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libya. the correct answer was d, operation harmattan, french for dry and dusty west african wind. ellamy and mobile are the names of the french canadian operations respectively. go to my web site for more. i will see you next week. >> you're in the cnn newsroom this sunday may 1st. i'm fredricka whitfield. the libyan government says it's a war crime. it says a nato air strike has killed one of muammar gadhafi's sons, 21-year-old. they say they ran a command and control facility but there is no evidence to support the claim that gadhafi's son or grandchildren were killed. we have been to the compound that was bombed.
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he joins us from tripoli. what else can you tell us about this? any confirmations either way? >> this, fredricka, is not the compound gadhafi normally uses. it's a much smaller compound. it's also in downtown tripoli. it's basically got three houses on it, very small houses. the one that was hit was a two-bedroom, one-story house. it appears to have been hit by four bombs. only three of those bombs actually exploded. the interesting thing about this fredricka, is aside from the libyan government telling us that gadhafi's youngest son was in here, they also said muammar gadhafi was on the scene as well as muammar gadhafi's wife when this happened. they said both muammar and his wife escaped unhurt, but the second youngest son was killed in that airstrike. he's one of the sons that is very low profile. he doesn't appear much in libya. he actually spent most of his time in germany the last couple years, but the libyan government
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is very much trumping this up. they are saying this is essentially a war crime, as you said. and what we saw from the air strike is that the building that all of this struck was absolutely flattened. there was one major crater that would seem to have gone down several floors to what seemed to be a basement or bunker complex underneath this house. this building nvery flattened, not much left over there. >> is libya thinking this may have been an assassination attempt? >> nato is indeed commenting, and they're saying it has not been an assassination attempt. they say what they're targeting was the command control infrastructure which they say they had evidence is, in fact, inside that building. they also said this building had some sort of hardened roof, they say, which seemed to also indicate it might be a bunker complex or something used as a command control infrastructure
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by some sort of military institution. being on the ground there, it was very difficult to tell. one of the interesting things was that the roof of this place was, in fact, very thick and had a lot of steel mixed in with the concrete there. so it certainly was a very sturdy building. then there's in big crater right in the center of the building which seemed to go down several floors. the interesting thing, they took us there last night and you could see deep down in this crater and see this that there were rooms inside this building. when they took us back there today, they had hung a carpet to keep us from filming down there. nato says this was not an assassination attempt, but gadhafi is saying someone leaped intelligence and nato targeted him directly. and of course, they're playing this up saying this is illegal on the u.n. resolution to enforce the no-fly zone, fredricka. >> thank you very much, from aaa. appreciate that. still major concerns about extreme weather in this country.
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let's start along the missouri/illinois border where the army corps of engineers is closely monitoring the rain hifr swo -- rain-swollen mississippi and ohio rivers. they may remove a levee, but the move would flood farmland in missouri. the weather service claims the tornado that nearly ripped hacklenburg off the map was an ef-5. we talked to one woman who was visiting her in-laws when the tornado blew the house apart. >> at first it felt like if you hooked to something and took off dragging it, the whole house. and then after that, it just felt kind of like being in a dryer with lots of sticks and rocks and sand in your face and your eyes. then everything just stopped.
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>> did you say anything, scream anything? >> oh, my god, oh, my god. that's about all i could get out and just hang on, hang on. >> were you able to all hang on? >> we did all hang on. my son is two, and he did come out of the huddle, and he landed probably about ten feet away from us, sitting. >> frightening moments. the children suffered only bumps and bruises after all of that. her mother-in-law, though, is in the hospital with a broken back. the tornado that tore through six states numbered 230. president obama is visiting with alabama and mississippi officials to find out exactly what those communities need in order to recover. tuscaloosa county was the hardest hit in alabama. our rob marciano is there.
