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reach many more thousands of children and we'll do that as funds allow us to. >> many more thousands of children to be supported by an organization already feeding half a million children daily in 16 impoverished countries. >> it's so much about the will of people to share a little of what they have in order that these children can be fed. >> you can get more information on cnn heroes.com. and that's it for us tonight. from the cnn center, this is cnn saturday morning. it's august 20th. good morning. i'm alina cho. we are watching a developing story in libya. forces are closing in on
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tripoli. will leader moammar gadhafi flee or stay and fight? a man in new mexico rescues a little girl who is about to be kidnapped. being called a hero, but now he could be deported. take a look in the back of that pickup truck. yes, it's a stroller and there's a baby inside. find out what happened next. but first, let's get to libya and the situation their right now. libyan officials are denying that moammar gadhafi and his family are looking to leave tripoli. that as leaders are closing in on the strong hold. one spoke to our sarah seidner. >> reporter: how long do you think before you are able to push into tripoli? >> hopefully in a couple of days. >> reporter: a couple of days? you think it will be that soon? >> i think so. we are controlling 80%.
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>> now if gadhafi is not leaving, he could be planning a last stand in tripoli. our matthew chance is in the libyan city right now. matthew, gadhafi has been in power for 42 years. is it possible he could leave? >> reporter: i would not really act. as far as public statements have gone, so far, alina, the leaders have denied any preparations being made for colonel gadhafi or his family to leave libya. to the contrary, what colonel gadhafi is saying in gathering in the central swear in libya, they will defend tripoli, but he will lead that fight from the front, as it were. certainly, his public statements are not confirming helps rumors or rebel claims that he is
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positioning himself to leave tripoli. i would not entirely rule that out. who knows what is being negotiated behind the scenes. >> matthew, there are reports that residents are fleeing tripoli and there is a crime wave under way. what are you seeing there on the streets? >> reporter: we are not seeing either of those things. one of the reasons for that is we are confined to the luxury government hotel in the center of the city. we are not allowed to leave except without the government-minded folks. it is difficult for us to get a sense of what is happening in the city. certainly, the people we have spoken to on the trips we do get taken on in and around tripoli, people are very angry. people are very fearful as well.
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not least because that every night now and this has been happening over the course of the last week. nato has been stepping up air strikes off various positions inside tripoli. they have been told what they consider to be military installations. the military installations are in residential areas. this is an impact on ordinary libyan citizens living in tripoli because of the air strikes. a terrifying thing happening several times a night now. >> and that has been going on for weeks. matthew chance live for us in tripoli. matthew, thank you very much. more pressure on syria as the president assad battles to remove him from power. watch.
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a scary situation there. opposition spokesman says 29 people were killed yesterday when security forces fired on protesters in several locations. this video is from earlier this month. the eu is calling for an embargo on syrian-crude oil. on thursday, washington imposed stiff economic sanctions on syria. oil and gas make up about one-quarter of the syrian economy. back in the u.s., the car that played a central role in the casey anthony case is now scrap metal. an assistant for the attorney representing anthony's parents say the car was crushed in a junkyard. the prosecutors say the odor in the trunk was human decomposition. convicted criminals and those who pose the greatest threats to national security and public safety are the
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undocumented immigrants most likely to be deported under a new policy outlined by homeland security chief janet napolitano. her department will focus on criminals and those who violated immigration laws as they be begin reviewing the 300,000 deportation cases that are backed up in federal courts. a senior official says right now nearly 80% of deportation cases involve people without a criminal record. he is being called a hero, but now fears about being deported. antonio diaz's wife says he has been living in the states for years illegally. last week, diaz witnessed a girl being grabbed and chased the van until the van crashed and diaz
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grabbed the girl. >> just the fact it could have been us. it could have been us as worried parents longing for her to come home. i don't know. just the fear of what could have happened. >> the 29-year-old van driver has been charged with kidnapping and child abuse. a bizarre scenario playing out involving three men convicted of killing three boys in west memphis, arkansas. these are the 1993 mug shots of jason baldwin and jessie misskelley and damien echols. they pleaded guilty, but maintained their innocence after being set free. >> we told them nothing but the truth. we were innocent. they sent us to prison for the rest of our lives for it. we had to come here. the only thing the state would do would let us go only if you
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admit guilt. that is not justice. >> i'm tired. you know, this has been going on for over 18 years. it has been an absolute living hell. >> even when you are in prison, you have to worry about your own safety. it doesn't matter what the crime is, you have to worry about your safety. >> prosecutors say the three were safe to set free. google goes global. take a look. google is expanding its street view to brazil's amazon and rio rivers. the web search engine is training people to collect images of the region. google wants to give a sense of what it is like to live and work in places most of us never see. meteorologist reynolds wolf taking a look at the weather. that is cool stuff. >> amazing stuff. amazing stuff. >> you probably already knew about this? >> are you saying i'm a tech geek? >> i think i am. >> i think you would be right.
