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today. it's been miserable in central florida. take a look at this weather that sat on top of orlando. the wind and tornado warnings shut down the match underway. tiger woods was leading the tournament when the downpour started. >> thousands gathered to hear
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the new pope lead sunday prayer. he broke with tradition, greeting the crowd in a jeep instead of a bullet proof pope mobile. he urged husband followers to shun corruption and greed. secretary of state john kerry has strong words for iraq's prime minister. kerry's visit to baghdad comes amid concerns over iraq's role in syrian conflict. if you haven't heard the news yet, the winning powerball ticket for $338 million was sold in new jersey. the winning numbers are 17, 29, 39, 22 and 53. the powerball number is 31. the largest powerball jackpot in history was back in november. it was worth close to $588 million. do not adjust your calendar. winter is over, but good luck
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trying to tell people that in the great plains. today. some parts of kansas city, missouri got nine inches of know today. they're working to get the power back on in thousands of home. heavy snow shut down many in colorado today. no snow in atlanta to report for the line of severe thunderstorms overnight that knocked down trees and made officials worried enough to issue flood warnings until late tomorrow. let's talk to a couple of our affiliate reporters who got bad weather duty today. kelly cook is down in wet soaking florida today, and chance walter is in indianapolis. kelly, to you first. you really got beat up today. did anything come out of those tornado warnings?
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>> yeah, we're talking about winds at about 2:30 this afternoon. gusts of winds up to 86 miles per hour. those are hurricane force winds. they have reports of a plane that actually flipped over. there's another example here in orlando of the strong winds we saw here. we saw this treetople over. inside a woman said he was huddled in a bathroom with her mother. she came outside and she found this, don, a tree that fell on top of her car. he said she's only had it for a year now. it is a total loss. we have examples like this all across central florida. localized flooding, power outages, heavy rain. they believe it was possibly a tornado that touched down here in southern orange county and southern lake county. what's worse, we are expecting a little bit more of this rainy and high wind to continue on into the evening. >> okay. chance, how much snow are you snowing there in indianapolis today, and are people taking it
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in stride? >> yeah, not too much actually. less than a half an inch. this parking lot that i'm in was black top a half hour ago. the snow started to fall rapidly, and we have just enough to give it a nice white glazing. most of the bulk of our snow is expected to come soon. they're keeping a close eye on this thing and to pulling resources wherever necessary. so the intensity of this storm has been on again, off again, on again, and we're kind of in the middle of an intense part of this thing right now. >> chance walter in indianapolis. thank you. we appreciate it. now to the brutal killing of tom clements who was shot dead in the doorway of his own home. and police say evan ebel is a
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suspect in the shooting. he is linked to a white supremacist group. they believe he was killed in a shooting with sheriff's departments. colorado governor john hickenlooper is also friends with the suspect's father. >> is sort of felt like i was caught in a nightmare i couldn't wake up from. all these things kept happening. it was people that i loved, and then didn't seem to be connected in any way. so me the emotional toll has been much deeper than worrying about security. >> a memorial is set for tom clement tomorrow morning. >> three marines who died in a shootout have been named. losabio lopez, a decorated machine gunner who served tours of duty in iraq and afghanistan was the man who gunned down two
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of his colleagues. they were both killed by the tactics instructor. a relationship dispute is believed to be behind the shooting. to ban or not to ban has been the question on capitol hill and in communities across the countries. while a national assault weapons ban may have been all by killed in the senate last week, the fight isn't over. a group of mayors led by michael bloomberg is starting a national campaign ad this week hoping to force congress to act. but gun supporters are firing back. athena jones has more. >> they are stepping up their campaign to try to win support for new gun measures. >> i believe in the second amendment and i'll fight to protect it. but with rights come responsibility. >> mayors against illegal guns, led by new york mayor michael bloomberg, is pouring $12
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million into ads like these to push congress to act on guns. >> closing loopholes will stop criminals and the dangerously mentally ill from buying guns. >> reporter: here's the mayor on nbc's "meet the press." >> there are an awful lot of people that think this is one of the great issues of our times. >> reporter: the ads will air in 13 states starting this week to pressure democratic and republican senators home for spring recess to support comprehensive background checks. the senate will debate a bill that includes those next month. >> we're trying to do everything that will impress upon the senators that this is what the public wants. >> the national rifle association is running its own ad. >> with universal background checks, we know what you mean. >> reporter: and nra ceo wayne
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lapierre also promised to continue the battle against regulations he said won't work. >> it's a dishonest premise. there's not a bill on the hill that provides a universal check. criminals aren't going to be checked. they're not going to do this. in tucson and newtown and aurora, they are not going to be check. >> vice president biden urged congress to support them. >> the loudest voices have to be for those silenced voices, close to 3,000 since newtown gunned down on american streets, homes and neighbors. >> reporter: vice president biden talked about gun control again last night at a speech to a democratic congressional committee issues session. he said this is going to be quote, one hell of that fight,
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and it's going to require the support from districts with heavy gun ownership. >> thank you. the supreme court prepares to weigh in on same-sex marriage, while this is what's going on in france. a rally against gay marriage gets violent. all right that's a fifth-floor problem... ok. not in my house! ha ha ha! ha ha ha! no no no!
