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-- captions by vitac -- i'm suzanne malveaux and this hour in the newsroom, immigrants dreaming the of becoming american citizens. people are lining up all over consulates around the country. and dozens of wildfires leaving dozens in washington state without homes. and the sweltering heat in arizona. right to it. hundreds of thousands of people
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living in fear for years feel they don't have to anymore. they are the children of illegal immigrants and brought here to the united states, and they are applying to stay and work in the country for two years without having to worry about being deported. this is part of president obama's new immigration policy that takes effect for the first time today. rafael romo reports on who can apply and who cannot. >> reporter: there are multiple forms to fill and documents to obtain. >> i was scared to get my hopes up. >> reporter: anna ramirez and her sister are applying for deferred action. the obama policy will allow some undocumented immigrants who came to the united states to legally stay here for two years. >> i did not have a choice to come here, but i have done nothing bad here. >> reporter: the ramirez sisters were toddlers when they were brought here, and president obama says suspending the deportations for the immigrants is the right thing to do. >> this is a temporary stop-gap
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measure to refocus the resources wisely by giving degree of relief and hope toel talented, driven, patriotic young people. >> reporter: to qualify the applicants must have entered the country before the age of 16 and been in the country for at least five years and have a high school diploma or enrolled in school and no criminal record. those who serve ed d in the mily are also eligible. according to the immigration policy institute, nearly 1.8 million immigrants may be eligible under the obama policy, and those who meet the requirements will allow them to get a work permit, and allow a driver's license. >> nobody is getting a green card out of this or a promise that over the next two years we won't deport you, but it gives kids to hope, and when you see hope, y hope, you will will see great benefits to communities. >> reporter: and governor romney
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says it is a short-term matter. >> it can be reversed. >> reporter: but for the ramirez sisters, coming out of the shadows means everything. >> i went to school here and i gr grew up here, and i don't consider myself anything but an american citizen. >> reporter: they say they have great pride in the heritage, but they cannot imagine going back to the country of their parents. >> rafael romo is here joining us live. excellent piece there and you talk about the politics of all of this, and this is a two-year reprieve, and what happens after the two years are up? are we going the see the same lines and folks have to go through it again and again? >> well, it depends on many things, what happens in november and who is going to win the presidential election, because it is a obama order, and what happens if he does not win, and what happens in august of 2014? the reality is that congress has rejected the dream act which is this is sort of a dream act, be
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twice. and this is only a temporary fix, and that is the reason that so many of the kids are nervous, and some of the kids are not going theo apply just yet. see what happens in the election and then take their chances. what they told me is that this is the only hope we have had, so we are going to take it. >> what is this application process like? you talked to the young folks. >> right here. >> you is the application. >> right here. >> is it costly? >> well, $465, but it does not include the legal fees and the application itself is six pages and nine pages for instructions, but the reality is that kids have to show that they have not committed any serious crimes in the united states, that they got here before age 16. that they went to school or are currently enrolled in school, and also served in the military and those also qualify. >> we will follow the story and see where it goes, because you are right, executive order, and this could all change after next year. >> exactly right. >> thank you. >> appreciate lookt the lines
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as well outside the consulate around the country.enters hem elarquez ioutside ofne l. anyou talked about e l.a. school system, and maybe more than 200,000 students who would be applying here, and a lot of the folks showing up at the center for help here, and what is the importance of how this is going to impact folks there, and for example p the school system that is going to be seeing a lot of the students? >> yeah. i mean, it will in fact, impact everything in their lives. after today, if they submit the application today, they will not be deported from the country until the application is resolved one way or another, and fit is rejected, they will be deported. this is one of the largest imgration rights organizations in los angeles. and there are about 500 people in line now, and it goes around the corners and absolute massive line of people getting in here and they have let people trickle into the center here and
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processing the applicants and many of the people here with documents in hand and high school diplomas and school records and vaccinations, and that is one of the most important documents they have, because it proves where they were and when, and allows them to go through the application ro cess. >> and miguel, you are speaking to people there in the line behind you and talk about the fact that some of them are nervous being there, and explain for us really what are the risks on both sides of standing in that line? >> yes, there is a lot of concern about what is going to happen here. the nervousness stems from two reasons. one, they are giving over a heck of information about their lives and families and they fear that the information may end up in the hands of the department of homeland security or enforcement agencies who could use that information against them. they are promised it would not happen and the scitizenship and immigration services are are the
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ones doing the processing of the applications and they say it won't happen, and the bigger concern they have is that this is a two-year program and what happens after two years? it is no clear. they may extend the program and maybe comprehensive immigration refo reform in congress and a whole other answer or maybe they are going to go back to being undocumented and not have legal status and could be deported, suzanne. >> and miguel, this is a controversial proposal and certainly not everybody was on board with this. are you seeing protesters or folks counter to this challenging people in line here or those who are applying? >> no protesters here. i understand that there may be a protest in san bernardino outside of east los angeles today, but i have not heard if it is big. one thing that happened here is that the people applying just recited the pledge of allegiance and everybody broke into tears he here, so there is a feel of celebration athe center today, and trepidation, because it is brand new world for a lot of the
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people. suzanne. >> thank you, miguel. paul ryan says he is excited and ready to get into the debate over the budget, but when asked if his proposals would balance the budget, he said he is not sure. ryan campaigns in ohio and the first one-on-one interview since chosen as romney's running mate, he was asked about balancing the budget. >> the budget plan that you are now supporting would get to balance when? >> well, there are different, and the budget plan that mitt romney is supporting gets down to 20% of gdp government spending by 2016 which means to get the size of government back to historically has been and what president obama has done is to brought the size of government to as high as it has not been since world war ii, and we want to reduce the size of government to have more economic freedom. >> i get that, but balance. >> well, i don't know when it is going to exactly balance, because i don't want to get won wonky on you, but we haven't run the numbers on that specific plan. >> and now he is holding a rally
