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this is a special "cnn newsroom." i'm wolf blitzer in washington. some real signs of progress in housing market today. figures released for february show home prices rose faster, get this, faster than anytime since 2006. christine romans joining us from new york right now. christine, the report says home prices climbed, what, 9.3% from the same time last year? that's very impressive. what's driving the increase? >> well, very low interest rates, cash buyers, wolf from all over the world, quite frankly. there's not a lot of inventory in some places. if you want to buy a house, you have to pay up for it because there aren't a lot of choices for it. all of those things coming together. wlo look at price increases. the fastest year over year spike in home price is since 2006. we remember 2006 the peak of the
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bubble overall. look where the biggest home prices increases are, wolf in some parts of the country, up double digits. look at san francisco, up almost 19% year over year. las vegas, up more than 17%. phoenix, home prices, wolf, from february last year to february this year, up 23%. detroit, up 15%. atlanta, up about 16%. the slowest price increase, new york city, wolf, up about 1.9%. it didn't see the big run-up, didn't see the big crash, it's not seeing the big recovery there. >> good point, christine. housing bubble caused the big of the recession, we've seen in half a century. the question, is there any danger of this housing market right now getting too hot once again? >> too hot or too cool? in some parts of the country, there are actual lotteries and bidding wars for the few available places out there. but one of the concerns is there could be a spring swoon, people are excited about the spring selling season and what if it's
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disappointing or, wolf, if you have cash buyers or investors who pull back? they have been fueling much of the recovery. all of those things are reason to be cautious. let me show you mortgage rates. mortgage rates are rock bottom leer. so whatever investors are doing, whatever cash buyers from other countries are doing, most people in the country want to buy a house and live it, live in it, see the price go up year over year to make money in the big investment, 30-year fixed rate mortgage 3.4%. that is -- that money's so cheap, if you have a mortgage at 5% or 6%, you must refinance. if you can afford to buy, now's a good time to buy. >> other ways things could be getting more expensive. so the analysts, experts, you're speaking with, say location, location, location, but if it's a good location, it's a good opportunity to buy something before it gets even more expensive. is that what i'm hearing? >> you're hearing from me, if
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you have a job, if you like your school district, if you've got 20%, at least 20% in the bank and you're -- you can take advantage of low mortgage rates, this is a great time to buy a house. if any one of those things is not true, then it's perfectly fine to be a aren'ter and repair your balance sheet. maybe in the next couple of years we'll see more properties come on the market. this is a normalization of home price. this is a normalization after what what was a big pop. you can see how far we've come. if you bought a house in 2006, 2007, you still are not back to where you were on the price of the house. home prices are not back where they were. they are down 28% from the peak. some people watching us and saying, what we recovery? i'm still down, home prices over the past ten years. you can see what we're seeing on right of the screen, normalization after a big run-up and a pop of a bubble, and it will take time for things to sort of fine their footing, i
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think. >> good point. good chart. christine, thanks very much. for more on this story and other business-related stories, go to let's move on to the latest in the boston terror investigation. government sources tell cnn, preliminary talks are under way, preliminary talks to allow the suspected bomber dzhokhar tsarnaev to resume providing information about the attacks to federal investigators in exchange for having the death penalty taken off the table. we're told the talks have been under way, quote, for the past few days. meanwhile, the widow of the other terror suspect, tamerlan tsarnaev, coming under closer scrutiny. investigators have taken dna samples and other items from katharine russell at her parents' home in rhode island. they will compare the samples to female dna found on a fragment of one of the pressure cooker bombs used in the boston attack. federal agents, by the way, also
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trying to determine if there's a link between tamerlan and this man, william plotnikov, a canadian boxer turned jihadist killed a year ago in a shoot-out with russian troops. firefight happened in the same region tamerlan was visiting. he returned to the u.s. quickly thereafter. we have reporters covering all angles of the investigation. and we're staying on top of this story. meanwhile, a defiant president obama says the u.s. won't be intimidated by bombings in boston. in a news conference over at the white house just a little while ago the president was asked whether people should be afraid of attending large gatherings after the attack at the boston marathon, and he said, absolutely not. >> we're not going to stop living our lives because warped individuals try to intimidate us. we're going to do what we do which is go to work, raise our kids, go to ball games, run in
