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>> wonderful. life is wonderful. >> life is good. that's the way you chase life. chase that attitude. thanks for joining us and we'll see you back next week. >> thank you. live from studio 7, this is cnn headquarters in atlanta. we have learned the alleged afghanistan shooter has arrived. we now know more about his identity, his friends in iraq and what his friends and neighbors are saying. >> he was super fun to hang around with, kind of the life of the party kind of a guy. >> we'll also talk to an expert on traumatic brain injury which he was treated for in 2010. he'll be joined by an iraq veteran who suffered a similar injury. and what is george clooney doing in handcuffs? we'll tell you.
this morning, the soldier accused of killing 16 afghan civilians in a house to house rampage is back in the u.s. the suspect is identified as 38-year-old army staff sergeant robert bales. he's now in custody at ft. leavenworth by himself. this was his first tour of duty in afghanistan, but he had done three tours of iraq. neighbors say they only knew bales as a family man who was the life of a party. >> i was blown away. i was devastated, heart broken, completely shocked. i would describe him -- he was super fun to hang around with, kind of the life of the party kind of guy. super loving, friendly to everybody he met. great with his kids.
i just -- i don't -- i don't see how this has happened. i never saw any signs of marital problems. they always seemed pretty happy. >> cnn's sara steiner has been following this story since it broke last sunday. she joins me live now from kabul, afghanistan. we know president karzai has been highly of what's happened here. why is he so skeptical? >> one of the big reasons why is because the soldier has been sent out of the country. the u.s. has said there were some afghan officials who were aware that he was sent out of the cup. but he was sent out before afghan investigators got to talk to him, got to interrogate him. let me let you hear what president karzai said about the investigation and how the u.s. is handling it. >> the team, it does receive the
cooperation from the united states. therefore, these are all questions that we'll be raising and raising very loudly. it is by all means the end of the road here. >> now, the questions he's talking about there are questions being raised by the victim's family members and by the village elders of the district in kandahar province. basically, the villagers are saying that they believe that there was more than one person involved in this and they simply cannot understand how old one soldier was able to do this massacre on his own. they also talked about some of the details of what happens when they spoke to mr. karzai saying in one case he killed 11 members in one household and ended up taking some of the people and putting them into the room and after shooting them, setting them on fire. randi. >> what a karzai's plans today? is he actively doing anything to
try to get this soldier back there? >> he is speaking to the villagers. he said yesterday that he had invited them back, that they would have a talk more traditional style than an official style, which is the same way they would do in a village when something happens. so he is going to be speaking more with them, for sure. he also talked about the fact that he was probably going to put someone to head this investigation. they have already started their investigation. they've sent a team out to the kandahar district where this happened. and what they've seen so far doesn't seem to be satisfactory. according to them, they were saying they were shown this surveillance video by the united states officials that purportedly shows the soldier as he's trying to come back to the base and turn himself in. in seeing that video, the investigators say we're not convinced. so there's a lot of skepticism about this, the way that this investigation is being handled at this point. >> sara, thank you. coming up in just a few
minutes, i'm going to talk to the doctor who specializes and is being treated for a brain injury. syria's health minister says at least 27 people were killed and 97 others were wounded. the blasts targeted the air force intelligence headquarters. syria's tv is blaming terrorists. the attacks come as president assad's regime enters its second year. rick santorum and mitt romney will both tour the midwest today. santorum is visiting missouri and illinois. missouri republicans are holding caucuses today, but no winner will be chosen like we've seen in other contests. it basically begins the long process of selecting delegates.
next up, puerto rico which will hold its primaries. romney has a slight edge according to recent polls. president obama kicked off a jam packed day of fund-raising in his hometown of chicago before heading to an event in atlanta hosted by tyler perry. the blitz raised nearly $5 million. mr. obama took a swipe at his proposal's proposal. >> our story has never been about what we can do alone. it's what we do together. we don't win the race for new jobs and middle class security and new businesses with the same old, you're on your own. i'm telling you, it does not work. it did not work in the decade before the great depression. it did not work in the decade before i took office, it won't work now.
