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main islands ever. the fiji times says the government has declared a state of emergency for the next 30 days. there is a curfew in effect right now. in about a half hour from now, david cameron is expected to make a statement on the deal reached with european leaders to keep his country in the european union. right after that he will present the agreement to his cabinet. and he says he will then announce a date for a public referendum on the eu deal if the cabinet approves. in the united states, the presidential race, democrats in nevada will be holding their caucuses on saturday. polls say the competition between hillary clinton and bernie sanders is too close to call. meanwhile, south carolina republicans go to the polls. in a few hours, new survey shows donald trump leads the state but ted cruz is gaining. u.s. president barack obama and his wife michele paid their respects to antonin scalia as
the late justice's body lay in repose. scalia died last weekend. he was 79 years old. his funeral will be held in washington in the coming hours. now back to fiji, the story we're covering about this tropical cyclone winston rampaging across the country's main islands. the storm made landfall after 7:00 p.m. local time. fiji's prime minister is calling for citizens to be alert and stick together. earlier my colleague natalie allen spoke with fiji's red cross manager with more. >> the government to the area effected now. i think the whole of fiji will be effected, during tropical cyclone winston, but in terms of the population evacuated,
different districts supporting what they're doing in attending to those that need supported in terms of blankets and coats. together with our presence, currently on watch since today, we are currently awaiting for the weather to ease a little bit so that we -- at least we can look at what are some areas that are effected and also people to be assisted. >> and thank you very much for that information. i want to also ask you, how many people might be impacted by this storm?
>> right now, the emergency operations have the figures that were given to them this afternoon, which i'm not in a position to give a definite figure in terms of the people. >> we know that the last time fiji was hit by a major storm it was 2012 and there were no deaths, so fiji is well prepared and it's used to preparing for these cyclones, is that correct? >> yes. currently from what we've seen from the government this evening, still no reports of casualties or injuries. the family evacuated to the ee vam v evacuation centers, for people
to evacuate while they still can. >> that was my colleague natalie allen there focusing on this cyclone. we'll continue to follow that story as well. the final results are in in uganda's elections that are expected in just a few more hours, but the hotly contested leadership vote has been marred by protests and accusations of vote rigging. the main opposition leader was detained for the third time this week as police clashed with his supporters on friday. early numbers show the country's current lead may be on track to win his fifth term in office. for the very latest, let's bring in cnn's robin following the latest from uganda. are there any results coming through? >> reporter: election results are slowly trickling through. we can tell you around the 15 million people that voted as of
a couple hours ago, the electoral commission counted 8 million of those. according to cnn journalists on the ground in kampala, they will have counted 50%. museveni is leading with 60%. the leading opposition party, who has been arrested a number of times this week, is currently under what seems to be house arrest or what police are calling preventive arrest at his home is -- >> i believe we just lost robyn. again, we understand the votes are coming in and it looks as if museveni may be back on track to win his fifth term in office. he's been in office for many decades. we're seeing this election at a time where there are protests and accusations of vote rigging. again, this election happening in uganda, we will, of course,
continue to follow that story. we think robyn for her reporting. in iowa we saw coin tosses. so, what will happen if there's a tie in the nevada caucuses? party members will solve it las vegas style, we understand. that story is next. plus, donald trump, he wants to wall off the u.s. border with mexico. we take a look at how that could happen and what it could cost and what it would take, how long it would take. stay with us. ♪ one day a rider made a decision. the decision to ride on and save money. he decided to save money by switching his motorcycle insurance to geico. there's no shame in saving money. ride on, ride proud. geico motorcycle, great rates for great rides.
in nevada, we have just hours to go until the democratic caucuses again. bernie sanders and hillary clinton are neck and neck in the silver state. clinton is just ahead one point. one point ahead of the vermont senator, 48% to 47%. both candidates spent a final day holding rallies to appeal to voters.
presidential caucus is when party members meet to pick a candidate, but what if there is a tie? well, in nevada, the candidates' faith comes down to cards. we're told about the tiebreaker from sin city. hillary clinton, bernie sanders, the polls say they're in a dead heat for the nevada caucus. what happens in a precinct if there's an actual tie? forget the coin flip, nevada is gaming country. so, if there's a tie in a precinct, then the precinct captain opens up a sealed deck of cards. you open them up, find the jokers, toss those. now, the state democratic party says you then shuffle seven times.
spread out the cards. then you have a representative from each candidate, bernie sanders, hillary clinton, who each draw a card. the high card wins. ace is high followed by king, queen, jack, all the way down to deuce. now, let's say you pull two kings. what do you turn to? you turn to the suit. spades is high followed by hearts, diamonds, down to clubs. that's how you determine the winner. let's take a peek. >> one of our best storytellers, breaking it down. donald trump rarely appears on the campaign trail without saying he wants to build a wall like this one you see to keep people from crossing into the united states is a cornerstone of mr. trump's candidacy. he wants it to stretch for the entire border, but the question, is that even possible?
