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sister, marnie, i got to meet. cnn.com/living and my mom will join me on skype at this hour. i can't wait. >> be on your game. >> can't wait to watch that. that's great. >> happy weekend to all of us from here. lot of news this morning, let's get you to "the newsroom" with carol costello. happy friday to you. >> happy friday. michae michaela, i have to visit the set to meet your mom. i want to know who is responsible to are this wonderful human being sitting on the couch. have a great weekend. "newsroom" starts now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com happening now in "the newsroom," next steps immigration, 5 million are told to get their papers ready. lawsuits and members of congress threatening to block the president's executive order. plus the national guard moving into ferguson as the grand jury decision nears. the meeting between officer darren wilson and the union rep. that could give us a clue about
whether he'll face charges. and snow emergency, feet of snow already weighing on roofs in buffalo. now a new winter threat to pile on in the days ahead. let's talk, live in the "cnn newsroom." >> good morning, i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. you can come out of the shadows, that was president obama's message to as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants as he unveiled the most sweeping executive order ever to limit deportations. the changes apply largely to the parents of legal residents who have been in the united states for at least five years. they will be allowed to stay for three more years as long as they pass background checks and pay taxes. but there is no path to citizenship. tightening the border and deporting criminals also top priorities. president obama had this to say to opponents who ause him of
breaking the law. >> to those members of congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better or question the wisdom of me acting where congress has failed, i have one answer -- pass a bill. >> the president is headed to las vegas later today to peddle his plan. suzanne malveaux caught up with two families who could be affected by the new rules. >> reporter: to the nearly 40 million tourists who visit the strip each year, this is the vegas they see, but behind the bright lights, a community of undocumented workers is quietly toiling away. doing menial jobs to support their families, under the constant fear that they will be torn apart. >> she says she thinks about it every day, it's one of those
things that people who are undocumented think about it every day and it's a fear you have to live with. >> reporter: lorelorena, who on wants to use her first name lives with that fear because she is here illegally, a mother of three, she and her husband clean homes and nightclub bathrooms to support their children. >> how was school today? >> pretty good. >> reporter: the youngest, luis, was born in the united states but lorena could be deported to mexico at any time. her 18-year-old is protected under president obama's 2012 order to defer some deportations which gives some children brought to the u.s. by their parents a two-year reprieve from removal. she wants obama's executive order to do the same for her parents. >> i fear that at any point in time immigration can come, knock on my door and take my parents with them and leave us here, destroying my family and leaving it completely fallen apart. >> reporter: lorena wants obama
to provide a path to citizenship. she's an "a" student, an actress and beauty queen who also aspires to join the national guard. >> i want to be able to help our country and the country that i was raised in, but i mean, something that i couldn't do. >> reporter: 25-year-old jose mesias doesn't face the obstacles. he was born in the u.s. after his parents seeking fertility across the border entered illegally. >> people don't have the papers, by the time they got involved citizen. >> reporter: jose's father has spent nearly 30 years in the u.s. working at mcdonald's n fruit fields, at a shoe factory and in construction. his wife at a casino before recently dying of a stroke. >> she was very active.
>> reporter: having just lost his mom, jose is worried he could lose his father, too, if his dad is deported. jose believes his father has earned his right to stay and has made immigration reform his passion. z>> if you don't apply, somebod else won't do it for you. it was always something she told us. >> reporter: a sentiment shared by lorena as well. >> i believe i'm worth just as much as somebody who is born here. >> good morning, carol, so the families we got a chance to really get to know here, this is good news for them. the executive order from the president, but there's also a sense, carol, of anxiety among the families living here because they say this is an executive order, a temporary action. this could be undone by the next president, not likely but it could be and so there really is a sense that it's not permanent and there is this real palpable fear that we get from not only the students, from the kids, but also the parents that they just don't know.
