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few years waiting for home prices to bottom out. with prices rising, confidence will return. longer term prospects also give me hope. we're in the midst of a domestic energy growth that's going to fuel america for years to come. for that, we need a dea to avertthe fiscal cliff. let me know what you think. you can find me on facebook or tweet me. my handle is @ali velshi. have a great weekend. you're in the "cnn newsroom." i'm joe johns. fredricka whitfield is off. u.s. investigators are looking into whether a man detained in egypt played a role in the attacks on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. egyptian authorities have detained muhammad abu ahmed.
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he's a well known jihadist who was released from prison after the downfall of former president hosni mubarak's regime.diotti i york. what do we know about the arrest of the aleng ledged terrorist suspect? >> he was picked up a couple weeks ago in ejimegyegypt. joous authorities suspect he may have been involved in the consulate attack in benghazi on september 11th that killed chris stephens and three other americans with direct knowledge of the investigation. the u.s. source tells me the fbi which is conducting the investigation, has not had access to him yet. the source says following the attack, ahmed very quickly popped up on their radar, so they have been looking at him for some time. the official would not comment on what led them to him. joe. >> so what do we know about this guy? he's a radical, certainly, and he's been on the radar, but what
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more do we know about him? >> we know he's 45 years old, masters degree in sharia law. he's also believed to be the driving force behind a new terror group seeking to align itself with al qaeda. this is according to both the u.s. and an egyptian official. the egyptian official said he has denied any connection to the afacon the u.s. consulate or affiliation with al qaeda, but he's also believed to be connected to a heavily armed terror cell raided in october in egypt. five people were arrested at that time. >> right, and probably not the only suspect, right? is the fbi making more progress in this? >> well, it's hard to tell how this is going. we know they're looking at a lot of people. we also know that the fbi hoped to question, for example, a tunisia suspect. but after finally getting access to him, he refused to speak. now that's just one suspect. abu ahmed is another.
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we don't know the role the five others in the terrorist cell in egypt may have played in all of this. >> susan candiotti in new york, thank you for that. we should get more information about the benghazi attack when secretary of state hillary clinton testifies at an open congressional hearing. her testimony will follow the release of a report by the state department's accountability review board. they have been under fire for their handling of the terror attack on the u.s. consulate in lib libya. in egypt, president mohamed morsi is pushing forward with talks he hopes will end the political crisis in the country, but the opposition is calling for a boycott of the meeting. at least six people are dead after protests turned de eed vi after the last few days. they're protesting against the president and the new constitution. they say he's giving himself too much power, but morsi said the
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powers are only tempry and will become void when the new constitution is adopted. >> a hospital that employed a nurse who was fooled by a hoax. the nurse apparently killed herself friday after divulging confident information about prince william's wife to deejays from an australian radio station. in a statement, the hospital said it was extremely foolish and appalling to make a broadcast the call. britain's royal family has also expressed sadness over the incident. a vip visitor today for mulaw malala who was wounded on her way back home from school in september. they went to queen elizabeth hospital in birmingham, england, where malala is recovering. mr. zudare wanted to see the young girl's condition for herself and pay tribute to her
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courage and steadfastness. >> former south african president nelson mandela is in the hospital. he was admitted to the hospital to undergo tests. it says mandela is doing well and the tests are just routine for someone his age. mandela is 94 years old. we'll have a live report from johannesburg, south africa, next hour. >> it's the strongest tropical cyclone to hit the philippines in decades, but it's not over yet. people are faced with the task of rebuilding their lives. we'll look at how they're coping. ♪ (announcer) when subaru owners look in the mirror, they see more than themselves. so we celebrate our year-end with the "share the love" event. get a great deal on a new subaru and 250 dollars goes to your choice of five charities. by the end of this, our fifth year, our total can reach almost 25 million dollars.
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aftermath of the storm really caught our attention, showing some of them there. what can you tell us about life on the ground right now? >> yes, it's kind of distressing. i saw very devastated environments. along the way that we went to the area, we can see trees all over, trees were down. you can see along the way there were families in makeshift tents. just on the side of highway roads because they have no choice. they were left homeless with this kind of typhoon. and the evacuation tent, we saw patient survivors and people crying. i spoke with a 49-year-old
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woman. she said in her 49 years she never experienced this kind of strong winds that hit them during that time when typhoon bopha came to the philippines. >> the devastation is amazing. the flooding is now over. and what's the biggest concern at this point? i would assume one of the issues, at least, is drinking water. >> yes, that's true. they were left homeless, and right now, access to drinking water is so difficult. and they need drinking water and food. and as well for those who are staying in the evacuation tents, they really need this for their comfort. >> we do know, and i said that about 5 million people have been affected. several hundred dead and missing. what about the response? how is the response going on right now?
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>> the local government right now is on its search and retrieval operation. however, there are just some areas which are very difficult to reach because at this time, the roads are destroyed. however, the local government is speeding up their search and rescue and retrieval operations in this area, and also, one mission with the local government and other partners with the area can provide for the survivors. >> you are part of a response team. and we know that in crises like this, it's the responders who have personal challenges of their own. how are the responders reacting to this and coping with it all? >> yeah, actually, working in the humanitarian aid or working emergency response is really a tough job. it's really difficult to see the
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people's faces where they are very emotion al. there were those who were crying. you know, what makes me feel right now is to do whatever i can do, do the best i can do in order to serve the people, to be able to help with the people who are in need. that's the best thing that you can see them somehow, when world vision came into the area, they just smiled and say thanks to you. >> arlo ramos, thanks so much for your reporting. one of our ireporters there. stay safe. a quiet neighborhood in kansas city has something no one else does. an internet connection that is 100 times faster than anywhere else in the country. alright, family photo. charlie! stop punching your brother. he asked me to! hey, sarah, stop texting,
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heart of kansas city, the pioneer spirit is burning brightly. entrepreneurs trading ideas, exploring concepts and much of it resolves around a handful of houses on a few beaten up blocks. where some small internet start-ups are drawing national attention. >> i can go local. >> mike farmer is the ceo of leap2, a company with a highly advances mobile search app. >> people stop by the office every day from boston, san francisco, or denver. it's fascinating. >> that must feel pretty good. >> yeah, it does. >> one big reason the companies are clustering here is that google chose this neighborhood to launch its much anticipated super high speed internet connection. 100 times faster than most internet links, google fiber allows massive video, data, and graphic files to move with astonishing feed, permitting development of whole new applications. under the plan, within the next two years, large sections of
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kansas city on both the kansas and missouri sides will be wired. >> this is exactly what you guys wanted. >> exactly. that's exactly it. we want local entrepreneurs to take advantage of the faster seed that google fiber will bring and develop. you know, the sky is the limit. >> and how high is that? even the tech wizards aren't sure. >> you know, we've been asked that question a few times. the truthful answer is we don't know yet. now we have a new technology that no one else has in the nation, and it can take our business to a new height that we didn't even dream of. >> the practical effects are easier to predict. better property values, more reasons for investment, for top talent to come, stay. how much impact can all of this have on your city? >> i think at the end of the day, if you ask any mayor growing that small business, finding an aunt ru pentrepreneu to take a risk and do that in your community is going to grow jobs and grow the economy. >> for now, dreams are driving wild on the silicon prairie.
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tom foreman, cnn, kansas city, kansas. >> the dalai lama, the future archbishop of canterbury, and the pope will soon have one more thing in common. the pope joins them in a common practice. that story coming up next.
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more than a billion people follow the pope spiritually. now they can also follow him virtually. that's because he's officially joined twitter. the pope is set to send his first tweet next wednesday, december 13th. earlier, i spoke to greg burke, who is senior communications adviser for the vatican. i asked him what kind of response the pope is getting so far.
