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Aired August 13, 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 the biggest storm of the season is heading towards southern China. And Typhoon Utor has already left plenty of damage behind.
A notorious mob boss learns his fate after years on the run. We'll bring you the verdict in the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger.
And this could be what the future of high speed travel looks like. Entrepreneur Elon Musk unveils his plans for the Hyperloop.
Now the world's strongest storm so far this year has left a path of destruction in the Philippines. And it's now headed for this city, Hong Kong. Now Typhoon Utor made landfall in the Philippines before dawn on Monday, packing winds of 200 kilometers an hour. At least one person there was killed and at least 20 people are missing. And officials say hundreds of homes have been damaged, but the true extent of the destruction remains unclear this hour, because some affected towns are still cut off.
Now there have been some very dramatic scenes coming out of the country, including this video of a woman hanging on to the thatched roof of her house. And you can see the current washes her away. And it's still not known if she was rescued.
And while authorities tally the damage in the Philippines, Hong Kong is bracing for Typhoon Utor. This is a live shot across Victoria Harbor. And the storm is expected to get stronger as it reaches the city and the western coast of Guangdong Province in Mainland China.
Now Mari Ramos is tracking developments from the world weather center. She joins us now -- Mari.
MARI RAMOS, CNN WEATHER CORRESPONDENT: Kristie, really dramatic images that you showed us from the Philippines. And let's hope we don't have a repeat of that as the storm gets closer to Hong Kong. It is the weaker storm. It's not going to be as intense as it was when it first hit the Philippines. But the rain that is expected to bring could be very similar.
Already we have the outer bands of the storm affecting the area here of southeastern China, western Wendong Province and even the Hong Kong area.
Some of the things to watch out for even before the storm makes landfall is going to be the storm surge. Large waves expected along this entire region, 3 to 6 meters in some cases. And that is going to put a lot of people in danger. And of course very important, fishing and shipping area, maritime interests need to be especially wary of this storm and not just here as we head into Wendong Province, but back over toward Haiku (ph) and even into portions of Vietnam we're going to see some high waves, because this is such a large storm.
Of course, where the storm makes a direct impact, that is going to be where we have the most damage. And that is expected to be in this area right in here, that's where we're going to have the highest winds, the heaviest rainfall, and of course the largest storm surge or the largest wave that will be impacting the area.
So we're talking about millions of people that are going to be, or are being affected by this, and the storm has not made landfall even now.
This is what it looks like on the satellite image right now. It's a very large storm. We're talking over 1,000 kilometers wide when it comes to this wind field that you see here from north to south. The center of the storm is still well offshore, as you can see, and that's around that eye is where the strongest winds are located and that's also where we're expecting the heaviest rainfall.
Let's go ahead and talk about some of those impacts along the area. The first thing we're going to talk about -- we talked about the ocean already, but I want to talk to you about the rain. Notice the heavy rain that's expected back over here. We've had some very heavy rain across Luzon as well. And it's still raining across parts of the Philippines.
I want to show you this video of landslides that have been affecting the area. If we can roll the video from the Philippines, you'll see those rocks that are down on the ground. This is why so many towns are cut off, Kristie, because the roadways in some cases are impassable, there are boulders. You know, you can see how large those are and how the dangerous the work that these people are doing here, because it's still raining. Some of those mountainsides are still very unstable.
So if you come back over toward the weather map over here, that's going to be a concern along these areas as well, especially as we head into mountainous terrain. Because of the amount of rain that we're expecting, anywhere between 8 to 15 centimeters, and in the highest affected areas, or the most affected areas, we could have up to 25 centimeters of additional rainfall.
The next thing is going to be the wind. I want to show you this right over here. Winds could be as high as 80 kilometers per hour in Hong Kong. We're going to talk a little bit about how intense these winds could actually get. Notice the strongest winds are here farther to the west.
I want to show you on Google right over here some of the differences because of elevation that we have along these areas. This is the airport in Hong Kong. Here, the winds right now have been about 35-40 kilometers per hour. This is six meters above sea level.
We head up into the mountains and not too far away at 600 meters above sea level. What we have here is winds that have been up to 90-95 kilometers per hour. That's just one example.
And of course once you head into the city proper, where most of the people live, and you talk about the high rises, this is where you're going to have some of the biggest large winds, even though people may not be expecting it.
Let me show you something very quickly. When you are at ground level here with a high rise, wind slips there at 95 kilometers per hour. You go up three stories, the wind is going to be 20 percent higher. And then you go even higher than that, 80 to 100 story building, the wind will be 30 percent greater than that.
So the higher you live, the higher up you live in those high rises, the more impact that you will feel from this storm particularly because of wind.
Kristie, back to you.
LU STOUT: Yeah, this is a huge storm, a lot of heavy rain and wind. And I'm going to feel the effects tonight in my high rise apartment.
Mari Ramos there. Thank you.
And now to a horrific attack in Nigeria. It happened on Sunday in the northern state of Borno, but the details are still emerging.
Now here's what we know now, gunmen, they attacked a mosque in the town of Konduga. And police say that the attackers fired automatic weapons killing at least 44 worshipers.
