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danger ♪ ♪ and it seems to me, you lived your life like a candle in the wind ♪ ♪ if a candle could pull out two pistols at a press conference ♪ ♪ and you said the u.s. called earthquakes and you outlawed coke zero, and on your shoulders stood your parrot with the matching red beret ♪ >> thanks for starting your morning with us. we've got much more ahead on cnn's sunday morning which cnn's sunday morning which starts right now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com good morning, everyone. i'm brianna keilar in for randy
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kay. we start with a wild story about jennifer capriati. she's accused of assaulting and stalking an ex-boyfriend. brandon says capriati punched him several times. her reps called the accusations over exaggeration. cnn's legal contributor, paul callan joining me by phone. paul, how serious are these charges of stalking and assault in florida? they are kind of serious, right? >> reporter: well, they can be, brianna, because florida has one of the strictest stalking laws in the country. most places it's a misdemeanor charge, a minor charge where you face probation or community service. in florida they have a felony provision where you actually can be sentenced to state's prison in a particularly serious case. now we don't know what is involved in this case, whether it would rise to that level or, indeed, if charges will ever be formally brought, but it's in the a good place to be charged with stalking.
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>> no. paul, apparently her ex-boyfriend is alleging at least half a dozen incidents of stalking. if, say, his lawyers are able to establish a pattern here, will that be damaging? >> yes, that will be highly damaging to him. there are claims being made by the boyfriend that there have been seven prior reports of stalking-like behavior, phone calls, text messages. there's also a claim that this wound up in front of a florida judge once before when apparently the boyfriend sought a restraining order, so there appears to be a long history here of things going on between these two people so we have to see what they announce. of course, also, bear in mind you kind of laugh usually about a guy bringing criminal charges because a girl punched him in the chest, no offense, brianna, but when the girl happens to be a former olympian, you know, with a great search, she
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probably throws a pretty good punch to the chest so maybe in her case we could understand why charges might be brought if in fact she assaulted her ex-boyfriend. >> their history, does it tend to be her reporting any incidents involving him or is it really just him reporting incidents involving her? >> reporter: well, most of the incidents that i'm picking up in my research about their history seems to be him making complaints about her as opposed to the other way around. now i have seen a report that her attorney has vehemently denied this and said that she's really the victim here and she is not a stalker and adamantly denies being a stalker. so, you know, a judge will have to sort this out, and prosecutors will have to sort this out. these sorts of domestic claims, you know, sometimes it's called domestic abuse if married people are involved, get sorted out by
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prosecutors and sometimes there's merit to them and sometimes there's not. >> and sometimes it's a he said she said thing and we'll have to wait and see how it plays out. paul callan. thank you. >> reporter: nice being with you, brianna. a winter storm has dumped more than a foot of snow in colorado. it's making driving pretty dangerous on interstates, canceled more than 400 flights in denver and along the continental divide crews had to shoot artillery shells into the side of a mountain to spark a controlled avalanche. demolitions are along the massachusetts coast. the storm left 1 dozen homes on plumb island uninhabitable. residents have long fought coastal erosion. they said the federal jetty system is making the problem worse. a federal jury has granted one of the largest civil rights verdicts to an ohio man who spent 11 years in prison for a
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crime he did not commit. david ayers was awarded $13.2 million. he was freed in 2011 after dna tests cleared him in the killing of a 76-year-old woman at the public housing complex where she worked. the city attorney in cleveland, which is on the hook to pay, says officials are, quote, disappointed and considering their options. it is a day of rest at the vatican before one of the biggest weeks for the roman catholic faithful. starting on tuesday, 115 cardinal electors will begin the process of voting for a new pope, but there is also controversy as a cardinal in the conclave is accused of covering up child abuse by a priest. cnn's senior international
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correspondent dan rivers joins us now from rome. he is just down the street from the vatican. dan, the cardinals begin voting on tuesday. what is the likelihood that they'll pick a new pope right away, that it may take a day or two, or will it take longer, do you think? >> reporter: the honest answer is, no one knows. back in '92 it took five days. subsequent conclaves where they've voted for a pope are shorter. some three days. no one knows. i think it's highly unlikely given that there's no obvious front-runner that the new pope will be chosen on tuesday. i'm guessing it will be wednesday, thursday, friday. no one knows for sure. today is the last day when the cardinals who are potentially going to be the vote or vote for the pope will be out giving mass in their various churches that they're affiliated to in rome. this church behind me, beautiful church just down the road from vatican is santa maria dell
