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Watertown Shootout Details Revealed; Tropical Cyclone Mahasen Turns North; Tornadoes Rip Through North Texas; Miami Heat Advance, Oklahoma City Thunder Go Down
Aired May 16, 2013 - 08:00:00 ET
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KRISTIE LU STOUT, HOST: I`m Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong. And welcome to News Stream where news and technology meet.
Now we are tracking two devastating storm systems this hour. Bangladesh and Myanmar are preparing for more driving winds and torrential rain from Tropical Cyclone Mahasen.
And in the United States, what looks like a deadly tornado tears a path through the state of Texas.
Plus, the night police confronted the Boston bombing suspects, it was amid a hail of gunfire. Later in the program, we will dig deeper into what happened that night in Watertown.
A powerful cyclone is bearing down on the coast of Bangladesh right now. At least four people have already been killed. And the United Nations warns that millions could be at risk.
Now the storm called Mahasen is lashing the region with heavy rain and wind gusts of up to 90 kilometers an hour. The United Nations says the Bangladeshi government ordered a million people to evacuate ahead of the cyclone. And authorities in neighboring Myanmar also trying to relocate tens of thousands of people. But efforts there are proving to be more challenging.
Now our senior international correspondent Dan Rivers is in Yangon in Myanmar. He joins us now live. And Dan, what have you learned there about the storm?
DAN RIVERS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, it appears that the storm veered slightly further north than they were anticipating about 24 hours ago, which means it`s gone fairly close to the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, between sort of Dhaka and Chittagong. And thankfully for the people, tens of thousands of people in IDP camps in Myanmar, has avoided those very vulnerable people. It was looking like it was going to make a direct hit on that area of the Rakhine coast in western Myanmar, but now it seems it veered slightly further north.
They are still nevertheless in Myanmar being hit by very heavy rain and some winds as well with very rough seas. But at the moment our sources up there are telling us there`s no sign of any massive structural damage or any reports of casualties so far. But of course people are being cautious because these are very remote communities, many of these people living in impromptu camps. And these are the Rohingya people who are not recognized as citizens by either Bangladesh or Myanmar. They`re sort of stuck between these two states in these camps, some of them run by the UN. And very difficult conditions at the best of times, let alone when there`s a cyclone bearing down upon them.
Earlier on, I spoke to the UN humanitarian coordinator in Myanmar Ashok Nigam, who gave me a sense of who they are preparing for this crisis.
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ASHOK NIGAM, UN HUMANITARIAN COORDINATOR FOR MYANMAR: Some of these people were not in proper shelter early. They will need shelter. They will need food. They will need water and sanitation. They will need healthcare.
Accessing these people would be another issue. But we hope that we can gear up very quickly and very fast. We have prepositioned supplies and we are with the authorities. We are working very closely in very close coordination. So we hope all of this will help in the immediate response after the cyclone.
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RIVERS: They`ve learned enormous lessons from Cyclone Nargis in 2008, which of course you`ll remember Kristie I was here for that, and the response then by the military hunta as it was, was really to try and prevent aid agencies in many parts from delivering aid. They were worried about that eroding their authority, I suppose. This time, things are much different. There`s much more cooperation and coordination between the Burmese government and the international aid agencies.
It`s not perfect by any means, but it`s a lot better than it was five years ago. They`ve prepositioned a lot of aid up there. They told me they`ve got 4,000 tons of rice ready in that area already, which would be enough to feed about a quarter of a million people for a month.
So they`re very well stocked. They`re in a good place. Nothing can stop the weather, but they can certainly do everything they can to clean up afterwards.
LU STOUT: You know, it`s good to hear that there have been lessons learned there in Myanmar since that devastating cyclone back in 2008. Now you`ve been reporting that it sounds like initially Myanmar may have been spared the worst of the storm, but details are still coming in. And there have been concerns, Dan, that the displaced Rohingya Muslims, they may be vulnerable here.
Now we don`t know their situation yet, but does the government of Myanmar have the resolve to help the Rohingya during and after the cyclone if they need that help?
RIVERS: Well, it kind of depends who you talk to. The UN and other more official bodies here are saying, yes, that the Burmese government have been doing a lot to try and help these people offering army trucks and so on, escorting their boats from some of these vulnerable coastal areas. Some of the other NGOs I`ve been in touch with have said don`t believe a word of it. They haven`t really been doing it as they could.
But a lot of the Rohingya are very mistrustful of the army anyway, because of the long history of repression and of being denied citizenship and so on. They`re fearful as well of continuing ethnic violence. There`s been a lot of very terrible scenes up in this area of Rakhine state with villages being burnt down, with people having been forced into camps really kind of confined to these camps and unable to leave, surviving on the handouts of aid agencies and the UN.
