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-- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com from the cnn center, it's "cnn saturday morning." it's sart, march 24. george zimmerman's attorney. he speaks out. 100 years after the titanic disaster, thousands of items salvaged from the wreckage are up for grabs. and in the race for supremacy, which political party comes out on top, democrats or gop.
the 2012 tweet states right now in the cnn newsroom. big day in louisiana. 20 delegates eight stake. rick santorum is ahead. santorum and gingrich are addressing a leadership conference. the former not will attend a couple of rallies later in the day. we'll now show you a video showing rick santorum shooting a rifle as part of his campaign stop. listen carefully to what somebody is saying in the background. all right. it might not have been very clear for you but the woman is in the background heard saying pretend it's obama. rick santorum was quick to slam
that comment. >> no. we're nothing -- that's a horrible, terrible remark. i'm glad i didn't hear it. >> the secret service has confirmed it and is investigating that incident. a new twist into the investigation into the so-called operation "fast and furious." a top official says someone is leaking information to the media. assistant attorney general blames staffers. now the department of justice is refusing to hand over further documents. operation fast and furious involved the tracking of illegal gun sales along the mexican border. u.s. attorney general eric holder got into hot water after hundreds of guns went misser. one was used in the murder of a border patrol agent. pope benedict xvi speaks out about it.
cuen ba's foreign minister responded by saying he respects pope's opinion and cuba is still perfecting its system. new york is the first all-crimes dna state in the nation. governor andrew cuomo's bill signing allows investigators to collect dna samples in both felony and miss demeanor convictions. civil liberties groups are concerned. one crime victim explains how this law could have saved her six years of fear. the shooting death of a florida teen has rocked the country. thousands have come out to protest trayvon martin's death including folks on capitol hill. he was shot and killed by a neighborhood watchman. george zimmerman said he was acting in self-defense but the teen was armed with only skittles and an iced tea. even the candidates are talking about this tragic case. >> we hope that justice is done in this case as with all cases. very, very tragic. our hearts go out to his family,
loved ones, his friends. it shouldn't have happened. >> even the president spoke out, only to be slammed by the other gop candidates. >> if i had a son, he'd look like trayvon, and, you know, think thi think they are right to expect that all of us as americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves. >> is he suggesting that if a white had been shot, that would look okay because he doesn't look like him? that's nonsense. it's a tragedy that this young man was shot. >> and then, his, again, politicizing that this is again not what presidents of the united states do. what the president of the united states should do is try to bring people together, not use these types of horrible and tragic individual cases to try to drive a wedge in america. >> there are protests scheduled
today as well. we'll bring you much more on that later on in the program. and is it possible for george zimmerman to get proper justice? >> i hope there's a way to rein things in so it doesn't become an issue of a racial battle. >> zimmerman's attorney talks with cnn for the first time. what he has to say about the trayvon shooting right after this quick break. [ male announcer ] any technology not moving forward is moving backward. [ engine turns over, tires squeal ] introducing the lexus enform app suite -- available now on the all-new 2013 lexus gs.
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killed and he wrote messages for him on their shoes as well during the game. police have not arrested the man who shot trayvon martin because george zimmerman said he was just defending himself. florida also has a law that allows a person to use deadly force if he's threatened. but former governor jeb bush who siped the "stand your ground" law says it doesn't apply to this case. >> it appears to me that this law does not apply to this particular circumstance. "stand your ground" means stand your ground. it doesn't mean chase after somebody who's turned their back. >> but the website has a statement on how the attack happened. zimmerm zimmerman's statement was that he had lost sight of trayvon and was returned to his truck to meet the police officer when he says he was attacked by trayvon. holy is there. what is the latest you're hearing on the ground there? >> reporter: well, randy, it's
really calm this morning in sanford. for now everybody is kweechlt there are a lot of questions about george zimmerman. we've been hearing about a lot of sup pore for trayvon martin. but george zimmerman, who is he, is he a racist, where is he right now. we had an opportunity to talk with his attorney craig sonner. he says he is here. he's been advised to lay low because he's been receiving death threats and he's concerned for his client's safety. >> also the lawyer, george zimmerman's lawyer was on cnn last night as well. and listen to what he had to say.
