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and extras. that's it for the lead today. i'm jake tapper. i hope you have a meaningful memorial day weekend and i turn you over to wolf blitzer right next door in "the situation room." thanks very much. happening now a highway bridge collapses sending cars and people plunging into frigid water. the obsolete structure will now have to be replaced but what about other crumbling bridges all across the united states? can this happen to you? and a frightening image as an airliner trails smoke in the skies over london. we'll tell you about the disturbing discovery made after an emergency landing. and a billionaire investor's outrageous comments saying the last thing wall street needs is a nursing mother. you don't believe it? we have the video. but first an emotional news conference just wrapped up in
moore, oklahoma with school officials there. the principal of tower plaza elementary school, the one that was just leveled by the ef-5 twister cried as she described what happened that awful day. >> the rest of the evening was a nightmare. what started off as a normal day at plaza towers turned into a horrib horrible, horrible thing for seven families. the rest of the story, however, is ho you grew great moore has
rally together and behind my teachers and the students. yesterday seeing them all, not one parent blamed us. not one parent blamed us. because they're oklahomans too and they know what a tornado means and they know what it means in school. we practice our procedures. we get in our safest places. yesterday we buried one of our seven. today we buried two. tomorrow we'll bury two more. monday one and next friday one.
and the families want everybody to know that plaza towers did what they could do. the teachers covered themselves in debris while they were covering their babies. and i believe that's why so many of us survived that day is because the teachers were able to act quickly, stay calm, and take, literally the weight of a wall on to their bodies to save those that were under them. >> just got back from oklahoma myself. what a painful story to cover. there were also very emotional farewells today for two young tornado victims. this morning a funeral was held for nicholas mccabe, a 9-year-old, who loved country music, legos, and going to the
lake. and services were also held for 8-year-old kyle vegas. he loved to play soccer. the two boys were among seven children killed in the plaza towers elementary school and our deepest, deepest condolences to all of those families who have suffered so much over these past few days. a war veteran who was wounded in afghanistan is fighting to recover from even more severe injuries. he received them in the oklahoma tornado. this hero saved three people inside a 7-eleven but couldn't save a young mother and her baby. our brian todd is still in moore, oklahoma. he's got the emotional story for our viewers. brian, share it with us. >> wolf, as you mentioned, this man is a veteran of the war in afghanistan who had a traumatic experience there. on monday he was right in the middle of the worst of the tornado facing death again and tried valiantly to save the victims inside his store. it was the scene of some of the
worst destruction and two heart breaking casualties. the 7-eleven on telephone road in moore, oklahoma basically disintegrated. 29-year-old megan futrell and her 4-month-old son case died from blunt force trauma. e.h. pitman a clerk at the 7-eleven engaged in a heroic struggle trying to save them. his brother bruce describes what happened. >> my brother jumped on top of the woman and her baby to try to protect them as best he could. unfortunately, with a tornado that size, he wasn't able to hold on and was tossed around quite a bit. and the storm and he was pulled out of a rubble. >> reporter: e.h. pitman now lies in norman regional hospital fighting for his life with spinal cord injuries according to his family, lacerations on his liver, broken shoulder blades, collapsed lungs and, yes, his mother says -- >> he keeps focusing on he
didn't do enough. >> his character, i'm sorry, his character is just overwhelming. the amount of friends and family that he has just from going out there and talking to people and being who he is, it's amazing because he has touched so many people in his life. >> this is what's left of the 7-eleven. by getting everyone into a bathroom, e.h. pittman did save three lives here and this isn't the first time he faced death and thought of others rather than himself. his family says pittman, an oklahoma national guardsman, was deployed to afghanistan in 2011 when his humvee was hit in a roadside explosion. he suffered minor injuries they say but focused on getting others out of the vehicle and now once again he is recovering. >> you just left him. what did you say to him? >> i told him of course that i loved him and that it was an honor to know him as my son and as a man, that i felt that he was a true hero. >> i asked his brother if there
is a message he'd like to pass to the family of megan and case futrell. >> he was doing the best that he could and that's all anybody can ask. i hope that they find some solace and get better. there is nothing anybody can say for that family. sorry. >> reporter: the family says at one point they were not sure if e.h. pittman would ever walk again. they now say he has recently regained some feeling on and off in his legs and despite a long period of rehabilitation ahead, they're now optimistic. wolf? >> he has some family members with important milestones. he was preparing for those when the tornado hit. tell our viewers about that. >> that's right. his mother kathleen has a birthday today. his little boy turned 7 years old yesterday and they had to cancel the birthday party for him. they have their father. >> they certainly do.
all right, brian still in moore, oklahoma, covering the story for us. much more on oklahoma coming up later here in "the situation room." also coming up get this. a billionaire investor's outrageous comments saying the last thing wall street needs is a nursing mother. also coming up disturbing new information about iran's capabilities and the way it could strike america's power grids. stay with us. nom, nom, nom.
