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before it fell, the berlin wall measured 96 miles. remember, it not only separated east berlin from west berlin but also west berlin from the rest of east germany. still, the wall couldn't stop over 5,000 people from escaping from east germany. thanks to all of you for being part of my program this week. i will see you next week. hello, everyone. i'm fredericka whitfield these stories are topping our news. investigating new claims involving princess diana. was it an accident or something far more sinister? we're headed to london for details. an out of control fire in idaho is threatening house sands of people. authorities are telling them to get their stuff and get out now before it's too late. the 1972 dolphins super bowl champs and only nfl team to have a perfect season. not everything that year was
perfect. we'll tell you what event the team did not experience and what they're doing now to recapture it, a priceless moment. we start in london, where claims of a conspiracy in the death of princess diana are gripping the world. police have stayed tight-lipped only saying we're looking into new information. does that new information include a plot possibly involving the british military? aaron mclaughlin is following the case from london. >> the metropolitan police are assessing the credibility and not saying what this new information is. the british media including a newspaper called the sunday people is reporting this new information includes a claim the military was involved in the deaths of princess diana and dodi al fayed.
reporting they have access to a 7-page handwritten letter of the in-laws of a special forces sniper yet to be named. the letter was written following the breakdown of his marriage to their daughter and alleges he boasted to his wife the elite british sas unit was behind the death. the police in london launched a two year investigation, which examined the various conspiracy theory is surrounding the prince princess' death and an inquiry called "operation pageant" found there was no conspiracy and concluded she and her driver died because he was driving drunk and going too fast. in response to this latest development police are scoping the claims but not reopened the "pageant" investigation. and the metropolitan police have highlighted the outcome of the inquest concluded in 2008 that the crash was the result of gross neg gly gens on the part
of the driver and paparazzi. prince harry is carrying on his mother's work 16 years after his mom visited a potentially dead lie minefield in angola, the prince walked through the same dangerous ground and went to get a firsthand look at mine clearing operations run by the halo trust, trying to get rid of every land mine in the country. tomorrow morning on a new day, prince harry's brother, william, opens up about fatherhood and the throne, his first official interview since the birth of his son, george. he sat down with max foster and what it's like to be a new father. the interview is part of a one hour special premiering in september. a portion of the interview will air monday 8:00 a.m. eastern time. to central idaho, thousands of people are being told to get out of a fast growing wildfire and evacuations cover 2200 homes
in six communities. paul is following the story. how quickly is this fire growing? >> fredericka, this is actually good news. it grew about 8,000 acres overnight, and swelled to more than 100,000 acres burned some what slower than the pace it had burned earlier in the week. idaho is bearing the brunt of the wildfires. there are large fires that consume more than 400,000 acres. as we look at this beaver creek fire in the ketchum area, trying to put a ring around it and firepower coming from the air in some 10 helicopters. good news this is pace slowed, very tough conditions. humidity 8%, just bone dry out there. this is a resort area. many people go there for a fun time in the summer for vacation, also a winter wonderland, ski
area. i will bring in someone from the sun valley ski resort and make sure she's on the line. jack, are you with me? >> caller: i'm here, paul. >> glad you're here. you've gotten rather creative defending your property. tell me what you're doing with snow blowers. >> caller: we did this in 2007 with the castlerock fire. we have the largest customerized snow making system in the world and we can wet some areas of involved mountains just in case of spot fires. >> basically, you're protecting your area, ski lifts and lodges and more building up a nice perimeter by putting water on the ground, correct? >> caller: that is one of the ways we protect the structures and ski areas and lifts and lodges on the ski area. we are having fire break lines
with bulldozers. we are really working in coordination with the fire team that's here. they're doing an amazing job. >> we've heard that they are absolutely working their hearts out. conditions very tough, steep terrain if you're a ski resort, kind of describe the conditions for us today and what you're observing? >> caller: it's still smokey in the area. usually in the afternoon clears off a little bit when the inversion lifts. it's steep terrain. the humidity is low. there's very little wind today. firefighters are cautiously optimistic about the progress they made overnight and today. the fire itself is still miles away from the ski area. we feel very optimistic and very happy with the work they're
doing. >> that's good to hear. you're also seeing a lot of firepower from the air, are you not? >> caller: we are. when the smoke clear, they've got at least seven helicopters up, a dc-10 and other airplanes they can use to protect structures and to direct that fire in this way that they want it to go. to keep it away from the populatio population. >> best of luck to you in your quest to protect your resort. i thank you for joining us. as said before, this beaver creek fine the ketchum area has grown 8,000 acres. it is indeed a battle. as we said, idaho bearing the brunt of the western wildfires right now. >> a serious fight. i appreciate that. let's find out if the folks under siege by the fire will get any help from the weather. jennifer in the weather center.
