Skip to main content

tv   CNN Newsroom  CNN  May 18, 2014 3:00pm-4:01pm PDT

3:00 pm
you very, very much. we have to leave it there you've done a yeoman's duty today. thank you. >> thanks. you are in the "cnn newsroom." i'm miguel marquez. we are fast forwarding to the week ahead. we'll take a look at stories you'll be talking about and hearing about this coming week. our five questions for the week ahead. question number one, will we see more mers cases this week? a third case of the middle east respiratory syndrome confirmed in the u.s. a man in illinois who had contact and a business meeting with an infected indiana man tested positive for mers but what makes this case worrisomwo the first case passed on two people on u.s. soil. cnn's senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen visited the cdc with a look how the top scientists are working
3:01 pm
to combat the spread of the virus. >> reporter: it's going to be a big week at centers for disease control. they have to finish interviewing more than 500 passengers who rode in planes with the patient in florida who has mers, they have to find out, are they feelingic, are they willing to have a blood test. ? i was at cdc's emergency operation center where they're handling the response. a map displays 34 states where the passengers live. >> we are basically trying to reach everybody. we're administering a short questionnaire here, making sure they're well. >> reporter: what kind of questions are you asking? >> have you had a fever, higher than 10 .4, have you had a cough? >> reporter: the passengers aren't sick, they didn't have close contact with the mers patient. most at risk, family members and health care workers. that's why this box was rushed here, it contains specimens from health care workers who came in contact with the mers patient. that box arrived here at the
3:02 pm
cdc's viral disease lab. now, we're not allowed in because this is biosafety hazard level 2 and that means no visitors. but all day inside here they worked on two mers specimens from florida. so two people fly from the middle east to the united states and bring mers here. and look at the response that it generates. >> we're all connected. a single plane flight can bring a virus or bacteria from any part of the world to any other part of the world. >> reporter: we mentioned lab specimens from florida. about 20 health care workers came in contact with the gentleman in florida who has mers. so the hospital told those 20 workers, hey, stay home for 14 days in case you also have mers. so for 14 days, these health care workers have had to take their temperature twice a day, they've had to keep in touch with the hospital, let them know, do they have a sore throat, a cough? if these workers, if their final test is negative for mers, they
3:03 pm
can go back to work later this week. miguel? >> thank you very much, elizabeth cohen. question number two, will california chrome get to finish his bid to become the first triple crown winner in 36 years? the kentucky derby and preakness winner may not run in the belmont stakes. why? funny thing about horse racing, every state has its own rules and california chrome has been racing with nasal strips for better breathing. it's perfectly legal in kentucky and maryland but not in new york where the belmont will be run. because of that, california chrome's trainer has been hinting the horse may not run next month. joining me now is laura rutledge from cbs sports and gene menez. latest from the new york state officials is that racing stewards will make the decision on allowing nasal strips. but first someone has to be request they be approved. what are you hearing?
3:04 pm
>> well, they're definitely going to apply for the nasal strips to be approved for the race. we'll find out this week. or soon thereafter. you know, the connections of california chrome might bed aament wearing nasal strips during the race but there's a difference between beinged aament about wearing them and whether or not you're going to hold your horse out of the triple crown and i find that to be hard to believe. >> laura, seriously, are the california chrome owners really not going to run for the triple crown here? >> at this point, i'm not sure if it's just even they're creating some more drama around this. i mean, who isn't going to tune into the race now? we've got to see what california chrome does. and i think this nasal strip situation has just drawn so much attention toward what's going to happen. this horse is on the drink of history. as you said before, since 1978 nobody has done this, nobody has won the triple crown. why would they limit this horse?
