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>> you found peace with yourself? >> yes. >> it's been lovely meeting you. >> nice to have met you. thank you. >> and your bones. >> and my bones. good morning to you all. it's 6:00 a.m. here in atlanta, georgia. welcome to this "cnn sunday morning." we start with a develop story we are keeping an eye on in the middle east. take a look at this picture, pro-palestinian demonstrators are attempting to cross the border from syria into israel. the israeli army is there waiting for them as you can see in some of these pictures, and they are warning them, and they are warning them with warning shots, they have shot some in the air and also said they attempted now to shoot on the ground to keep some of these
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protesters back. they'll have the latest live for you in just a moment, explain to you exactly what's going on there. we do have reports of people being injured and killed. also we turn to yemen now, the political crisis there. street fighting could be taking a turn, this whole crisis could be taking a turn. the president of yemen, president saleh is no longer in charge. in fact he's no longer even in the country. we'll explain this for you as we go live this morning for this shift in power. also, take a look at your television screen now. you recognize what that is? that's one of those bounce houses, one of the things kids get into, supposed to be having a good time. they were taken for a ride this weekend and a number of people were injured when that enflinf e inflatable bounce house bounced away. we need to explain what's happening right now along israel's border with israel.
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a group of protesters gathered threatening to breach the border. benjamin netanyahu said israel will not allow them to do it. the pictures you're seeing are just coming in to us. syria reporting three people including a child have been killed. cnn not able to independently confirm that and there's no confirmation of that from israeli forces either. a wide scale international campaign called for protests in the west bank, gentlemen ruse leem and along israel's border with israel, lebanon and jordan. kevin flowers joins us from the west bank. what are you seeing from your vantage point? >> reporter: well, t.j., we're seeing a repeat of mass protests that took place last month on may 15th and that was the first time we had seen these mass protests taking place along the
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borders of israel, it happened in gaza, in lebanon and syria and the west bank and it appears to be happening today as you mentioned in syria, several dozen protesters, pro-palestinian protesters approaching that border fence, the border area, met by tear gas and warning shots by the israeli military. syrian tv has said three people have been killed. we don't have confirmation of that. what the idf said, short for the israeli defense forces, israeli military, despite verbal and later warning shots in the air, dozens of syrian continued to approach the border and idf forces have no choice left but to open fire. we're at west bank kalandia checkpoint, we've seen hundreds of protesters here trying to make their way from the west bank and chos this checkpoint into jerusalem and they have
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been met with force firing volley after volley of tear gas. we haven't seen any injuries but it's still ongoing. this is the checkpoint behind us. there's israeli military vehicles deployed. all around the checkpoint down the side and the street in front of me are hundreds of palestinians who keep trying to make their way here and keep getting pushed back. this could go on for several hours and the same scene sort of repeats itself within the gaza strips as well. >> as we show our pictures on the side of the screen that is from golan heights, these people try to make their way across the border. the scene we've been watching in golan heights, the protesters
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picking up rocks and tossing them in the direction of the idf forces. do the demonstrators appear to be armed with anything more than simply rocks and things like that, that they're throwing at the idf? >> reporter: no, not here, with what we're seeing here. when we first got here. a few threw some rocks and a larger group of protesters came down the street, they didn't have any rocks with them, they were chanting, they're moving towards the checkpoint. basically the israeli military did not want them anywhere near the checkpoint, that's when they fired the tear gas. >> kevin, we appreciate you, thank you so much. >> at five after the hour we turn to the u.s. defense secretary on his final trip to afghanist afghanistan, robert gates had
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news hamid karzai will like it is his farewell tour as he retires at the end of month, comes with his drawdown of nato troops. gates had to to say about the time line of its troops' drawdown. >> it seems to me that between the successes that twef' already enjoyed and the increased capacity of the afghan forces, we are in a position, based on conditions on the ground, as the president has said, to consider some modest drawdawns, beginning in july. >> secretary gates' visits with marred by another roadside bomb attack that killed four troops. in yemen a changing of the guard at the top of the embattled government. a government spoken says the vice president is now in charge. you see him in the picture. he assumed duties as active
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president. it's due to the current president saleh's absent, hurt on friday in a shelling of the presidential palace, being treated in neighboring saudi arabia. here's what one analyst tells us. >> certainly it is a momentous development. he will be the third leader to have left the capital and in the case of egypt we saw hosni mubarak going to the sinai desert. in this case we'll witness probably a change in power though this is not yet a foregone conclusion because the president's son and his nephews control a significant part of the security apparatus and might yet put up a fight or decide to go into negotiations over a transition of power. >> i want to turn to mohammed
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jamjoun, doing reports over yemen over the past few years. do we not know as much as we think we know how badly injured the president was? >> hi, t.j., that's right. there's so much speculation going on in yemen as to the extent of the injuries suffered by president ali abdullah saleh. the fact that he never appeared on camera, the fact that the government kept insisting he was okay and for most of the day said he was not going to saudi arabia, even though sources confirmed he was going to to saudi arabia, many believes the injuries were far worse than expected.
