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and many people go to cuba, so why all the fuss over jay-z and beyonce's trip? why the celebrity couple could be in hot water. this is "cnn newsroom" and i'm suzanne malveaux. we go to south florida. two boys now missing. investigators in tampa say that their father took them from the grandmother's home, tied up the grandmother and then took off with the kids. they believe they're actually on a sailboat with the mother, 2-year-old chase and his 4-year-old brother cole. both last seen in their pajamas. i want to bring in sara ganim in miami here. first of all, explain this to us. the parents don't have legal custody over the boys, but the grandmother did. why? >> yeah. this all goes back to june of 2012, suzanne. that's when this family was actually taking a road trip heading south through louisiana. they were in a motel when there was a disturbance and the police were called. when they arrived, they found that the parents were acting
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strangely. that in addition to finding weapons and a small amount of drugs, they decided that they felt the kids were in too much danger. and they actually took them into custody. they were in foster care for some time in louisiana. and the father at that point police say even went to the foster home armed and tried to take his kids back at that point. now, he wasn't successful. he left. the foster parents called police. and then just wednesday morning he did this again while these kids were in the care of their maternal grandmother. and from there you know what happened. >> so, sara, do they believe that these kids are in danger? that he would harm his own children? >> you know, i spoke to a sheriff's deputy this morning in hills borough county. and he told me that all indications at this point is that the kids are not being harmed. and they really wanted the parents to know this is an opportunity for them to reach out to law enforcement, to
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return home safely and then they could talk. this is clearly about a custody issue. and it's something they want to be able to talk to these parents about. they want this situation to end well. >> sara, i understand they have also tried to get some other family members involved in all of this to try to convince them to hand over these kids? >> right. you know, that same sheriff's deputy told me that this family's really been estranged from family members on both sides for several years. but they are taking all of the precautions that they normally take reaching out to people that they might have had contact with in trying to find these kids. really, the main focus right now i have to say is on this boat called the sulte. they left from the st. petersburg area on wednesday morning. there's surveillance video and witnesses saw them get on the boat with the kids. and now it's just a matter of searching that massive coastline with the help hopefully of other boaters to try and find them. >> all right. sara, give us an update when you have a sense of where those kids might be if they find them and whether or not they're okay. tragic story out of north
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carolina. recovering the bodies of two kids, they were buried alive after a dirt wall collapse. and crews, they were digging since late last night really in a desperate search for a 6-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy. shannon travis is in our d.c. bureau with this story. shannon, is there any sense at all, do they think that they might be able to find these children? and do we know who these children are? >> yes, suzanne. they actually have found them, moments ago i spoke with the sheriff of lincoln county, david carpenter. he told me the names of the two children who died in this tragedy. james levi caldwell, he was the 7-year-old boy. and khloe jade arwood, she was the 6-year-old girl. they were cousins, suzanne. this property was owned by the father of the boy. he says it's still unclear exactly what was being built and unclear if the proper permits had been obtained. that will be part of the ongoing investigation. of course, we're talking about a
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massive dirt pit some 24-feet deep and 20-feet wide, suzanne. officials say the father had been working on the pit when apparently the two children were trying to retrieve some small childlike pick ax. when they did, this wall of dirt simply collapsed on them. officials say they found the children this morning after 12 hours of digging and clawing. one body found at 6:00 a.m. the other at 7:00 a.m. >> we've been working a horrific scene here at this location since 6:00 yesterday afternoon. that situation has now come to a close. the two young children's bodies have been recovered from the pit in which they were at. >> some 75 workers had been desperately searching for the children, digging through dirt with their bare hands. but after a while it became clear the children could not have survived under so much dirt
