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statement that they're saying "developing technologies in cooperation with our eu and international participants that would ultimately allow the relaxation of limitations on the liquids." they're saying that that remains their long-term goal, as well. so they're opening the door, the tsa, to this sort of thing happening one day if the u.s. >> rene, thank you so much. cnn newsroom with wolf blitzer starts right now. >> see you tomorrow. right now, they're digging through the rubble in the philippines looking for victims of the deadly super typhoon. as many as 10,000 people could be dead, hundreds of thousands without shelter or food. right now, u.s. marines are in tacloban. their priority is to get to the airport there running 24 hours a day. that could make all the difference in the world to the relief efforts. and right now, americans everywhere remember the men and
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the women who be or have served in the united states military. today the president continued a veterans day tradition by laying a wreath at the tomb of the unknowns at arlington national cemetery. hello, i'm wolf blitzer reporting today from washington. here's the latest on the killer typhoon that has devastated so much of the philippines. the president threw has declared a state of national calamity. families and rescuers are digging through debris of thousand of homes searching for as many as 10,000 bodies. aid is coming in from all over. pope francis even sent $150,000 to churches in the philippines to help storm victims. u.s. marines are also helping deliver aid. we'll hear more about what they're doing in a few minutes. with food and water hard to find, some have turned to scavenging and looting going through the debris of homes and
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businesses. one person referred to the free-for-all as world war iii. the storm has now moved on to vietnam but was downgraded to a tropical storm. there are still fears the storm could cause massive flooding in parts of vietnam and china. the united nations estimates in the philippines alone, more than 600,000 people have been forced from their homes, many of them huddled together in shelters. as our paula hancocks reports, even those who found shelter weren't safe from the storm. i must warn you, some of the images may be hard to take. >> the sign refers to a very different time. now all that greets visitors on the road to tacloban is devastation. three days on since the storm itself. there are still bodies by the side of the road. now, we capital show you the faces of these bodies as it's just too graphic. you can still see the terror as the wave hit on the faces of
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these bodies. and they're still here. three days on. some of them are crudely covered. others are just open and have blackened skin from the sun. the officials say they're looking after the living which is what you would understand that they have to get rid of the bodies. this is a health issue for those people living and trying to survive around here that the stempbl is overpow-- search is overpower. they have to consider disease. this is the tacloban convention center. a lot of people came in here to try and protect themselves from the storm. . the water reached the second story and the locals say anyone that was on the ground floor not expecting this storm surge simply didn't make it. many residents used this school as a shelter from the storm, but the water engulfed it. a lot of children died in here.
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only a few managed to survive. no one knows how many lost their lives. down the road, a public well is being put to use. >> for now we don't have enough water even though we are not sure that it is clean and safe, we still drink because we need to survive. >> we see just two trucks in two hours making their very slow way into the city and the heart of desperation. paula hancocks, cnn, the philippines. >> that was a view from the ground. our next guest got the view from the sky. al dwyer is the leader of the usaid leader of the disaster response team. he's done two flyovers one over tacloban and another across the coastline. tell us how bad this damage is, what have you seen? >> good morning. certainly a catastrophic situation. we did overfly tacloban city and were able to get along the
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coastline out to the ocean. 90% of the structures are damaged or gone. certainly all the secondary roads remain closed. debris and most of the vegetation, trees are gone. what was surprising is the actual wave that caused the greatest amount of damage to property and affected the loss of life. >> you've been doing this for about 158 years. is this the worst you've ever seen? >> well, i tell you, if it's not the worst, it's close to it. i guess i'd compare it to what we saw an last year in the philippines and typhoon hit min da gnaw and the aceh tsunami, a lot of connections with that, as well. >> the government there and all the international aid assistance coming in, is it enough to save lives right now? >> well, there's a real effort right now to provide help. yes, the government of the philippines is on the ground
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starting initial operations. the united states is bringing in two 747s the next couple days full of plastic sheeting, hygiene kits, shelter, food and water are priorities. we're mobilizing food out of our miami warehouse and sri lanka. a lot of resources are coming to bear. it's a question of getting it to the people who need help. >> i assume they need food and water and medicine the most, right? >> yeah, it's the bakes right now. food, water, medicine. again a lot of things are en route. we are working closely with the department of defense assets and setting up means right now at this point. >> we've heard 10,000 may be dead right now. obviously hundreds of thousands homeless. are those the numbers you're hearing, as well, al? >> well, you know, there's not a lot of information on the actual number of dead. this was a large storm, covered
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a lot of areas. people are still doing assessments. i don't think we actually know the figure right now. i'm not sure if we'll ever know to be honest. certainly it was a severe storm. a lot of people lost their lives and we're just going to continue to try to assist those who survived. >> al choir with the usaid disaster response team on the ground there in the philippines in cac taco ban. thanks very much for what you're doing, good luck. >> thank you, wolf. of this important note to our viewers, for more on how you can help the survivors of this disaster in the philippines, please visit still to come here on on news roam, u.s. marines are on the ground at tacloban. we're going to tell you why their presence potentially could make a huge difference in this on going relief effort. [ woman 1 ] why do i cook?
