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there have always been doubts in the community about who really did it. among the doubtful, family members of those dead little boys. listen. >> i know they're innocent. i've been on their side and i've been fighting for them hard since 2007 when i realized i was wrong. and i had to make many amends to people. but i'm still standing and fighting for justice because they're innocent. they did not kill my son. >> cnn's david mattingly has been covering this case really for years. i know you had a documentary about the west memphis 3. you interviewed damien echols in prison last year. first,listen with me to the words of these three men. damien echols, jessie misskelley, jr. and baldwin. still in shock.
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overwhelmed. i spent almost the past decade in solitary confinement. so i'm not used to being around anyone, much less this many people. it's kind of overwhelming. it's not perfect. it's not perfect by any means. but at least it brings closure to some areas and some aspects. you know, we can still bring up new evidence. we can still continue an investigations we've been doing. we can still try to clear our names. the only difference is we can do it from the outside instead of sitting in prison and do it. >> even when you're in prison, you have to worry about your own safety. it doesn't matter what crime it is, you got to worry about your safety regardless. >> jason, how about you? >> i didn't worry about someone else would do. i worried about people who loved me and care about me and trust. we can't live our lives in fear. this was not justice. in the beginning, we told nothing but the truth that we were innocent and they sent us to prison for the rest of our
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lives for it. then we had to come here and the only thing that the state would do for us is say hey, we'll let you go only if you admit guilt. that's not justice no matter how you look at it. they're trying to kill damien and sometimes you got to fight beyond the -- >> david mattingly, let's begin with the how. how these three men can walk free today legally speaking and to be clear, we know they're not exonerated. they had to plead guilty to crimes they say they did not commit. >> there's actually a name for this proceeding. it was called an alford plea in which the defendants enter a guilty plea satisfying the charges against them in the eyes of the state. but at the same time, they're set free so they can go out and proclaim their innocence. but, again, in the eyes of the state and the prosecutors, these are the guys who did it. they actually afterward were saying that they're not going to reopen the case, they feel like this is a closed case, these are the guys who did it and they
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entered a guilty verdict. that's the end of it. they're also saying, the west memphis three can come out, proclaim innocence as you heard damien talking. he'd like to continue trying to clear his name, even though they weren't able to do it in the court today. the judge himself admitting this probably wasn't the perfect solution for everybody. but it was the best alternative they had to get these three out of prison and satisfy the state at the same time. >> david, you were inside that courtroom today. i mean, there had to have been some outbursts. >> there were. there were several outbursts from parents of the victim children. there was one father in particular who stood up and yelled at the judge saying that you are opening a pandora's box by allowing this to happen in this court. he said that there are people on death row that are going to be getting out because of this. he was clearly angry and was shown the door almost immediately after that. there was about 15 to 20 armed officers inside that tiny
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cramped courtroom. there wasn't going to be any trouble in there. but still that father had to get up and express his opinion very loudly to the judge. >> david, as i mentioned, you worked on this documentary, it's called "presumed guilty: murder in west memphis." i wanted to show some of your reporting. you looked at what evidence originally linked these three men to the crime. >> what happened in these woods shook even hardened cops. it was a crime so terrible families for miles around lived in fear and at the time juries had no doubt three west memphis arkansas teenagers were guilty in a satanic ritual murders of three eight-year-old boys. but a decade and a half later, many now believe it was a case of justice gone bad. >> the police, the prosecutor, the judge, the jury, all of them got it wrong? >> in our opinion, yes. >> reexamining old evidence and
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using dna testing not available at the time of the murders, defense attorneys say the belief in a satanic ritual of sexual assault and mutilation was a fantasy. a satanic panic that they say sent three innocent teenagers to prison. >> what we are saying is that there's no credible evidence that leads any of these defendants to the crime. >> the bodies of christopher buyers, michael moore and steve branch were discovered bound, neighboringed and submerge north dakota a muddy ditch. in a petition filed in federal court, defense attorneys say their experts today find no evidence of sexual assault and no evidence of a satanic cult. and the evidence that horrified juries, signs of ritual is particular torture and mutilation may have actually come from animals. attacking the bodies after the boys were killed. the oldest defendant at the time, 18-year-old damien echols, was sent to death row. 16-year-old jason baldwin and 17-year-old jessie misskelley
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got life in prison. >> as you mentioned, damien echols on death row. he was overwhelmed today in that news conference because he hadn't been around people. he has been in solitary confinement for the better part of a decade. what impression did he make on you when you interviewed him? >> he was a fascinating guy. he comes across articulate and intelligent and troubled. he's been behind bars in solitary confinement. he gets out for one hour a day out of that cell for exercise. other than that, he's left to himself in that cell all day long. so coming out today and being in these rooms just full of people with all this attention focused on him, you can see him wiping his brow covering his eyes a few times. this was clearly a very stressful thing for him, for someone who has been in virtual isolation for well over a decade. >> you mentioned the legal term, the alford plea. the legal maneuvering so these three men can walk out free men
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today. how did this whole thing come about? >> from what i understand,it was just a couple of weeks ago, correct? >> reporter: right. you heard part from my documentary about how all of the evidence that was presented early on and the satanic panic, all of that sort of served to fall away over the years. people started to see through the emotion and examine closely the true facts in the case. a lot of people critics of this case found those facts very wanting. what they were trying to do, when they were going into court today, they were allowing the prosecution to still walk away with their victory but they were letting these three go. that plea was being described as a way out for when the justice system doesn't quite work right. when you listen to the prosecution, they say still this is a closed case. the defense is saying, if you thought they were guilty, there's no way you would be letting them out. so they're still going to argue this case, still no solid
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answers for people who are looking for them today. but there's only one big change and that's for three men who have been behind bars their entire adult life are now free. >> i guess david mattingly, i'm wondering, i know you're saying the state is saying case closed. no reason to believe anyone else was involved in the murders. but could charges be filed if evidence is presented in the future that someone else committed these horrific crimes? >> they would have to open this case back up and they've been relauk tant to do that for 18 years. you can never say never in cases like this. but at this point, the position of the state of arkansas is this case is closed. >> what a story. david mattingly, thank you very much. we mentioned your documentary. you can watch the documentary about these young men. tonight at 11:00 eastern time. it's called murder in west memphis. while the three men, the young men were in prison for the 18
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years, several celebrities who believed in their innocence fought for their release, among them johnny depp, winona ryder, eddie vetter of pearl jam and dixie chicks. vetter and others were there. it became a cause celeb because of the hbo documentary called paradise lost. the award winning filmmakers will be joining me live in about 20 minutes. don't miss that conversation. they had to quickly change the end of their third and final documentary. we'll talk about that in a little bit. sfliefrnl also straight ahead, take a look at this video. in case there was a doubt, what you're seeing there is a woman riding in the back of a pickup truck hanging on to a baby stroller. are you with me here? inside the stroller, a real live baby. the woman's excuse? >> it's not like they give you a handbook or anything on what's neglect and what's not neglect. >> coming up next, more of this
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police dashcam video plus frantic 911 calls from dumbfounded drivers. also mounting political pressure against moammar gadhafi. but the libyan leader is not going down without a fight. as nature intended. [ female announcer ] someone's been doing the herbal! herbal essences collections. [ martin luther king jr. ] i still have a dream that one day on the red hills of georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. i have a dream today! [ male announcer ] chevrolet is honored to celebrate the unveiling of the washington, d.c., martin luther king jr. memorial. take your seat at the table on august 28th.
