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carrpathia, the ship that helped save a lot of remaining passengers but this is what she told me about how special the experience is for her. >> it is a dream come true. i always wanted to be here, write about it, read about it, seen it. i am here. it is surreal to be here. >> reporter: as she says she really has no idea how she will feel on the day, on the site, over that wreckage. she knows, brooke, it will be emotional. >> chris welch, thank you. bon voyage to you. now this. top of the hour here. so many across the country were waiting to see the moment to see george zimmerman appearing before a judge and the people got their wish just a little more than an hour ago in sanford, florida. zimmerman handcuffed, wearing gray jail house clothes, spoke exactly four words. after about two minutes the whole thing was over.
>> mr. zimmerman, just for appearing for your first appearances, our first appearance at this time for a charge of murder in the second degree and you are represented by mr. o'mara, is that true. >> yes, sir. >> remember your right to remain silent and all the other rights he told you about, you have to say nothing, and we'll go forward here on some procedural matters only at this time. after reviewing the short affidavit for probable cause i find that probable cause for the charge as put in the information. >> the special prosecutor in this case charged zimmerman with second degree murder. that came down yesterday. no plea was entered during this particular court appearance, first appearance, and as the lawyer decided not to ask for bail at this time. le stay in custody, protective custody, awaiting a formal arraignment next month, may 29th. zimmerman came out of hiding yesterday, turned himself into police in sanford, and his attorney mark o'mara says that zimmerman is afraid but he is not a flight risk.
david mattingly is live in sanford, florida, where the hearing took place. david, as we mentioned, this thing was 120 seconds in and out. we did learn some information from it, didn't we? >> reporter: that's right. even though it was very uneventful, we did get an answer to the big question today, is george zimmerman going to get out of jail today? the answer is no. in fact, that didn't even come up as a consideration. that tells us that there was no agreement between the defense and the prosecution about a bond. also, it tells us that there is probably going to be a bond hearing between now and the time of his arraignment which is at the end of may, so it is possible he may not be sitting in jail the entire month and a half to his next court appearance. we do know that his attorney was concerned about his safety, possible they may have put off waiting for a bond hearing later to arrange some sort of safe place for him to go to once he does get out of jail. at the moment his freedom is still up in the air when they do have the bond hearing and it will be up to the state, up to
the prosecutors, to prove that he is a flight risk, a danger to the community, a danger to himself and all kinds of things they have to prove in order to keep him in jail, so, again, by not getting an answer, we did get some information about where this case stands right now. >> we did get an answer in a sense as we mentioned the first court appearance quick and afterwards the attorney mark o'mara did answer question from journalists including how is your client and how is george zimmerman and he said he is frightened. >> that's right. he said his client is absolutely showing what sounds like the wear and tear of someone who has been the target of such animosity and the target of national scrutiny for so long. did he make comments about his state of mind and he summed it up saying that he was frightened. >> he is tired. it has been a very long period of time for him. he has gone through some tribulatons of his own being the
focus of the intensity of this event. he is facing a second degree murder charge now. he is frightened. that would frighten any one of us. on the other hand, i am not concerned as some others may have been before me of his focus. he wants, he is glad the process is in place. >> afterwards another interesting bit of information from a defense attorney mark o'mara. he says that george zimmerman is indigent and it is possible the state of florida will pay for his legal fees as the case goes forward. >> thank you. we'll talk a little bit more about this story the next couple of steps legally in a moment. in terms of politics today, another big story. can you believe it, the big issue in the presidential race, the two sides aren't talking the economy, not talking jobs, not even the nation's deficit. nope. they're talking about moms. >> what you have is mitt romney running around the country saying, well, you know, my wife
tells me that what women really care about are economic issues, and when i listen to my wife, that's what i am hearing. guess what? his wife has actually never worked a day in her life. >> democrat and contributor sparking a fire storm with that comment about ann romney. hillary rosen now responding to the criticism. you will hear from her next. all right, let's decide what to
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believe me, it was hard work. hillary rosen to ann d. romney next. please know i admire you and your husband shouldn't stay you are his expert on women and the economy. anyway, so there was a whole all night war on twitter including a lot of comments, a lot less civil than those exchanged between rosen and romney and so this morning the battle took to the air waves. here is hillary speaking this morning with carol costello. >> this is not about ann romney. this is about a waitress in a diner in nevada who has two kids whose day care funding is being cut off because of the romney-ryan budget and she doesn't know what to do. this isn't about whether ann romney or i or other women of some means can afford to make a choice to stay home and raise kids. most women in america, let's face it, don't have that choice.
