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voyager i has made history again. the nasa spacecraft that blasted off 36 years ago this month is now the first human-made object to leave the heliosphere. what's a heliosphere? here's the answer. it's the boundary that separates our solar system from the rest of the galaxy. >> it's the farthest anything from earth has ever travelled. they say it's 11.7 billion, yes, with a "b," billion miles away, and is expected to communicate with earth up until 2025. lots to learn still. thank you so much for sharing some of your time with us this morning. it was good to be with you. >> stay with us, because there's much more ahead in the next hour of "cnn newsroom." we turn it over to our colleague, fredricka whitfield. good morning. >> good morning to you. thank you. we have a whole lot -- we're talking about extreme weather and we've got acts of diplomacy overseas. let's begin underwater, overwhelmed, record-setting floods force thousands to flee in colorado.
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>> what to grab, where to go, total chaos and confusion. >> hundreds of people still missing, and the storm is now growing, threatening towns beyond colorado's borders. we'll have the forecast straight ahead. plus -- it is a breakthrough agreement, or is it a ploy for more time? after three days of talks, the u.s. and russia have decided on an aggressive plan to rid syria of chemical weapons, but will it translate into action on the ground? and a horrifying story to report from ohio this morning. a greyhound bus with more than 50 people on board careens off an interstate and overturns in the middle of the night. dozens are now in the hospital. "cnn newsroom" starts right now. first to colorado, where the disaster from historic flooding is turning dire and more dangerous. we're getting some unbelievable
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new images right now into the newsroom. this is new video just in from above the boulder area. at least four people have been killed, as far as we know, and now 218 people are reported missing from days of unprecedented rainfall in northern colorado. the boulder area has been hit the hardest. they got a year's worth of rain in just a matter of days. ten miles away, in longmont, the challenge is getting through the floodwaters. take a look at these images right now. firefighters in their vehicle. this is what they encountered. the water splashing right up against the truck's windshield. amazingly, usually any other kind of motor vehicle getting through that kind of high water, the engine would simply be inundated, but these firefighters were able to get
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through. let's go now 10 miles to the neeflt and to a town call -- northeast and to a town called lyons. more than 800 people have been evacuated from there, many by air, and by the national guard. president barack obama declaring an emergency for three counties, allowing fema to launch its largest deployment in colorado history. and this is the view from the air above lyons. these pictures were taken late yesterday afternoon. simply amazing view of the devastation below. neighborhoods isolated and simply cut off because of the high water. streets are literally becoming rivers, and it looks like a lot of lakeside property now. and the storm, guess what, isn't over yet. this massive system now threatening neighboring states. we'll have that forecast in just a few moments. but first, let's go to longmont, colorado, just south of boulder where 7,000 people have been forced to evacuate. cnn's nick valencia is there, and, nick, what are you seeing
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from your vantage point? >> reporter: some incredible, dramatic pictures here that we've seen over the course of the last couple of days, fred. and this is one of them. this is the st. vrane river, and on a normal day, this is a creek. you could walk across this thing. if you look at how fast the water's moving here and all of the debris that it's broult as the floodwaters have moved through this area, at its peak, probably about up to here, around my thigh here. it washed out this road and brought a lot of debris with it. completely collapsing a section of this road right behind me. if you could take a look right back there, it's a section that just collapsed from the force of the floodwater. and the scene is not that much different. miles and miles down the road, these fields right next to me also flooded out. and you see that tree right there in the distance, fred? uprooted. completely uprooted. but the debris. let's get back to the debris. it's brings through things like this, big chunks of trees, mud, rocks, all of that is clogging
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the drainage systems here, and really all of the counties affected. and that's exaggerated the problems for the first responders. the first responders dealing with a lot in the mountainside villas, the hamlets, where we saw 162 people airlifted out of there overnight. we also understand there's ongoing evacuation in lyons. and it's only accessible by air, because first responders, they can't get through there. the roads are impassable. that's just some of the problems and some of the issues that the community and those that are trying to help the community are dealing with here locally. fred? >> wow. extraordinary. we're again looking at the images of the firefighters going through with their vehicle, through that high water, as you see, just the kind of wakes that they're going through with that high water. so give me an idea, we're talking about the number of reported people missing as very high, but in large part, is that because people have been displaced and also because it's difficult to contact folks, you know, not on cell phones and land lines are working, and is that part of the problem?
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and these live images we're seeing, too, of the vantage point from the area, how much water we're talking about. nick, why don't you address the issue of hundreds of people who are unaccounted for. why? >> reporter: ye, that's exactly right. as you mentioned, the communication has been a huge problem here in this community. cell phone towers are out. electricity is out. here in this community where i am, 2,000 people are still without power. so that number, that 218 number that we got earlier from the boulder county emergency management office, it is significant. but when i spoke to that press information officer, he did say that they estimate that number to go down. he mentioned one scenario with a mother that wasn't able to get in touch with her son, but that's because her son simply wasn't returning her phone calls. it wasn't because he was in trouble or unsafe. so as these rescue crews continue to get into these stranded areas, and we understand they'll be using helicopters in larimer county today to get into the more hard-to-reach areas, they say that number is expected to go down, though it is still a significant number. more than 200 people still unaccounted for and still
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missing as a result of these floods. >> wow, significant numbers. all right, thank you so much, nick valencia. i know you'll be keeping us posted throughout the day. thank you so much. let's check in on the weather forecast. it is bad now, and apparently, it might get even worse. alexander steel is in the severe weather system for us now. alexandra, why might it get worse? >> it won't get worse. it won't certainly get worse. now, what we've seen is the worst is certainly behind us. we do have two days with more rain, maybe 1 to 2 inches of rain. but even with that, the ground is so saturated, flooding will continue. so here's the water vapor satellite. i want to show you the synoptic setup and how and why this happened. the water vapor here. where it's brown, that's where the air is dry. where the white is, the oranges, the purples, that's where it's moist, and that's where we're seeing such high cloud tops, and what we've got, because of the counterclockwise flow around the low, the clockwise flow around the high, all of the air is
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coming from both directions, kind of funneling right through new mexico and colorado. so it's the position and the movement of this air, but also because this low pressure is cut off from the main circulation, the jet stream's well above it. and usually, the jet stream can move everything forward and make this aggressive and continue to move eastward. that's not the case. so it's just been stagnant. again, we still will see, fred, another shower, maybe an inch or two of more rain coming. again, you know, inland flooding is the number-one weather killer here in the u.s. so with all of the rain, 15 inches in boulder, fred, and they usually get 1.6 for the entire month. >> wow. extreme difference. >> yeah. >> thank you so much, alexandra steele, keep us posted. in the meantime, we want to take you to boulder and boulder county sheriff updating the reporters. >> -- personal stories coming out of this that make this very, very rewarding. i'm going to introduce you to dan dallas, the type 2 incident commander from the rocky mountain incident management
