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just before the killings, holmes apparently sent a package to the university of colorado in raraur aurora where he had recently dropped out of classes, and the content times reportedly showed a fury was building. >> we were told that there is verbiage, kind of a pent-up was the phrase used, writings about shooting people, and that there were some very rudimentary images in there of a shooter and victims. >> cheryl o root is a forensic psychologist and expert on the criminal mind. she is joining us from los angeles. welcome. >> thank you. good to be here. >> when you first heard about this notebook showing up at the university of colorado, what went through your mind? >> it made me really wish that they had received this in time. it does seem like this was a cry for help. it seems like this was something that when mr. holmes was preparing this, it seems like he was really trying to communicate
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about what he had been planning to do, and if someone had seen it, it might have triggered a duty to warn, which would have trumped his confidentiality and would have allowed them to warn and take action before this happened. >> it could be a cry for help, or it could be a manifesto. how can we tell the difference? >> well, my personal view of what may have been going on with this man is that he has had a psychotic break, and that he's been going in and out of a paranoid state. and very often when people do that, they have states of mind where they lose touch with reality. and can get very grandiose and feel like things mean things and have connections that they don't necessarily have. and my sense is that he was channelling that energy into this plan, and when something happened that may have sort of been the last straw where he
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wasn't able to hold it together, he acted this out. but it seems like there was ambivalence, because he did share this. he didn't just prepare a manifesto and not send it. and he did tell the police that he booby trapped his apartment. so there's ambivalence there about wanting to be very destructive and also wanting to do something to let people know in advance. >> that the drawings were stick figures, maybe he was just a bad artist, i don't know, but does that say anything about his state of mind? >> that's a very good insight. i think it says something about a primitive state of mind. i know he was there for neuroscience and not as an artist. but when people get into very primitive state of mind, they tend to see things in black and white. they see things as all or nothing. you're with me or against me. and drawings can get very primitive that way as well. so you can see things like stick figures, childlike kinds of scrawls, things like that. although the planning with the
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apartment was quite sophisticated. so i think he's been demonstrating both. there's a real puzzle here to take apart and understand. >> i think you're right about that. cheryl arutt, thank you for being with us this morning. in the days after the killings, critics ripped president obama and republican mitt romney for not confronting the issue of gun control. well, that silence has been broken. mitt romney says current gun laws are good enough. not so, says the president. listen to what president obama said last night before the national urban league. >> i, like most americans, believe that the second amendment guarantees an individual the right to bear arms. i think we recognize the traditions of gun ownership that passed on from generation to generation. that hunting and shooting are part of a cherished national heritage. but i also believe that a lot of gun owners would agree that ak-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of criminals.
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>> live now to athena jones at the white house. the president made his remarks about ak-47s, but he didn't go on to say we should ban assault weapons. so what was this, a trial balloon? >> reporter: good morning, carol. that's a really good question. and it's hard to say at this point. we know that the president's words last night were some of the strongest words yet on the issue of guns. we went on to emphasize the important of background checks as he did in the days after the tucson shooting last year. also talked about the importance of keeping gunning out of the hands of the mentally unbalanced, and he said these should be common sense steps that people should agree on. he blamed opposition in congress, though, for the lack of progress on this issue. but, you know, as you said, he didn't explicitly mention the need for new laws. we know that in the past he the
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the federal ban on assault weapons. it's interesting that he spoke so strongly last night, but it's hard to say what will happen next and what we'll really see them do in the white house here to push for that. >> athena jones live at the white house for us this morning. another top republican is stirring buzz over his presidential pursuits. new jersey governor chris christie was on the jersey shore, and he did not back away from questions that follow him everywhere. will he seek the white house in 2016? well, guess what? christie said he will consider it, if romney is not in the oval office. but the man known for bluster and big talk quickly batted down another idea. one man in the crowd asked if he'd challenge romney for the nomination this year, and christie said -- well, he said a flatout no. the sandusky child sexual abuse scandal at penn state could turn into a nasty insurance fight. penn state's primary general
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liability insurer wants to deny coverage because it says the school did not disclose what it knew about jerry sandusky's behavior. and we now know why penn state will not fight the ncaa's punishment including a bowl ban and a $60 million fine. penn state would have received a four-year total ban on football if it had not accepted the sanctions. across much of the country, farmers are suffering through the worst drought in decades and you're about to feel their pain at the checkout line. grocery prices are going up. here are some examples. that ground chuck that now costs an average of $3.45 a pound will inch up to about $3.59. dairy products will also cost more. a dozen eggs will climb about 2% to an agent of $1.71. and milk will jump 3% from today's average of $3.40 a gallon to about $3.50. and that's just this year. prices will keep going up.
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alison kosik is in new york with a bit of bad news this morning. >> yeah. it's interesting because you talk about these incremental sort of penny increases. but by the time you're finished with your grocery trip, that really adds up. and this is coming from a forecast, a real forecast, that's now really taking into account how the drought in the midwest is affecting crops. with the agriculture department saying it expects food prices to go up anywhere from 3% to 4% next year. that would wind up being slightly more than overall inflation. you'll feel these price increases. so where? you'll feel it first with meat, because animals eat corn and corn prices are up. so meat prices will rise as well. expect prices for poultry to go up first, and here's why. because chickens are smaller, grow faster, and get to the supermarket faster. so you'll feel that price hike more immediately. eggs and dairy prices as you said will also rise. and then of course don't forget the middle aisles. you know, in the middle of the
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store. expect a 4 1/2% rise in prices for those products, including ketchup ramen noodles, and barbecue sauce. corn is in those products as well. ism >> wooel /* /- be ready. we've been warned. now to more politics. mitt romney is overseas, meeting with virtually every political leader in great britain. this morning he has already met with the former british prime minister tony blair, and right now meeting with david cameron. but overshadowing romney's trip is a firestorm over a racially charged quote. the british newspaper "the telegraph" quotes an unnamed campaign adviser as saying, quote, we are part of an anglo-saxon heritage, and he, romney, feels that the special re -- that the relationship is special. the white house didn't fully appreciate the shared history we have. end quote. our national political
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correspondent jim acosta is in london. and i know that quote is getting some heated reaction from both the obama and romney campaigns. tell us. >> reporter: that's right, carol. it is getting some attention here in the british press. and also from the two campaigns. vice president joe biden put out a statement yesterday criticizing the romney campaign for those comments that appeared in "the london daily telegraph." i will tell you that the romney campaign has vehemently denied that those comments came from one of their advisers. so that back and forth is going on. but right now we are standing outside number 10 downing street where mitt romney is inside meeting with the british prime minister david cameron. and just a few moments ago, some reporters were inside and were listening in as the former massachusetts governor was talking about the olympics with the prime minister. and it's interesting to note that all of this is going on just on the eve of the olympic games. and something else that is popping up in the british press
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today, carol, some comments that mitt romney made to nbc about the preparations here in london for the olympic games. they have had a couple of problems in advance of the games, and he referred to those comments as being disconcerting. and the british press asked him about that at one of his earlier appearances this morning and here's what he had to say. >> my experience with the olympics is that it is impossible for absolutely no mistakes to occur. of course there will be errors from time to time. but those are all overshadowed by the extraordinary demonstrations of courage, character, and determination by the athletes. the games are, after all, about the athletes, the volunteers, and the people of the community that come together to celebrate those athletes. they are not about the organizing committee. and as soon as the sporting events begin, we also get tl fo
