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on a lot. he puts them in a comfort zone and allows them to not only be funny, but themselves. you find out a little bit more about them in a personal way. i think that's great. >> for has been a great pleasure. it's a great series. i recommend everyone to watch it. thanks. much appreciate it. inside comedy airs on thursday on show time. >> angel in the storm. >> i want to tell her that it's time for her to meet her mommy and daddy. >> she was once a symbol of hope, the only member of her family found after a devastating tornado. we will hear from her grandfather. veteran news man, dan rather speaks to us about those unusual twists and turns on the road to the white house. his take on the gop race just
two days before the all important super tuesday. rush limbaugh style. the radio host apologizes after calling this woman a prostitute and a shut. >> you are a shut, right? >> is it too little, too late? that's no talking point. all that and more, right here, right now on cnn. >> i'm don lemon and thank you for joining us. her story captured hearts around the nation. she survived a tornado that killed her entire family. her tiny thrown into a field by incredible forces. angel babcock is a girl who was a symbol of hope, but her hold on life was too fragile. she was taken off life support. the decision rested with her grandfather. >> camouflaged by twisted metal
and broken wood, a baby monitor rests near the wreckage of homes that housed a young family, taken by the march 2nd tornado. >> i never have been through nothing like this. it's horrible. >> jack knew there was a storm that fateful friday when it passed he made a trip to run errands. >> we were going to pay the water bill and they told us that there had been people at the lumber company. that made me think of my daughter and her kids. >> as he approached the mobile home park, it hit him. >> we got closer, i thought oh, my god, oh, my god. >> his 20-year-old daughter mariah was not there. >> we got out and started calling her name. we were walking through mud and it was horrible. >> mariah and her boyfriend joe babcock and their children did
not make it. >> little boy was laying on the ground and we were trying to bring him back to life. >> 2-year-old jaden and 2-month-old kendall were also dead. >> we walked out and they were bringing the other little baby from way up the road. >> angel's grandfather spoke us to before taking her off life s. the toughest decision he ever had to make. >> we were going to pray there and i am going to tell that little girl that i'm going to tell her that it's time for her to meet her mommy and daddy.
>> this is the man who found her and did all he could to save her life. >> fire burning debris make the aftermath look like a battlefield. this is all that's left of the trailer in this enormous twister that killed four members of a family and spared a toddler. angel babcock just 14 months old somehow survived, but was critically injured. a friend of a family found her in a field about 100 yards away. the bodies of her parents only 21 and 20, a 2-year-old and 2 month old nearby. >> all three of the kids right in this area. >> one of the babies was in a car seat, a baby seat? >> yes. i don't know what to say. it's devastating.
>> angel was scooped from the mud and rushed to a hospital. another man, jason miller was stumbling nearby. he had been in the same trailer. >> they found him walking down the road. he's are sons of a gun. >> tough, but badly injured. >> his shoulder blade is fracture and he has a fractured back. slightly fractured. so he's in pretty rough shape. . >> earlier with et twister bearing down, he tried to help angel's family. jason miller convinced the family to get out of their smaller trailer and hunker down with him in his double wide. they crouched down in the floor in the center of the trailer as the tornado got closer and closer. >> they were laying in the hall way and think they were holding hands and they were laying down as we understood it.
>> and praying? >> praying, yeah. >> neighbors were doing the same. >> i prayed to god to please keep my family safe. he kept my family safe. the poor kids. i don't know. >> more blow for the shaken community. angel also has died. she was pulled off life support late sunday. susan candiotti, cnn, indiana. >> thank you very much. this has been a day of taking stock for victims of that deadly rash of tornados that hit 11 states. many lost everything. the extreme weather claimed at least 39 lives in kentucky, indiana, ohio, iand georgia. no corner of this small town was spared. homes annihilated and trees
plucked out of the ground and there were scenes like this all over the midwest and south tonight. the number of people killed from the storm has risen to 21 in kentucky. despite damage, we are hearing stories of survival. here's tim in the hard hit town. >> reporter: on the out skirts of west liberty, kentucky, tornado survivors return home. >> this was your house? >> this was my house, yes. >> where is the house now? >> across the street in the parking lot. >> the rubble is across the street. that's your house? >> yes. >> she had only moments to make it into the basement and rode out the storm. >> can you believe you are safe and sound? >> it was all rather quickly. so quickly that i did not have a lot of time to think. you think back on it and think wow. i'm glad that my own little plan
worked. >> up the street, doris is picking through what's left of her house. she also sought shelter in the basement. >> you were right here when the storm came through. >> yes. as you can see, parts fell all over. >> she emerged to a scene of devastation. >> i could hear people crying and people asking for help. there was people with small children walking down the street trying to get help. >> both credit faith for giving them strength. >> i feel blessed like the lord protected me and let me get out alive. i'm thankful for that. >> i did have strength from god, but i could feel as i was walking down those basement steps and making my way to my corner, it was okay. >> jim spellman reporting. stories of pouring out of the area, but for one community in
indiana it's what's pouring in that matters most. prayers and hope. we have that part of the story. >> why did this happen? i don't care. it did. >> at the church in southern indiana, the focus is on healing. >> some of our folks could not get in. so many of you lost everything. many of you lost vehicles. some of you slept. >> the congregation is getting a lot of help from a relief group and ordinary people. >> i got here at 6:00 at dawn when they allowed us in and these guys were already here. they had a couple of semis that brought lots and lots of materials.
