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>> good morning everyone. i am patly ann brown. >> i am heal -- patty ai ann br. >> i am heather nauert. >> while you were sleeping three huge stories have been developing. >> first texas where three tornadoes touched down one a mile wide. 6 people are dead and 14 are still unaccounted for. brand new details about benghazi. the white house releasing dozens of e-mails and documents that show the state department had a heavy haunnd in watering down t account of the attack. the developing story at the irs the head of the agency was out
but was he resigning anyway? take a look at this video from last evening. at least three twisters tearing through leaving at least 6 people dead this morning. more than 100 people have been hurt and 14 are missing at this hour. joining us now with the breaking details, ainsley earhardt. >> good morning patti ann and heather. the city hit the worst gran berry texas. 30 miles southwest of fort worth. officials rushing as many as 50 people to the hospital. crews are searching for even more. >> we have i think 18 personnel had bulldozers out there trying to get people in and get people out. it was a war zone like we have saw in the past with returns from the coast. it was bad. >> at this point many people are thankful they are alive.
>> our neighborhood is gone. it's just gone. we made it, but there's people missing still. there's a lot of hurt people out there. >> the severe thunderstorms left the roads flooded and hail the size of golf balls. take a look at this picture. that's a ball of hail. >> there's a lot of heavy winds and rain the hail is coming down. we had golf sized hail. after that the wind got real high. we knew it was coming. we ran into the hallway. while we were in the hallway we could hear the sirens and we actually heard, it sounded like a train. we could feel the walls shaking and the wind. it was real heavy, heavy, heavy. >> unbelievable. we will bring you all of the latest updates as they develop this morning. back to you patti ann and
heather. >> we are joined right now on the phone by the comblier of the town hardest hit. cleburn texas. we are so sorry you are dealing with this morning. can you tell us about the extent of the damages there? >> the damage is very extensive. we have neighborhoods that could be totally gone we have hundreds of homes damaged multiple dozens that are total losses. our city, cleburne has fortunately not lost any lives like granbury. our heart breaks for our sister city. as the sun goes up we will continue to go house to house and search for citizens making sure folks are in good shape.
>> mayor cain it will be quite a job from what we understand. the tornado when it hit your city was a mile wide. it hit the southwestern quadrant described as a courthouse city. what would be your estimate in terms of financially what kind of hit your city has taken? >> it will be in multiple counts of millions of dollars once my family was secured at home i made it to city hall to start making certain our citizens were safe first. as the sun comes up what i am seeing is massive amounts of damage similar to going into a war zone. >> we are seeing pictures of that. i know texas is good, very good at getting alerts out when tornadoes are coming. what kind of heads up did your
folks get? >> we had tremendous amounts of early warning from the media to our local first response team. we gave our citizens a lot of warning. officials were warned and ready to go. had we not had the early warning we would have been looking at a tremendous amount of fatalities. >> that is good news they got the early warning. thank you for joining us this morning and please keep us posted as the sun starts to rise and you learn more about the condition of your town and citizens there. mayor scott cain from cleburne, texas. >> good morning maria. >> an unfortunate situation everything that happened across this section of texas. we still have the storms ongoing. over the evening hours and through out the overnight hours we saw the strong storms produce three recorded tornadoes across
north central texas one east of wichita falls and one granbury, texas which is reported to be a mile wide. there are reports homes are leveled and that would mean that would a stronger tornado classified as an es 3, ef 4 possibly an ef-5 tornado. we will survey the damage and determine how strong that tornado possibly was. if it were an ef 5 that would mean possibly winds over 200 miles an hour. it is all preliminary. crews need to take a look at the damage. we have reports of very large sized hail. there are reports for multiple counties that some of these hail were baseball sized, grapefruit size that would cause significant damage to these areas. we have 14 reports of damaging winds gusts one of them being at 80 miles an hour. that of course causes damage