they go by year by year. they don't know when the next time is that they're not going to see each other. >> suzanne malveaux reporting live from las vegas this morning, thanks so much. reminder, not a remind irber, t is the first time i'm telling you. coming up john boehner will respond to president obama's plan to overhaul the immigration system. the poed wrdium is set up at th capitol with the flags behind. we expect him to speak at 9:15 eastern time in ten minutes, we'll take mr. boehner's remarks live for you. in other news, as ferguson, missouri, braces for an announcement that could spark new protest and violence, the father of michael brown is pleading for peace. grand jury is meeting today and could reveal at any time its decision on whether to charge police officer darren wilson in the shooting death of brown. here's the public service announcements that michael brown's father released. >> i thank you for lifting your voices to end racial roh
profiling and police intimidation. by hurting others or destroying property, it's not the answer, no matter what the grand jury decides, i do not want my son's death to be in vain. i want it to lead to incredible change, positive change, change that makes the st. louis region better for everyone. >> we've also learned that officer darren wilson is wrapping up negotiations to resign from the police force, and he could make that announcement today. cnn justice reporter evan perez has been talking with people close to these talks. what are they saying? >> reporter: good morning, carol. you know, all these developments are coming to a head today. we're told darren wilson has been in negotiations to resign and one of the things he's been waiting for is for the grand jury to wrap up hearing evidence. today we expect the grand jury to return here to the justice center here in st. louis county, they'll hear some final bits of evidence from prosecutors before
they begin deliberations and could make a decision later today. we expect that officer wilson will make a decision on whether to announce his resignation. he has told his friends, his associates that one reason why he was going to do this was to spare his fellow officers from some of the pressures that they've been facing, because you know, carol, there have been protests almost daily here, there have been a few arrests overnight even and so everybody's bracing for what the grand jury decide this is weekend perhaps. >> evan perez reporting live from clayton, missouri, this morning. riot police clash with protesters in the heart of mexico city, some demonstrators threw molotov cocktails and burned tires, outraged over the case of 43 college students who vanished two months ago, protesters demanding justice. mexico's attorney general say the students were captured by local police ordered by a local mayor and then handed over a drug gang to be executed.
buffalo, up to seven feet of snow paralyzed the city. crews have been working around the clock to clear the streets but it could take another four days to complete the job. the nfl has decided to move sunday's bill' home game to detroit. the bills will play the new york jets at ford field monday night. here is the danger for the folks in buffalo. rain is now in the forecast, and as you know, that will create new problems, because the snow is going to melt, the rain will add to the moisture and flooding is a real possibility. cnn's brian todd is in buffalo. what are you standing on? >> reporter: carol, we're standing on a huge pile of snow here at this dumping ground. this is the old rail yard just east of buffalo. this is an idea of, that you can get of how difficult it is to dispose of this snow. the mayor says 29,000 tons have been removed from south buffalo since the snow began and this is where they're putting some of it, it's been a huge challenge in buffalo to get rid of the
snow, residents don't have any place to put it, plows don't have any place to put it in the side streets so this is where they're bringing a lot of it, a steady stream of dump trucks coming overnight and the past couple of days. i'm on a mountain of this stuff as you can see. talking about numbers, we measured this with our cnn weather team, the average house around here and what you can calculate as far as the feet of snow on a roof, we averaged it out, if it you have a 2,000 square foot house and four feet of snow on your roof that's 49,600 pounds of snow, that's about average for this area. four feet of snow on a roof is typical. you wonder how a lot of the roofs can withstand it, a lot are not. we were told by local officials 30 roofs collapsed overnight, that's a huge problem here. you talked about the rain and the flooding that's coming. there's rain coming tomorrow and over the weekend. there's a huge meltoff that will happen today and tomorrow.
flooding is a possibility. they're already preparing for some swiftwater rescues if they need it. >> it's unbelievable. brian todd -- it makes me cold just looking at you. brian todd reporting live from buffalo, new york, this morning. new york governor andrew comeau, by tc cuomo will speak at 10:00 eastern time. we'll cover that live. still to come in "the newsroom," republicans fighting mad and fighting back against president obama and immigration. house majority leader john boehner to take the podium. what will it mean for the next session of congress? cnn's athena jones in washington this morning. >> hi, carol. we heard a lot of angry words from republicans about this announcement, but what about action? we'll have more on that when we come back.