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later today, but let's talk about the interview with fox news, jim, because some people say, this is the budget guy and maybe he is should be able to answer that question about when they think they will balance the budget. how did they feel they performed, and how does the romney campaign look at that interview? >> well, mitt romney has been asked about the differences between his budget, and the budget that was proposed by paul ryan and mitt romney has said rekre recently, suzanne, that his budget would balance sooner than paul ryan's budget, so he is drawing distinctions b s betwees plan and what ryan has proposed in congress. this is a nasty race between the two campaigns and where we are standing later today, paul ryan will be here, and mitt romney does not have events today, so paul ryan will be carrying the
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message. but this turned ugly yesterday, as joe biden accused mitt romney of wanting to put chains on people. and the romney campaign responded to that and you heard the president refer to the seamus incident talk tact dog that romney strapped to the hood of, or not to hood but the roof of the family car when he was a young father. and then last night in chillicothe, it seemed that romney had had enough and gave a fiery speech and accused the president of having an angry and desperate presidency and that drew this graphic, this statement are the the obama campaign, and we will throw up the graphic on screen, and the obama campaign said, governor romney's comments seem unhinged and strange at a time when he is pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into negative ads that are demonstrably false. that word unhinged caught reporters by surprise they would use that language and romney was
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asked about that in an interview earlier this morning on cbs. this is what he had to say. >> i can be much more dramatic. i think that unhingeded would have to characterize what we have seen from the president's campaign. >> now, we should tell you that right now, suzanne, joe biden is wrapping up some remarks that he made in blacksburg, virginia, and it seems like the nastiness is continuing. he was saying today that the selection of paul ryan for mitt romney's running mate is a sgn that the romney campaign is putting away the etch-a-sketch so that the obama campaign going after that romney campaign today, and we will have to see how paul ryan responds out here today. >> and it is nastiness every four years and saw in the obama cal pain in the fight between obama and hillary clinton and mccain and all of that, and we will see whether or not we talk about the topics that people say
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they care about which is the economy and of course with the addition o ryan, that is supposed to happen, and we will see if it happens or develops into what we have seen in the last 24 hours. jim, thank you. an appreciate it. here is what we are working on this hour. devastating news for dozens of people. they lost their homes in washington state's wildfires. >> we have been here for 25 years and moved over from bellevue, and it hurts. also a discovery in space and nasa says it has found a cluster of galaxies. >> today, we are going the do breast of chicken. and the queen of cooking julia child would have turned 100 today. we will look at this unusual woman's life. and teb thing also ten things t probably didn't know about her. and nature...approves. granola thins. from nature valley. nature at its most delicious.
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it is being described as an explosive and dangerous situation and we are talking about the latest western wildfires. officials in washington state say that 28,000 acres have been burned and 60 homes destroyed. the fires are 10% contained, and that has many evacuees wondering how long it will be before they
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become the next victim. >> everybody's house is gone. all of my friends, my neighbors, you know, people i care about, and we will all have to move and rebuild, and hug and shed some tears and start over. >> well, it is heartbreaking. across the region 62 wildfires are burning in idaho, califor a california, nevada, washington, and idaho where a 20-year-old firefighter was killed when a tree fell on her, and two others injured in oregon and california. i want to bring in chad meyers to explain why it is so bad and i understand it is about the t hot, hot temperatures. >> it is hot and there was a drought. many, many years ago there was a drought. there is not a drought right now, and it is not that bad in washington/oregon or northern california for the amount of rain that has come down, but the drought of years past has killed so many trees out there. the pine beetles killing the large pole pines and dead trees standing everywhere in the west from utah to montana to all of
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the way through oregon and northern california and washington where the fires are burning right now. yes, it is hot. temperatures are going to be nning up towards 100 degrees for the next couple of days and especially down to southern oregon and into northern california. reading is going to be 112 there yesterday. can you imagine trying to fight a fire in that? here is what i am talking about in the current drought situation where the fire area, is not so bad, but the drought has been in the central part of the country, cle clearly where it has not rained, and we have talked about that now for weeks, but it has not spread to the western part of the world, and the western part of the united states where the rain haze not been perfect, but at least it has not been the dreadful drought in the middle of the country. >> and chad, talk about water today. in louisiana, they are trying to protect the drinking water and tell us how and what is happening there? >> well, going back to last year when the river was, mississippi river was 50 feet higher than it was right now sh, and if i show
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you the drought area here, it is right in the heart of where the mississippi comes down from the ohio and mississippi down into the louisiana area. the problem there is that the water is literally sliding down the river and it is not going fast enough to push the salt water back down the river into the ocean. so that the gulf of mexico is actually coming up the mississippi river. they are making a sill, and what a sill is and i will show you in a moment, a bump on top of the ground underneath the water. this is the saltwater coming up here to new orleans, here, and down south of bell chase, they will make a bump on the bottom of the river to stop the salt wausaltwater from coming up, an you say the bottom? why? because saltwater is heavier than the freshwater, and the saltwater is coming up over the freshwater, and so they will put up a bump and the saltwater coming up from the gulf of
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mexico is going to come up here and not go fa further, and the freshwater will flow down river and push it down. we literally in the last five minutes got an issue from plaquemines parish saying that there is salt in the water right now. somewhere not unhealthy for regular people, but if you are on a very low sodium diet, go buy water. plaquemines parrish, and 25,000 people there and we are not talking about new orleans, but it will take six weeks to build. >> it is going to be serious if they can't get that addressed. thank you, chad. new this hour, nasa is announcing the discovery of a new cluster of galaxies. we will talk to a famous physicist about it coming up next. >>sorry. he wants you to know about priceline's new express deals. it's a faster way to get a great hotel deal without bidding.
