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British Police Investigating New Claims About Princess Diana's Death; Massive Fire Rages In Central Idaho; No Reports Of Violence Today From Egypt; Emotions Running High In Little Egypt; White House Ponders Action On Egypt; New Claim In Princess Diana's Death; Idaho Residents Told To Get Out Now; San Diego Mayor Recall Effort Starts; Wild Night At Ball Park; '72 Miami Dolphins Going To White House; Roger Daltrey Gives Back To Teens; The Science Behind Sandstorms
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FREDRICKA WHITFIELD, CNN ANCHOR: Hello, everyone. I'm Fredricka Whitfield. These stories are topping our news this hour.
British police investigate new claims involving the death of Princess Diana. Was it an accident or something far more sinister? We're headed to London for details.
An out-of-control fire in Idaho is threatening thousands of people. Authorities are telling them to get their stuff and get out now before it's too late.
And the 1972 Miami Dolphins Super Bowl champs and only NFL team to have a perfect season. But not everything that year was perfect. We'll tell you what event the team did not experience and what they're doing now to recapture it. A priceless moment.
We start in London where claims of a conspiracy in the death of Princess Diana are gripping the world. Police have stayed tight- lipped, only saying we're looking into new information. But does that new information include a plot possibly involving the British military? Erin McLaughlin is following the case from London.
ERIN MCLAUGHLIN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The Metropolitan Police are still in the process of assessing this information's relevance and credibility. They are also still not saying what this new information is.
However, the British media, including a newspaper called "The Sunday People" is reporting this new information includes a claim that the British military was involved in the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi al-Fayed. "The Sunday People" is reporting it has had access to a seven-page handwritten letter from the in-laws of a special forces sniper who has yet to be named. The letter was written following the breakdown of his marriage to their daughter and alleges he boasted to his wife that the elite British SAS unit was behind the death.
The Metropolitan Police in London launched a two-year investigation, which examined the various conspiracy theory is surrounding the princess' death. An inquiry which was called Operation Paget found no evidence to support those theories and concluded she and Dodi died because their driver was drunk and going too fast.
In response to this latest development, police have said they are scoping the claims but have not reopened the Paget investigation. The Metropolitan Police have also highlighted the outcome of the inquest, which concluded in 2008 that the crash was the result of gross negligence on the part of the driver and the paparazzi.
Erin McLaughlin, CNN, London.
WHITFIELD: Princess Diana's son, Harry, is carrying on his mother's work 19 -- 16 years, rather -- after his mom visited a potentially deadly minefield in Angola, the prince walked through the same dangerous ground. He went to get a firsthand look at mine clearing operations run by the Halo Trust, a charity that is working to get rid of every landmine in the country.
Tomorrow morning on NEW DAY, Prince Harry's brother, William, opens up about fatherhood and the British throne. It's his first official interview with us since the birth of his son, George. The prince sat down with our Max Foster to talk about Baby George, his wife, Katherine, and what it's like to be a new father. The interview is part of a one-hour special premiering in September. A portion of the interview will air Monday on NEW DAY, 8:00 a.m. Eastern time.
All right. To central Idaho now, where thousands of people are being told to get out of the path if a fast-growing wildfire. Evacuation orders now cover 2,200 homes in six communities. Paul Vercammen is following the story for us. So, Paul, just how quickly is this fire growing?
PAUL VERCAMMEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Fredricka, this is actually good news. It grew about 8,000 acres overnight and swelled to more than 100,000 acres burned. But that is somewhat slower than the pace at which it had burned earlier in the week. Idaho is just bearing the brunt, by the way, of the wildfires right now. There are some nine fires burning in Idaho, large fires, that consume more than 400,000 acres.
And as we look at this Beaver Creek fire in the Haley-Ketchum area, we've got about, oh, 1,200 firefighters on the ground right now trying to put a stop to this blaze and put a ring around it. Also a lot of firepower coming from the air, including some 10 helicopters. Good news as we said is the pace slowed, but very tough conditions. Humidity at just eight percent, so just bone dry out there.
