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one suspect charged, but escapees still on the run. a prison worker faces court, accused of helping convicted killers make their jailbreak. the deadly mers virus in seoul, south korea. health officials believe the outbreak is now slowing. and ready for battle. in iraq, militia fighters turn their focus on the city of fallujah, determined to drive isis out. from cnn world headquarters here in atlanta, i'm george howell. this is "cnn newsroom." we start this hour in upstate new york. that is where a prison worker now faces up to eight years in
jail for allegedly helping two inmates to make their jailbreak. and here she is, joyce mitchell, arraigned late friday. investigators believe she helped richard matt and david sweat escape the clinton correctional facility last weekend. our miguel marquez is on this story. >> reporter: well, it only took minutes, but joyce mitchell is now formally arraigned, two charges, a felony and a misdemeanor. the felony is promoting prison contraband. the misdemeanor is a criminal facilitation in the fourth degree, all of this for what authorities tell cnn is her hand in helping two convicted murderers escape from the clinton correctional facility, a maximum-security prison, giving them drill bits, hacksaws and goggles with lights on them, perhaps providing other information and help to them. she had been assisting authorities all week after having second thoughts, she said, and then came the charges. she was in court for only a few
minutes. she only spoke a few words. she looked absolutely terrified as she stood before the judge here in plattsburgh, new york, and only whispering the word "yes," as the judge asked her her name. her lawyer entered the plea of not guilty, at least provisionally. all of this now kicked over to monday, when there will be a more proper arraignment with more formal charges, where she will enter a plea and everything will be, all the t's will be crossed, the is will be dotted. and her lawyer who was present tonight will be assigned permanently, possibly on monday. miguel marquez, cnn, plattsburgh, new york. >> authorities are also focusing on joyce mitchell's husband. here's cnn's randi kaye. >> reporter: this is the man investigators are now looking at, lyle mitchell, the husband of joyce mitchell. she's the prison employee now charged for her role in the escape plan. lyle mitchell works at the
prison, too. >> he's working at the facility. he was in the maintenance department in the tailor shop area. >> reporter: the very same tailor block where his wife worked and where both fugitives once worked. it's where they all got to know each other. what's still unclear is what lyle mitchell's role may have been in helping convicted killers richard matt and david sweat escape. >> we have information that's coming through, through interviews, just through our investigation, that he possibly could have been involved, or at least had knowledge of what was happening. >> reporter: any idea what his role might have been? >> we have information on what part of his role would be, and you know, i hate to keep saying this to everyone, but this is an investigation that not only is focusing on, obviously, taking matt and sweat back into custody, but we're pursuing other people that were involved. >> reporter: investigators now believe joyce mitchell provided the escapees with lighted
glasses, drill bits and hacksaws to cut their way to freedom. once out, they may have stopped here, maple fields gas station and subway shop, just one mile down the road from clinton correctional facility. this is where bloodhounds first picked up the escapees' scent. when was the actual scent picked up by the dogs? >> on wednesday night. and then continued through yesterday. and then even with the weather, they're working it today. >> reporter: if the fugitives did come here, they may have been caught on video. the gas station has surveillance cameras. that's one of them right there. and the owner tells us he gave those surveillance videos to police. the district attorney says they are reviewing them. >> have not seen anything at this point in time on the video to confirm either sweat or matt's presence here. >> reporter: bloodhounds are continuing to track the men, perhaps all the way to the towns of cadiville and saranac, about three miles away. and the scene of some of the
most intense search efforts. >> we just got word from one of our neighbors that they possibly spotted the inmates jumping a stone wall near the intersection of kringle road and bucks corners road. >> reporter: neighbors were alerted by state police. amber kringle posted this message on her facebook page. it reads in part, "right now, the inmates were seen jumping the stone wall behind my parents' house," adding, "i hope this is it. please, please, please!" canines searched the woods as helicopters buzzed above the neighborhood, but still, no sign of the killers on the run. randi kaye, cnn, dannemora, new york. >> and just ahead on this newscast, we'll have more on the manhunt for those convicted killers, plus, a look at some other bizarre prison schemes and escapes involving prison workers. now on to seoul, south korea, where it is early evening there, and there is new word of optimism that the mers virus may be slowing down but that it's