ok, well, remember last week when you hit vinny in the head with a shovel? [chuckling] i do not recall that. of course not. well, it was too graphic for the kids, so i'm going to have to block you. you know, i got to make this up to you. this is vinny's watch. this was a truck. it's in the water outside of seattle, washington, after a bridge, a major bridge collapsed. it's a frightening collapse. a bridge along the main interstate highway connecting seattle, washington to canada. how this could happen in the united states of america is unbelievable. but it's another scary reminder about the condition of so many bridges, thousands and thousands
of them. many of us drive across every single day no matter where we live. cnn's dan simon is on the scene. tell our viewers what happened. >> reporter: first of all during a week of so much misery and heartache in oklahoma i can tell you the folks in this community feel very fortunate knowing that this indeed could have been much, much worse. i'll step out of frame again and you can zoom in. you can see the vehicles submerged in the water and get a glimpse of the bridge collapse. as we've seen today this collapse is causing quite a conversational around the country about our aging infrastructure. but i think it is very important to point out that according to authorities this was caused very clearly by an 18 wheeler with an over sized load that hit an upper portion of that bridge. that is what caused the collapse. there are some who will say if
they had a newer, stronger, bigger bridge it wouldn't have happened in the first place even with the 18 wheeler and they would be correct. that is why you're hearing from these critics today. as for the victims i want you to hear from a dan sly who was headed on a camping trip with his wife when his vehicle suddenly plunged into the water. take a look. >> when the dust hit i saw bridge start to fall at that point. the momentum carried us right over. as you saw the water approaching it's just one of those you hold on as tight as you can and just a white flash and cold water. >> definitely cold this time of the year. >> reporter: at the end of the day we're talking about three people with nonlife threatening injuries, wolf. they're all going to be okay. as for the bridge this is considered a major roadway near the seattle area. 71,000 vehicles cross this bridge every day. the transportation, the ntsb
just had a news conference a short time ago. they don't know when it is going to be fixed. they're looking at some type of permanent or temporary solution and so we could be weeks maybe months before things are back to normal up here, wolf. >> this is the major interstate highway, not just a local road or county road or state. this is an interstate. people are wondering were the bridges inspected? what happened? >> this bridge has been inspected twice in the past year. this was built in 1955 so it is an older bridge. it's been termed functionally obsolete meaning that the bridge apparently was in decent condition but if you were to build a bridge today it would be built much differently, like if you have an old standard 4 x 3 television you wouldn't buy that today but a high definition tv. that's really what we're looking at here. the bridge was apparently in
good shape though you had this larger 18 wheeler that probably shouldn't have been on it in the first place and you had the over sized load and it hit a girder and that ultimately caused the bridge to collapse according to authorities. >> the words functionally obsolete and a bridge with so many cars that interstate going over it every single day, that's unacceptable. we'll have more on this part of the story. stand by. the bridge collapsed near seattle. points as we all know to a much bigger problem. in every state the number of so-called functionally obsolete bridges in the hundreds at least and in many states the numbers are in the thousands. we asked tom foreman to take a closer look. this is shocking stuff no matter how many times you hear it, tom. >> it really is, wolf. if you think back a few years ago this is the most famous or infamous bridge collapse in years, in minneapolis, 2007, this heavily traveled span went down at rush hour. 15 people died.
federal investigators later concluded it was probably a design flaw. that led to this. the american society of civil engineers says of the more than 600,000 bridges across this country many of them are in danger of some kind of failure for a lot of different reasons. we're talking about old bridges, new bridges, and big bridges and small bridges, all sorts. look on this map here. every place that you see yellow is where they have a higher than usual number of bridges that are in some kind of trouble. we're talking about 151,000 bridges a quarter of the bridges we travel across every single day has some sort of problem. the word they use is deficient. it means either they were designed so long ago that they're simply not up to modern standards to handle modern loads or that they're in such bad disrepair they have to be inspected for safety every single year to make sure there is not some cataclysmic problem with them. this number has improved a little bit over the past decade
but not by much. why? >> we're investing $12 million a year on maintaining our bridges. if we can up that to $20 million a year, we can close the backlog of deficient bridges by the year -- it's a question of resources. >> there you hear it. it's a question of resources. that is what they always say. the problem is when you talk about infrastructure many political leaders at all levels of government say it is very important but one of those things that is easy to push down to the next year or the next year. they're hoping accidents like this sound an alarm and get more money going into that to try to solve the problem. i should note, wolf, as dan mentioned a little while ago the age of that bridge, the average age of bridges all over this country is well over 40 years. >> maybe they should put warning signs to drivers going across the bridge, functionally obsolete and at least give folks
a warning that these bridges are functionally obsolete. we'll speak with the head of the national transportation safety board and get her thoughts on what's going on. just a thought that i had, functionally obsolete and the word bridge especially interstate bridge not good. all right. thanks very much, tom, for that report. imagine you're flying in an airplane and you see this. take a look. you see this outside the window. it wasn't just one engine that failed. the terrifying moments for dozens of passengers today and what went wrong. plus the first lady michelle obama shows off some of her best moves. stay with us here in "the situation room." i'm the next american success story. working for a company
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the united states military as he delivered the commencement address of the u.s. naval academy. cnn's national political correspondent jim acosta has the story for us. jim, what happened? >> reporter: wolf president obama said he is determined to stop sexual assaults in the armed services labeling them crimes that he says threaten what he called the greatest military on earth. for the president it was an opportunity to address yet another controversy facing his administration and perhaps to start putting away a string of damaging distractions. >> hello, midshipmen! >> reporter: with a sea of graduates from the u.s. naval academy looking on, president obama warned of the ripple effects of sexual assaults and misconduct in the military on what he dubbed the most trusted institution in america. >> those who commit sexual assault are not only committing a crime. they threaten the trust and discipline that makes our military strong. >> the commander in chief's tough talk comes as the
military's top brass and congressional leaders vow to root out a problem on the rise. a recent pentagon study estimated 26,000 members of the armed services were sexually assaulted last year. to hammer the point home mr. obama appeared to connect the sensitive subject to another simmering controversy, the targeting of conservative groups at the irs. >> it only takes the misconduct of a few to further erode the people's trust in their government. that is unacceptable to me and i know it's unacceptable to you. >> that segue was no accident. after weeks of stormy political weather that's thrown the administration off course from the irs -- >> we have sort of old mcdonald's' farm scandals. here a scandal there a scandal everywhere a scandal. we're not sure which scandal to even talk about. >> to the justice department's dealings with the media. >> see they believe in freedom of the press. just not freedom of speech from people who talk to the press. >> reporter: aides to the president are hopeful the coming days offer mr. obama an
opportunity to turn the corner and as one official put it refocus the public's attention on what's most important. translation? he's getting out of washington. first headed to oklahoma on sunday to see the damage left by this week's deadly tornadoes, then on tuesday the president returns to new jersey to check on cleanup efforts after sandy with governor christie a reminder of the bipartisan moment some top political operatives believe helped propel the president to re-election last fall. >> the fact is he is the president of the united states and he wants to come here and see the people of new jersey. i'm the governor. i'll be here to welcome him. >> reporter: as for the issue of sexual assaults in the military the obama administration will be staying on message this weekend. a u.s. official confirms to cnn that defense secretary chuck hagel will be addressing the matter before graduates at west point at their commencement tomorrow. wolf? a critically important issue that the u.s. military has to deal with. thanks very much for that. jim acosta. so here is another story we're watching. if you want to swim with the
sharks on wall street, don't have a baby. that extraordinary advice from a billionaire trader who says the last thing wall street needs, get this, is a nurturing mother. the billionaire paul tudor jones speaking at the university of virginia's spring investing symposium last month when he said that children were, quote, career killers for female traders. watch this. >> as soon as that baby's lips touch that girl's bosom, forget it. every single investment idea, every desire to understand, every desire to understand what's going to make this go up or go down is going to be overwhelmed by the most beautiful experience which man will never share with the connection between that mother and that baby. >> jones, who has four daughters, has since backtracked
and now says, and i'm quoting, any man or woman can do anything to which they set their heart and mind. joining us now our chief political analyst gloria borger and chief political correspondent candy crowley the anchor of cnn's "state of the union." gloria, what do you make of this? >> i think it's crazy. i think we have enough people in the world telling women what they can't do and that someone like this gentleman should start telling women actually what they can do. i believe factually the piece in "time" magazine just appeared today which actually referred to a study done on the aspects exactly what he is talking about, about women traders, which said yes women may be more risk averse but they are less emotional on the trading floor than men to speak to his particular point. over all it is stupid. he tried to back track and didn't do a very good job. >> it's hard to believe in this
day and age they didn't think that -- >> we could give you lots of examples here. he is not the lone stranger. i think back to donald reagan and the women don't understand the weight of missiles and don't really understand what is going on in afghanistan and people went berzerk. what are you talking about? he had to issue an apology. you would think at the very least they would know they are in toxic territory here and they need to know what they're talking about at the time. he used the example of two women roughly on the same career track who had babies and that was kind of it for them. it's just, you know, yes, in this day and age there shouldn't be this sort of remark but i think it is more common than you'd probably like to think. >> can i just say something about women who had babies having had two of my own who are now grown? that the young mothers that i know are more focused when they are at work.
