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>> got to have patience and let the auvs do the work. takes time to search the bottom, and we've got to let them work. >> that's it. thank you very much, everyone, for joining us tonight. stay with cnn for the latest. i'm don lemon. translator: if the captain acted properly, many kids could have been alive. >> adding to their anguish, families find out what the captain was doing when the ferry carrying their loved ones started sinking. also, we're live in beijing where families of those aboard flight 370 are also seeking answers. the day after the deal. diplomats say talks with crippled. we're latest with the story. a very pop pardon. a life -- public pardon. a life spared at the very last possible moment.
thank you for joining us. you're watching cnn "newsroom." i'm natalie allen. we want to welcome our viewers in the u.s. and around the world. our top story -- air is being pumped into the sunken passenger ferry off south korea's coast, but with heavy cranes called in, many fear the search and rescue will soon become just a recovery operation. it is, of course, especially heartbreaking for relatives of the approximately 270 people still listed as missing. and as authorities investigate the captain, many others are already holding him responsible. >> translator: if the captain acted properly, many kids could have been alive. it hurts. really hurts. >> translator: the captain should have left the ferry at the very end, but he didn't. i think he forgot in a moment of shock. rationally, it is hard to think the captain would have left the ship so early.
>> at a near busineby gymnasium hundreds have huddled to watch live feeds of the rescue efforts. this woman fainted watching that. they've been demanding actions and answers from officials briefing them. medical teams are there helping those overcome with grief. k we have more. >> reporter: there is more news about the captain. you river eed -- referred to hi talking about whether or not he was helm. he was not according to investigators. that is fueling frustration and anger here among the families who are in this third day, beginning to lose happy. you can see the weather is just awful. the parents are still standing at the dock looking at the water, and really not hearing any good news. >> as you say, still officially
calling it search and rescue at this time. i know that they're bringing in cranes to help in the operation. when do they arrive, and what are they supposed to be able to do? >> reporter: the very first of the cranes is now at the sunk of where the sunken ferry. is and that crane is going to help lift that ferry out of the water. there will be a total of three that arrive on that site. two more expected later today. one already there, two arriving later today. that is fueling emotions among the families here. what those cranes signify is that this is no longer a search for survivors. it is a long-term process of lifting the hull. those cranes are going to turn this from the search to more of an actual recovery. >> again, divers have entered the ship, they're pumping air into the ship -- ferry.
samantha mohr has been looking into the weather conditions, and they aren't very good. >> they're not ideal, natalie. we are in a bit of a lull at least in between weather systems although we're partly to mostly cloudy across southern south korea. the temperatures, still on the cool side and quite windy once you get over the water. that's going to add a little chop there to the sea's surface. you see the winds at 28 at the island. that's going to make things more difficult as far as rescue efforts are concerned. we have our weak low that's going to be pushing off over southern japan, bringing in showers from time to time here. we may see a few spotty showers move in. nothing organized. and then once we get into the latter half of the weekend, another system is moving in. this is how it should play out as far as the timing goes. things staying partly to mostly cloudy until early on saturday. then we'll end up seeing clouds
thickening up and showers moving in during the afternoon on our saturday. then they're going to continue overnight. saturday night into sunday, if they're still out there. and i imagine they will be in this effort. you see how widespread that rain is going to be across jeju island and across the southern tip of korea. so that is as we head into early on sunday, natalie. now is the time to get most of their work done. >> thank you, samantha. diplomats meeting in geneva say they have reached a deal aimed at calming tensions in eastern ukraine. it was the first face-to-face meeting between russia and ukraine since this crisis began so many weeks ago. what emerged was an agreement calling for all militant groups to disarm and return all occupied buildings to their rightful owners. also all groups to leave the streets and public plazas and an end to all violence and amnesty
