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hello, again, everyone, thank you for joining me this saturday. i'm fredricka whitfield. we begin with a coast to coast rallies happening right now marking a day of action for abortion rights. hundreds of thousands of people are expected to take part in over 200 events across all 50 states. rallies are in response to a u.s. supreme court leaked draft opinion revealing a majority of justices poised to strike down roe versus wade and abortion rights would likely be eliminated in 26 states. we have reporters covering this in several key locations today. cnn's shimon prokupecz is live in the nation's capitol.
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polo sandoval is in new york and naddio romero is live in atlanta. so let's check in with shimon prokupecz. what are you seeing? >> reporter: yeah, so thousands out here now, fredricka. as they listen to some of the speakers. that are taking the stage here, local politician and other folks from planned parenthood. speaking to the crowd and getting them fired up. and then look apr this crowd here as you see signs everywhere here for many of the people who have come here from all across the country. places like seattle, and other parts of west coast and people who drove here from baltimore, and from new york city. all wanting to be here to fight, they say, as they begin what they say a new phase in this fight. they are saying that they are fighting for abortion access, the concern being that many people who can't afford, who are
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living in poverty, this will effect them the most. and so many of them out here today fighting, voicing their opinion after the leaked draft opinion. as you could see behind me here, this is the foot of the washington monument. there are thousands even gathered back here. later this afternoon, in about an hour or so, many of the people here will march to the supreme court where they will continue to rally. >> shimon in the nation's capital, thank you so much. so polo sandoval is in new york where people have just began marching and making your way to the brooklyn bridge. and then what? >> reporter: this is a march that got started just minutes ago. just beyond the cameras and behind a large banner what could only be described as a large passionate and really quite impressive group of people who have gathered here in downtown brooklyn. the plan is for them to go on
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about a mile and a half march over the brooklyn bridge, a symbolic gesture and then to lower manhattan where the message is very similar to what we just heard and saw previewed by our colleague shimon in washington, d.c. the message two-fold, speaking out against the opinion that was in that leaked supreme court memo, but also, according to one individual who is participating in this group, a man from queens said it is also standing in solidarity with women in states that are not pro-choice. so i think that is a really a message that we're getting here in new york state, perhaps compared to what we're seeing in other places. and they hope the rest of the country hears that this part of brooklyn and lower manhattan just gets started. >> thank you so much. we'll check back with you. on to atlanta now and there is nadia romero. and it looks like the crowd has gathered there.
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what is happening. >> reporter: one of the big goals and what we're hearing from the speakers is that abortion is still safe and legal in the southeast even though we have some of the most astrictive bans across this part of the country. any big pull is to vote for voter reg station. not just when there is an presidential election but in local and state elections to be involved to be active to know what is going on in your communities. so i asked one of the organizers why not put your energies and your efforts into preventing unwanted pregnancies and she said number one, why shun might get an abortion is no one's business. that is a personal health care decision for that person to make. she then said there are misconceptions that abortion is only linked to unwanted pregnancies. take a listen. >> i actually spoke with someone who told me her story yesterday. about the fact that she was pregnant, she wanted her child, but at four months there were complications.