our jason carroll went to mcallen, texas, for a reality check. >> reporter: what would it take to build a wall on the border between the united states and mexico? you're talking about an area, 9,450, stretching across california, new mexico, arizona, here in texas just about 100 yards away from mexico. we spoke to civil engineers, architects, and academics, they all say the wall can be build, it can be done, but the question is, how? the first thing, before you go up, you have to go down and build a foundation. this will help provide support for the wall. in order to prevent people from tunnelling underneath it, it should be at least five feet deep. the second thing one must consider is what do you use to build the wall? what materials do you go after? how about cinder block? the upside is it's strong, it's secure, readily available. the down side is, it's labor-intensive to have to stack every single brick in order to
build the wall so our experts say that option doesn't work. there's another option. using poured concrete on site. that's what they did when they built the hoover dam. the downside is when you poor poured concrete in these warmer states, experts say you could end up with pay weaker wall because the concrete might not dry correctly. meaning a wall that could end up crumbling. the experts say the way to go is precasted cement wall panels. those panels would be lined side by side, sort of like what you might see on a highway. each panel would be about 20 feet high. again, five feet below ground. about ten feet wide and eight inches thick. again, that wall would be stretching some 2,000 miles and our expert says it would require 339 million cubic feet. that's just for the panels. you'll need reinforced steel, at
least 5 billion pounds. what about the estimated cost? because it hasn't been done before, let's use those highway panels as an example. they cost about $40 a square foot. that would end up costing about $10.5 billion. sounds like a lot of money, is a lot of money but again, remember, donald trump says the u.s. government wouldn't end up footing the bill on this one, it would be mexico. what about the timing on all of this? how long would it take to build? according to our expert, if you're ambitious, you could get it done within a presidential term, four years. jason carroll, cnn, mcallen, texas. still to come, she wrote one of the great american novels. harper lee dies at 84 years old. more on her fascinating life coming up.
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to respond. and a hearing on the dispute is set for march 22nd. apple has said the order is an overreach and breaking into even a criminal's iphone could set a dangerous precedent in terms of priva privacy. uber is hoping to make inroads in china where it's currently losing $1 billion a year. uber plans to expand substantially and has a goal of operating in 100 chinese cities by the end of 2016. the italian literary giant has died on friday. humberto eco was the writer of "the name of the rose." it sold 10 million copies and turned into a movie starring shawn connery. he was a philosopher who taught at major universities and specialized in the stud of
symbolism. the literary world is mourning the loss of a revered american author, harper lee. "to kill a mockingbird." harper lee was 89 years old. despite her fame, lee did not bask in the limelight but, rather, lived the quiet life in the southern u.s. anderson cooper has more on the life and career of harper lee. >> you never really understand a person until you consider seeing it from his point of view. >> reporter: a life listen delivered by the fictional lawyer in the film "to kill a mockingbird," looking at the racial injustice of the 1930's through finch's daughter, scout. these were first brought to light by harper lee in a novel that became a classic for all generations.
nell harper lee was born april 28, 1926 am the small town of monroeville, alabama. her father was a lawyer and served as her book's. she studied law and became editor of the school's literary magazines. she abandoned law and moved to new york to become a writer. there she reunited with her childhood friend tryman capote and helped him on "cold blood" and played out on the big screen in "capote." lee's first novel "to kill a mockingbird" was published in 1960 and received at pulitzer prize. in 2007 president george w. bush presented lee with the medal of freedom. >> all of us are filled with admiration for a great american and a lovely lady named harper lee.