any weather in the horizon? >> hi. we will look at the numbers and look at conditions across the region. relative humidity, 21%, dew point, 39. wind speed at 10 miles an hour. the winds have been fairly calm but even today expecting them to gust up to 25 miles an hour. keep in mind that's part of the ropes we have a red flag warning in place. and the pink shading for the haley region. in addition to these wind gusts, single digit value. it will make it more dangerous as well as the potential for more fires to spread will be great especially with the red flag warning in place. no rain in the forecast. monday and tuesday we add a 10% chance and we're talking about thunderstorm activity. once you get thunderstorms out there, we could see fires being potentially sparked again. in idaho they have five and many
attributed to lightning. we go from fire to flooding and rainfall and raining in the northeast. nothing like's coming down parts of the southeast. look what's happening in parts of florida as well as into alabama. this whole region has been inundated with heavy rainfall the last several days. more rain in the forecast. we are talking 3-6 inches of rainfall in parts of georgia and south carolina and florida as we go through the next few days. even the long range models keeps the rain through thursday. we have flood watches in place, anticipa anticipated because the ground is so saturated. we're talking more of that rain. i want know you video going back to the fire. this is incredible stuff. we know it's a very serious situation. this is one of those videos you have to look at. see the fire there. now see that rotating column of fire. what acall a fire nato or fire
devil burning across the religion. it's an air, eddie rotating around, basically a tornado and debris what you see is fire and flames. >> incredible. >> absolutely. >> scary stuff. hopefully they will get relief somewhere over the horizon. thanks so much. >> overseas tensions are mounting in egypt as protesters hit the streets for a fifth straight day. protests follow days of clashes over the ouster of president morsi and hundreds of people have been killed. so far, today, there are no reports of violence. egypt's defense minister released a statement today saying the country's main priority is quote securing the state. nick walsh is live in cairo. what is the atmosphere like on this day? >> >> reporter: i'm going to be
straight with you. it's been pretty calm. we've seen before the curfew as the military sets in dusk, a pledge by muslim brotherhood to conduct rallies heading towards government buildings risking what the military promised, live ammunitions fired to any who tries to go near that state building. seems that security threat caused them to call off some of their marches and are hearing reports of small occasional scattered protests around the country. nothing of the scale that leads to clashes. that comes on a day in which the head of the army, general ceci, is clear his role is from the power and will of the people to put security back in place across egypt but also he suggested is there quote room for everyone in egypt some have interpreted perhaps a softening of lines with the muslim brotherhood. i have to tell you the last few days we have been hearing rhetoric from the military calling the muslim brotherhood
terrorists. we have to see whether or not today the small numbers of protests and ebbing in news yams from for confrontation from the brotherhood if that happens the week ahead the brotherhood threatened to fill with protests or is it an exception for today. >> the talk about banning the muslim brotherhood all together, is that possible? >> reporter: absolutely. the brotherhood's existed underground here as an alternative radical organization for years, decades even, putting them back in that context could, of course, make it impossible for them to be involved in the political process. the muslim brotherhood were the government ousted by the military a few weeks ago. the real debate here is do you continue to marginalize them, keep them out of a negotiating political process and then therefore force them undergrounds perhaps towards further radicalism or militancy, many fearing that.
