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police say the men they claim broke into the home of a florida couple and took their lives as their children slept nearby trained for a month to carry out this crime. what was learned about the suspects. also, judge sonia sotomayor says she was never asked about her views on abortion before she was nominated to the supreme court. well, that changed today. and debbie rowe to head to court over their children. her friends are sharing details of her relationship with michael jackson. hello and welcome to hln "news and views." i'm christi paul. it's always good to see you. thanks for being with us. you know, we're learning more about the brutal killings of byrd and melanie billings. police will hold a news conference in about an hour and hln will carry that for you live. but ed lavandera is in pensacola right now, and ed, i understand
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you were just in a meeting with the sheri the sheriff's department. what have you been able to dpleen this morning? >> reporter: we're told to expect shortly that authorities will put out information, a be on the lookout, a bulldoze, they say, in police talk for another person that they are interested in speaking with, trying to get a better sense of why they want to speak with this person and what this person's connection to the story is. so, the authorities said yesterday that this investigation wasn't even -- wasn't over even though seven people are now under arrest for the murder of byrd and melanie billings. authorities say leonard patrick gonzalez jr. was the ringleader of the seven suspects that allegedly murdered byrd and melanie billings. but in a short court hearing, gonzalez surprisingly used the moment to declare him innocent. it's the first time we've heard from any of the accused. >> it's circumstantial evidence and the confessions of a
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mentally challenged person with a long history of making false statements and false confessions. >> reporter: we don't know who gonzalez is talking act exactly, but investigators say they've arrested all the men who they say carried out what they call the methodical and chilling murders of the couple. these are the suspects who face murder charges. one we can't show because she's a 16-year-old juvenile. three are from pensacola and the other from ft. walton beach area. gonzalez jr. and donald ray stallworth have a military background. stallworth is currently an active-duty staff sergeant. >> it was a well-planned and well-executed operation. >> reporter: after saying that robbery was one of possible motives, authorities now say the suspects burst into the home, killed the couple and stole a safe. they think something more sinister is behind the killings. >> i think the primary motive in
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this case is robbery, home invasion, robbery. >> reporter: investigators say leonard gonzalez sr. and wayne coldiron were occasionally hired to work around the billings' property, but beyond that, there doesn't appear to be any connection between the seven suspects and the billings' family. now, some of the members of the billings family held -- spoke with reporters this morning. ashley markel, the oldest daughter of byrd and melanie billings says she considers herself now the matriarch of this family and also announced they had set up a -- were trying to set up a fund to help the children, the adopted children that the byrd and melanie billings had adopted and had been taking care of. and they also do say that at this point that they are being -- the children are being held in a private location for fear of their safety at this point. so, that's something that they say they will continue to take care of these children and there will be family members that continue to take care of these children in the future, as well.
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christi? >> okay. ed lavandera, i know you'll be there for this news conference, as well so, thank you so much. we appreciate it. in less than an hour, we are going to hear more from escambia county sheriff david morgan. he is going to give us the latest on the investigation into the death of byrd and melanie billings. we'll bring that to you live here on hln "news and views" when it happens. president obama is pitching his top domestic priority again today, health care reform, of course. at the top of the hour, he'll be in the rose garden to repeat congress must pass health legislation. that is his call. on a 13-10 party line yesterday, the senate health committee approved a $600 billion bill to expand insurance coverage to nearly all americans. it requires individuals to get health insurance and employers to help cover the cost. now, the government would help those making up to four times the federal poverty level. this is just one piece of the health care legislation working its way through the senate, we should point out.
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the house has it own plan but would make health care a right. three committees will begin voting on what critics call a job killer. a house aide says the plan would cost $1.5 trillion over three years and increase taxes for those making $280,000 or more. democratic leaders in the house and senate are pushing for floor votes before congress goes on its august break, by the way. also in washington, supreme court nominee sonia sotomayor, you're seeing her here live as she's in her third day now before the senate judiciary committee. sotomayor again defended her wise latina comment that keeps coming up, and she pointed out that justice samuel alito referred to his ancestry in confirmation. she says no one, not even president obama, asked about her stance on abortion before her nominati nomination. a republican committee member challenged over the quote of from a legal colleague who claims she's an abortion rights
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advocate. >> do you know, then, on what basis, if that's the case -- and i accept your statement -- on what basis the white house officials would subsequently send a message that abortion rights groups do not need to worry about how you might rule in a challenge to roe v. wade? >> no, sir, because you just have to look at my record to know that in the cases that i addressed on all issues i followed the law. >> soelt mare also defended a 2008 ruling in a reverse discrimination suit brought by a group of white firefighters in new haven, connecticut. take a look. those firefighters are at today's hearing in uniform. they're seated a few rows behind her. that confirmation hearing is streaming live on our website, so if you'd like to see it in its entirety, we make that available to you at li cnn.com/live. you can check out that for her life and the reaction to the
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nomination. here's the thing. during the hearing, a lot has been made of sotomayor's hispanic heritage. we want to know what you think. should hereth nick background be an issue in all of this? give us a call, won't you, at 1-877-tell-hln. that's 1-877-835-5456 or e-mail us, cnn.com/hln. click under "your views." you can text us, too. text the word "views" plus your comments and name to hlntv. standard text rates do apply. what you have to say really matters to us, so we appreciate you chiming in. thank you. well, 168 people were aboard a passenger plane that crashed about 90 miles north of tehran, and here is the scene for you. iranian state tv says there are no survivors. the security commander for the city of qazin says the plane disintegrated. there are reports it crashed 16 minutes after takeoff. the plane was a russian-made
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plane, and pictures from the scene are consistent with a high-speed impact. however, he says, there could be larger pieces of debris, such as that one that you see there, there could be others that are not being shown on television. gives you a better indication of what happened. investigators subpoena records from michael jackson's dermatologist. what the coroner is trying to piece together now and what jackson's longtime doctor and friend is saying about giving the star dangerous drugs.
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well, investigators looking into michael jackson's death are poring over some new medical records now. yesterday, l.a.'s assistant chief coroner went to the office of jackson's dermatologist, whom you see here. he says, this man, dr. arnold klein, has been completely cooperative. in fact, just last weekend, our sister network, cnn, klein said he never gave jackson any
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dangerous drugs. >> we are continuing with our investigation. dr. klein is -- and his staff is cooperating with it. the rumors that dr. klein is not cooperating are not true. we're not investigating the doctor. we're investigating the cause of michael jackson's death and contacting all of his doctors. >> the company that makes an anesthetic linked to the michael jackson investigation is recalling some of that drug now. i want to point out, there is no direct link between this recall and jackson's death. but investigators say two contaminated bottles of propofol contaminated patients in florida and missouri. they say the tracking number on propofol is not the same as a vile found at jackson's home to be clear there. the custody hearing for two of jackson's children is scheduled for next monday, but the lawyer for jackson's
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ex-wife, debbie rowe, says she still hasn't decided what to do here. he denies a report she would get $4 million if she didn't contest jackson's mother for custody. though they divorced a decade ago, he says they stayed close. >> i can say there was deep affection. debbie was very close to michael many, many years. i mean, at this point it's 30 years. i mean, there was a true, true love there for michael. >> jackson's mother has temporary guardianship, of course, of all three of the singer's children for now. nancy grace, though, is looking at the possibility of a custody battle, what that might mean. plus, the agreement allegedly asks that joe jackson never be named legal guardian. this after a report that he wants to send his grandchildren on a tour as the jackson 3. nancy grace has all the latest-breaking developments at 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. eastern here on hln. boy, this is not your
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typical phrase is it. my bank was just held up with me in it. what would you do if you got that from one of your friends? that was a message from traveling anna. anna was messaging family, friends, and co-workers to let them know what was going on with her. mostly she was letting them know she couldn't call or e-mail and wasn't allowed to leave the bank until investigators cleared her to go. travelinganna acquired 200 more twitter followers through that. consumer prices were up last month. the government says inflation rose by 0.7%, the largest jump in nearly a year. prices are expected to drop soon with falling gas and energy prices, though. and already what you pay at the pump is down about a dime since the beginning of the month. a new discount, meanwhile, new discount airline, i should say, is called jet america.
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it was supposed to take off this month, but apparently there's been a delay. hln money expert clark howard explains why and he's going to tell us what happens if you bought a ticket. >> okay. do you know jet america was already supposed to be in the air? they've heard me talk about what a neat thing it was that they were going to offer, in fact, were selling $9 seats. a certain number of $9 of seats per flight for their new route system that was mostly concentrated in the eastern half of the united states. well, since the start, well, there hasn't been one. and now, what are they going to do? well, they're blaming the whole thing on the federal government saying that the feds didn't give them the slot that they needed at newark airport in order to be able to get the airline up and running. so, gosh, if you bought one of the tickets with jet america and you can't work out an accommodation with them to get your money back, what do you do?
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if you paid by credit card, you dispute the charge with your credit card company to get the money back. but i for one hope they really pull this off because flying for nine bucks, what a deal. i'm clark howard. for more deals for your wallet, go to to cnn.com/clarkhoward. >> get more great consumer advice from clark howard saturday and sunday at noon and 4:00 p.m. eastern. he helps you save more, spend less, and avoid getting ripped off. a man with muscular dystrophy went skydiving for the first time in 22 years. >> so many people out here that only dream of doing something like this. now this will hopefully open the door for them. >> isn't that something?
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well, president obama's choice for the supreme court, as you can see her there live, answering questions tuesday from members of the senate judiciary committee yet again. sonia sotomayor, in fact, in her third day of confirmation hearings. so, we're listening to the give-and-take here. we'll be bringing you highlights throughout the day on hln "news and views," so you know. you can watch the confirmation hearing uninstrumented on our website at cnn.com/live. "harry potter and the half-blood prince" is in theaters today, and look at the muggles around the world lining up for midnight shows.
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movietickets.com says more than 2,700 screenings sold out, people. variety reports that six harry potter movies could actually overtake the james bond series as the top-grossing film franchise ever. so far, potters are dealing with $4.5 billion, james bond, $5 billion. gives you a good grasp there. president obama, meanwhile, threw out the first pitch at the major league baseball all-star game last night wearing a white sox jacket over a bulletproof vest, of course. he drew loud cheers walking to the mound at busch stadium in st. louis. he lobbed the ball to hometown hero albert pujols. little low. hey, it crossed the plate without hitting the dirt. here it goes. very nice. the president said his pitch was clocked at about 30 miles an hour. well, south carolina governor mark sanford is taking another personal trip out of state, but this time he's taking his wife. he's cleared his calendar, apparently, for the rest of the week. remember, three weeks ago sanford admitted having an
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affair with a woman in argentina. well, the governor and his wife, jenny, are trying to patch up their marriage. autopsy results indicate a horrific death for 5-year-old neviaeh buchanan. police in michigan say she suffocated after inhaling dirt which indicates she was either buried alive or had her face forcibly pressed into dirt by another person. the autopsy couldn't determine the exact manner of death, now. now, neviaeh's body was found in a shallow grave covered in cement south of detroit. her disappearance led to a massive search by police and volunteers, and it was two fishermen who found her grave along the river basin. no one has been arrested. okay. some good news here for you. a man went skydiving and he did it to inspire other people who have disabilities. mike crow himself has muscular dystrophy. he and his wife skydived with the u.s. army golden knights
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team yesterday. it was his first jump in more than two decades. >> i am tickled to death. i cannot believe this is happening. it's been a dream for 22 years. and again, a dream coming true. >> his physical therapist, in fact, says it's amazing that crowe did the jump. muscular dis fi severely limits the mobility in shoulders and hands, remember. a new study shows only 17% of people commute by biking or walking. those who do enjoy some health benefits like weight loss and lower blood pressure. melissa long tells us how one man changed his life by biking to work. when 57-year-old bob wheaton took up biking, he had to use the granny gear. >> this is the lowest, easiest gear you can imagine. >> reporter: his doctors suggest he bike to rehab a knee injury, so the self-professed couch
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potato started to train. he commutes 20 miles round trip to work. he notes changes. >> i'm wide awake, refreshed and ready to go. unbelievable how energized i am during the day. >> reporter: he's lost 30 pounds. but one emergency room physician says commuting on bicycle can be dangerous and riders must always be on the defensive. >> make sure you're making eye contact with the drivers. make shu yore able to stop at a moment's notice. >> reporter: and be as visible as possible. after a close call, he has lots of lights on his helmet and bike and wears a reflective vest. he says his commute really pays off for him. >> you know, you can get out on a day like today where the birds are chirping and the sun is shining it's just beautiful, it's a nice ride. judge sonia sotomayor may make history as the first hispanic-american on the supreme court, but should her background factor in at all?
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a bit of the new, a bit of the old in supreme court nominee sonia sotomayor's third day now before the senate judiciary committee. you're looking at live pictures as she continues to answer questions. and again, she defended her "wise latina" comment. those keep coming up. while being pressed on other issues such as abortion and gun rights, samantha hayes is following all the developments right now and she is in washington. so, what have you heard that has struck you today so far, samantha? >> reporter: well, christi, as you mentioned, a familiar scene that certainly develops here on day three of thiz confirmation hearings. judge sonia sotomayor once again defending past comments she made off the bench to senators who continue to doubt whether she can be impartial. it was another day of questioning as judge sonia
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sotomayor explained past statements to senators on the judicial committee. >> do you believe in judges ever change the law? i take it from your statement that you do. >> they change -- can't change law. we're not lawmakers. but we change our view of how to interpret certain laws. >> reporter: tuesday, sotomayor answered a barrage of questions, the most intense interrogation coming over a comment she made off the bench, quoted by senator lindsey graham. >> i would hope that a wise latina woman with the richness of her experience would more often than not reach a bert conclusion than a white male. but do you understand, ma'am, that if i had said anything like that they would have had my head? >> i do understand how those words could be taken that way particularly if read in isolation. >> reporter: on gun control and
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abortion, sotomayor simply deferred to the law, saying she supports the second amendment and the precedent established in roe v. wade. >> that is the precedence of the court and settled in terms of the holding of the court. >> reporter: also in the hearing room today a group of firefighters from new haven, connecticut, who are set to testify against sotomayor thursday. reporting live outside the supreme court, i'm samantha hayes. christi, back to you. >> yes, we know that was a big case and she's been asked a lot about it, as well. at this point it looks like she's going to have the votes, obviously, to sit on the supreme court when all is said and done. so, looking forward a little bit here, can you tell me how people are talking -- how will her presence affect the balance of the court as we know it now? >> reporter: christi, some legal scholars don't think that it will change the balance all that much. the reason being is that the justice that sotomayor would replace is david souter and in
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an ideological sense, they are similar. as the court stands right now, four liberals, five conservatives with anthony kennedy often acting as the swing vote. so, if she does sort of fit that role per se, many believe the balance won't change drastically. it will be interesting to see if confirmed and then once on the bench the first decision that she rules on because there's a tough schedule coming up starting in september. >> okay. we'll talk more about that later. samantha hayes, thank you so much for the update. we appreciate it, as always. now, that confirmation hearing, by the way, is streaming live on our website, so if you want to watch it in its entirety, we've made it available at "liflif cnn.com/li. but, you know, during this hearing, i'm sure that you've noticed so much has been made of judge society mare's hispanic herita heritage. we'd like your opinion as to whether you think her ethnic
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background should be an issue. 1-877-tell-hln. it's 1-877-835-5456. or e-mail us at cnn.com/hln and click under "your views." you can text us, too, the word "views," your comments, your name to hln tv. standard text rates do apply. we're glad you're part of our conversation. president obama is pitching his top domestic priority again today, health care reform, of course. now, at the top of the hour, he will be in the rose garden to repeat congress must pass health legislation. now, on a 13-10 party line today, the senate health committee approved a $600 billion bill to expand health coverage. it requires americans to get health insurance and employers to help cover the cost. the government would help those making up to four times the federal poverty level, we understand. it's just one piece of the health care legislation working
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through the senate. the house has its own plan that would make health care a right. three committees will begin voting on what critics call a job killer, though. a house aide says the plan would cost $1.5 trillion over three years and would increase taxes for those making $280,000 or more. democratic leaders in the house and senate are pushing for votes before congress goes on its august break. we're learning more, too, today about the brutal killings of florida couple byrd and melanie billings. police are holding a news conference in about 25 minutes, and we will carry that live for you. arrested and charged with murder are these men. donald ray stallworth, sumner, thornton, leonard patrick gonzalez jr. and senior and wayne thomas coldiron. prosecutors say all seven suspects will be charged with first-degree murder. detectives say the hunt is on for at least, though, one more person. investigators say the group
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trained to rob the billings' home for a month before they actually ambushed the home and shot the couple to death. the billings cared for 17 kids, many of them adopted with special needs. one of their adult daughters, though, talks with the media about how her life is changing forever now. >> we are relieved that the people involved in this crime have been apprehended, and we are certain that justice will be served. and the events that have unfolded in the last week and the last couple days have devastated our family. as you know, our mom and dad were loving, caring, giving people. they have simply been taken from our lives too soon. >> the family says a trust has been set up for nine of the younger kids. the couple's funeral will take place, by the way, on friday. but, again, we are expecting to hear from escambia county sheriff david morgan. there's the podium and microphones as we wait for him at the top of the hour, about 25
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minutes. and we will bring you that news conference live here on hln "news and views" when it happens. 168 people were aboard a passenger plane that crashed 90 miles north of tehran. iranian state says there are no survivors. the security commander for the city of qazvin says the airlines plane disintegrated. this is the aftermath you're looking at here. there are reports that the flight from tehran to armenia crashed just 16 minutes after takeoff. now, the plane was a russian-made tupolev, and aviation analysts tell our sister network, cnn, that pictures from the scene are consistent with a high-speed impact. there could be larger pieces of debris such as this one but something else maybe that's not being shown on television. well, the police were called, everyone was safe, but she let her fingers fly to let everyone know what she was doing, twittering about a bank robbery.