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i am a geek. i'm a geek that follows weather. we have a ton to talk about today. we have rough weather across the midwest. the same time in the tropics, we have two systems that we are watching. one a named storm and one that may soon become a named storm. things are heating up. rough weather in parts of pennsylvania last night. we will touch on that, too. alina, great to have you here. reynolds, thank you. coming up, a story that really makes you wonder what was she thinking. take a look at this video. in case there is any doubt, what you are seeing is a woman in the back of a pickup truck hanging on to a baby stroller with a baby inside. i'll show you how that plays out next. nationwide insurance, what's up ?
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could you hang on a second here? i'm trying to have a sip of my coffee. we came back faster than i thought. what would you do if you were driving along and in the truck, you spotted a baby stroller with the baby inside? it happened in florida. we just happen to have the video. a florida woman, kiona davis was sitting next to the stroller. you see her hanging on to it. she said she was hanging on to it and did not realize how dangerous it was for the baby in the stroller. davis was arrested and charged with child neglect. 911 was flooded with calls. >> 911. >> there is a truck going down mason avenue baby stroller in the back of the truck with the baby in it. >> it is not my child. i was watching a child for my
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friend. i got my first child when i was 16. >> there is an excuse i have not heard out before. we reached out to davis' attorney and he did not return our calls. the department of family and children is investigating. they are saying no child should ever ride in the back of a pickup truck. they could be thrown from the vehicle and suffer serious injuries. all children should be properly restrained in moving vehicle was child seats for children aged 5 and younger and seatbelts for children of all ages. well, flash floods in pennsylvania. >> horrific story. >> serious stuff. you have a lot of weather going on. including a tropical storm. let's get to it. >> the first thing is we have to talk about what happened yesterday. a mother and two children that are dead after a flash flood
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that struck parts of pennsylvania. it is one of the situations where you have the rain that falls heavily, alina. when it happens, things pile up quickly. a mother with two children. they were pinned by the flood waters into a tree and, of course, beyond the reach of rescuers. there are still people missing as we speak. this happens every single time there is flash flooding. we tell people you never want to drive through water with flooding. that was the situation. >> obviously you never expect something like this to happen. heavy rains were in the forecast? >> you are right. you are definitely on to it. there was heavy rain in the forecast. did they expect this scenario play out? not at all. let me show you something else. we have a chance of rough weather. this time off to the west. namely into the ohio valley and in places like st. louis. you have the area of low pressure. this frontal boundary. by late afternoon, especially, is where we could see strong storms and the potential for flash flooding.
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keep that in mind. you have to be careful. one of the key components to having the weather get rough in spots has to do with temperatures. if you have high temperatures and a frontal boundary coming through, that is enough to make you have a very unstable atmosphere. with that, the chance of the strong storms. 86 in new york. 69 in los angeles. the high in houston is 99. 84 in new orleans. we are keeping an eye on the tropics. we have the latest storm. this one happens to be harvey. not expected to have any effect on the united states. it could effect belize into sunday. it will be a heavy rain producer. there is a chance for flash flooding there and maybe mudslides. farther back out in the inter convergence zone. this is a 70% chance from the national hurricane center to see this become a named storm. if that holds true, it will
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bring it to the west. it will extrapolate out and it will more through san juan, puerto rico and jamaica and cuba is in the mix and south florida. we are a long way and each and every day that passes, this system could really veer. more to the north or south or diagonal. uncertainty with this at this time. this is the season we have to really watch the tropics. >> it has been fairly quiet as seasons go. >> it goes all the way through november 30th. there is a lot of time we could see more development. >> don't i know it. i used to work in local news in florida. i covered many a hurricane. thank you very much. coming up, what would you do if you found millions of dollars, $45 million to be exact and you kept it and no one noticed? what crews in japan did about this. and this woman went to the
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♪ i'm a survivor ♪ i'm a forgiver i survived waking up at 3:00 this morning. you are waking up to a live shot of lady liberty. high of 86 today. a little foggy this morning with a slight chance of rain. welcome back to cnn saturday morning. it is probably the last thing thousands of people on social security expected. being declared dead. now that's bad enough, but then they have to convince the social security administration that they are still alive. our allan chernoff. >> reporter: that quote applies to thousands every year. including one elderly woman we met who receives some untimely news from the social security
