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bans, things like that. i think that ohio state believes it's just a jim tressel problem. unfortunately, i think the ncaa is going to view it differently. >> we'll see. and keep following this. it's an excellent article in "sports illustrated." you can also find it online. george dohrmann, thank you so much for joining us live. i'm going to toss it over to suzanne malveaux. i'll be back with you shortly to talk about sarah palin and ask people what they think she's up to. >> nobody knows yet. >> we've got a lot of comments already. >> thanks, carol. live from the steward yeo, i'm suzanne malveaux. i want to get you up to speed. westerners are condemning yemen for what they call grave human rights violations. at least 23 anti-rights protesters have been killed since sunday. government forces are also battling tribal fighters in the capital sanaa, and they're
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taking on islamic militants who have overrun a coastal town. it's a case eerily similar to the one against former imf chief dominique strauss-kahn. an egyptian businessman could be arraigned in new york today, charged with sexually assaulting a hotel housekeeper. 74-year-old mahmoud abdel salam omar is accused of groping a maid at the pierre luxury hotel. she says she went to the room at omar's request to drop off tissues. call it a bin laden bounce. strong performances on national security and international relations are driving president obama's overall poll numbers even higher. a new cnn opinion research survey finds that 54% approve of the job he is doing. that is up six percentage points since early april. when are you planning to announce you'll run for president? >> what do you think the odds are you'll run? >> are you going to run? >> that is the question. there is no public schedule, but sarah palin's bus tour seems to be headed for philadelphia
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today. now palin visited historic ft. mchenry in baltimore on monday, and repeatedly she insisted she's not running for anything. a palin associate quoted by "the los angeles times" speculates the bus tour is a dry run to see if she and her family are up to the rigors of a republican presidential bid. >> i don't know. i honestly don't know. it's still, you know, a matter of looking at the field and considering much. there truly is a lot to consider before you throw yourself out there in the name of service to the public buzz it's so all-consuming. economists thought that home prices hit bottom in 2009. the kay schiller survey says they slid another 4% in the first quarter. so what does it mean? it means that prices in 20 major markets have now fallen below what was considered the bottom two years ago. i'm going to break down those numbers in about 20 minutes. afghanistan's leader calls it his last warning to nato and
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the united states, who says, do not attack afghan homes, even if militants may be inside. president hamid karzai is responding to a weekend raid that left as many as 14 afghan civilians dead. and he says that nato runs the risk of becoming an occupier if more civilians die. reports say that radco mladic could be transferred to the hague as early as today to face war crimes charges. a second court has rejected mladic's move not to be extradited. the former bosnian serb military commander claims he is too ill to stand trial. a shooting outside a preschool, and a teacher keeping a cool head. >> reporter: a teacher calmly instructs her students to take cover and sings songs while suspected cartel members exchange gunfire outside of her classroom. the teacher, who is identified
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only as martha, tells the students to put their faces on the floor, that nothing's going to happen. as gunfire rages outside the classroom, the teacher asks the kids to sing along to a song by barney, the friendly dinosaur. five people were executed outside of the school. none of the children in the classroom was injured. >> unbelievable. the city of monterrey, mexico, honors that teacher for her quick thinking and bravery. her cell phone video has received more than 1 million hits on youtube, and she spoke with cnn on espanol. >> translator: what do you think now, teacher, now that you see the reaction from the media? >> translator: this is what i think. this is what gives me satisfaction. >> translator: when all this happened, you didn't cry, but now you are. why? >> translator: when you're happy, you also cry. the american academy of pediatrics is warning parents
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that energy drinks could be harmful for children and teens. those are the ones filled with caffeine and other stimulants and sold under brand names like red bull and monster. and the group says that water is better for active teens than sports drinks. those are the ones with elect electro-lytes. we have exclusive confirmation that egypt's military forcibly subjected female protesters to what it calls virginity tests. it is something that many consider sexual assault orator torture. a senior egyptian official admits the tests were done on women at a demonstration on march 9th, about a month after president hosni mubarak's resignation. egypt's military first denied the allegations which arose in an amnesty international report. amnesty international says that female demonstrators were beaten, given electric shocks, strip searched, threatened with prostitution charges, and forced to submit to virginity checks.
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our ivan watson has reported extensively on the alleged abuse of protesters, and he joins us live from istanbul, turkey. ivan, i want you to tell us what did the women protesters say to you? >> reporter: well, we spoke with one in particular, a young woman named salaa husseiny, and she's one of 17 women arrested by egyptian military police that cracked down on a protest that took place on march 9th in cairo's famous tahrir square. she said initially they were taken into the famous egyptian museum, which is right in that square, and that's where she was beaten and hit with electric prods and frequently insulted. she was called a whore by her interrogators. that was treatment that about demonstrators experienced at that time on march 9th. we spoke to a male demonstrator who showed us the wounds over his back. he couldn't even walk after that
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experience. later in the course of events, both men and women were transported to a facility on the outskirts of cairo, and there throughout what sounded like a truly hellish night, the women were strip searched, at some points photographed by men, and then subjected to what this one woman described as a virginity test. take a listen to what she had to say to us in march. >> translator: they made us sign statements declaring whether or not we are virgins. during the test no one was standing were standing behind us and watching the back side of the bed. i think we were there to be witnesses. >> so you can just imagine how horrific this experience must have been and how hard it was to come forward and speak about this, suzanne, in a conservative society on camera and tell this story around the world last
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march. we've communicated with the egyptian military through our cairo bureau today. officially a general there denies that any type of virg virginity test ever took place on march 9th. suzanne? >> ivan, i understand as well the allegations of sexual abuse and sexual assault is not just -- does not just pertain to women but also to men as well. are you aware of that? >> reporter: well, i mean, at that time, there was an awful lot of crackdown going on. this was going into april. there would be demonstrations taking place, and the military is in charge of the country, and their police were very heavy handed. i remember talking to two men who just emerged from the state tv headquarters. they said they'd been pulled in there and repeatedly beaten and subjected to electric shocks on their testicles by military
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police, and they were still bleeding from some of the wounds that they got in their faces. i spoke to them maybe an hour or two after they'd been released from that ordeal. so there had been a pattern more than a month after the overthrow of hosni mubarak where egypt's military rulers were using force and torture to try to stop people from demonstrating against them. now, our cairo bureau tells me that there's less of that pattern, but still people are being detained and being questioned for coming out and criticizing egypt's military rulers. and that's going on just today we're hearing about bloggers and journalists being brought in for questioning by egypt's military rulers. >> and, ivan, this happened almost a full month after president hosni mubarak stepped down by a military that is currently in control of the country right now. do we anticipate that they're going to face justice here?
