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warwick, and also doug e. fresh. it will replay next sunday night. thanks to andy cohen of bravo for giving me a mauzal for my appearance on the soul train awards. who would have thought? that's it for me. i'll be back at 5:00 p.m. eastern in "the situation room." news room continues right now with brooke baldwin. >> and i'm brooke baldwin live from new york. thanks for joining me on this monday. i want to begin with an absolute tragedy. an eyewitness denies drag racing played a part in the death of fast and furious franchise star paul walker. los angeles county havi ay inves say they are pursuing the possibility this car was racing. look at this with me. this is a photograph that shows walker just next to this porsche in which he ultimately died in. a 2005 carrera gt, and as more and more details come out about this weekend's crash, so do the
tributes to this 40-year-old movie star whose looks turned heads while his good deeds won over fans. walker was wrapping up his charity event for typhoon and tornado victims when this porsche crashed and erupt eed io flames saturday. this is video, youtube video capturing the flames, the dark smoke here from this crash. a witness describes how his son ran to try to help. >> he took off running. he got up to the scene, saw the car smoking, it was on fire, but it wasn't a big fire yet. he was trying to put it out. he could see paul and roger were both in the car when the car decided to blow up. >> you will hear more from that eyewitness later on this hour, but the driver of that porsche, roger rodas, was walker's racing team partner. the crash happened just a couple hundred yards from rodas' shop. friends and family, they saw the two men trapped, and now, after
walker's death, his many press interviews carry new meaning. i want you to listen to what is believed to be his last. walker was promoting his new film, which is out next month. it's called "hours" about a new father trying to help his newborn in a new orleans hospital as hurricane katrina bears down. >> i think the biggest lesson, i think it was nice to see how simple things can be. so the story is really -- obviously, there's a lot of complications in what this guy goes through, losing the love of his life, and he's in this environment. he can't control anything. you know, and that's like us with life. we're trying to control all this stuff. and you realize, in the process, it's not about all this. it's just about what's in this. >> exactly. >> the machine is life. just endlessly cranking. and we're running around and trying to juggle all these balls
and running all over the place. when they all hit the floor, we panic, but there's really no need because -- >> everything is smooth. >> focus, right here. it's what's important. it's what's of the heart, family, friends. the rest --. >> i want to talk specifically about this porsche in which he was in. peter, with cnn money, you know cars, you know this porsche. allan duke, let me begin with you, as far as the investigation goes. tell me what investigators are pursuing. why specifically they are looking at the possibility that drag racing was involved? >> well, it's one of the possibilities. and it was triggered by a phone call to investigators over the weekend after the crash. they got a tip saying that there could have been a second car involved, possibly racing with this porsche that carried walker and rodas. they don't have any hard evidence that they know of yet. apparently, but it's one of the possibilities. what they do know is speeding was involved. it's a 45-mile-per-hour speed
limit on this wide street in this very quiet, at least for a saturday afternoon industrial park area. so it was wide open to put the pedal to the metal down the stretch, but what happened and what caused them to veer into the light post and the car to explode into flames is something they don't know yet, so drag racing is one of the theories. and as we're probably about to hear, it wasn't an easy car to drive. >> that's exactly what i wanted to get to, alan duke. thank you. peter, when you read all these different drivers and professionals quoted as describing this 2005 porsche carrera gt, this is a difficult car to drive, why? >> extremely powerful car. this actually is a stereo typical race car for the street. a lot of companies like to brag they make race cars for the street. this really was one. rear entry car, rear wheel drive, not all-wheel drive. also, 2005. it did not have electronic stability control, which many
cars have today. it's a computerized system that can touch the brakes on individual wheels and turn the wheels if you start to skid. if this started to skid, there wasn't much you could do because it would skid around easily with the engine in the back, not up front. >> this was a limited edition kind of car. what was the price tag for this thing? >> at the time, over $400,000. they're so rare that even today if you can find one, they're over $300,000. >> this is what they call your high-performance sports car. why would one need to have this kind of car on the street? cache? >> nobody needs to have this kind of car on the street, but in my life, i saw exactly one of these cars driving on the street. and it turned heads. it's an exotic car. same reason people buy a lamborghini. today for the money, you could buy a lamborghini. that car turns heads on the street, the performance is phenomenal, but it's just about
knowing you have something really special that nobody else has. >> look at the pictures, when you see the aftermath of this crumpled up piece of metal -- >> yeah, carbon fiber, actually. >> carbon fiber, forgive me, not metal. forgive me, porsche. when you look at this, what does tat tell you? you know cars. >> it tells me i don't want to conjunk cher too much. when the police say speed was a factor, you can tell just by looking at this. clearly, these guys were probably driving this car at a high rate of speed. i don't know what else was going on, if there was another car, if they were fooling around. i don't know, but clearly, you know, a car like this is designed to some degree to come apart for safety reasons. parts are designed to come off in a crash because the idea is to protect the occupants, not it car, but still, clearly a high-speed impact. >> peter, thank you very much, and alan duke, thank you for the reporting on the investigation. we'll have much more on that,
but i want to turn your attention now to speed and brake failure possibly the fault of the driver here. let's talk about the train derailment because right now, investigators here are trying to figure out, they're examining the wreckage of this deadly train derailment here in new york. this is a metro-north train in the bronx, came off the tracks as it rounded a bend sunday. killing four, injuring more than 60 others. one passenger telling cnn about the horrific moments inside the kae carriage as the train derailed. >> i wound up going kind of up one side and then rode into where i was technically on the ceiling. and when it landed, i fell to the side where the windows had been smashed out to the ground. all of those windows had broken through, gravel and glass, the big rocks were flying into the windows. i managed to put my bag in front of my face. i don't even have any cuts. once i stood up, i immediately was like, i still have my phone. it's shattered, but it works.
