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time to get you a check of your top stories. randi kaye is with us. from cnn center, this is "cnn sunday morning". it's coming down. >> a tornado outbreak pummels the midwest. trucks overturned. a town flattened and confirmed deaths in oklahoma. we'll take to you the scene. a threatening message from a new leader in his first public speech north korea's kim jong-un said his nation's time has come. also nick kristof is back live. he's talking about his stunning epidemic among military veterans. today is the 100 year anniversary of the biggest maritime disasters in history. while the "titanic" remains
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silent, fascination with the ship is still very much alive. good morning, everyone. it's 8:00 on the east coast, 5:00 on the west. we have a lot to tell you about this morning. we start with tragedy in woodward, oklahoma overnight. five people were killed in those storms. i talked to the mayor last hour and he said the town is just flattened and devastated. he said their early morning system failed. take a look at this. our cnn crew shot this video in a different part of oklahoma. storms produced several tornadoes just like that one right there. there were as many as 88 reports of suspected tornado touchdowns. in creston, iowa, a hospital was hit. the patients were taken out safely. the mayor said almost his entire town was damaged but no serious injuries. around 100 people had to find another flies sleep last night.
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>> we heard the sirens probably about five minutes before it really picked up and so we were trying to, okay, forget okay get the kids down stairs. it was like oh, my god we got get down stairs. the windows are blowing out. there's glass every where. there was stuff off our wall. there's grass just platered. we had a house fire and we lost our first house. it's like really, i don't think i can do this again. >> we're following a spike in viles out of afghanistan this morning. the u.s. embassy in kabul is on lockdown because of explosions and gun tire in the area. it's the latest development in a wave of coordinated attacks around the country. police say attackers took over a central kabul hotel today close to the presidential palace. a united nations office. and various foreign embassies. just outside of kabul four suicide bombers tried to attack an airfield where u.s. troops are based. the commander said one of the
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attackers blew himself up. police caught the other three. a clear warning from north korea for the rest of the world. we're heavily armed and we're not afraid to fight. new leader kim jong-un made the speech. he said his powerful military could handle any kind of modern warfare. he vowed to keep his people from going hungry. kim jong-un making his first televised speech since taking over leadership of the military. it was at a military event in pyongyang marking the birth of his grandfather. no information on the prostitution scandal that's giving the secret service a black eye. peter king telling cnn some agents brought prostitutes back to their rooms in cartagena, colombia. here's the white house reaction from colombia. >> this is a matter that's being looked into in an appropriate
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manner by the secret service itself. it would not be appropriate for the president to characterize something that's being looked into by the secret service at this time. all i can tell you is he was made aware of it but beyond that i won't characterize his reaction. >> president obama is in colombia for the summit of the americas. five military service members providing support in colombia had been confined to quarters as well as part of this investigation. former vice president dick cheney has made his first public appearance since undergoing a heart transplant three weeks ago. cheney spoke for more than an hour at the iowa republican convention. he walked without assistance and seemed morrow bust than his appearances before federation. he uncorked some pretty fiery comments including calling president obama an unmitigated disaster to the country. that was his quote. today marks the 100th anniversary of the "titanic's" sinking. there's several memorials going
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on today including this one where wreaths were laid. they were laid by another cruise ship that's retracing "titanic's" route. the death toll is rising from yesterday's outbreak of tornadoes across the midwest and millions of people are on alert for more violent weather today. susan candiotti is in wichita this morning, the largest city to be hit by these storms. and meteorologist alexander steele has a look at today's warning. have you had a chance to survey the damage out there? >> reporter: finally now that the sun is coming up we'll be able to do that, but certainly it's been a rough and scary night for people here in kansas as tornadoes hop scotched across the state and we saw lightning filling the skies, hearing a lot of sirens going off and at least here in the wichita area saw hail the size of only a dime but certainly it was a rough night
