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two extraordinary women. that dose it for this special edition of "360." thanks for watching. have a great weekend. ♪ i started my political career facing lee swabs. and i think we had just one hearing in san diego. >> he may be out of a job but he's going down swinging. >> we have mayor bob filner bizarre exit speech and what he got in exchange for his resignation. >> let's go! the fast-moving wildfire that has consumed 165 square miles has entered yosemite national park. and having doubled in size in
just one day it's not bearing down on introduces of structures. convicted private army bradley manning wants to become a she. who paid for that? why many people say that's right. good morning, everyone, i'm brianna keilar. >> and i'm ivan watson. it's 6:00, good morning, it's "new day saturday." new this morning, a raging wildfire in yosemite national park may impact hundred us of miles away. but fire has shut down the transition lines that feed the city. >> and water flowing into the city of san francisco. the fire is threatening the small communities of groveland and pine mountain lake this morning. fire crews there are struggling. >> come on. let's go! get out! >> a state of emergency. the massive rim fire now burning
inside yosemite national park. the blaze has more than doubled in size within the past day, exploding into one of california's largest wildfires. nearly 126,000 acres scorched. 4,500 homes threatened. and some vacation plans turned upside down. >> it's part of the gamble, you know, we're on the biggest corridor to yosemite national park. the pros comes cons because we're in an isolated area surrounded by wilderness. that's part of the beauty, the charm and part of the downfall as well. >> reporter: from the air to the ground, more than 1800 firefighters are working to get the upper hand. it's an uphill battle. the burn zone is roughly three times the size of san francisco. >> there's a lot of areas where crews can't even access because of the terrain. >> reporter: whipped by canyon winds and dry conditions, the blaze is only 5% contained. >> it's just the conditions and
everything else. we all thought this was going to be the year we were going to get a fire. it's been so dry and so many years since we had one come through that really, you know, took care of the brush and everything, so, you know, nobody's surprised that lives up here. >> so this one is really all about the weather. can about a firefighter's friend. it can be a firefighter's enemy. >> let's check with alexanderia steele. which some friend or enemy? >> foe, no question about it. the winds have been erratic and almost blow in two directions. 'also because of the terrain. if you ever go to new york city and you walk between the tall buildings and you've ever seen the strong winds that blow east and west, you'll notice, so it's those exacerbating winds.
right now, it's key aspect from the north. but that's kind of erratic. the winds are pretty light at 5, no gusts. yesterday, we had gusts at 27 miles per hour that's when it doubled in size. the day before that, gusts at 42. here's the forecast. these are sustained winds for the day. as you can see, as we head through the afternoon with the sun, 12-mile-per-hour sustained and then 13, and then gusts in the 20s is what we're expecting today. foe, no question about it. on a couple of fronts. one the winds and continue to be maybe not as quite as strong as they've been. look at this, no chance for rain at all. the irony with that, we actually have a tropical storm very close. tropical storm eva is off this baja coast. look what it's going to do, bring flooding rains, vegas, palm springs, phoenix. it's so close but not getting as
far north and as far west. we've seen this push into predominant west, that's why it's gotten to yosemite. there's the storms there, a lot of weather happening around the country, guys. we'll get to that. minneapolis, how about record heat this weekend. and what's happening in the northeast and the soggy conditions in the south how that's abaiting a little bit. lots to get to. >> maybe that is sort of the good news, abating in the south. alexandria steele, we'll be checking back with you. now, check this out, no, that's not summer snow for denver. that's hail, a blanket of ice coating parts of the city. the snow choked so much snowplows had to be called in in august. here's the view from above. the hailstorm came with torrents of rain. prompts flash flooding in some
neighborhoods. also new this morning, san diego's mayor bob filner is going out with a swang. he sealed the deal with san diego city council yesterday agreeing to resign in the middle of a huge sexual harassment scandal. >> but he isn't going quietly. cnn kyung lah has more on the parting shot. >> reporter: brianna, bob filner will no longer be mayer in one week. the embattled city mayor submitted his resignation. the city did accept. but he added another twisted tale in the seven-week saga. filner who has been publicly accused of 18 counts of harassment apologized to city council but not to the women. here's what he said. >> i have never sexually harassed anyone. but the hysteria that has been created and many of you helped to feed is the hysteria of a
lynch mob. now, as i said, i faced lynch mobs many times when i was younger. no evidence was needed. the mom knew who was guilty, 92 needed due process. ladies and gentlemen, democracy needs due process. san diego needs due process. those of you in the media and in politics who fed this hysteria, i think need to look at what you helped create. because you have unleashed a monster that i think will be paying affront to democracy for a long time. >> a source in city hall says people were looking at each other as filner was speaking. they were shocked. there was swift reaction from the california attorney general's office confirming that
a criminal investigation is under way. a source close to the investigation says this is certainly not over. a criminal investigation is under way. mr. filner's resignation does not change that. filner does still nation a sexual harassment law sue. brianna, ivan. >> cnn's kyung lah. thanks. it's almost a coup. >> a lot of people would say he's delusional, you know. hmm. time will tell. filner's first accuser irene jackson who started -- not really started this scandal, but you could say he did. she released a statement, i'm relieved the city has rid itself of bob filner so that he will not be in a position to prey on any more women. my thoughts are with the
courageous women because they spoke out. galvanized the residents of this great city. bye-bye bob, you will not be missed. two accused of beating a world war ii veteran to death. 88-year-old delbert belton was mugged. one suspect, a 16-year-old is in custody and both have arrest records. while the two suspects are black, fily members say this is about justice, not race. >> you have to look at them as kids. not black kids or hispanic kids or white kids. they were just kids and they did something horrific. >> i'm glad it makes people aware. they need to not look at the color. >> police say they don't care what the motive is. they won't tolerate these kind of crimes. well, jurors took less than seven hours to find army major nidal hasan guilty of 13 charges
of murder. now the jury will deliberate his fate and that begins on monday. in documents leaked to the media, hasan has indicated the death penalty would make him, quote, martyr. the husband of hasan's victims said death would be it too lenient. u.s. army staff sergeant robert bales will spend the rest of life in prison. bales was spared from the death sentence after pleading guilty to the murders. nine children were among those killed in the shooting spree in afghanistan's kandahar province. well, this morning, it appears a federal lawsuit against southern cooking queen paula deen has been resolved. lawyers signed a deal to dismiss the final part of discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuit against her, but it's unclear if money will change hands. the celebrity cook said, quote, while this has been a difficult
time for both my family and myself, i'm pleased that the judge released the race claims and i'm looking forward to getting this behind me now that the remaining claims have been resolved. so what remains to be seen here is whether deen can make a comeback while admitting in a deposition she used the "n" word a very long time ago. i have a dream. that freedom reigns. a big day today, thousands of people are gathering in the nation's capital. >> that's right, they're marking the 50th anniversary of a defining moment for u.s. civil rights. the reverend martin luther king jr.'s march on washington for jobs and freedom. on august 28th, 1963, king electrified the nation with his "i have a dream" speech at the lincoln memorial. a march and rally will start at the memorial on the national mall in two hours. >> so marchers will be heading to the mlk memorial.
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on the very popular panda cam. >> the new cub is roughly the size of a stick of butter. it looks like a sala mander. >> we think over time baby panda will get cuter. president obama is defending the nsa after a report this week that the agency broke its own privacy rules house to and house to of times. that's right, violations including america's snooping on americans' e-mails. >> cnn just sat down with an exclusive interview with president obama and he asked him about growing skepticism about the nsa. good morning, christian. >> reporter: good morning, the president says the american people can trust the surveillance that's done by the nsa. he says there are checks in place. but he is also open to may going
the situation more transparent. there's been a lot of discussion about what the nsa does. >> yeah. >> reporter: in the surveillance pro programs. you have said it's not the business of the u.s. government to spy on its own people. the more that seems to come, the more questions that seem to be raised. are you confident that you know everything going none that agency and that you can say to the american people, it's all done the right way? >> yes. but what i've also said is that it can only work in the american people trust what's going on. and what's been clear since the disclosures that were made by mr. snowden is that people don't have enough information. and around confident enough that between all the safe guards and checks that we've put in place, within the executive branch. and the federal court oversight that takes place on the program. and congressional oversight, people are still concerned as to whether their e-mails are being
read or their phone calls are being listened to. >> especially when they hear they are, then mistakes are made that shakes your confidence? >> well, what was learned was, nsa had inadvertently, accidentally pulled eat mails of some americans in violation of their own rules, because of technical problems that they didn't realize. they presented those problems to the court. the court said this isn't going to cut it. you're going to have to improve the safe guards given these technical problems. that's exactly what happened. all these safe guards, checks, audits, oversight worked. now, i think there are legitimate concerns that people have, that technology is moving so quick, you know, at some point, does the technology outpace the laws that are in place and the protections that are in place. and do some of these systems end up being like a loaded gun out there, that somebody at some future point could abuse. because there are no allegations. and i am very confident, knowing the nsa and how they operate
that purposely, somebody's out there trying to abuse this program or listen in on phone conversations. >> you're confident in that? >> i am confident in that. but what i recognize is that we're going to have to continue to improve the safeguards. and as technology moves forward. that means we may be able to build technologies to give people more assurance. and we do have to do a better job of giving people confidence in how these programs work. so what i've said is that i am open to working with congress to figure out can we get more transparency in terms of how the oversight court works. do we need a public advocate in there who people have confidence inny but we've also got to do is in a way that recognizes we've got hostile folks out there that are trying do us harm. >> reporter: now, a lot of the curiosity surrounds "the washington post" report that there have been, quote, thousands of mistakes made.
