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he issued a statement saying the governor is glad the woman is okay, wishes her well. very glad to be in the right place at the right time to be able to help her. he was. but he also did the right thing. that's why it's good stuff. you get a lot of criticism in politics. take the praise when it comes. the woman suffering from a drug overdose, has addiction issues. now because of the chance the governor gave her, she's going to get help. >> even better. >> the good stuff. ladies and gentlemen, time for "newsroom" with ms. carol costello. looking beautiful in blue today. >> hmm, i appreciate that. i'll take that. thank you, chris cuomo. have a great day, and all of you, too. and a great day to all of you, too. i don't want to leave you out. good morning to all of you. "newsroom" starts now. -- captions by vitac -- good morning. i'm carol costello. thanks so much for joining me. climate change is real, and it's killing the planet, period. in just a few hours president obama will sit down with meteorologists from across the
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country and talk about that. he's calling it weather from the white house. the interviews come as a stunning national climate assessment is being released by the government, and it does not paint a pretty picture. chad myers has a copy of that report. jim acosta is at the white house, and he can tell us if president obama can actually do anything about climate change. let's begin with chad an that report. >> reporter: it breaks down the united states regions and says here's what's happening and here's what we can do. not just, you're responsible, stop driving bad cars. it actually has response and what's going on, how it's working and what is going to have to happen in the future. the north east will have more heat waves. increased coastal flooding and severe inland flash flooding, because of heavy rainfall. we've already seen that. fresh water issues for the southeast, because there's going to be more people here, and it may not rain as much. also increased surge from flooding here with tropical systems, obviously, tropical systems hit florida and the gulf
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coast. the midwest, a longer growing season. seems like a good thing, but more extreme heat waves, droughts and flash floods may counteract all of that positive effect there in the midwest. the great plains will have more use for water and power, because the air will be drier and hotter, and you'll have to try to cool yourself, cool the plants, and water the plants right throughbastion baskets of america. and the west, less rain. more wildfires. far and away exacerbated by what we're see here. a lot of mudslides in the northwest because of the heavy rainfall, also something else. because we'll have a warmer climate, the snow may melt sooner, and that will stress water levels of the rivers of the northwest later in the summer. now, alaska, the sea ice has been rapidly melting, glaciers
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shrinking and the pearl rmafros shrinking. the permafrost is keeping methane down. if it melts all the way, that methane goes into the air. that's worse than co2 alone and the oceans. they're absorbing the co2 turning it into car bonic acidic maing the ocean acidic. all wait down the food chain, the ecosystem. if we kill the oceans we kill ourselves. we cannot kill our food chains and the oceans are in trouble. the ph obviously getting more acidified. carol? >> all right. chad myers, thanks for the preview. scary stuff, right? for its part the obama administration is planning an all-out media report. again focusing on climate
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change. one the former chief of staff bill daly cold "the washington post," "a sense then it just wasn't the sort of thing you could tee up in 2011 with an election coming up. with respect to my friends in the environmental community to put this at front of the list you might as well have taken a gun to your head and shot yourself." pretty extreme statement. right? jim acosta at the white house, is this a better time? >> reporter: a little chicago subtlety from bill daly. i think the white house believes it's the right time, although it is a tricky balancing act for the president. yes, they do want to fire up that democratic base, environmentalists are a key part of that base. so this climate change report, there's probably some of that directed towards that community, but this is something that, carol, remember, the president has been talking absence 2008. remember when he was out on the campaign trail, and said this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our
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planet began to heal? well, a lot of environmental iss are disappointed the president hasn't been able to do much on the climate front amp coming into office. a lot of it because it's been stalled. republicans don't want cap and trade. the president has been striking out on his own with executive actions. come coming up in june, eliminating power plant emissions. that's cleared the court and will go into effect despite a lot of opposition from republicans up on capitol hill. raised fuel efficiency standards, and so on and so forth. that's al all they can do with the executive action route. keep in mind, carol, there's still a keystone pipeline project that has to be decided on. the administration sort of punted that one down the road a few more months, delighting environmentalists but at the same time a lot of endangered red state democrats saying, wait a minute. we want this project approved,
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because it means jobs in states where we would like to get re-elected later on this fall. so it's really fraught with politics for the white house. as you said, the president will be in the rose garden talking to meteorologists from around the country. part of a strategy to make it local for communities around the country as chad mentioned, region by region, showing the effects of climate change, carol. >> jim acosta reporting live from the white house. thank you. also this morning, there is a new ground swell of outrage over of the abduction of more than 200 nigerian schoolgirls and the terrorists latest threat to sell the teenagers as child brides or sex slaves. this is the nigerian embassy in washington where a rally is set to begin at the top of the hour. many people sympathetic to the horrors endured by the girls and their families. they feel nigeria's government has been too slow to mobilize to rescue the girls. one question is bouncing around the world, too, and in a variety inhumane to kidnap schoolgirls
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and threaten to sell them? the militant group, boko haram, has a well-deserved reputation for cruelty and ruthlessness. >> reporter: this video shows the leader of boko haram making an outrageous and repugnant announcement vowing to sell 23-of223 girled abducted from a school in nigeria. this isn't the first time the islamic extremist group has taken responsibility for a horrific deed. according to amnesty international in just the first three months of this year, more than 1,500 people have died in violence related to boko haram. the group dates back more than ten years but became increasingly violent in 2009 after widespread clashes in northeast nigeria with the military. in the aftermath hundreds of boko haram members were killed among them the group's then
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leader moumd yousef. since then they've carried out oh dashs attacks on mosques and villages razed to the ground, residents killed in fire bomb attack, shot and some victims even hacked to death. >> what we've seen is increasingly vicious attacks by boko haram in remote villages, schools, and businesses. >> reporter: last november the state department designated boko haram as a terrorist organization, and they estimate the membership ranges in the hundreds to a few thousand. so what motivates this diabolical group? boko haram translates to "western education is a sin." the group aims to establish a fully islamic state in nigeria and implement sharia law. a report on homeland security called boko haram a sophisticated ally of al qaeda. as for the current leader,
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shekau, in power since 2009. last june the u.s. put a bounty on him offering a reward up to $7 million for information leading to his location. and the outcry on social media to get these girls home keeps griing. ireports coming into cnn showing support and videos demanding action. >> we want to bring back our daughters and our children. >> the outrage on twitter also ramping up with photos and tweets posting to the hash tag bringbackourgirls. hillary clinton tweeted it's a right and we must stand up to terrorism. texas congressman ted poe wrote, no life should be stolen for $12. mia farrow tweeted edit kaed women a edit kaed women are the biggest threat to extremists. we'll bring you the developments
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as they unfold. if you'd like to help girls trying to overcome barriers to education go to our website. a new computer outsmarted by an old spy plane bringing air traffic to a halt. rene walsh is on the story. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, carol. a u.s. spy plane over california disrupts a critical air traffic control computer system, and temporarily paralyzes air traffic in southern california. we'll dig into how it happened, and why was that plane there in the first place? we asked people a question, how much money do you think you'll need when you retire? then we gave each person a ribbon to show how many years that amount might last. i was trying to, like, pull it a little further. [ woman ] got me to 70 years old. i'm going to have to rethink this thing. it's hard to imagine how much we'll need for a retirement that could last 30 years or more. so maybe we need to approach things differently,
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joo. checking top stories at 9:13 eastern time, a major artery between los angeles and las vegas, the bridge that crosses over the highway was under construction when sparks from blowtorches ignited wooden support beams. this highway could be closed at least another day, because debris keeps falling on to the roads below. a diver has died while searching for bodies in the sunken ferry off south korea. officials say the diver had trouble with oxygen supply five minutes into the dive. by the time fellow divers reached him, they were unable to resuscitate him. 35 people still missing in that ferry disaster. more than 250 bodies, most of them students, have now been recovered. a new cnn poll finds americans are split over whether nba owners should force donald sterling to sell the l.a. clippers. 47% in favor. 50% opposed. ed difference within the sampling error.