>> reporter: but for most of her life she stayed out of the spotlight. this one of the few interviews lee ever granted, she offered a glimpse into her thoughts saying i want to dot best i can with the talent god gave me. all i want to be is jane austen of south alabama. in 2015 the literary world was stunned by the announcement that a second harper lee manuscript "go set a watchman," was going to be released. it features scout and atticus 20 years later. that excitement lit up the small town where harper lee grew up and lived in her twilight years. >> to have another book, we are charmed. >> reporter: many fans were disappointed in the portrayal of the characters they knew and loved. >> the tweets echoing fans out there. the idea of atticus being racist is like spielberg doing a sequel
in which elliott punches him in the face and steals his lunch money. >> reporter: the fastest selling book in her life. she remained quiet and rarely seen from. u.s. supreme court justice antonin scalia died last weekend at the age of 79. after the initial shock of his passing, attention is now shifting to the seat that he leaves behind. our jeffrey toobin explains the process to find his replacement. >> reporter: supreme court justices serve for life, that's why presidents regard these judicial appointments as such an important way to extend their own legacies. ♪
>> reporter: the constitution does not set out a resume that a supreme court justice has to have. there's no requirement in the constitution that a supreme court justice even be a lawyer, but traditionally presidents have nominated impeccably qualified, sitting judges both presidents and senators like to say that the confirmation process is all about qualifications. but it's really also about politics. virtually every important issue in american politics and even american life winds up in front of the supreme court. and they have the last word. both the president and the senators are trying to figure out how the nominee stands on the hot-button issue that the supreme court deals with. that's why the senators will vote yes or no. there is no law that says a president can't nominate someone to the supreme court in his last
year in office. the senate, on the other hand, can run out the clock when they don't want a president to fill that seat. the supreme court is designed to operate with nine justices. what makes justice scalia's death so unusual in supreme court history, is that most justices announce that they plan to retire and then a president nominates their successor, so there is no vacancy ever in the supreme court. with eight justices there are possibilities for tie votes, which can create a significant amount of confusion in the law. >> that was jeff toobin reporting for us. i'm george howell at the cnn center atlanta. i'll be back after the break with another hour of news from around the world. you're watching cnn, the world's news leader.
he's won a battle but hasn't won the war. david cameron agrees to a deal hoping to keep britain in the eu. his cabinet might have other ideas. a powerful cyclone strikes fiji. the wind gusts equivalent to those of a monster hurricane. more on the island. no republican has ever taken new hampshire and south carolina and not won his party's presidential nomination, so the focus is on the man you see right there, as he ames to ims to ensure histort
itself. from the cnn headquarters in atlanta, i'm george howell. "newsroom" starts right now. a very good day to you. we are waiting to hear from british prime minister david cameron, expected to speak at any moment now on a deal that was reached with european leaders on friday to keep the uk in. eu. mr. cameron will meet with his cabinet this hour to try to convince them to approve the agreement. then it would go to a referendum vote. the prime minister has said this is a time for britons to come together and shape their destiny, but he faces division within his cabinet and within his own conservative party over the eu deal. let's go live to london, cnn international correspondent is outside number 10. good to have you with us this hour. what are some of the major points that have been agreed to in this new deal? >> reporter: good morning from london, george. well, as the prime minister -- had promised fundamental reform
of how the european union does business, it's now down to his cabinet and his nation to decide if that is what, in fact, he delivered. in essence he has the ability to european migrants to seek social security benefits in this country. there will be a time limit on which they can and which benefits they can have access to. also, give britain the option to pull the brake on any financial or fiscal policies they believe will not be in britain's interest. they'll be able to call a meeting of the european union leadership and essentially refer it back to the national leaders back here in britain. they're calling out the heart of the european project, which is an ever closer europe and play well with the european skeptic trend here in the uk. this isn't just about europe. this is also about, of course,
about the prime minister's political future and the ramifications that this could have not just in britain, not just in the european main land but around the world. the freeing of cabinet ministers from the principle collective responsibility means potentially as he's fighting to convince them to stand behind him, they could be seeing their opinions and perspectives on this, pitting colleagues, allies and friends on opposite sides of the campaign to convince the british people to stay inside europe come that referendum, which is expected on june 23rd or thereabouts. the u.s. senate has already been very vocal about their concerns of the impact this is going to have on the transatlantic special reelgship because europe has always been a bridge. will this impact britain's standing not just in europe but in that special relationship and around the world. and will this give greater
credence to countries that will be looking to leave the european project if the british prime minister cannot convince his colleagues, his friends and then his people to vote to stay inside europe. so much at stake after a marathon negotiation session. still so much to fight for ahead, george. >> that would be unprecedented as no nation has left the eu. so, what is the general perception about the public with this new agreement that was reached? is there a sense the uk got what it wanted out of the renegotiation? >> reporter: well, we've already heard from the leader of the opposition hitting back saying, this isn't what was promised and really he doesn't believe the prime minister has delivered. it's going to be very difficult, even without these jobs from the labor party. because the british people have had a very complicated, some
