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>> don berman. the black forest wildfire in colorado springs turned deadly. 750 firefighters are on the front lines. they are in a losing battle right now. winds are whipping and the flames are flying across tree tops, swallowing up homes in mere seconds. dan simon is live from colorado springs this morning. we have seen unprecedented damage from the fires. now lives have been lost. >> reporter: yeah, good morning. we now have the first two confirmed fatalities. a heart breaking situation. two people found in what was a garage. the car doors opened. they were in the process of fleeing the flames. up until this point, the fire spread through a forested area where people have big homes and wooded areas. now with the fire inching toward colorado springs, it could put more homes at risk.
listen to the crackling of the flames. this, just one of the 379 homes now reduced to rubble in what is now called the most destructive wildfire in colorado state history. the black forest wildfire scorched nearly 16,000 acres of land. the flames threatening majoring cities like colorado springs. >> it was extremely fast moving. i kept my family here too long. we thought we were safe. it was crossing the street to the south of us. >> reporter: the inferno is now deadly, taking the lives of two people in the midst of evacua evacuating. 40 minutes after they started packing, the flames were on their doorstep. >> our heart gos out to their loved ones. our thoughts and prayers are with all the people who have been hurt by the fire. >> reporter: thousands fleeing their homes. for some, like the coin family, they are facing the reality of
losing their house. >> it was probably the worst thing i have seen in my life. you have that moment where you say is that really my house? >> reporter: 750 firefighters working tirelessly to fight the flames. now we are getting a rare look from inside the fire lines. watch as air force academy firefighter aids in the battle against the inferno. >> give me some water! >> reporter: working alongside the team to extinguish the flames. the black forest is one of several wildfires in the state. the gorge fire threatens the bridge that hosted tourists for so many years. up north, lightning ignited a fire in rocky mountain national park. authorities offered the first bid of hopeful news. the fire is slightly contained, 5%. they are making a little bit of progress. still, 40,000 people are evacuated and no word on when
things might return to normal. christine? >> we wish them a lot of luck, those 750 firefighters on the line. thanks, dan. >> a lot going on with the weather from east to west flooding to tornadoes. severe storms are taking a toll across the country this morning. a tornado touched down in oregon, near portland tearing the roof off one home. witnesses say the storm sent debris flying into the air. funnel clouds were spotted in several nearby towns. no injuries reported. worth county iowa, two women and a girl trapped in an suv after it went into a flooded ditch along interstate 35 during a torrential downpour. heart breaking. it took rescue teams 45 minutes to pull them to safety. everyone was okay. >> my goodness. the owners of cattleman's
steakhouse are vowing to rebuild after the restaurant was destroyed by a tornado. they have owned the steakhouse for more than 30 years. >> it's really hard to kind of comprehend when you walk in there and everything is just tore up inside. you know, parts of it are untouched. it's typical with a tornado. but, then you walk in other parts and it's in shambles. it really breaks your heart, you know? >> she and one of her workers got out and drove away minutes before the tornado struck on wednesday. >> she said about two minutes. she locked the door, two minutes later, it was gone. >> my goodness, high temperatures continue out west making it difficult for crews in colorado. what about the storm systems spinning off tornadoes across the country? >> we are looking at that and we have the forecast. good morning. >> good morning. what a crazy last 24 hours. take a look at the storm system.
it's the one that started in iowa between 2:00 and 6:00 yesterday. look how large the storm system was. really the entire eastern sea board. look at that, then we'll show you the damage it did. storms. these are all wind reports, 645 of them. tons of wind damage. downed trees and power lines. a lot of lost power. everyone is still recovering from that. the backside of it, we are seeing rain in the northeast this morning. also stronger winds are out there. seeing gusty conditions, boston and d.c. 25-mile-per-hour gusts. the low moved to the south. cooler air behind it. unfortunately, we have a severe threat out there today. this looks to be in the dakotas. over all, a better picture today, which we needed. we'll talk about the fires coming up. >> thank you. frightening scene at a popular miami sports bar.
a water deck collapsed into biscayne bay. two dozen people pulled from the water. three suffering critical injuries. john is live from the bar in north bay village, florida. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, christine. they are saying up to 100 people were on that floating dock when it collapsed. the good news is that there are no people still missing this morning. now, you can take a look behind me. look at that. you can see the mess of chairs and tables and the potted palm trees and can opiecanopies. there's the white fence that went around the top area of the deck there. everything seemed to collapse from one side to the other. fortunately the water is really shallow there. it happened around 10:00 p.m. a lot of people said you know what, there was no warning. >> we were sitting there,
enjoying the view after dinner and we heard people screaming. we didn't know where it was coming from. >> we were walk sboog the back area. it was more of what we heard than saw. first we heard a crack. then it was within seconds that the whole deck had collapsed into the water. >> a lot of people went to the bar to see the heat game and many got hurt. we were coming from the beach. we saw all of these lights. it occurred to us to figure out what was going on or wonder what was going on. it was really close to the hotel. the rooftop was open, we got access to that and i was able to record this. >> reporter: now a lot of the folks here, the patrons and those who work here said it happened at the time the heat scored a basket and everybody got up to cheer. now the investigation is going to begin. what happen?
