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syed, sometimes, he will react. one of the asian black bears when he hears a military helicopter fly overhead, he'll immediately run into the night room. >> reporter: these four-legged refugees can now recover in peace, owing their lives to the small dedicated group that dared to save them. >> if we want to call ourselves civilized we have to be able to share this planet with magnificent beings. that's part of my work. >> reporter: hala gorani, cnn. this is "new day weekend." with victor blackwell and christi paul. >> good saturday morning to you. top of the hour now. after a year of controversy over russia's meddling in the 2016 election, russia is now calling for cooperation. this is in a new year message to the president. u.s. >> president vladimir putin wants both nations to engage in
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long-term constructive dialogue. but in the same speech, putin was quick to remind the world that russia was quick to back the syrian dictator, bashar al assad who in the past had all all americans in syria, quote, illegal invati iinvating forces. north korea's new year's resolution is to continue and not back down from building an arsenal. some time after new year's day and it is this. >> to iran and president trump is warning them, quote, the world is watching. that's after dozens of peaceful anti-government protesters were hauled away for chanting.
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last hour saying, quote, trump is the main source of ill-will toward iran. we have a team of reporters and analysts standing by covering all angels. i want to begin with cnn washington correspondent ryan noble he joins us in west palm bea beach, near where the president is vacationing. ryan, talk to us about how the white house is responding? >> christi, sometimes not responding directly from the president's comments last night, but it's pretty clear that this white house and the state department are standing with those protesters that have taken to the streets in iran to protest the government. in fact, the president themselves using his twitter feed, one of his most powerful forms of communication to get that message out last night. this is what he wrote, quote, many reports of peaceful protests by iranian citizens fed up with regime's corruption and
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the iran government should respect their people's rights including right to express themselves. the world is watching. that came then but earlier in the day, the state department releasing a report saying that the iranian regime should respect their people's demands for basic human rights and also an end to corruption. so, it doesn't come as that big of a surprise that the white house would be behind these protesters. there's been a very tense relationship between the trump administration and the iranian regime. in fact, the u.s. believers in many respects that iran is involved in the conflicts and yemen and syria adding to the chaos in those countries. and, of course, president trump was pretty critical of the iran nuclear deal that was hatched during the obama administration. he campaigned against it. and since being elected president he's called for a thorough review of iran. he's suggested that they have
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not been in complete compliance with that deal and perhaps it that the u.s. should pull out of that deal. this continues to be something that the administration is very focused on. obviously this could lead to further destabilization in that region. israel could also be impacted by it. so, the white house society sto staying firmly behind those protesters in iran. christi. >> we want to talk about the new year's message to president trump from russian president vladimir putin. is there any indication what the white house will say or when it will respond to that? >> reporter: well, so far, there's been no response from the white house. it is, of course, early here. they're just getting their day started. and we should also point out that this is a working available indication for the president. and, you know, most of the white house staff is not with him here in west palm beach. but it's interesting that vladimir putin chose the language that he did to reach out to this administration
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calling for pragmatic cooperation. and that they should find ways to have constructive dialogue. you know, that's something that donald trump himself has suggested would be a responsible move by this administration. he believes that it's better to have russia as a friend than as an enemy. that's not necessarily the same view shared by others in the united states government. many members of congress very leery of trusting putin and his regime. including republicans like marco rubio and john mccain. we'll have to see if russia issues a response. >> and also the same from north korea who is sending a ballistic missile test. and we're waiting to hear from kim jong-un tomorrow in his new year's day pledge as well. >> reporter: that's right, christi, i think when it comes to the north korea issue, we may see the white house take a more soft approach with that. of course, the president has
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been very critical of north korea. but we do know that the pentagon said they're going to handle the situation with north korea much more discreetly. that could mean they come out not who harshly with the latest round of provocations from the regime. >> ryan nobles, appreciate it. joining me now arwa damon in istanbul, errol louis, and lynn swede, washington bureau chief for the sun-times. good morning, all of you. arwa, specifically what we're seeing in iran, giver us an idea of the scope we're seeing and the impetus for the protests. we also get this strongly worded response moments ago from iran's ministry of foreign affairs in response to what the president tweeted. >> reporter: yeah, that's right, and that response came out as a very blunt reaction to president trump's war warning to iran that the world would be watching coming out from the country's
