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ng details. will what a sad find. >> reporter: michaela absolutely. we're learning that the wreckage of this u.s. marine helicopter was found about 21 miles east of the nepali army command center where i am right now. this is a very remote mountainous area and it's an area where more than 3,000 people have died in the two powerful earthquakes that have rocked nepal in just the last two and a half weeks or so. just very much a tragic news for the searchers who've been taking off from here searchers from three different countries who have been trying to locate this helicopter. they were hoping it made a hard landing after reporting a fuel problem during a humanitarian aid mission. they hope that perhaps the crew members were alive and just in an area where they couldn't communicate. but this morning the very very sad discovery that in fact there is wreckage there are three burned bodies. and the condition of the helicopter is not good. there are crews on the ground right now on that mountainside. it's 11,200 feet elevation. very, very difficult area. but they're searching right now
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to try to figure out what happened to the other five people onboard who have not yet been located. chris. >> will thanks for staying on it. we do want to know more about the u.s. marines who were aboard the missing helicopter. here's what we understand at this point. let's bring in cnn pentagon correspondent barbara starr. what can you tell us? >> good morning, chris. this was a marine corps unit out of camp pendleton. they had deploy today japan for a six-month tour when the crisis erupted with the earthquakes and had been sent there to help. our understanding from the pentagon when they went down they were on a relief mission delivering tarps and rice to a hard-hit village. and at that point some other villagers came up to them and said wait a minute there's another village that needs help. they got back in their helicopter and they went off to the second village and were trying to get there to help those people as well when this happened. a couple of days ago the father of pilot chris snogren, the
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pilot onboard before the wreckage was found spoke to reporters. have a listen to what this father had to say about his son. >> he's a great guy with a lot of passion. always had a lot of passion in everything he'd done. he was doing everything he loved most. >> say a prayer real quick to hope everything's okay. it's hard. >> now six american military families of course six marine corps families being notified of the news. the pentagon had stayed in very close touch with them throughout these last several days keeping them updated on the search. there have been a great deal of hope as will said that everyone would be found safe. that they just couldn't communicate that they were in such a remoetd area. but now the very very sad news. and an investigation will begin to try and find out exactly what did happen. michaela. >> barbara, so hard for those families considering they weren't going to a war zone they were going to do search and
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rescue. tremendous sadness for those families i'm sure. thank you. we turn now to startling developments in the amtrak crash investigation. officials say that that train accelerated substantially in the final minute as it hurtled toward that fateful curve going from 70 miles an hour to more than 100 in only a minute. cnn's transportation and government regulation correspondent rene marsh has the very latest for us live in philadelphia. that's an extreme speed-up. >> reporter: it absolutely is. you know investigators also found that at this point they are no anomalies as it relates to the tracks or even the signals. but as you mentioned this train according to this new data from the train's video cameras instead of slowing down it was speeding up as it was approaching this curve. overnight crews continue to remove the seven cars one by one from the deadly crash site as the ntsb is eager to interview
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32-year-old brandon bostian, the engineer at the controls of ill-fated amtrak train 188. >> we're very excited that he's agreed to talk to us. we plan to do it in the next few days. >> he's a sweet guy. he's a good decent person. >> reporter: friends of the engineer speaking out saying he would never do anything with negligent intent. >> just knowing how much he loves this job and how much it means to him and to have this happen is just got to be devastating. >> reporter: according to bostian's attorney the five-year veteran engineer did not have a pre-existing medical examiner, was -- medical condition, not impaired by alcohols or drugs and his train was powered off. >> the train shouldn't have been going anything other than 50 miles an hour going into the curve. >> reporter: this as the ntsb says according to their initial investigation the train bizarrely accelerated from around 70 miles per hour to 100 in under a minute just before reaching the sharp turn.
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what happens next caught on surveillance camera from a nearby building. watch as sparks fly as over 100 miles an hour. the deadly speed catapulting seven train cars and the engine off the tracks. >> we will have positive train control on the northeast corridor section by december 31st. >> reporter: amtrak's ceo says that safety mechanism to prevent human error will be in place by the congressional mandate. but some say too little too late. why isn't it done now? was it an issue of cost? has it just come down to the bottom line? >> no it's a time issue and also a cost issue. >> reporter: all right. back out here live this morning cnn has also learned an automatic braking system has been in place for years on the opposite side of the tracks to slow trains going southbound trains from new york to d.c. as it enters that curve. however, that slowing mechanism is not on the side of the tracks where this accident happened.
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we asked amtrak why is that the case. they said because trains on the other side are going way faster as it approaches that curve. keep in mind we are not talking about positive train control. it's another less advanced slowing mechanism that is in place. back to you guys. >> all right, rene when you say some say, one of the people who were criticizing these lack of upgrades was the engineer driving train 188. that's an interesting piece to this. now, the urgency to find out what happened here is fueled of course by what was lost. we now know the identities of all eight people killed in this terrible crash. so let's get right to cnn's sunlen sefefaty. >> all eight passengers killed aboard that amtrak train have been accounted for and identified including 45-year-old bob gildersleeve. his body was found at the crash
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site thursday morning found by a cadaver dog on site. also among those killed is 47-year-old laura finamore. she's a commercial real estate agent from new york. and an italian national visiting the u.s. on business as a wine and oil merchant. now, today the first of the funerals of the victims is being held that of 20-year-old midshipman justin zemser who was killed also in the crash. he was a midshipman at the u.s. naval academy. and his funeral will take place in long island later this morning. now, we're here michaela outside of temple university hospital where six victims still remain in critical condition. michaela. >> so important while some of this blame game goes onto remember those victims, those families that are mourning the loss of their loved ones. sunlen thank you for that look. so less than 24 hours after the deadly derailment a republican-led house committee voted to slash a quarter of a billion dollars from amtrak's budget. some democrats are suggesting those kind of cuts caused the
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philadelphia crash. don't tell that to house speaker john boehner. for that we turn to senior washington correspondent joe johns. he got heated. >> michaela the speaker of the house reacting angrily to reporters questions about attempts to link reduced funding for amtrak to the crash in philadelphia. the question came just a day after the house appropriations committee voted to reduce funding for the rail system by more than $200 million just a couple days after that crash in philadelphia. a sensitive political issue now because democrats want more funding for amtrak at a time when republicans are trying to reduce government spending. speaker boehner taking the position it's too early to make a connection on cause. listen. >> are you really going to ask such a stupid question? listen you know they started this yesterday. it's all about funding, it's all about funding. well obviously it's not about funding. the train was going twice the speed limit. >> democratic senator chuck
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schumer of new york responding in a statement saying speaker boehner's comments are patently false, experts have made clear positive train control could have prevented the tragedy in philadelphia. by the way, u.s. news reported overnight the train technology was actually installed on the tracks near the crash site but not working. president obama said last night that there is a need for more infrastructure spending though pointing out that the cause of the accident hasn't been confirmed. michaela back to you. >> i'll take it joe. it's always interesting how the theater of what speaker boehner did wound up overwhelming the actual issue. so maybe that was a pretty good ploy in the first place. let's discuss the actual substance of the issue though with john nickels, his latest piece says congress does need to get serious about railroads and infrastructure. john thanks for being with us. let's have you test the case for us. why isn't speaker boehner right that the guy was going 106 miles an hour he was supposed to be going 50 end of story.