3:05 pm
why would they not let it have that opportunity? i don't know. tie think they would still let it race. i also think the new york gaming commission has to approve these na nasal strips. >> i hear a prediction there. gene, we almost had this erupt two years ago with i'll have another. didn't new york want to ban that derby and preakness winner for the same reason? >> they did. new york got out of its way the connections of i'll have another were prepared to run without nasal strips before the courts haed to scratch the day before the race because of injury. we'll see. this, as laura said, too many people with too much at stake for this horse not to run. you're talking about the new york racing association. they've increased the purse of the belmont for $1.5 million. this is the signature race on an improved race day card. they could have 150,000 people
3:06 pm
there on race day. of course the connections of california chrome going for the first triple crown since 1978, there are a lot of people who need this horse to race at the belmont. >> all right. laura, california chrome on a six-race winning streak with the strips. can he win a race that long especially without them? >> well, i want to know where my nasal strips are, if they helped california chrome this much, i want to try them, too. i think people forget, horses have personalities. they have things that they like to do. and for whatever reason, california chrome, and i'll have another in 2012, they like the feeling of having these nasal strips on. what they do is what nasal strip dozen for people, open the nasal passages. it allows him to get more air as he's racing. you know, i say that it really does have a also do with what he's been able to do. horses, like people, we have our things we like. we have our superstitions and
3:07 pm
random things that we do, and i think i'm going to try nasal strips next time i get a chance. >> if we do this again, we're all going to wear nasal strips and see how to that goes. may the fastest horse win. question three, will the government of sudan change its mind and choose not to execute a woman for sticking to her christian faith? country's highest court last week sentenced the woman to death for the crime of refusing to denounce her religion. the law in sudan is sharia law which forbids mixed faith marriages. the woman who is pregnant was ordered to convert to islam. she said no. her husband feels powerless. >> translator: considering i'm an american citizen, i'm disappointed with the american embassy's position from the beginning of the case. the start of the issue i lo reported but they didn't take much interest, they said they didn't have time. in fact, last time they said they didn't care much about the case.
3:08 pm
they came late. they intervened when they saw the issue was getting press attention. but the intervention was late. >> translator: of course the 11th, conviction from thursday, there was great pressure. pressure on miriam, her defense team, calls she must be returned threats from missionary groups, if not returned you will pay the price, direct threats. we're proud of our islam, proud to be muslims and defend christians which is the utmost show of reconciliation between islam and christianity. we're in this until the end and nothing will stop us from helping miriam and we're proud to be representing her. we will continue with the case until the end. >> question number four, is veterans affairs secretary eric shinseki going to lose his job this week? opinions divided on "state of the union" today. questions posed by our own candy
3:09 pm
crowley. >> should shinseki resign? yes or no. how did he do on capitol hill? >> he's going to make that decision with the president. what is true is that people need, you know, this administration needs to deal with this and need to just not send management there but address the real problems of the backlogs, and quickly. >> now, another v.a. physician says firing shinseki isn't the answer and he should be kept on the job help fix the problems. >> if we switched the secretaries, then the focus will be away from fixing the problem to who's the new secretary and he'll have a three, six, nine-month grace period because he's a new guy. our best bet at this point is to keep the secretary on board, but i think the president needs to keep him on a pretty short leash and be sure he's doing his job. >> question number five, how will pope francis be received on his visit to the holyland?
3:10 pm
the pope set to go to jordan and palestinian territories. the "boston globe" reports the post invited two friends, a jewish rabbi and muslim, to be part of his delegation. senior vatican analyst says officials are worried about the pope's safety on this trip. >> pope francis leaves next saturday on a brief, but very intense three-day visit to jordan, israel, and the palestinian territories. what catholics traditionally call the holy land. and every time a pope goes to that corner of the world, it's sort of a religious and spiritual and political high wire act. he's going to be trying to give a shot in the arm to the beleaguered christian minority there. he's trying to improve relations with both muslims and jews and trying to move the ball on peace between the israelis and the palestinians. now, the other piece of the puzzle with this very free-wheeling and spontaneous
3:11 pm
pope is security concerns. you know, there is real concern, both from the vatican side and also on the side of the local officials and the places francis is going to be, about how to keep him safe when you've got a pope who notoriously will leave his security personnel in the dust when he sees a baby off in the distance he wants to kiss or a disabled person he wants to embrace. so there is, i can tell you, we are being told that there is real intense consultation going on right now about how to keep the pope safe. but at the same time, i can also tell you that officials in the three places he's going to be, that is jordan, palestinian territories and israel, they are incredibly committed to the idea that they do not want any embarrassment while the pope is on their soil. so you can bet your bottom dollar that whatever it takes to keep this pope out of the firing line is what these people are going to do. >> always sensible and on it
3:12 pm
john allen. we learned about a potentially huge business deal, one that could affect not just how you watch tv but how much you pay for it. also another massive deal, apple was ready to spend big bucks for a company linked to one the biggest names in hip-hop. could they seal the deal this week? stay with our fast forward look at the week ahead. when folks in the lower 48 think about what they get from alaska, they think salmon and energy. but the energy bp produces up here creates something else as well: jobs all over america. thousands of people here in alaska are working to safely produce more energy. but that's just the start. to produce more from existing wells, we need advanced technology. that means hi-tech jobs in california and colorado. the oil moves through one of the world's largest pipelines. maintaining it means manufacturing jobs in the midwest. then we transport it with 4 state-of-the-art, double-hull tankers. some of the safest, most advanced ships in the world: built in san diego with a $1 billion investment.
