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No Extradition for Polanski to the U.S.; World Cup Watchers Bombed; BP Cap Swap Under Way; Haiti Six Months Later; Recovery in Haiti Slow Six Months After Earthquake; Floods in Boston Strand Motorists; Heat Indexes High Across U.S.; Stocks up Last Week; Corporations' Second Quarter Earnings Reports Coming This Week
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ALINA CHO, CNN GUEST ANCHOR: Good morning, everybody. And happy Monday. I'm Alina Cho. Here's a look at what's happening this morning.
This hour we are learning the identity of the American killed in bombings in Uganda. The man was one of dozens killed in yesterday's explosions as hundreds watched the World Cup.
Today marks six months since an earthquake devastated much of Haiti. Anderson Cooper will join us live in just about 10 minutes to tell us what's changed and what hasn't.
And it's a story people can't seem to stop talking about. The "barefoot bandit" as he's called is captured. We're going to tell you about the boat chase that led to his arrest and what's next for the teen accused of stealing planes, cars and boats.
But first, we begin with breaking news on filmmaker Roman Polanski. Just this past hour, a Swiss court announced it will not extradite the 76-year-old movie director to the United States.
Polanski was considered a fugitive after he fled the U.S. in 1978. It happened during his sentencing for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.
CNN's Atika Shubert is live for us in London with the very latest.
So, Atika, was this court's decision a surprise?
ATIKA SHUBERT, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, it certainly was a surprise in the sense that it's been going on now for several months, and the Swiss authorities were finally able to make a decision.
What they have decided is that he is not going to be extradited and that the, quote, "freedom restricting measures against him have been revoked." So he is a free man. He can leave the country.
And Swiss authorities have said that the U.S. cannot put in another extradition request for him but they can put in an extradition request to another country. So that probably will restrict where Polanski travels to next.
In terms of why this decision came down, basically the Swiss authorities requested for court records from the United States. That request was rejected. And because of that, the Swiss authorities say, quote, "Considering the persisting doubts concerning the presentation of the facts of the case, the request has to be rejected."
CHO: Atika, just curious, though, what does this mean for the case moving forward? Is it effectively over? I mean certainly there must be appeals pending now.
SHUBERT: It's certainly over in terms of the Swiss role. Switzerland had arrested Polanski because of the Interpol red notice that was out on him filed by the United States. And they were holding him pending extradition, but now that that has been rejected, they say their role is over. He's free to go.
Now what happens from the U.S. side, they can certainly put in another extradition request with another country if he travels to another country where there is an extradition agreement. But this is a big blow to the prosecutor's case in L.A.
CHO: Another interesting twist in the case. Atika Shubert, live for us in London. Atika, thank you.
Also this hour, deadly bombings in the eastern African nation of Uganda. One American is among the dozens of people killed.
This is a photo that we just got into CNN that we're about to show you -- we hope -- of the American killed. His name is Nate Hann. He was in Uganda working with students there as part of the charity Invisible Children.
Now all of the victims had gathered to watch the World Cup soccer championship on television. One target was a restaurant, the other, a rugby sports center.
Just minutes ago the official death toll was raised to 70. Uganda says Islamic terrorists are leading suspects in the attacks.
Let's get the latest now from Uganda's capital. Samantha Asumadu is in Kampala. She joins us now by phone.
Samantha, what can you tell us about what happened?
SAMANTHA ASUMADU, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, as you know, the three bombs went off last night during the World Cup I think the last half -- I mean, that was obviously because as a football-loving nation, thousands of people were out watching the football.
And I know today there is a report that one American national did die and there are some other international people who are either injured but no confirmations of the deaths at the moment.
And the death toll, as you said, has risen. And I think it's likely that it will rise further because what you find is some of the medium to large injuries will -- if they're not properly treated and sometimes there isn't enough equipment in Uganda and enough of the medicine that you need. And the expertise is bad. These people will become from worse to critical very fast. And at the moment, I think that (INAUDIBLE) today. There was one (INAUDIBLE) village, which is a place in downtown Kampala where many people who gathered to watch the football but also, I mean, people just out there for the pleasure.
And you find that that's place where many (INAUDIBLE) workers go to, many of the international staff and a lot of Ugandans is in the mix and where the (INAUDIBLE) confirmed so far and you find that a lot of Ugandans go there. (INAUDIBLE) again last night for the football.
CHO: Samantha Asumadu, in Kampala, joining us by phone. Samantha, thank you very much.