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the umbilical cord was hanging out of her and she had to seek emergency care. her only option would have been to deliver a dead baby, or to have abortion. i don't think that people are thinking about the full spectrum of reasons why someone may need to seek care. >> reporter: and i spoke with another woman who told me that she had a lot of issues with fertility and that she was trying to have a baby, was very much pregnant and wanted to be pregnant. but she had an abortion because it came down to her or the baby's life. now she is the mother of 4-year-old twins. but she said she wanted to make sure that other women, including her daughter when she's older, has the right to access to care to that health care. fred. >> noddio romero there in atlanta. we'll check in the reporters dotting the map at the rallies from coast to coast. i want to bring in now actress and former talk show host and documentary filmmaker
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ricki lake who is joining me now from the rally in los angeles. so good to see you. so what does it mean to you to see so many supporters out at the rally there in l.a.? >> i wish there were more, actually. thank you for having me. i'm here representing -- i can't believe we're at this day. it is outrageous to me. it's a big crowd. i was here in 2017 for the women's march and we need more people. we need everyone out here representing to fight for our right to freedom. bodily autonomy and freedom of choice. >> and back in 2017, that women's rally was really about a host of things. now the scope is much narrower with that leaked draft u.s. supreme court opinion. when you heard of that draft, what were your thoughts, what were your worries? >> i mean, for me, i switched gears, my career is about
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educated women about their choices, their options and access. i have a new documentary on birth control which is about access and choice. and you know, we heard this was coming down the pike. fact that we're here at this day and that this leaked and so many people are fighting about this leak and not about this issue at hand, and i -- i'm doing my small part to be here and to represent and to talk about how we need to have access and safe abortion for all who need it. >> and who is the audience that you are really trying to speak to? are you trying to reach members of congress when you speak there at rally today? is it -- are there households that you're trying to direct your message to? is it the u.s. supreme court court justices that you want to hear you? >> i think it is really women. we women need to have an uprise. with my first film, the business of being born, we really see the
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impact 14 years later of women having access to information so so they could be empowered in the choices they make when this comes to their bodies and their babies. it is the same thing. i don't know whether this will reach the supreme court justices but could reach the every woman that grew up with me years ago when i hosted the show and for that i'm hoping to speak my voice and hopefully empower women that this is not okay. for all of us and our daughter and our granddaughters. so i'm doing my small part today. >> and is it part of empowering women to see the importance of what it is to vote, that as early as this november how they vote can directly make an impact on this issue or others, as it pertains to womens reproductive rights. >> absolutely. yes. it comes down to all of us showing up and we made it so hard in this country, particularly for women of color, yes, we all need to do what we
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can to tell five friends who didn't -- who aren't registered to vote to get in the game and place your vote because it matters. >> can you express to me what you envision if roe v. wade is overturned? what do you think america is going to see and experience? >> i mean, i read "the handmaid's tale" in high school and the fact that is now a reality, i just -- aborg is not going to go away. it is going to be safe access to abortion. women will always have to make decisions that are impossible to make. but we need to have access for legal and safe abortion in this country for all women who need it. >> ricki lake, thank you so much for being with us today. good to see you. thanks for joining us. still ahead, we'll continue to watch these rallies getting underway. and of course we'll bring you more as they continue to ramp up the growth and the population at
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with president biden's push to get his aid package through congress. but senator rand paul delayed until next week, right? any kind of approval of that additional $40 billion to ukraine. so what is going on? >> fred, senator rand paul, that kentucky republican very conservative, basically blocked that vote in the senate, a fast track process that both senators mitch mcconnell and senate majority leader chuck schumer were hoping that the bill would help ukraine, a measure that would create a inspector general to oversee how the ukraine military aid is spent. now he was offered a vote on the amendment but that was not enough for him. he wants that measure added to the underlying bill. so the problem here is that the senate was unable to fast track that process, vote on it even though it is a bipartisan bill, very rare here on capitol hill. the majority of the senate supports that legislation and it would pass.