and i dialed 911. >> at this point in time, this is what we know. this was right around 7:20 in the morning. this train was carrying 150 passengers on its way to grand central peterminal from pukim poughkeeps poughkeepsie. approached the sharp curve with a speed limit of 30 miles per hour. 70 miles per hour is the limit on the straightaway. that is what leads up to this curve. as investigators are looking very closely here at these data recorders, new york governor andrew cuomo tells cnn investigators are looking at what part, if any, speed may have played. >> there are two black boxes, one was in the cab in the front, one was in the back. they have downloaded both. that will give you the speed of the train, whether the train was going too fast. there's a 70-mile-per-hour speed limit just north of where we are. trains are supposed to slow down to about 30 miles per hour for the curve. they'll tell you if the brakes
were applied, if they were, when. so that really should narrow it down. and again, if it was something that could be avoided or operator error. >> joining me now, nic robertson there at the scene of the crash. i know, nic, you were at the hospital this morning. let's talk about specifically some of the injuries these doctors are seeing, and do we know yet how those four victims were killed? >> reporter: the details on how the four victims were killed specifically each one, it's not clear at the moment. we do know that some people were thrown clear of the train, and that caused some of the injuries they sustained. what we learned from doctors today, at least 16 people remain hospitalized. three of those are in critical condition. at st. barnabas hospital in the bronx where they have nine of the injured passengers. seven are still in the icu. the doctor there describing to us a little earlier today just
exactly some of the injuries they have. >> they vary from the gentleman who has the spinal cord injury, late yesterday, another spinal column injury was diagnosed. a patient who was found to have a spinal vertebral fracture was also found to have damage to the vertebral artery, so they're being monitored in the icu. there were some patients also with minor chest contusions, and so they're being monitored in the icu. most of them really only for monitoring purposes, to be extra careful with them. >> you know, brooke, the doctors said this is just the beginning of the difficulties for the passengers because he expects some of them to really experience, because they used this train, many of them every day of their lives, they're going to experience, he thinks, some trauma, emotional trouble and difficulty when they recover from the physical injuries and
then they try to get back out and use the train again, he's warning that could be difficult as well, brooke. >> nic robertson for us at the scene of the derailment, nic, thank you very much. coming up, a man dies after the broncos/chiefs game. this happened right outside the stadium, and there are reports of a fight just before he was found. >> plus, a little baby boy is fighting for his life, and his mom says he's now being denied a new heart. the question we're asking is is this discrimination? cnn investigates in a powerful report next. r giving me your smile. thanks for inspiring me. thanks for showing me my potential. for teaching me not to take life so seriously. thanks for loving me and being my best friend. don't forget to thank those who helped you take charge of your future and got you where you are today. the boss of your life. the chief life officer. ♪
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dir birth defect, but his fight for life got harder when doctors said he didn't qualify for a heart transplant. his mom said her son was denied because doctors didn't want to waste the organ on her son. he has this rare genetic disorder. elizabeth cohen tells his story. >> eight months ago, autumn said she was told her son was going to die. >> he didn't want to play. he didn't want to be touched. he slept all day every day. it was miserable. >> maverick was just six months old and desperately needed a new heart, but his doctors at new york presbyterian hospital said no. >> i was scared he was going to die. every day. it's the only thing that i thought of. you know? and there was actually a point where we were planning his funeral. >> maverick, who's 1 now, was unlucky enough to be born with
two medical problems. the heart defect and a rare genetic disorder. doctors said he was an undesirable candidate for a transplant because his genetic defect would limit his survival after he got a new heart. >> you did your own research. >> yes. >> what did you find? >> that is not true. >> she didn't accept what the doctors told her. she asked some of the world's top experts about her son's disorder, called coffin syndrome, and they said the syndrome would not limit maverick's chances of survival with a new heart. and that's what they told us, too. doctor grange coffin, the coffin in cafen cyrus syndrome, told us it's wrong to deny someone a transplant because of the syndrome. what do maverick's parents think is the real reason the hospital denied the transplant. they think it's because the
transplant makes him developmentally disabled. >> they didn't want to waste a heart on him because he would be delayed. hearts are rare, and i understand that, but i also understand that maverick's a baby. you know, and he needed a heart. >> do you think they just sort of discredited his life, discredited his future? >> absolutely. if they were to say otherwise, they would be lying. >> maverick was dying. she pleaded with the doctors. >> i just said, will you guys please reconsider this? reconsider tranls plant for maverick? and sorry, there's nothing we can do about it. sorry. and they just get up and walk out of the room. that was it. and just left me there. i remember, i was just -- i was laughing because i was in shock. i was laughing with tears streaming down my face because i was in shock. i could not believe that was really happening. we're talking about my son's life and you're looking at your watch and you walked out on me. >> new york presbyterian
declined our repeated request for an interview, and in a statement, said they evaluations are conducted with compassion and bring the best ethical, medical, and scientific conclusions to the process. maverick's parents didn't give up. they filed a federal discrimination complaint against the hospital and got him transferred to a new hospital that didn't have the same transplant concerns. eventually, it turned out maverick got better without a transplant, but that hasn't ended the controversy about whether transplant doctors discriminate against patients with disabilities. >> elizabeth cohen, you have a bunch of little ones. could you imagine as a mother being told no? what is next to the family? >> this is an extraordinary emotional and difficult voyage. maverick will have another surgery in another couple years. he's doing very well and they expect him to continue to do well. he may need a transplant at some
point in the future, and his doctors in boston say his disability would not stand in the way, his genetic disorder and the disability that results from it would not stand in the way. >> in reading about this, it reminded me of the story you and i talked at great length about, the little girl in pennsylvania who wanted a lung so badly. a different issue, but how frustrating for the families? >> a different issue, but a similar journey. you're right, brooke. it is so frustrating because there are all of these rules and then doctors get to have their own say about who gets an organ. and really, what has worked for this family, for the murn ahan family who you just mentioned is that the parents really advocate for the child. the parents become empowered parents and they fight, fight, fight, and that's how they eventually get care their child needs. >> i know you will continue to follow maverick's story. please keep up updated. >> i will. thanks. some are calling it one of the greatest football games