The Americans wounded in the restaurant explosion, we should tell you, were visiting Uganda as part of a church mission.
Last night CNN's Don Lemon spoke with their pastor from Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.
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REV. KATHLEEN KIND, CHRIST COMMUNITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: What we're hearing is that the U.S. State Department is on the ground and providing advocacy on behalf of our persons. What we're also hearing is that our persons -- well, they are injured, but they are certainly trusting that God is with them and that we've got who are very strong. And they know they're surrounded with prayer and are encouraging us to continue to pray.
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CHO: The Reverend Kind says the injuries range from broken bones to temporary blindness.
The State Department is helping to arrange for their care and their return home.
It is now day 84 of the Gulf oil disaster. Here's the very latest. BP says it is pleased with the installation of a new form-fitting containment cap over that ruptured well. That process began on Saturday, but until it's actually in place the well is open and oil is gushing freely, possibly up to 60,000 barrels a day.
BP says the new fix will be temporary. The two relief wells that are being drilled in the long-term permanent solution. Just moments ago when BP's chief operating office says the first relief well is now just five feet away from the main well.
BP's latest cost estimate on the spill response is now $3.5 billion.
President Obama's seven-member National Oil Spill Commission will hold its first public meeting later this morning.
CNN's Ed Lavandera is live for us in New Orleans. So, Ed, it seems like they've tried almost everything under the sun to contain this oil spill. Is there any hope that this latest containment -- cap, rather, is actually going to work?
ED LAVANDERA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, you know, we've -- the feeling is that we've been down this road several times on the engineering front in trying to contain and control this well so there have been a lot of attempts.
Some have worked better than others. Others have been complete failures. So really kind of the jury is still out, although people are sounding upbeat. BP officials say they are pleased and that things are moving along the way they had planned for them to move along.
So this is a critical -- another critical week in the efforts to contain this cap. If this does go as planned, there would be enough capacity in the next couple of weeks to essentially contain all of the oil if government estimates are correct.
As perhaps up to 60,000 barrels a day are flowing into the Gulf of Mexico. The things that are being done now would be able to capture all of that. So a lot of ifs in here and we're still several days away from knowing for sure. BP officials as they position and move this new cap in place, a lot of testing and pressure tests that need to go on.
Other high capacity vessels on the surface of the water need to be moved into place so that they can contain all of the oil and hold all of the oil that is captured. But at least Admiral Thad Allen -- or Retired Admiral Thad Allen and BP officials are sounding upbeat so far about the way things are moving along.
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ADM. THAD ALLEN, NATIONAL INCIDENT COMMANDER: Once we do that, we'll know how much pressure is actually in the well. That could lead to one of two positive outcomes. It could tell us that the well is withholding the pressure and we can actually shut the well in or just cap it, if you will.
And if there is a need that we can produce oil and have enough platforms up on the surface where we could contain all the oil and produce it. Either way, those are two pretty good outcomes.
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LAVANDERA: And Alina, of course, off the top there, you mentioned those relief wells. And those are really the -- continue being the main way of potentially killing this well for good. This containment cap, even if it is able to capture all of the oil that is coming into the Gulf of Mexico, that is not the ultimate solution.
So those relief wells -- the progress from that continues. And you mentioned that they are very close -- less than five feet away from the point where they want to intersect the well. Some 18,000 feet below the surface of the ocean bottom there.
But they still a lot of work left to be done on that front. They were still looking at mid-August before those relief wells are able to do what they need to do.
CHO: Mid-August. That's a longs way away. Ed Lavandera, doing duty for us in New Orleans. Ed, thank you.
Six months after a powerful earthquake devastated Haiti, the road to recovery is proving to be long and full of obstacles.
Our Anderson Cooper was there from the very beginning. He is back in Port-au-Prince this morning and he'll be live for us in just four minutes.
ROB MARCIANO, CNN METEOROLOGIST: And I'm Rob Marciano on the CNN Severe Weather Center. Another day of hot weather across the northeast, but enjoy it because some stormy weather is on the way for you the rest of the week.
That's in the midsection of the country and they're getting hit hard now. We'll run it down when weather comes up after this break. Stay there.
CHO: Welcome back.
After lying low the past few years, former Cuban president Fidel Castro is back in the picture. We are hearing that Castro will hit the television airwaves in Cuba today at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time. That's according to Cuba's state-run newspaper.
This weekend the Cuban government-run Web site published these new photos of Castro. According to the Web page, these photos of the 83- year-old Cuban leader were taken last Wednesday.