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and without any oxygen. sheriff carpenter will not say the investigation will look at potential criminal wrongdoing. he's saying whatever information they find will be presented to the district attorney to determine if charges will be filed, suzanne. >> all right. shannon, thank you. such a tragic story. there's also sadness mourning today this is in kaufman county, texas. a special ceremony for the county's district attorney mike mclelland who you might recall was shot to death at his home a little more than a week ago. mclelland's wife was also killed. there's a group now, the honor network, they are handling this ceremony. and what is going to happen here, they're going to fly flags at half-staff at the courthouse to honor him as well as his wife. and police, they are still searching for the killers. now in arizona, the jodi arias trial back in session this hour. and there's a psychotherapist
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back on the stand. she's been testifying that arias was a victim of domestic violence and abuse. the big question of course whether or not the jury is buying this. our ted rowlands covering the trial from phoenix. ted, tell us a little about this. back in court again. we haven't heard what has happened for a little bit now. and now she says domestic abuse is in fact the reason why. how are jurors reacting, can you tell? >> well, it's been contentious some of the testimony, suzanne. right now they have begun today's session behind closed doors in chambers. jodi arias was back there with the judge and the attorneys. not sure what the issue is today, another delay in this trial that's gone on for four months. alyce will be back when court resumes. she has painted a picture using some text messages sent by travis alexander to the jury that it's possible she's proving through the text messages, verbal abuse mainly, but she's
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trying to paint the picture to the jury that it was possible that jodi arias could have been reacting in self-defense. the prosecution totally disagrees with not only that theory but with alyce. take a listen to a little bit of testimony of her going at it with juan martinez. it is very contentious. >> you interview them, you ask questions, you do an assessment. >> so when you're interviewing, you're not talking then, right? >> mr. martinez -- >> yes or no? my question is yes or no? >> mr., martinez, are you angry at me? >> ma'am, is that relevant to you? is that important to you? >> please refrain from laughing in the courtroom. >> and again, suzanne, alyce expected back on the stand when court resumes and expecting juan martinez aggressive with all the witnesses will continue as he continues to question the
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witness. >> explain to us exactly what this case is about. this is a woman who killed her boyfriend and now saying it's self-defense, but some people have a hard time understanding or believing her story. >> well, because she has lied repeatedly as to what has happened. originally she says i wasn't there when her boyfriend travis alexander was found dead stabbed 27 times and shot. she said i wasn't there. didn't know anything about it. then when they started to show her the proof they had that she was there, she said, oh, i was there but some intruders came in and i just ran. then she changed her story again to say, okay, i was there. i did kill him. but i did it in self-defense. the defense has a long road to go to try to convince this jury that now she's telling the truth. but this witness on the stand, it is really a good weapon for them because she's bringing to life the victim in this case as a potential abuser at least making it a possibility. but again, she's lied many times before. >> all right. ted, thank you. appreciate it. here's what we're also working on for this hour.
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you've got senate negotiators now trying to come up with this compromise to expand, if you will, some kind of reform. do we think that they are really close? especially when it comes to background checks. >> it's really amazing when you think about it as far as the background checks are concerned. all of the recent public opinion polls show overwhelming support, suzanne, among the american public for universal background checks. in other words, anyone going to a gun show or going to a private individual to purchase a gun, there should be a background check to make sure that criminals, mentally ill, terrorists, people who are convicted felons shouldn't be allowed to buy guns. most recent poll show about 90% favor that, 8% or 9% don't support that. but it's going to still be a tough, tough road to get that approved in the united states, congress, especially in the house of representatives right now where there still is this pretty strong among a lot of conservative republicans and some democrats, some pretty fierce opposition to expanding these kinds of background checks