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that's why this happened. don't make it about somebody else. what do you say? >> well because it's never that simple chris. the fact of the matter is that human error does occur. and we may find that there is a human component to this but we ought to understand that smart infrastructure investment does a lot of things. first and foremost it helps to guard against and to control against human error. we're learning that as we talk about the train controls the safety mechanisms that could be in place that should be in place. but beyond that good infrastructure investment keeps you up to speed on maintenance and all the other steps you need to take to ensure frankly if you have too sharp a turn maybe you address that. maybe you begin to invest in that area to make sure that the tracks are not so sharp so you can deal with those challenges. the problem we have in the united states chris, is that we're not looking forward on
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infrastructure investment the way that europe is the way that china is. will the countries we try to compare ourselves to are putting dramatically more money -- >> john as you make that point let's put up the graphic how the u.s. compares internationally to the big players in rail. look at it right there. in fact when you go through the listing, i think the u.s. is second to last except to only turkey in terms of how people are investing in infrastructure and high speed rail. then you have your second layer of pushback which is the left is making this all about money. amtrak gets a ton of money. they don't even make a profit. the government had to take over this company. and the cuts that were just made to the budgeting things which were a bipartisan agreement to cut agency spending don't effect the part of the budget that goes to doing infrastructure things like positive train control. so stop complaining about it and making money something that it isn't. you say. >> i'm going to complain. i think we should complain about it. the fact is that the american society of civil engineers and
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other groups continue to give the united states exceptionally low grades as regards infrastructure investment and simple planning in this regard. >> but is it just how much or is it also how well? how much of this is mismanagement? like what we see with this particular instance where you have the engineer complaining about not having the right controls and making them drive unreasonable shifts. but you had the train control on one side and not the other side. they're about to run past their deadline. they're asking for an extension. how much of this is about poor management of those resources and poor accountability for what decisions are made and not made? >> well those are great questions, chris. and the place to begin is with congress. the fact of the matter is we have a congress that tends to answer questions about infrastructure and particularly about amtrak by saying we're going to give you less or we're going to cut it and make it as tight as possible. when you're in a game of constantly controlling the resources to such an extent that
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entities not just amtrak but local transportation this also includes roads, bridges, all sorts of other things. when you're making the tough choices and at the end of the day you're addressing only the crisis or the most severe circumstance you're not beginning to do the planning and the forward thinking that is necessary in a circumstance like this. china is spending well over $100 billion in investments in their high speed rail and rail infrastructure. the united states is at barely 100th of that. so we just have huge amounts of ground to make up. >> so bottom line you believe that using this instance as an example of the bigger problem is fair? this isn't a bad example of bad infrastructure because it was all about him speeding? >> i think that if we invest in infrastructure we begin to control for all sorts of problems including human error. we're going to learn a lot more
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about what happened here. and i think we have to be careful. we shouldn't get into a game of saying it's either or. what we ought to understand is if we take infrastructure seriously, we begin to expand not just safety to make things more safe we also begin to think about what can happen for a country that makes a real commitment to rail to bridges, to roads. generally that's associated with a stronger economy, more resources and frankly at the end of the day then more ability to concentrate on infrastructure. >> john thank you very much. appreciate it. can't argue with the facts. there are nine of these with amtrak this year. it's much higher than the average and that must mean something. michaela. all right, chris. the isis top commander is alive and well says the terrorists. they released a new audio tape to prove it. the terror group claims the 34-minute recording was made by its leader abu al baghdadi. the voice on the tape calls on muslims to carry out attacks
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where they live. there have been recent reports suggesting suffered slal -- accused of pledging allegiance to isis the justice department charging the 37-year-old with lying to the fbi about his travels. they allege he went to syria to fight isis terrorists or fight with them. then he returned to the u.s. they also say he tweeted about his support of isis leader abu bakr al baghdadi last year. sad news breaking overnight you're waking up to the legendary king of the blues, b.b. king has died at 89 years of age. king was one of the world's greatest guitar players. had such a distinctive voice. he influenced generations of musicians. want to give you a look back at this storied life and incredible career. it is hard to imagine the blues without b.b. king. released over 50 albums with hit songs as "the thrill is gone"
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and "let the good times roll." born riley b. king in mississippi, he worked as a tractor driver in the cotton fields before embarking on his musical career. he began recording in the 1940s and became known as blues boy king and then more simply b.b. king. in 1956 at the height of his popularity he played an astonishing 342 one-night shows. ♪ whole lot of loving waiting for you ♪ >> he continued a rigorous schedule into his 80s. his persistence and passion for the blues paid off winning 15 grammys. >> it always feels very very good to go on stage whether you win a grammy or not. >> reporter: throughout the years king worked with variousists like u2 and eric clapton on the album "riding with the king." in 1987 he was inducted into the
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rock and roll hall of fame and given a spot on the hollywood walk of fame in 1990. he was rarely seen without his faithful black gibson guitar lucille. the gifted guitarist became the first blues musician to be honored with the kennedy lifetime achievement award in 1995. president george w. bush also honored king in 2006 with a presidential medal of freedom for his musical contributions. ♪ been around a long time a long long time ♪ >> reporter: king's health was often a concern since he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in his early 60s. >> to me blues is a type of music that's like a tonic. it's good for whatever ails you. >> reporter: in 2012 president obama hosted a concert celebrating blues music. b.b. king was one of the featured performers. >> the king of the blues, mr. b.b. king. ♪ you only live once and when you're dead you're done ♪ ♪ let the good times roll ♪ ♪ let the good times roll ♪
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♪ i don't care if you're young or old ♪ >> say you only live once boy did he live. he did everything in a big way. showing you a live look here outside of b.b. king's club in times square where the lights have been dimmed on the marquee. i'm sure a sight we'll see repeated around the country. chris, the thing i admired the most about him aside from just the way he lived large, he said that blues purists criticized him for not being a purist. but he said he insisted he played for the people. which i just love that. >> yeah. and i like that he's one of these great treasures that we have that was aware and honored while he could appreciate it. because sometimes it happens after they're gone. >> he got to be appreciated and lived to see it. incredible. >> the world is you know a little different though without him in it. >> we'll play a little of his music around here to do. >> good i like it. different type of blues, that's what jeb bush is dealing
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with. he has an about face now. he agreed with his brother's decision to invade iraq. he said hold on let me get this right here. now he's saying that's not really what he meant to say. the damage already done? or is it an unfair standard? and another case of the blues, another network news anchor in some hot water. abc news george stephanopoulos is apologizing for not disclosing $75,000 in donations to the clinton foundation. should this disqualify him from covering the 2016 campaign? oh, you know we will discuss. the world is filled with air. but for people with copd sometimes breathing air can be difficult. if you have copd, ask your doctor it helps people with copd for a full 24hours. anoro ellipta is the first fda-approved product containing two long-acting bronchodilators in one inhaler. anoro is not for asthma. anoro contains a type of medicine that increases risk of death in people with asthma. it is not known if this risk is increased
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if we're all supposed to answer hypothetical questions, knowing what we know now what would you have done i would have not engaged, i would not have gone into iraq. >> that was potential presidential candidate jeb bush trying to end once and for all this week a week of controversy over his comments on whether or not he would have invaded iraq back in 2013. critics say he should have been prepared to answer that question with a last name like bush. let's put the question to our cnn political congressmen at a timers -- comment -- gentlemen, happy friday to you both. kevin, i'll start with you. as i was saying if you got the last name bush you got to expect that that question is coming. i'm just curious in your thoughts how much damage he has done to a potential run here. >> look, i think he has even
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announced yet so i think he's got a lot of time. i think one of the big problems i would worry about is if the campaign didn't recognize that they had a problem and didn't try and fix it. i think that's what the attempt was yesterday. but it does show that one of the big problems that he's going to have it's going to be a recurring challenge here is breaking out of a re-litigation of one bush administration the past bush administration of his brother, when he really wants to talk about a future bush administration what he would do for the country on a whole range of issues national security being one of them. so i think that is what he has to do right now. he has to make a big pivot to talk more about what he would do in the future rather than being stuck in this place right now where he's relitigating the past. >> so paul, the criticism is obvious. he's not handling this well. that's just objectively true. how much of it is unfair though because he is president bush's brother? you know everybody would say with the benefit of hindsight, yeah we would have done things
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differently. but when he says it's a story because he's going against his family is that a fair standard? >> well he gets unfair advantages. he's leading in the fund raising in large measure because his father and brother were terrific fundraisers fundraisers. and there are some disadvantages perhaps unfair. but on this one here's the problem. any gaffe -- here's how i analyze. does this feed a negative master narrative? remember when barack obama said all those middle class people in pennsylvania cling to their bibles and guns? boy, that hurt. because it fed a master narrative because perhaps he was a harvard elitist out of touch with working class people. this could really hurt jeb because the negative narrative on him is from both republicans and democrats he's just another bush. i have a column on now an opinion column already calling him jeb w. bush. he's going to be wrapped around the axel of his brother's presidency and he's going to have to find a way to deal with it. >> to paul's point real quick, it's not just tractors of bush that got excited about this and
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saw an opportunity. i think it's supporters worry that this is a question he should have been prepared for that he wasn't. >> right. >> and i think that makes a lot of folks that want to help him in this campaign concerned. >> yeah. and it is a concerning thing for many as you mention. here's a thought though kevin or paul is that there is another bush in that legacy. you know if he was smart he could reframe the narrative to sort of talk about, you know the different, kinder gentler gop that was around when his father was the president instead of sort of looking at more recent history. >> yeah. i'll take that real quick. when he first started to get into the exploratory phase of his campaign he actually gave a speech where he said i'm my own man. now, it's one thing to say it. it is another thing to show it. and i think a lot of voters out there who are open to a bush presidency who want to hear more about this before they make up their mind they want to see more of that. they want to hear like how are you different, what would you do differently in the future how
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can you distinguish yourself from past bush presidencies. and this is going to make what is i think was already expected to be a difficult job more difficult. but he's got a smart team behind him. he has a lot of time. it's still not over. >> hey, guys we want to pivot to one thing real quick if you don't mind because it's obviously making a whole lot of news. and i feel like paul you might have a few things to say about this. george stephanopoulos obviously you guys read the headlines $75,000 donation to the cgi, the clinton global initiative. what are your thoughts? first blush waking up seeing this what went through your mind? >> i have to say my disclosure george is a dear friend of mine it was a mistake. >> he should have known better? >> well of course. and because of the name clinton at the head of the foundation it is a foundation. people need to understand we're reporting it accurately and i'm glad about that is a charity. it's a foundation. it's not a political campaign and yet because of the clinton name. i've not talked to george about it but i'm quite sure he wanted to help people with aids in africa which is what the
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foundation does. >> are there other ways to do that? >> of course there are. yes. even though i love the guy i think it was a mistake. and i think he's cleaning it up as best he can. >> paul -- not paul. i heard enough from you. kevin. the idea that this somehow that george feeds the clinton cash though connect the dots for me. george is a big deal, but last time i checked he's not a foreign country. why does it feed that narrative? >> disclosure too i've worked with george for a long time and i actually always found him fair. i think the narrative that this feeds into is so many republicans believe that the media is biased against them and that there's an alignment between this left wing media and the clintons. >> but there's no news in george being close to the clintons. that's not news. him giving $75,000 doesn't introduce a new idea does it? >> right. >> what's new here? >> well what happens is this oftentimes media and folks in the media are a broker of information about the clintons.