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rob, it's been nearly four days. how are the people coping? >> this volunteer effort and the community coming together to supply these people with what they need for everyday survival is extraordinary. we are running into people not just from here, not just from this state, but from all across america who have migrated here with supplies, and it's an incredible thing to watch. the things they do need, though, they need physical supplies of -- baby food and diapers seem to be the biggest thing. they have plenty of food and water for the adults, but baby food and diapers. they're not done with search and rescue efforts, and yesterday we went out with a search and rescue crew to get a taste of what they go through every day. >> you've given us a dna strand that allows us to do what we do. >> a somber prayer at the
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morning briefing exemplifies the serious nature of the rescue work. >> we can all realize that after three days in rubble, potentially this is the last viable day. >> the crews get their assignments and head out. >> remember your safety. watch out for your people. drink plenty of water. let's get to work. >> i'm riding with mobile search and fire rescue. they're trained to pull people out of disasters like tornadoes. they know the reality but keep the hope for trapped victims still alive. >> i believe there is a good likelihood, you know, if someone were in a storm cellular and th had supplies, i believe it's possible. >> our checklist is of addresses not yet searched. our first stop is only to confirm with a neighbor that the
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residences we're looking for are alive and well. >> we just got a strong odor coming from this house where rescuers tell me they pulled a deceased woman from the rubble yesterday. nevertheless, they've released the cadaver dogs to check it out. >> highly skilled k-9s work the rubble and give signs to their trainers. they seem to smell something, but it's not human. a german shepherd and her puppies have been trapped since the tornado hit. it appears some of the pups didn't survive. but mama is alive and finally emerges from the wreckage. the rescuers see and hear moran ma -- more animals. they dig deeper and pull out a shaking little pup. two more follow. they're dehydrated but seem healthy. this one has already been given a special name.
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>> twister. he survived this storm. >> she certainly did, and i can't tell you how uplifting that little event was for the team that we were with and the team surrounding that property. there's fuel that these folks need because it's been a long four days now of, for the most part, fruitless search and rescue efforts, now more of a recovery mode. behind me this is an east tuscaloosa neighborhood called the holt. structures upon structures demolished and just in this very spot we stand in today, just a couple hours ago there was another search and rescue crew here with k-9s checking this out because the work continues, fredricka. normally after a tornado, one to two days, they would be done with the area, but this was so extraordinary and so immense in its vast real estate that it tore apart. they're still working today to work through all these structures. >> it is incredible, rob.
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you mentioned the residents are praising the volunteers and the survivors of this storm are praising the federal government saying the response has been tremendous with the president there in tuscaloosa, just 48 hours after these tornadoes swept through. rob, we'll check back in with you. thank you from tuscaloosa county, alabama. it is official. the late pope john paul ii is one step closer to catholic sainthood. more than a million people topped the streets for the ceremony. we go live to rome in one minute. and the space shuttle "endeavour" will not launch tomorrow. nasa engineers are still working to fix a faulty heating system which delayed friday's scheduled liftoff. nasa says a new launch date likely won't come before the end of the week. and president barack obama becomes a comedian in chief at the white house correspondents dinner last night. he felt everyone, including his
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potential republican challengers. but then it was his turn to take a ribbing from the event's host, saturday night live's seth meyers. >> now, you, on the other hand, mr. president, have aged a little. what happened to you? when you were sworn in, you looked like the guy from the old spice commercials. now you look like louis gosset, sr. >> laughing along, the president in the audience. of course, a journalist and several hollywood stars all on the invite list. so, as we mentioned a bit earlier, pope john paul ii on the fast track to sainthood. a chicago family is convinced he gave them a miracle. their story next. and we also go live to rome. , building up our wireless network all across america. we're adding new cell sites... increasing network capacity, and investing billions of dollars to improve your wireless network experience.
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personal pricing now on brakes. tell us what you want to pay. we do our best to make that work. deal! my money. my choice. my meineke. pictures right now of vatican city, rome where people are filing past the casket of pope john paul ii. the catholic church declared him blessed today, one step below sainthood. and half a world away, a family in chicago is convinced that he deserves sainthood. they believe the pope performed a miracle just for them. cnn's elizabeth tumarak has their story. >> i was on my way to hospital. i begged him to efface this
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vision and that's what happened. >> she believes divine intervention from pope john paul ii healed her son, christopher. in 2007 he suffered a serious eye injury after a freak accident building shelves. >> three days he was bleeding from the eye so bad, and any specialist cannot tell what happened. they say they cannot see it, if he lost vision or not. >> dr. kirk paco examined christopher in chicago. he said christopher was a hair close to being blind in that eye. the eye was hit hard enough to damage the microoptic fibers but not hard enough to go blind. he got lucky. joanna grew up near john paul's home town near poland and said it's her strong connection to
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the pontiff that gives her faith and healing powers. >> i know john paul ii did it for him, and that's always why, in a difficult time, i'm going to pray to him because he was the one who gave me a miracle. >> she says the making of this miracle was three years before her son's accident. christopher met pope john paul ii during a youth trip to rome in 2004. >> when i actually touched his hand, i did feel something i never felt around any other human being, which, in all honesty, was probably my first actual spiritual experience. >> reporter: christopher says that experience made him realize pope john paul ii was in the realm of a higher power. he believes this encounter could be the blessing that helped him overcome his injury. >> if one person suffers trauma, another person suffers trauma, one heeals better, it might be physical thing or it might be something spiritual.
