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that's it for us. "erin burnett" outfront starts now. breaking news tonight, the man who shot and killed trayvon martin now launches a website to raise money for his defense. we have that, plus, more breaking news tonight. we have just gotten the 911 calls placed right after that fighter jet crabbed into that massive virginia beach compartment complex. and then we're going to take you inside north korea, days before they launch a rocket. how concerned should america be? let's go "outfront." good evening to you, i'm
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brooke baldwin, sitting in for erin burnett. breaking news tonight, george zimmerman has just launched a website to plead his innocence and ask for donations in his defense. the website has been going offline all day because presumably it can't handle all the traffic. a statement from zimmerman, as a result of the incident and subsequent media coverage, i've been forced to leave my home, my school, my employer, my family, and ultimately my entire life. he goes on, i have created a paypal account solely linked on this website, as i would like to provide an avenue to thank my supporters personally, and ensure that any funds provided are used only for living expenses and legal defense in lieu of my forced inability to maintain employment. and on this website, is signed george zimmerman, multiple
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sources have told cnn this is his website. in the meantime tonight, all eyes are on the special prosecutor in florida, angela corey. she made news today announcing she would not convene a grand jury in the shooting death of the florida teenager. she's said for weeks now, that a grand jury is not necessary to file any charges against george zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed trayvon martin back on february 26th. in a statement today, angela cory said the decision should not be a factor in the final determination of the case. still trayvon martin's parents said they were hopeful an arrest would follow the state prosecutor's decision. natalie jackson is one of the attorneys representing trayvon martin's family. she comes out front tonight. i talked to her earlier, and asked her why she thought the special prosecutor made the right move. >> we think that she has enough evidence to make the arrest
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herself. and this time sending to a grand jury. we don't know what the outcome would be with the racial implications that have been brought into this case, and the other agendas that have been brought into this case. >> despite the agenda, we don't know what will happen. have you the 911 tapes coming out, trayvon martin's phone records were released. i'm sure being in touch with his parents each and every time they thought, maybe this time. maybe an arrest. but here's my what if to you tonight, what if the evidence speaks for itself, and george zimmerman doesn't ever get arrested? what then? >> that's a possibility at this point, the evidence is out there, we need to look no further than george zimmerman's own words in his taped phone call to the police dispatch. that's enough evidence to send this to the jury, and make him prove his self-defense. >> i understand, but to george zimmerman and his attorney's perspective, they say he was standing his own ground.
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i have to press you and say, what if he never ever faces charges. >> if he never faces charges, which we don't think that should happen, then i think that for his family, his family will have to move on and they'll have to continue to carry on trayvon's legacy. and their quest for justice. be it in the public arena or the legal arena. >> let me ask you something that we got from george zimmerman's attorney, actually one our correspondents in texas today. this is from the attorney, not surprised, in reaction to the fact that we won't be having a grand jury now. not surpriseds don't know what her decision will be, courageous move on her part. interestingly you all seem to agree this is a good move. >> right, we're all lawyers, and we are to uphold the judicial system. we're to believe in it, i will say that i think their lawyers know and george zimmerman knows he's going to face a jury. he has to face a jury, and he
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has all the rights that he would have when he faces the jury. he has the presumption of innocence, the right to remain silent. he has the right to bring out any witnesses that he has in his defense or to testify for himself. the problem is, and the most egregious thing about this case, is that there was never an arre arrest. george never had to do it. no one should be able to says not my fault. self-defense, when they kill an innocent child who's walking home from the store, 70 yards away from his house. >> this story has been catapulted into the national spotlight. my question is this, where do you think you would be right now, had all this national media coverage never happened? >> we have said it once and we'll say it 1,000 times. we know without the public outcry, this case was a dead case, there would have never been a special fros cuter assigned. there would have never been a chance for this to go to a jury. so this family is so appreciative to everybody who's out there and been supportive of them. >> i want to bring in now paul
