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♪ you tease me with your loviin but i do know that i want you ♪ . . >>. fall from grace. >> there's no question that i've done wrong and i take full responsibility. >> a former presidential candidate's personal life on trial. his political career all but over. john edwards prepares to face a federal jury. secret agent behavior. their job? protect the president of the united states. they're accused of buying prostitu prostitutes. an isolated incident, or a much bigger problem? outer limits. a big rock or an alien calling card?
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you decide. martians our sunday night mystery and much more right here, right now on cnn. hello, everyone. i'm don lemon. thank you for joining us. we begin with the secret service crisis. congress will hold hearings over the agency's prostitution scandal. they will look at what happened in colombia and all that led up to it. meantime, congressman peter king is concerned about the agency's future. >> we have to find out what is going to be done to ensure or to minimize the possibility of this ever happening again because i have great regard for the secret service. i believe director sullivan has done a fine johb. but you can't allow 11 men like this to tarnish the great reputation of that industry. >> police are conducting their own investigation in cartagena. drew, it appears the woman at the center of this scandal has
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gone underground. what are you learning about this? >> reporter: absolutely correct. she has an attorney. that attorney has apparently farming around her story for cash. but the woman herself has all but disappeared. we went to her home. she lives down a dirt road in a gated community, middle class, though. the neighbors there say they have not seen her since the news broke. she lived there with her young school-aged son. she was quiet, respectable. she went to school and then to work at night. nobody really knew what she did. but she's disappeared. danya suarez is her name. colombia police have spent this weekend, last several days, trying to find all the women involved in this scandal, if you will, to find out what their stories are, if anybody else had any trouble. also to see what age they are. but it seems the expansion of this investigation, don, is mostly political. now three leading politicians in washington, d.c., demanding to
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know if it goes any further, if a white house advanced team may have been involved, knew or was somehow complicit? what took place here in cartagena, colombia, prior to the president's arrival. >> you're right. joe lieberman is urging the white house to look into all the staff that were down in colombia. as you said thshgs is expanding. also, as we reported, police in colombia conduct gt their own investigation, drew 0? >> reporter: yeah, thaerpt. all though, don, i must tell you it's unclear as to why. there are serious implications about the lack of security that may or may not have been offered for the president, and focusing on the white house -- excuse me. the secret service's hiring of these prostitutes and whether or not that opened up the door for any possibility of a threat to the president. but here in colombia, the prostitution, the sex trade, americans coming down and buying women and bringing back to
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hotels, that is all perfectly legal. in fact, there are rules and regulations about it, which is why it would be so easy to track those women down. literal literally, these women who came back to this hotel where i'm standing and the hilton hotel behind me, had to register at the hotel desk as they were coming in as guests and were required to leave by 6:30 the next morning. so police here in cartagena will have a record of exactly who they were and which rooms they went to. >> drew griffin, thank you very much. in other news tonight, he wanted to be the pleresident, b that just didn't happen. tomorrow, john ed ardz heads to federal court in north carolina. prosecutors plan to tell the jury a tale of an adulterous candidate out of control. senior correspondent joe johns has more. >> reporter: this political soap opera start at a bar in new york city where edwards met self-0 proclaimed filmmaker rielle hunter in 2006.
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she was hired to film webisodes by edwards, casual online individual yvideos of the former senator. the videos showed how close hunter and edwards had become. >> that's a great speech. >> so glad you like it. >> i like it. why don't you hear me give it live? >> reporter: immediately, those close to edwards suspected an affair. behind the scenes, the government argues that edwards was orchestrating a massive cover-up. loyal and wealthy dons paid for his pregnant mistress to relocate and personal aid andrew young would claim paternity. in 2007, a tabloid published a story on the affair. immediately the campaign went into defense mode. >> when you were running for president, you flat-out denied having a relationship with rielle hunter. did you give me a truthful answer? were you telling the truth then? >> yes. >> reporter: after being chased by reporters, eventually he admitted personal failure. >> there's no question that i've
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done wrong and i take full responsibility for having done wrong. and i will regret for the rest of my life the pain and the harm that i've caused to others. >> reporter: once a prominent politician preachi to america, e was leading two lives. he fathered a child with his mistress while his wife elizabeth was dying of cancer. it zt got worse in 2011, edwards was indicted on several charges. he faces up to 30 years in prison. >> on the condition to say the same thing, on the condition to say we're getting to be political. and it's hard to shell all that. >> reporter: edwards has spent the last year preparing for his trial, undergoing surgery for a heart condition. four top aides are expected to testify at his trial. reelle hunt irhas immunity.