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so instead now chuck shum ser going through the process to file clocheure and it will take a few days. so unfortunately for ukraine and president volodymyr zelenskyy, that aid not coming as quickly as they were hoping. he put out a statement, all of the information from this delegation, from the republican senators that just visited kyiv, came from ukrainian president volodymyr zelenskyy. he put ow ate statement where he said he urged the senate republicans to pass that funding. that he really needs that $40 billion. but of course senator rand paul was not on that trip. noticeably. and he was the one blocking that legislation. but of course those two leaders, mitch mcconnell and chuck schumer continue to work on trying to pass that legislation as soon as possible to help ukraine and it already passed the house so once it is passed in the senate, we expect to happen next week, will -- it will go to joe biden's desk for signature and the ukrainian
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president wants that and what senate leaders wants as well. >> so one has to wonder what were the conversations like with these senators and president zelenskyy knowing about the delay in additional funding? >> that is exactly right, fred. and i do want to make clear that we still have no details from the senators that were on this trip. they have not provided any statements, any photos, any details. we have no idea whether they are back. all of the information from the the trip is coming from volodymyr zelenskyy and his official office. he provided the photos and he posted on instagram the video of him shaking hands with mitch mcconnell. still a lot of comments that we're waiting for from the u.s. senators and whether they're going to debrief president joe biden. just two weeks ago house speaker nancy pelosi led her own delegation to ukraine and she de briefed president. so we're not sure whether these republican senators are planning to do that. but it is notable and does show bipartisan support for ukraine that these senators visited the
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country. >> daniela diaz on capitol hill, thank you so much. all right, the crowds are beginning to gather across the country and the marches are getting started as well. hundreds of thousands of abortion rights supporters are expected to attend all of these rallies today. a live report next. hyped up. and that your new car ought to come with newfound happiness and zero surprises. and all of us will stop atat nothing to drive you happy. we'll l drive you happy at carvana. ♪ ♪
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welcome back. we're continuing to monitor more than 200 abortion rights rallies today across all 50 states. they're in response to a leaked draft u.s. supreme court opinion that would strike down roe v. wade. cnn's camilla barnal joining me live from los angeles and
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adrianne proudous is in chicago. so camilla, you first. what is happening? >> reporter: hey, fred, so the event here just started about 20 minutes ago. these are the people in the front row. and at the moment we're hearing from mayor eric garcetti right on the stage we just heard from the first lady of california, jennifer newsom and you're seeing a crowd that is listening to these speeches and standing by to do anything they can to support women having the right to an abortion. organizers expected about 50,000 people here. they say this was an event that was scheduled even before the draft opinion was leaked but they said that after that leak, they began ramping up efforts to gather more and more people here. organizers also telling me about the importance of california in their views because they say that women are already coming to california and will continue to come to california in order to have access to an abortion.
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remember, here in the state of california, an abortion is protected until the fetus is viable. and that is key to what happens over the next couple of months. i talked to the founder of the women women's march foundation and here is what she told us. >> in los angeles, and in california, the fight is to help our sisters in texas, in georgia, in missouri, because we're safe in california and we can't take that for granted. because if no woman is safe across the country, how are we safe in california. so we take that personal to make sure that we fight for the other women across the country, fight with them for reproductive rights. >> reporter: now, fred, they say the goal of all this is to get people to the ballot box. they say they will fight and continue to hold events for the next couple of months until they get what they want and what they want is access to abortions, fred. >> camilla barn'al in los
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angeles. to adrian proudous, what is happening. >> a similar scene here. i want to start by showing the message zem on straighters are trying to illustrate. there is a sign that said only the people can stop them and that is the message they want to send to the supreme court. and another sign said we will not go back and multiple signs across the plaza. talking about a post-roe world and saying no it. over here you'll see chains lying on the ground. this is part of a visual demonstration that is going to take place later. the organizer tells me that they want to break the chains. this after that leaked draft opinion by the supreme court. behind us, you're seeing some demonstrators have already started walking right here in the heart of downtown chicago with their message. they say they want to take this message from the street to the supreme court and they're hoping
