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Amanda Knox Heads Home; Truck Bomb Kills Dozens in Mogadishu; Recap of Conrad Murray Trial; Denmark Passes World's First Fat Tax; Severe Water Shortage on South Pacific Islands Tuvalu, Tokelau
Aired October 4, 2011 - 08:00:00 ET
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KRISTIE LU STOUT, HOST: Welcome to NEWS STREAM, where news and technology meet.
I'm Kristie Lu Stout, in Hong Kong.
And we begin with Amanda Knox. A day after winning her appeal, she is already out of Italy and on her way home.
We'll also have the latest in the trial of Michael Jackson's personal doctor, as prosecutors show just what Conrad Murray was doing in the hours before the singer's death.
And Apple is set to unveil its new iPhone in just a few hours from now.
Now, headed home. After four long years in an Italian prison, Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, are now free.
Knox's family arrived at a Rome airport earlier on Tuesday for a flight out of the country. On Monday, an Italian jury overturned the murder convictions of Knox and Sollecito in the death of Knox's roommate, Meredith Kercher.
The American exchange student wept with relief when the decision was announced. Her lawyer says all Knox could say was "Thank you." But at a news conference a short time ago, Kercher's brother said that the acquittal raises more questions about what happened to Meredith.
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LYLE KERCHER, MEREDITH KERCHER'S BROTHER: First of all, obviously, it was a very long, difficult day yesterday. And ultimately, we accept the decision that was handed down yesterday. And we respect the court and obviously the Italian justice system.
We do find that we are now left, obviously, looking at this again and thinking how a decision that was so certain two years ago has been so emphatically overturned now.
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STOUT: Now, Knox's departure from Italy follows a day of drama and suspense in the courtroom in the medieval city of Perugia, and I want to walk you through how it all unfolded.
Now, pale and visibly nervous, Amanda Knox arrived in court on Monday to hear the jury's decision. Earlier that day, both she and Raffaele Sollecito had told the court they were innocent in Kercher's death and pleaded for their freedom. And then they had to wait more than eight hours as the jury deliberated their fate, and Knox burst into sobs and hugged her attorneys in relief when the acquittal was announced.
Now, her co-defendant and former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, was all smiles as he embraced his attorneys. But across the room, Meredith Kercher's family sat in stunned silence, and they remained in the courtroom long after others had left. Outside the courtroom, boos and cries of "Shame! Shame!" rang out when the ruling was announced.
The legal battle is not over. Prosecutors plan to appeal to Italy's high court.
A third person, Rudy Guede, remains behind bars in Kercher's death.
Let's find out more from Becky Anderson in Perugia. She joins us now live.
And Becky, first, Amanda Knox. She is now free. She's on her way home. What's the latest?
BECKY ANDERSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Yes, she left on a flight from Rome, which is about a two-and-a-half-hour drive from here, at about midday today. It's now just after 2:00.
She should be arriving in London around about 1:50 local time. Sorry, about 3:00 local time. And we believe from there, she's going to get on a flight to Seattle. So she conceivably will be home by about 5:00 local Seattle time today.
What a difference a day makes. You described what she looked like when she entered the court yesterday evening. Just moments later, there were whoops and cheers of joy from her family as she heard the presiding judge deliver the decision from the eight-person jury.
The Kerchers, well, they are back to square one, effectively. That is what Lyle Kercher, Meredith's brother, said today.
And you were alluding to the fact that the prosecutors say that they will appeal this to Italy's highest court. And that's an interesting set of consequences now, because they say they'll do that.
What will happen now is that the presiding judge will actually have to assess the motion, and all of this could take upwards of about a year and a half. There is an extradition treaty in place between the U.S. and Italy, but the very idea that with very little evidence at this point, the states would decide that they would deliver her back to Italy. Well, most legal experts tell me that is way out of kilter.
And the other interesting thing about this appeal is this: that they're not going to start a new trial, not going to start trying to discover new evidence. All it is, is an appeal which is a one-day process. And it's about a technicality. Was this appeal conducted correctly? If the judge decides it was, game over.
So, for the Kerchers, of course, who are wondering now what happened, well, those questions may never be answered -- Kristie.
STOUT: I want to ask you more about the family of Meredith Kercher. I mean, they are simply stunned by this decision. Do they not feel that Rudy Guede, who was convicted, is the only person responsible for her murder?
ANDERSON: Well, they say that that's fine, but they were told that there were other co-conspirators. So that is their problem, of course.
We had a press conference with the Kerchers today, and they are about the most dignified family I think I've ever heard from. Arline, Meredith's mother, when asked, how did she feel, or could she understand what Amanda Knox must be feeling today, she said, "Of course." She said, "I've lost my daughter, but Amanda Knox has effectively lost four years of her life." What a dignified lady she is.
