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Aired November 19, 2005 - 18:00   ET


CAROL LIN, CNN ANCHOR: Bombings in Iraq kill five U.S. soldiers today north of Baghdad. At least five others were hurt. It's the same day a suicide bomber killed at least two dozen people in a funeral procession.
A powerful earthquake. 6.5 rattled Indonesia. It was centered around the same place last year's quake triggered the deadly tsunamis, but this time, no tsunamis or injuries or major damage reported yet.

And troubling times for the Ford motor company. About 4,000 Ford employees in North America will be out of a job in the coming months. Mostly white-collar positions.

One day, dozens of violent deaths in Iraq and among them, five American soldiers killed in roadside bombings. Now despite the deadly rise in casualties toll in Iraq, President Bush is just as steadily defending his decision to go to war there. He doing so on his current trip abroad. CNN's Stan Grant in Beijing, the president's latest stop. Stan, I know he's there to talk about trade but also defending his decision in this war against terror.

STAN GRANT, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Carol, wherever he goes these days the questions about Iraq follow him and President Bush touching down in Beijing you say, discussions about trade and also human rights. But now you mention, the deaths of the five U.S. servicemen in Iraq, a chorus of calls from the United States to pull the troops out early, but President Bush, before he left South Korea, rather after the APEC forum, going on the counteroffense against his critics.


GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: So long as I'm the commander in chief our strategy in Iraq will be driven by the sober judgment of our military commanders on the ground. We will fight the terrorists in Iraq. We will stay in the fight until we have achieved the brave -- the victory that our brave troops have fought for.


GRANT: President Bush, addressing troops in South Korea saying he's going to stay the course in Iraq, perhaps looking for some respite about the future about U.S. troop involvement in Iraq now that he's in Beijing. But the talks here know they are sensitive, as I've said before, raising the question of human rights, particularly calling for more religious freedom, President Bush will visit a legally sanctioned church here in Beijing to underscore that point before sitting down in talks with the President Hu Jintao of China trade at the top of the agenda there. The Chinese enjoying $160 billion U.S. trade surplus with the United States, they think that is going to rise and President Bush looking at means to try to get that down. Carol?

LIN: Stan Grant, thank you very much. Live in Beijing.

Now, Republicans are trying to put Democrats on the spot. But they refuse to play along. House leaders called a vote last night on a measure that endorsed a full military pullout from Iraq. Democrats accuse the GOP of pulling a political stunt. The debate was heated.


REP. JOHN MURTHA (D) PENNSYLVANIA: When I introduced this resolution, I didn't introduce this as a partisan resolution. I go by Arlington Cemetery every day, and the vice president, he criticizes Democrats. Let me tell you, those gravestones don't say Democrat or Republican! They say Americans! [cheers and applause ]

REP. JEAN SCHMIDT (R) OHIO: Cowards cut and run. Marines never do. (UNINTELLIGIBLE), and the rest of America and the world, want the assurance from this body -- that we --

UNIDENTIFID MALE: The house will -- the house will -- the house will be in order! The house will be in order! The house will be in order!


LIN: Well, the democrats ultimately decided to oppose the measure hoping to drain it of any significance. The final vote, 403 to 3.

Meanwhile, a senior defense official tells CNN the American commander in Iraq has submitted a withdrawal plan. General George Casey's plan calls for brigades to begin leaving Iraq by early next year. That's thousands of troops. The plan would start after the Iraqi elections scheduled for December 15th. It must be signed by the defense secretary and certain conditions have to be met before the troops would be withdrawn, like Iraqi forces being able to protect their own country. So, the question is, can those conditions be met for a withdrawal of American troops? Now as we reported, it's been another deadly day in Iraq. Nic Robertson, CNN's senior international correspondent, has more on a bloody 48 hours.


NIC ROBERTSON, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT, CNN: Well, he suicide car bomber struck the funeral gathering just as the sun was setting, around about 5:00 in the town of Abu Sayda. That's about 75 kilometer, about 50 miles northeast of Baghdad, driving his car full of explosives into a tent where family and relatives were gathered. They were reading verses from the Koran were being read. He detonated his explosives. Many people killed. Many other injured according to local police.

We understand this was a Sh'iia family. And it was a Sh'iia market or a predominately Sh'iia community, a market in that community that was a target for a bomber in Baghdad early in the day, in the southeast side of Baghdad, detonating his explosives in a crowded market, 11 people killed, 20 wounded in that attack.