bringing down tree branchs and also power lines. that is something we will continue to also monitor. we could potentially see the number of tornadoes rise once survey crews continue to rise. wind damage h. the tornado was said to have been a mile wide in granbury it is southwest of dallas, texas not too far away from one of the cities in the united states. we still have the storms ongoing. we have a thunderstorm watch meaning damaging winds large hail still possible including the city of austin, texas. this is in effect 6:00 a.m. local time so central time over the next couple days we have a threat for more severe storms in tennessee, mississippi by friday. patti ann, heather we think this will be a larger risk as far as severe weather goes including tornadoes north dakota,
minnesota, down into sections of kansas as well. >> aloft crazy weather. >> make sure viewers send us pictures. go out safely make sure there are no power lines down. tweet them at maria molina or fox and friends first. >> there are other big stories developing the white house releasing 100 pages of e-mails about the benghazi terror attacks. it is known as a document coming just in the evening. the e-mail is showing the state department repeatedly objected to the first account of the attack. the initial talking points have references to al qaeda and to terrorism. when the final points were approved those references were completely gone. it we are in washington, d.c. with the details with elizabeth
prann. what happens today about all of this? >> we are going to learn more about the conversation between the white house and the state department. it took place 48-hours before u.n. ambassador susan rice went on all of the sunday talk shows. first of all the talking points requested were after a closed meeting with general petraeus. the first draft was done a little before 11:00 a.m. on the 14th. as the guys on the e-mail shows then white house director john brennan who is the director of the cia said they tweaked it. jay carney said they were only minor tweaks. >> that initial information that includes all information we saw no evidence to back up claims by others that it was a preplanned or pre-meditated attack. >> the early drafts read we know islamic extremists with ties to al qaeda participated in the
attack. hours later that day both al qaeda and attacks were deleted. it had been replaced with quote violent demonstrations. state department spokesman victoria newland they show evidence of communication between her leadership and national security staff to soften sop some of the language in the talking points. the first example: language about the cia's prior red flags were addressed and she suggested taking them out. as some lawmakers tell us such as lindsay gram and jason chafus we don't have all of the documents at all. >> i know absolutely for total
certain at this this is a small anying goj. there are 25,000 documents. >> e-mails? >> a lot of them e-mails a lot of them unclassified. the white house has hand selected these. >> speaking about the tip of the iceberg the author of the review report have agreed to testify on their findings. this is certainly just the beginning. back to you. >> elizabeth pran in washington. thank you so much. >> thanks. now for your other headlines. new overnight a break in the case of missing utah mom susan powell. you may remember she vanished back in 2009. investigators with cadaver dogs searching a farm in oregon after receiving a tip it was once occupied by an aunt and uncle of susan's husband. josh powell a person of interest in his wife's disappearance. he killed his son in a house
fire last year. they are starting to believe there was no red flags about dzhokhar tsarnaev. they have not found any behavior that stands out including using jihad web sites or violent rhetoric. they say any radicalization appears to have happened at the last minute. but tamerlan tsarnaev fits the framework of a home grown terrorist. >> the jodi heir i can't sarias found she killed her boyfriend in a cruel manner. that makes her eligible for the death penalty. the families are set to take the stand. no word if arias herself will testify. she recently commented she would prefer the death penalty to life in prison. >> department of justice is under fire for swiping associated press records.
