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i'm tamron hall. the "news nation" begins with developing news and more violent weather expected across the middle part of our country in the aftermath of those deadly tornadoes in southwest missouri. those were the sounds of terror from iside joplin gas station as the tornado hit. at least 90 people are now confirmed dead in joplin, and that number, sadly, is expected to rise. and this in fact is new video just coming into us. shocking and disturbing images to say the least. 2,000 buildings now lay in ruin, entire neighborhoods gone. as residents try to process the devastation, the goal right now is finding survivors. despite losing everything they
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own, many are still giving thanks right now. >> your heart just breaks for all these people that lost so much. at least we have each other. >> that's all that matters anyway. >> and we have video of rescue crews actually going door to door right now. they're looking for survivors at this hour and they've been hampered by thunderstorms and more severe weather rolling through the area today. one of the major hospitals in joplin took a direct hit from the tornado and we're learning just in the last few minutes four people were killed at st. john's regional medical center. a worker there says he was pulled out of a window by the force of the twister and held on for dear life. nbc's al roker is near the hospital. he joins us live from joplin. you have been there all morning long. i am sure you've heard incredible stories and the devastation behind you says so much about what hit that town.
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>> reporter: tamron, i'll tell you, we spoke with one of the nurses on the sixth floor of st. john's hospital. she said the sirens went off. they were told they had 20 minutes. in reality they only had five. and i think the other thing that is just so stark, you look at the parking lot here at st. john's, there are almost no cars in the parking lot. they have been thrown. i was talking with mike bettes of the weather channel. neither he nor i have seen damage to vehicles like this. we've seen cars tossed here and there, but these are cars that have almost been bent and mangled beyond recognition or the sheet mettle has been -- it looks like somebody took a ba ballpeen hammer and just beat on it. i was beaten up by hail and then dropped down. trees completely stripped of bark. as you said, at least 90 people have died. this is the deadliest tornado in almost 60 years.
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the deadliest tornado in missouri history, and this really, tamron, tells the tale. this is a neighborhood, and it's scenes like these repeated time and time and time again, block after block after block. at least two miles that way, another three miles to the south. people are now just coming back to their homes trying to salvage something. in fact, tony, i don't know if you can see, there's a guy pulling out, an a tatv out of h yard. they've been trying to find their next door neighbor, 73-year-old gentleman he said he saw pull in about a half hour before the tornado struck. they haven't been able to find him. they haven't been able to see him. it is just utter devastation, and, as you mentioned, adding insult to injury, we're in a strong risk area right now for strong storms. we could see another tornado. we've had massive lightning displays. we've had half inch diameter
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hail. it's been incredible here. really hampering the efforts of the fire and rescue crews, the search and rescue teams. so it's one of these things where i have covered a few of these. i have never, ever seen anything quite like this, tamron. >> al, you mention that you're in a severe weather situation. we can see the lens of your camera, there are droplets of water on there. i would imagine and i heard you speak about this earlier, there are few places for people to find shelter as a result of so much of that town being flattened. >> reporter: that's right. 30% of the town has been leveled, and there are shelters, but they are, as you might imagine, already filled to capacity. they're hard to get to. there are streets that are closed, streets that are blocked off. the other thing, we talked with some state troopers earlier, the warning sirens aren't all operational. so this is not a good situation, and one that's going to take a long time to get better.
