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>> but stay right there because there's so much more ahead in the next hour of cnn "newsroom" and we turn it over now to our colleague fredricka whitfield. >> good to see you guys. you had a full morning, we have a very full afternoon. we'll pick up where you leave off. have a great day and see you tomorrow morning. hello, everyone. welcome to the cnn "newsroom." i'm fredricka whitfield. a look at the top stories we're following this hour right now. nearly two dozen u.s. embassies get ready to close their doors amid fears of a terror attack. a former u.s. ambassador says this move is unprecedented, and the threat is impacting u.s. travelers everywhere around the world. the message to americans around the world next. one of the cleveland women abducted by ariel castro goes back to the home where she was held prisoner for 11 years. we have neighbors' reaction to michelle knight's incredible strength.
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a global travel alert is in effect right now for all americans around the world. that's after sources say there is growing intelligence that al qaeda is planning an attack possibly in the middle east or north africa. as a precaution, the u.s. is closing 22 embassies and consulates tomorrow mostly in that region, and the threat is expected to last until the end of august. emily schmidt is live for us in washington. so, emily, former u.s. ambassador said today this is unprecedented. how big of a step is this to close so many embassies at once? >> we hear officials saying they are taking this ver seriously. they have said this number could expand. we've seen that happen overnight. yesterday we were talking about 21 embassies an consulates that would be impacted, now the number is up to 22. it's not just the u.s. involved. british and german embassies have said they're going to close their embassies in yemen. now the french have said they
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will also close their embassies. you're seeing all of this playing out because of threats people say they're taking very seriously. >> reporter: nearly one year ago americans saw what happens when terrorists attack a u.s. diplomatic compound. in benghazi, four americans died, including the u.s. ambassador. now that the u.s. government is dealing with what could be a new round of regional threats. officials say they tracked the chatter coming out of yemen for weeks, and then it changed over the past few days, more of it. enough that key members of congress were briefed about the threat. >> obviously it's serious enough we're taking concrete steps to make sure that our personnel overseas are safe. >> reporter: the state department has taken the unusual step of issuing a worldwide travel alert to americans abroad. the action is clear. nearly two dozen embassies will close on sunday, and those closings could stretch into the week. officials say the intelligence makes them particularly concerned about the u.s. embassy in yemen over the next few days.
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multiple sources tell cnn al qaeda in yemen could be in the final stages of planning an attack. for the past two years, u.s. drones have targeted regions of yemen trying to eliminate the al qaeda threat there. the threat has also been described as ambiguous, meaning it could target other u.s. or western targets across the region. >> i think this closing all of these embassies in the middle east to north africa is, in fact, unprecedented. at least i didn't see this during my career. >> and a bit of perspective, christopher hill spent more than 30 years with the state department. officials now with the state department say they can't remember closing so many posts because of this kind of terror threat. fredricka? >> how about from the white house. any new comments? >> they're telling cnn they're not going to comment on intelligence in this case, particularly as it relates to a "new york times" report that says some of this intelligence might have come from intercepted electronic communications between senior al qaeda operatives. we talk about the president, what he's doing today.
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so far it looks like he's following his regular routine, going golfing this morning, camp david later today to celebrate his birthday. the white house is pointing out he's being updated on a regular basis on this threat. has directed his national security team to take all appropriate steps they say to protect the american people. >> all right. emily schmidt, thanks so much. keep us posted from washington. the travel alert will impact americans all over the world for about a month. nick valencia is live for us at atlanta's airport, the busiest airport in the world. so, nick, you have been talking to passengers today. are they noticing any differences? are they at all nervous about their travels? >> reporter: hey, fred. domestically it is business as usual and passengers who are traveling this weekend out of the atlanta airport, which you mentioned is the busiest airport, about 240,000 passengers a day, they shouldn't notice any change. it's no longer lines, no delays related to this travel warning. the state department also says for those traveling internationally they should see no visible change in the security. we just came from the
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international terminal. it was very calm there. some passengers were aware of the travel warning were others were just sort of oblivious to it, though there were some who did tell us their travel plans would be affected by this warning. >> i do take the threat seriously, but very aware of where i'm at and my surroundings, and just trust god to take care of me. >> reporter: did it give you cause for pause before you got on the plane? >> not at all. >> reporter: airlines that fly internationally, they have not changed or canceled any flights. for those wondering about perhaps waivers or refunds if they're worried about traveling, right now they're not offering those waivers or refunds. that policy could, however, change depending on the updated information that's released by the tsa and the state department. fred? >> all right. and, nick, what about for people who are traveling say in the next month. any kind of new precautions or any advice that's being given to
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them? >> reporter: yeah. the state department is encouraging those that are traveling abroad to register their trip with the u.s. embassy. depending on the country you're going to, get in touch with that embassy where you're going to be at. also you can register for the smart traveler enrollment program to get alerts about possible crisis situations or emergency situations. i registered yesterday to check out the website. it's pretty easy to navigate. they also encourage the state department encourages passengers to check on the state department website for updates and alerts. fred? >> all right, nick valencia at atlanta's hartsfield-jackson airport. thanks so much. neighbors along seymour avenue in cleveland, ohio, call michelle knight a real inspiration. on friday knight returned to the home where she and two other women were held and tormented for more than a decade by ariel castro. castro was sentenced on thursday to life plus 1,000 years in prison with no chance of parole. knight thanked the neighbors for their help in the rescue, and they praised for her
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bravery. >> i was surprised and i gave her a hug, and she was really nice. >> she inspired me a lot because her attitude, her demeanor and all that, she is a very strong person. >> meantime, castro's house is set to be demolished as part of his plea deal. hundreds sickened in more than a dozen states. now the fda confirms it was bagged lettuce from a processor in mexico that made diners at two popular chain restaurants sick. but the ceo of taylor farms tells cnn that all tests for cyclospora is his company's mexico facility and all have been negative. cnn chief medical correspondent sanjay gupta has the latest. >> fred, we're getting some new information on what has caused the illness of around 400 people in 16 states. as you know, we've been talking about this prepackaged mixed lettuce for some time causing illnesses in iowa, but we're also now learning from the fda specifically what farm provided
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produce to a couple of restaurants in iowa and nebraska as well. the farm, taylor forms of mexico. the restaurants, olive garden and red lobster. both those restaurants are part of darden restaurant group. so taylor farms of mexico is where the fda is now focusing their attention. they're undergoing an environmental inspection right now and the fda is also saying they're monitoring all leafy greens that are coming in from mexico. i'll tell you as well, fred, that theaylo farms was actually at the heart of an inspection and investigation earlier this year because of a nationwide recall on baby spinach. that was in february of this year. that was taylor farms of salinas, california, part of the same parent group. but, again, some more information here. taylor farms of mexico and at least in the states of iowa and nebraska, we're talking about olive garden and red lobster being the two restaurants where at least four clusters, four groups of people, became ill. fred, as we get more
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information, we'll bring it to you. back to you for now. >> thanks so much, dr. sanjay gupta. darden restaurants group, which owns olive garden and red lobster, released a statement saying this, quote, iowa and nebraska health authorities have said this is not an ongoing outbreak and the product is no longer in the food supply in those states. the health and safety of our guests is our top priority and it is completely safe to eat in our restaurants, end quote. it's as if something kind of took a bite out of the kansas prairie. take a look. this is a giant sinkhole that opened up in wallace county in the western part of the state. 200 feet across, 90 feet deep, and guess what? it's still growing. thankfully there are no homes nearby and we're told these things are rather common in western kansas. watch your step. fears of a terror attack lead to what's being called an unprecedented move. u.s. embassies around the world closing. our national security analyst tells us why this threat is being taken so seriously.
