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his representation extends to hollywood where his alleged crimes inspired the 2006 film "the departed." bell gur was an fbi informant before he went on the run in 1995 after an fbi agent tipped him off. he makes his first appearance today facing 19 counts of murder and conspiracy to commit murder and money laundering. we are joined live from downtown los angeles with much more on this. bulger was arrested. walk us through how they finally got their man. >> reporter: absolutely. it's a crazy story. first off, i will tell you, we spoke with the u.s. attorneys office and they said the notorious crime boss and his long-time girlfriend are expected here in an l.a. federal court. they say there is a slight
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chance they could get the paperwork through and he could come in earlier than 2:00. for 15 plus years, authorities have been seeking whitey bulger, the 81-year-old who is suspected in murders and crimes. they decided to change their focus. what they did was target his 60-year-old girlfriend, and they made a 30-second psa that began to air on numerous markets, 14 different markets, including here in los angeles and in that psa, what they did was focused on some of her unique traits. the fact that she likes to frequent beauty salons and she had numerous plastic surgeries and she likes animals, and the hope was somebody would recognize her and lead them to bulger. yesterday in santa monica at an apartment complex, they arrested both of them without incident.
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they were led to them both by a tipster. here is what authorities in boston who have been pursuing this case for a long time had to say about his ultimate capture last night. >> the arrests mark the end of a long and exhaustive hunt for america's most wanted men, for one of america's most wanted men. this is a great day for boston's law enforcement community. however, i do want to take a moment to remember the families of the victims named in the federal indictment who have waited years for justice. >> reporter: now, the fbi had come under fire as some especially in the boston area had said they had not gone after bulger hard enough, because at one point he served as an informant and was tipped off and that's why they fled. the fbi came back saying they continue to pursue him, and they hope this closes that chapter. bulger and his long-time
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girlfriend expected at the courthouse here at 2:00. we should say that nobody has really seen him publicly in about 16 years. he has not made a public appearance. he is now 81, and it will be interesting to see him and his girlfriend here later this afternoon. reporting live in los angeles, back to you. >> carra, before we let you go, how much can you tell us about the girlfriend? how much of a role did she play if at all in helping the fbi tracking him down and catching him, and what about her history? >> she is wanted for harboring a fugitive. they believe she fled with him and has been with him the entire time and they are a couple. she was wanted in that respect. they targeted her because they were hoping that other women who may be her same age watching some of the tv shows where the psas were aired might have recognized her and seen her in the beauty salon.
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she got her dental work once a month. so they were hoping some of her traits might lead them to bulger, and that's exactly what happened in this case. >> all right, carra, thank you. now, to north dakota where they are packing up and moving to higher ground. raging floodwaters are forcing 12,000 people to evacuate minot, and that's about one-third of the city's population. some of the dikes are leaking. the situation in this already waterlogged city is going to get worse. the river runs right through the center of town and not expected to crest until monday which means the water will continue to rise. jim joins us live from minot with the latest. jim, an emergency services spokeswoman said the city can expect in her words historic
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proportions of water. is that what you are hearing? >> reporter: absolutely, randi. the authorities here are being blunt and straightforward. a lot of times we cover these kind of events and you hear a spin or optimism from the officials. they are telling us, there's no way we can protect the bulk of the city. all they are able to do is focus on key infrastructure sites, and get dikes built around the water treatment plants and things like that. we have watched this water in the last three or so waters move about 20 feet in our direction. it's coming up fast. this is happening throughout the city. it's far from getting the brunt of this. this river is going to rise about another 8 feet before it crests, and 8 feet in most of these neighborhoods puts it up into the second story of these homes. everybody here is braced. there are 12,000 people
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evacuat evacuated, and they are braced for the catastrophic damage when they get back in their homes. >> an air force base is there and they have been displaced. are construction crews at work working to build the makeshift levees in areas they don't think it will hold? >> reporter: well, they knew there was heavy water coming, randi. they built dikes four feet high above the river throughout the whole town. just in the last week or so when they realized heavy snow-melt and more rainfall in canada was making its way here, there was no way the four feet would do anything except put off the inevitable for a day or two. they had to make hard choices. this is about a 15 or 20-foot high dike here. they want to make sure they have the command structure and infrastructure here as the event goes on. they have done similar around
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schools. the bridge that is between the two towns and schools as well. and we see private businesses hiring people to build dikes around their businesses, but they had to make the hard sacrifices to focus on the important things and let other parts, unfortunately, other neighborhoods go. >> jim, thank you. races are aspended today at the historic churchill downs. a tornado swept through the kentucky derby last night. nine barns were damaged and luckily no people or horses were hurt. they are assessing the damage to determine when racing can resume. and the u.s. is tapping into the oil reserves because of the crisis in libya. the energy department says it will release 30 million barrels of oil to offset the supply reductions. 27 other countries will also release 30 million additional
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barrels. the crisis in libya resulted in the loss of about 1.5 million barrels of oil per day. the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff say afghan security forces are making big strides and taking the lead in some cases in afghanistan. admiral mike mullen told lawmakers that president obama's decision on troop withdrawal are more risky than he initially would accept. casey anthony's mom may take the stand today and we'll take you live to orlando right after this short break. ck fast with t. calcium rich tums goes to work in seconds. nothing works faster. ♪ tum tum tum tum tums discover aveeno positively radiant tinted moisturizers
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kr casey anthony's mom may take to the stand again this time for a witness for the defense. weather casey will live or die hinges on science and evidence. caylee's anthony and skull and her car was all under attack today. they are questioning the credibility of some of the key experts in the accuracy of their science. let's go to david mattingly covering the trial. that man that testified earlier for the prosecution about caylee's hair, he told jurors that the hair in anthony's trunk
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was from a decomposing body and matched the hair where caylee was found. what about the defense now questioning the expert? what is this all about? >> reporter: randy i will swear you the long conversation we heard about postmortem banding on hair samples and get to the chase. what the defense was trying to show that the hair that they retrieved from the trunk of the car that they say indicates caylee anthony's body was in the trunk of the body, and they are sag the hair could have come from a living person. they are saying that hair could have come from a live person and not just from a decomposing body. >> the defense called a crime scene investigator. she provided this gatorade bottle, and a syringe and disney bag found near caylee's body in the woods. what was the importance of these items? >> reporter: that has been a
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part of the trial for sometime. the prosecution actually submitted photo evidence of all the items that were collected. the defense today actually putting the bottle and syringe into evidence themselves. the syringe was found inside the drink bottle, inside a bag at the scene where they discovered caylee's body. inside that syringe were traces of chloroform, and a testosterone solution. there was no argument about the contents of the syringe, only that it was placed into evidence presumably the evidence will bring up at a later time with another expert. >> casey anthony's mom also expected to take the stand today. why would the defense put her on the stand? >> reporter: only the defense can answer those questions correctly. it would be a good time to bring somebody to the stand of that nature because the defense has had the jury listening through all of this mind-numbering
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technical testimony for days now. if they needed something to wake everybody up and pay attention to their case it would be emotional testimony probably from somebody like this. when cindy anthony took the stand for the prosecution, she was very, very emotional. it's clear as we have heard outside the courtroom, she does not want to see her daughter go to death row. so it's possible that she has other information that she could provide that could help the defense here. >> when they get back into session today, david, anything else that we should know to expect? >> reporter: what we have learned is expect a lot of detail. the defense is trying to use every bit of detail they can to go to the jury and say there's another side to awful this evidence that the prosecution has shown you. we're going to argue that in the circumstantial case, you can't trust what they are telling you completely, and there's another side to a lot of this very seemingly important evidence. >> david mattingly reporting from orlando for us.