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marco is affiliated with marc ouellet. he's not here right now. we understand he will be here later this evening. >> so, dan, these cardinal electors are essentially choosing from amongst themselves. are there any front-runners that are standing out at this point? is it too soon to tell? >> reporter: it is too soon to tell. i mean, you know, there are favorites depending on who you ask. the italians, obviously, are hoping that angelo, scerla, the bishop from milan. they have 11 voting cardinals, hoping for someone like that. shawn o'malley or tim dolan from new york, the new york archbishop, pretty unlikely, but it's possible. a reforming, a radical pope might be able to come in and tackle the sex abuse scandal
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which is one of the big things they're going to have to deal with. perhaps the austrian archbishop, brianna, he's taken a top line on this. but there are about ten different cardinals, argentine in a, brazil, peter turkson from africa, from ghana, so it's a wide open field. it's interesting because you need a super majority, 2/3. 77 votes. so it's going to be someone who is a compromise candidate probably. someone who appeals to various different sections of the cardinals, not someone who is an outright favorite. i think someone who's a compromise candidate. that leaves it wide open. >> they certainly have their work cut out for them as this abuse case is raising questions at the vatican. dan rivers for us in rome. thank you for that. former south african
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president nelson mandela is back in the hospital. officials say it's just for a routine checkup though. the 94-year-old civil rights icon was hospitalized back in december for a lung infection and surgery to remove gallstones. since then he has been recovering at home. a retired fbi agent missing overseas. he disappeared one day after arriving in iran. next we'll hear from his wife making a plea for his safe return. [ male announcer ] if she keeps serving up sneezes... [ sneezing ] she may be muddling through allergies. try zyrtec®. powerful allergy relief for adults and kids six years and older. zyrtec®. love the air.
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this weekend marks six years since a retired fbi agent vanished overseas. bob levinson was working as a private investor when he traveled to kish island, iran.
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he disappeared after being there for only a day. bob's wife is joining me on the phone. christine, today happens to be your husband's 65th birthday, which must be tough for you, not having him with you. >> yes. >> i'm wondering, can you tell us if there's any new information about him? >> unfortunately, there is no new information about him. it's very discouraging, but we are going to keep looking for him. >> you have a contrast of your husband since he disappeared. he looks much thinner. his face looks gaunt. you're concerned about his deteriorating health. you've been told he's been seen by a doctor. how do you know this? >> i've just heard it from people who have said that they get the information. it's just third hand. it's not direct contact. >> christine, that's one of the
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things that's so confusing about this because the iranian government says it has no involvement except that i know that there's skepticism definitely on the part of the u.s. government. what do you think? who do you think is holding him? >> honestly, at this moment in time i have no idea where he is or exactly who's holding him, all i know is that he is being held against his will and has been for the past six years and it's time to bring him home safely. >> how have you dealt with this? six years, this is the man that you built your life with. how do you -- how do you sort of hang in there? i know you say you're discouraged but you're still working very hard on this. you've been to iran to try to raise awareness about this. what has it been like for you? >> it's been extremely difficult but we take it one day at a time and we hope every day that this will be the day we hear he's coming home to us. >> on the fifth anniversary of his disappearance the fbi announced there will be a $1
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million reward for his safe reward. this is the sixth anniversary. friday the white house released this statement. finding him remains a high priority for the united states and we will continue to do all that we can to bring him home safely to his friends and family. so they may begin to heal after so many years of extraordinary grief and uncertainty. in 2011 the state department said your husband was being held somewhere near the border areas of afghanistan, iran, and pack kigs stand. are you confident that this award is going to help bring him home and really what kind of demands do you think need to be met from the captives? >> i think that this will help, however, i don't know what whoever is holding him is looking for because even with the pictures and the video, they have never given us that information. >> christine levinson, i know this is a tough weekend for you,
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the sixth anniversary of your husband missing in iran, and today his 65th birth day which would be a big one obviously that you would celebrate with him. thanks for joining us. i really appreciate it. >> thank you. fighting as a woman but born a man. my interview with the world's first openly transgender mma fighter who's taking heat for keeping her past a secret. [ anouncer ] ihop is in time square to compare new griddle-melts to your usual breakfast sandwich. a lot more flavor. [ anouncer ] ihop's new griddle melts... made fresh and hot!
