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retake some of these villages that the ukrainians have just retaken. >> my life, my decision! >> our children will grow up in a world where they have fewer liberties than those who came before them. >> 00a big job for them and jus absolutely devastating for the people who live here. >> live from london, this is "cnn newsroom" with max foster. >> it is thursday, may 12, 9:00 a.m. in london, 11:00 a.m. in helsinki where finland leaders will announce support for nato membership. but first a russian civilian has been killed on russian soil by ukrainian shelling. the report comes from the governor just across the border
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from ukraine's second largest city kharkiv. the region has come under a series of recent attacks but ukraine will neither confirm nor deny responsibility. and new drone video show ukraine has blown up at least two pontoon bridges built by russian forces in the luhansk region. but the general staff acknowledges some russian advances in the east, though it is difficult to measure their scale. the ukrainian forces claim they have recaptured more villages in the northern kharkiv region. but much of the area is still within range of russian artillery fire. in the south, ukraine is offering to swap russian prisoners of war for wounded ukrainian soldiers holed up in the azovstal steel plant. negotiations are under way. and the deputy commander reports as many as 600 people inside the factory need medical attention. he says the constant bombardment
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by russian forces makes it hard to fully assess the situation, but he believes all civilians are now out. >> translator: we all know the enemy outnumbers us by far. they have got aviation, they have got navy. and for us, it is just not enough to hear from them that they are doing everything possible. what we need to hear is that they are doing and will be doing everything impossible to rescue their soldiers. >> new surveillance video obtained by cnn appears to show russian soldiers shooting two unarmed ukrainian civilians in the back. and as sara sidner reports, this is already being investigated as a possible war crime. and what you are about to see a graphic and difficult to watch. >> reporter: this is a stark example of a potential war crime perpetrated by russian forces.
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russian soldiers shooting two civilians in the back. cnn obtained the surveillance video taken from this vehicle dealership that sits along the main highway to kyiv. the video is from the beginning of the war as russians tried and failed to shell their way to the capital. the fight along this road was clearly fierce. but what happened outside this business was not a battle between soldiers or even soldiers and armed civilians. it was a cowardly cold blooded killing of unarmed men by russian forces. the soldiers show up and begin breaking in, inside of a guard shack two ukrainian men prepare to meet them. we tracked down the men's identities. one is the evowner of the busins and the other was hired to guard it. >> translator: my father's name is leonet. >> reporter: his daughter wanted the world to know his name and
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what the russians did to him. both civilians, both unarmed. we know this because the individual use shows them greeting and getting graphiced by the russian soldiers and then casually walking away. neither seem to suspect what was about to happen. that is what a member of the civilian fighting force who talked to the men a couple days before the attack told cnn. he did not want to be identified for security reasons. >> translator: we came there earlier, warned people to leave that place. we also hope for the humanity of russian soldiers. but unfortunately, they have no humanity. >> reporter: you see the two men walking in the shadows toward the camera. behind them, the soldiers they were just talking to emerge. a few more steps, and their bodies drop to the ground, dust shoots up from the bullets hitting the pavement. the soldiers have opened fire. minutes later the guard gets up, limping, but alive. he manages to get inside the guard booth to make a call to
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the local guys for help. this is one of those guys, a ukrainian truck driver turned civilian soldier. >> translator: first of all, we felt a big responsibility. we knew we should go there because a man needed our help. he was still alive. >> reporter: he is the commander of a rag tag team of civilians who took up arms to fight for ukraine. and tried to save the men. when the guard called them, he explained what transpired with the soldiers. he said soldiers asked who they were and asked for cigarettes. then let them go. before shooting them in the back. when his men finally got there, he had lost massive amounts of blood. >> translator: one man from our group went there and the guy was still alive. he gave him bandages, tried to perform first and i had, but the russians started shooting. >> reporter: they tried to fight back but were unsuccessful. they didn't have the firepower to save their country men.
