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we'll tell you what scientists are saying about exactly when and where it might land. the tragedy unfolding in the philippines from a massive storm. while the government's official death toll stands at 138, the red cross estimates as many as 1200 people have been killed by super typhoon haiyan. 1,000 deaths are believed to be in one coastal town, the city of tacloban. homes and buildings there are leveled from the storm's ferocious 195-mile-per-hour winds. trees are blocking roads and communication lines are down. torrential rains plus the storm surge have put entire towns under water. many people helped flood victims
>> storm chaser james reynolds actually captured that rescue on tape and took astounding pictures of the destruction in tacloban. earlier i talked with him about what he saw in that typhoon as the typhoon ripped through. >> reporter: absolute chaos during the height of the typhoon. we were in a solid concrete building which we could feel shaking as massive bits of debris went crashing into it. rain traveling at over 100 miles an hour. the water was just coming in from every direction into the hotel. you could see the water cascading down the stairs into all the rooms. the windows were blowing out. giant shards of glass everywhere, pieces of metal flying through the air. it was just an extremely harrowing situation. then the water started rising and the storm surge came in flooding the entire ground floor level of the hotel and trapped
those trying to escape the rising floodwaters. >> some families became separated from their loved ones. cnn's paula hancocks has that. >> reporter: loretta lost three of her dauters in a matter of seconds. the storm surge from typhoon haiyan tore them from her husband's arms. aged 15, 13 and 8. only two bodies have been found. >> only one missing is my eldest daughter. i hope she's alive and we're hoping that she's alive and she was somewhere but is alive. >> reporter: she became emotional as she remembers seeing bodies float past her home. she says she was on the roof to avoid the water. they are just some of the victims congregating at the
airstrip. many have walked for hours to get their first food since the storm. it's become the military's staging area. a first aid center is set up for cuts and bruises, but they can do little for a serious gash to the head. one of her first priorities, restoring communications. >> from today, maybe in 48 hours hopefully, we're now relying on satellite phones. >> reporter: as we move further inland, we come across more bodies. this is the local chapel effectively being turned into a morgue. inside are nine bodies, five of them are children. the military planes that bring life essentials in take the body bags out, as well as the injured that need to keep their hope for the future. paula hancocks, cnn, tacloban in the philippines. >> aid agencies are mobilizing to help the victims of the typhoon. to find out how you can help, go
to cnn.com/impact. back here stateside, dr. martin macneill found guilty early this morning of murder in the death of his wife. it was an emotional moment for her family. >> that cry coming from his daughters who testified. ted rowlands has more from utah. >> reporter: fred, it took the jury a long time, about 11 hours of testimony. they wanted to push through. the judge asked if they wanted to go home. they said no. just after 1:00 in the morning in provo, utah, they came to the unanimous decision of convicting dr. macneill. it was all circumstantial. they had no direct evidence against the doctor. what they did have was his daughters. they all testified -- five of them testified against him in court, and jurors said that made the difference. take a listen to alexis summers,
her reaction, she took the stand against her father. take a listen to her reaction after the verdict. >> we're just so happy he can't hurt anyone else. we miss our mom. we'll never get her back. that courtroom was full of so many people who loved her. i looked around, and it was full of everyone who loved my mom. i can't believe this has finally happened. we're so -- we're so grateful. >> reporter: keep in mind, fred, when michelle macneill died, they ruled it an accident, saying she died likely of natural causes. it took a year and three months for there to be an investigation into the murder of michelle macneill because her daughters and her sisters pushed investigators so hard, and early this morning they got the justice that they were looking for. with this guilty verdict, martin macneill looking at 15 years to
life. he will be sentenced in early january. fred. >> thank you so much, ted rowlands. hawaii is about to become the next state to legalize same-sex marriage. the house of representatives approved the measure last night. the senate passed it late last night. governor neal abercrombie plans to sign it into law. illinois lawmakers also signed to make same-sex marriage legal. a french satellite is about to come crashing to earth any day now. any day we'll find out why no one has any idea where it will hit. ♪ norfolk southern what's your function? ♪ ♪ hooking up the country helping business run ♪ ♪ build! we're investing big to keep our country in the lead. ♪ load! we keep moving to deliver what you need. and that means growth, lots of cargo going all around the globe. cars and parts, fuel and steel, peas and rice, hey that's nice! ♪ norfolk southern what's your function? ♪ ♪ helping this big country move ahead as one ♪ ♪ norfolk southern how's that function? ♪
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international space station yesterday. it was only outside for a few minutes. then the crew will get to work making repairs there. the winter games begin in february in sochi, russia. a european satellite that ran out of fuel will start falling from the sky in the next few days. fragments of the disintegrating 2000 pound spacecraft are expected to make it all the way to earth's surface. our chad myers explains why we're not exactly sure where it's going to hit. >> reporter: remember back in february? a meteor slammed into a small russian town. we never saw it coming because it came from the direction of the sun and the telescopes were blinded by the light. this is different. this is goce, a satellite launched by the european space agency in 2009. its job was to map the earth's gravitational field. ironic, now goce at more than 2,400 pounds is drifting back to earth, expected to come crashing down soon.