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the u.s. is very worried about the possibility of an al qaeda attack in the middle east and north africa, and homeland security chairman peter king says the intelligence information is the most specific he has ever seen. >> there's very little doubt, if any, that something serious is being planned, and i think that's a worldwide alert. obviously we're focused on the middle east, but, you know, it's a potential series of attacks that really could be almost anyplace. >> cnn national security analyst juliette kayam joins us live from boston. are we talking about threats that go beyond internet chatter in your view? >> yes, likely, and, in fact, the government has essentially
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confirmed that, that for a while there's been background chatter the last couple months suggesting something is being planned and the last couple days and what would explain these alerts is more specific information. that is coming from foreign intelligence agencies in yemen and elsewhere, so it's a combination of the monitoring of communications as well as what foreign intelligence agencies are telling us at this stage. so that would explain both why the specific embassies are closed but also the worldwide alert. >> we heard earlier from the former u.s. ambassador to iraq saying this is unprecedented in his view. my dad worked with the state department and embassies in asia, africa, and the middle east for more than 30 years, and never has an embassy closure of this caliber does anyone ever remember anything like this happening. so in your view does it have a lot to do with the precaution as a result of benghazi, what happened before, during, after? >> absolutely, and we would hope so. whatever one thinks about what
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happened at benghazi, a lot of lessons were learned. there was a strong internal review, and one of that was to the extent there is at least background chatter about the targeting of hard targets, which would be an embassy, we ought to alert our embassy officials, close it down at least -- close the embassies down on sunday. there's another reason for the administration going this public. >> why is that? >> and that has to do with disrupting a planned attack. if the terrorists know, if these cells know, that we're aware they're planning something, you know, if they wait until another day, that's a victory. i know it's not perfect, but that's essentially the way it works. a delayed terrorist attack or one that they decide to wait is actually a success given how difficult it is to monitor this stuff worldwide. >> and then what is the criteria that would be measured to make the decision to reopen these embassies and consulates when that day comes? >> right. it may be that some are open and
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not others and specifically if the intelligence shows that yemen or areas around yemen might be targeted, so they're going to assess the intelligence. something in the intelligence suggests sunday is a real day to be concerned about, and we do this, the government closes the embassy not just for our own personnel but to protect the residents of those nations who might be near or also working in these embassies. so this is for everyone involved. so they'll assess the intelligence and open up either all at the same time or some. you know, we can't keep the embassies or consulates closed forever. they do tremendous work with these nations and the ambassadors have to get back to doing the work that they do. >> and with those closings, does that also mean the family members are evacuated or asked to leave these areas at least temporarily or even perhaps even that vital personnel such as ambassadors? >> yeah. there's been no -- well, we know right now at least publicly that the ambassadors and the families
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are staying at their residences if the residences are away from the consulates or embassies. with the worldwide alert, there's been no travel ban. the government is telling everyone still travel, just be smart, and i have to say registering with the embassy of the country you're traveling to should be part and parcel of anyone's international travels, just smart to do. and then decide when ambassadors and their families can get back to normal. but there might be specific precautions taken in particular countries, and that would be normal given the family members and there's children and others who essentially live their lives there. >> and sunday, tomorrow being the day that these embassies and consulates are closed, it's also called the so-called night of power, one of the holiest days on the muslim calendar. is this simply a precaution and making this closure fitting for this day? or is there something more to it beyond the threats?
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are they being specific about this day or this calendar month? >> so in what we can tell publicly and in my conversations with people, it's a strange series of intelligence gathering assets right now. so you have the background noise with specific information coming from a foreign intelligence agency. that was enough to make people focus on a particular date, but the odd thing about it is while there might be a date, the place is not known. and that's often the case. i know we wish that intelligence would disclose the attack is going to happen here, everyone should evacuate. it doesn't work that way. it's not the nature of terrorist communications. and so that's what makes it so difficult. i often say intelligence gathering now in a world with al qaeda the way it is is more an art, not a science, and the precaution seems appropriate given what we know of the various intelligence streams at this stage, and if it causes a
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delay in planning, that is a success. >> all right, juliette, thanks so much. keep us posted on what you learn. appreciate it. >> thank you. coming up next, we'll tell you about a high profile murder trial in pittsburgh, a doctor is accused of poisoning another doctor who happened to be his own wife.
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in garland county, arkansas, police have arrested the mom of an inmate who broke out of jail.
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the escaped inmate is still on the loose. his daring getaway was all caught on surveillance tape. watch as derek talks on a phone, well, you're seeing it all happen right there. he sees a chance to escape through that reception window and simply takes off while another inmate distracts the deputy, he clears the jail. so the officer gave chase but couldn't catch him who left in a getaway car. so the mother, glenda, is charged now with helping her son. he was facing charges including aggravated robbery and breaking and entering. on to pittsburgh now. the murder trial of a well-known doctor accused of killing his wife with cyanide. prosecutors say he convinced her to drink the poison by telling her it was a fertility treatment. poppy harlow is tracking the story and looking at the couple's life together. >> reporter: hi there, fredricka. it is a suspected murder mystery that has rocked pittsburgh involving two star doctors, a husband and a wife, and after a
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three-month investigation, police here allege that dr. robert fer ran tay murdered his wife, dr. autumn klein, with a lethal dose of cyanide and now he sits in this jail behind me facing charges that he vehemently denies. new details in the suspected murder mystery. for the first time we're hearing how dr. robert ferrante allegedly prepared his wivfe wife's kre teen regimen. he prepared five grams of creatnie for his wife to take by mixing it into a sugary drink. >> she was so kind, compassionate, and caring and she was a good soul. >> reporter: debbie remembers her 41-year-old doctor, the head of women's neurology at the university of pittsburgh medical center. >> i could not imagine anyone wanting to murder her. >> reporter: but in their
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criminal complaint, police say her husband, 64-year-old dr. robert ferrante, murdered her with a lethal dose of cyanide. the two had a 6-year-old daughter together. what did she say about her daughter? >> oh, it was the love of her life. >> reporter: did she talk about her husband at all? >> not at all. >> reporter: one of the theorys is that the cyanide was mixed with the creatine klein took. the levels of cyanide in her system were significant, enough to make her collapse in 30 seconds. they say when ferrante was questioned, his demeanor was indifferent. gee maintains his innocence in this thing, absolutely denies he had anything to do with her death. >> he is extremely concerned about his 6-year-old daughter. i'm sure the commonwealth would say it's a strong circumstantial case. in my opinion it's not. >> reporter: why do you think it's not? >> i'm not going to get into it.
