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lived from cnn global headquarters in atlanta, welcome to all of you watching us here in united states, canada, and around the world .i'm kim brunhuber. ahead on cnn news, one step closer to knowing what the u.s.'s justification is for searching for donald trump's belongings at his home. mark watkins can be made public. fears of a nuclear disaster are intense funny, as calls for a louder stopping of shelling at the largest nuclear power plant in europe.
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and as u.s. congressional delegations show support for taiwan, we will hear from residents of the south of the self-governing island. lived from cnn center, this is cnn newsroom with kim brunhuber. a u.s. federal judges indicating he made unsealed parts of the affidavit of use to find the fbi search of former president donald trump's mar-a-lago home. gleeson have a date of, playing out in a florida court thursday, where the judge gave prosecutors a week to propose redactions and explain why each piece of information should be kept secret. the justice department has vehemently argued for keeping the document under seal. meanwhile, trump and his allies have tried to claim that he had a standing order to declassify the documents taken from the oval office. but exclusive reporting from
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cnn found no less than 18 former top officials from the trump administration had been mocking the claim. now, these are some of the terms they have used to describe it. bs, ludicrous, complete fiction. here's how. the former national security advisor for trumm, john bolton, put it like this. >> there was no standing order. i was not briefed on anything like that when i started the national security advisory. i never saw it, heard it, never knew anything about it. the president never said anything to me during 17 months there's the thinking. i think the president totally made this up. >> whether portions of this should be released, cnn's ceremonial pics of the story. >> reporter: an extra ordinary legal battle in florida. >> the country depends on information. what is in there? >> reporter: what does the public deserves to know about the source of mar-a-lago? a judge, setting in motion today, the possible release of
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a heavily-reductive version of the affidavit of, or the fbi laid out probable cause for a crime committed. i'm not prepared to buy that the affidavit should be fully sealed, u.s. magistrate judge, saying, giving the justice to him in a week to describe redactions and expand what each piece of information could be secret. this comes after several news outlets, including cnn, asked the judge to unseal the affidavit that led to a search warrant resulting in fbi agents walking out of former president donald trump's home with boxes of classified material. >> a fishing expedition. >> reporter: the justice trauma, opposing this, echoing concerns from an earlier filing, where doj says, if disclosed, this would be a roadmap to the government's ongoing investigation, providing specific details about the likely course in a manner that is highly likely to cause endurance to the future steps. the head of the justice section, pointing out, the court already has probable cause of evidence of obstruction of mar-a-lago, and releasing the affidavit could
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shelter future witnesses. the government, also raising risks the fbi is facing in the wake of the mar-a-lago search. despite the justice department's preference for secrecy -- >> much of our work is by necessity, conducted out of the public eye. federal law, long-standing department rules and rs circle -- ethical rules, prevent me from providing further information on the course at this time. >> reporter: the judge wants of this portions to be available for the public for trumm, meantime, eager to find out why the fbi targeted his logo estate. posting earlier this week, i call for the release of the complete the unredacted release of this shocking and apart break in. this is about whether or not to show video recordings, despite the fbi asking trump's lawyers to turn off the cameras when he was there. >> you still have the surveillance that
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correct? are you allowed to share that with the country? >> absolutely, sean. at the right time. >> reporter: those close to trumm say, this could energize the gop pace and appear in a campaign-style ad. agents come remotely more than dozens of boxes could also damage the former president. after the thursday hearing, a former spokesperson. president trump says, the trump team believes the full unredacted version of this affidavit should be public. that's not an argument the trump team has made in court, at least not yet. sara murray, cnn, washington . >> here's what cnn legal analyst and former attorney says, could happen if the affidavit is released. >> member, the affidavit is released that went before a federal judge to provide the basis for lovable cause until a crime was committed and there was evidence of a crime at the location. so, you learned, probably, the origin of the investigation, why they inserted that in the first place. we learn how much probable cause they have, given the nature of the premises being searched. the armor -- owner of the
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premises, which some call probable cause plus, was the case. we learn how many witnesses came before the government and provided evidence that they thought these documents and classified materials were still being held at mar-a-lago against the line against policy and against norms. they will find out how many there were, probably, depending on the level of reduction. you will find out who else is possibly under investigation. search warrant affidavits, sometimes, a very, very lengthy they provide very significant narratives of all the things that the government is doing, because the government tends to rely on the idea that these things will not become public. that's the argument the government is making to the court right now. given how sensational the issue is, given the substantial public interest, i think the judge is taking a very careful look, and would do something that's extraordinary in releasing part or all of the affidavit of. >> and well, former chief financial officer of the trump organization has pleaded guilty to a tax fraud scheme.