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ministry of foreign affairs, basically saying that mr. trump's government has proven to be the primary line of ill-will against iran. going on to say that the people of iran give no value or credibility to such opportunistic expressions by the government. or the person of mr. trump. and that american officials through their conduct have not earned a place from which they can express masked sentiments as sympathies for the aware and engaged people of iran. and this just to point it out briefly goes to perhaps a broader sentiment across the region that, frankly, the united states, especially the trump administration does not really have much of a moral leg to stand on. now, that being said, the iranian people have very real reasons for their grievances. the economy has been some something of a downward spiral. despite the fact that many people hoped that with the nuclear deal they would be seeing an improvement in the economy. instead, quite to the contrary. things like the price of gasoline and basic food products have gone up. the demonstrations began
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thursday night, expanding even further on friday. people expressing not just their discontent to the country's economic situation but going so far as to criticize the president, president rouhani. and some says what is not a common occurrence, also going as far as high of criticizing the highest, ayatollah khomeini. we did see protests in support of the government. and the government also saying that opposition members should be careful. they do view these demonstrations, since they've not been issued an official permane permit, the anti-government ones that is, is being very closely watched on a national and right n al level as well. >> errol, the president calling
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it opportunistic expressions. why are we hearing from the president on this but not about the demonstrations in other countries, let's say, turkey. demonstrations in philippines, and some of the issues in saudi arabia. why this one, why now? >> sure. well, this is the sound of the other shoe dropping. when the president announced that the -- that the theory, the philosop philosophy, the foreign rights policy would be one of principal realism, well, there was a lot of reaction from human rights and pro democracy movements around the world saying what about us? and just as you say, the president has gone to the philippines, he was part of an important summit at which human rights was barely discussed at all, even in places like china, in places like vietnam, in places like philippines, where these are very real issues where people are sitting behind bars on movements on the edge of extinction, hoping for help from
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the divisional leader of the free world, the president of the united states. and it's kind of comes off of rhetoric not only with other countries, victor, but also when it comes to the travel ban. young people from iran who want to come here and study in the united states. university students, for example, are having a much harder time than they did before he came president. so, we've got a statement that's kind of out of line with where the policy has been in the first year of his presidency. >> lynn, let's turn to north korea and the state news agency there, kcna saying that the country will not deter from its effort of building up its nuclear arsenal. now, this comes just days after hearing from the secretary of state in that op-ed, talking about some of the gains, some of the developments on foreign policy fronts in combatting north korea. has this first year of strategic pressure, as the administration
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describes it, be effective? >> well, no, if you measure the effectiveness by whether or not north korea remains a nuclear threat. it remains more of a nuclear threat in this past year. we've all seen stories about how a nuclear north korea has missiles that may reach, you know, the western edges of the u.s. territory. so, despite the heated rhetoric, what is not clear yet is whether or not president trump could either, on his own or with some kind of an alliance with russia and china which somehow has not materialized which you talked about earlier, it is hard to see how the nuclearalized north korea remains more of a threat not only to the u.s., but the rest of the world, as we speak right now. >> errol, the president in his interview with "the new york times" directly linked his view and approach to trade with
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china, with attempting to thwart the efforts of this intercontinental ballistic missile with the north koreans. it's not the first time, months ago when xi was at mar-a-lago, he said, and i'm paraphrasing here, it really doesn't make sense to label china as a currency manipulator. but is that going to change? are we seeing signs that will be far more aggressive than it has been in the last 11 months? >> well, the president has it sticking in his mind that he can pressure china into altering its stance regarding north korea, he has been moving along in the past year. and it's hard to imagine that anything he could threaten china with would compare with the danger to china of a failed state right at its border. or the prospects of hundreds of thousands of refugees streaming
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out of north korea into china. it's a level of instability that china can simply not abide. and they've kind of made that clear over the last five decades. so, i'm not sure why the president thinks in the name of getting a better trade deal, they're going to take extraordinary risks by trying to challenge the north korea regime who could hit beijing just as well as parts of the united states. it's hard to imagine that is going to succeed. >> arwa, back to you, i want to turn to syria right now. we hurt from secretary of defense james mattis, there will be more civilians heading into syria, both diplomats and contractors now that there's been success in eliminating the caliphate there. do we know what they'll do, where they'll go, and just the logistics of how this will happen after the year's long civil war we discussed this morning? >> yeah, at this stage, we don't know exactly how many civilians will be involved.