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>> some are very nice questions. one lady who obviously likes gardens says what is your favorite place in the vatican garden to pray? and then other more serious things, people saying what are you reading to prepare for christmas? and another one i liked a lot which i think a lot of parents can relate to, could you please pray for my children so that they return to the church? so there are all sorts of questions coming in. in terms of what will be selected and what the pope will answer, i keep telling people, this is the pope. it's going to be a spiritual message. >> you see the picture of the iphone. how tech savvy is the pope? is he an iphone guy? is he a blackberry guy? does it make a difference. does he actually send e-mails? >> the pope -- i tell people, they say does the pope have a computer? that's like asking if the pope has a car. he has several in his disposition, but he's normally not the one driving. unlike the rest of us, the pope is not looking down at his ipad
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during the meeting or the blackberry. he's a pen and paper guy very much, but he is a word guy. and he certainly does realize -- a word person, that doesn't sound very reserve nv rngsal. he appreciates twitter because of that. he realizes this is a way to get the message out. >> the pope is going to be tweeting in seven languages, english, german, italian, polish, portuguese, spanish, and arabic. why include arabic and why leave latin out? >> well, why leave the latin out? that's a good question. and don't -- don't think it's out for good. we'll see what happens because there are actually a lot more people in the vatican who speak latin than arabic, but arabic is an outreach, especially after the trip to lebanon. right before the trip to lebanon, the pope started doing something in his weekly audiences, a short thing in arabic. it's also a shout-out, if you
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will, to the christians, many of whom are living in difficult circumstances, eric christians in north africa and other parts of the mideast. so that's their other language that could be coming. it's interesting, the biggest response is in english, and a very, very big response in spanish as well. >> it's pretty clear that this sort of social makeover for the vatican, if you will, what are they going to do next? >> who knows, you know? we have apps coming up in terms of people being able to connect on their tablets, on their smartphones right away with the vatican all over. you know, any legitimate means, basically, that's it. this is old meeting new. we'll see how it works. i think it certainly can work. twitter is certainly a way to get your message out all over the world, globally. the church is a global institution, as you have seen all the different languages, and it's a way to do it which is not real labor intensive either.
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byu basketball coach dave rose spent 20 years supporting the coaches versus cancer basketball tournament. it was already a cause that was close to his heart, but it became much more personal when he suddenly became a cancer patient himself. cnn's dr. sanjay gupta has his story in this week's "human factor." >> a cause that's close to his heart, and this year for the first time, dave rose got to take his byu basketball team to the coaches versus cancer classic tournament.
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what made it all the more poignant for him is the battle he fought with pancreatic cancer that started three years ago. >> if we can do something to try to help raise awareness, help find a cure, it's personal to me. i understand how these people feel. >> his symptoms came on suddenly. on an airplane, in fact, returning from a family vacation. >> i got really sick. to where i was light headed, i couldn't even actually sit up. so they laid me down, moved some of the passengers and they brought oxygen. cleared the plane, then brought the medics on. and they carted me off the plane and took me to a hospital. i had ten units of blood transfused and they found the mass. then they went in and removed it and told me i had cancer. that was the process. that was about a 48-hour, you know, process that really changed our whole lives. >> the operation was a success.
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doctors removed the tumor from rose's pancreas along with his spleen. they also removed a blood clot that had developed after surgery. he was back on the court just two months after surgery. he continued to take his team to the ncaa tournament. he led the cougars to their first appearance in the sweet 16 in 30 years. >> the guys meet here today, they'll feel different than when they come in. >> on the line. on the line. >> now three and a half years after the day he collapsed, rose is still cancer free. >> i feel like i have been given a second chance. there was a real possibility that my time here was going to be numbered, and now i feel like everything i get to do is really just a blessing for me. and that i really hope i can appreciate it. >> go, go, go. >> dr. sanjay gupta, cnn, reporti reporting. >> and i'm joe johns. i'll be back in a half hour with more news room. tom foreman's in focus is after
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and everything bad about the economy, holiday sales right now are looking pretty good. the national retail sales federation predicts when all is said and done, they'll be up by about 5% this year. so why are some retailers so worried? because there is a rapidly growing giant out there gobbling up customers like nothing before. so much so that this may be one of the last christmases you'll ever see with shopping quite like this. america's holiday mall mania is as traditional as tinsel. consumers spending more than a half trillion dollars this year will fuel more than a half million seasonal jobs. but the real frenzy is at home, where online shopping is exploding under the relentless hand of one company, what is amazon up to? >> well, the ambition, it seems
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to take over the systems of consumption. >> barney, reporter for the financial times, has just written a book about amazon's extraordinary rise. >> amazon's sales have been growing at about 20% or 30% a year. this is phenomenal if you consider that the rest of the retail sector is growing best at 5% a year. there is competition, but amazon is really the 800-pound gorilla. a big head start on everyone else, and size generates momentum of its own. >> how much momentum? so much that amazon had a hand in more than 20% of all online sales for 2011, according to forrester research. so much than economic analysts say traditional brick and mortar stores like walmart, radio shack, and barnes & noble are scrambling to hold on to customers. >> here in the u.s., we saw circuit city, the electronic store, border's the book store,
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go out of business, largely because of competition with amazon. there are also smaller retailers that have closed down. >> based in seattle, amazon was started in the mid-90s to sell books online and forears made no profit, but it soon became clear that the founder and his notoriously secretive company had bigger plans. they started expanding in the late 1990s into videos, music, games, electronics, kitchenware, clothing, shoes, business services, information storage. amazon turned the corner to profitability in 2002, and today, amazon is a $100 billion global company. and though he declined our request for an interview, he recently told fortune magazine -- >> our goal is to be the most customer obsessed company. we like tofia find, is there someone out there doing some element better than we, and if so, how do we improve? >> while that may be good news for millions of consumers who
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enjoy amazon's low prices, it is daunting for many businesses. even those that call amazon a partner. >> it's a wolf in sheep's clothing, is probably a better way to describe it. >> this woman is a retail analyst at forests research, and she said amazon has a pattern. find a company with a good product, make a deal to help it market and distribute, then gradually push the partner aside. >> what happens is that you see an 18 to 24 months of growth and then it kind of dies because amazon has decided to get into the business of selling goods themselves that were once your products. that's a pretty common conplaint that we often hear. >> if a competitor doesn't want to join forces, she says, amazon will often start selling a similar product at a lower price, even if it means taking a loss. >> they use a lot of these kinds of programs to -- to gain more market share.
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it's like the expression from the godfather, like make them an offer they can't refuse. >> amazon has also been aggressively acquiring other e-commerce retailers. 70 since 1998, including and all of it has led to a practice called showrooming. customers go to stores, look over a product, and whip out a smartphone to order from amazon. >> now that is infuriating, and unjust in the eyes of a lot of these brick and mortar stores. >> but it's happening all the time. >> and they're paying wages for staff, rent for the store, but they're not getting the sales. >> put it on your christmas list. super nice pants. >> some shop keepers like rudy who runned the great outdoor provision company in charlotte still believe they can thrive by focusing on service and by specializing. >> we can compete with amazon. that's not our business. our business is a local company
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that supports local brands, local companies. and you know, you're not going to be able to try a shoe on on amazon. >> but amazon may even be after him. the company is now offering same-day delivery in select cities. >> it's all about eroding one of the last advantages that brick and mortar stores have, which is immediacy. >> amazon sees it very different lee. in a written statement telling us amazon helps more than 2 million businesses and individuals expand their reach beyond their hometowns to more than 188 million customers around the world. noting that that accounts for almost 41% of amazon's business. bazos, as usual, is not revealing more about the tactic. >> i'm skeptical that same day delivery is ever going to be a huge part of the business. >> but they suspect that is because amazon is once again thinking bigger, using same-day
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delivery merely as a stepping stone to launching its own delivery company to compete with fedex and ups. >> amazon has already invested so much in its delivery network and a fulfillment network that i think they believe they're in a position to, you know, kind of capture some more of that last mile, too. >> amazon is not doing anything wrong in all of this, but its appetite for buying up businesses worries some people. as other stores are consumed, shrink, or are just washed away. >> emptying out the hearts of a lot of cities. that's one of the concerns. >> do you believe that? >> i don't think anywhere has quite become the desolate landscape amazon's critics are discussing, but you can see a movement in that direction. and consider that online shopping is still only 10% of total retail. meaning amazon in all likelihood is just getting started. coming up, fast times and
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you do today as you were when you were 20, 25? >> let's go, guys. >> i really think i am. >> gibbs' rise to supersports stardom began in the 1980s when he took the struggling washington redskins a team with few stars and fewer playoff hopes to not one but three super bowl championships, earning the respect of the league and the adoration of fans. >> there's no other fans in the world that would come out on a day like this. >> this is the floor where the cars are stored. >> less than a decade later, he stunned those same fans by turning from football to auto racing. setting up shop in his native north carolina with admittedly little knowledge of what he was getting into. >> i was kind of a novice. i was kind of scared to death. >> but gibbs applied his formula. work around the clock, hire great people, and relentlessly push for perfection.