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what would you do if you were driving along, see a truck and in the back a baby stroller. in the baby troller is a baby. it happened in florida. we have the police dashcam video to prove it. take a look. the florida woman sitting alongside that stroller there was arrested and charged with child neglect for this outrageous ride. watch this truck. just continue on. she didn't realize how dangerous it was, certainly other drivers around her did. 911 flooded with calls. how does this woman justify her
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actions? claire max with wesh was in court to hear her defense. >> it's not my child. i was watching a friend's child for her while she was at work. >> 23-year-old key own a davis facing a judge didn't seem to understand that what we did was wrong allowing her eight-month-old charge, terrence mcclan to sit in his stroller in the bed of the pickup. stunned motorists starting calling 911. >> 911, what is the emergency? >> a truck going down mason avenue headed east with a baby stroller in the back of the truck with a baby in it. >> 911, what is your emergency? >>. >> caller: there's a baby in the back of a pickup truck. >> one motorist stayed with the pickup as it headed south on nova road for several miles finally turpg on to orange avenue where police picked the truck up. what a sight. imagine if the driver hit a bump, if he had an accident. there are any number of horrible
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scenarios. >> i got my first child when i was 16. >> davis explained to the court she's been baby-sitting without incident since she was a teen. didn't realize police would consider this endangering a child. >> it's not like they give you a handbook or anything on what's neglect and what's not neglect. >> davis' public defender argued that it's too har much saying the baby wasn't hurt. the state and the judge saw this video as very disturbing. the charge stands. though they did agree to release davis on her own recognizance. she's ordered to stay away from the child the court said she neglected in this wild ride. >> we did reach out to davis' attorney. thus far, he's not returned our phone call. but we did hear from florida's department of children and family. they are investigating the case and issued this statement. "no child should ever ride in the back of a moving pickup. they could be thrown from the vehicle and suffer serious injuries. all children should be properly
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restrained in moving vehicles with child seats for children age five and younger and seatbelts for children of all ages." does he know more than he's letting on? that's what police in aruba want to know from this man after this woman disappeared with him on vacation. cnn has exclusively obtained the transcript of the police interrogation. what it shows is telling. martin savidge got his hands-on that transcript. he's going to tell us what it reveals, including money as a possible motive coming up next. iihs top safety pick n and you... well, you gave us your approval. so we thought, why not give a little back. the chevy model year wrap up. get in on our greatest model year yet. and now, very-well qualified lessees can get a low mileage lease on a chevy cruze ls for around $169 a month. our greatest model year yet is wrapping up.
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the case of this missing 35-year-old maryland woman in aruba. here is what we're learning. cnn exclusively obtained this copy of a police interview, this
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transcript with this man, gary giordano. he told police he bought travel insurance policies for himself and this woman. both worth $1.5 million each. no word who is listed as the beneficiary on her policy. authorities also got ahold of giordano's camera and say the photos of gardner are "explicit." he reported gardner missing august 2nd. he said they had gone snorkeling. he was arrested after his statements didn't quite add up. let's go to martin savidge live in aruba. martin, you got this big scoop. you got exclusively this police transcript. talk to me a little bit more about what you learned about this exchange and show me yourself on the cover of the newspaper because of the scoop. >> reporter: right. okay. let's start with the document itself. this is a transcript of an interview that was done with gary giordano on august 5th that
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would have been three days after the disappearance of robyn gardner. he's not being detained at that time. he's still cooperating with authorities. but it is a day that later he is going to be detained. what's clear about that document is that early on, authorities here in aruba began to zero in on the issue of whether money was the motive. they questioned him at length about debts he may owe, what his alimony payments are, the mortgage on his home and whether or not he owed debts to anyone else. he said that he was in good shape financially. then they go on to start talking about this insurance. two insurance policies, both $1.5 million each. one for himself, one for robyn gardner. the one for himself, the beneficiary would have been his mom. as for the beneficiary for robyn gardner, he doesn't say. authorities aren't saying at this particular time. they say they have to continue to talk to gary giordano about that. but you've got to figure, brooke that they would not be so interested if say the benefactor of robyn gardner's insurance
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plan was her mother. >> of course. >> it is probably something tying to gary giordano. and that would be a very good motive. that's where it stands right now. the publication. >> yes. >> reporter: this is aruba today. >> why are you on the cover? >> reporter: they recognize somebody on the cover. well, they were very nice to say that i was an award winning journalist and point out that i was very fair to the aruban government and to the coverage of the nat lee hol way case. >> you are fair, martin savidge. >> reporter: an indication that things are slow newswise here. >> back to giordano, i know he's been in custody. what has life been like for him in this jail? what have you learned? >> it's interesting. life is actually apparently improved for him since he's gone from being held in the local police shop to being in the prison. he's in a cell that's described as 11 meters by 11 meters.
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what is that 33 feet by 33 feet. very large. but he has to share it. he's got two cell mates with him. they're in a special area for people being detained before try. he gets to go out and about on the grounds during the day. he is of course locked up at night. doesn't have access to the media and he can't have visitors, at least twice a week. police have been interrogating him. they say that he is talking off and on. when they ask him new questions, he responds. if it's an old question, trying to see if he keeps to his story, he doesn't speak at all. he doesn't want to trip himself up. i asked, well, what's his attitude like? they used one word. belligerent. >> interesting. martin, what about the dna sampling going to holland, when should they get the results? >> reporter: well, they won't say for certain. they do say that they simply haven't dpot the expertise to print out what is their dna profile of gary giordano. it's going to take some time. we also understand that in the
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next few days there's talk of a major search, probably in the area of the southern part of the island. this is in keeping around where they were said to be snorkeling. you can bet that they'll be looking on land and maybe around the water trying to find any evidence of what happened to gardnerment. >> still a mystery so far. martin savidge in aruba. thank you very much. straight ahead, country music group sugar land paying tribute to the victims of that horrendous stage collapse at the indiana state fair. plus, we're now learning a sixth victim has died today from that disaster. back in two minutes. and form a resilient layer called biofilm? biofilm germs are strong enough to survive daily brushing. thankfully, there's listerine® antiseptic. its triple-action formula goes deep to penetrate biofilm, kill germs and protect your mouth for up to 12 hours. aaaahhhh... [ male announcer ] for a deeper clean, fight biofilm with listerine®.
