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through jerusalem, gaza, and the west bank this coming sunday night. "parts unknown" standard this sunday, 9:00 p.m. eastern. enjoy. i'm wolf blitzer. i'll be back in "the situation room" 5:00 p.m. eastern. "newsroom" continues right now with brooke baldwin. biblical flooding. not my word. that's straight from the national weather service as folks in colorado are trapped as the waters are rising. i'm brooke baldwin. the news is now. >> it all started out in afghanistan. >> a jihadist rapper from alabama targeted by his fellow terrorist said, but is he really dead this time? we're tough. and we stand together. >> fire on the boardwalk. and now, the recovery. plus, cyberbullying blamed for another child suicide.
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this time, she was just 12 years old. and julie chen admits to help her career she had surgery to fix her, quote, asian eyes. so how common is this? great to be with you on this friday. i'm brooke baldwin. here we go. yet another day of rain in northern colorado. exactly what these folks do not need. some parts of the state, look at this, have gotten nearly 12 inches of rain in the last 48 hours. just the sheer volume and how fast the water is moving in front of these homes. so far, three people have been killed by the storms. we know that the national guard has been called in. but the weather is so bad its helicopters can't get off the ground. more families are being evacuated from their homes today, and the governor says people need to stay off the roads.
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>> even just a foot and a half of water can knock people over. and you can be swept away. it's much, much different than normal water that you see going down a mountain stream, so we're asking people to be exceptionally careful and to, if at all possible, stay off the roads. >> i want to bring in both george howell, who is standing, it looks, in the midst of some of that rushing water in boulder. chad myers as well. george, first to you. tell me where you are and how bad it is. >> reporter: okay, brooke, we're in boulder. let's talk about it in different phases. the last 24 hours, we dealt with the storm, a lot of rain, water rushes down the road. now it seems like we're dealing with the cleanup. you see the bulldozers. they started the process of moving a lot of the mud, a lot of the rocks. there's a lot of debris that came through as the floodwaters pushed downstream. and now we're also seeing, you know, people are coming out to kind of look at it.
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it's been a soaking 24 hours. people are coming out to see what the situation is. jonathan, i don't know if you can pan over here to show what the people are doing as far as cleaning up, trying to move the debris from in front of their yards, in front of their homes to, you know, get back to some sense of normalcy, but looks can be deceiving because we do still, brooke, have a lot of running water down these neighborhoods. there are areas that are cut off because of all the rain that came in a short amount of time. keep in mind, there's the evacuation in lions, colorado. thousands of people who have been moved to higher ground because again, it's a lot of water that has to go somewhere, and it's pushing its way down the hills. >> yeah, george, thank you. chad myers, i was reading in some of the local papers about lions and a couple other towns who right now are absolute islands. water on all sides. and looks to me, we talked about this yesterday, here we are again. it's not getting better.
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>> no, and roads are washed out. you can't get there. you can call out the national guard all you want. if they can't drive a truck up the hill or fly a helicopter to get you, you're in trouble. and something else, i was happy not to see george in that water. that water looks kleeb, but it's not just muddy, there's other stuff coming down. we had 15 inches almost in eldorado springs. boulder at 12 inches. all that water is going to go to nebraska, kansas, the platt river, north platte river. i saw the left-hand canyon and also into big thompson canyon was higher this flood than in the epic flood of 1976. >> wow. >> so this is more water than colorado, the front range, has ever seen in some spots. then you could see some of the water start to move things downhill. now the ground is so saturated, you could begin to see the next thread, mudslides. you don't want to be on a road
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trying to get somebody out of the way when the land above you starts to mover. it's like you have a cold front that dudnt move. the rocky mountains. the air goes up the mountains and it rains. and it rains in the same places and it has been raining in the same place. we have three more days before it finally stops. >> we're thinking about you, colorado. from one disaster there to a different threat for folks in new jersey. firefighters on the jersey shore are working still this afternoon to put out the hot spots in this fire that started in a custard shop, ripped through new jersey's iconic boardwalks, and the fire, i don't even know if difficult is the best word to fight. it was enormous, this effort, hundreds of firefighters. this thing burned for nine hours. and destroyed four blocks of seaside park. this is a popular kids area and parts of seaside heights. this is now the aerial picture of what it looks like today. just charred black.
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the same area, i don't have to remind you, this was all just rebuilt after superstorm sandy hit ten months ago. just this afternoon, new jersey governor chris christie is vowing to rebuild yet again. >> i will not permit all the work that we've done over the last ten months to be diminished or destroyed by what happened last night. we're going to get back on our feet, we're going to do what we need to do. >> chris welch is there for us on the new jersey boardwalk. i see them working behind you. let me ask you this. do we know yet how this fire started? >> well, that's really the question of the hour, brooke. we seem to be asking that question to the officials and the fire officials, to the governor, about every hour, as much as we can. the governor held a press conference this morning and reiterated the fact they do not know exactly what caused this fire. we do know that ocean count aprosecutors have investigators on the scene. i just spoke to a public affairs director with the prosecutor's
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office and he tells us, look, it really may be a few days at least before we know, before we know anything, really, about what could have started this. this fire has been smoldering. take a look behind me. they're still dousing water on some of these hot spots, just to make sure nothing pops up again. that's the concern right now, that it had just been too hot for investigators to go inside. so they have really just been able to go inside and start looking. >> and can we talk about the firefighters, chris? these firefighters, i was reading the new jersey star-ledger this morning, what really struck me was the enormity of the battle to fight this thing. 400, 500 firefighters, up until 10:00 this morning. let me quote part of the paper. at the height of the blaze, hundreds of firefighters battled one obstacle after another to keep flames from spreading north into seaside heights. at one point, firefighters battled 30-mile-per-hour winds and embers the size of small birds. tell me about their efforts. >> exactly.