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as part of the deal, he's agreed to testify against trumpet's real estate company at trial. cnn has the details. >> reporter: the longtime chief financial officer of the trump organization, allen weisselberg, pleading guilty to 15 felonies on thursday, admitting to a role of his in the decades-long tax fraud scheme. out of the deal, he has agreed to testify against the trump organization, a company he worked at for more than 40 years. the trump organization goes to trial in october in the manhattan district attorney said, this testimony will be invaluable. also part of the deal, wes berg has agreed to pay nearly $2 million in back taxes, interest, and penalties, and in exchange, he will receive a five-month sentence in jail. he will not obligate the former president at the trial. he also is not cooperating with the manhattan district attorney's' long-running investigation into the trump finances. the trump organization today, calling wes berg a fine and
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honorable man, and say, they look forward to going to trial in october. back to. to journalist david k johnson, covering donald trump for more than three decades. earlier, he spoke with cnn with what's at stake for the former president when allen weisselberg takes the stand in october. here he is. >> donald trump and allen weisselberg are stuck together like two pieces of fused glass. you shatter one, you saddle the other. since you know about all the deceptive practices of the trump organization, when the trump organization goes on trial, now scheduled for just a few days before the fall elections, he can give a roadmap under examination. i don't expect them to go out of his way to cooperate. he may end up be treated as a hostile witness by the prosecution when they call him. >> former president trump or any member of his family has been accused of wrongdoing,
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weisselberg's case. if the trump organization is convicted, they could be required to pay back taxes and fines, but no one else will go to prison. >> all right. turning now to the war in ukraine. europe's largest nuclear power plant, caught in the middle of the front lines. deepening fears it's a grave risk for catastrophic accidents or worse. the sprawling facility hasn't been inspected since russia seized it in march, and recent shelling in the area has only heightened fears over the plant's safety. ukraine accuses russia of using the site to shield his military equipment. cnn has verified video, showing russian military trucks inside or near a reactor. not known when the video was taken, but thursday, ukraine, turkey and the u.n. agreed on a basic framework for international inspectors to visit the site, and russia would have to approve. the ukrainian president and u.n. chief, again, calling for the plant to be demilitarized immediately. >> [ speaking foreign language ] >> translator: russia has
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turned immediately and unconditionally withdraw all forces from the territory of the zaporizhzhia power station and stop all provocations and shelling. it is unacceptable that russia could put us on the brink of nuclear catastrophe. >> military agreement and personnel should be withdrawn from the plant, for the deployment of forces or equipment to the site must be avoided, and the area needs to be demilitarized. we must tell it as it is. every potential damage to zaporizhzhia is suicide . there are now fears of a so- called false flag operation with potentially global consequences. we have the latest from cnn to sam kindly. >> russian propaganda has been fiercely trying to suggest that, on friday, at the end of this week, there could be some kind of incident in the zaporizhzhia nuclear power
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plant, which could be blamed on them in some kind of false flag operation. ukrainians are making similar allegations against russians. this is because, the international community now is deeply afraid of some kind of nuclear catastrophe unfolding in what is europe's biggest nuclear power plant. on the ground, the tensions are nervous. it's an all-too routine scene. the ukrainian home destroyed my missile. here, the lucky escape of a young couple is overshadowed by potential catastrophe. the first russian rocket hit the local soccer pitch and sent them scrambling into the basement, safe from the second. >> [ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: after what happened, we jump at every sound, audrey says. ukrainian authorities say, both rockets were fired by russian troops, from the ground of a nuclear power station captured in march. the international consternation over the future of the nuclear power station is very obvious when you stand here you can see the six reactors of the biggest nuclear power station in the whole of europe.
