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right off the top, i'm don lemon here in the newsroom. a lot of stories making news now. 13 people dead in the oklahoma tornados, including some who made a living chasing them. this is tim samaras and carl young. they died when the tornado crushed their truck. his 24-year-old son was with them and was also killed. get a look at what's left of the truck they were in. i want you to stay right there, because our chad myers is in norman, oklahoma, right now. he'll be with me live in just about a minute here on cnn. let's go to turkey. a fourth straight day of violent clashes between protesters and riot police. here's what authorities are saying. more than 700 people have been detained since the protests began. the unrest started as a small sit-in over plans to demolish a popular park in istanbul. but quickly grew into large
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anti-government demonstrations around the country and calls for the prime minister to resign. the live report is also coming up later in the hour here on cnn. huge wildfires burning out west. this one in the angeles national forest has tripled in size to about 20,000 acres. 2,000 homes had to be evacuated. high winds and low humidity are propelling the fires as it crews up dry brush. and in new mexico, two fires have spread to about a dozen square miles. here again, some 200 homes had to be evacuated, and a blanket of smoke and haze has settled in over santa fe. in the wake of the boston marathon bombings, a u.s. fact-finding mission to moscow has concluded the attacks might have been prevented if u.s. and russian intelligence agencies had cooperated better. a republican congressman who led the delegation says both sides were focused on details, but "they didn't pay attention to
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the big picture, which was all screwed up." angelina jolie back on the red carpet today. jolie appeared with fiance brad pitt in london. this is her first public event since she announced she had a double mastectomy back in february. jolie has a mutation of the brca gene which increases her chances of getting breast and ovarian cancer. >> i've been very happy to see this discussion about women's health expanded, and that means the world to me, and after losing my mom to these issues, i'm very grateful for it. >> the couple are in london to promote pitt's new film "world war z." to oklahoma now. the disaster zone. it has been two days since a killer tornado, but people are still very much in danger. and rescue crews are actively looking for people still missing. just a short time ago, we found out that emergency crews found the bodies of four people, two adults and two kids who were among those seeking safety in a
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storm drain. some of them made it, others were swept away in the rushing water. chad myers, our severe weather expert, is in el reno, oklahoma. this happened in oklahoma city about 30 miles to your east. so what happened to those people? >> reporter: they went under the ground in the storm drain, a big drain, to seek shelter from the tornado. a good place to go unless you get a flash flood right after. and that's exactly what happened. ten people were in that shelter, or in that drain. the wind and tornado went over. they didn't get out in time before the rain really gushed in, and then it was flash flooded in there and they drowned in that tunnel, don. >> how dangerous is it right now in those destruction areas where you are and all around the area? are people going back to their neighborhoods? is that safe to do? >> reporter: you know, people are going back and they're trying to clean up. a couple things can happen. there still could be some downed power lines that are live. there are a lot of downed poles. this will take weeks to get all
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these poles back up, without a doubt. some very big poles, too. big power lines. big tall high tension power lines as well. they are going back -- they could get in trouble with generators. you don't want to be inside with that carbon monoxide. many people get more hurt after the storm than before. they're actually in moore -- we were still down there yesterday looking at this. there's actually a stand on the side of the road giving away tetanus shots to anyone who wants to come by, because you could step on a nail and all of a sudden you have tetanus. we're in an el reno tech center, where men and women learn how to work on airplanes. this was an airplane to be worked on. they were going to take it apart, rebuild them. but this is not going to buff out. don? >> i'm sorry, chad. repeat the last part of what you
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said about that car? >> reporter: this is an airplane with a retractable gear. going to be worked on here at the tech facility for the men and women who wanted to learn how to work on airplanes. and there's just nothing left to work on now. this is just a big piece of scrap aluminum. nothing to put back together. this is a wreck. and there's this whole tech center here in el reno is also a wreck. it's going to take a long time to put all this back together. it was a very dangerous storm, don. it turned left, it turned right. it was an ef-3, at least preliminary. i believe in my walkaround and turnaround, that will be a very strong 3, but also could be upgraded to an ef-4. to do this kind of damage, the storm damage to buildings and the storm damage to the car where we lost scientists, field scientists, call them storm chasers if you like, but i like science field officer, because that's what they were really, doing scientific work, and their vehicle was thrown three quarters of a mile. the engine was three quarters of
