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or they don't get a diagnosis at all. >> i'm here's for kids who aren't feeling good about themselves saying you can be wildly successful. >> way to go wendy. >> awesome. quick programming note for you. watch weed 2 tonight. cannabis madness. you do not want to miss tonight 10:00 eastern. thank you for being with us. we're back tomorrow. meantime we pick up with carol costello. >> good morning brooke. have a great day. "newsroom" starts now. happening now in the "newsroom," breaking overnight, new details in the mystery of flight 370. they question the travel agency that sold the tickets.
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>> an iranian identified as one that boarded the flight with a stolen passport. the officials now wave off terrorism ties. >> we believe that he is not likely to be a member of any terrorist group. >> investigators working around the clock searching the seas, scouring the area the size of pennsylvania. >> we're now flying 500 feet above sea level. >> looking for new clues in the mystery of flight 370. you're live in the cnn "newsroom "newsroom." good morning. i'm carroll costello. thanks so much for joining me. we begin this hour with the search for the malaysian airlines jetliner and new developments that may down play terrorism. this morning police identify the two men that use stolen
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passports to board the plane. this is a 29-year-old iranian. the other man is an 18-year-old iranian. the head of the global police agency say the latest details are tampering down initial suspicions of terrorism. both men entered malaysia with valid iranian passports. nick robertson is in london and tom is in washington. good morning to both of you. >> good morning. >> good morning. tom, i want to start with you. we know the men that used the stolen passports were probably seeking asylum. does this rule out terrorism? >> no. it doesn't rule it in or out. it makes it less likely these individuals themselves were part of a terrorist scheme if seeking asylum. there's still investigation htht
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has to be done t determine how he has purchased the tickets. how many other times has he arranged for travel on false passports? has that always been someone seeking asylum? we don't know how he knew the two individuals that got on the airplane. that's still a question. i think that ron noble, secretary general of interpoll says it reduces the likelihood of terrorism being the cause but doesn't eliminate and doesn't account for couple hundred passengers on the aircraft and crew members and the possibility somehow a pilot or co-pilot decided to do something we're not aware of yet and may not ever be until the flight recorders are recovered. >> malaysian police are looking at hijacking, sabotage, psychological problems of sp ss passengers and crew and personal problems.
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mechanical failure is not in the mix. do malaysian authorities know something we don't? >> i have the same question. they haven't answer had the question so far. the issue of terrorism, i suppose that could fall under hijacking. one would suspect terrorists on that list of people who could be on the aircraft to hi jack. it is very interesting that they are saying or not saying rather a mechanical failure. however they have said as far as the two young iranians who traveled to kuala lumpur and arrived on the iranian passports the week before, they are discounting them there terrorism. it's interesting to look at what the director general ron noble from interpole is saying. he said this may be more of human trafficking. >> human trafficking.
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explain that further. human trafficking of what? >> yeah people. exactly. i question that language as well. we know that the reason malaysian authorities were tipped off to one of these young iranians, the 19-year-old, being missing was because his mother who was waiting in frank ford for him to arrive called authorities and said my son didn't get off the flight. what's going on here? that led the trail to the men. i'm not sure what type of trafficking he's talking about. it is clear here that interpoll is -- the ceo of the malaysian airlines said it would be time consuming to do it. interpole has taken a firm stand and said that kind of reasoning
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does not hold water, carol. >> another question for you tom. what are are authorities focussing on? >> trying to identify the other individuals that actually got on the airplane. they've notified next of kin immediately almost after the plane disappeared. there could be other suspicion individuals on that flight that have nothing to do with the iranian gentlemen. you don't know. they have to look at everything. what happens is the media has a tendency t to report as if theye doing one thing at a time. if that doesn't work out, they're doing something else. they're doing everything simultaneously as nick mentioned. they're looking at the crew, looking at passengers, looking at other information, other possible threats from terrorist groups. this is a wide ranging extensive investigation. it's not limited to one or two areas of focus. >> by the way, still no sign of the wreckage.
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thanks to both of you. nick and tom. of course there were three american citizens a board that flight. one was phillip wood. his family who lives in dallas say they're fighting to hold out hope even as the news appears more grim with each passing hour. last night phillip's brother spoke to anderson cooper. >> how are you and your family holding up? >> we're doing okay. we're getting through. we're taking it -- sometimes an hour at a time. sometimes a minute at a time. we're holding together and we are -- we're work on this because of faith. honestly we're getting through this on our faith. taking it just a little at a time. it's been a little bit numbing to be honest. >> understandably. i understand phillip has two sons. one of them is in college. are you in touch with them constantly? how are they holding up?
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>> absolutely. they're doing okay too. we just saw them a couple days ago. they're with my mom and dad right now. so -- we all process grief a little different. so they're being a little quieter right now. >> phillip wood was an ibm executive that lived in beijing the last couple of years relocating to malaysia. search crews have been scouring miles of the sea. the area includes the gulf of thailand and south china sea. that's the size of the state of pennsylvania. cnn sima is on board the search plane. >> reporter: this carries out regular search and rescue missions. this is still a search and rescue operation as far as the malaysian government is
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concerned. we're now flying just 500 feet above sea level, very low, searching for the missing plane 370. now this is the first time the malaysian minister for the defense force have come out to see and join the operation all the ships that are out here, more than 40 have joined this search mission. >> we're still hearing discouraging news this morning. the u.s. navy says no aircraft debris was spotted during today's search. still to come in the "newsroom," the friend of oscar pistorius takes the stand in the track star's murder. after the emotional day of testimony that left pistorius physically ill. we'll have more on today's testimony in just a minute.