>> she is saying ann romney has choices. she mentioned choice twice, choices most american don't have by comparison to her husband's vast wealth and here is ann romney on fox news. >> my career choice was to be a mother and i think all of us need to know we need to respect choices other women make. other women make choices to have a career and raise family and i think she has done herself. i respect that. that's wonderful. you know, there are other people that have a choice. >> i know what it is like to struggle. if maybe i haven't struggled as much financially as some people have, i can tell you and promise you i have had struggles in my life, and i would love to have people understand that mitt and i have compassion for people struggling, and that's why we're running. we care about those people that are struggling. we also recognize that this
economic recovery has been very weak. >> okay. so that's how it stood as of this morning. then early this afternoon with no further elaboration a tweet from first lady michelle obama. here was her tweet, quote, every mother works hard and every woman deserves to be respected, end quote and the m.o. signifies she tweeted that herself. i am not done yet. an hour or so ago jay carney was asked how many times as hillary rosen been admitted to the white house. >> i don't know how many times she has been here. she is not -- she is a democratic strategist. she is a cnn contributor as far as i know, and i don't know how to assess her overall relationship with people here in the white house. i have not seen her here very frequently. >> now the arc of the story all the way back around because just
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missile and carry a nuclear warhead. >> one difference between the word rocket and missile. really? honestly. so little is known about this simply, the closedness of the country, supposedly international reporters are sitting in front of a big screen tv waiting for it to launch. it is 100 feet tall, 176,000 bounds and here is how much we know. the pay load, anywhere between 200 to 1,400 pounds. kind of a big range. it means we don't know much. as the rocket takes off, does not fly over any land literally. it flies completely to the south and the boosters, the sections of the rocket will fall off and hopefully land in the water. that's the hope. the color of the flames, what they're going to look for, how high does it go, 17,000 miles per hour and forecast, at least what they're telling us, that little satellite goes up into space and 300 miles up into space and it stays there and takes pictures for peaceful
purposes. that's what they're telling us of course. who knows. i know it looked like it was make a round-robin. >> what's the trajectory. >> it is not. it is going from the launch site straight south missing south korea about 60 miles, missing taiwan about 200, and the second stage drops, not that far from the philippines. a couple miles one way or the other by the time you talk that much of distance would make quite a difference. why didn't it launch today? we don't think it was the weather. here is what it looks like now, crowds around, but that's all we had, no big problems with wind or anything like that. obviously just launching a rocket when you haven't done it very often, i can tell you by launching my son's seven-year-old rockets on the ground, sometimes they don't go straight up. sometimes they go left and right ask and we know that japan is actually put out their missiles, not the rockets, their missiles to knock this thing down just in case. does that look like the gulf war?
yes. patriot missiles they set up in case it doesn't go straight into the air as planned and so that's what you're seeing on the shores of japan with this. brooke, here it goes. another pretty shot of this. they put this together for us as the galaxy three rocket. takes off, beautiful, this is how it is supposed to work, and takes off and the first stage drops into the water and second stage drops into the water here. there is the first stage splashing. this shouldn't hit anything at all because a lot of room for the splash. the second stage, as it splashes very close to the philippines and i think by the time you get up there the jet stream could blow it left or right by a couple miles but forecast to miss taiwan and splash to the east of the philippines and take the satellite up there 300 miles and leave it up there to take pretty pictures. we'll see if that's what happens. >> i was talking to an expert a couple days ago and said they tried in 2006, didn't work, tried three years later and didn't work and here they are three years later.
