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good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you for joining me. we begin with a horrifying mine disaster unfolding now in western turkey. it's the coal mining town of soma, and it may touch nearly every single family there. overnight, rescue workers managed to haul dozens of survivors from a smoke-filled shaft. but more than 200 -- 200 are confirmed dead, and hope is fading quickly for hundreds more who remain trapped. cnn's ivan watson has the latest on this heart-wrenching drama. tell us more, ivan. >> reporter: that's right, carol. we're overlooking the sprawling mine complex behind me, this gritty coal mine outside the town of soma in turkey, where this race against time is underway. sadly, tragically, the death
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toll seems to grow every couple of hours with the turkish prime minister who recently visited here, saying it has now been confirmed 232 coal miners killed as a result of what authorities say was an electrical fire that broke out deep below the surface of the mountain here, on tuesday. now rescue workers that i've spoken with that were working throughout the night, i spoke with two turkish rescue workers. they say they brought up the bodies of six men overnight. they said it takes more than 45 minutes to navigate the different mine shafts, and galleries down there to try to reach the areas where the workers were when the fire broke out. they say that it is terribly hot as a result of the fires, and that there is a massive amount of smoke that the rescue workers have to go in, carrying oxygen tanks. if anybody is to have survived and there are believed to have been hundreds of coal miners who were down there performing a shift change when the fire broke out, if they are to survive,
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they would have had to reach some of the emergency chambers and reach oxygen tanks for themselves, as well, and the rescue workers i talked to, they said they did not know if there had been communications with any of the hundreds of workers who were believed to still be trapped down below. now in the nearby town of soma, there you see pretty awful scene, sad scenes of hundreds, thousands of residents lining the roads near the hospital there, behind police barriers, behind lines of police and riot police, waiting, anxiously for news of their loved ones, men who may have earned perhaps $500 a month doing this terribly dangerous work every year, turkish coal mine workers die in similar incidents. but the way this is going, there are fears this may become the deadliest mine disaster in recent turkish history. carol? >> ivan watson, reporting live
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for us this morning. mers. if you don't know what it is, listen up. mers or middle east respiratory syndrome, has hit home. it is potentially deadly, because it has no known treatment. right now there is one patient with mers in this orlando hospital. a hospital worker exposed to this patient has also been admitted, while 20 other hospital workers were ordered to go home until tests confirmed they did not contract the virus. also, the tsa plans to put up advisories about mers. at 20 airports across the country. i'll take you to orlando in three minutes. but first, brian todd has more on mers for you. >> reporter: a creeping, contagious and potentially deadly respiratory virus has reached the u.s. and created a legitimate health scare. two orlando area health care workers exposed to a patient with mers have been treated for flu-like symptoms. one of those workers is in isolation. >> it all happened before the
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proper isolation precautions were initiated. so these people were in contact with a patient without a mask. >> reporter: officials say about 20 health care workers at two hospitals in the orlando area might have been exposed to the mers patient. what is mers? it stands for middle east respiratory syndrome. it started in the saudi peninsula, but has now spread around the globe. experts say it may originate with camels, but you can get it simply by breathing in. most of those getting it have been relatives of patients or health care workers. >> we can infect one person to another if they're in close proximity. we have droplets of the fluid that we have in our body, being inhaled by the other person. or in close contact with the other person. >> reporter: it attacks the respiratory system. the main symptoms, coughing, fever, trouble breathing. why is it so scary? it's deadlier and spreads through the body faster than the very similar sars virus of a decade ago. about a third of the 530-plus mers patients have died, experts
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say, compared to about 10% of sars victims. tlrchlts is no vaccine for it and no treatment for it. >> reporter: meaning patients survive only by getting the symptoms treated. there are two actual mers patients now in the u.s. both of them health care workers. the most recent one in orlando, recently flew from saudi arabia to london. then from london to boston. boston to atlanta. then atlanta to orlando. are they going to have to track everyone on each one of those flights? >> not necessarily. as a matter of fact, what they will be doing is, the people that were in close contact with that patient. so if you were sitting near that person, one or two seats, yes, you're going to be interviewed. abo but if you're sitting several rows, there is no reason to be concerned. >> reporter: the other mers patient in the u.s. also recently flew from saudi arabia, traveling to london and then london to chicago. then took a bus from chicago to indiana.
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dr. garcia says that bus ride could be a problem. the patient had extended exposure to others, closer in. and it's not clear how good the ventilation system on that bus was. all of those bus passengers, he says, will have to be tracked. brian todd, cnn, washington. all right. i want to take you back to that orlando hospital, where one patient is suffering from mers and another patient has flu-like symptoms. alina machado is there. do we know how these patients are doing? >> reporter: well, carol, we know that the 44-year-old who is a second confirmed mers case in the u.s. is still here. he's recovering. doctors say he is in good condition and is improving. all we know about this health care worker is that this person was admitted here after showing possible symptoms. now that person is one of 20 health care workers from two separate hospitals here in orlando who are being evaluated for possible exposure to the mers virus. they have all been tested. they have also been told to stay home for 14 days.
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take a listen to what an infectious disease specialist told us about the situation. >> that's what the health department in conjunction with the cdc has recommended. time for the virus to show symptoms in a period of incubation, has been determined to be between 2 and 14 days. that is considered to be a safe period. >> reporter: doctors here are waiting for initial test results to come back, and we're told, carol, those results could be available as early as today. >> we'll be watching. alina machado reporting live from orlando this morning. still to come in the "newsroom," magic johnson responds to donald sterling, opening up about the bizarre rant that shocked the nba and beyond. >> i was in disbelief that he would say these things. and then, you know, to throw me into this situation, i don't know the young lady. barely know donald. so now i'm caught in the middle
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of this love affair, whatever they have. and so it was sort of disappointing. >> more of the basketball legend's exclusive interview with anderson cooper, ahead.