Now the investigation is ongoing, but Islamist extremists are suspected.
Now Nima Elbagir is following this story from Nairobi, Kenya. She joins us now. And Nima, what more have you learned about this attack?
NIMA ELBAGIR, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, this is an area, Kristie, where Boko Haram have been known to operate in the past. Indeed, it's one of the three states in the north of Nigeria where a state of emergency has been in place since May. In fact, Borno State has had a complete communications blackout, authorities say, to allow them to better target Boko Haram, the militant extremist group that operates up in the north of Nigeria.
We're also hearing some other equally disturbing reports about villagers attacked in their own homes, accused of collaborating with the Nigerian government against Boko Haram. And found, local sources tell us, with their hands tied and their throats slit.
As you said, it's very, very difficult to get confirmed information from Borno State at the moment, but our understanding from sources at a nearby teaching hospital is that there are a further 26 people who have been admitted to the hospital requiring critical care. So the concern is that that death toll could continue to rise, Kristie.
LU STOUT: Wow, gruesome details about this attack.
Now local media reports say that Boko Haram, the leader of this group, released a video over the weekend. What was the message on that video?
ELBAGIR: Well, it was a remarkably, remarkably confident, should we say, video in which he threatened not only Nigeria, but also issued a veiled threat to the United States. Back in June, President Obama put a bounty on Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram's head, and designated him a terrorist. The bounty is $7 million.
So by coming out in this video and taunting President Obama, Abubakar Shekau is attempting to prove that as yet he's managed to evade the U.S.'s long arm.
Abubakar Shekau said that not only are they more than capable of repelling any advances against them by Nigerian government forces, but he said that we are more than comfortable with coming after the U.S. itself.
Now of course all of this has to be taken within the context of some pretty strong propaganda on Abubakar Shekau's part. But the reality is that since May, Borno State, neighboring -- the two neighboring states and Borno State have been in a state of emergency. And yet there doesn't seem to be anything tangible to show for it on the part of the Nigerian government.
In fact, many local sources have told us that young men are joining together in vigilante groups and patrolling their homes and their villages out of fear of Boko Haram, Kristie.
LU STOUT: Wow, Nima Elgabir reporting for us. Thank you.
Now President Goodluck Jonathan, he declared a state of emergency in Borno and two other states. This was back in May. And he said it was a necessary move to battle terrorists. Now Boko Haram is trying to overthrow the government and to replace it with strict Islamic law. It was founded in 2002 and has suspected links to al Qaeda.
Now the name Boko Haram, it means Western Education is Forbidden.
Now Boko Haram is based in Nigeria's mainly Muslim north. The south is mainly Christian.
Now remember, Nigeria is Africa's most populous nation with an estimated 174.5 million people. Sectarian violence has claimed more than 10,000 lives since 1999.
Now an estimated 70 percent of the population lives below the poverty line, that despite Nigeria's massive oil reserves. It is Africa's largest oil producer.
Now Israel says it has approved a plan to build more than 900 new housing units for Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem. And a prominent Palestinian lawmaker is calling the move a, quote, "deliberate and willful exhalation (ph)."
Now it comes a day before peace talks with the Palestinians are set to get underway. And Palestinian MP Hannan Ashwari (ph) called the decision a poke in the eye for everybody, including the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
Over the weekend, Israel's housing minister also revealed plans to construct an additional 1,000 new settlement units.
Now the Israelis say the expansions are long planned projects.
Now, here's some of the stories coming up next right here on News Stream. A notorious mob boss in the U.S. is finally convicted after spending 16 years on the run.
And the ground literally swallowed up this resort in Florida. We'll take you there live.
And if you're confused about how Elon Musk's Hyperloop would work, we'll break it down for you. Stay with us.
LU STOUT: Welcome back. You're watching News Stream.
And you're looking at a visual version of all the stories we've got in the show today.
Now earlier, we told you about the aftermath of Typhoon Utor in the Philippines and its path toward China. And later why the U.S. attorney general says some drug offenders may be spending too much time behind bars.
But now, one of America's most notorious mob bosses finally goes down. Now James "Whitey" Bulger ran Boston's Irish mob for more than 20 years. He was also an FBI informant turned fugitive, spending 16 years on the run. But on Monday, a federal jury convicted Bulger on 31 counts, holding his responsible for 11 murders.
At 83-years-old, he now faces a maximum of life in prison plus 30 years.
Now the son of one of his victims spoke after the verdict.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
TOMMY DONAHUE, SON OF VICTIM: I have very mixed emotions. After 31 years, after a lot of FBI coverups, deceits and lies, we finally have somebody guilty in the murder of my father. And yes it is, it's a good feeling, definitely without a doubt. But my heart also goes out to the other families, you know, who were searching for that closure. And I think they got robbed from that closure.
I know those feelings. I know what it's like...
(END VIDEO CLIP)
LU STOUT: Now some of the most explosive testimony in Bulger's trial, it came from his former enforces, Kevin Weeks. Now they were once so close that Bulger said Weeks was like his son.