march madness is in full swing and cinderella is smiling this morning as three teams pulled off improbable upsets. lehigh and norfolk state made school history. lehigh won against duke and norfolk state against missouri. only four 15 seeds have won in history but never on the same day. ohio university beat fourth seed michigan yesterday, as well. joe carter will have more on this and all the highlights and the analysis right now. reynolds, there were some amazing upsets and finishes. how is your bracket looking? >> you know, i didn't do a bracket this year and i'm really glad i didn't because i would have been zonked out already. >> like me, right? >> no. you've been holding in there through the tournament. the duke game, i'm very happy
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2001 terrorist attacks and he lived at lewis mccord's joint base near tacoma, washington. new details are emerging about robert bales' combat history. the army staff sergeant was diagnosed with tbi, or traumatic brain injury after a rollover incident. >> it's a tragedy all the way around, there's no question about that. i think it's of interest that we have a soldier who has an exemplary record, a decorated soldier who was injured in iraq to his brain and to his body and
then the price that was sent back. i think that's an issue. i think it's a concern. >> more than 233,000 military personnel have been diagnosed with tbi since 2009 according to the department of. joining us now, chad battles who served in iraq and, doctor, let me start with you on this one. can you remind our viewers what tbi is and how you have specifically treated it. >> it's a mechanical injury to the brain that causes wounding. and hyper baric oxygen is a treatment for wounds. and so base odd what we have found, treating decompression sickness or the bends of the brain many years ago, we began to apply this to some louisiana boxers and then people with other chronic brain injuries. and starting in 2008, we began
to treat veterans with residual effects of their traumatic brain injuries. >> chad, if you would, tell me briefly what caused your traumatic brain injury and has this treatment helped you? >> yeah. my injury was caused in baghdad by performing on a quick reaction force. i was a machine gunne and just the everyday -- the effects of the concussions and from every type of explosive you can imagine. and since i've been doing this therapy, i've noticed subsiding in headaches, an overall increase in how my body feels and the quality of life. >> that's wonderful to hear. doctor, what has your success rate been with this treatment? >> more than 90% of the veterans
that we have treated have experienced substantial improvement. >> and this is all about getting more oxygen flowing through the body, right? that's what helps the brain? >> it is. but it's more the intermentsy of it. by exposing someone to this high pulse of oxygen for one hour, it acts like a signal to dna of cells in damaged areas in the body. and in particular, in the brain. wherever there is wounding. and the responsive gene repairs growth and growth hormones. in effect, we end up repairing the damage to the brain. >> and we've read a study that looked at a group of nearly 23,000 tbi victims and it found almost 9% committed acts of violence after diagnosis. does that sound consistent with your findings?
>> well, yes. although most of the veterans i've treated have not committed acts of violence after that. in fact, i believe none of them have. but violence is a well known sequelae. and one of the things that can exacerbate this or amplify the brain injury is exposure to altitude, particularly afghanistan. the elevations there, the traumatic brain injuries in our soldiers, we have felt, may be a factor in potentially amplifying their brain injuries. >> and certainly we want to be clear. we don't know what happened here. but is it a change in the brain that makes someone more violent or is it about a brain injury causing someone to not be able to control their impulses or know right from wrong? >> i believe it's more the second. i think the general feeling is
that due to the areas of the brain that are injured, there is a release or decrease of inhibition. so people don't have the control that they normally have. >> and, chad, i know you're doing better with this. but have you noticed any type of side effects from it? >> for approximately a week around my 30th treatment, i noticed an increase in agitation and just an overall feeling of frustration and just not feeling well. and that subsided. but one of the main problems that i've noticed in having this pretreatment/post treatment is that with the tbi and including the ptsd, sometimes while i'm having an event or if i would be triggered, it's like driving a car with no brakes.