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>> and, al, again, you've seen devastation around the world. you have covered what we saw in haiti and in alabama and you're here now and it strikes i think the audience and even myself to hear someone like yourself say you have not seen anything like it. what are you hearing from the people as they trail behind you, as you pointed out in, atvs and vehicles and trying to go through that debris that was their home? >> reporter: my crew and i have been talking -- again, having been to a number of these, because things are so bad, we've actually seen people driving tornado damaged vehicles. vehicles with no windows that are bent and you can't even believe they're moving, but people feel like they need to get out, and so they're driving these cars that are obviously hazards but they feel they need to get out and get involved and try to help, try to find loved ones. i should also mention if you're trying to find survivors, go to
2:06 pm there's still a lot of parts. joplin without power, without cell service. it's hard to reach people. they're posting survivors' names on red, tamron. >> al roker live for us in the heart of joplin. thank you very much for that very detailed report from there. as many as 48 tornadoes touched down across the nation's midsection. one person died and 29 were injuried from a twister in minneapolis. 100 homes were damaged and some businesses overnight saw looting and further south in kansas a tornado blasted its way through a small town near topeka. redding has a population of 250. the twister damaged 200 homes and around that town. as we have said, more severe weather. you heard al mention it. it's expected in different parts of the country. nbc meteorologist bill karins joins us now. i want your perspective on that storm that hit in joplin. >> sure. that's the one thing i want to
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give people perspective. we have seen the pictures and devastation. it's hard to put that jigsaw puzzle together. this is a picture before of downtown joplin before the storm went through. from going over the firsthand accounts, roughly drew what the tornado path was through the town. the st. john's hospital is where al roker was just located. from there it went across the middle of the downtown joplin area, the south side of town, at least a half mile wide and then went up through the retail section where a lot of the big box stores and there are a lot of harrowing stories out there and then it exited town. right in the middle was the joplin high school that was completely devastated. the superintendent says he has no idea in three months from now when students return where he's going to put the students. that's the biggest high school in the city. as far as where we stand with this 90 fatalities, this single toward is the 20th most deadly all-time going back to the late 1800s. that number is going to rise. hopefully we won't get anything close to the 181 in woodward and
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the tristate tornado was the famous one that killed 695. it has happened before in our history but not since 1953. we thought our technology was a little better than that. when they're this big and strong, it doesn't make a difference. you have to be in a storm shelter to survive. currently in joplin we're doing okay. there's going to be thunderstorms this afternoon. we're under a moderate risk of severe weather from oklahoma city to tulsa back into the joplin area. that's who needs to watch out for possibly more strong storms late today. i don't think we're going to get too many big tornadoes today, but then tomorrow, believe it or not, three days in a row, in the same location i'm expecting a tornado outbreak that will include the tulsa area from wichita into areas of hard-hit missouri. we have three days in a row of this, tamron. >> unbelievable. >> this is historical. you literally had to have been around in 1953 for the worcester, mass, tornado to witness anything like this. >> and to think that as you pointed out another day we're waiting for and looking at your
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map more tornadoes in that region. >> our concern is there are still people who haven't been rescued sitting there trapped and waiting and then you have heavy rain and hail. >> bill, thank you very much. and some of the most dramatic pictures showing the violent power of the tornado came from storm chasers on the ground. >> the wind is out of the north and it's coming back around. it's coming on the ground right here! get the sirens going, get the sirens going! >> back up! >> i am! it's a mile wide tornado. it's leveling the south side of joplin right now. >> that was jeff who traveled up to 60 miles an hour to keep up with this twister. jeff is on the phone with me now. jeff, thank you for joining us. i'm happy you're safe. we could hear in your voice the tension. what were you thinking while still chasing that tornado? >> well, what was so scary about