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callon, i have to ask you, we have the news, we actually now are seeing for the first time george zimmerman's words on this website. he's thanking his supporters, pleading for them to contribute to paypal for money to live. >> this is bizarre, it's a murder case that has started to look like a political campaign. you have a defendant in a potential murder case starting to raise funds. obviously, he's anticipating there's going to be a criminal charge against him, he needs money to pay lawyers. i think he's fund-raising for his lawyers, yes. >> the news today, angela corey now deciding not to take this to the grand jury. bold move, surprising move? >> bold, fascinating, surprising. most cases in florida do not go to grand juries, a grand jury was impanelled in this very case by the prior d.a., the state's
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attorney when he impanelled it could have used it for investigative services. the new prosecutor says, i'm going to make this decision myself. i think it's a very startling move. >> she's feeling confident, if this had gone to grand jury, she could or one could scapegoat saying, i couldn't get the indictment, based on the folks who have heard this case, she's a tough cookie? >> she's very tough. you look at her background she's tried over 50 homicide cases, she doesn't have a reputation for not indicting. on this grand jury thing, a lot of times prosecutors will use a grand jury for political cover. it's a weak case. they want to get the case thrown out. the grand jury dismissed the cases i didn't. she's taken away the political cover here, which says to me, he's either going to be charged with murder or manslaughter. i think it's a done deal that charmings are going to come down against george zimmerman. >> we know he won't face capital, because that's what you can get when you go in front of
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a grand jury. is there a clock tick something when might we anticipate, even if she is feeling confident and there could be an arrest imminent? >> the clock is not ticking in the sense that she could extend this investigation for months if she wanted to. the clock only starts to tick when an arrest is made and you have speedy trial issues. i will anticipate she will move quickly on this. she's been involved in the case for quite a while, pretty much all of the facts have been gamgerred, from a factual standpoint, most prosecutors would say this is a simple fact pattern in the sense that there are not a lot of witnesses, forensic evidence. i think you're going to see her come down with charges very soon. she could opt not to charge. she wants a complete investigation. she needs all the evidence she can come up with, it's going to be a tough case. you're going to have to convince 12 people beyond a reasonable doubt, that's not going to be easy. >> unanimously. >> yes. >> paul callon, thanks for joining us. coming up ahead on
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all right. we all know mitt romney is a rich man, it's just a fact. he has been criticized in this campaign as being out of touch with the average american. well, there are some new photos, they were released today from the campaign, doing not so much. here he is with his family. this was easter at his 3,000 square foot spanish style home along san diego's beautiful la jolla beach, price tag a cool $12 million. meanwhile, president obama spends the week making the buffet rule, taxing the rich more. is the romney campaign tone deaf or is he just trying to give voters an image inside his real life, his family life? joining me now the daughters of jon huntsman. welcome. abby, let me begin with you. as we see all these pictures, family fun, easter weekend.
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you see the grandkids and the kids and the beautiful home. is this what it looked like in the huntsman family household for easter? is it typical? >> he's in a tough position, he can't win. he does come from money, he does have a beautiful family. but at the end of the world, people want him to be superman, they want him to save the world. he can't win here. these pictures make him look somewhat human. >> do you agree? he's been successful and we shouldn't penalize him for it? >> i think it's a strange decision by the campaign to be honest, no one asked that mitt romney is a family man, that's a given. the idea that he would release campaign pictures of his house in lajoa jolla shows he's out o touch with most americans. i think abby's right, americans are going to judge mitt romney by his plans, we've been talking about the buffet rule, romney's
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plan to actually cut taxes for the wealthy, versus obama's plan to ensure middle income earners are paying a lower percentage than the wealthiest americans. when these pictures come out, when romney says things like i'll make rick perry a $10,000 bet, it shows he's out of touch with most americans. >> i think there are some folks who say, he is who he is. he needs to be authentic, and we're talking today, and i want to throw these pictures out, you have iconic -- john f. kennedy, some people are wondering, is he trying to project this similar sort of kennedy-esque image? here it is, sitting around the table painting their own eggs, very photo genic large family. do you see a comparison there, tim? >> you know, it was such a different time. most americans take for granted
