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anderson is in ghana where as soon as air force one touches down in the capital city of accra, president obama made history. he has been to africa before, but not as president. unlike any president part of his heritage is on this continent, specifically in kenya. >> i have family members who live in villages -- they themselves are not going hungry, but live in villages where hunger is real and so this is something that i understand in very personal terms and if you talk to people on the ground in africa, certainly in kenya, they will say that part of the issue here is the institutions aren't working for ordinary people. >> mr. obama speaking there in rome ending his g-8 summit with a papal audience at the vatican. the president giving pope
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benedict a letter from the ailing senator ted kennedy asking the pontiff to pray for him. anderson, you are where the president is headed tomorrow and as i imagine a lot of excitement waiting for him as well. >> reporter: yeah. to say the least. people here are incredibly excited. streets are lined with posters. people walking around with t-shirts with pictures of the president of ghana and also president obama. a lot of people want to know where the president is going to be. are they going to get to see him there is a lot of joy that the president chose ghana to come. he has family in kenya. he could have chosen to go there as he has three times before becoming president. he chose this country because the administration believes ghana is a thriving democracy. they have had successful elections, economic growth and they've been able to battle corruption in a way that many other african governments have not. they see this as a relatively successful model and one they
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want to praise and hold up as an example to the rest of africa, erica. >> to many americans, i know, there are parts of ghana that are a symbol of america's dark past. cape coast castle, specifically. i know you are headed there tomorrow. >> reporter: yeah, i actually spent part of friday there as well. the president will be going to one of these castles with his wife and with his kids. what is significant about these fortresses, really, parts of them are just dungens. this is where hundreds of thousands, more than a million slaves, africans who were enslaved, were held before being shipped to the new world, being shipped to america, being shipped to the west indys and europe. i went there today and the president will be there tomorrow. we'll speak him on the site of one of these fortresses. it is a sobering visit for anybody who goes there. there are many african-americans who come back and make that return.
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we spoke to one of them today. we'll have that later on in the program. it is truly a chilling place to be, to stand in one of these dungens where hundreds of africans were suffocated to death, killed, brutalized. truly sobering experience. we'll have some of that later on in the program, erica. >> we'll check with you later for that anderson, thanks. breaking news tonight there is a new voice in the michael jackson story. it is 180 degrees different from those claiming that yax was physically fit enough or mentally ready for his grueling series of 50 comeback concerts. one of several developments tonight including this musical memorial happening in jackson's birthplace, gary, indiana. father joe jackson attending and a custody hearing postponed for a second time. first to the fascinating new developments tonight which center on michael jackson's physical condition. was he, as some say, fit, free of needle mark, happy?
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or was he, as randi kaye has been uncovering, all week, a mess? she has more for us tonight. >> reporter: if michael jackson had lived to begin his upcoming shows this man says he likely would not have finished them. >> i knew he wasn't ready to handle them. i knew it was something he could not do. he also knew that. >> reporter: leonard rowe knew michael jackson for 30 years. jackson hired him to handle the finances for his final tour but one look at him and rowe had doubts. >> the reason i thought he couldn't handle it is easy. first of all, i saw the shape he was in physically, michael weighed 110, 115 pounds. he was 5'10". >> reporter: rowe told me jackson did not want to work that hard and did not want to go ahead with a grueling concert schedule. he said the singer told him he agreed to do ten shows but the
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promoter, aeg, sold out 50. he says jackson asked him to figure out a more doable schedule. rowe says he asked aeg to cut back. >> i suggested to him we do two shows a week but when i went to aeg randy phillips and spoke to him on the phone first, he told me basically to shove off. he didn't want to talk about it. >> reporter: phillips denies they ever talked. aeg told cnn jackson passed a five-hour medical exam and told "360" last week -- >> all i know is the michael jackson that hugged me and said good night was a healthy, vibrant human being. >> when i hear people saying that michael was in great shape and that he was raring to go, i know this is untrue and they know it was untrue as well. michael was not in good physical shape and michael was not raring to go. >> reporter: in response to allegations that aeg refused to make jackson's schedule earlier, randy phillips told us jackson
