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three of his grandchildren, but nato says they don't target individuals. we'll have a live report coming up. and at the vatican -- a step towards saint hood for the late pope john paul ii. the ceremony uses his blood as a sacred relic. and you won't want to miss this -- let me bring you back to focusing on the issues that matter, like did we fake the moon landing? >> after a night of ribbing from the president and comedian seth myers, i'll be talking to donald trump live right here on cnn. i'm don lemon. the news starts right now. and across the south today, sunday services were devoted to remembering victims of last week's devastating tornadoes. the loss of so many loved ones so quickly is taking a heavy toll on survivors. >> it has been hard days for all of us.
the school is gone. our church is gone. there's nothing. >> it is a scene that will play out over and over in the coming days. the death toll from the storms now stands at 339. thousands more are injured, missing or homeless. alabama today declared a day of prayer for the victims. the state suffered the greatest loss of life with about 250 people dead. federal officials today got firsthand looks at the destruction in mississippi and alabama. listen for them to struggle for words to describe what they saw. >> i've had an opportunity now to walk a few of these streets, you know, i don't think words can fairly express the level of devastation here. i'm not articulate enough to really express what i saw. >> a lot of people looked to
fema when we see tragedies like this. look at the people standing up there on that street. your fire department, the police department, the first responders, many of whom have lost their homes, many of whom in the middle of the storm were going out helping their neighbors. >> let's go right to smallville, mississippi, smithville, mississippi, i should say. a small town wiped out by a gigantic tornado. cnn's martin savage is there. a very different scene from easter services just one week ago. >> reporter: it is exactly. as we point out this smithville baptist church, services were held inside this sanctuary. then last wednesday came and the sanctuary was absolutely obliterated. today the services were held in the parking lot amidst the ruins of what was a horrible scene at a time of celebration for the parishione parishioners. they were celebrating that for the first time they could
embrace one another after the storm. you mentioned that homeland security secretary janet napolitano was here with other catholic members. and clearly you could tell that as they strolled through this, and they have seen a disaster or two, that they were very moved by the extent of the damage in this town. remember, this town was struck by an ef-5, that's the worst tornado you can possibly have. and here is how she spoke afterwards. >> on behalf of president obama, we will stand by and assist the state of mississippi and the people of smithville any way we can. we know that this storm hit this state hard, not just submitville, but a lot of the other communities as well. we also saw a number of other states hit. >> it was a very busy day at the smithville cemetery. it is ironic that this is the only business that is still in
business in this small town of 900 people. 15 people lost their lives here. i had a conversation with liza morgan who knows everybody in this town, that includes the living and the dead. she was preparing graves of the patersons today. and that is eldon and laverne paterson. here's what she had to say. >> the patersons -- their grandson and i went to school together. and now i coach their daughter in softball. they will be greatly missed. they were a special, special couple. >> reporter: that's why this tragedy is so deeply felt here, don. it is so personal in so many ways to everybody here. >> martin savage in smithville, mississippi. thank you very much. across the midwest, spring time storms have left major rivers at or near record flood levels. and the confluence of the ohio
and mississippi rivers lies the tiny illinois town of cairo. it is being squeezed on both sides by swollen rivers that are expected to crest tuesday and stay at peak levels until thursday. the levees are showing signs of stress. now the army corps of engineers is looking at destroying the levee across the river in missouri and to send the water into miles and miles of farmland there. susan candiotti is at the levee right now. are they really going to blow it up? >> well, that's the big question tonight, don. and for now no one knows the answer. the rain is really coming down here. and it has been for weeks. the latest is this. a missouri governor, jane nixon, tonight asked the u.s. supreme court to get involved. he is challenging the authority of the u.s. army corps of engineers as to whether it has the right to blow up this levee that you have been talking about. so they are asking for an injunction, we don't have an