the president said the keyword is "mistake." that's a key decision. he said as technology goes faster option heard in the sound bite that we'll have to make changes. but the key is that the nsa is not in the business of intentionally spying on american citizens. the 3e7b9 gone has a lot of ideas how to hit syria where it hurts. they're facing a growing crisis. because of this, the white house has a big choice to make. plus, a 114,000 ton cruise ship has been half submerged off of italy's coast for more than a year now. but that's about to exchange. we'll explain next. people come up to me at parties all the time and ask,
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for an investigation to start as soon as possible. as all of this is going off, it seems that the syrian government is continuing a large-scale offensive on the suburbs where these chemical attacks allegedly happened. we're hearing a lot of artillery fire and seeing a lot of plumes of smoke coming out of these areas. brianna. >> fred, thank you very much. now to mexico where thousands of teachers protesting the government. >> reporter: teachers are trying block the reform that of the education system. mexico has the lowest standards of education in any country. critics blame the unions. the government is trying to impose greater standards into the system. but the union say the changes are too broad. this week, more than 1 million children were left without teachers. brianna. >> thanks, nick. we're keeping our eye on italy where engineers hope to raise the ill-fated "costa condordia."
>> reporter: it's a massive feat of engineering. for months, hundreds have worked around the clock to get to this point, now with the help of 36 pulleys and enormous location devices, they're set to you'll the "costa concordia" from its side. investigators say they only have one shot to get this right or risk environmental disaster. >> thank you, erin. we're keeping an eye on wildfires in yosemite national park. and the pocketbook, wild fooirds cost a pretty penny at the time when they don't have money to burn. plus, the man who gave away
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this is to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the reverend martin luther king jr.'s march on washington and the iconic "i is have a dream" speech. two of dr. king's children electrical speaking. number two, authorities in washington state are search for a second teenager suspected of beating a world war ii veteran to death. police are calling kenon adams-kenard. police say 88-year-old delbert belton was wait for a ride thursday when he was robbed and assaulted. number three, bob filner has ignored calls to step aside for peek weeks now as 18 women accused him of sexual harassment. speaking to the city council yesterday, filner said a lynch mob mentality led to his resignation and he denied sexually harassing anyone.
number four, if you've got an old powerball ticket you might want to check it now. officials in new york say a year-old ticket worth $1 million is set to expire tomorrow. if no one comes forward, the money goes to future jackpots. the winning numbers one-p 1, 6, 7, 20, 49 and powerball number 23. >> man, i wish that were me. number five, a wildfire that has spread in california's yosemite national park has doubled in size in just a day. around the communities of groveland and pine bluff lake. these fires cut transmission lines that feed electricity and water to areas of san francisco so that may impact supplies here. and now, a quick look at how weather may help or hinder the firefighters. meteorologist alexandra steele sheer. >> hi, the wind and fire has not
helped, it's doubled the size in the last day, it's a function of two factors, the winds and terrain, they work together. the wins they have them for the most part, blowing in one direction. and at times very strong, even blowing in disparate directions. what happens in new york city, there's that narrow space in between the buildings and you walk through and your hat's getting blown off and it's strong. what happens the air that moves through a canyon, that air gets squeezed and accelerates. we call that the canyon effect. with the canyon, we're seeing that. it's really benign, good conditions but that won't last. for the most part, the winds have been coming from the south-southwest. and we talk about winds from the direction from which they come. so the southwest wind is coming from the southwest, blowing east. so that's what's blowing this
fire into yosemite. it's blown eastward. here's today's prognost. gusts in the 20s expected. and we have had gusts between 20 and 30 miles per hour as well. you can see dry conditions. dew points, measure of moisture in the air incredibly low as well. the irony is, there's a tropical storm off the baja. and with that flooding rains coming to places like phoenix and vegas and palm springs. so so close, but all that moisture's not going to get as far north as where this fire is, this rim fire in california. there's a look at where we stand. there's where all that tropical moisture is, staying south of the fire. big picture, you can see what we'll talk about weatherwise today. the heat is on in the upper midwest. beautiful conditions in new york city today and through the weekend. finally, what's happening in the southeast, all the rain we're
seeing moving to the gulf coast. so a lot drier than we've been, but temperatures a little cooler. >> meteorologist alexandra steele, thank you very much. it sounds like the firemen have the dangerous work cut out for them around yosemite and elsewhere. >> they sure do. the weather is not good news for them. in addition to that terrain, firefighters are battling against their own resources. >> that's right, tom foreman is here to break down the massive price tags of all the fires raging along the west coast. good morning, tom. >> reporter: hey, brianna, hey, ivan. two words to think about when you think about the western fire season. time and money. because the time is marching on too slowly, while the money is burning up too fast. take a look at the numbers here and it will give you an idea of what i'm talking about. so far, they've dealt with about 33,000 fires. 3 million acres burned. the budget for all of this, $1.7 billion from the feds, cut back back from sequestration. the number firefighters, 10,000.
they had about 10,500 last year. why is the money burn ought? well simply because we've had changes in the fire environment. over the years, we've built more houses in the enter tace between the wildlands and the city. that has put more pressure on the firefighters to fight these blazes. there's some indication that the forests have made it more tinderbox-like. and we've fought fires for so long, many people say we've aloud, brush, brush, brush and trees to build up in areas so now when we have these fires, this explosive and dangerous. we have to go in and engage them and that costs a lot. black back to 1985, back then if you took all the fires in this country and put them together. it would be about the size of connecticut. the cost for fighting it back then. we can bring that right in over here. that's going to be about $240 million. we come forward to last year, we had about three connecticuts worth of fire that we had to
fight. for all the reasons i mentioned before. was the cost three times as much? no, it was not. three times as much would have put it right about here. even with inflation, it would be about up to here. but watch the line as we go through the years. and we come up to the actual amount. moushgs it's way up here, almost $2 billion worth to fight those fires. the cost of fighting fires per acre is steadily rising. and this is a problem that is not going to go away this year, next year or maybe the next until some of the conditions are changed. brianna, ivan. >> tom foreman, thanks very much. 35 years behind bars. that certainly wasn't the only bombshell this week for bradley manning this week. >> now, manning says he wants to live as a woman. up next. we'll talk to a friend of his.
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♪ hey, boston, good morning to you. the sun coming up there. and you have a beautiful day in store. sunny skies. 75 degrees. you can't argue with that. and thank you so much for starting your "new day" with cnn. well, now eavesdropping on love interests has its own spy label. according to "the wall street journal," several officers with the nsa have used the agency's sweeping surveillance capabilities to spy on love
interests. it's dubbed "love int" as in "love intelligence." now, the report says the violation involved using communications usually on a partner or spouse. after it was revealed the agency violated its own privacy regulations almost 3,000 times between 2011 and 2012. >> thank you, brianna. now suddenly the espionage conviction against bradley manning seems almost secondary. in a bombshell announcement the army private who leaked over 1,000 documents and videos disclosed his latest secrets to the world that he wants to be a woman. quote, as i transition into the next phase of my life, i want everyone to know the real me. i am chelsea manning. i am a female. the issue of bradley's gender identity surfaced during the court-martial. and this showed manning wearing
a blond wig. but a battle is brewing over this. manning wants hormone therapy to actually change his gender while he serves his 35-year sentence. his friends say he needs it, that it's a necessity. the army says not a chance. laura mcnamara is manning's friend and also a lawyer in the trial. she also transitioned from male to female. thanks for joining us, laura. why is hormone therapy a necessity for manning? >> well hormone therapy is part of the recommended standards of care for treating gender disforia which is a symptom of being transgendered. and this is endorsed by the american psychological association, the american psychiatric association, the american medical association. this is an stabbed treatment and it is known to be medically necessary, without it, untreated
gender disforia can be known for suicides. >> now, laura, i know that you reached out to -- that manning reached out, rather, online to you back in 2009, long before wikileaks. i was reading some of that correspondence. at that time, did you get any sentence that he was questioning or wrestling with his gender identity. >> no, she never mentioned anything of the sort. and it never came up at the time. >> okay. so why now? why is this a medical necessity now? why is he asking for this assistance now in his mid-20s. and that he says now that he's felt like a woman ever since childhood? >> well, i would say that trans people come out about this at their own pace. we come to this realization at our own pace. it can be early on in our lives.