you see the wall ahead of you. you want to stop. you push the brakes, but they're not working. so you know what's happening, but it's like you're just stuck in the reaction because your body is reacting and you're not able to say, whoa, let's stop this. >> we do appreciate what you've done for your country and for the rest of us. chad, dr. hart, thank you very much. >> thank you. stop what you're doing right now and take a look at this. it is a dramatic perspective inside the ef. 4 tornado that hit this school in indiana. appear amazing look at what the cameras reveal in just 70 seconds. two pills. after a morning of walk-ups, it's back to more pain, back to more pills. the evening showings bring more pain and more pills. sealing the deal... when, hang on... her doctor recommended aleve. it can relieve pain all day with fewer pills than tylenol. this is lois... who chose two aleve and fewer pills
a revealing look this morning at the ef-4 tornado. cameras were rolling in the henryville school. minutes after the students got back inside the school, this is what happened. the tornado hit. about 80 staff, teachers and students were inside the school at the time. incredibly, nobody was injured. let's check back in with republic olds. isn't that incredible? you look at that. wow. >> it's a true testament about tornados how they can strike to quickly. they can form anywhere on the planet. it's just the opposite of, say, a hurricane, where a hurricane is very devastating. a lot of times we can see hurricanes form. but a tornado is very different. there is a chance we could see more severe weather today popping up across the mid
mississippi valley and maybe into the ohio valley before all is said and done. we have muggy air coming in from the gulf of mexico. that's going to flood its way into parts of the mid mississippi valley. that combined with daytime heating will make for an unstable air mass. strong thunderstorms, perhaps even some tornados. out towards the west, very breezy, very windy conditions with the low humidity with a real threat of fires. even into texas and the central plains. but it's going to be a snowy issue for you in parts of the central rockies where it seems the ski season has been going on forever. slow start, but they're certainly finishing up strong. for heavy rain in central and southern california, perhaps even a chance before the flooding is all said and done. in terms of your travel, it will be rough out toward the west. we have the watches out at the four corners and the central rockies and the wasatch range. as we take a look at the delays,
you would see the worst delays in places out to the west. we were talking earlier about the heat, how it could have an unstabling effect on parts of the midwest. memphis, 82 degrees, 80 in chicago and st. patrick's day, 78 in denver, 63 in san francisco, new york and boston mainly in the 50s and 60s. that's a wrap on your forecast. randy, back to you. >> we call that a wrap. thank you, reynolds. apple lovers now have their hands on a new ipad. mario armstrong has one. oh, you are making me jealous there. right after the break, he's going to tell us if it lives up to the hype. it looks like it does. you're watching cnn saturday morning because news doesn't take the weekend off. all energy development comes with some risk,
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waiting in line for her ipad. she told her spot last year for $900. this year, $2,5 hup. i wonder if she got it. this is the scene in lopped. you better bet techkies in japan were lining up, too. and down under in sydney, australia, the line stretched around the city block. more than 200 people waited for hours at australia's largest apple stores. it's like new year's eve there, counting it down. so what is the verdict on the new ipad? mario armstrong has been giving us some information and giving his new ipad a workout. >> i have. are your fingers tired of it? what do you think of it? >> i'm worn out. look, my first impression owes this thing, randi, is that it lives up to the hype on the
retina display. the display delivers. you can see it in photos, you can see it when you're playing games, you can see it in the movies that you watch. very, very, very haurful display. so i really, really like that. one of the other things that struck a cord with me is the ability to edit movies right on the kwies. now or the first time you can shoot movies in 1080 dp. so full hd. i have a story board i can easily put together. so any parent wants to do a quick birthday movie can easily put together a storyboard and create their own beautiful display. it has made it easier to mix things on this device. i'm not convinced that people need to run out and spend $600 on it, though. i think most people can probably hold off unless you really know what you're expecting to use it for. >> i thought that whole retina display was just a marketing
term. but it sounds like you're impressed about it. what are other users saying about their experience? >> ipad users love it, for the motor part. i have found some people that said, look, i have an ipad the first generation. i will now bump up to the three. it is a big difference in terms of the size. it is thinner on the two and the three. i think it's a great jump from the ipad from the first one to the three. i'm not so convinced that you need to move from the 2 to the 3. if you have money, save it. but you have to know what you're going to use it for. i think if you're going to edit photos and the display means something to you, you want the new ipad. if you're just browsing the web and reading e-mail, you don't need that. >> good advice, mario. thank you. >> thank you, randi. appreciate it. i just want to make sure that
people spend wisely. that's all i want to get the point across. if you don't have a computer at home, buy a computer before you buy a tablet, please. >> very good advice. thank you. >> thank you. >> mario always has the skool scoop on the latest technology. we're learning more about the soldier accused until the slooting rampage in afghanistan. the reaction from one of his neighbors, straight ahead. y soos tired, overworked eyes. and comforts them for up to ten hours. visine® tired eye relief. try now and save $3.
my money. my choice. my meineke. it is half past the hour. welcome back. i'm randi kaye. thanks for starting your day with us. checking top stories, this just into cnn. we just learned john denenya has died in germany. his death confirmed by a police spokesman. demjanjuk was sentenced to prison last year for accessory to murder. he was extradited from ohio two years ago. the soldier accused of going on a shooting spree in afghanistan has been now identified as robert bales.
he was on his fourth deployment when the shootings occurred. we'll have much more on this developing story and a live report, straight ahead. more violence is being reported in syria today. da m damascus is the location of the most recent explosions. it's blaming terrorists and saying the attacks targeted air force intelligence offices. now to the latest on the soldiers being held with 16 soldiers in afghanistan. this morning, some of the people who knew staff sergeant robert bales are speaking out. athena jones is watching the developments in washington for us. athena, we're learning much more about bales from his friends and neighbors. what are they saying? >> we know robert baels is a 38-year-old father with two young children. he lived in lake tap washington, just outside of tacoma. he had done three tours in iraq
and was on his fourth tour in afghanistan. his lawyer and his neighbors described sergeant bales as a family man, as a loving husband. we'll hear more of what one of his neighbors had to say. >> i was completely blown away, yeah. i was devastated, heart broken. i mean, completely shocked. i would describe him -- he was super fun to hang around with, kind of the life of the party kind of guy. loving, friendly to everybody he met, great with his kids. i just -- i don't -- i don't see how this has happened. i never saw any signs of marital problems. they always seemed pretty happy. >> marital discord, that's one of the things that have come up, one of the ideas that people are saying could be behind what led him to go on this shooting rampage.