were there too many teem on the dock? what caused it to collapse? that may take some time. >> it must have been terrifying, in the dark, by surprise, ending up in the water. i hope all is well for those critically injured. thanks. the government insisting the top secret nsa program that collects phone records isn't just legal, robert muller says it could have prevented the september 11th attacks had it been in place earlier. it could have identified one of the hijackers and foiled the attacks. >> the 9/11 commission itself indicated that investigations or interrogations of him once he was identified could have yielded evidence of connections of other participants in the 9/11 plot. it could have derailed the plan in any case, the opportunity was not there. if we had this program that
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may 31st. at least three dead, 4300 injured. the white house saying it is clear syria used chemical weapons on its own people killing rebels. how forcefully will the white house respond? the pressure on the president building right now. here is cnns barbara. >> reporter: the obama administration fearing what they thought. >> a red line for us is we start seeing chemical weapons being utilized. that would change. >> reporter: pressure is growing on president obama to act. >> i applaud the president's decision and i appreciate it. the president of the united states better understand just supplying weapons is not going to change the equation on the ground and the balance of power. >> reporter: one says it will boost military support to the
rebels but won't say how. an option, arming the rebels. that could include ammunition for rifles and machine guns, shoulder fired weapons to attack tanks, artillery, helicopters and jets, mortars and rockets. the white house does not plan to put u.s. troops on the ground in syria and is far from ready commit to a no-fly zone. >> what is going to make a decisive difference now and is the administration willing to do that or is this a throw some gun that is way and pretend you are doing something when it's not going make a difference. >> reporter: the stakes couldn't be higher. >> it's important to us because of the tremendous number of chemical weapons there. if the weapons get in the hands of the al qaeda related terrorist groups, they will certainly be used against europe and against us. >> reporter: the white house announcement comes after word
that former president, bill clinton is now siding with mccain calling for tougher action. according to politico, clinton said, quote, some people say stay out. i think that's a big mistake. still, the fundamental unanswered question, exactly what type of military assistance is the u.s. going to provide to the rebels. barbara starr, cnn, the pentagon. >> let's take you to the front line in syria. fred is in damascus. the white house said, definitively saying what was been suspected. chemical weapons were used on the syrian people. it raises the stakes, doesn't it? >> reporter: it does. the assessment is something the syrian government is worried about. they are worried about increased u.s. involvement. they are waiting to see what the u.s. administration decides
next. certainly advanced anti-tank missiles and aircraft is something they are concerned about. we have been trying to get a response from the syrian government. telltale signs they have not given us one, yet. they are thinking about it and debating it now. i was able to go to damascus and talk to people. the mood is one of disbelief and defiance. have a look at this. >> translator: we have had this war for 2 1/2 years and managed well. what are they going to do? air strikes in military areas? they can do that. we have proven we can manage, we are patient and we will win. >> translator: america is inventing stories about chemical weapons. the syrian government never used them. the rebels used them, not the government. they are inventing stories because our army is winning.
>> reporter: the concern is, of course, or would be the establishment of a no-fly zone. right now, they believe they have the momentum on the battlefield. increased u.s. involvement could quench that. >> you have rare access to soldiers. what have you learned? >> reporter: you know, the interesting thing, we were on the front lines yesterday in damascus. the interesting thing is they were more confident than i have seen in the past. normally, syrian soldiers would never talk to media. they were able to talk about the advances and all of that goes back to hezbollah's involvement and the gains they have been making. you can see syrian soldiers with stickers, the head of hezbollah on their chest. they know where all this is coming from. they feel they have the momentum at this point and time. of course, they are worried all of that could shift if america gets more involved. they feel it's a very important
time, a sensitive time. also, that's why we are hearing the syrian -- as fast as possible. >> losing fred's audio. the united states declaring chemical weapons have been used. >> things we'll be watching closely. president obama embarks on his visit to africa and taxpayers could be picking up a whopping nine-figure tab according to documents. a trip to south africa could cost between $60 million and $100 million. that will pay for hundreds of secret service agents, 56 support vehicles including 14 limousines and three trucks loaded with sheets of bullet proof glass. a full compliment of jets flying and ships providing 24 hour, non-stop coverage of the president's air space.
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and it would be the banner headline, hillary clinton woke up and is running for president. >> is she contemplating it? >> 31 minutes past the hour. one man is dead. at least 75 others recovering following a massive explosion near baton rouge, louisiana. nick has more now. >> passing by on a delivery. we saw big flames in the air shooting up. we looked over. the whole unit was engolfed in flames. >> reporter: the flames are out. the cause of the blast that sent a fire above this louisiana community is unclear. >> the chemical we think is involved is highly volatile, but not one that would lead the fence line, we think we are okay in that regard. >> reporter: the blast killed at least one person and sent dozens more to the hospital. those who escaped unharmed were left dazed. >> boom!