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>> i did not break the law, and i never, ever thought that i was breaking the law. >> reporter: experts say the government has a tough, unprecedented case to prove in the arena of campaign finance. but no matter the outcome, it is the ultimate fall from grace for edwards, once adored as a son of the south. joe johns, cnn. >> joe, thank you very much. jury selection in that case ends tomorrow. opening statements start after that. make sure you stay with cnn for full coverage of the edwards trial. the search for 6-year-old etan patz is expected to resume tomorrow in new york. a source tells cnn that the fbi has no evidence of human remains in the manhattan basement where they've been searching. they're looking for clues into the 1979 disappearance of the 6-year-old boy. earlier i spoke with national korcorrespondent susan candiott >> reporter: law enforcement officials are not saying
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anything publicly, but a law enforcement source tells us no evidence of human remains has been found in the basement where they have been digging now for a few days. now, here's the backdrop for all of this. after a team of fbi and new york police department officers were working at the scene, we watched about six hours into the day, they began to tear down a few tents that had been covering the entrance to that basement. and then they made this announcement. they said, we're going to suspend operations for today. we will be back tomorrow to resume our operations. so this adds a bit of mystery as to what they still have to do tomorrow, don. >> what do they plan to do with the concrete chunk -- obviously they're sending it to investigators for testing, but they said this is a possible stain, right? >> reporter: that's right. that's a development that we also have learned about, that on saturday investigators had
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sprayed lispray ed luminol, a chemical that can detect blood, not always, so they saw this piece of a stain on a cement wall. they brought in chain saws, broke off a chunk that contained the stain, and they said, we're 0 going to send it to the fbi lab in quantico, virginia, to determine whether that is in fact blood and if it is to whom it belongs. so there are still open questions here before they completely close down this operation. we don't know, they have more to do here. certainly they're talking to 00 lot of different possible suspects. nobody is being called that at many this point. nobody is being charged with anything. but they are really working hard as they have reopened this case in the last few weeks, really concentrating on additional people that they're talking with. >> that was susan candiotti reporting to us from new york city. iran says it has cracked the code on the u.s. spy plane it captured last december. military officials claim to have
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extracted data from the stealth drone. they tried to prove to the pentagon they weren't lying by saying they knew the plane had flown over osama bin laden's hideout. the u.s. asked for the plane to be returned. the violence in syria seems to make a momry of the so-called cease-fire. this video is set to be from homs. cnn can't confirm its awe men tisty. activists say six were killed today, 13 more reportedly died across the country. but the violence isn't stopping the protests. if anything, it's just fueling the rage against president bashar all assad. the syrians hope monitors will keep the violence in check. the shelling paused when the observers arrived but began again after they left. more are on the way after the u.n. security council approved a mission of up to 300 on saturday. everyone keeps talking about him as mitt romney's vice
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the secret service and prostitutes. six agents have already fallen, including two supervisors and this is likely just the beginning. but the law make errs and advisers who weigh in on this scandal seem to agree on one thing -- secret service director mark sullivan has done a great job. he's running a thorough investigation and they have total faith in his bltss. >> i believe director sullivan has done a fine job. >> i have faith in director sullivan. >> the president wants -- he thinks he's the right man to get to the bottom of this and make the changes necessary. >> he should keep his job. >> yes. >> i spoke to director sullivan last night, and he is dog a thorough investigation. >> do you still have confidence in him? >> i do at this point. >> i have full faith in sullivan. >> i spoke to l.z. granderson contributor at cnn.com and senior writer at espn and also
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lenny mcallister republican analyst writer and radio host. i asked them if sullivan sue poerts might have to eat their words. >> you know, i would hope not, you know. i think what you saw with people trying to rally behind someone who's a little bit embattled now, who's in a position where he has a lot of the american people's trust. so in order to make sure that americans that voters don't think everyone's corrupt, you've got to show support. but, at the same time, come on. i mean, at least have a little skepticism. we've just seen this script over and over again. >> lenny? >> well, i can understand that, but he's also been blindsided a little bit. if this is a culture permeated without and something that's been tolerated and brushed over bree previously, i can understand skepticism. but pulgting ourselves in his shoes, you're trying to run a top ship, you're protecting the most valuable commodity the country has, the leader of the
