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>> this is a public space. i'm allowed to report. >> cnn reporter is kicked and punched by chinese authorities over trying to cover a trial. and a war of words at a conference seeking peace in syria. syria's foreign oh minister spars with the head of the u.n. >> you spoke 25 minutes. i came here -- >> yeah, i know. >> i need to speak. >> and the bitter cold and snow closing roads and schools throughout the northeast. welcome to "around the world." i'm suzanne malveaux. the olympics get nearer and the world getting more worried oh, even, whether or not the winter games are going to be safe. it happened again. somebody sent a warning, this time by e-mail, saying visitors and athletes will be in danger from terrorists when they're in sochi, russia. that's right, the e-mail went to olympic officials in several countries. now, the ioc is taking the warning seriously, but doesn't
believe that it is necessarily a credible threat. a former mayor who knows what it is like to be the target of terrorists was on cnn earlier today. >> the minute you told the olympics in a place, whether it's salt lake city or it's rio de janeiro or it's london, you have actually brought all the world problems to you. so, yes, sochi is dangerous, because it's close to the caucasus, but every one of these causes gets attracted to you and you have got to have enormous security. >> russian forces are hunting down, burning out, in some cases killing terror suspects with the start of the games now just two weeks away. our phil black is in southern russia with more. >> reporter: an intensifying security crackdown. as the threat of terrorism grows in the lead up to the sochi olympic games. explosive new images amid russian state news reports that police killed a suspected
militant leader, mu gs gato tuesday. in addition, reports that the leaders of the region has been a hot bed for islamic insurgents after years of unrest. >> from their point of view, they don't have to succeed with an operation. it's just enough to try. whereas the russian security services, they have to have a zero percent failure rate in order to have a successful outcome here. >> reporter: president obama offered full u.s. assistance during a phone call with russian president vladimir putin tuesday. the joint chiefs have discussed the idea of providing russia with high-tech aid to help with ied detection and jamming equipment. still, there is concern. >> the ring of steel doesn't help you deal with a single individual or small teams of individuals who are already in place, and already ready to move. >> reporter: possibly already on the move, three suspected women terrorists known as black widows. hosts in the area distributing
flyers, warning people to be on the lookout for these female suicide bombers. police believe one of the women may have been killed in a gun battle over the weekend, while another, 22-year-old ruzana ibragimova is believed to be in sochi. >> they hit targets rather than security services and poses a substantial risk for people at the olympics. >> reporter: a challenge being met with growing force. >> and phil black is joining us from volograd. phil, i understand we talked a couple days ago, that is where the olympic torch was passed, and the security along that relay route very, very much intense there. what are we learning now about specifically where you are and how they're handling the potential threats? >> reporter: well, the potential threat regarding the torch relay is considered to be quite high at the moment, suzanne. because one of the threats that
russian authorities have uncovered or believe they have uncovered, involves black widows targeting the torch relay in the city of rostov-on-don, from volograd, where the torch has been yesterday and today. and the threat that they believe they have uncovered involves a number of black widows planning suicide attacks against that torch relay, as it now gets closer to sochi itself. the reason we know this is because once again as we have discussed with other black widow threats in sochi itself, the authorities have not discussed this publicly, but have gone to certain members of the must be, in particular hotel workers to ask them to keep an eye out for these women, to identify the threat before it could potentially be carried out, suzanne. >> and phil, that -- that's an extraordinary development, if they're actually going to target the torch relay here. is there more security regarding the torch relay or do authorities feel they're confident in protecting sochi?
i mean, it's a whole different matter when you've got a moving target, literally a torch being passed from person to person, city to city. >> reporter: yeah, indeed. but it was really the attacks here in volograd. just at the end of last year changed the perspective, i think, to some degree on the security operation. russian authorities always said that sochi itself is secure. that has been the focus. that has been locked down. but the attacks in volograd have kind of proved the point that terrorists don't need to hit sochi itself to make a point. and certainly, with the torch relay, it is a symbol of the olympics, it has been attracting great crowds as it has been traveling across this vast country for some months now. it is certainly a potential target. and from the security that we saw here in volograd, well, it was really very, very significant. quite small crowds of onlookers, big crowds of security. so it clearly reflects a concern among the authorities. >> all right. phil black, thank you so much.