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the united nations, the international community, all reacting in or at the mere thought that this could be at the center of fighting. ukraine blames russia for using the nuclear plant has a firebase , and insists that it's not able to shoot back, for risk of blowing up the nuclear facility. >> [ speaking foreign language ] >> translator: the russian occupiers shoot all the time to revoke the armed forces of ukraine and to spread panic among the people. we understand that the power plant may explode because of their actions. i just don't understand. maybe they just don't get it, he told us. the united states and united nations of ukraine have all called for russia to leave the nuclear plant, and for it to be demilitarized. these demands are growing in volume, as the bombardment of ukrainian towns allegedly from around the six nuclear reactors
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has intensified. andre's work at the plant until he escaped the russians, but then was recaptured, he says, and tortured, before being released. now, he's in hiding in western europe, and he says, the possibility of a disaster is very high. >> [ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: i would say, 70% to 90% were talking about the most optimistic scenario, but i'm very worried about it. civilians in the russian- occupied town next to the plant have been stuck in traffic jams, trying to flee the particle nuclear disaster, potentially. there's no doubt that russia has used this as a safe ukraine to attack ukraine from. ukrainians have been conducting nuclear disaster drills nearby. both sides have said, some kind of incident is imminent, and could cause massive radioactive contamination or meltdown. a cataclysm that could be felt far beyond ukraine. even in nearby russia.
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clearly, that is the military picture, but there's also a very serious technical issue, not the least because russia has announced plans of trying to redirect the electrical energy being produced in the plant towards illegally- occupied crimea. that is russian territory, russian-held territory. a number of international technicians are saying, if they try that, there are risks to the cooling system of the reactors. that, in and of itself, could also be extremely tedious. sam kiley, cnn, zaporizhzhia. >> for more, so nina dos santos joins us from london. let's start with the inspection mission if they do agree on it. that's a long way from establishing a demilitarized zone. >> yeah. especially considering it's the run-up to the negotiations that happened with talks between gutierrez and zelenskyy. yesterday, we saw russia repeating, saying, they would reject any attempt to create a
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demilitarized zone around this area. obviously, the news that happened yesterday was this first meeting with the president of turkey, who you will remember, he, at one point, offered, and has continued to offer as a mediator between russia and ukraine, considering that there is a large number of nato, as well. the first time he was in ukraine to meet with resident zelenskyy, and also, you had antonio guterres and united nations there, as well, with erdogan. this, after turkey and the u.n. brokered a deal to get grain out of ukraine to stave off an emerging catastrophe in other parts of the world with those grain shipments having been blocked. now, they're trying to broaden the scale to talk about how to sort of not just reduce the tensions around the power plant in zaporizhzhia, but floating the idea of how to find a
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solution to end the war in ukraine. that's something that president zelenskyy said, was a surprise to him. he said, first of all, let's sit down with the russians only when they have vacated territory that they are occupying, including the zaporizhzhia nuclear plant. but for the moment, yes, huge consummation and concerns surrounding the fate of this big power plant, the potential fallout. both ukraine and russia, accusing each other of potentially mounting a false flag operation during these tense times. but for the meantime, zelenskyy has come on his part, to see some kind of solution to allow international spec is into the land if, indeed, russia were allowed -- to allow them access. >> okay, so the largest into the battle across the country. what's the latest? >> obviously, there's still the fallout surrounding the civilian areas that were hit over the last couple of days significantly hit by russian missiles, particularly to the east in the region of kharkiv,
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and kharkiv itself, a city where 3 people perished, and 17 were left injured after the russian missile strike on a civilian apartment complex in a residential part of the city yet again, president zelenskyy of ukraine, taking to his nine the address to the airwaves, saying, this just goes to show that, yet again, civilians are getting targeted and losing their lives in the horrors of this war. of course, there's a seeming sabotage admissions further into russian-held territory, particularly in ukraine, crimea. suspected by ukrainian forces, after admitting to some of them continuing to happen, particularly targeting russian air force bases and ammunitions depots deep inside territory that's been held by russia, not since the start of this work, but back since 2014 in crimea, kim. >> thank you so much, nina dos santos, in london. coming up on "tran01 newsroom," notes reflect,
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china, for many in taiwan, it's a case of keeping commentary on. the live report from taipei, coming up. stay with us.
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taiwan and china, both showcasing military capabilities this week, as tensions continue to arise in the wake of several u.s. lawmakers visiting the south of the self-governing island. joining us live from taipei, blake, i wonder whether all of this tension on taiwan is viewed as welcome or unwanted depends on who you ask. what's the mood there? >> absolutely, kim.