>> food and water to bedding and clothing, they have it covered for families that lost everything in friday's storm. >> today we are just trying to see if we can organize everything to distribute food and toiletries as people need them and the things they need to get their life back toeg. >> the church has been feeding the neaty with the help of a food bank just 20 miles south. the pastor said that was practical. . >> i keep hearing the phrase about this little church friday night. people from all over the country and the world. people from england. people from all over the world were calling my cell phone. that's scary. i don't know how they got it.
and they are saying we're coming, we're coming. >> he said the church has much to be thankful for despite damaged homes and cars and families deeply shaken by the storm. >> it was just a few weeks ago that we said this phrase. don't just go to church. what? be the church. nobody in our community has lost hope. i think it's renewed hope. . >> athena jones, cnn, henryville, indiana. >> to find out more on how to help those affected, go to cnn.com/impact. up next, two days and counting. a look at the republican candidates and ten states up for grabs. later, news mandan rather is on the political trail and passionate about the presidential race and certainly has a lot to say. [ male announcer ] this is lawn ranger -- eden prairie, minnesota.
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have more fiber than other leading brands. they're the better way to enjoy your fiber. . the countdown is on. the contest in ten states with 419 delegates on the line. mark preston already here in atlanta, getting ready for the big coverage. give us the latest from ohio. look at this right here. rick santorum and mitt romney are locked in a tight fight. a lot of people think that mitt romney needs to do well if not win to show he can appeal to the
voters. let's go down south to tennessee, another state where rick santorum and mitt romney are in a tight fight. this is a couple hours north of where we sit. he has a double-digit lead. >> you have to win your home state. that's a bad showing if you don't. >> i have to do well in order for my campaign to do well. >> he put the pressure on himself. tell us whether the candidates and how they are spending their time. sometimes we can read into the strategy by how they are spending their time. >> let's start with tonight. this is something i found out a& we will let them out for the
audience. we knew they were off the campaign trail and did all the sunday shows including cnn. we know because of a tweet from his wife that they were in virginia to have a birthday dinner. newt gingrich is not on the trail, but having a birthday dinner. come tomorrow he is back on the trail and going to be in tennessee campaigning. rick santorum will be in ohio as will mitt romney. and of course ron paul will number idaho on super tuesday. the big day. where is everyone? they going to be where they think they will fare the best? >> i think so. that's right. >> good stuff. sorry your tie didn't make the trip. >> it's cool down here. i don't want a neck tie.
always good to see you in person. >> cnn is starting with the special edition of john king usa and all contests. right here on cnn. other news is prime minister benjamin netanyahu meets with president obama at the white house tomorrow and sunday he welcomed the president's remarks to a pro israel lobbying group. preventing iran from a weapon is in the interest of israel and the u.s. dan has more on the speech and the monday meeting. >> president obama delivered reassurances when he addressed monday's meeting. >> whenever an effort it mead to delegitimize the state of israel, my administration opposed them. >> there should not be a shred
of doubt by now. the chips are down and i have it. >> with the election year back for a high stakes meeting between president obama and benj 99 netanyahu and how to deal with a looming threat or fueling tensions. >> the warnings that i and others have been given over the years would materialize. >> we are heading into dangerous territory because the israeli partnership has been under strain. >> a middle east expert said while the u.s. and israel share the same objectives, they don't always share the same strategy. >> the obama administration will try to convince the israeli that he should give sanctions a bit more time to work while the government and the prime minister is going to try to convince the president that time is running out and iran needs to
be confronted with military threats. >> the white house insisted all options remain on the table and while some critics may doubt the resolve, a recent interview with the magazine he said as president of the united states, i don't bluff. there seems to be legsz clarity about the red line that would prompt the military force against iran. >> speculation or about what we would do if this were to happen or what would trigger what response is not something i would do and it's not productive to the success of our policy. >> they met times over the past three years and the mideast peace process is rising and nuclear sites in iran. even though the relationship between the president and the prime minister is often characterized as frosty or
dysfunctional, the white house downplays the differences. the president said that the relationship is "very functional." he admitted they are not always aligned on every issue, he insisted they share the same goals. cnn, the white house. >> coming up next here on cnn, he is on the political trail and all fired up. i'm talking about anchorman, dan rather. and they love my spinach dip. five foot ten... still doing a little exploring. but... my sign is sagittarius, i'm into spanish cheese, my hairline is receding but i'm getting a weave. getting a weave. there's an easier way to save. who wants some ronald tonight!? who wants some ronald tonight!? geico. fifteen minutes could save you 15% or more.