we appreciate that. the thousand-mile winter storm -- we're talking about a thousand-mile, actually hit from kentucky to new england. now heading out to the atlantic ocean. but this bitter cold is not going anywhere. i want you to check out the storm it has left behind. the heaviest snowfall of the winter, more than a foot in some places. you've got roads closed, snowplows out in washington, new york, boston and most points in between. a lot of kids got the day off from school. but federal employees also working a short day, thousands of travelers getting really familiar with the airport. you can imagine them stuck there, 4,000 flights have been cancelled since just yesterday. our rene marsh at reagan international airport and alison kosik and chad myers below boston. chad, want to start with you. did a lot of snow coverage in boston, boy. it is rough, but they know how to handle it. >> reporter: certainly is. and it is still snowing here. i talked to a couple people this
morning who tried to get from boston here last night, 5 miles per hour, took six hours to do this. i'm packing this down. this is a four-wheel drive vehicle that tried to get in the parking lot. there was no chance this car was going any farther than this as the ruts are all the way down to here. the snow is drifting shut again every road that is plowed gets drifted shut. but the people here, you know, in atlanta, suzanne, this would shut down the city for two weeks. i just saw a mason office supply delivery truck making a delivery to one of the office buildings here. there is just no chance that it would ever happen south of the mason dixon line. >> chad, you're absolutely right about that. i mean, new englanders, man, they just get through the stuff. they plow through it, keep on going. >> reporter: i just looked at him and i said you're making a delivery? and he said, yeah, they need paper. to do what, exactly? there is just nothing to do here. but the people are out and about. i asked the restaurant -- went to get some coffee a little bit
ago, and i said did you ever consider not opening today? he goes, well, you know, this isn't too bad. he lifted it up, he goes, that's only about 16 inches around my building. he goes we're only going to really shut down if there's no power. okay. good luck. at least i got hot coffee. >> hardy folks there. all right. try to stay warm there and learn from them in boston, new england. they know what they're doing. you've got a couple hundred miles north to long island, with alison kosik joining us. alis alison, the snow looked like it came pretty fast. it didn't take any time before people got hit. >> reporter: oh, yeah. and you know what, the good news is, the storm has moved out. what's left behind practically clear skies, beautiful sun. but don't be fooled. it is bitterly cold out here. 10 degrees. the real feel, 9 degrees below zero. here's the thing. the snow looks really pretty, right? this is the snow you like to go sledding in. guess what, underneath it is a nice thick sheet of ice. very, very slippery. not just to walk, but also on
the roadways. behind me here, this is one of the main highways that goes through long island. it's moving pretty well along there, but, you know, once again, don't be fooled. when the sun goes down, that road is going to turn to ice. and one more thing. i think we're stuck in a deep freeze here for a while. so suzanne, i don't think this snow is going to be melting any time soon. good day for kids, though. most of the kids here on long island, they get a snow day. suzanne? >> it's always nice to have a snow day. well, thanks, appreciate it, alison. try to stay warm. i know it is very, very cold where you are now. want to go to rene marsh, reagan national airport in washington. know that airport very well. people coming and going, very, very busy. has it stopped? has it basically put things at a standstill? >> reporter: well, you know, they were in bad shape yesterday. but we can tell you that we're seeing a difference this morning, suzanne. i'm seeing planes take off through the window here at reagan. but here's the big picture here. we will continue to see cancellations.