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on the court, clippers opened with a bang. chris paul knocked down eight, count them, eight three pointers at the clippers stunned the oklahoma city thunder 122-105. we now know what's to blame for an faa computer shut dhooun delayed, diverted or cancelled dozens of flights last wednesday. it was because of a spy plane. one of our own spy planes. it seems the old faxed u2 plane through the n threw the newfangled computer for a loop. i wasn't aware that spy planes, our own spy planes, were still flies up there over the united states. >> reporter: now we all know, carol. we know the spy plane was on a routine training mission over california, and as you said, that plane fried the faa computer system. the computer glitch temporarily paralyzed air traffic in southern california last week. flights grounded, delayed and diverted as several airports,
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inlewding l.a.x., the third busiest in the u.s. as they were trying to fix this problem. so the question is, how did this spy plane overwhelm faa's computer system? well, the u2 fooled it essentially making the fata computfata -- faa computer think it was much lower but the spy plane actually flies very high. altitudes at high as 70,000 to 90,000 feet, well above commercial air traffic. the problem was, its numerous altitude changes and the fixed points scheduled to hit during its flight, it everybody i don'ter whelmed the system. the computers didn't have enough memory to input all of that data. so it just crashed. the situation further complicated when a communications and radar system also went down. we do know that the faa says that it's adding more memory to its computers so it can handzel all of that data. carol? >> that's a good thing. rene marsh, thanks so much. still to come in the "newsroom," first subway, now
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company to try to give consumers healthier options. the soft drink giant plans to remove a controversial ingredient found in flame retardants from. >> beverages. why didn't it do it before? bring in chief business
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correspondent christine romans. wow. >> yeah. okay. it's called brommenated vegetable oil stabilizes ingredients in flavored drinks. something frankly activists say shouldn't be there in the first play, why? because it's used as a flame retardant and not allowed in the eu and japan. removing it from its products, say coca-cola. quietly started doing that. saying all of their beverages including those with bvo in it, again, a flame retardant, are safe, always have been. they comply with all regulations in the countries where sold. by the way, they can't be sold like that in the eu and japan. it's a move, i think, this came after this young woman posted a petition against pepsi for gatorade having this in gatorade. it spread on to other kinds of products as well. now a lot of people want them out, and coca-cola is saying it will take them out. >> it's interesting one person online can force a huge company
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like coca-cola to take stuff out of its products. >> this young woman, in 2012, started with petition. two major companies are ichangig products in their beverages. it's gross, kind of, when you think on the surface it's used in flame retardants. it's in plastic. used in some kinds of furniture. has been used in this product. what are they going to replace it with? interesting, carol. a sucrose acetate and glisarole, used in gum -- >> why is it in coca-cola? >> it helped keep the different, even the citrus flavored kinds of drinks and flavor drinks, it keeps the ingredients from separating. because you want it to be blended. it's a chemical that blends. a lot of chemicals in our food, carol, and in our drinks. now we're becoming much more
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conscience of that, a good thing. i think also it comes at a time when companies like coke are trying to address the natural kinds of ingredients that people want in their foods and drinks. >> young people, they're eating far differently than we did. >> and know about it, and they care about it. you know? >> awesome. christine romans, thank you soch. >> you're welcome. still to come in the "newsroom," michelle knight in other own words on how she survived ten years of torture inside a cleveland home. >> i always thought that i could make it through, because i made it through so much in my life. so much pain. so much torture. so i was, like, already prepared for it. >> after a break, hear more of knight's amazing story of survival. i'm j-a-n-e and i have copd. i'm d-a-v-e and i have copd. i'm k-a-t-e and i have copd, but i don't want my breathing problems to get in the way
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michelle knight is now talking about her terrible ordeal and sat down with cnn's anderson cooper. >> why did you want to write a book? why did you want to have your story out there? >> to help other women, children, men, know that they can survive any type of problem in their life. >> that's your message? that you can survive anything? >> yeah. >> because that's the feeling i got just reading your book. i don't know how you survived. >> tremendous strength. >> did you always know that you could survive? i mean, obviously, there were moments you thought you weren't going to, but did you -- >> there were moments, but overall, i always thought that i could make it through, because i made it through so much in my life. so much pain. so much torture. so i was, like, already prepared for it. >> prepared for it, she says, because growing up in cleveland all michelle knight knew was pain. starting at a young age, she says she suffered from physical, emotional and sexual abuse.