3:13 pm
across the united states, bp supports more than a quarter million jobs. and no energy company invests more in the u.s. than bp. when we set up operation in one part of the country, people in other parts go to work. that's not a coincidence. it's one more part of our commitment to america. i began losing my sight to an eye disease when i was 10. but i learned to live with my blindness a long time ago. so i don't let my blindness get in the way of doing the things i love. but sometimes it feels like my body doesn't know the difference between day and night. i struggle to sleep at night, and stay awake during the day. i found out this is called non-24, a circadian rhythm disorder that affects up to 70 percent of people who are totally blind.
3:14 pm
talk to your doctor about your symptoms, and learn about the link between non-24 and blindness by calling 844-824-2424. that's 844-824-2424 or visit today. don't let non-24 get in the way of your pursuit of happiness. my lenses have a sunset mode. and an early morning mode. and a partly sunny mode. and an outside to clear inside mode. new transitions® signature™ adaptive lenses are more responsive than ever. so why settle for a lens with just one mode. experience life well lit. upgrade your lenses to new transitions® signature™. visit your local visionworks today. to ask about our new transitions® signature™ lenses with chromea7™ technology. and start living a life well lit. ... many okinawans stay so ractive as they age... (elder man speaks in japanese)
3:15 pm
(elder man then laughs) (elder woman speaks in japanese) but okinawans know one reason... elder couple laughs) ...they eat well to be well... life has isoflavone, a key ingredient to the... ... okinawa diet. a secret of ... ( elder couple laugh) ... vitality from people ... ... who really know how to live. (female scientists yells) hey! (elder couple laugh) okinawa life! a huge announcement today from at&t and directv. the boards of both companies finalized a deal to merge the telecom giant a deal that has to be approved by regulators. if finalized it will be worth around $50 billion. at&t will acquire directv in a stock and cash deal, set at $95 a share. would create a company with unique capabilities in mobile, video, broadband services. now, joining me to talk is
3:16 pm
heritage foundation chief economist, stephen moore. let's get right to what consumers of these companies want to know. how it's going to affect them? >> well, you know, it's interesting, miguel, because a few days ago the rumors of the merger started to surface, so for the last couple of days the internet has just been abuzz with angst by customers of directv saying they're not so sure that they want to be customers now of at&t. you know, there's this kind of angst that at&t's not customer-friendly and so on. so there is this fear among scores of people who are the customers of directv. but, look, i actually think this is a really interesting merger. for one interesting reason, miguel, how are more and more americans getting their tv? they're getting it on this, right? on their cell phone. when you think about it, what we've got here is a merger between one of the major
3:17 pm
telephone companies, right, and a major producer, satellite company, that provides tv feed. so i think that's going to accelerate this trend where the telephone becomes a tv. >> except people feel in their bones there might be something wrong with the trend in the industry. you're a free marketeer guy. with the time warner comcast deal, now at&t and directv, is there a concern of too much power especially in the media concentrated in too few hands? >> great question, miguel. there is going to be a super scrutiny by federal regulators in terms of antitrust provisions and so on. i, myself, am not concerned about it. one area that's the wild west in terms of an industry is the communications and telecommunications. you have literally hundreds of companies now providing internet service, providing tv that are providing telecommunications.
