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$1,000,000 Reward for "Trained Assassin"; New Englanders Dig Out; Grammy Awards Handed Out Tonight; 55th Annual Grammy Awards Tonight; South Korean Troops are "Miserables"; Grammy Awards Handed Out Tonight; Tornado in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Aired February 10, 2013 - 18:00 ET
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BRIANNA KEILAR, CNN ANCHOR: You are in the CNN NEWSROOM. I'm Brianna Keilar, in for Don Lemon.
Let's get you up to speed on the stories that are making news this hour.
The city of Los Angeles is offering a $1 million award to locate rogue cop Christopher Dorner. Days of ground and air searches in the San Bernardino Mountains east of L.A. failed to pick up his trail after his burning truck was found in the area on Thursday. Dorner described by the police chief as a trained assassin is accused of three killings over the past week, including a policeman. A live report on the manhunt straight ahead.
You're hearing that all over New England. People in the blizzard zone spending their Sundays shoveling out, getting ready for tomorrow's commute. More than 300,000 homes are still without electricity.
Stay with CNN. We're live from the Boston area in a few minutes on what promises to be a rough ride to and from work tomorrow.
And this just in: police may be closing in on the killers of a Chicago teen who performed at the inauguration of President Obama a week before her death. Investigators are now questioning two people in the killing of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton. First Lady Michelle Obama attended Pendleton's funeral yesterday.
Joe Paterno's family has released a report the late coach of blame in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. The family's report says a report commissioned by Penn State and conducted by former FBI director Louie Freeh was, quote, "factually wrong, speculative, and factually flawed." It also said the famed coach never attempted to impede an investigation into Sandusky's activities.
The university responded by saying people will draw their own conclusions and opinions from the facts outlined in the Freeh report. And the Freeh says the family's report does not alter the conclusions he reached.
It could be a wild night in Los Angeles with electrifying performances, some far out fashion, of course, and maybe some rule breakers. Take a look there. Live pictures coming in as the 55th Annual Grammy Awards kick off in two hours. We'll be live from the red carpet in the lead up to the show with stars interviews and much more ahead.
After eluding a massive dragnet, the city of Los Angeles is now counting on a large reward to capture a renegade ex-cop accused of being on a killing spree.
Let's go straight now to Casey Wian. He's in Los Angeles.
Casey, tell us about this new development.
CASEY WIAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, southern California officials are clearly upping the ante in their search for Christopher Dorner. They are offering a $1 million reward for information leading to his arrest and conviction. The police chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, Charlie Beck, said it was remarkably easy to put together that much money from corporations, civic organizations, different cities in the area, police unions.
Here's what Los Angeles mayor and the police chief had to say.
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CHIEF CHARLIE BACK, LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT: This is an act -- and make no mistake about it -- of domestic terrorism. This is a man who has targeted those that we entrust to protect the public. His actions cannot go unanswered. A society is defined by what it values, and we value our law enforcement family.
MAYOR ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA (D), LOS ANGELES: Our confidence that we will bring him to justice is unshaken. This search is not a matter of if. It's a matter of when. And I want Christopher Dorner to know that.
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WIAN: The LAPD disclosing -- and you just mentioned the Grammys just a little while ago, Brianna. They have added manpower to the Grammys just out of an abundance of caution.
Also some more news coming out of the news conference just a couple of hours ago, the identity of the Riverside police officer who was killed, police say, by Dorner on Thursday. They have disclosed that identity. He is Mike Crain, 34 years old. An 11-year veteran of Riverside Police Department. He also served two tours in Kuwait as a member of the United States Marine Corps. He leaves behind a wife and two children -- Brianna.
KEILAR: That will certainly be a sad event I know, the funeral that is now set for Wednesday. Casey Wian for us in L.A. -- thanks, Casey.
You know, the snow is not melting in the blizzard-hit states of the Northeast. So, it's got to get shoved out of the way. Squadrons of snowplows have been attacking the main streets and the express race -- expressways, I should say, around New York City and Long Island.
The Long Island Expressway completely closed Friday night when the snow really began to pile up. Officials said that they would reopen the expressway this hour actually.
And this is New Haven, Connecticut, the state that got the hardest wallop from the storm. Some towns got more than 40 inches of snow in the span of just a few hours. At least five people died in Connecticut in traffic accidents that have been blamed on the sudden severe weather.