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audiotape that was released a couple weeks ago, what did you think? >> well, i was just -- i was blown away. i was -- i couldn't believe that he had said those things. first of all. made those statements, those racist statements. and then, you know, threw me in, don't bring him to my games. and so you personally attacked me. and so -- and i -- i had known donald. not very well. i knew him, i've met with him three or four times, been to his office. >> so were you guys friends? >> yeah, i would say we were friends. my first trip -- when i got here in l.a., over 35 -- about 35 years ago, dr. bus took me to his beach house for his annual beach house party in the summertime. so that was one of the first things i did. so to reflect back to that, to these statements he made about myself and minorities, it was
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just disappointing. it was -- i was in disbelief that he would say these things. and then, you know, to throw me into this situation, i don't know the young lady. barely know donald. so now i'm caught in the middle of this love affair, whatever they have. and so it was -- it was sort of disappointing. but i had to respond in terms of, okay, you don't want me to come to your games. i won't come to your games, you don't have to worry about that. but also i was upset because he threw minorities in, african-americans, latinos, into this situation. and so i had to speak up. look, i'm one of the leaders of the black community. so i can't let anybody attack our people and not respond. and so that's why i responded. >> when -- first of all, you said you were photographed with v. stiviano. you're probably photographed with -- >> millions of people. >> millions of people. do you know where -- he claimed in this interview that i did with him the other day, he said you knew her, you knew her well.
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>> these aren't facts, anderson. i never met this young lady. i took a picture with her, it looked like at a dodger game. that's it. that's all i know of her, you know. and then he says i'm trying to set him up. how am i trying to set you up? these are the facts. i was sitting in my office, i get a call from donald sterling. >> he called you. >> he called me. i took the call. >> apparently he has your phone number. >> yes, yes. his assistant called my assistant. and she put him through. and this is what happened. he asked me to go on the barbara walters show with him. >> this was what, a week -- week ago, week and a half ago? because he met with barbara walters on a friday. >> exactly. it was before that. i told him i wouldn't do it. i said the number one thing you need to do, what you haven't done, is apologize to everybody and myself. i'll get to that, i'll get to that. >> he wanted you to go on -- with barbara walters, sitting next to him? >> sitting next to him. >> to kind of give him cover? >> exactly. so i said no. then i told him, i said, donald,
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you should consult with your attorneys. i said, this thing is a big thing. and you should deal with your attorneys and let them advise you on what to do. but i said you need to go public and apologize to everybody. >> how did he respond? >> i apologize later. but i want you to go on this show. he was adamant about me going on this show with him. and i told him no. i wouldn't do it. and that's what happened. >> that's it. >> and then i called adam silvers, our great commissioner, and told him what had happened. >> you told adam silver that donald sterling had called you. >> had just called. and so i wanted him to know that it happened so he wouldn't be blindsided either. and then i called all my people to let them know donald sterling had just called me. >> okay. let's talk about this. otis birdsong, former nba all star joins me and mark lamont hill, cnn political commentator and host of "huff post live." good morning to both of you. >> good morning. >> so otis, i was struck by how
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gracious magic johnson was in this interview. he also said he feels sad and sorry for sterling, that he'll pray for him. i don't know if i would have had that in me. >> i would not have. >> otis, go on. >> magic is a gracious person. i consider him a great friend. and i really enjoy watching this interview. and no, i would not -- i don't have any sadness or remorse for mr. sterling. i just wish he would just go away. >> i think at this point, mark lamont hill, everybody wishes donald sterling would just go away. but i don't think he will. >> no, he can't. this is part of the lack of humility, the lack of self awareness that you see in many people like donald sterling. he still doesn't accept he's a racist. even as we saw in this amazing donald -- this amazing magic johnson interview, in the midst of being told he should apologize, he says, i'll get to that. right now i need you on barbara walters. it's prioritizing his needs over
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the needs of others, even when he's hurt people. donald sterling might even be losing it a little upstairs. i'm worried about his mental health. at the same time i want him out of the league because he's a racist. >> otis, i think maybe magic johnson didn't want to go there but that's what he meant. he feels sad for him because this is the destruction of -- i don't want to put words -- go ahead. >> he has a history -- he has a history of this. i mean, i don't feel sad for him. i mean, i'm not surprised. we've known about this for years. and i just wish, you know, the board of governors would go ahead and make the vote and get him out of here so we can move on and focus on this wonderful basketball that's being displayed during the playoffs. it's just sad that it's taken away from the great players that are just performing so wonderfully this playoff season. >> i know. the game last night, mark. i mean -- i know the clippers lost by one point, but it was a thrilling game to watch.
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>> yeah. i mean, it's interesting, because there's two things going on, right? there's this amazing okc clippers game going on last night and half of us wondering if the clippers win, what mr. mrs. sterling do? run out on the floor? what's the facial expression of the fans and players and owners? so much stuff going on, it is a distraction from the playoffs. and as he said, one of the great playoffs we have seen in the last decade, maybe longer. but this is a super distraction but nothing can be done about it. this is going to be such a long, protracted legal battle that as much as we would like to see a quick resolution to this, it won't be quick and it won't be pretty. >> no. it won't. and otis, you know, my dream is that magic johnson buys the clippers, because i think that would be such wonderful cosmic justice, right? he did address that with anderson cooper. he says he's interested in buying a basketball team. maybe not the clippers, maybe the clippers. he kind of left it open. but wouldn't that be a beautiful thing? >> it would be a beautiful thing. but i think magic might put a group of investors to buy the
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clippers, but magic's heart is with the lakers. i'm sure he has a laker t-shirt under his suit every day. i don't think magic is going to buy the clippers. >> i don't know. i'm a betting woman otis. >> nah, not going to happen. >> not going to happen. otis birdsong, mark lamont hill, i'm going to ask you to stick around because i'm going to ask you about the learns learned from all of this after a break. [ brian ] in a race, it's about getting to the finish line. in life, it's how you get there that matters most. it's important to know the difference. like when i found out i had a blood clot in my leg. my doctor said that it could travel to my lungs and become an even bigger problem. and that i had to take action. so he talked to me about xarelto®. [ male announcer ] xarelto® is the first oral prescription blood thinner proven to treat and help prevent dvt and pe that doesn't require regular blood monitoring or changes to your diet.
