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looking forward to jabari growing up to see what he can do, not just on the court, but off. cnn, chicago. >> good for him, we wish him all the best. watch the march madness action on our sister network, tbs. that's it for me, "cnn that's it for me, "cnn newsroom" continues up next. -- captions by vitac -- he opened fire on first graders, children in newtown, connecticut. today, we're getting stunning new details on adam lanza's life at home. i'm brooke baldwin, the news is now. a doctor accused of murdering patients to free up hospital beds. disturbing news on texting and driving in america. guess what, it's not just teens you have to worry about. plus, when locusts invade. and you'll hear from the guy who illegally climbed the great
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pyramid to snap these photos. i'm brooke baldwin, thanks so much for being with me here on a thursday. we want to begin with this. it took less than five minutes, less than five minutes last december 14th for mass murderer adam lanza to kill 20 children, first graders, and six adults in newtown, connecticut. a state's attorney is out today with new information on the horrifying killings at sandy hook elementary school. they include details of an arsenal found in the home that adam lanza shared with his mother right there, whom he killed with a gunshot to her forehead that morning. susan candiotti is with me in new york. also with me in atlanta, mike
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brooks. i have a lot i want to ask you about, sir. susan, you, first, what are these nuggets you're getting out of these documents today? >> brooke, we certainly know that adam lanza was armed to the hills when he went to sandy hook elementary school and had an arsenal back at the house. we knew that he fired off a lot of rounds at the school. now we know it was specifically 154 rounds that were fired. we always knew that he had two handguns and that bush master assault-style weapon on him, that had three 30-round magazines with it. we now know that he had six additional ones. the new information is that half of those 30-round magazines were emptied already and the rest only had 10, 11, 13 rounds left. we know, too, now for the first time that in addition to that gun safe that he had in the house, we've known about that, that we counted up at least 1,600 rounds of ammunition in that house, in closets and
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elsewhere in the house. we also know that they found knives, they found additional guns. i have reported from the beginning at least four weapons. we know of two rifles, two bb guns, a .22 caliber revolver. they even found samurai swords. this book, they discovered a holiday card, and inside that holiday card was a check written by adam lanza's mother to her son to purchase a specific model of gun. we know the model, but it's unclear at this time whether it was a handgun or a rifle. nevertheless, that close to the shooting, there was an unspent check that they found inside the house. and we also learned that they heard from a witness on the same day of the shooting, december 14th. this witness said that adam lanza was an avid gamer, really
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liked the game called "call of duty," that he rarely left the house, was considered a loner, and according to this witness, who they are not naming, sandy hook elementary was adam lanza's life, and he chose to make it his target. brooke? >> susan, thank you so much. mike, couple points susan made about the magazines, because it sounds like he would go through classroom to classroom dropping a magazine, reloading, six times. as a law enforcement guy, what do you make of that, 154 rounds. >> 154 spent shell cases of .223 shell cases from that bushmaster rifle. to me that says tactical reloading. that means he went into these rooms and made sure he had a full magazine. as susan said, three were empty, one had 10 rounds, one had 11, one had 13. so, he changed at least six
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times. that's tactical reloading. that's what you do if you go into a room as a s.w.a.t. team member, you make sure to have a full mag to meet the threat. these are kids. >> how would he come to know this, how would he know that? >> video games. when you're doing shooting, "call of duty," these are the things you also do if you've got the right kind of game pieces when you're playing these games. he was supposedly playing these a lot. one of the other disturbing things, we heard reports his car right outside sandy hook elementary, brooke, was another weapon, come to find out it was a shotgun, a russian-made shotgun that looked similar to an ak-type weapon. 70 rounds of 12-gauge shotgun ammunition and two magazines in that car. >> that doesn't even include the 1,600 rounds at his house. >> ten knives, three samurai swords u just an arsenal. >> what about the sheer amount
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of time, five minutes going through these classrooms at sandy hook elementary school, like that. >> he came through that window, he was someone on a mission to kill these little kids. that's all you can say, because you can go from one end of a hallway in, tactical reload, reload, boom, boom, boom, reload again. keep in mind, each one of those magazines, 30 rounds. each one of those magazines, 30 rounds, total of 154 rounds of .223 fired in that school, but he also had th the .10-millimeter, which he took his life with, and 9-millimeter. another thing, all these weapons, brooke, they are very, very expensive, and all of them, apparently, purchased by his mother. >> you heard susan mention the holiday check for him for a gun. it's disgusting. >> it is. >> thank you very much. gun control supporters are trying to breathe new life into a push for post-sandy hook
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elementary school legislation. for the very first time, a new ad campaign features families of some of the sandy hook victims. >> we dropped jesse off in the morning, december 14th, he gave me a hug and a kiss and said, i love you, dad, i love mom, too. >> our daughter grace was 7 years old. she couldn't wait to go to school. she would skip down the driveway. >> my sister loved teaching at sandy hook. >> some of those sandy hook families converged today on the white house, where an impatient president obama renewed his call for congress to act to prevent more sandy hook. for that part of the story, let's go to jessica yellin. jessica? >> reporter: today at the white house, president obama seemed to try to shame members of congress into passing new legislation to reduce gun violence in the nation. as you say, he was surrounded by 19 women on the stage, all of whom were impacted by gun violence, some of them mothers
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of victims of the sandy hook shooting. here's some of what the president had to say. >> less than 100 days ago that happened. and the entire country was shocked. the entire country pledged we would do something about it and this time would be different. shame on us if we've forgotten. >> reporter: the president pointed out polling data, brooke, which showed that 90% of americans support background checks for gun purchases, but here's another polling figure that points to some diminishing support for fast action on gun control measures. 57% of americans supported tighter gun control laws right after the sandy hook shootings. 47% support it now. it's dropped 10% since those shootings took place. perhaps one reason the president
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is pushing to get something done before the numbers might fall even further, brooke. >> jessica, as the president stands there today and says shame on us, talks about legislation, what kind of legislation are we talking about here? >> reporter: right. so, the senate's goal is going to come back from easter recess, spring recess, and take up a measure that bundles together a bunch of proposals that will include stricter background checks on firearm purchases, limiting purchase, where i might ask you to buy a gun for me, and more funding for school safety. what it does not include, an assault weapons ban and any limit on the high-capacity magazines. that's what you were talking about just a moment ago, the ability to go in with massive clips and do serious damage, brooke. >> jessica yellin at the white house for us. thank you. also today, we're keeping an eye on the stock market for you and what's looking like a milestone day. check out the numbers right now two hours away from the closing
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bell. folks, this is the last day of the best first quarter for the dow since 1998. so, the dow is still trading at record highs. it's up here more than 11% at 36 points right now. s&p 500, it topped its all-time closing high today. the s&p is up almost 10% so far this year. markets are closed tomorrow for good friday. nelson mandela rushed to the hospital in the middle of the night. he is said to be conscious. he is said to be responding to treatment. he's suffering from a recurring lung infection. a doctor telling cnn it's likely pneumonia. it's the second time this month the 94 year old has been hospitalized and it's no secret he's become increasingly frail in recent years. >> always has to be concern, and, therefore, the doctors we need to appreciate, we prefer to
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work on the side of caution rather than take risks. >> mandela's being given antibiotics and oxygen. doctors keep a close eye on his condition. south africa's president is asking the world to pray for the nobel laureate. just ahead, a frightening story out of a hospital involving a doctor accused of killing patients at random. we're learning more as to why. plus, living on the edge of landslide. look at this, swallows one home, now dozens more are at risk. we'll tell you what home owners are saying about this sight.