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and soon enough, the championships starting rolling in here as well. >> last week, we celebrated our 100th win. >> which is what makes his latest career turn so unusual because now he's talking perhaps more than ever before about losing. >> when you look from the outside, a lot of people say, you won super bowls and you won nascar championships. but what people miss on the outside when they look at you many times, they muss the heartaches a the defeats and the mistakes you made. my life is still full of them. >> in a new book of biblical devotions, game plan for life, he writes frankly about many of his failures, abou just as his coaching career was soaring, he was facing private calamities including a real estate deal that had him losing $35,000 a month and spiraling into bankruptcy. >> you made some colossally bad business decisions. >> bad, really bad. >> do you think there are times
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at which you were flat out going to go broke? >> oh, yeah. >> years of neglecting his health were followed by the startling news that he had developed diabetes which he's had for two decades. years of choosing work over family led to strained relations. would you headacmake the same decisions again? >> no, i would not. i look at that as one of the biggest mistakes i have made in life. >> father thank you for letting us do this and help us be at our best. >> always a spiritual man, he said he found comfort amid his turmoil in his faith. and that's why he's sharing his private trials in this public way. so others can understand his belief that even winners lose when they lose their way. >> thank you. >> i really want to spend the rest of my life getting out this word. you know, what is the right way to play the game of life? i look at life as a game.
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you know, the plars, god's our head coach. we're playing the biggest game of all. >> it's all made him more introspective, more humble. >> i was not a very goodthe onl most improved. >> and more inclined to leave the office a little earlier for family time. he has egh grandchildren, after all. >> if i keep god first in my life, if i keep the idea of my family, friends, second -- >> we win this thing, you get them down here. >> then i keep my occupation third, that's when i've found success. >> but make no mistake, joe gibbs still preaches the gospel of winning. and he still thinks that's part of god's plan for him, too. how much longer do you think you're going t keep chasing championships and coming to the office and working? >> i think you're asking the wrong guy. you need to ask the lord on that one. because i think, you know, at
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each year around this time, conservationests come up with lists of the world's most endangered animals and predictably, there's a lot of rhinos and pandas and tigers. this year, they might want to add another. george washington's cow. because it's not only rare, it's achieving the rarest of feats. it's making a comeback. with a twist. dan lothian has that story. >> reporter: you are looking at one of the rarest, most endangered animals on the planet. the randall lineback cow. they are more endangered than polar bears, mountain gorillas, pa pandas, or tigers. it's estimated there are fewer than 500 of these cows left on the planet. not in some far-flung corner of the world, but most right here on a bucolic farm in northernvi. >> this is essentially the past now in the present. this strain is 400 years old and
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it's the only remaining american colonial strain, especially in the north. >> reporter: joe henrson, a real estate executive and part-time farmer is on a mission to save this historic breed of cattle from going extinct. >> they're american. it's not only the rarest of all the cows, but it's an american cow. and it's something that has an enormous history connected with it. >> reporter: the cow known for its strength and beauty, played a key role in the revolutionary war. helping george washington haul cannons for miles across rugged terrain, from the capture of ft. tucond arogua to the battle for boston. but the hardy utility cow with its trademark white stripe down the back and black sides, faded with time. a healthy herd dwindled to an estimated 15. that's 15 in the world. the randall lineback was branded critically endangered. >> no escape plan, no survival
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plan. nobody was interested in them. >> reporter: until henderson came along. >> a dairy cow compared to these looks way boni and overdone. it's too much. >> reporter: a self-described conservationist with 500 acres who knew how to make money in real estate but had no experience raising cows. >> you could say i was a sucker for it or a visionary. probably closer to a sucker for it. i mean, you cannot look at these cows and tell me they're not beautiful. they really are. and those little teeny babies are more than cute. >> reporter: what did you call them? >> the panda of the cow world. >> reporter: but it's very expensive raising these bovine pa pandas. >> in all of these rare breeds, if they do not have monetary value, they don't survive. looks only take you so far. right? >> reporter: in the past, they pulled their own weight, but now with no cannons to haul --
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>> this animal, to survive, must find a job. i think we have found a job, and the job is -- >> reporter: is it kind of counter intuitive to rescue this breed, you have to consume them. >> this man is a top chef in washington, d.c. his restaurant has been serving the randall lineback for four years. a pleasure for the pallette and conservation is an extra side dish. many diners would hardly recognize its organic lean grass-fed meat at beef. a far cry from the fatty, marbled stakmarble ed steaks american diners crave and more than three times the cost. >> i don't call it beef, i don't call it veal because it's not. it's kind of in the middle between beef and veal. it has a milder, more delicate flor than beef but a much considerably more robust flavor than traditional veal does. >> because the breed is so rare, the price is considerably higher.
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meaning only exclusive chefs like armstrong can get their hands on the delicate and difficult to prepare meat. >> this is never going to be in mcdonald's so this animal has got to go to higher-end use. >> what's the most important thing, that you're saving a cow or creating this new eating experience? >> for me, the most important thing is you're saving an animal that would otherwise go extinct. i think it's a piece of nature and natural beauty that needs to be kept going. when we return, taking the band on the run. even when the way is not clear. billion dollars to help those affected and to cover cleanup costs. today, the beaches and gulf are open, and many areas are reporting their best tourism seasons in years. and bp's also committed to america. we support nearly 250,000 jobs and invest more here than anywhere else.
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original dream of playing professional baseball was disappearing. >> september 7th, 2007, just barely into my junior year of high school. >> the 17-year-old woke up and his world was changing. >> everything was a little blurry. it didn't seem like anything was wrong. >> but something was terribly wrong. his retinas had detached and started to tear apart. in both eyes. >> i could potentially go completely blind. i could, if i'm lucky, go the rest of my life without another detachment. this happened to my mom, my grandma, a couple uncles. even my little sister is having similar issues. lo luckily in all of their cases it was found early enough that a lot of vision wasn't lost. >> paul, on the other hand, is now legally blind. >> my left eye has blind spots. my peripheral vision is great. that's why i'm so high functioning. the right eye is just kind of there to be honest. >> he wears a contact lens in his left eye. he can read, but not well, by
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digitally scanning books into a computer that has screen magnification software. he said family, friends, and music saved his life. >> i realized no amount of worrying or being upset or feeling sorry for myself is going to change it. and the only thing that was going to change the outlook of the future was how i approached every situation. so i just, you know, strapped up my boots and went to work. >> he made the mizzou drum line first playing symbols, then after an extensive interview process, clinched the coveted drum major spot. most in the band didn't even know he was legally blind. >> he's definitely, you know, more than dusted himself off. he's set the standard for every drum major that i'll ever have again in my career. >> i could wake up tomorrow and
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have lost significantly more vision. i could walk away from here today and something could happen and i could lose vision. you just never know. so you just try to move on without thinking about that and just do the best you can with what you got. >> he hopes his time on the ladder will change the perception of visually impaired people. >> i want to be able to say when i leave here that i did something special. and that i didn't let this hold me back. i'm always looking for something new to do that somebody says i can't. that's usually -- if you tell me i can't, that becomes my new goal. >> and with that, we are marching on, too. for all of us at "in focus" i'm tom foreman. thanks for watching.
