrow. the mood in the square is festive, but just like it was sunday when he became the country's first democratically elected leader, but there was a dark side to the celebrations. dan rivers reports from cairo. >> reporter: just hours after the muslim brotherhood's victory in egypt's presidential election we shoot jubilant crowds on a bridge near tahrir square unaware that a short distance away a young british journalist was about to be savagely attacked. the young woman want ted to tel her story. >> i was in a weird detached state of mind, and i just kept saying, please god, please make it stop. please god, please make it stop. >> good afternoon, it is 4:00, i'm natasha smith. >> reporter: she is a student at a journalism school in britain. her documentary of women's right
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s in egypt was to be her ha last college assignment, and quickly descended into hell. she was filming with her friends, but they were separated by a mob. >> men started ripping off of my clothes and first my skirt and that went straight away. i didn't feel my underwear removed and then my shoes went, and then my upper, and my clothes on the upper half were just being ripped off of me, and that was quite painful. >> and cnn's rooftop camera caught the moment when the ambulance tried to push through the crowds to get her. and by this time she was sexually assaulted by dozens of men. and then finally after what was an eternity, she was rescued and taken to the relative safety of this medical tent, and if the staff there had not helped, she might not have survived her hr roifk ordeal. >> there were several moments at
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which i thought she was going to die. i think that really the fact that we are all still alive and especially natasha is alive is because there were so many people willing to help us and risked their own lives and put themselves in dire danger to get her out. >> inside of the tent, a man disguised her in a full length burqa and took her from the mob. >> i had to go through the streets and he said, do not cry. if you cry, people will know. >> and eventually she made it to this hospital where she and cal lam were met by the embassy staff where doctors have cob rat rated -- have corroborated the account to cnn. >> well, there is a fuss because i'm british and a girl and this is happening to the women constantly, and we don't hear about that, and the store is are of the egyptian women or the african women across the world who are often suffer these attacks and worse, worst at
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tacks and there is no justice done. >> reporter: she is back in the uk and her documentary on hold, but she defiantly insists she will return to cairo to finish the work in spite of the terrifying experience at the hands of a mob. >> dan rivers is live above tahrir square. dan, this is just when you look at it, it is so disturbing and certainly reminds you of what happened to laura logan during this country's revolution last year who also had been attacked. these are brave women who come forward and talk about what is taking place in egypt. what is actually being done? >> well, sadly very little. the reality is that down there in the square, there is a bit of a security vacuum. you don't see that many police or soldiers around. it is really the mob that rules the streets down there. and therefore, you are incredibly vulnerable as a woman down there to that kind of horrendous attack which is all
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too common sadly in egypt. they did a survey a few years back, a women's rights group and asked if they were harassed verbally or physically and 83% of the women asked said they had been harassed in some form which gives you an idea of how widespread the problem is here. we hear about it when it is a westerner, but the reality, it is probably going on everyday to egyptian women, and many of them are discouraged from reporting it to the police or even their own families. >> tell us what this new president, the president-elect morsi is doing about this? he said or at least he has said about protecting the women, and beefing up women's rights. >> he has talked about that, yes. he gave a kind of rabble rousing speech here in the tahrir square in the last hour and again said he would govern for everybody, and he mentioned christians and mentioned women. most people are waiting to see
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whether his words translate into action. there's been a lot of him saying he will govern for all of egypt. the problem is, will he be able to do that and his powers are quite constrainted anyway given that the army has taken many of them away and he is constrained by some extent to the agenda laid out before the election. and he has resigned from the muslim brotherhood and saying he will govern on behalf of everyone. we will have to wait and see if he does that. >> one thing, dan, he has chosen for the ce president a woman. do people there in egypt, do they think it will make a difference? >> yeah, we haven't had that officially confirmed but that is what he and his people are indicating and whether that makes a difference, i don't know. if the parliament that was just dissolved of the 500 or so members, only three were women.
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that is a massive uphill struggle for equality in this country. >> all right. dan rivers, thank you, dan. fascinating pictures taken from around the world. we will tell you why these people in the philippines are wearing rugs on their heads. gh ♪ ♪ rocky, rocky mountain high ♪ ♪ all my exes live in texas ♪ ♪ born on the bayou [ female announcer ] the perfect song for everywhere can be downloaded almost anywhere. ♪ i'm back, back in the new york groove ♪ [ male announcer ] the nation's largest 4g network. covering 2,000 more 4g cities and towns than verizon. rethink possible. sven's home security gets the most rewards of any small business credit card! how does this thing work?
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several stories caught ourt attention today and also some photos. take a look at the elementary students in the philippines wearing protective head gear made from rugs in a nationwide earthquake drill. earthquakes are common in the
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pacific region. almost 3,000 miles away, these students in sri lanka look at mosquito larvae and learning how to protect themselves from the dengue virus transmitted through mosquito bites. almost 3,000 sri lankans have been infected this year. and these are pilots in the fifth day of the hunger strike. they want air india to rehire pilots let go in a merger with indian airlines. air india was bailed out by the air india was bailed out by the government last month. -- captions by vitac -- welcome to "cnn newsroom," i'm suzanne malveaux. today we are live from aspen, colorado, and beautiful setting talking about the world's most pressing problems. this is the eighth annual aspen ideas festival and leaders and thinking from the united states and the world


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