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well, investigators looking into michael jackson's death are poring over some new medical records. yesterday, l.a.'s assistant chief coroner went to the office of jackson's dermatologist. he says this man, dr. arnold klein, has been completely cooperative. in fact, last week on our sister network, cnn, klein said he never gave jackson any dangerous drugs. >> we are continuing with our investigation. dr. klein is -- and his staff is cooperating with us. the rumors that dr. klein is not cooperating are not true. we're not investigating the doctors. we're investigating the cause of michael jackson's death and we are contacting all of his
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doctors. >> the company that makes an anesthetic linked to the michael jackson investigation, meanwhile, is recalling some of the drug, but i want to clarify here there is no direct link between this recall and jackson's death. now, federal health investigators say two continue tame nated lots of propofol sickened up to 40 patients in florida, arizona, and missouri. propofol is the generic version of the anesthetic diprivan. it was found in jackson's home after his death. the manufacturer says the tracking number on the tainted propofol is not the same as a number on a vile investigators found at jackson's home, again, just to clarify there. let's talk act the custody front. reports say debbie rowe doesn't want the kids. she just wants the jackson family to honor the deal she had with michael. the website tmz is reporting rowe will not fight for custody. at least one friend is publicly going to bat for her and says people, they've got it all wrong. >> what do you think, mark, is the biggest misconception about
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her? i mean, you know her as well as anyone. what don't we know about her? >> debbie is a wonderful, caring person. i mean, what most people, you know, seem to forget, i mean, debbie doesn't run out to all the social events. you don't see her shopping on rodeo drive. she's not hitting the hotspots. she's not trying to be in the limelight. debbie is just as happy at home in her very modest, humble horse ranch. she's with all her horses and her dogs. one of her horses is sick. i mean, debbie will stay up all night long caring for them. i mean, she'll sleep on the floor in the barn with a horse if he's not well. >> rowe's lawyer insists his client has not asked for more money and that she won't. a hearing on the guardianship for these three kids is set for monday. i'm jane velez-mitchell and here's my issue. seems like any time the name michael jackson is mentioned it's followeds by the word
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"money." it's been that way for decades and is no different today. la toya made shocking claims about his death to "the daily mail" but reportedly only after they paid her a hefty sum. dad, joe, seems like he's ready to capitalize on his grandchildren's talent and there's that new record of his. debbie rowe is insisting she's just looking out for the kids saying a backdoor deal worth millions is false. the king of pop spent years being squeezed by manipulators but even in death, it sure he can't escape that pattern. so sad. find out what else jane has on her mind. now, this, as you know, is not your typical tweet. "my bank was just held up with me in it." well, that began an unusual message thread yesterday from travelinganna. police were aware of the robbery
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here, but anna was messaging family, friends, and co-workers to let them know what was going on with her, mostly to apprise them that she couldn't call or e-mail and she wasn't allowed to leave the bank until investigators cleared her to go. travelinganna, though, garnered more than 200 new twitter followers while she was stuck in the bank. police are still searching for the unarmed suspect who gave the tell err threatening note and left with $500. a backpacker lost for two weeks in the mountains of australia is alive. the 19-year-old man eating seeds and berries to stay alive. two hikers found him near a trail. his poor father had started to give up hope, even held a private ceremony to say good-bye. >> he's alive out there. i must admit i lost faith. i made a little tribute to him with his name and place of birth in a national park. he's going to come back and see
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his gravesite. i tell you. it's grand. the australians will find you and they did. i'm so grateful. >> you can imagine how grateful. the father gave his son a hard time teasing him about not being prepared and making some survival mistakes but glad to see that reunion. are you planning a vacation for this fall? well, some good news in the bad economy. airlines are offering quite the deal to try to fill up their planes.
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okay. just a reminder here, the sheriff of escambia county, florida, is holding a news conference in about ten minutes at 1:00 p.m. eastern time, so there's the podium and the mikes that are all set up. as soon as we hear anything, we will certainly bring this to you live when it happens as soon as he steps up to the podium. but we are expecting an update on the investigation into the brutal death of byrd and melanie billings. the gulf coast couple, of course, who adopted several special needs children. again, that news conference is supposed to start in just about 13 minutes, 12 minutes here.
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and we will take you there live when it happens. autopsy results, meanwhile, boy, this is hard to take, indicate a horrific death for 5-year-old neviaeh buchanan. police in monroe, michigan, say she sufficieocated after inhali dearth, which indicates either she was buried alive or had her face forcibly kept in the dirt by another person. the autopsy, though, could not determine the exact manner of death, so nevaeh's body was found in a shallow grave south of detroit. her disappearance led to a massive search by volunteers and two fishermen found her grave along the river raisin, but so far no one has been arrested. also in michigan, fists started flying minutes after the sentencing of a convicted murderer. look at this. oh, see that punch go? a judge sentenced a man to life
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in prison for killing an ex-police chief's son. witnesses say the killer's mom pleaded with the judge. she was removed, and in the end, look at all of these people. there were 30 in the hallway. police say the crowd was just throwing punches as you can see for yourself. they arrested several people including the defendant's mom. all right. don't leave your kids in the car, and please don't leave the car running. i know that kind of sounds elementary, but a dad in california just hopped out of his car to run an errand, left his 2- and 4-year-old kids inside. look at this surveillance video showing a man taking off with the car and the kids. fortunately, police found it. they say it was abandoned three hours later and the kids weren't hurt. but certainly, they were scared. joona is a will try again to launch the space shuttle "endeavour." live pictures coming to you here. this is its sixth try for this mission. thunderstorms, you know, have delayed the mission three times and gas leaks have caused two
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delays. now, international space station to install a final piece of japan's space lab. the launch is scheduled for 6:03 p.m. eastern, if you want to try to watch. south carolina governor mark sanford is taking another personal trip out of state. this time, no, he's taking his wife. he cleared his calendar and taking the rest of the week off. three weeks ago sanford admitted to an affair with a woman in argentina. now the governor and his wife, jenny, are trying to patch up their marriage. president obama threw out the first pitch at the major league all-star game last night wearing a white sox jacket over a bulletproof vest. now, he lobbed the ball to hometown hero albert pujols. little low, but here it goes, you're going to see it cross the line and without hitting the dirt. president joked, though, his
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pitch was tossed at about 30 miles per hour. "harry potter and the half-blood prince" in theaters right now. movietickets.com said more than 2,700 screenings were sold out and variety reports the sixth harry potter movie could overtake the james bond series as the top grossing film franchise ever. so far potter earned nearly $6.5 million, james bond, $5 billion. just so you know how close it is. airlines are having such a tough time that they're slashing fares, yet again, to get you to buy a ticket. you going to take the bait here. cheap plane tickets. good news in a bad economy. airtran and southwest are selling one-way fares for 39 bucks or 49 bucks in some cases and major airlines are matching or cutting fares just to stay competitive. singing, dancing, voting, all the elements of "american
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idol," but when your country's from the regime, a competition like this takes more than talent, it takes courage. ñññ
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we're waiting for an update on that home invasion and the deaths of a florida couple in the pensacola area. what we've learned about the suspects just today. judge sonia sotomayor getting repeated questions about her wise latina comment. is her gender and ethnic background being unfairly scrutinized? we'll hear your view. plus a quadrillion pack of cigarettes. what a guy did when he saw a charge in his debit account bigger than the national debt. breaking news in the investigation of the murders of byrd and melanie billings in the florida panhandle. the dea, the drug enforcement administration now confirming it is assisting in the probe. and we're going to learn a lot more as the news conference from
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the escambia county proceeds. we will give you excerpts shortly thereafter. arrested and charged with murder are donald stallworth, gonzalez jr. and his dad, leonard patrick gonzalez sr. detectives say the hunt's on for at least one more person. the lead prosecutor says all seven suspects will be charged with first degree murder. the billings cared for 17 children, many of them adopt would special needs kids and one of their adult daughters is understandably still overcome by grief. >> i feel like my mother is working through me. everything that i do, i can feel her there with me and if i have to be a matriarch, then that's what i'm prepared to do.
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that's what i need to do. keep these children happy and in their everyday lives, i'm prepared to do it. >> the trust has been set up for nine of the younger kids and the couple's funeral will take place tuesday. the drug enforcement administration is now involved in the investigation of the deaths of those two people, the billings in florida's panhandle. day three of supreme court nominee sonia sotomayor's confirmation hearings continues and she, once again, defended her wise latina comments. she reminded a committee that justice samuel alito referred to his italian ancestry and upbringing during his confirmation hearing. no one, not even president obama, asked her about her stance on abortion rights before her nomination. and that if presented with an abortion case she would follow the settled law. today's procedures also included a little levity when gop senator john cornyn asked about gun rights, specifically when it is okay to use one in self-defense.
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sotomayor took a funny crack at corn cornyn. >> please, i don't want anybody to misunderstood what i'm going to say. if i go home, get a gun and come back and shoot you, that may not be legal under new york law because you would have alternative ways -- >> you have lots of explaining to do. >> i'd be in a lot of trouble then. but i couldn't do that under a definition of self-defense. >> that hearing now is in recess, let's go right to pensacola and the latest from sheriff david morgan. >> again, because ms. long is not a subject of investigation, we have not developed background data on her. so, again, i would not speculate on that. >> would you highlight more on the surveillance videos. you believe one of the seven people were close and why do you believe that? >> we believe there is an additional person that that was
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their job and they failed in that task. >> didn't show up or they showed up and didn't do their job? >> we're speculating an attack of conscious. but we have believed, again, in our formulation of this crime from beginning to end that the gaping hole has always been, the execution was basically flawless for the entry into the compound and the entry into the house and the exit from the property. the one gaping hole that would not have made this a perfect operation, if you will, is the fact that the security system, surveillance system begs the question, why was it not? >> if you have all seven people that were on the compound, were at the compound, then was there supposed to be an eighth one there that didn't show up to disable it or one of the seven people there supposed to -- >> let me explain this again. we identified the seven people that entered the complex. we have those folks in custody. so, obviously, there is an eighth or ninth person that was supposed to have played that part that we have yet to identify.
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>> were they supposed to be there at the time of the crime or do this ahead of time? >> again, dan, we're in speculation at this point. we're pursuing an avenue in this investigation that because of this operation we believe the system should have been disabled by someone, again, that has yet to be identified or arrested in this case. >> are they surprised it wasn't disabled? >> i believe they entered this compound, and this is the theory we're currently working on to conclude this case, they entered the compound with the belief that they were not under surveillance. >> sheriff -- >> disarmed from the location. >> most of your security systems could be disarmed either at the location of their installation or remotely disabled. as many people will tell you they can monitor their home or whatever or the business from their home by using the access code on their home computer and monitoring their home or
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business, whatever the case may be. it may have been done by a remote location. >> can you share some of the theories that investigators are working on. what are some of the avenues they're going down to try to understand for them selves? >> this is, again, for persons of interest. we are looking at anyone that may have had an involvement with the security system. everyone from the company on back. we're wondering, again, why was this system left on in an otherwise, otherwise very, i hate to use the word perfect, but perfectly executed murder. >> can you confirm if the dea is involved in helping you in the investigation? >> i will not address that question. >> if you're asking the public to look for her, can we get some
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stuff on her age, height, weight, stuff -- >> i will cleck with the state attorney's office and, again, we received clearance to release this information and if mr. eddins is comfortable with release that, we most certainly will. this is a current photo. i won't address that issue. again, ms. long, at this point s a person of interest. >> no, sir, i have already -- we will not release the items that were seized. we have issued numerous search warrants and i will not address search warrants that have been seized? >> the person that a lot of people would know and the name would be familiar and why is that the case? >> ms. long is well known in the
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community. in the gulf breeze area, i will tell you that. gulf breeze area and gulf breeze proper. possibly, possibly. >> can you tell us how? >> no, i cannot. >> another residence out of state? >> as i understand, she has numerous property holdings and i'll let it go at that. >> briefly mention that you have contact with mrs. long. was she asked to come in and answer questions and did not. >> at that time, she was not. to the best of my knowledge. >> did she -- >> she has not provided us any information, that's why we would like to speak to her. any other questions? we have one question. >> do you mind if we ask you, gonzalez made a lot of comments, i'm sure you're aware of how the investigation was unfairly.
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do you want to comment on any of the things he said about that? >> people in hell want ice walter. thank you very much. >> well, there is the sheriff david morgan not answering a lot of the questions that everybody wanted to know, how, if at all, the dea is involved in this ongoing investigation in the brutal murders of two people about a week ago in the florida panhandle. they're looking now for a woman who he described as well known who lives in the gulf breeze area. pamela long, she is wanted as a person of interest. they have not been able to talk to her for roughly 48 hours. they are also wanting to talk to an unidentified second person of interest who, apparently, was the person who disabled the surveillance security system at the home, that billings home outside pensacola. it was not disabled, which the sheriff said came as quite a surprise to the planners of an otherwise well-executed murder. it was a mome invasion, of course. yesterday you can recall the state attorney bill eddins said
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it was primarily a robbery. that was the van used as the escape vehicle by one of the teams, there were two teams. one entered on each side of the house. that van was crucial in cracking this investigation. seven people in custody so far. two now being sought including a woman identified as pamela long. who she is, what relationship she has to this case as yet, we don't know. we'll keep following this case and bring you late-breaking developments. investigators looking into michael jackson's death are pouring over new medical records today. yesterday the l.a. county chief coroner went to the office of jackson's dermatologist and he said dr. arnold klein has been completely cooperative. he said last week he never gave jackson any dangerous drugs. >> we are continuing with our investigation, dr. klein and his staff is cooperating. rumors that dr. klein is not cooperating, we're not
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investigating the doctors in michael jackson's death and contacting all his doctors. >> the company that makes the anesthetic linked to michael jackson's investigation is recalling some of the drug. there's no direct link between the recall and jackson's death. federal health investigators say two contaminated lobs of propofol sinkened patients. it's a generic version of diprivan. the tracking number on the tainted propofol is not the same as the number on the vial found at jackson's home. the latest harry potter film opens up and fans lined up overnight. after the break, a few i-reporters checking out the potter mania a.