now we are learning the department wanted to spy on several thousand americans last year. this according to a letter the department of justice recently sent to senate majority leader harry reid. they made 15,000 requests for electronic surveillance. they don't specify how many were actually granted. >> if you didn't buy a ticket you still have a chance to be a multi millionaire. the jackpot now even higher. no one won last night's power ball and that sends it soaring to $475 million. they were 2, 11, 26, 34, 41 and the power ball 32. the next drawing is saturday and that 450 million jackpot is the second largest in power ball history. >> 13 after the hour. we have a lot more fox and friends first. still ahead. the acting commissioner of the
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with the budget cycle. doug luzader has more. >> this is likely to be the first among many responses to the irs scandal as the white house tries to get ahead of news that seems to grow more troubling each day. steven miller is the first to go. the acting commissioner of the irs apparently was scheduled to leave that postanyway. the president used his ouster to show the white house is responsive. >> given the controversy surrounding this audit it is important to institute new leadership that can help restore confidence going forward. >> the president would not take any questions part of an effort to manage the controversy. he is expected to take two questions from reporters later today but that's about it as the white house battles multiple scandals some over shadowed now by this irs issue and republican attacks over the targeting of conservative groups. >> my question isn't about who is going to resign, my question
is who is going to jail over the scandal? >> that is still a possibility as they investigate possible criminal violations. a treasury department investigation can only go so far. oo having the treasury department investigate the irs will not produce a serious result. in large measure the treasury department can't seek indictment. >> that as they call for an independent prosecutor to begin looking into this. there are multiple investigations underway in congress. >> doug luzader live in washington, thank you. 20 minutes past the hour and here's a look at what you missed while you were sleeping. overnight a convicted cop killer executed in texas. he was sentenced for killing a police officer 14 years ago. officer was trying to handcuff him after he was stealing a
lexus vehicle and that's when he shot the police officer. the former republican governor of south carolina won a special leblgs helderlier this month. many thought his political career was over back in 2009 after he admitted to having the extra marital affair. it is 20 minutes past the hour. we no longer have to image if he did it. listen. >> i followed what i thought the law. >> for theer o.j. simpson taking the stand in his own defense. you may feel safe in your suv, but a new warning about what you need to know before you get behind the wheel and haead to work. we had never used a contractor before
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>> it is 23 after the hour. in just a few hours we will learn what happened at the deadly explosion at a texas fertilizer plant last month. the pubureau of alcohol firearm and explosives is expected to announce there is no evidence a bomb caused the fiery blast. it left 1500 dead and hundreds more injured. incredible a baby stroller rolling on to train tracks with a 14 month old girl inside. the girl's mother immediately jumping down to save her. a good samaritan raced to the emergency call box to stop the next train. the mom forgot to use the stroller's break. the infant coming away with only a scratch on her head. >> as a mother that is so hard to watch that happening. >> another story to bring you now o.j. simpson blaming somebody else for his crime. this time it's his lawyer. the former envelope great
testifying for the first time in all of his criminal trials william lajeunesse has more from las vegas. >> o.j. simpson getting a chance to do something he didn't do during his 2008 trial testify in his own behalf. the former football star entering a packed courtroom and walking straight to the within stand court-martials unshackling him for his testimony. simpson describing the items he went to a hotel room to retrieve mementos of his family he never would have sold. >> pictures of the daughter who died pictures of your mom and dad who passed. they got family albums of your mother. that's when i got interested. >> questioning then turn to go advice given to simpson by his former lawyer the reason for requesting a trial. taking back his memorabilia was legal as long as he didn't trespass.
>> the plan you have to retrieve your property evolve based on his advice to you. >> yes. >> simpson says he discussed retrieving the items over dinner over dinner where evidences given more legal advice. >> at this point your advice is no trespass on other people's property. >> yes. >> you can use some force. >> yes. >> you can demand your property? >> yes. >> and if they refuse to give it to you you can obtain it from the police. >> oj testified weapons were not mentioned when talking abo cons the raid. >> the former defense attorney expected to testify here on friday. in las vegas, william lajeunesse, fox news. the time right now 26 after the hour. still to come rescue crews going door to door in texas to track down the missing after deadly tornadoes hit at least two towns.