we're still going to see delays here today. but -- and this is a good but now -- the airlines are starting to make a turn for the better. we have an airline update for you today. so we're looking at specific airlines like delta. they are resuming flights at jfk, as well as la guardia. jetblue in boston, good news. and united tells us today they expect to be at full schedule in newark, new jersey. suzanne, you remember the polar vortex earlier this month. >> yeah. >> reporter: on day two, we didn't see things turning for the better, not during day two. but this storm was different in that, you know, you didn't have that holiday travel. and that meant a world of difference. more options, more seats available to rebook these stranded passengers. so they are getting to their destinations a lot faster, even though we did see some people sleeping in the airport this morning. >> don't mention polar vortex. those are some bad words for all
of us here. all right. thanks, rene. appreciate it. rene, alison, chad, try to stay warm. appreciate it. here's more of what we're working on for "around the world". >> this is not illegal what we are doing. we are reporters. we are reporting in a public space. >> reporter: that is our dana mckenzie getting roughed up by chinese authorities while just simply trying to cover a trial. this is out of beijing. we're going to talk to him live about what happened. next. and a japanese village slaughters dolphins every year in an annual hunt. but this time, it is drawing even more outrage. and later, toronto's mayor promised to stop drinking. but the latest video of rob ford apparently telling a different story. hey linda!
cnn crew from reporting on the trial of a human rights attorney, accused of organizing protests against official corruption. here's his report. >> reporter: so we're heading towards a court in beijing, where prominent activist goes on trial today. >> please, please! >> reporter: this is a public space. no need to shout at me. the name of the activist is chu, and he had a gathering of people several times and was one of the founders of the new citizens' movement. that is why there are all these police surround meg here. we're going to go try and look at the entrance of the court, which is just here. sorry, you can't stop me. soon, the situation violently escalated. police in plain clothes, men targeting us, taking away our phones and i.d., and breaking the camera. they're physically man-handling
us. they're physically man-handling me. this is a public space, i'm allowed to report. i'm allowed to report. we are reporters, reporting in a public space. ow. hey, hey, hey! do not -- do not -- do not physically man-handle us like this. other international journalists were roughed up during the trial. one policeman told me they were following orders. they have moved us from the van into a police car. a government spokesman said they will investigate the incident, but that without law and order, there will be, quote, chaos in china. the police and plain-clothes guys drove us several blocks away from the court and just dumped us on the side of the street. we would be shooting this with our camera but they entirely tore off the front section of the view finder so charlie can't use it at all.
this really shows how much china wants to manage the message. but in doing so, the irony is, they betray some of the strong-arm tactics they use against journalists, including us, and often it's far worse for chinese nationals. >> david mckenzie is joining us live from beijing. david, first of all, we're glad you're okay. you handled that very well, very calm, during the whole altercation there. what's amazing is that you still have the tape, that we are able actually to see this unfold. do they even realize that they hadn't taken the tape, this is something that they would be exposed for? >> reporter: well, it's a very good question. in fact, we were asking ourselves that same question, suzanne, out in the field. and generally in these instances, if chinese authorities stopped filming in this country -- though on paper we're allowed to film wherever we want, whenever we want in practice, there are several
instances in the last year, suzanne, we have been stopped. and often they want to see the footage. they just moved us out of the area and dumped us on the side of the street. >> reporter: do you have any idea, and i know it's very different in beijing, whether or not there would be any kind of fallout from this? clearly they have been exposed. but this is what officials essentially are trying to prevent you from doing, which is covering this trial, based on someone who is involved in human rights. >> reporter: well, this is a legal rights, human rights activist, as you say. and the irony here, suzanne, is that, he is held up by a hero by authorities some years ago in his mild pressure on the government to change laws so that they are part of -- within china's own constitution, is the way they put it. but now there has been this clamp-down on him and several other activists. it's not just us. several other reporters were