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>> reporter: well, this is the government in egypt right now. the egyptian military has been tasked with egypt's future democratic transition, and it's not going smoothly. and there's a lot of criticism of the egyptian military, the ruling council, coming from some of the very same revolutionaries who so bravely demonstrated in tahrir square and helped bring down their former dictatodictat hosni mubarak. this is a story we're going to have to watch closely. there are signs the military is hearing some of the criticism that's coming to them and that they've changed some of their approach to dealing with internal dissent. but this battle is still being played out in the streets and in the media in egypt today. >> ivan watson, thank you very much for that excellent reporting. obviously, a very disturbing story coming out of the region. here's your chance to talk back on one of the big stories
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of the day. today's question is sarah palin's tour, trial run for a campaign, potential campaign. carol, what do we think? carol costello with the question. >> i'm going to go for it right now. i know you've seen it. sarah palin's one nation bus tour starting in d.c. where she and her family visited some historical landmarks and then continued on to gettysburg, pennsylvania. there are times palin sounds like a would be presidential candidate, but she still isn't ready to call her tour anything but a campaign for america's constitution. there is some confusion about where her bus is heading at times since she refuses to tell the so-called mainstream media exactly where she's going except for fox news, which would be her employer. palin told her co-worker greta van susterin, despite how things look, her one nation tour is not political. >> it's not about me. it's not a publicity seeking tour. it's about highlighting the great things of america. the media can figure out where
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they're going if they do their investigative work, or they're going to keep kind of, as you put it, going crazy trying to figure out what we're doing here. >> jim garrity of the national review online says sarah palin's tour looks like a dress rehearsal, the closest we've seen from a national campaign from her. we've been here before. remember donald trump? after weeks of ranting around the country and a trip to new hampshire, trump told everyone never mind. palin's motto is going rogue, so she either wants to do it her way or take the rest of us for a ride. is sarah palin's bus tour a campaign trial run? i'll read some of your comments later this hour. >> so, carol, people are just trying to figure out where she's going. they don't really know where she's going? >> on her mystery bus tour? i'm sure she wants it that way. we're all playing into her hands. i am aware of that, people. >> yes. and you're going to hear from them. >> i'm sure i will. >> all right. thanks, carol. here's a rundown of some of
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the stories we're covering over the next two hours. you can hack, but you can't hide. the united states calling cyber attacks an act of war now. plus up in the air down under. water spouts steal the spotlight. that in australia. and the housing numbers are out. they are not good. home prices hit a new rock bottom. then how safe is your cell phone? an announcement on whether or not it can be linked to cancer. that expected very soon. [ male announcer ] it's not about what you can get into... ♪ ...but what you can get out of. ♪ the 2011 jeep wrangler. adventure is never ordinary. ♪ now sign and drive a jeep wrangler sport 4x4 with zero first month's payment, zero down and zero due at signing for qualified lessees.
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breaking news. president obama to announce a new commerce secretary later today. ed henry is at the white house with the very latest. hey, ed. >> reporter: suzanne, white house officials confirming it's going to be john bryson. he's a business executive. he'll be a key member of the president's economic team. you'll remember he was chairman and ceo of edison international. that's the parent company of southern cal edison. he's on the board of directors of disney and boeing, some major u.s. corporations. obviously, this is somebody who will be key in promoting the president's agenda in terms of trying to double a u.s. exports over the next five years to help pull out of the recession. he's also a co-founder of the national resources defense council, someone who would then, of course, be popular with environmentalists. you'll remember gary locke, the current commerce secretary, is already nominated to be the u.s. ambassador to china. president going to make this announcement at 1:15 eastern
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time in the rose garden, suzanne. >> ed henry breaking that story for us. thank you, ed. responding to computer sabotage with military force. a "wall street journal" report says the pentagon has concluded a cyber attack by another country could be considered an act of war. in other words, hack into our computers, and we could drop a missi missile. that story by our pentagon correspondent chris lawrence. >> reporter: basically, suzanne, what it means is, if an individual, group, or country, even country, would, say, insert a virus into one of our nuclear power plants, which causes a meltdown, which then kill dozens, hundreds, if not thousands of people, well, that's the same thing as someone walking in there and setting off a bomb. the damage is the same. or if someone shuts down using a computer, an electrical grid, which then causes a pipeline to malfunction, that could have the same effect as, say, a naval
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blockade. they're equating these cyber attacks with real physical attacks and basically promising the response could be just like it was if it was a physical attack. pentagon strategy is in its final stages. we're told that it will be completed in two or three weeks. but that is the strategy part. the actual idea of using conventional military force to combat a cyber attack, that's policy. that comes from the white house. take a look at this statement from the white house. this is white house policy that was released about two weeks ago, and it says, "the united states will respond to hostile acts in cyberspace as we would to any other threat to our country. we reserve the right to use all necessary means -- diplomatic, informational, military, and economic -- in order to defend our nation, allies, partners, and interests. in so doing, we will exhaust all options before military force whenever we can." it also goes on to say that the
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u.s. wants it to be known that the risk of attacking the united states using cyber attack far outweighed the benefits, and when we talked to the pentagon spokesman just a couple minutes ago, he said, look, you know, letting adversaries know that this is a potential response is a form of deterrence. >> so really, in some ways, chris, this is a lot of tough talk, warning countries not to launch cyber attacks against the united states. do we think it's beyond this tough talk? or as you had mentioned before, that might be the deterrent itself. >> reporter: no. i think if the white house is going to put it down as written policy, i think they are actually, truly keeping that option on the table. now, it would have to be calibrated. you know, just simply the idea of a cyber attack is not necessarily going to necessitate a military response. but it would be on sort of a graduated plane. if you had a cyber attack that ended up causing the deaths of hundreds of people or thousands
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of people, they're saying, what would be the difference between that and a conventional attack? >> chris lawrence at the pentagon. thank you, chris. >> you're welcome. if you're trying to sell your house, good luck. even if you're not, you're going to want to hear about the latest drop in housing prices. with bengay pain relief plus massage you can do this... get the ball, girl. hmmm, you can't do that. but you can do this. bengay pain relief + massage with penetrating nubs plus the powerful pain relief of bengay. love the nubs!
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the dow jones up by 65 points or so. we're also taking a quick look here at the lead story.'s lead story, double dip now in home prices. home prices reaching a post-recession low during the first quarter. essentially that this is a new low for the first quarter this year. there's a report that is out now, today, confirming what many economists had really feared. that is the idea this double dip in home prices. it is happening across the country. alison kosik is joining us from the new york stock exchange with all the details. alison, this does not look good by any measure. >> reporter: yeah. and the numbers tell you what's going on here. we saw home prices fall another 5% in the first three months of this year, when you compare it to the same time last year. what it means is more people are going to be under water on their mortgages. that could lead to more foreclosures, and it pretty much leaves people stuck who want to move because it's really tough to sell your home when it's in that shape. this is really a classic double dip. i want to show you this chart that we can bring up.
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you'll see the two dips. the prices increased through 2005 and then plunged. you saw a rebound in 2009. that was actually artificial because that was because the first time home buyer tax credit. now we're starting to see the second dip now. other housing reports that we've gotten jive with this report we got today. we got new home sales down. existing home sales down. it's just a real dour housing market right now, suzanne. >> alison, do we have any idea, anybody talking about when things will actually turn around for the housing market? >> reporter: you know, you talk with analysts, and i'll tell you what, they are very, very ominous. realty track, for instance, says a housing recovery is a long way off. you talk with analysts at s&p. they say there's no relief in sight. another negative sign is this glut of foreclosures on the market. the issue here also could be that it's a self-fulfilling prophecy. as people don't buy when they don't think that prices have actually hit bottom. they wind up waiting, and this glut of empty homes continues to sit on the market, putting
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pressure on prices. and the market just kind of sits there and festers and doesn't go anywhere. that's also the issue here. americans are equally as pessimistic as the analysts. many americans saying that they don't expect the housing market to recover until 2014. suzanne? >> wow, tough, tough times. alison, thank you very much. appreciate it. here is your choices for today's choose the news segment. first, solving crimes with facebook. law enforcement agencies are finding clues on the internet to catch criminals, which means that the fbi can see what you've been up to on the web. second choice, selling your home in a buyer's market. it's all about flexibility and leaving emotions out of the deal. a realtor shares her tips on when to put up that for sale sign. and third choice, clipping coupons, thing of the past. online deals can save you 50% or more at your favorite restaurant or store. going to break down the hottest websites and which ones save you the most. so all you have to do is vote by texting 22360.