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checking the top stories. we're always keeping one eye on the stock market here in this final hour of the trading day. the dow is down 128 points. we're at 35 minutes away from the closing bell. also, want to let you know, we know the bank of america is cutting 3500 jobs. that's on top of 2500 jobs they cut earlier this year. bank of america is based in charlotte, north carolina. they say the jobs being cut are global. we'll keep an eye on their stock for you. my name is damien echols, i'm 36 years old. released from death row for a crime i did not commit over 18 years ago. >> 36 years old. been released serving 18 years for a crime i didn't commit.
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>> those three men were teenagers when they went to prison in 1993. they are walking free today. they were con viced of murdering three young boy scouts in a satanic ritual. for years, they claimed innocence. several doubted their involvement altogether. in this deal with prosecutors today, they agreed to enter great pleas and were sentenced to time already served. we're now learning that another person died after that stage collapse bringing the total death total to six. just last night, sugar land, who was scheduled to perform on that very stage moments before the stage actually collapsed, they started a show in new mexico with a couple of words about their fans who died in indiana. >> in honor of those people who were wounded and those beautiful lives that were lost, we ask you to stand and join us now in a moment of silence.
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>> the members of sugar land will host a private memorial in indiana after the victims' families have held their own services. coming up next, back to the three men tasting tweet freedom today after serving prison time. today, what matters most is that they are finally free. it is a story that garnered national attention for years and years, including the eyes of hollywood producers like this documentary called paradise lost. these documentary filmmakers, quickly hustled to this west memphis courtroom today and get this, they had to quickly change the ending of their third and final documentary. they join me live next. don't miss this.
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listen up folks. there's been a sudden turn of events in libya. that war has been locked in a stalemate. now something has changed. rebels are closing in on moammar
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gadhafi last seen in tripoli. stand by. a live report in a moment. first in just the last couple of hours, there was heavy, heavy fighting west of the capital. sara side ner is there. sara, tell me what you saw. >> reporter: we want to let you know we got into the city. a very important city, strategic city with an 'ol refinery that can kick out 100,000 barrels of oil a day and supply tripoli with fuel it needs. it's the -- rebels say they now have control of 80% of this strategic city. i want to let you listen to what we heard as we got very, very close to the frontlines, which is in the city center. >> those were the sounds there of artillery fire, mortar fire and small arms fire that we were hearing for much of the day in the eastern part of the city
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where gadhafi forces are still fighting fierce battles with the rebels who are trying to take full control of za which. >> we saw an important part of the city, the industrial part of the city on the water, and that is where this oil refinery is. a very important piece of property, obviously for the gadhafi regime and the rebels now have that in their full control at this point. we were able to go into the refinery and see that nothing is wrong with the refinery. it can function. it has been turned off for now. but there's not a scratch on it. the rebels are hoping to keep control of the city and the refinery and that would be a major, major victory for them. it would essentially cut off most of the ability for gadhafi to get fuel easily into tripoli. >> so you mentioned, sara, that the rebels, they have claimed this oil refinery and also there's the main supply road there into the capital. if that is correct, and it sounds to be that is what you have seen, how significant is
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that? >> reporter: it's extremely significant. but we have to remember that the road that goes through this city is the shortest route really for gadhafi to go ahead and be able to get fuel. it's one of the last refineries able to function at this point. already, that city is very, very low on fuel. so it will certainly have an impact on the gadhafi regime. we were actually told to leave the area at one point which is very close to the refinery because we were hearing from the rebels that they believed that it would be bombed by gadhafi forces, that it would be shelled. we had to quickly runaway from that area to keep our crew safe. certainly, it's definitely going to hurt the regime in the sense that the oil refinery is a very important, obviously, piece of property but also that that supply route could cut off things such as food as well into the capital. >> let's talk about the capital, sara sid ner. stay safe. back to gadhafi. talking about tripoli here. it's looking increasingly under siege as is the colonel, gadhafi.
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today his spokesman is pleading for a cease-fire. matthew chance in tripoli for us right now. matthew, i know we're getting reports of citizens fleeing, trying to get out of the city. are those reports true? if so, why are people leaving? >> reporter: well, we've got reports of people wanting to leave the city. certainly the united nations says that it's preparing a plan to try and evacuate foreign nationals. the trouble is with residents, libyan citizens of tripoli trying to leavement it's very difficult. there's not -- normally they would go to west through the city into another area. they're not able to do that because of the fighting taking place as we heard from sara. that's compounding this feeling of being under siege as having a really big psychological impact on the residents of the libyan capital, brooke. >> nato controls the airspace and the rebels control the roads. does it appear to you looking at the situation, does it look like gadhafi is boxed in now?
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>> reporter: yeah. he seems to be. he certainly boxed in in terms of territory from the west. and then the east as well. the stranglehold which has been tightening around him with the rebel military advances backed by those significant air strikes. those air strikes have been continue as well. pretty much very intense civil over the course of the last 48 hours in tripoli itself. we were taken to one of the sites that was bombed earlier today as the house of senior figure in the libyan intelligence agency: but also, what was apart from that was a school close by and a medical storage facility as well. it was a residential area. in the past the libyans have put military installations, military equipment in the residential areas. not today. but it did spook the residents in the area having to endure
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these ferocious air strikes. the risk is siege, the mentality taking grip. the residents of tripoli feeling very much like they're surrounded and under attack. >> matthew chance in the capital, tripoli, matthew thank you very much. still to come, i want to introduce you to two of my he next guests. the west memphis three story. you have two award winning joe berlinger and bruce sinofsky. we'll talk about what this is like. what a happy ending here in the story of these three young men. we'll be right back. ananananana] this...is the network. a living, breathing intelligence
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damien echols, jessie misskelley, jr. and jason baldwin were convicted of brutally murdering these three young boy scouts during a satanic ritual in the woods. today the court released them after legal maneuvering which the three basically agreed to plead guilty and got credit for time served. they were released. not exonerated. i want to bring in director joe berlinger and bruce sinofsky from the award winning film paradise lost on this story. joe and bruce, welcome to both of you. talk about a way to quickly change the ending of your third and final doc. first let's talk about quickly the flight, getting there to jonesboro today. you were in the courtroom. just describe those moments for me. >> well, it was incredible moment. but bittersweet, i have to say. we've been waiting for this day for 18 years. it's incredible that these guys are out of prison.