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presumably, they'll be in the northern part of syria, the part that is controlled by the syrian democratic forces. that is predominantly kurdish force that the u.s. coalition is backing. wouldn't would assume at the very least, the hope is that the key focus is reconstructing areas, especially key cities like raqqa that we were just in that is utterly devastated. there's barely a single building left standing. and it's going to be key to make sure that people can feel safe going back into these areas. and they can begin to at the very least to physically rebuild their lives. the reason this is important isn't just for the humanitarian sake of it all, it's important because the people the longer they live in refugee camps, the easier for isis to exploit the grievances. it's something that mattis
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recognizes. he's a military man. he knows how important it is to run a civilian track alongside a military track. but the president bashar al assad has come out and said any presence is illegal. but quite frankly, there's not much they can do about it. >> lynn, back in august, this was specifically in reference to afghanistan. but i think it speaks to the president's larger view of a portion of what arwa was discovering there, nation-building and reconstruction after these conflicts. watch. >> i also share their frustration over a foreign policy that has spent too much time, energy, money, and most importantly lives, trying to rebuild countries in our own image. instead of pursuing our security interests above all other considerations. >> so the president also went to talk on -- to say, to speak about there being no more nation-building. but is that possible in syria,
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to continue to have any leverage without contributing to the rebuilding of that country? >> it's a very difficult situation to have, especially if you're dealing with civilian contractors and advisers, not to put some skin in the game, in the term, in the way of funneling resources to help rebuild. one of the things we know about president trump is that he's very money -- price tag conscious. look at what he's done with the u.n. and with nato. one of the first things he's worried about are the other nations putting their money on the table? why do we have to pay so much? let's talk about the prices here. here's what's to look for in just a few weeks, president trump is going to deliver his first state of the union. you don't do this by tweets. usually, a state of the union has a foreign policy component to it. let's see if he boils down these tweets into some kind of policy that could give guidance to the
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american people as to what he's thinking. and also to the state department, to the defense department. and to the other nations, as to how he wants to knit together the coalition that could help rebuild syria. and how it's going to be paid for. >> yeah, we'll see if the president, in the weeks leading up to this state of the union, if he fleshes out what his view of potential pragmatic cooperation is with president putin of russia. lynn sweet, arwa damon, errol louis, thank you all. >> thank you. still to come, there's a 17-year-old boy who had a run-in with police. the boy ended up in the hospital. and the family says, and these pictures, i know they're dramatic, but they say he was so disfigured, they just couldn't even recognize him. what's happening with that situation. also, have you heard about this, this online gaming prank that ended in tragedy? an incident man is dead. his family wants to know what
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so, an online gaming dispute between two gamers ended up being very violent and deadly. after a s.w.a.t.'ing prank. that's the first time we have heard that term s.w.a.t.'ing. our affiliate is reporting that los angeles police have made a arrest here. but s.w.a.t.'ing is when someone makes a prank call about a bogus incident to get police to go to somebody's house. they call police and say such and such is happening at this address. you need to come here. >> yeah, in this case, a man in los angeles allegedly called police in kansas and told dispatchers that he shot his father. and was holding his mother and sibling hostage. >> i'm just pointing the gun at them making sure they stay in the closet. my mom and little brother. >> okay.
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is there any way you can put the gun up? >> no. are you guys sending someone over here because then i'm definitely not going to put it away. >> okay. i'm just going to stay on the phone with you, okay? >> that's fine. until they get here or -- >> as long as you need me to, okay? >> yeah. i'm thinking about, could i poured gasoline all over the house. i might just set it on fire. >> okay, we don't need to do that, okay? >> in a little bit i might. >> police responded to that call. they surrounded the home in kansas. and, of course, nobody involved in the gaming showed up. 28-year-old andrew finch did. he came to the door. he was there. police say he moved suddenly and an officer opened fire. finch was unarmed and had nothing to do with the online gaming zbudispute.
