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police make more arrests as they track down the identities of those shadowy figures captured by surveillance figures at the home of a florida couple. judge sonia sotomayor defends and explains past statements. and la toya jackson says she believes her brother was murder. what she told a reporter about how his entourage isolated michael jackson from their family. i hope the day has been good to you so far. i'm christi paul. so good to have your company with us. thanks for sharing. welcome to hln news on this day. we have some breaking news we want to share with you right out of the gate here coming out of the florida panhandle. we have learned that two more people have been arrested in the killings of a gulf coast couple inside their home. now, yesterday police announced the arrest of a fourth suspect,
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gary lamont sumner. police say he's the man on the left in this surveillance video you see here. this was taken at a local store just days before byrd and melanie billings were killed. now, the couple had a growing brood of adopted children. many of them had special needs, as you see in this family picture. police say they were ambushed when two groups of men burst into their home, killing them execution style. ed lavendandera is live from pensacola, florida. so, ed, we have now, what, six suspects in custody overall? >> reporter: it is six total. the latest two arrests that have been made, we don't have a lot of details on that yet, but sheriff's office here in pensacola has scheduled a press conference for i think about an hour away from now where they will announce more details on who those people and what they have been charged with. but what is still unclear at this point is what the motive is behind these murders. surveillance cameras show two groups of men dressed like
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ninjas bursting into the billings' home. two men come from the wooded area behind the house, and three men rush in through the front door. a new minutes later, byrd and melanie billings were shot to death while nine of their adopted children were also inside the house. >> it leads me to believe that this was a very well-planned and methodical operation. >> reporter: monday night, authorities announced the arrest of a fourth suspect, gary lamont sumner was pulled over in a routine traffic stop two counties away. authorities say he's one of the men seen in this picture on the left buying dark clothing in a florida walmart store days before the killings. he's now charged with murder. wayne thomas coldiron and leonard patrick gonzalez jr. have also been charged with murder. according to arrest warrants, patrick gonzalez sr. was the getaway driver in the red van. law enforcement sources tell cnn that coldiron and gonzalez sr. had done odd jobs on the billings property in the past. both men worked as day laborers in the pensacola area. but authorities say they haven't
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positively determined what drove the intruders to murder the billings couple. >> we have identified a motive. a mote sieve robbery. but there are other motes we believe that will develop. >> reporter: the billings' home is filled with surveillance cameras that the family uses to monitor the adopted children throughout the house. federal authorities have been enhancing those video images to learn what happened during the four minutes that five men broke into their home. as for the billings children, we're told that they are being kept in a private location, being cared for by family members and they will continue to do that. christi? >> i wanted to ask you about some other surveillance video. is there any other surveillance video out there that police are kind of combing through right now? >> reporter: well, we asked the sheriff yesterday if it was safe to assume there were other video cameras and other vantage points inside the home that is helping them with this investigation. they said that that is, indeed, happening. we also asked if the murderers themselves were captured on
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video surveillance cameras. the sheriff wouldn't say, if, indeed, that has happened, but federal authorities are going through those tapes, helping authorities here in penls cola enhance those video images. >> ed lavandera, thank you so much. we appreciate the update as always. in less than an hour, as ed mentioned, the sheriff is expected to give more details about the newest arrests in the deaths of byrd and melanie billings. we'll bring that to you live at 1:00 eastern from pensacola, florida, as it happens. meanwhile, let's get to the southwest airlines plane. the company says it's completed immediate inspections on its fleet of 737-300 aircraft. that amounts to nearly 200 planes. well, the inspections were announced after a one-foot by one-foot hole opened up in flight on a southwest jet at 30,000 feet, causing the cabin to lose pressure. can you imagine? the plane carrying 126
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passengers and five crew members from nashville to baltimore had to make an emergency landing in charleston, west virginia. >> we were seated about two rows back from the wing and about four rows back you heard this loud rush and your ears popped, and then we looked back and you could tell that part of the inside was trying to pull out. and it was really -- it was crazy. then the oxygen masks dropped, and of course i put mine on as i was instructed, then put them on my kids. so, it was just crazy, though, but especially as a parent you're doing a lot of talking and calming and that kind of thing and how you've never gone through this before. >> immediately, the air bags deployed and started feeling a little lightheaded, and the ears start popping, stopping up, and we immediately began trying to
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put on our masks, trying to adjust them, and the flight attendants went into operation. they did an excellent job. >> now, thankfully, no one was hurt, but a southwest representative says there are no delays nor are there any cancellations due to this incident. just glad everybody's okay. you know, we have this just in. the mastermind behind the largest ponzi scheme ever, bernard madoff, has arrived at a federal prison in butler, north carolina. here's the new video we have, and there he is highlighted. madoff was held overnighted a a medium security prison in atlanta. it's a detention center for prisoners being transferred to other facilities, primarily. now, the atlanta prison once housed charles ponzi, the namesake of financial fraud for which madoff was sentenced to 150 years. madoff's lawyer requests he be locked up near new york so he could be close to his family. that's the latest video we have there. a tough test in day two of
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judge sonia sotomayor's supreme court confirmation hearings. here are live pictures as she's had some intense exchanges with particularly senator jeff sessions. he's the senate judiciary committee top republican. well, the judge repeatedly vigorously defended a 2001 speech where she suggested that a wise latina would more often than not reach better conclusions than a white man without similar life experiences. >> i was trying to inspire them to believe that their life experiences would enrich the legal system because different life experiences and backgrounds always do. i don't think that there is a quarrel with that in our society. i was also trying to inspire them to believe that they could become anything they wanted to become just as i have. the context of the words that i spoke have created a
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misunderstanding, and i want -- to give everyone assurances, i want to state up front unequivocally and without doubt, i do not believe that any ethnic, racial, or gender group has an advantage in sound judging. i do believe that every person has an equal opportunity to be a good and wise judge regardless of their background or life experiences. >> sotomayor also defended a controversial 2008 decision. in it, she and two other judges backed the city of new haven, connecticut's move to reject the results of a firefighter promotion exam because few minorities qualified for promotions. sotomayor argued, quote, this was not quota case or an affirmative action case, and she went to say her decision was based strictly on
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well-established legal precedent. sotomayor's confirmation hearing is live and uninterrupted on our website, so if you'd like to watch more, you can do so at cnn.com/live. for a second time, a hearing over michael jackson's three kids has been postponed, and now we hear the star's mother is in talks with his ex-wife in a bid to get custody of those kids. what we're learning about the alleged deal that could come with a very big payday.
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well, we could know what killed michael jackson within the next week now. a coroner's official in l.a. says some toxicology results to figure out if there were substances in jackson's body are already in and he says the remaining results are expected either this week or early next week, so authorities are looking into claims that jackson took large amounts of prescription drugs. now, the reporter who interviewed la toya jackson
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about her brother's death is revealing some new information from their conversation. la toya jackson told a london newspaper she suspects michael was murdered. according to a source close to the jackson family "the daily mail" paid for that interview last thursday. the reporter told larry king la toya said her brother was surrounded by people who fook advantage of him. >> the family tried to intervene. they knew that he was in trouble. they tried to stage an intervention, and every time they tried to get close to that house, they were prevented. joe jackson went to the front door on many occasions, she told me, went to the front gate. they wouldn't let him in. when la toya called the house, she couldn't speak to her brother. this is all very suspicious. >> now, there's word a deal is in the works that could determine who gets custody of michael jackson's children. a source close to the jackson family tells cnn katherine jackson's attorney is trying to hammer out an agreement with this woman, debbie rowe. reportedly, the jackson tamfami
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wants rowe to give up any rights to her two kids with jackson. >> we are told the family certainly wants her to give up any notion of custody and any visitation rights, but apparently the family is also trying to work out some nondisclosure agreement, which jackson even had with rowe after they got divorced. she wasn't allowed to talk to the media about him or even talk about their children. our source told us that rowe stands to be paid, quote, many millions if she agrees to give up any contact and any custody with her two children, so the singer's mother, katherine, can actually raise them. >> now, the source says rowe's willing to hear and possibly agree to the jackson family demands. well, she originally had visitation rights, the source said it never really worked out, whatever that means. so, this is our topic today. we want to know your thoughts on this. should debbie rowe have all or some partial custody with the oldest jackson children, or do you feel she should just take the money and get out of the picture?
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tell us your views. call us at 1-877-tell-hln, e-mail us at cnn.com/hln, or text "views" plus your comments and name to hlntv. standard text rates do apply, of course. but we love to give you an opportunity to voice your opinion, and we'd love to hear from you, so we'll be airing your responses shortly and throughout the day. let's turn now to last week's memorial for michael jackson, because l.a.'s mayor says the city will pay for services related to that memorial. police, traffic control, and other services cost an estimated $1.4 million. now, the mayor called a website asking for donations ridiculous. that site, by the way, closed on friday and it's not known if the $35,000 raised thus far will be returned to donors. the city council is expected to review the costs of the event today, in fact. a pennsylvania swim club accused of racism could soon be facing a federal discrimination lawsuit. an attorney for a day camp which was asked to leave says he expects to file the suit within a week.
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now, he also wants the entire club board to resign. here's the day camp. it was kicked out because the kids are primarily or mostly minorities. the club says the pool was overcrowded that day and has invited them back, but the camp says, you know what, sorry, but we're just not going. the famous welcome to fabulous las vegas sign is a graffiti mess. the tagging looks like it was done by a toddler with a crayon. county officials say the vandals used a marker and they may have to contract out to get this icon cleaned up. just two months ago, the sign went into the national register of historic places in case you didn't know. automatic coupons, coupons with bar codes that warn consumers of expired food. new high-tech help for shoppers coming your way. hln's "the clark howard show"s how your shopping life is actually going to get a lot easier, even though that sounded more complicated.
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live pictures for you on this, day two for judge sonia sotomayor. now, unlike yesterday's opening session, president obama's nominee for supreme court justice now facing questions from members of the senate judiciary committee. she's obviously listening to a question right now. we are following the important proceedings here and we're going to bring you highlights all day right here on hln "news and views." but you can watch sotomayor's confirmation hearing live and uninterrupted on a website if you'd like. you can just go to cnn.com/live.
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want to make sure you're aware of that option there. the space shuttle launch was scrubbed for the third straight day. more storms forced nasa to call off last night's launch. they'll try again tomorrow night. "endeavour" will have to undock earlier than planned and if it's pushed back a third day, nasa would have to cut a space walk from the mission. the next launch window after that doesn't open until july 26th. president obama wants $12 billion to shape up community colleges. he'll announce his plan later today at a community college in warren, michigan. the white house says community colleges play a big part in boosting the economy. the money would pay for renovating schools and creating new scholarships. the president wants to boost the number of community college graduates by 5 million over the next 11 years, he says. and the president did not let a shattered teleprompter trip him up during his speech in washington. take a look. >> we took swift and aggressive action in the first months of my
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administration to pour our economy -- sorry about that, guys. >> you heard it yourself. the prompter screen crashed to the floor. there it is, while the president was talking about his economic stimulus plan, obviously. he did continue his remarks using notes and a second teleprompter screen, by the way. well, sarah palin's decision to step down as alaska's governor isn't hurting her fund-raising power. a report filed with the federal election commission yesterday shows her political action committee raised almost $733,000 in its first five months. an estimated $200,000 more poured in since she announced she's resigning. she has overwhelming grassroots support. well, it looks like a lot of people had money to spend last month. economists are hoping the second straight increase in retail sales is the beginning of a trend here. sales rose 0.6%. and it's going to cost you more
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to throw your -- fill your refrigerator. wholesale prices jumped 1.8% last month. some items, such as vegetables, were up over 20%. overall, wholesale prices jumped 1.8% in june, and economists say it's only temporary, mainly tied to higher gasoline prices. have you noticed -- excuse me -- coupons are going high tech? that's some good news in a bad economy. hln money expert clark howard tells us about some of this new technology that's promising to help save money and trees. >> my 9-year-old loves going to self-service registers in the supermarket or the discount store and scanning things with the bar code. it's like she's having a field day when she gets to ring the stuff up. don't you wish every customer felt that way, mr. and ms. merchant? and the bar code has really not changed much in a long, long,
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long time, till now. you're going to see over the next year or two some ultraweirdo bar codes appearing on food items. there will be all kinds of good things about this, including thing where is you will get automatic coupons, where if you buy this item with this item, instead of having to pull a coupon out for the companion deal, once the register reads both of those item, it will give you the special coupon price. and how about this -- the bar code will tell you if an item's expired, and if it already is, it won't let you buy it in the supermarket. nice safety feature. i'm clark howard. for more ways for you to protect your wallet, go to cnn.com/clarkhoward. >> you can check out clark howard every saturday and sunday, by the way sh at noon and 4:00 p.m. eastern on hln. so, the big question today -- who will get custody of michael jackson's two oldest children? that's still unclear, but a hearing over their custody has been postponed yet again. could it have to do with a
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rumored payout to jackson's ex-wife?
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you know, earlier we told you about word that there's a deal in the works that could determine who gets custody of michael jackson's children. well, a source close to the jackson family tells our sister network, cnn, katherine jackson's attorney trying to hammer out a financial agreement with debbie rowe. we want to know what you think about this. mary is calling us from san antonio, texas. thanks for taking the time. how do you see this whole thing? >> caller: well, i respect michael jackson's feelings and i believe that the grandmother should take custody. i don't believe that they should make such a big issue out of it since the will was already made. and it doesn't matter her age. she's still their grandma. she's not dying. and we don't know when we're going to die. so, i believe that debbie rowe
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should stay out of the picture since she's already been paid for, you know, leaving the children. and i don't think she should get a cent out of it. >> okay. i got you. mary in texas thinking that michael jackson's wishes should be honored based on what he had in the will. thank you so much for calling, mary. >> caller: thank you. >> kathy e-mailed us from san antonio. so, obviously, kathy thinking very differently than mary was. cindy is calling from virginia. cindy, give me your viewpoint. >> caller: yes. i think that katherine jackson should be the one to get the children. she is michael's mother. she's their grandmother. and that was michael's wishes as michael had custody of the children, i think his wishes should be honored.
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debbie rowe has no connection with those children whatsoever other than biologically. she's never been a mother for them. she's never been there, and it seems like all she's interested in is monetary means. she's been paid off once, but now she's back again to get more money, and when is it ever going to stop? let them be with their loving grandmother that can raise them and do good for them and it doesn't seem like katherine's interested in money. >> okay. >> caller: she wants the grandchildren. >> wants the grandchildren. cindy in virginia, cindy, thank you so much. mary e-mailed us. and laura in georgia says -- so,
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thank you all so much for taking the time out of your day to let us know how you feel and i want to invite the rest of you to do the same. do you think debbie rowe should have all or some part custody of the oldest jackson children since she's the biological mother, or should she just take the money and get out of the picture? what is your view? give us a call, 1-877-tell-hln, or e-mail us at cnn.com/hln. you can text us, too, text "views" plus your comments and name to hlntv. standard text rates do apply, by the way. but we're going to start airing your responses, obviously, shortly and continue to do so throughout the day. so, thanks for sharing. police in the florida panhandle announce more arrests in the murders of a wealthy florida couple. escambia county sheriff david morgan expected to give us more details.
