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p.m. on the latest, the 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
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leyte, and sumar. we're about to show you tough images to watch. rescuers pulling bodies from heaps of wreckage while survivors picking through all of them, trying to find food. yes, there are reports of looting. people know they're drinking ditter water. >> translator: it's difficult. we are helpless like a newborn. it's really difficult. there's no more food inside the warehouse and the malls. >> translator: i don't need a lot of clothes, just one shirt. that's all i'm asking for. >> as more that 600,000 filipinos now seeking shelter, many are haunted by what haiyan took from them. one mother talked to the philippine daily inquirer about seeing her daughter die. quote, just let go, save yourself, said the girl, whose body was pierced by wooden splinters. i was holding her and kept telling her to hang on, i was
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going to bring her up, but she just gave up. as we know now as we see the pictures, haiyan may turn out to be the strongest storm on record. it sustained winds as strong as 195 miles per hour. sturdy evacuation shelters were no match for a storm surge as high as 16 feet. as the storm crossed the string of philippine islands, huge walls of water just pushed ashore, carrying debris and people within it. but the danger is far from over. i want to bring in chad myers. chad, another storm on the way, right? >> yeah, another minor storm. but nothing's minor when your house is in ruin. when everything is slammed on the ground. i mean, this wind, even if it's 35 or 40 miles per hour, is going to pick this stuff up again. this was a big deal. this is the storm surge problem we had with sandy. remember sandy, how much water got pushed up in the new york
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harbor? >> you can't forget it. we were there covering it. >> there's the storm six days ago. here's the country of the philippines. almost the same size here. so as you put this into motion, it came in and it slammed right through the island chain and the problem is obviously still going to be the wind, the waves, and talk about the wind of 195. that's equal to an ef-4 tornadoes. i was listening to somebody on the i witness report saying we had a tornado over our house for four hours. the wind never stopped. that's why everything looks like a tooth pick. >> you mention the winds, but it's the storm surge that becomes so deadly. >> let's get to that. let me show you something. this is the city of taclobatacl. this is part of the problem, the same problem we had with sandy. water got pushed up into new york harbor. had nowhere to go because the rivers go up and get smaller and smaller. all the water was coming in here, going over the airport, washing out everything in the airport, washing planes away. and then filling up this bay.
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and that bay, all the way to 16 feet from where we are, that's sea level. 16 feet from there, that's where the waters stopped rising. everything you see, all the way through here, all the way through here, all those homes, all those houses, all those businesses, gone. >> we're going to keep talking about it for the next couple hours. chad, thanks so much. typhoon haiyan left devastation of monumental scale in its wake. many areas are cut off from transportation, communication, power, and in an attempt to get any word out at all, people in devastated areas are using i reports to send message to their family. an ireporter who works for a social media company in manila uploaded notes from tacloban, a sorries of hand-written messages. some were written on paper plates, random pieces of paper, anything they could find. and back here in the u.s., families are also desperate to make contact with their loved ones.
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jacqueline posted a picture of her parents with a plea for any information on their whereabouts. jacqueline now joins me by phone from alexandria, virginia. jacqueline, you just received word, i'm told, that your parents are alive. what did you hear? what do you know? >> what -- i have been on facebook for the past couple days. a cousin of mine that's in cebu got word that another cousin of ours had walked about six hours to get to my parents, and has told them -- told my other cousins that they're okay. what we have heard so far, that's all we have heard so far, that they're okay. we don't know the condition of the house. i haven't heard anything about the condition of the house or their health, so -- or the food situation and water. that's what our concern is right now. >> i understand they're in leyte, one of the hardest hit areas. when was the last time you had a
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chance to speak to your parents? >> i spoke to my dad about two hours before the storm hit. it was about 9:30 in the morning on thursday, i believe, our time here. he just mentioned that there was a storm coming and their plan was to stay on the second floor of our home there in tacloban city, and they went and got some food and water, and he thought that everything would be okay, but we haven't heard anything since. >> i'm looking at this picture of them. and i understand they're in their 70s. mom is 77, dad is 72. he's a vietnam vet, right? did they fall in love, jacqueline, during the war? >> i believe they met -- i don't know if it was before or i think it was -- it was in the '60s. i'm not sure if it was during the war or if not, but my dad was stationed in the philippines in manila at the time. that's where they met. >> they are a precious couple.
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>> they're really funny. they're a funny couple. >> and my guess is -- >> very strong. >> that's what's going to keep them alive, and that's what's going to keep them fighting to get back to you. you actually live in tacloban city, right, when you were little? you visited there just a few years ago. is there any way you can describe to us, you know, this city before the storm? because we're seeing all this devastation, but most of us never saw what this really looked like prior to this. >> oh, yeah. it was different when i was living there. i was living there in '92 and '93. i went back recently for my mom's 75th birthday. it's different. i was really excited when they saw there was a mcdonald's opening, but i heard the mcdonald's was destroyed because it's next to water. it was a growing city. it was growing. they had stoplights. to me, it was home. my sister graduated from high
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school there. i went to school there in elementary school. everyone is friendly. it's just an amazing city. it's lively, a lot of different festivals there and home to so much of my family. it's just -- it's devastating to see what it looks like right now. especially the airport. it's just -- it amazes me how standing on the tarmac, getting ready to board the plane, and now seeing it, it's unbelievable. >> we're so glad that your parents are okay. i hope that we can keep in touch with you. and hear from them and see you all together soon. jacqueline, thanks so much for calling in. >> thank you so much. >> you bet. and for more on how you can help the survivors of this disaster in the philippines, visit cnn.com/impact. well, coming up back here at home, three members of an iranian rock band found dead in new york. police say the murder wasn't random. they know who did it. a live report is next. plus, the nfl bullying saga just took a pretty bizarre turn. the player accused of harassing
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his teammate calls the alleged victim his best friend. he did everything out of love. richie incognito said jonathan martin sent him nasty messages, too. what the heck is going on? [ lane ] are you growing old
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shooti shootings, the suspect, and a possible motive? was it somebody in the band? >> it appears to be someone who was known to the band. here are the details the police have given us. just after midnight in brooklyn, the gunman goes to this building. before he goes in, he shoots somebody outside. this man is injured. shot in the arm. he's taken to the hospital. released later in the morning. but the gunman, after shooting that person outside, goes upstairs on the second floor. he shoots and kills a man who was the guitarist in the yellow dogs. 27 years old. the gunman then goes up to the next floor in the building, shoots the guitarist, 28-year-old brother, shoots another man, then goes to the roof of the building and takes his own life. the police say he was using a .038 caliber rifle when he took his own life and in those other shootings. so those are the details. one member of the yellow dogs,
