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secretary of state james baker remembers about bush's final day. >> he opened both eyes, he looked at me and said, hey, bake, where are we going today? i said, well, we're going to heaven. he said, good, that's wrihere i want to go. >> and we'll have more on the life and legacy of george h.w. bush in a moment. but first, we start with a cnn exclusive. exactly two months after "washington post" columnist jamal khashoggi was murdered in the saudi consulate in turkey, we are learning new details about the growing animosity between the journalist and the saudi crown prince in the days and months leading up to khashoggi's murder. cnn has obtained hundreds of text messages khashoggi sent before his death, criticizing mohammed bin salman, mbs, calling him, quote, a beast, and saying, quote, something needs to be done, end quote. even discussing the possibility of an electronic army of fellow
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critics. these messages are coming to light as "the washington post" and "wall street journal" report on messages the crown prince sent in the hours leading up to and after khashoggi's murder to a senior aide who allegedly oversaw the assassination. cnn's nina dos santos joins us now from london. nina, tell us more about your exclusive reporting. >> reporter: thanks so much, frederica. well, in the two months since jamal khashoggi tragically passed away after walking into that consulate in istanbul, the question everybody's had is, what exactly prompted him to become a target? was it his public pronouncements in his "washington post" columns that, yes, were critical of mohammed bin salman, the crown prince, or was it something more organized and more sinister, potentially? this sheds light on that question.
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these are words you won't have read in jamal khashoggi's columns. instead, they're whatsapp messages, never seen before, sent by khashoggi in the year before his death. they lay bare his disdain for saudi arabia's crown prince, saying, quote, he's like a beast, like pac man. the more victims he eats, the more he wants. in another, may god rid us and this nation of this predicament. the words were exchanged with omar abdulaziz, a fellow critic in exile in canada. >> he believed that mbs is the issue, is the problem. and someone has to tell him that, you know, you have to be stopped. >> talk like this is dangerous for those from a country with one of the worst records for human rights. and it wasn't just political views the pair was trading but plans to hold the saudi state to account, creating an army of so-called cyber bees on social media, leveraging khashoggi's name and the 340,000 strong twitter following of his confident. >> in the beginning, it was a
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bit difficult for us to have this kind of relationship. for me, i was a dissident. >> reporter: khashoggi pledged funds, and abdulaziz bought the hardware, hundreds of foreign sim cards to send back home. in one message, he writes, i sent you a brief idea about the work of the electronic army. brilliant report, khashoggi replies. i will try to sort out the money. we have to do something. how much money did he originally say he would commit to the project? >> he said 30,000. >> $30,000? >> yes. >> how dangerous is a project like that in saudi arabia? >> you might be killed because of that. you might be jailed. they might send someone to assassinate you. >> reporter: just like khashoggi, abdulaziz believes he was also targeted after two saudi emissaries were dispatched to canada, he says, last may to coax him into the embassy there. he made these secret recordings of their meetings and shared them with cnn. >> translator: we have come to
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you with a message from mohammed bin salman. i want you to be reassured. we don't have to approach someone from an official department or the state security. the saudi arabian embassy awaits you. >> reporter: while he refused, they got to him another way, hacking his phone. according to a lawsuit filed this week against the israeli firm behind the spyware. when the pair's plans were discovered, khashoggi panicked. god help us, he wrote. how much of a target did that make both of you? >> the hacking of my phone played the major role in what happened to jamal. i'm really sorry to say that. we were trying to teach people about human rights, about freedom of speech. that's it. this is the only crime that we've committed. >> reporter: well, fredricka, we've of course reached out to saudi arabia for comment. we haven't received a comment from them despite the deadline
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having passed a number of hours ago. we've also reached out to that israeli company at the center of that lawsuit. in the past, they have worked with foreign governments to, as they say, help intercept terrorists and plots against them. what i might caution is obviously in some autocratic regimes, they also view activity like this very much as plots against the state, which is why these revelations here in these text messages are extremely revealing as to why potentially jamal khashoggi was targeted two months ago. >> nina dos santos, thank you so much for bringing us that reporting. joining me right now, cnn global affairs correspondent elise labott and "washington post" assistant editor. good to see both of you. elise, what does it say that after all this reporting, the secretary of state, the defense secretary, and the president all still deny a direct connection between the crown prince and
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khashoggi's murder? >> well, you've heard the secretary of state and even the president and defense secretary mattis, fred, say there's no smoking gun. lawmakers have been talking to us and cia officials and analysts. there isn't any kind of smoking gun in things like this, fred. there's an assessment and basically, like one lawmaker said the other day, you're not going to find an e-mail from the crown prince saying don't forget your bone saw. it's pretty clear what happened to jamal khashoggi. it's pretty clear that the crown prince knew at least there was some type of operation going on, whether he knew he was ordering him to be killed or whether he was, you know, ordering him to be detained or abducted back in some kind of rendition. clearly there was a tie between him and some of his close aides. i think this administration is being pretty much pragmatic and saying we're not going to
