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and plus a grisly discovery at an airport. maintenance workers discover a body in an elevator shaft. accusations of rape and aer town torn apart and marathon trial days and it has come down to a verdict happening in 12 hour hours. tomorrow the judge will give his verdict of the trial of two high school boys who are accused of raping a 16-year-old girl who is passed out drunk. the prosecutor said that it quote made her the perfect victim while the defense called her credibility into question. >> she has a reputation and i'm not saying this or blaming or smearing this witness, because her friends told the court that she has a reputation for telling lies. >> poppy harlow has more on the testimony today, and that included the accuser taking the stand. poppy? >> hi there, don.
well, after four days of testimony, some of it very emotional in the stubenville, ohio, rape case which has divided this town and captured the national potlight, the fate of trent hayes and malik richmond, two boys accused of raping a 16-year-old girl in august lays in the hands of the judge. the defense and the prosecution both resting tonight after more than two days of testimony from the alleged victim saying that she recalls very little from the entire night of the alleged rape and says she does not remember anything from when the alleged rape may have occurred. after that happened, we heard closing arguments from both sides, and i want you to listen first to some of the closing arguments by both of the defense teams. first, you will hear from the attorney for 17-year-old trent mays and then from 16-year-old malik richmond. >> nobody calls the police.
no one calls the alleged victim's parents and nobody calls their own parents and nobody contacts anyone, and why is that? are these all bad kids? there is no dna of malik richmond anywhere. anywhere. >> and in the closing statements the prosecution arguing that this case is not about consent, but it is about substantial impairment. how drunk was this girl when these incidents allegedly occurred? >> this case is not about social media, and this case is not about big red football. this case is about a 16-year-old girl who was taken advantage of, toyed with and humiliated, and it is time that the people who did that to her are held responsible. >> and this is a bench trial meaning that there is no jury, and it is the judge who will make the final decision. we will hear his decision at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow morning, and that is when he will hand it
down. if these boys are found guilty, the maximum sentence they face is to serve until they are 21 years old, because think are juveniles. don. >> all right. poppy, thank you very much, and as poppy said, stay tuned to cnn for the verdict in kachlts it will be at 10:00 a.m. eastern tomorrow morning. a bus carrying a university sports team to a mass this morning crashed on a pennsylvania highway. the bus smashed into the tree obliterating the driver seat and ripping open the side. police don't know what caused the bus to leave the road, but the crash killed the driver and the women's lacrosse team coach who was six months pregnant. cnn correspondent susan candiotti with the details. >> don, the bus was carrying the lacrosse team, and the team's assistant coach was 30 years old and pregnant with her second child, but attempts to save her
and her unborn baby boy failed. the 61-year-old driver anthony aguitta died at the scene. the team's charter bus was heading east on the pennsylvania turnpike from seton hill in greensburg east of pittsburgh on its way to a game in millersville in lancaster county. police say that the bus veered off of the road and hit a guardrail and went 70 yards on the grass and hit a tree. the front of the bus hit a tree. the bus company is also investigating and issued a statement iss and expressing so. there are no accidents for the last two years and the bus has the satisfactory rating which is the highest allowed. the investigators are looking at everything including the weather. there was a mix of rain and snow at the time of the accident, but
it is not clear if weather played a role. investigators will talk to survivors and the lacrosse players and other members of the team to see if they can shed light on what happened. the ntsb has not decided whether to get involved. tomorrow, there is a mass at seton hill for the accident victims. don. >> thank you, susan. a football player was seriously burned after a balloon accident in miami. donte stallworth was burned and his girlfriend because of the accident, and i talked to his agent earlier. >> it was a freak occurrence and out on a leisure ride and some type of malfunction and the balloon got tangled in power lines and suffered some burns, and sieferous burns, but he is
expected to recovery fully. >> stall worth was sentenced to 30 days under a plea bargain after a previous injury in miami. his career will not be jeopardized because of the accident. and terry lynn mownet was last seen outside of a bar and celebrating her teacher of the year award, but investigators are coming up empty, but the mother is clinging to hope. >> i know my daughter is still here. she is still here and i can't think of her not being here. me not seeing her face ever again. i can't see that. no, i can't. i am not thinking about that. i'm thinking that someone is going to find her and someone is going to bring her back to me. >> more sophisticated sonar equipment is now being brought in so that crews can better search bodies of water in that area. sarah palin brings down the
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president obama selling a e creative way to pay for research into alternative energy resources. he used the weekly address to present a plan to use the money collected from private companies who drill for oil on public lands. >> now, this idea isn't mine. it actually builds off a proposal put forward by a nonpartisan coalition of ceos and retired generals and admirals. let's take their advice and free our families and our businesses from painful spikes in gas prices once and for all. >> the president said he supports increased domestic oil production along with more research into solar power, wind power and biofuels.