like that. everybody started taking off running, chaos, jumped the fence, jumped the tables. buses running over people. >> reporter: at a nearby hospital, doctors and nurses treating the injured. >> the look on people's faces was shell shock. you talk to people as you take them out of the helicopter. one man said we didn't know what happened. we heard a loud boom and he said the next one was so loud, i felt like my chest was going to cave in. >> they continue to assess what happened thursday, louisiana's governor trying to reassure those affected. >> once the investigations are done, once there's a responsible party, they are held responsible. >> nick valencia, cnn. the fire in colorado is now a killer. 16,000 acre black forest fire is
not going well. 379 homes are gone, burned to the ground. now, two victims have been found burned to death. they were attempting to pack up and flee their homes. they were found in the garage with the car doors open trying to get out of there. firefighters report the planes were racing across tree tops making containment next to impossible. >> people are watching their homes go up in flames. one couple watched on the evening news, their house go up in flames. when will the winds die down? >> the forecast doesn't change much even for the next seven days. we continue to see, very easy to tell where the moisture is, east of the area. so close. west of it, notice how dry. the overnight hours, we are getting a hint of recovery. without the beeting sun, we get higher relative humidity. it's definitely not a good
enough number. as we go through the afternoon, the number drops. they are dealing with all the dry air. they have a thunderstorm chance in the afternoon. this is for the high elevations. keep in mind, it's so dry, it's not hiding the ground. it enhances the threat for lightning that could strike another wildfire. the temperatures are high. gusts are coming through. they are dealing with the fire danger. on the east coast, the storm is kicking out of here. that was the storm between 2:00 and 6:00. conditions are better today. >> thank you so much. other news. today marks six months since the sandy hook elementary massacre. the community comes together for a ceremony honoring the 26 victims, children and adults gunned down in the school. a moment of silence will be observed 9:30 a.m. eastern time. families and local officials will renew their fight for stricter gun control laws. new developments in a
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the political world is abuzz over a run for the white house in 2016. >> i will focus on applying lessons from around the world and building new partnerships across our entire portfolio, but particularly in three broad areas that have been close to my heart my entire adult life. >> reporter: that new focus could bolster her credentials ahead of another office. the last family member to have the job shares the spotlight. >> i learned about mgo work from hillary. when we were going out, she was active in many kinds of non-governmental activities. she was when i was governor of arkansas in our state, in america and around the world. >> reporter: in some ways, hillary's coming out is a passing of the torch from a
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her 81-month-old daughter has been missing for two weeks now. this morning, the ohio mother is behind bars. she's charged for the disappearance. >> 25-year-old angela breaks down in court on thursday z. her daughter missing for more than a week. she's charged with felony child endangering 18-month-old elena. >> i need all the support i can get to bring her home. >> where is baby elena? >> the toddler disappeared nearly a month ago. her estranged husband came for a visit. angela refused to hand her over. when she did agree, elena was gone. the mother's story doesn't add up. >> she doesn't know where the baby is at or who took the baby.
personally, i don't think she's showing any emotion of it. >> reporter: investigators believe the child may have been hurt. >> the baby was injured at one point. she was aware of it and did not seek medical attention for the baby. >> reporter: volunteers scoured the neighborhood. the streets are lined with posters with one goal, to bring baby elena hope. >> we hope the child turns up alive. right now, it's a mystery. we don't know what happened to the little girl. the mother cannot be charged with murder because no body, no case. >> reporter: bond set at $250,000. pamela brown, cnn, new york. you have to see the next video. trouble on the tarmac in san bernardino county, california. that's not normal. a plane crashing into a hangar.
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wheel. what about two wheels? want to go up, up and away? a public test flight this week. a new bike goes up in the we take a look. >> maybe this will give you a lift. >> oh my goodness. >> wow. >> a flying bicycle. >> reporter: okay, so it didn't fly high, it didn't fly far, it didn't fly long. >> it's what? >> it's phony, it ain't real. >> reporter: oh, it's real. it took place at a hall in the czech republic capital of prague. it wasn't e.t. avoiding a roadblock. instead of being silhouetted against the sun, the flying bike stayed low, a total of six propellers that look like fans
provide the lift powered by batteries. it was operated by remote control. >> translator: i have to say, it is good to control. i can fly it without problem. >> reporter: three czech companies collaborated on the flying bike. it was the sight to warm a heart of a window washer. >> we need it to clean windows, that would be great. i have to talk to my boss to buy those nice bikes and we can be flying. >> reporter: one tiny problem, flight time is limited to five minutes. that's when the batteries run out. new yorkers were skeptical. >> it doesn't look safe. >> the propellers are big. >> where you going to land? where do you park it? >> reporter: how are you going to lock it up, like a regular bike on the sidewalk? the lead company says battery capacity will go long enough for sports and tirism. what issues do you see with it?