for all the protesters. so a step forward. we'll see what happens next. jewish leaders say flyers handed out in donesque ordering people to surrender property are fake. the leaflets were passed out in front of the main synagogue. jim sciutto report. >> reporter: on a single sheet of paper, a frightening threat to ukraine's jews. this leafletjews to register themselves and document property with the pro-russian government. secretary of state john kerry in geneva for talks intended to end the violence expressed his disgust. >> after all of the miles traveled and all of the journey of history, this is not intolerable, it is grotesque, unacceptable. >> reporter: leaflets shadow the agreement between kerry and
foreign minister lavrov to deescalate calling for pro-russian protesters to leave public buildings they have occupied and the government to grant them amnesty. president obama warned, however, that words must be matched with followthrough by russia and its supporters on the ground inside ukraine. >> we have put in place additional consequences that we can impose on the russians if we do not see actual improvement of the situation on the ground. we have to be prepared to potentially respond to what continue to be efforts of interference by the russians in eastern and southern ukraine. [ gunfire ] >> reporter: so far that progress is nowhere to be found. three people were killed as ukrainian forces attempted to retake one city. today russian president vladimir putin claimed the trite send russian forces inside ukraine if he decides. >> translator: i can remind you
that russia's federation council granted the president the right to used armed forces in ukraine. i very much hope i will not have to use that right. >> reporter: defense secretary hagel announced nonlethal aid to ukraine, though limited to power generators and water purifiers, even as he conceded russia's actions could be part of a broader strategy to reclaim former soviet territory for russia. >> i think we have to be alert to all possibilities. the actions of the russian over the last two months is not only irresponsible and violates territorial integrity and sovereignty of a sovereign nation, but it's dangerously irresponsible. >> reporter: the president laid out the details of this agreement in geneva, this potential, as he called it, diplomatic path. that includes assurances that ethnic russians in eastern ukraine will have the full
protection of the law. in fact, he said ukrainian officials went out of their way to ensure their russian counterpart. as the president repeated, there are no guarantees that russia will dloifr its side of the bargain -- deliver on its side of the bargain and call off forces. cnn, washington. the leaders of ukraine's interim government are skeptical that the deal that was struck in geneva will bring any real results. frederick platkin live with details. what have leaders there had to say, fred? >> reporter: natalie, they indeed skeptical, but they say they welcome the agreement that was made. they say at least it seems to be a step in the right direction. i was able to speak to the prime minister. here's what he told me especially about the fact whether the russians would actually follow through on this deal. let's listen. >> the first declaration to make
the step. >> do they have any trust, the russians? >> no. as they go public, we urge them to undertake real steps. to pull back their security forces, to pull back their agents, to stop to finance these terrorist organizations, the target in southern and eastern ukraine, and to do everything they can to desescalate the situation. >> reporter: vladimir putin also said that he still reserves the right to move his armed forces into eastern ukraine. what's your reaction to that? >> he already moved his armed forces into eastern ukraine. with a minor quantity. all these troops that you've seen the videos for with ak-100 which is the only weapon of the russian military, they already deployed in ukraine. they made a terrorist plot --
terrorist organizations and undermined the security of the country. they're the only people that believe there is no russian military. did it in southern ukraine, eastern ukraine, or crimea. he's the only one. >> is there not a grassroots movement, though, by russian speakers in eastern ukraine who are not happy with the current situation? that you have to show this is an inclusive country and they can be part of the ukraine? >> we can do more to support their local needs and to meet their demands. but you can't talk to those who hold arms. they are deaf. they usually listen only to russian radios and communication channels. so let's plead. we have terrorist plot supported by russia. and we do have difference in my country. that's true. every country has differences.