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it's the top of the hour. you're in the "cnn newsroom." thanks for joining us. i'm joe johns. in for fredricka whitfield. here are the day's top stories. we learned nelson mandela is in the hospital today. he's 94 years old. a government statement says he was admitted to a hospital. robin joins us now from johannesburg. what are officials saying about why he's hospitalized? >> they're not saying anything, joe. in fact, there's very little information except a statement coming from the presidency which really basically aimed to reassure, perhaps downplay this latest health scare involving former president nelson mandela. they use words like he's well, no cause for alarm, but this medical attention is consistent with his age. as you said, he's 94. but let's remember, nelson mandela has 24-hour medical care. he's looked after, cared for by
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military nurses and military doctors at his rural home in the eastern cape region of south africa. the presidency is saying he's now in hospital in pretoria, which is a good two-hour airplane flight from his home. so doctors must be sufficiently concerned about his health to allow him to make that trip. >> now, robin, you saw him last in july. what kind of shape was he in then? >> well, i have covered nelson mandela ever since he was president, and he definitely is showing his age. we know that he has become frustrated often by the loss of his mental and physical awilts. when i saw him, he was having lunch with president clinton, and then i saw him at his own birthday party celebration. he looked a little bit chubbier than usual. looked like he had put on weight, which is of course a good thing.
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>> looks like we lost that signal. that's robin kurnow reporting on former south african president nelson mandelmandela. >> a vip visitor for malala, the pakistana wounded by the taliban while on her way home from school in october. the pakistani president went to the hospital where she's recovering. according to a statement from his office, the pakistani president wanted to see the young girl's condition for himself and to pay tribute to her and, quote, her courage and steadfastness. >> u.s. authorities are taking a close look at a man arrested recently in egypt as a possible suspect in the attacks on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. egyptian authorities have detained muhammad jamal abu ahmed. he's a well known jihadist who was known after the downfall of hosni mubarak's regime.
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chris stevens and three others were killed in the attack. in egypt, president mohamed morsi is pushing forward with with talked that he hoped will end the crisis in the country, but the opposition is calling for a boycott of the meeting. six people are dead after the protests turned violent after the last few days. anti-morsi protesters are demonstrating against the president and the new constitution. they say morsi is giving himself too much power, but the president said the powers are only temporary and will become void when the constitution is adopted. plolice in london say autopy will take place next week to find the outcome of the death of a nurse who was tricked in a prank call. police say this woman apparently committed suicide after taking the prank call. the supreme court is about to tackle what could be one of the most important issues in its
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history. it has agreed to hear two constitutional challenges to state and federal law having to do with same-sex marriage. one case involved the federal defense of marriage act which denies federal benefits to same-sex couples legally married in their own state. the other is a challenge to california's proposition 8 which took away the right of same-sex marriage that had previously been approved by the courts. we should get a ruling by next summer. the two men who will argue on behalf of proposition 8 are an unlikely duo as cnn's gloria borger tells us. the story plays out like a hollywood script complete with a haollywood director. >> reporter: it's a script that could have been written in hollywood. the opening shot, a lunch in the polo lounge at the bever h erlys hotel. and it starts where you might expect, with a hollywood heavy
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hter, director and writer rob reiner. >> this is after proposition 8 went the wrong way for us. >> the lunch took place in november 2008, a week after the election. obama won the white house. but gays and lesbians lost the right to marry in california. >> we're trying to figure out what we do next. then we thought about the idea of a possible legal challenge to proposition 8, and serendipitously, a friend of my wife's came by the table. >> the friend suggested they would find an ally in her former brother-in-law who turned out to be ted olsen, a towering figure in the conservative legal movement. so that stunned you, right? >> yes, it more than stunned me. it stunned me, but i said if this is true, this is the home run of all times. i mean, the idea that ted olsen, this arch conservative, the
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solicitor general for george bush who had argued bush v. gore and basically put me in bed for a couple days, i was so depressed after bush v. gore, was interested in gay rights. i thought, let's check it out. >> didn't you have any doubts about ted olsen? >> you know, they say that politics makes strange bed fellows. you don't have a stranger bed fellow than me and ted olsen. >> i was skeptical. >> chad griffin was also at the polo lounge that day. he and rob reiner are old friends and political allies. they met when chad was just 19 and a press aide in the clinton white house. >> good morning, mr. president. >> how are you today? >> fine, thank you. >> he gave reiner the west wing tour when he was scouting for his film, "an american president." they decided griffin would be the one to mag the first uneasy call to olson. >> much to my surprise, it was an issue he had clearly thought a lot about. but the moment i hung up the
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phone, i realizes there was a chance i was talking to someone who overnight could become the most important, significant advocate for marriage equality that this movement has ever seen. >> we talked for a while on the television. and then he said, can i come and talk to you in your office in washington, d.c.? >> weren't you stunned? >> i wasn't so stunned. i'm a lawyer. i represent cases involving the constitution. this is an important constitutional question. >> one of the first things you see when you walk through your door in this office is a picture of ronald reagan. >> he was a wonderful, wonderful man to know and to work for. and of course, president bush, too. >> that would be bush 43. >> well to the best of my ability. >> the president whose election olson defended before the supreme court in 2000. a memory that wasn't lost on chad griffin. >> i knew i was in foreign territory, but i saw enough in the office just to know how
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republican, you know, of a world that ted olson comes from. and my world could not be more different than that. >> this is a -- >> also on display was olson's extraordinary legal track record, with 44 supreme court victories under his belt. and here are the quills. now, you get one of these every time -- >> every time you argue a case in the supreme court at the desk is the quill. >> weeks later, reiner says the deal was sealed here in his california home. >> was this kind of like an out of body experience for you? here you are sitting and talking to ted olson, whom you probably regarded as -- >> yeah, the enemy. >> the devil, they say. the devil. >> now, what are>> well, i'm th different group of people. >> it really is a betrayal of everything that ted olson has reported to stand for. >> ed wailen, a conservative legal analyst and former olson fan, like many conservatives, felt betrayed.
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>> it was someone who fought the good fight. i think most people assumed he was a man of principle. i thought it was a shocking act on his part. >> so do you think he's destroyed his reputation in. >> i think so. >> this is a case that challenges the status of individuals -- >> so why did olson do it? >> people say that you must be doing this because someone in your family is gay. that is newt the case. i'm doing this because i think it's the right thing to do. >> and once olson made the decision, it became an emotional journey. >> the younger woman who works here is the lawyer, she came up to me and she said, ted, i want to tell you what i think about what you're doing. she said i'm a lesbian, i don't think you go me. we haven't worked together. my partner and i have children. i can't tell you what you're doing for us by taking this case. and she started to cry. and then i did.
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>> then olson made another move right out of central casting. he wanted to hire a co-counsel. of all people, the liberal david boyce. his former supreme court rival, the man he beat in bush versus gore. the director loved it. >> then when he suggested that we get david boyce to be his co-counsel, i thought, wow. to get the two guys who opposed each other on bush v. gore to team up was saying that this was a non-partisanabiding belief -- >> not to mention irresistible public relations. >> i think ted recognized that this odd bed fellows combination so to speak would get a lot of attention. >> some people called them the odd couple. >> well, it is a very odd couple, isn't it? >> or is it? judge for yourself. >> as we were getting ready to argue bush versus gore, didn't we have this conversation? >> in the chamber.
