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also, we noticed as the responses flood in the, many wish that both was an option. the debate continues online at cnn doc/crossfire. join us monday for another edition of "crossfire." erin burnett "outfront" starts right now. "outfront," the battle has begun over obamacare and government shutdown. the ultimate loser? probably you. plus, amanda knox on trial again. she said she won't face judge in italy. the u.s. government may decide, should this country force her extradition? and 850 snakes found in one man's suburban home. jack hanna explains how it could have gotten this far. let's go "outfront."
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good evening, everyone. i'm erin burnett. outfront, closer to shutdown. congress voted to set up the bitter battle ten days before the government runs out of money. approving a temporary spending measure, it would continue government operations, but in exchange, eliminate funding for obamacare. this it was 42nd time that the house has voted to delay, defunneled or repeal own kr. just like the previous 41 times, it will be a number one starter in the senate which means we are headed for grid lock and shutdown. president obama tried to shame republicans today. >> right now the debate going on in congress is not meeting the test of helping middle class families. they're not focused on you. they're focused on politics. they're focused on trying to mess with me. they're not focused on you.
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>> all right. obviously politics here front and center. is there any way to avert a shutdown? congressman blake, good to see you. i really appreciate you taking the time. you said you want to work the senate. in particular senator ted cruz to go ahead and get enough votes in the senate to get rid of obamacare. here is what some of your colleagues in the other chamber have said about the likelihood of that success. >> in the united states senate, we will not repeal or defund obamacare. we will not. >> the only effective way to truly stop obamacare, and i think we ought to do it. to stop it would be totally reverse it. we don't have the votes to do that. >> you really think you can get enough votes to do this. you're confident in that? >> listen, anything is possible. you have to remember that the founding fathers set up a government where there are two chambers. in the congress. we've passed and done our job in
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the house. now it is up to the senate. if they don't agree with what we do, they need to pass a bill. amend it. we'll negotiate, work something out. nobody on my side wants to shut down government but we want to take this opportunity to point out to the american people that obamacare is bad for the middle class. the president said you could keep your policy if you like it. that isn't happening. it said people will save money. you look again and again, costs are going up. and you look at people who used to work 40 hours a week and have full benefits, we're now seeing people moved to part-time jobs. we'll go from full time work to having to work two 30-hour jobs with no benefits. that's not good for the middle class. that's not good for hard working americans. >> polling shows the public will blame you. no question about it. 33% will blame president obama. 51% are going to blame you. this according to the "wall
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street journal," people on your side could cost you the house. worth it for you? >> that's why i'm on tv tonight saying we've passed legislation in the house to fund everything in the government but obamacare at agreed upon levels. we don't want to shut down the government. we just want to stop obamacare. the senate can pass it. it takes two to letango in shutting down the government and we don't want to do it. >> thank you very much. >> just in, i want to make sure you know speaker john boehner's office is just telling cnn that the president has called him this evening saying he will not negotiate with him on the debt limit. john boehner's office tells us, quote, the speaker was disappointed but told the president the two chambers of congress will chart the path ahead. we're told this is a very brief call. we're reaching out to the white house for comment. our understanding is that this just happened a few moments ago
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and the president said he will not negotiate. our second story. stocks sink. the dow down nearly 200. totally a big about face from earlier this week. investors are watching this pathetic show in washington closely. a game they've seen before. 776 days ago, one of the first and biggest of these fights cost the united states its top credit rating. so what would happen if the government shut down? mark is the chief economist. he has testified on this to congress. he has advised republicans and democrats. so mark, putting aside the reputation, long term impact of all this, if the government shuts down a few days. it might not cost that much in terms of a dollar amount. if it closes for a few weeks, you're talking about a huge amount of money, right? >> yeah. i think three or four days, no big deal.
