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avalanches, six people killed in the u.s. including two others in colorado. stephanie elam following the story for us today. today where is the search right now, stephanie. >> good morning, fred. they are taking a look at these beacons. we know they are honing in on one in particular. overall they are trying to race against sunlight to get them out thereof. once the sup goes down, they can't do anything else to help them tonight. the special avalanche advisory posted today says it all. back country avalanche conditions are very dangerous this weekend. we are in the midst of a historic avalanche cycle. >> as long as the went is here and as long as its snowing, we're going to be concerned and continue our mitigation efforts. >> those efforts are becoming even more urgent as rescue workers are scouring colorado mountains after two skiers went missing. they were part of a team of seven that triggered an avalanche outside of aspen. three separate broken bones and a collapsed lung. two walked away unharmed.
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the thrill of the back country is alluring but it can also kill. this weekend's incident followed a string of deadly avalanches that took the lives of six people in the past week alone. from colorado to as far west as oregon. >> this is mayflower gulch. >> cnn hit the back country with avalanche and safety expert highlighting three must haves before you head out on the mountain. >> beacon, probe, shovel. three things have you to have with you. >> reporter: avalanche officials say unusual conditions in the mountains can lead to surprising avalanches. >> going deeper, in untracked areas. unfortunately the snowpack right now is not conducive to taking risks like that. >> and the other concern they have is how steep the hills are now. that's making it very difficult for surge and rescue but they are doing their best out there
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today, fred. >> keep us posted. stephanie elam, thanks so much. coming up in 45 minutes we'll hear from the emergency management team in lake county, colorado and get an update for the search for those missing skeergs. to florida where both sides of the loud music trial are trying to deal with the music. found guilty on four counts, three counts of attempted murder. on the most serious charge, first degree murder, the jury deadlocked. listen to the judge before the verdict was read. >> we have verdicts in counts two, three, four, and five, based on the jury' inability on count one, i will declare that mistried. >> a mistrial on the charge of murdering 17-year-old jordan davis but a potential 75 years in prison for dunn on the other counts. martin savidge live in jacksonville. so martin, what was the reaction to the verdict?
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i know it continues. >> reporter: it does continue, fredricka. it's quiet outside today. you had people demonstrating angrily over the mixed verdict. you have a mistrial and three counts of attempted murder, which michael dunn was found guilty. but for the parents of jordan davis, it really was an excruciating day because for them there was no verdict on the death of their son. of that the point of the entire case, the murder charge brought, 17-year-old killed over loud music and he was unarmed. after the verdict came in, both parents stood up and spoke to the media. here is what they had to say. >> it's sad for mr. dunn that he will live the rest of his life
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in that sense of torment, and i will pray for him. i've asked my family to pray for him, but we are so grateful for the charges that have been brought against him. we are so grateful for the truth. we are so grateful that the jurors were able to understand the common sense of it all. we will continue to stand, and we will continue to wait for justice for jordan. >> i thank you all for saying that we as parents were good parents to jordan. he was a good kid. he wasn't allowed to say in the courtroom that he was a good kid, but we'll say it. he's a good kid. >> i don't think there's anybody that could listen to those two parents and not feel the anguish
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in their hearts. it should be pointed out, fredricka, that today would have been jordan davis's 19th birthday. his parents have asked they be left alone to mark it as they will. fredricka. >> martin, the prosecution, they are claiming they are thinking about retrying on this first degree murder charge. what really are the chances of that? is that -- is it plausible or was that emotion speaking in response to what just took place? >> you know, that's a really good question, fredricka. last night, of course, you saw her come out and say we're going to redo this trial on first degree murder. you saw the parents, of course, they would like to see justice brought for the death of their son. that said, michael dunn is still going to be spending decades in prison. then the question would be asked what do you really need to go forward with a trial if he's going to be locked up for the
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rece of his life. some would say there's precedent here, you have to find him guilty of the death of this young man. others would say look at the expense, a tremendous expense by coming back. we should point out angela curry, the same prosecutor who went after george zimmerman. this case was open and shut. many believe she fumbled this one as well. >> martin, thanks so much from jacksonville. lets talk more with legal analyst and criminal defense attorney. to you first, do you see there will be a retrial for this first degree murder charge? >> i don't think there will be. i think angela would have wiser as many do in this situation, we're going to take a second look at the case and make a decision down the road if there's a retrial. also suggest there's alternative
