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fulfills the promise to those individuals who have existing plans and make a choice. >> thank you so much. dave jones, the california insurance commissioner. we appreciate the insight. and i want to thank all of you for joining me today. i'm carol costello. "legal view" with ashleigh banfield starts now. after the president's fumble, house republicans pick up the ball hoping to pass an obama fix of their own. keeping with the sports annual jiz, we're keeping score on who is keeping plans and promises. also this hour, the toronto mayor cannot blame a drunken stupor this time around. they continue to go after this mayor and now his power structure is starting to
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crumble. and how many more homes could this thing possibly swallow? look how fast and how big this sinkhole is becoming by second. families fleeing for their lives now and we are live on the scene. hello. i'm ash ban field. welcome to "legal view." in about 90 minutes the house of representatives is going to vote on a republican bill called a fix. at least a fix to one aspect to the president's signature health care law. the critics say, this is no fix, this is a gutting of a major part of obama care. and all of it comes one day after the president took the blame for the botched rollout. apologizing profusely. and offering a bit of an adjustment. if you like your health care plan, you may be able to keep it. however, only for about a year. our chief congressional correspondent dana bash joins us
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live from capitol hill. the president has promised to veto whatever comes his way if it even gets any farther than that. what exactly is in this bill that could be so damaging to obama care? >> reporter: democrats argue that what is in it is, as you said, it would gut the bill, or the law, i should say, and the reason is because unlike what the president proposed, which is just a one-year ability for people who already have cancelation policies in hands, this would allow everybody to keep their plans. not just people with the can keld plans. those plans are not up to par. so that would disrupt the whole risk pool and disrupt the whole law. but what is going on right now, even given that, here, ashleigh, is how many democrats are going to defect. how many democratics are still going to vote for this
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republican bill in about an hour and a half despite the warnings from democrats. democrats are hoping and pretty confident that what the president did yesterday will mitigate the defections. that's pretty of the only reason why he made that announcement when he did yesterday. and they're hoping that an alternative that they're going to offer on the floor before the republican bill will be voted on will give the democrats some cover. they'll be able to vote for that and against the republican bill. so why does this matter? as you said, everything is political here. if you see, 40 or 50 democrats voting with republicans, that is a very embarrassing vote for the white house. >> keep an eye on things for us. thank you for that. got breaking news for you oust our neighbor to the north. toronto's city council has just voted to strip the embattled mayor of some powers.
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his ability to appoint and dismiss senior staff members. and more action by the council is expected later today as well. in the mist of it all, ford has fired off another outrageo rara rant. and that's his wife. she almost never comes out in public. first a couple of big developments. canada's sun news network, has outdone itself. it's going to begin a new show hosted by none other than the mayor and his brother, doug ford. it's called ford ds nation. and this is the same brother by the way on the city council. and then one wrung up. as you go to what's like the governor, this is the premiere
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of the province of ontario. kathleen wynn says she's willing to step in if she is needed to assist the stiff toronto in resolving this. and saying, this is not going to define us. more now on the mayor's latest bombshell, and i'm really warning you that these are some of the most graphic remarks you'll ever have to deal with from a politician or anyone else. >> i have to take legal action against the waiter that said i was doing lines at the beer market. that outright lies. that is not true. it hurts my wife when they're calling a friend of mine a prostitute. she's a friend and it makes me sick how people are saying this. unfortunately i have no other choice, i'm the last one to take legal action. i can't put up with it anymore. so i've named the names.
