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Kerry in Tokyo for N. Korea Talks; Tension High Before N. Korean Holiday; 33 Dead in Peru Bus Crash; Kobe Rants on Facebook
Aired April 14, 2013 - 08:00 ET
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ALISON KOSIK, CNN ANCHOR (voice-over): From CNN headquarters in Atlanta, this is CNN SUNDAY MORNING.
North Korea is about to mark the birth of its founder. So, will the country celebrate with a nuclear strike? We'll have a live report from the region?
She made a portrait of the pope and now it's drawing international headlines. We'll talk to the artist who's making a lot of people angry.
And it's the rant that rattled the sports world. What Kobe Bryant said on Facebook about the injury he fears could end his career.
KOSIK: Good morning. It's Sunday, April 14, I'm Alison Kosik, it's 8:00. So glad you're with us.
We begin this morning with a mounting crisis in Southeast Asia. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Tokyo for the final stop of a mission aimed at tamping down tensions over North Korea. He's pushing for a diplomatic solution to Pyongyang's explosive threats and he's stressing that the region of the future of the world and the region depends on it.
Here's what Kerry said just last hour.
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JOHN KERRY, SECRETARY OF STATE: But our choice is to negotiate. Our choice is to move to the table and find a way for the region to have peace. And we would hope that whatever considerations or fears North has of the United States or of others in the region that they would come to the table in a responsible way and negotiate that.
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KOSIK: And our Diana Magnay is in Tokyo this hour.
Diana, what else did Secretary Kerry have to say? DIANA MAGNAY, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Hi, Alison.
Well, I think one very important caveat that he had promise that, you know, this was now the time not for this war of worlds anymore, but some of negotiation, was that North Korea should come to the table but only if they showed a commitment towards getting rid, dismantling their nuclear program.
And I think one very interesting thing that came out of this whole tour, Secretary Kerry started in Seoul, he went to Beijing yesterday, today in Tokyo, with this sort of huge advance that he made with Beijing where essentially he managed to secure a commitment from them that they were as a matter of national policy committed to a denuclearized Korean peninsula, which means that now, all four countries, China, South Korea, Japan, and the U.S., will over the next few days get together at a very high level and try and work out a framework to get North Korea back to the negotiating table.
So that really was the thrust of his press conference with the foreign minister today in Tokyo, Alison.
KOSIK: So, Diana, what's been North Korea's reaction to Kerry's trip?
MAGNAY: Well, so far he hasn't -- North Korea has not been able to respond. That only happened to this press conference.
But it's fairly nuance. So, for example, he was in Seoul on Friday. That very day, North Korea and the North Korean news agency came out with another threat against Japan, saying that if Japan provoked it in any way at all, it would strike Japan before any other country, accusing Japan essentially of sort of imperial ambitions and trying to re-conquer the Korean peninsula.
Now, the Korean prime minister has said she would like to try and negotiate talks with North Korea. Their response to that has been to not exactly put them off the table. They've basically said, you know, they sort of ridiculed the request but they didn't rule it out all together.
So that is sort of where we stand slightly toned down rhetoric from North Korea, but we wait to see what their response is to the statement from Secretary Kerry here in Tokyo.
KOSIK: OK, Diana Magnay reporting from Tokyo, thank you.
And North Korea is holding its hard line. Just today, it rejected a request by the South for dialogue, this as Pyongyang gears up to celebrate the country's most important holiday. April 15th is the birthday of North Korea's late founder Kim Il Sung.
Now, his grandson, Kim Jong Un, is supreme leader. Many wonder if he'll use his grandfather's birthday to make good on his explosive rhetoric.
(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) JIM CLANCY, CNN INTERNATIONAL ANCHOR: Kim Jong Un has not been seen now in two weeks. The rhetoric has cooled. No one expects the North to embrace this dialogue with the south immediately. For now, it appears the North is willing to simply change the subject.
(voice-over): North Korea began marking the birthday, the "day of the sun" as they call it, for founding father Kim Il Sung. Sitting at attention workers party loyalists faced a massive portrait of their great leader and listened to glowing recollections of his rule. No one smiled. After all, he has been dead for almost 20 years, but everyone applauded.