3:18 pm
think about youtube, think about netflix. those are just two giant companies that are invading this industry. so, i don't think that we have to worry about too much consolidation. i think that they're going to be hundreds of companies competing to keep prices low and in fact, if you look at what's happening at internet prices, they've been falling, not prizing. >> and joe consumer, they want fast internet service. it's extraordinarily expensive to do. so you need large companies. but at same time you have a few companies controlling that pipeline, that band with pipeline. isn't that a concern for the industry, for consumers, for the country. >> it may be but, again, i don't have that concern. look, i think you can have so much competition, if you don't want to get your tv from satellite, which is what directv is, you can get it from cable, you can get it from regular networks and so on. i think there is a lot of competition in the field. and i think this merger, look, i'm not an expert, but i think
3:19 pm
this is what we call vertical integration, where you have the telephone company merging with the tv company to create a kind of cheaper product potentially for americans as they move towards mobile devices getting their tv and video. >> fascinating to watch this change so quickly. >> the problem, miguel, is the regulators in an industry like this, fast changing, they're always behind the curve. i'm not sure they're able to keep up with this industry. >> stephen moore, thank you very much. besides the likely waves the at&t/directv merger will create, what other big news can we expect this week on wall street? here's cnn's alison kosik. >> hi, miguel. keeping a close eye on the possible apple and beats deal. there were reports earlier this month that apple was in talks to buy the high-end headphone company for $3 billion. now there's talk that it could be finalized this coming week.
3:20 pm
if does go through it would be apple's biggest acquisition ever and departure for the company knowner to creating its own products, not buying them from others. it's a big week for housing. reports on new and existing home sales. investors looking closely to see if the season is getting off to a good start. housing had been leading the economic recovery but lately reports have shown a slowdown. finally, it's that time of year when business leaders across the country descend on college campuses to share words of wisdom with graduates. this week, janet yell will deliver the commencement speech to new york university grads though yellin won't be giving insights on monetary policy, the business world will be watching to see what advice or inspiration she has to share. miguel, that's what's coming up in business news. what will it take to bring home the girls stolen from their school in nigeria? live in nigeria to see what this
3:21 pm
week could bring in the fight against boko haram. and the 9/11 memorial sharply divided some people. it has its share of critics but the public will decide whether it's a fitting tribute to those who died in that terrible attack on america. hey, razor. check this out. listen up, thunder dragons, it's time to get a hotel. we can save big on killer hotels with priceline express deals. somewhere with a fitness center? hey you know what man, these guys aint no dragons. they're cool. these deals are legit. yeah, we're cool. she's cool. we're cool. i'm cool. hey, isn't that razor's old lady? not anymore. priceline savings without the bidding.
3:22 pm
i live in a world oi am totally blind.. i've been blind since birth. i lost my sight to eye disease. i lost my sight in afghanistan. and it doesn't hold me back. but my blindness can affect my sleep patterns. i go through periods where it's hard to sleep at night, and stay awake during the day. but i learned that my struggle was with non-24. non-24 is a circadian rhythm disorder that affects up to 70% of people who are totally blind and can't perceive light. talk to your doctor about your symptoms, and learn about non-24 by calling 844-844-2424. that's 844-844-2424. or visit now i know that non-24 is real.
3:23 pm
and i'm not alone. it's time for a new day.
3:24 pm
3:25 pm
the desperate hunt for hundreds of kidnappgirl is grow size and scope. all countries in nigeria to share intelligence and surveillance. they not only want to find the girls, hopefully safe, but cracking down hard on groups that claim to have them. cnn's zain asher. zain, how big a deal is this new cooperation, and what are people there on the ground saying about i it? >> reporter: miguel, the summit was about nigeria working its neighboring countries to prevent the spread of boko haram, you mentioned sur vase lens at borders, intelligence sharing. when you talk to people on the ground, they feel it's one thing for west african lead to say all of this at a well-publicized summit where cameras are rolling
3:26 pm
but it's another thing to implement the measures. i spent the day at a church and they have lost faith in the nigerian government because all they've gotten is scant information. all they have to rely on at this point is prayers. i've been talking to teachers in the northern part of nigeria, to figure out what nef been going through all of this time. one principal at a school, in the same state where the girls were taken, tells me that some of his peers are teachers at nearby schools have been shot in front of students. he's afraid to continue teaching. he tells me the only reason he continues teaching, continues going to school, is because he believes education is the only thing that is going to break the cycle of poverty which he believes is the root cause of terrorism and extremism. >> it is amazing to see people operating theren. these conditi. one of the big challenges to the mission the nigerian government is filled with boko haram spies.
