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of i hate america, try this azalea, god bless america. see you next week. everybody. we are just days away from a possible nuke deal with iran as foreign ministers from several nations join secretary of state john kerry in switzerland to work out and find finding ways for compromise with iran. critics are crying foul and saying the west is giving in too much. we'll have a live report and speak with former israel ambassador to the u.n. dan gillerman. >> brand new details about the co-pilot of germanwings flight 9525, how he hid his mental illness from the airline and what doctors told him in the days before he flew his plane into the french alps. plus we're live near the crash site as investigators try to piece together the final flight thing moments. italy's highest court handing down what it calls the
final decision in the headline grabbing murder case against american amanda knox, the tails on this eight year legal sag dpa has come to a close. >> he saved my life and i'm so grateful and i am so grateful to have my life back. thanks for spending your saturday with us a beautiful saturday here in washington, d.c. i'm leland vittert welcome to america's news head quarts. >> i'm uma pemmaraju. thank you for joining us. we begin in yemen where fears are are growing that the crisis will could escalate into a regional battle. at the opening of an arab summit yemen yemen's president calling the shiite rebels stoojs of iran. mean bile, the wall street journal reporting that the u.s.
is planning to boost its aid to saudi arabia in that country's ongoing air campaign against rebel forces in yemen. conor powell is joining us with the very latest snechls sister the pentagon is stepping its support up for that saudi operation in yemen against those iranian backed houthi rebels, right now it appears to be logistics and intelligence rather than any type of ground support with troops on the ground in an invasion for yemen right now. this comes as saudi jets continue to strike inside the yemen against the houthi rebels for the third straight day, air strikes appear to be targeting weapon depot and also missiles captured by rebels, but it isn't clear what type of impact these air strikes are actually having on houthis as they try to push across yemen and are inching closing to the port city of aden, there are also new reports of heavy clashes between the shiite rebels and sunni tribal fighters in the southern part of yemen. u.n. officials and diplomats
from several sunni countries, including saudi arabia fleeing the port city of aden as the fighting intensifies there, but the saudi operation is facing some problems. the u.s. navy sort of having to rescue two saudi pilots who were forced to eject after their planes suffered some mechanical issues in egypt, though, yemen's deposed president hatty said that houthi rebels are iran's puppets and called on the sunni arab countries to help defeat them. iran denies spending money to and supporting these shiite rebels. the sunni arab countries are deeply concerned about the growing support and influence of tehran in the region. there's a real concern, uma, that with the sort of fears of these sunni arab countries and the intense campaign that iran is launching in iraq and also in yemen that the fighting and
back and forth could spark a much larger proxy war between shooits and sunnis the u.s. is stuck in the middle where they are working essentially with iran in iraq against isis but obviously working with saudis in yemen against the iranian backed houthi rebels. it is a strange combination of partners in the middle east for the u.s. right now. >> conner thank you very much for that update. we are just about 72 hours away from a deadline for negotiators to reach a deal with iran on it's nuclear ambitions. secretary of state john kerry along with foreign ministers from other key nations are gathered in switzerland and they say it is possible, but as diplomats continue to burn the midnight oil at the negotiating table exactly how close they are to a deal remains a mystery. peter doocy joining us live with what we know and equally as important what we don't. >> if the negotiators agree to the framework of a deal it will be just two or three pages of
numbers outlining how much uranium iran will be allowed to enrich and where. and the back and forth that has been mostly between the american secretary of state john can kerry and iranian foreign minister will now be joined by reps from france and germany and the most recent update that we've got that i am came from the injury hand foreign minister. he just a few hours ago said this, the final meters are the most difficult but also the most decisive is. that is what has to be done here in the coming hours and days. i can only hope that in view of what has been achieved over the last 12 months that the attempt for a final agreement here will not be abandoned. right now broad terms being discussed, those are due on tuesday but the details of a comprehensive agreement can be hammered out until june and the fact the obama administration is is still being so vague about the big picture goals has some critics very concerned.
>> if his goal is to sign an agreement to stem nuclear breakout, that's one thing. if his goal is to attempt to farm a cooperative relationship with iran, which many suspect but he has not admitted we need to know that as well. because right now the evidence is from yemen from tikrit and iraq and from syria that iran is on the move challenging our friends and allies throughout the region and this is contributing to this since of chaos. >> the post recent reports indicate that the big speed bump in these talks is still about how quickly u.n. sanctions are iran would be lifted if a deal is done. the iranians say do it right away, everybody else is saying they need to prove their commit m to the deal first. leland. >> the proof is is always in the actions not the words. peter doocy live this washington we appreciate it peter. as we speak we're learning new details about a dramatic rescue off the coast of yemen. a u.s. defense can department officials tells fox news that the united states military
rescued two saudi air men from the gulf of aden earlier this week. the saudi government says a technical fault caused one of its pilots in their f 15 to have a eject during a bombing campaign targeting those shiite iranian backed rebels in yemen, a u.s. helicopter fluid from jabu jabuti next to sudan. the official saudi press agent says those two pilots rescued are now in good health. turning to the impact of fighting in libya now reaching across the mediterranean on to italy's shores that's where boat loads of african my kbrats have fled for their lives. being being housed on the island of sicily hoping for political asylum. >> things got so worse in libya because of the system, there were fighting each and every day. so we have to find our way out and get the hell out of there because people kept dying every
day and that is how i got here. through the sea. and i spent 15 hours on the sea before i got rescued by -- by the coast guard. >> harrowing ordeal indeed. last year saw record requests for political asylum raising 448% from just the year before. we are learning now about how the co-pilot of germanwings flight 9525 hid his mental illness and eventually crashed his plane into the alps killing all 150 aboard. today investigators combed through the wreckage seeing what they could piece together about those final and horrific minutes. let's bring in arthur rosenberg an a vegas attorney for more on this. in the same sense that we've learned that this couldn't really happen in the united states because of a two man rule, always two people in the cockpit the rules about pilots reporting mental illness are
largely the same, it's up to a pilot to say, hey, look, boss, i've got a problem here. there's no way even more an american pilot for the airline to snow it unless he dis cloelss it. >> yes. so here is the bottom line with that. you're making the pilot the conduit through which all information regarding his physical and mental health flows. now, if he's smart enough to realize that he's got a mental problem he might not want to report the problem. if he's mentally ill he may not even know that he's mentally ill. here is the bottom line, once a year for younger pilots twice a year for older pilots they get a physical examination. they really should be psychologically evaluated during those periods of physical examination. a doctor looks at them, art rate, heartbeat are you healthy, are you able to undergo the physical rig divorce of flying. they should then be sent to a
mental health care provider for a similar evaluation mentally. you're putting a human being, a pilot, a crew member, into a locked vault now behind these secure cockpit door at the hands of in this case a machine that weighed 200,000 pounds plus with people behind. it seems reasonable to me in today's day and age for these people to be psychologically evaluated with regularity. >> well, that certainly may have prevented this tragedy. we're also learning that he said to his girlfriend, i will be remembered forever, things like that, things you probably don't want a pilot of an aircraft saying, a commercial aircraft especially. in that sense is there any responsibility that the airline has to its passengers to have tried to check these things out to have learned more about this pilot, someone who washed out from flight school at one time or another or are the airlines simply have the problem of way too many pilots and way too few