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month. let me tell you about this bizarre case in brazil. there's this doctor, here she is, she has been charged with murdering seven terminally ill patients in order to free up hospital beds. and it gets worse, the number of victims is expected to rise dramatically with investigators looking into as many as 300 deaths. dr. virginia soares de souza is also accused of recruiting other doctors to help. this doctor and her team killed the patients by giving them muscle relaxants. in some cases they say the patients were fully conscious. let's go straight to sao paulo. shasta, where do i begin, how did police even find out about this? >> reporter: brooke, it's a pretty gruesome case, as you mentioned. they started suspecting the head
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of the intensive care unit basically because of a spike in the number of deaths. according to an interview that the chief investigator gave, they started wiretapping her phone, some of those wiretaps were actually released to newspapers. and you hear her saying things like, oh, well, we already cleared out two today. let's not clear out anymore today. just kind of really in such a routine way, these gruesome deaths being explained by her and her team. i think that's what has brazilians upset the most. this is a hospital in the southern city of curitiba where people go and do end up dying. not anybody whose lost a relative there is wondering if maybe their relative didn't have to die. this case, this woman has only been accused of killing seven people, has had huge repercussions, brooke. >> where is this doctor now, what happens next here in this bizarre case?
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>> reporter: well, she was arrested, along with her team, three nurses, three doctors, a nutritionalist, they were arrested in february, but they were released last week on bail. of course, prosecutors, since they now have said they believe there could be a lot more deaths related to this woman and her team, this doctor, they say they want her behind bars again, claiming she could pressure witnesses. at this point, though, she's out on bail and back home, brooke. >> wow, first seven, now possibly 300 deaths connected to this doctor. shasta darlington in sao paulo, brazil. thank you. it was almost the perfect plan, a would be robber picks his target and puts on his costume. only problem is, he forgets to pull down the mask. we have the video, do not miss this. ♪ constipated? yeah. mm. some laxatives like dulcolax can cause cramps. but phillips' caplets don't. they have magnesium. for effective relief of occasional constipation. thanks.
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to some of the hottest stories in a rapid fire, roll it. let's talk about that landslide, shall we? look at this, geologists are watching this landslide in washington state that's close to destroying another five houses.
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this landslide here, more than 700 feet wide, and our affiliate out of seattle, king-tv, they say there are piles of earth more than three stories high at the bottom there. the earth, as we told you, gave way just yesterday. >> i thought it was an earthquake when i heard it. so when i went to work i figured i'm good, i don't have to move right now. they called me to evacuate, another third of my yard went down. it's crazy. >> she's moving. she's not the only one. more than 30 homes had to be evacuated here. some of those people have been able to get back into their homes today. you have to see this here, a plague of locusts has invaded one of the poorest countries on earth, madagascar. watch. yeah, i'd be choking, as well. they are choking on these flying insects as this infestation is gripping more than half of the island. this is just off of africa. look at this, all of them flying
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towards you. the plague worsening as a cyclone created ideal breeding conditions. madagascar is pleading with the u.n. for help. they are asking for more than $40 million in emergency funding before the billions, that is billi billions, devour of what's left of their crops in madagascar. 1996 eric rudolf, he's on a hunger strike. he says he's protesting his move to an area for trouble makers and mentally ill prisoners inside colorado's super max prison. why? he claims he's singled out for his recent autobiography and political views. and you are looking at some pretty big smiles, big winners, in more ways than one here. this office pool of 12 workers in plantation, florida, won $1 million from this past powerball
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lottery and they decided to share the jackpot to one employee who opted not to pay into the pool. she's a new employee and she's a single mom. >> i think that's the most generous thing that they could have done for me, considering they barely know me. >> of the 12, each will get about $83,000 before taxes. they won't say exactly how much jennifer maldanado will receive, but reportedly it will be more than $5,000. and we're going to talk to them live next hour. we'll see if anyone at first didn't want to share. we'll ask. finally, some criminals, thursday edition, a guy, check him out. dressed in pajama pants and a stocking mask. look closely at his head here, it's on his head, not on his face. shows up to rob this market, this is reading, california. he forgets to pull down the mask. he came back, tosses the rock into the front window. here he is again, mask not on the face. dude, that's not how you do it.
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ebel just got out of prison this year, making him ineligible to buy a firearm, the question was, where did he get a gun? the answer, according to investigators, this woman. they say stevie marie veheel purchased a gun from a dealer and gave it to ebel. she was in a colorado courtroom today. and in centennial colorado, how did these two even know each other? >> reporter: at this point, we don't know, brooke, but that's really the main question on investigators' minds here. the investigators have told me this morning they don't see any connection between this woman and this prison gang, this white supremacist prison gang, the 211 that ebel was a member of while in prison. that's important, because what investigators are trying to determine, was this are a hit put out on tom clements, commissioned by this prison gang that he was a part of. they are going to work that connection, the gun connection. another thing they are investigating right now is the car.
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initially there were thoughts it was stolen. investigators tell me it was not stolen, it was bought. when ebel bought it from a woman in aurora, colorado, he was with several other individuals. police have identified them and are interviewing them now. they want to know if this was a conspiracy because they worry other public officials could be at risk. >> what about ebel, he was paroled this past january, was he being watched in that time? >> reporter: well, investigators tell me when he was released from prison, he was given an ankle monitoring bracelet. he cut it off at some point. he did not have it on when he was caught. police believe he did that so they could not monitor his movements. unclear when he took that off. later today, brooke, we expect the department of corrections here to release details about his prison record and possibly his parole, so hopefully we'll get more answers soon.