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have you seen the video? >> translator: i can't watch it now. i will save to the cloud and leave it for my grandchildren and children. they should know about this crime and always remember who our neighbors are. >> reporter: her neighbors to the north, these russian soldiers, showed just how callus they are, drinking, toasting one another, and looting the place minutes after slaying the two men. what were the last words that you remember he said to you? >> translator: bye-bye, kisses, say hello to your boys. all right her boys will be left with a terrible lasting memory, the death of their grandfather now being investigated as a war crime. sara sidner, cnn, kyiv. >> powerful piece. leaders of finland say that their country mist apply for nato membership without delay, this is sure to anger russia. they have been very vocal about nato expansion. other nato allies have expressed
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support for finland's potential membership. the country has traditionally tried to stay neutral, but the war on ukraine has dramatically changed finland's views of the kremlin. nic robertson is standing by in helsinki. for the country, this is seismic, this is a country that post war was always neutral and is changing that stance. and the border between nato and russia expands massively. >> reporter: it does. if the application is made to join nato as seems almost undoubted at the moment, and nato accepts, which also seems to be pretty much on track, it will effectively double the length of nato's border with russia, 830 miles, 1300 kilometers is finland's border with russia, and that will become part of nato's border with russia in the near course of time it appears. what the finnish president and prime minister have said in
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their joint statement today is that the country needed time for parliamentary and society debates, it needed time for international communication can nato and with members of nato and with sweden as well, to have those discussions. but now is the time to act. they have said very clearly that joining nato will make finland's security stronger, that finland will add strength to nato as well, that the decision should now be taken, the application for nato membership, should be made without delay and the other steps that are to be taken here in finland should happen quickly. these steps are fairly straightforward. the prime minister to likely announce the decision saturday, government coalition on sunday. we're expecting a press conference with the president and prime minister on sunday as
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well. all of this is driving forward to an expected statement from a foreign affairs committee and then parliament vote in the early days next week. finland's foreign minister has said this morning that at the moment finland does not see a direct threat from russia. but of course that is a big concern for people here. here is how she framed it. >> russia's invasion of ukraine has altered the security environment, however finland is not facing an immediate military threat, maintaining national rule and freedom of choice remain intake egral parts. >> reporter: so expect for finland to essentially move forward rapid pace and by the middle of next week expect finland to have come to that conclusion that the prime minister and president have laid
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out. that finland will request to join nato. >> we'll get back with you on updates leading up to that. a fast moving wildfire is burning through the laguna hills area of southern california with a mandatory evacuation order now in effect for some neighborhoods. >> oh, my god, that house is done. >> those are all those trails we used to run. >> i know. >> looking at pictures there of laguna in orange county, california. about 20 homes, some described as multimillion-dollar mansions overlooking the pacific ocean, are engulfed in flames. the fire has spread to about 200 acres. as of wednesday evening, authorities say that they are working around the clock to extinguish as much as possible. >> the focus is to get into these homes, to really take a look at those attics, get down in the vegetation, make sure that we're not leaving any hot
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embers in place so that when the wind does pick up again tomorrow, that we've missed anything and we have, you know, a rekindle. so you will see the firefighters out here en masse throughout the night, certainly out tomorrow, and they will be making sure that this fire is completely distinguished before we walk away from it. >> the fire broke out wednesday afternoon and quickly increased in size under strong gusty winds. no word on the cause, but officials believe the fire was made worse by wind speeds and dry vegetation. one local reporter described the chaos that firefighters were trying to get under control. >> reporter: we've got a lot going on here on coronado point. one firefighter just told me all of the chaos is at the end of the street here and when i asked him for a count of how many homes have burned, he said at least every third or fourth house is on fire. now, here is something that we had known earlier, and that is that this street has
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approximately 72, 73 homes on it. so if every two or three houses are on fire, that is a very large toll here on this one laguna street. there was a man who came running in a short time ago, he wanted to see if his house was still standing. he said that he was evacuated, he didn't want to leave, but he was forced to leave his home a couple of hours ago. he now got back in and he creeped down the street and then he walked past us and he said i think it's gone. >> much of the southwestern u.s. is experiencing a crippling drought, desperate firefightering crews scooped up water at a pond of a nearby country club to help fight the fire there. let's bring in chief of the orange county fire authority, he is joining me on the phone from orange county. thanks for joining us. i know that you are incredibly busy. what are your teams telling you about the situation on the
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ground? >> well, as you've seen, it is a pretty dire situation. we've lost several homes, large homes. and it is just tragic. especially for the families obviously that are going to be displaced. and regrettably it has become our norm, with climate change and the drought, it is a sign of much more to come unfortunately. >> as you say, you've got a lot of experience in this area. how do you intend to sort of contain the fire at least? >> yeah, you know, i've been in the fire service for 44 years. and i've seen many large fires over that time. and hundreds of homes lost and lives lost. and the key is really rapid initial attack, getting on top of these fires quickly. and what we're finding in our new form is fires are spreading much faster than we've ever
