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and good to see you, karen. >> yes. take care. >> next week, i'm in charlotte, north carolina, with the live coverage at the democratic national convention and sit down with all of the party movers and shakers and be in the cnn grill every night with special midnight editions of "piers morgan tonight." in the cnn gri special midnight editions of "piers morgan tonight." that's all here in tampa. good night, everyone. from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, this is early start weekend. >> try to leave, then we didn't. we had nowhere to go. >> the storm is over but the heart ache has just begun. stories of survival in the wake of hurricane isaac. >> we are the party that says america can be america for everyone. that is what this platform is about. >> all week, the spotlight was on the republicans. now it's the democrats turn. this morning, the democratic
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platform in focus. >> i wanted someone with blond hair and blue eyes. >> she was fired for her looks. now some say it is corporate policy. we'll look at the ugly side of retail. it is saturday, september 1. good morning, i'm randi kaye. glad you are with us on this labor day weekend. we start with isaac, the storm that continues to drench the gulf coast. the storm is blamed for four deaths. e couple was found in this house in their flooded kitchen. the heavy rains caused massive flooding and it's not done yet. we have more on the lingering effects of isaac. >> reporter: randi, thousands of people living within the banks of the tangipahoa river were
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ordered to evacuate. there was concern that a dam up the mississippi might break. one of the lingering effects from hurricane isaac. hurricane isaac descended on louisiana tuesday night nearly seven years to the day that hurricane katrina struck. isaac wasn't such a monster, but it was still a killer, parked on top of louisiana, mississippi and parts of alabama. hundreds had to be rescued. what's it like back there now? >> bad. we had a breakthrough the ceiling and come through the attic. >> reporter: others weren't so lucky. the category 1 hurricane claimed at least four lives in the u.s. some were trapped in their own homes. >> right now, in my attic with my wife and my year and a half-year-old baby. the local police came around about 2:00 in the morning, told
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us the levee broke. within an hour, water was coming up. it looks like we lost everything. >> reporter: it's not over yeet. the slow moving storm continues to wreak havoc. >> i have more damage with this than from katrina. >> reporter: in mississippi, there was concern over a dam collapse. now, the dam holding back the tangipahoa lake is not failing. engineers are working to pump water out to release the pressure. down river in louisiana, the parish president ordered thousands to evacuate around 54 mile that is runs through the parish, just in case. >> my concern is whether it's one person or 50,000. a life is a life is a life. >> reporter: not everyone is listening. johnny sent his family to higher ground but he's not going
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anywhere. >> i be at that house myself. i ain't gonna leave and let somebody take it from me. if he take it from me, at least i'm going to see it go. >> reporter: isaac left many with unsafe drinking water and more than 800,000 without power. not just in louisiana but mississippi, alabama and arkansas. it's not over yet. there's a chance for tornadoes as the region digs out. >> be sure to stick with us for more on isaac and what's next. in 30 minutes or so, we'll talk with the red cross and their efforts in the area and let you know how you can help. the remnants of isaac will make for a wet holiday weekend in the midwest. you can blame it for the rise in gas prices. if you are driving, prepare to pay the highest labor day prices in memory.
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$3.83 is the national average. it's up 30 cents from what you paid in july. to politics now and the race for the white house, mitt romney moving on from tampa, florida and the republican convention. today, he is in ohio. we'll bring his comments to you live. ohio is the latest stop on the post convention tour as the campaign looks to build momentum. jim acosta has more. >> reporter: randi, instead of visiting three battleground states, romney made a trip to new orleans to see what happened after isaac. there will be twists and turns along the way. >> mitt romney! >> reporter: just before take off from florida, mitt romney picked up where he left off at the convention returning to a sales pitch to independent voters who chose the president four years ago. >> he laid out what he was going to do.
