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iraq's new hot spot. territory near this dam is the latest target in the arrow fence sieve against isis militants. also -- we'll go to india where floods are washing away bridges and killing dozens of people. find out what relief the forecast has in store. also ahead -- >> the san joaquin is a broken river but not a dead one. conserving water could stop these problems. >> we'll hitch a ride on a kayak
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on an old problem facing the western united states. welcome back to our viewers around the u.s. and around the world. i'm natalie allen. the u.s. has launched new attacks in iraq. u.s. defense officials say the dam is the second largest in iraq has been under threat from the islamist militants. the u.s. defense secretary chuck hagel said the strike's u.s. technology battling isis and not the escalation of u.s. involvement. >> i think the dam is a critically important facility for iraq. it is, i think, the secretary largest hydrology dam in iraq. it's consistent with what the president has said were the glooinsz for any military action there to protect. and critical infrastructure in
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iraq. both of those fit clearly into the purpose of the strikes as well as the request of the iraqi government. >> pent gop officials say they have conducted at least 133 airstrikes in recent weeks against isis in iraq. cnn's jamana joins us live from baghdad. what more can you tell us about the significance of these airstrikes? >> reporter: well, natalie, if we look at what's been happening since the u.s. air strikes have been happening since the 8th. most of the airstrikes have been concentrated in the northern part of iraq. this is the first time that we know of that u.s. air strikes have hit western iraq in the key an bar province.
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anbar is the suny hartland. it borders syria. back in january this is the first time we saw isis make those great advances. it was the takeover of fallujah and the key city of hadifa. the key city not far from the syrian border where isis has been in control in those parts. the dam itself has not been under the control of isis. it has been under the control of the iraqi sources and the sunni tribes in the region. we know over the past several weeks there have been attempts to try and take over the dam by isis militants. we have seen them do that in their advances whether it's in mosul where they took over the key mosul dam or where they took over the fallujah dam. iraqi security forces and tribes in the area have maintained control of the dam and it is a
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very significant dam. the second largest in iraq and it will be dangerous when we see such key infrastructure fall into the hands of isis. >> jamana, you've also been following one of the worst atrocities that we've heard about involving isis, the killing of iraqi military recruits back in june. they estimate 770 deaths so far, confirmed killed, and that number could be much higher. have you heard anything new about this case? >> reporter: natalie, those figures are from human rights watch. here they say that this is only the tip of the iceberg, that a much larger number is out there, that they cannot reach, they cannot really estimate. they do not know how many are missing, how many have been captured and how many are killed of these recruits in the
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northern city. it has been the suffering of those families of the recruits that has been the most heartbreaking. >> 5-year-old and 2-year-old share what they have left of their photograph. a photograph. too painful for their grandmother to watch. the children are too young to understand. their father is one of the men in this video. what looked like an endless line of military cadets captured by isis in june as the group swept through the city of tikrit. it shared photos of cold blooded mass murders. a hamas family don't know his fate. i don't want anything in life except for one thing, bru me my son, his mother tells us. in an emotional scene that has come to depict the suffering of so many military families at a recent meeting with senior
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military leaders, they tell us, we brought you to power, bring back our sons, dead or alive. she removes her head scarf, a symbol for honor, and throws it at officials to shame them into finding her boy. she also is among this group of families who stormed parliament last week demanding answers. they forced lawmakers to sem mon defense. families say as isis advanced in tikrit, they received orders to move out of their base with no weapons or security. they ended up in the hands of sunni extremists. the military denies issuing any orders and says they deserted. they hold onto the hope that some recruits may still be captive. officials say that the answers like most of the bodies in mass graves lie in tikrit a city isis
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rules and they cannot reach. they want an international investigation by the united nations. her son and many others joined the army because it was the only job they could find. the anguish is visible in his father's face. she shows me the last time she saw her son alive, in the video clip of the captured recruits. this one, this one, she says, he looks at the camera. it's a message for us to tell us i'm here. his family is overwhelmed by grief. they don't know whether to mourn or to wait. >> reporter: this is one out of 1700 stories not anymore. >> poignantly sad, tragic story. it's so terribly sad to see.
