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♪ the question is how do you make sure you have the money you need to enjoy all of these years. ♪ hello, everyone. i'm ashleigh banfield reporting live in phoenix, arizona, this morning, where a deadlock over the death penalty for jodi arias sense deliberations almost into overtime. but the judge is not letting the jurors give up. we are watching their every move and we will bring it to you live. and also, president obama under fire from the left, from the right, over u.s. drone strikes. making his case today, though, that they are, in fact, legal
and necessary in taking out terrorists all around the world. we are also live for you in moore, oklahoma, where the procession of funerals begins. the rain returns, but more incredible stories of survival emerge from miles and miles of destruction. first, though, we lead with the case of "if, only." if only police in massachusetts could have cracked a triple murder there back in 2011, if, only, then the boston marathon massacre may never have happened. we only know this now because one of the suspects in the bombing, tamerlan tsarnaev, is now implicated in that horrible triple murder as well. the connection made just yesterday in orlando, of all places. john zarrella has more. >> reporter: sources tell cnn that this man, ibragim todashev knew boston bombing suspects, tamerlan and dzhokhar tsarnaev,
and that todashev confessed to being directly involved in a brutal 2011 triple murder in massachusetts. a former law enforcement official tells cnn that todashev also implicated tamerlan tsarnaev in the murders. but todashev is now dead, shot during questioning by an fbi agent and two massachusetts state police officers in the kitchen of his orlando apartment. law enforcement sources told cnn todashev had confessed to his role in the triple murder, then became violent and attacked the fbi agent. he was then shot and killed. a friend said todashev knew the bombing suspects, but that was all. >> he knew him back, like two years ago, back when he used to live in boston. and he knew them. he wasn't like real close friends, but just happened to know them. and i guess that was his fault, mistake. but he had no idea that they were up to something like that. like bombing and everything, you
know what i mean? >> reporter: now-dead boston marathon bomber tsarnaev. there were other connections between the two men. sources tell cnn they came from the same region of chechnya. todashev lived in boston two years ago. both men were in mixed martial arts at a studio in boston and on a mixed martial arts website. earlier this month, todashev was charged with aggravated battery after, according to orlando police, getting in a fight over a parking space at a local mall. while it appears todashev was a violent man, his connection to the bombing suspects may go no further than a drug murder case and friendship. >> and john zarrella joins us live now from orlando, florida. john, this is such an incredible twist to this story.
was there some kind of proximate move by this suspect that he was going to lead and that they'd lose him in this investigation? >> reporter: well, you know, they had talked to todashev on more than just this one occasion, because they had known about him and had been following him, almost within a couple of days after the boston bombings, so at some point, according to todashev's friends, the fbi told him, don't leave the country, because todashev, according to his friends had purchased a ticket to fly to russia on may 27th and the fbi told him, make sure you do not get on that flight. >> and then what about this whole notion of the local investigation in middlesex county, because that was effectively a triple murder that most people knew nothing about, until there was that weird connection, that the victim was a friend of tamerlan tsarnaev. where does that go now? the local investigators, what do they do with all of this? >> reporter: well, now, not just the local investigators, but the
fbi. i think, quite clearly, the first step will be going back, doing forensics back from the 2011 tribbple murders and seein if dna can, in fact, tie both todashev and tamerlan tsarnaev to that crime scene. you know, if they can do that, then they take another step towards certainly solving that crime. but it does not, at this point, connect todashev to the boston bombings, not at this point, at least. >> unbelievable. all right, john zarrella, good reporting for us, live in orlando, florida. thank you. in a place where misery and jagged scraps of people's shattered lives just can't afford a mere whisper of a breeze, there is severe weather bearing down on moore, oklahoma, this morning. soaking rains really dashing hopes for the recovery of those priceless memories, the photos, really anything salvageable from that ef-5 monster that twisted
that community into oblivion. and adding to the misery, the heartbroken town is pausing for the first of many funerals still ahead. the number of dead now stands at 24. ten of the dead are children. george howell joins us live now from moore, oklahoma. there was a lot of rain, there was lightning this morning. is there a break in this or are you worried for the rest of the day that it's just going to circle around you there? >> reporter: you know, ashleigh, from what we understand at this point, we are in the clear. it could be cloudy, you know, for the next couple of hours and we hope to see some sunlight. seeing is hints of sunlight here on the horizon. and that's good news, because, again, you know, people are going into those neighborhoods, as close as they can get, back to their homes, and yeah, they're dealing with a mess. they're dealing with wood that's all over the place, nails that are sticking up. they're dealing with mud and rain. it's just a really nasty situation out here. and, you know, we also have some updated information, just as far