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unravel the relationship over over this. i think the thing is they don't have to unravel the relationship. they can make some kind of punitive measures, use the leverage they have on saudi arabia for areas like yemen or qatar and still maintain the close relationship that they have with saudi arabia, this kind of false choice of all or nothing with saudi arabia is the problem here. >> right. there have been so many who have had ties to the state department who say that's what foreign policy is all about. it's how you craft policy once you know everything or you assess all of the details and you try to craft something accordingly. listen to what the secretary of state told wolf blitzer in this cnn exclusive. >> do you believe the saudi explanation that the crown prince, mohammed bin salman, did not know about the murder of jamal khashoggi? >> wolf, i've spoken about this a lot. i continue to work on this issue. president trump and this
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administration sanctioned 17 people that we came to learn were connected to the murder, the heinous murder of jamal khashoggi. all across the united states government we continue to investigate to try to learn, to make determinations about what happened and will continue to hold those responsible accountable. we've been very, very clear about that since literally the beginning. we also, wolf, and this is important, are doing everything we can to make sure that we get it right for america, that we keep the strategic relationship with the kingdom of saudi arabia and protect the american people. those two things can both be done. and we've done it very effectively. >> so david, he is saying you can do these things simultaneous. >> good afternoon, fred. so i want to focus in on something secretary of state pompeo said there, that the administration and the president have been very clear on this from the beginning. no, they haven't. the president at one point said he talked to the king and that he was reassured. he has said over and over, as
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elise was saying, that there's no smoking gun, or words to that effect. and here's the thing. you're not going to find a forensic report where there's blood under the fingernails of the crown prince. the question is whether it's plausible or believable that this operation, which no one denies the operation took place, took place without at least the tacid support, or the direct support, of the crown prince. that's where i criticize the president and secretary of state for not being more forthcoming. president trump made his first trip to saudi arabia and then he got out of the iran deal, and he's given the saudis carte blanche in yemen. that's everything they wanted on their wish list. why should they now worry about what president trump thinks anymore? >> elise? >> well, listen, secretary pompeo, when this first happened, he did go out to saudi arabia and say to the crown prince, look, the future of you being the king is at stake. your future rule.
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he spoke to the king and said, listen, you really have to get your act together, whether it's about the issue of jamal khashoggi or his adventures, as david said, in yemen with the kidnapping of the lebanese prime minister, about some of these detentions. there's a lot of concern about this young prince that i think congress is starting to articulate their prerogatives when they're trying to call for the end of u.s. support in yemen. i think that there are a lot of concerns about saudi in general. the president is focusing on his relationship with saudi arabia, maybe to some extent jared kushner's relationship with saudi arabia. the u.s. relationship with saudi will withstand, whether they have some punitive measures or not. i think that nina's excellent reporting shows that there was some actions by jamal that the crown prince saw as a threat. there were a lot of texts between him and his colleagues, but there were also texts, as we've seen, in media reports
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between the crown prince and his aides about jamal. so as we're saying, there may not be a smoking gun. there's certainly evidence beyond a reasonable doubt at this point. >> so david, while the secretary of state is saying, you know, that the administration can do things simultaneously, they can take into account, you know, the accusations or evidence and at the same time admonish or even punish, even though critics are saying you're not really seeing the latter at this point. there is a certain reticence. is that not further emboldening the crown prince? you just look at his demeanor, and it was just a snapshot, a moment with his kind of high five, bromance kind of handshake with vladimir putin. but is there a feeling that, you know, the crown prince feels nearly untouchable? >> there has been reticence on the part of the administration, and you see the crown prince at least in that clip that you're playing there now with president putin. he's just out there on the world
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stage, untouched. back to elise's point from earlier, there is a fine line between politics and doing what the administration is doing. you can, as the secretary of state was saying, continue a relationship with the saudis. we don't have to pull our ambassador from saudi arabia. we don't have to cut off ties. we don't have to stop arms deals or oil deals with them. but for the president to come out here and be so equivocal about what happened with jamal khashoggi, a "washington post" opinion columnist, i think sends the wrong message to the world. >> then there was another moment that was caught on video. still many are trying to decipher the meaning behind this conversation between emmanuel macron of france and the crown prince. a couple words were picked up here and there about macron saying i'm worried and you never listen to me. but we don't really know the context of the conversation and what's happening here.