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they can see their son there and not know what happened. >> thank you, jaman ha for us there in baghdad. a fragile cease-fire has been rattled by shelling in two separate fronts. shelling hit a pet troll station outside the city of mariopol. shelling and explosions can be heard near the airport. it's not clear at this point who's responsible. it's blaming the other for violating the truth. the area had seen sporadic fighting between government forces and russian backed rebels before the cease-fire went into effect on friday. reza sayah is following developments from the ukrainian capital. he joins us live from kiev, a disappointment from 24 hours ago. >> yeah, natalie. obviously when you have a cease fair, you want peace. you want calm. but at least in some areas of
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the conflict zone unfortunately that hasn't been the case. we've had firings. we've had shelgs. it's unclear who's been doing the firings. it raises a lot of questions about the durability of this cease-fire. let's take you through the past 12 hours. around 10:30 last night in the critical port city of mariopol, there was shelling and firing that destroyed a gas station and injured several people. remember, this is the city where on the eastern outskirts for the past week there's been a tense standoff. around one side you have pro russian rebels stalking the city. you have ukrainian forces and militias protecteding the city. this is where the shelling happened. it's not clear who did the firing. then over the past hour our cnn crew was at this very same location when they observed more incoming mortar fire.
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they fled the area. troops and other buy standers fled the area as well. again, it's unclear who did the firing. during the overnight hours some ominous tweets and messages. one tweet coming from the donetsk people. we are taking the city of mariopol. obviously that hasn't helped yet. when you see ominous sweets, then you have pro russian rebels who are accusing them of firing and shelling in parts of donetsk. so a lot of troubling developments, natalie, but there's also been some positive developments so far. neither side has declared that the cease-fire has fallen apart. you also have ukrainian officials who are saying that a prisoner exchange that's scheduled to take place at some point is going to happen soon, although it's not clear when. so all sorts of indications that
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this cease fire is in jeopardy, but neither side at this point has declared it to be over. that's some positive news, natalie. >> yes, especially the news about the prisoner exchange. we hope that that's happened. reza sayah live for us in kiev. still ahead, is there a connection. a journalist held hostage in syria says one of his captors was a man accused of a shooting in brussels. we'll also into that. also disappointment in washington as president obama makes an announcement on immigration reform. he may not yet be one of the tennis world's most famous names, but that's not stopping kei nishikouri. the surprise at the u.s. open. like cheerios can help lower cholesterol. thank you!
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. severe flood waters are flowing through indian administered cashmere. this is flooding. it's not a dam or anything. at least 97 people have died across 2,000 villages that have seen flooding. dozens of bridges and roads as you just saw have been completely washed away. some 5,000 people have been rescued, but residents are complaining of poor government response. in the hardest hit area. ivan cabrera, our meteorologist is there. >> it's an incredible amount of water. you squeeze out essentially three times your monthly average and you dump it in just a few days and that's exactly what you're going to get. for anyone, the rescue is not going to come soon enough. we have at this point thousands and thousands of people needing to get to higher ground. it's just not possible when you're just dealing with helicopters. roads and bridges are washed away. what has precipitated this. 13 inches of rainfall will do this. at 379. just a couple of inches, two to four inches. that is all falling very heavily. take a look at more images coming out of this region. storms are particular to blow up. again, as we've been talking about, some of the choppers tried to get people out of here
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grounded as well as a result of all the heavy rain. elderly people moving out. incredible scenes are coming out of pakistan and india. 40 years ago we had death tolls into the thousands. we hope we just stop raining and get these people out of there. they're getting pulled out in stretches. the thunderstorms really just appear out of nowhere. clear skies for the overnight. through the afternoon we just blow up. there in the him himalayas squeezing out more rain and it has to come down. gravity takes hold. some of the villages get into a heap of trouble. showers and storms continue. that is going to be the pattern
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unfortunately for india and pakistan. hinan in china, it's running out of time to form. the rain has arrived. towards china. this system has just been upgraded to a tropical storm from the joint typhoon warnings. it was a tropical depression when i saw you at the last hour. it's bringing all sorts of moisture to japan. it will parallel the coast bringing rain which they've had too much last few weeks but the strong winds will stay off shore. >> ivan, thanks. we'll see you later. >> any u.s. government action on immigration will have to wait until after november's congressional election. that's the word from the white house. stakeholders are critical of the president's decision. >> political pundants took to
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the air waives following obama's announcement. >> i've been working for immigration for many, many years, i am disappointsed. >> president obama has been considering moves to allow undocumented workers to remain in the country as well as expanding into a deferred deportation program of children of immigrants. the administration says it wants to take it out of the political arena. it means delays for the president and other democrats would come from the mid term elections. >> if he wanted to have a long-term solution he would have passed at the beginning of his administration. >> for the president it's an apparent about face. earlier he spoke of acting quickly. >> if congress will not do their job, at least we can do ours. expect the recommendations before the end of the summer. i intend to adopt those recommendations without further delay. >> house speaker john boehner took the opportunity to blast
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obama for considering executive action. he issued a statement saying in part, there's never a right time for the president to declare amnesty. the decision smacks of raw politics. i'm mary maloney reporting. ahead here, a funeral service for joan rivers will begin in just a few hours, and as friends and family prepare to pay their tributes, we'll find out what advice she had for our own richard quest.