answer to that yet, but we did spend part of the afternoon looking and visiting some farmland, visiting with a farmer who owns it. about 4,500 acres, his land is already under water, many parts of it here in missouri. that's the southern part of the area already being flooded by rains at record levels right now. however, the northern part of this particular area has not yet been flooded but it surely will if the levee is blown up. on the other side of the coin, you mentioned the town of cairo, illinois, on the north side of things. and they maintain that if the levee is not taken out, then their town could be destroyed. in fact, it would help protect them from otherwise getting flooded by waters that could rise as much as 20 feet officials say. obviously, in the middle of the u.s. army corps of engineers is them coming up with a solution to help everybody in the long run. and they said they have a big team of experts trying to work
this out. >> every hour we are in communications with the hydraulics folks, the national weather service, hundreds of engineers and scientists are together working exactly for the answer to that. how long can we hold? when will the water get here? and what will be the impacts? >> caller: now the u.s. army corps of engineers tonight also has begun to move barges in place that will eventually be filled with explosives along various points, about two miles along this levee. they have not done the loaning of the explosives yet, don, but they are moving barges into place and are monitoring this very closely. no decision has been made yet about when and whether they will blow this levee up. don? >> susan candiotti, thank you very much. we took you live to smithville, mississippi, a couple minutes ago. a community wiped off the map by the deadly tornadoes this week. ahead this hour, we'll take you
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catholics now call him pope, but one day pope john paul ii could be called saint. today a giant tapestry of him was unveiled. the ceremony means now he can be called blessed, a title given when you have one confirmed miracle under your name. that involves sister marie seen carrying pope john paul's blood. she says he cured her of parkinson's disease. he needs a second confirmed miracle to be declared a saint. much more on the event ahead here on cnn. breaking news yesterday about moammar gadhafi. he's firing back. libyan forces opened fire on miss a ta today in the heaviest shelling scene in weeks. in tripoli groups described as organized mobs ransacked empty embassies belonging to the u.s. and several other countries. the attacks followed word that
nato air strikes killed a son of gadhafi and three of the libyan leader's grandchildren. the libyan government says saif al arab gadhafi died in the blast. moammar data fee was in the same building but survived. nato says they do not target individuals. here's a firstland hook at the scene of the bombing now in tripoli. >> there's a demonstration of several dozen women here at this compound where, of course, the libyan government said that saif al arab was killed in a demonstration saturday night. this is purely a residential compound. and this had no military significance whatsoever. they also say that moammar gadhafi himself was in this compound together with his wife when the bomb struck. obviously, ga a fee escaped unhurt. it is very difficult to tell whether or not this place had any sort of military significance.
certainly on the face of it you cannot tell whether or not there was a command or control infrastructure in here, which is what nato is saying. they are saying they struck a command and control facility. one of the interesting things is there's a crater right in the middle of this house where the authorities overnight have put a carpet over it to prevent us from filming inside. it is very interesting to see what is under that, however we are not able to see that. now, the government is also letting us sort of go around the neighborhood here because they say there is absolutely no military significance to the neighborhood as a whole. they say this is a neighborhood with embassies, a residential neighborhood, where there's no military infrastructure. but again, that is very difficult to verify. reporting from tripoli, india. there are sounds of celebration in benghazi. this is how people reacted when word came that a son of ga a fee was killed. gunfire, car horns, fireworks,
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video. that was a children's cartoon. call disney if you don't believe me. they have the original long form version. >> that was just a small part of all the jabs last night. you saw donald trump at the beginning of the highlights. he was the butt of some of the stinging jokes at that dipper last night. and he really didn't seem very thrilled about much of it. we'll ask him all about it because he'll join me live next hour. you don't want to miss that. my conversation live with donald trump. punishment handed down, the pitching coach for the atlanta braves learns his fate following the confrontation with fans. we are talking about it where a writer from "sports illustrated" next.