Lyle Kercher, he's been sort of spokesman while the family have been here. Well, he said it's back to square one, effectively.
After two years, they are completely emotionally distraught about all of this, but they're completely confused now as to what happened. Yes, Rudy Guede was a drifter here back in 2007 who left and went to Germany. He was picked up there and brought back in 2009. Yes, he's doing 16 years behind bars for the murder. But the prosecutors here always alleged that there were co-conspirators.
So, who were they? That's the question that the Kerchers now have in mind. And like I say, it may never be answered at this point.
STOUT: Also wanted to ask you more about the reaction in Perugia. When news of the acquittal spread, did you hear the boos, the cries of "Shame! Shame!"? What did people there make of it?
ANDERSON: Nagonia (ph) is what they were shouting outside of here. There were quite significant protests.
I mean, these streets which now you can see are completely empty -- the courthouse is just to my left -- were absolutely packed last night. There were an awful lot of media, as you and I know. It was a bit of a circus out here. But regular Perugians out on the streets, up in the windows, windows open, everybody looking down to get a sense of what's going to happen.
When we found out what happened in court, we heard these cries of "Shame! Shame!" And the protests were being carried out by many of these students here, students just like Meredith Kercher and Amanda Knox were back in 2007.
And what they were saying was this -- shame on the Italian justice system. What happened, was their point.
And many of the girls I spoke to -- a fourth year law student called Veronica last night, who we interviewed when we were covering this live, she said, "Listen, am I expected now to believe that those who carried out this crime are still free at this point?" You know, what happened, is what they want to know at this point.
There was a very polarized sense of what really did happen on that night. And I think it would be fair to say that many people in Italy really believe that Sollecito, Knox's former boyfriend, and Amanda Knox were guilty of the crime. But at least they say that the Italian justice system has good.
On appeal, the evidence wasn't strong enough, the forensics weren't strong enough, and they were released, of course. But, you know, on one side that's good for the Italian justice system. But on the other side, what happened, is what people here want to know.
Perugia, today, while it's sort of the day after, the night before, as it were, Perugians just want to get on with things now. This has been four years in the making. This is a medieval cultural city known for its chocolate, its universities. It is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been to, and they don't want their reputation smeared by this case any longer.
STOUT: Becky Anderson, joining us live in Perugia.
Thank you very much for that.
Now, Meredith Kercher, she died in a place that her mother says should have been the safest place imaginable, her bedroom. But before her life was cut short, studying in Italy was a long-held dream for Meredith. And Anderson Cooper takes a closer look at the woman at the heart of this case.
ANDERSON COOPER, HOST, "AC 360" (voice-over): Meredith Kercher's family feels she's become the forgotten victim.
STEPHANIE KERCHER, SISTER OF VICTIM: It's very difficult to kind of keep her memory alive in all of this.
COOPER: Kercher was just 21 years old when she was raped and murdered, her body found partially naked, her throat slashed.
KERCHER: The brutality of what actually happened that night and everything that Meredith must have felt that night, everything that she went through, the fear and the terror, and not knowing why, and she didn't deserve that. No one deserves that.
COOPER: Kercher was the youngest of four kids. Growing up she loved poetry, gymnastics and ballet.
MAUREEN LEVY, NEIGHBOR: She was nice. She was clever, and there's not enough metaphors to say how nice she was.
COOPER: Her friends and family remember Kercher as someone who always cared for others, always wanted to lend a helping hand.
LYLE KERCHER, BROTHER OF VICTIM: We perhaps feel it the most when we saw and met up for things like her birthday and Christmas which is around couple of months off now and her absence is huge really.
COOPER: Kercher, a third year student at the University of Leeds, was in Italy to study European politics and Italian. To raise money for the trip, she worked a job at Gatwick Airport near her home south of London. Her father John told the "Daily Telegraph," "She fought so hard to get out there. There were quite a few setback, but she was determined to go and kept persisting and eventually got what she wanted."
Once in Perugia, Kercher moved into this villa with Amanda Knox.
ARLINE KERCHER, MOTHER OF VICTIM: I think they were friendly, but I wouldn't say they were that close.
A. KERCHER: Because they were moving in different circles and at different levels as well.
COOPER: For Kercher the study abroad program in Italy was the opportunity of a lifetime, until that violent night her life and future were stolen. And now that an Italian jury has thrown out the murder convictions of Knox and her then boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, Kercher's family is left wondering whether justice was served.
L. KERCHER: I think it's difficult to sort of think of forgiveness at this point. As I say four years on the one hand is a very long time. On the other, it's not -- you know, it's still very raw.
A. KERCHER: We need to find out what happened. And it's not really a question of reaching out or -- you know, joining them in anything. It is to find out what happened to Meredith and to get some justice for her really.
COOPER: Anderson Cooper, CNN.