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during the height of tie upon hey yen, ships were tossed around like toys. this is a scene in the village of tacloban. houses were destroyed after ships slammed into them. for those who survived, life is a nightmare. many are living in makeshift homes made out of wood and plastic hoping help will arrive so soon. for so many people, they're looking for food, water, other
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basic necessities wherever they can find them. first, another question remains just how powerful was this storm? for that let's bring in meteorologist chad myers at the cnn severe weather center. chad, was this strongest storm ever recorded? >> we may never know. we may never know because there wasn't a wind anemometer that could withstand the wind. there's nothing that would stand up to 195 miles per hour. how we will look to see whether this was possibly bigger than camille or some of the other big storms on record was that we'll see how far things were thrown. that's exactly how forecasters go out and find how big a tornado was, how far did this car get picked up and thrown? i think one thing i heard today from one of the eyewitnesss said this was like a tornado over my house but it lasted for four hours. the wind never stopped. so super typhoon had haiyan.
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you may hear this thing called yolanda. that was the philippine name. they rename storms depending what country was. yolanda was used by the philippines, it's the same storm. camille at landfall was estimated at 190 and the labor day storm at 185. this is from dr. jeff masters, as we know right now, as we think, yes, this was the strongest storm. that's indicated by satellite. only had satellites for 50 years. of course, there were bigger storms earlier in the generation of the world, are but for now, the biggest storm to hit land on recorded history is this storm right here, wolf. >> is there another storm on the way, chad, right now? >> there is a little bit of a storm. there's some generation possible but i don't believe it's going to be more than about a 35 mile. er hour storm. that will still bring rain but maybe move around some of the sheet, plywood, stuff torn up
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already just sitting there. we've used this number a lot about 2 2/3, 3 times stronger than katrina. here's how the numbers stack up. super typhoon haiyan, estimated wind gusts of 235, that would put -- if you had up with square foot of plywood, that it's 140 pounds per square foot. that's how much wind pressure is putting on that one square foot of building. now, the building's obviously bigger than one square foot. down to 120, that's only 36 pounds per square foot. it's exponential. you multiply the wind velocity by itself. you square it. that's why this exponential speed from 120 to 140 is not just 20%. it's much larger than that. >> thanks very much. devastating numbers indeed. the united states is among the nations that have joined the relief effort. earlier today, the u.s. marines
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arrived at the tacloban airport turning the airport into a 24-hour operation putting lights on the runway allowing more aid flights to arrive. barbara starr has more on the u.s. relief efforts under way. >> would he have, the u.s. military has now completed an initial assessment of what is needed and how to get it there. but it's going to be very tough going. there are about 200 on the ground trying to help bring in some of the aid and supplies. but the big priority now is to get the airport at taco ban open and running 24 hours a day. due to the damage from the storm, it's only been able to operate in the daylight hours, and that, of course, is limiting the amount of aid that can come in. there are several u.s. military aircraft that have moved into the airport. and tried to unload some initial semis, but it's far everywhere enough. so expect to see more troops,
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more aircraft arriving, and the u.s. is going to see what it can be do to help the philippine military get to some of the outlying very remote areas to keep looking for possible survivors. there's also civilian aid coming in. the agency for international development trying to ship in tents, medical end supplies, hygiene supplies like so, toothpaste, toilet paper, enough for 10,000 people. it may take days to get that shipment there. and there are tens of thousands possibly hundreds of thousands of people survivors who desperately need help. wolf? >> barbara starr at the pentagon, thank you. tonight anderson cooper will report live from the philippines. don't miss ac 360 at 8:00 and 10 f.m. eastern. up next, sarah palin making a stop at a tea party event in iowa. she took a shot at big government.
