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hurt in the bombings as well. this says boston strong -- i am boston. god bless all of you. people have include their names, too. first and last. proud just to be here to support the city and all of you standing around like boston strong right? yeah! because although there are tears here there is a feeling of hope too, and a feeling of unity, a feeling of community and that's what the mayor of boston really wants to -- really wants people to imwart when they come to visit this memorial. not only does he want people to remember the victims an feel a little sorrow but he also wants to brit city together to bring the nation together and to make boston strong. let's turn now to the veg investigation. there are some new developments. let's head to massachusetts and susan candiotti. bring us up to date. >> reporter: hi carol. i'm outside the federal medical facility where the suspect is
being held at this time. as we are, we can tell you this -- questions continue to swirl around the russians' wiretapping the mother of the bombing suspects. sources with knowledge of the investigation tell cnn that the russians were eavesdropping on the mother of the suspects in this case in early 2011 including a phone call from one of the brothers to the mother who was in russia at the time. however, we don't know the specifics of that phone call. we are told accor sources that the subject was jihad but it was very vague. so were they talking about a religious struggle were they talking about specifics of an attack woe don't know nor do we know carol, why the russians were wiretapping the mother at that time. and what other details might they have had. and for how long were they wiretapping, which brings us another point -- why did the russians wait until just a few
days ago to share this information with the fbi. carol? >> that is the million dollar question. that's going to be like mulled over all week long. i understand susan, you also have an update on the suspect's condition. tell us about that. >> reporter: they're not saying much about his medical condition but we do know this. according to a spokesperson for the medical facility here we know that he is able to speak. we know that he is talking with doctors who are taking care of him had an other personnel there. of course he is still confined to a special sec this medical facility but as to whether he has met with his lawyer or investigators, they're not saying. carol? >> all right, susan candiotti outside that federal prison in devens massachusetts, thanks. nearly two weeks after the bomb blasts 28 victims remain in boston hospitals.
one person does remain in critical condition though. the largest number of patients at brigham and women's hospital. nine people treated there. 24,000 runners hit the streets this morning for the oklahoma city marathon. >> we ask you now for 168 seconds of silence, please. >> the marathon started after a moment of silence for the victims of the o1995. the security was tight after the attacks here in boston. many runners though wore t-shirts and red socks to show support for the victims and some of those who didn't get to finish the race here in boston they crossed the finish line in oklahoma city. time to capture in words the bittersweet at mossmosphere at boston memorial site. so many coming to pay their respects. while it is sad what happened there is hope in the air, too.
this beautiful city feels a little stronger. stands a little taller today. i want to bring in one of the guests that -- is it okay if i bring her in now? i'm sorry. there you go. okay. sorry. what's your name. >> my name is estelle. >> hi estelle. thank you so much for talking with us. tell us why you came to the memorial site? >> we just wanted to pay tribute to the people who lost their lives and were injured. we just felt the least we could do. such an unfortunate incident that happened. but at least it brought people together and, you know -- >> are you surprised at the number of people down here? >> i am. i'm surprised the number of flowers and all the well wishers have have signed the card and everything. it is more than i expected to see. it is overwhelming. >> i'm sure you were reading the messages. is there one in particular that
stands out? >> no not in particular because there seems to be a common theme behind all of them everyone was behind them wishing them good luck and their thoughts and prayers were with these individuals. >> a lot of them are saying boston strong stand tall we're in this together. >> right. i think that's part of the new england ethics and it is coming through. that we will not be intimidated by acts of terrorism, that we will fight against terrorism. >> because you don't get the sense that anybody's afraid. >> no. if you look up and down boylston street today, it is just filled with people celebrating this beautiful weather and this wonderful day and this beautiful city. >> really are beautiful. most of the buildings have been retared. if you didn't know what happened you probably wouldn't know anything was wrong. >> that's right. that's right sglp how does that make you feel? >> that makes me feel wonderful. that the city is coming back to