they're able to multi task. they are not more emotional about their jobs. they are less emotional about their job. and they're able to do more in a shorter amount of time than lots of men because that's what women do. they multi task. and if you're a trader on the floor and you're looking at a million different things and you've got to take in an awful lot, actually, being a mother is great training for that. >> you're a mother, too. >> indeed. let's hear it for fathers. he did say in this thing just so we don't completely rain on his parade, that he looks at men going through divorce and realizes that their profits will be down 20% or 40%. i can't remember exactly what he said. it just, sorry, it just doesn't compute that for a smart guy apparently making this kind of money who has daughters, you know, think before you throw that kind of theory out there. >> kind of emotional ups and
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she is on the scene for us and joining us right now. thanks very much for coming in. we see that the bridge is not a small bridge but a bridge involving an interstate. why was this bridge so vulnerable even if hit by an 18 wheeler? the whole bridge collapses. how is that possible? >> well, as you can see, you've still got part of the bridge span standing so one of the four over water bridge spans actually collapsed. it's about 160-foot section and this is about an 1100-foot bridge span. so we are looking at that right now. we're looking at the bridge. we've got to do some documentation and get that dropped span out of the water so we can see what it tells us. >> this bridge was described as functionally obsolete by the federal highway administration and it's one of thousands and thousands of structurally deficient bridges all over the united states.
deborah, how big a problem is this? because if you know a bridge is in the words of the federal highway administration functionally obsolete, a lot of people are not going to want to drive over it. >> that's right. one of the things that we want to make sure that we understand is what was the actual health of this bridge? you can have a bridge that is older, that does have a lot of years on it, but yet like some of us can still be very healthy and so we want to make sure that we know what the condition of the bridge was and what the risks were. >> so was it safe? was this bridge really safe given the fact that these pictures that we're seeing are awful? >> well, i think what we need to do is identify what the facts are and what caused this bridge stand to drop. but let's be clear. no one expects to see an interstate bridge in the water. and so we need to make sure we understand what happened, why it happened, so we can prevent it
from happening again. >> we've been told and correct me if i'm wrong, you know this a lot better than i do. there are 66,000 structurally deficient bridges in the united states classified even worse than this bridge outside of seattle. is that true? >> that is true. i will tell you that one of the reasons that we have in the infrastructure on our list, we've got a most wanted list of transportation safety improvements of the our top ten and one of the issues on the top ten list is to maintain the integrity of our infrastructure. and so this is a focus for us. we believe that as a nation we have to pay attention to our infrastructure whether airports, bridges, railroads, or waterways. we have to maintain it. this is the nation's house. we've invested in it. we've got to take care of it. >> i just thought of this.
tell me if this is crazy or if you like it. you're in charge of the national transportation safety board. you put signs up before the structurally deficient bridges, big signs and you alert drivers you're about to go over what the u.s. government calls a structurally deficient bridge. you do this at your own risk. good idea or bad idea? >> well, we want to make sure that people understand what these terms mean. i know some of them do sound bad but you can still have a bridge that can be healthy even if it is considered structurally deficient. what that means is if we designed a bridge today we would not design it the way it is. this bridge was designed in 1954. it was built in '55. it's been around for a long time. it doesn't have shoulders. it's not as high as far as the opening portal that we would like to see based on the traffic that we have today. and so if we were to build this given the average daily traffic count and the truck traffic we
would see, we wouldn't build it this way today. but that's the way that they built it in '57 or in '55. >> are you describing the term functionally obsolete bridges or structurally deficient bridges? because i've heard both used a lot today. i'm not exactly sure what's the difference? >> right. you know, part of this is understanding what some of this terminology means but also how these bridges are inspected. because things can last for a long time but they have to be inspected. they have to be maintained. if you have problems you've got to repair those. and so certainly when we're looking at bridges, some of the big risk factors for bridges is cracking, things like petite cracking or corrosion. those things have to be dealt with immediately. we've seen those problems before. when we look at the records for this bridge we will be trying to determine if any of those conditions were present here and if they were a problem. but we're still early in the investigation so we really need
to look at those records and determine what was this bridge's rating and what gave it that rating? >> deborah hersman of the national transportation safety board i still like those warning signs. i don't know if they'll get anywhere. if our viewers like them send me a tweet at wolf blitzer. happy to see what you guys think as well. good luck with this investigation. let's hope we get this situation under control, this infrastructure situation here in the united states because it is a major, major problem. thanks very much for joining us. >> thank you. i'm sure it would make people think about the infrastructure if we put signs up. >> yeah. think about it and we'll discuss. thank you. coming up, iran's new way of targeting the united states. it could involve some of the most necessary and vulnerable things in the united states. both maxwell and ted have hail damage to their cars. ted is trying to get a hold of his insurance agent. maxwell is not. he's on geico.com setting up an appointment with an adjuster. ted is now on hold with his insurance company.