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demonstrators are come out day offer day, they are celebrating because they feel their peaceful resolutions are being heeded. a real mood of tension in yemen as to who is in charge. constitutionally it's the vice president but we still don't know if that is going to hold, if the other truce will hold or continues clashed or strikes throughout the country. at least ten yemenis were killed from am bushes so a lot of worry that militants and al qaeda could take advantage of the strive going on. >> what kind of president and leadership vacuum could this leave and what kind of opening for al qaeda there? >> we don't know a lot about the with respect. the vice president has been a
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private figure. even if there were a deal, would the vice president be an independent leader or relying on president saleh? those terms exist. saleh even though he's in saudi arabia and the vice president is now acting president, sax he will maintains a lot of power. they just don't know, so many questions. a lot of concern if al qaeda will try to make its presence known. there's speculation as to whether there is a suspect in this. so much kay ogs and confusion. in the next few days there will be more questions and answers. >> we appreciate you as always. we return to mexico and the former mayor in the border town of tia with a is obtained on suspicion of weapons.
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he is owner, one of the owners of a soccer team and a chain of casinos. hundreds of people in arizona, northeast arizona on alert, being told to pack up and move as a wildfire closes in, being called one of the largest wildfires in that state's history. 2,200 people already have been evacuated. the fire burned 144,000 acres so far and come within five miles of the resort town of greer. the company involved in a deadly crash in virginia last week has been told to stop operations. sky express has been placed out of operations. on friday the d.o.t. issued a cease and desist order after it learned the company was trying to operate under a new name. two years ago it made a big splash in the news and the
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hudson river. now the plane is on the move again, it's not flying, however. yesterday take a look here it left a new jersey warehouse bound for an aviation museum in north carolina. saeng passengers and crew of u.s. airways flight 1549 are invited for the plane's expected arrival in charlotte. take a look at this scary scene. can you imagine, folks, being inside that, one of the inflatable bounce houses, it's not supposed to take off and bounce you around. there were people around as it was swept up by the wind. ♪ you love money ♪ well, you know i love it too ♪ ♪ i work so hard at my job
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the town of pierre, people in the low-lying areas have been sandbagging for days to protect home and property. others lives goes on for little to no accommodation. one homeowner who is ready for the flood explains this. >> denial. that's what got me a slow start in the first place, i can't believe this is happening and i can't believe all the activity going on. it's like two different worlds. i have a sister that lives on the north end of town and everything's normal, everybody's mowing their grass and washing the cars and everything down here is army trucks and dump trucks and the red cross with their vans. >> authorities will start issuing i.d. cards for residents affected by the flood so would-be looters won't be able to get access to their homes. good morning to mr. reynolds wolf, kind sir, how are you doing?
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>> doing okay. isn't it a frustrating thing, people with a surplus of water in the dakotas, the flooding, and then the fires in the desert southwest where they need the rain. always, feast or famine, that's the situation for today. weather wise we'll hop over here in a moment, some of the flooding we've had in parts of the northern plains. a few key locations. heavier rain towards parts of the ohio valley. when you get into the the dakotas, the bright green is the flood warning in parts of south dakota and missouri river it's been rough. pierre in a bad situation today as they had the mass evacuations and we head down to portions of the four corners just the opposite, very low humidity, around 6% to 12%, coupled with very dry conditions and breezy conditions, winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour, some gusts
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approaching 40 but honestly near the higher mountain passes i would not be surprised to see it dry out more. plenty of fuel for the fire to continue. they mentioned by the way it is zero percent contained. they have an uphill battle. look for the chance for severe storms to develop into the mid-atlantic states. no such luck for rain to cool you off today. certainly no rain expected across the four corners. from san louis obispo to about reading, expect scattered showers to snow in the high see yessia, nevada, and as we mentioned look for the chance of shower activity. 82 in d.c., 77 boston, 105 in phoen
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phoenix, seattle was 79. tng we'll pitch it right back to you. >> do you know what they think about the winds in new york? >> wind gusts approaching 50 miles per hour. >> look at the screen, folks. scary scene in long island. one of these bounce houses, apparently there were three that were there that took off but we have video of this one and there were people inside at a soccer tournament they this h these set up for the sids, some on the side lines you see people running, but 13 people were hurt somewhere inside this one, others were injured as they came down and landed and knocked people over. pef seen several stories of the last months of these things taking off with kids in them. >> when you put them in you need
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to make sure they're well anchored. if the wind kicks up, they don't weigh a great deal, you the wind can take it up a big deal. the biggest problem is when they hit the ground, the broken arms and sprains and whatnot. you don't expect your kid to be hurt. >> the reports are they had handbags holding these down. some come with stakes and ropes supposed to keep them down but 13 people injured there. reynolds, appreciate you. to our viewers, you remember the patdown club at the airport, you've been through them again and again and again, but are they really sexual assault?