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it's those winds that made things so difficult. and you're right. 400 firefighters on the scene. i mean, you saw those pictures. we all saw those pictures, looking at them today, it's still incredible. they were dealing with a massive fire, and the winds, the 30-mile-per-hour gusts they were dealing with were carrying the embers the size of small birds you mentioned, carrying them in some cases across the street. the only time we know of that the embers reached another section, in addition to the boardwalk, it reached a condominium. luckily, they were able to put that out before it spread across the street here, but it took out four blocks of boardwalk, and some reports say up to 55 businesses lost. >> we'll talk to some of those business owners at the top of the hour who just reopened in july and here they go again. thank you. crucial talks on the crisis in syria extend now into day two. secretary of state john kerry describes them as quote/unquote
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constructive. he's meeting with russia's foreign minister on a plan for syria to give up its chemical weapons. kerry says both sides want a diplomatic solution. >> i will say on behalf of the united states that president obama is deeply committed to a negotiated solution with respect to syria. and we know that russia is likewise. we are working hard to find the common ground to be able to make that happen. >> so now there is talk that the current negotiations could help jump start talks to end the fighting all together. kerry and sergei lavrov plan to meet later on this month as well. matthew chance is covering the talks for us in geneva. matthew, syrian president bashar al assad wants the u.s. to absolutely call off this threat of a potentialilitary strike or attack. the kruu.s. says no. how serious is this possible roadblock?
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>> reporter: i think it's a pretty serious roadblock. probably the principle obstacle in the way between the americans and the russians in forging an agreement on this issue of chemical weapons. it's the russians as well who believe in principle, the idea of a country like syria being forced to disarm while another country, the united states, has -- is preparing a military strike against it potentially, is something that is not conducive to that happening. and so they're very much working against that. they want the united states to lift that threat of military action against it. the u.s., for its part, believes that without the credible threat of military action against syria, nothing will happen and it won't live up to the commitments that it hopes syria will make. >> what about some of the meetings? we mentioned kerry and lavrov will be meeting later this month and kerry will be traveling to jerusalem sunday to meet with benjamin netanyahu.
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what's the purpose of that trip? >> well, that trip is sort of unrelated in the sense that it's to primarily discuss the israeli-palestinian peace process. that was, of course, set into motion once again last month on the initiative of the u.s. secretary of state. lots of issues to discuss. in terms of the sort of final status issues to get these two sides to give some ground and to compromise, to forge some kind of agreement that may produce a two-state solution. of course, the issue of syria is going to be discussed and undoubtedly, the outcome of the talked on the chemical weapons issue of syria will be discussed at length between the secretary of state and the israeli prime minister, benjamin netanyahu. >> matthew chance, thank you so much for us in genevgeneva, switzerland. >> coming up, he's a jihadi, a rapper, and from alabama. apparently, he's dead because he ticked off his al qaeda bosses. wait until you hear why. plus, a story that will infuriate you, as it did me.
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terrorists in the world, a rapper jihadist from alabama, with a $5 million u.s. bounty on his head, reportedly has been killed in somalia. not spy and american drone strike, rather gunned down in an ambush set up by a very frustrated, ticked off former boss here, the al qaeda affiliate there. this man's name is omar humamy. he was known as the american. that's it, the american. he was social media savvy. in fact, here's one of ohis rap from youtube. ♪ keeping them living in fear ♪ it all started out in afghanistan ♪ ♪ straight off the land ♪ union crumbled, crumbled and tumbled ♪ >> he was also prolific on twitter where he often slammed al shabab's leadership in tweets like this one. shabab has changed strategy from
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choosing best of legit targets to hitting whatever target they can and legitimizing it later. this isn't the first time he's been attacked and reportedly killed. he tweeted this, quote, just been shot in neck by shabab assassin. not critic icaical yet. as i said, he's been reported killed before, only to emerge alive each and every time. so this time, is it real? j.m. burger runned the website, intelwire.com. he also wrote the book "jihad joe, americans who go to woar i the name of islam." you follow hamami, is this latest account of his death credible? >> well, it's definitely more credible than anything we have heard before. the news of the attack on hamami first came from al shabab social media users. previous reports had been sent
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by the amazon, the african union force in somalia and the somalian government. it was wish fful thinking. there are accounts i had been following for a while and had a high degree of confidence in. >> i want to talk about his b k background. he was the president of his high school, went to bible camp. connect the dots for me. how did he end up fighting with al qaeda in somalia? >> it was a strange path for a strange guy. hamami was converted to islam as a feeteenager. his father was islam although they didn't practice it growing up. his mother was christian. a lot of converts get deeply engaged in the religion and can
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sometimes wander into extreme areas. i think omar, you know, al shabab in trying to discredit him sort of famously called him a narcissist, and i think -- i think, and i think omar would have admitted there was some truth to that. he had a very high expectation for himself, let's put it that way. and he didn't go halfway on something. he went all the way when he could. >> so does that have to do with why he broke from al shabab? >> i think it did. he had specific grievances with al shabab. part of the reason he broke with al shabab is al shabab is pretty terrible. so his complaints included that they were assassinating leaders within the group who expressed dissent. they treated the foreign fighters like himself and some others badly. there was inequitable distribution of war spoils. he had a number of complaints. they all sort of boiled down to al shabab being corrupt and
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brutal in way he felt was not consistent with jihadist values. >> and so much of his frustrations were, you know, leaked onto twitter. how entrenched, bigger picture, in terms of social media, is it in this great er terror movemen? >> social media is really enjoying a surge in terms of how it's used by extremists now. you know, omar's presence on social media was a big deal, actually. it sent a lot of people to twitter to argue with him and dispute with him. and criticize him for airing his grievances in public. and more broadly, you know, the old internet forums, the message boards that al qaeda used to use, have suffered a lot of outages in recent years, probably due to attacks by western governments, so they have gone to social media and they decided they really like it. >> thank you very much. coming up, tv star julie
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honeymoons are supposed to end. 22-year-old newlywed charged with killing her husband is now out of jail. she is accused of pushing him off a cliff all of eight days after they were married. she's now in home confinement in her parents' home, and that news of her being out, not exactly sitting well with some. >> jordan graham, out of jail,
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returned home. crouching in her parents' car. probation officers' papers in hand, spoke with the now infamous bride as she began home confinement as ordered by the judge. a slap in the face to friends of cody johnson. >> i want them to do the right thing. i want justice for cody. >> but the judge released graham, ordering her to electronic monitoring at her parents' home before her second degree murder case goes to trial, saying she has no criminal history whatsoever and never exhibited tendencies for violence or even anger, except for the charge that she pushed her husband of just eight days off a cliff, face first in glacier national park, killing him. >> he didn't deserve whatever end she gave him. he never earned anything that jordan did to him. and i disagree with all of my heart at what the justice system is saying is fair. >> it was just a short time ago that the couple appeared happy
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and in love in their first dance at their wedding. while the groom's friends describe the bride as having cold feet, elizabeth shea remembers her as a normal bride, excited about her life with johnson. shea is a custom song writer. she said the bride hired her to write the lyrics to a song honoring the couple based on interviews she did with them. ♪ everyone wants a safe place to fall ♪ >> i used words like you helped me to climb higher for a better view. you're my safe place to fall. you never let me go. and so now when i hear those words, it's a little creepy. >> eight days later, johnson fell to his death, allegedly pushed by the very bride who danced this profitic song with him. >> in court today, the graham's attorney said it was all an accident. she never meant for this to happen. coming up next, the talk host julie chen, opening up about her plastic surgery years
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bottom of the hour, i'm brooke baldwin. let me show you some pictures. we have some pictures here of larimer county, colorado. here they are behind me. this is -- look at this. just as far as the eye can see, floodwater here. the national weather service is calling the floods in colorado, their words, biblical, biblical proportions. before the rain, you think about
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colorado and they were dealt those fires. remember the wildfires in july burning thousands of acres and homes. now this rain doesn't want to stop. >> do not cross standing or moving water. [ sirens ] >> never seen anything like this. this is just mind boggling.