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and what we think are some of their past con -- it does bring to question whether or not they can be fair brokers of that type of information so voters can make up the minds for themselves. >> all right gentlemen, thanks so much for joining us on this friday. thanks for pivoting on both those topics. have a good weekend. we're going to take a look at what's going on in north korea. there are reports you've probably heard now that kim jong-un had his defense secretary executed because he fell asleep at a meeting. and that he did it using heavy artillery. was he really killed or was this some kind of purging? if it's true does this show that this man is losing control of his country? do you suffer from . . . the debilitating condition of jetlag? ♪ ♪
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we do have breaking news. the u.s. helicopter that went missing while delivering aid to earthquake survivors in nepal has been found. a nepali official says three bodies are seen around what appears to be wreckage of that chopper. it's spotted in the east mountainside of katmandu. six u.s. marines and two nepali soldiers all on board, they're all believed lost. back here at home ntsb
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officials say amtrak train 188 accelerated from 70 to over 100 miles an hour in that final minute before tuesday's deadly crash. amtrak's ceo now says that technology that could have been -- could have prevented the disaster captured in this newly obtained surveillance video will be installed on the northeast corp doi by the end of years. meanwhile, the funeral for midshipman justin zemser will be held today on long island. a bill that will give congress to potentially reject any nuclear deal with iran is now on president obama's desk. the house overwhelmingly passing legislation on thursday. the senate did the same last week. the bill gives congress 30 days to review a final nuclear deal. now, during that time president obama is unable to temporarily waive any u.s. sanctions on iran that were passed by congress. nfl commissioner roger goodell will previed over the appeal of tom brady's four-game suspension stemming from deflategate. the players association requested that a neutral third
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party hear the appeal but goodell decided to appoint himself. patriots quarterback is hoping to get that suspension shortened or even erased. the commissioner will hear brady's appeal within ten days. let's get to meteorologist jennifer gray for a look at the weekend forecast. good news please. >> i wish i had better news because it looks like we are going to see severe weather once again beginning today and then lasting into saturday even sunday. a lot of these areas very similar to locations we saw severe weather last weekend. we're talking about portions of nebraska up into south dakota including north platte rapid city could be in the storms as well. we do have that warm humid gulf air coming in from the south colliding with that cooler air from the north. we have a little upper level support. it's going to fire off some of these storms especially as we get in this afternoon and again on saturday afternoon. this is saturday at 10:00 p.m. and you can see those storms firing up around the plains. here's your forecast for saturday. and if you see that orange area right through oklahoma city north of dallas dodge city very similar to locations last
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week were also going to be watching for additional flooding especially in portions of oklahoma and texas where they've already received so much rain during the last week. michaela. >> yeah. okay. thanks for that look. we'll keep our fingers crossed that it isn't as bad as it looks like it could be. all right. abc news anchor george stephanopoulos under fire for not revealing $75,000 in donations he made to the clinton foundation. could his job be in jeopardy? we'll tell you what his bosses at abc are saying straight ahead. thanks for coming. we want a spirited performance. who offers the most horsepower?
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for the last year or so we haven't gone on particularly since it's looked like a contest where i may be in the contest against hillary clinton. we've made the decision that he's too close to the clintons to really give an objective interview. >> that was gop presidential candidate rand paul admitting he's avoided interviews with abc news anchor george stephanopoulos. this as the former clinton
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adviser has apologized for not disclosing $75,000 he made in donations to the clinton foundation over a three-year period. cnn media correspondent brian stelter has been working the phones on this. it's so interesting, too close to the clintons. i remember back when they were first considering him for the job some 20 years ago. that was the discussion among the journalists at the time. >> right. >> has it come back to bite him? and it going to be lasting? >> credibility is at stake here because for almost 20 years he's built up a lot of credibility as a journalist. he's been able to transition like almost no one else has from politics to journalism and now one of the biggest stars in all of television news. it feels like this was a self-inflicted wound, you know? people are confused by why he could be tone deaf enough to make these donations. given that the foundation's one of a kind yeah it's a charity. it's a charity with a political dynasty involved here. >> with their name on it. >> we all knew even in 2012 when this first donation was made
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that hillary clinton might be running for president now. >> we should point out it's been publicly posted on the foundation's website. >> it's kind of hidden in plain site. >> let's read his apology. this is from stephanopoulos i gave the donations for the right reasons for the best of intentions to support causes i believe in in retrospect i realize i should have gone above and beyond that just to avoid anything that would even raise any possible appearance of a conflict. that was a mistake and that's why i'm -- it country a blank check. he says he chose specifically those hiv and aids research. there are many other charities could have done the same work. >> there are. he says he's made a lot of donations in recent years. this is just a small slice of the donations made. if you hear that then say to yourself why bother giving a little money to the clinton foundation. i asked him yesterday were you still listed by the foundation? did somebody call you up one of
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the clintons or staffers? he said i don't know. i think he would remember if bill or hillary had called him. >> i think he would. >> a lot more money comes into this foundation many millions from foreign governments. that's why this is now a scandal about the foundation. this foundation's been in the news for weeks now and the fact that stephanopoulos did not disclose his involvement that is really why this is an issue and why he's having to apologize. >> april 28th i believe wasn't he just on the daily show? i think we have the sound from that. take a listen because this is also going to come in to be an issue. >> but everybody also knows when those donors give that money and president clinton or someone they get a picture with him, there's a hope that that's going to lead to something. >> of course. >> and that's what you have to be careful of. even if you don't get inaction you get action and influence that comes with action and that's got to shape the thinking of politicians -- >> he was on the daily show talking about the cgi foundation and the donations and the controversy that was brewing there, yet he didn't disclose this and some are going to say,
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look you should have come out and said i've donated or something. >> exactly. he's talking in that sound bite about the idea when you give minnesota to somebody like the clintons you're expecting something in return. i said to him how do you explain your donations he says it's a different matter of scale. i was giving thousands, not millions. if you're giving millions maybe you expect something in return. but that kind of rings hollow to a lot of people. we saw rand paul and other republicans yesterday. >> so how bad is the fallout going to be? >> stephanopoulos said right away i'm not going to moderate the primary debate i was hoping to moderate next february. that was the one stand he did take. >> and then there was this from ceon carol. >> that's the line that's now been drawn. he says he won't monitor a debate but he will continue to follow the election. he says he can continue to prove to cover the election every day fairly. he's the guy that's supposed to be announcing the new president in 2016. he's the guy that will be leading election coverage that night. >> what else did he say? is he going to make a statement to? >> he is going to apologize
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today he may address it on his show sunday. the other question is prominent republicans, prominent conservatives are going to go after him or are going to support him. he has a lot of friends that are republicans. a lot of people believe he has has a lot of credibility and that's not been squandered. he has mitch mcconnell on later this week. >> brian, very hot topic right now. we'll be watching it. chris. all right, mich. so could a series of brutal acts including the reported brutal public execution of defense minister all be signs that kim jong-un is losing it? former ambassador richardson who knows north korea very well will give us his take.
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welcome back to "new day." there are troubling questions about the alleged public execution of north korea's defense minister. i mean just executeing someone alone should be but how this was done with heavy artillery and why this was done because he fell asleep at a meeting. if any or all of this is true it just shows what is believed to be a pattern of brutality and
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instability on the part of kim jong-un. of course the leader of north korea. let's get perspective from bill richardson former ambassador for the united nations and former governor of new mexico. over the years he's visited and negotiated with north korea several times. while the governor is known to be a very thoughtful person i will tell you there is a big satellite delay here and that's why there will be a pause between questions and answers. but governor give us your take on whether or not all of what we're hearing is a true reflection of what seems to be madness. >> well there seems to be a lot of uncertainty instability about kim jong-un. first, my take is that it shows with these executions these purges the fact that kim jong-un did not go to moscow as planned recently to meet with putin shows that he's being challenged internally. the fact that the execution of
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the defense chief, the military's the most powerful institution in north korea, shows that he's being challenged internally. the second thing that i see out of this is kim jong-un's inexperience. kind of madness as you described, he doesn't know how to govern how to deal with problems internal problems by executing, by purging, by sewing fear in the leadership. he's going to create a lot of enemies that are going to continue to challenge him. and be a problem in his leadership. so the danger though chris, is that they have ten nuclear weapons. they have missiles. we have 28,000 american troops in the region. so we should care about what happens. >> well if these reports are true i mean that he's executed around 400 to 500 junior to senior officials in the way that he's done it starts to make
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that stupid movie "the interview" look like a documentary about this guy. is there any chance this is hype governor designed by the north korean propaganda machine to make this man look in their own perverse view as powerful. you still got me gov? i don't think we have him. we'll try and get the satellite communication better. there are important questions here and few can answer them as well as the governor. this is going to be a big story going forward. and we're going to report on it as best we can. but there's other news for you so let's get right to that. the u.s. military helicopter that went missing in nepal has finally been found. >> six u.s. marines, two nepali soldiers. >> amid the burned wreckage three bodies have been found. >> the train's engineer agreeing to talk to the ntsb. >> he does not remember deploying the emergency brake.
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we know that it was in fact deployed. >> the investigation all centers on what he is going to say. >> are you really going to ask such a stupid question? it's not about funding. >> positive train control would have prevented this accident. >> a growing country with a growing economy we need to invest in the infrastructure that keeps us that way. >> a new sign of aggression from iran. five of their warships firing on a cargo vessel. >> a lot of uncertainty about what the iranians are really up to. good morning to you. welcome back to your "new day" on this friday. alisyn camerota is off this morning. i want to start right now with breaking news. the u.s. military helicopter that went missing in nepal while delivering aid to earthquake survivors it has been found. >> and at that burned wreckage site in nepali official says that three bodies have been found. we know there was six u.s. marines on board the doomed chopper when it vanished on tuesday. let's give you coverage of this. we have cnn's will ripley in katmandu with the breaking
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details. will. >> reporter: chris, we're learning that the weather conditions are getting increasingly treacherous at this crash site about 21 miles east of the katmandu airport where i am right now, this is the command center where search crews have been taking off for the past several days. and now those crews have been focusing in on this area. a very steep mountainside very difficult rugged terrain where the conditions have gotten so bad they may not be able to fly a helicopter in to recover the three bodies that have been found so far near the wreckage of this helicopter. i flew over this area yesterday and i can tell you not only is the terrain difficult but the extent of the devastation in this area is overwhelming. and what these marines and the two nepali soldiers were doing is they were delivering humanitarian aid to people in some of these hard hit villages that are isolated and cut off right now because landslides have covered the roads and made them impassable. helicopters are the only lifeline for these people. six u.s. marines, two nepali soldiers were trying to do what they could help.