would call an island mentality when it comes to closer relations with the european mainland. now when there are concerns about i migrant waves washing up on european shores. they are concerned about their ability to police borders? will he be able -- -- that really is the heart of the question here, what they want to be a part of. >> we're waiting to hear from mr. cameron at any time. we'll stay in touch with you and keep our eyes tuned to that shot there outside number 10 for more. thank you for your reporting. let's take a look at the numbers. the eu countries invest more than $700 billion in the united kingdom. in 2004 that's almost half of the total investment, according to official figures. trade supports 3.4 million jobs, according to the london school of economics europe institute. 45% of the uk's exports go to
other eu states. all 53% of the uk's imports come from within the european union. european union citizens have the right to live in the uk and an estimated 3 million are doing so. but on the flipside of things, only 1.3 million uk citizens are living in other eu states. the united kingdom is a net contributor to the eu budget, paying about $12 billion more than it received last year. the most powerful storm to hit fiji's shores are racing across that country's many islands. tropical cyclone winston is equivalent to category 5 hurricane. forecasters are warning of damaging winds and extreme flooding. our correspondent has much more from fiji. >> reporter: cyclone winston
leaving the outer island earlier this morning. 220 kilometer force winds. a disastrous combination for the country's low-lying region, prone to sea surges and flash flooding. >> be prepared at all times and be prepared to embrace these destructive storm force to hurricane-force winds as the cyclone grows closer. >> reporter: this is just the beginning. the eye of the storm is expected to hit here around midnight tonight. so, the government has activated 700 evacuation centers and is urging locals to prepare for a disastrous storm. prime minister told fijians they needed to prepare to survive. that's exactly what they were doing when we arrived. cyclone winston wasn't meant to
come through here but changed course and now businesses like this one are preparing to protect themselves. we found fiji's third largest city going into lockdown. >> people say you need to stock up on water because they're closed. atms, locals are getting all the cash they can from the banks. >> are you nervous? >> yes, yes. we're scared. >> reporter: the island of va new lee view is expected to take a direct hit. the heavy rain and wind has already arrived. we're told entire towns are empty and much of fiji, are bracing for a long night. >> the most powerful cyclone to hit that island nation. derek van dam is here with more on it. >> that storm was meandering across the pacific for days but it took a turn for the worse, quite literally by taking an about-turn from the original direction it was going and strengthened at the exact same time. now we're seeing our first images from the fury of tropical
cyclone winston. you can see them coming from taveuni region. the direct hit was in the most populated island of fiji, vitti levu where the capital is housed, suva, the capital of fiji. you can see how much the ocean is being whipped up. these are the first images coming to us at cnn. i want to show you a satellite image from noaa. this is very important information because it tells us meteorologists a lot of important data. there's the eye wall of winston. there's the main island of fiji, that houses the capital suva. as it interacts with the island nation, it loses its moisture source, being the central pacific. remember, we have very warm waters from the strong el nino
we're experiencing. as the storm loses its moisture source, interacts with land and starts to disorganize that eye wall and drops the wind speeds around the center of the storl. it shows the eye wall made landfall on the island and it was a direct hit. you can imagine the destruction as we go forward over the next 12 hours as we start to pick up the pieces and really assess the damage. back to my computer graphics. we'll get a little more detail. this is the current wind situation across fiji. there's suva. you can see the large area of darker orange that's indicating winds in excess of 150 kilometers per hour. easily higher gusts within the center of the storm. again, that is becoming more and more disorganized as time goes on. the joint typhoon warning center has lowered the initial winds, 285 sustained kilometer per hour winds. but higher wind gusts around the center of the storm. here's the path. as it continues to march westward, it will weaken somewhat, but still be a very
formidable storm. equivalent to a category 4 atlantic hurricane as it heads over open waters within the next 6 to 12 hours. the last storm to make this big of a splash or impact in the island of fiji was december of 2012, tropical cyclone evan that had max winds of 230 kilometers per hour. here's the storm moving westward away from fiji. by sunday evening local time. the other concern here is extremely heavy rainfall, in excess of 300 millimeters in a short amount of time. it's a mountainous nation. that means we'll experience the potential of landslides and flooding so really concerns here, george. just to recap, extremely strong winds in excess of 200 kilometers per hour near the center of the storm, coastal flooding from storm surge and flooding from heavy rainfall as well. >> and they are seeing really the worst part of it hitting now. >> the brunt of the storm is right now. it made landfall 7:00 p.m. local
time in the section of vitti levu. >> thank you. we'll continue to stay in touch with you as we monitor that. >> thank you, george. saturday a big day in the race for the presidential campaigns, candidates. many democrats are holding caucuses in saturday. the race between hillary clinton and bernie sanders is too close to call. meanwhile, republican voters head to the polls shortly in south carolina for their primary. donald trump is leading in that state, but the latest polling shows his margin against ted cruz has narrowed some. let's take a look at the republican numbers. these polls, the cnn poll of polls shows 34% of south carolina voters who were surveyed support donald trump. ted cruz at 20%. this margin was, indeed, a bit wider just a few days ago. marco rubio comes in third followed by jeb bush, ben carson and john kasich. nationally the top three choices
are still donald trump, cruz and rubio. and the numbers are roughly the same in the south carolina poll. the bottom standings, though, are a bit different on a national level with kasich ahead of carson and bush. as the republican candidates take on each other, the front-runner donald trump is criticizing the tech giant apple. at a campaign event ahead of the south carolina primary, he turned apple's battle with the u.s. justice department into a rallying cry. cnn politics reporter sara murray has this report. >> reporter: 24 hours after taking on the pope, donald trump is taking on one of america's biggest company. >> first of all, apple ought to give the security for that phone, okay? what i think you ought to do is boycott apple until such time as they give that security number. >> reporter: his suggestion to black list the tech giant coming as the company refuses to unlock an iphone that belonged to one of the san bernardino killers.