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here's a rundown of some of the stories we have ahead. first, cell phones and cancer. an announcement coming up from the world health organization. then another high profile banker, this one from egypt, accused of assaulting a hotel made in new york. and elders in japan, they know the risks. yet they are determined to work inside the contaminated fukushima nuclear plant. you've heard a lot in recent years about a connection between cell phones, tumors, and brain cancer. finally we may get a definitive answer. the world health organization's cancer research team is meeting in france, and they're going to make a determination the next hour on whether cell phones should be classified as a carcinog carcinogen. it's an issue for many of us with cell phones virtually attached to our ears. cnn medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta has conducted his own investigation. >> reporter: if you've ever put
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a cell phone to your ear, you should listen to what neurosurgeon dr. keith black has to say. >> there's no way to say that cell phone use is safe. i think the public has a right to know that there could be a potential risk. the public generally assumes that, if one is selling something on the market, that we have had assurances that that device is safe. >> reporter: to be clear, dr. black's message is at odds with headlines from the largest international study on cell phones and cancer. their conclusion, little or no evidence cell phones are associated with brain tumors. but if you look just one layer deeper into the appendix of that same study, and you'll see something unsettling. turns out participants in the study who use a cell phone for ten years or more had double the rate of brain glioma, a type of tumor. and keep in mind cell phone use in the united states has only been popular for around 15 years. back in 1996 there were 34
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million cell phone users. today nearly 300 million in use according to industry figures. >> environmental factors take decades to see their effect, not a few years. >> reporter: so if it may take decades to get a clearer answer, what can we say about cell phone safety now? scientists here in san jose, california, are trying to answer that very question. >> so one of the things we have to do first is literally put the drain inside the head. >> exactly. so it's very light now. >> reporter: the fcc requires all cell phones emit below 1.6 watts per kilogram of radiation. >> let's put some brain to it. >> reporter: in order to test for that, scientists here try to mimic the human brain with salt, sugar, and water. let me show you precisely how they do this test. this is a model. this is supposed to approximate the human skull, an adult male. this is my phone that we've actually attached there. it's connected at the angle that
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most people would speak with. and inside over here, very important, this bubbly liquid inside, that's what represents liquid brain. what's going to happen is the phone is making a call. after a period of time, this device is going to come over here and start to measure radiation at all sorts of different points in the brain. after that, they're going to take all of those numbers, basically put it on a computer screen, and tell us where the hot spots are and just how high the levels got. my cell phone measured within fcc limits, but the whole process was, well, surprisingly low tech. and what about different sized skulls or children? >> in children their skull is thinner. their scap is thinner. so the microwave radiation can penetrate deeper into the brain of children and young adults. and their cells are dividing at a much faster rate. so the impact of the microwave radiation can be much larger. >> reporter: but there have been no studies on children and cell phone safety.
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and here's something else that might surprise you, the cell manufacturers themselves actually advise against putting the cell phone right next to your head or really anywhere on your body. take a look, for example, what the iphone 4, the safety instructions specifically say, when using the iphone near your body for voice calls, keep it at least 15 millimeters or 5/8 of an inch away from your body. the blackberry also have safety guidelines. .98 inches or 25 millimeters away from your body, meaning your head or really even your pocket. dr. keith black has been talking about this longer than many, but the voices joining him are becoming louder and more prominent. the city of san francisco pushed for radiation warning labels on cell phones. the head of a prominent cancer research institute sent a memo to all employees urging them to limit cell phone use because of possible risk of cancer. and the european environmental agency has pushed for more studies, saying cell phones could be as big a public health risk as smoking, asbestos, and
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leaded gasoline. the federal communications commission, the fcc, they set the guidelines for how much radiation a cell phone can emit, and they say cell phones are safe. but how can they be so sure? keeping them honest, we decided to come here to try and find out for ourselves, but you they declined an on camera interview. the type of radiation coming out of your cell phone is called non-ionizing. it's not like an x-ray, but more like a very low powered microwave oven. >> what microwave radiation does, in the most simplistic term, is very similar to what happens to your food when you put your food in a microwave oven. it's essentially cooking the brain. >> based on their past statements, the fcc isn't convinced there's a real risk and maintain they, "do not endorse the need for consumers to take any precautions to reduce exposure." dr. sanjay gupta, cnn, san jose,
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california. >> so now the world health organization's cancer research team is weighing in. its announcement is scheduled in the next hour whether or not cell phones could be classified as a carcinogen. we're monitoring and are going to bring that and those results of the vote up next. but also, breaking news now. former bosnian second base military commander radko mladic is on his way to the hague right now to fag war crimes charges. a second serbian court rejected his claims he was too sick to face prosecution. he is facing the massacre of 8,000 muslims during the bosnian-serb war. a former egyptian banker accused of sexually assaulting a hotel maid in new york. it sounds eerily similar to the case against the former chief of the imf. a live report up next. hi, this other store has these for 20 cents less.
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the next hour. well, another sexual assault case against an international banking figure and, again, the alleged victim is a maid at a luxury hotel in new york. police have arrested a 74-year-old egyptian man who is the former chairman of a major bank. our deborah feyerick is on the story. she joins us from new york. deb, it really sounds amazingly similar to a case we saw against the former chief of the imf. what do we know about this case? >> reporter: here's what we're hearing. first of all, the alleged suspect, he is mahmoud abdel salam omar. he's the former chair of the bank of alexandria. before that, he was head of the egyptian-american bank. he currently works for el mix salines, which is a 200-year-old company described as one of the oldest international companies in the salt industry. the alleged assault took place at the pierre hotel. it's a very fancy hotel diagonally across from the plaza
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here in manhattan. according to police, the hotel housekeeper responded to a guest request to deliver a box of tissues. when she arrived and stepped inside the room, that's when the alleged assault took place with mr. omar locking the door behind her and molesting her. that's what we're learning so far. he is scheduled to be arraigned later today. more details scheduled to come out in the criminal complaint, suzanne. >> deb, unlike the other case against the former imf chief dominique strauss-kahn, this housekeeper did not report the incident immediately. do we know why or what the circumstances were around that? >> reporter: she did not. that's one of the things that is under investigation. the alleged assault took place on sunday evening. she did not report it until the following monday. i did reach out to the lawyer representing the housekeeper for dominique strauss-kahn. he has been gotten back to me, just out of curiosity, to see whether she had retained any sort of legal counsel. the police did find her story credible, and they charged mr. omar with sexual abuse, unlawful imprisonment, forceable touching, and harassment,
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suzanne. >> deb, we know it seems rather odd we have these two stories very similar, really just a week away from each other. is this a recurrent problem in hotels? >> reporter: the one thing that we learned last week, or a couple of weeks ago, when the first incident came to light, and that is that hotel housekeepers are trained what to do when a guest requests something. some hotels, they will send a male housekeeper to respond to any sort of request. so clearly, there is an alertness, an awareness that this kind of thing is happening, but also housekeepers are told to report it directly, and many of the hotels, they stand behind their staff. in the case of this particular housekeeper, the pierre sent out an alert saying that they're standing behind this and they're cooperating in the investigation. suzanne. >> deb, thank you very much. he is adamant that he's not running for president, but that has not stopped republicans from urging chris christie to get in the race. find out who's behind the latest
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take a look at some amazing video here. this is a water spout that is over australia. i'm not even sure what we're actually seeing here. but our own rob marciano can kind of explain this for us. that's incredible. what is that? is it kind of like a tornado or something? >> it's a tornado over water. water spouts are typically smaller and less intense.