but we are ready to breach all the differences. >> reporter: he also said that he believes that vladimir putin's ultimate goal is to bring back the soviet union, something he sees as troubling. he did see the first agreements reached in geneva certainly as more than he would have expected out of this meeting. now, however, he says it is up to the russians to hold up their side of the bargain. >> we'll wait and see what happens in the next few days. fred plegtken, thank you. at least nine sherpa guides have been killed in an avalanche on the world's tallest peak. officials say three others have been seriously injured on mt. everest while an unknown number of others are missing. they say a group of about 50 people, mostly sherpas from nepal, were involved in the incident. rescuers are looking for the missing. a fifth underwater secretary of is in prague -- search is in progress for malaysian airlines flight 370. we'll tell you why the bluefin
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welcome back to "cnn newsroom." a fifth dive to the indian ocean floor is underway in search of plate flight. four previous -- malaysian airlines flight 370. four previous missions have found no significant clues about the plane's whereabouts. analysis of an oil sample from the search zone confirm it was not from the plane. malaysia's acting transport minister tweeted that authorities are looking at deploying more underwater probes. and with no sign of the plane after six weeks, the above-water search mission also faces some
changes. tom foreman shows us a possible plan b for search teams. >> reporter: it's perfectly fine for searchers to talk about having a plan b, but we've heard a lot of plans since this plane went missing. just look over the past month how many search areas have constituted the plan of the time. all of these out here. this represents hundreds of thousands of square miles, even as many have overlapped. each one in its time the best plan they had. and now it's focused right here. this is where the bluefin has been working right up in this area. only covering a few dozen square miles on the bottom of the ocean there against very difficult conditions. this is where the visual search is happening over here with planes and boats on the surface. this is the best they have to focus now. if this fails, this is what comes next. they're going to connect a couple of these pinging areas, establish yet another search zone along that satellite arc
described so early on in this process, and they're going to search about 11,000 square miles here. this is plan b. and they can call it that. but at this point, with all the change we've seen, they could just as well call it plan x, y, or z. >> tom foreman reporting from washington. certainly the families don't want to hear that. they want something hopeful, real information. they may be getting at least something. families of missing chinese passengers have pressed malaysian officials for a face-to-face meeting. and that meeting, we are told, will happen soon. ivan watson joins me from beijing live. ivan, as they wait for this meeting, they certainly continue to grieve. and you have more about that. >> reporter: yeah, i'm not sure that the word "grieving" is right because so many relatives of the 153 chinese nationals who were aboard missing flight
mh-370, many are still, if you can believe it, holding out hope of one day seeing their loved ones again even though it's been 40 days since that plane disappeared. this morning, the spouses of some of the missing chinese nationals organized a highly emotional prayer ceremony. they had initially planned to do it at a park close to beijing's ledo hotel which has been really where many of the relatives have been accommodated by malaysian airlines and where also most of the meetings have been taking place. apparently chinese authorities did not allow that prayer meeting to take place in the park. instead, it was held in the conference room where daily briefings are taking place, including one taking place now. though i'm hearing that a malaysian diplomat, a diplomat from the malaysian embassy, again is not meeting with the
families today. the prayer service took place in the hotel. very emotional. men and women weeping after going through the agony and the ordeal of not knowing where their spouses have been for more than 40 days. i spoke to one crying woman who told me how she had only been married for a month to her husband when he took this flight that then disappeared. all of these people desperate for some kind of information. and highly critical of the malaysian authorities because they feel that they have not shared enough information about what happened to this plane, especially in its final hours. this is criticism that the malaysian authorities have rejected. they say they're trying as hard as they can. and again, under a fresh storm of criticism from the chinese families, the malaysian authorities have announced that they plan to send a highly
ranking team of officials, of technical experts to come here to beijing to meet with these families to answer some of their technical questions, perhaps sometime next week. natalie? >> they certainly deserve that. it is so hard to continue to see the pain and their tears. ivan watson for us live in beijing. thank you. colombia has announced three days of mourning after the passing of its most famous writer. gabriel garcia marquez died thursday. he was perhaps the most celebrated latin american writer of the 20th century. this was him a few weeks ago at his home at his birthday. he was a best known practitioner of magical realism, seamlessly blending fantasy and reality in his novels and short stories. his hometown in colombia inspired the fictional setting for his 1967 novel "100 years of solitude." it went on to sell as many as 50
million copies in two dozen languages. he won the nobel prize for literature in 1982. his widely successful "love in the time of cholera" was turned into a feature film in 2007. gabriel garcia marquez was 87. christians around the world are observing good friday. many of the faithful gathering today at key sites in the jerusalem area where the bible says jesus was crucified. thousands will also gather in vatican city to be led through traditional good friday ceremonies by pope francis. in a radical departure from vatican custom, the pontiff marked holy thursday by visiting a home for the elderly and disabled in rome where he washed the feet of 12 residents as a sign of humility. guatemala city is preparing to celebrate easter with a unique world record. the longest sawdust carpet. go figure. the multicolored masterpiece features dyed sawdust and
flowers, and it sketches for just over -- stretches for just over two kilometers over the historic center. it took 5,000 volunteers about seven hours to create this temporary work of art. the u.s. president says democrats should not apologize for his health care reforms. coming up, barack obama defends the affordable care act and tells reporter why his fellow democrats should do that, as well. also ahead, the world saw her grow up in the white house and eventually get married. now chelsea clinton looks forward to another major event in her life.