not over yet. at a news conference today, officials said the outbreak is large and complex and that more cases should be anticipated. this comes as a 14th person now died from that virus. meanwhile, the world health organization also said there is no transmission right now among the general public. for more on this story, let's turn to dr. k.g. facuda, assistant general for security from the world health organization, joining us live from seoul, south korea. thank you very much for taking time with us. one thing that the cdc has pointed out here in the united states is that hospitals and doctors should be on the lookout for mers. what more can you tell us about that, given the fact that we're hearing there in south korea that the virus may be slowing down? >> sure. well, i think it's a good idea. you know, we live in this time in this world in which people are traveling all over the world. so, for people anywhere, any
physicians, any health workers to be ready to see almost any kind of infection is clearly a good idea. and mers is one of the new infections that we're dealing with. >> how is the system working out there when it comes to creating safe hospitals that essentially separate patients who are suspected of having the mers virus from other patients? >> well, this is an outbreak in which the infections got amplified, largely through crowded emergency rooms. and i think that in working with the officials here, they're very aware of that and are taking steps to greatly improve the infection prevention and control. they are making huge efforts to identify everybody who's infected and also everybody who's been in contact with these people. so, again, the efforts have really ramped up. >> if you look back at how hospitals handled this and how officials handle it, you know, there were cases where hospitals were shut down, where patients and staff were quarantined and
schools were closed. is there a sense that schools will start to reopen and that the hospital situation is a little more understandable as far as these hospitals that were shut down? >> sure. well, i think the appearance of this virus, you know, caught everybody by surprise, because i think that they weren't thinking that a virus that they had heard about mainly in the middle east could appear in this country. but i think after that initial period of surprise, they've really, again, taken a lot of steps to strengthen the hospitals, make sure that their infection prevention and communications are better. and i think that as the outbreak has gone on, it's become clear that this is a virus which is not being transmitted in schools. it's not a high-risk place. and so, i think that there has been a kind of social debate going on about opening the schools, but i think that, hopefully, they will begin to open pretty soon.
>> we continue to hear, you know, from officials that this is not -- it has not hit the general population, that it's mainly focused in these hospital clusters. but look, you know when people hear about the mers virus, it's concerning. why shouldn't the general public at this point be a little concerned about this? >> well, i think it's completely understandable for people to be scared and to be anxious when they hear about an infection in the country, and particularly a new infection. and so, i think it's really understandable about why people are nervous about it. but when we look at the actual facts and piece through the data, what we see again is that the infections that have been identified so far have really occurred in, you know, a few hospital settings. and it's not widespread through the whole country, but really in some hospitals, and again, associated with overcrowded conditions. and so, you know, we can't second guess what's going to happen in the future, and we've
always got to be cautious. but at least right now, we don't see infection sweeping through communities. we don't see that most people are at risk for getting this infection. so, we have to monitor that, be very careful, but this is what we see right now. >> here in the united states, as i mentioned, the cdc is alerting hospitals and doctors. and you know, they're asking doctors to make sure they ask patients, have they traveled, you know, anywhere lately, to understand where they're coming from, if they exhibit symptoms. could you talk to us about what those symptoms would be when it comes to the mers virus? >> sure. well, first, it's really sound practice for any physician who sees someone coming in with an infectious disease, so maybe fever, respiratory symptoms, which are generally what people with this infection present with, and to ask them whether they've traveled anywhere. have they been overseas?
is there any unusual circumstances that have occurred in the few weeks before they got sick? and this is really sound medical practice. and it's also extremely helpful to alert physicians that this is being seen somewhere and to let them know that they ought to keep that in mind. this is good practice for any physician in any country. >> dr. keiji fukuda live in seoul, south korea. thank you so much for taking time and giving us your insights on what's happening with the mers virus. you're watching "cnn newsroom." u.s. officials say the government has been hacked for a second time. and there are concerns in the united states that it could affect national security. that story next. plus, this man hopes to become the first successful head transplant patient. more on this pioneering operation that is creating big buzz in the medical field.