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experienced. so getting these fires quickly and extinguishing them has become very difficult. we've got a tough day ahead tomorrow. the winds have subsided dramatically, and so this is the time for us to really try to contain the fire as best we can before the winds pick up tomorrow afternoon. >> this is the issue often because, you know, you are not expecting rain, so you don't have that advantage. but it is the wind that you can't really predict. and that really is what whips up the fires and pushes them along. >> i think what is really unusual and indicative of the conditions we're experiencing in the west, this is not a santa ana wind-driven fire that we're typically used to with low humidities, strong winds out of the northeast. this is a coastal wind. the wind we experienced today is very normal. humidities are not very low. but the vegetation, fuel moisture in that vegetation, is
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so low due to the long drought that fire is spreading with any kind of wind much faster than we'd have seen 5, 10, 15 years ago. and so that is really the issue. >> chief, thank you very much for sparing the time to speak with us. california isn't the only state in the southwest suffering. in new mexico, two large wildfires have cost nearly $73 million to fight according to the governor's office. both fires that burned more than 280,000 acres. for the latest on this wild fire, i'm joined by meteorologist pedram javaheri. similar situation, similar conditions? >> you know, across the southwest absolutely, the dry conditions the drought has certainly helped it x. band the fire situation there. want to show you some of the scenes out of areas of southern california because we know this
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particular fire, wind and terrain, and this is just a few kilometers away from the coast. so the seabreeze doesn't help the situation. and the drought landscape here, the entirety of the state of california dealing with drought. in fact the southern extent of it under a severe drought situation. and of course you take a look at how things have played out here, the landscape, canyons, hillsides, really exacerbate the situation because elevated terrain, you get these fires that work their way up toward the summit of these peaks, embers get deposited downstream that start brand new fires and firefighters have a tough time getting the upper hand on this kind of a situation. mother nature will always have the upper hand. and when the winds are calm in the early morning hours, that is your best bet here to try to get some coverage of these fires. but of course the fire seasons are becoming longer, they are far greater burn intensity and the spacial extent expands quickly as well because the fuel moisture is just extremely low
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across the soils in this region. in fact we do have areas of concern here with mandatory evacuations in place. and you will notice not only has it been extremely dry for years and years, but even in 2022 right now, we're at the very tail end of what would be the wet season, long beach, california, one of the more reliable observations, has only picked up 1.14 inches of rainfall in 2022. they should have 8 inches. that is an average year in a very dry landscape in the wet season, but only 14% of what typically comes down in this dry landscape has come down. so even less of course than what you'd want to see. but you will notice the coverage right now, 195 acres of land consumed, containment at 0%. we hope the firefighters get at least some coverage of this the next few hours before the afternoon winds once again kick up and create a hazardous situation that we know happens every single afternoon across portions of southern california. but there you go, below average
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conditions is what we expect in the way of rainfall the next 6 to 10 days. we don't expect much at all across the southwestern united states and that includes portions just next door into new mexico as well. and look at this perspective, back on october 19, upwards of 87% of the state of california had drought. in december and into january, we saw conditions improve quite a bit, rainfall came down in abundance in that period and then it very much quieted back down january into february. and right now, we have increased the extreme drought coverage to 40% with drought being experienced in all of california to some extent. and that is really what is concerning right now across this region. >> yeah, that is what the firefighter was describing as well, the new norm as he described it. thank you very much, pedram javaheri. in washington u.s. senate democrats have failed to pass a bill that would protect access to abortion nationwide. the women's health protection act failed with a 49-51 vote.
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>> legislation would allow abortions of viable babies in the ninth month with no waiting period or informed consent at the hands of a nonphysician. taxpayers could be forced to pay for it. and catholic hospitals would be forced to perform it. >> this comes amid growing concerns the supreme court is poised to overturn the landmark roe versus wade ruling with the outcome of the vote showing the nation's divide on the issue. >> the vote we just took makes crystal clear the contrast between the parties as we approach the midterm elections. vote, elect more pro-choice
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democrats if you want to see a woman have control over her own body, elect more pro-choice democrats if you want to protect a woman's freedom and right to choose. elect more maga republicans if you want to see a nationwide ban on abortion, if you want to see doctors and women arrested, if you want to see no exceptions for rape or incest. >> my decision, my life! >> ahead of the vote, about two dozen progressives from the house loudly marched to the senate chanting my body, my decision. they could be heard in the chamber. the price of everything just keeps going up, how the biden administration is dealing with the pain of inflation, next. y, you could be using the wrong detergent. and you're wasting up to 20 gallons of water every time. let's end this habitit. skip the rinse...