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checking our top stories at 13 minutes past the hour. we learn today that russian lawmakers plan to debate legislation next week on crimea becoming part of russia. crimea plans to hold a referendum sunday. ukraine's interim government has called the referendum unconstitutional. new video showing a pregnant mom driving a minivan with her children inside into the ocean. pictures were released as ebony wilkerson went to court. no details about the hearing held to determine what will happen to wilkerson's three kids. she has been charged with attempted first degree murder and child abuse. nine injured including six
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children when a school bus flipped after colliding with a taxi cab in brooklyn. a witness rushed to help the kids. >> they were screaming, yelling, jumping around. they had no idea really what was going on or how they were going to get out of there. i immediately jumped in the bus and started trying to get people out as far as possible. i saw blood on the ceiling of the bus. i didn't know if that had been a child or been one of the adults. >> the children and two adults on the bus had minor injuries. the cab driver suffered serious injuries. a scary moment in the blue jackets dallas stars game. richard collapsed on the bench. doctors said he had a cardiac event. he was conscious when being taken to the hospital. he's listed in stable condition. he had a procedure in september to fix an irregular heartbeat.
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last night's game was called and will be made up later -- will be made up at a later date. he's a close friend of oscar pistori pistorius. as he stands trial for the murder of his girlfriend, that friend is taking the stand about a traffic stop where pistorius branded a gun afterward. >> he was furious about that, someone else had touched his gun. >> i was driving. the accused was in the passenger seat. sam taylor was in the back of the car. without prior warning, he shot out the sunroof. >> how do you know he shot out the sunroof? >> once i flinched to the right-hand side of the vehicle having ducked down, i saw the weapon brought back in through the sunroof. >> it was the testimony of a
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pathologist that captivated the courtroom when he detailed the multiple injuries to steenkamp including the last one that hit her above her eye. he also described the ammunition, the hollow bullet that opens up like a flower petal to cause maximum damage. pistorius' brother and sister coming over to check on him during a break in the testimony. robin is in pretoria. i want to start with you. pistorius' emotional behavior is so unusual. how are people inside the courtroom taking it? >> reporter: i don't know if it's unusual. how do you react when you listen to testimony of somebody you shot whether intentional or not.
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he has a very genuine reaction in court yesterday. he had a physical gut reaction to the testimony which was quite clinical. it wasn't gruesome. i must say though today in court -- court is over for today. he's far more composed and able to follow proceedings. in fact staring down his so called friend. i don't think he's a friend any longer. he gave a testimony and was ripped to shreds in cross-examination. i don't know if i've seen many people vomit in court. how can you judge someone on hearing that information? >> you're right. it's unusual to see someone get physically ill in a courtroom. i covered courts for a long time. i've never seen it. maybe it's different many the united states. dr. gail, i'll enlist your help. is this unusual? >> it is unusual, but it's not unheard of to basically have symptoms like this for a whole
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host of reasons. one can be shock, feeling stunned, feeling very fearful. fear causes an adrenaline rush which causes a reaction when people are very, very stunned. they can faint. blood pressure can drop. you can be nauseous, sweating and throw up. a dramatic, emotional reaction can cause someone to throw up. we don't know what the contents of that would be whether i'm horrified by what i've done or i'm afraid i'm going to prison the rest of my life. it could mean a whole host of things. >> robin, i understand pistorius cried and prayed over reeva's body the night she died. tell us about that. >> reporter: well this comes from the testimony from one of the first responders.
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one of the neighbors who is a doctor. he said when he arrived on the scene, pistorius had one hand in her mouth trying to open her passage ways, had one on her groin hip wound. he was pleading to god to save her saying to god he would devote his life to him if she lived. that was the compelling emotional testimony that this doctor saw when he arrived and also tried to save reeva. >> i'm going to generalize and ask this question. can a man kill a woman and grieve over her and still be guilty of murder? >> yes. if you have impulse control problem and in a fit of rage you commit a murder, and then after you're no longer enraged think to yourself what have i done? you could absolutely be
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horrified by your actions you committed not that long ago. it doesn't mean you didn't do it in a moment of passionate rage. >> we'll see what the courts decide. thanks so much. still to come in the newsroom, democrats wrapping up in all-nighter talking for hours and hours about climate change. did the overnight talk thon wake up many americans? we'll talk about that after the break. [ julie ] the wrinkle cream graveyard.
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just moments ago in washington democrats wrapped up the overnight talk a thon on the senate floor, a stunt to draw attention to an issue stalled in congress, that could be climate change. 14 plus hours is a lot of time to fill. at one point, massachusetts ed mark borrowed a page citing dr. seuss. this time it wasn't green eggs and ham but the lorax. seriously? >> i'll have to close with this short portion. here's what it says. but now says, now that you're here, the word of the lorax seems perfectly clear unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it's not. to my colleagues here in the senate, and everyone watching
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and following tonight, thank you for caring a whole awful lot. >> already. dr. seuss also said you'll miss the best things the you keep your eyes shut. while the stunt might have slipped by us while sleeping, cook and branson might have done more to wake people up. joining me now, christine romans. both have strong views on climate change. >> they do and have been vocal. carol, senate democrats are trying to stir the base, talk about what liberals want them to talk about. that's climate change. there's no meaningful legislation on the table. ceos have been saying climate change deniers stay out of our way. in particular, richard branson, the billionaire, he recently put out the blog post allotting another ceo for his stance. he says more businesses should be following apple's stance and encouraging more investment and sustainability.