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at 17 years old, she found herself pregnant. you write in the book that giving birth was the greatest experience, the happiest moment of your life? >> yeah, it was the happiest moment of my life because i had somebody to finally love me back, as much as i loved that baby. >> but when her son joey was 2 years old, her mother's boyfriend abused him and the state took joey away from 21-year-old michelle. she hoped to get her child back, and on a sunny day, august 23, 2002, michelle had an appointment with social services to do just that. she says her ride backed out and she started to walk, and ask people for directions. >> and then the dude walks in. he overheard me and the lady talking. so he was like, i know where the place is at. >> you call him "the dude." why the dude? >> because he don't deserve a name. >> that dude was aerial castro,
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the father of one of michelle's friends. pe e of he offered her a ride but first had to pick something up on seymour avenue. whatdom he tell you to gelt you inside the house? >> in the car he said he had puppies. so when we got, like, a quarter down the road, he's like, that's my van right there. and -- it says puppies for free. so -- we get in the backyard, and i really didn't think nothing of it, until, you know -- we got in to the house furl youy. that's when it dawned on me, this was a mistake to get in this car. >> you knew by then this is wrong? >> yeah. and then i end up being trapped in a small room, small, pink room. that's where he proceeded to tie me up like a fish and put me on the wall. >> he used to tie you up like a
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fish. what do you mean? >> my legs and hands. bound, like this, and i was that far from the floor. >> gagged, bound and hanging from a pole, he left her in that dark room for at least a day. i was numb, cold and i felt needles poking me all over the place. >> that's what it felt like? >> it felt like 1,000 knives. >> did he give you food? >> no. >> what about going to the bathroom or -- >> no. if i did, it was not in a bathroom. >> did you think that you were going to die, or did you think you might be able to get out? >> i'm thinking i was going to die was more likely along the lines of what i was thinking. i didn't think i was going to get out alive. >> she's just an amazing young woman. part two of anderson cooper's
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interview with michelle knight's interview airs tonight 8:00 p.m. eastern right here on cnn. i want to talk more about michelle knight, an amazing woman. i'm joined by a sigh tie cripsyd a clinical psychiatrist. good morning to you both. >> good morning. >> michelle knight has been in the public light often after this ordeal and we've come to care about her and worry about her. should we, gayle? >> anybody through a trauma of this magnitude is of course somebody you would worry about. i think it's the unusual person who could be resilient enough, quite honestly, to function in a healthy way and in healthy relationships, most importantly, after something like this, because recouping trust, i think, is going to be very difficult. the fact that she in her -- in her being public, is trying to help others, i think is a really great coping mechanism for her. it wouldn't necessarily be for
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everyone, but it seems to be for her, and serving her well. >> well, it seems she wants to reach out. because to me she seems like such a solitary person. the other who women formed a partnership. they're going to release a book together, without michelle knight, and that strikes me as -- kind of sad, in a way. >> well, they've picked who they feel most comfortable with, and michelle has told you. she's always been a loner. she's been through physical and sexual abuse before, and in a very strange way, it prepared her to be able to deal with this kind of trauma, versus the other two who may not have ever experienced anything like that before, totally alien. what i see with her, and what's amazing about her is, she chose to not be a victim. she chose not to be a survivor. she chose to become a victor. she chose to win. she chose to allow this
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tremendous horror to transform her life into something that made her a million times greater than she could have ever been if she hadn't experienced that. >> there are so many signs she sees herself as a victor. she appeared in court, faced him. the others did not. she wears the lip ring. wears her toughness physically so everybody can see and often says, i'm strong. it was my strength. and -- >> these are great coping tools, for her. but i think it's important not to say one is better than the other. because we know that for some trauma victims, not speaking about their story is actually better for them. for some people, being forced to talk about it or come forward actually retraumatizes them. whe whereas for others retelling their story is a way of working through, and actually it's sort of self-therapy, if you will. so it really depends on the makeup of that individual, the past experiences of that individual, how they express their resilience and different
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kinds of coping skills work for different people. we know that from a lot of data. we didn't used to. we do now. >> the interesting thing, if you remember, were e were very, very concerned about michelle knight. she's coming out. telling these stories. her story. we were concerned that she might have been too fragile and it was too much, too soon. she's shown us that she can do this, and she continues to do it, and you're right, gail. this is what she needs. this is perfect for her. it may not be perfect for the other two. >> what i do like about what she's doing is that she is telling young women, if somebody you know, but not that well, says, hey, come with me. you need to think twice about that. in other words, by telling her, something of her ordeal and how it began, i think that she's letting young women know, you know, sometimes bad things happen with someone you know remotely. you know? it's the no always the stranger grabbing you. and to -- to, you know, have your antenna up. think about what's going on. in that sense she's potentially
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helping other potential victims. >> no doubt. the final question for you, dr. jeff, her book will no doubt be a best-seller. why do people want to read such good books? >> because they want to see what can actually happen to people, but more than anything else, they want to see how people survive and transform and have the redemption in their lives to be able to move forward. this is a book of strength. many people, of course, have not gone through what she's gone through. just an iota of the population, however, her strength can transform all of us, no matter what we've been through. we've all been damaged to some extent in our lives. bad things happen to everyone. how do you transform yourself? she is a model of that for us, god bless her. >> dr. jeff, gail assaults, thank yassaults, -- gail saltz, appreciate your insight. even in 2014 we have a hard time defining rape. not in michelle knight's case,
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but in other victims' case. the subject of my new opinion case. why it's so hard to understand this terrible crime. i'll be right back. humans. even when we cross our t's and dot our i's, we still run into problems. namely, other humans. which is why at liberty mutual insurance, auto policies come with new car replacement and accident forgiveness if you qualify. see what else comes standard at liberty mutual insurance. responsibility. what's your policy?
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and glamorous hotels in all of california. now some of hollywood's biggest names are turning their back on the beverly hills hotel. here's why. the hotel is owned by an investment company from the small country of brunei. last week the nation's sultan announced brunei would become the first east asian country to adopt the strict islamic criminal code known at sharia law. punishments include whippings, lashings, dismemberment and even death by stoning. critics argue hollywood
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a-listers are barking up the wrong tree. cnn's ted rowlands has more for you. >> reporter: the tony beverly hills hotel for decades, a haven for hollywood's elite. but now, some stars are rushing for the exits. >> i know a number of people who are cancelling events at the hotel, and it's all economic. >> reporter: jay leno, his wife mavis and actress frances, among those who took part in the a demonstration across from the landmark hotel monday protesting not the hotel, per se, but it's ownership, an investment group controlled by the sultan of brunei. >> just making people aware. >> reporter: they want people to be aware of new sharia laws implemented in brunei, a muslim majority country in southeast asia. the sultan has praised the laws which provide for the stoning of anyone found guilty of adultery or homosexuality. >> it's not a political issue. this is not something that's debatable. it's people being stoned to death. hello!