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i think the disruption would be quite modest. three, four weeks, that becomes meaningful. that's enough to slow the economy down to zero growth in the current quarter. of course if it lasts six or eight weeks, that means in all likelihood the congress and administration didn't come together on the debt limit. breaching the debt limit, that would be cataclysmic. so they have to get it together. the damage will mount day by day. >> i think it is important to use that word "cataclysmic." in washington, they'll be one big thing. just a few weeks, your number, a quarter of a trillion dollars. huge dollar amounts. can you put that in english? a quarter of a trillion dollars. what happens? what does that mean? >> well, that means a lot of economic activity. it means a lot of people's incomes will be lower. that means people are not. if you have a government
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shutdown, the biggest loser is federal government employees. roughly half wouldn't go to work. they're not earning income and that would show up in that number. that's a big number. that's a lot of economic activity. a lot of wealth and income. we'll be poorer as a result. trials get delayed. america's food doesn't get inspected. this is something that affects all of us in various ways. just a few of the ways. i mentioned the loss of the credit rating and my question is, this kind of thing that's going on right now, this brinksmanship that happens again and again over the debt ceiling. and then i'm sorry, over the government shutdown that would become this debt ceiling debate. does it jeopardize america's standing even more? >> yeah, it does. bottom line is if they can come together and pass a budget, increase the debt limit. if that happens we're good, we're golden. we'll move forward and our economy will be just fine. if they take it to the point where the government will shut down for any length of time.
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more importantly if we've reach the debt limit, stock prices will fall, bond levels would rise and credit agencies would react. >> thank you very much. you heard it from him cataclysmic if that debt ceiling is not raised. still to come, is the u.s. government's outsourcing losing lives? >> plus, the largest storm of the year about to make landfall on earth. we'll tell you where. then fist fights surrounding the frenzy of the iphone 5. then 850 snakes found in a suburban home, including bur please pythons. some of the most dangerous in the world. they're banned in the u.s. i'm beth...
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our third story, government gone bad. it turn out the united states government is outsourcing a lot including things that may be putting live at risk. in fact one of the biggest private government contractors in the united states conducted background checks for edward snowden whose leaks cost lawmakers lives. the company is called usis. is to it blame or is uncle sam holding the buck? chris lawrence is "outfront" with this investigation. >> reporter: ed snowden, aaron alexis. one thing in common. they were both vetted by this company. in fact, usis performs more than
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half the government's checks. >> the problem is they're doing so many background investigations that they have a lot of young people who work for them. >> the attorney does a lot of work intelligence officials, representing them in the clearance process. while usis out thes its highly experienced team doing in depth investigations, he said the investigators he's dealing with have virtually no military or intelligence background. unlike the form he fbi agents who used to do the work. >> they were a state trooper for 20 plus years. they had knowledge of the process. they know what the government was looking for. they knew what questions to ask. >> that was before the number of americans holding clearances ballooned to 5 million. but the issues don't rest with contractors alone. the navy was aware alexis shot up someone's tires in 2004 and they made the call to still give him a clearance. when alexis could keep for ten
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years. >> would shooting up someone's tires be enough to bar him from a security clearance? >> there are certain criminal offense that's certainly would give us pause before we grant a security clearance. we don't know enough about what we knew in 2007 to completely answer that question right now. >> after alexis got his clearance, rhode island police alerted the naval station after an incident where alexis told police he was hallucinating and hearing voices. but navy officials indicate it was never red-flagged. >> what specifically should have happened? >> once that report came in, his local base access could have been suspended. and likely should have been. then that information would have filtered over to the clearance adjudicators for them to suspend his security clearance, pending further investigation. perhaps a mental health evaluation. >> we've reached out to usis to
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get a comment on the criticism of the work force themselves did not have any further comment, although it is a huge company. about 7,000 employees doing this work. >> 7,000 employees. you get the feeling that a lot of these things are rubber stamped, frankly. that's the feeling you get. i don't know if that will be proven to be true but they get a lot of money from the federal government to do these checks. you looked into it. how much? >> about $200 million this year. about the same amount last year. a lot of money involved. the thing here is that there are some things you could do to probably beef up this process. you could make a mental health evaluation mandatory. could you do a recheck every two years on arrest records. that costs money and it needs manpower. so from all the outrage and bluster that you hear from congress, the next question has to be, would you actually allocate money toward this? would you give the office of personnel and management more
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money to hire more people to make some of these checks so extensive? >> and again the thing you point out. if you have a contractor, they do the check but they know the government, especially when it come to classified or clearance will ultimately be the one that makes the decision. maybe that makes them a little less careful or more lazy, right in. >> that's right. they put together the information. they sort of give it all to the government. but ultimately, it is the navy, the state department. it is the office of personnel management. these are the agencies that have to make the final call. not the actual contractor. >> all right. thank you very much. that's a problem when there is no accountability. thank you very much for that report. i wanted to let you know, we are getting more information with the victims of the shooting. sylvia frazier, we know more about her. 53 years old from waldorf, maryland. she was an administrative technical specialist. and mary france i knight, 51, from reston, virginia.