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i'm joined again by otis birdsong, chairman of the nba retired players association and former nba all-star. and mark lamont hill, cnn
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political commentator and host of "huff post live." gentlemen, there have been so many twists to this sterling story, his racist rant, his fixation on magic johnson, the broader issues of race in society. so i wanted to ask you both if we've learned anything from this fiasco. so otis, i'll start with you. have we learned anything? >> well, i have been shown again that society will not accept this type of behavior. the media won't, society won't, and it's a great thing. it gives us an opportunity to discuss race issues in america, and it's a great thing. but society is just not going to tolerate the behavior that we saw displayed from donald sterling. >> what do you think, mark? >> i think that there are so many lessons that we have left on the table and refused to acknowledge here. there was so much possibility in this moment, just like there is in many moments. but we neglected to engage them. instead we choose the
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low-hanging fruit. it's really easy to be against donald sterling. i haven't met a person yet who says donald sterling said the right thing on that tape. it's like the equivalent of kissing a baby. everyone can agree to this. the problem is, there are more complicated and interesting and nuanc nuances, impactful forms of racism we're still not willing to wrestle with in society. donald sterling has been racist for a long time and the most racist thing wasn't saying something about magic johnson on a tape, it was denying people against housing, discriminating against elgin baylor on a job, far more impactful. but we don't deal with that racism. we want the sexy, smoking gun, foaming at the mouth racism where someone is on tape signify something bad about something else when the far more normalized everyday type of racism that black and brown people experience every day gets neglected. we squandered an opportunity to deal with the real stuff. >> can we concentrate on perhaps the positive, because i'm feeling a little glass half full this morning. so -- >> fair enough. >> it was good to see the majority of americans rallying
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against donald sterling, and to, you know, magic johnson's side, if you will. wasn't that a good thing? >> it is a great thing. and i was happy to see that, and i knew this, but commissioner silver is going to be a phenomenal commissioner. i was happy to see that the nba, the former and current players are unified. we are a family and behind and with each other. so, you know, there are a lot of positives. and i'm with you, kyra, i like to see us focus on the positive and move forward and not always look back. it's so easy to look back and say what if and this, that and the other. but let's just move forward from this situation. >> go ahead. >> real quick. i was going to say, moving forward, i hope that means if we see an owner doing something racist, we don't wait for the videotape or audiotape. we deal with it in the moment. and also, i want to give a salute to the players. the players worked really hard and were willing to sit out a game. that shows the players have not lost their political power. i'm proud of them. >> absolutely. and one last thing, there is no
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privacy anywhere you are, even in your own home. i think we have all learned that, right, mark? >> yes. >> we're in agreement. >> we're in agreement. i don't know what the answer to that is, but that is a true story. otis birdsong. >> what's done in the dark will eventually come to the light. >> that's right. >> otis and mark, thank you so much. still to come in the "newsroom," where is casey kasem, his family desperately wants to know. >> we want to get him home and we want to get him the right care and surround him with love. >> this morning, new details in how the kasem family is searching for the radio ledge end. hear the pleas for help from casey's daughter. i'm j-a-n-e and i have copd.
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. the family of radio legend, casey kasem, is filing a missing persons report as they desper e desperately try to find out where he is. this heartbreaking fight is playing out in court between the kasem family and kasem's current wife. now, the long-time "american band stand" host and voice of shaggy in "scooby doo" suffers from a form of dementia and last week was moved to an unknown location, possibly by his wife, which could actually be out of the country. no one knows. kasem's daughter and their attorney spoke to bill weir last night. >> we had a heads up, actually, from one of jeanne's family
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members that said, hey, i overheard a conversation that possibly jeanne is trying to get him out of the country, into an indian reservation first and then out of the country from there. so we kind of had a heads up. we weren't sure where he was and we weren't sure if that was accurate. so when we did hear it from her attorney, that he was already out of the country, it was -- it was shocking. >> how is his health? when is the last time you saw him, and can he communicate? is he lucid? >> so let's see, last time we saw him was last tuesday, when kerri's, one of her attorneys was able to get us into the facility where he was staying. so we spent a wonderful few hours with him there. and i don't want to speak specifically to his health. but i mean, as it's been said, he does have dementia and so his communication is obviously limited. that being said, he knows who we are. he was able to respond appropriately to simple questions or simple things we
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said to him. and it was very clear he was able to smile. he was able to say "i love you." when we told him "we'll be back, dad," he looked at us and said "when?" which was heartbreaking. anyway. so, you know, it's -- there's so much more meaningful communication we can have with him. we want him back. he knows that we're his children and he knows how much we love him and he feeds off that love and we feed off his love. and we want him back. >> so what happens next? i understand there is -- the judge ordered an investigation, protective services, to try to figure out where your dad went. >> that's right. we have adult protective services looking for him. we've got the court-appointed pvp attorney looking for him. you know, and troy, talk a little bit -- because i don't know much legal jargon. i have been appointed temporary conservativer, but we need the paperwork to go through to file a missing persons report.
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>> so that's -- >> basically, we have been having a little problem with the authorities. and solidifying what kerri's role is, what her obligations are, what her authority is. we couldn't get that until we had the order, which we just got signed by the judge today. he stated in court that it was -- exactly. so now that we have the order, it was signed today, we will be taking those steps with the appropriate authorities to make sure we can get mr. kasem back here, safely. >> and kerri, julie, where do you think he is? what about this indian reservation? do you think he could be out of the country? >> it's possible. we don't -- it's possible he is still in the country. and this is why we're doing so many interviews. this is why. i mean, we want as many people to, you know, be on the lookout for our dad. if you see him, you know his whereabouts, if you hear anything about him, please, call
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the police. you know, we want to stop her from moving. we think she's moved him quite a few times. and this is terrible for his health. a man in his condition should not continually be moved. and especially with louie bodies disease, he's confused, probably very afraid. and he's not getting proper medical care. >> joining me now, bill weir and cnn legal analyst, paul callan. welcome to both of you. bill, i'll start with you. what do you think this is about? is it just a hateful family feud? is it about money? what's it about? >> it's so interesting, carol. they portray their stepmother as an evil stepmother in the most drastic terms. it goes back to -- we all remember casey keys kasem, american top 40 and scooby doo. and married -- fans of "cheers" remember her as loretta tore telly, the bubble-headed statuesque blonde.
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they got married in 1980. and according to the kids from his first marriage as you saw, she wanted nothing to do with them. from the very start. they have had -- they say three conversations in 25 years with their stepmother. she would have visitations where armed guards were there, observing their visits and their interactions. that softened in recent times. the step kids, their families, are fine on their own. they're doctors and lawyers and say they don't need their father's tens of millions, his net worth estimated -- i've seen figures up to $80 million, the syndication deals. but it is really heartbreaking. and you've got to think that at some point they tried to sort of plead to their father, she's cutting us out of your life, and he must have been complicit in some way, but now that he is virtually incapacitated, jeanne, his current wife, has all the power. and that's evident in her taking off. >> and i wanted to ask that question of paul. first, this indian reservation thing. that is so weird.