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>> jim spellman, thank you. now to alcohol. i know we've all seen the adds for reduced calorie beer and low-cal cocktails, like this. >> the ladies know how to cocktail. skinny girl has the wine, cocktails, you need. >> low-calorie booze promises the allure of an adult beverage in half the calories or less. we ran across a piece in the atlantic magazine that got us thinking, because it details this rise in alcohol ads that focus on weight and also on fitness like this michelob ultra website. skip mealing to save calories. adam berry studies this trend calling it drunkorexia. he is an assistant professor at
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the university of florida. adam, drunkorexia, define it for me. >> well, drunkorexia, it's really a non-medical term. you're not going to find health practitioners and medical practitioners using it as a diagnostic criteria. that said, what it is is weight-conscious drinkers, people engaging in physical activity or skipping meals in order to compensate the calories associated with their drinking. at its core, you have three behaviors, drinking, physical activity, exercise -- excuse me, disordered eating. >> you're quoted in the piece in the atlantic, let me read a quote, in fact, those who exercise or dieted to lose weight were 20% more likely to have five or more drinks in a sitting. people who vomited in the last
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month to shed pounds were 76% more likely to bing drink. i went to college, girls were counting their calories. from what i can tell, it's increasingly common. how common? >> well, it's difficult to estimate the prevalence. we used a national sample that already existed. to date, there's no large scale investigations that examine these factors together. so, it's really difficult to estimate, but as you said, this is something that's been around a while and you yourself knew about it. >> then you have the alcohol industry as we sort of eluded to in a lead, right, diet alcohol adds, bacardi promoting itself with diet cola, heard of the skinny girl cocktails, but you also have these ads sort of promoting fitness friendly drinks. i went through a bunch of them, it's not just targeting women, adam.
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it's men, as well. >> yeah. you're really seeing this big emergence and health conscious weight conscious promoting of alcoholic beverages. you're seeing things like vitamin fortified vodka, things like all natural listed on alcoholic beverages. you're seeing low carb. there is a push to capture what you see in the food industry and the alcohol industry. >> on one hand, you could say why is this bad if people are trying to be more health conscious, obviously, there's quite a line between drinking a little bit and drinking a lot and not eating to make sure you can drink. you're on a college campus, what's a solution? >> well, in regards to is it bad, the problem is if you're drinking on an empty stomach, that can exacerbate the effects of alcohol. drinking on an empty stomach is going to make inebriation happen
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quicker, so that is problematic. eating is not going to stop the absorption of alcohol, but it's going to slow it down and it's not going to hit people as quickly. as to the solution, well, this is a college campus and there's campuses around the nation -- >> they are not going to stop drinking, let's be honest. >> well, that's the case, you know, we're trying to focus on reducing some of the harm associated with drinking and if you're drinking on an empty stomach, that's only going to increase the harm. >> adam barry, university of florida, thank you very much. now the leader of the catholic church proving once again why he's called the people's pope, keeping a tradition of feet washing, we have new video in. we'll share it with you next. when you have diabetes...
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he may be one of the most powerful men on earth, but the pope has proven once again he is a humble man. not too proud to wash the feet of another. here he is washing feet. this is argentina earlier this year. it's a tradition based on the belief that christ washed the feet of his apostles, but the ones the pope washed today weren't just any old feet, they were the feet of a dozen young prisoners. this choice tying into his holy week message, quote, we should not simply remain in our own secure world, we should go out with christ in search of the one lost sheep, however far it may have wandered.
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today's lord's supper math was held in rome with some 50 male and female prisoners all under the age of 21. the mass kicks off a busy four days of easter ceremonies for the new pope. coming up next, hot topics panel time, including a new story, we're talking driving and texting, teens and adults. who do you think actually admits to texting more and realizes it's wrong? plus, that story strikes a nerve here, talking dodgeball and a school aiming to yank dodgeball and other human-target activities because it maybe promotes bullying. we'll go there next. water, we take our showers with it. we make our coffee with it. but we rarely tap its true potential and just let it be itself. flowing freely into clean lakes,
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with chantix and with the support system it worked for me. taking on the hot stories friending today. i want to start with this new study with results that shocked even a room of hardened journalists when we talked about this. teens usually have a bad rep for this kind of thing, actually turns out the adults are the worst offenders when it comes to sending text messages behind the wheel. the irony, at&t, the same company behind the warning ad targeting teens. take a look.
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>> so, texting and driving, adults versus teens. celebrity editor, buzz feed. jackie reid, arne singleton, author of "blind sided by the walking dead." john murray, editor and chief of they say getting older makes you wiser, but apparently not. let me hear from you, whitney, first. take a look at these statistics 50% of adults admitted to texting and driving compared to 43% of teens. you talk to teens, i saw a couple of my cousins recently, they are buried in their iphones. why do you think teens are getting the memo, it's okay to
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text, just don't text and drive, but we adults are not. whitney, why? >> i think teens are having it crammed down their throats in ad campaigns from at&t and other different services, but i don't know what it is about adults that think it doesn't apply to them. if you have teenaged drivers and you're telling them you can't do this, you need to practice what you preach. >> john murray, what do you think? >> listen, i don't text and drive, brooke. i took a pledge when oprah winfrey was back on television. whatever oprah asks me to do, i do it. when i see other people driving and texting, i'll pull up next to them and yell, hey, you, you're going to kill somebody, get off your phone! i like to make people uncomfortable, because i'd rather make you uncomfortable than you be uncomfortable when you kill somebody and have to face their family. >> i was driving down an atlanta freeway and saw a guy playing a saxophone, singing, and driving on i-75. i digress. >> brooke, there's a guy in
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miami who's a taxi driver that plays a guitar and does that. >> what are they thinking? that's a different hot topic, playing instruments and driving. 90% of the adults who said, yes, we text and drive, they admit they know it's wrong, but they do it anyway. it kind of got me thinking, is this what smoking was to the last generation irony? is this something that, you know, jackie, you realize this is wrong but you just ignore it? >> you know, i wish i could be more like john, i am guilty. i definitely text a little bit when i drive. i'm not as bad as i used to be, because i got ticketed. i live in new york and we were one of the first states to outlaw driving with your phone in your hand. it's no excuse, but a lot of adults are probably texting not just your friends, but work things, and if you have kids, which i don't, we're juggling so much. >> twitter, facebook, e-mail. >> you don't have a lot of time as is, i don't know how i'm going to get through the rest of
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this day, my phone is right here, i'm constantly on it it. i'm glad there's so much focus on it and wish more messaging would be geared more towards adults. when i read the story in preparing for this today, the time it takes to look at a text and respond is the same way it would take you to drive the length of a football field at 55 miles per hour. that's a long time. >> i had a mother on the show and she had lost her teenaged daughter to drunk driving. brooke, imagine from the time you look down at your phone, think about driving with your eyes closed, that's four and a half, five, six seconds. it resinated. the question is, still despite the bans in these states, people are still doing it, what's a solution? a pledge you take in your family, does car technology need to be revamped to where maybe you plug in your phone, can't touch it, you can do voice texting? what do we do? >> it's possible. >> i think it's not worth it. i think you can wait. it can always wait. there's over 1,000 people that die in texting and driving
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related accidents every day. is it really worth it? i don't think so. >> maybe we should change legislation. maybe if the crime is more severe, specifically to this type, because there are more accidents, we see the statistics, maybe if people are afraid of the repercussions they'd be less likely to do it. >> maybe all the of the above, but we should not be doing it. i want to move on. next we're going to talk about a school district deciding to ban dodgeball and other games for kids where they are targets. we're working on getting irony up. walking dead fans, we're working on it. hearing issues, back after this. s like a squirrel stashes nuts, you may be muddling through allergies. try zyrtec® liquid gels. nothing starts working faster than zyrtec® at relieving your allergy symptoms for 24 hours. zyrtec®. love the air. active aero grille shutters to improve aerodynamics. so it can offer an epa estimated 42 miles per gallon, the best highway fuel economy of any gas engine in america.