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for everybody. now they are starting to assess the situation. good news, no reported deaths or serious injuries so far. joining us now is the sheriff here, or the lieutenant jason gill, i just elevated you to sheriff here. but you have information about this mobile home park, about 100 mobile homes back there. we heard reports of maybe 15 or so that were destroyed. what was it like, are you hearing from your people who were in there as the rain was pouring down and the high winds? >> as they got into the area, they weren't sure exactly where they were going. but when they got there they had to walk in. they got to the point where the roads were flooded. there's power lines across the road, trees across the road. so literally they had to walk in. once they got in they were confronted with gas leaks and downed power lines and things like that. >> i heard there was a fire in there as well. >> there was a fire that
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literally this had to be allowed to burn out because they couldn't get any of their fire equipment back there. >> what's the status of any injuries, everyone been accounted for? what your hearing? >> right now we're hearing everybody is accounted for. we're double checking, triple checking, and actually we're going to do a fourth check now that the sun is coming up. >> does this seem to be the worst hit area in wichita? >> it's the worst that i'm aware of. certainly we're the most houses that i can think of so far, yeah. >> thank you very much for joining us. one last thing there was a big concert. they made sure that as the sirens were airing, they got everyone down and out to the concourse areas so they were out of harm's way and, in fact, no injuries there. she was taken off stage. the concert was stopped. fortunately everyone is breathing a sigh of relief this
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day. of course more reports or rather more surveys will be done now randy to see how they fared. back to you. >> we may see more tornadoes and more pretty severe weather so let's check in with meteorologist alexander steele. >> we have had reports of five deaths. those deaths, though, were in oklahoma. balance of 101 tornadoes reported were in kansas. so here's a look at what we've seen throughout the morning long i've been watching this line of thunderstorms. mostly. we did have one tornado warning but that's expired. our tornado watch has expired. the line from wisconsin all the way down to texas. so you'll notice the threat today moves east but it also moves north. very interesting play. so let me show you where the bull's eye will be. here's a look at a robust line staying together moving through eastern kansas, eastern oklahoma, certainly the hardest hit areas yesterday. they have the potential for hail today and damaging winds.
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maybe an isolated tornado. but here's where the bull's eye s-wisconsin, minnesota and iowa. that's where we could see the greatest threat for tornadoes. south of that, though, st. louis and a lot of other big cities including chicago and little rock and houston and even including dallas. they have the risk throughout the day for the potential for very damaging hail, big hail, softball size yesterday and strong gusty winds. 60 to 70 miles per hour. the day does not look to be as severe as yesterday was so that's the good news but, again, here's the bull's eye, that's the extent of the front and warm sector that's where the threat is. we're not out of the woods by any means. farther east for those of you in new york or washington you're walking out the door going it's 20 trees above average. going to be almost 90 tomorrow in washington, d.c. so incredibly warm. getting warmer. today it's warm on the east coast. tomorrow warmer still. but of course watching that severe weather we'll continue to track that throughout the day. >> i'm sure you heard earlier
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one woman put on a bicycle helmet and put her family in the bathroom which was some pretty quick thinking. >> that's what we've been telling everyone in the last year, year and a half or so. get a helmet ready. people have them. they are around. i think we have had reports of those five deaths. but if you look at the breadth, depth and scope of the tornadoes from yesterday it's amazing there weren't more and a lot of that is readiness. being prepared. having those helmets around. having a plan in advance. that's key. >> good to know. thank you. small town in iowa is nearly levelled after a suspected twister rips through it. nearly 75% of the homes there damaged. coming up next we'll take you to thurman, iowa a town that's in complete blackout. the new film out this weekend that have many in the christian community not too pleased. the folks behind "blue light
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learn more at [ dad ] i choose great taste. i choose boost. . across much of the midwest today emergency crews are awaiting for sunrise to begin searching for victims of the tornado outbreak. in southwest iowa that search will be extensive. the mayor of thurman said 90% of the town is damaged or destroyed. after the tornado more bad weather forced all 300 residents to evacuate to a nearby town. we'll turn now to thurman, to the emergency management director for freeman county. he'll join us very shortly. as you can imagine it's very difficult to get people on the phone because the power is out, the electricity is out, and that is just such a press. until we get him back on the line let's turn to what's happening in afghanistan.