A little later on a crowded street in the center of Baghdad, it was Iraqi police who were the target of insurgents. There four Iraqi policemen wounded in that attack, but it was Iraqi civilians who bore the brunt of the blast. One person killed and six other civilians wounded.

Also we understand late in the day from the U.S. military that five U.S. soldiers were killed in the northern town in Bejia (ph), about 200 kilometers, 120 miles or so, north of Baghdad. Those five soldiers killed in two separate roadside blasts incidents, according to the U.S. military.

Nic Robertson, CNN, Baghdad.


LIN: The violence ripping their country did not help Iraqi leader, meeting in Egypt. Shi'ite and Kurdish delegates briefly walked out after a speaker branded them as U.S. sellouts. The Arab league is sponsoring talks aimed at bridging Iraqi's religious differences. Now remember, you can always, logon to for the very latest on the war over words and the violence in the fight for Iraq.

Just when you thought we had seen the last storm of the season. Tropical storm Gamma is stirring up trouble in the Caribbean. It has already caused flooding in Central America. Look at these people. They're walking in waist-high water! Meteorologist Monica McNeal is in the CNN weather center with the late effort on that. This, we're looking at, Central America.

MONICA MCNEAL, CNN METEOROLOGIST: I tell you, what, yeah. Tropical storm Gamma is a major headache. The good news is a lot of areas, like Belize and Honduras and also Belize and Yucatan peninsula, excuse me, have all dropped their tropical storm warning. So that is some good news. The reason why? The storm is undergoing a lot of vertical shear. It's really starting to tear the storm apart. You can certainly see how it's fanning out and it's not as well organized as it was a couple hours ago.

Right now it's still maximum sustains winds at about 45 miles per hour. We will be keeping you updated as to what the storm is going to be doing.

Right now Florida will not be under the gun. Initially we thought that Florida would be under the gun. The track has changed a great deal and shifted extreme south.

So as you can see, by 1:00 tomorrow afternoon, the storm will continue to be just along the coast of Honduras and then it will start to sharply turn more towards the northeast.

As it does move more across Cuba by about 1:00 on Tuesday, this storm will move through Cuba. The good news is, once again for Florida, those folks are out of the gun. Cuba, you're still under the gun. Anywhere from six to ten inches of rainfall is going to be expected with this storm. So, we'll continue to monitor this storm.

In the meantime it has been a very, very busy hurricane season. The 2005-year has been extremely busy with 24 named storms. We've had 13 hurricanes, three -- get this -- this is really a record breaker, three category five storms, and Wilma, by far, the most intense storm ever in the Atlantic.

So a very busy hurricane year for us. And we'll continue to monitor what happens with tropical storm Gamma, and we'll keep you updated. Carol?

LIN: Sounds good, Monica. Thank you so much.

Speaking of weather, moist air and calm winds has helped firefighters, gain the upper hand on a blaze in southern California. CNN's Kareen Wynter standing by in Ventura County with an update on the situation. It's a critical time of day out there.

KAREEN WYNTER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It is right now. You nailed it,

Carol, the conditions out here have been so calm. In the canyons all day long, it's allowed firefighters to stay on top of this problem. We were watching the hours of 1:00 to 3:00, Pacific Standard Time because that's when the breeze is expected to kick up from the west of where we are, from the ocean, and perhaps cause some flare- ups. We've seen absolutely nothing in the way of that. In fact, behind me in the canyons, you can see the areas that were scorched.

There's actually a fire truck coming down right now. They've been going up and down all day long. There are some remote areas on the other side of the canyon where they've been putting out hot spots all day long. Thirty percent containment right now, and I want to elaborate on that, because it's a bit deceiving, because you're not seeing anything in the way of fire or flames, but what officials are telling us is that while they are at 30 percent containment, there are some hot spots and some areas that are still smoldering that is not visible to the human eye where we are standing.

And that's a concern for them, because if the winds pick up and if it changes direction, well, that's all you need to a flare-up. They're keeping their eyes on that. Also there are water drops by air. Trying to put out some of the smoldering areas -- you know, in that direction. But it's very, very different out here right now, Carol, in comparison to what we saw yesterday. It was so dramatic with all of those flames shooting from the hillsides here. People evacuating. People leaving in their pajama, grabbing whatever personal belongings they could. Well, today we are resident whose are back out here surveying damage and to point out it is an open area. There are no evacuations in order. There are no buildings or homes being threatened. It's just a matter of knocking out the hot spots and perhaps raising the percentage of containment. Carol?

