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continuing the conversation on today's stories, go to our blog at that's going to wrap it up for us. thanks for joining us. see you tomorrow. >> cnn "newsroom" with kyra phillips starts right now. and good morning, everybody. i'm kyra phillips. here's what we're working on for you right now. we begin with the one who nearly got away, whisked away from jfk. this guy could be intelligence gold in the wider fight against terror. nashville's nightmare. it just took a weekend to swamp that city. it could take years to recover. and how many times have you given this to your sick kids? you better stop now. we begin with times square and the terror suspect faisal shahzad under arrest and apaperly in a talkative mood. so what is he saying to investigators? federal authorities say the
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30-year-old pakistani american has admitted to building the crude concoction single handledly. they say that he claims to have received explosives training at a terrorist camp in pakistan. u.s. attorney eric holder says, "it is clear this was a terrorist plot." pakistani intelligence officials continue to cnn two people have been detained for questioning, a friend and a father-in-law of faisal shahzad. u.s. terror officials say they're still trying to verify any connection to the pakistani taliban. that group has claimed responsibility for the failed attack. so what else is shahzad telling investigators? and is it shedding any new light on the larger fight against terrorism? drew griffin of cnn's special investigations unit has been working a source as he joins us live from new york. drew, what's he saying and do officials think he's telling the truth? >> you know, that is the big question, tear kyra, could this guy have connections to a terrorist organization.
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he says he was trained in pakistan on how to build bombs. really? they're going to need to check that out. he was so bad at what he did i think the police and the investigators are going to be very, very skeptical. but the fact of the matter is he is talking. he's waived his rights to an attorney and it's one of the reasons there was no court appearance yesterday because he was talking. and they'll be table to track down everything he did and hopefully that will allow investigators to either rule in or rule out any help for this guy and quickly so they are very sure there's nobody else out there. >> drew, what if he's lying? >> well, i mean, if he's lying they'll be able to find that out, too, and then this could get a little tougher for investigators. but, again, they have the physical evidence, they know his movements. they'll be able to tell very quickly if he's lying or not. and because he left such a long trail of evidence behind, they're going to be able to match what he says with what he actually did. and kyra, if i could just add,
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we got a juicy tidbit from susan candiotti, our reporter here in new york, who just got this from a law enforcement source. and it's the moment he was arrested. a lot of talk about how he was on the plane, the door was shut and perhaps faisal shahzad thought he had escaped. well, the door opened, and according to a law enforcement official telling our susan candiotti, this is what shahzad told agents -- i was expecting you. are you nypd or fbi? >> we'll follow the investigation. drew, thanks. previously scheduled capitol hill hearing is taking on new significance today. the senate homeland security committee was supposed to be talking about terrorists and guns. now you can add homemade car bombs to that. new york mayor michael bloomberg and police commissioner ray kelly were already on that guest list. the hearing on proposed security upgrades gets under way this hour. we're following it. one hour from now the view from pakistan. authorities there are working with american counterparts to chase down leads from the
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accused times square bomber. we'll have the latest from karachi, as well. on the gulf coast, they're waiting for the oil to come ashore, and the big bell to leave port. the oil slick is out there growing by 210,000 gallons every day. today we're seeing better weather, which means skimmer boats and booms can be put to good use. also the big bell, the dome the bp plans to drop over that leak. earlier on cnn's "american morning's" bp's ceo gave us a time line for that fix. >> i'm confident we're going to do everything to make it work. we've got the best people in the world working on this. the cofferdam will leave port this morning or late morning around noon, we think, and it'll take about 12 hours to get to the scene, and then a couple of days to get to the bottom. but i think what could happen here is it'll be a bit frustrating at the beginning, but i'm confident we'll find a way to make this work. >> and they've said that the bell will stop about 80% of the
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thousands of people. they're furious over the country's out-of-control debt and government plans to make big cuts in education, public safety, all the critical stuff. the atmosphere is so toxic right now those protests have actually turned deadly, and cnn is there. diana magnate in athens on the phone. diana, tell us exactly what's happening right now. >> reporter: kyra, i've been in the thick of a lot of fighting this morning. the police have been firing tear gas into crowds of protesterpro. another tear gas explosion firing into the crowd. we are also hearing from the fire brigades here that some bank employees in a bank which was bombed by these rioter, three people have been killed in there. just to give you a sense of why these people are on the streets, as you said, because of greece's huge public deficit, its debt, and the fact that the government is now going to cut these people's salaries and increase the cost of living.
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that is why they're on the streets and so angry today. >> i want to talk about the long-term implications for greece in a moment. but as we're looking at these pictures and hearing the live sounds there with you on the phone, we were also reading reports that there were dead bodies on the streets. is that true? >> reporter: i haven't seen dead bodies on the streets. i was actually on the telephone to cnn a littlerier and a man came up to me and said there are dead bodies down there, but we couldn't find any clarification on that. the only fatalities we have been able to confirm with the authorities are in the bank. and people in front of the bank say it's not true and they'll only believe there have been fatalities when they see it. >> obviously, it's chaotic at the moment. but a lot of people asking long term implications for greece. you talked about the political and economic impacts here. >> reporter: well, that is the big question because nobody knows whether this austerity
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package, this package of measures that the government has just announced this weekend, in order to try and reduce the country's deficit is actually going to work. basically, they brought in the international monetary fund, the imf, to try and reduce their spending and sort out the economy. but people here are very angry because they believe that essentially the imf is only brought in to help developing world economies rather than a eurozone economy and they feel the government has been forced by the imf to impose much stricter measures than it would have done otherwise. the big picture is can the government push through these spending cuts if the people continue to protest, which they say they will. kyra? >> diana magnay, thank you.
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okay. jay leno and jimmy kimmel, clearly they've been watching the news. here's their take on the big catch at jfk. >> well, the amazing part, they arrested this guy, he was already on the plane, taxiing down the runway. they called the plane back. they're calling it great work by homeland security, and i guess it is. i mean, that's one way to look at it. i mean, how about the fact that a pakistani guy who bought a one-way ticket to the middle east reeking of fertilizer made it through security and got on the plane? how did that happen? how did that part happen? >> it's amazing that this guy made it through security, through the gate, and onto the aircraft.
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i still can't even get my tweezers on the plane. and when that plane pulled away from the gate, he probably thought he was home free. probably just slipped into his uggss, paid $3 for the headset, set to watch j. lo and the backup plan and his escorts arrived. he could have been back home in pakistan, by the way. which is worse, by the way, prison or pakistan? maybe the joke's on us. >> okay. so we laugh. it's funny, but it's not noneny. these guys actually have a point. while airport security is no joke, it sure can seem laughable sometimes. the associated press is now reporting that the government will require airlines to check updated no-fly lists within two hours of being notified of any changes. two hours instead of 24 hours. apparently emirates airlines did not look at an updated list that included the times square suspect's name. let's check in with fran townsend. she was homeland security
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adviser to president george w. bush. fran, have you ever been stopped or had something confiscated at the airport where you thought, okay, have you even checked out who i am? this is ridiculous. >> not only that, kyra, my latest great story is i was in front of a woman who had -- they were coming from washington on tourism and they took the kids' snow globe. and you sort of said, really? because it was more than three ounces. >> well, in that -- you know, it's incidents like that, as you well know, that we've all experienced where we wonder, okay, what's the deal with these no-fly lists? because there's not just one of them. there are several of them with so many various names on them. are they even worth the paper they're printed on? >> you know, kyra, i know this is going to sound counterintuitive coming after the nighttime comedy shows, but the system is built to have a redundancy in it, and the redundancy in this instance is the thing that caught this guy. you had the airlines that down load these lists, best we understand, emirates downloaded it before the guy was added.
