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our live coverage continues now with errol barnett and rosemary church in atlanta. plus, brazil's president could be hours away from having to step down for a while as the senate debate her impeachment. >> a series of terror attacks in iraq's capital. nearly 100 people are dead, all while the country is in political turmoil. and later as the investigation continues into prince's death, cnn holds a special town hall on how many americans are addicted to painkillers. hello and welcome to our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. i'm rosemary church. >> and i'm errol barnett. we very much appreciate you joining us. we're your anchor team for the next two hours on "cnn newsroom."
donald trump is on a mission to build unity with the republican party while staying true to his brand. >> in the next few hours he'll be meeting with house speaker paul ryan to get that unity thing going. just a day ago, the presumptive nominee told "the new york times" believes he has a mandate to be provocative. >> meanwhile, controversy is dogging his campaign. sara murray reports. >> reporter: donald trump bucking tradition again, refusing to release his tax returns, which he says are still under audit. trump tells the associated press there's nothing to learn from them, and he took to twitter to add, i told a h a.m. that my taxes are under routine audit and i would release my tax returns when audit is complete, not after election. but trump would be the first nominee since 1976 to keep all his tax info under wraps.
the returns shed light on a candidate's effective tax rate, charitable giving, and investment income, all issues that have tripped up politicians in the past. earlier this year, trump suggested it was only a matter of months before he'd release his returns. >> i have one of the world's most complicated tax returns. it's a massive return, but i will get it done as soon as i can. >> reporter: now the billionaire businessman isn't budging. his latest reason, claiming he can't release them because they're under audit. >> i will absolutely give my return, but i'm being audited now for two or three years, so i can't do it until the audit is finished obviously. while i'm under audit, i'm not going to release my tax returns. no lawyer would let you do that. >> reporter: it's an excuse some experts balked at. other experts said it may make sense as a legal strategy to keep his taxes under wraps. as for the irs, it says individuals are free to release their own tax information. richard nixon did just that,
releasing his returns while he was under audit in the 1970s. now hillary clinton is seizing on trump's reluctance to release his returns. >> when you run for president, especially when you come the nominee, that is kind of expected. my husband and i have released 33 years of tax returns. we got eight years on our website right now. so you got to ask yourself, why doesn't he want to release them? >> reporter: trump's resistance is a sharp about-face after he criticized 2012 gop nominee mitt romney for failing to release his tax returns sooner. >> i think that mitt was hurt really very badly by this whole thing with the income tax returns. i believe that he -- he said i'm giving them april 1st, or i'm giving them soon. >> reporter: this year the tables have turned and it's romney questioning what trump's hiding. >> i pre-zikt there are more bombshells in his tax returns. >> reporter: even taking to facebook to write, it is
disqualifying for a modern day presidential nominee to refuse to release tax returns to the voters. while trump may never win over romney, he's still looking to patch things up with paul ryan tomorrow on capitol hill. even though the house speaker said he's not quite ready to endorse trum, he insists he's still pushing for party unity. >> what we're trying do is be as constructive as possible. we just finished one of the most grueling primaries in modern history. it's going to take some work and that's the kind of work we're dedicated to doing. >> so let's bring in rng strategist luis alvarado. he is a latino political and media consultant joining us live from los angeles. thank you for talking with us. >> thanks for the invitation. >> so donald trump set to meet with house speaker paul ryan in the coming hours in an effort to forge some sort of unity within a very divided party. what do you expect will come out of that meeting? can they patch up their differences? >> i think if anybody is looking
for a kumbaya moment, they're not going to get t. i think it's only the beginning of the dance. there is a lot of things that separate them from ideology to strategy to how they actually implement their messaging. and speaker ryan has a lot to protect in the upcoming election. and donald trump really doesn't care about what happens with the rnc and the candidates and the down ticket ballot. so he just wants to win the presidency. so there is some patching to do. i don't know if they're going to be able to get there. i think they're basically looking to seem to be working together in the name of the party. so both their objectives can at least start moving forward. but at the end of the day, i think it's quite clear that donald trump's objectives are not paul ryan's, and paul ryan's objectives as the speaker are not the same as donald trump. >> that seems very clear. what about the issue of trump's reluctance to release his tax returns? mitt romney, as we heard, says that would disqualify him, and he suggests trump's hiding a bombshell of some sort. hillary clinton, of course, seized on that point saying she's going to find out why.
how bad could this get for trump, do you think? >> well, you have to understand when you go run a campaign, the objective is to win votes. and when it comes to the primary, he already conquered that. he already has his base. obviously there's things that he has to patch up before they get to the convention. but when it comes to the general election, he has to be able to peel off some voters who are independents, voters who are democrats, and it's up to his opponents to be able to create these mine fields that he's going to have to navigate. and not releasing his taxes creates a question. and there's an old saying where i come from, if there's a little bit of smoke, maybe there's a little bit of fire somewhere. if he doesn't put out the fire, if he doesn't get rid of the smoke, then the question will be persisting and it will give the ability of his opponents to be able to corner him and define him as somebody who is actually hiding something from the electorate. >> yeah, and that's going to be particularly the case since there is actually no reason why
he can't certainly legally. the irs have said he can certainly release them. i want to ask you, though, as a republican but also as a latino, how do you feel about donald trump as your party's presumptive presidential nominee, and will you be voting for him? >> i actually stood at a press conference in colorado at the presidential debate with many of my fellow republican leaders who worked very diligently to get closer the republican party in the latino community, and we knew from the get-go that donald trump did not represent the interests that we wanted the republican party to have, not just for the latinos but for the nation. so i personally denounced him. i said i would be one of those never-trump, although i say it in spanish, nunca trump. i would not be voting for him. i think i will work diligently like many other republicans in ensuring that other qualified republicans are supported in the down ballot ticket. and that's going to be what i'm going to concentrate on, making
sure that -- >> how is that going to work? >> well, for example, here in california, you have bakr ra, who is a great republican running for the u.s. senate. i'm going to make sure that republicans know that bakr row is good for california, and there are other great republicans that are working for constituencies that include latinos and other minorities and are doing a great job. governors throughout the country are doing great jobs. they're looking how to separate themselves and their accomplishments from what the donald trump message is. so for people who want to build progress, you need to look at the candidates and what they've actually delivered for their constituencies. if they've been successful, if you have a governor who can prove to his electorate that he's effective or she's effective, then that's what we're hoping the american people find. democrats who are going to do everything in their power to ensure that america thinks that republicans are going to stand behind trump, and every republican is the same as donald trump, and that couldn't be farther from the truth. i do not stand with trump.