Now Deborah Feyerick spoke with the man who became a key witness for the prosecution.
DEBORAH FEYERICK, CNN CORRESPONDENT: As Whitey Bulger's mob enforcer, Kevin Weeks says he buried the bodies, moved the guns and collected the cash, which book makers and businessmen paid to stay in business.
Weeks was one of the government's eyewitnesses. Last month he came face-to-face with his one-time crime partner.
KEVIN WEEKS, BULGER ENFORCER: He wasn't the same guy I knew. I mean, he was a lot older, but his -- he had no life in his eyes. He had -- he was subdued. He had changed. He just kind of lost his spark.
FEYERICK: Weeks turned against his former boss after learning Bulger, who ran a murderous criminal enterprise for 20 years, had spent much of that time as a government informant, the kind of man Bulger always referred to as a rat.
During the trial, Weeks and Bulger cursed each other after a defense question about Weeks' role and his regrets.
WEEKS: Basically what he asked me was he says you have no regrets in life. Nothing bothers you. I says, you know what bothered me? I says we killed five people. He says, and that bothered you? I says, no. What bothered me is we killed people for being rats and I have the two biggest rats right next to me.
FEYERICK: Defense lawyers argued Bulger never provided any useful information to the government. And though Bulger's argued crime partner Steve Flemi killed two women, Weeks testified he had seen Jim Bulger murder Deborah Hussey with his own eyes.
WEEKS: And I walked out and there was Jimmy strangling her. He had walked in the house with Stevie, and Jimmy jumped out and started strangling her. And he killed her. And then she was brought downstairs and you know ultimately buried.
FEYERICK: Do you ever think of the look on Debbie Hussey's face?
FEYERICK: Do you remember the look?
WEEKS: Not really.
FEYERICK: Do you remember Bulger and how he reacted after?
WEEKS: He laid down and went to sleep.
WEEKS: He always did. He was nice and relaxed.
FEYERICK: In December 1994, Bulger fled South Boston after a corrupt FBI agent tipped him off the feds were closing in.
After a worldwide manhunt, Bulger was finally arrested in Santa Monica, California in 2011.
Whitey Bulger stood up and said he didn't get a fair trial. It was a sham. He had been given immunity by a corrupt prosecutor. What do you think of that?
WEEKS: I'll equate it to this, he got a fairer trial than the people we killed.
FEYERICK: Do you think Jim Bulger ever lies awake at night thinking about the people he allegedly killed, or he killed?
WEEKS: I think he lies awake at night thinking of the people he should have killed and didn't kill.
FEYERICK: If Jim Bulger were sitting across from you right now, what would you want to say to him?
WEEKS: Well, nothing. I'd have to shoot him, because he'll be trying to shoot me. If he was sitting there right now.
FEYERICK: Deborah Feyerick, CNN, Boston.
LU STOUT: Wow.
Now to an update on Kenneth Bae, the American who remains in prison in North Korea. Now his sister is pleading for his release. And Terri Chung says her brother's health has seriously deteriorated and he's been moved to a hospital.
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TERRI CHUNG, KENNETH BAE'S SISTER: We understand that Kenneth has been convicted of crimes under your laws. And we sincerely apologize on his behalf. We know that he only had the best of intentions for North Korea. And we beg for your mercy. And we plead with you to please let him come home to his family. We are extremely concerned about his health, that his health is significantly failing. And we're really concerned. We just beg for your mercy to grant him amnesty and allow him to come home.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
LU STOUT: Now Bae was detained in November of last year while leading a tour group in North Korea. He was later sentenced to 15 years in a labor camp, accused of, quote, hostile acts to bring down the government.
Now the family of this British man is reportedly seeking up to $8.1 million in compensation over his murder in China. Now Neil Heywood was poisoned in November of 2011. And the wife of a now disgraced Chinese politician was convicted of the crime.
Gu Kailai is serving a prison sentence. But according to several reports, there's been no agreement with their family over financial compensation for Heywood's widow and two children.
Now Heywood's mother Ann is now publicly urging Chinese authorities to intervene.
Now the ground in Florida has opened up again, this time creating a massive sinkhole that caused part of a vacation resort to collapse. We'll have a live report from the scene next on News Stream.
LU STOUT: Coming to you live from Hong Kong, you're back watching News Stream.
And talk about a holiday you'll never forget, guests at the Summer Bay Resort in Central Florida had to flee earlier this week when the ground literally opened up and swallowed part of the complex. And this is the result, a massive sinkhole.
Now fortunately everyone inside at the time managed to get out safely.
Now such sinkholes are not uncommon, particularly in Florida. In fact, back in February, a man was killed when he fell into a sinkhole that opened up under his bedroom.
Martin Savidge is at the scene of this latest incident in Claremont, Florida. He joins us live. And Martin, this is a very dramatic sinkhole collapse. What have you been able to see?
MARTIN SAVIDGE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yeah, absolutely it is dramatic, Kristie. And take a look at the image you can see right behind us here. It is pretty phenomenal when you look at the destruction of that condominium that was filled with vacationers at the time. And now to realize that everybody made it out of there, not only alive, but unscathed.