it can be in our mid-20s. it can be later in our lives. it does take time to come to terps with something so personal and so significant. and have the courage as chelsea does to come out about this and seek treatment. >> now, a spokesman for ft. levavenworth where bradley will be held, says manning will have access to psychological experts and behavorial experts. are you saying this treatment is not enough for him? >> no, that is absolutely not sufficient. the standard of care for trans people for treating gender dysphoriia includes surgery. this is part of transitioning and it's very important. and to deny this is simply unwarranted. many civilian prisons in the
united states already provide hormone therapy and, yes, paid for by taxpayers. after all, trans people are taxpayers as well. there is no reason that this medical treatment should not be provided just as any other medical treatment would be in prisons. >> a major sticking point here, lauren, is some people think their tax dollars should not be used to 35i for hormone therapy. and certainly for somebody that some people consider to be a traitor. the therapy costs about $100 a month. $1200 a year. and the treatment has to continue for life. so how do you respond to those critics? >> well, first of all, speaking solely from my experience as a consumer of these medications paying out of pocket, rather than a government entity, these can cost less than 25 a month. and we sentence people to incarceration. we two not sentence them to
untreated medical conditions. we don't sentence them to untreated gender dys "f" horia. just as we don't sentence them to untreated kidney infections or anything of the sort. when the government incarcerates them, it becomes responsible for their medical scare. and this condition from a medical and scientific perspective is no different from any other condition that requires treatment. increasingly from a legal perspective as well. civilian courts have found in almost all cases that prisons are required to provide hormone therapy and increasingly surgery as well. not to do so is considered cruel and unusual punishment under the eighth amendment. >> that's the view from laura mcnamara, thank you for joining us, a writer, blogger and friend and former defense witness for bradley who would like to be called chelsea manning. well coming up, we will be talking about coming back. wait till you hear how connecticut earned its way into
this is just one of the many new jobs that tyson has these days. joe carter has more on this "bleacher report" update. he has a lot of different jobs, i wasn't aware of that. >> yes, most of them have nothing to do with boxing except for this one. the mike tyson of today, guys, bears little resemblance of the guy that was convicted of drugs years ago. tyson is clean, he's a vegan and he's a promoter. in addition to promoting boxing, tyson will soon continue his one-man traveling stage show. he has a six-part documentary also airing soon on fox. now trending this morning on bleacherreport.com, the little leaguers from westport, connecticut, they're playing in the championship today after a thrilling come from behind yesterday. at one point, connecticut was trailing by seven runs. in the fifth they tied the game with a beautiful home run from chad knight. in the seventh, it's chad knight again. a walk-off hit from connecticut.
they'll play chula vista, california, today, the winner advances to the little league title game on sunday. a great story to end on, codey clark, a 31-year-old rookie finally made it to the big leagues last night for the houston astros. clarks been playing for the minor leagues 11 years. he did strike out in his only at-bat. strikeout or not, it's a dream come true. mom and dad were there, his wife was there. maybe he caught the eye of somebody. >> but that was a dream come true, include. joe carter, thank you. >> thank you. ♪ oh she's got to be good now it's time for "the good stuff." >> his family waited for him in the milwaukee airport where he was about to come back from
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windows, evidently with her tongue and teeth. it's an interesting approach but it may take a while. she may want to try a squeegee next time. thank you so much for starting your morning with us. >> that's right. the next hour of your "new day" starts right now. i started my political career facing lynch mobs. and i think we have just faced one here in san diego. >> he may be out of a job but he's going down swinging. we have mayor bob filner's bizarre exit speech, and what he got in exchange for his resignation. it was a speech that defined a moment and inspired a nation, now 50 years after the march on washington, martin luther king jr.'s eldest son joins us live to tell us whether his father's dream has been realized.
the newest batman has been chosen. and not everyone is thrill. the agony, the ecstasy, and the twitter rage that's got fans fired up. ♪ good morning, everyone. i'm brianna keilar. >> and i'm ivan watson. and i'm having trouble saying that. >> it's so early. it is so early, folks. >> it's far too early. in fact, on the east coast, it's 7:00 and this is "new day saturday." >> first on "new day," wildfire raging in california's yosemite park, it's threatening 4500 structures this morning. >> the fire is so ferocious, it doubled in size in just a day. its impact may be felt as far as 200 miles away in san francisco. >> we will explain that but first to cnn's nick 52 lensia, outside of yosemite national park. anything, any significant progress overnight, and i'm kind of afraid how you're going to
answer that question. >> reporter: good morning, brianna there is slightly good news. in the last couple of hours we learned that fire screws made a little bit of progress on this fire. containment is up from 2% to 5%. this is one of the largest fires in california state history. rough terrain and inaccessible terrain has really made this a big problem for fire officials. it's three times the city of san francisco or roughly the size of the state of connecticut. and with just 5% containment, parts of this area in groveland, where we're at today are still under evacuation warnings yesterday. our local affiliate caught up with one of those residents who was evacuated. >> it's part of the gamble, you know, we're on the biggest corridor to yosemite national park, the pros comes cons. because we're in an isolated area surrounded by wilderness. so that's part of the beauty, the charm and part of the downfall as well.
>> reporter: we're just a few miles away from yosemite national park, as you mentioned. and that's a big concern for the tourists there. this fire just in recent days has encroached on the western boundary of yosemite national park. and right now, officials are scrambling to try to get this fire under control, brianna, ivan. >> nick, it seems that the fire has prompted some sort of a state of emergency in san francisco. why is that happening? >> reporter: so this is the interesting part. and just to give some context to our viewers, san francisco, the municipal city of san francisco, gets their power, their electricity, their water, from this area. so two of the power generation stations are located in this area. yesterday, governor jerry brown, the governor of california, issued a state of emergency for the city of san francisco and the county because the electrical assets and water assets have been threatened it just gives you a sense, you know, san francisco is 200 miles away from here. it gives you a sense of how big this fire is and the impact it's
have-h on areas nowhere near here. ivan. >> nick valencia, thanks so much. we'll check back with later in the morning. but let's check the weather there in yosemite how it's going to impact the firefight. >> that's right, cnn meteorologist are alexandra steele joins us. what's the news there? >> the news isn't good. obviously, the weather has exacerbated this fire. it doubled in size because of two factors, the winds and as the terrain, the topography there. what there are, tunnels and ridges. it gets funneled through the canyons, let's say you're in new york city, and you're walking through the buildings, the air blows through the narrow spaces what happens, the air gets squeezed and accelerating. we call that the canyon effect and that is essentially what's happening and exacerbating this fire. here's a look at the current conditions. right now, 41 the winds are pretty calm. for the most part, the winds are
coming from the south-southwest but they have been erratic and for the most part blowing in disparate directions. we talk about the wind and talk about the direction from which it comes, meaning coming from the south-southeast, blowing this fire and that's blowing the fire into yosemite national park. sustained winds, gusts strong. and the problem, you can see no rain in sight. the air is so incredibly dry. the humidity is low and the dew points are low. and the irony with this, there's a tropical storm west of baja bringing in flooding rain and moisture just not gets, guys, as far north and as far west as we need it. so there will be flooding in the south and dpierg rain in the north. >> just take that monsoonal moisture and push it up there where we need it. >> that would be nice. >> alexandra, thank you. >> sure.
now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation. >> it's a day in history. 50 years ago, the reverend martin luther king jr. led 125,000 people on the march on washington. >> at the lincoln memorial, dr. king gave his famous "i have a dream" speech. let's go to chris lawrence in washington. chris tell us a little bit more of what's happening today? >> reporter: yeah, brianna, right now, a start of a beautiful day here in the nation's capital. where you can see behind me, they're sort of going through sound checks. people getting set up for what's going to start up in the next couple hours. we expect the families of martin luther king jr., the families of trayvon martin, as well as representatives, nancy pelosi, representative john lewis, looking back on that historic march on washington. and i can tell you, you can see some of the crowd starting to
filter in, even as early as right now. >> and, chris, what do the participants hope to achieve from today's rally? it's not just a commemoration of this historic march half a century ago. >> reporter: no, ivan, good question. the word they're using there is "continuation," not "commemoration." look looking back at the roots of the march. although it became synonymous with siefl rights movement, really started out as a movement for jobs. and it had a lot to do with the economy, looking to increase the minimum wage. looking to increase employment opportunities. and really, in some ways, it's come full circle because a lot of the folks are talking about those economic issues. you've got people down here who are going to be arguing for legal causes, the new york stop and frisk law. the stand your ground law in florida.
as well as issues like immigration, gay and lesbian equality, immigration. all of these issues are really bringing people out to sort of argue their causes on a very public stage. >> and i bet if you were to ask people if they recalled it was for jobs, they wouldn't have remembered that's what the event was about. chris lawrence, thank you so much. martin luther king jr.'s eldest son will be join us on "new day" at the bottom of the hour. he's go to come speaking at today's events there in washington. martin luther king iii will tell us what he hopes his the commemoration and rally will achieve. and new this morning, bob filner will be san diego's problem for just one more week. >> caught up in a massive sexual harassment scandal, the mayor has resigned but he seems to blame everyone for his predictments. >> cnn's kyung lah has more. >> reporter: good morning.