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the biggest single day of voting in the republican race for president. dan rather is covering super tuesday for hd net where he has his own show. i asked him if super tuesday is more important because of the gop than not having a hard time uniting behind one candidate at this time. >> the question remains as it has been through most of the primary and caucus season, can anybody stop mitt romney. it's important to note as you did a few minutes ago that this doesn't mean even if mitt romney should do extremely well on tuesday night which he could do, it will not mean that the process is over. far from it. i still believe this will go deep into may and right through the early part of june. it may not be settled until they get to the nominating convention in august. this is the context in which this super tuesday is being
held. mitt romney has come from behind to draw at least even in ohio which is the crown jewel of these ten states. if he can also do well in tennessee, a southern state and demonstrate he can do well in a southern state, he will not have sewn up the nomination, but taken a major step. here's what to look for. more than 400 delegate votes are at stake. if they take four or five of the ten, that candidate will be called the winner of the day. if he gets 170 or 75 to 210 of the votes, this will be a giant step forward. if he doesn't, it's going to raise more questions about is this the guy we want to go against obama in november. most important point, it is a key voting time with ten states and 400 delegates at stake. but it will not be decisive, not
yet. >> to follow-up more on what we are saying, i hear a lot about how long and gruelling this race is compared to past years. is it true? tap into your memory banks. is it right to have this much uncertainty? >> it is not unprecedented, but it is unusual. 1988 when you had a lot of candidates running and it was up and down and the last presidential time around with hillary clinton and barack obama. to have this many candidates and this unclear at this late date is unusual. i don't subscribe to the idea that in the end this would be hurtful for the republicans and mitt romney is better today than when he started in iowa.
to go through 20 debates and have it strengthen out, the candidate will be tough to beat. they say listen, obama will walk in november. anybody who thinks that is dreaming. mitt romney as the nominee, this will be a tough close race and it's a race president obama could lose. >> coming up next -- >> ob sigz forces are in the town and that and more of the day's new it is. rush limbaugh saying she sorry for calling an activist a shut. is it too little too late? more on the talking point after the break. we make it pink ! with these 4g lte tablets, you can do business at lightning-fast speeds. we'll take all the strawberries, dave. you got it, kid. we have a winner. we're definitely gonna need another one. small businesses that want to grow
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syrian opposition forces celebrated as they left the town today. they have driven the government troops from the town, but as soon as they pulled out, they unleashed a borage and at one point a shell a minute rained down. intense street fighting killed 59 people according to reports among them. seven children. reports are overflowing with the wounded after an explosion at an arms depot in the republic capital. 123 people were killed in the blast. it is thought that an electrical short caused a fire that ignited a supply of tank shells.
vladimir putin is calling for unity after winning a third term as president of russia. putin leads his closest rival by a 4-1 margin and will give up his current job. one of his opponents said putin won by massive fraud. >> president obama meets tomorrow at the white house with benjamin netanyahu. the president told a lobbying group that preventing iran from preventing a weapon from israel and the u.s. the president's words said all elements remain an option to stop iran from becoming a nuclear state. he said a military effort to be prepared for any contingency. it is time now for no talking points. rush limbaugh's comments
about president obama's contraception plan. here he is on wednesday. >> what does it say about the college coed susan fluke who goes before a congressional committee and shows she must be pate that means you're a shut, right? you are a prostitute. she wants to be paid to have sex. >> rush limbaugh on thursday. here's the deal. if we are going to pay for your contraceptives and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something for it. i will tell you what it is. we want you to post the videos online so we can all watch. >> rush limbaugh on friday. >> obama called to make sure she was all right. awe!