You'll recall that Castro stepped away from power back in 2006 due to health reasons.
Six months ago today the ground rumbled and Haiti was suddenly hit with one of the deadliest catastrophes in its history. Take a look at some of the numbers.
The January 12th earthquake killed more than 230,000 people, injured 300,000 more. Of the 1.5 million left homeless, only 28,000 have moved into new homes. The rest are in makeshift shelters or tent cities.
The World Bank estimates that the quake did $7.3 billion in damage and it will be a decade and $11 billion to rebuild.
The international community has pledged $5.3 billion over the next two years, but guess what, only 2 percent of that money -- just 2 percent -- has been delivered. Well, when the earthquake hit, CNN's Anderson Cooper was among the first correspondents who raced there to cover the story. He is back in Port-au-Prince and joins us live this morning.
Anderson, you really were there from the very beginning. You saw the worst of it. Six months later, give us a status report. How much has changed or how much hasn't?
ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: Yes, it's incredibly frustrating and infuriating how much has not changed. I mean we don't see dead bodies in the streets, but more than 1.5 million people are living in these makeshift encampments.
There's more than 1300 of them still spread throughout Port-au-Prince. A very tiny number of people have actually moved out, just a few thousand.
There's hold-ups in many different realms but there's basically a lack of leadership by the Haitian government. There's a lack of coordination among the different NGOs. There are some -- there are thousands of non-governmental organizations here, volunteering, doing work here. But there's not a lot of coordination between them. They all want to do their own thing and get their own credit for it.
There's just a lack of organization overall between the donor countries, the Haitian government, the NGOs. Former president Bill Clinton is co-chairing a commission, which is going to be overseeing the aid that's been pledged, but as you said, we've gotten different estimates. Anywhere from two percent to ten percent of the pledged aid has actually arrived. That's just not enough, frankly. Even if it was here, there's not enough organization on the ground to really clearly figure out what needs to be done right away.
CHO: Anderson, what do you see as the biggest problem? You've spent so much time in Haiti, and now that you are back six months later, you've walked the streets, you've talked to residents. What do they tell you that they're most concerned about?
COOPER: Well, look. The amount of damage, the amount of infrastructure that was damaged, the number of civil servants here, Haitian civil servants who were killed. It's unprecedented. People point to Banda Aceh in Indonesia after the tsunami and say, look, it took more than two years there to get people moved out of the tent cities. The damage here was far more extensive in many ways.
That being said, though, there are clearly things being done by the Haitian government that have made recovery here a lot slower. For instance, there's no fast-tracking of the airport for emergency supplies, for building supplies. A small example -- and we've heard from relief agencies, many of them, who say that the items that they bring in, which are being used to help people here, get held up at customs, and they get charged thousands and thousands of dollars in taxes on those items or storage fees while the items are held at the airport.
We brought in about $5,000 worth of supplies for one organization, which requested us to bring some stuff in with us, and it's held up in the airport right now. They're trying to charge us $1,000. A 20 percent tax on the value of those items. These are items which are going to be used to help people here and to build things here. That's just one small example.
There's a lot of distress about the Haitian government. This is one of the least transparent, one of the most corrupt governments traditionally in the world, according to Transparency International and other aid groups. And clearly, they seem to be looking for ways to try to get as much money as they can. And taxing items and storing items at the airport which are being used to help people here is, frankly, outrageous.
CHO: Anderson, in the days and weeks after the earthquake, some of the most remarkable pictures, I thought, were those pictures of people singing and dancing in the streets. Even in the face of so much devastation. When you go around and you talk to residents, do you sense that there is some hope left there? And particularly, hope among the residents who don't have any homes?
COOPER: People here are incredibly resilient and have no other choice but to keep going. There's no other option for these people. These people have been through, throughout their life, many government changes and much abuse and governments that don't care about them. So they're used to being abused and forgotten.
For six months on, there haven't been any wide scale acts of violence, though violence is on the increase here. And that's kind of a miracle. It shows you the resilience and the patience of the Haitian people. But how long are they going to have to wait? Six months later, and virtually no temporary shelters have been built. Just a few thousand. There are 1.6 million people here, still living in these camps with no sign and no indication and no communication about when their lives may get better.
CHO: Anderson, I know you'll be speaking to Bill Clinton later today. What's on tap for tonight's show besides that? And also, tell me about your chat with Clinton. You've not spoken to him yet, have you?