Off-camera even the rhetoric aimed at Pyongyang's critics was relatively muted. The puppet forces, meaning South Korea, let reptile media slander the North and the biggest festival of our people's day of the sun, said one statement. Conservative groups in South Korea mock the Kim family dynasty.
And for them the rebuke this time could be considered mild. It warns simply the group of traitors will be wiped out to the last man.
Most South Koreans on the other hand ignore the huge celebrations staged every year in the North in favor of spring outings to shop, see friends and enjoy the weather. The atmosphere in South Korea is very good, one young man told us, because President Park had a good conversation with John Kerry the other day and they talked about peace.
But a young woman weighed in saying, "I worry because Kim Il Sung's birthday is coming up and I expect some action. I just watch the news. Our situation here is very unstable.
(on camera): There is a need for dialogue in the peninsula. Everyone knows it. Kim Jong Un included.
But the North continues to warn, as long as the South has an attitude of confrontation, it's not going to be possible. Everyone it seems is going to have to wait.
Jim Clancy, CNN, Seoul.
KOSIK: This morning, police across Europe are on an international manhunt after a brazen prison escape. French authorities say Redoine Faid he held four guards hostage at one point and used explosives to blast his way through five prison doors.
Now, an arrest warrant has been issued in 26 countries with his name on it. He became notorious for his dramatic style in several armed robberies before going to prison. Police say Faid is armed and dangerous.
At least 33 people are dead after a bus packed with passengers, many of them doctors and nurses, careened off a cliff and into a river in Peru. You can see the mangled wreckage in this video. State media reports the death toll may rise. It happened near the city of Trujillo, north of Lima.
An update now on Saturday's plane crash in Bali. Investigators are trying to determine how and why the plane overshot a runway and landed in the ocean. As spokesman for Lion Air says the plane was new and had only been flying since March.
Amazingly, only one person was injured when that plane went into the ocean. Eighteen others were taken to the hospital as a precaution. More than 100 passengers and crew members were on board.
Texas authorities investigating the murders of two local prosecutors have arrested this man after searching his house Friday. Eric Williams is charged with making a terrorist threat but not with anything related to the murders. William was a justice of the peace in Kaufman County until he was convicted last year of stealing public property. The slain prosecutors Mike McClelland and Mark Hasse handled the case. Williams' lawyer has said he's innocent.
In Florida, a port Canaveral police sergeant has been fired because he had shooting targets that resembled Trayvon Martin. Martin was a Florida teen shot and killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in February of last year.
CNN affiliate WESH reports that Sergeant Ron King brought the targets to a gun range and offered them to other officers.
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JOHN WALSH, CANAVERAL PORT AUTHORITY: He offered one of our other officers a target that was the profile of Trayvon Martin. The officer rejected that and told him to, you know, that he should put those back in his car and shouldn't even possess something like that.
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KOSIK: Officials in Port Canaveral plan to apologize to Martin's family.
For the first time in months disgraced former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has made a public appearance alongside his father. He appeared at a Rainbow PUSH gathering yesterday.
The Reverend Jesse Jackson spoke about his son's upcoming sentencing for missing campaign funds, his health and offered his support.
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REV. JESSE JACKSON, PRES., RAIN PUSH COALITION: We kept a very low profile, not much of a comment because we did not want to interfere in any way with the legal process. Needless to say, our family loves Jesse Jr. very much. We stand with him. We love him very much.
(END VIDEO CLIP) KOSIK: Jackson Jr. didn't address the crowd, but his attorney did ask everyone to call the judge in his case and plead for leniency before he's sentenced in June.
Just ahead, penalized but not out. Tiger Woods is chasing his fifth green jacket on the course in Augusta. We're going to take you there live.
Plus, Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant taking to Facebook to vent his frustration about the injury that will keep him sidelined for months. He doesn't hold back.
