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restrictions. >> reporter: if like the smoking ban, the new soda regular is copied elsewhere, it would likely bolster bloomberg's credentials as a trendsetter on the natural stage. but is a country battling the bulge really ready for new restrictions? >> in many parts of the country, that won't sit well with people and they'll see that as too much interference and too much of a say by government as to what you can do. >> the mayor says 58% of its city is overweight or obese, but others say bloomberg has overreached, placing personal decisions in the hands of government. the ban takes effect in six months at restaurants, movie theaters, and other venues. david ariosto, cnn, new york. >> fredricka and i were just discussing that, and we can't even finish a 16-ounce here. >> i can barely finish my little mug of water here. >> i don't know where they all put it. >> i can't imagine being that
thirsty at one time. >> but it's nice to have options and that's the beauty of america. you can have it just any way you want it, i guess. >> you have a great day. >> thanks so much. you have a great one today. get in a quick little nap and hang with us all day long. >> i will. >> thanks so much. meantime, there continues to be a lot of outrage over an anti-islam internet movie and that outrage is spreading across the globe. this was the scene today in australia. hundreds of people demonstrates outside the u.s. consulate in sydney. the protest turned violent after police pushed back protesters from the consulate building. >> get back! >> authorities used tear gas and police dogs to disperse the demonstrators who threw bottles. four people were hurt. the unrest has hit more than a dozen countries this week. all of the protests are over an
online movie made here in the u.s. that insulted the islam region. and taliban says their attack today on a nato base in afghanistan is in retaliation for that movie. two american troops were killed in the attack in helmand province. our anna coren is live. >> reporter: it happened late last night. 20 insurgents stormed the the perimeter of the camp, which is in helmand province in the south of the country. and they used small weapons, rocket-propelled grenades as well as suicide ied vests to infiltrate the perimeter. now, you need to remember, this is a heavily fortified compound. some 20,000 nato troops are stationed down there. it is a brig british base, where prince harry is also stationed. but they shouldn't be able to penetrate this. it is in the middle of the desert. we do know that, obviously, a lot of vehicles enter and leave
the compound. but at the end of the day, the fact that they didn't see these 20 insurgents coming is rather frightening. so we know that they were able to infiltrate, that they attacked aircraft, that they attacked structures on the airfield. and, obviously, two marines and several others were wounded. fredricka? >> anna coren, thanks so much for that update from afghanistan. now to the man who made that controversial movie. the filmmaker is in california, and overnight, he spent some time talking to authorities in los angeles. cnn's miguel marquez is joining us now from los angeles. miguel, what was this meeting about? >> this was about probation. the federal authorities had previously said that his case was under review. he was convicted in 2010 of fraud and identity theft. he has supervised probation until 2015. so l.a. county detectives, sheriff's detectives came in, picked him up yesterday at the request of federal officials, and at midnight last night, he voluntarily went to talk to
probation officer or officers, it sounds like. federal officials trying to figure out what the next steps are here. but given this guy's past, given his probation, given the case against him, he does have a lot to worry about. >> reporter: the spotlight on the mysterious filmmaker, growing stronger. federal officials say the court is reviewing nakoula besseley nakoula's case to see if he broke terms of his probation. nakoula faced 26 conditions for five years of supervised probation after his 2010 conviction for credit card fraud and identity theft. most glaring, the now-infamous filmmaker was barred from using any devices that could access the internet, except those approved by his probation officer. he was also ordered to pay nearly $800,000. >> what kind of man do you think nakoula is? >> nakoula is very smart man and will do anything money or for fame. >> reporter: the man i'm speaking to says he was a victim of nakoula's fraud.
he would only talk to us on the phone, like many christians, he now lives in fear. >> reporter: how afraid is the coptic community right now? >> the coptick community is very afraid because of what muslims do when somebody tries to demean their prophet. >> reporter: joseph nassralla, the president of media for christ, which also runs a satellite tv station in l.a. obtained the permit for the film and allowed part of it to be shot in his studio. >> islam come with a sword and he kill my people. >> reporter: nasrallah also has ties to steve klein, the anti-islamic consultant of the film, he also speaks at events organized by anti-islam activists, robert spencer and pamela geller. >> islam conquer my country. my country is conquered by islam right now. >> reporter: the irony now, a
film targeting the danger of one faith is targeting the people of another. so now the next step for nakoula is the question. and it sounds like he may be facing in the next days or weeks to come a probation hearing. and that's when federal authorities would decide whether they can revoke his probation or change the terms of it somehow. fred? >> and so, miguel, you talked about, and you asked the question about the fear, within the coptic christian community, but what about the impact since? >> well, this is what people are really concerned about. i've spoken to a lot of people who know mr. nakoula out here. they are mostly coptic christians and they're scared to death, not only for their own lives and that of family's lives here, but for those back in the middle east. they fear what started off as mr. nakoula trying to demean one culture or one religion may come back to haunt them and may hurt mr. nakoula's own religion.