but exactly where is much less clear. on timing of impact, an official with the european spe agency told "the new york times," concretely our best engineering prediction is for reentry on sunday with a possibility of it slipping into early monday. it's easy to track satellites because they're close to the earth. asteroids are much harder to find and much more dangerous. the question is do we know where they all are? >> if it's really big, we know where they are, we know where the big ones are, the ones that would render us extinct or disrupt civilization as we know it. >> reporter: as far as goce and all the other satellites, they're easy to track. there's an app for that. here are all the satellites spinning around the earth. most of them will some day have a date with gravity. scientists say debris is falling to the earth all the time, most of it harmless. but at more than 17 feet long, three feet in diameter, goce has
the potential to do damage. to what extent depends on where it lands. chad myers, cnn, atlanta. once a month in the california desert a group of patients from naval medical center san diego gathers for something very special. they've all come home from war wounded, scarred many some kind of way, physically, emotionally. but here for just a few moments they can leave those problems on the ground and soar above them. photo journalist gabe ramirez takes us along. >> my experience in afghanistan, a favorite question of people. sometimes i ask, do you really want to know? it's not good stuff that goes on out there. in my first deployment i had a couple of my close buddies, they died, there's nothing you can do and you feel really guilty. i just held it in.
usually i like to stay here by myself. that's why the doctor said go out and have some fun. to getting together with the guys who have gone through the same things and basically help us to get back to normal. >> our program is the wounded service members soaring or gliding program. once a month we take them up soaring. basically put them in a glider and take them up flying. >> being up there you really honestly get to see god's landscape, like he painted it so beautiful up there. you appreciate everything and we should never take life for granted. i have no fear up there. all love, nothing to be scared of at all. no fear. to be honest i haven't had my heart pumping that fast in a
while. it was cool. a vietnam fighter pilot, he went super aggressive. >> i flew jets all my life, f 4s and f 5s. we see these fine young men and gals coming back, we have a passion and want to share it with these guys and get their adrenaline going and showing them something that maybe they'd never have an opportunity to do otherwise. >> it's different. it's kind of peace. you feel free. >> it was sweet. it was sweet. i feel like crying almost. let me stop. >> i wouldn't be standing here talking to you about it right now if you would have hit me up four or five months ago, i would have been in tears and heartbroken. the sunshine is out and i'm happy to be alive again and be just living.
>> it's beautiful. be sure to watch cnn's veterans in focus special november 11 at 2:00 p.m. you can read more stories at cnn.com/veterans. mine was earned orbiting the moon in 1971. afghanistan in 2009. on the u.s.s. saratoga in 1982. [ male announcer ] once it's earned, usaa auto insurance is often handed down from generation to generation because it offers a superior level of protection and because usaa's commitment to serve current and former military members and their families is without equal. begin your legacy. get an auto insurance quote.