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had agreed to 50 shows, adding he needed the money. rowe believes jackson was weakened by what he calls the singer's addiction to prescription drupgs. >> it was common knowledge that michael was addict you don't have to be an m.d. to ed to prescription drugs. know he was not in good physical shape. i knew when i looked at him and told him. he was underweight tremendously. he said he doesn't have an appetite. >> reporter: rowe says he last saw jackson three weeks before his death at a meeting at his home. he said jackson was in his pajamas looking frail and thin. rowe told me just one week before michael jackson died, he spoke with some of his family members about getting hip help, including his father, joe jackson and his brother, randy. they agreed to get jackson into rehabilitation but they never had the chance. he died before they could even
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make a move. whenever rowe saw jackson he said the singer always wore long sleeves. reports that his arms were covered in track marks, suggesting heavy i.v. drug use did not surprise rowe. what did surprise him is those around him on a daily basis didn't do more to save him. we reached out to the jackson family about what leonard rowe told us tonight. the family's representative told us there would be no comment tonight. >> no surprise there, huh, randi. we got word late today that the custody hearing scheduled for monday is postponed a second time after request of both his mother, katherine and deb bow row. any more insight whether debbie rowe, jackson's ex-wife is planning to seek custody of the couple's two children? >> we have a little information. i spoke to a friend of debbie rowe's who is a former business partner of michael jackson.
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he told me he fully expects debbie rowe to go for custody. joe jackson is talking about helping raise the children is a problem for her since michael jackson had a terrible relationship with his father. this friend told me that debbie rowe said and i'm quoting here, actually he said this about her. she is not just going to lay down and roll over, he said. maybe they are trying to come to an agreement out of court and the public eye and that's why this hearing has gotten delayed. we'll have to wait and see if this gets ugly. >> randi kaye live for us in l.a. weigh in on the live chat i'll log if on the next block. there is a court hearing, as we just mentioned, postponed. it doesn't lesson the chance for fireworks in the battle for michael jackson's children. lot of potential complications here. we'll dissect those with "inside edition's" jim moret and sanjay
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mother, katherine. named in the will as guardian, she's been granted temporary court-appointed guardianship of his three children, while the eldest is excluded in that will and thought to be out of the picture. when the hearing does happen, monday july 20th, will rowe be there? and what about a system that normally places a premium on a biological parent when it comes to custody? how would that figure in in this case? we are digging deeper on that. digging into the on-gage investigation into michael's death. jim moret is chief correspondent with "inside edition." he is also an attorney. great to have you back with us tonight. >> good to be here. >> the custody hearing pushed back at the request of katherine jackson and debbie rowe. what do you think is happening behind the scenes? could they be working something out? >> it indicates the two sides are talking. one of the attorneys for katherine jackson said as much. that is a good thing. because i think best interest of the children would be served if this could be worked out outside
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of the public eye and without a protracted battle. >> katherine jackson, as we know, when she filed, filed for sole custody. michael jackson only nanled her. didn't name her husband, joe jackson. he was asked by abc who should raise michael jackson's children. take a listen to his response. their grandmother katherine and i. yeah, there's no one else to do what we can do for them. keep them all together and make them happy. >> jim, it is not clear that katherine and joe actually live together at this point and frankly there are questions about what joe did for his own children. is he hurting katherine jackson's case? >> he is not helping. i wonder why he is speaking out. since michael jackson's death, he said strange things at the b.e.t. awards and the day
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following he was hawking his own record label. it was clear when katherine jackson filed prior to a will being discovered, she filed for guardianship alone, not with joe jackson who lives in las vegas and does not live with katherine jackson in encino. in the will michael jackson made it clear he wants katherine jackson, alone. there are many allegations that michael jackson made about being physically and mentally abused. debbie rowe, herself, said to a local reporter in los angeles that she wanted to go for custody and seek a restraining order against joe jackson to keep him away from her children. so joe jackson saying he wants to be involved is not a good thing for katherine jackson. >> you mentioned debbie rowe and her thoughts on joe jackson. we heard randi kaye spoke with a friend of debbie rowe's who said she's not going to roll over and fully intends to seek custody. what are her chances here, jim? >> there is a presumption for the biological parent to seek custody. >> even though they have had no relationship?
