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i probably was absolutely devastated with what was going on. >> covid has made a tough situation even worse, it sounds like. >> definitely. this was a number of weeks i had been doing daily injections and going to daily doctors appointments that were thrown to the way side because i now was sick. . >> the doctor recovered from covid-19 and finally got pregnant through ivf. her twins are due in december. but other women are not as lucky. dr. patel, high-risk obstetrician, didn't meet her husband until she is 37. she has undergone ivf while caring for women with covid-19. >> it could affect my treatments in terms of in fertility. >> she has had to attend the procedures by herself without her husband. >> he was not able to attend a
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lot of my ultrasound appointments. in fact, he wasn't able to attend any of them. he wasn't able to attend any of the retrieval procedures as well. and so while i was going through that process, he was actually in the garage waiting in the car. >> making a lonely process even lonelier. . >> i think what people don't understand is that this process can be very isolating. it can be very lonely for women. >> both doctors say they love what they do but wish there was more support for young female physicians. . >> many of us are prioritizing our careers during the most fertile part of our lives >> what would you tell a young woman who wanted to go into medicine. >> i believe women can be selfie both professionally and personally. and i can that starts with starting the conversation at an early level. if we talk to medical students, premed students early on, especially our female trainees early on to say, hey, listen,
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this is something we should think about. change the system so trainees feel supported through this process. >> as more young physicians have voiced their concerns, some memory training programs have responded and tried to become more family friendly. john, brianna. . >> this is something we all have an interest in making better. thank you so much for being with us. "new day" continues right now. i'm john berman with brianna keilar on this "new day". 16 american missionaries, including children, kidnapped at gun point. now details about who officials think is responsible and how the u.s. government is responding. it's a critical week ahead for the president's agenda. senator manchin drawing a red line as the white house's patience is wearing thin. the author of the steele
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dossier speaking out for the first time. why he said he is still confident the russians have dirt on donald trump. three deputies gunned down outside a houston club. officials calling this an ambush. we will speak with the fiancee of one of the wounded officers. welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. it is monday, october 18th. no word on the whereabouts of 17 kidnapped missionaries in haiti. 16 americans. five children. a haitian military source the gang 400 mu wowozo is likely bed the kidnappings.
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>> we are told that haitian officials are in communication with the state department about this. kidnappings have just become commonplace in haiti. they're up nearly 300% since july. kylie atwood live at the state department. 16 of these 17 missionaries americans, kylie. >> reporter: that's right. the state department confirming these americans, 16 of them, have been kidnapped in haiti. we are told that they were kidnapped by a gang. as you said, brianna, five of those who were kidnapped out of the total of 17, are children. and they were there in haiti as missionaries. part of a christian aid missionary group that's based in ohio. we're told they were at an orphanage, according to the nonprofit organization, and that they were kidnapped when they were headed north of port-au-prince. kidnappings in haiti have been a consistent problem. it is one of the reason the state department travel advisory tells americans do not travel to
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haiti. we have seen a he rise to 300%. there have been a total of 600 total kidnappings since january of this year. i'm told by a senior u.s. administration official that the u.s. does not know where the americans are right now. of course the fbi and the state department are actively engaged in this. the state department said yesterday they are in regular contact with haitian authorities. i am also told that there are many people on the ground who are working on this. but we are waiting to hear more details given this is a very large number of americans that were kidnapped over the weekend. >> are they hopeful, kiley? we know a lot of times ransoms are paid and hostages are returned. >> that's right. we will have to see what they are asking for. traditionally, the u.s. government says it doesn't pay
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ransoms. so we will have to see how they would essentially work to secure their release about doing that. >> kiley, at the state department, thank you. jury selection begins today in the trial of the three white men charged in the death of ahmaud arbery. the 26-year-old unarmed black man was shot and killed after being followed by a father and son in their pickup truck in february 2020 while he was jogging. cnn martin savidge has been covering this since the very beginning and joins us now. martin. >> reporter: good morning, john. viewers will find a lot of similarities between this case to a number of other famous cases, such as the george zimmerman trial and the death of trayvon martin. in that case, self-defense and neighborhood sensitivities to crime played a role, as in this case. then there is the derek chauvin trial. in that case, video was crucial. video is going to be crucial in this one, too. jury selection begins today in the state murder trial of the