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breaking news out of the florida panhandle we want to tell you about right now. we have learned that two more people have been arrested in the killings of a gulf coast couple inside their home. now, yesterday, police announced the arrest of a fourth murder suspect. here he is, gary lamont sumner. police say he -- we'll show you other video in a moment -- that's him on the left-hand side of the screen in this surveillance video. this was taken at a local store just days before byrd and melanie billings were killed. now, also arrested and charged with murder are wayne thomas coldiron and leonard patrick gonzalez jr. they're due in court in just a couple of hours. >> we have verified that three individuals dressed in black and masks entered the billings home from the east side.
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an additional fourth individual remained in the vehicle. >> we have identified a motive. a motive is robbery. but there are other motives we believe that will develop. >> byrd and melanie billings, as you can see from this family picture, had a growing brood of adopted children. many of them had special needs. police say they were ambushed when two groups of men burst into their home, killing them execution style. in just about 30 minutes, escambia county sheriff david morgan is expected to give us more details about the new arrests in this case. we're going to bring that to you live. it's expected at 1:00 eastern from poens cola, florida. please keep it here on hln "news and views." meanwhile, intense exchanges today between supreme court nominee sonia sotomayor and the senate judiciary committee's top republican. samantha hayes has the fireworks from day two of sotomayor's confirmation hearings. these are live pictures here. samantha, i understand they're
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taking a break at the moment. right? >> reporter: it appears so. yes, judge sonia sotomayor leaving the hearing room . we don't know for how long. the tone of the hearing today is much different than yesterday when we had hours of official statements from the senators. judge sonia sotomayor sat stoically for the first day of her supreme court confirmation hearing as one by one 19 senators on the judicial committee delivered their thoughts and opinions on their nomination. on day two, the questioning began. beating republicans to the punch, democratic judiciary committee chairman senator patrick leahy asked sotomayor to explain her off-the-bench comment where she said she hopes a wise latina woman would reach a better conclusion than a white man. >> you've heard all these charges and countercharges of wise latina and on and on. here's your chance. could you tell us -- tell us what's going on here, judge?
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>> i want to state up front unequivocally and without doubt, i do not believe that any ethnic, racial, or gender group has an advantage in sound judging. >> reporter: republicans pressed the issue. >> judge, i think it's consistent in the comments i've quoted to you and your previous statements that you do believe that your background will affect the results in cases. >> no, sir. as i've indicated, my record shows that at no points or times have i ever used my personal views or sympathies to influence the outcome of a case. >> reporter: so, aside from asking pointed questions, there is really not a whole lot more republican senators can do. they are well aware that democrats have more than enough votes to confirm sotomayor. christi? >> so, i'm curious to know how some maybe legal experts or analysts are absorbing all of this today as they watch these
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hearings. have you heard anything from them about how they think this is going down at this point? >> reporter: christi, they certainly point out that this is a political process as well as a judicial process. so, as i just mentioned, democrats have the votes to confirm sotomayor, so a lot of this for republicans is trying to, you know, reach the perfect blaps between being appropriately critical but not being perceived as attacking her. they want to please their constituents. at the same time, they don't want to lose an important voting bloc. >> all righty. samantha hayes live for us there. we're going to bring you more, of course, when they resume everything in a little bit. samantha, thank you so much. we appreciate it. i want to get to some news we're following about an emergency landing in orlando. get this. live pictures coming to us, but a southwest airlines boeing 737 just touched down. there's the plane. you see it now. some of the emergency vehicles that are pulling up to it. wkmg is reporting this is flight
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3238 from st. louis that you're looking at. now, we want to point out no injuries have been reported, which is the good news, but the station reports during the flight there was an indication that some sort of fire in the auxiliary power unit. and the orlando officials say the passengers, crew being evacuated via stairs on the runway and they're being bussed to a terminal. fire officials are inspecting the plane now, though. they have not found any damage so far, but again, this southwest plane that is flight 3238 from st. louis, emergency landing there in orlando, florida here. here's the thing. this is the second southwest plane in two days to make an emergency airline -- or emergency landing, rather. let's talk about the first one. southwest airlines says it's completed immediate inspections on its fleet of 737-300 aircraft. that amounts to nearly 200 planes. but those inspections were announced after a one-foot by
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one-foot hole opened up in flight on a southwest jet at 30,000 feet. and that's what caused the cabin to lose pressure. so, the plane was carrying 126 passengers, five crew members. it was going from nashville to baltimore. but it had to make an emergency landing in charleston, west virginia. >> we were seated about two rows back from the wing and about four rows back you heard this loud rush and your ears popped, and then we looked back and you could tell that part of the inside was trying to pull out. and it was really -- it was crazy. and then the oxygen masks dropped, and of course i put mine on as i was instructed, then put them on my kids. and so, it was just crazy, though, but especially as a parent you're doing a lot of talking and calming and that kind of thing and how you've never gone through this before. >> immediately, the air bags deployed and started feeling a
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little lightheaded, and your ears start popping, stopping up, and we immediately began trying to put on our masks, trying to adjust them, and the flight attendants went into operation. they did an excellent job. >> now, thankfully, no one was hurt in that particular situation, but a southwest representative says there are no delays or cancellations due to that incident. but again, another emergency landing by a southwest plane, this one in orlando, and this just happening. the buses that you're seeing right now are transporting the passengers from flight 3238 that was coming in from st. louis. it landed at orlando international airport. no injuries being reported, thankfully, but apparently there is an indication that there was a fire in the auxiliary power unit, and as you can see, passengers and crew had been evacuated via stairs, and now
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they are being bussed to another terminal. fire officials are inspecting that plane right now. apparently they haven't found any damage, at least none that we're being told of, but you're seeing those passengers now as they're being transported. and, boy, the second southwest airlines flight that had a to make an emergency landing in two days. so, we'll keep our eye on this for you. also for a second time, a hearing over michael jackson's three kids. now we hear the star's mother is in talks with this woman, his ex-wife, in a bid to get custody of them. what we're learning about this alleged deal.
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you are looking at a bus
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that is transporting people from a southwest airlines flight 3238 to to a terminal at orlando international airport. southwest, the boeing 737, just touched down from st. louis, but it made an emergency landing. no injuries have been reported, but tv reports say during this flight apparently there was an indication of fire in the auxiliary power unit. so, you're looking at live pictures as all of those passengers -- i think 129 passengers and five crew members -- were taken off that plane, that they're now being bussed to the terminal and fire officials are inspecting the plane as we speak. meanwhile, we could know what killed michael jackson within the next week. a coroner's office -- or official in l.a. says toxicology results to figure out if there were substances in jackson's body are already in. now, he says the remaining results are expected this week or early next week, but authorities are looking into claims that jackson took large
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amounts of prescription drugs, as you know. the reporter who interviewed la toya jackson talked to larry king last night about michael's children and the day before the memorial. she told king about a particularly touching moment involving jackson's daughter. >> she said to paris on the monday before the memorial service they had an open viewing of the casket. >> they did. >> and the little girl -- the boys didn't want to go, but paris said yes, i want to go and see daddy again, and the most poignant thing she said was that paris brought this little heart necklace with a heart in two parts and she said she put it around her daddy's wrist and put it around her neck and said i'm going to wear this now for the rest of my life. >> the reporter also said la toya told her jackson was not to be buried at neverland. there is word, though, a deal is in the works that could determine who gets custody of michael jackson's children. a source close to the jackson family tells our sister network, cnn, katherine jackson's attorney is trying to hammer out
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an agreement with this woman, debbie rowe. a lawyer who represents rowe said a newspaper reports that she had agreed to take $4 million not to challenge katherine jackson's custody was completely false. reportedly, the jackson family wants rowe to give up any rights to her two kids with jackson. >> we are told the family certainly wants her to give up any notion of custody and any visitation rights, but apparently the family is also trying to work out some nondisclosure agreement which jackson even had with rowe after they got gorsed. she wasn't allowed to talk to the media about them or about the children. our source says rowe stands to be paid, quote, many millions if she agrees to give up any contact and any custody to the two children so the singer's mother, katherine, can raise them. >> the source says rowe is willing to agree to the jackson family demands. while she originally had visitation rights, the source said it never really worked out.
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we want to know your thoughts on this. should debbie rowe have all or some part of custody of the oldest jackson children or take the money and get out of the picture? call us at 1-877-tell-hln. weed love to hear from you. or e-mail us at cnn.com/hln. you can text us, too. text the word "views" plus your comments and name to hlntv. standard text rates do apply. but your opinion is important to us. so, go ahead and chime in, won't you? we'll be airing your responses throughout the day. i'm jane velez-mitchell, and here's my issue. a florida couple dedicated to helping disabled children brutally gunned down in their own home. melanie and byrd billings adopted more than a dozen special-needs kids. and may heart goes out to these children. they've already been through hell, and now violence has torn their world apart. cops have already made arrests and anticipate even more to come. robbery is considered but one of the motives. but no motive will make this
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easier to understand. no motive explains why anyone would stage an attack in ninja outfits with what cops say was military precision against these wonderful people. this goes beyond any one motive or even, frankly, any one case. there is something toxic in our culture. and until we all say enough to this violence, there will always be sickos who think violence is some form of creative expression. i'm jane velez-mitchell, and that's my issue. >> now, there are breaking developments in the billings murder case, by the way. two more people have been arrested in connection with their killings. the sheriff of escambia county is holding a news conference at 1:00 eastern, just about 15 minutes from now. we hope to learn more then. so, keep it right here, because hln will have live coverage as soon as that news conference gets under way, just so you know. well, you stop by a grocery store for some salmon, ended up feeling like a piece of meat herself. how a massachusetts woman confronted a digital voyeur who
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just got too close.
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we're bringing you some live
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pictures of an emergency landing in orlando by a southwest airlines plane. the buses you're looking at just transported the passengers and crew of southwest to the boeing terminal. this is a boeing 737. it just touched down in st. louis. it was headed to orlando, so this was its destination, but no injuries have been reported, thankfully. there are local media, though, saying during the flight there was some indication of fire in the auxiliary power unit which constituted an emergency landing, so fire officials are inspecting that plane, but of course this coming on the heels of yesterday's southwest emergency landing. a southwest plane yesterday when a hole was found in the plane. they were 30,000 feet up. thankfully, no injuries there, but that plane was touched down and emergency landing in charleston, west virginia. you can see somebody there examining the plane now. southwest airlines has said they've inspected all their
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737-300 planes, this type of plane, and that was more than 200 planes and that all of them have checked out okay so far. but, again, two emergency landings by southwest planes in the last two days. a massachusetts woman chased down a man who brushed up against her at a groegsry store and she demanded to see his digital camera, and on it maria found pictures he'd taken of her backside. >> when i grabbed him, he said sorry, please let me go, please let me go. he had the wrong girl. i wasn't letting him go. >> store employees detained 74-year-old harold dorey until police arrived. investigators say the camera was loaded with pictures of other women. she's upset that the worst he'll face is a misdemeanor complaint of annoying and accosting a member of the opposite sex. police say there just isn't a clearly defined law apparently that he's broken. a pennsylvania swim club accused of racism could be sued
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for discrimination now. a federal lawsuit is expected to be filed in wants the entire club board to resign. this day camp says it was kicked out because most of the kids are minorities. the space shuttle launch scrubbed for the third straight day. more storms forced nasa to call off last night's launch but they'll try again tomorrow night and even if that goes off without a hitch, "endeavour" will have to undock earlier than planned. if the launch is pushed back to thursday, nasa would have to cut a spacewalk from the mission. the next launch window after that is july 26th. bernard madoff has arrived at a federal prisoner in buttoner, north carolina, we've heard. there he is, right now, we have him highlighted there that detention center in atlanta is
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for prisoners being transferred to other facilities. the atlanta prison has the namesake of the financial fraud which made madoff sentenced for 150 years. they requested he be locked up somewhere near new york to be close to his family. looks like a lot of people had money to spend last month and did so. economists are hoping the second straight increase in retail sales is the beginning of a tren here. sales rose 0.6%. so, it will cost you more to fill your refrigerator. whole sale food prices jumped up 1.8% last month. overall, wholesale prices rose 1.8% in june, imanicists say tied to higher gasoline prices. don't we all hope? a group of seeing eye puppies helps out some kids here. how they're introducing blind children to a world of
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independence and a chance to bond with man's best friend.
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a new billboard stating martin luther king was a republican. the group debates nat the sign says it can support the claim and fosters a good political dialogue. >> my commitment for doing that. it is a conversation that we'll continue to have because we're not backing off. >> the party of tom delay and the party of rush limbaugh and the party of sean hannity and the party of michael savnl would not be the part eof dr. martin luther king jr. >> one activist says dr. king was not a bart of any political party. now a group of blind children had the opportunity to meet a few seeing eye puppies
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getting them familiar with service dogs that may one day help them get around on their own. here is our ifilliate. >> reporter: the sound of puppies and kids is pure joy. but these cute puppies have a big job ahead of them because these kids have big challenges. they're all visually impaired. how old are you? >> 9. >> reporter: the puppies are part of the guide dog for the blind buddy program. today they're meeting the kids at the ball camp. >> be on metro buses, they can. >> reporter: kids get a chance to bond with the pups and learn how to take care of the dog that takes care of them. >> we have to let the dogs and tail wagging hit them so they can feel that and pull down on a toy and feel the vibration and realize the dog likes them. >> reporter:-year-old bret has been scared of dogs, but not any more.
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do they still seem kind of scary? >> no. they don't. they're cool. >> reporter: the kids also got a chance to walk with the guide dog for the first time and while most of the time kids will not get their own dogs for a long time, they let the kids know they won't face the future alone. a critical lifeline that is also a best friend. >> the smiles on those faces, that's awesome. thank you so much for darren. well, the natural veteran wheelchair games began this week. 500 athletes from all over the world, we're talking. competing in sports like wheelchair basketball, rugby, swimming, track, weightlifting. the 19th annual event sponsored by the u.s. veterans affairs. a big celebration last night in baghdad. the national soccer team played its first game in the capital since the u.s. invasion in 2003. security was high, as you can imagine.