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too say good morning to our military men and women watching us around the world on the armed forces network. thank you for being here and thank you for what you do. a showdown taking over airport security screening building up between texas and the department of justice and you the air traveler may be caught in the middle. the texas house of representatives passed legislation last month prohibiting tsa screeners from conducting those so-called invasive searches, the patdowns were all in the news a few months ago. the justice department now warning against passage by the senate but the lawmaker who introduced the bill and demonstrators at the capital in austin are urging passage of this bill. >> we shouldn't have to have people put their hands all over our bodies. it is invasive, sexual assault. we're not asking to be touched in that way and it's inappropria inappropriate. >> there's no federal law that we're contravening.
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there's no federal law that they touch us in our private parts. that's outrageous. police officers can't even do that. >> the justice department says it would conflict with federal law. it wrote a letter, the justice department did to legislators in texas in late may warning what would happen. "the effect of this bill if enacted would be to interfere directly with the transportation security administration's responsibility for civil aviation security. if house bill 1937 were enacted the federal government would likely see an emergency stay of the statute unless or until such a stay were granted tsa would likely be required to cancel any flight or series of flights for which it could not ensure the safety of passengers and crew." we're talking but texas but not just texas. new hampshire introduced a bill
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that would make the patdowns sexual assault. wmur says those convicted would be required to register as sex offender. emergency emergency, alaska, hawaii, idaho considering legislation. and one utah lawmaker says utah needs to stand with texas. we showed you this video yesterday. this is essentially a flight i guess, some would call it a fight, some a beatdown outside the airport in houston. the one on the ground there, that yellow shirt that said he was beat up is a west point cadet. the people doing the beating work for singer patti labelle. we'll explain this video next. stay with us. n help. only align has bifantis, a pantented probiotic that naturally helps maintain your digestive balance. ♪ ooh baby, (what) can i do for you today? ♪
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one side calls it an attack, the other side not so much. richard keen in the yellow shirt stumbling around. patti labelle's body guards beat him up at the airport, he is suing the performer now, we got this edited video from ktrk. he said he did nothing wrong and the attack was unprovoked. houston police reports say king was intoxicated and harassing labelle's group as they were getting in the limo. >> pretty much got jumped and i really don't even know why, and it's, on top of that it's causing a lot of trouble up here because of the false police report that they had reported.
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>> were you drunk? >> no, ma'am. >> west point told ktrk the cadet is leaving the academy and there's questions over how houston is handling the confrontation. also need to know we did reach out to patti labelle's people a number of times, they have not commented on this incident. we're getting close to the bottom of the hour here on this "cnn sunday morning." an international hunt is under way to find the source of this spreading and deadly e. coli outbreak. we're live in europe next.
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austria, czech republic, denmark, france, netherlands, poland, norway just to name a few. all but one of the fatalities have taken place in germany. the other one person died in sweden. i want to bring in fred pleitgen, standing by in berlin. >> reporter: they think it is continuing to spread, and it certainly hasn't been contained yet. they simply don't know what the source of this e. coli outbreak is. some here believe it comes from things like raw lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers. they've questioned people when those people were still well enough to be questioned and asked them what they've been eating and seems many people ate a disproportionate amount of lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers, all of course raw. it's important to come to terms with this because this is still
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untreatable. i talked to one of the scientists who deciphered the genetic code of this particular strain of e. coli. people at the hospital were giving people antibiotics. it turns out it made everything worse. the strain of e. coli is resistant and second of all the anti-biotics makes it emit more toxins and people get very sick. about 20 people have died of this so far. however the people that have the worst form of this, many of them are going to suffer the consequences for life. many are going to suffer kidney failures for life, others have impairments including neurological impairments. >> fred, what in the world do they do to try to contain it then if they don't know the source, they can't tell people to stop eating this or don't touch that. you could tell people be careful, wash your hands and cook your meat. is that really the only defense right now? >> reporter: it certainly is.