3:27 pm
do we know anything? does that sound right to you? >> reporter: well you know, i've been talking to nigerian government officials, they tell me they have acknowledged that problem, investigating it, but long reports boko haram spies have infiltrated the nigerian government and military. here's the problem, people are asking, how does boko haram get their funding, their weapons, arms, why are their attacks well coordinated. also, in some attack, boko haram soldiers basically show up wearing nigerian military uniforms than poses a major challenge when it comes to intelligence sharing and when it comes to carrying a covert rescue mission when you're not sure there are informants in your team and who to trust there thank you for staying up for us. we hope you have good news to report soon. thank you. in just three days, the
3:28 pm
national september 11th memorial museum opens to the public. kate bolduan got a sneak peek into the museum in the day that changed america. >> unbelievable. >> the front of the fire truck. this is the cab. >> you wouldn't know. >> wouldn't know. it's completely burned out and destroyed. >> reporter: likely one of the most emotional stops in the museum. this art installation mimics the blue sky on the fateful morning. behind it the still unidentify remains of 9/11 victims. the move, met with mixed emotion from their families. >> still shocking statistic is that 1100 family members never got any human remains back to bury, never got go through the ritual of laying loved ones to rest. it's not a public space. only family members are allowed back behind the wall. >> reporter: throughout the museum, chilling reminders of the day.
3:29 pm
handmade flyers for the missing, a cross emerging from the wreckage. every day items simply left behind. >> we helped through these artifacts and images tell that story, it was panic, people were getting out as fast as they could. >> reporter: it seems very appropriate that you end here at the last column. >> and it's, again, goes right back to resiliency, seeing messages of hope and remembrance on this very tall column that's still standing strong. >> reporter: survivors, family members, first responders and recovery workers, the museum will be opened 24 hours a day the next few days to allow them to have a first look on their own time. it opens to general public mid next week. you may be surprised which aspect of the museum hits you hardest. it's a raw look and a raw experience. >> pope francis is not shy about mingling with the adoring crowds
3:30 pm
in public. it's making some people very, very nervous about a trip he'll take this week to one of the most turbulent regions in the world. would you like to go to mars? what if i told you, you can go, but you won't be coming back. ahead, hear from six people planning to take that one-way trip. i make a lot of purchases for my business. and i get a lot in return with ink plus from chase like 60,000 bonus points when i spent $5,000 in the first 3 months after i opened my account. and i earn 5 times the rewards on internet, phone services and at office supply stores. with ink plus i can choose how to redeem my points. travel, gift cards even cash back. and my rewards points won't expire. so you can make owning business even more rewarding. ink from chase. so you can.
3:31 pm
i got more advice than i knew what to do with. what i needed was information i could trust on how to take care of me and my baby.
3:32 pm
luckily, unitedhealthcare has a simple program that helps moms stay on track with their doctors and get the right care and guidance-before and after the baby is born. simple is good right now. (anncr vo) innovations that work for you. that's health in numbers. unitedhealthcare. if you have a business idea, we have a personalized legal solution that's right for you. with easy step-by-step guidance, we're here to help you turn your dream into a reality.