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a mile away from where that car was found as that car tumbled and tumbled on friday. >> we're going to talk a little bit more about that. thank you, chad. appreciate your reporting. we'll get back to you. i want to talk now about the people who make a living getting as close as they can to these monster storms, all in the name of science and public information. from the weather channel, going to talk about being lifted by friday's tornado. >> getting picked up, you know, tumbling, being airborne, it was violent, it was rough. truly the scariest moment of my life. and it just seemed like for a moment, everything was in slow motion. especially when we were floating. i kind of felt like i was being lifted to heaven. >> that was mike bettes from the weather channel. he survived. other storm chasing crews survived, too, but one did not. on the phone with me now, reid timers joining me. we learned about three of your
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fellow storm chasers who did not make it out of the latest tornado. tell me how you're feeling? we could just as easily be talking about you right now, to be quite honest. >> yeah. i woke up to a nightmare, and still living it right now. tim samaras and carl young and paul samaras are great friends of mine and pioneers in the science and meteorology. it does not make sense to me. i don't understand. when we were doing "storm chasers," tim was always concerned about my safety and everybody else around him, everybody in the path of the storms. nicest guy i've ever met. somehow, there's got to be more to this story, because he knows storm chasing better than anybody that i know.
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and would never put his crew or anybody else in danger. his data already has saved countless lives and will save countless lives in the future, and feels like i'm living a nightmare. and i just don't know how that happened. and it shouldn't have. i lost a friend. every random roadside storm we have, i'm going to miss the rest of my life. he's someone i've looked up to my whole life. he's a great father. great chaser. i mean, i can't say enough. it's so sad. >> yeah, i can imagine, because you knew him personally, and the shot just before that was the car -- if we can get that loaded back up. that was his car, what's left of the vehicle. there it is right there. loading up on that flat bed.
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unbelievable. and you knew him, you knew tim. what were they doing when the tornado hit them? >> i'm not sure. we were on the other side of the tornado. a lot of lightning research, too. dropping tornado censors. but if i had to guess, probably trying to save somebody's life. maybe somebody got stuck and he was trying to run back and get them out of the path. because he's a hero. and i know that he was probably trying to save somebody's life. this was probably a direct life-saving mission from tim because he's just that kind of guy. a great guy. and he knows the science. he's an engineer. i mean, you should see this camera that he built that does high speed imagery of lightning.
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he's always, always been safe. i know he was in a safe spot. he must have had a reason to try to save somebody's life. >> this storm, was it that unpredictable? because you're saying tim knew what he was doing. he knew storm chasing better than anybody else. was this particular line of storms just so unpredictable that something like this happened? >> well, it had a lot underneath. there was a main wedge tornado. it took a left-hand turn, which a lot of tornados do. and tim would have known that. which makes me think that he saved somebody's life, that's the only explanation i can think of. because i was so astonished. i thought it must have been some kind of hoax that i was waking
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up to. it is a violent tornado. those suction boards underneath, the multiple vortex tornados can theoretically pack winds of 400 miles per hour. that's what we always talked about scientifically and about trying to measure. and i know that he wouldn't have been in that position by choice unless he was trying to save somebody's life. but he also wouldn't put his own -- it's the only thing that makes sense. tim is a veteran storm chaser and knows what he's doing and is one of the best and he's a scientist. he's not out there trying to get that extreme video like a lot of the amateur storm chasers are trying to get and endangering lives doing. he's trying to do science and he's always done it faithfully. >> well, reed, we thank you for coming on to talk about him. we really appreciate it. we'll get back to you. you be safe out there as well as our chad myers. we're going to talk more about this. because that same line of storms that cut a deadly path through the midwest heading east now
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causing severe weather from virginia to maine. another one. who's seen the worst of it now? >> well, this is the same weather system as you mentioned. it is a little different dynamics. big difference. we're seeing primarily heavy downpours, some lightning. there was one report of a tornado. that was in upstate south carolina in the county of andersonville. they're saying that a roof was blown off of a house. i think the bulk of this affected the state park in that vicinity. right now, severe thunderstorm watch goes until 8:00 p.m. for much of maine, extending all the way down to much of eastern new york. a couple of severe thunderstorm warnings out, meaning you'll expect some heavy downpours, frequent lightning. the possibility of hail. but i've seen a number of reports of 60-mile-an-hour winds being reported with the line of storms. coming up for tomorrow, hot temperatures across the southwest. funnel system continues to make its way off the eastern seaboard.