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free world and this scandal lands on your desk and you're reacting to it all. it's a lot better to coalesce around him and give him the benefit of the doubt. i'm glad from a bipartisan perspective we're doing this and i hope director sullivan can continue to do the right things, get to the bottom of this and this can go away as quickly as possible. >> okay, wait a minute. lenny, you are the conservative and l.z. you're the lib ram and it looks like you've kind of flipped on -- never mind. let's talk about mitt romney's -- >> don't put me in a box. >> former governor jeb bush and marco rubio both from florida. here's rubio's response about being asked. >> well, that's very nice of jeb. i hope he'll say yes if future president romney asks him. >> all right, l.z., another bush on the ticket? i mean, is that what republicans need to feel comfortable with romney as a nominee here? >> well, you know, if you go
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back to when the w. came to our existence, i think a lot of people thought jeb should have been the nominee then. so you're not looking at the last name as much as the first name. i think a lot of people, especially republicans, conservatives, actually really believe in the governing progress of jeb bush. with that being said, if you're mitt romney and you're going to go to florida for a vp, you've got to go with rubio. you've got a lot of trouble in terms of immigration conversation, and rubio helps you with that in terms of shoring up your credibility. and he's a likeable guy, and bush -- the last name is a problem. i think it's just a little play by marco rubio to throw us off the trail. >> but i think, lenny, correct me if i'm wrong, there's some hesitation about rubio. number one, they don't think he's experienced or ready. two, they think his appeal is basically limited to southern florida and cubans and not to latinos or hispanics overall in
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the rest of the country. and the more interesting candidate or candidate who may have the experience and may be a better fit would be bush, who dealt with these issues and dealt with immigration overall. >> well, true and that's a valid point, don. but at the same time governor bush in the presidential slot may be a stronger candidate than governor romney, which is why they were trying to push governor bush into this race. you don't want to have a situation like we had four years ago where the vp slot overpowers the presidential slot. one thing about rubio, if he ends up being the vice presidential nominee, we sfbt still haven't heard that wednesday evening speech. remember what sarah pail chb did, that was her high water mark. that really turned on the conservatives. if senator rubio would accept the nomination late august and gave one whale of a speech, that might be enough to get the support to go from southern florida up throughout florida, maybe turn florida back to red, and maybe spread throughout the country, being young, latino,
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catholic. those are a lot of positive traits he can bring to the ticket, if he's able to fire people up. usually you don't get that until that wednesday night speech. >> lenny and l.z., thank you very much. i have a sobering statistic for you. in one poort of the world women are more likely to be raped than learn how to read. that startling culture of rape on trial, next. i'll tell you what -- when we stop to fill it up. ♪ ♪ [ son ] you realize, it's gotta run out sometime. [ male announcer ] jetta tdi clean diesel. the turbo that gets 42 miles per gallon. that's the power of german engineering. ♪ the starting line is not in london. it was when he heard, "run it again." "kick through the finish." "you can beat that time."
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south africans will be
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watching closely this week as seven young men accused of rape make a court appearance. the case startled a nation and horrified the world because of the video of the rape that went viral. seven suspects appeared in a johannesburg court on thursday. police used the video to find them and make the arrest. some in south africa were actually surprised by this. local authorities are notorious for not pursuing or pushing these cases and the conviction of rape is abysmally low. one told cnn that this is changing. >> we have done a lot to ensure that we raise awareness. the fakt vevery fact that peopl reporting these cases clearly dmonl straight that we have fought and ensured that we break the culture of silence. >> this case is also troubling because the victim is a 17-year-old girl who is reportedly mentally disabled. he's now in a safe house according to the government. if you live in the northeast, brace yourselves for
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blame. it can be shift, assigned, rejected and in rare cases rejected. is president obama getting enough or not enough? talking points in 60 seconds. first, tonight's headlines. cnn has learned that no evidence of human remains has been found in a new york basement.