Governor Dan Malloy there is speaking to reporters. We are monitoring it. We'll have details on that shortly.
And look how it was coming down in Providence, Rhode Island. The governor of that state is praising Rhode Islanders today for following the 24-hour driving ban and making it easy for cleanup crews to get streets ready for tomorrow morning.
Now, that Monday morning commute will be interesting around Boston, no doubt.
Our Susan Candiotti is in Brookline.
And I'm wondering, Susan, how are the streets looking there? Is it going to be a bad Monday you think?
SUSAN CANDIOTTI, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Hi, Brianna.
Probably if you stood to the main streets, it won't be a problem. But this is what we're talking about around much of the rest of the city. The side streets are still in quasi-good shape. But the other streets are treacherous.
Remember, the sun was out brilliantly today. It was melting a bit of the snow. But now that the temperatures are dipping down as the sun goes down, it's just freezing up again.
And some of these streets can be treacherous to get around. We're seeing a lot of people slipping and sliding. Then as you can see, some of these cars are still parked on the street. Some are still wrapped up in snow. I don't know what it's going to take to move them out of the way.
But the city has been working very hard throughout Sunday trying to clear the transit tracks to make sure that they can get on a quasi- normal schedule. Buses will be running in part. But things won't be completely back to normal for quite a while.
Logan International Airport back open, however. So, that's a good sign. But the morning commute, they are forecasting freezing rain, Brianna. And so, that could obviously make things difficult -- Brianna.
KEILAR: Oh, that's the worst. That is not good news for a Monday. But I'm looking at all that snow behind you. We see videos of the plow picking it up, where do they put all that snow?
CANDIOTTI: Yes, you're just seeing piles and piles of it around town. Some of it to the side of parking lots, trying to clear those out. So at least if you're driving to work, you have someplace to put your car. Of course, there are garages.
But, you know, I don't know if they intend to eventually pick it up or just hope that it will melt away. Sometimes they come up and pick it up and do bring it to a central area. That's what is often the case. But it's not hard to spot these piles as you go around town.
KEILAR: And they'll have to do that, no doubt, because that's just not going to get melt. It's not going to get warm enough for a while.
Can you tell us, Susan --
KEILAR: -- schools in the area, are they going to be open tomorrow?
CANDIOTTI: No. They'll be closed. And so, of course, parents are left to wonder what they're going to do. They have opened some centers so that those who can go to work can take their children somewhere.
You know, there are some, for example, nursing homes in the state, eight of them, mainly in the southeastern section that still don't have power. So, for example, they are still delivering diesel fuel to them so that they can keep going while they still have to deal with these power outages.
You know, throughout the region we're talking about maybe 240, more than that I think thousands of customers who remain in the dark. And they're working to get those back. Most of those are in the state of Massachusetts and mainly in the Cape Cod area.
KEILAR: Yes, certainly. We saw they were facing some of the lingering snow yesterday.
Susan Candiotti for us in Boston -- thank you for that, Susan.
Now, in the middle of a Mardi Gras celebration on Bourbon Street, bullets started flying.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You know, it was chaos. We were lucky to be high up, you know what I mean? I saw many people got trampled, I saw people get kicked, I saw people get pushed.
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KEILAR: Details on the shooting that sent four partygoers to the hospital.
And this is a live look at the red carpet in Hollywood with the biggest names in the music industry arriving for the Grammy Awards. We will take you there live, next.
KEILAR: No word yet on what caused a massive explosion and fire at an industrial gas plant in Texas. A 30-year-old employee was killed, another worker seriously injured. The explosion happened yesterday at the air liquid center in suburban Houston.
Mardi Gras celebrations turned violent in New Orleans with four people shot on famed Bourbon Street. Witnesses described a chaotic scene last night with several people trampled while fleeing the scene. One of the shooting victims is in guarded condition. Cell phone video shows two people arguing, with one of the victims. But so far, no arrests.
Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio brought in Steven Seagal to help train his posse to protect schools, as he is calling it. The pair held a news conference in Phoenix after holding a simulated school shooting that included high school volunteers. Seagal says he'll work with the volunteers to teach them hand to hand combat and other skills to protect students.
And we're getting word that extra security has been added for tonight's Grammy Awards celebration. That is as police continue to hunt for suspected cop killer Christopher Dorner.