life and we're going to move forward and we're going to hopefully bring positive changes and continue the spirit of good will towards other people. >> so normalcy is the best revenge. >> normalcy is the best revenge. we will not be intimidated, we will not crawl into a corner and cower. yes, normalcy is the best course of action. >> thank be with you estelle. >> thank you very much. well let's talk a little bit about the white house correspondents dinner. the president had a great night actually. had some touching words about boston but also he was the jokester in chief that night. we'll talk about that next. i think ford service is great but i wondered what a customer thought? describe the first time you met. you brought the flex in... as soon as i met fiona and i was describing the problem we were having with our rear brakes, she immediately triaged the situation, knew exactly what was wrong with it, the car was diagnosed properly it was fixed correctly
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for example, this whole controversy about jay-z going to cuba. it's unbelievable. i've got 99 problems and now jay-z's one. >> the president's pretty funny. there were a lot of jokes last night from the president at the white house correspondents dinner. let's bring in candy crowley, anchor of "state of the union." hi canada. >> how are you? >> in the face of the boston tragedy, all the other dangerous issues the president and congress deal with this correspondents dinner is a way for just a minute -- for me a little longer than a minute -- to take a breather. right? >> it is. let's face it something is always going on in the world. i remember george bush doing it
in the midst of the iraq war when the search for weapons of mass destruction was still under way. it is time for levitty but boston was usually just a sentence away whether from conan o'brien or the president or those that belonged to the white house correspondents association, they all mentioned washington they all mentioned what a tough time it has been for the country. so there certainly was recognition of that. but you're right, this is intended as one of those annual events and there is a lot of levity to it as you saw with the president, and there's also a lot of hollywood to it. so it is a very interesting time in washington. we're not usually telling jokes and we're not usually standing next to actors and singers and all that kind of stand-out night in the year for white house correspondents. >> understood. so the fun is passed sadly, now
we have to get back to what's serious. a lot of lawmakers are talking this morning about this marathon bomber suspect dzhokhar tsarnaev having his miranda rights read to him in the hospital after 16 hours of questioning. i want to play a clip from the attorney general eric holder talking to cnn last night at the correspondents dinner and -- about his reaction and also reaction this morning from congressman peter king, the republican from new york. let's listen to both. >> the decision to mirandize him was one that the magistrate made and that totally consistent with the laws that we have. we had had a two-day period that we were able to question him under the public safety exception so i think everything was done appropriately and we got good leads. >> the attorney general to say i got some good leads, they can stop the interrogation? this isn't "colombo," where you're playing a game. you get all the evidence you can. it is a matter of life or death. i don't know of any case law which says the magistrate has the right to come into a hospital room an stop an interrogation and i don't know
why the attorney general of the united states consented to that. the fbi wanted to continue the interrogation and eric holder now said he approved that interrogation being stopped. it is absolutely disgraceful. >> okay. so candy, eric holder's not exactly a popular guy among republicans anyway but is this issue of reading the suspect his miranda rights a partisan issue? >> not exactly. first of all, it's a done issue. let's start with that. is something that right away republicans were out there -- lindsey graham was out there going, i hope they don't treat this man as a criminal this man is a terrorist and we need to not mirandize him, we need to find out everything we can. and that generally has been the republican tact when a terrorist is caught. let's remember this young man now in custody is an american citizen so democrats have pushed back. it falls along party lines but
it also kind of falls how people view it. but nonetheless, in the end this is a moot argument simply because it's done. he's been mirandized and as far as we know he's stop giving sort of substantive information. candy crowley, thanks so much. from "state of the union." we're learning much more now about the prime suspect in those ricin letters sent to the president and two other public officials. he'll appear in court tomorrow to face charges. he was taken into custody in pup low, mississippi. >> reporter: the judge of a son here in lee county who received one of those ricin letters is telling us that he arrest is a step towards justice for his family. this is the man federal authorities now believe mailed three ricin-laced letters earlier this month to president obama, mississippi senator roger wicker and judge sadie holland.
he is accused of "knowingly developing producing, stockpiling, possessing a biological agent for use as a weapon." that agent, according to the u.s. attorney's office was ricin. >> this could haven't devastating. very devastating. mom could have died. >> reporter: steve holland's mother is the mississippi judge who received one of the letters. dusky ran against him for a mississippi state house in >> he was a mad personality. he was a vicious kind of guy. he he's tacked me personally. even my entire family. that was his m.o. during the campaign. >> last week charges were dropped against the elvis impersonator. curtis said he had been framed dutschke as a possible suspect. in this youtube video posted last week dutschke talk about the investigation.