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but the state of arkansas didn't have the courage to admit that they had made a mistake after all these years. these guys had to plea to lesser charges. they're going to have sword of dam cleese hanging over their head of being convicted of a crime to get out of prison. we believe firmly that these guys are innocent. i wish it could have been an exoneration. it was emotional. everyone was thrilled that it happened but extremely disappointed that the state of arkansas still after all these years, still maintaining that these guys are guilty. >> bruce, for you, i mean, i know being a journalist, it's the same kind of thing, you have to separate yourself. it gets to a point where you're embedded in these lives so many years, was there a moment for you personally when you got emotional? >> yeah. when the three of them came down to speak to the press and they were together in the same room, i had to fight back the tears a little bit because it meant so
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much to me that these guys could go free. and it's no longer free the west memphis 3. it's the west memphis 3 is free. it's really, really an important thing. i had to call my kids, everybody's been on pins and needles the last couple of days. to see these guys embracing each other is just wonderful. >> i know, it's nothing -- nothing could be greater for a filmmaker to see real world change. we've stuck with this story for 18 years. three films and the fact that there's finally a result. you know, it's just very rewarding. >> damien echols himself, as you know -- >> 17, 18 years, i've marked many of the passages of my life thinking wow, i've had one child, i've had two children. they've gone to high school. all while thinking about these guys are rotting in prison on
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death row. you think about this case, talk about this case all the time and the fact that it's finally has a resolution is just very emotional for us. >> then specifically, damien, echols, talking about this gift here. he essentially says in your one your films that your documentaries saved his life. if people haven't seen this, i want to play this clip. >> how you doing? >> pretty good. >> how long has it been since the last time you were here. >> we were talking about that in the car. ten years. it's been a long time.
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>> so gentlemen, final question. i know in third and final documentary titled purgatory, you get to watch it on hbo in january. you had a question mark ending it and now what did you do? you hustled to jonesboro to tell a different ending? >> did you get it? >> i have no audio. >> we got a phone call -- >> go ahead. >> we got a phone call on -- no. >> i can hear you. go ahead. go ahead, bruce. >> okay. good. we got a phone call on wednesday and jonathan called us and said, hey, we're all going down to jonesboro. >> ironically, we were in the editing room putting the finishing touches on paradise lost 3 airing at the toronto film festival in a couple of weeks. we were literally doing the color correct, the sound mix waiting to push the button and have a finished film on monday. we obviously have to go back to the editing room and create a much happier ending. >> this is the best ending
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possible. best ending. >> quite a gift for filmmakers. bruce sinofsky and joe berlinger. thank you so much. straight ahead. when a basketball game goes bad. really actually it's plain ugly. more on this bottle throwing brawl in beijing coming up. this is our pool. ♪ our fireworks. ♪ and our slip and slide. you have your idea of summer fun, and we have ours. now during the summer event get an exceptionally engineered mercedes-benz for an exceptional price. but hurry, this offer ends august 31st. sure, but let me get a little information first. for broccoli, say one. for toys, say two. toys ! the system can't process your response at this time. what ? please call back between 8 and 5 central standard time.
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have you seen this video, this brawl between china and the georgetown mens basketball teams? it's what a lot of people are tweeting about, talking about. it's trending. take a look. yikes. this is what happened in the
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final minutes of what was billed as a friendship match. this happened just last night when the georgetown university hoyas played this chinese pro team in beijing. benches cleared on both sides. throwing punches. the crowd even got in on the action. watch here. you'll see the players pick up chairs that also get thrown. and then, we have more still pictures. hoyas guard jason clark lying on the floor. take a look at this. chinese rivals standing over him, leg raised, ready to stomp. georgetown coach decided to pull his player. there was no way the game could go on after this melee ensued. watch what happens as the team heads for the exit. did you see that? that flying through the air? those are full water bottles being launched at the georgetown players as they're trying to make their way out of there towards the locker room.
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not quite clear yet who started the fight. especially with vice president joe biden in china right now. how did this brawl on the court get reported in the chinese press? good question. answer, it did not. chinese censors took down any websites that mentioned the brawl. the two teams, by the way, are scheduled to play again sunday night in shanghai. now to washington with the latest news fresh off the political ticker. let's go to wolf blitzer with some news. wolf, good to see you. >> thanks very much, brooke. basketball is not supposed to be a contact sport like that. if they play on sunday, let's hope it's a real basketball game. doesn't become sort of like hockey or whatever. >> fist a cuffs. >> not nice. not happen which that. tough crowd in beijing. let's talk a little bit about what's going on in the world of politic. rick perry hasn't been a week since he threw his hat in the race for the white house.
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he's being hammered on a host of issues, including his controversial comments earlier in the week that the federal reserve chairman ben bernanke could face treason charges if he goes ahead and has the federal reserve print more money. now a former treasury official who worked for the first president bush earlier for ronald reagan, bruce bartlett is having no part in it. listen to what he said on cnn's "american morning" earlier today. >> rick perry is an idiot. i don't think anybody would disagree with that. >> bruce bartlett not mincing any words. tough talk. but rick perry is getting criticized on other controversial well. from republicans, including some of his republican challengers on the whole issue of teaching creationism in addition to evolution in texas schools. huntsman, the former utah govr nofr says he supporting teaching evolution op opinion global
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warming, rick perry says scientists are doubtful about man's role in global warming. mitt romney supports the notion that man, and women for that matter, have a role in global warming. and he's being criticized by a lot of moderate republicans on this whole notion of questioning whether or not president obama really loves america and whether the men and women of the u.s. military respect the commander-in-chief as much as they should. so there's criticism coming from rick perry across the board. he's moderating his words a little bit over the past few days. not backtracking, though, from any of them as far as i can tell. one final note, sarah palin, orrin hatch, he's up for re-election next year in utah. he doesn't want to follow in the footsteps of his good friend bob bennett, the former republican senator from utah who lost to a tea party supported challenger. now sarah palin is saying nice things about orrin hatch that can be very useful. sending out releases, quoting sarah palin.
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the congressman from utah or someone else challenges him for the republican nomination for the u.s. senate from utah. and i'll leave you with this little bit of self-promotion. my interview, by the way, where i did this week in iowa with the president of the united states, we're going to replay it tomorrow night 6:00 p.m. saturday night, the entire interview for our viewers, 6:00 p.m. eastern tomorrow night in "the situation room." >> i still love that he invited you into his situation room. >> i'm going to into his situation room. he say i had i could come, but no cameras. >> check in with a little later on this hour. we had special coverage here. richard quest, ali velshi with ear along for the ride. the market down noted a bad as yesterday, 112 points as we are quickly approaching that closing bell. we'll take you live to the new york stock exchange, coming up next.