Let's go now straight to our Nischelle Turner, who is on the red carpet, as the buzz build there in Los Angeles.
Is this affecting anything, Nischelle? Or are people enjoying themselves and just going about their normal busy for the Grammys?
NISCHELLE TURNER, CNN ENTERTAINMENT CORRESPONDENT: Yes. Well, you know, Brianna, because this word just broke not too long ago, it hasn't really spread much. People are used enjoying themselves, and they're used to seeing a pretty intensive police presence here at the Grammys.
But, yes, there is even more of a presence now because of the manhunt for Christopher Dorner. We did confirm with Commander Andy Smith of the Los Angeles Police Department that they did deploy even more officers here than normal. They wouldn't really give any specifics about where these officers would be located or what they would be doing. They only said, yes, we put more officers there out of abundance of caution.
And you know what? It's only a good thing, to make sure everyone is safe because you definitely have some of the biggest stars in Hollywood and music that are here at Staples Center tonight for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.
I actually have one of the biggest stars are rap music with me, right now, 2 Chainz. He's different. Yes, he's different.
2 CHAINZ, RAP ALBUM OF THE YEAR NOMINEE: Yes.
TURNER: I tried to do a little bit of your song. That didn't go over too well.
2 CHAINZ: That was cool. That's cool. Karaoke.
TURNER: I'm going to leave it to the professionals, you
You're nominated for best rap album tonight. It all -- actually three nominations in total because you're also nominated for collaborating with Kanye west on his song "Mercy".
2 CHAINZ: Definitely, man. I would like to thank Kanye for giving me the opportunity to get on that record. It is -- did numerous things for me and my family. So, it's been fruitful that way. And my album being nominated was something I never expected in a million years, my first album.
You know, people might think it brings pressure but I'm excited about working on the second one.
TURNER: Now, tell me this, because there's been a lot of talk about rap music, and its lyrics, is it degrading to women, and what does it do. But you actually make fun rap music. Music that you listen to your songs, so you kind of laugh.
2 CHAINZ: Yes, I feel like my music is made for you to take your hair down, take your day off, maybe going on vacation without actually taking a trip. You know what I mean?
Some people have stressful days. So, I don't want people to listen to my music and get pulled down. I want to make uplifting music.
And contrary to the lyrics, I want to know it's an expression and it's just a way of entertaining people.
TURNER: All right. Well, fantastic. Congratulations. Good luck tonight. Have a little fun, OK.
So, Brianna, there you have it. 2 Chainz, one of the -- with his cape on, by the way. He's following the Grammy rules tonight, because, of course, like you heard, CBS and the Grammys put out a memo to anyone saying, please cover, because we don't want any wardrobe malfunctions on the red carpet or during the telecast.
KEILAR: Well, he won't have --
TURNER: I have to make sure I have double stick tape.
KEILAR: That's very important and hopefully his cape doesn't stuck with anything or something. We're seeing some very interesting outfits, I will tell you, starting to come out where celebrities are getting out of cars. So, we will be checking in with you, Nischelle, throughout the broadcast, to see what's happening there in L.A.
KEILAR: Meantime, while you're watching us, logon to CNN.com on your laptop, iPad or any other device that you have and you can match music's biggest names and other stars arriving there on the red carpet for the Grammys.
TURNER: Well, as President Obama delivers his State of the Union Address in two days, a new Republican star steps into the spotlight to respond to the president's speech. Is he really the GOP savior as "TIME" magazine has billed him? As he has been dubbed there? And can he live up to these great expectations?
KEILAR: In America's longest war, there's a new military leader, U.S. Marine General Joseph Dunford, who took command today of NATO forces in Afghanistan during a ceremony in Kabul that you can see right here.
The man that he took over from, General John Allen, has been nominated to be the NATO's supreme allied commander.
Time now to talk politics with two of our regulars, L.Z. Granderson and Ana Navarro, our CNN contributors. L.Z. is also a senior writer for ESPN, and Ana is a Republican strategist.
Now, earlier today, I asked them about Tuesday's upcoming State of the Union address. And since the president spent a lot of time talking social issues in his inaugural speech, I asked Ana why we're being told he's pivoting to economic issues in Tuesday's address.
ANA NAVARRO, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: It was the big missing part of the inauguration speech. Everybody noticed that there was so very little, if anything, mentioned on the economy. And our economy is still in such distress. We continue seeing numbers that require somebody to address them, require the president to talk about it and lay out a plan.