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litigation will be starting shortly. i've had enough. that's why i warned you guys yesterday to be careful what you wrote. i've never said that in my life to her. i want to apologize for my graphic remarks this morning. yesterday i mentioned there was it was the second worst day of my life except for the death of my father. for the past six months i have been under tremendous, tremendous stress. the stress is largely of my own making. i have apologized and i have tried to move forward. this has proven to be almost impossible. the revelations yesterday of cocaine, escorts and prostitution has pushed me over
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the line. and i used unforgivable language. these allegations are 100% lies. when you attack my integrity as a father and as a husband, i see red. today, i acted on complete impulse in my remarks. i fully realize in the past i have drank alcohol in excess. i wish you to know, i'm receiving support from a team of health care professionals. i am taking accountability and receiving advice from people with expertise. i do not wish to comment on the particulars of this support. i am accepting responsibility for the challenges i face. i would ask you, please, please,
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respect my family's privacy. >> that's kind of hard to do when he's been doing the things he's been doing. nic robertson has the assignment. before you begin, i need to make amended to our viewers, that language was in fact so bad i can't even explain it nor can i put it up on the screen. that's how vial and vulgar that language was. after all of that, city council got back to business this morning and there were two big pieces of their agenda that swept all of wear out of the room. can you explain? >> reporter: yeah. these pieces of agenda were to start stripping powers from the mayor. when you listen to him today in that council chamber, not the kind of man we heard with all of those profanities yesterday. still not sitting down. they want to strip him of powers to appoint senior staff.
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they did that in a vote of 40-2. that is an increased number going against the mayor earlier in the week. he is not taking this sitting down. his brother even stood up and discussed, he is also a councilor, discussed how much this is going to cost. that will resonate with the voters. right now they're discussing stripping the power of exercising authority during the emergency situation. well, there were over half a dozen that were listed of full emergency rooms. it's just playing out in slow motion. we won't get the profanities inside the council chamber. >> i just don't know what else to say. but every day it just becomes a bigger, more outrageous story. keep us posted, sir. thank you for that. this outrageous mayor, mayor
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ford, it's hard to wrap your head around what's going on up there. you have to read 400 pages of an affidavit to he no. but here are just some of the low lights so to speak. assault, sexual harassment, racial slurs, ms. using city staff. use of marijuana, objection i con tin, cocaine. some of it in the mayor's office. drinking and driving. the use of prostitutes or whatever you want to call them. we've got to make absolutely clear to you these are allegations. allegations from staffers. a lot of staffers. he says he's going to sue them. they're based on witness interviews and police surveillance. mayor ford has not been charged with anything. not been convicted of anything. if he were, out he goes. with you all of this has not only shocked toronto, but it has rocked the country as well to it's very foundation. and no one brings more
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experience to this is a ga and this country, than andrew coin. he's political columnist. he's written for a magazine and a newspaper. he join us live from torontoment usually we have much more fun things to discuss, andrew. but we're going to discuss something embarrassing and serious. and that is the mayor of the city where you live. where is this going ultimately? >> nowhere fast. i mean, the council as you heard is slowly stripping away the mayor's powers. you would think that would end it and he would give up. but this guy never gives up and never realizes when he's beat. in theory, this can go on for weeks or months unless we get some sort of intervention from the province or otherwise. >> as i was listening to one of his fellow councilors who has brought motions against him
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outlying his concerns, he went there, he went to the investigation and the murder that's howe out there and the possibility there could be something far more sincester than the silliness and ugliness and vulgarness that we've been seeing play out in front of live cameras. what is the buzz among reporters as to where ultimately this could go on a criminal level? >> well, first of all, you have to know that the mayor, as part of hi apparently limitless habits, hung out with a lot of bad customers. drug gangs, people who he grew up with who were involved in drugs. and the video showing him smoking crack cokachb was circulating. one fellow who was in possession of it was murdered. same guy who shows up in a photograph of the mayor. so many people around this mayor are either dead or in jail or wounded in some way or another. and yes, as these cases start to
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come to trial, for example, his very close confident and driver, is charged with extortion in attempts with trying to get back that video. as sh some of this comes to trial, i think we're going to learn some very dark secrets around this. >> i hope you and i can return to the other things we've talked about while growing up. much more fun than this. and it's shameful that our country is being seen this way. thank you for this today. >> good to talk to you. >> we have another big story that's been developing all morning. if you watched the morning show compared to the afternoon show, this thing, a sinkhole is getting more massive by the moment. now two homes sucked into it. we're taking you live to florida when we come back. dad! dad! katy perry is coming to town. can we get tickets, pleeeeease??? tickets? hmm, sure. how many? well, there's hannah, maddie, jen, sara m., sara b., sa -- whoa, whoa. hold on. (under his breath) here it comes... we can't forget about your older sister!