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>> we said some day, someone is going to come to us who will want to get married, and they'll be gay. and we'll do this together. >> we actually talked about that. >> that second part i don't remember. >> so how do two who fought on opposite sides of one of the most tense court battles of all time really get along? just ahead, more from gloria borger about the depth of their friendship and how that fuels their drive on this newest legal challenge. you won't take my life.
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yep. the longer you stay with us, the more you save. and when you switch from another company to us, we even reward you for the time you spent there. genius. yeah, genius. you guys must have your own loyalty program, right? well, we have something. show her, tom. huh? you should see november! oh, yeah? giving you more. now that's progressive. call or click today. we've been telling you about these two unlikely but powerful men who have teamed up to fight for same-sex marriage in california. they say it's not a matter of
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being republican or democrat, that same-sex marriage is simply an issue of civil rights. gloria borger shows us how the story of this dream team began. >> we now need to resolve this election. >> let us in! >> it was the historic case that decided the presidency and divided the nation. al son and boyce were the ones on the steps of the supreme court battling it out. that was then. this is now. on the streets of new york, they're talking anything but the law. >> it's called crazy heart. jeff bridges. >> i know. >> have you seen it? >> i want to see that and avatar. >> they have come a long way. let me play a game with you. great lawyer? >> ted. >> david. >> too easy. >> the adversaries are now friends, really good friends, and when we asked to meet with
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them, they suggested a personal spot. david boyce's apartment in new york city. >> if anybody had said to me nine years ago that i would be about to be interviewing the two men who fought each other tooth and nail in bush versus gore on the same side of a constitutional fight, i would have said, are you crazy? >> actually, david and i talked about this in 2000. as we were getting ready to argue in the supreme court, that some day we'd like to be on the same side in the united states supreme court. and we said some day, some day someone is going to come to us who will want to get married, and they'll be gay. >> it would take nearly a decade for that to actually happen. >> what do we want? >> olson was recruited by a group of hollywood activists who wanted to challenge proposition 8. the controversial 2008 ballot initiative that banned same-sex
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marriage in california. >> good morning, everyone. thank you for being here. >> he said yes, which was startling enough. but he knew he needed some political balance on the team. so he picked up the phone. >> he told me what the case was about. i think it took me about 15 seconds -- >> it didn't take you 15 seconds. it took you less than one second. >> it was a case made for david boyce, and olson knew it. >> i think it is in some senses the last major civil rights battle we fight in this country, hopefully. this is not a liberal/conservative issue. it's not a republican/democrat issue. it's an issue of civil rights and human rights. >> do you find yourself defending ted olson to your friends? >> i find myself defending him to my republican friends. the democratic friends are easy. republican friends i have the trouble with. >> politics aside, their wives joke they're like an old married couple. they go biking together and both enjoy the finer things.
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what do you like about each other? >> oh, where should we start? should we start with the wine? >> let's start with the wine. so after a long day, a glass of -- >> definitely. >> chardonnay. >> exactly. >> they have known each other for decades. as superlawyers practices in a rarefied legal stratosphere. then came bush versus gore, the hottest case of all. a case that to this day they don't agree on. >> do you still think you were right? >> absolutely. >> well, he wasn't, obviously. the supreme court decided. further more, by the way, the journalists all went back to florida and counted these votes about 12 different ways and it all came out the same way. i will say -- >> they didn't all -- >> they'll never resolve that professional argument, but ironically, that case brought them closer personally. >> something happens in the sense that you get so deeply involved in a case that about the only person that really
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appreciates what's going on is it lawyer on the other side who is just as deep into the weeds as you are, that can appreciate all these nuances. and so it's a natural kind of affinity. >> that affinity was strengthened by tragedy. a year later, on september 11th, 2001, olson's wife barbara was killed on flight 77, the flight that crashed into the pentagon. boyce knew his friend was suffering, and reached out to him. >> i was being given an award by the lab school in washington, and it was an annual award that they give -- i'm dyslexic, and they give it to somebody who has achieved. and i said i would like to have ted olson give me the award. >> i'm very honored to be here with my colleague david boyce because he is the best. >> i can hardly talk about it because it was such an emotional
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event. that gesture of david asking me to be with him on the stand receiving that award in front of the 2,000, 3,000 people, was a wonderful gesture by him. ten years ago now, i can hardly talk about it. >> that strong bond is still there a decade later. and together, they take on the fight for gay marriage. >> they're the wonder twins. they're not the odd couple. >> paul and jeff are one of the couples that olson and boyce are representing. >> i can tell you that both of those guys, they put their heart and soul into this. and when they're fighting for our legal rights, they're on the same page. and they're doing it together. >> our nation was founded on the principle that all americans are created equal. >> their legal strategy is simple. olson and boyce argue that banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, period. they expect the supreme court to be the ultimate decider for the nation. >> it would be the roe v. wade
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of our generation. >> they have their critics. conservative legal analyst ed whalen. >> there's nothing in the constitution that remotely supports a right to same-sex marriage. >> and even some of those who agree with olson and boyce say that same-sex marriage should be left to the states. >> there are lots of skeptics out there who say that you're going too quickly here and you're asking the supreme court to do a pretty heavy lift. >> every civil rights struggle, there have always been people who have said you're moving too fast, the country is not ready for it. how many people in 1954 said the country is not ready for desegregation. >> everyone says this is the conservative court. why are you doing it now? >> everybody says ted is a conservative guy. there are lots of conservative people. it would be the idea that civil rights and human rights is exclusively a liberal preserve, i think it's flat wrong. >> their clients have faith
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their lawyers will win. will david and ted be at the wedding? >> they better be. >> they just might officiate the wedding. >> that would be interesting. >> or they could be best men. >> yeah. in our wedding and in life. >> but in the end, it will be a decision for the high court. last time you went to the supreme court, it didn't go so well for you. what's going to be different this time with the two of you together? >> well, one thing, this time i have ted on my side. >> i would say the one thing that would be different is this time we'll get all the votes that i can persuade and all of the votes david can persuade. and there will be no votes left on the other side. >> no recount? >> no recount. >> no recount necessary. >> and the supreme court is expected to hear arguments in march. a ruling is expected in june. from the front lines of war to the front lines at home. a former navy s.e.a.l. finds a
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new way to help his fellow veterans.
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many veterans struggle to find the same sense of purpose
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they had in the military when they try to transition back to civilian life. one navy s.e.a.l. says the call to serve never goes away, so he started a group called the mission continues, to help returning vets find a way to continue their service on the front lines of their communities. >> for me, being in the military was one of the greatest experiences of my life. because i was working with incredible men and women dedicated to serving a purpose that was larger than themselves. >> i did four deployments overseas. in 2007, i came back from my last deployment in iraq. i had been serving there as a commander of an al qaeda targeting cell. i went to a bethesda hospital to visit with returning wounding marines. i asked if you can't return to the military, what else would you like to do? every single one of them told me they would like to continue to serve. when i left the hospital that day, i called two of my friends and we agreed to do something
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about it. they put in their money from their disability checks, i contributed my compat bay from iraq, and we used that to set up the missions. we work with returning veterans to set up opportunities for them to do a six-month intensive service and leadership fellowship in their community. and we help them make a transition from being a veteran to being a citizen leader again here at home. >> everybody's home sleeping, we're out working. the mission continues. >> one of the biggest misconceptions about returning post-september 11th veterans is that everyone is coming back injured and that they're all struggling. and there's this perception it's an at-risk population. in fact, this is an incredible generation of veterans who are coming home. that's how we need to see them, not as problems but as assets. >> we're citizen leaders. >> these are men and women who wanted to make a contribution. that's why they joined the military. i think the right question to ask a returning veteran is how do you want to continue to
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serve? >> for more on the mission continues and other organizations helping veterans, visit our impact your world page at a nurse apparently takes her own life after being pranked by a radio station. we're learning more about the nurse who found herself in the middle of a controversy involving the royal family. and a senator from west virginia wants mtv not to put a show about his home state on the air. we'll show you why. [ male announcer ] if someone asks what it feels like to drive a jeep grand cherokee, tell them it's like being nestled in an eight-way, adjustable, heated and ventilated seat surrounded by a 500-watt sound system while floating on a suspension made of billowy clouds.
