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Teens Wait To Learn Their Fate; Pregnant Coach & Driver Killed In Crash; Celeb Hacking Claims Investigated Pouring The Perfect Stout

Aired March 17, 2013 - 06:00   ET

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CHRISTI PAUL, CNN ANCHOR: From CNN world headquarters in Atlanta, this is EARLY START WEEKEND.

Want to tell you about a horrific bus crash that left two people dead and sends a college sports team to the hospital. We're going to talk about how a trip to a lacrosse tournament turned into such a nightmare for these folks.

And, strict diet regimen. Two a day workouts. Overall body consciousness. We're not talking about women, people. Why men are increasingly body obsessed.

And you know it's. St. Patrick's Day. Ever wonder why Guinness draft tastes better depending on your bartender. We're going to show you how to pour the perfect pint.

In fact, I saw a lot of people on the road this morning that I usually don't see. You out there celebrating? Good morning to you. Whether you're just getting in or whether you're just waking up, we're grateful for your company. I'm Christi Paul, in for Randi Kaye.

All right, we want to begin with you this morning in Steubenville, Ohio, because it's very odd on a Sunday, but we're just hours from now where two high school football players on trial for rape are going to learn their fate. Yes, it is verdict day today. The judge is expected to hand down his decision around 10:00 a.m. Eastern. We're talking about 17-year-old Trent Mays and 16-year-old Ma'lik Richmond, accused of raping a 16-year-old girl last summer. There are the defendants in court. The girl says she was too drunk to remember what happened to her. CNN's Poppy Harlow is following this case for us.

POPPY HARLOW, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Christi.

Well, after four long days of testimony, some of it very emotional, in the Steubenville, Ohio, rape case that has certainly caught national attention and some say divided this town, the fate of two teenage boys, Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond, now lays in the hands of Judge Thomas Lipps. The prosecution and the defense, on Saturday night, both resting their case after the alleged victim herself, that 16-year-old girl, took the stand for more than two hours, testifying to not remembering much of that night in August when the alleged rapes occurred. The defense and the prosecution both giving their closing statements. I want you to take a listen first to some of the closing arguments made by the defense. First you will hear from the attorney for Trent Mays, then the attorney for Ma'lik Richmond.

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ADAM NEMANN, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: No one calls the police. No one calls the alleged victim's parents. No one calls their own parents. No one even contacts anyone. Why is that? Are these all bad kids?

WALTER MADISON, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: And there's no DNA on Ma'lik Richmond anywhere. Anywhere.

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HARLOW: And the prosecution making its closing argument saying this is not a case about consent, but it is a case about severe impairment. How much did this girl know was happening to her that night. How drunk was she? Take a listen to part of what the prosecution said.

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MARIANNE HEMMETER, SPECIAL PROSECUTOR: This case isn't about social media. This case isn't about big red football. This case is about a 16-year-old girl who was taken advantage of, toyed with and humiliated. And it's time that the people who did that to her are held responsible.

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HARLOW: Now, this is a bench trial, meaning that it is the judge, not a jury, that will make the final decision. And if these boys are found guilty, the maximum sentence that they could face is until they are 21 years old because they are juveniles.

Christi.

PAUL: Poppy Harlow there in Ohio. Thank you so much, Poppy.

Again, we're expecting that verdict to come down at 10:00 this morning. We will bring that to you here on CNN.

Let's get to the latest troubles now for Carnival Cruise Lines. Take a look at some live pictures here, I believe. The Carnival Legend just arrived this morning at a Tampa port after its journey was sidelined by issues with the propulsion system. This is actually tape of when it happened. Those problems kept the vessel from traveling at top speeds. But again, it's in port now. Despite the issues, the company says this ship you're looking at there is going it be ready to sail again this afternoon.

And now to Pennsylvania. There's going to be a memorial tonight on the campus of Seton Hill University near Pittsburgh where they're remember their lacrosse coach, Kristina Quigley. She was killed, remember, in that team bus crash on the way to a game yesterday. CNN's national correspondent Susan Candiotti has some more details for us.

SUSAN CANDIOTTI, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Christi, there were 23 people aboard the bus carrying Seton Hill's women's lacrosse team. The team's head coach, 30-year-old Kristina Quigley, was six months pregnant with her second child and airlifted to a hospital, but attempts to save her and her unborn baby boy failed. Bus driver 61- year-old Anthony Guaetta died at the scene. The rest of the passengers were rushed to area hospitals.

The team's charter bus was heading east on the Pennsylvania Turnpike from Seton Hill in Greensburg, just east of Pittsburgh, on its way across state to a game in Millersville. State police say the driver veered off the road, hit a guard rail, went about 70 yards through grass and slammed into a tree. The front of the bus appears to have taken the brunt of the impact.

The bus company, Mlaker, says it is also investigating and issued a statement expressing its sorrow. We checked the company's safety record with federal authorities. There are no accidents shown online for the past two years. And the 40-year-old bus line has a satisfactory rating, the highest allowed.

Investigators are taking a look at everything, including the weather. Police say there was a mix of rain and snow at the time, but it's not clear if weather played a role. Authorities will be talking with survivors, those lacrosse players and other members of the team to see if they can shed any light on what happened.

There will be a mass tonight at Seton Hill University for the accident victims.

Christi.

PAUL: Susan Candiotti. Thank you, Susan, so much.

As she said, 22 of the 23 people on board the bus were transported to area hospitals.

We want to talk to Megan Silverstrim right now. She's with the Cumberland County Department of Safety. Joining us by phone, by the way.

So, thank you, Megan, for being with us. Do -- what do we know this morning about the condition of the other women that were injured in that crash?

MEGAN SILVERSTRIM, CUMBERLAND CO. DEPT. OF SAFETY (via telephone): Well, we don't know the conditions of all of the victims that were transported, but a good number of them have been treated and released from area hospitals and have been reunified with their parents and are back home.

PAUL: OK. So, where does this investigation stand at the moment? What do you know about that?

SILVERSTRIM: Well, county (ph) and state police are continuing to work with, you know, the witnesses and work with the Cumberland County coroner's office to look at all factors that could contribute to this. Also working with the bus company. So it's probably going to be a couple days until a clear picture is gotten, but they're working diligently to figure it out.

PAUL: Are many of the folks -- many of those girls who were in the hospital able to give details?

SILVERSTRIM: I mean, they will ask everybody what they remember. I don't know what details they were able to give. And, you know, they will try to get what they can from each person and try to put it together like a puzzle.