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jo funeral services will be held in new york sunday for joan rivers. fans have been leaving cards and flowers on her star. they've completed their autopsy but said more studies are needed to determine what exactly caused her death. rivers family says the performer died peacefully in a new york hospital thursday. even before her death, as you can imagine, joan rivers had her funeral all planned out because she wanted to be quite a show. in 2012 she wrote she wanted it to be a real showbiz affair. i want paparazzi and i want publicists making a scene. i want meryl streep crying in five different accents. she said i want a wind machine so even in the casket my hair is blowing just like beyonces. joan rivers had some advice from
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our own richard quest. the two sat down in 2005 for a conversation about beauty. here it is. >> do you accept that it is just skin deep? >> oh, yes. oh, no. i don't want to hear it's inner beauty. spit on inner beauty. you get all the inner beauty you want. no, it is surface and shallow. >> that's very harsh. >> but it's true. i mean, who would a man rather dance with, claudia shiver or margaret thatcher. >> what about inner beauty? >> what about it? >> it makes a person a beautiful person. >> yeah, yeah, wake me up when it's over. it's nonsense. >> there's a book that says beautiful women get more, earn more, have more success. >> it's power. >> it's not fair. >> it's not fair but it is, and i think the thing that really isn't fair is that we are bringing our children up saying this is not so.
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it is so and deal with it and look good. >> i have to say if i may be honest, i am on very uncomfortable ground here because i'm asking a lady of a certain age about what she might have had done. >> well, i came out and talked about it because so many of our actresses would sit there and say, i've done nothing, and that is a lie. they're talking about the parpts of their hair pulled so far up. so i came out and said do what you want to do to feel better about yourself. i've had two face lifts in my life and i'm thrilled i had the money to have them done. >> they've worked very well. >> you can't see. i did nip tuck which is a television show about plastic surgery, and my part was to go to the plastic surgeons and say put me back the way i would have been without my face lift and they did it on the computer and it was wonderful to see what i would have looked like without it.
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>> you must see examples there of women of a certain age who have gone too far. you want to say, my deear, what were you thinking? >> it's not about you looking at a woman saying she went too far, it's about a woman walking into a room and that's truly what plastic surgery is about, making you have confidence that you look better. i've had friends who have had nose jobs that i can tell you when they're going to sneeze four hours before it happens their nostrils are so up and big, but if they think they're better looking, they're walking differently. i always say to a woman, get your face done. a new face coming out of an old car than an old face coming out of a new car. put your money where it counts in our society. >> so you didn't have any qualms about going under the knife? >> no. >> you would do it again? >> i will do it again when the time is right. botox, thank god, every third woman now has botox.
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>> you've had it? >> of course i've had botox. everybody just about has had botox in the group that i run in. >> just a few lines here maybe? >> a little up here on the forehead will not kill you. >> right. >> and a little here is not going to hurt you at zblaul what else should i have done? >> turn side wise. your chin line is wonderful. take off your glasses. you've got another four years and you have to get that done. >> why? >> you're going to have terrible bags in about four years. right now you're still fine but definitely four years. >> joan rivers, just too much. again, her funeral begins in a few hours. stay with us. be right back.