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mitt romney is a good family man. this dane has never been about that. the idea that he would forward these pictures seems like an unnecessary mistake by his campaign. >> people forget back in 1968 nixon would walk the beach with a black suit and black laceups and see he's aloof. reagan rode a horse, they said, he's a cowboy. >> the romney camp has yanked their negative ads out of deference to rick santorum. right thing to do? >> i absolutely -- the only question i have is, would he have done this if he were neck and neck with with santorum? or is the timing strange? you want to believe that he would. i still question that a little bit. >> do you think it's the right thing? is it really more like, i look at my delegate count versus your
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delegate count. we need to focus our sights on someone else. >> i think for mitt romney right now, it's all about the general campaign. for him right now, he has to walk the difficult line of trying to win back some these conservative voters who don't trust him. because he's flip-flopped on so many issues. his own campaign admitted, he tried to reinvent himself for the general campaign. he has to show some deference to santorum and gingrich. at the end of the day, he's trying to figure out how he can position himself for the campaign. >> at the end of the day, i think he has a heart. >> he does. ahead on "outfront" break news, we have now those just released 911 calls made after that navy fighter jet crashed into that virginia beach apartment complex. we're going to play that for you. also, the man accused of murdering jennifer hudson's family goes on trial. equipment in the middle of nowhere,
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today is the first day of jury selection in the murder trial of william balfour. he is accused of fatally shooting singer jennifer hudson's mother and brother inside their chicago home back in 2008. now, the judge here has asked these prospective jurors to fill out a questionnaire answering several questions about how much they know about jennifer hudson. for example, questions like have you seen "american idol" or have you seen the movie "dream girls."
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jennifer hudson, of course, was in both. ted rowlands is at the courthouse in chicago covering this very tragic, very high profile case, and he has the story. >> reporter: in january, 2008, jennifer hudson was on top of the world, winning an oscar for her performance in "dream girls." >> it's going to take a while to get used to this. >> reporter: the next year, hudson's world was rocked by tragedy, her mother and brother were murdered and her 7-year-old nephew were with missing. >> there is an amber alert out right now. >> reporter: hudson returned to chicago where a frantic search was under way for julian and for the gunman. >> neighbors did report hearing gunshots about 8:00, 9:00 this morning. >> reporter: three days later the little boy's body was found inside this abandoned suv. he died of a gunshot wound and a police investigation led to the arrest of 27-year-old william balfour. the hudson family knew william balfour quite well. he grew up here in their neighborhood on the south side
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of chicago and ended up marrying jennifer hudson's older sister, julia. balfour has a long criminal record and according to people who know the family, the hudsons, including jennifer, didn't want julia to marry him. prosecutors say he threatened to kill julia, who was at work the day the murders. today three and a half years later, the hudson home in chicago is boarded up. jennifer hudson has said very little publicly about the murders but did open up on a vh1 behind the music special. >> i remember being asked to do a film around that same time. i was like i have to get adjusted to who i am now. so i can't be another character -- be another character if i don't know who i am. >> reporter: prosecutors say balfour killed his ex-wife's family members because he was jealous she was seeing another man. the defense says there are no
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eyewitnesses and no fingerprints linking balfour to the murder scene, which has hudson's neighbor, michael jones, concerned that balfour could walk. >> and a murder, especially in the black community, is so easy to beat. >> reporter: opening arguments are scheduled to begin april 23rd, forcing jennifer hudson, who's on the witness list, into a role she never dreamed of. >> i want to bring in ted rowlands live outside the court house. ted, what is it, 6:30 there chicago time. they are still selecting this jury. how's it going? >> reporter: yeah, the judge is holding the first 50 prospective jurors. they have seated nine people so far so they have made some progress, but he's going late into the afternoon here. they likely won't get to the 12 jurors plus the six alternates today, meaning the next pool of 50 will be back here tomorrow. >> how concerned is the defense? we're talking about jennifer hudson, high profile, sitting in that courtroom. how much of a concern is there over her?