STOUT: Now to Somali next, where a truck bomb has killed dozens of people in the capital. Many of the victims are students and their parents. They were signing up for an education program when a powerful blast went off at the gates of a government complex.
Now, Somali police are blaming the militant group al-Shabaab.
David McKenzie is following developments from neighboring Kenya.
And David, what is the latest you're hearing about this blast?
DAVID MCKENZIE, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, Kristie, the latest is that this was a massive blast in the southern part of the capital, Mogadishu, in Somalia. What we know is, from eyewitnesses and also from African Union forces, is that a truck laden with explosives slammed into a complex housing various ministries, including the Ministry of Education, in that part of town.
Now, what we're hearing is that at least 30 people are killed. And we do expect that death toll to rise. People describe an awful scene, bodies strewn across that area, and soldiers (ph) just randomly firing in the air.
It's certainly terrible news. There's been a relative lull in the fighting and the conflict in Somalia since al-Shabaab, the Islamic militant group, was pushed out earlier this year from the capital, Mogadishu.
This has all the hallmarks of an al-Shabaab attack, and it was striking against very soft targets. Students and their parents registering, as you say, for an education program.
A lot of worried people in Somalia today. One policeman described it as utter carnage -- Kristie.
STOUT: Al-Shabaab, the most dangerous militant group in Somalia. They had retreated from Mogadishu. So is this attack a clear sign that they are back and that they're still a potent force?
MCKENZIE: Well, people had always worried that al-Shabaab would be going back into Mogadishu, in the heart of Mogadishu in one way or another. And this is not unexpected.
When I was in Mogadishu last month, certainly a number of AMIS forces and commanders -- that's the African Union force there -- told me that they were very worried that asymmetrical attacks, suicide bombings, sniper attacks, IEDs and the like, would be on the increase, because as al-Shabaab has lost ground within the capital, they say they'll get increasingly more desperate.
It's worth bearing in mind that before 2007, really, there weren't such a thing as suicide bombings in Somalia. It's really the influence of foreign fighters, believe security analysts, that have caused this to become a major tactic.
Now, this was at least a several-ton-size truck. The blast was heard across the capital, Mogadishu. And certainly as they pick up the pieces of this attack, people will ask the question, can they stave off these asymmetrical attacks that will be striking at the very heart of Mogadishu and as one official put it, the future of a possibly stable Somalia, which doesn't look any closer, certainly today?
STOUT: Al-Shabaab, they have returned to Mogadishu. Dozens and dozens killed in this blast today.
David McKenzie, on the story.
Thank you, David.
Now, ahead here on NEWS STREAM, the battle for Libya may all come down to Moammar Gadhafi's hometown, where fierce fighting is keeping out even the Red Cross.
Plus, courtroom drama in the trial of Michael Jackson's former doctor. Will key witnesses make or break the prosecution's case?
And protesting America's big banks. Demonstrations against Wall Street are now spreading across the U.S.
STOUT: Welcome back.
Now, we are entering the sixth day of Dr. Conrad Murray's trial in Los Angeles. Michael Jackson's private physician is accused of involuntary manslaughter in the death of the pop singer.
We're continuing to follow all the latest developments as prosecutors try to prove that Murray acted with gross negligence.
Now, one of Murray's girlfriends took the stand on Monday. Two more are expected to testify later today. Prosecutors are hoping that the women can help piece together the timeline of events on the day Jackson died, and since both of them spoke to Murray on the phone that day.
During Monday's proceedings, two doctors who were at the UCLA Medical Center when Michael Jackson was rushed to the emergency room testified that there was nothing they could have done to save him, and that he was only treated on Dr. Murray's urging.
Randi Kaye has more.
RANDI KAYE, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): In the struggle to save Michael Jackson, Dr. Conrad Murray thought he felt a pulse, but emergency room doctors from UCLA Medical Center testified they didn't feel a thing. Still, they pushed ahead with efforts to revive Jackson at Murray's urging.
DOCTOR THAO NGUYEN, CARDIOLOGIST: Dr. Murray did ask me one thing, and he repeated the same request to Dr. Cruz (ph), that we not give up easily and try to save Mr. Michael Jackson's life.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Is that what you were trying to do?
KAYE: Emergency responders were ready to declare Jackson dead at home, but Murray insist head be transported to the hospital.
DR. ROCHELLE COOPER, EMERGENCY ROOM PHYSICIAN: My assessment when he arrived was that he was clinically dead. The resuscitation efforts would likely be futile.
KAYE: Doctors Cooper and Nguyen pressed Murray about what drugs the singer had been given. Dr. Nguyen told the jury Murray never mentioned the powerful anesthetic Propofol, even though, according to the police affidavit, he gave him 25 milligrams of Propofol at 10:40 a.m., not long before Jackson stopped breathing.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He never mentioned Propofol to you?
NGUYEN: Absolutely not.