pushed out of the scene today, and certainly with the government controlling the courts, the police, the media here in china, they can effectively do what they want. but certainly there is that blowback when they are shown to treat foreign reporters in this way, and as i said, often much worse for chinese dissidents or reporters of chinese nationality trying to get the word out online or amongst each other. >> well, david, you bring up a very good point, and that is the fact it brings even more attention to the human rights abuses, particularly of that individual who you were calling attention to. is there any concern now when you go out on the street, when you do your follow-up stories, that perhaps it will be more action that's taken against you now that they are on your radar and this is out there? >> reporter: well, it has to be on your radar, no matter where you're reporting around the world. i don't want to overplay this incident, but certainly there are certain things that one has to be careful of in china in
terms of dealing with authorities. this is one party controls the media entirely on the local level. there is no such thing as a really independent chinese media within the country. so foreign reporters play this role, that is, trying to get the word out when, say, others cannot. one interesting point, suzanne, is throughout the day today, when we have been reporting, cnn's own signal has been blocked within china by authorities. so often it's not so much us reporting to the rest of the world that it's an issue. it's they don't want us reporting to china. and to chinese nationals and what they my belief from our reporting. but we certainly will do our best to get the stories out, no matter what the pressure. >> all right. david, thank you. appreciate it, as always. very well-handled. riot police responding full-force to protesters who are furious with their government.
well, this is ukraine, where at least four people have died, and several days of increasing tension and street fighting. police were told yesterday, they could use firearms. and two of the protesters killed today were shot. public anger started boiling weeks ago. this is after ukraine made a trade deal with russia instead of the european union. this week, the government passed a law, limiting people's right to protest. and edward snowden says, yes, he is a whistle blower. but no, he is not a russian spy. snowden is reacting to suggestions now from some leaders in congress that he was working for russian intelligence when he leaked those classified nsa documents to the media. snowden spoke to "new yorker" magazine calling those allegations absurd and saying that russian treats its spies better than he has been treated. the fbi and nsa both said they believe snowden acted alone. in bangkok, thailand, anti-government demonstrators say a state of emergency will
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save even more on floor samples, demonstrators, and closeout inventory. the year end clearance sale ends sunday at sleep train. ♪ your ticket to a better night's sleep ♪ it's a war of words at a conference that is seeking peace in syria. enemies meeting face-to-face at a diplomatic round table in switzerland. representatives of syria's government meeting for the first time with leaders of the rebel opposition. but right from the start, these two sides traded bitter accusations. at one point, the syrian foreign
minister even sparred with the u.n. secretary general, ban ki-moon. >> you live in new york. i live in syria. i have the right to give the syrian version here in this forum. >> yes, of course. >> three years of suffering, this isn't right. >> we have to have some constructive and harmonious -- >> i have -- you spoke 25 minutes. please, i need to speak. >> there are many participating here. so we shall not be constructive at this time. >> it is constructive. i promise you, to be constructive. >> wow. all right, lisa laughit at the peace conference joins us live fr from montrose, switzerland. how did this happen? it's usually very diplomatic. that was not. how did that happen? >> reporter: well, suzanne, i've
been to countless of these types of conferences and never seen anything like it. and, you know, the u.n. secretary, general ban ki-moon is usually really mild mannered but the syrian foreign minister went on for a half hour, provocative language against the united states, syrian opposition, against every -- basically every member at the table. and he said, listen, you're not being constructive, you've really got to stop. and he tried repeatedly to get the syrian foreign minister to back down. the reason this all happened was because secretary of state, john kerry, really started this war of words, and the fireworks when he laid down a marker about the future of president bashar al assad in a post -- in a transitional government. let's take a listen to the secretary. >> for a transition government means that that government cannot be formed with someone that is objected to by one side or the other. that means that bashar assad
will not be part of that transition government. there is no way, no way possible, in the imagination that the man who has led the brutal response to his own people could regain the legitimacy to govern. >> reporter: and suzanne, that's what really started the foreign minister off. he directed comments directly to secretary kerry, saying, mr. kerry, you have absolutely no right to determine the future for the syrian people. that's up to syrians. and it really doesn't bode well for the direct talks that the syrian opposition and the regime are supposed to have on friday. >> yeah. >> reporter: members of the opposition telling me that if the syrian government can't even agree to talk about a post assad government, there may not be any reason to talk at all. >> reporter: elise, in your analysis, does that seem like that is the bright red line that assad has to go?