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why would they -- why would someone bring casey kasem to an indian reservation? >> the only hint they got, and heard this from jeanne's nephew, they were looking for a place with the private air strip. so if they could get him there first, then have a private jet come in and spirit him away with less scrutiny than at a major municipal airport. >> okay, so paul callan, doesn't the wife trump the kids? >> well, normally she does. and i've got to say, as tragic as this case is, and as sad as this case looks to be, being cut off from his children this way, she's been married to him for 34 years. and i understand they have a -- they have a child by the second marriage. this is a scene that plays out in a lot of courtrooms across america. as people get older and they have second wives and second families and there's a battle for the affection and control, essentially, of the estate of, you know, elderly people. and we're seeing it close up here. what's very surprising, i think, carol, in this case, is that the
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theory is that the judge really granted this order, giving the children this conservatorship. they made an allegation that this is elder abuse by the first wife. now what's the elder abuse? not conduct off medical treatment, but denying him the right to meet with his blood children. that that's a form of elder abuse. and it's an interesting theory, and there may be some legitimacy to it. obviously, the judge thought yes. >> well -- >> and the girls actually said that the reason that first judge granted jeanne the power was that she had two days to clean him up and put on a good face for protective services. and then as he got ill, they thought it was parkinson's initially. as he got ill, the stepchildren and jeanne agreed that he couldn't care for himself, and so in 2007, they signed an order that would allow -- give the kids some say. but they now claim that in 2011, once he was too ill to understand what was going on, she changed it, paul. so i don't know -- legally how they might be able to challenge that.
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new this morning in the search for nigeria's kidnapped school girls. [ speaking in foreign language ] >> officials say 77 of the girls in this video released by the terror group, boko haram, are now identified as the school girls snatched in last month's raid on their boarding school. but some parents tell cnn that the tape includes girls who were kidnapped as much as two years earlier. it's all part of the mission by the islamist militant group to forbid the education of girls. and sadly, their ruthlessness is scaring away a generation of girls. we have this exclusive report.
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>> reporter: a burned out dormitory, broken windows. what's left of the chibok girls' secondary school, where a month ago the students' dreams were stolen, along with hundreds of girls abducted from their beds. if the attack hadn't happened, right here is where now the girls would have been taking their school exams. these exams were supposed to be the gateway for them into a bright new future that would take them beyond the boundaries of chibok and out of the shadow of boko haram. for many of these girls now, even the thought of such a future is pretty much incomprehensible. educating girls is a sin in the eyes of boko haram. the terror group claiming responsibility for this devastation. for one of the girls lucky enough to escape her abductors, it's a message she has received loud and clear. >> i will never go again. >> reporter: you'll never go back to school? >> yes.
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>> reporter: because they made you afraid. >> yes. >> reporter: what did you want to be? >> doctor. >> reporter: you wanted to be a doctor. >> yes. >> reporter: now that seems far out of reach. daniel and his family fled into the bush the night of the attack. luckily, all together and all safe. but what he witnessed that night still has him shaken. this area has been under siege for years. >> fear is all over. fear is everywhere. presently what we are seeing that has happened to our girls here now, for those that are kept and those yet to be taken to school. now there is a big question mark over every parent. on what to do about the lives of our children when we take them to school. because no one is -- no one can afford losing a daughter. >> reporter: but he's not giving up hope completely.
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he prays a day will come when his daughters will be free to pursue their futures. what do you want your daughters to be when they grow up? >> things like lawyers, doctors, engineers. because when i see one of these people doing their jobs, i have all of the hope that i want my children to be like them. >> reporter: you have high hopes for them. >> very high hope for them. >> that's just heartbreaking. nima joins us now from nigeria's capital. you know, the great thing would be if somehow nigeria was to provide protection for these schools so that these girls could feel safe. but apparently they're unable to do that? or unwilling? >> reporter: probably a combination. it's a really difficult territory. it's very -- it's very out there in terms of trying to penetrate that bush, trying to move
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people. and you become -- unless you move very large numbers of troops and very quickly, your own people are exposed. some of the stories we were hearing from the villages, when they fled, the police that were supposed to be guarding them, the army that was supposed to be guarding that village, fled with them. how do you then stop people when this terror descends in the night from trying to protect their lives, not the people they're supposed to be guarding? this was one of the last schools in that region that was still open. that's the tragedy of this. so many secondary schools in the nigerian are closed. this is one of the few places people were willing to risk their lives, their daughters' lives, the teacher, the matron, everyone had come together in such an incredible act of courage. and now that's gone. and the next school, the next time people want to try and do this, there is a message there. and i wouldn't blame them if they decided this wasn't worth the risk. >> great reporting. thank you so much. if you would like to help girls worldwide trying to overcome
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>> this is a really scary story. two little boys are in the hospital after strong winds sent their backyard bouncy house soaring 50 feet into the area.
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the kids, 5 and 6-year-old boys, fell nearly 20 feet. it's just crazy. >> reporter: i know. you look at those pictures and it's difficult to believe that it's real. indeed it is real and unfortunately for these two kids, it is real. here's what we know. we talked to police. they tell us yesterday about 3:20 there were two boys, 5 years old and 6 years old, playing inside that bouncy house. police say this little bouncy house was anchored to the ground but there was a gust of wind. it was sudden and lifted that bouncy house into the air and unfortunately it lifted those two boys as well. here's what we know. here's what they tell us. the 5 year old fell near the apartment building parking lot. and the 6 year old was found on
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the street. but hear this. the bouncy house was 15 to 20 feet up in the air and so both of these boys were transported to the hospital with serious injuries. we talked to witnesses and here's what they had to say. >> he hit his head off the back of my car and landed right where that little spot is and the bouncy house kept going and cleared my apartment and the trees. >> anything that could have been done wrong, wasn't. everything was done properly. that's the only thing i can say positively. nothing was done wrong. >> reporter: that was from our affiliate wrgb. we did get a statement from the maker of that bouncy house. providing safe and wholesome play experiences is of utmost importance to little tikes. our thoughts and prayers are
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with the children and their families. we looked online to find the instruction manual for little tikes. in a safety warning it does say "do not set up in windy or rainy conditions. sudden gusts of wind may lift the product off the ground." we should mention police say this was a sudden gust of wind and not that it was windy yesterday but just to point out that it is in those instructions. >> i would take a bouncy house indoors. thank you very much. rosa flores reporting. nearly 13 years after the attack that changed american life forever, the museum at ground zero is about to open. that will happen tomorrow. president obama and the first lady will be on hand for the dedication of the museum. it will be opened privately for six days so families of the victims, first responders and those directly affected by the attacks can see it before the public does.