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nasa has big news about space, outer space, and other galaxies and how we are not alone at all in the universe. this, take a look at the picture released by nasa. it is a purple blob here that astronomers say is a cluster of
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gal axies and it is not one, bu a cluster of galaxies. it is named the phoenix cluster and i want to talk about it with a physicist and professor of physics in new york. and professor, a pleasure to see you again and talk to you. and tell us what we are looking at with the phoenix cluster? >> well, the phoenix supercluster is the godzilla of galactic clusters. it is mean, and 20 million times more massive than the sun. the milky way galaxy would be a midget compared to the gigantic super cluster. >> what is this made of? this gargantuan galaxy? >> well shg, our galaxy is made 100 million stars and this is 700 million stars. and our galaxy would be proud to manufacture up with or two stars
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per year, and you see the enormous size of the super cluster which existed near the big bang. so this is exactly a window on creation. we are able to peer back in time, and that baby pictures of the infant universe when we had the gigantic super clusters everywhere. >> what does this tell us about ourselves, our own galaxy and the universe in general? >> well, when you look at the night sky, you will see all of the stars, right. how does that fit into the milky way galaxy? and think of a pizza, a gigantic pizza and take a pinpoint and put it on the pizza. that pinpoint is every star that you see in the night sky. everything that you have dreamed of and everything that you have imagined, and it is nothing but a pinpoint in this gigantic pete sashgs a -- pizza, and now think of 100 pizzas scattered over a football field and then you will realize how big this cluster is. >> it makes me hungry here, i
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mu must admit here. how did nasa get the pictures and how did we discover them? >> two ways. we have a telescope in the south pole to giveus an unobstructed view of the night sky and also a satellite in the night sky, the chandr ash chandra satellite, and we are able to detect the remnants of the explosion. believe it or not, we have photographs of the explosion showing ripples on the surface of the explosion, and these ripples eventually became you and me. >> and professor, last question, when you see te norm ti of what you are talking about here in the iverse, does it give you pause or make you even more confident that there are other life forms out there? >> certainly. realize that we have 100 billion
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stars just in our own backyard, milky way galaxy, but there are 100 billion galaxies that we can see. a and do the math, 100 billion times 100 billion is the number of stars that we can see with our telescopes so we are not alone. we are arrogant the belief we are the only game in town when the total number of stars in the universe is 100 billion times 100 billion. >> all you need to do is to take a look at at the numbers and the pictures. professor, a pleasure as always. thank you. we hope they are friendly at least. we will see. >> okay. and president obama is going to speak to the voters in iowa in a couple of minutes, and we will have it live for you and it is a nasty war of words and not even labor day yet. we will see how itm compares to other others. don't forget that you can watch cnn live on your computer at work. go to wholesome grains...
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nasa blasts . a bomb attached to a diesel truck exploded near a military complex in syria. and free syrian rebels told cnn that they are responsible for that attack. >> police in the western aft afghanistan city says that a bomb place odd and buy sickd on exploded. and reuters said that civil liberties group sued the fbi claiming that the agency sent an informant into several mosques in the los angeles area to spy on mosque members, but a federal judge dismissed the case, because he said that a trial could end up revealing government secrets. we are on on the of early reports of at shooing that has taken place in washington, d.c.
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we don't have a lot of details on this, but we do know that a security guard has been shot at the office of the family research counsel on g-street in the capital's chinatown area, and this is a group that the family research council is a christian lobbying organization founded by james bobson, and the fbi does have, we understand, a suspect in custody and the police are investigating all of this and we will bring you more details as soon as we learn more. iowa, of course, as we know, popular political destination, and a small state, and electoral votes only has six, but as john king shows us, it is not stopping the candidates from t hitting it with huge force. >> we go through 3,000 an hour. >> reporter: choices, choices, choices. the iowa state fair is a test of diet discipline. >> take a kernel of corn and stick it in a jar. >> reporter: and all in the spirit of state farm fun showing
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that iowa this time around is a competitive presidential battleground. >> president obama stopped by the fair in his three-day iowa swing, and the romney campaign showing it for paul ryan's solo debut and a different feel from four years ago when the president won iowa by ten points. >> we have a battle going on here for the heart and the soul of the people here. >> reporter: and the governor says that people are fired up and the president will lose a huge part of the coalition. >> well, obama had a huge following here, but they feel betrayed, because everybody thought he would bring people across the aisles burk he has not done that. >> reporter: the republicans have now erased the edge by the democrats. and when you see this poll, you can see the competition up close. >> can i count on you to vote by mail. >> have you been outhustled here? >> we have an organizational nej the state, and we have done a good job of registering new
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voters, so we are building that back up. but i don't think that we will be outhustled on election dayer or the next 85 days. >> mitt romney's middle-class tax increase, and he pays less, and you pay more. >> reporter: the tv ad war is bruising with $66 million in the last month. the obama campaign outspent romney campaign 2 to 1 in that period, and add in the superpac spending and the pro-romney forces had the edge. >> unemployment over 8% for 41 straight months -- >> reporter: the president says that the policy will trump his roots. >> well, he is a product of the right wing washington think tank s and that vision is not good for the country. >> reporter: but they say he helps with the critical catholic voters and is attuned with the iowans major concern. >> people are concerned about
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the budget. >> reporter: both campaigns are signing up new voters and new volunteers and leaving the fun to others. john king, cnn, des moines, iowa. and you are taking a look at live pictures, and that is dubuque, iowa, and where president obama and first lady michelle obama at the podium and we will dip in and take that live after a quick break. ♪ ♪ every mom needs a little helper. that's why i got a subaru. announcer: love. it's what makes a subaru, a subaru.
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first lady michelle obama joining the president on the campaign trail this hour. the president wrapping up a three-day bus tour of iowa and holding a rally now in dubuque, and the campaign, of course, hoping that the first lady's popularity will help the president. let's listen in. so after he left we stayed and cut loose and stayed until the fair shut down and it was a ball.
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i have to say that we are all very jealous that barack got to go back to the fair after we left last week. did you have a fried twinkie? >> pork chop and beer. [ applause ] >> he's so pleased with himself. >> it was tasty. >> but in all seriousness though, because of those wonderful memories and so many more, i want to start by saying thank you. truly, thank you for the kindness, generosity and love that you have shown our family. i mean, throughout this state, consistently. iowa was our very first experience with a national campaign, truly. and it is because of of all of you that malia and sasha still think that campaigning is fun.