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team. dan has more information about what assets are here on the ground and what are coming, and after he's done, the two of us will take questions about what's occurring in our county operationally. once he's done, then the county commissioner will speak. so, dan? >> sheriff. good morning, everybody. again, my name is dan dallas. i'm the incident commander for rocky mountain instant command team, team b. and unfortunately -- or fortunately -- but we've been here before. normally, we work quite a bit on fire, but -- on fire incidents, but we also are an all-hazard team. and so, we're here to help with the flood. to kind of quickly sum vise -- summarize what we do, i just summarize it all down. we work, number one, we work -- number one, to bring order to a
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chaotic situation -- >> you're listening to dan dallas, rocky mountain incident management team, commander there, updating reporters on the apparatus and all of the -- all of the apparatus they're using to try and help out in the flooding situation. also hearing from joe pelle from the boulder county sheriff. we'll update you as we get more information on how they continue to try to look for people and conduct any other kind of rescues taking place as a result of massive flooding. some 15 inches of rain, extraordinary, over a period of days. so how can you help the victims of this week's floods? visit our impact your world page. that's at more information there. all right. overseas now. syria has just one week now to prove it is serious about a deal reached by the u.s. and russia to rid the country of its chemical weapons stockpiles. u.s. secretary of state john kerry and his russian counterpart, sergey lavrov,
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reached the agreement after three days of intense talks. senior international correspondent matthew chance joins us now by phone from geneva. matthew, what more can you tell us about this -- oh, there you are live -- what more can you tell us about this agreement? >> reporter: well, it does seem to be a very significant agreement. it's astonishing really, isn't it, that it took that appalling chemical attack on the outskirts of damascus last month for russia, a big supporter, of course, of bashar al assad, and his regime, and the united states to come together on this issue. after three days of intensive negotiations, at this hotel here in geneva, it does now appear to be full agreement on how best to rid syria of chemical weapons and put them into international control. take a listen to what the secretary of state, john kerry, had to say. >> we have reached a shared assessment of the amount and type of chemical weapons possessed by the assad regime, and we are committed to the
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rapid assumption of control by the international community. >> reporter: but it is an incredibly ambitious plan that's been agreed, between the u.s. and russia, as well. first of all, syria has to compile a list and submit that list of all its chemical stockpiles and facilities within one week. it then will give u.n. inspectors up until november to complete their inspections, to verify what the syrians have decla declared. by the same month, november, chemical weapons facilities -- production and filling facilities -- should be destroyed. with a view to the complete elimination of syria's chemical weapons by the middle of 2014. so as i say, an extremely ambitious plan, particularly when you take into account the fact that there is a civil war raging on the ground in syria, and it's going to be very difficult for inspectors, the other international staff, to go about their work.
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fredricka? >> right. so while this agreement is addressing chemical weapons, it says nothing about stopping the launching of conventional weapons being used in this car. thank you very much, matthew chance. as u.s. secretary of state john kerry heads to jerusalem, we have a special programming note. anthony bourdain is always there. sunday at 9:00 p.m. eastern. later today in the "newsroom," boardwalk blaze suspicion. words like suspicion and arson being used. now, where the fire may have started. but next, the rescue that captured america's attention, roy ortiz, his amazing survival in the colorado floods. hear from him after a quick break. [ female announcer ] we lowered her fever. you raise her spirits.
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all right. continuing our coverage of this morning's big story coming out of colorado. at least four people are dead, 218 people missing from record-breaking flooding in that state. this is new video from around
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the boulder area, which appears to be hardest hit. the floodwaters have simply cut off towns and forced more than 800 people to evacuate. the worst may not be over, however. more rain is expected throughout the weekend. and it was a heart-stopping rescue that captured america's attention and played out on live television from coast-to-coast. roy ortiz was on his way to work thursday morning when the road beneath him simply gave out. because of the floodwaters. and it sent roy's car into the raging river below, as you see right there, as the rescue emergency crews raced in. and as you can see from the video, they did save roy. but there was more to the story than what you see right here. nelson garcia from cnn affiliate kusa picks up the story from here. >> reporter: after firefighters made this dramatic rescue, they had no idea that there was still one more person clinging to life. one person trapped in this gray
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grand prix which had been submerged under the floodwaters. >> the car's going forward, so when i stay right there, the water coming up. >> reporter: roy ortiz was trapped with no place to go but a little space in the back of his car. >> it all in my head, i can fit in that space. >> reporter: he waited there, he says, for two hours, with the two other cars falling on top of him. he was just thinking of his family and praying that he will survive. >> hopefully, to have a way, i had to pray, i had to sing to god, because i want to survive. >> we didn't know that he was in the car still. >> reporter: north metro firefighter john cook felt compelled to come and meet ortiz today at the good samaritan medical center, because it's still hard to believe he survived in his car underwater for hours. >> i just singing to god, i said, thanks, god, i just sing to glory to god, my god.
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>> for him to be able to find that one air pocket inside the car is amazing, and to be able -- the air to last that long is nothing short of a miracle. >> reporter: a miracle ortiz is back with family and friends, a miracle this man of faith had prayed for. >> i love everybody. [ laughter ] >> reporter: he loves that he survived this. in boulder county, nelson garcia, 9 news. >> wow, incredible. a close-call story there. of course, we're following the very latest on the flooding and the devastation out west. we'll bring you the developments as they happen throughout the afternoon. all right, next, the latest on the boardwalk blaze investigation from seaside heights, new jersey. [ male announcer ] this is jim, a man who doesn't stand still. but jim has afib, atrial fibrillation -- an irregular heartbeat, not caused by a heart valve problem. that puts jim at a greater risk of stroke. for years, jim's medicine tied him
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the texas giant roller coaster ride reopened today at six flags over texas. it was shut down for nearly two months after a deadly accident. 52-year-old rosa esparsa fell out of the coaster and plunged to her death in july. according to a million-dollar wrongful death lawsuit filed by her family, she says she heard screams behind her and turned around to see her mother being thrown out of the car. the lawsuit says, quote, as rosa's tragic death starkly illustrates, errors on the part of the six flags ' defendants turned a thrilling illusion into a nightmarish reality, end quote. park officials say an investigation reveals that there had been no mechanical failure on the ride. the giant coaster is now open
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with new safety measures in place, according to a statement. there has been a rekindling overnight in the fire that destroyed dozens of shops along new jersey's iconic boardwalk. but the flames have not extinguished the town's heart. they say they will come back. this is the front page of this morning's "new jersey star-ledger," an amazing shot of the burnt boardwalk with the headline, "we will make new memories." margaret connelly is live for us from seaside height, new jersey. margaret, have officials been able to investigate the area properly, even this, while this overnight flare-up reportedly happened? >> reporter: fred, you know, the area is still under investigation now. we talked to representatives from the prosecutor's office. they're saying that these kind of recurrentes of flare-ups, that is normal. you can look at the damage behind me. this was a fire raging for about nine hours. firefighters were spraying it down with water as early as this morning.