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mechanism. the davis people, wonderful people, came across as so kind at the press conference. they want a resolution. they want a finding their son was murdered and he was murdered by michael dunn. you can do that in a civil case. they can sue for money damages. it was done in the o.j. simpson case. it's lesser burden of proof. preponderance of the evidence not beyond a reasonable doubt. he's in for 60 years on this. it's unlikely he'll be out of jail. even if he gets a life sentence, it would be the same thing. i think that would be a wise alternative choice for this. >> whether there is a retrial or not, there can still be a civil case. if prosecutors were to succeed and say we want to do this again as it pertains to first degree murder. i checked with those 12 jurors, what went wrong in the argument for this case? >> they absolutely need to talk to the jurors who are willing to
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talk to them in florida. it's improper for the press or prosecutors to reach out to the jurors but the jurors can certainly reach out to the prosecution and press. anybody willing to talk, the prosecution needs to find out, what was the slip. lets be really frank about this, fred, this was a failure. as our online younger people say, this was an epic fail. the main thing here is a young marine's life was tandy, shot down in a car doing nothing but playing his music loud. even if he did say something to mr. dunn, you should not get the death penalty for mouthing off. they also need to consider, remember this, fred, if they go forward on first degree murder they have to seat 12 jurors and 12 jurors have to unanimously agree. if they proceed on second degree murder, which is still a life sentence they only have to have six jurors. it's easier to get a consensus
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among six. they need to think carefully before they rush into something that might be a second failure. >> paul, really quick, where do you see the failure in the prosecution presenting its case? how would it correct itself if possible? >> obviously they failed at jury selection. that's the most important part of the case. the jury might have decided this a certain way. the second thing, should it have been charged as a hate crime. if they had taken that approach, maybe they could have gotten some of the letters in that seem to indicate racist attitude to show these shots were fired not because of a threat but hatred for blacks and the kind of music they listen to and the way they dress. so you could have taken a whole different approach. that would have been an alternative way to go. >> thank you so much. paul callan, holly hughes, appreciate it. coming up in the "cnn newsroom," we'll talk more about that case.
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bounce back day for usa, silver and bronze for super g a special medal for bode miller. it's a tough medal when you get older, the only one was 34. guess what, bode miller did it take at 36 years old. it was an mayoral medal for him. it's the first time he's won an olympic medal since his younger brother died of seizures last year. his brother, a competitive snowboarder had a chance to make the olympic team himself. bode said he felt like he was going down the mountain for both of them today, which was nice. bode's race was in the morning and that went out fine. i have to tell you in the evening it got more and more foggy here and they held the biathlon or tried to in the evening. when they got to the part where
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they would be shooting, shooting and skiing, they couldn't see targets. fred, not a good idea to shoot into fog. another way weather plays a part. >> it's good they postponed it. lets talk about the american spirit overall, not just on the slope, not just on the ice but american skier gus kenworthy is making a name for himself by rescuing stray dogs all around sochi. how is that going for him? >> well, i'm sure you've heard of the stray dog issue here. there's quite a lot of them. instead of handling them more humanely, putting them in shelters or animal control police are authorized to shoot them with poison darts. that upset a lot of people, upset gus kenworthy, american silver medalist, who is an animal lover, dog lover.
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he found a bunch of dogs, puppies and their mom by the athlete village. he sort of adopted them and making arrangements to bring them home. he took me to motor them. as you'd expect they are cute. >> we were here last year for test event, there were more strays. there was a stray i tried to bring in at the hotel and i got in trouble for that. i heard they were rounding them up, exterminating them and trying to keep them out of the public view. i wasn't trying to come here and be an animal activist or spokesperson for the dogs it's just this particular family touched me. i think they are so cute and need some help. so i'm just going to try to bring this family home. >> hi. you're okay. look, come here. >> we're going to have to give this one a russian name. >> i was thinking sochi was kind of nice, couture, rosa, silver.