managers. >> yeah, you know, that is a terrific question. going back a few decades the airlines at one point had a flight surgeon's office where medical information actually flowed into the airline and these people were evaluated. they really did away with that practice and put the burden on the pilot to make sure he gets the medical clearance. it would seem to me in today's day and age, and even particularly with this case because lufthansa was on notice back when this young man was training in arizona at their medical facility that he had mental problems. you foe, he took off three months because of, we believe, depression, maybe even longer and then came back to complete his flight training. lufthansa had access to all that information at that time. but now going forward it would seem to me that the airlines really should be bringing the medical evaluation, the physical and the mental more in-house so that they can directly supervise
and ensure that the people that are flying the airplanes are competent both physically and mentally. >> as we're learning especially in this case being physically competent is as important as being mentally competent, maybe mentally more so in this case. i want to get to the next question in terms of liability here. obviously the laws are very different, there's treaties that cover aircraft crash liability. at this point, though, you would have to think that proving the fact be that lufthansa was negligent in some way based on simply the information we know now, much less what's uncovered, that in some ways they're going to be much more liable than they would if for example there was a mechanical failure or something outside of their control. >> yeah. so the way it works is this, there is a treaty called the montreal treaty. in this case it makes the airline, germanwings, lufthansa responsible up to 100 thousand dollars sdr, special drawing rights, which is equivalent to
160,000 us dollars. beyond that the burden is on the airline to show that they took all necessary measures to prevent this and once that's -- once the plaintiffs prevail on that then they can get -- the plaintiffs can get unlimited damages up to their approvalable damages, which are dependent upon earnings and things like that age, job and elements likes like that. but in this case it's really -- it's almost straightforward. first of all, lufthansa did not take all necessary measures because they didn't follow the two person cockpit rule like we do in the united states, federal aviation mandated after 2001 the locked cockpit door the only way you get to open that door in flight is is if you have two people in the cockpit, one comes out, a flight attendant goes in. >> yeah. >> some of the european carriers followed that, others did no. >> and we'll see what changes comes as well over the coming weeks. arthur rosenberg we appreciate you breaking it down, obviously
a sad situation in so many ways there. open flee we can learn from it. i appreciate your insights sir. today around europe those who knew the victims of the crash and totally strangers alike gathered to pay tear respects. near the crash scene french locales honored the victims in a service at the another dam cathedral and in germany dusseldorf's cathedral held a special service. . >> there's a difference if there's a natural disaster or a terrible disaster or if it is something that has been caused by a person. it does get harder to deal with the grief. in this case it has gotten harder. >> and there is a lot of grief to go around. a little later in the show we will go live to the alps where amy kellogg is standing by with new details on the investigation. as we reported a few moments ago the u.s. may be just days away from getting a nuke deal with iran and critics are concerned that the west pay be caving into iran over sanctions
and that country's nuclear ambitions. joining us now the former israel ambassador to the u.n. dan gillerman who is here to share insights on how any deal may impact israel. welcome, mr. ambassador. great to have you here today. >> thank you. it's great to be with you. >> you know, president true wane over the past couple of days decided he needed to intervene and he also sent a note to president obama trying to persuade them to set aside differences and make a deal. this coming just one week after iran's ayatollah in a public rally cried out death to america as the negotiations continue. have you been able to figure out why the u.s. seems so much in a rush to get this deal done? >> no, i don't uma. it's totally inconceivable and also very frightening and worrying to me to see the rush and the anxiety on the part of the united states to get a deal which obviously is a bad deal, with iran. and the problem is that the
iranians and especially the iranian negotiator, zarif who i know well because he served with me as iran's ambassador to the u.n. for four years and is a very shrewd person and charming person and is that rude negotiator, he sees in front of him an america that is eager for a deal, any deal as quickly as possible. he sees what he perceives to be a weak american president and weak america. he sees a europe which is eager to do business with iran and he is just fooling them. iran is a master at dulg and tooling the world. and my biggest fear is that what we'll witness is very similar to what we witnessed with north korea when everybody was assuring us that north korea would never become a nuclear power and we woke up to a nuclear north korea and believe me uma, iran is far more dangerous than north korea because north korea acquired nuclear weapons out of desperation, iran is seeking
them out of aspiration and you can tell the fear of that all over the arab world, including saudi arabia and the gulf states and i think we're in for a very very dangerous time. >> president true wasn't also reportedly told much president hollande that iran has a legitimate right to use peaceful nuclear power, however, news broke that the negotiators led by the u.s. has given up on demands that iran be forced to disclose the full range of its nuclear activities at the outset of any deal. this would gut the verification that the obama white house vowed would stand as the centerpiece to any deal. how could there be any verification that iran would develop nuclear power only for peaceful purposes? >> there can can be no verification. i think that anyone in his right mind realizes where iran wants nuclear weapons. it doesn't need it for peaceful purposes. iran is one of the greatest ex porters of oil in the world, it
has energy much more than it needs and it exports it all over the world. if it does want it for peaceful purposes why is it hiding it? why is it putting it under mountains and bunkers and why is it developing ballistic missiles to carry those nuclear war heads? i think that, you know the world is just gone crazy. i mean, the president of the united states is exchanging love letters with the ayatollah had a painy who is shouting death to america and at the same time snubbing the leader of his closest ally, israel. the president of the united states is sleeping with the enemy and at the same time doing nothing about the terror which iran is causing havoc with all over the world. you see, the problem with iran is not just it becoming nuclear but the fact that it is the main harbor, perpetrator, executer, generator, financer of terror all around the world in the middle east and south america, in north america. and nobody is is even addressing
that. it is as if you are dealing with switzerland. you are not. you are dealing with a terror organization who is leader is chanting death to america and you're trying to get a deal with him as quickly as possible in order to make things better. this is like putting a band-aid on a cancer patient. at the end he will die. >> well, you know there are a lot of critics who say that no one is trying to hold iran accountable for its activities in the middle east, for iran's sons erred terrorism that is going on in yemen and also by supporting hezbollah and the terrorists over in gaza. >> well, this is exactly the case, uma. you've put it very well. i mean, we in israel are confronted each day with an iranian terror by the fall of its proxies, i mean, both hamas in the south of israel and hezbollah in the north of israel are proxies of hamas. they are nothing but the bloody fingers on the long tentacles
and the twisted minds of this extreme fundment list regime. the middle east is is in turmoil the moderate states are teetering and what we're seeing, we're seeing the saudis bombing yemen, the egyptians trying to confront terror and hezbollah and the islamic jihad but we're not seeing any action on the art of the united states. the stwat has perfected what -- the phrase the president has coined of leading from behind. i think it is very far behind, but wroz it leading. >> well, it's a very sobering portrait that you paint there, mr. ambassador. we thank you so much for joining us as we wait for word on whether or not a deal with materialize materialize. thank you for joining us today. now we'd like to hear from you, begin what we know so far about those ongoing nuclear talks with iran is the u.s. giving up too much in niece negotiations if we'd like to know how you feel and ask you to send us your thoughts via
twitter send is them to @uma or truth leland viters or @anhqdc and we will read some of your answers a little later on in your two the. >> one day down in space 364 to go. it was a flawless launch for mark kelly, you see him arriving now on the international space station he is going to spend a full year there. we'll tell you about it. plus an explosive but report full of lor rid details why dea agents were allegedly partying with prostitutes paid for by the drug cartel. >> plus as sergeant bowe bergdahl faces desertion charges we'll talk to one soldier who led some 50 missions to try and find him.
