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sweating during my interview with him from his multi-million dollar mansion to his small prison cell, he talked to me about being molested as a child, dui, divorce, guns and. my interview with him just moments away. in colorado now, 11 wildfires are burning out of control across that state. but evacuees of the waldo canyon fire are finally getting a look at their homes an elsewhere, homes and businesses are still being threatened. firefighters aided by helicopters, air tankers and military planes are dropping water and retardant in hopes of containing the flames. i spoke with major neil of the wyoming national guard, part of the crew assisting in colorado. >> the plan of attack's come up with by the forest service and we're just another tool they use for their plan on how to fight this fire. they give us the call, then
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we're ready at a moment's notice. we're standing by ready to launch with witness cht it's like a nascar pit stop. we come in, get loaded. get fuel and take off. go rejoin with the lead formation pilot from the forest service and he has the plan and puts us on the target. >> you're saying that like a nascar pit stop. get them in, out, quickly. as we look at this video, especially the ariels, we're seeing a lot of smoke coming out of the area from the sky in colorado. does that impact your efforts at all? >> impacts the visibility, it can make our job extremely tough because it has to be done visually. if we can't acquire the spot, it makes it hard, sometimes, we have to go into an area expegting to drop in one spot. we came in on tuesday for a line they had picked out they wanted to reenforce and then the wind would bring visibility down. sometimes, it would take three,
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four attempts before we could get our loads in the direction we wanted. >> red flag conditions continue today. fire crews open some colorado springs neighborhoods for several hours to let families get a look back at their homes. for some, it was a very emotional experience and jim spellman spoke to one family splaced from their homes. >> it's devastating. very sad. we've seen the tphotographs, bu seeing it in person was very sad, very hard. just to see our house was imploded. >> it looked like a war zone. it was just completely caved in. didn't even look like a house. it was bad. and it just the smell. it smelled like smoke and it was just, you got down in it and it smelled like ash. it was awful. >> she is not exaggerating there, folks. it did look like a war zone. to find out more on how to help,
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go to they can use your help. you can find all the organizations and ways that you can help those in need. again, can't say that enough. more now on the heat wave and those power ounls. crews are working around the clock in states from virginia and ohio, maryland, new jersey, trying to get the power back on so tens of thousands of people can cool off. brian todd with the latest now. >> reporter: these are the lifesavers. power company teams scrambling to bring transform es back online. but for millions in the midwest and mid-atlantic, these crews can't work fast enough. >> i hate it. it's horrible. we can't, all our -- in case of an emergency, we can't make a call or anything. >> reporter: in the wake of devastating storms, 20 states are dealing with excessive heat warnings. temperatures over 100 degrees are scorching much of the southeastern u.s.
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more than a million customers still have no power and that means huge numbers are at risk. >> a heatstroke is when you start having neurological problems. confu confused, agitated. once you get to that point, it can be very severe. >> reporter: businesses are working furiously to make sure people don't get to that point from passing out free ice to offering cooling centers like this library in northern virginia. >> what is biggest challenge for you now? you're usually not open on sundays. >> correct. so the challenge for us is getting the word out, working with the counties and then to get staff. >> reporter: virginia's governor calls it a dangerous situation. some people in the hardest hit areas may not get power back until more than a week from when the storms hit. a resident in georgia speaks for a whole region dealing with the double whammy of power outages and oppressive weather.
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>> used to it, but still, it is not fun. >> brian todd now live in a very hot and steamy fairfax, virginia. so, brian, the dangers in the coming hours in your area and in the general region. >> reporter: there are still dangers, don. not out of the the woods yet. there is the added possibility of storms, they could complicate efforts to restore power and get people into safe places. also, after people slug through this evening and try to get through another night without power, we've got millions of people returning to work tomorrow morning. this is one of the worst areas for traffic in the country under normal circumstances. they have staged national guard troops to try to help with some of these intersections where the lights are out, but it will probably be a nightmarish
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commute. >> there are problems with the the emergency response system, brian? >> reporter: that's right. some of the 911 call systems were down in the immediate hours after friday night's storm and apparently, some of these somes are still down in some portions of virginia. they don't know whether it's a hardware or software problem. some of the 911 systems have come back up, but the virginia governor says they're investigating. he wants answers on this. they've used things like twitter, facebook, tv and radio to get the word out to people to call alternate numbers for 911. so if you're in these general areas, you got to listen to those and pay attention to those social media and other media to try to get those numbers if you have an emergency. >> and i mean this, i'm going to tell you what my mom used to tell me. do not wear a dark shirt in the heat. get a light shirt. >> reporter: i should have thought of that. >> thank you.