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undefeated alabama tries to kick a long field goal to win. no dice. auburn's chris davis jr. takes it 109 yards to the house. listen to this. never in the history of college football -- look at this. has a missed field goal been returned to win a game. never, ever, folks. this is sasport that dates back to 18 sire69. this is a first in the history of the sport. to have it happen -- look at the faces -- to have it happen in a state where the stakes are so high, with championship implications for both teams, it was incredible. students rushing the field. naturally, auburn fans took to the streets all around campus. pandemonium ensued. alabama fans, sorry, alabama, on the other hand. some took to social media and sent a slew of nasty tweets to kate foster, the 22-year-old kicker who missed that field goal. some even going as far as
saying, quote, i'm coming for you. you're going to die tonight. yeah, this is happening on twitter. this is what football means for folks in the south. and alabama as a team played awful, but kate foster, if you don't kill yourself, i will. seriously? but the alabama team was quick to rally around their kicker. quarterback aj mccarron tweeting, if you blame it on one guy, you aren't a true fan. first for college football history. >> kansas city police have a mystery on their hand. a fight in a parking lot after sunday's football game ended with one person dead. police aren't saying much. they're treating the case as a homicide investigation, and ted rowlands joins me now live from chicago. ted, how did this begin? what happened? >> well, basically, three guys left the game or found their car in the parking lot of arrowhead stadium while the game was still going on, the broncos and kansas city chiefs and found a stranger
sitting in their vehicle. a fight ensued and the stranger, a 22-year-old man, died. he ended up dying. and then, the investigators came in. the first thang they have to figure out, of course, is how did this young man die? >> the medical examiner is obviously going to perform a autopsy, but the hospital said there's no obvious signs to how this person passed away. we don't know if this person had a medical condition that caused his death, but we're going to investigate it as an homicide until we hear differently. >> so after this investigation, the initial investigation, they took the three individuals into custody. they spent the night in jail, in kansas city. i just got off the phone with the folks in kansas city, and they say those three are being processed out. they will be free as the investigation continues. an autopsy is also being done at this hour. if it is determined he died via homicide, this investigation of course will continue and the three individuals may be in
trouble. >> ted, i have to ask, as we're talking football and a lot of drinking happens at football games. we're talking about this parking lot outside the game. have investigators gone there, saying that might have played a role here? >> they know that one thing that didn't play a role, it wasn't a fan rivalry. it wasn't as if a denver fan and a kansas city fan were fighting. was alcohol a cause, and then fan adrenaline. if this same scenario would have happened in the public library parking lot, would this young man be dead right now? the emotion in the parking lots in an nfl game, they're very high. >> and then remind us of the timing. this was one year to the day of that kansas city, the chiefs football player, the suicide. >> yeah, devon belcher, last year, to the day, very eerie. he killed his girlfriend, came back to arrowhead stadium, shot himself in front of his coach
and general manager. just an eerie coincidence, but people in kansas city remember that like it was yesterday, then to have this happen, pretty tough for the chiefs organization. >> ted rowlands, thank you very much. and just in to cnn here, not even 48 hours after the self-imposed deadline to fix the obama care website or at least keep it working smoothly for the vast majority of users thrk white house is reporting 375,000 people have visited healthcare.gov today. meantime, white house press secretary jay carney said the president is pleased with the progress but says the work is not finished. we will talk about this a little later with this fascinating opinion piece that dr. sanjay gupta has written for cnn.com. that's next hour. still ahead, arrested for a good deed. find out why a man faces legal trouble after giving away -- look at that, that is cash. hundreds of thousands of dollars here. hundreds of dollars, i should correct myself, to holiday shoppers. that's not nothing.
we're on the case. plus, could drag racing have led to the death of actor paul walker? coming up next, an eyewitness on the scene of the deadly crash, talks about what he saw minutes before that fatal accident. [ male announcer ] research suggests cell health plays a key role throughout our lives. one a day men's 50+ is a complete multivitamin designed for men's health concerns as we age. with 7 antioxidants to support cell health.
you know, on screen, paul walker was all about high impact action, but off, actually kept a low profile about all the good acts he was behind. and i have to stelyou about this one. it involved this young military veteran. did you know that walker paid for the engagement ring for the men's fiance, and the couple didn't even recognize walker for what he did. for those who did know the 40-year-old father, walker was just a good guy. >> down to earth. very down to earth. he was just a regular guy, wearing ripped up shoes and shorts and stuff on set, always joking around. and playing around. lights up the whole set every time he comes to work. great smile. beautiful person. you know, likes to keep in shape, work out, loves his daughter. >> tyrese gibson, walker's co-star in several fast and
furious films actually went and visited the crash site just yesterday, adding a flower to walker's growing memorial. before he did, as you'll see gibson just broke down. >> while thousands are mourning his death, the investigation into how this crash happened now involves an allegation of drag racing. and earlier today, cnn's mikh l mikhaila pereira talked to a witness who was at the charity event walker attended just before the crash, and the man is certain walker and his friend, the driver of this porsche, roger rodas, were not racing. >> he was excited. it was the first drive not only for the victims of the philippines but for the victims of the tornado that happened in
indiana, and it was the annual drive he was doing. so the outcome of cars that were there was fantastic. there were so many beautiful cars there. he was walking around, looking at the cars, joking around with everybody. taking pictures with everybody. finally relaxed and everybody to be himself. they were not drag racing. >> why do you say that? >> they brought two porsches and were taking them for a drive before they parked them in the warehouse, and there were no other cars with them. they drove by us, there were no cars by them, within a split second of the car hitting the trees and the lamp post. >> what do you make of the sheriff's department saying they received a tip that drag racing was involved? >> well, you know, i like to see the tip because we were there, and there was no drag racing involved with this. my son was one of the first ones on the scene.