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>> reporter: klein's parents were in court this week when ferrante pleaded not guilty. >> they had been to vacation, a week to puerto rico. >> blithe lived across the street from the couple. now that you have seen the criminal complaint and the allegations, are you surprised? >> absolutely. i think stunned is too little a word for how we feel about this. the thing i think bothers most of us is what's the motivation? >> reporter: a possible motive, police allege in the affidavit ferrante thought klein may be having an affair. >> i really believe she could have done so many greater things. that's what makes this all so awful. >> reporter: another possible motive, police say they have evidence that klein was planning to leave her husband. as for what ferrante's defense will be, his attorney told me he's not going to fight this out in the media. we're going to have to wait for the trial to hear that around the d.a.'s office here tells me they have not yet decided whether or not to seek the death penalty.
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fredricka? >> thanks so much, poppy harlow. will a-rod ever play for the yankees again? in a minor league park last night, he let his bat do the talking and later blasted his team. and despite the slow economic recovery, a new gallup poll found that only about a third of american adults prepare a household budget. economic experts say that may jeopardize your financial security and freedom. tom foreman has this week's "american journey." >> grabbing a pizza on the run is a treat ellen and joe enjoy, but even with modest incomes, a house in brooklyn, and two kids, it's also something they know they can't afford because they are among the relatively rare americans who have put together and follow a household budget. >> i think that i gain from budgeting in a sense of security, a sense that i am able to control a little bit the uncontrollable future. >> we do try to re-evaluate the
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budget every now and then, every few months, to make sure we're hitting the targets. >> reporter: that seemingly simple trick can be devilishly hard in part because economic advisers say so many people find the idea unpleasant. >> just listen to the word budget. it's not a very appealing word, is it? >> reporter: yet amhmamanda steinberg says a good budget does not have to account for every penny. people just need to make sure big important items such as household expenses, insurance, and savings are covered and once they are, the budgeter can confidently spend money on things that he or she simply wants. >> but often times that means we're going to create a life that turns into a hamster wheel because it's so expensive and hard to maintain. so if you create a budget, you have some visibility into what your life should cost so you have the freedom to spend money and you're not staying up late at night wondering how you're going to pay the bills. >> reporter: gallup fond some intriguing details in its poll. wealthier people and
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conservatives are slightly more likely to track their spending and savings. those with lower incomes and liberals are slightly less likely. even those who do budget admit it is hard to start. >> it's daunting. >> reporter: but the regard is peace of mind and guilt-free pizza, too. tom foreman, cnn. i'm beth... and i'm michelle. and we own the paper cottage. it's a stationery and gifts store. anything we purchase for the paper cottage goes on our ink card. so you can manage your business expenses and access them online instantly with the game changing app from ink. we didn't get into business to spend time managing receipts, that's why we have ink. we like being in business because we like being creative, we like interacting with people. so you have time to focus on the things you love. ink from chase. so you can.
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the u.s. is warning american travelers around the world to be on alert with fears mounting of an al qaeda terror attack
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possible. sources say there is growing intelligence that terrorists are planning an attack in the middle east or northern africa. the state department is closing down 22 embassies and consulates in the region starting tomorrow. retired army general wesley clark told erin burnett that step shows this is serious. >> my guess is that we know a little bit more than what is being said publicly. obviously, if we've got lines on what the terrorists are saying, we may be able to deter it. that's good, better if we can take the terrorists out. we don't know what the ultimate play is here, but i've got a lot of confidence in the people that have set this up behind the scenes in the state department and in the pentagon. i think we've got a lot better grip on this than we did during benghazi. we're ready for it. i'm sure there's a lot more than just mar rinnines standing by. >> almost a year ago four americans were killed on the attack in benghazi. france, germany, and britain are also closing their embassies in
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yemen tomorrow. the highest paid baseball player says he feels singled out. the yankees' alex rodriguez could face a possible lifetime ban because of the doping scandal swirling around him. a-rod made a statement though last night with his bat, but he also talked to reporters. hln's joe carter joining us now from trenton, new jersey. so what's the buzz? is there a deal in the works where he would no longer be training in the minor leagues, jerry healed, and back with the yankees? >> reporter: well, if you talk to alex rodriguez, he says that he's going to be back with the new york yankees as of monday night, that he'll be in chicago as the yankees get set for a three-game series against the white sox. we've heard reports, because we haven't heard from major league baseball quite yet, but we have heard lots of reports that baseball has given some of these play aers deadline to decide whether they want to accept the suspension or do an appeal as of sunday and that they're going to make a big announcement on monday. as it relates back to alex rodriguez, we have not seen him play live action baseball in a
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few weeks. he obviously hasn't addressed the media directly in few weeks. he did both of those last night here this trenton, new jersey. and on the field he played pretty well. he took three at-bats, hit a home run, and then off the field he addressed a number of questions to a packed room of media. he addressed peds, addressed his legacy, and he also kind of implied that there are more than one parties out there that are interested in keeping him off the field. here is a few seconds of what he said last night. >> there's more than one party that benefits from me not ever stepping back on the felt. it's not my teammates and it's not the yankee fans. >> who is it who benefits? >> i can't tell you right now and i hope i never have to. >>. [ inaudible question ] >> i'm not sure. i think it's pretty self-explanatory.
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i think that's the pink elephant in the room. i think we all agree we want to get rid of peds. that's a must. i think all the players, we feel that way. but when other stuff is going on in the background and people are finding creative ways to cancel your contract and stuff like, that i think that's concerning for me, it's concerning for president, and i think it should be concerning for future players as well. there is a process. i'm excited about the way i feel tonight and i'm going to keep fighting. >> reporter: now, fredricka, there's speculation that the new york yankees front office would not mind if alex rodriguez were to be suspended rather than rejoin his team. the yankees are on the hook to pay him over $100 million of guaranteed salary up until 2017 but they would not have to pay him that salary if he were suspended for peds. now, it's believed major league baseball is going to finally make an announcement on monday. you know, we expected it to happen sometime last week. it did not.