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iranian hackers are probing and attacking key parts of the u.s. energy infrastructure. our pentagon correspondent chris lawrence has the details. >> reporter: these are all potential cyber warfare targets. iran may already be looking for new weak spots after being accused of disrupting activity on the websites of american banks. >> we're seeing disturbing indications they are going beyond this to potentially attack some of our infrastructure. >> reporter: representative adam schiff oversees cyber security on the house intelligence committee and he says hackers somehow connected to iran's government are going after
energy companies. he says the latest intrusions had nothing to do with stealing company secrets and all about looking for ways to seize control of energy companies' operating systems. >> and make changes that could bring about either blackouts or accidents or catastrophes. that would be a very dangerous step, obviously very war like step. >> reporter: a u.s. official would not specifically name iran but tells cnn officials are investigating a string of malicious cyber actions focused on our infrastructure. just days ago, congress released a report showing how vulnerable the electric grid is to attacks from iran and north korea. one utility reported being barraged by 10,000 attempted attacks each month. others described cyber attacks on the grid as >> i think everybody underestimated how quickly the union yans would progress. >> analyst jim lewis advised the white house on cyber security
issues. he says, iran could use its new capability as a hedge against future attacks. >> if there's something else that happens in relation to their nuclear program, they have the ability now to do things that are damaging in the u.s. and we don't really have a good way to stop them. >> so far, these have just been probes. the hackers getting in there and looking around. but there were similar intrusions last year against a saudi oil company. and in that case, it was followed by a full-blown attack in which company data was affected and destroyed on thousands of that oil company's computers. wolf? >> chris, thank you. so how bad could this iranian hacking plot be? joining us now is david sanger, the chief washington correspondent of "the new york times," the author of the very important book "confront and conceal" which is now out in paperback. could the anians, david, wipe out, or at least undermine much of the u.s. power grid?
>> wolf, at this point, we don't know how good they are. 18 months ago, when they first began to organize what they announced was a cyber core, it didn't look like they were very good. and most of the attacks that they were doing at that time were what are called denial of service attacks. they basically barrage other computer systems, bank machines, and then hope to bring them down. what we've seen since last summer, though, was much more sophisticated. so the saudi attack, the attack against one of the biggest oil producers you referred to in that piece that just ran now, was in fact pretty effective, because it did destroy data. it did not actually get into the oil production side. it was on the administrative side. in the case of the most recent attacks, which we reported a few weeks ago, clearly from the middle east, now appear to be from iran as the "wall street journal" reported this morning,
those attacks seem aimed at taking over infrastructure. and they have not yet succeeded. but, you know, one day someone's going to figure out a way to go do this. of course, the iranians are thinking this is very much what the united states and israel did to them with the attack known as the stuckneks attack. >> china has posed a hacking threat to the united states. but a lot of analysts believe the iranian plot, if there is one, is even more alarming. tell our viewers why. >> well, when the chinese tend to attack these american corporations and so forth, they're mostly doing economic espionage. they're sweeping up big amounts of data. and they're bringing them back home, reading it, looking for corporate secrets. they probably have very little reason to go in and disrupt the american economy, because they are so invested in the american economy. now, the iranians are not invested at all in the american economy. and so in some ways they're more
dangerous, they have only upside on this, no downside. >> david sanger, from "the new york times," an authority on this subject, thank you very much for joining us. >> thank you, wolf. great to be with you. a major bridge collapses. we're going to hear from the man who took these exclusive pictures. stand by. and it looks like "star trek," but these people work at a nuclear plant that has some safety problems.io how old is the oldest person you've known? we gave people a sticker and had them show us. we learned a lot of us have known someone who's lived well into their 90s. and that's a great thing. but even though we're living longer, one thing that hasn't changed much is the official retirement age. ♪ the question is how do you make sure you have the money you need to enjoy all of these years. ♪
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now from london. richard, when we saw this smoke, it must have been pretty terrifying. tell our viewers what happened. >> basically, the plane had just taken off from heathrow to oslo. they had a bang from the left side of the aircraft and saw part of the engine cover fly off. now, that was about enough. but a few moments later, other passengers say on the right-hand of the aircraft, they saw flames coming out of that engine. and that's very much what we see in the pictures, wolf. we have the plane coming overhead. where you can clearly see smoke coming out of the right-hand of the engine. but when you look at the plane on the ground, you realize that both engines on this a-319 lost their covers. and that's going to be the conundrum in solving this. why did both engines seem to have something happen to them during this flight. >> it must have been, richard,
so terrifying for the passengers. what are you hearing? >> terrifying at one level because of the noise, but at the same time, quite normal in the sense that the plane didn't jolt, or didn't dive or anything like that. modern aircraft are designed to fly on one engine. from what i hear, of course, is this -- by the time the pilot had stabilized the aircraft, brought it round, to come back in to land, passengers probably wouldn't have noticed that much difference. except they will have seen the smoke out of the right, and they'll have known the engine on the left. we don't know whether this was a failure of the catches on the engine cowlings that hadn't been fastened, we don't know what it was. the investigation started. you're right, it must have been an extremely worrying time for passengers. but just remember, always in this situation, planes are designed to take off, fly, and land, twin engine jets, on one of those engines. >> this was an airbus jet, so i
assume they're going to be inspecting the entire fleet of these kinds of jets, is that right? >> no, i wouldn't say that, wolf. i think they've got to work out, first of all, what happened. was it unique to the cowlings and to the engines on this particular plane. either because of a failure of maintenance, or because of an engineering fault. but bearing in mind, this plane's 12 years old and the engines are many years old. and they're way, way, reliable, tested. this is not new technology by any stretch of the imagination. hundreds of these engines are around. so i'm guessing before there would be any wide investigation, the authorities, the aaib, will grab this engine and really drill down to find out, was it manufacturing or was it a work of maintenance error. >> richard quest in london for us, as usual, thanks very much, richard. happening now, breaking news. desperate cries for help as the
tornado hit. stand by for the dramatic 911 phone calls that have just been released to cnn. a firsthand account of a terrifying bridge collapse that plunged cars into the water. a witness joins us along with his exclusive video. and convicted murderer jodi arias must wait for her punishment. the family of her ex-boyfriend could play a key role in whether she lives or dies. i'm wolf blitzer. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. the world. you're in "the situation room." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com let's get to the breaking news now. a monster tornado was tearing up the town of moore, oklahoma. 911 calls released only moments ago. listen to this. >> 911, what is your emergency?