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remember, the fire started on thursday. you can still see some of the debris smoldering there in the background. investigators are back there, also. they're going through all of the debris. they are looking for evidence. they're trying to figure out what caused this fire. but we also are hearing from them that we may not know what the exact cause was for days to come. fred? >> and you had a chance to talk to a number of people there who lost their businesses now. what are they telling you? >> reporter: yeah, a lot of the business owners here, they are just in disbelief. they're in shock. they've lost their livelihoods. we talked to one of them that owned a business just right behind us, and here's what he had to say. >> sandy wasn't bad. we were able to get back in business as soon as we had a boardwalk in front of us. the cleanup wasn't nearly as bad. this? well, if you look at my building right now, clearly, it's going to have be cleaned up a lot.
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there is nothing left except for a shell, and it's not even a whole shell in its entirety. >> reporter: yeah, that business owner was saying that the debris and the damage from the fire, it's going to cost more and it will take longer for him to repair than the damage from sandy. now, governor christie was a little bit more optimistic. he says that this town is going to rebuild. he's actually going to meet with business owners and local authorities this afternoon at 1:30. >> all right, margaret conley, thank you so much. keep us posted throughout the afternoon. overseas, is it a groundbreaking agreement or a stalling tactic? the u.s. and russia deciding on a framework to eliminate syria's chemical weapons. we'll get reaction from washington in a live report next. i'm beth... and i'm michelle. and we own the paper cottage. it's a stationery and gifts store. anything we purchase for the paper cottage goes on our ink card.
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the u.s. and russia have agreed on a framework plan to rid syria of its chemical weapons stockpiles. the u.s. secretary of state, john kerry, and russian foreign minister sergey lavrov reached the deal after three days of intense talks in geneva, as part of the agreement, syria must provide a detailed accounting of its chemical weapons within one week. the u.n. inspectors must be on the ground in syria by november. and number four, authorities have arrested 26-year-old jacob bennett in connection to the bloody murder of four people in tennessee. they say three teenagers and a young mother were found shot dead on a rural road near crossville, about two hours east of nashville. a passerby found the victims in their car. the sheriff says the suspect was on parole from a conviction back in 2009. number five, united airlines' mistake turns into a lucky break for travelers. the airline says it will honor
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its free fare tickets. a company representative says human error led to united selling tickets for as low as $5, charging just airport and security fees. the mistake was on united's website for about two hours on thursday, and applied only to domestic flights. now to the catastrophic flooding in colorado. right now, emergency crews are trying to reach thousands of people stranded by raging waters near boulder. the situation is pretty precarious, and the stakes couldn't be higher. joining us now on the phone is nick grossman. he is the public information officer with the boulder county office of emergency management. so, nick, tell us what is happening right now. >> good morning. we are currently experiencing less water. the waters have subsided, but we're not out of the woods yet. there's more rain anticipated for boulder county, particularly the mountains and the nearby
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foothills beginning saturday afternoon and continuing through late sunday. >> so you say there's less water but still an awful lot of water. some people are stranded in their homes. in other cases, reportedly, more than 200 people are reported missing. in large part, is it right, nick, because it's difficult to contact people, whether it be by cell phone or even find out if they've been displaced? >> that's correct. we currently have more than 200 people unaccounted for in boulder county. this means that neighbors, friends, family have been unable to reach these people at this time. >> so, nick, how worried are you -- >> our top priority for today is evacuating -- continuing to evacuate the mountain communities of jamestown and lyons that are stranded and cut off by floodwaters. >> so, nick, tell me about the worry or the concern about how you're able to evacuate these
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many people that you just described. how do you get to them? >> jamestown is being evacuated by air. we're getting some assistance with some black hawk helicopters and lyons is being evacuated using high-clearance vehicles with help from the colorado national guard. >> okay. nick grossman, all the best in your efforts. public information officer with the boulder county office of emergency management. keep us posted. thanks so much. reaction to what's being called now oversea as groundbreaking deal to eliminate chemical weapons in syria is now trickling in. the u.s. and russia have agreed to an aggressive plan, one that calls for syria to account for its entire stockpile of chemical weapons within a week, despite the civil war raging on in that country for more than two years now. so how is this agreement being received in washington? joe johns joining us live now from the nation's capital. so, joe, how is this being received?
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is this, you know, reason for a lot of people to celebrate, feel optimistic? >> reporter: i think a lot of people are going to say it's an important step, of course, fredricka. on the other hand, we're already hearing reaction in washington, d.c., that gets to the heart of the matter, and that is the question of enforcement. there's no enforcement provision in this agreement, which would allow the u.n. to send in forces in the event the al assad regime doesn't comply with the framework. there's no comment on this from the white house, on this big news out of geneva. they're pointing to secretary kerry's comments. the president has made it clear that whatever happens on the diplomatic front, he, and the u.s., will keep up the threat of using force if syria fails to comply. here's how he put it in his weekly address, which was taped before today's agreement was announced. listen. >> we need to see concrete actions to demonstrate that assad is serious about giving up
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his chemical weapons. since this plan emerged only with a credible threat of military action, we will maintain our military posture in the region to keep the pressure on the assad regime. and if diplomacy fails, the united states and the international community must remain prepared to act. >> reporter: now, back when that enforcement issue, senator bob corker, a key republican on the foreign relations committee, is saying absent the threat of force, it's unclear to him how syrian compliance will be possible. he goes on to say, i'm concerned that these negotiations not be used as an opportunity to retreat from our broader national interests, but rather to reinforce them, including support for moderate opposition forces, and most importantly, reassuring our allies of u.s. resolve to counter threats from iran and other rogue nations. the administration's handling of this crisis, as you know, has hurt u.s. credibility, so it's vital going forward the president articulate how his actions protect our national interests in syria and the
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region. we haven't heard from other skeptics in congress, including senator john mccain, who've been pressing the president to do more, especially to help the rebels side in syria, but this would seem, fredricka, to decrease some of the political pressure on the president, which grew to a fever pitch this week, costing him on capitol hill and the public opinion polls for how he's handled the crisis. >> so, joe, is the white house saying anything about whether this dissension, this continued criticism even from members on capitol hill, in any way interferes with or undermines diplomatic efforts overseas? >> reporter: no. it's a challenge. and the white house has a lot on its plate, as you know. there are a variety of issues coming up at the end of the month domestically, and there's a real interplay going on between that and syria, of course. but no word so far from the white house on any of this. we do suspect they'll probably have to talk about it sometime in the very near future, fredricka. >> all right, joe johns, thank
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you so much, in washington, appreciate it. all right. the alabama crimson tide hopes to do what no college has done, and that's win three consecutive national championships. but they face heisman trophy winner johnny manziel and texas a&m today. the only team that beat them last year. but before we get to that, anthony bourdain is back with new episodes of his emmy-nominated series "parts unknown," and tomorrow night's season premiere, he heads to jerusalem. i talked to him about the city's rich history and what he learned from those who live there. >> i don't know what kind of expectations i had really. i tried to go with an open mind. i went very wary. there's no more complex or contentious subject in the world that i could think of. and i was very, very painfully aware of that. i mean, i went with a lot of apprehension. how am i going to look? how am i going to see things straight?
