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cheeseburgers, and apple pie, that is right, you don't have to wait until 1:01:00 to have those. for the rest of us we don't need fast food burgers, if we want to have a long life, at 6:00 a.m. anderson cooper starts next. good evening, a powerful storm system, breaking news, the storm from minnesota to texas. there is at least one confirmed tornado on the ground this evening. and at last check it was barrelling towards a major metropolitan area. meteorologist chad myers joins me now, 36 million people in the path. >> it is a large area, you go all the way from central minnesota all the way to round rock, texas, anderson. here we go, the area of biggest concern right now, western minnesota and parts of des moines, back down all the way south of waco and round rock, so the biggest area of concern is
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des moines, this area is coming up from the south with golf-ball sized hail confirmed by law enforcement. and if you're inside, you have time to get the cars inside, those are the last things you have to worry about there. make sure the pets and kids are inside. and round rock, maybe even towards georgetown here and along i-35, waco getting hit with pretty strong weather. this is not a major tornado outbreak night like we had last week, but hail the size of golf balls, wind gusts to 60 or 70 miles an hour, and a few tornadoes especially after dark still make this a dangerous event. >> all right, we'll continue to follow it throughout the hour, chad, appreciate it. and more breaking news as the nba moves ahead with the plan to force disgraced l.a. clippers owner donald sterling, his wife shelly trying to hang onto it.
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telling others she wants to keep her stake in it. and at least one other person thinks there is no way that donald sterling can be forced sell. that person? donald sterling himself. and meanwhile, a man on the line is spoke with an unidentified man. cnn can't independently confirm this is donald sterling but if it is it is the first we've heard from him since he was banned for life from nba. on the recording sterling says he is not a racist and seems to lament the fact that everybody jumped to conclusions about him. >> it breaks my heart that magic johnson, you know, a guy i -- that i respect so much wouldn't stand up and say well, let's get the facts. let's get him and talk to him. nobody tried. nobody, from here on -- on beverly drive and sunset, across from the beverly hills hotel. you know? >> donald, i think they're probably trying to force you to sell it, that is the thing.
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>> you can't force somebody to sell property in america. >> by the way, we've offered donald sterling the opportunity to speak any time he wants. i met with him on friday. he has not spoken. other people have met with him as well. the invitation still stands, mr. sterling. as i said, shelly sterling says she wants to keep her stake in the team but her stance on her husband seems to be all over the place. so where does shelly stand on this issue? stephanie elam has more. >> she is caught on tape appearing to defend her husband. >> people want to know mrs. sterling, are you a racist? are the accusations true? >> forget it, it is not true. >> yet, distancing herself from his comments, saying quote, i spoke with commissioner adam silver this week to tell him i fully supported his swift and decisive action. all the while she seemed to be
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positioning herself to keep the team. in fact she owns 50% with her husband, donald sterling, whose rant banned him for life from the nba. and now shelly sterling says she didn't understand the rant on the tape and says she has no plans to sell her portion of the team. in fact, since the rant went viral, her lawyers supported the ban on nba's sterling and the league's decision to find a new ceo for the team. and now we know that shelly didn't have plans to sell her stake in the team, her lawyer says she is running without donald. >> they have been estranged for over a year, okay? and while they share business properties he is out of the team and has nothing to do with it. she is the owner in charge. >> in fact, nba commissioner adam silver, deliberately or t not, did leave the window open for shelly to make a play to keep the team, complicating the matter, the sterlings own the clippers through a family trust.