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but the reason we have the second layer, that is the national targeting center, which is run by customs and border patrol, is they look at the manifest. that's the people who are actually boarding that plane just before it takes off, to double-check and make sure there are no people on there who are no-flies. they did that. and they did catch this guy and they did get him off. it's not ideal. i get that. but, you know, we ought to feel pretty good about we built the system to catch -- we have sort of the belt and suspenders thing so we don't have people getting on planes. this is a tough job, make no mistake about it, and the national counterterrorism center working with the targeting center, does this every day. >> so are you saying that we need the redundancy? >> we absolutely need the redundancy. kyra, people don't fully appreciate just as in this country there are lots of john smiths, in pakistan, that name will be different but there are common names that are often two or three names involved, sometimes we get the spellings wrong because we're translating it from arabic.
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and so this is -- it's a pretty complicated process and you want to make sure you've got the redundancy to try and catch these mistakes. it won't be perfect, but it's better than not having it. >> all right. do you think the no-fly lists will change in my way because of this or do you think things are going to stay the way they are? >> no, i do think what you're going to see is, just like you talked about before i came on, kyra, and that is there already requirements for how often the airlines have to check them to try and tighten that system up more. and as it should be. i mean, they should be looking at them more than every 24 hours. these things are updated constantly. it's a constant process of adding people as soon as you understand the threat they pose. >> do you own a snow globe? >> my kids do. my boys do. >> we'll make sure they don't travel with them. >> exactly. >> fran townsend, appreciate the insight. >> sure. well, whether you're talking about famous landmarks or ordinary folks' home, it's going to take some time for things to get back to normal in tennessee.
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floodwaters from the cumberland river have begun to recede, too slow in many places. but rescuers are going door to door. a weekend storm that cut through the midsouth has been blamed for 28 death, most of them right there in tennessee. the grand ole opry show went on last night, just not at the grand ole opry house. it was actually moved across town. people who have been inside the opera house talk about the devastation there. a friend of country music star marty stewart actually floated through the opry house in a canoe. four feet of water on the stage and dressing rooms destroyed. stewart is also worried about artifacts as the opry museum has a profound american loss. expected to be a minimum of three months before the entertainment complex that also includes the opryland hotel reopens. can you believe it's back? we're talking about that ash from the icelandic volcano. it's causing more headaches for
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travelers right now. airports in scot land, ireland, and northern ireland, are closed. second straight day of restrictions there. the ash plumes are expected to drift out of the area tomorrow allowing those airports to actually reopen. european air space was closed for several days last month after that volcano erupted. no ash clouds but definitely a few storm clouds over the upper midwest today. jacqui jeras is following that for us. a busy day. is your magic wall working? i saw you panicking over there. tough technical morning, let me tell you. >> we got it worked out. >> i think so, thanks to my producer angela fritz helping me out today. talking about that tennessee flooding, i want to show you a cool new image we just got in. this is from the visible satellite. the flooding is so extreme here you can see it from space. look at this. here's the tennessee river, here's the cumberland river and you can see how thick they are in these areas indicating that flooding that's still ongoing. so there is still a lot of high water out there across parts of the midsouth. check out this video we have for you from the deep south.
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what happened yesterday in roswell, georgia, which is a northern suburb of atlanta, dramatic water rescue took place. some teenagers thought it would be a good idea to walk across this very rapidly moving water at the top of a dam. that's aba 30-foot drop, by the way. rescue workers were able to throw them that lifeline and they were able to get out of there safely. some tense moments there and just a big reminder, don't walk through the stuff. nasty, dirty water and look how rapidly it's moving. amazing those guys were rescued safely. today our big weather maker across the upper midwest. we have a strong line of thunderstorms making its way -- it's starting to push through the chicago area almost, across lake michigan and into lower michigan. some of these storms could become severe this afternoon. damaging wind will be our primary concern with them. and the winds on the backside of the system really strong, too. we could see gusts around 30 miles per hour. so even after the thunderstorms pass, you're going to be dealing with a very breezy day. up and down the eastern seaboard, gorgeous.
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enjoy the summerlike weather, plenty of sunshine for everybody and your temperatures are way above average. we're talking 10 to 15 degrees above average. feeling like sumner new york city, pushing 80 today. 88 in raleigh, 86 in atlanta. and really feeling like summer here across the deep south, 91 in dallas as well as houston. behind our cold front, look at that difference, only 58 degrees in minneapolis, temperatures in the dakotas and over here into montana are about 25 degrees below average. we have that battle of the seasons. thankfully we don't think there will be a lot of severe weather with the system coming on through. cold in up with place, warm in another place. happy to be in the warm place. what about you? >> i'm with you 100%. checking top stories now. learning more about the suspect in the failed times square car bombing. investigators say that faisal shahzad had admitted to building the explosive device all by himself. investigators alleges say the pakistani american claims he got
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trained at a terrorist camp in pakistan. flood walters from the cumberland river in tennessee receding but not fast enough for people in businesses there. drier conditions in next couple days will help. a number of landmarks are still under water. better weather in the gulf of mexico could help in containing that giant oil slick. skimmer bolts will be able to go out, booms can be repaired, and the dome that bp wants to drop over the oil leak could be plugged in as soon as tomorrow. he wore a woman's wig for the heist and taser prongs for takedown. suspected carjacker finds his end of the road.
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we're still following that breaking news this morning in greece where people are mad as hell and taking to the streets in protest. tens of thousands of people are furious over the country's out-of-control dead and government plans to make big cuts in education, public safety -- all the critical stuff. the atmosphere is so toxic that
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these protests have actually turned deadly and is causing a crisis for our markets here in the u.s. stocks all around the world sold off yesterday because of what's going on in greece. and here in the u.s., the dow actually plunged 225 points. it's the biggest drop in three months. stephanie elam following it for us in new york. steph? >> reporter: it shows us how small the world is getting when you look at stuff like this and think about what's going on in greece and think why does that affect us here? it has an impact. we are looking to see a lower open, nothing like yesterday's big sell-off. the problem is that even though greece is getting a huge bailout to the tune of $146 billion, there are still worries about how this plan is going to work. all 15 euro nations have to work out how much money each will give and that could take time. meanwhile, there was a rumor yesterday that spain is negotiating a bailout with the imf. those rumors have been denied by spanish and imf officials, but it shows what the big fear is, that this credit crunch could be
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spreading. and if that happens it could impact the recovery we're seeing in our corner of the globe here. as i said, the losses today will not be as bad as we saw yesterday because we do have some upbeat economic news. the private sector adding 32,000 jobs last month, that's better than expected and it could be a clue of what to expect on friday. that's when we get that big monthly jobs report from the government. all right. we heard the opening bell. let's see where we're starting the day. off 15 points to start, 10,900 so on the lower side here but not as bad, the s&p 500 off a third. and kyra, here's a story for you as well. a picasso painting set a new record, new to green leaves and busts. it sold for $106 million in just nine minutes of bidding. >> okay. you know how much i love my art, but it's called local artists. that's what i can afford to negotiate and buy. in my lifetime, i'll never -- i'll see a picasso at the museum. that's about it.