so they are really, really hunkering down and fearful today, fred? >> miguel marquez, thanks so of much, from los angeles. >> you got it. a solemn homecoming. the remains of four americans killed this week in the attacks on the u.s. consulate in libya were returned to american soil friday. u.s. marines carried the caskets of ambassador chris steven, tyrone woods, glen dougherty, and sean smith. the four were honored in a ceremony attended by president barack obama and u.s. secretary of state, hillary clinton. and we've learned much about u.s. ambassador to libya chris stevens. now we're learning more about the three other american who is died in that consulate attack in benghazi this week, ambassador stevens, tie roan woods, glen doherty, and sean smith were all united in their affection for the middle east and the people there. chris stevens fell in love with the middle east when he served as a volunteer peace corps -- as a volunteer in the peace corps.
he has been praised as a great friend of libya and served as liaison to the rebel who is overthrew dictator moammar gadhafi. tyrone woods became a navy s.e.a.l. after his mom suggested he join the military. he was also a paramedic and a registered nurse. his third child, kai, was born just a few months ago. and glen doherty was a ski instructor and raft guide in utah before becoming a navy s.e.a.l. he planned to leave the military after knee surgery in 2001, but that changed when the 9/11 attacks occurred. doherty also served on the advisory board of the military religious freedom foundation. in his ten-year career in the foreign service, sean smith was a computer expert, but he also had an alter ego in the virtual universe of computer game eve online. smith was online tuesday night, reporting gunfire. he disconnected and never returned.
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the chicago teacher's strike may soon enter a second week, unless there is indeed a breakthrough. we're told the framework for a deal has been reached. joining me the from chicago is kyung lah. how close are the sides? >> reporter: very close. what we understand, fredricka, is all of the big stumbling blocks have basically -- the logjams, they've all been worked through. they have a framework. i'm going to go back to that word, that's the one we keep hearing again and again. they basically have the outline of an agreement. the lawyers on both sides are hammering out the contract, so they can get that to the teacher's union and the delegates will vote on it and kids, if there are no impediments, can be back in school on monday. but until then, the strike is very much on. i'm standing in apark where they're going to fill this whole area. and over here there's going to be speakers on the stage, trying to rally this membership. and also, to remind the city
that the heat is on. this strike is going to keep happening, until they have a deal. so until this deal is voted on, until the union delegates say that it's over, this strike is still happening, fredricka. >> okay. so, while there may be a framework, is there kind of a timeline that they're working with or that any officials are revealing to you? >> reporter: what we're hearing is that this could be voted on, if this contract is hammered out, the lawyers, point by point, work on this contract, that by tomorrow, this delegation of union members, these teachers, about 800 of them, would vote on it, and then they would say the strike is over, then the students would be back in the classroom as soon as monday. >> all right. kyung lah, keep us posted on what may potentially be some hopeful news. thanks so much. unconstitutional, that's the ruling of a wisconsin judge on the state's law restricting the collective bargaining rights of public employees. the bill was signed into law in
march of last year. according to yesterday's ruling, it violates union membership and free speech writers. governor scott walker says he will appeal the ruling. all right. before o.j. simpson and casey anthony, there was jeffrey mcdonald. he was convicted more than three decades ago of killing his wife and kids, but he's hoping to get another chance to prove his innocence. our legal guys will be examining this case. and if you have to go out today, just a reminder, you can continue watching cnn from your mobile phone. you can also watch cnn live from your laptop. just go to cnn.com/tv.