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the compound. chris lawrence reports. >> reporter: a stunning admission from a veteran journalist. >> we were wrong. we made a mistake. >> reporter: cbs's lara logan apologizes for a report on benghazi that relied on a security contractor whose credibility has been compromised. speaking under the suit anymore morgan jones, dylan davies says he climbed a wall to get into the compound where ambassador chris stevens died. he claims he took out an attacker and later saw stevens' body in a hospital. the same story from the book he wrote. >> what we now know is he told the fbi a different story to what he told us. >> reporter: a u.s. official says davies told the fbi he went into roadblocks and went home that night. that jives with an incident report from his employer, blue mountain group, first revealed by "the washington post" and later obtained by cnn. it says davies was never at the
compound or hospital that night. cbs says they investigated the story for a year but didn't know this report existed. >> for them to retract a story, to apologize forgetting it wrong is obviously an admission of the fact that they did not do their homework. >> reporter: paul farhi is "the washington post" media critic. >> what does this do to the overall narrative of benghazi, the investigation into what happened. >> for cbs and "60 minutes" to get it wrong really does create a real question about the veracity of the story and the claims by conservatives about what actually happened in benghazi. >> reporter: "60 minutes" did raise legitimate questions about whether the government had enough security at the compound. >> we were misled and we were wrong and that's the important thing. >> reporter: davies himself has not talked to anyone including cbs since the story started to
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turned from is a domestic dispute in small town pennsylvania to something much, much bigger. here is what we know. carol anne bond's lawyers say her husband's cheating ways sent her into a psychological tail spain. he developed as asthma and severe depression, started having panic attacks. bond decided to strike out at the other woman, myrlinda haynes. paul clement is bond's lawyer and a former u.s. solicitor general. >> he was trying to make her life, quote, unquote, a living hell. she was very upset. >> reporter: this is where things get ugly. bond, a microbiologist turned to the science she trusted to make her move. she stole a dangerous arsenic based chemical from her company and combined it with something called potassium dichromate she bought online at amazon.com, both chemicals can be lethal. she attempted to poison her friend at least two dozen times in 2006 and 2007, sprinkling the
chemicals on the handle of her car door, mailbox and apartment door knob. her lawyer says she wasn't trying to kill her friend. after haynes burned her thumb on the chemicals, she became suspicious and called police to report a strange bright orange powder. she also alerted her mail carrier sore the u.s. postal service arranged a sting to see who was behind it, setting up 24-hour surveillance cameras outside the home. those cameras caught bond in the act. bond's lawyer told me his client made one fatal mistake. in addition to using the chemicals, she stole mail from her friend's mailbox. that mail theft changed the course of this investigation, bumping it up from a state level to the federal level. and then this bombshell. federal prosecutors accused carole bond of violating the 14997 chemical weapons treaty. in 2006, in addition to the two
counts of mail theft, they charged her with two counts of violating an obscure federal statute that was passed to implement the chemical weapons treaty. put similarly, she was charged with unleashing a chemical weapon. she admitted trying to harm her friend and was sentenced to six years in prison for breaking international law. her lawyers appealed all the way up to the u.s. supreme court which just this week began hearing the case. >> is that something that really violated an international treaty, that really implicated international law? we would respectfully suggest that is not the case. there were no protests lodged by foreign nations, no other nations said, oh, my goodness, somehow there's been a deployment of chemical weapons in norris town, pennsylvania. >> reporter: bond served her six years. if convicted on the state level she would have likely served nine months to two years. today she's back living in pennsylvania. trouble is she can't find a job. nobody wants to hire someone convicted of deploying chemical
weapons. randi kaye, cnn, new york. and now a look at what's trending. a tragedy unfolding right now in the philippines from that massive storm. it could end up being the strongest ever to hit land. the government's official death toll stands at 138, but the red cross estimates as many as 1200 people have been killed by super typhoon haiyan. aid agencies are mobilizing. to find out how you can help, go to cnn.com/impact. twitter went public on the new york stock exchange thursday. it was the biggest ipo of the year with shares closing 73% higher. a great start for twitter, but a key research and lift group has already downgraded the stock. twitter has yet to turn a profit. in detroit, the childhood home of rap artist eminem has been damaged by a fire. firefighters responded to the blaze thursday night. the house is no longer owned by
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the job of returning some newly discovered art masterpieces to their owners is a pretty daunting one. in a nondescript apartment in munich, germany, experts found more than $1 billion worth of artwork, many stolen from jewish families during the holocaust. their heirs want a complete list of the art hoping it will help them recover family treasurers that were taken from them so long ago. so that discovery created a whole lot of excitement in the art world and raises an important question how many more stolen artworks still haven't been found. christopher marinello
specializes in recovering lost art. he's joining us right now from new york. good to see you. >> nice to see you. thanks for being here. >> this sounds like a herculean task, to try to find the families, to match them up with these masterpieces. how do you do that? >> it's extremely difficult. the magazine in germany that released these photos, the family immediately recognized this particular matisse as one that had been looted from them. >> so you're hoping that a lot of families are very familiar with the art, the trove of art that their ancestors had. that seems rather. >> what's happened here is the german government has not released a list or enough documentation for claimants to come forward. that's one of the things we're imploring that they do. they're giving an excuse that there's a criminal investigation going on right now or that they don't want to be inundated with claims. i must say this is a time to be
inundated with claims. the horrors of the nazi holocaust are still with us 70 years later. >> tell us about the family you're representing and the art that they believe is theirs and they want to claim. >> paul rosenberg was the premier dealer of his day in paris pre war, and then managed to get out of paris with his life. after the war he came back looking for hundreds of paintings that had been stolen from him. his family has not stopped that search. they're continuing generation after generation. >> was there some sort of documentation that mr. rosenberg left so family members would know what was taken, what was missing? >> i actually have it with me right now. we filed the claim electronically this morning. i'm about to send by overnight mail the balance of the documentation. the archives are intact for paul rosenberg. we can prove that this piece was looted by the nazis. we can prove that paul rosenberg acquired from the artist matisse
himself. >> is that a matisse? i'm sorry. you said acquired it from matisse himself? >> paul rosenberg was matisse's dealer. he acquired this piece from matisse himself. >> wow. so what about the family, what do they want? if it is retrieved, if they get to acquire this piece, do they have any plans of what they would do with it? >> this is not about the money. this is about the lives that were upended by the natd zis, about the horrors inflicted on these people and recapturing a painting like this is recapturing some of their past. it's reconnecting with their past and reconnecting with a life that was taken away from them. >> wow. it's very powerful and extraordinary to learn that we're talking millions of dollars' worth of incredible art. pieces that -- do art historians
believe that didn't exist or had they ever wondered about some of these masterpieces that have since been recovered. >> for example, the matisse had been investigated by the monuments man at the time. we knew the pieces existed but we didn't know where they had been. >> christopher marinello, thank you so much for your story, the incredible search. >> thank you so much for having me. a football coach is diagnosed with a debilitating disease. his wife sees his struggles with routine tasks and comes up with a line of clothing to help those with limited mobility. dr. sanjay gupta has their story in today's "human factor." >> good job right there. >> reporter: for more than three decades now, don horton's life has been mostly football. >> division one, division two and also a high school coach.