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don, back to you. >> all right, karen, thank you. appreciate it. darrell isis says the latest irs scandal goes all the way to the top. >> this is a problem that was coordinated right out of washington headquarters. >> the congressman pulling no punches, even calling the white house press secretary a "paid liar." that's next. hoo-hoo. hoo-hoo...hoo-hoo. hoo-hoo hoo. sir... i'll get it together i promise... heeheehee. jimmy: ronny, how happy are folks who save hundreds of dollars switching to geico? ronny: i'd say happier than the pillsbury doughboy on his way to a baking convention. get happy. get geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more.
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there were some fireworks on cnn's state of the union program today. darrell issa says his investigation suggests the obama administration ordered the irs to target conservative groups, and he called white house press secretary jay carney a "paid liar." here's cnn's athena jones. >> reporter: partial transcripts of house investigators conducted with irs employees in cincinnati raised new questions about who directed them to target conservative groups seeking tax exempt status. here's house oversight and government reform committee chairman darrell issa speaking on cnn's "state of the union." >> as late as last week, the administration is still trying to say there's a few rogue agents in cincinnati when the indication is they were directly being ordered from washington. that tells me that too many people knew that this wrong doing was going on before the election. >> reporter: in one excerpt, an
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employee is asked whether a supervisor gave any indication of the need for the search, any more context. the worker replies, "he told me that washington, d.c. wanted some cases." but these partial transcripts aren't conclusive. when the worker is asked, "but with respect to the particular scrutiny that was given to tea party applications, those directions emanated from washington, is that right"? the worker replies "i believe so." >> it's totally not definitive. >> that one isn't. >> reporter: both republicans and democrats were present for the interviews with the two employees. issa says the full transcripts of these and other irs worker interviews will be released. >> this is a problem that was coordinated in all likelihood right out of washington headquarters and we're getting to proving it. >> reporter: congressman elijah cummings, a top democrat on the oversight committee, has released a statement calling issa's remarks on "state of the union" reckless. cummings said that the comments
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are inconsistent with the findings of the inspector general and so far no witnesses who appeared before the committee have identified any irs official in washington who directed them to target conservative groups. athena jones, cnn, the white house. >> the white house says 14 objective news sources, three republican congressmen, two former inspectors general and the inspector general report on this case on this case all contradict any allegations that the administration was involved in a conspiracy to target conservative groups. okay. let's talk more politics now. edie hill is a conservative analyst. and l.z. granderson. you can just call me d.l. let's start now with the attorney general eric holder. there was plenty of talk about him on the sunday shows. >> one of the things about perjury, this is the attorney
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general. don't use perjury lightly. perjury is a criminal charge that has to be proven. but certainly it's hard to have confidence in what this attorney general says or his people say when so often it turns out not to be true. >> you think he should resign, yes or no? >> that's up to the president. >> i do find curious that the loudest republican voice is now calling for the attorney general to go, the same ones a year ago saying we weren't investigating strongly enough. they wanted a special prosecutor because they said u.s. attorneys would not be tough enough. so i think their objection lay less in the principle and substance to this. >> okay. you know that whole thing about -- i'm going to go and spend more time with my family. do you think it is only a matter of time before that happens? do you think it's only a matter of time before he's saying listen, i've got to go, i'm done? >> i don't know if he's going to be the one to say it or the people on the inside are going to be the ones to say it. but right now -- and i talked to several people in d.c.