>> the last we heard was 19 and western. >> oh, my god! >> take shelter. you need to. >> 911, what is your emergency? >> i got hit. >> was anybody injured? >> are any of you guys injured? a bunch of stuff on top of us. i'm able to get out but i don't know if they'll be able to. >> they're trapped or just injured? what? >> i'm trapped. can you get up? my stepmom is down. i could possibly get out and help. are you guys trapped? >> they're trapped? >> i think they got it. >> can they get out at all, ma'am? >> um -- can you lift it up?
>> ma'am, are they trapped? >> can we get out of this in any way? >> oh, my god! >> we've got several places hit. this is very important. i understand it's crazy -- >> can you possibly get out. we'll find a way out. everything in front of us, what we can see, is wiped out. >> okay. just try to get out if you can. if something happens, if someone cannot get out and they're trapped, then call me back. >> okay. >> be careful where you walk, okay? make sure everybody's got shoes on. >> all right. thank you. >> 911. >> we're stuck under rubble. >> we're coming out there as soon as we can. >> please hurry. >> thank you. 911. >> we've got a day care full of babies. we need help bad. >> okay. >> we need help bad. we got a day care that just got cremated. >> 911, what is your emergency?
>> we're trapped inside. there's stuff on top of us. >> in the closet? >> yes. >> are you injured? >> we just can't breathe. >> 911. >> yes, we just got a call from a gentleman that lives in moore that his house has collapsed on his kids. >> shocking, shocking 911 calls. we've just gotten those. here's other new developments out of moore, oklahoma, right now. funeral services were held today for four tornado victims. 9-year-old nicholas mckay, 8-year-old kyle davis, 39-year-old randy smith, and 49-year-old terri long. the oklahoma university medical center says five adults and one child remain hospitalized, two of them remain in critical condition. one new estimate shows the damage from monday's twister could cost as much as $5 billion. oklahoma school officials are still reeling from the deaths of seven students at the plaza
towers elementary school that was flattened by the twister. they held a news conference just a little while ago. at times it was very, very emotional. brian todd is in moore, oklahoma, and joining us now with more on this part of the story. brian? >> wolf, this was maybe the most extraordinary meeting between local officials here and members of the media. this was a meeting of school officials, and namely the two principals of the schools that were leveled. amy simpson, the principal of plaza towers elementary school, and shelley jocks, the principal of brierwood elementary school. they got very emotional when recounting in chilling detail what happened to their schools. but the most extraordinary account was from amy simpson, the principal of plaza towers elementary school that got completely leveled. just basically disintegrated in the storm. miss simpson said that when she got word that the tornado was coming, they made their preparations. she saw the tornado coming.
they got everyone hunkered down. some parents came in to get their children, some parents came in, left, and ran back in the school when they realized how close the tornado was. when the tornado was basically there, she got on the intercom and yelled at the entire school, it's here. and she got in the bathroom with other staff members. the only time that she yelled was at that moment when she said, in god's name, go away. when she reflected on the entire day, that's when she was at her most emotional. >> it started off as a normal day at plaza towers. it turned into a horrible, horrible day for seven families. the rest of the story, however,
is how great moore has been, to rally together, and behind my teachers, and the students. yesterday, seeing them all, not one parent blamed us. not one parent blamed us. because their's oklahomans, too, and they know what a tornado means, and they know what it means in school. >> simpson said that today they buried one of the children killed. tomorrow -- excuse me, yesterday they buried one, today they buried two children. tomorrow they'll bury two more. monday they'll bury one, and next friday one more. she was very emotional when talking about the children who were killed. she had effusive praise for the teachers at plaza towers elementary school, saying that they had -- that they were
covered in debris and that they covered the children themselves. very high praise for the teachers there, wolf. >> understandably so. those teachers were excellent, no doubt about that. i was there for three days this week, just got back to washington. the issue of safe rooms in schools kept coming up. did they address that issue today, brian? >> amy simpson was asked about that, wolf. she said that she never thought of having a safe room in the school. she never thought of getting on the school board to, you know, pressure them to put safe rooms in these schools. she said this was a phenomenon, that tornadoes normally don't happen, according to her, at that time of the afternoon. they just happen at other times, usually later in the day i think is what she said. but she said she never thought of having one. we also have to say suzy pierce, the superintendent of the moore public schools, has said in statements that they had a safety plan in place, that they executed those plans. that safety is their number one priority. but there have been two news conferences now in which she has
left before getting a chance to be asked about safe rooms by reporters. so that's the situation there with the principal talking about it. the school superintendent not really talking about it. other officials have told us that it was a matter of funding from the state legislature, that there were other priorities cause the last couple of years have been fairly light for tornadoes in oklahoma. >> brian todd, doing some excellent work for us all week, as he always does, in moore, oklahoma. brian, thanks very much. and this special programming note for our viewers, join us saturday night, 6:00 p.m. eastern, for a special edition of "the situation room" as we focus in on the tragedy in oklahoma. you're going to want to watch this, a one-hour special. tragedy in oklahoma, a situation room special. up next, the terrifying bridge collapse in washington state. up close, a witness joins us with his firsthand account, and exclusive video. and later, the woman who helped bring down david petraeus opening up about her affair with
the former krafcia director. don't forget, the people in oklahoma need your help. toby keith is with anderson cooper to show you what you need to do. what's it like for you to see this place like this? >> i've never seen this before. i've grown up here my whole life, 35, 40 years, we've seen this a lot. so it's pretty much -- it gets you right here every time. my sister, my sister-in-law and my niece all got hit. you lose everything, that's pretty much a strike. obviously losing a loved one, it's just devastating. >> can this place rebuild? >> oh, yeah. this will be vibrant, rocking. a lot of these people you see around here working are -- first responders get in and take care of the necessary stuff. people get out, bring water and shoes and transportation. they pitch together and this thing will pop right back up. this is toby keith.