as the number of injured. we know that 353 people were injured in this situation. you remember, there were six people missing the other day. now we know that all six people have been accounted for. and as you mentioned, you know, in the backdrop of, you know, trying to recover, trying to pick up and start over, we are now starting to see those funerals that will happen here, you know, in the next several days. so, difficult situation out here. >> and george, i want to bring to the viewers' attention, something that's just coming into cnn, some live pictures, apparently, of flooding in the oklahoma area. as we were watching so many of the live reports this morning, brooke baldwin and john berman, there was just torrential rain that was coming down. i can only imagine there are flash flood warnings when that kind of weather comes through. but how many people actually have access to televisions or radios at this point to get those warnings? >> well, you know, i think people do. you find here in oklahoma that people do have the noaa weather radio. people watch very closely to the
local affiliates, and they do a tremendous job of keeping up with the weather out here. it's just what they do here in oklahoma. this is the weather that they're prepared for. you mentioned that rain. it was heavy rain this morning. flooding in some places. but the floodwater quickly subsides around here. what you're left with, though, is a mess. and it's muddy again, and that's a problem. because you have to go back into these communities where it was starting to dry out. that's not the case anymore. and we know that a lot of people will have a really nasty situation to deal with. >> it's just absolutely insult to injury when this kind of weather comes in after people had thought, maybe they had a chance at getting something back from their belongings. george howell reporting live, thank you for that. there are two teachers, as well, sharing their stories about how they helped to keep children safe during all of this. just have a listen. it is terrifying, but, we're
happy to report that all of the students in briarwood, elementary, got out safely. we're going to bring you the teacher's stories of this phone call and this recording a little later on this hour. and then this weekend, go along with our anderson cooper as he gets a close-up look at storm chasers, the storm chasers who risk their lives to bring you the pictures and document these storms. "storm hunters: in the path of disaster," saturday night, 7:00 eastern time. and if you would like to help out the victims of moore, oklahoma, you can visit our "impact your world" page. happy to give you the address, at cnn.com/impact. cnn.com/impact. coming up, a british soldier savagely killed in broad daylight and onlookers recording it, seemingly unafraid. the woman who confronted the attackers. we're going to take you live to england, next. i have low testosterone. there, i said it.
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carrying out a knife attack on a british soldier were known to britain's domestic security service. they had featured in previous investigations into other individuals, although they themselves were not under surveillance. just have a listen to what they said. >> i apologize that women had to witness this today, but in our land, our women have to see the same. you people will never be safe. remove your governments. they don't care about you. >> just remarkable. suspects on camera, during all of this, bystanders even staying close by, as they butchered a british soldier with meat cleavers and knives on the street. before they, themselves, were shot by responding police. they, now, are under guard, in hospitals there. atika shubert is live in woolich, england, right now with more on the story. apart from the fact that this is just something so remarkable that was caught on cell phone
video by innocent bystanders, what about these two people? are they radicals? is it terrorism? what do we know about who they are and what they did? >> reporter: we really don't know that much at this point. all we know is that they're under arrest, they're in the hospital, they were seriously injured when they were shot by police. but even though, clearly, the authorities know their identity, they have not released their names at this point. we have this video where you see one of the suspects, his hands covered in blood, clutching a meat cleaver and a knife. clearly speaking in a broad london accent. this is somebody who clearly grew up in england and is very familiar here. but we don't know anything more than that, really. and we're still trying to get more details, but it was really a surreal scene. and i have to point out, this video wasn't just caught on camera. the two suspects actually went out and asked people to film them. they also asked them to call the
police, telling them to bring the police to them. it was really, truly surreal. and one of the most incredible parts about this was a woman, a mother. she's a cub scout leader, ingrid kenne kennett. she basically pushed past horrified onlookers to go to the soldiers who was on the road. she thought it was a road accident, initially, and when she got there, she realized he was dead. when she got there and looked up and saw the killers and started to talking to them. listen to what she told itv news. >> were you not scared for yourself in that situation? >> no. >> why not? >> better me than the children. there were more and more mothers with children stopping around. it was more and more important that i talked to him and asked him what he wanted. there was just this lady cradling the soldier and gradually people start to come. the blood attracting people.