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they do. now they never really want to go, but they are like, that was fun. but more importantly, because of you shg, barack and i will alwa remember what this process can be at its very best. every election you all remind us what democracy is all about. it is about people getting to know the issues and discussing them with their neighborhoods and getting to know the candidates and the families and up close and personal. i will never forget the very first visit that i made here back in 2007. i think that it was the very first campaign event they did, so of course, i was nervous, and it was in the backyard of someone's home and i have to admit, you know, i really didn't know, you know what it would be like. i hadn't done much campaigning and back then people barely even
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knew who barack was, and let alone who i was, but the folks in that backyard welcomed me like an old friend. within minutes, i was so comfortable that i remember kicking off my heels and i was standing barefoot in the grass just talking and laughing and listening to people's stories and i heard about what was going on in folks' lives and the jobs they were juggling and the businesses they were trying to keep afloat, the kids that they hoped to send to college if they could just find a which tof aed for it. the more we talked the more at home i felt because what i learned is that all in all of the stories i saw my story. you know, i saba iraq's story, and i mean, you all know that story by now. my father worked at the city water plant his i entire life and neither of my parents had a college degree, but they saved and sacrificed so that my brother and i could have the education that they only dreamed
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of, and while -- whitney young. oh, my goodness. that is my high school. go, dolphins. and pretty much all of our college tuition came from student loans and grants, my dad still had to pay a small portion of that. that is first lady michelle obama in dubuque, iowa, talking to a crowd on the campaign trail talking about their time in the critical battleground state of iowa. more after the break. valley. nature at its most delicious.
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the war of words in the presidential race is not just heating up, but boiling over. it shows no sign of letting up. mitt romney kept up verbal jabs at the president in an interview this morng. listen. >> the president's cal pain is about division and hatred and my campaign is about getting america back to work and creating more unity in the country which has been the source of america's vitality and strength. >> things reached a boiling point when vice president joe biden said in a stop in west virginia at a campaign stop talking about mitt romney's plan s. >> he said in the first 100 days he would let the big banks once again write the rules, and unchain wall street. they are going to put you back in chains. >> well, romney said today that biden's comment was beneath the dignity of a presidential campaign,n is not
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backing down, because he talked about their comments. >> and i see this as what lincoln called the central idea of the republican, and we believe that the limited republican will unshackle the economy and create new opportunities for people of all backgrounds to succeed and prosper. under the spirit of this approach, initiative and not political clout determines who succeeds. >> i want to bring in david gergen who joins us by phone to talk about the tone of the campaign and put it in context. and david, some people look at this talking about unshackling and chains and see it as racially coded language and the vice president tried to explain what he meant by this, and i want you to listen to this first. >> here's a congressman ryan said, he said, we believe a renewed commitment to limited government will unshackle our economy. the speaker of the house said,
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used the word unshackle as well referring to the proposals, and the last time these guys unshackled the economy to use their term, they put the middle-class in shackles. that is how we got to where we are. >> and david, if you will, explain to us about this language that they are using, because some people do see it as raci racially charged particularly when the vice president was turning to an african-american when he was talking about putting folks back in chains. >> listen, suzanne, joe biden has made gaffes along the way and most of them are harmless and people think well of him and fun with him and i don't have problems with most of them. i respect joe biden, but this comment did go way over the line and i am sure he did not mean it, but he needs to walk it back. to say you want to unshackle an e k economy is a purely neutral phrase and it is like liberating the economy or freeing up the
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economy and that sort of terminology is used all of the time, but it is different qualitatively to go in the state of an d confederacy and go into the audience that is half black american, and say, that my opponents are going to put you back in chains, these are very, very different connotation there and the vice president knows that and he is a good guy, and he needs to walk it back and say, look, i got out in front of where i wanted to be and obviously not what i intended. but from romney's perspective, there are a series of these things where he has a right to be angry just as the democrats and the obama people have a right to be angry about the long period of time when, you know, they have been accused of things that are just not true like the birtherismovement and continues to arouse its head, but they went after, you know, people went, they, the obama people have gone after romney as i suggested saying he was an ex-felon and not paid his taxes, and no evidence. >> there is a lot of talk of
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whether or not the campaign has reached a new low here and we have seen ugly episodes of politics here over the years and seen the willie horton ad back in 1988 trying to link michael dukakis to a murder after he was let out on furlough, and sarah palin's baby, of her child, and are we getting oversensitive or hyperintensityfied or how does this fall into what we have seen in years past? >> well, it is since the early days of the republic that kind of politics has always been a rough and fumble sport. jesse jackson thought that attacks on his wife drove her to her grave and he has always been bitter. and you talk about the dukakis ad, or the dukakis ad all of the way back to bar barry goldwater who said that my opponent is going to get us into a nuclear
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war. i think that what is bothering people now is that, and why this campaign has been so troublesome is that we are in a really critical point for the country, and we have big stakes here, and big, big choices to be made, and the campaigns started to deteriorate weeks ago, and it is sort of continuing to roll downhill, and i think that there was a sense of that with the selection of ryan, that both sides would get out of that gutter and start to talk about the big choices and for better or worse and which ever way you want to go. >> all right. we have to leave it there. david gergen, thank you so much. appreciate it. 26 people have died from west nile virus in the united states and making it the worst season for the disease in years.