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being. >> that just months ago were national security adviser susan rice, praising u.s. army sergeant bowe bergdahl following his release from his taliban captors after a controversial prisoner swap. now with this week's news that bergdahl will be facing desertion charges for abandoning his post back in 2009 the white house is is offering up very little on this latest development, except to say, quote he has been charged and not convicted. but for the platoon mates of bergdahl those desertion charges as vindication, many speaking out soon after bergdahl's release raising concerns that he abandoned his fellow soldiers and was not a hero. i recently spoke with robert vaughn who led some 50 mission toss find berg tall after missing. he says he's ready to see justice done. >> what's vindicated a lot of us who have been saying all along that he deserted.
i feel like the army has made the correct decision and it's also provided a lot of closure for myself and a lot of the other guys who were in the 501 and who looked for bergdahl. >> az understand it you did many different search missions in order to try to find him, is that right? >> that's correct. >> how many in all? >> i would certainly say over 50 missions. there was an intense period in the summer that the entire unit was out looking for him. >> you spent a lot of time with mr. bergdahl prior to this. >> i wouldn't say i spent a lot of time with him. casual encounters in afghanistan. we were in the same unit so i met him but wouldn't say i spent a lot of time with him, no. >> so there was no clue at least from what you saw that he would be leaning towards deserting the unit. >> no. i mean, honestly that seems like the actions of a mentally ill person. >> at what point did you believe in your mind that this story wasn't adding up?
that in your mind that you believed he was a deserter. >> within the first few days there were rumors circulating that he had actually walked off of his own free will. that was the information passed down from the unit itself trying to put the pieces together of the puzzle. so pretty quickly. it appeared to the entire unit that he had gone of his own free will. knowing that we were going out and putting our lives on the line there was a lot of anger and i think it persists to this date, certainly is within a lot of the men. >> you talk about putting lives on the line. some men actually died. >> absolutely. and that's something that the pentagon is actually denying still, but i don't expect them to -- to exactly admit to that. they are not the post forthcoming and truthful organization at times but certainly absolutely men did die looking for bowe bergdahl. >> on a personal note and for you and your colleagues out there in the unit, what was it like for you to know that one of
your brothers in arms was actually a deserter and what impact did it have on the folks that you fought with? >> i'd say certainly it did lower the morale of the unit knowing that you know, previously we had been going out on missions that we all felt was -- were aimed at winning the war and suddenly the mission tempo changed and we were out looking for one of our own that had really dee trade us is what i think generally everyone felt by just walking off. so i'd say it was a general feeling of bee trail and anger in the unit at the time. >> i would like to get your reaction as to the reception he received from the white house and the fact that the white house was saying we don't leave anyone behind and the fact that they touted had him as a hero. >> it was actually really frustrating. i no he they forced us to sign non disclosure agreements when we were in afghanistan saying we wouldn't talk about this and we actually lost guys and they're still denying no this day that
they did and had then they recounted berg dowel as a hero. it pushed a lot of us over the line. it was a totally inappropriate statement and at this point when you have him facing charges of tee sergs and misbehavior in front of the he be me. they mischaracterized his service and i think an apology is owed certainly. >> an apology is is owed to who? >> the unit and the families of the men who died looking for bergdahl. >> does it make you lose faith in your government? >> absolutely. certainly it was a feeling of bee trail with non disclosure agreement and them trying to sweep this event tund the rug just to clear some prisoners out of guantanamo. it felt like they discounted or service and the service of the men who died. >> there are reports that up to three of those five are back making contact with the
terrorist networks out there. >> that's not repeat hely surprising. that was just to be taken for granted that that would happen. i mean, certainly i wouldn't expect them to stay in qatar which is this has all blown over. they will be back in afghanistan and once again, fighting our allies, the afghan government. >> what do you come oi a with from this entire process? >> i think that this is a move in the correct direction and it's provided a lot of closure and certainly -- yeah i would just like to see this trial go through seamlessly hopefully and find a guilty conviction. i feel that it will bring a lot of closure to the families and units in general that we did the right thing and not everyone did the right thing. controversy in the heartland, some say a new indiana law protects religious freedom, others say is legalizes discrimination. a fair and balanced look coming up.
welcome back, everybody. an eight-year saga comes to a close with a manned at that knox a free woman after italy's highest court overturned her murder conviction. knox wepd after hearing the verdict. she and her boyfriend a co-defendant in the case always maintained their innocence in the grew some death of her british roommate, meredith churcher, she was found dead in a dak back in 2007 in the apartment she shared with knox and two other students. >> i just wanted to say that i'm incredibly grateful for what has happened for the justice i've received for the support that i've had from everyone, were my family from my friends to strangers, to people like you. it -- you saved my life and i am so grateful and i -- i'm so
grateful to have my life back. thank you. and -- that's all i can say. right now i'm still absorbing what all of this means and what -- what comes to mind is is my gratitude for -- for the life that's been griffin to he into. >> what does the future hold for you now? >> i don't know. i'm still absorbing the present moment, which is full of joy. thank you. >> now, the court says it will release its reasoning behind its decision in 90 days. folks are gathering this afternoon in indianapolis to protest the hoosier state's newest law which allows businesses to refuse service for religious reasons. earlier this week indiana governor mike pens signed a bill that come say simply legal ices discrimination against gays and lesbians.
