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sharon. the water woes in west virginia, those nine counties who are dealing with the lack of water. but fema is coming in. they've sent in the first truck. let's toss it over now to fredericka whitfield. >> very good. very, very busy morning as we're going to have for the rest of the afternoon. we'll pick it up where you leave off. thanks so much. it's 11:00 eastern hour. the "cnn newsroom" and it begins right now. two days with no clean water. hundreds of thousands of people can't wash their hands, drink, or cook this morning with their tap water. this after a potentially dangerous chemical leaks into their water supply. the wide spread impact of the crisis and government's response, straight ahead. and damage control. newly released documents shed new life on how appointees of
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new jersey governor chris christie shut down lanes to a busy bridge and what they did afterward to stem the growing outrage. plus, israel mourns the loss of one of its most controversial leaders. we'll take a look back at the life and legacy of ariel sharon coming up. we begin in west virginia where 300,000 people still don't have access to clean tap water two days after a chemical used to wash coal leaked into the water supply. huge tractor trailers loaded with bottled water have begun arriving in the nine effected counties. but for the unforeseeable future drinking, cooking, or even bathing with tap water is out of the question for everyone in those areas. we have koerncorrespondents cov the story. in charleston, west virginia, that's where we mind alina
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machado. what are they saying? >> well, fredricka, they are very frustrated. this is a very decision here. imagine not being able to wash your hands using tap water or brush your teeth or even just cook something with regular tap water. restaurants are closed here. most businesses are closed. again, residents here are getting very frustrated with the uncertainty of all of this. >> now it's utter chaos now. >> i see people just grabbing every ice bag they can. >> yeah. it's about gone. >> it's or rid. i've got to use bottled water. >> reporter: growing outrage and concern in west virginia where at least 300,000 people are without usable running water thanks to a chemical leak at freedom industries. >> we are very, very sorry for the disruptions. >> reporter: gary southern, the president of the chemical company, offered few details during his first press conference more than 24 hours after the leak was discovered.
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>> so can you give us an exact timeline as to how this all happened? >> reporter: southern says his employees found the leak thursday morning. the chemical is typically used to clean coal and can be harmful if ingested. state officials say they were alerted to the problem when residents of the county reported a foul smell, similar to licorice, in the air. the leak was traszed to one of freedom industry's 35,000 gallon storage tanks along the elk river. about a mile from the water plant. >> we're doing water tests on an hourly basis. and the chemical level is declining but we're just not sure exactly how long it's going to take until it's acceptable to lift the do not drink ban. >> reporter: the warning has rattled those who live in the nine counties where a state of emergency has been declared. >> it's a disaster. and it's caused us -- it's caused us more problems than you can ever imagine. not only can we not wash dishes,
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we can't wash our hands after we go to the bathroom, you can't wash your clothes, and you can't drink the tap water, you can't cook with the tap water. >> now, this company has been ordered to empty out its remaining above ground tanks and also to cease operations until they can prove that these tanks are safe. meanwhile, the u.s. attorney's office has launched an investigation and they have said that even if this was a negligent act there could still be some industrial violations. fredericka? >> thank you so much. i know folks are very frustrated there. they want some answers right away. the federal government is of course responding to this emergency on several fronts. erin mcpike is cover that aspect of the story. she's joining us now from p washington. erin? >> because president obama signed that emergency disaster declaration there in west virginia, it means that fema can deliver aid directly to the residents there of west virginia affected by this leak.
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you will see there that fema is bringing in water to those residents. 75 trucks carrying about 4900 gallons of water each going into west virginia. on top of that, homeland security is delivering 16 tractor trailer trucks of bottled water so residents have water to drink there because obviously that is evidented as well. as far as the investigation is concerned, the u.s. attorney there in west virginia is booth goodwin and he was on cnn yesterday talking about the investigation that they will launch. take a listen. >> it's really too early to tell. that's the purpose of an investigation. i mean, we -- we have already been on the ground. we're looking at what actually occurred here and, you know, really too early to tell whether criminal charges could be brought. >> but again, just negligence alone could, in fact, be a criminal charge as alina
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mentioned there a little bit earlier. so this will obviously take a little bit of time as the investigation gets under way. but we'll be following that for you. fred? >> thanks so much, erin mcpike in washington. all right. now to a new documents that are shedding more light perhaps on the bridge scandal involving new jersey governor chris christie and his office. late yesterday more than 2,000 pages were released by a state legislature. they show angry back and forth e-mails and confusion over the lane closures and that officials close to governor christie tried to cover up political motives and block the media from learning more about it. they also give insight into the resignations that took place in the wake of the controversy. alexandra field is in ft. lee for us. alexandra, so far the documents don't show governor christie played a direct role but what else has been discovered? >> reporter: right, nowhere in those 2,000 pages do we see any evidence that would link governor chris christie to this. but what we do learn is that
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e-mails sent out by the port authority back in september reached one of christie's top people. it raised concerns about whether or not this was really related to any -- there is no indication that the aide had any role in the alleged political retribution against the mayor of ft. lee. in those pages though we do also learn the reaction of the executive director of the port authority, patrick foye, when he learns about the lane closures. he sends out a scathing e-mail to other port authority officials. it reads in part, quote, i will get to the bottom of this abusive decision that violated everything that this agency stands for. later in the documents we see that that,mail prompted a response from one of governor chris christie's appointees to the port authority. baroni. baroni writes back to foye stressing the need to keep things quiet. he says in part, quote, on way to office to discuss. can be no public discourse.
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we do know now that bill baroni has sense resigned his post with the port authority. and governor chris christie did -- >> all right. that was alexandra field. obviously it's not jury television sets. we have a signal problem there from a very windy and stormy ft. lee. thanks so much, alexandra. all right. meantime, over sea, former israeli prime minister ariel sharon died today. he was 85. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu expressed his deep sorrow over his passing an kadhca and called him a great warrior. >> reporter: for better or for worse at almost every major event in the history of modern israel, ariel sharon was there. the man israelis turned to when they thought they had no other choice. >> i can talk and i can look into the eyes of the citizens of israel and convince them to make painful compromises. >> reporter: they called him the
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bulldozer, a fearless leader to his supporters who got things done. >> always worried about the investing of the jewish people and it was clear for the jewish people to survive in this world, you have to stand up and fight. >> reporter: a bulldozer in a china shop to his critics. >> sharon was the bloodiest of israeli leaders. no compassion. killing people. men, women, children, destroying homes, destroying trees and crops, stealing land. >> reporter: borne out side teleaviv the son of russian immigrants he took the lessons from working the land to the highest office in israel. he served bravely duringi isra l israel's war of independence and rose through the ranks. he was well liked by israel's founding fathers. >> he was tall, he was handsome, he was blond, and he was thin at the time. and they looked at him, this is what we have produced in this land, this new jew. >> reporter: but controversy was
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never far away, in 1953 after a wave of guerrilla attacks from jordan he led the infamous unit 101 on a raid into a border could blowing up 45 houses killing 69 arab villagers. sharon said he thought the houses were empty. by june 1967 he was back at war. now a general leading his tank battalion to a crushing victory over the egyptians in the sinai during the six-day war. what he considered his greatest military achievement came in 1973 when the young war, orders and surrounded egypt's third army. it was a turning point in the war. sharon, the war hero, turned politician. one of the founders of his conservative party, he was the father of the settlement. jewish communities built on occupied palestinian land, condemned internationally and seen as an obstacle to peace by many within israel.