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i've got breaking news i want to bring your way. you probably heard of this story out of michigan. a young woman named renisha mcbride two hours getting into a car crash ended up on a porch of a home. she was seeking help. but ultimately she was shot dead. a person within that home, behind that gun, suggesting that there was fear that maybe this was a break and enter. there was criminal activity afoot. and now we're being told that 54-year-old theodore wafer has been charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter, and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony. this is coming out as a
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toxicology report suggesting that mcbride was nearly three times the legal limit of alcohol and also had marijuana in her system. there were a lot of developments in that case in michigan. we'll keep you posted. also a lot of moving news out of the philippines and a number no one wants to have to report. a growing number. 3,621. that's the number of people who have died after that massive typhoon struck one week ago. all of those people with different hopes and dreams and families. as the dead are bur rid, survivors have to worry about the basics. food, water, and dying themselves because they are sick and there is so little security. there's been a lot of blame for what could have been done differently and some have played the media for showing the resilience of the filipino people. and that is something that anderson cooper says is flat out
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wrong. >> they have survived for a week with very little food and water and medical attention. can you imagine the strength it takes to be living in a shack, to be living and sleeping on the streets next to the body of your dead children. can you imagine that strength? i can't. and i've seen that strength day in and day out here in the philippines. and we honor them with every broadcast that we do. >> anderson cooper has been working hard to cover this story. look what he's having to look at daily and those people are having to endure. if if you want to help the millions of victims you can go to cnn.com/impact your world. there are terrific opportunities to help out and it's simple to do. we highly recommend it. one minute, you may be sitting around your house relaxing. the next minute your house is swallowed up by something like that. a giant sinkhole. this is happening right now, live in florida. it's remarkable how large it's
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becoming by the moment. the statics are this, 70 feet wide, 50 feet deep now and growing. this is all taking place in florida. a city of 35,000 people just north of clear water, florida. we have more on this now from john zarrella. >> reporter: watch this. this is a section of a home collapsing after an enormous sinkhole opened up beneath it. it's been falling a piece at a time. slowly. >> i saw a screen room going down into the sinkhole. at that point i just turned around and said everybody out, grab clothes and try to get out of house. >> reporter: it spread to the home next door. others are at risk too. at least half a dozen in all. for him, this is a bitter ending. he was planning to remodel. put in a pool. >> it's a house.
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we stay there all of our lives. now it's not go to be happening. >> reporter: two years ago, after spotting cracks in his walls, an engineer verified there was sinkhole activity underneath his house. that engineer and another one hired by him disagreed on how best to fix it. ultimately he says, citizens won. >> our way or the highway basically. >> reporter: just this week preliminary work had begun to stabilize the home. not soon enough. in a statement, citizens told us the law pretty state forward. it does not let us get in the middle of a debate between two engineers. we've been seeing more sinkholes recently. earlier this year a man died after being swallowed up into the ground near tampa. and in august, a resort in orlando crumbled into the earth. florida is the most sinkhole prone state.
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the industry says there were 2300 insurance claims in 2006. in 2010, almost triple. nearly 6700. but many never get paid. >> they can deny it on a visual assessment not evening testing the soil. how do you know if there's a sinkhole going on if you don't test it? >> reporter: citizens will cover them for the loss of their homement for now they're staying in a nearby hotel waiting to see if they can get their belongs out before the whole place is gone. >> john zarrella is live there now. i can see the tape behind you keeping families out. what are they going to do? where are they living? >> reporter: well, they're still in the hotel. and they got some stuff out. thanks to the fire department. as you can see, viewers can see behind me, about two hours ago demolition we began on the home.
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another home will be demolished probably later today. front loaders and dump trucks bringing in a lot of dirt to put it in the hole there. imagine this. you're mike dupuy, his wife and daughter standing across the street watching as your home is demolished and periodically firefighters are able to bring you out skrab books and picture albums. i talked to him briefly, and eth, it's really difficult. but those things can be replaced. >> all right. live for us. it's just tragic to see that. it's -- and also astounding. thanks for that. so you've heard that whole thing. you can keep your health care plan if you like it. if you want it. well, not as much. may be some changes needed. but this is "legal view" after all. and it got us thinking. can the president just stand there and decree that he can make these sweeping changes? we're going to dig into it, next. [ male announcer ] pepcid® presents: the burns family dinner.