LIN: All right, Kareen. Thank you very much. Straight to Greg Furey, who on the telephone. He is with the Department of Forestry. Greg we just got a very optimistic report from Kareen. As a veteran Californian, I know how the situation can change out there.

What are you looking at at this point? Full containment pretty soon or the possibility it could flare up again?

GREG FUREY, DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY: We've had 30 percent containment. We're sticking to that. That figure should go up this evening, around 1800 hours, or 6:00 p.m. The thing we are -- I would say we're cautiously optimistic but anticipating a wind shift again this evening. The weather service has informed us of that, and so far they've been pretty close to their predictions. So we're expected to shift to an east wind again this evening. We have made very, very good progress. The conditions are still very dry, even though we've had an onshore flow wind today. Normally we get a lot of moisture with that wind. But it's still been very, very dry, very low humidity and hovering around or a little below 90 degrees. So we've got a lot of crews. Fortunately, we haven't had any other fires going on in southern California with these extraordinarily dry conditions. We've had the ability to draw resources, keep them deployed on the fire and that's made a big difference in the work we've gotten done today.

LIN: You bet. And it's late in the season, too. So what does that tell you about fire season this year? Do you think, do you expect, with these Santa Ana conditions you may be fighting more fires, then, even into

FUREY: Well you know, there's no exact with to predict that. But the most dramatic fire seasons I've been exposed to in my career in southern California have been in the late, in the season, November- December when a Santa Ana wind develops. It's difficult to long-term forecast that, but what we get, of course, is a compressed, dry wind. It's like putting these dry fuels into a blast furnace, and you get that exposure in a wind-driven fire and along the coast, between Ventura, Santa Barbara counties, Los Angeles county, San Diego, that's typically what's created the most dramatic fire conditions basically in the past century.

LIN: Doesn't take much to fuel a California wildfire out there, especially with the hot, dry winds bursts in from the desert.

Correct. Right now things are looking good. Everybody is back in their homes and the conditions are looking good. So --

LIN: All right, Greg, thank you very much. Good luck out there.

Thank you very much.

LIN: I'm experiencing a little dryness myself up here.

All right. It's happened to O.J. Simpson and now happened again. Acquitted of killing his wife, actor Robert Blake, now held responsible for her death. Details straight ahead.

Plus, the identities of thousands of people may have been compromised after a company laptop is stolen.

He saw very quickly many people would see this idea as a direct threat to the whole Christian faith.

How a man who wanted to enter the clergy ended up becoming one of Christianity's most controversial characters.

LIN: These are the headlines making news now across America -- Washington hosted the 18th annual help the homeless walkathon raising funds for 200 Washington groups.

And a tribute to the man best known as the greatest. The Muhammad Ali center is opening in Louisville, Kentucky, the former champ's hometown. The 63-year-old Ali toured the center yesterday.

And a California cab driver is a diamond's best friend. A jewelry businessman left a bag of diamonds in the taxi along with his cell phone bill. The cab driver called the number and returned all $350,000 worth of diamonds. Wow! In the meantime, no jail time for Russell Crowe. In New York yesterday, Crowe pleaded guilty to third- degree assault for throwing a phone at a hotel employee. He'll only have to pay $160 if he stays out of trouble for a year. Good luck.

And then there's actor Robert Blake. He is going to have to pay a lot more than just $160. A California civil jury has found him liable in his slain wife's death. CNN's Sibila Vargas has that story.


SIBILA VARGAS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Robert Blake has spent a lifetime as an actor, but he wasn't able to win over one audience. A group of civil jurors.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The majority of us felt that Mr. Blake was guilty.

VARGAS: By a vote of 10-2, jurors felt Blake liable in the death of his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, and ordered him to pay $30 million to her children in damages. Jurors said the actor's testimony in his own defense was pivotal.

BOB HORN, JURY FOREMAN: As a group, we believe that Mr. Blake was probably his worst enemy on the stand.

VARGAS: The verdict came eight months after Blake was acquitted in his criminal trial. But unlike the criminal case where the burden of proof was beyond a reasonable doubt in the civil trial it only took a preponderance of the evidence.