PAUL: Have you heard from federal investigators yet, too, Megan?

SILVERSTRIM: I'm not aware at this time of any federal investigators that are involved yet. That doesn't mean that they won't be down the road. But it's definitely a possibility.

PAUL: Have you talked to any folks at Seton Hill University and what they're saying about it and how this has impacting the community?

SILVERSTRIM: We were in constant contact yesterday with the folks from Seton Hill. And as you can expect, they are very saddened by this. And they're a small school and they're pulling together like a tight-knit community and working to get through this together.

PAUL: All right. Megan Silverstrim, thank you so much for keeping us up to date on what's happening there. Best of everything to you and your community there, as well.

SILVERSTRIM: Thank you very much.

PAUL: Now to the Vatican, where the new pope has just wrapped up his first Sunday mass. Take a look at the pope here as he's greeting some people there. Pope Francis has a big week ahead of him, too. But, again, this is coming from Vatican TV and we thank the folks there for bringing us these images. We can anticipate, obviously, a huge crowd to see him, not just now, but at 7:00 when he will give his angelus as well. That's the noontime prayer there.

He has a big week ahead of him, though, because tomorrow he's scheduled to meet with Argentina's president. Now, remember, the two have clashed before over the issue of same-sex marriage, which is legal in his home country. On Tuesday is his inauguration mass. And Saturday he'll meet with retired Pope Benedict XVI.

But, again, pictures for you there. And you can even see -- look at -- look at his image on the big screen there in front of the crowds. And, again, we will be bringing you some live pictures too of his angelus at 7:00 a.m. Eastern here when he will bless all of the folks there in St. Peter's Square. He'll come out of his apartment and bless them. So we'll bring that to you, as well. But -- oh, a woman there kissing his hand. It looks like that's what everybody's doing. That's protocol. But, boy, what a moment this is, not just for them, but for him. This man who so many people have said has shown humility and wanted to humble himself in front of the people that he believes he serves. So we'll bring you all the latest this morning and live pictures as we continue to watch what's happening there in Vatican City.

Meanwhile, politics now. The closing of the Conservative Political Action Conference, also known, of course, as CPAC, the darling of the last day was Sarah Palin. Here's the intro, in fact, from Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

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SEN. TED CRUZ (R), TEXAS: I would not be in the U.S. Senate today if it were not for Governor Sarah Palin. She is fearless, she is principled, she is courageous and she is a mama grizzly.

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PAUL: And, of course, Palin didn't disappoint with lines like this.

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SARAH PALIN (R), FORMER ALASKA GOVERNOR: Remember "no drama Obama"? If only. Now it's "all drama Obama." We don't have leadership coming out of Washington. We have reality television.

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PAUL: CPAC was a chance, of course, for Republicans to kind of lick their wounds from last year and set a course for the next election cycle, which meant looking inward, as well, at fellow Republicans.

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BRENT BOZELL, FOUNDER, MEDIA RESEARCH CENTER: These days, so many Republicans in this town, unfortunately, seem to understand conservatism and Ronald Reagan as much as Alec Baldwin understands temper management or Michael Moore understands elegance or Joe Biden understands anything.

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PAUL: Ouch. To wrap things up on the three-day conference, the people chose their new flag bearer with a straw poll.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Coming in first with 25 percent, Senator Rand Paul. But, right behind him, right at his heels, literally tied, virtually tied, Florida Senator Marco Rubio.

(END VIDEO CLIP) PAUL: And, by the way, here are the full results there. Rand and Rubio, obviously, up on top. Rick Santorum, although far behind, was in third place. Christie and Ryan there coming up along the path.

All right. The identities of some of the biggest names in Hollywood and politics, stolen. Never going to guess what was revealed.

Also, what are you drinking this St. Patrick's Day? We're going to show you how to pour the perfect pint.

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PAUL: Rising, but not quite shining yet, (INAUDIBLE) in Washington, D.C. There's a beautiful look at the Capitol there. And thank you all so much for spending a little part of your morning with us there in D.C. Thirty-seven degrees is your temperature right now. Going to get a high of 42. And you could see a small chance of showers. Just making sure you know what to expect from your day. But we're so glad to have you.

You know, high-profile celebrities, not just celebrities, we're talking athletes and politicians, even the first lady. The FBI and Secret Service are investigating a website that claims to have posted some of their personal information. Now, investigators are kind of keeping pretty tight lipped about this whole thing at the moment, but hackers claim to have details like Social Security numbers, credit reports and more. CNN's Brian Todd tells us more about this one.

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BRIAN TODD, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Mitt Romney, Tiger Woods, Chris Christie, new names added to a website's postings of what it claims are the personal financial records of people in public life. Their mortgage information, credit card debt. The alleged data on Christi shows he sometimes has a high American Express balance. His spokesman calls the breach a disturbing intrusion.

"We cannot verify that the information is accurate."

A law enforcement official tells CNN, investigators are looking into how the perpetrators got the data and whether it was hacked or not. The FBI, Secret Service and Los Angeles Police are all on their trail. I spoke with Michael Gibbons, former head of the FBI's computer investigation's unit.

TODD (on camera): How are investigators tracking these suspects?

MICHAEL GIBBONS, FMR. CHIEF, FBI COMPUTER INVESTIGATIONS DIVISION: The addresses of computers will lead you to other computers. They'll lead you to the little detail file names and snippets of files. And you may do forensic capture of whole computer systems looking for an exact piece of evidence from some other system across the globe.

TODD (voice-over): Two credit agencies, Equifax and TransUnion, confirm information on their clients was accessed. How easy is it for an impersonator to fake an inquiry and get data about you from a credit agency? I called for a free credit report to learn the type of information they ask for.

TODD (on camera): My mailing address is (INFORMATION DELETED). My Social Security number is (INFORMATION DELETED).

Just hung up with annualcreditreport.com. It was all automation. They asked for my full name, my mailing address, my date of birth and my Social Security number. For that, they did offer a security safe guard, asking me if I only wanted the last four digits of my Social Security number to be posted with this credit report.

TODD (voice-over): Online, they also asked me four challenge questions. It seems the people who exposed this information are confident they'll never be caught. On the website, they openly taunt their targets, posting pictures of Kim Kardashian and Tiger Woods crying. With the first lady's apparent information, a note. "Blame your husband. We still love you, Michelle." Here's the picture in Hulk Hogan's file. Hillary Clinton, ouch. Is there an arrogance to these suspects? Marc Maiffret is a former hacker whose now with a cyber security fund called Beyond Trust.