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marathons, and at the same time, we're going to make sure that everybody's cooperating and is vigilant and doing everything we can without being naive to try to prevent attacks from happening in the future the president defended the fbi's handling of the bombing investigation. we'll have much more on that, including a republican senator's response. that's coming up in 15 minutes. now to the other suspected boston bomber whose voice we are hearing for the first time, two weeks after his death. we're hearing tamerlan tsarnaev speak at a pretty eerie experience. entertainment tonight got its hands on never before seen footage of tsarnaev and his boxing coach, john allen, from a 2009 documentary. listen to this. >> tamerlan tsarnaev. >> tsarnaev was just 22 when
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this documentary was filmed. he wanted to be an olympic boxer, but not long after that footage shot disqualified from competition because of a change in it it accidentship rules. brian todd, let's listen to what tsarnaev told entertainment tonight's rob marciano about how the loss of the olympic dream may have impacted this young man. >> he gave me the impression that the reason he was unable to go to the olympics was because he couldn't become a citizen because of mishandling of paperwork and he felt that it was done on purpose so that the guy that he beat could go to the olympic trials. >> do you think that this roadblock in his boxing career set him on the path to these bombings? >> absolutely. >> that was the trainer for tsarnaev, john allen, speaking to rob marciano. brian, you've spoken to other boxing coaches who came contact
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with tamerlan tsarnaev. what did they tell you? >> reporter: wolf, they put together a picture of a frustrated boxer who got very close to the top levels of the sport but couldn't quite put it together at the end. i talked to two former coaches who came in contact with him, one who worked with him in the gym, the other who coached another fighter who was in a similar weight class, a close weight class, who observed imhi for a week in the golden glove championships in salt lake city in 2009. they both said they had real talent, he could have really made something of himself as a boxer. they say he had a great punch, great agility, great instincts in the ring. but they say they couldn't put it together at the end. one said they didn't take direction very well. other said they didn't have the lart to fheart to finish his fi. you get the portrayal of a boxer who really kind of made it almost to the pinnacle winning two new england gold gloves
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championships but not quite put together everything at the end. of course being denied the chance in 2010 compete for the olympic team because of new rules put in place, that said if you're not a compete u.s. citizen you couldn't compete. he was frustrated at the very end of of the boxing career at the time people observing him changing, a more devout following of islam, 2009, 2010, the time frame that you put that together. whether the boxing failure is what turned him down that path, you know, we're still putting sole of that together. not clear at this point. you get a sense of the frustrations in the boxing realm. >> certainly do. brian, there were other issues in family that now apparently give us additional indications they were struggling with, isn't that right? >> reporter: yes, they were, wolf. some information that we just gotten in the last couple of days from state officials regarding the public assistance the family was getting. some of that coming into new
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detail today for us. the family was a fairly consistent recipient of public benefits from the state and the federal government from 2002 until last year. they did receive it on and off but received a lot of it. federally funded food stamps from 2002, 2004 and from 2009-2011. the father got benefits in 2003 and in 2009, 2010. also tamerlan's former wife, katherine russell, got benefits from state officials, food stamps and other assistance for people with dependent children from september of 2011 until november of 2012. what's interesting about that period is, wolf, in that year, in the span of that year, six-month period is when tamerlan tsarnaev went to russia. while he was in russia, away from his wife and child, the family was getting welfare benefits for that entire year. so indirectly tamerlan and dzhokhar tsarnaev were receiving benefits as being part of those
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households, both parents, first, and katharine russell with tamerlan, getting public assistance benefit as a member of katherine russell's household during the entire year of 2012 until november of that year. >> katherine russell, though, correct me if i'm wrong, her family back in rhode island prominent, well-to-do family, is that right. >> >> reporter: that's right. her father is a surgeon. we were in their neighborhood yesterday. my colleague, erin mcpike covering the situation with the family. you can tell by going into the neighborhood they're not poorly off at well. fairly wealthy people. still we have information from the state officials now na last year, for much of last year until five months ago, wolf, you can assume when she was at least living part time in that apartment in cambridge, that see that was receiving public assistance, getting some food stamp assistance and also some assistance for people with dependent children. tamerlan tsarnaev, at least indirectly as a member of the household, getting it it, too.