now his lawyer, john henry browne has said their marriage was fine. he's challenged that assumption that things weren't going well in his family. the lawyer did say, though, that bales suffered a traumatic brain injury and lost part of his foot while in iraq. he indicated yesterday that he could be looking at some sort of mental health issue as part of the defense. so we'll learn more as we go, but we also know that bales did not expect to be redeployed. he didn't want to be redeployed after those three tours in iraq. so the family thought he wouldn't be and was disappointed to find out that he was going to have to go back to afghanistan last year. >> certainly a lot of questions about that, about why he was redeployed so quickly when he wasn't expecting it. in our next hour, we will chat with a former military lawyer on what will happen next regarding staff sergeant robert bales. it is a case that thrust
bullying into the national spotlight. we'll talk about what's next in the legal segment, just ahead. covering politics and the white house can be a grueling 24/7 job. you have to have a break every now and then. in this week's travel insider, brianna keilar shows us where she goes to unwind when she's not following the president. >> i'm brianna keilar and i cover the white house for cnn. and one of my favorite places in the d.c. area is old town alex andrea, virginia. it's about 7 1/2 miles south of the white house. this is a place where you can come and get a great meal, do a little shopping and even get a history lesson. this is, after all, the hometown of george washington. here at the old presbyterian meeting house, you can find the grave site of his personal physician, james crate. it's a little spoop spooky. it's one of the stops on the ghost tour here at town. but i say we get out of here and
go find another spirit. this is one of my favorite places in old town to end the evening. this is the pxvtv. ite completely unmarked. the blue line means they're open so you can just knock on the door and come on in. when you get up his at vx, you might be lucky enough to show up on a night where todd brasher, the owner and bartender, is here. what are we going to have tonight? >> what are you in the mood for? >> let's try gin. >> purple basil, a dash of gin to give it a backbone. three dops of citric aacid water, orange tart. smack it, wave it, to the cocktail gods. sweet basil. >> that's amazing. >> thanks very much. >> cheers from old town alex andrea, virginia. [ beep ] [ mom ] scooter?
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for your retirement this tax season. sgroo we have so much to cover this morning. >> yes. >> let's dive right in. first, i want to start with the case of this rutgers web cam spying. it's getting a lot of attention for our viewers. this is a case where he was found guilty on all charges for using a web cam to spy on his roommate. jurors convicted 20-year-old dharun ravi yesterday on 15 counts, including evasion of privacy, witness tampering and bias intimidation. his roommate, as we all know killed himself in september of 2010 after learning that he had been spied on. did you expect the jury to convict him on the top counts like this? >> i actually did not.
i knew for sure that they had him on the spying, on the invasion of privacy. quite frankly, we had the videotape, randi. you can't deny what's before your eyes. when you talk about a bias crime, the difference between a hate crime and a regular crime in the legal system is not only does the jury need to determine what the defendant did, he shot somebody, he stabbed somebody, they need to figure out why. they needed to say does he commit this crime because he has a bias against this particular group of people? and i didn't think there was enough of a pattern. we don't see dharun ravi having gone out and targeted gay groups or speaking in slurs, we had no prior language. i have to tell you, this one incident, the jury thought that was enough for them to say it was motivated by hate. >> do you think we would have seen a different result if tyler clementi hadn't jumped off the
george washington bridge? >> absolutely. and i think you hit the nail on the head. that's exactly what's happening here, unfortunately. this is a tragedy all the way around. all the families, absolutely. but what we have is a young man whose death will never be avenged, so to speak. no one will ever be criminally responsible because, very sadly, tyler made the decision to take his own life. and so i think what the jury is trying to do is some sort of justice, you know, say dharun ravi's actions played a part in tyler's decision. maybe a small part, maybe a large part. we'll never know because we can't get into the head of tyler clementi, very sadly. but i think that's what's going on. i'm thinking, there's a young college man dead, somebody should pay. >> and dharun ravi could get the maximum penalty and he could face up to five to ten years in jail and even deportation back to his native, india.