very rewarding experiences. >> reporter: then in 2006, don became one of the 60,000 americans diagnosed every year with parkinson's disease. perhaps the worst day came in 2009. that's when don found himself unable to button his own shirt. russell wilson who is now a quarterback with the seattle seahawks helped don with their buttons so their team could get back on the road. >> just a humbling experience. you know you can do something, you've done it before. >> there were so many challenges he was going through that i couldn't help with. this is one change i thought i could do. >> reporter: calling on her own experience as a children's clothing designer, don's wife maura got to work creating a line of magnetic clothing, free of buttons and zippers to help her husband and others regain their independence. >> it's as simple as lining it
up. >> i wasn't sure what to think. the e-mails she got were incredible. help so many people across the nation. >> reporter: the magna ready magnets are strong enough to keep the shirts closed but not so strong that the shirts are difficult to open. >> and you're dressed. >> reporter: dr. sanjay gupta. a nuclear disaster turns part of japan into a danger zone. you probably recall that. many people still live there. they describe the fear they go through every day next.
9.0 earthquake, unleashing a tsunami with waves 13 stories high, swallowing entire towns hole. 15,000 dead, a second disaster was just brewing. >> the powerful earthquake that has hit japan. >> reporter: i was in tokyo when the earthquake struck. my team and i drove north towards the tsunami zone and past the fukushima daiichi plant. we would wchbs the hydrogen explosions and later learn it was the visible sign of a triple meltdown, the disaster rained invisible and dangerous radiation across fuk fuk's neighborhoods. towns turned into empty shells. 160,000 people fled, children and pregnant women urged to leave first, considered most vulnerable. i was pregnant and moved miles north where i continued to report in an area believed to be safe. what no one knew, what no one could truly predict is how the
world's worst nuclear disaster since chernobyl would affect us all. it's been nearly three years since the disaster. fukushima prefecture, this woman has brought her children back home. they live 340 miles away from the crippled plant that even today still struggles with on going leaks of contaminated water. she makes daily sweeps with her hand-held radiation detector and limits how long the children play outside. the government has decontaminated the home several times and monitors it with this giant device. the machine indicates radiation levels today are safe. when it comes to what they eat and drink, always the fear of the what if. susaki tries to test their food when they can, but testing takes too long to keep up with the needs of her five children. we worry about every breath, she says. my day is filled with anxiety.