3:33 pm
start your business today with legalzoom. live from tomorrow, just after 1:30 in the morning, looking at picture of jerusalem's western wall, this week pope francis is paying a visit to the middle east. a huge trip for the vatican leader who has inspired catholics around the world. all eyes will be on the pope during this visit this week. he'll reach out to the small christian minority there and visit key sites in the holy land, the 77-year-old pontiff is planning to hold several masses and meet with leaders of jewish and muslim faiths. officials are worried about the pope's safety as he travels through parts of jordan, israel,
3:34 pm
and the palestinian territories. with me now, cnn religion comment tater, father edward beck. father, pope francis is known for popping out of the popemobile, kissing babies, just about anything he wants. good idea in the middle east? >> we heard he is going to shun the bullet proof limousine, he's already said no. >> really? >> yeah. it's not a bulletproof car. he wants a little car. he's going to use, unless he can be dissuaded the open air popemobile. we know he likes to walk away from security detail and wade into the crowds. the security detail has to be their game because it's a tinder box and controversial issues right now. >> do you have personal concerns about it? you've seen him in several situations, both in rome. he goes -- look, a guy if you wanted to target him, it would be easy to do. in rio he was kissing every baby, people running alongside
3:35 pm
of the popemobile. >> i don't think he really cares. if he goes out a martyr, he goes out a marter. his real concern is that he be accessible to people and they be able to be accessible to him. he's willing to take the dangerous path in order for that to happen. he's not going to be isolated and protected because they doesn't think that's what a pastor does. this is a pastor. >> he will be meeting with muslims in the area. how do you suspect those meetings will go? how will he be received not just by the people he's meeting with but by the street? >> it's a troika of controversy, he's meeting with the muslim leader at temple mount but also orthodox christians, head of the orthodox church and jewish leaders. all three problematic. one example, the place of the last supper where jesus had the last supper reportedly, controlled by orthodox jews, so
3:36 pm
they don't allow the christians to pray there anymore. the pope wants to mass have. protests about him having mass there. he's going to have mass there. but it's controversial. there's all kind -- he's going to visit the palestinian refugee camp in the west bank. there's a big wall that they put up, as you know, separating the west bank, the occupied territory, from israel, the rest of jerusalem. some are saying, if pope francis wants to be prophetic he should stand at the wall and say, in netanyahu, take down this wall. will he do that? probably not. the division are between christian factions and jewish factions and muslim factions. >> it may be a dumb question, but i'm expert at them, why is it so difficult for a pope to go to the holy land? >> it's difficult because the tension, when the break came in what was it, 1054, between the east and the western church, it
3:37 pm
was about the papacy, that's why we had the split, and now for those two leaders to come together it's two religious traditions with all of this history of animosity, saying can we get along? have you been in the holy sepulcher church? >> i have. >> six denominations dominate in the church. they fight with each other. i saw two priests go at with fists. what kind of witness is this? they have to give the muslim family the key to the church to lock and unlock it because they can't trust christian denominations to do it. >> i want focused on the trip, but after this discussion this is going to be really interesting. >> i think it is going to be interest. >> thank you very much. >> thank you. would you be willing to leave friends and family to walk on the surface of another plan? what if i told you you would not be coming back? would you do it? find out ahead. in libya, it's teetering on the edge of becoming a failed state, gunmen running wild in
3:38 pm
the streets and posing a threat to lawmakers. a live report about what could happen in tripoli this week. hey. i'm ted and this is rudy. say "hi" rudy. [ barks ] [ chuckles ] i'd do anything to keep this guy happy and healthy. that's why i'm so excited about these new milk-bone brushing chews. whoa, i'm not the only one. it's a brilliant new way to take care of his teeth. clinically proven as effective as brushing. ok, here you go. have you ever seen a dog brush his own teeth? the twist and nub design cleans all the way down to the gum line, even reaching the back teeth. they taste like a treat, but they clean like a toothbrush. nothing says you care like a milk-bone brushing chew. [ barks ] nothing says you care like a milk-bone brushing chew. they're the days to take care of business.. when possibilities become reality.
3:39 pm
with centurylink as your trusted partner, our visionary cloud infrastructure and global broadband network free you to focus on what matters. with custom communications solutions and responsive, dedicated support, we constantly evolve to meet your needs. every day of the week. centurylink® your link to what's next. grossemisconduct... ortho crime files. ...disturbing the pantry. a house, under siege. homeowner calls in the big guns. say helto home defense max. with the one-touch continuous-spray wand. kills bugs inside... ...and prevents new ones for up to a year. guaranteed. nothing to see here people. ortho home defense max. get order. get ortho®. oh! the name your price tool! you tell them how much you want to pay,
3:40 pm
and they help you find a policy that fits your budget. i told you to wear something comfortable! this is a polyester blend! whoa! uh...little help? i got you! unh! it's so beautiful! man: should we call security? no, this is just getting good. the name your price tool, still only from progressive.