will carr has been watching this story unfold. will sfr there has been a lot of uproar, there has been protests also the ncaa is weighing in. it's important to remember, though, that this law is similar to laws that have been passed in roughly 20 other states. governor pence signed the law on thursday and it's based on the federal law that was signed by president bill clinton back in 1993. it comes after some christians have been sued or tines after refuseing service to gay couples getting married. opponents say it could lead to discrimination. >> my frustration with it is that it was passed in -- in wrapping it around a flag of business ownership as if i needed this this kind of protection. i didn't ask for this kind of protection. >> let me be very clear on this point. this bill is not about
discrimination. and if i thought it was about discrimination i would have dee vowed it. in fact, it doesn't even apply to 'tis puts between private individuals, unless government action is involved. >> reporter: the final four will be held in indianapolis next week and with that in mind the ncaa released a statement saying the ncaa national office and our members are deedly committed to providing an inclusive environment for all of our events. we are especially concerned about how this legislation could affect our student athletes and employees. now, we've also seen protests in indiana and all across the country, some businesses now saying that they won't visit the hoosier state unless the law is repealed, leaving businesses in indiana concerned that this could have a major impact op their bottom line and the local economy. leland. >> on tourism certainly a big part of the economy in indiana. we appreciate it will. thanks.
emergency crews are sifting through the rubls as they continue certainlying for two people still pissing an an apparent gas explosion destroys three apartment buildings in new york city this week. special kay thien units are on the scene helping with recovery efforts there. they are also trying to determine if a third person may be missing as well an off-duty firefighter who was one of the first on the scene describes the devastation. >> i could see that the whole second floor had already collapsed and that the stairwell where we were walking to their apartments was already collapsed. so i said, i've got to go up the fire escape and with that a young woman came out on the
third floor, screaming and, you know yelling and just hysterical and t couple other gentlemen helping me. i wish that we could have, you know, got in there and maybe located one of the victims, you know. it's a little disheartening when you know, you know, you try as much as is you can and then find out that somebody else prostitutes bought and paid for by columbian drug cartels provided their service to dea
agents on assignment in columbia. now we're learning secret service agents were involved with the very same women. those agents were in columbia ahead of a 2012 presidential trip. susan crab tree is the white house examiner for the washington examiner broke countless angels on this story and joins us live. susan, obviously there are some of the sore rid details that are not safe for shall we say a family friendly saturday afternoon television program but what is interesting to me is how this is in a it digs to what we already knew about the secret service's bad behavior involving prostitutes down in columbia. >> that's right. and the main difference between the two is that you had the drug cartels themselves, the people that terp supposed to be fighting, are saying for these problems could you tell us that the dea were having parties with and the same apartment where the secret service they were sort of serving as sort of arranging the prostitution for these secret service agents on a vat trip. >> you have to imagine that
everything that was in that apartment sensitive documents, sensitive laptops communications, weapons, all those kinds of things that these prostitutes in the pay of the drug cartels had access to. >> this he actually had their police -- some of their badges and guns being held off to the side by the columbian police. >> they were all in this one together. >> they are in cahoots together which is not what they're supposed to be down there doing. >> has this always fwn on boys will be boys and we're just learning about these things or is this sort of a if you level of irresponsible behavior by the dea and those kinds of people? >> well the extent of the problem with the dea is really the question here. i did a request and it said when they went and looked at the deaing agent's phones they found 37 contacts with sex service providers. it's really the extent of the parties that was going on. >> a few of us were kicking this around earlier. what surprised so many of us was this behavior so irresponsible, to dumb, so compromising in so many ways although the legality
of it is questionable because prostitution sometimes is legal in columbia but what was shocking how these guys get caught. teenage girls have things on their phones so hair parents don't know who they are texting. >> really what we've seen is a refrain going on here, the super viefrs in columbia were protecting their own and were not telling -- were not basically throwing it up to the chain of command. >> so the supervisors knew about these things. >> one of the supervisors was allegedly involved himself at a going away party for him. >> unbelievably how compromising this is. is there anything you found out about how effective the dea operation was in columbia or was not affected because they're being paid off with sex services by these women paid for by the cartels? >> i think that's the critical question here. the inspector general didn't going g. into this t. in had in his report but you can get
congress is going to get own oefr there it and jason chaffetz was voud to have hearings on this. >> is this the beginning, this a thread to keep pulling on in terms of more of these kinds of things coming out? it would be hard to imagine that this is isolated if you have a supervisor involved and the supervisor covering it up. >> i think in columbia there's other places thailand was also mentioned where prostitution is legal. i think in columbia you've an extensive problems and the secret service said wheels up rings off, that was the refrain. so at a secret service level they are getting down to the bought of it, they are they've got increased scrutiny and this is new with the dea. had he only got two to ten days of suspension at the sdea. >> for using prostitutes paid for by the people they were supposed to be investigating. unbelievable. we appreciate you reporting. straight ahead on "america's news headquarters" you will see incredible images from a massive
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welcome back, everybody. well, take a look. celebrations under way near mexico city as a weeklong festival gets set for celebrating spring. the highlight of both contests based not on speed but beauty. artists compete to see who can come up with the most stunning design to create the most amazing barges that float along the ancient canalways there. only flowers and other natural materials are used. no glue wire, or nails are allowed. now the event celebrates the days when local tribes would offer flowers to the aztec gods. those boats a sight to see as they make their way along the waterway. very beautiful. torrential rains turned norm
normally lush hillsides into mud slides. homeowners in a seattle is he bush evacuate edd with little real whatever they could gather. so far as you can tell, there's been one home damaged that's been part of the home that was down there. meteorologist janice dean is in the fox news center. storms gather around the country yet again this weekend, janice. yes, leland. the same old story. across the northwest we have moisture streaming into this very vulnerable region. throughout the weekend you can see light rain and even mountain snow this weekend, saturday into sunday. so that has been continuous in not only this region but we've seen very warm conditions across the west, a trough over the east, very chilly air in place for yet again another weekend across the east coast. taking a look at snow. i left snow covered roadways on long island this morning. and you can see we're still seeing that snow fly across the northeast. light accumulations but still, it's not a good story, is it?