So, it`s a complex picture. It`s not simple. What I think is clear, though, is that this is a different situation to Cyclone Nargis five years ago where we were looking at a much stronger cyclone. We didn`t have the complications of it hitting an area of IDPs where there`s, you know, ethnic strife and so on.
But I think this time, because of the changes that have come about in Myanmar, President Thein Sein is due to meet President Obama on Monday. I mean, that in itself is a sign of just how much things have changed. Many of the sanctions are being lifted here.
So there is a real sense that we`re not in the same place that we were in 2008.
LU STOUT: That`s right. You were also reporting live on our air quite openly during this coverage of Cyclone Mahasen, not the case back in 2008 during Cyclone Nargis.
Dan Rivers joining us live in Yangon, thank you very much indeed for that update.
Now let`s get the latest on the cyclone`s movements right now. We have Mari Ramos tracking the storm for us from the world weather center -- Mari.
MARI RAMOS, CNN WEATHER CORRESPONDENT: Hey, Kristie, yeah, you know when we talk about tropical cyclones and where they`re going to hit, we always give you that cone, that area we shade it into purple, that margin of error where the storm can actually go farther to the left or farther to the right.
I think this is a perfect example of preparing for the worst. And, you know, hoping for the best. And those areas that -- that Dan was reporting from, they did get -- they didn`t get the full brunt of the storm, but they are getting some rain associated with this system. And then also they`re getting in some wind at times. And there`s still the potential of flooding along the coast. So that`s still going to be a concern, especially when you think about how many of these people are living in some substandard housing, in tents in many cases and difficult conditions in the best of times, as he said, and especially with that approaching tropical cyclone.
Notice also the moisture trailing all the way back down here to the south, kind of related to the tropical cyclone as it brings in a lot more moisture here from the Bay of Bengal. Some of this rain, by the way, will be locally heavy. So because he -- the potential for flooding and embedded within these thunderstorms, you could get some strong winds as well, nothing like a tropical cyclone, but enough that could, you know, maybe down some trees, could maybe down power lines and it could cause some problems.
Now the storm itself has weakened. What happens is when they move over land, they tend -- you know, they lose that contact with the water and they kind of shred apart, especially when you think about how high the mountains here are farther to the north. But there is still the potential for some heavy rain at times with this weather system.
And remember that we`re talking about some very low lying areas that flood very, very quickly. All of these rivers that feed down here into the Bay of Bengal, there`s people that live all along those areas and it`s hard to get information as to, first of all, what happened there, what`s going on there and if those people were able to move out of the way, that`s going to be one of the major concerns in this region as the storm continues to move northward. It should start to fall apart very quickly.
I do want to show you this, Kristie, this is -- I`ll tweet this address a little while later if you want, but this is all of the refugee camps, all of the shelters I should say, that have been opened -- not refugee camps, shelters that have been opened along this area all along Bangladesh all the way down to the Myanmar border. And just information like this is such a huge difference compared to what we had back in 2008.
Back to you.
LU STOUT: Yeah, Mari, and please do share that map online to all our viewers who are watching this right now and a lot to cover this day weather wise. Stay right there for just a moment, Mari.
What looks like a tornado outbreak in north Texas has killed at least six people.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Oh my god.
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RAMOS: The night of terror. It also damaged or destroyed dozens of homes. And one neighborhood alone more than 100 homes have been flattened. 14 people are missing, scores are injured. CNN`s Victor Blackwell reports.
VICTOR BLACKWELL, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Take a look at this.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Go!
BLACKWELL: Video from a storm chaser in North Texas Wednesday night. And this -- this is what a tornado looks like in the dark, lit up by lightning.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Just pray to god as loud as you can.
BLACKWELL: That`s what the man did when the storm hit. He rode out the storm with his family in his bathtub.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You could see the whole roof collapsing. You could see the twister just there facing you. It`s horrible.
BLACKWELL: Officials say it hop scotched through the area touching down and lifting up as it cut through North Texas. As the storm passed, reports of injuries and fatalities came in.
SHERIFF ROGER DEEDS, HOOD COUNTY, TEXAS: I`ve had information that people were found in homes. They were hard hit, those homes I`ve been told were collapsed, destroyed, as they were probably hit by flying debris.
BLACKWELL: Those who could made their way out of their homes while crews worked to free people trapped inside buildings.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The top of the hill, you could tell where the tornado went through directly because it`s just wiped out. Trees gone, houses completely demolished.
BLACKWELL: Officials sent school buses to the hardest hit areas to help with the evacuations as residents cope with losing everything in an instant.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: There`s just nothing left, I`m sorry. There`s just nothing left.
LU STOUT: Well, riveting and frightening detail of those deadly storms there.
Let`s bring up our Mari Ramos once again from the world weather center. And Mari, again, at least six people died from these suspected tornadoes. Why was it so destructive?