3:41 pm
and you want to get an mba. but going back to school is hard. because you work. now capella university offers a revolutionary new way to get your degree. it's called flexpath, and it's the most direct path, leveraging what you've learned on the job and focusing on what you need to know. so you can get a degree at your pace and graduate at the speed of you. flexpath from capella university. learn about all of our programs at fresh wave of deadly attacks erupting in libya. gunmen stormed the parliament in tripoli after lawmakers ended the session and left the building. two militia groups claim
3:42 pm
responsibility for the attack, witnesses say violence is spreading across tripoli and appears to be some of the worst since the 2011 revolution that ousted moammar gadhafi. two people killed and dozens injured. four rocketed reportedly slammed into a libyan tv station. this comes as retired general vows his self-declared libyan national army will keep attacking islamist fighters in the city of benghazi. right now the u.s. ambassador to libya, deborah jones, is out of the country on a preplanned leave. joining me live, cnn producer and reporter. you visited the u.s. embassy in tripoli many times is it safe for the ambassador to return or too risky? >> the embassy in tripoli is one of the most fortified places life seen here. it reminds me of baghdad's green zone, black walls and a sizable marine contingent in addition to security personnel protecting
3:43 pm
it. it's on the outskirts of tripoli. the situation's fluid and unpredictable, before the fighting erupted we have seen the u.s. ambassador, deborah jones, active here in tripoli. frequently out and about, and meeting with libyans of all walks of life but in situations like this, as you know, diplomatic missions restrict movement and an embassy official i spoke to today say everyone is fine and so far, there did not appear to be any plans to evacuate. >> what is your sense of things? you have been there so long and done so much good work there. are things sliding into general chaos or a one-off situation, are they moving in the right direction? >> this is a very dangerous situation, especially what we're seeing happening here today in tripoli, which seems to be a parallel move to what's happened in benghazi over the weekend. these are different forces, militia forces, that are saying
3:44 pm
they are going to now stand up and fight islamist forces that seem to have gained more and more pow and influence. the groups, we're not sure how much coordination there is, they're saying this is it. they are going to stand up, fight, and they have started what they call as a battle to purge benghazi of extremist forces and here in tripoli, they want to overthrow the country's parliament that they say is controlled by islamists. it's a very dangerous situation, miguel. both sides here, two political camps, liberal and islamists, both backed by militias that are armed to the teeth, and this could be a very ugly scenario. >> all right, jomana karadsheh, keep yourself safe. ever wanted to see a ufo? morgan spurlock heading to a place where they might not see one but they could hear it. in this week, the wedding of the
3:45 pm
century, or the year at least, about to happen in europe with the upper crust from the world of hip-hop in attendance. that made our pop 5 list ahead. part of your fast forward look at the week ahead. quiet! mom has a headache! had a headache! but now, i& don't. excedrin is fast. in fact for some, relief starts in just 15 minutes. excedrin. headache. gone.
3:46 pm
you'd do that for me? really? yeah, i'd like that. who are you talking to? uh, it's jake from state farm. sounds like a really good deal. jake from state farm at three in the morning. who is this? it's jake from state farm. what are you wearing, jake from state farm? [ jake ] uh... khakis. she sounds hideous. well she's a guy, so... [ male announcer ] another reason more people stay with state farm. get to a better state. ♪
3:47 pm
3:48 pm
and now for the way, way forward, giving you a major
3:49 pm
heads up about something coming up not this week or next week, but soon enough to start thinking about it. so who hasn't dreamed about be an astronaut? 705 people are applying for a shot to be the first humans to visit mars, but there's always a but, and that but is namely, they won't be coming back. 200,000 people applied for the mission. its sponsored by mars i, nonprofit that aims to blast off in a decade. cnn's jason carroll talked to six people about that one-way ticket to mars. >> forever is a very long time. and i'm wondering if psychologically you have really thought about the idea of possibly being there for the rest of your life. >> i, for one, personally would like to come back. i'm cautious about leaving that i have behind here altogether for the rest of my life. >> people are going to be put under pressure, we're going to
3:50 pm
be put into teams, we have to learn, we're going be in isolated areas of training several months a year, for the section seven years. we'll find out whether or not we can tolerate it before we ever go. and so i think that's important to realize, we're not just picking someone off the street and sending them tomorrow. >> as for the fact that it's a one-way trip, i feel like i mean i could die today getting hit by a car or do something amazing with my life. >> we do already know some of the challenges, problems, challenges you're going to face, extracting water, you know, you've got this idea of, you know, very powerful storms, windstorms, radiation. i mean there are some things that we know already are going to be some challenge, no? >> by the time the humans get sent for the mars i settlement, we will have tested out a lot of things and we'll have habitats waiting if we don't have the oxygen and water and everything else prepared and waiting, the
3:51 pm
humans aren't watched. >> you all have family. i'm wondering what conversations are you all having similar conversations with family or loved ones? >> i see this not so much as turning my back on something or leaving things behind but looking forward to something else. >> the friends and family seems less important than just being able to never go outside again. that's what would be the biggest hardship for me, never feeling the sun or the wind on your skin ever again. >> i'm torn. you know i do not know if i have what it will take to turn my back on my family. but this is the only thing, you know that would make me even think about trying. >> well, you can see the whole inter-vietnam vi vietna-vietn interview at >> a lot of people are perfectly happy to keep looking from here on earth. in the new episode "inside man"
3:52 pm
morgan spurlock heads to a satellite farm helping alien hunters trying to find them. >> exciting, huh? a brand-new telescope. listening to anything in space. maybe shy should put that another way, if the strongest transmitter on earth positioned in the middle of the galaxy, this powerful telescope could hear it 23,000 light-years away. >> so we're in the process of putting in the new receiver that is incredibly delicate. it's brand new. and requires a lot of very dainty hands because it is very, very expensive and very delicate. last thing you want is clumsy me screwing everything up. so, be careful. >> incoming.