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45,000 people were allowed in to watch iraq host a palestinian team and iraq won 4-0 setting off one big party and celebration there, as you can see it. the famous welcome to fabulous las vegas sign is a graffiti mess today. the tagging looks like it was done by a toddler with a crayon. the vandals used a marker and they may have to hire a private contractor to get the iconic sign cleaned up. we have some breaking news out of florida, live pick xhrs coming to you, two more people arrested in connection with the killings of byrd and melanie billings. the shaeriff is hold agnews conference. we'll bring that to you live when it happens with chuck roberts. as soon as that news conference gets under way, again, pexected to start in just about four minutes. stay close. óóóóóóóóóóóóóóóóóóóó
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i have had the honor of the sheriff of this fine organization to witness the best in man. compassion, kindness, integrity and professionalism. last thursday after this tragedy we asked melanie and members of her family and husband to come to the escambia office one day after this tragedy. and, ashley, you may recall sitting in the office while you feeled very helpless at that mome, i asked you if there was anything i could do for you. your response back to me was, sheriff, find the people who did this. it is my honor today to tell you, ashley, and your family, that we have found them and they are in custody. we were passing out to the press
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the following package, seven individuals are currently in custody related to the murders of byrd and melanie billings. you will note one photograph is absent, the reason for this is this individual is a 16-year-old juvenile. and the last thing i want to do before i turn it over to mr. eddens is give credit where credit is due. if you have a point in your life where you a moment that you can stand and serve with people of greatness, you are truly blessed. i had that opportunity during my military career on more than one occasion and i can tell you in the last five days i have stood in the presence of greatness at the escambia county sheriff's office and i would be remissed if not recognizing personally the men and women that in five days have brought this case to its conclusion. and i would ask that you direct your attention to this side of
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the room, commanding our investigative unit is captain bruce wood, our case manager was sergeant rusty horde, sergeant buddy nesmith and investigator tom watts, investigator tim hardy, investigator chris b baggot, investigator bobby guy, investigator zach ward, investigator lee thiri, investigator tamra barber. and our crime scene unit and their work in this case. i also must recognize our intelligence analyst who worked around the clock, ms. briana hammond. we had close coordination with the florida department of law enforcement and specifically members of the federal bureau of investigations headed by special agent stewart, members of the
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tobacco, alcohol and firearms and drug enforcement. at that time, i will conclude my remarks for your questions and turn the podium over to mr. bill eddens. >> as you know, i'm state attorney in this area and in a major investigation such as this, it is important that law enforcement and the district attorney or state attorney's office work closely together and in this case, that occurred and i would like to personally thank the sheriff and the members of his team who worked with my office. we had several people in my office that personally came out of the sheriff's office and worked and i can assure you the second thing that's unusual in some ways about this is the vast number of resources that sheriff allocated for this situation. you saw and you heard him list
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some of those. those resources were being affected because they did really work around the clock. they didn't, they didn't quit. and i think that is a feature of this investigation that is unusual. in some regards, it certainly is very appropriate to honor those people and, again, in closing, i'd just like to say that i'm -- i share the sheriff's sorrow as this community does and to this family and hopeful that the matter is concluded now and hopefully they will be able to move forward although i realize how difficult that must be. >> at this time, we'll take your questions. >> talk about a development in connection with the family. people want to know why that family was targeted. >> again, we have a small amount of business ties, some
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friendships, but no direct tie that we can, at this time, confirm between the members here that are charged with this crime and the billings family. >> were they working there? were they working on the property? >> mr. gonzalez senior had a window washing business and wayne coldiron worked for him and i think we can confirm he was at the property one time. where you look to look for a long-term relationship and we have yet to confirm that. >> you said just a moment ago that we hope this matter is concluded. do you feel this matter is concluded or another layer now to look at now that you have the people on the property? >> there are some follow-on investigations. we have at least one individual that we are specifically looking for at this time or at, i should
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say. excuse me, at. there may be others. but at this time, we only have one identified. >> what is the reason investigators might be involved? is there a reason beyond the current seven or is there something else they are involved with? >> there are elements of this case that go outside of the state of florida, which i will not speak to. the reason being is that we had a meeting yesterday with the federal agencies and we passed along to them the information that had been developed during this case and now it's within their purview to investigate this case. if it's within the confines of escambia county, of course, we will be involved. on a routine basis, video enhancement, we used the florida department of law enforcement, alcohol, tobacco and firearms and anything involving members of this group that might have been involved with drug activity we would coordinate with our division and they were involved from those perspectives and anything that we developed
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outside the cuonfines of the state of offalful have been turned over to those agencies. >> motives yesterday. you said that there was one motive or more than one motive? >> you move under to the prosecutorial area and i'll defer that question to mr. eddins. >> the safest, easiest thing to say is that the primary motive in this crime is robbery. home invasion, robbery. pardon me. >> did they, what did they rob from there, can you say at this point? >> well, they did take items that you would normally expect to be taken in a robbery. >> money? >> a safe. >> where was the safe? >> we can't go into any additional details. i gave that to you to demonstrate the motive and
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hopefully that will do that. >> has the safe been recovered? >> i can't and, again, as a prosecutor, i'm sure you understand that i'm not going to get into the specifics of the prosecution of the case and, really, most of the questions you're going to ask me about the prosecution of the case are the facts of the case, i will not be able to speak to and i'm sure that you understand that. >> what were some of the -- >> i'm not at liberty. not prepared to go into that at this time. >> was the safe within the home? >> i'm not prepared to go into that at this time. i think by indicating to you one of the items taken, the primary motive was home invasion robbery and really it's going to be difficult for the sheriff or i to answer additional questions on that because this case still has to be tried in the court of law. >> what tied these suspects together? >> well, really, myself won't go
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into detail on that. the sheriff will speak of that brief le. >> again, what we have is business dealings, again, i'll use the example of mr. gonzalez sr. owned a window washing business part-time. he would hire members of this group and organization to work on a part-time basis on an as-needed basis as work would come through. the individuals that we have secured in the last phase of this investigation that are currently in custody are from ocalusa. their ties are from a detailing group. leonard patrick gonzalez jr. he is the organizer. >> you talked about yesterday -- >> one moment.
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we'll not speak to that issue at this time. >> you said that there's one more person you're sort of looking at. >> yes. >> what is the nature of the concern of that individual? >> anyone that aided or abetted in the commission of this crime. >> sheriff, did any of these suspects flat out confess to the details? >> they did. they did. >> are they all from here? >> no, i just stated the last four individuals are from ocalusa county. >> did he say what the goal was in this? >> no, he did not. >> when was the last time those suspects were on that property for business purposes? >> we won't release that information at this time. >> with the power washing company and whose company was that? >> no, you confused my statement. the power washing company was owned by leonard patrick gonzalez sr.
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senior, the elder. he had a pressure washing business he operated. we have tied wayne coldiron to him on a day-labor basis. you go to ocalusa county and we have a detailing business, fifth dimensions auto detailing. >> well, we've learned a lot in the killing on july 9th of an elderly couple, actually, a very well-known couple that adopted a lot of special needs kids in a home invasion that the state attorney declared was primarily motivated by robbery. they took is a safe, among other items. two more people arrested in the last 24 hours including a young man, 16 and 18. and he called, you may have heard that, he the organizer of all this, leonard gonzalez jr., apparently he tied the pressure water business his dad ran and between all six individuals,
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according to prosecutors and law enforcement officers, they put together this scheme for a home invasion on july 9th and it resulted in the deaths of two people who were deeply loved in the escambia and pensacola areas of florida. six people in custody, the seventh person, leonard gonzalez sr. is charged with trying to tampering with evidence. we could learn more of what killed michael jackson in the next week. some toxicology results is due, perhaps by friday or monday at the latest. to determine what substances were in jackson's body. he said they should get the remaining results either friday or early next week. authorities are looking into claims that jackson took large amounts of prescription drugs. the lawyer for jackson's ex-wife debbie rowe denying reports that there is any custody reports in the works and an attorney for debbie rowe calls the newspaper report false that she had agreed
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to take $4 million not to challenge catherine jackson's custody rights. but a source close to the jackson family says that jackson's attorney is trying to hammer out a deal with debbie rowe. reportedly the jackson family wants rowe to give up any rights to her two children with michael jackson. >> we're told that the family wants her to give up any notion of custody and any visitation rights, but, apparently, the family is trying to work out some nondisclosure agreement that jackson had with rowe after they got divorced. she wasn't allowed to talk to the media about them or their children. she will be paid millions if she gives up any custody and so katherine can raise them. >> a court hearing was pushed back yesterday. an update now on last week's memorial for michael jackson. the mayor of los angeles,
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antonio villaraigosa says the city will pay for services related to the memorial. police, traffic control and other services cost at least $1.4 million. the mayor called a website asking for donations ridiculous and the site closed on friday. it's now not known if the $35,000 raised will be returned to the donors. the city council will review the costs of the event today. for the second day in a row, a southwest airlines jet makes an emergency landing, this time flight 3238 from st. louis to orlando touched down safely in orlando. you see those three buses there they're carrying the passengers. 124 of them safely evacuated from flight. a warning light came on suggesting there might be a fire onboard on the auxiliary power unit. but inspectors found nothing and no damage, no injuries have been reported. southwest says it has completed immediate inspections on its entire fleet of 737s that amounts to 200 planes.
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the inspections were announced after a one foot by one foot hole opened up in flight at 30,000 feet causing the cabben to quickly lose pressure and the plane with 126 passengers from nashville to baltimore made an emergency landing last night in charleston, west virginia. >> we were seated about two rows back from the wing and about four rows back you heard this loud rush and your ears popped and then we looked back and you could tell that part of the inside was trying to pull out and it was crazy and then oxygen masks dropped and, of course y put mine on as i was instructed to and then on my kids. was just crazy, though. as a parent, you're doing a lot of talking and calming and that kind of thing and how you've never gone through this before. >> immediately the airbags deployed and started feeling a
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little light headed and your ears start popping, stuffing up and we immediately began to put on our masks, trying to adjust them and the flight attendants went into operations and they did an excellent job. >> thankfully nobody was hurt. a southwest representative said there are no delays of cancellations because of the incident. a pennsylvania swim club accused of racism could soon be facing a federal discrimination lawsuit. an attorney for a day camp that was asked to leave said he expects to file that suit within a week. he also wants the entire club board to resign. the club was kicked out because the kids are mostly minorities and the club says the pool was overcrowded that day and it invited the camp back. bernie madoff takes a trip. where he spent the night and where he is now. ñññoññ o
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substantial new news in the couple that was murdered in the florida panhandle late last week. in a news conference just completed, we learned seven people, six adults and a juvenile have been arrested in the killings of the couple inside their home. >> what we have is business dealings, again, i will use the example of mr. gonzalez sr., he owned a pressure washing business, you know, part time. he was basically a day laborer also. he would hire members of this group for this organization to work on a part-time basis on an as-needed basis as work would come through. the individuals that we have secured in the last phase of this investigation that are currently in custody are from ocalusa county.
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their ties are from an auto detailing group. the one pivotal person in this organization, if you will, is leonard patrick gonzalez jr. he is the organizer. >> yesterday police announced the arrest of murder suspect gary lamont sumner. the man on the left in the surveillance video taken just days before byrd and melanie billings were killed. also charged is wayne coldiron and leonard patrick gonzales jr. on the left and according to arrest warrants patrick gonzales sr. was the get away driver in that red van. >> we have verified that three individuals dressed in black and masked entered the billings' home from the east side. an additional fourth individual remained in the vehicle.
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>> we have identified a motive, a motive is robbery. but there are other motives we believe that will develop. >> that was earlier. that was yesterday or the day before. that was a little bit flushed out today. it was, indeed, primarily a robbery, a home invasion robbery, they say, that a safe was taken from the house. byrd and melanie billings had a growing brood of adopted kids, many with special needs. police said they were ambushed when two groups of men ambush under to their home and killed them execution style. nancy grace is investigating all the new aspects, the late-breaking details and we learned a lot just in the last half hour surrounding the billings' shooting deaths and plus she's taking your calls tonight at 8:00 and 10:00 eastern right here on hln. the senate judiciary committee is judging judge sotomayor. controversial comments and controversial rulings and other controversies like gun rights, late-term abortions and even the possibility of cameras in the supreme court chamber.
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dana bash is joining us live from washington. dana, they're on a lunch break now? >> they're on a lunch break and they'll come back in a half hour, little less and you mention the controversial comments that we reported on, everybody did for weeks and weeks after judge sotomayor was initially appointed and because the democrats knew full well that this would be her first opportunity to get questioned, not just by them, but also by republicans. it was the democratic chairman who made the tactical decision to launch a preemptive strike, if you will. he was the first one that asked about the comments, the general idea that she has said many times in the past in speeches over the years that she thought as a latina woman she might make decisions that are different and, in some cases, better than others. the initial response was very scri scriptive and she wanted to state without a doubt that she did not believe any racial, ethnic or gender group has an
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advantage in sound judging. so, that was her general answer to the democrat, but the lead republican, jeff sessions, pounded her. he asked, chuck, basically the same question about 12 different times and 12 different variations on this issue, really seeming inkrejulous that she could say this now but have a very different take in her public speeches just a few years ago. finally, he got the judge to say this. >> i was trying to play on her words. my play was -- fell flat. it was bad. it left an impression that i believe that life experiences commanded a result in the case, but that's clearly not what i do as a judge. it's clearly not what i intended in the context of my broader speech, which was attempting to insmir young hispanic, latino
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lawyers to believe that their life experiences added value to the process. >> now, to put all of this in context, this back and forth about this issue and whether or not it really matters, you know, pretty much every republican here will tell you that they do believe barring some unforeseen meltdown, she will get confirmed. but, look, the white house and democrats, they want this to be a bipartisan vote and at least one republican senator, lindsey graham who suggested he might be one of the republicans who will vote for her, he told my colleague that she has to do a better job than she's doing to reassure people on that issue. why she said many times in many different ways or at least suggested that she would use her background perhaps to make a better decision than others and today she is saying over and over again that she does not see her view and her role as a judge in that way. and that is simply to look at the facts and decide then. certainly, that is what everyone welcomes. republicans and democrats want
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to hear, but some republicans i've talked to said this is a confirmation conversion. john? >> yeah. talk about the second amendment. she was asked whether states could regulate gun laws. what was her answer? >> they knew what the white house democrats knew full well. that this would be a key republican point of questioning and line of questioning. it is one of those issues that really does cross party lines and makes a lot of conservative democrats, especially in the united states senate a little uncomfortable. the idea that anybody, any supreme court justice for sure would want to limit the second amendment and second amendment rights shift. she came out of the gate saying, again, with a pretty scripted question from a democrat saying that she understands the second amendment and she has a godchild that is a member of the nra but when it came to the real detailed questions from senator hatch, a former member of this committee, a republican, of
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course, she really wouldn't answer the question on specifics on how she would necessarily rule when she was at the supreme court, she tried to defer a lot of odifferent ways of this concept of how she would rule because she said that these cases are going to come before the supreme court and she wanted to sort of, you know, punt, if you will, kick the can. he led her in many ways on this. we didn't get a firm answer, at least from the republican point of view on how she would vote in the futer. >> the gavel falls at 2:00 as the hearing resums. we could know what killed michael jackson in the next week, maesz less. some results from toxicology results are already in and the remaining results are due late this week or early next week. those tests determine what substances were in jackson's body when he died. he look large amounts of prescription drugs. the lawyer for jackson's ex-wife debbie rowe involving her custody for her two
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children. a newspaper report is called false that she agreed to take $4 million not to challenge katherine jackson's custody. katherine jackson's attorney is, indeed, trying to hammer out a deal with rowe. the jackson family wants her to give up any rights to her two kids with jackson. >> we are told the family certainly wants her to give up any notion of custody and any visitation rights, but, apparently, the family is also trying to work out some nondisclosure agreement, which jackson even had with rowe after they got divorced. she wasn't allowed to talk to the media about him or even talk about their children. our source told us that rowe deserves to be paid "many millions if she gives up any custody and contact with her two children so the singer's mother, katherine, can raise them." >> katherine jackson has temporary guardianship of the
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kids, there are three kids for now. well, it's our your views topic. should debbie rowe have all or some part of custody of the old oest jackson children or should she just take the money and get out of the picture? what are your views? call us 877-835-5456. you can e-mail at cnn.com/hln or just text views and your comment and name to hlntv. standard text rates apply. we'll air your responses all day. passengers onboard a southwest airline 737 must be breathing a little easier today after a football-sized hole ripped in the fuselage at 37,000 feetcausing the plane to make an emergency landing. coming up, you'll hear their reaction.