It's quite remarkable. Take a look at this.
SAVIDGE: In a vacation destination known for make believe, it was all too real: a sinkhole, 100 feet across, opens up under an Orlando area resort condominium, giving panicked guests just minutes to get out.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: When I saw it, it was crazy. Like how does that happen, you know?
SAVIDGE: Late Sunday night in building 104 at the Summer Bay Resort, guests began hearing strange popping and cracking. Then the earth began to move.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And then we were walking around and the building just collapsed in, a sinkhole on the bottom of it. And the whole building collapsed in both ways.
SAVIDGE: More than 100 people, including children, were inside. But amazingly, everyone made it out safely. Some credit a quick thinking security guard.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: One of the security guards ran up and was evacuating people, barging into their rooms. One woman was sitting in the tub and the tub just levitated.
SAVIDGE: Ben Warrick (ph) from Des Moines had just started his vacation and was staying next door. He managed to capture the building collapse on his cellphone rolling at just the right moment.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I turned to film the guys talking to the fire department. And all of a sudden I heard a crack and I quickly switched over and the roof came down.
SAVIDGE: Officials say the sinkhole appears to have stabilized, but that's no help for the guests who fled in the darkness.
(on camera): How do people retrieve those items they left behind?
PAUL CALDWELL, SUMMER BAY RESORT PRESIDENT: Those items that may be in 104 to be very bluntly realistic may never be retrieved.
SAVIDGE: As a precaution, two other buildings were also evacuated, leaving resort officials scrambling to find rooms for displaced guests at the height of the summer season.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE; We just got here and, you know, I don't want the kids to see us, you know, with a sad face. They came to see Mickey, you know, and I want to do my best to make it happen for them.
SAVIDGE: The security guard is now being identified, he's the hero in all of this, Richard Shannely (ph). He'd only been on the job as a security guard here two months. And he'd only been working that night for about five minutes when all of this began breaking apart -- Kristie.
LU STOUT: You know, it is amazing, everyone got out. No one injured. But Martin, what will happen to the building and the property.
SAVIDGE: Yeah, no surprise here. It's a total loss. And what is going to happen is it'll have to be demolished. Although, first, they have to assess whether they can even approach it safely.
But this is a very large property. There are about 4,000 guests they say they can handle here. This only represents 3 percent of their capability. They want everyone to know they're still open for business. Everything is still working fine, that is with the exception of building 104 here -- Kristie.
LU STOUT: Yeah, we can clearly see that.
And do you know what, there have been just a number of reports recently of large, sometimes deadly sinkholes there in Florida. Is this a problem that's on the rise?
SAVIDGE: It's a problem that people are growing more and more concerned about. And they're looking at it from a number of ways. Could it be the environment, in other words the way the weather has been changing globally, more rain causing problems like this, washing away the ground soil, or could it be something else, say the tremendous amount of development that Florida has seen over the decade.
Right now the opinions are mixed, the science is still being looked at, Kristie.
LU STOUT: All right, Martin Savidge reporting. Thank you.
Now billionaire entrepreneur and visionary Elon Musk has outlined his plan for the travel system of the future. Now it's called Hyperloop. And on Monday, he unveiled this sketch of what the hypothetical project could look like. And as Renee Marsh shows us, it's like something out of science fiction.
RENEE MARSH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: If billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has his way, you will be able to do this in another seven to 10 years.
Now the super fast transportation system Musk has dreamed up is called the Hyperloop. And we've just go images of what it would look like. Each car fits 28 passengers. The tube would be mounted on shock absorbent posts designed to withstand earthquakes. And passenger cars would be launched through the tube with electric motors.
Now to reduce the resistance in the friction, the air would be pumped from the front to the bottom of the capsule, which would essentially cause it to float on compressed air. So just think of an air hockey table and that's the kind of effect that you get there.
So if you're a passenger on one of these things, what would you feel? Well, we asked him.
ELON MUSK, FOUNDER SPACEX, TESLA MOTOR COMPANY: Well, it would actually feel like being in an airplane. So it's -- there would be initial acceleration. And once you're traveling at speed you wouldn't really notice the speed at all. So it would just feel extremely smooth like you were riding on a cushion of air really.
LU STOUT: Now Musk believes that his Hyperloop could travel at slightly less than the speed of sound. Now its speed is estimated at more than 1,100 kilometers an hour. Now that is more than twice as fast as the world's speediest train. The title, it currently belongs to Shanghai's maglev train. It tops out at 500 kilometers an hour.
Now China railways CRH 380A runs on a more traditional track. It can reach almost 490 kilometers. Germany's TransRapid TR-09 it hits about 450. While Japan's famed bullet train the Shinkansen is not far behind, 443 kilometers an hour.
Now Musk says he's too busy with other ventures to build the Hyperloop himself. Now Tesla Electric Cars and SpaceX are among his ideas. And the serial entrepreneur says he may kick off the project and then hand it off to someone else.
Musk also invited the public to help improve its design.