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they were joining the international relief effort and on their way back from one of those missions when they lost contact on tuesday. and the sad confirmation coming from the u.s. joint task force that this was indeed the wreckage of a u.s. helicopter. but they still don't know the location of the other five people who were on board. we're continuing to check and we'll let you know what we find out here. back to you. >> all right, will tough to hear but we have to know. let's keep talking about who these u.s. marines were on this missing helicopter. we're going to go to cnn pentagon correspondent barbara starr. barbara, what do we know sf. >> good morning, chris. this marine corps unit came originally from camp pendleton in san diego. they had deploy today japan for a six-month tour. when the earthquakes happened they were sent onto nepal to be part of the relief effort. our understanding from the pentagon is the marines had been delivering rice and tarps to some of those hard hit villages. they were on the ground when the nepalese said to them wait there's another village nearby that needs help. they got back on board their
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helo and tried to make it to this second village when apparently they went down. we have found to share with you from a friend of the marine corps pilot onboard, chris snogrin. have a listen to what his friend had to say about him. >> he's a great guy with a lot of passion. always had a lot of passion in everything he done. he was doing what he loved most and that's being a pilot for the marines. i said a prayer real quick to hope everything's okay. so it's hard. >> that of course was some comments from a friend before the crash site was located. there had been a lot of hope at the pentagon that they would find the crew alive, that maybe they just put the helicopter down had some sort of hard but controlled landing and were unable to communicate because they couldn't get a signal out over those very steep mountains. but now six marine corps families across the country being notified of this very grim news. back to you. >> heartbreaking tragedy among
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already so much tragedy and devastation. all right, barbara, thank you for that. turning now to the new developments in the moments leading up to this week's deadly amtrak crash. the ntsb says it took only one minute for the train to accelerate from 70 to over 100 miles an hour ahead of that fateful curve. cnn's government regulation correspondent rene marsh has more live from philadelphia this morning. rene. >> reporter: good morning, michaela. investigators say that at first search here no problems found with either the tracks or the signals. but new data from the video cameras onboard this amtrak train show that just a minute before this crash the train was speeding up and not slowing down as it approached this curve. overnight crews continue to remove the seven cars one by one from the deadly crash site as the ntsb is eager to interview 32-year-old brandon bostian, the
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engineer at the controls of ill-fated amtrak train 188. >> we're very excited that he's agreed to talk to us. we plan to do it in the next few days. >> he's a sweet guy. he's a good decent person. >> reporter: friends of the engineer speaking out saying he would never do anything with negligent intent. >> just knowing how much he loves this job and how much it means to him and to have this happen is just got to be devastating. >> reporter: according to bostian's attorney the five-year veteran engineer did not have a pre-existing medical condition, was not impaired by alcohol or drugs and his cell phone was off as required by amtrak. >> the train should not have even been going anything other than 50 miles an hour going into the curve. >> reporter: this as the ntsb says according to their initial investigation the train bizarrely accelerated from around 70 miles per hour to 100 in under a minute just before reaching the sharp turn. what happens next caught on
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surveillance camera from a nearby building. watch as sparks fly at over 100 miles an hour. the deadly speed catapulting seven train cars and the engine off the tracks. >> we will have positive train control on the northeast corridor section by december 31st. >> reporter: amtrak's ceo says that safety mechanism to prevent human error will be in place by the congressional mandate. but some say too little too late. why isn't it done now? was it an issue of cost? is it just come down to the bottom line? >> no it's a time issue and also a cost issue. >> reporter: all right. well back out here live while they do not have positive train control on these particular tracks there is an automatic braking system that was in place, it has been in place for years on the opposite side of the tracks to slow southbound trains like trains traveling from new york to d.c. the reason for that is because those trains are usually
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traveling much faster much faster rate as high as 110 miles per hour. so they had that automatic braking system on the opposite side of the tracks. didn't have it on the side where the accident happened. we asked amtrak why, they say because the speed limit on this side is much slower. and so they say the risk was slower. chris. >> at this point, rene there's no question that the speed of this train and the lack of any infrastructure or technology whatever you want to call it to stop the train is why we lost these lives and had all the injuries. the question becomes what are you going to do about it. democrats are saying spend more money on infrastructure that's the problem. the republicans are hating that idea as we just saw from speaker boehner. so let's bring in joe johns right now and talk about how the politics are making this situation anything but better. what's the latest on this front? >> well chris, the speaker of the house reacting strongly even angrily to that reporter's questions about attempts to link reduced funding for amtrak to the crash in philadelphia.
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that question coming just a day after the house appropriations committee voted to reduce funding for the rail system by more than $200 million just a couple days after that crash in philadelphia. this is such a sensitive political issue right now because democrats want more funding for amtrak at a time when republicans are trying to reduce government spending. speaker boehner taking the position that it's just too early to make a connection on cause. listen. >> are you really going to ask such a stupid question? listen you know they started this yesterday. it's all about funding, it's all about funding. well obviously it's not about funding. the train was going twice the speed limit. >> democrats pushing back on this. senator chuck schumer of new york responding in a statement saying speaker boehner's comments are patently false. experts have made clear that positive train control could have prevented the tragedy in philadelphia. it is simply a fact that
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insufficient funding for amtrak has delayed the installation of positive train control. by the way, that statement coming out just about the same time that we got the reports that the train control technology was actually installed in the tracks near the crash site but was not working. president obama did take the opportunity last night to highlight the need for more infrastructure. spending though also pointing out that the cause of the accident has not been confirmed, chris. >> right. and we're hearing from the rail side the reason it's not working is because it's not fully installed, there's a communication component, it can always get complex when people want to avoid an answer. joe johns, thank you very much. let's bring in republican congressman chairman of the house transportation infrastructure committee. this is going to fall onto his plate about what we do next. congressman, thank you for joining us on "new day." let's start with the obvious. your speaker says it is stupid to say or ask in any way whether or not this situation could have been avoided by infrastructure.
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do you agree that that's a stupid question? >> i believe it's shameless that we have some of our colleagues trying to exploit such tragedy like this for funding. we need to figure out the facts first and then move forward. and we have passed in the house a bill to significant reform the management and operation of amtrak. i think that's where you start. making sure amtrak is doing everything in the right way to maximize the dollars they spend. i don't believe they maximize those dollars today. >> all right. so there are two different issues. you're making the it's not simply how much money you put at this it's how well you spend it. that goes to accountability. and i think people are going to agree with you on that. but now there's this other issue. there's this other issue, congressman, which is saying hey, it's too early to tell whether this has anything to do with anything but the speed of this train. that sounds dangerously ignoring what we've heard from the ntsb. they said no matter what the engineer was doing, no matter why the train was going that fast this could have been
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avoided if positive track control was installed and working. do you disagree with that? >> if positive train control were in place that's true. but the fcc, this administration's fcc has taken years for them to approve putting up poles, putting up the technology. it's a very complicated system. so to say that it wasn't there is the fault of the industry is wrong or congress because we passed that law several years ago. but we're stuck in another agency in this town taking years and years to make us jump through bureaucratic hoops to get technology out there. once again the fcc should have some culpability on this. >> that's great. there's plenty of blame to go around and point fingers and we should be asking those questions and get the accountability because there's been a lot of money and a lot of time and yet we are where we are right now. but i still feel there's a resistance to what should be very obvious here. if the ptc were in place, this would not have happened no matter what the engineer was
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doing. do you accept that as true as it is presented by the ntsb? >> i believe ptc were in place that is true. >> okay. >> and we are working on getting ptc in place. it's very complicated system. we've got an agency in this town that has been dragging their feet and slowing us down. or it would have probably been in place right now. amtrak's right on the verge of getting it up and running. >> actually what they're right on the verge of doing as i understand it is asking you for more time. that the industry is pushing for more time to extend it and the word is you're going to give them more time. how does that play with accountability in this situation? if you keep giving them money and more time to do the job and it doesn't get done now who's fault is it? >> well in the northeast corridor amtrak is prepared to turn the system on in several months. they're just about ready to do it. across this country, once again i said the fcc has stopped us from putting the technology in place and so they are going to need more time to do it. from the technological standpoint from the timing
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standpoint stopped by a government agency of the obama administration that's one of the problems is not out there. let me tell you something else if people want to stand up and change the situation, the house has already passed back in march a significant reform bill to amtrak. it's on its way to the senate -- it's in the senate. if the senators over there want to talk about amtrak what they ought to be talking about is this significant reform bill that will do the things i'm talking about to change the way amtrak operates. >> but just cutting the money isn't going to be -- i know that sounds good. you know we're tightening up. we're closing those budgets. we're going to give these agencies less to work with. but everybody in this industry says the problem is we don't have enough money. and then that goes to well how are they spending the money we give them. then who's job is that to be accountable. you're saying the fcc made a mistake, whose job is it to check the fcc to make sure money is spent right so we don't wind up with what happened? >> the fcc is an independent agency congress can only do so much. the president i believe has the bully pulpit the pressure he
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can place on his commissioner that he put in place to get them moving forward. i would lay it at the president's feet. again, there's a reform bill out there that we passed out of our committee out of the house on a bipartisan vote 316 to some and it's over in the senate now. the senate needs to take that up and let's pass this let's do the reforms necessary, let's get the states involved let's make sure that if we're giving billions of dollars to amtrak that they're spending it wisely. right now i don't believe that's going on. >> there's criticism of your bill that one of the elements of it is that you're going to give those operators in the northeast a larger share of the money than the rest of the country. and that that will jeopardize the safety concerns around as you pointed out the rest of this country because they're not going to have enough money because you're giving it all to your friends in the northeast. is that fair criticism? >> no not at all, chris. what we're doing is keeping the profits in the northeast corridor. the northeast corridor makes about $500 million profit. those dollars today, those passengers today that earn those profits are being spread out all over the country.