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he told skeptics to get out of the stock, i urge climate change deniers to get out of our way. he's talking about cook, who at the shareholder meeting last month, basically got fired up at the meeting and said if you want me to do things only for roi reasons, you should get out of this stock. he was pointing at people susceptible of people to their track record at apple. very interesting, a couple of outspoken ceos are trying to keep this subject out there and talked about carol. >> so are they taking a chance here by you know, angering their stock holders? tim cook said don't invest in my company if you're going to be a climate change denier. >> it's pretty rare to have a ceo stand up and say don't invest in my stock. you know, their goal is to have you want to invest in their
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stock. these are ceos with outspoken views about what their world view is and what their company's world view is. there's an apple sensibility and world view in terms of this at least. interesting that these two ceos, senate democrats at this time talking about something where there's no meaningful legislation on the table. >> interesting as always. thank you so much. >> you're welcome. still to come in the newsroom, president barack obama , comedian in chief? >> where are you planning on building the presidential library, in hawaii or kenya? both places seem like they would be -- >> that's a ridiculous question. >> why the president is tapping into his funny side to sell obama care. captain obvious: i'm in a hotel.
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futures looking steady earlier on the heels of moves last week with the tense situation in ukraine. as always, i'll keep an eye on things for you. but we begin this half hour with the search for the malaysia airline jetliner. new developments that may down play terrorism. police identify two men that use stolen passports to board the plane. both are iranian, neither tied to terrorism groups. let's get the latest from pamela brown. >> we learned the second passenger that boarded the doomed flight was a 29-year-old man by the name of delavar seyed mohammad reza. he was traveling with a 19-year-old iranian who was traveling to germany where his who are lives, according authorities. the two men tried to get to europe as part of human smuggling not terrorism.
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>> investigators have identified the two men traveling with stolen passports on flight 370. the iranian nationals flew to kuala lumpur airport with malaysian passports and then boarded the flight to beijing with stolen passports. the two men are 29-year-old delavar seyed mohammad reza and 19-year-old pouri nour mohammadi. the younger men were thought to be seeking asylum in europe. one mother seeked out to authorities when he did not get off the flight. authorities have been pouring through airport surveillance video and thumbprints from the airport to search for clues. investigators focussing on this travel agency that booked for the passengers they tell police the middleman ali first
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contacted the agency march 1st looking for two tickets for two men on different flights. that travel booking expired. he called to rebook both on the same flight and paid cash. two days later, the plane disappeared. >> they could be garden variety drug traffickers, people smugglers, fraudsters. >> a side from the two men, all other passports of passengers checked out legitimate. officials say the more information they get the more they're focussing on factors other than terrorism as the cause of the plane to go missing. carol? >> pamela brown reporting from washington. coming up in the "newsroom," president barack obama between two firms trying to sell obama care to a younger audience. will funny do it? we'll discuss it after this. i'm beth... and i'm michelle. and we own the paper cottage. it's a stationery and gifts store.
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americans homing to e ing h in obama care are reaching the deadline. the support for the law is rebounding just a little bit. 39% say they back obama care up from a record low of 35% in december. 57% still oppose obama care. it's no secret the white house wants and needs more young people to sign up to make the law successful to help pay for the law. what better way to get young people on board than have the president sit down with the weird guy from the "hangover"? that's exactly what happened on the show between two ferns. >> sorry i had to cancel a few times. my mouse pad broke last week.
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i had to get my great aunt some shoes. >> it's no problem. i have to say when i heard people actually watch this show i was pretty surprised. >> hi. welcome to another edition of "between two firms." i'm your host. my guest today is barack obama -- president barack obama . >> good to be with you zack. >> what do you have planned for 2014? >> we'll probably pardon another turkey. we do that every thanksgiving.d turkey taken out of circulation, a turkey you couldn't eat? >> how does this work? do you send ambassador rodman on your behalf? i read you would take hulk hogan to syria. is that more a job for harding?
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>> he's not our ambassador. >> why don't we move on? >> i have to note. what's it like to be the last black president? >> seriously? what's this like to be the last time you ever talk to a president. >> it must stink you can't run three times. >> actually i think it's a good idea. if i ran a third time, it would be like doing a third "hang over" movie. didn't work out well did it? >> i have to say i've seen this show before. some episodes have been better. for example the one with bradley cooper. that was a great show. he carry had the movie didn't he. >> which film are you speaking of is this. >> those "hang over" movies. basically he carried them. >> everybody loves bradly. good for him. >> good looking guy. >> being like that, that's easy. tall and handsome. that's easy.
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be short and fat and smell like do ri toes. >> how does it feel having a three inch vertical? >> it's a three inch horizontal? >> zack, that's a ridiculous question. not to bring up the birth certificate thing which you never produced. >> where's you're birth certificate? why don't you show us now. >> i don't want to show. it's embarrassing. it shows i was born 7 pounds 800 ounces. you know what i would do if i were president mr. president i would mike same sex divorce illegal. then see how bad they want it. >> i think that's why you're not president. that's a good thing. >> you said if you had a son you would not let him play football. what makes you think he would want to play football. what if he was a nerd like you?
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>> do you think a womanlike michelle would marry a nerd? why don't you ask if she thinks i'm a nerd? >> can i ask her? >> no. i'm not letting you near her. >> do you go to websites other than dot com? >> have you heard of healthcare.g >> have you heard of the affordable care act? >> i heard about that. the thing that doesn't work. why would you get the created the zoom to make your website? >> works great. millions of americans have gotten insurance plans. we want people to know you can get affordable health care. most young americans now are not covered. and the truth is that they can get coverage all for what it cost you to pay your cell phone
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bill. >> is this what they mean by drones? >> the point is a lot of young people think they're invincible. >> did you say invisible. that's impossible. >> not invisible. invincible. meaning they don't think they can get hurt. >> nobody could be invisible. if you had said invisible. >> i understand that. >> if they get that health insurance it can make a big difference. they have until march 31st to sign up. >> i don't have a computer. >> call. >> i don't have a phone. i'm off the grid. i don't want you people looking at my text. no one is interested in looking at your text. second of all, you can do it in person. laws can't discriminate against you if you have pre-existing condition. >> what about this though? >> that's disgusting. how long have you had that?