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she was a supervisory person. now the mass shooting in chicago. 13 people injured including a 3-year-old little boy. police believe an assault style rifle was used in the gang shooting which took place late last night. with that many injured it might surprise that you there is not a single suspect in custody. deb is "outfront" in chicago. this is i guess part of the crisis when you think about what's happening in chicago with this ongoing gang violence. first and foremost, how are the victims? especially that 3-year-old little boy who was shot through head and the ear? >> reporter: we can tell you that the little boy underwent two surgeries today. that's according to the pastor who has been in close contact with the family. he is expected to survive. not sure whether there will be any sort of brain damage themselves do believe he'll make a full recovery. there were also two teenagers also shot. the victims were those who were shot. all in serious to critical
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condition. it is interesting, what you say about no suspects in custody. part of the problem is they do believe this is gang-related. so gang members tend to deal with justice their own way. the pastor who i spoke to said whoever did that shooting better turn himself in. if not, there will be significantly more bloodshed on the streets of chicago. erin? >> i have to ask you, it is so hard when people around the country see these headlines. last year, chicago, more murders than any city in the united states. the fbi dubbing it the murder capital. how can america ignore this gang violence? this year in 2013, chicago on track to have its actual lowest murder rate in years, in decades. what tells the real story? >> reporter: it's interesting. it is all relative. last year they had about 500 murders. now i think the number is close to 350 murders. there are still a lot of
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murders. you're at the whole picture. it is unclear why it is coming down. there have been a lot of efforts, a lot of energy put in. the mayor has mobilized communities to make sure they get involved. there's a lot of creative policing going on. they're doing more with drug operations. they've also got police on the beat who know the kids who are supposed to be in community. they're trying to give kids an option. some better choice they can make to break the cycle. >> thank you very much, reporting from chicago. still to come, amanda knox back on trial. should the united states extradite her to italy? plus, the biggest day for apple fans today. phones selling out around the world. does it mean apple is back on top? and a monster storm headed toward planet earth. the wind's constant force
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our fifth story, the money and power of the iphone. today is the day apple fans have been waiting for and i mean waiting. the iphone 5 available in nine countries, the you have, australia, japan, britain, france, germany, canada and singapore. tech enthusiasts lining up around the block. there were even fights that broke out to get their hands on these new phones. you said that was only eight countries. there you see it for the first time ever, it was offered in china on day one which is a really big deal. one of apple's two new phones, the entry level iphone 5 c which comes in five colors was
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designed for emerging markets. it is expensive but a lot less expensive than the 5s. you see 30th with that gold background. i thought it would look really bad. that one is already sold out. sold out. so does this signal a return of power for apple? i'm joined by the host of quest means business. you have one of those soldout gold phones. >> we do. we have one of these. we went and did battle. this is that gold phone that you thought would be so gross. >> it looks lovely. i have to say. >> demand has obviously far exceeded supply. in fact, there is a supply crunch. they sold out at all the major stores. regent street in london, wherever you wanted to buy one. eventually the 5s. the expensive one sold out. and i'm told you cannot get a gold one for several weeks, if not months. >> this brings me to my next question.