>> it's insane. what do they call the segways? they made a big thing like everybody was going to be on them. didn't happen. same thing with that. >> reporter: tell that to e.t. cnn. new york. >> extra tresials don't need to bike. five minutes air time. it's not bad. you can cross town in five minutes. >> come on. >> all the new york pedestrians? >> we are having trouble with the city bikes with two wheels, how are we going to do an air bike. >> anyway. good check ingenuity there for you. "early start" continues for you right now. colorado on fire. wildfires turning deadly as hundreds of homes are destroyed this morning as flames are spreading. we are live. chaos at a miami sports bar
when a deck collapse tosses people into the water. the king returned. lebron james helping lead miami to a victory over the spurs. the finals are all tied up. >> yes, yes, yes. up all night. blurry eyed this morning. >> do it again sunday. >> good morning. i'm don lemon. >> i'm christine romans, it's 6:00 a.m. in the east. the most destructive wildfire in history turned deadly. firefighters say the black forest wildfire in colorado springs cannot be contained, not as long as 30 to 40-mile-an-hour winds keep whipping the flames. hundreds of homes have been lost and hundreds more are in harm's way now. dan simon is live in colorado springs this morning. >> reporter: yeah, good morning, don. the community got the first bit of hopeful news. the fire is slightly contained. it's a modest number, 5%. firefighters are beginning to
make progress. meanwhile, up until this point, this fire spread through a very, you know, forested area where people live on multiacre lots. with the fire spreading toward colorado springs, it could put more homes listen to the crackling of the flames, this just one of the 379 homes now reduced to rubble, in what is now being called the most destructive wildfire in colorado state history. the black forest wildfire has scorched nearly 16,000 acres of land, its flames widespread threatening neighboring cities like the densely populated colorado springs. >> it was extremely fast moving. i kept my family here too long because it was safe and next thing it was crossing the street to the south of us within minutes. >> reporter: the iner if me is deadly taking the lives of two people in the midst of evacuating. 40 minutes after the victims
started packing the flames were on their doorstep. >> our hearts go out to loved ones and our thoughts and prayers are with all the people who have been hurt by this fire. >> reporter: thousands fleeing their homes and for some, like the coyne family, now facing the reality of losing their house. >> it was probably the worst thing i've seen in my life, you have that moment where you say it's not really my house. >> reporter: 750 firefighters working tirelessly to contain the flames. and now we're getting a rare look from inside the fire lines. watch as air force academy firefighter braylen eubanks aids in the battle against the inferno working alongside his team to ex-ping wish the flames. to the south, the royal gorge fire threatens the iconic suspension bridge that has hosted tourists for so many years while up north, lightning has ignited a fire in rocky
mountain national park. you got 40,000 people evacuated, it's almost impossible to get a hotel room in this area. the highways, the freeways are jammed with traffic as people are fleeing this fire, and no word, we don't know when things will return to normal. that of course is contingent upon the fire fighting effort and of course the wind. now most of the pictures we've seen up until this point have come from the air but you really need to go tour one of those devastated areas to get an appreciation, a full appreciation of what that scene looks like. martin savage and his team got a tour. >> you can see to the west. >> reporter: up close to the aftermath of the killer fire. this is the first look at ground level at the neighborhoods hardest hit by the black forest fire. there's no roaring blaze but the danger remains. ground crews work hot spots in
front of million-dollar homes while military choppers hover over rooftops. this ornamental pond became a convenient place to refill. >> we have crews everywhere, where there's hot spots. >> reporter: here claims burn in ways hard to explain. licking to the edges of some homes, incinerating others. despite the evacuate order i found dale mielke, retired firefighter, he remained throughout it all. when the flames got close he fought with everything he had. >> i had some extinguishers i used to put that out and i used buckets of rain water that had collected and -- >> reporter: you got fairly desperate, that's what it sounds like. >> i was going to do whatever i had to do. >> reporter: he lost his shed but kept his house. the heat on the street was
extreme. you can see this modern art created by the fire, theser newspaper boxes, maybe it's not surprising they melted, they're plastic but this is a mailbox and that's metal. many of the houses here sat deep in the beauty and seclusion of the black forest but in the fire it was those very trees that often doomed the home. >> and the reality is once it's up in the trees and moving there's nothing the firefighters can do. i mean bhaasically they're lookg out for themselves. >> reporter: 00 fire might fighters include crews from towns just down the road and far away. >> they describe you as having your back against the wall. >> i don't know if i'd go as far as to say that honestly. i don't think it was that bad. we were just doing our job. >> reporter: that humility is tempered with a simple understanding that the black forest fire is far from finished.
martin savidge, cnn, black forest, colorado. >> those firefighters have the toughest job in america today trying to contain that thing, only 5% contained. from east and west devastating storms are putting tornadoes across the ground. police in richmond, virginia, are investigating the death of a 4-year-old boy who was hit by a falling tree during a severe thunderstorm. he was with his father thursday afternoon at maymont park when a tree fell on him. several commercial buildings were damaged when a tornado touched down in oregon. the storm sent debris flying into the air. no injury tots report. members of one iowa family owe their lives to tenacious firefighters. this is along interstate 35 in worth county, iowa.