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"harry potter and the
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half-blood prince" has moguls everywhere running to the theater. a reporter interviewed potter fans that were lining up hours before the film debuted last night. >> what are you guyed excited the most about this movie in particular? >> to see harry and jenny finally hook up. >> the whole movie all over each other. >> it's going to be good. >> i'm looking forward to the romance. >> i read all the books, they're really well done and i'm excited. i'm looking to maybe a lot of good special effects. >> well, i-reporter was one of the first to see it and sent in a review. here it is. >> i just got out watching harry potter here in newport, kentucky, down at the levee. i must say, the theater was packed. there were wall-to-wall people. not an open seat in the house.
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the film was great. obviously, you know, harry potter is a series. so, you know, it picks up where the last film left off. for the harry potter fans, this is one that you're, obviously, not going to want to miss. >> big thanks to all our i-reporters, they waited in long lines to see that at the stroke of midnight. when you get pictures of videos or breaking news or great stories from where you are, go to ireport.com and get the instructions on how to submit your stories. give on the state of the economy, a lot of people are worried on how they'll cover their debts but a new hampshire man didn't think he or several generations of his offspring would be able to cover the costs of the 2$23 quadrillion dollars he is charged. >> he downsized to this apartment to save for a house, when he checked his bank statement earlier this week, it appears josh's dream to own a home would never happen.
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>> i thought my card was compromised and somebody bought europe with my card. it was very concerned. >> reporter: he logged on thinking he had a couple hundred bucks tucked away but the number on the screen rivaled even the national debt. >> it is a lot of money in the negative, something i could never, ever afford to pay back, my children couldn't afford, grandchildren, nulthing like that. >> reporter: josh swiped his card to buy cigarettes for a few bucks and hours later he rushed back to the store and no one knew what to tell him. >> reporter: he called the bank about the string of numbers on the screen and the $15 overdraft fee they tacked on to this mysterious debt. two hours on the phone, he said the representative on the line had no idea what to say. >> she just tried to assure me that everything would be fixed and i couldn't see something like that being fixed. josh wondered to call a debt relief company, but nearly 24 hours after the hole formed in his bank account, he checked his
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statement again. >> it was back to normal and they reversed the negative balance for me, which was nice. >> reporter: josh may never know what went wrong, but he also wonders what he would have done if he actually had money like that to spend. >> our thanks to aaron keller in new hampshire for that story. we heard just now from the escambia sheriff's department. his news conference came just as we were hearing that dea officers are now helping in this investigation. ed lavandera joins us live outside the sheriff's office. hi, ed, what have we learned? >> we learned that federal agencies have been involved in this investigation and, clearly, given the tone of these press conferences, we've seen from the sheriff here in pensacola, there still seem to be a great deal of unanswered questions and perhaps something bigger going on here that we're just not aware of at this point. but the headline from this afternoon is that the sheriff's office here in pensacola say
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they are now looking for a woman by the name of pamela laverne long who they are calling "a person of interest in this case." they won't answer many questions as to whether or not she was involved or anything like that. they just say that they had been wanting to talk to her for some time and they can't locate her. they are trying to track down that person. in addition, there is another person of interest they're looking to. no information from the sheriff's office on who that person might be. in all, it just seems to be getting larger and larger here. seven people arrested so far and now authorities here in pensacola saying they're looking for additional two people one by pamela laverne long who is a realtor and also perhaps the landlord of one of the suspects that was arrested. so, again, the involvement, if she is involved at all, we have no idea but authorities here are saying that they are trying to speak with her and having trouble tracking her down. so, clearly, using the media in this case to get her picture out
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there in hopes that somebody could spot her. >> if i heard her correctly, the sheriff said the unidentified second person was supposed to be the one who disabled the surveillance and security system but didn't show up on july 9th, is that correct? >> yes. it's a great point. one of the theories that they're operating under now which is a good window into how this investigation has been playing out. that you have these groups of, these two groups of seven men in all that approached the compound where the billings live and one of the questions the sheriff was saying that has plagued them from early on is that if this was, if they had practiced for weeks rehearsing what they were going to do, how in the world did they forget or not know that this elb rat surveillance system existed on this property. one of the theories they're operating under is that perhaps someone was to have disabled that and did not. and they want to try to find that person. >> all right, ed, you get a lot of sources to work and i appreciate you taking time.
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>> thank you. >> the latest in pensacola, florida. again, today, president obama is pushing congress to pass his top domestic agenda on a 13-10 partyline vote today, the health committee in the senate approved a $600 billion bill to expand insurance coverage to nearly all americans. it requires individuals to get health insurance and employers to help cover the cost. the government would help those making up to four times the federal positive rverty level. just one piece that is working its way through the senate and the house has its own plan that would make health care a right. three committees voting on what committees call a job killer. a house aid said this plan would cost $1.5 trillion over a decade and would increase taxes for those making $280,000 a year or more. democratic leaders in both chambers are pushing for floor votes before congress goes on its august recess. nasa will try to launch the space shuttle "endeavour" again
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tonight. this is the sixth attempt to get the mission off the ground. thunderstorms have delayed it now three times and gas leaks scrubbed this mission twice. "endeavour's" crew will go the international space station and install the final piece of a japanese space lab, a porch. the launch scheduled tonight for 6:03 eastern. don't leave your kids in the car and definitely don't leave the car running. a dad in california hopped out of his car to run in and get an errand done leaving his 2-year-old and 4-year-olds inside. this surveillance tape shows a man taking off with the car. it was found abandoned three hours later and the kids were not hurt, just scared. judge sonia sotomayor may make history as the first hispanic american on the u.s. supreme court, but should her background factor in at all? will it affect her on the bench? your views on her heritage and jurisprudence.
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a bit of the old and a bit of the new today in sonia sotomayor's third day before the senate judiciary committee. her wise latina comment came up again and also pressed on hot issues like gun rights and abortion. briana keeler joins us live from washington. hi, brianna. >> they're in recess for a little while, chuck. the wise latina comment won't go away for sonia sotomayor. she was pressed again on this by republicans and she stood by her assertion yesterday that it was a rhetorical flourish that fell flat. she was pressed repeatedly on the issue of abortion and, basically, she did not give away any of her views on this. she kind of steered clear of answering directly on this
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topic, as she did with this more general question here. >> do you agree with this statement that you have generally liberal instincts? >> if he was talking about the fact that i served on a particular board that promoted equal opportunity for people, the puerto rican legal defense and education fund, then you could talk about that being a liberal instinct in the sense that i promote equal opportunity in america and the attempts to ensure that. but he has not read my jurisprudence for 17 years, i can assure you, he's a corporate litigator and my experience with corporate litigators is that they only look at the law when it affects the case before them. >> that was sotomayor responding to a quote that senator john cornyn gave, a quote by a man who used to be a former co-worker of sotomayor's.
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now, coming up here after the recess, a couple of senators, a couple democratic senators that should be pretty interesting, chuck. one is arlen specter who, of course, deflected from the republican party not too long ago and used to be the top republican on this committee before he made that change and lastly we'll hear from the most junior member on the committee, but one who inspired the most interest. senator al franken and this is our first chance to see him public and unscripted talking as a senator. >> yes, and he's a nonlawyer. most of the panel are lawyers. >> exactly. >> was she asked, the nominee, whether she was ever prescreened about her abortion views? >> she was. she said that the obama administration, and president obama in his interview or his preinterview of her that she was not asked about her personal opinion, not only on abortion, but also on other hot button issues. she wasn't asked her personal opinion on other personal issues. of course, this really isn't all
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that strange because if she were to be asked or if any other nominee were to be asked this is a question that comes up in the confirmation hearings and, obviously, lead the nominee to give away her personal opinion or whether she was being screened for the litmus test she was asked about in past years, chuck. >> she seems a little bit more, assertive today. do you agree? tell me if i'm wrong. >> i agree with you. i noticed this from the get go. i don't know what it is. she just seemed a little more quick to respond and she is still very deliberate today, i think that's her style. we definitely saw that yesterday and i can't figure out if it's more confidence or what not, but i'm picking up on what you're picking up, chuck. >> brianna keilar on the hearings that are still ongoing. a lot has been made, as we just heard about her hispanic heritage. should her ethnic background be at all involved as an issue. call us toll free. e-mail to cnn.com/hln and just
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click under your views. we hope to hear from you during this day. all right, breaking news surrounding the killings of the florida couple byrd and melanie billings on the ninth of the month. the drug enforcement administration is now confirmed it is assisting in the probe and at a news conference from the escambia county sheriff's office we learn police want to question this woman, pamela laverne long. >> we believe, again, in our formulation of this crime from beginning to end, that the gaping hole has always been the execution was basically flawless for the entry into the compound and entry into the house and the exit from the property. the one gaping hole that would not have made this a perfect operation, if you will, was the fact that the security system, surveillance system was not disabled. so, it begs the question, why was it not? >> arrested and charged with murder are donald ray stallworth, frederick lee
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thorten and leonard patrick gonzalez jr. and his dad leonard patrick gonzalez sr. and wayne coldiron. detectives say the hunt is on for at least one more person. the lead prosecutor said all seven will be charged with first degree murder. the billings cared for 17 children, many of them adopted with special needs. the family says a trust has been set up for nine of the younger kids. the funeral for the billings will be held on friday. investigators looking at a michael jackson's death are pouring over new medical records. yesterday the assistant chief coroner in los angeles went to the office of jackson's dermatologist. this man, dr. arnold klein. they say she has been completely cooperative. last week on our sister network cnn klein said he never gave jackson any dangerous drugs. >> we are continuing with our investigation. dr. klein is cooperating with it and rumors that dr. klein is not
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cooperating. we're not investigating the doctors, we're investigating michael jackson's death. and contacting all of his doctors. >> the couple that makes an anesthetic linked to michael jackson, the company, i'm sorry. is recalling some of that drug. you heard it been referred to many, many times but no direct link between this recall and the jackson's death. federal health investigators say two contaminated lots of propofol sickened three patients in three states. it's a generic form of diprivan and diprivan was found in the jackson home after his death. the manufacturer says the tracking number on the tainted propofol on the vial that investigators found at michael jackson's home. this story just in, a daring police chase in the arrest of a suspected car thief in los angeles. driving the wrong way. that's how it ends.
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with a foot chase. i don't know low it ends, actually. >> head back northbound and, again, overhead and numerous law enforcement officers in the area but, unfortunately, most of them are stuck in the park right now. so, now it's pretty much a chase for the area to keep an eye on this guy but this guy's moments are numbered here. just a matter of time before they get that guy. an officer with a gun drawn right there. northbound, here comes one of the west l.a. units. they try to cut him off right there and the officer goes off the side of the road and the guy running back eastbound and this is something else here. here is this officer now and, finally, after an incredible pursuit here, this suspect is in custody but not before an incredibly deadly chase comes right here. >> one of the most crowded intersections you could imagine. he was driving the wrong way, allegedly in this stolen lexus suv. again, he's been taken into
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custody after a short foot chase. 168 people were aboard a passenger jet that crashed 98 miles west of tehran. iranian state television says there are no survivors. the caspian airline's plane just disintegrated. there were reports that the flight crashed about 16 minutes after takeoff and this was a russian made plane. the witness tells the associated press that the tail was on fire as it was circling in the air. a tsunami advisory for hawaii was canceled after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck off the west coast of new zealand. a big aftershock hit 20 minutes later. we're not hearing about any injuries or damage in new zealand, but reports of downed power and phone lines. the cops were called and everyone was safe. so, she let her fingers fly to let everyone know what she was doing, twittering during a bank robbery.
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the united states army has completed a probe into whether heavy combat in iraq where soldiers witness some of their comrades dying in front of them contributed to hostile behavior when they got back home. veterans from ft. carson, colorado, are accused or implicated in 11 deaths back home. >> this extremely in-depth study did not reveal any one cause or a comprehensive list such as criminal behavior, drug and/or alcohol abuse prior behavior health issues and barriers to seeking behavior health care, however, no single predisposing factor accounted for the behavior of the soldiers in this particular unit. >> that ft. carson unit suffered
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more combat deaths in iraq and was deployed there longer than other units. ft. carson is right by colorado springs. osama bin laden's top deputy is telling people in pakistan to fight the influence there. released a new audio message in which he was asked to support militants of meddling in pakistan. suspected u.s. missiles recently targeted militant leaders there, just as pakistan's military is conducting a major anti-taliban offensive. southwest airlines says its inspectors found nothing unusual in dozens of its 737 jets after a hole in one of them forced an emergency landing. the football-size hole appeared monday on a flight from nashville to baltimore. the plane was roughly at 34,000 feet when the crew report eed he and sudden decompression and the passenger says it was a crazy experience. >> geez, basically, my kids and i we played and we said, okay,
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life will be fine. >> the plane landed safely in west virginia. it's unclear what caused the hole. new pictureses of north korea's leader may raise more questions about his health. one shows kim jong-il visiting a factory and looking fine. one shows him using a sunshade. a south korean news agency says that is unusual and may suggest health issues. he suffered a stroke about a year ago and one agency says he also has pancreatic cancer. decades ago george wallace, george wallace called for segregation forever. as jason carroll reports now an african-american is running for governor of alabama and his story is part of cnn's documentary black in america 2. premieres july 22nd and 23rd at 8:00 p.m. eastern time. >> thank you, ladies and gentlemen. >> reporter: to supporters, he's the symbol of a new alabama. a figure showing the state moving past its segregationist
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history. he's congressman arthur davis trying to make history, too, by becoming the state's first african-american governor. >> so you really think you can win. >> no question we think we can win. >> reporter: our interview taking place at a church where little girls were killed in a bombing during the civil rights movement. he knows and believes in the people here today. >> i'm someone who was raised by my mother and grandmother. grew up in a relatively small town, montgomery, alabama. >> reporter: davis made his way through harvard law school and politics brought him home. >> decided to come back and contribute something to the state. >> reporter: lost his first bid for congress in 2000, but one a rematch two years later and has served four terms. but is alabama ready for a democratic african-american governor? peggy wallace has a unique perspective. her father, former alabama governor george wallace noted for saying --
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>> i say segregation now and segregation tomorrow and segregation forever. >> reporter: wallace later renounced his views, changing times. his daughter supported then senator barack obama during the 2008 election and supports davis now. >> we had many plans that did not and couldn't understand why we voted for obama and i'm sure will not vote for artur. some people are just not ready. >> reporter: to which davis says -- >> i think more of them know they're ready than some people think. >> reporter: political analysts like natalie davises say when talking politics and color, remember, alabama is a red state. president obama lost the state by a wide margin, capturing about 10% of the white vote. >> in alabama, if you're a democrat running against a republican, white or black, you have to take 38% of the white vote. >> reporter: she says it's a tall order, but davis remains confident. >> breakthrough moments often
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aren't foreseeable. even just a short time before they happen. >> reporter: davis says he's not going to focus on race during his campaign, in fact, he says most of the journalists who ask him about race are from out of state. davis says his campaign will focus on the issues facing the state, will it work? his first big test comes just about a year from now during the democratic primary. jason carroll, cnn, new york. >> don't forget black in america 2 premieres the 22nd and 23rd of the month on our sister network, cnn.