MARC MAIFFRET, FORMER HACKER: I mean there is an inherent ignorance to that. You know, we've seen that plenty of times with different hackdivists (ph) and related. You know, the hackers, that worry about more the folks that you don't hear from.

TODD: Maiffret says, when some hackers show their cockiness, their swagger, that can catch up to them. Why do they do it? Maiffret, who once hacked Pentagon and other government systems, says most of the time it's just to show they can.

Brian Todd, CNN, Washington.

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PAUL: That picture is just disturbing, isn't it? Brian Todd, thank you so much. We appreciate it.

All right, it's St. Patrick's Day, as if you didn't know. What better way to celebrate than with a pint of Guinness. That perfect pour can be illusive, though. We've got a handy guide to get you ready for the day.

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PAUL: Happy Sunday to all of you waking up in New York City. And that green colored Empire State Building. Happy St. Patrick's Day. You know that's what that's for. Along with that lunch of corned beef and cabbage, you might want a pint of Guinness. I would fall over if I had a pint of Guinness. This traditional Irish stout, known for its dark hewn and its white top. Pouring the perfect pint, though, no easy task. Which is why we're joined by editorial producer Nadia Bilchik, who's going to show us how it's done. So, all right, when we talk about the basics, I'm wondering, I came into work today and the traffic at 3:00 a.m. was ridiculous. So I'm thinking people started celebrating early. I will give them kudos. They had limos. There were a lot, you know, taxies out there. But why do so many people celebrate when, come on, we're not all Irish.

NADIA BILCHIK, CNN EDITORIAL PRODUCER: Well, we say -- yes, but they say everyone's Irish on St. Paddy's Day.

PAUL: Is that it?

BILCHIK: Did you know there are over 37 million Americans of Irish descent? That's almost six times the population of Ireland. And everyone's Irish. You know, even Obama's great, great, grandfather on his mother's side hailed from a village in Ireland.

PAUL: So we have an excuse to get (ph) it.

BILCHIK: Well, yes. We're all affiliated to something Irish. But as you said, what would St. Paddy's Day be like without the pint?

PAUL: Right. I couldn't drink a pint. I would be under the table if I drank --

BILCHIK: Well, if you do it right -- wait, if you do it right and really do it with the art and science of pouring the perfect Guinness, you'll feel fabulous.

PAUL: OK. So, school us on this, because I know you've learned.

BILCHIK: OK. So, first -- yes. You have to take the glass and you have to tip it at a 45 degree angle. That's the start.

PAUL: OK.

BILCHIK: And then when you do it on tap, what happens is the Guinness is then poured, like you're seeing it over there, right?

PAUL: OK.

BILCHIK: And then, once it's poured, and it takes a good minute and a half or so, you then pause completely so that -- can you see that kind of milky texture that you're seeing there, right?

PAUL: Yes. Y Es.

BILCHIK: Well, the whole idea is that that then has to change so that it looks completely dark.

PAUL: Look at how different that will look. OK. We see that on the video.

BILCHIK: OK. So you're seeing it there. But the idea is that it gets to the point that it's completely dark.

PAUL: Look at Nadia now. BILCHIK: There, can you notice what's happening as they're pouring it straight, but it's on tap as well.

PAUL: Yes.

BILCHIK: But it becomes murky. And then the idea is it becomes completely black and then you pause and wait until it all settles and then continue pouring.

PAUL: So that --

BILCHIK: So the idea is that this is the color. But you want a much foamier top, otherwise known as the white foamy head of the Guinness.

PAUL: All right. And last question. Is that really a meal in a glass? I mean some people have said that.

BILCHIK: Well, Guinness isn't allowed to say that it's good for you, but apparently old people in Ireland get told to please have a Guinness because it has vitamin b and antioxidants and all kinds of healthy (ph) stuff.

PAUL: Really?

BILCHIK: It's only 198 calories for 16 ounces, which is less than orange juice or milk. So we say slainte (ph), right?

PAUL: What do we say?

BILCHIK: Slainte, which is Gaelic for cheers and may good luck be with you wherever you go.

PAUL: Slainte. Amen to that to all of you.

BILCHIK: And your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow. Slainte.

PAUL: I love it.

BILCHIK: Happy St. Paddy's Day.

PAUL: Happy St. Paddy's Day to you. And you've got your green on. It looks great. I do have green earrings on, people. Please, don't complain.

All right, Nadia, thank you so much.

Coming up. We now know -- and this is so sad -- the names of the five U.S. service members who were killed last week in Afghanistan.

We also have for you the latest in the search for a promising teacher who seems to have just vanished in New Orleans.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK) PAUL: Up and at em. And thank you so much for sharing your morning with us. A special shoutout to our troops who are watching on the American Forces Network. We certainly remember you every day and we're so grateful for the work you do. Thank you. I'm Christi Paul in for Randi Kaye. Half past the hour right now. Let's get you caught up on what's happening in the world of news. CPAC wrapped up annual conference with a hockey mom and a straw poll. Sarah Palin fired up the audience with a spirited attack on President Obama, but as she went after members of her own party in Washington as well, who she says have lost touch. After Palin attendees - after Palin, I should say, attendees to CPAC picked their flag-bearer in the straw poll, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul finished first with 25 percent, Florida Senator Marco Rubio closed second with 23 percent.

We now know the names of five U.S. service members killed last Monday in Afghanistan. And I want to introduce them to you as we honored them. Staff Sergeant Marc Scialdo, Staff Sergeant Steven Blass, Chief Warrant Officer Bryan Henderson, Specialist Zachary Shannon and Captain Sara Knutson, all five were assigned to Hunter Army Airfield in Georgia. Their helicopter went down in a rain storm and officials are telling us there was no enemy activity in that area at the time. But certainly thoughts and prayers with those families.

A deadly scene, too, in a northern California race track yesterday. A 68-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy were killed when a car lost control and slammed into that pit area there. This was at Marysville raceway. The accident happened during warm-up laps.

And the race announcement described (inaudible).

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STEVEN BLAKESLEY, RACE ANNOUNCER: And I saw people scattering and my initial response was to make sure that driver was OK and when I saw people running so rapidly towards that area, I thought it was for the driver. And then I realized when I saw people performing, you know, CPR or whatever else on the injured, that there were people on the ground and then that's when your heart sinks. You know.