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it's hard to believe but it certainly is. i talked to one of these doctors. he said listen people come to me all the time. i tell them i don't know what to do. basically right now the only health tip that the german government is giving to the people here and to anybody else really is not to eat any raw lettuce, tomato and cucumber because they don't know what the source is. cook your vegetables. there are indications it might be vegetables but that doesn't necessarily have to be the case. the other thing they're trying to do is they're trying to improve the treatment methods that they have. right now because antibiotics don't work all that doctors can try to do is keep the patient alive, put them on dialysis and hope the people survive this very severe form of e. coli. scientists are telling us once they have the genetic code, and they have it, they can pinpoint weaknesses of this e. coli bacteria which they can possibly attack with other treatment methods. t.j.? >> fred pleitgen scary stuff happening in europe.
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we appreciate you as always. reminder to out veers in the u.s. it has not made it here. scientists and experts believe even though there have been a few americans who appear to have this e. coli strain that is because they had traveled recently to germany. they did not get it here. at this point, produce here in the united states and this particular strain is not here. important to note that. 35 minutes past the hour. give you a look at some of the stories making headlines. israel facing a large group of protesters in the golan heights vowing to breach the borders. at least three people have been killed in the standoff. cnn not able to independently confirm that. also no confirmation of from israeli forces. a wide scale international campaign has been called to mark the anniversary of the six-day war. crowds celebrate a transfer of power in yemen. sources say the embattled president saleh is getting medical extremity in saudi
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arabia after being wounded in friday's attack on a mosque and his presidential compound. the country's vice president has taken over presidential duties. the saudi source says riyadh's government has help broker an open-ended cease-fire aimed at ending the spiraling violence. former chief of the international monetary fund said to appear in a new york courtroom tomorrow for formal arraignment on sex charges on a hotel maid. dominique strauss-kahn denies the allegations against him. his arrest has spawned debate in his native france on the hidden culture of sexism and how its tough privacy laws help perpetuate it. why in the world would anybody want to fly a perfectly good plane directly into a hurricane? reynolds wolf with that answer, after the break.
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37 minutes past the hour now. we are a few days into the atlantic season. the prediction is supposed to be pretty tough in. >> active. >> active is what they are calling it. reynolds wolf is joining me now. they're doing pretty good things when it comes to predicting these things and they have a lot of tools that help them do so. one of them being, do they call it a hurricane plane? >> they have several times. the c-130s, the hercules specially configured a mazing aircraft. >> these allow the scientists and forecasters to get vital
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data to help them down the road in helping them figure out what they do. the people who fly these planes call it a dream job. >> best job i ever had. took me 13 years to get it and the first time i heard about the hurricane hunters was in 1980, hurricane allen, filled up the gulf of mexico literally, and i go i want to fly with them. >> reynolds you've been around these guys and listening to him there you said these guys live for this stuff. >> they're nuts, great guys. they're highly motivated, great at what they do. when they punch through parts of these storm systems, they can be hurricanes, tropical systems, they'll drop the radioson, looks like a small cylinder. when it drops through the lower levels of the atmosphere through the storm it's able to pick up important readings in terms of bare metric pressure, wind speeds, they get important information and let us know how strong the storms are and may soon become. believe it or not we were watching an area of disturbed weather in parts of the caribbean.
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you see the white spots and highest cloud tops south of jamaica. 20% chance the national hurricane center believes this may develop into something stronger. that's only 20% chance which means there's an 80% possibility it won't develop into anything. one thing is definite we have flooding in portions of the northern plains along parts of the missouri river. friends in that part of the world dealing with rough conditions along the missouri river and i expect conditions will get worse as time goes on. something else that gets worse, the heat wave two-thirds of the nation is dealing with. 93 expected high in st. louis. 96 in atlanta, 100 in houston. 105 in phoenix, 86 in salt lake city and 59 in san francisco. that is a quick snapshot of your forecast. more coming up but t.j. for now, back to you. >> reynolds appreciate you as
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the cadillac cts-v, the world's fastest production sedan. we don't just make luxury cars, we make cadillacs cnn producer nadia bilchik joining me for "morning passport." you got to talk to and see nelson mandela. >> correct. he is going to be 93 on july 18th and everyone wonders what is his health like? as you mentioned at winnie mandela's home i spoke to her and nelson's granddaughter, the daughter of zamasazi zadlamini.