>> reporter: it was an absolutely incredible thing that she was able to -- she was trying to talk them down, essentially, and keep them from doing anymore violence. it was just a short while later, when police arrived and shot the two suspects and apprehended them. ashleigh? >> atika, one of the other aspects of this truly bizarre video, as we look at it and you see him making his appeal to this, you know, this cell phone-wielding passerby, there's a woman in the background who has her groceries. and she's just walking, right across the street, up to a murderer with blood on his hands, yielding a cleaver and a knife, seemingly unaware, as even she sees a body on the ground, that she's about to near brush up against a guy who had just perpetrated all of this. these bystanders, what are they saying? did they know what was going on? did they think that it was something else to this? it just doesn't seem like anyone was afraid or running for their lives? >> reporter: no, exactly.
there was a lot of confusion. a lot of eyewitnesss i spoke to said they thought, initially, it was a road accident, because they saw a car up on the sidewalk and a body in the middle of the road in a pool of blood. and they presumed it was a road accident. they did not know that he had been hacked to death. i've heard, basically, there are two phases to this, the beginning, where he was hit by a car, and frenzied, crazed attack and then they dumped the body in the middle of the road. it was at this point most people actually stopped, wondered what was happening, and tried to do something to save the man. and it was only until later that they realized what actually was happening. it was a very surreal scene. >> i think that answers the question why people weren't running for their lives, when most people would think that would be the first thing that people would respond to. atika shubert, thank you very much. here in phoenix, arizona, we're still waiting on a jury to arrive at this building and do a very difficult job. decide if the woman on your screen should live or die. live for a long time in prison
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seven hours and 11 minutes. that's how long the jury has been deliberating whether or not to give jodi arias a live sentence or a death sentence. it is now day three, maybe seven hours and 11 minutes, but we're at the third day of it. and those jurors are set to get back to work, hard at work, in a little over an hour and a half. but does that mean that we're going to get a decision anytime soon? it's a great question, usually one that no one can answer, but beth karas knows more about court than anyone i've ever met, so she's kind enough to join me now. i want to ask you, beth, about the very strange dynamic that played out, for people who don't watch court a lot, the jury came back after about 2 1/2 hours and said to the judge, we're deadlocked, we just can't agree. and she did that very common charge, some people call it an allen charge, others a dynamite charge, but basically it's a
charge to go back and work harder. and they effectively seem to be doing that, by the clock, don't they? >> yes, indeed. because we didn't hear anything more from the jury yesterday. they went home at the end of the day. they're supposed to be back soon to resume another day of deliberations. so after a couple of hours, i was very suspicious that the jurors said they were deadlocked. at least, that's how the judge communicated it. i understand that you're basically at an impasse. this charge is very common. we see it read often more than once to a jury, because judges, especially in a case of this length and expense, they don't want to call it a day and start all over again, even though this would be a do-over just for the penalty phase. they really want these 12 jurors, who know the case better than anyone else, to sit in judgment and encourage them to do so. so they apparently are working very hard. no more notes, doesn't seem to be a problem at this point. >> so i remember you and i covered another case that was five months long, and there was a deadlock in it, and there was
a dynamite charge or an allen charge read by the judge and that charge was not just read one time when the jury came back and said, we just can't agree, it was phil spector, the famous musical producer in his first murder trial. and it was a case where that judge read them that charge twice. >> right. they deliberated for 2 1/2 weeks. and that was not a death penalty case. it wasn't capital, it was second-degree murder and so it was on the guilt of second-degree murder that they were hung. and the judge ultimately granted a mistrial. that was september 2007, the end of september, when he granted it, and phil spector was retried. retrials often work against a defendant and he was convicted. but, yes, the judge really didn't want this jury to go away without a decision. they had been sitting since april of 2007, hearing evidence, and here it was september. well, he was tried again and now he's sitting in prison for the rest of his life. >> oh, dear god, i do believe you just said they deliberated two weeks. i had forgotten that. i think i had wiped it out of my
mind. it was a very long case, and this one is proving the to be extraordinarily lengthy as well. well, we'll get our voter registration here,et ettbeth ka. thank you for that. we'll talk to you later on. and stay with me throughout the afternoon. because as the jodi arias verdict continues there, deliberations, we'll continue all the developments here and, honestly, every day, there has been one very bizarre development. when they reach a decision or there's movement, we will bring it to you. on to other news of the day. drones, that's certainly one of the america's most effective weapons in the fight against terror. and now an acknowledgement that the united states drones have killed four americans overseas. prp president obama is going to speak about that specifically, a controversial policy. where does he stand and where are we going with this kind of warfare? a live report, coming up next. all business purchases.