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the northeast corridor's the most important rail corridor in this country. 18% of our population 2% of our land mass it's a highly dense corridor. 200 million people travel this corridor every year. 200 million people. so it's a significant transportation mode. those dollars should stay in the northeast. and then we should look at the other areas and figure out how to make them operate better help them to raise more revenues. those are things that i think are very very fair and i think most americans would look at that and say it's fair. if you make the money in the northeast corridor let's invest in the northeast corridor. >> all right. so you are keeping more money here in the northeast, but you're saying there's a good reason for it. it's not a bad reason. thank you for clarifying that. now, let's finish on the point we started with. it seems like the answer here is at least in part going to be politics. and i don't know how it's helpful for your speaker to stand up and say it's stupid to ask whether or not this situation that we're dealing with down here had anything to do with infrastructure. i think you know the answer to that has to be yes.
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and do we have to deal with it clearly if we want to make the situation better? >> chris, look i agree with the speaker in the sense that -- >> you think it's stupid to say that this situation had to do with infrastructure when you're hearing exactly that from the ntsb? >> no, chris what i believe is this accident did not have anything to do with money. it had to do with a failure on either the operator's part or the equipment's part. again, it did not have to do with money at all. one of those two things that caused this terrible accident. >> you're saying money because that it's not just about giving more money. i understand the political advantage in that. what i'm saying is do you think this could have been prevented if the infrastructure that we could have in place was in place, or do you think that's a stupid question? >> i think the infrastructure was in place, the tracks from what i can tell at ntsb is that the tracks were fine. >> the ptc is not functioning there. it's not in place. it's not working. you know that congressman.
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>> chris, it's not functioning because they don't have the technology in place. >> i know. i'm not saying why it's not functioning, i'm saying it's not functioning and if it were this would be avoided. why won't you accept that? >> chris, this has nothing to do with money. >> i never said it did. i'm trying to get past the politics of it. >> you kept referring to the speaker's statement. >> because he said it's a stupid question. and you won't say whether or not it's a stupid question because you want to talk about money and that's the politics not the practicality. >> chris, i don't want to talk about money. i want to talk about reforming amtrak. we have produced a bill in the house, significant reforms, let's reform amtrak and then let's start talking about money. if there needs more. are they going to be able to spend it wisely. i'm not making this a money issue. it sounds like you're making it a money issue. >> i never even said the word money but i understand why it's on your mind because you're in d.c. and you're fighting over the budget. i get it and i appreciate you being on the show. we're going to stay on this story because the whole point is to avoid these situations if we can. that's got to be the goal. so thank you very much.
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>> that's what we need to do a reform amtrak reform bill we've paz e passed ntd house and sitting in the senate today. >> we're with you. we'll stay on it because this matders and we're going to try to push through the politics along the way. thank you very much congressman. >> always a challenge to push through the politics. chris, thank you. kind of a rough week for jeb bush stumbling over questions about the iraq war. perhaps now a definitive answer from him about whether he would have authorized the invasion had he known then about the failed intelligence. cnn's dana bash is here with us with the details. hey, dana. >> i've been talking to sources inside jeb bush's world. and they get it. they know that he stumbled in a major way and they had to try to put it to rest. so after active discussions inside his campaign in waiting, bush went out there yesterday and gave it a fourth try. the end of a long week for jeb bush. closing with an explanation thursday night why he may have fumbled answers about the iraq war. >> i'm not going to go out of my way to say that you know my
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brother did this wrong or my dad did this wrong. it's just not going to happen. i have a hard time with that. i love my family a lot. >> reporter: earlier in the day a fourth attempt at answering that question knowing what we know today would he have invaded iraq. >> we're all supposed to answer hypothetical questions knowing what we know now what would you have done i would have not engaged, i would not have gone into iraq. >> reporter: bush offered that clarification without even being asked. days of mixed messages about his iraq position such a problem it was actually being discussed on "the view" on the television right above him as he spoke in arizona. >> he's between a rock and a hard place. >> reporter: the confusion stems from this on fox monday. >> i would have. and so would have hillary clinton just to remind everybody. >> reporter: this on tuesday. >> i don't know what that decision would have been. that's a hypothetical. >> reporter: and this on wednesday. >> given the power of looking back and having that of course anybody would have made different decisions.
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>> reporter: even bush supporters scratched their heads baffled that someone named bush whose brother's legacy was marred by invading iraq based on faulty intelligence was not better prepared to give his position. jeb bush's gop opponents free of his family ties are eager to show they can finesse it especially marco rubio, jeb bush's protoge. >> i do not believe president bush would have authorized to move forward. >> reporter: on that key question of why jeb bush wasn't prepared to answer the predictable iraq questions, a bush adviser insists to me they did go over it he was prepared but he simply got tripped up when he in his words misheard the question knowing what you know now. but, you know obviously there are lots of other questions from the previous bush administration he's going to be asked, guys right? whether or not he supports the bailout, whether or not he supports what the president his brother did on medicare and so forth. presumably there's a lot more of
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this kind of stuff to come. >> all right, dana thank you so much for that. we have some breaking news for you in the unrest in central africa. the u.s. embassy in burundi is closed today. non-emergency personnel and family of staff have been told to leave the country. this after the military of generals behind an attempted coup in burundi were reportedly arrested the gunfire erupted over the past few days. political infighting has sparked fears that burundi might plunge into civil violence and war. we've fixed our satellite problems. let's get to governor bill richardson about north korea. governor these reports that 500 or so executions have been done under the hand of kim jong-un. do we believe those reports? or is there a chance this could be hyped to make him seem powerful? >> no there's credibility to
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the reports. whether it's 500 that's uncertain. but certainly the defense chief has disappeared. he's either been purged or executed. and i think it shows some instability in kim jong-un's regime that he's being challenged that he's got serious, serious opposition especially within the military the defense chief. the military is the most important entity in north korea. they have the nuclear weapons. they have the missiles. they have over a million men in arms. so this is a serious challenge to his leadership what is happening. but the second thing, chris, that is happening is it's showing kim jong-un's inexperience in dealing with a crisis. by purging, by executing, by creating a climate of fear i think he's undermining himself. i think he's putting himself in a situation that he's not only going to be challenged again and again, but that he's going to create some internal opposition
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that in the end could topple him. >> so what do we do about it? we keep hearing all these troubling things and we worry because he has the nukes and the instability in the region. but what can be done? >> well i believe our policy is called strategic patience. we basically wait things out and say north koreans, if you want to have a dialogue with us the united states and south korea and others then you have to reduce or eliminate your nuclear weapons. i think because of the instability there because there may be 20 weapons, we have those men 28,000 americans there, i think that we need to talk to north korea. i think we need a dialogue through the chinese, through the six-party countries. find a way to see where this man is coming from. i think we've done this with iran. what i believe the nuclear
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negotiations are moving in the right direction i'd like to see more. we did this with cuba. we went after bin laden. i think this is an opportunity to move forward in a very crucial part of the world, northeast asia which is a tinderbox. and it's a tinderbox caused by the instability of this leader who also has nuclear weapons and appears to be heading in a very dangerous direction. >> governor richardson i remember over the years you saying as difficult as it is as offensive as what happens there is having a channel of communication is the most important thing to change. and that's something we're still struggling with today. thank you for joining us and putting up with all these gremlins we dealt with today. i wish you the best for your weekend. >> >> gremlins still having a party at the end of the segment. great conversation with the former governor. well iran is stirring up trouble in the persian gulf firing on a commercial cargo ship for a second time.
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good to have you back with us here on "new day." tensions on the rise after iran shoots at a singapore-flagged oil tanker. it's the second time they've tarkted a commercial cargo ship. what's going on here? bobby, the managing editor at quartz here on our giant map sort of walk through what went
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down here and we can play the animation to show this. we know that the singapore-flagged oil tanker entered the strait of hormuz was told to pull over by iranian revolutionary guard boats. tankers didn't respond. then shots were opened fire we understand first a warning shot and then opened machine gunfire. ultimately the uae coast guard came to the aid of that oil tanker. we see that scenario. what's going on here? it almost looks like muscle flexing. >> yeah. the revolutionary guard that sort of commands a number of vessels in that area sometimes operates almost independently of iran. so it's a little hard to know. they have their own slightly different agenda. they represents sometimes in some respects the hard line in iran. there are elements within the revolutionary guard that don't really want the nuclear deal. but then you have to kind of look at the specifics of this
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case. this is the second time as you pointed out. >> yeah. >> a couple weeks ago there was another cargo ship that was registered to the martial islands that the iranian coast guard sort of surrounded and kind of hustled a little bit. it turned out that that had to do with some sort of a commercial dispute. there was a complicated legal issue. we kind of need to see a little more about what's going on here. >> but i've got to wonder because they're saying that this incident was almost like a maritime hit-and-run. that this boat the alpine eternity it hit some sort of oil platform owned by the iranians and they said hey -- and then took off. they said if you don't come talk to us we're going to come take the boat. are they using this guise of maritime disputes or financial disputes for something, i don't know more sinister or another agenda even? >> look they stand to lose as much as anybody if there are major incidents in the gulf. iran's oil exports more or less most of it goes to the gulf. they don't benefit if
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international shipping gets nervous about sending their vessels into that space. >> good point. >> but it is true that five boats, live fire at a ship that does seem like a little overkill. that does seem like muscle flexing to some degree. >> it really does. >> and then the uae sends in their bigger coast guard ships. this is either in a situation where let's remind ourselves stuff is going on in yemen, iran is essentially through its proxying in yemen at dagger edge with the gcc gulf countries, these kind of flare ups, there's a potential for things to get out of hand. that's something that americans and people all over that region will be warning about. let's calm down everybody. let's not be shooting guns at ships. even if there is sort of a dispute there's got to be other ways to resolve that dispute than sending fast moving boats into the water and taking really pot shots at an unarmed vessel.