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earlier today, president obama honored a veterans day tradition, laying a wreath at the tomb of the unknowns at arlington national cemetery. he gave tribute to the american servicemen and women who died in all wars and promised to continue to support veterans saying we all owe them "a debt we can never repay." very special veteran, accompanied the president to arlington at 107, richard
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overton is believed to be the oldest living world war ii vet. he served in the pacific from pearl harbor to okinawa and still lives in the house in austin, texas, he built right after the war. after pulling out the landslide victory everyone thought he would, the new jersey governor chris christie is wrapping up speculation about a possible white house run. this weekend, the governor did the rounds of the sunday talk shows and says his focus is on the job of being governor of new jersey right. but listen to what he also told abc news. >> i'm the governor of new jersey. that's my job and what i asked for four more years and that's what i intend to do. >> all four years? >> who knows. >> who knows indeed. let's bring in gloria borger, chief political analyst. he's clearly leaving open the possibility of a run for 2016. is he some as some of his supporters suggest the answer to the gop's problems? >> it depends if you talk to people who identified themselves as moderates, the establishment
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business wing of the party look at chris christie and say yes, this is exactly what we need. but if you talk to tea party people and you talk to people who identify themselves as conservative, there was a poll done in september only 33% of people who identify themselves as conservative like chris christie. they don't thing he's got the credentials and believe he's more about the personality of chris christie than the ideology of conservativism. they consider him suspect on issues like gun control, even same-sex marriage even though he's anti-abortion. so he's got a long way to go with that wing of the party. >> a different wing from christie's wing of the party. the sarah palin wing of the republican party, she was in iowa over the weekend. i'll play a little clip of what she said. >> so often, the people who are too enlightened for religion, for church, well, they're the
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very same people who have a zealot-like faith in their own church which happens to be the church of big government. >> all right. so she's out promoting herself clearly she's got a new book just being released this week and generating some publicity for herself, wants to sell the book but also sparking some chores among the gop consecutive base. >> she is. but she's mostly selling books, wolf. she's not going to run for president. she is sort of an unofficial leader of the tea party wing of the party but i don't know how much pull she has when it comes to getting people out to vote. what was interesting to me about that event this weekend was you heard senator mike lee who was the person hop led the shut union fight with ted cruz. mike lee of utah is clearly getting heat back home what happened with the shutdown. his speech was not just about railing against people who like government and all the rest. his speech was saying, as a
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republican party, what we need to have is an agenda. he was specific. he said we need to figure out where we stand on health care, on education, on immigration. so you could see that he says look, okay, we've done that. now it's time to figure out what we stand for. very hard to do that without a national leader, which is what chris christie wants to be. but at least you see the mike lees of the world moving in that direction. >> so you don't think she's going to run for anything, not for senate from the alaska, not for president. >> i think she's writing books, giving speeches. i think she probably has a very nice life. i think if she ran, i think she would have a lot of trouble. >> she's making a lot of money right now. >> she's doing just fine. >> i'm sure she's enjoying life. we'll be on with jake tapper
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one survivor in the philippines is comparing it to world war iii. others say it's like living in hell. this is what they're talking about, complete devastation in areas of the country hit by a super typhoon. the storm has moved off to vietnam, but what it left behind is a staggering death toll. it's possible more than 10,000 people are dead. many of the bodies are in the sfrooets streets. others buried in rubble. u.s. marines are now on the ground helping where they can with supplies and support. but there are major difficulties getting aid to where it's needed because of the dang caused by the storm. >> every building is significantly damaged or destroyed. the streets are all closed. you can see where there was a 15 to 25-foot wave came across entire villages. and so everything's wiped out. >> a lot of people are dead, our
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friends are dead. some of our family members are dead. so it's really devastating. >> joining us now from ma anyone la is christie lou stout. the thousands of homes destroyed, christie, bodies lining the streets. what's the government in manila, what can they do to help the folks out there? >> in the aftermath of the super typhoon, this is what the government of the philippines are doing. they have sent special forces on the ground to the hard hit area of tack chlo ba city. they're delivering aid and also providing law and order. the government of the philippines also declared the day a national calamity what's happening here, allowing them to free up resources and to fix the prices of key essential items on the ground so no one engages in prove tearing during this time.