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show her, tom. huh? you should see november! oh, yeah? giving you more. now that's progressive. call or click today. recently in egypt as a possible susspects in the attacks on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. egyptian authorities made the arrest in cairo where the man lives. he's a known jihadist who was released from prison after the downfall of former president haas me mubarak's regime. silvio berlusconi said he's not
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done with politic s yet. he posted a message saying people are begging him to get back into politics so he'll run for prime minister again. he resigned as prien minister over a year ago at the height of his country's debt crisis. he's been linked to several scandals over the last few years. if you won the lottery, withed you quit your job or keep it? >> i think i would keep mine. the second winner in last month' big powerball drawing says he likes his job and will keep working. the winner is a married man in his 30s who lives in arizona. he doesn't want to reveal his name or his identity. you can't really blame him for that. he and his wife will take home about $192 million before taxes. and here's what's trending online today. the autopsy of murdered rapper notorious b.i.g. has been released 15 years after his death. among other things, it shows the rapper whose real name was christopher wallace, was shot
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four times but only one of the shots was fatal. former florida governor charlie crist tweeted he has joined the democratic party. he had been affiliated with the republican and independent parties in the past. and in west virginia, joe mansion said he wants mtv reality to cancel a show even before it airs. the show is called buck wild and follows a group of 20-somethings around their west virginia town. it's described as the jersey shore of apalatcha. it's skcheduled to appear next month. he's accusin mtv of preying on young people. >> new developments are emerging in the tragic death of a london nurse who was caught up in a prank phone call. jacintha saldanha killed herself friday after divulging confidential information about prince william's wife while the duchess was in her care. king edward viirupt where the nurse worked has released a
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statement saying it was extremely foolish of your presenters to even consider trying to lie their way through to one of our patients, let alone actually make the call. they went on to call the actions of the australian radio station appalling. let's get more reaction from senior international correspondent matthew chance. >> a lot of sadness and a lot of anger being directed against the radio station in sydney, australia. and the two deejays who carried out this prank call to this hospital here in central london. and a lot of their social media places like facebook have had to be taken down because of the messages of abuse from around the world that have been posted on them. also, the ceo of the company that owns the radio station has issued a public statement as well expressing his regret and saturdayness and indicating he does not think that legally there were any laws broken by the two deejays. they have been suspended, though, and the show has been taken off the air until further notice. take a listen to what that ceo
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had to say earlier. >> no one could foresee what happened in this case. it's incredibly tragic. every one of us are deeply saddened. we're incredibly sad for the family and that's the focus. >> infamily of the dead nurse, jacintha saldanha, have asked for their privacy to be respected in britain. there are family members who live elsewhere and they have been speaking to the media. the sister of the nurse lives in the southern indian state, and she has spoken to the media there. take a listen to what she had to say about her sister's tragic death. >> translator: she has left us. we were wondering what happened, whether she met an accident when she was returning home from the hospital. yesterday, she was to come home. whether there was an accident between the hospital and home w because she was supposed to return home to her husband and children. when i asked what happened, he was not able to communicate and he broke down. >> media reaction has also been
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shock. the front page of some of the country's biggest newspapers carrying the story. this one, the daily mirror. kate's agony over the suicide. the daily mail, kate, sadness at suicide of prank calls. and finally, the best selling newspaper in the country, kate shock as hoaxed nurse kills herself. a reference, of course, to the fact that both the duke and duchess of cambridge have released a statement expressing their sadness and regret talking about how wonderfully they were looked after by the staff and saying their thoughts and prafrs are with the family of the nurse who apparently committed suic e suicide. the country could not have predicted how this relatively up lifting story of a royal baby could have taken such an ugly and tragic turn. matthew chance, cnn, central london. when it comes to searching for jobs, flipping low listings on monster and career builder may become a thing of the past.
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our tech expert shares the latest tools for people on the hunt for new jobs. w?
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the latest jobs numbers are out, and unemployment has fallen to 7.7%. the lowest since the late 2008. still, there are plenty of folks searching for jobs, and a lot of them are looking online, using traditional search engines. our cnn money tech reporter laurie siegel is here with the latest tools for people on the hunt for new jobs. so laurie, if you're encouraging people to go beyond traditional search websites, what should
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they be using instead? >> the first thing that comes to my mind, joe, is mobile. mobile is so huge right now. we essentially have a mini computer we carry with us all the time, so we have the ability to apply for a job on the go all the time. so the first one i want to tell you about is an app called proven. it's an iphone app and it essentially lets you hunt for jobs through your smartphone. you know, you can apply for a craigslist job on the go. it takes them and makes them formatted so they're for the mobile device. you can essentially type in your location, type in the type of job you're looking for and it will show you all of the ones in your area. why is that different than going on the web? the great thing about this app is actually lets you upload a resume on the app. you can in a couple clicks look at the job you want, put my resume in there, and beat the crowd. i spoke with the founder and what he said was laurie, people go home, they get on their computers. they apply for jobs on craigslist, but by that time, by the evening, all these jobs have
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tons and tons of listings. so if you apply on your phone, check it throughout the day, you might be able to get your redsue to the top of the stack. they're going to lanch at android. it's free for now. a lot of folks are finding jobs and finding this useful. >> the other thing you think about when you hear this is people have information about themselves spread around the internet. facebook, twitter, linkedin, maybe even youtube. how can people streamline all of that information? is there a way to put it in one place? >> sure. if you have ever tried googling yourself, and i have never, but let's say you do -- >> of course not. >> there's information everywhere. it's the kind of thing where why not put this all into one space. and there's a company that's called it's a fascinating company. they sold to aol after a couple days on the market. it allows you to go online and create a one-stop shop profile.
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you can put your picture on there, a little bit of information about yourself. you're looking at mine. that's me looking very happy. i connected my twitter aeccount my four square, my facebook. if gives us an ability to have a landing page for any employer looking and saying who is this person. it also gives you a little personality. you see me there. i'm not sure how i look, maybe i should get another one, but it's the kind of thing you can connect all of your social networks on one page. here's the interesting part. they'll actually, if you sign um, it's free to sign up. you can score free business cards. they'll take your about me profile, make it into a business card, and send you those in the mail. the digital realm is awesome, but let's be honest, it's great to get out there and network. they'll give you free business cards. this is a great way to create a digital profile of yourself online. >> one stop shopping and people can go there and find everything. that's pretty cool. thank you, laurie. good to see you.