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that the message that is sounded here not only in chicago, will be heard across the country and influence those who could make decisions. for those of you who are not familiar, earlier this week the city's mayor lori lightfoot fledged $500,000 to support reproductive health care here in the city of chicago. and the state's mayor, j.b. pritzker backs that and calling on the the u.s. senate to step up and defend women's rights. in illinois it is one of the most liberal states in the midwest, when it comes to abortion rights. fred. >> adrian broadous and camilla barnal. thank you. cnn's david culliver finally able to leave china's strict lockdown. his incredible journey next. of . that's whyhy we build technoloy
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officials in shanghai, china, say the overall trend of daily covid infections is improving and the government is working on a plan to gradually reopen supermarkets and schools and transportation but warn the city still needs to work hard to prevent a possible rebound in cases. cnn's david culver just left china for the first time in two and a half years and filed this report. >> reporter: leaving shanghai today is a one-time, one-way
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journey. i've not had this much freedom in 50 days. and here we go. off to the airport. heading out for the first time since mid-march. it all feels so strange. >> the people you see out and about, most of them are head to toe in hazmat suits as you look on streets, ropes are blocking off the sidewalks and the stores and all closed. with a government permitted driver, we pass through checkpoints. our documents thoroughly inspected and including a letter from the american embassy. many ex pats like me needing diplomatic letters to leave our apartments. once vibrant and rich with energy, shanghai was forced into an induced coma. the rolling lockdowns began in mid-march. but by april, the sit of more than 25 million people was under strict harsh lockdown. most of us sealed inside of our homes. community covid tests after
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test, after test, and in between at-home covid tests. >> i've done quite a few of these. >> reporter: early in the lockdown, i pack aid go back. for me and for my dog. if i tested positive. i would end up in a government isolation center like this. or worse. like this. most of us would prefer just to recover in the privacy of our home. but in china's zero covid world, that is not an option. shocking scenes of people shouting we are starving, we are starving. heartbreaking stories of people being rejected medical care. some of them later dying. all because hospital workers feared breaking unforgiving zero covid protocols. the mishandling reminded me of lujan. on 2020 we traveled to the then epicenter of what was a mystery illness. >> it is the wildlife and seafood market. >> still fresh in our minds the
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perseverance of those in wuhan who lived through the original lockdown. some losing loved ones to covid early on. they risked their freedom to share with us they're pain-filled stories, furious with thur government for not doing more to stop the initial spread. chinese officials maintain they were transparent from the start. and in recent days president xi jinping has reaffirmed and praised his country's zero covid efforts. vowing to fight any doubters and c critics. over the past two years we've lived through china's military-like mobilization. rapidly building hospitals. masters mass testing of tens of millions at one time. designing a sophisticated contact tracing system. essentially sealing off borders to the outside world. wanting to keep on the story, i've not left china since 2019 making this departure a long
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overdue home coming visit. shanghai's airport once among the busiest in the world, is now a lonely experience. on the departures board, only two international flights slated to leave on this day. on the floor, sleeping bags and trash where stranded travelers have camped out. they wait here for days or weeks for a flight out. outside on the tarmac, strict covid protocol and ground crews spraying each other with disinfectant. boarding the near empty plane, it starts to feel real. the disorder, despair, the chaos, the anger, the exhaustion, all of it feels so distant now. with a sigh of relief and a bit of survivor's guilt, leaving behind a country a midst almost unprecedented changes, i wonder if china's tightening zero covid restrictions coupled with rising
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as inflation drives up prices, small businesses with tight profit margins are finding themselves at the thin edge of the wedge. cnn's vanessa yurkevich has more. >> reporter: what is a french fry without a side of ketchup. for cloeta, owner of the dearborn restaurant in chicago, it is a huge cost savings. >> we do 200 covers and 100 of them want an extra ketchup. that is 25 cents which doesn't seem like a lot, and multiply that by a week and a year. >> and ketchup has become more expensive in the last year. inflation is pushing meat prices up 13.9%. butter up 16%. and eggs up a whopping 22.6%.