i can't enjoy raising my children. so many things have changed because of the accident. everything in fukushima has changed. crews are digging, bagging and hauling away contaminated earth. 142,000 people remain evacuees across the region. children in the early days wore dissimilar ters to measure radiation intake and masks to limit radiation exposure from the air. the children of fukushima are also being carefully watched. before the meltdown, they des noted one in two million would be diagnosed with thyroid cancer. so far 44 diagnosed or suspected of having thyroid cancer. some experts say the unexpected high rate may simply be that doctors are looking. but many parents of fukushima blame the nuclear accident. the sasakis have tested their chish. they're fine so far, emphasis on so far. this is what some of the tsunami victims --
>> reporter: as far as what happened to me, i gave birth several i reported throughout the exclusion zone and even went into the fukushima nuclear plant for an up-close visit. tests later show that all my limited reporting in high radiation zones had no visible impact on my thyroid. i left japan last year. tens of thousands of families remain in fukushima. we have two choices, they say, leave or choose to live the only way we know how. kyung lah, cnn, los angeles. >> incredible. so what would you do if a nuclear disaster happened in your town? a photojournalist and author has spent time in fukushima and chernobyl asking that same question. he tells us the stories he's heard from people next. ♪
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the names fukushima and chernobyl bring up thoughts of radiation, danger and death for most people, but for some those names just mean home and even after terrible nuclear disasters people stay. back in 2011 cnn's matthew chance talked to a couple who has lived in chernobyl for years. >> reporter: given all the risks of the radiation, sickness here, the contamination, why would you choose to live here? >> translator: we were in the first group of resettlers. there were 110 people and the military did everything for us. they disinfected the area. the grass was healthy. they took out all the contaminated stuff, even fixed the broken fences. we were welcomed with music. >> a nuclear reactor at the chernobyl plant blew up in 1986 resulting in the worst nuclear accident ever. i'm joined now by author and
photographer michael forester rothbart who has spent a lot of time in chernobyl and also fukushima, he just released a new electronic ted bach inspired by the popular ted talks online, his book is called "would you stay?" michael, good to see you. >> hi, fredricka, thanks for having me. >> so, you have talked to an awful lot of people and many whom say they stay in these areas. why? >> yeah, it's hard for us to remember in this country. we are so transient, you know, we move from one place to another, and so it's hard to imagine if you lived in a village your whole life and not only that but your ancestors lived there, not only in the village but in the same house as your ancestors, you wouldn't leave just because of some radiation. >> that is extraordinary. it is still hard for people to believe because they think, you know, their life, their daily lives are in jeopardy every day potentially that, you know, folks would just pick up and leave. but as you say, they've got these kind of ties. you met one man in particular who is a mail carrier, right, no
chernobyl who felt the effects of radiation. what's his story? and is his story one that he still chooses to stay? >> yeah, really all my pictures have a story behind it. but this is leonid who was a millman and he delivered top secret mail into the chernobyl zone for five years. and many people he worked with stopped working because they were afraid of the radiation but he felt like it was his patri patriotic duty to continue. by 1996 he started to have trouble with his legs and he's been in a wheelchair for more than 15 years. the interesting thing he doesn't have any regrets. he feels like he made the right choice. >> so his wife there, presumably his wife, right, is helping him there because of his limited mobility? >> he actually invited me to a birthday party and that was during his wife's birthday party. >> oh. >> and you can see in the
pictures he's like this big teddy bear of a man. >> huh. >> he said the people don't see themselves as heroes but i do because they are willing to risk their health for the benefit of their country. >> what about you? you are going to the countries to interview and take pictures and talk to people and there's still a mystery as to what kind of residual effects there may be in terms of radiation in these zones, fukushima and even chernobyl. do you ever worry about your own personal safety when you have contact with these folks in these places? >> we still don't know the long-term consequences of exposure to low level of radiation but it was a risk i was willing to take because i felt the stories were important. a lot of photographers talk about the portion of raising awareness. i don't feel that's enough to me, i feel like i'm holding up a mirror to people so people can see what the consequences are and really -- it's not just about reflections, it's about reconciliation, i would say.
>> so, when you see these areas say, for instance, chernobyl and you have the gentleman that said there is -- the gentleman that our matthew chance spoke with who said, well, look at the grass, it's still living. how desolate, how barren does it look? because when you look at some of those still images, i mean, it looks fairly lifeless except for the living beings that you're talking to. >> well, i'd say, you know, in the chernobyl exclusion zone and in fukushima as well, life goes on, so the animals are still there. they may not be as healthy as they would be with the radiation but there's still definitely a lot of life going on. and i think what's interesting to think about is that it's just, you know, like, the picture you just showed of my -- of people eating apples. the people grow the crops and they still eat them and they're not that worried about the dangers. >> wow, that is extraordinary. and it's still a mystery as to
how people can kind of look beyond those things and carry on. michael forester rothbart, thank you so much. appreciate it. congratulations on your endeavor. >> thank you. i appreciate being here with you. we have much more of the newsroom straight ahead. something tells me don lemon if i were to ask him the question would you stay or would you go, you wouldn't even let me finish the question before you were out of there. am i right? >> i don't know. because i come from louisiana, right? >> uh-huh. >> and people, you know, after katrina it was so bad there, but you want to stay -- >> i'm talking nuclear disaster, that's what i'm talking about here. >> i know. i know. for a nuclear disaster, yes, maybe, you're right, i would probably leave. but i thought about being down in louisiana. i thought about the people there and a lot of people do want to stay. >> of course. >> that's a big deal. >> i know. it's a tough decision. >> look what i did for you. >> you look so dapper. >> i took the tie off for you because you look very gorgeous today in your -- so i wanted to sort of --
>> so you don't wear a tie? that's very nice, thank you, but i'm trying to make the correlation here. thanks for that compliment. >> i'll tell you offline. >> i do appreciate it. but you look good with or without a tie, how's at? >> we have a lot to talk about so let's get started. have a good one. >> take care. we do have a lot to get to, everyone, i'm don lemon, you're in the "cnn newsroom." thank you so much for joining us. okay, listen to this -- 1,200 people, imagine if that was here in the united states, 1,200 people, and that is just an early estimate of the number of people dead in the philippines right now drowned swept away or killed in their homes a as a monstrous typhoon smashed into the country. to say this storm was huge is really quite the understatement.
