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record 19 olympic gold medals. wow. zain has the best assignment ever. wish i was there. missy franklin this young american swimmer. there is a lot to her story and some of it involves a little embarrassment for nbc as well. tell us what happened. >> yeah, it was a bit of a messup on nbc's part. basically they aired a promo of her saying that she had won gold in her first time ever here at the olympics, 100 meter backstroke. i watched it. it was really an amazing race. she did so well. but that promo on nbc then aired right before the race itself. so anyone who tuned in would have actually knew what the result was before they could actually watch it. so there has been all this outrage and nbc, you're spoiling the olympics for people. and hash tag came up callcalled
called #nbcfail and everybody is complaining about this. what is interesting to note is that if this had happened four years ago, tape delays wouldn't have become such an issue. in the world of social media, twitter and facebook, everyone is getting results instantaneously. so the whole delay is causing a real issue for so many people, but, suzanne, you can watch it live streamed on nbc's website. so that's one option. and another option is just to go on a twitter, facebook, social media diet. and the other is to come to london. that's all i can offer. >> i don't think people can do that. i don't think they can go on a social media diet. everybody is connected to these things. tell us about the women who are actually competing right now. >> yeah, it started about a little over half an hour ago. we're all watching it. and just looking to see how the u.s. women's gymnastics teams are doing. this is the all around competition. and jordyn wieber who left in tears in the individual competition is actually doing
pretty well. she just did the vault a moment ago and did a bangup job. it was great. and the women's u.s. team overall has been performing pretty well. so keep your fingers, toes and eyes crossed that this time they can beat the chinese who have the last gold the last time around. >> and put down the blackberry. don't look at the tweets that are coming in. zain, thanks again. appreciate it. mitt romney heading back to the u.s. after getting a warm reception in poland. that was one of the final stops in the overseas trip. the speech a few hours ago, romney praised the country as an example and defender of freedom. he says the partnership between the u.s. and poland is based on common beliefs and values. >> our nations belong to the great fellowship of democracies. we speak the same language of freedom and justice. we uphold the right of every person to live in peace. i believe it is critical to stand by those who have stood by america. solidarity was a great movement
that freed a nation and it is with solidarity, that america and poland face the future. >> during his visit to poland, romney met with lech walesa who inspired the solidarity trade union and went on to become president. walesa invited romney to visit poland. just hours before the speech, mitt romney's press secretary lost his cool with reporters. he was visiting the tomb of the unknown soldier, some anxious reporters were firing off questions as romney walked to his car. here is what happened next. >> governor romney -- >> governor romney, do you have a statement for the palestinians? >> what about your guests? >> governor romney, do you feel yo your gaffes have overshadowed your foreign trip. >> show some respect. >> we won't have another chance to ask him questions. >> [ bleep ].
this is a holy site for the polish people. show some respect. >> that aide who said that has since apologized. want to bring in hala gorani with cnn international. covering numerous campaigns. the language can get a little salty. usually not captured on camera. >> didn't we get a shove it to a political reporter -- a politico reporter as well. >> tell us more about this. i think for viewers they may not understand how this works. when you're traveling with a candidate, you know, you have a certain opportunity -- or the president -- you shaout questios because you don't get a chance to really get to the candidate or to the president. >> and you covered the white house for ten years. you followed presidents and candidates as well. what is the -- what are the rules of -- >> it is funny, i covered president clinton during the milli monica lewinsky scandal and it happened all the time. he would be with world leaders and report woeers would ask him
about what people cared about in that investigation at the time. that's what people were talking about. that's what they cared about. it happens and it might look strange that -- it might look disrespectful in some ways, but when you don't have a chance to actually get to the person and ask those critical questions, sometimes you got to shout it out. and that's what you do. >> over the last several days, i've been looking at the world reaction to romney's trip. in the guardian, there was an open ed calling it the romney's insult the world tour. we had a very strong reaction from middle easterners, understandably. about what he said regarding jerusalem, it should be the capital of israel and that if he were elected president, he would move the u.s. embassy to jerusalem in tel aviv right now. by the way, i think what really irked arabs more than that is when essentially he told jewish donors during a fund-raising event that cultural differences explain why the israeli economy is doing better than the palestinian economy. well, there, of course, you had a torrent of response. including from somebody who