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>> an unarmed vessel a commercial vessel of all things. so here let's talk about the u.s. involvement. we know that recently very recently in fact the u.s. has stopped escorting commercial ships through the area. do you think that the u.s. is going to have to reconsider that position? >> there's going to be pressure to do that after this incident. so the escort service was provided after the previous incident with the martial islands registered ship for about a week or ten days. u.s. sort of naval vessels provided escort for american and british ships only. not for all vessels. but now that this has happened now live ammunition has been fired there's going to be a lot of pressure. the fifth fleet is over there. >> the fifth fleet is over there but we know this comes the backdrop of the ongoing nuclear talks with iran going on right now. so this is a delicate proposition. because you said there are different -- if this revolutionary guard is doing their own thing and sort of ruling the high seas with a different kind of fist than the people at the table having these
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talks, this is a very delicate negotiation. >> it is indeed. of course we just heard recently saudi arabia say if iran is allowed to have nukes then we want them too. we want nuclear technology. there's a lot of heated rhetoric in that region right now. and there are too many different pieces balls in the air if you like. the last thing you want at this stage is some rogue revolutionary guard unit deciding that they want to sort of move the needle in another direction. and going half into the situation. >> it appears that might have been what happened here. >> it might be. >> bobby, always good to have you here to talk us through the map, chris. we've learned the first lawsuit from train 188's accident has been filed by an amtrak employee who suffered extensive injuries. is this the road to making things better? we'll take it on.
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amtrak dispatcher bruce phillips is believed to be the first crash victim to file a
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lawsuit against his employer after train 188. he was in the rear of the train commuting back to new york and his injuries are reportedly extensive including brain injuries. we have his attorneys. thank you for joining us gentlemen. what matters most is how mr. phillips is doing. what can you tell us? >> he's doing a lot better. he was released from the hospital. he does have a concussion ongoing concussion and orthopedic and neurological injuries. but we're happy for his sake that he has been released although it looks like he will be in a long period of recovery. >> and when you say recovery is there hope that he will get back to 100% and be able to resume his normal life? >> well that's unknown at this time. he's going to be going through a long rehabilitation process. and then he still hasn't completed all diagnostic testing and been referred to various specialists. we will only know that in the future. >> well please send our best to him and his family. thank you for coming onto make
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the case for the case. >> we'd like to send our best to all the victims of this. >> and this is relatively quickly after this accident for suit to be filed. why the urgency? and what is the basis for the suit? >> the reason for that chris, is mr. phillips is an amtrak employee. as such he does not receive or is subject to state workers compensation law. his only remedy is against his employer under what's called the federal employers liability act, which is a statute that mandates that in order for him to recover against his employer he has to prove his employer failed to provide him with a safe place to work. during the period of time that he is unable to work he is not eligible for any kind of compensation benefits such as a regular employee would be under state compensation law. >> and help us understand if amtrak says well don't blame us it was this engineer that's why the train was going too fast that hasn't been developed fully by the ntsb but what is
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your explanation why the train was going so fast and why this lawsuit was merited? >> there's no reason why the train was going that fast. the liability to the company to all the victims of this case including the deceased are clear. easier their lives will be in the future. and we hope that this is done quickly. and we actually hope that we just don't get an apology from amtrak but they come out and they establish a fund for all the victims and the victims' families to proceed with their lives not on a normal basis but just to try to proceed with their lives going through such a tragic horrible experience. >> getting back to your original question though chris. the code of federal regulations, federal railroad administration regulations mandate certain speed restrictions. the fact that the train was going twice the legal limit is a violation of those regulations
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and would render amtrak absolutely liable in this case. >> now, while it may not be significant to your client is it important to note for people that there is actually a congressional cap put in place, i think it was 1997 they passed it that protects amtrak $200 million as a recovery cap in a situation like this? it sounds like a big number but you have a lot of people who are hurt here. is that relevant? >> that's absolutely relevant. not only are people hurt but eight families lost precious loved ones. >> yes. >> and that type of cap is injurious to their rights it will curtail their rights and we're hoping congress will do something immediately to enlarge that cap to compensate all the victims of this horrible accident fairly. >> we anticipate chris -- go ahead. >> no no please. it's important to hear from you. >> no we anticipate that all of these claims eventually are going to be consolidated in one action most likely in federal court in the eastern district of
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pennsylvania. at that point in time the issue of the cap will be you know litigated along with that. so it's going to be interesting to see how all that plays out. >> we take the point that in the case of krour client because he's an amtrak employee he's going to have bills to pay he needs money up front because workers comp isn't going to cover on the state level. that's understood in terms of reason for urgency. do you see any relevance to the larger issue being raised about why this accident happened? the rain was going too fast maybe that will fall on the shoulders of the engineer but there's also the issue raised by the ntsb that if the positive train control had been in place and functioning as it's supposed to be this wouldn't have happened regardless of what the engineer did. is that relevant? and is it true? >> that's absolutely relevant and true. it's more than this. it's not a political question. it's not a budgetary question. the question is where do you absolutely make this corridor safe for passengers? my family takes the train. my children and my grandchild. this is something that's serious
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and has to be addressed not six years ago, not four years ago but this horrible accident shows something should have been taken care of without any political discussion or debate a long time ago. and you remember we only have one individual that we know of in front of this train. there are two individuals in front of an airplane. i think the question should be asked why isn't there more than one individual on this locomotive. whether you have a failure of the engineer failure of mechanical or electrical system, maybe there should be personnel to backup other personnel. >> why you don't have a second person under control, why you don't have positive train control, why you don't even have seat belt. certainly i will agree with you gentlemen these are not stupid questions to be asking. the best to your client and his family going forward. pope francis taking a stand in the mideast conflict angering some israel supporters in the process. the vatican announcing it will recognize a palestinian state in a new treaty. some are questioning if that's the best way to bridge the conflict.
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so today as you may know is the international day of families. and pope francis is going to be present in philadelphia this september for the meeting of the families. highly anticipated this trip of course because the pope is making huge waves in the catholic church. and in specific areas of the world of conflict we see with the israeli-palestinian conflict and his taking on ideas of what it is to be a christian like we really never heard coming out of the vatican. so a man who knows the pope very well and the mission very well is arch bishop president of the pontifical council for the family. thank you for being here.
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>> my pleasure to be here. >> so the family what does the catholic church think is important to understand about the needs of the family? >> yes. first of all let me tell you my sympathy and prayers for the victims of the -- and the families. >> of the train crash. >> of the train crash. and be sure that the pope is praying for this. this is good news for all of us above all for these families. and today i am here in new york exactly for this. i was here today with some friends with your mother too. >> i know. my mother gave a speech with you about the needs of the families at the united nations. >> exactly. exactly. in this occasion so i think that as a catholic and the pope will underline when he will come in september he wants to announce the gospel of family.
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that family is a good use for all the wear for example conflicts, but it's difficult to globalize love. >> difficult to globalize love why? >> why? because we are often self-centered in ourself. and this is the point of the importance of the family. because the family is the first school to learn to stay together together but in order to be >> to learn how we can continue to stay together year after year. >> so the basic lessons of how
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to be human, you learn from the family and that carries over to everything else. so what is the problem with the family today? >> the problem is we saw sort of a collapse. >> a collapse. >> a collapse of the family and that's why our family in the united states and too in europe, we show a collapse of society, too. strong family strong society, weak family weak society. in the sense we are as a christian, we have to help god and jesus, and as a christian, we have to rediscover the dream of family. >> so to help push the message, you are bringing the big man to america, and you know him very well and how excited is the pope to come to america?
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>> oh, the first time in the united states. >> his first time? >> the first time in his life so he is really, really happy. and obviously he is prepareding to and in cuba he visited the pope and the cold war, and that's a really great message for all humanity because he underlined the dialogue is the road to peace. >> dialogue is the road of peace and he took it to cuba and he will go to washington, d.c. and the united nations and new york and what does he want to say in new york? >> he will pray for the victims of the 11th of september. >> 9/11. >> and the united nations, he will talk to all people to
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realize among god, one family. >> one family will be the message? >> exactly. this is the most important point, because i can emphasize again, we run the risk to lose the dreams the common dreams and a new perspective and a new kind of way to stay together in peace, so in the sense the pope is really an important leader and that in a certain sense, a political, too. to preach in a way, he wants to preach. >> thank you for telling us what is to come, and we look forward to it when the holy father is
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here. send our regards, please. >> we're talking about this michaela but it will be big when it comes in september, and no matter what you believe re-ledgiously. >> on this international day of families i many a so happy you are my brother in tv and my brother, chris. we will give you the latest on the dangerous recovery operation on the marine helicopter. first, this sunday at 9:00 and mr. bourdain is in madagascar. check it out.