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three white men accused of killing ahmaud arbery. the final moments of his life captured on camera. and we warn you the video is disturbing. arbery was jogging in a neighborhood in february 20th when gregory mcmichael and son travis chased him. a neighbor videotaping it on his cell phone and allegedly hitting arbery with his truck. that video sparking nationwide outrage and protests, calling for answers about arbery's death. all three men have pleaded not guilty to multiple state charges including felony murder. in april, the justice department also charged the mcmichaels and bryan with federal hate crimes and attempted kidnapping in connection to arbery's death. the three also pleaded not guilty to those charges. meanwhile, in the georgia state trial, a judge will choose 12
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jurors from a pool of 1,000. 600 potential jurors will report for possible selection today. >> we want a fair, neutral and impartial jury who will hear the facts of this case. >> reporter: the attorney for arbery's family said it will be challenging considering the possible jurors who will hear the case. that jury pool is going to be drawn from that community that has -- hasn't established the character that can be neutral and fair to someone that looks like ahmaud. >> it has been a long, hard road. every day his name is called in court, i will be there. >> reporter: in the hour before the selection begins, the community will hold a rally, praying for justice. >> feelings of anger, feelings of sadness.
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but at the end we are hoping we have feelings of happy pbts that we get the result we're looking for. >> reporter: there are some doubts that an impartial justice co jury can be found there. a manhunt is on for the gunman who ambushed three texas deputies, killing one and wounding two others. deputies bartham, atkins, were trying to detain a suspect they had on the ground early saturday morning when a man with an ar-15 ambushed them. officer atkins was killed and officer garrett remains in critical condition. with me now is his fiancee. thank you so much for being with us this morning. . >> no problem. thank you. >> look, thank you again. and i just want to know how is
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darryl doing? i know he has had multiple surgeries. >> as of right now, he's still in critical condition but he's stable. he's not responsive to any of us. he's on a breathing machine as we speak. but when he tries to wake up a little bit, he can hear us when we do speak to him. >> i know that must be very heartening that he can hear you. so this is obviously a critical period trying to survive through this period. i wonder what doctors have told you about what the road ahead looks like for him for recovery. >> i mean, the doctors has been basically just keeping us updated on the process of what's going on at the moment. they're not trying to tell us too much to have our hopes up too high. as of right now, they are telling us the same thing.
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he's going to be okay at the moment. and he's, you know, as long as he can hear us, i've been happy with that and seeing that he is trying to fight this. but the doctors are, you know, trying to comfort us and make sure that we stay as stress -- you know, as much as possible. we're really, you know, trying to teal with this and trying to be at peace and have, you know, positive energy at the same time. so the doctors are really, you know, just making sure they're telling us everything that they're doing. and they're watching him 24/7. that's basically just been the process. >> that makes sense. you're trying to channel your strepblt to him. >> yeah. >> officer atkins did not survive. he just came back from paternity leave, which makes this all the more heartbreaking.
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can you tell us about these three guys. they are close friends. we know they met on the force. >> correct. they are really close. everybody call them the three am amigos. they call each other brothers. they're best friends. the love they have for each other you would think they grew up as kids, but they just met on the force. they love each other so much. and the relationship i have built with them being with darryl since we have been in a relationship, it hurts me to see now their friendship has to be broken and they have lost a friend. and, you know, it's going to be hard when we're able to finally tell my fiancee that your friend had to leave us. it's hard. i can't even explain how i feel
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and how his mom feels and his family. my feels is all over the place, honestly. >> look, it is heartbreaking, and that's makes complete since. lajah richardson, thank you for joining us. we are praying for your fiancee and we appreciate you being here this morning. >> thank you. >> a key measure to combat the climate process on the cutting room floor as joe manchin lays down red lines over president biden's agenda. we have new reporting about democrats taking a more forceful role in negotiations. a missing woman found dead in the back of a police van. what happened? we have the latest explanation from police ahead. incomparable design makes it beautiful. state of the art technology makes it brilliant. the lexus nx. experience the crossover in its most visionary form. experience amazing at your lexus dealer.