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he was unable to do it. it's time to give someone new a chance. hold us accountable. >> reporter: the star of the convention, ann romney. >> give this man a chance and he will not fail. >> reporter: his running mate, paul ryan, tried to set the terms for the debate to come. >> this is the chance where we have the choice. do we want the failed leadership, stagnant economy, welfare state or do we want the opportunity society, the american idea where everybody can make the most of their lives and define happiness for themselves. >> reporter: he dropped a previously planned trip to virginia to survey the damage left by tropical storm isaac in louisiana. >> i have a lot of questions for you but i'm here to learn and draw attention to what's going on here so people around the country know you need help. >> reporter: there was cleaning up to do after the convention and had nothing to do with all those balloons.
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>> what do you want me to tell romney? i can't tell him to do that. he can't do that to himself. >> reporter: clint eastwood's script with an empty chair that was supposed to be president obama had some on the floor cheering. the romney family was not laughing. >> we appreciated clint's support. he's a unique guy and did a unique thing. >> reporter: judging an american icon like clint eastwood through a political lens doesn't work. his ad libbing was a break and the crowd enjoyed it. the president's twitter account sent this tweet saying, this seat is taken. >> not a word about his record in massachusetts where job growth was 47th out of 50. >> reporter: in signs of the fight to come, they released a video countering romney's speech
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and joe biden offered a rebuttal of his own in ohio. >> we do not think you grow the economy from millionaires down, you build from the middle class out. that's how you build america. >> reporter: romney advisers are down playing post convention bump in the polls. they did one up the president in one category, getting to louisiana first. president obama arrives here on monday. randi? >> jim acosta for us this morning. thank you. he'll be back with the romney campaign in jacksonville, florida. romney holds a rally in ohio later this morning. we'll bring that to you live in our 10:00 hour. paul ryan also in ohio but on the opposite side of the state of his running mate. the democrats before the convention, there's the platform. a rising star of the democratic party. we'll hear from him. why not make lunch more than just lunch?
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welcome back. back to politics now and the republican convention ended with a bang and a lot of balloons. mitt romney wrapped up with criticism for president obama. now, it is the democrats turn. their convention kicks off next
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week. we are focusing on the dnc, their message and their platform. here is how new york mayor cory booker describes it. >> let us be clear. this is a platform. what do you have to do with a platform? you must stand upon it. we now must stand as democrats. we must stand for the middle class and expand the opportunity for all americans. we must stand for equality and inclusion and whether you are a single mother here in detroit, whether you are a gay man in san francisco, whether you are a blue collar worker in newark, new jersey. this is the party for you. we must stand for your right, value and american dream, too. >> probably the most controversial plank is the one on same-sex marriage.
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democrats will pledge their support for marriage equality, churches, religious institutions and the work to repeal the law that only recognizes marriage as between a man and a woman. booker will deliver the platform for the democrats with his speech. he's one of the high profile speakers for next week. former president, jimmy carter, michelle obama gets her chance on the same day as carter. wednesday belongs to bill clinton. vice president biden goes on thursday right before president obama. one thing people will watch for is the post convention bump in the polls. look at the numbers. the bump has been nearly nonexistence. john mccain in 2008, john kerry in 2004 got nothing. the change coincides with the rise of cable news and the internet as news sources and the scheduling of the events. there used to be a month between the conventions, now just four
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for real. ...that make a real difference. ♪ 14 minutes past the hour. stories we are following across country. history made under the friday night lights in south florida with just under two minutes left, aaron joined the game. she is thought to be the first female ever to play quarterback
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in a boy's regular season high school football game in florida. south plantation beat nova, 31-14. you go, girl. naked truth in seattle. top of the sixth, nobody out. rangers up, 5-1. yes, they call him the streaker. this fan dressed in nothing but a speedo. angels beat the mariners, 9-1. you want laid back? after more than a month, they finally came forward friday to claim a lottery prize worth $52 million. the couple knew they won, but didn't realize how much they won. the money will come in handy. he's been laid off from his job for a year now. blond hair and blue eyes. one former worker says it's an image she didn't fit and was fired from a popular clothing
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store. now, she's part of a class action lawsuit against wet seal. we have the details. ♪ >> reporter: young, hip and trendy. this is the image of teen retailer, wet seal. an image nicole did not fit. at least that's what she said management made clear to her. >> a brand image is one thing. however, being terminated because you are african-american is something totally different. >> reporter: fired because she's black. in 2008, she was a manager of a wet seal store at this mall in springfield, pennsylvania. a mall where there are more black customers. she did so well at the job, the district manager promoted her to a new store in a higher end mall in the king of prussia. most of the customers there are white. the vice president of the company came to inspect the store. that's when she heard this. >> she looked to my district manager and said that's the