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kids in a new hampshire school district may never get to experience the schoolyard fun or maybe for some of us the agony of the five ds of dodgeball. here, if you will, a refresher course courtesy of the movie "dodgeball." >> just remember the five ds of dodgeball, dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge. >> now, with all that good advice with the five ds, now apparently useful for the kids in new hampshire, because their school board just banned dodgeball and other quote, unquote, human target games from school. they say it promotes violence and bullying, but some of the parents say, what, this is ridiculous. and a couple are pretty angry about it. listen. >> it's dodgeball. dodgeball's been around as long as i can remember. personally, i think it's a blast. if you don't want to play it, don't play it, but i don't think
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you should eliminate it for everybody else. >> everything these days, they are worried about kids' feelings getting hurt, kids getting hurt, you know, how are they ever going to learn? >> panel may open it back up. panel, we have you. so sorry you had hearing issues, technical issues. i feel based on my twitter responses either people loved it or were scarred by it. how about you? >> well, to quote priscilla flynn, it's dodgeball. there's no crying in dodgeball. i think that is a bit extreme. we need dodgeball back. very extreme. it stands from something deeper than that, comes from the people requesting to cancel dodgeball, it comes from something maybe deep seeded that they are dealing with, maybe they experienced bullying, but the way to combat that problem is to actually focus on -- focusing on the bully. we have to focus on what they are dealing with, what they are experiencing as opposed to the
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activity. >> keep dodgeball, but just deal with the bullying issue separately. >> exactly. what if we have bullying at lunch, going to cancel lunch? >> the cool kids table, the list could go on and on. jackie, what do you think, is this ridiculous or not? >> no, i actually think there's something to it. i loved it when i was a kid, because i was good at it. i was small, i could move, i could throw, and i could catch, but i remember those kids who weren't good at it and it was a nightmare for them. so many schools we don't have p.e. classes because we don't have the manpower. if people can't monitor those games and a lot of times you don't have a choice to play or not. if you can't throw that well, can't catch that well, it's a nightmare. >> i can hear some of the parents saying, how else are our kids going to learn? this is what the superintendent said.
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roll it. >> in light of our antibullying campaign, consistent with regard to being respectful of one another and creating an environment where we're not opening up avenues for bullying activities. >> john, what do you think? i can hear the people saying, come on, we're just too sensitive. >> brooke, typically that's what i'm saying, but listen, plenty of other activities and games these kids can be playing without using each other as human targets. >> they were using nerf balls. >> those two moms were bullies in high school. that's why she thinks dodgeball is a blast. we have to be careful about creating an environment where kids can target one another. plenty of games they can play. even in the study that we read, the fitness people said dodgeball isn't even great physical activity because half the time you're waiting for other people to get out of the game. let's do other sports. >> whitney, you get the last
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word on dodgeball. >> okay, i have experience on both sides, i was a camp counselor for many years and was doing the game, but i was also an extremely awkward and unathletic teenager. i can see both sides. i think it comes down to the person in charge, the teacher, gym teacher, counselor, who's running the game. if you see a group of kids ganging up on a child or bullying, put an end to it. when someone throws a ball too hard or too fast, put the person out in a time out. >> maybe i just had fond dodgeball memories. nevertheless -- >> thought it was a blast, brooke. >> i was that girl, no, i wasn't. no, i wasn't. thanks to our panel, whitney, jacki, irone, john murray. thank you so much. ahead, we have breaking news on barbara walters and her future. that's next.
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don't be afraid to do what you want to do. this is a message from the first nba player diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. dr. sanjay gupta has his story in this week's human factor. >> reporter: with less than three minutes left in the game against the atlanta hawks, dallas mavericks point guard chris wright is in the game. playing in the nba has been his lifelong dream, but it almost didn't come true. >> noticed my foot started getting numb and got progressively worse, progressively worse. next morning i got up to shoot and early in the morning, probably 7:00 in the morning, something like that, got up and shot. while i was shooting, my whole
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right leg went numb. right foot went numb, basically, it went all the way up to the right side of my body. >> reporter: last year, wright was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, m.s., a disease that damages nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. it's a disease he had never heard of. >> i didn't know what it was. once i found out, i still was, okay, you know, just have to do what i have to do to maintain my life. >> reporter: doctors told wright he would never play basketball again, but he responded well to treatment and less than three months after his diagnosis, wright was back on the court. he made history when he signed a ten-day contract with the dallas mavericks, becoming the first person with m.s. to play in the nba. while it may have only been a short stint, wright believes this will not be the last time he'll play in the nba. >> everything happens for a reason, it's not a coincidence. it happened during m.s.
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awareness week. everything kind of fell into place. >> reporter: monthly treatments are keeping his m.s. from progressing, and he's not shying away from his diagnosis. wright says he's proud to be the face of m.s. >> don't be afraid to step out and do what you want to do. that's my message to everyone that has m.s. don't believe that it's a crippling disease, yeah, there may be limitations, but you can still live your life. i wear that sign on my chest proudly. i'm a part of the m.s. society. that's what i am. >> reporter: dr. sanjay gupta, cnn, reporting. >> make sure you watch sanjay's show saturday at 4:30 p.m. eastern and sunday at 7:30 a.m. eastern and sunday at 7:30 a.m. eastern time. -- captions by vitac -- get in or get out. we'll give you advice on stocks and your 401(k). i'm brooke baldwin, the news is now.