i do not believe in anything he stands for, but i do believe in the republican party. i do believe in the republican ideology. and i also believe in working with democrats when it comes to working and building our country. >> all right. luis alvarado not ready to embrace donald trump as your nominee. many thanks to you. appreciate it. >> my pleasure. >> a very difficult situation he is in as many others are as well. on the democratic side, hillary clinton and bernie sanders are still battling for the party's nomination. >> and that's forcing a bit of a shift on some key issues. cnn's tom foreman explains. >> reporter: rapidly closing in on her party's nomination, hillary clinton clearly wants to steer toward the middle ground where general elections are won. but bernie sanders keeps yanking her left. >> this is the future of america, the future of the democratic party. >> reporter: the democratic socialist from vermont has won 19 states to clinton's 23, and he trails in delegates. >> show me what democracy looks
like! >> reporter: but liberals love him, prompting donald trump to tweet, i don't want to hit crazy bernie sanders too hard yet because i love watching what he is doing to crooked hillary. sanders wants a nationwide increase of the minimum wage to $15 an hour. >> i favor a $12 an hour -- >> reporter: last year she was talking about $12 and encouraging some local governments to maybe make it more. but now listen. >> i have supported the fight for 15. i am proud to have the endorsement of most of the unions that have led the fight for 15. >> reporter: now, she is dead set against the tpp. >> in looking at it, it didn't meet my standards. >> reporter: sanders raged against the keystone xl pipeline as a potential environmental disasterer. clinton stayed mum on it on the
campaign heated up, and then she turned it down. and while clinton has repeatedly said refining the affordable care act is the best plan for health care, sanders has pushed for a government-backed single payer system. and just this week, she took a step his way. >> i also am in favor of what's called the public option so that people can buy into, you know, medicare above a certain age. >> reporter: exit poll shows sanders has significantly outperformed her in winning over white men and young people, suggesting in addition to her policies, she may need to adjust her approach to some voters. >> like it or not, all of this may just be smart politics. a study by pew has found that over the past 15 years, the number of democrats who call themselves moderate or conservative has been in decline while those who call themselves liberals are now the dominant faction in the party. tom foreman, cnn, washington. australian officials say two
pieces of debris are almost certainly from malaysia airlines flight 370. >> they were found on beaches in south africa and mauritius back in march. one piece is an engine cowling that shows part of the rolls royce logo. you see it here. >> and the other is an interior panel which came from the main cabin. the discoveries were made two years after the plane disappeared on a flight from kuala lumpur. another big story we're following. tensions are high in brazil. we could be just hours away now from learning if president dilma rousseff will have to step down at least temporarily. police rained tear gas there on protesters outside the senate. this as lawmakers debated rousseff's future. >> we're watching out for this. we're looking at a live shot here at the proceedings in brasilia. it's just after 3:00 in the
morning there. published reports say most senators plan to vote for a trial. shasta darling ton has more. >> reporter: brazil's senate has been gathered all day and into the night for a crucial vote that will decide the fate of president dilma rousseff. if a majority votes in favor of an impeachment trial, she'll be forced to step down for 180 days to defend herself. and while the speeches have gone on longer than expected, each senator given 15 minutes and many going over, it is widely expected that that impeachment trial will be approved and rousseff will be stepping down on thursday, replaced by her vice president. this again will happen at some point during the day on thursday. he'll be in a hurry to appoint a finance minister and other economic staff to prove to markets and investors that he's going to get the economy back on track. unfortunately for him, he'll face a lot of the same challenges and problems that rousseff has so far failed to
overcome. a deep recession and frustration over widespread corruption. shasta darlington, cnn, brasilia. >> what will happen next here? joining us from los angeles is ucla professor okay tavio pes ca dor. thanks for staying up late and joining us. we do expect the impeachment to be approved by the senate if you look at what a lot of the senators have already told us and what the local papers are reporting. but dilma rousseff is really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to brazil's economic issues. how likely is this to be a real turning point for the country? >> well, it will be a turning point in terms of the rule of law. there's been ample cases, in fact folks who are involved in this investigation and challenging president rousseff under investigation themselves. the head of the lower chamber was ousted from the process
because of a corruption accusation. interestingly, rousseff her self have not been accuse of corruption but a responsibility rule she broke in terms of trying to cover up the budget deficits she had. and interestingly if you see the timeline of these events, the key catalyst has been the crisis that the corruption scandal uncovered in terms of every single party involved. and so if anything positive is to come out of this, because remember the price of oil still in the 40s, it's come up over the last 48 hours, you know, 3%. so it may be that, you know, the vice president, when he takes over, almost certainly within the next few hours, will find a better situation. but in terms of the overall global panorama, it's not going to be that easy. so if something -- >> and you wonder who will bring
that reform, then, if no one's hands are clean? it does seem as though markets rally each time the impeachment process moves forward, but the vice president himself has been named by witnesses in the scandal. he's not being investigated. but is he really the savior the country needs? >> no, certainly not. as i said, you know, this is a lame duck administration either way. either rousseff at the helm or the vice president. but the situation is not going to improve overnight. what will improve and, you know, that's the expectation, although this transition or forced transition may be a way to cover other cases and additional information and provide this impunity. there's a current senator that was currently in brazil. congressmen cannot be tried except for the supreme court. some of them have been found
guilty, but through the appeals process are still in office and have not been ousted. so in a sense, if something positive can come out of this, it will be a change in that the movement of the youth that started in 2013 with the price of, you know, buses and transportation and then was moved into the transparency contingents will continue to grow. that you can be sure of. >> the issue is certainly larger than one person. we'll continue to watch the senate here in these next few hours. okay tavio pes ca dor, ucla professor, joining us from l.a. investigators want to know how prince obtained painkillers. how a search warrant could provide new clues into the singer's death. we'll have that in just a moment. stay with us. every day you read headlines about businesses being hacked
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>> medical at paisley park. person down, not breathing. >> reporter: that was the 911 dispatcher sending paramedics to prince's compound the day he died. now new details have emerged about that day and the days leading up to prince's death. the details revealed in a search warrant published by the l.a. times and star tribune. the search warrant request was filed may 6th and eventually served on this medical center, which is about 23 miles prosecute prince's paisley park compound. in it, it asks for any and all of prince's medical records. dr. michael todd schulenberg shown here in unrelated video on youtube worked at the facility and was treating prince. a detective notes dr. schulenberg said he did prescribe prince medications and the prescriptions were to be filled at walgreens. the warrant says the doctor saw prince the day before he died, and it states that dr. schulenberg was actually at the
compound to drop off test results the day prince's body was discovered in an elevator. we checked on dr. schulenberg's medical license and there were no complaints against him. it was clean. we also called north memorial medical center to try and talk to him, but we were told by a spokesperson that he no longer works here. so far no one has been charged in this case, but the investigation is still going full throttle. on tuesday, the dea and sheriff's deputies were back inside the paisley park compound, executing another search. sarah sidener, cnn, minnesota. health officials in the u.s. are battling a growing epidemic of painkiller overdoses. around 75% of the world's prescription drugs are consumed in the u.s. >> which is just incredible. cnn hosted a special town hall on prescription drug abuse to shed a light on this terrible addiction. doctors, experts and opioid recovering addicts joined the conversation. take a look. >> lucas is here with us.
ray is a former nfl quarterback who at one time was taking up to 1,400 opioid pills a month. is that right? >> yeah, that's correct. >> that's incredible. >> yeah, it started from a football injury. didn't have insurance. 300 turns into 600. before i knew it, 1,400 pills a month. and i was doing tv at the time, doing all the jets stuff. i was a functioning addict. >> you could function? >> functioning addict. i day before i would go on tv, i would stop taking the pills, do the show, and i could swear as soon as my producer was in my ear, saying five, four, the pain would rush back. so i would go downstairs, and i would take 15 pills right away. and before i got in my truck to go home, i would take 15 more pills. at my worst, i had taken 80 a day at one point. 40 a day. i mean this was my life. and the funniest thing about the whole, i won an m.p. that year. in reality, this is what i did on a daily basis for a year.