works for the huff post live. palestinian refugees have helped build jordan, saudi, kuwait due to their rich cultural work ethic and lack of opportunity in israel. arabs are making it clear that, listen, it is not a question of cultural differences. there is an occupation going on. >> romney tried to clear things up on his way home. do you think this will have a lasting impact? let's say he wins, how does he make up for some of these kind of blunders that people are -- they seem to be quite offended by. >> i don't know. some people are saying perhaps change your media adviser. there you have somebody who is himself -- >> don't use expletives. >> i think that in the case of this tour in particular, you know, you'll know better than me, it is several months before the election, but also importantly, americans care about one thing and one thing only now at the top of their list of concerns. that's unemployment. and finding jobs and the economy as well. but i just wanted to add one thing about this statement on
jerusalem. you know, president obama himself when he was a senator running for president said the same thing to apec. he said jerusalem will remain the capital of israel and it must remain undivided, but he back tracked the next day saying that's also a matter for the palestinians and the israelis to decide. it will be interesting if romney is back on u.s. soil will try to back track on some of the statements, whether he feels they will hurt him politically or not. my guess is no because he's going to have to focus on the economy and on other issues -- >> one of the debates is going to be on foreign policy. he is probably going to have to answer some of the questions. with two months, three months before the election, it is plenty of time to kind of clean this all up. >> all right. it is going to be interesting to see. but if any of our viewer are on twitter, i know many of them are, look at some of the reaction from around the world to this romney trip. some of it is very interesting what people have -- what has resonated with them in terms of what they have found offensive. there is, of course, poland and
you'll remember the olympic -- the statement on the olympic games. >> did not go over very well. off to a bad start. we'll see if he can make up for it. thanks, hala. good to see you. an update on a story we brought you yesterday. this athlete can now wear her hijab during the judo competition. yesterday, we told you that the saudi kingdom and the young woman's father said she had to pull out of the games if she could not wear the head scarf. well, the ioc says the agreement they reached respects what they say are cultural sensitivities in the muslim kingdom. here is more of what we're working on for this hour for "newsroom international," she's going to be on the cover of playboy. that's right. now for some people here in the u.s., it is considered an honor. in india, photos like this are bringing shame to her whole family. crispy granola, layered with creamy peanut butter or rich dark chocolate flavor. 90 calories. 100% natural. and nature...approves.
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running now for their lives. they also scored a notable victory when they took over an army outpost near the commercial hub. they have seized more materials to try to help their cause. >> reporter: the fires are still smoldering after sunday night's rebel attack on a large syrian army base next to the main highway between aleppo and the turkish border to the north. and look at the results of this attack. an armored personnel carrier blown open and just take a look at how ferocious this assault was. the turret, the turret was blown off the vehicle, something like 20 yards away. we were listening as the battle unfolded on sunday night. tracer fire lighting up the night sky. explosions. the syrian army calling in artillery all the way from aleppo, which was located miles
away. and we could hear the rebels as they approached, the earth works around this army base crawling on their stomachs carrying rocket propelled grenades that can only fire at close range to take out heavily armed vehicles like this. the day after the battle, the rebels are celebrating. this is why this outpost was such a strategic victory for the rebels t overlooked the main highway that runs from aleppo to the turkish border. with this taken out, the rebels have assumed control of a crucial artery, transport artery, between these two destinations. ahmed afish was one of the key commanders of this battle. he's now showing us the tanks and armored personnel carriers, just three of them that they captured in sunday night's battle.