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they can often happen in pairs or even tripletts like in this case. this is actually spinning in the opposite direction that tornadoes spin in the northern hemisphe hemisphere, which is the way it works south of the equator. there you go. that was one. and there's two. >> wow. >> in the tropics this happens quite a bit. sydney not officially completely in the tropics, but nonetheless, they've had some pretty intense storms roll through with flash flooding inland and just off the suburban shorelines of sydney. >> is there any way you can tell how big it is? >> they estimated that winds were probably 80, 90, maybe even over 100 miles at the time. if it were to come onshore, it would do some damage. if you were to drive your boat there, it wouldn't be a bad thing either. you want to stay away from it and hope it doesn't come onshore. here's the cyclone and storminess that's been affecting parts of sydney. that's where that action was. basically, it happens a lot, though, in the u.s. across parts of florida. this is -- this happens in the tropics when things get -- when
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we get a little sea breeze front. and that happens in the summertime. we'll get a line of thunderstorms that develop and kind of move onshore with the sea breeze. if there's a front here, you'll get, you know, winds that kind of go in different directions. remember when we talked about the tornadoes the past month, that's really the key to get the earth to spin -- or not earth, but the storm to spin itself. and you don't have the thermodynamics you don't have down than, say, in tornado alley. so you don't get the super cell. but you have enough to where things get pretty intense. that's video of -- that's the real deal there. we're not going to see that down in florida too often, and they didn't see that in australia. but we did see that recently, or last night, in nebraska. and that batch of storms is heading towards the east. chicago through detroit, you're going to be seeing this, and this is a bull's eye for later on today. lower parts of michigan are going to see potentially severe weather that might contain tornadoes. and everywhere east of that, suzanne -- and i know you're
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experiencing this in atlanta -- near or record breaking temperatures. temps will be easily into the 90s and dangerous levels of heat and humidity for the next couple of days. feeling much more like the end of middle or july than may. >> thanks, rob. appreciate it. a reminder to vote for today's choose the news winner. you can vote by texting 22360. text 1 for crime clues on facebook. hackers aren't the only ones who want to see what you've been up to on the web. the fbi is using social media to help solve crimes. text 2 for pricing homes to sell. if you want to sell your house in a buyer's market, be ready to check your emotions at the door. text 3 for online daily deals. save money at your favorite shops, restaurants, with these websites. really interesting. winning story will air in the next hour. he says he's not running, but some republicans certainly trying to change chris christie's mind.
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paul staeinhauser, part of the best political team in washington. tell us about who's urging the new jersey governor to run. >> reporter: it's a group of iowa republicans, some big names out there, about a half dozen or so of them. big donors who give money to republican candidates. they're coming to new jersey to meet with governor christie. republican governor chris christie really become a rock star for his tough talk, outspoken language, and even how he's going after the democrats in the state to try to reduce the budget there. christie has said so many times, forget about it. i'm not interested in running. the most recent time he told us you're not getting me anywhere near that. my god, i'm not running for president. everybody remain calm. all is well. chris christie to our jessica yellin not too long ago. they're coming today to meet with him and try to maybe change his mind. doubtful it's going to happen. it's another sign republicans are maybe not so crazy about the current crop of presidential candidates they have. maybe they're still searching for somebody else, suzanne. >> you can always count on
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christie for the plain language. says it like it is. good for jessica getting that. the republican who, of course, does want to run, we're seeing mitt romney. do we think we're going to see a more casual mitt romney than we saw back in 2008? everybody said he was a little too buttoned up. >> reporter: remember when you were covering the campaign trail last time around. romney was wearing the suits, the ties. much more of a business approach. he looks much more casual this time around. check out the photograph he released yesterday. him and the family over the memorial day weekend. he's pretty casual here in this photograph with the family. look at that. that is definitely a very different mitt romney than we saw four years ago. in an interview on another network, he mentioned that he likes "american idol" and liked the movie "twilight." i guess a more personal mitt romney. >> who knew? thanks, paul. appreciate it. the latest political news, you know where to go. today's talk-back question is sarah palin's tour a trial
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run for a campaign? malik says palin is using the media's thirst for her to gain enough buzz so she could run for president. if you ignored her, she would eventually go away.
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sarah palin said she plans to take her bus tour to iowa, but she is keeping reporters guessing about whether she is going to run for president, which brings us to the "talk back" question and carol costello. i don't know, iowa seems like a pretty good clue iowa! >> red alert. on our "talk back" question today, is sarah palin's bus tour. >> from joy, her adoring fans can help her earn another few million dollars. the media is being palined. can you say sucka? this from charles. sara is more woman than any leftist news babe. thanks for the babe part, charles. another, it is a huge waste of had your time to pay attention at all. they need to muzzle their crazed
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pet. and this from james, she is still trying to find a place in the united states where she can see russia. oh. there's lots more where that came from. >> you'll get a couple more babe parts, i'm sure. i want you to see this crazy story. people getting all muddy, chasing something smelly. >> what? >> watch these folks. all right, carol, don't go away. please don't go away. please don't leave me alone. they are chasing a wheel of chase down a sharp hill. >> are they hungry? >> most of them slid. they're somersaulting. this say festival. organizers pulling the plug on the cheese -- it's the cheese chase. but the organizers are not doing any work, because the crowds got too big and too rowdy. these are -- these are renegade
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cheese chasers. yeah. >> i know -- >> would you ever do that, carol? >> i would get rowdy at an event like that. no, i would not roll down a hill to chase a wheel of chase. call me kooky. >> we are kooky. but you never know what some people come up with for fun. they had a good time of it. but it got too wild. >> i'm surprised no one broke limbs. >> all right. we're going to go on to some other stuff after a quick break. l has twice the calcium of the leading yogurt. that's 50% of the daily value. pass on the news and make sure you and everyone you know is getting the calcium they need. ♪ is getting the calcium they need. ...was it something big? thing you ever saw? ...or something small? ...something old? ...or something new? ...or maybe, just maybe
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a touching display of courage and sacrifice from seniors in japan. fully aware of the risks, they are lining up to work at the crippled and contaminated fukushima nuclear plant. we report from tokyo. >> reporter: in this cramped office, these seniors are leading the charge to get retirees back on the job, for one last and critical call. >> you want to do this. >> yeah. sure. >> why? >> i'm the one of the eldest people. >> age he says, is a plus, when the work site is the crippled fukushima nuclear plant, a place still dangerous, highly contaminated with radiation after the tsunami caused a full meltdown in at least one of the reactors. these workers are the front line to control the national crisis.