but really talks non-existent, the military trying to get the country back to normal. there's a real sense of tension and people worry violence countdown erupt again. >> thanks so much from cairo. how are egyptian americans reacting to the crisis. in little egypt, because large number of american egyptians living there. what are people telling you? >> reporter: i think it's safe to say emotions are running high in little egypt. angry and fearful and one man reduced to tears. when you walk around the streets and visit cafe, all tvs are set to the news coverage. people are watching that coverage very very closely. most people we spoke to said they are supportive of the military that ousted mohamed morsi and said even though he was a democratically elected president, he made promises to take care of the egyptian people and didn't deliver and said
morsi's muslim brotherhood is a terrorist group. mostly the tone around here is one of concern for the homeland. >> what's going on there? >> what's going on? killing people in the streets, innocent people. >> 84 churches in one day. >> i'm a muslim but i'm against the muslim brotherhood and what they're doing. we thought when he come to the power he would work for the egyptian people, but -- but he was working for his organization. miuslim muslim. it's not fair. >> why is this bringing you -- >> because egypt is my country. that's it. >> i have to say, it was stunning to see that man reduced to tears when talking about the situation in egypt, but fredericka, when you see the bloodshed day after day on your television set, with no signs of it letting up, i suppose it's hard not to be emotional.
>> at the same time as emotional as it is, folks in the community there in astoria feeling like it's also becoming a divisive issue? people taking sides about the conflict? >> reporter: you know what's interesting, there is a lot of anger, a lot of emotion. but people -- at least the ones we spoke to today were pretty unified in their support for the military rulers. they say once again, even though morsi was democratically elected and the u.s. supports this government, that they feel that morsi made promises he couldn't keep. he said he would take care of egyptians and he didn't. they say his muslim brotherhood group is a terrorist group. they say, you know, he had been warned that he should get out and he didn't. so they're not surprised at what they're seeing in egypt right now. >> alina cho, thanks so much, in queens. penn state university has
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crash in 1997. a french investigation in 1999 found her driver was drunk. in 2004, the british police opened their own investigation, called "operation pageant." it reported its findings in 2006 saying there was no conspiracy and then in 2008 an official inquest finished with a jury finding princess diana was unlawfully killed because of the actions of her driver and paparazzi following her. now, five years later, police are looking at this case again. royal biographer, mark saunders, who has watched this case closely. good to see you again. police are not revealing anything about the information just that it is quote scoping information that has recently been received end quote. but british media is reporting the information may relate to a plot involving british military. does that sound plausible to
you? >> yes. it sounds plausible. there's a long history of collusion between the military and sis, special secret intelligence service. but in terms of the assassination of princess diana, it's just not feasible that they would have carried out such an act. you mentioned "operation paget." that was one of the most intensive investigations ever carried out in this country. no matter how you looked at it, no matter what angle you looked at the conspiracy theories from you come up against a brick wall. it's not possible the intelligence services or bright wing acting at the behest of the duke of edinburgh or nonsense we got, it's just not possible and it's been proved twice now by the french and british. >> what do you suppose this scoping information is? >> i understand this dossier was given to scotland yard from the
sib, special investigations branch of the military police. the information was passed on to them from the in-laws of the serving soldier. everybody is pretty much in the dark as to what this actual information was. the story originally broke in the sunday "people" newspaper here. their sources are usually impeccable. certainly, it does appear some information has been given to scotland yard which they are now looking at. we eagerly wait and anticipate what this information can be. but i really don't think there's going to be any re-opening of any investigations because of it. >> anything about the late princess diana is fascinating worldwide. what is this kind of reporting, this bit of information about scoping information being looked over by the british police, what is that doing to people there in london? >> i'm in my 40s now. as long as i've been alive, every four or five years,