RAMOS: You what, these tornadoes hit a densely populated area there just south of the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. And, you know, Kristie, sometimes you`re going to get these intense weather systems that move through. It`s possible that there was more than one tornado, actually, that moved through this area. And you can see right over here that line of storms that formed and, you know, if this had been a little farther to the north we`d be talking about much more serious damage, this huge metropolitan center here in North Texas. So Granbury was one of the hardest hit places.
I want to show you some pictures, because it`s really amazing when you see this kind of damage. Look at that, those homes, large buildings completely destroyed by this tornado. So, they`re concerned. Now that we`re getting the first day-time pictures, now that the sun has come up in this part of the world, they`re starting to really get a sense of how widespread the damage is along some of these areas.
Those houses completely destroyed. You know, people did have some warning that the tornado was coming, so hopefully they were able to take shelter. Like you said, at least six people have been killed. There are still about a dozen people unaccounted for. And authorities are very concerned that -- of what they may find.
Now, when you look up images like this, Kristie, just gives you a sense of how quickly this kind of thing can happen.
And I want to remind people that tornadoes are not exclusively a U.S. phenomenon, they can happen in almost any part of the world. And so the best thing I can tell you is be weather aware. Not every place in the world is going to have those sirens that we heard in that report just a little while ago. When you are in a situation where there are going to be, or there could be the potential for severe weather -- for tornadoes, for strong winds, you do need to take shelter away from windows, the lowest level of your home.
We heard in the report that family rode out the storm in a bathtub. That`s a god place, usually because of course there`s no windows in your bathroom, or many bathrooms. And they`re in interior hallways.
But pictures like this are extremely scary. And, you know, it`s amazing that not more people were hurt. There are no more severe storms for this area, but as we head into the weekend, there is the concern that we could have more severe weather with our next weather system that`s coming along. And we`ll be monitoring that with that with warm and humid air coming in Saturday, Sunday and Monday. There is the potential of some severe weather moving across the central plains yet again.
But those pictures, wow, really amazing.
LU STOUT: Yeah, very dramatic, first pictures of those homes completely gutted by the storms there in North Texas. Mari Ramos with the very latest, thank you very much indeed. Incredible.
You`re watching News Stream. And still ahead here on the program, Turkey`s prime minister heads to the White House. And talks are widely expected to focus on Syria`s civil war.
And she is one of the few people who know first-hand what it`s like to be held captive for years in a house. Natascha Kampusch offers advice to three women recently rescued from captivity in the U.S. state of Ohio. And we have her story in her own words ahead.
And speaking out against racism on the pitch, Italian football star Mario Balotelli vows he has had enough.
LU STOUT: Welcome back. You`re watching News Stream. And this is a visual representation of the major stories we`re covering today.
Now earlier, we brought you an update from Myanmar, which is being hit by Tropical Cyclone Mahasen. And later, we`ll take you back to Boston one month after the deadly marathon bombings there.
But now to this man, a Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who will meet with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington later today.
Now the prime minister is set to press the White House to arm the Syrian opposition. Now Turkey and the United States have long been allies, but as Ben Wedeman reports, this time Mr. Erdogan may face an uphill battle.
BEN WEDEMAN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: He`s the strongman who catapulted Turkey to the pinnacle of regional leadership. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has overseen a booming economy, championed the Palestinian cause, backed a revolt in Egypt and Libya.
But in Syria, where he`s been the most outspoken supporter of the bloody uprising, he seems to have miscalculated.
YASEMIN CONGAR, COLUMNIST: I think pretty much everyone in the Turkish political administration and -- including Prime Minister Erdogan himself, thought the regime in Syria would collapse in the year 2012. This did not happen.
WEDEMAN: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has gradually lost control of territory over the last two years. He may be down, but he`s by no means out. And according to Turkish officials, he`s lashing out at his northern neighbor.
Last Saturday, two car bombs killed almost 50 people in the town of Reyhanli near the Syrian border. The Turkish government claims Syria was behind the bombings, but many Turks say the blasts were the unintended consequence of Erdogan`s enthusiastic support for the Syrian rebels.
Even before Saturday`s bombings, Erdogan`s forward policy on Syria was his Achilles heel. According to a recent opinion poll, only 28 percent of Turks support his involvement in what one analyst described to me as the Syrian quagmire.
In Washington, Erdogan will have plenty to talk about, but he`ll be speaking to an administration that, at least for now, favors giving peace talks a chance.
CONGAR: The prime minister`s objective will, again, be to try to pull the U.S. more into the conflict, if you will, to put more weight behind the Syrian opposition and perhaps in the form of direct support and even direct arms support.
WEDEMAN: Perhaps to entice Obama to wander into the quagmire, Erdogan is bringing a damning dossier to Washington.
MURAT YETKIN, HURRIYET DAILY NEWS: Erdogan is carrying some evidences or some information regarding the usage of chemical weapons by Syrian army against the opposition forces in this civil war, or against civilian population.
WEDEMAN: The strongman of Turkey may be needing a little help from his friends.
