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so right now, "endgame" sits right around $2.2 billion in worldwide ticket sales. they're a week or two away from smashing the all-time record held by the movie "avatar." the last movie to top the $2 billion market was last year's "avengers: infinity war." top of the hour. i'm ana cabrera in new york. you are live in the cnn newsroom. let's get live to the breaking news out of russia where 41 people lost their lives after this passenger jet burst into flames, forcing an emergency landing in moscow. a passenger on board took video as the flames spread. and i have to warn you, these pictures are difficult to watch. 78 passengers and crew were on this plane. 37 people survived. at least two children are among
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the dead. russia is now launching a criminal investigation. cnn senior international correspondent fred pleitgen is following developments for us. fred, what's the latest? >> some horrifying images coming out of moscow has video seems to show that play, the superjet from aeroflot airlines as it's screeching down the runway after making an extremely hard emergency landing in the afternoon hours of sunday. it then seems to come to a stop and seems to go off the runway at the end as it's further engulfed by the flames. there is also video from inside the plane that just shows those horrible moments as the plane seems to be screeching down that runway with flames outside the window very much there, seeming to engulf that plane from those shots as well. the people there obviously very much in horror as the pilot tries to keep control of the aircraft. now the information that we're getting from russian authorities is that the plane, this superjet 100 took off from moscow's
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airport and declared an emergency. the pilots then decided to return back to the airport. and upon trying to land at the airport, apparently made a very hard landing, the plane bouncing into the air and coming down extremely hard. the investigators so far saying that they believe the plane caught on fire after hitting the ground, and then obviously you see that billowing smoke and the flames coming from that aircraft as it's screeching down the runway. now with a number of fatalities already confirmed in this incident, the russian authorities have launched a criminal investigation into exactly happened there with this plane. vladimir putin has been informed about the incident. he has offered his condolences, and he also said that the investigation will be as thorough as is possible. fred pleitgen, cnn, finland. >> thanks, fred. now i want to bring in richard quest who covers aviation issues
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for us. you've been looking at all the different videos coming, in and we have some new video just. in. >> right. watch. there. if we go to the beginning of that, the plane is not on fire when it comes to land. here we go. the plane is not on fire when it lands. very hand lands, bounces back into the air, and this is the moment, when the plane hits the ground, the landing gear collapses. the fuel in the tank erupt, and that's what causes the fire. >> amazing. that changed the story. >> completely, completely. this plane was not on fire when it landed. so now we need to look at what was happening that caused this landing in this way. we know the plane takes off from moscow. it goes up around, it requests,
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it says it's been hit by lightning. requests immediately to return to moscow. comes around. does one loop, and then comes in to land and does that, and that's what you're seeing there. it lands, bounces up again, crashes down. >> that is so chilling when you think 41 people have died. >> absolutely. the issue now becomes what happened when it was hit by lightning. how much control did the pilots have? i was just texting one of our experts that we speak to often. he said look, i've been hit by lightning before on the plane. it's a loud bang and nothing happens. but here apparently what we're hearing out of moscow, and this is not confirmed, but the rumor is they were hit by lightning and they lost all automation and they lost control of the aircraft. but they still managed to fly it for a further 20 odd minutes to
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get back into a holding pattern, which then begs the question, how difficult was that plane to land that there was such a bounce? you don't see planes bounce like that. that was an out-of-control. he hits the ground. the plane hits the ground, bounces up again and comes straight back in. it is that. so we could be ending, we could, could be heading to a situation where the question becomes was this completely survivable? if the plane was on fire when it lands, that's more dodgy. but if this plane was landing without fire like you see here, then we need know what happened then. >> i would imagine it would be difficult for people to evacuate through all the doors. now you can't get out the back so you have to go out the front. >> yes. that fire now becomes very explainable. i mean, it's still horrific, but it is explainable into what happened. if you take this video and add
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to it the next one of the plane going down the runway, you get the full story. what we don't know is what caused the pilot to want to return to the airport. we're told it was because there was because the plane had been hit by lightning. but as any pilot will tell you, planes get hit by lightning every day. lightning hits are not supposed to cause -- they have special lightning detector, lightning rods, lightning defusers. >> when you look at that video, clearly the plane -- it was not a normal landing. it hard hard, came back up and bounced. >> but why. and it looks like -- this is going to be a really serious issue. you see, it's landing on its nose almost. it does that bounce, goes back up again. >> that's when it burst into flames. >> for example, was it coming in too fast because he'd lost control because he didn't have control over things like the flaps. was he able to deploy the flaps?