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>> reporter: well, a huge concern. you mentioned that a lot of the jury questionnaire centered around jennifer hudson. if you have a victim family member in the courtroom during a trial, it doesn't matter who it is, they're going to get empathy from a jury. if that person is a celebrity on the status of jennifer hudson, that changes the complexity of the courtroom. today during the voir dire process, one of the jurors said i can't be partial. i'm a huge jennifer hudson fan and i just feel so bad about what happened to her, so they bounced her. but it's those ones that don't admit that during voir dire the defense has to worry about. >> what about for the prosecution, how easy will it be for them to make their case against balfour? >> reporter: well, quite frankly, this is a triple murder with not a lot of physical evidence, which is unusual when you usually have -- when you have three dead bodies, there's usually a lot of forensic evidence that ties it to the suspect. in this case there's not a lot of physical evidence to link
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william balfour to the crimes. they do have a little gunshot residue but they do have a hurdle to climb. how they'll do, they're going to basically establish for this jury, that balfour threatened to do exactly this, to kill his ex-wife's family. >> ted rowlands, we know you'll be watching. thank you. bubba watson's unbelievable hook shot helped him win the first-ever masters tournament and now gets to wear, of course, the infamous green jacket. one problem, though, it covers the logos of some of his sponsors which include ping, travis matthew and footjoy. another one of his sponsors is marquee jets, owner of net jets, whose customers by fractional ownership in private jets. here's our number tonight, $119,900. that is the base cost of buying one of these marquee jet cards that gets you 25 hours of flight time which the company describes as the ideal entry level
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of our show with stories we care about, where we focus on our own reporting. so we did the work and we found out the outfront five. up first here, breaking news. we have just gotten the 911 calls placed moments after that massive navy fighter jet crashed into an apartment complex in virginia beach, virginia, on friday. take a listen. >> hello, yes, we just had a jet explode on birdneck. 900 block of birdneck. yes. >> a navy plane just went down on 24th street. it's in the birdneck village apartments. >> there's a pilot on my patio. >> the pilot is on the your patio? >> yes, and nobody is here. >> the navy says the f/a-18 hornet suffered a malfunction causing it to crash shortly after takeoff friday around lunchtime. both pilots ejected safely and somehow amazingly no one on the ground was seriously hurt. we're told the navy has recovered the flight recorder which should provide more details as to what caused the jet to crash. number two tonight, a top official at the general services administration has been put on
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leave just days after a video emerged showing him joking, joking about excess spending. the gsa says it is now reviewing david foley's conduct at this 2012 conference in las vegas. foley there to the right of the video, the agency spent $820,000 on the conference in vegas that featured a clown and a mind reader. video from the four-day event shows foley, a deputy commissioner, rewarding an employee who starred in a fake rap video. in fact one line in this rap brags about never being under investigation for spending. we're told eight gsa officials have now been fired, removed or placed on leave. number three tonight, cnn now has new video showing osama bin laden's widows and their children. take a look. the video shows his wives often praying and his children playing with toys while under house arrest. this is islamabad, pakistan. three of his wives and two of
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his daughters were sentenced to 45 days of house arrest after being convicted of illegal residency. the widows and the children are being deported back to their home countries, that being yemen and saudi arabia. that happens next week. number four, facebook has now acquired instagram the widely popular photo-sharing app for smart phones. mark zuckerberg announced the $1 billion deal. not surprisingly, on his facebook page. it allows users to apply filters to photos and share them on various social media sites. in today's announcement, zuckerberg says he wants to keep inis agram connected to sites beyond facebook, such as twitter. instagram is 19th on the list of apps for iphone. facebook, number one. it has been 249 days since the u.s. lost its top credit rating. what are we doing to get it back? it was a rough day for the markets. the numbers here, the dow ending
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lower by 130 points, closing below that 13,000 mark. this was the fourth day of losses for the index. a victim of the tulsa, oklahoma, shootings spoke out late this afternoon about his feelings toward the men who shot him. four other african-americans, killing three early friday. oklahoma prosecutors say they are looking into whether race was a motivating factor in those particular shootings, and one of the shooters, 19-year-old jake england, had posted a racially charged message on his facebook page the day before the shootings noting it was the second anniversary of his father's death at the hands of a f'ing n word. a judge ordered england and 33-year-old alvin watts, england is either white or native american, held on more than $9 million bond each. one of those victims, deion tucker, he spoke out for the very first time today saying he believes the community was