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killing americans, and now for the very first time, the obama administration is acknowledging that u.s. drones have killed four americans overseas since 2009. the use of drones has been one of the most contentious policies implicated by the u.s. government. in about 2 1/2 hours, the president is going to deliver his first major speech on counterterrorism of his second term. he's expected to refocus that whole drone policy, make it more transparent, shift the control away from the cia, very secretive, and to the military instead. our white house correspondent, dan lothian, with more on this. >> reporter: hours before president obama delivers a major national security speech, his administration is now acknowledging that the u.s. killed four americans in drone strikes. the government admitted to the killings in a letter wednesday to congress. of the four, only anwar al awlaki was actually targeted in september 2011 in yemen. the others were in the wrong place at the wrong time.
american drones have aggressively chased terrorists from the mountains of pakistan to the desert of yemen. high-tech warfare consistently defended by the obama administration. >> to stop plots, prevent future attacks, and to save american lives. >> reporter: in his state of the union address, president obama laid out a broad legal justification for this use of deadly force. >> my administration has worked tirelessly to forge a durable, legal, and policy framework to guide our counterterrorism efforts. >> reporter: and the attorney general's letter also reveals this week, the president approved new standards for reviewing and approving missions to capture or kill terrorists. in his speech later today at the national defense university, aides say the president will build on his state of the union message, including providing more transparency on how terrorists are targeted and making the case that al qaeda is weakened, but new dangers have emerged. >> the longer that this program has gone on, the more
controversial it's become. whether it's the concerns over civilian casualties, the blowback on american reputation. >> reporter: all things the president says he wrestles with in an interview last summer with cnn's jessica yellin. >> that's something you have to struggle with. >> reporter: another flashpoint the president will address, the guantanamo bay detention facility. president obama first pledge when he took office in 2009 was to close the facility. but after insurmountable legal hurdles, it remains open. >> you know, it is the president's view that we should be determined, as he is, to see the guantanamo bay detentions facility closed. keeping it open is not efficient, it's not effective, and it's not in the interest of our national security. >> so we have a couple of questions for dan lothian, joining us now live from the white house. let's start with the drone policy, dan. the significance of shifting the policy away from the cia to the military, what is the significance and what about the timing of it?