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fbi investigators suspended their search earlier today, just hours after saying they zofrd a possible blood stain on a concrete wall. they've been combing through the basement since thursday, look for clues into the 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old etan patz. the man facing trial in the trayvon martin shooting could stay in jail until the middle of next week. george zimmerman was given $150,000 bail, but he's having trouble raising the usual 10% cash payment. zirm man's lawyer says his client is worried about facing a possible life sentence on his second-degree murder charge. this man could be france's next president, socialist fran swau holland appears to have won the most votes in the country's first round of balloting, he'll face president nicolas sarkozy in a runoff next month. the odds aren't good for sarkozy. most pundits predict hollande has a chance of being france's first left wing president in 17
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years. walmart subsidiary in mexico used bribes to speed up construction, says "new york times." that's illegal in the u.s. mexican company executives allegedly paid out $24 million in bribes. they reportedly bought permits, licenses and favorable inspections. cnn cannot independently confirm the details in the "times" report. it's just 5 cents, but you can better believe we will take it. u.s. gas prices are down a nickel over the past two weeks, marking their first drop since december. according to the lundberg survey. a gallon of regular now costs 3.$3.91 on average. chicago has the highest priced gas in the nation, the lowest tulsa, oklahoma. colombian prostitutes and secret service agents are fodder for late-night comedians this week. >> i feel somewhat responsible here. you stee, the secret service was here last week to protect the
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first lady, and, like anyone who gets close to my virility, they obviously got think manhood jacked up! it's called being man-jacked. now, i don't know if it's the same team that was here, but it wouldn't be the first time a visitor to this building had to seek professional relief after being here. because -- and this is true -- according to the fbi's phone records, eliot spitzer called a prostitute in the car right after leaving my studio. >> and that leads us perfectly to tonight's no talking points. not a good week for president obama. roll the headlines. >> prostitution scandal involving members of the secret service. >> yet another apology for yet another instance of u.s. troops behaving badly in afghanistan. >> those government officials who attend that conference in las vegas and spent tax payer
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money on mind readers and clowns? >> the agency that protects him under fire. the agency representing the country on the battlefield under fire. the agency that oversees government agencies under fire. the secret service, the gsa, armed forces. while the president doesn't directly run these organizations, he is the president and as much as democrats don't want to hear it, people like sarah palin have a point. >> the buck stops with the president, and he's really got to start cracking down and seeing some heads roll. he's got to get rid of these people at the head of these agencies. >> at the head of these agencies. he's also the head of the economy. he's in troubcharge, yet almost years later his administration is still blaming a bad economy on george w. bush. >> take a look at what happened in ohio between 2000 and 2008. instead of faster job growth, we had the slowest job growth in half a century. >> the president inherited, again, as you know, the worst financial crisis since the great depression.
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>> the worst crisis since the great depression. >> you know, this was a financial crisis caused by a shock larger than what caused the great depression. >> too many people have been stripped of their dignity as a consequence of this god-awful recession we've inherited. >> it is true that they inherited the worst economy since the great depression. the research shows it. it does. it shows it. but it's the same talking points he ran on last time. and, again, you know, maybe the gsa, the secret service and bad soldiers aren't all your fault. even conservative stalwart george will agrees. >> it's wrong to blame barack obama for this secret service. no one controls the executive branch. >> everyone understands it's an election year and you need something to hang your hat on. but no one likes a broken record. and at some point you're going to have to take responsibility for the things that happened on your watch, regardless of what went down or up before you took
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office. and stop pointing fingers backwards. that's tonight's no talking poi points. snow hitting the northeast tonight, in april? jacqui jeras will tell us why you may want to brace yourselves, right after the break.
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now to the big stories in the week ahead, our correspondents tell you what you need to know. we begin tonight with the president's plans for the week. >> i'm brianna keilar at the white house. it's a busy week ahead for president obama. on monday he marks the holocaust days of remembrance with remarks at the museum. on tuesday he honors teachers at the white house before leaving town on a two-day trip to three very important battleground states, north carolina, colorado, and iowa, where he'll press congress to stop interest rates on student loans from doubling. on friday, he and first lady michelle obama hid to georgia to meet with troops, veterans and military families. i'm poppy harlow in new york. wall street is in store for a slew of earnings. oil companies all report as well as caterpillar apple and starbucks. the latest home sales and data is set to be released midweek. on friday, we'll get the second reading of first quarter u.s.