we're done. you can see as we go through time we could set some low temperatures overnight tonight. we are 10 to 20 to 25 degrees below average. leland i promise as we get into april, mid-april, things will begin it to improve. okay? mark my words. >> always something to look forward to. we're going to hold you to that, janice. >> okay, my friend. see you soon. thanks, j.d. uma? all right. and as we get set for hour two of "america's news headquarters" here are some of the stories we are following. longtime democrat and senate my minority leader harry reid calling it quits setting off a leadership shake-up for the dems, and amaas for some in the gop. >> there's a bit of news today that harry reid is retiring from the senate. mraus[ applause ]
thanks for staying with us. i'm leland vittert. >> and i'm uma pemmaraju. thank you for joining us. remembering the lives lost in the devastating tragedy? family, friends and others mourn the senseless loss. investigators still trying to retrieve the victims' remains this hour. we'll have a live report from the french alps coming your way. plus, as word comes that the u.s. will boost its effort to aid the saudi-led air campaign against those iranian rebels in yemen yemenese president points another finger of blame at iran and fears grow that the crisis
in yemen could spread across the region. we're going to talk to an expert on the middle east about that coming up. >> and it's liftoff for the international space station crew and a year long experiment. we're going to talk to an astro astronaut who was once a commander about the unique opportunity the agency has with the kelly brothers. stay with us. the gloves are off and top democrats are ready to rumble not over a bill but over who will replace senator harry reid as their leader in the senate. on the short list for potential replacements -- >> i really tried my hardest to
represent the people. >> he certainly tried hard did a lot in his years on the senate. on the short list minority whip dick durbin, senator chuck schumer, senator patty murray and senator elizabeth warren. however, reid gave his endorsement to shumer in giving him an early lead. let's bring in penny lee who joins us now. in so many ways harry reid was so effective, at the same time so loathed by the gop. is there anybody who are will be so affected by their caucus? if you actually look at the way in which he did lead, there were some outside of the senate you would say he was so loathed but he actually was when i was there with him we only had a 51 seat
majority so we had to reach across the aisle and it was bipartisan that we passed many of the bills. i think whoever takes over the leader, the same with mcconnell and whoever takes over in 2017 it is to be able -- you probably won't have the margins where you're going to be able to have one party rule. so either chuck durbin, murray, they all have been in that body a long time and have built great relationships across the aisle. whoever can effectively be able to bridge the gap will be the one that will be an effective leader. >> one of the criticisms of reid after 2010 he shut down the senate. many would say that was in order to protect the president from ever having to use his veto power and it was a very effective strategy there. can a new leader kind of have that much power, that much ability in the way that harry reid did, or was he unique in his leadership's abilities of the caucus? >> you know, i think what made senator reid unique and the same
challenge mitch mcconnell is having now is the ability to hold your caucus united. it was not ever senator reid's personal will, but he actually was the leader of his own caucus and the caucus was saying many times hold strong hold steady hold out from where we want to move and where we want this ledges laegs to go to. so he really was a senator's senator or still is a senator's senator and one that will abide by where the caucus is leading and where the caucus wants to go. so that's the same challenge that mitch mcconnell can have. can he instill unity amongst his party to be able to get the bills and the legislation and the progress in which they want to go. >> and you point out the unity of party is so important. if we have the list of the potential replacement for senator harry reid or those who could take over the minority leader's job, i'm not sure you could ever replace him, but in a sense it does show, though a split in the democratic caucus. you have somebody like chuck
schumer who harry reid has endorsed, a clinton democrat, someone very close to hillary clinton and those kinds of things. on the other side somebody like eare liz beth warelizabeth warren. are you entering into a situation where harry reid was able to hold both sides of the party together? now all of a sudden if you have a leadership fight, these divisions are going it to come out? >> let's keep in mind this leadership vote doesn't take place until january 2017. so there is a lot of time. senator reid is still going to be the minority leader for the next 22 months. and there is a presidential election to go through, there is a senate -- >> a presidential election coming up you have in many ways that same split being set up. is this going to be a preview for this fight in terms of a presidential primary on the democratic side? >> it's still too early to say. you can point to there are
different styles, there are different philosophies, there are different issues in which each one is championing. chuck schumer has a much different view on the financial services industry than an elizabeth warren. again, there's a lot of time left and, also, you don't know what the makeup of the caucus is going to be come post election. it could be that the democrats take over the majoritiship. it could be they are from a more rural area, more red states than blue states. there's a lot. but one thing i do know this kau can cuss has been united and continues to stay united and puts aside many of their differences when it comes to that actual voting. >> and we'll have to see what happens to mr. reid's senate seat out there in nevada. penny lee, memories of her old boss, we appreciate you joining us from california. thanks. >> thanks. >> i'll be back. and now the latest overseas and the site where investigators in the french alps still on the scene where 150 people lost their lives onboard that doomed
germanwings flight this week. we're learning more about the co-pilot accused of deliberately crashing that jet and the questions surrounding a motive. let's get the very latest now from amy kellogg. amy? >> reporter: hi, uma. well, in the last couple of hours there has been a flurry of new information that's come out on this case. most of it attributed to the german newspaper "bild" on sunday. they are saying that andreas lubitz's body parts have been identified here in france. now that's important obviously because they will need to be tested for drugs possibly for alcohol. so that is a key development if in fact it is true. also, they are reporting that he had problems with his vision and that could have been the reason for the sickness. at the same time uma, senior investigators have told other german media outlets that they found a plethora of medication in lubitz's apartment and that was medication for psychiatric
purposes. an ex-girlfriend, a flight attendant told "bild" that he warned one day he would do something heinous that the world would remember him for. she says that if he did in fact, crash this plane in a the alps it may have been because he feared that his big dreams were being suffered his big dream of being a captain with lufthansa and of being able to fly long haul flights. the ex-girlfriend also said that lubitz had been buckling under work pressures. he had been volatile at times. she recounted an episode once where he locked her in a bathroom for a long time. now this source is different -- or this girlfriend, ex-girlfriend, is different from the teacher girlfriend widely reported about with whom he is said to have recently split and reportedly tried to woo back with a gift of an audi which she refused. all this from media reports. the only thing confirmed from investigators who searched his addresses is there were that's torn up sick notes covering the
period of the crash. and the french investigator said today the pilot's personality is a serious lead in the case, but it cannot be the only one. now the families of the victims have advicevisited a memorial here not far from the site of the crash. they, it turns out have not asked to be flown over it but some have expressed a desire to return here once the seen has been cleared. 400 to 600 body parts have been collect eded. uma, not one body has been found intact. according to a mayor of a town here nearby, lubitz's father has completely broken down. he claims to be bearing all the responsibility for this on his own shoulders. and this as we continue to get more information about the victims is absolutely heartbreaking, such a wide variety of people from american mother/daughter team going on vacation to well-known german opera singers, newlyweds on a trip some had come back from a funeral and a couple of sports journalists managed to get out
of iran to cover events in barcelona. uma? >> such heartbreaking stories indeed. amy kellogg, thank you for that update. as yemen descends into civil war, the united nations began evacuating the international staff from the capital today. it comes in a broader middle east conflict sets up between heavyweights iran on one side and saab saush on the other. this as iraqi-backed troops and iranian militias try to recapture the key iraqi city of tikrit. currently it's if the hands of isis militants. national security correspondent jennifer griffin takes a closer look. and obviously we've had a little bit of a problem in terms of bringing you jennifer's report. we're going to get it coming up in a couple of minutes. now we'll move on. as we continue today as we
continue down in the rundown we have somalia officials have regained control of a hotel in the capital city of mogadishu. militants from the islamic rebel group al shabab blasted their way inside that hotel and they were there for a 12-hour standoff. the government says six attackers were killed from al shabab along with 15 other people. the attack started when a suicide bomber detonated had his car at the gate of that hotel. are for the first time in nigeria's history an opposition candidate has had a realistic chance of defeating a sitting president in that nation's presidential elections. many ignored threats from boca haram and turned out to cast their vote. president goodluck johnnathan and a former military dictator now are continuing to duke it out.