their suv went into a flooded ditch. >> torrential downpour with very heavy rains, poor visibility, conditions, going off the road into a flooded ditch, several fire departments worked together and were able to rescue them. >> he looked so calm, too. took firefighters about 45 minutes to pull them to safety. indra petersons says it takes six inches of water to knock a car off of its path on the road so everyone be careful. scorching temperatures out west making things tough for the crews doing battle on the wildfires. what about the storm systems dropping rain and causing heavy tornadoes. >> indra petersons is here with the forecast. >> this is the 12-hour loop of what we saw yesterday. all of the weather taking up the entire seaboard into the gulf. finally this is lifting out to
the northeast with wraparound moisture and high winds left in the northeast today. look at all the wind damage left, a lot of reports of downed trees, downed power lines, power outages, people still recovering as we wake up this morning. another story is the dry air towards colorado. we do not have a red flag warning. this is the water vapor satellite, and we're getting a hint of moisture into the colorado area and the gorge is so dry all that moisture isn't making it down to the lower levels. better in the overnight hours 40% trying to get any recovery they can get on that fire in the critical overnight hours. afternoon around 14%. winds are calmer but we know fire causes their own weather pattern as well. >> thank you very much. in south florida this morning some news there, three people are in critical condition after an outdoor deck at a popular miami sports bar
collapsed. dozens of patrons dropped into business tain bay. the fans were watching the nba finals. 24 people in all have been treated for injuries. we go to cnn's john zarrella live in miami's north bay village. what do you know, john? >> reporter: hey, don. one of the things that certainly made the rescue effort a little easier here was the fact that the water level is really low here but you can imagine that one minute you're watching that nba finals game and the next minute the dock is collapsing. people were falling into the water on top of each other and you can see behind me here you can see what's left of the guardrail that went around that deck, the potted walment trees, the tables and chairs all just flung in the water and all of that debris, all of that stuff from the restaurant piling on top of people. patrons of the restaurant who were inside said it literally happened in an instant. >> we were sitting there
enjoying the view after our dinner and we heard people screaming. we didn't know where it was coming from. >> we were walking into the back area and it was more of what we heard rather than what we saw. first we heard like a crack and then it was within seconds that the whole deck had collapsed into the water. >> a lot of people went to this bar to see the heat game and many of them got hurt, we were coming from the beach we saw all of these lights so it occurred to us to figure out what was going on or wonder what was going on so we noticed it was close to our hotel and we were actually notified by some kids that the rooftop was opened so we got access to that and i was able to record this. >> there's a fire rescue unit less than a mile away, they were able to get divers in the water quickly. no one is missing, that is good news but as you mentioned still three people in critical condition. don?
>> john, thank you very much. the government is insisting the top secret nsa program records isn't just legal, robert mueller said it could have prevented the september 11 attacks if it was put in place earlier. data mining could have identified one of the 9/11 hijackers and potentially foiled those attacks. >> the 9/11 commission itself indicated that investigations or interrogations of al midhar one he was identified could have evidenced connections to other participants in the 9/11 plot. the simple fact that the detention could have derailed the plan in any case, the opportunity was not there. if we had had this program, that opportunity would have been there. >> as for the source of the leak, the nsa leak, edward snowden he's believed to be in a safehouse in hong kong. dianne feinstein is calling for
laws to keep government contractors like snowden from having access to sensitive information. right now it is the best of three. woohoo! miami heat getting their groove back beating the san antonio spurs 109-93 to square the nba finals at 2-2 games. dwyane wade scored 32 points, lebron james game two, 33. game five they return to miami for a sixth and possibly a seventh game. my prediction -- going to be six games. >> you think so? >> i think so. >> he's on the record. coming up, chemical weapons used by the syrian people, on the syrian people by the government what the white house is doing to bolster the rebels.
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may let voters decide the future of gezi park a move protesters may support but he insisted those still camped in the park must leave. protests against government plans for gezi park began may 31st. clashes with police have left at least three people dead, more than 4,300 injured. now to syria the white house saying it is clear syria used chemical weapons including sarin nerve gas on its own people killing as many as 150. the big question is how forcefully will the white house respond? the pressure on the president is building. barbara starr is following the latest developments from the pentagon. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, christine. the white house says that syria has used chemical weapons eight times on its own people and the president making that crucial decision to act. the obama administration is now confirming what was feared, that the syrian regime used chemical weapons multiple times. >> a red line for us is we start
seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or utilized. that would change my calculation. >> reporter: pressure is growing on president obama to act. >> i applaud the president's decision and i appreciate it, but the president of the united states had better understand that just supplying weapons is not going to change the equation on the ground for the balance of power. >> reporter: the white house says it will give military support to the rebels but won't say how. leading option arming the rebels, desperately needed ammunition and rifles and machine guns and new shipments of machine guns, shoulder-fired weapons to attack tanks, artillery, helicopters and jets and mortars and rockets. the white house does not plan to put u.s. troops on the ground in syria and is far from ready to commit to a no fly zone. >> the question is, what is going to make a decisive difference now, and is the
administration willing to do that or is this kind of a throw some guns that way and pretend you're doing something when it's not going to make a difference. >> reporter: the stakes couldn't be higher. >> it's important to us because of the tremendous number of chemical weapons that are there and if these weapons get in the hands of the al qaeda related terrorist groups, they will certainly be used against europe and against us. >> reporter: the white house announcement comes after word that former president bill clinton is now siding with mccain, calling for tougher action. according to politico, clinton said at a private event with mccain, "some people say stay out. i think that's a big mistake." so let's say the president does decide to go down the route of at least initially supplying ammunition and weapons, a very limited option, military commander also tell you, christine, limited action may be very tough. what if assad ups the ante, then
you got to go all in. christine? >> certainly we're in a new phase in this conflict for sure in u.s. involvement. thanks, barbara starr. we'll take you to the front lines of syria, frederik pleitgen is in damascus. the white house definitively saying what it long suspected chemical weapons were used in small amounts on the syrian people. this may be a pivotal development. >> it certainly could be a pivotal development. i think the syrian government is very much aware of that. we've been asking for the syrian government to comment on all of this. they haven't done so, that clearly shows they are worried this could indeed be a game changer if the u.s. in fact gets more involved in the conflict here because right now of course the syrian military feels it's in the driver's seat and pushing back the rebels on the battlefield. i was able to go around damascus earlier today and ask people who support the government what they thought of this new development. listen in, it's very
interesting. >> translator: we have heaad th war for two years. what are they going to do, military strikes? we syrians have proven we can manage and we are patient and we will win. >> translator: america is inventing stories about chemical weapons. syrian government never used chemical weapons. the rebels have used them, not the government, so they are inventing stories because our army is winning. >> reporter: so as you can see there's a lot of disbelief there in those reports that the government did use chemical weapons and also of course a lot of defiance on the part of the government supporters, but clearly the syrian government knows that it's vulnerable at this point in time. they have all of their cards in play, they have hezbollah fighting on the side of their army, they are on the offensive but they know all of these games could be squashed very quickly if america gives more weapons to the rebels especially if these
are very advanced weapons. don? >> fred flight again, thank yply much. knellsan mandela's condition continues to improve. he remains in the intensive care unit at a pretoria hospital battling a lung infection. the mayor of toronto commended police on doing a great job after a series of apartment raids. what were they looking for, gun and drug evidence including a video that purportedly shows ford showing crack cocaine. police seized cell phones, 40 guns and $3 million worth of drugs, no sign of the video and investigation into this alleged video has been going on for a year now. ford told reporters he has nothing to hide. coming up here on cnn, think flying is tough now, with so many people packed into planes?