>> reporter: well, it's the red line for the international community and the opposition. and if you remember, this whole idea of this conference was the principles, as they say, of the geneva 2 process, if you will, is to talk about a post assad government, to talk about a transitional government that both sides can agree it to, that wouldn't have assad in it. so what the opposition is saying is, listen, if they can't even sign up to the fundamental basis of which this conference was established, then we're kind of talking at what they call in the middle east dialogue of the deaf. neither side is really hearing one another. and will future talks be productive? the one silver lining that the international community and the u.n. and the u.s. think that if you could get those sides in the room, if you could talk about little confidence-building measures, like maybe a local cease fire or delivery of humanitarian aid, you know you have a horrible humanitarian crisis. >> yeah. >> reporter: if they could talk about exchanging prisoners, that
might be the seeds of something that they could then build upon. but it's really, if you see what happened today, it's all uphill from here, suzanne. >> oh, yeah. elise, thank you very much. and as you have mentioned before, numerous times, a lot is on the line here. we're talking about 100,000 people who have died, millions who oh have been displaced in this civil war that has become really a regional conflict. the rich and powerful, they're at the annual world economic forum in switzerland now. and they are faced with really a shocking figure about the world's health. i want you to check this out. about 85 richest -- 85 richest people control as much wealth as the 3 billion poorest people. going to take you to davos to talk about that, coming up. [ male announcer ] this is george. the day building a play set begins with a surprise twinge of back pain... and a choice. take up to 4 advil in a day or 2 aleve for all day relief.
thousands of protesters are out in the cold, taking part in the annual march for life rally in washington. today is the 41st anniversary of the supreme court's roe v. wade decision, legalizing abortion. a group of conservatives is taking the issue before the republican national committee. they are urging gop candidates to speak up about abortion, and
fight back if democrats try to paint them as extremists who are anti women. the rnc took a break from its winter meeting in d.c. so members could take part in that march. want to bring in our own wolf blitzer in washington to talk about the big picture behind this, wolf. we know the republican party has gone through some soul searching since losing the 2012 presidential bid and party leaders are acknowledging they've got to keep up with the times and minority america is soon going to become the majority. so what is the most important part of their agenda they are focusing on today. >> remember, it was a year ago that reince priebus put together a whole team to review what went wrong for the republicans and the presidential election. why president obama was re-elected. and they went through a whole bunch of areas. look, they did not do well, as you point out, in that presidential race with women. with young people. with minority, whether african-americans or hispanics. they had some serious problems
there. and he made a commitment to reach out to all of these groups to try to be much more inclusive and not just worry about some conservative elements and a bunch of southern states, but to reach out in all 50 states and try to become a more inclusive republican party. they have been trying to do it. how much success they may have, we'll get an indication in november of this year and the midterm elections. republicans right now are feeling pretty confident about holding on to the house. maybe even picking up some seats. and they think there is a good chance they might become the majority in the u.s. senate. we'll see if that happens. still a long time to go between now and november. but they are aggressively trying to expand their base, if you will, knowing that they had some serious problems in 2008 and 2012. >> wolf, let's talk about the embattled new jersey governor, chris christie. prominent virginia republican. he should step down from his new role as chairman of the republican governor's association because of the ongoing investigations into misconduct with his aides,
appointed aides, administration appointees. what do we make of that? here's what he actually said. here's what he addressed. ken cuccinelli. >> i think just from the perspective of setting aside this as an issue in other oh races, it makes sense for him to step aside in that role. he does not serve the goals of that organization by staying as chairman. >> every governor does better by setting everything else aside. if the goal is to be the best governor you can be, that's done better by setting everything else aside. >> so wolf, tell us, what is his role as the chair? i mean, is cuccinelli's argument ringing true here, or something else behind this? >> well, cuccinelli is making the point that chris christie should step down as the chair of the republican governor's association. that responsibility is to try to get republicans elected to become governors of their respective states. you go out there, you do a lot