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in order to have everything be great, they had to sell 6 million in a weekend. demand is such they could have sold, with a? 10 million. but they didn't have enough. how successful will this be? this is a company that has frankly struggled, right? stocks down 30%. >> it hasn'tra roar-away success. >> are these phones that? >> no, no. it is incremental. it is not quantum. it is solidifying apple's position in some sense but it is not necessarily the knockout blow that people have come to expect from them. that's the dichotomy. that's the problem for the company at the moment. yeah, you've got 6 million sales, 10 million sales, whatever it is. but android is still eating your lunch. >> what about the samsung galaxy which is hot, hot, hot. this is this amazing new fingerprint technology for
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apple. what i find amazing, what i saw, prizes being offered. you can get money if you are the first to hack the fingerprint. >> if you are the first, you could win a bottle of maker's mark, some erotic literature. don't ask me why they offer that. who knows? you could win $10,000. things the best one. give me your finger. apparently there are now competitions to try to get fingerprints off people. like this. >> stick it on that piece of tape. >> i've got on it this piece of tape. and whether or not you can then use it reliably and repeatedly as a device to open it. that's why one u.s. senator has basically come out and said, he is seriously concerned about the privacy and security issues. because once i've got your finger print, unlike a passport.
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i am out front with erin. >> you own it. >> i own it. >> that's amazing. >> for those of you keeping track, there is only one thing other than a human whose fingerprint, paw print can reliably open one of these things. that is, a cat. still "outfront," he says he will bring the only jewish member of the iranian parliament to the united nations next week. so have things really changed in iran or is this just a familiar story? plus, italy wants amanda knox to stand trial? and man versus bear. we'll tell you how this tale ends. ♪
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welcome back to the second half of "outfront" on a friday night. the most powerful storm on earth. a super typhoon barreling across the pacific, packing winds of 162 miles an hour, tlehreatenin taiwan and the philippines. the storm called usagi is the most powerful in the world. it measures more than 602 miles across. hurricane katrina, which was of course, a cat 5, not when it hit handled but outat sea was about 400 miles wide.
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it is classified as a category 5. forecasters are hoping it weakens before it hits the massive city of hong kong. blackberry is on the brink the day after apple is shining like a star with its new phone shares of the formerly top maker. it will be close to $1 billion. 40% will be cut. that was announced this week. that's 4,500 jobs. in the meantime, blackberry is scaling back the number of phones it offers from six to four. blackberry accounts for just 1.2% of the sales in the united states which is stunning considering that so many consider it to be a top technology. if you are a fan of breaking bad, you could own a piece of the show. on cement 29, 250 props will start to be auctioned off including many of walter white's possessions. he is the lead character. up for sale, the hazmat suit he
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wore when cooking methamphetamine, his rundown upon yack aztec and, oh, a pair of his famous tighty whiteys. would you really pay $250 for those things? he actually wore them. they're not only tighty whiteys, they're secondhand. people went crazy last month over a custom made breaking bad lego set. that's one hot show. now our sixth story. iran's full-court press to woo the jewish people and the peel of the united states. the iranian president is on a mission. next week, he reportedly plans to bring the sole jewish member of iran's parliament to new york when he attends the u.n. general assembly. this could be a major gesture considering his predecessor talked about the destruction of israel and called them an insult to human kind. this bringing of the one jewish member of parliament comes after a tweet from the iranian president's account wishing jews a blessed new year. he also tweeted yesterday that
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he is open to meeting with president obama and wrote that their exchanges have been both positive and constructive. is it time to trust iran? great to have both of you with us. this is an amazing moment that we are at. whatever happens here, this is a moment in history. do you think the iranian government is showing a genuine desire for dialogue? i was there for the sanctions. it is hurting them big time. maybe the sanctions worked. the president is and letters with rouhani. do you think there's a chance the president of the united states and the president of iran will meet next week? >> i think there is some chance. if they met, it would be a huge symbolic event. i think what is more important is that there is a high level dialogue between the united states and iran. most experts believe we will never get past the nuclear
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imimpasse. that has been on the table for a long time. >> what do you think? should the united states take iran up on its word? or not? because it would seem that sanctions have done a lot of damage. we saw that there. wouldn't iran need to offer complete unfettered access to everyone of its nuclear sites with absolutely no restrictions in order for this to be taken seriously? >> yes. you're right. i mean, i think this is really a ruch. it could be a pivotal moment. the fact is that having dealt with iran for quite some time, especially under nuclear file. you have to be very skem cal. a lot of this stuff like i am, is theater. they release some dissidents.