i hope there's way to rein things in. i hope there's -- >> what are they saying. if so, it gets bumped up to some federal charges. >> reporter: right. when, weed with had asked craig sonner if his client was a racist, if this was racially motivated he said to us absolutely not. but the special prosecutor assigned to look into this did arrive in town yesterday and is looking at that right now. we know u.s. attorney general eric holder has asked the fw fb and the justice department to see if this is a civil rights issue. right now we're just waiting. they say they're looking at every piece of evidence and even craig sonner says he doesn't have the details. he has not discuss it in detail with george zimmerman yet until he finds out if charges have been brought. right now we're just waiting. >> what are we finding out from
trayvon's parents and their lawyers as well today? >> reporter: basically they're still claiming and standing strong this was a murder in cold blood. they're asking for an arrest of george zimmerman. they're still going to rallies. they're asking people to rally around the family as you saw the hoodies and the skittles have become sort of skittles of trayvon martin. there are rallies planned across the country, new york, washington, d.c., north carolina, even norfolk, virginia. there's rallies planned for tomorrow. they're asking people to keep this on the forefront. bring charges against people who they call a killer, george zimmerman. >> holy firfer joining us. thank you very much. a new kind of bank where you can deposit and withdraw. get this. not money. time banking. we'll explain the growing trend and explain how it works in just about four minutes.
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about houston's death and the risks other women may face when it comes to heart disease. >> the coroner found it was a heart or cardiac arrest that was complicated by cocaine use. >> so the drugs that were found in her system, especially the cocaine, that obviously can make something worse. is there anything else that can contribute to heart disease? >> yeah. there are lots of factors to heart disease, but in this case, you know, the narrowing of her coronary arteries, the act row sclerosis, as people have heard that term this week probably was survivable. but when you add cocaine to it, it causes high blood pressure which can make the heart work harder and can narrow arteries and your heart is not going to get enough blood and you can have a heart attack or irregular heart attack. there's no question that it was probably survivable but pre-existing heart disease. >> and we certainly don't know
if whitney houston had any symptoms. >> women are different than they are in men. women aren't going to have this crushing chest nan we often hear about. women may have more a discomfort in shoulders or neck or even the upper abdomen or upper back. they can feel nausea, vomiting, possibly by a little bit dizzy, but they may not have that crushing classic chest pain and it may be subtle. >> we hear it's the number one culler of women but there has to be something we can do to prevent heart disease. >> you're exactly right. you can't fight your genetics but you can control your environmental. a lot of things we can control. one thing is maintain a healthy weight like whitney did. if you're at a healthy weight, that's going to decrease your risk. exercise 30 to 60 minutes day. that's going to help decrease your risk. have a healthy diet, one low in
saturated fat. definitely don't smoke, limit alcohol. and, you know, you may be a candidate for aspirin therapy. it's good to contact your health care provider to find out. we heard a lot about aspirin this week that it might even help prevent certain kinds of cancers. so an aspirin a day may help prevent heart disease in this case as well. >> good advice. voters in louisiana are heading to the polls as we speak. what it could mean to the gop presidential race if rick santorum solidifies his grip on the south. we're taking you live to louisiana in just a few minutes. and now for some political trivia. whose secret service code name is javelin. be the first to tweet your answer to me @randikayecnn. i'll give you a shotout right after the break. i'm good about washing my face.