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kate bolduan is following the story in new york. good morning, kate. >> reporter: good morning, carol. as you mentioned, the long awaited opening of this 9/11 memorial museum. it will be tomorrow with a dedication ceremony for all of those that were most directly affected by that day. we were able to get in to get a sneak peek of the experience, of the exhibit, that chronicals the day, the lives lost and heroes that emerged. >> these were covered in the aftermath of the attacks. we brought them back here and built the museum around them. >> reporter: nearly 13 years after terrorists destroyed the twin towers, the 9/11 is set to open. a commemoration of the day america changed forever. joe daniels is president and ceo of the 9/11 memorial. you're not white washing it. this is the raw, dirty material.
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>> this is the steel that bore the attacks. >> reporter: the museum is built almost entirely underground. some 70 feet down. it sits in the precise footprint of the world trade center. >> this is where the south tower started and went up 1,350 feet. >> reporter: a striking display of the destruction with remi reminders of the tragedy at every turn. this is unbelievable. >> this is the front of this fire truck. this is the cab. you wouldn't know. it's completely burned out and destroyed. >> reporter: then there's the retaining wall that held strong even when the towers fell. >> when the towers came down, all that debris that was here in this space provided bracing for that wall and when that debris was cleared, there was a big concern that the wall would breach and flood lower manhattan. >> reporter: it could have been so much worse. this wall held under all of that
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pressure. visitors will walk alongside the survivor stairs. >> used by hundreds of people as the walls were crumbling to escape top safety. it's for all of our visitors to understand the story of survival. >> reporter: one of the most emotional stops in the museum, this art installation mimics the blue sky on that fateful morning. behind it, the unidentified remains of 9/11 victims. the move met with mixed emotion from their families. >> still shocking statistic is that 1,100 family members never got any human remains to bury. never got to go through the ritual of lying their loved ones to rest. it's not a public space at all. only family members are allowed back behind the wall. >> reporter: right next door, a room dedicated to the lives lost. adjacent to this is the reflection room which is so important and why we can't show it is because families get to see it first.
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>> that room is in an area that is a photographic portrait of each one of the victims. you see a father coaching his son's little league team. a wedding. you see lives that are lost that day and not just about how they died, it's who these people were. >> reporter: throughout the museum, chilling reminders of the day. handmade flyers from the wreckage. every day items simply left behind. >> we help through artifacts and images tell that story. it was panic. people were getting out as fast as they could. >> reporter: it's not just the shoes. the shoes worn by this woman, linda, you tell everything about that day. >> reporter: the museum is vast, one small exhibit is the biggest source of controversy. its focus, the terrorists themselves including a film criticized for not making a clear enough distinction between
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islam and al qaeda. there's been a lot of criticism. why give any time to the terrorists? >> it's one way to look at it is you don't build a holocaust museum and not be clear that nazis were the ones that committed those atrocities. al qaeda was an extremist terrorist group that bastardized that regiligion for those own purposes but no one will come through and think we're indicting an entire religion which we are in no way are. >> reporter: is seems appropriate that you end here at the last call. >> it goes back to resiliency and seeing messages of hope and remembrance on this very tall column that is still standing strong. >> reporter: that last column is the last piece of steel standing once the towers fell. as for the dedication ceremony, president and first lady will be in town for that ceremony. the president is expected to speak. as you mentioned off the top,
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there's a period of dedication and memorial for those most affected, the families, the survivors, the families, recovery workers, first responders. a period of days that they are allowed to gain access to the museum. 24 hours it will be open. then it opens to the general public mid next week. >> thank you for the tour. it was fascinating. the next hour of "cnn newsroom" starts now. happening now in the "newsroom" -- >> i'm trying to set him up. how am i trying to set you up? >> magic johnson sets the record straight. >> i took a picture. looks like at a dodger game. that's it. that's all i know of her. >> his exclusive interview on cnn. >> i said the number one thing you need to do which you haven't done is apologize to everybody and myself. >> and his advice for donald sterling. >> you're 80 years old. you've had a tremendous life, right? and you're going to benefit whatever the price tag is from
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this team. sell it. just go ahead and enjoy the rest of your life. you're fighting a battle that you can't win. also -- >> i look out and see the bouncy house go up. >> a terrifying sight flying 50 feet in the air. a bouncy house is swept away in a gust of wind. three children trapped inside. >> it was unbelievable. >> it spun and the first little boy came out, landed in the middle of the road right there. plus, mers has reached the united states. two cases confirmed. the tsa on alert putting up advisories in airports. >> there's no vaccine for it and there's no treatment for it. >> you're live in the "cnn newsroom."
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good morning. mers or middle east respiratory system has hit home. the cdc is tracking the virus right now. you're looking at pictures from the agency's situation room where a meeting was held this morning. blood tests from an orlando hospital have now been sent to the cdc. there is one patient in that orlando hospital who has mers. hospital workers have also been exposed. they have been sent home until tests come back showing they do not have this virus. cnn's senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen is at cdc headquarters. elizabeth, what's the latest on those hospital workers? >> reporter: there's really some good news coming out of the state of florida and also here at the cdc. there were two health care workers who were taking care of the gentleman we know who has mers. they started to get flu-like symptoms which was concerning. i was told by a federal official
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that the state of florida tested those two health care workers and they are negative. they were so concerned about do not have mers according to testing done in florida. now, the specimens from those two workers were federal expressed to the centers for disease control in atlanta. they were sent to a lab and cdc will confirm are these two health care workers indeed negative? >> i want you to stay with us. i want to bring in the chair of the department of preventive medicine at vanderbilt medical center. this sounds so scary, doctor. how contagious is it? >> fortunately, carol, it's not very contagious at all. it can spread in the health care setting and we're aware of that. we can protect ourselves with good health care -- good infection control precautions. >> elizabeth, i also understand tsa is putting out guidelines
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for air passengers warning them about mers. >> they are putting up posters for everyone to say if you have been traveling in the arabian peninsula and you have symptoms like a cough or fever, you should know about mers. a federal official told me at the cdc if someone steps off a plane from the arabian peninsula and they look ill, they've instructed airline officials and others to take that person aside and say, hey, you should know about mers because you don't look so healthy and to give them information and to give a call to the cdc folks who are at the airport. there is some level of monitoring going on of folks who were stepping off planes from the arabian peninsula. >> doctor, i'm confused. if it's not really that contagious, why all of these precautions? >> precautions are always good. education is good. we want people who might be affected because they could come from the arabian peninsula and having picked up the infection to immediately seek medical care
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and then of course to notify their health care provider that that's where they've been so we can put into place those infection control precautions. you know, it worked very, very well in indiana when we had such a patient who has now gotten better and gone home. emergency room docs across the country are asking everyone who comes in with a respiratory infection, have you traveled to the middle east? do you have contact with someone who has traveled to the middle east? so the clinicians are on the alert. the cdc is doing a splendid job from a public health perspective. i think we have this at the moment under control. >> that's good to hear. dr. william schaffner, elizabeth cohen, many thanks to both of you. let's turn to a horrifying mine disaster unfolding in turkey. it may touch nearly every family there. overnight rescue workers managed to haul dozens of survivors from