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david, thank you. as cindy anthony gets ready to take the stand today her lawyer is clarifying a conversation he had with our gary tuckman yesterday suggesting that casey's parents do not believe their daughter is innocent. if you missed it, here is what was reported last night. >> mark litman told me this, i asked him a specific question, do your clients, george and cindy anthony think she is not guilty, and his answer was they do not think that. he said they want to see justice and the truth come out, and then he added, he said, they do not believe she is innocent. >> but then litman issued a statement this morning saying anthony family maintains they want justice in this case and they do not under any circumstance support any theory the defense has put forward regarding gorge anthony's actions. they want the state and defense
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to do their jobs respectively, they do not under any circumstance wish to see the death penalty. now the attorney says the anthony family maintains they want the truth about what has happened to their granddaughter. in a follow-up conversation, the attorney was asked what he thought was taken out of context in the reporting. he said he could not point to anything gary said that was out of context. litman will hold a press conference after court today. lindsay lohan back in court after a source says she failed an alcohol test last week. these are live pictures -- not live pictures, i am being told. failing the alcohol test is a probation of violation. lohan has been on house arrest at her home where she has been seen socializing on the roof with friends.
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it is summer, a popular time for road trips and travel. so what does the release of 30 million barrels of oil from the strategic national reserve mean to you? well, poppy, tell us more about this decision from the obama administration and what it means for gas prices?
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hopefully good news. >> reporter: it should mean lower gas prices at the pump, next month definitely. usually there is a two or week so lag between the markets and what you see at the gas station, and sometimes quicker than that. gas prices have fell sharply in june alone. you have felt it as you fill up your tank. gas prices lower than a month ago. right now looking at an average of $3.61 a gallon in the u.s. gas prices have been down for 20 straight days, and about 87 cents higher than last year. an interesting move. an oil trader telling me it was a political move from the obama administration releasing the extra oil on to the market to push the prices down, randi. >> why the move now to lower gas prices? the timing is interesting. >> reporter: yeah, it is interesting. it was done on a global scale, but half of the oil is coming
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from our reserves. secretary of energy said they are taking the action in response to the loss of oil that we have seen from supply disruptions in libya, and the height of the crisis in libya was not yesterday but a few months ago. the question is why are they doing it now? we have very fegtive comments from fed chairman bernanke yesterday. it was a shot in the arm of for confidence, and they were trying to encourage people to spend more money, but the petroleum reserve where we keep extra oil in the country for times of war and natural disasters, and is that at record levels, so it's not a big move there, but the time something curious. it represents a clear reversal of policy from this administration which for a long time resisted tapping the strategic petroleum. senator chuck schumer has been calling for this for a long time
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and he said today after this move it's a shot in the arm for the public and what it needs. >> i am looking at the chart behind you and how the markets are reacting? >> live trade something down 146 points. better than we were. we were down 200 points earlier today. what is interesting, stocks are reacting to what fed chairman bernanke said yesterday. the job market will be weak for a long time, and he called the recovery disappointingly weak, and then this morning we got more than 400,000 of the weekly unemployment claims, and you add that together with bernanke's comments and also with the global situation, the debt crisis in greece, and everybody is watching these numbers and pulling out of the market. right now, randi, they are not pricing in that consumers may feel better because of the oil and gas move right now. obviously, a pretty unnerving
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25 minutes past the hour. time to look at stop stories we're following. in a 5-4 decision today the supreme court the generic drug
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companies do not share the same responsibilities as brand labels. they account for more than 70% of prescriptions filled in the united states. and on capitol hill general petraeus is testifying. the general has been running military operations in afghanistan since last july. and remember, this video of a 6-year-old getting a pat down at the new orleans airport? now the tsa is changing its policy on searching children. screeners must do all they can to avoid patdowns of children 10 and under. the change was prompted by the video of the patdown of the child. and then the twins are trying to undo a $65 million settlement claiming facebook misrepresented the stock value.
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now they have decided against taking their case to the supreme court. the day after president obama announced his plan to bring u.s. troops out of afghanistan, the president of afghanistan is reacting. hamid karzi spoke exclusively in his first u.s. television interview since last august. here is what he said. >> you know, mr. president, there was a big debate in the united states about what exactly the president should say, and there was some who said he should have announced a slower withdraw, and some a faster withdrawal. if you had a magic wand would you prefer it to be a slower with draw. >> the announcement made last night by president obama is welcomed by the afghan people. the number of troops he announced to be withdrawn this year and the next year is a sign that afghanistan is taking over its own security, and trying to
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defend it's territory by its own means. so we're happy with the announcement. as for the number of troops, we have no opinion on that. >> no opinion meaning you leave it to the military commanders, but when you look at what the red cross says, secure knee in afghanistan is at its worst point and the violent deaths at the highest point how could this be the optimal number given the numbers? >> it's the job of the security and afghan people to defend their country. i can confirm to you today, and i have -- i have had this confirmed by the local means, but not the means of nato, that security in parts of the country has improved and life is better now. >> to watch the entire interview with the president of
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afghanistan, watch fareed right here on sunday at 10:00 p.m. here on cnn. and then wait until you see where the mob boss has been hiding. stick around.