that is so compassionate. what a great guy. >> and rush limbaugh on saturday, we want to be fair so i will read his entire statement. a statement he calls of apology. for over 20 years i illustrated the absurd with absurdity. in this instance i chose the wrong words in my analogy of a situation. i did not mean a personal attack on the fluke. it is absurd that in these serious political times we are discussing personal recreational activities before members of congress. do i not agree that american citizens should pay for the social activities. what happened to personal responsibility and accountability. where do we draw the line. if this is accepted as the norm, what will follow. will we debate if taxpayers will pay for all sneakers for those running to keep fit. in my monologue it is not our
business to know what is going on in anyone's bedroom and my choice of words was not the best and in that attempt i created a national stir. i sincerely apologize for the insuling word choices. >> the statement came after she started losing sponsors. at least six have reportedly canceled or suspended advertising on this program. to be fair, limbaugh is not the first personality to use such language. the left has done it too. a number of times. one example. >> president obama is going to be visiting job lynn, missouri on sunday. they are talking about this right wing shut. she is a talk shut. >> that was msnbc host using the same word against conservative personality laura ingram. there was similar outrage from the right and the left.
schultz was suspended. this network reported on it just as in the recent limbaugh incident. >> you said she was a right wing shut. it's clearly a sexually derock tori term. you are smart not to try to defend what i really meant to say. he realizes what he did. >> here's tonight's no talking points point. some would like to make this a left visit right debate. as cooler heads, both republican and democrats have said to me on this program this weekend, no woman regardless of political leanings or beliefs deserves to be called such demeaning words. this is about respect. in this case respecting women. that's tonight's no talking point. upnext, a look at the big stories we will be focusing on and what to expect for your minute morning commute.
> now to the big stories, our correspondents tell you what you need to know. we begin with the president's plans for the week. >> at the white house, president obama and israel's prime minister benjamin netanyahu met eight times over three years, but some see monday's face-to-face as the most important. iran and its nuclear program will be front and center as
president obama pushes for a diplomatic solution. on wednesday the president heads to the key battle ground state of north carolina. an event in charlotte is expected to focus on the economy. >> i'm barbara star. this week in washington, two count ryes for the pentagon to continue to worry about. first step, syria as the killing continues. leon panetta will be on capitol hill trying to explain to congress what the pentagon has in mind if anything. asus and israeli officials hold talks over iran and the pentagon will be on the hot seat trying to explain whether they have new inside about how to make them turn away. >> i'm poppy harlow in new york, more earnings from companies including anheuser bush. the economy will be in focus in front of that all important
february jobs report. we will get key manufacturing readings on monday and expecting big news out of apple. they are holding an event on wednesday and all bets are they release the ipad 3. we will keep an eye on that on cnn money. >> here's what we are watching this week. fran drescher's bold new move. the star of happily divorced will me why she is preparing to officiate a gay marriage and about how she found out her ex-husband was gay. exclusively week nights at eastern and specific here on hln. >> continuing our look ahead. jacky is in the severe weather center. the people who got hit last week are hit again. >> not severe weather. snow and rain on top of the tornado-ravaged areas. we could be looking at one to three inches.
they called and said the snow flakes are flying. southern indiana and southern parts of ohio into eastern kentucky and west virginia. those are the places that will see the rain changing and accumulating and stick around through tomorrow morning. high pressure builds in and clears things out. the other concern is that the temperatures are going to be cold behind it. freezing conditions overnight and there is a lot of people whose homes are fine. you can see the big picture tomorrow and a big storm in the pacific northwest. the top five cities, the cities you don't want to be included in. city number five, atlanta, georgia with blustery conditions expected. weather-wise, it's fine outside of the wind, but keep that in mind. city number four, dallas, texas, gusts up to 25 miles per hour so
that can cause issues at the airports. city number three, baltimore, maryland looking for light rain and snow, but low clouds could cause problems at bwi. city number two, washington, d.c. with the rain and snow and city number one, we have a tower cam to show you from what's the city? >> the space needle. >> stealths. >> can we let people know how small these are? >> strong cold front is moving through for seattle and looking at rain and then snow levels are going to be dropping down and may reach all of the valleys and could pick up a slushy inch of snow. >> can we pan over to show people how the monitor was. >> i know my geography better than this.