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>> for more high-tech ideas and reviews, go to and look for the gaming and gadgets tab. what would the game of football be like without the kickoff. nfl fans may soon find out. we'll tee up the subject with a former nu eer nfl player who sa banning kickoff will actually make the game better? r -- bigger or smaller? bigger! bigger! bigger! bigger! so, which would you rather have -- a big treehouse or a small treehouse? if it's big enough, you can have a disco. oh, yeah! why do you not want a smaller treehouse? because it wouldn't be able to fit a flat-screen tv, and then the tv would be about this big, and you would have to hold the wire, and the position you would hold the wire, you wouldn't be able to see the tv. that's a pain in the buns. yeah. yeah. yeah. yeah. [ male announcer ] it's not complicated. bigger is better. and at&t has the nation's largest 4g network. ♪
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the nfl has put in many new rules and regulations to make football safer for the athletes. one area that's been targeted, kick returns, which generally are some of the most violent plays in football. and a recent "time" magazine articleering commissioner roger goodell said he's considering getting rid of kickoffs all together. here's how it would work. the team that scored would get the ball on their own 30 yard line. it would be fourth and 15,
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fourth down with 15 yards to go. the team could either try for a first down or punt, essentially punt. replace kickoffs. what do you think about that? joining me now is coy wire, former atlanta falcon and buffalo bill and nine-year nfl veteran. coy, you played on a lot of special teams. were you ever injured in a kickoff? >> i was. often, actually, as a life-long special teamer, i have a plate and four screws in my neck and i had teammates, also, kevin everett, when i was in buffalo, who was paralyzed on the play. i have seen firsthand and felt firsthand how violent that phase of the game can be. >> is the kickoff more violent than a punt return? >> it is, here's why, because it's the only play in football when you have grown men running at full speed like rams hitting each other in these collisions that are like car crashes. in no other play does it happen, and it happens consistently, almost every time. the thing is, if we can make slight changes to that one phase
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of the game where it's going to make it safer for the athletes, we must. >> there's something, though, about a kickoff that's like the beginning of the game, the restart after somebody scored a touchdown. it feels to me like it would change sort of the complexion of the game. >> it could change it dramatically. you don't make it to the game on time to get to the fourth and 15 off. we're so used to the kickoff. it's an iconic part of the game. the thing is the fans must realize is we don't have to take away part of the game, the big hits. that's why we love to watch it. we can still have big hits, violent hits, but we don't have to -- we can lessen the number of times where the life altering, life threatening injuries can occur. there's still going to be big hits and injuries, but a slight modification would be great for the game and future players of the game. >> american football sort of descended from rugby, really. it sounds if you take away the
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kickoff, you're returning to rugby. >> i hear you. that's the thing we have to realize, this game has evolved ever since that time. in 1900, theodore roosevelt said we have to make changes in the game. too many players are getting injuure injured. then in the '50s and '60s, we went from leather hel mmets to plastic helmets. these times are no different. >> how do you think the fans would react if this were to com making it safer, so this is no different. >> how do you think the fans would react? >> well, rightly so you have to stress the game can still be violent and exciting. but with the slight modifications that can lessen the opportunities where the less threatening and life-threatening injuries can occur, that is where change is necessary. okay, let's move on to college football, today is heisman trophy day, of course. and there are two guys who could make history, first, the possibility of the freshman
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winning the heisman trophy, did you ever think you would see the day? >> phenomenal, the closest we came, adrian peterson finished second, dynamic player, nonetheless, i mean he has won the hearts and minds of many in the college football this year. formerly owned by tim tebow, and cam newton who won, phenomenal, there are other good candidates, too. >> well, thank you for coming in. >> my pleasure, like that hair cut, by the way. >> we'll be right back after the break.
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montee mon crim . washington state has now become the first state in the country to let pot smokers light up legally. but a showdown ahead with the federal government which is vowing to enforce its drug laws. there was euphoria the moment pot became legal in washington state. but 3,000 miles away in washington, d.c., the justice department and the white house are reviewing how the federal government should respond. at the moment, they're sticking to this statement from the u.s.
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attorney in seattle, washington, who would prosecute violations there. regardless of the state law, growing, selling or processing any amount of marijuana remains illegal under federal law. the department's responsibility to enforce the controlled substances act remains unchanged. but several department of justice officials who spoke to cnn said that likely wouldn't happen. alberto gonzales laid out the options, option one, lock the users up. >> arrest and prosecute those in possession of marijuana, and then wait for the defendant to say wait a minute, you know, i have got a state law that says here this is not lawful. and at that point, the department can raise the issue, and say well, the federal government laws preempt state laws in this issue. >> option two, fight it out in the courts. >> sue the state of washington and the state of colorado, take them to court and just say
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outright in this field, the federal government has preempted and that the law has to fall. >> option three, cut off federal money to law enforcement. >> simply start withholding federal grants to the state. because of the fact that they're not helping the state enforce federal law. >> gonzales didn't mention option four, do nothing. listen to former federal prosecutor mark osler. >> i think they should stand back. the best course of action is to employ the prosecution, the discretion at that level, and let the states do what it will. >> and just why would the obama administration balk at enforcing laws that were on the books for decades. >> there is the legal issue. >> here you have states for president obama, colorado in fact is a swing state. the states have spoken, and for the federal government to come in and say we want to quash the popular mandate, there are
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political risks to do that. >> and there is also some precedents for medical marijuana which is already legal in 18 states and the district of columbia. >> but don't think that medical marijuana is exempt from scrutiny, the feds can go after that, too, one spokesperson said. president obama said we won't be legalizing weed any time soon. the attacks stunned the u.s. but now we may get more information on the attack on benghazi and the arrest of a suspect. we'll have a report in just a few moments. many of my patients still clean their dentures with toothpaste.
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-- captions by vitac -- it is the top of the hour and you're in the cnn news room, thank you for joining us, i'm joe johns in for fredricka whitfield. and a man detained, they're trying to determine if he played a role on the attacks against the u.s. in benghazi. he was detained by egyptian authorities. he has been released from prison there after the downfall of former president hosni mubarak's regime. susan candiotti has more.
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>> reporter: you know, we're hearing he was picked up a couple of week ago in egypt. and u.s. authorities suspect he may have played a role in the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. that of course killed ambassador chris stevens and three other americans, all of this from a source with information. and the u.s. is conducting the investigation, they have not yet had access to him. he quickly popped up on their radar. they have been looking at him for sometime. the official would not comment on what led them to him, joe. >> now, what do we know about the guy? >> well, not all that much, but we do know he is considered a radical jihadist, forty-five years old, a master's degree in law. he is behind the terror cell, a
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group that is seeking to align itself with al-qaeda. the official said he is denying any link to the attack on the consulate, or with al-qaeda. he is believed to be linked to a terror cell in egypt, at that time five people were arrested, joe. >> he is not the only suspect in this, and the question is really whether the fbi is making progress with other suspects, as well. >> well, according to our sources they are covering a lot of ground, but how far they are getting, we still do not know. we do know this, that the fbi hoped to question a tunisian suspect. but after getting access to him, he refused to speak. so that is just one suspect, akhmed is another, we don't know the role they may have played in all of this. >> susan candiotti i, as always,
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thank you for great reporting. and we should get more information about the benghazi attack when secretary of state hillary clinton testifies at an open congressional hearing. her testimony will follow the release from the review board. the state department has been under fire for its handling on the terror attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. and same-sex couples are finally getting their day in the supreme court. the justices will hear two challenges, one case involves the federal defense of marriage act, which denies benefits to same-sex marriages legally married in their own state. the other is a challenge to proposition a, which took away the right of same-sex marriage that had previously been approved by the courts. the supreme court will also look into the constitutionality of the controversial ban of same-sex marriage known as proposition 8. striking it down could have
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immediate impact on gay spouses currently denied benefits. cnn's casey wyan introduces us to one couple. >> reporter: november first, 2008, was the most important day of tracy harris and maggie cooper's life. their union, from a state ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. did you think that you would be fighting a legal battle four years later, from the rights other couples enjoy? >> on that particular day, that was not really on our mind. >> reporter: three days later, california voted to out law future same-sex marriage, their union is still recognized byhe state, but not by the federal government. tracy served as a 12-year, highly decorated army veteran. >> especially after the repeal of don't ask, don't tell, there will be other veterans facing the same issues. >> reporter: for them, the immediate issue was the spousal