>> how do you like that? >> reporter: trump's latest move, a signal he has no plans to water down his bombastic style after a blistering week on the trail in south carolina. >> this guy ted cruz is really a liar, i'll tell you what. >> reporter: in fact, he's using his final hours before saturday's primary to go for the jugular. >> i'll tell you what was good, even marco rubio said he's a liar. and when a politician says another politician's a liar, i never heard that before, i felt so good. >> reporter: but he's also left explaining why he voiced support for the iraqi invasion in 2002, after spending months claiming he was an early opponent. >> the first guy ever asked me about iraq was howard stern. i said, i don't know. i guess so. then i started looking at it. before the war started, i was against that war. i was against that war. >> reporter: meanwhile, ted cruz is fighting his own two-front war, trying to gain on trump and fend off marco rubio. >> i need your support tomorrow, so i'm asking for your help. >> reporter: cruz swiping at rubio over national security.
>> two debates ago when i stood on the stage and saw three republican candidates, including marco rubio, standing up there saying, sure, we should draft women. i remember thinking, you guys are nuts. >> reporter: and casting him as a shape-shifter on immigration. >> marco rubio burned us once. he shouldn't get the chance to sell us out again. >> reporter: while the top tier goes to battle, others are looking to land their closing arguments with a softer touch. >> and i really appreciate one of those hugs you've been talking about. >> reporter: jeb bush even welcoming his family on the campaign trail for his closing argument. >> jeb has been a great son, great father, great husband, married well, and is one of my four favorite sons. >> i swear to god when we were
on the bus, we were walking down, she whispered in my ear, you really are my favorite. i don't understand. >> as for that situation with apple, a senior apple executive says the tech giant is in fine company based on other people that donald trump has attacked. the executive said apple is fighting on whafl of its customers. to the democrats. hillary clinton and bernie sanders, they are in a near dead heat ahead of nevada's democratic caucuses. the latest cnn/orc polling shows clinton with a narrow lead over sanders among likely caucusgoers in the silver state, 48% to 47%. clinton is leading nationally but sanders has narrowed that gap to six percentage points. clinton is up 48% to the vermont senator's 42%. we will have more political analysis coming up. plus, hear from the voice of hillary clinton's latest campaign ad, morgan freeman n a cnn exclusive. and the results of uganda's
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killed. the two serbians were kidnapped in libya last year. the bombing on friday targeted a believed isis training camp. following this story, our ian lee joins us from cairo, egypt. thank you for being with us here on the line. what more do we know about the serbian diplomats who were killed? >> reporter: george, they were kidnapped last november when their convoy came under attack. it also had the ambassador of serbia as well. the ambassador was able to get away. these two people, a female communications officer as well as a male driver, they were kidnapped as militants were able to stop their vehicle. they've been held. there was hope they would be able to be rescued, but we are learning now from not only the serbian government but also a militant -- or a militia, rather, that belongs to the ministry of interior in libya that these two serbians were
killed in this air strike. that was carried out yesterday by the u.s., which involved two f-15s from the united kingdom along with drones from italy that struck four targets, four houses, that they suspected had up to 60 isis operatives. as you just said, we now know of 49 people killed in that strike. >> ian lee live for us in cairo, egypt, following this. we'll stay in touch as we are expecting to get at some point more responses from the fact again that we're hearing that two serbian diplomats killed in this bombing. we are just hours away from learning the final results in uganda's presidential elections. early numbers show the country's current leader president museveni may be on track to win his fifth term in office. but the hotly contested vote has been marred by accusations of
vote rigging. the main opposition leader was detained for the third time this week as police clashed with his support others friday. for the very latest let's bring in robyn kriel bringing us the story. what is the latest from uganda's electoral commission? are there any new results coming through? results slowly trickling in, george. a couple hours ago the electoral commission in kampala announcing they counted roughly 8 million of the 15 million people who turned out to vote. a very, very high number. that number praised by election observer officials who praised ugandans for coming out, despite technical difficulties at various polling sections, including polling equipment showing up late. we expect results in approximately three hours here in east africa.
we can tell you there have been a number of complaints from various electoral officials -- election observers, rather, who say this process was not necessarily completely transparent. we heard from nigeria's former president, the chief of the african union observer. he said the fact some of these electoral materials arrived late was inexcusable. we also heard from the eu, who was asked about whether it was free and fair. the eu said that the people voting in uganda had to make their own decision about that. as i said about 8 million of the 15 million votes have come insofar. what i can tell you is nuseveni is in first with about 30% of those votes being counted.