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friends first". we start with a fox news alert. while you were sleeping three huge stories developing first to texas where three tornadoes touched down. one of them a while wide. right now we know six people are dead 14 unaccounted for. and brand new details about benghazi. the white house releasing dozens of e-mails and documents that shows the state department had a heavy hand in watering down the attack. a developing story at the irs the head of the agency was out. wasn't he resigning anyway? first the fox news alert out of texas. take a look at this incredible video. that is one of at least three twisters that tore through north texas leaving 6 people dead more than 100 hurt and 14 missing. >> this happening at 8:00 p.m. central time last night. joining us now with all of the breaking details ainsley
earhar earhardt. the sun is about to rise there. they are still looking for survivors. >> that's right. it is dark as you were mentioning so making that task pretty difficult. the city hit the worst granbury texas southwest of fort worth. they are rushing people to the hospital for injuries. emergency crews are out and about. they are searching for even more. >> i think everybody except for the 14 has been accounted for. i have been told that they have been through the streets and the homes multiple times so i am feeling very confident. >> many are just thankful for their alive. i heard this -- it didn't sound like a train to me. we were in the bathtub covered up with a few ton mattress with my grandson and granddaughter. we sat there praying and god took good care of us. >> the severe thunderstorms left the roads flooded and look at
this, hail the size of golf balls. take a look at that picture. there was a lot of wind and heavy rain coming down. we had golf ball sized hail. after that the wind got real high so we knew it was coming so we went ahead and ran into the hallway. while we were in the hallway we heard the vines and we heard it sounded like a train and we could feel the walls shaking and the wind it was real heavy, heavy, heavy. >> we will bring you the latest updates as they develop this morning especially after the press conference this morning. >> for more on those tornadoes let's go to maria molina who has been tracking the storms in the extreme weather center. good morning maria. >> good morning. >> we are hearing reports of the tornado possibly one mile wide. that is enormous. >> it is enormous.
you a we are talking reports coming out of granbury texas. reports coming out of the area homes were possibly completely leveled. that would mean the tornado could tpossibly be an ef 3 or 4 or possibly 5. winds of 136 miles per hour or combrater than th-- greater tha. this is a significant development across north central texas. this happened at 8:00 p.m. eastern time. it would be 5:00 p.m. local time across this parts of the country and texas. three reported tornadoes. the other big story is we have reports of very large sized hail like you saw we saw reports ch baseball sized hail golf ball sized hail and out of granbury texas the hail was possibly grapefruit size causing damage to cars. the wind gusts up to 80 miles an
hour out of johnson county and texas. that in itself could bring down power lines tree branchs. devastating out here across parts of texas. it happened during the evening hours yesterday. you can see the thunderstorms ripping through this part of the country. that's why we could have seen the tornadoes touching them in the area. tornado warnings were likely issued. we have the storms on the move producing heavy rain. we had a severe thunderstorm watch out of southeastern texas that has been lifted because the severe weather potential is weakening. as we head into tomorrow we expect more severe weather in parts of mississippi southwestern seks of tennessee. if you live in memphis you could be looking at possible severe storms damaging winds and isolated tornadoes possible. as we head into saturday there is a new storm system that will develop and we are expecting more severe weather out here across the north central section
of the country. everyone like we mentioned patti ann and heather we want your pictures tweet them to me at fox maria molina or fox friends first. >> the other developing story overnight. the white house releasing 100 pages of e-mails about the benghazi terror attacks. the e-mails show the state department preetedly objected to the first account of the attacks. the official talking points had references to al qaeda and terror but when the final points were approved those references were gone. joining us from washington is elizabeth prann. >> good morning. the conversations we had occurred on september 14th. this is days after susan rice recited them on talk shows. after a closed meeting with general petraeus. petraeus called the talking points essentially useless. physical you back up the early e-mail showed john brennan now
director of the cia made at least one change to the talking points going against what white house press secretary jay carney has been telling us. >> our initial information that includes all information we saw no evidence to back up claims like others to say this was a preplanned or pre-meditated attack. >> the early draft reads we know extremists tied to al qaeda carried out the attack. the word were replaced by violent demonstrations. there are references written by victoria new land. these evidence shows communications between her leadership and national security staff to breakdown some of the language of the talking points specifically about the warnings before the attacks. those points were removed. some lawmakers telling fox news