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targeted because it was black and close to the shooter's home. he wants to see these shooters go to jail but doesn't harbor any bad feelings. take a listen. >> i ain't got no hate towards nobody. i just got caught at the wrong spot. >> joining me now is reverend warren blakely, president of the tulsa chapter of the naacp. reverend, nice to see you. based upon what you know about this case, do you believe this was a hate crime? >> you know, i think in the words of the person who was best fit to say that and that was the gentleman that was shot, he believes it was a hate crime and so do we. based upon the fact that they selected african-americans, came deep into the african-american neighborhood in order to find his victims and because he had a vendetta and a hurting inside him against african-americans because of the killing of his father. we do believe it is a hate crime. >> even though police is saying
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you have to go by the evidence and thus far they don't have it to make it a hate crime, still this gentleman, you're referring to, believes it was? >> yes. yes, as a matter of fact. when it comes to one of the victims as opposed to us, who are on the outside, he believed that he was selected because he was black. if he believes that and he was close to the situation, along with others who have said the same thing, we believe that if you look at facebook, you look at some of the other things they say may not be admissible, that points to the fact that he was looking for some black folks to kill and we do believe it was motivated by race. >> one family friend of one of the shooters whose now behind bars said this talking about jake england. quote, he didn't care what color was, it wasn't a racist thing. also his uncle goes on to suggest he just snapped. that was his word, he snapped after the killing of his father. and also more recently, the suicide of his girlfriend. it's a lot for one person to
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deal with. he goes on. reverend, is it all possible in your mind that the victims were just chosen at random? >> you know, i believe and i understand that there are a lot of things that can cause a person and drive them to do things that are heinous in terms of their activities. but if you kill one person or if you'd shot two people by the stretch of one's imagination, you shot three people, when you go through and shoot five people and kill three of them and all of those folks, again, are african-americans in the heart of our neighborhood, then what are you left to believe? we may say this, but i honestly believe if people look at this seriously, that they selected african-americans systematically to shoot them. i think that constitutes a hate crime to me in my mind, in my thinking anyway. >> then based upon that thinking, are you at all fearful that there could be some retaliation within your community? >> i've been asked that quite a bit today by different people. no, i'm not. >> why?
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>> i think that this community is waiting to see what the law is going to do. wait until it plays out and see if justice is served. i think we're a patient community and we're going to wait on that. i don't think there will be retaliations until we see which way this thing is going to go. we are pleading for calm and quiet in our community and for folks not to take a vigilante kind of concept on this but to let justice be served. >> you talk about justice and we've heard a lot of people in florida calling for justice. there has been this national conversation, there has been a lot of hate rhetoric falling, i know you know the story in sanford, florida. do you think that at all might impact what's happening in tulsa? >> i think there's always a correlation, a connection between what goes on in this country, one with another. i do think this community is one where we are going to wait patiently until the law has run its course. i think that's the kind of folk i know in the community where i serve as a preacher and that's the kind of community that i've come to appreciate, that we're
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ones who do not allow other circumstances in other places to impact us, that we act outside of who we are. this is a very good community and we're going to wait and see what justice is going to do here. >> reverend warren blakney, appreciate it. thank you for coming on "outfront" tonight. coming up, and i'm quoting, don't do it 37. that is the u.s. message to a defiant north korea as it plans to blast a satellite into orbit this week. the warning comes on the same day that south korea confirmed its northern neighbor is digging this underground tunnel for what appears to be a third nuclear test. north korea says, no, they're just planning a celebration marking the 100th birthday of its former leader kim il-sung, who promised the country would be strong and prosperous by that date. i spoke with him moments ago about what he saw.
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>> reporter: an extraordinary trip to go out there to the rocket site launch itself. this is something that's kept hidden away from view in this very, very secretive country but suddenly opening up to the eyes of the world's media. we are invited, all part of a push by north korea to send a message to the rest of the world that this is in fact a satellite launch. the rocket will take a small satellite and try to fire that into orbit. of course the united states and others looking on and saying, no, this is in fact a covert missile operation. further developing a missile program that can land right into the heart of cities in the united states. and now, of course, concern that this missile test or rocket test will actually follow within the coming days with a nuclear test as well. now, north korea of course not commenting about that, but intelligence reports coming out from south korea suggesting that that is in fact what north korea may do, brooke. >> stan, you said it yourself. this is so -- or has been so tremendously secretive, so why?