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i try this if you try... not this. okay. da! let's head to washington and house speaker john boehner responding to president obama's plan to overhaul the nation's immigration system. >> -- democratic process in enforcing the laws that the president is sworn faithfully to execute. all year long i warned the president that by taking unilateral action on matters such as his health care law or by threatening action repeatedly
on immigration he was making it impossible to build the trust necessary to work together. as i warned the president, he can't ask the elected representatives of the people to trust you to enforce the law if you're constantly demonstrating that you can't be trusted to enforce the law. the president never listened. and with this action, he's refused to listen to the american people. the president has taken actions that he, himself, has said are those of a king or an emperor, not an american president. and he wants nothing more than both parties to focus on solving the biggest problems in our country, starting with our still struggling economy, and the action by the president yesterday will only encourage more people to come here illegally and putting their lives at risk. we saw the humanitarian crisis
on our border last summer, how horrific it was. well next summer it could be worse and this action also punishes those who have obeyed the law and have waited their turn. with this action the president has chosen to deliberately sabotage any chance of enacting bipartisan reforms that he claims to seek, and as i told the president yesterday, he's damaging the presidency itself. president obama has turned a deaf ear to the people that he was elected and we were elected to serve. but we will not do that. the days ahead, the people's house will rise to this challenge. we will not stand idle as the president undermines the rule of law in our country and places lives at risk. we'll listen to the american people, we'll work with our members and we will work to protect the constitution of the united states. >> reporter: mr. speaker the
president says you could have prevented this, mr. speaker by showing that the house was going to take action on comprehensive immigration reform. did you miss the ball? >> the president made 38 unilateral changes to the affordable care act. the president repeatedly suggested he was going to unilaterally change immigration law, and he created an environment where the members would not trust him and trying to find a way to work together was virtually impossible, and i had warned the president over and over that his actions were making it impossible for me to do what he wanted me to do. >> reporter: mr. speaker, can you tell us how you plan to respond, how the house plans to respond when the house will respond, and whether or not you agree with chairman rogers that, given how these things are funded, the power of the purse
through appropriations is not a constitutional avenue to fight this? >> we're working with our members and looking at the options that are available to us, but i will say to you, the house will, in fact, act. >> you started a piecemeal process last year or earlier in this year. can you renovate that, can you reinvigorate it and move that forward or are you going to start from scratch? >> as i said at the beginning of my remarks, we have a broken immigration system, and the american people expect us to work together to fix it, and we ought to do it in the democratic process, moving bills through the people's house, through the senate, and to the president's desk. thank you. >> i'm pretty positive that was sincere, right? okay, that's house speaker john boehner. he said the president cannot be trusted to enforce the law, as you probably guessed, republicans are very angry with president obama for using his
executive authority to push through an immigration plan, republicans and even some democrats say that's, frankly, illegal and that the president should have waited to do things through congress. athena jones is covering all of this for us. john bainer is not the only legislator angry about the president's actions last night. >> that's right, carol. lot of republicans are furious. we heard from texas congressman lamar smith who said that the president, with this announcement was declaring war on the american people and on our democracy. that's just an example of the heated rhetoric we've been hearing. so far the strong words have not been backed up by a clear plan of action, and you heard the reporters asking speaker boehner about this today. we've been asking about this for the last serl days. there are some options that are being considered. one is to cut off funding to the homeland security department. the problem here is that the agency that deals with immigrants rights, that deals with immigration, the u.s.