So I think it makes sense for him to focus on the economy. Some of these social issues are very divisive. I'm glad that he'll be speaking on the economy, though I expect him to speak about gun control, I do expect him to speak about immigration and some of the other issues.
KEILAR: L.Z., you think that was sort of glaringly missing from the inaugural address and that's part of the reason why it's in the State of the Union? L.Z. GRANDERSON, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: Well, I don't know if it was glaringly missing. I think that that wasn't the place to try and unveil some big grand scheme to turn the economy around. It's to at least get it going in the direction we're headed in.
The State of the Union is the state of the country. And I think that is the place where you do want to try to unveil some bold programs that's going to take a little more concentration. You have to understand, the inauguration is all about the celebration, right? It's about the fact that he's been re-elected. It's a wink and a nod to his constituents and the people who rally behind him, and the 51 percent of the country that voted for him.
But now, it's about the other 49. Now, it's really about the entire country. And this is what we really needed for him to stay focused on, with the economy, because now is the time to do that.
KEILAR: And let me ask you about this. Senator Marco Rubio will be giving the response to the State of the Union. There is a lot riding on this. Not just for his political future but also for the future of the Republican Party as they try to rebuild, try to right the ship, if you will. What do you think of -- and he will see, Ana, and I should preface this by saying you should give us some intel because I know you're tight with him.
NAVARRO: We are friends. And I can tell you, I think -- look, I think the response to the State of the Union is a great opportunity to be seen nationally. But it is also fraught with risk. If you screw up, everybody remembers. It will be on your obituary, the guy who messed up on the State of the Union.
Now, I don't expect Marco to mess up. He was one of the best orators in politics today. He takes speechwriting very seriously. He has a very good delivery.
I think he's a perfect choice. He embodies everything we need in the Republican Party today. Youth, diversity, and he's able to articulate a vision for America, an alternative vision for America with optimism. He embodies the American Dream. He comes from very humble roots.
But I also think it is the toughest gig in politics, Brianna. You've got to follow the president of the United States who just spoke with all pomp and circumstance, and a full congressional well, with, you know, Supreme Court judges in full robe and generals, and ambassadors and full house of senators and Congress people who stand up and give an ovation for scratching his nose.
So, it is a tough gig, but I have faith that Marco is going to do a good job with it.
KEILAR: So, L.Z., what do you think? Is he in jeopardy of having a Bobby Jindal moment do you think?
GRANDERSON: Well, it's really interesting that you bring him up, because if you flash back to 2009, the Republican's response to President Obama being elected was to put in Michael Steele as head and then have Bobby Jindal do the rebuttal, right? Let's get as minorities as we can in front of camera so that we can show we're really diverse.
Well, they did that very clumsily. You know, Bobby was awful. And Michael was quickly run out of there.
So, Marco has to be very careful so he doesn't come across as another attempt to prove that there's diversity in the GOP. He has to prove himself to be a capable politician to people who really don't know him and capable, not because he's Latino but capable because he's capable.
That to me is the tricky part. Not to look like he's a token for the Republican Party but actually a force for the Republican Party.
KEILAR: Let's bring up the cover of "TIME" magazine. I want to get your response to this. He is actually dubbed as the Republican savior. I mean, talk about having a lot riding on your shoulders.
L.Z., do you think this is too much?
GRANDERSON: Well, you know, what he needs to do is remind people that he doesn't dictate what the headlines say. That he doesn't even get to choose the photos they use on the cover. And that, really, besides giving the interview, he has nothing to do with the image or that label that was placed on him. And I think he did a good job in terms of responding to that, saying, "I have one savior, that's Jesus Christ" -- returning the focus back to what's important to him and then going about his business.
NAVARRO: We have seen him go out on a limb on the immigration issue, go out of the political comfort zone. So I think he's doing things already. I don't like the expectations that are being built. I think he doesn't like them.
I -- you know, I think the use of the word "savior", or the words of, you know, Republican golden boy are frankly not useful and I don't think they're done to try to help him. I think they're done to try to cause controversy.
But I think, you know, when people hear Marco and hear his story, he really has a most compelling story to tell.
KEILAR: And at 10:00 Eastern, Democratic Congressman Jim Langevin of Rhode Island will join us to give us his thoughts on what to expect at Tuesday's State of the Union and also his effort to get fellow congressmen to give their guest passes for the speech to victims of gun violence.