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the government has issued an international aid alert that has been answered by over 20 corrupts around the world, including the united states because the government here, they desperately need help due to the scale of the devastation. the philippines government says 600,000 people are displaced. the death toll, according to the red across stands at 10,000 across the storm zone. wolf, back to you. >> how hard, kristie, to get to those areas torn apart by the typhoon? >> you know, recently by colleague ivan watson participated in an aerial to your of the devastated sites with the civil aviation authority here. what he learned was that the devastation was not so much in the more remote areas, the western ekz of eastern visa yas but centered in samar and leyte province. the problem is not getting to the areas because of the
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remoteness, it's because of the logistical challenge. for example, right now it's the middle of the night here. no aid can be delivered on the ground to the tacloban city airport because there is no power to light up the runways. no power means no aid can arrive at this time at night. roads are impassable because of debris and fallen trees. that is all amounting to a desperate situation because the survivors of this typhoon are waiting for help to arrive. it's now four days on. they're getting increasingly angry and frustrated and have told cnn what they are experiencing is worse than hell. wolf, back to you. >> cristie lu stout, thank you. people are desperate for fuel. the government isset is standing limits on how much people can buy. some have been lining up at a gas station for more than a day just to get a gallon of gasoline. our affiliate abscbn has more. >> this is one of the smaller
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streets. even here, you can see the complete disarray the town is in at the moment. you see business establishments, hospitals, their homes big or small, either severely damaged or completely destroyed. you'll ehour lines like these snapped like twigs or scattered in the middle of the street making it difficult for vehicles to negotiate through the rubble. i'd like to show you some at the other side of the street a bit. in some parts of ormac, you'll see long lines like these. these are people queueing for fuel. you can see their small containers. they get to buy a maximum five liters of fuel each but have to endure hours under the heat of the sun. some people have fallen in line since yesterday and haven't reached the end of the fuel line till now.
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they say they need this fuel to power their motorcycles, their motor boats, their kerosene lamps, anything that will give them them mobility, warmth or height in the midst of this crisis. but the people who we've been talking to here have been saying this. they haven't spoken a word. they just said this. and that i take that to mean their stomachs are about as empty as their gas thanks, as their containers at the moment. the need of ormoc for food, for water, medicine, fuel, all the basic necessities that people need at the moment is gone. there is a big need for help here in ormoc, and these people are not shy in admitting it. they're calling for everyone's help. >> reporting for us from our affiliate. in many way the airport at tacloban city in the philippines represents the best and worst of the swaegs facing the battered
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country since the typhoon. it is badly damaged but still offers hope for those hose have taken refuse that they'll be able to board a flight and escape into this is what remains of the international airport. it's been shattered, as you can see, by the storm that roared through here four days ago. it's also a place of hope for many people who, as you see, are now sleeping rough here praying that they can get the next flight out to get away from what has happened around them. the sheer devastation. but take a look. these are the conditions these people face. people are grabbing a piece of dry floor where they can. there are great gaping holes in the roof here. it has been raining on and off heavily over the past few days. there's families here with as up belongings as they could salvage from their own homes many people here have lost just about everything hoping they can get away from it.