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the u.s. military helicopter that crashed, it has been found. >> it came from san diego. >> the man responsible for driving the train is saying he can't remember what happened in the crash. >> this is way beyond what any train can be doing at anytime. >> a growing country with a growing economy, we need to invest in the infrastructure so we keep it that way. >> it's not about money. the train was going twice the speed limit. >> i am running for president in 2016. >> would you have authorized the invasion. >> we are all supposed to answer hypothetical questions. i would not have gone into iraq. >> i closed my eyes at that point because i didn't know what was going to happen. >> this is cnn breaking news -- >> good morning, and welcome to
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your new day. it's friday april 15th 8:00 in the east. the u.s. military helicopter that was delivering aid to earthquake victims has been found. >> and we have the breaking details from katmandu. >> reporter: we are learning at the the weather at the crash site is becoming more treacherous and is making it difficult for helicopters to get in there to bring back the remains of the three people discovered near the wreckage 20 miles east of the katmandu command center. this is where crews have moved out to the scene, and it's 11,200 feet up and it's a steep mountainside where the helicopter went down. the helicopter is not in good
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condition. there is an indication of the fire. still it's unclear to the other five people onboard. they were trying to bring supplies to the thousands of people in the mountains in the remote villages cut off by the earthquake, and now at least three names added to the list of more than 8,400 people who have been killed in this country due to two powerful earthquakes. >> what do we know about the u.s. marines that have been discovered so far? we have barbara starr digging into that part of the story. what can you tell us? >> there had been a lot of hope here at the pentagon that they would find them alive and they maybe had trouble and put the helicopter down on the ground and couldn't get a locater signal out over the 11,000-foot mountain peaks, and we know today that six u.s. marine corps
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families across the country are being notified that the loved ones perished in the incident. their belief is that nobody is alive at this point and they will continue to search for the bodies in the wreckage. this marine corps was from camp pendleton in california and one of his friends spoke about his friend. >> he had a lot of passion, and he was doing what he loved most and that's being a pilot for the marines. i will say a prayer real quick and hope everything is okay and so um it's hard. >> until they find the remains of everybody onboard, the search will continue. there are signs of a fire on the ground when the aircraft hit the
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ground in whatever condition it did, all the indications are that all those onboard perished but until they find everybody, the search will remain. and then why did the train accelerate from 70 to 100 miles per hour in the final minute before that crash? cnn's government regulation joining us this morning from philadelphia. >> reporter: michaela that is the key question. what we foe from federal investigators is they looked at the tracks and signals and so far they don't see any problems with the track or the signal but what we do know new data from the train's video cameras is the train was not slowing downs a it approached the curve, in fact it was speeding up.
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overnight the crews continue to move the cars one by one from the cash site and investigators are anxious to interview brandon bostian, the engineer. >> he is a sweet guy. he is a good and decent person. >> friends of the engineer speaking out, saying he would never do anything with negligent intent. >> this has to be devastating. >> according to bostian's attorney he did not have a preexisting medical condition and was not impaired by alcohol or drugs and his cell phone was off as required by amtrak. >> the train should not have been doing anything other than 50 miles per hour go into the
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curve. >> the train accelerated just before reaching the sharp turn. what happens next? caught on surveillance camera from a nearby building watch as sparks fly at over 100 miles per hour the deadly speed catapulting seven train cars and the engine off the tracks. >> we will have positive train control on the northeast corridor section by december 31st. >> that mechanism to prevent human error will be in place, but some say too little too late. >> it is costs? >> it's a time and costs issue miles per hour. >> back out here live where you see they are actively working to repair the tracks we know service between washington and philadelphia it's modified however service between new york and philadelphia that is
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expected to be suspended for a few more days. cnn also learned on the opposite side of the tracks opposite from where the accidentally happened there was an older braking system that was in place that could have stopped a speeding train that was going way over the speed limit, and that system was not in place on the side of the tracks where the accident occurred. the reason is amtrak says the speed limit on the side where the accident occurred is much lower than the opposite side. back to you, chris. >> we will get answers from the man heading up the investigation for the ntsb in just a moment but what is motivating all the questions was lost in this. we do know all those eight people killed in this crash. >> reporter: all eight passengers killed in that crash now have been accounted for and
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identified including 45-year-old bob gildersleeve. he was a father of two from bald more maryland. his body was found yesterday morning at the crash site by a cadaver dog. among those killed a 47-year-old laura finamoore. and a 20-year-old, and 41-year-old piras, and there are six patients still here at temple university that remain in critical condition. >> we will continue to watch and we wish all of those victims well. less than 24 hours after the train crashed a republican-led house committee voted to slash a
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quarter of a billion from amtrak's budget and that has speaker john boehner doing a slow boil. let's bring in joe johns. >> the speaker of the house reacting strongly perhaps angrily to reporter's questions to reduce funding and linking it to the crash, and then a couple days after the crash in philadelphia it's such a sensitive political issue because democrats want more funding for amtrak a time when republicans are trying to reduce spending. speaker boehner taking the position its simply too early to make a connection on cause. listen. >> are you really going to ask such a stupid question? listen you know they started this yesterday and it's all
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about funding, it's all about fund and obviously it's not about funding. the train was going twice the speed limit. >> democrats pushing back on that. and democratic chuck schumer responded by saying his comments are false, and experts made clear that positive train control could have prevented the tragedy in philadelphia. it's simply a fact that in sufficient funding for amtrak delayed the installation of ptc. and overnight there are reports that the train control technology was installed at least on part of the tracks near the crash site but was not turned out. and president obama took the opportunity last night to highlight the need of the need for infrastructure and pointing out the reason for the crash has not been confirmed. >> it is not debatable that this
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crash could have been avoided, and we will discuss that now with somebody who knows the answers well beyond the political back and forth. the man in charge of the investigation for the ntsb robert some walt. we understand the engineer said he will volunteer for an interview with vest tpwaeutinvestigateorsinvestigators, and through his attorney the engineer said his phone was off. what can you tell us about what you know and when you expect to learn more? >> chris, good morning. we do very much look forward to the opportunity to get the engineer's firsthand account of what he can tell us. >> what do you think you will get that and what do you make of the suggestion that he was not on his phone and that he offered to you that voluntarily as well? >> well we as a matter of
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course always at the ntsb get cell phone records because we have seen it in so many crashes, and we will conduct our own independent investigation, and that's just part of what we do. >> what is the policy? was his phone supposed to be off and will you interview him today? >> first on the policy not only is it a amtrak policy to have federal phones off but it's a federal regulation that cell phones will be off while the employees are on duty. we will have the cape bill fee to determine whether or not he was on the phone, texting or anything like that and when will we interview him? it's in the coming days and that time has not positively been nailed down but we were very encouraged that he has agreed to talk to us. >> has the investigation to this point yielded anything else that could have been a cause here a train related or operation
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related that doesn't involve the engineer or any additional factors? >> certainly we are just collecting facts at this point. we will look at the human and the machine and the environments and those are things that we traditionally will look at and we want to gather information in each of those domains, and then slowly start to take things off the table. for now, chris, everything is still on the table. >> were you surprised to hear that the cadaver dog made a discovery? we heard from investigators down there yesterday that they thought the site was clean. was this a surprise? >> well you didn't hear that assessment from the ntsb because my policy, we do not comment on what other agencies are doing. the emergency response effort was done by another agency and so we would not be making the comment. we are saddened to learn that yet another person had in fact
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perished in this tragedy. >> eight people gone and others still fighting for their lives in the hospital and at least we know from just information management perspective, everybody has been accounted for. now we have to figure out why it happened so we can correct it. the politicians are having a nice tug-of-war over the issue of whether or not this could have been avoided. they are leaning on the ntsb on one side of the debate saying you guys that know the business of safety say regardless of what the engineer did, this could have been avoided. is that the simple truth? >> let's look at the facts. positive train control, one of the things it is designed to do is prevent derailments due to speeding and we know this train was speeding so positive train control can prevent this type of
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accident. it would have prevented this accident if it had been installed and operational. >> that's not debatable to you, if it were there and working the right way, which is a little assumption we are talking about with the railways it wouldn't have happened. we accept that point. now it goes to what happens going forward? you make your recommendations, and how many times do you think you recommended you need to have safety improvements and infrastructure on the railways? >> as it relates to positive train control, the ntsb has been calling for some version of positive train control since 1970 following a fatal train crash in 1969. pause teu train control has been on our most wanted list almost repeatedly in 1990 when the list was founded. it's on our most wanted list now.
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we identified numerous accidents that could have been prevented had there been positive train control and this one we are dealing with philadelphia is yet another tragic example of that. >> is it fair pushback if they say this curve is not a place you should need it this is an error in judgment and that's all because this is not a dangerous stretch of track? >> well congress has mandated that on this section of track by the end of 2015 so they were not required to have it at this point, but it will be required within the next seven months. i am not going to say whether or not it needed to be installed on this section, and the fact is congress has mandated it be here by the end of the year. >> you are saying it's not debatable either and it should be there but it just isn't.
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>> appreciate it. breaking news right now. isis launching an assault to retake the city of ramadi. there are reports isis seized the local government headquarters there and is flying its black flag and it's trying to convince the word its leader is alive and still in charge and they released a video saying of abu bakr al baghdadi and there were reports he was hurt during a coalition-led air strike. and b.b. king has died. here is a look at his story, life and career.
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♪ >> it's hard to emergency the blues without b. pwrbg king. he released over 50 albums. born riley b. king in mississippi, he worked as a tractor driver in the cotton fields before embarking on his musical career and in 1956 at the height of his popularity he played an astonishing 142 all night shows, and he continued his schedule into his 80s, and his passion for the blues paid off winning 15 grammys. >> they always feel very very good to go onstage, whether you win a grammy or not. >> throughout the years king worked with various artists like
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youtube and eric clap tonton. he was given a spot on the walk of fame. he was rarely seen without his guitar lucille. >> the gifted guitarist became the first blues musician with the achievement award in 1995 and he was given the medical of freedom for his contributions. king's health was often a concern since he was diagnosed with type ii diabetes in the early '60s. in 2012 obama hosted a concert celebrating blue's music, and b.b. king was one of the
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featured performers. ♪ let the good times roll. ♪ >> it's horrible he is gone, and he gave us so much. >> his music will live beyond. >> that was beautiful. >> we have train on the brain here right now, so we will show you this situation. this happened in south carolina. a train slams head on into an 18 wheeler. we are telling you this story because it has an okay ending. here is what happened. why did this happen? a tractor trailer got stuck on the tracks and the driver was calling to alert the railroad and it was enough time. the train came barrelling through, and the operator knew it was going to happen and he tried to stop it. we are talking about two low kau motives and too much weight and
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speed and too much momentum. no injuries to report. just amazing video to look at and a reminder we are dealing with safety issues when we are dealing with the row ways. >> we have seen it before. >> and we will see it again. how bad of a mistake was it for george to not tell viewers about his donations to the clinton foundation? the anchor took it upon himself this morning, and we will let you decide.