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>> this is part of the land of israel and we are going to stay there forever. >> reporter: as defense minister he was the architect of israel's disastrous war in lebanon. he ordered the invasion to stop the plo from using lebanon as a base for attacks on israel. >> this was an misadventure and ill fated invasion and sharon was trying to play sort of super power here and rearrange the region in a way that he thought would better help israel. >> reporter: in 1983 an israeli tribunal found him indirectly responsible for the massacre of hundreds of palestinians at refugee camps. it was carried out by lebanese christian militia as well as allies and sharon was found to have done nothing to stop them. the '90s would see his political rehabilitation. eventually becoming leader of his party in 1999, and a year after that, came his visit to
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the temple mount, the holiest site for jews but also claimed by muslims, the noble sanctuary. violence soon erupted. palestinians claim it was the start which brought about the uprising. in the violence which followed sharon was elected prime minister. israelis had turned to the bulldozer who promised to bring peace and security. as a wave of suicide bombings rocked israel, sharon unleashed the israeli military, sending tanks and troops into palestinian towns ordering assassinations of palestinian militant leaders. he ordered the construction of the barrier through the west bank and confined palestinian leader yasser arafat to his compound in ramallah, accusing him of encouraging attacks in israel. >> you have to understand that -- >> reporter: sharon said he always regretted not killing arafat when he had the chance. not long after, sharon made an historic announcement, israel
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would give up jewish settlements in gaza and part of the west bank. it brought him death threats from the settlers who once saw him as their champion. it earned him applause overseas but trouble at home especially from a small group of political rebels from his own conservative party and by the end of 2005, sharon had had enough. he bolted from his party and established a new party called kadehma. the man who many thought was unstoppable unexpectedly suffered a mild stroke in late december 2005. also than three weeks after that he was back in hospital. a major stroke this time. it left the prime minister in a coma, on life support, and struggling for his life.
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and violence is now boiling over in iraq as al qaeda-linked fighters battle iraqi government forces in the city of fallujah. we'll have more on that later on in this hour. plus, the hunt is on for a road rage killer. for police, the clock is ticking. they hope to catch him before he strikes again.
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three men led cop on a high speed chase and it was all caught on tape. check out this dash cam video. speeds reached 130 miles an hour on interstate 20 in atlanta. they robed a cellphone store. the driver says he was forced to do it. >> i never knew what they was doing. all i knew is they were came back to the car, running back in the car, they put the pistol on my stomach and told me to drive. that's the only reason i did any of that. >> wow. officers tell our affiliate wsb
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they are looking into whether the three men are responsible for several other robberies. and police in three states are looking for the shooter who they say ran a driver off a highway and then shot him to death. officers are calling it a case of road rage. jean casarez shows us how the shooting has rocked a small pennsylvania town. >> reporter: residents of this small community of dillsburg, pennsylvania, continue to be on edge following a deadly highway shooting of 28-year-old timothy davison. the shooter still at large, lauflaw enforcement says it was a case of road rage. >> we obviously have an individual out there who was so ensensed that he continued to pursue mr. davidson and took it to that next step. he, you know, murdered an individual for, you know, whatever slight that he perceived. >> our daughter travels the highway every day and you think it could have been her. it's hard to think things like that can happen in this small
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area. >> it's just scary. you're just driving along and all of a sudden, boom. >> reporter: it was 30 minutes away from this community on interstate 81 where davison was driven off the highway last saturday morning and then shot out repeatedly by someone driving a dark ford ranger xlt pickup. police say davison had made multiple calls to 911 saying he was being chased by a vehicle and that the driver was very aggressive. >> be advised now multiple gunshot wounds as well. >> we're issuing an advisory to all body shops and dealerships in the area to look out for a ford ranger with recent damage seeking repair. >> reporter: motorists in this part of southern pennsylvania say they are keeping a closer eye on fellow drivers. >> definitely concerns because they haven't been able to figure out who it is yet or that, you know, there might still be around. and if they inadvertently cut that person off or do something
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to make them pmad, they might b the next one in the news. >> reporter: jean casarez, cnn, dillsburg, pennsylvania. a week that started with polar temperatures in the southeast is ending with highs in the 60s in some places. those highs are being ushered in with some pretty dangerous severe storms, however. the same violent weather that pushed through atlanta this morning is now making a mess in charlotte, north carolina. cnn meteorologist jennifer gray is here with more in the forecast. it's a mess. >> it is a mess. it's hard to believe windchills were below zero a couple of days ago in the south and now we're in the 60s. we had this line of showers and storms come through the southeast, through atlanta. we had tornado warnings in georgia, the florida panhandle, even south carolina. now things are starting to look a little better but we still have that threat for severe weather. all across the southeast and even the east coast. so we're going to be zooming in on no, new york, washington, and
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boston. definitely not cold enough for snow and a lot of you will welcome the rain considering it is much warmer across the northeast. here are the storm reports. hail and very gusty winds have been the main ones all across the south. that slight risk still remains for the southeast and east coast for damaging winds and isolated tornadoes through today. rainfall amounts anywhere from one to two inches. isolated amounts even more as we go through the rest of the day. look at the shot of atlanta. this is that storm rolled through earlier this morning. time-lapse video and you can see it definitely came down very, very heavy across the city. moving out. now we're just seeing steady rain across atlanta. fred? >> steady indeed. terrible stuff. especially if you're driving. trying to stay inside. that's the best recommendation. appreciate that. all right. the governor says he knew nothing about it but now the feds are looking into possible criminal charges involving chris christie's administration and what many are calling
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z he's been considered the front-runner for the gop presidential nomination in 2016. well, now what for new jersey governor chris christie? he may have laid it all out there in a two-hour press conference removing himself from any planning, orchestration, or execution of the closure of the georgia washington bridge in september. even firing his deputy chief of
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staff. christie says blind sided by this revenge bridge closing apparently designed to punish the democrat of ft. lee mayor for not backing his election. >> i had no knowledge or involvement in this issue. there's no way that anybody would think that i know about everything that's going on. i don't know what else to say except to tell them that i had no knowledge of this. all i know is i don't know. i am humiliated by the fact that i did not know this. the answer as of right now is i don't know. >> all right. kevin madden is a cnn political commentator and republican strategist who worked for mitt romney in washington joining us now and ellis is a liberal political commentator and columnist at "news day" in new york. >> hello. >> so this just keeps growing, investigations, now release of more than 2,000 documents.