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>> silver could be good. you going to show her your medal here? does she like it? >> victory. >> you can see more with our visit with gus on new day tomorrow morning. i have to tell you, fred, he found most of the dogs homes with friends and family in colorado. if you're interested, we'll see. >> we'll talk. i'm always in the market for a new pooch. i like the name, sochi and silver, a whole family of dogs. there are other great olympic, russia, sochi kind of names. thanks, rachel. appreciate it. we'll talk later about bringing a puppy home. her father has been present. her mother could be present. president. what's next for chelsea clinton? see how she's stepping out of the shadows of bill and hillary
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an exclusive report from the killing fields near syrian turkish border. >> reporter: we crossed the border escorted by armed rebels. for months they were under the control of isis, islamic state of iraq and syria. as we drove towards town, tells us isis came in, took over and called it their islamic state. this was the main checkpoint. as part of their terror tactic, eyewitnesses were telling us they would leave some of the bodies of people they executed lining the checkpoint so that every single car coming through would be forced to slow down and could not ignore that brutal message. across from it the courthouse. executions took place out front. freshly dug up dirt marks the
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graves of some of the victims. >> some near the north. >> reporter: anyone who dared defy them paid a price. even smoking was banned. this was another of the isis head quarters. everything, all the walls were painted black. you can see they have just been freshly painted off white. when it was under control, it is friday, prayer time, none of these people would have been able to be out on the streets. they would have forced the market to close. many don't want their identity be revealed or even be seen talking to us. isis may not be in control but many fear they will come back. cnn. >> tomorrow we begin our exclusive in-depth coverage of the syrian conflict across all
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breaking news now into cnn. rescuers in colorado have located the bodies of two skiers who went missing after an avalanche. searchers initially located signals, beacons of the skiers before finding their bodies. i'm with susan matthews, what can you tell me about the search and how you were able to locate these bodies. sadly these two skiers did not survive. >> the search and rescue teams organized last evening following this incident which happened just before dark were on scene
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early this morning following a safety team that had to assess the avalanche to make sure it was going to be even safe to try to find the two persons missing. the two persons missing were wearing beacons and the ground crew were able to find the signals for them. the first team, however, who went up had to wait for safety clearance. they found one body. the safety team went to find a safe pass for the team to go. >> susan, tell me about the conditions this winter especially given there have been six deaths in the western u.s. state. this month alone involving avalanches, in your county alone, lake county, has this been a particularly dangerous season? are people aware of the potential for avalanches, that the po tepgs is particularly
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high right now? >> the potential is high in many cases of this state. it's listed for the range where this occurred as being a moderate danger. the areas to the north are listed more severely. this particular avalanche was triggered in a very steep avalanche chute and actually triggered another avalanche to a chute directly next to it there was a third largest chute that was not affected. >> what are you telling skiers or snow showers, anyone who wants to take advantage of the back country areas in what are you tell them about noticing the warning signs, knowing where conditions are right for a potential avalanche, how to stay
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safe. >> the best information anyone who wants to back country ski is to do is to prepare themselves with several things. number one, be very aware of the current weather conditions, fully aware of the proper clothing, food, water, and maybe more important than anything beacons. because without beacons people can be lost in avalanches. it's very difficult to find them. dogs do help a lot. i think being prepared is really key. the problem we have in colorado and other states for this time of year, very deep snow, unstable conditions because of the weather changing. the winds, patterns changing
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creates unstable conditions. those people who are not prepared to be in those back country conditions, unfortunate incidents happened. >> hur. for those reasons it's very important for people to pay attention to warning signs and be very careful. susan matthews, thank you so much lake county emergency management in colorado. even though at least those two skiers did have those beacons, they did seem to be prepared. there was nothing they could do up against that avalanche which occurred. thanks so much for your time, susan. straight ahead. jimmy fallon, taking over one of the most legendary shows in television. following in the footsteps of johnny carson and jay leno. getting their start on "saturday night live." we'll ask an snl vet if fallon is ready for that spotlight. olive garden's best 2 for $25 yet is ending soon!
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her parents are political warriors who spent their entire adult lives in the public eye. former president bill clinton and possible 2016 democratic candidate hillary clinton. today chelsea clinton is taking the stage at a big forum on human rights in las vegas. is she emerging from her famous parents shadows. the famous first daughter has been showing a higher profile in recent days. thursday she and with her mother at a forum on women and girls and said it's time to break the glass ceiling. >> i hope we have fewer ceilings. i hope that those do exist, partly because of work we will do and the work others will do, people will know how to break down those that still persist.
