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good for them. true story. michelle was nominated for the audio version of her book and bill clinton was nominated for "50 shades of grey." >> thanks for starting your morning with us. we have much more ahead on "cnn saturday morning" which starts right now. good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. victor blackwell is off. it is 7:00 on the east coast, thanks so much for starting your morning with cnn. it was supposed to be just for laughs. humor. the listeners with a lighthearted prank. two radio deejays called the hospital where the duchess of cambridge was getting treated and tricked a nurse to give details of her condition. two days later the nurse took her own life and now the deejays behind it are off the air. >> the house has mutually decided that this show will not return until further notice out
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of respect of what can only be described as a tragedy. >> cnn's matthew chance has more now on the story generating outrage around the world. >> you know what, they were the worst accents ever. >> it was meant as a light hearted aussie prank, even after their station issued an apologies the two deejays made light of it. >> we were sure at least 100 people before us would try the same thing. >> reporter: now suspended from their jobs and one of the nurses they humiliated and fooled is dead. >> it is with deep sadness that i can confirm the tragic death of a member of our nursing staff. we can confirm that she was recently the victim of a hoax called to the hospital. >> reporter: she was the nurse
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that transferred the call to the private ward. two days later saldanha's body was found. there had been a complaint from the royal family about the prank call may have put pressure on the nurse. but a source tells cnn no such complaint was made. this hospital rejects any suggestion that it may have disciplined the nurse for transferring the call, saying they were supporting her throughout this very difficult time. the duke and duchess on cambridge so happy on leaving the hospital earlier this week expressed a statement about their great sadness about the nurse's death and thanked hospital staff for looking after them so well. the uplifting news that a royal baby was on the way has taken
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such an ugly, tragic turn. matthew chance, cnn, london. two o the fiscal cliff now. the end of the bush era tax breaks. so, where are the negotiations in washington? well, they're at a standstill. now, house speaker john boehner is putting all the blame on president obama. he's upset that the white house quickly rejected boehner's plan. >> there are a lot of things that are possible to put the revenue that the president seeks on the table. none of it is going to be possible. the president insists on his position. insists on my way or the highway. >> president obama is asking congress for more than $60 billion for states affected by superstorm sandy. officials from states hardest hit say the money is just a start. with the fiscal cliff looming the staff is sure to face some resistance on capitol hill. he spoke at this year's
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democratic national convention as an independent, but now former republican florida governor charlie crist is a proud democrat. crist posted a twitter photo friday showing his registration papers tweeting that he's proud and honored to join the party in the home of president obama. crist ran for the u.s. senate as an independent in 2010, but was defeated by marco rubio. some are speculating this move is in preparation for another run for governor against rick scott in 2014. the supreme court has decided to take up two major same-sex marriage cases. the first is the defense of marriage act. the 1996 law denies federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples. right now around 120,000 legally married same-sex couples in the u.s. the second is california's proposition 8. that made same-sex marriage illegal in the state. a decision on these cases is expected next year.
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is this the end of gangnum style mania? korean pop star psy which is the most watched video in youtube history is apologizing for an anti-american lyrics that aired in 2004. made its way around online. it included lyrics calling for the deaths of american troops serving in iraq. in his apology he said his performance was emotionally charged and, "while i'm grateful for the freedom to express one self, i learn there is some limits to what language is appropriate and i'm deeply sorry for how these lyrics will be interpreted. i will forever be sorry for any pain i have caused by those words." we've got much more ahead this hour. here's a look at what's coming up. it was the picture that spark eed outrage.
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what the photographer that snapped that disturbing subway photo told cnn about that moment. >> all of those who argued for nonintervention because of the things that might happen have now happened because we failed to intervene. when is enough enough? that is the question many are asking about syria as the death toll climbs and concerns mount over chemical weapons and now lawmakers are saying it may be too late to stop mass destruction. have a question about the fiscal cliff? we have answers. our expert explains how going over the fiscal cliff will affect your bottom line. two years ago, the people of bp made a commitment to the gulf. bp has paid over twenty-three billion dollars to help those affected and to cover cleanup costs. today, the beaches and gulf are open, and many areas are reporting their best tourism seasons in years.