it covered an area the size of germany packed incredible winds, measured at more than 230 miles an hour, that's triple the power of hurricane katrina. trees, houses in low spots, electric and phone lines, none of that stood a chance. so, here's the one good thing if there's anything good out of this is that the typhoon was moving really fast, so the wind has now stopped. but the damage left behind is nothing short of catastrophic. rivers are flooded. thousands of buildings are torn apart or wiped away. and that number of casualties, that number may still go up. it may still go way up. cnn has correspondents throughout the philippine islands today, ivan watson is in manila. but first i want you to listen to our andrew stevens. i want you to listen to him describe a scene 100 miles
south. >> reporter: no building escaping damage, the destruction caused by typhoon haiyan is everywhere. it's left the city cut off from the rest of the country. its people increasingly desperate. roads are still impassable. all communications are down. many supplies are running out, food and water are becoming scarce, and reports of looting are widespread. it's impossible at this stage to estimate the cost in human life. we've seen bodies on the streets and we've seen bodies washing up on the beaches. the philippines interior minister can only say the number of deaths will be high. it's estimated that perhaps 1 million people live along the low-lying coastline. the majority of them in rough-but shacks. even if they could have withstood the winds, they would not have survived the storm surge, a huge perhaps five-meter wall of water that spread across the city at the height of the storm, at devastating speed.
the watery receded as quickly as it came leaving a trail of destruction. people have been warned to evacuate. but not everybody took the advice. the priority here now is to clear the road to the airport so relief supplies can start moving in. 24 hours after the storm, the first military helicopters began arriving. but it will be a massive task ferrying food and supplies for so many. in the meantime, the people search for food and water and for missing loved ones. >> reporter: the philippines, this is a country that is accustomed to typhoons, facing more than a dozen of these storms a year, but this has been classified as a supertyphoon and what's making it even harder to assess the scale of the damage is the fact that the provincial airport has been heavily damaged and that authorities are having a difficult time getting to the worst affected areas and then
getting information out from there due to the loss of communications and the electricity as well. the government estimates of the death toll just a fraction of what organizations like the philippine red cross have put out as of saturday night. more than 1,000 people estimated to have become victims of this storm. and, of course, this hitting close to an area where there was a deadly earthquake a month ago that killed scores of people. in that area the locals there who had been so heavily affected by the earthquake perhaps were spared some of the worst damage from this super typhoon because authorities moved many of them to more secure shelters as the winds struck that island on friday. ivan watson, cnn, manila. >> thanks to ivan watson and also to andrew stevens, both reporting there. some remarkable images are emerging from the philippines many in the heart of the destruction.
storm chaser james reynolds captured video of a cnn crew braving the elements to bring people to safety. look at this. >> over here. >> okay. i have you. >> one more. any more in there, josh? >> two more. >> two more. one more? >> i think we got everybody. >> we're good, everyone? >> everyone. >> i can feel electricity in the water, guys, my legs are
tingling. >> just amazing images there, james reynolds joins us from the philippines. james, we're seeing the images now that you shot in the hard-hit coastal city of tachlaban, talk to people who have never experienced a storm like this what it was like. >> it was just absolute screaming mayhem, don, the winds were so ferocious it was like a blinding, deafening whiteout. huge chunks of debris were hitting the concrete building we were in and you could feel the building shake and the water was just entering every corner of the building, flowing down the stairs in the hotel like a waterfall. and then storm surge came and it rose very, very rapidly, within minutes the entire first floor of the hotel was swamped and they didn't have time to get out
of their rooms, escape to the higher floors to safety. and it was really a desperate situation, don. >> as we're looking, we're looking at people being rescued it looks like rafts or mattresses or coord boaardboardt exactly sure. but in the video, they helped pull people to safety and you shot the video. walk us through what is happening in this video. >> yes, absolutely. it came to our attention that one family was trapped in one of the hotel rooms. they couldn't get out, the doorjambed somehow and heard a woman scream desperately and smashing the glass windows with her fists in a desperate attempt to get out and it was clear it was basically a life-or-death situation. one of my colleagues, jeff morgan, he went out there trying to -- another colleague injured himself.