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>> we'll all visit it that way. it just shows how much some art lovers are willing to pay in just nine minutes, ready to go with the cash. there it is right there. >> it's awfully lovely. it's very picasso-esque for sure. >> original form. >> there you go. steph, thanks so much. as we mentioned right before we began that segment, we were talking about the situation in greece and how it's turned violent, how it's even turned deadly. hundreds of thousands of protesters gathering on the streets right now. they're angry, outraged over government plans to cut salaries, pensions, and raise taxes, all to try and solve the country's debt crisis. josh levs, you've been following the situation for us in greece. we've seen the pictures, seen the video. are people starting to respond via the internet as well? >> yeah, they are. kyra, i want to talk you through a lot of what we're seeing today. a lot of this is about austerity measures that greece has been taking on to try and tack this
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will massive crisis. people upset with that. it begoon with public-sector workers who were the most upset because of cutbacks there, but it's expanded big time and turned violent. you can see in some cases police clashing with protesters. it is turning increasingly deadly. start with this one right here. good example, petrol bombs in some cases, thousands of security officials battling the protesters. you see young, old, students taking part as well. i'll take you through some of these pictures and as i do, some numbers. pretty amazing numbers kout of greece. the size of the debt, the national debt, in u.s. dollars, about $413 billion. this picture here is really striking. this is someone taking on angela merkel, an anti-globalization protester. angela america. has been taking steps to help greece bail out but with that they're calling for greece to make some promises. some people want that debt forgiven entirely. this right here is a cruise
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ship. usually see people headed out to tourist destinations right now. a lot of these have turned into protests as well. the famed acropolis right here, look at these huge signs. people of europe, rise up. what this is doing is taking this major nation and turning it's personally all throughout athens, where a lot of this is taking place, turning it into protest central throughout a lot of these streets. i want you to see some of the video. as you mentioned, this turned deadly. we have some reports already about three people, at least three people dying. we have other cases in which some people are missing inside major buildings. we have protesters surrounding certain buildings including financial buildings, some banks in some cases, security officials out there protesting or trying to stop some of these clashes and protesters as well. and from what we are seeing so far this morning, there is absolutely no sign of this abating anytime soon. in fact, kyra, it's just been increasing day by day. as we come back to the screen here, i want to show you
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something. we like to use this globe to put it in perspective. here's the united states. over here, a few locations i want you to see relevant in the story. let's start over here. i was mentioning germany, german chancellor angela merkel. she's saying europe stands at a crossroads with the economic crisis in greece. a lot of european nations caming to to promise $146 billion to help greece. however, there is a hole in that, as well. slovakia right now, potentially standing in the way, the prime minister saying you can't give greece any loan before we see them doing their homework. that's not necessarily fears that slovakia can block that but there are fails that that assistance money will not come through and it will hit our stocks, our 401(k)s, in the united states, and this is the location of greece, where we're getting more information by the minute of people trapped, firebombs outside banks, all that going on throughout athens and greece, kyra. >> josh, thanks. today is the last day of campaigning in britain's general election. it's such a tight race that you
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can bet the candidates will be shaking hands and kissing babies up to the very last minute. prime minister gordon brown fighting to keep his job, but polls show his labor party is in big trouble. with candidates for the main opposition, conservatives and the liberal democrats, all acknowledge that the election is still very much up for grabs. the times square terror suspect, faisal shahzad, is talking, but is he saying anything valuable? federal authorities say the 30-year-old pakistani american has admitted to building the crude concoction single-handedly. shahzad apparently knew authorities were closing in. law enforcement sources directly involved in that investigation tell cnn when authorities placed him under arrest, he said, "i was expecting you. are you the nypd or fbi?" federal authorities say shahzad claims to have received explosives training at a terrorist camp in pakistan. u.s. attorney general eric holder says, "it is clear that this was a terrorist plot." pakistani intelligence officials confirm to cnn that two people there have been detained for
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questioning. they are a friend and father-in-law of faisal shahzad. u.s. terrorist officials say they're still trying to verify any connection to the pakistani taliban. the group has claimed responsibility for that failed attack. so picture this -- it's just before midnight and airline passengers are settling in for a long flight to dubai. suddenly, authorities sweep into the plane and quietly escort one passenger away. then minutes later, as the plane is taxiing for takeoff, it's called back again. what were the passengers thinking? we found out when we spoke to them right after they finally arrived in the united arab emirates. >> we wasn't back to -- back to, you know, the airport, and they said, you know, we have some difficulties, we're going to have to, you know, take everybody off the plane and look at the -- you know, we have to check all the luggage. we're going to check every passenger. we're going to have to disembark. and that's when we went back.
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>> the american side of it, they handled it extremely well. homeland security was extremely professional, and at no point did anyone become terrified. >> after the plane returned to the gate, two people were taken off. they were questioned, cleared, and released. we're keeping a close eye on this case, and our correspondents are always digging for new information. as soon as we have any developments, we'll bring them right to you. if you're thinking about giving your child children's tylenol, motrin, benadryl, stop and listen to what we have to tell you right now. believe me, it's very important. you probably know about the recall that was announced a few days ago. now we know why. an fda report has revealed an alarming discovery at a plant where those medicines are actually made. "american morning's" john roberts talked to a former fda safety expert. he joins us for today's "a.m. extra." what did he tell you, john? >> i spoke with carl nielsen, a former fda safety inspector,
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about what's going on in this plant that the fda cited. this is a mcneil pharmaceuticals plant, a subsidiary of johnson & johnson outside philadelphia. here's the report, 17 pages of it. kyra, it is a scathing report. it says in the first page here that the raw material that had known contamination with bacteria was approved for use to manufacture several finished lots of children's and infant's tylenol drug products. here on another page, it says no corrective and preventive action was initiated for 46 consumer complaints regarding foreign material, black or dark specks, between june 2009 and april 2010. in other words, this company was told by consumers, people who were buying their product, hey, we think there's a problem with this and the company did nothing. we heard through all the political campaigns about problems with bringing in pharmaceutical drugs from places like canada, oh, we can't guarantee their safety. well, here we've got a big problem in our backyard, a company that is creating drugs for our children,
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over-the-counter drugs for our children, and there's a safety problem. here's what nielsen told me this should be. >> i think it's a very large wake-up call for over-the-counter drug industry. it's well-known that for the prescription drug industry 80% of the ingredients are imported. fda does very little foreign inspection work on over-the-counter drug suppliers of ingredients active and inactive. and this is a wake-up call, very similar to melamine, to the food safety issue, and heparin to the prescription drugs. >> so, what do you do if you've got these meds right now in your medicine cabinet? >> johnson & johnson, mcneil issue adderall over the weekend for anybody who's got children's tylenol, children's motrin, children's benadryl or zyrtec should take them back to the place that they bought them. they want all of that off of the shelves. the fda says that the generic versions are safe but nielsen said to me this morning can you
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really be sure of that. so, you know, i think that we're in a small phase here, kyra, where the safety of these over-the-counter drugs is being questioned. the fda seems to be on the case, but, you know, in the interim, what do you do? i don't think there's any really good answers for parents because if it was this lot, were there other lots, if it was this factory, were there other factories? it's unclear how far this could go. >> we can go to to get more information. we'll follow the story for our viewers for sure. john, thanks. you talk about will power. doctors say rocker bret michaels has been released from the hospital after suffering a massive brain hemorrhage more than a week ago. and they say it was his sheer will to live that kept him alive. michaels left a phoenix hospital yesterday. his doctor says michaels is not walking that well yet, but he is talking and the doc is pretty confident that michael will make a full recovery. first he's going to need lots of rest. >> earlier on, he was -- as i said, he was feeling pretty good
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and i think he thought he was going to be up and about sooner than he was. then as we got out further along, this chemical meningitis thing takes over, and he's really suffering again right now. >> michaels faces four to six weeks of rest before he can get back to normal schedule. that's according to his doctor. we'll follow up.