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but first, here's dr. sanjay gupta with this week's human factor. >> four years ago, jennifer's life was turned upside down. >> i was told you had a brain tumor. >> her first surgeon didn't want to operate. which didn't sit well with her. >> it's my body, my brain tumor you say is in my head yet you won't treat me the way i want my course of treatment to be. >> so she got a second opinion. the new surgeon was ready to operate, the surgery went well and the tumor was out. the biopsy confirmed the type of tumor she has may most likely come back. >> i may have ten years from diagnosis before it becomes malignant, but i am going with the assumption that it might be sooner than later, and that's okay. >> in fact, planning to have another baby. >> this decision to have a child is probably the most difficult
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decisions of all of the process. it was by far easier to accept the fact that i probably won't see my kids graduate from college than to decide to have a child. what if you are that person that 25 years from now, your kids are getting married and you're still stable and you're living with regret for making a decision out of fear. >> having overcome the initial obstac obstacles, jennifer has decided to embrace life in other ways. in addition to being a mom to sons tucker and cooper, she's become a patient advocate, shares her experiences with others who also have brain cancer and she's a fundraiser. she participates in a race for research. this year, jennifer can only participate in the walk because she and her husband decided to expand their family. >> in someaways equally impressive is you decided to do this walk. >> i'm totally healthy aside from the brain tumor.
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>> let's go to alison kosik. yesterday we were down 400-plus points. today, a smidge better. >> a smidge better, but still it's pretty painful. we've seen the volatility pick up in the final half-hour or hour of trading. this is expected to see the volatile i. take note, this is friday. what usually happens amid the volatility is traders not wanting to go into stocks. this is a market definitely making moves on every headline that comes out. you see that knee jerk reaction.
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we're seeing the vix inkex rise a little bit. we're seeing the selling accelerate a bit on the dow. the dow down 167 points. we have about a minute and a half to go before we hear the closing bell. something we've been looking forward to hearing all day. we've seen some swings. we saw the dow fall as much as 121 points in thorly going. then we saw it rise about 96 points. we're all expected to see this selloff at the end of the day. obviously not as bad as it was yesterday, brooke. this is so interconnected, woes in europe, fears of a debt crisis. also our u.s. economy. do we know before we see the closing bell. the moorkts overseas, it was another down day, was it not?
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>> it was. the u.s. feeds off -- you know what, it's got to stop. we saw some green arrows on the major averages. there's still a lot of uncertainty out there, a lot of fear. what you continue to see is this emotional trading going on bausz no one really knows the direction the economy is going in. it's this forward-looking indicator. that's why you see this repricing going on with the markets. now we have the closing bell. and we're looking like we're going to end somewhere 176 points lower on the dow as the numbers settle. brooke? >> as we hear the loclosing bel and we talk about the markets, it's also significant here to point out bank of america. can you give us the news here today in termses of the layoffs. i now the numbers i was reading today. they're cutting 3,500 jobs and
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that's on top of the 25 pur,500 cuts already this year. >> exactly. it makes many market watchers maybe wonder, you know, with all the volatility we're seeing in the markets and we see huge job cuts in the final sector, it's like having a flashback to 2008. there is a big difference president the stock losses with esaw in 2008, the dow fell as much as 7% some days. now the falls are a little less. we're seeing the dow fall a little less, 3% to 4% today. it's 1.5%. bahhing in 2008, we were worried about the banks going bankrupt now companies and banks are sitting on piles of cash. you really can't compare this to 2008. brooke? soo. >> the big difference, too, that mess in 2008 was economic. and this time, political.
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alison kosik, thank you very much. have a wonderful weekend to you. and now watch this. >> it was the year of grunge, black lipstick and the murders of three boy scouts in arkansas. now the young men who went to prison, his teenage murderers are free. i'm brooke baldwin, the news is now. >> live fire in syria, how will the world respond today after reports that bashar al assad's men kill more protesters. >> there was a truck with a baby stroller in the back. >> she's the baby-sitter. see if you agree with her defense. we're on this case for sure. and why is hewlett-packard pitching part of its business.
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. >> this is the hp touchpad. >> hour two continues on. if it's interesting and happening right now, it's about to see rapid fire. let's go, beginning in libya. renewed fighting today, just 30 miles west of the capital city of tripoli. rebels say they are making new gains and they say the fall of libyan strong men moammar gadhafi is inevitable. there are reports an exit plan may be in the works. if you're wondering when bravo will begin airing its new season, you're going to have to wait for an answer. the recent suicide of russell
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armstrong has them trying to edit out him. >> i better not see one frame, hear one frame. that goes for all the family. we are circling the wagons. >> now the death toll at the indiana state fair grew to six today. a college student is the latest here to tie from his injuries the band hafs set to perform that saturday night on that very stage was on stage last night in new mexico for the very first time since that stage collapsed. sugarland began with a moment of silence. . >> in honor of those people who were wound and those beautiful lives that were lost. we ask you to stand and join us now in a moment of silence. >> no date has been set yet for that. >> south central, arizona, hit by another dust storm. imagine trying to drive through this. that whole dust cloud powered
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through. even shut down the airport for a little while. knocked out power to thousands of people. this is the third time this summer a haboob has ripped through the valley of the sun. in case you didn't know, haboob is an arabic term for massive dust cloud. later, how they form and why they happen. >> nownuns doing the wave. it's day two of the world youth festival. there they go. they're rocking the house or at least the courtyard. among those meeting the pope, 103-year-old nun. this is the first time she left her convent in 83 years. take a look at this guy, the burger king mascot. you may not see the king's frozen mug for very long. the fast food chain is kicking their hamburger royalty to the
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curb. gone will be his crowning achievement. the ad showing the king in people's beds or peeping in their windows is none too appreciated. the company says new ads will focus on its healthier menu items. so the quirky king is getting a royal flush. >> three arkansas men taste freedom today after serving two decades behind bars. but it took a mind boggling legal maneuver to get their freedom back. cnn was inside that courtroom today for the so-called west memphis three. we'll take you there live. plus this -- >> they can't give you a handbook about what's neglect or what's not neglect. >> this year is wrong. folk, that is a woman with a child in a stroller in the back of a moving truck. yep, it's all caught on police dash cam.
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>> what would you do, you're driving along and you see a pickup truck with a bab stroller with a baby inside. take a look. this florida woman seen there, see, she's sitting alongside. she was arrested. if she didn't realize how dangerous it was, you better believe those other drivers on that same road did. 911 was flooded with calls. how does this woman justify her action? she was in court to hear her defense. >> it's not my child, i was watching a friend's child for her while she was at work.
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>> reporter: 23-year-old keona davis didn't seem to understand what she did was wrong, allowing her 8-month-old charge terrence mcclain to sit in his strollner the bed of a pickup truck even if she was next to him. >> 911 what was the emergency. >> i have a truck going down mason avenue heading east with a baby drstroller in the back of e truck with a baby in it. >> 911 what was your energy? >> there's a stroller in the pickup truck driving southbound. >> one motorist stayed with the pickup truck as it headed on nova road. finally turning on orange avenue where police picked the truck up. what a sight. imagine if the driver hit a bump, if he had an accident. there are any number of horrible scenarios. >> i got my first child when i was 16. >> he said she's been baby-sitting without incident since she was 16. didn't realize police would consider this endangering a child. >> it's not like they give you a
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handbook on what's neglect or not neglect. >> her public defender sate the baby wasn't hurt, but the state and the judge saw this video as very disturbing. the charge stands, though they did agree to release davis on her own recognizance. she is ordered to stay away from the child the court said she neglected in this wild ride. >> we reached out to davis' attorneys ourselves. we did hear from florida's department of children and family. they're investigating this case. let's read what they told us. no child should ever ride in the back of a moving pickup. they could be thrown from the vehicle. all children should be properly restrained and moving vehicles with child seats from children age 5 and younger and seat belts for children of all ages. coming up next, the united states has made it crystal clear, syria's president must go. but apparently syria's president not getting the message.