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as apparently she has not had with her two children for years? >> she has tried to give away custody, give up her parental rights. it was overturned by an appeals court. yes. there is still a presumption. however, the judge is going to look at a lot of things. don't forget she only has rights with respect to two children. there are three children here. you don't want to split up the family. that would be horrible for these kids. they already lost a father. you don't want them to lose a sibling as well. you want to look at what is in their best interest. they have a relationship with katherine, cousins, aunts and uncles. all of that will be taken into conversation, as will most likely listening to the kids, themselves. what do they want? debbie rowe has a legal interest in two children. so it's not a very clear-cut case. it's not an easy case. it's one that's going to take time. hopefully there will be a resolution outside of court. >> best for the children to have that happen outside of court as you mentioned. real quickly, how would debbie rowe's comments from the past figure in? she has said things, i'm quoting here, about having children.
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i did it for him to become a father not for me to become a mother. she said when she was asked in 2001 what would happen with the kids if michael died? she said, quote, i'm sure he has a wonderful person in mind to take care of them. could that come back and haunt them? >> you could say she sold them for $8.5 million. she's still the biological mother. she could have a change of heart and try to position herself as saying, look, michael was a great father. he's gone. i want to step into their lyes. into we'll be following it closely. i want to turn over to the investigation into michael jackson's death. the lapd hasn't ruled out homicide. his father saying he suspects foul play. knowing what we know and what we learned about doctor shopping, all of these different prescription drugs which have been mentioned, how hard could homicide or even foul play be to prove? >> well, look at the anna nicole case. it's a very clear parallel. you've got doctors who allegedly
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overprescri overprescribed or abused or used aliases. that's really what they're looking at here. they're looking at a long period of time the lapd police chief said they are looking for the coroner's report to corroborate the cause of death. corroborate which clearly implies they have a strong belief something was involved and that something in this case is drug abuse. >> jim, good to have you with us. we are going to return to anderson in ghana, a look inside that sobering slave castle, as he put it, where president obama will be visiting tomorrow. it is literally the point of no return for slaves on their way to the new world. also ahead tonight, a thriller of a memorial for michael jackson, away from the sparkle in his hometown of gary, indiana. that and more.
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coming up "360" m.d. sanjay gupta teaming up with erin brockovich to cover america's largest environmental disaster. it happened just months ago. the victims are suffering and you may not know anything about it. who is to blame here? we're keeping them honest tonight. randi kaye joins us with a "360" bulletin. >> an iranian american has been arrested in tehran. sources close to the family say security forces took him into custody, ransacked his home and took his computer. he was briefly imprisoned in iran two years ago on accusations he endangered iranian national security. it is unclear why he was
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arrested this time. one analyst tells cnn this could be an effort to drag washington into iran's post-election turmoil. a 360 follow now on michael wehr's exclusive report on how pakistan's military is offering to broker a cease-fire in pakistan. pakistan suggesting the u.s. sit down for talks with afghan taliban leader. in return pakistan wants america's help reining in india. what is the u.s. response? michael spoke today with the u.s. envoy to afghanistan, richard holbrooke. >> let me be very clear. i'm neither going to rule out or rule in anything on such a hypothetical basis and i'm not going to get drawn into speculation on an issue this complicated. i want to underscore existing policy that has been addressed by everybody in the u.s. government from the president on down.
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there is room in afghanistan forral lan people who fought with the taliban willing to fight in the political structure, willing to disassociate and renounce al qaeda and willing to lay down their arms. >> in new york, part of bernard madoff's old office is up for lease. fbi agents investigating the massive ponzi scheme are still looking at records on one floor of the office and say they'll be there at least until next summer. madoff is serving 150 years in prison for the scam that wiped out thousands of investors. erica? >> interesting to see who takes on that office space. eventually. >> yeah. you think maybe they would get a deal on it. >> you would think given the current real estate climate and the fact there may have been shady stuff going on there. >> maybe. >> we'll follow that. randi, thanks. erin brockovich, protecting families in fear. erin and sanjay taking us to a community where the people say they are literally choking on
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ash. now they're trying to get answers on what some consider a catastrophe in the making. >> the thing that blew my mind is there was a lake there. it's gone. i kept saying where's the lake? it's gone. it is mud. it looks like a moonscape. it looks like mars. and later, joe jackson, the new interview, speaking out about the custody case and why he and his wife, katherine, should raise michael jackson's children.