i agree with you. all right, guys. i hear you. >> roger goodell at the nfl draft this week greeted by booing fans upset at the lockout. for a couple of days it looked like we were closer to getting football back, but now the lockout returned. now we'll go to john joining us from "sports illustrated." this week's cover "the beautiful games." john, that was a surreal moment,
wasn't it? >> yeah, it was like the comedian that gets booed off stage and isn't ready for it. the whole process has gotten strange. the commissioner is usually a dignified tower, but he was getting heckled. it was a weird moment. there was not technically a walkout banned, but now we'll find out if this is temporary or permanent. this was a collective bargaining corpography. we'll see what happens tomorrow, basically. >> that's where we officially stand, we won't find out until tomorrow what's going to happen? >> well, we are going to hear from this appeal's court whether this lockout that basically has been reinstated is temporary or permanent. i think now we've got -- what happened basically is going to court you lose control of the process. and right now, you know, if this is a permanent lockout situation we are in, suddenly the players have a much different proposition than if this was temporary. we are in a much different place than 72 hours when players could communicate with players and
teams and there was a draft. >> are you more or less optimistic there will be football this fall? >> you know, i still think somehow there will be, but i do think the nfl is starting -- there's a dignified lead. you have the feeling it turned into this circus. people have sort of thrown up their hand now. i do think it is one thing to talk about this when we start missing checks later this summer, but i think there will be football next season somehow. >> okay. we'll talk a little baseball today in the news. everybody was like, the braves won! you could hear people screaming in the newsroom today, but i want to talk about the controversy involving atlanta braves' pitching coach roger mcdowell suspended without pay for two weeks after a confrontation with fans in san francisco. take a listen to what the fans say about the scene that included a homophobic slur. listen. >> i had proceeded to yell out that there are kids here and they are listening.
and then he proceeded to turn and then say what you have been told, which is kids don't belong out at the ballpark. >> john, were you surprised at the punishment handed down by the commissioner's office? was it the right punishment? >> well, i just think we are still going to hear more about this, but what a strange case. to have a pitching coach, someone who has been in major league baseball now in his 40s this early in the season when we are all having a good time, he made a homophobic remark and said kids didn't belong at the baseball game. i suspect with this investigation proceeding the atlanta braves may have a new pitching coach, despite what the manager said seeming this will blow over. this is the kind of thing that baseball is not going to take too lightly. >> jon, i know you have a family and a life and all that, but you can't go away on vacation because i have people tweeting me saying, where's jon? they are used to seeing you on this show at this time.
>> i'll be back next week. i burned up my vacation. you have me next week. >> thank you, jon, from "sports illustrated." search and rescue crews scour the debris in atlanta looking for signs of life. did they have luck today? we are live from tuscaloosa straight ahead. meantime, we are watching more severe weather happening right now. tornado watches and warnings stretching across the mid-south. , building up our wireless network all across america. we're adding new cell sites... increasing network capacity, and investing billions of dollars to improve your wireless network experience. from a single phone call to the most advanced data download, we're covering more people in more places than ever before in an effort to give you the best network possible. at&t. rethink possible. is teaching my patients how to start taking insulin. and i've learned a lot from patients who use levemir flexpen. flexpen comes pre-filled with my long-acting insulin,
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let's check your top stories. the death toll now stands at 339. alabama took the hardest hit losing 250 people to the twisters. homeland security secretary janet napolitano led a group of senior officials touring the stricken areas. their primary message was to reassure the survivors they won't be forgotten and the federal government will provide the needed assistance. >> we have fema teams on the groundworking with their state and local partners. we have the other agencies of the federal government housing, small business, agricultural, all working together to make sure that appropriate support is being provided and really helping communities come to grips and recover from this really terrible swath of tornadoes that swept through the
south. >> well, flooding is a problem in other places. a tiny illinois town of cairo is facing pressure from rising waters on both the ohio and mississippi rivers. the army corps of engineers is considering blowing up a levee to ease the pressure in missouri. it could send floodwaters pouring across thousands of acres of missouri farmland. missouri has already lost one court case to stop the demolition. it is now asking the u.s. supreme court to step in. remember the air france jet crashing into the atlantic ocean two years ago? a memory unit, part of the flight data recorder, was recovered from the ocean floor today. officials hope it will provide answers to the crash. all 228 people aboard the airbus 8330 were killed on the flight to paris back in 2009. monday's launch of the space shuttle "endeavour" has been delayed a week. nasa says it will be next sunday at the earliest. the delay was prompted by concerns over the shuttle's