KAYE: Dr. Cooper testified Friday that even if Murray had told them about Propofol, it would not have changed the outcome because Jackson had "died long before." Still, prosecutors wanted to make clear to the jury how dangerous the drug is and how rarely it's used outside a hospital.
NGUYEN: It is not anywhere in the hospital. It is a designated place with designated personnel and equipment available. By equipment, I mean a crash cart should be available.
Propofol could cause severe lung collapse, respiratory collapse, breathing collapse, and it could cause cardiovascular collapse. And Propofol does not have an antidote.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So you're prepared for any consequences.
NGUYEN: Yes. It is a must.
KAYE: Dr. Nguyen also painted a picture for the jury of a flustered Conrad Murray who couldn't remember what time he called for help.
NGUYEN: And I asked him from the time that he found that the patient was down, what was the time that EMS or the 911 was called, and he couldn't remember that either. He said he did not have any concept of time. He did not have a watch.
KAYE: The defense tried its best to show if Conrad Murray had given Jackson only 25 milligrams of Propofol, that it couldn't have killed him, a key to the defense's theory that Jackson must have taken Lorazepam tablets and ingested more Propofol without Conrad Murray knowing.
R. COOPER: I couldn't imagine I would give a dose at 25 milligrams to an otherwise healthy 60 kilogram male and give it over three to five minutes, because I would not expect that that would produce any level of sedation.
KAYE (on camera): Employees from two cell phone companies also testified about Conrad Murray's cell phone records. They told the jury Murray got a call at 11:07 a.m. and placed four calls himself after that.
The question is, if Murray gave Jackson Propofol at 10:40 a.m., was he monitoring him and making those calls from inside the room, or had he stepped out for longer than his lawyers say he did? Those call times are key in determining what Conrad Murray was doing in the hours before Jackson died.
Randi Kaye, CNN, Los Angeles.
STOUT: Now, ahead on NEWS STREAM, many are fleeing the embattled Libyan city. So why is the Red Cross desperately trying to get into Sirte, even as revolutionary fighters warn it's not safe?
STOUT: Coming to you live from Hong Kong, you're back watching NEWS STREAM.
Now, the liberation of Libya rests on Sirte. The country's new leaders say that they will make that declaration once the fight for Moammar Gadhafi's hometown ends.
But the battle has gone on for weeks, and it seems the National Transitional Council will not wait for Bani Walid to fall. That is the other major city still held by Gadhafi loyalists. Now, the NTC's Mahmoud Jabril says it will be treated as a renegade region.
Now, aid workers are particularly concerned about the situation in Sirte. Intense fighting is making it difficult for them to help civilians stuck there.
Phil Black shows us their struggle.
PHIL BLACK, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The Red Cross was distressed by what they had seen on their last visit to Sirte, so they wanted to get more medical supplies into the city.
HICHEM KHADRAQUI, RED CROSS: We are really concerned about the situation on the medical side. I don't want to judge the catastrophe -- but for us, we are really concerned, and that's why we are coming again today.
BLACK: At the revolutionary fighters' final checkpoint, the vehicles were searched and they received a warning.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Some say, "Please take care. We really cannot guarantee your safety."
BLACK: The fighters here say they came under attack when the Red Cross last entered Sirte. They couldn't shoot back for fear of hurting the aid workers. They told them this time they wouldn't hold fire.
The Red Cross team decided to proceed, but didn't get far. Heavy fire opened up around them, but it didn't come from Gadhafi loyalists.
Anti-Gadhafi fighters blasted into the air. They fired rocket-propelled grenades which exploded in the air well above them. The Red Cross truck stopped and eventually turned back. It was all noisy and dramatic, but there was no obvious threat.
(on camera): Several minutes after, the Red Cross has turned around and gone the other way. Much of this fire is still continuing. There is still air bursts and bursts of gunfire, but it's unclear what they're shooting at, because almost all of the fire that drove the Red Cross away was coming from the revolutionary fighters themselves.
(voice-over): The fighters deny they were trying to scare off the aid mission.
(on camera): What is going on here behind us? A lot of the fighting seems to be outgoing at the moment.
OSAMA AL-SWEIHLI, REVOLUTIONARY FORCES UNIT COMMANDER: There's incoming and outgoing, and you could hear that.
BLACK: At this time you'd prefer them not to be in there?
AL-SWEIHLI: No. It's not that we prefer them not to be here. It's just that we cannot have what happened last time, where we were taking fire and did not fire back.
BLACK (voice-over): These fighters now say they have the upper hand in Sirte. They've surrounded the city and they believe most of the civilians have fled, so they feel free to squeeze the pro-Gadhafi forces within. In their own words, they want to make them beg.
Phil Black, CNN, Sirte, Libya.
STOUT: Incredible pictures there from Sirte.