ERIC DUBIN, PLAINTIFF'S ATTORNEY: It's a good day for justice.

VARGAS: Blake has consistently maintained he found his wife dead in their car in May 2001 after they had dinner at a Los Angeles area restaurant. He said she was shot while he went back inside the restaurant to retrieve a gun. Jurors in the civil trial weren't required to determine exactly how Blake was responsible for his wife's death, just that he was. Whether Blake can pay the civil damages is uncertain. Last March after acquitted on murder charges he described himself as "penny less".

ROBERT BLAKE, ACTOR: I'm broke. Right now I couldn't buy spats for a hummingbird.

VARGAS: the lawyer for Bakley's family expects Blake to pay up.

ERIC DUBIN, PLAINTIFF'S ATTORNEY: I'll take a check, a cashier's check, or cash. I'll leave it at whatever he wants to do but hopefully not in quarters.

VARGAS: Legal experts believe it's unlikely Bonny Lee Bakley's four children will ever collects the full amount.

Sibila Vargas, CNN, Los Angeles.


LIN: From the war zone in Iraq to hurricane ravaged Louisiana, how one Marine is taking what he learned on the front lines and using it to help his fellow citizens here at home.

And our look around the world. A famous playboy prince takes the reign of his country. You're going to see the festivities straight ahead.


And in a look around the world, a famous "playboy" prince takes the reign of his country. You'll see the festivity, straight ahead.

LIN: Each week we like to bring you the personal story from the front lines. And today we want to share the story of a Marine who came back from rebuilding a war zone in Iraq to do the same kind of work in hurricane ravaged Louisiana. Alina Cho has that story.


ALINA CHO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Nearly three months after Hurricane Katrina, Bernard Parish looks a lot like it did the day after the storm.

LIEUTENANT COLONEL DAVE DYSART, DIRECTOR OF RECOVERY: That's one of the shrimping boats that came from Lake Pontchartrain about six miles to the north.

LIN: Lieutenant Colonel Dave Dysart is the man the parish hired as its director of recovery. He's done this type of job before on the other side the world. Dysart, a U.S. Marine reservist who helped rebuild Fallujah, the Iraqi that also suffered a flood. That experience got him this job.

CHO: When you first walk around this parish and saw the devastation, did you immediately think Fallujah?

LIEUTENANT COLONEL DAVE DYSART, DIRECTOR OF RECOVERY: Oh, ma'am, I had chills going up and down my spine. The streets were under water. I was actually riding in my vehicle and reached for my weapon, and it wasn't there.

CHO: Katrina damaged half of the homes in St. Bernard parish beyond repair. The same was true in Fallujah.

DYSART: We actually went in and cleared out every single home and put markings on the buildings and those indicated that the Marines had gone into the house and ensured there were no weapons or insurgents in the house. Now these are marked to make sure there was no one dead found inside the building.

CHO: in terms of strategy, how's the strategy similar?

DYSART: Well, when I was in Fallujah, I worked with an incredible officer named Colonel Shep (ph) and he said that extreme calls times for extreme measures. The first thing that he did in the rebuilding of that particular city was, we removed all of the debris.

CHO: Dysart says when that's complete; residents will have a reason to come back. So will the businesses.

DYSART: We're looking at setting up a couple of factories here in the parish that are going to be able to produce ten homes a day on a conveyor belt-type assembly. So we'll be able to drop these into the community.

CHO: For now, the 500 or so residents who have returned are living in trailers. Dysart says by Christmas, he hopes thousands more will be back. But he admits, it's going to take time.

Alina Cho, CNN, St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana.


LIN: And now to an image from Katrina that many of us will remember for the rest of our lives. Take a look at this. You remember her. She is an elderly woman in a wheelchair, and she died while waiting for help outside the New Orleans convention center. Her death came to symbolize the federal government's many failures in helping storm victims. That woman has a name. She was 91 years old and her name was Ethel Freeman. Mrs. Freeman was buried earlier this week and her son is suing FEMA. He and his attorneys spoke out last night on "Anderson Cooper 360."


HERBERT FREEMAN, MOTHER DIED AT CONVENTION CENTER: I was confused. I was angry. I didn't know what to do, but I had prayed and the spirit told me just to hold out a little longer, that my help was coming, you know? I kept asking around, searching different help lines. The late help line I got, they helped find the people that's living or the people that's dead. So it was Ms. Sue Faulkner from Baton Rouge, and she guaranteed me, she almost promised she'd find my mother and she did. She called me two, three days later and told me she found her.