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dallas, texas under a state of emergency because of the west nile virus. 26 people have died since the outbreak began. ten of which were in dallas. the centers for disease control and prevention says there's been almost 700 infections nationwide. dr. sanjay gupta talked earlier about the symptoms. >> people with a mild illness it's fever. they can have swollen lymph glands. they sometimes get a rash. >> health officials say there's no vaccine for west nile virus. the best way to prevent being sick is avoid being bitten, clean out any standing water that you have in your yard where mosquitos can breed. before she taught america to enjoy french food, tv chef julia child's help the tv military
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long before there was the food network, there was julia child. today would have been her 100th birthday. food lovers raise a glass to her. she was one of my favorites when i was a kid. just a little girl, i used to watch her. i didn't even cook. i just loved her. just saying her name. she impacted so many people. all of these chefs, these cooks. tell us a bit about why she's being celebrated. >> she's being celebrated because you can't find any chef or food lover worth their salt who wasn't in some way touched by her legacy. chefs like danielle and jaques are talking about her in these reverent terms. i interviewed emril a few years
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ago and he worked with her and said the magic and glory of julia child is she was so relatable. she knew what she was doing but wasn't afraid to screw up a bit in front of the camera. if she drops a piece of sword fish on the floor, helen at home is going to do thad and she handles it with tremendous humor. >> is she going to pick it up is the question? she had a very complicated and rich, rich life. tell me some things we might not know. >> what an incredibly strong figure. she didn't even really get into food when she was 38 years old. before that she had been work as a spy. she was never out in the field. she had high security clearance and would process high level documents. she never intended to go into food. she was thinking she was going to be a writer or perhaps a
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basketball player because she was 6'2" and that seemed like a career path. she didn't go on television until he was in her early 50s. she had just an incredible wildlife and did it with such joy and no snobbery. >> she lived almost just shy of her 92nd birthday. she contributed red meat and gin to her long life. >> there is true. she had to cut back in her little days, there's a fantastic bio called deary that just came out. they were having to restrict her diet a bit but she could go into the buffet and take all of the bacon from the buffet and feed it to her friends at lunchtime.
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you couldn't stop julia child. they should go to the smithsonian to see this fantastic display of her kitchen. >> thanks, kat. "cnn newsroom" continues right now with brooke baldwin. >> thank you so much. hello to all of you. several stories unfolding now including what could be a major breakthrough here and the mystery involving bomb threats against the university of pittsburgh. the campus getting more than 50 threats this year. prosecutors are holding a press conference for significant develop. we're monitoring that. i want to begin with deadly cases of west nile virus. this is the worth we've seen since 2004. you see the map here.
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16 people have died in texas alone. ten others have died across other states from california all the way to louisiana and there's no vaccine. that's the thing. no vaccine. no treatment for the disease. how can it be prevented? health officials in several cities are trying these aerial pesticide sprays but there's worries about the safety of doing that. it's forced dallas mayor to issue a health emergency in his city. welcome. let me just begin with this aerial spraying. how effective is it and is it harmful? >> they tell me it's safe. it's very effective. we've been learning from other cities that have used this, sacramento has done it for the last five years and done it already this year. the epa, a very conservative
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organization say it's very safe. it's more effective to be on the ground but dallas is basig city. we're in the epicenter of this. we've had ten deaths in dallas county alone. over a third of the cases in america have happened here. >> our number is 16 dead across texas. hearing there those numbers hold for now. in terms of hospitalizations, sir, we're talking hundreds? >> we've got 190 cases and a lot of these are serious situations. we all in dallas know people. i know two individuals that have been sent to the hospital. this is a very real fear. it's something that we hope we're on the downhill side of coming at the end of the summer. we had rain last night and it will get hot again. water and heat creates mosquitos. we've got to make sure we take every precaution and do everything we can. that's why we decided to do
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aerial spraying. >> we reached out to an epidemiologist. talking to some of our crews on the ground, they say it's worried it's just gross. what do you tell them? nobody wants planes flying overhead spraying things. that's not a great thing. i've got to listen to our state health officials. the cdc has recommended this as well in atlanta. science needs to rule when we get in a situation like this and science says it's healthy and effective. >> i know the way the only person can protect themselves is not to get bitten. if i'm out walking my dog, i get bit. i come back with five bites. what else can people do to
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protect themselves? >> what's amazing is you don't get bitten all across town. you get bitten at home. it's right there in your front yard and your backyard. you've got to get rid of standing water. make sure youe not overwatering. make sure you clean up any trash and keep elderly people inside the house. make sure that you don't have a lot of water standing around all over the place. it's right there in your house. if you take care of that, the chances of you gets bit and sick is very small. >> quickly, when you say ten deaths in dallas county, are we talking older folks, folks with compromised immune systems or healthy, healthy youngsters? >> the predomination is older folks. folks that are 65 plus that have some other issue. this is taken them down. this can happen to healthy people as well and be sent to
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the hospital and it can be very painful when that happens as well. >> you are wearing your deet as well. >> i am. >> mayor, thank you. >> i am and shutting off my sprinklers in my front and backyard to cut back the water. >> thank you so much. we'll be talking to sanjay gupta about this next hour. also, police in have released a video of an investigator reenacting the suicide. a suicide that seems to defy log logic. he was handcuffed when he shot himself in his head. this was back on july 29th. take a look at the police video. this is the handcuffed investigator. you can see his right hand to his temple. he's able to get the barrel
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inchs from his temple. it's not just the fact that he was in cuffs that's raising doubts here. another question. how did he get the gun when officers searched him not just once but twice and why would carter kill himself? more now from cnn's randy cay. >> reporter: how carter managed to shoot himself while handcuffed using a concealed weapon police missed during not one but two searches is a mystery to many, including the fbi. >> they find a small bag, $10 worth of marijuana but they miss a gun? >> apparently. >> is that disappointing to you? >> yes. >> reporter: the chief says the two men who were white was released but carter was held back after the officers who are also white discovered he had given them a fake name and there was warrant for his arrest in mississippi where he skipped out on a drug diversion program. the chief says his officers
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don't know exactly when the fatal shot was fired. even though they were just feet away. according to to this incident report one of the officers heard a loud thump with a metallic sound but thought it came from a vehicle that ran over a piece of metal on the roadway. >> don't your officers know the sound of a gun being fired? >> one would think. when they're in a confined space like the rear of a police car it can be different. >> reporter: it wasn't until they were able to leave when he smelled something burning. it was likely gun smoke. that's when the officer found carter bloody and slumped over in the backseat. they tried to revive him. he died at the hospital. his mother says it just doesn't add up. she told reporter her son was shot in the right side of the head but she points out he was left-handed. police would only say he was
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shot in the head. >> they searched him twice. i just want to know what really happened. >> reporter: she says her son called his girlfriend from the scene to tell her he'd phone her from jail which to her raises the question does that sound like someone planning to commit suicide. >> we will be talking about the legal aspects of this case. 70 wildfires raging through 14 states west of the mississippi river today. the national guard has been activated to help fight this fire. it's lr scorched 28,000 acres and destroyed 60 homes. new fires popping up in california, oregon, nevada and idaho. britain's prince philip is
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178 people were killed in the country today. this is according to one anti-government group. much of the attention was focused on the bombing at this military compounds in the capital city of damascus. the government says the terrorists were targeting the hotel nearby where u.n. workers are staying. >> reporter: the blast in damascus targeting a military compound detonating beneath a diesel truck. the u.n. saying none of their staff were injured. state media saying three people were injured in that blast. psychologically damaging to the regime. their inner sanctum seemingly penetrated. they claim firing rocket propelled grenades at the new
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embassy and the prime minister's office. the city in the north where rebels are in a violent stand off at the moment. suggesting as many as 90 people died there. some women and children killed in a government air strike. there's been concern about this violence. as long as this conflict drags on here into nearbying lebanon. the saudi government told their citizens to leave lebanon immediately. there's a complicated back story to this but there's been a number of people accused of assisting the syrian regime being picked up by syrian rebels. that escalated today when the clan, the relatives of one of these men who have been kidnapped kidnapped up to 20 men they say were syrian rebel fighters and a turkish citizen.