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ever since julia roberts portrayed her on film erin brockovich has become a star in her own right, activist and crusader for truth. tonight, what may be her most important mission yet. erin is teaming up with dr. sanjay gupta for a story you need to know about and frankly may find very difficult to believe. it's a story about the worst environmental disaster in u.s. history and it's actually happening right now. this isn't off the shores of alaska. it's in tennessee. as erin and sanjay show us, this massive toxic threat could actually be spreading. here's sanjay's report. >> reporter: desperation is mounting here ever since the disaster six months ago. families are terrified about their health and they fear no one is listening. >> death. cancer. everyone here deserves a future, you know? >> reporter: three days before christmas a barrier broke and a
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torrent of toxic sludge spilled across 300 acres in eastern tennessee. i went to see for myself. before arriving to the spill site, a hitch. >> we're a little stuck at the moment. >> what has happened with all this coal ash, it's taken this body of water which used to be about 25 feet deep and turned into just inches deep. as we're cruising around in the boat, the motor gets stuck and we're trying to get a tow. >> reporter: here's what we do know. for the united states, this is the largest environmental disaster ever. >> just to give a reference, valdez was 11 million gallons. >> reporter: 11 million gallons of oil spilled at the exon valdez. here in tennessee, 1.1 billion gallons spilled, almost 100 times larger and yet families here believe no one responsible for protecting them takes their fears seriously. >> i know darn well it is hazardous.
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and you know what? they know it, too. i guarantee you if any of these people lived here, they would be totally freaking out just like the rest of us. >> reporter: community members blame the tennessee valley authority, they brought in erin brockovich to help. she successfully sued a big utility in california in the 1990s. >> the thing that blew my mind was there was a lake there. it's gone. i kept saying where's the lake? it is gone. it is mud. it looks like a moonscape. it looks like mars. >> reporter: to produce power the tennessee valley authority, tva, burns tons of coal every day. that produces ash. there's no safe way to dispose of it so the tva mixes it with water and stores it in vast retention ponds that are not supposed to break. >> tva maintains we did daily inspections and quarterly
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inspections and did constant monitoring. it was not expected at all. >> reporter: but keeping them honest, we found tva inspection reports that detail, quote, visible evidence of water seeping out of tva's coal dam and small blowouts for years before this spill. engineering and geology experts we spoke with say all the signs for imminent danger were there. we finally made our way here by boat. what i'm about to show you is the largest industrial spill in u.s. history. take a look over here. that is all coal ash. what is remarkable to us, if you talk to the tennessee value authority and epa, they say they've tested the water, tested the air, say it is safe. as we investigated and talked to the citizens of this community, we're hearing a different story. stories of bloody noses, asthma, headaches. people here say they're choking on ash. the hamptons live less than a mile away from the spill. here is what they see. >> a daughter constantly complaining of headaches.
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that she didn't use to have before. joshua is having upper respiratory situations. noah, drainage out of the eyes, nose, chronic cough. he was having ear infections and they were so bad the doctor said they looked like grapes in his ears. he never had this before. never. >> reporter: after the spill a duke university study found high levels of toxic elements and radio activity, toxins in the atmosphere and contamination of surface waters. >> it entered the water. >> reporter: a georgia scientist with the research institute which works to protect the environment. >> we have seen some fish where the gills are completely coated in sediment. it makes it difficult to breathe. it is like suffocating. >> reporter: coal ash that contains potential cancer-causing agents like ash and selenium but is not considered hazardous. why wouldn't that be considered
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hazardous? >> over time epa regulations have treated it as a solid waste, equivalent to household garbage but not as a hazardous waste. by the end of the year, we will make that regulatory determination as to whether or not it is hazardous. >> reporter: at issue, what amount of chemicals in air ash is safe? >> all of the air samples meet national standards, the water, the raw water and intake water meet the state and federal standards for drinking water. >> we have to convince someone that inhaling cancer-causing chemicals is bad for you. this doesn't make any sense at all. >> reporter: the tva advises families to see their doctors about health problems and says soon clinics will be set up to test blood for potential toxins. the hamptons can't afford to move. >> i have no confidence in what they are saying. that they're doing this and they're doing it right. absolutely none. i can't believe anything they say.