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a smoke filled shaft but more than 200 miners are dead. hope is quickly fading as more than 120 remain trapped inside that mine. ivan watson has scrambled to the town and has more for you. >> reporter: we're now overlooking the gritty coal mine where ambulances are lined up and rescue workers are hard at work trying to save hundreds of turkish coal miners believed to be trapped at the bottom of the mine shaft when what authorities describe as an electrical fire broke out sometime tuesday afternoon. the turkish prime minister has canceled his trip to albania and he and his entourage just paid a visit to this location and he told journalists on the scene that the death toll has now tragically risen to at least 232
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miners killed as a result of this disaster. there are hundreds if not thousands of residents lining the streets of the small city behind police barriers and behind riot police in front of the main hospital there with some of the people clearly anguished waiting for news about their missing loved ones and some of them getting the terrible news that their loved ones have not survived this terrible disaster. now, tragically this is not the first time turkey has seen a coal mine disaster. in 2009 and 2010, dozens of miners were killed in two separate deadly incidents at other mines in other parts of the country. and in fact just about 2 1/2 weeks ago a turkish lawmaker tried to file a motion to investigate reports of safety hazards at this very coal mine, a privately owned coal mine. he was voted down in the turkish
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parliament. that's sure to become an issue in the days and weeks ahead. right now the main priority is to try to ensure that there is some supply of clean air going down to depths of more than a kilometer under ground and to try to establish some kind of contact with the miners who are still believed to be down there. nobody knows exactly how many people were there. there was a shift change under way when the fire broke out. you can see with people gather around here, the anguish on their faces as they wait and pray for their loved ones to emerge. ivan watson, cnn, western turkey. >> still to come in the "newsroom," magic johnson one-on-one with cnn's anderson cooper and responding to donald sterling's racist rant. >> the problem is that he's living in the stone ages. he can't make those comments about african-americans and latinos. you just can't do it. >> the lakers legend also
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weighing in on his former crosstown rivals, the los angeles clippers. what players think of sterling and whether magic johnson could buy the clippers.
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some two weeks after a racist rant resulted in a lifetime ban for donald sterling, magic johnson is speaking out. in a cnn exclusive, magic johnson talked about the league, its players, and why the only option for sterling now is to leave. >> here we are in a league
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that's over 75% african-americans. he wants us to play for him but he doesn't want us in the stands. he wants us to help him win a championship but he doesn't want us in the stands. fans rallied together. they're waiting to see what will happen with the vote by the board of governors. we can't have this action in our league or in our society. we just can't have it. >> sterling claims that push comes to shove, he can buy time. players will play. sponsors will sponsor his team even if he stays there. that money talks. in the end they got contracts. sponsors wants to make money. everybody wants to make money. he clearly believes there's a route for him to remain as owner of the l.a. clippers. >> can't buy his way out of this one. he bought his way out of all of the other situations. can't do it this time. >> can't buy his way out of this one. magic also gave us a hint about
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his possible future with the los angeles clippers. listen. >> are you interested in the clippers? there's a lot of reports you would be interested in being owner or part owner. >> you know, we have to wait. that's going to be eight months to a year to see if it ever hits the market. for me, if it comes out and it's for sale and my partners and i say, okay, we'll look at it and want to buy it, of course we'll make a run for it. it's not about owning the team. what i would really want to do is own the lakers. if any team i really want to have or be a part of would be the lakers. not the clippers. but if i can't be a part of them and it's a team out there like the clippers that i like and my partners like because you have to remember, this is a billion dollar deal. >> it would be such cosmic justice if magic johnson bought the clippers. joining me to talk about this
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is, nba hall of famer and former nba head coach and founder of the nba retired players association and a sports agent that inspired "jerry mcgwire" and also a sports attorney. welcome, gentlemen. >> hello, carol. >> leigh, i want to start with you. may dream vision is that magic johnson buys the clippers. it sounded like he was very interested although he couched it. >> that group that he's talking about came into a very similar situation with an extremely unpopular dodger owner who alienated the city. they bought the dodgers and brought them back to their previous high status. he's got powerful backers. for donald sterling to take on magic johnson in los angeles who would be like holding the easter bunny or santa claus hostage. he's the most popular figure in
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our entire region. he was popular as a player and then since retirement he's notably gone back to the inner city and brought everything from magic johnson theaters to starbucks. he's been an exemplar of what you want a player to be post-career. he's at every charitable event. he might be the model for how a player can succeed in a second career. donald sterling picked the wrong guy. i think that was a death rattle. we're seeing the end of this process come closer and closer. you ask yourself, who is the pr adviser to donald sterling? i've done damage control for years. that is not the way to do it. >> that astounded me as well. he had no handlers with him when anderson cooper interviewed him. you have to wonder. going back to magic johnson -- it's crazy. going back to magic johnson
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because i want to address this to dave. magic johnson was so gracious during this interview. he said he feels sorry for donald sterling and as a religious man, he's praying for him. i don't know if i have that in me. >> i think magic is taking a high road and he's one of the best spokesmans for the minority community and for the nba and for retired players. you know, the whole thing about prejudice and bigotry and racism, they are all different in a way but they all have one common theme and that is there is ignorance at the base of us. for donald sterling to say what he said, it's quite honestly -- i'm unable to comprehend how he could possibly get there because with all his dealings, he's had to deal with a lot of different
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people, different contract settings, different business dealings, and he's had to deal with a lot of different people and he knows that every human being is a little bit different. you know, part of the reason that we started a retired players is that all of these people have had life learning lessons and we try to portray those to the different communities that we live in. and this is kind of a setback to have an owner come out and say this but in a way, it's a teaching moment to say, magic, you're wrong. he's not in the stone ages. this is what a lot of people think right now in 2014. >> your satellite window is going to go down, dave. i'm address my last question to leigh. i've been asking this all morning. have we learned any lessons from this terribly ugly soap opera? >> absolutely. i think it almost has a happy ending because it's unified a
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whole country and made it clear how people feel about race at least in the public way. that's the first thing. so i think it's triggered a discussion. sports is the great example of how people from different races, ethnic backgrounds, can get together. it's not ten talking heads on washington "weekend review" talking about race relations as they live in segregated communities. this is a living, breathing example of people who shower together, who workout together, who bleed together as a team. black, white, asian, all together. there's virtually no problems in it. that's first. second of all, he will be forced to sell this team. he doesn't have legal recourse. in a previous interview i told you how the league got him to sign off that he wouldn't sue and he would accept the decision. and then it will be happier days
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for the clippers because the league will put together a group of people reflective of southern california, blacks, asians, latinos, entertainment figures, deep pocket owner and they have two stars everyone wants to see. this is going to end up being a resurgent clipper team and donald sterling, his wife, and the whole "national enquirer" will be gone. >> many thanks. there's more of anderson cooper's interview with donald sterling. you can hear his thoughts tonight on cnn beginning at 8:00 p.m. eastern. we'll be right back. [ female announcer ] hands were made for playing. ♪ legs, for crossing. ♪ feet...splashing. better things than the joint pain and swelling of moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis.