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yesterday afternoon in joplin was the intensity of the tornado. once it developed, within seconds of it developing rapidly grew to a quarter mile, then half a mile wide and then in about a minute it was approaching three quarters of a mile wide and it had tremendous velocity as far as the winds and debris and the mound of destruction. i could tell the speed of the tornado was probably 50 miles an hour. when you have a tornado as powerful as that was yesterday, it's going to do a lot of damage and i knew some really bad stuff was going to be unfolding as it went across the city and that's what i witnessed. >> jeff, how do you gauge when you're too close? again, you're talking -- i heard you say you were scared or what you were worried about. how do you measure when you're too close? >> the way you measure when you're too close is that it's all perspective. you're in wide open country and there's nothing around, it's not too bad. but if you're in a city like yesterday in joplin, that tornado grew so fast, so wide so
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fast, that i end up being much closer to the tornado than i ever anticipated being and we actually suffered some damage and got a little cuts and scrapes as the tornado blew out my window on the north side from flying debris just west of the joplin high school. at that point we had to abort the chase and went into search and rescue mode because we found a number of people that were right in front of us with the homes totally leveled just west of the high school there. went up there and for about the next 2 hours, 2 1/2 hours went from house to house. there were hundreds of people crying for help and the whole area was just flattened. went house to house and a lot of he willer elderly people. we spent the next 2 1/2, 3 hours just digging people out of the rubble. it was a horrific scene there. >> unimaginable. i know you're in oklahoma
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chasing a storm now. we just heard bill karins say we could see another day of this potentially violent weather. stay safe with your team. thank you for telling us what you saw and what you were able to explain that you caught on video. thank you, jeff. coming up, i'm going to talk with a professor of meteorology about this rash of severe weather and tornadoes this season. alabama not terribly long ago, and now missouri, is climate change the reason? and be sure to watch nbc's brian williams as he anchors nbc news live from joplin, missouri. next on "news nation." >> i'm tim pawlenty and i'm running for president of the united states. >> tim pawlenty make it is official as another republican turns down the opportunity to challenge president obama next year. how mitch daniels' decision not to run is shaking up the 2012 race. plus, one year after a volcano erupts in iceland spewing ash into the air and stranding millions of air travelers, another volcano is now affecting the president's travel while in europe and the travel of many others in that
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big news today in the race for 2012. just earlier today former minnesota governor tim pawlenty officially kicked off his campaign. >> it's time for new leadership, it's time for a new approach, and it's time for america's president and anyone who wants to be president to look you in the eye and tell you the truth. >> so while late saturday indiana governor mitch daniels told his supporters the truth, disappointed them by announcing he would not run saying, quote, i love my country, i love my family more. so far the gop field includes gingrich, romney, jon huntsman,
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herman cain, and ron paul. one strategist is calling this the weakest republican ballot since 1940. joining me is andy barr. good to see you. >> thanks for having me. >> what do you think of this gop strategist being quoted as saying this is a weak field? >> i mean, it certainly seems that way now. there are a lot less names than we were expecting. at the same time some of these guys had really tough paths if they wanted to get through. there was a lot on mitch daniels that was going to come out, whether it was his time at eli lilly or whatever. he wasn't the perfect candidate. haley barbour had his flaws. and then we're still waiting on some others whether it be bachmann or palin. obviously they have serious pluses or minuses. trying to plot out now what the current field is going to look like and how that's going to play going forward through the primary process is kind of pointless because we don't know what the issues are going to be
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and how that election is going to swing. >> but it is interesting when you look at and we have again the faces there, mitt romney, the front-runner. he's the personwho is raising the money. there's a report he raised $10 million in one day. with that said, it's as if some republicans out there are saying, yeah, he's fine but what else is there? we heard last week before mitch daniels said he wouldn't run that he would be the night in shining armor. now you have some saying congressman paul ryan might be the knight in shining armor. >> i know how this works and i'm not going to get into all these hypotheticals in the future. i'm not running for president. you never know what opportunities present themselves way down the road. i'm not talking about right now. >> and you have chris christie saying, no, he's not interested but people trying to, if you will, draft him into the race. what does this say about mitt romney? >> well, look, there are a lot of people who don't like mitt romney in the republican party. that's true-his folks know it,