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i can't see from these pictures until we look closer so that he was able to slow -- the pilot was able to slow the aircraft down. thinking was an aeroflot airplane. what is the safety record of aeroflot? >> good. it didn't used to be. if you go back to the soviet union day, it had a terrible safety record. but if you look back over the last 20 years, it's flying a predominantly western fleet. 1.9 years old, modern avionics. it may not be the nicest aircraft in the world, but there is no safety issues. >> you talked about how fire on board an aircraft is among the most serious incidents in aviation. how -- how unusual, how uncommonly and extremely rare is this kind of a fire? >> oh, well, it's a good question. plane crash landing will be expected to go on fire. and what i think we will be looking at in the days ahead, let's go back to that last piece of video of the plen on fire on the ground. there we go.
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now look at that. so this is obviously from somebody who is nearby, a passenger maybe even. the plane -- the plane plaen has stopped. the fire is under way. the slides are out and there's no fire brigade nearby. there are very fixed rules for how long the fire brigade and the fire department is allowed from to depart from its station to the runway, and they practice it. here you're still not seeing any there. >> and the people are already getting off on this. >> there are going to be very deep questions asked about this one. particularly -- the fire brigade should be there by now. this plane was known to be coming in in an emergency. so why wasn't the fire brigade closer? how long did it take to get to the burning aircraft? what happened to cause this thing in the first place? these are the big issues there will be a major investigation. >> absolutely. have i another question for you
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on breaking news back here in the u.s. involving boeing. >> yes. >> we're now learning the company is admitting it knew about problems with the 737 max a whole year before the lion air crash. >> right. it knew about an issue concerning the angle of attack sensors and the disagree. if the two angle of attack sensors disgrid, then it didn't work properly. but what boeing says it had no safety implications. and the reason i point that out, even after lion air, they went back and looked at this issue. do we need to change it or can we wait for a regular update to the software? and they decided again that this angle of attack disagree issue was not pertinent, was not a critical safety issue. and the judge and jury will be out on that. so far i think -- so far, i think it speaks to boeing's
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activities, state of mind the way the company may have been behaving. >> do you think they were too confident, overly confident? >> no, no. after lion air, the safety committee actually looked at this issue again. i think it's a red herring, this one. >> all right. >> i think it's a red herring about whether or not it would have changed anything. but i think -- people will say it shows that bowing wither being slash dash on safety on this issue. i'm not sure they're right. >> richard quest, always good to you with us. thank you so much for walking us through these two very important stories. also following new developments when it comes to robert mueller, to testify or not to testify. two different answers when it comes to whether mueller should appear before the house judiciary committee committee. hear what the president is saying and whether mueller might accept the invitation. you're live in the cnn newsroom. ) great. another wireless ad. so many of them are full of this complicated, tricky language about their network and offers and blah blah blah. look. sprint's going to do things differently.
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matters out there that they've not asked me to open an investigation -- >> perhaps they've suggested? >> i wouldn't say suggest. >> hinted? >> i don't know. >> nia-malika henderson is in detroit with harris' campaign and vanessa you'uripavich. is kamala harris feeling a sense of momentum? we know she did some fundraising off those exchanges with barr. >> yes, she certainly is. that was a real viral moment for kamala harris, that testy exchange, contentious exchange she had there with the attorney general bill barr. and this is what she is known for. you talk to people on the stump to the extent that they are particular with kamala harris, it's because of moments like that, high profile moments in a hearing. she of course has that prosecutor background, and people feel like she is a fighter, and people feel like
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she is strong. so that was very much on display in that clip you just heard. they were able to raise a lot of money off of that exchange, and they want to continue some of that momentum, which brings them here tonight in detroit michigan. >> let's talk what she's saying there tonight. you're expecting her to take the stage any moment now. who is she hoping to reach out to? >> well, we got 5,000 folks here in detroit, michigan. it's a naacp dinner here, their annual dinner here in this overwhelmingly black city in the midwest. she wants to talk about electability. who has the momentum in terms of electability. in many ways it's joe biden, bernie sanders, maybe it's pete buttigieg, and it's all about those midwestern voters. a lot of times when people talk about midwestern voter, what they really mean is white working class voters. tonight kamala harris really wants to press these voters here, african american voters to expand their idea of what electability looks like.