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i've combed through lots and lots of transcripts. you know, nothing that i've seen thus far has that line. you can't write a congressman saying i have a gut feeling about this. it's not definitive proof. if you're really going to push on an attorney general, which doesn't happen very often, mind you, you need definitive proof. much like gonzalez, when he was puch pushed out. we don't have that yet. >> wait a second. proof, yes. but this is also about appearances. perjury is certainly hard to prove. but if it walks like a duck and catwalks li quacks like a duck, it's a duck. >> as this story keeps developing, i'm just -- me as a layperson saying okay, i'm wondering when the big press conference is going to. >> it's not going to. this is a second-term president. he doesn't have to be popular. he doesn't have to answer questions. he doesn't have to get
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re-elected. he's a guy who will throw himself under the bus. he'll do it. >> so this happens in most second terms. >> you've got enough time to find what's wrong. >> when you consider this, i think all presidents -- that's a huge accomplishment. but this one is the first person of color to be president of the united states. his second term, by all appearances, getting away from him. not accomplishing what he's set out to accomplish in many ways. you don't think he wants to set a precedence -- >> you've got him -- he claims executive privilege when you're talk about fast and furious. in this case, nobody seems to know who's running the show, who's making decisions. to me, that's saying you're not running it very well. and that's not how a second term should be. >> so you're talking about -- >> or the two million federal employees working in the united states right now. more than two million. so it's impossible for any president, regardless of party, to know exactly what two million
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people are doing at all times. as far as this accusation that he hasn't always done what he said he was going to do, part of that is his own fault for setting the bar too high. part of that is the obstruction started by the tea party. but it's also reality that he actually has done a great deal of what he promised he was going to do. one thing that this stream of scandals has done is taken our vision away from some of the wonderful things that have happened in this country since he's been re-elected. when was last time you talked about the jobs reports numbers? when was the last time talked about wall street? >> then get past the scandals. >> that's a good point, because -- >> get past the scandals if you can do it. >> americans call about jobs and the committee and these other things, they may be important to a lot of people. and certainly people die. you talk about benghazi. fast and furious. you mentioned it. the question is, do you think -- because there's scandal after scandal. people say it's not really a scandal. it's a made up scandal.
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do you think that republicans are overplaying their hands on this one? >> no, i don't. i think that if there isn't a scandal, then come out, answer the questions. don't go to these off-the-record meetings with washington bureau chiefs to talk about the most recent scandal. do it on the record. be out there in the open. if you're changing rules, tell us why. he may have a great reason for doing some of the things that other people are saying he has done. if so, tell us why and get on. if you've got a big agenda, get to it. >> lz -- >> i agree with that. >> okay, one thing after another. wait a minute. come on, guys. find one thing and stick with it. >> i don't know. these things keep oncoming out. i don't think people are pulling these out of the sky. you've got all these things. >> i believe it's a combination of both. i think it was designed to try to get him on something. it's also these things are coming out. i agree absolutely.
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it was not a good look to say we're going to have off-the-record conversations about something. especially on the heels of being a transparent administration. those two images do not go well together. i definitely agree with that. but let's not pretend this is oops, look what we came across. the republicans are definitely looking for something, not just to get to holder, but to damage his legacy. >> it's a big boy world. both parties do that when the other's in office. >> okay. so we've got to run. but i have to ask you this, quickly. this so called love affair between the obama administration and the media, is it over, you think? >> folger's time. wake up and smell the coffee. >> fox news has been number one in cable a couple years now. i would say they have not been kind to president obama. >> dl, thank you. >> both of you have a great rest of the weekend. summer is nearly here.