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this iranian punk band, killed. the gunman is believed to have been a member of a band, another iranian punk rock band called the free keys. there has been some dispute between the three keys and yellow dogs in recent weeks. that's what we understand. >> as we started looking into the band, it apparently had this following all across the new york area. and a pretty remarkable past, yes? they were playing underground in iran and then they were coming here, seeking asylum. what more can you tell us about their background? were the lyrics political at all? >> you know, in 2009, when the band was in tehran, cnn covered them and did a story there. this is a braand who was playin in underground rooms that they soundproofed themselves because playing rock music in iran is against the law. they could get locked up. they could get heavy fines. young musicians who that had happened to in the past there, generally never played again. so a totally underground scene. they got a chance to get out of
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iran in 2010, and that was their dream. they knew they liked to play rock music. they love playing to crowds. it was a real aspiration to come to somewhere like new york where they could be free, free to play their music, free to associate, do whatever they wanted to do. and they were beginning to live that dream here, play their music after the sort of harsh scene in tehran. but it does appear to have ended at least in part in tragedy this morning. >> keep us updated on the investigation. thanks. up next, bad guy or best friend? suspended miami dolphin richie incognito speaks out on bullying allegations and reports that he used racist and vulgar language. incognito also opens up about his relationship with jon martin, referring to him as his best friend. i'm going to talk with a former nfl player about the culture in the locker room. plus, are you tire offend packing those little bottles of shampoo to take on the airplane. up next, a screening device that could allow the faa to relax a
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airline passengers in europe might soon be able to bring water bottles on their flights. wouldn't that be nice? the los angeles times reports the european union has decided to ease its carry-on restrictions. allowable items will include shampoos as well as some aerosols and gels. next year, heathrow airport will start using screening devices made by an ohio company to detect any explosive materials in bottles. the faa has not said if it will follow suit. let's keep our fingers crossed.
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the times said they're looking into several technologies to scene liquids. >> all right, tonight, the miami dolphins hit the field for monday night football, minusico martin. martin walked away from the team last month. incognito has been suspended indefinitely as the nfl investigates allegations that he bullied martin. now we're hearing incognito's side of the story. he sat down with fox sports' jay glazer and said this is a big misunderstanding and the vulgar messages to martin, wem, they came from a place of love. >> this isn't an issue about bullying. this is an issue of mine and john's relationship where i have taken stuff too far. and i didn't know it was hurting him. my actions were coming from a place of love. no matter how bad and how vulgar it sounds, that's how we
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communicate. that's how our friendship was. and those are the facts, and that's what i'm accountable for. >> joining me now, former nfl player and super bowl champ dwight hicks. you know, dwight, you're definitely one of the most respected players i know personally. so i want to ask you directly, in your opinion, is richie incognito a bully? or is his hazing, as he says, coming from a, quote, place of love? what are your thoughts? >> well, i did some research myself, and saw that the two of them had exchanged over 1100 e-mails or text messages in the last 18 months. and even after jonathan martin had left the team, after miami win, he texted richie you know, and told him good win, good game. so i don't think there's -- i think people are misunderstanding their relationship.
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and if incognito didn't know that it was hurting his friend, you know, to me, it's like you should know that as a friend. >> i'm just curious, because when you look at all the vulgar things that he said in his text messages, okay, i mean, when you were in the locker room, let's say during one of your super bowl moments, okay, did white players ever come up to you or do you think they would ever think of coming up to you, saying, hey, n-word, this is coming from a place of love. i'm going to slap your mother. i'm deg to kill you. were you ever talked to like that, dwight? >> well, no, i was never talked to like that or spoken to anyone like that. but what we have to understand is that this new generation communicate differently. and the boundaries are changing. and what was accepted or what wasn't accepted when i was playing and what is accepted now are two different things.
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and i think this new generation, they're expressing themselves differently, and those boundaries are changing, whether it's through art, through the spoken word, or through their music as well. so it's a little bit confusing as we look as bystanders and get information third-hand, but only the two of them really know for sure. but i'm telling you, when you had over 1100 text messages in the last 18 months, and then after leaving the team, you're expressing your gratitude and adilation for a teammate after winning a game, i don't think there's someone, if i didn't like and didn't have a good relationship with, and after a win, after i left the team, i wouldn't be -- that would be the last person i text.
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and jonathan texted him. so i don't think we're getting the full story. and we're not understanding the full implications of what is happening between the two of them. i do know that the media has, as this story has changed exponentially, it's went from martin leaving the team to hazing, and now to bullying. and now to a character -- you know, a character, you know, exchange in which, you know, it's detrimental to incognito. meaning that, you know, is this guy being vilified? and we really don't know. >> interesting, because if you look at the interview, this caught so many people's attention. just his appearance alone. you know, i love what i heard this morning. is this richie incognito or richie cunningham? because you've got this total bad boy with the tattoos, you
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know, and looking like he's going to come after somebody, to this very well dressed, you know, tailored man. i guess, what's your gut, dwight? is he a jerk? or is he just a typical player hazing someone that, you know, he calls his best friend. that's just the way it is now? >> well, i really can't say because i don't know the nuances of their relationship. >> but there's definitely more to the story, is what you think? >> definitely more to the story than i think how they're depicting incognito. because, i mean, he's a big guy. he's a huge guy. and when that video went viral of him ranting and using the n-word, it looked like, wow, what the heck is this guy doing? however, one of his teammates who he was saying was in the house, was there. and he didn't seem to have a problem with that. so as i said, this generation, what is accepted now is a little
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different than what was accepted when i was playing. and i feel that if there is something going on as far as him being bullied or harassed, i think the leadership of that team, somebody should step up and say, you know what? >> be held accountable. >> we have to cool it. this guy is really sensitive. it's bothering him, and you want your teammate to do his job, because it's going to help the team. if you do anything other than that, and being disruptive, it's only going to hurt the team and hurt this young man. >> we'll follow it, for sure. dwight hicks, appreciate your time today. thanks. >> you're very welcome. >> quick break, we'll be right back. welcome back. how is everything?