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checking top stories now, suspected terror attacker faisal shahzad is spilling his guts to federal investigators. he admits he built the times square bomb all by himself. but he also said he was taught how to do it in pakistan. in athens, greece, violent protests turn deadly when a firebomb was tossed into a bank. three people are dead, four others trapped inside. demonstrators gathered around the parliament building to
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protest greece's crumbling economy. the fda found numerous violations in a plant that makes children's liquid medicines. parents have been told not to use anything made there. we're talking about liquid forms of children's tylenol, motrin, benadryl and zyrtec. in detroit, a public viewing begins at 7:00 a.m. tomorrow morning for hall-of-fame broadcaster ernie harwell, the longtime voice of the detroit tigers baseball team passed away last night. he called ball games for 42 years. he also had been battling an inoperable type of cancer. the team says harwell's two sons and wife of 68 years were at his side when he passed. tomorrow's viewing will be held where harwell was most comfortable and at ease -- the ballpark. ernie harwell was 92.
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we now have video of what left so many bostonians feeling parched this weekend. and that are she blows. well, if it was oil, they'd be rich. saturday's massive water main break in western massachusetts that had as many as 2 million people boiling mad over having to boil their tap water that was caught on the surveillance video. the catastrophic leak earned a state of emergency emergency declaration and at one point 8.8 million gallons of water per hour was gushing. bp says they've capped one of the three underwater leaks in the gulf of mexico. that sounds good. it doesn't really change things. it just means the same amount of oil is gushing out of two other leaks. but bp does say that the new containment dome intended to cover up the leaks is headed
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into the gulf in around two hours. it will take a few days to get it in place. that's all going on about 50 miles out in the gulf, but there's even more action closer to shore. rob marciano live in biloxi, mississippi, for us this morning. so, rob, the weather has been a problem there for a number of days so, what it's like now and how will it affect those efforts for containment? >> reporter: huge improvement, kyra, since over the weekend where they have the strong south winds blowing that slick closer and closer to the northern gulf shorelines and now that the winds have stopped that oil transport pretty much has stopped at least the northern progressi progression of it. that's the good news. the bad news is it's drifted closer to the louisiana shoreline and the sensitive wetlands there and wildlife certainly affected more than what we've seen on our air coverage. forecast for the next several days continued like this -- that's the good news -- light winds, maybe a light south breeze but it won't be enough to move this. eddies and lighter currents
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within the gulf are going to do most of that. over the weekend, a north wind. i don't expect the oil to make much northern progression, it will sneak farther to the west but mississippi, alabama, northern florida in next two to three days will be safe. longer term is a trickier issue. if this gets into the stronger currents of the gulf stream to the south, that means southern florida may very well sb into play but too far along to tell then. but for now weather helping the coordinated effort to get those booms out and the dispersement planes dropping down those things to keep that oil from coming up. kyra? >> all right, rob. we are going to track it. appreciate it. the first american in space on this date in history, may 5th, 1961, alan shepard blasted off from "freedom 7." he picked the name. his suborbital flight lasted 15 minutes. in 1891, carnegie hall first opened its doors in new york city, although some say
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carnegie. tomat tomato, toma toe. back then it was called music hall. the first performance was a beethoven piece and the second piece conducted be i that famed composer peter tchaikovsky. in 1862, the mexican army won the battle of puebla. that victory is why mexico celebrates cinco de mayo and why we always seem to maybe drink a little too much on a may 5th.
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you've seen the video, right?
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17-year-old phillies fan runs out on to the field monday, another case of goof ball meets baseball except this goof ball got knocked out of the park with a taser gun as if he was a thug who had stolen a purse. it's pretty well established is where philadelphia where sportsmanship goes to die. cheering when opposing player in a serious neck injury, even boog santa claus once, that urban legend still lingers and just last month, some loud, drunken dirtbag projectile vomited on a fan and his taught or purpose, a new low. so take a look at this. does this fan look like he could do anything other than give a security guard a bad cramp? come on. the kid's basically streaking with his clothes on. fans run on to the field, chase, tackle, it's been going on for years and it doesn't happen every day and not condoned. well, maybe sometimes it's condoned. flashback to the late '70s and early '80s.
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we're getting there. hold on. we're coming to it in just a second. let's see if we can bring it up. there it is. can you imagine security tasering organ a the kissing bandit. would hate to see her fall forward, know what i'm saying? anyway, phillies police commissioner says the use of force was appropriate. what do you think? was the taser too much or did the kid have it coming? blog me, >> much more ahead in the cnn "newsro "newsroom." nic is live in karachi, pakistan, nic? >> more arrests here in pakistan including the father-in-law of faisal shahzad. more on that at the top of the hour. and, of course, we're continuing to follow the terror scare here in new york. we're looking at what this all means for tourism and a multi-billion industry in new york. is it going to hurt this city. we'll give you more at the top of the hour. and i'm stephanie elam. also in the big apple, where
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we're keeping a close eye on stocks after markets hit a speed bump yesterday. the issue? renewed fear that debt problems in greece could spark another credit crunch. i'll have more on that at the top of the hour. >> thanks, guys. that, plus the very latest off the gulf coast where potential ecological disaster, rather, looms with that massive oil spill and the first real step taken in the right direction to stop it. dr. scholl's back pain relief orthotics with shockguard technology give you immediate relief that lasts all day long. dr. scholl's. pain relief is a step away.
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also major mp is on the way for those severely wounded in war and the people who take care of them. around 1:30 p.m. eastern time president obama will sign a new bill that improves health care for vets who have suffered major injuries. it also provides more than $1 billion to expand benefits and training for vets' caregivers who often have to quit their jobs. the vets who need this bill are suffering major head trauma or lost limbs, injuries that leave them struggling to do the simplest motions. that's where the wounded warrior project comes in and lets vets find strength in each other and recently the warriors took a special bike ride to shed light on what they're all going through. >> doors are opening and you're
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walking outside for the first time. >> come on. you can do it. keep going, man. >> all cyclists, you must stay in the lane the cruiser is in when you're over there for them to accept the responsibility of the escort. >> this is a great event. it's progressed into a rehab ride where we have over 30 warriors here right now participating in a ride and getting out for the first time in a hospital and learning what they can accomplish again in life. >> i also always see a big change in his mood with the bike ride coming up. there's a lot of anticipation and a lot of excitement. i've been going to the gym and riding exercise bikes for several hours. >> he had neurosurgery over in germany and spent two weeks in a neurosurgery intensive care unit there. it was doubtful that he was
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going survive. >> it's kind of surreal and definitely puts things into perspective. it deaf fitly helps you stay motivated and sometimes it's easy with post-injury to come out of rehabilitation. >> it's continuing my momentum forward into the future and with the way things are looking, going into the future. -- captions by vitac -- we're continuing to follow that break news. it's a crisis situation going on right now in greece. protestors, tens of thousands of them taking to the streets right now. they're mad as hell over the country's out-of-control debt and government plans to make big cuts in critical things like education and public safety. the atmosphere is so toxic that those protests have turned
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deadly and the fallout stretches all of the way to talking about wall street, rather, where investors are keeping close tabs on what's happening in greece. we'll get an update from cnn's diana magnay in athens in just a few minute sdwloos so who would have thought that greece's economic misery would have such an impact on you, me and the markets? it's true. stephanie elam is covering the story out of new york. steph, we saw a huge sell-off yesterday because of the situation in greece. how are things looking today? >> yeah, taking a look at the markets right now, kyra and we are in the red again. it's nothing like the numbers we saw yesterday. the dow lost 225 points. today the dow is off 63 points at 10,864. it's not the same and partially because we have good economic data, but there are some concerns here. the idea that greece getting this bailout of $146 billion that they'll get over three years that that's not going to be enough to stop all of the problems that are going on in the european union.