rock. it's supposed to be secret. i don't know how we know this stuff, but somehow we do. it's about 11:26 on the east coast. now time for news. the death of a florida teerch has shocked the nation. thousands are protesting the shooting of trayvon martin by a neighborhood watchman. george zimmerman hasn't been arrested. and former florida gronch jeb bush says the florida law "stand your ground" says it does not apply to this case. >> it appears to me it does not apply to this particular circumstance. stand your ground means stand your ground. it doesn't mean chase after somebody who's turned his back. z >> zimmer man's statement was that he had lost sight of trayvon and was returned to his truck to meet the police officer when he says he was attacked by trayvon. trayvon was coming home with a bag of skittles and an iced tea when he was skilled. a decision on whether a civil case will go forward on
casey anthony has been on hold. the judge decided against on ruling on dueling motions on either side. she told authorities that a nanny with the same name kidn kidnapped caylee. casey was acquit of her daughter's murder last july. the fda is considering stopping the use of two antibiotics in livestock. they didn't issue the ban outright because farmers should be able to state their defense. it argued the fda allowed livestock producers to use pencil inand tetra sigh clean in the field. it can lead to the growth and spread of drug-resistant bacteria that can then infect people. tragedy today in charleston,
west virginia. that's where eight people have died in a house fire. we're told that six of the vi victims are children. they were reportedly sleeping over after a birthday. the feef chief said it's the most tragic event he's seen in years. monday, the supreme court will hear arguments from 26 states on the sconce tugs analyst of some key provisions of the law, but do we really understand how it all works? lizzie o'leary explains. >> reporter: meet jack and jill. they're married with two kids and together make $49,000 a year. about the middle american income but like people with similar incomes, they don't have health care insurance, not worried if you're not worried about falling down the hill. they can buy private insurance from what's called an exchange starting in two years. the idea is that lots of people buying at the same time would
get a better price, and the plans have to meet minimum standards set by the government. jack and jill would also get a subsidy to help them buy their plan. mary only make $13/,000 selling little lambs. she's also a winner. she can get insurance under an expansion of medicaid. 17 million americans like her will be eligible for that. and about 51,000 kids with pre-existing conditions like hansel & gretel are also winners. they can't be denied coverage and all kids can stay on their parents' insurance until they're 26. where does the money come from? that brings us to the losers, including the roughly 19% people who have high cost gold plated health care plans like prince charming here. starting in 2018 the fancy plan he gets from the castle would be taxed at 40%. he'll see his payroll taxes go up like the 3 million other
americans who make more than $200,000 a year. also on the losing end, companies like fairy godmother industries, employs people making glass slippers. it has to offer insurance or pay a fine. 94% already do, so only a small number would pay more under the new law. we end this story with a toss-up. insurance companies would both win and loose. they'll have to pay the government more than $8 billion a year, but they get up to 40 million new customers like jack and jill who by law must get insurance or pay a penalty. lizzie o'leary, cnn. >> i love that explainer. as i mentioned, starting monday, the supreme court will hear arguments on t constitutionality of parts of the health care law and tomorrow morning right here on cnn we'll break down the case with a constitutional law experiment and take a closer look at the politics of the bar.
it's our main issue on "cnn sunday morning." time now to check the only numbers that matter in the gop race for president. mitt romney heads into tomorrow's louisiana primary with more delegates than his three rivals combined but hi eh's still less than halfway to 11,144 needed. could this be saab tomorrow's last stand? joe johns joining us from new orleans. hi, there, joe. so what's the lateste from ther? >> the truth is a lot of people are suggesting if you look at the math very closely, randi, it's very hard to see how rick santorum catches up, simply because mitt romney frankly is leading by more than 2 to 1.
also if you take a look at the poll where this thing is headed. the latest national poll by g gallup showing mitt romney ahead by 40% to 26%. that 40% is important because it's the first time mitt romney has actually gotten over the 40% point. so clearly people here going to the polls. we're told actually they're expecting very low turnout in this primary in louisiana, and i think that's also a reflect of the fact that the only thing being award here is about 20 delegates in the state of louisiana for this primary election. the other 26 delegates will be awarded down the road, especially, randi, in a -- in a convention in june, sometime in june. so it's going to be a while before we know how all of the delegates in the state of louisiana are assigned. back to you. >> what about voter turnout,
joe? do you think we'll see big voter turnout there? >> reporter: very slow. we're in the jefferson parish area at a precinct. we've been watching. there's a vote counter who tells us 35 or 40 people since the polls opened. they're not expecting a lot of turnout at all here in this state, and think this poll is very indicative of that. >> what about santorum's plans after louisiana. i know he's in pennsylvania. know he's speaking at a leadership conference. where does he go after this? >> reporter: well, he's going to wisconsin tonight, at least we're told. he's going to watch the louisiana results from wisconsin, which could be another important state for him. and you talked about the last stand of rick santorum. if there's going be one, pennsylvania's clearly very important for him. wisconsin too. pennsylvania certainly because it's his home state and if he can't win big there, where can he win.