JOHN MASSICOT, HERBERT FREEMAN'S ATTORNEY: Ethel Freeman Survived Hurricane Katrina. She didn't survive the rescue.

What I think this is a monumental failure on all levels, federal, state and local, to implement what clearly was an emergency plan that was in place but apparently no one knew how to implement it or was in a position to implement the plan.


LIN: Freeman's attorney told CNN's Anderson Cooper, the way Ethel Freeman was treated before and after her death is an incredible symbol of neglect. Now you can see more of Anderson Cooper -- you can see Anderson cooper right here only an CNN.

A manhunt intensifies guys as police continue to search for an alleged sexual predator known as the fake firefighter. Many new Yorkers are starting to get nervous. >

I'm Jay Jay Ramberg in New York. A report on a laptop computer that was stolen which contained information on thousands of Boeing employees, and next --

You'll see "Healthwatch", Jay Jay, used to be a literal death sentence. Now new technology allows many people to live, live with cancer in their bodies and live a full life. An amazing story of survival, straight ahead on "CNN live Saturday."


LIN: Welcome back. And here's a quick look at what's happening right now in the news. President Bush is in China right now. And he's attending Sunday church services in Beijing. Mr. Bush will also hold talks with Chinese leaders on human rights and trade issues.

Well, a 3700 acre wildfire in Ventura, California is 30 percent contained. More than 1,000 firefighters are battling the blaze. They say calmer weather is helping them, but the winds could increase just in the next couple hours.

And Tropical Storm Gamma is drifting off Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Rains flooded parts of Honduras killing three people. Gamma was projected to make a direct hit on South Florida, but now forecasters say that is unlikely. They're keeping an eye on it.

And meet the lucky seven: the winners of the Megamillions Lottery jackpot showed off their $315 million check. The six laboratory workers and a secretary at a medical center in Garden Grove, California, say they are still in shock.

And aircraft maker Boeing says it's missing a laptop computer that has personal information of thousands of employees and retirees. The company does not know if any of the information has been misused. JJ Ramberg has the very latest.

JJ, how are they going to find out what's going to happen with all this information that's out there?


Well, they're just going to wait -- they have to wait and see if they get any indication that the information has been misused. It was 160,000 employees and former employees' information on this computer.

Now Boeing is saying that the computer was being use by an employee who was at an off-site location. And they're not even certain that the person who took the computer knew what they were getting. They said that all of this information is password protected and very hard to get at.

Let me read you a statement that Boeing released earlier. They said, "we deeply regret that this has happened. We are strongly commited to helping all affected employees avoid any adverse consequences that potentially could result from this theft. Safeguarding the personal information of our employees remains a priority for Boeing."

What Boeing is going to do going forward to try and safeguard the employees is first they're notifying all of their employees and former employees that may be affected by this and are going to pay for a fraud protection alert.

Now, Carol, this is a really big deal. Just since February 1 of this year, one watchdog group has said that 51 million pieces of personal identifying information has been compromised just this year.

Now, in 2003, California passed a law that said that companies need to notify employees and customers if personal information has been stolen. There are about 20 states that now have this security breach notification law.

But there is a bill that's going through Congress right now, which would make this mandatory in all 50 states. It's called the Data Accountability Trust Act. And basically what it says that information broker are required to notify the FTC about information protection plans. They also say that these brokers have to submit to security audits and that companies must notify individuals when data is compromised.

But critics are out there are saying, you know what, this bill is not strong enough, because the companies only need to notify people if the data was compromised, if it poses a significant risk of identity theft. But it doesn't define significant risk. So it's going to be up to the companies to define that for themselves. LIN: Well, meanwhile, that's just process for the people out there who have got their identies out there and all that information. They have just got to hope that somebody doesn't hack into that program and get the right password.

RAMBERG: Yeah. Exactly.

LIN: All right. JJ, thank you.

Now in New York tonight, people are on edge. The man known as the Fake Firefighter is on the loose. He is suspected of masquerading as a firefighter to get into a woman's apartment where he sexually assaulted her.

Allan Chernoff reports.


ALLAN CHERNOFF, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The police manhunt for an alleged sexual predator known as the fake firefighter has New Yorkers on edge.