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there are reports that they've given a number of players a decision to make by tomorrow, sunday, and that they will make a formal announcement on monday. that will be a list of players that have accepted the suspension and a list of players that are going to appeal it. but as far as alex rodriguez goes, it's an entirely separate situation. obviously we've heard anywhere from 150 games to a lifetime ban. yesterday we watched alex rodriguez sign many autographs before he played in that aa game last night and he was very warmly received. we expected to hear a lot of boos. there was a couple but he was very warmly received, fredricka, and we expect him to take the diamond again tonight. he will play seven innings and like i said, he expects to join the yankees on monday in chicago. fred? >> all right. well, he's talking like a man pretty confident about his position in this investigation of performance-enhancing drugs. i know you will keep us posted
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with you and your sources. joe carter, thanks so much. on to goferl now. tiger woods came close to making history on friday after playing one of the greatest rounds of golf ever say some. jeff fischel is here with that and all the other sports action in this "bleacher report." >> fred, do not let anyone tell you tiger doesn't have it anymore. people look at the majors, he hasn't won one of those in five years, but if you just focus on that, you are ignoring how well he's playing overall. yesterday at the wgc bridgestone it looked like tiger would shoot the magical 59. it's only been done four times ever in pro golf. he was nine under through 13 holes, which is just ridiculous. he needed two birdies on the last five holes. he didn't get it, ended up with a 61. he was asked afterward if he was disappointed. >> am i disappointed? absolutely not. no. 61 is pretty good. i'm not bummed.
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>> that match is his best round ever. riley cooper is taking time away from the philadelphia eagles after his racial slur at a recent concert surfaced. he's released a new statement saying the last few days have been incredibly difficult and acknowledging what he did was inexcusable. he said he will make it right. eagle's coach chip kelly says cooper will be allowed to return to the team but kelly says this is an important lesson for the entire organization. >> i think we all should watch what we say whether it's a racist comment or a sexist comment or a sexualorientation comment because your words have impact. when you say them, people listen, and it can hurt people. >> must see baseball. the angels j.b. shuck running out of room in left field, jumps into the stands. he's gone, where did he go? there he is. and, in fact, he has the baseball, too. he made the catch. teammates fired up.
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watch shuck dive. he landed on a slab of concrete, but he jumps back up, gets back on the field, and they rule that a catch, a great catch, perhaps the best catch you'll see. fred, that's sports. back to you. >> that is a memorable moment and especially a great moment for the fans who are right there to try to catch him. thanks so much, jeff fischel. you can catch up with all the latest sports news 24/7. just go to tired of the 9:00 to 5:00 office life? would you like to start your own business perhaps? our clark howard has the advice to help you move in the right direction to take the big leap.
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the great recession has forced a lot of us to think about our money in new ways. hln money expert clark howard has a new book out that has some great tips from real people across the country. it's called "living large for the long haul." clark, one of your stories in this book is about a man who was known as the king of pops. he was forced to find a new career when he got laid off. so what did he do? how did he become the king of pops? >> he was working for a big financial house. he gets laid off, but he and his brothers had gone on a brothers trip to latin america and they had discovered these extremely high quality popsicles. popsicles you think. a financier getting in popsicles? but not as an investor, as an owner of the business. and so he at his kitchen table sleeping on his brother's sofa to conserve money started making
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these popsicles and selling them at festivals and fairs and things like that. and now he's got a real business. and steve works like one million hours a week. i know there's only 168 hours a week. one of the things about being an entrepreneur, you have to do something you love, something you believe in, and then you've got to commit to it all in. and he is -- i went to his business, and i helped make popsicles recently. >> oh, really? >> yeah. so i could talk to all the employees, find out what it's like. the morale is fantastic and my favorite is banana pudding. the banana pudding pop is so good i can't believe it. they do all fresh ingredient, not my find of price point. guess how much one popsicle costs? >> i'm going to tell you because i have had that, too, and the key lime is my favorite. i think it's $3, right? >> well, you're paying more than i paid.
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$2.50 is what i paid. but still -- >> maybe i paid $2.50, too. >> when i think about buying 12 for $2 in the supermarket of regular pops, being able to buy just one for $2.50, but dare i say it was worth it? and the lessons though are more important, and that is here is somebody who got kicked out of the economy by the great recession, and he gets out there with an idea, a passion, and makes it happen. and he did it on a shoestring with very little money because a lot of people think they're dreaming about an idea but they don't think they can do it. >> bus they think money is a big barrier. >> here he was sleeping on his brother's sofa making his initial runs of product on a kitchen table? you can do so much more with ingenuity. you can start a business where you do it part time. you keep your current job. you go work part time doing what you want to do.
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>> thanks so much. always good to see you. now i will be in search of the banana king of pudding king of pops. >> try it. >> thanks so much, clark howard. who knew a popsicle aficionado. nine women now are accused -- are accusing the mayor of san diego of harassment and he is now being sued as well. why the mayor says taxpayers should be on the hook for his legal defense. [ male announcer ] if you've run out of tissues and considered other things... you may be muddling through allergies. try zyrtec® for powerful allergy relief. and zyrtec® is different than claritin®
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the mayor of san diego is packing his bags this weekend. on monday, he heads to a behavior yor counseling clinic for two weeks of therapy following a series of sexual harassment complaints against him, but now, his lawyers say he
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wasn't trained on how not to sexually harass women, so the city is to blame. allison ash of kgtv explains. >> his behavior made me feel ashamed, frightened and violated. >> the lawsuit filed by irenn jackson is the subject. in it, berger says, had the city provided mandatory sexual harassment training, she may have never brought her lawsuit. the training for the city canceled and never rescheduled such training and because of that, taxpayers should pay his legal fees. >> taxpayers come first and we should not be on the hook for the mayor's behavior. >> scott sherman says he took his sexual harassment training online within the six-month
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period required by california law and says filner should have done the same. he also balked at this statement made by his attorney which says the seven others who have come forward, city council should not take irrelevant public statements into account when making its decision whether or not to defend the mayor. >> again, grasping at straws. harassment is harassment. i don't care if it's someone on the streets, someone that you're acquainted with. >> in spite of his letter, city council tuesday voted unanimously to reject any payment of his legal fees. >> we're talking about this case next hour and in fact, they're here now with a little preview of their thoughts. good to see you. okay, i know you guys have a whole lot to say about that one, so avery, you first, you know. this is a first. is it not maybe to blame the
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city for not providing a mayor sexual harassment training? >> yeah, i think paula deen winds up with a ncaap image award before this guy gets out of this mess. the fact he was in charge of sexual harassment training and now, says he shouldn't be liable because he wasn't trained strikes me as a very interesting argument. >> richard, how do you see this very usual case? >> it's not so unusual these days. an 11-year congressman. where does it end. this is why the population has no confidence in elected officials when they see conduct like this and then a defense and do you really think the next two weeks are going to cure this guy? it's just ridiculous. it's preposterous. he's got to go. he knows it. they know it. get him out. >> how do you really feel, richard? that's right. in the next hour and guess what? i'm going to be talking to now a
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ninth accuser in all this. another woman coming forward accusing the mayor of sexual harassme harassment. she says the mayor asked her for her card, but that isn't quite what upset her. it's what he allegedly did. a live conversation with her later on. we'll see you, avery and richard, next hour. and last weekend, it was tropical storm dorian, then it was no more. apparently, dorian is making a comeback of sorts. alexandria steel in the cnn weather center. in what form is dorian back? >> well, it has regenerated and is now a tropical depression dorian. really expected the weaken today. not expecting to do a lot of impact, but here's a look. you can see it's kind of splitting, so really quite unorgani unorganized. some gusts to 45, but it is moving northeast at 14 miles per hour and here is its track.