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a court date in california today for one of the fbi's most wanted fugitives. organized crime boss james "whitey" bulger was arrested in santa monica along with his girlfriend. he had been on the run since 1995. he was sought in connection with numerous crimes and murders. the winter hill gang was the inspiration for the 2006 fill
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"the departed." the attorney for casey anthony's parents say they do not believe casey anthony is innocent in the death of her 2-year-old daughter. and the attorney went on to say casey's parents love and support her and will do all they can to avoid the death penalty for her daughter. the defense team continues to call witnesses today. she is charged with first-degree murder and seven other counts in her daughter's 2008 death. james ray was found guilty of negligent homicide for his role in operating a sweat lodge in arizona. it led to three deaths. the prosecution argued temperatures were too high and not monitored properly which called dehydration and heat stroke. people paid up to $10,000 to join the october 2009 retreat. the jury will reconvene on june
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28th to address aggravating circumstances in the case. secretary of state hillary clinton told lawmakers today that she stands behind the president's decision to start withdrawing troops from afghanistan. >> the decision that the president made was supported by the national security team and i think that it would be totally understandable that a military commander would want as many troops for as long as he could get them. so at the end of the day, i think the president made the right decision. >> in her testimony before the senate foreign relations committee secretary clinton said talks with the u.s. taliban are not pleasant but necessary. 12,000 residents in minot have been forced to abandon their homes. the mayor of the city applauded his citizens for the organized evacuation. coming up, the affects of
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worst, never giving it the down time that we all need. cnn senior medical correspondent, elizabeth cohen joins us from washington, d.c. to help us understand this. first, before we get to that, i want to ask about the ruling a few hours ago at the u.s. supreme court about generic drugs. what should we know? >> reporter: there is a woman that took a jgeneric drug, and she was a healthy grandmother and played with her grandchildren and was doing well and took a generic drug for acid reflux and developed a severe neurological disorder. she has trouble talking even. she thought based on the scientific evidence out there they should have had a stronger label, but the court decided against her, and they said no generic drug companies do not have to update their libls with additional information, and brand names do but generic
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companies don't so she lost her case. this is pertinent, because you know, pretty much all of us will take a generic drug at some point in time. >> why shouldn't they be held to the same standard as a brand name drug? >> the court said generic drugs are inexpensivnexpensive, and ie for a reason because they don't do the same research. it was a 5-4 decision. the dissent said this could lead to absurd results. if you can sue a brand name company for not issuing a warning about a problem, why couldn't you sue a generic brand company. >> let's go to the popcorn brain, when we do too much technology at once and get nothing done at all. >> reporter: you're sitting at your computer, and pop you need to respond to a message -- >> i think i have popcorn brain sometimes, too.
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researchers are beginning to look at this and image brains. what they are finding is people who do it a lot, and i mean like 10 hours a day, you see structural changes in their brain. they started to show the people pictures of photographs of human people with human beings with emotional faces. they said what emotion are these people displaying. they had trouble saying what the emotions were. if you spend a lot of time at a computer doing one thing after the other, it makes it hard to read human emotions. >> i have my blackberry and ipad and laptop. it's happening. >> reporter: you have it all going on. >> to fix it it could be as simple as looking out the window for somebody? >> reporter: yeah, when your brain is popping with all of these things, you need to give it time to reset and process what you have learned during the day, and even just looking out the window for a while can be beneficial, or saying, you know, from 6:00 to 7:00 at night, i am
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putting the gadgets down. what can happen is that your brain gets accustomed to all the popping and your brain starts to like the popping and so doing something like reading a book to a child or just staring out into the woods becomes uncomfortable for you because you are used to the popping. make sure your brain doesn't get too used to all that popping. >> already. unplug, unplug, unplug. >> reporter: unplug and unpop. >> elizabeth cohen, thank you so much. appreciate it. if you think the teenager sex trade is something in a far off land, think again. what is happening right here in the u.s., next. well-being. we're all striving for it. purina cat chow helps you nurture it in your cat with a full family of excellent nutrition and helpful resources.
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the global sex trade is the most common form of human trafficking. victims are threatened, beaten and sometimes killed. for a mom in washington state whose daughter fell victim to sex trafficking, all she has now are memories. her story is part of our year-long freedom project aimed at helping to end modern day slavery. >> she is just so cute. >> reporter: sarah collins admires a daughter she knows she may never see again. >> shae when she was a baby, she had gray eyes and they changed to green. >> reporter: a month after testifying before a grand jury in a sex trafficking case that led to an indictment, kelsey
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collins who goes by her middle name emily just disappeared. as a girl, sarah says her daughter served from learning disabilities and an abusive stepfather, and as a teen dealing with the pain drew emily into the underground world of sex trafficking. >> smoking, drinking, using marijuana. she did start using ectasy, but i think that came in when the prostitution started. it felt like it was a self-destructive path for her. i did not know how to stop it. >> reporter: emily's path crossed with a man 20 years older. sarah says that man drove her daughter to portland, oregon, to sell her body along this seedy strip of motels and sex shops. this is the corner where police picked up emily working as a prostitute, and she was only 16
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and she told police she did not want to keep selling herself. doug justice retired from the portland police department, but still fields calls about the trafficking. >> he bought her clothes and got her condoms and told her what to do and how to do it, and everything. she kept every penny. she did not want to do it again. you could tell. she was freaking out. she knew what she said in there was going to put this guy in jail for a long, long time. and he was a very bad guy. >> reporter: emily's testimony threatened to put the man that she said trafficked her in prison for the rest of his life. after she testified she sent her to live back with her family without any security. she told her mom she was going to leave from this bus station to see a boyfriend 30 minutes away in seattle. that was the last time emily's
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family ever saw her. prosecutors indicted her pimp, but without her testimony the case fell apart. the attorney's office in portland would not comment on any connection between the case and emily's appearance. but in a statement to cnn, they said our heart goes out to kelly's family, and we are doing everything we can to put together the puzzle. but after two years, sarah collins believes prosecutors abandoned her daughter. >> this girl made your case by coming and testifying. she made your case. >> for now, she is focusing on those drawing attention to people who forced her daughter into prostitution. >> they are good at what they do. they make a lot of money doing what they do. and the girls are expendable.
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there's lz another girl out there. be sure and tune in to cnn sunday at 8:00 p.m. eastern for the world premiere of the documentary, "nepal's stolen children," and it's narrated by actress, demi moore. greece could face more violent protest if unions carry out a plan to strike next week. unions are outraged over the government's plan for a five-year austerity package of tax increases and spending cuts totaling some $40 billion. the parliament must pass the measure if greece is to get another bailout from the europeanenen. following president obama's timetable, french troops could be out by 2013.
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france has nearly 4,000 troops in afghanistan. president obama announced yesterday the withdrawal of 33,000 american troops by september of 2012. for all you harry potter fans, you will be able to continue following him online. today it was announced the launch of an e-book series. how could swallowing a pill give your doctor a look inside your body? that's our big eye, and it's next. man: no way! man: hey rick check this out! anncr: geico. 15 minutes could save 15% or more on car insurance.