>> can you tell us about the main opposition leader being detained and the protests that have been happening. >> reporter: well, yes. protests are definitely marred the entire election process. all of last week, as you said, he was arrested three times. he's currently under watch. kampala police spokesperson is calling it preventive arrest. that is essentially what we can tell, house arrest. this goes the same for another opposition candidate, who is also at his house, not able to leave. preventive arrests at the moment for these opposition officials. a number of complaints coming through. we've seen protests, scuffled after election materials were not delivered on time. two people died noo-n these protests which had quite a heavy-hand the response from the police and military. in fact, secretary of state john kerry from the united states calling uganda's president
museveni asking that the police and military act a little calmer on the streets. he asked for restraint from uganda's police and military. >> robyn thank you so much. we'll stay in touch as those election results continue to come in. you're watching "cnn newsroom." still ahead, bernie sanders and hillary clinton, they look toward south carolina. and cnn sat down with one of hollywood's best known actors to discuss the race for the white house. morgan freeman tells us who he is endorsing. plus, harper lee, one of the greatest american authors has died. more on her fascinating life here on "newsroom." can a business have a mind?
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you're watching "cnn newsroom." i'm george howell. in london, british prime minister david cameron is meeting with his cabinet this hour on a deal that was reached with european leaders to keep the uk in the eu. we are waiting to hear from the prime minister at any time now. this live picture here at number 10 downing street. if the cabinet okays the deal, it would go to a referendum for a vote by the british people. tropical cyclone winston is making landfall in fiji this hour. the most powerful storm to make a direct hit on the country's main island ever. the fiji times says the government has declared a state of emergency for the next 30 days. the final results are soon to be in in uganda's elections.
they are expected in a few hours. and early numbers show the current president yower museveni may be on track to win his fifth term in office. the main opposition leader was detained as his supporters clashed with police on friday. democrats in nevada will be holding their caucuses on saturday. polls say the competition between hillary clinton and bernie sanders is too close to call. meanwhile, in south carolina, republicans go to the polls in a few hours. a new survey shows donald trump leads that stated but ted cruz is gaining ground. cnn political analyst josh roggin shows what this means, the new poll numbers mean for the candidates. >> reporter: what we've seen is a huge tightening of the polls and a narrowing of the differences between front-runner donald trump, second place in the polls ted cruz and then marco rubio who is now polling in third. what that means is that there's added incentive for each side to
really ramp up their involvement and their spending in south carolina in these last couple of days. that's of course what you see happening. interestingly, though, a lot of the money that is being spent on the south carolina race is not going to attack donald trump. a ton of it is going to attack jeb bush. we see a push to get the field narrowed down. the theory is if jeb bush does poorly and if the other candidates can erode away his support, maybe he'll drop out. and heading into the crucial super tuesday votes a week from now, there will be less candidates to split the vote. i think if jeb bush does well, which means he comes in third or a close fourth, in other words, if he looks almost even with marco rubio, then he'll have an argument to take back to his supporters and his donors as to why they should continue. continue giving him money, continue is noti insupporting h.
if he doesn't come close to marco rubio, there will be pressure on him . kasich is expected to stay in the race through march 15th, when the ohio primary is. that's the one primary he'll probably win since he's the governor of ohio f he's going to win one. he's not going to drop out. again, if he doesn't have a real strong showing on saturday, no one's really going to take him seriously and there's going to be a lot of calls for him to step aside and let his whatever percentage go to the establishment candidate who has the best chance to beat trump and cruz. >> just a reminder on those numbers, trump has the support of 34% of likely south carolina voters in our poll of polls. and ted cruz has 20%. among democrats running for president, a major part of bernie sanders' campaign there has been his fight for civil rights. he's made no secret of the fact that he was arrested during a demonstration in the 1960s. and now we are seeing footage of that alleged arrest.
affiliate wgn chicago has more from the story. >> reporter: democratic presidential rivals hillary clinton and bernie sanders have been battling to win african-americans. supporters of clinton have accused sanders on issues of importance but archival vitt video from 1963 appears to show sanders was on the front lines of the civil rights movement. this person who appears to be sanders is arrested. the video was first posted online at 63boycott.com. >> it was definitely bernie, although there's a lot of talk now, is this bernie? is this is not bern judge? >> reporter: jerry shot the video 53 years ago. then he was a young film maker protesting racism in schools and housing on chicago's south side. he says when he looks at the footage today, he's sure it's sanders. >> he was efvidently at that event and he was evidently at the march on washington.