bob filner will no longer be mayor in one week. the embattled city mayor submitted his resignation to the city council. the city did accept. but he added another twisted tale in the seven-week saga. filner who has been publicly accused by 18 women of sexual harassment apologized in front of the city council, but not to the women. here's what he said. >> i have never sexually harassed anyone. but the hysteria that has been created, and many of you helped to feed, is the hysteria of a lynch mob. now, as i said, i faced lynch mobs many times when i was younger. no evidence was needed. they knew who was guilty, who needed due process. well, ladies and gentlemen,
democracy needs due process. san diego needs due process. those of you in the media and in politics who fed this hysteria, i think, need to look at what you helped create. because you have unleashed a monster. and i think we'll be paying this affront to democracy for a long time. >> a source in city hall said people were looking at each other as filner was speaking. they were shocked. there was swift reaction from california's attorney general's office confirming that a criminal investigation is under way. in a separate reaction, a source close to the investigation says this is certainly not over. a criminal investigation is under way. mr. filner's resignation does not change that. filner still does face a sexual harassment lawsuit. brianna, ivan. >> cnn's kyung lah, thank you. this morning, it appears a federal lawsuit against southern cooking queen paula deen has
been resolved. lawyers signed a deal to dismiss the final part of a discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuit against her. but it's unclear if money will change hands. the celebrity cook said, quote, while this has been a difficult time for both my family and myself, i'm pleased that the judge dismissed the race claims, and i'm looking forward to getting this behind me, now that the remaining claims have been resolved. what remains to be seen is whether deen can make a comeback, after admitting in a deposition, that he used the "n" word, a, quote, very long time ago. jurors took less than seven hours to find army major nidal hasan guilty satfordhood texas nearly four years ago. now the jury will deliberate his fate. and that begins on monday. in documents leaked to the media, hasan has indicated the death penalty would make him, quote, martyr. the husband of one of hasan's victims said death would be too
lenient. u.s. army staff sergeant robert bales will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole. a military jury decided bales' fate friday in the killing of 16 civilians last year. bales was spared after pleading guilty to the murders. nine children were among those killed in shooting spree in afghanistan's kandahar province. still to come on "new day," if you think that crushing student loan debt isn't your problem, we've got a harsh reality check. we'll tell you why you could be on the hook for almost $1 trillion in debt, even if no one in your family has student loans. plus, the photo that we have all been waiting for, kanye west gives the world its first look at baby north. right now, 7 years of music is being streamed.
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one of the problems we found is that a lot of students, because in part, they're not well informed, they're taking out a lot of loans. but they're not thinking through how fast they need to graduate. they never graduate. they can't pay back the loans. that means the taxpayers get stuck. and the young person is no better off than they would have been. they're worse off. >> that's president obama in an exclusive interview with cnn's chris cuomo. talking about the rippling effect student loan debt can have on the taxpayer. >> 37 million americans have outstanding federal student loan debt. we're talking about $864 billion. if someone defaults on those loans, it means you and i are on the hook for it. the president is hoping that's a bit of an incentive to make changes happen. >> all right. now alison kosik is live outside of new york university nyu.
how is the president fighting it? >> reporter: what the president is doing is throwing out ideas, but this point, they are just ideas, but you've got to start somewhere. one of the things is creating rating systems and actually tying student aid to these rating systems. basically, are these students coming out of universities without a job and with a heavy amount of debt. or are they graduates universities with less debt and are they getting a job. let me throw out a few numbers why he's coming out with the idea. the typical student here in new york leaves the university with $35,000 in debt. it exhausts $64,000 a year just to go here. that includes room and board. you see how hefty this can get. president obama is asking why are the costs going up and why are they going up so quickly? just to give you an idea, 2000, and 2012, the average cost of a
private school tuition was $32,000. at public school, 15,000. you see in 2000, how much that has gone up since. what president obama is doing, proposing this one idea, having this rating system tide how much financial aid is allocated. here he is talking about that. >> one last element to it, once we develop the rating systems, part of what we're going to argue to congress is that we should tie in some way the way federal financial aid flows to schools that are doing really well on this, and not so much on schools that aren't. so if a school has a higher default rate than it does a graduation rate, then we should give them a chance to improve. ultimately, we don't want kids saddled with debt. we want them to get a degree and a good job. >> so, alison, what are students and the families saying about the plan, do they like it? >> reporter: of course, they like it, brianna, but they're
skeptical how things like this is going to happen. you have to realize, tying a rating system to what aid is allocated would require congressional approval. >> there has to be some combination of them using their endowment and maybe -- i don't know, some way of using that to help the kids. >> i think if like nyu's constantly put down lower because of how high the tuition is it might be a kick in the butt for them and other universities as well. >> reporter: so holding universities and colleges sort of holding their feet to the fire, brianna and ivan is the idea that president obama wants to move forward. and the question is how realistic is it. back to you. >> and what could be the time frame on this? >> reporter: that's the thing, it would take congressional approval. who knows how much time that would take. there's a lot of back and forth with this.
they're dealing with universities and colleges that are acting like businesses these days. many have operating costs. many have to bring in enough revenue. they've got costs and you have to look at colleges and universities as businesses and try and work through that and work through congress. who knows how long something like this can take. >> probably people aren't getting relief anytime soon from crushing debt. >> no, when not when you're relying on congress so much. alison kosik, nyu, thank you for your report. still to come on "new day," it was a one-man market push on wall street. we will tell you why this had investors cheering for his departure. plus, forget the red bull. this is all you need on a spray-on form, does it work? i tried it a little while ago? brianna did also. >> i tried it. >> we both tried it. we're still here. this day calls you.
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better than skydiving, anything with the jet packs, it's about 1,000 gallons per minute getting sucked up through this machine. you can go 30 feet in the air. up to 32 miles an hour and super expensive and hard to run. richard told me he pressed the wrong button and slammed down into the river thames there in london. it costs about $200 per hour to rent. again, that's our richard quest there flying around. >> because he took his hands off. you never take your hands off the wheel, ivan, right? what was he expecting? >> yeah and he's wearing a wet suit, not a pinstripe suit for a change. >> that's good. wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of martin luther king jr.'s momentous "i have a dream" speech. marchers are gathering at the national mall again today. dr. king's eldest son martin
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flames have put 4,500 structures in jeopardy. the fire could affect electricity in san francisco. number two, san diego's mayor has one more week in office. the city made a deal that he'll resign friday. the rather feisty filner spoke to the city council yesterday. and he blamed politicians for feeding what he called the hysteria surrounding those allegations. number three, a department of homeland security employee is on administrative leave. ayo kimathi seen in a youtube video has been identified as a man behind a website that advocates awe race war. he writes, quote, in order for black people to survive, we're going to have to kill a lot of whites. the website disparages gays and people of mixed race. number four, authorities in washington state are search for
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dr. martin luther king jr., martin luther king iii was only a child when his father delivered his "i have a dream" speech in 1963. >> and he is joining us live. good morning. thanks for being with us. >> good morning. thank you for the opportunity. >> you can just give a sense what the goal is to today's march and how this is going to differ from the original one? >> well, in a real sense, this is really the continuation of the struggle. in 1963, the march was for jobs and freedom. today, the march is for jobs, justice and freedom. if we look at what has happened over the last two months, that is the voting rights act being gutted. and the verdict in the trayvon martin decision, there are a lot of concerns in this nation. specifically around employment. and when you look at the fact that between the ages of 18 to 30, the unemployment rate start
as low as 18% to 19%. and go as high as 40%. we have a disastrous situation across our nation. and so the goal, this is an action march. this is not just a commemoration. yes, we're commemorating 50 years. but commemorative activities will take on the 28th, the actually da that dad delivered his speech in '63. but today, we are really repositioning and creating a new coalition of conscience. so we are launching the national action initiative to realize the dream. >> now, you wrote a children's book, describing what it was like growing up the son of a famous leader. of course, we're familiar with dr. king, the civil rights leader. but give us some insight of dr. king the father, what was it like to have him as a dad? >> you know, dad, was as many fathers most loving but he was a good athlete. a lot of folks didn't know that, dad was probably about 5'7", he
was a good football player, good baseball player. and used to swim avidly. taught us how to swim. but in the book, i talk about life lessons. one of the lessons, we had been influenced by the nonviolence tradition so significantly. one of the things, we had toy guns, someone gave them to us. we took those toy guns and put them in an incinerator and burned them up, we believed nonviolence even as children, 7, 8, 9 years old. >> wow. >> now, can you tell us some of your personal memories? you were obviously very young 50 years ago. were you at the speech, and if so, what do you remember? >> what i remember is the fact that when dad and mom came home from the march, how much excitement there was because of the fact that this demonstration, in 1963, our nation was segregated. but this was an integrated
demonstration. a peaceful, nonviolent demonstration. so there was great jubilation, great hope, to what our nation could become. that's what i remember about 1963. but i've had the opportunity to be engaged in these demonstrations. these kind of anniversaries for my mom, the 20th anniversary. the 30th anniversary. the 40th anniversary, and now we're at the 50th. >> we can hear you there with the loud speakers in the background as things are gearing up there. mr. king, is there anybody today you that think say civil rights leader the same caliber of several rights ago? >> the question is, is there a civil rights leader? >> yeah, of the same caliber, do you think? >> well, you know, i think another martin luther king jr. could in fact be in our midst. that's partly why it's important to -- i'm saying that there could be. i don't know that at this
particular point. but we certainly must create and till the soil so that other martin luther king jr.s can bible to be developed in the society. it may be someone in the second or third great at this point. one of the things i did, i worked with jpmorgan chase to digitize my father's papers and writings. and as a result, people can come to the martin luther king memorial and see that exhibit which is voluminous. but it's a technologically educational experience. those are the kind of things, i think, help to create new martin luther king juniors in our society. >> we just want to thank you for taking the time to talk to us. we know you have a very busy day there. martin luther king iii. thank you so much. >> thank you for the opportunity. >> thank you. now, i've got a few thoughts about this next subject coming
up. maybe we'll wait a minute for that. this is the batman backlash. it's official actor ben affleck will replace christian bail as the new batman. coming out with geeks, they have a lot to say, myself included, why some say affleck isn't fit to you play the legendary man of steel. and she's back. cher, at 67, can she the key with the nation's biggest names? i say yes. >> yes.