COOPER: No, we're going to speaking to him in a few hours. Basically what I'm going to try to find out from his perspective, what is going wrong here? His commission, which he is co-chairing, they just met for the first time a couple of weeks ago. It took them a long time to get the number of people who are actually going to be on the commission, 26 people, get them selected. So I think he will say it's been a very slow process. He has said it's not going as fast as he would like. He says he's heartsick about it. So we'll talk to him about that, about what the actual hold-ups are, and what can be done to speed this thing up.
CHO: Clearly a lot of red tape there in Haiti. Anderson Cooper, live for us in Port-au-Prince. Anderson, thank you. Just a reminder tonight at 10:00, a special "AC 360." Anderson goes one-on-one with Bill Clinton. We'll be back in a moment.
CHO: Checking our top stories now. In Uganda, bombings in the city of Kampala have killed at least 70 people, including one American. The bombers seem to have targeted people who were watching the World Cup final.
Today new rules go into effect for soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Now vets will only need to prove that they were in a war zone and worked in a position where traumatic events could have happened to receive benefits.
And BP's cap swath operation, as it is being called in the Gulf, is now entering day three. A new form-fitting containment cap could be atop the gushing well by Wednesday Next hour, the president's oil spill commission will publicly convene for the first time.
CHO: Oh, the rain has stopped, but the problems remain from flash flooding in the Boston area. Some parts saw up to four inches of rain an hour. Take a look at those shots there. As you might imagine, that caused some big problems for drivers. Some had to be rescued from the floodwaters. In fact, an off duty firefighter plucked Christine Broderick from her submerged car. Watch.
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CHRISTINE BRODERICK, RESCUED MOTORIST: I got out and I tried to do the dog paddle because I can't swim, and forget it. The current was taking me back. So I made it back to my car. And I got on the roof, and I just hung on there for dear life until they came.
He was talking to me, and he's like, "I'm not going to let you die. I'm not going to let you die." And I'm like, "I've got a son. I can't leave him yet."
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CHO: We are happy to tell you all the stuck drivers were rescued. Their cars, a little bit of a different story.
It looks like Boston may need a couple of days to dry out, but it's the Midwest that Rob is watching very closely today. So, morning, Rob.
ROB MARCIANO, CNN METEOROLOGIST: Good morning, Alina.
CHO: What's going on there?
MARCIANO: The thunderstorms across the Midwest are going to be heading into New York and Boston area here over the next couple of days, but today one more day of really hot temperatures. You can almost see the haze and the smog in the air here. A live shot of New York City, looking at the Hudson river. And the GW bridge.
The air quality alert is in effect today because of the ozone and heat. Temperatures will get up into the lower 90s. Right now we are at 80 degrees in New York, it's 80 degrees in DC, and 82 degrees right now in Richmond.
Other spots where we have some heat advisories in effect for the low country of South Carolina and southeastern parts of Georgia. Heat indexes there and across New Orleans will be up and over 105 degrees today.
So calm winds, calm air and calm seas across the Gulf. That's good for cleanup, but it going to be sweltering for the folks who are enduring out there in the Gulf of Mexico
Thunderstorms are popping across parts of the Ohio River valley. The Tennessee valley, and back to the mid-Mississippi River valley as well. These will become a little more interesting, or a little bit more severe, I think, back through Oklahoma City. And the wind and the hail is not going to be the issue, I think, for these folks. Their ground is pretty saturated from all the rainfall that they have seen the past couple of weeks, so that's the largest issue.
Other spots that we're looking at. Back to the west, nice weather. Finally. The Pacific Northwest, which had record-setting heat last week gets back to normal today. Southern California as well. And later on tonight and tomorrow is the All-Star break, Alina, so the All-Star game being played in Anaheim. Home Run Derby tonight, so you can tune in for that.
CHO: You know how much I care about that.
MARCIANO: Very much so.
CHO: I watch it very closely. You used to be a stockbroker, didn't you, Rob?
MARCIANO: I did.
CHO: You watch the market closely?
MARCIANO: Always. Always keeping --
CHO: Still watch the market closely?
MARCIANO: Addicted to the tick.
CHO: OK, then you'll want to stay tuned for this because bulls, bears, buy, sell? If the topsy-turvy market has you reeling and your head spinning, we're going to get some expert advice on how to keep cool in this crazy market.
CHO: Welcome back. Last week was quite a run on Wall Street. The Dow had its best week in a year, gaining more than five percent. But this week, corporate earnings are starting to roll in. Our Alison Kosik is at the New York Stock Exchange for us. So, Alison, which companies are you watching today? ALISON KOSIK, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Alina, aluminum giant Alcoa kicks it off after today's closing bell. And later this week we're going to hear from big companies like JP Morgan, Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup, Intel and General Electric.