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it's not just reserved for white men. it's not just about white voters. she is expected to say in front of this crowd, listen, if you talk to african american voters as i have, not only here but across the country, a lot of them are skeptical of a black woman's chances to not only make it through the democratic primary, but also go toe to toe with donald trump on a debate stage and ultimately win the white house. so she is going to be talking to these folks tonight again in this midwestern city. remember that donald trump of course won the white house because of his ability to turn that blue wall red in states like this. he won by about 10,000 votes, and we'll hear from kamala harris in just a little bit, trying to tell these black voters that she indeed cannot only win a democratic primary, but is electable and can beat donald trump. >> another important state, south carolina, that's where we have vanessa and pete buttigieg starting his day actually in plains, georgia, dropping in to attend former president jimmy carter's sunday school class.
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vanessa, talk to me about the strategic value of that? >> well, the strategy there, ana, if somebody running for president gets to meet with the former president, you take that meeting. we know that pete buttigieg made an unannounced stop in plains, georgia. he went to church with the former president president carter, and we know they had lunch together. we asked them after this get together what they talked about. they bonded over being candidates that came out of nowhere. they also talked about foreign policy. they talked about the economy, and they talked about life on the campaign trail. but this is sort of the end of a really big week for pete buttigieg where he met with a lot of heavy hitters. we know he met with oprah. he met with reverend al sharpton, and he met with hillary clinton. we know in the next couple of weeks, ana, he is going to be heading to hollywood. he is hoping to raise some money there from some more big hollywood hitters.
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ana? >> and the significance of being in south carolina. why is that state so important for a candidate like mayor pete? >> well, it's a big state for any candidate running right now. this is an early voting state, and this state has a large population of african american voters. we know that mayor pete buttigieg came to this state to try to engage with african american voters. west charleston, where we are right now, has about 47% african americans in this area. but as we were looking out into the crowd today, there wasn't that large base of the electorate, those african american voters that maybe he was trying to attract. and i asked him about that earlier. >> well, i think what this tells us is we've got a lot of work cut out for us. we're building a campaign staff team that is going to reflect the diversity of our party and our generation, but clearly, we've got a long way to go before we can say the same about our support base. we're going to stay engaged and
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reach out anywhere we can in order to continue connecting with black voters and every voter that we can get to in this state and every state in order to win and in order to deserve to win. my campaign needs to go above and beyond in reaching out to black voters, and that's going to continue to be a priority for us. >> and from here he's making two more stops in the state. he is heading to orangeburg, south carolina, and then up to columbia. both areas of the state that have very high percentages of african american voters, and he's hoping to connect with them as he finishes up his trip here in south carolina. ana? >> all right, vthank you both. tonight years after family's life was destroyed by a drunk driver, see what happens when they come face-to-face with the woman who was behind the wheel. the redemption project with van jones airs tonight at 9:00. and then w. kamau bell heads to tacoma with the redneck revolt, on an all new episode of "united shades of america."
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>> he later clarified that while a date for mueller's testimony hasn't been solidified, may 15th has been formally proposed to the special counsel. no comment right now from mueller's spokesman. however, meanwhile the president is weighing in, again tweeting bob mueller should not testify. keep in mind just last friday, the president said it was up to the attorney general whether mueller should testify. joining us now is jeh johnson. he served as homeland security secretary under president obama. secretary, good to see you. >> thanks for having me, ana. >> do you think it's important for mueller to testify? >> i believe that there is a public interest in congress calling robert mueller to testify. you recall the watergate hearing, for example, there were extensive hearings, extensive public testimony about things that went on during the nixon administration, particularly as an election approaches, and this president appears to be standing for reelection. there is a public interest in knowing exactly what happened and how it happened.