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elise, how can this, i guess, be studied, whether it be the body language, what could they be talking about, if this is at all meaningful? >> i think -- i mean, i can't know for sure, obviously. we don't know the context of that. but president macron has been really reaching out to the saudis, very concerned about how they're handling the situation. i think it's about how the -- if i had to guess, i'd say it's about how the crown prince is comporting himself on the world stage. this certainly is not somebody who as david said is kowtowing, is humbled. he's kind of -- in arabic, there's a saying which kind of means big man on campus. he's certainly acting like that right there. i think not just president macron, but others in the region, king abdullah, others have tried to counsel this young prince. he does seem to at least feel he's untouchable.
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i think it's in large part because when you heard the president say maybe he did, maybe he didn't, how will we know? essentially he's saying, who cares? >> and david, they are speaking in english, macron and mbs. macron could be heard saying, you know, you never listen to me. what does that say about the potential leverage that the french president might have in any kind of negotiations or talk or admonishments, et cetera, with the saudi crown prince? >> well -- >> you never listen to me says there have been many conversations. >> right. it suggests that president macron is in the same position that president trump is in and that other world leaders, western leaders, are in. they have relations that they want to protect with saudi arabia for an assortment of reasons, but they also want to figure out a way to exert the kind of influence they want to. as you say, fred, it does suggest that president macron, this wasn't his first time
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talking to the crown prince. i think, again, in the absence of leadership from the united states, which used to set the tone of this, then you're going to have different responses from different western leaders. >> right. and so this was on display because if there was anything untoward or strange, they wouldn't want to have that kind of meeting right out in the open. they knew there was a camera there, even if they weren't able to -- you know, even if the audio doesn't pick up everything with clarity. they are out in the open. so there's intent there, too, perhaps, for these two leaders to say, look, we're talking as equals. >> but fred, i will say that the germans have announced they're not going to have arms sales to the saudis. other european leaders are following suit. there is a kind of world leverage that they have against saudi arabia. i think it remains to be seen how far it will go. but this could be another area where president trump, obviously the u.s. has the most leverage here. but this could be another area where if president trump doesn't get on the right side of this,
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he could find himself alienated once again. >> all right. elise labott, david, always a pleasure. tomorrow president george h.w. bush will lie in state. the start of a nearly week-long tribute to the 41st president, a look at how he's being remembered in washington and in his beloved state of texas, coming up.
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of state and chief of staff james baker joined cnn to reflect on bush's life and the final moments that they shared together. >> when i showed up at 7:00 in the morning, one of the aides who assisted him physically said mr. president, secretary baker's here, and he opened both eyes, looked at me and said, hey, bake, where are we going today? i said, well, i said, we're going to heaven. he said, good, that's where i want to go. little did i know or did he know, of course, that by 10:00 that night, he'd be in heaven. >> joining me now, cnn national correspondent suzanne malveaux in houston. suzanne, lots of events in honor of america's 41st president. what does the week look like? >> fred, you actually mentioned about that presidential aircraft. it is at ellington field here in houston. it did arrive about an hour or
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so ago. that was the same aircraft that carried president trump to the g20 summit in argentine that. that's the same aircraft that will carry the casket, the body of president george h.w. bush. tomorrow morning it will fly to joint base andrews. then the official ceremonies will begin in earnest about 4:45 in the afternoon. that is where you're going to see at the u.s. capitol rotunda both house and senate members paying tribute. the public will be able to spend quite a bit of time paying their respects to the 41st president from 7:30 in the evening, tomorrow evening, to 8:45 in the morning on wednesday. then on wednesday later, about 11:00 is when you'll see the national cathedral remembrance involving friends and family of the president. then the president, the body will be returned here to the home state of houston. this is where he'll lie in
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repose wednesday night through thursday morning. then another special ceremony, memorial ceremony hosted at st. martin's episcopal church. this is the same place that memorialized the late first lady, barbara bush. this is the family's place of worship. then there will be a brief train ride of the casket as it is delivered to the burial site, the presidential library in college station, texas. fred, i have to tell you, there have been so many people that we have talked to today about the former president. we had a chance to see a beautiful, larger than life statue here in the park where we are, where they laid down flowers, teddy bears, and those colorful assortment of socks that the president simply loved. we had a chance to get a sense of what people here feel about the first family. take a listen. >> it's just sad to see him go, and he will be missed. we'll feel it here in houston.