there's been another documentary and another book about the assassination of john kennedy. to some extent, diana is rapidly becoming the new kennedy. it's continuous. doesn't stop. more theory, more allegation. i think about william and harry, older viewers of cnn will remember when diana died, i was pretty much in the front line then and i was arguing passionately, all of this is affecting the boys, all this nonsense we talk about conspiracy theories, assassinations, it's affecting william and harry. they were very young children and grown up with it. every timethy thank they're out, they get pulled back with it. we just celebrated william's first child. a couple years ago, we were celebrating the wedding. it all kind of moved on. yet again, we're dragged back into more allegation, more conspiracy theories. it must hurt the boys, as far as the british public go, there's,
i think, muted interest. people are waiting to see what does scotland yard have to say about this new information. it has been heavily reported here. >> mark saunders, thank you so much. appreciate your insight from london. the spotlight continues to be on the late princess diana. tomorrow morning on new day, the spotlight will be on prince william because he'll be opening up about fatherhood and the british throne to the delight of mark saunders, i'm sure, it is his first interview and the prince sat down with max foster to talk about prince george and kathryn and what it's like to be a new dad. it's a portion of the interview, prince william will air tomorrow morning, new day, 10:00 a.m. eastern time. straight ahead, the super bowl champion miami dolphins
getting a trip to the white house. coach john shula will tell us why. later. roger dal tri of "the who" has a new gig. how he's helping others in need. what option does the u.s. have for helping with the crisis in egypt. candy crowley tells us next. flexibilconvenience. so here are a few reasons to choose university of phoenix. our average class size is only 14 students. our financial tools help you make smart choices about how to pay for school. our faculty have, on average, over 16 years of field experience. we'll help you build a personal career plan. we build programs based on what employers are looking for. our football team is always undefeated. and leading companies are interested in our graduates. we'll even help you decorate your new office. ok. let's get to work.
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president obama returns home from vacation tonight. he spent the last week with his family on martha's vineyard but he won't be home for too long. cnn political editor, paul steinhauser explains why in this political week ahead. >> reporter: hey, fred. president barack obama hits the road thursday as he kicks off a two day bus tour and then motors
through pennsylvania, the push making college more affordable. the swing is the latest in a series of events mr. obama is doing on the road this summer to highlight how he's trying to help out the middle class. >> i'm laying out my ideas to give the middle class a better shot. >> reporter: the president's health care law will be in the spotlight this week as a leading conservative group holds a series of de-fund obamacare town halls. senator jim mint, head of the heritage foundation will headline the town halls and senator cruz will join him at the second one in details. >> we have an opportunity between now and accept 30th to de-fund obamacare. and in new hampshire, the state that kicks off the presidential primary process, sparking more speculation, he may run for the white house. and joe biden also in this spotlight as a fund-raiser for new hampshire's democratic governor. >> thanks so much.
also, the president is beginning this week at the white house with a lot of meetings. among the topics, what to do about egypt. hundreds have been killed since the military removed the democratically elected president. the washington most reports the white house may consider whether to stop next month's scheduled delivery of apache helicopters. senator john mccain just returned from egypt. he was on state of the union with candy crowley. is halting the shipment a viable answer? >> it ra's not an answer, a via thing to do. they could do it. whether they will do it, everybody says no. but indicating symbolically, the u.s. really does need to do mor more. >> with apache helicopters flying overhead, nothing is more symbolic of the united states of america siding with the generals. we could be cutting off the aid,
the spare parts and maintenance of these military equipment we've given the egyptian is important to their capabilities. >> the drumbeat gets louder over suspending the entire $1.5 billion in aid. does the white house need to change its tune? >> if definition of "need" is therefore things will change in egypt, no, because again, nobody thinks things will change in egypt. certainly, the president left that door open to suspending aid at the very least. if we continue to see the kinds of scenes that we saw, of those crackdo crackdowns, where 700, 800, the numbers, if you know, are fairly unreliable, hundreds of egyptians died, if we continue to see that, i suspect he will do it. it needs to be kept in some kind of perspective. $1.5 billion over the years, the u.s. has given a lot to egypt.