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why did they let you in? >> reporter: two reasons. this is also the week of celebration of the 100th year anniversary of the birth of the founding farther of the country. now, this rocket launch is timed to coincide with that. but beyond that, the government here wants to be able to show that they're transparent and are now opening up to the rest of the world and that they don't have anything to hide. there's also another suggestion here, though, this is a country that relies on food aid. it goes to the international community to ask for food to be able to feed its own people. now, a lot of that food aid is tied to the way the country behaves. i sat down with u.s. envoys in february and knotted out a deal, that was contingent on stopping a missile test. that's why they are saying this is not a missile, it is a satellite and opening up to us to try to prove that. >> let's take it another step further and ask how serious is north korea about another nuclear test and what does this
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say about the obama administration's policy toward this rogue state? i want to bring in gordon chang, the author of "nuclear showdown, north korea takes on the world." gordon, look, by all accounts north korea is saying, no, this is peaceful, it's a satellite launch. but do they really expect the rest of the world to buy that? >> i actually don't think so. a launcher for a satellite and a launcher for a nuclear warhead are basically the same, almost exactly the same. so that's the reason why the u.n. considers this really to be a violation of its own sanctions that were put into place in 2006 and 2009. >> so the when here, when might this happen? i've seen dates ranging from april 12th all the way through the 16th. what is it that we watch for as this launch date creeps closer? >> well, i think that they will want to launch at the earlier part of the window, which they have announced to the world, because if the weather changes and they miss the window, that would be an enormous loss of
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face for the north korean regime. as you pointed out, this is meant to coincide with the birth of kim il-sung so this is supposed to be an important propaganda event. they can't miss it. >> as we mentioned, he wanted his nation to be, quoting him, prosperous. is this what prosperity means in 2012 in north korea? >> it really means that the country is strong and they're going to divert people's attention by showing how prosperous and how strong the nation is. there's been an enormous program to upgrade housing and that's the prosperous part. the strong part is the missile launch and following nuclear test, which we should expect within a couple of weeks. >> and then there is the current leader, kim jong-un, been in power what, three months? we still have even yet to hear his voice. he's kept, you know, so almost secretive tucked away.
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do we believe he's the one pulling the strings, running the show? >> well, a lot of people think so. he will be given two very important posts next week. he's going to be made really the head of the workers party and also the chairman of the national defense commission which is the most important position in north korea. but we haven't seen him do some important things like meet foreign leaders, have him widely in state media, so i think there's a lot of politics that need to be worked out before he can say that he really is in charge. and that's going to take years for him to learn and to be able to do that. >> as we watch to see what exactly his role is, i can't, you know, complete a conversation with you tonight talking north korea without talking iran. i know they have been working together coordinating really since the '90s. how closely intertwined are they, gordon? and which country really is the greatest threat? >> well, iranians have been in north korea for its missile and nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009. essentially north korea and iran have run a joint missile and nuclear weapons program for more than a decade.
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what we see in terms of iranian missiles are essentially north korean ones with new names on them. so really we have a joint threat. it's really hard to separate them because they support each other and they're just as thick add thieves. >> gordon chang, thank you. next on "outfront" doctors turn to a computer named watson in the fight against cancer. and another watson, bubba, breaks through at augusta. [ male announcer ] you are a business pro. monarch of marketing analysis. with the ability to improve roi through seo all by cob.
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we're back with tonight's outer circle where we reach out to our sources all around the world. to bahrain where concerns are growing about a human rights activist who has spent a year behind bars for his role in anti-government protests and has now been on a hunger strike more than two months. we are following the story from abu dhabi. i asked what's the latest on his condition? >> reporter: brooke, the family saent seen him in over a week. his daughter says the last time she spoke to him just over two days ago, he was having trouble speaking and having trouble breathing. the family says they're concerned that his health is deteriorating, but the government says he is in stable condition, that his life is not in danger and he's being tended to by doctors around the clock and that he's been given minerals, glucose and fluids. it's not clear how those fluids are being administered to him. his daughter said she was worried that he was being force fed, but the government denies that. all that as he entered his 61st day of a hunger strike on monday, brooke. >> thank you. and now let's check in with
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the latest project, diagnosing and treating cancer. doug barry has the story. >> reporter: imagine being a cancer doctor able to diagnose and treat patients as quickly and accurately as this. >> what is london? >> what is staggering genius. >> watson is the ibm super computer which last year beat previous jeopardy champions. it won by analyzing millions documents and synthesizing all that information into a likely answer in a matter of seconds. doctors believe that date de ability is not only a game changer, it could be a lifesa r lifesaver. >> the medical field is growing.