citizenship and immigration service is a fee-based agency. it runs on fees so it makes it more difficult to try to cut off the funding from one area so that the rest of the government can continue to function but that's one option being looked at. there are some in the rank and file who want the republican side to really press this and go as far as potentially shutting down the government, that's not something that the leadership wants to do right now. another idea that's been offered by texas senator ted cruz, he believes that the new senate should block the confirmation of any of the president's nominees. so that would include someone like loretta lynch, who has been nominated to replace eric holder as attorney general. also, the "i" word, impeachment. there are people who say they don't want to rule that out but again, that's the kind of thing that the republican leadership doesn't really want to get into. they don't think that will reflect well on the pear. other ideas? centering the president, passing a resolution of disapproval, and maybe a lawsuit, but there are a lot of things being discussed
and it's just not clear yet, even though speaker boehner talked about how the president has been warning that he was going to take this action, they still have not come up with a plan, and so thaepgthat's what waiting for. >> i want to bring in angel reyes rivas, an advocate, college student and also a dreamer, and reyes' mother came to the united states illegally so her children could have a better life. she was deported back to peru in 2009 but her son, angel, remains here, working toward his mother's dream for him. so there's this bitter fight now going on in washington, in light of what the president's done, in light of what congressional republicans are threatening, but there are real people behind this vicious argument, and you are one. so when you see heed lines in "the new york post" like this one, right? "bantesty: bring your tired, your poor, heck, anybody into the country" because that's what
the president is saying. is that what the president is saying, from your perspective? >> first of all, good morning, carol. there's always an opposition, and what i think is that 2008, president obama promised working on the immigration issue, and it's a big issue. so he's being working towards it and the executive order, basically tackles that problem. i don't know why they're opposing -- congress can do something about it. they haven't taken any action on it. we need the help and he's done. >> do you think president obama was acting like a king or an emperor? should he have left it up to congress? >> he's not breaking the law. he's being, he's working under the constitution, and from what i know of, i think president bush and reagan also helped immigrants with an executive order. president obama is doing the same thing. >> when you heard speaker
boehner express his anger moments ago, what was going through your mind? >> well, i haven't seen much action on congress about immigration, he can say whatever he wants. they're not acting on it. we're hoping, the community is hoping in january when republicans take majority in congress we'll see something towards immigration. >> well you heard what the president said, congressional republicans could pass a bill. do you think they will? >> i cannot see the future, so i hope. >> are you hopeful? >> of course i am. i'm really happy that president obama took action on it. >> tell us what from your personal perspective, your mother was deported in 2009. can she come back and visit you? >> no, no, she cannot. it was a really difficult time for me, and probably for many people that also suffered their families being torn apart by deportation, but we're hoping to see a change and i'm hoping not
to see like grown men like me going through that problem, going through that suffering. >> you're in college right now. >> yes. >> working toward a degree. will you be able to easily find a job after you graduate in the united states? >> well, now the action that president obama -- >> three more years thanks to president obama and the executive order. >> when i graduate i'll find a good job because i have a social security number, license and working application so my dreams can come true. >> because' not really amnesty. the president, it's only three years, right, that's what the president laid out and after the three years are up, who knows what could happen. >> we're hoping that the next administration will follow owe bo obama's legacy and support the community. >> thanks so much for being here this morning. i really appreciate it. the still to come in "the newsroom," ferguson's embattled police officer striking a deal to resign from the force but is his career in law enforcement
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wilson in talks to turn in his bang as the grand jury weighs an indictment. plus a new day, a new accuser in bill codby's world as all eyes turn to his wife, camilla. how long will she stay silent. plus this -- >> i think it's amazing, six years too late. >> i'm angry because i feel the immigration system has failed our family. >> 5 million undocumented immigrants, will they be allowed to stay in the united states? it will be a fight and not everyone's happy. let's talk, live in the "cnn newsroom." good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. are you ready for another wall street record? well, dow futures were up 148 points before the open, after closing at an all-time high, alison kosik is at the new york stock exchange to watch the happy faces.