but now, other countries give a lot more. secondly, the money to egypt, as far as i understand it, has already been doled out for this year. so it would take effect next year anyway. >> candy crowley, thanks so much. host of state of the union. >> thanks. is san diego mayor bob filner going to show up at work tomorrow? we'll tell you about the latest effort to remove him from office. you know throughout history, folks have suffered from frequent heartburn. but getting heartburn and then treating day after day is a thing of the past. block the acid with prilosec otc, and don't get heartburn in the first place. [ male announcer ] one pill each morning. 24 hours. zero heartburn.
welcome back. i'm fredericka whitfield. here are four things crossing the cnn newsdesk right now. number one, new information in princess diana's death has caught the eye of british police. they have not given out any details. british media is reporting it could involve conspiracy claims that princess diana may have been murdered. the british newspaper of the sunday "people" reports it saw a letter from former in-laws of a former soldier who apparently said the british military was involved in her death. this is not a reinvestigation. number two, thousands of people in parts of central idaho are being told to get out of the way of a fast moving wildfire. the sheriff is telling people in the red river valley, they need to grab pets and essential belongings and move now.
evacuation orders covers 2200 homes in six communities and it is only 9% contained right now. number three, the effort to recall the san diego mayor in the center of a huge scandal started today. more than a dozen women have accused mayor bob filner of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior. filner could return to work tomorrow after going through counseling. coming up at 4:00 eastern time. today, i'll talk to two women who were trying to get the mayor recalled. number four, a wild night at the ballpark. tensions between the washington nationals and atlanta braves boiled over when the national star pitcher, steven strasbourg threw three consecutive wild pitches at braves shortstop washington manager davy johnson had hinted payback would be coming after, oh, boy, one of his star players was hit by braves' pitches three times during four games. last night's wild pitches were too much for the umpire to take
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won the super bowl didn't get that chance. it was not a common practice back then. guess what? it is now going to happen for the '72 dolphins. on tuesday, they're going to the white house. the main man responsible for all of this, dolphin mark fleming, joining us from los angeles. good to see you. you know, you're also joined by phone, by the coach who led that team, don shula, joining us from pebble beach, california. you can be with us, coach. >> yeah. looking forward to being with the president. >> fantastic. marve, this is your doing. how did you make this happen and why? >> i think he had a lot to do with it. marve was a pretty persistent guy, a great football player. beyond that, he had a lot of great ideas. this is one of them. >> coach, let's ask marve, how did you make this happen? >> you know, every time i'm a
big tv man, so i would s see -- every year, i would see another team, another somebody else going to the white house and not us. why not us? so what i did was -- go ahead. >> no. go ahead, carry on. >> what i did was for 15 years, okay, believe it or not, i talked to congress people, mayors, governors, i talked to everybody who was involved with the white house. nobody came -- nobody came up with anything. so i'm at party at deacon jones' house c bless his heart, when he was still with us and i met george stark. who's george stark, george played for the washington redskins. i said, do you know anybody, do you know anybody at the white house? he says, yeah. my wife. said, your wife? he says, yes, she's one of the top lawyers there.