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there are still some hurdles to get through before they can get there and get this money. also, are the other 15 countries in the european union onboard for this plan. for one, is germany okay with this plan? if this plan does not get that support, it could fall by the wayside and that's part of the issue here. also, whether or not this issue would spread to other countries. there was a fear yesterday that -- there were rumors that spain was working with the imf to find out some ways to work out their debt issues. both spain and the imf denied that, but it just shows you the fear that if this spreads throughout other countries throughout europe, kyra. >> well, why is this having such a big effect here, steph? put it in perpective because it's just one country and it's small. >> right. that's true. you hear greece and you think why do we care so much? the issue here is keep in mind that greece shares the same currency now with the other 15 euro zone countries. so if it spreads to these other countries and there's a widespread credit issue then that means the economy could go further the other direction into
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a recession and if so, that will impact us as far as our trade and as far as exports from here. we do a lot of business back and forth across europe and if that happens, that could have an impact here on our numbers and whether or not our recovery will continue on the path that it's been on. that's why we care so much about this and that's why we'll be watching it so much. the fear now is even if they take care of the greece issue other countries may have a problem and it may not be enough. this $146 million and that's what impacted the markets and you see that, despite that we did get economic data about jobs today. >> we'll follow it, steph, appreciate it. the times square terror suspect faisal shahzad under arrest and apparently in a talkative mood, too. what is he saying to investigators? the feds are saying the 30-year-old pakistani-american has admitted to building the crude concoction single-handedly. shahzad knew authorities were closing in. law enforcement sources directly involved in that investigation tell cnn now that when
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authorities placed him under arrest he actually said, quote, i was expecting you. are you the nypd or the fbi? the feds say shahzad claims to have received explosives training in a terrorist camp in pakistan. u.s. attorney general eric holder says it is clear that this was a terrorist plot. pakistani intelligence officials have told cnn that two people have been detained for questioning, they're the friend and father-in-law of faisal shahzad. they're still trying to verify any connection to the pakistani taliban. that group has claimed responsibility for that failed attack. authorities in pakistan are working with american counterparts to chase down leads from the accused times square bomber. so what have they turned up so far? let's go to cnn senior national correspondent joining me live from karachi now. bring us up-to-date on the series of these arrests? >> reporter: kyra, we now know about the arrests of the father-in-law and the close friend last night, but today in and around karachi there have been a further series of arrests. police are not saying how many
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people, not saying why they're arresting them, but what we can see is that they seem to be sort of concentrating the arrests in and around the karachi area, if indeed, as we are being told one of them is mr. shahzad's father-in-law, potentially going after that part of his family because from what we know, his father and his sort of where his family comes from is further north from here, closer with the border with afghanistan and closer to the city of peshawar. at the moment the arrests are focused around krachy and it is not clear exactly how those ties work to those claims that he's making that he got training from the pakistani taliban, kyra. >> all right. so what are you learning about the group, this group that has claimed responsibility, the pakistani taliban? >> reporter: well, number one, the government here, the army spokesman is saying absolutely not. they have no evidence that he had any training from them or any connections whatsoever. one of his cousins, a family
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cousin has come out and said there are no connections with the family village and the family has had no connection with the groups before and you've had denials from the family and government here, but what is well known about the pakistani taliban, the ttp is that they do have close ties with al qaeda and they do run their own training camps in north waziristan. they have been behind a bomb plot inside europe and it's not beyond the expectation here and we're hearing from experts here and they might because of the attacks they're getting from u.s. drone aircraft in their training camps and on their homes in the border area of pakistan and afghanistan that they may want to mount attacks inside the u.s., but right now no connections are proven, kyra. >> we'll follow it, nic appreciate it. a hearing is taking place and taking on new significance today. the senate homeland security committee hearing is getting under way right now and it was supposed to be about terrorists and guns, but now you can add homemade car bombs to that.
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new york mayor michael bloomberg and police commissioner ray kelly are among the witnesses testifying today. we'll keep an eye on this and we'll take you there live as soon as it begins. let's get back to greece where people are mad as hell and have taken to the streets in protests over brutal budget cuts to help the country avoid bankruptcy. diana magnay is in athens. are the protests still going strong? >> reporter: hi, kyra, yes they are. they're it's quiet behind me in the main parliament square and in the streets we are hearing there are thousands of protesters who are trying to make it to the square, but it is currently sealed off and cleared out essentially by riot police. we were just down the street a little earlier at the burned-out remains of a bank here in athens where three people have died, the fire brigade confirmed to us as a result of a petrol bomb thrown into the bank and several municipal buildings in central athens have been set on fire by rioters.
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kyra? >> can you get a sense if there's any end in sight? we look at the pick theures and it look like more people are joining the protests and it's spreading across a larger part of the area. >> reporter: i think the numbers have definitely gone down since this morning. we went to join the demonstrators at one of their gathering points and at that point where multiple tens of thousands were con greg at eighting on this square and after a couple of hours, people have had a lot of tear gas and they came prepared and a lot of people came with masks and cloths to cover their faces and that's a sustained assault by the riot police on the crowd has meant that a significant number have gone home. that people are still very, very keen to make their point and in relation to that firebombing at the bank that i was just telling you b for example, when we were standing there. people said we don't believe that anybody has died in there. the police are torturous and we'll see it which gives you a
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sense of a sense of anger on the streets, kyra. >> diane a thanks so much. on the gulf coast they're waiting for the oil to christmas, shore and the big bell to leave port. 210,000 gallons were coming out of three underwater leaks. bp says one is now capped. so the aim same of oil is coming out of two leaks. the containment dome is expected to hit the water? just a couple of hours. that massive structure seen in this video will be taken out of the leak site today, but it will take several days to get it in place over the leak. bp has promised to pay all legitimate costs related to the spill, but what is legitimate right now. there's a $75 million cap by law, but legislation introduced yesterday ups that number to $10 billion. so is bp ready to step up in their coo talked about it on "american morning." >> since the beginning that we'll meet our responsibilities and i think our behavior since the very beginning has shown that.
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any impacts that are legitimate and created by this, we'll meet our responsibilities and we've shown that from the very, very beginning. an example of that was the thing we did two days ago with the $stake to stop the process. >> you say legitimate claims are, and how would you measure what's legitimate claim is and would you go beyond the $75 million cap to the claims that would be legitimate. >> i don't think the $75 million cap will be the issue. of course, things where there's impact from this event, this spill, whether they be economic impact or whether it be environmental impact, we'll have to meet those responsibles and just an example of that right now, you know, people can call our hotline. they can file a claim and they'll actually get their money. we want to get it to them quickly because we know this is having an impact on people today. >> a $75 million cap was put in place in 1990 just after the
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recede dramatically today giving people a better idea of the damage and the costs related to recovery. cnn's martin savidge is live right now with an update. marty? are you still hearing me, marty? all right. we'll try to connect with martin savidge. he's there in nashville, tennessee. >> asleep since saturday as he leads his team into another neighborhood. >> we still need to go in and do our search. i understand that, but just in case we need, we have to get into the house. >> reporter: these specially trained fire fighters were here over the weekend helping people to evacuate. now they're back, making sure everyone made it out alive. >> this will keep us from having to search these houses again. we'll mark them and we'll know they're clear and we won't have
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to come back and waste resources searching again. >> reporter: located down the stream from nashville, ashland city is still battling the water. it's down some and still has a long way to go and so does captain clark. >> everything's clear here. so we're going to our next area from here. >> reporter: a half mile from city hall on a road that's now a boat ramp, we hitch a ride with a different group of fire fighters, searching where only boats can go. deputy chief derek roe, these are familiar waters. his son usually plays sock or the field 15 feet beneath us. the floodwaters have brought new dangers of which propane tanks are just one. >> here ate hazard of naff gaith the cumberland. you have to avoid the traffic lights. >> out here the water plays tricks on you. some houses don't look so bad until you realize you're looking at the third floor. >> sunday when the crews first came out it was to warn the residents that the floodwaters were coming.