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critical week ahead for president biden and his agenda and the country. we already know the president is not going to get everything he wants. senator joe manchin of west virginia making sure of that, reportedly blocking the cornerstone of the climate policy. jeremy diamond live from the white house this morning. this appears to be a big no from joe manchin that is, jeremy. >> reporter: yeah. it certainly does appear to be. to the point that the white house is now making work to scrap that provision or rewrite it in some fashion from that reconciliation bill entirely. listen, this is just one of several key and major disagreements that the white house is having with the two kr centrist senators.
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manchin talked repeatedly about wanting to means test those, setting caps for child tax credits. one thing that is clear at the white house, john, time is running out. and patience appears to be wearing thin. we started to sense that shift late last week. jen psaki, for example, making very clear the time for negotiations is not unending. it appears patience over those negotiations is not unending. october 28th, that is when the president leaves washington. he is heading to europe. that is in just 10 days now. so the white house wants to make major progress if not be able to reach a deal before then. one of the reasons of course the cop 26 summit in scotland that the president is attending. he wants to show up saying the u.s. will take major steps to reduce greenhouse gases.
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we have new cnn reporting on efforts to get president biden to take a more forceful public role in bringing together the warring factions that are atlanta to go sink his domestic agenda. we have cnn senior reporter ed war isaac dovier joining us. i see you a bunch on tv. now you're ours. welcome to cnn. your inaugural live shot. i do want to hear what you are hearing from democrats. >> look, as jeremy was saying, this is a critical period for the agenda to either happen or not happen. and democrats on the hill are starting to say we need joe biden to step in and say, okay, we know what he wanted originally. what does he want in the final deal, what does this look like. a call last week between house speaker nancy pelosi and joe biden talking about this. they agreed they need to get this done and they need him to step up more forcefully. you are feeling that in the west wing, you're feeling that on the
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hill. i talked to a democratic member of the house last week who said this is joe biden's agenda. we need joe biden to step up and tell us what he wants. >> we heard from jen psaki last week, we can't keep doing this is how she put it. how does the president and his top aides see what is happening. >> look, they feel the urgency. they look at this and take lessons from the democratic primary campaign. if you remember, the whole campaign it was joe biden couldn't get it done, joe biden couldn't win. they trudged along, made it happen. and he was the nominee. obviously he's the president. there is that deep in the psyches of the president and a lot of people close to him. >> he kind of comes in more as a closer. >> for all the noise it works out in the end because he's pushing through. look, he's been on the phone, zoom calls, talking to people. it's not like he is away on vacation. that in this period as we get to
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crunch time, people are looking for him to do more. >> is that going to change? what do we expect to see this coming week? >> we don't know at this point. the president has no public schedule as of today. as of most weeks, we didn't get a week ahead schedule of all the things the president would be doing, plans for where he would be. we don't know. does that mean he will be holed up in the oval office making phone calls, trying to close the deal, bringing people in. or is he going to go out on the road and do things publicly to get people to talk about this more and amp up the pressure that way? we see the white house trying to figure this out minute by minute with joe manchin and others putting their agendas forward, trying to find out how they integrate that and get to a deal. >> truly minute by minute. the clock is ticking. we'll see. isaac, thank you. again, welcome. >> thank you. senator bernie sanders put out a statement blaming the media as the main reason for why americans don't know what's in the build back better plan. he wrote, quote, at the top of
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the list is the reality that the mainstream media has done an exem exceptionally poor job in covering what actually is in the legislation. there have been endless stories about the politics of passing build back pwerbgts the role of the president, the conflicts in the house and senate, the opposition of two senators, the size of the bill, and very limited coverage as to what the provisions of the bill are and the crises for working people that they address. let's take a look at what all he is saying here. while the media should always be striving to do a better job, it's just not true that the media hasn't covered what is in the bill and doesn't continue to do so. media outlet after media outlet has covered this. it's very easy to find online if you want to know about it. on television, just looking at cnn, segment after segment about what is in the bill. in his statement, sanders refers to how popular the policy procedures are when americans are polled about them.