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the violence this morning in kabul, afghanistan, reminds us that there is a war going on. tens of thousands of american troops are deployed there right now. it's been a very long, tough fight. couple that now with the ended war in iraq and we get a picture of the hardships that the troops have been living with for a decade. for many soldiers the war doesn't stop when they come home and that's the subject of nick kristof's column in the "new york times" this morning. he's the author of the papers on the ground blog. nick, welcome back to cnn. nice to see you again. your column this morning, it sheds light on such a problem, the lack of resources available for troops returning home. i want to share this quote with our viewers from your column. you write we refurbish tanks but don't help men and women exorcise the demons of war.
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>> this was heartbreaking to report. we in the news business tend to cover the casualties on the battlefield very thoroughly. what we sometimes don't fully report is what happens to those soldiers when they come back. and that adjustment is really hard, especially for those who have post traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury. it turns out that one unfortunately common result is suicide. this year there will be for every soldier who is killed on the battlefield in either iraq or afghanistan, 25 veterans will kill themselves. and that's just, you know, there are too many who are slipping through the cracks. we send them into harm's way and then we don't provide them support when they come home. >> you share a very heartbreaking story of one family, that's who you focus on, who lost a son, who count get the help they needed. i've reported on these families as well. one case in minnesota where a veteran was told there's a waiting list at the v.a. and to
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come back in a week and he ended up taking his life in that week. i don't understand, nick. how do you tell someone who is suicidal, who is really a shell of a person that he or she was before they left for war they need to get on a waiting list. why is that happening? >> well, you know, i wish i understood. the woman that i focused on, she sent two strong healthy sons to iraq, and they both came back severely traumatized. one ended up taking his own life. the other is still fighting his own demons. i think that it's partly psychological question for us that when they are in afghanistan or in iraq then we're in the mindset, we'll provide them absolutely everything that they need, we'll provide the latest technology to fight mines, helicopter support to look for snipers. when they come back then we're just not in the mindset of
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providing anything like that same support. i think we're doing a better job than we were five years ago but it's tragic to see so many p.m. slipping through the cracks. >> what's behind the suicide? is it ptsd? >> well, you know, there isn't even enough data for us to be sure. it seems as if it's some combination of ptsd and traumatic brain injury. it seems to increase with a number of combat tours that people have been exposed to. and it also, it seems in part to be a function that when people are in the army, then they are part of a unit, they are getting support, they feel they have a function, they are busy, then they come home and they don't have that support network. all of a sudden they may feel less useful especially in a job market like this it may be harder to find something fulfilling. there's a risk of compounding this. as people hear more about ptsd
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then employers sometimes are more reluctant to hire them which only aggravates the problem. >> right. as you point out there have been some improvements, baby steps over the year at the v.a. but veterans certainly are still slipping through the cracks. clearly more needs to be done. what do families tell you that they need? >> well, i think the biggest single thing would be much more rapid access to mental health support in the military. i think the v.a. has done a pretty good job at chipping away at the psychological obstacle that warriors are fine and that it's sissy to talk about mental health. they are making progress there. they've appointed suicide coordinators and to some extent they bolstered mental health services. but the number of veterans coming home is expanding like mad. there's another 1 million over the next five years. if they are struggling now, what are they possibly going to do
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with 1 million more veterans needing those services. >> are you hopeful it will change? >> you know, i hope that these people speak out about their, these tragedies. i think that if more americans were aware of it, then i think there would be pressure to provide a bit more support. i mean, you've seen this. i've just been struck on twitter and facebook the number of people who have been replying to me and talking about their loved ones and just how common this seems to be all across the country. it's heartbreaking. >> it certainly is. hopefully there will be more improvements along the way to take care of these great men and women. nick, i posted your article on my facebook page and sent it out on twitter. you can check out the article and his column at "new york times".com. have a wonderful sunday. thank you. >> thank you so much. coming up next we take you
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to thurman, iowa a town that's in a complete blackout this morning after a suspected twister ripped through there last night. we're back in a moment. [ sneezes ] [ male announcer ] you may be an allergy muddler. try zyrtec®. it gives you powerful allergy relief. and zyrtec® is different than claritin® because zyrtec® starts working at hour 1 on the first day you take it. claritin® doesn't start working until hour 3. [ sneezes ] [ male announcer ] zyrtec®. love the air. [ female announcer ] this week only, save up to $11 on zyrtec® products. see sunday's newspaper.