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one of the biggest problems is a lack of food, a lack of water. there is no power here as you can see. if you look around, it's right around the entirable. this is where we are, as well. you're looking here at the cnn team. we've got a lot more obviously in terms of supplies here. we're being asked to help wherever we eke in terms of food and water and we've bed down also whenever we can. this is going to be our base for a while. we're lucky. we'll eventually get back to our homes and families. for many of these people their homes and many of their family members they'll never see again. >> andrew stephens reporting from the scene for us. by the way, once again, for more on how you can help the victims of this disaster in the philippines, please visit other news we're following including u.n. nuclear watchdog agency has taken a step oo
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the international atomic energy agency, the iaea, the u.n.'s nuclear watchdog signed a joint statement with iran today. it's an important first step toward containing that country's nuclear program, possibly. but the head of the group says a lot more work needs to be done. and until an agreement is signed, britain's foreign secretary says there will be no letup in sanctions against iran. all of this comes as secretary
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of state john kerry says there's no disagreement among the so-called p-5 plus one nations trying to negotiate a nuclear deal with iran. >> there was unity. but iran couldn't take it at that particular moment, they weren't able to accept that particular agreement. so hard work was done. progress was made. the p5-plus-1 was united. there is a gap still between what language may be appropriate that they're prepared to accept, but the concept that we are all working on we have absolute unity on. >> let's bring in aaron david miller, middle east analyst from the woodrow wilson center for international studies here in washington,' former middle east negotiator under several administrations. thanks very much for coming in. >> always a pleasure. >> is he papering over the differences for example between the u.s. and france? france was for reluctant to go
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ahead with this deal. >> i think so. the real tick-tock, the back story what transpired isn't clear. were the french that hard over and refused to let theernians off the hook? was it language? ern's right to enrich that screwed things up? it's not clear. you've got a lot of unhappy people. >> some are suggesting the hard lines are in iranern didn't want a deal either, that the negotiators had their hands tied to a certain degree. >> i think that's right. everywhere every actor has political restraints. the president has them, mr. rouhani has them, as well. i've been pretty annoyingly negative on this subject for a long time. we're probably headed for agreement because the risks are worse. nobody wants to put themselves in a position where the only option to try to block iran's quest for a nuclear capacity is
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military force. i think there will be an agreement. the 3 5 plus one will sort out their differences. the israelis and americans will go through an extended drama on this, but at the end of the day, i think they'll reach an agreement, not ideal and still going to leave a lot of unhappy people. >> you have a new article you just posted, very long, among other things you say prime minister netanyahu of israel is far more invested in seeing a nuke free of iran, far more suspicious of iranian motives and worried about the consequences of a bad deal for israel. where is the division now between prime minister nettenia shoe and secretary kerry? >> there's a conceptual yao reality. where you stand in life is a function of where you sit. the israelis have very little margin for error on this one. we're living thousands of miles away, we have nonpredatory neighbors to our north and south, fish to our east and west. the oceans keep us safe. the israelis kope with
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existential threats and the reality is to trivialize those fierce and concerns would be wrong. to exaggerate them is wrong, as well. but the two sides particularly these two guys, have a very different conception of neighborhoods. >> are we going to see a rift in u.s. ohio israeli relations right now? >> you already have a functional relationship that is marked by and has in the past been marked by personality differences and substantive differences both on iran and the pursuit of israeli-palestinian peace. >> this american president and secretary of state have a different view. this relationship is way, way too big to fail. the differences will be accommodated but not before a lot of bumpy rides. >> as difficult as the relationship on this issue iran nuclear power, nuclear weapons, whatever is concerned and it's straining u.s.-israeli relations it's straining relations with
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saudi arabia, with the united arab emirates, some of the gulf states are not very happy what the obama administration is doing right now either. >> critical point. they live in the neighborhood. different set of fears an concerns but iran is the preepnent challenge. the shia sunni split, this so-called political war is crucial consideration in saudi foreign policy and absolutely right. they're not happy. i said a couple weeks with a former mossad sad analyst and the former are saudi intelligence chief. this disagreed on arab-israeli issues. >> did they talk to each other, the saudi and israeli? >> absolutely. >> that's unusual at least in public. >> it may well be there's more that brings those two together, the israelis and saudis than they have in common with us right now. >> prince turkey was the saudi and bass door in washington. who was the person he was
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talking to. >> former mossad, dmi analyst. but again, high degree of coincidence of interest between the israelis and saudis. two special relationships in the middle east that are madder at us than one another. >> aaron david miller, thanks very much. the story is unfortunately not going away. let's hope they get closer and work this out and that there's peace. i've been saying that for a long time. >> i hope so too. >> amazon is getting ready to roll out extra delivery for some customers this holiday season. up next, i'm going to show you how the company is planning to deliver your gifts on sundays this year. [ male announcer ] this is claira. to prove to you that aleve is the better choice for her, she's agreed to give it up. that's today? [ male announcer ] we'll be with her all day to see how it goes. [ claira ] after the deliveries, i was okay. now the ciabatta is done and the pain is starting again. more pills? seriously? seriously. [ groans ] all these stops to take more pills can be a pain.