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at high risk of exposure and long-term health impacts. the elderly, says this group, don't worry about much, anything belong term. death becomes familiar, she says, we have a feeling death is waiting for us. not that i want to die, but we're not afraid of it. she's not the only one. 250 volunteers, all over the age of 60, are now compiled in this database. calling into the group, volunteering to work at the plant, a team calling themselves the skilled veterans corps, an idea that japan's point man to the nuclear crisis initially brushed off last week, saying, quote, our principle is we should stick to procedures that would not require such a suicide corps. a label these seniors reject, saying they prefer doing what's right. my generation, the old generation, promoted the nuclear plants. if we don't take responsibility,
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who will? we called tepco at their tokyo headquarters. they would not speak to cnn on camera. a spokesperson had this to say, though, about the elderly volunteers. thanks, but no thanks. we have plenty of employees. the seniors, though, don't buy it. the government has already told a nuclear regulatory agency that it needs to come up with a system to boost the number of workers, implying they are concerned about a worker shortage. workers like this woman, a temp who once worked at the fukushima plant. nothing can make me go back to work there, he says. he calls the levels of radiation too dangerous. whether concerns of a worker shortage or the persuasive seniors, just this week, the same government point man who called the seniors a suicide corps appears to be less resistant to the idea of elderly volunteers. he now says -- >> translator: i met the leader of the group, and we have started a discussion, looking for any possible, practical next
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step. >> do you think that the government will let your group work at the plant? >> yeah, sure. >> reporter: one more chance, say these graying citizens, to truly serve in the twilight of their lives. cnn, tokyo. top of the hour, i'm suzanne malveaux. let's get you up to speed. yemen spirals closer to all-out anarchy. witnesses say 23 protesters have been killed since sunday, in a hub of the anti-government movement the. they are also battling tribal fighters. and in a third town, soldiers are facing stiff resistance f m from islamic militants. it's a case similar to the one against dominic strauss-kahn. an egyptian businessman could be arraigned in new york today, charged with sexually assaulteling a hotel
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housekeeper. the 74-year-old is accused of groping a maid at the pierre luxury hotel. she says she went to the room at omar's request to drop off tissues. this convoy took former bosnian military commander to the belgrade airport, just a short time ago. he is now in the air, on his way to the hage to face war crimes charges. a second serbian court today rejected his claim that he is too sick for the proceedings. he is accused of ordering the massacre of some 8,000 muslims during the bosnian civil war. a shootout, outside a prescho preschool. and a teacher keeps her cool. >> reporter: a teacher calmly instructs her students to take cover, and sing songs while suspected cartel members exchange gunfire outside of her classroom. the teacher, who is identified only as martha, tells the students to put their faces on
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the floor, that nothing is going to happen. as gunfire rages outside the classroom, the teacher asks the kids to sing along to a song by barney, the friendly dinosaur. ♪ >> reporter: five people were executed outside of the school. none of the children in the classroom was injured. >> the city in monterey, mexico honors that teacher for her quick thinking and bravery. her cell phone video has received more than 1 million hits on youtube. interstate 95 between washington and richmond is expected to reopen this hour. a tour bus went off the highway earlier today, and flipped over. the crash left four people dead, another 50 injured. rescue teams in joplin, missouri say the number of people unaccounted for after the may 22nd tornado is down now to 29. people gathered to remember the seven students and one staffer killed. the school's graduation ceremony just wrapped up when that
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tornado hit. >> it's hard seeing it right in front of a school that blew away. >> undescribable. >> horrible. it's just devastating to see all of the destruction of my school, my home. >> the world health organization is going to announce this hour whether radiation from cell phones should be classified as a carcinogen. a panel of 31 scientists has been reviewing studies on that subject. they're going to try to synthesize the inconclusive findings to make some kind of recommendation. president obama will step into the rose garden this afternoon to announce his new commerce secretary. two white house sources say the president will nominate businessman john brycen, a former ceo at edison international, a former california energy company. we have live coverage at 8:15 eastern. we have exclusive
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confirmation that egypt's military forcibly subjected female protesters to what it calls virginity tests. it is something that many consider sexual assault and torture. a senior egyptian general tells cnn that the tests were done on women arrested at a demonstration on march 9th. about a month after president hosni mubarak's resignation. egypt's military initially denied the allegations which first arose in an amnesty international report. prior to the virginity tests, the women were allegedly given electric shocks, strip searched, threatened with prostitution charges. our ivan watson has reported extensively on the alleged abuse of protesters. he is joining us from istanbul, turkey. ivan, tell us what the women protesters said to you. >> reporter: well, we spoke with one of these women in particular, a young woman. she had been in cairo's emblematic tahrir square on march 9th when a demonstration
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was broken up. a number of the protesters were dragged into the egyptian museum, and according to several that i spoke with, that museum became effectively a torture chamber, as egyptian military police, some in plain clothes, proceeded to beat and electro shock a number of detainees, both male and female. the woman in question that i spoke to said that she was repeatedly called a whore and a prostitute. then after hours of this, a large number of them were carted off to a detention center on the outskirts of the city, and that's where hosani said she and other women experienced what she described as a forced virginity test. take a listen to what she told us. >> translator: they made us sign statements declaring whether or not we are virgins. during the test, no one was standing, except for a woman and a male doctor. six soldiers were standing
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behind us, and watching the back side of the bed. i think they were there to be witnesses. >> reporter: now, the egyptian military, when we first reported this story, they denied any allegations that -- of torture or virginity tests being carried out. they did, however, confirm that 17 women were detained, along with a number of men that night. and that some of them, like hosani received one-year suspended jail sentences. we have gone back to the egyptian military today, and they have once again denied that this kind of sexual assault effectively took place. but this was part of a larger pattern of torture that we were consistently hearing, not always of sexual assault in -- carried out against demonstrators by egypt's military rulers in the months after the overthrow of hosni mubarak. >> and this happened almost a full month after president hosni mubarak stepped down by a military that is credible in control of that country.