of campaign financing, you raise a lot of money, you try to generate support. he was just down last weekend in florida, working for the republican governor, rick scott there, trying to raise some money from him, but raising money nationwide. ken cuccinelli, tried to get himself elected, defeated by terry mcauliffe in virginia. he was the attorney general. knows a lot about politics, obviously. and he's saying right now he's got this cloud over him, chris christie, because of these allegations in new jersey. doesn't serve republican gubernatorial candidates or incumbent republicans well and maybe should step down for the time being. i would be pretty surprised, knowing chris christie, if he would accept that advice from ken cuccinelli. i haven't heard that advice coming from a lot of other influential republicans. if there were to be some new evidence, for example, directly linking the new jersey governor to some of these accusations, that would change. but i would be pretty much shocked if chris christie were to step down as the chair of the
republican governor's association. >> all right. a great deal of influence. thank you, wolf. we appreciate that. >> thank you. some of the most richest and most powerful people on the planet are in davos, switzerland for the economic forum. and here's what they're looking at this year. it is based on startling figures from oxfam, the charity group that studies global poverty. it says 85 people now have the same amount of wealth as the poorest 50% of the world's population. in other words, the 85 richest individuals control as much wealth as the 3 billion poorest people. our richard quest is in davos to break this down. what are people saying about this? how are they responding and reacting to this? because these are people trying to figure out how to make income and wealth inequality and blow it up and make it more equal. >> reporter: yes. and oxfam international timed
that report absolutely beautifully. when they brought out those details, it was really quite remarkable. everyone's been talking about it. 85 people have as much wealth as the top -- as the bottom half of the rest of society. so what are people saying? here at davos, the view is they need to deal with inequality. it's the number-one issue that people are talking about in the salons, in the bars, in the restaurants, and in the panels. but talking about it is one thing. doing something about it is something completely different. >> and richard, how do they do that? i mean, how do they manage this? this is probably the world's most elite that's gathered there in davos right now, and they have got to deal with these facts and figures that says, look, you know, this is not a nonelite event. this is something that has got to change. >> reporter: right. they agree that something has to
change. and while i'm talking to you, suzanne, i just need to point out, i am hearing myself rather loudly, coming back, if anything could be sorted on that. >> we'll work on that. >> reporter: we can plow on, regardless. the fact is that the top people who are here in davos are the very people who can do something about it. they are the people who can affect change. now, it may not be particularly pleasant to talk about the elites, the parties, the decision-makers as such. my colleague and i have been having an argument. of she believes to some extent it's hypocrisy here at davos. they come here, they talk about the half nots, but it's the haves that have got their noses in the trough. i don't agree with that. i think -- it's like willie sutton, suzanne, famously said. why do you rob banks? because that's where the money is. so why do people come to davos? because that's where the decision-makers and the money
resides. >> all right. richard, we're going to deal with that technical problem with you, and obviously we're going to be following this throughout the week in davos, just to see what kind of impact or action comes out of that meeting at all. because you're absolutely right. you've got some of the world's most elite there talking about inequality. how do we change those figures. how do we actually change the world and society. thank you very much, richard. appreciate it. just ahead, japan's annual hunt for bottlenosed dolphins draws condemnation from the united states. but the outrage doesn't stop fishermen from doing what they have always done. farmer: hello, i'm an idaho potato farmer. 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.