when i heard the crash, i told him, i said, hey, get up there. i think paul and roger were in the car accident. he said, why, how do you know? i said, didn't you hear the big bang? he said, yeah, i said, i think they hit something. he said, why? there's smoke, get up there. he saw that, he took off because he had a fire extinguisher in his car. i was trying to get paul walker's stunt man and paul walker's friend newt, his best friend, they came out. they had no clue what was going on. i was saying, look, i think he was in a fire. you know, he was in a car accident because there's a fire. they said, well, there's a special effects building behind us. >> much more on this at the top of the hour. poet, singer, medal of freedom winner bob dylan. bob dylan is reportedly being sued in france by this group called the council of crotes for
comparing crotes to the kkk and the nazis, spaining racerentials in the usa. dylan told the french rolling stone that blacks can sense racist ancestry in white people. jews can sense nazi ancestry. no reaction from dylan to the lawsuit. and passengers onboard this us airways flight from austin to los angeles were told one person onboard the plane had an active case of tuberculosis. a cdc spokeswoman said the passenger has not been confirmed to have any infectious disease, and arizona health officials said there was no need for passengers to contact their doctors. medical experts say the risk in this case was very, very small. >> we don't have to worry about the inadamant environment, it's how the air is transmitted and
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you think you had a rough year? this guy said he had a really rough year. got divorced, lost his job. so a minnesota man decided bringing a little holiday cheer to others would make him happy as well. not so fast, because he ended up with a citation from police. here is our affiliate wcco. >> i didn't realize it would be so big. >> when he came up with the idea to throw money, a lot of money, to shoppers at the mall of america, he didn't anticipate the response. >> i thought i got to do something funny. you know, at least have some fun
with it, and turned out a lot of people enjoyed it. >> after a rough year, losing his business and going through a divorce, he wanted to do something to make others' holidays a little brighter. >> i saw that commercial on tv where the guy with the money glues to him riding a motorcycle, and the money flying off him. and i thought -- >> that's where you got the idea? >> that's where i got the idea. >> he decided to give away $1,000, the little money he had left, hoping good karma would come back around. >> my last effort of pay it forward, and i thought, you know, i can't keep up with my bills. i'm losing everything. i might as well have my last little thrill. >> he decided to throw the bills as the choir was singing, appropriately "let it snow." >> there was a guy in front of me on the escalator yelling fake, fake money. i would reach in my next pocket, show it to him, say no, it's real money, and though it. >> surge said he knew he would get in trouble.
he was cited for disorderly conduct. he'll have a court date and face a fine. he says it was worth it. >> everyone can laugh about. everyone is having fun. i think that's what this is all about. i think life is about having fun and just following your heart. >> mall of america spokesman tells cnn while he was attempting to do this good deed, the giveaway could have led to a major disturbance. coming up next, looking forward to this one. actor will ferrell joins a local newscast in north dakota as ron burgundy himself. we'll talk live with the news anchor who shared the desk with him. i have lots of questions about what happened behind the scenes, et cetera. don't miss this. plus, are stunts like this one, the new way of promoting movies? we're going to talk about that coming up next. seems every hotel has something to love... so join the loyalty program that lets you earn free nights in any of them.
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boy, oh, boy, did viewers get quite the surprise when they turned their tvs on saturday night. >> i'm ron burgundy. thanks for joining us tonight. last time i saw you, you were a lot heavier. like you lost 50 pounds. >> i lost a little bit. >> good for you. amber, you look lovely tonight. >> thank you, rob, you, too. >> are you married? >> no. >> i am, so don't get ideas. it's a sure sign that the holiday season is here. santa claus gets spotted coming to town. >> so will ferrell, aka, ron burgundy, co-anchored this entire 30-minute newscast complete with his signature rust coloredsulate. there were plenty of awkward pauses, questionable comments, but this wasn't the first stunt ahead of the big premiere of
anchorman 2, the legend continues. they reprised their rendition of afternoon delight for this huge crowd in sydney, australia. ♪ sky rockets in flight afternoon delight ♪ ♪ afternoon delight >> this is all part of a widespread marketing campaign for the sequel of "anchorman" that includes dodge durango commercials, a new ben & jerry's flavor, and an anchor man exhibit at the museum in chicago. i get to speak to amber who shared a desk with ron burgundy. amber, amber, amber, so here's what i know. you got this four-day lead time. you thought it was a prank. then you find out, you know, ron burgundy is going to sit next to you. did he stay in character the
whole time? >> when he first came in, he looked like ron burgundy, but he was talking as will, and he was, you know, shaking hands and just like, hey, guys, how's it going? it was really natural and stuff. so i hadn't heard the ron burgundy voice until we did our first run-through. that's when i pretty much broke down laughing because i couldn't get over hearing that in person and this was actually happening. >> so you did a run-through, so this tells me this was not a cold thing. did he actually read scripts? did he select which reads he would have? take me behind the scenes. >> well, i produce the show just like i normally would. there was no direction or anything like that. luckily, it's just kind of a lighter, softer news time of year right now. it's the holidays and there was nothing breaking or hard news, thank goodness. because that would have been extra difficult to deal with. so you know, we had a lot of features and soft news, and i
produced the show. you know, just a little bit lighter than maybe i would normally have. but actually not even. and then i produced it and you know, i'm used to anchoring by myself, so actually, anchoring for two people was new all in itself, and then yeah, i went with it. stuff was funny that i didn't think would be funny because he's hilarious. >> he is absolutely hilarious. and good for you. i remember the days of producing my own shows and rolling that teleprompter with your foot. good for you. let me bring peter in because marketing, you know, branding, strategists, this, the fact that they thought, hey, this particular group that you have been in contact with, we know they knew this would go viral. they knew we would be talking about this. it's brilliant. >> there's viral and then there's viral. the group is an advertising agency out of connecticut and
bogota, columbia. they said, what can we do that's different? when anchorman 1 came out, facebook had just launched. there was no level of vierality. a virus was something you got. it was a bad thing. >> exactly, now they're saying "anchorman" took on a life of its own. the reason they produced a sequel was because of the fan reaction. >> instead of making the rounds, the leno, the letterman, the piers morgan, now -- >> you can't do that with everything. there are a lot of movies that would not lend well to this. they said, he's an anchorman. they knew, the second someone sitting in north dakota watches, what did i see? they're going to grab it, post it, and it's going to take on a life of its own. they're talking millions upon millions of millions of publicity. >> amber, bravo promoting this movie. we're all helping do our part, but tell me something that will ferrell, ron burgundy shared
with you when the cameras weren't rolling. how did he leave things with you, his new co-anchor? >> well, he exceeded my expectations and i had very high expectations because i'm a huge fan of ron burgundy. and will ferrell. i was in college when "anchorman" came out, and i know all the quotes, i watched the movie dozens of times. so i had really high expectations. he was so great, so kind and so nice to everyone. and it was funny because, you know, during a commercial break, he would talk as will. and at one point, he was like, have you been running a teleprompter this whole time. i was like, yeah, this is small market news. i run theteleprompter, too. he said, i'm really impressed by that. >> will ferrell impressed by you. amber, congratulations. you're the envy of many affanchor around the world. you did a phenomenal job. i don't know how you held it all together as you did. thank you so much. we appreciate it.