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so do we think that these military officials are going to be facing justice? >> reporter: it's a good question. egypt is going through a fascinating process right now, where its former president himself, hosni mubarak is being questioned by prosecutors, being accused of playing a role in the deaths of hundreds of protesters during the january and february revolution against his rule. the question is, the egyptian military, which is supposed to oversee a transition to democracy, could it then face prosecution for the widespread allegations of torture and other abuses, including sexual assault, effectively, that is alleged to be carried out under egyptian military rule. is the -- are the egyptian generals who are in power now, are they going to be willing to stand over power, if they too would face this kind of prosecution, the kind that hosni mubarak and his inner circle are
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now facing today? >> all right. ivan watson, thank you very much. excellent reporting. we'll have more on this very disturbing story about ten minutes from now. we're going to talk with egyptian journalists about the allegations and the overall treatment of women in had egypt. is sarah palin's tour a trial run for a campaign? >> quit laughing. >> carol costello with the question. i just -- you know, everybody is following the bus. we're all waiting to see. is it possible? >> will she? oh, my gosh. i know you've seen it. sarah palin's one nation bus tour starting in d.c., where she and her family visited some historical lankmarks, and then continued on to gettysburg, pennsylvania. there are times palin sounds like a would-be presidential candidate, but hasn't called her tour anything but a campaign for america's constitution. there is some confusion about where her bus is heading at
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times. and she refuses to tell the so-called mainstream media exactly where she is going, except for fox news, her employer. palin told her co-worker, getta van us is tren, despite how things look, her one nation tour is not political. >> it's not about me, it's not a publicity seeking tour. it's about highlighting the great things about america. and the media can figure out where we're going if they do their investigative work or they're going to keep kind of, as you put it, going crazy trying to figure out what we're doing. >> got my trench coat ready. going to investigate where she is going. just kidding. jim garety of the national review online says palin's tour looks a lot like a dress rehearsal, the closest we have seen to an actual campaign. remember donald trump? after weeks of ranting and a trip to new hampshire, trump finally told everyone, never mind. now, we all know palin's mantra is going rogue, so either she
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just wants to do it her way or she is taking the rest of us for a ride. so the "talk back" question today, is sarah palin's bus tour a campaign trial run? i'll read your responses later this hour. >> we'll go do an investigation, find out. >> i'm going to open my trench coat, and get my magnifying glass, i'm off. >> i can hardly wait. thank you, carol. here's a rundown of some stories we're covering this hour. first, a stinging feeling in florida. jelly fish invading cocoa beach. and congressman weener wants to know who sent a naughty picture to a 21-year-old woman from his twitter account. and bullets flying from outside a kindergarten in mexico. a teacher's remarkable courage under fire. plus, waterspouts gliding across the water in australia. and this. >> this is how you lose your life. for me to see this just brings back the ten years of suffering. >> reporter: what went wrong?
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issues. moana, thank you for joining us. first of all, help us understand this. can you explain what a virginity test is? >> reporter: it's basically a way to determine whether a woman is a virgin or not, and usually depends on whether a hyman is in place or not, not considering some women are born without. but the state is once more sexually assaulting women in egypt. but this time, it's under the council of the supreme military council, whereas in 2005, it was the state under the guise of the mubarak regime that began to deliberately target female activists and journalists with sexual assault. and the goal of both sexual assaults is to humiliate women, to shame them into silence and basically tell them, go home. >> is this a common practice in egypt? >> you know, this morning, i put the question out on twitter and
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i asked people i know, in egypt, have you guys heard of these virginity tests? and this is a common practice in conservative cultures that place a high value on women's virginity. so you will hear of conservative parts of egypt where a traditional midwife will be in charge of showing or examining whether a bride-to-be is a virgin or not. and there are cases in which some egyptian families have gone to medical authorities to determine whether women are virgins or not in the way that we hear in latin america they have, and also as recently as 1976 in the u.k., where virginity tests were forced on women immigrating from india. so essentially what i'm saying is, these are tests that are forced on women by a patriarchal authority to determine something as flimsy as a hyman. so it happens in egypt, in countries that are conservative. and at the end of the day, extremely humiliating to women. >> and mona, you bring up a good point. you talk about the fact that this was used as a form of sexual assault under the mubarak
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regime, but now you have the military in charge, and it is also being used in that way. what is happening in egypt? this revolution that we have seen that has occurred that has helped women in any way in terms of improving their rights or their status in society? >> you know, it's absolutely outrageous, suzanne, because more than 800 egyptians died, and thousands were injured. to get rid of mubarak. but essentially what has happened is we have replaced mubarak in egypt with a supreme council, a supreme military council. it not only sexually assaults women, but also tortures people, detains people, puts hundreds of civilians in military jails and on military trials. in egypt today, five journalists were called in for questioning, which was then called a chat with the military, because they dare to criticize the military. three judges are being questioned by the military, because they spoke to the media without permission. it's absolutely outrageous. >> so mona, for those of us who
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are listening to you, and many americans in the audience who are listening, wondering should the united states -- should the obama administration support such a regime, such a government that people inside of egypt -- what should be done next? >> well, you know, the united states gives egypt $1.5 billion in aid every year. $1.3 billion of that aid goes to the egyptian military. so here's something that president obama can do. he can pick up the phone, and say, if you want to continue seeing those $1.3 billion, we -- then let's talk about human rights violations by the supreme military council, about what you're doing to egyptian revolutionaries, about the shamef shameful sexual assaults on women, but more important why it's imperative that basic egypt goes to civilian leadership and gets rid of military leadership, finally. we have been under military leadership in egypt since 1952, and military leadership is essentially a patriarch that violates everybody. >> all right, mona, thank you very much for your perspective. really appreciate it. thank you, mona.
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a congressman says that he is the victim of a cyber prank after a lewd picture was posted on his twitter account. we'll have reaction from congressman anthony weiner just a short time ago. the gift of financial security. backed by the highest possible ratings for financial strength. new york life. the company you keep. her morning begins with arthritis pain.
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a new york congressman says that he is the victim of a prank by someone who hacked into his social networking accounts. he is responding to the controversy over a lewd photo
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that appeared on his twitter account. our senior congressional correspondent dana bash spoke exclusively with the congressman about the picture and the political fallout. >> reporter: it came from congressman anthony weiner's twitter account over the weekend. a photo of an anonymous man's bulging underwear. the lewd picture, immediately deleted, was sent to this 21-year-old college student but also available for the public to view on twitter. outside his new york home, he insisted to cnn it was the work of a hacker. >> i was hacked. it happens to people, you move on. >> reporter: it's not clear who sent it. weiner tried to brush it off as a prank and distraction. >> this is a prank, not a terribly creative one, and it's a distraction. look, you've got the republicans who are playing games with the debt limit. you've got a supreme court justice who is refusing to recuse himself despite conflicts in interest. you have a health care act that is under siege. you know, this is a distraction.
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>> reporter: jeanette cordova is the student it was addressed to. she issued a lengthy statement to the "new york daily news" admitting he did follow her on twitter, but insisting she never met him. there have never been any inappropriate exchanges between anthony weiner and myself, including the tweet/picture in question. which it apparently had been deleted before it reached me, she said. she blamed an anonymous person for harassing her, quote, many times after the congressman followed me on twitter a month or so ago. after she sent the tweet saying, quote, i wonder what my boyfriend rep weiner is up to. as for the account he says was hacked, he is still using it. he tried to downplay the swirling story with jokes like this, more weiner jokes for all my guests, hash tag hacked. weiner. >> i used, vote for weiner, he'll be frank.