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[ sirens ] julie chen is trending big time online, and what she says she did in order to get into the big time. big time tv. she is now the co-host, has been for a number of years here, of the show called "the talk" and she's also been hosting the reality show "big brother" and is a former network news ar s a and chen revealed early on in her career, she followed the direction of an agent and former boss, and both of these poem told her she should undergo plastic surgery to make her eyes bigger. chen, on the talk this week, actually showed the before, and we can all see her now, the
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after pictures, while revealing her big secret. >> and i want to show you a side by side of how dramatic this surgery really was. i mean, if you look at the after, the eyes are bigger. i look more alert. but i will say, when i -- after i had that done, everything kind of -- the ball did roll for me. which, you know, i struggle with, wow. you know, did i give in to the man and do this? >> let's talk about this with cnn digital correspondent kelly asian business association. wendy, let me begin with you because we can talk tv and your career, i want to ask personally speaking, did anything happen like this to you? a boss come to you, pressure you to change? >> yeah, thanks for asking. happy to be.
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i'm very fortunate that was never brought up to me here in the san diego market, but i understand it's a very visual medium. and i applaud julie for coming forward and being courageous and sharing her story because it is her story. but i think at the end of the day, it really comes back to personal choice and feeling confident and choosing what you decide to do. part of me also said, gosh, if someone had asked me, i would feel a little sickened and might say, i may not be the right person for the job. i was never asked. >> one thing to think it, but to put yourself in her shoes so many years ago, to both of you, you heard her saying a little bit of her feels like she gave into the man. do you think she did at all? >> i agree. i sort of respect her decision. it was a difficult one, obviously, to make, and she's sort of questioning if that decision was something if she didn't do, would her career have gone forward? what i hope really is that as our world, we celebrate more and more diversity, that if there's
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a young julie chen in dayton, ohio, right now, that she doesn't even get asked this question and she doesn't even have to think about this. that's what we hope as we become a more diversified world. >> all of us hope being in this visual medium, we hope timed have changed and people are more accepting of all the way said we look. i know, kelly, you have been poring through the backlash online. what are people saying about this? >> a lot of backlash, a lot of sadness, outrage, and some people saying i don't know what the outrage is all about. let me read a couple comments we're getting at cnn.com. someone said horrible role model. she sold herself out, very sad. another pirn who said, this is the burden under which all minorities must live. if you don't look european, you're not considered beautiful by the general public. and then comment, she looks great. i can tell you the before person never would have had the success in the media before that the after person would. plastic surgery is a common
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practice in the business. what is the big deal? just a sense of the range of comments we're seeing online. >> wendy, weigh in, and as we were talking with the segment, too, we were wondering if there are issues, it seems, from what i can tell, there are other issues in other cultures to maybe look more western, and i'm also wondering if men deal with this, too. what do you think? >> it's interesting, when i was growing up, i'm fourth generation japanese american, and i remember being teased for having slanted eyes and as a young girl, i thought it must be better to be white and act white, whatever that means. so i think we have come a long way. we have a long way to go, and i'm a mother and i have two daughter, a toddler and teenager who are very impressionable, and i remind them, we all come in different shapes and sizes. it matters what's up here and in here. are you trying your best, are you kind, do you have integrity, are you giving back to the community? the rest doesn't really matter. >> my own personal 12 years
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doing that, the only person who said something early on, cut your hair and take that crazy earring out of your ear. that's it for me, so i feel lucky, but final questions, she said after it happened, the ball did roll for me. this is the older, you know, local anchor, dayton, ohio, julie chen. i'm wondering, first wendy to you and then kelly. do you think if she had stayed as we saw on the left side of the screen, do you think she would be in the position she is today? >> you know, that's a tough question. i'll take that first. i mean, at the end of the day, when you look at julie's skills, she's an incredible reporter, anchor, role model. fabulous on-air talent and she's good at what she does. given the climate 18 years ago in the midwest, i don't know. and so, again, i respect her decision to make the choices she made. i color my hair. there, it's out. >> me, too. guilty. >> i don't know if that makes me more successful or not. my husband says let your hair go
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curly and stop dyeing it. who knows. but all i have to say is at the end of the day, she's really good at her job. she was beautiful before, she's beautiful now, and i think we need to, again, continue to celebrate diversity. but yeah, that's a good question. >> i'm going to leave it there because i love that final note. beauty in the eye of the beholder, as well. wendy and kelly, thank you both very much. coming up, he's one of those stars you never know what he's going to say. and before he fights tomorrow's $41 million bout, floyd mayweather talks to me. don't miss it. a contractor before and didn't know where to start. at angie's list, you'll find reviews on everything from home repair to healthcare written by people just like you. no company can pay to be on angie's list, so you can trust what you're reading. angie's list is like having thousands of close neighbors, where i can go ask for personal recommendations. that's the idea. before you have any work done, check angie's list. find out why more than two million members count on angie's list.
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being around the sport, dominating the sport for 17 years. he's 22, i'm 36. >> yeah. >> so it's an interesting matchup. >> floyd, what do you want to say? >> you did a couple months' time for domestic battery charge. what have you learned? >> done my 70 days in the hole, which is max security. and i'm out now. i'm still positive. and once again, tough times don't last. tough people do. >> what's your message for people? we cannot all be floyd mayweathers, but in terms of being happy, being healthy, being positive, what do you say to people? >> surround yourself with positive people. at one particular time, i was negative. i come from a rough situation, but you know what, it's all about going forward, staying on a parallel path and being the best i can be. if you dream it, you can do it. >> money may, thank you. again, that big fight tomorrow night. coming up, incredibly tragic.