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and here we go. hour two. i'm brooke baldwin live in new york. thank you for being with me as we begin this week with this absolutely tragic story. this eyewitness is denying drag racing played a part in the death of "fast & furious" franchise star paul walker. los angeles county investigators said today they are pursuing the possibility the car walker was in was racing. and you see this photograph? this shows the actor standing by the very porsche he ultimately died in. this is a rare 2005 carrera gt. and as we are learning more about this fatal crash, more details coming out, so are the tributes to the 40-year-old movie star whose looks turned heads while his good deeds won over fans. in fact, walker was wrapping up a charity event for typhoon and tornado victims when that porsche crashed and erupted into flames saturday. you see this video? the smoke, the flames.
this is the aftermath. an eyewitness describes how his son ran in to help. >> he took off running. he got up to the scene, saw the car smoking. it was on fire, but it wasn't a big fire yet. he was trying to put it out. he could see paul and roger were both in the car when the car decided to blow up. >> the witness, jim, also says the porsche was not racing before the crash. the driver of this car, roger rodas, was walker's racing team partner, and this crash happened just a couple hundred yards from rodas' shop. joining me now, jeff burke, editor on drag racing online magazine. welcome to you. we're going to have a conversation in a moment, bull paul, i want to go straight to you on the investigation. tell me why sheriff's investigators think perhaps drag racing could be involved. >> first at the top, brooke, they say that the car was speeding, and that is
irrefutable. they're also investigating the possibility that another car may have veered in front of that porsche, causing walker and the driver to crash. now, let's take a look at this area, because it forms what could be called a natural oval or race track. if you were to take an aerial view of it, inside this industrial park, you can see right there, you can make that series of right turns and always performance racing is one of the businesses in that area, so they have had problems in the past, sheriff's investigators telling us, with racing in the area. then a crackdown just about two years ago, also, you may have seen these pictures. skid marks all over this place. as i said, forms sort of a natural oval, and it's a favorite amongst people who like to test the speed of their cars, brooke. >> paul, thank you. jeff burke, let me get to yo again, editor of drag racing online magazine. before we get into the nitty-gritty, i want you to make your point, that when it comes to drag racing versus street
racing, as this can can could b racing, you say drag racing can be perfectly legal. >> drag racing is legal done in the proper situations, and let's understand that drag racing is from a standing start to the end of a quarter mile. it's an acceleration test. what this guy was doing was not drag racing. he was probably racing or, you know, checking out his car to see how fast it would go. obviously, it's on an oval. the big problem is anytime someone has an accident like this, pretty much the first thing the press says is drag racing. don't know why, but that's what they do. people seldom drag race a porsche carrera. i think it's lack of knowledge, this is what we're getting from the sheriff's office, so that's why we're saying drag racing. let's start with something that is illegal. i will never forget covering a fatal accident in 2008, where something like eight spectators were run dow by these street racing cars. this is a very real, not a
sport, but a hobby. why do people do this? >> you know, people will -- people drag race from stop lights, and people race their cars on the street all the time. i really think that street racing has to do with just people, you know, natural tendency to not want to obey the laws. that's why we have speed laws in the country, because people go faster than they should. to outlaw street raicing is jus something that's in our fabric. >> are these younger folks, older folks with the money and cache to drive these fancy automobiles? >> from my experience, and i superbeen to a lot of street races, it's mostly younger people. generally speaking these days, it's mostly import cars and that sorof thing, which is kind of like what the gentlemen's movies are about, import cars racing on streets. so yeah, most drag racing on the street is with -- is between
kids and their cars. >> and how does it happen? is this a phone call in the middle of the night, hey, i'll meet you here. crowd shows up and boom, they have an audience and they go? >> it's kind of like that. i guess you could call it flash racing. people have a communication system, much of it is done over the internet. sometimes there are certain places in any town where it's known that's where you go to gather up and decide you're going to go drag race, to some street in town or a parking lot and go drag racing, but it's a a little more organized than people might think, but it doesn't make it any better. >> it doesn't. jeff, thank you. paul y have one more question for you. this "fast & furious" franchise has been successful. they were weeked away from wrapping this latest film. what happens next? >> they were supposed to resume shooting in the atlanta area this week, but right now, everything is on hold. we were trying to press the
studio on whether or not they would go forward. this has happened in the past. heath ledger an example of a movie going on without the star. let's listen to what one of the filmmakers had to say about the future of the "fast & furious" seven. >> i don't know what's going to happen with the film right now. we're almost done with the film, but we're not thinking about that. we're not even thinking -- we're just thinking about him right now and his family. and just, you know, sure his daughter is going to be okay, his mother. >> and it was indeed the franchise that paul walker helped build. worldwide sales for the "fa "fast & furious" movies, six of them, $2.6 billion. >> paul, thank you. once again, jeff burk, thanks. >> rush limbaugh is annoyedanno. nothing new there. but he's now annoyed at the pope. he said pope francis sounds like
a marxist. here he is, rush limbaugh. >> if it weren't for capitalism, i don't know where the catholic church would be. now, as i mentioned before, i'm not catholic. i admire it profoundly. and i've been tempted a number of times to delve deeper into it. but the pope here has now gone beyond catholicism here. this is pure political. i got to be very -- numerous times to the vatican, it wouldn't exist without tons of money. but regardless, what this is, somebody has either written this for him or gotten to him. this is just pure marxism. coming out of the mouth of the pope. there's no such unfettered
capitalism? that doesn't exist anywhere. >> rush limbaugh says the pope sounds like a marxist. he's not the only conservative saying that, especially since the pope's quote where he said the tyranny of unfettered capitalism. he also condemned the idolatry of money and called the trickle down economics naive. john berman is with me now, filling in on "the lead" today. you have pope john ii, conservative, pope benedict, conservative. are american catholics suddenly dealing with something else? >> pope benedict had as much to say about the new pope. he said a judicial and economic order should manage the global economy. he called for a managed economy. but it's some of the language that pope francis is using that has set something off with rush limbaugh. the idea of trickle-down economics, which means something very specific, specifically to
american consumers, regan annecks, and this is something that rush can't necessarily stomach. what will be truly interesting is to see what republican catholics say about the new pope. he's called the people's pope. he's wildly popular in many parts of the world, including right here in the united states. you have paul ryan, you have our own newt gingrich, rick santorum, a guy named chris christie, who are all catholics right now. i would be shocked if these potential candidates were to go out and be critical of this pope who, as i said, is wildly popular in many parts of the country. >> you mentioned potential candidates, but catholics are also a key voting bloc, yes? >> white catholics are often seen as the key. the key swing group. you can look where white catholics vote and see how an election goes. they're seen as swing voters. again, i haven't seen numbers yet on their feelings on pope francis, but by most accounts,
he's had quite a debut and quite a first few months in office. >> mr. berman, we'll see you at the top of the hour. >> great to see you. >> great to see you on "the lead" coming up at 4:00 p.m. eastern. meantime, the pope had a high-level meeting at the vatican today. pope francis meeting with isr l israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. according to officials, they discussed the political situation in the middle east, and the possibility of renewed talks between israelis and palestinians. an israeli official told cnn last month, the pope plans to visit israel in late may. >> and a u.s. war veteran dragged off this plane, held captive in north korea, now releases this chilling and suspicious confession to supposed war crimes. >> on this trip, i can understand that in u.s. and western countries, there is misleading information and
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so, if you thought jeff bezos was kidding about amazon delivering goods by drone in as soon as four or five years, well, now amazon is saying its drones might even launch sooner. perhaps 2015 -- in the year 2015 or whenever the feds establish some rules here. i have to say, this is getting close to the jetson's. i want you to hear from jeff bezos himself, appearing on "60 minutes." >> i know this looks like science fiction. it's not. >> wow. >> this is early. this is still years away. drops the package. >> there's the package. >> you come and get your package. we can do half-hour delivery.