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store manager? i wanted someone with blond hair and blue eyes. >> reporter: four days later, she was fired. her replacement was a white manager with less experience and poor performance record but paid more. there have been cases like this against a fashion industry before. what makes this different is lawyers say they can trace the discrimination to a vice president at wet seal with an e-mail. the e-mail was forwarded to her. it's from the same vice president who said she wanted a blond manager with blue eyes. the e-mail was, needy versety. african-american dominate, huge issue. when you read that, what did you think? >> i thought this is the essential smoking gun. >> reporter: she represents two people fired, denied pay raises
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and promotions as part of an unwritten policy because black employees don't fit the brand image. this is a window into the ugly secret of retail. >> in retail in particular, people are accustomed to making a judgment about people based on their looks. they lose track of the fact that under the law, you may not make a decision on e ployees based on their race. >> reporter: they are asking for it to be a class action lawsuit. wet seal would not speak to cnn on camera, but released this statement. we do not discriminate on race or any other category. we are confident when the facts come out, the public and customers will see that african-americans are well represented and valued members of our employee base, including management. wet seal's image campaign does include an african-american
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model. cogdale believes like much of fashion, it's just an image. cnn, los angeles. >> this is getting a lot of attention. we want to hear from you. should wet seal face a class action lawsuit? is this discrimination or marketing to the brand? tweet me at randikay. it's been four days since isaac made land fall. more than 500,000 people are still without power. we're talking about what's being done to help. would be on that list. in 25th place. let's raise academic standards across the nation. let's get back to the head of the class. let's solve this.
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this morning, thousands of people are waking up in storm
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shelters fearing when they return home, all their belongings will be ruined from isaac. power companies are scrambling to return power to those that lost it. some haven't had electricity for four days. at least four people were killed in the storm. people are looking to clean up and try to move on. with us from new orleans is sam, the regional director for the american red cross. sam, good morning. i bet you have your hands full there. some people's homes still flooded, especially in plaquemines parish. how long are we expecting the water to stick around? >> water is out of some communities. so far, thousands of people have stayed in shelters across the gulf coast. as a matter of fact, shelters are open from florida to texas. this is the effect this storm has caused. the red cross has thousands of
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volunteers on the ground. now that the storm is passed, we are starting to move supplies to help everybody. >> how deep is the water in some spots? are you able to get around? >> caller: there are a lot of areas no one can get around right now. some places, it will be like that for a little while. like i said, long before the storm came, we started to open up shelters, move supplies and volunteer sboos the area. we are going to be here as long as needed. >> have people been able to reach out and contact their loved ones to let them know they are okay? >> yes. i can say one thing i found very interesting in all this because i happened to be in new orleans before the storm actually hit and walking through the french quarter, which is usually so busy with people was empty. it's an indication that a lot of
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people listened to evacuation orders, which is good. i think it's one of the reasons you may have seen such a small amount of casualties. but, there are a lot of people who are affected by this. it came, you know, on the seventh anniversary of katrina. it's causing, you know, people dealing with raw emotions of that memory, what happened seven years ago. this has not been as bad, it's an emotional time for people. it's one of the great things about the red cross. among our volunteers are thousands of mental health volunteers to help people in a time like this. >> what is needed at this point, if anything? >> caller: well, this has been a very large operation for us. you know, this storm started out into florida and kept shifting across the gulf coast. people are all across the gulf
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coast. we have volunteers and resources across the area. this is costly for us. unfortunately, it's going to cost tens of millions of dollars. we still don't know how much, yet. donations aren't keeping up with this. we encourage americans to go to, call 1-800-red-cross or text 10999 to make a donation today. >> we appreciate your time. sam from the american red cross. thank you very much. to find out how to help those devastated by isaac, visit our impact your world page at you heard it there, they certainly need help. isaac has weakened, but the storm is dropping lots of rain. for the kind of weather you can expect, let's bring in bonnie. labor day weekend, a lot of folks wondering if they are going to get soaked. >> it's not good, the timing. isaac is bringing lots of heavy rain to the midwest in a drought