>> right. exactly. typically what will happen when you are convicted of a felony in the united states, anything that carries more than a 365 day prison term is a felony and they can absolutely deport you as soon as you're done. they could be waiting outside the prison doors and say get on this van. we're driving you to the airport. again, tragic all the way around. and we'll see what the judge does. this is dharun ravi's first offense. typically what we would think is we will see a little bit of time, maybe a year or two with some probation to follow. but this case hasn't followed the normal track. we've seen the jury go for that maximum crime. we may see the judge go for the maximum penalty, randi. let's talk about the day care murder in atlanta. a judge sentencing hemmi newman to life in prison without the possibility of parole and mentally ill. now, police describe newman as
cold and calculated. he claims that he killed snyderman after having dilutions of an angel and a demon, one in the form of singer olivia nut yop john. is this the right verdict, guilty but mentally ill? >> i think it is. first of all, mentally ill, when you use that as an affirmative defense, it typically does not work. works in less than 1% of the cases it's used in and it's used in such a small percentage of cases. so if this jury listened to the expert, heard every single word that the state's experts and the defense's experts testified to and them said, yes, we do think he's mentally ill, that tells me a lot, randi. juries are common sense people. they don't want to hear that, oh, now that you're in trouble, you're crazy, right? >> so did the insanity defense work? >> it did work. it worked as it was supposed to. they could have gone not guilty
by reason of insanity, but again, you have a fellow who was a loving father and now he's dead and he was somebody's son and husband. so the jury is looking at it and they're saying, you confessed, hemy newman. but hemy neuman is not the one who said olivia newton john. the therapist. he said this voice comes to me and it's australian and the therapist suggested olivia newton john. he was describing the voice and they said, let me give you a reference, do you mean olivia newton john? so, again, you have to listen to the testimony from the actual experts. and the jury got a chaps to do that and i think they made the right decision here. >> holly hughes, nice to see you. those were the two big cases this week, for sure.
and we have brand new video to show you out of afghanistan where hundreds of people are marching to demand u.s. soldier staff sergeant robert bales be put on trial according to islamic law. protesters here chanting long live islam and death to america. we'll have a love report from afghanistan at the top of the hour. hollywood heavyweight george clooney is out of jail this morning. police took choonny, his father and others into custody outside of the protest. he was charged with a misdemeanor, fined and later released. clooney has been an active voice on the issue and testified before the senate and met with president obama about it early this week. stay with us. the cnn saturday morning for more headlines where news doesn't take the weekend office.
good morning. i'm randi kaye. it's 46 minutes past the hour. welcome back to cnn saturday morning. lovely day in washington, it looks like. so if you're making some coffee or doing something else around the house this morning, take a little break because it is time to check out some of this week's stories that caught our eye, our means friends and i. did you ever listen to that story? >> i think all three of them are good, but the first one is a little demented. >> that's what i love about it. this is a gorilla and his bunny friend. i think it might be my favorite story of the week. it's a bit of an unusual paring.
it's at the erie zoo in pen pep. the gorilla is samantha and panda is the rabbit's name. >> that's insane. >> samantha is a 47-year-old western loland gorilla. apparently she needed a companion. she's been alone for many years, apparently 2005. >> it's not like his name is charles brownson. it's panda, panda back upny. >> she pats the panda on the head and it's beautiful. all right. this next story, not as sweet. it's bizarre, this is during the whole st. patrick's day parade in the uk today. look at that. and look at the rest of them. they're just still standing at attention. finally, hello, somebody goes over to help this guy. he just passed out, falls to the ground and it seems seemed like,
what, boom, down he goes. isn't that incredible? this is an event in england where the duchess of cambridge was -- >> you've seen these guys. they're like statues. living statues. to see one fall over like that, a little disconcerting, almost as weird as a bunny named panda. >> on a much lighter note, it is st. patdy's day. turns out d.c. is the heaviest drinking city. that's right. for single people, at least. that's what we know. there's the list of the others. surprising? >> not particularly. boston, absolutely, come on, chicago, austin. >> light drinking cities, check it out. >> i don't get that. that makes absolutely no sense to me whatsoever. las vegas? a lot of people have their honeymoons or when the wedding,
when the -- >> oh, fashion parties? >> yes. thank you. >> i love how you claim you don't know what that is. >> i can't remember that. i still have a bunny named panda on the brain. what do they do in vegas? they imbibe. >> apparently not. >> that was fun. >> giving you a bunny named panda, too. >> it's been a long morning. >> reynolds, thanks. they don't call it march mad ps for nothing. three big upsets include lehigh over duke. who have used androgel 1%, there's big news. presenting androgel 1.62%. both are used to treat men with low testosterone. androgel 1.62% is from the makers of the number one prescribed testosterone replacement therapy. it raises your testosterone levels, and... is concentrated, so you could use less gel.