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police say rebecca texted a boy she met online and told him that she couldn't take it anymore. now, rebecca falls into this tragic number of teenagers who have taken their lives because of cyberbullying, but there is a twist here because it involved a cnn crew who just happened to be at rebecca's former school the day she killed herself. sarah gannon has more. >> bullying. >> a pledge to stop bullying at crystal lake middle school. no one knew it then, but that very day, one of their former classmates killed herself. she was being bullied, the sheriff's office says, by girls at this school. heartbreak, and another rally hours later, once her family found out what had happened. >> i love my sister. >> it was so secret that rebecca was being bullied. there were fights in school and police say administrators even
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tried changing her schedule. rebecca was hospitalized in december for cutting her wrists. this e-mail shows the sheriff's office opened an investigation and then closed it. her mother eventually pulled her out of crystal lake middle school all together. but the bullying didn't stop. it continued on social media. >> some of the juveniles have told us that rebecca was absolutely terrorized on social media. by some girls. >> cnn was at this rally monday where some students opened up about bullying at crystal lake. there were confessions and apologies, but police believe rebecca was already dead. the sheriff says she jumped from the tower of an abandoned cement plant. sheriff grady judd said laptops and cell phones from about 15 middle school girls have been confiscated as part of the investigation, and they found messages sent to rebecca on several social media sites. messages such as "you should
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die." and "why don't you go kill yourself?" the sheriff says the night before she jumped, rebecca sent a message to a 12-year-old north carolina boy she had befriended online. she wrote "i'm jumping. i can't take it anymore." >> we can see from what we have investigated so far that rebecca wasn't attacking back. she appeared to be beat down. she appeared to have a defeatist attitude. and quite frankly, the entire investigation is exceptionally disturbing to the entire investigative team. >> rebecca's mother saw her alive for the last time that night. on her phone. texting. sara joins me and ben tinker, senior medical producers who as you mentioned, you were part of the cnn crew who just happened to be at this school, so part of this story you're going to tell
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is not just sadly we lost rebecca, but someone else was saved. >> that's true. we were there shooting the story on anti-bullying, which is such a coincidence we happened to be there. >> so odd. >> but the day after rebecca killed herself, someone came up to jalen's mom, who we're going to talk about, and she said i have a question. who can i ask? she said, i'll be right back, get someone to answer your question. she said, something wasn't right about that. she went back, and her son jalen, who is 13, this other girl is 13, confided in her son she was planning on killing herself, tuesday night, the very day after rebecca killed herself. jalen said, don't do it. please don't. we'll get you the help. they were able to step in and intervene and save this girl's life and who knows how many others. >> incredible. all the way around incredible. parents are thinking what can we do? what can we do? a lot of parents want to control everything their child does
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online, right? >> the sheriff said it's a really important message. a lot of times it's the cell phones they're looking at, not necessarily the laptops or where you have your blocking software, but the apps on the phone are so important. the sheriff said they're so important that parents enact controls on those, too. things like ask.fm, that app, or kick. both of those, she was on both of those apps and her mother said, her mother told the sheriff, when she saw her that night before she went to bed, she was in bed on her phone. >> cell phone. cell phone, cell phone. parents, take note. finally with you, tell me about the kid fighting bullying. >> we went down and met this incredible kid, jalen, and he's got this campaign, jalen's challenge. and their motto is bullying, no way. he made me promise to give you these bracelets. jalen's challenge, bullying, no way. he's 13 years old, he has tourette's syndrome. he would get bullied all the time. he said if i'm getting bullied all the time, imagine how many
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kids across the world are getting bullied. this is pretty cool for a tlan-year-old to think this. he started this. in the piece, you saw an actor, he went down. he has tourette's as well. they're doing this antibullying campaign. we had been planning this story before this tragic event happened on monday. we'll bring it to you next week. >> something positive to come. thank you. we'll look for it. sara, thanks for telling her stowe. we're now getting word that president obama has just spoken at the white house on syria specifically. we'll share his comments with you, just in, next.
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got some video we want to share with you now straight from the white house. we have president obama, he's been meeting in the oval office with the amir of kuwait and the subject of syria most definitely came up. here's the president. >> our two countries are in agreement that the use of chemical weapons we saw in syria was a criminal act. and that it is absolutely important for the international community to respond in not only deterring repeated use of chemical weapons but hopefully getting those chemical weapons outside of syria.
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[ translator speaking foreign language ] >> i shared with the amir my hope that the negotiations that are currently taking place between secretary of state kerry and foreign minister lavrov in geneva bear fruit. >> again, the president sitting with the amir of kuwait. as we know, for a couple days, sergei lavrov and u.s. secretary of state john kerry meeting on neutral turf in geneva, switzerland, to talk about what is happening in syria and hopefully find some kind of solution over the stockpile of chemical weapons. >> the flooding in colorado called biblical as they continue to rise and folks continue to
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>> she's heating normally, she seems to be in fine shape, as you can see. >> poor thing. number three, a hunter claims to have killed a mythical creature on a farm in mississippi. >> i said it was one of those chupacabras, and that's what i call it because it looks just like it. >> experts say it's more like a wild dog or coyote. number two on cnn.com, jeanne moos profiles a husband who has this hernia operation, wakes up, sees his wife for the first time. >> the doctor send you? man, you are eye candy. >> the prettiest woman he's ever seen, he said. >> i love it. eye candy, to his wife. the video, of course, went viral, and oh, yeah, the hospital confirmed this.