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despite the overwhelming support of the american public. it's one of those things that happens in washington when you have a lot of members of congress who are totally, totally committed to making sure there's no reduction in the opportunity to go ahead and buy weapons. so it's a serious problem for the obama administration and for a lot of the proponents of expanded gun control in the united states. forget about the assault weapons type ban, forget about the magazine, the magazines, trying to reduce that. they're going to have enough trouble just trying to get the expanded backgrounds check in place. by no mean it's a done deal. >> how does the president actually get over that? he's trying to build momentum here obviously visiting hartford, connecticut, not far from where the school massacre took place. does he think that that kind of strategy to get people wiled up is going to put enough pressure on the senators to get something done? >> they've got a full court p z press this week. the first lady doing separate
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events on guns this week. i think the president today is going to be pretty emotional. he will meet with some of the family members of those killed, the 20 first graders, the six educators, killed in that elementary school in newtown, connecticut. you'll see, i think, a pretty emotional president when he finally does speak around 5:45 p.m. eastern later today. and it's all part of his strategy at least to try to get that expanded version of background checks passed through the house and the senate. that's the thrust. but i guess the best thing he can do from this perspective is continue the bully pulpit. he and his top advisors will be continuing it this week. >> wolf, we got to talk about this. obviously a lot of speculation hillary 2016. over the weekend we heard from the former president bill clinton saying this, america will have some very good choices for president. are you reading the tea leaves? >> i don't think you have to be a genius to suspect that hillary clinton would still very much
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like to be president of the united states or that her husband, the former president, or their daughter chelsea would like her to be president of the united states. the first woman president of the united states. i think she still has that fire in her belly, if you will. the only thing that would stop her in my opinion, someone who's spent 20 years covering the clintons, it would be if her health deteriorated if that blood clot in her head, for example. and we hope she's completely cured from that for her to come back. if there were any health-related issue. she would be 69 years old if she were elected president in 2016. that's the same age ronald reagan was when he was elected president. if she's healthy, i suspect she's going to run. i think her family would like her to do so as well. >> she looks very good. so we'll see if she gives it a go. and, wolf, i know you've spoken to just about everybody including the former british prime minister margaret thatcher. any thoughts or memories of her as well?
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>> one thing sticks out. i was our cnn pentagon correspondent on august 1, 19 9d 0 when saddam hussein sent republican guard elite troops into kuwait and went through kuwait like a knife goes through butter, if you will. president george h.w. bush was obviously then the commander in chief and he spoke with margaret thatcher. he was close with her when she was british prime minister. she writes in her memoirs but at the time it was widely reported when she said, i'll read you the quote, this is no time, george, to go wobbly. and she strengthened him. she encouraged him to make sure that the u.s. would not allow this iraqi aggression in kuwait to stand. as we all know, there were six months of a build-up. half a million u.s. and coalition troops during operation desert shield and eventually in january of '91 resulted in operation desert storm and the iraqis were kicked out of kuwait. kuwait was liberated.
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she played a very significant role in making sure that the president of the united states was firm and responsive. and i think everybody agrees to that. >> all right. wolf, thank you very much. appreciate it. up next, gas prices going down, but for how long? we're actually going to get some answers for you on that. but first, stock market hitting record highs, might be wondering if it's too late to get in, but the question might be whether or not it's time to get out. christine romans with that. kenny rogers sang about it in the gambler, but knowing when to hold and fold is key to stock market wealth. dow wrapped up best first quarter since 1998. other major indexes have also soared, but yoebt u you don't make any real money until you sell. one strategy is to cashout to lock in your gains. >> most stocks that have great earnings and sales will run up on average historically about 20% to 25% before they begin pulling back in price. so you might want to think about locking in some profits at 20% to 25%.