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supply. on wednesday, joe biden met with american farm workers in illinois and praised them for being, quote, the bread basket of democracy amid the war. >> america is fighting on two fronts. at home, it is inflation and rising prices. abroad it is helping ukrainians defend their democracy. and feeding those who are left hungry around the world because russian atrocities exist. >> now for the first time since august, the pace of u.s. inflation has just let up but just a little. consumer price index was up 8.3% in april compared to a year ago. and that is an ever so slight dip from its high of 8.5% in march which marked a 40 plus year record. this basically means that prices are still going up but at a slower right than before. it is hoped the worst is over even though prices remain painfully high. brian todd looks at how americans are coping.
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>> reporter: at a grocery store in northeast d.c., shoppers are more than a little fed up with food prices. >> it is high, you know. it is hard trying to battle what you need and what you want. >> everything from soda to meats to vegetables, everything is just increased. >> reporter: according to new government figures, annual inflation did ease off a bit last month, but it is still near a 40 year high. prices rising 8.3% for the year ending in april, slightly lower than the 8.5% rise through march. and food was one of the biggest factors along with shelter. in just a month, meat, poultry, fish and eggs went up 1.4% with eggs by themselves spiking 10.3%. what have you noticed most has gone up? >> it would be the eggs. a while ago they were very cheap. >> reporter: and housing costs for renters and owners went up 0.5% for the third month in a row. consumers taking a big hit each month. >> typical american household is
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spending $450 more now than a year ago to buy the same goods and services and that is because of the hire inflation. so this is incredibly painful. >> reporter: gas prices dipped last month but now back to setting records. >> within a matter of hours, it will jump up again. >> reporter: and with inflation this high, millions of families already struggling to make ends meet due to the pandemic may still have to make tough choices. >> it really will mean that some people might actually have to skip a meal. maybe they can't feed their children the way they want to. they will perhaps not be able to cover their rent or all of their rent. >> reporter: but on the bright side, at least one top economist says that there could be relief in sight. >> inflation is peaking. i think the painfully high inflation is due to the pandemic and the russian invasion. if those things don't go off the rails, then i think that we will
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see inflation lower by the end of the year, certainly by this time next year. >> reporter: mark zandi says doesn't mean the prices for everything will come down, he says we should get used to high prices for things like food. what will come down he says is the price of gasoline and prices of new cars will start to go down as some of the supply chain issues get ironed out. brian todd, cnn, washington. shortage of baby formula in the united states is getting worse every week as supplies in store shelves dwindle around the country. a data agency says the current supply is less than half of what it should be in at least eight states with the national average not far behind. the white house says that officials are working around the clock to fix the problem. formula maker abbott has a plant in michigan and could restart production in two weeks with formula back in stores within eight weeks pending fda approval. still to come, the funeral procession for the al jazeera
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residence of the authority president and we can hear the sirens of the convoy that is bringing shireen abu akleh's body here for what will be an honor guard ceremony. we're expecting her to arrive here any moment. and i have to tell you, there are thousands of people here likely filling this entire area outside of the residence including we are hearing on the streets outside of the residence, of course plenty of journalists who were colleagues of shireen's as well as diplomats across society and including we are seeing some arab members of the israeli parliament are here as well. and it gives you an idea of the outpouring of grief for shireen's death, just what an icon. not just as a female journalist, but a journalist in general. she was really the voice for so many people in their homes every day as they were growing up, so many journalists who are my age, palestinian journalists grew up
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listening to her, she inspired them to become reporters. so her death is hitting everybody so hard right now just because she was a journalist out there doing her job, trying to bring the story to the world. so she will arrive here, there will be an honor guard ceremony for her here. and this will be the beginning of her journey to jerusalem where she will be buried tomorrow near the old city of jerusalem. and so, again, just an outpouring of support here, thousands of people here, a cross section of society, journalists, diplomats, officials are here to show their support for her right now. >> it does seem as though everyone is supportive of the idea that reporters should be safe in the field. there is so much concern, isn't there, the fact that she was wearing this vest which clearly had press written on it, but also kudos to her for continuing that reporting and really showing what was going on in the area despite all the dangers of
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operating there. >> reporter: yeah, exactly. she was wearing gear that clearly identified who she was and there is just so much grief right now. and i think so much of the focus especially today is just on honoring shireen's life, honoring all of the work that she did for so many years. any moment now we are expecting to hear the drums, the music from the full honor guard that will be here and that -- we are starting to hear applause. i believe this is a plus a of people applauding shireen's body being brought here. already yesterday there were -- you can hear a lot of people applauding around me. yesterday there were honorary spokntaneous recessions, people marching through the streets. right now she will be carried into the residence of the panhandle authority president where mahmoud abbas will receive her.