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taking it really away from anyone. although miami could see a few showers because of it, so let's take you live to miami and take a look at right now, it is incredibly warm. 85 degrees, but the dew point kind of how it feels to the touch, 95 is what it feels like outside. so expecting scattered showers and storms today getting up into the upper 80s. here's the cold front north of the -- clearer and cooler conditions. south of the front. it's warm, humid p, dew points are high and sticky. so that's today's scenario. what happens tomorrow, the front pushes a little bit south, so washington, d.c. and pittsburgh, along this i-70, 80 corridor, ohio valley, east towards washington, all clears out for a much better day tomorrow. all that rain though drops to the south and it will be wet an
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stormy. quite warm and humid. >> more of the same. this has been a very, very wet summer for many people in the south. kind of getting used to it. it's feeling like south florida no matter where you live. >> albany, new york, feels like south florida. >> thanks so much. got to stick around. you've got to see this. because you know, most people when it's really, really hot outside, what do they do? they jump in the pool and that includes this little baby. this was quite the attraction at the ft. worth zoo. awe, little baby elephant keeping cool. her name is belle. she was born just july 7th weighing a very delicate 333 pounds. isn't she sweet? and her 40-year-old mama, rasha, she was pregnant for 22 months with this bundle of joy. oh, i love those advanced material mamas. enjoy the picks and try and stay cool. much more right after this. [ male announcer ] this is george.
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hello, again, everyone. a look at the top stories we're following. nearly two dozen u.s. embassies getting ready to close amid fears of a terror attack. a former u.s. ambassador says this move is unprecedented. the message to americans around the world, next. and one of the cleveland
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women abducted by ariel castro goes back to the home where she was held prisoner for 11 years. we have neighbors' reaction to her incredible strength. a global travel alert is now in effect for all americans around the world after sources say there's growing intelligence that al-qaeda is planning an attack, possibly in the middle east or north africa. as a precaution, the u.s. is closing 22 embassies and consulates tomorrow, mostly in that region and the threat is expected to last until the end of august. emily schmidt is live for us from washington. we're still learning more about the threat and response. give us the latest details. >> we're also learning more about what's happening, the u.s. response here in washington. a white house official says the president was updated this morning about the threat. he's going to continue to be updated throughout the weekend.
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meanwhile, he's continuing with his routine weekend schedule, golfing, going to camp david to celebrate his birthday. the embassy closings are officially for sunday, but could be extended to more days. yesterday, we were talking about a number at 21. it was updated overnight to 22. that includes the u.s. consulate in basra. these stretch all across north africa and middle east. germany and britain have said they plan to close their embassies in yemen sunday and monday and now, france has said it plans to do the same. all of this coming from the terrorist chatter described by officials as credible and something they're taking seriously, yet nothing that's specific, so a former u.s. ambassador to iraq explains how he views this response to the threat. >> there have been incidents where they've closed down a number of embassies in the middle east because the information is not specific enough to say that embassy x will be closed as opposed to other embassy, but i think
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closing all of the embassies in the middle east to north africa is in fact unprecedented. >> he worked with the state department for more than 30 years and we talk about the state department itself saying it does not recall this kind of a response to a threat in the past. >> and so, emily, how much has this reaction now you know, i guess been impacted by what happened in benghazi? is there a direct correlation here? >> it's one of the questions everybody's asking because you look at timing and this is what's happening. the threat comes only a few weeks before the first anniversary of that deadly attack on the u.s. deppmatic compound in benghazi. after that point, the obama administration was criticizeded for not responding strongly enough to that threat. this time, officials say they're acting out of what they call an abundance of caution. something else that's interesting that happened as a result of benghazi.
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we know the pentagon approved a marine combat team to respopd if there's a crisis. roughly 1500 marines on ships in the red sea. around 500 are split between italy and spain. n now, they are posted there full time. to respond if something happens in the area. that's something different than what happened when that attack in benghazi happened just about 11 months ago. >> thanks so much from washington. the travel alert will impact americans all over the world. nick is live at atlanta's hartsfield jackson airport. so, you've been talking to passengers today. are they saying anything unusual about their travel day? >> if you're traveling dmesically this weekend, you probably won't notice a change at all. we just got back from inside the terminal, it's business as usual. there aren't any longer delay, longer lines, nothing like that.
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perhaps if you're traveling internationally, there's something different though you may not notice it. the state department says there will be no visible changes in security. when we talked to travelers at the international terminal, we asked them about the state department warning. some were oblivious to it. they had no idea there was a worldwide warning in place. others though were very well aware. >> we called ahead and they said stay away from the embassies right now and you'll be okay. but we are aware of it, but i still got to make a living. >> with the travel warning, does that give you pause at all to give on a plane today? >> it gives me a slight little pause, i guess you would say. makes you think about it. >> is the change at all the way you prepare to travel or what you might do when you're in a foreign country? >> no, sir. we trust they've got everything under control. >> hartsfield jackson serves about 230,000 passengers a day. for those that fly
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internationally, there have been no changes in flight schedule and no changes. at home, if you're planning on traveling abroad and maybe weary about traveling this weekend, they're saying no refunds and waivers at this point. that could change based on the information the airlines get from tsa an the state department. >> and there is some advice the state department is giving to travelers going abroad in the next month. >> absolutely. they're encouraging travelers to register with the u.s. embassy depending on what country you're going to. if you're going to one of these countries under the alert, they encourage travelers to register with the u.s. embassy. let them know how long you're goung to be there and register with their smart traveler enrollment program. that allows travelers to get updates about crisis situations, potential emergencies and of course, they're updating on the state department website, so you can take a look there regularly and they'll be posting updates. there are others as well. the airlines for america, that's
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an industry trade group. they're also monitoring the security situation and will be posting updates on >> thanks so much, atlanta's hartsfield jackson airport. thanks. a day after she bravely faced the man who held her captive for decade, michelle knight went back to the home where she was forced to stay for years. she thanked neighbors for helping rescue her. ariel castro was sentenced to life plus 1,000 years in prison for keeping the three captive. neighbors were in awe of her strength. >> i was surprised and i gave her a hug and she was really nice. >> she inspired me a lot because her attitude, her demeanor and all that, she is a very strong person. >> as part of castro's plea deal, his home will now be demolished. all right. let's talk sports and where
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sports and crime collide, aaron hernandez saying in a letter to a fan that he is innocent. the former nfl player is in jail for allegedly killing the 27-year-old friend of his, who also was the boyfriend of his fiancee's sister. the fan actually sold the letter to a sports memorabilia sports member, who when sold it to tmz. in the letter, he says this -- the world just makes things out of accusations and it will all die down especially when they say not guilty. alina cho from new york. this is an extraordinary case that continues to make all kinds of new twists and turns. hernandez apparently didn't want this letter to be made public. tell us what else was being said in this letter. >> as you said, it's really a remarkable story. and hernandez essentially as you said, declared his innocence in this letter.