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we just wish everybody well. >> and how will you feel it here in houston? i know he was really active in the community with the sports teams and both of them as a fixture in the community. >> it's going to be very somber for the next year or so. >> reporter: fred, so many people told us about how there was such a great sense of respect that they had for the president as well as his family here. he was a big booster of the city. he really put houston on the map, a big sports fan as well. the seventh district, congressional district, that he represented now turning blue, but people don't seem to care. they really believe that he was a very good, decent person who crossed the partisanship and divide we see today. >> yeah, he had a big reach. suzanne, thank you so much in houston. meantime, stories and tributes are still pouring in for president george h.w. bush. this morning, former california governor arnold schwarzenegger told cnn about the time bush 41 tried to teach him how to sled.
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so last hour, i asked the president's son, neil, about the incident. >> we've been able to hear a lot of stories in the last 24 hours. here's one from arnold schwarzenegger. let's listen. >> but it was one day it was snowing up there. we had this toboggan. he was trying to teach me how to slide that because i was only used to sledding down with austrian sleds, which you direct kind of with your feet. so we went down totally out of control. of course, we crashed into barbara bush, who broke her leg after that. so that's why he sent me this picture. we had really a great time up there at camp david. like i said, it was a great
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learning experience, hanging out around him. he was kind of like a mentor and kind of like a father figure at the same time. >> so touching in the end, but about the whole notion of the crash and your mom breaking her leg. so is he saying that he led to the breaking of your mom's leg, or did she break her leg in a different way? there are different stories out there. what do you recall? >> she broke the leg -- i wasn't there, but she broke the leg running into a tree. anyway, so yeah, i love hearing that arnold schwarzenegger accent. he's been such a good friend. >> everybody is sharing so many lovely stories about their interaction with neil's dad, president george h.w. bush. all right. still ahead, are we seeing a truce between the world's two largest economies? president trump says he's holding off new tariffs on chinese products. details coming up. hey joy! hello thomas. hey. what's the worst part about paying for things you don't want? the-- paying! exactly. and what's the best part
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president trump and president xi are both signaling optimism that they could hit the pause button on escalating their trade war further. trump is saying he'll delay raising tariffs on $200 billion worth of chinese goods. those are already subject to 10% tariffs, but the president won't be raising those to 25% come january 1st because he wants to give some breathing room for his administration to keep negotiating with china, and in exchange, xi has said china will continue to increase its purchase of agricultural products, energy goods, and other american goods all aimed at reducing that trade imbalance. take a listen to what the president had to say about the agreement. >> it's an incredible deal. it goes down certainly, if it happens, it goes down as one of the largest deals ever made. and what i'd be doing is holding back on tariffs. china will be opening up.
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china will be getting rid of tariffs. china right now has major trade barriers. they're major tariffs and also major nontariff barriers, which are brutal. china will be getting rid of many of them. and china will be buying massive amounts of product from us, including agricultural from our farmers. tremendous amount of agricultural. and other products. so it's been really something. >> of course, the issues that prompted the president to impose tariffs against chinese goods in the first place, those remain unresolved, like intellectual property theft, china's industrial subsidies. and although both leaders are touting this as a breakthrough, neither side is touching existing tariffs. >> and sara, trump also says he'll force a six-month deadline for congress to replace nafta after he signed a new trade deal with mexico and canada. what more can you say about that?