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and well come back to cnn. i'm natalie allen. the top stories this hour. the cease-fire between ukraine and russian-backed rebels may be falling apart. there are new reports of shelling near the airport in donetsk and shelling and machine gunfire in the city of mariopol. each side accuses the other of violating the truce. al shabaab is being accused of an ambush. they attacked an aid convoy attacked by ethiopian peacekeeper. they were planning attacks in retaliation for the killing of this man, its leader, in a u.s. air strike. north korea's state news agency says american matthew miller will be judged in court september 14th. miller has been held since april. north korea says he claims he tore up his tourist visa and
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asked for asylum when he entered the country. could the fight against isis create some unlikely allies? western media reporting that iran's supreme leader has ordered his military commanders to cooperate with the u.s. to battle isis, but both washington and iran news agency say that's not true. cnn's michael holmes takes a closer look. >> isis is an existential threat in many ways to many people. iran, of course, is a shia nation. isis is a militant sunni organization. you've got shia iran standing there watching shiias being beheaded, in some cases
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crucified. iran does not want to see that happen and the u.s. obviously doesn't want to see it happen either. iran has had a very big roll in iraqi politics pretty much since the fall of saddam hussein. a lot of the major political parties, the political players have all got iranian backing. they were in iran under saddam hussein. let's remember, saddam hussein was a brutal sunni dictator. a lot of the shia dictators were in iran during his rule. they all came back and started taking a roll in politics and in government in iraq. iran never let go of that influence. they certainly do have advisors there who are helping out particularly the shia militias. you have the iraqi army but you have the shiite militias which have been around for years. they're very powerful. they're well armed, well funded
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by iran. we saw when it comes to iran's nuclear ambitions, the u.s. government under barack obama is more willing to engage and under their new leader rahani. a willingness to engage when it comes to iraq and isis you've seen a very pragmatic style of iran's governance where you've got the u.s. bombing targets inside of iraq and iran pretty much saying nothing and really agreeing with it because they have a common enemy. so you wouldn't go saying that iran and the u.s. are best friends now, but in this situation they're willing to work together. when it comes to isis, it is extraordinary how universal the
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opposition to this group is in the region and outside the region. up is down and down is up. you have some bizarre relationships, not just the u.s. and iran, but an extraordinary thing where you've got the saudis and the iranians who have been fierce opponents. sunni, saudi, shia, iran have their own proxy wars and conflicts going on around the place in syria, for example, but you had a situation just recently where iran had a diplomat in saudi arabia discussing a unified approach to isis. isis is a threat to iran. it is also a threat to sunni saudi arabia. the caliphat that isis wants set up, it includes all of syria. jordan, israel, saudi arabia. >> michael holmes' perspective for us. a french journalist once held and tortured by militants
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in syria says one of his captors is the same man charged with killing four people at the jewish museum in brussels last may. cnn's karl penhal tracks that one down for us. >> he was arrested and accused of the shooting rampage at a shooting rampage in brussels that killed four people in may. following his arrest audio and video recordings were shown to a journalist who had been held hostage in syria. in a press conference he came out and identified him as one of the men who beat and for toured him during part of his time in captivity. now we know that anan was held along with three other french journalists and also with a number of other western hostages including the two u.s. journalists, james foley and steven sotloff who have been now beheaded by isis guysers. anan told him that he met him
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during the months of july and december of last year and that he visited the captives roughly once a week during which time he would beat them. anan said that he was so callous that on one occasion he boasted how he bought a pair of leather gloves with the purpose of beating anan's face. according to his lawyer, he says some of the journalists who have been released, they're not confirming that he's the same man. it is also not clear whether investigators have been able to question him about his actions in syria, and if that may have provided actionable intelligence that authorities could use in their efforts to secure the release of other western hostages currently being held by isis. and we turn back now to the fragile cease-fire in eastern
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ukraine. each side blaming the other for what we think is a violation of the truce. let's check in with our senior correspondent matthew chance who's following any developments he's learned from moscow. matthew? >> natalie, thanks very much. all of this is being pretty tight-lipped when it comes to the latest apparent violations of the cease fire agreement. the russian state news agency is going with a piece which basically says the peace accord is sticking despite the provocations of the government of kiev. the violence on the ukrainian government authorities are saying nevertheless the peace agreement is still in force. the last word they've had on this issue. it's sunday here is from the kremlin itself. there was a telephone conversation just yesterday
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between vladimir putin and his ukrainian counter part, petro poroshenko. a press release from the kremlin saying that both leaders expressed satisfaction with the fact that the parties to the conflict are generally complying with the cease-fire. stressing the need for the osc to monitor the situation. they're saying both leaders will continue to have their dialogue. the kremlin at this point, russian officials as well outside of the kremlin are being very tight-lipped about the latest developments taking place on the ground of eastern ukraine. >> the correspondent reporting that to his understanding a prisoner exchange, which was part of the cease-fire, may still be ongoing. so it will be interesting to see what's really going on there on the ground in eastern ukraine. what if we find out who broke this cease-fire? what would be the consequences of that?