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u.n. refugee agency an australian customs official paid the captain and crew to return to indonesian waters. reports say they received $5,000 each, claims that put mr. abbott on the defensive. >> we have stopped the boats. we will do whatever we reasonably can, consistent with the principles of a decent and humane society to ensure that the boats stay stopped, and i am never, ever going to apologize for stopping the boats, because frankly, that was absolutely necessary after the former government created a disaster on our borders. >> for context on this story, let's bring in david mann live from melbourne. he is a human rights lawyer and executive director of the refugee immigration legal center in australia. david, good to have you on the phone with us today. some suggest that this is actually cheaper for the government to pay people to send
the smugglers -- to pay the smugglers to turn them away. what are your thoughts about this practice? >> well, the first and fundamental point here is that the government still has not denied that it paid people smugglers to essentially turn back asylum-seekers to sea. and the government must confirm or deny or investigate whether it aided and abetted what it describes as the trade of people smuggling to turn back asylum-seekers. it must come clean on this point, and it hasn't done so yet. >> the prime minister, tony abbott, won an election by essentially promising that he would stop these boats. and so far, it seems that that strategy has been successful. some ask the question, though, why should it matter how australia decides how to deflect these illegal arrivals? >> well, in response to these very serious allegations that
the government paid money to people smugglers, you know, people that traffic other human beings, that put other people's lives at risk. essentially, the government at its highest ranks has feared that when it comes to asylum-seekers at sea, it will do whatever it takes, by hook or by crook. but this whatever it takes policy is an unacceptable position for a country that has signed up to the refugees convention to ensure that refugees are protected and not exposed to further harm. and this is critical. despite the government's policies, which include a mantra to stop the boats, australia also makes good its global commitment to protect refugees and not harm them further. >> but fair to say that this was a popular policy in australia, and certainly owon the prime
minister an election. but wouldn't it be fair to say that by paying the smugglers essentially some $5,000 to turn people back into rough waters, that you're playing into and paying for this system of smuggling? >> well, it's unclear precisely what the australian public, you know, signed up to in relation to these sorts of very strong border protection policies. there's no doubt that strong border protection policies has a very strong appeal in australia and a very strong popular support, but the question is whether or not there is support for a policy which we now find at the highest ranks, our prime minister, is a policy driven by what it calls a whatever it takes, by hook or crook, or crook approach to asylum-seekers at sea, which essentially, really, is saying that when it comes to strategy for asylum-seekers at sea, the
approach will be to avoid moral consideration, and that is, there will be no moral compass and no moral limit. now, that is not only astonishing and appalling but completely unacceptable. >> david mann on the phone with us live from melbourne, australia. david, thank you so much for your insight on what's happening there in that country. an italian neurosurgeon is hoping to make medical history with a pioneering operation that has never been attempted. by transplanting a human head on to another person's body. the russian man who volunteered for what is considered a controversial procedure suffers from a rare muscle wasting disease, but he says the operation does not worry him and that, really, it's his only hope to lead a more independent life. >> i love singing, so, if i have a chance -- [ inaudible ] and if it goes good, i think i will get rid of the limits which
i have today, and i will be more independent, and this will much improve my life. >> his surgeon plans to perform the transplant by 2017, but many doctors are questioning the feasibility of that plan and the science behind it. we are following breaking news out of dallas, texas. that's where police say someone in an armored van opened fire just outside of the city's police headquarters a short time ago. listen here. >> oh, my god. [ shots ] >> in the background there, you hear what sounds to be gunshots. again, you're looking at this video that was posted online. and this video was posted on twitter, as we understand. it happened just after midnight local time. we will, of course, continue to keep a close eye on this situation and bring you any
developments as we confirm them from dallas, texas. the u.s. government has been hacked for a second time. officials say someone tried to steal applications for security clearances, but it's unclear if they succeeded. some 4 million government workers had their personal information compromised in a hack announced last week. u.s. officials blame china. at least one official believes china was also responsible for the second hack as well. a major free trade deal involving the u.s. and pacific nations has suffered a serious setback at the hands of lawmakers in washington, d.c. their main concern was that too many u.s. jobs would go overseas. the no-vote is a huge defeat to president obama, who had made the trade deal one of his biggest priorities. our jim acosta has more details. >> the ayes are 126, nays are 302. the motion is not adopted. >> reporter: it was a massive defeat as president obama's trade agenda suffered a major blow, mainly at the hands of his