Now, earnings reports, they're important to Main Street because they tell us how corporate America is doing. They also tell us if people are spending money, if companies are making money, and if it is enough for them to start hiring again.
And just as important as the numbers are from last quarter, companies issue forecasts telling us how things will look in the next three to six months, and that's especially what investors will look for in this earnings period.
Overall, expectations are high. Wall Street is waiting to make its move, but there is some caution in the early going. Take a look now. The Dow Industrial is down about two. The Nasdaq is off about two, actually. The Dow is down ten.
Bp shares are off to a good start today. They're up 3 percent. This follows report that the company may sell some assets to help pay for the oil spill. There's talk that BP may sell part of its big stake in the Prudhoe Bay oil field in Alaska, which is one of BP's prized possessions. Alina, the "Wall Street Journal" is reporting that a deal could be worth upwards of $10 billion. And if the deal goes through, of course, we all hope that this money is going go toward the cleanup effort. Alina, back to you.
ALINA CHO, CNN ANCHOR: I guess, it would be no surprise if BP would want to unload assets at this time.
KOSIK: Of course.
CHO: Alison Kosik, thank you joining us from Wall Street.
You know, there are 14.6 million Americans looking for work, that's up to 9.5 percent jobless rate. Now, it's better that it's been but not exactly comforting. Still, White House senior adviser, David Axelrod says things are looking up.
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DAVID AXELROD, WHITE HOUSE SENIOR ADVISER: The important thing is the direction. We went from losing 750,000 jobs the month the president took office to six months of private sector job gate. Do we feel like we need to do more? Yes, and every single day, we're working on things to increase exports, to support invasion. We want to pass additional tax relief for small businesses and additional lending capacity for small businesses. But there's no doubt that we're in a better position now than we were 18 months ago. And we're moving in the right direction.
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CHO: It comes as no surprise that Republicans used their weekly address to criticize the White House for failing to pull the country out of crisis. The GOP says more government won't necessarily lead to better results.
Now, whether you fall to the right, to the left or right down the middle, there are so many Americans still waiting for the economy to recover. And when they see the market fall, their stomachs plunge right along with it, enough to drive you crazy. So, we got some expert advice on how to stay sane in this roller coaster market. Dan Caplinger is a writer with "The Motley Fool." He's joining us via Skype from Williamstown, Massachusetts.
Hey, Dan, good morning. Thank you for joining us. You know, one day the market is up, one day it's down. You know, it really does make you crazy if you watch it from day to day or minute to minute as the traders do. You know, you said the best way to keep sane in this market really is to stick with a plan. So, what exactly do you mean by that?
DAN CAPLINGER, WRITER, "THE MOTLEY FOOL": Well, ideally, everyone should have a plan on what to do with their investments that is based on what their financial goals are, what their resources are and mixing the two of those together to make sure that they can come up with investments that fit with their long-term goals. And so, all the short-term noise that you have going on in the economy today is something that in the long run really doesn't make a whole lot of difference. It's hard as it is to get through it right now. Over time, the key is to stick with your plan, not let yourself get derailed.
CHO: You know, with all of these negative -- that all sounds great, Dan, but you know, with all these negative news, as you write yourself, a lot of people just want to take their money and hide it under a mattress. So, to those people who say, listen, I want to just pull all my money from the market, you say, what, keep it in, right?
CAPLINGER: I think that the first thing you need to do is do a risk assessment of how risky your investments are right now. It's hardly ever the right choice to take all of your money out of the market because you need that money to grow. Very few of us have enough money that we can stick it in our mattress and live well for the rest of our lives, and so we really have to be willing to take that risk as hard as it is.
The good news is at times like this are actually some of the best times to take risk because with the market low, with everyone pessimistic, these are often the times from which the largest gains result. And so, there's a big incentive to keep your money in the market and make sure that you have the portfolio that you need to reach your long-term goals.
CHO: That's right. In fact, you say short-term negative news for a company can mean a long-term news for you as an investor, right?
CAPLINGER: That's right. Yes. Certain companies will run into bad news and while, you know, it depends what the bad news is. With a company like BP, that kind of bad news is something that can weigh on a stock for years, but a lot of the time you just have day to day bad news that sounds like a bad thing in the moment, but over the long run, it really, again, doesn't have that big of an impact on a company. So, if you grab that opportunity to buy shares of that company when they're low, later on, you'll be glad that you did.