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that's what democrats obviously should be selling. one of sanders former colleagues al franken said they could be doing a better job of that. >> there's so much in this panel package -- and i don't like referring to it as the reconciliation package instead of the elements of it because the elements are so popular. >> we can't do it without the reconciliation package. . >> at the end of the day, i am absolutely convinced we're going to have a strong infrastructure bill and we're going to have a great consequential reconciliation bill which addresses the needs of the american people. >> let's talk about sanders's complaint that the media focuses a lot on how much it will cost. the price tag matters. the price tag determines what will be in the bill of the policy provisions. and democrats cannot agree on the price tag. it is the sticking point. >> i'm proposing is a one-time capital investment of roughly $2
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trillion in america's future spread largely over eight years. >> the $6 trillion that i originally proposed was probably too little. >> i believe we're going to all sit down and work together and come up with $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill. >> 1.5 from my heart is basically what webgd do and not jeopardize our economy. >> sanders said the media talks too much about the role of the president. well, this is the president's plan. it is biden's agenda. these are his negotiations. arizona senator kyrsten sinema, like it or not, won't even share details of what she wants with her fellow democratic senators, including sanders. it appears she has one negotiating channel, and it's with the white house. the president walking the line between moderates like sinema or west virginia's joe manchin and progressives like sanders. sanders says there's too much
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attention on the two moderate senators. but the bill is dead without them, and sanders knows this. >> my concern with mr. manchin is not so much what his views are. i disagree with him. but it is that it is wrong. it is really not playing fair that one or two people think they should be able to stop what 48 members of the democratic caucus want, what the american people want, what the president of the united states wants. >> senator sinema's position has been she doesn't negotiate publicly. i don't know what that means. we don't know where she's coming from. >> he doesn't know because he's not in a room with her negotiating. and sanders is not in a room with manchin negotiating. the president joked in fact, it would be homicide to put them together. why? because they're being jerks to each other using, yes, the mainstream media. sanders also patrolled manchin with an op-ed in the charleston gazette newspaper, the mainstream media he is blaming for not selling the provisions
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in the bill, providing sanders a platform to sell the provisions in the bill as he blames them. there is one thing that everyone in the senate can agree on, though, as usual, recess. more time to not sit in a room together and negotiate as another self-imposed deadline swiftly approaches. you know, one thing you're not talking about if you're talking about the media? what's in the bill! >> correct. he likes to do this, though. if you look, he likes to blame the media for a lot of things. it's kind of one of his, you know, function buttons. >> that seems to be a bipartisan trend now. >> yes. the man behind the steele dossier speaking out for the first time on camera. does he still think the russians have compromising video of donald trump? plus, the troubled south carolina lawyer now accused of stealing $3 million from his dead housekeeper's life insurance. we love visible. they do things differently.