♪ welcome back, everyone. we're in the "e block" and that means time for entertainment news. >> so, let's start with a story that's just about exploded online. we can't stop talking about it. this the announcement that ben affleck will play the caped crusader. christian bale out, ben affleck in. kendra g. is joining us live. yea or nay? >> i'm going to say nay. no hate against ben affleck. come on now, channing tatum is the sexiest man alive. he would be perfect. unless you go back to the j. lo days with the swag with his grease on his head, i'm not into that. >> from the geeks' perspective,
all right, he's supposed to be side by side with superman. from what i understand, he's supposed to play like an older guy to superman. channing tatum, he's not old enough. >> yes, he is. that man needs to have a swag. >> ben affleck already played "dave devil." any self-respecting comic book geek knows that's from that -- >> cross pollination. >> absolutely. it's just crazy. >> ivan's a purist. and i am not. here's what i will say, fine jawline, "argo." only one shirtless scene. i need to see ben affleck in more anatomically moulded rubber. >> you made it too complicated. i'm basing it all on sexness. >> me, too. let's see. we want to go on now to cher. >> oh, god. >> cher -- >> you know the video i'm talking about back in the day?
>> yeah. >> where she's like on "the destroyer." >> yes. >> she's 67, she's back with a new video called "woman's world." here's a look. ♪ this is a woman's world that's the truth ♪ this is the womans world ♪ >> okay. so she does have more clothes on. still pretty title. this is the cher that we know and love. what do we think about this? >> okay. cher is a legend, first. she's a pop icon. she's 67. she does have enough money to have a 40-year-old body. i am loving it. she's going to well at the techno clubs. her fans are 67. they may be in a home, being a grandma, they won't be on youtube like the younger pop stars. >> you think they're in a home at 67? >> do you have any new fans discovering her? >> well, new fans, but she might
be a little old for new fans. but the body looks good. she's got a 40-year-old body. >> she has all of it. >> she's got other people to move for her. >> and she has the hair. all that interesting hair. okay. kendra g., clearly, you're into fashion. every week, i wait to see what she's wearing, and i get very excited about it. so we're going to ask you what you think of madonna's latest fashion statement. >> oh, god. >> do you know what this is, ivan. >> i have heard about this over in the middle east. >> well, this is what -- they do, right? >> i don't like it at all? >> you don't think that maybe she went to her orthodontist or something? >> madonna is a legend. she's a pop icon. i don't like that period, first of all, your breath is going to
smell bad. >> explain what a grill is. >> it's like a mold in your mouth. >> do you think she's eating with that? >> i think she may. >> it was the opening of like her fitness studio or something? >> isn't that uncomfortable? you can't even smile. it's just nasty. >> i suspect madonna doesn't eat solid foods. >> ivan. i love that you both are concerned about her orthodontia. remember back in the day, we were waiting for suri cruise. >> yes. >> this is the north west. the baby of kanye and kim kardashian >> this little girl is so cute. she was revealed. we've been dying to see this girl. 3 months old, and she's so cute. look at those cheeks.
and kanye west -- i know you're not too informed. >> no. >> you didn't know they were together? >> i had no idea. i have been doing other things. >> he's been in egypt. >> those are kind of important. but this is like the most important. kanye west revealed how much he truly does love kim kardashian on the season finale. i thought was cute. i wasn't sure they would get married some day but he's in awe of this family. the baby is perfect. it's a perfect example of kim and kanye. she's got kim's features and that complexion from kanye which i love. >> kendra g. thanks for catching us up. >> thank you. >> -- does all my outfits. >> kendra, thank you so much. still to come here on "new day," they say that hell hath no fury
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washington's national zoo is welcoming its newest member. a baby panda, and now zoo keepers are waiting to see if a twin is on the way. the new cub, it's roughly the size of a stick of butter, which we think is a very funny comparison, and according to chinese tradition, we won't know what the thing is named because you wait 100 days. >> don't call it stick of butter, please. renee marsh is outside the national zoo this morning with the details on the baby panda. renee? >> reporter: good news here, the smithsonian national zoo, the
giant panda gave birth to a cub and at this point officials say it appears to be in good health. based on the panda cams, we know the mom scooped up her baby and started to cradle it and the baby started squealing. we may not know the sex for another two to three weeks, and we won't have a name for another 100 days. but this is special for a couple of reasons. panda's are an endangered species, and there are fewer than 2,000 of them on the planet, and a year ago the same giant panda did give birth to another cub, however it died six days later. so the staff here at the zoo will be paying close attention to the baby panda to make sure it's in good health. the first 30 to 90 days, very
>> a new app getting quite a bit of attention, and stirring up a little controversial. it let's women anonymously rate men, so you can pull up the app, and look at your facebook friends, and you can rate them. i want to pull up an actual profile, and this is our friend john, and he gave us permission, and he has an 9.4 rating, and they reviewed him based on appearance, humor, appearance and ambition, and this will hopefully make men behave a little better, and guys, i want to say, it's interesting, the review process, let me show you how they review it. they use tahash tags to review
somebody. hash tag manchild, and #can'tbuildikeafurniture. and it's pretty funny, but it's getting a lot of attention, because a lot of guys don't realize they are on the app, so it's raising questions about being able to rate somebody anonymously. i did speak to lulu, and what they said is you can go on and you can take yourself off of the app, but a lot of guys, they don't have any idea that they are on here. back to you guys. >> thank you so much. what do you think, ivan? he hates it. >> what if we did it? >> there was an app called hot or not? this has been done to us. >> and some of those hash tags may have applied to me, don't
know how to build ikea furniture. >> do you wear crocks? >> no. the next hour of your "new day" starts right now. >> the fast-moving wildfire that has consumed 165 square miles entered yosmite national park, and it's bearing down on thousands of structures. >> i started my political career facing lynch mobs. and i think we have just faced one here in san diego. >> he may be out of a job, but he is going down swinging. we have his bizarre exit speech and what he got in exchange for his resignation.