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big increases for small businesses. >> i thought at this stage we would be in a better position financially. but it is been very difficult. mainly because of where we're at right now with inflation. >> reporter: but some good news perhaps. prices rose just .3% last month. and food prices rose less than 1%. with energy dropping 2.7%. but an 8.3% year-over-year inflation still stings. >> we're still reeling financially to be honest from the effects of being closed for on and off for two years during covid. >> reporter: and despite a strong jobs report, adding 428,000 jobs in april, small businesses lost 120,000 jobs. even with restaurants raising wages, it is often still not enough in the fierce competition for workers. >> we are seeing a lot of people
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starting with those for two or three days or going somewhere elsewhere they could get $2 or $3 more an hour. >> a salon owner century losing employees but she can't find more. she's also trying not to pass her increasing costs to customers just yet. >> what are you experiencing price increases on here as a t relates to the salons? >> everything from gloves to foils, things that we need to do the service have gone up and now just with inflation, it is just some products are double-digit. >> what does that mean for your bottom line? >> less profitability. >> it is a catch 22. either that or lose business. >> reporter: she's banking on inflation continuing to cool. especially as she renovates two of her salons. construction costs are up 11% in the last year. >> doubling the price of a renovation, not doing price increases and it eventually adds
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up and that is when it feels very overwhelming. >> reporter: back in chicago, lawless said she's waiting to turn a profit again. with already slim margins, higher costs have made that an impossibility. >> you thought there was a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel and really it just depends on how long that tunnel is. >> vanessa yurkevich, cnn, new york. and joining me now to talk more about inflation is david kelly, he is the chief global strategist at jp morgan asset management. so good to see you. >> good to be here. >> we need some good news from you. everybody does. so we just heard from a small business owners who were hopeful that inflation will begin to cool. should they be that optimistic? >> well, it will. it is going to take a little longer. we were hoping that it would be cooling now. but this year we got hit by the war in ukraine, we got hit by outbreaks of covid in china and
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that is slowing the improvement here. i do think right now you said inflation is 8.3% year-over-year. i believe that a year from now it is going to be about 4%. so we'll see some improvement. but it is a long tunnel. and i think for small business owners, you got to have the nerve to actually increase your prices. you have to say, look i'm providing a good service but my costs have gone up so i'm going to have to push up my prices. a lot of businesses have gotten away with that. they have to do that to survive in many cases. >> so while you're hopeful, 8% now and going down to 4%. what is it going to take to lower inflation? >> well, i think we have to understand what caused this. we this a global supply chain problem because of covid. and then we piled demand in the u.s. economy. between this administration and the last administration, we ran budget deficits the last two years of $6 trillion combined. that is a massive amount of money, a demand going into with
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not enough supplies. so prices go up. but the good news is it is coming down this year. less than a trillion dollars. so as that zee mand comes out, it is painful for people losing money but after that comes out that will krause inflation to he's. so i think it will ease any way, but slowly. >> according to aaa, gas prices just hit another record high today. the average gallon of gas is now $4.45 a gallon. that up from $4.07 a month ago. and $3.04 a year ago. i know i felt it when i filled up yesterday. wait a minute. why did it get so high and it was high the week before that. so how do high gas prices impact consumer spending and how did it impact the economy, are people having to make choices about pain i'm not going to fill up my tank. maybe it is only half and then i have to put my money or resources elsewhere? >> or you cut back elsewhere.
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we are seeing that. i think as you wedge into the new year, particularly as the child tax credit expired, and you have these high gasoline prices, we saw the first quarter spending on food and real spending on clothing fell in the first quarter. that is a real sign that people at the bottom and the middle are struggling here. and high gas prices are part of it. the one silver lining on this is that we are self-sufficient in oil right now so the money consumers are losing, at least it is staying in the economy and producers what will ramp up shale oil production and keeps the money within the economy and not going overseas. that is one positive today relative to gas we've seen in the past. >> and then what is your forecast on what will happen with the nation's supply chain current problems, when will we, you know, turn the corner? >> well, i think it will happen
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reasonably fast. within the united states, it going to happen pretty quickly. i think some of the overseas stuff is more difficult. as one example, the number of people working in transportation is up 12% before the pandemic. so we're hiring truck drivers as fast as we can and that will deal with the problem over time. high prices do tend to fix themselves because if people get paid a lot to do a job. and do you think that is temporary but it is very painful for people dealing with it today. >> yeah. i mean, i'm still seeing empty store shelves and it is not just about the empty store shelves of baby formula. but a host of items are still just not there in the stores. >> yes. the pandemic just disrupted consumption patterns so much. but everybody is trying to be flexible until this problem is gone. it may be next year when this it problem is faded. >> wow. we have to pack a lot of patience.