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police fought the huge crowds with tear gas and riot gear. protesters are against the law. they approved a bill for everyone last month. it's up for a vote in the senate in april. right now people are lining up outside the supreme court trying to get front row seats to history. the court tackles same-sex marriage in less than two days. justices will hear arguments for the first case on tuesday involving california's proposition 8, the ban on same-sex marriage. the second strs on the defense of marriage act which defines marriage as between a man and a woman. has been covering this very extensively. john, you recently followed some gay couples. i looked at some videos you had this morning, trying to get married in mississippi, a state
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that bans same-sex marriage. here's a clip of that. >> this application is a record, and it is a permanent record. but we're showing it's denied. >> i can't imagine what it might be like to be in your position, to have to tell people who clearly have a home together, share things and love each other -- >> i appreciate you all -- >> that's part of a story on by john sutter. also with us is ryan anderson of the heritage foundation. he's also written on this issue for ryan's most recent column argues that the court should not rewrite marriage laws. so first to john. what compelled you to get so invested in putting together
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these pieces on same-sex marriage for >> i think there's an incredible amount of bravery in that clip. mississippi is one of 29 states where gay people can be fired simply because of their sexual orientation. you can be evicted simply for being gay. i think it's important to try to broaden this conversation about lgtb rights in this country. it's not just about marriage. that's before the court this week, but there are a host of ways that our laws discriminate against lgtb people and basically give them second-class citizen status. >> ryan you said you don't believe gay marriage should be legal and you took issue with what's happening at the supreme court. why did you take issue with that, and you took issue with a pediatric study that came out this week saying that parents with children were well off even with gay parents and it made sense to be better kids even if they had been with single
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heterosexual parents. >> sure. just to clarify, the issue here is not legality. in all 50 states, there's not illegal about same-sex marriage. two people of the same-sex can live together and love each other. they can work at a place of employment that will give them same-sex benefits. the issue is whether or not the supreme court will define marriage for everyone. >> wait, wait, you said same-sex marriage is not illegal? >> it's not illegal. there's no laws against it. when something's illegal, it's criminal to engage in that activity. >> that's not true that it is illegal. they can't be married. >> gay -- >> hang on, let me finish. >> you interrupted me. >> well, i'm the anchor of this show, so i can interrupt such as i want and then i'll let you talk. it is a matter of semantics.