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firefighters are bat algfour alarm fire mainly on the roof of the high rise. it you're familiar with the area, 2600 block of ft. worth avenue. one person so far has been
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injured. 15 fire trucks are on scene as they're still trying to put out that fire. a fairly orderly evacuation has already been accomplished at that high rise in southwest dallas. airlines are having such a tough time, they're slashing fares again to get you to buy a ticket. cheap plane tickets are good news in a bad economy. airtran and southwest are selling one-way fares for $39 in some cases. advance purchase requiring. major airlines are cutting or slashing fares to try to stay competitive. nasa will try again to launch the space shuttle "endeavour." this is the sixth try for this mission. thunderstorms have delayed this three times. the rain is coming down right now at kennedy space center, although you can't see it in these pictures, looks like it's a pretty fair sky. gas leaks caused two delays and "endeavour's" crew has to get to the space station to install the last piece of a japanese space lab. the launch is set for 6:03 eastern time. we'll continue to follow the progress of that. autopsy results indicate a
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horrendous death for 5-year-old nevaeh buchanan. police say she suffocated after inhaling dirt. that indicates she was either buried alive or had her face forcibly pressed into dirt by another person. the autopsy couldn't determine the exact manner death. her body was found in a grave covered in freshly poured cement south of detroit. the disappearance led to a massive search by police and volunteers. two fishermen found her grave along the river raisin. don't leave your kids in the car or the car running 37 a dad hopped out of his car to run an errand and left his 2 and 4-year-olds inside. this tape shows a man taking off with the car. fortunately, it was found ban donned three hours later. the kids were not hurt, just scared. a man went sky diving to inspire other people with disabilities. mike crowe has muscular distrophy. they sky dive with the army's
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golden knights team yesterday. his first jump in two decades. >> i am tickled to death. i cannot believe this it is happening. there has been a dream for 22 years, and again, the dream's coming true. his physical therapist said it's amazing he did the jump. muscular dystrophy limits mobility in shoulders and hands. president obama threw out the first pitch at the all-star game last night in st. louis wearing a white sox jacket over a bumt proof vest. he drew loud cheers as he walked to the mound at busch stadium. he lobbed the ball to hometown hero alberto pujols. there we go. it was a little low but it certainly crossed the plate without hitting the dirt. maybe 60 feet even. the president joked this toss was clocked at about 30 miles an hour. he did a stint in the broadcast booth later. texting can be dangerous to
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breaking news in to hln. we have just learned dea officers are helping investigate the brutal murders of a florida couple. ed lavandera is in pensacola. a woman is being described as a person of interest? >> yeah, it's unbelievable. the case keeps taking new turns and twists. even though authorities here say they believe they have arrested the seven men they believe were inside the compound at the time of the murders of byrd and melanie billings, they say there are now two additional persons of interest as they're calling them that they want to speak to. one of those is pamela laverne long, and they released a picture of her a short while ago. they say early on they were able to speak with her but since lost
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touch. authorities say she has worked as a real estate agent in the pensacola area and might also have been the landlord of one of the suspects that has been arrested in the murder of the couple. also another interesting twist is this second person of interest that they haven't given us any information as to who that might be. it did open up an interesting window into how this investigation is playing out. authorities told us a short while ago that they believe that there was another person that another person might have been involved whose role would have been to turn off the elaborate security system and camera system at the billings compound. they say that it's rather troubling that a lot of these -- since these men rehearsed so long in how they were going to carry out this attack on the couple, they say it's strange they would have forgotten about that part of the security system at the house. >> >> we believe, again, in our formulation of this crime from beginning to end that the gaping
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hole has always been the execution was basically flawless for the entry into the xoupd and the house and the exit from the property. the one gaping hole that would not have made this a perfect operation, if you will, was the fact that the security system, surveillance system was not disabled. and so it bes the question, why was it not? >> reporter: so kind of an interesting window as to what is going on with the investigators. as for the suspects that have been arrested so far, two of those suspects are expected to make initial court appearances later on this afternoon. interesting, one of them, leonard patrick gonzales junior made a court appearance yesterday afternoon and took the moment to declare his innocence. went on a long speech to the judge about how he didn't believe he was able to do what he needed to defend himself and that police had essentially railroaded lim into becoming one of the suspects. he had nothing to do with this. i asked the sheriff today about those statements made by that suspect, and the sheriff's walks
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out of the press conference said, anyone in hell might want some ice water. so rather quick comeback from the sheriff here this afternoon. >> he's had a couple of zingers. it's been interesting to listen to him. you you mentioned leonard patrick gonzales junior. as i understand it and just to clarify here, he was renting a property from this pamela laverne long that they're currently looking for and she has several a aliases, right? >> an right, a long list of aliases that we're checking the backgrounds into as well as authority who have been doing this for at least 24 hours or so. that's our understanding that gonzales junior, the younger gonzales, had been renting a property from her. so how she's involved, what she might know authorities here haven't shed any light on that at this point. they just say they're looking for this woman right now. >> you gonzales junior, we should point out again is the person they believe to be the master mind of this whole thing, as well. ed lampb darera, thank you so
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much for keeping us to update. >> thanks, cristi. >> meanwhile, moving on here, look at this daring police chase. it ends in the arrest of a suspected car thief. this is in los angeles. the young man was suspected of driving a stolen lexus suv. a helicopter pilot for ktla alex calder tells us what happened next. watch. >> look at this look at this right here. this is big trouble right here. wow, look at this. now he's on the -- oh, he jumps out of his car on the northbound lanes of la cienega just south of stalker. there's an area he can't go anywhere there. he's going to het back northbound toward stalker. there are numerous law enforcement officers in the area. unfortunately most of them are stuck in the kenneth hunt park right now. now it's pretty much a chase for the area to keep an eye on this guy. this guy's moments are numbered.
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look, there's an officer with a gun drawn right there as he takes running back on la cienega. here comes one of those west l.a. units. the officer goes off the side of the road. the running back stoord stocker. this is something else. here is this officer now and finally after an incredible pursuit here, this suspect is in custody but not before an incredibly deadly chase comes here right at la cienega and stocker. >> and la cienega is not a little road either. if you know l.a. very, very busy place. by the way, as you can see there, he bailed. he was arrested after that short foot chase. he is in custody now. investigators looking into michael jackson's death are pouring over new medical records. now, yesterday l.a.'s assistant chief coroner went to the office of jackson's dermatologist. he says this man, dr. arnold klein, has been completely cooperative, but remember just last week on our sister network cnn klein said he never gave jackson any dangerous drugs.
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>> we are continuing with our investigation. dr. klein is and his staff have been cooperating with us. there have been rumors that dr. klein is not cooperating. that's not true. we're not investigating the doctors. we're investigating michael jackson's death. and contacting all his doctors. >> now, the company that makes an anesthetic linked to the jackson investigation is recalling some of the drug, but i want to be clear here. there's no direct link between this recall and jackson's death. investigators say two contaminated lots of propofol sickened up to 40 patients in florida, arizona and missouri. now, the manufacturer says the tracking number on the tainted propofol is not the same as the number on a vial investigators found at jackson's home. well, the custody hearing for two of jackson's children is scheduled for next monday, but the lawyer for jackson's ex-wife, debbie rowe, says she still hasn't decided what she's
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going to do. he denied the report though that rowee would get $4 million if she didn't challenge jackson's mother for custody. a friend says rowe and jackson stayed close. >> i can say that i know there was deep affection, like i said before. debbie was very close to michael many, many years. i mean, at this point, it's 30 years. i mean, there was a true, true love there for michael. >> jackson's mother has temporary guardianship of all three of the children, the singer's children rather for now. nancy grace though is looking at the possibility of a custody battle here and the agreement allegedly that asks that joe jackson never be named legal guardian after reports that he wants to send his grandchildren on a world tour as the jackson three. nancy grace has all the latest breaking developments at 8:00 and 10:00 p.m. eastern right here on hln. again today, president obama is
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pushing congress to pass his top domestic priority, health care reform on a 13-10 party line today, the senate health committee approve a $600 billion bill to expand insurance to nearly all americans requiring individuals to get health insurance and employers to help cover the cost. the government would help those making up to four times the federal poverty limit. level rather. it's just one piece of the health care legislation working its way through the senate. the house has its own plan and that would make health care a right. three committees may begin voting on what critics call a job killer. a house aide says the plan would cost $1.5 trillion over ten years and would increase taxes for those making $280,000 or more. the president says it will not be easy, but now is the time to make changes to the health care system. >> and down the road any longer, deferring reform is nothing more than defending the status quo. and those who would oppose our
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efforts should take a hard look at just what it is that they're defending. over the last decade, health insurance premiums have risen three times faster than wages. deductibles and out of pocket costs are skyrocketing and every single day we wait to act, thousands of americans lose their insurance. some turning to nurses in emergency rooms as their only recourse. so make no mistake, the status quo on health care is not an option for the united states of america. it's threatening the financial stability of families, of businesses and of government. it's unsustainable. democratic leaders in the house and senate are pushing for four votes before congress goes on its august break. it is day three of supreme court nominee sonia sotomayor's confirmation hearing. live pictures coming to you as she again is defending her wise latina comments and she reminded the committee just as samuel
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alito referred to his italian ancestry and upbringing during his confirmation hearing that she says no one, not even president obama asked about her stance on abortion before her nomination and states if presented with an abortion case, she would follow the law. today's proceedings also included a bit of levity when republican senator john cornyn asked about gun rights, specifically when it would be okay to use one in self-defense. she took a bit of a funny crack at him. >> please, i don't want anybody to misunderstand what i'm trying to say. if i go home, get a gun, come back and shoot you, that may not be legal under new york law because you would have alternative ways to defend. >> you would have lots of explaining to do. >> i'd be in a lot of trouble then. but i couldn't do that under a definition of self-defense. >> sotomayor also defended her 2008 ruling in a reverse diskrim nas brought by a group of white
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firefighters in new haven, connecticut. there you see them. those firefighters are at today's hearing in uniform seated a few rows behind her and are expected to speak tomorrow. during the hearing, so much has been made of her hispanic heritage. so we want to know how you feel about this. should her ethnic background be an issue? call us now at 1-877-tell-hln. it's 1-877-735-5456 or e-mail us, go to cnn.com/hln or go ahead and text us the word views plus your comments and name to hlntv. standard text rates apply. we're going to be airing your comments throughout the day. we're so glad you've taken part in our conversation here. an air disaster over iran. what a witness says happened to an airliner that went down with 168 people on board. and we have an update to monday's near disaster. are we any closer to finding out what caused a football-size the hole in that southwest airlines flight? 
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well, consumer prices were up last month. government says inflation rote by .7%, the largest jump in nearly a year. prices are expected to drop soon though with falling gas and energy prices. they're already what you pay at the pump is down about a dime. since the beginning of the month. >> well, detroit has become a symbol of all that's wrong with the so-called rust belt. here's what i mean by that shuttered factories, ramp and the crime, nearly one in six out of a job. the big question, is their gold buried beneath all that rust? poppy harlow joins with us more. so you've been examining this. what have you found? >> we have. we spent a week in detroit, one day with a real estate investor and when you look at detroit, it's sort of ground zero for the housing crisis. you just have to take a walk down a street in northwest detroit and you're going to see a lot of what is right here, a lot of foreclosure signs,
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abandoned homes. and while that will picture is bleak for some, they actually see an upside. take a look. >> this house in northwest detroit recently sold for 7500 bucks. just $4,000 would have bought you this one right across the street. you may have bhised the invoext opportunity of a lifetime. >> we have actually a waiting list of people to rent and buy. >> this man thinks he didn't. michael alexander has purchased 250 homes in detroit, betting the motor city will rise again. >> when we find a nice street like this we try to buy all of the available inventory on the street. >> why on earth is this a good place to put your money to work? >> well, that's a good question and i get asked it a lot. we're buying homes in that particular market range, and we're able to offer them at better prices so since everyone is going to need a place to live, we're offering value. >> reporter: alexander's company
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invests between 10,000 and $20,000 rehabilitating the homes which they say they've been able to flip for 20 to 30% profit and even with buyers scares, he says he's been able to rent many of these homes at attractive prices but it's far from a safe bet. home values in detroit are down 45% from their peak in 2005 and the city continues to battle a high crime rate. >> this house since we've acquire it had has been broken into, and i didn't know that until just a minute ago when we walked into the kitchen. >> really? >> if you'll turn around, you'll see that someone has kicked in this door. >> all right. now, that may be a shocking image to some of us. but what michael alexander told us is it's pretty common to see that. this isn't the worse part. what you're seeing is a pretty bad part of detroit, a lot of abandoned properties block after block after block. so this area looks much better in comparison. that's why michael alexander says there are some areas of detroit, christi that, have gotten so bad, he's not willing
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to invest money there because he doesn't think he'll have any willing renters or buyers. >> i'm wondering, first of all, if it's a trend and secondly, if he's looking at similar investments in other u.s. cities, as well. is he from detroit and is that why he chose that? >> no, he's not. he's from california. he's bought hundreds of homes in detroit and throughout ohio, indiana. it's all that midwest region, that manufacturing heartland that has been so hard hit by the auto industry and he's putting his money in there because the home values are so depressed. he's not alone. we're seeing more real estate investors looking at cities live detroit with such depressed prices. they making a big bet and think the cities will rebound putting a lot of money into them. >> it will be interesting to track him. we appreciate it. a man with muscular distrophy went sky diving for the first time in 22 years. >> so many people i hear that
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only dream of doing stuff like this. this will hopefully open the door for them. >> wait till you hear this inspiring story.
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158 people were aboard a passenger plane that crashed 90 miles north of tehran. you're seeing the crash site here. iranian officials say there are no survivors. the security commander for the city of qazvin says the flight
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disintegrated. there are reports the plane crashed just 16 minutes after takeoff. the plane was a russian made tupolev and a witness says the plane's tail was on fire as it circled the air there. look at that big piece of the plane. and here's another plane obviously southwest airlines saying inspectors found knowing unusual in dozens of its planes after a hole in one of its jets forced an emergency landing. that football-sized hole appeared monday on a flight from nashville to baltimore. the plane was flying at 34,000 feet at the time. and a passenger said, it was a crazy experience. >> geez, louise. basically, my kids and i, we prayed and we said okay, you know, life will be fine. >> reporter: the plane land safely though. but it's still not clear what caused that hole. meanwhile, a man went sky diving to inspire other people with disabilities to do so. his name's mike crowe.
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he has muscular dystrophy and he and his wife sky dived with the army's golden knights team yesterday. this was his first jump in more than two daves. >> i am tickled to death. i cannot believe this is happening. it has been a dream for 22 years, and again, the dream's coming true. his physical therapist says it's amazing did he the jump because muscular dystrophy severely limits mobility. you know this is not your typical tweet "my bank was just held up with me in it." that began an unusual message thread from traveling anna. police were aware of this robbery but she was messaging family, friends, co-workers to let them know what was going on with her, mostly letting them know she couldn't call or e-mail because she wasn't allowed to leave the bank till investigators cleared her to go. she gained more than 200 new
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twitter follows while stuck in the bank. police are still search for the suspect who left with 500 bucks. we're back in a moment.