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>> the officer in the gaming dispute was placed on leave. the incident is under investigation. >> this is something i haven't heard about. >> we need an explanation what that was. >> still looking for answers on that and we'll continue to look into that. meanwhile, police have arrested two people in a death an a death in troy earlier this week. >> suspects are scheduled to be arraigned this morning. police are releasing very few details but this investigation is obviously still ongoing. more details about the suspect's identities and charges are expected later today. and listen to what's happened to this family as they demand answers after their son was allegedly beaten by a police officer. this was in troy, alabama. and i do want to give you a heads-up here because i don't want you to be taken off guard. but the pictures are disturbing. they're hard to look at. >> and police say they use reasonable and necessary force after 17-year-old ulysses
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wilkerson resisted arrest and reached for this waist band. the wilkerson's parents say he was so badly disfigured. look at his face here. they could barely recognize him. now, they want police to show them the body cam footage and damage cam footage of the arrest. cnn's diane gallagher is in troy, alabama, with more on this. i can only imagine, only imagine, what a parent feels when they see their son's face like that? >> reporter: victor, i spent yesterday afternoon with ulysses wilkerson's mother. she said she's having a hard time thinking about the injuries. he is home from the hospital, but he will face additional surgeries in his eye. he had fractures in his orbital bone as well as swelling around his jaw and head. again, those pictures are hard to see. this mother said that he's home trying to recover. he's heavily medicated and spending most of his time
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sleeping. he doesn't remember much about the incident that happened just before midnight the day before christmas eve. he was downtown in troy, walking. police say they tried to stop him and he ran. they chased him. at that point, they tried to arrest him. get him in custody. he began to reach for his waist band. and that is when it appears the injury took place. ulysses said the last thing he remembers according to his father is a tall white officer running and kicking him in the face. now, the police chief has asked for the state bureau of investigations to look into the use of force here. and the mayor says that at least one over has been put on leave during that investigation. but for you'ulysses' mother, ths difficult for her to comprehend what has happened. here's what she said yesterday. >> as a mother, i was shocked, horrified and devastated to see my son this way. a victim of police brutality.
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but i'm hopeful that the state investigation will uncover the truth. i still call on community to stake a stand. we will not settle until we know the truth behind the brutal beating of my dear son. and until these police officers are held accountable for their crimes. >> now, the community is expected to rally and stand up for ulysses today. right outside of this police station actually at around noon eastern time. they're expected to come out and demand justice. victor, you talked about body cam video. the district attorney has said he's not viewed it yet but it does exist. >> all right. i'm sure they'll continue the call to see that video. diane gallagher in troy, alabama, thanks so much. aurglrighty. moving to the political arena. a gop strategist said it's tile
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so glad to have you with us. 8:30 is the time, i'm christi paul. >> i'm victor blackwell. >> 2018 mean republican
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elections from the daily beast. taking time to take a stand. challenging house speaker paul ryan, saying this about nealon. he's running on a full throated embrace of racism, anti-semitism and grievance. republicans need to draw a line. evan siegfried is here with us. and the former chief of staff to georgia governor nathan deal with us. thank you for joining us, gentlemen. i want to start out with you, evan, you rightly point out in this article that sarah palin, steve bannon have both supported nealon. and steve bannon has rejected him. and steve bannon had supported roy moore. first of all, what is steve
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bannon's potency moving forward in the elections, and two, do you think he'll be rejected? >> well steve bannon he supported roy moore and brought paul nealon with him. he was campaigning saying he's a great guy. and it's us against them and the staek establishment. steve bannon said well, he's distancing himself from him and brig breitbart didn't help. this is why you don't allow children at the grown-up's table. what we're seeing here, what steve bannon is realizing when you go out and embrace anti-semitism, like paul nealon did, like shilling for shekels and other things.