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to the emergency management director for freeman county there. good morning to you, mike. tell me a little bit about the condition of your town. it was the hardest hit there. >> good morning. yes. in the daylight there's not a whole lot left standing. >> what's your biggest issue, power, damage? >> the power company is working feverishly to get power restored to this part of the county. >> if you had to make an educated guess for us, how much of thurman is still standing? how many homes are gone? >> well, an educated guess, i would go with what the mayor said, approximately 75% to 90% of the town is damaged or destroyed. >> did you hear this thing rumbling through? >> no. because i was in sidney. that's where i live. and that's about 12 miles south
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of here. >> and where is everyone from thurman. they've been evacuated to shelter? >> well, the red cross showed up immediately. once we made a determination of what had happened. the red cross showed up and we opened a shelter up at the fremont mills high school in taber. i don't have any numbers how many people stayed there. other than that we put a couple of elderly folks, we made arrangements for them to go to one of the rest homes here in the county and everybody else went to stay with friends or relatives or a hotel. >> and what about injuries, and fatalities? anything being reported? >> from what i'm told this morning, a few minor cuts and bruises. but other than that, there was no fatalities whatsoever. there were five tractor-trailers on i-29 just west of thurman that were blown over yesterday.
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i understand that one of the truck drivers was transported to the emergency room at hamburg i believe it was after which he was taken to j. edmondson hospital in council bluffs for a perforated lung is what i was told. >> what about a search. are there people missing. are they looking for people this morning? >> nope. >> everybody is account forward. >> yep. >> that's wonderful news. >> the local fire department here in fremont county with assistance from other fire department, they were all down here. they went door-to-door and accounted for everybody last night. >> we heard some folks in oklahoma had problems with the warning sirens. how did yours work? >> okay. the warning siren, according to the mayor, it worked fine. the tornado actually hit the town about three minutes after
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the fire department had turned the siren on. the other thing is that a number of people here, we have an emergency warning system called code red, and what happens is code red has a tie in with information from national weather service and if you're in the direct path of the storm and you're signed up for my code red project, you will get a phone call whether it's on your land line or cell phone if the storm is approaching your area. >> that is terrific planning on your part. mike crecelus, great to here just minor cuts and bruises despite the damage. today we pay tribute to those who died on the "titanic" 100 years ago today. ahead how victims' families and others are marking the occasion. plus the "titanic" is not the only ship wreck to fascinate treasure hunters. a closer look at other ship wrecks in our morning passport.
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one person is dead and another four are missing after a boating accident off the coast of san francisco. the u.s. coast guard says 38-foot sailing vessel called the low speed chase ran aground yesterday during a yacht race. three other crew members have been rescued. levi reed of the u.s. coast guard joining me now to talk about this. what cause this accident? >> good morning. the report was that the vessel ran into some heavy seas about 10 to 12 feet. one of the bigger waves came across and washed four people off the boat. and the boat turned around to rescue those four people and
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then they got hit by another wave which crashed them into the rocks. >> so we have the four missing. can you tell me about the efforts to find them? >> the coast guard -- the accident happened about 3:00 saturday afternoon pacific time. and the coast guard has been searching nonstop since then with on sea assets, coast guard sock eye, motor lifeboat from station golden gate and helicopter from air station san francisco along with helicopters from the international air national guard. overnight we had helicopter out searching, and so far, unfortunately, there hadn't been any sightings of the four missing. as it gets light over here on the pacific coast we'll be sending two more helicopter from the international guard out along with two cutters and another small boat. >> thank you for that update. we'll continue to watch this
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story as well. best of luck in those rescue efforts. >> it has been 100 years since the sinking of the "titanic". this morning hundreds of family members and supporters held a memorial service. passengers sat in silence as the names of 1503 victims were projected on a big screen. >> i wish that in some way they would know that 100 years later we're still remembering them and thinking about them. >> two chartered ships were a part of that memorial. the "titanic" may be of course one of the most famous ship wrecks found but there are many more down there that's become a treasure hunter's dream. we're talking about centuries-old ship wrecks and treasure. so, there's a lot down there. we didn't find any, of course, but we might take a look one day. let's start with spain. it came into a big treasure that they didn't find themselves.