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every day we do a segment called the big eye. it's about big ideas and solutions to problems and innovation. today may be more of a little i. if you needed a doctor to use a tool to look into your system, you know it can be uncomfortable. but what could be good news, a team announced it created the first self-propelled remote controlled endoscope capsule. you can swallow the pill nicked
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named mermaid for high resolution pictures of your digestive system. it shoots pictures at 360 degrees. the capsule is measuring appara. its movement is powered by a small battery and electromagnet which drives the fin. movement is generated outside the body by a joystick. researchers hope the injennings will one day pave the way for doctors to view the digestive system from esophagus to colon, including the small intestine, which traditionally has been difficult to shoot. the device was first tested on a dog in 2009, and after some alterations it now successfully moves through humans. and for much more on the endoscope capsule check out our blog, and check in time same big "i" time and same big "i" channel. big news in politics. the crucial debt ceiling talks
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toby maguire caught in a bit of a legal web involving high-stakes poker playing. the actor was slapped with a lawsuit, claiming that a former hedge fund manager bradley rudderman, serving a ten-year federal prison sentence for tax and wire fraud convictions, that he took part in secrets, high-stakes and elite poker games at several luxury hotels in beverly hills. rudderman reportedly lost money to maguire and several other high-profile celebs who were not named in the lawsuit but allegedly took part in these exclusive going events. the suit claims that rudderman devised an illegal ponzi scheme in order to pay off his debt. now maguire is being sued by the trustees of those who lost money, big bucks in that scheme. investors who allegedly lost money in that scheme, going after maguire to the tune of $311,000. that's how much they claim the actor allegedly won from rudderman. funds that according to this complaint were wired to maguire through bank transfers. the suit can a tends that since
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the games were technically illegal and not licensed maguire and the other defendants have no right to keep the money they won. cnn reached out to maguire's reps for comment, but they say they are not responding at this time. now, there's also been a lot of speculation about other high-profile celebs who may be involved in this, in the scheme. the lawsuit also names two others. actor and director nick casavette, who corrected "the notebook" as well as "welcome back kotter" star gape kaplan. we've reached out to boast these actors, and they have yet to comment. now i should also note that none of the defendants named in the lawsuits are facing any kind of criminal charges here, but they do have to return any of their alleged gambling winnings or make the case for the money in court. gambling sill legal here in california. we reached out to the los angeles district attorney's office, and they tell us at this time there is no criminal
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investigation under way. kareen wynter, cnn, los angeles. time now for a cnn political update, and our senior congressional correspondent dana bash joins me from capitol hill with some breaking news, dana, that the talks over raising the debt ceiling appear to have stalled. what's this about? >> reporter: they are in serious jeopardy, randi. there is a little bit of confusion over whether or not the talks, which are actually supposed to start in a few minutes, are going to go on at all, but the bottom line is that the top republican in the house who has been involved in these, the house majority leader, eric cantor, he announced this morning that he's pulling out of these talks because, he said, that democrats are pressuring them too much to deal with tax -- from his perspective tax increases and that is a non-starter for republicans across the board when it comes to these talks to deal with raising the debt ceiling, but also to deal with the deficit as well. we were told just a short while ago that the -- there are only two republicans in these talks. the other republican, senator
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jon kyl, had also pulled out. i just bumped into him and he said he was going to the capitol to see what's going on, hasn't pulled out of the talks. there's a little bit of confusion, maybe mayhem, about what's happening. but the big picture, bottom line, republicans are rallying around the idea that they believe the talks led by vice president joe biden and have had top democrats as well as two republicans in the room for a very long time, that maybe they have reached a certain point, and that they want the president himself to get involved, and that is now the message that republicans are trying to send, that they want the president to get more involved in these. >> yeah. going to ask you. really what is the next step in the clock is still ticking towards the u.s. defaulting at the beginning of august, right? >> reporter: exactly. we're trying to figure that out. we're trying to figure out if the vice president would even come here. got word that he will not come. trying to see if that will happen. the next step really is a question for -- for the white house and for the president i think himself, whether or not he is going to -- to heed the
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republicans call to himself to personally get involved in this, like they say they want him to do. as you can imagine, there's a lot of to'ing and fro'ing and politicking going on behind the scenes. some democrats are saying and telling us that eric cantor, who is the first one to pull out this morning, that he did that because he doesn't want to have -- get his hands dirty with a potential deal that could anger some of his fellow republicans, and that republicans rallied around him to do that, but the bottom line is that these are very delicate and very important talks to try to come up with trillions of dollars to cut in the deficit in order to get a deal to raise the debt ceiling, which as you said, the u.s. will default at the beginning of august if they don't deal with this. >> yeah. that would be a mess. all right. dana bash, thank you. the next mitt call update from the best team on television is just an hour away. president obama is on the road today. these are live pictures. he's selling his afghan troop
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withdrawal plan to those who are fighting the war. in about 30 minutes the president is scheduled to speak to soldiers of the army's tenth mountain division at ft. drum, new york. they are waiting for him there, as can you see. we'll bring that to you live when that happens. when the president starts to speak. as he told the nation last night, mr. obama plans to withdraw all of the 33,000 surge troops from afghanistan by next summer. the first 10,000 are due to pull out by the end of this year. some 68,000 american troops will remain, carrying out the tough job of training afghan troops and police and fighting the taliban. the administration officials say all u.s. troops will be out of afghanistan by the end of 2014. the president's plan has drawn mixed reaction on capitol hill and from his own administration. it's drawn criticism from some republicans and members of his own party. here's what joint chiefs chairman admiral mike mullen said on capitol hill today. >> i do not intend to discuss the specifics of the private advice i rendered with respect
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to these decisions. as i said, i support them. what i can tell you is the president's decisions are more aggressive and incur more risk than i was originally prepared to accept. >> secretary of state hillary clinton also on the hill today voiced support for the president's plan, telling lawmakers that he, quote, hit the mark with his decision. as for the enemy, the afghan taliban, clinton says their momentum has been broken. we'll have much more on this from cnn national security analyst peter berg enen in just about 15 minutes from now. >> they got him. after 16 years on the run and a rap sheet that includes murder, conspiracy and drugs, to name a few, legendary crime boss whitey bulger is now in the hands of the fbi. the 81-year-old was one of the most powerful mobsters in the nation with a spot on the fbi's ten most wanted fugitive's list. his reputation extends into hollywood where his alleged crimes inspired the 2006 martin
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scorcese film "the departed." bulger was once head of boston's winter hill gang and was an fbi informant before he went on the run in 1995 after an fbi agent tiptd him off about an impending racketeering indictment. bulger faces 19 counts of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and money laundering. kara finnstrom joins us live from downtown los angeles with more. whitey bulger was arrested along with his longtime girlfriend, huge arrest really, this is, for the fbi. now i understand that they got their man with a ruse. they lured him into a trap. >> reporter: that's right. they used a different strategy here. you know, he's really become a legend to people up in the boston area. he's known as whitey because he has a big shock of white hair, and the for 16 years now he had alluded authorities until he was arrested last night in santa monica with his girlfriend, both taken into custody, without, we're told, any resistance, and today what fbi agents are telling us is that that girlfriend, 60-year-old
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katherine green, was the key to it all. until now they say they have been focusing their efforts on bulger, but recently they put together a 30-second pas that focused on greig's traits, a dental hygienist who liked her teeth cleaned once a month, numerous plastic surgeries and loved animals, particularly dogs. they took this psa and aired it on a number of different tv shows that target women that are about her same age, hoping that someone might have come across her in a beauty salon or in a plastic surgeon's office and might recognize her and then lead her -- lead them back to bulger. and authorities are telling us that that's exactly what happened. they haven't released much information about their tipster, but they did say that this arrest was a direct result of those psas that were airing in 14 different cities, including here in los angeles. two boston men who have left the area and who moved across the country here to the area where he was caught spoke about how