but the bottom line really is rick santorum would just have to win a lot of delegates, more than 50% quite frankly in all of the big states going forward if he were to actually catch up. that seems very hard to do, given the kind of momentum mitt romney appears to be building. >> joe johns for us there in jefferson parish, louisiana. joe, thank you. just a reminder, join fredericka whitfield every afternoon in the 2012 election. the movie captured hearts and minds. coming up, artifacts from the real titanic. [ male announcer ] the next generation of lexus cannot be contained. [ clang ] the all-new 2013 lexus gs. there's no going back.
allowed to look at the stuff, but not touch it. i notice you're wearing gloves and i eenl not, so i'm not allowed to touch any of these things? >> no, you're not. >> it's against the rules. tell me about the mug. >> it was a third-class teacup on the ship. it was a tape of ware they purchased for the ship. they furnished the entire ship, designed the. r rooms and cab ins and it has the white star logo on it. >> they didn't put the titanic on it, just the star. >> all types of service but never titanic. >> what about the money? >> the money is a large collection of coins and currency inside the leather bag and that's the only reason the currency survived. this one is a bank note, the and it represents the banks of america.
it was only later the government took over printing of all money. >> i don't see the heart of the ocean here, that's the big piece that we saw in the movie. you have some interesting pieces. how about this one here? >> this is a beautiful little necklace. it is made actually with gold nuggets. >> hmm. >> so it's designed to show off the gold nuggets, and then there are tiny little nuggets on the chain as well. >> what's this? >> this is a leather wallet. lots of times we found them in the leather suitcases and lots of times the papers were still in there and readable. we've taken them out and preserved them. >> there are personal stories. have you been able to link any back to the passengers? >> i was talking with molly brown's great granddaughter last week and we sort of thing this is the type of injuriry she would have worn because her husband had the biggest gold strike in the world and what
would you commemorate that with but with a gold nugget necklace. >> how much would you expect it to go for? >> the entire collection as well as intellectual property and other parts of -- not the artifacts, that has been estimated at about $190 million. >> who buys something like this, $190 million of tie tajjic artifacts. who buys that? >> i don't know. i'm anxious to find out. >> certainly not me. i'm not allowed to even touch ichlt where does all the money go when you do auction these items off? >> that's to be determined. we're a public company, so we have shareholders we have to respond to. >> what do you think, if somebody's going to spend $200 million on artifacts, why are we so enamored with it? >> it's an incredible story. laencht ship in the world, maiden voyage, disaster strikes, and everyone has to make a choice of what they're going do. it's something that resonated with everybody. they had representatives of almost every country on the ship
so it really touched everybody's heart. >> she never did let me touch those. i needed those gloves like she had. oh, well. sunshine, snow, a little bit of rain, quite a mixed bag of weather going on. meteorologist reynolds wolf is here to tell us what's going on across the country. hello, reynolds. >> i can't let you go. i bet if you asked very nicely shrks e would have let you touch something. >> she came right in between. >> if i had come within 20 feet she wouldhave pulled out a taser. i break everything i touch. you're subtle. i'm a bull in a china shop. one thing we don't have to handle with kid gloves will be our travel. other places it might be stop and go, especially along the eastern seaboard. we have showers, delays there, just under an hour. washington, d.c., raleigh, cincinnati, rain drops and possibly some thunderstorms. oul out to the west, we have issues in san francisco and los angeles. higher elevations like sierra
and nevada, there's going to be issues with snow. but here in atlanta, my goodness, take a look at that a picture-perfect park. we have unbelievable pollen but thankfully in the last 24 hours or so, we had rain come through. things are considerably more bearable. pollen and necessity, but that sur doesn't make it a lot of fun to deal with. it should be a better day. should be a better day across parts of the nation's mid section, but along the eastern seaboard it's going to be a mainly rainy event for you, mainly in parts of the mid-atlantic. in the southeast we have strong storms. this area where we have a severe thunderstorm watch through early afternoon. next 30 seconds shows you we have a couple of severe warnings in effect, especially across way cross, georgia. out to the west, rain along the coast. up in the higher elevation, snow. in the mid section, just