>> what made a town full of breaking bad fans call 911? let's see the police did not see it as a life threatening emergency. good morning, everybody. i am brianna keilar. >> i am ivan watson. it's 8:00. this is "new day saturday." >> the president is discussing the crisis in syria, and he is weighing his options after the chemical attack near damascus. previously he said that would be a red line in the conflict one that would, in his words, change the equation. that attack killed more than 1,300 people in a suburb. also new this morning, that wildfire raging in california in
yosmite's national park is doubling. >> first, cnn's nick valencia is outside the park. do they need more manpower, or is it a matter of terrain. >> reporter: it's a matter of resources and trying to get the resources in here. last few hours, we learned that containment is now at 5%, and it's up from 2%, and they credit the use of fixed wing aircraft, and they are using c-130s, and it's an out of control fire. the results of winds and inaccessible terrain. it's tough for the firefighters to get into parts of where the flames are the worst. evacuations are under order for parts of this area here in
groveland. we caught up with a resident on their way out. >> it's just the conditions and everything else, we all thought it was going to be the year we got a fire. it has been a while since one came through that took care of the brush and everything, and so nobody is surprised there is a fire up here. >> reporter: this one, this fire, the rim fire, has the potential of being the largest in state history here in california. >> what is kind of interesting to me about this, you have a state of emergency in san francisco, even though it's 200 miles away. why is that? >> reporter: that's a great point. a lot of the electricity come from this area, and two generating systems are in this area, and they power the cable cars, and you saw jerry brown,
issuing a state of emergency for san francisco and the cities, and it gives you a sense of how wide the impact is and how big the fire is and how wide of an area it is affecting, i should say. >> nick valencia, thank you. at first glance you might think that this is snow, but actually it's not. this is hail. it's a blanket of ice chunks coating parts of denver, and the hail hit the streets so much that the snowplows had to be called in. it came with toreants of rain, and one driver said the water came up so fast it quickly covered the hood of his car. >> let's talk hail and fire with alexandria steele. >> this is the time lapse from thursday night into friday morning when the incredible storm moved through, and it's
southwest, especially in littleton, colorado, and what they saw was six inches of hail, and in addition to that, it was kind of a generation of two storms coming together with dynamic up lift, and for the most part it was hail and dime-sized hail and nickel, but we even saw golf ball-sized hail, and that's how they had to use the snowplows to push it away, and four feet of flooding, and littleton, colorado, getting the worst of it. and currently the temperature at the rim fire is 37 degrees, and then the winds coming from the south-southwest, and we have seen winds going different directions moving the fire around. dew point incredibly low, and that's the amount of moisture in the air, and wind gusts were about twenty seven miles per hour, and this fire did double in size overnight, and it's a
function of two things. the winds and the terrain. what we talk about with winds is really the funneling of the winds. what we will see this afternoon, sustained winds, 10 to 15, 20 to 25-mile-per-hour wind gusts, and the problem weather-wise is no chance for rain at all overt next few days, and the winds will continue to be where they have been, and we have a tropical storm with so much wind. you guys, it won't get far enough north to impact the fire unfortunately. >> you always wonder in the fires, the embers can jump miles in some cases, and when you look at the wind gusts you might not be surprised as to how that happens. >> yeah, i saw a tweet that said there were two fires on aefeach
these ridges, and looking at that was something he had never seen. >> thank you. moving on, new this morning, san diego mayor bob filner will be out of a job beginning next friday, but not out of the spotlight. he faces lawsuits in sexual allegations of 18 women, and still he seems to blame everybody, everybody but bob himself. casey, filner doesn't seem very apologetic or remorseful, does he? >> reporter: certainly not, at least not at the end of his speech, ivan. i was standing no more than ten feet when he came in and started to deliver the address, and it looked like he was going to deliver the heartfelt apology, and he started out by apologizing to the city and his supporters, and he apologized to
his former fiance, who called off their relationship right as this scandal was breaking, and if he had stopped then i think a lot of people would have really taken to heart what he had to say, but then he launched into a tirade claiming that he was the victim of a lynch mob. let's listen. >> not one allegation, members of the council, has ever been independently verified or proven in court. i have never sexually harassed anybody. but the his staira you have helped to create is the huh steera of a lynch mob. >> reporter: back in the 1960s, filner worked with the freedom writers, and he talked about how he faced lynch mobs in the past
and stared them down, and in this case, he blamed political opponents and the news media, for somebody that came out and apologized for his personal feelings, it was strange to hear him cast so many accusations for so many people for the predicament he was in, and people said it was predictable filner. >> this is not for over filner, right? there is more to his just stepping down? >> yes, there's still a sexual harassment lawsuit from the campaign spokeswoman, and that's what triggered the whole series of events with all those women coming forward, and he will get help from the city in terms of defending himself and the city against that lawsuit, and they will be working together on that, but there is also two separate criminal investigations
underway, so far from over for bob filner. >> thank you. i have a dream --. >> this week marks a watershed moment for civil rights. >> thousands are gathering in the nation's capital to remember, reflect and also to call to action. on august 28th, 1963, martin luther king jr. gave his i have a dream speech. >> are you seeing people gather there yet? >> reporter: yeah, behind me they are starting different prayers, calls to action as things really start to move forward, just sort of the highlight of the event which happens in a few hours, and we will see a few speakers throughout the morning and then at 1:00, the marchers will start
here and march to the martin luther king, jr. many were so young they don't remember, and so it's left to the folks who did live through that time to raoely bring what this means into focus. >> it's hard to imagine, particularly for younger people, what the '60s were like, and it was a moment of extraordinary promise and violence and great activism, but when you hear the speeches, they still stir me now and make me want to weep. >> we expect to hear a lot of stirring speeches over the following morning, as people sort of bring their causes out to the national audience. >> some say the rally is not just about commemorating history, although we think of it in that regard. martin luther king's son also
told us it was about jobs, justice and freedom. >> reporter: that's a great point. the origins of this march really started about jobs, and it became synonymous with the civil rights movement with the i have a dream speech, but it started talking about the raising the minimum wage, and getting the federal government to commit to a job creation program, and here we are almost full circle in what is the biggest issue among americans right now remains job creation. you will see people out here with jobs on their t-shirts, and talking about the economic issues, as well as other issues that were not in play 50 years ago, and now today, immigration, the rights of gays and lesbians, and, you know, some of the gun laws that have been in the news over the past year to two years, so a lot of those issues as well, people trying to talk about here today. >> chris lawrence, thank you for your report. we will check back in with you.
up next, coming out of college buried under student loan debt. alison kosik is following that for us. >> reporter: it's heart of the american dream, going to college, but paying for it can really be a nightmare. i will have more on what president obama is offering to get a handle on the debt that many students are leaving with when they graduate college. and the heroic acts of antoinette tough. >> i said to him, bullets don't have no name, and if they shoot you they are going to shoot me. >> ahead, the exclusive interview with the book keeper that got a suspect to put down his weapon. the great outdoors... ...and a great deal. grrrr ahhh let's leave the deals to hotels.com. oh my gosh this is so cool... awesome! perfect!
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universities, columbia and nyu, a few there. and a long with the elite degrees, is a huge price tag. $26,000 worth of debt comes when they walk out, and that number doesn't appear to be shrinking anytime soon. alison kosik is live. president obama is not happy with how much college cost, and i don't think anybody is, and how does he plan to change the system. >> reporter: good morning to you. when you think about how people choose the college people want to go to, they look at the curriculum and sports program, and president obama says we should not look apt but make the college and universities more accountable, what kind of debt are students leaving with? these are the kinds of things that president obama wants to be
included in the rating system and once the rating system is in place, he wants how much financial aid is districted to be based on the ratings, because of what you are talking about, because the students are leaving college in debt up to their eyeballs, and the average price here is $64,000, and that includes room and board, and they are leaving the university with an average of $35,000, so what president obama is proposing is to make universities more accountable. here is what he said earlier this week. >> we want to create a new system of ratings for colleges so that parents and students know what schools graduate kids on time, are a good value for the morning, and lead to good jobs, because right now the rating systems, the commercial rating system tends to focus on what is the most expensive school or has the nicest sports facilities. >> reporter: his proposals are
pretty aggressive at this point and he is hoping the rating system could be in place by the 2015 school year and have the rating system tied to how much financial aid is allocated to the schools, and that would have to go through congressional approval and can't imagine that happening by 2018. >> hard to imagine. alison kosik, outside nyu. probably very few students awake there right now. >> reporter: you are right about that. an emotional reunion you will see only on cnn. school shooting hero meets the 911 operator that helped her survive a frightening confrontation with the gunman. >> this is kendra mckraeu. >> great. >> how are you? >> how are you doing? >> these women first met tuesday on the phone. police say a man with an assault
rifle and nearly 500 rounds of ammo walked into the school where tough works as a book keeper. she demanded the gunman stay in with her. >> he went out to shoot at the police and they were shooting back at him, and i said to him, come back in here right now, come from out there and come in here, and we are both going to be safe, because i said to him, bullets don't have no name, and if they shoot you, they are going to shoot me. so come back in here, we are going to work this out. >> that's remarkable. tuff's appearance was not all serious, and she managed to laugh when anderson told her what he wants to be his personal motivator. >> i want to have you on my
speed dial. whenever i am down, i want to talk to you. my gosh. you are great. >> thank you. >> i want you to call me sweetie and tell me everything is going to be okay. >> it's going to be okay. >> that's going to be my ring tone, and it's going to say sweetie, everything is going to be okay. >> yes, and it is. >> it's going to be okay, anderson. a programming note, her pastor will be our guest tomorrow on "new day." 8:40 eastern. trying to outdo each other. we have the lowlights coming up. [ male announcer ] these days, a small business can save by sharing.
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so kids are not the only ones who say the darnedest things. politicians do as well. >> the difference is you would think politicians would know better. meet the congresswoman, and she has an original argument of why same-sex marriage won't work. she says a marriage should be considered among people that can look at each other in the eye while having sexual intercourse. >> all right, then. i don't know what to say about that. and ortiz said that comment was taken out of context. she tried to clarify her own position saying she meant that
in a respectful manner. >> again, i don't know how to take that in or out of context. next up, colorado state senator, vicky marble, and she was trying to discuss issues that affect the black community. but it didn't go so well. >> there are problems in the black race, and sickle cell anemia is something that comes up, and diabetes is something that is prevalent and the genetic makeup, and you just can't help it. >> she would have been okay if she stopped there, but she didn't. >> although i have to say, i never ate better in my life than when you go down south. i mean, i love it. and everybody loves it. >> all right. well, not everybody loved that
comment, as you can imagine. critics slammed her, and she said the comment was not meant to be tkdisparaging to anybody. but it was. >> yeah, sometimes it's better to keep your mouth shut. and we have presidential adviser, david gergen. first, christine romans has a preview of "your money" coming up in about an hour from now. >> facebook founder, mark zuckerberg, he changed the world once and now he wants to do it again with a plan to connect $5 billion to the internet, you will hear from him right here on an all-new "your money."