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her lawyer says they are in talks with the nba. >> this ruling applies specifically for donald sterling and donald sterling's conduct only. >> and just to be clear when things settle down she sees her role as an owner but less involved day to day. >> a passive owner, not involved in management or deciding what the trades are. just retaining for now, 50%, that she spent three decades working on, she was there in the dark days and is here now in the brighter days loving the team and hope they can win the next round in the playoffs. >> fact is, you can't separate donald sterling from shelly sterling. anything she earning from the clippers will go to donald sterling. >> her behavior may also be a factor. in this video from a former tenant, shelly sterling is caught on video posing as a health inspector. and in a 2009 deposition, a former tenant of the sterlings
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testified that shelly sterling called him a black mf. >> those were depositions, they're one-sided. nobody has asked for her position. i will state it categorically. she has never, ever engaged in discrimination based on race, sex, orientation, anything like that. number one, number two, mrs. sterling and her husband were sued. they never have been found by a court to have engaged in discrimination with housing. mrs. sterling is a wonderful woman. >> but even though those cases are settled the court of public opinion may find her guilty by association and make her fight for the team even harder. stephanie ela. >> and joining me now, sunny hostin and criminal defense
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attorney mark geragos. you think the contract with the nba doesn't appear to have much legal room, still? >> he is gone. i just don't think there is any chance in the world that he can hold onto this team. >> what about her? >> well, that is a little more complicated. i had a conversation with pierce o'donnell. it is quite clear she is throwing her husband under the bus. it is like fine, nba, take the franchise, but what did i do? don't take the franchise from me. i still think she loses at the end of the day because their interests are so bound up together. and the sterling name is so toxic to the business of the nba that i think the nba would be within their rights in taking both o-- in forcing both of the to sell. but i do acknowledge her situation is a closer question. >> it is interesting, sunny, because she is saying well, look, he is my estranged husband. she is having dinner with the guy on sunday and yelling at the
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paparazzi, he is not a racist. there are a lot of people i spoke with, they say look if you allow her to maintain ownership donald sterling could still you know, exercise leadership over team or ownership of the team through her. >> yeah, a lot of people are saying she is a straw person, she is making it loud and clear she is not. and i'm glad that jeffrey toobin admitted all along that shelly sterling is a real player. and the fact she is 50% owner is a big deal. i don't think the nba will just be able to rip the team away from shelly sterling. and i actually still disagree with jeff, and now that you know i'm right on one thing i think you will agree with me on this, that the nba doesn't have a clear-cut way of ousting donald sterling. >> mark what about that? you doubted that shelly sterling
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would be able to sell her stake in the team. >> there is no way that shelly sterling will be able to sell her stake in the team. she has community property interest. they're not going to be able to do it. that community property interest is already in several cases in the past couple of years, with fraud allegations and creditors, it withstood that. they are going to say she will be a passive owner of 50%. they're probably going to be able to trying to marginalize donald. my guess will be shortly you will see they filed for divorce. when that happens the family law court will take jurisdiction over this. and whatever the nba thinks they're going to do the family law court, they're going to have to drive through the family law court judge. this idea that somehow jeff is wavering on, i don't know what he is wavering on, there will be a family law judge who drives
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this train. and at the end of the day what will end up happening my prediction is, the other 50% will be sold to some group that the nba approves of. they will put into place some kind of agreement where shelly sterling has nothing but a passive role as basically a silent investor. and that is how they will navigate this. and the nba will approve of whatever the control ownership group -- >> shelly sterling has been sort of distancing herself and donald sterling's daughter's husband who works for the team. his son-in-law has been distancing himself. he works for the team and has been saying racism has no place in the nba. the comments are horrific. as is donald sterling's daughter, his wife. which seems that all the other members of the family want to hold onto this thing. >> that is true, but i think what mark and sunny are neglecting is this is not just a dispute about whether or not the
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sterlings are good people. this is a contract. can i finish? that give certain rights to the nba. that -- i think trumps their rights. >> that is right -- it doesn't trump the family law code sections in law here in california. i'm not in california. but in california it doesn't trump it. and that is the problem you have got, jeff. they can take whatever action they want. and i agree with you. donald sterling. it is not economically feasible. they can ground him into the dirt, and at a certain point they will tell him you have to remove yourself from this. and i'm telling you, they gave the path way the nba will take. they're going to get him out and brin bring in a new ownership group
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and she will be a passive owner -- >> we agree, mark geragos. >> he left the door open. >> he really did, everybody talked about how he was a decisive person and handled the situation correctly. but i said from the very beginning when i said this only applies to donald sterling i thought it was his major misstep. >> it will be interesting to see how the players react to this. thank you, mark geragos, and sunny hostin, and coming up. the radio tape that sounds like him certainly. he says he is not a racist. and why he can't possibly be a ra racist. also, breaking news, veterans dying while waiting for care in this country, v.a. hospitals. no one has been held accountable. looks like somebody is finally paying attention. drew griffin has the latest on that. ♪
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back to breaking news and the l.a. clippers, and the attorney for shelly sterling says she wants to keep her 50% stake in the team. meanwhile, there are new radio recordings of donald sterling, denying he is a racist. again, cnn can't confirm it is donald sterling, and speaking with an unidentified man here are more of the tapes. >> you think i am a racist?