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basically -- wrote a letter to hernandez about two weeks ago, this fan was also incarcerated in the same prison about 15 years ago. he wanted to show hernandez support. he never dreamed that the former football star would write him back, but according to tmz, that's what happened. the letter is exactly a page long. among the highlights and you read part of them, here's some more. i know there is a reason i'm going through this and i will figure it out through my relationship with the lord. i fell off, especially after making all that money. but when it's all said and done, god put me in this situation for a reason. so, how did it get into the public's hands? it was never intended to. the fan sold the letter to a sports memorabilia store in massachusetts for an undisclosed sum. the store's sports world in turn sold the letter to tmz for $18,000. what's incredible is i looked at
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letter and hernandez says in it keep this off social media, please. so much for that. hernandez also signed the letter with his name of course, his new england patriots number, number 81 and said, i can't wait to sign this again when i'm playing again. now, let me remind all of you that hernandez remains in prison. he's charged with murder in the june 17th killing of a 27-year-old man, so the chances of him playing professional football again, pretty slim, at least for now. >> wow. of course, that trial has not taken place yet. who knows what the outcome is, but if you look at the words, you know, that aaron hernandez is using, he sounds pretty confidence that he would be found not guilty. that he had nothing to do with this and this really is the first time we have heard this thoughts since his arrest. >> that's right. and we should point out that aaron hernandez' attorney has not confirmed to cnn that he
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actually wrote the letter. i can tell you this, however, and this is interesting. we spoke to the manager of the sports memorabilia store and he actually said i've done signings where aaron before. so, we have a history of being around him. we obviously authenticate signatures, so we knew it was his right away. we also spoke to the bristol county sheriff who told us the envelope and stationery cape from the bristol house of correction. he can't confirm that he wrote it, but it came from his room number. his name was on the outstanding envelope, so it appears hernandez did pen this letter. >> wow, so confirmation from a lot of folks, just not the attorneys. thank you so much. fascinating stuff. fears of a terror attack lead to what's being called an unprecedented move. u.s. embassies around the world closing. a terror expert tells us why this threat is being taken so
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the u.s. is very worried about an attack in north africa. is the most specific he has ever seen. >> it's been taken very, very seriously. and so, nothing can be ruled
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out. i'm not saying that to panic anyone, but i think because of the dimension of this, we have to say that you know, nothing can be excluded. >> phillip mud, senior research fellow of the new america foundation is joining us from washington. good to see you. we're hearing there is specific information. you heard mr. king underscore that. do you think it is beyond internet chatter, can it be any more specific than that? >> in my view, it's got to be. at the threat b table every morning, you've got to assess quality of information. that is what is the source. you say internept chatter, an interceptable phone call. but i think americans would be surprised at the quantity of threat information you've got to weed through every day, so to decide as u.s. government official, you've got to get out and warn people, this has got to be pretty serious stuff.
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>> when you hear there are something like 22 consulates that will be closed on sunday and even france and great britain and germany are considering the same thing, do you feel like it's going to go beyond just one day? i mean, why are more inform a potential enemy that it would be just for a day? >> look, this is a classic rock in a hard place decision. especially in the wake of benghazi. you've given a warning to the american people that's so vague that it's difficult for them to take action, but if something were to happen and you hadn't issued that warning, i could tell you what people would say. why didn't you tell us? so, you're stuck saying i know it's vague, but we don't have much option. >> and then we understand that al-qaeda's leader has appointed the head of the al-qaeda in arabian peninsula as its new number two person. how significant is that? does that have anything to do with these threats? >> i'm not certain, but as a terrorism watcher, this is an extremely significant step.
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it tells me number one, the organization is under such stress in pakistan, the historic area where al-qaeda core operations have been conducted, it's got to look elsewhere. the second is you're going outside the traditional saudis that have run the organization into a yemeni and that sounds nuance to an outsider, but i think it's pretty significant for al-qaeda watchers. >> wasn't there a feeling or there was you know, this confidence that perhaps al-qaeda was being dismantled, especially with the loss of you know, number one most wanted man in the world and other top lieutenants who had either been an hended or killed? but then there was a concern with yemen or somalia as being places where al-qaeda may be structuring or finding new identity. is that what is happening here? >> it is, but i would take it a step further. when you're looking at the al-qaeda organization, i think many people look at it as a
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group with affiliates in places like somalia and yemen. that data is slowing dying, but we're going to have these epsonic moments where a revolutionary who has decided that the only solution is to attack america is going to say i'm coming after you. i would expect to see these for another five, ten, 15 years because the revolution is harder to kill than a group. >> did what happen in benghazi imbolden extremists groups, if it's al-qaeda or whatever, organizations are being targeted or watched by u.s. authorities. did what happen in benghazi kind of imbolden those two and that's why we're at this junction? >> it might have been militants who think they're militants in places like egypt and tunisia.
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like the snaper e er attacks in washington, they might try to replicate it. but just disaffected local people who say they want to break through the walls of an embassy. >> thnks so much for your insight today. appreciate i. nine women now are accusing the mayor of san diego of harassment. but he says it's the city's fault. for not giving him any harassment prevention training. straight ahead, our legal guys weigh on on whether this defense has any credibility at all. [ male announcer ] you'll never see weekday lunch the same again! it's red lobster's rlunch. seven selections made for your lunch break, like shrimp tacos and grilled shrimp salad with soup.