Now still ahead right here on News Stream, the U.S. attorney general says too many Americans spend too much time behind bars. Find out how Eric Holder plans to fix the over incarceration problem.
And a controversial police policy is tossed out in New York. A judge says stop and frisk targeted racial minorities. We'll explain.
LU STOUT: I'm Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong. You're watching News Stream. And these are your world headlines.
Now one of America's most wanted gangsters James "Whitey" Bulger will likely spend the rest of his life in prison. On Monday, a jury found him guilty of involvement in 11 murders. He was convicted on 31 charges in all. Bulger ruled a Boston Irish mob and was on the run for 16 years. He'll be sentenced in November.
Now police in Nigeria say men with automatic weapons killed at least 44 people in an attack on a mosque on Sunday. It happened in the town of Konduga. Some suspect that the Islamic militant group Boko Haram is responsible.
And an election stump by Norway's prime minister has backfired. Now Jans Stoltenberg, he posed as a taxi driver to, as he called it, get closer to voters. But according to several reports, some of the passengers were paid and vetted by the ruling Labor Party.
Now to Egypt. Supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy have called for more mass demonstrations despite an ongoing standoff with security forces. And now we're getting some early reports of clashes between pro and anti-Morsy demonstrators. Let's check in with Arwa Damon, she joins us live from Cairo. And Arwa, what is the latest on these clashes?
ARWA DAMON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, the reports that we are getting is that they broke out during one of these pro-Morsy marches that had been taking place in Central Cairo. These marches happen on a near daily basis.
According to Reuters, residents began throwing stones and bottles at the pro-Morsy demonstrators. Then clashes broke out between pro and anti- Morsy supporters. Police moved in and managed to, it would seem at this point, clear people out using tear gas.
Now this is not the first time that these two camps have clashed, but most of the time these marches do happen fairly peacefully. But of course it's just an indication of how critical it is for the government to somehow bring this situation under control, Kristie.
LU STOUT: And Arwa, you're also watching very closely the situation at the two pro-Morsy sit-in camps. In light of these new clashes today, should we expect any additional police activity there?
DAMON: Well, we're going to have to wait and see. Again, it's not the first time that these clashes, or these type of clashes, have broken out. The security forces, the government keeps saying that they have a plan on the table ready to take action to try to clear out these two main sit-in sites, but that they're saying it's not just a security issue, politics is also playing into this as well.
The government insisting time and time again that it wants to avoid bloodshed if possible, but of course that is the great concern, because these demonstrators are absolutely refusing to leave. In fact, rather than seeming to be intimidated by the government rhetoric, by the repeated warnings by the government, they just grow even more adamant.
When you go there at night, you will see people flocking to these sites, entire families just spending the night there and really saying that they're going to continue doing this until their demands are met. That is, of course, that deposed President Mohamed Morsy be reinstated. And that, quite simply, is just a nonstarter at this point, Kristie.
LU STOUT: Yeah, so the protesters are sitting tight. They're remaining there at these pro-Morsy sit-in camps.
You were just describing that families are spending the night there. Can you tell us more about how the camps are organized and how are they protected given this imminent crackdown?
DAMON: Well, it's all fairly rudimentary in terms of protection. At both camps, you have barricades that have been set up. And the Nahda camp site, which is the smaller of these two sites, they've beefed up their barricade. They use bricks, sandbags. There's also piles of stones that they've set into place. Sometimes when you go there, they'll have barrels of water if they're anticipating a crackdown of sorts. People are distributing hard hats.
The larger of these two camps (inaudible) that is effectively something like a small city in and of itself. They've organized food distribution. They even organized daycare for children, all sorts of other activities during the Eid celebrations that just ended -- that's the three- day holiday at the end of the holy month of Ramadan. They had all sorts of activities set up for the children as well.
By all count, though, in both of these locations, if you walk in there and look around it most certainly seems as if no one has any intention of going anywhere at all. And they do say that they're pretty self-sustaining when it comes to water supply, food supplies, so on and so forth, Kristie.
LU STOUT: And if and when the government acts on this threat of a crackdown on these protest camps, how would that proceed? What would happen?
DAMON: Well, what we're hearing from various government sources is that initially -- and they have already been delivering repeated warnings. So initially you would see something of a siege being established around these sites. They say that they will continue to allow people to leave, but that they will be preventing people from going in. And that, we are told, is going to be the first indication that a crackdown is taking place. They will then allow people a certain amount of time to actually clear out.
And then they say they'll bring in the water cannons. If that doesn't work, they'll bring in the tear gas. And then if that doesn't work they say that they will have to resort to all other use of force necessary.
Of course they're hoping to avoid all of this. And one also needs to keep in mind, though, that there have been a number of statements made to the media as to how this is going to take place. There have been a number of leaks to the media that have proven to be false about the timing. So it's kind of unclear at this point.
But we are being told that the first indication of it is going to be naturally a mass movement of security forces towards these two sites and this siege effectively being set up.
LU STOUT: All right. Arwa Damon reporting on the standoff in Cairo and new clashes this day. Thank you, Arwa.