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>> he spends a lot of time with us. he loves the company of people. but i think we try to also just give him his time to rest because he does need his time to rest but he's well. he's fine. he's at home in the eastern cape right now, which is his favorite place to be and so he's happy and healthy. he's very healthy. >> he still looks good. >> one of the questions that people are curious about, what is the relationship now between nelson mandela and winnie mandela? it hasacrimonious. they eventually divorced in 1996. i asked what is the relationship between your grandparents know and hear is what she said. >> it was a long road and for
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her to be in a position to sit in the same room and for all of us to share christmases together, birthdays together, significant times in the family together, it's such a joy for me to see both of them in a room sitting together and they can conver conversate and chat. >> that's what any family member, child or grandchild would want to see, family getting along even though the two may have split. >> poignant. and the woman he married in 1998 could not have been easy for winnie who fought the struggle, to have another woman enjoy the years, the glory so that was another question i said to her, what's the relationship like between the former mrs. mandela and the current mrs. mandela? so let's hear once again from swatti. >> i think they wouldn't be able to sit in a room with each other
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if they weren't. yes, they call each other sisters. my grandmother speaks of grasssa as her sister. i think that says a lot in itself. >> okay. >> there's another journey. you know, two women who have come to terms with the fact that this man is an icon. he is really a spiritual and political icon to the entire world and they both realize that some sense of order and congeniality towards each other is critical. >> was it always that -- >> i don't think so, t.j. i think it was very hard. i think it's been a very painful road for winnie to have grassa michelle come in and become nelson mandela's wife. a tribute to both women for saying the family is more important and he will be 93. >> 93 years old. you're coming back next hour? >> yes. >> we'll hear more from who? >> more from swatti and more about the relationship between the two, how her grandfather is
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doing and his obsession with weight. >> obsession with weight. >> yes. >> great tease there. nadia bilkhik. do you remember what you did maybe even last night? what about last week? last year? i sat down with two guys who can remember exactly what they were doing 6 years ago. doing 67 years ago. >> when you're going on an invasion, you're scared to death. you don't know what the hell is going to happen. >> two guys who were there on d-day sit down with me and would you believe, they say they actually had it easy that day. i'll let them explain that to you, after the break. you inspired a very special dog food. [ female announcer ] chef michael's canine creations. chef inspired. dog desired. at 190 miles per hour, the wind will literally lift
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d-day, june 6th, 1944,
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thousands of allied troops poured into the beaches of normandy with a hope of bringing the end to nazi jeremy. i had a chance to sit down with two men several days ago. these two men were there, both in their 90s now, and would you believe they say that day they actually had it easy, at least compared to some of their other fellow soldiers. listen to them now. on the anniversary days, a lot of people, the government makes a big deal out of it, the media will talk about june 6th, the anniversary, what about you guys, what do you all do on the anniversary every year of d-day? >> quite often i'm asked to make talks to various groups or participate in some of the ceremonies because of, because i was a world war ii veteran, and we're dying off pretty fast these days and there aren't many of us around. >> you like being a part of that kind of stuff?
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>> i feel like today's generation does not know much about the history of world war ii. i was introduced by an atlanta school teacher as a fighter pilot from world war 11, so i determined that i was going to do my best to help educate today's generations about world war ii, because it still has a tremendous impact on this country today. >> what about you? >> d-day is my birthday, and i celebrate that with my children. >> how old were you on d-day? you turned what? >> 25. >> that was a hell of a way to spend it. >> i was in a glider flying over the channel 1:00 in the morning, well it was about 12:30. >> both of you all, since i've been talking to you, reeled off stuff that happened many, many years ago but you can tell me exact times and even giving me exact times now. does that stuff just never go away? >> we took off at 2:30 in the
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morning, completely blackout takeoff, and one of our pilots crashed into the tower on takeoff, because we had no lights whatsoever. and so that's, you remember things like that. >> what was on your mind and maybe it was fear, maybe it was pride, maybe it was that sense of duty, were things happening every minute that kind of put you in a different mindframe? >> actually it was a break for the rest of us, we took off by the fire, the light of his burning aircraft. the adrenalin was running so good i don't think we had any fear. we were just anticipating what we were getting into, but i don't think you had time to fear at that point. >> would you agree with that assessment? >> when it you're going on an invasion, you're scared to death. you don't know what the hell's going to happen, and you're not worrying too much about that. you're worried about flying the equipment and doing the job
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you're supposed to do. >> that's right. >> the rest of it comes naturally. >> how did your day start and do you remember the time as well -- >> took off at 12:00 at night, and we landed around 1:00, 25 miles back of the front, so we had an easy deal. that was the easiest mission i flew, because we didn't have -- we had the element of surprise. we didn't have that many people shooting at us, but the problem we had, of course, we went in with the paratroopers as you know but the paratroopers that went in before us were oscillating, had that old parachute and they would hit these poles and break their backs, their arms and their legs, it was awful. so we had it easy. we'd go in, in the glider. >> amazing to hear you say you had it easy. did you know you were making easy? did it feel like that at the
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time? >> doing what i was supposed to do, they paid me. when you sign those papers, you've got to do what you're supposed to do. >> that's right. >> and you do the best job you can and try to stay alive because when you land it's either you or that guy. >> stay alive. how close did you come to not making it back? >> i had several times. i could bore you to death with -- everybody in the service has those times but most of our action was in close and we did what we're going to do and tried to save our lives in a matter of hours, minutes, because when you land, you're as close as we are here to the enemy. >> why did you want military service, anyway? >> well, fight for my country, naturally, and also it's exciting. you get to fly airplanes, you get to do a lot of things that you can't do at home. >> he just said he wanted to play for his country. do you think over the years from
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when you guys were young men to today, do you think that sentiment still exists in the soldiers who are going into the military now? >> although they called us the greatest generation, i think thee these guys today are another great generation. they're doing, they're involved in a war that we wouldn't want to fight. at least we knew our enemy. they did not. their enemy could walk up to them and drop a grenade and we knew our enemy. there's a big difference, but we still have a great generation out there today. >> thanks again to punchy and guy for the time they allowed me to spend with them. we're getting close to the top of the hour. a quick break. we'll reset at the top of the hour and take you back to the middle east where we have some developments this morning, a breaking news situation. stay with us.