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inside the life of a killer. find out what police discovered at the home where adam lanza plotted the newtown school massacre. eric rudolf, olympic park bomber, is on a hunger strike behind bars. hear why. plus, when locusts invade. and you'll hear from the guy who illegally climbed the great pyramid to take these pictures. top of the hour, i'm brooke baldwin. we begin with breaking news here, because in the 1960s, this woman on the left-hand side of your screen paved the way for women reporting serious news. now, barbara walters is reportedly calling it quits. "the new york times" is reporting the host of "the view"
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has just one more year on our screens. she's set to retire in may of next year. joining me now, bill carter with "the new york times." bill, i know you'll just confirm this here. the big question i have off the top of my head is, why now? >> i think barbara's, obviously, feeling like this is a good time. she's 83. she had some health problems this year. this gives her a full year to do kind of retrospective, do a farewell tour, and wrap up her career. >> you mentioned her health problems. recently, she talked about her chickenpox that she had. she took a pretty tough fall. do either of those, or either of those for health factoring into the timing of this decision, do you know? >> well, i don't know for sure, but i would imagine it has to be a factor. two years ago she had heart bypass surgery, so she's a person who's getting up in years and is looking for a way to slow
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down probably a little bit. listen, barbara's always been incredibly energetic, aggressive, always wants to get the best story. maybe she feels it's best for her to step aside. >> she's been at this for a number of decades, she's an idol of mine, any female journalist, she's a crusader, she's changed the tides for women in media. talk to me about just her legacy. >> well, it's more than 50 years. more than half a century. >> wow. >> we're talking about someone who's been on television since 1962. and been through all the incredible, not just changes in the media, but in the political realm, because she's interviewed, you know, virtually every world leader for that period from, you know, the famous presidents to the infamous, you know, moammar ghadafi, she's done everyone you can imagine. that's been her calling card. she's been this, you know, ace interviewer, and she has set a
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standard for women in journalism. she was the first woman to co-host the "today" show, an evening newscast, and lays the path for women in journalism. >> stand by, i want to bring in nichelle turner, our entertainment correspondent in l.a. i think about barbara walters on "the view," news joy behar was retiring, but when you think about all these women, where does "the view" stand? >> that's a very good question. "the view" has been kind of a stalwart of daytime television over the last decade and a half and a lot of people speculate. the ratings have gone down just a bit. it's still popular and successful. people are wondering with the announcement joy is leaving and now the speculation something could be going on with elisabeth, what would happen to
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the show? if indeed barbara walters will be retiring in may of 2014, this could be a sign she's trying to right the ship so she can leave it for some years to pass. she is getting a little bit of push for the talk and shows like "the shchew," so it's interesti to see what will happen to the show, but we do know it's in for a major overall because possibly two of its primary figures will be leaving. >> we talk about "the view," i'm thinking about abc news in general. they lost two superstars to us, jake tapper and chris cuomo, now we also have barbara walters and her news, yet at the same time, "good morning america" doing gang busters in the morning. >> she's backed away from abc in the last two years, she pulled out of "20/20" several years ago, but she's clearly not the
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bullwork of that network. she's much more important on "the view." she owns that show and is the guiding light of that show. i think you do have to think where are they going to go without her and several other cast members. of course, it is also a time for change. you have to keep those things fresh. she would agree with that, she's a good producer, too. >> bill, you talk about how she's really known for her interviews, both the famous and the infamous. do you think she will be, you know, more remembered for that tough interviewing style or for the celebrities that we've seen her talk to recently? >> this is interesting, because she went back and forth between doing, you know, celebrities, especially her oscar specials, which were extremely highly rated, and she interviewed basically everybody you could think of in the show business world, but if you saw barbara's apartment or office, the photos she had on the wall were mainly the world leaders that she interviewed at the top of the news, when they were really
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prominent. she was right in the middle of that and was highly skilled doing that. her interview style was never known for being aggressive. it was much more gentle and kind of emotional and she could touch people and pull things out of them. i think that's why she was famous, she would ask a question that was sort of unexpected and get sort of unexpected answers. >> she would get the good answers. bill carter, thank you so much. confirming the retiring of barbara walters may of next year. i thank you both so much. now let me move on to new information we learned today with regard to the tragedy in newtown. it took less than five minutes last december 14th for adam lanza to kill 20 first graders and six adults inside those classrooms in newtown, connecticut. a state's attorney is out today with information on the horrifying slayings at sandy hook elementary school. according to this new information, police at the scene
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recovered 154 spent shell casings, nine 30-round magazines. they also found an arsenal at at home that adam lanza shared with his mother, whom he killed that morning with a gunshot to her head. weapons found at the home included 1,600 rounds of ammunition, rifles, knives, even samurai swords. families of some of the sandy hook victims are appearing today for the very first time in a tv ad for new gun legislation. >> we dropped jesse off in the morning, december 14th. he gave me a hug and a kiss and said, i love you, dad, and i love mom, too. >> our daughter, grace, was 7 years old. she couldn't wait to go to school. she would skip down the driveway. >> my sister loved teaching at sandy hook. >> at the white house today, there he was, an impatient president obama saying, shame on us. his quote, if congress can't bring itself to pass new gun
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laws, the president says he expects a vote in the next couple of weeks. >> 90% support background checks that will keep criminals and people who have been found to be a danger of themselves or others from buying a gun. more than 80% of republicans agree. more than 80% of gun owners agree. think about that. how often do 90% of americans agree on anything? >> with me now, chief washington correspondent jake tapper. you're talking on your show this afternoon with one of the sandy hook dads, but we know the gun control effort is focused right now on the senate. it will be a tough sell, because what about the house? we all know it's controlled by republicans. >> that's exactly right. the senate will probably take the up legislation the week of april 8th, maybe the week after, and there will probably be some compromise when it comes to background checks, but the real
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hurdle is the house of representatives. i think what's going to be key for speaker boehner, what will, assuming the gun legislation passes in the senate, what is the margin of victory, how bipartisan is it? it will be more difficult for john boehner to refuse to bring up the bill if it is a big victory for this gun control legislation in the senate. that's why senators are trying to achieve a compromise to get even more republican votes, not just so they can pass it, but so they can pass it and send a message to the house, you need to at least vote on this legislation. that's going to be the challenge. >> jake tapper, thank you, again. a reminder to watch "the lead." you're going to have this father on live that's right after this show, 4:00 eastern. jake, see you at the top of the hour. meantime, new information here on adam lanza's arsenal. 154 spent shellings found at sandy hook elementary school. police found nine magazines