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PAUL: Event organizers, obviously, canceled that race, of course.

Now, let's get you to Homestead, Florida, where NFL free agent Donte' Stallworth and a female friend were injured in a hot air balloon accident. According to Miami police department, this balloon had crashed into power lines. The pair suffered severe burns and they are now at an area hospital. Now, Stallworth's agent says this accident will not affect his ability to play football.

And in Galt, California, which is just south of Sacramento, six people were shot during the drive-by shooting around 10:00 P.M. local time last night. All were hospitalized. A fire official tells CNN, though, some of the victims do have life-threatening injuries and authorities are investigating that shooting, but no details have been released yet. No other details yet.

Advanced sonar equipment is expected to be deployed tomorrow in the search for New Orleans teacher Terrilynn Monette. A 26-year old vanished two weeks ago. And that searchers had already scoured local canals and bayous with lower resolution sonar, but authorities tell us the new equipment can identify, say, a coke can about 1,000 feet below the surface. But Terrilynn Monette's black two-door Honda Accord is missing also. And that is one of the reasons that her mom is convinced she's been kidnapped.

Tony Englade spoke with CNN's Don Lemon.

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TONY ENGLADE, MOTHER OF MISSING TEACHER: Because I know my daughter was, she's still here. She's still here. I can't see thinking about her not being here. Me not see her face ever again. I can't see that. No, I can't. I'm not thinking about that. I'm thinking that someone is going to find her and someone is going to bring her back to me.

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PAUL: Oh, just holding out hope here. Monette was last seen March 2nd. Let me give you a little detail here, she was leaving a bar in a quiet New Orleans neighborhood after celebrating her nomination as district teacher of the year. We'll keep you posted on what we learn.

Well, of course, it's March 17th, which means that St. Patrick's Day. The city of Chicago celebrating today with an annual tradition. Yes, dyeing the Chicago River green. There they go. We're going to have more on the holiday, but later in the show, including some top Irish dancers with a bit of history on the dance for you.

Residents northwest of Denver can go back home now after an early season wildfire prompted evacuations. Now, this fire is largely contained at this point, but if the winds pick up, again, there could be more evacuations. Meanwhile, another round of winter weather is shaping up in the central part of the country. We want to go to meteorologist Alexandra Steele in the CNN weather center for a look at your Sunday forecast. I've had a lot of people tweet me and message me on Facebook saying, hey, we've got St. Patrick's Day parades today. Alexandra, how is it going to be for folks?

ALEXANDRA STEELE, METEOROLOGIST: Well, a lot of the big ones were actually yesterday and it was a good thing because we do actually have a lot of rain. And, you know, Christi just talked about the fire and it is a good thing. It is largely contained. Because look at the winds today. Today and tomorrow. Winds 20 to 25 miles per hour. So, exacerbating that fire in Ft. Collins. So, certainly, I think right now 45 percent contained. People have been allowed back home, but the winds will certainly be a factor.

All right, that's why a lot of the parades were yesterday, it wasn't because of the weather. But, certainly, here's what we've got. The stationary front and just along it, and north of it, really I-70's that corridor where we have got some snow. It's a wet, wintry mix. So, accumulations maybe on the grassy surfaces, but south of this, I- 64, we've got a lot of showers and thunderstorms and there's actually even the threat for severe weather south of that today and tomorrow. It's our last winter weekend, so it's kind of going out with a punch here for some. Here is what's going to happen today throughout the day. A wet day. St. Louis and Cinci. And then watch what happens through tonight. Kind of it splits off a little bit. So, tomorrow morning in the Ohio Valley, a wet commute. Here in the Mid-Atlantic, as well, Washington to Raleigh, we are going to see some wet snow and again, kind of a mix of sleet, snow and rain. And then, by tomorrow night, these two areas kind of phase together and, believe it or not, we could see kind of a substantial snow event Tuesday into Tuesday night in northern New England. Maybe from Burlington, Vermont, through New Hampshire. The green and white mountains. So hey, skiers, certainly not over yet. We're going to see that again in the northeast and northern New England this coming Monday and Tuesday period. A big picture today, there's that front. Again, showers in the southeast - cold, though, the northern tier of the country, 10 to 15 degrees below average. While it's really been very spring-like and thus the severe weather, showers and thunderstorms firing up. Next storm system coming in today, Seattle, Portland, also more snow here through the sawtooth range down and also warm temperatures here in the southwest today. So, a lot going on, Christi, in the world of weather.

PAUL: Obviously. Well, it's March. We never know what to expect.

STEELE: Yeah.

PAUL: Thank you, Alexandra, we appreciate it.

STEELE: Sure.

PAUL: All righty. All you men out there, who are watching, if you have body image issues and apparently the studies are showing us you do. Don't miss my next guest. He is going to share his secrets to building a better body and mind.

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PAUL: All right, basketball fans, grab your brackets and let the madness begin. Today is selection Sunday. That's when 68 lucky college teams find out if they've been picked to compete in the game's biggest tournament. Joe Carter has more for this hour's Bleacher Report. Hey, Joe.

JOE CARTER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hey, good morning, Christi. You know, a lot of teams are still battling for a few precious spots and depending on which school you are, selection Sunday, obviously, can be very rewarding, it could be agonizing and then it could be down right heartbreaking. The final game in the big east conference, as we know it, was a pretty good one. Number four Louisville down by 16 points to Syracuse, but then Louisville woke up, got hot and rallied back to win the game by 17 points. They're big east champs, again. But is it enough to earn the number one overall seed? We'll find out later today after the game. Louisville coach Rick Patino paid tribute to the first Big East commissioner Dave Gavitt.

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RICK PATINO: You know, Dave Gavitt was a good friend of mine, a dear friend and in his memory, this whole Big East was formed. So, for us to win as champions back-to-back like this, a real special.

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CARTER: You know, Kansas sure made a statement yesterday with their big win over Kansas State. The Jayhawks hammered their in-state rival to win the Big 12 title again. They may have also locked up a number one seed in the NCAA tournament. And they think they'll take the spot from Duke, which, obviously, had a very poor showing at the ACC tournament. Now, the end of the conference finals (ph) today are in the big ten, the SEC and the ACC.