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about two-thirds decided to stay. ever since then the teams have been pulling in all of the people who stayed behind. >> we have some that got ugly with us and said that they'd sleep on their roof or whatever if they had to, that they weren't going to leave and they would ride it out. we picked them up the following day off their roof. so they got their wish. >> reporter: just trying to get close it a home isn't easy. first, you have to clear the trees. you don't know what's underneath you, trampolines and swimming pools. >> reporter: in the end, we fortunately, don't find anyone and head back. you wonder how long it will be before ashland city gets back to normal. from the looks of things, it's going to take some time. >> reporter: kyra, back here in nashville, it's a gorgeous day, rather ironic, really, since it was the weather that triggered all of this disaster over the weekend, but they've been very fortunate since the weather has been absolutely perfect since the weekend. that's allowed a lot of drying
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out and that's what's allowing the water levels to go down here in nashville and elsewhere. it's a welcome sight to those who have to clean up, but there's a lot of cleaning up, kyra. >> how about the grand ole opry? >> reporter: a lot of folks are because that really is almost hallowed ground to people who are fans of country music. the answer right now. we've not been allowed in there. the folks that oversee that are very, very careful at trying to protect that place and what we have heard from the inside is that apparently there has been water that has gone all of the way to the stage. perhaps even over the stage. that could potentially be a very tragic circumstance because you may know that part of that stage is actually a six-foot diameter part of the flooring from the old auditorium. that's considered to be the heart and soul of country music. if it is damage order lost in any way, that would break a lot of heart. hopefully that is not the case. we'll continue to follow it and get you information as best we can, kyra. >> i'm with you.
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it's an amazing place and a big piece of american history. thanks, marty. a dry spell on tap for much of the volunteer it state. jacqui jeras, i am not liking what i'm seeing in tennessee. >> speaking of the grand ole opry, the show must go on. they relocated it last night. >> that is such a part of their souls, no matter what, they keep going. >> and those waters are going down and the weather has been cooperative with that. i want to show you pictures that are in suburban nashville right now. this is what happens when the water recedes. this is part of a highway that got washed into a neighborhood which is pretty much gone as well. the power of the water leveled some of these homes and moved that big chunk of asphalt right into the area. amazing pictures of just how forceful it can be when those waters get high and the rush in the area. i also want to show you a visible satellite picture. you can see the floodwaters from space. that's how wide spread and how deep some of the water is, so
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take note right here. this is the tennessee river and this is the cumberland river and this is kentucky and this is southwestern kentucky and here's tennessee. so amazing that you can see this. we're expecting those waters to continue to go down over the next couple of days and that's good news and it is going to stay dry. we do have a cold front approaching, but all of the wet weather will stay up here across parts of the upper midwest. we're looking at showers and thunder showers for mill walk e it's trying to make its way into the chicagoland area and it will be on and off as we head into the afternoon hours and as the winds begin to gust. the system that brought all of that rain into nashville is now bringing in showers and thunder showers across central florida. it's a very, very slow-moving system. the nation as a whole showing you, that's our big game in town. a slight risk of severe thunderstorms right now in the great lakes and indianapolis and the cleveland area. ahead of this front, man, it is gorgeous out there. up and down the eastern seaboard, look at those high
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temperatures today well into the 80s and we're looking at 90s across the southern plain, dallas and houston, 90 and 91. i'm glad to be on the warm side, kyra, as the temperatures are feeling a lot like summer out there. >> we want the warm weather and the rain and bad weather to go away. times square bomb case is bringing changes to the no-fly list.suspect was on it, but he nearly made it out of the country anyway. cnn correspondent jeanne meserve is with us now. jeanne, what are the changes. >> reporter: they're trying to plug a hole that they discovered in this incident. as you know, faisal shahzad was able to get on an airplane even though he'd been recently added to the no-fly list. the reason, emirates airline had not updated the list electronically. so he got a boarding pass and got on the plane and authorities got him in the nick of time. now the department of home loond security is saying that airlines are going to be required to check the list within two hours of being notified of a special
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circumstance such as an addition to the no-fly list. as we saw with him, an airline is responsible for manually checking list against the no-fly list within 24 hours, but they didn't check this one. the suspect was allowed to purchase a ticket that he got on. under the new measure, the airline would be required to recheck the list within two hours of being notified of a special circumstance. kyra? >> jeanne meserve working that story for us. >> if you think about giving your kids certain name-brand cold and allergy medicines, don't do it. we'll tell you why and what you can do instead. ♪ [ female announcer ] you choose the cutest outfits. are you choosing a detergent designed for her sensitive skin? tide free & gentle is. and unlike the leading free detergent, tide free & gentle removes more residue
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enough plastic water bottles to stretch around the earth over 190 times. each brita filter can take up to 300 of those bottles out of the equation. we're learning more about the suspect in the failed times square car bombing. investigators say that faisal
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shahzad had admitted to building the device all by himself. the pakistani-american claims he got trained at a terrorist camp in pakistan. also better weather in the gulf of mexico. good help in containing the oil slick. skimmer boats will be able to go out. booms will be repaired and the dome that bp wants to drop over the oil leak could be plugged in as soon as tomorrow. government spending cuts turns violent in greece. three people are dead and four others missing after a firebomb hit a bank. another 20 people are trapped on that floor above the bank and are being rescued right now by fire fighters. your vet goes v room, but could also go boom. gm finds a recall you'll want to hear about.
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♪ ♪ potential problems with your little red corvette. general motors recalling 40,000 of the iconic cars over a possible steering problem. repeated readjustments of the tilting and telescoping steering wheel could mess up the electronic stability control. it applies to 2005 and 2006 vets. >> walmart is writing a big check to settle a hass douse waste investigation in california. $27.6 million, all of the company's california stores allegedly dump stuff like fertilizer, paint and pesticides in the wrong places. there are 236 stores and distribution centers in the state. it ends the five-year investigation in california, but this may just be the start. federal officials are still investigating other environment albuquerque gagzs. if you're thinking of giving
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your child or children tylenol, motrin, benadryl, stop and listen what we have to tell you about right now. it's pretty important. you heard about the recall a few days ago. now we know why. an fda report reveals a discovery where the medicines were made. bacteria were found there and it's too early for them to say what it is. the fda and drugmakers are calling to parents to buy generic brands for now. earlier on "american morning" john roberts spoke to a consumer safety officer about that recall. here's what he told him. >> think it's a very large wake-up call for the over-the-counter drug industry. it's well known that for the prescription drug industry 80% of the ingredients are imported. fda does very little foreign inspection work on over-the-counter drug suppliers of ingredients, active and inactive and this is a wake-up call, very similar to melamine, to the food safety issue and heparin to the prescription drugs.