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more now on the top story of the day. the critics already challenging call the health care rollout president obama's ka clean in a moment. strong words. and his approval ratings have taken a pounding. joining me now our panel. so, first things first. it's just too easy to go to you first, will. because as i often say in these conversations it's a little like shooting fish in a barrel. i'm going to go to sally first
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so she can set some kevlar up. can the president get out of this one? has he got enough credibility to left to get anything left on his agenda? >> wow. that is a big broad strokes question. here is the important thing for the american people to realize. which is the president, all this mess, all this about the rollout, you know, people complaining about their crappy insurance plans being canceled, all of this is because the president is trying to do something fundamentally good for america and americans and for our economy. which is raise the quality of your health care, lower the cost and make sure even has coverage. this is an implementation mess of which we're only one month into it and there's still time to clean it up. so sort of putting it in perspective of him trying to do this thing, which, by the way the majority of the americans
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support that goal as well as elements of the law, i think he can ride out the bumps. >> so will, riding out the bumps might just mean, maybe everybody should be on the same page wanting something to work instead of seizing an opportunity and trying to crush it and throw the baby out with the bath water as well. >> i keep hearing that over and over, where the republicans helping us fix this giant problem. why aren't you goes over here helping us build this house that you told us wouldn't work. why aren't you over here helping? because it was des tinted to fail. and when i hear sailly say essentially the same thing as the president, which is this, can we all refocus on the goal? you brought up credibility. and potles suggest this. it shows this week the president has lost the trust of the american people. whatever it is, something close to 50% of the american people do not believe the president. and the reason for that is
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because we were sold a fantasy for three years. obama care has been a theory, and now reality is coming true. that you can't just say we're going to insure 30 million new people, everybody is going to have free health care -- >> wait. where did the free health care part come in there? i was for that all along. and will is forgetting that the approval ratings are something like three times the congressional republicans. they lost faith in him, but at least he had faith in him. and even republicans who hate obama care want to see him stop destroying the law. >> i don't have any more time with you. i've got a sage mind sitting beside me. and say thank you to you both. the legal issues surrounding this fix, so to speak, to obama
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care, jeffrey toobin is with me. first thing i wondered, i wondered why is it that the president can just stand up and say i've got the answer, i've got the fix. this is what we'll do, we'll give you a year pass on the cancellations? this is a law. how can you declare different aspect of the law? >> the president can't change the law. that's basic constitutional law. that's sort of how the system is set up. what the president is claiming, what he's doing is, he's changing deadlines. and that is something within his power traditionally. remember, obama care, one aspect of it, it says all insurance policies have to meet certain requirements. you have to have men and women treated equally. you have to have -- no more caps. if you get really sick. those sorts of laws. those were supposed to go into effect right away. now, what obama is saying is
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he's going to delay that for a year. there maybe legal challenges to that as well. >> there are state and insurance regulators who are coming out and saying, no, i'm not buying into his plan. >> that's what makes this complicate the. insurance is not just regulated by the federal government. states regulate it as well. and some insurance commissioners are saying in our state you have to have the good plans now. the new plans now. this is why obama's problems are intersecting. he was hoping that if your plan was can semd you would go on the website and get a new one, perhaps even a better one. but the website isn't working properly. so people get canalled and they panic. >> and one of the things that was pointed out in a piece was that this is a long-term story. this is not a today story it's a long-term story. but i still see the issues with this mess of fixing.
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what are these people -- i wish i had more time. it's a topic that takes a long time to explain. but the people who got the cancelation notices are they going to get another notice saying, we're all good? >> they're going to get another notice perhaps in some states saying you can keep your old policy. alternatively, if the website works, they can go on there and see if there's a program through obama care, an insurance policy for obama care that's better for them. those are gently the two choices. >> stay tuned. jeffrey toobin have a good weekend. you're smart. smart, smart, smart. watching the news develop, a detroit homeowner who shot a woman who rang his doorbell in the middle of the night who is now facing charges. we'll break that down and till you what's happening after the break.