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>> brian, thanks very much. bri will have more on the story in "the situation room" later today. the latest lead in the investigation, how a canadian boxer turned jihadist may have influenced tamerlan tsarnaev. we'll explain that part of the story when we come back. also the latest on amanda knox, how she is no longer waiting to be heard. we'll have details on her time spent in an italian prison. her new book just out. plus -- the fcc may allow what's called brief nudity, occasional f-bomb on network tv. not everyone agrees with this. we'll explain in this hour of the "cnn newsroom" what's going on. this is $100,000. we asked total strangers to watch it for us. thank you so much. i appreciate it. i'll be right back.
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investigators want to know whether a canadian boxer turns jihadist may have influenced the boston bombing suspect, tamerlan tsarnaev. william plotnikov dies in a firefight with russian forces in dagestan last july. plotnikov was born in russia, but his family moved to canada when he was a teenager. nick paton walsh joining us live from moscow. nick, explain who this guy william plotnikov was and the possible links, possible links, to tamerlan tsarnaev. >> reporter: well, investigators are looking to see if there's link because of the sheer parallel between william plotnikov, a north american canadian box somewhere tam tsarnaev, also born in former soviet union, moving to north america, and a keen boxer as well. they were both, it seems, in dagestan at the same time. most importantly, the key link seems to be tamerlan
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tsarnaev left russia just a couple of days after the death of william plotnikov in an ambush by russian special forces. as you say, there's no key evidence suggesting there was a link or contact between them. the parallels are just there. and they're glaring. that's why investigators are looking at it, wolf. >> as you know, the russians alerted the u.s. about tamerlan tsarnaev back, what, 2011. earlier today president obama asked about how well the russians are cooperating in the bombing investigation. in his words, he said the russians have been very cooperative with us since the bombing, the boston bombing. what are you hearing over there? >> reporter: well, certainly the key part about what the president said there was that word. let's hear what he had to say. >> the russians have been very cooperative with us since the -- since the boston bombing. obviously old habits die hard.
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there are still suspicions sometimes between our intelligence and law enforcement agencies that date back 10, 20, 30 years, back to the cold war. but they're continuing to improve. >> reporter: now, certainly we do know since the blast there has been intelligence pass frtds russians about a wiretap on the phone call between a mother and one of her sons but no public expectations from the russian what they know and what extent. big statements from the kremlin aid suggesting praise from the white house. that key phrase, old habits die hard that you heard from barack obama. long cold war tension, you can imagine a situation, the fbi, appealing for further details from the fsb, the fsb, former frankly counterparts when they were the kgb in the cold war, being suspicious.
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in a decades of being here, talking about the north caucasus of security services here, a lingering conspiracy theory, a fear that the u.s. has been involved in what they refer to as russia's soft underbelly fermenting violence in that area, denied by u.s. officials but fermenting. a sense of disinterrupt. of course they want to cooperate when they can. if you look back and see how that that fbi, there may have been blockages because of cultural ways of behaving in the organizations that used to be firm cold war adversaradversari >> we'll have much more on the violence in russia straight ahead. ♪if you set your phone to vibrate ♪ ♪ then it might alert your button flies all the ♪ ♪ girls and the guys wanna keep that credit score ♪ ♪ high like a private jet free-credit-score-dot-com ♪ ♪ don't forget! narrator: offer applies with enrollment
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president obama defending the fbi's actions after russia raised concerns about the boston bombing suspecting tamerlan tsarnaev. here what happens he said just a little while ago. >> the russian intell against services had alerted u.s.