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>> reporter: ellen degeneres and richard branson announced they won't patronize the hotel, or other properties in the dorchester group of luxury hotels. the talk show host tweeted, i won't be visiting the hotel bel air or the beverly hills hotel until this is resolved. >> the actions they're taking are unfounded. >> reporter: but the ceo of the dorchester collection says celebrities and groups shunning the company's hotels put their focus in the wrong place. >> it's going to hurt our employees, and they have -- this has nothing to do with them whatsoever. that's not their fight. >> reporter: he says celebrities want him to influence politics and brunei would be better off lobbying the u.s. state department to take action. in fact, at a monday briefing, state department spokeswoman marie harf addressed developments in brunei. >> let me be clear that we have very serious concerns. >> reporter: harf was asked whether u.s. diplomats ever stay in dorchester hotels while on business.
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>> i can check. i don't know the answer. >> reporter: government officials in beverly hills are taking a stand. the mayor is introducing a resolution before the city council that would urge the sultan to divest his interest at the hotel that bears the city's name. >> we have a history of standing strong against injustice. >> reporter: the legendary property has been around for over 100 years, even longer than beverly hills itself. >> the resolution is not a call for a boycott of the beverly hills hotel. this is really a focus on the government and their laws, and not a statement about the hotel. >> reporter: ted rowlands, cnn, los angeles. all right. let's talk about this some more and bring in deputy editor of "variety" ted johnson. welcome, ted. >> thank you for having me. >> thanks for being here. i appreciate it. so will these protests work, do you think? >> well, certainly within the entertainment industry, this is a pretty tight-knit community, and word spreads fast. so what you're talking about is
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when people schedule breakfasts and lunches and drinks to -- essentially to conduct business, they're going to choose another location, and i know that's happening right now. i know studio chiefs are talking about this amongst themselves. there are other options where they can meet, and that is the big risk for the beverly hills hotel, not just this, but another hotel here that is pretty iconic in the dorchester collection, the hotel bel air, just a couple miles away. >> will this really hurt the sultan? if they have to pull out of ownership of these hotels? >> i doubt it. i doubt it. i mean, just from what i've heard about the sultan's fortune, this would just be a, a small dent. the protesters i talked to really want to make a statement. they even want to embarrass the sultan into potentially taking some kind of action.
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i have to say that probably one of the, the biggest moves towards that might be tonight when the beverly hills city council is going to vote on whether to pass a resolution calling for the government of brunei to actually divest any ownership interest in its hotels. so the idea that the hometown city council of the beverly hills hotel is really aghast as what's happening in the country and essentially wants to kick the sultan out is embarrassment right there. >> well, you heard what the hotel, i think it was the general manager said. all of these people would lose their jobs if you kick out the sultan. so the city council is in a tough place. isn't it? >> yes. it is. in fact, when i talked to the ceo of the dorchester collection yesterday, he was going to meet with the mayor and actually make his point. we'll see if there's some kind of debate about that tonight.
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the ceo of that hotel chain, he also says, this has the potential not just to hurt the hotel itself but tourism to los angeles. he says, this is going to be a bad message to send, that a city government can actually step in and essentially try to embarrass certain world leaders or essentially try to impact foreign policy. >> ted johnson, thanks for your insight. appreciate it. >> thank you. still to come in the "newsroom," investigators now say they know what caused that gruesome mid-air icircus disastr that sent acrobats crashing to the floor. jean casarez is following that story for us. >> reporter: what caused circus performers to absolutely plummet to the ground over the weekend in rhode island. we'll let you know exactly what officials are saying, right after this. mine was earned in korea in 1953. afghanistan, in 2009.
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website writing, "democrats bragging about the number of mandatory signups for obamacare is like the germans bragging about the number of mandatory signups for train rides for jews in the '40s." >> you have heard democrats have been bragging that we have 8 million people that have signed up for something. to say you are bragging on we have all these people to sign up for something that's mandatory. that's not their free choice. they are being forced to. you can't get accurate numbers for what someone wants by forcing them. >> a knoxville rabbi says the lawmaker's words are foolish hyperbole. a colorado woman missing since april 29th was found alive yesterday in her wrecked car. the woman was in a single-car accident. >> the crash alone would have taken a toll on her. surprising she survived the
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crash at all. to be down there for that amount of days without food and water. >> the woman's car went airborne and toppled down the side of the road some 200 feet. a man stopped to take in the scenery and noticed the wreckage and alerted police. a single piece of equipment is blamed for the mid air circus stunt that went terribly wrong. the pictures you're about to see are disturbing. here it is. those acrobats in perfect place hanging by their hair some 25 feet in the air suddenly plummeted to the ground when investigators say a steel clamp snapped. it was such a surprise some witnesses thought it was part of the act. but performers in the ringling brother circus suffered gruesome injuries. this morning eight remain in the hospital. three remain in critical condition. jean casarez is here with more. >> osha is on the scene.
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the investigation is continuing. it's 11 people that were actually injured in that accident right there. and it was the equipment failure. it caused a circus act to be horribly wrong in rhode island over the weekend. details have emerged as to what caused this accident and what is being done to be sure it doesn't happen again. >> they are in shock. >> reporter: something did fail causing performers of the hair hang act to plummet 25 to 35 feet to the ground on sunday. eight women who perform acrobatics as a human chandelier along with one dancer on the ground were hurt with multiple compound fractures including head and internal injuries. the occupational safety and health administration says it is far too early to say what happened but state investigators have determined a steel connection point made to hold 10,000 pounds just snapped.