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google, microsoft, he said this could be financial for these companies. >> first company to come up to make their phone worthless if stolen we'll call attention to it and make sure everyone follows suit. this is not a problem we can't solve. this is a problem and crime wave that we can prevent. >> san francisco's attorney general is also on the kill switch band wagon. last year half the robberies in san francisco involved mobile devices. just when you think a plane can't get any more crowded it can. american airlines plans to squeeze more seats into its coach section. no word on how many seats will be added or when but the additions will be on american's 737 md80 fleets. >> what are they going to do, bunch bets, bunk seats.
>> i will here like this, use my phone. >> one thing we have to know about our money today. >> mortgage rates close to 4%. freddie mac says the 30-year fixed rate 3.98%, the highest in more than a year. rates have been rising the past few weeks because there's talks the federal reserve may cut a stimulus program which injects money into the mortgage market. three little words, lock it in. >> that's still low. i remember when i bought a house in the end of 2006, 2007 in level and it was five point something and now it's three or four, still low. coming up looking for a cause a louisiana chemical plant explodes leaving one dead and dozens injured, we'll have the latest on the investigation. the singer who sparked controversy online, wait until you hear why many are crying foul.
deadly explosion, fire erupting in a louisiana chemical plant, dozens injured. this morning, investigators trying to figure out what ignited the flames. deadly wildfires as well rapidly spreading this morning in colorado, what firefighters are up against today. home of the brave? the online outrage ignited by the 11-year-old boy's stunning rendition of the "star spangled
banner." welcome back, i'm christine romans. >> and i'm don lemon. there was a massive explosion at a chemical explosion near baton rouge, louisiana, left one man dead and 5 others injured. we go to nick valencia from geismar, louisiana. >> reporter: officials here in this area say this is now safe. >> we were passing by on a delivery, saw big flames and ash shooting up, next we looked over the whole unit was engulfed in flames. >> reporter: the flame are out, the plant is secure but the cause of the blast remains unclear. >> the chemical we think is involved is a highly volatile chemical but not one that would
leave the fence line one would think clearly. so we think we're ak in that regard. >> reporter: the blast killed at least one person and sent dozens more to the hospital with injuries. even those who escaped unharmed left dazed. >> boom! like that. everybody started taking off running, chaos, jumped the fence, jumped the tables, went through the grass, buses running over people. >> reporter: at a nearby baton rouge hospital doctors and nurses treating the injured. >> just the look on people's faces, the patients were just shell shocked. you know you talk to people as you take them out of the helicopter and one man said, we didn't even know what happened, we heard a loud boom and the next one was so loud i felt like my chest was going to cave in. >> reporter: while investigators continue to assess what happened here thursday louisiana's governor tried to reassure those affected. >> absolutely once the investigations are done, once there's a responsible party they'll absolutely be held responsible. >> reporter: a handful of people
remain hospitalized this morning, but good justice, don, while we were at the hospital yesterday one of those in critical condition was upgraded to fair. hospital officials told us this morning they expect more patients to be released throughout the day. >> nick, thank you very much. the most destructive wildfire to hit the state of colorado has turned deadly. there are 750 firefighters on the front lines this morning, but they're no match for the wind-fueled 16,000 acre black forest fire. 379 homes already burned to the ground, 38,000 people forced to evacuate, and now two victims have been found burned to death. they were trying to flee their home but were overtaken by the fast moving flames. the black forest fires are being fanned by ferocious winds. firefighters report the flames were flying across the treetops making containment impossible. one of them says we don't have a high level of confidence. >> indra petersons tracking the conditions for us. will these winds die down any
time soon? >> the interesting thing about the wildfires the actual weather conditions don't have the strong winds. however, fires when they get this big they start to make their own weather system so it's kind of like the fire producing its own wild weather and unfortunately those winds will continue as long as that fire is out there so it will continue to produce them on their own. no red flag warning one of the reasons the winds aren't as high, that would be outside of the fire itself. getting a little bit of moisture, water vapor satellite, there is some moving through. remember it is so dry out there and we have different levels of the atmosphere, so we have moisture up here where the mountains may see thunderstorms but as it gets lower it evaporates because it's so dry. only in the overnight hours they get out of the teens, about 40%. through the afternoon the daytime heating and warm things up, where it's so dry. 14%, not helping conditions whatsoever. when you have thunderstorms and it's dry you have the threat of
dry lightning which could spark another fire. >> thanks, indra. day three of the trial of accused former mob boss james "whitey" bulger gets under way today in boston. federal prosecutors plan to call as many as 80 witnesses. bulger is accused of murder, racketeering and corruption. prosecutors already played tapes taken 30 years ago showing him meeting with mob figures. a florida judge will sequester jurors in george zimmerman's trial once they're chosen. the trial expected to last two to four weeks, not the four to six weeks originally thought. zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old trayvon martin in 2012. he's a former neighborhood watch volunteer who claims he shot trayvon martin in self-defense. a court hearing for a texas woman accused of mailing letters tainted with ricin. investigators say 35-year-old shannon richardson sent letters laced with toxin to president
obama and new york city mayor michael bloomberg. he was arrested last week and claimed her husband did it. he denied involvement. richardson faces up to ten years in prison if convicted. a workplace shooting in st. louis appears to be also a suicide. it took place at ak home care. police believe the gunman owned the business. the semiautomatic handgun was recovered at the scene. new developments in the santa monica shooting rampage that left five people dead. the gunman, 23-year-old john zawahri left a remorseful farewell note. he apologized for killing his father and older brother and said good-bye to some friends. they also say he hoped his mother would be taken care of financially. police say the note does not shed light on a motive but the "l.a. times" reports zawahri had an affinity for guns, suffered from mental problems and struggled with his parents' divorce.