Well, the sport of ultimate fighting is changing right before our eyes. Last month, Ronda Rousey became the first female to headline a fight, now should be a coach in the sport's top rated reality program. It's the first time the show, the Ultimate Fighter, will showcase a women's division. Best part, though, the men and women, the fighters there all be living under the same roof in a house in Las Vegas, which should provide plenty of reality TV greatness.

Philadelphia native Bret Bear (ph) got to live the dream yesterday taking the half-court shot, the Atlantic 10 Championship game. He nails the shot, but the celebration halted for a few minutes because officials had to make sure he didn't step over the half-court line. Bear (ph) said he felt like an NFL player waiting to see if he scored a touchdown. The Barclays Center, of course, went nuts for the second time and they said, he did, in fact, make the shot and he would be awarded $10,000. So they were up, they were down and then they were back up, again, Christi. Congratulation to him, 10 Gs.

PAUL: No doubt. Great reaction, too. And thank you so much, Joe, good to see you.

CARTER: You, too.

PAUL: You know, some people say all you need up until you're 17 is good parenting to be successful, right? After that it is good looks and a great body. Really, is that going to do? Some men, did you know this? They tend to calculate their success differently than women. According to lifestyle coach Day Adeogba. He also believes that some men have the same issues with their bodies as women do. So, thank you so much, Dave, for being with us.

DAY ADEOGBA, LIFESTYLE COACH: You're so welcome.

PAUL: What - what specifically do men - I mean you talked to a lot of them, you are a lifestyle coach. What are they to you, what are their biggest concerns that we don't know about? ADEOGBA: A lot of times men is confidence. You know, (inaudible) whether you noted that, a lot of confidence is emulated through our body. But one of the biggest errors I found with men is G, U, T, S. Guts. They've got a lot of guts, big bear guts, all kind of guts, adipose tissue, body fat, obesity, you name it. And that's all stemming from their core. So, it weakens their core, the integrity of their muscles. The whole thing show up and it really affects more about their life, too.

PAUL: Really. OK? So what is balance? Because I know, you know, you talk about balance, but you literally, you break it down.

ADEOGBA: Balance is a new paradigm in which you approach your health and fitness. A lot of people approach health and fitness in a 2D model. They think it's just fitness and nutrition. When it's actually bigger than that.

PAUL: OK.

ADEOGBA: Health and fitness is fitness, nutrition and consciousness, and so the balance start to kind of that - I call it the 3d model.

PAUL: OK, and you have got it right there, right?

ADEOGBA: Exactly.

PAUL: "B" is for breathing.

ADEOGBA: B is for breath, A is for aqueous solutions, or aqua, L, lengthens, when you stretch, how packed things like that.

PAUL: OK.

ADEOGBA: Next is anaerobic, strength training, (inaudible), you name it. That's all anaerobic exercises. And it's nutrition and supplementation. "C" is cleanse. That's a big, I call lug nut or building block that a lot of people miss, is cleansing. And the E is for energizing, sleeping, meditation, reading, affirming. That it comes as 360 health and fitness.

PAUL: OK, listen, now, a lot of women who are watching this right now going, I - meditation and getting my man to open up, I can't do that. How do we do that?

ADEOGBA: I like to say, you know, they are talking about what gets men motivated.

PAUL: Yes.

ADEOGBA: I used to have majority of women before I created this game called the balance game and what really got men stimulated and motivated is men like statistics. They like data and like know where they're at, they like to play a game. Women typically have a bigger consciousness. They know they need to feel better and look better and men are always playing some kind of game. That's what men typically think as long as my body helps me win the game, it doesn't matter what it looks like. But in turn, there is a lot of other issues going on. So, pretty much what gets them motivated is being an example. If you can walk and play at a high level, men love to play there's people who really play the game, whatever game they're playing. So, it's being an example and inspiring who they are, instead of motivating them.

PAUL: Interesting. Thank you so much for being here, Day. Great information, we appreciate it. Who knew that men could be as neurotic as we are sometimes.

ADEOGBA: So ...

PAUL: It happens to all of us, we know. We all have our moments. Than you, good to have you here.

ADEOGBA: Thank you, Christi.

PAUL: We've seen the news, Samsung Gallery, of course. There's another phone that is shipping out next week. We're going to tell you when in our week ahead calendar, coming up.

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PAUL: All right. We want to make sure that you're good to go for the week ahead. So, a lot going on for you on Tuesday. Let's look in here. March madness. And we are just talking about this. You basketball fans rather the first round of March Madness tips off in Ohio. Games continuing through April 8th. Also on Tuesday, by the way, Pope Francis. His installation ceremony at the Vatican and we know Vice President Joe Biden is going to attend. He is the first Roman Catholic to serve as vice president, by the way.

Also, on Tuesday, the ten-year anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. 408 - 4,000, rather, 802 U.S. and coalition men and women lost their lives there. So, let's move here to Wednesday, because President Obama is going to be off for the Middle East. This is his first visit to Israel as president. And he's also going to travel to the West Bank and Jordan, we know, as well.

Heading on into Thursday, our Arnold Palmer Invitational begins in Florida. All eyes on Tiger Woods, of course, who is going for his eighth win over there, I believe. And then Friday, here we go, the BlackBerry. Z10 starts shipping. This is the company's first Smartphone since completely overhauling their operation system. So, I want to do just something real quick here. Take you back, if we can, to President Obama on Wednesday. This is the start of his Middle East trip, as I said. Heading to Israel and what the White House is calling a listening tour. CNN's Athena Jones has more of what to expect.

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ATHENA JONES, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Barack Obama last visited Israel as the candidate during his 2008 campaign for the White House. Five years later, with a bloody conflict raging in Syria, rising tensions about Iran's nuclear program and a stalled Middle East peace process, the stakes are much higher. So, just what can the president hope to achieve?

HAIM MALKA, CTR. FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES: This trip is about managing Middle East problems. It's not about solving the problems. The president is going out to try to reach the Israeli and Palestinian publics and try to convince them that he is attune to their interests.

JONES: Convincing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to allow more time for diplomacy to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon will top the agenda.

OBAMA: I think Iran ...

JONES: In an interview with Israeli TV, the president insisted this approach is working.

OBAMA: We think that it would take over a year or so for Iran to actually develop a nuclear weapon, but, obviously, we don't want to cut it too close and what we're going to be doing is to continue to engage internationally with Iran understanding that we've set up the toughest sanctions ever. It's having a significant effect.