in more business news for you, one company seeing shares rally in new york. webo closed up on the first day of trading on the nasdaq. the chinese company posted its initial public offering at $17 share, at the lower end of its price range. at the close, it was just over $20 a share. investors are watching this stock closely ahead of the ipo for alibaba, the chinese e-commerce company set for its own market debut later this year. huge crowds have turned out in sydney, australia, to glimpse the duke and duchess of
cambridge. today prince william and his wife catherine are at sydney's royal easter show. they'll also visit a children's hospice and meet prime minister tony abbot. barack obama says he does not think his fellow democrats should apologize for obamacare. instead, the u.s. president is calling on democrats to forcefully defend and be proud of the new health care insurance program. it is expected to be a major issue during this year's congressional elections. >> debate is and should be over. the affordable care act is working, and i know the american people don't want us spending the next 2.5 years refighting the settled political battles of the last five years. they sent us here to repair our economy, to rebuild our middle class, and to restore our founding promise of opportunity, not just for a few but for all. and as president, that's exactly what i intend to keep doing. >> mr. obama says the number of americans who have signed up for coverage has grown to eight
million. for years scientists have been searching the universe for a planet similar to ours. and guess what -- they say they've found it. nasa's kepler telescope has spotted a planet about the same size as earth. scientists say its star is not too far and not too close, so the temperature may be habitable. it also means it could sustain liquid water on its surface. don't pack your bags yet. this planet, it's called kepler 186f, is 500 light years from earth. not exactly our next-door neighbor. chelsea clinton says she is pregnant. the only child of bill and hillary clinton has announced that she and her husband expect a baby later this year. she broke the news while attending an event in new york with her mother. >> i just hope that i will be as good a mom to my child, and hopefully children, as my mom was to me. >> chelsea clinton's pregnancy comes as hillary clinton is deciding whether to run again
for president in 2016. ahead on "cnn newsroom," a mother's heartbreak. she urged her daughter to go with her classmates on that south korean ferry, then disaster struck. we'll hear from her in a moment. you think you take off all your make-up before bed. but do you really? [ female announcer ] neutrogena® makeup remover erases 99% of your most stubborn makeup with one towelette. can your makeup remover do that? [ female announcer ] neutrogena® makeup remover.
our top story this hour -- south korea raises the dlel to 28 in tuesday's -- death toll to 28 in tuesday's ferry disaster. about 270 people are still missing. a coast guard spokesman tells us rescue teams are pumping air into the submerged ferry just as divers enter part of the hull for the first time. armed groups in eastern ukraine are expected to end their arms of government buildings under a new deal. the deal occurred thursday and calls for amnesty for all protester. malaysia's acting transport minister says more underwater drones may be deployed to look for flight 370. the bluefin sub is on its fifth mission to the indian ocean floor after the first four turned up no significant clues about the plane's location. back to our top story and the search for survivors in south korea's ship tragedy. pauline chiou spoke with one
parent who blames herself for putting her child on that boat. >> reporter: christine kim encouraged her daughter, billie, to go on a school field trip to jeju island. billie resisted because she had just visited the roar island two -- the resort island two months ago. >> i tell her i think she should -- it would be very great experience for you. >> reporter: she successfully persuaded her daughter to go, and now it haunts her. [ indiscernible ] >> reporter: parents have waited for news on their son and daughters. "my son was on board," this man says, "but they were all like my children." many parents feel helpless as search divers work around the clock fighting strong currents and bad visibility. the president met with families thursday evening.
she promised to add more resources to the rescue effort saying every minute is precious. and with each minute that passes, christine kim aches for the daughter she loves so much. pauline chiou, south korea. someone is stirring up anti-semitism in eastern ukraine. masked men in doskesque handed out flyers instructing jewish residents to register their religion and property or face deportation. jewish leaders say the flyers are fake and a provocation. the u.s. ambassador to ukraine says the leaflets must be taken seriously. >> reporter: it's chilling. i was disgusted by the leaflets, especially in ukraine, a country
that suffered no terribly under the nazis. it was one of sites of the worst violence of the holocaust. to drag up this rhetoric again is almost beyond belief. we have talked to our contacts in the ukrainian jewish community including donesk. people believe the leaflets are authentic, and they need to be condemned. certainly there is no sympathy for this approach. indeed, one of the things striking about the jewish community in ukraine is that it's a living jewish community. the jewish community is a vital part of the political life here, and i think i speak for many when i say that it's almost inconceivable that this kind of thing could be happening in the 21st century. especially ukraine which has seen so much anti-semitism. >> and this comes after trying to calm tensions in ukraine.