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>> reporter: that's right. once president trump officially notifies mexico and canada he plans to withdraw from nafta, manager trump says he'll do soon, then the u.s. will not be party to nafta six months from that point. that sets congress up with a narrow six-month window to either approve the u.s. mca, president trump's replacement trade deal for nafta, or risk leaving the u.s. without any kind of trade deal that binds the u.s. to mexico and canada. so he's trying to use the threat of having no deal, fred, to pressure some of those lawmakers who are on the fence into supporting his proposed replacement deal. >> all right. sara westwood at the white house. thanks so much. don't miss a cnn special presentation as we delve into some of the dark truths that won some of the country's most contentious presidential races. watch back-to-back episodes of "race for the white house" tonight at 10:00 eastern time. carl, i as my broker...invite here. what am i paying you to manage my money? it's racquetball time. ♪
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when he was a u.s. attorney in florida, labor secretary alexander acosta gave accused serial pedophile and convicted sex offender jeffrey epstein the deal of a lifetime. that's according to a report in "the miami herald." epstein is known as a wealthy investor who has counted president trump and former president bill clinton among his friends. rené marsh has the story. >> he's supposed to be protecting these victims, and he was protecting jeffrey epstein, a pedophile. >> reporter: according to an extensive investigation by "the miami herald," accused serial pedophile and multimillionaire jeffrey epstein got a sweetheart deal thanks to president trump's labor secretary alex acosta. >> as of today -- >> reporter: the paper found that as a u.s. attorney in
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florida in 2007, acosta and another federal prosecutor struck a plea deal with epstein's legal team just as the fbi was investigating years of alleged sex crimes. "t "the herald" reports epstein's accusations include at least 36 underage victims a steady stream of girls 16 years and younger, in and out of his sprawling palm beach mansion and allegations he paid teens to recruit more young v victims. a private investigator for the legal team representing some of the victims. >> i read the indictment. there was multiple allegations of sex trafficking, trafficking girls across lines, using his airplane to traffic girls, witness intimidation, and all the sudden it disappeared. >> reporter: according to "the miami herald," the agreement between acosta and epstein's legal team allowed the defense to dictate the terms, shut down the fbi investigation into
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additional victims and accomplices, granted immunity to potential co-conspirators, and it was kept secret from the victims until it was approved. now victims have filed a civil suit calling the plea deal acosta arranged illegal. >> is it illegal or just improper? >> it could be both. it certainly is improper. >> reporter: as for epstein, he pleaded guilty to just two state prostitution charges and served 13 months in county jail. he registered as a sex offender and paid restitution to his victims. secretary acosta addressed the plea deal in his confirmation hearing last year. >> based on the evidence, professionals within a prosecutor's office decide that a plea that guarantees that someone goes to jail, that guarantees that someone register generally, and that guarantees other outcomes is a good thing. >> reporter: for a victim to be
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kept in the dark entirely, in conjunction with an fbi probe being shut down and a favorable plea, according to reporting that says he's able to have work release privileges and be able to leave his jail cell and not have publicity in a large extent of these cases, that's what's so shocking about this. >> reporter: "the herald" interviewed several victims, including virginia roberts, who was employed at president trump's mar-a-lago resort, which is near epstein's mansion, when she was recruited. >> the training started immediately. i mean, it was everything down to how to be quiet, be subservient, give jeffrey what he wants. then, you know, before you know it, i'm being lent out to politicians and to academics. >> reporter: rené marsh, cnn, washington. and the nfl cracking down on star running back kareem hunt after an assault is caught on tape. find out what he and the league are saying about the incident, next.