bank rupt my family, put my wife and kids through hell. i tell my story and i'm not ashamed because i think opioids are changed the face of what people think are addicts. i graduated from rutgers university, but i'm an addict and i will always be that way. >> even now that you're not using? >> oh, 100%. i don't wear it as, you know, like i'm supposed to be ashamed of it because i survived, and i overcame my addiction, and i tell my story to make sure people know out there that they can overcome. >> it's incredible. i think a lot of people don't think about a functioning addict. >> ray, it's good to see you. you look well. i think you'd probably agree that you probably had windows where you were functioning. >> like i said, the day before, stop taking the pills. as soon as the show was over for the next three days before my next show, 40 a day, 50 a day easy. >> but the rest of the time, you know, there's denial. there's probably hiding of pills, things like that. >> the funniest thing with me is i used to walk past the mirror. being a quarterback, we like to look good and be sexy and stuff.
but i couldn't shave because the guy i looked at in the mirror wasn't the guy i knew. >> just stunning. >> wow. >> don't forget you can see the entire special town hall, prescription addiction, made in the usa. join dr. sanjay gupta and add i son cooper. we go to france now and film director woody allen's romantic comedy premiered at the cans film festival. that's him posing. >> why the festival kicked off in france, his son was condemning the media for its handling of sexual abuse allegations against the filmmaker. ronan farrow -- >> in a hollywood reporter opinion piece, he writes,
tonight the cannes film festival kicks off with a new woody allen film. he'll have his stars at his side. they can trust that the press won't ask them tough questions. that kind of silence isn't just wrong. it's dangerous. it sends a message to victims that it's not worth the anguish to come forward. >> earlier on cnn, we asked an executive for the hollywood reporter why she thinks woody allen's received a pass from the media. >> the industry does revere its great artists, and i think that's also true of woody allen. there are many, many film fans who have e-mailed us and e-mailed ronan and has probably contacted woody's team as well. i haven't seen his film since 2014. i won't do it. but within hollywood, people are still very absorbed in the craft, and they do revere the work. and sometimes very often there is a compartmentalization, a separation of those things. although again increasingly i think in this world of social media, the personal and the
professional are not as easy to divide. and while woody allen wasn't asked those questions today at cannes, everyone noted that those questions weren't asked. >> more of the world's biggest stories still to come after an especially violent day at the hands of isis terrorists. iraqis are demanding more from their government. stay with cnn. all her aches and pains. and i said "come to class, let's start walking together" and i said "and i bet you money you'll be able to do that senior walk". that day i said "ok it's me and you girl, me and you!" i said "if you need to stop, there's a bench we'll just hang out in the shade." she said "absolutely not! we are going to finish this race!" and we were the last ones in, but you know what? we finished the race. and she goes "desiree, i'll never quit walking. ever"
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a warm welcome back to those of you watching here in the states and everyone tuned in from around the worldment i'm errol barnett. >> and i'm rosemary church. it is that time, time to check the stories we've been following this hour. a growing number of republicans in the u.s. congress are urging house speaker paul ryan to get behind donald trump's presidential bid. the two are scheduled to meet in washington in the coming hours. ryan said last week he was not yet ready to support trump. a magnitude 5.8 earthquake
struck the east coast of taiwan thursday. one eyewitness says tremors in taipei lasted about 10 to 15 seconds. you see people picking up from the store shelves there. there are no reports of any casualties or major damage just yet. federal officials have now determined that a deliberately set fire ignited a massive fertilizer plant explosion in texas. it killed 15 people. officials are offering a reward for information leading to an arrest. the blast destroyed more than 500 homes and triggered a magnitude 2.1 earthquake. iraqis are demanding answers from their government a day after a series of deadly attacks. the bombings killed at least 93 people in baghdad on wednesday. >> jim sciutto reports political upheaval there is making it easy for terror groups like isis to thrive. >> reporter: it was the bloodiest single day in baghdad in months. here the smoke still rising
moments after a suicide attack on a checkpoint killed 12. earlier the deadliest strike of the day, more than 60 killed at a busy market in a shiite neighborhood. blood showcasing the pavement, cars reduced to smoldering hulks. isis quickly claimed responsibility for the bloodshed. the attacks sparked renewed anger from iraqis already deeply distrustful of their government. today's violence coming just days after angry crowds stormed government headquarters inside the capital's heavily fortified green zone. protesting corruption. many people were killed and you can see blood everywhere. why did this happen? can this corrupt government tell us why? the people are dying because of this government. >> reporter: today the white house blamed the ongoing political struggle in the deeply divided iraqi government for undermining iraqi efforts to
fight isis. >> the united states government has been of the strongly held view that the iraqi government is more likely to be successful in securing the country if they can succeed in uniting that country to face down the threat. that's what prime minister abadi has tried to do. >> reporter: the attacks come as the terror group has suffered devastating losses on the battlefield. u.s. coalition and iraqi security forces have driven isis out of more than 40% of its territory, including once important power centers in ramadi. the result, says the u.s. military, is an isis that is less capable of large-scale operations on the battlefield. >> it's much smaller groups. really attempting to, in my mind, stay relevant and to put pressure really to try to fix the iraqi security forces from continuing to move. >> reporter: jim sciutto, cnn,
washington. now from among, jordan, losses on the battlefield for isis clearly not affecting their capability to attack with deadly force. what's the iraqi government planning to do to protect its citizens from more strikes like this even though they're in the midst of this political turmoil? >> reporter: well, rosemary, i think we might see what we have seen in the past following other similar devastating attacks. after all, violence has become the norm in iraq. attacks like this that happen over and over again. and in the aftermath of these attacks, you see iraqi officials bringing in security officials, questioning them, firing officials, increasing security. but that really doesn't stop these attacks from happening, and that's loss of life that we continue to see in iraq. and as you mentioned, isis still has that ability despite losing ground, despite some of the losses that we have seen in recent months whether this iraq
or syria, it still possesses the ability to carry out these high-profile, coordinated attacks, whether like this one that we saw -- these three attacks we saw in baghdad on wednesday or like we saw last week, those attacks that carried in northern iraq, complex, coordinated ones. so iraqis here would be expecting their politicians to be providing more, rosemary. as you know, in iraq politics and security are really so closely intertwined, and whatever happened on the political scene is really reflected on the ground. a in the security situation. so to really weaken isis and to go after the group, they need to be doing more than the fight on the battlefield. more needs to happen on the political scene, something that hasn't happened so far. >> that is certainly what people there in iraq want to see. it is 9:36 there in the morning in ammon jordan. thank you for bringing us up to date on that situation.
north korean officials are making an extraordinary propaganda move, bringing forward the relatives of 13 defectors to try to prove they were abducted and forcibly taken to south korea. >> the defectors were working at a north korean restaurant in china when they fled en masse to south korea last month, you may remember. now their relatives are speaking exclusively to bill ripley. >> reporter: it is highly likely these families seen here smiling as she left korea, saved up to buy her newborn nephew a present.
her mother said when she got a letter the baby was born, she sent this coat and shoes. she said she wanted to see him. they don't have facebook here. before they could mail this picture, this one emerged. ree and 12 other restaurant workers in south korea. the government says all defected willingly. abandoning this north korean state-owned restaurant in china, now closed. north korea says agents from the south lied, tricking the group into thinking they were going to another state-owned restaurant in malaysia. government officials brought three families to tell their stories in a pyongyang hotel. >> translator: this is an abduction, a kidnapping, said the mother of a waitress. >> reporter: a lot of people might think it doesn't seem likely that a whole group could be abducted. is it possible that they left voluntarily? how can they say my sister went to south korea?
she says they talked about all the new clothes her sister was buying in china and promised to bring some home. i never want to believe our daughter went there, says the father of a waitress. ironically, his job is to train citizens working abroad. they bring the north korean government $1 billion to $2 billion a year according to a u.n. report last year. each family believes their daughters are in solitary confinement, on hunger strike, nearly dead. they said relevant authorities told them. our loving, loving daughter is in a life or threat situation, he says. the south korean unification ministry says the claims they are in solitary confinement and on hunger strike are completely untrue. south korea also says they cannot grant a request from the north korean families to meet with their daughters, a request the families also made to the u.n. human rights commission. south korea again saying, quote, they defected on their own free will. all 13 will stay in south korean
unification ministry custody for several months. time the government says is needed to adjust. my loving daughter, let me go to my loving daughter. a heartbreaking plea made countless times before on the divided korean peninsula. and despite the fact these young women are maybe 121 miles from where i'm standing right now, less than 200 kilometers from pyongyang, they might as well be 10,000 miles or more because once they cross that border into south korea, they renounce their north korean citizenship, and it is now officially a crime for them to have direct contact with their families here. why is the regime, the government, putting them forward now? perhaps because after a weekend where kim jong-un was trying to project unity and strength after his promotion to chairman during the seventh party congress, this humiliating apparent mass defection is not the image that the supreme leader and his party are trying to present to the world. rosemary, errol. >> thanks so much, will.