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and she and her husband will be here live in our 3:00 hour to tell us their story. filner admits he has a problem and is about to undergo intensetive therapy, but jamie chambers says the latest accuser may not be ready to forgive so quickly. >> hugged me a little too closely, then put his arm around me like this. and then he proceeded to slide his arm down and give a little grab. >> emily gilbert says her first emotion was embarrassment, but -- >> when it's coming from the mayor, i didn't want to make a scene, really. >> all of her life, people have told her she's a dead ringer for marilyn monroe, so she's paid to sing and sometimes host political events as the iconic figure. emily says she didn't want to feel the backlash from making these allegations, but -- >> now that there's other girl,
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he's doing it to other people, i think probably he should really take a look at himself. >> the accusation has a common theme starting with the mayor's aggressive grip now referred to as the filner head lock. >> i usually try to laugh it off and move away, however, he hugged me a little too tight. >> retired marine mayor jason gilbert says when he found out what happened to his wife, he was livid, but felt helpless, then he saw the mayor speaking. >> he says, i admit it, i did it, i'm really sorry and the hell with anybody, i'm staying in office. >> they want the mayor to donate to a woman's charity to finally show some contrition. >> this is a chance for him to step up and do the honorable thing. number one, resign. number two, make the donation. >> he's very arrogant in the way he interacts with other people. you don't do that to people.
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>> there's more on this. let's bring in our legal guys. hard to believe this latest twist, i guess, in this, but avery, you say the city i guess could be responsible in a way for filner's alleged bad behavi behavior? >> yeah. actually, there are a series of united states supreme court decisions since 1999 that impose liability on an employer where there is no reporting system and no sexual harassment training and i'm watching this. you know, this mayor looks just strikingly like shaky from seinfeld and the way he's respor responding sort of like that, too. it's unbelievable.
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it's an overcaffeinated argument in which he's facilitating liability against the city and it really comes out of a dispute between his lawyer and the city's lawyer about who should cover it. a terrible, terrible argument. you know what, the comment by the husband of this woman, you know what? he's denied it, but he could step up by stepping down. that really is the solution. >> there are a few things here, so the mayor is saying, i got a problem to an extent and i'm going to go to two weeks of therapy, but oh, by the way, the city is responsible. it never trained me, never helped me understand what sexual harassment is and so, richard, if you're talking about a legal case here, you've got a few things. he's admitting i've got a problem, something went wrong, i'm going to get help for it, but it's your fault, city, so you've got to help pay for my legal defense at the very least.
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>> that's because his lawyer is saying to get his legal fees covered. wrote in that book is master of the universe complex that these politicians seems to have. a guy like spitzer, like weiner, now, like this guy. they're just out of control. they think that they're above and beyond everybody. they can do whatever they want. they don't have to answer anybody and here, he says look, yeah, i got a problem. there's probably going to be more women coming, but too bad i'm staying. i'm going to stay. i'm not leaving. it's ridiculous. just absurd. >> at the same time, avery, to what extent can the city be held liable? for an elected official's actions? >> they may be fully liable at least in terms of compensatory damages because that's what these rulings under federal law and the california fair housing
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and employment act is very similar to that, so there are some you know, the liability issues seem to be if it could be established, quite solid. the question here is ordinarily, the boss of a company, in this case, the mayor, usually doesn't come forward to his lawyer and say you know what -- put this woman in a head lock, told her to get naked if i were to have gone through training. it is jaw dropping. >> the response to these allegations from the elected official. is there a responsibility here? >> well, the city has -- >> they have an obligation. by this training and they did provide the training. he could have taken an online program and i think that's what's going to kill him in this one and he's going to end up having to pay all these legal
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fees. it's coming out of his pocket. >> or the city will ask for contributions. >> they've already -- against him and may very well be. >> okay, so on the -- >> what a mess. >> yeah, it definitely sounds messy and seems to get messier every day. so on the flip side then, how especially ones by the city go about proving harassment. often these cases are difficult because it's he said, she said. unless there are witnesses. >> well, it is in instances to the events to the extent that they are corroborated. generally, as permissible --
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individuals will be support as consiste consistent, the -- of this case is going to resolve, it will never go to trial. >> okay. all right. we're going to talk again about this case. this time, we're going to talk with the i guess alleged ninth victim. 3:00 eastern time. we're going to talk to this woman who says san diego mayor bob filner went too far. he didn't just ask her for her business card. she's a marilyn monroe impersonator, but he did something else. she'll describe a little bit more what he allegedly did. then we're going to see you again. 20 minutes from now. we're going to talk about the ariel castro case that's taken place in your backyard, avery. it was a very interesting moment. for those who watched it and watched this convicted kidnapper
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and talk about what he did, didn't do. how he justified all that taking place in that sentencing hearing. we'll talk more about that straight ahead. rand paul, chris christie. well, they've been bickering very publicly lately. in a minute, our political editor looks at whether it could have anything to do with the 2016 possible run, presidential aspirations. we'll look into that,next.
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welcome back. the u.s. is warning american travelers around the world to be on alert with fears mounting of an al-qaeda terror attack. sources say there is growing intelligence that terrorists are planning an attack in the middle east or northern africa. the u.s. state department is closing 22 embassies and consulates in the region starting tomorrow. retired army general wesley clark told erin burnett that step shows this is serious. >> my guess is that we know a little bit more than what's being said publicly. obviously, if we've got lines on what the terrorists are saying, we may be able to deter it, that's good. better if we can take the terrorists out. we don't know what the ultimate play is here, but i've got a lot of confidence in the people that have set this up behind the scenes in the state department and in the pentagon. i think we've got a lot better grip on this than we did during
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benghazi. we're ready for it. i'm sure there's a lot more than just marines standing by. >> almost a year ago, four americans were killed in the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. france, germany, now britain are closing their embassies in yemen tomorrow. it is a very public fight between a couple of very high profile republicans in this country. political editor paul steinhauser explains why the squabbling between rand paul and chris christie could be just the beginning. >> hey, fred. it's 2013, right? so, why does it feel like 2016? >> senator paul wants to start looking at where he's going to cut spending? maybe it should be the pork barrel spending he brings home to kentucky. >> this is the king of bacon talking about bacon. >> chris christie and rand paul. two top republican politicians who some day may be leading contenders for the next
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republican presidential nomination, engaging in a very public war of words. the libertarian minded senator called for a truce. >> if he wants to ratchet it down, i'm more than willing too. >> and invited christie to share some beers. >> i'm running for re-election in new jersey. i ain't really got time for that. if i find myself down there, i'll certainly look him up. >> and this fight is far from finished. >> i think we're going to end up with a republican primary that looks a lot like a cage match. >> christie and paul squabble o over national security, civil liberties and spending is a proxy for grass roots of the republican party. fred? >> thanks so much, paul, for that. coming up in the next hour, our political panel will talk about the fight between republicans has become so
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public. alex rodriguez says he will fight on. a-rod talked to reporters about a doping scandal, something that could ban him potentially from baseball for life.