The suspect, Peter Braunstein, a former journalist for a fashion publication, has alluded police for two and a half weeks, elevating the anxiety level.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's unnerving that he's actually walking around. And all of us feel a little -- you know, our anxiety level's up a bit.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I just feel a little bit more threatened. I would say any woman and any child, so this is -- it is pretty disturbing.

CHERNOFF: The 34-year-old victim, who lives here in Manhattan, told police her attacker set two small fires on Halloween night in her building. Then posing as a firefighter, entered her apartment, tied her up, drugged her, and then sexually abused her for more than 12 hours.

Braunstein's face has been plastered across the tabloids and local TV. But so far, police have had no luck.

The search intensified yesterday when a Brooklyn coffee shop owner said he believes Braunstein came into his shop for a morning cup.

JOHN ARENA, BOCOCA'S COFFEE SHOP: Ninety-nine point nine percent sure. We both gave each other the same vibe. We looked at each other like, you know who I am? And walked right out.

CHERNOFF: Arena told police detectives scoured the area. A blood hound even followed a scent from the victim's pillow to this empty brownstone two blocks away, but police found nothing.

A retired police investigator, who used to patrol this Brooklyn neighborhood, says the public needs to be patient.

CHRIS RISING, RETIRED NYPD: We go out and look for perpetrators every day. It doesn't happen overnight. It's not CSI, you know. It's not, you know, NYPD Blue. Sometimes it takes us months, a year to apprehend an individual.

CHERNOFF (on camera): The NYPD is calling the search a media- fueled manhunt pointing out there are murder suspects, potentially far more dangerous people out on the street, but the simple fact that this case is so much in the public eye makes it a big priority for the police to get their suspect.

(voice-over): Detectives are swarming the neighborhood, handing out wanted posters. Adding to the intrigue, comments from Braunstein's estranged father, who told CNN his son may be toying with the cops.

ALBERTO BRAUNSTEIN, FATHER OF SUSPECT: He's good to try and play cat and mouse with the police to see but how far can he go.

CHERNOFF: Many suspects on the run will go as far as they can, says criminal profiler Pat Brown.

PAT BROWN, CEO, SEXUAL HOMICIDE EXCHANGE: Sometimes a person who has a psychopathic personality simply enjoys the attention. They get a kick out of it, and they are so arrogant, they think I can just slip in and out place, and no one is going to be able to actually catch me.

CHERNOFF: The NYPD has its hands full enough fighting street crime and preventing terrorism, but with each passing day, the hunt for an alleged sexual predator is becoming more frustrating for the nation's largest police force.

Allan Chernoff, CNN, New York.


LIN: In our "World Wrap" tonight, the German army holds a torchlight parade for Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder. It's the start of festivities that mark the handover of power to opposition leader Angela Merkel. Schroeder will stay in parliament after Merkel is sworn in on Tuesday.

And there was a royal ceremony in Monaco today as Prince Albert, the second officially -- the second, officially took the throne. The 47-year-old son of American actress Grace Kelly replaces his father Prince Rainier, who died in April.

And they knocked down a whole lot of dominoes in the Netherlands. More than 4 million dominoes were toppled by pop star Anastasia. It took more than two months to set then up and an hour-and-a-half for all of them to fall.

Now later tonight on "CNN PRESENTS," a gripping look inside the world's most repressive state: rare, hidden camera video from inside North Korea, including public executions. Here is a preview. And I warn you, some of the images are graphic and disturbing.


FRANK SESNO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: North Korea, March 2005, a crowd has been ordered to gather in an open field. A party official makes an announcement. Children have been brought to watch.

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD (through translator): Mom. I want to go.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): Just hold on, and let's watch them go.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (through translator): It looks scary.

SESNO: The sentence is about to be passed.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): All the workers who came here today and the inhabitants of the nearby village are about to learn the punishment for these crimes.

SESNO: Three men are about to die.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): How stupid these criminals are. Kim Jong Il is great in comparison to these worthless criminals.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (through translator): Carry out the death sentence immediately!

SESNO: These people have committed the crime most damaging to North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Il, they made contact with the outside world.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): They have been involved in the illegal act of aiding people to defect the country. They trafficked women across the border to China. We have to protect North Korea from the outside influence and build up a strong guard to keep these influences out .

SESNO: Three policemen step forward and raise their rifles. On the left, a prisoner is tied to a poll.