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david kelly, good to see you. thanks for joining us. >> any time. and this quick programming note. in a new episode of the all new cnn original series nomad with carlton mccoy, he returned home to washington, d.c. and discovered a new side of the capitol. >> my neighborhood was a tough place to grow up in but there war a lot of positives. we had a strong connection to our community and culture. and part of that enjoying d.c.'s signature dishes. d.c. smoke house has some of the city's best. >> so this is a very d.c. -- >> d.c. food is very american. but it is also influenced by every part of black diaspora. that is what makes it delicious. >> that is natalie hopkinson. she's a go-go scholar and pioneer of don't mute d.c. an organization dedicated to keeping black culture alive in the city. >> it is ground and so there is more texture and a ton of spices
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all right. more than a week later and it's still a mystery. police continue to investigate the puzzling deaths of three americans who were vacationing at the great exuma resort in the bahamas. cnn's jason carroll has more. >> reporter: these two picturesque beachfront villas in the bahamas likely hold answers as to what killed three vacationers last week and nearly took the life of another. michael and his wife robbie phillips were from tennessee and owned a travel agency. robbie's travel blog says their agency was preferred by sandals resorts and she appeared to actively promote their properties. vincent schiarella and his wife donnis were staying at a
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neighboring villa. both villas share a common wall and have separate entrances. last thursday police say the couples ate at separate restaurants in the resort and settled in for the evening. both couples were not feeling well that night, they felt so sick, in fact, they had to be treated at a local medical facility. their symptoms included nausea and vomiting. at one point they felt well enough to return here to the resort. the next morning, police got an emergency call from the staff here at sandals, saying that they had found an unresponsive male in one of these villas. then another call, saying the staff had also found an additional unresponsive male and female in a second villa located right next door. in the first villa, police found vincent chiarella lying on the floor and he was pronounced dead. his wife donnis was alive and transported to a hospital in miami where as of monday she was in fair condition. her son said this. she woke up and my dad was
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laying there on the floor. her legs and arms were swollen and she couldn't move and she screamed to get someone to come in the door. in the neighboring villa, police found michael phillips slumped against a bathroom wall. his wife robbie phillips was found still in bed. both were pronounced dead. so the question is what happened. police say foul play is not suspected and they say the deceased showed no signs of trauma. but they say two of them did show signs of convulsions. >> it's sad, and it's still a mystery, a scary mystery. >> reporter: this woman says she used to work at sandals as a housekeeper for five years. she didn't want us to use her name or show her face because she said she still has family and friends who work there. what do you think happened? >> i don't think it's food poisoning or anything like that because like i said, if it was food poisoning, the whole resort
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would have been sick. their villas were side by side. >> reporter: investigators say they collected several samples from the premises to determine if any chemicals were present. when asked if pesticides could have played a role, the royal bahamas police force spokesperson referred us to comments the commissioner had made at a press conference earlier this week. >> we have collected several samples from the premises there, and the forensic examination should be able to help us to determine what type of -- whether or not there was a chemical or whatever it was. we're hoping that will be able to answer it for us. >> reporter: the former sandals housekeeper we spoke to says she was surprised sandals has continued to stay open while an investigation into the cause is still ongoing. while we were there, resort
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guests appeared to be staying at a villa near where the chiarellas and the phillips had stayed. >> i pray and hope they get to the bottom of it and find out exactly what happened. >> reporter: sandals released a statement saying the resort is working to support both the investigation as well as the guests' families in every way possible but could not disclose further information. information two families are now waiting on. michael and robbie phillips' daughter said this: our hearts are grieving and broken but full of hope. we know our mom and dad are experiencing thefulness of joy in our heavenly father's presence. autopsies were performed on monday. authorities are still awaiting toxicology and pathology reports and are working with a lab in philadelphia. when all is said and done, authorities here say, it could be weeks before an official cause is known. jason carroll, cnn, the bahamas.
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hello again, everyone, thank you so much for joining me, i'm fredericka whitfield. our top story, coast-to-coast rallies happening right now marking a day of action for abortion rights. hundreds of thousands of people are expected to take part in the events across all 50 states. the rallies are in responsible to a u.s. supreme court leaked draft opinion revealing a majority of justices are poised to strike down roe v. wade. and if overturned, constitutional protections for abortion rights would likely be eliminated in 26 states. we have reporters covering this story in several key locations today. cnn's shimon prokupecz is live for us in the nation's capital. polo sandoval is covering the new york event. let's begin with polo. it looks like people are crossing the brooklyn bridge.
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