we shall see. next, a father opens his newborn's coffin only to realize this baby is still alive. raphael romo, a new father i might add, talking in the commercial, that you couldn't even imagine this. how did this happen? >> as a proud father of a one month old baby boy, i cannot believe this story. this baby girl was born in northeastern argentina. you see her there in the i think baiter. when she was born they said no vital signs. they checked her a second time, still no vital signs. they followed protocol and take her to the morgue and she is placed in a refrigerated box, the way it is supposed to be. she spends ten hours in the box and the mother insists on seeing her just one last time. she wanted to just touch the baby one last time. when they do that, they open the coffin and they notice the arms of this baby are moving a little bit. the mom can't believe what she
is seeing. she faints. the father takes a second look and realizes that that baby is alive. the doctors can't explain what happened, how a baby would be alive after spending so many hours >> and two rounds of checks and ten hours in this refrigerated box. >> exactly. >> and to think that if i were the parent, i would think, my god, if i didn't do that one final check, that baby would have been buried. >> she would have died there. as you can imagine, there is an investigation. doctors, nurses, personnel have been suspended, and one thing that caught my attention is that the name of the baby has been decided already, and the parents are using the name luismelagos, the words for light and miracles and they say this is a miracle baby. >> how is she? >> she is? stable condition. i was talking to the hospital director and he says because she was only six months in gestation, she still faces a number of medical risks and they're doing all they can to
keep her alive, but she is not out of the woods yet unfortunately. >> wow. wow. that's all i can say. >> me, too. >> thank you. that's your reporter roulette here on thursday. coming up next, george zimmerman makes his very first court appearance today. a judge is assigned to his case. what do we know about this judge, seminole county, female judge and what happens to zimmerman between now and his next court date in may? a disturbing site in the gulf, an oil sheen a mile wide, ten miles long, shows up in the water and a race to find out where is it coming from next? lo. 12 tempting choices like lobster lover's dream or maine lobster and shrimp. but only for a short time. now at red lobster. i'm laura mclennan and i sea food differently.
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move much, much faster. looks like a river. more people who live together here but aren't married, we're told, are now having babies. the national center for health statistics crunched numbers between 2006 and 2010 and found that baby from non-married co-habiting couples accounted for 22% of first births and that is up from 12% in the 2006 survey and the center says all babies born to unmarried mothers nearly half of the time the moms were living with their dads. how about this one? oklahoma deputies say this woman here, this woman, has been the biggest player in the drug trade in the area and by the looks of the picture you can see why they were shocked because darlene maze is 73 years old. officers say they found $278,000 in cash and four pounds of marijuana in her home. >> i can't believe this. this is a lady that my grandmother's age and i can
never many a million years picture my own grandmother doing this. >> 73. investigators believe maze is responsible for 40% of the local pot trade. all right. 47 days after he admitted shooting trayvon martin george zimmerman went before a judge for the first time to answer four trayvon martin's death. no plea. no bail request. the judge did set a formal arraignment date. that is may 29th. sunny hostin is on the case and do me a favor, walk us through what happens to zimmerman now really between today and the arraignment on may 29th for the second degree murder charge. >> sure. we know that he is being held without bond right now and his defense attorney has indicated that one of the first things he is going to do is try to put together a motion for bond and so he wants to try to get his
client out on bond so he can work with his client and because prison can really beat down a defendant prior to trial. i suspect that the next thing we will hear is a hearing, a bond hearing for george zimmerman. at that bond hearing the prosecution would have to show that he isn't eligible for bond and the defense would have to show that he is eligible for bond, that he isn't a danger to the community, that he isn't a flight risk, that he has ties to the community and that he can be safe outside of of course prison. so i think, brooke, that's probably where we are going. i thought it was very interesting today that not only in setting the arraignment date of may 29th we also found out who this case is before. you and i, brooke, covered a bunch of cases together now and so you know as well as i do it is important who the judge is. >> who is she. >> we learned the judge here is jessica reichiedler, and i think
i have the name right at this point. she hasn't been a judge for very long. she graduated from law school in 1997, stetson university, a lot of experience trying civil cases and board certified in civil litigation and get this, she is also a former prosecutor. she was a state's attorney, assistant state's attorney in florida. what i also found fascinating as i look into they are background, when she was running for office she describes herself as a mother of two who is concerned about the safety and security of the community where she was born and raised. she says it was very important to her. so now she is dealing with a case in which a young man, 17 years old, a child, under the law has been murdered. so very, very interesting choice for judges to are this case. >> we'll see, we'll be learning