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and number one, a ms. america hopeful apparently becomes the first contestant to show off a tattoo on stage. here she is and you see the ink on her stomach. that's ms. kansas and that is the serenity prayer. a computer glitch sells round-trip airplane tickets for $5. should this major u.s. airline honor them? i'm brooke baldwin. the news is now. biblical flooding. not my words. that's from the national weather service. we will take you live to colorado where floodwaters are rising. we are tough, and we stand together. >> fire on the boardwalk. and now, the recovery. plus, sororities at the university of alabama being investigated for denying young women because of race. >> and is your water safe? one state tells folks it's okay
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to drink, just don't get it up your nose. why? because it could eat your brain. top of hour two, i'm brooke baldwin. great to be with you here. the national worth service is calling the flooding in colorado biblical. parts of the state are under water after this huge storm dumped as much as 12 inches of rain. people in the town of lions, were told to get out. get out today. and the governor told all of these people who live there, stay off the roads. and some in colorado, they're just simply stuck where they are. >> most roads are closed. u.s. 36 is closed. eastbound, you cannot get out of boulder if you get here. we have some significant rain amounts still in the forecast for later today. should that happen, we will see
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additional flooding and additional closures could take place. >> let's go straight to boulder, to cnn's nick valencia there for us. nick, just set the scene for me. >> reporter: well, we just got here a little while ago, brooke. as you can see behind me, the story at this hour is the cleanup. this neighborhood behind me, just a couple hours ago, would have been underwater. flooded streets are slowly starting to recede and water is going away, but the boulder police chief did warn there could be more rain throughout the weekend. he said this danger is not over. take a listen to what he told the media just a little while ago. i don't think we have that sound bite, but getting back to this neighborhood, the good thing for this neighborhood behind me here is it's multimillion dollar homes behind here. so they're very well built. at least at first glance, it appears to be superficial damage at this point. as we drove through these neighborhoods on the way here,
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we saw a lot of residents out and about, taking pictures of what happened. i talked to a few residents, one who moved from new york, and he said it was crazy to see what happened here. the streets now, check this out, brooke. big rocks coming down. imagine these rocks coming down miles per hour at a community here. this street is littered with them. tractors are trying to clean up here. i don't know if you can see that, but those are the flat irons right behind me. that's where the mountain came down from the mountains to saturate and sort of flood this area. but the cleanup continues. hopefully for now, though, these residents are out of the woods for now. brooke. >> that's incredible looking at the roads. i know many have given way. it's tough for folks out there. nick valencia, thank you very much. and towns just islands because of the water. >> meantime, from all the water to this horrendous fire. disaster strikes the jersey shore for the second time in less than a year. it was just ten months ago that superstorm sandy happened,
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devastating new jersey's iconic boardwalks, and now a massive fire has done this. block after block after block of businesses in seaside park and seaside heights gone. months and months of rebuilding after sandy wiped out. this area had just been rebuilt. the fire started just yesterday afternoon in this custard shop. strong winds, 25, 30-mile-per-hour winds pushed is from business to business along the boardwalk and it burned for hours. as hundreds of firefighters for more than 30 downs battle to put this thing out. more than 24 hours after the fire started, about 100 firefighters are still there, still spraying down some of the hot spots. new jersey's governor is vowing to rebuild the boardwalks yet again. >> i will not permit all the work that we've done over the last ten months to be diminished or destroyed by what happened last night. we're going to get back on our feet. we're going to do what we need to do.
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>> i want to go straight to seaside heights to eric furanda, who lost his business in the fire. you own "shore amusements." and goodness, i'm so sorry for the loss. and i can't imagine wrapping my head around a loss again. have you been back to see your store? >> yes. we actually watched it burn last night. and we had -- yeah, we had a brief view of it today from the street. and it's all gone. there's just nothing left. >> do you feel like when you say it's all gone, has it fully sunk in yet? like here you go again, rebuilding? >> you know, that's the thing. we just got over what was a natural disaster. and now to be hit with this, we didn't even start beginning to pay for the recovery that we started. you know, things were just starting to look up, and now we have to start over again, if we can. >> just hearing from governor
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christie, you know, i think his quote was, this makes me want to throw up. this is the governor who i know in his childhood went to these spots as well. can you just tell me, for people who are watching, our hearts go out to you from afar, how can we help? >> you know, i've met governor christie a couple of times. and he genuinely cares about the area. you can just see it in his face when you talk to him. i just hope that there's facilities for us to rebuild. i hope there's help from the state that will help us get through this. and for the people, you know, just come back next summer. hopefully we'll be ready. hopefully we'll have something to offer. it's really in the hands of the insurance companies and the government if this is going to happen for next year. >> i am so sorry, and i hope y again, i hope the help comes. eric, thank you so, so much. and a new warning today from al qaeda's leader, imman al
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zawahiri, calling on terrorists to stage more attacks like the boston marathon bombings on american soil. the goal here is to, quote, bleed america economically by getting the u.s. to spend more on security, and one of the world's most wanted terrorist said may be dead. he's a rapping jihadist from alabama with a $5 million u.s. bounlty that's been on his head. ♪ it all started out in afghanistan ♪ ♪ when we fight the oppressors trait off the land ♪ >> omar grew up outside mobile, alabama. reportedly has been killed in somalia, not by an american drone strike but gunned down in an ambush set up by furious former bosses, the al qaeda affiliate, al shabab. he has been reported killed before, a couple times, only to emerge alive each and every time. u.s. officials right now are working to confirm the latest report of his death. and now to those talks, as we continue our coverage of the
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crisis in syria, now to the talks in geneva aimed at stripping syria of its massive chemical weapons stockpile. secretary of state john kerry calling his meetings with sergei lavrov constructive. now we've got news on the impending release of a u.n. report on the use of the weapons in syria. let me take you straight to the united nations to nick. what can you tell me about that? >> speaking a couple hours ago, where we thought he might have thought were private conversations, ban ki-moon may have let slip what he thought were the conclusions of the u.n. report, which most people are saying are due out on monday, what happened on august 21st, the gas attack which sparked american interest in military intervengsz. let's hear what he had to say. >> translator: our team will come out soon with a report, but i believe that the report will be an overwhelming, overwhelming
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report. that the chemical weapons were used. >> now, his spokesman went on to say, look, he hasn't seen the report at this point because the report isn't finished and he couldn't say where necessarily the secretary-general had gotten his information from, but it's the first indication we have that the report is going to make that official conclusion. of course, even the russians accept chemical weapons were probably used on that particular date, but it's beginning to focus people's minds on monday, the release of the report, and where does the u.n. sit. ban ki-moon wend on to say that bashar al assad was in fact guilty of crimes against humanity. >> translator: what happened is that he has committed many crimes against humanity. and therefore, i'm sure that there will be surely the process of accountability when everything is over.
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>> now, you've got to bear in mind that bashar al assad is watching that and that's the head of the u.n. suggesting he may face justice for what is going on inside syria right now. all of this is going to play into the delicate negotiations. none of it is legally binding. it's just his opinion, but everyone is looking for this report to be the credible, definitive report on what happened in damascus and the terrible attacks we saw on our television screens by amateur videos shot by activists there and people are looking to see exactly what level of detail the report provides. it may give somewhat details, and people can deduce what was behind it. >> thank you. coming up, a computer glitch selling round-trip airplane tickets for $5. will united airlines actually honor them? we just got an answer. plus, the number of close calls in the sky doubling over the past year.