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>> right now, i want to show you what happened in damascus. let's just watch and listen for a moment. a man, described as a syrian activist witnessed this shooting. he told cnn it was carried out
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by syrian security forces. he says he does not know anyone was wounded. it's significant that this occurred in the syrian capital. joining us from our nation's capital, mark toner. school us, if you would. what is to be gained here by calling for president al assad's resignati resignation. we don't expect him to say if you say so, i'm gone. but could there be 5 possible down fall? >> this is us showing solidarity with the syrian people who have been courageously standing up to just a brutal assault by syrian security forces now, going on three, almost four months. and this has been a steady ratcheting up of international pressure and indignation, if you will, against what he's doing to his own people. and so yesterday's statement, powerful and says he needs to get out of the way and allow a
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democratic transfer to take place, but not in isolation did the president make that statement or the secretary also yet. it's done with our eu counterparts, as well as uk, france, germany, and kound. and we've also seen increasing pressure in the arab world as well. syrian's neighbors have also spoken out against what they're seeing there. >> you make a great point, right? we don't have a whole lot invested in syria. you mentioned syria, persian gulf states, what specifically are we asking them to do? >> well, we're asking them to look at way, sanctions is one way to do it where they can tighten the noose, if you will, or really increase pressure on assad's regime. really starve them of the revenue they need to fund them of the security forces and use them against innocent civilians. you've seen where the syrian security forces have been using armor against citizen civilians. it's quite startling, it's
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horrible. we're trying to use, both diplomatic pressure and economic pressure to get them to stop doing it. >> when secretary of state clinton made that announcement yesterday, right off the bat, she mentioned iran. we know syria and iran, they're big buddy. and if and when the president of syria goes, is there a viable anti-iran opposition that might take his place? >> well, you know, it's a very fluid situation in syria. but we have seen the syrian opposition begin to take shape, begin to stand up and become more cohesive and become more broadly representative of the syrian -- of syrian society. >> but is that a worry for you? for the state department? >> not from what we' seen. we want to remain in contact with the syrian opposition as they grow. >> before i let you go, i want to talk libya here. is moammar gadhafi on the ropes
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here nor tripoli. what could he leave behind? >> there again, we've had our folks on the ground, the so-called transitional national council for some time. we have folks in benghazi, a kind of embassy or opposition, work on twha it's going to look like post gadhafi. impossible to say when he'll go, but it's clear he will go. coming up next, president obama trying to get a little r&r, but not everyone is very happy about his vacation. have i got a surprise for you! a mouthwatering combination of ingredients... i know you're gonna love. [ barks ] yes, it's new beneful healthy fiesta. made with wholesome grains, real chicken, even accents of tomato and avocado.
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reince preibus called the president tone deaf today when it comes to the americans' expectations of a president. >> there isn't a problem with a president going on vacation. but the problem is he's done deaf to the american people and what they expect out of a president in tough times. i think everyone can admit we're in an extremely and exordinarily tough time. in the second piece of this, is that the place he chooses to go on vacation, he's living out the lifestyle of the rich and famous. >> the republican national committ committee set up a website to people can send postcards. it's being called a, quote, working vacation.
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all right, now to a new story. these three men have been in prison for half of their adult lives. they are walking free today, but back then, they were convicted of brutally killing three young boy scouts during a satanic ritual in the woods and there has always been doubt in this community exactly who really committed those horrific murders. david mattingly interviewed one of them on death row last year. david, fist, let's just listen together. want to listen to the words of these three men, sfr a news conference just a short time ago. >> still very much in shock and overwhelmed. i spent almost the past decade in absolute solitary
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confinement. i'm not used to being around anyone much less this many people. >> is it bittersweet? >> it's not perfect by any mean, but at least it brings closure to some areas and some aspect, you know, we can still bring up new evidence. ke we can still continue the investigation wooes been doing and still try to clear that you are names. the only difference is we can do it from the outside instead of having to sit in prison. >> even in prison, it went on every day. you had to worry about your own safety. it doesn't matter what the crime is. you still have to worry about your safety regardless. >> jason how about you? >> i don't have to worry about what some people are going to do. i just stand with people i know and sdwrjust trust. this was not justice, you know? a at the begin, we told them the truth, we were innocent. and they sent us to prison for the rest of our lives. then we had to come here and the only thing the state would do for us is hey, we'll let you go,
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only if you admit guilt and that's not justice no matter how you look at it. they're trying to kill damian and sometimes you've just got to fight to save somebody. >> that was the first time they'd all been together in years and years. i know there was some sort of legal maneuver. they still had to plead guilty and get credit for time served, right? >> it has a name. they put in a guilty plea but they walk out free with time served. the prosecution gets its victory, they're still criminals in the eyes of the court, but they're able to walk out free and proclaim their innocence with no more obligations to serve any more time behind bars in the state of arkansas. so not a sense of closure really on either side. the attorneys are looking at this, the prosecutor is saying we are convinced that these are the guys who did it. we're not reopening this case. the defense attorneys say there's no way they would have
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let them go if they really thought they were guilty. there's going to be questions out there. the west memphis 3 is not done talking about what happened 18 years ago by any stretch of the imagination. fl there had sob tom emotionings some outbursts. >> i heard one woman yelling baby killers. one father stood up and yelled at the judge and said you're opening a pandora's box by letting people off of death row like this. the judge responded and said this is not going to make the pain go away, not for the faemts that lost their children and not for the families of these three men who lost 18 years of their lives behind bars. >> i know you've been following
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this for years. tell me how these three men were convicted. talk to me about evidence, what evidence linked them to the crimes. >> it was called a satanic panic. back then there were a lot of unsolved crimes linked to possible satanism. that's what happened here. people thought there was some sattanic ritual in the deaths o these three boys. they focused on these three. they were sort of outcasts. they stood out and they were instantly considered targets. they were able to get jesse to admit to a confession. he's known to be borderline retarded. since then, as time went by and
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emotions went away. they were looking closely at the facts in this case. there were no facts, no pieces of evidence that linked these three men to those three boys and not linking those men at all to that crime scene. >> i talk to the filmmakers with "paradise lost" embedded with these men for 1 years and kronling their lives. there were a number of celeb fis there today. who is in there? and why has this particular story become such a cause celeb. >> i saw natalie maynes from the dixie chicks. vetter from pearl jam. what atraktsed so many people to this. these kids were sort of odd. they were outcast, loners.