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shocked they were to find out that this legend was caught in their new backyard. >> whitey's caught. you got to be kidding me. i mean, you've heard all the stories, things he's done and corruption and all that, but a lot of people said oh, he's dead. maybe they don't want him to get caught, he'll take down the whole fbi if he starts talking. >> reporter: so the normal procedure in a case like this would be for bulger to be arraigned here and then to be extradited back to boston, and this morning law enforcement in the boston area held a press conference. they said that's exactly what they would like to see happen. they want to see him face justice there. we'll learn more about that later this morning. we're told he's not expected to get a bail set because he's such a high flight risk. that procedure is expected to take place around 2:00, possibly a little bitterlier, and we'll, of course, keep you updated once he makes his appearance here. reporting live in los angeles, kara finnstrom. back to you, randi. >> do you know anything about
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his health? 81 years old and has been on the run for so many years. what do we know about that? >> reporter: you know, it's a good point. on the fbi's website they did know he was known to take heart medication. obviously had a very exciting life to say the least. he's 81 years old. they also listed he's known to have a violent streak and known to carry knife, so they were warning the public about him, but we heard that he's 81. he's got a heart problem. really the reason they are going after him now is because they don't believe he's -- as much of a current threat as they want him to seek justice for what they say he's done in the past. >> kara finnstrom in los angeles there for us. kara, thank you. from extreme flooding in minot, north dakota, to a tomorrowdown of a tornado in kentucky, chad myers joins us now. >> minot, north dakota, this town, a beautiful town up in
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north dakota, this town right here, the souris river is flat, and if you move this thing, we'll fly into google earth, there's bluffs on both sides of minot and minot, the middle of it, will literally fill up with water, water to levels they have never seen. there was a flood in 1891 in minot that came close, but there wasn't a town of minot at the time. this is still going to go up today. going to go up to levels we've never ever seen before. those levels are going to inundate 12,000 homes. i know it's north dakota, and it doesn't seem like it's on the top of the list, but let me show you some of the pictures now, and this water, just to keep in mind. that water is going to go up another 8 feet from what you see right now. water still climbing. this is going to go all the way to not even record levels. 6 feet over record levels, and then you think about all the people that live up there and there's obviously the air force base up there as well. just 15 miles north of there. a couple other things to talk about. severe weather possible in
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kentucky, a little bit east louisville. here's what happened 9:00, 10:00 last night in louisville, kentucky. a bunch of ef-2 tornado, 100 miles per hour. even churchill downs damaged. they had to move some of the horses out down to keeneland. otherwise the spires are still in good shape. one thing we haven't talked about all day because it's just happened, significant flooding in nyack, new york. here's new york city. go up into the catskills and towards bergen county in new jersey, significant flooding coming in. i've seen very bad, significantly bad flood video out of nyack. i don't have permission to put it on tv. trying to get the person that shot the video to give us that permission. as soon as i get it we'll put it on tv. nyack, new jersey, flooded. >> grew up there. i can only imagine what that situation is. thank you, chad. >> you're welcome. the u.s. is tapping into the strategic oil reserves because of the crisis in libya. the department of energy announced today it will release 30 million barrels of oil into the world market over the next
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30 days to help offset some supply reductions. 27 other countries, which are also members of the international energy agency, will release 30 million additional barrels. the crisis in libya has resulted in the loss of about 1.5 million barrels of oil per day. secretary of state hillary clinton is defending president obama's plan to withdraw 33,000 so-called surge troops from afghanistan. she told the house armed services committee that while the president's security team backed his decision, the military commander on the ground in afghanistan remained concerned about troops levels. >> the decision that the president made was supported by the national security team, and i think it would be totally understandable that a military commander would want as many troops for as long as he could get them, but any military commander with the level of expertise and experience that general petraeus has also knows that what he wants is just part
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of the overall decision matrix. >> president obama outlined his withdrawal plan in an address to the nation last night right here on cnn. case anthony's mom may take the stand today. these are live pictures inside the orlando courtroom. we go live to orlando next. what's this option? that's new.
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but whether casey anthony is found innocent or guilty, will live or die, hinges on a complicated science and little bits of evidence, bits of caylee's hair and skull, trunk of the car all under attack today. this is a live picture from inside the courtroom. anthony's attorneys are questioning the credibility of the prosecution's expert and the active their science. i want to go right to rich herman who has a lot of experience as a criminal defense attorney himself. rich, great to have you on. >> hi, randi. >> hi, there. the defense is cross-examining, a lot of back and forth over testing, the science and possibility of contamination. in your opinion, how well do you think the defense is doing with breaking down the prosecution's evidence? >> well, i think that they are confusing the jury which in this kind of case is a good thing, randi. the more confusion the better because a judge is going to direct them at the end if they
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are confused that means the government or prosecution has not proven their case beyond a reasonable doubt, so he's trying to do that, but one of the early witnesses he put on there, his defense witness imploded on him at the end. he just doesn't know know when to sit down, randi. it's like a high school quarterback playing in the super bowl. he just does not -- he doesn't have the savvy. he doesn't have the skill or the experience. he's not planning to cross-examinations in his direct examinations properly. he's opening the door to get killed by these witnesses, and that's a big problem and any criminal defense case. i'll tell you, randi. the prosecution's theory that she was a horrible mother and she wanted to live the good life and -- and caylee was an anchor around her landed in the direct case. going to open the door to it in the defense case and then the prosecution will go to that in summation, but so far i think the forensics are creating
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confusion, and that was the intent. that's a good thing for the defense. >> yeah. let me ask you this. the defense attacking how the air samples from casey anthony car's trunk were tested. if you remember, which i'm sure you do, the prosecution excerts said the samples contained odor of a decomposing body but the thing the defense drilled down on is there was no formal testing protocols put in place. here's what he said and i'll ask you about it. >> if you don't have a written procedure for doing the test, there's no way to ensure the test will be done the same way every time. >> richard, just quickly. is that a big blow to the prosecution? >> well, it's a blow to dr. voss with reversible error in the case. he was doing scientific experiments with no peer review and the judge allowed him in which i believe was a big mistake. so, you know, again, anything they can do to malign the prosecution forensic experts. >> yeah. >> that goes as a plus, but there's only a few jurors who
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are receptive to it. i think juror pour michael jorj notes on the defense case. >> casey anthony's mom could take the stand. good move or no? >> i don't know what he's going to get out of here. i believe he'll revert back to depositions that she gave back, and try to bring that out, perhaps, doing the chloroform search. it's dangerous. she's clearly not in favor of the defense here. we heard the statements come out of her attorney last night. this is a dangerous person to put on the stand. unless i knew exactly what she was going to say, i wouldn't put her on at this point, randi. >> i want to ask you. you mentioned one juror taking notes. from what i understand, a lot of jurors aren't taking a whole lot of notes. as a defense attorney would that concern you? >> well, they were taking notes for the prosecution case. >> right. >> they are not taking notes for the defense, so to me that is
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not a plus, randi. that's a bad sign for the defense. >> all right. richard herman, great to have you on. thank you so much. president obama's plan to withdraw 33,000 surge troops from afghanistan. too many too fast? we'll talk about national security analyst peter bergen right after this break. as a manager, my team counts on me to stay focused. so i take one a day men's 50+ advantage. it's the only complete multivitamin with ginkgo to support memory and concentration. plus it supports heart health. [ bat cracks ] that's a hit. one a day men's.