Now the U.S. attorney general is reforming the criminal justice system. And the center piece of Eric Holder's plan is the treatment of non- violent drug offenders. As Jessica Yellin reports, Holder has found support on both sides of the political divide.
JESSICA YELLIN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): A major change in the way prison sentences will be handed down ordered by the nation's top law enforcement officer.
ERIC HOLDER, ATTORNEY GENERAL: With an outsized, unnecessarily large prison population, we need to ensure that incarceration is used to punish, to deter and to rehabilitate, but not merely to warehouse and to forget.
YELLIN: Attorney General Eric Holder announced the Justice Department will stop seeking mandatory minimum sentences for offenders accused of low level, non-violent drug crimes, like a small time drug courier. Instead, they'll ask to send them to drug treatment and community service programs.
HOLDER: This is our opportunity to divine, this time, our time, as one of progress and innovation. This is our promise, to forge a more just society.
YELLIN: He says he's discussed inequalities in the criminal justice system with the president for years, an issue the president addressed in emotional remarks after the Trayvon Martin verdict.
BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: There is a history of racial disparities in the application of our criminal laws.
YELLIN: According to Holder, the U.S. holds an astounding 25 percent of the world's prisoners. Our federal prisons are 40 percent over capacity and the nation spent $80 billion on the prison system in the year 2010. All of which may explain the unusual bipartisan support for ending mandatory minimum sentences that ranges from Tea Party Republican Rand Paul...
SEN. RAND PAUL (R), KENTUCKY: Some argue with evidence that our drug laws are biased, that they are the new Jim Crow.
YELLIN: ...to the ACLU, which hailed Holder's announcement as a crucial effort to end wasteful and harmful federal prison overcrowding.
(on camera): There is also support in the U.S. Senate for further changes, which would give judges more discretion in sentencing. Among the senators who support revising the laws, Tea Party favorites Rand Paul and Mike Lee, who are joining with some of the president's Democratic allies. A bipartisan coalition like that could possibly get something done.
Jessica Yellin, CNN, Washington.
LU STOUT: Now let's take a closer look at the racial disparities you heard mentioned. Now the NAACP says African-Americans are almost half of the population behind bars, nearly 1 million out of 2.3 million total prisoners, and says blacks are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of whites.
And according to the NAACP, African-Americans make up 12 percent of drug users, but they represent 38 percent of drug arrests.
Now the sentencing project says that African-Americans serve nearly as much time in prison for a drug offense as a white person does for a violent offense. And if trends continue, the NAACP says one in three black males can expect to spend time behind bars during his lifetime.
Now, New York's mayor says he will appeal a judge's ruling of the police department's stop and frisk policy is unconstitutional. Now the judge says that police used it to racially profile minorities.
Nick Paton Walsh talked to some New Yorkers who say they experienced the injustice firsthand.
NICK PATON WALSH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Leroy Downs was sitting on a step outside his own home just like this when it happened.
LEROY DOWNS, FRISKED BY NEW YORK POLICE DEPARTMENT: The officers drove past me, went up the street, reversed, came back, jumped out and they approached me.
WALSH (on camera): What do they say their reason for that was?
DOWNS: You look like you're smoking weed. And then I said to them, I said, I'm talking on a cellphone. You know, and they cursed at me and said, get against the fence and started pushing me towards the fence and commenced to searching me.
WALSH (voice-over): The police found nothing on Downs, no guns or drugs.
DOWNS: If they're going to search you, and it is what it is. And if you resist, you know, they say, oh, why -- you know, you could be charged with resisting arrest.
WALSH (on camera): And when you talk about it, you're still like -- you seem to shake a little bit.
DOWNS: I know.
DOWNS: Because I've been through so much of this throughout my life, you know. And I'm just like -- that's one of the reasons why I took part in this, because I just want it to stop.
WALSH (voice-over): But New York's mayor and police commissioner say police have to continue to stop people just like that to save lives and reduce crime. They plan to appeal the ruling.
MICHAEL BLOOMBERG, NEW YORK MAYOR: We go to where the reports of crime are. Those unfortunately happen to be poor neighborhoods and minority neighborhoods.
RAY KELLY, NEW YORK POLICE COMMISSIONER: There were 7,363 fewer murders in New York City compared to the 11 years prior to the mayor taking office. And if history is any guide, those lives saved were overwhelmingly the lives of young men of color.
WALSH: Today, a federal judge said police reasoning didn't add up. Police stopped 4.4 million people from 2004 to mid-2012, 87 percent of them black or Latino, just 12 percent were charged with crimes.
The reasons given for the stops, so-called furtive movements, being in high crime areas, or having a suspicious bulge. The judge found the searches unconstitutional and noted one NYPD official said it is permissible to stop racially defined groups just to instill fear in them.
In fact, they did instill fear in David Ourlich who was sitting here when he was surrounded by nine officers who rushed him with guns drawn. They, too, found nothing.
The judge's ruling made him weep.