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you think i have anything but love for the world? you don't think that. you know i'm not a racist. >> what i mean, when i heard -- >> i can't hear you. >> what about -- >> you know -- >> when i hear the tape i heard. >> i grew up in east l.a. east l.a., you die to get out of there. i got out of east l.a. i was the president of the high school there. i mean, and i'm a jew. and 50% of the people there were black and 40% were hispanic. i mean, how could you think i'm a racist? knowing me all of these years? how can you be in this business and be racist? do you think i tell the coach to get white players? or to get the best player he can get? >> i spoke in an exclusive interview with a man who know
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how he ran his team. he alleges r -- alleged decades long racism. >> in your lawsuit you said he had a plantation-like mentality. do you believe that? >> of course. >> do you believe he is a racist? >> yeah, because he is holding onto that for some reason. you see, his exposure doesn't fit with what he is saying. he wants to feel -- he is holding onto the beliefs for some reason. >> i understand during the lawsuit you said he also liked the idea of having all black players and a white coach. >> a white coach, southern white coach. >> explain what else did he say? >> he said he would like to have a southern white coach. >> and black players. >> he would have a southern -- >> why would he want that? >> well, i guess they would be intimidated by the coach. >> when you told him you thought it was racist, what did he say? >> he said that is the way i
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feel. and each time i questioned him about it, he would say that is the way i feel. >> when you heard that the naacp -- i mean, i think your case was in 2008 and 2009. >> 2009. >> 2008, the naacp actually honored donald sterling that very year and they were going to do it again. >> yes. >> what did you think about that? >> you know, i am not a vindict vindictive person or anything like that, but i just thought it was in very poor taste. and you know, i guess the money meant more than loyalty. >> i think thurgood marshal is spinning in his grave. it is shameful. >> shameful? >> shameful. >> joining me now, new york times op-ed, and sunny hostin. it is clearly -- we can't officially confirm it is sterling, but that sounds like sterling, i met with him on friday. it is interesting he said i'm not a racist.
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he said i wasn't hiring white players, i want the best player i i -- players. it is interesting when you hear elgin baylor saying he wanted to hire black players and a white coach. when you hear that what do you think about that? >> it is not at all odds for a person's own view of themselves not to line up with the broader culture's view, particularly when it comes to issues of race. so a person can say of course, i may have said this, but he said on the first tape it is just part of the culture i'm part of. i'm bending myself to complete the culture. and it is not my fault. i'm just kind of making myself fit in. and it is completely possible that he does not view himself as a racist. although those comments on the first tape are unambiguously
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racist. but i think we end up trying to have a rational conversation about something that is inherently irrational. racism is irrational. it is an affliction. you can't make it make sense, people try to have all of these kind of defenses, things that they think immunize themselves, they say i grew up with them. i am part of a group, i can't be a part of grieving another group. none of that is true. anyone can have bias. any of us can have biases. >> everybody has biases. >> and how do you deal with it? can you understand it and recognize it within yourself and deal with those biases? and if he can't recognize what he said on the first tape is racist remarks, that is a problem. a sickness, if that is him on the second tape, him saying you know me, you know i'm not that
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guy even though you heard what i said on the first tape that is a problem. >> but anderson, i remember when we did the racist and justice panel after the trayvon martin case. you have interviewed people from the kkk, and nobody says they're a racist. >> i have interviewed people that are kkk, or skin heads, none of them say they're a racist. >> to your point, what is so fascinating is he probably doesn't recognize his views are so akew. that he is a racist, he probably feels it is cultural. >> but also the very meaning of the word is dying. that our discussions about it have become so heated, so bitter, so entangled that the meaning of the word "racist" is dying because no one can agree on what it means anymore. now if you bring up the idea that race is part of a discussion then you become the racist for bringing it up. >> which is what i'm always
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called on twitter. >> it is a strange place in society that we can't even discuss this issue that touches so many of our lives. >> you become a race-baiter, which is fascinating. >> it is also interesting we have not heard any public form of apology -- >> well, he has not disavowed what he said. because i really believe, so many people do not believe that their views are racist. and i really believe he probably truly believes he is not a racist. >> i think he would actually do himself a favor by speaking publicly and just talking about his thought process or whatever it is. rather than have this drip and drip and drip of tapes coming out and you know, this woman v. stiviano out there talking about him. she says he is just from another generation that he is not racist. when you hear somebody say i'm just from a different
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generation, what do you think? >> i think that is a sorry excuse, and that i'm just from that generation, and racism is something of the past. and the new generations don't have the same types of stereotypes. that is just not true. and recently when you have the affirmative action stricken from the supreme court. the justice sotomayor and her comments. and he is allowing v. stiviano to be his voice of the world. allowing her to make these comments and him not saying anything? >> well, i think that might be a sort of generational -- that he is not quite getting. the generational part becomes a poisonous thing. i have heard so many people come out saying at thanksgiving, uncle, or grandfather, or whatever, somebody said
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something off color, and everybody cringed. nobody said anything. that is exactly how this gets passed down, there are kids at the table who are absorbing the fact that now this is submerged. >> all right, charles blow, as well as sunny hostin, good to have you on. all right, up next, the health care system, and the v.a. supposed to be the best health care system for the men and women who fought for this country. now, we have details on another hospital that is actually fudging their books, and the story you will only see here. plus, tracking the powerful storm system stretching from minnesota to texas tonight. millions in harm's way.