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does this kill any aspirations governor christi e might have had for 2016? it. >> doesn't kill it yet but let's see what else comes out. the federal prosecutors have not even begun to squeeze some of the people who we know are involved in this thing. and you know, they will make an effort to try and get them to rat up, to say, no, someone told me to do this or other people were involved. in order to believe chris christie's denial, essentially you have to believe the that bridget kelly, deputy chief of staff, this mom of four from ramsey, this nice lady, was some kind of road warrior in the new jersey governor's office running this hit job on the mayor in ft. lee. you know, maybe that's true, but i -- i have my doubts. >> so i wonder, kevin, if immunity is given to, say, his deputy chief of staff in exchanges for tell us everything you know, is that when, i guess chris christie or others, need to be worried about the what's
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next? >> well, we don't know. i mean, that's a hypothetical that's impossible to answer. what we do know though, and i think that's what chris christie and his team are looking at, is what is it that they can control. and i think they started with that, they started off on the right foot with the press conference where they answered questions for almost -- where he answered questions for almost two hours. and also took on a level of accountability and also he had a level of contrition that i think resonate with a lot of people in new jersey. now, it's not over. it's not going to be finished just there. every step of the way, whether there's new information that comes out as part of the investigation or if there's new information that comes out as part of the governor's own investigation, he's going to have to have that same level of accountability, that same level of forthrightness, and that same level of contrition in order to really gain back the trust that he needs not only of the people in new jersey but any potential republican voters that are looking at him as a perspective
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2016 candidate. >> for the sake of his leadership, saying that i didn't know, i mean, is that good enough? i mean, he talked -- he's bragged and boasted about the fact that his administration, his office, they are like family and now suddenly he's the one left out of a plot, a plan, something being executed. how believable is that? >> well, fredricka, it's only good enough if it's the truth. that is the standard that he set himself. i think as he goes through this he's going to have to make sure that every single piece of new information that comes out meets that standard, that he didn't know. i think it's a fair criticism that, you know, it's not good that he didn't know. but i think he actually in his press conference welcomed that criticism and he said he's going to go through, you know, a pretty detailed self examination of what he did to encourage this kind of behavior. >> ellis, to kevin's point, does it speak well for governor
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christie that he did allow himself to be thrown any question tossed, any question during two hours? he essentially gave this sort of i'm an open book kind of demeanor. you know, does that bode well for him ultimately, especially for those who might doubt his word, but they did see that he was willing to answer anything that he was willing to take it on? >> well, kevin is right. he has good political skills. he sounded good standing up there. but at the same time, he locked himself into a very ironclad denial. and so it leaves him vulnerable. that if any evidence to the contrary comes forward, if you have the chief of staff, kevin o'dowd or someone else says, well, maybe i mentioned it to the governor or maybe he overheard it in the washroom. it doesn't appear he was cc'd on any e-mails that were dumped last night. but he does not have a lot of wiggle room here. you just have to put a bit fat asterisk above that commentary,
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he did well in the press conference. >> thank you. i know we will be talking about this again. >> see you soon. >> thanks. all right. perhaps you're ready for a little football. well, it is playoff time in the nfl but will fans of one team get wild enough to register get wild enough to register another earthquake? the every time, which is great...what? he's using you. he probably has a citi thankyou card and gets 2x the points at restaurants. so he's just racking up points with me. some people... ugh! no, i've got it. the citi thankyou preferred card. now earn 2x the points on dining out and entertainment, with no annual apply, go to over the pizza place on chestnut street the modest first floor bedroom in tallinn, estonia and the southbound bus barreling down i-95. ♪ this magic moment it is the story of where every great idea begins. and of those who believed they had the power to do more.
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here's comes the apologies from dennis rodman. he's saying sorry to the family of american kenneth bae who was imprisoned in north korea. sorry to fell he retired nba players who went with him to that country and sorry to our own chris cuomo who he blasted in a cnn exclusive interview. jim has details. >> reporter: dennis rodman is running away from his comments admitting in a statement to cnn that he was out of bounds. i want to apologize. i take full responsibility for my actions. it had been a very stressful day. some of my teammates were leaving because of pressure from their families and business associates. my dreams of basketball diplomacy was quickly falling apart. but he's not running away from north korea. his apologies coming in the wake of a wild week playing
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exhibition basketball and exploding in an interview with cnn's chris cuomo. >> no, i don't [ bleep ]. what the hell you think. i'm saying to you, look at these guys. look at them. >> reporter: in his apology rad man explains his outburst. i had been drinking. it's not an excuse but by the time the interview happened, i was upset. i was overwhelmed. it's not an excuse, it's just the truth. rodman's alarming north korea trip was filled with even more bizarre images. ♪ happy birthday to you >> reporter: singing happy birthday to leader kim jong-un and giving him a bow. >> do you let me know -- >> reporter: rodman sparked a fire storm with his seeming justification for the imprisonment of american kenneth bae to chris cuomo, leaving bae's family back home shocked and diss appointed. >> if you understand what kenneth bae did, do you understand what he did? >> what did he do? you tell me. >> in this country.
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>> you tell me. >> no, you tell me. you tell me, why is he hepd captive? >> reporter: now rodman is backpedalling saying i want to first apologize to kenneth bae's family and i want to apologize to my teammates and management team and i want to apologize to chris cuomo. i embarrassed a lot of people. i'm very sorry. at this point i should know better than to make political statements. i'm truly sorry. >> all right. so how does sports diplomacy usually unfold? nba hall of famer kareem abdul-jabbar will join us and his reaction to dennis rodman's trip to north korea. all right. the nfl playoffs continue this weekend. and there pib an earthquake. what do i mean by that? the saints take on the seattle seahawks. and the last time new orleans visited seattle century link field was rocking. not just noisy but loud enough to register as an earthquake.
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so now special monitoring equipment is in place to see if it happens again. and one is in a maintenance room and another is in the stands. a big shake-up in the competition on the slopes at the upcoming winter olympic games. ski star lindsay vonn announced this week she's out still dealing with a knee injury. it's a big blow to the u.s. team. she's one of the most recognizable winter athletes and rakes in upwards of $6 million annually in endorsement deals. so how big of an impact will her absence have on the games and the out come of the u.s. team? patrick, a contributor for forbes magazine who analyzes the business side of sports joining me now from st. louis. good to see you. how big of a blow is this to nbc's coverage and vonn's many sponsors and to her as an athlete?
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>> well, first of all, i think if nbc is smart they're going to make her part of the coverage team. she's an expert. she's very foet genic. she will still bring eyeballs but she was the biggest star of the u.s. team. it is a loss. i will say this. nbc, of course, now they have all of these platforms that they show live coverage, plus you can stream mobilely a lot of the content as well. so it won't hurt as much as it would have maybe ten years ago. >> okay. so what about this $6 million annually in endorsements and of course a number of companies that were backing her in the lead up to the games, running pr promos, expecting commercials were going to be a home run during the games. now what? will they still run the commercials or the campaigns? >> i believe they will. certainly they are disappointed. it's an interesting situation because she's 29 years old and by the time the next olympics comes around she's going to be 33, which god forbid that's old in the skier world. >> that's sad. over the hill.