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march madness is in full swing and cinderella is smiling this morning. three teams pulled off improbable upsets, lehigh, ohio and norfolk. i know very little, tale, joe, about college basketball. it's a good thing that we have our sports guru, joe carter, because he knows everything about college basketball. >> you have a 97% increase right now. >> yeah. >> pretty good. >> isn't that great? i have to give my producer a little bit of credit, though. >> i'm still in it. >> the best thing about the whole attorneyment is in college basketball, the little guy always has a shot at beating the big guy. up like the nba. yesterday was historic. you happen, thursday was could
it kind of quiet. but never have these teams, two 15 seeds won in the same day. duke is already out of the tournament, thanks to lehigh. five minutes after lehigh beat duke yesterday, their school's website went down because so many people were on the website. justin bieber tweeting about lehigh. this is the second time duke has been knocked out of the first round. mike krzyzewski took it all into perspective. >> i've been in it for 37 years and it takes you to incredible highs and it also takes you to incredible lows. and tonight is one of those lows. >> all right. let's talk about another big upset. norfolk state, a 15 seed knocked off missouri, a two seed. i know a lot of people out there thought missouri was going to go deep into the tournament. president obama picked hour to make it in his final four. this is the first time norfolk has made it to the tournament and what a way to make an entrance. >> well, you always go into the game with confidence.
we're in the game, we feel like we can't win it from the tip. but i never felt like it want an upset alert until that buzzer went off. >> ohio, a 13th seed took out michigan, a fourth seed. that was a bracket buster. but it got lost between lehigh and norfolk. now ohio advances to play south florida. between ohio and south florida, we have two cinderella teams. when they play start, they will definitely have a sweet 16 cinderella team, which is great. >> so maybe i'll still be in it. let's see. >> 97% accurate right now. you had a great shot at beating most of your colleagues. >> i'm going to call the president and give him some advice. >> i think it's a good idea. >> thank you, joe. i know you're under the weather, so i hope you feel better. >> thank you, thank you. appreciate that. today's tournament action begins here at noon eastern. every tournament game is like on cbs, tbs or tnt.
watch onlights at ncaa.com/marchmadness. but first, house training a dog can be frustrating, especially if you live in a high rise apartment or you don't have a yard. yes, been there. a new invention is helping dogs take care of business without going outside. gary tuchman has the story in this week's start small, think big. >> hopi skovron's career is going to the dog. >> these are my top two employees, actually. >> his dog's late night urge to answer nature's call helped him find his own calling. >> rani would need to go. you couldn't just let her out. >> toby put a backyard in a box and called it the pet loo. but the prototype literally stunk. >> the first version was a wood
box with soil and grass on top. so it worked for the dog, but it didn't work with draining and channeling and collection of the waste. >> tony added synthetic grass. the pet loo became a hit in toby's home country of australia. >> all these new markets, look look at people who live on boats, people who live in nursing homes. >> toby moved his company and market to america. >> the states have 170 odd plus million cats and dogs. >> the pet loo is now sold in 80 million stores around the country. gary tuchman, cnn. i'm robert shapiro. over a million people have discovered how easy it is to use legalzoom for important legal documents. at legalzoom we'll help you incorporate your business,
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demunjaj has died in germany. he was sentenced to five years in prison last year for accessory to murder. he was extradited from ohio three years ago where he retired as an autoworker. new violence erupting in syria's capital of damascus this morning. the country's health minister says at least 27 people were killed and 97 injured in two explosions just minutes apart. cars rigged with explosives in crowded neighborhoods. police in intelligence facilities were targeted. missouri republicans are holding caucuses today but no winner will be chosen. it basically begins the long process of selecting delegates. next step, puerto rico which will hold its primary tomorrow. things wrap up tuesday in illinois where recent polls show mitt romney with a slight edge. returning now, new details this morning about sav sergeant robert bales. he is now accused of killing 16
afghan civilians. this new video just into cnn, take a look here. it shows afghanistanans taking to the street. they are demanding that bales be put on trial according to islamic law. we have team coverage on this developing story. sara sidner is watching it for us. we begin with athena jones in washington. good morning, athena. >> good morning. now, we know that robert bales, he's a 38-year-old father with young children. he's had three tours in iraq and this was his first tour in afghanistan. he lived with family in the community of lake tapp, not far outside of tacoma, washington. his lawyer has described him as a loving husband. his neighbor ves described him as a happy family man.