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how am i going to describe them? i didn't know. but i think there's definitely an advantage to going into very complicated situations and asking very simple questions. you know, how do you live? what do you eat? what would you like -- what would you like to be doing next year or the year after that? people let their guard down, whether palestinians in gaza or the west bank, or settlers in the west bank, or urban israelis in tel aviv or jerusalem. people tell you rather remarkable things about themselves ofttimes when you ask those simple questions. >> and did you feel they let their guard down because you are breaking bread? >> well, i think that's -- that's a phenomena we've benefited from over the years many, many times, often with people who have no particular reason to love me or to love americans in general. the fact that you're willing to sit down, express an eagerness to sit down, break bread, and
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ask those simple, personal -- very personal questions. yeah, people let their guard down and reveal themselves to you sometimes in really extraordinary ways. >> what were some of the questions you asked people, and who were some of the people that you were asking? >> some old men in the gaza strip, you know, whose families were relocated in 1948. i asked them, will you ever be able to go to -- do you think you'll ever be able to go to the place you were born? you know, i asked people -- you know, people whose children grew up looking at what they calmed martyrs, paintings of people who brought down planes on the wall. do you think that's -- you know, that's a very different situation than the way american children grow up. you know, again, a lot of simple questions that got surprising -- very surprising answers. it's a very, very -- it's easy
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okay. it is finally here. the most anticipated, most hyped college football game of the year. and to get last-minute tickets to see alabama and texas a&m, well, people are paying some super bowl-like prices. yeah, we're talking about thousands here for college ball. joe carter is here with this morning's -- or afternoon's -- or whichever part of the day it is for you -- >> yeah, wherever you are in the world. >> those ticket brokers, i tell you, it's like a stock. you know? they don't quite know how big it will get until you get to that day. >> yeah. >> here we are. obviously, we've been talking about this match-up all season. injuries would have changed it. here they are, both teams are ready to go. a couple of more hours, and you're looking at $5,000 just to see this game from the end zone. >> you're kidding. you don't necessarily have a kid playing in the game. you just want to be there. >> and this game has got so much intrigue, you have the revenge factor here. because the two teams played last year. if you remember, that's when johnny "football" sort of game johnny football across the nation, because they beat alabama, in alabama's only loss
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of 2012. you know, manziel's biggest challenge today, obviously, is to prove what happened this summer -- all off-the-field distractions doesn't matter, and last year's win wasn't a fluke. and alabama, they're really on the road to history, trying to do what no college football team has done in the modern era and that's to win back-to-back-to-back championships. it hasn't been done since the '40s. alabama, experts say, is a 7 1/2-point favorite on the road. on the road. so texas a&m still getting no respect there. speaking of respect, win or lose, floyd mayweather jr. will make at least $41 million for his fight tonight -- >> oh, my goodness! >> -- and get this, with pay per view numbers, if they come in big, he could somewhere north of $100 million, for just this fight. >> win or lose? >> win or lose! his opponent, alvarez, from mexico, he's also a good fighter, unbeaten.
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i tell you, there's so much hype around this fight that 12,000 people showed up just to watch the weigh-in yesterday at the mgm grand. >> my goodness. >> yeah, huge ticket prices for this. $9,000 if you want a seat on the floor. $12,000 -- excuse me, $1,600 in the nose bleeds. but those of us that watch it from home, most of us, they order it on pay per view, it used to be 50 bucks. now 75 bucks. so all of the prices are going up to pay this one man all this money. >> amazing. just looking at their bodies, they're both cut. they look like they're equal, on par. >> 10-year age difference. both fighters unbeaten. it should be a good one tonight. >> oh, boy. this is really cool. i like to bring the good video. >> i love to see it. >> this is trending on, a cool section called shwagger, and it's one of the craziest sports you'll ever see. it's extreme downhill skateboarding. >> oh, no. >> on a long board. this is obviously go-pro camera action on the helmet. this is a race where 50 of the world's fastest boarders go down pike's peak in colorado.
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going down a mountain, 60-mile-an-hour speeds. they twist, they turn. this is -- they're going down 11,000-foot mountain. >> huh-uh. >> and this is a sanctioned league. this is an international federation that travels around the world. an organized racing federation. they travel all over the world and do these kind of extreme, long board racing competitions. think about one pebble, where one rock would trip you up and throw you. great video. >> it is great video. two weekends in a row now, you're showing me a sport i didn't know existed. last time on the unicycle. >> validation. oprah said you have to be validated in life. i'll be back next saturday, hopefully. >> all right. thank you so much. appreciate it. that's some crazy skateboarding action. okay. we're going to take a short break from here. we have much more straight ahead.