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>> and if you bought a stinker even in this bull market, don't hang on. >> you should always consider selling a stock if it falls 7% to 8% below what you paid for it. >> if a company's profits start to decline, that could be a warning to get out. >> the first thing i tell people is to watch the momentum in earnings year over year. if there's a detear ration in the growth rate, one should be weary. >> weary is exactly how some money managers feel about this market. cnn interviewed nearly 30 of them. their prediction, stocks won't end the year much higher than they are now. others say we're due for a pullback. >> one year, two year, three years, it's a great bull market. history shows when you have very euphoric bull phases, they give way to corrections. from november law we're up about 20%. and at this point this is exactly where a normative pullback or correction or pause occurs. >> problem is, most of us can't time the market, which is why the oracle of omaha's advice may
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breaking news now. annette funicello has died. she was my favorite. i loved her. she was my all-time favorite. >> just like so many people she was their favorite. we have today a lot of celebrities that had that one name, madonna, sure. but she was pretty much the first who you could just say annette and everyone knew. she did just pass away. we got official word from disney. she was 70 years old. they say she died from complications with multiple sclerosis. she had been diagnosed with it in her later years reportedly pretty much bedridden. but at 70 years old like you and
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so many others, they just loved watching her. she was that all-american girl. and interestingly enough, her name, annette, she was italian. at first the folks at disney thought she should change her name to something more americanized. but walt disney said absolutely not. she's so original. so we're going to keep it. so they did. she was 13 when she auditioned for him. >> how old -- well, how long was she on mickey mouse. >> exactly. three seasons she was a mouseketeer and disney kept her under contract and that's when they started making the movies, the ones we remember with frankie avalon, all of those movies that -- >> she also sang too i understand. >> she did. >> she was a singer as well. >> she did. had a romance with paul anca as well and reportedly wrote pupalpup lpy love and put your head on my
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shoulder because of you. she reminds you of your mother. i know. just a beautiful very classic beauty. and like we said, it seems to me kind of kicked off that teen dream boat stage. all the boys had a crush on her and all the girls wanted her to be their best friend. >> she was amazing. later in life what did she end up doing? >> you know, she still kind of dabbled here and there in the industry. but once she was stricken with m.s. and diagnosed, it became kind of her fight. and, you know, she struggled with it in her later years. and now we're seeing apparently she did die from complications. but we all know and love and remember her for her singing and acting and just kind of bringing a little levity and light to those, you know, '60s movies, iconic beach movies that we love. >> yeah. we loved her. does the mickey mouse club, does it still live on through
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basically what she used to? >> it evolved into what we knew later in life when we saw the justin timberlakes and britney spears. but i would say as big and popular as they are now, she was still the mouseketeer that everyone knew and loved. she kind of made the way and paved the way for them to have the success on the mickey mouse club that they did. because everyone knows and loved anne annette. >> she did have a loving husband that took care of her in the later years and stood by her side in her fight with multiple. appreciate it. this day calls you.
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where they are. interesting the past two years prices peaked at this time in april and may. and then they fell. hopefully we've already hit the peak for 2013. of course looking to throw things off course is oil prices. oil prices can be so volatile, they're based on the economy here in the u.s., based on geopolitical events both here and overseas. so that can really be the wild card in moving oil around. of course, oil prices they make up the good part of what makes up that gas price, suzanne. >> alison, we're all starting to plan our summer vacations already. the weather's getting good. do you think it's going to be cheaper or more expensive to take that vacation? >> i think it's going to probably be a little cheaper. the good news is that oil prices are falling, suzanne. able u analysts are saying more refine reu ries are getting acco cheaper and passing the savings onto customers. and oil supply is strong meaning oil prices are down as well. look where oil prices are right now. they're at $93 a barrel. this time last year they were at $105 a barrel. so we've come quite a ways from
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last year. also, older less fuel efficient cars are being replaced. more people are buying newer cars that get better gas mileage. gas prices really are better now than they were last year. you know, last year they were around $3.93 a gallon. so they're doing better now. they're 34 cents lower right now. i want to show you a map if you are one of the lucky people. you're in yellow. that's where the lowest prices are. but if you are in the redder areas like new york i filled up for $70 for my tank yesterday. so i'm still seeing sticker shock. i'm not in the yellow areas just yet. >> wow. $60, $70 that's pretty high. i'm doing about the same i think. yeah. all right. we'll still wait. thanks, we appreciate it, alison. crowded flights, seats too tight, rising ticket prices, all in the latest airline quality report. that is out today. zain asher's been digging through all of that. and of course, you know, zain, we travel all the time. it's rough out there, right?