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>> half a billion dollars that was found by an american company. after five years of legal wrangling, the spanish government now owns the coins. all of them. all half a billion dollars of them. >> half a billion dollars. what are they going to do with the coins? >> at the moment they are polishing them bp t. with the corrosion and water pressure the spanish government wants to put them up for exhibition. and the company that spent $1.5 million finding the coins that are now owned by spain. >> not very good luck. a lot of us are fascinated with pirates. you spoke to a professor who is work on a pirate ship wreck in the dominican republic. >> yes. professor charles from indiana university, another fascinating one because this was the ship of the very infamous pirate captain william kidd and this was
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apparently sunk in around 1699. what's unusual about this ship is you can actually go and visit. >> oh, really. >> the remains, yes. >> wow. i don't know if i want to do that. >> so there are people -- it's only about ten feet under water. what it is, is an underwater museum. you can see all kinds of things like canons and apparently according to the professor it's very beautiful because you can see the coral with the canons. in may of this year they will invite people to come and visit it. what an amazing, unusual gift for somebody. >> that's pretty cool. look what they are doing with the "titanic". they are sending out this memorial cruise. >> are you interested in scuba diving? he can gotten feet below and see the remains of captain kidd's -- >> if you move the treasure into a pool i'll dive for it. >> unusual trip. they are selling tickets from may. may is the memorial, around 300
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years when the infamous pirate william kidd was hung for his infamous pirate crimes. >> you're so passionate about that. all right. thank you very much. >> a pirate ship in the caribbean. >> very cool. thank you. still to come this morning, there is cursing, drinking, drugs and sex. so how is this new christian themed movie going over with the religious crowd? it depends on who you ask, of course. the author and co-producer behind the hit, "blue light jazz." >> it turns out i'm ashamed of jesus. ♪ [ piano chords ]
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critics call it blasphemous. just don't call it a christian film. "blue light jazz" hit theaters and causing a big rift in the christian community. it follows a teen who leaves his christian upbringing behind. there are drugs, drinking, sex and more racy material that some in the christian community say simply goes too far. but my next guest begs to differ. joining me now to talk about the film, co-producer and author, donald miller and marshall allman. thank you for waking up with us on this sunday morning. donald, i want to start with you. the film was written and produced by christians and is about christianity. yet you say you don't want this to be labeled a christian film. why is that? >> well, i don't know about that so much. i just know in the last five years christian film has gotten a reputation for being too
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sentimental, cheesy, the production quality isn't good even though it's successful at the box office and i think some of the stories coming out of christian films are very intriguing. we want to differentiate ourselves from that. there are people who are christians who don't go to christian films because they don't think the quality of art is enough. we wanted to up that quality of art enough without being too over the top. >> tell me more about the film which is based on your best selling book by the same name and loosely on yourself. why you think some in the christian film world find it offensive? >> well i grew up in texas. i'm in portland, oregon now where i live. i grew up in texas in a very southern conservative southern baptist household. i went to school in portland in reed college which is one of the most godless campuses in the world. it was a clashing of those two worlds. my faith in that place survived. but when we told the story, when we made a movie about it we had
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to be true to what reed is like and we tried to do that. and it's just a college campus where there's a lot of wild kids running around. so i think with a lot of christian films we hide it or tie everything up in a nice bow. that's not way reality worked for me. if you take all the family friendly parts of the bible out of the bible you have a really short book. so we like to think we're more biblical than the average christian film. >> that's funny. marshall you said this was never meant to be christian movie but rather a good movie. can you explain that a little bit? >> yeah. well sometimes, you know, if you take a movie and you try to tell a story and try to manipulate the elements and principle of the story to get more of a message then it's kind of -- it's not -- you're not trying to tell a good story you're trying to gate message across. in this film it was clear from the script these guys are trying to tell a good story, true story, entertaining story and they did that.