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bridge collapsed in washington state last night, and we're hearing gripping accounts from a survivor and witnesses, and we're also learning more about what went wrong. cnn's dan simon is joining us from mt. vernon in washington state, right outside of seattle. what do we know right now, dan? >> well, wolf, first of all, the question that many folks have in this community is how something like this could happen. how could a semi truck making contact with this bridge cause a major chunk of it to collapse. given everything that we've seen in oklahoma, and all the heart break and misery there, people here feel fortunate knowing it could have been much, much worse. it happened after rush hour. the bridge was nearly empty. >> riverside bridge over i-5 just collapsed. we have vehicles in the water. >> one of those vehicles, a pickup, belonged to a couple heading on a camping trip. dan sly was driving. >> i saw the bridge start to fall at that point. forward momentum carried us right over.
and as you saw the water approaching, it's just one of those, you hold on as tight as you can. and just a white flash, and cold water. it was definitely cold this time of the year. >> sligh tells cairo tv said the fall dislocated his shoulder. he couldn't get a response from his wife. >> popped my shoulder back in so i could unbuckle everything and get over to her. unbuckled her, and pulled her over to my side which had less water, because it was about belly deep. >> they were eventually rescued and taken to a hospital. onlookers crowded by the side of the river and watched as searchers made sure no victims had been overlooked. in the end, only three people went into the water. nobody died. >> i think it's amazing there were only a handful of people on the bridge. it's typically heavily used. and so i think we're very fortunate. >> during the night, police said part of an oversized load on a tractor-trailer hit a bridge support girder leading to the
collapse. this man saw it happen. >> i saw the truck strike the upper right corner of the bridge. it almost tipped the truck over. it tipped it up to about a 30-degree angle to the left and it came back down on its wheels, and almost instantaneously behind that i saw girders falling in my rear-view mirror. >> state police questioned the driver, but he wasn't detained. plenty of people are getting a firsthand look at the twisted wreckage of the bridge today. the federal highway administration listed it as functionally obsolete. meaning it was old and narrow, and not up to modern standards. authorities estimate it's going to take $15 million to fix this bridge. they don't know how long it's going to take, weeks, maybe even months. this is going to be a major inconvenience for the people who live in this area. this is a major roadway, accommodating about 71,000 vehicles each and every day. wolf? >> dan simon on the scene for us, thank you.
let's talk to a man now who arrived at the scene of the collapse soon after it happened, and shot some exclusive video. richard is joining us now from seattle. richard, thanks very much. walk us through what happened. when did you notice something was terribly wrong? >> well, sir, my friend, alex, and i were just heading back from bellingham. we had taken the freeway up north and were coming south back down about two hours later. getting close to exit 229. and all of a sudden the traffic just came to an absolute complete stop rapidly. we were there for about five minutes. we noticed truck drivers starting to get out and look. then we started seeing ems lights on the eastern side of the banks showing up. i had a camera that i had just got with a telephoto lens, and we started seeing the onlookers. next thing you know, they're taking us off the exit, and we saw just literally one 200 yards ahead of us, the bridge was gone. my friend and i decided that we
saw the home depot parking lot. we immediately went down there. and got up on the levee, and as soon as we got there, is when we started seeing the sheriff be ging to show up, and the rescue starting. that's where all the photographs, the video you have is where i took about 105 photos of the rescue scenario. it was amazing. we watched the gentleman being removed from the pickup truck and being put in the sheriff's boat. outstanding job on all the ems, the way they did it, the way they approached the bridge. and just to see both lanes of the bridge, you know, how it was buckled in the water, thank goodness nobody was hurt. we found that out a little bit later when we were driving back away on the back roads. but thank god it was the section that was close to the shore, because had it been the middle section of the bridge, i think it would have been a completely different story for the individuals. i'm happy everybody was safe, and people can see the photographs of what the bridge
looked like, and the actual vehicles on it. >> we're showing our viewers the pictures that you took. the photos, the video. richard, you know this area well. you know this bridge. how surprised were you to see that this, at least big chunk, huge chunk of this bridge was gone? >> very surprised. i mean, it was one of those irony moments where just two hours earlier, we headed north on this section. and now, spinning around, heading south on it. we were up in bellingham taking pictures at the university, decided to stay for about an extra minute or so before we got on the freeway. had we got on when we did, it could have been a whole different story for us as well. because we were, i mean, we were right there close with that first group of vehicles. so it's amazing. we had a lot of thoughts afterwards, a lot of what-ifs for the next couple hours. >> richard, thank you so much for sharing your story. thank you for sharing your video and the pictures. the still pictures as well. >> yes, sir.
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tense moments today aboard a passenger flight from pakistan to great britain. mary snow is joining us. she's got some details of that, and some of the day's other top stories as well. mary? >> wolf, two men are under arrest for allegedly endangering an aircraft after a pakistan international airlines flight
had to be diverted in british air space. a kuflt fighter jet was scrambled to escort the plane to stanstead airport outside of london. a pakistanie official said two passengers got into an altercation with flight attendants and threatened to blow up the plane. the incident is being treated as a criminal matter and did not mention a terrorist angle. a british airways jet was forced to make an emergency landing at london's heathrow airport. it encountered engine problems shortly after taking off this morning. thick black smoke could be seen coming from the airline's right engyp. gin. a bit of a slipup today by president obama on his way to the naval academy in annapolis. he didn't return the marine salute as he boarded marine one, but quickly made up for it, getting back off, shaking the marine's hand and speaking with him briefly before departing. while the president is not required to return a salute,
it's been tradition for a few decades. in his commencement address at the naval academy, president obama warned that the rash of sexual assaults in the armed forces threatens to undermine americans' confidence in the military. on a lighter note, he offered a hearty congratulations to the class and joked about the drizzly weather. >> i know it's a little wet, but the superintendent told me that marines and folks in the navy don't mind a little water. class of 2013, in your four years by the bay, you've met every test before you. and today is the day that you've been counting down to for so long. you will take your oath. those gold bars and boards will be placed on your shoulders. as your commander in chief i congratulate each of you on becoming our newest officers.