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that spot massive saudi concern and their desire to see citizens leave her and broader concern that effectively it's decade of intense civil conflict. it's flammable situation now beginning to be infected by what's been happening across the border the last 17 plus months. >> nick, thank you. this is the latest orc poll. it found three-fourths of americans are concerned. 43% somewhat concern. 26% not concerned about the conflict there. that not concerned number may be shrinking because leon panetta said iran is getting involved on the side of the regime. i want to go straight to the pentagon to talk about this with barbara starr. what is he saying specifically? what does he think iranians are
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involved in syria? >> the iranian regime has been backing bashar assad for years now. the ties between them have been very strong. panetta believes it's gone to the next step. that iran has sent personnel into syria recently and is training syrian government forces. have a quick listen to what the secretary had to say. >> it is obvious to both general dempsey and i that iran is playing a larger role in syria in many ways not only in terms of the irgc but in terms of assistance, training. there's now indication that they are trying to develop or trying to train a malitia within syria to be able to fight on behalf of the regime.
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>> that ups the game, if you will, inside of syria if iran is actively getting involved on the ground with this kind of activity. why might they be doing it. why carry it to the next step. they want to preserve assad's regime but also assad forces appear to be exhausted. they need some refresher forces, some new forces, some new equipment and new training. that appears to be what iran is up to. >> if the iranians are upping the regime how is the u.s. supporting the anti-government activists? >> right now the u.s. officially sticking to the line no arms for the rebels. that doesn't mean other people isn't doing it. there's well-documented evidence, some countries in the middle east are shipping weapons into the rebel hands.
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the rebels are making progress. they have more weapons than they have had in the past. in fact, the pentagon just confirming that a couple of days ago indeed a syrian regime fighter jet was shot down by the rebels. that's the first downing of a regime fighter jet. that's a significant developmen for them to be able to do that. >> barbara starr, thank you at the pentagon for us. while the u.s. and many other countries have expressed support for the rebel effort. some reports say the rebel acts have been just as evil. independent commission of inquiry found both regime and anti-government forces have committed more crimes in this conflict. that includes murder and torture. the report also found that the rebels violations did not happen as often or on the same scale as the offenses from the regime. today is the day. hundreds of thousands of undmed immigrants have been waiting
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it is not the dream act but this is the day so many undocumented young people have been waiting for. instead of hiding where they are, they are coming out to apply for this federal program that will defer their deportati deportation. wh what does that mean? they may be able to remain in the united states and work without fear of being deported at least for the next two years. i've been watching the pictures all day. the lines have been long. what are they telling you? >> reporter: the lines are very long. they are looking forward to putting the applications in but are concerned about what they do. they have to give up a lot of personal information about themselves and their family. they're not sure what will happen in two years when this program ends.
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we're at the largest immigration rights organization in california. the line has not abated all day. they are letting people 10, 50 at a time for an hour long session. the line still snakes around the corner. there's about 5 to 600 people. the organization can't handle these people. it's not sure how they will end the day. they believe over the next several weeks they will process applications for 10,000 people just in this one facility. it's a massive, massive undertaking and the demand is enormous in california and certainly in places like texas and new york and georgia and colorado. it's going to be a massive program across the country. all of these people trying to figure out what it is they'll need to have documentation wise in order to get legal here for the next two years and earn what they will end up with in five or six months if they are successful. they will end up with a work
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permit for two years. >> not to rain on the parade an you touched on this a moment ago, this is a plan that the administration mentioned some time ago, but we've already heard from mitt romney, he says if he's elected in november it's done. do these people realize that. is that a worry for them? >> reporter: it's a huge worry. romney opposed the dream act. this isn't the dream act. whoever comes in in january would not be able to overturn this for the two years it's if play but they would have a very tough decision whether they take away legal status for the hundreds of thousands of people that apply or do they figure out some other way to do it. what people are hoping in this line is they will get a two year reprieve and congress will figure it out.