>> so, as we noted, today, amazon saying they will launch their drones as soon as the feds give the go-ahead. that could happen reasonably soon, perhaps 2015. brian steltzer here with me, our cnn senior media correspondent, good to see you, and also host of reliable sources, also, hln legal analyst, joey jackson. we have to listen to more of jeff bezos. >> what's the hardest challenge in making this happen? >> putting in all the redundancy, the reliability to say this can't land on somebody's head. >> okay, first to you, joey jackson, because bells are going off here as far as like privacy issues, legality concerns. >> it represents a major concern. listen, technology is a blessing and a curse, as we all know. you can use it for wonderful things, and i think people are concerned when you hear drone, you think of the uses. you think of the cia. you think of the government
spying and everything else. that's a legitimate concern. >> socks to your home in 30 minutes. >> that's a legitimate concern, however, i think we'll see congress step in as they have with the modernization act of 2012, and as long as it's regulated properly and appropriately, we'll see commercial uses coming out of this that could be beneficial. >> could we say pizza? we were talking about how jeff bezos is such a private man. to see him coming out, a fascinating interview. a lot of people could liken him to steve jobs. henry ford. is that fair? >> amazon and bezos wants to appear to be the man of the future and the company of the future. what better way to appear that way than to go on "60 minutes" and reveal these drones. if something else, it was a wonderful ad for amazon. >> got us talking about it. >> i think there's more than just that. i think that's part of it, but they're trying to smooth the way forward for the drones.
bezos just bought the washington post. you could imagine him delivering the washington post to houses. maybe not just in the d.c. area. he has an infrastructure that would spread it across the country. >> amazon today. other companies that have stuck their toe's s in the proverbial water. is it more about branding? can they really deliver? >> no pun intended, right? >> if anyone can, it's amazon. they have these fulfillment centers. that video wasn't filmed in the united states. they wouldn't shoot in the united states because of the laws right now that govern the use of drones. >> brooke, you know, the federal aviation administration has been regulating drones, believe it or not, unmanned aircraft, since 1990. it's been a long time. they have quite a bit of experience in the area. that experience, of course, is not commercial experience where we're talking about pizza delivery and your online delivery that will be here any
day. you look at disaster relief efforts, search and rescue, surveillance. those are the uses, but when you look at technology, if you can expand it to this area, which could be beneficial, who knows. >> that may be why amazon came out with this yesterday, to warm up the faa to this. they have started lobbying the faa. they say they reached out to the government and offered help. they want them to move as fast as they can. >> brian and joey, thank you very much. fascinating. it's coming. coming up here, after a couple of months of not revealing numbers on its health care website, the white house suddenly up front about new numbers they're seeing today. we'll share that with you. also, big changes to america's top rated morning show. why meteorologist sam champion is leaving "good morning america" and who's coming in next. stay with me. no matter how busy your morning you can always do something better for yourself.
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big news for morning television. sam champion, who has been a huge, huge part of the top rated success of "good morning america" is leaving abc news and headed to the weather channel. abc news president announced champion is moving on to become the on-air face of the weather channel, appearing as a host and serving as managing editor. here is a tweet from sam champion just a short time ago. only an amazing opportunity like this at the weather channel could take me away from my abc family of 25 years at gma. he will be replaced by junjer zee and his last day will be
this wednesday. brian is back with me. you know, you wrote the book on morning television. chemistry is key. >> i was surprised by thisur. i have to admit, i didn't see this coming. several of the contracts of the anchors are up in the next few months. i thought abc would find a way to keep the gang together. it's working. you don't want to mess with it if it's working. but sam champion got an offer he couldn't refuse from the weather channel. he informed abc he'll be leaving and his last day is wednesday. >> are the folks at 30 rock doing a happy dance? >> they r but they're very happy about this. anytime the "today" show can seem to hurt "gma" they'll do it. the reason they take a little credit is weather channel is partly owned by abc. it does mean that the "today" show has a little more reason to be hopeful. it's only been 15 or 16 months
since today show took the crown. sam champion was part of it because he had great chemistry with his cohosts. >> i don't think any single anchor change is going to be a big deal, but they have to bring in ginger zee and make her feel comfortable. >> you have to trust the people while you're putting on your clothes in the morning. 11:00 a.m. sunday, reliable sources. this guy, tune in here on cnn. good luck. >> coming up, passengers onboard this usa airways flight are told you're riding with someone who has an active case of tuberculosis. >> also, shouldn't we have a serious conversation about seat belts on public transportation? trains, buses? could seat belts have saved the lives in the deadly train derailment in new york over the weekend? we're all over this coming up next. i have low testosterone. there, i said it.