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intelligence about the older brother, as well as the mother, indicating that they might be sympathizers to extremists. the fbi investigated that older brother. it's not as if the fbi did nothing. they not only investigated the older brother, they interviewed the older brother. they concluded that there were no seasons then signs he was enn extremist activity. >> the fbi interviewed the mother, as well. let's bring in our chief political analyst gloria borger. gloria, the president quickly got pushback from republican senator lindsey graham. here what happens senator graham said to me when i spoke with him in the last hour. >> he goes back to rush slrussi dagestan, dhs pinks him leaving so he's never interviewed.
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they never share this guy's presence with the boston fusion cell as who's supposed to be tracking terrorists in the boston area. when he comes back in june of 2012, he goes on a youtube channel, website, on the internet for the whole world to see and embraces radical islam. >> gloria, it doesn't seem like questions are going to go away anytime soon. in fact they may only be heating up. >> new york they shouldn't go away, wolf. i think that it's congress' job to do oversight on the fbi, on the department of homeland security, on central intelligence, and i think while the president said today, went out of his way to say, look, they were doing their jobs and he said, quote, this is hard stuff. the truth of the matter is, he's right, it is hard stuff. but if congress can look into this, and figure out a way as the director of national intelligence, james clapper is doing, looking back, trying to
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figure out a way where perhaps this could have been coordinated in a better way, whether there was so-called stove piping involved, one agency not talking to another, i think it always makes sense to do that after something like this occurred. but the president was very clear that he thought there were no egregious errors here. we may find out in the end that, yes, things could have been done better but everybody was in fact doing their job. >> let me shift gears quickly while i have you to the congressional race in south carolina between the former governor, mark sanford and elizabeth colbert bush, the sister of the comedian stephen colbert. she brought up the governor's extramarital affair that sidelined his political career. listen to there is. >> when we talk about fiscal spending and we talk about protecting the taxpayers, it doesn't mean you take that money we saved and leave the country for a personal purpose.
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>> everybody's -- she went there, governor san shez. >> i couldn't hear what she said. do you think that president clinton should be condemned for the rest of his life based on a mistake he made in his life in? you don't go through the experience i had in 2009 without a greater level of humility. >> what did you think of that little exchange? the election, what, a week from today? >> i thought she backed into the story in a way that she's doing in her campaign ads, you know, saying we can't trust this guy and he took our money and went to go see his, remember the soul mate in argentina. but he's -- he actually has raised this issue in the campaign. he's looking for some kind of redempti redemption.
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i think it's completely fair game. you know, i think that if you're a woman voter out there, even if this conservative district, in this conservative state, that this issue is going to continue to make a difference. and i think she knows it, which is why she raised it and why she continues to raise it. >> we'll see what happens in this congressional election. thanks. >> some polls have her ahead, even in a conservative district. >> and her brother, stephen colbert's raising a lot of money for her as well. >> being outspent. >> money coming from from outside of south carolina for that matter as well. see you later in "the situation room," gloria, tahanks very muc. the new face of terror and the black widows. russia seeing a rise in female suicide bombers.
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welcome back to the "cnn newsroom." i'm wolf blitzer in washington. let's get you up to speed on the boston terror investigation. here what happens we know. government sources tell cnn, preliminary talks are under way to allow the suspected bomber, dzhokhar tsarnaev, to avoid the death penalty if, if he talks to federal investigators. they want him to give more information about the attacks.
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meanwhile, investigators are trying to determine if there's a link between the other suspected bomber, tamerlan tsarnaev, and this man, william plotnikov, a canadian boxer turned jihadist. he was killed last year in a shootout with russian troops. that happened in dagestan while tamerlan tsarnaev was in the region. the investigation of the tsarnaev brothers has put southern russia on the map for a lot of people. investigators right now taking a hard look at dagestan and chechnya. a disturbing trend in that part of the world. the rise of women suicide bombers. known as black wid dowidows. nic robertson reports from dagestan. >> reporter: in dagestan's capital last may, an inferno, moments earlier, a female suicide bomber known here as a black widow, detonated a bomb at a police checkpoint.