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trade from the republican presumptive nominee against one of his top targets. yet here in china, there is respect and even admiration for donald trump. >> i think donald trump had the guts to say everything that normal people in western society fear to say. >> reporter: he is a young chinese tech entrepreneur, part of a vocal group of chinese fans of the billionaire businessman. one social media user on china's twitter equivalent says hillary clinton just makes empty promises while trump is the king of doing what he says. another calls him sharp and pragmatic. one person even said they'd vote for him because he is so handsome. ♪ money, money, money, money >> reporter: a face chinese audiences got to know from his days on celebrity apprentice, a hit here in china. >> you're fired. >> reporter: from tv to books, the art of the deal is found in book stars across beijing. his success as a businessman is no doubt part of his appeal as a politician. some chinese see a rich
billionaire and want to be just like him. like the owner of trump consulting, a chinese real estate firm named after the candidate himself. the irony, the owner tells cnn donald trump is a political clown, but i wouldn't change my company name for that. he's a real estate tycoon after all. his feelings on trump the politician shared by the media here. in march, the state-run newspaper, the global times, called trump a rich narcissist and a clown for statements like this. >> negotiating with china, when these people walk in the room, they don't say, oh, hello, how's the weather, so beautiful outside. they say, we want deal. >> reporter: even with all the bluster, trump tower is still a popular destination for tourists from mainland china and taiwan visiting new york city. >> everybody like trump. so i come to see. i wish that trump would win. >> reporter: still not everyone is a fan. >> if he become the president, i
have a little bit scared. >> reporter: the chinese, just like many americans, with no shortage of opinions on donald trump. >> some scared, some thrilled. matt rivers joins us now from beijing. matt, it's hard for a lot of people to grasp that after all trump has said about china, he has fans there willing to tell the world how they feel about him. how hard was it to track some of them down? >> reporter: well, rosemary, the logical thing, right, like you said, you would think that most people would not be big fans of him here given his negative comments. but there are fans here. it does take a little bit of hunting. you go online and kind of go through these social media groups to see whom you can find. but there are people out there, so it didn't take us too long. one thing we were able to find that i'd just like to show you is this t-shirt. this is more evidence that there are fans here in china. that says trump 2016. it's a terrible t-shirt, but it is made here in china and
perhaps more interestingly, it is only shipped here in china. so we don't know how many people are buying this t-shirt in china, but we do know they have sold some. so there might not be a lot of fans, but there are a few. >> still intriguing. matt rivers joining us live from beijing. always a pleasure to chat with you. >> terrible t-shirts, some people might see it as stylish. >> clearly there is demand. there's supply and demand. presidential candidates try not to alienate voters, right? but one in particular is appealing to the voting demo that chases flying saucers. this is for real. how hillary clinton is wooing the ufo fringe, next. (laughing) there's nothing like making their day.
that's the power of &. u.s. presidential candidate hillary clinton has some down-to-earth plans for what's called the most powerful nation on the planet. >> but a certain voting group hopes she'll also be gazing at the stars and finally reveal the truth out there. as jeanne moos reports. >> reporter: since the 2016 campaign has seemed a little alien, we might as well discuss the ufo vote because ufos and the secret of u.s. air force
base area 51 keep coming up. for instance, wednesday's white house briefing. >> i have to admit i don't have a tab in my briefing book for area 51 today. >> reporter: and hillary clinton has been answering ufo questions. >> there are enough stories out there that i don't think everybody is just sitting, you know, in their kitschen making them up. >> reporter: she's sounding like an expert. >> there's a new name. it's unexplained aerial phenomenon. >> unexplained aerial phenomenon? >> yeah, uap. >> reporter: actually, it's unidentified aerial phenomenon. uap is meant to better describe and put some distance between it and the sometimes ridiculed ufo. hillary has said she would try to open government files. she told the conway new hampshire sun, i think we may have been visited already. we don't know for sure. so for many ufo believers worldwide, who is the best candidate from your point of view? >> well, hillary is definitely.
no question. it's nice that they are making the subject respectable, but i also know that presidents don't always gain access to stuff that they're interested in. >> reporter: many moons ago, the weekly world news mocked hillary with its alien baby cover. her current campaign chairman, john pedesta, is a longtime pro-poen et of opening government files. >> american people can handle the truth. >> reporter: some seem described e.t. hunters oppose hillary. >> my candidate is donald trump because he's not a politician. >> reporter: ufo-ologists who prefer hillary worry. >> i'm waiting for trump to get around to say, oh, hillary is some kind of a nut. she believes in flying saucers. >> reporter: maybe the aliens are looking for signs of intelligent life on our campaign trail. jeanne moos, cnn. >> do you believe? >> i don't know. >> reporter: new york. >> intriguing. now here's a flying object we have identified. it is the world's largest aircraft, and it's on a rare
flight. the ukrainian built cargo jet is making its first long-distance journey this year from kiev to perth, australia. >> it has stopped in the czech republic and will also go to malaysia. the jet's total weight at takeoff is 640 tons. that's more than twice as heavy as the statue of liberty in case you're wondering. ok okay. instagram getting a makeover. the popular photo and vod sharing app showed off its icon on wednesday. the new look is on the left, instagram's familiar history on the right. that is ancient history. >> the way that users use the app won't be changed. users share more than 18 million videos per day. >> what are you on there as. >> just rosemary church. >> we ask all of you what do you think of this new logo because some online have been up in arms. here are some of your responses. david wrote on twitter, looks like a one-eyed pig.