all right. in tallahassee, there will be something missing today during florida a&m university's football game. famu's band. the marching 100 will not perform. it was suspended after the hazing death of drum major robert champion last year. his parents are suing and attorneys for the university have asked a judge to drop the suit, suggesting champion was responsible for his own death. but then not long after, university attorneys backed off that language in court documents. let's bring in our legal guys, joining us from cleveland. good to see you. >> hi, fredricka. >> and richard herman, a new york criminal defense attorney joining us from las vegas. good to see you as well. >> hi, fred. >> gentleman, this is an incredible case that's taking lots of twists and turns. avery, first, the university attorney saying it was champion responsible for his own death, because he knew about the history of hazing, involving the band. and he actually had a conversation with a fellow band
member about concerns, about how far hazing would go. but then, the university's attorneys decided to change the language. what's really at issue here? >> well, i think what florida a&m did in their motion to dismiss, when they filed it this week, was they really set it unreasonably harshly, fredricka. there was no reason to place direct blame on this 26-year-old young man. the fact is that there is a policy, and the point that the modified motion to dismiss, they're still trying to get the case thrown out. was that because of the existing policy and because of the failure to use the policy, that's why the case should be dismissed. i think it's a terrible thing, if it happens, because those are issues, fact issues, that juries should decide. what the university is trying to do, fredricka, is get rid of this case before it ever sees the inside of a courtroom. >> so i wonder, richard, how
potentially damaging is this for the university? is it not kind of sending mixed messages, this these latest motions, that kind of dialogue, and then suspending the university's marching band as a result of the death that came from the hazing. so, you know, can the university have it both ways? >> yes, fred. the university suspended the ban. that was the message, the clear message, and that will be received by the public. these are the lawyers for the insurance company representing the university, who are -- and the university is being sued for millions of dollars. so they're throwing anything and everything they can up on the wall to try to get this case dismissed. it's done all the time, fred. motions to dismiss. so here the university is saying, listen, why should we be liable when this individual knew about the hazing. he witnessed people being hazed. there were risks involved. he knowingly ventured into this, and more so, on top of everything else, hazing is a
violation of florida law. he's 26 years old. he should have known that or he knew that and he participated. that's what the university is saying. they're not going to be granted a dismissal here. there is a culture of hazing going on at the university. the university turned a blind eye to it. so they're going to be responsible. >> okay. and you know, in an e-mail to the "orlando sentinel" just thursday night, rick mitchell of gray robinson, the university lead trial said this. i'm quoting now, famu is not blaming anyone for this tragic loss. rather, the university has asked the court to decide the legal question of whether florida's taxpayers can be held financially liable to mr. champion's estate, according to the facts of the case, including him knowingly and voluntarily participating in a felony hazing. avery, does that in any way kind of clarify what the mission is for the university? >> no. i mean, they just soft pedaled the same thing that they filed to try to say he's not responsible, but he is responsible. actually, richard and i agree.
we think this case, you know, should move forward. there are fact questions. let's see what happens here. >> okay. let's move on to the case that many people referred to or remembered as fatal vision, because it all dates back to a movie that depicted a crime, a real crime that took place, ft. bragg, involving a doctor, jeffrey mcdonald, accused and later convicted of killing his later wife, two young daughters. this is four decades ago, but then ten years after the crime, he was convicted. so now he is hoping to present new evidence or at least those who are supporting the notion of his innocence want to present new evidence. there's a new book out. all of this coinciding with all of them appearing in court on monday. so, avery, what do they have? is this a matter of a lot of hearsay? or is there substantial, physical evidence here?
>> well, arrow morris writes in a 500-plus-page book, and you're right, it coincides exactly with the time that a federal judge decides whether or not it should be reopened. let me cut to the chase. the legal standard, not that i agree with it, is that macdonald has to show clear and convincing evidence of actual innocence. that's the legal strategy. even the three-judge panel earlier this year that sent it back said the burden on macdonald is, quote, daunting. so i think, yes, he should have his day in court. people are debating whether or not the evidence was sufficient. that's what morris' book is about. but that isn't the legal standard. i think it is daunting. and i think it's very unlikely that macdonald will ever get another hearing beyond monday. i think it ends on monday. >> really? richard, how do you see it infoi unfolding? >> avery's right, although it's twofold, he also has to prove a constitutional violation, which makes it more difficult.