managed to get some sort of flotation device, a mattress, i think, something to float to get that family out which included some elderly and infirm people that could not get down by themselves. but with the flotation devices we managed to put them on and get them to safety, don. >> it's just unbelievable. i hear you talking about, you're talking about electricity in the water. when there's that much water i would imagine it's probably a good thing that there is no electricity in the town because that would be another disaster, correct? >> yeah. absolutely. communications are out right now. but the floodwaters are extremely dangerous and electrocution threatened at the height of the storm. my colleagues mark [ inaudible ] very severely. and at the height of the storm it was just really an extremely
hazardous situation there. >> so, this storm could go down as one of the strongest storms to hit land ever. you've chased a lot of storms. how was this one different? was it the intensity? was it the wind? was it the water? >> the line's not too good so i didn't fully hear your question. in terms of the strength of the storm, it was one of the most severe landfalling tropical cyclones in recorded history anywhere in the world. that puts it in perspective and that's not an exaggeration. this was the top end of the strength of these storms that is possible and it hit a vulnerable country like the philippines without infrastructure. it's just a double whammy of perfect ingredients for a massive disaster which is unfolding right now. >> yeah. where are you off to next? are you staying put, or are you going to continue to move
around? >> i am miraculous managed to get on a military flight. all my reporting gear has sustained major damage or has to be left behind so my plan is to get to hong kong and try to salvage more images which i managed to take of the height of the storm and the aftermath and get it out there so people can see what happened in this devastating storm, don. >> you know, this storm is far from over. what do you say to the people living along the coast in vietnam? >> yeah, absolutely. i haven't been able to see much data. it looks like the trend is it is weakening. it's late in the season in vietnam for bad storms, so hopefully if the storm behaves hike others in the past,
[ inaudible ] vietnam has been hit hard by typhoons this month and this year, so with another storm coming they should be extremely ready and evacuate and get away from the coastal areas if possible, don? >> james reynolds, we appreciate you. stay safe. aid agencies mobilizing to help the victims of the typhoon and to find out how you can help, you can go to cnn.com/impact. again, cnn.comnary impact. just those images are just amazing to see what's going on over there. in the meantime, it's a bittersweet day for the u.s. navy. its newest aircraft carrier with some mind-boggling technology gets christened and in the meantime bizarre accusations against a navy commander involving leaked secrets and prostitutes and lady gaga, that's next. stacy's mom has got it goin' on ♪ ♪ stacy's mom has got it goin' on ♪
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land on it haven't even been built yet. it's also being held as the navy's most energy efficient ship. meanwhile, the u.s. navy is immersed in a bizarre bribebry scandal one that accuses a navy commander for selling secrets for free travel and prostitutes and even lady gaga tickets. details from kyung lah. >> reporter: dressed in civilian clothes for court -- >> i'm sorry, i can't comment. >> reporter: -- commander michael micevisz had nothing to say about his role in a multimillion dollar bribery scheme. they say he received thousands of dollars in gifts. in tokyo, tickets to see "lion king." in thailand, more tickets. this time to lady gaga. then there were prostitutes and free hotel rooms. why? this man, asian businessman leonard glen francis known as
fat leonard for tipping the scales at more than 400 pounds. francis runs defense contracting firm glen defense marine asia that helps port u.s. naval ships. prosecutors say fat leonard and the commander became close friends calling each other big bro and little bro, the government said a fat leonard associate eventually declared we got him. prosecutors say the two men moved u.s. navy ships around east asia like chess pieces using classified information ending up at ports where francis's firm would overbill the u.s. >> i think it would be fair to say that they were seduced by mr. francis. >> reporter: retired navy captain kevin eir understands this like few others. he served 30 years and was the commanding officer of a ship in asia that frequented some of the same ports where fat leonard operated. he even attended parties with the lavish businessman. having looked this man in the eye can you see how that
seduction could happen? >> i do. he's very charming. he's very social. you know, whereas i might go -- i might be at this party and i'll have a budweiser, no, leonard is drinking dom perig n perignon. >> reporter: only the best for fat francis, he loved the big life, fast cars and women and travel and he seemed eager to share with his military friend. in court francis appeared next to his alleged co-conspirator trading in his tuxedo for a jail jumpsuit and shackles. >> you can kind of see how if you fell into the mode of socializing with him, it might be possible to get swept up by that. and that's why, you know, so many military officers are a little bit wary of him. >> reporter: court documents reference a wolfpack. it's unclear how many other people that pack includes and how far this will widen as far as the three officers who have been charged they've all pled not guilty.