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>> no, no, it's not illegal. when something is illegal, you go to jail. >> i said let me finish. it's a matter of semantics, because it is illegal. people don't have the same rights. you can't see in many places people in the hospital, people who are sick. you don't have the same rights under tax laws, you can't have the same benefits. it's not legal to be a same-sex married person in many states. >> again, i disagree with you, because when something is illegal, you can go to jail for doing it. it's illegal to kill, it's illegal to rape, it's illegal to steal. being in a same-sex relationship is not illegal. it's not a matter of semantics. you're using the wrong terminology. >> you're using the wrong terminology. being married in certain states is illegal. >> go ahead, ryan. go ahead. >> i don't really think it's absurd. i think you're being a little
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rude. i think a lot of americans -- >> i don't appreciate you coming on -- >> they want laws to reflect that. and it's not a matter of legality. the matter is what is marriage. >> if it wasn't legal, it wouldn't be going to court to legalize. >> it was going to redefine -- >> it's going to the supreme court so that it can be legal across the country. it's not going to be redefined. that's not why it's going to the supreme court. >> it is. right now the federal definition for marriage is between a man and a woman, a husband and a wife, a mother and a father. right now marriage is defined in 41 states and the federal government as a union of a man and a woman, a husband and wife. and the case before the supreme court is asking the court to strike down those laws and redefine that, and use the force
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of government to force everyone to accept the new definition of government. >> if each of you has 30 seconds to make your case before the supreme court, what would it be? >> the reason is not because of my romantic life. it's because men and women produce children. children needs mothers and fathers, and marriage is the institution that united nations a man and woman as husband and wife and be mother and father. children do best when raised by their married mother and father. and that's why government's in the marriage business. all americans are free to live and to love as they choose. but no one has the right to redefine marriage for everyone. >> ryan, there is so much wrong in what you said, that children do best when they're with their married parents. >> you really don't believe that children need a mom and dad? >> not all parents are good
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parents. that's the reason there are divorces. that's the reason why some children are taken from homes of heterosexual parents. not all heterosexual parents are good parents. >> no one said that everyone -- >> but that's what your argument is saying. go ahead, john. >> children do best with their married mother and father. >> that is not true. >> it is. all the social science evidence. >> you're saying it's a utopia. >> no, i'm knot. i'm looking at the evidence. john, go ahead. >> i think it's not fundamentally about that counterpoint and what social science says or doesn't say. i think it's about listening to people across america and speaking with people who are in same-sex relationships or who identify as lgbt. if you listen to them with an empathetic ear, you can hear where they're coming from, that we basically have two legal
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systems set up, one for gay and lesbian people and one for the rest of the country. i think it's more about just sort of taking an honest and open approach to listening to these people and hearing what they have to say and where they're coming from. and that's what i try to do with my reporting. >> it's also important to come on to tell the truth and not spread rumors and infactual information. >> what did i say that was incorrect? >> because -- forget it. what you're saying is that it's not illegal, and it is illegal. that's the whole reason it's going to the supreme court. >> show me in criminal law code where marriage is illegal. you're just wrong on this one, i'm sorry. >> okay, thank you. we'll have to agree to disagree. thank you both for joining us. >> straight ahead, cases in mississippi county. one of the cases was closed until cnn started asking questions. [ anouncer ] ihop's new griddle melts... made fresh and hot!
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there's been a huge development on a story we brought you last week, the troubling story of the hit and run death of a black man in mississippi nearly four years ago that was all by ignored by local law enforcement until cnn reported on it. this 41-year-old's body was found on the road in ruler mississippi in 2009, the obvious victim of a person hit and killed by a vehicle. yet as our investigation revealed, for the last 3 1/2 years, the local sheriff's department has done nothing to solve the case.
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local police were conducting an investigation, but the police had not even come to his mother's house or talked to her about her son's death. recently our drew griffin started knocking on doors and asking questions. they discovered three years ago the local authorities seemed to have let what could have been a murder case grow cold. the case could have been solvable back then, and the details are coming themselves. the hit and run killing of ruby's son 3 1/2 years ago makes it pretty plain. it turns out there was evidence at the scene. there were clues to follow. there was even a potential witness. investigator ryan arnold confirms a cold case investigation has been opened on the hit and run death and the investigators are releasing never released details about the
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night he was killed. a department driving on the scene saw another car on the road and they thought police did not think the car was involved in the accident. according to the stories, the investigator thinks that whoever was in that car might have seen something, yet there's no indication anyone ever looked for that car or the potential witness who was driving it. there's more. there was also physical evidence at the scene from the car that killed burrdett. there was radiator fluid all over the road, meaning a broken r, yet local deputies checked no local garaging to see if a car came in. when a investigator finally came to her house, he apologized and told her the department will do everything it can to help determine how her son was killed. the paper reports a reward is being offered for anyone who can provide information in the case.