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let's do a quick check of the markets right now, after hitting a record high last week, you see the dow jones up almost 18 points. fairly quiet trading on this veterans day. investors are waiting for senate confirmation hearings later this week for janet yellen, replacing ben bernanke at the next chair of the federal reserve. >> if online shopping is part of your holiday ritual, amazon wants to make it a little easier this we're. the company is teaming up with the postal service to start sunday delivery service for millions of its customers.
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alison kosik is at the new york stock stock, change. is this a big enough deal to help the postal service and its financial troubles? >> it's no big surprise that the u.s. postal service is in a pretty deep hole at this point. it lost almost $15 billion in fiscal 2012. it's going to take more than sunday delivery to dig them out, but hey, it's a start. if you live in new york or los angeles, beginning this weekend, whatever you order from amazon could arrive at your doorstep on a sunday with the help of the u.s. postal service. a u.s. p.s. spokesperson said while the amount of mail shipped has declined, package shipments which are more profitable, are increasing. the postal service is looking to form similar agreements with other retailers. it really gives it a chance to get a leg up on ups and fed ex, which do not deliver on sundays. >> is this going to cost customers a lot more? >> so it's not going to cost
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customers extra. you're not going to be charged extra to get the delivery on sunday, but if you're an amazon prime member, which does come with an annual fee, you can place ordered as late as friday to get your orders on sunday. as the sunday shipping starts to roll out, keep in mind it's only available in new york and l.a. at first, but the company does expect to expand the service to dallas and houston, new orleans, and phoenix next year. wolf. >> all right, we'll see how it goes in new york and los angeles first. in the other cities as well. thanks very much for that. >> the quiet serenity of flying in a glider for a group of wounded veterans. its archance to forget problems. their story when we come back. [ female announcer ] what if the next big thing, isn't a thing at all? it's lots of things. all waking up. connecting to the global phenomenon
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on this veterans day, we honor all veterans. but some a little more than others. once a month in the california desert, a group of patients from the naval medical center in san diego gathers for something very special. they have all come home from war, wounded and scarred in so many way, physically, emotionally. here for a few mome nltsdz at least, they can leave the problems on the ground and soar above them. photo journalist gabe ramirez takes us along. >> my experience in afghanistan, it's kind of a favorite question
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of people, you know. sometimes i ask, do you really want to know? because sometimes it's not good stuff that goes on out there. after my first deployment, one of my close buddies, they died in deployment. there's nothing you can do. and you feel really guilty, so i just held it in. you know. usually, i like to stay here by myself. that's why the doctor said, go out and have some fun. so bond together with guys who have gone through the same things and just basically help us to just 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 out flying. >> being up there, you really, honestly get to see god's landscape, like he painted it so beautiful up there.
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to appreciate everything, and you should never take life for granted. i had 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. vietnam fighter pilot, and he went super aggressive. >> i flew jets all my life, f-4s and f-5s. we had our own combat experiences. we see these fine young men and gals coming back from afghanistan and iraq. we have a passion for flying planes and want to share with these guys and get their adrenaline pumping and give them an opportunity they might not have otherwise. >> it's different. it's just like kind of a peace.
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you feel free. >> it was sweet, man. it was sweet. feel like crying, almost. >> you know, i wouldn't be standing here talking to you about it right now if you were to hit me up four or five months ago. i would have been in tears and heartbroken, but the sunshine is out and i'm happy to be alive again and happy to be just living. >> please be sure to watch cnn's veterans in focus special later today. it airs at 2:30 p.m. eastern. that's a half hour from now. you can also read more veterans stories at i suggest you do it, especially on this veterans day. that's it for me. thanks very much for watching. i'll be back, 5:00 p.m. eastern in "the situation room" with a special report coming up at 6:00 p.m. on the latest, the
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devastation in the philippines. much more on that coming up, obviously, throughout the day as well. "newsroom" continues right now with kyra phillips. wolf, thanks so much. well, on this veterans day when we honor all the men and women of the u.s. military, we are seeing america's best respond to what may turn out to be the worst disaster the philippines ever experienced. the country's president has declared, quote, a state of national calamity. no one knows how high the death toll will rise. it's now three days after super typhoon haiyan has hit. officials estimate 10,000 lives have been lost. the official tally at this hour, 942, and another storm is on the way. debris blanketing tack lobtaclo