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for generations, the great war planes of the world have flown home when their battles are done. bringing grateful veterans eager to return to their civilian lives. now, many of those planes are gathered here at the steven f.ude varihaase center making it a perfect place for this year's veterans in focus. welcome, i'm tom foreman, and
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our theme is transition. the sometimes challenging transition the troops can face when they leave the service. there are more than 20 million veterans in this country, old and young, men and women. people who have moved on from their time in uniform. it's fitting that our next story is about moving, about a marine working for a moving company until he had an idea to start a business of his own employer other veterans, and well, photojournalist bob bikel is here with the movers. >> we're a company full of veterans and veterans take pride in what they do. >> you wake up early in the morning and try to get there as early as possible depending on new york traffic. >> we get our mission listing, what we have to do for the day. >> going to williamsburg. >> try to keep up with the time. >> what time does the job start? >> kind of like a military operation order. >> when you show up a bunch of
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veterans, they pretty much know what they're getting. >> the discipline instilled in you in the military, everybody takes it to work with them. >> for a lot of veterans coming back to the city, it's so hard to get established and get your feet back on the ground. it took me four months to find a place to live. a lot of people, they're looking for a year of like work. so when you get out of the service, obviously, you're not getting a paycheck anymore. even though you might have $30,000 saved in a bank account, that doesn't matter. you have to have steady work. it takes a lot to sacrifice your time and energy to serve for your government, to protect the people of this land. and you know, when you're here in the city, jobs are scarce. >> since you were in the service, there is no such thing as i'm going to stop and quit because i'm tired. >> we don't have bad traits other companies have. everyone here always has their head on straight when they come to work. >> what more can you ask for? you work and now you're getting paid. and you are hanging out with your friends, pretty much.
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>> it's good work. what we do here. >> i'm going to go with this company, ride with it until the wheels fall or or until we explode and i don't have to be on the truck examine. >> 99% of our clients are always happy with us. we have been lucky, so lucky that we found a group of men that love what they do and they respect their clients. and the clients just love us. >> moving up is of course the goal for many veterans when they leave the service. although, for those with serious wounds, that can be a real challenge. fortunately, out west at the southern california soaring academy, there are folks who all the time are taking vets to new heights. photojournalist gabe ramirez takes us there. >> my experience in afghanistan, it's kind of a favorite question of people. you know, sometimes i ask, do you really want to know? because sometimes it's not -- it's not good stuff that goes on out there. after my first deployment, i had
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a couple of my close buddies that 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, hey, go out and have fun. bond with other guys who have gone through the same things and you know, 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 up flying. >> being up there, you really -- i mean, honestly get to see god's landscape, like he painted it so beautiful up there. you appreciate everything. we should never take life for granted.
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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. we had a vietnam fighter pilot. he went super aggressive. >> i flew jets all my life, f-4s and f-5s. we had our own combat experiences and we see these fine young men and gals coming back from afghanistan and iraq, we have a passion for flying these planes and want to share it with these guys and get their adrenaline going and show them maybe they wouldn't have had an opportunity to do otherwise. >> it's different. it just it like kind of a peace. you feel free. >> it was sweet, man. it was sweet. feel like crying almost. let me stop.
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>> i wouldn't be standing here talking to you about it right now if you were to hit me up four, five months ago. i would have been teared and heartbroken, but the sunshine is out and i'm happy to be alive again and be just living. coming up, from combat to the culinary arts. >> it's what i want to do. >> turning soldiers into chefs. >> boom. >> throw it up, brother. >> and the height of success. veterans learning how to climb back into the lives they left. when veterans in focus continues. mine was earned orbiting the moon in 1971.
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new york's culinary institute of america in hyde park may see far, far away from a place like this, but there was a direct link. the institute was started after world war ii to turn g.i.s into chefs. that task has never ended wrirb in the past few years, the number of vets seeking real-world skills there has more than tripled. so photojournalist jeremy harlin takes us to see what's cooking. >> they're our money makers. these hands are what i have going for me. >> culinary arts, i think, is sort of a natural fit for someone that's good with their hands, likes to be very active. likes to be very involved and engaged. >> before i came to the culinary institute of america, i literally knew nothing about the
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culinary field. i did two tours to fallujah, iraq. i was a machine gunner in the second marines. this is my slicing knife, my chef knife. >> as these people return and decide what to do, culinary arts seems to be something they have gravitated towards. >> the united states marine corps is in ways similar to the culinary field. >> make sure the potatoes are 100% covered with water. >> in the marine corps, i had a company of first sergeants. a blplatoon staff sergeant, i w a squad leader. >> citric acid, tip of the spoon. >> you had your chef, your sous chef, then your line cooks, your prep cooks. you got that hierarchy. there's a lot of discipline, a lot of focus, just like the marine corps. >> veterans bring a lot to the kitchen. they tend to be very highly
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focused. very goal-oriented. very driven for success. they serve often as role models for our younger students as to what professionalism looks like. >> we can be focused and we can be disciplined and we' carry that. we know when it comes time to work, we're in there. we're ready to work. >> it is such an honor and a privilege to be able to help share with these people and give them the power, the knowledge, the courage to go on and pursue the next phases of their life. >> it has nothing to do with guns. has nothing to do with being a marine corps, but it's what i want to do. it's what i made happen. so if you're a veteran, go after what you want. >> part of the key to a successful transition for any veteran is a sense of confidence. the knowledge that they can succeed once again at whatever they take on in civilian life.