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they were singled out. that resonated with a lot of people who shared their similar tastes and shared their similar aloofness as they were growing p up. so there was something appealing about the lifestyle they were living and who they were when this happened. they look at them as victims and they were able to generate a lot of support as people continue to look at what they consider the lack of evidence in this case. the west memphis three might be free tonight, but while they have the support of these high-profile people and the support of others in the community, they still have the undying hatred of some of these family members who believe that they murdered their children. >> what a story. thank you very much. we mentioned your documentary prk ewe are. >> going to air it tonight again at 11:00 eastern time.
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couple of stories here. first, you have the world's largest skputer maker. also phoenix is hit by a haboob and we're learning how to prevent heart attacks. dan simon, let's begin with you in san francisco. hp, say it ain't is killing off their touchpad tablet, why? >> well, this is like, you know, making the most expensive movie of all time and having nobody come to the theatre. it's actually worse than that. hp paid more than $1 billion to acquire palm. then took palm's operating
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system called web os. it made the hp touchpad. it came out just two months ago and hp saying they're going to get rid of it. the problem is that the reviews were not very good and they just could not compete against the apple juggernaut. apple has 90,000 apps while hp had 300 and developers didn't want to touch this thing with a ten foot pole. >> it's one thing to do away with its tablet. it's another thing when you hear they're getting out of the pc business altogether. what are they left with. >> hp is still the largest technology company in the world when it comes to revenue. they make more computers than any other company. they make more computers than dell, for example. hp wants to exit that business and they want to get more into the software business. more of the enterprise business
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and compete with ibm. so they made aed by, a $10 billioned by for a bridge software company. in the meantime, if you have a touchpad, you might want to think about taking it back if you haven't taken it out of the box yet. >> next, it's called a haboob. it's the dust storms in phoenix. this is the third one in phoenix recently? >> exactly. almost the same idea of what happened at the indiana state fair. the rein comes down, hits the ground and that air splashes out and you're going to get, i'm going to call it a dust storm. i like that term better. there it is, coming down. all those air filters in those
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cars, it's all clogged now. go out and buy another air filter. you can see it just engulfing the entire city there of phoenix and scottsdale. they had a big one four weeks ago. that thing moved at 60 to 70 miles an hour because the wind was so strong. >> another state fair incident b? >> obviously no one there, but obviously still the livestock was there, wind blew threw, the same storm really that hit omaha with baseball-sized hail. as it came down through. you're very happy that was at night and no one was there. it's going to open up again around 3:00 local time. that state fair has been closed all night and into this morning. now we have harvey. getting rid of the "h" letter.
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move into roatan really and then into belize. irene and maybe jose. one could be a category something greater than one near the gulf of mexico by next week. don't go under a rock and go away for a couple of weeks. chad myers, thank you very much. next here, learning how to prevent heart disease. bill clinton ignored his own symptoms until he was forced to have surgery. dr. sanjay gupta spent more than a year here looking for heart disease before this upcoming special. he says there's a lot of things you can do to avoid surgery. >> a few months before this happened, i noticed whenever -- not every time, but often when i would do rather strenuous
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exercise -- there's really hilly areas in the town where i would climb those hills and stop and take a breath. i didn't take it seriously because every time it happened, i just lowered the exercise level. got my breath back and it was never painful. it was just tight. >> if in isn't good for my heart, i don't know what is. >> that tightness in his chest, his heart disease was well advanced. it had been decades in the making. >> you don't die with your first plaque. you develop blockages really your whole life for many, many years before it causes a heart attack or a stroke. . >> and what dr. atkinson told me next should ring a bell of hope for just about anyone.
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>> we're really seeing heart attacks and stroke disappear from their practices. it's doable. >> you're saying from what we know right now, we don't have to have any more heart attacks in this country? >> the great majority, yes. absolutely. >> it's the biggest killer of men and women, heart disease in this country. >> and it's completely preventible. >> no heart attacks ever, sanjay gupta? >> i know your dad and grandfather both had heart disease, is that realistic? >> i think for the vast majority of people it is. you're starting to hear this drum beat. if you really help prevent that. if you look at cultures across the world, there are lots of cultures that don't have much heart disease at all because of the way they eat. so if you think of it like that, you believe you can essentially become heart attack proof by virtue of your diet. no meds, no interventions, no
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angioplasty, no surgery. >> food born disease, i never even thought about it that way. you were down there looking at the health care system in cuba? >> it's a country that spends far less per capita than we do, yet their life expectancy is about what ours is and their infant mortality rate is lower than ours. i wanted to get an idea of how they do it. there's a lot to it as you might imagine. but one of the questions is -- the real concept of prevention, not just catching diseases early, but trying to prevent things from ever happening in the first place. that's where they spend their money and they get a pretty good bang for that i can buck on it. it's not the united states in a lot of way, but it's pretty interesting the way they can make it work for them. >> is it all work and no play? >> pretty much. you know how it is. >> always working, working, working.
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>> let's remind everyone here, former president bill clinton is going to join sanjay this sunday night to explore the signs that could result in "the last heart attack." 8:00 eastern right here on cnn. and that is your reporter roulette. coming up next, you heard about this? the tea party darlings get their cartoon closeups? joe johns has that coming up. when i got my medicare card, i realized i needed an aarp... medicare supplement insurance card, too. medicare is one of the great things about turning 65, but it doesn't cover everything. in fact, it only pays up to 80% of your part b expenses. if you're already on or eligible for medicare, call now to find out how an aarp... medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company, helps cover some of the medical expenses... not paid by medicare part b. that can save you from paying up to thousands of dollars... out of your own pocket.
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northwest, starting with the last election, they took a look at that election and the campaign sarah palin and hillary r rodham clinton were being treated unfairly. so now they've put out a comic book about the tea party. don't draw any conclusions about the way they're headed politically. they're apparently trying to be very agnostic about it. they don't want readers to know who they voted for. the goal is to put comics out, not pick a side, spark interest in the readers and let them study the lives of people they're depicting, you know? >> if you say this is great for parents, when do the comic books hit the stores?
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>> gosh, for bachmann, the most cent one, it's going to come out in, i think, november and the other two are supposed to come out in december. so these are some of the others, sort of screen grabs they sent me today. that's a biographical thing about michelle bachmann. and some of the black and white ones have pictures of romney in them. he looks like he's sitting in an airplane seat or something like that. but it seems to me and it's pretty clear from them, this is a work in progress. they're just sending us stuff that they're working on so you can see what they're doing. interesting stuff. good for kids who don't like to read the newspaper or time magazine. >> but enjoy a good comic or two. >> for transparency's sake, the next part of the segment, i was yelled at for looking at this script. apparently they've had a little fun with you and me in comics. so i have no idea what we're about to look at. just letting everybody know.