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KOSIK: Some sad news for Lakers fans around the world. Kobe Bryant is out for at least six to nine months, and the most serious injury of his 17-year career. The 34-year-old tore his Achilles tendon Friday despite undergoing successful surgery to fix. He's expected to miss most of the 2014 season.
Bryant reacted with disappointment on Facebook. Look at some of what he posted, saying, "This is such B.S., all the training and sacrifice just flew out the window with one step that I've done millions of times. The frustration is unbearable, the anger and rage. Why the hell did this happen? It makes no damn sense.
Now I'm supposed to come back from this and be the same player or better at 35? How in the world am I supposed to do that? I have no clue. Do I have consistent will to overcome this thing? Maybe I should break out the rocking chair and reminisce on the career that was.
May be this is how my book ends. Maybe father time has defeated me. Then again, maybe not."
Bryant is the NBA's fourth all-time leading scorer and he currently ranks among the top three in scoring this season, averaging 27.3 points.
Now to golf, it's the final day at the Masters, one of the sports biggest tournaments. Although there are some unfamiliar names at the top of the leader board, Tiger Woods is in the mix after being penalized in his quest for his fifth green jacket.
CNN sports anchor Patrick Snell is live in Augusta, Georgia. So, Patrick, what is the latest?
PATRICK SNELL, CNN SPORTS ANCHOR: Thanks, Alison. Yes, good morning to you. Welcome back to Augusta.
Tiger Woods upstaged in golfing circles on Saturday. Brandt Snedeker, the relatively unheralded American is co-leader at the season's first major. Let me tell you a little bit about him. He is a five-time PGA champion. He is a U.S. Ryder Cup rookie from last season making his debut for the American team at Chicago.
As far as this event is concerned, he has good pedigree too. He was tied for third here five years ago.
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BRANDT SNEDEKER, TIED FOR THE LEAD AT 7-UNDER: I had no clue what I was doing in 2008, none, had no game plan. No idea of when to be aggressive, when not to be aggressive. How to play this golf course the way you're supposed to play it. I have a completely clear focus of what I have to do tomorrow.
Clear set of goals I need to hit. I do that, I'm going to have a chance to win this golf tournament.
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SNELL: Snedeker tied for the lead at 7-under par with Argentina's Angel Cabrera. It should be a great final round -- Alison.
KOSIK: All right. Let's talk drop gate for a moment. What's going on with Woods and how did he play after losing those two strokes after hitting from the wrong spot?
SNELL: Drop-gate. What a great name. Spot-on there.
He played well. He played solid. He stayed in contention. He has got four shots to make up though. So he has some work to do, but I like the way he came out on Saturday. He birdied the first hole. It was an aggressive looking Tiger Woods as though he had a point to prove.
Bottom line, he was assessed that two-shot penalty and he did inadvertently at least signed for a wrong score card, but he took full advantage of a rule change, a tweak to the rules back in 2011, which after discretion of the ruling committee here in Augusta allows him to stay in the tournament, though some feel he really should have disqualified himself.
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TIGER WOODS, 4-TIME MASTERS CHAMPION: None. Under the rules of golf I can play. So, you know, I was able to play and they say go ahead. I don't ever go on the Internet during tournaments like this. There's a lot of stuff said. I stay away from the media. And I was surprised that, you know, what had transpired. Evidently I made a mistake and incurred a two-shot penalty shot.
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SNELL: Woods says he has work to do. Just a reminder, Alison, he's four back as he continues his quest for a 15th major title. KOSIK: OK. Patrick Snell, thank you.
The National Hockey League is reaching out to the lesbian, gay and transgender athletes, encouraging them to get on the ice. Look at their new ad.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If you can skate --
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You can skate.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If you can shoo --
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You can shoot.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If you can score --
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You can score.
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KOSIK: This is part of a partnership between pro-hockey and the You Can Play project, which pushes of inclusion of LGBT athletes. This marks the first time a major pro sport has made inclusion an official policy.
Coming up, a campus politician's mouth gets him in hot water. Now here's the Kleenex and the apology.