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we know being heavy isn't good for our health. obesity takes our toll on our bodies and as melissa long reports, doctors are finding too much weight can lead to the forms of arthritis. >> obesity is tough on the joints. physicians will tell you that, but now new research to be published in next month's issue of radiology increases the risk of rapid cartilage loss that can lead to arthioarthritis. looked at 3,000 patient business between the ages of 50 and 79 who are at risk. they took a closer look at those in the group who suffer from mysterious knee problems due to a loss of cartilage.
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including a patient's bmi, body max index, based on the person's height and weight. their odds of rapid cartilage loss increased by 11%. doctors involved in the study noted that weight unlike cultural background was the biggest factor and that losing pounds is probably the best way to combat the condition. for today's health minute, i'm melissa long. >>. president obama wants $12 billion to shape up community colleges. he will announce a plan later today at macon community college in warren, michigan. play a big role in boosting a bad economy and the money would pay for renovating the schools and providing new scholarships. the president wants to boost the number of community college grads by 5 million. he may be commander in chief, but will the president be able to command a fastball across home plate? he is set to throw out the
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ceremonial first pitch at busch statium st. louis. but at last night's all-star event, prince fielder took center stage. fielder of the brewers was crowned home run king and the fan favorite home run derby. he beat out nelson cruz of the texas rangers, 6 h-5. even crushed one 5 03 feet. i think mickey mantle had done that back in a game a long time ago. the film "harry potter" comes out at midnight and for eight years fans have watched the actors who played the famous young wizards grow up before their eyes. melissa long is joining us with more on that. >> eight years, amazing. >> it is. >> we have an explanation on our website that will bring people up to date on the series of this popular books and films. you can learn more about the characters and learn a little bit more about their personalities on our website. this is, again, a pivotal book, a pivotal final story line
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because one of the main characters is going to die. also, we're going to take a look back and a look forward with a video gallery because, again, eight years since daniel rat cliff became household names not only to children, but to adults. eight years since they first hopped on the hogwart's express and what will they be doing next professionally. next, chuck, an assignment for your i-report viewers. if you go to the film tonight or over inthe next few days we want your insight on what you like about the film and what the mood is like in the theater. >> the reviews are really good, they really are. a lot of people dressed up for the event, judging from past years. pivot to another story, a lot of traffic on dotcom about a tapas restaurant. >> it is created by two electrical engineers and each
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drink and connect and be merry while you're there. it's called t1 tapas. and people hook up and share their photographs, music and eat, drink and connect. they can order from the connection directly from the table with a touch screen right there at the table. they can watch movie previews, movie reviews and one diner actually said this is a great place to go to a date because if you don't connect with your date, you at least have stuff to do, stuff to keep your attention and, of course, distractions that you can talk about, as well. i think during a time when a lot of entrepreneurs are cutting back as the electrical engineers behind this project say they hope the investment in the technology is going to pay off. chuck? >> i love tapas restaurants. >> so do i. >> thanks so much. she stopped by a grocery store for some salmon and ended up feeling like a piece of meat herself.
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for the second day in a row, a southwest passenger jet makes
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an emergency landing, this time it's orlando flight 3238 inbound from st. louises touched down safely and those three vans carried the 124 or so passengers onboard. local television report a warning light came on suggesting that a fire in the auxiliary power unit but inspectors did not find any damage and no injuries resulted. southwest completed inspecting all its 737 aircraft, that is about 200 planes and the inspections were announced after a one foot by one foot hole opened up on a flight on a southwest jet at 30 feet from nashville to baltimore causing the cabin to lose pressure. the plane was carrying 126 passengers and 5 crew members. it had to make an emergency landing in charleston, west virginia, last night. >> we were seated about two rows back from the wing and about four rows back you heard this loud rush and your ears popped and then we looked back and you could tell that part of the inside was trying to pull out
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and it was crazy and then oxygen masks dropped and, of and, of course, i put mine on, as i was instructed on. then put on my kids. it was just crazy, but as a parent you're doing a lot of talking and calming and that kind of thing and how you've never gone through this before. >> thankfully, nobody was hurt. a southwest representative said there are no delays or cancellations because of the incident. a pennsylvania swim club accused of racism could be sued for discrimination. an attorney for a day camp that was asked to leave the club says he expects to file a federal lawsuit within a week. he also wants the entire club board to resign. the day camp said it was kicked out because the kids are mostly minorities. the club says the pool was overcrowded on that day, but it invited them back. the camp says, no, it's not going to return. well, some people had money to spend last month. economists are hoping the second straight increase in retail
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sales is the beginning of a trend. sales climbed 0.6% in june. it will cost you more to stock your refrigerator. wholesale food prices jumped more than 1% last month. some items like jeveggies were more than 20%. wholesale prices rose 1.8% in june. economists say it's only temporarily and mainly tied to the higher prices of gasoline although gasoline has been getting a little cheaper. the mastermind behind the largest ponzi scheme ever, madoff hations arrived at priso. the atlanta prison once housed charles ponzi, by the way, the namesake of the fraud scheme for which madoff was sentenced to 150 years. his lawyer requested he be locked up somewhere near new york which, of course, is close to his family. you can get your groove on but the fun has got to stop at 2:00 a.m. if you live des
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police announce more arrests in the ambush and brutal murder of a florida couple. why police say seven suspects targeted pi ebyrd and melanie billings. also, the investigation of a desecrated cemetery in illinois now has links to the white house. who we just learned is buried there. also, southwest airlines inspected the entire fleet of 737s after a hole opens up on one of its jets during a flight. hear from nervous passengers who were on board that plane. all righty, on this tuesday. i am so grateful to have your company, as always. thanks for being with us. i'm christi ball. ho we have some breaking news we want to share with you coming out of the florida panhandle. at a news conference just a little while ago, we learned
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seven people, six adults and a juvenile, have been arrested now in the killings of a gulf coast couple inside their home. >> what we have is -- i will use the example of mr. gonzalez, sr. he owned a pressure washing business part-time. he was basically a day laborer also. he would hire members of this group or this organization to work on a part-time basis on a s s as-needed basis. the individuals we have secured in the last phase of this investigation that are currently in custody are from okaloosa county. the one pivotal person in this organization, if you will, is leonard patrick gonzalez, jr. he is the organizer. >> reporter: so he's the mastermind you talked about? >> police say the three men you're looking at here, gary lamont sumner, fredrick lee thornton, and donald ray
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stallworth are all in police custody. the states attorney says all seven suspects will be charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of byrd and melanie billings. also arrested and charged with murder, wayne thomas coldiron and leonard patrick gonzalez, jr. they're due in court this afternoon. gonzalez, jr.'s father, patrick gonzalez, sr., was the getaway driver in the red van. >> we have verified that three individuals dressed in black and masked entered the billings' home from the east side. an additional fourth individual remained in the vehicle. we have identified a motive. a motive is robbery, but there are other motives we believe that will develop. >> the billings had a growing brood of adopted children. many of them with special needs, as you can see from this family picture how big that family was. police say they were ambushed when two groups of men burst into their home killing them
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execution-style, but again seven people now in custody in chex with this murder. we're learning first lady michelle obama's father, frazier robinson iii, is buried at illinois' burr oak cemetery. her communication director just confirmed it to our sister network cnn. some cemetery workers, remember, at that historic black cemetery are accused of digging up bodies there and reselling those plots off the books. county officials plan to increase inspections at 28 cemeteries and the county board president says the cemeteries will be checked four times a year rather than just once. the illinois comptroller is also freezing the trust funds of the company that owns the suburban chicago cemetery. we could know what killed michael jackson within the next week. a los angeles county coroner's office says some results from toxicology results are already in and the remaining results are expected this week or early next
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week. those tests determine what had substances were in jack-on-'s body when he died. authorities are looking into claims he took large amounts of prescription drugs, and the reporter who interviewed la toya jackson about her brother's death is revealing more about their conversation. jackson told a london newspaper that she suspects michael was murdered. caroline graham of "the daily mail" conducted this interview last thursday and told larry king the pop star's sister said he was surrounded by people who took advantage of him. >> the family tried to intervene. they knew he was in trouble. they tried to stage an intervention, and every time they tried to get close to that house, they were prevented. joe jackson went to the front door on many occasions, she told me. he went to the front gates. they wouldn't let him in. when la toya called the house, she couldn't speak to her brother. this is all very suspicious. >> a lawyer for michael jackson's ex-wife is denying reports of a custody deal involving her two children. attorney for debbie rowe calls a
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newspaper report false, that she had agreed to take $4 million not to challenge katherine jackson for custody. a source close to the family though, the jackson family, tells cnn katherine jackson's attorney is trying to hammer out an agreement with this woman you see here, debbie rowe. reportedly the jackson family wants her to give up any rights to her two kids with jackson. >> we are told the family certainly wants her to give up any notion of custody and any visitation rights, but apparently the family is also trying to work out some nondisclosure agreement which jackson even had with rowe after they got divorced. she wasn't allowed to talk to the media about him or even talk about their children. our source told us that rowe stands to be paid, quote, many millions if she agrees to give up any contact and any custody with her two children so the singer's mother, katherine, can actually raise them. >> a child custody court hearing was pushed back from yesterday to next monday, but katherine jackson does have temporary guardianship of those kids, at least for now.
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and this is the "your views" topic we want to ask you b do you think debbie rowe should have all or some part of custody of the oldest jackson children or do you feel she should take the money and get out of the picture at this time. call us at 1-877-tell-hln. you can e-mail us at cnn.com/hln or text us. the word "views" your comments and name to hlntv. standard rates do apply. we're always to glad to hear from you. thanks for taking part. a tough test in day two of judge sonia sotomayor's supreme court confirmation hearing which you are seeing live pictures of right now. she had some intense exchanges earlier with senator jeff sessions. sotomayor repeatedly defended a 2001 speech. that's the one where she suggested that a wise latina would more often than not reach better conclusions thattn a whi man without similar life
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experiences. when pressed further about that, sotomayor called it nothing more than a bad word choice. >> i was trying to play on her words. my play was -- fell flat. it was bad because it left an impression that i believed that life experiences commanded a result in a case, but that's clearly not what i do as a judge. it's clearly not what i intended. in the context of my broader speech, which was attempting to inspire young hispanic latino students and lawyers to believe that their life experiences added value to the process. >> sotomayor also defended a controversial 2008 decision. in this one she and two other judges backed the city of new haven, connecticut, moves to
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throw out a test. she said this was not a quota case or affirmative action case and said her decision was based strictly on well-established legal precedent. part of the controversy of that came when the supreme court overturned her ruling. sotomayor's confirmation hearing is streaming live on our website. if you'd like to watch more, go to cnn.com/live. we have it there for you. a southwest airlines represent says it has completed immediate inspections on its fleet of 737 300 aircraft which amounts to about 200 planes. the inspections were announced though after a one foot by one foot hole opened up in flight on a southwest jet at 30,000 feet causing the cabin to lose pressure. now, the plane was carrying 126 passengers and 5 crew members from nashville to baltimore. had to make an emergency landing in charleston, west virginia, last night.
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>> we were seated about two rows back from the wing, and about four rows back you heard this loud rush and your ears popped, and then we looked back and you could tell that part of the inside was trying to pull out, and it was crazy, and then oxygen masks dropped and, of course, i put mine on as i was instructed to, then put on my kids. so it was just crazy though, but you're doing, especially as a parent you're doing a lot of talking and calming and that kind of thing and how you've never gone through this before. >> immediately the air bags deployed and started feeling a little light-headed and your ears start popping, stopping up, and we immediately began trying to put on our masks, trying to adjust them, and the flight attendants went into operation. they did an excellent job.
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>> thankfully no one was hurt, but a southwest representative says there are no delays or cancellations due to this incident. you know, air shows, of course, offer audiences some pretty spectacular stunts, if you have been to one. but, oh, my goodness, when things go wrong they get very scary, very fast. what happened at the end of this potentially deadly spiral.
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well, a just released report says african-american students are closing the education gap in one region of the country, but they may be losing ground in another. the department of education says black students have made important gains in several southern states over two decades, but get this. in some northern states black achievement has improved more slowly than white achievement or in fact has even declined. the report says the most dramatic gaps are no longer seen in southern states such as alabama or mississippi that have a legacy of slavery and segregation, but rather in
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northern and midwestern states such as wisconsin, nebraska, connecticut, and illinois. president obama meanwhile wants $12 billion to shape up community colleges. he'll announce his plan less than two hours from now at mccomb community college in warren, michigan. the white house says community colleges will play a big part in boosting the economy. the money would pay for renovating schools and creating new scholarships. the president wants to boost the number of community college graduates by 5 million over the next 11 years. and get this, just a month after paying back $10 billion in federal bailout money, goldman sachs reports a blowout quarter. cnnmoney.com's poppy harlow is in new york, and you've been breaking down these numbers. it's a whopper, isn't it? >> it is. it's good to be goldman sachs today. $3.4 billion in profit in just the second quarter. way past analysts' expectations. when you look at the revenue for
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the quarter, $13.8 billion. here is what's going on at goldman sachs. really high revenue from trading and underwriting, actually record highs for both of those areas. one of the reasons is the collapse of their two main competitors, lehman brothers and bear stearns. now that they're gone, this means a lot more business for goldman sachs and people are still doing business these days despite the recession. also, goldman sachs is very insulated from the parts of the banking industry right now that are not doing well at all, and that's direct consumer loans and direct business loans. goldman sachs doesn't have much of that exposure like citigroup and bank of america do. so they're very different in those respects. the question as to whether goldman sachs can keep this up, keep those profits turning by the billions. that's to be seen. but the ceo came out today, lloyd blankfein and said the market does remain fragile but he does see improvement in terms of the condition of the financial markets right now. a big day for goldman. >> i'd say. i bet a lot of people are
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looking at this wondering would this turnaround even have been possible out the taxpayer help it received? >> it's a great question. a lot of people scratching their head thinking what's going on here? the answer is probably not because that $10 billion in t.a.r.p. money that goldman sachs got coupled with billions of dollars in government guarantees of their debt allowed this bank to borrow money cheaply. they have profited from that. so there are questions about how this is going to play out politically. goldman is reaping the benefits of taxpayer aid while many americans are struggling to hold onto their home, hold onto their job, et cetera. what we're seeing really is that goldman sachs' employees could be in line for huge bonuses. since goldman has paid back all that t.a.r.p. money it received, there are no restrictions on how much it can reward its employees, and when you look at the earnings report out this morning, it said that goldman has sedt aside nearly $11.5 billion for compensation in the first half of this year for its employees.
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that is enough to pay each employee if you break it down more than $386,000 for the period. we still have got six more months to go this year, so the average 2009 compensation could be around $600,000. we want everyone to weigh in. you can weigh on on my facebook page, facebook.com/poppyhar low. so you can read more at cnnmoney.com. >> i bet there will be a lot to say to that one. thank you so much, poppy. you can get much more of today's business news on cnnmoney.com, of course. and you may think your cat is being affectionate when it purrs at you. oh, that friendly sound may be the cat's way of making you do exactly what it wants.