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a new documentary out this morning features a new interview with christopher steele, the former british intelligence officer who is standing behind his unverified dossier that claims the russians had compromising information on former president trump, including a secret tape, which was never verified. >> most of the world first heard your name five years ago but you stayed silent until now. why speak out now? . >> i think there are several reasons. i think the first and most important is the problems we identified back in 2016 haven't gone away and arguably actually got worse. and i felt it was important to come and set the record straight. . >> one of your main collectors spoke to inspector general said especially the kompromat was
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word of mouth and hearsay and friends over beers and just talk. . >> it would try to downplay and underestimate what they have said and done. and i think that's probably what happened here. >> he's afraid? . >> i think anybody that's named in this context, particularly if they're russian, has every reason to be afraid. >> so you stand by the dossier? >> i stand by the work we did, the sources that we had, and the professionalism which we applied to it. >> and today do you still believe that tape exists? >> i think it probably does, but i wouldn't put 100% certainty on it. >> in so how do you explain if that tape does indeed exist it hasn't been released. >> well, it hasn't needed to be released. >> why not? >> because i believe the russians felt they got good value out of president donald trump when he was president of the u.s. joining me now is jim
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sciutto. jim, you were the first to report on the existence of the steele dossier and the fact that then president-elect donald trump was briefed on the existence of this dossier. a lot of it has been either disproven by the mueller investigation or an ig report or not able to be corroborated by either of those things. what stands out to you by steele now? >> the intelligence committee considers the existence significant enough they wanted to brief president-elect trump so he was aware. what you see is christopher steele someone standing by his work in effect here, right. despite the fact that you have had multiple investigations. one not mentioned in that clip is michael cohen, the president's lawyer went to prague to meet with russian
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officials to discuss things in advance of the election. that's something the mueller report looked at specifically and determined it was not true on the existence of the more salacious materials here. i don't want to go into the details. that's something that the ig, the inspector general of the justice department, looked into and could not corroborate as well. now, steele's explanation for sources in effect down playing the information itself. saying, listen, that is something sources do if they're scared. and you heard him say they have reason to be scared from the russians. the trouble is, several years of investigations to stand this up have not been able to stand it up. >> jim, thank you, a, for clarifying exactly what your reporting was. the intelligence community felt it enough to brief then president trump. let's listen to the exchange. >> one big claim in the dossier,
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the fbi is not true is the claim that michael cohen had a meeting with russians in prague. do you accept that finding that it didn't happen? >> no, i don't. >> michael cohen has completely turned on donald trump. he's accused him of all kinds of things. he's gone to jail. it defies logic that if he did this he wouldn't say so now. >> i don't agree with that. >> why? >> since he's gone to prison, since he told on president trump, he has told every single story. why not admit to this? >> it is demeaning and scary. and he might be afraid of the consequences. >> do you think it hurts your credibility that you won't accept the findings of the fbi in this particular case? >> i'm prepared to accept that not everything in the dossier is 100% accurate. i have yet to be convinced that that is one of them. >> cohen says overnight, i
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eagerly await his next secret dossier, which proves the existence of bigfoot, the loch ness monster and that elvis is still alive. >> he has had a change of heart and has admitted to wrongdoing on trump's behalf and has come to very publicly criticize trump. on this allegation of his direct involvement, he's stick to go his guns as well. notably i said doj inspector general i meant to say fbi inspector general. christopher steele served in the moscow bureau for british intelligence prior to going to the private sector and doing this report, he has experience. he knows how russia operates and has contacts. even after all these years he's sticking by his analysis of this
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and his contacts to say that there's something here, right. the trouble is if you make such an allegation and you have very serious operations look into the allegations, including the mueller investigation and they're not able to stand them up, that is a problem. that is a problem all these years later. so, you know, you have to take his word right against his analysis and his gut against what's been found and able to be corroborated. >> sometimes it makes you more credible about things that are right when you admit you've got something wrong. jim sciutto, as always, thank you very much. we will see you in one hour and 22 minutes. >> i'll be there. former president trump testifies under oath just hours from now. a deposition. we're going to talk to a lawyer who knows firsthand how trump could handle that. and how did a missing woman turn up dead in a parked police van in alabama?