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JIM GILE, SALINE CO., KANSAS COMMISSIONER: I certainly didn't mean to offend anyone. And I certain --
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KOSIK: Wait until you hear what he said that has some calling for his resignation.
KOSIK: So, they won't admit it, but most politicians, they love publicity. But it seems more and more are getting it for all the wrong reasons, basically for saying stupid things.
Two weeks ago, Alaska Congressman Don Young used the term wetback in his speech. He apologized and got hammered by Republican leaders. But not everyone learns from Young's highly publicized slur.
A local politician in Kansas went down the racial slur this week and now, he's apologizing too.
Samantha Anderson of affiliate KWCH has the story.
(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) GILE: I certainly didn't mean to offend anyone. And I certain -- I think -- I apologize for making the mistake and fully recognize what I did wrong.
SAMANTHA ANDERSON, KWCH (voice-over): The mistake that county commissioner Jim Gile, using a racial slur in a previous county commission meeting. He was talking about repairing a roof when he said --
GILE: I guarantee it would be the same if you go to the (EXPLETIVE DELETED) rigging it.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What did you say, Jimmy?
GILE: Afro-Americanizing it --
ANDERSON: Gile claims this is not a word that's usually in his vocabulary.
GILE: I don't use it at all. It's just one of those things -- it was there and I don't know why it came out.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He's not that kind of a guy. He's not like that.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I'd like him to resign. That's how he could earn my respect. And the respect of my peers and my peers of every color.
ANDERSON: Christina Humphrey (ph) spoke at Tuesday's meeting, revealing she voted for Gile. She talked about her disappointment.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Recently, Commissioner Gile used the most horrible word in the English language. I never use that word because it tells of the time of hatred and ugliness in our nation. And it truly hurts my heart.
ANDERSON: The commission decided despite Humphrey's pleas, they want Gile to remain in his position.
KOSIK: Thanks to Samantha Anderson for that report. Gile's remarks had been condemned by the Kansas Republican Party and the Kansas Young Republicans. Both have issued statements distancing themselves from the 69-year-old county commissioner.
So tomorrow's Tax Day, but the president and the vice president, they're not worried. They've already filed and released their tax returns. Tax forms show the president and First Lady Michelle Obama earned $608,611 last year. The first family saw their income drop slightly because sales of the president's books decline. The Obamas paid a little over $112,000 in taxes and gave about $150,000 to 33 different charities. Vice president Joe Biden and his wife Jill reported income of just over $385,000. They paid $87,851 in taxes.
Now, I'm pretty sure the president and vice president, they played it straight on their tax forms this year, but this next bunch I'm thinking not. We're looking at some wild and crazy tax deduction stories.
Here are five favorites from bankrate.com that caught our eye. Let's count them down.
Number five, a Texas man deducts a smokestack of all things that sits on his property as a charitable donation to the city because it's considered a local landmark. Guess what, he's able to write-off more than $100,000. Good for him.
Number four, a California businessman who owns a string of pie shops tries to expense his lunch because he says he ate pies for dessert to study the ingredients for research. But that didn't fly with the IRS. Nope.
Number three, a Texas landlord is also unsuccessful when trying to deduct his dog's vet fees explaining he used his dog as his security system for the various properties he owned.
Number two, an elderly woman tries deducting costs for a swimming pool because her doctor told her it was good therapy for her knee. It turns out the pool didn't belong to her. It was her son's. And had absolutely no connection to her except, of course, for the swimming.
OK, finally, the number one craziest deduction, a retired New York lawyer unsuccessful tried to claim prostitution as a medical expense deduction calling it sex therapy and a positive health benefit. How's that for an audit flag?
Here's something to remember about all of this, these are actual true stories shared by CPAs
Coming up, the new portrait of the previous pope some are calling profane, it's not the picture but the palette that has people so upset.
KOSIK: Welcome back to CNN SUNDAY MORNING. I'm Alison Kosik. Bottom of the hour now.
Here are five stories we're watching this morning.
Number one: just hours from now, North Korea's most important holiday of the year, April 15th, the country's founder Kim Il Sung. His grandson, Kim Jong Un has put the world on edge with his missile threats. And many wonder if he'll use his grandfather's birthday to make good on the rhetoric.