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>> deshaped metal ring that has a gate that opens and closes and allows you to connect two other pieces of equipment. that failed. it was a single piece of equipment that failed. >> reporter: licensing regulations do not require any state inspections. last year in las vegas, a performer fell to her death during a show at the mgm grand. similar to the one seen here. in october, osha cited the circus and the venue for violations. osha tells cnn they require that a competent person selected by the employer must recognize potential hazards and make corrections before every performance. a circus spokesman says that was done. >> we have an entire safety crew dedicated to traveling to all of our units to make sure that steps are taken. all of our equipment is inspected each and every time we load into a new arena. >> reporter: osha says one thing they'll look at in this
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investigation is whether there should be more. osha says we will provide a safe workplace for all americans. if it involves more regulations, that is important. after cancelling all of the remaining rhode island performances, the circus will move onto hartford, connecticut, may 8th. according to a circus spokesperson, none of those performances will include the hair hang act. i think what we're all saying to ourselves is a clamp? a singular clamp? osha will not confirm that that is the cause of it. what state officials are saying is these clamps can get hairline fractures not seen to the human eye. this morning one of the family members were on and said they saw people throw those clamps into the box. >> osha investigating. why isn't there a backup clamp,
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at least a backup? i'm sure osha will -- jean casarez, many thanks. this news just into cnn, excessive cargo loading is what caused that ferry to sink in south korea. a local prosecutor there says the ferry was carrying nearly 2.5 times more than the maximum cargo weight on the day of the accident. 35 people are still missing after that disaster. more than 250 bodies, most of them high school students, have been recovered. the next hour of "cnn newsroom" after a break. i'm l-i-s-a and i have copd, but i don't want my breathing problems to get in the way of hosting my book club. that's why i asked my doctor about b-r-e-o. once-daily breo ellipta helps increase airflow from the lungs for a full 24 hours. and breo helps reduce symptom flare-ups that last several days and require oral steroids, antibiotics, or hospital stay.
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good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. controversy, what controversy? the l.a. clippers rolled over the oklahoma city thunder in the opening game of their
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second-round series. some are now calling the clippers america's team, americans are split over whether the team should be forcibly taken from banned owner donald sterling. a new cnn/orc poll shows 40% in favor of nba owners forcing sterling to sell. 50% are against that sale. let's talk about that. welcome to all of you. i'm not really surprised by this. here is a private business owner saying horrible things in the privacy of his own home and now all of a sudden he has to sell his property. >> absolutely. and this is part of the reason why at the very beginning of this story i was really emphasizing not the comments that were taped by a girlfriend but rather the history and well documented legislative history or legal history he has in terms of housing discrimination.
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that to me is something that you can sink this story into. hanging everything -- that's what commissioner silver did during the press conference. he hung everything on these comments he made to his girlfriend and that just doesn't feel right to the average american. so i'm not surprised by those numbers at all. >> i think the truth is he wasn't hanging everything on that conversation, but he had to say that publicly because there was no legal decision made in the doj case. also, the workplace discrimination case, he didn't lose. in both cases it is would be hard to get rid of somebody for cases he was never found guilty of. >> you know the fans would have boycotted -- they would have boycotted the games. the players would have boycotted, right? >> it would have sent the nba into an uproar. in the playoff season and you weren't having playoff games, the solution for the nba, i think, this was the best solution. we're not done yet. we don't know what donald sterling is going to do. we don't know if he's going to fight. if he's going to sell on his own
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or if it will be a long litigious process ahead. i think we're in the second inning of this story too. >> you were going to say, l.z., i'm sorry i interrupted. >> it's true that he definitely lost those cases and ended up paying tens of millions of dollars out of court. what is also true is we know way back in 1982, donald sterling was recorded making racist comments and a small contingency of owners were working to force him to sell and then they dropped the ball. they admittedly dropped the ball on that. he promised to sell in '82 and didn't allowing anger to subside and he kept the team for another 30 years. this is part of the reason why silver went that route. not just because he lost with the department of justice suits but because there's a long history of him being in the nba under the watch of commissioner stern who was out in silver's mentor and friend and handpicked him to be this year's
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commissioner. it's not just about what happened in the court system. it's about loyalty and not wanting to throw the previous commissioner under the bus for allowing this man to be in the league for 30 plus years. >> interesting. interesting take. i like that. talking about sterling and whether he's going to fight this, i mean it's pretty obvious that he is. his wife -- they're still together although i don't know why. i can't wrap my head around that. >> that's a reality show in the making. >> it really is. she seems to be inserting herself into things so he may turn the team over to her and sterling reached out to lawyers including lawyers that represented numerous celebrities including paula deen. >> interesting, right? here's the interesting thing about this. he bought this team in 1981 for $12 million. he stands to make great deal of money on this team and have a very big tax bill. you have to wonder if he's trying to figure out how he can limit his tax impact to sell the
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team. there are financial interests along the way. if it's $575 million like "forbes" says its valued at. he paid 12 million. the value of the team is 575 million. that's a $563 million profit and almost $200 million tax bill but he could say under california law that this was a forced sale. he didn't want to sell. if he bought something similar like another team, he wouldn't have to pay taxes on it. >> what league is going to let that happen? >> no way. i think the good thing in all of this is that people really are considering the clippers america's team and america seems to have banded together and gotten behind this team. ratings have gone up. it's fabulous. >> exactly. they're america's team for good reasons and bad reasons. we wrap our arms around them but it represents america's position on race. it's complicated and messy. white people have a different take on the forced sale than
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black people do. it's a very interesting conversation. some people focus on how the information was obtained but others are interested on what was on the tape itself. >> nba fans are majority white, right? if you're an nba fan you're more likely to want the nba to force sterling to sell the team or not. it's kind of complicated. >> complicated and interesting. >> let's talk about t-shirts because i like this part of the story. do you know about this, l.z.? they put out these t-shirts so people can buy it saying we are one. >> the money is going to charity we're told. >> to me, you know, it's capitalizing on racial discomfort. i'm a big fan of that. i know in the polls that a lot of americans believe that race relations are good and i'm happy to be one of those americans. i believe that interpersonal race relations are good. to me it's institutional race relations that need a lot of
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work and selling t-shirts like this is a nice feel-good and warm blanket around your shoulders but doesn't talk about the things that we really need to talk about. this we are one thing is kumbaya but discrimination is going on with or without donald sterling leading the clippers. >> i can't get a job. >> america loves to buy a t-shirt. >> we were one but my unemployment rate is twice the average american. >> just to be clear because at first i thought my gosh, the nba is profiting off this controversy and it's not because all of the proceeds will go to charity. >> anti-discrimination groups. >> that's a good thing. it will not go in any way to donald sterling. okay. >> but i have been looking at his numbers, there's a lot of money there. >> there is a lot of money there. thanks to all of you. still to come in the "newsroom," shock fades and anger grows as
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terrible news to pass along to you right now. we're learning that eight more girls have been kidnapped in nigeria. they were kidnapped at gunpoint. cnn told us those armed men were in vehicles and stormed a village and took the girls from their own homes. those girls remain missing right now. as you know, there's a big controversy going around with those 200 plus nigerian school girls who have been kidnapped by terrorists. they are being held and terrorists are threatening to
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sell those girls. let's talk about this latest incident. tell us more. >> reporter: good morning. details are coming into us here at cnn that bouquet haram militants stormed another village overnight in the northeastern part of the country taking a number of girls. girls between the ages of 12 and 15 making off with livestock and money and basically causing havoc which is what boko haram has been known to do for the last several years in this very area. this group founded itself in 2002 and since that time has killed thousands of people in this part of the country. so much so that just last november the president from nigeria claimed a state of emergency in three states in northern nigeria yet it is in this context with a state of emergency in place that some three weeks ago bouqucuqueca ha
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militants took 300 plus girls. it shows you the level of capability they have and how emboldened they have become over the past years and once again we're getting this news coming into cnn that overnight boko haram has struck again. a worrying time for parents in that region. >> thank you so much. these kidnappings created a groundswell of anger here in the united states and around much of the world. these are rallies stretching from washington state to europe, africa and australia. all demanding the release of those 200 school girls and now eight girls who are missing today. americans are also embracing the cause. demonstrations are scheduled here from coast to coast and seem to grow by the day. let's head to washington and athena jones.