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want to take to you washington, d.c., where minutes ago there was a disturbance at the confirmation hearings from supreme court nominee sonia sotomayor. take a look. >> this case presented a narrow issue that the court -- >> officer, remove that man immediately. >> obviously, if you can hear what he's saying, you notice that's an anti-abortion protester. this is the second day of the confirmation hearings and the second day that people have been forced out of those hearings for
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disrupting them. that hearing is continuing as sonia sotomayor kind of gets a grilling from the senate judiciary committee here during her nomination conference. i want to show you this video a biplane spiraling to the ground. the stunt goes wrong when the pilot can't pull up in time. the plane crosses an access road and collides with a car slamming into it right into that nearby field. there was a family of three inside. do you believe no one was seriously hurt thankfully. and the pilot is okay, too. now, local police released a statement saying, quote, clearly guardian angels had a hand in this outcome. when a massachusetts woman chased down a man who had brushed up against her at a grocery store she demanded to see his digital camera. here is why.
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on it maria fatima found pictures apparently taken up her skirt. >> when i grabbed him he said, i'm sorry, please let me go, please let me go. he had the wrong girl, i wasn't letting him go. >> store employees detained 74-year-old harold jorry until police arrived. investigators say the camera was loaded with pictures of other women, none as intimate as pictures of fatima. police say he didn't break a clearly defined law. meanwhile, massachusetts lawmakers are hoping to restore $4 million in state funding for two boston area zoos. the state house speaker says he believed the legislature can override any veto by governor deval patrick. the group that runs the zoos says its optimistic about all this. zoo new england raised eyebrows and the governor's ire, too, when it suggested budget cuts might force it to euthanize
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animals. patrick says no animals will be killed on his watch, but he believes state money would be better spent on other programs and thinks the zoos should find other funding. all right. if you or someone you know has a pet cat, you realize the cat pretty much runs the show, doesn't it? a new study has found that one of the feline tricks that helps cats get whatever it wants from humans. it's all in the purr. specifically, what scientists are calling a solistati solicit. the university has posted audio files on the website. listen. almost sounds like a growl, doesn't it? solicitation purrs are different than plain old sounds of kitty contentment. next time you feel a compulsive need to serve your cat tuna,
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remember it's purr may be embedded with a signal that says feed me. all right. who will get custody of michael jackson's two oldest children? that's still unclear, but wait until you hear the latest. i'll clean the pool if you clean the windows.
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new windex outdoor all-in-one. a streak-free shine in half the time. s.c. johnson, a family company. breaking news. at a now conference this afternoon we learned seven people, six adults and one juvenile, have been arrested in the killings of a gulf coast couple inside their home. >> what we have is business dealings, again i will use the example of mr. gonzalez, sr. he owned a pressure washing business part time. he was basically a day laborer also. he would hire members of this group or that organization to work on a part-time basis on an as-needed basis as work would come through. the individuals that we have secured in the last phase of this investigation that are currently in custody are from okaloosa county. their tie, i can tell you, is from an auto detailing group. the one pivotal person in this
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organization, if you will, is leonard patrick gonzalez, jr. he is the organizer. >> but take a look at these other men. police say gary lamont sumner, fredrick lee thornton and donald ray stallworth are all now in police custody. the district attorney says all seven suspects will be charged with first-degree murder in the death of byrd and melanie billings. also arrested and charged with murder a wayne coldiron and leonard gonzalez jr. gonzalez jr.'s father, patrick gonzalez, sr., was the getaway driver in the red van allegedly. >> we have verified that three individuals dressed in black and masked entered the billings home from the east side. an additional fourth individual remained in the vehicle. we have identified a motive. a motive is robbery, but there
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are other motives we believe that will develop. >> now, the billings had a large family, as you can see here. many of these adopted children and many of them with special needs. their oldest daughter though, ashley markham, is taking responsibility for her siblings, and she had only one request for authorities. >> last thursday after this tragedy, we asked melanie and her husband, members of her family, to come to the escambia county sheriff's department. i'm sure, ashley, you may recall standing in the lobby, while you feel very helpless at that moment, i asked you if there was anything i could do for you, and your response back to me was, sheriff, find the people who did this. it is my honor today to tell you, ashley, and your family we have found them and they are in custody. >> very emotional for her obviously. police say the billings were ak
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bushed when two groups of men burst into their home killing them execution-style. they have seven people in custody that police say are responsible. we have learned first lady michelle obama's father, frazier robinson iii is buried at illinois's burr oak cemetery. there's a reason that name sounds familiar to you, the name of that sem tcemetery. there is no indication his grave is among those disturbed. four former workers of that cemetery are accused of digging up hundreds of bodies there and reselling those plots off the books. county officials plan to increase inspections at 28 cemeteries and the county board president says those cemeteries will be checked four times a year instead of jus ot one. the illinois comptroller is also freezing the trust funds of the company that owns burr oak. tough test in day two of judge sonia sotomayor's supreme court confirmation hearing. you're looking at live pictures as she listening to another senator asking her questions.
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she had some intense exchanges earlier with senator jeff sessions. sotomayor repeatedly defended a 2001 speech where she suggested that a wise latina would more often than not reach better conclusions than a white man without similar life experiences. now, when pressed further, sotomayor called it nothing more than than a bad word choice. >> i was trying to play on her words. my play was -- fell flat. it was bad because it left an impression that i believed that life experiences commanded a result in a case, but that's clearly not what i do as a judge. it's clearly not what i intended in the context of my broader speech, which was attempting to inspire young hispanic latino students and lawyers to believe that their life experiences added value to the process.
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>> you know, there have been several disturbances, one just a couple minutes ago at the confirmation hearing. this one is an anti-abortion protester who interrupted sotomayor. take a look. >> this case presented a narrow issue that the court below -- >> a baby killer! >> officer, remove that man immediately. >> yeah. the officers have been busy there. the hearing was disrupted several times yesterday also by anti-abortion activists as well. now, sotomayor's confirmation hearing we want to let you know is streaming live and uninterrupteded on our website if you'd like to watch it in its entirety go. to cnn.com/live. we have it for you there. southwest airlines says its completed immediate inspections on its fleet of 737 300 aircraft which amounts to nearly 200 planes. the inspections were announced after a one foot by one foot
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hole actually opened up in flight on a southwest jet at 30,000 feet. it caused the cabin to lose pressure. now, the plane was carrying 126 passengers and 5 crew members from nashville to baltimore and had to make an enermergency lang in charleston, west virginia. >> we were seated about two rows back from the wing, and about four rows back you heard this loud rush and your ears popped, and then we looked back and you could tell that part of the inside was trying to pull out, and it was crazy. and then oxygen masks dropped and of course i put mine on as i was instructeded on, then put on my kids', so it was just crazy though. but you're doing a lot of talking and calming and that kind of thing and how you've never gone through this before. >> immediately the air bags deployed and started feeling a little light-headed, and your
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ears start popping, stopping up, and we immediately began trying to put on our masks, trying to adjust them, and the flight attendants went into operation. they did an excellent job. >> well, thankfully no one was hurt. a southwest representative says there are no delays or cancellations due to this incident. a just released report says african-american students are closing the education gap in one region of the country but may be losing ground in another. let's breck this down. the education department says black students have made important gains in several southern states over two decades, but in some northern states black achievement has improved more slowly than white achievement or has even declined. the report says the most dramatic black/white gaps are no longer seen in southern states such as alabama or mississippi that have legacies of slavery and segregation.
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but they're rather in northern and midwestern states such as wisconsin, nebraska, connecticut, and illinois. well, president obama wants $12 billion to shape up community colleges. he's announcing his plan about an hour from now. this will be at mccomb community college in warren, michigan. the white house says community colleges play a big part in boosting the economy. the money would pay for renovating schools, creating new scholarships. the president wants to boost the number of community college graduates by 5 million over the next 11 years. if you've been to an air show lately, you know they offer you spectacular stunts, but when things go wrong it can get really scary. what happened at the end of this potentially deadly spiral.
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the film harry potter and the half blood prince comes out at midnight. are you in line yet? the sixth installment of the book series. for eight years fans have watched the actors really grow up on the screen. cnn.com's nicole lapin is joining us with more details with all the people flocking to the theaters i'm betting in costumes. >> absolutely. we see that every time there is a new movie in the series, christi, but, of course, j.k. rowling's series sincerely almost over. if you need a refresher course, let's say you're just jumping in on the harry potter frenzy, we do have that for you available on cnn.com. a lot of people are clicking on that right now. you can learn about each of the characters. you can read summaries of each of the books. this is kind of like a cliff notes version of the series. this, of course, is a pivotal
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story or book in this series. one of the main characters we are told dies at the end. we also have characters look back and forward which is a video gallery, christi. it has, of course, been eight years since daniel radcliffe and emma watson first hopped on the hogwart's express and the three have done a lot since then. you mentioned this right off the top, that a lot of people, christi, are probably going to be lining up in costume, and we want to see those costumes. we have a new assignment out on i-report.com where our readers and our viewers can submit their favorite pictures of standing in line waiting. >> and if popcorn isn't your dish of choice, maybe you need to check out this high-tech tapas restaurant. what is this? >> this is super cool, christi. we should go there. it's in north carolina. it's key one tapas.
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their whole motto is eat, drink, and connect. it's very cool stuff. reynolds wolf did a piece on t it's one of the most popular online now on cnn.com. diners can basically hook up their electronic devices, christi, and share their photos and music on the table. you can also order from the touch screen that's on that table, so it goes straight to the kitchen. you don't even talk to a waiter. you can also watch movies, previews, you can pick out a movie, you can find show times. let's say you're going to dinner and a movie date or something like that. it makes it all the more easy. so, christi, again, one of the most popular videos right now on cnn.com. you can see that this high-tech restaurant trend may be catching on. >> interesting. if you don't have a waiter, i wonder if you have to leave a big tip still and who it would go to? >> more money for the popcorn. >> just wondering. no kidding. nicole, thank you so much.
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good to see you. >> you're welcome. >> sure. okay. if you or someone you know has a pet cat, you know that cat pretty much runs the show, doesn't it? well, now a new study has discovered one of the feline tricks that help cats get whatever they want from us. it's all in the purr people. specifically what scientists are calling a solicitation purr. i know it sounds pretty provocati provocative. the university of sussex has posted audio files on the website. listen to this. solicitation purrs are different than plain sounds of kitty contentme contentment. humans translate that as a need for nurturing. neck time you feel a xucompulsi need to feed your cat tuna, it may be the purr. this stunt goes wrong with the pilot can't pull up in time.
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the plane crosses an access road. watch this. it collides with a car slamming it into a nearby field, as you see there. and people were walking. lucky none of them were hit. there was a family of three inside that car. do you believe no one was seriously hurt? and the pilot is okay, too, thankfully. local police released a statement saying, quote, clearly guardian angels had a hand in the outcome. well, she stopped by a grocery store for some salmon and ended up feeling like a piece of meat herself. how a massachusetts woman confronted a digital voyeur who got too close.
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well, we could know what killed michael jackson within the next week now. a coroner's official in l.a. says some toxicology results to figure out which substances were in jackson's body are in and says the remaining results are expected later this week or early next week. so authorities, remember, are looking into claims that jackson took large amounts of prescription drugs. of course, when the results come in and we get them, we'll give them to you right away.
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the reporter who interviewed la toya jackson about her brother's death is revealing more of their conversation. la toya apparently told a london newspaper she suspects michael was murdered. kalin graham of "the daily mail" conducted that interview and says michael was surrounded by people who take advantage of him. >> the family tried to intervene. they knew he was in trouble. they tried to stage an intervention. every time they tried to get close to that house, they were prevented. joe jackson went to the front door on many occasions, she told me. he went to the front gates. they wouldn't let him in. when la toya called the house, she couldn't speak to her brother. this is all very suspicious. >> a lawyer for michael jackson's ex-wife, meanwhile, is denying reports of a custody deal involving her two children with the late singer. here is what we know. an attorney for debbie rowe calls a newspaper report false. the report said she had agreed to take $4 million not to
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challenge katherine jackson for custody. however, a source close to the jackson family tells our sister network cnn that katherine jackson's attorney is trying to hammer out an agreement with this woman whom you see here, debbie rowe. reportedly the jackson family wants rowe to give up any rights to her two kids with jackson. >> translator: we a >> we are told the family wants her to give up the notion of custody and any visitation rights. apparently the family is also trying to work out some nondisclosure agreement which jackson even had with rowe after she got divorced. she wasn't allowed to talk to the media about him or talk to the children. our source told us rowe stands to be paid many millions if she agrees to give up any contact and any custody with her two children so the singer's mother, katherine, can actually raise them. >> now, a child custody court hearing was pushed back from yesterday to next monday. katherine jackson has temporary guardianship though of those kids, at least for now. when a massachusetts woman chased down a man who had
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brushed up against her at a grocery store, she demanded to see his to see his digital camera. on it she found pictures he had taken of her backside. >> he said, sorry, please let me go. please let me go. he had the wrong girl. i wasn't letting him go. >> store employees detained 74-year-old until police arrived. the camera was loaded az pictures with other women. she's upset that the worst he'll face is a misdemeanor complaint of annoying a member of the opposite sex. police say there isn't a clearly defined law that he's broken apparently. the famous welcome to fabulous las vegas sign. right now it's a graffiti mess. the tagging looks like it was done by a toddler with a rayon. they used a marker. they may have to hire a private contractor o get the sign cleaned up. just two months ago it went into
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the national register of historic places. a new billboard stating that martin luther king was a republican says the group can support its claim and fosters a good political dialogue. >> the party of time delay. the party of rush limbaugh. the party of sean hanidy would not be a party of dr. martin luther king. >> one activist says dr. king was not a part of any political party. 500 athletes meet up to prove that life does not end in a wheelchair. the national veterans wheelchair games are under way. check out the athletes who do it so well sitting down and playing basketball. they know how to do it. >> with these friends he's made over the last decade.
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[ music ] >> welcome to comcast local edition, i'm donna richardson, and my guest this hour is christine bergmark who is the executive director of the southern maryland agricultural development commission. welcome, christine, it's good to have you here. >> thank you for having me. >> that's a big mouthful, and i know that you're working on an extremely exciting program, bi-local challenge. >> it is an initial that we launched two years ago, and essentially what it is is the last full week of july we ask everyone across the state of maryland and beyond to take a pledge, and the pledge is eat something or drink from a farm every day during that week. >> oh.