Number two, detainees at one Guantanamo Bay detention camp have been separated and isolated in individual cells following attacks on guards. The detainees used improvised weapons to go after the guards but no one suffered serious injuries.
Number three, Venezuelans head to the polls today to pick a new leader less than six weeks after President Hugo Chavez's death. It will be the second presidential election in almost seven months. Chavez ruled Venezuela for almost 14 years and won re-election last October. More than 18 million Venezuelans are registered to vote.
Number four, Louisiana's Manda, the meat packing company, has extended a recall of their meat products to 13 states. It's due to possible listeria contamination. The recall includes 460,000 pounds of meat sent to retail delis.
Number five, a third Republican senator is publicly announcing their support for a new background check bill. NBC reports that Maine Senator Susan Collins says she'll vote to expand background checks for gun owners. Collins made the decision after meeting with families of Newtown shooting victims.
Secretary of State John Kerry is in Japan this morning. He's wrapping up a trip to Southeast Asia. It's designed to try to curb tensions over North Korea. Kerry went to Seoul to reassure South Koreans that the U.S. has their back. And he has some strong words for Beijing on his swing through China.
Let's bring in Athena Jones now from Washington.
Athena, what did Kerry accomplish on this trip?
ATHENA JONES, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Alison. Well, after Secretary Kerry's meetings in China he came out with some pretty positive language. He said both the U.S. and China are committed to resolving this situation with North Korea peacefully, that both countries want to work toward a peaceful denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and that both countries are calling on Pyongyang to end -- to not take any provocative steps that could further destabilize the region.
This is important because the U.S. sees China as North Korea's main ally in the region. And there's been concern that China isn't really using its influence to get Kim Jong-Un to stop this, to dial back, I should say, this bellicose rhetoric, this warlike rhetoric we've been hearing.
Now when Kerry arrived in Japan he met with the Japanese foreign minister and he talked about what the U.S. and its allies and China, how they want to see the situation resolved. Let's listen to that.
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JOHN KERRY, SECRETARY OF STATE: We would hope that whatever considerations or fears the North has of the United States or of others in the region that they would come to the table in a responsible way and negotiate that. We are confident that we can address the concerns with respect to their security and find ways together with China and the Republic of Korea and Japan and Russia and the members of the six-party talks, we can find a way to resolve these differences at a negotiating table.
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JONES: Now Senator Kerry has also said that no options are left off the table, but the ultimate goal here is peaceful resolution. And as I said, they want to see North Korea end its nuclear program. They want to see a denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. This is the only way they think that they can bring stability to the region -- Alison.
KOSIK: So, Athena, what -- at this point what is the White House saying about the situation moving forward?
JONES: Well, the White House, if you ask them, they said they we're constantly monitoring the situation. Those are the key words we hear. Their goal is to end this peacefully. They are open to talks. And so this is why Secretary Kerry has traveled over to the region to try to diffuse the situation. White House officials here are still closely monitoring it -- Alison.
KOSIK: All right. Athena Jones at the White House, thank you.
Coming up at 9:00 a.m. on "STATE OF THE UNION," Senator John McCain joins Candy Crowley on the North Korea threat. That's at the top of the hour right here on CNN.
I want to show you something. Look at this portrait of Pope Benedict. Do you notice anything odd? Up next we're going to tell you about the message behind the portrait and the very unusual material used to make it.
KOSIK: The Republican National Committee has voted to reaffirm its stance opposing same-sex marriage. Members at the spring meeting in Hollywood also urged the Supreme Court to uphold the sanctity of marriage. The move comes after social conservatives were outraged that the GOP may be softening its tone on same-sex marriage in an attempt to attract younger voters.
And recently two Republican senators came out in support of same- sex marriage. Mark Kirk of Illinois and Rob Portman of Ohio who has a gay son. But Republican Congressman Matt Salmon of Arizona also has a gay son and says he does not support same-sex marriage. His son told CNN's Anderson Cooper that they still have a good relationship.