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there are a lot of things that could go wrong. is it getting better or worse? >> actually, it's overruall getting better. but you have problems like oversales, crowded flights, also tight seats. complaints are up a whopping 20% from a new study as you mentioned on airline quality from wichita state university also purdue as well. united airlines the worst off d offend. overall, by the way, complaints could rise this year because of all the recent mergers we have coming up. mergers do temporary mean a spike in complaints. integrating two countries can be tricky. sdp we have the merger between american airlines and u.s. airways expected to be completed this fall. who knows.
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things might get worse again before they get better, suzanne. >> oh, wow. zain, i mean, is anything improving here. they don't give you a pillow anymore. anything better? >> overall things are getting better. airlines are scoring pretty high for being on time. that's partly because of fewer planes in the sky. so when you have fau e fewer planes in the sky, there tend to be fewer delays. on-time arrivals improved for eight of the 14 airlines. so you want to get somewhere on time, the best airline is hawaiian airlines. that's the best. partly because hawaiian airlines mainly travels to warm weather areas, hawaii, california, that kind of thing. they're not going to be delayed for snowstorms or blizzard. also mention that lost luggage is actually at a 25-year low. virgin america gets top marks there. pretty good. but not vm bags go missing on its watch mainly because of the fees. fees are actually encouraging people to actually check-in their bags -- i'm sorry, put
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their bags on a flight as opposed to check them in. what might actually be worse for business might actually be better for consumers, suzanne. >> all right. little good news there. thank you, appreciate it, zain. this is about beyonce, jay-z. little backlash here. they were all smiles visiting cuba last week. well, there are some lawmakers who have questions about that trip. they think they could be in trouble. we'll have that up next. ouncer ] from more efficient payments. ♪ to more efficient pick-ups. ♪ wireless is limitless. ♪ from tracking the bus. ♪ to tracking field conditions. ♪ wireless is limitless. made a retirement plan, they considered all her assets, even those held elsewhere, giving her the confidence to pursue all her goals.
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she was 87 years old and britain's first and only female prime minister. played a major role in also ending -- helping end the cold war. if you love a good steak, listen up here. new study shows there's a link now between a compound found in red meat and heart disease. so we've heard before that it is the fat in red meat that can be bad for your heart. but this seems to be something different. and of course it's getting a lot of attention. elizabeth cohen joining us to talk a little about what do we mean by this, this compound in red meat? >> it's a compound i think most people haven't heard of. it's called carnitine. your body metabolizes it into something called tmao. when they looked at adults, they looked at human beings, they said, wow, people with high levels of tmao are more likely to die of a heart attack or stroke. and when we give carnitine to lab rats, their arteries get clogged. >> so should people be eating
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less red meat? is that the conclusion of all this? >> this is not a proven cause and effect. the folks who make these products say, look, no one thing is going to cause heart disease. it's genetics, it's a bunch of things. this is what the meat institute has to say. the meat industry says this should not prompt any dietary changes and consumers who enjoy red meat should continue to do so with confidence. however, there are some doctors that say this is yet another reason to limit your consumption of red meat. if this makes you nervous, don't eat it. one of those things everybody has to decide for themselves. this is not written in stone this compound is terrible for you and going to give you a heart attack. not written in stone like that at all. if it makes you nervous, don't eat so much red meat. >> some more vegetables. >> a lot more vegetables. >> elizabeth, thanks. appreciate it. it's college day of course. basketball fans waiting for the big dance. louisville battling it out with michigan for bragging rights. ncaa championship game live report next.
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tonight is the night. march madness coming to an end with the championship game. according to some experts now, march madness is a fever that has a lot of people calling in sick. you know who you are. according to a new report 12% of workers say they have called in sick so they can watch a game. they estimate that the ncaa men's basketball tournament's going to cost companies $134 million in lost wages. some of the damage has already been done. most of it actually, most of the work missed early on in the tournament. suspect that many michigan and louisville fans also might call in sick. joe carter at the georgia dome where all of this is playing out. hot, hot, hot, right? are you going to call in sick tomorrow? you'll be here, i assume, yes? >> oh, yeah. i'll be here bright and early. we're first-in, first-out. that's how we role.