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but he also has an appeal that gets to a lot of republicans, even some of those who are upset with some of the things he did on health care or social issues. all these guys are on the sidelines right now, they look great because at this point in the process everyone is looking for new names, fresh faces, but as soon as they get in, they don't look so good anymore. chris christie, the story with him would be his stance on gay marriage, on social issues. all of a sudden that would be what all these conservatives who love him would be talking about. it's one thing to look great from the sidelines and when everyone is focusing on your best suit. it's another thing when the campaign starts turning on you, when the file starts coming out and you see who these guys are. >> thank you for joining us. now, let's bring in michael smerconish. michael, the other part of this equation, folks are talking about how governor mitch daniels handled the situation saying in essence that he perhaps wanted to run, but he went to his
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family, his adult daughters and his wife who could have been dragged through this campaign season, and decided he would not run. and people are questioning the fact that he put his family out front and basically said it's -- they're the reason i'm not running. >> i would disagree with that interpretation. in other words, i think he was deferential to his family. i think he put his family on a pedestal and tamron, i think it's a sad commentary that here is a guy who perhaps had the financial moxie that the country is looking for who now is taking himself out of the race because he just didn't want to see his wife go through the hell that would have unfolded when people started to question her about the hiatus from their marriageself years ago. i wonder if the pendulum has swung too far, that we ask too much of the candidates and spouses on a personal level. >> we've asked that question, especially with the current first lady, when she became the focus for so many conservatives who were going after at that time candidate obama. but with that said, in any
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relationship, in any marriage, you would consult your spouse i would imagine if you're a good spouse anyway. but in this case should he have said though, michael, that, listen, i have made the decision, i don't want to run. by further placing some of the decision on his wife's shoulders and that of his daughters', you are constantly incorporated your family and some would say making it fair game for people to judge them. >> i take him at face value. i thought what he offered was probably an honest answer. she had a coming out of sorts about ten days ago in indiana where she delivered a speech and it was one of the hottest political tickets in a long, long time. i'm sure that was all a part of her taking the temperature of the climate and she probably decided she wasn't up for this and i think he gave us an honest answer. i'm just not going to second guess it. >> it's interesting for people who surely know by now they divorced and remarried but she went away from the family. he had custody of the children and on some of these blogs people were saying she'd abandoned their children, something he took great issue with and defended his wife as he should have. >> tamron, i'll tell you
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something interesting is when that came out in "the new york times" because she was profiled in the times and they wrote about it, one of my affiliates is wxnt in indianapolis. we had that conversation on the radio. listeners from indianapolis were calling me saying, we never knew this. we never even heard of it, which i think speaks to the difference between running statewide in the midwest and running nationally. >> great point. good to see you. thank you for joining us. >> you got it. president obama gets a rousing reception as he visits ireland. this was in the last hour. it's the first stop of a six-day tour of europe. we'll get a live report from dublin and new details on the president having to leave ireland early. and taliban militants take revenge they say for the death of osama bin laden. how they dealt a blow to the pakistani military. but first -- >> windows were flying, glass was flying everywhere.
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it began erupting saturday. coming up, what's behind the historic rash of tornadoes this season? could climate change be the reason? but first, more reaction from joplin of what it felt like the moment that tornado touched down. >> it got real dark. the power started going in and out and we just made a run for it. want one of a kind eyes? individualize with the covergirl exact eyelights collection. green eyes -- here's the look for you. blues, hazels, and browns have their look too. individualeyes! with exact eyelights
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welcome back to "news nation." we continue to follow new developments from the tornado, the devastation in joplin, missouri. hundreds of rescuers from across the midwest are now streaming in town to help look for survivors under the threat of pounding hail and even more tornadoes. right now confirmed at least 90 people have lost their lives in this twister that cut a path almost six miles throughout town. residents describe the terror they felt when the twister hit. >> it was hell. it was hell.