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look, people here, in taiwan, have been living under a constant threat from china for roughly the past seven decades. but as of late, tensions between china and taiwan have seemingly gotten worse, following some high-level visits earlier this month. while the international community has viewed beijing's recent fiery frederick and live- fire military exercises as addressed russell for more, i went on the streets in taipei to find out how the people here really feel about all that's going on. >> twice this month, u.s. delegations, one held by u.s. house speaker, nancy pelosi, to taipei. their goal, to reaffirm support for taiwan and to ease cross- street tensions. the u.s. delegations came and went, but beijing responded by conducting visits and flexing its military muscles. all the people of taiwan were left to deal with the consequences. >> [ speaking foreign language ] >> translator: we kind of expected cross-straight tensions with the escalated, because of a visit. i don't think the visits are helping taiwan. >> [ speaking foreign language ] >> translator: i think it was selfish of pelosi to visit
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taiwan. >> [ speaking foreign language ] >> translator: since there's a taiwan relations act, maybe they are re-sure assuring us, but i don't think they have built china. after all, threats from china never stop. >> reporter: despite the constant threat of a forceful reunification around china, take a look around. continued in the shopping district, packed. restaurants are full. we were concerned, the mood here is surprisingly calm. >> [ speaking foreign language ] >> translator: we can't rule about the possibility of an attack on taiwan. >> [ speaking foreign language ] >> translator: being worried isn't helpful. >> [ speaking foreign language ] >> translator: i don't think kyiv there is to attack taiwan. they are just posturing her >> reporter: although there's a quiet confidence that taiwan's military could hold off the chinese invasion -- >> [ speaking foreign language ] >> translator: chinese military has regular exercises. >> reporter: if war breaks out, many people here say, they will do whatever they can to help fight for their island, whether it's by taking up arms or learning to provide first aid,
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which is why civil defense courses like this are being held, and why this class is full. >> no delusion about the effects. we will remain calm, because this is a reality we have lived under for so many years, but when i see folks turning out for events like this one, i know that while we are not running around packed to and panicked for an attack tomorrow, we know that we can and must do more to help preserve peace. >> [ speaking foreign language ] >> translator: i believe the better our pressure variation is, the last chance for what will be, because our arrival will not win easily. it is important to show them that we are prepared >> peace and stability guests the taiwan strait, a cost, people tell me, seems more and more likely with each passing day. a settlement, seemingly echoed in beijing by officials there, during their six days of live- fire drills following speaker pelosi's visit. the underlying message, time is on china's side with a fast- modernizing terry, and the reunification the military is not a matter of if, but when, kim. >> interesting. so much, blake as always,
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appreciate it. august, dealing with in afghanistan, with the highest number of civilian casualties so far this year. 250 people have been killed or injured in the past few weeks, including 21 dead, 33 wounded in an explosion in a mosque in kabul on wednesday the you and mission is calling on taliban authorities to, quote, take concrete steps to prevent all forms of terrorism in afghanistan. just ahead, monkeypox cases are spreading around the world. we'll tell you about u.s. officials increasing the availability of vaccinations for those at risk. plus, a viral enemy, long eradicated, turning up in london wastewater. why health officials there are struggling to vaccinate the youngest in society. after the break. stay with us. ay qualify to sell your policy. don't cancel
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increased risk of catching the virus. infectious disease expert, dr. anthony fauci, explained to cnn how the recent changes would not only extend supplies , but help officials target at-risk population areas. >> we now have five times as many doses, because 1/5 of a dose in the intradermal, in the skin, is equivalent to getting an immune response quite comparable to a full dose, subcutaneously. so, the situation is rapidly changing now. we anticipate that, with the right events, the pride in some of the southern states and other states, that we will now, by prepositioning, a considerable number of doses of vaccine, will be able to handle it and get our arms around this, so that we don't see further spread. >> but monkeypox virus case numbers are rising around the world, according to the u.s. there are more than 3000
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infections globally according to the cdc. monkeypox can be transmitted by any close contact, but is spreading disproportionately amongst men who have sex with men. official say, a so-called brain eating amoeba is the likely culprit behind the death of a child in nebraska. the child died this week, days after swimming in this river in douglas county. they have confirmed, it will be the first such a death in the state's history. the cdc says, the amoeba usually lives in soil and freshwater, but it can infect a human brain if contaminated water goes up someone's nose. health officials say, those infections are extremely rare. when they do happen, they're usually fatal. london is among a growing list of cities, where the poliovirus is being detected in wastewater. health officials are scrambling to get the most vulnerable vaccinated. cnn has more on the vaccine from the british capital. >> reporter: it is a disease once eradicated from the uk. but after decades of zero cases, polio appears to be spreading again.