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because to me it's a lie. >> reporter: erin brockovich echos the fears of people here. >> somebody has to protect these people because they are going to find out fen years too late. it will be the oh, oops moment. i do have cancer. i am sick and then there will be no recourse for them. that's not fair and that's not right. >> reporter: dr. sanjay gupta, cnn, kingston, tennessee. >> last month a consultant found several reasons why the pond collapsed including the height of the pile, the high water content of the ash and the construction of the sloping dikes. the tennessee valley authority accepted that report. also last month the federal government released a list of 44 coal ash dumps around the country classified as high hazard. erin brockovich has more to tell you about her new fight. you can read more at just ahead, anderson live in ghana. we're going to have a preview of his day tomorrow with president obama in the west african nation
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as well as anderson's visit to a slave trade landmark. dungeons that once held people bound for the west to become slaves. also tonight a 360 follow on the deadly battle between members of a polygamist sect and mexican drug cartel. gary tuchman went to the town where two were killed and spoke to one family.
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if you're just joining us tonight, anderson is in ghana. we're going to bring you his exclusive interview with president obama from ghana on monday. bill clinton and george w. bush both visited ghana. the reception president obama is getting is frankly in another league altogether. anderson back with a "360" dispatch. anderson, i know tomorrow the president will be at cape coast castle. what more can you tell us about that site? i know you were there today. >> reporter: yeah. we spaent lot of time there today. we will be there tomorrow
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interviewing the president. it is a haunting visit. there are a number of castles, number of fortresses along the coast in ghana that were used for hundreds of years as a holding place for slaves before they were sent to the new world, before they were sent to america, elsewhere in the new world and europe. you go into these holding cells. we followed one african-american lady who actually moved here who whenever she visits the cape coast castle it is truly a very moving experience for her. we followed her and we're going to tell her story also next week as well on cnn. this is where president obama and his wife and kids are going to be going tomorrow. i'll be talking to them about the experience, what it's like for them. our own donna brazile went to -- came to the cape coast a while ago and had a remarkable experience here that she told us about. here's what donna has to say. >> cape coast is perhaps a trip
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i'll never forget. the castle was built by the slave traders, the dutch, the portuguese, the british, depending on which facility you visited and it was where they -- first it was a trading post that they used to trade commodities, horse trading and copper and wood and then later it was used for the actual slave trade itself. i remember it was just dark. it was like being in a dungeon. it was like being in a tunnel. perhaps that was designed so that the victims could somehow or another forget they were part of a village, part of a community, part of a country. what struck me the moment i walked in was the smell. i smelled human flesh. i kept thinking, this can't be. yeah. it was flesh. then you could -- it is almost
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as if the tears and the sweat would roll down from their bodies it just languished right there in the dungeon. it's the smell that captured me more than anything else. there is nothing to see. it's dark. but the smell, the smell of tears, the smell of human sweat, flesh, i'll never forget that as long as i live. then when you complete the tour and you think this is -- this emotional experience is over with, you go to the end and they call it the door of no return. that's where you look out at the ocean and there was, at that point, it was very hard to hold myself together because i began to think what if? what if one of my ancestors, my great, great grandparents, emerged from this darkness and all they saw was this vast ocean, not knowing exactly where they would be going and what would happen next?