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flames put 4500 structures in jeopardy, and the fire could impact the flow of water and electricity all the way into san francisco. and san diego's mayor has one week left in office. the city council made a deal with bob filner where he will resign as of friday. 18 women are accusing him of sexual harassment. he spoke to the city council yesterday and blamed politicians for the hysteria surrounding the allegations. police are calling this boy a danger to the public, and another 16-year-old is in custody charged with the murder. the 88-year-old was waiting for a ride when he was robbed and assaulted. if you have an old powerball ticket, you might want to check it. officials in new york say a
year-old ticket worth $1 million is set to expire tomorrow. the winning numbers drawn last august 25th, 1, 6, 7, 20, 49 and powerball number 23. >> you really hope that person figures it out and claims their money, don't you? gosh, a million bucks. when president obama sat down with "new day" chris cuomo, and he asked if the attacks are true, hasn't syria crossed the red line. >> the red line comment you made was a year ago this week, and we know since then there are things that you qualify for crossing the red line? >> chris, i have to say this. when we take action -- let's take the example of syria. there are rules of international law. >> uh-huh. >> if the u.s. goes in and attacks another country without
a u.n. mandate, and without clear evidence that can be presented, then there are questions in terms of whether international law supports it, do we have the coalition to make it work, and those are considerations that we have to take into account. >> now, david gergen is a senior political analyst for cnn, and he joins us by phone. david, if it proves to be a chemical weapons attack in syria, this is could be the deadliest case of such an attack, really since saddam hussein killed thousands of kerdz in northern iraq. does the u.s. have an obligation to intervene in syria? >> i think it has an obligation to act and act militarily to punish syria, and i am
sympathetic with the president that he has no good choices here, and america doesn't have the influence it once had in the middle east, and you don't want to get drawn into a war. the american public doesn't want to do that and it's not in the national interest. so it's a tricky one. i must say, if you ask me, what would you advice in this situation, i think three things, perhaps in the meeting the president is having this morning with his national security team, first, i think it's important for the administration to pipe down and everybody to stop issuing threats to syria, and we had a year as the interview suggested, we had a year and we have not done anything. and teddy roosevelt said it's important for america to speak sa softly and carry a big stick,
but we are doing the opposite. the second thing is to come up -- you have to see syria in a broader context. it's a very difficult situation. it's ranging from egypt, and now you have the iranian problem and iraq, and all the bombs going off. you have to figure out what your strategy is for the middle east. i am sure it has a clearer sense. it has not been communicated to what the strategy is. and then you have to figure out what you are going to do in syria, and what is your end game? are you trying to punish or trying to shift the tide of war there so the rebels are -- who have been reeling, are back on their heels, or do you want them to win. there are tough calls here. >> you just mentioned egypt. let's talk about that for a
moment. a flash point president obama has to contend with. the ousted leader is out of power, and the elected leader is out of custody, and what does president obama do there? >> i think his choices are very, very difficult. he wants to maintain a relationship with the military, and the egyptian military, the slaughter and everything like that, he doesn't want to sever those ties, because they hold the key to keeping peace in israel, and the long-standing relationship to egypt and israel going back, and so what the millairy has done, killing all the people, it violates american values. i think you have to make that clear. they are moving towards suspending more and more aid to send that signal, but right now
unfortunately, we don't have a lot of friends in egypt, so you have to move carefully. i think the president has been calibrated on that, but he has to be clear about what american values are and not be afraid to take on the generals if they slaughter people. >> david gergen, cnn senior political analyst, thank you for your insights. >> thank you, and it's a tough call for the president and not an easy time. >> no, not envyious of anybody who has to make this call. >> nobody said the middle east was easy. after the break, we will talk about your health. going gluten free is a choice for some, and it's a necessity for others. we will explore how the food industry is responding to the demand for gluten free products. ♪
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what? did you say over? nothing is over until we decide it is? was it over when the germans bombed pearl harbor? no! >> germans? >> forget it. he's on a role. >> when the going gets tough, the tough get going. who is with me? let's go, come on! >> who could forget the epic scene in the epic "animal house." you are about to meet the modern day version of that character. >> this is nicholas selby, he is a georgia tech engineering major and a sophomore and president scholar who leaped into the books with epic awesomeness of
his own, and a speech to his college freshman and it's unlike anything you have ever seen. take a look. >> we chose georgia tech because we want to do the impossible. and this school is equipped with the resources and faculty to help us do just that. and so in the words of sir isaac newton, if i have seen further, it's by standing on the soldiers of giants, and the one i find most exciting is our tradition of excellence. our mission as students is not to follow in the footsteps of the astronauts, nobel prize lords and presidents that graduated before us, but to exceed their footsteps and crushed the shoulders of the giants of whom we stand and we are here such innovative people, so i am telling you, if you want to change the world, you are at georgia tech, you can do that!
if you want to build the ironman suit, you are at georgia tech, can you do that. if you want to them to play music during your speech, you are at georgia tech, can you do that p that! i am doing that! >> we told you so. well, nicholas, his speech has already gotten over 1 million views on youtube, and a few of those are mine. i will be honest. nicholas is joining us now. i take it, nick, this was not your first time onstage. >> that's true. that's true. yeah. >> you have done this before. >> yes. not quite to this extent, but yeah. >> where did this inspiration from the speech come from? >> it was from my speech and debate coach back in high school, i performed it in that
activity in phoenix, arizona, and my coach, andy stone, he performed a similar speech in college, and he did the whole epic climax music, you can do that, and i thought it was a cool way to evened my speech, and i asked if he minded if i used his idea, and he said, sure, and everybody loved it. >> what did their faces look like when you went to town there? >> they seemed to like it. the parents seemed to like it more. but that's my favorite part of the clip is when it flashes to the freshman who are clapping, and they are like, i don't -- what just happened? i don't know. it was cool, but -- >> well, because they are probably -- commencement sometimes is where you might get some sort of inspiration, and normally it's a blas'e thing, and you stepped it up. >> thanks. >> we spoke to your speech coach
yesterday, andy stone, and he said he was very proud of you. you have spoken to him since the speech went viral? >> oh, yeah, he is a really cool guy, and we had a conversation about the whole thing. >> what did he say to you? >> i mean, you probably should ask him more, but he has reiterated, he was very proud of him, and there is no bad blood between us. i am a huge fan of his, so i think that that kind of helped him to be more gracious towards me, as he knows that he is an amazing person in my mind. >> you exceeded his expectations, perhaps. i imagine that you are a bit of a big man on campus. people probably notice you as you walk around right now, and you are probably getting attention that you never had before. >> yeah, that's for sure. >> any dates? any girl's numbers? >> i have a girlfriend and she is fantastic, and she is back in the hometown of phoenix,
arizona. >> long distance? >> yeah. >> what does she think? >> she is enjoying this. >> was she surprised? >> no, she was very, very surprised that this thing exploded like it did, as was everybody. i have been asked, were you expecting this? no, of course, i was not, i don't think anybody does. katie has been getting contacted by people too. >> how did it come to be that you were the one giving the speech, and were you the professors cool with you, and i looked behind you to see how they were reacting to you, and they were unsure and then they got into it? >> yeah, it was like bud peterson was hiding his face at the beginning of the speech. it was an application process, and i applied to be the speaker with an abstract that i submitted, and they liked the abstract so i submitted an addition on top of that and they liked that and i got to speak.
>> and you are breaking stereotype, because you are a mechanical engineer, and they are not usually happy and enthusistic people. >> ivan watson keeping it real. >> give us a line tailored to cnn please. >> if you want fact-based news, you are at cnn, you can do that! >> love it. nick selby, thank you so much for coming by. we love that. if you ever felt that you would just die if you couldn't watch your favorite tv show, in one connecticut town, not far from where ivan watson is from, the police had to get involved. huh...fifteen minutes
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you use it at work, and you use it at home, and it's a tool most of us cannot live without, right? >> uh-huh. >> sometimes it's turns on us and becomes the enemy, and yes, we are talk about technology, and it's time for "technology is ruining my life." >> i am sure you are not the first person that said that. this happened in fairfield, connecticut, next to my hometown. a outage knocked out cable
vision, and the show "breaking bad" is in its final season, and when viewers found out tv technology had done them wrong, they do what people in emergencies do, they called 911. >> yeah, that's right. so the calls -- it was not just like one guy, it was tons of people, and the calls overloaded the police department and the police department not pleased and they posted saying, we are receiving numerous 911 calls regarding the cablevision outage. this is not neither an emergency or police-related concern. please direct your calls to cablevision. >> that was the point the dispatchers were making. much more ahead on "new day
saturday," that continues right now. good morning, everybody. i am brianna keilar. >> i am ivan watson. it's 9:00 on the east coast, and 6:00 on the west. this is "new day saturday." >> president obama called his national security team to the white house to weigh in options on syria. graphic images out of syria appear to show the results of a chemical attack. these pictures show rows of bodies, and these pictures were supplied to the media by the syrian opposition, we should say. rebels contend the gas killed more than 1,000 people, including many kids. the president told our chris cuomo this week, if a gas attack is verified, then it will require america's attention. now is the time to rise from the dark -- >> marchers are gathering in
washington this hour to remember a landmark moment in u.s. civil rights. >> that's the historic march on washington for jobs and freedom. on august 28th, 1963, the reverend martin luther king, jr., urged an end to racism in his famous "i have a dream" speech, and one woman says she still weeps when she hears the speech. >> what is the route of the march? >> reporter: it's from here, over to the lincoln memorial. it's outside the lincoln memorial here, and thousands of people already here this morning, and we have been walking around and speaking to people, and asking them why you decided to come. you came from new jersey. obviously you were not around in 1963, but you have seen the old
black and white photos and heard the speech, and what does it mean for you to stand here today, 50 years later? >> it's a an honor and privilege to stand here 50 years later, in the exact place where dr. king gave his "i have a dream" speech, reading it and seeing footage, and it has been an inspiration to me all my life, and it's an obligation to go back home and carry on dr. king's dream in our communities. >> reporter: a couple minutes ago, we got a chance to speak to a woman that was here 50 years ago that gave us real perspective about what it was like then. >> it was wonderful. i mean, there was people, thousands, white, black, indians, and it was so much -- everybody was just so united. it was just wonderful. i just -- to feel that
adrenaline was worth it. >> obviously jobs were a big part of the issues then, and they are still today. a lot of people with signs that say jobs across the top, immigration, the rights for the gay and lesbian community, and voting rights and all of those issues, and people coming here to try and get that national focus as we look back 50 years ago. >> chris lawrence at the national mall, thank you. new this morning, in one week san diego won't have its current mayor anymore, and a lot of people think that will be an improvement. >> that's right, bob filner decided to step down so he can fight the allegations on his own. but he is not going quietly. >> casey joins us from san diego. casey, filner seems to think he is the victim in the soap opera. >> reporter: he certainly does,
and he started yesterday at the city council meeting where they were debating the settlement agreement where they had reached it in the middle of the week, and he apologized to the city and his supporters, and former fiance, and he apologized to the 18 women that came forward and claimed he engaged in the inappropriate sexually-charged conduct, but then he turned defy upt saying he never sexually harassed anybody. >> the fight for control of the city has become, as i said, vicious and bloody. unfortunately, on my own, and you all help cut off any support for that, i can't afford to continue this battle. even though i know, if given due process, i would be vindicated. >> he went to a place later that shocked a lot of people. he was with the freedom writers
back in the civil rights era, and he said he had faced down lynch mobs in his past and he compared his resignation and events leading up to a lynch mob, and he criticized powerful business interest and the media basically saying it was all of those parties' fault for his departure from office. >> the former -- soon-to-be former mayor playing the victim, here, huh? >> certainly. thank you, casey. a wildfire raging in yosmite national park is threatening 4,500 structures this morning. >> it doubled in size in just a day, and its impact may be felt 200 miles away in san francisco. >> we will explain why that is in just a moment. but first, we go to nick valencia. he is outside the national park. any headway overnight, nick?