we aren't seeing the depth of the conversations. >> i know absolutely for total certainty this was a small anying gone of that. there are 25,000 documents. talking about hundreds. >> e-mails? >> a lot of them are e-mails a lot of them are classified. the white house harned selected these. >> john boehner says limited release of quote information is a sign of more cooperation to come. patti ann, back to you. elizabeth brprann in washington. thank you. for the first time police in cleveland are speaking out about the very day they freed the three women who had been held in that house of horrors for nearly a decade. listen. >> me first. you can't describe the feeling when someone is clutching you and saying please don't let me go. just rips your heart out of your chest. >> suspect ariel castro has been
charged with rape and kidnapping. his lawyers say he will plead not guilty. >> the sole survivor of the plane crash is speaking out about her ordeal for the first time. in a documentary the scars were put there against her will but this tattoo is a way of reminding herself where she came from. her parents, brother and all other passengers were killed when that plane crashed in michigan. she was 4 years old at the time. >> if you are in the market to buy a new suv listen up. five crossover vehicles were rated poor by the insurance highway safety. the ford escape, the jeep patriot, buick encore, kia sportage and the hundred tie tucson. but not this one. it is the 2014 subaru forrester. the only one of the 13 crossovers that was tested and actually got a good rating. >> children have been doing it
for decades. one school district says cut down on the birthday treats. the manchester school board voted to limit birthday parties inside classroom to one a month to help cut back on obesity and stick to federal nutrition guidelines. >> children need to get out and play more ride bikes with their friends. so many of them are on computers nowadays they don't get out and play. if they did that more a couple cupcakes once a month wouldn't be an issue. >> cupcakes aren't at risk so are popcorn and ice cream. the po will see must be voted on by the full school board. >> my son's little school seems like they have two birthdays a week. they are always eating cub cakes. >> still to come the acting irs commissioner stepping down after the agency is accused of targeting conservative groups. he was going to resign anyway. is this all just smoke and mirrors. >> coming up the best and worth airlines for taking off on time. you hop on the next airplane.ore
organizations after the 2012 election cycle. more of the breaking details from washington, d.c. this gives the administration the cover saying that heads are rolling but the guy from the irs was scheduled to step down anyway. >> acting commissioner, the key word being acting. the white house is in full damage control mode battling multiple scandals but aware of the fact that this irs story alone could spell big trouble for the administration. we learned yesterday the administration asked for the resignation of steven miller the acting commissioner of the irs. he did agree to resign but he noted he was scheduled to leave anyway. the white house used the departure to drive home the point they are taking the matter seriously. they targeted conservative groups for extra enforcement leading up to the 2012 election. >> it is inexcusable americans
have the right to be angry about it i am angry about it. i will not tolerate this in any agency but especially the irs given the power it has and the reach it has in all of our lives. the question all along has been how high up does it go? despite initial claims the extra scrutiny was the work of owe level workers in the cincinnati office. they were aware of this conduct while congress was told it had not occurred. >> the question isn't about who will resign my question is who is going to jail over the scandal. >> there are calls for a special prosecutor to prosecute this. they are expected to answer maybe one, two, maybe three questions about this during a brief press appearance. that's about it as the white house tries to minimize the
fallout. heather some of the stories making news this morning the case against a new jersey man charged with murder in the disappearance of etan patz will go to trial. hernandez confessed to killing the 6-year-old back in 1979. his attorney says his client is mentally ill and his investigation was false. >> the brand new government report shows fewer flights arrived on time and more were canceled in march than a year ago. hawaiian airlines and virgin america had the best on time readings at better than 87 percent. express jet and jet had the worst. the agency irs is subject to a class action lawsuit. an explosive faceoff on the hill. >> would you inform the witness as to the rules of the committee. >> it is too consistent in the way in which you conduct
yourself. >> eric holder and darrel issa going head to head with the scandal. see what's coming up on "fox & friends." >> i don't know how we jam it into one hour. we need three hours to talk about surgeon scandals and deadly tornadoes. dr. mark seigel will be here talking about having separating fact from fiction when it comes to nutrition. he has been on benghazi since day one now everybody is coming over to his camp. he will tell us the latest on the investigation. america's best male soccer player landon donovan soccer two on two. all coming up on "fox & friends." please put something on. all business purchases.