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a total of 116 instances of the virus were identified in 19 sewage samples collected in london between february and july this year. officials say, no cases of the virus have been reported in the uk so far. the risk to the public is considered low, but dr. natalie route says, officials have good reason for concern. >> this comes as quite a surprise. we have seen so many cases identified in sewage, which suggests that there may be some transmission between people. >> reporter: in response, the uk announced a vaccination drive for children aged 1 to 9 in london. >> there are many children who haven't had their usual course of immunizations, which is why there's a real concern that that opens up people to potentially contracting polio. >> reporter: polio was once one of the world's most feared diseases, striking children younger than 5. the worst form of the virus can lead to
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permanent paralysis. >> how long have you been here? >> three years. >> reporter: there is no cure for polio. vaccination is the only prevention. polio was detected in sewage samples from this facility. afterwards, more samples were taken from other sewage facilities across london in more areas where polio was down. what's concerning for officials is these areas, these neighborhoods, have lower vaccination rates. in london, nearly 14% of infant for under 12 months have not received a primary course of polio immunization. the short fallout is significant, says professor ament. is this an overreaction by public health officials in any way? >> absolutely not. this must be done in all countries, because where people travel very much, this can carry a lot. >> reporter: but with the vaccine hesitancy and fatigue soaring, doctors will face a challenge. >> there's a drive for us to reach communities where vaccination isn't really done,
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isn't really encouraged, and just try and explain a little bit about why vaccination is important. >> reporter: the government aims to complete the polio vaccine drive by september 26th. a major feet for an over- stretch health service, but it says, a necessary response to detect the city's youngest. salma abdelaziz, cnn, london. if you have a phone, you obviously gotten the scam phone call or two. up next, how prosecutors are working to trace robo calls back to scammers who are getting rich off deception. that's coming up. stay with us. ster. you remember rick, her neighbor? sure, he's the 76-year-old guy who still runs marathons, right? sadly, not anyre.
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♪ call one eight hundred, eight million ♪ well, the phone calls have become so common, they have turned into a sort of running joke in the united states, but they're no laughing matter for many people of lost money to the millions of scam robo calls made last year in the u.s. as our dave:reports, it's an uphill battle to shut them down. >> this is jessica calling in regards to your volkswagen warranty. >> reporter: odds are, you have received a bogus auto warranty call, similar to this. >> it is a threefold. >> reporter: now, thought his crackdown on a scheme an fcc official calls, the most
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sophisticated illegal rebel call operation have ever seen. more than 8 billion spam calls to americans. a new lawsuit claims two california men are behind nearly all of it. michael jones and roy cox and jr., accused of violating telemarketing laws by tricking americans into buying vehicle- service contracts, and making millions of dollars off the scam. cnn tried to track them down. dozens of calls, texts and emails, but no response. both cox and jones have been sued by the federal trade commission in the past, and ordered never to tell the market again. yet, like many robo calls scammers, they're accused of just retooling their operation. >> we're coming in to try to take them down. >> reporter: now, ohio attorney general dave yost, suing cox, jones, and their associates, potentially for millions of dollars. >> enough to take back everything they've made. a slap on the wrist doesn't work and punch them in the face
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and knocked them down. >> reporter: did you consider criminal charges here? >> criminal charges are not off the table. >> reporter: joost, part of a new anti-rebel call task force. attorneys from nearly every state, working with federal officials to wrap up illegal robo call 2021, americans received an estimated 21 billion scam robo calls, costing the nearly $40 billion in a 12-month period >> usually very hard to find the callers. all of these unwanted robo calls are undermining the value for telephone systems. >> reporter: most of the calls come from overseas, and tracing them is a fairly new technology. up to now, authorities have struggled to stop them. the callers that do get caught often go right back to scamming, according to an fcc official. so, authorities are turning attention to the gateway providers. the telecom companies that let those robo calls onto the u.s. phone network. >> specifically, those that we
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believe may be turning a blind eye to these kind of calling scams. >> reporter: when a call comes from overseas, typically, several small carriers get paid to pass it along before it reaches your cell phone. investigators are using a technique called trace backs to identify the original source of these illegal calls. then, agencies like the fcc can order the rest of the industry to stop doing business with those carriers. >> if there are not these tiers of providers willing to take the bad traffic, the robo callers will find themselves with no place to place their calls. >> reporter: that's the case with the auto warranty scam. in july, the fcc ordered all telecom companies to block robo calls from cox, jones, and eight service providers they say, are linked to the scheme. since then, those calls have nearly vanished. according to a rebel call analysis company. do you think you can stop these scammers? >> i think we can significantly