Well, guess what new hot career path there is for women? In a word, animals. Here's CNN's Tom Foreman.
(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Nice cow.
TOM FOREMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Iowa State University is home to the oldest public veterinary college in America. But stop by and in minutes, you'll see the new face of the profession in students like Jessica Arnold.
JESSICA ARNOLD, VETERINARY STUDENT: Growing up, I had a big interest in cats and dogs and horses.
FOREMAN: And Katrina Backaus.
KATRINA BACKAUS, VETERINARY STUDENT: I have a lot of passion for this field and for this career choice.
FOREMAN: Women now outnumber men 3-1 in many vet schools throughout the country. And they outnumber them in clinics as well.
Katie Weigman --
KATIE WEIGMAN, VETERINARY STUDENT: I think our class is about 70 percent women, 30 percent men.
FOREMAN: It is a massive change for a profession that was once almost entirely male and that routinely refused to even consider women for the job.
DR. CLAIRE ANDREASEN, IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY: This is actual a heritage museum that goes through the history of veterinarian medicine.
FOREMAN: Associate Dean Claire Andreasen remembers being in a clear minority when her studies began more than 30 years ago.
ANDREASEN: I was really fortunate. I had fantastic mentors. No one ever told me no. No one ever discouraged me.
FOREMAN (on camera): But you are the exception.
FOREMAN (voice-over): Women are increasingly flooding many professional fields. Why? Some researchers say this is a result of legislation promoting educational equality. Some say it is simply because women are outperforming men in their studies. And some say it is a symptom of a broader societal change, or maybe all of those factors.
In any event, at Southern Methodist University, where sociologist Anne Lincoln has studied the phenomenon, she says men still hold majorities in many work places for the moment.
ANNE LINCOLN, SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY: But the wave is coming. And this is happening in medicine and in law and to a lesser extent, in dentistry. And certainly has already happened in veterinary medicine and pharmacy. FOREMAN: That means economic recovery, security and future prosperity of the country may rest much more than many people realize in female hands.
Tom Foreman, CNN, Ames, Iowa.
KEILAR: It is a star-studded evening, folks. So if you like red carpet, or if you just want to know what your co-workers are talking about tomorrow, tune in, because we're live at the Grammy Awards with the biggest names in music as they arrive there at the show.
KEILAR: Let's head straight to L.A. now where our Nischelle Turner has snagged the host of the Grammys, LL Cool J, right there on the red carpet.
Nischelle, how is it going?
LL COOL J, GRAMMYS HOST: Keep it within -- you know?
NISCHELLE TURNER, CNN ENTERTAINMENT CORRESPONDENT: OK. We are actually live right now.
KEILAR: Interrupting a conversation.
TURNER: They saw you, LL, on CNN. Brianna saw you and she said we've got the host of the Grammys, we have got to show LL.
LL COOL J: OK.
TURNER: We've got to let him talk to the folks at home.
LL COOL J: Thank you very much. I appreciate that.
TURNER: Yes. We were just talking about the Grammy dress code.
LL COOL J: Yes.
TURNER: And we were talking about the fact that, I'm not sure that these artists are going to adhere to the dress code. You think they may play ball.
LL COOL J: You know, my thing is, you know, whether they adhere or not, the reminder is good. Because there are families watching. And, you know, this isn't the Vegas version of the Grammys. And you know, it's not just, you know, the all male or all female review version of the Grammys. The kids are watching. So we clean it up a little bit. You know, you remind them. And then if they want to come in in, you know, convertible dresses, then so be it. You know? But at least we put it out there.
TURNER: We're getting close to show time. We know that Justin Timberlake is performing. We hear that Jay-Z may be performing with with him. We know they're sitting together. Can you confirm or deny?
LL COOL J: I can't confirm it. You know, Justin performed by himself in rehearsal. And I can't confirm anything other than that.
TURNER: Brianna, this guy has got a poker face. He's not letting anything go.
LL COOL J: I got -- I'm -- I'm almost like Gaga, I'm getting my Gaga on right now.
El Gaga? The poker face?
TURNER: Let me ask about Uncle L, because last year when I was talking to you, I said I want to see Uncle L up there on the stage.
LL COOL J: Right.