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>> just four months. >> really? >> spider bites. i got attacked by spiders. >> zack, you need to get that checked right away. get on health that's one of the most disgusting things i've seen. >> is your plug finally over? >> i suppose so. >> what country were you rooting for in the winter olympics? >> seriously? i'm the president of the united states. what do you think zack? >> i want to thank president barack obama for being on the show. >> i'm going to press this. >> don't touch that please. >> thanks for the interview. thanks for letting me shoot my show here all these years. >> you've been shooting these shows here in the diplomatic room? who gave you permission to do that? >> bush. >> seriously? >> who gave him clearance?
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>> watch the spider bite. >> that's the other hand. >> it's everywhere. >> so there you have it. joining me now, director of the university for center of politics. larry, welcome. >> thank you carol. >> the 40 plus crowd probably did not get that. the under 40 crowd probably did. the question is, will it propel them to sign up for obama care? >> well, i agree with you that certainly my students for example would be more inclined to watch that unfortunately than the evening news. so maybe it did have some kind of impact on signups. presidents are hocking something. hocking policies and obama is hocking perfectly legitimate place to go if you're doing that.
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a lot of people say it takes dignity out of the presidency. i wonder where i'm have been the last two or three decades. there isn't a lot of dignity left. a president in the 1990s went on mtv and answered the question do you wear boxer or briefs? >> i remember that. bill clinton right? >> exactly. >> seriously though. 4 million people have signed up for obama care. 800,000 below ages of 35. that's well below expectations. the white house has to get this going. people do watch this online. they don't watch traditional television much anymore. i'll ask you, is this the only thing that can prove effective when trying to get young people to do something? >> there are many avenues. the president has been on late night comedy shows and has done lots of other things to reach
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out to young people. you go hunting where ducklings are they'll get it. i hope history doesn't record that. let me take it from the other perspective briefly, carol. i grew up in the time when we elevated presidents. we put them on a very high pet stool. that led to lying about vietnam and lies of water gate. i prefer they be what they are, very, very human. >> larry, thanks for your insight as always. i appreciate it. >> thanks carol. going high-tech to sniff out weed. we are live to tell you about the nasal rangers. >> good morning carol. certainly the smell of pot is an unintended consequence of this
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. >> legal marijuana is a big hit in colorado. they raked in about $3.5 million in taxes and fees thanks to the sells. it comes with the pungent sell of success. they are using this awkward-looking, high-tech telescopes to make sure the odor of skunky weed does not overpower the neighborhoods. this morning, annie ka cabrera. >> reporter: the scent is permeating some colorado neighbor hoods. >> i can't take my two-month-old daughter into the apartment because it smells like marijuana. >> reporter: and odor coming through the building vent so strong this family had to move. >> it is very strong, yes. >> reporter: same problem, different county. i don't think that anyone realized that this was going to be an issue. >> susan lives in penrose,
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colorado and puts up with a pungent pot aroma too from a grow operation down the road. >> we are doing everything we can to be good neighbors, as far as odor control, light pollution, water usage. some things are very expensive. >> reporter: it is situation like this where ben siller is called to help. this is called the nasal ranger. that is it's real name. a device he uses to quantify how strong an odor, any odor, really is. >> you are drawing air through these ports that filters out any of the odor. >> reporter: we road rode along with him to sniff out a complaint. >> got something. >> reporter: he has responded to dozens of complaints since 2012. the problem started with legalization of medical marijuana. if the odor registers at a certain point on the nasal
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ranger, it can be grounds for citation. >> i am not smelling anything. >> reporter: can i try it? >> sure. >> reporter: so far, he hasn't had to give any citations for marijuana. it typically doesn't exceed the odor threshold on the nasal ranger. >> it is a discernible odor. >> reporter: he can help cannibis cullty va tors. some are urging for tighter controls. >> we would like to see it regulated here. it needs to be regulated elsewhere as well. >> it looks funny. it is hard to say all of that with a straight face. this is becoming a serious issue. regulation do need some work when it comes to the pot odor. we are hearing from a lot of people who say because different
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jurisdictions have different rules and they don't go far enough. they would like to see the state legislature address this issue and set a lower odor threshold. >> what kind of pifine could yo pay? >> the fines range up to hundreds of dollars. if there are multiple complaints within a short duration. using that nasal ranger, they haven't exceeded the odor threshold. there are some places where it has registered but it still isn't exceeding that threshold that will result in a fine. have oftentimes, that investigator says he just goes and directly responds to the complaint and will work with the grow facilities to try to reduce the odor. in a large part, that does seem to be at least doing a so-so job here in denver, carol. >> i'm acting like a chald but
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every time you say nasal ranger, i can't help myself. >> a cartoon character. >> or worse. >> it is a technical term. >> ana cabrera, thank you so much. we'll have more on the fight of legal medical marijuana. dr. sanjay hosts "weed 2." that's tonight at 10:00 eastern on cnn bulldog: you know, not all heroes wear capes.