but here's something to ponder during these ten days. number one, the prosecutor is a disbarred attorney right now for fraud. the prosecutor threatened the direct witness prior to testimony, saying if they testify, that they were present at the crime scene, they would be indicted for the murders. that's one. the prosecutor withheld dna and other blood sampling evidence and other exculpatory evidence. evidence which tend to prove innocence from the defense. and the judge just happened to be the father-in-law of one of the prosecutors in the case, who withheld and precluded the testimony that was done by detectives, of individuals who admitted to being at the crime scene. the judge precluded them from being testify at that trial and for allowing that to come. >> all right. wow. >> that's been heard in four appeals. that's already been heard in four appeals. so, while richard and i agree, what the standard is, i bet we
also agree that it's unlikely a federal district judge is going to reopen the case. >> interesting. so among those who might be testifying, not only, you know, the author of that wilderness of errol, the new book, but also the author of the book which led to the 1983 movie, "fatal vision," all being called to testify. >> not a chance, fredricka. neither of these guys will be able to permitted to testify. neither of them. >> all right. okay, very good. >> fred, fred, real quick. real quick, fred. >> uh-huh? >> real quick, he has not been granted parole because he's always maintained his innocence. if he had said, okay, i did it, he'd have a shot at parole here. he has never admitted that. he's a princeton graduate, a drb wi doctor, a captain in the military. it's an interesting case, a tragic case, but legally, very interesting. >> i'm sure we'll be talking about it again later on in the week after the week unfolds. all right, gentleman. we'll see you again in about 20 minutes to talk about another case, this time involving the restaurant hooters in new york, in queens, being sued over what
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for real. ...that make a real difference. ♪ they're being called patriots and unsung heroes. yesterday, four americans killed in the consulate attacks in libya returned home. and their memories are being honored. lisa sylvester has more. >> reporter: we talk about the best and the brightest, and they really were. >> today we bring home four americans who gave their lives for our country and our values. >> reporter: 41-year-old tyrone woods grew up in oregon. his friends called him roan. he was a father to two teenage boys, tyrone jr. and hunter and
two months ago he became a father to another baby boy called kai. cheryl croft bennet now has to do what no mother should have to do, receive the remains of her child. >> i'm sure he went down fighting. i just hope his last moments weren't painful. >> reporter: woods was also a registered nurse and a certified paramedic. in the words of secretary clinton, he had the hands of a healer as well as the arm of a warrior. like woods, glen doherty was a former s.e.a.l. who loved adventures. he recently worked on an nbc reality show about hunting terrorists called "the wanted." his friends called him bub. miles from home, woods and doherty died along with ambassador chris stevens and sean smith. this is chris stevens' stepbrother. >> it's tragic and so deeply saddening, but it also making us aware of the kind of role that people like chris and over the years, are playing unsung, but
the critical role that they play. >> reporter: that includes computer expert sean smith, who was online when the attack on the consulate in benghazi began. >> they loved this country. and they chose to serve it and served it well. they had a mission, and they believed in it. they knew the danger and they accepted it. they didn't simply embrace the american ideal, they lived it. >> reporter: all four died while on duty for their country, on patriot day, 9/11, 2012. lisa sylvester, cnn, washington. and mitt romney on the post-convention campaign trail and his messages to voters.
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in his campaign's sharpened rhetoric. earlier in the day, running mate paul ryan suggested the president was showing a weakness on the world stage that invited the diplomatic attacks. >> they are extremists who operate by violence and intimidation. and the least equivocation or mixed signal only makes them bolder. >> reporter: on cnn, a senior campaign adviser claims the violence would have been prevented under a president romney, saying he would have been more engaged in the arab spring. >> so we would be partners in this evolution, not running behind and not seeing as part of that. i think that changes the dynamic. and so, yes, there would be a difference. >> reporter: at a new york fund-raiser, romney slammed the president for not planning to meet with israeli prime minister benlg minh netanyahu, at the start of the united nations's general assembly next week. romney says it sends a message not just to israel but throughout the middle east and in some respects it's a confusing message. the rhetorical jabs came as the
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all right. whether it's a triple shot mocha or a nonfat latte, baristas at star wbucks are banking on thos tips that you leave, but should they be required to share those tips with supervisors? we have two legal cases involving this issue in new york and massachusetts. our legal guys are back, avery
freeman in cleveland, richard herman in las vegas. all right, gentleman, so two different cases, two different states, massachusetts and new york, both handling them rather differently. in massachusetts, a court ruled in favor of the baristas and starbucks is now appealing. then in the case of new york, a federal court dismissed the case, finding that shift supervisors can participate in a tip pool under new york law. so, richard, we're really talking about what the law is -- what -- what law is already established in varying states as to how they're going to handle this plea that all share teir tips. >> exactly. who knew, fred, when you bought that $10 latte, that that little plastic tip box generates such great wealth that everyone cease going to fight and want a piece of that. but apparently, the managerial staff at starbucks wants to share with the baristas. the new york court reasoned, listen, these are managers. they're on full-time salaries. they get benefits, they get