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organizers and focus on the athletes. >> reporter: and, carol, back on camera now, we had to phone it in there just a few moments ago but now we are back on camera because of logistical issues that are happening out here in london. but i can tell you that the british press is seizing on some of these comments on. on the home page of "the london daily telegraph," the headline reads, mitt romney questions whether britain is ready for the olympic games. the romney campaign is pushing back on that, saying that's not what the gop contender was saying when he made those remarks to nbc. and they are directing all of us in the press to the comments he made earlier this morning when he was meeting with british officials. those comments that we just played for you, carol. so it's sort of been one controversy after another in the 24 hours he's been on the ground here, carol. >> it's certainly not a secret that london's been having security problems. >> reporter: it's not. and mitt romney does have some expertise in this area. let's remember he had a hand in
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helping rescue the salt lake city olympic games back 10 years ago. so it's not unusual that he would be making some of these comments. and i will tell you that in some of the reports that have come out of these meetings he's had with british officials this morning, he's been getting some shoutouts from british officials for his handling of those games back in salt lake city. so we'll see how all of this develops. and, you know, we know how the london press can be, carol. they are certainly seizing on these comments so far this morning. >> i know. jim accost athank you so much. a very public battle continues inside the jackson family. this morning, katherine jackson returned to her california home, and the son of michael jackson's brother, tito, he becomes the legal guardian of michael's three children. not katherine jackson. tj jackson went to court to be appointed temporary guardian of prince, paris, and prince michael ii. after the pop singer's death, his three kids have been in the custody of their grandmother, katherine. she spent several days at an
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arizona resort and yesterday katherine finally came out and said something. actually, she read a prepared statement to abc news. >> one reason why i haven't called is because i just gave up my phone. i didn't want to have any phone calls. and while i was here, my assistant, janis smith, had been calling back home to see how things have been going and keeping in contact with my nephew -- i mean my grandson, and he says everything was going fine. but i'm still -- i was still thinking about the children, and i still worry about them. but they're fine. >> aj hammer is with us now. so this continues to unfold. why the change in guardians? because katherine jackson looks like she always does to me, at least. >> yeah. no, she does. and the judge basically, carol,
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suspended katherine jackson as custodian for michael's children because in the judge's words she may be prevented from acting as a guardian because of the acts of third parties. again, that was before we got to see katherine jackson, when she was still somewhere in arizona as far as we knew. the third parties that the judge refers to of course are katherine's children, janet, rebbie, jermaine, and randy. the judge did leave open the possibility guardianship could be returned, if katherine jackson returns home, which of course now she has done. a close source to the jackson family did tell cnn that shortly before 1:00 a.m. this morning katherine jackson arrived home to be reunited with the family. the police didn't follow the family the entire way from arizona. it was just the last part of the trip. katherine was accompanied by her children in the car. i can only wonder what happened when they all arrived to the house. and paris jackson, michael's daughter, welcomed her grandmother back with a tweet reading, grandma's home, with a #thank yougood.
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paris had been complaining she hadn't been able to talk to her grandmother. katherine tried to reassure everyone in her prepared statement last night that everything was ok. let's watch that. >> there are rumors going around about me that i've been kidnapped and held against my will. i'm here today to let everybody know that i'm fine, and i'm here with my children, and my children would never do a thing like that, hold me against my will. it's very stupid. >> still doesn't explain why katherine apparently left in the first place without letting the kids know where she was going to be. so still a lot of questions, and this is far from over. >> aj, many thanks to you. hosting the olympics is supposed to be good for a city, right? well, take a look at beijing. some of the stadiums now look like they are falling apart. and we'll talk to a man who says hosting the olympic games is nothing but trouble, for any city. s different
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today the olympic torch is zigzagging through london, past the city's biggest landmarks. just like a tourist, it's visiting shakespeare's globe theater, buckingham palace and big ben. for 68 days now, people have been running the torch through nearly every area of the uk of the area. an olympic action is starting too. a big preliminary olympic soccer match is about to get underway between spain and japan. spain's men's team has a reputation for winning, but japan's team lost all three of their matches in the beijing olympics. teams go head-to-head this hour, 9:45 a.m. eastern. and you know how hosting the olympics is supposed to be a huge economic boon for the host city? some experts argue that the olympics are bad for host cities saying they are too expensive, don't bring in nearly enough
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revenue, and all those stadiums are a huge waste. just look at beijing. the 2008 summer olympics host. that photo from the men's kayaking competition. and this from march. the same area all dried up and deserted. and then the venue for the volleyball competition. it was vibrant and full of people in 2008. and here it is in april, the mural peeling off. it's completely empty. and it looks like it's falling apart. and london is plagued with its own problems. lack of security and threats of strikes at the airport and on the tube. so maybe the olympics can be more of a pr nightmare for a city than a pr dream. andrew zim ballist is joining me. andrew, welcome. >> thank you. >> i read your article for "the atlantic." so london it was already a major international vibrant city before the olympics. did it really need all the headaches that's been posed by organizing these games? >> yeah.
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you often hear that hosting the olympics is going to put a city on the map. and that's kind of laughable for london, isn't it? they are trying to regenerate east london. a rundown, former industrial area. if they succeed in regenerating economic activity in east london, i think it can be determined it was an economic success. but it's far from clear that that's going to happen. a recent report came out and found out that over the last year, actually unemployment went up in the five districts where the facility construction for the olympics is most heavily concentrated. and the long run experience in other countries that have hosted the olympics is not terribly encouraging along these lines. >> tell us about -- tell us more about beijing and what happened to the facilities there. >> well, you mentioned some of them. i think probably the most famous facility is the bird's nest in beijing. and that was used as the olympic
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stadium. it was architecturally extraordinarily inventive and interesting. it cost hundreds of millions of dollars to build. and occupies maybe 15 or 20 acres of land. and it's not being used. they have street vendors outside of the bird's nest, and tourists go by and buy trinkets from the street vendors. but the facility itself is not being used. probably cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $10 million to $20 million a year to maintain and operate. >> wow. but there are success stories. for example, atlanta had the 1996 games, and it built what's now used as turner field for the braves and the georgia dome. and people credit for the olympics turning the city around. and i think the 1996 olympics did put atlanta on the map. >> ok. well, there have been economic studies that would take issue with that claim. for instance, there was one study that found that over the 17-day period of the games, in
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1996, that airport traffic was equal to what it had been during previous 17 days and post 17-day periods. that hotel occupancy was equal to what it had been before and after. that retail sales were equal to what they had been before and after. controlling for relevant variables. the only thing that went up significantly during the 17 days of the 1996 olympics was hotel rates. hotel rates from hotel chains where the headquarters of the hotel resides elsewhere, not in atlanta and not in georgia, so that the profits that the hotels earned were repatriated back to the headquarter locations of the hotel chains. in terms of impact on gdp or product output, as a result of the olympics or on tourism again, there is no clear evidence that that happened. now, maybe there's a feel-good effect that residents in atlanta experienced. >> right.