>> all right. well, back in this country the open borders of texas are getting a boost in the fight to get a handle on illegal immigrants and drug smugglers. so says greg abbott after touring the borders yesterday. he has proposed a massive increase in border security doubling the amount texans are currently spending to defend the border. >> we need to add additional law enforcement agents and officers up and down the entire border. the way that we need to better incorporate tools such as technology so that we can leverage the personnel resources that we have on the border. >> plans are under way to place new cameras in areas that law enforcement finds most effective.
still ahead as we press on, remember that jetblue pilot who had a midair meltdown? well he says he's not to blame. so we're going to ask who is. you are not going to believe when we tell you what he wants. plus, hundreds of federal workers are spending tir time inging their time on the clock not work inging for the government but for their union and you are sitting the bill. new word from the house chairman investigating the benghazi attacks. what he says hillary clinton did that may keep us from ever finding out exactly what happened in libya. >> the server contained personal communications from my husband and me, and i believe i have met all of my responsibilities and the server will remain private.
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>> what's at play given the fact saudi arabia just decided to jump in in terms of trying to deal with the crisis that had been brewing in yemen. the impact the united states may back this? >> first of all, it's not just saudi arabia. it has with it the uae and another ten potential allies of the united states that makes it into a regional consensus to go after the full iranian militia in yemen. i think the addministration just said, well, you have ten of our allies going against the militia that's broken the balance of power in yemen. so i think that administration will back saudi arabia to a point. yesterday i was speaking with the prime minister of yes, ma'ammen, the security council in new york, and the consensus is that first they will push back to where they came from in the north. after that we're not sure what washington will want to do. >> and what about this happening at a time we're trying to strike a deal with iran and that they are backed by iran?
>> the problem was the militia were crossing red line after red line. they seize the capital and then were heading to the lost city. i think the iranians made a mistake. they could have waited, gotten the agreement done and then continued in yemen. they made a mistake allowing the arabs who criticized iran to strike against their allies in yemen and forcing the united states to help them. that could have an impact on the agreement. >> are we going to see soldiers from jordan and other kuncountries there that might be involved with this effort? >> it is not clear, uma. what we know for now saudi, uae, jordan and potentially egypt may put traps on the ground. the bulk will be saudi, 100,000 or more soldiers. the egyptians may go in as well. remember, this is an action that is going to create at the same time a military united arab force that the arabs want. >> this is happening at a time there's a lot of frustration for the united states saying at one
point the security in yemen was really holding firm, that the united states had a firm handle on it and yet things disintegrated quite fast and now saudi arabia has no choice but to get in and defend its area. >> that's what was airing here. that was not the opinion of these partners in the middle east. i've reported many times the saudis egyptian, jordanian ss and all of the uae associates were not happy. they were warning the united states and the administration not just al qaeda but the iranian militias. >> they have been warning about this for some time. the entire time the united states kept saying, well, we have it under control. we're holding it up as an example what can happen when you get positive security cooperation between two countries, yemen and the united states. and yet it just seems to crumble right before our eyes. >> because of politics. the administration wants to strike that deal no matter what with the iranians. so it did not go in syria. it did what it did in iraq and it did not help the arabs in
yemen, concentrating only on al qaeda. this invasion is not al qaeda. that's the strategic mistake we make. >> tell me about the impact having saudi arabia going forward in this way given the fact that up to now it has held back and not used its own troops relying more on the united states to do its dirty works. >> i spoke to arab officials and they told me that to a point, because the u.s. is in charge of the operation, they didn't want to interfere. but the iranian militia was seizing yemen, transforming it into a cuba against them in a sense they were hundreds of miles in between. do what they have to do right now. the problem is once they control the air and the borders, it's going to be the ground operation that will be very complicated, difficult, and impossible to predict. >> and people are saying without a ground invasion and a ground force, you really cannot go after and defeat the houthis. >> it's true. look at yemen as two zones where
the sunni are, the houthis will be defeated. where the shia are, then the h houthis will be in an enclave like fwa za and it will be a different story. >> how do you see this playing out over the next few weeks? you do you see this escalating into something where we're really going to raise big red flags about these countries all getting onboard fighting in the region and perhaps also the concern with about the iran deal and the fact they're saying a mideast arms race. >> on the ground, uma, what can be predicted is the arab coalition is going to make progress against the houthis up to the capital. they will control the border. they may have a successful or not. when they come to the militias, all the answers are going to be in iran. will iran retaliate? will iran choose to sign an agreement, give it as a gift to the administration or fight for their allies? it will be difficult to have an agreement with them at the same time. >> so far the president in his letter to president obama, hadi,
said he would not respond right now with saudi arabia's involvement, saying negotiations could go forward. >> the iranians are known to use proxies. who says other elements in eastern arabia and bahrain. i think the decisions are not going to be made in the white house or saudi arabia. it will be made in iraq. they would have to decide war or peace. >> the stakes remain very high as we continue to watch as this unfolds. always great to see you. >> thank you. >> and share your insights with us. we have new developments in the hillary clinton e-mail probe that could affect the house benghazi investigation. the house head of the house investigating committee says hillary clinton wiped her e-mail server clean putting into question whether we will ever find out all the details leading up to the benghazi attacks. in a statement released
yesterday congressman gowdy said, quote, not only was the secretary the sole arbiter of what was a public record, she also summarily decided to delete all e-mails from her server ensuring no one could check behind her analysis in the public interest. clinton's attorney says all work related e-mails have been turned over to the state department from clinton's time as secretary of state. and as we press on much more ahead on "america's news headquarters." >> we got israel. >> that was the captain of the jetblue flight and so many of us remember that video. he is now asking someone to pay up. you're never going to believe why. plus a successful start to a year long trip one day down 364 to go. we're going to talk to a former