ensigns in the united states navy, second lieutenants in the united states marine corps. >> the naval academy's class of 2013 consists of 1,047 graduates. we wish them well. >> congratulations to all of them, and to their families. thank you so much for your service to the united states. all right. thank you, mary. what's next for jodi arias? a hung jury raising some new questions about whether the convicted murderer will live or be sentenced to death. and the mayor of toronto makes his first public comments about allegations that he smoked crack cocaine. vo: traveling you definitely end up meeting a lot more people but
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a video scoop of "star trek." they poke fun at safety hazards at a nuclear plant. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." maybe weeks before we know if the convicted murderer jodi arias will live or die. an arizona judge declared a mistrial last night in the penalty phase of her trial. jurors couldn't agree on whether to sentence her to death for killing her ex-boyfriend. a new jury will decide arias' punishment unless prosecutors offer a deal. cnn's ted rowlands has more from phoenix. >> wolf, jodi arias is back in her cell here at the maricopa county jail. she is still waiting to find out her fate for killing her ex-boyfriend, travis alexander. >> no unanimous agreement. >> reporter: the jodi arias jury couldn't decide whether she should live or die. four wanted to spare her life,
including the jury foreman who told "good morning america" who believes arias was a victim of abuse. >> i'm very sure in my own mind that she was mentally and verbally abused. is that an excuse? of course not. does it factor into the decisions that we make? it has to. >> reporter: arias still may be executed. maricopa county has the option of retrying the penalty phase, which would extend the already nearly five-month-long televised trial. the county attorney has already released a statement indicating they plan to proceed with the intent to retry. a new jury would only decide life or death, and would only hear a fraction of the evidence against jodi arias. >> this new jury isn't going to have nearly the information that the old jury did. and the jury that made this decision saw every gruesome detail, saw all the lies, saw everything. >> our lives will never be the same. we can never get him back. >> reporter: one factor in the
decision to retry will be the family of victim travis alexander. they openly went in court after hearing the jury was deadlocked. if they decide they've had enough of the courtroom, prosecutors may settle for a life sentence for jodi arias. >> i'm with a lot of people out there, i believe that the only appropriate sentence for jodi is the death penalty. but at this point in the game, i so much would have rather had the jury come back with a life sentence than no sentence at all. >> wolf, one of the jurors as she was walking out of the courtroom, said sorry, to the alexander family. we expected a decision will be made on whether or not to retry the penalty phase within the next few weeks before an upcoming status hearing scheduled for june 20th. wolf? >> ted, thank you. we're joined now by a leading trial attorney thomas messero, representing michael jackson back in 2005. tom, thanks very much for coming in. obviously a very emotional
situation for the travis alexander family. what if they don't want to go through more testimony, go through this again? what's the likelihood that a deal that could be brokered that could spare her the death sentence and simply get life in prison? >> wolf, if the family doesn't want to go through this anymore, that will have a significant impact on the prosecution's decision. i don't see the prosecutors picking a new jury, and essentially retrying the case. i know other people are saying most of this evidence won't come in. i don't believe that. the prosecutor, in a re-hearing, is going to want in bring in all the grisly, disturbing evidence to convince the jury there should be death. the defense by contrast is going to want to bring in every mitigating factor they can, abuse, paranoia, personality disorder, you name it. it's going to go on for months and it's going to be another painful experience for the family to sit there day by day. i think if they plead with the prosecution and say, look, she's
going to be locked up for the rest of her life, i think they'll make a deal. >> let's say they don't make a deal. let's say there's another trial, as far as the penalty phase is concerned. how can you even find a fair, unbiassed jury at this point given all the publicity that's out there? >> it's going to be very difficult, wolf. but i have great faith in our juries. many high-profile cases, you have people supposedly affected by the media, o.j. simpson, robert blake, and juries came back and acquitted. i this i when people sit on a jury and take the oath, they take it very seriously. they try to follow the judge's instructions. they respect the court, the judge, respect the proceedings. i think american juries do their very best to be fair. so i have faith that a fair jury could be picked, who will objectively follow the law, and look at the evidence and make a decision. >> is it unusual in this penalty phase for a jury to make the final decision as far as life or death is concerned?
>> no, it's not. most states require that the jury make a decision. now, there are a couple of states, like alabama, where a jury may come back and cannot agree on death, and a judge will overrule them. those are rare states. usually the jury decides. >> looking ahead to july, let's say there is another trial, another jury. they can't reach a unanimous decision, all 12 members have to agree, life in prison or the death sentence. if they don't, then we simply go back to life in prison, the death sentence is removed, right? >> no, if they can't agree, it then goes back to the judge, and the judge, as i understand it, i don't practice in arizona, but the judge will decide whether she gets life with the possibility of parole, after 25 years, or life without the possibility of parole. that's the judge's prerogative at that point. >> at that point it would be up to the judge, if all 12 members can't agree one way or the other. tom messero, thank you so much
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at how much attention its reporter got from the justice department for a story that said north korea was going to test more nuclear weapons. >> so rosen, when are you going to jail? we're taking up a collection for the bail now. when are you going to jail? >> i'm touched by your sentiments. but that's about all i would say. >> what launched the controversy was a leak investigation, and an application for a government search warrant seeking information about rosen's perm e-mails. the government used words such as, aider or abetter, or coconspirator to describe him in an affidavit. he hasn't been charged with anything. a justice department official confirmed friday that deciding a search warrant was necessary involved vetting the decision at the highest levels of the department, including discussion with the attorney general. the statement said the department followed all applicable laws, and a federal magistrate judge made an independent finding that probable cause existed to approve the search warrant. it's a new worry for advocates
of media freedom. >> it kind of changes the nature of what we've been understanding about this situation. first it looked like something that maybe one agent did. but when it gets the approval of the attorney general, it suggests it's more of the justice department's policy. >> at his last news conference when the issue was only about subpoenas to the associated press, i asked the attorney general about the policy. >> given the fact that this news organization was not given an opportunity to try to quash this in court, as has been precedent, it leaves us in the position of wondering whether the administration has somehow decided, policywise, that it's kind of going to go after us? >> that is certainly not -- i mean, i can talk about policy. that is certainly not the policy in this administration. >> in his national security speech on thursday, the president expressed concerns about the chilling effect of putting reporters at legal risk for doing their jobs. he said the attorney general