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administration. margery is a healthy 94-year-old. the social security administration thought she died four years ago. >> you look very much alive to me. >> i feel alive now, but at one time i didn't. >> reporter: was that because of what the social security administration told you? >> yes, exactly. in fact, one clerk looked me in the face and told me i was dead. i said i'm standing here. >> reporter: she went to the bank to get cash, but her atm card would not work. a bank officer cut the card up in front of her and said an according to our records, you're dead. >> i said i did not feel dead, but she insisted i was. >> reporter: to your face? >> yes. >> reporter: someone inside the social security administration had accidentally typed an incorrect digit while recording the number of a person who had recently died. leading the computers to believe
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margery was the decedant. when someone is deceased, the social security number is recorded in the death master file raising the risk of identity theft for those who have had the insult of being declared dead. the social security administration says mistakes happen and there is no process where there is zero mistakes. we try to correct these situations as quickly as we can. margery had the issue corrected and notifying social security. both social security and citibank mailed apology letters, but the memory of having been killed off remains a bitter one. >> a dreadful experience to go
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through. you laugh and your friends joke with you, but you are feeling sad about it. >> reporter: social security says it could be nearly error free if every state participated in a computerized system called electronic death registration. only two-thirds of the states do because of a lack of federal funding for the program. alina. >> allan, thank you very much. coming up, your home, your possessions, everything you own is swept away. then you find more than $48 million lying around in unclaimed, untraceable cold hard cash. then the jetsons finding a home in china. take a look. a city straight from the future. we will take you there in the morning passport next. that one day on the red hills of georgia, the sons of former slaves
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it's 24 minutes after the hour on this cnn saturday morning. nadia bilchik joins us. we talked about first responders and crews in japan cleaning up after the earthquake.
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they found about $48 million in untraceable cash? this is obviously a place that is cleaning up, to say the very least, and it is an awful situation. they could have kept this cash. what did they do? i'm guessing they didn't keep it. >> they handed it back to the people. it is not totally untraceable. there are about 57,000 saves that were found. in it were the bank books and land registries and title deeds. that was returned. what is extraordinary is the bags, purses and wallets that were found. of those, people found cash and literally 85% of the cash that was found has been returned. >> to whom? >> to people that they found identity in the wallets and purses. doesn't it take so much about japanese culture? going back to the japanese culture and people who know the
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japanese say this extraordinary kindness toward each other. >> and honesty. >> yes. from cities that are rebuilding to a city in china that is being built, as you said. last week, we brought our viewers of an eco city outside of beijing. 100 miles outside of beijing. it is the first eco city. >> we have a mock up of what it will look like. >> the models. what is remarkable is we had an architecture firm contact us once they saw the piece last week. kevin kennon's office said we love your piece. kevin kennon is designing one of the power for the eco city. >> that is extraordinary. >> the first choice was the very famous chinese-american architect i.m. pei. he could not do it.
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kevin has the bio-fillic design. it means man sensitive to nature. it is inspired by the growth of bamboo. you will notice it has double-panelled glass. that makes it very eco friendly. very sustainable and energy efficient? why? in cold weather, it maintains heat and in the hot weather, it maintains being cool. you have the tower designed by an american architect. we will follow this eco city. >> it is extraordinary. when i was back in north korea in october, i stopped through beijing. i was struck by how modern beijing was. the hotel was among the most beautiful i ever stayed in in my entire life. it was extraordinary.
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it doesn't entirely surprise me this is happening 100 miles from beijing. thank you for the story. i'm glad you will watch it, nadia. thank you for joining us. coming up, they pleaded guilty, but proclaiming their innocence after more than 18 years. the west memphis three are now free to prove their innocence outside of prison. you will hear from them next. in one place. ♪ the front-row tickets you never bought. the lucrative investment you never made. the exotic vacation you never took. but there's one opportunity that's too good to miss. the lexus golden opportunity sales event, with exceptional values on the lexus rx. but only until september 6th. see your lexus dealer. what if we designed an electric motorcycle? what if we turned trash into surfboards?
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it's 30 minutes past the hour. i'm alina cho. t.j. holmes is off this morning. in libya, rebel leaders say they are days away from moving in on the capital of tripoli. that comes as u.s. officials say gadhafi is preparing for a last stand. libyan officials are disputing rebel claims that gadhafi is seeking refuge for his family. a leader tells sara sidner that they are days away from moving in. a long battle for tripoli is unlikely unless gadhafi decides to fight to the end.