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>> very sad. very sad. so it really depends, these olymp olympics come around every four years so they have small windows to make their shining moment and gold medal moment. you look at michael phelps and what he was able to do. i anticipate if she doesn't participate in the next olympics and she doesn't come back to form and win world championships the next year or year after, she will still be marketable because she's got the smile, she's got the face, she's got the pers personality but you won't see $6 million per year. one thing i thought of, we have this derrick rose for the bulls who unfortunately was injured again this year, but they did a huge marketing campaign about his come back. maybe some sponsors of lindsay vonn will do something similar to her leading up to the next winter games. >> thanks so much. good to see you, patrick. maybe it means in vonn's absence other athletes, you know, like
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sean white, as if he needs more, but spotlight might be more on him and maybe davis and there are a number of others. i guess kelly clark is a snowboarder who a lot of folks are watching. interesting games, none the less. >> and gabby douglas, either. >> excellent. thanks so much. all right. we're going to shift gears quite a bit because there's a lot of deadly violence taking place in iraq between al qaeda-linked fighters and iraqi forces. details live from baghdad next. ♪
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now to iraq where there's been a stunning surge in violence. at least 60 people have been killed and nearly 300 wounded since december 1st. the city of fallujah is at the center of the fithding where al qaeda-linked fighters are battling government troops. michael holmes is live for us now from baghdad. michael, tell us more about the situation there. >> hi, fred. there's been a lot of sporadic violence off and on during the day in anbar province, as you said, fallujah and also ramadi are the two cities that have been at the center of this fallujah, of course, very familiar, resonating with americans where a lot of americans lost their lives fighting islamists. now, what has been happening there is that the tribes, the sunni tribes, many of whom, of course, feel disenfranchised by
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the government of nuri al maliki. they've been opposing the government for some time. s that also allowed a situation where al qaeda-linked fighters, the islamic state of iraq and syria, have come into that area and that's where we've seen this fighting start. it all began actually when the government tried to shut down a protest camp in anbar province. it was protesting against the government. well, today we have seen a various incidents inside fallujah to ramadi. it's been calm most of the day but we've just been getting information there has been an iraqi army strike on a guest house in ramadi. this according to ramadi police which hit this guest house owned by a sunni tribal leader. three people killed, seven wounded. there was a clash between ramadi and fallujah on the road there between these fighters and the army. there was also another incident where, according to people inside fallujah we spoke to,
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iraqi army vehicles were heading towards fallujah, only a kilometer or so outside of of that city, when tribal leaders there attacked that convoy, according to them. an iraqi army tank, a humvee were damaged or destroyed and there were injuries in that as well. so it's a very -- this all goes back to sunnis feeling left out of governance in iraq. that's sort of the origin of it all. but a lot of concern about where this could lead. fred? >> lots of concer indeed. all right. thank you so much, michael holmes. stay safe there in baghdad. all right. tonight a group of hunters in this country will bid on a permit to kill one of the world's most endangered animals. the dallas a farry club says killing one black rhino will help save dozens others. their auction is drawing a whole lot of anger and attention by the fbi. our ed lavandera reports. >> reporter: coming this close to a black rhino is rare.
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there are only 5,000 left in the world. in the country in southern africa there are only 1700 still alive. thousands of miles away in this convention hall in texas, the dallas safari club says it has a way of helping save this an gent beast. the group will auction off a permit from the namibian government to hunt and kill one black rhino. the club's executive director ben carter says sacrificing one animal for the greater good is smart conservation. >> it's going to be able to raise more money than any other way you could do it to help provide for all the conservations needs we need for the black rhino. >> reporter: the auction sparked death threats along with a vicious debate over how to save this endangered species. critics call the auction a sad joke. marcia, tell us where you're joining us from. >> i'm sitting in nambi arksz. >> reporter: marcia is ceo of save the rhino trust and works
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with the namibian government to protect the rhinos. >> do you agree with this? >> i personally don't agree. this is actually saying that one rhino is worth dead much more than it is alive. >> reporter: the black rhino hunting permit will be auctioned off saturday night. it's a closed event. you have to have a special ticket to get in. no cameras allowed inside. organizers say it's to protect the name of the bidders. the permit could sell for $250,000, up to a million dollars. the dallas safari club says all the money will be donated to namibia's conservation efforts to save the black rhino and they have picked the rhinos they can hunt. >> they've already picked out two or three black rhino males that are old, nonbreeding males. they're not contributing to the population anymore. in fact, black rhinos are territorial and aggressive. they actually are detrimental to the population when they get old like that. >> reporter: animal conservation
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groups say it would be better to keep the rhino alive and raise money through tourism, selling the opportunity to see these animals up close in the wild. >> i can't state strongly enough how perverse this is to say that killing this animal is the best thing for the animals. it is a critically endangered species. >> reporter: the black rhino is in the crosshairs of controversy and both sides say they're doing what's best for this wild lavan. the consumer electronics show is often where you find the next big thing in gadgets. we've got the best and worst of what the future holds, next. but first, the baby panda getting ready to enter the spotlight. the public will get to see her at the smithsonian national zoo starting next week. here's tom foreman. >> she's so warm. >> reporter: at just 17 pounds, she is already a heavyweight in the world of conservation.
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>> 58 centimeters. >> reporter: a rare success in the long fight to preserve the giant panda. >> pandas are notoriously difficult to breed. >> reporter: she tends to her and says there are many reasons pandas are naturally solitary and usually don't mate well in captivity. artificial insemination is uncertain, and even when new ones are born, they often don't make it. >> unfortunately they're very sort of in the first month or so, they're very fragile and you often don't know that there's anything wrong. >> reporter: but panda's american journey, however, has been key to the species survival. >> this is the crate that ling-ling was shipped in in 1972. >> the first panda. >> yes. >> reporter: u.s. sign tiszs have helped the panda along since the first bears were sent here from their native china following a visit from president nixon. births like this remain rare.
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>> every year you kind of hope for it and every year it's been a disappointment since 2005. >> reporter: habitat laws have left only 1600 pandas in the wild, some 300 in captivity. small wonder then that this new arrival, this rare bear, is being treated with such care. tom foreman, cnn, washington. i'm beth... and i'm michelle. and we own the paper cottage. it's a stationery and gifts store. anything we purchase for the paper cottage goes on our ink card. so you can manage your business expenses and access them online instantly with the game changing app from ink. we didn't get into business to spend time managing receipts, that's why we have ink. we like being in business because we like being creative, we like interacting with people. so you have time to focus on the things you love. ink from chase.
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of the best ones i've seen, the cur curved television. you kind of feel like you're in the picture. i think it would really hurt my wallet if me or you bought it. i was particularly impressed by lg's curve display, which is going to have a smart tv interface in it. >> what about wearable? >> i saw great wearables around. >> i was really impressed by the activity tracker this is year, which take the functionality out of devices like the fuel band. but they took some of the better parts of smart watches, like passing along notifications of smart phones. companies like sony, lg and razor are doing that. >> one feature i liked was that on this fit bit, it has a silent alarm, so that the person next to you doesn't wake up into crazy hour that is many of us at cnn get up.