>> alan writes, hate it. makes me want to delete all forms of social media. this one i love. brian asked, what's instagram? >> catch up, brian. >> so much for popular, right? remember you can follow us on social media anytime. i'm rosemary choif. >> i'm errol barnett. stay with us. live reports from syria, jordan, and the u.k. are after this short break. >> stay with us. wrely on the us postal service? because when they ship with us, their business becomes our business. that's why we make more e-commerce deliveries to homes than anyone else in the country. here, there, everywhere. united states postal service priority: you go to ziprecruiter.com and post your job? to over 100 of the web's leading job boards
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firestorm. donald trump says he won't release his tax returns, at least not yet, leaving critics to did what's he hiding? >> on the brink. lawmakers in brazil argue into the night on whether the country's president should face an impeachment trial. >> and a look into the future. the so-called high pa lieu passes its first test, hitting super fast speeds in second. cool stuff. a big welcome to viewers here in the states and those of you watching all around the world. i'm errol barnett. >> and i'm rosemary church. thanks for joining our second hour of "cnn newsroom."
republicans in the u.s. congress are looking for unity in a series of meetings with donald trump in the coming hours on capitol hill. but trump may be in no mood for compromise. he tells "the new york times" he believes he has a mandate to be provocative. the presumptive republican presidential nominee says it's gotten him this far, so why change? >> meanwhile, an old controversy is dogging trump's campaign. cnn's senior white house correspondent jim acosta reports. >> reporter: one day before his critical meeting with house speaker paul ryan, donald trump just gave gop law makers's new reason to worry, defying campaign tradition and saying he will refuse to release his tax returns before the november election, citing an ongoing audit. telling the associated press, there's nothing to learn from them. it's a shift from his earlier comments when he seemed to leave the door open to making his tax information public. >> i will absolutely give my return, but i'm being audited now for two or three years. so i can't do it until the audit
is finished obviously. >> reporter: but last week, trump started to dig in his heels, suggesting the irs could be out to get him. >> i say to friends of mine, how often are you audited, very wealthy people. >> you say they're aiming at you? >> i would say yeah. >> the irs is doing this. >> i don't know. >> reporter: trump has deflected the issue for years. consider how he answered the question in 2011 when he was considering a white house run there then. >> mean i'm going to do the tax returns when obama does his birth certificate. >> reporter: but trump is tweeting there is no controversy, saying, i told a.p. that my taxes are under routine audit and i would release my tax returns when audit is complete, not after election. if he did wait until after november, trump would become the first presidential candidate to fail to release his returns since 1976. even richard nixon released his taxes while he was under audit. mitt romney faced pressure to make his tax information public is demanding trump release his
returns. saying in a post, tear down that -- i predict there are more bombshells in his tax returns. >> reporter: democrats are pouncing with a progressive super pac launching the website, trump release your returns.com. hillary clinton has latchedchedo the issue with say pre-view of what she has in store for trump. >> my husband and i have released 33 years of tax returns. we got eight years on our website right now. so you got to ask yourself why doesn't he want to release 'em? we're going to find out. >> reporter: as mitt romney noted on his facebook page, an audit does not reclude trump from releasing his returns. but one trump aide told me the campaign is not concerned noting the real estate tie con's business dealings are well known, booth good and bad. this controversy comes at a critical time, one day before a meeting with house speaker paul ryan. one capitol hill source told me
members are all over the place on whether to back trump. no one is quite sure what to expect from this meeting between trump and ryan. >> cnn's senior political reporter manu raju has a pre-view now from capitol hill. >> reporter: in this closed door meeting, i'm told paul ryan made it very clear that he does want the party to unite. but a lot of members said that, look, the voters have chosen donald trump and it's time to get behind our presumptive nominee. >> the speaker's lack of endorsement -- >> it sure doesn't make it look like we're all on the same page, does it? what's the matter of saying, i disagree with him on this and that, but we're all wearing the same jersey. we want to win the game. >> so it bothers you that he -- >> yeah, it does. it does. >> now, ryan is making moves to try to show that the party will be a united front in november. he did meet with a handful of trump supporters on capitol hill. i'm told that meeting went
particularly well, that both sides came out feeling pretty confident they could get to a place where there would be a comfort level between the trump campaign and ryan's office. the speaker wants to continue this dialogue going forward. he does not expect to make an endorsement tomorrow but they think this is a beginning of a process in which both sides can work together and hopefully communicate a united vision for their party. >> for more on all of this, we are joined by larry sabado, the director at the center for politics at the university of virginia. welcome to cnn newsroom. always great to talk to you. so the precious building ssure strike a deal with donald trump, but ryan still reluctant to endorse trump right now. what's it going to take, do you think, to get him and other reluctant republicans behind trump to stop this disunity? >> the first thing that paul ryan wants is an agreement by donald trump not to contradict
the republican platform, and that platform is pretty strict on a wide variety of things. unfortunately, trump cannot agree to all of ryan's requests. trump has made it very clear that he's opposed to many of the trade pacts, and of course ryan and the republicans generally have supported those trade pacts. so i think there is going to be a mixed result there. but it's also true that ryan is very concerned about his troops. the republicans have a large majority in the house right now. most of their own analysts think that they will lose some of that padding in november because donald trump is the nominee. so ryan doesn't know quite how to play this. does he go ahead and take the plunge and endorse trump and get it over with? or does he simply say that he's going to vote for the nominee, who may be nameless? >> yeah, which opens up a whole different can of worms, right? so let's move to trump's tax returns. will he or won't he release
them? and if he doesn't, is mitt romney right to suggest failure to release them is disqualifying and that they may hide a bombshell, his words there? >> trump is playing with fire. there has not been a presidential nominee who has not released his tax returns since 1976 -- before 1976. so this is a standard operating procedure in american politics. if trump refuses all the way to the general election to release those returns, it's going to become a major issue, and it will hurt him. he'd be much better off just sending them out there and taking a lump or two, and no doubt romney is right. there are some things in there trump doesn't want us to know. >> yeah, whether his supporters care or not, i guess is another issue, right? i want to move to the democrats because clinton keeps losing primaries to bernie sanders even though he has no mathematical
way of winning the party nomination and vows to fight to the very end. how damaging could this prove to be for clinton? this appearance that she's a loser? >> this is certainly not helpful. it's buyer's remorse among democrats because the vast majority understand that hillary clinton is bound to be the nominee. it is remarkable and ought to be disturbing to the clinton camp that they cannot put away a 74-year-old socialist. now, he's a fine person. he's got a lot of interesting propos proposals, but he is probably not the kind of candidate who is guaranteed to win a november election in the united states. so it is a concern to the clinton campaign, and they're fighting a two-front war. they're fighting one with bernie sanders all the way through june 7th. they're fighting another one that's already engaged with donald trump for the general election. >> so much more to talk about. we'll have to leave it there. larry saba tow, always a pleasure to speak with you. thanks so much. >> thank you, rosemary.