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gdp, the broadest measure of economic growth. we'll see how the market responds to all of it and track it for you on cnn money. i'm "showbiz tonight's" a.j. hammer. here is what we're watching this week. i'm going one-on-one with american idol judge randy jackson. does he think his show can stay on top? and why were three judges from "america's next top model" fired? i'm going to get the details from all of them in a showbiz newsmaker exclusive. catch "showbiz tonight" exclusively weeknights at 11:00 p.m. eastern and pacific on hln. >> thanks, a.j. and everyone else. in peru, environmentalists have a real mystery on their hands. nearly 900 dolphins have turned up on a stretch of beach on the northern coast. scientists have been testing the dolphins, trieg to figure out exactly what happened. but these deaths are just the latest in a worldwide trend. in february, 179 dolphins washed ashore in cape cod, then in early march, amateur video taken on a beach in rio de janeiro show more than 30 dolphins on the shore there.
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we turn now to our weather here in the united states. boy, is it going to be a messy commute tomorrow and probably later on in the week as well. >> yeah. you know, it's already started today. there have been delays, hours-long, at times across the northeast. and of course you know that kind of snowballs, so to speak, right? into tomorrow. look at that picture. >> snow? it's the 22nd of april! >> indeed it is. this is getting a little late in the season for snow. in pennsylvania, a picture taken by our cnn reporter in mccollarry. we'll have live reports from dubois, they could get 6 to 12 inches of snowfall before all is said and done. that's right, 6 to 12 inches. we could see locally heavier amounts. making the transition beginning to move over and dubois along the i-80 corridor into western pennsylvania. we're starting to pick up that snow into parts of upstate new york. it's going to be wet. it's going to be heavy. and unfortunately it's been an
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early spring for a lot of people, right? meaning the leaves are out on the trees and all that snow is going to collect upon them. we're real concerned about power outages to go along with it. winter storm warnings in effect in the pink areas here, from west virginia up towards buffalo. we are expecting elevation to be a big issue with the snow. then we'll get that extra moisture coming off the lakes. thaesz why you'll see higher snubs there. buffalo, new york, your highest snow this season is 6 inches. this could be your worst snowfall of the season to date. a lot of wind with this thing. the storm system is really still intense feig. it's going to ramp up through the overnight hours and into tomorrow. so expect the rain to be heavy at times. flooding is possible as we could see two to four inches of rain. i think we're going to do what we call dry slot out. notice we'll see our cold front make its way offshore, a little break in here tomorrow afternoon for the big cities. then the rest of the moisture back here into the interior. so that might make you fare a little bit better in some of the
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big cities. here's where we're expecting major delays at airports tomorrow. still an hour right now at laguardia. expect at least that for tomorrow. philadelphia looking for major delays, over an hour. d.c. metros, a lot of rain today, earth day on the mall. boston, rain, low clouds and wind and pittsburgh and cleveland. there's a live look at columbus circle in new york city. there you can see those wet streets, many areas in the northeast have gotten about a quarter of an inch to half inch of rainfall, don. those numbers could be doubling in the next 24 hours or so. and there you can see philadelphia, one of the cities expecting those major delays tomorrow, you bet you'll need those umbrellas at the bus stop for tomorrow morning as well. >> look at philly, all too familiar, my former home. >> yeah! and you wore those little yellow rain coats, didn't you? >> i did. i wore one the last time i was there for a big weather story. >> and your gloshs. >> yeah.
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philly is one of the best-kept secrets as far as cities. great city. one of my favorite in the world. thank you, jacqui. >> sure. 50somethings are following the paths of their kids, looking for love online and finding it. first, home sales are down.