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whether they are here in the united states or anywhere around the world, and that we have a very clear view of what will help crack and break those ceilings, whether in economic, political, social or cultural spheres, regardless of where someone is standing in the world. so one man who knows chelsea clinton well is writer jonathan van meter, contributing editor at "vogue" magazine. jonathan, good to see you. >> good to see you. >> chelsea clinton is often a fixture alongside mom or dad on stages, like you just saw in new york, but today she's alone addressing this lgtb human rights audience in vegas. also later in the month she'll be at the university of las vegas. in your view, why is she doing this? what's doing on? >> in this instance, it's not that complicated. it's because they invited her. human rights first big concert of this sort.
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it's about lgtb youth. that's a subject she's been very prolific on, especially on her twitter feed. you know, the reason i think that subject is so important to her, one of the things i learned about her when i followed her around in 2012 is that she has a lot of gay friends. in particular, she told me her husband pointed out to her that many of her closest friends are gay men. i think when you're a woman close to a lot of gay men, you instinctively care more about those issues. one of the things i think she's planning on talking about today in vegas is how it's getting easier for adults as we gain the right to marry but still tough for kids in school. that's what this conference is about. >> you alluded to the time you spent with her, three months,
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preparing for the article in "vogue" on her. did you get a sense on what her focus is. is she eyeing a position in the public life in the way of campaigning for her mom, hillary clinton, or what happens one day or herself? does she have her own political aspirations or is there something else driving this machine in her. >> to answer if she's ever going to run for office, she said very directly to me and says all the time she has no plans. i actually believe her. she always says that maybe one day if she changes her mind, she'll ask that question then. my sense is that she really likes the life she has, which is sort of a multi-pronged career that involves academia, that has involved doing interviews for nbc but now is a stepped up
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relationship with the clinton foundation. obviously if her mother runs for president, that's going to lead to another role. i think she likes doing seven things at once more than sensing a political ambition in her. >> she is taking advantage of the fact or maybe doesn't want to overlook the fact that because she is the child of very powerful people, she can really make an impact. her point of view can illicit some change or help provoke some change. in your view, that's kind of what she's doing? not necessarily that specific to an ambition but just recognizing that she does have some power just by virtue of "her" taj. >> yes. right, exactly. one of the things about her that's so surprising when you spend time with her, she's so incredibly articulate on any subject and so passionate about
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everything. also, she's so funny. i was at a benefit, this was after i had written about her, just a few months ago actually, where she was one of the keynote speakers. she got up -- whoever introduced her said something she played off of and made some sort of off color remark that brought the house down. she has this unbelievable ability to connect with people. that, from my sense, she's what you said. she's bringing light to issues she cares about. >> then you see her as very charismatic. jonathan, thank you again. she's in las vegas and likely to take the stage at any moment at the time to thrive conference, human rights conference taking place in las vegas. of course we'll monitor and share video and sound as we get it. meantime lets talk about something else happening on the horizon like tomorrow. it's the start of a new era on "the tonight show." jimmy fallon taking over as
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host. it comes with huge expectations and a massive raise, $12 million. no one is rooting for fallon to succeed more than the comedians he worked with on "saturday night live." rachel among them. she shared the stage with him for five years including some of his funniest skits just like this one. >> any luck? >> shot down. apparently the clerk was able to discern i'm not one evelyn chang. >> you're evelyn chang to me. >> what's so year? >> you are. >> she's also the author of a girl walks into a bar, calamitous dating disasters and a midlife miracle. rachel, thanks for joining me so much. how excite rud for jimmy? >> very excited. it's a big deal for all of the fans for jimmy. >> it is a big deal. are you nervous for him?