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[ music ] >> welcome to comcast local edition, i'm donna richardson, and my guest this hour is christine bergmark who is the executive director of the southern maryland agricultural development commission. welcome, christine, it's good to have you here. >> thank you for having me. >> that's a big mouthful, and i know that you're working on an extremely exciting program, bi-local challenge. >> it is an initial that we launched two years ago, and essentially what it is is the last full week of july we ask everyone across the state of maryland and beyond to take a pledge, and the pledge is eat something or drink from a farm every day during that week. >> oh. so where do we get the
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information about where to find the farms or how do we sign up for this pledge? >> well, there's a website. it's www.by-local-challenge.com that website will give you all sorts of information why to buy local and where to buy local and it connects you to other statewide initiatives that are going on at the same time. if you go to the website, we've added a count. people used to say, where do i sign up? normally you have to go buy, eat something from a local farm. this year we decided to add a counter to the website. when you are' counted, you can receive a certificate with your name on it that you can put up in your office or your home or wherever. >> which is very, very important. it's reduces your carbon foot print because you're driving hopefully a shorter distance, you have access to local
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products that are available, and also it helps the farmers. >> well, and in fact, our theme this year is healthy plate, healthy planet. all kinds of benefits to buying local, benefits for you, healthy, nutrition, it's fresh, and preserving our farms survive, we keep clean water, we keep clean air, we reduce the carbon footprints from things traveling 1500 miles, and it tastes good. >> exactly. now for those people who may not cook, how can they be a part of this? >> yeah, sometimes people say, well, i hate to cook. that's okay. you can go to a store or to a restaurant that features local farm products, and there are more and more restaurants every year, some of them are on our website, and you can click throughout to find out who they are,. >> what kind of items can we acquire localfully. >> during the last week of july,
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there is so much product available. there's sweet corn, blackberries, all kinds of tomatoes and melons are in season, and of course, there's always wine, cheese, eggs, meatss. >> so we do have a wide variety of things we can get. say that i go and i go to a local farmer's market and purchase something, what is a vegetable that i'm not quite familiar with, how did i find a recipe. >> excellent question. there are recipes on our website. people can post their own recipes of their own events and own blogs by why they buy local. some of the things i wanted to mention is the economic benefits. we talked about the planet, we talked about the fact that it tastes good, and it's fun, but there's also the benefit of supporting our farms, and if
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every household in the state mucofmaryland were to buy just 2 worth of products for 8 weeks, basically the summer season that, would put $200 million straight back into the pockets of our farmers. that would do a lot to keep our farmers thriving. >> which is so important. i know we have less than 30 seconds, but you have some partners that you wouldn't typically think of who have now joined in. >> yes. hospitals are joining in this year. fact, they're looking to do a competition to see how many people they can get involved. >> have you exciting. christine, thank you very much for coming in today. >> thank you. >> my guest today has been christine bergmark with the southern agricultural commission. if you're interested in what comcast is doing in your area, go to on demand and click get local. for comcast local edition, i'm donna richardson. [ music ]
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oh, it was one daring police chase that ended in the arrest of a suspected car thief. this is in los angeles. got these pictures a little whiling ago. but the young man was suspected of driving a stolen lexis suv. alex calder tells us, kind of walks us through what happened here. >> asking to use the pit maneuver. the area has -- look at this right here. this is big trouble right here. wow, look at this. now he's on the -- oh, he jumps out of his car, he's on the northbound lanes of la cienega just south of stocker. he's going to head back northbound toward stocker. the aerial units overhead, numerous law enforcement officers in the area. unfortunately most of them are
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stuck in the kenneth hunt park right now. this guy's moments are numbered here. it's just a matter of time before they get this guy. there's an officer with a gun drawn right there as he takes back running northbound on la cienega. they try to cut him off right there. the officer goes off the side of the road. the guy running towards stockard. this is something else. here's this officer now and finally after an incredible pursuit here this suspect is in custody but not before an incredible deadly chase comes at la cienega and stocker. >> it could have been much worse, obviously. la cienega is a very busy thoroughfare in los angeles. now, again, the suspect bailed out of the car as you saw and is in custody. breaking news surrounding the killings of byrd and melanie billings. the drug enforcement administration confirms that it is assisting in this probe. earlier today, the news conference from the escambia
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county sheriff, we learned police want to question this woman, her name is pamela laverne long. >> believe, again, in our formulation of this crime from beginning to end that the gaping hole has always been the execution was basically flawless for the entry into the compound, into the house and the exit from the property. the one gaping hole that would not have made this a perfect operation, if you will, was the fact that the security system, surveillance system was not disabled and so it begs the question, why was it not? >> arrested and charged with murder are donald ray stallworth, gary lamont sumner, frederick lee thornton, leonard patrick gonzales junior, his father leonard patrick gonzales senior and wayne thomas cold iron. a 16-year-old was also arrested and detectives say the hunt is on for at least one more person. the lead prosecutor says all seven suspects will be charged with first-degree murder. the billings' cared for 17 kids,
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many of them adopted with special needs. the family says a trust fund has been set up for nine of those younger children. the couple's funeral, by the way will, take place on friday. president obama says opponents of reforming the health care system should take a hard look what they're defending as legislation is making its way now through the senate and the house, the president is again pushing congress to pass a reform measure before the august break. dan lothian is in washington with the latest. so dan, how is this progressing? >> well, you know, it's hard to say where we are overlooking sort of a baseball game. there are now some are uppers on base, if you will, because we do have versions from the house and senate on the senate side, they have actually voted on something and one of the key committees and the house side is just a proposal. the big difference between these plans at this point is that on the house side, it looks to tax the wealthiest of americans to pay for health care reform, those making more than $350,000 a year.
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critics, of course, don't think that it's fair that you should have this minority of americans having to foot the bill for health care reform. nonetheless, the president today at a rose garden event where he was surrounded by nurses who he said were on board with health care reform. he praised lawmakers for the progress they've made so far but he also prodded them. >> time for us to buck up. congress, this administration, the entire federal government to be clear that we've got to get this done. our nurses are on board, the american people are on board. it's now up to us. we can do what we've done for so long and defer tough decisions for another day. or we can step up and meet our responsibilities. in other words, we can lead. >> christi, there really is a sense of urgency here at the white house. the president wanting to get some kind of bill by the august recess. so there's a lot of pressure
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there. what we've seen from the president's organization, the organizing for america, they're now rolling out an ad sort of targeting democrats and also some republicans, as well, in eight states across the country including florida, ohio, arkansas, this ad also will be rolling out online and also nationwide on cable networks. this effort, again, to really push lawmakers to get something done. to get what the president is call his top priority right now, his domestic priority and that's health care reform. >> let me ask you because you touched on the discrepancies between both these versions that are being reconciled or at least being commented on. has president obama indicated which of these versions he supports more? >> right. and that's one thing that this white house has been very careful not to do is not to specifically get behind any particular plan. other than basically praising both of them, if you were
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listening to that event at the rose garden, the president was praising the progress that both the house and the senate had done and also some amendments within the plan by republicans, as well. so the president really sort of the pushing both sides to get the ball moving. he wants to again, get something done by the august recess. they can hash out all of the nitty gritty details after that but they really want to get something done so the president really encouraging what's happening in both the house and senate at this point. >> dan, thank you so much. investigators meanwhile looking into michael jackson's death are now pouring over some new medical records. yesterday l.a.'s assistant chief coroner went to the office of jackson's dermatologist, this man and he says dr. arnold klein has been completely cooperative, in fact, just last week on our sister network cnn, he said he never gave jackson any dangerous drugs. >> we are continuing with our investigation. dr. klein is and his staff are
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cooperating with it. rumors that dr. klein is not cooperating with us are not true. we're not investigating the doctors. we're investigating michael jackson's death. and contacting all his doctors. >> also new today, the company that makes an anesthetic linked to the michael jackson investigation is recalling some of the drug, but i want to point out, there is no direct link between this recall and jackson's death. investigators say two contaminated lots of propofol though sickened up to 40 patients in florida, arizona and missouri. the manufacturer says the tracking number on the tainted propofol isn't the same as the number on a vial investigators did find at jackson's home. of course, nancy grace is looking at the possibility of a custody battle, meanwhile for jackson's children and the agreement allegedly asks joe jackson never be named legal guardian. after reports that he wants to send his grandchildren on a world tour as the jackson three.
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nancy grace has all the latest breaking developments for you at 8:00 and 10:00 p.m. eastern right here on hln. 168 people were aboard a passenger plane that crashed 90 miles north of tehran. you're looking at the scene there. iranian officials say there are no survivors here. the security commander for the city of qazvin says the caspian airlines plane disintegrated and there are reports the flight crashed just 16 minutes after takeoff. the plane was a russian made tupolev. a witness tells the associated press the plane's tail was on fire as it circled in the air. southwest airlines says inspectors found nothing unusual in dozens of its planes after a hole in one of its jets forced an emergency landing. it was a football-sized hole that appeared monday on a flight from nashville to baltimore. the plane was flying at 34,000 feet whether he the crew report it had. a passenger says it was a pretty crazy experience. >> geez louise.
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basically, my kids and i we prayed, and we said okay, you know, life will be fine. >> the plane did land safely, thankfully but still no word on what caused the hole. you probably have seen the ad but does the five-hour energy shot do the trick? and the woman who is believed to be the oldest woman to give birth dies. what a local newspaper says likely caused her death.
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take a look at a live picture of supreme court nominee sonia sotomayor in her third day before the senate judiciary committee and yes on the left-hand side of your screen, that is al franken asking the
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questions there. about eight months before he was finally named senator, and he's getting a chance to put that into good use right away. a few minutes ago, democratic senator arlen specter, meanwhile, defended some of sotomayor's comments saying his colleagues were making a mountain out of a mole hill. sotomayor pointed out just as samuel alito in fact referred to his italian ancestry and upbringing during his confirmation hearing obviously talking about ethnicity and how that plays a role here, she says no one, not even president obama in fact asked about her stance on abortion before her nomination but a republican committee member challenged her with a quote from a legal colleague who claims she's actually an abortion rights advocate. >> do you know then on what basis if that's the case and i accept your statement on what basis that the white house officials would subsequently send a message that abortion rights groups do not need to worry about how you might rule
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in a challenge to roe versus wade. >> no, sir, because you just have to look at my record to know that in the cases that i addressed on all issues, i follow the law. >> sotomayor also defended a 2008 ruling in a reverse discrimination suit brought by a group of white firefighters in new haven, connecticut. live pictures coming to you here, but those firefighters are actually at today's hearing. they're in uniform. here's some tape of them coming in earlier. they're seated just a few rows hype her and they are expected to speak tomorrow. during the hearing though, as you know, so much has been made of judge sotomayor's hispanic heritage and her comments about wise latina. we want to know what you think. should her ethnic background be an issue here? you can call us at 1-877-call hln. or go ahead and text us if that's easier for you.
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text the word views, your comments, your name to hlntv. standard text rates do apply. we'd love to hear from you and we'll be air some your thoughts all day. by now you've probably seen the ad for the five hour energy shot, you know this ad says it will give you a boost without the crash later. the question is, does it really work and what's in it exactly? chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta connected it out for us. >> the product is targeted at older professional people who have very busy lives and it goes without sayinging that people say if it's a five-hour energy drink, ten hours must be better. obviously that is a flawed logic. that's sort of the heart of this whole question about safety. first of all, what is this product? we really tried to dissect this down. there's lots of different things in it, specifically b vitamins such as 6, 9, b 12, highlight a couple. b 3 is ni sin. in high doses that can cause flushing of the skin, almost hot
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flash like symptoms. b 12 is something a lot of people take, certainly not in the doses in this energy drink. it's water soluble vitamin and tepds not to have much of a nevada impact in higher doses. what was mysterious was the thing called energy blend. kind of mysterious. when we asked about that, we find that's a combination of lots of different amino acids inned button, including taurine, tie row seen and natural by-products in food. what's important is the bottom one, caffeine more so than anything else. it's not a lot of caffeine, just about 90 milligrams. what seems to be key here is that there's no sugar. when you talk about these energy drinks that don't give you the crash, it is typically sugar that causes a crash, gives you a very high boost of energy in the beginning but then seems to come down over time that causes crash. take out the sugar and you can get some of those benefits. we did talk to the makers of this five-hour energy drink.
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they acknowledged the combination of all these various amino acids, hard to predict what impact they'll have on the body overall. in our analysis, it doesn't appear there's a lot of harm in these things but maybe not a lot of benefit either. back to you. >> all righty. a two-ounce shot will probably run you about $3. a spanish woman who became the oldest woman to give birth has died. maria del carmen bousada was 69 years old and gave birth in december of 2006 after telling an l.a. clinic she was 55. the facility's maximum age for single women receiving in vitro fertilization. her cause of dag has not been disclosed. but a local newspaper says she had been diagnosed with a tumor shortly after giving birth and she leaves behind 2-year-old twins. a man with muscular dystrophy went sky diving for the first time in 22 years.
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>> so many people only dream of doing stuff like this now this will hopefully open the door for them. >> inspiring story in just a moment.
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from i'm here's my issue. seems like anytime the name michael jackson is mentioned it's followed by the word money. it's been that way for decades and no different today. his sister la toya made shocking claims about his death to the daily mail but reportedly only after they paid her a hefty sum. dad joe seems like he's ready to capitalize on the kids' talents. debbie rowe has yet to make a final decision on custody insisting she's just looking out for the kids and says rumors of a backdoor deal worth millions are false. the king of pop spent much of his life spending wildly and being squeezed for money by manipulator. even in death, it sure seems he can't escape that pattern. so sad. i'm jane velez-mitchell. that's my issue. >> find out what else she has on her mind with jane la velez-mitchell right here on hln. you realize it was one year
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ago today a frantic 911 call introduced the world to 911 cal world to missing caylee anthony. authorities still do not know how this little girl died. her mother casey anthony charged with her murder. originally told police she was kidnapped by a nanny before what seems to be a web of lies. last week a judge pushed back her mother's murder trial from october until some time next summer. meanwhile, this is a hard one to take, too, autopsy results indicate just a horrific death for 5-year-old nevaeh buchanan. she suffocated after inhaling dirt, which indicates she was buried alive or had her face forcibly pressed into dirt by another person.
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nevaeh's body was found in a shallow grave covered in cement south of detroit. her disappearance led to a massive search. two fishermen found her grave. yet no one has been arrested. topping today's hollywood a-list. robert redford tide the knot. the gentleman church said the pastor performed the wedding. the german artist he married is 20 years younger. the couple reportedly got married in front of 30 friends and family at a swanky hotel. justin timberlake's environmentally friendly golf course is supposed to open in a few weeks. it was bought to save it from commercial redevelopment. it's designed to make it the first course to be certified eco-friendly. timberlake has played a few of the holes that were completed earlier this year already. stay with us. we are back in just a moment.
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authorities are looking for this woman. they say she may have important answers about the the home invasion that left the billings couple dead. are senators unfairly scrutinizing gender and ethnic backgrounds? we'll hear your view. sharks are getting sympathy from an unlikely source. people they've attack rd now coming to their defense. hln news and views on a wednesday. hi, everybody. i'm chuck roberts. half way through july. good to have you with us. breaking news surrounding the killings of a florida couple, byrd and melanie billings. the drug enforcement administration confirms it's now assisting in the probe. earlier today from a news conference we learned that police want to question this woman, a realtor, pamela lavern
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long. >> we believe in our formulation of this crime from beginning to end that the gaping hole has always been -- the execution was basically flawless. the entry to the compound, the entry to the house, and the exit of the property. the one gaping hole that would not have made this a perfect operation if you will is the fact that the security surveillance system was not disabled. it begs the question, why was it not? >> the person responsible for that, they think, is still at large. they want to question a person of interest. seven people arrested so far. a 16-year-old was also arrested. detectives say the hunt is on for at least one more person. the lead prosecutor says all seven suspects will be charged with first-degree murder. the billings cared for 17 kids, many of them adopted with special needs.