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a new twist in the bizarre legal scandal around alex murdaugh. he coordinated with the family of his long-time housekeeper who died in 2018 to sue himself for insurance money that he then pocketed. cnn's dianne gallagher is joining us live. it seems like every time you hear about developments in this case it's just one bizarre twist after another, dianne. >> reporter: yeah, brianna. this is the second time in as many months the once prominent attorney will appear at a bond hearing. this particular one will happen tomorrow in columbia, south carolina. it's on the attorney -- excuse me, the housekeeper who died in
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2018 after a fall in the murdaugh home. according to the state law enforcement division, murdaugh worked with the solder field family to sue over her death so they can collect insurance money. the family was never notified of a $4.3 million settlement, nearly $3 million of which were supposed to go to the family. instead, the affidavits say he said to write a check for $3 million and put it in an account called forge. there is a company forge llc that handles insurance payment. this is not that. instead, this is something controlled by alex murdaugh. he is supposed to hear in front of a judge tomorrow in columbia, south carolina on those charges of basically obtaining property
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by false pretenses. brianna, of course remember last month he appeared before a judge after state law enforcement officials say that he conspired with a former client to have himself killed so his son could get $10 million in life insurance. >> yeah. all right, dianne. many more developments ahead on this i'm sure. live in south carolina. the family of 29-year-old christina nance is demanding efforts after her body was found in a police van. cnn's nadia romero live in huntsville, alabama with the latest on this, i have to say, disturbing story, nadia. >> reporter: it really is. and it's been so heartbreaking, john, for the nance family. they say they reported christina nance missing, but they weren't prepared for the shocking call from police that her body was
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found in the back of an unused police van. they have spoken with officers and seen video but they are saying it doesn't add up >> of all place, why there? why in their van? >> reporter: it's been more than one week since huntsville police officers say they found the body of 29-year-old christina nance in an unused police van in the parking lot. this is camera video. . >> no one is sitting and watching this specific camera that i'm aware of, no. these are just so if you have an event and you need to go back and look. as you can see there how difficult she is to see. >> even the timeline of christina's final days remains unclear. huntsville police say she walked into the public safety parking lot on september 25th. >> ms. nance is observed in the video walking around the parking
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lot. she lays down in the bushes at some point. she sets on the hood of a police car for some time. she approaches other cars in the parking lot. >> reporter: police say nance gets into the back of a van. three days later on the 28th, surveillance shows movement coming from inside the vehicle. a former prison transport van, designed to keep people locked inside and with no way to get out. four days later, october 2nd, her family reported her missing. but it wouldn't be for five more days, october 7th, until huntsville police officers saw shoes outside the van, which led to the discovery of the lifeless body of christina nance. a mystery deepened by the lack of obvious clues. >> the body was sent for preliminary autopsy. we are waiting for the full results which would include the toxicology. but we did get, as you know, the preliminary, which showed obviously no trauma to the body, no signs of any foul play.
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>> reporter: a toxicology report could take weeks. in the meantime, deputy chief mccarver said the department will review its policies. . >> sometimes you just have to say that is something that shouldn't have happened. it did. our policies are such that that should not have happened. and now we have to look at that and we have to make sure that we have things in place so that that does not happen again. >> she was just very positive. >> reporter: but the family of christina nance said the poor quality of the surveillance video and the lack of information as to how she died leaves more questions than answers. >> it's just very heartbreaking to know that we didn't get the clarification that we really needed, that we wanted. >> so many unanswered questions still remain. the nance family is being represented by famed attorney ben crump, the same attorney
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representing breaonna taylor an george floyd. he released a statement that said they will get to the truth of what happened to christina nance. the family deserves the truth. real-life stories from the front lines of covid from one of the biggest selling fiction writers of all kind. more from james patterson next. from the very first touch, pampers, the #1 pediatrician recommended brand,
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out of the er, on to the picket line, dozens of minnesota nurses are striking for three days, forcing the alina west health facility in plymouth to shut down its emergency room and its urgent care department. the minnesota nurses association say that they have negotiating a new contract for months without coming to a deal. the main sticking point is summer holiday pay, which the union says most nurses in the