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good morning. >> reporter: good morning, carol. this rally is just getting under way and as you mentioned, that social media campaign, this rally was organized entirely via social media starting with a tweet last week on thursday by one of the organizers and then 15 more people signed on to help bring out people for this event through facebook, through twitter. you can see some of the people who have shown up here so far. they are wearing bring back our girls t-shirts. on the back it says hash tag 276. that's the original number of young teenage girls that were kidnapped three weeks ago in mid april and now we hear about these eight more. this is a very, very frightening story. it has upset a lot of people here. i have spoken to some of the organizers and spoken to the participants and they want to see the nigerian government do more. they say they are holding this event outside the nigerian embassy because they want to call on the top nigeria official
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here in america to put more pressure on president goodluck jonathan to do more to find these girls and with this latest kidnapping, it's incredibly frightening. this group would be emboldened and may not be able to be stopped. they want to see the government do more. >> what about our own government? has there been a u.s. response to this? >> reporter: we know that president obama has been briefed several times on this. we know the state department, the national security team are closely monitoring this situation. we also know that the u.s. is providing aid to the nigerian government. they talked about intelligence sharing. what they haven't done is outlined the different ways they're trying to help the government. they are working on this privately to do what they can and also nigerian government officials said we haven't done a good job of communicating what's going on to the public. one official said it's difficult to know how much to reveal of the investigation because we don't know much about this group
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and what they're going to do to these girls. there are a lot of people with a lot of questions here and want to hear more from the nigerian government and hear them doing more to find these girls. >> nigeria's finance minister is calling on the international community for help and admits they didn't communicate properly to the public at the start of the crisis but an energy effoin effort is needed to bring the girls home. >> every single one of those girls is my daughter. i wake up depressed. the president wakes up depressed because he came from a poor family and without education he never would be where he is today. this is our problem. it has not to do with them. it has to do with us. we will do everything possible. the president pledged everything possible. >> keep in mind these terrorists kidnapped all of these girls because they dare get an
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education. let's bring in robert, founding director at t yoo director. welcome. >> we'll test your signal i hope it was better than it just was. do you think the united states should provide military aid? >> yes, of course. i think the u.s. and u.k. are both poised to contribute intelligence methods and satellite coverage to the nigerian government. what the nigerian government has lacked so far is an understanding of where boko haram had taken the girls and exactly how to find them. nigeria now needs to ask the u.s. and u.k. to help and then also ask cameroon and nigeria to
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close the borders. >> thank you for being with us. the outcry on social media to get the girls home keeps growing. reports are pouring into cnn. photos from all over the world of people showing their support and videos demanding action. >> you should be safe in your own house and own backyard. we mandate the government to bring back our children. please. >> the outrage on twitter also ramping up with photos and tweets posting to hash tag bring back our girls. hillary clinton tweeted access to education is a basic right. we must stand up to terrorism. texas congressman wrote no life should be stolen for $12. and educated women are the biggest threat to islamist extremists. at cnn we're not giving up on
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climate change is real and it's killing the planet. period. the federal government has just released a devastating report outlining exactly what's
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climate change. according to the obama administration's new national climate assessments, sea levels will rise up to four feet. more intense heat waves will hit the southwest and arctic ocean could have ice free summers by mid century. >> scientists from across the u.s. and not just in public sector but private sector as well have worked over the last four years to produce this report. this assessment is about presenting actionable science. >> reporter: president obama has promised action but critics within his own party complain he hasn't lived up to his campaign vow from 2008. >> this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal. >> reporter: with his climate agenda stalled in congress, the president has taken steps on his own seeking new limits on power plant pollution and setting tougher fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks. the gop has fought the president on the issue. some republican lawmakers
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question whether humans are actually behind dramatic changes in the climate. others say mr. obama is mounting an all-out assault on energy sector jobs. take this ad from mitch mcconnell's reelection campaign but the white house boasts that the energy system is booming even though administration takes its time on a decision on the controversial keystone pipeline. some are calling for a vote to bypass the president to approve it. >> we believe strongly that that's not an effective or helpful way to bring that process to a conclusion. >> reporter: we will hear from president obama on the issue of climate change later today when he sits down for a round of interviews with meteorologists who are coming here from around the country to talk to the president in the rose garden, in the white house, but senior administration officials just
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had a conference call with reporters earlier this morning. i had a chance to ask one of those officials, counselr to the president a big part of the push on climate change, i said what are prospects for climate change and he said because of republican opposition to the president's agenda, he called it a very real challenge and not a lot they can get done in congress on this issue, carol. >> jim accosta reporting live from the white house this morning. still to come in the "newsroom" a decade under the control of a monster. on the anniversary of her escape, michelle knight recalls the horror she endured during those years. >> he told me he would never let me go. >> he said that from the beginning? >> yes. he said you don't have a family that cares about you. if i kill you right now, nobody would even care. >> coming up, hear what knight said she would think about every day to survive. [ woman ] i've always tried to see things from the best angle i could.