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MATT R. SALMON, SON OF REP. MATT SALMON: No matter what our differences in opinion are, we just have to love and support each other. And since then our relationship has really grown stronger. And I've watched as my dad has just really been a huge supporter of me. And, yes, he doesn't support gay marriage, but that's no reason that I shouldn't love him or just accept him for who he is. ANDERSON COOPER, HOST, CNN'S "AC 360": Do you hope he changes his position?
SALMON: I do. I hope that he changes his position. And -- I mean, for me I hope to get married some day. And so I hope that I have that support.
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KOSIK: Salmon also expressed disappointed with the RNC saying it's sticking to, quote, "old views."
For today's "Faces of Faith" we're talking about how former Pope Benedict is becoming the face of condoms. Actually, his face is made of condoms in this controversial two-sided portrait by artist Niki Johnson. It's inspired by comments Benedict made in 2009 when he said AIDS in Africa cannot be stopped by distributing condoms and said condoms could actually increase the HIV problem.
Over three years the artist took 17,000 colorful condoms, spent 135 hours unwrapping and unrolling them and spent another 135 hours weaving them through wire mesh to make her statement. Now she's hoping it can help further prevent HIV.
Niki Johnson joins me now from Milwaukee.
Niki, your portrait has made headlines around the world. Did you expect this kind of attention?
NIKI JOHNSON, ARTIST, "EGGS BENEDICT": Oh, no, not at all. It's been a complete surprise. And a welcome one.
KOSIK: What exactly is the message that you are trying to send?
JOHNSON: Well, I believe our world leaders are responsible to support public health. And I'm hoping that through making this piece to engage a -- to engage further conversation about the importance of preventing HIV/AIDS.
KOSIK: Now some people have called it disgusting. Some are calling it a publicity stunt that is really just making headlines. How do you respond to that?
JOHNSON: Well, also there's been quite a bit of support. There have been people who have said that I have been brave to make a piece like this because it is a challenging subject.
KOSIK: Do you think it's going to have the impact you're intending?
JOHNSON: I'm hoping so. In fact, I've just decided to put a percentage of the proceeds towards benefitting a nonprofit that helps with HIV -- that helps with preventing HIV so that -- so that the message of the piece can go further.
KOSIK: You know, some may say this is really disrespectful. JOHNSON: That's true. There are also a lot of people who think that it's time to have this conversation. In fact, there's very little power an artist has over the type of reception their work will have. And this piece has traveled across the world in a viral way over the past month. And I've done interviews with numerous forms of media in many languages.
KOSIK: OK. Niki, so you finished the portrait the week Pope Benedict resigned. Now there's a new Pope, Pope Francis has a history of opposing contraception. How does that make you feel?
JOHNSON: Well, I have always hoped that, you know, there's always room for change and always room for adopting policies that help the most poor, which are women and children. Family planning is a great way to limit the size of family and to promote people being able to better their lives.
KOSIK: In a CNN/ORC poll in March 76 percent of U.S. Catholics, they said the Pope should allow Catholics to use birth control. So clearly people don't agree with these teachings. Do you still think your message is still relevant?
JOHNSON: Well, I think it is relevant because of the way that this story has been embraced by the world. I absolutely think it's time for this dialogue. And I think that because of the timing in the pass over of the role of being Pope from Benedict to Francis that it gave an opportunity for the voice of question to come forward.
And I think that 76 percent of Americans that were polled -- American Catholics, is a great statement towards the type of change that people here would like to see.
KOSIK: All right. Niki Johnson, thank you so much for your time.
JOHNSON: Thank you.
KOSIK: Graffiti like this has ruined the landscape at one national park, so why are taggers flocking to this one place? We're going to tell you coming up.
KOSIK: Good morning. I want to get you ready for the week ahead.
On Monday it's Jackie Robinson Day, the celebration of the day in 1947 that Robinson became the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball. All the players on Monday, there it goes, are going to be wearing Robinson's number 42 in his honor.