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jason, do we have it? it's coming, i'm told it's coming. so there's captions and cartoons. oh, boy. here it is. >> oh, wow. i love this. >> i have bad vision. i can't read it. >> look at that, that's incredible. you know, they took a drawing or something of me in a tux, i think at an inaugural ball. where's the -- and that's you on the set. >> now i'm getting the news as to what the caption says. it says, i say joe, big plans this weekend? and you say, i hope brooke doesn't ask me details about my evil weekend plans. i say, he's up to something. and you say mwah-hah-hah. to be continued. >> i have an evil laugh but not a evil weekend plans. maybe we'll have to scare something up.
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>> joe, thank you very much. have a wonderful weekend. whatever you decide to do. and still to come here. every time we flip through the channels, which celebrities to americans really trust? a list of the most trusted personalities coming in at number five, not an american. katherine middleton. 58% trust prince william's wife. morgan freeman coming in at 359%. ms. congeniality herself, sandra bullock. so there's five, four and three. r and how much the people in your life count on you. that's why we offer accident forgiveness, man: good job. where your price won't increase due to your first accident. we also offer a hassle-free lifetime repair guarantee,
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>> so you've thought about this. what celebrities do americans trust the snoes -- most? tom hanks is the second most trusted. yeah, i think i would trust him. and no one is more trusted than betty white. with 69% of the vote. she is the golden girl. did you notice, only one of those people is under the age of 40? just saying. they've earned our trust, clearly. someone i know i trust, i'm sure many of you trust, wolf blitzer. always at the helm "the situation room dwoechlt i have mad trust for you. >> i remember you did that little item from cnna atocrasy. >> i think it's odd. freezing oreos. . >> you have to be careful having a frozen oreo at night.
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they could be really tough. you could break a tooth if you're not careful. you've got to work that or owe a little bit. and make sure it melts just a little bit so that you don't have any problems. >> and this is your -- i'm wolf blitzer i eat this every night on the campaign trail sning. >> no, no, my whole life. well, not my whole life. recent years. >> who knew. i love getting little things out of you each and every year. >> have you gone to the eatocracy website? >> of course i have. it's wonderful. >> we're talking about the walkout. christine o'donnell walked off the set. she was on "the today show" this morning, calling him creepy, sexist, all sorts of other words. we invited piers to come on and defend himself. we invited her as well. unfortunately she can't do it. maybe she will be able to join
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us somewhere down the road. i moderated the senate delaware debate when she was running chris koonce. so maybe she'll join us at one point. she's out promoting her book. we'll have a good conversation with piers on that whole incident, which i think our viewers will appreciate. we're doing all the other important news, including what's going on in libya, syria, politics, we've got a lot of stuff going on. >> all right, wolf. we'll look for you in a kwoup -- cowle of -- couple of minutes. that is a woman riding in the back of a pickup truck, hanging on to a baby stroller. inside that stroller, a baby. we're going to give the woman's reason behind the ride coming up when we're on the case. but first, here's a sneak peek. this is when you get to ask me some of the questions here each and every friday. this is what we're calling the weak wind down.
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-- week wind down. does ali velsi ever sleep? i always introduce him as the man who never sleeps. i'm pretty convinced he must have a cot or something at cnn. i tried e-mailing him to get an answer for you. ali, velshi, good for you. you deserve it. top bag or hires another employee, it's not just good for business -- it's good for the entire community. at bank of america, we know the impact that local businesses have on communities, so we're helping them with advice from local business experts and extending $18 billion in credit last year. that's how we're helping set opportunity in motion. when i got my medicare card,
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and the advantages don't end there. choose from a range of medicare supplement plans... that are all competitively priced. we have a plan for almost everyone, so you can find one that fits your needs and budget. with all medicare supplement plans, there are virtually no claim forms to fill out. plus you can keep your own doctor and hospital that accepts medicare. and best of all, these plans are... the only medicare supplement plans endorsed by aarp. when they told me these plans were endorsed by aarp... i had only one thing to say... sign me up. call the number on your screen now... and find out about an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan. you'll get this free information kit... and guide to understanding medicare, to help you choose the plan that's right for you. as with all medicare supplement plans, you can keep your own doctor and hospital that accepts medicare, get help paying for what medicare doesn't... and save up to thousands of dollars. call this toll-free number now.
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>> take a look at this video captured by police. you're going to see a pickup truck and in the back you're going to see a stroller, there you go, and a woman hanging on to a stroller. there's an 8-month-old baby in the stroller. the woman told police she didn't know she was doing anything wrong. maybe the back of a stroller in a pickup truck. the woman, who is described as a friend of the family and a baby-sitter was in the back of the struck with the child. she is facing felony child neglect charges. we're going to take a couple of minutes to delve into this legal issue of this story. let's see what she had to say about why she did this. >> it's not like they give you a handbook on what's neglect and
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what's not neglect. >> i guess it's wless of a why than i didn't have a handbook. >> after i'm through laughing at that. common sense. do you need a handbook to tell you that something on wheels inside of something else on wheel -- >> that's moving. >> might move if he hits the bricks suddenly. this is common sense. you don't have to be a parent to know this. you could show this to an 8-year-old child and they could say that's dangerous. this is absolutely a felony. the child could be dead because of the level of neglect involved here. if you're representing the woman, wh's the defense? ignorance? >> that's all you can do.
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you can't say i'm justified in some way. there's no defense for this kind of behavior. and this isn't a 13-year-old baby-sitter. this is a 23-year-old young woman. if this was my client truthfully, i would throw both me and her on the mercy of the court and say judge, she didn't think it through it's lack of planning and preparation. she didn't they what was happening. she'll never do it again. >> okay. that's that story. i want to talk about this mom. she's charged with using hot sauce to discipline her kids. she talked about her parenting style. so this week she's on trial in her hometown for child abuse. the evidence being used against her. the tapes she shot herself to get this spot on dr. phil. >> why did you get a yellow card? i'm waiting.
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you don't know what you did? okay, then let's think about it in here. open. close your mouth. did you swallow it? did you lie to me? no, don't spit it. are lies supposed to come out of your mouth? no. does it make it better to lie? was it a good choice to lie about pulling three cards today. >> so the hot sauce, then also want to play one more clip. then the cold shower. watch. >> what is the consequence for pulling the card. >> cold shower. >> why are you getting a cold
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shower? >> so alaska prosecutors say the pictures are evidence in and of themselves of child abuse. >> they're absolutely right. as a trial attorney, you always want that case where you can literally say let's go to the video. in this case, that's exactly what you have. there's no doubt what she's doing to this child. it's not like one of the other children say mommy put him in a cold shower or hot sauce. and the sadder part is, one of her other children, holding the video camera. >> that's who it was? another child? >> yes. it's her oldest daughter holding the video camera to film her abusing this boy she adopted from a russian orphanage. >> my time is up. thank you for watching. now wolf blitzer starts now. >> brooke, thanks very much.

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