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tomorrow morks the 50th verse of the baptist street bombing in birj ham alabama that left four little girls dead. events are taking place to commemorate the somber anniversary. tv icon bill cosby is taking part. he spoke to us about it. >> it is painful, but we have to really get to this. >> and you can catch the full interview with cosby later today on cnn, 5:00 p.m. eastern time. now a programming note. tonight, cnn takes you in the 10th annual style awards in new
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a lot of americans were upset when they read russian president vladimir putin's op-ed column in "the new york times" this week. and one of them was arizona senator john mccain. he told cnn he would like to
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write a commentary for the russian paper, pragda. mccain may get his wish. the editors have tentatively agreed to publish an op-ed by senator mccain. the opinion piece will likely reflect mccain's negative views towards mr. putin. so how exactly did vladimir putin wind up getting that op-ed in "the new york times" anyway? turns out he has quite a media machine working for him and as brian todd shows us, you might be surprised to learn who is behind it. >> reporter: it is the op-ed column in america's most famous newspaper that americans are still talking and some gagging about. his opinion piece was seen as a slap at the u.s., saying among other things americans shouldn't view themselves as exceptional. what many may not know, it was an american pr firm that was
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instrumental getting putin's column into the times. ketchum, with offices in 70 countries. >> what this is, an organization that hires a lot of people that work in advertising, some come from news media, some from government, couple of former speech writers for senators that work for the firm. >> reporter: bill allison believes they may have written or helped craft putin's piece. >> ketchum's representatives, some of whom work out of this office in washington deny that saying putin wrote the piece, they didn't make anyone available on camera, but told us they submitted the column to "the new york times" on putin's behalf. they say whenever they correspond with experts or the media on russia's behalf, they always disclose that. allison says ketchum is relentless pitching the russian agenda, pushing interviews to american tv networks, putting out talking points. >> we can thank ketchum for this image? >> they pushed this outdoor life, fits with the image he
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likes to have in russia, hunter, fisher, outdoorsman. >> reporter: all brings in big money for ketchum. according to findings with the justice department, they paid $1.9 million for services ending may 1st. other american pr firms raked in a lot of money from leaders like saddam hussein and moammar gadhafi. as for putin's "the new york times" column. was the news world fooled? >> no, but we know who vladimir putin is, there's no opaqueness, president of russia, often adversarial position. all the public had to do is read the byline to know where it was coming. >> reporter: we have to say, all of ketchum's activities in the u.s. are completely legal. brian todd, cnn, washington. coming up in the next hour, should blind people be allowed to carry and shoot guns? at noon, a legal debate on an
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iowa state law that allows just that. next hour of the newsroom continues right now. hello again, fredricka wit field. here are the stories we are following. flooding nightmare in colorado. entire towns cut off. more than 200 unaccounted for, and rain won't stop. we'll take you live to one of the hardest-hit areas. diplomatic deal in geneva. they agree on a plan to destroy syria's chemical weapons. will syria follow through and what are the consequences if it doesn't? we'll outline nuts and bolts of the ground breaking agreement. and highway crash in ohio, a passenger bus overturned. dozens are taken to the hospital. the latest on injuries and the investigation.
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a tense situation in colorado. right now, hundreds of people are awaiting rescue after being stranded in record high flood wa waters. check out these images from boulder area. roads are washed away, 218 people are reported missing from days of unprecedented rainfall in northern colorado. the boulder area the hardest-hit, got the year's worst rain in a matter of days. ten miles away in longmont, the challenge is getting through the flood waters. watch these firefighters in their vehicle are undergoing wakes of water there, splashing against the truck's windshield. so now let's move 10 miles northeast of there to a town
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called lyons. more than 800 people, including children, have been rescued, many by air and the national guard. president obama declaring emergency for three counties, allowing fema to launch the largest deployment in colorado history. and this is the view from above in lyons. these pictures taken late yesterday afternoon. an amazing view of devastation. neighborhoods isolated and cut off. streets literally becoming rivers and lakes. and the storm isn't done yet. the massive system is now threatening neighboring states. we will have that forecast in a few moments. so one of the hardest-hit yrd is longmont, colorado, south of boulder. nick valencia is there. we hear more than 7,000 people have been forced to evacuate there. what is the situation overall? >> reporter: that's right, the situation is getting better, anxiety hasn't faded among the residents. as you can see behind me,
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they're reeling from the aftermath of floods that ripped through. this is the saint brain river. on a normal river, you can cross this. residents say it is more of a trickle than a river. but when you look at it, the water shouldn't be this high and flowing that fast. at its peak came up thigh high, washed out this roadway, caused a lot of damage. this road is closed by officials. earlier there was an assessment team here surveying the damage to see what needed to be repaired, how much road was in fact damaged. part of the problem through the counties that got hit hard was the debris that came down from walls of water from the mountains behind me here. walls of water with sticks, mud, debris like this. check this out, this is a b big tree trunk, many branches in the roadway, causing problems for first responders, problems trying to get through roads that
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have proven impassable. earlier today in jamestown west of here, west of boulder, about 162 people were airlifted out because national guard couldn't get through roads. neighboring lyons, evacuations are under way. they were cut off from the rest of the world. lots of problems here and anxiety is very much alive among residents effected. >> nick valencia, we'll check back and get more on some of the rescue operations. this is cnn breaking news. >> now to this breaking news involving syria. president obama now responding to the deal reached between the u.s. and russia to get rid of syria's chemical weapons. joe johns is live for us from washington with more details on this, joe? >> reporter: hi. this statement from the president that just came out is focusing on the incremental nature of the framework that's been announced on syria.
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three paragraph statement from the president says in part, we made important progress, much more work remains to be done, the united states will continue working with russia, united kingdom, france, other nations to ensure there are consequences should the assad regime not comply with framework agreed on today. if diplomacy fails, the united states remains prepared to act. that is a statement from the president of the united states today after this agreement on syria was announced. we are told that the national security adviser, susan rice, briefed the president on the details of this. the statement also indicates that the president called secretary kerry as well as the u.n. ambassador to talk about this. again, as we talked about just a little while ago here on cnn, there are already questions being raised in washington, d.c. about how this might be enforced
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because there is no provision for enforcement in the event the regime in syria does not comply with this agreement on chemical weapons. fred? >> joe johns, thanks so much for bringing that to us. the president's statement now on this framework, this agreement between the u.s. and russia as it pertains to syria. thank you, joe. france and britain are praising a plan to get rid of chemical weapons. the stockpile in syria. the agreement reached by the u.s. and russia calls for an aggressive time line, but as the russian foreign minister says nothing is said about use of force. let's talk about how this might be enforced. senior international correspondent matthew chance joining us live from geneva. matthew, you have the president's statement and they're dangling the carrot that the u.s. may have some military action as a consequence, but give us an idea what the
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framework would say. >> it is a statement rather than a carrot from a syrian point of view. the americans made it clear they retain the right to unilaterally strike at syria if they fall into noncompliance. they want to get the chemical weapons out of syrian hands into international control. any kind of threat isn't part of this agreement. remember, the russians who are strong allies of bashar al assad in syria were further opposed to the idea of a country like syria being forced to disarm when another country, the united states, was potentially preparing military strikes against it, so that was their sort of line in the sand. if the negotiations were going to go ahead through the security council which is where they go now, the u.s. threat of strike had to be taken off the table in some form in terms of this agreement, so that's what's happened. the way it has been left now, if
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syria doesn't do what it is told to do and doesn't comply with this agreement, then the issue will be referred back to the security council again and military action will be discussed with other measures like economic sanctions, so it will depend how serious noncompliance is according to john kerry that will determine how serious the response will be. fredricka? >> matthew chance, thank you so much. as we say, john kerry has been in geneva, next stop jerusalem. we have special programming note, anthony bourdain is already there revealing complexities of the area in the premier of anthony bourdain, parts unknown. that's tomorrow, sunday, 9:00 p.m. eastern time. heart healthy, huh?!