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chemical in the future. one year ago today that a nightmare ended for three cleveland women who were kidnapped for more than a decade. michelle knight, ge they were able to escape the home after suffering years of beating and starvation. their kidnapper was sentenceded to life in prison and he took his own life while behind bars back in september. michelle knight is talking about her terrible ordeal and the abuse she endured. she sat down with cnn's anderson cooper. >> did you think about screaming or yelling? >> i screamed but nobody would hear it. there was a day i screamed until i had no voice. still nobody heard me. and when he hears you scream, he just shoves a sock or a cloth
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down your throat until you choke on it. >> did you think that this would at some point end? that it wouldn't go on and that he would let you go? did he promise that he would let you go? >> he told me he would never let me go. >> he said that from the beginning? >> yes. he said you don't have a family that cares about you. if i kill you right now, nobody would even care. >> for the first several months she was kept in what she refers to as the dungeon chained to a pole and gagged with a sock and a motorcycle helmet placed over her head. all the while the abuse continued. i talked to other people that have been taken and they say quickly you start to kind of adapt to the new reality and that you start to, you know, people who haven't been through this situation think i would try to escape and do this and do that but in reality very quickly
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your mind starts to adapt to your new environment. can you explain that? >> what happens is hard at first. you don't really want to adapt to it. you don't want to comply. you don't want to do anything at first. but then you find yourself saying why not? i'm here. just let him get it over with. >> it feels like you have no power over it. >> yeah, you're powerless. >> what would you think about each day? just to get through? >> basically think about my son and how i would like to see his loving smile again. >> eventually he moved her upstairs where she was kept naked and often chained to a wall in a boarded up bedroom. she only had about a foot and a half of chain, just enough to her to stand up and use a bucket for a toilet. her only connection with the outside world, an old radio,
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sometimes a small tv. it was nearly eight months into her hell when she saw on that tv that a girl named amanda berry had gone missing. >> if anybody knows anything about my daughter, i wish somebody would come forward. >> when you heard that, what did you think? >> first thought in my head was he did it. >> you knew right away? >> yeah. >> she's an incredible young woman. part two of anderson cooper's interview with michelle knight air here is on cnn at 8:00 eastern. while support for michelle knight is nearly universal, it's not the case for a rape victim in texas. the controversy surrounding the sentence to the convicted rapist was 45 days in jail and five years probation ordered to work 250 hours at a rape crisis center. a center that will not allow him to work there.
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the judge in the case implied the 14-year-old victim was promiscuous because she had sex in the past and the defendant is not your typical sex offender because he had a bright future. the judge has now recused herself from that case. i wish i could tell you what happened in texas has never happened before but i can't because it has happened before. frankly, it astounds me. i wrote an op-ed for reading in part, "it's 2014 but many americans including a sitting judge don't know how to define rape. they find it difficult to figure out who is an actual victim. can't figure out who is a rapist even when the accused pleads guilty to rape. it seems some cannot resist blaming the victim even when it's a clear cut case. more disturbing, how some describe the rapist in that case. in that texas case the young man's lawyer claimed his client made a mistake and spoiled his future. i maintain rape is not a lapse
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of judgment. it's a crime. who cares, defense attorney allen if a rapist is talented and gifted and had scholarship offers. rape is a crime. is murder a lapse in judgment that could spoil a killer's bright future?" let's talk more about this. sandra miller is director of the cleveland rape crisis center joining me this morning. good morning. >> good morning, carol. >> i'm glad you're here. i wonder from your perspective because you deal with this every day, do most in america understand what rape is? >> most americans do not. in fact, the general public holds a lot of misinformation and misconceptions about reality of sexual assault and then members of the general public are appointed or elected into positions as judges and in juries and often victims lose out. >> even in michelle knight's case, there were questions. why didn't she try to escape earlier? why did she get into that car in the first place?
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why does it seem that somebody always blames at least in part the victim? >> in cleveland we're celebrating the courage of these three women and yet we look at lessons we can learn and we're still saying people are saying mr. castro was, you know, a nice guy on the street. i can't imagine how he could do this. we think that rapists look and act the same way and that if they're walking down the street, they must have a big r on their forehead to point them out and we know who they are and we can stay away from them. rapist go to school with us, they work with us, they stand in line with us at the grocery store. they do have bright futures. that doesn't mean they're not capable of doing horrendous things. >> there are those who feel we should do away with the term sexual assault and call it what it really is which is rape. in fact, we should never say date rape because that sort of diminishes the crime. it's just rape. do you agree?
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>> i do think that when we put the label rape, we infer the seriousness of the crime and we do by our language try to lessen it. we use words like molestation, incest, even sex crimes. sex is not a crime. many crimes involve sexual assault but sex in itself is not a crime. i do think by our language we diminish the effects that rape has on survivors. >> the other thing i noticed, we seem squeamish about calling men who admit to rape rapists. the young man told police he raped this girl yet his lawyer called his actions bad judgment. do you hear that kind of thing a lot? >> we do. we want to think that he's just a good guy and he made an error in judgment. what we know about rapists is many are serial offenders. once they commit the crime and get away with it, they're more likely to do it again.
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in cleveland we have shelves and shelves of untested sexual assault kits dating back 20 years that are now being tested and prosecuted and more than a third involve serial sex offenders. >> there are no simple answers. i just would like to gather your thoughts on maybe a small solution. >> you know, i think the number one thing that we can do is when a survivor of rape or sexual assault come forward, we believe her unconditionally and support her and we know that in doing that we make it easier for the next victim and the next victim to come forward and ultimately will put more sexual predators behind bars. >> thank you for your insight. i really appreciate it. >> thank you, carol. >> i would like to know your thoughts as well. please go to and weigh in and i'll join in after the show. still to come in the "newsroom," ukraine teetering on the brink but feeling like an all-out war to citizens caught in the deadly
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in ukraine, the scenes look more and more like a country toppling into civil war. ukrainian forces try to reclaim cities and towns captured by pro-russian militants and the world wonders if moscow will see it as an excuse for all-out military involvement. nick paton walsh has a view from one embattled city. >> reporter: on the way in, we passed ukraine's army edging closer to its center and we're told to hurry on. just around the corner, pro-russian militants were massing ready. the green van driven by their best equipped nearby.