CHO: Dan, we're short on time, so just one last question. If you're not in the market and you're thinking about getting in, you think this is a good time, maybe, what are the one or two things that you need to know as you decide to start to invest in stocks?
CAPLINGER: I think the most important thing to know about stocks is that as we've seen so clearly, they can go up, they can go down. Assess your tolerance for risk. If you don't have the stomach to put up with ups and downs, then be conservative. Don't put a whole lot of money into the stock market. Try a few simple mutual fund, index mutual fund, or exchange traded fund to get started. Get familiar with it and then go from there.
CHO: Dan Caplinger live for us via Skype from Massachusetts. Dan, thank you. You know, we want to hear from you about this. What are you most worried about in this crazy market? What are you doing to stay financially sane? Ask your questions, we'll talk about them all this week. Sound off on our blog CNN.com/Kyra.
He hasn't been seen in public since stepping down from power four years ago, that is until this weekend. Cuba's Fidel Castro briefly back in the spotlight. We'll explain.
CHO: Thirty-nine minutes past the hour. Checking our top stories now. An investigation in Uganda to find out who was behind terrorist bombings in the capital of Kampala. The explosions killed at least 74 people, including American, Nate Henn. At least 71 people are in the hospital. Among the injured, six missionaries from Pennsylvania.
Day 84 of that BP oil disaster. Crews hope that a new containment cap going on will help seal it. Meanwhile, in Washington, the presidential commission given the job of investigating the catastrophe will hold its first public hearing today.
And in Cuba, for the first time in four years, former President Fidel Castro will appear on state-run TV later today. That is according to the newspaper there. These pictures of pastor surfaced over the weekend. CNN cannot verify their authenticity, but this would be Castro's first public appearance since he stepped down four years ago for health reasons. The pictures appeared on the pro- government blog.
They were probably the most vulnerable of Haiti's earthquake victims, the children, the babies. In two minutes we're going to go live to Port-au-Prince and our Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
(COMMERCIAL BREAK) CHO: It's a shocking number. Of the $5.3 billion pledged to Haiti for relief, not even 2 percent has been delivered yet. Several contributing nations and aid agencies complain that Haiti's government has not provided the necessary plans for rebuilding and getting people out of those makeshift tent cities. Rubble still blocks roads in many parts of Port-au-Prince, the nation's largest city.
According to a report by the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, quoting here, "while many immediate humanitarian relief priorities appear to have been met, there are troubling signs that the recovery and longer term rebuilding activities are slogging.
More than 300,000 people were injured in the earthquake that struck Haiti six months ago today. With so many hospitals and medical facilities damaged or destroyed, how are the survivors doing now? CNNs chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta is back in Port-au- Prince. Sanjay, you were there from the very beginning and who could forget those pictures of you with the children, with you with the babies, you know, what is your initial reaction since being back on the ground there now?
DR. SANJAY GUPTA, CNN CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: Frighteningly familiar. I think I find the best way to put it. I mean, you just mentioned, Alina, about the tent cities still up behind me. Over a million people displaced. There has been some victories, as you mentioned, that people will point to. There was real concern about outbreak of disease, for example, in various camps. There have been some small clusters here and there, but for the most part, there hasn't been the huge for the second wave that people expected.
I will tell you that some of the reality of being on the ground here bouncing off what you said is that supplies to some extent when it comes to medical supplies are making their way into the country, but what is absurd is that many times those supplies get stuck at warehouses, they get stuck at customs. They can't make their way to people who need them. And hospitals simply can't get their hands on supplies six months later.
And you know, when you visit hospitals as a result of those sort of holdups, they're simply not able to take care of patients the way that they should, and that's where it gets frighteningly familiar. There's a holdup of simple things again like antibiotics, pain medications, things that were needed then and in some places are still needed now.
CHO: Sanjay, this is stuff that you were talking about six months ago. It must be so frustrating for you as a doctor, you know. And I know that you've already stopped by several hospitals as you eluded to a bit earlier. Are any of them still standing? I mean, what shape are they in?
GUPTA: You know, there are a couple that are still standing. There's this one particular clinic that was called Medishare that originally at the airport. They have been moved because of flooding. They got the bricks and mortar structure now. And they're doing fairly well with regard to their overall function. The problem is that they are sort of destitute and run out of money within about a month and a half. That, obviously, is a real problem. What is most striking is that even at a hospital like that, we met a little girl, four or five months old, who simply cannot get antibiotics to take care of a significant infection.