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>> discipline forces and ammunition. it could be ugly there. it could go on for days just like the fighting in misrata that went on for days. my guess is that is unlikely to happen. i think if gadhafi goes into tripoli and pulls in there and it goes against him, he will struggle for a way out. once he goes into tripoli, there is no other than just saying okay, we surrender. we lay down our arms. give us a political solution. he has lost his bargaining position by going into tripoli. my guess is he is not going in and if he does, it is not going to end up in a misrata-like combat. >> rebel leaders say a former libyan prime minister has joined the opposition. checking our top stories.
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29 people are reported dead in syria after a day of chaos and violence. all part of what protesters say is the continual crackdown on dissent by the government. this after the u.s. imposed stiff economic sanctions against syria. north korea leader kim jong-il is in russia. he arrived by armored train and will meet with medvedev in syria. on another note, north korea has agreed to talks with the u.s. about returning the remains of thousands of u.s. soldiers killed during the korean war. it was another rough week for stock markets. in new york, the dow closed down 4% for the week. capping a fourth straight week of losses. markets are volatile because of fears of another u.s. recession
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and uncertainty in europe's financial system. they spent nearly two decades behind bars charged with the murders of three second graders. charged with a crime they said they did not commit. these are the shots of jason baldwin and damien echols and jessie misskelley. they pleaded guilty, but maintain their innocence. our david mattingly looks at both sides of the case. >> reporter: after more than 18 years behind bars, the men known as the west memphis three find that freedom has a bitter taste. >> this was not justice. we told nothing but the truth. we were innocent. they sent us to prison for the rest of our lives. we had to come here and knowing that the state would do is a we will let you go only if you admit guilt.
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that is not justice no matter how you look at it. >> reporter: in a complicated deal, jessie misskelley and damien echols and jason baldwin admit their guilt. the west memphis three go free, but not free of the word murderer. >> it is not perfect. it is not perfect by any means. at least it brings closure to some areas and some aspects. we can still bring up new evidence. we can continue the investigations we have been doing. we can try to clear our names. the difference is doing it from the outside instead of sitting in prison. >> reporter: after their entire young adult lives spent in prison, what next? they have the support of celebrities like eddie vetter. they also have the relentless hatred of some of the families of the murdered children.
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in the outburst, a father yells to the judge he is opening a pandora's box. >> i don't think it will make the pain go away to the families. i don't think it will take away a minute of the 18 years that these three young men served in the department of corrections. >> reporter: prosecutors say the case is closed. they have the guilty pleas. others, including the father of one of the murdered boys, say they still want answers. >> i have been on their side. i have been fighting for them hard since 2007 when i realized that i was wrong. i had to make many amends to people. i'm still standing and fighting for justice because they are innocent. they did not kill my son. >> reporter: the west memphis three saved from a lifetime
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behind bars, now facing a lifetime of questions. david mattingly, cnn. coming up, hitting washington insiders where it hurts the most. that would be money. why the ceo of starbucks is cutting the purse strings on political campaign donations. first, the months-long drought in texas is costing the farmers in texas a fortune. what do you think? $1 billion? $2 billion? $5 billion? more? we will tell you after this. en e . but with 24-hour zyrtec®, i get prescription strength relief from my worst allergy symptoms. so lily and i are back on the road again. with zyrtec® i can love the air®. ♪ [ recorded voice ] onstar. we're looking for city hall. i'm sending directions to your car.
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$2 billion? $5 billion? the answer is a staggering $5 billion. the drought in texas is one of many huge and costly natural disasters in the united states this year. the total cost according to the national weather service is more than $35 billion. nine of the disasters cost $1 billion each or more. reynolds wolf is with us now. reynolds, how do the natural disasters stack up in terms of cost? >> it is amazing. the tornado outbreaks. we had several this year. first in the southeast and in the ohio valley. including tuscaloosa, alabama. $9 billion. the cost in lives to me means more. 327. 327 deaths. hard to believe what an active year in the midwest and southeast. joplin, missouri. $7 billion in terms of cost. 177 deaths. you fast forward into the drought we had in the southern plains and southwest. the heat wave and wildfires.