SESNO: The next day, a different town, another public execution for the same crimes, helping people escape to the outside world.


SESNO: The man with the secret camera walks into a vacant building and talks to his audience.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): I witnessed soldiers executing people by firing squad. They were accused of human trafficking offenses. Men, women, and children came to watch. SESNO: This video was passed from person to person along a secret underground network, powerful evidence of public executions under the regime of Kim Jong Il.


LIN: It is a powerful and dramatic look inside North Korea on tonight's "CNN PRESENTS: Undercover in the Secret State." And later tonight, at 8:00 Eastern right here on CNN.

We know people can live years with AIDS and with the right medication, but now, how about living with cancer? And just taking pills to keep it from getting worse, or even killing you? I'm going to introduce you to a woman who was given only a few months to live, but that was four years ago. Her story coming up.

And he wasn't a very good student, but he was brilliant. His controversial theory is still hotly debated today. The man, his mission and the secret he held for 20 years.


LIN: In your "Health Watch," they have found more bird flu in Canada. A poultry farm is in Manitoba, and it's under quarantine after two ducks were found with avian flu. Now, experts say it's not the deadly form of the virus, but health workers are testing birds for several miles around the area.


DR. BRIAN EVANS, CANADIAN FOOD INSP. AGENCY: We will also continue to work with industry to remind all bird owners they must remain committed to following strict biosecurity practices. Bird owners should take all reasonable measures to limit exposure of their flocks to wild birds.


LIN: The same area, millions of birds in the same area, were slaughtered last year after bird flu was found.

If you might recall a generation ago, 34 years ago, when President Nixon declared the war on cancer, the disease was a virtual death sentence. Today, cutting-edge treatment while not a cure, can temporarily stop a killer in its tracks. There is a whole new generation living, yes, living, with cancer.


LIN (voice-over): Susan King loves every second of her life, because she was once told she was going to die from an incurable cancer: chronic myoloid leukemia.

(on camera): What is going through your head?

SUSAN KING, LIVING WITH CANCER: I was in complete panic, complete panic. I said, I can't. I can't. I have these two little kids.

LIN (voice-over): She fell into a deep depression, and was admitted into a psychiatric ward.

KING: It's the worst feeling i've ever had in my entire life. It felt like you were going down a well falling face-first down a well with your arms tied beyond your back.

LIN: But four years later, Susan is very much alive.

KING: He's a meat head.

LIN: Tan, athletic and active. Yet the killer cancer is still inside her body.

KING: I can't do it as good as you guys can.

LIN: She is one of a whole new generation of people living with cancer, controlled, in Susan's case, by a breakthrough drug. Gleevec was FDA approve shortly after Susan's fatal diagnosis. Doctor Brian Druker developed the drug and talks about a new frontier in cancer treatment.

(on camera): So project me now -- I don't know -- 10, 20, 30 years down the road. What is the world of cancer to you -- what is it going to be like?

DR. BRIAN DRUKER, OREGON HEALTH SCIENCE UNIVERSITY: Cures at a higher rate, more survivors, but more survivors that are living and thriving, despite their cancer.


LIN (voice-over): No painful piercing of needles. No more spending hours in the chemo lab. Now, Susan takes just six pills a day.

But Gleevec only controls the leukemia. On average, it's 4 percent less effective every year, which means patients like Susan King are living on borrowed time.

KING: The fear, you know, week-to-week. I mean, my bloodwork could change next week, and it could show all of these blast cells. And I could go into the next stage of my disease, in that amount of time.

LIN (on camera): The National Institutes of Health predict that in the United States half of all men and one-third of all women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. But optimists like Doctor Druker also predict that cancer will soon be treated like any other chronic illness like diabetes or arthritis.

(voice-over): Ellen Stovall remains cautious about breakthrough drugs and the patients taking them.

ELLEN STOVALL, CANCER SURVIVORSHIP COALITION: What we don't know about these drugs is how long they're going to be effective. They're really the canaries in the coal mine.

LIN: She is a cancer survivor and founded the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship. She's concerned that cancer patients will believe there's a magic pill for everyone.

And some day, Gleevec won't help Susan King any more. So she tells us what she tells her children.

KING: If it changes, mommy's going it fight a new fight. And my son Kyle just kisses me and says, mom, you're going to be here forever. I know it.


LIN: And we believe it, too, when it comes to Susan King.