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message that this would cross a red line and those responsible would be held to account. >> if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences and you will be held accountable. syria appears to be at a turning point. there are reports of the government preparing chemical weapons. the rebels securing the airport and more than 40,000 people are dead. now, some high-profile senators are saying we may have passed the point of no return. that is our focus this morning. when is enough enough? yesterday i asked that question to a witness of some of the worst humanitarian crises in generations. cnn chief international correspondent christiane amanpour. she's also global affairs anchor for abc news. christiane, thank you for joining us. i want to play a famous clip of you then speaking to president bill clinton about the bosnian war which, at that point, was
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going into its third year and claimed tens of thousands of lives. >> as leader of the free world, as leader of the only superpower, why has it taken you, the united states, so long to articulate a policy on bosnia? why in the absense of a policy have you allowed the u.s. and the west be hostage to those who have a clear fallacy the bosnian serves and do you not think that the constant flip-flops of your administration on the issue of bosnia sets a very dangerous precedent and would lead people to take you less seriously than you would like to be taken? >> no. but speeches like that make them take me less seriously than i would like to be taken. there have been no constant flip-flops, madam. >> so, is this a question we should be asking the obama administration about syria?
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>> well, you remember, randi, that president clinton was really angry with me when i was asking that question. the fact of the matter is the question didn't prompt intervention, but there was intervention more than a year later and it stopped the war and the president enacted a peace settlement and the war stopped and peace still endures in bosnia. and i think the issue with syria raises some very important questions. president clinton himself just earlier this year said that the longer it goes without being stopped, the bigger the chance of bad actors getting involved and that is precisely what's happened, randi. that is one more reason that the administration is reluctant to intervene because now it's not just the ordinary rebellion that it started out as with people demanding reform, it is now being joined by all sorts of jihadests and extremists and al qaeda-type affiliates and this is what is really worrying the united states and the region.
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but this is, if you like a self-fulfilling prophecy, so long has this war been left to fester that it is now at the state where it is. >> when you trochaboalk about a line for syria, it seems like the red line president obama drew back in august the moving of chemical weapons may have been crossed. let's take a listen to this. >> the outside regime, but also to other players on the ground that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. that would change my calculus. that would change my operation. >> it is somewhat subjective. what do you think if moving weapons has already happened, have we crossed that red line that obama drew? >> already there is sort of a moving red line, if you like. the president clearly said that movement of weapons or the preparation of such weapons to be used. now, we've seen the last several
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statements from the administration have just said using those weapons. if they were used, that would be a red line. so, honestly, we're not quite sure what it means. and are we going to have to see them be used before there's some kind of reaction or will they know when they're about to be used? it's still rather unclear. actually, a little indicative of the entire approach to syria. it's very unclear what the strategy is and what the end result will be. and i feel that with all the conversations i've had with u.s. officials, that they are extremely worried about another iraq. in other words, they don't want to get involved in a war that might drag on for as long as iraq did. you know, a lot of people talk about, well, you know, isn't syria the same as libya? why did you intervene in libya and not in syria? a lot of people asked me, isn't syria like what happened in bosnia and so many, including u.n. officials have said what's happening in syria is very
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similar to what happened in bosnia with the wholesale slaughter of innocent civilians. i think from the administration's point of view they're looking at iraq and they don't want to get into an iraq-type of multi-year operation. >> and former senator george mitchell has said the united states needs to stay out of syria while senators mccain and lieberman said thursday that the u.s. must get involved. what is the fear if the u.s. does get involved? >> well, precisely that. that they don't want to get bogged down. nobody is talking about putting american boots on the ground or any other boots on the ground. the question is, can you take other military measures that will stop this war? i think what you have now, most sort of seasoned observers and most people who look at what could possibly be done to mitigate this nearly two-year war now in which more than 40,000 people, men, women and children have been slaughtered and after nearly two years of this administration saying, you
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know, assad must step down and it not happening, the best one can hope for, perhaps, is that you know some kind of intervention that shortens this war. without intervention, it's going to be a long war. u.s. officials have told me that despite the gains by the rebels recently, they don't see any sign that assad or his regime are going to crack or break any time soon. so, they believe that this could go on for a long time. so, again, the question is, could you do something to shorten this brutal, dirty civil war or are you going to do nothing or continue along the path that you are right now and have a long, extended war? >> and if we are waiting for russia to come around and pave the way to a u.n. resolution similar to that in the case of libya, do you think that that waiting will pay off? >> i don't think so. it's hard to imagine russia at this point, anyway, from my vantage point. maybe i have been proved wrong. approving of a u.n. resolution.