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minutes later, another blast. the following day, reveals the full horror. the black widow's brother driving a car bomb blew this fire truck apart. callus timing killing the emergency service workers, just as they arrived to put out the flames. a brutal conflict spilling over from neighboring chechnya, playing out as tamerlan tsarnaev visited his parents here last year. this is the same checkpoint, we can't stop here, back then the attack struck fear into the security services. according to local journalists for a while, police were too afraid to patrol. a terror defense lawyer tell me russian short authorities are handling the female bombers all wrong. >> it's not criminal problem. it's social problem. >> reporter: it is a problem that's been around over a decade involving wives of rebels killed by government forces.
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>> when a woman's husband is dead, she has no rights. she can't have a lover or a boyfriend. she can't make any decisions. that's why if she's religious, she becomes an easy target for suicide recruiters. >> reporter: october 2002, 40 to 50 armed chechen men and women took more than 800 hostages in one of moscow's principal theaters. it was russia's capital's deadliest modern day terror attack and the so-called black widows took a leading role, ready to die, detonating huge piles of explosives. by the time the three-day siege was over, more than 170 people, including all of the attackers, were dead. in 2010, two female suicide bombers attacked moscow's subway, at least 40 people were killed. one of the attackers, a 17-year-old, fit the black widow
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profile perfectly. her husband, a rebel leader, had been killed by security forces a few months earlier. he also represents a changing face of the black widows. she's from here in dagestan, not neighboring chechnya, like so many of the black widows before her. it signals a shift in the battle front. the so-called black widows are not holding back. this attack close to dagestan's capital killing five policemen in march last year. a war with women in it. unfolding around tamerlan tsarnaev and his mother. nic robertson, cnn, dagestan, russia. >> for more on the story we'll take a quick break. to prove it, we set up our call center right here... [ chirp ] all good? [ chirp ] getty up.
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toviaz can cause blurred vision, dizziness, drowsiness and decreased sweating. do not drive, operate machinery or do unsafe tasks until you know how toviaz affects you. the most common side effects are dry mouth and constipation. talk to your doctor about toviaz. i'm wolf blitzer in washington. welcome back. you know boston is certainly getting a lot of help and support as the city recovers. every day bostonians have set up makeshift memorials to the terror victims and money has poured in around the country, indeed around the world for one fund boston campaign from $30 million so far to help victims and families. but they need more. celebrities are helping all they can as well. earlier cnn's ashleigh banfield spoke to the oscar-winning actor kevin spacey visiting boston today. listen to this.
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>> we were having a lunch the last couple of days here, all of the places that were greatly affected, business has been affected. it's important to people know they can come down here, it's safe, businesses are ready and happy and the food's awesome. it's just important to get the word out boston's strong. you know, i kind of feel like we're all boston. >> yeah. >> so it's important that everybody be sportive as they can. certainly with the doctors and nurses and surgeons i met yesterday, one thing they probably won't admit, a, they're tired and b, they're emotionally affected by it. just to go and lift their spirits has been really, for me, the whole reason i came. i'm really glad i came. >> of course, you can still help and you should. go to learn more ways to help the boston victims. by the way you can see more of
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ashleigh's interview with kevin spacey, coming up at the top of the hour. stay tuned for that. very good interview. amanda knox no longer waiting to be heard. new details on her time spent in an italian prison. her new book is now out. the american dream is of a better future, a confident retirement. those dreams have taken a beating lately. but no way we're going to let them die. ♪ ameriprise advisors can help keep your dreams alive like they helped millions of others. by listening. planning. working one on one.