Ben Wedeman, CNN, Antakya, Turkey.
LU STOUT: And the Turkish prime minister`s visit comes as the Obama administration faces not one, but three political scandals.
On Wednesday, Mr. Obama announced the resignation of a top Internal Revenue Service official amid revelations that the agency targeted conservative groups. Dan Lothian has more.
DAN LOTHIAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Trying to step out of a political sinkhole President Obama expressed anger at misconduct within the IRS.
BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: It`s inexcusable and Americans have a right to be angry about it and I am angry about it. I will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency.
LOTHIAN: The agency`s acting commissioner, Steve Miller, was asked to resign and President Obama vowed to put in place new safeguards and work with congressional investigators.
OBAMA: I will do everything in my power to make sure nothing like this happens again.
LOTHIAN: But this scandal threatens to run much deeper. The Justice Department has launched a criminal investigation and Attorney General Eric Holder was on the hot seat Wednesday, pressed for answers by the House Judiciary Committee.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I would strongly encourage this administration to get out front, get all the facts out, let the chips fall where they may.
ERIC HOLDER, U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL: Anybody who has broken the law will be held accountable.
LOTHIAN: The IRS scandal has drawn bipartisan outrage, but some top Republicans already seem convinced laws were broken.
REP. JOHN BOEHNER (R), OHIO: My question isn`t about who is going to resign. My question is who is going to jail over this scandal?
LOTHIAN: This is a White House under siege, from the IRS case to the AP phone records probe to Benghazi, all threatened to overshadow the president`s second term agenda. On the defensive, the White House released 100 pages of e-mails Wednesday as first reported by CNN`s Jake Tapper.
It`s part of an effort to prove politics play no role in crafting the so-called talking points that followed the deadly attacks in Libya. But Republicans are seizing on all these scandals, releasing this tough new video using the president`s own words.
OBAMA: The way to make government responsible is to hold it accountable.
LOTHIAN: White House Spokesman Jay Carney battered in briefings all week insisted the president has set a high standard and won`t tolerate anything less.
JAY CARNEY, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: He wants and instructs everyone who works in the government, whether they work for him or civil service, to hold themselves to that standard and when he finds out that there have been failures, he acts on it.
LOTHIAN: Dan Lothian, CNN, The White House.
LU STOUT: Now two people are dead and six injured in an accident at a shoe factory warehouse near Cambodia`s capital. A raised concrete walkway gave way at the complex just south of the capital Phnom Penh. Now the Japanese sports company Asics confirms its products are made there at the site. And the company expressed sorrow over the loss of life, said it is still trying to gather all the facts.
Now working conditions in Asian factories have come under intense scrutiny after last month`s building collapse in Bangladesh killed more than 1,100 people.
Next on News Stream, it is the dark side of the Philippines tourism industry. Hear the harrowing story of one girl who was trapped in a brothel catering to foreigners.
LU STOUT: The CNN Freedom Project is dedicated to exposing the crime of human trafficking around the world. And this week, our investigation focuses on the Philippines.
Now tourists are drawn to the country`s vibrant culture and sandy beaches, but some travel there for a darker and shameful purpose.
CECILIA FLORES OEBANDA, VISAYAN FORUM FOUNDATION: When I see you westerns in the red light district, I know that they are buying flesh. They are the destination area of our trafficking girls. And if no one patronized that, and if no western go to that area there`s no business for traffickers in the Philippines.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is where many trafficking victims in Manila often wind up -- on the streets where in areas where businessmen are known to unwind.
Transactions between prostitutes and Johns are done out in the open. The Filipino government estimates there are 800,000 people working in the illegal sex industry. And they believe as many as 100,000 are children. By the time this girl we`ll call Maria turned 15, she`d had several dozen sexual partners. And every one of them had paid money to rape her.
OEBANDA: She said that she was 15-years-old when she was recruited. When she arrives, it`s in a restaurant, but it`s the (inaudible). And when she get out of -- go inside and climb the second floor, she find out around 16 more girls actually staying in that small place.
There are some girls that are younger than her, 13-years-old, 14- years-old. We were able to raid the casa, and we were able to recover around 23 more girls. And since then, (inaudible) there to a lot of reports. She`s afraid.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It`s scary.
OEBANDA: It`s scary.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The Visayan Forum took Maria`s recruiter and the owner of the brothel to court, but a judge dismissed the case.
LU STOUT: Now the Philippines government says that there are at least 300,000 female victims of sexual exploitation in the country. And that 80 percent of sex trafficking victims there are girls under the age of 18.
Now learn more when The Fighters debuts on Friday. Our new CNN Freedom Project documentary, it follows the passionate crusade of a Philippine human rights activist and her efforts to convince the nation`s biggest star, the boxer Manny Pacquiao, to join the fight against modern- day slavery. So do tune in for the first part. It happens 7:00 pm here in Hong Kong. The second part airs at the same time on Saturday. Don`t miss it.