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>> that's an intangible. it's not something i would dispute. if people want to say that the games turned around the city and they want to believe that, then maybe that in and of itself is valuable. whether or not it is, could be a deception. >> i know the chamber of commerce thinks that. >> this is promoting their investments, i think. >> andrew, we have to go. thank you so much for checking in with us this morning. the backlash over the chick-fil-a president's comments on same-sex marriage is getting hotter. and it's the focus of our talk back question today. now get an incredible offer on the powerful, efficient c250 sport sedan with an agility control sport-tuned suspension. but hurry before this opportunity...disappears. ♪ the mercedes-benz summer event ends july 31st. ♪
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now is your chance to talk back on one of the big stories of the day. the question for you this morning, should businesses be banned because of political beliefs? eat more chick-fil-a. and oh, those delicious waffle fries. no. that would be like serving up deep-fried hate in chicago. >> chick-fil-a's values are not chicago values. they are not respectful of our residents, our neighbors, and our family members. >> at that's chicago.
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boston is also on the list of cities where chick-fil-a is not welcome to build any new restaurants. why? because of chick-fil-a president's dan cathy's pronouncement about gay marriage. >> i think we are inviting god's judgment on our nation when bee shake our fist at him and say we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage. >> gay rights activists are planning a kiss-in day at chick-fil-as next week. conservatives are rallying too thanks to mike huckabee. >> i think it would be great if everybody who appreciates a business who stands up for good things, maybe wednesday, august 1, could be let's go to chick-fil-a day in america. >> chick-fil-a insists they treat everyone with honor, dignity, and respect, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender. what both sides of the fight are suggesting is what you'd expect. demonstrations and boycotts. but the chicago and boston
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mayors are going a step further by trying to ban the company from building new restaurants. so the talk back question today, should businesses be banned because of political or religious beliefs? facebook.com/carolcnn. i'll read your comments later on this hour. at 30 minutes past the hour, stories we're watching right now in the newsroom, opening bell on wall street, stocks expected to move higher today after news the european central bank will do whatever it takes to preserve the euro. north korea, we're learning the woman we've been seeing with leader kim jong un in recent weeks is indeed his wife. state media says the couple married in 2009. few other details are known about the woman who first appeared last year with kim at his father's funeral. syria's largest cities are being rocked by a new wave of violence as rebels and the assad regime battle for control of damascus and arkansleppo.
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a high profile trip abroad that could have high stakes for mitt romney as he tries to smooth concerns about his stance on foreign policy from his own party. our political panel is next to break it down. [ male announcer ] drive a car filled with as much advanced technology
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that's just one of a series of high profile meetings during a six-day, three-nation tour, a trip that one top house republican representative mike rogers told cnn is key for romney's image among voters. >> great britain, there's really no better partner that we have, and the australians and canadians certainly rank right up there. but you talk about israel, and you talk about poland. all very, very strategic, important partnerships for the united states. and by the way, all of those relationships have been strained by some i think missteps by this administration. and i think having him there, having him have that dialogue with senior leaders of all of those countries at a time where there are challenges in all three countries is very important for the american public to see mitt romney can handle the job of president when it comes to foreign policy. >> but while rogers sounded upbeat about the trip, there are some republicans who hope their soon-to-be nominee returns from europe heavy on the policy and light on the photo ops. joining me now, cnn contributor
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will cain. he leans right. and marina cardona, a democratic strategist and cnn contributor. will, let's start with you. romney has been criticized for not giving more details on his foreign policy plans. when he comes become to the united states, do you think he'll have a detailed plan to present to voters? >> no, no, i don't. by the way, i don't know why we limit that to foreign policy. romney has done a pretty good job of remaining somewhat ill defined, undefined and vague not just on foreign policy but also i think on his domestic policy views. i think we attempt to peer into romney and hope there's a certain philosophy present, and he has put forward some ideas on taxes. but he has largely remained a mystery. and maria is a political strategist that has worked on political campaigns. and i don't know the answer to this. but does that work? remaining undefined, vague, letting voters decide who you are, does that work? do you run the risk of your opponent getting to define you?
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up to this point, it's worked pretty well for romney. but i don't know that it lasts. >> maria, does it work? >> so, first of all, you know, will underscores i think the angst among many republicans in terms of mitt romney not just on foreign policy but also on all of his policies. and on foreign policy in particular, it really does ring hollow his criticisms of obama when there was a poll just yesterday that came out that said that americans trust obama more than romney by 15 points on foreign policy. and even a pugh foundation poll done overseas says that the majority of people trust obama 80%, and in poland as well. in terms will's question it could work if he was going up against an opponent, obviously president obama, that the american people didn't trust. and that's not the case. are there disappointments in president obama's policies? sure there are, and there's not the kind of enthusiasm amongst all voters that there was in 2008. but overall, president obama has huge favorability ratings.
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and the american people like him. and when that's the case, it's difficult. >> wait a minute, maria. you could make the same case against president obama. he is not exactly presenting a new detailed plan about how to get us out of this economic mess. he is sort of playing like, not to lose either. so you have two candidates kind of doing the same thing. >> well, but actually what president obama has done, and he has talked about this time and again, he has presented detailed plans. there is not only a plan, but there is a package sitting in congress today, carol, called the american jobs act, where independent economists have said if that plan is -- if that legislation package is passed, there could be the creation of more than 1 billion jobs -- or 1 million jobs. so, you know, whether or not americans think that's true or not, that's one thing. but he has presented detailed plans. he has put forward the path to getting us out of this economic hole. >> well, mitt romney could say the same thing. i have this 59-page plan. go to my website and read all about it. >> that's right.
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president obama, though, is the known quantity in this equation. and i think that's exactly as mitt romney wants it to be. so he wants this election to be about president obama. he wants it to be a referendum on whether or not you liked the four years of the united states under president obama or not. he wants it less about himself. and now the question that i don't know the answer to, though, does that work? the risk is that president obama gets to define mitt romney at some point. if you don't define yourself, your opponent does it for you. >> that's true. but here is also the danger. and i have been in some of these focus groups with independent voters. while they're not sure that president obama's policies are going to continue to help, they do believe that he has not had enough time to prove that they will continue getting us out of the economic hole. and, again, his likability among americans right now and the fact -- and will said this -- that he is the known quantity are basically playing in his favor. if you're romney, and you need
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to say more than i'm not obama, especially when you're not the known quantity, and when the obama campaign has done a very good job of defining you in a negative way. you need to be very specific. a lot more specific than romney has been. >> i don't know that that's clear yet. >> we'll have to leave it there. thanks for a fascinating discussion, though, as always. will cain and maria cardona. >> thank you so much. could the massacre in that movie theater in colorado have been prevented? new details that some suggest the suspect sent an early warning sign.