let's listen to what one of his neighbors had to say when she found out that he's akiesed of this shooting incident. >> i was completely blown away, yeah. i was devastated, heart broken. i mean, i -- completely shocked. i would describe him -- he was super fun to hang around with. kind of the life of the party kind of guy. super loving, friendly to everybody he met. great with his kids. i just -- i don't see how this has happened. i never saw any signs of marital problems. they always seemed pretty happy. >> now, that last bit about marital problems is important to bring up because in some of the press reports we've seen surrounding this incident, marital problems have been raised as maybe one of the factors that contributed to this breakdown or that led this man to snap and carry out this incident that he's accused of.
now, his lawyer, robert bales' lawyer has refuted some of those claims and said that their marriage was strong, he and his wife had any problems at a usual marriage would have. but nothing spectacular, nothing interesting. now, his lawyer did bring up, though, that bales suffered traumatic brain injury and lost part of his foot during his tours in iraq. we also know that the family wasn't speccing him to be redeployed to afghanistan where he had to go last december after these tours in iraq. these are some of the details emerging. more will come out as the investigation continues. now let's go to sara sidner. she's in kabul with more on the outrage sparked by the shootings. we're seeing protests in jalalabad. what can you tell us? >> he had mentioned some of the things being chanted.
it very much is similar to what others have been having for. this massacre left 16 people dead in the dead of night, that he be brought to here on afghan soil. but you hear protests asking for him to be tried according to islamic law. i can tell you as far as the possibility of this soldier being tried by islamic law, that's just not going to happen. people can ask for it, but it's not going to happen. there is appear agreement in place when it comes to afghanistan and the u.s. that really this soldier will likely be tried somewhere else, certainly not right here in afghanistan. >> hamid karzai had some harsh words for the united states concerning this investigation. do you think that rhetoric will continue? >> most likely, depending on how things unphoned in the days ahead.
but here is the thing that really frustrated the afghannys. they're basically saying that we just didn't get a chance to talk to this person, to interrogate this suspect who is accused of massacring our citizens. and so there's a lot of frustration there because, obviously, there's an investigative team here, as well. they've sent that team out to the province where this happened and they really wanted to get a chance to speak with the suspect in this case, which is brimging up a lot of the suspicions that there was more to this. but the u.s. has been pretty adamant that this was the work of one soldier who was not on any sort of official tour. so it is interesting to hear from the afghans that they're just frustrated, they feel like there's just something behind this because they were not given access to the soldier before he was flown out of the country, randi. >> sara sidner, thank you for your reporting. we appreciate that.
later in this hour, we will chat with a former military lawyer. now to politics. rick santorum and mitt romney will tour the midwest today. santorum is visiting missouri and illinois while romney will head to illinois later today after visiting puerto rico. it basically begins a long process of selecting delegates. next step is puerto rico which will hold its primary tomorrow. 20 delegates up for grabs there. things wrap up tuesday in illegal ill where recent polls show romney with that slight edge. president obama is putting his re-election campaign into high gear. he kicked off a jam packed day of fund-raising in chicago before heading to an event hosted by tyler pe perry. the 13-hour campaign blitz raised nearly $5 million. president obama said november's election will be a make or break moment for the united states.
>> our story has never been about what we can do alone. it's what we can do together. we don't win the race for new jobs and middle class security and new businesses with the same old, you are on your own economics. i'm telling you, it does not work. it did not work in the decade before the great depression. it did not work in the decade before i took office. it won't work now. >> well, many of you are just starting your st. patrick's day celebration. hopefully it will be nice and sunny for you. reynolds is keeping an eye on the weather for all of us. randi, it is going to be a missioned bag around the country. some places >> larry: plenty of sunshine. what is that noise? oh, my gosh. it sounds like some cats fighting in a bag somewhere. it's bag pipes. we'll be hearing many of them in places around the country with rain drops here and there. we'll have more coming up in just a little bit. you're watching cnn saturday morning. wow. rry harvest, pina colada...