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it just -- >> nobody can tell you what it's like. nobody can tell you. >> you could hear it. >> the weather channel's mike bettes is on the ground in joplin right now with a look at what crews are dealing with. >> reporter: the images coming out of joplin, missouri, truly stunning. vehicle that is have been demolished. there's hardly anything recognizable to this vehicle and it's not just one or two. it is literally hundreds of vehicles. vehicles that have been smashed. no frames left. if you walk up here, you can get another perspective as a higher elevation here of just how devastating the damage has been here. another vehicle nearly unrecognizable that's been damaged so harsh. and here, this is a playhouse theater. there were actually people inside this building at the time. they had a play going on. unfortunately they did recover a few bodies inside this building. you can see the theater chairs there. actually, even a vehicle that was thrown on top of the vehicle back there. down to the side there, these vehicles were thrown up against
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the side of the playhouse here and they're just smashed. where did they come from? they actually came from the parking lot of the hospital here. the hospital is back here to the right. as you look off to the west, it suffered significant damage, and then the parking lot is then down behind us there and it's basically been scraped clean. all the vehicles that were in the parking lot have been tossed towards us here and every single one of them is a total loss. an intense tornado that hit here in joplin, missouri. a state declaration for disaster has been made by governor nixon. elvis sit this area today and search and search and rescue will be here as well as the national guard. joining me is professor howard bluestein of the university of oklahoma. thank you for joining me. >> good afternoon. >> you have so many people who are asking the question why are we seeing so many so-called historic tornadoes. we've already seen tornado deaths in mississippi, alabama,
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north carolina, georgia, louisiana, tennessee, virginia, arkansas, oklahoma, kansas, and missouri. what do you believe is happening here? >> well, i think this is really just natural variability. every so many years the conditions for tornadoes over widespread areas happens. it's rather unusual to have a number of outbreaks back-to-back in one year. >> what are the conditions that make for, if you will, the perfect storms here? again, alabama, 300 people died, and i remember hearing the reports of folks saying this tornado stretched for miles. they'd not seen anything like it, and then this morning the same kind of story line but in missouri. people had not seen a storm of that size hit there since 1953, i believe. >> right. well, right now the jet stream is unusually persistent and strong across the plains and the
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midwest. there's plenty of moisture coming up from the gulf of mexico, and these are ingredients which spawn super cell thunderstorms which can then go on and produce tornadoes. it's very unusual for these storms to go through a heavily populated area like joplin, and it's a real tragedy that the tornado just didn't go right outside and skirt the city. >> if it's unusual to see these tornadoes in heavily populated areas, why are we seeing it now? i should mention over the weekend there was a death in minneapolis, minnesota. >> right. well, part of it is the population has grown and cities and suburbs have expanded. so there's a higher probability that people will actually get struck. also, it could be just random chance. >> what about climate change? you have many people who see these severe storms and not just the tornadoes but the strength of hurricanes and even the severe storms. we're getting hail and high
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winds right now from texas, i believe, all the way through the midwest. is this a result of climate change or an effect of climate change? >> well, i can't speak for hurricanes, but for tornadoes and super cells, i don't think we can prove whether or not the occurrences of all these bad events this year are due to global warming whatsoever. they could be simply due to natural variability. after all, when we think back to some of the other historic events like april 30th, 1974, of the tornadoes in missouri in 1953, the tristate tornadoes back in 1925, if you look through the records, you'll see that every 20, 30, 40 years there are these tremendous widespread outbreaks and some of them have occurred long before we were talking about global warming. >> dr. howard bluestein from the university of oklahoma. thank you so much. >> thank you. right now president obama and the first lady are still in
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dublin where the president finished delivering a speech about an hour ago. they received an extremely warm welcome as the president and first lady walked out on stage. the president spoke at trinity college in dublin before a crowd estimated around 25,000 people. >> my name is barack obama -- [ cheers and applause ] of the moneygall obamas. >> that's the village where the president's great, great, great grandfather was born and worked as a shoemaker. he visited there earlier. nbc's kristin welker is traveling with the president and first let's get to the developing news before we talk about that warm reception. we now know the president will leave ireland early as a result of that volcano. >> reporter: that's right, tamron. the president was supposed to leave for the uk tomorrow morning. however now we have learned that
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he's going to leave this evening to avoid the volcanic ash that is coming out of iceland. so, again, a bit of a change in plans, but tomorrow's schedule seems to be as planned. >> now to that warm reception, the president there, it was quite a sight to see 25,000 people and he warmed them up with obviously his trademark humor, but the core of his visit obviously very important. >> reporter: it really is. his message today at trinity college was to really highlight the lengths, the kinship between the united states and between ireland. this is a theme that we're going to see play out throughout this week. he's going to be reaffirming the strength between the united states and its european allies. in this speech today, he talked about the fact that the united states and ireland have both endured difficult histories. he talked about the fact that we're both in the process of trying to recover from economic crises, and then he ended the speech on a very high note.