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we're learning new information this morning about james holmes and his actions before friday's deadly massacre in colorado. hours before the killings, holmes apparently sent a package to the university of colorado where he had recently dropped out of classes. the package, according to cbs, contained a notebook with
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sketches and notes hinting of violence. we have a live report fro aurora now. ed, you're learning more about this and his failed oral exam. what did you find out? >> reporter: well, clear aly a lot of attention being placed in the atmosphere, the environment that james holmes was in there at the university of colorado. a source told us that toward the end of the past spring semester, james holmes did very poorly on a final exam. this at the same time that law enforcement sources were telling us he was amassing the weapons and explosive materials used in this attack. so they are trying to find the connections there and what might have happened. and of course as you mentioned, this package that was mailed apparently just days before the attack here in aurora, and that package found in a mail room on the university of colorado campus on monday. and according to the cbs news reports that inside that package there was a notebook that had writings from james holmes talking about wanting to kill
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people and also drawings showing a gunman killing his victims. so obviously investigators paying a great deal of attention to the psychology of all of that to see if they can garner any clues as to what might have been the motive here. >> just going back to the oral exam, and i know you just have a few details about this, but we've always heard what a great student this person was. so the oral exam, was that a first failure for him? do we know? >> reporter: well, it's interesting. there have been some reports where students have come out and said that there haven't been -- that he was not a stellar student. but what we've had to go on is that he came to this university because he was awarded a grant from the national institutes of health to study neuroscience, one of only six students to receive that. you know, the description in that award was saying people who went -- went to people who could make a significant contribution in this field. so based on that, you know, obviously, it doesn't seem like some grant that is awarded to poor students.
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so he must have shown some signs of being a promising student. but clearly things changed after he got here in some way. and that's what we're trying to piece together. >> also holmes' public defenders got a first look inside his apartment. what were they looking for? >> reporter: well, this was a chance for the defense attorneys who -- let's be honest and up front here, they have not spoken and haven't said a word about defending james holmes. they haven't said anything about him since they were brought onto this case. but they were seen inside the apartment. this was a chance for them to be able to check out the scene. they will be given the same opportunity to do -- at the crime scene of the movie theater as well, which is still cordoned off and closed off. so this is, you know, a chance to give them a chance to look for whatever evidence or, you know, to be able to kind of take in the scene and take away from that what they want to as they prepare their defense of james holmes. >> i guess it would give them a snapshot of who this guy is, or
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who he used to be, or something like that so they can present a defense. ed, thank you so much. >> reporter: yeah. a chance to see his living environment, that sort of thing. right. possible new lead in the search for two missing iowa girls. the sheriff says he believes this grainy video shows elizabeth collins and her cousin lyric cook before they went missing.
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50 minutes past the hour checking our top stories now a new development this morning in the search for the two missing iowa girls. elizabeth collins and her cousin larah cook. this is grainy surveillance video. it shows the girls on their bicycles on july 13th the day they went missing. investigators believe the girls were indeed abduct ed and are still alive. we'll see later today if investors hit the like button on facebook earnings. it will issue its first earnings report as a publicly traded
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company. shares have been hovering around $28 well below the ipo price. remember this incredible video of a motorcyclist doing 186 miles per hour? oh, yeah. it looked cool. this wild ride happened in canada in april. no one was hurt but it's illegal to drive that fast so police received tips identifying the man doing the driving as 25-year-old brandon scott. he surrendered and faces up to five years in prison if he is convicted of dangerous driving. in weather news the ohio valley and northeast could see nasty storms today. the biggest concern is damaging winds and hail. cities that could be hit hardest, new york, pittsburgh, columbus, and cincinnati. olympic action is starting a big preliminary olympic soccer match under way between spain and japan. the spain's men's team has a reputation for winning but japan's team lost all three of their matches in the beijing
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olympics. in health for her this morning consider this the next time you fly. maybe the airport not the airplane making you sick. m.i.t. researchers looked at the 40 largest airports and came up with a list of the most disease prone airports. the top three? take a look. no surprise. new york's jfk international airport. the los angeles international airport. and honolulu's international airport. don't forget to talk back on one of the big stories of the day. the question for you this morning should businesses be banned because of political beliefs? ♪
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we asked you to talk back on one of the big stories of the day. the question this morning should businesses be banned because of
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political beliefs? government should not interfere with free enterprise when the business is operating legitimately. they should focus on allowing these people to create jobs. this from gary. no business should be banned because of the political speech of a company's president. if people are offended by him just take your business elsewhere. this from robert. it's time to take a stand and say you cannot contribute to organizations that seek to des krim nate against any group of americans period. you can say what you want when you want where you want but we don't have to let you set up shop in our back yard to do it. this from sherry. big hurrah for chicago and boston. gays are sick and tired of being second class citizens. but chick-fil-a doesn't mind taking gay or married gay money though. keep the conversation going. facebook.com/carol cnn. always glad for your comments. the next hour of cnn newsroom starts after a quick break. everyone has goals.
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brand new system being used for the first time. new this morning reports of one olympian already heading home after failing a drug test. health scare. new details on the hepatitis outbreak spreading across the country. we're learning more about the man suspected of being behind the scare. ice melt. amazing video this morning. massive rivers of melting ice from greenland wiping out key bridges and roadways. huge parts of the ice covered arctic vanishing into the ocean. and a kid from the bronx taunted and teased as a kid. now he is london bound representing the usa in gymnastics. we'll introduce you to olympian jaime navarro orosco. cnn newsroom starts right now. and good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining us. we start this morning talking about the new doping accusations. nine athletes are already banned. one is a ukrainian woman who took third place in the 1500 meter run in beijing.