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take a look at this. violent confrontations between protesters and riot police have ignited across turkey, with many people denouncing the prime minister as a dictator and demanding he step down. the unrest began four days ago in istanbul but quickly spread to other cities including the capital. nick walsh joins us from ankara with the latest. what's going on, nick? >> reporter: we've just come back from the central square here whereabout 30 minutes before we arrived, police moved in from multiple directions. what seemed to be a crowd of pretty much peaceful young protesters, most of the people we saw then being arrested, some by plain clothed police, some by
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police in heavy riot gear. wouldn't say why they were being arrested. often put on to bus and driven away. some made to sit on the curb. a lot of them young women, students, it seemed. a rich smell of tear gas in the air. really acrid. we saw one man who seemed to be incapacitated by something. he had a significant pain in his chest that meant he couldn't get up. and once we saw this scene dissipate, witnesses began telling us of how, in fact, many of these student protesters had run into a nearby fast-food joint to seek shelter, but tear gas they say had been fired into it, incredibly dangerous to fire tear gas into a confined space because of the hazards it can cause to people's health. we walked around some of the side streets and basically seemed that police were moving up and down these roads, firing tear gas more or less indiscriminately. times towards us. we saw one police officer hit a man who was quite defenseless.
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hit him with the baton. at one point, they even kicked our camera man. police here lacking discipline. anger in their eyes too at what seems to be happening around them. they seem to lack a real plan, often roaming up and down these streets firing tear gas at will. >> thank you very much. appreciate your reporting. the lead singer of one of biggest rock 'n' roll acts ever said he hated being part of the british invasion. that's eric burdon. he's part of the animals. remember that? a simple question:sked peope 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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a half century has passed since the beatles launched a musical revolution known as the british invasion. one group that rode that wave was eric burdon and the animals.
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♪ there is a house in new orleans they call the rising stone ♪ >> now at 72 years old, burdon has released a new album, and i sat down with him to talk about what it was like to be at the forefront of pop music history. ♪ it's my life and i'll do what i want it's my mind and i'll think what i want ♪ >> bruce springsteen said ever song he's ever done was stolen from the animals. how does that make you feel? >> it made me feel good. i'm really grateful to the fact that he would take note of that. and what was even more stunning is that when he was like 17 years of age and was watching me on tv when i was 24 or whatever,
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he said, you know, that lead singer on the animals, in a tiny little suit that he was uncomfortable in, and he looked like he had his daddy's wig on. that's exactly how i felt. i hated being a part of the british invasion. i really did. i only joined it because it got me to america. it got me to be able to move through black america and really see the experiences up close and personal that i had been reading about as a kid. >> so you dressed up in that get-up night after night, day after day, just so you can get to come to america to play black music? >> yeah, as a kid, we put our collective hands into the -- let's say the american trash can, the stuff that had been thrown away, and the stuff that the authorities were trying to get kids to stay away from,
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which was black music, and we embraced it and we regurgitated it and sent it back in the form of the beatles. ♪ we got that get out of this place ♪ >> so as we sit here, we're in this place. you're very familiar with this place. we're in the apollo. you would play here and the cops would show up. >> yeah. we got through from monday to i think thursday. and the police showed up and says we're going to shut you down, or the unions are going to shut us down because of police pressure. because we were drawing the young white kids to 125th street from down manhattan. >> they didn't want that? >> they didn't want that, no. we were like, is this a taste of what we have to face on this
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upcoming tour? and then from that experience, i did road trips in england and in america with chuck perry at one hand of the bus and jerry lee lewis at the other end of the bus. and you can imagine what that was like in 1960. >> i can't imagine. what was that like? >> it was hell on wheels. i remember there was always a fight to get the back row in the bus, because the only place you could stretch out was the back row seat. and at first, jerry lee had the back seat. and then one night, the road manager said jerry lee, i've got some news for you. chuck gets the back seat tonight. what do you mean? he says well, your record's just stood up and his record passed you on the charts, so he gets the choice seat. so when chuck came onboard the bus, somebody from the front seat mumbled yeah, get in the
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back seat where you belong. and the next thing is, a big fight going on. i thought this is a microism of the united states. >> truly one of the best interviews. part two coming up when he talks about losing friends such as jimi hendrix and janis joplin. we have all seen footage of a tornado. we'll look at that next.