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[ engine revs ] welcome back. a few stories make headlines now. los angeles, the first witnesses in the michael jackson wrongful death trial testify today. the family is suing jackson's
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concert promoter, aeg live, for negligence in his 2009 death. they want billions of dollars for money jackson might have earned on his future tour. lawyers for the promoter prepared an gresive defense and warns jurors it's going to get ugly. george zimmerman, the man who admits to killing trayvon martin back in court. he waived his right to a stand your ground hearing which might have led to a dismissal of the charges, that's because florida's stand your ground law allows for immity if a defendant can prove he acted in self-defense. you may remember, zimmerman told police he shot the unarmed 17-year-old in self-defense during a struggle over zimmerman's gun. today's decision does not prevent his attorneys from arguing for immunity before the trial, which is set to start on june 10th. now to another famous defendant, amanda knox. last month the italian supreme court ruled that knox should
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stand trial again for the murder of room plate meredith kercher. she's already served four years after convicted in one of the most-watched trials ever. when the conviction was reverses by an italian appeals court she headed home to seattle and she's been laying low, until now. here's cnn's alina cho. >> reporter: in a glossy roll-out timed to the release of her new book, "waiting to be heard" amanda knox is breaking her silence, on the pages of "people" magazine, prime time special on abc. >> i was in the courtroom when they were calling me a devil. i mean, it's one thing to be called certain things in the media and it's another thing to be sitting in a courtroom fighting for your life while people are calling you a devil. for all intents and purposes, i was a murderer, whether i was or not. and i had to live with the idea
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that that would be my life. >> reporter: knox, then an american college student in italy, spent nearly four years in prison after she and her italian boyfriend convicted of murdering kircher knox's then-roommate. details emerges of a kinky sex game gone wrong. how she responds to diane sawyer. >> she-devil with an angel face. >> i haven't heard those, i've heard the gist of them, and they're wrong. >> reporter: in "people" the 25-year-old speaks candidly about life in prison. >> one of the things that sustained her a family photo album, she's so lonely caressing the pictures. >> reporter: so lonely, she thinks about suicide. >> would she do it in the shower, there's a window in the
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shower it would be fogs up, nobody could see her she would bleed death a peaceful death. >> reporter: two years after convicted a dramatic turn of events involving bad evidence. knox was set free, and returned home to seattle. >> thank you to everyone who has believed in me, who has defended me. >> reporter: on why she's talking now, she says, i'm not a murderer, but in the latest twist, italy's highest court has ordered a retrial. >> what was your reaction when you heard the supreme court decision? >> it was incredibly painful. i felt like after crawling through a field of barbed wire and finally reaching what i thought was the end, it just turned out that it was the horizon and i had another field of barbed wire that i had ahead of me to crawl through. >> reporter: amanda knox is not expected to return to italy for
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a retrial. by law she doesn't have to be there. but she does, of course, want to win the court of public opinion. of course, wolf, too early to say whether that strategy will work. what is clear is as these latest round of interviews will likely sell lots and lots of books. wolf? >> she got a multimillion advance for writing that book, right? >> reporter: she did. $4 million advance. i wouldn't be surprised if this book landed on the best-seller list. >> aleina cho. catherine zeta jones checking into a mental health facility. dr. drew weighs in on her battle with bipolar disorder next hour. also coming up, the fcc is tired of people complaining about indecent network tv. it may loosen its standards. how this could mean more nudity on tv.
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with odor free aspercreme. powerful medicine relieves pain fast, with no odor. so all you notice is relief. aspercreme. welcome back to the cent newsroom. remember the so-called wardrobe malfunction at 2004 super bowl during the halftime show? part of janet jackson's breast was displayed for all the world to see. cbs fined $550,000 for breaking
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the government's so-called decency rules. now the fcc, the federal communications commission, thinking about relaxing those rules. cnn's renee marsh is joining us now. some critics say changing the rules would mean f-bombs, nudity on network tv. how is this going to work? >> well, wolf, this month the fcc announced by way of this public notice that it is thinking about changing the rules for what is considered indecent and subject to punishment or a fine. the fcc is asking the public if off the cuff or accidental moments of profanity and nudity should be treated the same as deliberate and repetitive uses of indecent content. so an example of that would be a shock jock who just deliberately is saying a bunch of inappropriate things, just for the sake of ratings for that matter. now, some parents and some groups such as the parent television counsel, they say
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that a rule change would relax indecency standards to the point that broadcast tv will be dirtier. take a listen. >> that means near unlimited profane language. it means nudity, it means patently expletory content. >> at the boston red sox game following the boston bombings, red sox player david ortiz used the f-word and it made it on to the airwaves. listen. >> this is our [ bleep ] city. and nobody going to -- stay strong. thank you. >> all right, well that goes without saying that is certainly not allowed. but the fcc chairman, he personally excused the comment saying it was off the cuff,
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tweeting that, quote, david ortiz spoke from the heart at today's red sox game and i stand with big papi and the people of boston. so some people say that the change in the rules could mean that, you know, those brief accidental use of profanity would go unpunished and they fear that would give net works a shield to hide behind, giving them more leeway to push the envelope a little bit, when it comes to the use of inappropriate content. wolf? >> how long, rene, will the fcc take comments on changing these rules? >> well, they'll be taking the comments until may 20th, and so far i can tell you at last check there have been 90,000 comments on the website. majority of them are people protesting the change. so this is generating a lot of response. >> certainly is. rene, thank you very much. i should point out, as a footnote that $550,000 fine
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against cbs was tossed out by the united states supreme court. martha stewart is making a move on line. you might see her pop up as a possible love connection on that's straight ahead.