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good morning, washington, d.c. a live look at the white house. got a couple of lights coming on there this morning. gorgeous day in the d.c. area. 63 degrees and mostly sunny expected today. we're going to take a look at these pictures. that is fallon fox as coming out
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after the first open transgender fighter. she won her first two professional fights in the first round. last weekend's 39 second win during a fight for florida's championship fighting alliance. >> fallon fox escaped. they're both back up on their feet. >> these girls are getting right into it. fox takes a knee and that's it. fallon fox, that's it. >> holy cow. what a beautiful knee. right to the chin. >> very brutal sport it is. some of fallon fox's opponents are calling foul though appealing their losses arguing they should have known about her background. this weekend i spoke to fox and "sports illustrated's" loretta hunt about the controversy. >> the medical community stands behind me in that and there's no
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unfair competitive advantages, which is the argument from those who oppose my competition have said. >> and when did you sort of give us an idea of when you started with the martial arts. was this before or after your gender reassignment surgery? >> i started training in 2008, which is about two years after my gender reassignment surgery. my first mma match was about a year and a half ago. >> so you've only ever trained and you've only ever been involved in this sport as a woman. are you surprised by some of the reaction that you're getting, both some of the negative and some of the positive? >> it doesn't surprise me that much. i think that some people have a tendency not to pay attention to science in general, which is the way that we find out about the world around us. it's just a thing that happens to human beings. but i think for the most part
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the reaction has been positive, it's just some people -- some of our -- some of society just doesn't get it yet. what we're trying to do right now is to inform people and let them know about transgender athletes. >> loretta, you broke this story. it's sort of interesting because this is an issue that has come up in other sports, right? talk to us about the mma and whether fighters are required to notify if they are transgender and how that compares to other sports. >> right. well, in terms of mixed martial arts, this is our first known case of a transgender athlete essentially coming out and revealing her medical history. in terms of fallon having to notify her opponent, at this point the state commissions, and they all have their different set of rules for jurisdictions, are essentially racing to accommodate and bring in some kind of transgender policy, specifically florida and california where her licenses
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are either active or pending. fallon at this point would not have to tell her opponents she is transgender, and in terms of what rules are in place in the coming months, i suspect she will have to let the commissions know and they will test her appropriately. >> what do you think ultimately may happen here? >> i think it's going to take a couple months. fallon is in a tournament and she's moved to the semifinals with her win march 2nd. she is active in florida. her license is under review due to a discrepancy. her license is still active. it's not frozen in any way, however, the florida boxing kmiks staing next week is going investigate and look at some type of transgender policy to bring in. i think it's going to go through a process that will take about a couple months, and once that policy is in place i believe
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fallon will be able to fight. >> fallon, this is something that's very personal for you to talk about. why did you decide at this point that you wanted to discuss this and share this with the world knowing full well that you would get a lot of attention? you were obviously prepared for that. >> right. i didn't plan on coming out. there was a reporter that contacted me and was digging. apparently he was told rumors that i was transgender or transsexual. that's the terminology that i like to use so i pretty much had no choice because he was digging around asking people about me. so if it wasn't for that, i would have preferred to keep my personal medical history to myself because that's what -- it's a matter. it's about my personal medical history and i don't think that everybody should have to reveal their personal medical history if they don't feel that they want to. >> florida's boxing commission is now reviewing fallon's fighting license. fox can't fight in the state until they make a decision on her future. i also spoke with fox's last
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opponent, who you saw in that video, erica newsome, and her agent, matthew hansen, saying they wish they had known their opponent was born a man before the fight. >> just knowing what you're getting into, you know? not having any disclosure of something of that nature, you know, it puts a lot of stress after the fight obviously, you know, as this story's breaking, but, you know, it's something that the managers know that they should disclose and which they didn't. >> to read more and check out all of these interviews visit cnn.com. a box of wild animals in a very unlikely place. we will show you where these little guys were found. but first let's check in with dr. sanjay gupta with a look at what's coming up at the bottom of the hour. good morning, sanjay. >> reporter: it's hard to believe that swaddling a baby has actually become controversial, so we decided to call one of our favorite guests to tell us about it and also how to appropriately swaddle.
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