a day of remembrance in newtown, connecticut. today marks six months since the sandy hook elementary massacre where 26 people, children and adults were killed. moment of violence will be observed at 9:30 eastern time. at a ceremony local officials will read the names of the victims urging washington to support stronger gun control laws. ♪ oh, say can you see >> so it's supposed to be the most uplifting moment of any game, the national anthem, sung before tip-off but at the nba finals one youngster's stirring rendition of "the star-spangled bann banner" drew some comments. >> please help me give a great welcome -- >> reporter: after being introduced by mayor castro thursday, sebastian de la cruz did what he does best. ♪ oh, say can you see
>> reporter: it's rare that the same performer sings the national anthem in back-to-back playoff games. the spurs didn't hesitate in extending another invitation to this talented 11-year-old. >> when they first told me i was going to be doing the national anthem and my father told me i was like yes, another chance to show san antonio what i have to give them. >> reporter: de la cruz's first appearance before game three of the series saw him targeted with taunts, not from the crowd but on social media. why they got a mexican kid singing the national anthem, daniel gill tweeted. matt cyrus added "who let this illegal alien sing our national anthem?" a popular blog had two dozen more hateful tweets. de la cruz who was born in san
antonio was not going to let the negativity get him down. >> i think people were talking baaed because of what i was wearing. it's not my fault, it's what i love and i'm proud to be a mariachi singer. it's their opinion, actually and if they don't like mariachi that's their problem but i love it. ♪ and the home of the brave >> reporter: it was an encore that brought down the house followed by congratulatory handshakes from the two head coaches all this for a young man who sent out his own tweet telling the world i am an american living the american dream. mark mckay, cnn. >> he is the american, the crazies who say whatever they want with anonymity online i don't know who they are but that kid is awesome. >> it's gross when people do
that. >> the anonymity of online people say the craziest, craziest things. >> it's okay if you're a public figure and talking about an adult but a child is quite different. >> 11-year-old. it's just sick and ugly. six san diego high school seniors were allowed to graduate after participating in a twerking video. that's twerky the suggestive dance video was shot during school hours. my grandmother watches this, could we take this down? they band the kids after graduation but after much controversy the kids were allowed to participate. i'm so embarrassed. don, why are you laughing? >> what, what did you mean? did you see the video? your response is my grandmother is watching. >> i'm sorry to any and all who
start". it is a cash -- crash i should say bothery of a photo caption. look at that. >> oops. >> whoops. no one was injured when this plane crashed into a hangar while taxiing at the chino airport in san bernardino county, california. the plane belonged to a private company and the jet's engine was being tested at the time. might want to check the gps while we're at it. >> amazing video from russia, the suv turns left into the ongoing motorcycle, the tire got stuck in the window. can you see it? the tire stuck in the window. >> ouch. >> a self-proclaimed psychic, multimillion-dollar court settlement in a bizarre case involved alleged defamation and filing false reports. it started with a shocking allegation made on a 911 call. >> do you have an emergency? >> i need to talk to someone about the kids that y'all have an amber alert on.
>> reporter: it was this psychic call who said children's bodies were buried. >> there was 32 of them that told me they think these kids are there. >> reporter: the call from gridley led to a crush of cameras converging on this house in tiny harden, texas, near houston. >> your child was missing and we received information involving any type of children, you would certainly want your local law enforcement to investigate it. >> reporter: the fbi was called in to investigate. the lives of the family that lived here turned upside down. it's not uncommon for psychics to work with police but in this case the couple's attorney says they'll never be repaid for what they went through after gridley's tip. >> they've had to remove themselves from their me. they literally have had to sequester themselves. they don't even like to tell people where they've moved to.