Now you`re watching News Stream. And coming up next, the police pursuit of the Boston bombing suspects. Now CNN learns new details about what happened the night of the shootout in Watertown, Massachusetts.
And a former kidnap victim speaks out. This woman abducted and held for eight years shares her story.
LU STOUT: I`m Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong. You`re watching News Stream. And these are your world headlines.
Now Bangladesh state media reports a tropical cyclone is losing strength as it moves over land. Four people are reported dead from the storm. Low lying communities in Bangladesh and in Myanmar are most at risk of flooding. Hundreds of thousands of people are waiting out the cyclone in storm shelters.
In Texas, the search continues for victims of a severe storm that struck on Wednesday night. Officials say suspected tornadoes ripped through a small neighborhood near Dallas, killing at least six people and injuring more than 100 others. Some 120 homes were destroyed and more than a dozen people are still reported as missing.
At least six people have been killed in a suicide car bomb attack that targeted a coalition forces convoy in the Afghan capital of Kabul. 30 people were injured. Two of the dead were children, all were civilians. An insurgent group called Hezb e Islami has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Now Wednesday marked one month since the Boston Marathon bombings. At exactly 2:50 pm, the time the bombs went off, police officers in Boston removed the black bands they had been wearing on their badges in honor of the victims. And flags that had been flying at half staff were returned to full staff.
Now three people were killed in the attack, and more than 200 were injured. And the fund established for those victims has raise $30 million. Its organizers say they hope to have the money distributed by June 30.
Now the manhunt for the Boston bombing suspects put all of the greater Boston area on edge. And it resulted in a dramatic shootout in Watertown just west of the city. But as Drew Griffin found out, most of the bullets fired that night came from police guns.
DREW GRIFFIN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): This is all police knew at the time.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Officer down.
GRIFFIN: An MIT officer had been shot and killed. Hours earlier, the FBI had released these pictures of suspected bombers. Tensions were high all across this city when this alert went out. Get to Watertown. Police raced to the intersection of Laurel and Dexter Streets to face what amounted to chaos.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They have explosives, some type of grenades. They`re in between houses down here, loud explosions, loud explosions.
GRIFFIN: The Tsarnaev brothers were in the middle of the street firing bullets, throwing their homemade bombs and in return, facing a massive barrage of police bullets. Two local law enforcement sources tell CNN the Tsarnaevs had just one gun between them. And when the older brother, Tamerlan, was tackled by police, that one gun was empty. It was the moment his younger brother tried to make a run for it in a stolen SUV.
ANDREW KITZENBERG, WATERTOWN RESIDENT: There was a lot of gunfire at that point. That was probably the highest point in gunfire. Really as soon as the SUV turned around in the street, it was just accelerated gunfire, all coming from the officers.
GRIFFIN (on camera): You grabbed your iPhone?
KITZENBERG: I grabbed my phone and immediately jumped on to the bed and started taking pictures.
GRIFFIN (voice-over): Andrew Kitzenberg crouched in his second floor window taking these dramatic pictures, saw that escape. So did an eyewitness named Jane Dyson looking down on officers from a third floor window. At that moment, she told the "Boston Globe," it appeared to me that an individual at the corner fell to the ground and had probably been hit by gunfire.
(on camera): That would have been Transit Officer Richard Donahue who was standing right here. At the time he was shot, Tamerlan Tsarnaev was laying on the street. His brother Dzhokhar was driving away.
(voice-over): Only the police were firing. Officially, state police tell us the matter remains under investigation. Law enforcement sources tell CNN, Officer Richard Donahue was struck by a bullet fired by police. Only the heroic actions of his fellow officers to stop the bleeding in his thigh saved his life. It was a close call. There would be many.
That`s because when all the shooting finally finished, neighbors surveying the damage in and out of their homes found bullet holes everywhere, in this apartment above the street at the firefight, and at this home across the street.
(on camera): This is a half block behind where the Tsarnaevs made their last stand. The home has three bullets. Unless the brothers turned around and fired away from police, these bullets, too, came from law enforcement.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is the bullet here that penetrated into our dining room.
GRIFFIN (voice-over): Harry Ohannessian wasn`t home the night of the shooting but his niece was. And says she heard and felt the bullets whizzing by inside his house.
(on camera): These are two bullets found in your home.
HARRY OHANNESSIAN, WATERTOWN RESIDENT: Yes, this one here came through. That landed right near our staircase near the pedestal and the other one up in the closet, went through one, exited that one, went to the other closet on the other side of the entrance to the house and landed in front of the staircase as well.
GRIFFIN (voice-over): Those bullets were later recovered by the FBI. On that night officers from several police forces converged on this chaotic scene. Nearly 300 rounds of ammunition were fired in minutes, almost all of them by police. A shooting barrage described by experts in just one word, contagious.