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>> well, of course it depends. in terms of the prisoner exchange, that was one of the terms of the cease-fire. those terms have now been released publicly by the osc. one of the key terms in that cease-fire was in exchange for the war. from the mixed reports we're getting on the ground, it's not at all clear who's doing the firing. perhaps it's a bit of all sides on the ground. it's difficult to clarify in this very uncertain situation on the ground but clearly there would be consequences for any party that were at this stage to violate this high profile, much publicly lauded cease-fire. there are eu sanctions in the country. more deep eu sanctions in addition to the one that has already been posed. they will decide this coming week as to whether they will be put into force.
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of course, it's showing that russia has violated cease-fire or its rebels have violated cease-fire. russia says it has no part in it. it will have consequences for the ukrainians. it was a very public show that petro poroshenko put on last week in wales saying that this agreement had been made. it would obviously make him look extremely flakey indeed. if they said, look, the cease-fire is no longer in force. both leaders have an interest in keeping the cease-fire in force. >> we'll see. matthew chance live in moscow. still to come here, a look at the devastating effects of california's three-year drought. how one cnn's columnist kayaked through what's left of one of the state's longest rivers. rise of the giant players at the u.s. open. these two players have sent seismic shocks through the grand slam tournament to reach the men's final.
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we'll tell you all about them.
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more than 80% of california is in an extreme drought. one place where it is very evident, the rivers. a conservation organization has named the san joaquin river the most endangered in america. john sutter, a columnist for kayaked the entire river this summer, or at least he
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tried. huge sections are only a trickle or completely dry as you see there. here's a look back at how you make it from the sierra nevada mountains to the pacific ocean. >> so three weeks and 400 miles later this is my area. >> these are my clothes and proof i made it to the golden gate. oh, you don't see me? yeah, i'm the orange dot. from the sierra to the sea, talking about all the people i met. there's bill connor who drinks from the river. george maceas whose job despeped on the water. we owe it to them to figure out how the river connects. >> hello. good morning. >> the san joaquin is a broken river but not dead. the smarter policies to conserve the water could stop nonsense from this from happening. >> as i floated under the golden gate i thought about how far i
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had come and then i realized none of the father from the start of the san joaquin makes it this far. >> so he pulls his kayak away across the dry riverbed. john sat down with cnn's fred der reek ka whitfield why he made that journey and what he discovered. >> for me one of the most surprising things is that so many of our rivers no longer make it to the ocean. the drought contributes to it but essentially california has engineered this river to be dry. it's engineered almost to the point of exclusion. i found that shocking. this is not just a california story, the colorado river didn't make it to the ocean. it's like a ma jess stick american soul. the rio grande which runs the border with mexico. i think this is a national problem and i think it can be
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solved in part by looking at our rivers and understanding their stories. that's something we don't do anymore. >> part of your experience, why you talked about the drought and the river and why you had to hike for three days. you also encounter quicksand. no one can encounter you for that. >> i had no idea this was coming. >> this sounds like something in the movies. it's real. there's really quicksand. >> princess bride had those images in my head. i didn't expect this. >> it looked like the river was back. i was told by sources that the river was back. you can have the kayak. i started that. all of a sudden it was dry again. it was back a little bit and intermittent. i came on this part where the river was flowing backwards into a farmer's pump. the result was a sort of dry, sort of wet area that i sink into and for quite a bit of time. i was by myself. i had to kind of leverage myself
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on the kayak to swing myself out of it. i didn't expect that at all. i later met the farmer whose pump was pulling. it's many farmers, many people who are over using the river. talking about it it's interesting to hear the perspective of someone who needs every drop of that river to keep their business going and mine is just to connect the river and help tell its story. >> so california, in extreme drought. but flood watches are now posted across the u.s. southwest as rain from hurricane nor bert moves in. meteorologist ivan cabrera following this. too much rain on dry land. >> yeah, that's an issue. >> yeah. >> a couple of inches is an afternoon thunderstorm in miami. we deal with that. if you talk about places like phoenix, you get into trouble. las vegas, flood watches posted
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there. n norbert, a generous 120 kph. that is a minimal hurricane at 75 miles an hour. it ticked down. we're talking about a tropical storm. a vanishing hurricane here as you can see the heaviest thunderstorms just completely getting eroded here. it's lost its top half here. that's great news. temperatures expecting that weakening trend to continue over the next few days. this thing is going to continue to head off to the north and east. it still remains to be seen how much this tropical moisture gets pulled up. some of it will. some of the moisture left over from dolly as well. look at this. see, that's the problem there. this is a 48 hour loop. there you see parts of arizona, new mexico and even across southern california getting involved in some pretty hefty thunderstorms that could bring down torrential downpours. that's what we're concerned about. that's why the national weather service offices have issued the
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flood watches for the next couple of days. the worst thing tonight, sunday night and heading into monday. those are the two days we're going to have to watch closely. thunderstorm activity has already been impacting in and around the phoenix area and that's spawned some impressive haboobs we call them here at the international, but dust storms. look at this, natalie allen, rolling through a dust storm warning in phoenix through the evening hours. completely enveloping the city. terrifying scene if you've never been in one of those. get inside. common sense. thunderstorm activity in the united states. pretty good squall line rolled through the northeast and also impacted with massachusetts. north shore of massachusetts getting hit. ipswich. frequent lightning, torrential rain. plenty of wind report. look at that. looks like a hurricane rolling through here. in fact, some of the wind gusts were just as high.