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so where do we get the information about where to find the farms or how do we sign up for this pledge? >> well, there's a website. it's www.by-local-challenge.com that website will give you all sorts of information why to buy local and where to buy local and it connects you to other statewide initiatives that are going on at the same time. if you go to the website, we've added a count. people used to say, where do i sign up? normally you have to go buy, eat something from a local farm. this year we decided to add a counter to the website. when you are' counted, you can receive a certificate with your name on it that you can put up in your office or your home or wherever. >> which is very, very important. it's reduces your carbon foot print because you're driving hopefully a shorter distance, you have access to local
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products that are available, and also it helps the farmers. >> well, and in fact, our theme this year is healthy plate, healthy planet. all kinds of benefits to buying local, benefits for you, healthy, nutrition, it's fresh, and preserving our farms survive, we keep clean water, we keep clean air, we reduce the carbon footprints from things traveling 1500 miles, and it tastes good. >> exactly. now for those people who may not cook, how can they be a part of this? >> yeah, sometimes people say, well, i hate to cook. that's okay. you can go to a store or to a restaurant that features local farm products, and there are more and more restaurants every year, some of them are on our website, and you can click throughout to find out who they are,. >> what kind of items can we acquire localfully. >> during the last week of july,
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there is so much product available. there's sweet corn, blackberries, all kinds of tomatoes and melons are in season, and of course, there's always wine, cheese, eggs, meatss. >> so we do have a wide variety of things we can get. say that i go and i go to a local farmer's market and purchase something, what is a vegetable that i'm not quite familiar with, how did i find a recipe. >> excellent question. there are recipes on our website. people can post their own recipes of their own events and own blogs by why they buy local. some of the things i wanted to mention is the economic benefits. we talked about the planet, we talked about the fact that it tastes good, and it's fun, but there's also the benefit of
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supporting our farms, and if every household in the state mucofmaryland were to buy just 2 worth of products for 8 weeks, basically the summer season that, would put $200 million straight back into the pockets of our farmers. that would do a lot to keep our farmers thriving. >> which is so important. i know we have less than 30 seconds, but you have some partners that you wouldn't typically think of who have now joined in. >> yes. hospitals are joining in this year. fact, they're looking to do a competition to see how many people they can get involved. >> have you exciting. christine, thank you very much for coming in today. >> thank you. >> my guest today has been christine bergmark with the southern agricultural commission. if you're interested in what comcast is doing in your area, go to on demand and click get local. for comcast local edition, i'm donna richardson. [ music ]
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police announce more arrests in the ambush and brutal murder of a florida couple. why police say seven suspects targeted byrd and his wife. and a desecrated cemetery just south of chicago now has lings to the white house. who sque we just learned is buried there. southwest airlines inspects all of its 737s after a hole opens up in the dome. hear from nervous passengers aboard the flight. hi, everybody. i'm chuck roberts. a total of seven people, six adults and one juvenile are now under arrest in the killings of a gulf coast couple inside their home. at a news conference this afternoon we learned a lot about the latest arrests.
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>> we were passing out to the press the following package. seven individuals are currently in custody. related to the murders of byrd and melanie billings. you will note one photograph is absent. the reason for this is this individual is a 16-year-old juvenile. >> police say sumner, and donald stallworth and frederick lee thornton are in custody. all seven suspects will be charged with first-degree mird in the deaths of the couple. the prosecutors revealed for the first time a safe was among the item taken from the home west of pensacola. also arrested and charged with murder are coldiron and gonzalez jr. they're due in court this afternoon. according to the arrest warrants gonzales jr.'s father was a driver in the getaway van.
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sfwl we verified that three individuals dressed in masks entered the billings home from the east side. and an additional fourth individual remained in the vehicle. >> we have identified a motive. a motive is robbery. but there are other motives that will develop. >> well, let's amend that. prosecutors said robbery was the prime motive. they had a large group of adoptive kids. a lot of them with special needs. their oldest daughter is taking responsibility for the siblings. she had only one request. >> last thursday we asked melanie and her husband and members of the family to come to this the sheriff's office one day after the tragedy. i'm sure you may recall standing in the lobby of the escambia county sheriff's office. while you feel helpless i asked if there was anything i could do
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for you. your response back to me was sheriff, find the people who did this. it is my honor today to tell you, ashley, and your family, we have found them, and they are in custody. >> police say the billings were ambushed when two groups of men burst into their homes, killing them execution style. some of the men had worked on the property earlier. nancy grace investigating all the new and late breaking details. also she's taking your calls tonight at 8:00 and 10:00 eastern. first lady michelle obama's late father is buried at the burr oak cemetery just outside chicago. that's the cemetery investigated for desecrated graves. her communications director says there's no indication his grave was among those disturbed. four former workers at the historic black cemetery are accused of digging up hundreds of bodies and reselling the plots off the books.
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cook county officials plan to increase inspections to four times a year, not just once. the illinois controller is also freezing the trust funds of the company that owns burr oak cemetery. the senate judiciary committee is judging judge sonia sotomayor right now. day two of her confirmation hearings well under way. she yields questions about hot button issues like gun rights and late-term abortion. earlier she had tense exchanges with jeff sessions. at one point she tried to stand her ground when her objectivity came into question. >> i think it's consistent in the comments i've quoted to you and your previous statements that believe your background will affect the result in cases. that's not impartiality. don't you think that's not
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consistent with your statement that you believe your role as a judge is to serve the larger interest of impartial justice? >> no, sir. as i've indicated my record shows that at no point or time have i ever permitted my personal views or sympathies to influence an outcome of a case. in every case where i have identify ad sympathy, i have articulated it and explained to the litigant why the law requires a specific job. i do not commit my personal views or prejudices to influence the outcome of my cases. >> a short while ago there was another disturbance at the hearing. an anti-abortion activist interrupted. >> officer, remove that man immediate lif. >> hearing disrupted several times yesterday by anti-abortion
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activists. sotomayor's confirmation hearing is available online, being streamed as we speak uninterrupted on our website. that's cnn.com/live. southwest airlines says it's completed inspections on the fleet of 737-700 aircrafts. that's about 200 plane. a hole opened up on a flight southwest was operating 30,000 feet in the air on route from nashville to baltimore. the plane with 126 passengers and five crew members had to make an emergency landing in charleston, west virginia, last night. >> we were seated two rows back from the wing. four rows back you heard a loud rush. and your ears popped. we looked back and could tell that part of the inside was trying to pull out. it was crazy. oxygen masks dropped.
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i put mine on, as i was instructed to, then put them on the kids. as a parent you're doing a lot of talking and calming and how you've never gone through this before. >> immediately the air bags deployed. started feeling light headed. your ears started popping, stopping up. and we immediately began trying to put on our, our masks. trying to adjust them. and the flight attendants went into operation. they did an excellent job. >> nobody was hurt. a southwest representative says no delays resulted from the incident. check out what has to be some of the most dramatic video of the week. this is a plane spirling down at a german air show. the pilot flies too low as he tries to fly out of the acrobatic dive.
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crosses the road. collides, by the way, with a parked car. there was a family of three inside, which was slammed into a nearby field. nobody was seriously hurt. the pilot is okay. local police released a statement saying guardian angels had a hand in the outcome. more storms farced nasa to call off the "endeavour" launch last night. they'll try again tomorrow night. if that goes off without a hitch the "endeavour" will have to undock from the space station earlier than planned. if the launch is pushed back to thursday, nasa would have to cut a space walk from the mission. the next window after that doesn't open up until july 26th, a sunday. looks like a lot of people had to spend money last month because economists are hoping the second straight increase in retail sales are the beginning of a trend. it's going to cost you more to fill the fridge.
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wholesale food prices jumped more than 1% last month. some vegetables up over 20%. 1.8% jump overall in june. economists say it's only temporary and tied to higher gasoline prices. is debbie rowe making a multimillion dollar deal to give up her stake in the children?
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we could know what killed michael jackson within the next week. some results for the toxicology tests already in. the remaining results should be due late this week, early next week. authorities are looking into claims that he took large amounts of prescription drugs and had for some time. the lawyer of the debbie rowe is denying custody reports. an attorney for debbie rowe
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calls the newspaper report false that she's agreed to take $4 million not to challenge katherine jackson's custody rights. but a source close to the family says that katherine jackson's attorney is in a deal to try to hammer out an agreement. reportedly the jackson family wants debbie rowe to give up any rights. >> the family wants her to give up any notion of custody and visitation rights. apparently the family is trying to work out ap nondisclosure agreement. rowe stands to be paid many millions if she agrees to give up any contact and any custody with her two children so the singer's mother, katherine, can actually raise them. >> a child custody court hearing was pushed back from yesterday to next monday. katherine has temporary guardianship of all kids now.
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should debbie rowe have all or some part of the custody of her kids? or do you feel she should get out of the picture? tell us your views. e-mail address, cnn.com/hln or text views and your comment and name to hlntv. standard text rates apply. l.a.'s mayor says the city will pay for services related to the jackson memorial. police, traffic, and other services cost an estimated $1.4 million. the city council is set to review those costs today. the mayor said asking for donations is ridiculous. what happens to the $35,000 raised? no word on when it will be returned to donors. a pennsylvania swim club
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accused of racism may soon be facing a lawsuit. an attorney says he expects to file the suit within a week. he also wants the entire club board to resign. the day camp said it was kicked out because the kids are mostly minorities. the club says the pool was overcrowded that day and they've invited the camp back. they say no way, it won't return. you see political billboards all the time. this one is making a lot of people angry. why it says dr. martin luther king jr. was a republican.
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the president will be throwing out the first pitch at the all-star game in st. louis. making another pitch in st. louis, explaining how community colleges can help with the economic recovery. paul steinhauser joins us from washington. he delivered disappointing news on the economy. >> earlier talking unemployment figures. he says the figures will increase. the president made his comments while meeting with the dutch prime minister today. the nation's unemployment level is 89.5%, a 26-year high. the president is now in warren, michigan. he's going to be talking about community colleges. only two-year institutions, but the obama administration says they could play a key role in helping boost the ailing economy for years to come. we plan to hear him announce
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investment in college. jobs required an associate degree will be growing. one thing about michigan, the unemployment rate there right now is 14.1%. >> absolutely. they are hurting. do they head to st. louis after that? is he nervous about taking the mound at busch stadium? >> yeah, he's going to be the first president in 33 years to do that. is he practicing? take a listen. >> i think it's fair to say i wanted to loosen up my arm a little bit. my general strategy the last time i threw a pitch was at the american league championship series. i wanted to keep it high. i don't know how fast it went. but if it exceeded 30 miles per hour i would be surprised.
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but it did clear the plate. >> he always has the backstop. he's got the backstop there. on a serious note. he's out there to highlight his united we serve program. which is a community service program. >> paul steinhauser. the president did not lot a shattered tell prompter trip him up in a speech in washington. here's how it happened. >> we took swift and aggressive action in the first months of my administration to pull our economy. goodness. sorry about that, guys. >> the prompter screen crashed to the floor why he was talking about his economic stimulus plan. he continued the remarks, using a second prompter screen and his written notes. one in six people driving at night on the weekends tested positive for some kind of drug. most common drug detect sd marijuana followed by cocaine and methamphetamine. on the flip side, fewer people are driving drunk. they accounted for 2% of all
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drivers in 2007. most of the 18 people hurt when a semitrailer rig slammed into their bus are now out of the hospital. the bus was loaded with students returning to kansas after a trip to kansas city yesterday. the bus driver was making a u-turn when the vehicle was rear ended by the semi. two officials say former vice president dick cheney is getting a bum wrap on the the counterterrorism program that the cia never told congress about. he shut down the initiative when he learned of it last month. some democrats say cheney broke the law when he ordered the agency to keep the plan secret from congress. one of the former intelligence officials who spoke to our sister network cnn says it should be no surprise the united states would go after terrorists. a new billboard that claims martin luther king jr. was a republican is causing tempers to flair in houston. a group stands by the claims and
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says it fosters a good political dialogue. >> i commend them for that. it's a conversation that we will continue to have. we're not backing off. >> the party of tom delay. the party of rush limbaugh. the party of michael savage would not be a party of dr. martin luther king jr. >> the leader responsible for the billboard says it has no documentary evidence at all that dr. king was a member of the republican party. gays and lesbians are one step closer to being welcomed as clergy at the episcopal church. it could be adopted to the church's national convention on friday. in 2003 the church consecrated its first openly gay bishop. it caused an uproar among the communion. the u.s. church has not named any other openly gay bishops. the first welcome to fabulous las vegas sign is a
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graffiti mess. it looks like it was done by a toddler with a crayon. they used a marker and may have to hire a private contractor to get the sign cleaned up. investment bank gold man sax earned $2.8 billion in the second quarter. it's trading in underwriting businesses help it easily surpass profit expectations. last month they repaid the $10 million they got under the asset relief program. sometimes known as t.a.r.p. experts say don't expect such stellar numbers this number. goldman was in a better condition to deal with the economic crisis than banks with more loan losses. sarah palin's decision to step down as alaska's governor is not hurting her fund raising power. she raised almost $733,000 in the first five months, collecting 200,000 more after she announced she was resigning. the contributions show she has
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overwhelming grass roots support. who will get custody of michael jackson's two oldest children? a hearing is postponed. anything to do with a rumor to pay out his ex-wife? not long ago, this man had limited mobility.
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big news. seven people, six adults and a juvenile under arrest in connection with the killings of a gulf coast couple inside their home on july 9th. >> what we have is business dealings. i'll use the example of mr. gonzales sr. he own ad pressure what washing business part time. basically a day laborer also. he would hire members of this group for this organization to work on a part time basis on an as-needed basis as would come through. the individual that we have secured in the last phase of this investigation that are currently in custody are from oskaloosa county.
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the one pivotal person in the organization is leonard patrick gonzales jr. he is the organizer. >> police say gary lamont sumner, garr frederick lee thornton and donald stallworth were all arrested in connection with the killings. also wayne coldiron and leonard gonzales jr., who you heard the sheriff call the organizer. gonzales jr.'s father was the getaway driver in the red van. police say they were ambushed by the two groups of men who burst into the home late thursday and killed them execution style. nancy grace of course investigating all this. the new arrests. the late breaking details. the news of a motive finally coming in in the shooting deaths. don't miss it. she's taking your calls, tonight. it's tonight at 8:00 and 10:00
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eastern. southwest airlines that has completed inspections on the fleet of 737-300 aircraft. the inspections were announced after a hole opened up in flight on a southwest jet at 37,000 feet causing the cabin to rapidly lose pressure. the plane carrying 126 passengers and five crew members from nashville to baltimore had to make an emergency landing last night. >> we were two rows back from the wing. four rows back you heard a loud rush. your ears popped. we looked back and could tell that part of the inside was trying to pull out. it was crazy. i put mine on, as i was instructed to. then put mine on the kids. it was crazy. especially as a parent you're doing a a lot of talking and calming. and that kind of thing.
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>> immediately the air bags deployed and started feeling light headed. your ear started popping up. we immediately began trying to put on our masks. the flight attendant went into operation. they did an excellent job. nobody was hurt. the space shuttle launch was scrubbed for a third straight day. more storms forced nasa to scrub off the launch. they'll try again tomorrow night. the "endeavour" will have to undock from the space station earlier than planned. if the launch is pushed back to thursday nasa will have to cut a space walk from the mission. the next launch window after that doesn't open until sunday the 26th of july. the senate judiciary
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committee is judging judge sotomayor right now. day two of her confirmation hearings is past the half way point. the supreme court nominee is fielding kbes of controversial comments, controversial rulings, and hot button issues like late term abortions and gun rights. >> that footnote that you wrote leaves the impression that unless the right to bear arms is considered fundamental, any gun restriction is necessarily permissible under the second amendment. is that what you believe? >> no, sir. i'm not taking an opinion on the issue because it's an open question. >> you admit it's an open question. >> well, i admit that justice -- i admit -- the courts have been addressing that question. the supreme court in the opinion authored by justice scolia
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suggested it was a question if court should consider. >> earlier she had heated talks with jeff sessions. she repeatedly defended her 2001 speech in which she suggest that had a wise latina would more often than not reach better conclusions than a white man without similar life experiences. she also reversed a ruling against new haven connecticut firefighters. a decision later overturned by the supreme court. her confirmation hearing is available streaming live on our website. if you would like to see it in progress, go to cnn.com/live. white house officials are now saying the first lady's father was not buried at the illinois cemetery where authorities believe bodies were removed so plots could be resold. earlier the first lady's office said her father was buried there at burr oak cemetery. now it says no he wasn't. he was laid to rest about two miles away.