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>> checking top stories at 24 minutes past the hour, the murder trial of oscar pistorius now on hold. he's been ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation after a psychiatrist testified that pistorius suffers from anxiety and is depressed. he's accused of murdering his girlfriend. nigerian official s believe they can positively identify 77 school girls in this video posted by the terrorist group boko haram. it has been one month since more than 200 girls were kidnapped from their school. a convicted rapist and murderer got a last-minute stay of execution in texas last night. robert campbell was set to be the first inmate put to death since the botched execution in
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oklahoma last month. campbell's execution is now on hold while an appeals court reviews his intellectual disabilities. as we debate the best way to humanely kill convicted killers, a question for you. can you be both pro-life and pro-death penalty. it's the latest topic of my op-ed. i was in the middle of a heated debate with a group of friends over the weekend. i wanted to know what you think. i reached out to albert, the president of the southern baptist theological seminary who told me it's not an eye for an eye kind of thing. retribution is not the same as a demand for justice. genesis 9 god speaks to noah after the flood. when someone takes a human life, they forfeit their own life.
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you can visit my facebook page cnn. one day before veterans affairs secretary heads to the senate to try to explain a scandal at the va, cnn learned that nationwide audits are under way to determine why so many veterans are waiting months and months to get medical treatment at va hospitals. as cnn reported, dozens of those veterans died because of that delay of care and there are allegations that as many as 40 more veterans died waiting for a care at a hospital in phoenix some waiting on a secret wait list for months. drew griffin broke that story and joins us now. tell us about these audits and how they work. >> the audits were ordered by the veterans affairs secretary. face to face meetings at vas across the country. more and more problems are being discovered with more and more hospitals have been accused of
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now cooking the books in a sense, carol, trying to prevent either va headquarters or any reporting that shows exactly how long these tremendous waits are for veterans getting care. the biggest allegation we have yet to hear on is whether or not an actual secret list existed and that list may have been destroyed at the phoenix va. >> let's talk about that. if that list was destroyed, could there be criminal charges brought? >> it would seem to me and it's been raised now by members of the senate and the house, mostly republicans now i must say, that there was some kind of federal crime committed. if health records were destroyed, if some coverup took place, specifically at phoenix, was there a crime. eric holder, the attorney general, was asked about that yesterday. here's what he had to say, carol. >> obviously these reports if they're true are unacceptable and the allegations are being taken very seriously by the administration. i don't have any announcements
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at this time regard to anything that the justice department is doing. i will note that the inspector general, independent inspector general at the va has this matter under review. we'll monitor the results of that inquiry and try to get to the bottom of what happened. this is what secretary shinseki wants to do as well. >> the problem is you still have the va investigating the va. even the office of inspector general is separate but yet we've seen report after report just get filed and nothing gets done. i think that's where the grilling will take place tomorrow in the senate veterans affairs committee. >> will shinseki be in? >> we're not expecting harsh treatment but he'll get some tough questions. >> drew griffin, many thanks. should everything published about you online live forever? what if you could purge your personal information from search engines like google? a top european court makes a
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the netherlands. in the united states there's two confirmed cases, one in indiana and one in florida. minutes ago we learned two healthcare workers that came into contact with a mers patient tested negative. they're among a total of 20 hospital employees now quarantined at home and being monitored. in western turkey, crews are desperately searching for survivors after a coal mine explosion and fire deep underground. dozens of miners were pulled from that smoke filled shaft. more than 200 confirmed dead and hope is fading quickly for 120 still trapped underneath the earth. a man is under arrest who is mentally ill was watching the incident live on local television news. he was tweeting about it.
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no one was seriously injured during the incident. the man's motive is unknown. the internet may be written in ink but should it last forever. a european court ruled you have a right to be forgotten which means that google must fix or remove links to information about you if you ask them to. this ruling could cost companies a lot of money if forced to comply. let's talk about this. christine romans is here. she's our chief business correspondent and host of "your $$$$$." and brett larson is cnn's technology expert. welcome to both of you. explain how this would work. >> it's a six of one and half dozen of the other idea. let's hypothetically say when you were in high school you toilet papered someone's house and were arrested and it went in the local paper in 1992 and you
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go to look for a job and now in 2014 someone googles your name and that's the only thing that comes up about you because you led a relatively quiet life. in an instance like that, that is where european courts are pointing and saying you should be able to take that down. if you were involved in something more serious, you can't randomly go back in time and say i want this article taken down. there has to be some merit to it. there also has to be some level of this really doesn't apply to me anymore. toilet papering someone's house in 1992 no longer applieses to my life as an adult. that's where the line is in the sand. >> i can see why some people might like this. that's a big problem nowadays with young people posting unfortunate things on facebook and it gets on google and then you go for a job interview and they look at you like really? >> when you talk about privacy, privacy is almost dead. your e-mails and web traffic is
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searched and analyzed, texts and e-mails are stored. companies look at behavior online to sell us stuff and everything we willingly say and do is tracked as well. i talked to mark cuban yesterday, privacy is dead. here's a terrifying scenario that he painted. listen. >> when all of a sudden -- here's where the scary part comes in. someone says, sorry, mark, you can't join this organization because when we analyzed your tweets, your pinterest postings, facebook postings, we decided you weren't our type of guy or you can't get into this college. >> did that happen? >> you don't think it's going to happen? it's absolutely going to happen. >> we're not talking just about googling you. he's talking about companies who are basically distilling everything they know about you like your credit score for your life only it's your behavior online. he has backed something called
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cyberdust so like snap chat only they learned from mistakes that your conversation disappears. he's talking about shrinking your digital footprint and having private conversation disappear and web traffic disappear so you can get control of your privacy. >> the thing is, brett, i'll put this question to you. we would like the internet to be free. no one should control the internet. it's open to everyone. what's on it is on it. >> right. this is a debate we're having now with our friends at the fcc. in our country it's freedom of speech issue. it is -- i can say whatever i want and we kind of cross that line into censorship when someone i'm talking about can go back and say that's not factual information about me. where i agree with this is exactly what christine is saying. our privacy is gone with every tweet and every purchase we make at amazon and with every click we make on the web. all of this stuff is tracked.