>> reporter: the old footage was unearthed by a documentary group here in chicago. they are working on a film about the 1963 chicago public school boycott. chicago schools were putting black students in trailers so they wouldn't have to integrate white schools. >> they were called willis wagons and there were a lot of smaller protests. eventually there was a citywide boycott where over 200,000 kids walked out. >> reporter: it appears bernie sanders, a young student activist, took up the cause. >> i had these photos to reference of bernie in '63. i was looking through. i paused it. it's not very good quality. well, the facial shape and the angle, kind of looks like him. i didn't know it, though. i was pretty hesitant, oh, this is definitely bernie sanders. >> reporter: luckily they had another way to try to confirm the video showed sanders. gordon quinn attended the university of chicago and was a classmate of sanders. this is his yearbook.
that's the future senator from vermont. both sanders and his rival, hillary clinton, are fighting hard to win support of african-american voters. clinton just got the endorsement of representative james clyburn, the third ranking democrat in the house of representatives and now one of hollywood's biggest actors has given his big voice to her latest ad. it comes a week ahead of south carolina's democratic primary. cnn's don lemon sat down with morgan freeman. >> reporter: first of all, welcome. you decided to make these series of ads in support of hillary clinton. this is an endorsement? >> well, yeah. i have to pick somebody. and she's been my choice. she decided, yes,ly go. >> let's take a look at the ad. ♪ >>
her church taught her to do all the good you can for all the people you can for as long as can you. after law school, she could have
joined a high-priced law firm. but instead she worked to reform justice in south carolina, exposed racism in alabama schools, and provided legal aid to families in arkansas. her life's work has been about breaking barriers and so would her presidency. >> that's very powerful. why did you decide to do this? >> this is coming down to the wi wire. i think it is a very, very important election. not all that all of them aren't, but given the situation in the world today where everybody's sitting on some kind of a powder keg and too many people have matches, if you know what i mean. so whoever is
going to be part of the world leadership has to have some serious knowledge and smarts, and i think because
hillary's background, her knowledge, her proven abilities -- >> as a form are secretary of state. >> exactly. >> so, this is about -- for you this sounds like it's about trust, who you can trust. >> yes. yes, absolutely. >> i want you to take a look at this. this is an exchange from a cnn questioner at the recent town hall about the trust issue. >> i've heard from quite a few people my age that they think you're dishonest. but i'd like to hear from you why you feel the enthusiasm isn't there. >> i've been around a long time. people have thrown all kinds of things at me. and, you know, i can't keep up with it. just keep going forward. they fall by the wayside. they come up with these outlandish things. they make these charges. i just keep going forward because there's nothing to it. they throw all this stuff at me and i'm still standing.
>> do you think that's a good enough answer? polls say she has a trust issue. number one, is it a good enough answer? in your mind, do you think she has a trust issue? >> well, not with me she doesn't. i don't know. i can't say that she doesn't because -- all you need in some cases with people is to say it. just put it out there. and it gets legs. the clintons have been beat down ever since. way back. so, she just is going along with that legacy she's inherited over the amount of time she's been in politics, which has been a long time. i think this is just made-up stuff. political hog wash. >> the primary coming up in south carolina. you say, again, this is more
about trust to you. south carolina, the big thing s she has to win the african-american vote. if she doesn't get the african-american vote, bernie sanders doesn't get the african-american vote, then it's toast. for you this goes beyond that. again, this is an issue of trust for you, and that's why you are supporting her. >> yeah. i don't think there is such a thing as a black vote, a political monolith, you know. that's not going to be the way it works this time. >> people need to figure out who they can trust because at this point in time you have whoever will be in control of the senate, the supreme court nominee and the person who will sit in the white house. as you said, this -- all elections are important, but this one may be the most important that many of us will vote on or experience in our lifetimes. >> exactly.
i'm a little fearful. when you get to that point, you need to stand up and start talking, you know. so, that's why i'm here. i think we're talking about race and gender and all that. and that is always going to go on in these contests but really is not about that. it's about who can do the job. we have to stop and think, who can do the job? and we have our shot of getting a very qualified person, who happens to be a woman, in the number one job. >> you've seen a lot of presidential campaigns. is there anything that stood out to you that just makes you want to, like, shake your fist at the television or -- >> makes me laugh. i'm not going to call them a name, not going to lay out anything. but it makes me laugh. >> it's funny to you?