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the housing market continues to struggle. the national association of realtors says sales of existing homes fell 2.6% in march. and after a strong start to the year, new home construction dropped 5.8% last month. watch for a report on home prices tuesday. experts say the economy is improving but slowly. economists surveyed by cnn money
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predict the unemployment rate will fall to 8% by the end of the year. that's only a slight drop from the current rate of 8.2%. we'll get an overall reading of the economy first quarter gdp comes out friday. and blame it on the cast of "jersey shore," but self-tanning manufacturers are heating up. the makers of bronzing products expect sales to jump 18% this year, making them one of america's fastest growing industries. that's according to ivus world. yoga studios and hot sauce makers also made the list. that's this week's "getting down to business." i'm alison kosik.
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i know i've been waiting around for this one. i want to see it, too. can people in their 50s find real love online? well, the thought is daunting for some baby boomers, but cnn's casey wian is finding how many are finding dating fun again. >> reporter: suzanne foreman is on a blind date with todd who she's only met on the phone. >> i feel like i do know you. >> well, there's still quite a bit to get to know. >> reporter: like many unmarried baby boomers, foreman considers companionship more important in her 50s. >> i can't believe i'm 55. i still feel like i'm 20 or 30 something. i still have that energy. i still have, you know, that spark. but i do have a lot of candles on my cake rncht. >> reporter: introductions through friends and relatives haven't worked. >> they kept trying to set me up
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with friends of theirs and each one was just worse than the next. i was a vegetarian, and one of the guys they set me up with took me to a more iraqen restaurant and ate raw meat. >> reporter: so a growing number of singles through forman are going online to look for potential singles. >> i can't imagine spending the rest of my life alone. >> reporter: after dancy's marriage ended, her daughter-in-law made a suggestion. >> she said, get on an online dating site. i said, i don't think so. >> reporter: what was your worry? >> i've heard horror stories. >> reporter: sites that say they collect background on customer it's a safe way to meet people. dancy's daughter-in-law vinlsed her. >> it's just a numbers game. the more people i meet, the greater the odds are i'll meet a guy that wants to have, like, a
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loving, warm, committed, serious monogamous relationship. >> there's been a perfect storm of a growing number of baby boomers who are single with a growing number of baby boomers who are using the internet and discovering that it's a way to be connected. >> reporter: a 2010 eharmony survey found the internet is the most popular way for people over 50 to meet and marry. >> i've always thought the idea of the older generation is afraid of technology is overblown because they seem to adopt it and now 0 adopt it in numbers just as much as everybody else does. >> reporter: widow van ji la claire and divorcee rob foss met in 2008. >> i had been married so long i forgot the process. i was a duck out of water. >> it was scary. >> reporter: both likeded idea of viewing and reading about potential dates before agreeing to meet. >> i think it's less intimidating than going out there and trying to meet someone at a bar. >> reporter: dating after 50 is
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different. >> we each have assets now, and when i was in my 20s i owned a stereo and a used car. >> reporter: but the results can be the same. foss and mcclaire are planning a hawaiian wedding this summer. casey wian, cnn, los angeles. >> for more stories of baby boomers reinventing themselves, watch our series called "age against the machine," all this week monday morning on cnn newsroom. make sure to watch. is there life on mars? well, look for yourselves. and why not? this recent image has people asking a lot of questions. "sunday night mystery" is ahead.
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will cain is a cnn contributors with a bit of a conservative bent. good to see you. a new cnn research torpgs poll finds nearly 7 in 10 americans believe the tax system benefits the rich and is unfair to ordinary workers. now, that certainly seems to be behind president obama's push to raise taxes on millionaires through this buffett rule. there's a real discussion about, should we be talking about the tax code as being fair or being efficient? what's your sense of if we're all agreeing p we don't love this tax code, what should it represent? should the rich pay more? should everybody pay the same amount? >> first of all, for me, pd and i don't think this is that subjective, what is fair is this. when you have the poll that shows who thinks it unfairly benefits the rich, the statistics fly in the face of that. we know the tax code is so complex, so riddled with exceptions it becomes like swiss cheese. who does that benefit?
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we want to say the rich, but it really benefits those connected, those with lobbyists, tax accountants and lawyers. that's where you can make a more fair tax code, making it easier to understand. but my complaint is and your reference to the buffett rule and president obama, that doesn't solve any of the problems. it just makes it more complex for some arbitrary division of firness that, yes, i think is based on some semblance of envy, for telling people, hey, we'll get that solved, we'll play it to the rich guys. >> will, thank you. i'm ali velshi with this week's "mastering your money." [ male announcer ] if you believe the mayan calendar, on december 21st polar shifts will reverse the earth's gravitational pull and hurtle us all into space. which would render retirement planning unnecessary. but say the sun rises on december 22nd, and you still need to retire. td ameritrade's investment consultants can help you build a plan that fits your life.