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happening now in the "newsroom," breaking overnight. new details of the mystery of flight 370. >> they have questioned the travel agency that sold the tickets. >> an iranian identified as one of the two men who boarded the
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plane with a stolen passport. >> authorities say he was on his way to germany possibly trying to seek asylum. >> the focus turns to a second new photo as officials now wave off terrorism ties. >> we believe that he is not likely to be a member any terrorist group. >> the investigators working around the clock, searching the sea, scouring an area the size of pennsylvania. >> we are flying just 500 feet above sea level. >> looking for new clues in the history of flight 370. you are live in the "cnn newsroom." good morning. i'm carol costello. thanks so much for joining me. we begin this hour with a search for the malaysia airline jetliner, new developments that make down play terrorism in its disappearance. this morning, police identify
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the two men that use stolen passports to board that plane. both are iranian. neither believed to be tied to any milltivity groups. >> we have learned the second passenger that boarded the plane with i astolen passport was a 29-year-old man traveling with a 19-year-old man who according with authorities was traveling to germany where his mother lives. it appears the two men tried to get to europe as part of human smuggling, not terrorism. >> reporter: investigators have identified the two men traveling with stolen passports. the two iranian nationals flew from qatar to kuala lumpur using pass ports and then used stolen pass ports. they have been identified as a
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29-year-old and a 19-year-old. authorities believe the younger man was attempting to seek asylum in europe. they say his mother contacted authorities after he did not arrive in germany as planned. >> the more information we get, the more we are inclined to conclude it was not a terrorism incident. >> reporter: authorities have been pouring through airport surveillance and thumb prints from the airport to search for possible clues. >> investigators focusing on this thai travel agency that booked tickets for the two passengers. an iranian man known as mr. ali first contacted the agency on march 1st, looking to buy cheap tickets to europe for two men on two different flights. that booking expired. the travel agent rebooked the men on the same flight, flight 370, on march 6th. ali paid cash. two days late terr, the plane vanished. >> they could just be garden
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variety criminals, drug traffickers or people smugglers or fraudsters. >> aside from those two men, all the passports of the other pass ports on flight 370 checked out as legitimate. the more information they get, the more they are focusing on factors other than terrorism as a cause of the plane to go missing. carol? >> pamela brown reporting from washington. >> here to talk more about it, john mcgaw, the former undersecretary of the transportation security administration and the former directory of the secret service. welcome, sir. >> good morning, carol. >> malaysian authorities seem to be ruling out terrorism. are they right? >> well, i don't know. we have to see yet. remember from four days ago, we are saying, don't tie anything to one. don't overestimate the two bad passports. how about the crew, the cleaners shall the people handling the
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baggage and all those kind of things. you still have to keep both mechanical and the terrorism idea alive so that you continue to do a broad investigation. just like you couldn't use tunnel vision for those two passports. you can't use tunnel vision and say, that eliminates terrorism. it absolutely does not. you have the cleaners, the maintenance people, the baggage handlers. you have the flight crew. what's to say that a terrorist is not traveling on a valid passport. we don't know yet until we find that airplane. so we can't start just down one road. we have to continue the broad path. >> there are still so many questions about these two young men, these two iranian young men. authorities say the tickets they bought were bought by a third party who paid cash, an iranian man named kazem ali. what do you make of this?
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>> since 1965 or 1966, the key thing, if you pay cash, if it is bought by a third-party, it is a one-way trip, those raise red flags and then you have to have more tight scrutiny. that would have occurred here in the u.s. and i'm sure in europe and singapore and others. they would have really zeroed in on this type of a purchase. it indicates drugs, human trafficking, illegal fugitives. it indicates all of those kind of things you have to look at before you put them on that plane. >> one of the men's mothers was waiting in germany at the airport. she reported him missing. even this guy that paid cash for the tickets came forward and say, it was me. does that make you feel better? >> well, they have been eliminated or almost eliminated as the terrorism.
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i am saying, keep this investigation broad. what about the other 200 and some and their poor families suffering through this. you have to look at everybody that touched or was around that plane from the time it landed in kuala lumpur until it took off. >> there are a handful of scenarios being floated around. i would like you to listen to something. the malaysian inspector general said today at a press conference. here it is. >> we are looking into four areas. one is hijacking. two, sabotage, three, psychological problem of the passengers and crew and, four, personal problem among passengers. >> he said we are focusing on four areas, hijack, sabotage, psychological profile of the pace injuries and crew and personal problems passengers may have had. he did not say mechanical
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problems i thought that was strange. why do you think this is? >> i would like to focus on the one he said, hijacking. where do you put a big plane like that? how do you hijack something like that and get away with it up until now? it can't happen. i would think we would eliminate in my mind the hijacking. the others are all valid. you still have to look at the mechanical and say, i'm not an engineer. as that flight is moving along, it is talking to boeing and two or three other stations telling it about the maintenance and how the plane is flying. even if the pilots didn't have time to give a may day, that plane would have told some center somewhere something. that didn't happen. >> maybe that's why they are focusing on psychological problems of the crew or personal problems the crew may have had. >> well, you've had that occur a
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couple of times in the last three or four or five years where a crew member has had a psychological problem and decided to take action on their own. if they flipped some of the switches, i'm not sure what they can turn on and off, it very well could be that. don't eliminate anyone here. you have to look at everyone that had any contact with that plane from the time it landed until the time it took off and look at everybody inside that aircraft. >> john magaw, former directory of the secret service and the tsa. thank you for your insight. we appreciate it. >> my pleasure. search teams have been scouring tens of thousands of square miles of sea where the flight was last detected. it includes the gulf of thailand in the south china sea. the area is as big as the state
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of pennsylvania. saima mohsin is aboard one plane. this is still the search and rescue operation as far as the malaysian government is concerned. we are now flying just 500 feet above sea level, very low searching for missing plane 370. this is the first time they have come out to sea to join the operation. they are looking at all the ships out here from neighboring countries, singapore and the usa and australia have joined the search. >> the u.s. navy says no aircraft debris was spotted during today's search. we will keep you posted. on board that flight, three
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american citizens. one of them was named philip wood. his family that lives in suburban dallas says they are fighting to hold on to hope even as the news appears more grim with each passing hour. last night, his brother spoke to cnn anderson cooper. how are you and your family holding up? >> we are doing okay. we are getting through sometimes an hour at a time, sometimes a minute at a time. we are holding together and we are working on this because of faith. we're getting through this on our faith and taking it a little at a time. it has been a little bit numbing to be honest. >> philip has two sons. one is in college. are you in touch with them constantly? how are they holding up? >> they are doing okay too. we just saw them a couple days ago. they are with my mom and dad
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right now. we all process our grief a little different. so they are being a little quieter right now. >> philip wood was an ibm executive that lived in beijing the last couple of years and was relocating to malaysia. this isn't the first time a sophisticated jet has vanished from radar. even in the age of satellites and cell phones, officials still cannot find the plane debris. i'm beth... and i'm michelle. and we own the paper cottage. it's a stationery and gifts store. anything we purchase for the paper cottage goes on our ink card. so you can manage your business expenses and access them online instantly with the game changing app from ink. we didn't get into business to spend time managing receipts,
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n. senator dianne feinstein accusing the cia of searching and removing documents from a computer that the cia used to probe an interrogation program. she added that she has grave concerns, cia agents violated the constitution. we'll have more from athena jones. she is digging up more information on that. vanished without a trace. this morning, investigators are still trying to figure out what happened to malaysia airline flight 370. rescue teams have expanded the search beyond the plane's flight path making the investigation more difficult. as cnn's martin savidge explains, this isn't the first time a vanished jet has left officials scrambling for answers. >> giant airliners can disappear. at least for a while. >> reporter: the last was air france flight 447 in 2003.