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as we mentioned, president obama is due to speak to u.s. soldiers at ft. drum, new york, at the bottom of the hour.
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we'll bring it to you live when it happens. joining us now from washington with more on the president's plan to withdraw 33,000 surge troops from afghanistan is our national security analyst peter bergen. peter, thanks for coming on the show. what developments on the ground in afghanistan do you think persuaded the president that he could now begin pulling out the surge troops, that this was the time? >> well, part of the calculus was certainly the fact that the taliban has suffered a lot of its middle managers have been killed by u.s. special forced activities. general petraeus testified in march that something like 350 had been killed in a three-month period. in addition, areas of afghanistan that were once the taliban heartland in north and south helmand, around kandahar city, you know, the taliban has really been rolled back, and that's not according just to the u.s. military. that's also according to independent non-governmental organizations who have worked in afghanistan for some period of
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time who don't necessarily tow a pro-nato line. and based on my own experience, randi, certainly helmand, when anderson cooper and i visit there had even in september of 2009, areas that were, you know, really taliban-controlled as a result of the marine effort in helmand were reverting, to you know, non-taliban control, so that was a big part i think of the calculation. >> yeah. what about though the 68,000 troops or so that will remain in afghanistan? i mean, can they handle the job of training afghan troops and police and fight the taliban? >> well, you know, according to white house officials that briefed myself and others yesterday, they -- their view is that there are sort of three main activities that eventually already are really damaging the taliban. one, building up the afghan army. two, special forces operations
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against taliban middle managers, three, something called afghan local police which is really a pashtun tribal militia in the heartland of the taliban which are coming and working against the taliban by u.s. special forces, and those activities can be easily sustained, they say, with the 68,000 soldiers, and, you know, i think there's reason to think that that's true because, after all, you know, if you go back to the -- the pre-obama era, were you looking at, you know, around 30,000 american soldiers on the ground, and some of these activities were already being conducted just with 30,000, so i think 68,000 certainly is enough to do those activities. it's not enough to control every part of afghanistan, but that isn't really the point. >> we talk a lot about the taliban, but what is this -- the strength and the presence today of al qaeda in afghanistan? i mean, is the group still a threat there? >> according to white house officials, you know, this -- as of yesterday, the number is
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somewhere between 50 and 80 al qaeda members in afghanistan. that number has been very consistently. panta has said this, the head of the cia, said this publicly about a year ago. i think he used the number of 65, but i think to get, you know, to be caught up only on the numbers, randi, i think is a red herring in the fact that al qaeda is a small organization. only 200 formal members of al qaeda on 9/11. look at the size of the damage they did. obviously al qaeda is more in pakistan. it's more their ability to affect ideologically other groups. whether the pakistani taliban sent a suicide bomber to times square in may of last year, whether it's groups like others that sort out american and jewish targets in mumbai in 2008, al qaeda, unfortunately, has spread its ideas just beyond groups that call themselves al qaeda to other groups in south asia that are headquartered often in the tribal regions of pakistan. >> just quickly, peter, i want to shift to another pretty crucial topic, egypt. what can you tell us about a
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report that young members of the muslim brotherhood, which you and i have talked quite a bit about, plan to start their own secular political party. >> you know, i think that this is part of the trend within the muslim brotherhood in egypt where the younger members of the group are less ideological than the older members. a lot of older members, of course, have spent a great deal of time in prison and tend to be perhaps more militant or more wedded to older ways of thinking, so the muslim brotherhood of which, you know, a pretty large group, the fact that they are planning to set up their own party that is more secular in orientation is not surprising, and the muslim brotherhood in general has allied with another party in egypt which is more secular in its orientation for the election that's coming up in september, so this is part of a trend, i think, that the muslim brotherhood sen gaging in conventional politics, and -- and that's a good thing. >> all right. peter bergen, appreciate your insight.