Also on Monday is Kim Il-Sung's birthday. North Korea's marking the anniversary of the country's founder and grandfather of Kim Jong- Un. There are some who fear it could be the day North Korea performs one of their missile tests. On Wednesday Margaret Thatcher's funeral will be in London. Demonstrators are expected to protest the former conservative prime minister. And there's even a bizarre campaign to get the "Wizard of Oz" song, "Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead" to hit the top of the UK music charts.
Thursday rock and roll hall of fame is going to be in focus. Famed inductees are going to be honored in Los Angeles. Rush, Heart, Donna Summer, they're among the inductees.
Come along with me to Saturday. International Cannabis Day for some people, that is, Colorado where adults can now privately smoke weeds as expected to host the country's biggest pot rally.
You won't find any rallies at California's Joshua Tree National Park though. If you do, they're probably going to be angry ones. Officials have been forced to close some areas until the end of the month because of rampant graffiti. And park officials believe social media may be filling the vandalism.
People are posting pictures of their work at the sites and the trend is taking off. Vandals who are caught face a $5,000 fine and up to six months behind bars.
Did you know Facebook is in a bit of a social media slump these days? And the competition is beginning to catch up. Just take a look at these top sites. Teenagers rank as the most important. YouTube is now just as important to teens as Facebook compared to the same time last year.
So what's happened here? What's happened to Facebook's popularity? I spoke with tech expert Carley Knobloch who gave us some clues.
CARLEY KNOBLOCH, FOUNDER, DIGITWIRL.COM: Since the beginning of time teenagers abhor hanging out anywhere where their teenagers are, and once grandma gets to the party, it's over. So they're really victims of their own success. I think they obviously have to let in all kinds of demographics in order to grow and be successful, but that's turning off a lot of teenagers who are flocking to newer sites like Red Head and Snap Chad and Vine, which is Twitter's six-second video sharing sites.
KOSIK: And so is this sort of the beginning of the end for Facebook? I mean, can we read it as sort of the doom and gloom?
KNOBLOCH: Well, I think Brands which obviously supply Facebook with all their revenue in terms of advertising are going to have a big problem. They really need to, you know, with marketing and social media a big part of marketing is being a part of a conversation. So they want to be around when teenagers are discussing their purchasing preferences and be right there to engage with them.
So if teenagers are not there at the table at all to have the conversation, it's going to be a big problem for these teen-targeting brands.
KOSIK: Yes, talk about --
KNOBLOCH: And a lot of these new --
KOSIK: Go ahead, I'm sorry.
KNOBLOCH: Yes. I was just going to say social sites that teens are flocking to don't yet support advertising or they're just now starting to roll it out. So it's a little bit of an unknown entity for these brands.
KOSIK: Yes, I mean, you talk about teen's purchasing power, It's -- according to research True Insights, it's already reached $800 billion. So advertisers, they are paying attention to these trends. It is a big deal, right?
KNOBLOCH: Absolutely. And, you know, gone are the days when Facebook was for young people and early adopters. Now people are frustrated by the barrage of advertising. And they're sort of frustrated too with the invasion of privacy. So, you know, and at the end of the day teenagers are fickle and it just might be time for them to move on.
KOSIK: Dogs and peanut butter, they're always good for a laugh, especially when they're eating it with their fingers? We'll tell you what's behind the sloppy scene next.
KOSIK: And those temperatures are just part of the weather story today. For others there may be snow in the forecast?
Karen Maginnis, what are we going to see today?
KAREN MAGINNIS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Yes, snow, and that's the first taste of spring across the Dakotas.
KOSIK: Yes. MAGINNIS: Yes, they have really been suffering, I read one report where one of the big box hardware stores was saying it has been snowing in North Dakota for six solid months. Well, last year in Bismarck the temperature was in the 60s. For today we're going to be below the freezing mark. Lots of snow especially along Interstate 94 corridor. Going right across the state, six to inches Six there could be some locally, heavier amounts. Take a look at this.