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stricken area. too much rain too soon runs the riskor flooding. let's look at where isaac is now. it's a tropical depression bringing heavy rain across the heartland. thunderstorms and lightning popping up. this is important to note if you are in the kansas city area or headed to peoria, we are looking at a lot of rain. look at the forecast total of rainfall. it stretches across missouri well into ohio and kentucky. isaac, even though it's no longer a strong tropical system, it's still a rainmaker. you may be wondering how it's going to impact the drought stricken areas. we have exceptional drought. that includes arkansas and missouri. yesterday, as the remnants and moisture came in, it brought too much rain. flooding in the area. the only flood advisory, there's a little bit left over in louisiana. it's because new orleans had 20 inches of rain. it's going to take awhile for
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the moisture to subside and we'll see things look better. to let you know, for those of you traveling, many of you are, i'm anticipated delays. cincinnati, chicago, st. louis, san diego and las vegas. what a day when you have a tropical system across the country. >> certainly bad timing. it's not just affecting the weather, right? it's driving up the cost of gas at the pump. the national average for regular unleaded, $3.83 a gallon a record going into labor day. can we expect a decrease in price anytime soon? what do you think? >> we are not going to see too much in terms of a decrease. we are in the heart of hurricane season. we are not done yet. there's two other systems in the atlantic, kirk and leslie. there's no threat for the u.s. right now. this is the peak of the
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hurricane season. >> kirk and leslie, all right. thank you, bonnie. appreciate that. this week, cnn hero is caring for people who care for others. a hidden community. >> my mom has been sick for as long as i can remember. the wheels of progress. seems they haven't been moving much lately. but things are starting to turn around because of business people like you. and regions is here to help. with the experience and service to keep things rolling. from business loans to cash management,
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...and the evenings are filled with familiar comforts. find your away. for a dealer and the rv that's right for you, visit 31 minutes past the hour. welcome back, everyone. i'm randi kaye. thanks for starting your day with us. glad you are hear. the taliban is claiming responsibility for two bombings in central afghanistan. officials say 12 people killed, 57 others injured. most of the casualties are civilians. no coalition troops were killed. one bomber blew himself up, the other detonated a truck. in south africa, minors face charges for the death of colleagues even though the police fired the shots. 38 people killed and 70 others
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injured. the fellow workers are charged over a law that blames them for taking part in the unrest. the charges are sparking public outrage in south africa's justice minister wants to hear from prosecutors why they are charging the minors. fighting in syria. caught in the cross fire, helpless, unarmed civilians. many sought sangt ware chanting turkey is their only hope. nic robertson joins us been
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telephone. good morning. how many fled to turkey and what are the living conditions like for the refugees? >> caller: there are about 80,000 -- others -- there are 8,000 estimated across the border from where i am. we walked across there a few hours ago, a half mile from where we are standing, inside syria. the border is controlled by the free syrian army. inside there, there are people who are literally camping out in the open with their family, women, children. blankets on the ground. there are supplies being brought to them. i spoke to one young man who said they had been there ten days and were told they could cross into turkey within a couple days. that isn't happening. these are the people across the border. >> the turkish foreign min fer is dealing with this crisis. what does he want the u.n. to do, exactly? >> caller: what he would like to
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do is the u.n. security council to come to border camp to look at the conditions and situation and to see, to motivate them and see how they can help. there's been discussion as well about trying to make these displacement camps inside syria, make these camps more secure, provide accommodations, provide food and water for people in those camps inside the border with syria, not across in turkey. we heard from the turkish prime minister who said if you are going to create buffer zones, you need a no fly zone. there's little international appetite for that. having said that, while we are standing here, in the last half hour, we saw what appeared to be a small group of diplomats possibly from the united states go into a border camp like that. >> is there frustration, nic, in
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turkey by the u.n. and the u.s.? >> caller: there is. there's plenty of disagreement. they want more to be done. it's hard for them to cope with the influx of refugees. they don't know when there could be a huge push. 8,000 people are across the border from where we are. they are afraid if they let them in quickly, then the others will come in because they will hear the border is open and try to cross into turkey. they are building three camps in the border region. there are refugees in turkey and in public buildings. they start up again in a couple weeks. they will have to be moved out. the problem is compounding itself. the turkish problem is they are having a hard time absorbing the large number of people. there could be a great influx that could overwhelm them. >> certainly seems that way.