JOHN DECARLO, CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAVEN: In contagion shooting, if you look back in cases of the past, we find that if one person starts shooting, it immediately causes a contagion or other people to start shooting.
GRIFFIN: John Decarlo is a criminal justice professor at the University of New Haven. He spent 32 years as a cop, seven of those years as a police chief in Branford, Connecticut. He says he was reluctant to be interviewed because he, like other critics of what happened on this street, still believe police responded heroically.
DECARLO: In a situation like this, it almost becomes a war zone. And things that occur in the very dynamic moments of a situation like the one that was unfolding in Boston and Watertown, are not necessarily, no matter how hard our police work, what they are trained to do.
GRIFFIN: Decarlo tells us what several experts who wouldn`t go on camera also told us. They believe police did not receive enough firearms training and that local and state forces do not train together enough. The shooting has not dimmed the praise for police who put themselves in harm`s way.
OHANNESSIAN: It`s right underneath my son`s bedroom.
GRIFFIN: But at Laurel and Dexter Streets, each bullet hole is a reminder of just how close those heroes came to causing a tragedy.
Drew Griffin, CNN, Watertown, Massachusetts.
LU STOUT: Now tragic new details out of Watertown. And this just in to CNN, a U.S. law enforcement official tells CNN`s Susan Candiotti that Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wrote a message inside of the boat while he was lying injured in Watertown after that shootout. Now Dzhokhar wrote that he would not miss his older brother Tamerlan who died in the firefight. He also added that he would be joining him soon. He also indicated in this message a motive for the bombing that it was payback against the U.S. for attacks against Muslims in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Now this is all according to a U.S. law enforcement source. And the source added that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told investigators many of the same things when he was interrogated in hospital after his capture.
Now turning now to the U.S. state of Ohio where lawyers for the man accused of holding three women captive for the better part of a decade say that their client will plead not guilty. Ariel Castro is in jail on charges of kidnap and rape. In an exclusive interview with CNN affiliate WKYC, one of Castro`s lawyers said the defense may seek to move the trial out of the county.
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CRAIG WEINTRAUB, ATTORNEY FOR ARIEL CASTRO: I think that the initial portrayal by the media has been one of a, quote, "monster." And that`s not the impression that I got when I talked to him for three hours.
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LU STOUT: Now, you may recognize this woman. Her name is Natascha Kampusch. In the late 1990s, she was abducted and held in a secret cellar in her native Austria. And she remained there in what she calls her tiny, private world for almost eight-and-a-half years until one day she managed to escape.
Now recently she spoke exclusively with CNN`s Matthew Chance in Vienna.
MATTHEW CHANCE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: What exactly happened on that day?
NATASCHA KAMPUSCH, FORMER CAPTIVE: I walked down the street and I saw a man.
CHANCE (voice-over): If anyone can understand what the Cleveland kidnap victims must have endured, it`s Natascha Kampusch. She took us to the street in Vienna where she herself was abducted, age just 10.
KAMPUSCH: Grabbed me and --
CHANCE: Like the women in Cleveland, she spent the best part of a decade torn from her family, imprisoned in her abductor`s house.
(on camera): When you saw that there were three women in Cleveland, Ohio, that had been through a very similar experience to yours, how did that make you feel?
KAMPUSCH (through translator): I thought to myself, I`m very happy for the three women. Thank God they have survived their ordeal. They are certainly very strong.
CHANCE (voice-over): This is the man who robbed Natascha of her childhood. Wolfgang Priklopil kept her locked in his cellar for eight long years. He raped her, then committed suicide when she finally escaped, aged 18.
KAMPUSCH (through translator): It was an enormous feeling of joy that cannot be compared to anything else. You see all the possibilities laid out in front of you. The women in Cleveland should really try to savor this joyous feeling as long as possible.
KAMPUSCH (in English): I was very -- jealous of him. He had everything, and I had only a small room.
CHANCE: But at the house where she was a prisoner, she`s now the owner. It was awarded to her by the Austrian courts as damages. The property is an important symbol, she told me. Keeping it is her way of dealing with her past.
(on camera): How do you get over it? A lot of people are going to be watching this situation in Cleveland and thinking about you as well and wondering how do you ever get over an experience like this?
KAMPUSCH (through translator): You live with it. You live with it in your head your whole life. You have to try to see the positive and look forward to the future and to bury the hate you feel for the person who did this to you.
CHANCE (voice-over): It is a sobering thought for the victims in Cleveland. Like Natascha, their captivity has been ended, but their ordeal may be far from over.
Matthew Chance, CNN, Vienna.
LU STOUT: Such a brave young woman.
You`re watching News Stream. And up next, football star Mario Balotelli says enough is enough. Hear what he says he will do if he`s racially abused on the pitch one more time. We have that CNN exclusive straight ahead.
LU STOUT: Live from Hong Kong, you`re back watching News Stream.