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anything to do with it, that's going to change. aps. >> when these various agencies hire these individuals they hire them to do a specific task within that agency. they do not hire these people to do union work. >> reporter: the practice called official time was actually sanctioned by congress in 1978. if federal employees were allowed to do some union work during business hours as a way to subsidize unions for having to represent federal work,ers covered by collective bargaining but who aren't dues paying members. in 2014 there were 139000 such workers. hice and johnny isaacson say the intent of the law has gotten way out of control and introduced legislation today to crack down on what they call waste on an egregious level. >> problems getting veterans appointments within 30 days yet taking thousands of hours to organize the union. something is wrong with their priorities. we need to get it fixed. >> reporter: according to the office of personnel management in 2012 across the federal government employees spent nearly 3.5 million hours working
for their unions at a cost to taxpayers at $157 million. malary mallory factor believes the price tag is far greater than official reports. >> they get promotions. they get all the benefits along with the salaries and they also get pensions. and they get it for doing union work. >> reporter: from 1998 to 2012 the amount of time logged across the federal government increased by more than 1.2 million hours per year while at the same time the number of federal employees covered by the unions actually decreased. fox news reached out to the three biggest unions for comment but none would talk to us. in atlanta, john roberts, fox news. all right. take a look. you're watching the historic launch of that "soyuz" rocket from kazakhstan with scott kelly
onboard on his way to setting new records. he and two other russians head ing for the international space station where kelly plans to spend one year in space, a nasa first. while scott kelly remains in orbit, his twin brother and former astronaut mark kelly will be on earth, both under close scrutiny by nasa scientists. the aim to study the long-term effects of space on the human body. i had a chance to recently speak with the nasa twins recently and they shared with me what they believe are the greatest risks of being in space for an entire year. >> as far as the science with my brother and i, a lot of it are on a genetic base. understanding the effect of not only the myicro gravity but the radiation has on my dna when we're able to compare it to my brother's on the ground is also something that is really the biggest risk factor how do we protect the astronauts from the radiation on such a long trip.
so it's, you know, i hope we learn something about all of these things. >> all of this, of course, nasa says is the stepping stone for future missions to mars and beyond. let's bring in former nasa astronaut and former international space station commander about this mission. great to have you with us today. >> nice to be with you. >> let's talk for a moment about how you feel about this new mission and the fact that scott kelly will be spending a year in space. it will be a big first for nasa. >> yeah, a year is a very long time. i flew up on the space station for six and a half months. i was the commander about ten years ago and as long as you know when you're coming back and set your expectations and i think it would be a lot tougher if they just told you we're going to ut put you up there but we're not sure when we're going to bring you back. when i was getting ready to fly ten years ago there was a proposal for my crew to fly for an entire year. that was something they sprung
on us a few months before launch. and i'm not disappointed that it didn't happen. i was six and a half months was enough. >> six and a half months was enough. but let me ask you in terms of your experience, what were some of the biggest challenges spending that much time in space? >> sure, like i said, it's a matter of setting your expectations after you're up there for a while. we used to fly two-week shuttle missions before we had a space station. once we started flying longer duration flights we found what the russians already knew you get into a routine the first month or so. your body, the biomedical effects kind of steady out. and you get into this work routine and you're so businessy, your day is literally planned down to the minute which is a good thing, that you're able to set your expectations every day and get through it. the biggest things i missed other than family and friends, of course, nature. i missed being down here and feeling the wind blow watching squirrels run around and birds
fly around. those are the things that i missed. >> but you had that awesome view of the earth and you could see amazing sights in space. >> right, absolutely. that's the best thing is looking back at the earth and shooting photographs. on my space station mission i shot over 16,000 photos of the earth. >> let me ask you in terms of what you noticed about the impact that months of space travel had on your body. >> sure. the biomedical effects are the biggest technical thing we have to solve before we can talk about sending astronauts for long duration missions outside of the earth's fear. a long duration flight to the moon or mars. the reason we fly the space station missions is to collect data, to study the effects, and come up with counter measures, ways we can mitigate some of these effects. so one of the big counter measures that we use is exercise. so these guys, and we did the same, exercised two hours a day up on the station, and that helps take care of your muscle mass, keep your muscle mass and
bone mass up, keep your circulatory system in shape. the one thing that doesn't protect against is what scott mentioned in the piece there was the radiation. you are exposed to more radiation up there. that's the number one biomedical effect that we're working on. >> nasa sees this as a unique opportunity to study those brothers at the same time, one in space, one on earth. and because of their genetic makeup it will be able to help them get a close view and an understanding of the impact long-term space travel will have on the body and they can measure this in substantive ways can they not? >> right. it's kind of an interesting target of opportunity. in other words the mission wasn't planned this way. we didn't plan to fly scott because he has a twin on the ground. but the fact he was selected for this mission presented this target a of opportunity to look at their g enomics and compare and see what changes, if any, scott's genomics will undergo after a year in space. it's the data point of one but
you can get some interesting -- make some interesting pie pothhypotheses based on these results. >> what do you hope this will will mean for nasa? certainly having to go up in a rocket a russian-made rocket, has some feeling we are losing the space race, so to speak. at the same time nasa scientists are really hoping that this will be the beginning of many more missions to come and where nasa can make a difference when we're talking about mars and beyond. >> right. and i flaw the space station i flew aboard a russian rocket out of kazakhstan. and so their spacecraft are reliable. you're right, we have lost the ability to launch our own astronauts into space since we retired the space shuttle three and a half years ago. we have new vehicles being built both by the government and by commercial companies and
hopefully those will begin flying in the next few years and we will regain that capability. pushing further into space front, i think the model we use for the space station is the correct one. international cooperation is the way to go. i think we ought to be expanding that cooperation, bringing other countries like china in who have the money, who have the technical wherewithal to do it but they need an on racialal leader like the united states to lead that coalition. as far as what we're going to learn scientifically from this mission, all of our data from the space station are at six-month points. the one-year mission will be an interesting data point but it's the data point of one. >> well, commander, as always, great to hear and speak to astronauts who had that wonderful opportunity to travel in space. you are part of a very elite fraternity and i wish you well and continued success. >> thank you very much. it was a pleasure to be on. >> nice to have you, sir. all the best. coming up, the fatal