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twin cities already have. alina health says in a statement the nurses contracts are "good enough." one of the world's best-known fiction authors, spinning tales of mystery and murder but james patterson says the fictional tales can't hold a candle to the real life stories featured in a compilation of interviews with emergency room nurses sharing their experiences. here is an excerpt from a nurse from jennifer "the doctors and the medical staff are talking openly about the fact that she is going to die. the woman can still hear us. she's aware, and absolutely terrified. i can see it in her eyes. most people don't realize that this whole covid pandemic has caused a major shift in medical treatment. the human touch is almost gone. i can't take off any of my gear but i still can hold this woman's hand. it's going to be okay, i say, wiping away her tears with a tissue. i'm right here with you. i know this is carey but i'm going to be right here with you. it hurts my soul that this woman
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is going through this without her family. i've never shed a tear in front of a patient before, but this time, i can't help myself. the last thing this woman sees is my masked face." joining me now are the coauthors of "e.r. nurses: true stories from america's greatest unsung heroes" james patterson and veteran of the fighting in somalia and iraq, matt eversman. james, let me start with you. you interviewed 100 people for this book, 100 different nurses. we all come in contact with nurses in our lives, we think we know them but you say we really don't. >> no, we don't, and this book is all about the stories and it's not the interviews, because what we do, we take 40-page interviews and turn them into five, six-page chapters on each nurse and it's stories and stories and stories. one about a pregnant man, one about a 600-pound woman, how they got her in, one about a nurse who this man was dying and
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she snuck his golden retriever into his room and then the nurse is crying and the wife is crying and the husband is crying, and the dog is licking the husband's face, licking away the tears and it's story after story, great stories and understand nurses in a way that you never had before. in my opinion. >> matt, this isn't just about covid. this is a project you launched before covid, but obviously covid is only enhanced and increased that. matt, you've got vast experience in combat from blackhawk down to iraq and you say the experience that nurses go through is not dissimilar in some ways to the combat experience. >> no, it's really not and that's not a stretch at all. you know, these men and women are deployed every moment of every day. literally, you know as we're speaking, somebody is being rushed in to the emergency room, and there is a young guy or young gal that is going to fix
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them, and they're doing it 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365, all the time, and i would throw out that they are dealing with the trauma that certainly i as a soldier never had to experience for such a prolonged time and that, you know, the short answer, they're heroes, angels among us and we need to celebrate them. i think jim and i did. >> john, it's amazing. sanjay gupta read it and it blew him away and sebastian younger, he wrote back and he said it would change him forever and he never read anything this moving. it's story after story. it's incredible stuff, i think. >> how much more of a challenge has covid made it? >> for the nurses? >> yes. >> well, you know, nobody -- i don't think there's any group that was -- nobody was ready for covid, but if anybody was closer to being ready, it's the nurses, especially emergency room and
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icu and still, it was obviously overwhelming. they'd never seen this kind of death and overcrowding and you know. >> by the way, they also were dealing with the normal er stuff that happens, you know, all the time, gunshot wounds, car wrecks, horrible accidents and just the knucklehead stuff people do that decide to go to the er also. >> there was a story one of the nurses -- >> sorry to interrupt you gentlemen, but you understand why, we have some major breaking news. stand by. general colin powell, the first african-american chairman of the joint chiefs, the first african-american secretary of state we have just learned he has died at the age of 84. his family announced on facebook that powell died of complications from covid. they add he was fully vaccinated. again, major breaking news, colin powell has passed away.
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wolf blitzer looks at his life. >> i will never not be a soldier. >> reporter: colin powell, a soldier turned statesman, made history on many fronts. the first african-american and youngest chairin' ma of the joint chiefs of staff, and later, the first african-american secretary of state. >> so i've always felt strongly that you should try to solve conflicts in this world through negotiations, through diplomacy. any time we can solve a problem that way and not use force and satisfy our objectives, let's push for that. >> reporter: powell grew up in the brorngs, new york, his parents emigrated from jamaica. by his own admission, he was not an outstanding student. >> it's been amusing over the years to have people come up to me, general powell, you're chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. when did you graduate from west point? [ laughs ] couldn't have gotten in. >> reporter: he enrolled in the city college of new york action geology was his major but the rotc became his passion.
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he served two tours in vietnam before earning a prestigious fellowship during the nixon era in 1972. afterwards, powell returned to his troops eventually becoming a general and went back to the white house in 1987 as president reagan's national security adviser. then in 1989, the general became the highest ranking officer in the u.s. military when president george h.w. bush named him chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. >> our strategy to go after this army is very, very simple. first we cut it off and we're going to kill it. >> reporter: his policy of overwhelming force against iraq became known as the powell doctrine. >> i express my sincere thanks to each and every one of you for being here to share my final


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