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that's not always easy. when some suffer from wounds both inside and out. photojournalist braub crowley met up with a group in the northeast that helps veterans get back to life as they once knew it and teaches them the ropes. >> this is a legendary, historic climbing area. the reason we're all here is because a part of us likes risk. when you go climbing, it takes you out of what would be your conventional element and forces you to come to terms with fear. it's kind of like being in the military. you always have to be ready. >> nick first came into our programming about a year ago. >> you mind if i have this little piece right here? >> what it does is takes us vets and then they pair us with regular civilian disabled individuals. >> i prefer you not go aggressively. >> they have been doing for
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years what i have been used to for the first two or three years since i have been back from afghanistan. climbing is just my way of dealing with transition. we deal with life and death risks. kind of the closest thing i have to being in the military now. >> i was fortunate enough to earn a bronze star for saving the life of a french soldier, but i was injured as well. i suffered a traumatic brain injaerj. i came home, couldn't spell my own name, couldn't walk without a cane, and i could barely speak. >> you come home and everybody thajs you for your service, but they really don't understand what you went through. it's hard to convey that. >> this gets the heart pumping. this is good practice for those vertical walls that come in life. >> when you're on a rock wall and you come up to a problem, and you just don't know if you can get through it, you're sweating, your heart is beating,
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in many waer tht o us with transition to, the transition from war to peace. by explaining firsthand some of the difficult and compliced decisions that must be made in the heat of battle. one such decision swirls around this plane. the anola gay, a william walker caught up with one of the veterans who flew an important mission. >> this is the enola gay. and that's the way it looked sitting on the ramp over there. that photograph there was taken just before we took off. that me, right the. we were like brhers.
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and we had complete f each other. >> they a professional bomber crew. that is their mission. that is their way of life. and they perform it very well. and that's part of this gre stor of our veterans. >> we were going to do our job. come hell or high water. paul, the pilot, in this area where the lite window is. look out t window, all his ld slide rls and plying material. we get a reaction from the enola gay in the sense that you may have a veteran that says, this ended the war. this is sabeautiful silver airplane. people get really excited about
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airplane said and how they look, but then they realize, this is enola gay. and this is the airplane that in august 1945 destroyed a city. >> i really feel we did the right thing. nobody wanted to invade japan, but that was the alternative to us dropping the bomb. that's how i justified it. i am not a preservationist. they can take all the old airplanes and put them in a junk heap as far as i'm concerned. but the ola gay we lived through it. i have great reverence for that airplane. and it brought me home. >> veterans have a long history of helping each other out. not just during the transition back to civilian life, but sometimes for their entire lives. and even beyond.
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photojournalists found such a story in the northeast where an air force veteran tends to the land and troops who marched upon it long ago. >> it just shouldn't be this way. these graves should be cleared. and paid the respect that they deserve. we're at mt. morya cemetery in philadelphia, founded in 1855 and remained in opion unt 2011, a wch time it was abandoned. as time goes by, the cemetery ran out of grounds. funding gets cut. and next thing you know, they can't afford to maintain the cemetery. the government isn't responsible for mt. mariah due to the fact they don't own the grounds. they're not responsible for maintaining cemeteries in which veterans are interred.
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it's just an absolute crime that the grounds are in the shape that they are. >> these guys are heroes. they need to be treated as such. >> want to help preserve american history. we've got soldiers in here who fought in the revolution. spanish american war, the war of 1812. world war i, world war ii, korea, vietnam. veteran of the united states air force. i was basically a heavy equipment operator out of a flight line, loading and unloading cargo and supporting those. >> these are brothers that during the civil war both earned the congressional medal of honor. for their actions in battle. being a veteran, understanding the sacrifice that a lot of men and women made for our country, it's really a humbling experience to make things better around the graves. they need to be honored.
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thanks to the center for hosting us, and thanks to all the veterans who have served the united states of america. we hope you have a wonderful veterans day. hello, everyone. i'm kyra phillips in for brooke baldwin. how ironic on this veterans day, we honor the u.s. military. we're seeing america's best respond to what may be the worst disaster the philippines has ever experienced. the country's president has now declared a state of national calamity with as many as 9.5 million people impacted. but three days after super typhoon haiyan hit, no one knows how high the death toll could get. and now we believe 10,000 lives have been lost, and another storm still on the way. cnn international live in manila. christy, a crucial step, as we
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have been talking about, is getting aid to the survivors. have the u.s. marines arrived? >> they have arrived, and they are making a big difference already. it's 4:00 a.m. in the morning here in the philippines. there have been no aid flights all night because there's no power on the ground, no power on tacloban city, no power to light up the runways so they can land. u.s. marines are now on the ground in tacloban city. they're there with c-130 aircraft. they're there with aid and with a plan to make that airport functional on a 24-hour basis. even at this time of night, the much-needed aid could be flown in to the survivors who desperately need it. the philippines, their special forces are also on the ground there, providing aid and a plan to restore order and restore law. meanwhile, the survivors there are struggling. remember, this storm, it made landfall about four days ago, 4:00 a.m. local time on friday. they have been closed up, sealed
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off from the outside world for four days now. they desperately need just the essentials. food, water, medicine, power generat generators, shelter, et cetera. some of the survivors have been speaking with cnn in tacloban, and they say what they're going through is worse than hell, and they also say, these are doctors talking to cnn in the impact sight, saying they can't go on because they don't have the medicine and supplies they need to help people there on the ground. kyra, back to you. >> chad myers is telling us about another storm forming. how are survivors getting ready for that? >> reporter: that's right, a very, very frightening scenario here. we have a new storm system, high possibility it will turn into a storm system, just southeast of the philippines. it looks like it's following the same path as the super typhoon haiyan. and it's going to add more rain, which is the last thing that the displaced needs. according to the philippines government, over 600,000 people
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are displaced. 600,000 people are homeless because of the super typhoon. in addition to that, because of that super typhoon, the ground is already saturated. even if it's an insignificant rain maker, a minor storm system, it can cause major damage because the area will be that much more prone for landslides, mudslides, and also flooding. a very worrying scenario. back to you, kyra. >> we'll be talking a lot. thanks. as christy mentioned, the united nations says more than 600,000 filipinos are displaced from haiyan, which wiped out multiple locations, by the way, in the philippines, including tacloban. many people are haunted by what haiyan took the them. one mother talked to the philippine daily inquirer about watching her daughter life. ma, just let go, save yourself, said the girl whose body was pierced by wooden splinters. i was holding her and i kept telling her to hang on, that i
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was going to bring her up, but she just gave up. well, the grief, the devastation, surviechbers are overwhelmed. adding to it all is a stench that they can't escape. here's paula hancocks and a warning, too, her story has some pretty disturbing images. >> this 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 can't show you the faces of these bodies because it's just too graphic. you can still see the terror as the wave hits on the faces of these bodies. and they're still here three days on. some of them are crudely covered. other are just open and have blackened skin from the sun. now, the officials say they're looking at 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