Now it has been a turbulent season at Chelsea Football Club, but they will still end up as winners of a major European competition. Let`s join World Sport`s Alex Thomas for more -- Alex.
ALEX THOMAS, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Hi Kristie, in the last hour Frank Lampard has ended months of speculation by signing a new one year deal to stay at Chelsea who are the new Europa League champions following a 2-1 victory over Benfica in Wednesday night`s final at the Amsterdam arena.
It completes a roller coaster season for the London club with the popular Roberto Di Matteo replaced in November by former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez. He`s hated by many Chelsea fans, however goals from Fernando Torres and then in the dying seconds from Branislav Ivanovic, means Benitez can walk away from the club a vindicated man.
They just got one more game to go in Barclay`s Premier League on Sunday. The loss of Benfica was their seventh in a row in major European finals stretching back half a century.
Italian football star Mario Balotelli has told CNN enough is enough when it comes to racist abuse. And he`s ready to walk off the pitch in protest. If he does, Balotelli`s actions would mimic those of his Milan teammate Kevin-Prince Boateng who left the field of play during a friendly game back in January. That sparked a massive debate within football and led to FIFA forming a task force who have made proposals for new ways to tackle the issue.
In an exclusive interview, Balotelli told our own Pedro Pinto that he`s changed his mind about how to respond to racist abuse.
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MARIO BALOTELLI, AC MILAN STRIKER: I always said if it happened in the stadium I`d just do like if -- nobody say nothing and I don`t care. But this time, I think I changed my mind a little bit. And if it`s going to happen one more time, I`m going to leave the pitch, because it`s so stupid.
PEDRO PINTO, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Did you talk to Prince about that?
BALOTELLI: Yeah, I spoke with Prince. And I was about to leave the pitch even Sunday but they`re going to think I want to leave because maybe we have some difficulty with the game and then we`re going to win 3-0 and that`s a no, no. It`s better we play and then we talk, that`s it. But if it wasn`t for this reason, then I`m going to leave the pitch.
PINTO: So just one question on Mancini, what was your reaction when you found out that he`d been sacked at Manchester City?
BALOTELLI: I`m not really surprised, but I know he`s -- when I was with him, he was a great manager. And we had I think one of the best teams I had to play with, best players, and I don`t know why they didn`t win, but obviously there were some problems on the inside, I don`t know. I`m here, so I don`t know.
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THOMAS: We`ll have more from that Balotelli interview on numerous topics. Tune in to Friday`s World Sport show. It goes out at 5:00 here in London, 6:00 in the evening central European time.
The NBA champions are through to the Eastern conference finals after a narrow win in game five of their playoff series against the Chicago Bulls, but there will be no second successive appearance in the NBA finals for the Oklahoma City Thunder. They`ve become the most high profile casualties of the playoffs so far, losing to the Memphis Grizzlies.
With Russel Westbrook out injured, the Thunder have lacked the firepower they showed this time last year, many thanks to outscoring Oklahoma by 17 points in the second quarter. The Grizzlies clinch the series with a game five win. Zach Randolf top scorer on the night with 28 points. And the Grizzlies keeping Kevin Durant at bay.
There`s 21 points for the Thunder star as Memphis win 88-84 taking the series 4-1 and they`re through to the western conference finals.
Honda confirm that it will return to Formula 1 in 2015 ending a seven year absence from the sport. The Japanese car maker will supply engines for McClaren, resurrecting a partnership that was one of the most successful in the sport`s history at the end of the 1980s. F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has welcomed Honda`s return, calling the company a natural F1 contender.
We`ll have more sport for you in a couple of hours time. For now, Kristie, back to you.
LU STOUT: All right, Alex Thomas there, thank you.
Now let`s return to our video rundown now. Earlier, we told you about the resignation of a top IRS official in the United States. It`s just the latest development in three scandals plaguing the White House, but now I want to bring you up to date on Google`s developer conference, Google I/O.
Now there were no sky divers this year. And Google focused on new coding tools and other behind the scenes stuff, but there was still some major consumer announcements that Google confirmed its rumored music subscription service. The name, it sounds a bit clunky. It`s called Google Play Music All Access. But analysts say it could be a real challenge to Spodify and Pandora.
Now Google also takes at aim at Apple. Its iTunes store is the world`s biggest digital music retailer. And iTunes integration has been a big draw for iPhone users, but remember Android is the world`s largest mobile platform, so Google already has hundreds of millions of Android users ready to plug into its music service.
And it could hope to lure more away from Apple, which has yet to launch streaming radio.
Now Google also gave its popular Maps a makeover. Now here is the current look with the map on the right and detailed information in this bar on the left, but in the next version text takes a backseat. Now the map, which is now full screen is customizable, it changes when you click on it. Navigation has also been improved. And Google`s library of photos from underwater panoramas to 3D tours have all been incorporated.