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that was the scene in mass. earlier today. at this point here that front that spawned those thunderstorms that first rolled through michigan and the rest of the midwest is now east and so clearing sky. that's important for the u.s. open. i think we're going to be in fine shape with a gorgeous day there. high pressure remaining in charge across most of the nation. in fact, again, we'll watch that area across the southwest. with the moisture coming up from the north. >> the u.s. open, we'll talk more about that in just a minute. thanks, ivan. a newly discovered asteroid is zipping by earth this weekend, did you know? coming within 25,000 miles of us. the space rock is 60 feet in diameter and was only discovered last week. scientists say here's the good news, it doesn't pose any threat to us. still to come here on "cnn newsroom", we are just hours away from the women's final at the u.s. open. caroline wozniacki faces serena williams in the championship match. and in the men's competition, as
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[ female announcer ] aveeno® introduces new positively radiant targeted tone corrector. it helps reduce the look of stubborn brown spots in just two weeks. what are you waiting for? aveeno®. naturally beautiful results™. center court u.s. open men's title after two major upsets in the semi-finals saturday. roger federer was ousted by 14 seeded marin cilic. he defeated the swiss legend in
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straight sets. he'll take on tenth seed kei nishikori who toppled world number one novak djokovic. with that victory nishikori has made tennis history again. he was the first japanese player to reach the semifinals since 1918. now he's the first asian man ever to reach a grand slam final. earlier this year we spoke with him. >> my dream is to win a grand slam and the top ten. if i can keep the ranking, i think i can have some chance to win a grand slam. something i'm trying to work on, get my body, not trying to get too much injury. still weird for me to be number one player in asia.
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i go back to japan three or four times a year. people see you on the street. not easy. but at the same time i try to enjoy. i feel that the happiest moment, the kids start coming to me and want to sign the autograph and that's something i used to do when i was young. for the kids, you know, i want them to enjoy tennis and work hard. that's the important thing. so try to enjoy as much as you can and be, you know, lucky guy to play tennis. it's my life and my job. not many guys can do your job, you know? it's not going to be a long time. ten years, 20 years so try to enjoy this time and work hard.
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>> all right. what a moment it will be for him. in a few hours caroline wozniacki will take on serena williams for the women's crown. wozniacki advanced to the finals after her opponent was taken off the court in a wheelchair. she's met williams twice before and lost both times. see what happens there. thanks for watching cnn. i'm natalie allen. don't go anywhere. george howell is back with george howell is back with another hour of news. -- captions by vitac --
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sporadic gunfire in southeastern ukraine. we'll get an update on the fragile truce. we take you live to mariupol.
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plus -- in india, floods are washing away bridges and killing dozens of people. find out what relief the forecast has in store. later, two major upsets in the u.s. open. a look at the two surprising men's finalists. we welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world to our continuing news coverage here an cnn. i'm george howell. it's just past noon in ukraine and a fragile cease-fire has been rattled by shelling on two separate fronts. artillery and machine gunfire hit a petrol station just outside the southern city of mariupol. in donetsk, the city council says shelling and explosions can be heard near the airport. it is not clear at this point who is responsible but each side now is blaming the other for violating the truce. the area just outside mariupol has seen sporadic fighting between government forces and russian backed rebels before the cease-fire wt