I don't know if you can see images of her there, Alina, but this is a same stupid story we are telling a few months ago where she is going to essentially die for lack of a medication that would be relatively easy to get in most places around the world. And that is just not the story I expected to tell, I guess, in simple terms -- Alina.
CHO: And Sanjay, just to be clear to remind our viewers. I mean, really, in many cases, these medical supplies are on the ground already, right? They're just being caught up in government red tape?
GUPTA: Yes, I mean, a lot of times they're in warehouses. And it's absolutely absurd that some of these supplies are literally sitting in warehouses past their expiration dates. They arrived here to the country of Haiti. They arrived to the city of Port-au-Prince, and they simply can't get out. Part of it is the, you know, the distribution effort is lacking, but again, you have to be on the ground here to understand the real life consequences of some of these sort of larger, broader organizational issues. The issue is that that little girl is not getting the antibiotics that she needed. That's the consequence of the things that we're talking about here.
CHO: Unbelievable. Sanjay, I know you spent so much time there, but now that you're back, you did find one relief program that appears to be working. Please tell us about that.
GUPTA: Yes, you know, there are -- and there are some things that are working. That there is a -- for example, with regard to the amputations that we talked so much about a few months ago, those patients are starting to get prosthetics now.
And that program, at least in a few places, does seem to be working. And people are getting those prosthetics, able to navigate to be mobile. When many people thought they wouldn't.
Sean Penn, his camp, you know, you could -- you could say what you want about a celebrity running a camp, but he really -- he walks the talk so to speak. And he has set up a camp that has tens of thousands of people there. And he's struggling very hard to get the resources that people need at the camp, both in terms of basic stuff, but also in terms of medical supplies and that seems to be working pretty well. He's got big challenges ahead. He'll be the first to tell you that, but there has been some success stories.
And again, as I mentioned, the lack of a big outbreak of disease in some of these camps; that's been a place where people point you to as a victory as well.
CHO: Well, I remember very clearly in the days after the quake that Sean Penn said I'm going to be here long after the cameras leave. I know he stayed there for a long time as you did, as Anderson did and so many of our people from CNN.
So I commend you on an extraordinary work down there, Sanjay. Thank you so much for joining us.
GUPTA: Thank you Alina.
CHO: Tonight Sanjay will be along at 10:00 p.m. Eastern as well for a very special "AC360". Anderson Cooper is going to go one-on-one with Former President Bill Clinton, the U.S. envoy to Haiti and the co- chairman of the Interim Haiti Reconstruction Commission.
Larry King also has a special tonight on Haiti. You may recall that Larry hosted a telethon that raised nearly $1.5 million for Haiti's victims. "LARRY KING LIVE" that's at 9:00 p.m. Eastern tonight.
CHO: Welcome back. Were going cross country with the arrest of the barefoot bandit. The 19-year-old accused of stealing cars, boats, even planes is now custody.
The infamous teen fugitive was arrested in the Bahamas. Colton Harris-Moore managed to stay one step ahead of the law during a two- year cat-and-mouse that led police across four states and ultimately to the Caribbean.
He allegedly crash-landed a stolen plane on an island in the Bahamas last week eventually leading police on a high-speed boat chase before he was finally caught. He's going to face charges in the Bahamas before prosecutors try to extradite him to his native Washington state.
In Louisiana, a woman is dead after she fell from a roller coaster. Witnesses say that they watched the 21-year-old woman plunge from the extreme coaster on Sunday at Blue Bayou Dixie Land and Amusement Park in Baton Rouge. The ride is closed while the fire department tries to figure out what went wrong.
And a fire alarm forced an unscheduled pit stop for about 200 passengers flying from Texas to Japan. An American Airline flight was diverted off the Alaska coast yesterday when the alarm went off in the cargo compartment. There was no apparent fire and there is no word yet on what set off the alarm but the plane is headed to Anchorage today.
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CHO: And a famous voice of the New York Yankees has died. Bob Sheppard died at his home over the weekend. He was 99 years old. Sheppard was the team's public address announcer from 1951 to 2006. His elegant style earned him the nickname, "The Voice of God".
There's a lot more coming up in the next hour of the NEWSROOM.
We're going to check in now with our correspondents, beginning with Ed Lavandera in New Orleans -- Ed.
ED LAVANDERA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hi Alina. Well, coming up at the top of the hour, we'll take a closer look at BP's efforts to contain the oil spill. Right now, it's a free-flowing gusher but they say they have a plan that could capture it all in the coming weeks. I'll have that story at the top of the hour.