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rotating upright and investigators try to piece together what happened. one passenger telling cnn about the horiff blg moments inside the carriage as the train jumped the tracks. >> i wound up going kind of up one side, and then just rode into where i was technically on the ceiling. and when it landed, i fell to the side where the windows had been smashed out to the ground. all those windows had broken through, gravel and glass and those big rocks that line the track were flying into the windows. i managed to put my bag in front of my face, i don't even have any cuts, and once i stood up, i immediately was like, i still have my phone, it's shattered but it works, and i dialed 911. >> was it speed, was it failed brakes, operator error? that's what investigators are trying to find out. it was around 7:20 eastern time, the train here, carrying 150 passengers on its way to grand central terminal from poughkeepsie approached the
sharp curve, a bend with a speed limit of 30 miles per hour. 70 miles per hour is the limit on the straightaway that leads up to the curve. let's go to nic robertson who is there. we know there's a news conference at the top of the hour. do we know what we're expected to learn there? >> brooke, certainly, we should get more details about what's going on behind me. you can see that the last of the cars has been brought out of the dirt, so the whole of the train put back up on the tracks. that's perhaps the first part or one of the first parts of the investigation, getting the cars back on the tracks, just seeing how they run on the tracks. but we do know that the ntsb has now got the event recorder, the second event recorder back in d.c. they have downloaded the data from that. that will provide information on speed and braking, two key questions about the train as it was going into the curve on the track. we also know from metro-north that the operators had been
tested, routine tests, we're told, for drugs and alcohol. a police officer, senior officer, involved close to the investigate said a conversation with the operator right after the incident, the operator appeared coherent. it's probably around these kind of issues we may begin to get details. don't expect full details, a full analysis at the top of the hour. >> some new information, some light to be shed. what about these passengers, nic? i know earlier you were at the hospital where a lot of these patients were taken. you talked to a doctor there. what did he tell you about these people? >> gosh, well, what we're hearing from the doctor at st. barnabas hospital, very traumat, clearly, for him to deal, and his colleagues to deal with all these patients coming in. he still has nine patients in the hospital. seven in icu. one in critical condition. the gentleman in critical condition broken vertebrae, but his story is so much deeper than we had originally understood.
we learned about a 14-year-old boy who was injured on the train. he was traveling with his father. his father is the one with the broken vertebrae. listen to what the doctor told us. >> he was on the train with his son. his son was 14 and was also brought here and was evaluated and had enly minor injuries. i spoke to that family when the son was ready to go home while the father was still undergoing his mri scan, but i think his wife already at that point understood how severe his injuries were, and she explai d ed to me that her son is going to have to take the train. they live upstate. he goes to school in the bronx, and he's going to have to get on the train at some point to start going to school again. and she doesn't know how he's going to go to school ever again on the train. >> quite emotional, as doctor listman talked to us there.
as he said, more passengers are going to face this similar time type of trauma when they get back on the trains. >> nic robertson, thank you. we'll be watching at the top of the hour for the news conference, for new information on the deadly derailment. joining me now is ron lindsay, train control systems expert. and ron, let's just cut to it. is it time that we have seat belts on trains? >> an interesting point. my focus is really what makes trains safe, and then really are seat belts pragmatic? it's not like the airlines where you have flight attendants attending to the passengers. most of the commuter rails don't have that type of people onboard. >> is it time that that changes? >> well, subjectively, i say no. from my standpoint, our trains are very, very safe in this country. if you look at metro-north, over 30 years, this is the first accident they've had fatalities in. passenger fatalities. so we run a very safe railroad
here. therefore, how far do you go for safety? that's a very subjective opinion. >> what about when you look at operators of mass transit. you think of buses, trains in this instance, versus say a pilot, and you sort of do a comparison of the standards that both are required to meet. can you just -- what are the similarities, and what are the differences? the biggest, in your opinion? >> well, there's -- well, there are several similarities between airlines and trains, but not with buses. one is that in 2008, there was a major accident between metro link and u.p. in california. as a result of that, congress mandated or passed a law called rail safety enforcement system -- excuse me, safe system. that resulted in the requirement for all primary passenger and freight railways in the u.s. to
implement positive train control. that system is supposed to be installed bay the end of 2015. had that been installed, there's a good possibility this accident would have been avoided if it was due to human error. >> are you blaming that system? the lack -- >> no, obviously, it's a very expensive system. it's going to cost the industry $10 billion to put the system in, that they're going to pay themselves without any federal funding. the benefits of that are only about $400 million over 20 years. that's a 20 to 1 ratio cost to value, and that's a tremendous burden on the freight industry. especially the passengers who don't have -- oe >> just so i'm clear that this very expensive system, this helped slow or stop a train in the case of a potential calamity, yes? >> that's correct. if there's a human error involved by the driver, this system is designed to prevent errors the driver may make.
he may try to go too fast, may try to exceed the distance, and the system monitors that. if he attempts to do that, it stops the train. >> but you say this is a rarity, just quickly, you say this is a rarity, and no major changes, no major fixes are necessary, that our trains are pretty safe? >> yes, they are. actually, very much so. very much so. it's not like this across the world, but definitely in the u.s. we train our people very well, test them regularly, basically freight management does an excellent job of monitoring the activities of their engineers, and this train pause control system is an excellent system. i happened to be a designer of the first one. yet again, it's very expensive. so what price do you pay for safety? and the seat belt kind of falls into the same category? >> that's the question. what is the price we pay? you're the expert. thank you for joining me and explaining a little bit about what happens and the safety of
our railway across the country. thank you so much. now to the death of a man outside of kansas city's football stadium, treated as a homicide, at least for now. this man was killed during yesterday's chiefs/broncos game, and witnesses say he was in someone else's car. the car's owner confronted him while he son ran to get help. police took three people of interest into custody. they're releasing them. no charges have been filed yet. and a paramedic says a mother in alaska is a hero who saved lives after this plane crash on friday, after melanie's plane went down, four miles from the village of st. mary's, she called for help on her cell phone and when rescue teams couldn't find the crash site, she hiked to find them half a mile through slippery tundra, her desperate hike saved lives without a doubt, but four people did die in the crash, including her 5-month-old son. she's in the hospital in fair
police say speed was a factor in the fiery crash that killed "fast & furious" star paul walker, but was drag racing a factor as well? police sheriffs there say possibly, but an eyewitness says no. we may know more about his death soon. cnn has just confirmed an autopsy on walker to be carried out tomorrow.