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golfers running for cover. those of you watching this evening in missouri, indiana and ohio, hang on, spring is coming. snow and sleet and high winds gave a very wintery look so late in the year. look at that. our susan candiotti is in dayton. >> reporter: it's been overcast all day, occasional flurries. now we're starting to get a bit of rain, but the temperatures have remained just above freezing, so that's why there's no accumulation yet. the forecasters are calling for 5 to 8 inches of snow, but mainly they say that's going to happen after midnight tonight. that's why the roads look clear now. that is going to change. in fact, they are talking about
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a really rough commute in the morning, possibly treacherous conditions between the freezing rain and the snow that is expected after midnight tonight. so difficult times ahead, but earlier this day we were talking to the people here in the dayton area, some of them attending some of the march madness games here at the university of dayton, and they didn't seem too concerned about the pending storm. >> reporter: what do you think about that? >> awesome. i love it. wonderful time of year. >> reporter: doesn't matter about the snow? >> no. >> reporter: school tomorrow? what do you think? >> t-r-o-a. >> sadly to say, don, the worst is yet to come. however, these are hearty people here. are they sick of the winter weather? you bet they are. >> thank you, susan. the fbi joining the search for a
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weeks since the schoolteacher went missing in new orleans, and there's still no assign of terry lynn monet. she walked out of a bar and vanished. police want to speak to a jogger seen in the area running at the time of her disappearance. searchers have scoured local bayous but there's no sign of the missing 26-year-old. the fbi has joined the search for a missing brown university student, sunil tripathi. he was on approved leave from his studies. he did not have his cell phone or wallet with him when he was last seen by his roommate.
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his sister joins us from providence, rhode island. thank you so much for joining us. how are you and your family holding up? >> thank you. it's a hard time. every minute is like a year, but we're continuing to try to focus on any facts that we can to help find our -- my brother, suni. >> we appreciate that you're so brave to come on. your brother is a philosophy major and talented saxophonist. did he do anything unusual leading up to his experience? >> we've been scouring every conversation with family and friends up to the day of his experience, even up until midnight the day before, he had normal, wonderful conversation, everyone who loved him. so we're really confused and shell-shocked and working with law enforcement to try to understand what happened and know where suni is. >> you said he had wonderful and
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loving conversations with everyone, but was he going through anything at the time? >> suni was having a tough time. he took leave from school to get his life back together. he was volunteering at a local chess club and at the local library. so he was going through some tough times but prior to day of this event, nothing further out of the ordinary. sunil, we would be in touch with him multiple times a day. so this is a very shocking and scary moment for us. >> was he dealing with depression? was he depressed? >> he was -- he was struggling, and but you know, he had a lot of people who loved him and he loved a lot of people. and as you can see from a lot of the photos on facebook and other things, he had a very vibrant
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life at school. >> i understand. you don't want to reveal too much about your brother, so let's move on. what do you think happened to him? >> we really don't know. like we said, we're canvassing every option and every nook and cranny of brown university and the larger community, extended into philadelphia, new york, boston. we hope he's safe somewhere, but we really don't know. >> have you heard anything from police, investigators, people who are looking for him, friends, family, neighbors, anyone? >> yeah. no one has heard from him. all of his credit cards, bank account statements, there's been no activity since saturday mid-day a week ago when he was last seen. but the word is out. there are over 150,000 who are joined into the public facebook feed who have been canvassing and volunteering in providence and the larger community and
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we're all just keeping our eyes and hearts out there for him. >> listen, we hope sunil is found very soon. >> thank you. >> and that you guys find out exactly where he is. and best of luck to you and your family. we're thinking about you in our thoughts and prayers. >> thank you. >> coming up on cnn, after fleeing russia, because of a dispute with the country's pursuit. a business tycoon is found dead. copd makes it hard to breathe, but with advair, i'm breathing better.
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dr. richard samuels is back on the stand. samuels says jodi arias suffers from ptsd and that's why she can't remember details. amanda knox will find out tomorrow if she'll face a retrial in connection with the death of her british roommate. knox and her ex-boyfriend were cleared of murder charges in 2011. she was set free after spending four years in prison. no objection now lives in seattle and is working on her memoir. she was reportedly paid $4 million to write a book about
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her experiences. boris berezovsky lived in london because he was a loud critic of russia's leadership. he's been found dead, but people are speculating that it might not be from natural causes. >> reporter: people who knew boris berezovsky in the 1990s describe him as ambitious, not charmed, pested and lobbied his way into the kremlin. becoming an influential political player. and as the president's health declined, berezovsky was said to have played a role in helping to
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install putin as his successor. this is berezovsky speaking in 2000, just days after putin took over. >> i think that putin will continue the way which the president established in russia. >> reporter: he was wrong. putin quickly pushed all the oligarchs out of russia. he was investigated for corporate crimes, which he denied, and he fled russia, never to return. berezovsky's death after 12 years in exile has not softened many russian's opinion of him. this woman says he betrayed russia and wrecked many things for the country durg its hardest times. this man remained a family friend. he was one of the first to learn of his death. >> selfish by positive.