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survive around here. the stench is overpowering. and of course, they have to start considering disease. this is the tacloban convention center. we're told by the locals, people came in here to try to protect themselves from the storm. but as you can see, the water reached the second story. and the locals say that anyone on the ground floor weren't expecting this storm surge, simply didn't make it. many used this school as a shelter from the storm, but the water engulfed it. this resident says a lot of children died in here. 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. >> right now, we don't have enough water, even though we are not sure that it's clean and safe, we drink because we need to survive. >> we see just two trucks in two hours making their very slow way
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into the city. at the heart of desperation. paula hancocks, cnn, tacloban, the philippines. >> that was rough to watch. you know, within all that devastation, here's a moment that actually gave people not only a glimmer of hope but happiness. a woman actually gave birth to this baby girl at a makeshift medical center. she labored on a dirty piece of plywood surrounded by wreckage left behind from the storm. the mother went into labor early this morning, we're told, and had to walk several miles to the airport before catching a ride. and here's the gut-wrencher. she named that baby after her mom who has been missing since the storm hit. it turns out that haiyan may be the strongest storm on record now. talking sustained winds, 195 miles per hour. even sturdy evacuation shelters
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were no match for 16-foot-high storm surge. as the storm crossed the philippine islands, huge walls of water pushed ashore, carrying debris, and yes, people with them, and the danger is far from over. let's bring in meteorologist chad myers. once again, another storm on the way, as we have been talking about. >> certainly not typhoon, but the probability is high that it does still affect the people that are there. there's the center of the high probability of something popping up. there's tacloban right there. the rain is going to be coming in. we don't need that for the rescuers. they need clear skies to see the runways better. they don't need these c-130s trying to land at a 100-foot ceiling at an airport they have never been to with no lights. don't need this rainfall. it probably won't get its act together until it's past the philippines, but then the stop could be along the vietnam coast
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or southeast china. they don't need the rain, either, because it's been raining since saturday. >> let's talk about the storm surge. i mean, i just mentioned evacuation centers couldn't even -- sturdy evacuation centers couldn't even hold up. it's not just the rain and the wind. but this is what becomes the most deadly. >> the power of water. you've been out. you can go to the beach, stand in three feet of water and a wave hits you and it knocks you down. it literally sends you flying. a flea-foot puff of air isn't going to send your flying. water is so much heavier than air, has so much force, that when the water came in to these areas, filled in the bays, the water came up, people couldn't get out of the way. here is the problem with tacloban. you have an area up here, the runway they're talking about, right there, water pouring in here, into this bay. this is where most of the people pit's nice and calm here usuall. that's why there are all these little boats and villages, and really, most of them, a lot are along piers. they're not even in or attached to the ground.
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they're attached to the water, floating along. another house, another house. you walk down the pier. the piers are kind of a nice term, but as you walk coun, one house, one house, one house, and they're 100 yards into the water before the last houses out there. all those homes are completely wiped out. >> chad, thanks. >> tonight, anderson cooper will be in manila for a close-up look at the destruction and how aid workers and survivors are coming together for the recovery effort. tonight, 8:00 and 10:00 eastern on cnn. coming up, what caused a cougar to mall a worker to death inside a cage at an animal sanctuary? we're going to talk with an expert. plus, nearly a year after a newtown police officer saw the horrors inside sandy hook, he still isn't back at work. and now he could lose his job. does he even have a case? and pg-13 movies are supposed to be less violent, less racy than r -rated ones, bt
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there's a lot more violence now in pg' 13 movies. a new study is out and it might surprise you. it found in pg-13 movies, gun violence since 1985 has tripled. beginning in 2009, pg-13 movies became every bit as violent as r-rated movies. in 2012, pg-13 movies contained more violence that movies rated r. dan is with us now, past president of the motion pictures association of america. dan, three times as much gun vile js now in pg-13 movies than 1985. why? >> well, you would have to study what kind of violence it is because by and large, gun violence and violence in r movies is much more intense than the violence in pg-13 movies. one thing we have now that we didn't have 5, 10, 15 years ago, are descripters on movies. it tells you why it's been
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rating the way it is, it talks about the level of violence or language or sexual content, and all this is done to give parents more information about what's in a movie. yes, there probably is more violence today in movies than there was 15 or 20 years ago, but it puts more of a burden on parents to read the destricters, the reviews, and hopefully be in a position to advice their children what movies to see or not to see. >> there's been a lot of controversy over the rating system, drawn a lot of criticism, that it's secretive, that it lacks consistent standards, that it's stacked in favor of big-money film studios. you took some heat for that. so i have to ask you, did you sort of lead us down this path? >> well, i hope not. and i think the system is on the level, and by and large, the raters are parents and grandparents who have children or grandchildren, and the ratings are designed to give basically parents information to help their children decide what's in their best interest or
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not. it's an art and not a science in terms of how to do this kind of thing. but you know, we're always looking for better ways to do it. look, the entertainment industry has to be a part of the discussion about violence in our society we're not alone more responsible than any other workers involved in this, and it's up to the parents to work the system, to understand the system in order to best advice their children on what to do. >> when it comes to the ratings, people familiar with the industry are saying, lack, if a producer is aiming for a pg-13 movie, they need to watch out for language. they need to watch out for sex. but hey, don't worry so much about the violence. you know, that's okay. in your opinion, is rough sex worse than a bloody massacre? >> this is a cultural thing in america. i mean, rough sex and a bloody massacre are both justify higher ratings, depending upon the nature of the movie. but you know, the truth of the matter is that the ratings
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reflect our culture. our culture historically has been much more concerned about sexual context, about nudity, than it has been about violence. violence is a big problem in our society. >> what about the studies that have been done saying that it's this type of media violence that impacts aggressive, real-life behavior? dan, the last thing we want to see is another school shooting. >> you're right, we don't want to see it. those studies have been rather inconclusive. the "new york times" today talked about the studies and they have competing evidence about whether you watch a movie and it makes you more likely to commit a violent act or not. i don't think we can make decisions on how to rate movies based on those inconclusive studies. >> but the study is out, the study that is out talks about this research and that it's a very big concern. >> it is a concern. but the question is, what do we do about it? the last five years, this is new. we have rating deskribters that describe what a movie is about. a parent can get a much better
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idea. >> bottom line, ratings don't marry. i as a parent have to make sure what my kid is watching and not watching. >> you should watch theeratings, the descripters, and you need to be a big part of what your kid does in entertainment. that's the bottom line. there's the responsibility of the parent or guardian to make sure they know what their kid is doing. the ratings themselves have to be accurate. i hope the rating system continues to evolve to become more and more accurate all the time. >> dan, appreciate you joining me. >> let's take a look at this chilling picture. a kidnapping victim rescued after a nightmare ordeal. it wasn't the police who discovered her and saved her. instead, the woman's family finds her and kills the kidnapper. was it justified? you're going to hear about the dramatic confrontation next. .. no longer in uniform, but still serving... on the job and in our communities...