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the airbus 330 with 228 people aboard vanished beyond radar on a flight from rio de janeiro to paris. >> reporter: people that go on the planes want to know what happened. >> reporter: it took search crews five days to find any debris and two years to locate the plane and its flight recorders on the ocean floor. eventually, they determined mechanical failure and pilot error were to blame. then, there was egypt air flight 990. it too went down mysteriously killing 217 people. like the malaysia airliner, it was less than an hour into its flight. cruising at altitude when it suddenly nose-dived into the atlantic with no distress call. eventually, u.s. and egyptian investigators came to two different conclusions. the ntsb said a co-pilot intentionally crashed the plane. the egyptians cited mechanical
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the 72 days it took for rescue. >> in all these examples and mor mo more, in just about every case flight disasters were found and solved. experts believe that will also be the case with 370. still to come in the "newsroom," dozens of planes and shipped desperately searched for that missing airliner. an effort to add millions of eyes to the hunt, including yours. we'll tell you how next. in 1953. in a afghanistan, in 2009. orbiting the moon in 1971. [ male announcer ] once it's earned, usaa auto insurance is often handed down from generation to generation. because it offers a superior level of protection. and because usaa's commitment to serve current and former military members and their families is without equal. begin your legacy. get an auto insurance quote. usaa. we know what it means to serve. that would be my daughter --
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>> planes and ships searching for malaysia airlines. one satellite imagery company is providing a crowd sourcing to help in the search. they trained cameras from five orbiting satellites and photographed 1200 square miles of the search area. within an hour, tens of thousands of people flocked to the website and began scanning those images for any signs of debris or other clues. how can you help? let's bring in cnn's samuel berk from new york. tell us how this works. >> well, carol, they say what these crowd sourcing groups lack in expertise, they make up for in numbers. that's why the company, digital globe, turned many of the satellites to the area where the plane disappeared in the hours just after it went off the radar. they uploaded all the images to a website called anybody can start combing through these images one by one
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and putting a little mark if they see something on those photos and it is by no means a sl slam-dunk. they could see a wave or a part of a cloud or part of a missing airplane. this is an example of a user who has seen something. he has flagged it up there. they are waiting for the rest of the users to come on to and analyze that piece of image. >> who decides if it is worthy enough to pass on to authorities? >> there is an entire system in place. we are not just going off what one person sees. once one person cease sees it, might wait for another 100 people to see something and then pass it on to an expert and an official. then, they are not inundating the officials that are looking for it. i just saw you tweeted a link to
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it so somebody sitting home can logon and lend their eyes to this home. >>@carolcnn. it's on my twitter account. >> sometimes these types of things can make it harder for authorities. how is this site handling that aspect. >> we have gone through many of them. they get better at doing it. they put more systems in place. instead of pouring tons of information over to the officials, they go through check and balance and each image before it is passed on. we are getting better at this each and every time we are looking for a missing person. >> samuel burke, thanks so much. i appreciate it. we'll be right back.
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overnight, a pilot reported seeing large, solid debris floating in the ocean during a flight from hong kong to kuala lumpur. was it anything? here is cnn's jim clancy. >> this morning, search and rescue teams are expanding their scope, looking beyond malaysia airline 370s flight path. cnn's saima mosin, riding along with the crew searching for any sign of the ill-fated flight as it enters its fourth day. officials are including the western peninsula of malaysia and the strait of malanca in an expanded search zone. scores of aircraft are scouring the area spanning 100 nautical miles, radar data leading some to believe the flight may have reversed course to return to asia in its final moments. the civil aviation chiefs say
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pilots from hong kong spotted large, solid debris in the waters off vietnam. >> we have not received any confirmation or verification of the debris. >> reporter: u.s. intelligence sources telling cnn they are less inclined to think the disappearance of the malaysian air 770 jetliner had a terror link. the sources say the two men that boarded the flight with stolen pass ports were more likely trying to gain illegal entry into europe. families of missing passengers demanding answers from malaysia airlines being flown to malaysia. the multinational search effort has squashed numerous leads, citing of debrises, oil slicks and the life boat proved unrelated to flight 370. malaysian fleet 370 says the
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search will go on. >> be not discouraged. it must be there somewhere. we have to find it. >> many are turning to prayer to deal with their grief. 239 people from 14 different nations. missing american, philip wood's family relying on fact. >> we are holding out hope. as of yet, there are no answers to any of this. >> jim clancy, cnn, kuala lumpur. these families are dealing with so much pain and ago any. supposedly, their loved ones mobile phones continue to ring. their loved ones may still be alive but it is unlikely at this point. we understand the mobile phone experts tell us the ringing could easily be a function of the call forwarding systems on those planes and not necessarily an indication that the phones aren't submerged in water or shut off, et cetera. so those ringing phones probably mean nothing but how painful for those families.