heating system. arizona congresswoman gabrielle giffords, the wife of the shuttle commander, was in florida but returned to houston today where she's been in rehab after being shot by a would-be assassin. she plans to return to florida when the launch is rescheduled. more than a million catholic faithful poured into vatican city to see pope john paul ii become beatified. the late pope is now one step closer to sainthood with a confirmed miracle under his name. the vatican is now investigating more than 100 claims of a second miracle, which is the final step needed for john paul to be declared a saint. for the past several days we have seen image after image of unbelievable tornado damage all across the south. but what's next for the survivors? it is overwhelming just to think about it. cnn meteorologist rob marciano is in alabama for us. rob, it has been four days, i guess it is four days too early to ask if things are getting
back to normal? >> reporter: well, they are trying. we have a huge influx of people from really all over the country here that have come down here unsolicited just to volunteer and help. we are in the community of hope just north and east of tuscaloosa, a very hard-hit area. you can see that from the devastation behind me all across the valley, but peek over here. this is just one of the many kind of depots of supplies or victims can come here to grab food, water, grab diapers, grab baby food, anything they might need just for basic survival. and that's all volunteers and donated. we spoke to the woman who ran that operation, she said it all developed with grassroot efforts of her saying i'm going down to tuscaloosa from talladega to start this operation. it has blown up. this is what she said earlier. >> for our families from talladega and the people that we met, we were just driving around
the first day after it hit. we met some people from augusta, georgia, and from st. louis, missouri, and we all got together to help. and we just kind of pushed our ways into the worst areas. and we have done it unorganized and this is what it has become. >> reporter: there she is giving orders again. diplomatically making relations with the local police officers and sheriff's department. that is la ringda there with her entire family. they spent $500 on hot dogs and hamburgers. everything else has been donated. an amazing outpouring of support here. the local and federal governments are here as well, but this is the most impressive to me and everybody who lives here is how much support they have gotten just from local communities and people coming in from outside the southeast. >> rob, that's good to hear. thank you very much. we appreciate your report. we'll get back to you.
alexandra steele here at the cnn weather center, it is good to see that. i was down there and didn't hear one cross word. people were all helping each other, scores of volunteers giving away their products. and we want to keep the bad weather away from those guys. please tell me it is not the forecast for them. the biggest issue today is flooding. we have seen the inundation of flooding. we talked about cairo in illinois, the confluence of the ohio and mississippi rivers. being forced to evacuate the 2800 residents, just one of the many places. farmland throughout southern illinois, missouri, arkansas, all being inundated with the rain. the problem is the rain is not over. we have a few more days of it. we'll get to it and walk to the wall to show you where the radar is and where we are seeing the rain. again, we have this line that's really just kind of crossing this i-40 corridor. here is a look. you can see this inundation called training. time after time these storms with this cold front not being progressive, thus not moving, so
this rain we have seen between 7 to 12 to 14 inches in the last week or so in these areas. we have had severe weather earlier in memphis where a big outdoor concert is being held. there was a tornado warning. we have had reports of some hail. but also it started really early this morning. we'll take you right now to north texas with one-inch hail earlier this morning. this was kind of just the onset of it. hail and very strong winds gusting up to 60 miles per hour today in north texas. a start of the morning. bending over flag poles to a 45-degree angle. those are two of the threats, but also flooding is the biggest concern. we have been talking about memphis because we had the tornado warning also, but there's also a lot of flooding in memphis. now memphis, especially within the city limits now, some towns you can see and even residential neighborhoods are inundated with this rain. so here's the problem. the flood watches and warnings in and around memphis. it is missouri, southern illinois, that red there denoting the flash flood
warnings. flooding is imminent or happening. here lies the problem. here's the forecast the next four days. more rain. look at this denoted in the yellow and orange. the brighter red, the more rain we are expecting, anywhere between 7 and 10 inches locally. on the average between 2 and 4. unfortunately in the forecast, more rain is coming. and we'll talk about the next seven days coming up in a little bit as well. and when we will finally see the progression of this pattern, thus kind of bringing down the rivers and streams. that's all coming up. alexandra steele, thank you. a virginia man receives bad news one day, but immediately turned it into a sweet business opportunity. our tom foreman has this story in part of our building up america series. >> reporter: when john ryeland was laid off after almost a dozen years after the same advertising company, he went straight home and right to work. even developing a budding interest in custom motorcycle design and thought just maybe
this was the right time to take it to the next level. did you really know how to go about starting a business? >> no. i had no idea. >> reporter: but he did know that even from richmond his advertising skills could help him reach the world. he quickly set up a website featuring his designs, sleek, sharp images of junk yard castoffs he was remaking into cool road warriors. wow. almost a quarter million views on this page. how about that? >> if i don't get 600 visits from 30 countries a day, then i'm bummed. i'm thinking, what am i doing wrong? >> reporter: along with his wife betsy he posts regular updates on his work, handles a steady stream of calls from fans an stays flexible. one day on a wim he made a lamp out of this.