TURNER: Showing young kids how it's done. And you said, oh, I don't know. What about this year?
LL COOL J: This year I'm performing.
TURNER: You're performing?
LL COOL J: Yes. I'm performing and I have Tom Morello, Travis Barker, DJ Z-Trip and Chuck D of Public Enemy performing with me.
LL COOL J: So -- and we're doing a new song off my new album. So, you know, people will get a chance to, you know, hear what it's like when I get off the bench. I've been riding the bench for five years so they're putting me in the game so we'll see what happens.
TURNER: Put him in, coach. He's ready to play. Thank you, sir.
LL COOL J: Thank you.
TURNER: Have a good broadcast.
LL COOL J: Thank you. I appreciate that.
TURNER: All right. All righty. Thanks. OK.
LL COOL J: Lots of love. Peace.
TURNER: That's Uncle L. You don't get much better than LL Cool J, Brianna. Doesn't he look like he could be Benjamin Button? He just gets younger and younger.
KEILAR: I know.
TURNER: With every year that goes by.
KEILAR: He looks exactly the same. And Nischelle, I think it's important to point out that when you asked him if there might be a duet he didn't actually answer your question. And as we know as reporters it's often what is not said that is just as important as what is said.
TURNER: Right. And I have heard, and the word on the street, is that that could happen. And if I were a betting woman I think it just may happen. The song is "Suit and Tie." He's performing that song. And the song is a collaboration with Jay-Z. So if you put two and two together you may not get five.
KEILAR: All right. I think you're onto something. Nischelle Turner for us there on the red carpet. We'll be checking back in with you at the Grammys.
But first this just in to CNN. We have confirmed that there is a tornado on the ground in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. This is in southern Mississippi.
Terry Steed from the Emergency Management District in Hattiesburg said that there is damage. We're trying to figure out exactly how severe the damage is. The CNN weather team is working on the story. We will be bringing you more information as soon as we have it.
Of course we've been following other weather news. Tomorrow's commute is going to be quite frankly a nightmare in the New England blizzard zone. But who can think about that when there's so much sledding to do, right? I mean, this is the important thing to do today. Airborne right there. Good job.
Every county in the state got a record amount of snowfall this weekend. Cleanup crews in New York City, Providence, Hartford, Boston, there all working nonstop trying to get those roads ready for the commute tomorrow.
And a $1 million reward has been offered for the capture of renegade ex-cop Chris Dorner. Days of ground and air searches in the San Bernardino Mountains east of L.A. have failed to pick up his trail. This is after his burning truck was found in the area on Thursday. And police are actually now scaling back the search there. Dorner is described by the police chief as a, quote, "trained assassin." He is accused of killing three people over the past week, including a policeman.
Back now to entertainment news. It is "Les Miserables" like you've never seen it before. We'll shoe you the parody video that's gone viral.
KEILAR: In south Sudan a massacre during a cattle drive has left at least 100 people dead and hundreds of others missing. A heavily armed militia attacked tribesmen who were herding their livestock this weekend. Fourteen government troops who were protecting the herders are among the dead. The two ethnic groups involved in the battling over grazing lands and water rights.
A stampede at a train station in India killed at least 10 people today. The victims were crushed after someone fell from a platform bridge. Tens of millions of Hindu pilgrims are flocking to the banks of the Genghis River for the largest religious gathering which occurs every 12 years.
And a safety drill on a cruise ship went tragically wrong in Spain today killing five crew members. Reuters reports that cables snapped on a life boat causing it to plunge 65 feet, landing upside- down. Three more crew members were hurt. This happened while the Thomson Cruise Liner was docked at the port of La Palma in Spain.
And now a much lighter story that we have for you. Something that we just could not keep to ourselves, quite frankly. It's a got- to-see Web video. The parodies to the hit film "Les Miserables" and it's from beyond our borders. Bet you won't guess where it's from.
That's right. South Korea. And it features a talent -- the talent, I should say, of actual South Korean Air Force members.
I'm going to bring in CNN International editor Azadeh Ansari.
I mean, what in the world? This is -- this is a funny thing. And actually quite well done, I will say.
AZADEH ANSARI, CNN INTERNATIONAL DESK EDITOR: Absolutely, Brianna. And it's not going to win an Oscar any time soon.