the first face-to-face meeting between russia and the ukraine since the crisis began. the u.s. and european union were also there. we have this report from geneva. >> reporter: the summit in geneva was the first meeting aimed at resolving the crisis in ukraine. the meeting did produce an agreement, but one that seemed to lack critical specifics leaving its effectiveness in question. in a joint statement that followed a marathon six-hour meeting, top diplomats from russia, ukraine, the european union, and washington called on all sides to refrain from violence, called for illegal arm groups to disarm, and recognize the crisis must be resolved by ukrainians themselves. >> we wanted to find concrete steps, not just words. concrete steps that could be acted on immediately in order to defuse the situation. >> reporter: what was missing from the so-called concrete
agreements were details on how they would be implemented and enforced by authorities in kiev and moscow, disputing faction who's blame one another for escalating the crisis. in a sign that significant differences remain, u.s. secretary of state john kerry said that they've not agreed to leave borders. and washington had not ruled out further sanctions. >> i made clear to foreign minister lavrov today that if we're not able to see progress on the immediate effort to be able to implement the principles of this agreement this weekend, then we will have no choice but to impose further costs on russia. >> reporter: russian foreign minister sergei lavrov made it clear that moscow still demands constitutional reform in ukraine. that would set the sage for a federalized ukrainian state
giving autonomy to eastern provinces dominated by ethnic russians. >> in this statement that was passed, there are all points about the needs to immediately have dialogue within the context of constitutional reforms. >> reporter: and perhaps one of his most intriguing statements, u.s. secretary of state john kerry said authorities in kiev were prepared to accommodate calls for ukraine for autonomy and self-determination. again, it lacked specifics. overall, this was a summit that attempted to strike a positive tone. diplomats will meet again, although it's not clear when that will happen. cnn, geneva. in the midwestern u.s., a suspect is in custody in connection with a string of highway shootings in the kansas city area. police say charges are pending, and the investigation is ongoing. they plan to hold a news conference later on friday. since march, there have been at least a dozen shootings
targeting drivers. three people were shot and injured. the motive for the attacks remains unclear. the united nations' secretary general is strongly condemning a massacre at a u.n. compound in south sudan. the news agency said armed youths stormed the compound in bor, killing at least 43 people. the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. says the attackers used rocket-propelled grenades to breach the compound which houses some 5,000 internally displaced citizens. back now to the search for the missing malaysia airliner. so far the unmanned bluefin 21 is the only underwater vehicle looking for the missing plane. what if rescue teams decide to use a manned sub at some point? martin savidge reports from inside a submarine similar to
the one that could help retrieve the plane's black boxes. starboard, starboard. starboard. essentially phil's got to give directions to the pilot in the back -- >> forward, forward. >> there is something orange there which would be our simulator of the black box. it's a very slow, methodical job, and when you're weighed under that pressure -- >> starboard jet, starboard -- >> reporter: going to be even more carefully done. >> okay, forward. come ahead, come ahead. come ahead. like everything else, it's never easy. as you see when we move a little bit to get a better grip on this thing. a big cloud of silt swells up from the bottom. now we have to wait for the silt to settle before we can see what we're doing. >> reporter: what we're working on is there is a mechanical arm, very similar to what might be on an rov that would be used in the
retrieval process of, say, something like a black box. there is the black box recorder. of course, they're orange, despite the namesake. and phil's going to have to -- we are at a real slant here. so that's a real challenge for us. the goal now to take the mechanical arm, and he's got to very carefully go ahead, give it a whirl. get it into position. and again, it's not just like reaching out with your own hand and grabbing. >> trying to get the -- the jaws of the manipulator into that bit of a handle on top there. and try not to disturb it and slide it down the slope here. >> reporter: he's trying to get it into that basket. got it up in the air. steady. it demonstrates for you it's not the simple task of just going down and finding it. the next step is finding it and
then retrieving it. it has to be done in a way you can't damage the black box. it has to be done in a way that everything is carefully preserved. and we are just about there. and well done. got it in until you find the wreck. you don't get to do any of this. >> that's right. >> martin savidge there. the unmanned drone that is searching the indian ocean is now on trip five. has found nothing as of yet. coming up on cnn, forgiveness at the gallows. the incredible moment a grieving mother decides to save the life of the man who killed her teenage son. you think you take off all your make-up before bed.