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a trust has been set up for nine of the kids. the funeral will take place on friday. day three of supreme court nominee sonia sotomayor's confirmation hearings. she yet again defended her wise latina comments. he said his colleagues were making a mountain out of a mole hill. sotomayor also pointed out just as samuel alito referred to his upbringing in his hearing. she says no one asked her stance about abortion rights before her nomination and if presented with an abortion case now she would follow settled law. today's proceedings also included levity when gop senator asked about gun rights, specifically when it would be okay to use one in self-defense. sotomayor took a funny crack. >> i don't want anybody to misunderstand what i'm trying to say. if i go home, get a gun, come back and shoot you, that may not
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be legal under new york law because you would have alternative ways -- >> you have lots of explaining to do. >> i would be in a lot of trouble then. but i couldn't do that under a definition of self-defense. >> that was senator questioning her. al franken of minnesota is now questioning the supreme court nominee. the there is al franken. live pictures from the senate gallery. sotomayor also defended a 2008 ruling in a reverse discrimination group brought by a group of white firefighters in new haven connecticut. those firefighters, many of them, are at the hearing today in uniform seated a couple of rows behind her. the confirmation hearing is is still streaming live on our website. go to cnn.com/live. also go to cnn.com/sotomayor for much more on the nominee's life
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and reaction to her nomination. during the hearing a lot has been made about her hispanic heritage. we would love to know what you think. should her ethnic background be an issue? does it have anything to do with impartial justice? call us now or e-mail us at cnn.com/hln. click under your views. or text the word views and your comments and name to hlntv. standard text rates apply. we'll air your responses throughout the day. 168 people are aboard a passenger jet that crashed 90 miles north of tehran. there are no survivors. the security commander for the city said the airlines plane disintegrated. there are reports it crashed 15 minutes after takeoff. a witness tells the associated press the tail was on fire as it circled the air. investigators looking into
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michael jackson's death are poring over new medical records. yesterday chief coroner went to the dermatologist's office. he said dr. klein has been completely cooperative. just last week dr. klein said he never gave jackson any dangerous drugs. >> we are continuing with our investigation. dr. klein is cooperating with it. rumors that dr. klein is not cooperating is not true. we're not investigating the doctors. we're investigating michael jackson's death. we're contacting all of them. >> the company ma that makes a drug linked to his death is recalling some of the drug. no direct link between the recall and jackson's death. investigators say two contaminated lots of propofol sickened up the to 40 patients in florida, arizona, and missouri. the tracking number on the tainted propofol is not the same
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on the number on a vile investigators found at jackson's home. a custody hearing for two of jackson's children is set for monday. the lawyer for debbie rowe says she's still not decided what to do. he denies the report that rowe would get $4,000 if she didn't challenge jackson's mother for custody. a friend says rowe and jackson stayed close. >> i can say that i know there was deep affection, like i said before. debbie was very close to michael, many, many years. at this point it's 30 years. there was a true, true love for michael. >> jackson's mother has temporary guardianship of all three of the children. nancy grace looking at the possibility of a custody battle. plus the agreement asking that joe jackson never be named legal guardian after reports he wanted to send his grandchildren on a world tour as the jackson 3.
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nancy grace with all the late breaking developments. right here on hln. autopsy results indicate a horrific death for 5-year-old nevaeh buchanan. police in monroe, michigan, say she suffocated after inhaling dirt. they concluded she was either buried alive or had her face forcibly pressed into dirt by another person. the autopsy could not determine the exact manner of death. the child's body was found in a shallow grave with fresh cement outside of detroit. two fishermen found her grave. so far no arrest has been made. again today president obama is pushing congress to pass his top domestic priority, health care reform. the senator health committee approve ad $600 billion bill to expand insurance to nearly all americans. it requires individuals to get health insurance and employers to help cover the costs. the government, though, would subsidize coverage for people making up to four times the federal poverty level.
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one piece of the health care legislation working through the senate. there are others. the house has its own plan that would make it a right. opponents call it a job killer. a house aide says the plan would increase taxes for those making $280,000 a year or more. democratic leaders in both houses are pushing for votes on health care reform before congress takes the august recess. some people are visiting capitol hill today. all victims of shark attacks. they're asking congress to do more to protect sharks for the deadliest predators, people. two members of the group lost legs to ocean predators. two others had their arms bitten off. they also say sharks deserve better than what you see in this video. sharks captured alive having their fins chopped off before being thrown back into the ocean to die. the attacked survivors are
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pushing for passage of the shark conservation act, which could strengthen the u.s. band on harvesting fins for soup. the nation's largest group of atheists and agnostics is suing to stop the phrase in god we trust and the pledge of allegian allegiance from being on the center. they say it would be an constitutional endorsement of religion. supporters say it's a way to pay respect to the religious heritage of the nation. she let her fingers fly to let everybody know what she was doing twittering during a bank robbery.
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nasa will try again to launch the space shuttle "endeavour" tonight. they've had no luck so far. the sixth try to get this thing off the ground. thunderstorms delayed it three times. gas leaks scrubbed tp launch
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twice. "endeavour's" crew will go to the international space station. here are the astronauts on the left screen suiting up. i hope they can make it tonight. a little after 6:00 eastern. they're going to go to the space station to install the final piece of the japanese space lab. a new york woman who used twitter during a bank robbery is being praised and vilified by fellow bloggers. ann marie dualing has picked up hundreds of in followers. so many people tweeted insults about her she had to shut down her public page. she gained notice when she posted my bank was just held up -- with me in it. she went onto say everyone was fine and the bank handled things professionally. then she complained because police wouldn't let her and others leave. they said she should have been doing something to help. she said the main concern was reaching out to friends, family, and coworkers.
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decades ago segregation forever was called for. now an african-american is running for governor of alabama. his story is part of cnn's documentary "black in america 2." >> thank you, ladies and gentlemen. >> reporter: to supporters, he's the symbol of a new alabama. a figure showing the state moving past its segregationist history. he's arthur davis, trying to make history, too, by becoming the state's first african-american governor. >> so you really think you can win? >> there's no question. >> reporter: interview taking place at a church where four girls were killed at a bombing during the civil rights movement. he says he knows and believes in the people here today. >> i was raised by my mother and grandmother. grew up in a relatively small town, montgomery, alabama. >> reporter: davis made his way through law school. politics brought him home. >> decided to come back.
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wanted to contribute something to the state. >> reporter: he lost his first bid for congress in 2000 but won a rematch two years later and has served four terms. is alabama ready for a democratic african-american governor? >> alabama needs him. they just don't know it. >> reporter: peggy has a unique perspective. her father, george wallace, noted for saying -- >> segregation now. segregation tomorrow. segregation forever. wallace later renounced his segregationist views. his daughter supported then senator barack obama during the 2008 election and supports davis now. >> we had many plans that did not and could not understand why we voted for obama. i'm sure will not vote for him. some people are just not ready. >> to which davis says. >> i think more of them know they're ready than some people think. >> reporter: political analysts
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say when talking politics and color remember alabama is a red state. president obama lost the state by a wide margin. capturing about 10% of the white vote. >> in alabama if you're a democrat running against a republican, white or black, you have to take 38% of the white vote. >> reporter: she says it's a tall order. >> breakthrough moments often aren't foreseeable. even just a short time before they happen. >> reporter: davis says he's not going to focus on race during the campaign. he says most journalist who is ask him about race are from out of state. he says his race will focus on the issues facing the state. his first big test comes a year from now during the democratic primary. jason carroll, cnn, new york. and don't forget "black in america 2" premiers on july 22nd and 23rd at 8:00 p.m. eastern.
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the hot summer temperatures bring higher utility bills.
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200, $300 a month. you may be able to cut the bills by getting outside and gardening. kelly grant is here to explain. kelly, you say that even changing the way you cut your grass can help. what do you mean by that? >> you want to cut it a little less frequently than you might otherwise. cat cut too short is struggling to grow. when you cut it, try to cut 1/3 of the height. keep it at least three inches long. keep the grass clippings on the yard, too. they'll provide water and nutrients as they decompose. not only are you cutting water, you don't have to hire the neighborhood kid quite as often. >> or buy as much gas for the mower. >> what about trees in the yard? >> planting trees is a way you can save on almost all utility costs. you can save up to 25% on the annual heating and cooling bills.
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look for trees to plant on the south to block the summer sunshine. for the winter you want to have evergreens on the of the house to block the chill winter winds. >> picking the right plants. is that important? >> it is. it comes down to where you live and what your yard is like. every plant has individual needs regarding sun, soil, climate. be sure to talk to your local forwarden center when you're picking plants. it can cut your water bill in half if you have the right plants. >> ones that don't require a lot of water. >> exactly. >> good. great advice. enjoy your sumsummer. airlines are slashing fares big time to get tickets sold. get this. good news in a bad economy. they are selling one-way fares for as low as $39 in some instances. major carriers are matching fares to stay competitive.
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the new airline is flying petting between five major cities. new york, washington, denver, los angeles. a one-way ticket $250. get your dog or cat a spot in the main cabin. the planes were retooled with carriers in place of seats. some of the first customers say that beats sticking the pet in a car go hold as required by most airlines. #. >> thank you, sir. you're the best. >> thank you. >> i wonder if they have to wear a seat belt. pet airways has been overwhelmed by the response. flights are booked for the next two months. a lot of people have lost homes to foreclosure recently. when they can't afford to keep their own home, they usually can't afford to keep a pet. >> there are so many foreclosures. it means that a lot of people unfortunatelily abandon their pets very cruelly by leaving them in the homes. 12k3w4r that man started a group in nevada to find the pets new
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homes. the group's new shelter is in a home that was in foreclosure. a dog missing in texas for five months was found 1800 miles away wandering around in ohio. animal control officer was able to trace flower the dog back to its owner through a microchip implant. continental airlines is paying the cost to fly him home. the owner didn't have the money. a man went sky diving to inspire other people with disabilities. mike crowe has muscular dystrophy. he and his wife sky dived yesterday. his first jump in more than two decades. >> i am tickled to death. i cannot believe this is happening. it's been a dream for 22 years. again, the dream is coming, too. >> his physical therapist said it's amazing crowe did the jump. muscular dystrophy limits the
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ability of shoulders and hands. judge sotomayor making history. but should her background factor at all?
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breaking news about the killings of the florida couple byrd and melanie billings on the 9th of the month. the drug enforcement administration confirms it is now assisting in the probe. earlier at a news conference from the escambia county sheriff we learn that had police want to question this person as a person of interest. she's described as a realtor who lives in golf breeze. seven people have been arrested and charged in the killings. reporter ed lavendera is on the scene. we'll have the latest from him. a daring los angeles police chase ends in two arrests. police suspect a young man of driving a stolen lexus suv. helicopter pilot of affiliate ktla tells us what happens when police tried to pull the guy over.
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>> look at this. look at this right here. this is big trouble right here. wow, look at this. now he's on the -- oh, he jumps out of his car. he's on the northbound lanes. there's an area on the overhead. he can't go anywhere there. he's going to head back northbound. there are numerous law enforcement officers in the area. unfortunately most of them are stuck in the park right now. now it's pretty much a chase to keep an eye on this guy. this guy's moments are numbered here. it's just a matter of time before they get the guy. there's the officer with a gun drawn as he takes back running. here comes a west l.a. unit. they try to cut him off right there. the officer goes off the side of the road. the guy now running back eastbound. this is something else here. here's this officer now. and finally after an incredible pursuit here this suspect is in custody. not before an incredibly deadly case comes here.
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>> wow. what you don't see in the video a passenger in the suv was also taken into custody. the passenger obviously decided not to run for it. autopsy results indicate a horrific death for 5-year-old nevaeh buchanan. police in monroe, michigan, say she suffocated after inhaling dirt. she was either buried alive or had her face forcibly pressed in dirt. the body was found in a shallow grave covered in fresh cement. two fisherman found her grave along the river. so far no one has been arrested. a year ago today a frantic 911 call introduced the world to missing florida toddler caylee anthony. it's a case that's been filled with twists and turns and sort of a made for tv movie. kind of aura.
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her mom is charged with with the murder. she originally told police that her daughter was kidnapped by a nanny before detectives caught her in a web of lies. after a month long search the skeletal remains were found late last year not far from the anthony family home. last week a judge pushed become the trial from october until some time next summer. day three of supreme court nominee's sonia sotomayor's confirmation hearings. she again defended her wise latina comments. arlen specter defended them as well, telling his colleagues they're making a mountain out f a mole hill. sotomayor also pointed out justice samuel alito referred to his italian ancestry and upbringing. she says no one, not even president obama, asked her about her stance on abortion rights before her nomination and if presented with an abortion case she would follow the settled law. al franken asked sotomayor about what he considered to be a political euphemism.
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>> as i and a couple other senators mentioned judicial activism has become a code word for judges that you just don't agree with. judge, what is your definition of judicial activism? >> it's not a term i use. i don't use the term because i don't describe the work is that judges do in that way. i assume the good faith of judges and in their approach to the law, which is that each one of us is attempting to interpret the law according to principles of statutory construction and other guiding legal principles and to an outcome that we believe is directed by law. >> judge sotomayor also defended a 2008 ruling in reverse
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discrimination suit brought by white firefighters in new haven, connecticut. they are at the hearing today in uniform. there they are. they're seated just a couple of rows behind the nominee, the witness, if you will. during the hearing a lot has been made about her hispanic heritage. we've been asking what you think. should her ethnic background be an issue? does it affect her at all? that is, does it affect her rulings on the court potentially. call us toll-free. e-mail us at cnn.com/hln. click under your views or text views plus your comments and name to hln tv. standard text rates apply. we will air your responses throughout the day. investigators looking into michael jackson's death are poring over new medical records. yesterday the chief coroner went to the officer of this man, jackson's dermatologist, dr. klein. klein has been completely cooperative. only last week on our sister network cnn klein said he never
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gave michael jackson dangerous drugs. >> we are continuing with our investigation. dr. klein is cooperating with it. the rumors that dr. klein is not cooperating with us is not true. we're not investigating the doctors. we're investigating call jackson's death. the company that makes a link to the investigation is recalling some of the drug. there's no direct link between the recall and jackson's death. investigators say two contaminated lots of propofol sickened up to 40 patients in florida, arizona, and missouri. the tracking number on the tainted propofol isn't the same on the number of a vile found at jackson's home. back to the breaking news about the killings of a very widely praised couple in florida. they had adopted so many special needs kids. we've now learned that dea officers are helping to
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investigate. to what extent? we don't know. ed lavandera joins us live from pensacola. also learned a woman is wanted for questioning as well. >> reporter: you're right, chuck. we've known about the involvement of federal agencies into this. but it seems to continue adding into the intrigue and the mystery surrounding these murders and what appears to be a lot of unanswered questions at this point. but to get to your point about the woman that authorities have been looking for. that seems to be something developing here as we speak. we've been told by authorities in pensacola that another press conference has been scheduled. that will start at the top of the next hour here. 4:00 eastern. we were asking the sheriff if that meant this woman, pamela laverne long who officers said they were looking for that meant she was located. they smirked an told us they would have to wait. reading between the lines that appears to be what might be happening.