>> reporter: just a bit of headway, but to give you a sense how fast it's moving, this is an area of is heavy damaged from the rim fire, as they call it here, and it's fast-moving and unfor giving, and i don't know if it translates to the folks at home, smoke all around us right now, and just a short time ago we saw multiple fire crews rush up the hill here, going towards fighting the flames. this has been very fast-moving, and at 5% containment, and that's up from 2% containment. and fire officials are crediting fixed wing aircraft, and the area is still under evacuation warnings, and we caught up with one of the residents that was being evacuated yesterday. >> it's part of the gamble. we are on the biggest corridor to yosmite national park, and
with the pros comes cons. it's part of the beauty and the charm and part of the downfall as well. >> reporter: part of the fear is that this blaze is eating away at areas on the fringes of yosmite national park, and it's encroached on the western boundary of the park, a very popular tourist destination, and fire officials estimate this is three time the size, this fire, three times the size of the city of san francisco. >> that's the wood spoke behind you from the blaze? >> reporter: that's right. that's right. we don't see flames right now, ivan, but this area was recently charred out, and i don't know if you can tell by looking at it here, we will have the cameraman pan, but it goes back a few hundred yards of charred out trees and its crispy at this point, and the fire is being
moved, and the winds have played an aggressive role and moved it where it has, and 50,000 acres. this is affecting even san francisco. san francisco gets about 85% -- a majority of its water from out here, and some of the power generation stations have been affected and that's why the governorf california declared an emergency for the city of san francisco, and that's 200 miles away and feeling the impact of the fire. >> thank you. let's check the weather for yosmite and that area around the rim fire and how it may impact the fire fight there. >> alexandra steele joins us. >> two factors, the winds have been strong and erratic, and also the terrain, it's incredibly rugged and there are canyons and ridges, and we call it the canyon effect.
what happens, similar to new york city when you are walking in between buildings, the air gets squeezesed and accelerates, and you will notice that when you are walking in the city, and it's similar, the canyons. right now it's 34, the most benign we have seen. the wind speed is low and slow at 3, and we have seen wind gusts at 27 miles per hour, hoping to spread it. these winds are coming from the southwest, and when we talk about winds we talk about the direction they are coming, and the southwest wind is blowing it east, and that's going right into yosmite. we will see the winds pick up, and gusts once again today will be in the 20s, but the problem, sometimes these winds have been erratic and coming out at different regions, so coming from the southwest at the same time, and coming from the north.
so quiet conditions in terms of no chance for rain at all, and the ironee, they will bring flooding rain to south of that, southwest, phoenix, but not enough to tackle the fire. >> we will be talking live from one of the women that accused bob filner, and she made her case before the city council. >> today i stand shoulder to shoulder with the other women that have come forward asking for the mayor to resign. this call has been universal among the victims of the criminal acts. >> laura fink on his resignation and the deal that he cut. [ male announcer ] if you suffer from a dry mouth then you'll know how uncomfortable it can be. [ crickets chirping ]
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now that bob filner has resigned from the mayor's office in san diego, we want to talk to one of the 18 women that accused him of sexual harassment. laura, thank you for coming on to talk with us, we appreciate it. if you can remind us, to be honest with 18 different accounts, there are so many different encounters, and can you tell us about your encounter. >> my encounter was 18 years ago, and he told me to turn around, and he patted me on the behind, and he said to the gusts, she worked her behind off for you, and he said to turn around and he patted my behind and said, no, it's still there. he gave me a weak apology and said that i just didn't understand.
>> certainly, a number of other women feel they were in at least similar situations to you, and it was interesting to hear the mayor speak yesterday. i am sure you already heard part of it, and let's take a listen and i want to get your response on the other side. >> to the women that i offended, i had no intention to be offensive. to violate any physical or emotion emotional space. i was trying to establish personal relationships, but the combination of awkwardness i think led to behavior that i think many found offensive. again, as i have in the past, sincerely apologized to all of you, and i will try to make amends in any suitable manner. >> laura, what do you think of that? >> it was striking to me how
parallel his apology yesterday was to the apology that he gave me in 2005. he acknowledges the awkwardness, but he has been confronted about the behavior before, and i responded in detail how it made me feel at the time, and to me it's sidestepping the issue and telling us that we don't really understand and that, you know, he has not done anything wrong. so i am not sure that he fully comprehends the gravity of his actions. >> san diego is going to help with his legal defense and pay part of his legal bills. what do you think about that? >> it's a challenge. we had a 7-0 bipartisan vote on the city council and i know it was a tough decision for them to make, but faced with the prospect of the mayor remaining in office for six more months, it was a structural challenge for them. we don't have the impetus to
remove him immediately, and i think they had to make a tough call and they made the right one peufp >> what would you say to the mayor -- well, for a few more days he is the mayor, and what would you say to him if you ran into him today? >> i think i said everything that i need to say to the mayor, and i hope he takes time to reflect upon his actions and he pursues a path of integrity from this point forward. >> laura fin bk, we appreciate your reaction. former heavyweight, mike tyson, back in the ring. well, not in the ring, but pretty close to it. we will tell you about his newest gig in the bleacher report. and we are also monitoring the march on washington. jesse jackson speaking this hour, and john lewis coming up at 11:00 a.m. you are looking at live pictures from the national mall in washington.
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productions, and it kicked off with a nationally televised fight. he has a six-part documentary airing on fox as well. and the little leaguers from west port, connecticut, they are playing in today's championship game, after a thrilling come-from-behind game yesterday, and they hit a game-tying home run from chat knight, and he won the game with a walk-off single. they play california later today. this is a great story to end on. cody clark, he is a 31-year-old rookie, and he finally made it to the major leagues last night for the astros, and he has been in the minors for eleven years, and he was in as a pinch-hitter, and he said it was a dream come true. his wife was in the stands and his parents made the trip from arkansas, and he hopes he can
continue to play in the big leagues, but it doesn't look too likely, and he got his one shot and it's a great story for cody clark. you are looking at live pictures from the national mall. this is the anniversary march on washington. we are live from the mall and we have a report for you ahead. with diabetes, it's tough to keep life balanced. i don't always have time to eat like i should. that's why i like glucerna shakes. they have slowly digestible carbs
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classes? >> oh, yeah. >> one of the biggest goals together was to graduate high school and be on a path to go to college. and i thought, this is important, and i am sure there are others. there are about 50 girls in our different programs. >> i am so proud of you, you know. >> her mentorship programs matches girls in high school with mentors that work with them once a week. >> you have to write an essay, right? >> i want to write about my life. >> when you are walking down the street, they are just teenagers. >> i want to have my own salon. >> one day i am hoping to become a nurse. >> i want to be a teacher. >> i want to be a doctor or a nurse. >> when i see all the girls can accomplish and what they can do, that's why i did all of this. >> we will see you back here at the top of the hour, but up next, 29-year-old mark su zuckerbergla