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great report iing as always. this heat is really ridiculous. old record high temperatures, well, get rid of them. close to 2,000 of those records were broken over the past week. alexandria steele in atlanta. how bad is it? >> i just wanted to give you a little perspective. one, the depth of it. people from colorado and kansas to north carolina since the last week. 45 million people. 25 states at the least. also, the degree. no pun intended. these aren't just the hottest days and records for a day or a month. these are the hottest temperatures period. since the 1800s since records have began. in kansas, south carolina, in tennessee. nashville, 109. more records today as well from greenville to atlanta at 106. so, why are we seeing this? well, we've got this dome of
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high pressure. high pressure means sinking air. compressing air, thus warming air. so here's what that was wednesday and thursday. clockwise flow pumping up this heat. watch where the jet stream is. it's well to the north. north of the jet stream, no hot air can penetrate that. south of that, high pressure moved to the east. now, the -- really yesterday and today, but temperatures still warm, but not as hot as they've been, so the worst is over essentially, but that high will push east ward, still pump warm air. memphis, atlanta, washington, d.c., virginia mind you through the ohio valley. that did not and do not have power because of that derecho that moved through on friday. certainly, they're suffering. tuesday, out of the 100 degree range, but temperatures still although kc's at 101, but the balance for everyone in the mid to upper 90s, so still well
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above average and record breaking, but not to the degree and intensity, don, of the last couple of days. >> all right. alexandria, thank you very much. a mexican family with american children, an all too common problem. when illegal imdprants are ebt grants are sent home years after they cross the border. one family's story is ahead. syou know, i've helped a lot off people save a lot of money. but today...( sfx: loud noise of large metal object hitting the ground) things have been a little strange. (sfx: sound of piano smashing)
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turkish jet last month. apparently, that was no threat. inside syria there was no pause in the violence today. 69 people killed according to athens. mexicans have viewer than two hours to get ballots in today's national election. lines stretched for blocks. voters are choosing a new president. that leader will direct mexico's war on the drug cartels. several candidates are promising to focus on reducing the violence that has plagued the country. mexicans hope a new president can revive an economy that has been hammered over the past few years. some depend on the money sent home from mexicans to with dare to cross the border. we wet one family who came back and now faces an uncertain
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future. >> reporter: he and his family returned from the u.s. last september. how tough is the transition back? very hard? >> yeah. >> reporter: he moved to los angeles with his family when he was 11. later, he went to new york, then south carolina. an electrician, he bought a truck and a house, then came the financial crisis. after the crisis, how hard then? >> more. >> reporter: no jobs. he got deported and now, he and his entire family are starting over. his eldest son, oscar, is more comfortable speaking english than spanish. >> really good in spanish, it's like hard to really communicate. >> reporter: but he has bigger problems. he's one of thousands of kids in the state stuck in the middle, able to go to school, but can't get a diploma. he's a u.s. citizen and doesn't have mexican citizenship. do you have any idea how you'll
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get that document? >> no. >> reporter: it's a little scary though. you're how old? >> 15. >> reporter: 15. a lot to worry about for any 15-year-old. they are in a village deep in the heart of peb la. despite the the remoteness, signs of its ties to the u.s., everywhere. yes, that is a harlem pizza. migration is so common, it's as easy to get a slice of pizza here as a taco, but since the financial crisis, the economy here has bottomed out. the unemployment rate here is 20%. the mayor says the industry is dollars flowing in from dollars working in the u.s. we don't have a huge source of jobs here, we don't have industry or factories, he says. in schools here, about 10% of the kids, u.s. citizens.