>> i met with the fbi. i consented to a search signed a piece of paper saying go ahead and search the house. i don't have anything at all to do with this. >> an attorney representing the 41-year-old on a separate case says the martial arts studio closed after dutschke with child molestation earlier this year. he has pleaded not grilt touilty to those federal. he's expected to be in federal court tomorrow in oxford. we hope to learn more about the arrest and also what led authorities to make the arrest here in tupelo. in the meantime the investigation into those bombing suspects go on in boston and during that time too, people continue to pay homage to those hurt in the boston marathon bombings. this is a spontaneous memorial in copley square. as you can see, hundreds of people are paying their respects. this is one of my favorite spontaneous displays. you can see lots of people left their running shoes behind because of course it happened
during the boston marathon. there are messages from runners all around the world saying we're going to run strong boston strong this is not going to stop us little bit over that way -- i won't show you because a lot of people are standing around. there is a paper chain made byó elementary school students it looks like. each link has the name of a student on it and well wishes for the people of boston. this is exactly what public officials want to see. they want to see people coming out. not only paying homage but shopping in the stores and eating in the restaurants here in the copley square area. the mayor wants life to get back to normal as soon as possible because normalcy is the best revenge. coming up in the newsroom barbara starr has a look at to detect explosives. one that may soon replace bomb sniffing dogs. we'll tell you about that when we come back.k/
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welcome back. i'm carol costello live in boston. before we get to the latest in the investigation here in boston a look at some of the other headlines making news today. foggy rain mess turned dangerous fast as floodwaters took offense roads in texas. fire officials in houston had to rescue 150 drivers whose cars got stuck yesterday. some areas got as much as eight inches of rain. one world trade center this new york city will become the tallest building in the western
hemisphere. that will happen tomorrow. construction crews are going to put the last two pieces of the spire into place. that will bring the building to its total height -- 1,776 feet tall. it's already the tallest building in new york city. could a bomb sniffing dog have prevented the boston marathon attack or could a machine? technology is putting highly trained canines against man-made bomb detectors. cnn pentagon correspondent barbara starr has more for you. >> carol, some new advances in bomb detection technology are coming that experts hope will keep everyonsafe. from the boston marathon to u.s. troops on patrol in afghanistan, in the life and death challenge to detect bombs. it's a debate over dog versus machine in the search for the best solutions. oak ridge national laboratory is
fo technology. this bunch of boxes and computers screens is prototype for detecting explosives. >> so what this sensor does is it combines infrared sources with optics and an infrared detector. >> reporter: simply put -- lasers shoot out. the target here, a suitcase reflects certain colors. advanced computers analyze the and within seconds detech explosivessploes detect explosives. the laser finds small amounts of explosives nearly a football field away and it can be put on a truck, moving, scanning a crowd like the marathon. >> you you look out a large area and saw it is a difficult question to answer but i would could do it. >> scientists say a dog's nose is the best detector but pentagon officer search sara lagasse says even aldo her bomb sniffing partner, has limits. >> some dogs can search a really
long time. some dogs don't search as long. they get fatigued just like people do. >> reporter: and dogs have to get close up to their target. >> if it was a large the marathon you'd have to have numerous teams. do a grid and get through it. >> reporter: cnn's randi kaye asked if it could have helped in boston. >> reporter: you think if you had a videotaper wake dog in boston you could have detected those suspects? >> had one offous dogs been in place on that corner with those two those backpacks, i think they would have alerted on it. >> reporter: the oak ridge team says in boston it could have identified the precise explosives in second. >> if i'm on a bomb squad i want to know right now is this a dangerous package or not, not have to blow it up unnecessarily or put my life at risk. >> reporter: the oak ridge technology is just one of many ideas being work on right now to
detect bombs containing small amounts of explosives. for now experts say they will use anything they can -- dogs and technology in this deadly challenge. carol? >> thanks a lot, barbara starr reporting for us this afternoon. i wanted to give you another look at copley square, the spontaneous memorial that's sprung up. look at all the people. inside this area there are actual walls set up where people can write messages. people have left their shoes with" strong" written on the heels. these are my favorite because it happened during the boston marathon. if you are a runner you know the tight community we runners are. elike to give support to one another especially in times like these. i think it is important we continue to race without fear. my home away from home we love you, boston. boston stay strong.