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about 80 staff, teachers and students were inside at the time. amazingl amazingly, no one was injured. reynolds, you have to any these teachers. what quick thinking staff, probably, to keep those kids safe. >> just a snap decision that shows you how incredibly strong these storms can be at times. hurricanes can be over 1,000 miles across, a tornado is much more compact and certainly those winds at times getting over 300 miles per hour. so devastating, to see the very least, randy. one thing we'll be seeing today that might be devastating could be the chance of strong storms developing across the nation's heartland. out to the west, it's going to be snow and wind, rain in parts of southern and central control. in the midwest, it's warm and
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now back to our main story. we have been talking this morning about the soldier accused of gunning down 16 civilian necessary afghanistan. he is army staff sergeant robert bales. he joined the military after the 9/11 terror attacks and he lived at lewis mccord's joint base near tacoma, washington. bales suffered a brain injury during one of three tours in iraq. last hour, we spoke with a doctor who specialized in treatment for brain injuries and one of his patients, also an iraq war veteran. >> wtbi and ptsd, sometimes while i'm having an event or if i would be triggered, it's like driving a car with no brakes. you see the wall ahead of you. you want to stop. you push the brakes, but they're not working. so you know what's happening, but it's like you're just stuck
in the reaction because your body is reacting and you're not able to say, whoa, let's stop this. >> and now we're digging into the next step for staff sergeant robert bales. so far, he has not been charged with a crime. but he has hired a civilian attorney john henry browne. joining us for military justice 101 is former jag lawyer greg rinki. will robert bales face the death penalty if and when he is charged? >> well, that's a good question. i think a lot will depend on the defense that's put on by his military defense counsel and the civilian defense counsel. good chance there's going to be a mental capacity defense. >> and you say that because of the traumatic brain injury? >> traumatic brain injury, the multiple deployments, the fact that there was a day before he had a buddy that had a leg blown
off. >> in terms of where he's staying in the facility in eleven wor le leavenworth, kansas, is there an amount of time he can stay there before he's charged? >> the max he can really stay there would be 120 days before he can be brought to trial. likely, though, the defense will bring motions to raise some mental capacity issues and that this is not the proper place for him right now. >> now, we know he has a civilian attorney. lels receive a military defense counsel? if so, who pays for that? >> yes. he has the right to have military defense counsel. likely he'll have a team of senior defense military counsel, probably a team of at least three army jags will represent him and that's priority at government expense. >> how does this whole process differ from what a general view of a civilian court is?
>> well, instead of a jj proceeding that's a hearing called an article 32 hearing and that's probably the next step that happens after he's charged. he would go before an article 32 hearing, a recommending is made to the commander. the convening authority decides whether to refer it to a court marshall. >> and in terms of his option, we mentioned this possible defense. do you think that is the best way to go in terms of using his many tours there in iraq and afghanistan? >> yes. based on my experience and what i've heard so far from the evidence, clearly, defense counsel is going to raise a mental capacity defense in this case. >> what can you tell me about this facility and how it works? any idea often? i mean, we know he gets outside a little bit, but how much freedom did he have to speak to his lawyer? how does this whole process work? >> he's at the military discipline barracks.
he should have the ability to speak to his civilian defense counsel and military defense counsel treely because of the seriousness of this case. they're going to want him to be examined by mental health providers and i believe that that motion is going to be made very quickly. >> he's also not being held with others. he's in his own cell. >> i think that's probably due to the seriousness of the charge and he's in pretrial confinements. so he shouldn't be mipgelled with inmates or others serving out their sentence. >> greg rinkey, thank you very much. appreciate your insight. >> my pleasure. we're going to take you live to the race to the white house in just a few minutes. [ beep ] [ mom ] scooter? the progresso chicken noodle you made is so good. it's got tender white meat chicken. the way i always made it for you. one more thing.... those pj's you like, i bought you five new pairs. love you. did you see the hockey game last night?
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the gop candidates are in for a busy week with three contests in just four days. missouri will begin a long process to start delegates. in pruk you can whose voters will cast their ballots in its primary tomorrow. then the race moves to tuesday. then the focus seems to be on puerto rico. rachel, both romney and rick santorum made trip toes puerto rico. gingrich september his daughter. but puerto rico has no say in november's presidential election. we're only talking about 20 delegates here. why this push to win voters there? >> well, that's true, ran did i. but we have to remember, as we've seen in this long, drawn
out primary campaign, every delegate counts. this may only count 20 delegates, but whoever wins this will get closer to that magic number of 1144. we've heard romney talk about that magic number a lot. it's a slow process. he won american samoa, which is an american territory. didn't carry a lot of delegates, but added to his total. another issue is the key puerto rican votes here. he's speak to go puerto ricans to live across the united states. we've seen both candidates, both mitt romney and rick santorum have a lot of events here. mitt romney does have a good ally on his side, the popular governor of the territory. he's pulled out all the stops for romney. an issue we've been hearing about a lot here is whether english should be required to be the general language most people
speak before puerto rico is permitted to become a state. yesterday mitt romney said he didn't think there should be any precursors. sant santorum charged that mitt romney's campaign was pandering. romney's response was we've had that for a while now. >> thank you so much. "your bottom line" starts right now.