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good sunday morning to you all. welcome to "cnn sunday morning." i'm t.j. holmes. it's 7:00 a.m. here in atlanta, georgia. 2:00 p.m. in syria and israel, where the news is happening this morning. this is happening right now, pro-palestinian demonstrators attempting to cross the border from syria into israel. not only is israel's army waiting for them, they're having to fire warning shots in the air
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and on the ground. there are reports of people being injured and even killed. we will have the latest straight ahead. also, these so-called bounce houses you see all over the place, well they're not supposed to be literally all over the place. that is a bounce house and there are people in it. a number of injuries to tell you about after wind gusts picked these things up. we'll tell you where this was happening. we want to get to the tense situation developing along israel's border with syria and also in the west bank. a large group of protesters gathered in the golan heights threatening to breach the israeli border. prime minister benjamin netanyahu says israel will not let them do that. no word from israeli forces about the number of injured or killed. these squirm ishz broke out in golan heights along the border,
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also broke out in the west bank with the border there. a wide scale internet campaign has called for protests in the west bank, jerusalem and israel's border with syria, lebanon and jordan today to mark the anniversary of the six-day war, that was back in 1967 that marked the arab defeat in the six-day war, when israel did get-go lan heights, did get gaza and the west bank was able to seize those territories but this is a developing situation, we'll keep a close eye on that for you. also major development in yemen, a changing of the guard at the very top of the embattled government. yemeni government spokesman says the vice president who issen othe left in the pictures here has assumed duties as acting president. this is because the president, president saleh is gone from the country right now. he was hurt friday in a shelling of his presidential compound, being treated now in neighboring saudi arabia. here is what middle east
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analysts told us about the latest developments. >> certainly it is a momentous development. he would be the third leader to have left at least the capital in the case of egypt of course we saw hosni mubarak going to the sinai desert in egypt. ali abdullah saleh has left the country, that means we are going to witness probably a change in power, though this is not yet a foregone conclusion, because the president's son and nephews control a significant part of the security apparatus and they might yet put up a fight or decide to go into negotiations over a transition of power. >> no word yet on when president saleh might return to yemen. we turn to mexico, the former mayor of the border town of tijuana is being detained on suspicion of illegal weapons
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possession. mayor jorge roan was taken into custody along with others. he was mayor of tijuana from 2004 to 2007 and also the owner of a soccer team and a chain of casinos. we turn to long island, new york, yesterday, where witnesses say it looked like something out of a movie. look at this, strong winds blamed for blowing three of these so-called bounce houses that kids love to play in, blowing them around. there were children inside at the time playing and they were carried along with these things. 13 people were hurt in all. authorities say they don't expect to file any criminal charges, but as reynolds was telling us a little while ago they saw wind gusts of 30, 40, even 50 miles at times in that area. also the company that operated a tour bus involved in a deadly crash in virginia last week has been told to stop operations. sky express was placed out of service tuesday following the
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accident that killed four people and injured 53 others. on friday the d.o.t. issued a cease and desist order after it learned the company was trying to operate under a new name. two years ago you remember the big splash it made in the news and literally in the hudson river, now the plane that made that emergency landing immortalized as the miracle on the hudson is on the move again but not flying anywhere, if you will. it left a new jersey warehouse bound for an aviation museum in north carolina, and then saturday passengers and crew of u.s. airways flight 1549 are invited for the plane's expected arrival in charlotte. now a little bit a warning here before i show you this next piece of video. if you're a little squeamish, you might want to look away, but what you're about to see is a magic trick that goes horribly wrong. take a look at it, then i will explain what was supposed to happen right after. let's watch this together.