fellow democrats, including their leader in the house, nancy pelosi. >> but we have to slow down. >> mr. president -- >> reporter: despite the president's last-minute trip up to capitol hill for one final, emotional appeal behind closed doors -- >> i don't think you ever nail anything down around here. it's always moving. >> reporter: -- many house democrats were simply turned off. >> the president tried to both guilt people and then impune their integrity, and i don't think it was a very effective tactic. there are a number of us who were insulted. >> reporter: as democratic congressman keith ellison tweeted, "now president obama wants to talk?" it was an indictment of the president's weak relations with congress. consider his trip to the congressional baseball game thursday night aimed at pitching his trade deal. he was there for just 20 minutes. >> what do you say to people in this town who believe that's just too little, too late? >> the fact is, the president held -- the president personally had dozens of conversations with
democrats in the house and in the senate to make the case for this proposal. >> reporter: the president was pushing for two measures on trade, one to help workers who'd lose their jobs to outsourcing, the other to give him the authority to negotiate trade deals on his own, power he wanted to cut a massive pacific trade agreement. but liberals complain those deals dating all the way back to nafta just shift american jobs overseas. as ross perot put it back in the '90s -- >> there will be a job-sucking sound going south. >> reporter: facing similar complaints this time around, the president miscalculated, slamming his democratic critics instead of wooing them. >> don't just throw out a bunch of stuff, making accusations about it. >> reporter: after that, hillary clinton's near silence on the issue, despite supporting the president's trade agenda in the past. >> any trade deal has to produce jobs and raise wages and increase prosperity and protect our security. >> reporter: all of that forced the white house to turn to house
speaker john boehner to rally republicans to no avail. >> and when we don't lead, we're allowing, and effectively, essentially, inviting china to go right on setting the rules of the world economy. >> again that was cnn's jim acosta reporting. the trade deal is likely to come back for another vote next week. two weather extremes are about to hit separate parts of the u.s. some areas are bracing for flooding and others are facing a scorching heat wave. let's turn to our meteorologist, derek van dam at the world weather center to try to square the circle on this. derek, people are in very different situations in the u.s. >> yeah, but here we go again, george, because in fact, the same areas that received such heavy flooding in the month of may could potentially see that once again today and into the rest of the weekend. in fact, just in from the national weather service, oklahoma city and the greater oklahoma county region now under a flash flood warning. a very slow-moving thunderstorm
has pressed through the area. remember, this is a very saturated region. we've had significant amounts of rain, over 20 inches in the month of may, setting significant records as well. look at how much precipitation we're anticipating going forward over the next two days. right along the red river, we received a significant amount of flooding recently. you can see that darker shading of orange and yellow stretching all the way to kansas as well. we have locally 4 to 6 inches, perhaps even higher amounts for some of those residents. now, again, this is coming on the heels of the wettest month on record across the con tijous united states, averaging over 4 1/2 inches of rainfall for the entire u.s. we certainly don't want to be reminded of these photos, but we have to look back at this just to show how serious this situation is, because flooding is possible once again. here's the local radar coming out of texas, oklahoma, as well as kansas. more rain expected there. low pressure system moving through the upper midwest, providing a bit of precipitation, but no flooding over new york, just the hot weather, which we'll get to in a second.
this is our high-resolution forecast radar, and you can see just scattered thunderstorms moving through over the next 24 hours. we have had a ridge of high pressure over the eastern half of the u.s. drawing in very hot and humid air. we had broken record highs yesterday at this time, but it doesn't appear that we'll do that today. however, it's still a very steamy day ahead for the city of brotherly love as well as the nation's capital. 87 degrees. look at richmond, virginia, back in 1914. we set the record of 100 degrees. we won't reach that today, but still in the middle 90s, feeling very, very warm out there. this is the extended outlook for the next week or so. above average. and george, that places the cnn headquarters here in atlanta, georgia, to be in extremely hot weather. are you ready? >> yay, hot weather. no, i'm not ready. >> more of it. summer is here. >> derek, thank you so much. >> thanks, george. >> you're watching "cnn newsroom." good to have you with us. shia fighters in iraq are now headed to fallujah, their plan to fight isis, but they're worried they're not properly
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welcome back to our viewers in the united states and around the world. you are watching "cnn newsroom." i'm george howell. good to have you with us. the headlines this hour. we're following breaking news in dallas, texas. police there are chasing an armored van that opened fire outside the city's headquarters. this is video of the incident that was posted on twitter. the "dallas morning news" cites a police source, who says the van is now surrounded on a nearby interstate. 14 people have now died in south korea's outbreak of the