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thank you. 22 minutes paf the hour. time to check our top stories for you. following president obama's timetable, france says it will begin withdrawing troops from afghanistan. the french defense minister says all french troops could be out of afghanistan by 2013. france now has nearly 4,000 troops there. president obama announced yesterday the withdrawal of 33,000 american troops by september 2012. first lady michelle obama continues her trip to south africa with a visit today to cape town. in addition to a stop at a museum and the university of cape town, she was scheduled to meet with archbishop desmond tutu. mrs. obama will travel to neighboring botswana today where a safari is set for her and her two daughters on saturday. and for all you harry potter fans, you'll be able to continue following the boy wizard's adventures online. j.k. rowling, author of the series of potter books, today announced the launch of an interactive e-books series on the website
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cnn newsroom and around the world, talking business travel and innovation. a good day to you, sir. >> and you, richard. as always, nothing is off limits. today we're not even limiting our minds. we're talking about the best placed in the world to live and to work. you and i travel a lot, but if we could choose where it would be, which countries would we choose? >> it's going to be a difficult, tricky one because it's a dream segment today. and while you at home will have your own opinions, we have a show to do, and ali, you go first. you've got 60 seconds on the clock. >> very good. all right. i have searched high and low, and here is the answer, rich. get ready for this. norway. the standard of living is high. norway ranks number one on the u.n.'s human development index. life expectancy is long, 81 years on average. people are well educated. the cost of the education in norway, as in many northern european countries generally free all the way through university. jobs are not even hard to come by. even in today's economy,
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richard, norway's unemployment rate was 2.5% last month. norwegians aren't just cross-country skiing and eating fish. they are plugged in, richard. norway ranks fourth worldwide when it comes to wireless broadband penetration, a question that tripped us up a few weeks ago, and that's a sign, by the way, that the country invests in infrastructure and planning. it's rich, as you know, in natural resources, lots of oil and natural gas. here's the problem with norway, you know what it is, richard. gets cold. 41 below in fahrenheit and centigrade in the winter. it's not cheap. oslo is europe's most expensive city but the gdp per capita income is 58,000 bucks. shall we move? >> i'll buy you a ticket to norway in the middle of the winter and let's see, excuse me, if you're still saying norway. here's my 60 seconds on the best place in the world to live. the best place in the world to
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live is very simple. it's wherever i'm living at the moment, because frankly there's no place like home for liveability, for culture, for history. when i lived in the united states, that clearly was the best place in the world to live. to enjoy the warm hospitality of the american people, the food and indeed the large giant sizes of portions. the best place in the world now is clearly the united kingdom of great britain, the royal wedding, the monarchy, the theaters. yes, it might be a little bit expensive for you with your wishy washy dollar, but now the best place in the world is right here, home, sweet home. of course, if next year i should happen to move to australia or singapore, well, you know where i'm going with that. the best place in the world will be down under because wherever i am, that is the best place in
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the world. >> what a wholesome, healthy outlook for you, richard. you will be a happy man for the rest of your life. time now to bring in the voice, to test us and see how much we really know. hello, voice. >> hello, gentlemen. mr. quest, you are mighty full of yourself today. let's see how you do on the quiz. let's jump right n.according to the annual wealth report, which of these is the best city to live in based on quality of life, economic activity and political power. is it, a, new york, b, london, c, singapore or, d? >> it's a toss between new york and singapore. i think it's new york. >> that is correct. good job, richard. new york tops the list, followed by london and paris. johannesburg finished last in
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the 40-city survey. on to number two. according to "global finance" magazine, which of these countries hats highest price for a cup of coffee, including service? is it, a, paris, b, moscow, c, tokyo, or, d, beijing? richard? >> i'm going to go for moscow. >> that is correct. moscow ranks highest at more than $8 a cup, excluding the tip. on to number three. now to the other side of the coin. according to the mercer consulting group, which city is the absolute worst praise to live. is it, a, baghdad, b, kandahar, c, tripoli or, d, new york? >> i would -- i would say
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kandahar. >> incorrect. >> i mean, all right, i'm going to go for baghdad. >> that is correct. the answer is baghdad. i have nothing left to say about that. richard, you win yet again. well done, sir. >> two weeks in a row, richard. >> no, no. two weeks in a row with a clean sweep. >> yeah, you're right. >> that will do it for this week. >> i'll be back strong next week. >> we're back each thursday on "quest means business." >> and in the cnn newsroom at 2:00 p.m. eastern, keep the topics coming on our blog, and tell us each week what you want to talk about. see you next week, richard. >> see you next week.
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welcome back. a court date in california today for one of the fbi's most wanted fugitives. organized crime boss james "whitey" bulger was arrested yesterday in santa monica, california, along with his girlfriend, katherine elizabeth grieg. bulger had been on the run since 1995. sought in connection with 19 murders, numerous other crimes as well. the former head of boston's notorious winter hill gang inspired the 1996 martin scorcese film "the departed." in a 5-4 ruling today, the supreme court said generic drug companies do not share the same level of responsibility as brand name drugs when it comes to updating warning labels about new risks. two women say they suffered severe medical complications from a generic drug and brought
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the case before the high court. generic drugs currently account for more than 70% of prescriptions filled in the u.s. all right. take a look at this. remember this video of a 6-year-old getting a pat-down at new orleans airport? now the tsa is changing its policies on screening children. screeners must do all they can to avoid pat-downs. change was promptd over outrage of that video of the 6-year-old which was released in april. the u.s. is tapping into its strategic oil reserves because of the crisis in libya. the department of energy announced today it will release 30 million barrels of oil into the world market over the next 30 days to help offset supply reductions. 27 other countries which are also members of the international energy agency will release 30 million additional barrels as well. the crisis in libya has resulted in the loss of about 1.5 million barrels of oil per day. all right. now watch this. in pennsylvania a man was at work just taking out the trash
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when surveillance video catches this. the driver loses control and slams right into the store clerk. what happens next is really unthinkable. instead of checking to see if the man is okay, yeah, they just flee the scene. the victim is okay but still recovering from the accident. police are still on the hunt for the hit-and-run driver. syrian tanks and armored personnel carriers moved closer to the turkish border raising tensions and sending more frightened refugees fleeing for safety. coming up next, we veal more on this in "globe trekking."
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one day after president obama announced his troop withdrawal plan for afghanistan, a special court set up by
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president hamid karzai today threw out a quarter of results from last year's parliamentary elections. much more on this now from michael holmes. how are you? >> good to see you. not bad, not bad. >> what's this all about? >> interesting. there hasn't been an election i think in afghanistan since the americans went in. there hasn't been fighting. claims they have been riddled with fraud and even karzai's own election, everyone said that was pretty much rigged. this is about the parliamentary elections, not the presidential elections. as you said, this court, it's a karzai-appointed court, went in and overturned more than 60 of the seats, the results in the seats. the lawmakers though, they are saying that, who benefits from this, karzai's people do, because they want to put in 60 of his people. >> right? so he wasn't happy with the parliament. >> no. he wasn't happy. it wasn't working for him in his way, so, yes, the feeling among lawmakers, they have actually taken out a vote of no confidence against the attorney general who appointed the court on karzai's orders.
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it's another sort of sign of what everyone has been saying about the government there for some time, that it's inefficient, it doesn't work and in many ways it is corrupt. the guy that karzai beat in the presidential election, dr. abdullah abdullah, he says that karzai is just trying to manipulate and keep the parliament at arm's length so he can get re-elected which would mean changing the constitution. >> does this have anything to do with obama's troop withdrawal announcement or strange timeing? >> just strange timing, i think, yeah, yeah. >> okay. also want to talk to you about syria. >> yeah, more movement there. >> more movement near the border. syrian troops have gone into an area very close to the refugees in turkey on the turkish border. the town is not far from the border between syria and turkey. kind of raises more tensions also, not just for those on the syrian side of the border quite worried about getting caught up in there,and with turkey now
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looking at syrian army on their border. already a bunch of people. they had the refugee camps on the turkish side. they had the other camps that are being set up on the syrian side, too. the syrians didn't want to cross over and didn't want to be in the hometowns. they have now started moving across the borders, another 400, 500 today across because they are worried about this. >> what do you make of some talk by at least some analysts warning that we could see civil war in syria? >> hard to see that being in open. the opposition isn't that well-armed. there's not -- i can't see an open civil war looming there, but the army is just -- the only thick that could swing radically there is if the army turns more against the government, and we're already seeing a lot of conscripts deserting, not wanting to fire on their own people, that sort of thing, and then accusations that the hard core security forces are then firing on the army guys for not firing on the people. that would be the only thing that i could see that would appropriate tate some sort of massive turn in this. otherwise, you know, it looks like the military has the upper hand. >> and is there any hope for the
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refugees at this point. i mean, they are in the camps which are really under dire conditions. >> they are. the conditions aren't great. the turks are doing a great job with it, doing what they can with it, and the red crescent, the muslim version of the red cross, is in there setting up and providing for them as much as they can. the guys on the other side of the border are living much rougher than that. they just got bits of plastic strung between trees in orchards. >> that's terrible. >> they are the ones that don't want to go across yet because they don't want to be stuck in turkey. want to be close to home. they can't go home because the army is in there shooting at people. a complex situation still unfolding. >> and no sign of it getting any better. >> no, not at the moment. heard assad with his speech promising vague things but nothing is happening. wants the army to go back to the barracks. sorry, up on the turkish border now. >> oops. >> that happened. >> all right, michael. thank you. >> good to see you. >> good to see you. you know the reliable brands you just can't live without. well, get ready to live without them, at least some of them. coming up, we'll tell you what brands may be gone by next year.