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>> johnson & johnson says that it is tichl rarely suspending production at that plant. the one who nearly got away, whisked away from jfk. the times square bomb suspect could be intelligence gold for investigators. what's going on with their feet.
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times square terror suspect apparently has a lot to say. faisal shahzad is talking. so what's he getting off his chest? federal authorities say the 30-year-old pakistani-american has admitted to build the crude concoction single-handedly. shahzad new authorities were closing in. law enforcement sources directly involved with the investigation tell cnn when authorities placed him under arrest he said, quote, i was expecting you. are you the nypd, fbi? he claims to have received explosives training at a terrorist camp in pakistan. u.s. attorney general eric holder says it is clear that this was a terrorist plot. pakistani intelligence officials confirm to cnn that several people have been detained for questioning and among them a friend and father-in-law of faisal shahzad. u.s. terrorist officials are still trying to verify any connection to the pakistani taliban. the group has claimed responsibility for the failed attack. same story, different player. how often are we seeing terrorists try something on u.s.
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soil. josh levs joins me now with a timeline. josh? >> ever since this happened it's been on my mind. we've been thinking about this too often, far too often, the stories of potential terrorism on the united states. we're taking a look back at our own reporting to see some of the big examples since 9/11. i can't tell you all of them because, unfortunately, there are too many, but here are some that will stick out in your mind as they stick out in mine. we will start with richard reid which was not long after 9/11. richard reid, the shoebomber, that was in december 2001. let's jump ahead to the next year. jose padilla. a aim you remember well, he was arrested in may 2002. you might think of the words dirty bomb. he was accused of setting radio active and dirty bombs and was arrested for supporting terrorism. this is in the area of buffalo, new york, and this group was later convicted of providing material support to al qaeda. let's go to the next one here.
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iyman faris and later pleaded guilty in a plot to destroy the brooklyn bridge. a few more, the sears tower plot. this is when seven men were arrested in june 2006 for this alleged plot against the sears tower. let's any to a couple more here pf liquid explosives plot. no one will forget that, that changed the way we all go through secure whit we fly. 24 men were arrested in london and that was on a plot for u.s.-bound jets. najibullah zazi and several others arrested and that was just in september 2009 in this plot against a new york city subway. we've been learning more and more about that week by week and we cannot do this list without talking about umar farouk abd abdulmutallab and the terror attack on a u.s.-bound jet. i always like to tell people about interactives. credit where it's due. the best place we found that actually has a website that traces you through this is from a conservative think tank called
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the heritage foundation where they list more and more and more. they list their own conclusions, but the list is right there. it's very interesting. you can check it out at no one wants to see more and more events added to a list like this, but every time we see something like this we keep in mind this is something our nation faces. >> josh, thanks. >> you got it. 40 million people visit times square every year spending their hard-earned cash on the sights and sounds of new york city, but could the attempted terror attack keep people away in's poppy harlow's in new york. what's the impact on the economy? >> it looks like nothing will keep folks away from here in new york. this is what we were asking after the initial shock of the terror scare? are people still going to come to new york and spend that money? 40 million people, as you said, they come and they spend $28 billion in new york city. that's how much they spent last year. they spent $5 billion of that alone in times square. you've got all of the hotels and all of the restaurants and all of that shopping. so tourism is a huge, huge industry for this economy and
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obviously, new york hurt badly after 9/11. the impact here in times square, surprisingly not bad at all. we went down to talk to the man that's head of the times square lines to ask him what his initial reaction was and what all of the people flooding into times square are saying. take a listen. >> i was worried that i would have to do a lot of spin this week because people would be scared and we have to do what we did after 9/11 when you had the whole broadway community come here and you had mayor giuliani say come see a broadway show and show your support of new york and it didn't happen. i called the people who sell the discount tickets here as well and also the hotel general managers and all of them said that business is normal. >> business is normal. that was a big surprise to us. i have to tell you issue date after the terror scare this past sunday, they tell us there were 27% more people in times square than there were a week ago. so not only has it not only hurt tourism, people are coming to
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see just what went on and show their support, but it's interesting to look at that number and good for this economy. >> you live there. you cruise through that area every single day. what are tourists saying? >> when i got on the subway, and i was on the subway monday morning and i was looking around and thinking what people are thinking. and it was business as normal, but some of the tourists were surprising us in terms of their responses in that it didn't affect them. so take a listen to some of those tourists upon. >> i think there is no danger because the police is looking for everything so i think it's safe. >> i'm not worried. new york's always been a very safe place. >> i feel safe because there are lots of cops here, but at that time i was at the theater, and i felt a little bit worried. >> being from north carolina we hear all kinds of stuff that does go on in new york, and when i heard about it, i was, like, wow! do we still want to go and then it kind of went away. >> that is good news for the city, kyra. i do have to say, though, that
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what we heard from the man ahead of the times square lines, he said, listen, this is one act. they are concerned that that will impact the economy. good news, at least for new york, people still coming to times square, kyra. >> thanks, poppy. greece, you think vacation destination, right? not riots, tear gas and deadly protests. believe it or not, that's the situation right now. tens of thousands of protesters right there taking to the streets. they're mad as hell over the country's out-of-control debt and government plans to make big cuts in critical things like education and public safety. the atmosphere has become so violent those protests have turned deadly. at least three people have been killed. the marches came during a day-long general strike that grounded flights, shut down ports and closed schools and government services. we're following that story for you. now let's get to new york where stephanie elam is following the crisis in greece
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as stocks in the u.s. are taking another hit. how much do you think is related to what's happening there in greece, steph? >> a lot of it is, kyra. greece has been on investors' minds for quite a few months now and that's why we've seen so much volatility on wall street. just look at the past few days here. if you look at the markets, the dow has posted a triple digit mood in five of the past six sessions and despite having firm details on the bailout now, it's still a cause for concern and want just here. most of the major stock markets in europe are down more than 1%. here at home we have upbeat economic reports and the losses are not as bad as they could have been today. the dow off 47 points and 10,878. the nasdaq off 1% at 2401. the protests that we're seeing, they show that the road to the bailout is not going to be an easy one. sure, greece is getting the money, but it hasn't been handed out just yet and it's a three-year plan and greece needs to rein in its budget. that's one of the conditions. that means salary cuts, higher taxes and also a boost in
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retirement age for women and that's why you're seeing the outrage on the streets in greece and wall street is worried that this crisis could spread. that's why we're keeping our eyes on it here, kyra. >> we'll watch it with you. thanks, stephanie. the massive oil slick hasn't hit the coast yet, but it's been causing havoc with wild life in the water. we'll take you out there to look. to the seekers of things which are one of a kind. the authentic, the rare, the hard to define. to those who'd climb mountains or sail across seas... for the perfect vanilla or honey from bees. to the lovers of orchards where simple is grown, who treat every bite as a world of its own. to those always searching for what's pure and what's real... from we who believe... we know just how you feel.
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suspected terror attacker faisal shahzad is spilling his guts to the feds. he admits he built the times square bomb all by himself, but he also says he was taught how to do it in pakistan. minutes ago a spokesperson for the pakistan taliban praised shahz shahzad's attempted bombing. the fda found numerous violations at a plant that makes children's liquid medicines. parents are being told not to use anything made there. liquid forms of children's tylenol, motrin, benadryl and zyrtec.
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the water's going down in nashville, but slowly. they're nine foot above flood stage. op opryland and the country music hall of fame, a no go. did you see the phillies fan get tasered? got to wonder if that was an unforced error.