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>> all right. >> great game tonight. i think unlike college football, college basketball actually got it right. we have the two best teams in the country playing tonight for the national championship game. of course you've got the number one offense in college basketball, the michigan wolverines against the number one defense in college basketball, the louisville cardinals. speaking of louisville, what a great day for rick petino, the legendary coach elected into the basketball coach of hall of fame, he's been a head coach in the coaching ranks for over 30 years. he's been to seven final fours over his career. and tonight if he wins he could be the first coach in college basketball history to win national championships with two different schools. louisville was in the final four last year. essentially the same team. they do not want to leave tonight empty handed like they did last time. speaking of their opponent, michigan, some have said michigan is a team of destiny. the reason why i say that is because this team has really
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turned it on at the right time. coming into this tournament they've beaten powerhouse basketball schools like vcu, kansas, florida, syracuse. this team coined by a fan as the fresh five trying to do what the fab five could not do 20 years ago and that's win a national championship. and to think that this school and this team could create a legacy that guys like chris weber, ja wan howard, the most famous names in michigan basketball history could not do. i mean, the fab five, when you say michigan, that's what you can -- you think of. the black socks, bad attitudes, bullies and bad boys of college basketball 20 years ago. to think this team could create a legacy that the fab five could not is incredible, suzanne. >> it's going to be hot. we have to watch. we're going to watch all that. i have louisville in my bracket i have louisville going all the way. >> i have louisville going all the way in one of mine too, but i think it's michigan's night.
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i don't care so much about my bracket. i think it's michigan. >> all right. we'll place a bet on that. we'll see how you do. thanks again. appreciate it. beyonce, jay-z, a controversy now in cuba. what it's all about next. diarrhea, gas, bloating? yes! one phillips' colon health probiotic cap each day helps defend against these digestive issues with three strains of good bacteria. live the regular life. phillips'. it's easy to follow the progress you're making toward all your financial goals. a quick glance, and you can see if you're on track. when the conversation turns to knowing where you stand, turn to us. wells fargo advisors.
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where you stand, turn to us. ó? family and friends gathered today at the funeral for movie critic roger ebert. the crowd packed into a church in chicago and listened as his
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wife spoke. he died on thursday at the age of 70, just two days after announcing that his cancer had returned. illinois governor pat quinn, chicago mayor rahm emanuel all spoke at the funeral. beyonce, jay-z used to being in the spotlight, but not like this. two republican lawmakers from florida want to know why they ended up in cuba last week. they were there to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary, but the u.s. has tough rules against traveling to that communist country. and even though the restrictions have loosened a little last year, most americans who travel there have to have special license or permission here. so did they? that is the question. rafael romo joins us. rafael, you've been covering this. have they responded, first of all, to the lawmakers? >> they have not. not to the lawmakers, not to cuban officials, not to us for that matter. we've been trying to reach them. but listen, when somebody goes to cuba, there's the political aspect of it, there's the legal
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ramifications. but then there's the fact that it's beyonce and it's jay-z and no matter where they go in the world, people are going to go wild. and i want to show you -- >> they went nuts. >> i want to show you this part of the video where people who had been waiting for them outside the saratoga hotel in havana, cuba, when they see them, listen to the reaction that they had. >> translator: i'm very happy that such a high level figure is here in cuba. >> translator: i really wanted to see her because i like many of her songs. i'm very happy she came to cuba. >> so young people in cuba just crazy about the fact that beyonce had chosen to be there in havana. now, a couple of people who are not too happy about the fact that they were there are two cuban american lawmakers from florida. they wrote a letter to the u.s. treasury department saying the following, despite the clear prohibition against tourism in cuba, numerous press reports