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you cannot possibly know everything amongst matter. >> dr. mark chris is a lung specialist at sloan-kettering. >> the beautiful thing about watson, it extracts the information, it doesn't tell you an answer. it tells you the possible answers. >> meaning watson neither diagnoses nor replaces doctors who are in charge their patients. >> teaching watson, these things are really important. >> hoping to build the ultimate cancer resource. memorial sloan-kettering is partnering with ibm, giving it access to the hospital's 1.5 million patient case historieses along with the latest discoveries world wide, watson will have absolutely everything ever written on the subject. >> there are 92 servers, each one these functions like a brain, with this as the nervous system that connects all of it together, right? >> that's correct. it's all these different processes working together and collaborating to do these
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massive calculations in a very short period of time. >> ibm's dr. martin kohn says what makes ibm unique is its ability to understand conversational language. the watson sitting behind us now, can read and understand 200 million pages of text in three seconds. >> let's say a doctor has a patient with a suspicious lump. >> watson says i understand the decision you have to make. based on all that, and my ability to prioritize, i'm giving you a prioritized set suggestions. >> is it fair to say that having that much information could potentially allow you to take a diagnosis in a different direction? >> yes, it can ultimately analyze data and look for associations we may not have seen. >> 200 million pages of
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documents in three seconds? >> that's exactly right. imagine if you and i could process that much information on one particular sentence -- doctors have four to five hours to read. or five to six i think he said, every month. just imagine how much information they're really going to have access to, it's like having the cliff notes. >> the ability to synthesize all that information, what it does do, doctors won't go so far as to say yes there could be a cure. it recognizes patterns. that moons it may recognize clusters, it may recognize the genetic mutation or anything that might trigger that. they're going to be putting this all together. it's all around the world. >> this does not replace doctors. this does not replace doctors. it's ibm and sloan-kettering. how do they planning on making money? >> they're going to be licensing all the medical records that are in that licensing database.
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the benefit is that with this huge database, you have people in australia, asia, southeast asia, india, all of these cancer doctors that can look and say, they discovered this in india, something similar is going on in australia, and merge it together. >> everyone knows someone touched by cancer. it's the littlest thing that could pebbly help, it's wonderful. >> months matter. >> deb, thank you. >> of course. and now, golf, golf's latest superstar has a boy band past. just like e-ither. or ei-ther. or e-conomical. [ chuckling ] or ec-onomical. pa-tato, po-tato, huh? actually, it's to-mato, ta-mato. oh, that's right. [ laughs ] [ car door shuts ] [ male announcer ] visit your local chevy dealer today. now very well qualified lessees can get a 2012 chevy cruze ls for around $159 per month. e.p.a. estimated 36 miles per gallon highway.
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jerry bubba watson, jr. won the master's tourney just yesterday. he just might be the most interesting golfer ever. here's why. he's never actually taken a formal golf lesson, and he doesn't work with a swing coach. it was just his fourth win on the pga tour, and his first major victory. in addition to the old green jacket, he takes home a cool 1.4 million in prize money. that might sound like a lot, but it's only enough to buy a couple watches. his watch, the one he wore during the masters it cost more than $500,000. it is one of just 38 made by richard mu and won't be available to the public until this summer. he didn't have to buy it, though. it was given to him as part of
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this spopsership deal, which is a good thing. because he prefers to spend his money on cars, or more importantly, the car. the car used in the tv show "the dukes of hazard." he paid $110,000 for this car at auction last year, and actually drives it to the tournament. but before you think he's some selfish playboy, all about watches and wheelts. consider all of the charity work bubba does. he lost his father to cancer in 2010, uses a pink driver to raise awareness for capser research. for every drive he hits over 300 yards, his sponsor, ping donates 300 bucks to a cancer charity. that's not all. he's also one of the golf boys, boy band that produced a hit youtube video for charity. they're not half bad. ♪