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county officials plan to increase inspections at 22 cemeteries. they will checked four times a year, not just once. a report concludes african-american students are closing the education gap in one region of the country, but may be losing ground in another. the education department says black students have made important gains in several southern states the last two decades. but in some northern states black achievement has improved more slowly than white achievement or has in fact declined. the most dramatic black/white gaps are no longer in southern states like alabama and mississippi that have legacies of slavery and segregation. the largest is in wisconsin, nebraska, connecticut, and illinois. president obama wants $12 billion to shape up community colleges. he's announcing his plan in
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warren, michigan. the president wants to boost the number of community college grads by 5 million over the next 11 years. air shows offer audiences spectacular stunts. but when things go wrong they get scary very fast. what happened at the end of this potentially deadly spiral.
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it's going to cost you more to fill the refrigerator. food prices jumped more than 1% in june. some grocery items climbed more than 20%. overall wholesale prices went up 1.8% in june. economists say it's only
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temporary and may lead to higher gasoline prices. gasoline prices of late have been going down. looks like a lot of people had money to spend last month. economists are hoping the second straight increase in retail sales is the beginning of a trend. sales in june rose 0.6%. a plane spiraling to the ground. the pilot can pull up in time. the plane crosses an access road right here and collides with a car. into a nearby field. there was a family of three inside, but nobody was seriously hurt. police said clearly guardian ands had a hand in the outcome. >> a california teenager on his final leg of his attempt to sail around the world alone. he's trying to become the youngest person to achieve that. he's in san diego 13 months
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after he began the trip. he's less than 100 miles for his final destination just outside los angeles. he's hoping minor repairs on his boat will be finished in time to leave san diego today and head north to finish a 28,000 mile trip on thursday. if you or somebody you know has a pet cat then you realize how cat runs the show. cats can get whatever they want from humans. it's all in the purr. specifically what scientists are calling a solicitation purr. the university has posted audio files on the website. solicitation purrs are different than plain old sounds of kitty contentment. humans translate it as a need for nurturing. next time you feel a compulsive need to serve your cat tuna, remember its purr may be embedded with a signal that says
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feed me. she stopped by a grocery store for salmon and ended up feeling like a piece of meat herself.
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just one month after paying back $10 billion in federal bailout money goldman sachs reports a blowout quarter. cnnmoney.com's poppy harlow is joining us with the latest. impressive, right? >> $3.4 billion, nothing to laugh at. serious profit for goldman sachs in the second quarter. the numbers better than even analysts expected. take a look, folks. that's in just a three-month period. why zid this happen to goldman sachs? one reason for this, the collapse of their main competition lehman brothers and bear stearns. somewhat insulated from parts of
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the banking world right now that aren't doing well. we're talking direct consumer loans and loans to businesses. so the question is till whether goldman sachs can keep this up down the load. the ceo coming out today saying yes, markets still refragile. but he did see improving conditions. a blowout quarter certainly. >> would that have been possible without taxpayer help? probably not. the t.a.r.p. money and a lot of government guarantees of goldman sachs. that allows the bank to borrow cheaply. the they're profiting now. the question on that is how did it play out politically? goldman reaping the benefits while americans are certainly struggling. this turnaround could be good
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news for goldman sachs employees. because goldman has paid back the t.a.r.p. money, chuck, they don't have to limit employee compensation. goldman has set aside $11.4 billion in compensation for just the first half of this year. so lets look at what you think people should weigh in. people already telling us what they think. read more all in this article. it's right here on cnnmoney.com. >> we get a lot of the business news up to the minute the right there as referenced at cnnmoney.com. we could know what killed michael jackson in the next week or less. the los angeles county coroner's official says results from toxicology tests are already in.
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authorities are looking into claims that he took a large amount of prescription drugs and had for some time. the reporter who interviewed latoya jackson ability her brother's death said she suspected michael was murdered. the interview was conducted last thursday. the pop star's sister says he was surrounded by teem who took advantage of him. >> michael was isolated from the family. the family knew that he was in trouble. they tried to stage an intervention. every time they tried to get close to the house they were prevented. joe jackson went to the front door on many occasions, she told me. they wouldn't let him in. when latoya called the house, she couldn't speak to her brother. this is all very suspicious. >> the lawyer for michael jackson's ex-wife is denying reports of a custody deal involving her two children with the late singer. an attorney for debbie rowe
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denounces a report that she agreed to take $4 million and not challenge katherine jackson for custody. a source says jackson's attorney is trying to hammer out an agreement. they want hir to give up any rights to the two kids she had with jackson. a custody hearing has been delayed a week. katherine jackson has been named temporary guardian of all three of michael's children. one more note about michael jackson. the mayor of los angeles says the city will pay for the municipal services related to the memorial service last week. the city council will take up the issue today. police and traffic control cost $1.4 million. they called the website asking for donations ridiculous. the site closed friday. it's not known if the $35,000 raised will be returned to donors. a massachusetts woman chased
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down a man and demanded to see his camera. she found pictures taken up her skirt. >> when i grabbed him, he says, sorry, please let me gochlt he had the wrong girl. i wasn't letting him go. >> store employees detained 74-year-old until police arrived. the camera was loaded with pictures of other women. she's upset he will face at most a misdemeanor complaint of anowing and accosting a member of the opposite sex. police say he didn't break a clearly defined law. coupons are going high-tech. that's good news in a bad economy. hln money expert clark howard tells us about new technology that promises to save money and trees. my 9-year-old loves going to self-service registers. in the supermarket or the discount store. and scanning things with a bar code. it's like she's having a field
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day when she gets to ring the stuff up. don't you wish every way? and the bar code has really not changed much in a long, long, long time. until now. you're going to see over the next year or two some ultra weird-o bar colds appear. they're going to be all kinds of good things about this, including things where you will get automatic coupons, where if you buy this with this, instead of bpulling a coupon out, once the register reads both items, it will give you the special coupon price. and, how about this? the bar code will tell you if an item is expired, and if it already is, it won't let you buy it. nice safety feature. i'm clark howard. for more ways for you to protect your wallet goes to cnn.com/clarkhoward. don't miss clark howard on weekends, saturdays and sundays, noon and 4:00 eastern, right here on hln.
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news of strong earnings at gold man saks was not enough to propel a rally on wall street today. bank stocks were sagging today. they performed very well yesterday. prices on the street have hovered all day, and right now, the dow is up, barely, 17 points at 8349. well, he may be the commander in chief, but will the president be able to command a fastball across home plate? he is scheduled to throw out the first pitch at the major league baseball all start game in st. louis. but at last night's all-star event, a prince was on center stage, as prince fielder of the milwaukee brewers was crowned king in the home run derby. he beat out nelson cruz of the rangers 6-5. he launched one 530 feet. the national veterans wheelchair games are under way. 500 athletes from all around the world are competing. the 19th annual event is sponsored by the department of veterans affairs.
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you can get your groove on des moines, but the fun's got to stop by 2:00 a.m. some people don't want to turn their groove off, period. the fight to dance the night away.
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authorities announce more arrests in an ambush and brutal killings of a florida couple who look eed after a group of speci needs children. police say they may have a motive why seven suspects targeted the couple. the fate of michael jackson's three kids still up in the air after a custody hearing was delayed yet again. does it have something to do with rumors of a settlement between his ex-wife and his mother? and southwest airlines inspects its entire fleet of 737s after a hole opens up on one of the jets during a flight. hear from some of the nerp vous passengers on board. so glad to have you on board with us here, i'm christy paul with hln news and views. we have some big news out of the
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florida panhandle. a total of seven people, six adults, one juvenile, now under arrest in the killings of a gulf coast couple inside their home. at a news conference this afternoon, well, here is what we learned about the latest suspects there. >> we are passing out to the press the following package. seven individuals are currently in custody, related to the murders of byrd and melanie billings. you will note one photograph is absent. the reason for that is, this individual is a 16-year-old juvenile. >> now, police say these three men, gary lamont sumner, fredrick lee thornton and donald ray stallworth are in police custody. the district attorney says all seven suspects will be charged with first degree murder in the deaths of byrd and melanie billings. the prosecutor revealed for the first time, a safe was among the items taken from the home.
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also arrested and charged, these three men, they are charged with murder. wayne thomas coldiron and len nord gonzales jr., they are due in court this afternoon. according to arrest warrants, gonzales' father was the get away driver in the red van. now, one of the suspects, leonard gonzales jr., who you see in the middle there, appeared in court this afternoon, in fact, already, and asked the judge to reduce his bail. >> i respectfully ask the court in the lack of other evidence, my family situation and as well as community activism to release me or to greatly reduce my bond and allow me to prepare to defend myself against these heinous charges, which is my constitutional right. at this time, i cannot afford an attorney. >> mr. gonzales, i'm looking at prior record, and i see at least
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seven prior convictions. you've done state prison time. i've read the arrest report. i think there is sufficient evidence which gives me great concern for our community. i'm going to grant the state's request that you be held would bo bond. >> hln's nancy grace is investigating all the new arrests and late breaking details surrounding this. and she's taking your calls. that's tonight at 8:00 and 10:00 p.m. eastern, right here on hln, so we hope you're here with us. michael jackson's toxicology results could be available really any day now. they could reveal an official cause of death, of course. but will they answer all of the questions here? nancy grace producer that tisha lance is in los angeles with the latest, and the latest in the legal wrangling with the kids. let's get to the toxicology results first. when might we expect something?
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>> it could be as early as friday is what they are saying. if not friday, the middle of next week. and this is going to help with the police investigation which is going on. they can kind of waiting for the results, too, to figure out whether or not this death investigation is going to reach to -- go up to the level of a criminal investigation, and possibly a homicide. >> okay. nastisha, let me ask you about the kids. there have been rumors out there of a multi-million dollar settle. that are trying to be hammered out between debbie rowe, the biological mother of jackson's two eldest children, and jackson's mother, katherine jackson. what do we know about that? >> right. well, there was a report that came from "the new york post," and what this report was saying is that debbie rowe reached an agreement with katherine jackson for $4 million, she would relish quick her parental rights and
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not seek custody. later on, rowe's attorney sent a letter to "the new york post" and released it to the public, saying that this is a completely false report out there, and i'm going to read from it right here, christy. "there has been no agreement reached between rowe and the jacksons. she has not and will not give up her rights. no determination has been reached concerning custody or visitation, and she has not accepted and not will accept any additional financial support, consideration beyond the support she had from jackson years ago." they divorced in 1999, and she received $8.5 million, and that's according to court records. we don't know about the additional support she was being given or is still being given, possibly, and they are saying this is absolutely not true. but the new thing that's coming out of this is that previously her attorney said she had not reached a decision yet as to what she was going to do regarding the children, and now
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she's, now, his letter is saying that she has not and will not give up her parental rights, so we will be back in court on monday, to figure out this custody issue that is going on. we were supposed to be there yesterday, but it was moved until monday. we'll see if rowe is in court. her attorney is expected to be there, though. >> interesting. so monetarily, this letter is very definitive in she will not ask for anymore money. but when it comes to the fate of the kids, she's still in the game, it sounds like. natisha, thank you for the update. and i want to let you know, this is our views topic today, as well. what do you think about this? should debbie rowe have all or part of the custody, or do you think it's time for her to get out of the picture? e-mail us your view at cnn.com/hln. you can text us, as well.
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we're going to hear what you have to stay in a few minute, and thank you so much for being part of the conversation. meanwhile, we are deep into day two, as the senate judiciary committee judges sonia sotoma r sotomayor. she is before the committee there live. she fielded questions about controversial comments, rulings, hot button issues such as late-term abortions and gun rights. listen to this. >> that footnote that you wrote leaves the impression that lls the right to bear arms is considered fundamental, any gun restriction is necessarily permissible under the second amendment. is that what you believe? >> no, sir, because that's not -- i'm not taking an opinion on that issue, because it's an open question. >> you admit it's an open question? >> well, i admit that -- i admit. i -- the courts have been addressing that question.
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the supreme court in the opinion authored by justice scalia said it was a question that the court should consider. >> now, earlier today, she had some pretty intense exchanges with senator jeff sessions, the committee's top republican. sotomayor defended a 2001 speech in which she suggested that a wise latina would reach better conclusions than a white man without similar life experiences. and she defended a controversial 2008 reverse discrimination ruling against firefighters in connecticut. that decision was overturned by the supreme court. here's the thing. this has been a pretty vocal conference, i guess you would say, on the hill, because earlier this afternoon, there was yet again another disturbance at the confirmation hearing as an anti-abortion demonstrator interrupted sotomayor. take a look. okay. we don't have that, i apologize.
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but this was another -- this was the third or fourth disruption. as you might remember, there were several times yesterday activists disrupted the testimony that was being given, as well. going to be keeping an eye on that for you, as well. i want to let you know that officials at the white house are now saying the first lady's father was not buried at the illinois cemetery where authorities believe bodies were moved so plots could be resold off the books. now, earlier, the first lady's office said frazier robinson iii was buried at burr oak cemetery. now it says he was not. robinson was laid to rest about two miles away, apparently, at lincoln cemetery, rather. if you've been to air shows, you know these spectacular stunts you get to see there. when things go wrong, they get really frightening really fast. what happened at the end of this
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potentially deadly spiral.
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well, look at this melee. fists started flying after the sentencing of a man convicted of killing the son of a former police chief in michigan. this brawl broke out yesterday in michigan. we don't know why the fight started, but after the judge read the sentence of life in prison -- my goodness -- witnesses say words were exchanged between the families of the convicted killer and the victim the fight began outside the courtroom, lasted for about three minutes. look at people trying to get others under control there. up to 30 people were involved here. police made about eight arrests, as well. my goodness. all right, we just told you about a possible deal that could determine who gets custody of
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michael jackson's feeling. most viewers today, based on what we could tell, think debbie rowe should not be apart of the children's lives, but we want to get both sides here. kathy is in texas. kathy, how do you see this? >> reporte >> caller: i think that katherine failed to protect her son from joe, so how do we expect her to protect them? >> you think that because of joe jackson? >> caller: i do. well, i think the family has proven to be erratic in their behavior, and a little out of control, looking for the limelight. you need to protect the children first. >> okay. i've got you. kathy, thank you so much, calling from texas there. annie is calling from alabama. annie, do you agree or no? >> caller: no, i do not agree. i think that mrs. jackson could get those kids, because debbie is loving them from the pocket, and not from the heart, and you
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must love kids from the heart, and not from the pocket. what's going to happen if he does get them? she's going to sell them back to the jacksons? that's not right. >> so you think money is the motivator here? >> caller: yes. >> annie, thank you for calling, as well. now, i want to read you a couple of e-mails. bobby in hawaii -- obviously he agrees with annie there. leanne says -- and vicky says -- and weapon got a text from lupe in new mexico who says -- we want to thank you so much for
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taking the time to let us know how you feel about this. this is your segment, and, you know, we appreciate your opinion. it's important to us. thank you. we're going to have a different topic for you to comment on tomorrow. we hope you do so. convicted swindler bernie madoff taking a trip. where he spent the night, and where he is now.