>> translator: god willing soon we will meet the regime forces in aleppo and take the tanks with us. >> reporter: the regime forces have been pushed out of this area, but they're still making their presence known with artillery strikes. we have now heard at least four shells crash, probably within a mile of where we are right now. you can see dust over here from an artillery strike which is our cue to get the hell out of here. ivan watson, cnn, syria. as the violence escalates in syria, the pressure intensifies for president bashar al assad to leave. barbara starr talked to defense secretary leon panetta and he says assad is now in deep trouble and needs to get out. >> i'm sure that deep down assad knows he's in trouble and it is just a matter of time before he has to go. >> what would you say to him? >> i would say if you want to be
able to protect yourself and your family, you better get the hell out now. >> how do you get assad to leave if and unless he believes there is a u.s. military option. you're the most powerful secretary of defense in the world. unless he believes you're going to attack him, why on earth would he -- why on earth would he leave power? >> because he's losing. and because the opposition is continuing to gain strength. the opposition is being assisted in their effort. they are organizing. they are confronting them. what we saw happen in syria with the loss of virtually his whole national security consult sends a very clear message that he is indeed trouble. half of india is now without power. we're talking about half of the
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welcome back to "newsroom international." we take you now to india. the country getting slammed by another huge power blackout. a partial collapse of the power grid yesterday affected about 350 million people. today it is closer to 600 million. half the country without power in sweltering summer heat. want to give you some perspective here. that is more people than the united states, mexico and canada combined. hundreds of trains stopped in their tracks, hospitals now are struggling to keep up emergency power. want to bring in harmeet singh, a cnn producer in new delhi. harmeet, first of all, tell us, this power collapse today, this is actually a new one, not just a continuation of yesterday's collapse. we got a new problem on our hands, right? >> reporter: it is a new problem. today's collapse, yesterday's collapse happened in seven states. five more states went down today because yesterday it was the northern grid, today it was northern grid and the eastern
grid. both put together, they contribute -- they account for around 40% of india's total electric capacity. >> how you are people surviving? what are they doing to do with all this because they can't travel, they can't communicate. this must be kind of frightening for folks. >> reporter: well, india is no stranger to power cuts. there are lots of the country which are still without power. they're not electrified as of now. even as india fights to become an economic power. but still, as far as the supplies are concerned, they are not there in many parts of the country still. >> but harmeet, this is certainly on a scale that you have never seen before. this is certainly on a scale you've never seen before. this is extraordinary when you talk about 600 million people. what are some of the real challenges they have that they're facing right now? >> reporter: yes. this is the grid collapse, which happened in a decade. this is a grid collapse, which
impacted so many parts of india all of a sudden. when we talk about its impact, the impact was most pronounced on the rail and road transport systems. and, of course, on urban indians. urban indians because they're not used to -- they depend on backups like generators and motors but they too ran out after some hours of service. so that was the impact that was felt on urban indians and when we talk about the rail transport, railroad officials tell me that more than 300 trains were held up when the grids collapsed. this means tens of thousands were stranded for hours because of the outage. >> is there any concern now, because i see you're in the dark, is there any concern about safety, about people taking advantage of this as an opportunity to either -- to commit crimes or to attack fellow citizens when you don't have the same kind of infrastructure, don't even have
lights to actually see what is happening. >> reporter: that may not be the issue at this point in time as far as law and order. i think the indian state is well in order. the blackouts are not going to cause any kind of law and order problems. it doesn't look like they will cause any kind of law and order problem. but, yes, it has exposed the urgency to fix india's power sector. and the indian government's efforts to seek $400 billion of investment in easing the supply bottlenecks. >> all right, harmeet, we certainly wish you the very best and obviously folks there who are trying to get through this very difficult time. we appreciate it. it is considered one of the most dangerous peaks in the world. the weather is difficult all year round. thanks to strong winds, avalanches and enormous crevasses, the challenge of trying to conquer it proved
fatal for two american climbers. >> reporter: in one of their last communiques, climbers gill weiss and ben horn gave an indication of what they were up against. just before they vanished earlier this month on the 20,000 foot peruvian peak, horn wrote on his blog he encountered hurricane force winds that had knocked him off balance. and, quote, very deep and loose snow. the two americans were found dead at the base of that peak over the weekend. we spoke with ted alexander who coordinated the rescue effort from nearby. he says his team believes the two men had a horrific fall. >> about how far do you believe they fell? >> the evidence being their equipment was strewn over the glacier, there was sign of great impact, it would lead us to believe they did fall, my guess, looking at the photos and from talking to our guys out there that it was probably about a thousand foot fall. >> reporter: the rescuers who pulled the bodies from the mountain have just given
alexander new details on how they believe the men fell. he passed that information on to us. alexander says from what he and his team put together, it looks like this was the route used by the two climbers. alexander says they believe the men reached the summit and descended down this way. about halfway down, roughly in this area, alexander says he believes that they reached what is called a large hanging chunk of ice. investigators believe one of the men may have been looking over that chunk of ice trying to determine if they could descend to the next level from there. now at that point, investigators believe something gave out from underneath that climber, causing him to fall roughly 65 feet. but because they believe the two men were tethered together, that fall pulled the other man off the edge, causing both of them to be pulled off the larger cliff and down. both of the bodies were found in this area. ted alexander who knew gill weiss says the two men were experienced climbers, not
reckless, but said they had not taken on this dangerous peak before. a relative of ben horn's tells us he had worked with the peace corps in kyrgyzstan and developed a love of hiking in the boy scouts. gill weiss started his own production company in colorado and had photographed a wedding staged on a peak there. his sister told us what she would like the world to remember about gill. >> gill had the most optimistic view on practically everything. and i think it is really important to understand that you have to make the most of -- of what you've got and you've got to be grateful for everyone in your life. >> reporter: she says one thing the family will cherish now is a hiking trip gill took with her and her father recently in colorado. she says gill got their father to climb what is called the first flat iron, a difficult trail near boulder and that they were all thrilled with that. gill weiss was 29 years old. ben horn was 32. brian todd, cnn, washington.