MALKA: That's going to be a tough sell, both to the Israeli leadership and to the Israeli public, which have been very suspicious and skeptical of the president's policies on Iran.

JONES: He will meet in the West Bank with Palestinian leaders to talk about economic development and the peace process. Though, analysts and White House officials say significant progress on that front is unlikely.

OBAMA: The only solution is for each side to recognize the legitimate interests of the other.

JONES: The president will also return to the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum to lay a wreath, view the Dead Sea scrolls, visit Bethlehem and deliver a speech to college students and other Israelis before departing for Jordan.

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JONES: The White House says the president is particularly looking forward to his speech to the Israeli people, much as he does here in the states, that president will be trying to shape Israeli public opinion on Iran and other issues by speaking directly to the public. Christi?

PAUL: All right. Athena, thank you so much, we appreciate it.

And as I mentioned earlier, this Tuesday marks ten years since President Bush announced "Shock and Awe" in Iraq and the war officially ended December 31, 2011, but you know, its effects still linger. Well, all day Tuesday CNN brings you the stories of those whose lives that were changed from diplomats to wounded soldiers to innocent Iraqi children. Here's a look.

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GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: At this hour, American and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to protect the world from grave danger. UNIDENTIFIED MALE (YELLING IN ARABIC)

BUSH: Major combat operations in Iraq have ended.

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CROWD: (YELLING IN ARABIC)

BUSH: By removing Saddam Hussein from power, America is safer and the world is better off.

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PAUL: Hey, I want you to listen to this sound track for a second.

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JAY-Z: I will tell you God's truth. God's truth about myself. I am the son of some very wealthy people.

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PAUL: Seems like an unlikely pairing, doesn't it? Mixing "The Great Gatsby's 1920s jazz with modern day hip-hop. Well, rapper Jay-Z whose song is already on the "Great Gatsby" trailer for the upcoming movie can also call himself executive producer of the soundtrack. He was called on by director Baz Luhrmann to produce and perform music for the film after star Leonardo DiCaprio introduced the two. So, that's something you can see.

Next, you know when it comes to sharks, we are often telling you about attacks. Not this time. Listen to this: white tip shark died after being placed in an outdoor pool for a Kmart commercial. This was in Los Angeles and a lot of animal rights activists are ticked off about it. The shark, you can see it here in this video, is not the one that died. But Kmart does say safety at commercial shoots is always of paramount concern. We do not know how that shark died.

Thank you so much for starting your morning with us, so good to have you here. We have got so much more for you on "CNN Sunday Morning" which starts right now.

Good morning. Top of the morning to you, shall I say. I'm Christi Paul in today for Randi Kaye. Seven o'clock on the East Coast, 4 o'clock in the West. You're either up early or haven't gone to bed yet, because you've been celebrating, right? Thank you so much for starting your morning with us. Hey, I want to get you right now to a historic moment. Live pictures from Vatican City. Pope Francis, the first Latin American pope in history is going to give here his first weekly blessing since becoming pope. Let's listen.

POPE FRANCIS (through translator): Brothers and sisters, good morning.

After the first meeting last Wednesday, I can greet you all again and be happy to be able to do it on a Sunday on the Lord's Day. This is important for us Christians to meet on Sundays and to greet one another to talk to one another as we are doing in the square, a square which thanks to the media is as large as the world itself.

On this fifth Sunday of Lent, the gospel presents the episode of the women caught in adultery whom Jesus saves from being to death and this shows the attitude of Jesus. We don't hear any words of censure or condemnation, but just words of love, of mercy, which invite to conversion. I, not even I condemn you. Go and don't sin any more.

So, brothers and sisters, the face of God --

PAUL: Again, take a look at -- I mean, you are getting such a look at what the pope is seeing, that mass of people in St. Peter's Square there. Of course, this is the Angelus prayer. The pope out of his apartment window, basically, of the Vatican, blessing the crowds there.

I want to bring in CNN senior Vatican analyst John Allen.

John, it was interesting. It sounds like the pope was just bringing in the biblical story of the women who was accused of adultery and how Jesus saves her from being stoned to death. What stands out to you with a pope today in the first of some of his events that we're seeing him in his true glory as pope?

JOHN ALLEN, CNN SENIOR VATICAN ANALYST: Well, first of all, Christi, the first thing that stands out, I think, is just the enormous crowd of people that turned out for this event. The Vatican estimated the other night the crowd at about 150,000 for his election. Today, it seems to most of us that it is substantially larger than that and I think that reflects the kind of appeal that Francis has had in his first three days as pope.

We're seeing a very humble, simple man who is not sort of shackled by the pomp and circumstance, the grandeur of the papacy, but is making every effort he can to reach out directly to people. Earlier this morning we saw him celebrate a mass for Vatican personnel, in the very small parish church in the Vatican, St. Ann's Church, and he stood outside afterwards and said hello to the people as they were leaving.

Now, that's a scene that plays out at Catholic parishes all across the planet today, Christi. Very rarely do you see a pope playing a part of a simple parish priest. And again, we're seeing this morning, Pope Francis speaking directly to the crowd, going away from his prepared, trying to establish that personal connection.

Christi, honestly, it's been remarkable to see this man sort of taking the world by storm. PAUL: You know, you bring up good points because we have seen glimpses of him kind of departing from tradition, tradition this far. You know, he wanted to stand on the same level, I know, as the cardinals. He refused to ride in a private car at one point. He wanted to be with the other cardinals.

How is that being received by, not just by those cardinals, but by the public? That shift.

ALLEN: Well, I think the public enthusiasm is overwhelming. And you saw a small taste of it this morning when he was leaving that small parish church to go back to the apostolic palace where he is right now for the Angelus. He sent the car away and decided he was going to walk on his own with, you know, the people who were with him. The crowd just erupted. I mean, applauding the dispatch of the car because it was another small sample that this is a pope that is not intoxicated with the trappings of office, but, instead, as much as possible, you know, wants to be a normal person close to other people. And I think the enthusiasm for that has been overwhelming.

I tell you, Christi, the one constituency that so far is a little more ambivalent is the Vatican security force because honestly he is driving them nuts. I mean, he is stepping off script wanting to be in direct contact with people. And, of course, the people love that and the guys that were charged with his protection on the other hand, you know, might be investing in heart medicine because I think there have been some palpitations in these early days.

PAUL: Oh, John Allen, boy, great way to put it, CNN senior Vatican analyst. We can imagine that's something that is certainly giving them a little bit of angst. Again, thank you so much, John, for being with us, as we watch the pope there.