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my ambulance talks with smoke alarms and pilots and stadiums. but, of course, it's a good listener too. [ female announcer ] today cisco is connecting the internet of everything. so everything works like never before. the u.s. and russia agreed to an ambitious proposal to get rid of syria's chemical weapons stockpile. u.s. secretary of state john kerry and his counterpart agreed on the deal after three days of intense talks in geneva. among other things, calls for syria to account for all chemical weapons within one week. for a closer look at the plan and some of its challenges, i want to bring in general james spider marks, cnn military analyst and also a commanding general at u.s. army intelligence center. good to see you, spider. >> hi, fred, good morning. >> you heard the president's comments, he's calling this an
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important piece of progress, this kind of framework that's been agreed upon. do you think it is a realistic start to diplomacy? >> i think it is a very important first step, certainly is. it is a very long journey as the time line has made itself apparent, it is obviously very, very aggressive. i would suggest completely unattainable. that's okay. at least it gives a framework for how this thing is going to unfold. but the key issue, fred, clearly is what about this civil war? we could have a real hurry up and wait scenario where the inventory the syrians give in terms of what they have and where they have it is reconciled, our intelligence estimates bounce up against what they provide, and we all agree there's some gaps, then you galvanize the inspection protocol and get the folks in place. then you rush up to the boarders, go what about this civil war here, guys, hezbollah, the syrian regime working
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together to try to kill insurgents and al qaeda. are you guys going to stop because this inspection will not take place if there's an active civil war. there has to be separation of powers and everybody has to agree to allow this to occur and that hasn't been addressed. >> that still needs to be in writing and agreed upon in principle because this agreement is really about chemical weapons, it says nothing about stopping the civil war, nothing about stopping conventional weapons use, but you're saying inspectors won't possibly go in there to look at any stock piles, et cetera, if conventional weapons, civil war is under way. >> exactly correct. that needs to be supervised and ensured in some way. so as we've discussed in the last few days, the irony of all of this is that the potential of a military strike as it was laid out, and we surmised what that might look like, would not include boots on the ground, yet the diplomatic solution simply
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by necessity will. that has to take place. so there is a very long road that needs to be walked down, and in military terms we call this trading space for time. a lot of time is going to be out there for assad to do what he wants to do as the international community hopefully gets its act together and get ready to do inspections. >> what are your concerns about the movement of chemical weapons, the stockpiles. yes, the framework asked there be some kind of roster made of listings of all weapons that that country has, and while they're trying to i guess get that together, there's a concern weapons are being moved, but is it your view that intelligence or u.s. military is still able to keep a close watch of that, via satellite, to see where things are being moved? >> well, a number of ways, yes. for the record, i was the senior intel guy when we went to war in iraq, i was mr. w, i was the guy trying to find saddam's weapons
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of mass destruction, so i'm intimate with how the intelligence community does its job quite professionally. there will be gaps between what the syrians declare they have and what our estimates are. that's just the start. and then what has happened since we put a spotlight, we, the international community, put a spotlight on the use of chemical weapons. these things have grown legs and migrated all over the place. it would not be surprising to find they've migrated both into iraq and across the border into lebanon. that would be a big proliferation problem. but we have to expect that to take place. the bottom line, fred, what they tell us, and what exists in reality is going to have to be verified. that takes a lot of time, there are a lot of unanswered questions as we know. >> general james "spider" marks. thanks very much. >> thank you, fred. straight ahead, we're going to tackle a legal issue now.
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should blind people be allowed to shoot guns in this country. they can if they live in iowa, it is their legal right, but is it a good idea? the legal segment is coming up next.
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blind people in iowa are allowed to carry guns and shoot them in public. you heard me right. state law allows it. but some law enforcement officers think that's a bad idea, so do some entertainers. take a listen to what singer stevie wonder had to say a little earlier this year, imagining himself with a gun. >> i was thinking, you know, i saw you on the tv talking about the whole gun thing and i was talking to one of my friends, i was like you should go get me a
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gun, me go with you to get a gun, and show how easy it is for me to get a gun, and imagine me with a gun. it's just crazy. we have to do something about it. >> people in iowa are divided over the idea of blind people shooting guns. our ted rowlands explains. >> good shot. come down, squeeze real slow. that was a nine. >> reporter: michael barber is completely blind, has been since birth. even though he can't see his target, he thinks he has every right to own a gun to protect himself and his wife kim. >> i'm comfortable. i am. and i'm convinced that i could do what needs to be done if the time ever came. >> reporter: this was the first time michael practiced shooting his new handgun. he missed some shots but also hit the target a number of times, including a few bull's eyes. >> i would aim by hearing, by
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feel. the person has to be in close proximity to me. you know, i hope i never have to do that, i really do. i would just as soon not, but you know, if i had to to protect myself, yes, i would. >> not everyone is comfortable with blind people carrying guns. cheryl thomas is with iowans for gun safety. >> we have an issue with conceal carry, a person that's visually impaired and cannot see would be in public with a gun, potentially endangering public safety. >> reporter: lawmakers changed the gun laws three years ago. before if you wanted to carry a gun, you needed to tell the local sheriff. now you can get a permit to carry a gun online, including someone completely blind like michael. the sheriff of cedar county, east of iowa city, thinks the law is fine as is, and with a daughter in college that's
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blind, he believes those that are concerned don't understand guns or blind people. >> people think that they're going to shoot blindly, just start shooting at noises. and people don't understand that visually impaired people are reasonable people, too. >> i certainly wouldn't just begin shooting willy-nilly to protect myself. you know, especially if i didn't know for sure where i was coming from because i don't want to shoot innocent people. i would duck and hide someplace. >> reporter: he plans to keep practicing at the gun range with an instructor so he is ready to use his gun if he has to. for out front, ted rowlands, des moines, iowa. >> our usual legal eagles are off, i have a couple other legal eagles to talk about this case with me, wendy murphy, former prosecutor and author of "and justice for some." and law professor at new england law in boston.