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so we've been showing you all the pictures. you've seen it, the pictures after a tornado. one house is destroyed, then the next is virtually untouched. we went looking for answers as to why that happens. >> reporter: so just across the street from this severely damaged home, we noticed something in this wheat field that caught our attention, we want to take a closer look at it. there was this flattened trail. trying to explain why it looked like this. what are we looking at here? >> right here is the path of a suction vortex. you have a multiple vortex tornado. you have the main cone. just below that, you get these miniature tornados that will spin underneath. the big mystery of tornado science is how strong the wind speeds get. but they're the reason why one house will sustain severe
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damage, whereas the one next door will almost look untouched. >> so we're not even 100 yards away from this house that was completely flattened, next to some other houses that were severely damaged, but not flattened like this. and this just seems to spin right off and go into the distance. >> yeah, my theory is that the main tornado is making a left-hand turn, and they had those suction vortices. the backside of the tornado, one of those suction vortices, the bigger one came right down this path and it probably hit that house, and then went this way. you see it right down that path, and then took a hard left turn, and then dissipated right out there in the wheat field. they're very quick. they'll be very strong. unstable configurations because they're so strong, and then they'll just burst into turbulence and be gone. if you get hit by one of those suction vortices, it could have 400, 500-mile-per-hour winds at the surfaces. >> when we pointed this out to you, you were amaze d by it. >> this is the most textbook
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version of suction vortices i've seen. i've seen them touchdown in the blink of and eye. they can be really short-lived. that's a big mystery of tornado science. he's back. talking about george brett. he's coming out of retirement after decades. why? that's next. oh, you're real? you know i'm real! at discover, we're always here to talk. good, 'cause i don't have time for machines. some companies just don't appreciate the power of conversation! you know, i like you! i like you too! at discover, we treat you like you'd treat you. get the it card and talk to a real person.
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a hall of famer returns to the dugout two decades after he retired. what do you say we talk some sports? terence moore. there he is. a sports contributor to and columnist for so terence, george brett is worth talking about. a living legend in kansas city. he's tired of seeing the royals struggle at the plate. he's afreed to be the team's new hitting coach. to retired superstars like brett have a track record working with
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the mere mortal so to speak? >> yes, they do. it's not good, don. that's because these guys when they become coaches or managers, they expect too much from their players. you know, and the classic example, you had magic johnson back in 1994 when you took over the lakers near the end of their season. it was a disaster. they lost ten straight. he never coached again. the poster child for this is the great ted williams. perfectionist. he takes over those god awful washington senator teams back in the late 1960s and everybody thought his head was going to explode. i tell you, don, it's a good thing it didn't because remember, years later, when ted williams died some of his children decided to freeze his head for prosperity. that's another story. >> yeah, wow, that is another story. also here's another story about a hall of famer. let's talk about another hall of famer. jack nicklaus. he weighed in on the recent tiger woods feud with sergio garcia. that took a turn toward race. took an ugly turn. i want to hear from tiger
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talking about racial remarks in general and get jack's reaction. listen to this. >> it's hatppened my entire lif and happened my entire year. >> the sergio/tiger thing, i mean, stupid. do guys have an issue one with another thing? they usually resolve it themselves. you guys want to resolve it in the newspapers today. >> so, terence, was tiger -- was this tiger and sergio feud something or something bigger? was he talking about the feud or the fact it turned into a race issue? >> first of all, this is very significant because this tells you racism is still alive and well, and sergio knew exactly what he was doing, don. okay, when you use fried chicken, all right. when you use black person and fried chicken in the same sentence, that's always had negative connotations going back 150 years, what have you. here's the thing.