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or he's been doing late, late night, he has that down. what's the big deal? he steps it up a few hours? >> i'm not nervous for him. his current show he's so great at. it will be in front of a bigger audience that doesn't have to stay up till 12:30 to watch him. i have no fear for the guy. >> he has a reputation for cracking up during skits. you see it on his show. he doesn't have a problem laughing at himself. what is it about his appeal that makes so many people kind of just love him, adore him? >> i think you can tell there's certainly people when they are doing comedy, you can tell they are also -- there's a part of them enjoying the same thing at a level. also i remember when we were both on the show, whenever there
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was some host or musical guest that we were in awe of, has he a great ability to be a super fan but have a real conversation with these huge stars. a lot of us -- i was always super shy around them, skulk around. jimmy would go up to bono, milk jagger, whoever it was. he was so great -- i don't know. if there's a positive spin on the word schmoozing, because it's not fake at all, genuine connection with uber stars, i think that's what carries him through. >> he's kind of big kid like, playful. >> definitely. also the fun thing about him, and "the tonight show" will be different because of his sketch abilities and his impressions. i think he might sort of thank up the vibe over there in a cool way. >> do you think we're going to see a different kind of late show with jimmy fallon, or is it
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going to be the late show we've been seeing with jimmy fallon just in a different timeslot. still have the thank you notes, the roots band. what do you think will be the same or different? >> that's a good question. i don't know. i kind of think it will probably be kind of the same because that's what he is and what has been working for him. i don't know if the late, late spot affords you a chance to be more edgy and weirdo. my humpl is he'll do what he does and everybody will catch up to him. >> we'll be watching and rooting for him and i know umm be front and center rooting him on as well. rachel dratch. thank you. i'm sure you'll be quick to appear as guest. >> we'll see. >> thanks so much, rachel. lets talk about barbie these days. guess what, barbie featured in
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the "sports illustrated" swimsuit issue. no kidding. well, did they go too far? it may not really matter according to some. the magazine is not apologizing for it, nor is mattel. we'll take you inside the pages next. >> for me to lose in paris was completely disappointing. i was shattered. >> shortly after that loss, serena traveled for her first training session with patrick. >> we went on the tennis courts and she was hitting. i watched her hit for 45 minutes. she sat down, she turned to me and said, talk to me. i think there's things we need to work on and i explained what it was. she said, okay, lets do it. >> serena and he have worked
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together for years. she agreed to store all her stroefs in the academy. >> we have all the trophies she won. so 16 trophies here. >> now focused on adding to her grand total. if they succeed, they will be rewriting the history of tennis.
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"sports illustrated" out with one of its raciest covers yet. three sexy models, topless in bikini bottoms in a playful pose. instead the magazine top models in barbie doll strike a pose. they have joined forces in a bold promotional campaign. the issue comes up tuesday when you see barbie as doll-sized versions of tyra banks and christie brinkley. the photographer who shot the spread said barbie is hot. >> i've been waiting for this day with barbie. i've seen all the good ones go through the locations. but she's hot. barbie is hot. >> joining me to discuss this is kelly wallace.
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si and mattel say they are unapologetic about the campaign. what's it about anyway? >> unapologetic. they say they are using it, for women to show what they are made of, to not have to apologize for being great and strong. no surprise there's a lot of reaction to it and a lot of criticism from feminists and women's activists saying this is almost like a double whammy. you have "sports illustrated" issue which many women bleach objectifies women, sets up unrealistic expectations what women should look like, barbie, many moms not setting the right body image for girls. together is not the holiest combination for many women. >> okay. so help us understand why mattel, which has for a very
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long time tried to rebrand for barbie, feminists and other women you speak of, why they decided this is the route to do that. seems to me si, "sports illustrated" are men. are they the ones buying barbie? >> i think there's something at work here which is the buzz factor. it is crowded out there. it is noisy out there. mattel, the sales of barbie has gone down, about 13% last quarter, steadily going down since 2012. it appears this might be a move by the company to generate buzz, some interest, some controversy, right? look, we're talking about it right now, of course. my sense is that -- mattel also paid them money, undisclosed sum to "sports illustrated" to have this partnership. they are investing a lot. it seems they are hoping the
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publicity, the edge, the provocative nature might have a renewed look at barbie for young girls. >> maybe translate into sales. mattel,maker of barbie released a quote, as a legend herself under constant criticism about her body posing gives barbie an opportunity to own who they are, celebrate what they have done and be #unapologetic. the models are ecstatiecstatic, thrilled, consider it an honor. even people like christie brinkley and tyra banks are pleased with the comparison to barbie. women involved are happy? >> not a surprise other women aren't happy with it. unapologetic, is this
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unapologetic if you're just pretty and sexy, et cetera. i think, fredricka, it would have been more interesting for barbie and better job for sales if they showcased barbie and her 150 careers and showcased that in "sports illustrated." i think that would get more traction with the moms who are buying the dolls for their girls. >> great ychld i think mattel ought to give you a call. >> if we spent more time talking about all the different careers barbie has had as opposed to the size of her breast and her waist, think about that message we could give to our girls. this writer said there are other dolls on the market, other dolls, not barbie, other dolls with fishnet stockings that make babies and girls look like hookers. in some way inchic with barbie, the professional jobs she's had, could be more the feminist dolls -- one of the most feminist dolls out there, which
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