>> reporter: well, i think, you know, that the significance is wherever anything happens within the cia, there's a lot of secrecy, and this administration is trying to put out there that they want to be more transparent about this program. hence, the military will allow them to do this. in terms of a timing, there's been a lot of pressure on the president and this drone program. those on the left have deep concerns about civilian casualties, but also, there's the relationship factor with other countries like pakistan. remember, the pakistan blocked that key supply, nato supply line into afghanistan after some two dozen of their soldiers were killed during one of those strikes. and so, they have -- it sort of frayed the relationship, if you will, with some countries in the united states. so you put it all together, some of that pressure is what's leading the president in this new direction. >> well, and gitmo is a whole other issue, which i'll have to address with my next guest. dan lothian, thank you. and you can certainly watch the president's speech right here. it starts at 2:00 eastern live
on cnn. we will bring you those comments when he begins. one of the world's foremost experts on the u.s. counterterrorism program, al qaeda and the taliban is our national security analyst, peter bergen, and he joins us live now from our washington studio. peter, i'm sure you were just overhearing dan lothian's report. and we were just about to touch on gitmo and guantanamo bay. the issue of guantanamo bay seems to be a real conundrum for this administration. what to do about those who are there and what to do about some of the myths. you wrote a piece for cnn.com that published yesterday. there's a lot of marketing that may be hasn't been done or needs to be done about the truth about gitmo, the people who are there, the people who have been released, and the infractions they may or may not have been accused of or charged with or convicted of. can you lay out the real story behind gitmo and the issues that we're facing with gitmo? >> sure, ashleigh. the reason that it's been so difficult to close is, you know, there are some people in guantanamo who are too dangerous
to release and can't be prosecuted. the exact number is a relatively small proportion. there are also people in gitmo who should be there and will be prosecuted by military commissions. there are 86 people that a task force of justice officials, department of defense officials, have cleared for release, which means, either, generally speaking, will be transferred to their home countries, prison system, where they'll be monitored and eventually released or held on to by those countries. so, there are quite -- about half the population is being cleared for transfer to their home countries. the problem there, of course, is that quite a number of them are from yemen. and people who are involved in anti-american attacks, who have been in the yemeni prison system, and who have escaped. so you want to have a yemeni prison situation that you feel very confident about, if you're going to start transferring people back to yemen. so it's a -- you know, it's not an easy problem. the administration has put quite a lot of effort into assessing who should be released.
on the -- you know, on the issue -- one of the issues, of course, is how many people have been released and sort of returned to the battlefield, quote/unquote. the government claims something like a quarter, the public record shows a much, much smaller number. and the number of people who have gone back to the battlefield in the obama administration period is much more. partly because fewer people have been released than under george w. bush, and partly because there's been a much more rigorous process about who to release. >> i find it interesting, looking at those recidivism rates, the commensurate to re-offend, they're not km commiserate at all with people in the united states. but even more interesting for those in america who are very supportive of gitmo and don't believe that those particular detainees should be brought to the mainland or tried in the mainland, they might change their tune when they find out what our bad relationship with cuba costs us to actually keep each one of those detainees
incarcerated. it is unbelievable, the amount of money per detainee to just keep them there. can you outline that? >> yeah, it's $800,000 per year per detainee, which is about 30 times what it would cost to house a detainee in the united states. but the politics of bringing guantanamo detainees to the united states, you know, that's down. congress has basically blocked that and i think there is a way forward. we'll hear from the president this afternoon about releasing at least some of these detainees who, three years ago, by the way, ashleigh, three years ago, this interagency task force of officials said 86 were cleared for release. so, it would be, basically, un-american to hold people indefinitely. it's been a principal of angelo american law since 1216, that you don't hold people without trial indefinitely. and, you know, sadly, you know, moving forward, the hunger strike that's going on in guantanamo has put more additional pressure on the administration to try to solve
this and basically just not sort of shelve it and say, this is too difficult. >> hey, peter, you know, americans may not get a steady diet of news on guantanamo, but that's a whole different ball game when you go overseas. i mean, there are people who hammer down this issue, this problem. it's a propaganda tool for a lot of people. we're accused on a regular basis of doing very illegal, unconstitutional, very un-american kinds of things. can you just give me a perspective on what we don't get in our media that folks overseas get all the time? >> well, i think guantanamo, as an issue, has proceeded a little bit overseas. but i do think that the drones, you know, none of our closest allies, according to the u.n. investigator, whose looking into this, you know, except our legal rationale, that we can basically kill people outside the conventional war zones. and that's, i think, one of the many reasons the president is going to be speaking this afternoon about the drone
program. you know, we have to have a legal framework that we feel comfortable, that the chinese will work with or the iranians will work with. because our monopoly on armed drones is basically eroding very quickly. china, in february, said that it contemplated killing a drug lord with an armed drone who was in a remote area of southeast asia. and so, you know, other countries are going to point to our legal framework and it better be good. it better be something that we can live with and want other countries to live with. and i think that's, you know, one of the reasons why we're seeing this kind of a -- you know, this announcement this afternoon about a much more calibrated drone policy, apart from the fact that, of course, it's perceived to kill civilians, which, i think, is unfair. most of these attacks don't actually kill civilians now, because the targeting is much better. but, certainly, the legal framework needs to be something that we can be comfortable with. you know, other countries, you know, sort of being held to the
same kind of level of accountability. >> sure. yeah, we don't want to be the pot calling the kettle black down the road some times. what works for us may work very well for others and not work for us. it's a great piece. i encourage people to go to cnn.com and have a lack at it. he lays out a lot of the myths behind not only gitmo, but also the drone program. the author of the "manhunt," a very wise man. and i also want to let you know about a special program set for tomorrow night based on peter bergen's book, "manhunt." it's an hbo documentary film telling the remarkable true story of the two-decade search for bin laden. it's a must-see, "manhunt," friday night, right here on cnn. there is yet another incident in the military regarding sexual misconduct. videotaping people in showers. not kidding. more after this. mine was earned in djibouti, africa. 2004.