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the charges that were filed today in the death of a detroit woman. a man named paul wayford has now been accused of second-degree murder as well as manslaughter and possession of a firearm. all because he allegedly shot 19-year-old renisha mcbride when she showed up on his doorstep in the middle of the night after she had been involved in a car accident. her family saying she was seeking help. her toxicology report says she had marriage in her system and blood-alcohol over three times of the limit for driving. i think a lot of people are wondering what would it take in order to charge the homeowner. because his story was he thought something criminal was afoot. >> according to the police, they're saying that the gun accidentally discharged. so they also gave an explanation for why they feel this would not
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be even a lawful self-defense. but the explanation that was given is that in order for you to declare lawful self-defense, if you're in your home you have no duty to retreat. that's one thing. >> that's a stand your ground. >> that's right. but you have to haven honest and reasonable belief that if you don't fire, there will be great bodily harm. you will die. and that's the only exit. >> it's your mind. it's not everyone's mind. it's your personal fear and reality. >> absolutely. number one, we always wonder the prosecutor said the shot was fired through an open door but a closed and locked screen door. so that's the first time we're hearing about that. was it through the door? door shut? open? did he open the door?
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the prosecutor says the evidence suggests that he did. we do not believe he acted in in self-defense. >> keep letting us know when they leak out other details. >> and additionally they didn't think that the alcohol had anything to do with what happened. >> thank you so much. have a great weekend. coming up just ahead, another incident of injustice. another one where you will shake your head. a rapist convicted, not sentenced to any prison time. he can live at home with his three girls even though his victim at one time was a child. we'll explain this one next. [ male announcer ] ever wonder why no other mouthwash feels like listerine®? because no other mouthwash works like listerine®. in your mouth, bacteria forms in layers. listerine® penetrates these layers deeper than other mouthwashes, killing bacteria all the way down to the bottom layer. so for a cleaner, healthier mouth,
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the very troubling case out of alabama that i want to bring to your attention if i may. a cop viktded child rapist is not going to jail. i did say convicted. his name, austin clemm, 25 years old. guilty three times over. a jury decided that in september. convict him of one count of first degree rape and two counts of second degree rape. the victim testified that he was her former neighbor and he had been sexually abusing her at age 13. then raped her once at age 14. and then at age 18. and if that weren't enough -- i'm sorry, it was age 18 that we at least know of as the final conviction for her.
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she's now 20 years old. she says that that man needs to be behind bars. >> i love god so much and i know that my god has a plan for this. but in my heart i feel like jail is really where he needs to be because i feel like that's the only place he's not going to hurt people anymore. >> her family and friends pretty shocked at what the judge did with this sentene handing it down yesterday. normally in alabama, first degree rape carries with it a sentence ranging from ten to 999 years in prison. with me now is danny cevallos and joey jackson. first of all, i need to point this out. he got two years in a community correction program and three years of surprised probation. this was supposed to be what, i think a 20 or 30-year sentence? >> we complain a lot as defense
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attorneys about mandatory minimum sentences taking the power away from judges. but sometimes they give them a little too much discretion. yes, he was sentenced to 20 years. and under this sentencing scheme, the judge can suspend the sentences and the split sentencing guidelines. he can sentence him to three to five years. here is where it gets weird. those three to five years that he must sentence him can be suspended. >> can. can. can. can being the operative word. can does not mean should. who is this judge? i know, judge jimmy wood druf. i'm going to say it three times. judge jimmy wooddruf. she was a child at the first rape. >> what you want is you want people to have faith in the jushlg process in the system.