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benefits for which margaret was not eligible. >> i look to the time it is a fully recognized marriage in the eyes of the federal government, and we don't have to worry about burdens going on in our daily lives. >> reporter: burdens such as tracy's recent diagnosis, multiple sclerosis, which the veteran's administration has determined it was related to her military service during wars in iraq and afghanistan, they're suing the federal government. tell me what you're hoping to accomplish in this lawsuit? >> long story short, i just want to be able to make sure if anything happens to me, if my connective issues get worse, that margaret is provided for. >> reporter: unless the government recognizes same-sex marriages, margaret won't be available for the benefits if tracy dies. they also can't be buried together in a military cemetery. the justice department wouldn't comment on the cooper-harris
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case, because it is in litigation. >> there is an in justice, you want to figure out what to do. >> you have so much love for a person, you want to figure out how to build a future with them, have a start with them. and i can't think of anything better. so this is a good civil rights fight. >> reporter: pasadena, california. >> the egyptian president may be ready to make some concessioninconcessions. we'll have a live report after the break. two years ago, the people of bp made a commitment to the gulf. bp has paid over twenty-three billion dollars to help those affected and to cover cleanup costs. today, the beaches and gulf are open, and many areas are reporting their best tourism seasons in years. and bp's also committed to america. we support nearly 250,000 jobs
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>> reporter: joe, it is much too early to figure out exactly what this statement means. but for the second night in a row, we've seen moves by president morsy that could be viewed as concessions by the opposition, and may be signs that he is caving to pressure. let's give you a brief background and explain to you what happened. you'll recall last month, president morsy announced a set of decrees that gave him additional powers and made him immune from the judiciary. that is what really set off this conflict. tonight an official who was at the palace in some meetings, says the president is now willing to amend one of those controversial decrees, article six, which essentially says the president may take necessary actions and measures to protect
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the country and the goals of the revolution. it is a seemingly vague article that essentially says the president can do whatever he wants. and now, apparently, the president is willing to amend that article. and you have will recall last night the president said he is willing to postpone the nationwide referendum on the draft on the constitution that is scheduled for december 15th. no official statement from the president's office yet. we're expecting something either tonight -- it is about 11:00 local timtomorrow. but these are signs, joe, that the president is willing to reach out and make compromise. but there is so much distrust between these two sides, the supporters of the opposition are already calling this a plot or a ruse, joe? >> very interesting stuff out of cairo, thank you so much for that. me of the indicationsre perhaps the egyptian president is backing away from his earlier
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stand. george zimmerman, the man who shot and killed trayvon martin says nbc news made him look like a racist. coming up, find out if this case is going anywhere. our legal guys weigh in. >> this week on the next list, architect, designer, her muse is nature, and her medium is the 3-d printer. >> we are here tonight for the opening of a show, my contribution to the show is a picture of the mythical beings, designed around the body. perhaps one day they will turn into buildings. so there is a helmet series that
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only from at&t. rethink possible. ox. coming up, the man who shot and killed a teenager in florida sues a major television network. the legal guys weigh in. >> joe, when a news agency intentionally distorts the news for ratings, they're going to have the pay. see ya. >> avery? >> look, the bottom line here is actions against media. very difficult to prove. i think the answer is going to be a real surprise coming up. >> all right, guys, back in less than two minuting. than two minutines. .
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pushpa bas . george zimmerman, the man who shot and killed seventeen-year-old trayvon martin in sanford, florida, is suing universal over a 911 call he said made him sound racist. >> and i think what they tried to do was to get ahead of the curve coverage, thinking that they had themselves a person who was a racist. and they were wrong. but i think what they did was they cut a lot of corners, to try and beat the rest of the media to it. and maybe had they been right they would have gotten away with it. but they were wrong. >> our legal guys are back now,
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avery freedman in cleveland, and richard herman, in las vegas, richard, i want to start with you. so what kind of problem does universal have? is this what they call false light? >> i tell you, when a news agency intentionally distorts news for ratings, they have got a problem. and i believe in this particular instance, it is crystal clear that nbc distorted the news package on zimmerman. they took snippets of news recordings and just made him look like a racist. because again, the ratings were falling in the garbage, they wanted to get ratings. they wanted to come out with this racist argument, they got caught with their hands in the cookie jar, i think they will pay. they fired people, they will pay him big bucks for this, a big mistake. >> the one question i have,
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avery, this has been out there for a while. and you would think there had been efforts to settle before they even filed a lawsuit. do you think there is somebody on one side or the other just saying i am not going to settle? >> well, you know what. it may be a cardinal journalistic sin, joe, but when it comes to defamation and news media, i think these are complyi complicated cases. i mean it is very troubling to see when a journalist asks somebody was trayvon martin white or black, and they knock out the question, clearly, there is a question such as that it rings in the bottom line. i think there are other issues that factor into it. i think nbc media has a problem with it. they did the right thing, getting rid of the editors, but i think there is a question if they will prevail. >> one thing, when i looked at
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it closely is whether or not zimmerman is essentially a public figure or not, do you think that plays into it? do we have a question as to whether or not he was a public figure or whether there was an absence of malice that could make a difference in this case? richard? >> yes, look, that is a very astute observation, and let's face it, avery, defamation cases are very, very hard to prove. however, if he is deemed a public figure, you can go and claim there is malice here, they intentionally broke it down to make him look like a racist. this is horrible what they did. and when we see news agencies that are supposed to be objective. subjective. they took it a took further and tried to do it for ratings and got caught. they have to settle this case.
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>> avery get in there. >> yeah, very quickly, if it was judge joe johns, he nailed the issue. the fact that he is a public figure, they have to show beyond malice here. and the bottom line, a great deal of information was out there anyhow. i think it is a tough case to prevail in. i think george zimmerman will have a very difficult time winning this case. >> avery freedman and richard herman, thank you so much. always good to see you guys. we're just learning that dallas cowboy has been killed in a single car accident involving a teammate. police say brown was in the passenger seat of a car that hit a curb and flipped over in the dallas area this morning. police have arrested the driver, cowboys player, joshua brent on suspicion of intoxication manslaughter. the spokesperson said the organization is deeply saddened by this news and the passing of
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a question many people ask it many ways. for mixed people, it always comes down to skin clear. soledad o'brien brings us a story on a girl whose race is constantly questioned . >> if i had like a word to describe me, it would most likely be quirky. i am in a band. we do like progressive alternative rock, kind of. at first, when people meet me, they don't really know what i am. they will ask me like, what are you? >> seventeen-year-old nio jones is a singer, a talented poet, a high school senior. but that is not what people want to know. >> recently after i had one of those experience, i just started
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like writing things. and i thought this deals with the same things, let's make it a group piece. >> what is it you want to do? >> i don't know, pick a book, a people. >> her best friend does spoken word and poetry with her. >> it starts off, girl, you are so pretty, what are you. the question for a girl with soft, kinky curls, it simply is not enough for them. they itch to know just what i am. it helps them sleep at night if they can just pin down the reason for my gold, burned-potato skin. >> the girls are asked to characterize themselves, in a country that puts people in most of two boxes. black or white. can you decide if you're black or white? >> i don't think anybody else gets to pick for me. when it comes down to it, it is what i say about myself that is
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the most important. >> cnn's soledad o'brien looks at questions about skin clear, discrimination and race. "who is black in america"? the documentary is tomorrow night, only on cnn. now, here is what is trending on line, new york new jersey thought by many to be a u.s. senate candidate in 2014 is now living off of food stamps. he told piers morgan that his living by example is causing some major hunger pangs. >> it is a little more difficult than i would imagine, irthought i would start out eating on a budget, i am really cutting back now. the big thing for me, people have to understand, this going out and getting this cup of coffee at starbucks will wipe out the entire allowance for a day. and this guy, addicted to caffeine, going through withdrawal, this is a big
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challenge. >> you don't have caffeine? >> no, because i can't afford it on a budget. the best selling "50 shades of gray," turning into green. random house says the workers will get extra money next week. the bonus was announced at the company's corporate christmas party. the shade series has topped the best seller numbers for weeks. and we're learning that dallas cowboys jerry brown was killed in an accident. he was the passenger in a vehicle that hit a curb in dallas early this morning. police have arrested the driver, josh brent, on suspicion of intoxication manslaughter. more on this developing story with don lemon at the top of the hour. that will do it for me, cnn news room continues at the top of the hour with don lemon, first. dr. sanjay guptaok