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and when i reached the door of no return, by then i -- my own tears were mixed in with the others that had been there perhaps for centuries. you just wanted to cry out and say why, god, why? why, why? why? that part of history we must remember. we must never forget. >> it's just incredible to hear her tell that story and the power of her words, anderson. the president obviously also still has, i know, family in africa, although in kenya. i can't imagine what that visit is going to be like for him and his entire family tomorrow. >> reporter: yeah. it will be interesting. i want to ask him about how he's going to describe and explain it to his young daughters. the door of no return is at the castle the president -- the fortress the president is going to be visiting at tomorrow. we walked through it today. it is, after being in these dungeons, these are dungeons not only used to hold, but to
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punish, suffocate those to death those trying to rebel and then to walk through that door of no return and see the ocean and know that once there were ships out there waiting to take people across the seas and into further bondage. it's truly a sobering visit. >> sobering and an important lesson for all of us. we'll be looking forward to hearing more of it from you. your exclusive interview next monday and tuesday. as you heard there, they have a lot of talk about. frankly, that's just the beginning. again, that's monday and tuesday at 10:00 p.m. eastern only here on ac 360. anderson has been tweeting and will continue to do so in ghana. log on to, read updates, see pictures from the trip, get insight on how his days are actually going. what would you like anderson to ask president obama about in tom's exclusive interview? one way to get that question out there, join the live chat happening at just ahead, a "360" follow for you tonight. americans part of a polygamist
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new details on a story we
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told you about last night about a deadly battle between a polygamist sect and a drug cartel. the families of the slain members are speaking out. gary tuchman traveled across the border today for this 360 follow. >> reporter: what this mother has gone through in the last few months is difficult to comprehend. her son was kidnapped by a mexican drug cartel. eric was released despite the family not paying a million dollar ransom. ramona said it was a miracle. >> i got him back on mother's day. it was the most beautiful mother's day present i ever had in my life. >> reporter: ramona, her husband and 12 children live in mexico, a 200 mile drive south of el paso, texas, a town settled by their american an sestsers more than 80 years ago. they came to mexico to live in peace and quiet. for most of a century they did
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and then came the kidnapping. this week, something much worse. another one of ramona's sons, another relative, were shot to death after being kidnapped from this house, what is expected to be cartel members. it was believed they were angry her older son helped the street protests against the street protests and intimidation. this house was full of children. two trucks pulled up in front of the house, 25 commandos in camouflage clothing rushed up to the door. the windows are broken. they bashed in and said they wanted benjamin lebaron. one of the neighbors said the commando threatened to rape his wife in front of the children. benjamin lebaron's brother-in-law came over to help. the commandos took both men, put them on a truck and their lifeless bodies were found shortly after. >> i cried.
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i felt a feeling in me that i can't even explain to you. >> reporter: benjamin lebaron and his brother-in-law, luis widmar were laid to rest and mexican police are all over town. police have video of a getaway vehicle going to a toll booth. no arrests have been made. eric says his brother praised him for his courage after released from the kidnappers. now everic says this about his brother. >> i'm going to follow his example. >> reporter: the family didn't want to talk about whether they practice polygamy. another one of the brothers says it's a very sensitive topic. >> it just annoys me that people talk so much about polygamy and talk so much about our town as if we're these disgusting people. yet we have politicians in the state that cheat on their wives and have other relationship with other women all the time. >> reporter: the family is open to talking about their heartache. this must be a painful question but do you now wish he didn't speak out against the drug cartels?
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>> that is a tough question, but i am going to tell you my belief. if we're not born for certain things in our life, if we're not born to stand up for righteous principles and for the things that we know that are true, what good is our life if? >> reporter: in colonial lebaron, they believe benjamin lived a very good life. breaking news in a brutal double murder. the parents of 12 adopted children gunned down in their florida home. we have the latest for you in the investigation. levi johnston, father of sarah palin's grandson speaking out again. tonight we hear what he says is the real reason she is stepping down as governor of alaska. now every drop of shell gasolines... contain a nitrogen-enriched cleaning system... that seeks and destroys engine gunk... left by lower-quality gasoline. it protects engines from performance-robbing gunk. try new nitrogen-enriched shell gasolines.