PATRICIA WU, CNN CORRESPONDENT: And what caused the Gulf oil disaster, and how can such spills be prevented in the future? That's what the President's oil commission is trying to find out. It meets for the first time today and there is already talk of bias and setting up an alternative commission.
I'm Patricia Wu and I'll have that story coming up in the next hour.
IVAN WATSON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: I'm Ivan Watson in Port-au-Prince; 1.5 million Haitians are living homeless right now. One in nine Haitians living in camps like the one over my shoulder right now, and many of these camps are built on private property that's creating additional tension in a society that's already been pushed to the limit. I'll have that story at the top of the hour.
CHO: Ivan Watson, thank you.
We're also going to revisit one of Haiti's best-known survivors. You may remember the violinist who was crushed under piles of concrete as he waited for rescue; 18 hours he sought refuge in his beloved music. He relived all of his past performances, and today he is fighting to keep the music alive in other ways.
We're going to talk to him live.
CHO: Day 84 of the Gulf oil disaster. We have seen what millions of gallons of crude have done to the Gulf beaches, but what about the water?
CNN's Amber Lyon suited up to check out what's below the surface of that oil slick Gulf. She joins us now from New Orleans with this unique look. So Amber, what was what like?
AMBER LYON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, it was definitely different than anything I've ever seen before. I'm an avid scuba diver, and the first thing I really noticed is the difference in the dynamics of scuba diving in the Gulf now.
For example, this time of year, this is what I would normally wear to go scuba diving. It's called a dive skin; it's made of spandex and nylon.
Now, due to the contaminated waters, unfortunately, this is the new reality of scuba diving in the Gulf or entering some of these waters. It's a hazmat dry suit, and what it does is it completely prevents any of the water from touching your skin. You stay dry while you're submerged.
We wanted to see what's going on down below, so we invited environmentalist Philippe Cousteau along with us for this dive. He says it's not the big oil slicks that you see on top of the water that scare him the most but you see on top of the water that scare him the most, but what's hidden underneath the water.
LYON: So we're taking three small boats. We're heading down the Mississippi. From there, we're going to head out into the Gulf. Watch it, buck.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What we're doing is we're putting her in the suit. Actually, if you ever washed dishes, and you put a glove on to keep your hands dry while you wash dishes; we're doing the same thing only we're doing this with her whole complete body.
LYON: BP has pumped more than 1.5 million gallons of dispersant into the Gulf, breaking up the crude into little beads that stay under the water.
We went on a dive to search for that hidden oil.
PHILIPPE COUSTEAU, ENVIRONMENTALIST: I don't' want to have to be here. And if I was here, I would want to be doing like a, you know, free dive off one of these rigs or something with a bathing suit on.
LYON: It just screws, pops right into the suit and keeping any water from getting in your hands. If it looks uncomfortable, it is.
CNN photojournalist Rich Brooks went in first.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Rich entering. Rich in the water.
RICH BROOKS, CNN PHOTOJOURNALIST: There's a couple of sharking swimming by. They're just curious, coming around to check out what's going on.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Are you okay, Amber?
LYON: Yes, I'm good to go. Are you ok?
LYON: We're about 48 miles away from the DeepWater Horizon spill, and if you look in the water, you can see that it's cloudy right now.
COUSTEAU: The oil isn't confined to the surface. It is distributed throughout the water columns.
LYON: I was talking to BP's COO, Doug Suttles, and I said, how is it going to be cleaned up because there is no technology to come down here and skim this out of here. And what he said is the bacteria will eat it up.
COUSTEAU: Yes, there is bacteria that consumes oil in the water, but scientists are finding that bacteria also consumes oxygen, so when you get to these dead zones that don't have enough oxygen in the water column for the other animals.
LYON: At the end of the day, we ran into a patch of dispersed oil that stretched as far as we could see.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Good to go. Go.
LYON: All around us, it's very cloudy. There's a lot of dispersed oil.
You know, if you were to fly over this area, you'd probably look down and you wouldn't really be able to tell there was oil here because it's kind of become the hidden oil.
LYON: Now, normally the water you saw in that video is supposed to be a blue color, not that green color you were seeing. In addition to this, scientists really don't know the long-term health effects of a dispersant mixed there on humans or marine life for that matter. So that's why safety experts are recommending that everyone who enters the water wear one of these hazmat suits.
Now this is causing a lot of problems for some scientists because this suit alone costs about --