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he used a familiar phrase, and he said it in gaelic. take a listen. >> if they keep on arguing with you, just respond with a simple cre creed -- [ speaking in foreign language ] yes, we can. to all who contributed to the character of the united states of america and the spirit of the world, thank you. >> reporter: so, again, the president ending the speech on yes, we can in gaelic. now, as we mentioned, the president does head on to the uk. that's where some very serious business will begin. he's going to meet with the queen as well as the prime minister, and when he meets with the prime minister, we're expecting them to announce a joint national security strategy board between the u.s. and the uk. again, reaffirming that special relationship between the united states and between europe, and
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then the main event of this trip, the g-8 summit which will take place in france. he will be meeting there with seven other world leaders. they will discuss a wide range of topics, everything from unrest in the middle east to the global economic crisis. >> kristin welker live for us in dublin. and the arraignment of a rutgers student in a bullying case tops our look around the nation. he pleaded not guilty. he's aused of filming and broadcasting over the internet an encounter between clemente and another man. after the alleged incident, clemente killed himself by jumping off the george washington bridge. followers of a man who predicted the world would end are now demanding answers and they want their money back. some spent their life savings
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before the predicted event claimed radio broadcaster harold camping fooled them into believing the apocalyptic claims and are staging angry protests. and the two american hikers held captive in iran have called home once again. it is a rare third phone call for 28-year-old shane bauer and josh fattal who were arrested nearly two years ago. the two men told their families they staged a 17-day hunger strike when the prison refused to let them have access to their mail. in pakistan one of the taliban's most daring raids in years, taliban forces attacked, then took control of a major pakistani navy base in kaf ra c karachi. the taliban is denying that their leader, mullah omar, was killed today by a u.s. air strike. with more on all of this is nbc's ian williams who joins us live from pakistan's capital of
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islamabad. the taliban again saying this was retaliation for the u.s. raid that led to the death of osama bin laden. >> reporter: that's right, tamron. this is the third attack they've claimed is in revenge. the others being the attempted bombing of a consular vehicle in peshawa. the military here is taking some hard questions about their confidence but also about the possible complicity of people on that base. at least six gunmen were able to get in there last night. the interior minister today said that they were using ladders to get up the fence and wire cutters, but they were able to get right to the heart of that base. they destroyed two aircraft and only this morning were commandos able eventually to clear them
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out killing four of them with two of them managing to escape. >> thank you very much. still ahead, police make an arrest two months oofer a san francisco giants fan is violently attacked and left in a coma. new details coming up. but first, there's a lot going on today and here are some things we thought you should know. first lady michelle obama is often seen as a role model, but who does she consider a role model? and the first lady called beyonce is role model and a powerful presence for young girls and women around the world. beyonce accepted the night's billboard millennium award. and donald rumsfeld is not ready to fade into history. his memoir spent eight weeks on "the new york times" best-seller's list and he's considering writing a follow up. meanwhile, his web presence is apparently growing. he says more than 16 million people have visited since he launched it early february. those are a few things we thought you should know. [ boy ] new chips ahoy! chewy gooeys
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i'm martin bashir. coming up at the top of the hour, the latest from joplin, missouri, and the price to find survivors of the devastating and deadly tornado. plus, female stars like rihanna and lady gaga push the boundaries of sexuality. and the other side the innocence of justin bieber. so why the double standard? welcome back to "news nation." we just heard from the family of a san francisco giants fan severely beaten on opening day at dodgers stadium last march. the family reacted to the arrest of a suspect in the beating of brian stowe who has yet to
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regain consciousness after that case. george, do we know any more about this individual that police arrested? >> reporter: his name is giovanni ramirez. he's 31 years old, apparently has a long association with gang activity here in los angeles. the lapd now looking for two accomplic accomplices, a man and a woman. the other man believed to have taken part in that beating of brian stowe on march 31st, the dodgers home opener against the giants. stowe, this apartment building here was where the cops came in and raided the place yesterday looking for suspects. as i say, stowe was wearing his giants jersey at the dodgers stadium and when he was beaten severely by two men, and they believe ramirez, the cops believe ramirez was the prime perpetrator in this. a short while ago, as you said, at the hospital where brian stowe remains unconscious and in critical condition, his family came out and held a news conference. his sister thanked the los