would review existing f ining gs for investigations involving reporters, meet with media organizations and report back to the white house by july 12th. wolf? >> joe, thank you. let's dig a little bit deeper with ryan, with the washington correspondent for the new yorker magazine. ron, you've done a lot of reporting on this. over the past few days, the extent of this surveillance of james rosen is even more chilling than i ever imagined. it's hard for those of us who are journalists here in washington to even believe what's going on. but describe a little bit ha you've learned. >> what's happened all week is some of the sealed documents have been unsealed. and we learned a few things. as joe just reported, originally the government went to a judge to get a search warrant to look at james rosen's e-mails, and in that search warrant, argued that he was a co-conspirator, essentially accusing him of committing espionage. >> he was just trying to do his
job. >> trying to find out information about north korea. that was unprecedented. as far as i've been able to determine, no -- the government has never accused a reporter of being a co-conspirator in espionage for reporting classified information. that was the first thing we learned. today, looking through some of the documents, what i saw was the government wanted to keep that search warrant secret, so they went to a judge and they argued that one of the reasons they needed to keep it secret was that if rosen -- that they may need to go back and monitor his e-mail long term. in other words, they said we can't tell james rosen about this, because once we go in and find out -- we may find out some other crimes committed in these e-mails and may have to go back and monitor his e-mail long term. the federal judge in washington agreed with that argument and allowed the department of justice to keep the search warrant secret. james rosen never found out about it until this week. that's, to me, highly alarming. because in both instances, in both of these legal documents, what it shows is that originally
the theory of the government was that they were not just going after this guy at the state department who leaked the documents, they were pursuing, at least early in the case, a conspiracy, and potentially, you know, if you read the justice -- if you read the documents closely, it looks like they were saying, we may have to indict this guy. >> is there any evidence to believe that this was a battle between the obama administration on one hand and fox news on the other hand? fox news being very critical obviously of president obama. >> i don't believe there is. there are conservatives that have pointed out that the u.s. attorney in washington, macon, is close to the attorney gene l general. >> what i see is the justice department being overly cracking down on the information leaked
out. they're accusing a reporter of being a criminal for doing their job. >> let me play a clip of what the president said yesterday about the news media and leaks. >> a free press is also essential for our democracy. that's who we are. and i'm troubled by the possibility that leak investigations may chill the investigative journalism that holds government accountable. i've raised these issues with the attorney general who shares my concerns. so he's agreed to review existing department of justice guidelines, investigations that rolf vort e involve reporters. >> now, we're told now that the attorney general personally approved this investigation of the fox news reporter, right? now he's going to meet with news executives to see if they can come up with a new policy. is it true this administration has done more leak investigations than all previous administrations combined? >> yeah. there have been six, i believe.
all using this 1917 law. this law that was passed in the wake of world war i. it's the 1917 espionage act. i think the problem -- i think it's great that the president said that and good he's asked the justice department to look into this. the problem is, you now have an attorney general who approved this very, very controversial search warrant, who is now being charged with, you know, investigating himself, reviewing his own policies. and as we know in this town, when an agency is tasked with investigating themselves, they don't always do such a great job. that's one important issue. the other important issue is, now we know that holder approved this, it's worth asking, did he tell anyone at the white house? the white house counsel's office and justice department share information all the time. did the white house have any knowledge of this, and if so, what did they do about it? >> if anything. >> if anything. >> thank you very much. the woman who was at the heart of the david petraeus scandal is now speaking out. we'll show you what paula
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facility it represents. it's operators say it has nothing to do with safety issues. critics say it's the overall back story of the plant they find troubling. ♪ >> instead of the enterprise, this crews' stars were managers at a troubled nuclear power plant. it is in california. >> captain? our ship has just come off a record run before encountering this unusual space fabric. >> reporter: the video was made in 2010 when just obtained by station kgtv in san diego. the plant's owners say it was part of an employee recognition event. >> so many safety hazards. you are prepared to get us out of our current situation? >> reporter: silly, no doubt. but not everyone is shrugging it off given the fact that it has been shut down since early 2012 after a small amount of
radioactive gas escaped. shawn bernie with the group friends of the earth has long been fighting to keep it closed and is a vocal critic of the plant's operator southern california edison. >> edison, if they really are concerned about the people's lives in southern california and they want to live long and prosper, they can carry on making as many videos as they want. we would be very happy. they shouldn't be operating the power plant. >> reporter: southern california edison says the video made three years ago was never completed or used and it wasn't taped in an actual control room but a training facility. adding, safety was never compromised at the plant. the nuclear regulatory commission which overseas reactors safety weighed in saying although it may have been somewhat lighthearted, it was a teaching opportunity that had no safety implications other than reinforcing the importance of clear communications. the cost to make it was $800. it's not the first time the star
trek spoof backfired. the irs made one, too, and reported costs of that one was $60,000. >> we received a distressed call from a tech. >> reporter: the fact that the video is making headlines has the plant's operator and the critics agreeing on one thing, they hope it will focus more attention on the plant itself which southern california edison is trying to restart. now the operator of the plant wants to restart one of two units at 70% power but when that may happen is uncertain. wolf? >> thanks very much, mary snow reporting. this special programming note to all of our viewers that joined us tomorrow 6:00 p.m. eastern for a special edition of "the situation room." as we focus in on the tragedy in oklahoma. you're going to see what happened and where we go from here. i spent several days walking around the streets of moore, oklahoma, this week and it was
shocking to see what was going on as can you see from the pictures right there. our special tragedy in oklahoma, "the situation room" special tomorrow, 6:00 p.m. eastern. that's it for me. thanks very much for watching. erin burnett "outfront" starts right now. "outfront" next, does this country's transportation system need to be safer? plus, one of america's top investors say babies kill women's careers. ahh. yeah, there he is. and a teenager faces federal charges over an underaged same sex relationship. was it abuse or intolerance? let's go "outfront." good evening, everyone. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, new concerns about the safety of this country's entire transportation system. tonight investigators are examinin a
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