fantastic. beautiful conditions today in dallas. highs today into the 80s. kansas, 76. 73 in minneapolis. atlanta with 37 degrees. looks like the nation's capital is going be hit or miss. make sure we have it tomorrow afternoon. >> yeah, that map looks pretty good, thing. >> not bad. >> thank you, reynolds. >>. new york is pioneering a new expansive some say intrusive way to capture criminals. it could involve your dna. you don't want to miss this, so stick around. rapid wrinkle repair. it has the fastest retinol formula available. 4 kwoerks it's clinically proven to visibly reduce wrinkles in just one week. "why wait if you don't have to." rapid wrinkle repair. neutrogena®. recommended most by dermatologists.
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all-crimes dna state. that means that dna is collected from anyone convicted of a crime. most say the new law isn't regulated enough and it goes too far but had the law been in place earlier one mwoman says they would have captured a man. >> reporter: jessica is wise beyond her years. she was attacked in her apartment building eight years ago. just 15 years oil at the time
she recalls everything vividly. >> the first thing he did was punch me in my face and threw me against the wall. >> did you say police don't kill me? >> yeah. there was blood coming everywhere. i said please don't kill me. >> her attacker wasn't caught. >> he could be living in another country and he'll never be caught. for all i know he could be behind me. >> that fear never left you. >> no. >> then out of the blue, a break. >> six years later, the individual who committed the 2004 case was charged, indicted and convicted of a robbery of an elderly man. >> curtis tucker's dna was put in the database for convicted felons. it matched dna left at jessica's crime scene. he was convicted and sentenced to 20 years but new york's new law could have caught tucker six
years earlier. now dna of anyone convicted of a krierjs including most misdemeanors, even as minor as jumping a turn style goes into a state database. jessica's attacker had a string of misdemeanors. >> the disturbing point was to learn that in the intervening six years he had been in and out of our courthouse having been arrest and convicted of miss demeanor offenses which were not edgeable for dna collection. >> under the new law they are. civil libertarians say it lacks enough your sight, leading to mistakes and abuse. the innocence project which uses dna to exonerate wrongly accused says the law doesn't go far enough. >> if you want to prevent wrongful convictions, you need to enact id reform, record interrogations to identify false confessions. understood things and things like that. >> jessica like that.
>> reporter: jessica reyes wishes the new law had been passed earlier. >> science doesn't lie, brought me peace. >> reporter: peace she hopes can come to other crime victims. susan candiotti, cnn, new york. >> prosecutors say they expect a $30 test to solve thousands of crimes and prevent thousands more. newsroom continues at the top of the hour with fredricka whitfield. she's joining me to you to tell us what's coming up. >> per usual we'll have avery and richard along with us. >> the boys. >> that's right. the boys. the great legal minds. they will be delving into a series of cases, including one that really is pretty extraordinary out of california. a woman who was raped by her husband, her now ex-husband, files for divorce, gets a divorce. however, in the end because she was the breadwinner of the family, she has to pay him alimony even though he was convicted, sentenced for rain. >> unbelievable. >> unbelievable. now that young woman is part of
a bill trying to change the law in california. our legal guys are delving on that one. >> i assume you'll talk about stand your ground. >> absolutely. that law, that case still getting a whole lot of attention. we're going to be talking to one of the florida lawmakers who voted against the stand your ground. you talk someone an advocate of. >> co-sponsors. >> we'll be joined by a gentleman who says this is exactly what he had feared and why he worked so hard against the passage of stand your ground. now we're going to be talking about what efforts would be under way in order to repeal that law. then of course that incident with trayvon has incited an awful lot of discussions especially around the kitchen table at homs. we know there's already the conversation that takes place often between a parent and a child, particular in black communities. we're going to be joined by lz granderson talking about the
conversations he had with hess teenager son before this incident and now and how so many parents are struggling what to tell your child. you want your child to feel free and confident about doing their thing. then, of course, there are lots of red flags and safety measures. >> that was one of the first things i read yesterday was l.z.'s column about this. >> it's powerful. >> why so many are afraid of police. it was fantastic. i tweeted it all over the place. >> we'll talk about it beginning at noon eastern time but he'll join us at 2:00. >> i'll tune in. thanks, fred. who tweets the most, republicans or democrats? the social media leader next.