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a horrifying scene in upstate new york as little kids playing in a bouncy house get swept up into the air. a 5 year old and 6 year old floated up 20 feet before
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falling out of the bouncy house to the ground. rosa flores is following the story for us. tell us more. >> reporter: carol, imagine being the parent that's monitoring these kids when this happened just the feeling of helplessness. once you see this bouncy house elevate into the area and there's nothing that you can do. that's what witnesses describe. here is what we know from police. all of this happened at about 3:20 yesterday. the police tell us that this bouncy house was anchored to the ground with stakes and then there was this sudden wind gust that lifted the bouncy house into the air. when it was 15 to 20 feet up into the air, that's when two boys fell out. a 5 year old fell out in the parking lot of the apartment complex. another one, a 6 year old, fell out on the street. police tell us they were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. here's what witnesses told our affiliate wrgb. >> he hit his head off the back
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of my car and then landed right where that little spot is and then the bouncy house kept going and cleared my apartment and the trees. >> anything that could have been done wrong wasn't. everything was done properly. that's the only thing that i can say positively is nothing was done wrong. >> we do have a statement from little tikes, the maker of that bouncy house. "providing safe and wholesome play experiences is of utmost importance to little tikes. we're looking into what happened yesterday. in the meantime, our thoughts and prayers are with the children and their families." we should also point out that we looked at the instruction book online for bouncy houses from little tikes and it says under safety warnings "do not set up in windy or rainy conditions. sudden gusts of winds may lift the product off the ground." we should mention that police say it was not windy but there was a wind gust. difficult to play for those things. >> i'm not blaming the parents
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it's been more than 4 1/2 decades since the zodiac killer taunted police and the media with cryptic messages. the mystery spawned many false leads, hollywood blockbusters and even several claims by people insisting they were the killer's children. and now a man from louisiana claims the zodiac killer was his estranged father. cnn's dan simon is in san francisco. do you believe him? >> reporter: well, i tell you what, it would be one incredible story if this turns out to be true. this guy is 51 years old that lives in baton rouge, louisiana. he owns an industrial cleaning company and said he was trying to figure out the identity of his biological father and in
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doing so determined that he is the notorious zodiac killer. the zodiac case fascinated both the public and hollywood for years. but the killer has remained at large ever since the bay area killings began in december of 1968. now in a new book called "the most dangerous animal of all" author gary stewart, a businessman from louisiana, says he has finally cracked the case. a search for his biological father, he says, led him to san francisco and to conclusively identify his father as the zodiac killer according to publisher harper collins. stewart says i felt it was my responsibility to learn the truth i learned that would leave no doubt as to identity of this killer. take a look at this picture of his father, now deceased and an old sketch of zodiac. they do seem to have a
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resemiiaresem resemblance. in his book, stewart points to this as one powerful piece of evidence. the words ev best and junior, the name of his biological father. >> i feel the knife buried in my back. >> bryan hartnell could give a description of the killer. >> he had clip-on glasses fixed to the hood or affixed to glasses underneath. >> on his chest he wore a crosshair and gun sites. five people were killed. the killer claimed responsibility in a series of letters to newspapers. he called himself zodiac. as the investigation continued, different persons of interest would emerge. this 2007 filmed focused on the
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chase and one suspect led to a school teacher. the lead seemed promising but fingerprints and handwriting didn't match the killers. he died in 1992. he also maintained his innocence. and while theories continue in books like this one, authorities are still no closer in naming the actual killer than they were many decades ago. back to this author, gary stewart. he says there were also some fingerprint similarities between his biological father and a print that zodiac left at a crime scene. he also says a handwriting person looked at the samples and that there were similarities as well. i got to tell you something. he did not take this information to police, which in a way sort of undermines his credibility. it will be interesting to see what law enforcement agencies do now that this book has come out. >> in your mind, does anything set this man's story apart from
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all of the others? >> reporter: i tell you what. when you look at that, it's interesting. when zodiac sent that to the san francisco examiner, he said that somewhere in there he mentions his identity and you see that name there. that's an eerie circumstance and you look at the mug shot of the biological father and the sketch of the zodiac, they do kind of look alike. who knows. >> and police are looking into this, right? >> reporter: they tell us that they will look into it if these leads are deemed credible. they say that it's still an active and open investigation all these years later. at this point it's unclear what they're going to do with the information. >> dan simon, many thanks. still to come in the "newsroom," millions have watched the video and now parities are pouring in. how this elevator fight is stirring up what's called
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jay-z and he grabs her leg in defense. round three, a somewhat half hearted assault and round four with the door open solange hauls off and whacks jay-z with her bag. online commentators had a field day capturing the after picture. did that just happen? smile through it. bring it says solange. something jay-z said pushed solange's buttons. since the video has no audio, hash tag what jay-z said to solange encouraged guessing. this elevator music better than any music you said in reference to solange's singing career. solange knowles attacks jay-z, the first hit she's had in years. everyone had a theory. >> solange heard jay-z say something to her sister that she didn't like. >> reporter: one online analyst quoted dickens. >> it's a truth that even great
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men have their poor relations. >> reporter: years ago solange already seemed to be putting distance between herself and jay-z. >> solange, good morning. thanks for joining us. >> good morning. i have to say that was not a very professional introduction before. please don't talk me into family and my brother-in-law's establishment. >> reporter: someone put the elevator tight for jay-z's own song. >> if you have girl problems i feel bad for you. >> reporter: jay-z's 100th problem is what they call solange. jokester are recreating the fight making fun of the leg grab to the handbag turned weapon. >> it was like sandwich bag. >> reporter: one day you grab your sister-in-law's bag in self-defense and then caught on camera caressing your wife's leg. just the life in the week of a
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