i know a lot more about her and i wanted to pick up on a point we were discussing yesterday when we had an idea that george zimmerman would be charged. you were talking about the idea of maybe under charging, going for a lesser charge, ie in this case manslaughter and now we know he is facing a second degree murder charge. what about the idea of over charging? might a prosecutor throw out murder two, expecting, perhaps, that it will get knocked down to manslaughter? possible? >> no. the prosecutors don't charge that way. that is because in good faith when you bring a very serious criminal charge against someone like second degree murder, have you had to evaluate the evidence and determine that you can prove that case, that charge, beyond a reasonable doubt. >> you believe it. >> you don't just charge a case because you hope someone will plead out to a lesser charge. it is not how it is done. this is a seasoned prosecutor, and seasoned investigators, so what i suspect and you're right we were talking so much about manslaughter because i thought
with the evidence that we know, that that would have been the appropriate charge, but i suspect that there is evidence that angela corey and her investigators and her office know that we don't know. so i suspect that there is some evidence, there must be, to support this higher charge of second degree murder. >> exactly right. we don't know. eventually perhaps we will. sunniy, do we ae favor. we're not finished. i want your legal opinions on the fox news mole so an employee rips his company, goes public online, calls himself a mole and gets busted. legally speaking what can a company do to a rogue employee like that? we'll talk next. that's why i take doctor recommended colace® capsules. i have hemorrhoids and yes, i have constipation. that's why i take colace®. [ male announcer ] for occasional constipation associated with certain medical conditions, there's colace® capsules. colace® softens the stool and helps eliminate the need to strain. stimulant-free, comfortable relief. no wonder more doctors recommend it. say yes to colace®!
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scenes information, dirt, and what started out as this anonymous column on the website gawker. of course it didn't take long for fox powers that be to sniff out said mole. here is what we got this morning from someone speaking on behalf of fox news quoting here, has already been fired. once the network determined he was the main culprit in less than 24 hours he was suspended late yesterday while we pursued concurrent avenues. we're continuing to explore legal recourse against mr. muto and possibly others. so this really isn't a story about fox news. this is really just a lesson for all of us. not to spill your secrets about work. i mean, you really can't be anonymous, can you? >> you can't be. it is somewhat of a cautionary tale. i love the moniker, fox mole. that's true. we're in the digital age now. can you truly be anonymous once you're online or on the computer? there is just no question that you have that digital footprint.
i think we have a shot of -- do we have a full screen of some stuff that the fox mole said? >> do we have it? >> i think we do. there you have a picture of him and we also know about what he said. they nailed me. in the end it was the digital trail that gave me away. of course, because if you're using your office computer, they know that someone using my computer log in had access to sources for two videos that ended up on gawker over the past few weeks. they couldn't prove it entirely. i was pretty much the only suspect. well, as i was saying, of course you are the only suspect because you are using your computer at work and we know once you have that digital footprint, you can be found out. >> don't do it. take away. don't do it. what about the legal action? we saw the response from fox. what kind of possible legal action could you face for really airing this dirty laundry about your company in public? >> you know, i think employers
are getting very aggressive these days about pursuing legal action against employees that are bad mouthing a company's reputation on facebook, on social media, especially when using company property. so there is a slew of things that perhaps fox news could have legal recourse to, but bottom line, brooke, oftentimes employees don't have contracts, they're employees at will which means they can be fired for no reason or any reason at all, so if you do this kind of thing, not only are you open up to some perhaps civil litigation, you can be fired for it so that really i think is the cautionary tale here. employers are getting very aggressive in terms of protecting the reputation and of their company and of course their property as well. >> and especially in a news organization. it is our business to get information, so not surprised
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you heard about the bomb threats at the university of pittsburgh. look at this. this was last night, the students, police on campus, a bomb threat forced students into the streets while police investigated. same thing happened at 5:30 this morning. think about it, a second bomb threat gets you out of bed at 5:30 in the morning. it is really nothing. consider these numbers. pit received about 70, 70 bomb threats since midfebruary. i am talking 12 this past monday alone to. to stay it is tense on campus is an understatement. listen to this student. >> the people next door to me, they have discussed a few times going back home and for some of them i just live in west ford, not a big deal but for some, one from delaware and the other side
of pennsylvania, so it is a commitment when you're scared enough to resign the semester and go that far and know you're not coming back. >> michael, i will bring you in here. i know you're on the phone. he is the editor of the student paper, the pitt news. michael, pull up the web page here. this is your paper's web page. looking at it, updated headline, seven campus buildings receive threats. i understand that number is old. what's the new number? >> that was actually most recent number. we already reported on the five that were evacuated at 5:30 this morning. they were brought back in and people were allowed to reenter 6:30 or so and the next round of threats started about 11:00. it was six at once and a few minutes later a seventh came in for panther central, the administrative building and a dorm complex. this is the second time we have received 12 threats in one day.