Yes, we've got snow all across this area, but in northeastern sections of South Dakota this is what we're looking at. A chance of a wintry mix, maybe some ice or maybe some freezing rain, but it's going to be blown around. Could see 30-mile-an-hour wind gusts. The temperature right now in Bismarck, 26. Don't expect it to rise much above that. Minot is reporting 23, but it feels like 13 degrees outside. Yes, this is supposed to be spring. Not so much.
All right. This is a view across the radar region. In the north central great plains where snow is going to be problematic for drivers. Already travel alerts have been issued whereas in Omaha and extending into Des Moines some thunderstorms have broken out. And Chicago, don't get used to those fairly mild temperatures because it looks like as we go into the workweek those temperatures take a nice nose dive dropping off a good 20 degrees.
All right. We start Monday off with a threat of severe weather extending from St. Louis to Joplin. It's just a little bit further towards the west Oklahoma and into Texas but Texas but Tuesday and Wednesday, could see a fairly out break of severe weather encompassing the northeast sections of Texas into Arkansas.
Well, Minneapolis go some 42. Temperatures in the 40s, Chicago 72 degrees today, But going from Monday into Tuesday, temperatures '50s and then back into the 40s.
Here's that severe weather threat going from Sunday into Monday. Out ahead we've got that warm air coming up from the south. On the backside it is snowfall.
And, Alison, we look ahead and it looks like we could see another round of snow midweek.
KOSIK: Ugh. No more snow, Karen Maginnis, thank you.
MAGINNIS: All right.
KOSIK: Now let's go to some video you got to see. This is a kind of story we don't blink, don't turn away because you could miss the action. Look. The video was taken in a fisherman's kayak off Hawaii. Watch the left side of the screen now, he's trying to reel in a tuna when, boom, jaws. Jaws shoots out of the water. Yes, he does. The shark missed the tuna the first time. So then it circled back, came back, bumped the kayak and took it. Here's what an expert thinks, he thinks it was a 10-foot tiger shark.
If you're wondering, the fisherman he kept his cool, he kept on fishing caught a nice mahi-mahi right in that same spot. Everybody loves a good animal video and this one has all the earmarks of a classic. Now this dog isn't the first to get his jowls all sticky with peanut butter, but wearing his dinner jacket? Our Jeanne Moos takes a look.
JEANNE MOOS, CNN SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Why make a sandwich when you can eat peanut butter straight out of the jar?
TREVIN SPENCER, VIDEOTAPED DOG EATING: It's so funny.
MOOS: The dog's name is Odin, the guy laughing is the cameraman and the hands handling the spoon belong to Odin's owner. And if you think the cameraman's laughter is contagious, just imagine being there.
SPENCER: I was basically crying behind the camera laughing so hard.
MOOS: At least Trevin Spencer could see the action. His roommate and the dog's owner, Ashlin Parker, was underneath the green jacket with her head covered.
SPENCER: She was kind of crouched down hiding behind Odin and her arms are reaching around Odin.
MOOS: The dog himself was wearing a white shirt and vest for the shoot at home in Spokane, Washington.
(On camera): So what inspires someone to make a dog in a suit eating peanut butter video? The answer is two dogs dining with much better manners.
(Voice-over): These two waited patiently for their dinner and actually used silverware to eat, not to mention napkins. They even fed each other. The video that inspired Ashlin and Trevin was uploaded a little over two years ago. When the viewers cried fake, the masterminds put out another video revealing their technique.
Ashlin and Trevin decide to re-make the doggie dining classic using peanut butter, an arrested K-9 cinematic history. As one commenter posted, "I'm watching a dog in a suit eating peanut butter. What am I doing with my life?"
(On camera): And what did you do with the leftover peanut butter?
SPENCER: It's actually back in the fridge.
MOOS (voice-over): Waiting for Odin the German Shepherd when he wants seconds. Careful what you eat out of their fridge.
Who cares about peanut butter and jelly? We prefer peanut butter and German Shepherd.
Jeanne Moos, CNN.
SPENCER: It's so funny.
MOSS: New York.
KOSIK: And that'll do it for me. Thanks for watching. "STATE OF THE UNION" with Candy Crowley starts now.