what we know for sure right now is that many in hollywood are in mourning today for this movie star whose career and life were cut short at the age of 40. before paul walker shot a frame of the original "fast & furious" he was ecstatic about acting in a movie about car racing. >> i remember getting a phone call, paul, we realize we're not filming yet, but would you be comfortable with going to las vegas for a couple days to go to race car driving school? what, are you kidding me? this is a joke, right? it was unreal. >> little did walker know then "fast & furious" would become a multihit franchise, six movies raking in $2.4 billion in worldwide sales. that's according to box office mojo. a seventh movie is on the way. the likable actor would become forever linked to his character, street racing cop brian
o'connor. but before the "fast & furious" walker made a steady rise to show biz stardom, from commercials to television shows, then movies such as "pleasantville" and varsity blues. he also starred in "8 below." he welcomed the chance to act with man's best friends. >> i loved it. i never got sick of working with the dogs, that's for sure. you get sick of people from time to time and their attitude and this and that, but it's pretty hard to get sick of a dog. >> and "people" magazine named walker one of the most 50 people people in 201. as the career flourished, walker seemed ageless. >> for a while there, it didn't seem like i was aging at all. i'm definitely looking older. it's a good thing. at 35, i was sick of looking 22. >> walker by everyone's account was easy going and legendarily nice on and off set. he called himself an adrenaline addict. he loves race cars, surfing, and
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work's not finished. you tell me what's left. >> i will tell you this. i just got off the phone with the conference call that health and human services, cms, holds regularly on the update. or on this website. they didn't say what problems are left but did say that it is not yet perfect and it sounds like one of the issues is they have not yet released numbers for where the errors are. they also seem to be dealing with an issue called the 834s. that's a really important number because what that means is when people signed up and thought they had enrolled, you know, got the official recognition, those enrollments weren't all going to the insurance companies. that's the 834 process. so while today, hhs is saying they have fixed that process and enrollees are getting all the way through, insurance companies are getting the notice, here's the thing. if you signed up before today, before this fix was put in place, hhs is saying you need to
call your insurors and make sure you, in fact, do have insurance, because there was a problem there. so brooke, reporters on this phone call pounded away at hhs, saying how many people is that, how many people think they have insurance from this system -- >> what are the numbers? >> and may not. right. they refused to say. a spokeswoman again and again would not give numbers. it was interesting, she did say we know 80% of the problems come from an issue with social security numbers, it's an interesting subplot but the point is they have some figures. if they know 80% of the problem came from a certain place, obviously they might know how many problems there are, they're just not telling us. >> not yet. >> not yet. >> keep asking those questions. thank you. my goodness, this man in minnesota has had a bad year. he got divorced, lost his job and wanted to cheer himself up so what did he do? he said he headed to the mall of america to spread a little cheer.
i want you to look closely here at what he threw. those are dollar bills floating down on shoppers. he decided to toss $1,000 on to the crowd below. many of them were just hanging around listening to a performer who happened to be singing "let it snow." police put an end to the stunt, citing him for disorderly conduct and telling him to stay away from the mall for an entire year. stay classy, bismarck, north dakota. my goodness, did viewers there get quite the surprise when they turned on their newscast on saturday night. >> good evening. >> i'm ron burgundy. thanks for joining us tonight. >> will ferrell in character as ron burgundy co-anchored the entire half hour newscast complete with his signature
rust-colored suit. listen, obviously there were plenty of awkward pauses, questionable comments. i talked to this young woman you're looking at here, the weekend anchor at kxnb in bismarck, north dakota. she is ron's one-time and only real life co-anchor. >> he exceeded my expectations and i had very high expectations because i'm a huge fan of ron burgundy and will ferrell. i was in college when "anchorman" came out and i know all the quotes, i watched the movie dozens of times. so i had really high expectations and he was so great, so kind and so nice to everyone. and it was funny because during the commercial break, he would talk as will and at one point, he was like have you been running the teleprompter this whole time? i'm like yeah, yeah, it's a small market. i run the teleprompter, too. he's like i'm really impressed by that. >> this is all part of a
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a minnesota man spent more than two decades in prison for the murder of his wife but he didn't murder his wife. after 25 years he was exonerated. here's a preview of the special entitled "the unreal dream, the michael morton story." >> i met chris at stephen f. austin state university. we were taking a psych class. she was talking to my roommate and what caught my eye is he was feeding her a line and she saw right through him immediately. i thought she's pretty sharp, i want to get to know her. chris had this amazing laugh. she would throw her head back and laugh. it was just so genuine. you couldn't help but laugh with her.
she was smart. she wasn't just sociable. she had a head on her shoulders. everybody liked her. she could be and was completely independent without me, and i was lucky that she went out with me. >> find out how a jury convicted this husband of murder, a murder he didn't commit, and how he was exonerated. it airs right here on cnn this thursday at 9:00 p.m. eastern and pacific. before i go, little double duty for the next couple weeks that i'm thrilled about. catch me tonight in prime time, 11:30 p.m. eastern, 8:30 for those of you on the west coast. it's a new show we're calling "in case you missed it" that will show off all the very best moments on cnn today, including the interesting back stories, how certain segments or interviews made it on to television, why certain moments seem to be magical, the kind of
moments you can't really turn away from, and how these moments really help forward the story that we are all over here on cnn. that is night, "in case you missed it" 11:30 eastern, 8:30 pacific. do not miss it. with that, i'm brooke baldwin here in new york with your "cnn newsroom." let's toss things to john berman sitting in for jake tapper. "the lead" starts right now. our guest today is bill gates which means our entire studio audience gets the new xbox 1. just kidding. we have no studio audience. i'm john berman. this is "the lead." the national lead. what caused it, four people dead after a train flies off the tracks in the bronx. just moments from now investigators will give us answers. the money lead. these days he makes more headlines for how much he gives away than how much he makes. our guest, bill gates, on his legacy and his battle against the epidemic that has killed millions. and the pop le