welcome back to "cnn newsroom." i'm natalie allen. we want to share a remarkable moment captured on video. an iranian mother comes face to face with the man who killed her teenage son. as the convicted killer is just about to be executed. this story has a surprising ending. here's the back story from the photographer who documented the moment. translator: the first picture i took was the night before the execution. it was just moments after the victim's mother received a phone call from the courts telling her the execution will go ahead the very next day. she was distraught, crying, and covering her face.
the next morning at 5:00 a.m., people had gathered, mostly just praying and waiting. it was still dark, and we saw the authorities getting ready it was a very surreal scene for me. as we were waiting for them to bring balou, i saw his mother sitting behind the barriers on the ground. she had no energy left in her, resigned to the fact that she was going to lose her son. it was very moving. they brought balu out from the prison. he was breathing very heavily and was trying hard it figure out what was going on -- hard to figure out what was going on around him. they took him to the chair and put the noose around his neck. he was screaming and wailing loudly before he finally went
silent. the victim's family came out, and his mother addressed the crowd. highway is told them she'd -- she told them she'd been living in a nightmare since she lost her son. even though an islamic law it's recommended for the family to forgive, she couldn't bring himself to forgive balou. she walked close to the chair with her husband. at this point, there was no indication she was ready to forgive. then she asked for them to bring a chair so she could stand on it. and that's when she slapped b balou and said, "forgive him." the parents of the boy he had killed took the noose off balou's neck forgiving him. the family rushed over and thanked the mother and father. they were praising them for what they did. looking back now, i don't know how i took these pictures. i guess it's the power of the
camera that allows you to focus. and that's the only reason i didn't break down and cry. >> unbelievable story about forgiveness and the power of photography. the oscar pistorius murder trial is now on break for the next couple of weeks. in the courtroom thursday, pistorius listened as prosecutor gerri nel tried to discredit a witness. he testified as to what happened the night pistorius' girlfriend was shot to death. the wounds and speed of the bullet has been a key issue. robyn curnow wraps up the testimony with our cnn legal analyst, kelly phelps. >> reporter: this week's finished testimony by oscar
pistorius, how did he do? >> at times he seemed to muddy the water of his own defense and was caught in some inconsistencies. just how damaging that ends up being for his case, you can only tell when the defense has presented the rest of their evidence. and we have a con decks against which it e-- context against which to evaluate. it. >> reporter: there was a shift from pistorius' testimony in cross-examination to more expert-led evidence. and this expert that the defense put on was grilled by nel, the state prosecutor. >> yes, we saw questions of the reliability of his evidence, credibility, and reliability of the tests he performed. one needs to put this in context. essentially what nel is trying to do is get the status of his evidence downgraded from official expert evidence because official expert evidence has a higher persuasive value for the court. it's not all about saying he doesn't know everything he's speaking of -- of course he does, he's a world-recognized
expert for the court. he's testified in many other cases. nel is shrewdly trying to get the persuasive value diluted. >> reporter: the key to the testimony is really trying to strike at core parts of the state case. >> absolutely. and you can see this by the face that nel kept him on the stand for two days. he realizes the importance of devaluating that evidence. we've seen him put evidence at the sound of the cricket bat and could that have been the cricket bat mistaken by the gunshots by the ear witnesses which would mean that they, in fact, heard pistorius screaming and not steenkamp. and also in terms of ballistics. dixon suggesting that the bullets were fired in quick succession, supporting pistorius' version of events, rather than the state saying he shot slowly and, therefore, intended to kill. core parts of the case being called into question. >> again, robyn curnow speaking with cnn legal analyst kelly phelps. when we come back, the world
. okay. here's one for you -- the u.s. city of portland, oregon, isn't taking any chances with its water supply. the city is flushing 38 million gallons of drinking water after surveillance video showed a teenager relieving himself into the reservoir wednesday. tests of the water showed no contamination. some cities are questioning the decision to discard the water given drought conditions in the western u.s. samantha mohr joins us now with more serious weather. hopefully it's not one of the stories that will give anybody else any ideas. >> any ideas -- when you flush it, doesn't it go back to the water treatment plant? >> yeah.