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angeles police. >> our family would like to express our keep gratitude to the los angeles police department for their exhaustive efforts regarding brian's assault. we never gave up hope that this day would come, that the beginning of justice being served would happen. we look forward to the day when the other suspects are apprehended as well. >> there's a $250,000 reward out for information leading to the capture of those suspects. the los angeles police say they have had a task force of about 20 detectives on this case. they have given it their highest priority. >> george lewis live for us on the update on this story. thank you very much. and a sad update today to a story that we brought you a few months ago. 10-month-old seth, a baby boy born with a rare genetic disease, died while awaiting the surgery that could have possibly saved his life. baby seth died yesterday afternoon at duke university medical center. he was born with a rare condition which inhibits the body's immune system and is
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usually fatal. only one doctor in the u.s. could perform the transplant that was needed and the surgery was delayed for months because the family's insurance company refused to pay for it. death's story hit the national and his dad appeared on "news nation" to talk about the family's struggle. a nonprofit offered to pay for the surgery but paperwork delayed the surgery. our thoughts and prayers are with the mother and father. the search and rescue effort under way in the midwest. they are desperately looking for survivors. we're going to get you a live report coming up. i put my hands over my head and it caved in on me. if you ask a parent, they might call it intuitive.
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you can tweet me at or on facebook. obviously online on facebook and twitter a lot of people are talking about the devastation that we've seen in missouri and byron nelson tweeted me, may god, peace, and blessings be upon the people of joplin, missouri. and, again, you can always reach out to us. we continue to follow the latest developments coming out the midwest including the severe weather that's impacting at least until tomorrow. the weather channel's janel klein joins me live from minneapolis. she's where the tornado hit and we know that one person lost their life in that storm there. >> reporter: that's right, tamron. a lot of devastation here as well. the storm system really hitting much of the midwest, as you mentioned. here in minneapolis this is the day after and a lot of people cleaning up from this devastating storm. winds of well over 100 miles an hour uprooted trees like this one and, in fact, thousands of trees throughout the city of
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minneapolis have been lost. we're here on the north end, on the north side of the city, and you can see the devastation that has hit a lot of these homes and streets. these two homes are just two examples where people narrowly escaped being injured. they didn't realize the tornado was coming, heard the sirens, ran for the became, and narrowly escaped injury. you can see the devastation that's happened not only to the trees and homes but also to the sidewalks, to the streets, and many other places as well. power is another concern for the city here. 22,000 people lost power in the storm yesterday. about half of them still do not have power, and, in fact, six schools are closed in the city of minneapolis because of the devastation here. so a very significant storm here in minneapolis. probably around an ef-2 tornado with, again, winds over 100 miles an hour. so we're hearing a lot of stories coming out of joplin, but there's a lot of devastation here in minneapolis as well. >> and i'm curious, what kind of
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warning did people say they got in that area? again, we're talking about densely populated portion of that city. >> reporter: that's right. and that's one of the challenges. a lot of times we hear about tornadoes that are really affecting the plains area and really more open rural areas, but this was a unique case in that it hit so close to the downtown area. we're only about five miles west of downtown minneapolis. so that was one of the challenges that officials faced here. there were several siren that is went off, sirens in fact in several suburbs of the twin cities area and one here in the minneapolis area. but this storm really came very quickly. it didn't give people a lot of opportunity to prepare and to get out of the way of it. so some people said they just had maybe even a minute or two in order to get inside and to get to safety. so, again, a lot of devastation and in part because people just weren't ready for this one. >> which make it is amazing more people did not lose their lives with the very little warning you say they received there. thank you for the live report.
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good afternoon. it's monday, may the 23rd, and here is what's happening. hell on earth. just listen. from nowhere, a black wall of wind tears through the town of joplin, missouri. a six-mile long, half-mile wide tornado that's left an ever-rising death toll. sea of green. president obama explores his irish roots and shares a pint or two on his first visit to ireland. and girls behave badly while the boys play the innoc


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