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we'll see how that plays out. she's been described as a woman who was possibly the landlord of one of the suspects, the ringleader, leonard patrick gonzalez, jr., and that she had run a real estate agent here in the pensacola area. what her connection is, what she might know is still unclear. also authorities are opening up window into the theory that investigators are operating under. one of the questions plaguing them since the beginning. they say the suspects went to great panes for several weeks training to carry out the operation and they still can't get past the fact how was it that the security system and the camera system at the home wasn't disabled? that some of these men should have known that was there. they would have gone to great lengths to make sure this they weren't recorded and captured on video carrying out these crimes. the sheriff talked about that a little while ago. >> we believe that the gaping
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hole has always been -- the execution was basically flawless from the entry into the compound t entry into the house and the exit of the property. the one gaping hole that would not have made this a perfect operation if you will, is the fact that the security surveillance system was not disabled. and so it begs the question why was it not. >> reporter: and so authorities will hopefully sed more light on some of these questions here in this next press conference. chuck, things have been moving quite quickly in what seems to add to more layers of on the story. authorities are saying the seven suspects who carried out the murders, they continue to look for people. they want two more persons of interest. this woman pamela laverne and another person who might have been involved in the security aspect of this attack on the billings' home. even though they say the main culprits of this in custody at
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this point there are still other people, and obviously that creates and adds to the intrigue behind what's going on here. is something bigger going on? >> not to mention the involvement of the dea, which the sheriff won't confirm. we'll learn more in about 20 minutes. i know you got a lot of work to do. thanks very much. the latest harry potter film opens in wide release. fans lined up for hours overnight. after the break a few i-reporters checked out the potter mania and review "the half blood prince."
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again today president obama is pushing congress to pass his top domestic priority, health
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care reform, on a 13-10 party line vote the senate health committee approved a $600 billion plan deal to expand insurance to all americans. it requires employers to get health insurance. the government would help those making up to four times the federal poverty level. just one piece working its way through the senate. the house has its own plan the to make health care a right. the house aide say this is plan would cost one and a half trillion dollars over ten years and would increase taxes for those making $280,000 a year or more. democratic leaders in both the house and senate are pushing for floor votes before the congressional recess in august. some people who really know how to turn the other cheek are visiting capitol hill today. all are victims of shark attacks and all are asking congress to do more to protect the sharks
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from people. two lost legs to sharks. two had their arms bitten off. all say sharks deserve better than what you see in this video. sharks having their fins chopped off before being thrown back in the ocean to die. they're pushing for passage of the shark conservation act which would strengthen the ban on harvesting fins for soup. harry potter and the half blood prince has taken in $22 million ad the midnight showing. i-reporter from california interviewed potter fans lining up hours before the film debuted last night. >> what are you guys excited the most about this movie? >> to see harry finally hook up. >> and to see ron. the whole movie. >> and they can fall in love. love potion. it's going to be amazing. >> i'm looking forward to ron's
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romance. >> i read all the books. they're really well done. i'm excited. i'm looking forward to a lot of good special effects. >> it's not all about the romance. she was one of the first to see "the half blood prince." >> i just got done watching "harry potter" here in newport, kentucky. the theater was packed. wall-to-wall people. there wasn't an open seat in the house. the film was great. obviously harry potter is a series. so, it picks up where the last film left off. for the harry potter fans this is going to be one you're obviously not going to want to miss. >> thanks to all the i-reporters who had to stand in long lines and submit your entries. when you have breaking news or great video or pictures of what you see go to ireport.com. president obama threw out the first pitch at the major league all star baseball game in
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st. louis wearing a white-sox jacket over a bullet-proof vest. he drew loud cheers. he lobbed the ball to hometown hero albert pujols. all right, maybe 60 feet, huh. a little low, but id dit cross the plate. the president joked that toss was clocked about 30 miles an hour.
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some see detroit as a symbol of all that's wrong with the so-called rust belt. shuttered factories, rampant crime, one in six out of a job. is there gold beneath all the rust? poppy harlow joins us with more on that. hey, poppy. >> there just may be some gold. we're talking real estate investments. detroit is really ground zero for the housing crisis. you just have to take a walk flu northwest detroit to see why. you see homes like these, foreclosed, some abandon, many vandalized or bank owned. while those are homes that paint a bleak picture for some, there might be an upside. we spent a day with a man who
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thinks that he's got it right. take a look. this house in northwest detroit recently sold for $7500. just $4,000 would have bought you this one right across the street. you may have missed the investment opportunity of a lifetime. >> we have actually a waiting list of people to rent and to buy. >> reporter: this man thinks he didn't. michael alexander has purchased 250 homes in detroit, betting the motor city will rise again. >> when we find a nice street like this, we try to buy all the available inventory on this street. >> reporter: why on earth is this a good place to put your money to work? >> well, that's a good question. i get asked it a lot. we're buying homes in that particular market range, and we're able to offer them at better prices so since everyone is going to need a place to live, we're offering value. >> reporter: alexander's company invests between $10,000 and $20,000 rehabilitating the homes, which they say they've
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been able to flip for a 20% to 30% alexander says he's been able to rent many of these homes at attractive prices. it's far from a safe bet. home values in detroit are down 45% from their peak in 2005, and the city continues to battle a high crime rate. >> this house since we've acquired it has been broken into and i didn't know that until just a minute ago when we walked into the kitchen. >> really. >> if you'll turn around you'll see someone has kicked in this door. >> that image might shock people but isn't out of the norm for those homes abandoned and foreclosed. take a look here at something that's worse. this is a street that we drove down. we decided to stop and film it in downtown detroit, completely abandoned buildings block after block after block. these are areas where the real estate investor michael alexander says they are not worth a dime. he won't invest there. there are some pockets of hope when it comes to real estate in detroit but certainly not all parts of the city.
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>> not at all. those homes look very well tended in the first clip you showed us. >> yes. there is some hope. >> all right, poppy. good story. thank you. you can get much more business news today at cnn money.com. check it out. pet airways is now in service the new airline flying pets between five major cities, new york, washington, chicago, denver, and los angeles. a one way ticket costs $250 bucks. it will get your dog or cat a spot in the main cabin. the planes have been retoold with carriers in place of seats. some of the first customers say it sure beats sticking their pet in the cargo hold as required by most airlines. pet airway says it's been overwhelmed by the response and flights are already booked for two months. a man with muscular dystrophy went sky diving for the first time in 22 years. >> so many people out here that only dream of doing something like this. now this will hopefully open the door for them. >> you got to hear his inspiring story. i'll clean the pool if you clean the windows.
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port authorities say this woman may have some important answers about a home invasion that left a florida couple dead. judge sonia sotomayor is getting repeated questions about her wise latina comment from the senate panel considering her confirmation to the supreme court, so is her gender, her ethnic background being unfairly scrutinized? we'll hear your views. plus, what one man did when he saw a charge on his debit account bigger than the national debt. hln "news and views." i'm richelle carey. thank you for your time. we have breaking news about the killings of the florida couple, byrd and melanie billings. drug enforcement administration confirmed they're assisting in this investigation. the escambia county sheriff says
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police want to question this woman. this is pamela laverne long. >> we have believed again in our formulation of this crime from beginning to end that the gaping hole has always been the execution was basically flawless. from the entry to the compound, the entry to the house, and the exit to the property. the one gaping hole that would not have made this a perfect operation, if you will, was the fact that the security system, surveillance system, was not disabled. so it begs the question, why was it not? >> all right. let's get you up to speed. seven people are in custody charged in the killings. they are donald ray stallworth, gary lamont sumner, frederick lee thornton, leonard patrick gonzales jr. also his father, leonard patrick gonzales sr., and wayne thomas coldiron. also a 16-year-old was arrested. detectives say the hunt is on for at least one more person.
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the prosecutor says all seven suspects will be charged with first-degree murder and we expect at any moment, any moment, another conference with more information because it seems like there is something new literally every moment. also, three of those suspects made an appearance in court this afternoon. leonard patrick gonzales sr., frederick lee thornton, and gary lamont sumner are being held without bond and will be formally charged on august 6th. just to remind you now, byrd and melanie billings cared for 17 kids, many adopted with special needs. the couple's funeral is set for friday and, again, as soon as we get more information from the live press conference we'll take you there. a daring los angeles police chase nends two arrests. police suspected the young man was driving a stolen lexus suv. our affiliate ktla tells us what happened when they tried to pull the guy over. >> reporter: look at this right here.
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this is big trouble right here. wow. look at this. now he's on the -- oh, he jumps out of his car on the northbound lanes, just south of stocker. there is an area, an overhead. he can't go anywhere. there. he's going to head back northbound toward stocker. again, there are numerous law enforcement officers in the area but, unfortunately, most of them are stuck in the traffic right now. so it's pretty much a chase by the air to keep an eye on this guy. it's just a matter of time. there is an officer with a gun drawn as he takes back running northbound. here comes one of the west l.a. units. they try to cut him off. the officer goes off the side of the road. the guy now running back eastbound toward stocker and this is something else here. here is this officer now and, finally, after an incredible pursuit here, this suspect is in custody but not before an incredibly deadly chase right here at stocker.
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>> now the pilot can take a breath. wow. you don't see this video, the passenger in the suv who was also taken into custody. we'll take you now to escambia county for the live press conference. mrs. long was located in orange beach, alabama by the orange beach police department. it is my understanding that she's currently being cooperative and coming back to escambia county. it was reported by someone that she's in custody. i want to state emphatically that at this time ms. long is not in custody of any law enforcement agency in florida to the best of my knowledge, that she is coming back of her own voelgs with her attorney to discuss the issues with us. we expect her here hopefully within 30 minutes. >> how was she found? >> she was identified by a be on the lookout order. >> where was she -- >> i understand she was near or at one of the marinas.
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>> is caught the right word? she was found, wasn't she? >> exactly. she was identified and located by the pd and approached. >> who is her attorney? >> i do not know. i was not in consultation with him. she is not being transported back. she is with her attorney as i understand and they're following us back. >> what was she doing at the marina? >> i have no knowledge of that. >> can you give us some sense of her reaction when you first went out? >> you mean, from the community or from what? again, a flood of calls from friends and neighbors, again, she has been incognito for approximately 48 hours. we were concerned about her personal safety and were getting calls from folks who said, yes, we had spotted her within the last couple days and of course that leads to more information, more leads, and of course she is located. >> was she aware you guys were looking for her? >> to the best of my knowledge, no. >> when you say incognito what do you mean?
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>> she was not in the public eye, not making contact with her normal routine friends and neighbors as i understand it. i have not observed ms. long at this time. >> is there anything unusual about the circumstances under which she was found? >> i cannot release that information at this time. >> does she have a boat at the marina? >> i will not address that issue at this time. >> do you know if the van was there? >> i know that there is a red van that is part of this investigation. whether it's that red van i have no verification. >> what is the nature of her relationship? is there anything more than her being a landlord to gonzales? there is a friendship. she has been observed
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transporting his wife and children at times. >> what information are you hoping to be able to get? >> we know she was associated with leonard patrick gonzales jr. up until the day of the murders so, again, we would like information from her about his activities, whereabouts, movements, those sorts of things. again, she's a person of interest because of her close association with him. >> are there any other persons of interest that you are looking for? >> the other person of interest is associated, again, with the security and video surveillance system at the billings compound. >> does that person work for a company that has a surveillance system? >> that person does not. >> do you have an identity on that person? >> we have several identities. we have persons of interest. we have narrowed it we believe to one person, we believe.
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>> were you looking at the marina, were you sort of watching something at the marina and you found her? were the orange county officials alerted to be there looking? >> no, sir. i would not speak to that issue. i have no knowledge of that issue. again, i have just been advised that is where she was located. let me be specific. we did not direct in any way another agency to look in the marina or airports, those sorts of things. that was not what the order was about. >> throughout this case there has been remarkable police work and remarkable breaks. >> yes, sir. >> was this a break or sort of -- >> we communicate well in the south. >> it's obvious this crime was planned thoroughly. if she's been in contact with gonzales jr., do we believe she knew about this plot prior to being carried out? >> i will not speak to that
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issue at this time. >> you said earlier there were several possibilities with the security system. was it somebody inside the company or somebody at the house who was supposed to -- >> let me -- no, sir, let me broaden that and go over my previous statement. my understanding of the security systems is they are installed in a home, in a business. part of that installation is your ability with a password as the owner of that system to access it remotely. therefore, i could be in my office at the escambia county sheriff's office and if i had the system in my home with video surveillance with the correct password i could pull it up on my computer in my office remotely. now, you also have systems in the home which, in this case, this family also had that. the billings family had that in their home. therefore you have two possibilities. someone in the home most assuredly could have shut it down but also someone remotely could have shut it down.
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we're looking at those two venues. was it someone in the house, was it someone exterior to the house? we have the person of interest. i will tell you that person of interest was not in the home to the best of my knowledge so therefore it was someone exterior to the home. >> does that mean you're looking at phone records, etcetera, and trying to find out who accessed that system? >> yes. >> it's now being reported on another network, so if you don't mind i'll ask again but could you confirm the dea is involved in this investigation? >> i cannot. i will not speak for another federal agency. if i knew i most assuredly would not talk about a case they're running. >> sheriff, do we know what marina -- >> let me be specific. i was asked not to release any of that information. >> the alert, when you came out earlier, you said we're looking
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for this woman, would that have gone out to local authorities in an area several hours -- >> it goes out over the police net, if you will. all right? and we're interconnected, internetted, so that bulletin was basically everywhere. >> would that have gone out at the same time you were making the announcement? >> yes, it was released at the same time. >> who was she with? >> i'm not at liberty to address that issue. >> did the police have some reason to believe she was a victim? >> again, sir, i was not there. i have not spoken with the officers in the marina. they may have received the fripp a boater, from someone vacationing in the area to which they would have responded. there are several possibilities how she was located and identified in a marina. i have not spoken directly to the officers. >> we started off the newscast by telling you that authorities were looking for pamela laverne long as they continue to widen their investigation into the murder of byrd and melanie
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billings. now they have found her. the sheriff is very deliberate in his work. she is not in custody. she is not under arrest. she is not a suspect. what he's telling us, we do know the reason he wants to talk to her, she is a real estate agent annas parentally a landlord of one of the suspects already in custody, specifically leonard patrick gonzales jr. there may be other reasons that they want to talk to her that he is not going to tell us but that's the reason he tells us they wanted to talk to her. they found her in orange beach at the marina and she is apparently on her way with her attorney back to the escambia county sheriff's office. he is saying really in a matter of moments they'll be able to talk to her and ask the questions they want to of her. maybe we'll get more information about her. also another takeaway, there is still at least one other person of interest they want to talk to and the sheriff is saying that this is the person they believe may have been responsible for
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disabling the surveillance camera, the cameras that have been so crucial in helping with so many breaks in this case. the cameras on the billings home were, in fact, not disabled and that's how they were able to see that these home invaders made entry into the home from two different places and they were also able to see the vehicles used. that's the takeaway. they were able to find pamela laverne long. the sheriff is going to continue to talk. we'll keep an ear to that and not miss any information in this investigation that seems to be developing by the minute. that's a takeaway from there. let's move on to one of the other big stories of the day. day three of the supreme court nominee sonia sotomayor's confirmation hearing. the appeals court judge, yet again, defended her wise latina comments and also a short time ago a democratic senator arlen specter defended them, saying his colleagues were, quote, making a mountain out of a mole hill and also pointed out justice samuel alito referring to his italian ancestry during
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his confirmation hearings. sotomayor says no one not even president obama asked about her stance on abortion before her nomination. if presented with an abortion case she says she would follow the law. democratic senator franken asked sotomayor about what he considers to be a political euphemism. >> as i and a couple other senators mentioned during our opening statements, judicial activism has become a code word for judges, that you just, that you don't agree with. judge, what is your definition of judicial activism? >> it's not a term i use. i don't use the term, because i don't describe the work that judges do in that way. i assume the good faith of judges in their approach to the law, which is that each one of us is attempting to interpret the law according to principles
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of statutory construction and other guiding legal principles and to come in good faith to an outcome that we believe is directed by law. >> what do you think about judge sonia sotomayor? during her confirmation hearings much has been made of her hispanic heritage. should her ethnic background be an issue? j.j. is calling from vancouver, washington. what do you think? >> caller: well, i don't believe her background or her gender should have any basis on it, but i do think that her bias has a great deal of basis on it. i mean, this is a woman, a judge who has been given a pass into college without qualifying gradewise, then she is now being given a pass into the highest
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court of the land, and i firmly believe that nothing should be considered except one's intellect, the constitution, and the laws of the land. but this woman actually massages every question she has been asked that she doesn't want to answer around until she has dissolved the question. even her interpretation of what o'connor says is not what o'connor said. >> okay. >> caller: and so i -- any other person making these biassed statements would not be considered for the highest court in the land. >> all right. >> caller: i do not believe she -- >> j.j., i appreciate your comments. i want to let other people get in as well. clearly, j.j. is not impressed with what she has seen so far. thank you for your comments. ellen is calling us from dayton, ohio. how is it playing out for you?