there's a lot of people probably helped out and whatever button we pushed, whatever, i think they were the spark in getting us there. >> it's interesting, mark, this is not something that was customary in the '70s, you know, in '72, when you all were undefeated, a trip to the white house would follow a big championship. you've been seeing this happen over the years. i want to make this happen. >> exactly. when it happened, when it happened, it was like, my -- i've been to what, three championships and five super bowls, it was another super bowl for me to go to the white house. >> oh, wow. okay. so, coach, then give me an idea, what is this going to be like for you and the team to reunite and no less at the white house? what's that moment, in your view, going to be light? >> i'm really looking forward to it. it's an honor and privilege to
be there. i'm sure all of the '72 team that can make it health-wise are going to be there. to get to see them again, and then also be able to meet and talk to the president. he's probably a red skin fan but we'll let that go. we'll talk about the dolphins and, you know, the great accomplishments. so, marve, whatever you did, thank you. >> fantastic. given 1600 pennsylvania avenue, he better be a red skin fan. go skins. but for a day, i'm sure at least for a day he will be a big dolphins fan. coach shula and marve fleming, have fun. who has a new mission, in stead of just chasing number one hits, he helped teens in need. next in the "newsroom." hd "
here's cnn's tory dunnan. >> fredericka, roger dal tri admits he would be nowhere without the kids giving back to his career. now, he's give back to the age group that helped him most. >> today, roger daltrey is talking about a different generation, one born years after his rock star heyday. >> i was give an life of privilege and it was supplied by teenagers supporting it. >> he is now giving back with his charity teen cancer america. hospital settings where young adults with cancer can be together. >> we provide specialized environment where they can be comfortable being teenagers, where they don't wake up from a brain operation or next to a screaming 3-year-old or boring
old man like me. that's what's been happening, waking up in total isolation where there's no contact with their age group within the space. that's just crazy. >> the program has seen success in daltrey's native britain and hope it will spread to hospitals across the u.s. >> we're hope we're about two years i waway, maybe less to hag this service available to every teenager that gets cancer in britain. if britain can do it in that time i'm sure the u.s. can. >> usaustralian popstar, cody simpson joins him. >> i love the way they're bri bringing the the convenience with cancer one ward and a cool and comfortable space to hang out in. >> the man who once sang ♪ hope i die before i get old >> is now trying to help young people live long and happy lives.
>> it's so rewarding. i have met so many young people at various stages of the illness. i haven't met one of them who has got me down even when they're suffering terribly. there's something about their spirit and the life in their eyes that is magical. >> the first u.s. facility opened at the ucla medical center this year. we're told the next will be in irvine, california, as for daltrey, he just rapped up an extensive world tour with the who and will give fund-raising performances and the singer plans to treat it like quote a full time job. >> thanks so much, tory. they're massive and frightening and dangerous, taking you inside giant sandstorms next. cold feels nice on sore muscles, huh?
time now for our new series, the science behind where we explain the why behind the what. this week, we're talking about grains of sand on their own, they're harmless. but when they are blown together into a huge cloud towering dozens of feet high, they can cause a lot of damage, as martin savage reports, figuring out how they start means going back down to a single grain. mart marti martin. >> thanks, fred. if you haven't experienced living through a sandstorm you likely have seen incredible images like these on television. they typically occur in arid or sem semiarid conditions and break out when dirt breaks out on a dry surface. now scientists have made a startling discovery as to this weather phenomena. >> reporter: they are menacing to look at and from the air, sandstorms appear to swallow up
entire cities. on the ground, the sky can turn deep red making conditions treacherous. >> you said you've never seen a dust storm. where are you from? >> iersy. >> reporter: what do you think about this? >> we don't get these out there. jersey. >> we get water instead of dust. >> this is mnot my favorite weather. >> reporter: scientists are going inside these monstrous sandstorms known as hab boobs le never before. >> we track the particles. >> reporter: they use wind tunnels to recreate sandstorms following the path of more than 4,000 particles. by following the flight of each sand particle and how they collideresearchers say it may predict how this impacts the land before it strikes. >> the particles are reach higher heights and through the mid-air collision, studies before were predicting let's say
a certain amount -- a different height, which is less than what we predict as a real for the sandstorms. >> reporter: in fact, the findings suggest mid-air collisions of sand particles can double the strength of a sandstorm rather than weaken it as previously thought. >> they can be quite intense, have very strong winds excess of 60 miles an hour and can be very dangerous the way they rapidly reduce visibility. >> reporter: these new models can help scientists predict an approaching storm. while instinct may make many run her to way, these scientists see the beauty and power and phys physicings of mother nature. by studying the trajectory, they hope their research can predict sandstorms before they strike in hopes of helping people not get caught in the crosshairs. >> thanks so much. more right after this.
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