batman, a none, a strip club, and some scary moments for a helicopter pilot. time to figure out what's happening around the nation. first to maryland. we begin in montgomery county. that's where police pulled over none other than the caped crusader himself or a pretty good look alike with his very own batmobile. photos of the traffic stop posted on facebook. police are not talking about the incident. >> our main message is we don't
want this in our community because it does not only affect the small community, it affects the larger community. >> in stone park, illinois, a group of nuns is trying to stop a $3 million strip including from opening just a few feet away from their retirement home. about 300 neighbors joined the juns to voice their concern. they are hoping to convince local leaders and the club's owner to move the club someplace else. according to affiliate wgn that's unlikely. the strip club is set to open in april. and in western palm beach, florida, some scary moments for the pilot and copilot of this sheriff's department helicopter. they suffered minor injuries when the chopper was forced to make a hard landing. no word yet on the cause. it is a new finding that's got people all over the country talking. members of congress are using twitter in some new ways. one party is leading the charge. josh levs is here to explain. so who is it?
>> a lot of people are surprised by the findings on this thing. the study is really big, randi. it looked at 60,000 tweets over month over lawmakers. the big finding, republicans used twitter more effectively than democrats. it's done by a pr firm that tracks all sorts of information about the digital word to. determine who is more effective, a long list of factors, retweets, how many people ampify messages over twitter. engagement, republicans in congress received twice as many replies as democrats on average to their tweets. also stuff i found interesting, republicans in congress had more substantive, 3.5 times more likely to mention actual legislation. and tweets in which lawmakers mentioned someone from the other political party, i think a lot of us would expect it would be attacks, they are not. about half are collaborative. far fewer of those tweets mentioning the opposite party
are critical of the other part. this is something most lawmakers are seeking. they are trying to reach people and be heard and have their messages echo on twitter. it became a political powerhouse and point to the effect it's having around the world and u.s. politics, including president obama having held a twitter town hall. for any lawmakers listening or anyone at all, a few key points from the study, take a look. here is what they found. lawmakers most mentioned on twitter tweeted earlier in the day, later in the week and were more likely to tweet sometimes on weekends. one more thing, this is interesting. the study encourages lawmakers to tweet while in session. obviously the people's work comes first but they say it's a great way of humanizing the legislative process and shedding light on it. can you take a look at the whole report. i have it on all my pages. some surprises in there. a really extensive study.
i give them props for that. >> tweeting while in section, our tax dollars at work. which do you think will have the biggest impact on twitter. >> the absolute up to date list so i could share it with you. they crunched new numbers. they are saying the most influential twitterers and this combines all sorts of factors, bernie sanders, and independent out of vermont, john boehner, republican, and keith ellison, a democrat. the next two, top five, darrell issa, republican, california, then senator john mccain. the whole list is up there as well. i'll tell you, i encourage you to check it out and see how they are coming up with those numbers. in the end it's not that definitive. but lawmakers are trying to reach social media to reach people. this is the best study i see of how well they are doing at that right now. so we'll see where things go from here. >> i do follow a lot of them on twitter, those you mentioned. mccain, i will say, i get a lot of tweets from mccain.