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over the last several years, i made substantial donations, including to the clinton foundation. i know believe directing personal donations to that foundation was a mistake. >> that was george stephanopoulos apologizing on the air this morning for not disclosing his donations to the clinton foundation and how damaging is this revelation? >> you heard the apology? >> i think it been et too far. the lack of transparency and i don't think it would have been a mistake. >> why not?
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>> because they are doing presumably good work. why should he need to apologize for making donations to a charity -- >> because of the clinton name. >> make no mistake, when he interviewed peter schweizer, he should have said i donated, because i just think in terms of now covering that aspect he should have put that on the table. >> but it was foreign countries and people looking for corporate influence. how does he fit into this category? >> he has the influence, chris. i don't think he needs -- >> whether or not he gives money to cgi, and when it comes to the clintons people will hit george with that. >> and if any of us were covering a story for cnn, and we
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might have connected to that story, and -- >> yeah that's something george has had to deal with in his career. he is a very good friend of mine and i believe in george and his integrity as much as anybody. >> the question is the optics of it and i love the work he is supporting and aids research and hiv research and his intent was great, but why not knowing the rules that we as journalist live under, why not avoid that mess altogether and give to other groups that support those efforts. >> i guess that's what he is saying in the apology. i believe had he disclosed it all along, there would not have been an issue. if there had been an issue, it would come from his more conservative critics. he put himself in this position and it was a rookie mistake. >> we will call this a segment of "he knows better."
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you probably don't agree, but we will talk about jeb bush. he is not a rookie? >> he is at this level. they play hardball in florida, and it's not the same as running for the president. >> he had a few people in his family that has. >> that's true. the shock to me on this issue is first of all, a question that came from fox, and it was not a hit job, and it was a totally appropriate question and he says he misunderstood the question and it was not that complicated. >> but his answer did suggest that he didn't hear the question the way it was intended and he may have jumped the question. >> i will give him the benefit of the doubt, but there is no surprise here. of course he knew very soon into this he would have to address his position and his brother's position on iraq and i don't
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think america is ready to elect the third term of the w. >> you also have to be mindful of what could be another analogy to george situation, and knowing what they know now, they would have done something different. you are building in an expectation that others are not being held to. >> i think it's fair to ask in what subject areas he disagreed with his brother? >> if i say i think my brother is a dope on all three things, and if all three of us say that about our brother haorbgs the story going to be about? it's going to be still on me. >> also in this we have to be fair and say that hillary clinton also you know this
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conversation about this is really an important question. she has to be aware that these questions are going to be coming atespecially since he flubbed it so differently. >> you are thinking about in terms of iraq right? >> yeah. >> and i am thinking it's fair in what policy areas do you disagree with bill? and i think they are running for president, for god's sakes. all of this is appropriate. >> you talk about the rookie mistake, and look at organizations. jeb's team is making the decision and they are putting him out there and he is answering questions all the time and hillary isn't. you can argue whether that's good or bad. >> i don't think the media will stand for that for long. you know there is a running tally of how many questions she has answered thus far.
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i think it's barely in double digits. >> you have a few things you will discuss on this weekend? >> i will ask what they think about stephanopoulos. we have more ahead on the amtrak disaster. why did it happen? was it just human error that send the train accelerating in its final moments. was it a technical issue? we will go through the possibilities so you know more. ♪ if you're looking for a car that drives you... ...and takes the wheel right from your very hands...
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investigators in philadelphia facing pressing questions, and we keep saying it's all about speed, but why was the train going that fast? was there human or mechanical problems involved? both? and we have a former inspector general of the department of transportation and former
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manner of ntsb. what are the top questions for the engineer? what do you want to know? >> the first thing they are asking, we need to know his whereabouts for the previous hours and days. the cell phone usage, computer usage, and medications and health all the things about him personally that could explain it and things that you cannot get from the train black box, anything that on the train that was unusual that might not have been recorded etc. those are the first things we want up front. >> no small irony he was online talking about how they are over worked and a feed for better safety equipment on the rails. we do know from investigators they knew it was the engineer that threw the emergency brake
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but too late. anything else that may have been involved? >> in aviation we have a fairly common issue called lack of situational awareness. that is where the pilots you know are not quite sure where they are or what is happening. they have lost the ability to see what is going on. this could be a case where the engineer was not quite sure where he was. he might have thought he was starting to come out of the turn. the issue of the throttle being advanced entering spwainto the turn. i cannot find a case of an advancing throttle that was not being manipulated by a human being. >> the guys leaving the 30th street station, and this is not that far away from that and what should have been happening and what may have been happening
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that bgexplains this full throttle. >> what should have been happening is paying attention to your job and not exceeding the speed limit, and we have seen so many train accidents where that is what the cause was, and anybody who has had any physician eubgphysics in high school or college, they know about centrifugal force. what peter says i agree completely in any accident like this in the past we have not had a situation where it's a runaway train, and the engineer has to have his or her hand on control and make the train go that fast. there is a first where we too have a runaway train, but there is no evidence of that. >> and he says he cannot remember certain things and maybe he was smacked around in the train or maybe protecting himself from any exposure or
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liability, and it's easy for outsiders to look at this and say, look he screwed up. what too i care if it's because his head was in the game or he was on his cell phone, who cares, he screwed up? >> it's usually more complex. we have a nonpunitive blanket over safety events in which you try to get the actors to admit, you know when they make mistakes without the fear of rhett pwaougs. the human factor is really at the forefront in this case. >> the attorney for the engineer
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said he turned over the phone, and he said you can have it it was turned off like it was supposed to be, and that takes so much off where we see texting and driving on the roads, and they say that's not it. thank you very much skprpbgs good weekend to both of you. one lucky man after going through -- oh, my goodness watch this. i want to know what was going through his mind when that happened? he joins us next on "new day."
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here we go with five things for friday. the helicopter delivering aid to the earthquake victims has been found and the bodies look to have been burned in the wreckage. and then going from 70 miles per hour to 100 just before the crash. technology to prevent a repeat will be in place by the end of
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the year. there are reports isis already seized the local government headquarters in ramadi. president obama expected to speak at a national peace officers funeral. >> nfl commissioner roger goodell, deciding he will be the one to hear tom brady's appeal. for more on the five things be sure and visit for the latest. the first fact is people in this country are going hungry. the second fact is 40% of the food in this country gets tossed in the trash, so this year's cnn hero quit his job on wall street for a solution to this.
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on the ground? how are you doing today? >> thank you, michaela. i have to say, just hearing the noise right now about this crash, it's amazing that i am here laughing and talking to you without any scratch. i am not even sore to be honest. that's to prove these cars they are amazing and safe, and i am a blessed person and my mom is praying all the time and they count. >> you better send your mom gifts, because they count. i know you had your share of pumps and scratches and crashes, but tell me what was going through your mind when that happened. when did you know something was wrong? >> it really caught me by surprise, and as soon as the car spun out, i was expecting a big shock, you know and all of a
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sudden it wasn't. as soon as i went backwards the car started to take off, and i am looking, like oh, snap this is going to hurt, and as soon as i started flying i closed my eyes and i didn't keep them open because i didn't know what was going to happen. i landed very softly. i could not believe there was no impact and nothing very harsh. certainly the look it's incredible but i have to say that all the sawuwcenariosscenarios, everything was smooth and we were able to go back that afternoon and we are able to keep going, qualifying on saturday and sunday and hope tphraoe get a good time. >> i can't believe you are so excited about going through this after living through this. i saw your crew rush over there, and have they been able to work out what went wrong with the car? what happened? >> yeah this is a new package
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which is great because we will probably go over 240 miles per hour and unfortunately it's new, so we don't have much data and it's one of those things live and learn. we feel confident right now my car is ready to keep going. >> are you concerned about the arrow dynamic kit? will there be tweaks before the next run? >> we don't have much data and everything is new. share something fantastic, sharing a lot of information, and it happens, this is racing. sometimes people take a little more chance than the others and that's what happens. we're not concerned. it's about going to the next level. like i said we feel it's going to be fast speeds on saturday and sunday. >> okay my friend.
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real talk. what is more terrifying that flip that you just did and recovered from and survived and going on "dancing with the stars" and some of those outfits outfits. >> well honestly not knowing what kind of costume they were going to put me in that was a little tough. but at the end of the day, i am safe and very happy to be with my comfort zone and hopefully we will be in good shape for sunday and running for hopefully another win in indianapolis 500. >> thank you, and we wish you well this week and take care of yourself and stay well that we will talk to you and see how you do this weekend, okay? >> thank you so much. >> chris, over to you. what is scarier, "dancing with the stars" or what he just went through? what kind of crazy question -- i
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good stuff. friday good. this kid took a hard road and was if the gang life and wound up on the street in a shelter, and then he stumbles on a $2,500 money order somebody left behind. >> if i was 15 or 16 i would have went and cashed it. >> he doesn't do that. he tracks down the owner and gives it back. no $500 for him. the internet finds out about the story and they start a fund me account, and over $4,000. >> why are you trying to make me
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cry on a friday chris? >> who you are at 17 isn't who you have to be for the rest of your life. >> happy friday. the best day of the week. "newsroom" starts now. happening now on the news room, the wreckage of the missing american helicopter found. six marines onboard and three bodies found so far on the ground near the crash site. new video and details about the last 65 seconds before that amtrak train derailed. now the engineer agrees to talk to investigators. >> we are excited that he agreed to talk to us and we plan to do that in the next few days. >> his friends and coworkers insists he was good at his job.


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