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even if you can't get seats for the olympic games, finding a place to sleep, that's another story. more than half the hotel rooms in london, they are now booked. guests are paying 70% more for their rooms during the olympics. average rate for a night in a london hotel now $293. rosy tom kinkins found an alternative. >> reporter: hello, duvet, reading light, cuddly toy. everything you need for a good night's sleep. granted the setting is unusual. but with olympic london full of tourists, you may feel open minded for accommodation. >> hotel rooms are fully booked
or they're charging enormous amounts of money to spend a night. i thought my taxi, i'll put you the two together. >> reporter: enter relax a taxi. parked outside the home of london taxi driver david weeks, it is a clean bed for the night at $75. this was a very low cost business to get off the ground. the only startup costs, duvet, mattress, few pillows, little creature comfort. he already owned the taxi, the parking space is free, so all the takings are profit. profit that david hopes will help combat a predicted fall in revenue during the games. taxi drivers aren't allowed to use special olympic lanes, causing a concern that an effort to avoid slow journeys and entire fares, customers will avoid taxis altogether. >> the traffic will be horrendous. >> you're going to be doing a job. there is normally seven pound. it is going to be 20 pound.
>> the gridlock will be on the roads. ♪ >> reporter: the thought of that gridlock got david thinking creatively and his hotel for one was born. it is actually pretty comfortable. what is unusual is the location, which is nonnegotiable. and if you need the bathroom, you knock on david's door. just wondering what you think of this as an alternative to a traditional hotel room. >> are you serious? >> no. >> yeah, i would, if i was just visiting and didn't have a hotel. >> do you have access to a bathroom. >> reporter: yes, you do. >> are there shades and alarm? very cool. >> reporter: two people have already spent the night. and four more have booked. >> it is quiet. and they're just happy with it. i was a bit worried. they said it is fine. >> reporter: it is not for the fainthearted or those in search
of luxury. when you're being driven to your bed, in your bed, the location becomes significantly less important. rosy tompkins, cnn, london. she's going to be on the cover of playboy magazine. here in the states, some people would consider that an honor. but her native india, a scandal, that could affect her whole family. brain freeze cake donettes rolling hot dogs bag of ice anti-freeze wash and dry diesel self-serve fix a flat jumper cables 5% cashback signup for 5% cashback at gas stations through september. it pays to discover. [romney singing]: oh beautiful, for spacious skies, i'm barack obama and i approve this message. for amber waves of grain, for purple mountains majesty,
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the ebola virus is back. an outbreak killed 14 people, sickened another 34, mostly in a rural area in western uganda. the world health organization and centers for disease control have people on the ground, in the area. and local health officials, they are now scrambling to try to contain this. want to bring in our chief medical correspondent sanjay gupta to talk about this. how dangerous is this situation here? when you hear ebola, a lot of us think, my god, this is very, very serious. >> it is.