the previous time that that happened was this past monday. this is actually the 12th day straight we have received at least one threat a day. >> i am sitting here just shaking my head. i can't imagine this happening day in and day out. i understand there was some sort of 24 hour window and there weren't bomb threats and that was news. what happens when these threats are called in? what are students saying? >> well, a lot of students have had varying experiences. as you mentioned before, dorms have been evacuated in the middle of the night. one dorm in particular, lynchfield towers, primarily freshman, has been evacuated six times now and three in the middle of the night. so there is that experience which is as we heard students tell us very stressful, very confusing. they don't know where they can go. they're going to allow being them into academic buildings and people are ep onning up homes and apartments to the students
and there is other students who live off campus and are students, faculty, staff, living off campus and having classes canceled and then people within the community that have been receiving these constant texts and calls and find of following the whole thing that there is a really wide range of experience. >> frustration, i am sure, no matter if you are mad or sad or you're wondering am i going to even have class today, am i going to finish this semester because i am sure it is disrupting a lot of classes. let me get to the investigation angle and that being we know there was an arrest made yesterday, a 65-year-old man charged with making threats to pitt professors. is he the suspect here? >> well, if he is, police have not told us yet. the most information that we have gotten was the statement released by pitt about ten hours or so after he was arrested that basically said that they were continuing to conduct the
investigation and didn't make any explicit statement whether or not this angle from new york was in any way involved with the threats on campus, and after he was arrested there have been i want to say 16 threats in various campus buildings and mostly dorm to hers >> it continued on. i know you're graduating in two he weeks. i want to say congratulations and i hope that somebody doesn't call in another bomb threat on graduation day. >> hopefully not. >> hopefully want. thank you, sir, for calling in. best was luck to you. back with important money advice about your mortgage. state right there.
1. time for the help desk with answers to your financial questions. we have a financial planner and president of objective advice.com and thank you both for coming in. first you, gary, question came in from south carolina. this person wrote in they have a pretty large amount of credit card debt, over ten years, and they now have enough money to pay it off. the question is should they pay it off at once or set up a payment plan to pay it off gradually? >> first of all, congratulations if you're about to pay it off. almost everyone is going to want to get rid of it in the entirety unless the credit card somehow negotiated 0% over a long period of time and you will want to wipe it out and the only other real exception is if for some reason they wanted to accept cents on the dollar, it is something you might meaning not pay the full amount to pay it
off all at once and why carry high interest debt a second more than you have to. >> exactly. absolutely. carmen, your question is from paul in ohio. when i go the divorced a bought a condo for 125,000. it is now worth around 80,000 and i no longer live there and still owe 114,000. >> he is under water. >> and not living there. >> he can hold it which to see if it actually grows in value in any way. then he can sell it, or he can short sale and go for a short sale which means it would sell for less than he owed and it is a difficult process but a good responsible way to do it or walk away. if you walk away it goes into foreclosure and destroys his credit. he needs to make that judgment call on his own. what of those three options does he want to do. >> does it change it for him and viewed as an investment property. >> there is ant lot of help for folks on the second property. it has been to be a primary residence to qualify for those
>> let's get a quick check with wolf blitzer. nice red tie today, wolf. what do you have coming up? >> did you know why i'm wearing a red tie? >> no clue. why? >> the washington nationals home opener. >> i was there for the first game. >> i love baseball to begin with, but i was happy to see -- they're doing well right now. in case -- i think they're in the ninth inning against the cincinnati reds. >> good to know you're checking on that. >> checking on important subjects. >> i'm checking on north korea