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going in and actually believing in the church, i'm sure it took my mind off the issues and helped my body heal more. >> reporter: christopher reflects on the positive impacts the pope made on his life. >> i'm really glad this is happening for him, it couldn't happen to a better person. i'm hoping that when he actually turns into a saint strikes some people. maybe they'll gain some knowledge as to what he actually did while he was alive and the good he did for the world. >> elizabeth tumarak, cnn, atlanta. >> we'll talk more about this beautification and possible sainthood for john paul ii. we bring in a senior analyst joining us live from rome today. millions have turned out six years after the death of pope john paul ii to walk past his casket, so a great number of catholics feel like now is the time he should be on the road to sainthood? >> well, i think that's absolutely the case. certainly what the vatican will
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tell you when you ask them why this happened so fast. of course, six years is remarkably fast by historical standards. there are two points. one is that although pope benedict waived the two years. you'll recall sainthood now during john paul's funeral mass. most of the evidence around the catholic world suggests that there is a solid block of opinion out there who wants to see john paul made a saint and they want to see it fast. >> you mentioned popular demand, yet there was popular criticism that pope john paul ii didn't do enough involving the priest abuse scandal. so it's interesting that this movement would proceed despite a lot of criticism a lodge the way. >> yeah, that's right. and, of course, the sex abuse
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crisis would perhaps be the most acute source of criticism, but it's not the only one. there are some catholics that believe john paul's record on image issues, for example, was exemplorate. on the other side, there are some who think he went way too far in this dialogue and embracing individualism. having said that, my sense is most people around the catholic world, if you ask them, are there things john paul did to which you would disagree, they would say yes. if you asked him despite that, do you think he was a holy man? most of them would say yes to that, too. >> sainthood is predicated on miracles, right, performing at least two miracles, and that's the contention that pope john paul ii should be credited with at least two. >> yeah. it begins with a kind of popular conviction that someone lived a holy life, and the church investigates it to be sure. if they agree, then it ends with something called a career of
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holy vertitude, then you need one for beautification. there was a healing of the 49-year-old french nun of park -- parkinson's disease. >> thanks very much for joining us from rome. desperate measures are being played out to make sure a levee does not break. first, tornadoes in the south now. flooding is a concern in the nation's midsection. [ female announcer ] for over 100 years,
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heavy rain has pushed river levels in missouri dangerously high. let's go to where rescuing is already under way. >> and evacuations in town. in cairo, illinois, people forced to evacuate by the mayor by tonight. these pictures just kind of illuminating the danger and the incredible amount of rain we've seen. we've seen three to four times the amount of rain for the month, so so many places in arkansas, in illinois, especially southern illinois, western tennessee, all impacted. the problem is we've got more rain on the way. so high rivers dangerously high. ie evacuations being forced to tape take place. here's the radar. it's called training. right over the areas where this
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rain is running. what we have is a stationary front, thus it's not moving. so all the rain on the saturated ground. more rain continues to come. another three to four inches, perhaps. in addition to that, that's a severe thunderstorm watch, but a tornado watch posted just that conditions could persist until 9:00 tonight. in southwestern illinois, just an in unadditiundation. look at these numbers. 12 inches, 14 inches. to give you a little perspective on the inundation of rain. another potentially seven to eight inches locally over the same area of concern. so really big problems in terms of the saturation, the flooding, and now even the evacuations. >> it's unbelievable.
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thank you, alexendra. appreciate that. the nfl lockout has been a big story all weekend long. one day they're in favor for the players, the next for the association. >> i think this temporary restraint is going to be lifted and all the trades will be open up again on monday, and then in about a week or so, there will be another determination that they're not going to decide the appeal, so everything is going to stay the way it is. ultimately an 89-page, carefully drafted decision is not going to be overturned line by line. it's just not going to happen. there is going to be football this fall, absolutely. >> interesting. so avery, they're in the middle of a draft right now. coaches, players allowed to talk to one another or not?