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so the number of what they call close calls in the sky when planes are a little too close doubled from 2011 to 2012. however, analysts are quick to point out a change in reporting may actually be the reason behind this jump in numbers. new technology now automatically reports all the close calls, and air traffic controllers are now encouraged to report the incidents. they're no longer punished for mistakes. and this just in. the decision many of you are waiting for. whether united airlines will in fact honor the super cheap fares that ended up on its website. talk about the bargain of a lifetime, all of us wishing we were on united trying to buy air fare. $10, including tax, from washington to hawaii. $5 from new york to houston. alison kosik is at the new york stock exchange. so tell me, are they honoring
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this? this glitch? >> yes, brooke, they are going to be honoring these bargain basement prices for these tickets. we found out a short time ago. it is pretty amazing. you wonder how many tickets are out there for that $5 or $10 apiece. it really was the million dollar question when you think about it or the $300 question, depending on how much your air fare was worth. a short time ago, united tweeted, we have reviewed the error that occurred yesterday, and based on these specific circumstances, we will honor the tickets. you know who's making out like a bandit big time, the people who bought multiple tickets. a ceo of farecompare.com, he said some people baltimore than a dozen tickets to go from d.c. to honolulu. lucky, lucky. if only i had been on that. >> i saw a sound bite where a woman said i bought this ticket and this ticket and this ticket. why did this happen? was it some sort of computer glitch? >> no computer glitch. united said it was human error.
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we're not getting details on what that means or who made the mistake. united is just saying there was an error which resulted in certain fares being displayed at zero, saying we have corrected the error. so needless to say, brooke, don't bother going on now trying to get a deal. you'll not get a deal like this. >> back to normal. thank you very much. and coming up, we're going to talk about this underwater grave. that is what officials are calling this giant molasses spill in hawaii. the goo has seeped into the ocean, killing wildlife and now human lives are at stake. we'll talk about that. >> plus, a brain-eating amoeba found in water, and now people in one state worry about the safety of their drinking water. check it out... over 20 million drivers are insured with geico. so get a free rate quote today. i love it! how much do you love it? animation is hot...and i think it makes geico's 20 million drivers message very compelling, very compelling.
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a huge spill is killing fish in the waters of beautiful honolulu harbor. but it's not what you're thinking. this is not oil that's spreading. it is this sweet, sticky stuff, molasses. more than 223,000 gallons of molasses leaked from a breach in a pipeline. this happened when the stuff was
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getting moved to a ship headed to the west coast. now the ship's owner says divers are having to watch closely the liquid's movement and the company is bringing in people to help support the response. >> pretty much everything we imagined is in the harbor water. has been negatively impacted. and is at least some of that population has died. >> it's awful, chad myers, when you look at the pictures of all these wildlife floating around honolulu harbor. it's not just that. it's sharks. this is becoming an issue with sharks. >> too, and probably an algae bloom at some time. you have these dead animals here. what's different about an oil spill and molasses spill is molasses goes to the bottom. oil goes to the top. when molasses and seawater mix, and a fish swims through it, they believe it kind of coats the gills, and the gills can no longer bring in any oxygen. so if there's no oxygen to the fish, the fish literally just
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dies right there in not too many minutes. so this spill, now all the way to the bottom, divers are down there looking at it. believe it or not, there are some crude oils that are so thick, they go to the bottom of the ocean if spilled. there are researchers who use molasses to pretend it's oil to work on the clean-up of an oil spill by using the molasses. so they're thinking they may be able to use some of this equipment out there. >> if the molasses is all the way on the bottom -- >> you take the suction device and go to the bottom. you don't try to use a boom off the top because it's not there. you literally have to go to the bottom and suck it off the bottom. otherwise, the tide is going to take it in and out, but this is not an open water situation. this is in a bay. you get a one-foot tide or a two-foot tide. i'm sure you have been to hawaii, the water doesn't go up and down too much. >> the sugar cane fields, we were talking, like the extracts from that whole process.
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>> 200,000 gallons of this stuff on the bottom of the bay. >> crazy. hopefully they clean it up and quickly. chad, thank you very much wroorb. coming up, a sorority on the campus of the university of alabama accused of racism, specifically not allowing certain young women to pledge. but there is more to this story than first glance here. plus, as the crisis unfolds in syria, dr. sanjay gupta is back here at home from visiting these refugees in camps right along the syrian border and he says there's an issue the media isn't talking about and one that gets him -- got a little emotional with me, talking as a dad. my candid chat with sanjay next. she's always had a playful side.
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refugees, people conjure up images of what that means, who these people are. part of the reason they do that is because no one has really told them, no one has told them their stories. and i dpiend in today's day and world, there's a lot more that sort of ties us together than we realize and those are some of the stories we wanted to do. >> you went to refugee camps. you said the biggest misconception is sitting back here in the u.s., we have this sort of stereotype, this idea of what a syrian refugee looks like. it's not what we're thinking. >> we type cast. you know, we're all guilty of it. i will say myself included. you take short cuts, but if i tell you, brooke, that i met this woman who was in her mid-20. she got marry today a man after his mother went up to her in a shopping mall and said you must marry my son, and they got married and it was a good decision for her and had three kids and they live a very happy middle-class life in homs, a big city in syria. they drive their kids to school,
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play cards at night, they go to the mall and buy nice clothes, then, as she told me, the missiles started to rain down on her neighborhood. it's when her kid's arm got badly burned, she decided she had enough. you think about your own neighborhood where you live and think what if that sort of thing happened to us? and i don't mean to make this sound overly dramatic, but that's what we're talking about. this is what's is happening. these are people just like us. they're parents trying to do right by their kids and by themselves and they suddenly find themselves in this situation. >> you talk about kids. i look at you, you're our chief medical correspondent, a surgeon, and also you're a dad. i know you well enough to know you're going to bed, closing your eyes and thinking of the kids in the camps. >> that's incredibly -- it's really painful. you know, i think because it's complicated as these geopolitical situations are, i can't help but think that, you know, this problem we can solve. i mean, there are kids who are starving to death.