they have sold 100 since and it is a major part of the business. john still free lances in advertising but his future is here. >> people are thinking, yeah, right, getting laid off is a blessing, but for me it is because this is going to work. it is picking up steam. >> reporter: just like he came home from work and hasn't stopped working yet. tom foreman, cnn, richmond, virginia.
now to the big stories in the week ahead from the white house to wall street. our correspondents tell you what you need to know. we begin tonight with the president's plans for the week. >> reporter: i'm brianna keeler at the white house. monday president obama will award two army privates the u.s. medal of honor. then in the middle of the week a visit from prinz charles. the end of the week is all about the economy as president obama faces uncertainly about what congress will do with the debt ceiling. vice president biden is hosting
his first meeting on reducing the deficit with congressional leaders. >> reporter: i'm dana bash in washington where congress is returning after two weeks back home. that means lawmakers have been with their constituents as gas prices have soared. and when members of congress hear the kind of frustration they did, they try to show they are listening. so house republicans this week plan to vote to increase oil drilling in this country and senate democrats promise to take up legislation ending taxpayer subsidies for oil companies. if both of those ideas sound familiar, they are. each is part of the political playbook parties dust off when gas prices rise. >> reporter: i'm paul stine hasser at the cnn political desk. this is on governor mitch daniels waiting a bid for the presidential nomination. wednesday he gives a speech here in washington with his words closely watched for any hints on whether he'll run. the next day, the first presidential debate in the race for the white house. the big question mark, how many probable republican presidential candidates will be on stage at the debate in greenville, south
carolina? >> reporter: i'm poppy harlow in new york. coming up this week on wall street, investors will be looking very closely at a slew of quarterly reports to see if big companies will continue to do pretty well in this recovery when it comes to earnings. we'll get earnings from mastercard, visa, kraft and gem nears. despite the earnings on tuesday, the federal judge will decide whether the drugmaker can make a generic version of pfizer's popular drug lipitor. the focus of the week is on the all-important april jobs report coming friday morning. we'll track it all for you on cnn money. i'm "showbiz tonight's" a.j. hammer. here's what we are watching this week. actor steven baldwin is joining me in a headline making news maker. what does steven think about donald trump possibly running for president? and will kirstie alley survive another week on "dancing with the stars"?