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also new this morning, investigators are down playing terrorism in the disappearance of malaysian airline flights 370. they have identified both of the men that used the stolen passports to board the plane. one is a 29-year-old iranian. the other man is an 18-year-old iranian. there is no indication either man had militant ties. joe johns is in washington. >> we know quite a bit. the absence of any wreckage is making the job of determining what happened is tougher. the head of interpol, rob noble, a well-known law enforcement executive said, the more information they get, the more they are inclined to conclude, this wasn't a terrorism incident. this appears to be part of a human smuggling issue, though there is no clarification on what he meant by that. parsing
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that entire statement seems to be suggesting terrorism has not been completely ruled out and we know the search for something conclusive continues on all fronts. interpol has been looking into the fact that these two passengers had used stolen austrian and italian passports. they have questioned the travel agency. both believed to be iranian nationals. the 19-year-old was looking for asylum and wanted to go to germany where his mother lived. pieces of the puzzle here, the important thing, i think, to take away, is that notion that terrorism doesn't look like the problem but they haven't ruled anything out, carol. >> nick, malaysian authorities say they are focusing more on psychologically profiling the passengers and crew or finding out whether the passengers and crew had any personal problems that may have led to the disappearance of this plane. what are they doing?
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>> no doubt, they are talking to the families. one would expect them to start with the family of the pilot and co-pilot to find out if there was some reason that they would intentionally, themselves, without provocation, without somebody putting pressure on them, have done something to the aircraft that would cause it to disappear off the radar. they are also saying they are not ruling out hijacking. they are not ruling out sabotage as well. clearly, they still are looking at avenues that somebody has maliciously tried to bring down this aircraft. they may not be caused terrorism but hijacking and sabotage are pretty negative connotations. while these two young iranians may be ruled out, you still have other passengers on board that aircraft. as well as looking at the crew, they will be looking at the
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other passengers. is there anything in their background that's going to give an indication that they perhaps were involved in this act of sabotage or hijacking, carol? >> let's talk about the hijacking. this is a big plane. wouldn't someone see it? >> you know, we can only go and the investigators can only go with the information that they have in front of them. one of the questions here is, the plane appeared to have turned around. there was no explanation for that given by the air crew. that sort of scenario suggests that they did something they were not able, capable for technical or physical reasons to talk about or communicate about with air traffic control. i either the system was shut down or not working. perhaps that's the avenue the investigators will look at. again, we keep saying it. it is not until they discover
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the aircraft and not until the black boxes are recovered that we learn these precise details. it is all just speculation. hijacking is another form of terrorism. we have to say that, carol. >> you are absolutely right. as far as sabotage goes, joe, the pilot was a very experienced pilot. he had over 18,000 hours of flying. he was passionate about his job. he had a flight simulator in his home. he knew that aircraft front and back. is there anything in his background that you have been able to discover that might lead one to believe he had something to do with the disappearance of this plane. >> sounded like a very solid individual, very devoted to flying. pilots go through some of these scenarios, not completely unfamiliar in all likelihood with the scenario where someone tried to take over the plane or sabotage it or whatever. that only deepens the mystery, carol. >> joe johns, nick roberson, thanks so much. i appreciate it. we want to get back to the shocking claim by senator dianne
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feinstein. she is head of the senate intelligence committee. she accused the cia of searching and removing documents from computers her committee used to probe a cia interrogation program. feinstein says an internal investigation is now being handled by the justice department adding she has, quote, grave concern cia officials violated the constitution. athena joins me with more on this. >> in this speech that senator feinstein gave, she said she came forward to talk about this reluctantly. this is something this search, the cia made of the senate intelligence community's computers. she was told by the cia back in january. she has been trying to deal with it behind closed doors. she only came out today because of inaccuracies she has seen in the press. the central question is about separation of powers. can the central intelligence committee do its job, oversea
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agencies like the cia without fear of interference or ent intimidation. they spent several years looking into the practices of the cia after 9/11. those enhanced interrogation techniques, also called torture and there were millions of people, 6.2 million pages were provided by the cia to the senate intelligence committee. the cia had questions at one point about an internal cia memo that the senate intelligence committee was able to receive. they wanted to know how the committee got that medal. they searched this committee's internal network. this was called the panetta review. that internal cia review raised a lot of questions. now, this is all being investigated. part of this investigation is the cia general council saying
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that maybe these members of the senate intelligence committee did something wrong. maybe that got that internal review by some sort of illegal means. let's listen to what she said in response to that. >> our staff involved in this matter have the appropriate clearances, handled the sensitive material according to established procedures and practice. to protect classified information. we're provided access to the pan net that vee view by the cia itself. there is no legitimate reason to allege that senate staff may have committed a crime i view the acting council general's rereferrals a potential effort to intimidate this staff and i am not taking it lightly. >> she is not taking lightly the
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cia's general council accusing her and the central intelligence committee of acting illegally. the issue here is separation of powers. sen f senator feinstein believes they violated numerous laws by saying you can't have domestic surveillance here and the fourth amendment, against illegal search and seizure. this is a big issue. she said she wanted to clear the record and set the record straight on this. it is certainly not going to be the end of this, carol. >> athena jones, reporting live from washington. >> while the world waits for answers about what happened to malaysia flight 370, the families of those on board are still holding out help. up next, why some say a miracle could be possible. an apron is hard work.
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as the search continues for malaysia flight 370, still so many unanswered questions. dozens of ships from ten countries are looking. nobody has seen anything yet. 239 people were on board that plane. the wait for answers by those that love and knows those missing has been agonizing. here is cnn's anderson cooper. >> reporter: for three agonizing days, family members of the missing waited with tears and prayers for any news of their loved ones. >> i'm not going home until i know what happens, his father says. we lost loved once. they need to answer our questions. when are you going to tell us and what are you going to do? we want to know whether they are alive or dead. >> reporter: the oldest of the 227 passengers is 76 years old.