stay strong beantown. a woman named estelle was telling me before she found a theme in all of these messages. she's right. because most messages simply say, stay strong boston. we love you. that's about it. it seems that people just want to get back to life as they knew it life as normal. i want to bring in this gentleman, my new friend. what's your name? >> harry tether. >> where are you from? >> new hampshire. >> why did you come down here today? >> came down to be part of this great outpouring. >> can you believe it? >> i was in paris when the marathon took place, and you know how you always remember where are you when a tragic events takes place? i was looking at the eiffel tower. you know how it sparkles every hour? it was sparkling just when the bombs went off and that was such a lovely sigh and this was such a tragedy. i had to come and -- >> did you leave a message? did you bring something? >> i'm bringing a lot of
thoughts. i just came out of the tea. we'd been at the art museums, museum of fine arts and isabelle gardner and had to come by and see boston strong. >> i think that really encapsulates all of this. because you look around and there are tears but not too many. it's more of -- you can't beat us you can try, but you're not going to do it. >> i talk to a friend last night at dinner. he said he he stopped running a marathon five years ago but after this he's going to come back and run it again. it is going to be the strongest marathon year next year ever. >> thanks for sharing, harry. you can see what a great attitude people have and what a hopeful vibe there is in this city and just the simple fact that terrorists will not beat us. theywon't. when we come backhe investigation into the suspects who did that terrible thing at the boston marathon. we'll be back. stick around.
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says he's in the hospital in russia with an unspecified illness. he didn't give any details of what the illness is but says it will force him to postpone his trip to the united states indefinitely. he planned to fly to massachusetts to meet with his son dzhokhar and bury his older son, tamerlan. but as i said he'll be staying in russia indefinitely. until the boston marathon attacks the world didn't hear much about the russian republic
of of dagestan. nic robertson has more. >> reporter: aspiring hopefuls slug it out. this day only training. tomorrow well just look at the photographs on the wall in this dagestan gym. the print for america. "the boxers there are cool. i'd like to learn from them." for centuries they have challenged themselves this way. tamerlan tsarnaev excelled at this sport but legacy won't be boxing but reflect bad on them and the region. this 18-year-old competes at international level and fears tsarnaev's trip to the region last year may hurt them. "i'd like dagestan not to be associated with what happens," he says.
"we go to competitions and now we might face problems." their coach reaction. "what happened in boston was horrible," he says. "but you can't make a judgment on a nation base on two people's action. these kids all want to be in competition. i don't want any bearing to block their visas." it is not just the gym. dagestan may once have been so far behind the iron curtain few in the west could find it on a. . but here the reverse was never true. here anything americana means cool. the cafe got its name because the designers thought would bring in more business. not because they're selling great traditional american food. like the cafe there is new construction here. outside investment essential lp this worker tells me "i just really hope that everyone will understand that it is quiet in
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his mirsfirst miracle. you a thofr " you a thofr author of "invite the vatican" joins us. everybody wants to know what this second miracle is. do you have any insight into that? >> we know in order to be canonized the pope needs a second miracle, a miracle by god attributed to his intercession. what we've heard is that this has now been reviewed this miracle, this healing has been reviewed by a committee of seven doctors who have determined that they have no scientific explanation for why this person was cured. so it looks like he's on the fast track for becoming a saint, being declared a saint, maybe as early as october. >> so remind us of the first miracle. there was a nun with parkinson's disease. doctors thought she had.