hillary clinton's ongoing battle with bernie sanders is having a major impact on the direction of her campaign as larry sabato just mentioned. >> cnn senior washington correspondent jeff zeleny has more on that. >> thank you, new jersey! >> reporter: hillary clinton is moonlighting, still campaigning for the democratic primary. >> i believe if we do what we need to do in the next few weeks, we will have a big victory on june 7th that will take us all the way to the white house. >> reporter: even as she desperately tries concentrating on the battle ahead. >> it's pretty clear at this point that we're going to have a real difference in the general election. >> reporter: show focusing more and more on donald trump. but bernie sanders remains a distraction. his west virginia victory on tuesday promises to keep the democratic race alive. today in new jersey, it was all about the general election. >> i have to tell you how
concerned i am with what i hear trump saying. i have said that he is a loose cannon. >> reporter: from policy to personal attacks. >> i am not going to respond to the insults and the attacks coming from donald trump in this campaign. >> reporter: but her democratic rival is still on stage. campaigning in montana today, he's talking trump too. >> if you look at virtually every poll taken over the last month or six weeks, national polls, state polls, bernie sanders is the strongest democratic candidate to defeat donald trump. >> reporter: sanders' big 15-point win in west virginia earning him only seven more delegates in that state than clinton. the commanding victory does little to change clinton's muscular lead in delegates overall. but clinton is steadily moving left following sanders and what
voters like about him. >> hello. >> reporter: the latest shift comes on health care, saying this week, people over 50 should be able to buy into medicare plans. >> i also am in favor of what's called the public option so that people can buy into, you know, medicare above a certain age. >> reporter: from trade to immigration to the minimum wage, clinton is aligning with more liberal positions, setting up a political test for the fall election. vice president joe biden, who stayed out of the fray since deciding not to run last year, offered his strongest endorsement of clinton yet on abc. >> i feel confident that hillary will be the nominee, and i feel confident she'll be the next president. >> reporter: jeff zeleny, cnn, blackwood, new jersey. fbi director james comey says his agency is conducting an investigation into hillary clinton's use of a private e-mail server while she was secretary of state. clinton's team has repeatedly called it a security inquiry. >> comey says he does feel
pressure to finish the probe promptly, but he says it's more important to do it right. asked about complaints that others might be in jail for doing what clinton did, comey says, quote, there's no special set of rules for anybody that the fbi investigates. now, we are hearing that the majority of brazil's senate will vote to impeach dilma rousseff. they have been debating all night on whether the country should put the president on trial for impeachment. we're looking at live pictures there. one senator says he is the 41st to be in favor of that trial. >> meanwhile protesters both for impeachment and against it have been gathering outside the congress. police sprayed tear gas on some of them. shasta darlington has more on the proceedings inside. >> reporter: brazil's senate has been gathered all day and into the night for a crucial vote that will decide the fate of president dilma rousseff. if a majority votes in favor of
an impeachment trial, she'll be forced to step down for 180 days to defend herself. and while the speeches have gone on longer than expected, each senator given 15 minutes and many going over, it is widely expected that that impeachment trial will be approved, and rousseff will be stepping down on thursday, replaced by her vice president michel temer. this will happen at some point during the day on thursday. he'll be in a hurry to appoint a finance minister and other economic staff to prove to markets and investors that he's going to get the economy back on track. unfortunately for him, he'll face a lot of same challenges and problems that rousseff has so far failed to overcome. a deep recession and frustration over widespread corruption. shasta darlington, cnn, brasilia. >> now, if dilma rousseff is suspended for an impeachment trial, vice president michel temer will fill in. >> he has served as vice
president since 2011. he's also the leader of the brazilian democratic movement party or pmdb, which recently left rousseff's governing coalition. the 75-year-old has held a number of posts during his long political career, including attorney general for the state of sao paulo. >> brazil will not be out of woods even if rousseff is removed for trial. it turns out michel temer isn't very popular either. >> almost as large a number of brazilians want temer impeached as they want rousseff. but things will look different under a temer government. i mean he es spouses a different set of economic policies. he believes in markets, in trade. he's going to try to do some things to potentially simplify taxes, for example. so, you know, i think it will be some kind of opportunity for the country to move forward although, like you said, he's going to have his own lack of popularity to deal with.
and that's going to keep him from getting a lot of things through congress as well. protesters and authorities clash in venezuela. soldiers fired on the demonstrators who are throwing rocks wednesday in caracas. opposition forces demand a recall vote on the president. >> the democratic unity coalition wants the president out because of the country's economic crisis. opposition leaders say the government is stalling on verifying signatures in favor of the recall referendum. investigators say two pieces of debris found in march are almost certainly from malaysia arms flight 370. they were found on beaches in south africa and mauritius two years after the plane disappeared on a flight from kuala lumpur. >> one is an engine cowling. you see part of the rolls royce logo visible. the other is an interior panel that came from the main cabin.
we'll keep you posted on those developments. still to come this hour on "cnn newsroom," he's living in the middle of a civil war, but he won't leave. plus a search warrant identifies a doctor who was at prince's compound the day the music legend was found dead. that story next. look at 'em! they're lovin' their vegetables. this is huge news! it's all thanks to our birds eye chef's favorites side dishes perfectly sauced or seasoned. what are you..? shh! i'm live tweeting.
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that's right for you. iraq's prime minister is ordering ramped up efforts to try to keep terrorist sleeper cells from staging attacks. >> that's in the aftermath of the deadliest violence in baghdad all year. at least 93 people died in three separate bombings. isis claimed responsibility. >> our reporter has been watching all of this and joins us now from ammon, jordan, with the very latest. it is typical of isis to lash out in this manner when they're losing ground elsewhere. how coordinates were these separate attacks? that does make this even more alarming. >> reporter: errol, it is alarming, especially when you see that these attacks are taking place in places like sadder city, for expect. there's additional layers of security there provided by their
own militia. but i think when it comes to the coordination and the complexity of the attacks, it's not just these. what we've seen in recent days, isis still has that ability to carry out those complex and coordinated attacks like we saw in northern iraq, going after military targets. very complex attacks with multiple suicide attacks and more than 100 militants. but when you look at a case like this, it is an unfortunate reality in baghdad, despite the high security, despite the blast walls and check points that attacks like this after all these years still take place. and the unfortunate reality is these are soft targets. we're talking about the shia population who have been a favorite target for extremist groups for years. >> and many of the witnesses were saying why would we be targeted, civilians, women, children. baghdad's parliament has seen protests while the prime minister is trying to reform government somehow. just how sensitive is this time politically speaking?
>> reporter: it's a very sensitive time. it's a very critical time for iraq. this has been a major concern in recent weeks when we saw the political turmoil really getting out of hand to an extent there. the concern has been that isis would exploit this chaotic political situation to try and ramp up its attacks, to try and exacerbate the already high sectarian tensions in the country. but also some would say it is trying to distract the iraqi security forces away from the main battlefields in western and northern iraq and trying to step up attacks in and around baghdad. something we will keep an eye on and see what happens, whether this is a change of tactics by isis. errol. >> so you have isis making coordinated attacks. a certainly level of political fragility. any reason for optimism amid all this chaos? >> reporter: well, if you ask the iraqi people, they have this incredible ability, errol, as
we've seen over the years, attacks like this happen one after the other. this is not the first time and probably not the last time we'll see attacks like these that are devastating for the iraqi people taking place. yet they still find this ability to go about their lives and continue with their lives despite this violence. an incredible resilience by the iraqi people we have seen. i think when it comes to optimism, the questions are directed by the iraqi people to their politicians because as we know the fight against isis is not only on the battlefield. it also has to be on the political scene. something we haven't really seen change in the past couple of years. no real reforms. no real change that would bring the iraqi people together. so the question is really to the iraq kwi politicians, are they going to be able to set their differences aside and come together to try and weaken isis and take away whatever support it has in iraq. >> that optimism incredible considering what the iraqi people have been through over the past 13 years.
just past 10:20 in the morning there. thanks. the united nations is condemning recent attacks on targets such as hospitals and other civilian sites in syria. >> in a statement, u.n. investigators say international laws requiring warring parties to distinguish between lawful and unlawful targets have been ignored. resulting in war crimes. >> in the meantime, the war has not stopped one american living in damascus from staying there even though u.s. authorities keep asking him to leave. our frederick pleitgen joins us now with more from syria's capital. fred, it is an extraordinary story. why is this american so determined to stay? >> reporter: well, it's a very good question, rosemary. certainly something that we asked him. we were quite surprised to see that there is an american still living here in damascus and he's been here for 40 years. that's also actually one of the reasons why he says even at this point in time, he still wants to stay. he's married to a syrian here.