> james was a dominant voice in atlanta's black radio and was in an all white medium until he was the first black d.j. blunt and controversial and never dull. he would say that is what mattered. >> let me you this. you can get a good deal on getting your hair done at betty's. if your hair came out, you are about bald headed, you ought to do something about it. no man wants no bald headed woman. you go to betty's and they put some hair on your head, you hear? >> i guess i was about 47. somewhere during that time. this was a new thing. for a radio station, that was
unheard of. >> he had a permanent that was perfect for radio and had a way of insulting the sponsors and doing a lot of other things that would get you fired in a new york second. i'm tom roach and produced and edited a documentary. in 1970s, i was recording a lot of air checks because i thought it was interesting and funny. they are sober. you take the car home with you. >> you talk about an eating place and how bad the food was. can you imagine that? everybody is talking about how bad the foot is and people flock to to place because they said that's the place to go eat anyway. >> people love to be humiliated. call me an sob, but don't ignore me.
>> nobody does it like bishop charles. nobody fools you. >> in atlanta, werd not only played good music, but gave us our news. probably the only station that was able to report on the civil rights movement objectively. >> alley cat was at the pulse of atlanta. he was on air and he was at the heart of what was going on in the city. >> the white kids had the snip down to al ban to hear their mothers and fathers called it colored music. that's where they wanted to go. and we would bring it. ella fits yerld and the high class acts. one sunday afternoon, the police were there.
you can't have white and black under the same roof. you could, but isn't that stupid? and stretch it down the middle. whites on one side and blacks on the other. nobody gave it up. everybody was drunk. >> i made this movie for free to hand back to atlanta and history. and his family. >> it's about two minutes after 3:00 and the music is here and i'm here and i know you are glad anybody is here other than them gospel folks. >> whether thin mints are the
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let's check your headlines. >> angel became the symbol of hope at this week's tornados. she survived a twister and her tiny body thrown into an indiana field by the forces, but her hold on life was too fragile. angel died a few hours ago after she was taken off life support. a search for a 4-year-old boy is a recovery operation. samuel jones's body was spotted at the bottom of a hold that is 30 feet deep. they don't believe he survived the fall. they are trying to help recover the body. >> jeffrey daumer is still causing pain. the sister of one of his victims calls him evil. they offer tours in the same
neighborhood he trolled necessary victims. groupon even sold tickets until criticism forced it to stop. he admitted killing 17 young boys and murdered in prison in 1994. some pretty brazen thiefs in texas decided to rob a group of girl scouts selling cookies outside a wal-mart. a man acted like he wanted to buy it and grabbed the money box. these girls didn't give up without a fight. two suffered minor injuries while trying to chase after the car. >> i started hitting the boy that was in the passenger seat. so i think he learned his lesson a little bit. >> the men got away with about $200. the girls will be okay. >> some call it the last great race on earth, but after kicking off the dog sled race, they had to be changed because of worsening weather conditions. 66 mushers and their dogs left to begin the nearly 1,000 mile
trek. near record snowfall made it more treacherous. >> nazi war planes and one team is working to uncover history and piece it back together. bit by bit. we have that and two other great mysteries. i think i'm goin-... shhh! we find that we don't need to sleep that much. there's an easier way to save. geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more. today is gonna be an important day for us. you ready? we wanna be our brother's keeper. what's number two we wanna do? bring it up to 90 decatherms. how bout ya, joe? let's go ahead and bring it online.
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you see the saturday night mysteries. it's sunday night. we had to put it on hold because of the storm coverage that needed to be covered. a lot of coverage there. sunday night mysteries. you have a lot on tap. >> we do. the mysteries have been going on for over 100 years and still happening today. this is in north carolina. we wanted to start off with video to show you. take a look at the lights. this is brown mountain during the day. when the sun goes down, look at this. stories and sightings are still having people wondering what the heck is causing that. this is in burke county in the blue ridge foothills. nobody knows what caused this. take a look and a listen to this next video. look at that. i got a blue --
ooh! i goat a blue light. there it is again. >> that was a shot by josh. things that have been consistent and the same place that people are seeing. it's just above the horizon and orbs of light that seem to be floating around in the area and the usgs researched this in the no one 20s. >> that and from an airplane. >> that's a good guess. >> i bridge got washed out. the lights appear and that theory went out the window. a geology professor said there is a high concentration of quartz and granite and that could cause an electrical connection, but basically some say it's paranormal. nobody really knows, but they are starting to make money off
of this. park there is a beer made called brown mountain light. >> people are going to see this. >> it's jesus. he was easing a tortilla on ash wednesday. judge for yourself. you see the brown hair and the beard. >> last one. this is nazi secrets being revealed or uncovered in a field in indiana. 67 years ago, freeman field airport was a place where they took world war two planes and took them apart and put them back together. it's reverse engineering and at the time the technology was better than ours. what happened to all