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describe the couple's trip as tourism and the kasz trcastro regime touted it as such in its propaganda. it goes to the castro regime, which is big no-no, and there are laws that restrict travel. >> what do they need to do? we don't know if they got permission or not, but what do they need to do? do they need to go to the state department and get a special dissertation or how does it work? >> for the average american it's very difficult to go to cuba unless the state department sanctions the trip, it has to be an educational or cultural exchange. if it's anything other than that or if it's an official with the u.s. government or a u.s. state going, otherwise it's just very difficult and it's a violation of travel regulations under the state department. >> if they didn't get permission, what could they face? >> they're going to face a fine. i mean, this is not a case where they would face a huge legal battle or even jail. they're going to face a fine. but then again, it's more about what they did and how they did
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it and whether they told anybody with the u.s. state department that they were going and what they were doing. >> all right. we await their >> yes. >> thanks again, rafael. appreciate it. just ahead, on "cnn newsroom," halle berry taking on a surprising new role. >> this has been the biggest surprise of my life, to tell you the truth. >> why she's collaborating with fashion designer michael kors. that's up next. the doctor recommends bayer aspirin to keep this from happening to me again. it's working. [ male announcer ] be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. it can happen to anyone. talk to your doctor. anncr: and many of the tornado's it cavictims are...yone. without homes tonight. girl: first, i saw it on cable. then i read about it online. i found out how to help. i downloaded the info. i spoke up... and told my friends... and they told their friends...
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took a little longer than usual, but washington's cherry blossoms finally blooming, gorgeous there. really spectacular. temperatures finally hit above 60 degrees in d.c. over the weekend. got to love that. former boxing champ mike tyson in another fight, this time not the kind of fight you might be thinking. he is taking on the political establishment, trying to get a fellow boxer pardoned. jack johnson was the first african-american heavyweight champ and in 1913 he was convicted and a charge of transporting a white woman across state lines for immoral purposes. johnson eventually married the woman. take a listen to part of tyson's interstrview and what he told d lemon. >> they had a meeting briefly with senator reed and he's all for it, man.
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i'm just so happy that somebody with the clientele and the prestige that senator mcclane and senator reed, 114 years ago this happened and i think posthumously, it is a wonderful thing. >> obviously you have be able to relate to this man. >> not even a little bit. jack johnson was by himself. i had the naacp. i had so many black organizations, white organizations, i have white powerful lawyers taking care of me. i'm a multi, multimillionaire when i'm going through my problems. jack johnson is by himself, a few preachers and jack johnson was against black power movement and all that stuff, he was about getting it for ourselves. he was never accustomed to black people sticking together. >> senator harry reid himself a former boxer said tyson's cause
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oscar winning actress halle berry and fashion designer michael kors teaming up to fight world hunger. they're adding star power to a campaign to raise money and awareness for the united nations world food program.
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kors and berry sat down with alina cho after she revealed that she was pregnant with her second child. >> congratulations. >> thunk. . >> how do you feel? >> i feel fantastic. this has been the biggest surprise of my life, to tell you the truth. >> really? >> i was kind of past the point where this could be a reality for me. so it has been a big surprise and the most wonderful. >> girl or boy? >> i don't know. i don't know. but healthy. >> halle, as a mother, what does it mean for you to be involved with the u.n. world food program? >> especially now, being a pregnant woman and already having a child, it is so important what happens to the baby while they're in utero. the first 1,000 days is fundamental. good nutrition during that time period, fundamentalal for your baby to develop properly and normally and live a normal life.
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>> and michael, i know you've been involved with fighting hunger for a very long time, on the local level and now the united nations. why is this so near and dear to you? >> i'm a guy who likes to see results. and, you know, you see that this is a solvable problem. the food is there. you can change someone's life immediately. >> you can learn more about the campaign and how you can help tomorrow alina's interview at n eastern tomorrow right here on cnn. and this story, very inspiring, a 7-year-old boy who was battling brain cancer, well, he got to play on the field with his favorite football team. jack hoffman suited up with the university of nebraska cornhuskers for a scrimmage game on saturday and you got to check it out. watch. >> way to go, buddy. >> blockers out