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in the demographic shift is felt at the local hospital, too. this facility so successful now has several area towns to care for. already treating nearly 4,000 patients a month, they need several more doctors just to keep up. for small towns like these, the problem is many choose to stay rather than head to the u.s. miguel, who handles migrant issues for the state says that may soon change. >> wouldn't surprise me if we find that next year, we start seeing many people going back to the states. especially to new york. >> reporter: he says he won't be returning anytime soon, but his kids just might. >> and what do you want to be when you grow up? >> a doctor. >> reporter: big dreams in a mini new york or as the localing
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call it. >> miguel, okay, so not often do i get to do interviews like the next one coming up. i can't imagine talking about the the things this person talked about. it was candid, revealing. my interview with former nba star jason williams. tonight, a cnn exclusive. he had it all. basketball, money, fame. >> good luck to you. >> until he lost it all. jason williams on his ride, his fall and why he says prison saved his life. great shot. how did the nba become the hottest league on the planet? by building on the cisco intelligent network they're able to serve up live video, and instant replays, creating fans from berlin to beijing. what can we help you build? nice shot kid. the nba around the world built by the only company that could. cisco.
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i sat down this weekend with former nba star, jason williams. williams has just signed an $86 million contract with the new jersey nets when in 1999, a freak collision with a teammate broke his leg. his career then on the basketball court was pret it much over, but his life changed on a cold february night back in 2002. he was hosting friends inside his new jersey mansion showing off his gun collection. he was holding a shotgun when it went off and it killed his cho fer. last night, he sat down with me to talk about his experience. i know that you were, you're a bit leery, a bit nervous. i said just be yourself, express yourself and let people know how you're feeling. you signed at $86 million
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contract. you were on top of the world with the new jersey nets and what really became part of a dramatic fall happened when you broke your leg, right? did you think then, my goodness, this is over? did you think you had more to go to? >> you know what happened, don? i lost my way. when you take away your structure, here comes destruction and i was a guy who woke up every morning with the same time with my dad. we fed our animals, we worked construction together, but once you took waway that structure, then all of the detrux came. i just had too much free time. >> you were always an affable guy and even after that, you had a career. nbc, you were going to become a commentator. take me back to that night. you were in that mansion. i believe you had the harlem globetrotters over that night and you were in your bedroom and all of a sudden, the gun.
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what happened? >> don, i can just say, i was terribly wrereckless. i had my adopted grandchildren with me. we went out to dinner, some of the globetrotters went back. when you're a young man, nobody wants to see your picassos on the wall if you have any of your art work. they want to see your guns. and i recklessly showed a gun to somebody and went to snap it closed and the gun went out of and killed mr. kristofi. if i could take it all back and just be much more careful, i'm so sorry for all the pain that i've caused. >> have you spoken to his family? >> i've spoken to his family only through written statements where i would love to sit down with his family, his sister. but that would be a private event. that won't be a media event.
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just between me and his sister. >> what would you say to the family? >> how sorry i am and how much pain i've caused his family. i'm just terribly sorry. i'm just, i've caused so much pain. >> does this, is there, how u often does this replay in your mind? do you think about this every single day and often? >> all day long, you know. i'm not making any excuses for you know, i take full responsible the responsibility. i understand the damage. i think about this all day long. >> i want to take you back to that moment and that was a moment in 2010 when you were sentenced in a nnlz new jersey courtroom and you had the handcuffs. this one for everyone i think is really tough to watch. listen to this. >> with regard to the gag order,
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this sentence eradicates all prior orders. >> he says to you i want to finish this up so you can go and serve your sentence. he says good luck to you and if looks as if your whole life is falling apart at this moment and you know it. >> well, that was ten years ago and once you're going through a court case for eight years, you have a relationship with the court clerk. with the court. your lawyers and everybody else you're seeing everybody for eight years and i think after that, at that time right there, i honestly thought that the judge honestly thought i could you know, showed remorse. repennant and reformed by life. >> did you think you were untouchable at the time? >> i think so. i think at a time when you think you're bigger than everybody else and you know, and when you lose your way sometime, those are the things that happen. when you just lose your way. i lost my way, don.