Now, ahead here on NEWS STREAM, a water crisis on two South Pacific islands. States of emergency are issued with only days to go before drinking water runs out.
And calling for accountability. The Occupy Wall Street movement makes a stir on New York's Brooklyn Bridge. I'll tell you what happened.
STOUT: I'm Kristie Lu Stout, in Hong Kong.
You're watching NEWS STREAM, and these are your world headlines.
Now, the prosecutor in the Amanda Knox case says that he will appeal Monday's ruling that cleared the American exchange student and her Italian ex-boyfriend of murder. The court in Perugia, Italy, overturned the 2009 guilty verdicts for Knox and Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher. Amanda Knox departed Rome earlier today on a plane heading for London, and from there she will travel to the U.S.
Now witnesses in Somalia's capital say the blast from a powerful truck bomb could be heard across the city. Now the suicide attack, it killed more than 30 people, mostly students and their parents. And that death toll is expected to climb. The militant group al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the bombing.
In southwestern Pakistan, gunmen ambushed a passenger bus killing 13 people and injuring 8. Police say the attacker stopped and boarded the bus and then opened fire. They say the victims were targeted, because they were Shiite Muslims. Protesters later set a bus on fire at the hospital where the wounded were taken. They are angry at the government for failing to stop the sectarian violence.
And anti-Gadhafi forces are intensifying their attack on the Libyan city of Sirte after a 48 break in the fighting to give civilians time to escape. Now the forces are trying to overthrow Gadhafi loyalists, but are meeting stiff resistance. Now Libya's new leaders say that they will declare the country liberated when Sirte is captured.
And far out in the South Pacific, these two islands Tuvalu and Tokelau have issued states of emergencies as drinking water rapidly runs dry. Now these island nations haven't seen significant rainfall for six straight months and the water situation is growing dire. Now Tuvalu's main atoll, which is home to 5,000 people is expected to run out of drinking water in only two weeks. And Tokelau, with a population of about 1,500 could run out in just half that time.
Now the New Zealand Red Cross has flown in emergency supplies, but residents of the islands are being told to continue conserving what little water is left.
This is a major water emergency in these two Pacific Islands. Let's get the very latest now with Mari Ramos. She joins us from the world weather center -- Mari.
MARI RAMOS, CNN WEATHER CORRESPONDENT: Kristie, this area is very, very remote as you mentioned. You know, I want to first of all kind of give you an idea and sense of where this is located. You've just got travel about -- almost 3,000 miles north of the north island of New Zealand, past Fiji, just to the west of American Samoa, that is where we find these islands right over here.
It's basically an atoll, which is a coral island that -- as the coral grows it becomes -- it becomes almost like a lagoon and you have that lagoon right in the middle.
This is a very small area. There's only about 9 kilometers across and about 12 kilometers long. And when you look about the land area that we're talking about here, in this particular region for example this is less than a tenth of a kilometer across. So very, very small area, very confined space, so there's not fresh water to be found. Even if you do have ponds, most of them are going to be with salt water. So they rely off, course only on what falls out of the sky, only on the water that they get.
This other atoll is actually a bit older, they have a little bit more of land mass and rely -- the rainfall tends to happen usually between November and April, but we've had a La Nina year this year. And that has brought drier than average conditions. And it really poses a toll on this entire region.
And these are not the only islands, even in parts of Fiji they're also dealing with drought.
So La Nina tends to bring us wetter than average conditions across this area here, including northern Australia. Remember all the flooding we had there. But in this area, where Tuvalu and Tokelau are located, we tend to have drier than average conditions. And that is what they're dealing with now.
And unfortunately for the longer term, we're not expecting any kind of significant rainfall across those areas. So unfortunately for the ongoing problem, it's going to take a long time for them to actually be able to recover. And it's so far away.
I want to talk to you about our former Typhoon Nalgae, now tropical storm. Still hanging on to tropical storm status, now beginning to move in into the northern parts here of Vietnam. This is probably not going to be called a tropical storm much longer. The winds are down to about 60 kilometers per hour. But the main concern continues to be the rain as that storm moves inland, especially here in northern parts of Vietnam, some areas could get over 25 centimeters of rain.
Notice the rainfall also spreading across Vietnam through Laos, Cambodia has seen a little bit of the rain showers there. But there's a big concern across these area, especially in the north, the water fills up the rivers, the rivers drain to the south. And this has caused a lot of problems, particularly in Cambodia.
The Mekong, world's 10th largest river, passes right through densely populated areas here Kristie, and that has caused significant flooding. The Tonle Sap Lake for example, it has swelled to eight times the size. And that's what we're dealing with now with wide areas that continue to be flooded around this region.
Let's go ahead and check out your city by city forecast.
And Kristie, this is a picture from Calumpit in the Philippines. They're still struggling with the high water across the area. This is a boat carrying supplies and volunteers to try to help those trapped by the flood waters.