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okay, look at some of this most dramatic video that we have here. a plane spiraling toward the
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ground. the stunt goes wrong when the pilot can't pull up in time. this plane is going to cross an access road -- look at that. collide with a car, slamming it right into a nearby field. it didn't hit the people that were on that road, as well there was a family inside that car. do you believe no one was seriously hurt? and the pilot is okay, as well. local police released a statement saying, quote, clearly guardian angels had a hand in the outcome here. for a second day in a row, a southwest passenger jet makes an emergency landing. this time, it's flight 3238. it came in from st. louis. touched down safely in orlando, which was the destination. a warning light came on that suggested there may be a fire on board. inspectors did not find any damage. these buses transported the 126 passengers and five crew members from that plane to the terminal. and thankfully, no injuries have been reported. meanwhile, southwest says
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its completed immediate inspections on its fleet of 737 300 aircraft, nearly lly 200 pl. those were announced after a one foot by one foot hole opened up in flight on a southwest jet, at 30,000 feet, which caused the cabin to lose pressure. the plane was carrying 126 passengers, had to make an emergency landing last night. >> we were seated about two rows back from the wing, and about four rows back, you heard this loud rush, and your ears popped, and then we looked back and you could tell that part of the inside was trying to pull out, and it was -- it was crazy. and then the masks dropped. i put mine on, then put them on my kids, and so, it was just crazy, though. you are doing, especially as a parent, you are doing a lot of talking, and calming, and that kind of thing, and how you've
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never gone through this before. >> thankfully, nobody was hurt in that case, either. a southwest representative says there are no delays or cancellations due to that incident from yesterday. remember this, a pennsylvania swim club accused of racism? well, it could be facing a federal discrimination lawsuit. an attorney for this day camp that was asked to leave, says he expects to file the suit within a week. he wants the entire club board to resign. the day camp said it was kicked out because the kids are mostly minor tips the club says the pool was overcrowded that day and invited them back, but the camp said thanks but no thanks. massachusetts lawmakers are hoping to restore $4 million in state funding for two boston area zoos. now the state house speaker says he believes the legislature can override any veto by the governor. the group that runs the zoos says it is optimistic. zoo new england raised some eyebrows here, and the governor's ire when it suggested
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budget cuts may force it to euthanize animals. the governor says state money would be better spent on other programs and thinks the zoos could find other funding. the master mind behind the largest ponzi scheme ever, bernard madoff, has arrived at a federal prison in north carolina. he was actually held overnight at a medium security prison in atlanta. there he is, highlighted. this is a detention center for prisoners that are being transferred to other facilities. the atlanta prison once housed charles ponzi. madoff's lawyer requested he be locked up somewhere near new york to be close to his family. well, investors were hoping the bulls would show up after monday's rally. allison cossack is with us to wrap up the trading day. no bull sightings? >> reporter: we saw a few. stocks spent the day searching
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for direction as mixed exhibition reports and better than expected profit reports from goldman sachs and johnson & johnson put stocks in the plus column for the day. the focus will remain on the tech sector and banking sector. intel reports in just a few minutes, followed by google and ibm later in the week. the dow industrials gained 27 points today, to 8359. the nasdaq edged up a third of 1%, and the s&p added half a percent. shares of goldman sachs were flat despite a very strong earnings report. the banks, which many analysts regard the strongest in the sector, said it earned $3.5 billio billion. and the government said retail sales jumped up in june, but due in part to the highest price of gasoline. prices have backed off a bit. >> all right, allison, good to see you. thank you so much. well, the battle over michael jackson's kids breaking new ground here. now we hear the mother is in
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so glad to have you with us today. big news out of the florida panhandle, where a total of seven people now, six adults and a juvenile, under arrest in the killings of a gulf cost couple inside their home. at a news conference this afternoon, here is what we learned about the latest suspects. >> we'll be passing out to the press the following package. seven individuals are currently in custody related to the murders of byrd and melanie billings. you will note one photograph is absent. the reason for this is, this individual is a 16-year-old juvenile. >> and police say these three men, gary lamont sumner, fredrick lee thornton and donald ray stallworth is now in police custody. the district attorney says all
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seven suspects will be charged with first degree murder in the deaths of byrd and melanie billings. the prosecutor revealed for the first time, too, that a safe was among the items taken from the home. take a look at these pictures, because also arrested and charged with murder, wayne thomas coldiron and leonard patrick gonzales jr. gonzales jr.'s father, gonzales sr., was the get away driver in the red van. gonzales jr. appeared in court this schb. he is said to be the master wind of the whole thepg, and asked the judge to reduce his bail. >> i respectfully ask the court in consideration of lack of hard evidence, my family situation, and as well as community activism to release me or to greatly reduce my bond and allow me to prepare to defend myself against these heinous charges, which is my constitutional right. at this time, i cannot afford an attorney. >> mr. gonzales, i'm looking at
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prior record, and i see at least seven prior convictions. you've done state prison time. i've read the arrest report. i think there's sufficient evidence which givens me great concern for my community. i'm going to grant the state's request that you are held without bond. >> now, the billings had a large family, as you can see here. many children were adopted. many had special needs. their oldest daughter is taking responsibility for her siblings, we understand, and she had only one request for authorities. >> last thursday, after this tragedy, we asked melanie and her husband, members of her family, to come to the sheriff's office. one day after this tragedy. and i'm sure ashley, you may recall standing in the lobby of the office, while you feel very helpless at that moment. i asked you if there was anybody that i could do for you. and your response back to me
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was, sheriff, find the people who did this. it is my honor today to tell you, ashley, and your family, we have found them. and they are in custody. >> what an emotional moment for her now. the billings were ambushed when two groups of men burst into their home. nancy grace is investigating all the new arrests, the late breaking details that have come down this afternoon, surrounding these deaths. plus, she's taking your calls. that's tonight at 8:00 and 10:00 p.m. eastern on hln. meanwhile, day two, and live pictures coming to you as the senate judiciary committee judges sewn yeah sotomayor. she fielded questions today about controversial comments, rulings, hot button issues and gun rights. listen in. >> that footnote that you wrote leaves the impression that unless the right to bear arms is considered fundamental, any gun
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restriction is necessarily permissible under the second amendment. is that what you believe? >> no, sir, because that's not -- i'm not taking an opinion on that issue, because it's an open question. >> so you admit it's an open question. >> well, i admit that justice -- i admit. i -- the courts have been addressing that question. the supreme court, in the opinion authored by justice scalia suggested that it was a question the supreme court should consider. >> earlier today, she had intentii intense exchanges with jeff sessions. sotomayor repeatedly defended a 2001 speech where she suggested a wise latina would more often than not reach better conclusions than a white man, and defended a reverse discrimination ruling against firefighters in new haven, connecticut. that decision was later overturned by the supreme court,
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but again, live pictures there as the hearings continue. earlier this afternoon, there was a disturbance at the heari hearings. an anti-abortion protester interrupted sotomayor during her testimony. go ahead an listen. >> officer, remove that man immediately. >> now, this isn't the first time. the hearing was disrupted several times yesterday by an - anti-abortion activists, as well. it's been preheated. the confirmation hearing is streaming live and uninterrupted on our website. we have it at cnn.com/live. the space shuttle workers now have more to worry about than whether the shuttle will get off the ground. 400 people are being laid off across the entire core of shuttle employees. the united space alliance says
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60% of those cuts will happen in florida, site of most shuttle launchings and landings. there are just eight missions left in the plan, which is scheduled to end in september next year. the shuttle has been delayed five times because of weather and technical issues. launch is now set for tomorrow night. we're getting a correction from the office of first lady michelle obama we want to share with you, now saying that her father is not buried at an illinois cemetery that's been desecrated. earlier today, mrs. obama's staff said frazier robinson iii will buried near chicago at burr oak ceremony. a correction was issues later, though. four former workers at that historic black cemetery are accused of digging up bodies and reselling plots. cook county officials plan to increase inspections at 28 cemeteries to four times a year, rather than just once. the illinois comptroller is freezing the trust funds of the
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company that owns burr oak. we can know what killed michael jackson within the next week. a los angeles county coroner's official says some results from toxicology tests are in and saying the remaining results are expected this week or early next week. now, those tests determine what substances were in jackson's body when he died. authorities are looking into claims that he took large amounts of prescription drugs. the lawyer for jackson's ex-wife is denies reports of a custody deal. an attorney for debbie rowe calls a report false that she agreed to take $4 million not to challenge katherine jackson for custody. a source close to the family tells cnn that jackson's attorney is trying to hammer out some sort of an agreement with the woman you see there, debbie rowe. reportedly the family wants rowe to give up any rights to her two kids with jackson. child custody court hearing was pushed back from yesterday to
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next monday, and remember, jackson does have temporary guardianship of the kids for now. update for you on last week's memorial for jackson. l.a.'s mayor says the city will pay for services related to the memorial. police, traffic control, other services cost an estimated $1.4 million. the city council is set to review the costs. the mayor called a website asking for donations ridiculous there's no word that the $35,000 raised will be returned to donors. been to an air show? you know the stunts you get to see. well, when things go wrong, they get pretty scary pretty fast. what happened at the end of this potentially deadly spy rat.
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well, here's some of the most dramatic video of the week. this plane spirals towards the ground. the stunt goes wrong, though, and the pilot just can't pull up in time. watch this. it's going to cross and access road and collide. look at that, with a car, slammed it right into a field there was a family of three inside that car. do you believe no one was seriously hurt? and the pie lolot is okay, too. southwest airlines says it has completed immediate inspections on its feet of 737-300 aircraft which amounts no nearly 200 planes today the inspections were announced after a one foot by one foot hole opened up, think about this, in flight on a southwest jet at 30,000 feet, which caused the cabin to lose pressure. the plane was carrying 126 passengers and five crew members from nashville to baltimore, had to make an emergency landing in west virginia last night.
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>> we were seated about two rows back from the wing, and about four rows back, you heard this loud rush, and your ears popped, and then we looked back and you could tell that part of the -- the inside was trying to pull out, and it was really -- it was crazy. and the masks dropped. i put mine on and put mine on my kids. it was just crazy. especially as a parent, you're doing a lot of talking and calming, and that kind of thing. and how you've never gone through this before. >> thankfully, no one was hurt. a southwest representative says there are no delays or cancellations due to this incident, though. are you one of the thousands that have been waiting for it? the film "harry potter and the half blood prince" comes out at midnight tonight. for eight years, fans have watched the actors who play the famous young wizards grow up on
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the screen. so cnn.com's virginia cha has more details. we're going to be seeing a lot of people in costume tonight. >> oh, yeah. they have been waiting for this one to come out, as you mentioned. it's hard for fans to believe that the movie series basened on the widely popular books is coming close to an end. now, if you are huge fan, or even if you are new to this series, cnn.com has you covered. we have, on our site, so many interesting features. just go to cnn.com/entertainment. you're going to find plot and book reviews and summaries, so you can catch up and things if you've forgotten anything, or you can learn about it, if you haven't been following it. there is also a video gallery which takes you through some of the main characters in the story. you can hear from the actors talking about the characters, and about the movie. there's an explainer that talks about, you know, various character and plot developments over fall, and i don't have to
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tell you this, but this is, of course, a pivotal story in the series, the sixth one, "harry potter and the half blood prince" because one of the main characters dies attend. i will not say who, in case you want to learn by watching the movie. and as you said, we have watched the main characters, daniel radcliffe plays harry potter, emma watson and rupert grint. if you read the article that we have on our site, we'll talk about what's next for them once the series coming to an end and some of the things they've been up to during the time they've been filming the series. so, check it out at our site. and we want to remind you, send us an i-report, if you are going to midnight showing tonight, we'll love to see your photos, videos, and give us your view o review of the movie. >> if you want to see the movie and popcorn doesn't tickle your taste buds. how about tapas in a high tech
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way? >> leave it to two electrical engineers to come up with this concept. it in huntersville, north carolina. it's called t-1 tapas. wait until you see the really cool tables they came up with. diners can hook up their electronic devices. can you share photos, your music, and get this, right on that table top, that touch screen, you see it there, you can order, right from there. it goes straight back to the kitchen. and it even shows information about various dishes, if you have questions, and while you wait for your meal to come, you can watch movie previews or look at concertses it's a really cool thing. you can find it at cnn.com/video. >> probably cuts down on tips, too, since the computer is doing it for you, i guess. >> exactly. >> virginia, thank you so much. >> you bet. well, a huge fight breaks out in a michigan courthouse. look at this.
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my goodness. tensions run high after a convicted killer's sentence is read. see more of this brawl that led to several people being arrested. ú÷xñ
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well, "prime news" is just a couple of minutes away, and mike is talking about what's coming up at the top of the hour with us. >> starting with michael jackson. whether or not there's a custody deal in the works between katherine jackson, michael's mom, who he wanted to have custody, and debbie rowe, his ex-wife. "the new york post" reported that rowe accepted this $4 million deal to stay away. her lawyer shoots back in a letter, basically saying no, that's not true. they want "the post" to print a retraction. we're going to talk to some insiders. is there a deal in the works or not? we'll talk your calls, as well. how about this? we like -- you have children, i have children. we like to trust the babysitter. 28-year-old woman is accused of doing more than watching the kids. she's been arrested for having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old boy. half her age. it's a boy. two other kids also in the picture. don't believe she had sex with
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them. but here's where you just start wondering here. she says she's in love. told the 12 and 9-year-old siblings, i'm in love with your brother. i don't see what's wrong with this. asked for mom's blessing. what bolt has to come loose where you think that's okay? we're talking your calls on that one. and speaking of, what are people thinking, jon gosselin is parading around with his new girlfriend in france, she's 22, 23, she's got a checkered past, no angel. and if i'm kate, i'm saying, really? you want to sew your wild oats, great. stay away from the kids. it has to be a legal gift for her. she can dust off those pictures, and you talk about the past this 22-year-old, we'll get into that. she's no angel. we'll pull it that way. >> i didn't know about that. i knew she was the daughter of kate's plastic surgeon. >> that's where you're going? there's nobody else? the daughter of the doctor who gave you wife a tummy tuck, huh jon? nice. call in, 1-877-tell-hln.
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tex >> all righty, looking your way minutes. >> thank you, mike. look at this melee in a courthouse, noless. fists are flying after the sentencing of a man convicted of killing the son of a former police chief in michigan. this brawl broke out yesterday in genosee county courthouse. we don't know why it started, but after the judge read the sentence of life in prison, witnesses say words were exchanged between the convicted killer's family and the victim. eight arrests were made. see for yourself the famous welcome to las vegas sign. now it is a graffiti mess. the tagging looks like it was done by a toddler with a crayon.
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the vandals used a marker and they may have to hire a private contractor to get the sign cleaned up. two weeks ago, it went into the national registered of historic places. massachusetts lawmakers are hoping to restore $the million if state funding for two boston zoos. he believes the legislature can override any veto by governor deval patrick. the group says they are optimistic. the zoo raised eyebrows when they suggested budget cuts may force them to euthanize animals. patrick says no animals will be killed on his watch, but he believes state planning would be better spent on better programs that thinks the zoo should find other funding. 500 athletes meet up to prove life doesn't end in a wheelchair, it simpb simply changes. the national wheelchair games underway. this year it has a bit of an international flavor. check out the athletes who do it all so well while sitting down. they are an inspiration.
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