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they will extend the program or they'll be some comprehensive immigration reform and they'll have a path to some sort of legality in the u.s. >> we see the lines. advocacy estimate more than 1.7 million teens and young adults may be eligible. thank you so much for us in l.a. michelle obama says she is not a fan of politics especially partisanship but she just hit the campaign trail. there they are along with her husband, the president. you'll hear her words and i'll speak live with the author behind the book about the obamas mp. ♪ atmix of the world needs a broader that's why we're supplying natural gas to generate cleaner electricity... that has around 50% fewer co2 emissions than coal. and it's also why, with our partner in brazil,
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we're getting rare glimpse of the obama's side by side. i want to listen in first to mitt romney. did you hear this? he went off on the president questioned his character, assailed his campaign. take a listen. >> his campaign and surrogates have made wild basic suizations that disgraced the office of the presidency. take your campaign, the division and anger and hate back to chicago and let us get about rebuilding and reuniting america. >> that was mitt romney last night accusing the president of disgracing the white house, dividing america, essentially being a hater. the obama campaign said romney sounded as though he comed unhinged. you got the president today out with his better half, his softer side. here is michelle obama just moments ago.
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>> your president knows what it means when a family struggles. this is not a hypothetical situation for him. he knows what it means to want something better for your kids and your grand kids. that's why i love him. that's why i married him. that's what i think about every night when i put sasha and malia to bed. >> welcome back. first, we listen to the first lady. she was introducing the president. she did not respond to mitt romney's harsh critique of her husband. do you think she's taking romney's remarks personally or do you think at the almost four years she's been at 1600
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pennsylvania avenue, she's got some pretty thick skin. >> the first ladies are most politically potent when they seem very above it all. she got wrapped up in all of this partisan wrangling back and forth she would be a much less effective campaigner. that said, according to my reporting she sees her role as having accumulated political capital to be valuable to the president in the re-election campaign. remember because the role of first lady is constricted, campaigning effectively is one of the other things she can do to get back at the republicans. >> she's more politically potent. do you think she has thicker skin after all these years? >> it's hard. i think there's a huge difference between michelle obama in 2008 and 2012. remember that michelle obama was
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a novice and she was going up against bill clinton, the most gifted campaigner of all. now she's tried and true. she's extremely disciplined. one thing we see is that she gives the same speech again and again. every campaign appearance is remarkably like the one before it. she is not spontaneous because she's very authentic and connects very well, it can almost be easy to forget that she is on message all the time in saying exactly the thing that will most appeal to the crowds about her husband. >> speaking of connecting, she's got some nice numbers. hearing romney call the president angry brings to mind similar things that were said about mrs. obama during the last campaign. it confirmed she's pretty popular first lady. look at the numbers. 65% consider her favorable. how big of an asset do you think the first lady is in this whole re-election campaign?
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>> not only is she a big asset but one of the things i discovered is what an intentional strategy that was on the part of the white house. remember, when the president was inaugurated in 2009, both of the obamas approval ratings were like this. then the president's dropped and the white house knew they had to preserve michelle's popularity. they did not want to get her mixed up in health care reform. they didn't want her to get mixed up in anything politically controversial beca they knew they would need her right now. one of the stories i tell in the book is about a meeting in the oval office when political advisors came to the obama's and described the scene we just watched in ohio and said democrats like seeing the president alone but they love seeing you together. this marriage has a lot of political potency. >> what about drawbacks? are there any drawbacks to putting michelle obama out there from the obama campaign perspective? >> well, they need her. this is clutch time.
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this is what they have been saving her for. politically, there could be drawbacks if she was drawn into this daily back and forth. remember the comment about ann romney and whether she was too much of a stay at home mom. they want to keep michelle obama away from those fire fights. >> thank you. >> thank you. speaking of politics, i am headed to tampa. we'll be anchoring the show live from tampa. it's basic week. it kicks off august 27th. see you from tampa. some thieves steal because they need money. others do it just for fun. when one guy broke into this house, did he get a little more than he expected. the multistate lottery called powerball. jackpot a cool $320 million. it will probably go higher before tonight. ♪
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now to a story about a confessed burglary who has got to be the dumbest or the unluckiest burglary of recent memory. a san jose newspaper says he's confessed to stealing $60,000 in computer and personal items from the late apple cofounder of steve jobs. the house was being renovated when he admitted to breaking in and stealing a couple of items like the computer he took home and plugged it in and fired it up. it started communicating with apple servers. the apple servers flagged police that the stolen computer had been plugged in and they had an address. he said he didn't know it was jobs house but saw a letter addressed to him and his wallet and realized whose house he was in. he sent a letter apologizing to
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jobs widow. the woman who was sexually assaulted while rowing around lake michigan to raise money for breast cancer has now finished her journey. i spoke with her just last month and she said it was tough. after she finished her row she explained how tough. take a listen. >> ever since i was assaulted i have good days and bad days. i have days where i want to get in the boat and just plow through and i have days where i want to just sit and cry. >> the 1500 mile trip raised more than $113,000 for r.o.w. it's recovery on water. she's considering writing a book about her experience. kim dot com isn't letting a bin laden style raid stop his pursuit. the fbi accuses dotcom of the biggest copyright infringement and now he may be giving the
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feds a headache. it's a music service that will allow artists to sell their creations directly to you. dotcom awaiting trial on various criminal charges. a child sex abuse scandal nearly forced miramonte school to shut down. two former instructors are accused of sexual acts on kids. one teacher bound, gagged and took pictures of his young students. the fall out was huge. we covered it on this show. all teachers were ordered off campus. many of them have returned saying they want to quote, unquote restore their reputations. millions of people, perhaps you're included in this, hoping that one single piece of paper might change your lives forever. you want to win. the powerball jackpot tonight.
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people are dreaming. i would be as well ant what you want to do when you win the lottery. >> there's so many great places to eat in new york. i would haveo visit them all. >> i'd drive my gold golf cart out to get my mailbox. >> a house with my kids. maybe take a vacation. i'd put a trust fund for all my grand children. >> yeah. vacation would be pretty high. if someone wins they would get more than $213 million. if no one wins, the jackpot gets even bigger. a galaxy cluster sounds exciting, perhaps dangerous. what is this? why is this significant? we're going to talk about that, next.