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the fact is nothing has changed on their nuclear program. the centrifuges still continue to spin. it would be nice as you said, if they would say to the iaea, you can have no notice inspections of any iranian facility you would like. we haven't seen any of that. we have to be very, very caution here and i think the president has to be cautious about use go his political capital early on in this game. >> and what do you think about the last time the united states met one-on-one with an iranian leader? it was 1977 with president jimmy carter. met with the shah about 14 months before the revolution. a picture of jimmy carter with a shah, that's not really perceived by history as a great thing. are there risks involved with the president if he meets with rouhani? keep in mind he may be totally serious. he may really want to change things. this is a man who did brag when he is a nuclear negotiator, when he was talking to the west, he
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used that time to negotiate. >> you negotiate and make peace with your enemies, not your friends. i think it is important to talk to him. i think there is some risk for the president. co-raise expectations or be perceived as somehow rewargd rouhani before he has taken actions. but i think the symbolism could be important. and remember, americans have met with iranians since the jimmy carter discussions. i think there's reason not to trust rouhani but as peter said, to test his intentions. and i think he believes that his economy is in shambles. he needs to break out of internasa isolation and the supreme leader has given him some leeway to see if he can strike a dedeal. >> what about the tweet? people get that two ways. one, he means it. really? there's only one jewish member of parliament? what's the right way to look at it?
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even if you're skeptical, isn't this encouraging to reach out to the jewish people? >> i'm surprised by what he said. i see what really said today. and benjamin netanyahu. they're not buying it. these are people who live in that neighborhood. they have a tremendous amount at stake in an iranian program. remember, iran is a state sponsored program. you can test the diplomatic intentions but be cautious to see through the theater that i think is being presented. >> thank you. our seventh story "outfront," amanda knox is back on trial. she is accused of murdering her roommate while studying abroad and she faces a retrial in italy that starts later this month. at first she was convicted. then acquitted. then that was overturned. it is all very complicated in the italian system. this is back to a high court. this morning knox told nbc that she has no plans to go back to italy. >> i was already imprisoned as
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an innocent person in italy. and i can't reconcile the choice to go back with that experience. it is not a possibility. it is, i was imprisoned as an innocent person. and i can't relive that. >> choice is an interesting word. it is not really only her that decides if she goes back. the united states government will. so should the united states extradite knox back to italy? paul is "outfront." some people say if the most recent verdict in italy was acquittal, it was from a lower court. she had been convicted. that was the most recent. acquittal. why should the united states send her back? >> people say that's double jeopardy. in america when you're acquitted, you can't be retried. we live by that in the united states. this is the italian system. the italian system does not recognize a conviction until all appeals have been exhausted and the entire process is finished. and i will add, even in the
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united states, if you're convicted by a lower court and it goes up on appeal, the appellate court reverses and then the prosecutor appeals to the supreme court, it can get reinstated just like they did in italy. >> the reason that the united states should send her back, possibly should send her back in your view, the u.s. needs to respect italian laws and extradite people they want? why? we might want someone extradited here. >> this is a very important concept. ironically it was the reagan administration that proposed and it said bringing fugitives back should be liberally interpreted by the countries, very, very important. what will happen if there is a murderer in the united states? he flees to italy and we want him back? the italians will say you don't recognize our system of justice. and a terrorist is a very real possibility. if the italians say you don't recognize our system of justice. we won't extradite. and people disagree with this verdict but she was convicted on