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>> three, two, one. now, there is he in the hospital bed but this happened thursday night at atlanta motor speedway, michael anthony mooney goes by the stage name moodini. he was supposed to slip out of the handcuffs blindfolded and chained to a race car. he was supposed to do it before the race car took off. he has actually done this, we're told, twice before but this time he did not get out in time and you saw what happened. take a listen now. >> i was crying. it was, it was just excruciating pain. >> let me ask the question everybody's thinking when they see it. what were you thinking? >> well, you know, i've been entertaining for a long time. it's like anything else. you take it for granted.
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>> well, he got pretty banged up there. got some broken bones. he says he will continue to do his magic act. however, that particular stunt may get dropped from the act. great idea. seven minutes past the hour now. we turn to some weather that is severe. the latest on the arizona wildfires, 1,300 firefighters battling a huge blaze burning in the eastern arizona mountains, the fire burned some 144,000 acres, fueled by dry brush, pushed by strong winds, burning along a 30-mile front, 2,200 people have been told to get out of their homes, had to evacuate. more could be leaving today. reynolds, the conditions are just ripe for this thing getting worse. >> really is, great for fires, obviously difficult for firefighters. they have a tall order today no question about it. we're joined by brat patossi,
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spokesperson overseeing the firefighters. brad are you with us? >> i am, good morning. >> good morning. thanks for joining us. can you give us an idea of how these guys are doing? the latest reports is that the fire is about zero percent contained. can you give us a little more information on this? >> it is zero percent contained. we've had successful burnout operations occurring during the night and we're hopefully getting the containments up in the next few days. we are faced with weather conditions that don't get us too excited. we're considering the potential for some dry lightning, which with these dry fuels and the winds and potential lightning strike could turn into a significant ominous fire. >> we've seen some of the wildfires in parts of oklahoma and parts of texas, they're battling on prairie conditions if you will. the topography here is a bit more dramatic, isn't it?
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>> it is very dramatic, rugged terrain and also very diverse terrain. this fire covers approximately 225 square miles or 144,000 acres and we have some crews within the cities doing structure protection and some crews in very rugged mountainous terrain in the arizona forest. >> brad, when you're talking about the crews that are battling this blaze in this rugged terrain and closer to the towns, is it basically just crews from arizona or is this really a regional effort? do you have crews from utah, people from california coming in to contribute? do you have crews from texas or are you basically going it alone? >> we're pulling in crews at this time on a national level, crews from oregon up to new york that have come to assist in the firefighter efforts so this is a now national fire and we're pulling resources from hand crews to engines to large scale airplanes and helicopters from all across the country to come
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help with the fire fighting efforts. >> brad, when you're battling a blaze of this magnitude and when you have it in the wildfire this happens in the wilderness area it's bad news, is there any threat of this approaching any populated areas? is that a big concern for you? >> it is a very big concern. we've had to do two evacuations, and we have fire that is still knocking on the door in one community. we've done some pre-evacuation notices and another populated community that went through two days ago and what that is, is a notice saying hey the next 12 to 24 hours there's a possibility that the sheriffs may be knocking on your door asking you to leave in an emergent fashion. the good news is with these communities that are affected by this in the surrounding areas, you've been extremely cooperative with law enforcement and fire officials and a lot of them have taken it upon themselves to be proactive and done some voluntary evab wags e
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which is great news so it allows our firefighters to stay focused on the ground and have the task at hand and don't have to worry about the people in the area being affected. >> how does this compare with fires in arizona's past? >> it's a significant fire, has a lot of growth potential and up there with one of the biggest, right now about the third largest in arizona history and with the weather and the wind conditions, we could be knocking on the door of one of the largest fires in arizona history. >> brad thanks for your time. please give our very best to the men and women who live in the area, certainly the men and women battling the blaze, a tremendous effort, best of luck to you. t.j. that is the story from arizona. let's send it back to you. >> reynolds appreciate you, we'll check in with the forecast news in a moment. protesters in yemen have been calling for president saleh to step down. as of now he is no longer in charge. he's not even in the country.