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here's a question for you. do you like your corn pops for breakfast, what about appliances from sears? well, you better stock up. those brands that you've grown to love may be gone by next year, or at least that's what 24/7 wall street is predicting. the financial news group compiles a list of disappearing brands every year based on drops in sales, rising costs, market
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we're going to take you live now to orlando, florida, inside the casey anthony murder trial. cindy anthony, casey's mother, is on the stand. she just took the stabbed. she's being questioned about a desktop computer in the home. let's listen in for just a bit here. >> i started looking at chlorophyll, and i was concerned about my smallest yorkie. we have two yorkie puppies, and the smallest one was having some issues where she was extremely tired all the time, and both of the dogs would eat the bamboo leaves out in the back, so i started looking out sources from the backyard that could potentially cause her to be more sleepy than it would affect the larger dog, so i started to look up chloroform -- i mean,
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chlorophyll, and then that prompted me to look up chloroform. >> now, i -- i don't understand how you could get those two mixed up. >> not getting them mixed up. if you look into chlorophyll, there's bacteria associated with chlorophyll production, and looking up that, it comes from different species of plants that have red and brown coloring, and that prompted me to look up chlorophyll because some species of algae and sea weeds and stuff produce naturally chloroform. >> okay. and how do you know that you ran these searches in march of 2008? >> because i also ran a few other searches at the same time in march. there was a scare about using hand sanitizers around small children.
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there was an e-mail that went around my work. one of my nurses had sent me an e-mail knowing that, you know, caylee was of age that she could be affected if we used hand sanitizer and she got her hands on it, and that scare came out in march. and during the same time that -- time frame that i was looking up the issues about the dogs, i was looking up ingredients in the hand sanitizer, the alcohol, and then that prompted me to look up other things that we had in the house, as tone, hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol. >> all right. right now we want to just leave that trial there. we'll keep it up for you live there from orlando. we want to now also take you though to ft. drum, new york, where the president has just started speaking with troops, many of whom have just returned from afghanistan. let's listen to this as well. >> as the colonel just mentioned, in 2009 after having
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been in afghanistan for seven years but having i think lost a sense of focus in terms of how we were going to accomplish our mission, i made the most difficult decision that i've made as president and that is to deploy an additional 30,000 troops into afghanistan so that we could turn back taliban momentum, so that we could continue to go after al qaeda aggressively and so that we could make sure that we were training an afghan security force that had the capacity to secure their own country. the only reason i was able to make that decision was because i knew we had the finest fighting force in the world and that if i gave a command to our troops they would be able to accomplish that mission. if we were focused, and if we were clear in terms of what we're going to try to
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accomplish, i knew that we could get it done, and the tenth mountain division, this storied -- this -- this group that has, you know, been there for america day in and day out throughout our history, was the first folks to go in after that order was given. and that's not surprising because you guys were also some of the first folks to go in right after 9/11. throughout my service first as a senator and then as a presidential candidate and then as a president i've always run into you guys, and for some reason it's always in some rough spots. first time i saw the tenth mountain division, you guys were in southern iraq. when i went back to visit afghanistan, you guys were the first ones there. you know, i had the great honor
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of seeing some of you because a comrade of yours, jarred monty, was the first person i was able to award the medal of honor, to who actually came back and wasn't receiving it posthumously, and so you guys have always been there in the toughest fights, and the fact that you are continuing, even as we speak, that many of your comrades are there right now under some very tough circumstances is a testimony to your dedication and your patriotism. now, last night i gave a speech in which i said that we have turned a corner where we can begin to bring back some of our troops. we're not doing it precipitously. we're going to do it in a -- in a steady way to make sure that the gains that all of you helped to bring about are going to be
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sustained, but because of your outstanding work, what we've been able to do is train an additional 100,000 afghan soldiers so that they can start carrying on the fight. because of what you've done, areas like kandahar are more secure than they have been in years. because of you, we're now taking the fight to the taliban instead of the taliban bringing the fight to us, and because of you there are signs that the taliban may be interested in figuring out a pol critical for consolidating that country. it's also because of you that we had the platform to be able to go after bin laden and al qaeda, and we have decimated their ranks. al qaeda leadership, half of them, have been killed, and most of them are now on the run, and they can't operate as effectively as they could, and so, you know, as i look around this room, i suspect that some
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of you joined the military after 9/11 because you had seen fellow americans suffer at the hands of bin laden, and when we got them, when we got him, and as we keep on driving to get the rest of them, it's because of the work and the sacrifice that you guys have made. now, the tenth mountain and the first brigade, you guys have sacrificed mightily. i know that you've got 11 fallen soldiers just out of -- out of this group right here, and i think about 270 all told since 9/11. we will never forget their sacrifice, and the reason that i know many of you continue to do the outstanding work that you do is not only love of country, but it's also love for each other and your commitment to making
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sure that those sacrifices were not in vain, so the main message i have for all of you today is that the american people understand the sacrifices you're making. they understand the sacrifices that your families are making. our job is not finished. if you looked at the schedule that i set forth, you know, we're only bringing out 10,000 by the end of this year. we're going to bring out all 33,000 that we surged by next summer, but there's still some fighting to be done, and then we're still going to have 68,000 and frankly the tenth mountain division is still going to be represented there until we have fully transferred to the afghan military and security forces, but i hope that all of you will both take pride in what you've done over the past years, but also understand that there's a -- there's a future there that is brighter, not only for the
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afghan people, but for most importantly for american security, and -- and you guys are the tip of the spear. you guys are the ones that keep us safe each and every day, so for all the sacrifices that you made, i want to say thank you. for all the sacrifices that your families have made, i want to say thank you. i have no greater job. nothing gives me more honor than serving as your commander in chief, and to all of you who are potentially going to be redeployed, just know that your commander in chief has your back. so thank you very much, everybody. god bless you. god bless the united states of america. climb to glory. thank you. >> and you have been listening to the president speaking to a number of troops there in ft. drum, new york. speaking about his


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