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good to see you. danny is a criminal defense attorney, good to see you as well. it used to be up to local sheriffs in iowa who could deny a gun permit for any reason, including blindness. now permits can only be denied for a specific reason cited in state or federal law, such as domestic abuse or felony conviction. so wendy, you first. is this one of those how did this become law anyway in the first place kind of issues? >> well, you know, it is very common for sheriffs or local police chiefs to have total discretion, and i think the issue is too much discretion encroaches on the rights of people with disabilities under the americans with disabilities act. but here's the thing i find curious about the debate, aside from the fact i think it is in part propped up to force us to accept the reality which is that second amendment, though an important right, is allowed to be restricted in certain
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circumstances, i don't have a problem with that, but we are not talking about people having a constitutional right to shoot while blind. i read the second amendment. that is not what it says. it says that we have a right to bear arms. so of course people who are blind can get a license, of course people that are blind can own a gun. that does not give them a constitutional right to shoot irresponsibly, nor can fully abled people with perfect vision shoot irresponsibly, because if you do that, you go to jail. >> that gentleman demonstrates he is not being irresponsible, he is at a shooting range, apparently looking at the results there during target practice, he did pretty good. >> exactly. i mean, that's my point. if you can, if you shoot responsibly, you're fine. and that goes for people with vision or without. but there's no constitutional right to shoot irresponsibly and that is not what we're suggesting is even going on here, we're just saying let's
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enforce the right to own a gun and have a license, and there's absolutely no reason not to give a license and a gun to a person who is completely blind. >> danny, is this an issue of public safety versus everyone's right to own a gun? >> well, everything comes down to a balancing test in the law. it is the individual's right versus the public's greater good. in this case, however, we have to remember that blindness is not a by narrow event. vision is not on or off. there are many levels of vision, probably many legally blind people watching this broadcast now who do everything quite well. in those case, gun experts say td rule is as long as they're aware of surroundings, target, and surroundings behind it, as long as they can do that, then they should be able to safely operate a firearm. but there also raises another issue. concealed carry gives you
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license to carry whether in low light, pitch darkness, there are circumstances where somebody with a valid conceal carry permit may be in a situation they can't see either. iowans had a rule local sheriffs could exercise discretion and not give permits. iowans weren't happy, they switched to a shall issue state. they enacted legislature, if they meet the mineral requirements, they can receive guns. it was a change where the law was believed to be now more fair. if it is or not, only time will tell. we're find out if the greater good has been burdened by individual rights. >> danny, wendy, fascinating case. there's more. see you in 20 minutes. we will talk about how a school district is watching just about every move students make, particularly on social media sites. they say it is a way to keep kids safe from bullying and
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bottom of the hour. here are five things crossing the cnn news desk. at least four people dead, 172 missing from record breaking flooding in colorado. this is new video from around the boulder area, which appears to be hardest-hit. hundreds of people are waiting to be rescued from mountain communities that have been cut off by raging flood waters. there's more rain in the forecast today and that could jeopardize evacuation plans. number two, a greyhound bus flips over in southern ohio on the northbound side of interstate 75 around 4:00 this morning. about 52 people were on board, at least 34 of them were rushed to the hospital with injuries. the bus was on its way from detroit to cincinnati. and the u.s. and russia agreed on a framework plan to rid syria of its chemical weapons stockpiles. u.s. secretary of state john kerry and sergei lavrov reached
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the deal after three days of intense talks in geneva. moments ago we heard from president obama that said the agreement represents an important concrete step toward ultimately destroying the weapons. and number four, the texas giant roller coaster ride reopened today at six flags over tics. it was shut down nearly two months after a woman fell to her death in july. her family filed a million dollars wrongful death suit, accuse six flags of negligence. park officials say an investigation proves otherwise. number five. tonight, cnn takes you in the 10th annual style awards in new york city. catch all of the red carpet glamour, best back stage moments, tonight 7:00 p.m. eastern here on cnn. all right. there's been a rekindling overnight in the fire that destroyed dozens of shops along new jersey's iconic boardwalk, but flames haven't extinguished
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the town's heart. they say they will come back. this is the front page of the new jersey star-ledger. the headline we'll make new memories. margaret is live, give us an idea where the investigation stands now? >> reporter: fred, i want to start by showing you the difference of the two scenes. these businesses here were lucky, they didn't get hit by the fire. you can see a lot of residents checking the scene. behind me, they had to dig a trench. they built over the old boardwalk, had to rip out the board walk and stop the flames. the flames were raging for about nine hours. the firefighters were spraying with water as early as this morning. you can still see some smoldering behind us. in fact, investigators are going
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through the debris, trying to figure out what caused this fire. we talked to some police officials. they say smoldering could go on for days. >> margaret, what are some business owners telling you? i saw the front page of the ledger, folks are saying we're going to build back, but that's going to be tough. >> reporter: yes, we talked to a lot of business owners that saw their businesses go down in flames. a lot of them were watching them from this business owner david, they were watching him from his restaurant. here is what he had to say. >> it is like heartbreaking. you have no idea. i mean, i just called my wife, i told her pray. that's all i told her. pray. the wind shifted west, and i'm thinking that business is going to go, too, i said honey, just pray. my phone was dying. said just pray. heartbreaking. i don't know how to explain it.