Inside the mind of Charles Darwin. How a lackluster student went on to become one of history's most original thinkers.

But first, here's Ali Velshi is here to tell us what's ahead on "ON THE STORY" -- Ali.

ALI VELSHI, CNN ANCHOR: We are ON THE STORY here at the George Washington University in the center of the nation's capital. Mike Chinoy was with President Bush in Asia as criticism grows louder at home over Iraq.

Kelli Arena is ON THE STORY of terrorism, whether the woman in Jordan is a signal of things to come.

And Delia Gallagher is ON THE STORY of religion and science and what ends up in the classroom. It's all coming up, all ON THE STORY.


LIN: Charles Darwin worked on his theory of evolution in secret for years, because he knew it would be controversial. Nearly 150 years later, it continues to be a lightning rod. Beth Nissen shows how a new exhibition is trying to shed light on Darwin and his ideas.


BETH NISSEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Sometimes the best way to understand something is to look at its origins, that's the theory behind the new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History in New York on one of the most original thinkers in history: Charles Darwin. Although he gave few indications of scholarly genius when he was a boy.

MICHAEL NOVACEK, AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NAT. HISTORY: He wasn't a very good student as a matter of fact. But he had a passion for nature.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He was fascinated by nature always. He was collecting beetles, bugs, anything he could get into his pockets, from early childhood. NISSEN: Charles Darwin's commanding father wanted him to be a doctor. Darwin ended up studying to be a clergyman and had just finished divinty studies when he was invited to be a naturalist on a royal exbition to South American onboard the HMS Beagle.

UNIDNETIFIED MALE: This is a real full tilt adventure. It's something that you would accept in a book like "Master and Commander" but it's nonfiction.

NISSEN: The long voyage through rough sea was perilous and for Darwin, miserable from the day he set sail.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He realized at once that the next five years were going to be torment for him, because he was acutely seasick.

NISSEN: But what Charles found on the blessed stops on dry land made the trip worth it: extraordinary plant and animal life in Brazil, Argentina and off Ecuador, the Galapogos Archipeligo.

NOVACEK: It's made up of many small islands. And Darwin noticed that the animals that live on those different islands are different.

NISSEN: For example, giant tortoises that lived on islands where most of the food was ground vegetation had shells with a low front. But Tortoises on other islands where the best food sources were cactus plants had shells with an arched front that let hem lift their heads higher.

NOVACEK: Darwin began to think that perhaps there's some process going on here where species actually changed through time in order to adapt to these different conditions.

NISSEN: That was radically different from what most scientists, most of society, believed at the time.

NOVACEK: They ascribe the origin of all of this life and this diversity to the act of creation by God.

NISSEN: As Darwin studied the thousands of specimens and notes he collected on his trip, he started to think: what if Earth was in the created at one moment and remained the same ever since but had evolved over millions of years? What if all life was related? Look at the similarities in the forelimbs of the human, a chimpanzee, a fruitbag and a frog.

NOVACEK: There is a particularly interesting page from a notebook that shows the first tree of life. And up above it says, I think. There's a vivid sort of documentation of an insight.

NISSEN: An insight Darwin kept secret after his return to England, kept secret for 20 years for two reasons.

NOVACEK: One is that he wanted to make sure he was right.

NISSEN: The other was knowledge that his emerging theory of evolution would be explosively controversial. UNIDNETIFIED MALE: He saw very quickly that many people would see this idea as a direct threat to the whole Christian faith.

NISSEN: When Darwin's book "The Origin of Species" was published in 1859, the outcry was immediate.

NOVACEK: Many people, especially fervently religious people rejected it, or were very upset.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The thing that really touched the nerve of society was the notion that we evolved, or we were closely related to the greater apes.

NISSEN: But Darwin's research was supported by overwhelming evidence. By the time Darwin died in 1882, his theory was widely accepted by the world's scientists and the educated public.

NOVACEK: It's not only the foundation for modern biology, it's really something that relates to our daily lives.

Let's take the avian flu problem we're having right now. We're worried that avian flu may transfer to human populations and we'll get a pandemic. Well, we think that because organisms evolve. In just the way Darwin said.

Darwin redefined the way we looked at life on this planet.

NISSEN: Life in its almost incomprehensible variety and splendor and wonder. Sometimes the best way to understand things is to look at their origins.

Beth Nissen, CNN, New York.


LIN: Thank you so much for joining me this evening.


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