There is a tropical wave just to the east of the Philippines right now. It has a low chance for it to develop. But we're watching it as it continues to move in this general direction. It probably won't become a tropical cyclone, but it will bring some heavy rain across this region over the next few days. So watch out, especially as we head into the weekend. We could see some heavy rain with that farther south than Calumpit, into the central Philippines.
And then last thing I want to talk to you about is the tail end of this warm weather we've had here in -- across Europe. It's only 17 in London. You're scratching to get to that 20 degree mark. If you do in London, it'll be the 11th day in a row that we have temperatures of 20 degrees or higher. This time of year, the average is about 16. But now we're starting to see that big area of high pressure break down and the temperatures slowly returning to normal not just in London, but also in Paris where you'll need some -- probably some rain gear.
As we head into Thursday, temperatures slowly returning to normal. Ah, summer, coming to an end. Back to you.
STOUT: Oh, it's too good to be true wasn't it?
Mari Ramos, thank you very much indeed. Take care.
Now three scientists are sharing one of the most prestigious prizes in the world. This year's Nobel Prize in physics has been awarded to Americans Saul Permutter, Adam Riess, and Australian Brian Schmidt for their research into how the universe is expanding. The citation says their discoveries are helping to unveil a universe that is largely unknown to science.
Now meanwhile we are learning that China briefly freed last year's jailed winner of the Nobel Peace Price Liu Xiaobo. Now he was allowed to leave prison for a short time last month. His family says Liu Xiaobo returned home on September 18 to mark the seventh day after his father died, an important period in Chinese culture. And he is serving an 11 year term for subversion.
Now CNN will have in-depth coverage of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize announcement. And we will bring you that live from Oslo, Norway on Friday. Our coverage starts at 1700 in Hong Kong. That's 10:00 in the morning in London, 11:00 in Berlin right here on CNN.
Now in the U.S. there is a growing movement aimed at holding Wall Street accountable. Now demonstrators have been gathering in different cities across the country in recent weeks to protest everything from the state of the economy to the war in Afghanistan. I want to give you a taste of what it's like inside one of these protests.
Now on Saturday, more than 700 protesters were arrested during a rally on New York's Brooklyn Bridge. And one our ireporters was there and captured this video for us.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Taking over the roadway.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Take it!
STOUT: Great report there from one of our ireporters.
Now protesters are also taking their campaign online on the Occupy Together web site. And organizers have made available more than 20 posters that supporters can download and print. Like this one, many include the slogan "we are the 99 percent" meaning they are not part of the wealthiest 1 percent of people.
Now another poster, it urges solidarity. And lists cities all over the world where protests are either taking place or planned.
This one is very simple, but very powerful message "money talks, 99 percent walks."
And this one, it shows a dollar sign intertwined with an equal sign and the statement "not equal."
Now all of these artists have donated their work. And the web site even encourages supporters to upload their own support, own posters for the cause.
Now up next here on News Stream, in less than five hours the world will get its first glimpse of the next iPhone. And I'll tell you what could be ahead and look back at one of Apple's earlier successes.
STOUT: Welcome back.
Now Apple is set to take the wraps off its newest iPhone in just a few hours from now. It is the fifth generation of the phone. Now Apple introduced the first model in 2007. It had a metallic back, but could only access 2G mobile networks. Now that was fixed in the next one, the iPhone 3G, which had a curved plastic case. And the next year, we saw the release of the iPhone 3GS, which looked virtually identical to the iPhone 3G but was much faster.
The iPhone 4 saw a complete redesign. It's much thinner. It has a glass back. It has cameras on the front and back.
So what will the next iPhone look like? As usuall, nobody really knows. We don't even know whether it's going to be called an iPhone 5 or an iPhone 4res. When the phone is unveiled, people won't just be looking at its features, but also at the man presenting it. Now this will be Apple's first major product announcement under new CEO Tim Cook.
And there's also speculation that Apple may announce it is discontinuing the iPod classic, the revolutionary gadget debuted 10 years ago. Ali Velshi reminds us how the icraze began and how Steve Jobs started it all.
ALI VELSHI, CNN CORRESPONDENT: In November 2001, Steve Jobs and Apple released a gamechanger, the iPod.
LAN DEUTSCHMAN, AUTHOR: When the iPod music player first came out in the early 2000s it was $400. It seems outrageously expensive. It was a tremendous risk to come up with a little gadget that was so expensive. And yet it became a tremendous hit as well.
VELSHI: Jobs didn't stop there. He wanted a one-stop digital music store.
HILLARY ROSEN, RECORDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA: What Steve needed to do was to launch iTunes was convince the record companies and the music publishers, not an easy lot, to license their music to his online store so that he could then sell it.