>> reporter: good morning, carol. it's kind of interesting, investors really usually don't like surprises about you this is the kind of surprise they can handle. [ bell ringing ] china's bank cut interest rates as the gdp slowed to 7.3%. here in the u.s. we would be cheering at 7.3% gdp, since ours at about 2% to 3% for the year but china sees this as an issue. it cut its interest rates. wall street sees this as a great thing and we're ready to see the bulls run as we see with the opening bell right now, the dow is up about 20 points, we're expecting a pretty good rally today on that news. also, europe is factors in, too. europe is struggling with its economy well. we're seeing its economy slow down, so today what happened there is the ecb president came out and said if things continue to be this bad, we're going to go ahead and increase the stimulus we put into our economy. all this is happening at a time
when the u.s. is pulling back on its stimulus, so that's why you're seeing investors here see it as a good thing, and once again, the dow is up 80 points, again, in record territory. did you know the s&p 500 is up 11% this year? it's up to its, what, 44th record of the year. it could hit 45 today, carol. >> that's just crazy. well, we'll enjoy it while it lasts. alison kosik reporting live. the grand jury is fueling expectations an announcement is inching ever closer. amid the rising concerns of new protests and violence comes this. officer darren wilson is now hammering out a deal with the city to resign from the police force, but regardless of whether he's indicted or not, even regardless of his guilt or innocence, what law enforcement agency would possibly hire him? is his career in law enforcement over no matter what happens? with me to talk about that, hln
legal analyst and criminal defense attorney joey jackson is making his way to the set, he'll be here momentarily. welcome, thanks for being here. >> thank you for having me this morning. >> is officer wilson doing the same thing, doing the right thing, rather? >> in regards to his -- >> to resigning. >> i think that's a decision that he and his family and is going to have to make, in light of the circumstances that are occurring in and around ferguson and around that part of the country, that everyone is watching, and whatever decision that he decides to make, we all are going to be paying very, very close attention to that. >> would it be possible for him to go back to work if he's not indicted, and work as usual as an officer patrolling the streets? >> well, what's going to be interesting is to know if he wants to go back and be a police officer again in light of all of
this, but to the point of your question, i think what is going to be really important as to if he decides, regardless of what the outcome is, if he decides to go back into policing again, that's going to be a decision that that community, that police department, that chief, that leadership in that community are going to have to make that decision, as to whether they want to employ him or not, and when you think about community oriented policing across this country, and what it means to communities, all of those elements are going to have to be taken into account to anyone who may want to consider hiring him considering the circumstances. >> and the other question i had, will officer wilson's resignation have ramifications for other police officers? >> well, i can't tell you in regards to ferguson in and of itself. each individual officer inside that department will have to make a decision or him or
herself. that's a community and a police department that somehow, at some point, is going to have to start to heal together. because clearly there's been a broken relationship between that department and that community, if it ever was a solid relationship there at all, which everyone really wonders about. we're going to see going forward in regards to a lot of these questions particularly over the next couple of days as we all wait for an outcome of this grand jury decision, and that certainly is going to make clear determination as to how things are going to progress forward for that community, in regards to its healing process and regards to officer wilson's future as well, too. >> dr. sedrick alexander, thank you for being with me this morning. >> thank you for having me. >> sadly, i don't know where joey jackson is. i think he's stuck in the elevator. he'll join us later in "the newsroom." still to come in "the newsroom" -- >> i think it's amazing, i think it's six years too late. >> i'm angry because i feel the
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talking about in a good way. alison kosik is at the new york stock exchange, it continues to rise, right? >> it's a payday friday and you can say thank you, china, because for the first time in two years, china cut its interest rate to boost its economy. that is why you're seeing the dow and the s&p 500 reach new record highs. we're seeing the bulls charge ahead. the dow up 170 points. china is making the surprise move after its gdp slowed to 7.3%. you're thinking 7.3 is pretty darned good but it's used to something more like 8%. we'd love to see 7.3% here. we see 2% to 3%, but nevertheless, wall street is seeing this as a good thing because what happens is, when china lowers its interest rate it's a stimulus, an attempt to get people in china and businesses there to borrow more money and that's a good thing, because that will get the economy going. also today, europe is factors into this, ecb president saying
our economies are struggling too, and if need be we'll pour more stimulus money into our economies, too. on this friday, we are seeing the dow up 175 points on that news out of china and europe. carol? >> alison kosik reporting live from the new york stock exchange thanks so much. still to come in "the newsroom," more scathing allegations of sexual assault against bill cosby. this morning, two more women breaking their silence. plus all eyes are on the woman by his side, his wife, camille. cnn's national correspondent susan candiotti has more on that. >> that's right, she's the powerful woman behind the man, camille cosby. what does she think about the turmoil surrounding her husband, that story coming up. ameriprise asked people a simple question: in retirement, will you have enough money to live life on your terms? i sure hope so.