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airline but he was still allowed to fly. go figure. comb tlauphrough the wreckage of germanwings flight, the co-pilot who deliberately brought the flight down. those with a fear of flying may be dealing with additional concerns now that questions are being raised about the mental health of that co-pilot. looking into how doctors are trying to help patients cope with these additional concerns when it comes to the fear of flying. brian? >> reporter: hi, uma. 20 million americans suffer from avial phobia the fear of flying. for some it's life altering forcing people to change careers or hobbies. for some it's manageable until a plane crashing. >> what happens after a crisis people raise it up a notch. the things they might have been
able to contend with earlier, now they've crossed over. and it feels unbearable. >> reporter: psychologist dr. robert reiner says he gets three time as many phone calls following an airline crash or mishap, about a third of people say a recent crash makes them less likely to fly. it's enough to turn anxiety into outright misery. >> i would get sick before i went on an airplane, get sick while on the airplane, i would have to drug myself i would ask to see the pilot. i couldn't breathe. it was horrible. >> reporter: that is until alice started virtual reality treatment in 2009. patients put on 3d glasses their heart rate and breathing is monitored as they experience a virtual plane ride with turbulence, even thunderstorms. >> we just have to get a whiff of it, an inoculation. you get a flu shot, you get a
small dosage. the body fights it off so when it hits you've had prior experience in defending itself. the same thing here. >> reporter: patient learn to control their bodies deep lyly relax. it's called bio feedback like lowering your heart rate during bad turbulence. >> my life is completely different. i want to fly. i want to go away ten times a year. i don't care -- i haven't been to australia yet but i can't wait to fly to australia. >> reporter: the treatment has a 92% success rate. patients usually need 12 to 16 hours of the therapy. it's not cheap, though. a one-hour session costs $200 to $600. uma? >> the good news is their fears can be overcome. all right bryan thank you very much. >> no problem. coming up, this woman, say hello, says being healthy is not necessarily about being thin. author harriet brown tells us why coming up.
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needs to change as quick as your diet. we have low fat, high protein. and harriet brown raises questions about the studies, that suggests dieting makes people thinner or healthier. she says the opposite is true. she joins us from syracuse university. harriet, start with this. we were talking in the break, i have a couple of boxes of thin mint girl scout cookies in my office. i had been holding off. i have been good but you said i can eat them. >> eat them, but don't eat them all out once. enjoy them. stop eating when they're done. >> that would be every day of my life. as we look at this, explain the principles here. often we joke that every day that you have a new steady. red wine is good for you. eat chocolate, don't eat milk chocolate. eat dark chocolate. this changes all the time. is this new information or junk science? >> well, one thing about studies they rely on statistics and statistics lie.
you the spin data lot of different ways. what i have learned in spending five years with the research is that there's a things we don't know yet. we don't understand. so i think it's always good to take a study with a grain of salt and know how it -- you know, how it was done. know the methodology and always look at the bigger picture too. that's what i have learned. >> when it comes to the bigger picture though, sort of the culture of dieting and being thin fitness in america has taken on a lot of forms. a lot of folks will tell you their 8-year-old daughter is on a diet. is there a psychological component to this also that can be dangerous? >> oh, absolutely. back when i was growing up, the average age for a girl to diet was 14. now it's 8. so that's the average. which means girls as young as 2, 3, 4, 5 are conscious about weight. feel badly about their bodies, are critical of themselves and that has huge repercussions down the line for everyone no matter what they weigh.
>> this is personal in a way for you, right? >> it is personal. i mean, like most women in america, i have struggled with weight for most of my life. and then my daughter developed anorexia when she was 14 and that kind of gave me a different look from another angle at the toxic culture that we have developed around dieting and thinness and appearance. >> well there's certainly a culture around that. so have you been able to find any correlation as it relates between being healthy and being thin? so often we are told obviously there's the issue of looking good. but everybody says oh, lose weight and you're going to be healthier. i lowers your blood pressure. you'll live to be 142, those kind of things. >> right. if you look at the data, there's a lot of factors that go into health. how long you long, disease. but there seems to be other things, and that's great news. it's about not being thin, but what kind of behaviors you actually engage in. for example the best thing you can do for yourself is get some
physical activity, most days that you really enjoy. it might make you thinner, it might not but it's definitely going to improve your health. >> i like that. go for a run. and then eat the thin mint girl scout cookies. i'm thinking about them so much. but anyway, as you look at this quickly as we wrap up here, have you gotten a lot of traction out of this? i know the book is coming out in a couple of days. do you have a lot of doctors are saying, all right, this makes sense all of a sudden? if you eat healthy rather than eat to be thin and work out to be healthy? >> well, there are people who line up on both sides of this issue. there's a lot of money at stake in min maintaining the diet culture we have. some people see it as good news. others not so much. >> harriet brown "body of truth" comes out in a couple of days. thank you, ma'am. >> thanks for having me. >> uma? well, coming up, how in the
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the on going nuclear talks with iran, is the u.s. giving up too much in the negotiations? rose says yes, we are. caving again. how do you negotiate with a -- a regime whose people are shouting in the streets death to america? nonsensical. chuck says the iran nuclear deal will probably herald potentially disastrous consequences for future security. and ken says negotiating are counterproductive where tribal and religious sectarianism exists. thanks to all of you for those tweets. >> indeed. the hills they say in california are alive with the sounds of mystery piano music. there's the piano. it was spotted atop a lookout in santa monica, california, and of course as you can imagine, the questions began. how exactly did the ivories get up there and how did a piano
weighing 300 pounds get to the top of the two mile long trail? well turns out it was carried up for a music video. and we leave you with some beautiful sounds and hard work from santa monica. this week on the "the journal editorial report" yemen sinks deeper into chaos as saudi arabia launches strikes against iran-backed rebels. is america's middle east retreat contributing to a full blown sunni/shiite war? and the white house continues its assault on benjamin netanyahu and could it push democratic voters towards the republican party? and he's the first out of the gate for the white house. could ted cruz deliver on his promise to reassemble the reagan coalition in 2016? >> welcome to "the journal editorial report." i'm paul gigot.