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i can only think of three things that happened here. one is the judge has some issues with the jury verdict. judges shouldn't be passing judgment. that's why we have juries. perhaps at the trial, he saw something we didn't see. the second thing is, there's some report about the judge and the defense attorney, who were childhood friends who grew up. you would hate to think that that influenced it in any way. and the third thing, this is just a judge gone rogue who potentially use the guidelines to the disadvantage of the victim here. >> i do recall a judge in montana named todd baw who sentenced someone after he raped his student and she committed suicide and he got 30 days. >> if it is a legal sentence, then your beef isn't with the judge so much because he's done something within his power. your beef has to be with the laj
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lay tur and the sentencing guidelines itself. you have to go to the legislature. you can't blame -- >> but it's such a thorny issue. you want them to have discretion because they're the ones who see the case. but when you see this, it pulls it back and makes it worse. >> and like you both just alluded to, it takes our confidence away in the justice system when this request happen. i wish i had more time. as always, thank you for that. have a lovely weekend. coming up. a blind man and his guide dog kicked off an airplane. i hear you. and fellow passengers hear you too. they wanted that flight attendant to leave. this story coming up next. [ male announcer ] this is jim, a man who doesn't stand still. but jim has afib, atrial fibrillation -- an irregular heartbeat, not caused by a heart valve problem. that puts jim at a greater risk of stroke. for years, jim's medicine tied him
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doxy. so yeah. headline says it all. it's a story that may actually outrage you, but then bring back your faith in human beings. a blind man kicked off a us airways flight, all over the issue of where his service dog should be placed. but then the passengers who were on the plane with him sided with that man, albert rizzi, and all 35 of them stormed off the plane in protest. rizzi says his dog wasn't causing any trouble.
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>> i said look, i don't understand what you want me to do. i said, he's as best as he can, he's where he needs to be. and she is like, we are not going to take off unless you get that dog under a seat. and i said to her, i really don't understand why, you know, the issue is, but i can't do anything. i don't have a seat under here. >> there wasn't enough space for that puppy dog where he was sitting, and the her he's referring to is the flight attendance. apparently all those 35 passengers who walked off the plane first demanded she get off. that wasn't going to happen. us airways finally canceled the flight and busted the passengers from philadelphia to long island and rizzi is saying he's considering legal action over all of this. each week, we are shining a spotlight on the top ten cnn heroes of 2013 as you vote for the one who inspires you the most at cnn heroes.com. every year, more than 10,000
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children are diagnosed with cancer. this many week's honoree is helping. >> it's paralyzing when you hear those words, your child has cancer. i know what those families are going through. >> sun's coming up. >> it's extremely difficult. my son, he was diagnosed with cancer. it was such a horrifying time. we were fortunate, we had rides to the hospital to bring emilio. many families don't have that support. good morning. we found out many of them were missing appointments. my name is richard. no child should miss their cancer treatment due to lack of transportationing >> ready to go? >> we give over 2,000 rides a year. our furthest cancer patient is 120 miles away. ride with emilio plays an important part of their treatment. we get them here in a nice clean environment and on time.
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>> we live her. it's every day treatment. we want to fight. we're in this together. that's all i care right now, my daughter's life. >> you're fighting for your child's life. nothing else matters. >> they pick us up in the morning and give us a ride back. they'll help us every step of the way. >> 70% of our families are sparn issue speaking. having a by lingual staff is extremely important. i feel like it's my obligation to help them navigate the system from someone's who's been there. even though he's passed away almost 13 years, he's the main force of this. i feel that i'm the right person to help. >> richard is just one of our top ten heres. who's is going to being? go to cnnheroes.com and vote once a day and vote every day, as well and share your vote on facebook and twitter, as well.
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into the philippines, we were curious to find out how much money countries are pledging to donate. cash and kind in fact, supplies, money, everything. and now many countries have pledged to help. so i want to go through some of the big ones with you so you could compare and contrast. top of the heap at over $30 million. australia right behind them at $30 million. japannouncing $30 million today, as well. the united nations has pledged $25 million. and the united states $20 million. when you look at the numbers it sounds pretty encouraging because more than $100 million is listed here.
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that's just from seven of the biggest donors. now i want you to take a look at this china, $1.6 million. that's it. $176 million. but look at this this new zealand gave almost the same amount, just a little more, 1.million. take a look at china's gdp, more than $8 trillion. new zealand just under $140 billion. china makes about 50 times what new zealand makes. 50 times. and yet, new zealand gave more. how much china planston give any aid is, of course, welcome, we encouraging you to go cnn/impact. thanks for watching. have a great weekend. "around the world" starts right "around the world" starts right now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com the fix, the apology and the blame, of course. president obama trying to dig out of the obama care hole and what does this mean for him and his

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