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>> and when with talk about what happened, how it happened, the mueller report obviously really dived into and dissected how russia interfered in the election. >> yes. >> you were at the head of dhs during that time, 2016, as we were learning that they were interfering. did you learn anything from the mueller report that you weren't aware of during that time? >> the indictments of the russian government officials for hacking into the dnc for the misinformation campaign were quite extensive. they are what we refer to -- i used to be a prosecutor myself, speaking indictments that in extraordinary detail laid out exactly what the russians did to get into the emails and exactly what they did to spread misinformation extremist views during the campaign. i thought that that information was very useful, and i definitely learned a lot. we knew a fair amount in 2016 as things were unfolding, but now two years later, three years later we know a lot more. we're in a position to know a lot more.
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and i think the american people need to understand the extent to which the russian government interfered in our democracy in 2016. >> knowing now what you didn't know then, would you have done anything differently, do you think at the time if you had had the knowledge that you have now? >> hindsight is brilliant. and we were facing an unprecedented situation, an unfolding situation. i'm quite sure that had we had the benefit three years ago of everything we know now, we probably would have done things differently. >> you're a lawyer. your thoughts on impeachment. because we know democrats are continuing to investigate some of these investigations spawned from what they learned in the mueller report. >> well, i'll give you an interesting legal fact that i don't hear too often. even if the president were impeached by the house and convicted by the senate, there is nothing in the constitution that says he couldn't stand for reelection in 2020 and be on the ballot all through the period of time the impeachment is working its way through the congress.
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so as we get closer and closer to this election cycle, we're actually in the election cycle now, i kind of agree with nancy pelosi that this is something that should be left to the voters. now that we're in this election season again, we are a democracy. and ultimately, should it be up to the voters this close to an election to decide whether or not president trump deserves reelection or it's time for someone else. >> let's talk about the coming election in 2020, because the last time we spoke, a few things had happened since then. we know we've learned that former dhs secretary kirstjen nielsen tried to talk about russian interference with the election and was warned don't go there with the president from his acting chief of staff. we learned recently the president had this phone call this week with vladimir putin which he did not bring up election meddling, even though his intel chiefs are saying russia is still interfering. should the president have
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confronted putin head-on about this election interference? >> yes. the president -- the number one obligation of a president of the united states is the safety and security of the american people. the number two obligation of a president of the united states in my judgment is the safety and security of our democracy. and that overrides that obligation to the american people overrides any political interest, any personal desires, any personal preferences. so whoever the president of the united states is, if we know and we do know that a foreign government has attempted to interfere in our democracy, is attempting, will attempt to interfere in our democracy, it is the obligation of a president to confront his russian counterpart with that information, absolutely. >> i wonder what that would accomplish. i ask that because we all remember president obama did confront president putin then, told him to cut it out, and yet the mueller report we see new we
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see how extensive their interference continued to be. >> i'll give the trump administration some credit for the sanctions that they have imposed, but ultimately, vladimir putin is probably taking his signals from the very top. if the russian government gets the sense from this president that he doesn't take it seriously and that he won't take it seriously if it happens again, that offers little deterrent. in the world of cyber security, cyber warfare so to speak, nation states respond to sufficient deterrents. and you to make the behavior cost prohibitive for a nation state before they'll stop and actually be deterred. >> secretary johnson, thank you. god to have you with us. >> thanks a lot. the explosion at an industrial plant in illinois has now claimed the lives of three people. the latest on the investigation into what happened straight ahead. you're live in the cnn newsroom. discover. hi, what's this social security alert? it's a free alert if we find your social security number on the dark web. good, cuz i'm a little worried about my information getting out.
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we have overlap in our interests. i think it makes sense that any place we can find where we have overlapping interest, we work along with the russian that. >> brings us to your weekend presidential brief. with us is sam vinograd. she spent several years and helped prepare the presidential daily brief under president obama. pam, pompeo strategy for the u. u.s.-russia relationship? >> we do have overlapping interests with russia right now. it includes undermining our institutions and doing everything possible to keep president trump in power, because of all that, president putin knows that trump's priority is himself, even if that means violating u.s. sovereignty. because of that, any credibility that we have on the world stage is really diminished. and ana, when i hear secretary pompeo say we're ready to enter a new phase in our relations with russia, i really wonder how can we enter a new phase in our relations with russia when
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they're still attacking us? that didn't stop once the mueller report was published. and to be clear, i was at the white house when we worked with the russians on areas of mutual interest, like iran. but there was a key there. u.s. creditability. the reason russia sat down with us is because they viewed us as an equal and because they thought we were serious when we said we would explore other options if iran didn't peacefully denucleadenuclearize. unless we get our house in order it will be impossible to work with them. >> although we know russia has influence in other countries, take north korea, kim and putin recently met. and now we have north korea launching some new projectiles thought to be short range ballistic missiles. is north korea an area where russia and the u.s. could potentially work together? >> well russia can't help us if we won't help ourselves.