also, because that window is opening whether or not they're going to go ahead and launch the rocket, supposedly a satellite rocket although u.s. officials and most of the rest of the world believe they're testing some sort of missile device. so there's deep concern about what's going on in north korea. we'll be all over that story. hilary rosen will be joining us in a few minutes and she's caused quite an uproar for comments she made on "a.c. 360." we'll talk about the fallout because she's getting a lot of negative reaction, not just from republicans, but from plenty of democrats. have you heard about congressman allen west, what he said that's causing a huge uproar, the republican congressman in south florida suggesting that there might be 70 or 80 members of the communist party in the u.s. house of representatives. what is he talking about? we're going in-depth on that as well. so we have a lot coming up right here on "the situation room." >> i know you're a big
basketball guy. stay tuned for this. this has a lot of you talking, the thought of nba players getting millions to play ball, but some stars suggest they should be getting paid more representing their countries at the olympics. >> i'm about to talk to an nba legend, former "dancing with the stars" contestant, fellow tar heel about what he thinks. who is this star? that's next. in america, we believe in a future that is better than today. since 1894, ameriprise financial has been working hard for their clients' futures. never taking a bailout. helping generations achieve dreams. buy homes. put their kids through college. retire how they want to. ameriprise. the strength of america's largest financial planning company. the heart of 10,000 advisors working with you, one-to-one.
before we talk basketball, sadly the word chicago ask violence have been used in the same sentence a lot. there is a man that is trying to do something early by intervening. rapper, activist, common. join me at 3:00 eastern. and this next story i know it got all of you a twitter. it definitely got people on my team riled up. millionaire athletes suggesting they should be paid to play basketball in the olympics. wade now says he was only responding to a reporter's questions on the issue and doesn't expect to be paid. here's basically what they're saying that these pro players see themselves as a business and playing in the summer takes them away from making money during the off season and not to mention the extra wear and tear on their bodies, so i wanted to talk to an nba player who has been there and done that. guess who i have on the phone? rick fox, former l.a. laker and,
rick, awesome having you on. i know you played in the olympic team, the year of the dream team. can you imagine these pros, these guys being paid to be in the olympics? >> personally, no. i can't imagine it happening. for me, i think it's an honor to represent your country. i can understand when professional athletes are negotiating constantly for every minute of their time, whether it's appearances, endorsements and contract negotiations to play that they can get swept away with always looking at the world from a business eye, but there's -- there's 50 to 60 other nba players worthy of olympic participation and would jump at the opportunity if for any particular athlete. that time in the summer is more valuable in other ways. >> there was a great article that came out in "forbes."
they may not get a check cut from the olympic committee, but they're certainly getting money from endorsements. if i'm nike and i'm adidas and some of the guys are wearing my jersey or some shoes, that still makes them some money, correct? >> oh, it does. it further enhances their brand as champions, as heroes in the eyes of their fellow citizens, and maybe the conversation of compensation is addressed maybe dwayne or other athletes want to address that with the nikes and the individual endorsements that they represent. as a bonus and if they stand out there and have success as a gold medalist. dwayne wade said, i'll quote him. i never asked to be paid to play, what i am referencing is there there is a lot of olympic business that happens that athletes are not a part of and it's a complicated issue, but my love for the game and pride for
the usa motivates me more than any dollar amount. >> the olympics is definitely big business and in an era where professional athletes really, you know, really are compensated well for their services, some more than others, rightfully so, i think the service that comes along with that title of representing not just your professional team that you play for in that community, but your country as a whole. you think the service men and women out there that serve us and serve this country and put their lives on the line, the olympics are a gathering every two years where your country is represented amongst other countries and you always want to send your best, and if you're one of the best you should receive that honor and step out there if you're able to do that. >> one other question quickly, the olympics aside, dwayne wade suggested that college athletes should be paid. 20 secondses. do you agree? >> i do. i think there is some