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this day the probing by each side of the other stopped and broke into the chaos of open conflict. a procession of ambulances to the hospital. this man's wife shot in the head while standing on their balcony. she died moments later. the random suffering and moments of loss are what is fast becoming a civil war. four militants brought in too. on the other side, ukraine said it lost four soldiers and a helicopter whose pilot survived. closer to the front line they look for snipers. up close, they are more human in their fury. they shoot at the people to blame it on us, one said.
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another saying they are far right militants. urging us to film the toll on civilians. the fears are worse can come. the self-proclaimed mayor hours earlier said how the town is encircled and he'll only negotiate if they withdraw and sleeps in his office under guard. he has one message for washington. to barack obama, i would like to say the following, he said. please stop supplying fighters with money and weapons with military forces and mercenaries like black water. the fear this is not the climax of recent unrest but the start of whole troubles new. nick paton walsh, cnn. >> still to come in the "newsroom," dennis rodman back in the spotlight over his friendship with north korean
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did not have his uncle killed. brian todd is in washington to tell us more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. you know when talking about kim jong-un, dennis rodman says that little kid is changing north korea for the better. in his interview, rodman spoke of his personal fondness for the man who executed his own uncle and threatening to destabilize an entire region. dennis rodman glowing about the trip he made to north korea in january. and the basketball exhibition he staged for kim jong-un's birthday. in an interview, rodman said he is still impressed with the show of worship kim got when he entered the arena that night. >> i was so amazed to see the people crying. i many literally crying. >> reporter: some of the interview was videotaped but in the more substantive portion,
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rodman wanted just the audio recorded. he said that kim jong-un's uncle was still alive when he was there. >> the uncle is alive? >> sitting right behind me. >> reporter: the interviewers were skeptical asking again if the uncle was alive. >> standing right there. >> reporter: this despite reports from north korea's own government news agency the previous month that kim had his uncle executed for treason. other rodman revelations, he made the other nba stars that accompanied him to north korea $35,000 each out of his own pocket. he said he held kim's baby and portrayed the dictator as a cruise director. >> jokes and do all [ bleep ]. loves playing table tennis and pool. he has a band. a real band that's all girls. >> did you ever sing? >> did i sing? they played "rocky" and
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"dallas." >> rodman was drunk for part of the time and went to rehab after returning from north korea but he's the only american to ever have personal meetings with kim jong-un and rodman says kim wants to change that. >> he really wants to talk to obama. he says he can't say it enough. he don't want to kill americans. >> reporter: u.s. officials are concerned that kim's regime is preparing to stage another underground nuclear test but rodman said kim jong-un only wants nuclear weapons to defend his country. rodman was not only apologetic for the regime but in denial over north korea's human rights record. when asked about the hundreds of thousands of people suffering in labor camps there, his response "which country does not have that?" carol? >> what? okay. we'll ignore that for a moment. he also slammed the u.s. government. why?
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>> reporter: he had much kinder words for north korea's government than america's government. he asked the u.s. government six months ago for help in setting up his trip to pyongyang and the government ignored him. we asked the state department about that. a spokeswoman there said that to her knowledge they had no contact with dennis rodman so as far as they're concerned, he never reached out to them. >> interesting. brian todd, thanks for entertaining us this morning. we appreciate it. still to come in the "newsroom," be careful what you write. a senate candidate is outraged when he catches a reporter scribbling blah, blah, blah. how the easter bunny got thrown in the mix when we come back. check the weather. borrow ted's wheelbarrow. post big tomato pics. buy a birdhouse for sparrows. download gardening apps. answer my wife's texts. search how to sculpt hedges into a t-rex.
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i'm sorry. i can really relate to this story. a bored reporter was caught jotting down blah, blah, blah with senate hopefuls in oregon. one of the candidates didn't take too kindly to his note taking. >> reporter: if you think the news is about a blah, blah, blah, in this case you're right. >> i called you out for putting blah, blah, blah on your note pad. >> reporter: five republican candidates for senate were being interviewed by an oregon paper. the only candidate not actually present was on speaker phone. and when she gave what pulitzer prize winning reporter evidently considered to be a rambling answer, he got nabbed by another
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candidate. >> you want to talk about disrespect. you just wrote down blah, blah, blah for everything she said. >> reporter: whether you prefer to say blah, blah, blah, or yada, yada, yada, i never heard from him again. >> you put blah, blah, blah when she was giving a detailed and descript answer. >> reporter: the interviewers moved on. >> a myth or a reality? where are you on the easter bunny? >> that's when the climate really changed and candidate mark callahan started quoting "a few good men." >> are these really the questions i was called here to answer? >> reporter: the newspaper's editor warned the candidate they might ask him to leave. >> that's two strikes. >> who do you think you are? >> you may leave now. go ahead. >> reporter: the newspaper's
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editor didn't think his reporter's blah, blah, blah was disrespectful but he did think the easter bunny crack went a little too far. >> i turned to nigel saying that was disrespectful. as a reporter how often have you his listened to an elected offi or candidate for office who said something that you have said to yourself, not to him, blah, blah, blah. >> reporter: there was nothing boring about how this blah, blah, blah blowup ended. >> there's the door. >> i have other things to do with my time. >> reporter: the moral of the story, it may be okay to sing it. ♪ >> reporter: but better not write it down. >> you wrote down blah, blah, blah. >> reporter: jeanne moos, cnn, new york. >> where are you on the easter bunny? >> that was just crazy. thank you for joining me today.
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"@ this hour" with berman and michaela starts now. >> get ready for more droughts, more heat waves and more extreme storms. the white house says that's coming as it lays out the most comprehensive climate change report ever in the united states. the cold war is over but a spy plane from that era was in the sky over california and it caused all sorts of major travel chaos. how did that happen? and she has kept her silence until now. monica lewinsky talking about her affair with president clinton. that story ahead "@ this hour." hello. i'm john berman. >> i'm michaela pereira. thank you for joining us. 11:00 a.m. in the east. 8:00 a.m. out west. >> there is not a human being in the united states who will not be affected by