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u.s. ambassador to japan is now publicly condemning the slaughter of bottlenosed dolphins. caroline kennedy sent out a tweet that denounced the annual japanese hunt as inhumane and said the u.s. opposes this centuries-old practice. but some japanese shot oh back that she should mind her own business. our paula hancocks has details about the hunt. it is grim and disturbing. >> reporter: the bottlenosed dolphins are herded close to the shore. japanese fishermen use nets and boats to round them up. these are the dolphins that will
be killed. pulled across the cove to hide the killing from disapproving eyes. but they cannot hide the water as it starts to turn red with blood. >> a metal rod was stabbed into their spinal cord, where they were left to bleed out and suffocate and die. after a traumatic four days held captive in the killing cove, they experienced violent, captive selection, being separated from their family, and then eventually were killed today. >> reporter: the local fishermen's union would not comment on camera but tell cnn 500 dolphins were driven into the cove this year. but less than 100 were killed or captured. the local whale museum defends the selling of these mammals into captivity. the veteran other than says people are thinking too emotionally about the dolphins, they want to protect them because they're cute and clever.
whales and dolphins have been part of the culture and existence since ancient times, this local says. i just wish people from other countries would understand that fact. u.s. ambassador to japan, caroline kennedy, does not understand it, tweeting, she is deeply concerned about the inhumanness of the dolphin killing. hollywood actors have joined together, calling for an end to the practice. and "the cove" shed a global light back in 2009. the director talks about the capture of one albinoo pup nicknamed angel by activists. >> this animal is now doomed to a life of captivity. it's at the whaling museum right now and has become part of a freak show. it's a very rare dolphin that -- this animal that's been, you know, being taught how to feed is now having to -- is being forced to do tricks for human amusement. so it's a travesty, really. >> the dolphin drive season usually lasts from september to
march. it's a season that japan says is legal, it part of local custom, and one it will not be pressured into ending. paula hancocks, cnn, seoul. breaking news here that we are following. just going to read from my blackberry. all of the information that we have so far. this is from norman, oklahoma. this is the university of oklahoma, a reported shooting, reports of a shooting. we're not even clear the details around this. we first learned this on twitter. i'm just going read what we've got so far. university of oklahoma is advising students and faculty to shelter in place, to avoid gould hall, an academic building on the campus. they are investigating this shooting. that is according to their website. we're learning this on twitter, as well. major bruce chan, with campus police. he says they have a report of shots fired in the area. that area of the campus around that hall. they say that campus and local police, they're responding to
the area as quickly as possible. it's unclear -- we don't know if anyone has been wounded, if anybody has been hurt. this report, the incident reported around 11:20 this morning, local time, that is 12:20 eastern time. classes were actually in session during this time. a text alert -- pay attention to this. a text alert has been sent to the students and faculty of university of oklahoma. so we're going to take a break, and we're going to try to get more information about this. but again, a reported shooting at the university of oklahoma. they have asked students and faculty to look out for text alerts and also sending tweets, as well. going to take a quick break and give more information on the back end. [ male announcer ] the new new york is open. open to innovation. open to ambition. open to bold ideas. that's why new york has a new plan -- dozens of tax free zones all across the state. move here, expand here, or start a new business here
following breaking news story. this is out of norman, oklahoma. this is at the university of oklahoma, reporting now that shots have been fired. want to bring in our security analyst, mike brooks. we have very little information right now. but what we do know is that officials are advising students and faculty to shelter in place and to avoid specifically gould hall, an academic building on the campus. and a major bruce chan with the campus police says they've got those reports that the shots were fired in that area of the campus. so from what we know, how contained is this scenario, is this situation?