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>> nealon definitely has quite a media presence. brian, what do you make of that situation, and how strong can the social media with him help him? social media has done a lot for a lot of candidates, let's put it bluntly? >> you know, this candidate had all of those advantaging in the last election cycle and lost to paul ryan by 70 points. so i think gop primary voters in wisconsin have already taken a very public stand on how they feel about this guy's rhetoric and his positions on the issues. and i think that republican leadership throughout the country has done the same thing. speaker ryan has spoken out time and time again, against republican candidates, or republican office holders, who have crossed the line when it comes to racist comments. mitch mcconnell has been very up front in his taking on of steve bannon, as steve bannon has taken mcconnell on. but mcconnell is right. it takes a real political genius to lose a republican seat in
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alabama. and that's what we're up against this year. bannon's still going to have lot of juice, he's going to have funding tour primary challengers but if we get more roy moors, we're going to put it in jeopardy. >> there are more than 450 seats up for grabs in congress. the economy, president trump's approval ratings at 35%, not particularly something to brag about. the approval ratings for congress, not something to brag about either. but the economic numbers we're seeing are. i'm wondering, evan, is there a belief that those economic numbers will supersede other issues going to the polls in the midterms? >> ask governor elect and
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senator moore. none of them won races despite the economy. we're going and seeing a huge backlash in the republican party with two groups, women and millennials. we've been able to rely on married women to sustain us but married women are coming out and voting against us in large numbers, in new jersey, alabama and virginia. that's a canary in the coal mines. in millennials, that's a big problem. 19% of millennials, the largest part of the electorate identify with the republican party and values. 70% of them say the republican party doesn't care about them. we've lost 23% of young republicans age 18 to 29. more and more younger republicans are wondering is there a place for them in the republican party. and to brian's point about denouncing paul nealon and the
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likes of him, it's that we do that and show them we're not the party of races. we need to denounce that. >> when you talk about the married women you that just talked about and some of the younger generation, how do you make that difference yaetiation? >> bernie sanders talked about issues that matter to them. his solutions are wrong. we have conservative solutions to student debt that would be appealing because millennials are the most fiscally conservative since the great depression. the average millennial granted in 2016 -- >> what do you tell that average millennial? what's your argument? >> my argument is that the republican party will help them long term in fiscal situations. i think we can talk about student debt issues. we can talk about entitlement reform. as a millennial myself, i don't think i'm going to be getting social security because it's going to be bankrupt. whenever somebody in congress tries to do it, you get the aarp
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losing. saying you can't touch this because it hurts seniors when it reality, it's not seniors, it's the younger like me. >> you told them to get on the trump train or get out of gop politics, do you still believe that? >> numbers are clear, more than 80% in some states, in georgia particularly, close to 90% of likely republican voters approve of the job that donald trump is doing. so, to get to a general where you're going to face the headwinds that come with trump's approval ratings and the poor ratings of republicans in congress, you've got to win a primary. and there is no future, there is no pathway to victories in primaries in most part of this country for republicans if they're anti-trump. if they're never-trumpers. there's just no way to win. i'm not saying that's not the case always.
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there could always be a pendulum swing always if there's a will murderous re-election. but if you don't get on board with what he's saying you need to run with something other than republican because you're not going to get on the general election ballot as the nomination of rest capublican p. >> we appreciate you being here. thank you. >> happy new year. >> happy new year to you. 2018 is getting off to a cold start to almost 70 million people in this country. we'll tell you how well you should bundle up and where the lowest temperatures will be. the egg? or the chicken? how would i know? but i do know that first, qualcomm connected the phone to the internet. and now, everyone is posting and scrolling and sharing everything. yessir. qualcomm invents, then the world innovates on top of their breakthroughs.