president obama making a pledge and a promise last night that his new immigration plan will deport felons no the families. a decision to take executive action enraged members of the gop who said the president is overstepping his legal authority. outside of the white house, cheers and celebrations as supporters rallied around the president's strategy. across the country, though, the president's speech was met with mixed reactions. >> when i took office, i committed to fixing this broken immigration system. [ cheers and applause ] >> this speech disappointing, like it's completely disappointed me, it's not including my mom. my community is still going to get deported. the deportation machine will still be existing. >> this is not a victory yet. we have to keep working for the
rest of our families that are just here working trying to take care of us to be covered and protected. >> i'm really happy that it's going to be some people, for our families, for our people. >> translator: because they will be a burden to the government. i had to work cleaning stalls, taking horses outside. they, the government, give everything to them easy. they don't have to sacrifice like we did to bring our family, being alone, working, working hard. we came in legally, worked, i don't think it's right. >> i hope everybody can be like, you know, like me. when this happened, i was, i almost could not even talk because i was so emotional, you know? [ cheers and applause ]
>> i know that even though my mom qualifies, it's going to leave a lot of people out but it's some sort of relief, at least for two years. >> my taxes aren't helping my grandchildren, so why should i help some illegal? >> there's a lot of them out here that are really willing to work and they paid their dues in here, we got a lot of people in this country that just aren't willing to work at all, and you know, reneed people here that's willing to work. >> translator: of course i am happy. tonight i am too excited to sleep but tomorrow when i go to work at the dry cleaners, i will iron shirts with more pride. >> the president's plan would limit deportations for parents of legal residents who have been in the united states for at least five years and also ramp up border security. still to come in "the newsroom," an eerie twist to the florida state shooting. friends of the dead gunman,
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to the long list of women who say they were victimized by cosby. so far, at least nine women have come forward with scathing allegations. actress louisa mortar ritz, best known for her role in "one flew over the cue cue's nest" says cosby forced himself on her in 1971. the 68-year-old says although the statute of limitations has run out, she intends to file a civil suit against cosby. as i mentioned, we're hearing from another woman named linda traits. she says she, too, was sexually assaulted by cosby when she was a teenager. traits spoke with cnn's alisyn camerota as and says cosby groped her after offering her an assortment of pills on the beach. traits was working at a restaurant co-owned by cosby at the time. >> he started grabbing at my chest and, you know, starting to try to fondle me. then he started to puch himself
on top of me like against the seat and against the door as he was groping me. i don't remember the conversation but i do know that that's when i panicked. you know, by repeatedly denying and pretty much insinuating that these women are liars, it's reassaulting them all over again. they had courage. these women had courage to come forwa forward. way more courage than i did. i'd like him to be held accountable. >> god knows how many other times he's done it. i don't want to see him get away with it and i don't want to see those women ridicule bid the huge bill cosby pr machine. it isn't right. >> traitz admit she is struggled with drugs in the past, something cosby's legal team is quick to point out. in a statement to cnn, cosby's attorney denies her claim and says "ms. traitz's long criminal record including charges for criminal fraud, possession of oxycodone, cocaine possession, marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia
speaks for itself. as the old saying goes, consider the source." despite the firestorm of accusations, cosby has never been charged. he's repeatedly declined to comment on the allegations. earlier this month he insisted the associated press scrub an interview after a reporter pressed him on the matter. through all of this, there's been one woman who has remained at cosby's side, his wife camille. i want to bring in susan candiotti to talk more about mrs. cosby. >> well, she is described as strong but she is silent despite the turmoil surrounding her husband what does camille cosby think? she's the formidable wife of bill cosby, camille, seven years younger than her stantly recognizable husband, she also has a commanding presence. so during a november 6 interview, as cosby declined comment on a sex allegation, it was hard to take your eyes off
camille, even when he asked the associated press to quash his on camera answer. >> now can i get something from you? >> what's that? >> that none of that will be shown? >> i -- >> i can't promise that myself. you didn't say anything. >> i know i didn't say anything. but i'm asking your integrity that since i didn't want to say anything but i did answer you in terms of i don't want to say anything of what value will it have. >> camille looking on, a smile never leaving her face. during the hit "cosby show" his tv wife claire huxtable was based on camille. camille even making a guest appearance. smart, beautiful, wise, unflappable. in real life the couple exuding charm and classic glamour. . married 50 years, camille was only 19 when they tied the knot, meeting on a blund date.