3:53 pm
now we've got it up, it's running. now we just have to wait for e. te to phone home. >> cool, cool. watch the search, too. join the search, too, tonight on "inside man, ufos" s10:00 p.m. eastern time. >> need know what big movies are out? fast forward rolls on with a look at top movies and five can't miss events coming up this week.
3:54 pm
3:55 pm
3:56 pm
what would you do if you found out you only had 90 minutes to live? the premise of i knew robin williams film "angriest nan brooklyn," mila stars in the
3:57 pm
movie. adam sandler and drew barrymore reunite in "blended" story about a blind date that goes horribly wrong. most highly anticipated movie, "x men" days of future past, pop culture expert and co-host of hln's dr. drew on call, 15 man shah shocker has detail on the star-studded film in the pop five. >> lots buzz in pop culture, next week. what should you actually tune into? here's my pop five. i've done the research so you don't have to. kicking it off, number five, comic book fans rejoice, highly anticipated blockbuster, "x men, days of future past" hits theaters friday and reviews are stellaring at cast. hugh jackman, jennifer lawrence, anna pack quinn, james mcavoy will be sure to captivate
3:58 pm
alongside the adrenaline rushing action-packed sequences from director bryan singer. the film's really funny. i think you'll enjoy it. coming in at number four, coldplay fans, date you have all been waiting for, sixth album, "ghost stories" drops monday. will listeners be looking for hidden messages in his song regarding his conscious uncoupling? three, an important tv movie, next sunday on hbo, 9:00 p.m., the normal emotional drama based on the award-winning play, onset of the hiv-aids crisis in new york city in 1980s. ryan murphy directs and produces alongside brad pitt. julia roberts, matt bomer, and taylor kitsch's performances should earn them golden globe nominations next year.
3:59 pm
if you can't catch it, make sure you dvr it. number two, for all of the sports fans, another double dose of playoffser both nba and nhl. catch the nba east and west conference finals on either tnt, e sch espn or abc and the stanley cup playo playoffs. number one thing everybody is buzzing but next week, whether you love them, hate them, refuse to call them kimye, kim kardashian and kanye west wedding all over social media. the details are under lock and key. so, according to both entertainment weekly and "people" magazine, they speculate the rehearsal dinner will take place in paris france, then exclusive guests will be flown in private planes to florence, italy for the nuptials. it will be intimate and not televised. and you are all wondering what
4:00 pm
will her dress look like? who will attend? will they stay married for longer than 72 days? i sure hope so. we do wish them all the best. for cnn, i'm samantha shocker. >> well, wedding in florence seems romantic. thanks. that's your fast forward into the week ahead. i'm miguel marquez. the next hour of "cnn newsroom" starts right now. you are in the "cnn newsroom." i'm miguel marquez, in nor don lemon. developing story, your tv and internet habits, they may be changing. this, after today's major announcement that at&t and directv have agreed to merge. the roughly $50 billion deal will have to be approved by federal regulators. under terms of the agreement, at&t will acquire directv in stock and cash deal for 95 bucks