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jack nicklaus has no business going here, period. remember, a couple decades ago, jack nicklaus was asked why there were so few black golfers. he came up with this cockamamy thing about blocks had different muscles than white people. just zip it, jack. go on to something else. >> yeah. i'm not even going to comment on that. thank you, terence. no need. some things should just stand on their own. i don't mean to be facetious. thank you, sir. appreciate it. see you next time. >> thank you. all righty. we'll be right back. [ male announcer ] it's intuitive and customizable, just like a tablet. so easy to use, it won a best of ces award from cnet. and it comes inside this beautifully crafted carrying case. introducing the all-new 2014 chevrolet impala with the available mylink system. ♪ [ beeps ] ingeniously connecting you to your life and the road.
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the mayor called it the worst day in the history of the houston fire department. four firefighters killed while responding to a huge hotel and restaurant fire an friday. running into the flames because they thought people were trapped inside. four died when a wall collapsed. the fire chief says other firefighters immediately began digging through the rubble to get to them. the deaths are a sobering reminder of how dangerous this job can be. cnn has more on how the department remembers their fallen comrades. >> reporter: ann sullivan had just graduated from the fire academy in april. >> we called her punky because she was named after punky brewster. she was short, cute and small. >> reporter: she worked as a volunteer firefighter at this station outside of houston before deciding to make it her
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career. >> this picture right here was her first real structure fire. she was smaller than most firefighters i know. she was tough as nails. >> reporter: she was only 24 and she died fighting an inteferno that destroyed this inn along with three of her colleagues. 29-year-old robert garner, 35-year-old matthew rinad. 41-year-old robert beebee. 14 other firefighters were injured. some trying to dig out their fallen comrades. >> it reminds us just how vulnerable we are. >> reporter: this fire was so intense, all that's left is rubble. officials think firefighters may have underestimated its force, and two days later there's no indication that anyone there needed to be rescued. when firefighters arrived friday, flames were coming from the hotel's indian restaurant. records show the restaurant had been cited by inspectors this year for not cleaning its grease
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traps. >> we have consistently inspected for fire code violations. >> reporter: it could take months before officials pinpoint the cause of this tragic fire. >> i can tell you that nobody in the state of texas is going to wait for that report before they take a look at their own operations. >> reporter: that's because assistant state fire marshal kelly kisner has visited too many scenes like this already this year, including the fertilizer plant that exploded in west, texas, in april, killing ten firefighters. >> when we have one line of duty death, that's too many. we're at 18 this year. that's -- it's a rough year for texas. >> reporter: texas has lost more firefighters this year than in the past five combined. one of the youngest, ann sullivan. >> miss her. miss her already. >> reporter: cnn, houston. >> thank you. the next hour of the "cnn newsroom" begins right now.
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hello, everyone, don lemon here. top of the hour. you are in the cnn newsroom. we're going to begin with a developing story about the deadly boston marathon bombings. the attack, the attack might have been prevented if u.s. and russian intelligence agencies had cooperated with each other. that is a conclusion of u.s. lawmakers who went to moscow on a fact-finding mission in the wake of the attacks. at issue is whether u.s. and russian intelligence agencies dropped by the ball by not sharing critical information that could have alerted boston authorities of the threat. cnn's phil black is in moscow with the very latest. >> reporter: the u.s. congressional delegation spent much of the last week here meeting with russian officials trying to determine what lessons can be learned about intelligence cooperation. in the aftermath of the boston marathon attack. the delegation was led by republican dana rohrabacher, a chairman of the house foreign affairs subcommittee. his conclusion, there was no one specific failure that pnt