i -- i don't know. they certainly seem to be going overboard to make sure the water is safe. >> i agree. there's probably worse things in the water than that. half of the city of oregon is in a severe drought. you've been hearing about the california drought for a while. now 95% of the state of california, oregon's neighbor to the south, is in severe drought. probably better uses for such water. there's a little bit of rain moving through there now. it's not going to amount to much. very light indeed. let's talk you to europe where there is rain moving in and unsettled as we head toward this holiday weekend, easter weekend. you see we have a system dropping down that will be bringing reinforcing showers here. it's good for the spring flowers. look how beautiful this is. yes, it looks like springtime here in schwanburg, germany, with the reds, yellows, and orange opportunitulip. it's my favorite time of year when the tulips bloom.
you need water to keep them nice and fresh and watered and to water the fields across europe. and you see we're in an unsettled pattern. italy, tuscany, stretching over into the east. the rain is going to persist. a lot of folks will be traveling here for easter service in rome. it looks dry for good friday, heading into saturday, looks like we'll have rain for much of the day, but by the time we get to easter vigil, on saturday evening, the rain should be ending. hopefully it will end for that, and then look at the conditions for easter sunday. it looks like it's going to be absolutely beautiful as the pope will, of course, be leading easter mass in st. peter's square, and the weather certainly cooperating. temperatures around 0 degrees during the day -- 20 degrees during the daytime hours and plenty of sunshine. should be ideal conditions for easter. and you can see these
temperatures across much of the east. pretty close to normal for this time of year. in fact, some of them really getting warm. in fact, look at that in berlin, natalie. up to 22 degrees by the time we get to saturday. really warming for the weekend. >> all right. sounds good. a lot of people enjoying a holiday weekend for sure. thanks. thank you for watching "cnn nea humor? ." as we go -- "cnn newsroom." as we go, we want to look back at the career of gabriel garcia marquez who influenced readers around the world. he died thursday at the age of 87. >> reporter: by the time gabrielle garcia marquez won the no bethesda prize for literature in -- nobel prize for literature in 1982, his work had been published in multiple languages. he would later tell adoring audiences that he always wanted
to be a writer. >> translator: i knew i was going to be a writer. i had the will, disposition, the energy, the ability to be a writer. i was always writing. i never thought about being something else. i never knew that i could make a living with this. >> reporter: his novel, "100 years of solitude" which was published in 1967 made him a literary star. it sold more than 30 million copies throughout the world during the writer's lifetime. it put a spotlight on the latin american genre known as magical realism in which reality and fiction clash making it difficult for the reader to tell where one ends and the other begins. garcia marquez's association was highly valued by world leaders from yasser arafat to gorbachev whom gabo met during the latter years of the cold war. he had a special bond with fidel castro and the cuban people, often visiting the island and appearing in public with this communist leader. also a screenwriter, in 1986 he
founded an international film school in cuba with castro's full support. "it happened with that with film, i realized that making a movie was infinitely more difficult than i thought." he continued to write and lecture in mexico where he lived for more than three decades. "you shouldn't expect anything from the 21st century," he once told a group of young admirers. "it is the 21st century which is expecting it all from you." with his health failing, he slowed down during the mid 2000s but still attended events like the international book fair in guadalajara in 2008. on march 6th, court, he walked out of his house to briefly meet with fans wishing him a happy 87th birthday. ♪ >> reporter: he was all smiles and seemed in good spirits but
made no comments. garcia marquez's legacy is perhaps best captured by the nobel prize committee writing about the author in 1982. a texas that talks about the writer as a creative and one of the most accomplished storytellers ever. with his stories, marquez created a world of his own which is a microcosm, as the city said. in its tumultuous, bewildering jet graphic authenticity, it showed a government in poverty. at university of phoenix your education is built to help move your career forward. here's how: we work with leading employers to learn what you need to learn so classes impact your career. while helping ensure credits you've already earned pay off. and we have career planning tools to keep you on track every step of the way. plus the freshman fifteen, isn't really a thing here. and graduation, it's just the beginning. because we build education around where you want to go. so, you know, you can get the job you want.
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