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there's no dignified way to describe that. >> winter is coming. >> winter is coming. and even if they have enough food, it's not enough of the right food, so they develop these terrible diseases. i just -- i don't know how that makes you feel or anybody else who is watching, how it makes them feel. i don't want to make people feel badly about this, but i do think that this stories can make people feel more connected, maybe more compassioned, and perhaps compelled to act. >> thank you for shedding a light on all these stories and going over there. i know a lot youf want to help. we have a list of some organizations. go to cnn.com/impact. sanjay, thank you. >> thank you, brooke. near the bottom of the hour, i'm brooke baldwin. the national weather service is calling the floods in colorado biblical, as in biblical proportions. before the rain, we had the wildfires in colorado burning thousands of acres and homes there. now the rain just won't stop.
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>> proceed to higher ground. do not cross standing or moving water. [ sirens ] >> never seen anything like this. this is just mind-boggling.
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>> you hear the warning sirens going off. chad myers says the rain won't stop for at least a couple of days. now to those allegations here against a sorority at the university of alabama. a report by the school's newspaper, the crimen white said the sorority blocked two black women from pledging. one with better than a 4.0 grade point average. want to read you part of the article. quote, 50 years after vivian malone and james hood became the first black students to desegregate the university of alabama, there remains one last bastion of segregation on campus. the ua greek system is still almost complete ly divided alon racial lines. abbey, i want to get to you in a
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second, but lynn, set this up for me. >> serious allegations here. this newspaper really blew this story up. when you read it, brooke, it honestly seems like you're back 50 years ago. one of the sorority sisters saying people are too scared of what the repercussions are of maybe taking a black girl. these allegations are serious. and basically, what happened is they had these two african-american sorority pledges. one girl decided to speak out through this newspaper article and says, there were members of my sorority who fought for these girls to be pledged, invited to be a pledge, and it was the alumni who cut this off. and they came out and said, no, we don't want them to be a part of it. then a series of other sorority sisters came out of the woodwork. there's about four sororities named in the article. these are serious allegations. the university is now looking into it. >> abby, you talk ability the impenetrable color barrier at some of the sororities.
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you're talking to these girls in the sorority. does it seem to you it's more the young women or is it the alumni making this a big deal? >> i mean, every girl that i have talked to, every girl in the sorority, they were all very supportive of this, apparently this girl was very stellar in every way. and every girl i talked to was supportive of it. they said it was the alumni that was the issue. >> so where does this stand right now? >> um, i think it's ruffled a few feathers. the administration has kind of forced to speak now, now that it's national news. where as they haven't in the past. i think for at least a few sororities, the nationals have gotten involved, and are investigating the rush process to see if that's what really happened. >> speaking of the university, you have a statement. what is the university saying. >> first, it's really interesting because of the whole
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thing was spearheaded, first, read the university's statement. they said, the university administration, the members of our local chapter and the vast majority of our alumni fully believe this is the right time to do the right thingnd we're committed to insuring all students have access to and can choose from multiple opportunities that match their personality interests and goals. it was spearheaded by his circuit court judge, one of three african-american board members of the university of alabama. it's his step-granddaughter who is the pledge they're referring to in the article. he said this is on paper the ideal candidate. a 4.3 gpa from high school, a track member. their family has a long line of public service. she's a lovely girl. he looked into this deeper and found there were four to seven african-american women that were denied an invitation to pledge from all 16 sororities there on campus. he said this calls for an investigation. >> i'm curious, what is the sense on campus?
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now that this has erupted on the national level, what are students, both in fraternities and sororities and not saying about it? >> we were really surprised going into it. we were all really nervous because this is actually the third time, or at least since i have been here, that we have written about this issue. but we have never had actual sorority members speak out. when we were really nervous, we were really nervous about the backlash over what people would say, but i can honestly say i have not received any negative feedback. i have received support from sorority members who were in the sororities mentioned. i received support from faculty and other students, greek and nongreek. i think it's been really well accepted and everyone agrees that this is something that we need to address. >> abbey, keep writing. keep digging. abbey crane with the crimson white and lynn berry, thank you very much. we'll stay on this and see what if anything happens and changes.
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hollywood versus the paparazzi. round two. an overzealous, shall we say, photographer plows into actress nicole kidman. the run-in could spell legal trouble. we're on the case. plus, the pressure to get ahead. the fallout continues after a popular tv host admits to going under the knife to fix, in her words, her asian eyes. ♪ [ crashing ] [ male announcer ] when your favorite food starts a fight, fight back fast with tums. heartburn relief that neutralizes acid on contact and goes to work in seconds. ♪ tum, tum tum tum tums!
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the latest run-in between a star and the paparazzi is just that, a literal run-in. you have seen this video. nicole kidman heading back to her hotel in new york after attending fashion week shows when a photographer on a bike slammed smack dab into her, right there on the sidewalk. the photographer ended up in a heap on the ground, walked away with three citations, including one for riding a bike on the
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sidewalk. cnn legal analyst sunny hostin is here. listen, we don't know what nicole kidman could be doing with this, but if she were to press charges, could she? >> the bottom line is the decision to prosecute a case lies with the d.a.'s office, with the government. it doesn't necessarily lie with the victim. but by all indications, if she chooses to cooperate, i certainly think this type of incident is ripe for some sort of legal charge. criminal charge. i mean, this looks like assaultive behavior. i have seen the entire video. it's just fascinating the way she is almost swarmed by all this paparazzi, two on bikes with cameras. and this person definitely just ran into her. she, i think, escaped serious injury, but what if she didn't? what if she hadn't? what if she hit her head? what if she broke an arm, broke a leg? this type of behavior must be -- must be -- criminalized.
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>> when you see the video, it's like they come out of nowhere. i remember seeing, too, broadening out, the issue of stars increasingly going to bat against members of the paparazzi. you had jennifer garner and halle berry recently pushing for tougher california legislation to keep the photographers specifically away from their kids. do you think that might happen? >> i do. i think that we are almost 20 years post the unfortunate incident involving princess diana's death. and i think this behavior continues and continues. these celebrities almost have a price on their head because these photographers get paid a lot of money for these photos. and i think we have to draw the line when it comes to the children of these celebrities. i mean, i'm a mother. and no one wants pictures taken of their children, first of all, but certainly not in this aggressive type, swarming type manner. how frightening must that be for a child. i think certainly, that this
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kind of legislation has been pushed forward, and i do think we're going to see a major crackdown on this type of behavior. it's, in my view, brooke, criminal. >> sunny hostin, thank you. coming up next, "the talk" cohost julie chen sparks all kinds of controversy this week after revealing she had eye surgery to, in her words, look less asian. we'll talk about that. plus, is your water safe? one state is telling folks, it's okay to drink, just don't get it up your nose. why? find out, coming up.