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the years, keeping an eye for us, in abu dhabi. what exactly does this mean, mohammad, now that essentially he's done what protesters has asked him to do, given up power even though temporarily we would think. >> good morning t.j. that's the big question right now. you have celebrations, huge celebrations going on in cities across yemen, and sanaa in the capital, tens of thousands of these anti-government demonstrators coming out for the past four years demanding the ouster of the president are in huge celebration mode. they see this as a success for peaceful revolution demands. in reality the president the reason that president saleh left is because of the injuries he sustained in an attack on the palace. even more worrying, what does this mean, even though we know that the vice president has taken the reins of the country, when you're talking about yemen you're talking about a tribal society and in yemen even though
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the vice president is in charge you have to realize the head of the central security forces is the nephew of president ali abdullah saleh and the head of the guard is ali abdullah saleh's son. how this works out, there's been clashes between security forces and tribal factions, street fighting going on. it's so volatile it could erupt at any moment. some are saying it's too early to celebrate. still so many questions and we don't know how it's going to shake out. a lot of fears that al qaeda and islamic militants could try to take advantage of the turmoil and strive. >> mohammad jamjoun in abu dhabi we appreciate you as always. thanks so much. the intimate patdowns at the airport, nobody really likes them, if you will but we've come to realize it's part of security these days but do they go as far as being sexual assault? some state lawmakers say yes.
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2 is minutes past the hour now on this "cnn sunday morning." a showdown over airport security screening is brewing between texas and the department of justice and you the air traveler could be caught in the middle of this thing. they outlawed the patdowns. president justice department is
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warning against passage by the senate. the lawmakers and demonstrators are urging that the bill go through. >> we shouldn't have to have people put their hands all over our bodies because it is invasi invasive, it is sexual assault. we're not asking to be touched in that way and it's really inappropriate. >> there is no federal law we're contravening, no federal law that requires that they touch us in our private parts as a condition of travel. that's outrageous. police officers can't even do that. >> the justice department contends the ban on searches would conflict with federal law. it wrote a letter to legislative leaders in late may warning what would happen. it says the effect of this bill if enacted would be to interfere directly with the transportation security administration's responsibility for civil aviation security. it goes on to say if hb 1937 were enacted the federal government would likely seek an emergency stay of the statute unless or until such a stay were
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granted, tsa would likely be required to, get this, folks, cancel any flight or series of flights for which it could not ensure the safety of passengers and crew. essentially saying they might have to stop all air traffic going into and out of the state of texas. let's hope it does not come to that. talking about texas but certainly not the first state to introduce a bill like this. back in march new hampshire introduced a bill that would make the intimate patdowns or touching or viewing people's private parts a sexual assault. wmur, our affiliate, those convicted would be required to register as sex offenders. new jersey, alaska, hawaii, idaho, pennsylvania considering similar legislation. one utah lawmaker said utah needs to stand with texas. we do want to update you about a story that many of you, the viewers really chimed in on yesterday. this was all over a high school graduation and whether or not
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there should be prayer at the high school graduation. we can report yes there were prayers yesterday. this happened in texas, san antonio in particular, where people,ing agnostic family filed a lawsuit to keep prayer from being said at the high school graduation which took place yesterday. the governor got involved, the courts got involved. one judge ruled in favor of that family and said no, you can't have prayer. another appeals court came back and said unh-uh, of course you can pray at the graduation. the valedictorian tried to get the lawsuit overturned and have prayer. the valedictorian received threats, they had to beef up security at grad situation. unfortunately it had to come to all of this, but they had their graduation last night. there were no incidents and yes there was prayer at the school. as soon as we told you about this story yesterday, facebook page, twitter page, a lot of you
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all started sending in comments, had an opinion on this. here is a little bit of what some of you were saying, erica said most definitely they should have prayer. why should those of us who believe in the power and importance of prayer concede to those who do not in selma said what happened to separation of church and state. it's offensive that don't believe christ in their lord and those that don't believe in good. brandi said anyone who doesn't want to hear the prayer doesn't have to hear it. leave the room. win-win. you know where to find me, on facebook and twitter. the former imf chief charged with raping a hotel maid is headed back to court tomorrow. the reaction of his native france right after the break. building up our wireless network all across america. we're adding new cell sites... increasing network capacity,
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we're coming up on the bottom of the hour, give you a look at the stories making headlines now. israel facing down a large group of pro-palestinian protesters in the golan heights and west bank. they are vowing to breach israel's borders. syrian state television reporting four people have been killed in the standoff. cnn not able to independently confirm that. no word on that from israeli forces either. a wide scale internet campaign called for protests today to mark the anniversary of the six-day war. the former chief of the international monetary fund said to appear in a new york courtroom tomorrow for formal arraignment on sexual assault charges involving a new york hotel maid. dominique strauss-kahn is denying the allegations.

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