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capable of holding up to 30 bullet rounds each at the lanza home, 1,600 rounds of ammo, rifles, samurai swords and also an nra certificate inscribed with adam lanza's name. with us now from los angeles, david swanson, he is a licensed clinical psychologist. david, we've talked about adam lanza before, narcissistic, psychopathic, he was troubled, living with his mom, she was a gun enthusiast. they have this arsenal spread through the house. this is, obviously, not a good situation. >> it's not. you know, the more details we get, the more senseless this whole thing appears. last time we talked, we talked about the spread sheet. you know, he's said to have had autism, asburgers, this has never been connected to any sort of outburst like this. however, this is an age range, 18 to 24, where we see people
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for the first time having a psychotic break where they will go after people violently. this is unpredictable. when i look at all these guns in the house and see all the ammunition and the clips and spreadsheet, what i'm thinking is this was a kid who most likely, again, speculation, but sat in front of video games all day, had a lot of time on his hands, snapped, and nobody was there to see the signs. when we start talking about this gun debate back and forth, me as a psychologist, i don't think it's as easy as blaming it on a video game, blaming it on the gun. i'm not quite sure why we don't do screenings for people with mental health. if you want to apply for a gun or have somebody in your house who mentally is capable of snapping like this, why don't we screen for that? stop pointing fingers. >> i hear you and a lot of people raise the exact issues, but we talk about gun owners and very responsible gun owners. in this case, you hear about this mother, sounds as though the mother was, but then you
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realize she wasn't at least in the case of her son. >> i don't know how responsible she actually was. i don't know that she actually got the bigger picture of what was going on for this child. there's no way to explain how a kid can have a safe in his room for his guns, all this ammunition, how all this stuff coming out right now, which is so disturbing, how does that go overlooked? i'm not trying to place the blame on anyone, but what i am saying is right now in our country there's a huge debate, about your right to bear arms as opposed to assault weapons bans and all this stuff. listen, all of these incidents have to do with a mental health break. whether it was sociopathic or psychotic break. >> anything specifically that can trigger this kind of break or it just happens and you can't anticipate it? >> it is in our wiring. it is in our dna. all of these issues basically come from a brain dysfunction, a chemical imbalance. we're wired for this.
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usually what we figure out is 18 to 24, this is where the first typical break happens. for those who are psychotic, it becomes very dangerous. on the other hand, you have the sociopathic kids who don't have a regard for other feelings, who do kind of get involved with breaking rules, fire setting, hurting animals. you'll see those symptoms early on. there's a lot we can do to prevent things like this from happening. >> there he was, reloading those magazines six times, going from classroom to classroom, doing this -- wreaking this horror in less than five minutes. david swanson -- >> terrible. >> horrendous, thank you. college campuses where students go to further their education get ready for a career, we all know, though, you get more than just going to class at boston college. a group of students started this program to educate others about safe sex, handing out condoms in dorm rooms for their efforts, the school has threatened to take the students to court. on the case next. [ male announcer ] it's red lobster's lobsterfest
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remember that blast there at the olympics park? that man convicted in the blast is on a hunger strike at colorado's super max prison, eric robert rudolf is protesting his move. letters to his lawyer in a website, rudolph claims he's being singled out for memoirs and political views. when a person is sentenced to the supermax, he's never heard from again, at least that is the designed purpose of this place. rudolph confessed the to olympic park bombing and two abortion clinic bombings. the man accused of opening fire in a colorado movie theater, injuring 12 and killing more than 50, this man, james holmes, he doesn't want to die. the 25-year-old suspect has offered to plead guilty to that mass shooting in aurora to avoid the death penalty.
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that means he would spend the rest of his life behind bars with no chance for parole. here's the rub, prosecutors haven't accepted his offer yet, but if they do, the case could be resolved in four days from now at holmes' next hearing on the first of april. i want to talk about this with sunny hostin and ryan smith. so, sunny, let me begin with you. what are the chances that his offer, this guilty plea, could be accepted? >> you know, it's interesting the prosecution's in a strange posture, because it's usually the prosecution that makes the plea offer, right, it's the government bringing the charges, so i would suggest or suspect that the government is trying to figure out two things, whether or not an insanity defense would be successful, and whether or not to seek the death penalty, because we know under our
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constitution, under our laws, we don't execute, you know, mentally insane people. we just don't do that. and so they need to make a determination as to whether or not they are going to seek the death penalty, and if they are not, they would clearly let him plead straight up to the indictment, which would be what he's offering to do. i think it's a pretty difficult place for a prosecutor to be in, because you are generally making the offer. you're not receiving an offer. >> so in this case, they are not, it's, you know, holmes here and his team. again, as sunny pointed out, insanity means you don't get death if that's what they decide to plead. >> sunny's exactly right, think about this, there are no slam dunks. you might look at the situation and say, yeah, absolutely going to be a conviction, but it seems to me the defense is preparing a mental health defense, they are working on that now, so if there is no plea, they'll go to court with that. if people see him in court, you know what, at the time of the
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crime he seemed to be so mentally unstable, then you're not going to put him behind bars. that's what they are weighing here and they have to include the family members. >> that's what i wanted to ask you about and not a lot of people realize, the victims' family members have a say in all this. >> you might think you put him to death and the families are happy, no, the death penalty trial is a long process. even in that situation, it takes years for people to be put to death. that can be a problem for a lot of family members who are still struggling to deal with the situation. some of them might say, yeah, i prefer life behind bars, it's over, it's done with, he stays behind bars, and that part goes away. >> we'll watch and see what happens in the next couple days. i want to move on here, the other case we're talking about condoms on college campus, some boston college officials, they are telling the student group to quit giving out condoms or risk punishment from the university. administrators say the condom handout doesn't fit with the
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private catholic school's values. now you have the aclu getting involved. they say students' rights may have been violated. i see you shaking your head. let me give sunny the first take at this. what do you think, students doing anything wrong? >> i've been giggling about this case since yesterday. listen, i think that private institutions have a right to set their policies, and the issue here is that this student group, which is not recognized by boston college, which is a jesuit group, this group is passing out condoms in the dorm room on campus, so if they are doing it somewhere else, then that's fine, but don't we want our private institutions to be able to, you know, have the policies that are in line with the beliefs of the institution? so i don't know. i don't know that the students have strong legal footing here. they may want their condoms, but
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i don't think they are get them on campus. >> not on campus, do you agree? >> du had a case like this involving somebody putting up a poster back in the '80s, they lost it on the basis they were violating somebody's free speech. that's a private institution. maybe there's some give in here, but generally speaking, i got to agree with sunny, it's a difficult situation, especially with a private -- >> you're agreeing with me ryan? >> maybe. >> ryan smith and sunny hostin, thanks, guys, so much. let me move on, this is a view so exclusive, it's downright illegal. this is quite a story. this is a vantage point from one of the seven wonders of the world, a unique picture from atop one of the egyptian pyramids. coming up next, hear from the people who scaled illegally this pyramid to take these amazing pictures. stay here. her long day of pick ups and drop offs begins with arthritis pain... and a choice. take up to 6 tylenol in a day or just 2 aleve for all day relief.