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>> well, if you read this decision that came down late friday night, some are arguing no. but what are you going to do? you got new draftees, camps open. are 13 owners really going to shut down camp for this small window? the fact is that judge nelson, who is the trial judge in minnesota, wrote actually two opinions, about 110 opinions brilliantly written. this emergency procedure, fredricka, is used like they're going to put somebody to death. it is so perverse, so wrong, that it will be very short lived. the bottom line is it forces everybody to get to the bargaining table. they have to get this thing resolved. >> you can hear this every friday beginning at noon eastern time. a return of taliban fighting overseas in afghanistan. we're getting a report today of child suicide bombers. here's the question. just how long has the u.s. military been in afghanistan?
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before the break, i asked how long the military has been in afghanistan. since october 2001, just after 9/11. today we are getting reports out of afghanistan that a 12-year-old boy carried out a suicide attack. it comes on the first day after a taliban spring offensive.
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barbara, the taliban had warned that there would be big attacks, and certainly it looks as though they've already delivered. >> well, they've already gotten started, haven't they, fred? this warning by the taliban of a major new spring offensive not a surprise, really, to the troops that are there. they have seen it in the past. the weather has warmed up, the poppy harvest is under way. this is sort of what happens. but nato took steps this week to ramp up its own security and try and beef up security with afghan forces, with afghan civilians in anticipation of this. what they expect are the taliban mainly in eastern afghanistan to go after civilians, to go after those so-called soft targets that we've talked about. places in afghanistan where the people are unable to protect themselves. to expect to see nato troops watching very carefully for all of this and expect them to try and continue to work with the afghan forces even though we've seen a number of attacks in recent days where u.s. troops
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have died at the hands of those in afghan military uniforms if they're not with the afghan corps themselves. >> how do the coalition forces as a whole preparing themselves for the kind of tactics that the taliban may be capable of? just give an example with the child bomber being used. is there anything more they know about the kind of strategy that would be used in this spring offensive? >> inial lougs t a announcing t offensive with the taliban, they did what the u.s. does, warning afghan civilians to stay away from areas where troops gather, stay away from areas that might be subject to attack. but it's these targets like marketplaces, meetings between afghan government officials, buildings where people may try and gather that the taliban are clearly going to go after and using these tactics of suicide
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child bombers that people might not immediately be suspicious about. it's going to be suicide bombers, small arms attacks, the kinds of things that are so difficult to really protect yourself against. >> barbara starr in washington. thank you so much. all right, time to look at other top stories we continue to follow. libya vows death to invaders following reports that muammar gadhafi's son was killed in a nato air strike. western kembassies have been vandalized. there is nothing to confirm gadhafi's relatives died. back here in the u.s. look at this enormous slice cut by tornadoes a few days ago. where the tornadoes touched down, the storms are now blamed for the deaths of 339 people, most of them in alabama. it is the second deadliest tornado outbreak in this
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nation's history. this alabama family has a terrifying story to tell. the gilberts and their five children ran to the only place they felt safe as a tornado approached. they dove into a nearby creek. >> we got right here on this creek bank. i put my six-month-old son, five-year-old daughter under me and my wife was on top of my two-year-old son, five-year-old son and seven-year-old son. before we hit the ground, trees were already snapping. it was already here. >> incredible. scott, his wife and five kids, guess what, they're all fine. but like the neighbors, they did lose everything material. so we're getting another look at the tornado damage in alabama from our ireporters as well. these pictures are demetris derek tournas. he lives in birmingham. but he took these photographs of what he witnessed in and around
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the alberta city area. and then in missouri, the town of smithville, at least 40 people were killed there and they came to say goodbye to some of the victims. we see adam behind you looking at the rubble, and at the same time people already starting to say goodbye to loved ones and friends. >> that's right, fred. what you're looking at here, it may be sunday but no day of rest for many. these are volunteers that have come in. you find this everywhere where tornadoes have touched. all walks of life, no real connection to the house they're working in other than the fact there is a human need. so they're clearing up the debris as best they can, and on top of that, anything precious, anything they think of value that is found, they lay and put it on the side. i also mentioned it's sunday, because the first worship services were held. the first baptist church of
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smithville obliterated as a result of the tornado that came through on wednesday. the pastor of that church, wes white, was one of those who took refuge in the basement of that church. even people who weren't parisioners came running because they knew there was shelter there. there was about 45 people who showed up at a tent outside in the parking lot. he began preaching but he also began talking about what it was like when they emerged from the basement and saw the world that had been changed around them in this small town. here's how he described it. >> i remember stumbling out, being dazed and shocked, and standing out here and seeing bobby harper come running out of phil's. bad time to get a cup of coffee. seeing miss marcell come out of the methodist church, and we stumbled together, confused, wondering what's happening, and the horror of realizing so many