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decrease. >> reporter: how long will that take? >> years, not monthss. it's an arm race between the enforcers and criminals, but we're getting smarter and are onto their ways. >> reporter: in washington, for cnn . >> if you have an iphone or ipad or another product of apple, they say, they discovered a potential weak spot in the operating system. apple sent, the security risks affect iphones, going back as far as the 6 s model. the latest update, hackers may be able to take control of devices' operating systems, leaving users' sensitive information at risk. the man accused of stabbing author salman rushdie pleaded not the to second-degree murder -- attempted murder. he was held without bail and faces up to 32 years in prison if convicted on all charges. the local district attorney
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into the stabilization phase. this means, power has almost been fully restored, and debris and cleanup of streams and waterways will begin this weekend. the devastating flood killed 39 people. two women were remain missing. almost 500 people are still displaced. the government approved a $42 million grant for housing and medical assistance. now, parts of the southwest are in danger of more flash floods. cnn 's meteorologist derek van dam. derek, from all that water in kentucky to heavy rain in arizona, the big story across the country is that risk of flooding. >> yeah, and what makes the area so vulnerable to flash flooding is that it has been plagued by drought lately. we know that, for several years, the ground is extremely hard very arid, and then you get this monsoonal surge of moisture on top of it. it doesn't have the ability to soak into the ground. so, it just runs off and literally causes what is known as flash flooding. the weather prediction center has a level-three of four for
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their scale. that's a level three out of four. that is a moderate risk of flash flooding across southern arizona and portions of new mexico. notice how that advances further eastward into the day on saturday, and the slight risk starts to encompass parts of texas, as well. we're going to see the moisture moved eastward over the course of the weekend, bringing the flood threat along with it, as well. you can see the forecast are showing that copious amounts of rainfall in and around phoenix. then, heading eastward, towards more of the albuquerque and el paso region. national weather service, recognizing that, as well. that's why there's a flood watch in place. look at the statistics. 85% of the state of arizona, under drought conditions. 92% of new mexico. i believe we are going to start to chip away at the numbers going forward, just with the latest draft assessment that came in yesterday. we saw the numbers come down somewhat but i believe that we'll see those numbers start to improve as well, as the days
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and weeks continue. now, you have seen the improvement across the four corners region. but unfortunately, the other side of the country, across new england, this is an area that is going under what is called a flash drive. it's more of a quick-setting drought conditions. it's more of a summer time drought across new england, compared to the long-standing drought going on across the four corners and southwest region. that is what we were monitoring. all of the set of massachusetts, currently under drought conditions now. from one extreme to the other, across the country productive, too, by the way, kim, chance of severe weather today across the state of iowa. >> thanks so much. appreciate it, derek. at least a dozen people are dead from violent thunderstorms sweeping through parts of western europe. have a look at this. five people were killed in storms around the french island of corsica. authorities received nearly 125 calls for help at sea. at least five people were killed in austria.
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two more, in italy. 100 people had to be evacuated from homes in italy's tuscany region. in northwest china, sudden and heavy rainfall led to flash flooding in mudslides. chinese state media says, at least 60 people are dead, dozens are missing. rescue efforts are ongoing. the national football league in the nfl players association have agreed to suspend cleveland browns quarterback deshawn watson for 11 games without pay. the embattled qb is also facing a $5 million fine after being accused of sexual misconduct by more than two dozen women. according to the agreement, watson will also undergo a professional evaluation by behavioral experts. this is shortly after the agreement was announced, with watson. >> i'm moving on with my career, my life. i will continue to stand, it innocence. just because things like this
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happened, it doesn't mean a person is guilty for anything because of settlements. i feel like a person has the opportunity to stand on his innocence, and prove that. if you can put that on the legal side, we can continue to push forward, as an individual and as an person. >> under the agreement, watson will be eligible to play in week 13 against his former team, the texans. finally, some welcome news coming out of pennsylvania doctors say, alderson, the little league baseball player who fell off a bunkbed and suffered a fractured skull, is now expected to make a full recovery. a social media post shows the 12-year-old eating and drinking on his own on thursday. alderson's family says, they are amazed by his interview, including doctors. by all accounts, with his injuries, he should have died. the league gave the okay for his little brother to take the field friday for his team playing the first game of the little league world series. certainly, great to see. that wraps this hour of "cnn newsroom." the newshour continues next with steve mcfarlane.
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