Pope Francis giving his first Angelus at St. Peter Square.

Moving here to some politics for you -- the closing of the Conservative Political Action Conference known, of course, as CPAC. The darling of the last day was Sarah Palin.

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SARAH PALIN (R), FORMER ALASKA GOVERNOR: Remember no drama Obama? If only now it's all drama Obama. We don't have leadership coming out of Washington. We have reality television.

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PAUL: To wrap things up on the three-day conference. The people chose their new flag bearer with a straw poll.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Coming in first with 25 percent, Senator Rand Paul. But, right behind him, right at his heels, literally tied, virtually tied, Florida Senator Marco Rubio.

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PAUL: Yes, want to show you a better view there of the results. Rand and Rubio, obviously, on top. Rick Santorum far behind, but in third ahead of Christie and Ryan.

Let's go to Pennsylvania because there will be a memorial on the campus of Seton Hill University near Pittsburgh. They're remembering lacrosse coach Kristina Quigley, this woman. 30-year-old pregnant coach was killed when the team bus crash on the way to a game yesterday. Her baby also did not survive. I'm sorry to tell you.

The driver of that bus was killed, as well. The other 21 members of the Seton Hill University lacrosse team were taken to area hospitals. We understand some are still there this morning. But, boy, the impact of this is really being felt back on campus.

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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Counseling centers are open if they need to talk to anybody, because there's 23 people, 23 of our classmates that were affected by this.

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PAUL: And we talked to a county official last hour who said it could be several days before investigators determine the cause of that deadly crash.

And let's go on to the state right next door -- Ohio, Steubenville to be exact, where in just a few hours -- I know this is very unusual, but two high school football players who are on trial for rape are going to learn their fate. Yes, Sunday is verdict day for this group. The judge is expected to hand down his decision in about three hours at 10:00 a.m. Eastern.

Poppy Harlow live there in Ohio for this morning.

Boy, Poppy, what is it like there this morning? I know it's early, but very odd to have a verdict day on a Sunday.

POPPY HARLOW, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Christi.

It is. But this trial ran right through the weekend and we know that was coming, because this is a visiting judge trying this case, so there's no talk about any potential conflict of interest in this very small town because, as you know, this case has not only grasped the attention of the entire town, it's grabbed the attention of the nation and it's being talked about globally.

So, that's why we're getting a verdict on Sunday, but day four of testimony ended late last night, some of it very emotional. In this case, in this rape case, in Ohio, two teens Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond accused of raping a 16-year-old girl at a series of overnight parties back in August. Their fate now lies in the hands of this judge, Thomas Lipps. The prosecution and defense both resting their cases, giving their closing arguments last night after the alleged victim took the stand, this young girl, for two hours, testifying at one point breaking down and crying when she was shown a naked picture of herself from that night by the prosecution.

I want you to take a listen to some of the closing arguments. First, you're going to hear from the attorney from Trent Mays and then the attorney for Malik Richmond.

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ADAM NEMANN, TRENT MAYS' ATTORNEY: And there's no DNA on Ma'lik Richmond's anywhere.

WALTER MADISON, MA'LIK RICHMOND'S ATTORNEY: No one calls the police. No one calls the alleged victim's parents. No one calls their own parents. No one even contacts anyone. Why is that? Are these all bad kids?

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HARLOW: And, of course, the prosecution had their chance to make a final argument. The state of Ohio representing the victim here, the attorney general's office. I want you to take a listen to what they said because their argument here, Christi, is, look, this isn't a case about consent. This is a case about substantial impairment. How drunk was this girl on that night in August? Could she make any decision for herself?

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MARIANNE HEMMETER, SPECIAL PROSECUTOR: This case isn't about social media. This case isn't about big red football. This case is about a 16-year-old girl who was taken advantage of, toyed with and humiliated. And it's time that the people who did that to her are held responsible.

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HARLOW: Now, the judge is going to make the final call. There's no jury. It's a bench trial, because it is a juvenile case and because these are two juveniles, the maximum sentence they face, if they're found guilty, is until they're 21 years old. We may get a sentencing today if they are found guilty, Christi.

PAUL: Good heavens. Has this gone fast?

All right. Poppy Harlow, thank you so much for keeping us apprised and we'll keep you informed as to what that verdict is when it comes down. We expect around 10:00 this morning.

Now, investigators near Sacramento, California, are investigating a late-night drive-by shooting that injured six men. This happened in the town of Galt, which is south of Sacramento. But we're being told now that all of those men should be OK, after initial reports news that some of them suffered life-threatening injuries. So, that's the good news that they seem to be survivable certainly. Investigators believe the shooting, though, is gang-related and they are looking for four suspects now.

We're going to be right back.

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PAUL: Well, nothing like a bunch of fanatic runners to get us feeling like slugs this morning, right? You're looking at live pictures of the folks who are in the Publix Georgia Marathon and Half Marathon. It's 54 degrees outside. Good luck to all of them.

I think I feel like I have to go run today. Keep up with them. Good for them.

You know, speaking of St. Patrick's Day, music is a big part of the Irish tradition, of course. So is that very distinctive Irish style of dance, you know, the straight arms, the legs doing this quick move.

Let's learn a little bit more about this art because it's really expanding.

Irish dance master Karl Drake is with us, as well as the first Irish dancing champion from Mexico, Jose Mendoza.

Thank you, gentlemen, for being here with us. Good to have you here.

KARL DRAKE, IRISH DANCE MASTER: Thank you. Happy St. Patrick's Day.

PAUL: Happy St. Patrick's Days to you, too.

You know, Carl, what fascinates me is that you have established Irish dance competitions in Mexico and in China. How is it being embraced there?

DRAKE: The Chinese absolutely love Irish dancing and Irish dancing and music. With the success of Riverdance, they wanted to have a competitive side of dancing and I went there to teach dancing and they wanted a competition. So, I actually started the first competition in Shanghai last Saturday.

PAUL: Oh, just last Saturday?

DRAKE: Last Saturday, yes.

PAUL: You know, I have to ask you, Jose, I mean, an Irish dancer from Mexico. We wouldn't expect that, would we? How is it you got into the art?

JOSE MENDOZA, IRISH DANCE CHAMPION FROM MEXICO: Well, actually, when I was a little child, my mother used to show me the Riverdance videos. I don't know if you know Riverdance -- PAUL: Yes, yes.