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hey, if you're planning to celebrate new year's in times square, be sure to bring your gloves, a hat, a couple of scarfs, a sweater, a warm coat. >> victor will be watching from his living room. >> yes, a warm place. >> this new year's eve is set to be the coldest windchills ever pushing it below zero. >> cnn's meteorologist allison chinchar is with us. give it to us straight? >> just grab everything in your closet and put it on. that's the best i think i can tell you. everything you own, just layer up. again, it's not just for new york. we keep talking about new york because of the fact it's going to be the coldest since the '60s. but also where, it's really cold. minus 38 in minneapolis. minus 12 in chicago. it feels like minus 6 in boston. here's the thing, the coldest air is still going to be around for the next coming days. monday morning, we have the potential to have 25 record lows. that's because another wave of
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cold air is going to slide back in sunday into monday. so that's what you have to keep in mind. the thing of it is when we're talking about that incredibly cold air, it's going to line up, unfortunately, with new year's eve celebrations. this is the forecast for new york city. take a look, one of the coldest days of the week is going to be that time period when we go from sunday into monday. here's the thing, the forecast for midnight is going to be a temperature right around, say, hovering around 10 degrees, what it feels like, victor and christi, in the negative numbers. let me ask you about this, president trump tweeted on friday that the east could use some of that global warming conflating climate and weather. please explain the difference. >> right, yes. so there is actually a huge difference. victor and christi, the best analogy i can give you look at what you're wearing right now. the outfit you're wearing today is weather. the outfit you're wearing today. climate is your entire wardrobe. it deals with patterns and
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trends and it likely evolves over time. that's the thing. weather short term, climate, long-term. also guys, it's all about perspective. look at this map of north america. the blue areas below normal. the orange areas above normal. believe it or not with all the lows we've had, we had over a dozen high temperatures as well for areas of the southwest. so it's all about perspective where you are, and what the weather is like where you're located. >> good point. >> all right. alis allison chinchar, thank you so much. new hypertension guidelines. a loss of power at a nursing home due to hurricane irma. and senator john mccain's battle with brain cancer some of the top medical stories of 2017. >> our dr. sanjay gupta tells us what the entire medical story of the entire year was. ♪ live from times square, anderson cooper, andy cohen
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in november, the american heart association issued new guidelines that say blood pressure of 130 over 80 is now considered stage 1 hypertension. luckily, this can usually be fixed by taking better care of yourself, eating a well-balanced diet, slow salt, working out, reducing stress, cutting back on alcohol and cutting out smoking. first things, first, make 2017 the year you got your numbers checked. sometimes in the worst of times, we really do see the best in people. sunday, october 1st, the deadliest shooting in history was taken outside on the las vegas strip. the gunfire lasted for an unimaginable ten minutes even before it stopped heroes stepped up to risk their lives to save total strangers. >> people were helping out. they weren't just running from the area. >> there were some who sustained injuries to their arms or legs. saying i'm shot in the arm or
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leg, you can move on. there are people that need you more. >> right now, we need your truck. we just need to get people to the hospital, okay? >> okay. >> the official death toll of the senseless massacre, 58. but without these selfless heroes it would have been more. the right to die debate raged over charlie guard. doctors in london where charlie was receiving care wanted to remove him from life support, saying his condition was irreversible and that he should be allowed to die with dignity. charlie's parents wanted him to stay on life support to undergo treatment but it was too late. >> as charlie's devoted parents we decided it's no longer in best interest to pursue treatment and we'll allow our sons to go and be with the
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angels. >> in mid-july, we learned senator john mccain hadund undergone a procedure to remove a blood clot over his eye. i spoke to his doctors. >> a pathology report revealed a primary brain tumor known as glioblastoma. it's the same type of tumor that beau biden and ted kennedy had. the median survive is 14 months. >> senator mccain recently spent time in the hospital for side effects for his ongoing cancer. but he's a fighter and lawmaker. we'll keep a close out out for him in 2018. and hurricane irma made land fall, the damage was quick and severe killing americans and leaving citizens without electricity and water. when i arrived on the island, i
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saw destruction and despair. >> you can't even believe what's happening here. there's no power. there's no water. she's a diabetic. she doesn't have insulin. she has an infection that could threaten her life. no ambulance will take her to the hospital. that's what's happening here. this season's storms wreaked havoc on the u.s. mainland as well. hurricane irma knocked out the power to a nursing home in hollywood hills, florida, just north of miami. left for days in sweltering temperature without air conditioning, 12 residents died. on the campaign trail last year, president trump repeatedly promised to -- >> repeal and replace obamacare. >> once in office, though, trump found easier said than done. both house and senate versions of health care reform bills failed to make it through the republican-controlled congress the final blow delivered by maverick john mccain. in december, a win for the trump
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