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>> you lost your way. i want to read something here you said. in a statement from the deputy attorney general involved in the prosecution. he said mr. williams has a dark side. nobody knows the real jayson williams. there is a real jekyll and hyde like divide. does that still exist? hold that thought. we need to take a break and i'll ask you on the other side of the break. i mean he could teach. he was there for us, even if we needed him in college. you could call him, you had his phone number. he was just focused on making sure we were gonna be successful. he would never give up on any of us. [ thunk ]
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we're going to continue with more of my interview with former nba star jayson williams, a man who went from first round draft pick to felon. don't be nervous. i know this is hard for you, but let people know how you feel. you're doing a great job. at your sentencie ining in febr 2010, you said i will work to make positive contributions to society. it's almost like you were foreshadowing to where you are now. is that so? >> i think the first thing i had to do when i got to prison was examine myself, then i had to be remorseful, then i repented and reform. but the first thing was what causes me to get if trouble all the time. what's my dark side? it was alcohol. >> you said it took what eight years between almost eight years
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when the incident happened and when you went to prison in 2010. and during that time, you crashed your car. got on probation, got a dui. had a divorce. had all these things go. why didn't you have that moment of clarity within that time? >> well, it was a difficult time in my life. like i said before, you know, the collateral damage that you cause, but sometime, people that you think they're around who should be telling you the right thing as an athlete, you can't make excuses, was all my fault. i think i was a functioning alcoholic. were you drinking a lot? >> i definitely was, don, but when you have structure, you get up every morning, you have to be somewhere, but once you retire and you don't have the right people telling you the right thing, but you're a grown man. >> people who depended on you. >> i'm a grown man.
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>> before the break i said to you about the attorney general said, mr. williams has a dark side. there is a real jekyll and hyde like divide. is he right? >> i think he's incorrect. i think i'm a christian first. i think like i said before, there's times i lost my way, but when i was definitely drinking at times, i think maybe i did have a dark side. i know i did. but i think i'm a good man who done a lot of good and i have to continue. >> and you were in real prison. you weren't in a celebrity prison. you went to rikers, then to state prison in new jersey. you were in real prison. >> that's right. >> what was a profound moment there? >> anytime 22-year-old correction officer could tell you to bend over or get naked or do anything and you lose your freedom, i think right then, you realize that you're in prison.
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it's just not being famous a athlete is going to help you. it's at that point right there, when you can't do anything and somebody's telling you what to do at all times. >> i've got to ask you this because we have this whole thing with penn state and jerry sandusky. you had an issue when you were a child. do you think that affected your behavior as an adult? you were molested. did you deal with that as a child? >> i did. coming from an interracial relationship with my mother being white and my father being black, there was times where i didn't want to cause any more drama to them, so i kept a lot of things to myself. until i got to prison, i couldn't keep a memo mor of journal. it just started flowing. i never meant to be a book. i was just sending these letters home and those are one of the letters that came into play with me.
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i'm sweating up in here. >> and it's actually cold. >> it's very difficult to explain about child molestation in two or three minutes, but i'm willing to talk to anybody i can help. sometimes, i wake up, don, i want to save the world, my community and sometimes, i got to save myself. >> the book is humbled, letters from prison. it's amazing. you sent that home to your father and it ended up becoming a book. >> thank you. >> i appreciate it. all right. this just in to cnn. new information out now on mississippi, george howe has been covering this story for us. about the abortion clinic there and it could have been the last in the state, the only one in the state that would have closed and mississippi would be the only state without an abortion
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clinic, which would be interesting for advocates, supporters of abortion and those who don't. what's the new information, george? >> here within the last ten minutes, we just confirmed that this clinic did get a temporary restraining order against this new state law. what that means is the clinic will be able to stay open under the temporary order and on july 11st, that's when decisions will be made again on the future of this clinic. but so far, it will stay open. it will open tomorrow and continue business as usual. under this new law that would force the clinic to shut down. >> i just want to, if you can hear me, i want to explain when we say under that new state law, we have to give our viewers background. that would have done what and why is it important to this clinic in mississippi?