>> reporter: this failed prediction comes with a hefty price tag, a judge is ordering gridley to pay $7 million for defamation to the family. you may recall celebrity psychic silvia brown came under fire after claiming this on "the mond montell williams show" of amanda berry. >> yeah in heaven on the other side. >> reporter: ten years later berry was found alive. >> help me, i'm amanda berry. >> reporter: for gridley a costly lesson not even she could see coming. pamela brown, cnn, new york. something else to blame on them, ladies can now play with menopause on men and you can point to a new canadian study to make the case. probably done by women i'm sure. here's the study's conclusion because men preferred sleeping with younger women, men pause became warmer in bed and women
would remain fertile until the day they died. >> imagine yourself at your kitchen table with your mom and sisters and what's their reaction? >> everything is always blamed on them. i mean seriously, at least it's called menopause, at least they named it after us. coming up the heat's big three showing up to play, taking down the spurs. now it's a best of three. "the bleacher report" is next.
the big three showed up in a big way for the heat last night as they handled the spurs in game four to even the series. >> andy scholes joins us with more on "the bleacher report." hey, andy. >> hey guys, good morning. when the heat put this big three together this is what they were hoping for the trio of he will bran, dwyane wade and chris bosh combined to score 85 points and 30 rebounds and when they produce that the heat are a hard team to beat. wade finally had a breakout game last night, finished with 32 points and six steals, and as promised lebron also played much better, he led all scorers with 33 points. the heat ran away in the fourth
quarter to win 109-93. miami has not lost back-to-back games since mid-january. game five of the finals is sunday night in san antonio. bad weather continues to be a problem at the u.s. open. play has delayed twice due to rain. phil mickelson was able to get through his first round, had a great day, shooting 3 under and did it with little sleep. mickelson was at his daughter's eighth grade graduation wednesday night in san diego, and he took a red eye to philadelphia in order to make his tee time. he's one shot back of the leader, luke donald. tiger woods made it through ten holes, bogeyed two of his first three but rallied with a 50-foot birdie putt on the 6th. round one resumes this morning at 7:15 eastern. the greatest closer in history, mariano rivera continued his tour in oakland. the a's gave him a certified surfboard and napa valley bottle
of wine. nate fryeman the walkoff win, the game five hours and 35 minutes to complete. nfl mini camps wrapped up yesterday and the best story redskins camp, 8-year-old latief rock got to spend a member of the red skikz. check this out he's fast, he scored a touchdown near the end of practice and once he gets into the end zone he's even got the celebration dance down. his favorite player is robert griffin iii's he said he was happy. >> i played a lot with him during the practice while everyone was doing the walk-through it was an honor to meet him and be around him. >> lateef had a successful
kidney transplant in november and great to see him running. he was pretty fast running and scoring that touchdown. >> real class act for the guys to give him so much time. >> was that a harlem shake or -- >> i think they call it the bernie. >> that's right. >> thank you. ringo starr has really paid his dues when it comes to being a big part of rock history and a new exhibition in los angeles puts it on display. tory dunham takes a look. >> you press the bass pedal. >> reporter: a drum lesson from ringo starr. >> you only just started. >> reporter: it happened when the rock 'n' roll hall of famer took us on a tour at the grammy museum in los angeles. >> from the outside everyone is looking on at the beatles, can't imagine what it's like to have been one. >> no, they can't and i couldn't ever explain it to you.
>> reporter: fans can put the pieces together themselves by looking at the man behind the music, his drums, wardrobe and personal belongings. i love the postcard you wrote to your mom at the bottom. >> i know, call me ringo starr because it wasn't getting through when, tell your mother i'm richard. >> reporter: you got your name by the rings you're wearing. >> i did, in liverpool everyone got a nickname. >> reporter: would you ever change the name you chose? >> no. >> reporter: never? >> no, i'm ringo. hello, ringo. >> reporter: this drum kit is from the beatles' first american appearance in '64, on "the ed sullivan show." what do you think of when you see that? >> well i think of an incredible moment of coming to america, even on the plane you could feel new york buzzing. >> reporter: do you ever wear any of these still?
>> yes i wear them around the house. barbara and i have beatle night. no. >> reporter: starr even drummed up and developed a book of negatives, all photos he's taken during the beatles heyday. >> we're in a big fancy hotel in paris and george took our shirts and do it like that. >> reporter: for those who were inspired to become drummers. you'll see my lack of musical talent. >> you and many others. >> reporter: then arguably the most influential drummer in all of rock 'n' roll crushed me like a bug. >> you should play guitar. >> reporter: oh, man! not everyone can be ringo starr. >> that's "early start". we're going to be back on monday from 5:00 to 6:00, so you'll see us for an hour every morning. john berman and zoraida sambolin still the anchors of the show. lot of you are asking if we're going away, we're not going
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doubling overnight. two people are dead. a sports bar deck collapses sending dozens into miami's biscayne bay. three people are in serious condition. how did something like this happen, details on a ree tune engine check gone terribly wrong. i'm christine romans. >> how does something like that happen? i'm don lemon in today for john berman, it is friday, june 14th. welcome to "starting point". >> the final edition of "starting point" come monday it's "new day" at cnn. we've never seen a wildfire quite like this one, the black forest fire is giving 750 firefighters more than they can handle. 400 homes burned to the ground and now two people who couldn't outrace the oncoming flames are dead. dan simon live from colorado springs this morning. we're seeing unprecedented damage from the fires and the threat is far from over. >> reporter: by no means, christine. the folks in t