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>> marshall, what do you make of some of the criticism about it? >> you know, i mean really all i've heard -- touring the country with the movie and, you know, seeing it in so many different cities, all i've seen is people being really impacted by this film. i haven't paid attention top of the critic jims. what i do know is this film means so much to so many people and i'm so proud to have bean part of that and seeing people impacted every night. people laughing. people in tears. >> you've been on this 35 city bus tour. you've gotten some pretty good feedback. what are they saying? >> people are saying thank you so much for telling our story in a real way. thank you so much for making a christian film that isn't cheesy. thank you so much for making it funny. i haven't had a good laugh at myself in a long time. and, you know, or at things of faith in a long time. you know, it's really pretty
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fantastic the impact people are having. just last night i went in and sat in on a theater and i heard a girl, you know, weeping at the end of the movie, holding back just like tears and at the same time in that very same scene she laughed. you know, so it made me emotional because at this point i've seen the movie some times i was just paying attention to how people were reacting. >> there is some, some criticism, of course. i want to share a little bit of it, donald i want to you retook this. this is from a prominent blogger no matter what stage of doubt one is having i don't think it's ever a good idea to cure it with facile arguments for god or shallow emotional porn. another one this kind of hollow, plastic caricature of religious life and belief can do nothing but harm the current landscape. >> i think that's criticism that we're sort of fighting with our movie. it may be.
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but we're getting sort of the opposite reaction of our film that the dialogue is very real. and we actually think it's kind of groundbreaking. it's hard because so many christians will not go see christian movies because they are disassociating from the dentsmentalism. we're afraid they won't go see our movie because they think we're in that camp. people who saw this movie go i didn't think it was ever done. >> who are you trying to reach with it? >> well, we're trying to reach, i think, people of faith who live in between faith and doubt, honestly. they live between the church and the world. they live in this middle space. sometimes they are ashamed of their faith because it's embarrassing or costs them in culture. and that's the person who this film is about. anybody whose desires cause them to be uncomfortable.
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when they wake up and think this belief in god is absurd but can't deal with it, that's our target audience. >> donald miller, marshall allman, thank you very much. once again the movie is "blue light jazz". thank you both. >> thank you. >> for more stories on faith be sure to check out our widely popular belief blog at bill cosby speaking bout the trayvon martin case. we'll ask candy crowley what he told her. but "saturday night live" spoof mitt romney and rick santorum. you don't want to miss this. that's right after the break. good morning to washington, d.c. this morning. we'll be right back. ♪ are you still sleeping? just wanted to check and make sure that we were on schedule.
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. now that you're out of the race i just want to tell you in person you ran a great campaign. >> thanks mitt and congratulations on the nomination. it was hard fought. >> what can i get you two? >> well we're celebrating for my fine so oil have a chocolate milk. >> i'll have a napkin.