mers virus. that's according to the country's health ministry. the world health organization says more cases should be anticipated, though there is no ongoing transmission in the general public. indonesian authorities are investigating claims that australian customs officials paid human smugglers to turn back a boat carrying 65 migrants. prime minister abbott refused to comment on the claims but said australia will do whatever is needed to stop the boats. reuters is reporting the u.s. will announce plans with cuba early next month to reopen embassies with cuba. the u.s. secretary of state, john kerry, would then go to havana for a flag-raising ceremony. a trade embargo will remain in place, though, that only the u.s. congress can lift. now on to iraq, where shia fighters trying to drive isis out of ramadi are focusing their efforts now on fallujah, but they need better supplies and they need those supplies quickly. let's turn to our senior international correspondent, ben
wedeman, who is live in baghdad. ben, good to have you with us. fallujah has certainly been the center of battle since the u.s.-led war in iraq. tell us more about this fight ahead. >> reporter: well, what's going on, it appears that after the fall of ramadi on the 17th of may, that city is not quite surrounded by these shia-led paramilitary forces, but they certainly are putting pressure on it. now, yesterday we spoke to the head of one of the largest of those shia-led paramilitary groups, and he said that the plan at this point is to focus on fallujah itself. now, fallujah fell to isis back in january 2014. it was the first major town to be controlled by isis in iraq, so it's a huge, symbolic importance in the fight against isis. but of course, given its importance to isis and the fact that it's only an hour and a
half drive from baghdad itself, it's likely to be a very long and difficult battle. now, we understand there are as many as 100,000 civilians still in fallujah. now, some iraqi officials have called for isis to let those civilians leave the city out of fear that they're going to be used as some sort of human shield. so, it's a very difficult situation. now what we heard yesterday was an intention to start focusing the efforts of these paramilitary groups on fallujah itself. we haven't yet actually seen it in action, however. george? >> the shia fighters, you know, they're getting support, certainly from the u.s., but also from iran. and many compare the help that they're getting from the u.s. negatively to what they get from iran. >> reporter: actually, let me clarify something. the u.s. keeps those groups at an arm's length. they do not provide them with any training.
they don't provide them with any weapons. and certainly, what we saw, for instance, during the offensive to retake tikrit, they do not provide any sort of air cover whatsoever in the form of strikes by the international coalition. these paramilitary groups receive weaponry from iran. we've seen that itself. i've also seen iranian advisers up at the front line. what they complain about is the fact that the u.s., which focuses its efforts to train and arm on the iraqi army and the kurdish peshmerga, that their support for those two entities has been very weak, and they complain, for instance, that the delivery of weapons systems to the iraqi army is very slow. and of course, they compare this situation with iran. one commander was telling me that when iraq requests, rather, these paramilitary groups
request weapons from iran, they receive them before they even get paid, and then they'll point to a deal between the iraqi government and the united states for the purchase of f-16 aircraft. this deal was made years ago but still, none of them have been delivered. so, it's a complicated situation where, yes, oftentimes, especially when you're at the front lines speaking to commanders, they'll say, look, iran helps us and it helps us quickly. the united states says it will help us, but we never seem to get what we're asking for. george? >> a lot of nuances there and important to make that clarification, ben, that yes, the u.s. supporting the iraqi army, and we'll have to see, you know, how it goes as far as these soldiers on the ground getting more equipment. ben wedeman live in baghdad. ben, thank you so much for your reporting on the ground there. a new york prison worker has been arraigned on charges that she helped two convicted killers to escape. joyce mitchell's attorney entered a not guilty plea late
friday. authorities say she provided hacksaw blades, drill bits and lighted eye glasses to the escapees. cnn's legal analyst mark geragos talked about friday's court appearance. >> my suspicion, at least, is that this is kind of a kabuki theater in terms of what the prosecution is doing in terms of trying to get other people to cooperate and by putting out this kind of a message, having her right before the weekend taken into custody looking terrified and everything else. and at the same time, understand something, she should be terrified. god forbid anybody gets injured in the capture of these two escapees. she is going to be in a world of hurt. right now she's got -- she's facing a felony and a misdemeanor. if somebody gets hurt on this, there's a lot of prosecutors who could contrive or concoct some incredibly serious charges for her to be facing. women helping men escape is