DEUTSCHMAN: One of the great ironies of Steve Jobs being the person who got us to actually pay for music again is that Steve Jobs had been a pirate himself when he was a teenager. Jobs and Woz hacked the phone system so they could get long distance phone calls for free.
ROSEN: He was one of the few people that really broke through what ended up being sort of a lot of fear and stubbornness on the part of record industry executives. He was determined to get the Beatles to agree to put their music on his catalog. And they had some, you know, their management had some crazy idea, well, let Steve Jobs give us 10 percent of Apple and then we'll do it, because of course we're going to make this company successful.
I remember calling Steve and sort of reporting in what a failed meeting it was. And he just said, you know, just great music, but you know they're just wrong. Don't worry about it, they're just wrong. And I thought, you know, probably only Steve Jobs would have the confidence to just be so certain that he knew better than the Beatles.
STOUT: And that's just a peak there of our behind the scenes look at Steve Jobs, the man who is the driving force behind Apple. It is a CNN special presentation. You can catch it later 6:30 pm in London, 7:30 pm in Berlin, 9:30 in Abu Dhabi right here on CNN.
Now sports governing bodies around the world may have to rethink how they sell their TV rights in Europe. Let's turn to Alex Thomas in London to explain how a court ruling have some major implications -- Alex.
ALEX THOMAS, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Yes, Kristie. The most lucrative national football league on the planet, the Barclay's Premier League here in England, may have to reconsider the way it sells the television rights to its matches following a ruling by the European court of justice. Considering the case of a pub owner in England who was showing her customers Premier League matches from a cheaper Greek TV channel instead of the UK's Sky broadcaster, the court decided the football itself was not protected by copyright legislation.
It also cast doubt of the practice of selling rights to each individual EU country, saying such partitioning and such an artificial price difference to which it gives rise irreconcilable with the aim of the treaty which is completion of the internal market. In layman's terms, it's bad.
The implications of the ruling still being digested, but it could mean a drastic reduction in the income that England's Premier League clubs receive and consequently the players, maybe, from TV companies. It may also have an impact on the broadcast of other sports competitions across Europe.
Now to the MLB playoffs and the American League division series between the Yankees and the Detroit Tigers was delicately poised at one won all ahead of game three in Detroit. Ace pitchers Justin Verlander of the Tigers, and the Yankees' C.C. Sabathia were head to head in this one.
Verlander showing his skill here by striking out Brett Gardner in the fifth with a score at 2-2. But later in the inning, Ramon Santiago hit Sabathia into the gap in left field and the RBI double puts Detroit 3-2 up.
And the Yankees are two down by the top of the seventh when Gardner makes up for the earlier strike out by lashing Verlander deep into left center field for a game tying RBI double.
Now bottom of the seventh Detroit's Delmon Young goes deep to right field off Rafael Soriano, in fact over the wall for the solo homerun.
And the Tigers hold on to that 5-4 lead when Jose Valverde strikes out Derek Jeter in the ninth inning to end the game.
So the Yankees are 2-1 down in the series.
In the playoffs, other American League match-up, the Texas Rangers took a 2-1 lead over Florida's Tampa Bay Rays. Mike Napoli the game changer for Texas when he hit this two-run homer in the seventh inning to overhaul the Ray's early lead.
Then Josh Hamilton singles to right with the bases loaded. And Craig Gentry and Ian Kinsler come in to score. And the Rangers are suddenly 4-1 up.
Tampa Bay rookie Desmond Jennings set up an exciting finish by smacking his second solo homer of the night to make it a one run game. But the Rays couldn't complete the comeback. Their challenge snuffed out by Adrian Beltre at the bottom of the ninth.
So the defending American League champions can wrap up the series with a win in game four on Tuesday.
Rugby Union's governing body has responded to threats from New Zealand that they'll be forced to boycott the next world cup unless organizers change the commercial model and revenue sharing. Last week, New Zealand Union chief executive, Steve Chu, said his organization would assess the team's participation in light of the fact they've lost around $10 million in reduced revenue from sponsorship and ticket sales, because the world cup met a short in (inaudible) and no end of year tour.
In response, IRB chief executive Mike Miller is quoted as saying, does the world cup need the All Blacks? It would be good for the All Blacks to be there before adding everyone is replaceable. Miller reiterated that the IRB are due to look at the World Cup's revenue and commercial model after the tournament anyway.
Now Andy Roddick has angrily brushed away talk of retirement after a shock first round exit at the China Tennis Open. He lost to South Africa's Kevin Anderson, a huge server, although he shows in this point that he's also got a delicate touch for such a tall, powerful player. That drop shot helping him take the opening set 6-4.
In this best of three set match here's Anderson up a break and serving for the match. He drills home the four (inaudible) win in straight sets and sends sixth seed Roddick at the first hurdle.
But in the post-match news conference the 29 year old American was asked if he was going to retire. Just watch this reaction starting with the rolling of the eyes.