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all this wearable technology connects with your smart phone. it can tell what's going on inside the ball and help you improve your dribble. >> just like wearables that are getting smaller and smaller, sensors are getting smaller and smaller, so you can definitely stick them in products like this and make them better. >> maker box? >> with their replicator mini, they're making the 3-d printer smaller. even though it costs nearly $1400, it's more and more accessible to someone who just wants to play around with a 3-d printer has a hobby. >> would you shell out the money for it? >> not personally, but i like the idea for those who are into that type of thing. >> those are some of the best
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of one of hollywood's hottest nights. the golden globe awards. the show airs tomorrow, 8:00 eastern time and everyone's already buzzing about which movies and stars might win big. a.j. hammer has a preview. >> well, you know, fred, the golden globes is a hollywood party like no other and there are three things you can basically count on. the champagne's going to be flowing before the celebs even sit down. the show will end when it's supposed to and there will be some seriously fierce competition in between. now, this year, one of the biggest golden globe showdowns is the battle between the outer space extravaganza, gravity, and 12 years a slave. the two are vying for best film drama. the sheer spectacle of gravity could push it over the top. lead actor category, you've got a war between a living legend and incredible newcomer. robert redford's performance in
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"all is lost." he's a sailor, fighting to stay alive at sea. also, a free man who becomes enslaved in "12 years a slave." his performance unforgettable and this is the first time robert redford has been nominated. whoever ends up taking the globe for lead actor, that's a toss up. the buzz is big about the big face off for lead actress. it's really all about kate blan. i'd be surprised if she didn't take home another trophy. then one more powerhouse movie. "american hustle." seven nods, along with "12 years a slave." the word in hollywood is that "american hustle" is pretty much a shoe in for best comedy or musical. it's going to be a pretty
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terrific night on sunday. >> thank you so much, a.j. hammer. watch "showbiz tonight" monday through thursday, 11:00 p.m. eastern time on hln. we have much more straight ahead in the news room and it ahead in the news room and it all restarts right -- captions by vitac -- now. . hello, everyone. here are the stop stories we're following. scandal, revelations, just released documents shine new light on the traffic jam that's become a political log jam for chris christie. who knew what and when? don't drink the water, don't even wash your hands with it. you can only flush. that is still the message to 300,000 people who have no clue on when their tap will run clean. and mourning a world leader. israel's former prime minister has died after eight years in a coma. we'll look at his controversial military and political career.
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let's start with this. nieman marcus may be the latest victim of cyber hacking. the company says it's e investigating a possible security breach that may have compromised customers credit card information. let's bring in jennifer. >> this breach, nieman marcus learned about it in mid december. from there, they talked with police. they started working with secret service, with forensic team and forensic team determined on january 1st that it was in fact a security breach and that nieman marcus may be a victim and customers, they, too, could be victims. credit card information may have been compromised and what we don't know is how widespread this is. how many customers, what time
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frame this happened over. nieman marcus says they will contact customers when possible and they are addressing this issue. they released this statement, saying we have begun to contain the intrusion and have taken steps to further enhance information security and of course, we are all well aware this has been happening for a couple of weeks now. this comes on the heels of target's security breach. so, this is -- >> which started out with 40 million people, then grew to maybe 100 million people impacted. so, what is the latest with target and it's investigation and how do you reassure customers if you're worried about whether your information is in the hands of someone zm. >> it did grow to 70 million more as they announced yesterday and now, it's not just the credit card and debit card information. we're talking about some of the personal information that is also out there. we're talking about your names. mailing addresses. phone numbers and e-mail addresses, so that personal information is out there on top of the credit card and debit
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card information and you know, as we've been talking about this with the target breach, it's a good idea to do a number of things. whether there is a breach with target, nieman marcus or any other kind of situation where your information has been stolen. it seems simple, you you want to make sure you're doing it. take a look at your bank statements. don't click on any strange links. if you get an e-mail from someone you don't know, don't open it. make sure it's good before you do anything with it. be aware of fishing scams and it's also a good idea to contact a credit monitoring service. this is something target doing for their customers in the wake of this security breach there that they can have a credit monitoring service for a year. people still have time to sign up for that. >> maybe that's a little
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reassure tog a lot of folks, but i know a lot more are unnerved now. >> pay attention. >> thanks so much. appreciate that. now, to the plight of 300,000 west virginians who haven't been able to drink, wash or cook their tap water since thursday. that's when officials discovered a chemical used to wash coal has leaked into the elk river and contaminated the water supply for nine counties. officials still aren't able to tell everyone when they'll be able to get clean, safe tap water again and the patience is running then. elena is in charleston, west virginia. i understand you're learning new information about the possible health impact of this leak on people who may have been exposed. in what way? >> well, we just learned that 91 people were seen in the emergency room. about four of those people were actually admitted. the severity of their symptoms
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ranged and also, their symptoms includes nausea, dizzyness, headache, sore throat. aside from the health concerns related to this, there's also the inconvenience of having to deal with not having usable, running tap water in this area. this is an incredibly difficult situation for the more than 300,000 people who are being affected right now. now, the only thing people can really use is tap water to flush their toilets. you can imagine how challenging that is for these people. now, authorities here learned about this leak on thursday. they say they first heard about it when residents started calling them to report the smell of licorice in the air. they investigated it and ended up here at this chemical company. it's called freedom industries. i'm going to move so you can see the place where they were able to track this leak. that tank is where authorities
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say the leak happened. now, we did hear from the company president yesterday and here's what he had to say about all of this. >> would like to start by sincerely apologizing to the people in the affected counties in west virginia. our friends and our neighbors, this incident is extremely unfortunate, unanticipated and we are very, very sorry for the disruption to everybody's daily life this incident has caused. >> is an apology enough? >> no. this is economic, this is a disaster. this is the bp oil spill in charleston, west virginia. there's no restaurants. we can't wash our dishes. we can't prepare meals because we can't wash dishes. everything has to be frozen males. >> you can really get a sense of the level of frustration of people deal wg the situation. add to that, the fact that restaurants here are closed.
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most of the businesses are closeded and we really don't know how long this is going to be this way. >> oh, my goodness. and then in what way is the federal government and federal officials responding or investigating? >> well, we know that fema has stepped in. there is an emergency de declaration that's been made and fema has sent in truckloads of water to help the people while this situation resolves. the u.s. attorney has launched an investigation and said even if this is an act of negligence, there could still be a criminal violation. >> thanks so much in charleston, west virginia. former israeli prime minister, ariel sharon, died today after eight years in a coma. benjamin netanyahu expressed his deep sorrow over his passing and said this. quote, the state of israel bounds its head on the pasing of
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former prime minister ariel sharon. he played a central role for the security in israel over all its years, end quote. ben wedeman joins me live from ja. >> he has been out of the political scene since january of 2006, when he suffered from that brain hemorrhage that left him in a semivegetative state for the last eight years. also on the 1st of january was when news came out that his situation came out that he had deteriorated, his kidneys were failing, he had a blood infection and other medical complications. so, it doesn't really come as a surprise. when he went into that coma, you really felt it much more than you do today in the sense that i think plenty of them do mourn
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the passing of ariel sharon. they've sort of come to terms with his death long before his death was actually announced. >> now, he was a controversial figure. to some people. how might he be remembered? we heard the words of netanyahu, or at least i read the statement of his words. paying homage to ariel sharon, but in general, how might israelis be membremembering him? >> you won't find too many israelis who say he didn't play a large role. whether it was negative or positive was another question, but even his opponents, people in the opposition when he was prime minister, do acknowledge that this was the man from the very birth of the state of israel in 1948 to 2006 when he went into that coma. he was a key player. he for instance in 1973 during
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the october war, he was the man who turned what looked like a severe defeat for the israelis into a victory by launching a stunning operation across the suez canal that surrounded the third egyptian army and led to a cessation of hostilities at the time. he was a man behind the 1982 invasion of lebanon. he built the wall in the west bank that many israelis credit with putting an end to terrorist attacks in this country. although many palestinians would argue with that. so he is a man who mixed legacy to many israelis, but definitely a big one if you want to put it that way. >> thanks so much. all right, the clock is ticking for cops in pennsylvania. they're looking for a road rage killer. they worry he could strike again and thousands of revealing documents released in the scandal surrounding governor chris christie. farmer: hello, i'm an idaho potato farmer.