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$5 billion. it is hard to believe. especially with something like this because unlike a tornado or hurricane, which happens to be a very quick-strike event, this is something that happens over a prolonged period. the ramifications may be felt for years to come. a brutal thing. we still have a ways to go. another big thing that costs money. the spring and summer of 2011. the mississippi flood. just an an amazing year it has been. no question about it. here is how they stack up again. midwest and southeast tornadoes. $2.3 billion and nine deaths. the groundhog day blizzard. a cost of $2 billion and 36 deaths. and the midwest flooding with $2 billion. we have a ways to go. as we mentioned earlier, a lot
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of these things, the potential of hurricanes. we have through november, possibly, to deal with. >> it has been a quiet season. reynolds wolf, thank you. texas governor rick perry has been in the race for less than a week. he was greeted by both supporters and protesters on the campaign trail. you will hear from the protesters at the look at the week in politics after the break.
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well rick perry's week-old presidential campaign has both supporters and critics. watch what happened thursday in
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portsmith, new hampshire. >> stop attacking middle class families. >> the criticism did not seem to faze perry. protesters held signs warning the texas governor to back off my social security, which perry has criticized as a ponzi scheme and failure. campaign cash that will be less caffeinated, if you will. starbucks ceo howard schultz wants to penalize lawmakers for the debt and debt talks. listen to his rationale that he shared with cnn's "your money." >> let's send a powerful message to washington that we want to see change. unfortunately in this case, that change, i think, and the signal of change is about the fact we will not contribute anymore
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money until we ask for congress to go back to work and reach a long-term debt ceiling deal that will remove the cloud of uncertainty in the world. i think begin to focus like a laser on the most important aspect of the american economy, which is job creation. >> good for him. there is this from christine o'donnell who took out the tv commercial to explain why she wasn't a witch. she was able to disappear in mid interview on cnn's "piers morgan." watch. >> don't you think if i was a host, if this is what we want to talk about, this is what i should address? >> not really. you're a politician. >> i'm being turned away. we turned down another interview for this. >> where are you going? you are leaving? >> well, yes, she did ultimately
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leave. the following morning, o'donnell wanted to stop the "border line sexual harassment." o'donnell was on the show to promote her book. texas governor rick perry is campaigning in south carolina this weekend. he grabbed the spotlight after jumping into the crowded gop field. paul steinhauser looks back into the week. >> what a difference a week makes. he's out and he is in. >> i declare a candidate as president for the united states. >> in the week since rick perry jumped in, he has grabbed the spotlight thanks to tough talk by ben bernancke that sparked controversy. >> if this guy prints more money
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between now and the election, i don't know what you will do to him in iowa. we would treat him pretty ugly down in texas. printing more money to play politics at this particular time in american history is almost treasonous. >> perry took on former massachusetts governor mitt romney. >> take a look at his record when he was governor and look at my record. >> romney trying to keep his focus on president obama. he did not bite. >> i'm not looking to be in a give and way. >> and what about michele bachmann about winning the straw poll in iowa last weekend. >> what we saw happen today is this is the very first step toward taking the white house in 2012 and you have just sent a
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message that barack obama will be a one-term president. >> we expected the congresswoman from minnesota to basking in the media spotlight. on the campaign trail in south carolina the past few days, bachmann has had trouble making headlines other than getting criticized for this. >> under president bachmann, you will see gas come down below $2 a gallon again. that will happen. >> meanwhile, the man who almost beat bachmann in the straw poll, ron paul of texas, opened up in new hampshire and told our wolf blitzer he is not worried. >> i try to keep doing my job and presenting my case. >> the trail quiets down in the next two weeks as the candidates try to earn campaign cash. alina. >> paul steinhauser, thank you. the face of washington is
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a beautiful shot of the capitol. it is 69 degrees. great august day there. washington is about to change. next week, the martin luther king jr. memorial will have the dedication ceremony. we will give you a sneak peek of the site right now. josh joins us with that. >> it is amazing the dedication has a week leading up to it. activities are going on monday. people from around the country and world can already get a sense of what it is like right now with this tour. we are going to keep watching this. organizers say this is designed to evoke the memory and spiritual presence of dr. king. it has several separate sections here including his famous quotes and sermons. it is focused on four themes. democracy, justice, hope and
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love. the centerpiece i can show you. we will zoom in on this. this right here is the statue of dr. king. i can control it with the panoramic view right here. what i can do if i click on it, we can zoom in. you can see the words on the side of the statue itself. it is a 30 foot likeness of him. on the side, it says, "out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope." i know it is dark on your screen, but it comes from the "i have a dream" speech where he said those words. this statue of him is a stone of hope that is coming out of this mountain of despair in the background. symbolic in the way it is designed. let's take a look at the google earth. the location is significant. the speech took place at the washington memorial. it set up as a triangle from the
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memorial to the monument. washington memorial is the most known site. the lincoln memorial, he delivered that speech on the steps right there. when we zoom around to the other side, you will see the reflecting pool and you will see the martin luther king jr. memorial is beyond that on the other side. the site of the memorial is right there on that site of the tidal basin with all of the sites. >> you will see a mall that is more closely reflecting the diversity of our great nation. >> we have a lot that you can see, including everything i can show you. show my page on facebook and twitter. you can see all of the interactives i showed you now. including the special section devoted to cover of dr. king.