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randi kaye joining us with a 360 bulletin. >> breaking news, police in florida are seeking two persons of interest in shooting death of a mother and father during a home invasion near pensacola. eight of the couple's 16 children were asleep in the house at the time. police say surveillance cameras recorded three young white men entering the house and driving away in a large, red dodge van. at a news conference, levi johnston, 19-year-old father of sarah palin's grandson says he believes the alaska governor is stepping down to catch in on her fame. he told reporters while he was living with the palins months ago he heard the govern e say how nice it would be to take advantage of the lucrative deals she was offered. palin's spokeswoman had this to say about johnston purr suing his own book and movie deal. she says it's interesting levi is working on piece of fiction while honing acting skills.
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michael jackson's father joe jackson saying he believes foul play may have been involved in his son's sudden death. joe jackson said he and his wife katherine should be granted permanent custody of jackson's three children, prince michael, paris, and blanket. this one i love. attention fido and fluffy. the nation's first pet only airlines. pet airways launches next week out of new york, washington, chicago, denver and los angeles. each flight will carry up to 50 pawssengers. i didn't write that. the seats in the overhead bins have been removed. they have to stay in their carriers but they will have a flight attendant to look at their in flight needs. i'm just wondering, erica, what do you think they're going to serve on that plane? peanuts? >> i think a lot of dog business cuts. >> no peanuts. my dog loves peanut butter. maybe peanut butter crackers. >> no drink. >> you don't want them to go to the bathroom too often. they get unruly when the bar
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cart goes by. i wonder if they're going to put the passengers underneath since the pets are up top on that one? >> i bet some dogs would love, that, wouldn't they? reworking it all. we will check out the beat 360, our daily challenge. to viewers. a chance to show up our staffers by coming up with a better caption for the picture we post on our blog every day. tonight's picture, president obama and first lady michelle obama exchanging gifts with pope benedict at his library in the vatican. our staff winner is kate, don't get me wrong, they are lovely, but this whole matchy-matchy thing isn't really our style, right, michelle? very cute. our winning viewer caption comes from brandi and lauren in atlanta. i feel like they just won again recently. maybe it was even this week. i remember this tagteaming action. are these from the martha stewart pope collection? nice. yeah.
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featured exclusively at kmart. is martha stewart still at kmart? i don't know. i may be dating myself. your beat 360 t-shirt is on the way. michael jackson's hometown saying goodbye. the tribute in gary, indiana, an impressive rendition of "thriller" with a michael jackson look alike. plus anderson reporting from ghana where president obama making a historic visit.
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randi, tonight's shot comes from gary, indiana. which is, of course, michael jackson's hometown. the city held its own memorial tonight for its favorite son with, of course, plenty of music and dancing including a rousing performance of "thriller." take a look.
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♪ this is thriller, thriller night ♪ ♪ no one's going to save you from the beast about to strike ♪ ♪ you know it's thriller, killer night ♪ ♪ you're fighting for your life inside a killer thriller ♪ ♪ thriller >> impressive, i have to say. >> that is amazing. >> i know. >> that is very well-done. >> that's about the only song i've been hearing in los angeles. >> really, that's it? i've been hearing a lot of "got to be starting something." that has an infectious beat. "billie jean." >> blaring out of the car radios. >> in the streets of new york, too. it's good. uniting a lot of people which is interesting. good to see on the streets. "thriller" is the number one album of all time. cooler, global tributes we've seen. check it out.
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it's the eternal moonwalk. everybody does ten seconds they keep it going for each frame. even packman across the world. in our newsroom at ac 360, there was even a little bit of an attempt here. i i missed it. >> did we get that on tape? did we get our own people on tape? >> we didn't. we may have to work on that for monday. i did hear that diana miller, our line producer on this show does a fierce moonwalk and if there were to be a battle she would win. >> she would win it, huh? that does not surprise me. >> me neither. girl's got moves. randi, get some rest this weekend. breaking stories left and right. i don't know what we would do without you. >> thank you. coming up at the top of the hour, anderson and president obama in ghana. a new voice in the jackson tragedy saying the singer, had he lived might not have survived his planned concert comeback.
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mr. evans? this is janice from onstar. i have received an automatic signal you've been in a front-end crash. do you need help? yeah. i'll contact emergency services and stay with you. you okay? yeah. onstar. standard for one year on 14 chevy models.
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