"showbiz tonight" is the most provicktive news show on at 11:00 p.m. eastern and pacific. cnn's international best-getter of the day is joining me. this is a day catholics are celebrating the beatification of pope john paul ii. it was a beautiful ceremony to watch. >> he was one of the most popular and beloved by the catholics around the world. his supporters say he was a holy man. on monday we'll see a mass of thanksgiving take place in st. peter's square to honor his life, legacy and his work, more or less. then again, his body will be taken and will be laid to rest inside the vatican basilica. >> he needs one more miracle. he has one, needs another. this is a big process for them to go through to find another miracle. >> it is a really lengthy
process, but before he can become a saint, it is -- he needs one more miracle. and he has a website set up. check this out. the people in rome have set up this website detailing all the miracles that they have had, the testimonials that have come in, and they are keeping a log of all of this. this is to speed up his cannonization process. >> look how beautiful those pictures are of the pope. i remember we covered him twice when he came to the united states. you are just in awe when you see the pope mobile coming down the street. look how beautiful that is. just amazing. okay. thank you. we appreciate this. did you watch it? did you? the royal wedding. whether you cared or not, there were a number of pretty cool moments that you may have missed if you weren't paying attention or didn't watch. the hidden gems are coming up on cnn. but first, smart phones may be
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oh, the cries for kate could not be outdone by the church bells. kate middleton looked stunning on her royal wedding day, but while all eyes were on the bride of britain, the tiniest of precious moments passed many of us by. don't worry, we have a royal recap for you. >> reporter: it's one of the most anticipated moments, when a groom sees his bride for the first time. but with all eyes on catherine, you might not have noticed prince william standing with his back to the congregation wanting to be the last one to see her. he waited for his cue from his brother, harry, as she approached the final stretch he whispered "she's here now." the most kept secret, her dress, was revealed to the world and
her prince. designed by sarah burton for alexandra mcqueen. the perfect mix of modern and traditional, but there were some things you couldn't see. a blue ribbon was sown inside the dress to represent something blue. her earrings were a touch of something new. a gift from her parents, though a custom made with a diamond encrusted acorn in the middle to represent the middleton's new family crest. and surprisingly her something boor reed was from the queen. a diamond-encrusted tiara called a halo made in 1936 for the queen mother. although we couldn't hear him, the groom melted hearts around the world when he leaned over and said to his bride "you look beautiful." then he seemed to relax and crack a joke to his soon-to-be father-in-law saying just a small family affair. the sermon went off without a hitch. sorry for those of you who vetted on prince phillip falling
aseen asleep, but you may have missed the moment of nervous laughter when he had to wrestle the ring on kate's finger. rest assured, he got it on. the happy couple left the abbey making their way to the 1902 carriage where it appeared princess catherine said to her prince "i'm so happy." she wasn't the only one. she forgot all about the cameras and did a series of cart wheels up the aisle. even the queen was pleased. upon arriving at buckingham palace she was overheard saying the wedding was amazing. when the newlyweds were introduced to the viewers at buckingham palace, watch closely as the princess mouthed, oh, wow. but then there was the moment that sealed the deal. as a hundred thousand chanted "kiss" prince william appeared to ask his wife, are you ready?
shall we kiss? the crowd erupted with cheers, except one young girl. with all eyes on the newlyweds, many miss 3-year-old bridesmaid grace didn't watch this kiss going down in history. she just wanted some peace and quiet. many thought the excitement was over, but then the couple did the unthinkable. the prince appeared to ask his princess if she would give one more kiss. she obliged giving the crowd a historic second kiss. as the royal family made their way inside, the bride and groom were the last ones to say good-bye as princess catherine, the duchess of cambridge turned one last time to take it all in. okay. the donald, potential presidential candidate, he tried to prove that president obama
was not born in the u.s. he was the brunt of numerous jokes at the white house correspondents dinner last night. donald will join me in a few minutes to talk about the jokes made at his expense. stick around for. that. but first, the images of the deadly storms that struck the southeast. one of the latest i-reports shows students going to cleveland, tennessee, to give out water and food to survivors of the deadly string of tornadoes. it's one of many that cnn received. and tonight we put them together to show you the disastrous impact through the eyes of the i-reporters. >> god, this is so cool!
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let's check our top stories right now. a day of prayer for the victims of the devastating storms in the south. the death toll is now standing at 339. alabama took the hardest hit losing 250 to the twisters. homeland security janet napolitano led a group of senior administration officials touring the stricken areas.
thou the primary message of hers was to reassure survivors they won't be forgotten and the federal government will provide the needed assistance. flooding is the problem in other places. a tiny illinois town of cairo is facing pressure from rising waters on both the ohio and mississippi rivers. the army corps of engineers is considering blowing up the levee in missouri to ease the pressure. that might save the town but it would send floodwaters pouring down thousands of acres of missouri farmland. missouri has already lost one court case to stop the demolition. it is now asking the u.s. supreme court to step in. monday's launch of the space shuttle "endeavour" has been delayed a week. nasa says it will now be next sunday at the earliest. the delay was prompted by concerns over the shuttle's heating system. arizona congresswoman gabrielle giffords, the wife of the shuttle commander, was in florida but returned to houston today where she's been in rehab after beingho