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well, louisiana woman escapes her kidnapper thanks to her cousin. he took the law into his own hands and shot the suspect dead after he found the man stabbing her. this picture puts it all into perspective. that's bethany in the arms of a family member after cops say she was abducted by her ex-boyfriend, scott thomas, but her 29-year-old cousin whose identity right now is being protected, found her when he heard her screaming from inside an abandoned house. her cousin kicked down the door, shot the suspect when he saw him repeatedly stabbing her.
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>> hollering like her life was in danger. when they heard the hollers, they said, man, a chill went through their body. >> she is expected to recover from her stab wounds. that's the good news. criminal defense attorney drew is here. so now the cousin, the sheriff's department said he shouldn't be charged. he's not going to be charged. this is justified. what do you think. >> this is amazing because we have spent so much time talking about stand your ground. so many people have said what about good old self-defense, or in this matter, defense of a third person? louisiana law is very clear. if ms. arseneau could have justifiably defended herself, if she was in fear of death or serious bodily injury, which she was because she was about to be killed, a third person can come in and defend her. the law is so clear in louisiana. those of us in the southeast are very aware of the laws.
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she will not be charged or her relative won't be charged under any set of circumstances. >> what about the d.a., though? is there any way the d.a. could change this dynamic and bring about changes? >> great question. the way things work is that law enforcement cannot charge you and then the district attorney can step in and say, well, we respect your opinion, but we're going to charge a certain crime anyway. the onus then is going to be on the district attorney. but you have to remember that district attorneys are elected officials. what is their community going to think if law enforcement takes a pass on the case and they turn around and indict this cousin? i can just imagine in this type of scenario an outpouring of support for the cousin. >> oh, yeah. and can i tell you, when you look at that picture, we're wrapping this up, but one more time, could we go to the photo. i saw this this morning, and just seeing the family member holding her, i mean, it's
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just -- that says it all. you look at her face. you look at her condition. i would love to know what he was saying to her. we will definitely stay on the case, but there are a lot of people rooting for that cousin. he's a hero. thanks. a wildcat kills a veteran worker inside an animal sanctuary. you'll hear what happened moments before her death. plus, an older white guy wins a local election after leading voters to believe he's black. and a family in america desperately searching for their loved ones in the philippines after disaster strikes the area. stay here. at university of phoenix, we know you can't afford wrong turns on the road to your future. that's why we build tools like our career guidance system. it's kind of like gps, you know, for your career. it walks you through different degree possibilities and even lets you explore local job market conditions, helping you map a clear course from the job you want,
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it's the bottom of the hour. i'm kyra phillips. 10,000 people feared dead after a super typhoon rolls over the philippines. here in the u.s., los angeles county is home to nearly 375,000 filipinos. many of whom are worried about friends and family in the aftermath of this storm. stephanie elam talked to people awaiting anxiously for any word from their loved ones. >> since typhoon haiyan hit, nino and his sister marie have been scouring social media looking for any sign that their half-sister is alive. >> i want it to be daylight so at least we get more progress.
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>> the family believes that 20-year-old eileen rode out the storm at her job just south of hard-hit tacloban city. instead of heading back to her home. >> she commutes every day, but for this particular day, she decided to stay there. the last text message we got from her is asking if her mom is okay. >> for nino, the pictures of the aftermath of the typhoon hit home. >> images and looking at the people there, i could see myself in that place. i could see my half-sister in that place. >> perhaps the strongest tropical cyclone in recorded history, typhoon haiyan slammed the philippines with a force three and a half times stronger than hurricane katrina in 2005.