However, I have to say that this has become the newest South Korean YouTube sensation. And I just less than a week since it's been released nearly three million clicks and views have been -- people have been clicking on this video. They can't wait to see it. And they're not professional actors. They're not -- you know, they are army servicemen who are re-enacting this version of "Les Miserables" which they're calling "Les Militaribles" which --
Pardon my French but it's --
KEILAR: You don't even have to speech that much French. Yes. With that.
ANSARI: But it's talking about -- this whole story line focuses on one airman's desire to stop shoveling snow so that he can be -- go back and see his girlfriend because when they're doing the service, when they're on active duty, you know, they don't see their family, they don't see their friends. And so let's take a look at some of the footage here. KEILAR: So that's better cinematography, I'm going to say, than most like iPhone videos that you're kind of seeing on the Internet. So -- I mean, why did they do the this? And it's paid for by the Air Force, right?
ANSARI: It's correct. So it was actually released by the Media and Content Division of the South Korean Air Force and was posted on their Web site and then it just blew up on YouTube more or less. But this whole production, believe it or not, was filmed in three days. Three entire days. That's it. But they spent a month practicing. And we just saw a clip here but the entire video tell us about 13 minutes long.
KEILAR: And this is --
ANSARI: But -- why they did it is to boost morale. Because they said, you know, it's not that bad being an army man in the South Korean Army, come on now. Look, we have fun.
KEILAR: So is it tongue in cheek -- I hope it's --
KEILAR: Sort of tongue in cheek there. Such a sob story, though, in a way they're trying to increase morale but pretty funny and well done.
Thank you so much, Azadeh. Appreciate it.
ANSARI: You're welcome, Brianna. You're welcome.
KEILAR: Extra security in Hollywood tonight for the big music night there. We'll be live at the Grammy Awards where police are using some extra precaution as that manhunt for an accused cop killer continues in the area.
KEILAR: Well, let's give them something to talk about, why don't we? Let's go now to the Grammys where Nischelle Turner has Bonnie Raitt.
Take it away, Nischelle.
TURNER: Wow. You know, Brianna, we have got a music legend with us today. Yes, we have Bonnie Raitt right here, who by the way we need to offer congratulations because you just won a Grammy in the pre-telecast. So you are already a winner tonight.
BONNIE RAITT, NINE-TIME GRAMMY WINNER: And so -- I wasn't expecting it. So I'm really -- these dimples are plastered in for the rest of the night. TURNER: You won for Best Americana album.
RAITT: Yes, my 10th.
TURNER: Your 10th Grammy.
RAITT: Yes. I'm very, very proud.
TURNER: Yes. Twenty-five nominations later, you're still making great music.
RAITT: And that we've had a really great year. People really responding because we went to on our own independent label. That's even sweeter so.
TURNER: And you -- you know, with being in this business for so long and seeing the way that music has changed, what do you think is going on now? Is there a resurgence now to making just really good music? Is the auto-tuning and all that stuff -- is that going away? Are people just singing again?
RAITT: You know, I think that -- the industry is just broadening out. I mean, Electronica, there's all kinds of, you know, bands that are experimental. There's crossovers between jazz and pop music in ways that there weren't before. And you know, kids are able to research if they like someone they can go back and see who Prince like, and they can see who that guy like, and they can go back on YouTube.
I don't know about you guys, but I barely get any sleep watching all that stuff late at night. And you know I think there's a really return with America to roots music. And there always has been, you know, focus on good singing and songs. I mean, look at Adele's. That's success. There's something about a great lyric and a great singer and a great melody that's always going to stand the test.
TURNER: Well, if you had to pass the torch to the next generation who do you think is doing it really right right now? Is it the likes of Adele?
RAITT: Well, Brittany Howard with Alabama Shakes. He toured up the other night. Doing that Bruce Springsteen song. I mean, we did Alicia Keys' benefit in New York in December and we got to sing the Sam and Dave duet. And, you know, there's just a whole bunch of women instrumentalists that are coming up that are -- that, you know, incredibly funky voices. Grace Potter I love. Susan Sadesky I love. There's -- you know, Melody Gardot, Lizz Wright. I mean, there are some fantastic artists that I -- that I'm listening to that I love.
TURNER: Well, I remember still that duet you did with Alicia at last year's Grammys and I just thought that was so beautiful. I like seeing you guys on stage together. A lot of girl power up there.
RAITT: I know. And we did -- we did "I Can't Make You Love Me" together at her benefit. And so that was beautiful.