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ANDY RODDICK, TENNIS PLAYER: Uh. I think that you should retire.
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THOMAS: Rather short shrift given by Roddick there. He wasn't storming out of the news conference by the way. That was always going to be the final question.
That's the all the sport for now. More reaction on that European court ruling in World Sport in just over two-and-a-half hour's time, Kristie.
STOUT: All right. Good to hear. Thanks for explaining that on Roddick. I thought it was a walk out for a second there.
Alex Thomas joining us live. Take care.
Now the food police, they have struck in Denmark with a new tax on fatty foods like pizza's, burgers, and butter. Now the fat tax, about $3 dollars for every kilo of saturated fat is meant to get Danes eating better and living longer. Ralitsa Vassileva has more.
RALITSA VASSILEVA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Shelves stripped bare of butter, margarine, and cream as Danes stocked up on their favorite fatty foods ahead of a fat tax that went into effect this past weekend.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): A customer bought 30 packets of margarine, another customer had 10 to 12 packets of butter in his basket. These are goods that can be frozen down, so those are hoarded right now.
VASSILEVA: Foods containing more than 2.3 percent of saturated fat now cost more in Denmark. A small package of butter about 50 cents more, half a kilo of cheese about 40 cents extra. And a bag of potato chips, 12 cents more.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): We have not been able to follow up with deliveries. Our lot has not been able to deliver butter to us the last two days. We have not received butter until today now that the tax has been put into effect.
VASSILEVA: Danes love their butter and bacon, but fewer than 10 percent are obese, a good bit lower than the 15 percent European average. But Danish research shows that excessive consumption of saturated fats causes about 4 percent of the nation's premature deaths.
This is the world's first fat tax. And scientists can't wait to find out if paying more for fatty foods will actually curb people's appetite for them.
Ralitsa Vassileva, CNN, Atlanta.
STOUT: Now something else to chew on, after the break it looks like a familiar fast food brand, but with a brand new face. We'll tell you why this fried chicken restaurant in China is drawing criticism for poor taste. And it's not alone.
STOUT: Welcome back.
Now critics accuse a restaurant in China of having poor taste, not for its food, but for its logo and name Obama Fried Chicken. Jeanne Moos shows us others have come under fire for similar reasons.
JEANNE MOOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It's one thing to have Colonel Sanders on a bucket of chicken, but President Obama bow-tied up like the colonel? And instead of KFC, OFC.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think it's hilarious.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No. No, it's not hilarious. It's shameful and it's disrepectful.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Wow. Dressed as Colonel Sanders. That's very offensive.
MOOS: The sign, making the rounds on the web, is for a chicken joint in Beijing, China. The real KFC says we're considering legal action as it is a knockoff and has nothing to do with us and it infringes on our brand trademark. We find it distasteful.
Sort of ironic, because earlier this year KFC and Hong Kong released a commercial featuring an Obama lookalike.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Change, not only for America, but for you, for your stomach, for better taste.
MOOS: KFC ended up pulling the commercial. As for OFC, featuring the president as Colonel Sanders -- you'll never guess whose criticizing it, the folks at a takeout restaurant in Harlem called Obama Fried Chicken.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Mockery.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yeah, it's mockery.
MOOS: He says it's not the name, it's the picture that's bad.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We don't have the picture, we just try to get his popularity to make money off of it.
MOOS: Actually there are two places in New York City called Obama Fried Chicken. It's a tribute, says the owner of the one in Brooklyn.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: But I mean, you're just associating black people with chicken.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You know, that's like using a watermelon.
MOOS: For awhile, the Harlem store dropped the O and the A and just called itself Bam Fried Chicken. But now the Obama is back.
Talk about chickening out, look what happened when rap group making a music video used Obama Fried Chicken as a backdrop.
Every shot of the sign at the Brooklyn Obama Fried Chicken ended up being edited out.
When a German frozen food company tried marketing Obama Fingers, test marketing was cut short after public criticism.
Just for the record, customers say that Obama Fried Chicken in Harlem serves.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Delicious chicken.
MOOS: Just going to use this as a place mat.
But does good tasting chicken -- it's finger licking alright -- make up for being in questionable taste.
Jeanne Moos, CNN, New York.
STOUT: And now to snail mail versus e-mail. The U.S. Postal Service is losing a lot of money, but it hopes the advertising campaign with an anti-technology tone will help turn the tide. Let's watch a little bit.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A refrigerator has never been hacked. An online virus has never attacked a cork board.
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STOUT: It goes on to say the Postal Service provides safe and secure ways to stay connected and imply your computer does not.
Now another add suggests only the mailman can make sure your important letters don't, and I quote, "disappear with a click."
Now the campaign delivers a rather mixed message. And despite the warning against online viruses, the adds end by promoting the USPS web site.
And that is News Stream. World Business Today is next.