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russia has been helpful on north korea in the past. they voted for three u.n. security council resolutions under president trump after previous rounds of north korean tests, and russia and kim as you mention ready close. they met days before these latest tests. but it's really unclear how much control putin has over kim jong-un at this juncture. and while the u.s. policy team is ostensibly trying to figure out what to ask for from russia right now, they also have to play catch-up with potus again. he issued an official response to north korea's latest test while his team was in "the situation room" trying to figure out what actually happened, what the intel looked like and what the policy response should look like. >> us was at the white house during nuclear missile tests. typically you figure out what happened before the president guess out and absolves north korea of guilt. the president is putting the cart before the horse and the team is having to play catch-up with him rather than having to figure out how the assuage the russians. >> venezuela may be another area
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on the agenda for secretary of state mike pompeo to discuss with his russian counterpart. are there any signs that russia is maybe back do you think from its support of the maduro government? >> well, why mess with a good thing? at this point it really looks like momentum is in maduro's favorite. any intelligence that we had about the rate of defections or potential defections going over to the opposition seems to have been flawed, and president trump is right to talk to his intelligence team about why we thought more security professionals would join the opposition in this case. and it is very unlikely to me that russia is going to be helpful on venezuela right now, even though president trump and secretary of state pompeo seem to have this good cop/bad cop scenario going on, pompeo criticizes the russians. president trump play indicates them, and then they sense we are going to go and ask putin for help. but at this point, internal support for guaido is pretty low. maduro seems to be holding on to
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power. and let's remember, russia benefits the longer maduro is in power and u.s. sanctions on oil. the russian economy very dependent on oil and putin wins. in my assessment, venezuela is going to remain a russian playground for the foreseeable future. >> thank you. >> thank you so much. we have so much international news this weekend. really glad we're able to get coverage on all of that. coming up, the church of scientology thrust into the spotlight after a mealses quarantine involving their cruise ship. why it's putting a spotlight on what really happens on board. what would i say to somebody living with hiv?
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that cruise ship with the measles case on board is now at homeport on the caribbean island of curisel. the ship, free winds belongs to the church of scientology, and we're learning that their voyage is less a vacation and more of a floating religious retreat. my next guest, tony ortega has spent 25 years covering the church of scientology and was
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featured in the well-known documentary "going clear: scientology and the prison of belief." he now runs a daily blog about scientology called the underground bunker. tony, thank you so much for being here. so for people who hear scientology cruise ship and they think tom cruise playing shuffle board and people sipping strawberry dacquaris, what do you say to that? what would a typical day be like on board? >> tom cruise has been there. they celebrated his 42nd birthday in 2004 there. one of the reasons they have the ship is to have a fantastic place for the celebrities to go. but the reason why they have the ship, the real reason is they want there to be this culminating experience for scientologists who have spent 20 years working their way up, and maybe a million dollars. this is that ultimate experience. it guess by the name by ot8. what that stands for is not important, but it's this ultimate level of auditing only there. you have to be on the ship to get that. that's what it was designed for, but there is not really enough money in delivering ot8.