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>> absolutely. the law makes two things mandatory for any position performing an abortion in mississippi. first of all, that they be board certified obgyn and the second part of that is that the physician must have privileges with a local hospital to admit patients if necessary. now, what we know about this clinic is since the law was signed by the governor here in april, they have been trying to get those permissions with different local hospitals. they've been unable to do so and the owner of the clinic believes the hospitals here may be under political pressure to drag their feet on that process. >> you said you have a response now from whom? >> we have two responses. the first comeing from the owne of the clinic who says first of all that she is jubilant and that she says that the constitutional rights for women to make their own decisions for the time being is in tact. i also have a statement from the person who sponsored the bill
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that became law here in mississippi and he says he expects the state department of health to the abortion clinic when allowed to by a federal court and he will be talking with his attorneys tomorrow to decide their plan on this case, but again, what we know, don, at this point, the clinic will reopen r tomorrow and there will be a hearing set for july 11th and that will again decide the future of this clinic. >> george howell reporting to us on this information just in to cnn. george, thank you very much. we appreciate that. victims of wildfires in colorado return to their homes to find charred remains. next, a report on one family's devastation. people with a machine.
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in colorado, families evacuated in the waldo canyon fire are being allowed back in for the first time, but as families grieve over the loss of their homes, a community is there to help them rebuild their lives. jim spellman talked with the family as they walked through the ashes of their former home. >> reporter: residents of hard hit colorado springs get their first look at what were once their homes. >> we'll go through, tour around, but there's not much left. >> reporter: ted and kate filmed the scene exclusively for cnn. >> that was what was the garage and you can see the gutter that's fallen down. the only thing left of the garage is the brick standing here and the brass fixture that we really didn't like any way. >> reporter: they learned their home was destroyed when they saw this picture on the front of the denver post, but weren't sure
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what to expect up close. >> we didn't know if we would be able to handle looking at the house and stuff, but it's actually kind of nice. we have our neighbors here. they're helping out. the community has been beyond, beyond great. >> reporter: ted's last view of the house was as flames raced down the hillside. >> this is where i saw the fire start coming out the back door, looking up and seeing the fire come down and so the seat is kind of right where we left it. >> still smells like ashes and soot and just burn. not like a campfire or smoke, but just burned. it's just pretty sad. the good thing is that we have a lot of neighbors that their homes survived. we've been out here getting hugs. >> reporter: they were only able to find these textbook pages. they say this charred brick is a reminder of their old life. >> we're going to rebuild there. we love that block. we talked to our neighbors today
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and we just love the community and so definitely. >> it's our home. >> and it's our home. >> now live for us in colorado springs. jim, this had to be a pretty emotional day for those families. as we saw there. >> reporter: it really was. for the last five days, these families have been on pins and needles. they have received the news. they know their homes were destroyed, but until they could see them, they tell me it's not going to seem real. i was surprised. i thought everybody would be upset. but the families felt like they were starting to get a little closure out of it. like they could begin to start to move on now that they got to see the wreckage up close. >> what about going home for good, jim? when does that happen? is it in the near future for these people to at least sort of try to get back? >> reporter: yeah, it's going to be weeks, if not months. maybe have to rebuild a whole
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new gas line system in the area. people are bunking with friends ch communities come together and make sure that everybody has a place to stay, but it's going to be frustrating for people. they want to start right now, today, rebuilding their new lives and it's going to be a while longer. months at least before this starts to feel like home in those affected neighborhoods, don. >> very interesting to see that. not very often do we get that up close and personal to see the damage from these fires and you were right in there. thank you and wish these families the very best. the make up of the american family changing and same-sex parents want to make sure their children's educational needs are met in supportive environment. steve perry has this advice for laurie, who is searching for a school for her kid. >> since my kid rs coming from a lesbian family and we have different faiths and i want them to be raised in an open
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environment, how can i decide which private schools are best for her? >> that's a really good and important question. you need to understand where your children are going to school not just because of what they're going to learn academically, but how they'll be treated. i suggest you go to visit the schools, as a family. ask the question you're asking me. what are your values? how do you respond to a gay family? get them to answer your questions and ask the question until you feel like you've got an answer. if they want your money as a private school, they're going to tell you what they want you to hear. but ask your friends ch when you get the opportunity, go on a tour. go with other students. ask them. kids and all they do, they don't typically lie. they'll tell you the truth. somewhere between asking the school, visiting the school, asking their reputation and students who attend, you should find your answer.
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as a diver for 40 years, kim has watched some of the beauty of the florida keys disappear.