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the food and krug administration is making a major recommendation which is to get rid of trans fats. they're in just about every piece of junk food. this could happen. the question is how soon. we'll tell you. also you might be in for a shock when you see the potential replacement. we got it at the bottom of the hour. you know, there's been a lot of talk recently about the legalization of marijuana. in fact, this past week three cities in michigan voted to allow personal use of small amounts of pot. but for tenacious users of marijuana and other drugs, listen to this, they always find
alternative ways to get their stash and one of those ways is a website called the silk road. we've talked about it on this show numerous times. last month, though, the feds took the site down but a new silk road has popped up. our laurie siegel sat down with cnn money's adrian colbert to see what's being called the dark web. >> reporter: tell me what we're looking at right now. >> this is the front page for what is apparently the next silk road. and so the front page was their sort of mission statement and linked to whatever you want to buy in this case since it was silk roads, drugs. >> reporter: silk road was like the amazon of drugs, a couple clicks online you could have drugs delivered to your doorstep. what is the blackberry? four weeks of temporary silence what they get and now what we're looking at is essentially silk road reborn. right after the site was taken down, we sat down with a former
customer who didn't want to be identified. >> i imagine especially if you look at the amount of money he made on that, i imagine somebody will attempt to learn from what happened here and try to do something similar in the future. >> so, you know, there are multiple sites like that have popped up, it's just what was the original silk road was the biggest one and that's sort of what got the reputation. >> reporter: customers were waiting for the service to come back. >> they killed the server, they didn't take down the technology used to make it happen. >> reporter: this site talks about another one, pandora, i'm assuming this is almost come ticks for the new one. >> people will be looking around for these other sites. >> okay, so laurie siegel is here, cnn money tech expert, you know, it's been, what, more than two years now since the fbi tried to take down that site. so, in less than a month another one has popped up. is it impossible to stop silk
road? you and i have these -- i can't believe it's back up. is it impossible? >> i will say it's a game of whack a mole, every time the feds try to take them down, they are back up. they talk about the rebuilding of the site and this happened days from when the site was taken down. and they built a safer version so the feds couldn't find -- >> let me jump in? >> sure. >> if you are an internet sleuth. if you want to find anything, you can find it. you found this your time. you found silk road? >> it's easy. it's all accessible with the tour network and it essentially scrambles your ip address so no one can really track it and that's what makes this very significant and that's this whole idea about the free internet and that's why the guys no matter how many times the feds try to take it down they start rebuilding and they believe they can't completely be taken down. >> if you want your pot, you can go to silk road and get it. >> listen, people can go to silk
road and buy all sorts of things. >> it is your choice if you do that. >> absolutely. >> and you can get in trouble from it, right? >> absolutely. you have to think when we talk about pot and when we talk about the idea that, you know, it could be legalized in certain places, it's already legalized, one of the things our source told was, you know, i didn't really buy drugs in a backalley, i didn't want to do that kind of stuff, but with the internet i can click add to the cart and do that. people will start doing this even more. >> listen, i've been talking about this probably for about five years in cnn. i think we have this really provincial 1950s attitude about pot and everything that we're reporting now is so five years ago, like, society progresses and changes and we get different attitudes but for some reason the way we've been reporting on marijuana for the last five, ten years has been really behind how the public really feels about it. and you can see, if people want it, they are going to go on the internet and find a way to do it. >> all they do is they click add to the cart, very, very simple and a lot of people are doing it
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i'm don lemon, thank you so much for joining us. you know, it's morning in the philippines right now. power is out all across that area, and still, we're trying to get our andrew stevens up for the very latest on this. he's part of the folks in this rescue right here. he's going to explain this rescue which he took part in, he and some other members of our crew. the "cnn newsroom" is going to continue live at the top of the hour with more breaking news and more developments. and make sure you join us at 6:30 eastern tonight because we'll be talking about a very interesting subject. we're talking about the business of pot. the business of pot.
some people say it is the fastest-growing business in the country right now and it has the potential to make millions if not billions for businesses. we're going to check it out. do you want to get involved in this business? maybe so. sanjay gupta now. we'll see you back live at the top of the hour. welcome to "sg md." we got a busy, important show today. the food and drug administration is making a major recommendation. get rid of trans fats. it's the ultimate junk food. this could happen. how soon? we're going to tell you. also, you might be in for a shock when you see the potential replacement. also i'm wearing a magnetic shirt. take a look at this. there's an amazing story behind this shirt. let's get started. first off today, i want you to meet a young woman. her name is liz and he's been struggling with heroin addiction. i recently came across this remarkable video that shows her overdosing even close to death and then being revived with a