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he was very difficult but good friend. he tried to be a good friend and good man. sometimes he didn't succeed. >> reporter: despite those flaws and failures, he says he's proud to have witnessed berezovsky's efforts to change russia. >> business wasn't impossible for him. he relate to the money and business as resources to make changes. >> reporter: he says his friend was unhappy, and he was in financial trouble, but he wouldn't have harmed himself. and he says boris berezovsky had always hoped to someday return to russia. phil black, cnn, moscow. >> during the summer marches of 1965, tony bellafone and another teamed up to fight hate. ed just.
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this week marks the 48th anniversary of the third and decisive civil rights march from selma to montgomery, alabama. harry belafonte recruited tony bennett to march with him it happened has marchers tried to cross the bridge, known as bloody sunday. the message of civil rights still permeates today. >> selma was different, that they were willing to kill, bomb, burn, destroy, so to ask our people to go there was a whole different game. >> he remembers the selma to montgomery marches in 1965. 50 miles had to be covered, but
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the real obstacle was hate. not along at 600 marchers began on sunday, march 7th, police brutally beat them, driving them back to selma. >> when bloody selma happened and then dr. king decided to march again after it, what was the mood? >> the mood was the mood was rebellious. the question is, what do we do in the face of this kind of rage and this kind of mayhem. the bottom line was that we go back as often as necessary. >> belafonte, enlisted by dr. king to bring artists into the movement, convinced the likes of joan baez, paul newman and marlon brando, but one of his first calls was to old friend and supporter tony bennett. >> i didn't want to do it, but then he told me what was going down, how some blacks were burned with gasoline thrown on them and they were burned.
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when i heard that's correct i said i'll go with you. >> in that black/white divide, white faces would see your face. what do you think they thought about you? >> that you're a traitor. there was a spirit that we decided we would just march right through it, no matter what. >> reporter: after a federal court affirmed the right to march against the government and national guard troops were ordered to protect marchers, protesters grew from 600 to 25,000. to rally the crowd, the artists came forth, but one problem. >> we found out we didn't have a teenage. somebody came up with a funeral parlor, and how many caskets were there? >> i think the number was about 50, 50 to 80 caskets. >> reporter: 50 to 80 coffins? >> yeah, how did you feel about that that the stage was built on
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coffins? >> well, it was different. >> reporter: to say the least. yet singing on top of coffins may be an apt metaphor for the marchers and they succeeded. later that august, president johnson signed the voting rights act of 1965. >> this purpose is not to divide, but to end divisions. >> reporter: change that bennett could feel even in the place that scared him the most. >> many years later i went back to selma, just as an engagement. i was pretty concerned about it, how i would be treated. it changed that area. there were much more human, much more civilized about just accepting good souls. so it made me feel like it worked, it really worked. that march worked. >> reporter: but that work is unfinished, says belafonte. he wonders if today's black celebrities will take up the cause.
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you talked about the next generation, and where is the new harry belafonte? >> never before in the history of this country has there ever been a pool of celebrities more numerous than we have today, and never have the black people in this country been less spoken for by a community of celebrities that, in the snap of a finger, could say and do so much who have opted to do nothing. >> reporter: why? >> they're so busy becoming hedonistic about the harvest and the material successes, that they have received as a result of the success of that mission, that they have forgotten there was ever a mission. >> reporter: his message is clear. the march is in the past, but the movement for fairness under law for all, for justice, must continue. >> civil rights is a constant. it's never of the past. it's with you all the time. every society, every millennium, every decade is going to need its veg land watchers of the
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♪ money, this record made a lot of it. "the dark side of the moon" is one of the biggest -- today is the album's 40th anniversary. to mark the occasion, the official website will be streaming the album in its entirety. it was 50 years ago this week that the beatles truly came out to play. ♪