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we want to finish up here i guess in a mysterious way. jacqui jeras, "sunday night mysteries." jacqui reminiscent of the movie "2001" space odyssey, they found something weird on mars. i don't know. would it be weird? tell us about it. >> that's a monolith. apparently in the movie the aliens had put the mono lynch on earth and the moon. could there be a mono lynch on mars? >> what's a monolith. >> it's a stone. how could something so perfect be standing out so perfectly all alone out by itself on this planet. could it be naturally caused or did somebody put it there? the masonry of martians. could it be? that's what some people are saying. these are actualitily images caken from the mars
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reconnaissance orbiter. they were a couple of years ago taken. so the buzz on the internet gets regenerated every now and then. so we had to debunk this myth. i hate to disappoint. it's probably not the work of martians or alien life. it's probably just a rock. and there are a couple of reasons we think that is. first of all, see the shadow in the picture? >> yes. >> that shadow, just because of the afternongle of where the li comes in, makes it look more prominent. >> is that punxsutawney phil? >> i think probably not. second reasonable, this is all from a researcher at arizona state university that's been going through these pictures. he says the resolution of it, that close up, is rather poor so it's kind of pixely. >> here's the thing. why should we be so presumption to think we're the only life. maybe life on mars is more sfist kuwaited and advanced than ours. >> one never knows, but they probably didn't create that single block.
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>> okay. outer space to under the earth. this may be a huge find or not. >> it's already buzzing. that's what the map was for. this is in chez knchnya in russ. this is three feet in diameter and scientists in chechnya are saying it's 60 million years old, believe it or not. if true, this would be the world's largest dinosaur egg. that's what they think they are. so some construction workers were blasting through the mountains trying to biloiled a road and they found these perfectly round looking eggs in there. that ace what they believe they are. however, as soon as the story came out, a bunch of paleontologists were quick to say that can't be so, one of the reason being these eggs are so much larger than anything we've ever seen before when it comes to dinosaur eggs. secondly, dinosaurs didn't live in the mountains. and, thirdly, a lot of these eggs were kind of separated into a bunch of different areas.
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you know how dinosaurs lay eggs all together. >> yes. >> we'll have to see. they'll study and take a look. if it's true, whatever it is, it's pretty cool to see something so perfect like that found in the rocks. some kind of fossil you'd think. >> that's pretty awesome. now, that i like. >> good! >> that is something i can believe. i'm looking over here because there's a much big eger monitor. listen, one more mystery we have coming up. a man says he found 20 world war ii airplanes that had never been flown and brand new buried in the jungle? that story, next.
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jacqui jeras is -- that music scares me. >> i love it. >> one more sunday night mystery. this is it a world war ii aircraft, a spitfire. >> right. this was a british plane used during the war. let's go ahead and take -- you can see the pictures of it there behind me. a bunch of these, 20 of them, have been found buried under the ground in myanmar. >> what? >> they were in their original crates. so, as they get dug up, which is expect to happen in the upcoming weeks, they could be in nearly mint condition. here's the backstory. a british farmer, very passionate about airplanes, hears through the grapevine from some u.s. veterans that they
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buried these plains here in the jungle because there was a surplus. the war was winding down. they had all these planes. they were very concerned about a japanese occupation, also known as burma, to give you an idea of where it was on the map. they said, just bury the planes and get the heck out of there. he did a bunch of research, spent 15 years, $200,000, and made a dozen trips to myanmar and he's finally located it. this isn't just one guy saytion, yeah, i know where they are. there have been conversations between myanmar government as well as the british government to get those planes back to the uk. >> if anyone finds a pristine plane like that, imagine what they'll go for? do you think thiel thail go to a museum, if someone will buy noerm a bunch of dough. who owns them? >> the government. the british government. but the farmer hopes he's going to be able to refurbish them and have a flying squadron and have an air show. worth about $3 million each in good condition.