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you think that if a germ gets into your system, it makes you sick wherever said germ might intrr, in your blood, your mouth, it's in your body, right? but this brain-eating amoeba is safe in your mouth but not your nose. this is the latest word we're getting from health officials and elizabeth cohen explains all of this. elizabeth? >> brooke, this little boy was playing on a water slide, and the water for that slide came from st. bernard parish which is where theyamoeba. they had low levels of chlorine because the chlorine would have killed the amoeba. if this all sounds familiar, it is. a boy from texas passed away recently. he was swimming in a body of water that had this amoeba. it went up his nose and got into his brain. i know this sounds strange when
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you're talking about a deadly amoeba, but the water is considered safe to drink. when you drink it, it doesn't go up your nose and into your brain, but generally, water systems need to make sure that their chlorine levels are safe so this amoeba will be killed because this is really a very deadly amoeba. fewer than 1% of people who contract it survive. brooke. julie chen's past career move has become a current cultural controversy. chen, she's this cohost of "the talk." she hosts the reality show "big brother." she's a former network news anchor. just this week she revealed early on in her career, she followed the direction of an old agent and a form eer boss. they told her she needs to undergo plastic surgery to make her eyes bigger. chen shows the before and after pictures this week while revealing that she in fact did that. this was her secret. >> and i want to show you a side-by-side of how dramatic
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this surgery really was. i mean, if you look at the after, the eyes are bigger. i look more alert. but i will say when i -- after i had that done, everything kind of -- the ball did roll for me. which, you know, i struggle with, wow. you know, did i give in to the man and do this? >> i talked about this with former asian american broadcaster who doesn't fault chen's decision many years ago. >> i understand. it's a very visual medium, and i applaud julie for coming forward and being courageous and sharing her story because it is her story, but i think at the end of the day, i think it comes back to personal choice and feeling confident and choosing what you decide to do. part of me also said, gosh, if someone had asked me, i would feel a little sickened and say, you know, i might not be the right person for the job. >> that's one person's opinion. just going through a bunch of
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comments on cnn.com, she has definitely gotten backlash. let me read one comment. horrible role model. she sold herself out, very sad. another person wrote this, this is the burden under which all minorities must live. if you don't look european, you're not considering beautiful by the general public. coming up, as lance armstrong surrendered his medal, his ex, sheryl crow, speaks of their relationship and what she thinks of him now. plus, the first lady taking on the critics about her comments on water. what has them so upset? jake tapper is going to join me to talk about that next.
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ah, washington, there is always a controversy, always a fight. this time, it involves of all things, water and the first lady is smack dab at the center of it. take a listen. >> drink just one more glass of water a day, and you can make a real difference for your health, for your energy and the way that you feel. >> it seems sounds harmless, right? well, the critics are out. jake tapper, anchor of "the lead," tackling this one on the show. politics, my friend. health experts, they are coming out against this, aren't they? >> well, not against it so much
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as they are saying that the first lady is overstating the benefits of one glass of water a day. it's funny because obviously first ladies tend to take on noncontroversial subjects to push, say no to drugs, read more books, get healthier. you would think water would be -- >> drink more water. >> yeah, that seems like it would be benign enough but no, some health experts are saying one glass of water a day is not necessarily enough to get the health benefits the first lady is talking about, and that there really is very little evidence that it brings you more energy. that said, of course drinking more water is good for everybody. another interesting wrinkle in this is the question of how much the first lady should be talking about drink water instead of drinking soda which is not something she says in this campaign. she has said it before. there are questions about the people who are behind this campaign and the exact message, is it about drinking water
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instead of sugary drinks or just water. so you know, you really can't do anything in this town without politics emerging. everyone agrees that drinking water, more water, is a good thing. but yes, there are some criticisms about this latest campaign. >> i'm drinking my water right now. do you have yours? >> it's in a coffee mug but yes, i have it as well. >> cheers. jake tapper, my friend, thank you very much. see you at the top of the hour. thank you. coming up next, lance armstrong's ex sheryl crow finally breaks her silence on their relationship. the breakup and his doping scandal.
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harvesting the food. these are heirloom tomatoes over here. >> we bring the food to the community and cut the cost in half compared to what they would pay at a grocery store. >> six months ago, i was diagnosed with diabetes. let's see if we can try something a little better. i'm unemployed right now so sometimes you have to buy the cheaper things. >> these are beautiful. >> i couldn't believe all the fresh vegetables and the price was phenomenal. it's making me and my family healthier. >> i started growing food in my backyard. today i grow on nine acres of land. since 2008, we have grown 26,000 pounds of food. >> thank you. >> i feel like i'm giving them a gift, a healthier, longer, more delicious life. >> that is awesome. if you would like to learn more about robin, you can, and the amazing work she does. go to cnnheroes.com. take a look at what cnn has to offer tonight. >> cnn tonight, at 8:00 on "ac
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360" disturbing stories of dogs forced to fight for bets and now how love and care is healing them back into loving pets. and at 9:00 on "piers morgan live" he's back. what will ricky gervais say to piers this time? it's all on cnn tonight starting with "outfront" at 7:00, "ac 360" at 8:00 and "piers morgan live" at 9:00 tonight on cnn. >> disgraced cyclist lance armstrong making headlines again and so is his ex fiancee, country rocker sheryl crow. armstrong tweeted today he finally returned that bronze medal he had won at the 2000 summer olympics in sydney. the international olympic committee made him give it back after he admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs. crow, meantime, who was engaged to the former tour de france champ for five months was asked if she had any thoughts about armstrong's troubles. she talked to piers morgan last night. >> it's funny, people still keep
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asking me about him. it's such a stretch for me because it does feel like a past life. it has such little relevance to my life now. in fact, zero relevance. i watch it kind of like everybody else is watching it. i watched a little bit of the first interview and i have such a big detachment from it that i probably feel the same as everyone else. >> crow said she hasn't seen armstrong in years, that their time together as you heard her, feels like a lifetime ago. now to a dream deflated. remember the movie "up," a widower decides to head out of dodge, attaching all those balloons to his house. well, in real life, this north carolina man tried to mimic this whole maneuver. his ending, not so disney like. jonathan trappe took off from maine yesterday with 370 helium balloons aiming to cross the

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