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that unnerved nino, who is constantly swapping messages with eileen's brother. he's safe in manila. >> construction is strong. but it has only a ground floor. and it's really close to the water. >> despite the devastatingly high number of people who may have died, nino remains optimistic. how is the hope level within your family? >> it's high. we believe in divine intervention, and we believe that she made it. >> stephanie elam, cnn, los angeles. stephanie, thanks. well, the head keeper is dead at a big cat sanctuary outside portland, oregon. authorities say she had died by the time they got there saturday night. according to the reports, the victim was by herself in the cougar cage. but at last word, the investigation isn't yet closed. casey wian on the story for us out of los angeles. casey, was she killed by a cougar or another large cat? >> well, kyra, there are dozens
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of large cats at this cat haven animal sanctuary in oregon, and investigators have determined at least for now that it was a cougar that was responsible for her death. the woman's name, rene chapman, as you mentioned, the head keeper at the sanctuary. a veteran employee there. very, very well trained. according to a statement released by the sanctuary on their web page, she was alone in the enclosure with these cats. and that, they said, is a violation of their safety protocol, of their policies. they don't say how that happened, why she was in there by herself, but they say that's the reason for her death. what employees are supposed to do, according to the sanctuary, is have two people there until the cats are safely locked up and then one person can go in and clean, feed, do what they need to do to attend to the animals. can that, according to the sanctuary, did not happen in this case. the sheriff's department locally
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says their investigation into this is concluded because they determined there's no criminal activity, but the state department as well as fish and game and wildlife, may get involved in this. we have reached out to them. they haven't determined whether they're going to investigate further, but their protocol in this type of case, whether there is a cougar that is determined to be a danger to humans, is to euthanize that animal. we don't know if that's going to happen or has happened in this carb. >> casey, thanks so much. joining us from columbus, ohio, harry, the curator at the columbus zoo. you just heard casey's report. what can you tell us about the mindset of a cat keeper? after seeing these animals day after day, right? do you begin to view them as friends and family and that they just won't hurt you? >> well, i think you develop a relationship with any animal that you spend time with. but typically, professional animal care staff is extreemely
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aware of just how dangerous these animals are. you don't let your guard down. if you do, you wouldn't have lasted for eight years. >> can i ask you, and i know it would be speculation on your part, but she -- it's confirmed that she was in there by herself. why would she go by herself? and not with someone else like the rules state you should? >> that's a good question. and that's probably one that we will never be able to answer. this facility had protocols in place, as you said. they require that two people be present at all times when cats are moved, when cats are moved back to enclosure, two people there. she seemed to be working outside the standards, and i don't know if we'll ever have an answer for why she was managing the situation that way. how this happened. >> so how does such a person, you know, remind herself that these creatures are deadly to humans every day on the job? i mean, it's a risk, right? are you supposed to go in there, reminding yourself of that every day?
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>> well, you know, it gets to the point where you don't have to. it becomes automatic. it's a mindset. you approach your job and your day within that mindset, and you're very, very aware of the fact these animals are dangerous. you develop this social relationship where you can interact with that animal from outside the enclosure. it wasn't standard practice for staff at this facility to be going in with these animals. but you never forget. >> what about the cat? >> if you have an accident. >> what could cause a cat to turn on the person who sees them every day, feeds them, pets them, loves them? what can cause an animal to freak out like that? >> well, at their foundation, these are wild animals. even though they have been around people and managed in a facility like that, at the end of the day, this was still a wild cougar. it doesn't take much for that animal to revert to a more typical behavior pattern for a cougar and to behave just like a wild mountain lion would behave. the one difference, and that was
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probably critical in this situation is being around people all the time, a wild mountain lion may have avoided the situation. a mountain lion that is familiar with people may not be reluctant to go ahead and respond to the situation in an aggressive manner. >> interesting. harry, appreciate you. thank you. you're more than welcome. coming up, a newtown police officer hasn't returned to work since walking into sandy hook last year. she he's still suffering from ptsd, but now he could lose his job, and he wants the town to keep its promise. does he even have a case? we're talking about that next.
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well, he saw things that no person should ever have to see. now a connecticut police officer who responded to the sandy hook school shooting says he's about to lose his job because he's suffering from post traumatic stress. tom is the only newtown police officer who's not been able to go back to work since the tragedy at sandy hook elementary. he says he's been diagnosed with ptsd, and according to a letter we obtained written by the police chief, he would lose his job because the ptsd has left him permanently disabled. for him. living through that horror every day makes it impossible to put on that uniform again. >> nothing could prepare you for that. you know? teachers and students running out of the school. then we went into the school and
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to help secure -- the worst possible scene you can think of. and so, you know, initially, i didn't feel like there was any reward for responding. you know, because all there was was horror. but that day killed me inside. >> well, on top of everything else, officer bean says that the city has told him they can't afford to live up to the terms of the long-term disability police contract which should cover him for the next 12 or so years and pay for the medical help that he needs. it's a really awful predicament for officer bean and potentially any first responder who could face the same situation. you'll hear much more from officer tom bean tonight on aarair erin burnett out front. drew, i want to bring you back
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in. you're the attorney here. so, i took some notes here. from what i understand, if he retires, he would take a huge penalty for drawing on his pension, right? >> right. >> if he gets fired or resigns, tell me if this is right, he wouldn't get any disability benefits beyond the two years he's been offered. and if he takes a new job, he loses his disability and couldn't touch his pension until retirement age. can the city do that? >> they have to live up to the contract they have in place. they can't turn around in the 11th hour and say we didn't anticipate anything like this happening in our little community when we developed this contract with our employees, law enforcement, first responders. it's not what weimented, we can't follow through. they can't try to distinguish between paralysis, fram, and the diagnosis of ptsd, particularly at a time when we're seeing the military deal with this on a day
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to day basis. if the military is finally saying ptsd is enough, i think the community should be able to make that same decision. >> you make a really interesting point because the military wasn't even dealing with ptsd. remember all the stories we covered, uncovering how it wasn't addressed, they weren't acknowledging it, you know, men and women weren't getting help. so now you have this small town, i mean, he saw dead children. i can't even imagine. right? they had never seen anything like this. this is unprecedented. so how can the city say to this guy, sorry? it sounds like they're trying to say they don't have the money to do that. >> they're not going to be able to. now, we're in this period as we talked about regarding our military, and what a day for us to be talking about this. >> oh, yeah, ironic. >> when you see studies that came post-world war ii. how is the hell's angels forms? post world war ii, ignoring the plight of veterans and organizations went out after
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them and we saw what happened after korea and vietnam and homelessness and crime and drugs. we're now coming to terms with it and embracing it, and the military is doing a terrific job. we're seeing the mass shootings unfortunately all the time. if we're seeing them all the time, we're going to have officers similarly situations who are going to say this was too much for me. i don't know if i can go back. you can't back out on a contractual teal. it can't happen and it won't happen. they'll take care of him. >> thanks so much. up next, a political newcomer with the odds overwhelmingly against him knocks a 24-year incumbent out of office. how did he do it? some people are saying he just pretended to be black. also coming up, could amazon.com save the united states postal service? it's a new plan to offer delivery on sundays. could it really happen? that story is next. i'm only in my 60's.