health care, they get sick pay, sick leave. i mean, it's not like a typical employee working part-time who's supposed to share in the tip. that's how the new york court reasoned it. i don't know if it's that big of a deal, but there's a class action certification in massachusetts, a new york case now is on appeal. they're spending a lot of money, a lot of legal fees on this for that little plastic tip box. >> well, you know, it sounds like it's kind of a big deal. because we're talking about a lot of people and a lot of money. 11,000 baristas. we're talking massachusetts now. $14 million at stake in this class action suit. >> 14 million bucks, yeah! >> so if it all goes through, then everyone will get a little piece of that $14 million. >> well, you know, i keep thinking, in the millions, and everybody knows waitresses and waiters who are struggling to survive. they count on their tips. and here the employer is saying, no, we have a right to split it. in other words, the customer
pays, the manager splits it. and in the case of massachusetts, the federal judge granted $14 million. why? because the supervisors opened the store, they closed the store, they handled the money, they supervised three no six employees. i think it's appalling that they're taking the money of hard-working baristas, waiters, waitresses, whatever. but the interesting legal issue here is the federal court of appeals in massachusetts in boston has come up with something, they have to consider a very different reasoning compared to the federal court of appeals in new york city. and think about this. if we have two different rulings, is it possible that the u.s. supreme court will have to consider the question of tips? oh, my goodness, gracious. >> that would be something if these cases were to brew all the way up there. >> brew! >> okay, so here's a statement coming from starbucks saying, we believe our tipping policy ensures the starbucks partners, employees, who directly serve customers both baristas and
shift leads share equally in the tips they receive. we believe our customers should have the option to reward our partners for providing great service. but i guess, gentleman, most people, when they're putting in the tip jar, are most people thinking that they are tipping the baristas, those who they're in direct contact with at that moment? or does it even matter? >> not the managers. >> i don't think they're thinking at all, fred. they're just throwing it in the can there. >> well, i'm thinking about it. i want to take care of the people who are serving, not the managers, not the big shots, believe me. >> a lot of the managers also serve it too. they share responsibilities. company policy is going to dictate. >> interesting. let's move on to another case involving a very popular chain, this being a restaurant chain. hooters, now in queens, apparently a couple, korean-american couple, was at this hooters and they received their receipt and an employee had scrawled on the receipt an ethnic slur. they read it and now at least
one of those customers is actually suing hooters, saying, a, they were insulted and this is discrimination, and how could this be. that worker, a gentleman, has since left hooters. so she apparently is no longer working there. but the question is, is an employer responsible for the actions of its employees, whether they're still there or whether they have left? richard? >> well, an employee -- an employer is always responsible for the actions of its employees, fred. however, this case, really, if you want to open up the garbage can and throw it in there, this is the case to throw in that right now. >> oh, my gosh, no, no! >> this gentleman, this individual says he was humiliated, humiliated, and unable now to go into any non-asian restaurant, because some 20-year-old hostess made a derogatory comment on a receipt that since she has apologized
for, she's quit her employment. you bring this case to trial in brooklyn, new york, with a brooklyn jury, they're going to be on the floor in tears laughing and screaming for oxygen. >> no, they won't. >> this case is going nowhere. this is ridiculous, this case. >> so in other words, you think it's gone too far. avery? >> i -- i'm stunned with that analysis. look, the fact is that you have the right to go to a place of public accommodations and be free from any kind of religious or ethnic bias. that's the law that the federal -- >> oh, please. >> now, where i might agree, that a jury might not award substantial damages. i don't think it's a federal case. but under civil right laws, if this case proceeds and if mr. cha, the plaintiff, prevails, not only does hooters pay -- well, the franchise of hooters, not the corporate, has to pay the defense fees also, the plaintiffs' fees, and damages. this case should resolve. i think it's a legitimate case.
i don't think it's substantial damages, but i think it's a principled one. good for mr. cha for pushing the envelope. >> so you see it as potentially very impactful. this is what hooters had to say, particularly in reference to the 20-year-old employee who's no longer working there but alledgedly scrawled that epithet. so, "it's not something that reflects our employees. we have a no-tolerance policy and we've had no similar circumstances like this." >> still going to trial. >> a box of wings would settle it. that's it. settle the case. >> no, it will not. >> we shall see. and i know y'all will weigh in when we find out where it goes. >> that's for sure. fred, i've got e-mails from our viewers in costa rica, it's independence day there, they're celebrating and they wanted to be sure that we celebrate with them. and i would like to wish everybody a happy, healthy, peaceful new year. >> well, happy independence to costa rica. >> that's right. >> all right. richard, avery, thanks so much. always good to see you every
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