Now I just mentioned sky divers, but what about sky writing, that is fly through the air and using your smoke as a pen? Our Jeanne Moos has the on air story of humor in the air next.
LU STOUT: Welcome back.
Now imagine paying more than 1,000 a day just to get to the head of the line at Disney world. Well a social scientist named Wednesday Martin says wealthy parents in Manhattan are doing just that. Now the New York Post broke the story on Tuesday and it`s creating an uproar on the internet. Now the most outrageous part is wealthy parents are reportedly hiring disabled guides to pose as family members so they can jump the line.
Now one woman quoted in the Post says this, quote, "my daughter waited one minute to get on It`s a Small World, the other kids had to wait two- and-a-half hours. You can`t go to Disney without a tour concierge. This is how the 1 percent does Disney."
Now CNN`s Christine Romans and John Berman to Wednesday Martin. She`s writing a book called Primates of Park Avenue.
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JOHN BERMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: We`re talking about the 1 percent or the top echelon. They have a lot of money. They can pay for legitimate VIP tours. Why are they hiring this disabled group?
WEDNESDAY MARTIN, SOCIOLOGIST: That`s right, the way that the parents that I interviewed -- and it`s not just moms, it`s dads as well, it`s privileged parents -- and the way that many of them described it to me was that the VIP tour guides who are officially with Disney cost more money and only get your speed passes whereas if you hire a handycap blackmarket Disney guide, you get an additional level of privilege which is that you get to the front of the line according to them, because this is Disney policy that disabled people and their parties don`t wait.
So -- and again, on top of that, the privilege that these people are also getting is that they`re sort of demonstrating their affiliation with this exclusive tribe of people who do these things. When they hire these guides, they`re saying I`m one of you, this is the way we do things.
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LU STOUT: Incredible.
Now Walt Disney World is responding to the situation saying this, quote, "it is unacceptable to abuse accommodations that were designed for guests with disabilities. We are thoroughly reviewing the situation. And we`ll take appropriate steps to deter this type of activity.
Now, the hunt for new planets has hit a roadblock. NASA`s Kepler Space Telescope is no longer working properly. Now the wheels to help aim the spacecraft will not spin. And that`s 64 million kilometers away from Earth, fixing it won`t be easy. Now NASA says it is unlikely to regain the high precision it needs.
Now Kepler`s primary mission, it actually ended in November. So scientists say they have enough data to keep them busy for up to two years.
Now Kepler has identified 132 planets beyond out solar system. And here, you can see how many candidates it has spotted, more than 2,700 in all.
Now some recent discoveries are considered Earth-like, meaning they might support life as we know it.
Now NASA says it is not giving up on Kepler yet, so there is still hope the hunt will continue.
And finally, one comedian`s attempt to get people to laugh by just looking up into the sky, it didn`t quite work out as planned. Now Jeanne Moos has more on the high flying punchline that fell flat.
JEANNE MOOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Did you hear the joke written in the sky?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: When that H came, everyone went crazy.
MOOS: And that was just the first letter, not the punchline.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hello.
MOOS: Comedian Kurt Brownoler (ph) begged for donations through his freezer door on the crowd-funding site Kickstarter. His goal was to hire a sky writer to...
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Insert absurdity, or stupidity into stranger`s lives...
MOOS: By flying over downtown Los Angeles writing How Do I Land? That should make folks smile. We haven`t seen such elaborate sky writing since the couple in Malcolm in the Middle celebrated their love with a heart formed by two planes, which proceeded to collide with one another when the halves of the heart met.
But we digress. Within a couple of days, Kurt (ph) received almost $7,000 in donations, more than enough to write a 10 character joke.
(on camera): But it was a windy day in L.A. And almost as soon as the plane would write a word, the letters would be G-O-N-E.
(voice-over): So at the watch party Kurt (ph) hosted on a roof top.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: As soon as the like the second letter was done, it just blew away and so -- and everyone is like, oh, OK.
MOOS: So why does this look so good? It`s a composite so convincing one poster said, "this person can write better with a freaking plane than I can using a pen.
But this is what the joke actually looked like. Everyone`s favorite part was the question mark.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He did it all in one move as a big curl and then he straightened out and then turned off his smoke and just hit the smoke one more time for just the period at the bottom of the question mark. That was pretty awesome.
MOOS: For his next project, Kurt (ph) wants to put jokes on billboards.
(voice-over): Hundreds of billboards. At least they won`t vanish the way the sky writing did.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So you can see how by the time he started on do, how was almost illegible.
MOOS: Funny how the wicked witch in the Wizard of Oz made it look so easy.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Surrender Dorothy.
MOOS: Better to have your joke go up in smoke than to have it bomb, even if it did take 20 minutes to get to the punchline.
MOOS: Jeanne Moos, CNN, New York.
LU STOUT: And that is News Stream, but the news continues at CNN. World Business Today is next.