DAVID OURLICH, FRISKED BY NEW YORK POLICE DEPARTMENT: It's hard to explain. I think, actually, there is something else I have to say, I think it's a really good picture of what's going on in society. I mean, this is a big thing for New York, but as far as America as a whole it shows the polarization of people of color in this country as how we're viewed.
WALSH: Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, New York.
LU STOUT: Now it once dominated the smartphone market, but now BlackBerry seems to be running out of options. The BlackBerry 10 operating system released earlier this year, it was meant to be the company's savior, but sales have been disappointing. And on Monday, BlackBerry's board of directors announced that it is considering strategic alternatives. One alternative would be to sell the company.
But exactly what would buyers be interested in? Now the company as a whole, or certain components?
Now its software, for example, has a strong reputation for corporate security with secure email and workspaces that are compatible with other smartphones.
Now BlackBerry also owns a trove of valuable patents that would give any buyer a competitive advantage in the smartphone race.
And as to who might be interested in buying all or parts of BlackBerry? Some observers have floated Microsoft and the Chinese computer giant Lenovo as potential buyers.
Now, we'll take a closer look at who might want to buy parts of BlackBerry and why on Wednesday's News Stream. We'll be joined by our regular contributor Nicholas Thompson from the NewYorker.com.
Now coming up right here on News Stream, how would you feel if your neighbor built a giant rock garden on the roof of your apartment building? Well, that has happened in China. And we'll tell you why the man who made this has been told to take it down.
LU STOUT: We're back.
Now on Leading Women, we highlight stories of successful women. And flying high this week is lieutenant general Michelle Johnson. Johnson is the first woman to lead the U.S. Air Force Academy. And she formally took command on Monday.
Now on to another Leading Woman. Now for Denise Morrison, success, it seems to run in the family. The president and CEO of the Campbell's Soup Company tells CNN's Felicia Taylor how her family played a big role in her path to the top.
DENISE MORRISON, CEO, CAMPBELL'S SOUP: Soup is very important, but we're more than soup.
FELICIA TAYLOR, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Campbell's Soup Company president and CEO Denise Morrison is touting the hundreds of products in the business portfolio and new ones in the work in its test kitchen.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: All these recipes with all the work that we do. We always start with soup.
MORRISON: The average consumer will ask 10,000 times a year what's for dinner? And we want to be the solution for that.
Here we have a cream of asparagus.
TAYLOR: Morrison leads a company with more than 16,000 employees worldwide. One can say Morrison was groomed for her position from an early age.
(on camera): Your father mentored you and all of your sisters to really become executives. What was that like?
MORRISON: It was pretty special. I mean, our dinner table conversations were about test markets for new phone systems and he -- an outing for us was going to the library and picking out a book and then we would have to either do an oral or a written book report for him every week.
He used to say that he saw a day where the world would open up for women and he wanted us to be prepared for it.
TAYLOR: And, prepared they were. There's Maggie Wilderotter, a Fortune 500 CEO with Frontier Communications. Andrea Doli (ph) a former senior vice president with AT&T. She now an equestrian.
There's Morrison and Colleen Baskowski (ph), a regional VP for Blackboard Mobile.
Morrison, a mother of two, and recently a grandmother, says while parental guidance is a key to success, so is a clear focus.
MORRISON: You can't lead others unless you know who you are and what you stand for. Now, my mission is to serve as a leader, live a balanced life and apply ethical principles to make a significant difference.
And then my observation is women, you know, are very comfortable making strategic plans for brands and for companies, but when it comes to themselves there's no strategic plan.
TAYLOR: What's next for you?
MORRISON: I'm building a great company. In fact, I have a story is when I got this job I called my parents. And I said, mom, dad, I did it. I achieved my life goal. I'm CEO of Campbell's Soup Company I'm -- it's such an honor for me.
And then there was a pause and my father said, Denise that's great. What's your next goal?
And I said to build a great company. And that's what I'm all about right now.
LU STOUT: Wow, got to meet her dad.
Now we'll introduce you to a new CEO next week on Leading Women. And Deanna Mulligan of the Guardian Life Insurance Company of America.
Now in the meantime, check out our website to keep up-to-date with the series. Click on a CNN.com/leadingwomen.
Now YouTube may have started out with amateur or homemade videos, but now the site, wants its most valued talents to go pro. We'll bring you inside the company's new cutting edge facility and tell you why they've built this space.
LU STOUT: Now this rooftop retreat could be torn down. It is covered by fake rocks, trees and bushes. Local residents say it's a safety hazard. And David McKenzie went to take a look.
DAVID MCKENZIE, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: This building is causing a firestorm on social media here in China. A Chinese traditional medicine professor has built this enormous structure on top of his apartment. For years, residents have complained to building management and beyond and they got nowhere. They said that there are cracks forming on the building. The structure of rock and trees could be a serious hazard, they said. But so far, nothing has been done.
With so many building violations, how could someone get away with this? Well, one answer might be that state media reckons he's an influential member of the Communist Party. And so many people believe that he would be untouchable.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): You can only do this if you have connections. Without connections, you can't get away with it.