in the republican's weekly address kongman paul ryan talked about his plan to balance the budget. ryan said that a balanced budget would make a difference, far beyond just crunching numbers. >> but the crucial question isn't how we balance the budget, it's why. the budget is a means to an end. we are not balancing the budget as an accounting exercise. we're not trying to simply make numbers add up. we're trying to improve people's lives. >> ryan's proposal includes a repeal of the obama health care plan and makes dramatic changes to medicare through those changes -- though those changes wouldn't affect current enrollees. kongman ryan was overshadowed by senator rand paul at the c spak convention this weekend. rand paul won 25% of the vote. senator marco rubio was a strong second at 23%.
rick santorum was next and then governor chris christie. and ryan is in sixth place. senator paul benefited from his 13-hour filibuster. questioning the potential use of drones on u.s. soil. his dad ron paul won the cpac straw poll in 2010 and 2011. sarah palin she still knows how to fire up the conservative faithful at cpac. she urged conservatives to reach out to their friends and neighbors even those who disagree with them. she also rattled off a series of one-liners that had the audience laughing and on its feet. take a listen. >> we can't just ignore, though, that we just lost a big election. yeah. came in second out of two. second position on the dogsled team is where the view never changes and the view ain't pretty. you should have seen what todd got me for christmas. well, it wasn't that exciting. it's a metal rack, case for a hunting rifle to put on the back
of a four wheeler. and then i had to get something for him to put into the gun c e case, right? so this go-around, he's got the rifle, and i've got the rack. oh, bloomberg's not around. our big gulp's safe. we're cool. shoot, it's just pop. with low cal ice cubes in it. i hope that's okay. what did you think was in it? >> as for political strategy, palin took a not-so-veiled swipe at party guru karl rove and suggested that party strategists could back off their plans to help so-called electable candidates win republican primaries. the pentagon announcing it will spend $1 billion to protect against north korean nuclear threats. i'll explain next. you ready?
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north korea says its nuclear weapons are not a bargaining chip and it will not negotiate with the u.s. over its nuclear program. the angry rhetoric comes a day after the u.s. announced plans to guard against a possible north korean attack. north korea reportedly test-fired short range missiles today. south korea's state-run media say north korea fired missiles into the east sea. defense secretary chuck hagel says more than a dozen new missile interceptors will be on the west coast by 2017 to guard
against a possible north korean attack. cnn's tom foreman takes a closer look at how the u.s. is beefing up protection against north korea. >> the pentagon is acknowledging that north korea is becoming more of a global threat because of the speed at which it is developing its missile program and its nuclear weapon program. how does the military want to respond to this? at the front line, by going to the pacific ocean where the fear is that north korea on its best day might be able to launch a missile that would go all the way out to hit some parts of the united states. what are they going to do about that? first of all, they want more radar support. they want a new base in japan here, to be tracking early on what's happening. they want to beef up missiles in alaska and california and of course they want steady monitoring from ships at sea, from airplanes overhead and from satellites, all watching to see if north korea is going to launch at some point our way. how would that work? if north korea launches a
missile, all those early warning systems would send the coordinates of the flight back to these response missiles which would then fire and go up and try to hit it and take it out. ideally, they would like to hit it early on or in the middle and at a last resort, way over here. but they want numerous shots at it so they can stop it. that's really the goal. and they have to have numerous shots because this is all still fairly new technology and it's not all entirely reliable. as i said, we don't know that the north koreans at this point can really get a missile to go this far. but our ability to intercept it and stop it is also a tricky, tricky thing to pull off. look at the things we would use for this. two-stage missile, we would launch out of alaska or california releasing something like this. this is called an exoatmospheric kill vehicle. it is made by raytheon. it's got the propulsion units around there. it's got an infrared guidance in the nose. it will guide this in to
actually smash into that at about 17,000 miles an hour and tear it apart. it does not explode. this is about as big as a refrigerator. it just smashes into it and tears it apart. you can imagine how difficult that is to pull off. but this is the technology that we're trying to perfect so that we can stop the north korean technology if and when they er get it perfected and actually can threaten the u.s. mainland. >> tom forman, thank you very much. straight ahead, a grisly discovery at a major airport, the body of a man found in an elevator shaft. police are looking for clues on how he could have gotten there. . [ male announcer ] get more during red lobster's lobsterfest. with the year's largest selection of mouth-watering lobster entrees. like our delicious lobster lover's dream, featuring two kinds of lobster tails. or our savory, new grilled maine lobster and lobster tacos. my favorite entree is the lobster lover's dream. what's yours? come celebrate lobsterfest and sea food differently. [ male announcer ] visit redlobster.com now
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