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now, this cnn hero has created the biggest coral nursery in the caribbean to help bring marine life back to the area. >> i grew up diving in the florida keys and it was just the most magical place. the coral reefs were so pretty and i decided that's what i wanted to do for a living was dive on coral reefs. in an area where there's live coral, there's more fish. reefs provide protection, recreational opportunities for million of people. i was diving for 40 years and over time, i saw those coral reefs start to die. coral reefs worldwide are in decline. if they die completely, kos tall communities would be bankrupt. the billion people in the world will be impacted. i started thinking, how can we fix this problem? >> protect and restore coral
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reefs. >> we've developed a system that's simple and something that we can train others to do. >> we start with a piece of coral this big and we take it out and after about a year or two, it becomes this big. and then we cut the branches off and we do it again. >> ken's coral nursery is one of the largest in the wider caribbean. ten times larger than the others in existence. >> it's 2003, we originally planted six corals here and now, there's over 3,000 growing in this area alone. >> before, i felt helpless watching it die. now, i think there's hope. it's not too late. everybody can help. i see all those corals and fish. making a difference in exciting. >> if you know someone's who's making a difference, go to so you're out and about and not in front of a television to
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utility crews in virginia and several other states could be on the job for up to a week as they try to restore powers hit hard in areas. and some are facing a hot night in the dark. the governor says the state is facing the largest power outages ever not related to a tornado. i bet that water you are looking at is much needed. cooling centers are open in many cities trying to give people much needed relief. 20 states issued. keep warnings and advisories today, and 1600 high temperature records have been broken all over the country. 140 of the new records are all-time highs. a minivan jumped the curb
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and ran into tourists that just left a baseball game last night. a 13-year-old boy and 14-year-old girl and 50-year-old woman were killed. a 10-year-old girl is in credit concondition and the driver of the minivan also died in the crash. family and friends sang a final good-bye to rodney king during yesterday's service. his daughter said she was proud of her father and grateful that she didn't lose him after a vicious police beating in 1991. she was 6 at the time. king was found dead in his swimming pool as his california home almost two weeks ago. he was just 47 years old. mississippi's only abortion clinic will remain open, at least for now. the owner says a mississippi federal court judge issued a
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temporary restraining order allowing it to remain open because it was facing closer under a new state. and then get a load of this. beginning today a new law in illinois allows cab drivers to charge passengers an extra 50 bucks if those passengers vomit in their cab. apparently it's a cleanup fee, and it's such a problem that they had to pass a law about it. people like their drinks in chicago. a couple other new laws taking effect today. can you no longer shackle a pregnant prisoner in florida. police in idaho can issue arrest warrants by fax. and virginia residents can now use their concealed handgun permit as a valid form of identification when voting. nobody under 18 in a tanning bed in vermont. and in kentucky, residents can no longer release feral hogs
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>> so grateful. can't imagine how hard they are working and how tired they must be. >> sure, they have been waving to us, and it has been great to see them and help to start their days. >> yay.
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very nice. and there was a not so nice trip at the subway. the video has gone viral. >> reporter: it's hard not to stair when everybody is tripping on the subway stairs or more precisely on one particular step. everybody loves to watch people trip, though. >> it's true, as long as it's not you. >> but it was him. this is filmmaker dean peterson's subway start in brooklyn. he videoed all the other people tripping because he kept tripping on the step slightly higher than the others. it didn't stop him from editing together and putting together a montage of trippers, and 17 of them shot over of about an hour. >> i felt bad videotaping some of them, but luckily nobody got
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hurt. >> but they got famous after he posted it. and the next thing you know, the video was on a trip of its own around the world on the internet. let's all laugh of people tripping on stairs, but you know who was not laughing? the transportation authority. a day after the video went viral, they were repairing the steps. >> i almost busted my entire behind on that step. >> reporter: this can't be what they mean when they say have a nice trip. jeanne moos, cnn. >> her entire behind. not just -- her entire behind. have a nice trip. see you at 10:00.
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welcome to a gps special. the road map for saving health care. america's system of bringing us into the world and helping us stay alive and supporting us as we die is at a major crossroads. two years ago president obama signed the most comprehensive overall of american medicine since medicare. this week, the supreme court upheld almost all of the law in a dramatic 5-4 ruling setting up what is sure to be a heated election year debate. meanwhile, our out-of-control health care costs continue to climb. no other nation spends more than 12% of its economy on health care. america spends 17%. what is more, we don't benefit from the huge price tag. the standard measurement ranked


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