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>> caller: well, richelle, i have to tell you that, i mean, let's be clear about this. this has ban three-day wasteful witch hunt on something that really boils down to conservative hypocrisy and an irrational fear that somehow people different from ourselves are going to give us a taste of our own medicine. it is this attitude of exclusion that accounts for the reason the gop has failed. we want our police officers to be impartial. we want our judges to be impartial. but let's not be hypocritical and ridiculous. we all come from somewhere. our backgrounds make us who we are. by the way, we've spent many years in this country using the legal system and the constitution to bolster treating people like second class citizens, and i would dare anyone to say that there was no
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background of the people involved in making those decisions. let's get over it and move on? >> thank you. ella, you're fired up, too. thanks for two fired up phone calls. people are fired up on my facebook page as well. let's share something rodney sent us. rodney says, everything is fair game because everything, including heritage, influences how a justice sees an issue, reads a fact, and applies the law. we do have some fired up responses. thanks to everyone who took the time to e-mail, text, or call us today. we'll do it again tomorrow with another topic.
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nasa will try to launch the space shuttle "endeavour" again tonight. this is the sixth attempt to get the mission off the ground if you're keeping track. thunderstorms have delayed it three times, gas leaks scrubbed the launch twice. the crew will go to the international space station and install the final piece of japan's space lab. the launch is scheduled for about two hours from now. we'll keep you posted on that. stock prices are in the green, right from start of trading through the comments by the federal reserve board spoiling the rally. the updates desk in new york with the latest. >> hi, richelle. stocks staged a powerful rally after intel released a better
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than expected earnings report. they reported strong second quarter revenue and offered an updated outlook for the third quarter which is seen as a sign personal computer sales could be picking up. the major averages posted strong gains and the dow industrial soared 256 points at 3%. the nasdaq composite jumped 3.5% and the s&p 500 rose 3%. also helping the market were comments by the fed, minutes from the group's policy meeting last month showing that officials believe the economy is shrinking more slowly and the recession will end soon. however, the fed chief ben bernanke and company expect the unemployment rate to rise even more than previously believed and say the economy is still at risk for significant shocks so, richelle, a great day today but it looks like we still have a ways to go where jobs are concerned. >> all right. thank you. >> sure. as the investigation into michael jackson's sudden death intensifies, the los angeles coroner has some questions for the star's dermatologist. jane velez-mitchell examines the
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medical records on hln "news and views."
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major developments in the investigation into the home invasion murders of byrd and melanie billings. authorities were looking for and found a woman they're calling a person of interest in this case. you saw them tell us this information here live. the sheriff says that pamela laverne long is on her way back to pensacola as we speak. they want to question her. the sheriff says that she was seen at a marina not far away and they told her that investigators wanted to speak to her about her connection to one of the suspects. >> well, we know she was associated with leonard patrick gonzales jr. up until the day of the murders. and so, again, we would like to get information from her about his activities, whereabouts, movements, those sorts of things. again, she's a person of
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interest because of her close association with him. >> the sheriff is very deliberate with his language. he stressed she is not a suspect and that she is voluntarily coming in for questioning. he did say she was coming with an attorney. another key development, the drug enforcement administration confirms it is helping in this investigation. six adult men are in custody charged in these killings. a 16-year-old was also arrested. detectives say the hunt is on for at least one more person. the lead prosecutor says all seven suspects will be charged with first-degree murder. we also have new video of three of the suspects who made an appearance in court this afternoon. leonard patrick gonzalez sr., frederick lee thornton, and gary lamont sumner are being held without bond. byrd and melanie billings cared for 17 kids, many adopted with special needs. the couple's funeral is set for friday.
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168 people were aboard a passenger plane that crashed about 90 miles north of tehran. iranian officials are saying no one survived. the security commander for the city of qazvin says the caspian airlines plane disintegrated. there are reports the flight from tehran crashed about 16 minutes after take off. the plane was russian made. a witness tells the associated press the plane's tail was on fire as it circled in the air. nasa will try to launch the space shuttle "endeavour" again tonight. this is the sixth attempt to get this mission off the ground. thunderstorms have delayed it three times. two times it was because of gas leaks. "endeavour's" crew will go to the international space station and install the final piece of japan's space lab. the launch is scheduled for about an hour and a half from now. a daring los angeles police chase ends in two arrests. police suspected a young man was driving a stolen lexus suv.
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the helicopter pilot from our affiliate ktla tells us what happened when police tried to pull this guy over. >> reporter: look at this. look at this right here. this is big trouble right here. wow. look at this. now he's on the -- oh, he jumps out of his car on the northbound lanes of laciendiga just south of stocker. he can't go anywhere. he's going northbound back towards stocker. again, there are numerous law enforcement officers in the area but, unfortunately, most of them are stuck in the park right now. it's pretty much a chase for the air to keep an eye on this guy. this guy's moments are numbered. it's just a matter of time. there is an officer with a gun drawn as he takes back running northbound. here comes one of the west l.a. units. look at this. they try to cut him off. the officer goes off the side of the road. the guy now is running back eastbound toward stocker and this is something else here. here is this officer now and finally after an incredible
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pursuit here, this suspect is in custody but not before an incredibly deadly chase right here at stocker. >> what you don't see in the video is the passenger in the suv is also taken into custody. investigators in the michael jackson case are poring over new medical records. yesterday the assistant chief coroner went to the office of jackson's dermatologist arnold klein. just last week on our sister network cnn klein said he never gave jackson any dangerous drugs. the coroner says dr. klein has been completely cooperative. >> we are continuing with our investigation. dr. klein is and has been cooperating with us. there have been rumors dr. klein is not cooperating, but that's not true. we're not investigating the doctor. we're contacting all of michael
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jackson's doctors. >> the company that makes a link to the michael jackson investigation is recalling some of the drug. there is no direct link, though, between the recall and jackson's death. investigators say two contaminated lots of propofol made up to 40 patients in florida and missouri sick. the manufacturer says the tracking number of the tainted propofol is not the same as on the vial investigators found at jackson's home. there is consideration being given to making this a controlled substance which would put new limits on its distribution. nancy grace is looking at the possibility of a custody battle over the jackson kids plus the agreement allegedly asks joe jackson never be named legal guardian after reports that he wants to send his grandchildren on a world tour as the jackson 3. nancy grace has the latest developments at 8:00 and 10:00 p.m. eastern time.
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a tornado cleanup is under way in west central minnesota. a twister touched down in the town of spicer late yesterday afternoon damaging a shopping mall while another swept through swift falls destroying turkey barns. trees and power lines were knocked down but -- wow. look at those pictures. no reports of any injuries. a big aftershock rattled nerves 20 minutes after a strong earthquake struck off new zealand's western coast. neither one caused significant injuries or damage. the 7.8 magnitude quake was centered 100 miles off new zealand's south island. the tsunami warning was issued but about 90 minutes later it was canceled. you probably have seen the ad for the five-hour energy shot. it's supposed to give you an energy boost without making you crash later. sounds too good to be true. but is it? and what in the world is actually in it?
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again today, president obama's urging congress to pass his top domestic priority, haerm. on a 13-10 party line today the senate health committee approved a $600 billion bill to expand insurance coverage to nearly all americans and requires individuals to get health insurance and employers to help cover the cost. the government would help those making up to four times the federal poverty level. it's just one piece of the health care legislation working its way through the senate. the house has its own plan that would make health care a right. three committees may begin voting on what critics call a job killer. a house aide says the plan will cost $1.5 trillion over ten years and would increase taxes for those making $280,000 or more. the president says it won't be
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easy but now is the time to make changes to the health care system. >> deferring reform is nothing more than defending the status quo. those who would oppose our efforts should take a hard look at just what it is that they're defending. over the last decade health insurance premiums have risen three times faster than wages. deductibles and out of pocket costs are skyrocketing. every single day we wait to act, thousands of americans lose their insurance. some turn to nurses in emergency rooms as their only recourse. make no mistake. the status quo on health care is not an option for the united states of america. it's threatening financial stability of families, of businesses, and of government. it's unsustainable. democratic leaders in the house and senate are pushing for floor votes before congress goes on its break in august. it is day three of supreme
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court nominee sonia sotomayor's confirmation hearings. the appeals court judge defended yet again those wise latina comments and democratic senator arlen specter also defended them saying his colleagues were, quote, making a mountain out of a mole hill. sotomayor pointed out just as samuel alito referred to his italian ancestry and upbringing during his confirmation hearing sotomayor says no one not even president obama asked her about her stance on abortion before her nomination. if presented with an abortion case she says she would follow the law. new democratic senator al franken asked sotomayor about what he considers to be a political euphemism. >> as i and a couple other senators mentioned during our opening statements, jual code w for judges that you just don't agree with. judge, what is your definition of judicial activism? >> it's not a term i use.
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i don't use the term because i don't describe the work that judges do in that way. i assume the good faith of judges in their approach to the law, which is that each one of us is attempting to interpret the law according to principles of statutory construction and other guiding legal principles and to come in good faith to an outcome that we believe is directed by law. >> sotomayor also defended a 2008 ruling in a reverse discrimination suit brought by a group of white firefighters in new haven, connecticut. you've heard a lot about this case. the firefighters attended today's hearing in uniform, seated just a few rows behind her. we've been asking, what do you think about judge sonia sotomayor? during this confirmation hearing, much has been made of her hispanic heritage, but should her ethnic background be
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an issue? we've gotten a lot of e-mails, phone calls, and things on the facebook page about this. when will we focus on quality of expertise rather than race? if sotomayor is qualified, then let her be voted in. this shouldn't be a big deal. john in florida wrote this. supreme court nominee sotomayor made her hispanic background and heritage an issue. if a white male had made the same comment he would not be the nominee. shania wrote this. sotomayor is obviously smart and she is a wise latina woman. look where she's at. she's just as smart as any white man up there. go, sonia. a lot of people are sending messages on my face book page. this is what shelly wrote. she commented this. it was an even bigger issue for the 107 white men appointed to the supreme court, but no one brought it up. meaning ethnicity and heritage. thanks to everyone who got fired up and chose to respond to our question. we appreciate it. officials in florida say
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this surveillance video shows corrections officers using unnecessary force, but is there something you can't see clearly on the video that puts the officers' lives at risk? @úpx
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all right. "prime news" is coming up in a few minutes. time to check in with mike so he can tell us what's coming up. there's quite a bit, actually. lots of big stories. >> we're going to pick up where you have left off, richelle, talking about the florida couple, byrd and melanie billings. new developments in that case as you've reported. we'll be talking about pamela long the new lady they want to talk to. authorities are talking to her. she's the landlord of the alleged organizer, some say mastermind, leonard gonzalez jr. what does she have to do with this? another thing we're exploring, there could be a ninth person. seven people have already been arrested. pamela long is being talked to. there could be a ninth person who did not shut off the surveillance cameras. this is a practiced crime and you figure if that's the way they went about it, part of that would have been to shut off the
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surveillance cameras which i believe anyway is how we have seven arrests so soon. >> those cameras helped a lot. >> we'll be talking about that. call with your comments. 1-877-tell-hln. believe it or not today marks the one-year anniversary from the day that cindy anthony made the frantic 911 call reporting her little granddaughter caylee missing in that saying that the car smelled like a dead body. we'll look back. where is the case now? kind of piece things together for you. call in with your comments and questions. 1-877-tell-hln. we're keeping you updated on the michael jackson death investigation as well. there had been a report it's being investigated as a homicide. we'll get the official response to that and there is also new video of the pepsi commercial in 1984 where michael jackson, we know the hair, his hair caught on fire and wondering, why is this surfacing now, richelle? is it legit? tons of questions on that front. we'll be exploring that coming
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up. call or e-mail us. we like to get your text messages as well. the number is 45688. plenty to get to. richelle and i coming your way 12 minutes from now. >> jam packed show. by now you have probably seen the ads for five-hour energy shots. it says it'll give you a boost without the crash later. does this really work? what is it? chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupa checks it out. >> reporter: the product is targeted at people who are older, older professional people who have very busy lives. it goes without saying that people say if it's a five-hour energy drink, ten hours must be better. that is flawed logic and is sort of the heart of the whole question about safety. first of all, what is this product? we tried to dissect this down. there are lots of things in it, specifically b vitamins such as b 6, b 12, b 9. highlight a couple of those. niacin. we know in high doses it can
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cause flushing of the skin, almost hot flash symptoms. b 12 is something a lot of people take. certainly not the doses in this five-hour energy drink. it's a water soluble vitamin and tends not to have a negative impact even in higher doses. what is a little more mysterious was this thing at the bottom of the label called energy blend. when we really asked about that we find that's a combination of lots of different amino acids in the body and there are also lots of different things that are natural byproducts in food. what's important probably is the bottom one there, caffeine. much more so than anything else. now, to be fair, it's not a lot of caffeine, just about 90 mg. what seems to be key here is that there is no sugar. when you talk about these energy drinks that don't give you the crash, it is typically sugar that causes the crash and gives you a very high dose of energy, boost of energy in the beginning but comes down over time. that causes the crash. take out the sugar and you get some of the benefits.
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we talked to the makers of the five-hour energy drink to predi sort of impact they're going to have on the body overall. but at least in our analysis, it doesn't appear to be a lot of harm in these things, but maybe not a lot of benefit, either. back to you. >> all right, a two-ounce shot will run you about three bucks. spanish woman who became the oldest woman to give birth has died. maria dell carmen was 69. she gave birth in december 2006 after telling an l.a. clinic she was 55. the maximum age at the facility for receiving invitro. we don't really know what happened to her, but a local newspaper says she had been diagnosed with a tumor shortly giving birth. she leaves behind 2-year-old twins. some people who really know how to turn the other cheek visited capitol hill today. they are asking congress to do more to protect sharks from deadliest predators -- people.
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two people had their arms bitten off. they all say sharks deserve better than what you're going to see in this video. sharks being captured, having their fins shopped off before being thrown back into the ocean to die. the attacked survivors are pushing for passage of the shark conversation act which would strengthen the u.s. ban on harvesting fins for soup. topping today's holly wood a-list, robert redford apparently tied the knot last weekend. a german church says the pastor performed the wedding. the german artist he married is 20 year s younger. they got married in front of 30 family and friends. justin timberlake's environmentally friendly golf course is set to open in a few weeks. the $16 million renovation is designed to make it the first course to be certified
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eco-friendly. timberlake has played a few holes that were completed earlier this year. more to come on hln news and views.
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