TURNER: Well, congratulations again.
RAITT: Thank you so much. Good luck to CNN.
TURNER: Good luck to you. And thank you for hanging with us tonight.
RAITT: We're glad for still being here.
TURNER: Well, we're glad you're here, too.
RAITT: Thank you. Have a great night. Thanks, everybody.
TURNER: All right. Bonnie Raitt, who, Brianna, has one of my all time favorite songs, "I Can't Make You Love Me." I don't know a woman or a person out there who doesn't hear that song so many years later and still get touched by it. And Bonnie Raitt still winning Grammys.
KEILAR: I love that. It's so good to see her. I'm so glad that you snagged her and we're able to catch her on the red carpet there, Nischelle.
KEILAR: We'll be checking back in with you there at the 55th Grammy Awards.
KEILAR: See you in just a little bit.
Meantime, we're having a busy evening here at CNN. We're also keeping an eye on a report -- confirmed report, I should say, of a tornado that was on the ground in southern Mississippi. There is damage reported. The CNN Weather Center folks are working to go get details on this and sort out just how much damage there is. We'll be bringing that to you next.
KEILAR: We're following some severe weather in the south right now. And meteorologist Tom Sater is here with details.
Where is this, Tom?
TOM SATER, CNN METEOROLOGIST: Well, it stretches a number of states. This is the second system after getting dumped on in the generational storm, the first -- you know, the heaviest snow in a generation in the northeast, here's number two. This stretches from the Deep South all the way the Canadian border. And this one comes with severe weather. We have reports now, damage in the Hattiesburg, Mississippi area.
And if you see the line this has been our threat for severe weather for the daytime period from the afternoon hours into the early period, we have tornado watches that are in effect here. And we're going to run through this. But you can see significant lightning.
Now the rain has moved in Atlanta, but the severe weather with the tornadoes back in areas of southwest Alabama into southern and central areas of Mississippi. If we can get in a little bit closer here you'll be able to see exactly what we're talking about. In fact, as far as the models are going -- let's see if we can get until here. Here we go for you. We'll bring this up for you. You get an idea exactly of the tornado watches.
The watch box is in effect only for a short period of time. In fact let me run through some counties for you that we do have warnings now. In southwest Alabama it's Choctaw, it's Clark County, it's Washington counties. That's until 6:00 and that's Central Standard Time.
Then in of course in Forest County and Jones County, that's in fact in Mississippi here where we've had the possibility of tornadoes and again damage has been reported. We have received a few pictures. We're trying to get the clearance and we're going to show those to you soon. But it does look like we did have a funnel that actually did make it down, touched the ground to become a tornado.
We've had numerous warnings already earlier in the afternoon period into the early evenings and those were in advance of the system, but as this entire system slides, this is what we're starting to see.
Now these are pictures we're seeing for first time here and for the most part, yes, maybe a picture out of -- a funnel in this photo here. If we take a look at a few more -- there we go -- coming down. That is -- that's -- without a doubt, that's a tornado on the ground. Again, these are in the Hattiesburg, Mississippi, area. These storms have been moving to the east-northeast at 40 miles per hour. Reports -- and even up to near 45 to 50.
Now this is just one particular cell. There have been several in the area that are moving across this region. Get a close look. There's some of the pictures we can see. Our affiliate here WDA MTV is live on the air. Now notice the brighter colors here. Now this is significant. We're getting reports of even two inches of rain per hour with this. The same system is going to continue to affect this area into the evening period and overnight.
And that's the frightening thing, Brianna, is that we're going to continue to have these watches. The one in Mississippi will come to an end shortly. They will be extended throughout central and eastern parts of Alabama and most likely into Georgia. The same system is going to bring some rain to the heavy snow, of course, we had in areas in the northeast and that will be a flood concern in the hours ahead or in the days ahead.
But we're going to keep an eye on this for you. Again, this is all happening in the last several minutes and we'll keep you posted.
KEILAR: And Tom, is that alarming to you when you see that photo and it's so close to almost what looks like some supermarket.
SATER: Well, what's alarming and not only reports of damage, yes, but this -- we're getting into darkness now and that's the frightening period for many who live down there for the overnight period.
KEILAR: Sure. If there's more ahead, Tom, we'll be checking in with you, I'm sure, and also a story ahead that, Tom, you may actually like.
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