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the others are from morocco, greece, turkey, bulgaria, three from russia and another from ukraine all in track and field. we'll go to london for the latest. a greek high jumper. just to clarify things these athletes aren't necessarily or weren't necessarily taking part in the olympic games, right? >> reporter: exactly. that's right. a number of those bans are actually just the confirmed ones from previous indications they tested positive for drug testing. the big story right now is a situation developing on the greek team. more trouble for them. the greek world indoor champion in high jump has failed a drug test. it was a surprise test that is believed to have been done about ten days or so ago. his father, who is also his coach according to two media outlets, had issued a letter to the greek media, and he said this. my son will not be participating in the olympics leaving an
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unfulfilled dream. he said the news has shocked my family. he also indicated that he will not contest this and he is just going to withdraw. also, a moroccan middle distance runner had tested positive for drugs and she just got kicked out of the olympics and was sent back to morocco. carol? >> back to these new doping measures, i mean, tell us more about them. are they -- i hear they're new and experimental. not experimental anymore because they're using them. but new and highly effective. >> yeah. they are. basically this is something that the country has really taken very seriously. they've got something like 150 scientists to test half of the 10,000 athletes here for the olympics. what they're doing is they're going to be running up samples to a laboratory that exists in essex and do around-the-clock testing. the focus is on a program called the biological passport program. what that is, is that blood from
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athletes has been tracked very carefully over time so it's not necessarily that they just, boom, test positive for drugs, but what it does is it shows physiological changes over time that indicate there could be some doping there. so when they see those indicators they go you, you, you, and then test it which is why they're beginning to catch a little more straight away. >> zain vergee reporting live from london. on to american politics but let's stay in london. mitt romney has been meeting with the british prime minister david cameron. things were going well until the prime minister became aware of a comment mitt romney said to nbc news about security and the london games. it caused the british press to become a bit miffed. let's head to london and check in with jim acosta for more. >> reporter: good morning, carol. all of this controversy is really swirling around some comments mitt romney made last night in an interview with nbc
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where he was asked about how the games are going and the preparations that are being made in london and romney took note of some of the problems they had here in london preparing for the games. now, those comments that he made have been seized upon not just by the british press but the british prime minister david cameron. let's play what mitt romney said to nbc and then we'll talk about how david cameron the prime minister here reacted to that. >> you know, it's hard to know just how well it will turn out. there are a few things that were disconcerting that -- >> reporter: so there you have mitt romney telling nbc that there have been some problems here and that is disconcerting. prime minister david cameron was at an olympic event, preolympic event talking to the press this morning and was asked about mitt romney's comments. and i'll just read to you some of what he said. he said basically that he is going to talk to mitt romney
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about how london, he says, is going to show the whole world, not just that we can come together as a united kingdom but also we're extremely good at welcoming people from across the world and then he went on to say, quote, we are holding olympic games in one of the busiest, most active bustling cities anywhere in the world. of course it's easier, the prime minister said, if you hold an olympic games in the middle of nowhere. now, we're not exactly clear if he was referring to the olympic games mitt romney was running back in salt lake city in 2002, but the prime minister did not sound pleased when he was asked about those comments earlier this morning. carol? >> jim, i just want to read to our audience more of what mitt romney told nbc news about the london games. we just played a bit of that bite. we'll read you more of mitt romney's quote. romney said to nbc, you know it's hard to know just how well it will turn out. there were a few things that were disconcerting. the stories about the private security firm not having enough people. the supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials that obviously is not something which is encouraging.
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so that's more in full of what mitt romney told nbc news and maybe that makes david cameron's remarks more, i don't know, understandable i guess. >> reporter: right. i mean, what's interesting about all of this, carol, is that the romney campaign and even mitt romney, himself, have made it clear they don't plan to criticize the president on foreign soil. they've been very open and up front about that. but it's interesting to note that in some comments the gop contendors made just about the olympic games that's gotten people somewhat up in arms here in great britain on the front, on the main page for the "london daily telegraph" one of the main newspapers here the headline says mitt romney questions whether britain is ready for the games. and so this is not going over well here. this is one of those things that can happen to a leader on a foreign trip and campaigns try very hard to avoid these kinds of stumbles but occasionally they do happen. and so in just a few moments we're expecting to see mitt
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romney come out of number 10 downing street where he is meeting with the prime minister and we hope to be able to ask him about these comments and about this controversy. carol? >> we'll let you go. and when mitt romney comes out and starts speaking we'll go back to london. jim acosta reporting live for us this morning. another top republican stirring buzz over his presidential pursuits. new jersey governor chris christie was on the jersey shore and he did not back away from questions that follow him everywhere. will he seek the white house in 2016? christie said he will consider it if mitt romney is not in the oval office. but the man known for bluster and big talk quickly batted down another idea. one man in the crowd asked if christie challenged romney for the nomination this year and christie said flat out no. now to new, chilling details from the colorado shooting rampage. just before the killings, police say james holmes apparently sent a package to the university of colorado in aurora where he recently dropped out of classes. the contents of that package
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reportedly showed a fury was building. last hour we spoke to an expert on the criminal mind. >> it does seem like this was a cry for help. it seemed like this was something that when mr. holmes was preparing this it seems like he was really trying to communicate about what he had been planning to do and if someone had seen it, it might have triggered a duty to warn which would have trumped his confidentiality and allowed them to warn and take action before this happened. my personal view of what may have been going on with this man is that he has had a psychotic break and that he's been going in and out of paranoid state and very often when people do that they have states of mind where they lose touch with reality and can get very grandiose and feel like things mean things and have connections that they don't necessarily have. >> okay. a bit of reassuring news now. for the first time neighbors of
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the accused shooter are allowed to go back home over the weekend as you know police defused a catastrophic booby trap in holmes' apartment. the sandusky child sex abuse scandal at penn state university could turn into a nasty insurance fight. penn state's primary general liability insurer wants to deny coverage because it says the school did not disclose what it knew about jerry sandusky's behavior. we now know why penn state will not fight the ncaa punishment which includes a four-year bowl ban. telling cnn they would have received a four-year total ban on football if it had not accepted the sanctions. today hospitals in eight states want to know how many patients might have come into contact with david kwiatkowski the former lab technician accused of infecting patients with the liver disease hepatitis c. he worked in new hampshire, kansas, maryland, michigan, new
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york, arizona, georgia, and pennsylvania. cnn's elizabeth cohen has the latest on the man police are calling a serial infector. >> reporter: carol, the scope of this has become huge. in new hampshire alone more than 6,000 people need to get tested because they might have been infected with hepatitis c by dived kwiatkowski while he was a technician at exeter hospital in new hampshire. they're having a public meeting tonight to talk to these thousands of people and explain how the testing process will work. of course more people need to be tested in at least seven other states. meanwhile an fbi investigation has confirmed that in 2008 kwiatkowski was seen by an employee taking a syringe, an employee in an operating room observed him enter an operating room, lift his shirt, put a syringe in his pants and exit the room. three empty syringes bearing fentanyl labels were found on his person. an empty morphine sul investigate syringe and needle were later found in his locker.
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a drug test found fentanyl and opiates in his urine. it's a very powerful narcotic, highly addictive, in the opiate family. by the time new hampshire authorities found kwiatkowski he was no longer living at exeter hospital. he was living in a hotel. he was intoxicated when they found him and they said he was suicidal. carol? >> thanks so much. on the new hampshire charges alone, kwiatkowski faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. it's big, beautiful, but most of the ice has now melted. that is causing major problems in other places. whether it's showing competitors' rates or striving to be number one, we're always up for a little competition. zap! [ sparking ]
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enroll now. it's 14 minutes past the hour. checking our top stories now investigators say a package apparently sent by james holmes was found in the university of colorado mail room on monday. cbs view says it was addressed to a psychiatrist. sources say it contained notes and drawings about killing people. a judge threatens to have accused fort hood shooter major nidal hasan forcibly shaved before his trial starts in august. hasan is accused of killing 13 people at fort hood in 2009.