she dropped out of college. his career took off with "i spy," the first american tv drama to star a black man in a leading role. it was the height of the civil rights era. the couple has five children. their son ennis murdered in 197. while grappling with his death, the couple battles a claim from autumn jackson, eventually convicted of trying tos start $40 million from the comedian. jackson threatening to tell tabloids she was his out-of-wedlock daughter. in court, the entertainer admitting to an affair and payments to autumn's mother but denying he was her father. at the time car, meal's publicist reading a statement on her behalf. >> "all old personal negative issues between bill and me were resolved years ago." >> now at least five women are alleging cosby sexually assaulted them since the 1960s. he's never been charged with a crime and never publicly
admitted any sexual assault. in a 2000 interview, oprah asked what kamil about tough times in their marriage and fooling around. camille talks about partners being selfish adding "you look at each other and determine whether the relationship is worth salvaging. whether you really love each other and want to be together." does that hold true now so far, camille, like her husband, is silent. susan candiotti, cnn. >> and camille cosby also told oprah back in the year 2000, carol, that she doesn't believe in unconditional love, she believes in conditional love. yet what is she thinking about what's happening now? >> i know. everybody's dying to hear from one or the other. but bill cosby, he's working still, right? >> he is. he made an appearance just last night in the bahamas for a women's service group, a volunteer service group. it's international called the
links and he carried on. they put out a statement explaining what they thought about everything and this organization, the links, said that they're aware of the accusations, they were aware of them, of course they weren't at the time he was book bud they said despite that these are only accusations therefore we have no comment about this and we are going forward with the entertainment. >> susan candiotti. thanks so much. that was fascinating. thank you so much. a bizarre and eerie twist to a multiple shooting on the campus of florida state university. eight friends of the gunman will hear from him posthumously today. myron may sent those friends packages before entering the university's library where he wounded three people and was shot dead by police. may's eight friends will receive those packages today and they do not know what's inside. >> people who were a little afraid, they were saying well, i don't know if he meant to harm us or what he was sending us, why did he choose us?
perhaps it's a -- an answer to the why, which is often one of the things that's missing from situations like this. you wonder why would you do this. >> very strange, cnn's nick valencia is in tallahasse, florida. what are authorities saying about the packages? >> good morning, carol. we have reached out to the tallahasse police department if-to-ask them if they've made contact or spoken to -- nine friends of myron may to see if they have insight. we still have not yet heard back. but you heard from joe paul, he did an interview with wsbtv, our atlanta affiliate, he said about five days before the shooting he reached out to him along with eight other friends asking for their addresses. paul said he assumed it was something like a wedding invitation. he told us he never could have expected that his friend would have been the florida state shooter. paul said he won't be home, he'll be out of town so he won't be around to receive that
package. we have reached out to the tallahasse police department to find out more details of this package or if they've made contact with these nine people. so far we have not heard back. >> i'm sure some of the friends are hoping maybe he'll explain the terrible things he did at florida state. is there any more word on why he would have done such a thing? >> when you talk to the students here at florida state university, that's the principle question, why would one of our own do this? why would he come to the library when he probably knew, they say, students i spoke to, that he knew they were studying. this was an exactive week, exams were coming up. so one student i spoke to said "he now what he was doing when he came here." we can't confirm that and yesterdayed in the police conference no motive was given. >> nick valencia reporting live from tallahasse. thanks so much. the next hour of cnn "newsroom" starts now.
good morning, i'm carol costello, thank you so much for joining me. we begin in buff low there are new concerns following that epic snowstorm. another death has been reported. that brings the death toll in buffalo to 13. new york governor andrew cuomo is about to speak at a news conference updating this weather emergency. rain is expected this weekend on top of the 85 inches of snow in some places. the weight of that snow already threatening more roof collapses. crews are working 24/7 to clear the streets but that operation could take days and where are workers dumping that snow? cnn's brian todd is in buff low that part of the story. i guess they're dumping writ they can, brian. >> they're dumping writ they can, carol, and this is one of the places. this is the old rail yard just east of buffalo. i'm standing in the middle of about a 50-foot pile of snow. this has been a huge issue. as you just said, where to put this snow. on the side streets as they're