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each year about 3 million tourists visit the great pyramid in egypt. for most, you go to witness one of the seven wonders of the world, but for a group of
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russian photographers, this is all about adventure. they climbed the pyramid illegally to get quite the unique perspective. as jonathan mann reports, the results are nothing short of stunning. >> reporter: it's a view so exclusive, it's illegal, standing atop egypt's pyramid. these spectacular photos were shot by a group of daredevil russian photographers, one of them, his english is limited, but he did speak to us via skype from st. petersburg. >> we decided to climb on it. >> reporter: climbing the great pyramid is strictly off limits. he and his friends made the descent at sunset, more than 450 feet to the top, where they shot some amazing aerial shots of the pyramids and the surrounding deserts and escaped unnoticed. a colleague told, we were very lucky not to get
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caught. we would have been in serious trouble if we did. that's why i would like to apologize for this ascension, we didn't want to insult anyone, we were just following the dream. it's not the first time the group has followed the dream. climbing to very high places to snap photos. last year they scaled the 1,000-foot-height bridge where she shot this vertigo-inducing video. russian authorities briefly detained him once he climbed down. he says he has no plans to quit. for his next stunt, he's planning a trip to the middle east, he says israel or perhaps syria. jonathan mann, cnn, atlanta. >> beautiful, but crazy. coming up next, news on everything and everyone, including ashley judd deciding if she will take a turn and run for u.s. senate. also a judge rules on the proposal to create the world's
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year. fox announced she will be returning as a judge for season three of "the x-factor ". and american airlines and us airways are taking off on their merger. a federal bankruptcy judge approved the $11 billion airline union but declined a severance package for the ceo of american's parent company, amr. a town crushed and forgotten. more than two years after that deadly earthquake and tsunami crashed into zjapan, the town once bustling with 21,000 people, now sits empty. these folks banned from returning to this area, this is still contaminated from radiation from the crippled fukushima nuclear plant. we now have pictures, thanks to google maps, look at this with me, they are trucking to take photos that this part of the world is really frozen in time.
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chad myers here to walk us through the pictures. this is four miles away from the power plant? >> a town basically where a lot of the people who worked at the plant would live. now it's devastating. it's hard to imagine that this town where people's lives, businesses, things going, schools, all of a sudden it's gone. finally for the first time they've allowed google to drive their car in there with the camera on top. if you have a computer, you know about google, google maps, know about surface maps that can drive along and take pictures. now the blue lines along here of the prefecture of fukushima, you're able to take a look at some of those pictures. let's take a look at some of them right here. this is driving through one of the towns, and i happen to find a reflector, and they took a picture of itself. there's the little ball on top of the car taking the pictures. there you go. then you take a look at something that may not be not quite so interesting or fun to look at, what looks like
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downtown, what should have been full of bustling businesses, people walking through town, it's just not there at all. then closer to the water where the -- this is just devastating to look at. this literally looks like katrina, all those areas, this was a 30 to 40-foot wall of water that washed through this part of the country. about 100 feet or so from the ocean. you'll be able to see this. another kind of interesting picture to show what happens as it went on through, just the water washing everything away. one more thing, this is about a mile inland from the ocean. >> is that a boat? >> that's a boat, yes. just not anywhere near the water. it rose up because of the water as the wave came in, tsunami came in, and washed it all the way in here. these poor people are displaced and probably will be displaced for decades. >> now google allowed in to take the pictures. >> briefly. there's still a lot of radiation. >> people can't go back, at least for now. thank you very much. investigators are unraveling what may be one of the world's
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worst serial killings, and now there are chilling new tapes to help back it up. a doctor and her team at a brazil hospital are charged with murdering seven terminally ill patients. we're told that number could climb into the hundreds. prosecutors released wiretaps they say reveal a definite motive. more on that, shasta darlington in sao paulo, brazil. what are you hearing as a motive? >> reporter: basically, these wiretaps that were published in newspapers indicate that she was communicating with her team and asking them how many have we gotten rid of today, this kind of thing. in another, i think we should just clear out the intensive care unit, it's making me itch. in another, i think we're kind of the go between between this world and that. just very chilling messages that we see in these wiretaps. we should be clear, of course, so far she's only been accused
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of killing seven terminally ill patients. what we've heard is that the investigators think that she could be tied to as many as 20 already and they are investigating a total of 300 murders that they believe this director of the intensive care unit in the evangelical hospital in curitiba. >> shasta darlington in sao paulo, thank you. breaking now on cnn, the united nations has just approved the first-ever offensive peacekeeping force. it's a combat force 20,000 strong will now enter the democratic republic of congo. this is a country now overrun by armed militia groups, rebels, determined to take over the african nation, one city at a time. this week, they violently seized the capital and along with that,
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seizing a presidential palace. a final move prompting the united nations to send in this unprecedented combat team to carry out, quote, targeted offensive operations. news from the congo. coming up next, ali velshi and your money. >> good news for your money, if the dow stays close to where it is right now, we're going to have yet another record. ea i'll tell you about that when we come back, stay with us. girl: first, i saw it on cable. then i read about it online. i found out how to help. i downloaded the info. i spoke up... and told my friends... and they told their friends... and together, we made a difference. anncr: and tornado relief has been pouring in from... across the country. girl: we might be hundreds of miles apart... but because we're connected, it's like we're all neighbors.