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the testimony of the accomplice with corroborating physical evidence that some would say wasn't that clear. do you know who was convicted on similar evidence recently? whitey bulger. accomplice testimony with old evidence that was kind of suspicious. nobody has a problem with that. >> so let me play quick will one other thing she said to matt lauer. just find out whether you think it is believable. here's amanda knox. >> i don't -- i don't want to be forever separated from them because at this point, meredith is a part of my life. and i only knew her for a very short amount of time. but she will always be there. and i want to be able to share that with them. >> believe her? >> well, all i know is this is a
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public relations campaign. extradition is a political act. if the american people support her, the president and the state department won't send her back. do i believe her? she is not very persuasive when she talks. she is a little bit of an ice queen. i don't know that she makes a good witness in her own behalf. >> thank you very much. let us know what you think about this extradition issue. still out front, the newly crowned miss america. some in india are saying her skin is too dark for her to be a beauty queen. and a man found housing more than 800 snakes. we'll talk to jack hanna about how this could have happened. and jack tell me his own story about an anaconda. what do you do when you're walking down the trail and there is a bear?
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we're back with the outer circle. we go to india where controversy is following the new miss america. an indian american. she had a lot of racist hate directed at her in the united states when she won but she is in new delhi. and i asked why the color of miss america's skin is such a big issue there. >> reporter: while people in the u.s. are discussing the americanness of the new miss america, here in india, fiery debates on prime time chat shows and social media. many here wondering if nina davuluri could have won. that's because she is considered too dark skinned to be beautiful. if you look at all the others, they're all fair scared. almost every single bollywood actress is fair. and look at any ad in the newspaper and you will see a prospective groom looking for a
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fair skinned bride. in fact the cultural bias against dark skin is so deep rooted, that you will hear people say very casually, oh, she's pretty even though she is dark. the message being conveyed is that there can be no beauty without fair skin. >> pretty incredible. thank you. now let's check in with anderson cum we are a look at what's up on ac 360. >> we have more on the mass shooting in chicago. 13 people shot including a 3-year-old toddler. tragically they've become almost common place in chicago. my guest, a long time community activist and nba hall of famer star isaiah thomas asked this question. why is not this tragedy getting the same attention as the shooting at the naval yard in washington? i'll talk to the brother and sister of sylvia frazier. one of the victims. they honor her tonight. a lot more at the top of the
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hour. snakes in the suburbs. 850 snakes to be exact. authorities on long island, new york, found snakes along with turtles, turtle eggs and at least three tarantulas. an unlicensed reptile dealer. two were six-feet bur please pythons. incredibly lethal snakes not allowed to be ill ported into the united states. jack hannah along with a python named hannah. there is glass behind you, right? >> there better be glass. >> even you. i want to make sure. that python behind you gives a sense of the scale. that's a python. we know he had at least two burmese pythons which are incredibly dangerous. you can't import them into the country. how dangerous are these snakes? >> dangerous is a term we all
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apply. it could be if the snakes got loose, i think it was in >> a young man had over 150. these are venomous snakes in an apartment. it took us until 3:00 in the morning, seven hours to get them out of there. in 1986, a huge 16 foot snake. i looked at him. i went over there, it was a python. not sure what type it was, it was huge, over 200 pounds. he did have children on the front porch. if that happens, an if, by the way, you'll have a train wreck that will take place. >> a train wreck. this is in the suburbs, in his garage. married, had a 10-year-old son. 888 snakes, and we don't know which was which. this sounds pretty terrifying. >> it -- yes, it could be terrifying. remember, there are reputable snake breeders in this country that have the proper permits and
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do a great job. it's still a living creature. in the animal world snakes are very important. i can't say this applies to everyone, if he had the right permits. which i guess he didn't, i don't know. >> he didn't. >> there are other things he did in the town shakespeare. i understand the snakes are well taken care of but was it bullet proof where they had the snakes. in zoological parks we do the best we can and reputable snake dealers do the best they can. and look what happened in california. >> and you're someone that knows snakes. you were bitten by an anaconda. you don't take it lightly? >> no, i don't. in 1972 i was helping a guy filming snakes in the swamps of central florida. i didn't pay attention, took my eyes o of it. it was a 17 footer, way over 200