he says he also has some work here as well. so, therefore, he has no intention at this point in time of going back to america. here's what we saw when we went around damascus with him. five years of brutal civil war. hundreds of thousands killed. millions displaced. all that hasn't driven this american to leave syria. >> all these shops, you see everything is like the best of luck. don't ever close. >> reporter: originally from a suburb of buffalo, new york, 71-year-old thomas weber has been living in damascus for years. >> i'm an american, and i've been living here now for five years. i feel extremely safe in this city of damascus. >> reporter: but he admits there have been close calls. >> one time i was caught in a barrage of rockets, and the day
before we had a mortar shell land in front of our door. >> reporter: thomas weber is married to a syrian. u.s. authorities have repeatedly asked him to leave the country to no avail. now a temporary cease-fire is in place in damascus, allowing more people than before to venture out to markets, cafes, and restaurants. >> what is more important about the cease-fire is they see the light at the end of the tunnel. never before in the last five years did they ever see the light at 9 end of the tunnel. this is an effect that they're all hoping and praying that the peace continues, the cease-fire continues. >> reporter: many would find his views on the conflict controversial. he's in favor of russia's intervention in the civil war and doesn't believe bashar al assad should leave power. but he's also convinced syrians can overcome their differences. >> this is what i really want to tell the world. it's safer here. the syrian people are not terrorists. the syrian people are the most
honest, down to earth, loving people in the world. >> reporter: and he has grown to love those syrian people and can't imagine ever living anywhere else. but of course, rosemary, the syrian people have not overcome their differences just yet, and neither have the countries in the international community that are trying to broker a lasting peace and a lasting cease-fire here in syria. we know, of course, that those talks are set to resume on the 17th. but at this point in time, it seems political headway is something that is only moving along very slow at best. if you look at, for instance, the situation in aleppo, a cease-fire there that's been in place over the past five years has run out overnight, has not been extended. we'll wait and see what the situation there is. on the one hand people like thomas weber do have a lot of hope that things can get better. on the other hand, the progress, the tangible progress that we've been seeing in international negotiations and also trying to
bring peace on the battlefield itself is something that is moving ahead very, very slowly again at best, rosemary. >> too slowly for so many people. our fred pleitgen there in damascus, syria. it is nearly 10:30 in the morning. many thanks to you. in the u.s., there's an epidemic of painkiller overdoses. >> 300 turns into 600. before i knew it, 1,400 pills a month. i was a functioning addict. >> you could function? >> functioning addict. >> cnn spoke with recovering opioid addicts in a special town hall. hear their stories and possible solutions after this.
a warm welcome back to our viewers watching in the u.s. and those of you tuned in around the globe. this is "cnn newsroom." i'm errol barnett. >> i'm rosemary church. we'll check the headlines now. 42 senators in brazil say they will vote to hold an impeachment trial for dilma rousseff. that would give the president's critics in the legislature a majority. rule makers have been debating the measure all night and are expected to vote in the coming hours. now, if they start impeachment proceedings, mrs. rousseff would have to leave office for up to six months. donald trump is under fire for refusing to release his tax returns. trump says he will make his taxes public once his audit is complete, but that's unlikely to be before the november election. trump meets in the coming hours with top republicans in the u.s. congress. a magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck the east coast of taiwan on thursday. this video shows the aftermath inside one store. one eyewitness says tremors in
taipei lasted about 10 to 15 seconds. so far, there are no reports of any casualties or major damage. now, we are getting new details of the investigation into the death of music legend prince. officials want to know how he got the painkillers that were found in his home. >> our sarah sidner reports investigators are looking for answers in prince's inner circle, including his doctors. >> paramedic at paisley park. person down, not breathing. >> reporter: that was the 911 dispatcher sending paramedics to prince's compound the day he died. now new details have emerged about that day, and the days leading up to prince's death. the details revealed in a search warrant published by the l.a. times and star tribune. the search warrant request was filed may 6 and eventually served on this medical center, which is about 23 miles from prince's paisley park compound. in it, it asks for any and all
of prince's medical records. dr. michael todd schulenberg, shown here in an unrelated video on youtube, worked at the facility and was treating prince. a detective notes dr. schulenberg said he did prescribe prince medications and the prescriptions were to be filled at walgreens. the warrant says the doctor saw prince on april 7th and april 20th, the day before prince died. and it states that dr. schulenberg was actually at prince's paisley park compound to drop off test results the day prince's body was discovered in an elevator. we checked on dr. schulenberg's medical license, and there were no complaints against him. it was clean. we also called north memorial medical center to try and talk to him, but we were told by a spokesperson that he no longer works here. so far, no one has been charged in this case, but the investigation is still going full throttle. on tuesday, the dea and sheriff's deputies were back inside the paisley park compound, executing another search.
sarah sidner, cnn, minnesota. the u.s. is facing a massive epidemic of painkiller overdoses. so cnn hosted a special town hall on prescription drug abuse. >> dr. sanjay gupta and anderson cooper joined experts on recovering addicts. we want to show you some of the highlights here. >> this is a public health epidemic, but it is completely manmade. >> how can we get the doctors and hospitals to stop overprescribing these addictive drugs? >> doctors have to own the problem, and we have to be careful ourselves about prescribing medications. >> these things are designed for acute intervention, not for chronic use. if it's going more than two weeks, both doctor and patient better really think hard about it. >> 91% of people who overdose and survive are given another prescription for those opiates. >> we have this culture of giving a pill for every problem, this culture of a quick fix, and
that's something we have to change. >> at 16, he began experimenting with opioids with friends, and we saw nothing. so what are we missing? >> opiate addiction, opiate misuse is something that's not always obvious. >> i was a functioning addict. >> you could function? >> functioning addict. >> my family was greatly affected by my addiction. >> the one thing i would tell family members is don't go it alone. >> i've been on daily opioids that have given me a very full and productive life. >> opioids have a real role in the management of pain. sometimes they're overprescribed, and sometimes alternative therapies will do. >> even if someone is not breathing, you can still put this in their nose and just go ahead and spray, and that's the medication that comes out. and within just a couple of minutes, it can very verse an overdose. >> the shame and stigma is a huge blocker to patients and families seeking help. >> it's a brain disease. i think more doctors say that out loud, the more that statement goes away. >> and you can see the entire
town hall later today. prescription addiction, made in the usa as noon for those of you watching in london. at 7:00 p.m. for those of you in hong kong. >> abuse of prescription painkillers is not just an american problem. in fact, researchers say canada has the highest per capita use. the u.s. is number two, followed by denmark, germany, austria, and australia. >> by one estimate, the u.s., canada, and countries in western europe consume 95% of the global opioid supply, but make up less than 20% of the global population. that leaves just 5% for all other countries combined. same sex civil unions are now recognized in italy, the late western country to do so. gay rights groups gathered outside parliament on wednesday as lawmakers adopted the bill. same sex couples can share a surname and inherit each other's assets. >> there are limits.
the law does not recognize gay marriage. many catholics oppose it and conservative lawmakerscy they'll try to repeal it. another lawsuit has been filed over north carolina's controversial bathroom law. a group called north carolinians for privacy claims that the federal government is bullying the state by threatening to take withhold education funding. >> earlier this week, the justice department filed a suit calling the law a civil rights violation. but north carolina's governor rejects that statement. >> it's an insult, and it's a political statement instead of a legal statement that it's an insult toward our state and 10 million people that has no relevance to this issue regarding whether a gender identity individual or boy can go tiny a girl's restroom. to correlate that to the civil rights marches in the '50s and '60s is totally irresponsible of our chief legal officer of the united states of america.