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. new developments in the health care scandal that is rocking the department of veterans affairs and raising questions about how much the veteran's ceo shinseki knew. there is new information that sparked congressional investigations. cnn's investigation found as many as 40 veterans died at a phoenix v.a. hospital according to a doctor who used to work there. and according to sources many of the veterans were on secret waiting lists to hide the real amount of medical care. drew griffin joins me now, so drew, you're in texas working the story tonight. there was a lot of action in washington today. what happened? >> reporter: two big movements, the first one, the house as fairs veteran's committee voted that basically they have had enough waiting on the secret list out in phoenix. anderson. they have subpoenaed all e-mails
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and communications between the veterans secretary eric shinseki and his staff, confirming that list. he has until may 19th to produce those documents to the house. seconds later at the moment the vote was taking place eric shinseki ordered a national review of all facilities nationwide to determine in face to face audits just how long these vets are waiting and to see what the problems are. so two big developments there in washington, anderson. >> as we mentioned, you're in texas tonight. and i understand you talked to somebody that has other troubling details about another hospital. >> reporter: yeah, and we can report tonight there is a brand-new investigation at yet another v.a. hospital and this again involves cooking the books. allegations of cooking the books and making vets wait for care. san antonio texas is the latest location where investigators from the v.a.'s office of the inspector general are on the ground, trying to determine if
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managers at this sprawling v.a. hospital made veterans wait months to get care and if any vets died as a result. the allegations came from this clerk who works in the hospital's medical administrative services and is speaking publicly for the first time. brian turner says his job is to help veterans secure appointments. he says he was told to fudge the numbers. he was to meet the v.a.'s own national timeline goal for setting appointments. that goal, no more than 14 days from what a veteran wants an appointment, called the desired date. the problem, he says, the appointment deadlines cannot be met so he says he was simply instructed to schedule the appointment months and months in advance while making the note that this is the veteran's desired date. >> what they're saying and what we were instructed was that the -- they're not saying fudge,
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there is no secret wait list. but what they have done is just come out and say searzero out t date. there was a report the following day, if somebody had a wait period that was longer than 14 days. the standard is one to 14 days within the time line of a desired date. regardless of when the appointment took place? >> correct. >> so it could be three months and look like 14 days? >> it could look like no dates -- >> so fudging the books -- >> i would call it that, you would call it that, the v.a. doesn't call it that. they call it zeroing out. >> zeroing out. in a statement to cnn the v.a.'s public affairs office says that turner's allegations were investigated and that based on our internal fact-finding conducted april 25th through april 28th, we found these claims by this employee were not substantiated. but turner questions just how
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much fact finding went on. he says no one asked him about his allegations and in fact, he says when he began e-mailing his concerns to other staff members he was told to stop it. >> they set me up the very next day. >> the very next day. >> the very next morning i was called into an office and told not the e-mail another person. >> turner, an army vet himself has asked for whistle-blower protection and has become part of the investigation himself, the investigation focusing on delayed care, alleged falsification of records, and medical harm to the vets of san antonio, v.a. hospital. >> it is worth mentioning, drew, nobody at the senior leadership at the v.a. has been held accountable for this, or the stories you uncovered. plus they will not even talk to you after six months of a request, i think i know the answer but any luck on that
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front today? >> no, again, no response to our requests. a new request this morning, no response as of yet. >> the fudging of numbers, and again, that is our term. it sounds so similar to what -- i mean, the v.a. is doing their own internal review of this. you have been bringing story after story to life for six months, now, do we know why it is taking them so long? >> you know, the question number one, if i could interview eric shinseki or anybody else at the v.a., this has been going on internal aly for years, the governor has been reporting for years they have a problem. the inspector general's office, in the texas area found them cooking the books. i don't understand why suddenly now there is going to be a view other than to say this is some kind of cover for the fact he is now going to have to be brought in, he, meaning shinseki are going to have to be brought into the house affairs committee by