it is one of the deadliest viruses we know of. it causes hemorrhagic fever. that means you develop symptoms of flu and then develop joint pain and eventually start to have bleeding. that's ultimately what leads to death in these patients. it is very concerning. death rates can be as high as 90% sometimes with ebola. that's why you're seeing so much international attention. what you're finding is that the best sort of thing they can do and they're doing already is quarantining, finding patients, quarantine them in specific locations and try to contain it as quickly as possible. 14 dead as you mentioned, 34 sickened. that puts mortality rate at less than 50%. >> why does it come back? why is it here again? >> probably never leaves. these are viruss that can live in the soil this he can often live as natural viruses in animals. doesn't make the animals sick, but they become carriers. oftentimes if you have a swap as they say, someone is butchering an animal, for example, that has that ebola virus, they get a swap of body fluids that gets
into a cut or something, that's how you start seeing it in humans again and spreads human to human. >> why do we find it in western uganda and not in the united states? >> mostly because if you look at all of the pathogens, viruses and stuff that make us particularly sick, most of them come from animals. and so it is the contact between animals and humans that seems to be the big focus. you see that a lot in the jungles of congo. i was traveling there with nathan wolf, a virus hunter, and we saw how this happens. people going to the bush, trying to get bush meat. you see it in southeast asia. people keeping chickens, for example, as pets underneath their homes. that's how you see the genesis of certain kinds of flus. what you're looking at there, that's how you some of this actually starts. >> how do people protect themselves. can you avoid it? >> it is an important question. it is not airborne. a lot of people believe ebola is airborne, coughing or something like that could spread it. it is really spread through bodfulbo bodily fluid, saliva, blood,
things like that. it is hand washing. it is the same sort of precautions that are given anywhere in the world to try to keep yourself safe. the patients themselves if they're identified as having ebola, are kwaern tequarantined they get healthy. that is the key to containing this. that's what is happening now. >> is there any off chance this could spread to major cities or the united states? >> i think very little chance in part because the patients are so sick, they don't travel. they sometimes die. if you look at the transmission, nine of the 14 people who died all live in the same household. the other five were either health care workers or families of health care workers. so you get a really clear idea of how this is transmitting and how to contain it. >> so tragic. sanjay, thank you. appreciate it. you can watch more coverage of sanjay's special, talking md -- sanjay gupta md saturday at 4:30 eastern and sunday at 7:30 a.m. eastern only on cnn.
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attention. >> absolutely. >> for various reasons. >> she's not this a-list actress, so she's movie critics in india i spoke with said she's probably going to get more attention from her centerfold in playboy as she is from any of the cameos she's had in bollywood. but that's not to take away from the fact that they -- playboy claims she's the first indian woman to grace their covers. but -- >> to put it so nicely, grace their covers. >> her mother is muslim, her father is christian. she's going to be in the november issue. but, again, she's not this bollywood legend that playboy says she is on their website. >> what is happening? what is the reaction in india? >> mixed reaction. we had jenny mccarthy or farrah fawcett, being in playboy helped launch their career. in this case, not so much. it is more of a career killer if anything. the reason being is because for the longest time, in bollywood, just kissing on screen was considered taboo.
here you have somebody who is baring it all. that's not going to go over very well. so i think she's embracing the idea based on comments she's made on her website, and we tried to reach out to her, but haven't heard from her as of yet. but in an interview she did recently with bbc hindi, she said my sister is proud of my achievement, i haven't told anything to my mother, but i think i will visit her and tell her that she has to accept me the way i am. i would like to be there for that conversation. >> how you do you think that's going to go over? do you think because she's doing this now, does this kind of pave the way for other women in india or is this such shame, such taboo that essentially she'll be the only one and that's that? that's just not going to happen again? >> that's an excellent question. i don't know if it is going to necessarily want -- make other women want to do this. but because it is a society that contrary to what we think gave us cama sutra and we're thinking they're against kissing on
screen, but the bollywood film industry has come a long way. we see actresses and actors engaging in more intimate roles, however, it is still very conservative because the bollywood audiences are more pg or family oriented audience. so i'm not sure. that's up for grabs, but it is not like everyone is jumping on the bandwagon anddid it and that's her rise to fame. >> why did she do it? is it to promote more openness, or to push bollywood or a personal quest for her? >> it could be a number of things. because she hasn't gotten back to us, so i mean, i would like to hear that -- i would like to know myself why. but mosty critics i spoke with in india say that it is a way to get attention, away for her to get that heightened fame she's looking for, because she wasn't -- she hasn't as of yet been able to do that in india and within the bollywood film industry. >> she's getting attention now. we'll see how this all plays out.
they performed in sweden but they come from finland and countries across africa. the single reached number one on itunes, certified double platinum and in case you couldn't tell from the video, the band's mission statement, make people laugh and dance, it is working. three band members join me via skype from stockholm. nice to see you. >> how are you? >> introduce yourselves. tell us about who you are. >> yes. i'm pomadu. >> nabito. >> and juan. we are three, we are actually five. >> yes. >> it is good to have you three on. when i heard it, when i saw it, it made me dance a little bit. i was bopping to it. i liked it. how did you guys get together? >> yes, we met -- we met when we were 12, 13, 14 years old.