>> the latest bathroom law complaint is the fifth suit seeking judicial input. severe storms on wednesday produced so much hail in one u.s. city that snowplows had to be called out. it's likely there will be more wild weather across the country today. our meteorologist pedram jav headquarterry joins us to give us all the details on that. snowplows? >> in the month of may. this is in omaha, nebraska. they had upwards of 30 centimeters of hail accumulate. so snowplows had to be brought out and clear the roads. the temperatures made it up to 70 fahrenheit. incredible to see this much hail accumulate. the video pretty impressive as well. we'll put the maps in motion and show you what's happening here. literally digging out of the hail that accumulated across this region. right before sun rise, of course the temperature is pretty wild and you begin to see this melt rather quickly and becomes a flooding concern. the snowplows come through.
for the first time since last friday, the united states did not see a report of a tornado. that was excellent news. but of course almost 100 report of danieling hail. about 84 reports of damaging winds across the areament you just go north of st. louis, the town of saint charles, one of the northern suburbs there. hail the size of grapefruits. four inches in diameter reported across this region. you don't get tornadoes but something this destructive. you notice 21 million people across this region. cleveland, cincinnati, memphis, some of these cities in line for severe weather. on a scale of one to five, a two for likelihood of severe tomorrows across this region. still could see some isolated tornadoes pop up across this area. take you out towards the western united states. summer like heat coming in about five weeks early. temps soaring into the 80s and 90s over the next couple of days. look at seattle. could be the record high temperature, tying a temp of 84 which occurred in 1973. that is 20 fahrenheit above what is normal. portland getting up to 90
degrees with a 67, which is what is normal for this time of year. we know death valley, california, among the hottest places on our planet. yesterday they reached a high of 99 degrees fahrenheit or 37 celsius. oftentimes when i go to schools and talk to kids about weather, one of the interesting stats is they're surprised by is california is one of the most extreme places in the united states when it comes to temperatures. not because of the hot temps that we see in death valley, but look at what happened that same day, yesterday. just about 170 miles to the north, that was the national cold spot in bridgeport, california, in the mountains, in the sierras. 18 fahrenheit. 170 miles away, almost 100 fahrenheit. california always impresses when it comes to extreme temperatures. a lot of people are interested to hear that because of think of california and tranquillity. but the temperatures are as extreme as anywhere else. >> a huge state as well. you've got the coastline, mountains, kind of everything in between as well. >> absolutely. >> speaking to the kids, huh?
good to hear. >> thanks, pedram. pay really close attention because if you blink, you'll miss it. >> three, two, one. >> just what is this speeding object? coming up a little later, find out why this could be the future of transportation. plus david cameron is about to host a summit against corruption. but first the british leader is explaining why he called two countries fantastically kruptco. stay with us. and they only take 15 minutes to make. ahh! birds eye voila so veggie good
talking about these past few hours, it happens at a time of multiple isis attacks. there is no claim of responsibility just yet for this attack. but as we get more information, we will bring it to you in the coming hours. all right. we'll move on for now. the my jeerian president is defending the british prime minister who called the african nation fan cass tickically corrupt. >> on tuesday, david cameron said nigeria and afghanistan are possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world. the president spoke with cnn's christiane amanpour about those remarks. >> if he is being honest about it, he's talking about what he knows about the two of us, afghanistan and nigeria. and by what we are doing in nigeria by the day, i don't think you with fault him.
he said it privately. >> this all comes as world leaders arrive in london for an anti-corruption summit, and now mr. cameron is doing some backtracking before he plays host. phil black joins us live from lancaster house in london to talk about this. so, phil, nigeria's president admits that, yes, his nation has a problem. but what else is being said there locally about this issue of corruption? >> reporter: well, there's no doubt, errol, the buildup to this conference here has absolutely been overshadowed by prime minister david cameron's less than diplomatic language, describing these countries as fantastically corrupt. not necessarily inaccurate, and it would seem everyone would seem to agree it's not necessary liz unfair. the point is cameron is not talking about the leaders, but the countries, the systems themselves. that's why the leaders are attending this conference, because these are global figures that are trying to do something about the problem of krumgs in their own country. that's the point that david
cameron tried to make in the british parliament yesterday. take a look. >> countries like nigeria and afghanistan, their leaders are battling hard against very corrupt systems and countries. and in both their cases, they've made some remarkable steps forward. that's why i'm keen to welcome them to the conference mere in london. but where i part company with my honorable friend is i don't think it would be right to withdraw the aid that we give because frankly the problems in those countries, they come back and haunt us here. >> all right. phil, i think he is still speaking. can we get back to him? >> reporter: while britain is not necessarily accused of corruption, it is often accused of facilitating, even benefiting from global corruption because it's believed that a lot of money embezzled around the world ends up being lawnderred here,
especially through the british property market. so today the prime minister is announcing a fairly big policy to try and stamp this out. a lot of properties are bought here anonymously through company structures. so the british government is going to introduce a new public register of these companies to reveal who the individuals are that are benefiting. ultimately behind the companies that are behind big, val valuable properties here. it is something of a first. other countries are expected to follow. british business groups are necessarily thrilled about the idea because they're concerned it could discourage investment here, particularly among those who are genuinely or have legitimate reasons for seeking to be anonymous in their purchases and so forth. but the hope is like this conference itself, that it will get the ball rolling. the british prime minister hopes this will be a big, global demonstration of political will,
an unprecedented one to really begin a coordinated battle against corruption around the world. errol. >> you certainly need all these nations working together to achieve those goals, and we just saw the nigerian president and the u.s. secretary of state, john kerry, arriving at that meeting. phil black live for us this morning in london just past 8:50 in the morning there. phil, thanks. fewer than two seconds on a test track could change how we travel. one company says these levitating pods are the future of transportation. and we'll show you one of the first steps to get there. back in a moment. wanna drink more water? with sodastream you turn plain water into sparkling water in seconds. and because it's so delicious, you'll drink 43% more water every day. sodastream. love your water. could protect you from diabetes? what if one sit-up could prevent heart disease? one.
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russian president vladimir putin often portrays himself as strong and active but on tuesday he showed his human frailty. >> look at that. he slipped while playing hockey. still his team of government officials, former athletes and businessmen won the game. how about that? >> who could have predicted? >> a new piece of technology. >> hyperloop wants to send people zipping through pipes at 1,100 kilometers per hour.
ophelia young has the story. >> reporter: today the technology they showed off was accelerating the pods through the tube at a high g force. >> this is where hyperloop is getting inevented. >> in the desert in north las vegas. >> three, two, one, start. [ applause ] >> reporter: they'll work on that later much this is just the beginning. hyperloop has been here in apex less than six months. as inventors showed us, the track was installed in less than six weeks. today that acceleration is at 2.4 gs. >> great example of technology we can relate to that uses some of these principles is a roller coaster. i think by imagining that a roller coaster has very rapid
propulsion, that is a magnitude larger than that. >> reporter: the next step is to fit this technology into these tubes by the end of this year. >> we call it our kitty hawk moment when hyperloop fully works aa system, all of elements of that, the tube, the levitation system, the propulsion system we demonstrated today. >> reporter: the pods, where cargo and passengers will sit during the ride, has not been designed yet, so it's still not clear how exactly people or things will be safely suspended. all they know is that it will move as fast as 700 miles per hour. using reduced pressure or vacuum technology to keep it moving. there say long road ahead for hyperloop, but for now, a concept formed years ago is t e finally in motion today. >> we will be moving cargo in 2019. we think we can have passengers safely being transported in hyperloop by 2021. that's five years from now. >> reporter: and this tube, by
the way, is huge. they expect to have several kilometers of them connected by the end of this year. that's when they expect full test runs. ophelia young, fox 5 news, las vegas. >> i think i like it. i'm rosemary church. >> i'm errol barnett. we will see you next week. stay with cnn. . . . muddling through your morning is nothing new. ...your nose is the only thing on your mind... ...and to get relief, anything is fair game.