MENDOZA: Yes, when I saw those videos, I was like really excited and I wanted to start doing this. I'm here eight years later.

PAUL: You know, we see this video of these little ones dancing. When did you start?

MENDOZA: When did I start?

PAUL: When did you start Irish dancing and how did you perfect it to become a champion?

MENDOZA: Well, actually, it was before high school. And I, how can I tell you? It's something difficult. It takes work.

PAUL: We're looking at video of you right now.

MENDOZA: Actually, that's me training in Mexico.

PAUL: It's quite physical.

MENDOZA: Yes. Of course, a lot of work, physical.

PAUL: You have to be really fit.

OK, you know, "Dancing with the Stars" is such a hit in America. I'm wondering, Karl, what does it take to be a top Irish dancer?

DRAKE: Dedication. These children practice before they go to school and they practice in the evening time. They travel to dance competitions and they have to be willing to give it 150 percent. It's total dedication.

PAUL: How much money do families have to invest in it as well, because it's not cheap, is it?

DRAKE: Unfortunately -- no, especially living in these areas where I'm teaching. In Atlanta, you have to travel to New York. You have to travel to California to compete, as well as the extra workshops.

But these parents love it and it's their tradition and they just absolutely love this dancing and they do whatever they can to make it work.

PAUL: All right. And, Jose, we're seeing you there, again, winning a competition.

Congratulations to you and I want to kind of step out of the way and let you guys lead us into the break with a little bit of dancing because, you know, I can't do this. So, please, Jose, go right ahead.

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PAUL: All right. College basketball fans, it is that time of year, again. I don't need to tell you.

March Madness beginning today with selection Sunday, which means 68 lucky teams are going to find out if they have been picked to compete in the game's biggest tournament.

Joe Carter joining me to talk all about it because he knows all about it.

Your bracket is probably all set, right? You're good to go?

JOE CARTER, BLEACHER REPORT: It will be tonight. And like last year, it will be busted in like a week and a half. So, I'm going to go with the strategy of picking the opposite. I'm going to pick a team and I'm going to pick the opposite and write in the pen this time.

So, yesterday --

PAUL: You're like Seinfeld.

CARTER: Yes. I love the Seinfeld reference.

PAUL: Say the opposite and it will work.

CARTER: So, yesterday, we had 13 teams essentially punch their ticket or earn their spot into the NCAA tournament. One of those teams was Louisville. They had a second half to comeback to beat Syracuse. It was the final game in the Big East conference, as we know, because they're splitting the conference up.

And this is a really good game. Louisville was actually down by 16 points at one point. They rallied back and ended up winning the game by 17 points. So, obviously, a big shift for them. They're Big East champs, again. But the question is as we head into tonight's selection show, is did they do enough to earn the tournament's number one overall seed? It's quite the honor if they did.

Kansas State, they made a statement yesterday with a big win over -- excuse me, Kansas with a big win over Kansas State. The Jayhawks, they hammered their in state rival to win the big 12 title. They won it in some nine years. So, they may have also locked up the number one seed in the NCAA tournament. A lot of people think they will take the number one seed from Duke because Duke was bounced after one game in the SEC tournament, and the other big conference finals today that people are going to be paying a lot of attention to. That's the Big Ten, the SEC and the ACC.

So, Liberty, since we're speaking about top seeded schools, we'll now shift to Liberty. It's a school most people have never heard of but they are actually in the NCAA tournament. They clinched their ticket like a week ago. They're actually The second school in history to get in with 20 losses.

PAUL: Wow.

CARTER: Liberty won the Big South tournament which gives them an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.

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DALE LAYER, LIBERTY HEAD COACH: We do less coaching and less firing kids up this time of the year. They deserve this because they worked, they've got great character. They hung in there when probably lesser men would not have and I'm really, really proud of them.

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CARTER: So, you know, you get the honor of getting in the NCAA tournament as a small school with 20 losses but now you have the most likely play the best team, or one of the best teams in all of college basketball. That's the reward anyhow.

PAUL: People like underdogs, too.

CARTER: It's a good Cinderella story, but I don't know if they have enough to beat the number one seed. It's never happened in the NCAA tournament that a 16th seed has beaten the number one seed.

PAUL: Yes.

CARTER: So, anything is possible, obviously. It's exciting this time of year. I like how everybody -- the camaraderie in the office. You know, everyone is kind of into it.

PAUL: Everybody is talking about it.

CARTER: With the pools and whatnot, so it's cool.

PAUL: Saying yes, I one upped you, I got that one. And here we go.

Joe Carter, thank you so much.

CARTER: Thank you.

PAUL: So good to see you this morning.

And hey, for all of you college basketball fans, you can test against your bracket skills against CNN anchors. Just go to CNN.com/brackets. See if you can beat them.

You want to own a piece of history? Well, a Titanic discovery, there's your hint, with a legendary story. It's been authenticated by experts and it's for sale. We're going to show you what it is, next.

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PAUL: Good morning to you. Happy St. Pat's Day.

Hey, CPAC wrapped up their annual conference with a hockey mom and straw poll. Sarah Palin fired up the audience with a spirited attack on President Obama. She went, though, after members of her own party in Washington, as well, who she said have lost touch. After Palin, rather, attendees to CPAC picked their flag bearer in a straw poll. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul finished first with 25 percent. You see the whole pole there. Florida Senator Marco Rubio was a close second with 23 percent.

OK, now, some stuff that you got to see. If you know much about the Titanic, legend has it -- I realized this -- that the band, of course, played "Nearer My God to Thee" as the ship sank. We knew that much well. According to ABC News, the violin whose owner played that song was discovered in a British man's attic. And it's been authenticated by experts.

Apparently, after years of testing, sea water composites proved to be compatible with other items that survived. However, the final proof was the engraved silver plate on that instrument connecting it to its original owner, Wallace Hartley. And here's what I hadn't known, he died in that disaster, along with more than 1,500 others in 1912. Well, the violin's current interest in selling the instrument and he says the offers are pouring in. Can you imagine how much that's going to go for?

Something you have it see here off the coast of Seattle, Washington. Little fellows are just -- look at too cute for TV. A few sea lion pups decided to hop on and take over a wind surfing board, so the owner mounted a camera to catch the invasion. Isn't that adorable? Just something to make you smile this morning.

I'm going it see you back here at the top of the hour.

"SANJAY GUPTA, M.D." starts right now.