we just kept on rapping and had the idea, a dream of becoming the greatest rappers of all. >> you guys are from all over the world. tell us a little bit about what kind of music this is, if it even has kind of a music genre or if you take influences from everywhere. >> take influences from everywhere, but, like you said, we come from different countries in africa and we have juan from sweden and finland. and the music is all about afro beats, r&b, you can find anything in our music. >> it is very original. do you take a little bit from some of the hip-hop scene you see in the united states or influence from europe or some of the african songs as well? >> yeah, of course. we have been listening to all the music that comes from u.s., from sweden, hip-hop and juan
has a background as a singer. so we just mixed it up and -- >> tell me a little bit about -- sure, go ahead. ♪ . okay. i see you grooving a little bit. tell me about the dancing you're doing in the video as well. >> very simple. the dance, the music, it is all about dancing, feeling good, a feel good vibe. the dance, we do the dance, we dance on stage, we dance everywhere. whenever you see us on stage, we are dancing, never stopping. >> we don't stop dancing. >> people mistake us for a dance group. >> does it have a name? we got line dances here, does it have a name, the dance you're doing in the video? >> dance and pulse. >> that's the name. >> dance and pulse. dance and pulse.
so we just make the move and then we pulse. >> that looks easy enough. tell me about this flash mob that you created when you took over a subway in stockholm. >> that was a really cool winter day when everyone was going back from work. it is rush hour in the traffic and we decided to just bring our happiness to all the sad people on the train. >> yes. there were some that were -- they were really scared. they thought we were going to do something really bad. when they saw us with the music, dancing or singing, there was a sign that this is good, let's go with it. and then it is like, oh, what is happening. but -- >> people can mistake you for, like, you're going to ask for money or something, when you perform, but we were like -- >> having fun. >> having fun, yeah. >> it seems like you guys really, i mean, it is like contagious, people have a lot of fun there with you guys.
tell me what is the next move for you guys? where are you guys going next? >> the plan is to be everywhere and, you know, spread this joy, this feel good music. we have poland. we have, like, over 40,000 that love the music. we have england coming up. we have u.s. with cat crazy, a lot of new countries, denmark, all the neighboring countries, they are calling for us. you need to see us. you need to be there and party with us. and feel the feel good. it is not all about guns and naked women and bling bling and everything. it is just about plain people trying to do it for the love and for the music. >> i love that. got to love that message. we got to let you guys go. you got our attention when we saw that video. want to make sure we got you guys on. we love what you're doing. and just making people laugh and it is not about all the bling
and the womanizing and all that stuff. we appreciate it. we're going to try to catch you in concert at some point. thank you. >> thank you. >> thank you for having us. >> peace. >> peace. the statue in trafalgar square is sporting some fancy headgear. we'll explain. [ male announcer ] this is the at&t network.
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several stories caught our attenti attention today, photos as well. rallying against the use of nuclear power in japan. these demonstrators are wearing outfits similar to those that decontamination workers wore at the fukushima nuclear plant, which was crippled by last year's earthquake and tsunami. and famous statues in london's trafalgar square are looking a little different these days. you're looking at king george iv
wearing a fancy hat. london's mayor introduced hat walk across the city where up and coming designers place their designs on the statues to gain exposure. i'm suzanne malveaux. this hour we're focusing on the olympics and mitt romney's trip overseas and relief from soaring airline prices. want to get right to it. the u.n. estimates 200,000 people in and around aleppo fled their homes over the weekend. the fighting is taking incredible toll. we're now talking about syria. rebels say they are making some gains. they claim this video shows a police station they took over. cnn cannot independently verify the authenticity of this video, however. opening statements got under way today in the drew peterson trial. now, he is the former chicago
area police officer accused of murdering his third wife, she was found dead in the bathtub in 2004. her death was treated as an accident. but peterson came under scrutiny when his fourth wife stacy disappeared. the trial is expected to last about a month. now to what is going on in the olympics. okay. we got a spoiler alert, though. so put your tv on mute if you don't want to know who the winner is. the u.s. women's gymnastics team now in first place in the finals after the first rotation. they just did the vault. now, if the u.s. wins, it is going to be their first team gold since 1996. we'll watch this one and keep you posted. now, in swimming, the women's 200 meter freestyle happens in about two hours. 17-year-old american missy franklin takes on the world record holder federica pellegrini of italy. in men's swimming, michael phelps could win two medals