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just bad, bad, bad dream. >> reporter: david was able to avoid the flames and he's been offering up coffee and free food to a lot of workers who are trying to clean up. governor christie is meeting with business owners like david this afternoon in about an hour at 1:30. >> all right. margaret conley from seaside heights, new jersey. did you know measles is making a come back in the u.s. because kids are not getting vaccinatio vaccinations. who the government is pointing the finger at now. ♪
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social media. her mother pulled her from school after she was hospitalized for cutting her wrist. the sheriff says rebecca was still absolutely terrorized by girls on social media. the night before she died, rebecca texted a boy she met online saying quote, i'm jumping, i can't take it any more, end quote. so it is a really tragic story, and there are others just like it, kids bullied every day at schools all over the country. now one school district in california is doing something about it. the glendale unified school district hired a company to monitor and analyze students' social media posts. school officials say it will help them find out about bullying and other problems so they can take action before anyone gets hurt. but critics say this is big brother gone wild and a huge invasion of privacy. i am joined by wendy murphy, former prosecutor, author of
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"and justice for some" and law professor at new england law in boston, good to see you again, danny cevallos, cnn analyst, criminal defense attorney. good to see you as well. danny, you first, what's your take, does the end justify the means? is it enough that a school district would try to get ahead of bullying and police social media? >> well, there are two issues. number one, can the school district listen to or read what students post publicly online, and secondly, can they punish for off campus speech. supreme court held years ago that students have first amendment rights of expression like you or i, however, differently, the school may punish them if the speech creates a substantial threat of disruption of school activities. the issue today is technology has outpaced the law by so much that how do we define what's on campus speech, if a statement
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made on a facebook account is posted off campus, obviously will make its way on campus when someone accesses their phone or computer on campus, and the supreme court actually really avoided this issue. most commentators agree. it will be difficult. the issue is even though anti-bullying laws may have good intent, good motive behind them to prevent bullying, some of them in certain states may ultimately be unconstitutional for suppressing off campus speech, beyond the boundaries of what the district or the law is permitted to do. >> so wendy, according to the "l.a. times," this company, geolistening would give the school officials a report every day that categorizes posts on facebook, instagram, youtube, twitter, and would analyze them based on how they relate to cyberbullying, harm, hate,
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despair, substance abuse, vandalism, and truancy. these are their words, according to the "l.a. times" reporting. does this cross the line, to what extent can a school district, whether it employs a third party to do so or whether it does it itself, say we're going to pay attention to what's being said, what's being done by our student body off campus. >> yeah. first of all let me say hooray for glendale. this is not only an important and good move, we need this kind of leadership. danny framed the question as may a school act. i am going to argue that the school must act and that schools that aren't doing this proactive oversite probably could get in trouble by a lawsuit filed by someone like me or by a federal oversight agency like the department of education office for civil rights. why might that be, i have had cases like this, had suicidal girls facing exactly this
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problem who because of intervention, legal intervention, were saved from that despair. >> the school district, not a parent, to say let me pay attention. what kind of conversations are taking place online, but the school. >> right. the school. sometimes schools don't act until the lawyers make them act. this is an area of expertise of mine. let me explain why schools will act as long as the right lawyer gets on board. they don't want to be told the answer of the question may they, they want to be told they must act and why, because what we're calling bullying, especially when it happens to girls and is, quote, unquote, based on sex, the most common form of bullying, it is actually a civil rights violation under title ix or vi or iv, federal civil rights laws that forbid discrimination in education, which includes harassment, okay? harassment is a kind of bullying.
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if it is harassment and there's no doubt that this case we just talked about that you showcased was in fact harassment based on sex, that girl had someone intervene and sent to the school, you must act to protect her because these are civil rights violations and the school is duty bound to protect her from that harm. now, we think about cyberspace as somehow not being the school's responsibility, and danny is right, case law is very vague as to whether cyberspace is on campus, and schools must act if only on campus, but the law is moving in the direction of telling us that cyberspace is on everyone's campus, and the test is not whether you're clicking on your phone, it is whether the harmful effects of the behavior in cyberspace are interfering with a student's right of access to education. and it happens all the time. >> danny, your turn. >> response to that is this, when it comes to anti-bullying laws, the bottom line is that
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they sometimes seek to guarantee a comfortable school experience, and while i would love for that to happen, i think we would all love to get free ice cream in the mail, it becomes an issue whether or not the school or the law is able to guarantee that fair and pleasant school experience. bullying has been around for millennia. the idea we can stamp it out with anti-bullying laws, maybe it is true, hopefully it is. but i doubt it. >> the methods evolved so much. everyone would agree. danny cevallos, wendy murphy, thanks so much to both of you. appreciate it. great to see you. >> you bet. this week's cnn hero is planting a seed of solution for the problem of limited access to fresh produce in her north carolina community. meet robin emmons. >> there's a magic in gardening, you can drop a seed into the earth and from that there's an amazing fruit that is delicious
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and so good for your body. that's a miracle. here in charlotte, 73,000 people live in low income neighborhoods and don't have access to fresh fruit. call this the miracle mile, pretty desolate in the way of healthy food options. there are barely any super markets. once they get there by bus or a neighbor's car or on foot, they are paying a very high price for the food. i'm rob in emmons. i believe everyone should have access to fresh food. i grow it and bring it to communities in need. we have about 200 volunteers that come out and help us harvest the food. they bring the food to the community and cut the cost in half, compared to what they would pay at a grocery store. six months ago i was diagnosed with diabetes. i am unemployed now, so
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measles is making a
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frightening come back in the united states, and health officials are pointing fingers at parents that refuse to vaccinate their children. elizabeth cohen has more. >> reporter: fred, the centers for disease control came out with new measles number this week. if these numbers continue, 2013 will be the biggest number for measles cases in this country in the past 17 years. there were 159 cases of measles january through august, and largely this is because of people who don't want to vaccinate their children. and measles is extremely contagious. when someone has measles, they spread it to 90% of people they have contact with if those people have not been vaccinated, and measles can be dangerous, it is not a nuisance illness. look at this information. out of 1,000 children that get measles, 1 out of 3 will die, and children under the age of five, two out of five of those children will be hospitalized if they get the measles.
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this is of concern to all of us, and here is why. even if you want to, you cannot vaccinate a baby. children can't be vaccinated until their first birthday. imagine if your child were playing with an older child that had measles, that older child could get your baby sick and your baby could possibly die. that's why doctors say this is a very black and white issue, the message is get your child vaccinated. fred? >> elizabeth cohen, thank you so much for that. the fall budget battle is about to get under way, and as the battle lines are drawn between democrats and republicans, americans may have to brace for a government shutdown. ♪
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battle lines are being drawn again between democrats and republicans over the federal budget. but are americans ready for another possible government shutdown? paul steinhauser finds out not so much. >> reporter: hey, fred, we're two weeks from a possible federal government shutdown. front and center, the new health care law. >> for the sake of our economy we will do everything to repeal, dismantle, defund obama care. >> that's house speaker john boehner. the top republican in congress. but some conservatives want to take things a step further, insisting they won't agree to fund the government unless obama care is delayed or defunded. the government runs out of money at the end of the month.
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three-fourths of those questioned in our cnn orc poll say a shut down could cause major problems or a crisis. democrats in congress are pointing fingers at the republicans. >> now americans face the prospect of another republican manufactured crisis to shut down the government. >> reporter: who would you blame if there's a government shutdown? half say congressional republicans with a third saying president obama. americans can start signing up for the new health care law starting next month, and the white house won't budge. >> we won't accept anything that delays or defunds obama care. >> reporter: but our poll finds support for the measure is dropping. 39% favor most or all provisions of the law, down 12 points from the beginning of the year, fred? >> thank you so much, paul steinhauser.
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hello again, fredricka whitfield. here are the top stories we're following for you. raging waters, rising fears in colorado. more than 170 people are unaccounted for. the emergency crews are scrambling to reach people stranded by flood waters. and a diplomatic deal to destroy syria's chemical weapons. the u.s. and russia agree on a plan, but what happens if the assad government doesn't follow through? and investigating the inferno that swept across the iconic boardwalk. officials sift through the ashes for clues, and jersey shore businesses face the challenges of rebuilding again. historic flood waters are starting to recede, but the nightmare is far from over. hundreds of people in mountain communities near boulder are