UNIDENTIIFED MALE: (through translator): If you look at it, it's very scary. Things might fall into the road. It's not just one person's problem, it's everyone's problem.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): He probably didn't ask anyone's permission. He probably just did it. So that's why he got away with it.
MCKENZIE: Reached out to by a Beijing newspaper, the professor said he might bring it down. And that he's, quote, "a low key guy."
David McKenzie, CNN, Beijing.
LU STOUT: Oh, wow.
Now, to sport now. And England, they turned around the fourth Ashes Test to win the hotly contested cricket series on Monday. Now Australia were on course to win the test, but inspired spell of bowling by England's Stuart Broad changed all that. England won the match by 74 runs. Australian cricket captain Michael Clark says the defeat is, quote, hard to swallow.
Now this is England's third straight Ashes series victory.
Now golfer Lee Westwood has apologized for an outburst on Twitter. Now after a disappointing final round at the PGA championship on Sunday, he started attracting abuse online. So he began to hit back. This is just one of his retorts. But even when the ridicule started to die down, Westwood, he didn't let up, implying his abusers were cowards.
He wrote this, quote, "come on trolls, surely I've not worn you out, cluck, cluck, cluck."
Now his latest post is more serene. It's his apology to his sponsors. Now Westwood says that the comments were, quote, "out of order and out of character."
He has almost 590,000 Twitter followers.
Now the golfer did get some support on the site, though, Piers Morgan, he praised his terrific troll trashing.
You can find out more about the story on our website, just go to CNN.com/sport. Our World Sport team used Storify to blog the trashtalk as it happened.
Now you know YouTube is a website where you can upload your amateur videos. Now the company is offering facility for those who want to produce videos with higher production values. Mark Istook check's YouTube Space L.A.
MARK ISTOOK, CNN CORREPSONDENT: Here on YouTube, more than 100 hours of video content is uploaded every single minute. And now, some of the sites most popular producers have a new tool at their disposal, a state of the art digital studio right here in Hollywood's backyard.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Let's role camera.
ISTOOK (voice-over): Behind the scenes of a YouTube video shoot.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: 9A, take two.
ISTOOK: But this isn't some webcam random viral video, it's a slick setup on a studio caliber soundstage using cutting edge cinema quality gear.
(on camera): We see a dolly here. You're shooting this on a red camera. You know, these are fun toys.
JAMES SHAUGHNESSY, SENIOR PRODUCER, MACHINIMA: I don't think it should be a surprise to anyone at this point in YouTube's history that we're stepping up the quality and that we're able to do this.
ISTOOK (voice-over): This brand new multimillion dollar facility is YouTube Space L.A. Built on a site where Howard Hughes once made helicopters, even the lobby is impressive.
KATHLEEN GRACE, PRODUCTION MANAGER, YOUTUBE SPACE LA: It's 36 monitors, HD, routed to 36 Mac Minis that showcase any video on YouTube.
ISTOOK (on camera): The best part of all for those who get to use the space? It's free.
(voice-over): YouTube offers access at no charge to its YouTube partners, the site's most popular content creators, people with their own channels that attract a major following.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We're getting that in 5k resolution, Tom (ph).
ISTOOK: People like Tom, better known on YouTube as Syndicate who regularly posts video game commentaries.
(on camera): And you have how many views a month?
TOM, SYNDICATE: Like 40 to 50 million views a month.
ISTOOK: That's incredible.
(voice-over): Head of production Kathleen Grace took us on a tour of the facility, which includes a control room that can take live video feeds from all over the world just like a traditional TV network.
GRACE: Production switchers, shading position, graphics engine so they can pull up grahpics.
ISTOOK: And then what you guys create here, you could stream live.
GRACE: Onto YouTube.
ISTOOK: ..to YouTube.
ISTOOK: After shooting, it's time to edit in one of 10 suites.
(on camera): They bring it here, edit their piece, before it gets uploaded onto YouTube.
GRACE: Exactly. And then they upload from here.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Here back at YouTube Space LA.
ISTOOK (voice-over): And from there, the clicks start piling up. The more clicks, the more ad revenue for YouTube and the more exposure for the company's expanding force of content creators.
GRACE: I think the goal is to create more amazing, great channels for YouTube and launch both businesses and careers.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Got it. It's a cut.
ISTOOK: Mark Istook, CNN, Los Angeles.
LU STOUT: And finally, she was the forgetful, but unforgettable sidekick of Nimo's dad in the Disney/Pixar hit Finding Nimo back in 2003. And now Dori is set to star in a much anticipated sequel. Finding Dori is due to hit theaters in November of 2015, but according to The New York Times the fimmakers had to make changes to the story's ending. Now The Times reports that the movie was initially going to end with the fish at a marine park. But that's been revised because of this.
Now this is trailer for Black Fish, it's a film about killer whales that live in captivity. It will air here on CNN in October. And it's caused some public criticism against the marine park Seaworld.
That backlash has reportedly prompted a change in how the story ends, but don't worry, no spoilers here. And the overall storyline for the movie is still a mystery.
And that is News Stream, but the news continues at CNN. World Business Today is next.