>> nine till the top of the hour. another story developing this morning. targeting conservative groups may not be the only scandal for the i.r.s. the agency is also the subject of a class action lawsuit. that suit claims 15 i.r.s. agents improperly seized the medical records of ten million americans totaling 60 million records. there has been no comment yet from the i.r.s. sketchers owes 520,000 people an $80 refund to settle a class action lawsuit bought by people who bought those toning shoes. they claimed the company falsely advertised the shoes would help them lose weight and tone muscles. a judge agreed. >> let's head to washington where tensions remain high on capitol hill. yesterday attorney general eric holder facing tough questions about the secret seizure of associated press
phone records, and then he got into a heated exchange with republican congressman darrell issa. >> on the seizure of associated press phone records affecting 100 journalists, the questions were direct. >> why was such a broad scope approved? >> i am not familiar with the reasons why the subpoena was constructed. the a.p. was amenable to working with you on this matter. >> again, mr. chairman, i don't know what happened there. >> attorney general eric holder confirmed his deputy made the call on the a.p. subpoenas, causing one republican to complain -- >> this committee has been frustrated for at least the last two and a half years, if not the last four and a half years, but there doesn't seem to be any acceptance of responsibility in the justice department. >> democrats also voiced their discomfort. >> it seems to me clear that the actions of the department have in fact
impaired the first amendment. >> one democrat called on the committee's republican leadership claiming it was last year they supported aggressive leak investigations. >> now it is convenient to attack the attorney general for being too aggressive. >> the white house called on senator chuck schumer to resurrect press shield legislation with other democrats urging their colleagues to consider -- >> whether the espionage act has been inproply used in looking atd leakers, whether there is a need for greater press shield, which i believe there is. >> pushing against the justice department the a.p. posted this statement to its website highlighting a little known fact that the a.p. works with the administration and held this story for a week -- quote -- "until the government assured us that the national security concerns had passed. indeed the white house was prepared to publicly announce the bomb plot had been filed. in fact, a terrorist didn't have the bomb but rather a mole working for british intelligence." the administration charges the afpl p.'s story blew
the mole's story and shut down access to al qaeda in yemen. >> that disclosure resulted in the outing of an asset that shouldn't have been outed. >> absolutely not, senator. i do not agree with you whatsoever. >> one exchange seemed to sum up potent hostility between congressional republicans and the administration. >> it is too consistent with the way in which you conduct yourself as a member of congress. unacceptable and shameful. >> asked about the decision to take himself out of the leak investigation, holder said there was no paper trail nor written record of the decision. on thursday the f.b.i. director is also on capitol hill. his investigators are working the a.p. leak case. >> catherine, thank you so much. coming up in a few minutes, an update on those top stories we are following this morning, including those tornadoes hitting
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>> a minute before 6:00. before you leave the house this morning here's what's happening. emergency crews in north texas are searching for as many as 14 people after a deadly tornado outbreak. at least six people are now dead and hundreds more hurt. the white house releasing 100 pages of e-mails about the benghazi terror attack.
they show that the state department removed references to al qaeda and terrorism. federal authorities holding a news conference later today on the deadly west texas plant explosion last month. they're expected to announce there is no evidence that a bomb was used. >> have a great day, folks. "fox & friends" starts right now. >>gretchen: good morning. it is thursday, may 15, 2013. i'm gretchen carlson. thanks for spending your time with us on a very busy morning. fox news alert overnight, a dire warning goes out before a deadly tornado hit. take cover immediately! we're live in texas where at least three tornadoes have killed six people and crews are searching for many more missing. >>steve: eight months later the white house releases nearly 100 pages of e-mail on the benghazi talking points. so what and who removed important references? and who