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nasa unveiled a record breaking galaxy cluster in the past 90 minutes. what the heck is that? >> just think of it as your neighborhood and a cluster of homes in your neighborhood. there's a group, a cluster of galaxies all in this one neighborhood. it's 5.6 billion light years away from us. >> it's kind of far away? >> it's kind of far away. here is the bottom line.
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in this center of this galaxy cluster, you're seeing the animation is one particular galaxy and that galaxy is manufacturing 700 new stars every year. what you see there in that animation, those little blue things are all the hot gases. they go to the center of this galaxy, they cool and the blue dots are the new stars that are being formed. is that a lot of stars? yeah because our milky way galaxy produces one to two stars a year. 700 new stars. >> that's the reason why it's record breaking because of the sheer number of stars? >> right. there's a black hole in that galaxy. that black hole is 10 to 20,000 or 10 to 20 billion times the
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mass of our sun. in conjunction with these hot gases, cooling and the action is what's causing this formation of all these stars. remember, it happened because of how long it takes light to travel. everything we're seeing now happened billions of years ago. by now that action they believe that action is slowed down. it's record breaking numbers of galaxy. >> that's too cool. also very cool is the curiosity rover on mars. we love getting the new pictures. we like to pour over the new pictures. show the pictures and what's next? >> they're going walk for the first time or the rover is going to walk. take a little stroll just to test it all out. you're seeing the color images and the landing sight where they
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over in the gail crater area. they had one really cool image where they pinpointed on the surface and there it is at the center there. that is the curiosity lander in that blue area sitting on the surface inside the gail crater. that came from the high-rise camera they call it which is on the mars orbiter flying ahead. it also gave us the real cool shots. next week is going to be really neat. they have given it the brain transplant. they got rid of that software to help for entry dissent an landing. they replaced it with all kinds of new software that will help them during the course of the next two years. they'll take the first test stroll next week. >> they're not recording audio are they?
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>> no, not yet. maybe next time. >> thank you. some news here out of u.k. we're learning more about why prince philip back in the hospital. d! pizza!!!!! [ garth ] olaf's small business earns 2% cash back on every purchase, every day! put it on my spark card! [ high-pitched ] nice doin' business with you! [ garth ] why settle for less? great businesses deserve the most rewards! awesome!!! [ male announcer ] the spark business card from capitalne. choose unlimited rewards with 2% cash back or double miles on every purchase, every day! what's in your wallet? you tell us what you want to pay, and we give you a range of coverages to choose from. who is she? that's flobot. she's this new robot we're trying out, mostly for, like, small stuff. wow! look at her go! she's pretty good. she's pretty good. hey, flobot, great job. oops.
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britain's prince philip is back in the hospital. he was taken to an infirmary in scotland today. max, you and i were both in london. we were talking about this during the diamond jubilee in june and he's in the hospital again. how is he doing? >> reporter: we were both there. it's the same situation. it's a bladder infection. exactly the same problem he had when you were here. beginning of june he went into hospital. he was there for five days. he came out looking very well. this time it's another bladder infection. he's in scotland. he was there on holiday, taken to the hospital.
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he will be there for several days. they will investigate and treat him. there will be a concern that the same thing has happened again. he hasn't fully recovered from this initial infection and they're going to have to find out if he's pushing himself too hard. he was out and about earlier in the week looking very spritely. they will see how he recovers in the next few days. >> he was on holiday, on vacation in scotland when this happened. do we know, has buckingham palace said anything? >> reporter: all they are saying is they were looking into it. initially i got a line from the palace saying he's in hospital. they couldn't get any details on why he was in hospital. there's a huge amount of concern of all the networks rolling coverage. they came back with this line about a bladder infection which is treatable, but he's 91 years old. as well as he is, a 91-year-old
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with an infection is a very serious concern particularly if it's recuring. >> max foster thank you so much. developing news. word of a shooting at the family research council in washington. that's the conservative group led by tony perkins. we'll take you there live. also, we're just learning the military's test flight of that new hypersonic jets that would take you from new york to los angeles in 40 minutes has ended a lot earlier than planned. we'll take you live to the pentagon. plap
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rescue mission still under way at africa's highest peak. two military helicopters crashed and a third crash landed. two people, possibly three are dead but for our five are missing. the hunt to find them is on. no easy task here.
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this is a mountain home to rhinos and other exotic wildlife. horrendous pictures of these downed aircraft. do we know what caused this? >> we think weather. the weather changes so rapidly. you can go to fog and great visibility to you can't see the mountains. they are interviewing the pilot that did make it. the pilot and co-pilot did die in the plane that burned there. the other planes didn't burn. they landed roughly but they didn't burn. there are four men missing from this helicopter and most people think they are in the wreckage, they just can't find them but they are looking for those other four men that they haven't found yet. >> these four men if they are in the wreckage, let's explore the
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possibility they have gotten out of the wreckage and trying to find safety. the wildlife. >> think about where you are. you have every part of every wildlife from leopards. they are saying rhinos and elephants would be in here. we don't know the elevation. it didn't appear to be because we weren't seeing snow cover. these animals are around. they are probably chasing these guys down. they did rescue a number of the other men. all other men are rescued safe and sound. >> do we know if there are villages? >> there's nothing. this is rugged. think about mount hood. there's nothing there. it's just a very steep peak. >> they're out there searching and dealing with wildlife. >> helicopters are out there looking for them.
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they got a yehelicopter on the ground. they had to get it out of there. the rains got so heavy they were afraid they were going to lose the helicopter. >> thank you. now, hour two. welcome back. this health emergency in one of america's biggest city's. the mayor of dallas talking to me making this declaration as the out break of west nile grows. more than a dozen people have died in texas. more than two dozen nationwide. experts are blaming mosquitos. dr. sanjay gupta will join me live. another developing story at this hour. we have this security officer at the family research council. that's a conservative group led by a man by name of tony perkins. she's been shot. the feds have this gunman in custody trying to figure out why the shooting