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welcome back. a former star nfl player who was cut from his team after video surfaced appearing to show him push and kick a woman is apologizing today. in an interview with espn, kareem hunt now says he regrets the incident that cost him his job with the kansas city chiefs and possibly his career. here's cnn's polo sandoval. >> reporter: a plea for forgiveness from kareem hunt in a sunday interview with espn, the now former kansas city
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chiefs running back admitted he was wrong in pushing and kicking a woman in february. >> i made a poor decision, and i'm willing to take full responsibility of any actions that come, you know, from this point on. >> reporter: first obtained by tmz, this video shows what plook looks like a short conversation in a hallway and quickly escalated into a shoving match between hunt and the woman. several people, men and women, attempted to break up the argument, but the woman is seen falling to the ground more than once. hunt is also seen kicking her while she's on the ground. hunt also seen in this cleveland police body camera footage now shirtless, being questioned by police. no charges were filed following the incident according to nfl.com. >> you kicking a woman, period, how do you explain that? >> you can't really explain it. the video shows it. i was in the wrong. and i'm not that type of person. i'm really disappointed and
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embarrassed for myself and for my family. i really am taking actions to learn from this. >> reporter: in a revealing moment, hunt told espn he was never approached by the nfl to talk about what happened. >> has the nfl ever questioned you about that incident? >> no, they have not. >> reporter: on sunday, the nfl released a statement saying their investigation started immediately after the february incident. the league wrote, in part, the nfl's ongoing investigation will include further attempts to speak to the complainants in the incident. a review was made on friday, which was not available to the nfl previously, as well as further conversations with all parties involved in the incident. after friday's release of the footage, the nfl placed hunt on the commissioner's exempt list. right after that, the chiefs cut hunt from the team, saying he was not truthful with them in conversations about the incident earlier in the year. hunt hopes for another chance
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saturday. officials were out surveying the damage. many families lost everything. homes were destroyed. 18 people suffered minor injuries and three people are hospitalized with serious injuries but they are expected to recover. a tornado was just confirmed in southern georgia near florida border. it hit kings bay naval base this afternoon. we're still awaiting reports of any injuries and details on the extent of the damages. parts of alaska still shaking two days after a major earthquake hit the state. the 7.0 earthquake send people running for cover. scientists have recorded more than 1,000 aftershocks in and around anchorage. our reporter is near anchorage. how are alaskans holding one all
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these aftershocks? >> well, they're hearty folks. to give you an idea what it has been like, we moved a little bit to eagle river. take a look at this glass. this is some of the fallout we've seen. you've seen signs of the freeways affected and also, if you want to see what it looks like, you have to go inside people's homes to see the messes they're dealing with there. road after road. torn apart. alaska. battered by a 7.0 earthquake. the shaking, the worst here since 1964. nick coleman is checking his vacationing neighbor's place for the first time since the quake hit. what he finds is a home wrecked by mother nature. upstairs, cabinets knocked to the floor. a bathroom full of glass. the shower door pulled from the wall. >> it's pretty devastating.
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it seems like the higher up you go in the building -- >> from anchorage, and the home of sarah palin. residents reeling from loss but thankful that does not include lives. shocking, they say, because of scenes like this. road crews right now working 40 sites similar to this. >> this is the most traveled artery in alaska. and take a look what has happen to the roadway because of the earthquake. it looks like a massive machine has plowed the roadway. crews are working around the clock so they're saying within days but there is a threat. take a look at this. see this crack? we have to stay on this side of it. that's because everything on the other side is liable to give way with all the aftershocks that continue to hit the anchorage area. >> reporter: more than 650 aftershocks so fafrlt around 20 of those at magnitude 4 or
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higher. >> i didn't want to go to sleep last night. afraid it would happen again. >> reporter: diane and bill coleman still on edge after reading out the quake in their home of 47 years. >> it was a very loud sound. >> reporter: even with possessions crashing down around them, they never heard a sound over the roar of the quake. like so many, they search for memories that survived. >> we have to put some lights up and it makes it easier to work. otherwise you cry. >> reporter: still negligent nothing lost here outweighs what really matters. that was quite something we survived. it is quite amazing that no one lost their life. a 7.0 is nothing to sneeze at.
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h people trying to get their homes together as well as the businesses. the roadways, while they're working on them around the clock, they're hoping to have that road open by tuesday. >> so 1,000 aftershocks. that's a lot. how significant are they? do scientists say how long the aftershocks will go on? >> reporter: we could be feeling aftershocks here for days, weeks and months even, after an quake of this size. some of them are note worthy. you do feel them. they shake you up. we're californians. we're used to it, too. you have that feeling that it is unsettling. for people who are here, and it is dark much of the time, it is unsettling to have that rattle.
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wondering if there will be something as big. there could be some sizable aftershocks after that. that gives the folks working trying to repair those roads a much narrow wind. >> they keep working around the clock. they're used to working in the dark here. >> right now, thank you. thanks for being with me on this sunday. it is something you will only see on cnn today. brand new details throwing more light on the brutal murder of a "washington post" journalist. jamal khashoggi died two months ago in what the cia says was a hit ordered by a prominent member of the saudi royal family. this weekend the "wall street journal" and the "washington post" are both

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