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vote for weiner, he's on a roll. >> reporter: but questions surrounding the lewd photo quickly became the subject of a serious internet war between liberal blogs suggesting it's a right wing conspiracy, and conservative blogs questioning weiner's hacking claim. a conservative blogger whose big first reported the story suggested to cnn there should be a, quote, forensic analysis to determine the veracity of congressman weiner's hacking allegation, which certainly bears criminal implications. dana bash joins us live from capitol hill where congressman weiner spoke just a few minutes ago. dana, you were there in that room. what did he say? did he explain what had actually happened? >> reporter: well, i should say, our producer, rachel straig straightfeld was there. but the answer is not really. one of the questions we have, why is the police not investigating? according to the capitol police and fbi, they are not investigating. the question is, has he asked
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the police to look into it. this is what he said. >> i'm going to return to working other things i care about. i participated in this story a couple days now, given comments on it. this is a distraction, and i'm not going to let it distract me. >> reporter: and suzanne, he gave a version of that answer to pretty much every question rachel straightfeld and others asked him there, like was that lewd picture actually a picture of you? why were you following a 21-year-old college student in seattle on twitter? and, of course, that means he had had to go on to twitter and actually seek her out, click on her profile, as you know. people who use twitter know how this works. it also allows to people who are following on other to correspond without anybody else seeing it. didn't answer any of those questions. over and over, a version of what you just heard is what he said. and at one point, suzanne, he actually walked away when somebody was asking a question. he came back and said, "i don't want you to have a shot of me walking away from the camera appearing to not answer the question." so he and his aides and his
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advisers obviously are very well aware of that -- that the spotlight is on him, and he's trying very hard to manage this by not answering some basic questions that we all have. >> all right. so a lot of unanswered questions. thank you very much, dana. dana bash on capitol hill. she kept her cool, as gunfire erupted outside her classroom. now this teacher is mexico's new hero. you're going to hear from her in just a few minutes. make an impact felt around the world. some celebrities like victor garber from the hit tv show "alias" are making it a mission in life to raise awareness about alzheimer's. ♪ i'm victor garber, and we can make an impact for people with alzheimer's disease. as i witnessed my father's decline with alzheimer's, there is nothing really more painful to witness. and then my mother developed it, and i became her principle ca caregiver. i became what is known as a champion for the alzheimer's organization, and organized a
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we have an announcement the, finally on whether cell phones cause cancer. scientists from the world health organization have been reviewing studies for the last week or so. i want to bring in our cnn medical correspondent, elizabeth cohen, who joins us live with the findings. essentially, what did they find? >> the world health organization says the radiation is a possible carcinogen to humans. this is a very big deal. you and i have done segments about this before. it has gone back and forth, and this is the first time that a large group -- and it doesn't get anymore prestigious in many ways than the w.h.o. to say it's a possible carcinogen. it puts it in the company of several other kinds of things. i think that might give people an idea of what we're talking about. it puts it in the company of things like lead is also a possible carcinogen, according to the w.h.o., as well as engine exhaust and chloroform.
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so that sort of gives you an idea of the kind of risk we're talking about here. >> so i can't help but ask, i mean, should we be alarmed? should we be freaking out over this information? >> you know what, i really hope that people who are listening to me are not freaked out. for two reasons. one, they won't do the right thing. and we'll talk about what the right thing is in a minute. and two, they'll panic. and that's silly. because all these years we have been on cell phones and holding them to our heads, which is what we're talking about as being bad, this is done. you can't do anything about that. and if you're on the phone right now, you don't need to drop it. it's not that kind of a carcinogen. it's a kind of a carcinogen, or allegedly, possibly, that would build up over time. one phone call, doctors tell me, is not going to give you cancer. >> so what should we be doing with this in new information? what on earth should we do now? >> we are so lucky there is something we can do. because a lot of medical problems, we can't. but we are lucky there is something. and i am holding it in my hands right now. you use a device to keep that phone away from your head, okay? i'm going to make it very
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simple. this is what experts that i talk to don't want you to do. this radiation is -- is very close to your head. the minute that you put one of these in, you can hold the phone at a distance, and this distance, that radiation is dissipating. it's not going to affect you very much, if at all. holding it away from you, using a blue tooth or speakerphone, keep it away from your head. that's the bottom line. and it's really easy to do. i mean, i can count on one hand the number of times in the past year that i have spoken on the phone like this. i just don't do it. >> i'm going to change my habits. do you have any idea, or say anything about whether or not it can be on your body, on your person, in a pocket, holster, anything like that? >> you know, w.h.o. really focused on glee onlias, brain tumors, but i've spoken to experts who say they themselves do not carry it on their bodies. they figure why take that risk, if there is a risk. and so they will carry their phones in their purses or in a briefcase.
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you know, we'll try to keep it a bit of a distance away from their bodies. but the jury is still out on that. >> and what do you think cell phone companies are going to doed? how do they respond to this? is there a way they can manufacture a safer phone? >> right. we're seeking a response from the ctia, the industry group. and i think what could happen is that people like the fcc or other groups like that, in other countries, might say, hmmm, this is important what the w.h.o. is saying, and so maybe we ought to tell cell phone companies to make phones with lower radiation. that's a possibility. they may tell cell phone companies, go back to the drawing board, come up with a phone that emits less radiation. >> so bottom line for those watching and who have wondered about whether or not this causes cancer, it's all about keeping it away from your head. >> right. the w.h.o. says possibly, so experts i've talked to say why in the world would you take the risk, keep it away from your head by using some kind of an ear piece. >> all right. elizabeth, thank you so much. something a lot of people have been asking and wondering. and clearly, we have something that is rather conclusive from a
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hailed as a hero, in mexico, we are now hearing from the teacher whose courage under fire we have been telling you about all day. first, though, cnn's nick valencia takes us through the terrifying moments. >> reporter: listen closely as this story unfolds. [ gunfire ] [ speaking in foreign language ] [ singing ] ♪ >> reporter: this was the scene at a kindergarten school in monterey, mexico on friday afternoon. a teacher calmly instructs her students to take cover and sing songs while suspected cartel members exchange gunfire outside of her classroom. the teacher, who is identified only as martha, tells the students to put their faces on the floor, that nothing is going
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to happen. as gunfire rages outside the classroom, the teacher asks the kids to sing along to a song by barney the friendly dinosaur. ♪ >> reporter: five people were executed outside of the school. none of the children in the classroom was injured. the teacher later posted the video on youtube. it's received more than 1 million hits. >> it really is an unbelievable story. and nick is joining us live. nick, i understand you spoke exclusively with the teacher when she was reunited with the kids. i mean, it was quite amazing. people were saying she is a hero, quick thicker. did she explain why it was or how it came about that this was all being recorded as well? >> that's a great question, suzanne. in fact, mexico itself is a country, doesn't have a code of conduct per se for these types of situations. but local school districts, including this one that she is a part of, have violence preparedness seminars. she leads a commission for violence preparedness for her school. so she was saying she was actually cataloging this as part of evidence for this security commission she is on. >> what does she tell you about
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people who look at her and say oh, my god, you know, you really are amazing. you're an amazing woman, an amazing teacher. and some even saying a hero. >> she is a valiant woman, being hailed as a hero and of course being applauded by the state government. in fact, i believe we have video of her ceremony yesterday, the state governor medina spoke to her and gave her an award yesterday. and she has been incredibly humble throughout this whole thing, deflecting to the kids, giving them all of the credit for taking the lead on this. in fact, we have sound from her yesterday, just in monterey, mexico as she was reunited with some those children. >> translator: what do you think now, teacher, now that you see the reaction from the media? >> translator: this is what i think. this is what gives me satisfaction. >> reporter: when all of this happened, you didn't cry b. but now you are. why? >> translator: when you are happy, you also cry. >> the state government wants