a problem that's been around prisons for a long time. cnn's tom foreman has details on this story. >> reporter: at the baltimore city jail in 2013, officials had never seen anything like it, a vast scheme to smuggle in cell phones, marijuana, prescription drugs and more, all under the heavy hand of the black guerrilla family, or bgf gang. >> this situation enabled bgf members to continue to run their criminal enterprise within the jail and on the streets of baltimore. >> reporter: investigators say 13 female corrections officers helped, 4 who even got pregnant by the alleged inmate ringleader. >> we are committed to ensuring that this activity does not happen again. >> reporter: keeping inmates from enlisting help from those who are close can be difficult. in oklahoma in 1994, the wife of a warden helped an inmate get away and go on the run for 11 years before they were found
living together in texas. in phoenix in 1997, a death row inmate had his wife shoot at guards while he ran out. she had been practicing her aim with her landlord. >> she told me she was a good shot and that she loved to target practice and would i take her out to a target practice range. >> reporter: in the end, both were gunned down by guards as the prisoner begged his love for a final way out. >> him yelling, you know, "shoot me, baby, shoot me! i'm sorry it went wrong." >> reporter: and kansas authorities believe guard amber goff developed a relationship with inmate steven ford at this maximum security prison. >> ford was very familiar. and i've heard her mention that name many times. >> reporter: after she left the job, authorities say she returned and ran off with ford and another inmate. all three were captured. >> i know my daughter. she is, she's gullible. and when somebody has 24 hours a day to sit around and think of all the charming things in the world to say, they might charm me. i mean, you know, it's possible. >> reporter: and then there was the jailbreak in brazil earlier
this year. two women dressed in erotic lingerie showed up at a prison and seduced a pair of guards with spiked whiskey! the guards woke up in handcuffs to find the women had slipped away. and so had 26 prisoners. >> that was cnn's tom foreman reporting there from washington. you are watching "cnn newsroom." from gau drillonairs to almost flat broke. coming up, wait until you hear what is happening with bank balances in zimbabwe, once it ditches its currency. plus, a washington state woman is under fire for claiming to be african american. her parents say she is white. more on that next. so why treat your half mouth any differently? complete the job with listerine®. kill up to 99 percent of germs. and prevent plaque, early gum disease and bad breath. sfx: ahhh listerine®. power to your mouth™! before i had the shooting, burning, pins-and-needles of these feet...e pain, ...served my country...
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virtually worthless currency. banks will be swapping bank deposits or cash for as little as $1 u.s. per 35 quadrillion zimbabwean dollars. it's amazing to hear. >> reporter: zimbabwe's central bank has made official what people on the streets have known for years, the zimbabwean dollar is not worth the paper that it's printed on. after years of hyper inflation, the country is officially ditching its currency and instead relying on the u.s. dollar and the south african rand. starting next week, zimbabweans will be able to formally exchange low money, but be warned, you'll need a calculator for these conversions. having 175 quadrillion zimbabwean dollars in your bank account -- by the way, that's 175 followed by 15 zeros, may sound like a lot of money. but actually, under the new exchange rate, that will net you just $5 u.s. those who have balanced above that will be paid at an stock exchange rate of $1 u.s. for
every 35 quadrillion zimbabwean dollars. and that means the holder of a 100 trillion bank note, which was the highest value and last to be printed by the central bank, will be getting just 40 cents. >> from here, you either issued a new currency and tried to get confidence in it, restore confidence in the central bank and in institutions that run it, or you formalize the arrangements of not using a currency that no one's got faith in. so, there were two choices. this was almost certainly the easiest short-term choice. at some point, zimbabwe's going to want to have its own currency. >> reporter: zimbabwe's economy plunged into turmoil 15 years ago after robert ma gab we's government. the amount of currency fell off a cliff, leaving less money to import basic goods and sky-high prices for the scarce items. in 2008 alone, inflation hit 231
million percent, and people going to the market had to bring their money in wheelbarrows. >> i think this just draws a line under the previous system, which has been effectively dead now for some time. does it work? you know, the wider question is, can zimbabwe as a day factor dollar economy get its economy back on track, export more than they import, get the economy to recover and so on. that's a much deeper, longer-term story. >> reporter: since 2009, zimbabwe has allowed people to use different monies to pay for things. this week's move just officializes that trend. still, in that year, zimbabwe also gave up on reporting inflation. now it's also decided to call time on its beleaguered currency. nina dos santos, cnn, london. there is controversy brewing in spokane, washington, where the president of the local naacp chapter claims to be african american. these are pictures of rachel as