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his beard violates army policy. hasan's defense says he is refusing to shave in observance of the muslim holy month of ramadan. in money news your grocery bill is about to go up. farmers suffering through the worst drought in decades is translating to higher prices. ground chuck that now costs an average of $3.45 a pound will inch up to about $3.59 a pound. a dozen eggs will climb about 2% to an average of $1.71. and milk will jump about 3% from today's average of $3.40 a gallon to about $3.50. in weather news the ohio valley and the northeast could see some nasty storms today. the biggest concern is damaging winds and hail. cities that could be hardest hit -- new york, pittsburgh, columbus, and cincinnati. looks like the best in major league soccer are better than the best team in europe. the major league all stars deefgt chelsea in last night's
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all-star game. the seattle sounders scored the winning goal. incredible pictures. we know the ice melt in greenland this summer has been bigger and faster than norm a & m. here you can see some of the results in real time. a flooding run off wiped out a bridge near greenland's largest airport. many exports believe climate change is the cause of the huge ice melts. as "the washington post" put it, something amazing happened. the senate passed a piece of legislation. it would extend the bush tax cuts only for those making up to $250,000. they would expire for the richest americans. the less amazing aspect of this, it doesn't mean much. tax laws must originate in the house of representatives not the senate. but, still, as republican mitch mcconnell put it, what today's votes arl about is showing the people who sent us here where we stand. senator rand paul, a republican, voted on the legislation. he is in washington. welcome. >> hello. good to be with you. >> good to have you with us.
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we heard what mitch mcconnell said. why was this vote necessary in your mind? >> well, i think it's a mistake, you know, to raise taxes on anybody when we're in the middle of a recession. we're all interconnected, so if you raise taxes on people who are richer than you are, you work for them often, and a good example is a few years ago the democrats got all hot and heavy and they wanted to tax yachts, rich people who had yachts. the problem is the guys who lost their jobs were the guys building the yachts. you can't tax one segment and say we're going to punish rich people. we're all interconnected and it punishes the economy is what it does. it's a mistake. >> you told news max this is all moot because in the end you think president obama will extend all the bush tax cuts even for the wealthiest americans. why do you feel that way? >> well, you know, it's a prediction. i could be wrong. but i think he will because last year he did the same thing. we ended up extending them for everyone and the president said
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last year it's a mistake to raise taxes on people in a recession and really our economic growth right now is slower than last year. anybody who thinks we're not still in a recession, that we're not still struggling, that americans aren't struggling really isn't looking at the economy. so i think in the end the president will look at his electoral prospects slipping away this fall and he may well come back to us in september or october and go ahead and say you know what? we shouldn't raise taxes now. >> i think that most americans know where both sides stand on taxes. i think what most voters are frustrated about is that congress isn't doing much. for example this vote. it doesn't really mean anything. because it won't go anywhere. they actually want congress to do something. >> well, i think you're right. i called the president two weeks ago and offered my services again. i'm willing to come to the white house. i'm willing to work with the president. i have no personal animosity for the president. i will work with him on
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reforming social security. social security is $6 trillion short. i will work with him on medicare. medicare is $35 trillion to $40 trillion short. i have offered my services but i get no phone calls back from the president. >> well, i think that most people think nothing actually will be accomplished until after the election is over in november. >> you might be right but it doesn't mean we shouldn't try. i'm willing to work with the president on this. i'm willing to work with the president on closing loop holes in the tax code. but the thing is he has to come in from the campaign trail and talk to us. i'm willing to go to the white house. i have made repeated phone calls and letters to the white house and i'm not getting any response. >> i'd like to ask you about mitt romney now. he is overseas. he just met with the prime minister. did you hear the latest flap? >> reporter: something about the olympics. seemed to be sort of a mountain out of a mole hill. i didn't really grasp the significance. >> in a nutshell mitt romney talked about the security issues
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in london, something that we've all heard about, and he wondered if -- i'll read you mitt romney's exact quote. this is what he told nbc news. he says, you know, it's hard to know just how well it will turn out. he's talking about the olympics. there were a few things that were disconcerting. the stories about the private security firm not having enough people. the supposed strike of the immigration and customs official. that obviously is not something which is encouraging because in the games there are three parts that make it successful and security of course is one of the big parts. david cameron took issue with that. should he have? >> i don't know. you know, i think you take your life in your own hands when you go before london tabloids, so it's a dangerous occupation going over there and saying anything probably. no, i think a mountain out of a mole hill i don't really understand the tempest. >> this was david cameron the prime minister not exactly the tabloids. >> i still don't understand it. it seems to me to be a nonissue and we're really grasping for straws if that's what we're
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going to look at. i think really in our country the big thing going on, and this is a pretty amazing thing. we're now enrolling more people to be disabled every month than we are enrolling to work. 70,000 people last month became disabled and 60,000 people got a job. we've got real problems in our country with joblessness, with foreclosures. look at nevada. look at the terrible things that are still going on in nevada with unemployment over 10%. i mean, these are real problems. whether or not some kind of accusations are about whether the olympics are being run smoothly in london i think is a real nonissue. >> senator paul, thank you so much for joining us this morning. >> thanks for having me. the back lash over the chick-fil-a president's comments on same sex marriages? getting hotter. the focus of our talk back today. ( whirring and crackling sounds )
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now is your chance to talk back. the question this morning should businesses be banned because of political beliefs? eat more chick-fil-a and oh, those delicious waffle fries. no. that would be like serving up deep fried hate in chicago.
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>> chick-fil-a's values are not chicago values. they're not respectful of our residents, our neighbors, and our family members. >> boston is also on the list of cities where chick-fil-a is not welcome to build anymore new restaurants. why? because of chick-fil-a's president's comments denouncing same sex marriage. >> i think we're inviting god's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage. >> gay rights groups immediately sprang to action and are planning a national same sex kiss in day at chick-fil-a next week. conservatives are rallying too thanks to former arkansas governor mike huckabee. >> i think it would be great in the light of the fact they've been under attack is everybody appreciates a business who stands up for good things maybe wednesday, august 1st, could be
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let's go to chick-fil-a day in america. >> chick-fil-a insists they treat everyone with honor, dignity, and respect regardless of their sexual orientation or gender. what both sides of this fight are suggesting is what you'd expect. demonstrations and boycotts but the chicago and boston mayors are going a step furth beyer trying to ban the company from building new restaurants. so the talk back question, should businesses be banned because of political beliefs? facebook.com/carol cnn. i'll read your comments later this hour. the final points of presidential politics. we'll take a look at how the campaigns work behind the scenes to manage the message that we the media deliver to you. i love cash back.