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>> josh, did you know i'm on twitter now? >> i did not know if you wanted to announce it. welcome. >> i'm a late comer. join me. follow me @alinacho. join us next week for the ceremony. a child's last shot for finding a home for a four-legged best friend. leaving the little guy on a stranger's door step and a $100 bill. we will tell you why and how this story plays out next. we take it on ours. this summer put your family in an exceptionally engineered mercedes-benz now for an exceptional price during the summer event. but hurry, this offer ends august 31st. what if we designed an electric motorcycle?
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coming up on two minutes before the top of the hour. taking a look at stories across country. in illinois, a rodeo cowboy and
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horse are okay after a rough ride and nasty fall. look at that. the rider was trying to stay on the bronco for eight seconds, but the horse was bucking too hard. it slammed into a railing and fell. the horse and the cowboy are fine. a man in washington state found a dog abandoned in his driveway. he thought that was unusual, but the note attached to the dog's collar broke his heart. we have more from chris daniels of cnn affiliate king. >> reporter: high above lake washington in the kirkland neighborhood, paul wu pulled his car out of the garage and did a double take. >> i was trying out and he was just right there. >> reporter: it was a dog he had never seen before. >> he would not go away. i found this around his neck. i saw some paper. it says open. i opened it up. i find a note.
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it says, "please take care of mr. b. then find him a good home." he is a king charles cavalier spaniel. six years old. my parents got divorced and mr. b. was supposed to go to the pound. i think he has a better chance with you. this is my birthday money. >> he is used to kids. >> reporter: robert heard the story at the office he shares with wu. >> i know god will take care of mr. b. everyone loves him. especially me. it makes you wonder what kind of spot they are in. >> reporter: he agreed to take the dog home to his wife and three kids where the cavalier is acting happy and healthy. but they still wonder what the full story is behind the curious case of mr. b. >> all i want to do is let the person know that we found him a good home.
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>> that's a happy ending. mr. wu says he hopes things will be fine with the child as well. from the cnn center, this is cnn saturday morning. it is august 20th. i'm alina cho. t.j. holmes is off this morning. we are watching a developing story in libya. rebel forces are closing in on tripoli. will its leader moammar gadhafi flee or stay and fight? i'll get a live update from tripoli in a moment. a new york grandmother is being evicted. now the building's owner may have a way for her to stay. the next time you shop online, you may want to protect yourself with a virtual credit card number. what is it? we will explain. first, the developing situation in libya. rebel forces tell cnn that four arab nations have been asked to
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take in moammar gadhafi's family. libyan officials are denying that. this comes as gadhafi may be preparing for a last stand in tripoli. rebel fighters have been battling gadhafi forces less than an hour's drive from tripoli. sara sidner and her crew has been watching the battle for one key city on the approach to the capital. >> reporter: just a 40 minute drive from tripoli, rebels battle closer to the capital. this is the city of zowea. if you could not see the firefight close up, you could hear the deafening sounds reverberating through the city. so it is just getting too close. there are snipers on tops of building. there are loud bangs and artillery fire. we have to get out of here.
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despite the firing around him, he was confident of victory. considering the fighting is fierce here. how long do you think you could push into tripoli? >> hopefully in a couple of days. >> reporter: a couple of days? >> a couple of days or one week. >> reporter: you think it is that soon? >> i think so. we are controlling 80% of the area. >> reporter: to push forward, they need to secure the whole city. the gadhafi army is doing everything it can to keep a hold of the town. >> reporter: why is zawiya so important? zawiya is the most direct supply route to tripoli. as of now, the rebels have captured the refinery. there is a lot of oil left in the storage tanks. the opposition fighters say this is not about oil, but securing their homes and neighborhoods.