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a sergeant who is supposed to advise and counsel west point cadets is instead being accused of sexual misconduct. and not just any kind of conduct. he allegedly videotaped female cadets while they were in the showers and the bathrooms of the nation's oldest and most prestigious military academy. this is just the latest in a recent string of scandals that have hit the military here in the u.s. and the pentagon is under growing pressure to put a stop to it. here's barbara starr. >> reporter: ashleigh, for the elite u.s. military academy at west point, it doesn't get any seedier, any more invasive than this. another black eye for the u.s. military. this time, an army sergeant, fu first class, is charged with allegedly secretly videotaping female cadets in the showers and bathrooms at the u.s. military
academy at west point. it went on for nearly three years. his job, to mentor and train cadets. the sergeant's conduct was discovered last year. after a criminal investigation, he is now charged with indecent conduct, dereliction of duty, cruelty, and maltreatment. the story was first reported by "the new york times." it's the latest in a series of high-profile cases of sexual misconduct in the military. president obama is outraged and vowing to crack down on assaults. >> he has zero tolerance for sexual assault in the military and that he believes that it is -- that those who participate in it dishonor the uniform they wear. >> reporter: defense secretary chuck hagel says, accountability must improve. >> starting with some of the questions about victims saying, and rightfully so, that they didn't feel their commanders were accountable, enough to be able to come forward and
register a complaint. >> reporter: at ft. hood, texas, another sergeant first class, who worked on preventing sexual assaults, is under criminal investigation by the army for allegedly trying to force a female soldier into prostitution, as well as abusive sexual conduct and maltreatment of subordinates. an air force lieutenant corporal jeffrey krasinski was arrested on federal battery charges can by allegedly groping a woman near the pentagon where he worked on sexual assault prevention. sex crimes have happened in civilian society and in the military for years. but what commanders will tell you is inside the pentagon, inside military circles, they now believe they must confront and deal with a cultural issue. and that is how military women are treated. ashleigh? >> all right, barbara starr, great work at the pentagon for us. thank you. i want to turn to oklahoma now. some terrified teachers,
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monday's tornado, ef-5. they don't get worse than that, effectively leveling briarwood elementary school. but, amazingly, every student, every teacher walked out of that, they walked out of that alive. and now there is some sound of the terrifying moment that that tornado hit. it was recorded by one of the teachers who was rolling it on her cell phone. our brian todd now picking up that story. >> reporter: that's the sound of the terrifying moments when the tornado hit. lynn bretton and jessica ore are still shaken. their voices still quiver when they talk about it. monday afternoon, when this massive tornado struck, they huddled with 25 kids inside a bathroom at briarwood elementary school. bretton says she covered two kids with her body and kept thinking -- >> don't let me die. just let me get these babies out of here. >> reporter: as the roof was torn off and the ceiling caved in on the bathroom, listen to the audio recording on bretton's
cell phone of horrified kids, bretton trying to reassure them. [ screaming ] >> you're okay. you're okay. you're okay. you're okay. you're okay. you're okay. you're okay. you're okay. you're okay. you're okay. >> i didn't know what to tell them. i just kept telling them we're okay. my mind, i was praying. >> she said, father, just protect us. put angels in between us and the tornado. i know you're stronger than this tornado. and some of the kids were praying, the teachers were praying and i looked her in the eye and we could hear a roar. >> teaching sixth grade at briarwood and fifth grade, the