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subpoena. >> also, you reported earlier today that the v.a. in washington now is asking for a nationwide review of wait times. that is not something that is just done in realtime always, like the v.a. in washington doesn't know where the wait times are in various states. you would think that is something they could just have easy access to. >> well, as we reported a couple of nights ago on your show, anderson, where the gal report says the data is so unreliable that nobody in the v.a. could possibly know what these wait times are. and you have all of these different offices around the country in the v.a. trying to make this 14-day appointment scheduling, which is impossible we are told. you would get a lot of creative accounti in accounting. it is plain old cooking the books. >> and the report is with
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shinseki? >> one spokesperson says he stands by full faith and confidence that eric shinseki is doing the job. >> what is amazing, the guy, shinseki is a long, distinguished military career, he is ducking and weaving from sitting down with you and having an interview. he has done interviews with others who have not done as much on the story as you have. why don't they just sit down and be as transparent as possible? it is amazing to me. plus, they have dozens of pr people running around that place. i don't know what they're doing all day. drew, thank you, we'll keep at it. and an update on the storm system with 47 million people in its path. at least one person died as a result in minnesota. and going after flames, after an explosion, four bodies were found in the ashes. and tonight the mystery is deepening.
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let's get the latest on our breaking news tonight. one confirmed touching down near st. james, minnesota, and the
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powerful tornado in its path. chad myers is live with video. is there a chance there could be more in that area? >> i do believe so there is one more storm heading to minneapolis. and how that number, 47 million got so high today is because we do have big cities. the bigger cities, des moines, kansas city, all the way back down to texas. so when we add the swath up here to people, it is bigger, the numbers are higher than with the last couple of days and storms. here is kelly williamson, still threatening skies. not as worried about that storm as i am here. this storm moving into temple, texas, i believe the back side of that storm is rotating. we'll move back across i-35. nothing is worse than if you drive on the interstate and a tornado hits you, you have no control. when we saw the storms that moved through parts of little rock. here we go, this is the storm i'm still worried about for minnesota. we had a storm down here, there are the tornadoes down there
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from a couple of hours ago, moving to minneapolis and it died. it has rained a lot of the day. cooler in minneapolis, i'm not sure this storm here as it moves towards minnetonka, towards plymouth, if you're in those areas, even a chance of hail and wind. at least 50 or 60 miles an hour can always do damage. get the pets and yourself and the kids inside. >> all right, chad, thank you. a deadly mystery reveals itself after the remains of a top tennis player is found, and the authorities trying to find information. police found four bodies in the ashes after the flames died down. tonight, randi kaye reports. >> reporter: an explosion before dawn and then a call to 911 at 5:45 a.m. >> oh, my god, the flames are so bad. i was walking my dogs and the house just exploded. >> calm down and take a deep breath. >> it was just horrible.
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>> a 6,000 square foot mansion burning to the ground, owned by one of the top tennis players in the world, james blake. >> okay, do you see flames? >> the house is filled with flames, ma'am. >> it would be hours before the firefighters can put the flames out. and investigators can get inside. >> we have discovered two males and two females in the residence. however, we have not been able to positively identify the bodies. >> reporter: a family of four. renting the home from james blake for the last two years. the parents are found in their bedroom. the teenage children in their own rooms. the victims are believed to be darren campbell, his wife, kim, their teenage daughter, megan, and their son, colin. a horrific scene. >> what i can confirm to you is all four individuals were shot. >> reporter: late today, investigators also reveal this. >> a firearm was recovered in the residence that was registered to mr. campbell.
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>> reporter: but that raises more questions about the victims' cause of death. were the victims already dead before the fire? and what about the fireworks found throughout the home. >> the sheriff's department says the fire was intentionally set. so were the fireworks used to start it? and if so what accelerant? this is video believed to be of blake's tenant, campbell, purchasing fireworks in tampa on sunday. the sheriff's office says he bought a very large amount of fireworks just days before the fire. also, that same day he purchased several gas cans at a home improvement store. those who knew the family are distraught, including one teen who was with them the night before the fire. >> i was really good friends with his son. he doesn't do anything wrong, ever. and the daughter is just beautiful. the parents were great people.