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breaking news on cnn. mitt romney walking outside after meeting with the british prime minister david cameron. let's listen. >> policy, economic outlook, and developments here in the uk and across europe and across the world. i found the discussions to be enlightening and instructive and have enjoyed the personal opportunity to come to know a number of the members of the leadership here in great britain. i can tell you that i also feel as americans do across our nation a special relationship with the nation of great britain and with the people here. obviously, our appreciation for the contribution of british soldiers and fighting side by side with those of the coalition and those from our nation in afghanistan and elsewhere over
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the last many years is something which is important to us and that we recognize as a contribution that has bettered the world. i'm also excited about the opening of the olympics. last night i had the occasion to watch a report on the olympic torch being carried across great britain, saw the response of tens of thousands, actually millions of people across great britain. the enthusiasm for the spirit of the olympics and the symbolism of a torch which represents hope and opportunity was heartening to me and i'm sure heartening to all of those who had the chance to touch the torch. i also applaud the work of the organizing committee in bringing the olympic experience right into the heart of london to look out of the back side of 10 downing street and see a venue, having been constructed, knowing
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athletes will be carrying out their competition almost in the back yard of the prime minister is really quite an accomplishment on the part of those who wanted to make sure the olympics was not something held far off where the people could not enjoy it but instead the olympics would be held right in london itself. this is an indication of a community that will share in the olympic experience, be unified and uplifted by it, and i'm delighted we'll be able to be here, my wife and i will be able to be here at least for the very beginning of this olympic experience. with that i'm happy to take a couple of questions. please. [ question inaudible ] >> we talked about the great progress that has been made in organizing the games. my experience as an olympic organizer is that there are always a few very small things that end up going not quite right in the first day or so. those get ironed out. and then when the games themselves begin and the
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athletes take over, all of the mistakes that the organizing committee -- and i made a few -- all of those are overwhelmed by the many things that the athletes carry out that capture the spirit of the games. so i don't know of any olympics that's ever been able to be run without any mistakes whatsoever but they're small and i was encouraged for instance to see that something that could have represented a real challenge which was immigration and customs officers on duty, that is something which was resolved and people are all pulling together. [ question inaudible ] >> i'm very delighted with the prospects of a highly successful olympic games. what i've seen shows imagination and forethought and a lot of organization and expect the
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games to be highly successful. >> thank you, governor. >> thanks again. pardon? [ question inaudible ] >> we did speak at some length about syria, about iran, egypt, tunisia, libya as well as pakistan, afghanistan, among other places in the world. and spoke about the developments in syria. i don't want to refer to any comments made by leaders representing other nations. nor do i want to describe foreign policy positions i might have while i'm on foreign soil. i think discussions of foreign policy should be made by the president and the current administration not by those that are seeking office. so i really am not going to add anything about my own views on syria. i've commented on that when i was in the united states. i can only say that i appreciated the insight and
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perspectives of the leaders of the government here and opposition here as well as the head of mi 6 and as we discussed syria and the hope for a more peaceful future for that country. thank you. >> and mitt romney walking away. he caused a little bit of a stir during his meeting with prime minister david cameron. at least that's what david cameron might say. mitt romney sat down with nbc ne news, the interview aired last night, and he talked about the security surrounding the london games. as you know they've had a number of security problems. they had to call in extra military personnel because a private company backed out of their promises to provide enough security personnel to mann the games. so this is what mitt romney said on nbc news. let's listen. >> you know, it's hard to know just how well it will turn out. there are a few things that were
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disconcerting, the stories about the private security firm not having enough people. the supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials. that obviously is not something which is encouraging. >> okay. and this is how david cameron responded to this. the british prime minister this morning. >> we are holding an olympic games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities anywhere in the world. of course it's easier if you hold an olympic games in the middle of nowhere. >> we're not sure if the middle of nowhere was salt lake city, utah. we're not sure. we're trying to get jim acosta on the phone. he was outside of that press conference. as you heard mitt romney had only glowing things to say about the london games in that impromptu press conference. we'll take a short break and be back with much more. e dysfunctin get in your way? talk to your doctor about viagra. ask if your heart is healthy enough for sex. do not take viagra if you take nitrates for chest pain; it may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure.
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forward this morning. katherine jackson is back at her california home and the son of michael jackson's brother tito is now looking after michael jackson's three children. t.j. jackson went to court and was appointed temporary guardian of prince, paris, and prince michael ii. his three children -- or those three kids have been in the custody of their grandmother katherine since michael jackson's death. katherine spent several days at an arizona resort and yesterday katherine finally came out after allegations she had been kidnapped by her own children to read a prepared statement to abc news. >> i'm devastated that while i've been away my children, my grandchildren have been taken away from me. >> okay. so a.j. hammer joins us now with all of this continuing, unfolding drama. so, first off, why the change in guardians? >> well, carol, the judge essentially suspended katherine jackson as guardian because she wasn't there and available to
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fulfill her duties. she was still mysteriously away in arizona when the judge made the ruling. but the judge did leave open the possibility that custody could be returned to katherine jackson when she returned home, which she has now done. when she delivered that prepared statement to abc last night, she talked about t.j. becoming the kids' guardian. let's watch what she said. >> and i told him it wasn't necessary for him to go down and sign up for guardianship but i don't know who instructed him to do that but -- because he wanted me to come home before that happened. >> so, carol, she doesn't even know as she said who instructed him to obtain guardianship and there is now every indication that katherine will be back in court probably soon to try to regain control over her children. >> yes. i was going to ask you that. so will t.j. maintain guardianship or would -- will it automatically revert to katherine jackson? >> i think he will maintain guardianship until a judge makes another ruling. i don't see anything to stand in
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the way of that happening. but as we've seen, and this is full of mysteries, and of course, carol, there was also the notion that katherine jackson was being held against her will. she addressed that in her statement last night. she shot the idea right down. i want to watch that with you. >> there are rumors going around about me that i've been kidnapped and held against my will. i'm here today to let everybody know i'm fine and i'm here with my children and my children would never do a thing like that, hold me against my will. very stupid for people to think that. >> it really is amazing. of course the whole story wouldn't be out there for children and her grandchildren weren't publicly putting it out there. michael jackson's oldest son prince telling a different story. this is a fascinating new development. telling a much different story than her grandmother who defended her children. he sent out a letter on twitter saying how misguided and how badly she was lied to. it just gets more complicated.
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janet jackson not looking all that good with an image that michael jackson jr. had put out there of a text where she essentially looks like she is saying, keep the kids from speaking with their grandmother. >> i'm sure there will be many more developments to come. a.j. hammer, thank you so much. if you want information on everything breaking in the entertainment world a.j.'s got it tonight on showbiz tonight at 11:00. according to ford, the works fuel saver package could terally pay for itself. jim twitchel is this true? yes it's true. how is this possible? proper tire inflation, by using proper grades of oil, your car runs more efficiently, saves gas. you could be doing this right now? yes i could, mike. i'm slowing you down?