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we loved were moments away and were suffering and were dying. >> reporter: well, it wasn't long that they stood there. they immediately went to work. they began helping with the triage of caring for those who had been gravely injured and administering last rites to those who were on death's door. the death toll in this community now 15. perhaps not as significant as other death tolls in other places, but remember, this is a very small town, only 900 people. everybody knows everyone who died, everyone who was injured, and everyone who now is still suffering. and to that end, i had a conversation with liza morgan. her and her father run the cemetary, the only one, smithville cemetary. every tombstone in that cemetary knocked over but four. they have spent the last two days righting every stone, father and daughter, with the help of volunteers, clearing all the debris. and as you mentioned, fred, the first funerals will take place this afternoon, a husband and
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wife who died together in their home right around in this area. liza and her father know them very well. for them, preparing those graves is not a job, it's an act of love. fred? >> all right, marty savage, thanks so much in smithville, missouri. i appreciate that. the road to recovery for all the tornado-ravaged states is likely to be a long one but one they're cleaning up. what do the kids do? coming up in ten minutes, we'll hear from a woman who actually travels to disaster areas specifically looking for kids to help out. and in entertainment news, singer mariah carey and nick cannon are now proud parents. carey gave birth to the couple's twins, a little girl and a little boy, yesterday in los angeles. the date was especially significant for the couple. it was also their third wedding
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anniversary. cannon tweeted that the kids were the, quote, most incredible anniversary gift ever. it is one week until mother's day and we have some great high-tech gift ideas for mom.
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my mommy is the best because she buys me toys. >> my mommy is the best mommy because she lets me eat whatever food i want. >> my mommy is a nice lady.
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she lets me eat stuff. >> thank goodness, these kids get to eat stuff. what do moms do, right? preschoolers getting an early jump on mother's day saying what they appreciate most about their moms. it's your turn. one week away from mother's day, so what do you do? before buying that regular candy or flowers thing, how about going high tech all the way? mike salzman back with us this weekend. we know you've already hooked up your wife because she's the best mom ever, but don't tell, because i know she's watching. so don't tell what you hooked her up with. let's talk about other things to give folks ideas. maybe she doesn't have a digital damn camera or maybe she needs an update. >> you're absolutely right. a digital camera is a great gift for mom. not only do they take gorgeous shots these days but they also shoot high definition video. this one is from sewnony.
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it's called the cyber shot h-70. you can zoom ten times optical zoom with this thing. really, you can see how far the lens goes out, so you can capture a lot of details at a distance. most of these digitals this size can catch three times, maybe fiveoptical zoom, so this is ten. this is on sale for 190 with a four-gigabyte memory card and a matching case. >> that's pretty impressive. camera prices are really coming down. that's pretty impressive. what else do you have? >> this one here is from fuji film. it's the fine picsx-30. you can take it under water more than 16 feet without it being damaged. no special case is needed.
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it can be dropped for under five feet. it can be used in the winter, maybe you're skiing, so minus 10 degrees celcius. and it's washable. if you get a lot of sand on it, just wash it. >> i'm rushing you because we're already running out of time soon. now, if mom likes music, she likes to work out. you have something for her that is perfect. >> yeah. this is what my wife is getting, by the way, but that's all right. this is the sixth generation ipod nano, which it's tiny, thaz a touch screen, a radio, a pedometer. it's a great gift if mom likes to exercise. i've got a product called the iwatch q collection. it's a $25 silicone wrist band
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that turns the ipod nano into a watch. here's what it looks like in pink and here's blue. you just snap the ipod in the middle. >> let's talk about dressing up an ipod, notebook, all that stuff with that little jelly stuff. >> these are called skinz. this is from a company called jell-o skins, so if mom has a laptop or e-book reader, this is an inexpensive way to decorate one. this is for the iphone iv. a beautiful picture of a girl in africa drinking water. 100% of this collection goes to charity. this is a nice one for mom for e-book readers, and depending on your ipad size, there are stick
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er stickers to put on there. these are beautiful cases that you just put your ipad or other tablet inside. they range in price from $17 to 50. i love this bubble one here, this pink one. inside is where you put your ipad. it protects it and gives it some fashion. >> so much to choose from. we love that, and mom is going to love all these ideas, too. mark salzman, thanks so much and happy mother's day to your wife. a week early. for more high-tech reviews just go to cnn.com/tech.