a young girl. her estranged parents say that she is white. and this is what dozall looks like today. cnn's stephanie elam has the story. >> reporter: it seems like an easy question -- >> are your parents -- are they white? >> reporter: but for rachel dozall it was enough to make her run from a local reporter. she is president of the spokane chapter of the naacp and professor of africana studies at eastern washington university. for years, the 37-year-old has claimed she's black, reinforcing that belief by posting pictures like this one from the spokane naacp facebook page. the caption underneath says her father, presumably this black man, will be a special guest at one of their events. but this is the birth certificate seen and obtained from rachel's parents. this is her biological mother and this is her father, proving that rachel dolezal is white. the couple says their daughter
has never claimed to be black in their presence, though due to a legal dispute, they haven't talked to her in years. >> that's at her request. that's because rachel has chosen to distance herself from the family and be hostile toward us. she doesn't want to be seen with us because it ruins her image. >> reporter: an image the dolezal, who adopted four black children, say came about gradually around 2007. >> rachel has always been interested in ethnicity and diversity, and we had many friends of different ethnicities when she was growing up. >> reporter: so interested in black culture that dolezal left montana to go to college in jckson, mississippi, before earning a master's degree from howard university, a historically black institution, in 2002. throughout her career, she's fought for racial equality. here she is with baltimore prosecutor marylin mosby. >> we're going to carry on the meeting. >> reporter: she was also appointed to oversea equality in the police department. on her application, however, she indicated that she is white,
black and native american. now the city is checking to see if this new revelation has violated any policies. >> the truth here is that she is a white woman, is exercising extraordinary privilege to try to blackness and some people say to try on everything but the burden and to decide when and how she wants to be this thing that she can always walk away from. >> reporter: cnn tried unsuccessfully to reach dolezal for comment. as for the naacp, the organization is standing behind dolezal, saying "we encourage americans of all stripes to become members and serve as leaders in our organization." >> it's important to point out, you don't have to be black to be a member of the naacp or to go to howard university. but what's puzzling so many people is that rachel dolezal has been known to be an effective leader when it comes to race relations, and many people don't understand why she felt the need to lie, because they believe she could have done that whether she was black or white. stephanie elam, cnn, los angeles. boeing is showing off its new jetliner, and this incredible takeoff is generating
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the biggest names in aviation are gathering for the paris air show, which starts on monday, and boeing is showing off its latest airliner, the 787-9, which is also known as the dreamliner. it carries 280 passengers, can travel over 15,000 kilometers -- that is about 9,400 miles -- without refueling. and it can do this. that's amazing. right off the runway. those moves are from a video that boeing released, showing the dreamliner on a test run. cnn's aviation analyst and boeing pilot les abin has more. ♪ >> for boeing, this airplane is very important. it's a very well-designed airplane. the 787 is an almost all composite aircraft. it is one of the most fuel-efficient aircraft designed
out there. it's done to kind of enhance the performance aspects of the 787. remember, this airplane was taki taken off with just test pilots, maybe a handful of people in the back, but very, very light. so, the performance, like any transport category airplane, would be pretty spectacular. the perspective from it looks as though it's a 90-degree angle. you can't really get a transport category jet airplane up at that angle for any length of time. a lot of warnings will go off at some point. these test pilots, this is kind of the fun stuff for them to do. they've gone through very methodical systemic and very safe procedures for every airplane that's released. it's a fun experience to show a paris air show crowd exactly how
much performance their new airplane has. >> that is amazing to see that plane take off, straight up from the runway. fans of the american rock band into fighters, they are cheering its front man after he fell off stage at a concert and broke his leg and still managed to finish the concert. the band was performing in sweden when david grohl suddenly fell. but after disappearing backstage for a bit, he came back, he finished playing the set, and he was playing while sitting down. the band posted this x-ray photo after the show, which grohl captioned, "thank you, gothenberg, that was amazing." wow, kept the show going. and we will keep the show going as pell well. thank you for joining us on "cnn newsroom." i'm george howell at the cnn center in atlanta. we'll be back after the break with another hour of news from around the world. you are watching cnn, the you are watching cnn, the world's news leader. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com
a prison worker arraigned and charged with helping two inmates escape a new york prison. the world health organization now downplaying fears of a pandemic as a 14th death is now confirmed in south korea's mers outbreak. and the jurassic movie franchise, it's out with another blockbuster. we'll show you what that's all about. from cnn world headquarters here in atlanta, i'm george howell. this is "cnn newsroom." welcome to our viewers here in the united states and around the world. we start this hour in dallas, texas. a developing story playing out this morning there. police say someone in anor