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pounds. >> 17 feet? >> it's huge. i still have scars up and down here. in his mouth. you know how long it took the snake to let go of me. almost 20 minutes. the guy said, jack, don't take your hand out. it was frozen on me. he knew he couldn't eat me. i used to way 220. at that point i learned a lesson, these snakes have a lot of teeth. not venomous, and i could have last two fingers and someone who didn't know much ability snakes, i was in the business back then. we had garter snakes and things that are venomous and i respect that. >> wow. i'm looking at guy behind you. glad there's glass. he's coming over. >> it brings back memories. remember something, niece snakes can go up to a year -- there's a snake in erie, pennsylvania, a beautiful reptile place, that has not eaten in two years and the snake looks magnificent.
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>> this website says he ships the snakes to his customers. traff trafficking snakes i know can be big business, you look at what people traffic illegally. you're looking at drugs and wildlife and looking at snakes. los angeles international, number one place for makesnakes. how would he transport them considering he didn't have a license. he's promising people on the web he would get them to them safe. >> right. i don't know what he was doing but i don't know about the correct permits and legal. you can take a snake on a plane and tell them it's a belt and you don't know what's inside that briefcase or suitcase down there. the snake is squirmy. most of the time they never move. he's in there like this, the x-ray machine, you can ship snakes pretty easy. they don't bark or make any
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noise. >> he a's telling these snakes illegally over the internet. all animals are guaranteed to arrive healthy and sexted properly. do you know what that means? >> his guarantee is dollar healthy and sexted properly. >> yes. >> to sex a snake is not easy. i'm not someone that knows how to sex a snake. not easy, i know that. if you sell it to the general public, joe blow walks in there, says it's a male snake. joe blow doesn't know it's a female or male snake. my name is jack hannah. that's a female snake. >> thank you. you took a scary story and made it have a little bit of fun, too. thanks, we appreciate it. >> okay. >> still out front, a princess in los angeles. yes. a princess in los angeles accused of having a slave, suddenly serious charges dropped.
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a princess in california got a get out of jail free card when human trafficking charges against 43-year-old saudi princess meshael alayban. it was posted, this is a very important detail by the saudi
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arabia consulate. she was smiling broadly when she left. this is her home and she was accused of holding her maid as a virtual slave at this $3 million home. prosecutors couldn't corroborate the allegations so she's free. the statistics are unacceptable. the international labor organization estimates 12.3 million people are currently enslaved enforced slavery or sexual servitude around the world. saudi arabia is considered a 3 tier country when it comes to human trafficking. that is rock bottom. that means that saudi arabia does not fully comply with the minimum standards when it comes to trafficking and not making significant efforts to do so. that is an awful truth with a country that america views as an ally. and it is a problem in america as well because the justice says 17,000 people are trafficked into the united states every year. we hope this case isn't ignored
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and serves as a wake-up call for t them to solve this awful cancer. have a wonderful week. anderson starts now. >> thanks. good evening. breaking news in the budget standoff and "keeping them honest" in the lawmakers in a battle even they admit they cannot win and unlikely to emerge from the mass murder in washington and willingness and hope even who lost loved ones to forgive. >> later, not just picket fences, meet the people who want to turn a whole town white, as in white power, white supremacy and whites only. and deepening the stalemate over obamacare and the budget. we just learn ed president obam spoke to house speaker john boehner reiterating his pledge not to negotiate with him over the debt ceiling. mr. obama told the speaker that the full faith and credit of the united states should not and will not be subject to


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