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severe weather today in the ohio valley. hail, strong winds, maybe even tornadoes. >> if the hail gets big it will certainly feel strong when it comes down on your head or a windshield. it could be dangerous later on. it is all in this region that has already seen showers and thunderstorms some of which were severe earlier and now is taking a break. the atmosphere is getting more moist and hor hot certainly and that is going to only contribute to what we expect later today. from cincinnati up through columbus, state college, pittsburgh, new york. up north into hartford, albany, springfield, even into boston a moderate risk of severe weather that likely will contain damaging winds and yes some large hail, isolated tornadoes
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possible as well. the tornadoes aren't the big thing. remember this past couple weeks really we've had several series of severe weather outbreaks that didn't have tornadoes. just the straight line winds that can do just as much if not more widespread damage. the heat obviously a factor and a strong system for this late in july. 90s in memphis. 90 or better from new york to d.c. adding fuel to the fire. we'll keep an eye on it. >> thank you, rob. heading into the summer games one u.s. gymnast is an all-around inspiration. john orosco's journey from the bronx to london 2012.
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american olympian john orosco is one to watch for the all-around gold in men's gymnastics. we talked to him about his journey from the bronx to london. jason joins me. this is a great story.
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>> reporter: you know, he is already a champion in so many ways. this guy fought back so much. his parents didn't have the money, you know, training was difficult over the years. he was bullied in school. but he had great parents and, carol, he had the drive to win. john orozco's goal of going for gold started long before he made the u.s. olympic team. his dream began when he was just 7 years old. >> i never said quit. because a lot of stuff was happening in my life and that's made me just want to, you know, quit and give up my dream but i didn't let it happen and my parents definitely didn't let it happen. >> reporter: orozco grew up here in the bronx. things were tough. not just the challenges of the streets but his family struggled financially. and just being a gymnast here in the bronx presented problems for
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orozco as well. >> a lot of the guys in school were like giving me slack and saying, okay. gymnast? like so you going to be a woman in tights? like running around leaping around and stuff and dancing? i said, i'm not going to respond with any violence or any witty comebacks or anything because it's not worth it. they can throw all the negativity they want at me. i'm not going to let it burden me. >> reporter: it became a family commitment. his mother would take him to gym practices, a two to four-hour commute each day. >> he couldn't stay after school and he couldn't join clubs and he had to run to practice. and then when he got upstate where he was practicing he wasn't part of that neighborhood or that arena either. >> reporter: so it made him tougher. >> it did. it made him much tougher. >> reporter: orozco trained harder -- four hours a day five days a week.
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his coach knew it was something special about him. >> people asked me if he's a once in a lifetime gymnast and i joked around and say he's once in a hundred life times gymnast. >> this is -- >> a bedroom orozco shared with his two brothers is lined with his medals. >> how do i get the big ones? well john, you get first place. he says okay. >> so then he competed with the big guys and he took them. >> reporter: now at 19 years old orozco is poised to compete on the biggest athletic stage of his life. >> the heart that he has, the dreams that he has. he's a gold winner already. anything on top of that is great. >> reporter: his coaches say he has a shot at gold. already there is an endorsement, photo shoots, even so he says no
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pressure. you don't feel any pressure at all going into the olympics, none, zero? >> nope. i kind of feel like there's more pressure with trials to make the team. >> reporter: okay. >> now it's like a sigh of relief and i can just go and do my gymnastics. boom, boom. >> reporter: although orozco might make for a good coach -- >> and straight. that's it. >> reporter: he doesn't see a future in coaching. instead, his next goal? acting or singing. ♪ i had to live i had to live >> reporter: he says he'll keep working on his voice with the hope that practice will indeed make perfect. all right. good for him. you know what? he says the first thing he wants to do as soon as the olympics are over, he wants to take a vacation in a very warm place and given all the work that he's done he certainly deserves it. >> incredible. what a charming young man. i can't wait to watch him.
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so what did his parents say to help him overcome adversity in school? >> you know, carol, they told him to stick with it. you know, one of those things every single day. they said you've got talent. stick with it. stick with it. and he just -- it was one of those things he just sort of kept in his mind. it was hard work for the parents too. those drives up to the gym two to four hours every day four days a week. it was commitment really on the whole family's part. >> yeah. you know, sometimes it just takes one or two people to believe in you and of course those were important people in his life. >> absolutely. >> good for him. thanks for a great story, jason. >> reporter: you bet. talk back on one of the big stories of the day. should businesses be banned because of political beliefs? facebook.com/carol cnn. comments next. do you see it ? there it is ! there it is ! where ? where ? it's getting away ! where is it ? it's gone. we'll find it.
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in today's daily dose dr. travis stork from tv's "the doctors" says exposure to germs isn't necessarily a bad thing. in fact, the doctor says they can make us healthier in the long run. >> we can't be afraid of germs. germs are all around us. they're on my hand right now. believe it or not kids that grow up around pets and pets are notorious for carrying germs, they are actually less likely to get things like asthma and allergies because we need exposure to germs for our immune systems to function correctly. i always say for the most part if you're washing your hands at home just use good old fashioned soap and water for 20 seconds. the antibacterial stuff, if it's over used, it actually breeds resistance. hey, if you're around a bunch of sick people and you want to use antibacterial soap, go for it. but you don't need to, you know, make everything in your house completely antiseptic.
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>> now to the talk back question of the day. the question was should businesses be banned because of political beliefs? this from skip. as much as i may disagree with the business owner's beliefs as long as he is not breaking the law on how open rates the business he can operate anywhere but i have the right not to buy its product because i loathe his views. this from jeanine. what happened to free speech in this country? mr. cathy is entitled to his opinion and the people of chicago and boston can make their own choice about whether or not to eat at chick-fil-a. this from john. i applaud the mayors of boston and chicago for standing up for equal rights. if you can say you don't want a walmart or strip joint on your block you can say you don't want a company that advertises discrimination. this from camilla. this should be classified under freedom of speech. i will support chick-fil-a. please keep the conversation going. facebook dooth com/carol cnn. thanks as always for your comments. i sure appreciate them. thanks for joining me this morning. cnn newsroom continues right now with kyra phillips.
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hello everyone. it's 11:00 on the east coast. 8:00 on the west. crops withering as the severe drought sweeps across the country. get ready to pay more for your food. and one day until the opening ceremonies and we already have our first olympic doping scandal. rebels ready to fight to the end to take control of syria's largest city. we'll take you inside the exploding civil war. grieving families and friends begin to bury their loved ones and a stunning clue out of aurora, colorado. a letter discovered in the mail room at the university of colorado's medical campus sent by james holmes. the details inside that package apparently contained key details about friday's theater massacre and could finally expose not only how holmes allegedly executed his rampage but also answer the one question no one knows or understands.
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why? let's get straight to ed lavendara on the ground for us in aurora, colorado. do we know who this package was actually sent to and when? >> reporter: our understanding is that it was sent to a psychology professor there at the university of colorado where james holmes had been studying for the past year in that ph.d neuro science program. we learned about the package at the university back on monday when several buildings on campus had to be evacuated for several hours as bomb technicians and teams looked at it to make sure there were no explosive devices or anything. all of that was cleared. yesterday we learned the package had been sent to the university, was found in the mail room, and was addressed from james holmes. kyra? >> sorry about that, ed. i thought we had a little sound there. let's talk about the details. >> reporter: i'm so

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