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just so bad -- that this happened. >> reporter: with all the damage from the flames and the water used to put them out it could take days for the medical examiner to officially id the bodies. likely much longer to figure out who did this given that authorities say they are not looking for a suspect. randi kaye, cnn, new york. it is interesting they're not looking for a suspect. up next, new information about where the terrorist group boko haram may have taken hundreds of kidnapped school girls and why officials say the girls are being split into smaller groups. i began losing my sight to an eye disease when i was 10. but i learned to live with my blindness a long time ago. so i don't let my blindness get in the way of doing the things i love. but sometimes it feels like my body doesn't know the difference between day and night. i struggle to sleep at night, and stay awake during the day.
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. welcome back, the u.s. is beefing up its personnel in nigeria. several members of the u.s. military are expected on the ground in just hours to try to help for the search of more than 150 groups kidnapped by the terrorist group, boko haram, a group that kidnapped the girls in protest of them getting an education. tonight, there are new concerns about the girls. u.s. officials believe they have been separated, making it harder to find them. just this week, one of their leaders said he would sell the girls, that they should get married.
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tonight, there was an attack on the group, more than was first reported. witnesses say there were at least 100 people in the attack and some of the victims were burned alive. more on the crisis. we have new video, vlad, of an alleged kidnapping of what some of the girls experienced. what can you tell us about it? >> reporter: anderson, we're learning more details not only about what the girls went through not only the night when they escaped the attackers, but on the other night where personnel carriers wielding rpgs, people who tried to escape, mowed down, people trying to hide in their shops burned alive. this is what one girl claims happened the night she was kidnapped. take a listen.
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>> anderson, this is just one of the lucky ones, still, 230-plus girls still hiding. >> and the senior officials sell cnn that some of the girls have been split up. that will obviously make the search more difficult. >> reporter: that is right, the parents in chibook tell us they saw a convoy filled with girls, leading into nigeria and into cameroon. and now with the 200 girls that
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boko haram probably split them up, and they could be in chad, or niger. >> and there have been more public high profile calls for u.s. involvement. i know, the u.s. military is scheduled to arrive in nigeria. what is the plan once they arrive on the ground? do we know? >> reporter: now we know that there are already 11 u.s. military personnel on the ground, already in nigeria. another seven more scheduled to arrive. all in all, we're looking at 50 to 60 u.s. personnel here to help with reconnaissance, they will help with hostage negotiators. it will be needed, anderson, to make up for lost time. many people are saying it is about time that other countries take a look at what is happening in nigeria. many families we spoke to said it is not going to be easy to make up for that lost time, anderson. >> yeah, a lot of time has gone by. appreciate it, vlad. and susan hendricks has more
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. time for the ridiculist. tonight, we're adding the serial
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poo pooper, that is right, they hope it squeezes out a culprit. >> reporter: the man they're looking for is accused of committing a strange crime. >> a strange crime indeed. and a most unwelcome reminder of the old slogan, everything is bigger in texas. >> reporter: police say he has repeatedly been going to the bathroom in people's front yards, leaving behind a stinky mess for homeowners to clean up. >> love the surveillance video. now, look, i know this is not the most pleasant of topics and i'm sorry to dump it on you, but as you can see it it got the attention of the local news, at least houston's number two priority. >> it is definitely not a nice thing to do to people. going to the bathroom in their driveway is not nice. >> this is our neighborhood. whatever people may think should go on around here, pooping is not okay. >> it is not good, people.
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it is good to see the residents are keeping a sense of humor about it, but can't blame them for being steaming mad. with this story, just when you think you're done you realize there is still a little bit more left to go. >> if you look closely in the upper left-hand corner, these white things are pieces of paper towel, one homeowner says he brings them along to clean himself up then leaves them behind on the sidewalk. >> i mean, really, come on, now. like the local rock star he has become, when the mystery man is done with his performance he drops the mike and exits stage right. except in this case, the mike is covered with well, you know what. >> we don't want a dog doing this, so why would we want a human pooping? >> good point, ma'am, there is an attorney out there who specializes in this type of situation. >> so remember, you wouldn't let a person do this to your yard.
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so don't let some egg-sucking dog do it, call me, wade blazing game or my brother, duck, for a free consultation, and we'll get you justice. >> as for the brother, i'm going to tell him exactly what lou dobbs told me, back in the '90s. >> please stop pooping on the lawn, cooper. >> meanwhile, be sure to flush twice, that does it for us. we'll see you for a later edition of "ac360," that does it for us. cnn starts now. i'll bill weir, welcome to cnn tonight. it means something very different depending on your politics. on the right, a rallying cry for truth and justice that may just change the course of the election, on the left,