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>> always entertaining. that was "saturday night live's" way of wrapping up the political primary season. very funny. let's go to washington now. state of the uni "state of the union" is coming up. candy crowley has an interview with bill crosby. good morning. you sat down and spoke to him about the trayvon martin shooting. what did he tell you? >> reporter: you know, it was a very interesting response. bill cosby lost a son to gun violence, and so has obviously personal ties to this particular issue. and, you know, it was about -- we've herd so much about what was it racist, what did it have to do with and he blames the gun. but in a really nuanced way because he said look i'm not against guns, i own a gun, i had it for self-protection, i think people should have one for self-protection if they want but the idea of community watch people having them, he said those are people who ought to dial the police when they see
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something and not be armed with a gun because a gun essentially emboldens you to want to go fix things because you have the gun. i thought it was an interesting nuance answer from him. >> it sounds like it was an interesting conversation. i look forward to it. also on the show today some republicans still of course having reservations about mitt romney's ability to beat president obama. you have the rnc chair on the show. what do you think he'll do to rally the republican party? >> reporter: he's in an interest position. i don't cho if you have heard newt gingrich lately. he said this isn't over. i'm still in the race. here they have this presumptive nominee mitt romney but they have newt gingrich going. they still have a problem with the conservative voters who voted for santorum or gingrich and those who are voting, still voting for ron paul who is still in the race. those are not the people attracted to mitt romney. if he's the presumptive nominee he not only needs to gather up the conservative base and reassure them, romney has to go
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the middle of the road to get the swing voters and he has to watch playing into that hole that he's a flipfloper. this man has a huge agenda and the republican party is there to support him. so we want to talk about what he thinks that entails and how he used the race as it shapes up for this fall. now is essentially the fall campaign. >> oh, yeah. we're almost in full swing. candy crowley, thank you very much. nice to see you. of course keep it here for "state of the union" with candy crowley. it starts in 11 minutes at 9:00 a.m. eastern time, 6:00 a.m. pacific right here on cnn. at boston's fenway park he takes the mound but he's not over this. 100 years old and he's not the only one celebrating a century. we'll take you out to the ballpark right after the break. or creates another laptop bag or hires another employee, it's not just good for business,
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and we would like to say good morning, los angeles. look at that beautiful shot of downtown. folks there just starting to wake up. the good news is probably no traffic at this hour. or maybe there is. who knows. good morning l.a. nice to have you with us. of course this morning we want to pass along a couple of milestones. boston fenway park is celebrating their 100th anniversary. the red sox invited a 100-year-old fan to toss out the first pitch. there he goes. bill hogan jr. was just six days old when the legendary stadium opened back in 1912. very, very nice. okay. so let's take a look at what you need know for the week ahead. this is our week ahead calendar. something new. a new gadget. be patient with me. i'm trying get the hang it. on monday we have the suspects in tulsa, oklahoma they will be in court because of the oklahoma
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shooting, the suspects are both white in that case. it could be a racially involved case. the victims of course were black. also on monday, big day for roger clemens. his retrial begins. of course for him lying to congress. on thursday the discovery shuttle goes to the smithsonian. it's on the road and goes on permanent display at the smithsonian. on friday george zimmerman's bond hearing, the man in florida charged with shooting 17-year-old trayvon martin who was just carrying a bag of skitles, he's the neighborhood watchman there. and sunday, that's a big day, one of my favorites the year, it's earth day. you get to do something nice for the environment that day. maybe learn how to kpochlt. drink a green shake. threw have it. our week ahead. get you up to date. yesterday's deadly tornadoes may just be the beginning. we'll tell you where severe weather is headed today. that's coming next. and night...
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deadly tornadoes laid waste to parts of at least three states yesterday and more bad weather unfortunately is expected today. so let's check in with alexandra
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steele one more time to see what we should be on the lookout for. >> good morning. we are going to see rough weather today. isolated tornadoes. the gravity of it today from what we saw yesterday, five deaths yesterday, but 121 reported tornadoes. the balance of those in kansas. here's a look at the current radar picture. things are quiet. we did have a tornado watch that has expired, a tornado warning that has too expired. much more benign conditions. this is the line i've been watching from dallas up to wisconsin. there was some lines in here. a lot has broken apart. keeping an eye on that. the strongest and the most potent storms will come later this afternoon and tonight and let me show where a little bit of a different area. kansas and nebraska really hit the hardest. today, those this is the bull's eye. this afternoon and tonight. look how far north it is. wisconsin, minnesota, iowa, that's where the greatest chance for tornadoes will be today. but along that southern fringe
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right ahead of that front in that warm sector this is where we could see potential, isolated tornadoes not out of the question but the balance of the severe weather reports will be wind, some 60, 70 mile-per-hour wind gusts and large damaging hail as well. green bay, chicago, st. louis, little rock, houston again those primary risks for winds and large hail. big picture. there's the severe weather threat in the center of the country. last day of it. then east of that, randi, walking the streets of new york city, almost 90 degrees tomorrow in washington, d.c. and only getting warmer. today warm, tomorrow even warmer. but east coast-northeast along the south quite mild. >> 90 degrees. wow. >> 9 one washington. he'll see what happens. >> thank you very much. and thank you everybody for watching today. you can always continue the conversation with me online. find me at twitter at


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