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ly images are remarkable, so many scenes of devastation. 339 people were killed at least in last week's tornado outbreak. it is the second deadliest in the nation's history among tornadoes, and it's going to be a long time before seizure vooifrds can cle --
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survivors can rebuild and pick up their lives. it's especially difficult for families who have small children. it's difficult for kids to get through these tough times. that is exactly the kind of question that came to mind for one woman we're about to talk to. what do the kids do when their entire towns, their homes are devastated by tornadoes. it was about six years ago when this woman's son was killed by a tornado in indiana, so they came up with an idea, calling it c.j.'s bus, a mobile recreational unit that travels to disaster areas. she has set up this bus in tuscaloosa, alabama. you hail from indiana, right, and you got that bus ready to go, made your way to tuscaloosa as soon as these storms hit last wednesday. so good to see you. what have you found? how great has the need been for you to arrive there in tuscaloosa? >> thank you for having me. the devastation is just -- there's no words. the families, we've already heard from the kids that we've been working with. a lot of them have lost everything, so it's very widespread. >> so this has to be very
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difficult for you, too, in so many different ways, because you lost your two-year-old son, c.j., to a tornado, and here you are going to a tornado-ravaged area. i imagine that all of those memories are coming back to life in a very big, real way, yet you are trying to help others cope and get through a very similar experience. >> it is hard. i just try to keep focusing on the reason that we're here. it's not about me and it's not about c.j. it's about c.j.'s bus and the kids that have just went through probably the most horrific thing in their lives. >> so we're looking at some still images right now, some of the activities that you have and how this bus is put to use. it really is a big recreational fun house on wheels. describe for me the activities you're able to bring to these kids who so desperately need it right now.
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>> we do things as simple as coloring. we have a bounce house right behind the bus. we play kickball, sidewalk chalk, just the simple things in life that kids love and that make them so innocent, you know, to go out and kick a ball. it's the greatest thing for them. >> and you kind of see a real transformation with these kids, don't you? i'm sure they come with really long faces. some children are derespondent for a long time after tragedies like this happen, and you're getting a chance to see them for many, many hours, and in this case, at least four days. >> we do, and we hear a lot from the parents that the kids, you know, haven't smiled or they've been real quiet and not really talking, and then they'll talk a lot to us. so, you know, sometimes it's good to just sit and listen and let kids be kids, and that's what we try to do. >> kathryn martin in tuscaloosa,
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alabama, founder of c.j.'s bus and a lot of people there i know wish they had a way to express their gratitude for what you're doing. >> thank you for having me. to find out how you at home might be able to make a difference to tornadoes in the south just like kathryn is trying to do, go to cnn.com/impact.
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next week we hope you'll join us because it's face to face with venus williams. we met this week and talked about tennis, of course, and whether she's ready to play again. she's been out on the injury list. we also talked about not only how she's feeling on the court again but what it's been like to be that child prodigy. she's been playing professionally for 17 years. i asked her to reflect on whether it would be her recommendation that parents start their kids so early in tennis. >> what works with one kid won't work with another, so -- i was a tough kid and very oblivious, almost, so i could deal with a lot. >> what do you mean you were a tough kid?
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>> nothing bothered me. you know, my dad was, you know, making us hit shots over and over and over again. it wouldn't phase me, and even if it upset me -- >> you wouldn't yell at your dad and say, enough already? >> no, i wouldn't yell, and i got over it two days later. it was behind me. >> we talked about tennis, of course, her goals and what she does off the court. she's got a couple businesses on the side pretty significant. join me on "face to face with venus williams" next weekend. i remember the days before copd. my son and i never missed opening day. but with copd making it hard to breathe,
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recapping our top stories right now, the libyan government says an air strike killed one of muammar gadhafi's sons, his 23-year-old. it said three of his grandchildren also died. war planes targeted a command and control facility, but he says there is no evidence to support the claim that gadhafi's son or grandchildren were killed. here in the u.s., the army corps of engineers is closely monitoring the rain-swollen mississippi and ohio rivers along the missouri and illinois border. if the rivers get too high, the corps may blow up a levee, which would relieve pressure and spare at least one threatened illinois town. the move would, however, flood missouri farmland. and the space shuttle "endeavour" will not launch after all tomorrow. nasa engineers are still working to fix a faulty heating system which delayed friday's liftoff. nasa says a new launch

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