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this just in. the suspension of new york yankees alex rodriguez has been reduced to 162 games. that's according to the baseball player's agent. this is linked to performing enhancing drugs scandal. and investigation of that. here is a statement, i think this is coming from rodriguez? yes. the number of games sadly comes as no surprise as the deck has been stacked against me from day one. i have been clear that i did not use performance enhancing substances as alleged in the notice of discipline or violate the basic agreement or the joint drug agreement in any manner and in order to prove it, i will take this fight to federal court. i will continue to work hard to get back on the field and help the yankees achieve the ultimate goal of winning another
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championship. that coming from alex rodriguez. jason carroll live for us on the phone with more on this. jason, how did this come about? >> well, first of all, let me just say this has been a huge blow to the rodriguez camp. they've been expecting this for some time. i'm told they knew that the 211 game suspension would probably not be thrown out all together. this came about after our baseball chief arbitrator concluded the hearing which ended on november 21st, heard both sides. allegations from both sides. that alex rodriguez had used performance enhancing drugs, that he was somehow connected to that antiageing clinic in florida, the man who ran that clinic, then he took performance enhancing drugs. not only that, but he also
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obstructed the investigation into whether or not he took those drugs. all along, he has denied that he took any performance enhancing drugs. denies that he obstructed any sort of investigation and in fact, last at major league baseball saying that major league baseball used criminal tactics in terms of how they investigated and went after him. so here's where we stand now. right now, mlb has handed down the arbitrator has handed down a 162-game suspension. that would effectively put rodriguez out for a year. he is not going to stand for that. his team is not going to stand for that. they are going to continue to fight. they're going the take it to court. they're going to take their case to court. it is unlikely based on all the legal analysts i've spoken to. a number of people who know the situation in and out, they say it's a very slim chance that a
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federal judge is going to overturn an arbitrator's decision, but rodriguez and his team are going to continue to fight and what they're going to do, i'm told in all likelihood, ask the judge to intervene in the case and issue fourth an injunction to allow rodriguez to continue to play baseball while he continues to fight. >> so, the arbitrator has reduced the number of games. rodriguez comes out with a statement, which says you know, he'll likely take it to federal court. but the amount of time that it would take before a federal court were to address this, might a year already pass? might the suspension still be upheld while he is trying to appeal this decision or get a federal court to weigh in? >> well, i don't think a year would pass and what they would do is once again, they would ask a judge for an injunction to allow them to continue playing
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into spring training while he continues his legal fight. you remember, even while the arbitrator was looking at this, rodriguez was allowed to continue to play throughout last season and he's going to hope that he can continue to do that through the next season. as well. but once again, at this point, it seems at least from the legal analysts i've spoken to, from a lot of people who know the ins and outs, it seems it's a tall order that a federal judge is going to overturn the decision by an arbitrator in two private parties. that's a tall order. but rodriguez and his team are committed to this. they feel as though mlb did not act properly and they feel mlb was targeted. the only way he can continue to fight is to take it to the federal level. >> all right, interesting. thank you so much for bringing us this with this information
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just now coming in. appreciate that. also like to add to this conversation with "the washington post," we have mike wise on the line with us. so, how do you see this? are you in agreement? that it's unlikely that a federal judge would overturn an arbitrator's decision, meaning the suspension would stay. >> this is probably going to be a-rod's fate. alex rodriguez is going to miss an entire major league baseball season. he can go through all the appeals he wants. the bottom line is that at some point, he's going to have to accept that the commissioner's evidence was found to be worthy enough to ban him from baseball for a year. i don't know if the it's the end of any sort of chapter. it is the beginning that there is no post steroid generation in
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baseball. it's still going on. >> what about the new york yankees? would they be batting for him? trying to do what they can to try to influence the mlb so he could play? or simply throw up their hands and say the arbitrator has spoken, this is the way it is. >> i think the new york yankees have always walked a fine line between acting as if they wanted to support their player and also really doing -- the reporters i've spoken to who cover the team on a dagly basis. the biggest thing about alex rodriguez, his talent is so predinlgous, it really doesn't match some of the field. given his age, given that the
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yankees would own him, i can't imagine them sticking by him the second time he's been hit on the wrist. i just can't, at some point, i understand the union has to do it by its members. but if the yankees are standing by their man, they look as enable as anybody in this sort of. >> what about the yankees? do they have to honor, if he's suspended in large part because of the investigation of performance enhancing drugs, do they have to honor his contract? does he continue to get paid? >> no, nobody who's, nobody in baseball, that would fall under morality clause in any contract regarding major league baseball team and its employee/player. so, i can't imagine for the life
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of me that the yankees will be, would be on the foot for that kind of money if in fact an arbitrator suspended him from the game and upheld, reduced his suspension, but held him out of the game for 162 games, which is herbal ly essentially a year. there's no way in my mind, in the legal department, can satisfy that, but i'd be shocked if the club was on the hook for that salary. >> okay. now, let me read to you and our audience, what the major league baseball player association is saying. the mlb -- disagrees -- even despite the panel's decision to reduce the 211-game suspension. we recognize that a final and binding decision has been reached, however, we respect that the collectively bargained
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process which led to the decision in accordance with the aja, how do you interpret that statement from the player's association? >> you just read the very first part of that? >> sure, the ml bpa strongly disagrees with with the award issued today in the grievance of alex rodriguez even despite the panel's decision to reduce the 211-game suspension. >> i guess that's what you have to say because you're essentially backing your membership irrespective of the facts, of the notion that everybody in baseball and outside of baseball, knows alex rodriguez to be an enhancing drug user and if there was some
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kind of semantics or technicalities that they want to present as evidence, why he shouldn't be, i would be fine with that. but we're looking at an organization who turned a blind eye to the notion that this was rampant in the sport in much of the '90s. now, they've started to clean it up. the drug testing is stiffer. but let's be clear. this problem started way back when when the people in charge knew it was going on and didn't take any kind of action and you know, i don't even -- i understand, alex rodriguez, may lose a lot of money and i understand all these things, i still think this goes back to, this goes back to the bigger
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problem, which was alex rodriguez was a member of an organization which -- came out and said i'm not using performance enhancing drugs anymore. he partnered with the gentleman by the name of mr. hooten. he lives in plano, texas. his son was a cousin of taylor hooten. one of these kids who went down to mexico and wanted to be big like his friends. wanted to pump 350 pounds on the bench like barry bonds. he went down to his friends in mexico and he came back and he actually got off the -- will tell you now that steroids in teens leads to violent mood swings. well, sure enough, sure enough, mr. hooten comes home one day and hangs himself in his room. and anyone that doesn't want to connect that to what's going on now and a-rod actually worked
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through a foundation. he said, i can't have you anymore. really hurts me because i know this is almost an addiction for you. >> many tentacles to this story. bottom line, for alex rodriguez, that 211-game suspension has been reduced to 162 xwams. we're going to talk more about this throughout the afternoon. thanks so much for your perspective. >> you're welcome. >> and we'll have much more straight ahead. ♪ [ male announcer ] what kind of energy is so abundant, it can help provide the power for all this? natural gas. ♪ more than ever before, america's electricity is generated by it. exxonmobil uses advanced visualization and drilling technologies to produce natural gas... powering our lives... while reducing emissions by up to 60%. energy lives here. ♪
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chris christie is no shrinking violet and seldom seems to care what others think of his leadership style. now he's facing the biggest scandal of his administration and how significant is it that few in the gop leadership are backing his actions or words in that two-hour news conference this week. christie fired his deputy chief of staff and dumped his campaign manager, who was in line to be the gop's state party chairman. an e-mail trail reveals they were behind lane closures that backed up the george washington bridge in september. they apparently did it as punishment because the fort lee mayor did not endorse christie's re-election. christie denies he knew anything of the bridge closure, so why is there so much skepticism?