kids they were protecting, 10 or 11 years old. lynn says the most intense part of the experience when the tornado was at its strongest and grinding their school apart played out over the course of only about ten minutes. afterward, this is what was left of briarwood elementary school. at one point, one of the kids shouted at bretton, i love you. >> i love you! >> i love you too! we're okay! we're okay! >> everyone survived. the teachers say no one was hurt. >> and the sound, you could just hear it start to go away and i thought, we made it, we made it, thank you god. >> lynn says the advice she'd give to other teachers for a situation like that, count your kids, know who you have and stay calm. although she says that's next to impossible. brian todd, cnn, moore, oklahoma. >> and we invite you to go along with anderson cooper as he gets an up close look at the storm
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mastectomy made headlines and now her partner, brad pitt, could have a very unusual condition that makes it hard for him to recognize people's faces. you can imagine the problems that would cause in an industry that you could describe as very ego-driven. our senior medical koerpt elizabeth cohen is with me. face blindness, i'm sorry, i've never heard of it. i don't know anything about it and i'm a little baffled by it. what is it? >> i think it is sort of baffling. what it is is it's kind of like dyslexia for the face. dyslexics might see letters but can't put together to form a word. ashleigh, i look at you and i can see that you have beautiful brown hair and you have glasses and you have high cheekbones, but if i had face blindness, i couldn't put together that this is ashleigh banfield even though i've known you for years. it's the putting it together part that is difficult for people with face blindness. and doctors tell us that it's more common than people think and there's a continuum.
people might be like i need more time to figure this out, it can be mild or severe, but it's probably more common than we think. it's a baffling brain disorder. >> it's great that you describe it as dyslexia for the face, that makes perfect sense, but why just the face? why not say a road map or a brand of car or vehicle? does it apply to anything else other than people's faces? >> that is a great question. and it really does appear to be very face-specific. so one doctor i talked to at harvard, he says he has patients who are artists, very successful artists who have face blindness and irony of irony some of them are port rate artists. they paint beautiful port rarai. they see things and can't file it away and recall it as the person i went to college with or the person i work with every day. >> is it based not just to suggest you know all about this, but it based on physiology, or is it more mental? i freeze up when i have to do
math on the spot, and i almost wonder if face blindness is a little like the pressure's on, oh, no, i'm scrambling. >> it doesn't feel like it's emotional, actually. from what doctors told us it really feels very much like a brain disorder. some doctors say you can look at an mri of someone with face blindness and you can see it like certain things will light up or not light up so it seems very organic from what doctors tell us. >> it's really interesting. thank you, elizabeth. i learned something knew and i know you would always recognize me, but i have blond hair. >> did i get the high cheekbones and glasses right? did i get that part right? >> i was very appreciative of everything else you said. elizabeth cohen reporting for us live in atlanta. we're also keeping an eye for you on the new york stock exchange because the dow is down. i'm looking at my numbers here. i think down 13. that's quite significant. it was only down about five points just a few minutes ago. we'll keep an eye on that for you. in the meantime i want to let you know my colleague anderson cooper has been very hard at work. he's going to take over our
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extraordinary to see the damage that it has brought. i'm anderson cooper. live with special coverage from moore, oklahoma. this battered town is being slammed again. it is a miserable day here. heavy rain today is hampering recovery efforts. lightning and thunder, authorities warn that strong winds could send tornado debris flying through the air. this comes as people here start the painful task of burying 24 of their own including ten children killed in monday's tornado. 9-year-old antonia being buried first. her funeral is underway. her obituary says she always danced, not walked, to the beat of her own drum. she and six other students were killed when the twister demolished plaza towers elementary school. today is the last day of school in this district. the district superintendent says they will go ahead with graduation ceremonies on saturday. >> it's the beginning of a healing process. and this community needs to begin that healing process. and we're going to do that