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the youngest, just two years old. five of the passengers on board are under five. they come from at least 12 different nations around the world including three americans. 50-year-old philip wood from texas is known as a kind and gentle man, a man of integrity, a man of guy. may ling ching workses as a process engineer. most of them on board were engineers. they live in beijing and had been on vacation in vietnam according to his facebook panel. they have two young sons. also on board, a group of chinese artists, including renown chinese cal i grafr.
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the 12 crew members are all from malaysia, including the captain. the search continues for any clues on the missing plane but with no sign of wreckage. some families still hold out hope that a miracle may still be possible. anderson cooper, cnn. >> that's still to come in the "newsroom." as americans attitudes about marijuana change, more families are looking to medical marijuana as a way to help their seriously ill children. we will check in with sanjay gupta next. in my world, wall isn't a street... ...return on investment isn't the only return i'm looking forward to... for some, every dollar is earned with sweat, sacrifice, courage. which is why usaa is honored to help our members with everything from investing for retirement to saving for college. our commitment to current and former military members and their families is without equal.
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should the use of marijuana be legal everywhere? a majority of americans now think so. dr. sanjay gupta has continued to investigate the science behind using marijuana as medicine. his new documentary takes a look at the politics, the science, and the families trapped in the middle. >> brian wilson's daughter, vivian, was dying. her brain continuously locked in seizures. nothing had worked. the wilsons were now pinning their hopes on medical marijuana. they had read about it on the internet. they saw stories about it saving lives. like little charlotte figgy, whose story was told in our first documentary, "weed." >> i was at the gym on the
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treadmill and say a preview. i was so excited. i knew that everything was going to change at that point. they hoped marijuana would rescue vivian from the virtual prison she lives in where bright lights, loud sounds and patterns can all induce a seizure. that's why she wears that patch on her eye. >> if she could be blindfolded, she would be seizure free. it is everything. it is all sish you'visual stimu. she can't leave the house. >> dr. sanjay gupta joins us from edwards, colorado? >> we are at new hopewellness center, a medical marijuana scepter. these plants here are hybrid plants, designed for medicinal purposes. they hybrid them to get the right strains for particular ailments. you just saw epilepsy, pain, multiple sclerosis, all sorts of
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different ailments. >> it was touching to hear vivian's mother say her daughter can't leave the house. this was the heartbreaking part. marijuana may help her daughter live a normal life. >> we hear these stories. we profiled this girl in our first documentary who was having some 300 seizures per week. she had tried all these different medications, everything modern medicine had to offer her. she was on seven medications and none of it really worked. she takes this cannibis oil. she was taking it on her tongue and she went from 300 seizures a week to two or three per month. it was sort of an amazing story. there are hundreds and hundreds of patients like this that have all these different ailments who are coming to colorado, because they can get this medicine here.
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oftentimes, they are forced to stay. they can't take this back home to their home states. >> you've become quite an advocate. i must say you are making waves across the country because of that. how does it feel? >> it's interesting. i changed my mind on this. when i looked at the literature in the united states a few years ago, i didn't find it particularly compelling. i realized so many of the studies in the united states are designed to look for harm. some were designed for benefit. when you look outside of this country, labs that weren't funded by the government, you get a different picture. look at the science carefully. it is a bizarre thing. propaganda and politics have trumped science when it comes to
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cannibis. i ask people to look at the science and decide for themselves. >> doctor sahn jnjay gupta, tha you. "weed 2" premiers tonight at 10:00 on cnn.
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voters will finally get their say in a local race that could have national significance. it is a special election for the state's 13th congressional district. the campaign has become a battleground over obama care. chief correspondent, dana bash, has more on this. good morning, dana. >> good morning, carol. it is hard to believe that this is an election that is only going to fill a congressional
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seat for eight months. the national parties are making it a road test for their messages in the fall. >> in this frantic neck in nick house special election, every vote ealey does count. >> this is alex sink. i'm a candidate for congress. i am calling to ask for your support. >> reporter: for democrats, an alex sink victory would not just meanic ping up a gop house seat, it could give other democrats a road map to beat back attacks on obama care. the message, don't end it. fix it. >> my position is that we can't go back to where we were before. we have to fix what is wrong with it. the rollout was bungled and botched up and the administration didn't do a very good job. >> reporter: she talks about specific reforms changing the requirement for businesses with 50 employees to provide health care. >> that 50 employee kind of ab traer limit. i think it is a totally
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arbitrary number. >> reporter: for republicans, this is a 2014 message test for repealing obamacare. the voters have made obama care the number one issue. >> a whopping $11 million spent on this race, mostly from the outside, mostly on tv ads and much of it about obama care. >> instead of repealing the health care law, we need to keep what's right and fix what's wrong. >> let's replace obama care, a mess of broken promises. >> reporter: he argues republicans should be for solutions too. >> it should be that we are talking about solving the special problems that led us to obama care. >> reporter: the first test of a swing district in 2014. about a third of registered voters are democrats, one-third, republicans and one-third are
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seniors. >> i would not have voted for the ryan budget based on changes to social security and medicare. >> the seat was under the popular bill young, whom jolly worked for. >> for 43 years, he took care of pinellas coupety. this is personal to me. >> jolly was also a washington lobbyist, something you hear in many of the tv ads running here nonstop. right here where i am, jolly came and voted, talking about the fact that he understands that the polls are going to be very, very close. it is a true toss-up. nobody knows how this is going to end up today. he insisted it is still local but he understands all eyes are on this on a national level. >> dana bash, reporting live. thanks so much for joining me today. i'm carol costello. at this hour with berman and michaela starts now. the mystery of flight 370, new information this morning has officials thinking i