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well, we've been talking a lot it morning about the containment dome being deployed to stop the underwater oil leak in the gulf of mexico. that oil has been gushing out for two weeks now. 210,000 gallons a day. our david mattingly wanted to see what the oil looked like up close. he joins us now live from venice, louisiana. >> reporter: kyra, we've got
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some good news today. bp announcing they've capped off one of those three leaks that are at the bottom of the gulf of mexico. it is the smallest of the three leaks, but it's a step in the right direction. we went out there to look for that oil slick. we saw a lot of it and something very disturbing was swimming inside of it. boat captains in port told where yous to find it, an ugly reddish-brown wave of oil. a bumpy two-hour ride later, it was impossible to miss. finally here we are 15 miles out. we've slowed down and the seas are still pretty rough, as you can see. i don't know if you can see it or not, right here in front of us it looks like a red, muddy line through the water. that is the oil. national wild life federation frz larry schwying art believes the impact is inevitable. >> it's been treated and it's breaking up and dispersing into the water column. >> reporter: it looks like pea-sized blobs in the water,
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millions of them. i'll grab a towel now. this stuff is rubbing up against the side of the boat. there it is. that's what's in the water. that's sticking to the side of the boat right there. if this is doing this to the boat, what is it going to do to anything that lives in this water? >> it's going to be very, very hard on the fish and shell fish. >> and the oil seems to go on forever. >> over here, as far as the eye can see there is, like, a red line of that oil going right across the gulf of mexico. it is endless. >> reporter: and as bad as it looked it was about to get worse. this is something we didn't expect to see. this is a sea turtle. it's right here in the water. it's right near the top. it's swimming right in the middle of all of that oily mess right there. >> and he's having trouble. that's why he's doing that. he should not be doing that. >> reporter: the turtle has to come up for air. >> the turtle's coming up for air and what it does, it's
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gulping the surface. >> so it's taking it into its booed sdpe if you're drinking oil it's not good for the digestive system. so he's in distress. >> reporter: it seemed to be having breathing problems. after a few moments it disappeared into the reddish, oily muck. >> reporter: okay. we're about to take off. i didn't want to leave without getting a souvenir. there it is. the gulf of mexico oil spill. that's just one leading band of it. you see how it's floating to the top and how nasty it is. all of this is going that way back toward shore. and i still have right here, mexico. you have a thin, oily film on the top. in the middle, a bunch of suspended solids and down at the bottom, we have settling pieces that look like brown cotton ball. that's oil that's come in contact with the dispersion and that's what the turtle was encountering. >> i was kind of hoping to see you guys somehow try and
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retrieve the turtle there in the water. >> reporter: well, these turtles are protected so we might have been doing more harm than good if we had attempted to do that. we found out today that the national wild life said that was probably a laggerhead turtle and it was a threatened species and not an endangered species. they're in this part of the gulf, and they are endangered species, but possibly a laggerhead, but it was out of our area of expertise. >> it puts everything into perspective. david mattingly, thanks so much. more from the cnn "newsroom" straight ahead.
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a garden in the middle of downtown. hard to imagine where pavement and tall buildings rule, but that's what's taking sprout in miami. fresh fruits and veggies red for the picking, good for the farmer and good for the customers. cnn's john zarrella has more in today's "building up america." >> reporter: in the shadow of high-rises, a garden of greens, turnips, broccoli and something called calalu or jamaican spinach. >> you cook them or what? or put them in a salad. >> no, we cook them. >> reporter: really? >> you can do salad, too. >> reporter: here, too, once a week on wednesdays, small family farmers sell their produce. >> you don't have to go to canada for greenhouse cucumbers anymore. go right to homestead. >> it's absolutely delicious. >> reporter: this is overtown smack in the middle of downtown
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miami, a supermarket? not around here. in a unique way, this farmer's market fills that void. here eddie stewart can use cash or his ebt card known as food stamps to fill his bag with fruits and vegetables. >> homegrown and more fresh than anything else. you can't beat that. >> reporter: and you can't beat the prices. for every dollar in food stamps. >> 21 good? >> 21 is good. >> reporter: you get $2 worth of produce, even exotic fruits like lokuat. >> it's like a cross between an apple, a melon and a kiwi. >> reporter: this subsidized market sat brainchild of chef michelle nichon. there are more than 100 now open around the country, funded by donations and money from nichon's foundation. the idea, give small family farmers an outlet for their locally grown produce.
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try tamarind. >> you're eating the flesh that is around the seed. >> think wor thecesttershiroe. where access to groceries is limited. >> miracles happen, it's pretty cool. >> reporter: you can pick up the overtown cookbook here, too. >> this is a dessert. this is a mango banana smoothie with granola. >> i like that a lot. >> reporter: students at the booker t. washington high produced the book using recipes from home, but substituted healthy ingredients. >> instead of using molasses for sweetening your food use things like honey or apple juice. >> reporter: in this neighborhood the seeds of healthy eating have definitely taken root. john zarrella, cnn, miami. >> so are you thinking of running out on to the field of a baseball game in you might be in for the shock of your life. we're getting your thoughts on
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the taser shot that came out of left field.
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so have you seen the team in philly who got shocked sill ney monday in the city of brotherly
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love a 17-year-old phillies fan runs on the field, gets rewarded with some voltage. whatever happened to the chase, tackle and big escort off the field? not sure. come on, fans run on the field all of the time. it just happens, at least this one kept his clothes on, right? are these random acts of trespassing now a taserable offense? that brings us to today's blog question. we asked you for your thoughts on the philly fan advertising. here's what some of you had to say. actions have consequences maybe if the irresponsible yahoos were tased they'd think twice before ignoring common sense and common courtesy. this guy could have had a gun, or a knife or razor blade and his mission could have been to harm or kill a player. the officer was right on the money in the way he handled that situation. jonathan says advertising could be deadly. take it from a cardiac nurse. any time you introduce electric shock with enough strength to immobilize you risk stopping a heart altogether. finally from charlie, should have put the cop on a fitness
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program instead of issuing him a taser. then he might have caught the kid. logon to to share your comments. tennessee flooding, a disaster that keeps getting worse. coming up in the next hour of the cnn "newsroom," a closer look at the cleanup and when the waters will hopefulliry recede. new zyrtec® liquid gels work fast, so i can love the air®. so, you - uh, cause we're bears? why is t- [ panda chuckles ] well, you know snapple's made with healthy green tea, tasty black tea and real sugar. - are you familiar with tea? - uh, yeah, snapple man. we're from china. we're familiar with tea. it's just that i know you're trying to be healthy so-- healthy? hello! we're pandas. it's called extinction. look it up. [ announcer ] healthy green tea, tasty black tea, real sugar. we're still getting paid, right? the best stuff on earth... just got better.
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folks in florida buzzing over a possible ufo sighting. a hovering light in the sky.
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here's what they were looking at. thank god for cell phone video. according to witnesses the light stood still and then moved in weird ways. some thought it was an alien invasion so they flooded police with 911 calls. so what was it really? it was really space invaders? of course, not. it was a bicycle light tied to a kite for goodness sake. our local affiliate says a teenage girl grabbed it, ran off&until it finally fell to earth. tony harris picks up all of the space stories from here. sorry. that was a bad segway. >> it's all good. we'll make it work. kyra, have a great day. live from studio 7 at cnn world headquarters, the big stories on wednesday, may 5th. last summer they had a tag sale and they moved out. neighbors filling in the


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