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>> i found it hard to believe he didn't have anything like that going on because i felt like to block up three lanes -- >> it would not injure any possible presidential run by doing something like that. to the state. to the town of fort lee. >> we still like him. i still like him. he's a good governor. he's done great for the state, but like i said, this embarrassed him very much so. >> always demand that you would have a press conference and deny some kind of responsibility on some level. that's not cool. >> all right, both skepticism and support from his constituents. so, governor christie said bottom line, he's a victim. >> a person close to me betrayed me. a person who i counted on. and trusted for five years betrayed me. a person who i gave a high government office to betrayed me. >> congressman leonard lance is
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a new jersey republican who supports the governor. so, congressman, should he have known what his top aides were up to before it happened? >> he asked his top aides whether they were involved and they said they were not and unfortunately, that proved not to be the case. the underlying behavior is appalling. it should not have happened. of course, it should not happen ever again. but i thought that the governor took decisive and forceful and immediate action this week. >> so, you think he did the right thing. his demeanor was on point during that two hour presser, then why is is it as you heard, how is it he couldn't know? especially when you heard the government himself in that press conference that his top aides, his office, it's like a family. >> i believe that he was not told the truth and that is what
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he said this week. let me say that the chief executive of state or the president of the united states will be confronted with challenges and one measure of a person is how that person reacts to those challenges and governor christie reacted immediately and forcefully and decisively earlier this week. >> do you find it odd that there are a number of republicans, whether it be in washington or even there local in new jersey, who are a little reticent to come out and say full heartedly they are supporting the governor? whether it be during or immediately after that press conference? does that bother you? >> the governor indicated in his press conference that he was humilia humiliated. he apologized to the people of new jersey, to the people of fort lee and he apologized to the state legislature and
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therefore, he took responsibility and let me say that i believe that his decisive action this week was in the tenor of his administration. the reason he was re-elected overwhelmingly in november was based upon the public policy decisions he has made in his first term in office. a 2% property tax cap in new jersey. a pension reform and he has done this in a bipartisan capacity with a democratically controlled state legislature. >> do you think there are some republicans who kind of take issue with that? that perhaps he professes to be someone who does things in a bipartisan manner, there might be some republicans who still don't like the idea that he was willing to stand alongside the president of the united states, democratic, that for some republicans, just feels like payback for them? >> i believe that he put new jersey first during superstorm
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sandy. and that was imminently appropriate for the governor of new jersey. and we need greater bipartisan cooperation in washington and certainly, i think that governor christie has acted that way. in his capacity as governor for the last four years. and i expect more of that in the future. he is reforming new jersey. he is doing it with a democratically controlled state legislature. he is forceful in personality and i believe that the reforms that he and the legislature together have put into place in new jersey will benefit the state for many years to come. >> congressman, thanks so much for your time. appreciate it. >> thank you very much. her toddler was taken into protective custody after he unleashed a slew of obscenities. the toddler in a video that has gone viral. straight ahead, you'll hear from the mother who's defending herself and find out what happened. [ male announcer ] what if a small company
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the 16-year-old mother of a nebraska toddler seen in a profanity laced viral video is defending her son. both are now in protective custody. last week, the omaha police officers association posted this video from facebook on its website, saying it's an example of a quote, cycle of violence
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and thuggery, end quote. a male and female voices are heard in the background encouraging the boy to use obscenities and racial slurs. we're going to play some of the video, but it is disturbing and it might be difficult to listen to or watch. >> say [ bleep ]. >> the boy's mom, 16 years old, told the affiliate that she doesn't condone what happened, but says her son is like every other kid. >> he had a clean diaper, the house was clean. kids cuss. every kid does it. he's a smart little boy. all that stuff he did, he doesn't do that. my son doesn't cuss like that. i don't allow it. for everybody that thinks i'm a bad mother, i'm not. >> she and her son are now in child protective custody for
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safety reasons unrelated to that video. a teenage girl and her mother claim they were run out of town after accusing a classmate of sexual assault. the boy, now 18, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of child endangerment, but some wonder if he got off too easy. >> is there anything you or your client want to say? >> no, not at this time. >> matthew barnett left the courthouse a free man. a reaction on social media was loud and swift about his plea deal. justice for daisy. the system has failed and sickening. barnett faces no jail time. two years probation for pleading guilty to misdemeanor child endangerment. he admits he left then 14-year-old daisy coleman, drunk, freezing and not wearing a jacket, outside her mother's house in january. >> a misdemeanor charge
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accurately reflects the conduct. >> he did not face charges of raping the young victim. she alleges she and a friend were raped by the boy. charges against barnett was 17 were dismissed. daisy's family claimed the real reason was barnett's political ties. his grandfather was a popular four-term state representative. daisy and her family were run out of maryville, a stark example, they say, of victim blaming. a national outcry followed and special prosecutor jean baker was appointed to re-examine the case, who said the justice system worked. >> my job is to analyze evidence. in this case, there was insufficient evidence to go forward on a sexual assault. >> daisy's mother tells cnn she
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expected this outcome from a prosecutor, saying considering all the evidence that had been lost, destroyeded, tampered with or returns, there wasn't a lot she could do. >> today, i am grateful that the defendant took responsibility by pleading guilty to the charges. i am ready to move forward. >> it has been difficult for daisy to move on though. over the weekend, this last weekend, her mother says that her daughter tried to take her on life after being bullied on facebook. her mother says that instead of coming to the courthouse, she chose to stay by her daughter's bedside. daisy's mother saying she felt the prosecutor did the best she could, but maintains political power was at play here in the original investigation. the consumer electronics show is usually about cutting edge, cool gadgets. well, up next, a few that might not make the cut.