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well, here's an interesting election upset to tell you about. a houston man knocks a 24-year incumbent off a community college board of trustees. and how he did it, well, listen to this. his name is dave wilson. and you see here, a few flyers that his campaign mailed directly to voters. here's his election website. take a good hard look at it for just a second. now, i want to play you part of one of his radio ads. >> yes, that's the one. >> he's killing the hopes and dreams of our children. he's setting us up for failure. >> i've had about enough of him. >> what are we going to do? >> i'm voting for dave wilson. >> okay, well election day comes around, and dave wilson ends up winning by just 26 votes. so dave wilson, you won.
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what's your reaction? >> nobody was shocked more than me. i had always said it was a long shot. no, i didn't expect to win. >> well, wilson was shocked because he's a white conservative who ran in a district whose voters were largely democratic and black. those pictures of black families on his flyers all lifting from the internet. can't say how much of a difference that had in the final outcome, but bruce austin, the defeated incumbent isn't really happy with wilson's campaign tactics. >> i don't think it's good. i don't think it's good for both democracy and the whole concept of fair play, but that was not his intent, apparently. >> well, austin has asked for a recount, but at the moment, it looks like this election is the u.s. postal service is going to start delivering packages on sunday. it's teaming up with online retail giant amazon to make it
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happen. cnn chief business correspondent and "your money" host christine romans explains why this partnership could be a win/win not just for holiday shoppers but also for the cash-strapped postal agency. >> imagine ordering a backpack for your kid on friday, having it in time to pack sunday night for school on monday. that's right, amazon d.com teamg up with the u.s. postal service for sunday deliveries. for amazon prime members, that means free two-day delivery on sundays. for other shoppers it will be offered at no additional cost. standard shipping rates will apply which is free if you buy $35 or more of products. it starts this sunday in new york and the l.a. area. amazon says it may expand to dallas, houston, new orleans and phoenix next year. with 18 shopping days until black friday, it turns up the heat on amazon's competitors. ups doesn't deliver on sunday, fed ex has very limited sunday options, and the u.s. postal service until now has delivered packages for an extra fee on
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sunday. this move gives the postal service a nice piece of business because package delivery is more profitable than first class mail delivery. the postal service of course lost nearly $16 billion last year. it also shows the power of online shopping. customers want quick deliveries with minimal shipping costs. u.s. online retail sales expected to reach $370 billion with a b by the year 2017. this holiday season, every second counts. there are six fewer shopping days, so retailers are looking at every possible way to boost profits. about half of the year's profits come between thanksgiving and christmas. >> thanks so much. coming up, you'll meet america's oldest living vet whose meeting with the president today, he still smokes a dozen cigars a day, but wait until you hear what he says is keeping him alive. plus, letters found on the battlefield are revealed. one's got a bullet hole in it. another written on hitler's stationary. you won't want to miss this.
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federal agents finally catch a couple they dubbed modern day bonnie and clyde. emanuel lee williams and his wife cara were arrested friday at their tampa, florida home. cnn affiliate wpmi reports that the couple was wanted for robbing more than a dozen banks across florida and alabama over nearly a year. investigators say the bank surveillance video showing a scar on emanuel williams' hand actually helped authorities link the robberies to the couple. president obama invited a very special guest to today's wreath laying ceremony in honor of veterans day. that is 107-year-old richard overton. he was honored for his service in the second world war. the white house also asked him to join the president and vice president for breakfast before
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the ceremony. overton is thought to be both the nation's oldest living vet and the nation's oldest surviving world war ii serviceman but he played very coy when asked about his trip to washington. >> the president wanted me to come. i'm surprised he called. i guess he wanted to talk to me. i don't know. >> you know what he wants to say? >> i don't know. he may want to run me away. i don't know. may want to send me back over there. >> 107 years old. you know what he says his secret to a long life is? a splash of whiskey in his morning coffee. he also smokes up to a dozen cigars every day. overton's fellow vets have plenty of stories, that's for sure, but as the years go by, they're being lost. however, one man is trying to preserve them through their letters sent back home from the front. stephanie elam has the story. >> dear betty ann, i saw something today that makes me realize why we're fighting this
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war. >> written in april 1945 but a distant cousin -- >> reporter: meet andrew carroll. he's talking about this letter written by a world war ii pilot. it was on its way to the trash before the retired vet gave it to him. it inspired him to create the legacy project, a collection of correspondence composed from battlefields around the world. he's written books based on the letters and even a play that we caught in rehearsal. >> i wondered if i would really be able to use my weapon against someone else. >> reporter: the notes, some beautifully handwritten, stretch from america's earliest wars to e-mails from afghanistan. there's even this letter from a staff sergeant who wrote his parents on adolf hitler's stationary and another scarred with a bullet hole. >> we have letters from the civil war that are stained with little blood marks and mud. we have letters from vietnam, where the ink is streamed because it was written in a rainstorm. >> reporter: the letters often open unique windows into history. >> this was written from inside
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the ship at pearl harbor, december 7, 1941. >> i don't know why i'm writing this because if we're hit with a bomb they won't find enough of me, let alone this letter. >> the emotions are timeless. if you strip away the dates and the salutations you almost can't tell one war from another. >> what about the wounds you can't see, the phantoms, the nightmares, the ghosts in your head. >> people who think the troops should restrain themselves are asking too much of human nature. >> reporter: bob leahy was in vietnam when he wrote this letter he since donated to the project. >> what would you like to see happen to all the letters the legacy project has collected? >> ideally i would like them to go somewhere where they would be saved for the scholars of the next generation. >> reporter: carroll hopes more people feel the same way. so far, the legacy project has collected upwards of 90,000 letters just like this one that are being held here at chapman university in the new center for war letters. one priority, getting all of
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these letters digitized, preserved and available to a wider audience. >> stephanie, thanks so much. we lift up all our vets today. thanks for joining us. now "the lead" with jim sciutto starts now. 10,000 lives gone in a matter of hours and many still desperately trying to find their loved ones. i'm jim sciutto and this is "the lead." the world lead. time is running out for anyone still trapped after a super typhoon laid waste to the philippines. survivors only beginning to take stock of the enormity of the disaster. u.s. marines are on the ground in the philippines, just one of the teams joining the international relief effort, but the task is overwhelming. hundreds of thousands of people are displaced. many don't know where their next glass of clean drinking water will come from. and also in world news, no deal. world powers including the u.s

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