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from the cnn studios in new york, aisle ali velshi. does that mean the entire economy is set to soar? that is the question we've got. this is your money. another market record today, the s&p 500 spent the day above its all-time closing high set in
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october 2007. this matters to you, because you probably have 401(k)s and iras that mimic this index. it's up about as much as you can expect to make in an average year in the stock market, and with markets closed tomorrow for good friday, the dow is now moments away from wrapping up its best first quarter, first three months of the year, since 1998. those of you who stayed invested back in march of 2009 would now have a gain of about 130% in four years. i can tell many of you still aren't buying it. that's because of a disconnect some of you are convinced between this bull market and the wider economy. despite 36 straight months of private sector job growth, a stock market that's more than doubled, folks that are weary or don't trust the markets, governments, or banks or figure
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it would be dumb to buy into a record setting market, you can see consumer confidence has taken a dip, as well. one of the world's largest investors in bonds, that means he needs to know when to bet on economies and against them, he says it's easier for rich people to take the kinds of risks necessary to make money. >> let it speak to the fundamental issue any investor should be asking today, it's not what can go well, but what mistake can i afford to make. the reason why the average american is not getting involved, they can't afford a big mistake, rich people can afford a mistake. they get the upside and also have self insurance. >> that lack of wiggle room many americans feel probably explains your attitude towards this bull market. look at this, despite four years of almost constant gain, more than half of you still say investing even $1,000 in the stock market is a bad idea. needless to say, i disagree with
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you, but the more important question isn't when you should buy, it's when you should sell. remember, you don't make money until you sell, but a rising market can make you greedy. you fear losing out on the next bull run. one thing you can do is set a target selling price. not easy to decide what that target should be, but if you can lock in a 20% gain on a stock, you're doing pretty well. go to there you'll find 15 questions to assess your personal risk tolerance so you can take part in this stock market in a way that meets your own tolerance for risk. for more in-depth coverage tune in saturday at 1:00, sunday at 3:00 p.m. eastern from the cnn studios in new york, i'm ali velshi.
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thought, this ends in court, somebody didn't want to share. no, no, no, this seems to be a start of a great workplace family. here's why, there's a group of 12 employees in florida, they decided to share their lottery jackpot with all of them, including the one worker, the only worker, who didn't actually pay into the pool. you heard me right. the other staffers, they chipped in $20 to pay and play the $338 million powerball, but one new employee opted out. she's a single mom watching the budget. $20 is a lot. the group hit five of the winning numbers, that's $1 million in winnings. the head of the office, the woman holding the check here in this picture, she got everyone to agree the newbie should get a cut, as well. here is one of the office workers. >> we knew from the day she started that she's great and she's one of us and we -- it wouldn't have been as special if she wasn't included.
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>> live with me now, laurie reader, the one who spearheaded the idea to share the jackpot and jennifer, the lucky employee who did not pay into the pool. ladies, welcome. i love this story, i love that you're sharing. we never get stories like this, but i do have to ask here off the top, laurie, among you ladies, at any point in time did anyone not want to share with jennifer? >> hi, there, how are you? absolutely everyone wanted to share from the moment i sent out my text message blast saying i think that it's the right thing to do. about a 30-second time frame as each person, all 12 of us, chimed in saying we're in, we're in, let's do it, that's a great idea. let's do it. >> you are good women. jennifer, to you, tell me what happened, because you have these 12 coworkers, they all decide to plunk down $20 into a pool.
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they come to you say, hey, you want to play, as well? what do you tell them? >> well, i told them, not today. i said maybe i'll get into the next one. i'm actually not a single mom, i am married. >> forgive me. >> that's okay. we just -- you know, we are regular working people, we work paycheck to paycheck, i was starting a new job, unfortunately thought that $20 could go to something, you know, more -- something with a higher odd maybe. >> something not assumingly frivolous as playing the lottery. >> right. exactly. >> laurie, you go buy the ticket, you almost don't get the winning ticket because of what happened in line. what happened? >> well, i went to buy my tickets, there was a little miscommunication between myself and the clerk. we had a little language barrier, and instead of her printing me 120 tickets, she
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printed me 60 tickets. and the gentleman went around me kind of frustrated because there was a wait and he bought his tickets, then she went back and and then she went back and printed me 60 additional tickets and in that pile was our winning $1 million lottery ticket. >> so had the guy not gone around you, you may actually have not gotten the winning ticket. >> that's possible. very possible. >> crazy. >> very crazy, too. so you have it. you win. you get every number but the powerball, you know, total $1 million. so, jennifer, i mean, lori mentioned this text blast. i wonder how you heard. everyone else came in screaming you won, you won. did you think, oh, no? i should have put in that $20? >> well, i have to say initially i was definitely shockedme. i walked into the office to do additional training with my co-worker on sunday. when i walked in, you know, there was a different energy in
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the office. no doubt. >> different energy. >> and different energy. so lori sat me down and told me, you know, this is real. because i initially thought they were pranking me. you know, i thought it was some office joke. i knew i was the only one who hadn't put the money into the lottery pool. i found it was not a joke. i was shocked but ultimately i was thrilled for them. and just what an exciting experience. >> who wins the lottery, right? >> i know. i know. so how much does each person get to take home? >> well, actually, you're the first to hear this. we just picked up our check this afternoon. >> woo hoo. >> yay! >> and i believe it's approximately $83,000 or $85,000 per person. we haven't done all of the math but we will. we'll do our accounting on monday. >> so 83 or so before taxes and so, jennifer, do you get an equal slice of the pie?
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>> every news channel is asking that question. >> that's a question of the day, i must say. >> it's a generous amount from what i'm aware of. >> she doesn't really know. it'll be a surprise on monday. >> okay. well, let us know. congratulations, ladies. we appreciate it very much. just when you think you can't win, you can. thanks, ladies. appreciate it. >> thanks a million. >> thank you so much. >> be right back.
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store are embroiled in a high profile lawsuit suing the daughter of their long-time maid for extortion after she threatened to release embarrassing information. we have more on the newly released undercover tapes that could land the woman behind bars. >> reporter: you probably haven't heard of this family of multi-million airs but it is likely you've seen shops or maybe got your ears pierced at one of the accessory stores they created. now police say they're the victims of a blackmail plot all caught on audiotape. >> $3 million. okay. >> that's the minimum. >> okay. >> i can go higher but that's the minimum. >> no they're not going to agree to a million dollars. >> the woman on the tape is camille brown the daughter of a long-time housekeeper for the man who first opened claire's accessory stores. >> i feel that the family shouldn't even think twice about paying that amount to get this material back. >> reporter: the material? brown says she has embarrassing
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letters and journals detailing domestic abuse in the shaffer home. these court documents say camille brown came to this hotel thinking she'd be meeting with a family representative and instead met with an undercover officer who recorded their conversation. >> i don't doubt that you have the documents. what we're saying is we want the documents back so they're not a threat to be released anymore. >> right. so you'll have them as soon as i have my payments. >> reporter: brown was arrested in the parking lot, charged with extortion. police say the blackmail began just days after brown's mom was fired. in an e-mail brown's attorney denies any extortion and says brown was given the letters by roland shaffer's own wife. not true, shaffer family attorney william shepherd told us, adding this is about taking advantage of an elderly couple. >> many family members rely and trust the help of trained professionals who are going to look after both medical needs and day-to-day needs of elderly
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