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we've been checking out the consumer electronics show and we've seen a few gadgets that
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might be the next big thing, but as samuel burke explains, not everything is going to be a home run. >> it feels like the booze goth on for miles and miles. what were some of the worst ones you saw this year? >> cannon is kind of back this year with another crazy idea where they want to have a pocket camera, a camera on the back that takes a selfie of you. there's no real reason to pack that into a pocket sized camera. >> i remember when you did that last year. one of the ones we saw here, the neptune kind, you've heard of smart watches. i think this is a smart phone on a smart watch. sfwl i'm already. >> i'm not a huge fan. really, i don't need my smart
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phone on my wrist. i need it in my pocket. >> any other? s? >> a company here called phone soap selling a case that has a uv light in it, you stick your phone in it and it will sanitize it. i don't understand why anyone would want that in a million years. >> it's not one of the worst, but i think it was one of the scariest ones. just driverless for small stretches at a time. but we almost had somebody rear end us because it stopped so suddenly. i was very, very, very scared, but it is a great concept. i can tell it's going to be the future, we're just not there quite yet. >> might have been a little brash for them to dem o it out on the road. it is a future concept that will get better with time. >> we'll have the best and worst ones next year. >> at the consumer electronics show. thanks so much. the family of a mentally ill
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teen wants answers. they say cops used excessive force in the shooting death of their 100 pound son. so there i was again, explaining my moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis to another new stylist. it was a total embarrassment. and not the kind of attention i wanted. so i had a serious talk with my dermatologist about my treatment options. this time, she prescribed humira-adalimumab. humira helps to clear the surface of my skin by actually working inside my body.
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and our giant idaho potato truck is still missing. so my dog and i we're going to go find it. it's out there somewhere spreading the good word about idaho potatoes and raising money for meals on wheels. but we'd really like our truck back, so if you see it, let us know, would you? thanks. what? a mentally ill 18-year-old boy say he didn't deserve to die at the hands of police gunned down in his own home, but the detective who fired the fatal shot said the boy was threatening another officer's life. david has the story.
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>> funeral services are today for keith as the question still looms, why did a police detective believe that lethal force was necessary. shortly after he shot and killed the 18-year-old, we could hear south port police detective saying he was defending himself. i don't know if you've been advised or not, but shots fired. i've had to defend myself against this subject. >> apparently, suffering through a schizophrenic episode and holding only a screwdriver, keith had been hit with stun guns and was on the floor at his home, restrained by two officers, when detective vaszy shot him in the chest. vassy's attorney now tells me why. you're telling me this young man was not subdued, that he was fighting back? he was taking that screwdriver and stabbing one of the officers
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multiple times -- >> in the abdomen area. >> but not causing any injury. >> apashtly, the officer had a bulletproof vest on. >> just 5'3" and 100 pounds, he had become such a threat that vassy had no choice but to use deadly force. did that officer yell for help or ask for someone to shoot this man? >> no, sir, did not. >> then why did the detective feel he needed to use deadly force? >> because the stabbing motions traveled to an exposed part of the down officer and he was not being subdued. >> the north carolina police benevolent association agrees. calls the situation, dangerous, calls the screwdriver a deadly weapon and says detective vassy
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used aggressive action. the aggressive and threatening picture is in sharp contrast to the family's belief that keith should not have died. >> why would somebody shoot a 90 pound kid with two full grown officers on top of him with two tasers deployed inside him? there's no reason. >> was that the only option here? to pull a firearm and pull the trigger? >> at the instant it occurred, again, having to step into the shoes of the officer to make this judgment call, he had to make it in a split instant. >> was it the right decision? >> yes, sir. >> the family released a statement through their attorney not responding to any of these accounts, but saying they wanted to allow for time for the investigation to continue. >> thank you so much. let's talk more about the legal ramifications of this shooting death.
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let's bring in our legal guys. joining us from cleveland. good to see you. and richard, and law professor joining us from las vegas. good to see you as well. all right, gentlemen, the state bureau of investigations looking into this shooting and killing. richard, what are the key facts they have to determine here about reasonable threat, reasonable action? >> whether the officer acted and objective in a matter that's a standard performed by the u.s. court. here, officers are trained, they're supposed to make a slit second determination, but when you look at the fact pattern here, it's really disturbing. 90 pound child. restrained by two officers after being tazed. after being tazed. gets shot in the chest. from an officer who enters the room and is heard on the tape saying i had to defend myselfat
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that's a problem, fred. there's a whole other story, but it's a very disturbing case. >> so, avery, you heard in the piece that an officer did have a bulletproof vest on, but this young man was taking stabs at him with the screwdriver and that merits a threat, a reasonable threat and it means officer had to take action. does there have to be more than that is this. >> no, there really doesn't, but i noticed that'ven the lawyer was starting to stutter after david asked the right questions on this. the piece that's missing here is the family said that after the two cops have their son down, again, 90, 100 pounds, tasers, holding him down. the other officer shows up 14 minutes later and within 70 segds, the officer says according to the family, we don't have time for this. at that point, pulls the gun,
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kills the young man. this begs for further investigation. grand jury, justice department, i'm in a court. i think this is very, very disturbing and while you don't want to substitute a judgment, the facts are very, very potentially compelling. so, further investigation is absolutely necessary in order to get the justice. >> let's talk about alex rodriguez and his suspension now being reduced from 211 games to 162 games. this by an arbitrator and so, avery, i wonder while alex rodriguez in his statement says we're going to continue to fight this action, we're going to go to federal court, would it be the case of a federal court, would it take it or -- would it challenge an arbitrator's decision. it was unfair, it violates -- the due process laws applies to government, not to private
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entities like major baseball, so in that respect, it will not have jurisdiction. the discretion goes with the employer i think at best, he's got an uphill. >> they will review the record, but the standard to reverse the decision and arbitration is extremely high. to prove that the arbitrator was completely off the wall and missed the mark 100%. reverse an arbitration award and 162-game suspension is a plus for him. it could have been over 200 games and the issue of whether the yankees are going to pay him next year and who they're going to get to play third base. >> it's tantamount to a year away from the game, then the question, you know, the question
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is will we ever see a-rod play again. >> right, and maybe the yankees -- >> right and the yankees could try to terminate his huge contract. they may want to do that. i don't know. >> all right. >> there's a provision in the contract that does give that authority to the yankees. >> morals clause. >> thanks so much. always great to have you. brilliant mind that is you are. thank you. brilliant. take care. we have got much more on the breaking news about alex rodriguez. we'll go to jason carroll in new york for details and reaction. is it africa? the middle east? canada? or the u.s.? the answer is... the u.s. ♪ most of america's energy comes from right here at home. take the energy quiz.
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