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nic robertson for us on the border. stay safe. thank you very much. we have been following the progress of a woman dropping weight. is she sticking to the plan? she'll join me for an update.
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as children across the country head back to school behind closed doors, 1.3 million of them are caring for ill, disabled or ageing family members. nearly a third of them are under the age of 12. this week's cnn hero is bringing
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this hidden population and their labor of love out of the shadows, helping them stay in school and hold on to their childhood. >> are you okay? here, let me help you. my mom has been sick for as long as i can remember. you need more methadone. helping her out is a bigger priority than going to school because i don't know what i would do if something happened to her. i wouldn't be able to live. >> in the united states there are at least 1.3 million children caring for someone who is ill or injured or elderly or disabled. they can become isolated. there are physical effects. the stresses of it and the worry. >> thank you so much. >> but, these children, people don't know they exist. i'm connie. i'm bringing this precious population into the light to
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transform their lives so they can stay in school. we offer each child a home visit. has a ramp been helpful? we look at what we can do to provide a need. we go into the schools with a peer support group and offer out of school activities that give the child a break. >> this is relaxing. >> so they know they are not alone. we give them hope for their teacher. >> now, i'm getting as and bs. i feel more confident. >> we have a long way to go. there's so many more children that need this help and support. >> connie's group provided support to more than 500 kids in florida. to learn more about her, visit in a few short weeks, we'll
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the goal was shift that and stabilize blood sugar. eating the protein and carbs she loves. it releases the stored fat and with the right exercise, she burn that is up. >> every three to four hours? you are able to do it? how is the plan working out? >> it's great. it's extremely hard. once you are so used to losing weight quickly and seeing results -- not the right way. mark is like eat six times a day? that's how i lose weight? what's really helped is pre-preparing my food. weighing my food, keeping a cooler in my car. instead of being stressed out, i grab it out of my fridge, have it in my car. it's really helped. >> when you are starving, you eat all the wrong things. >> your blood sugar is low.
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you don't have to wait forever. once you get it, you are empo r empower empowered. even in europe, you know how to eat. >> you were in south africa for a couple weeks. a challenge, you recorded a video for us. let's watch that. >> i wanted a glass of wine, but this whole trip is going to be full of drinking. i have to keep my options open, so i had water and ordered this salmon, veggies and sweet potato. i would have loved a burger, but i have to compromise. >> all right, mark. watching that, what did she do right there and what is her biggest challenge? >> her education is right. every time she eats, where is my protein, my fat and carbs. she knows how to balance the food and getting the water in. her challenge is shifting her
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mind set. she's been a chronic dieter since 5 years old. she's skipped meals and always starved herself. now she's learning it's not what you feel, it's what you decide. she's got the right tools. now, she's shifting her mind set. she's going to reprogram her metaboli metabolism. you were telling me her progress. >> down 4% body fat and eight pounds of fat. she's rocking the program. she's moving forward. she did great the first two weeks. me maintained in south africa. when she got back, she dove right in. she's doing so well. i'm proud of her. >> is your energy up? are you sleeping better? >> oh, yes. finding a balance between exercise and food was a challenge. if i didn't have the food right, i had the exercise right. if i didn't have the exercise right i had the food right.