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she will receive an honor guard and will be here for a little bit of time and then her body will continue on a procession to jerusalem where she will be buried tomorrow afternoon. >> difficult to overestimate her impact there. again, so many examples of young journalists talking about this is the reporter that they grew up watching on their screens. so people really -- a real shock to people across the middle east. >> reporter: yeah, listen, if you grew up in this region where the conflict was raging, people had the news on every day in their homes all day long and her voice was a voice that you would hear all day reporting from every major event in this region. in fact we've heard from people who would say that when they were kids, they would hold coke cans as if they were microphones and say i'm shireen abu akleh from al jazeera. shows you what an impact she had on so many people growing up here and what a loss she is.
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she was only 51 years old, she had many, many decades ahead of her of great reporting that she should have done and that was taken away from her and from all of us. >> a lot of her friends have talked about the greatest legacy would be to kyrgios carry on th reporting of the story, but also a reminder of how dangerous the work is as well and how scary it is to carry out that work. >> reporter: yeah, as we've seen in ukraine, in places like mexico, the danger that so many journalists face while they are trying to tell the story in places that lot of people won't get to go. shireen was in genjenin trying be the eyes for the world, and that was taken away from the journalist community and it is an incredible tragedy, a loss for journalism all around the
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house select committee investigating the january 6 riot at the u.s. capitol is preparing to hold high profile public hearings next month. the first set for june 9. the committee is finalizing its witness list and is reaching out to people it wants to testify in public. according to several sources, hearings will attempt to lay out what then president trump knew about potential violence and what he was doing as it unfolded. nearly 1,000 witnesses have been interviewed so far including trump's children, donald trump jr., ivanka trump and son-in-law
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jared kushner. elie honig says it is unlikely that the committee will have time to interview people who don't want to testify. >> it is probably too late for the committee to force anyone to testify who does not want to testify because orderly if somebody defied a subpoena, you could go to court and try to get an order from a judge, requiring them to testify, or you could send it over to doj for a contempt prosecution to punish the person. either of those things will take way more than the three to four weeks we have until the hearings start. so as a practical matter, the committee will just have to rely on the goodwill and patriotism of the people that it needs to hear from. >> national archives says it has another 23,000 emails and other documents to give to the january 6 committee. it is the eighth batch of official records to be turned over. trump has not tried to stop the release after the supreme court ruled against him in an earlier challenge. meanwhile a new york judge has lifted the civil contempt
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finding against trump as long as certain conditions are met. this includes providing an explanation of the trump organization's document retention policy. the former president has also been ordered to pay $110,000 in fines. if he fails to comply by may 20th, the judge says that the contempt finding will be reinstated. administrators at delaware state university say that they are reviewing their options after the school's women's lacrosse team was subjected to what they believe was racial profiling. the team's business was stopped in georgia for a minor traffic violation. police say the stop was legal and routine. but the university insists that the team was racially profiled. amara walker reports. >> are they college students? okay. >> reporter: this body cam video shows georgia deputies searching college students' bags during a traffic stop. on board, the women's lacrosse team from delaware state university, historically black college. on their way home after a game
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in florida. >> if there is anything in y'all's luggage, we're probably going to find it. i'm not looking for a little bit of marijuana, but i'm pretty sure you guys and chaperones will be disappointed in you if we find any. >> i don't really know what they were going to find. >> reporter: this 19 recorded parts of the encounter with her phone thinking that it would be part of her video blog about her lacrosse team. she didn't expect that she would end up gathering evidence of what she says was racial profiling by the liberty county sheriff deputies. >> i don't think -- i feel as if we were a different colored team like majority of lacrosse playing teams that that wouldn't have happened. >> we're going to find out exactly what it is. >> reporter: delaware state university president tony allen said in a statement that he was incensed and the video taken by players shows law enforcement members attempting to intimidate our student-athletes into confessing to possession of drugs and/or drug paraphernalia.