she prayed to pope john paul for a cure. supposedly she was cured. is that right? that was the first miracle. >> that's correct. and what the church does is it requires that these alleged miracles be investigated by medical experts, that the x-rays blood tests, everything medical records be reviewed by a panel of doctors and they try to get experts in the field of the disease that the cure took place in and they look at them and they say, okay is there an explanation. if there's an explanation, possible explanation, then the miracle's thrown out. but if they cannot fine any scientific explanation for the miracle, then it can be used in the cause of beatification or canonization. >> i have to ask you a cynical reporter question -- who are
these doctors? >> well it's a committee of doctors that the vatican has who are independent doctors. they've gone through medical school and all that. their reputations are on the line in terms of their professional credibility. so they're not people who are going to just allow something to go through that they have not carefully studied. >> okay. so what happens now? so the first miracle is in place now they're working on proving the second miracle. after they do that what happens? >> well after they do that after the doctors have approved it and said they have no scientific explanation, then it goes to the congregation for causes of the saints which is a committee of cardinals and bishops. then they have to vote on it and approve it also. and at that point then it goes to the pope's desk and it is up to him to decide when and if he
wants to declare that pope john paul ii is to be considered a saint, somewhat of heroic vision virtue someone who can be presented to the faithful as someone to be imitated and honored. >> so the pope has already beenbybeen by by aetfied. what time period would we say st. john paul? >> i think it could come as early as october. this would be close to the anniversary of the election of john paul ii an october is also the month when we cra feast of blessed john paul ii. so october looks like the end of the race. >> father thomas reese, thanks for filling us in. we sure appreciate it. >> you're welcome.
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capital joining me now from baltimore with the answers to all of your questions. thanks for being with us todd. >> thanks for having me. >> okay. so i'll ask you that question. is my home worth more than it was last year? >> well it shoul be carol. case schiller index. everybody wants to focus on this. the housing data recently has been okayed. it hasn't been great but it hasn't been poor. case schiller is going to look at 0 major metropolitan cities. it is going to give you somewhat of a housing value on residential real condo sales or new construction but right now wall street is expecting a year over year increase of 9%. the biggest increase then since 2006. if you bought a home a year ago you should be feeling pretty good right now. >> okay. so oddly enough i am shopping for a house right now. i have heard of bidding wars in certain cities like homes on the market that go in one day. how common is this and in what >> that is common especially in
washington, d.c. and in new york. you think of some of the biggest cities obviously where there is a lot of commerce that's taking place, they can also focus on the west coast and san francisco. of course even in san diego. there are certain cities in this country right now that you do have those bidding wars that are taking place. it is almost like you would feel it is part of the housing bubble. like what we had preet economic collapse. but i got to tell you, a lot of these home buyers right now are mostly cash. i'm not sure that bubble is going to be blowing up any time soon. >> that's what i wanted to ask you. say i have my eye on a house and i get myself into this biddi do i know when to stop upping my bid,ish say? >> good question. i think that's on a per-person basis, on a case by case bas. because clearly if there is affordability there, if you have the opportunity to obtain the mortgage there's several factors obviously.
obviously if home values continue to increase but also job security. you have to keep that in mind as you buy a house. realistically thisnd for would-be home buyers to think home values will increase 90% per year but they are increasing. there is an up tren there and that's great for residential real estate. >> there is a problem though todd. it is very difficult to get a loan still. i'm lucky, i have perfect credit. took me a long time but i work hard on it. but if you don't have perfect credit it is really really difficult to >> that's right. and so here'sif you are trying to obtain that loan you want to have everything in order before you try to get that mortgage. because first of all, you want to know what your credit report is. carol, looks like you've done your own personal due diligence. everybody needs to do the same thing. get everything all of their assets together an liquidity, also their job history. you're right, banks are not lending like they once did but they are lending. that's something to keep in
mind. sure you might have a few more hoops to jump through but at least banks are at least offering something to would-be buyers. >> i have a lot more hoops to jump through anvy my husband to thank, really, for my good credit. todd thanks for joining us today. coming up in the muslim room the russians were eavesdropping on the suspect bomber's mother. investigators think they were having a conversation about jihad. all the latest details just ahead in the 5:00 p.m. however "newsroom" live from boston.
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