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residents to do stuff like this. we talked about how many hits this video has gotten, over 1 million hits. it's gone viral and she did the exact thing the government wants people to do in situations like this. speaks volumes to what's going on in monterey right now. this city voted the safest in latin america, not just in mexico, but all of latin america, and this victim to the two warring cartels and using this as a playground. >> we applaud that teacher and we're so glad those kids are okay. nick, excellent reporting, thank you. >> thank you. an alternative approach to education. the kan academy began its mission to educate the world online from a tiny space, the advertise of a closet. until now. millions of dollars started pouring in from google and bill gates. [ kimberly ] when i was 19, i found myself alone
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one man's vision shaking up the education industry. the kahn academy offers world class education on 10 or 15-minute tutorial on youtube. anyone can watch them anywhere in the world at any time. our correspondent dan simon joins us live to talk about what some are calling the future of education. hey, dan. >> reporter: well, hi, suzanne. most of the people and businesses we profile here in the san francisco bay area have a pretty simple motive. they want to generate profits. but in the case of sal khan, he
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wants to naked occasion more accessible. when we first met sal khan 18 months ago, he was working at home in a converted closet in the heart of silicon valley. the former hedge fund analyst had recently quit his job to do something that at the time sounded a bit strange. >> right now i'm cash flow negative. >> reporter: he gave up a paycheck with a hefty ambition. to help educate the world online. >> a lot of people thought i was kind of crazy. obviously, you know, when every waking hour you have you would sneak into a room and make math videos and put them on youtube, people kind of questioned, you know, what's up? >> reporter: what originally started as some math tutoring for a cousin turned into a global phenomenon. the idea didn't seem so crazy anymore. though khan, a brilliant m.i.t. and harvard grad with a wife and two children to support, was slowly starting to run out of ace savings. that's when he learned that one comment from the right man can change everything. an out of the blue endorsement
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from bill gates. >> that's a website that i've just been using with my kids recently called khan academy, k-h-a-n, just one guy doing some unbelievable 15-minute tutorials. >> it was surreal. i mean, one of those things where, you know, it's this person that you grew up knowing, kind of almost a hero most of your life, all of your life. >> reporter: soon, gates kicked in $1.5 million. he also won $2 million from google. it had a contest to see who the best ideas to better the planet. >> we did now have millions of dollars to essentially pursue the dream. >> reporter: a dream that's enabled him to post more than 2,300 videos on a host of different subjects, from math to history to economics. >> it involves an expansion of the central bank's balance sheet. >> reporter: khan has created a software platform for classrooms, and he's working closely with one local school district. >> why don't you start with reviewing some of these, and getting them out of the way? >> it was literally starting with me, saying, look, my cousins have a problem, i think i have a solution for my
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cousin's problem and so i did it. it required pretty much no resources, a little bit of my time. i was like, oh, wait, my cousins liked it and other people liked it. let's keep going. >> reporter: with his new-found fame and resources -- >> this is the worldwide headquarters of the khan academy. >> reporter: khan has been able to ditch the closet for an office and now takes things to an even higher level. >> so dan, are these videos free? >> reporter: right now, all of the videos are free. it's pretty amazing, when you think about it. and right now, he is reaching an estimated 2 to 3 million users a month. 18 months ago, he was only reaching 80,000 users a month. and remember, these are just in english. but he has plans to translate them into as many as ten different languages. so his reach is only going to expand even greater, susz annual. >> wow, pretty cool. thank you, dan. appreciate it. great story. today's "talk back" question, is sarah palin's tour a trial run for a campaign? tie ran says if the media
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ignores her, it will not be a trial run, but rather a random summer vacation. more of your responses, straight ahead. time now for the help desk, where we get answers to your financial questions. joining me this hour, a personal finance author, and doug flynn is a certified financial planner and founder of flynn. let's get to the first question. of bill from greenwood, indiana. he asks, can i take my money from a 401(k) and put it in an i.r.a. or a cd without paying taxes? doug. >> the interesting thing about his question is that he said i.r.a. or cd. >> right. >> so you can take from a 401(k) into an i.r.a. and then the i.r.a. is the vehicle, you can then purchase an i.r.a. cd, mutual fund or anything you want. but if you take it from the 401(k) and say can i have a cd, that is not a rollover and would be taxable. what you are looking for is an i.r.a. cd. >> i wonder why he wants to do
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sarah palin said she plans to take a bus tour to iowa, but she is keeping reporters guessing about whether or not she is going to run for president, which brings us to today's "talk back" question, and carol costello with the response. i don't know, iowa might give us a clue, do you think? >> i'm sure there's some national monument there too, she is going to look at. it's what she is doing on the way, right? is sarah palin's bus tour a campaign trial run? this from barry. stop feeding the beast. ignore sarah palin. her bus tour is not a news worthy story. if and when she announces, then you have a story. in the meantime, all you and the others in the media are doing is acting like pavlovian dogs, drooling every time she rings the publicity bell. i kind of enjoyed reading that,
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frankly. >> woo! >> hey, i asked for the truth, my friends deliver. this from pablo. of course, her tour bus is a political campaign, to gain popularity. otherwise, she could do it in a more discrete way. this from rob. she won't run. why should she? she makes plenty of money. as stupid as people think she is, i think she could win, she has enough supporters to help influence other candidates. this from debby. if it's a trial run, it's coming off much more as a publicity stunt than as a serious attempt at connecting with voters beyond her base. and this from jennifer. no, it is actually a tour to lead the media on a wild goose chase. she is enjoying the chase. as are we, frankly. please continue the conversation. >> sarah palin, what are you going to do? tell us, tell us, tell us, don't make us chase you anymore. tell us. >> but it's a great strategy. you have to admit it. i mean, a lot -- national media figures are following her. and the only media she is
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talking to is fox news, which is her employer. >> and we're talking about it. >> so -- i'm not going to talk about it anymore. i'm even going to tear it up. i'm going. >> all right, carol, we've got to go. we'll leave it there. president obama will step into the rose garden this afternoon to announce his new commerce secretary, two white house sources saying the president will nominate john brycean, a former ceo from edison international, a california energy company. we have live coverage at 8:15 eastern. i'm sorry, 115 eastern. your "chechoose the news story noemts away. [ waves crashing ] ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] and just like that, it's here.
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you told us what you wanted to see. law enforcement agencies are finding clues on the internet to catch criminals. our cnn's dan simon has more. >> reporter: facebook allows users at any time to adjust privacy settings. you can make your photos and personal information available only to friends instead of everyone. but that doesn't guarantee it will always be private. law enforcement are now turning to facebook and other internet services to help solve crimes. this man, 25-year-old anthony wilson of detroit, was recently indicted on bank robbery charges, partly because the fbi compared his facebook photos with bank surveillance video. he's been released on bond, and pleaded not guilty. >> it is definitely the wave of the future. people -- we forget. the internet is only about ten years old. >> reporter: e.j. is a former cyber crimes specialist for the
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fbi. he says while social media is just one tool for law enforcement, its importance is growing. >> the use of social media orion line searches is absolutely crucial. it is free information. it's there, absolutely people should be utilizing this. >> reporter: but with that, comes concerns about law enforcement overstepping boundaries. facebook says it is cautious about turning over users' information. in a statement provided to cnn, a spokesperson tells us, we never turn over content records in response to u.s. legal process, unless that process is a search warrant reviewed by a judge. we are required to regularly push back against overbroad requests. civil liberties groups say facebook has adopted the correct position. by insisting on a search warrant. but worry that other less scrupulous internet services won't have the same requirements. >> i think what we need to have, written clearly into the law, is a requirement that when the government wants sensitive information,


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