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while the university and conference say that they are conducting their own investigations, liberty county sheriff pushed back against allegations of any wrongdoing citing that the bus violated state law by not staying in the two most right hand lanes. the sheriff also said patrols pulled over another bus where contra band was found. >> although i do not believe that i racial profiling took place based on the information i currently have, i welcome feedback from our community. >> reporter: while craft says the incident saddens her, she is now focused on a brighter future for her and her teammates. >> i know for us as black women sometimes we get looked down on, and i don't want that to happen. i don't want that to ever happen to any of my teammates. >> reporter: and she says it was a scary and traumatic experience for her and her teammates, but she is also glad that she recorded it and that it has garnered the national attention she believes it deserves.
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she said the public needs to know what people of color are going through. and by the way, the liberty county sheriff's department says that it is conducting an internal investigation in to this. amara walker, cnn, atlanta. the team's head coach spoke with cnn earlier. here is what she told us about their experience. >> i felt violated to hear them say that. i trust my student-athletes and being division one athletes, marijuana is just not something that they take part in. so to hear the police say that in that accusatory tone, it made me very upset and then also helpless because there was no way in that moment that i could keep them safe. before searching our bus, the police officer came on the bus and saw the demographic of our team and when the word narcotics was brought up, he went straight
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to marijuana. you know, unfortunately, stereotypically that is a drug that is connected to african-americans. and he saw the demographic of our team, he made that assumption, and i feel like, you know, he acted accordingly based off of the demographic that we are. we'll go to the funeral now, abbas ois currently speaking. we'll listen in. [ speaking foreign language ]
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>> president abbas there speaking at the funeral of the journalist shireen abu akleh. she died yesterday and it has been a real shock to the local communities there, but also to the journalistic community as she was just carrying out her work. so we'll monitor that speech and bring to you, but there is a huge outpouring of grief in the area. back in a moment. just without the lactose. tastes great in our iced coffees too. which makekes waking up at 5 a.m. to milk the cows a little easier. (moo) mabel says for you, it's more like 5:15. man: mom, really?
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122 were on board. more than 40 passengers were taken to the hospital but with minor injuries. a loccal critic of chinese ruling party was arrested wednesday. the former bishop was amongst a group of pro democracy figures charged with colluding with foreign forces. it is called a shocking escalation of repression showing disregard for basic human right. kriti kristie lu stout is joining us with the latest. how could you describe the situation? >> reporter: the national security crackdown here in hong kong is apparently far from over. a number of pro democracy figures, including a 90-year-old catholic cardinal, have been arrested on charges of colluding with foreign forces, this according to the u.s. state department. among those arrested include cardinal zen, former bishop of
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hong kong, denise ho, an activist and pop singer, a former lawmaker here and as well as a part of a trustees of a disbanded fund. a fund set up to help protestors who have been arrested during the extradition bill of 2019. cardinal zen is a towering federal government here in hong kong, he has been an outspoken critic and called the conscience of hong kong. and when news of his arrest went out, the vatican quickly issued a statement. we'll bring you that, they say the we have learned of the arrest and following it with extreme attention. and in the last hour or so, we have also received comment from beijing in the form of china's ministry of foreign affairs office here, and they say that the foreign forces should know crystal clear where they have
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been and what they have done. and this is just days after appointment of a new chief executive john lee, former security chief of hong kong during the 2019 protests as well as introduction of the national security law the following year which was imposed by beijing on hong kong. perhaps a sign of things to come. back to you. >> we'll see. thank you for joining us from honk do you think. and thank you for joining me here on "cnn newsroom." i'm max foster in london. "early start" is next. what's the #1 retinol brand used most by dermatologists? it's neutrogena® rapid wrinkle repair® smooths s the look of fine lines in 1-week, deep wrinkles in 4. so you can kiss wrinkles goodbye! neutrogena®
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good morning. it is thursday, may 12, 5:00 a.m. here in new york. thanks for getting an "early start" with us. >> and welcome to our viewers in united states and around the world. with the supreme court appearing poised to overturn roe v. wade, president biden is warning other landmark rulings could also be in jeopardy. speaking wednesday, the president made his strongest comments yet on that leaked draft majority opinion on roe v. wade saying if you read the opinion, it basically says there is no such thing as the right to privacy. if that holds, mark my words they will go after the supreme court decision on same-sex marriage. this just hours after senate democrats failed to advance a bill protecting abortion rights across the country. daniella diaz is live on capitol hill for us. where do democrats go from here to try to preserve abortion rights? >> even though democrats have the white house, have the house, have the senate, we watched in real time yesterday that vot

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