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trying to get both to go together. i found a great spinning class. it's totally changed my life. i love it. i crave going. it's such a difference. and not being so worried about the weight, just feeling healthy. it is hard sometimes. my old mind set creeps in. i call mark, crying sometimes saying mark -- >> we all call mark. >> i just need that little boost. i was feeling down. he gave me a pep talk. i went to the grocery store, started then and there and i feel good. it's constant. my thing is keeping it constant and doing it every day. as we said, we can do it for two days and feel great. doing it every day. >> the big thing is when she got back from south africa, shet went back to school and got a job. she never made health a priority. she was a dieter. now she thooz carve time out.
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>> it's like a side job. >> it is. it's like being in a relationship and raising children. it takes work. what you get from that is everything. it's not about being easy, but it's worth it. i can never promise it's the easiest thing, but it's worth it. that's what she's learning. >> to be clear with the viewers at home, you are saying eat more often, smaller meals more often. >> that's how you keep your blood sugar balanced. it's all about the right balance. once you get it, you unlock your body's full potential. >> nice to see you both. >> you as well. we'll check with them throughout this journey to see how well it continues to progress. over a month ago the colorado movie shootings rocked the nation. millions of dollars were donated to the victim's families. where is the money now? we'll explain. ♪ i can do anything today
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they call themselves the aurora 12. the families of the 12 victims in the colorado theater shooting. now they are meeting with charity and government officials to make sure donations for those left behind get to the right people. for the families, it's a simple issue. >> when people make a donation and they are making it toward a specific cause, you are expecting it to go to that cause. >> this latest meeting was productive and included promises to transparency and involvement on how and where money is distributed. >> we agreed on a lot of things.
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100% of the money will go to the victims. we agreed on how we defined victim. we agreed we need to work collectively and agreed to representation to the victims on the committee. >> giving first, the charity collecting money is promising to change the website to make it easier to donate. in sports and the action at the u.s. open tennis championship, andy roddick cruised to a win. he's retiring after this year's event. serena williams and roger federer will be in action today. new faces on the football field this wednesday as nfl kicks off with replacement refere referees. the regular refs are on the sidelines. they are critical of the replacements but the nfl says they are improving.
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two police officers in st. paul, minnesota are now on leave after this disturbing video went public. take a look. it shows officers arresting a man and kicking him in the chest as he lay on the ground coughing because he had just been sprayed with pepper spray. he's heard shourting his innocence. he pulls his hair, walks him to the police cruiser and slams his head on the car. he's charges of stalking a woman. the police department is doing an internal investigation. the st. paul police federation released this statement saying
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we believe the facts will show a good cop was in a dangerous situation. the video does not provide complete context. it doesn't show how the officer perceived this. let the facts emerge before rushing to judgment. now, to washington state where bullying was caught on tape. the worst part, the teacher is accused of even bullying the child himself. in the video, the teacher is wrestling with the boy, pulling him by the feet. they are stacking chairs on top of him. the video was taken in february. the veteran teacher identified as john was retrained and allowed to return to a different school. he's on administrative leave again. he did not respond to a cnn request for comment. he viewed the incident as
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horseplay. the boy's attorney disagreed. >> the teacher put his bottom up in his face and said he felt gassy. he had a pillow placed on his face where he couldn't breathe. he had his own socks stuffed in his mouth. it wasn't horseplay. there was no play going on. >> the boy had to go through therapy and no longer attends the school. take a look at this video. the fbi is offering a $5,000 reward for information arresting this ninja robber. he was caught on surveillance camera last sunday holding a gun, as you can see there, to a woman's head. he's striking more frequently. they are worried he's becoming more violent. check out what happened last night between boise state and


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