>> it's funny. >> did you ever think we would be at this point politically? >> no. no, no. i -- no. i mean, who -- who would? >> what's at stake in this election? >> what isn't? safety. security. the fact that we have this disparity in incomes, that always brings to a shaking point. there will be a revolt as a result of that. that's really, i think, what bernie sanders is riding on, that sense of revolt that too much of the country's wealth is squeezed into too small a space.
because without a middle class, without people being able to make a decent living, we don't go anywhere. we don't -- we don't grow. we don't thrive. yeah, in terms of where the money is concentrated, that's fine. go to where people are just on the streets wondering how they're going to get past this month, you know. >> it's an honor. thank you. always good to see you. >> thank you, don. >> come back. >> thank you. you know why? >> why? >> you're a good looking kid. >> well, thank you. i appreciate that. thank you, sir. it's, indeed, a pleasure. >> okay. >> cnn's don lemon there with an exclusive interview with actor morgan freeman and his new ad for candidate hillary clinton. you're watching "cnn newsroom." still ahead, she said that she wanted to be the jane austen of south alabama. american author harper lee has died at the age of 89 years old. we'll have more on her incredible life ahead.
and we're also keeping an eye on number 10 downing street in london as the british prime minister, david cameron, tries to convince his cabinet that he's got a good deal from the european union ahead of a referendum for that country's membership. we'll bring you his words live as he appears there. as "cnn newsroom" continues. attacks three strong litter box odors, plus locks clumps tight. ... and now it's light. every home, every cat. there's a tidy cats for that. aren't moving in the right direction,bers it can be a burden. but what if you could wake up to lower blood sugar? imagine loving your numbers. discover once-daily invokana®. with over 6 million prescriptions and counting, it's the #1 prescribed sglt2 inhibitor that works to lower a1c. invokana® is used along with diet and exercise to significantly lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes.
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another loss in the literary world, harper lee, the famous american author for the book "to kill a mockingbird." she has also died. she became famous after she wrote the book but chose to live a quiet life in the southern u.s. cnn's anderson cooper has more on her life and her career. >> you never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. delivered by the fictional alaba alabama lawyer atticus finch in to kill a mockingbird looking at the racial injustice through the eyes of finch's daughter, scout. these were first brought to life in a novel by harper lee, in a classic for all generations. nell harper lee was born april 28, 1926, in a small town of monroeville, alabama. her father was a lawyer and served as inspiration for her book "civil rights hero," she
studied law at the university of alabama and became editor of the school's humorous and literary magazines. by age 23 she abandoned law and moved to new york to become a writer. there lee ee united with her childhood friend and fellow friend, capote, and helped him in the research for his book. it's played out on the big screen in "capote" lee's first novel "to kill a mockingbird" was published in 1960 and received the pulitzer prize. >> all of us are filled with admiration for a great american and a lovely lady named harper lee. >> reporter: but for most of her life, she stayed out of the spotlight. in one of the few interviews lee ever granted, she offered a glimpse into her thoughts saying, i want to do the best i
can with the talent god gave me. all i want to be is the jane austen of south alabama. in 2015 the literary world was stunned by the announcement a second harper lee manuscript "go set a watchman" was completed. it was actually written before "to kill a mockingbird" and features scout and atticus some 20 years later. >> this is really the publishing event of the decade. >> reporter: that excitement lit up the small town where harper lee grew up and lived in her twilight years. >> to have another book, we are charmed. >> reporter: but many fans were disappointed in the portrayal of the characters they knew and loved. >> a couple of the tweets expressing the devastation of fans out there. the idea of atticus finch being racist is like spielberg doing a sequel in which e.t. punches elliott in the face and stealings his lunch money. >> reporter: "watchman" still became a best seller. the fastest selling book in harper's publishing history.
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about problems. the most important is poverty. >> reasons why students might drop out is because they might leave the country or something like that. usually it's not because of young marriages. >> reporter: the children of syria, also palestinian refugees, proved they know too much about war. >> we need protection. during this crisis we are in a problem. we need security and peace for our school. >> i changed house and different places so i changed three schools. we need safe places. and return peace and security to our country. >> reporter: she explains why she wishes her school had a psychologist. >> because we need someone to talk with him because we feel afraid in this war. >> reporter: but then the damascus children shift the mood with a joyous surprise. turns out they're huge adele fans.
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it's our first double header of the year. the polls open this morning in the south carolina primary and the democratic caucuses are being held in nevada this afternoon, plus we will have live coverage as thousands of family, friends and dignitaries begin arriving in d.c. for a special mass and funeral service for supreme court justice antonin scalia. good morning to you, every o one, i'm amara walker in for christi paul. let's get to columbia, south carolina, where victor blackwell is leading our political