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checking sports headlines now, the old tiger woods again. woods shot a 61 in the second round of the bridgestone invitational in ohio. that match is the best of his career. the third round of the tournament is underway right now. tiger tees off in about 20 minutes and he hasn't won however a major in five year, but some say it looks like he's getting his game back. all right, facing a possible lifetime ban from baseball for
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doping, alex rodriguez is mow on the offensive. he told reporters he'll fight to keep his job and he hopes to rescue his reputation. joe carter joining us now from trenton, new jersey. he also made a statement with his bat playing in the minor league, but he says he wants to be back in the majors. >> he did make a statement last night both on and off the field. he is definitely trying get back with the new york yankees. he said he feels 100%, the best he has during this entire rehab process, but as good as he says he feels, major league baseball is about to drop the hammer on alex rodriguez. we haven't seen him talk to the media and he did both last night. he literally took a shot both figuratively and literally. the people trying to keep him
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from returning to the yankees. here's a little bit of that from last night. >> there's more than one party that benefits from me not ever stepping back on the field. that's not my teammates and the yankee fans. >> who is it? who benefitted -- >> i can't tell you that right now and i hope i never have to. we didn't answer it. so he was under the mike. i'm not sure. i think it's pretty self-explanatory. i think it's the pink elephant in the room. i think we all agree we want to get rid of peds. all the player, we feel that way, but when all this stuff is going on in the background and people are finding creative ways to cancel your contract and stuff like that, i think that's concerning for me and it should be for future players.
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there is a process. i'm excited about the way i feel tonight. i'm going to keep fighting. >> now, fred, there has been plenty of speculation out there that the yankees front office would not mine if he was suspended rather than rejoining the team. if he's suspended for performance enhancing drugs, the yankees don't have to pay him. they're on the hook to pay him a guaranteed $100 million. according to major league baseball and the reports we have heard, a number of players that are involved in this scandal and that deadline is around 5:00 p.m. eastern on sunday. player haves to decide whether or not they're going to appeal or accept the suspension and then on monday, major league baseball is expected to make an announcement that's going to be a blanket statement saying here are the players accepting the deal and going to sit out. here are the number of players that are going to appeal the
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deal. anywhere from 50 games to a lifetime ban an he said to us yesterday that his plan is to play again tonight. he's going to play seven innings instead of fyfe and he's going to have a short workout on sunday afternoon, then he plans to absolutely, his word, join the new york yankees team on monday when they play the white sox in chicago. >> all right. very confident a-rod, that he's going to come out okay after a decision is made tomorrow. just over 24 hours from now. keep us posted. joe carter, thank you so much. coming up next, our legal guys are back and their going to be looking at the ariel castro case. and ariel castro's future and the quest to find the person, the prison rather where he just might be serving the rest of his life. plus a thousand years. mine was earned in djibouti, africa. 2004. vietnam in 1972. [ all ] fort benning, georgia in 1999.
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where he'll be spending the rest of his life. when he leaves county jail will be the lorriane correctional institution. evaluate him, decide which prison he'll go to. castro was sentenced thursday to life in prison plus 1,000 years and no parole. the punishment was part of a plea deal and it was expected, but what a lot of people were
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really surprised about was castro's 16-minute statement, a rambling speech in which he blamed childhood abuse and a sex addiction for his horrific acts. at time, he even tried to minimize thing nightmare that his victims suffered. >> i just don't think -- because we had a lot going on in that home. took video of amanda -- that right there in itself proves that that girl did not go through no torture. because if that was true, do you think she would be out there partying already and having fun? i don't think so. >> all right, that was just 30
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seconds of ariel castro in court. he talked for about 15 and a half minutes. our legal guys are back. okay, gentlemen, this was pretty extraordinary, first, how unusual is it that a judge will let a convicted criminal, sex offender make a statement like that during the sentencing phase. >> it's not unusual for a defendant to make a statement at sentencing. because there's appeals pending, i've never seen it to fruition for a client, but what puzzled me and which i had never seen in my years of practice, when the judge was actually sentencing him. a conversation. during the conversation, castro says i didn't commit murder. i don't know what you're talking about. when you hear things like that,
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this is the reason you don't want that conversation. because now, there's an issue, did he plead guilty to something he didn't do? because that's a crime. so he can't do that. so, are there appellate rights here now? are they going to have to take an appeal on those issues? it was a revolting, revolting scenario to watch yesterday. watch his minimize his actions and as a defense attorney, when you hear a victim impact statements, you shudder in your seat and the statements that were read in court and the people that came in to testify were just, it's just earth shattering and to watch this guy minimize it is just devastating. >> i guess the better question is it's not so unusual so see this kind of statement coming from a defendant who is fighting for his or her life, but in this case, we're talking about a plea deal, and so this statement came about. what was likely i guess the
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point of view of the judge who thought this was appropriate? admissible, this was necessary? was this more of a hope of some kind of moment for the victims? this person has entered this plea. he's pled guilty and so now, he want to i guess pinunctuate it with a statement. i guess nobody expected this. >> there was no expectation of a 16-minute ramp. the judge to his credit was understated. he showed judicial temperment, but this defen dant went on and on. almost four and a half hours. i have never seen anything like this. the strange thing was that after a plea deal for 437 counts, he then and i agree. he then raised the issue well, i didn't kill anybody and torture anybody. he waved his appeals rights and
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there was an issue in the middle of the sentencing, whether or not there will be an appeal. even if there is, i'm satisfied the judge built -- and a larger issue, this was on the world stage and it showed how america, no matter how heinous the crime, follows dictates of american constitution. we don't shoot people in a public square. we are a civilized nation and so, to that extent, castro will be in the correctional institute. i think from there, to the mansfield facility and he will spend the rest of his life there. prosecutors said yes, he'll leave prison in a pine box or ashes if he's korcremated. >> richard, thanks so much for
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helping to pinpoint that hearing of four hours. i think you incappslated it for many. most people walked away thinking the courage displayed by these young ladies that were victimized for so many years and then michelle knight encouraged what it is that she said. richard, avery, thank you so much. always good to see you and we'll catch you next weekend because our legal guys every weekend. they always break down the most intriguing cases of the day, the week, the month, you name it. thanks so much. and we will be right back.
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hour. it's as if something took a bite out of the kansas prairie. look at this giant. i mean, giant sinkhole. it just opened up in wallace county in the western part of the state. no nearby homes. we're told these things are rather common in western kansas. huge. people were driving by. they can't believe what they see there. then in montana, a man trapped in his car for three days is rescued. his late model chevy impala was found upside down in a shady ditch. some fire crews actually found it. the man was pinned inside. they got him out with the jaws of life and thank goodness for him. the next hour starts right after a quick break. hey kevin...still eating chalk for heartburn?
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