>> you know, we really don't know too much right now, suzanne. almost like yesterday when that purdue university, where we heard there were shots fired, singled down to the electrical engineering building. here wear hearing gould hall. have not heard any reports of anyone injured. but that same as yesterday, we didn't hear any initial reports and then we heard that one person was killed at purdue university. so, again, they are urging people to shelter in place, stay away from windows and lock your doors. so basically, the same thing we were hearing yesterday. as the initial reports start coming out of norman, oklahoma, at the university of oklahoma. but right now, just the school saying, telling everyone to shelter in place. and, again, the same kind of thing, they're going to be looking at surveillance video, they're going to be interviewing people who may have heard shots, seen somebody run. all of the same kind of things. again, early-early on right now in the situation. and i think as abundance of caution, telling everyone on campus to shelter in place, stay
away from windows and to lock their doors. >> you know, mike, it's hard to believe you and i are talking about this, doing this right now, almost 24 hours after reports, as you mentioned before, purdue university in west lafayette, indiana, when there was a shooting that took place and left somebody dead. one of the things that the authorities are saying here, they are reaching out to students and faculty via text. how significant is that, and how accurate of a method is that to reach out to students on text? because i imagine now a lot of people, almost everybody, probably has a cell phone, probably has something, that is beeping or vibrating and is able to communicate with them. >> absolutely. social media is playing such a big role in everything we do. and including campus security and campus notification. you know, they will notify students via text, via twitter, via e-mail and also sometimes by phone when something like this happens. and they want feedback also. just in case they see something. because you might have witnesses out there that might not be in a position where they can pick up
a phone, where they can get to a computer, but everybody else -- but everybody usually has their phone with them, some kind of other device where they can also notify, you know -- the police of what's going on. a couple weeks ago in new york city, they had a fire in manhattan, 43 already and 11, someone on the roof notifying fdny he was trapped on the roof. so these kind of things are essential and play a role in campus security, especially when there is an active shooter situation. >> all right. mike, stick with us. we are going to take a quick break. we want to let people know, however, we are going to get more information as this story develops. again, another campus shooting reportedly a shooting at least reports of shots fired at the university of oklahoma out of norman, oklahoma. in a specific area around gould hall, an academic building. but authorities are saying stay put, stay where you are, check your texts for information about how to handle this. but this is a campus. there is a lot of concern right now what is going on there. we're going to have much, much
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[ unintelligible ] [ bleep ] so he admits he was drinking. he denies taking any drugs. this is really just the latest episode of the toronto mayor making a spectacle of himself. paula newton has got the story. >> reporter: hi, suzanne. yeah, made all the more bizarre by the fact that hours before, doug ford, rob ford's brother, had strenuously denied the fact that his brother could have been drinking, saying that he was 100% off the booze. that certainly tended not to be true. the mayor himself saying he had what he called a little bit. but some asking questions today about rod ford, if he shouldn't take time off, the deputy mayor, the monday who has most of the
powers from ford, saying the city can't be distracted by these personal problems. but also saying that what disturbed him the most was the fact that doug ford was meeting with someone who has been charged with extortion in connection with trying to acquire a video that shows the mayor smoking crack cocaine. again, the deputy mayor saying it's not something he would advise the mayor to get into. the mayor needs to get his act together. but at the end of the day, saying that toronto deserves to move on from this. and suzanne, that looks more and more difficult every day. >> sad story. thanks for watching "around the world. quos "cnn newsroom" starts right now. now. have a good afternoon. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com right now, three different countries get e-mails, warning of a terrorist threat at the sochi winter olympic games. the u.s. is offering to help with security, but will the russians accept the offer? also right now, edward
snowden flat out denying he's a russian spy. he tells a reporter he ended up in moscow because that's where the state department wanted him. also right now, louis vuitton shoes, ipods, and a rolex watch. all on the list of illegal gifts that bob mcdonnell allegedly accepted. but is the case against the former virginia governor a slam dunk? -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com . hello, i'm wolf blitzer reporting from washington. all of that coming up. but right now, disturbing reports of shots being fired on the campus of the university of oklahoma in norman. campus and local police are responding, we're told. we don't know whether anyone has been wounded. the university is advising all students and faculty -- in fact, everyone on the campus, to shelter in place. unfortunately, this is an