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most of the town is shuttered. abandoned by frightened residents. this family is staying put, including the children. although missiles and mortars are falling around their home. >> a person doesn't feel safe. the rockets hit us every night. we are resisting in our homes. we do feel fear. especially for the children. >> reporter: she and the rebel fighters are convinced the end of the gadhafi regime is near. most here agree, trying to take control of tripoli will be one hell of a fight. sara sidner, cnn, zawayri, libya. >> let's get the latest our
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matthew chance in tripoli. the state department spokesperson told cnn it is impossible to say when he will go, but it is clear he will go. is that wishful thinking? >> reporter: to some extent, it is. although colonel gadhafi is watching his control shrink rapidly. especially in the last three weeks. that firefight that sara is seeing is a key battle. there is still fierce fighting east of the town between gadhafi loyalists and rebels backed by nato war planes over libya. that will be a decisive battle. it is already having an effect of cutting the main supply route into tripoli and along with the other rebel advances in the south and east of the capital. it has had an effect of circling tripoli and cutting it off from
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any flow of supplies. that is having a real impact psychologically on the residents of the town that is putting pressure on the regime. who knows what will happen in the days and weeks ahead. >> matthew, i know you are limited in where you can go. severely limited and you are watched by government minders. you are confined in large part at that hotel. you can describe for us what you hear and see out the window. you witnessed a lot of nato air strikes. have they picked up recently? >> reporter: they have. i think over the course of the past four or five days or three or four days, nato has really been stepping up its attacks on various targets inside tripoli. every half hour or so, there is a huge thud somewhere in the city. last night, we saw smoke rising from areas not far from this government-controlled hotel where we are confined to. every couple of days, the
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government minders take us out on a trip. today they will take us to the site of an air strike. yesterday they took us to a place which had been hit by nato missiles. it turned out it was the house of the intelligence chief of libya. although that was hit, the school next door was damaged. they are very keen to show us what has been struck by nato. >> matthew chance, it reminds me of my time in north korea when you are watched by the government minders. matthew chance in tripoli. thank you very much. more pressure on syria as president assad battles to be removed from power. watch. opposition spokesman says 29 people were killed yesterday when security forces fired on
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protesters in several locations. this video is from earlier this month. the european union is calling for an embargo on syrian crude oil. on thursday, washington imposed its own stiff sanctions on certi syria. oil and gas make up one-quarter of syria's economy. back in the u.s., the car that played a central role in the casey anthony case is scrap metal. the assistant for the attorney that represents her parents says the pontiac was crushed in a florida junkyard on thursday. prosecutors claim that the odor from the trunk was human decomposition. casey was cleared of killing her 2-year-old daughter, caylee. he is being called a hero, but he is afraid he could be deported. antonio diaz witnessed a man
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grabbing a girl in his neighborhood. he jumped in his truck and chased the van until it crashed and diaz rescued the girl. >> the fact it could have been us on the other side. us as worried parents longing for her to come home. i don't know. just the fear of what could have happened or what could have been. >> the 29-year-old van driver has been charged with kidnapping and child abuse. a lot going on in the weather department and reynolds wolf is watching it for us. good morning. >> good morning. we certainly had rough weather last night. especially in parts of pennsylvania. it looks like we have another chance of severe weather. this time it will move back across parts of the midwest and into the mississippi valley. not only that, the tropics are he heating up.
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a mother and two children are dead after flash flooding hit pittsburgh yesterday. the storm submerged several cars in the highland park area. the woman and kids were inside as the flood waters receded. at last report, authorities are looking for another woman who has yet to be found. it is 12 minutes after the hour. i want to get a check on the forecast with reynolds wolf. the flooding situation is awful in pennsylvania. i had no idea it was that bad. >> it is the number one severe weather killer. there is a chance we could see a scenario like that take place today. not necessarily with the same nightmare effect.
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let's pop over to the wall. right now, the heavy rainfall in central missouri. not far at all from parts of i-80. you see st. louis and springfield. rain will more in those areas. kansas city is getting a break. the rain moving through. kansas city, you are not done just yet. if you look back to the west, we have redevelopment in wichita. keep the umbrellas handy. the rainmaker today is due to a couple of reasons. you have plenty of moisture from the gulf of mexico. that is item one. item two, the frontal boundary which is going to bring in a little bit of instability with enhanced lift. that area of low pressure is going to be the kicker. that with the daytime heating will bring the chance of thunderstorms. with that, yes the potential of flash flooding. the southern plains, hot and humid. scattered showers over the four corners. highs in the northeast in the 80s and 90s. 84 in boston. 91 in washington d.c.
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69 in los angeles. 96 in el paso. you are up to speed. back to you, alina. >> reynolds, are you on twitter? >> i am. >> are you @reynoldswolfcnn? >> yes. >> i will tweet you a picture during commercial. an 82-year-old woman in brooklyn is fighting eviction from her home. watch. >> it means everything. i have put everything into this house all these years. >> she is a pistol. she says she is the victim of predatory lending and won't move without a fight. we will have her story after the break. can up when you're on the road to recovery. proper nutrition can help you get back on your feet. three out of four doctors recommend the ensure brand for extra nutrition. ensure clinical strength has revigor and thirteen grams of protein to protect, preserve, and promote muscle health.