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so in the last ten years what i've noticed is they opened it up to other scientologists who aren't so experienced. ironically, one of the things they deliver there is a public relations seminar. they always do that i think in cartagena, colombia. and they offer things like low level courses. as long as you've got the money, you can go out there. but everybody on board is a highly committed scientologist. you can't go near that ship unless you've been vetted and they call it security checked. >> so this ship, the free winds touted by the church as a pinnacle of a deeply spiritual journey? >> that's what ot8 is supposed to be and that's what is sold to the members who have worked so many years to get to this ultimate level. here it is, i'm so excite. leah rem mini revealed on her show it's one big practical joke. it's about 50, 70,000 for one step that. >> reveal all the things you've beenlerring for 20 years means nothing and you have to start over. >> we have a tweet from leah
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remini. she writes this the free winds is where they reach one of the highest levels of scientology and are supposed to impervious to wog illness, a term to describe all of you who are all average humans compared to the superior scientologist. what is that about? >> scientologists believe they are superior human beings to the rest. . they have a name for it, called homo novi. as sign tollist, they look down their nose at our laws our ethics, and they have a word for us nonscientologists, wogs. this is a british derogatory and racist term that l. ron hubbard adopted to mean nonscientologist. not only do they feel they are smarter and on to something more important than the rest of us, but by the time they get othis level, ot-8, they should be impervious to disease. so this is incredibly embarrassing thing for them that they have become the symbol of the sort of anti-vax panic in
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the united states. >> there is a lot of mystery surrounding scientology in general, especially when it comes to this cruise ship because there is a lot of secrecy about what happens on board. health inspectors had 20 go on this ship obviously because of this measles case. they would be conducts interviews. given the secrecy and people keeping things close to the vest, how do you expect those interactions may have gone? >> i think it's no accident that they decided to leave st. lucia and go back to their homeport in curicao. i knew they were not going to be tough on them. what is the first thing they said? instead of keeping them on board for three weeks, well, if you can prove you've been vaccinated, you can leave the ship. that's why they went back. they knew they would be given preferential treatment. i expect some of the top level people there are off the ship tonight. tonight they're sailing on to aruba. they're just not going to stick around. but the other thing i was hoping that the officials would pay attention to is when you go on the ship, there is a very big
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mix of people. not just these wealthy scientologists i was talking about getting ot-8. but the crewmembers are all sea org members. these are the most dedicated scientologists. they've sign eed billion-year contracts. they work for pennies an hour. and a number have left the ship and come to us and told us they were prisoners on the ship. we try to explain to the authorities, you should be open to the idea that some of those people are desperate to leave. >> tony ortega, thank you so much for being here. >> thanks for having me. he died a hero confronting the gunman this week. the special honor riley howell received at a service just moments ago. you're live in the cnn newsroom. let's be honest. safe drivers shouldnt have to pay as much for insurance... as not safe drivers! that's why esurance has drivesense.® the safer you drive, the more you save.
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in a city where crime has been a major problem, tension has been high between citizens and police officers, one cop is trying to make a difference with music as cnn's victor blackwell tells us. the officer is turning to rap music to help go beyond the call of duty in his community. >> reporter: destruction and violence in baltimore. >> the state said he planted evidence. >> marchs for justice. >> reporter: in recent years, crime has dominated the news in baltimore. >> detectives put down more than 50 bullet markers. >> reporter: each of the last four years has ended with more than 300 victims of homicide and a local rapper knows the names of more than just a few. >> i've seen a lot of people die. and i'm tired of it. >> reporter: so he's writing positive rap, hoping to change minds and save lives. ♪ saving kids from these
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hearses ♪ >> reporter: his lyrics are born out of tragedies he's seen up close as officer joshua jackson with the police department. i want to affect the youth so they know you don't have to necessarily turn to a gun. >> reporter: rapping came first as a teenager. >> after i became a police officer i said i can combine the two. >> reporter: when the higher ups heard his track about being a bpd officer, baltimore's finest, a teamed up to make a music video. ♪ baltimore's finest baltimore's finest ♪ ♪ yeah, i'm proud to be baltimore's finest ♪ >> reporter: michael harrison is baltimore's police commissioner. >> it talks about us, but it's really talking about people. you see kids, officers, community. and the officer is telling his story in a very different way than police generally in our culture tell stories about the work we do. >> reporter: officer jackson knows baltimore's challenges will require more than music to
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overcome but it's helping to open dialogue, and that's a start. >> it means my message is reaching people. it's powerful. ♪ baltimore's finest >> reporter: victor blackwell, cnn, baltimore. you are live in the cnn newsroom. i'm ana cabrera in new york. a stunning new development in what may have forced a russian passenger jet to make an emergency landing in moscow resulting in 41 deaths. new video shows the plane was not on fire when it landed but burst into flames only after it slammed into the runway. 37 people on board survived this disaster. the russian news agency interfax is now reporting there was a loss of communication caused by a lightning strike. we also have video taken from inside the plane. and i have to warn you, it's tough to watch.


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