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you may not think martha stewart is the type to look for love on, but she said she's looking for mr. right again and why not be adventurous? alison kosik is joining us now inom new york with some really really? she went on is that what you're saying? >> that's exactly what she did. wolf, think about it, just because you're a celebrity doesn't mean it is easy to find love. martha says many people she knows have had luck meeting people online, just now she wants in on the action. she got all this stuff off her chest when she talked to matt
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laure on lauer on "today" yesterday. listen to the characteristics she's looking for in a guy. >> youngish. >> youngish meaning -- >> youngish, active. >> okay. but not an age. >> no. >> okay. >> energetic. >> mm-hmm. >> outdoorsish. >> mm-hmm. >> really smart. >> successful? >> successful is important, i think, just for him. >> because it would be hard for him if he were not successful to -- >> right. tallish. >> uh-huh. a lot of issues. so you're actively -- you're actively, you know, this is something -- >> i'm always looking. are you kidding? all women are always looking. >> for a relationship? >> yes. i do. >> stewart has been married for 26 years. that marriage ended in 1987. then she was in a long-term relationship on and off until a few years ago. then you listen elsewhere in the interview, she said she would like to have breakfast with
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somebody and would like to go to sleep with somebody. she's a busy lady, so online dating may be the thing for her. cuts all the work of going toing o out on a date and then finding you don't mesh with the person at all. >> does it show a picture or is all of this a mystery to her date? >> so what martha did is she set up a profile with the help of match's ceo sam akin. even though she was open to including photos of herself, he advised her not to do that, said it would be distracting. her interests include, quote, cooking, dining out, gardening, shopping and travel. so, yeah, that sounds just like martha stewart. doesn't it? >> i think she should do an episode of millionaire matchmaker. did you ever watch that show on bravo? that would be lively -- a lively
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one hour little program if she would like to do that. >> and we could even maybe be like the fly on the wall going on her dates with her. that would be interesting too. >> i would definitely watch that show if she did it. let's see what happens. alison, thanks very, very much. want to end this hour with an update on the boston one fund, which is raising money for the terror victims. it raised about $30 million so far. more than half of that coming from corporate donations. the rest from public donations. you can donate to the fund by going to i hope you do. this is very, very important. and this, a sign things are starting to get back to normal in boston, overnight crews repainted the boston marathon finish line over there on boylston street, traditionally fixed up within hours after runners finish the race. this year for obvious reasons the painting was delayed by two weeks. better late obviously than never. thanks so much. good luck to everyone in the boston area. i'll be back later today, 5:00
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p.m. eastern, in "the situation room." we'll be focusing in on the president's news conference. he made news, a lot of it, at that news conference. we'll go in depth 5:00 p.m. eastern in "the situation room." that's it for me. i'm wolf blitzer. brooke baldwin and jake tapper pick up our coverage from boston right now. i'm jake tapper alongside brooke baldwin. we're at copley square for live coverage of the investigation and the fallout from the boston marathon terrorist attacks. we're standing by now for new developments concerning the boston bombing suspect, dzhokhar tsarnaev. so meantime, we heard from the president. he spoke this morning, held a news conference. and he warned that lone wolves like the tsarnaev brothers, that they are the new