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♪ i was thinking that i hope this never ends ♪ ♪ yeah, i was just thinking ♪ i hope this will never end a woman in brooklyn, new york, has lived in the same home for 42 years, but soon she may be getting kicked out. the great grandmother says she is the victim of predatory lending. and just like a tough new yorker, she is not leaving without a fight. our susan candioti reports. >> we want justice for our people. >> honk your horn. >> reporter: early friday, supporters rallied outside the home of 82-year-old mary ward. a marshal was due to evict her from the only home she has known since 1969. >> i have put everything in the
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house. >> reporter: ward ran into trouble in the mid 1990s when she refinanced to raise cash to fight for custody of her great granddaughter. she was hoping to cash out $10,000. >> i looked at the check when he handed it to me. i almost passed out. $1,467.51. >> reporter: far less than the $10,000 she expected. she still has a copy of the check. >> the very next day, i went to the district attorney's office. >> reporter: the lender turned out to be shady, but ward could not get the loan rescinded and the house fell into foreclosure. after a long legal battle, her home was sold at auction three years ago. the new owner wants her out. >> i have no intention of leaving. if they break in and take me, i will not resist. >> reporter: cnn was inside ward's home when her local assembly woman interceded. setting up a meeting with ward
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and the new owner. >> the marshal will not be taking any action today. >> reporter: after the closed-door meeting, cnn caught up exclusively with the owner. he told us he is considering a prop proposal from her lawyers to allow her to stay in her home. >> i had a meeting with them. we try to work it out. >> you could not come to a resolution? >> i did not get a chance to talk to her. this is the first time. >> reporter: do you think you can come to a resolution? >> i will talk to her again. thank you. >> reporter: ward, the proud granddaughter of a slave, returned home from the meeting to cheers. she is safe from eviction for a few more weeks, but after that, her fate depends on whether her lawyers can strike a deal with the owner. >> it will be hard.
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but justice will be done. and soon. dignity for all. they are trying to take away our dignity. they will never take my dignity. >> reporter: area politicians say it is often african-american women who are targeted by predatory lenders. some of the key players from the old company is back in business. cnn was unable to reach them for comment. susan candiotti, cnn, brooklyn. >> let's hope she is able to stay in her home. coming up, making a way to look out for your credit cards and not get them hit by hackers. we will look at virtual credit card numbers.
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welcome back. when you buy something online, do you hesitate before typing in your credit card number? so what if you had a special number that would not compromise your account if the hacker got a hold of it? clyde anderson joins us. we are talking about virtual credit card numbers. i have to admit, they have been around for a while, but i have not heard about them. how do they work? >> it is interesting. a lot of people have not heard about these instant numbers. the beauty is they do exist. we know identity theft is one of the nasty crimes. to protect us in the age where we make online purchases, this is a dummy number to make online purchases. you can limit it for the amount of time to use it and have an expiration date. >> so this is a number that you
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can get through your bank or credit card company and it has an expiration date. you can use it once or a couple of times or a month? >> that is the beauty. you can set it up and decide to have a certain amount. it will expire after a certain date. you can have it for a one-time purchase. you can choose depending on the provider. it makes it a requirement to use at certain web sites or for a certain period of time. if they use the number, it will probably not work at another provider. >> is it free or does it cost anything to get it? >> that is another wonderful thing. that is a free service that is available to really help protect you. a lot of people don't know it is there. i think it is a great tool to protect you. you have to be careful because it will expire. it will have a certain date that it will expire or amount that can expire. if you are going to rent a car
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and rent online, you have to remember you will have a different number when you show up. >> i want to ask you this because nothing is foolproof. you say this is hacker proof. how is that so? i don't want to get too techie on people. explain how it is hacker proof. >> the number is a special number that is encoded. if you say you want to use this one time and at abc web site, it will happen. you use the card one time. if somebody else uses that card, they know it is fraud. there are ways around this. hackers have probably already found this. it is limited. the thing is you have to make sure you dispute anything that happens on your credit card that you feel you are not responsible for quickly. the quicker you notice it, it is key to look at the bills. >> clyde anderson, i'm glad you are holding down the fort in new york. say hi to my friends there for
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me. >> i'll hold it down. >> thank you. enjoy your saturday and your weekend. a surprising health story for you this morning. the club drug ecstasy is being tested as a possible treatment for cancer. we'll have that story next. [ waves crashing ]
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