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even in the latest talks that secretary of state hillary clinton has had with the russian foreign minister, it's not like everybody is on the same page. they're not. obviously, the russians are looking at this very closely because they can see their client busard is in a very tricky situation and do they want to be on the losing side? on the same token, with the u.s. not really being involved has not really many friends on the ground in syria. what happens if bashar falls? who do you talk to and have relations with on the ground? i know they have come up with this coalition, this opposition coalition, but that, too, has yet to fully prove itself as an effective and consolidated opposition to bashar alsad. a coalition that can have his core group of defectors to break and to basically come over to
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the other side. >> terrific insight. thank you so much for your time this morning. >> thanks, randi. we'll continue to ask this question of when enough is enough in syria. next hour we'll hear from former national adviser and hear his advice for the obama administration coming up at 8:15 eastern time. she lived in three different centuries and used to drive a model t. world's oldest person died this week. we'll take a look at the fantastic life of bes cooper. if you are one of the millions of men who have used androgel 1%, there's big news. presenting androgel 1.62%. both are used to treat men with low testosterone. androgel 1.62% is from the makers of the number one prescribed testosterone replacement therapy.
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welcome back. 21 minutes past the hour now. nothing like 192 million bucks before taxes, that is, to cushion the potential fall off the fiscal cliff. an arizona couple came forward with the second winning ticket from last month's massive powerball drawing. they wanted to claim it before the end of the year and wanted to start a foundation with the money. now to midland, texas, where the driver of a parade float hit by a freight train will not face charges. the crossing gate went down after the front of the truck had already crossed the train tracks. the float was carrying military veterans and their families. four vets died in the crash. 16 others were hurt. and it's been more than 15 years since he was mysteriously gunned down, but the l.a. coroner's office has finally released the autopsy report of
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rapper christopher wallace, also known as the notorious b.i.g. or biggy smalls. the 23-page report shows wallace suffered four gunshot wounds and one was fatal. to date, no arrests have been made and the case is unsolved. friends and family will remember the world's oldest person today at her funeral. besse cooper died on tuesday. she survived more than 11 decades and her family says she will be missed. here's cnn's george howell with more. >> reporter: she saw the turn of the century, twice. living 116 years, the world's oldest person. her 77-year-old son tells her story best. >> she was a very determined person and she felt she wanted to do it, she could do it. she did most of the time. >> well into her 100s. >> she lived home alone until she was 105. >> reporter: born in 1896, cooper moved from tennessee to
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georgia to teach during world war one and sydney cooper remembers she was very passionate about learning. >> she kept up with politics, read the paper every day and later when tv came on she watched the news on television. >> she was also a pioneer in the women's suffrage movement. >> i think she understood that it was not right, women could not vote and have a voice in this country and this democracy that we had. >> what was the event, out of all of those years, what was the biggest event that had the most impact? >> i think it would have been the depression. that was a very difficult time. taught them to be very frugal. they didn't waste anything. >> never in her life did besse cooper have a driver's license so she never got the opportunity to drive over this bridge that was named after her just outside her hometown in georgia. she did, though, at one point
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drive during a time when you didn't need a license and the only car she ever drove, the model t. >> after my father died, she was 68 years old and she wanted to drive, but she lived in the country and my father had a car. we talked her out of it because we thought she was too old. i look back now, she was young. >> besse cooper died peacefully, december 4th, 2012. >> she was getting ready to go. she went and got her hair fixed and she looked beautiful. >> what would you say people could learn from her? >> i think to be positive in all aspects. her philosophy was hard work. be truthful and honest. >> george howell, cnn, monroe,
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georgia. >> what a nice story. now, to oklahoma where two deaf 8-year-old girls experienced a life-changing moment when they actually heard for the first time. watch this. >> can you hear mama. can you hear me? can you? >> ruby and kate were adopted from ethiopia a year ago and moved to oklahoma. they just had cochlear implants and you can tell that their parents were just thrilled. >> i had a huge lump in my throat. i mean, i really thought i was going to lose it. >> having their communication issue in a country like ethiopia, your future is not entirely bright. >> doctors say people of all ages can actually get those implants and insurance usually does pay for it. a man suspected of stealing a u-haul truck led police on a wild chase. wait until you see how it all ended.
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