And of course, this is a resort area. Many people go there for a fun time in the summer for vacation. It's also a winter wonderland, ski area. And I'm going to bring in Jack Sibbich. He's with the Sun Valley Ski Resort. And if I can make sure he's on the line. Jack, are you with me?
JACK SIBBACH, SPOKESMAN, SUN VALLEY SKI RESORT (on the phone): I'm here, Paul.
VERCAMMEN: I'm glad to hear that you're there. You've gotten rather creative in sort of defending your property. Tell us what you're doing with snow blowers.
SIBBACH: Well, we had this experience before in 2007 with the Castlerock fire. We have the largest snow making system in the world, computerized snow making system in the world -- and we can turn it on in the summertime to put some humidity in the air and wet some areas of involved mountains just in case of spot fires.
VERCAMMEN: So basically what you're doing is you're protecting your area, the ski lifts and lodges and more by building up a nice perimeter by putting water down on the ground, correct?
SIBBACH: That is one of the ways we do protect our structures and the ski areas, the lifts and lodges on the ski area. Also, we are - of course, having some fire break lines with bulldozers. And we are really working in coordination with the fire team that's here. They're doing an amazing job.
VERCAMMEN: We've heard that they just are absolutely working their hearts out. Conditions very tough, steep terrain obviously if you're a ski resort, your going to have -- kind of describe the conditions for us today and what you're observing.
SIBBACH: It's still smoky in the area. But usually in the afternoon clears off a little bit when the inversion lifts. And of course, it's (INAUDIBLE) service land and steep terrain. The humidity is low. There's very little wind today. Firefighters are cautiously optimistic about the progress they made the last - yesterday, overnight and today. The fire itself is still miles away from the ski area. But we feel very optimistic, and very happy with the work they're doing.
VERCAMMEN: That's good to hear. You're also seeing a lot of firepower from the air, are you not?
SIBBACH: We are. When the smoke clears, and they've got at least seven helicopters up, a DC-10 and other airplanes that they can use to protect structures and to direct that fire in this way that they want it to go to keep it away from the population.
VERCAMMEN: Well, best of luck to you in your quest to protect your resort. I thank you for joining us.
As we said before, this Beaver Creek fire the Haley-Ketchum area has grown to more than 100,000 acres and some 88 engines are on here. Twenty water tenders (ph). They're fighting it via air, Fredricka. It is indeed a battle. As we said, Idaho really bearing the brunt of the Western wildfires right now.
WHITFIELD: That's a serious, tough fight. Thanks so much. Paul Vercammen, appreciate that.
So, let's find out if the folks under siege by the fire will get any help from the weather.
WHITFIELD: Incredible and scary stuff. Hopefully they will get a little relief somewhere over the horizon. All right, Jennifer, appreciate that. Thanks so much.
Overseas, tensions are mounting in Egypt as protesters hit the streets for a fifth straight day. The protests follow days of clashes between backers of ousted president Mohammed Morsy and Egyptian security forces. Hundreds of people have been killed. So far, today, there are no reports of violence.
Egypt's defense minister released a statement today saying the country's main priority is quote, "securing the state." Nick Paton Walsh is live for us now in Cairo. So Nick, what is the atmosphere like on this day?
NICK PATON WALSH, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: I'm going to be straight with you. It's been pretty calm so far. We've seen before the curfew, which the military sets in at dusk, calm streets, a pledge by Muslim brotherhood to conduct rallies heading towards government buildings. That of course, risked what the military promised, which is live ammunition being fired at anyone who tries to go near a state building. But it seems that security threat caused them to call off some of their marches, and we are hearing reports of small, occasional scattered protests around the country. But nothing to the scale which could lead to clashes.
And that comes, of course, on a day in which the head of the army, General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, has been clear that he considers his role to be from the power and will of the people to put security back in place across Egypt. But also he suggested is there was, quote, "room for everyone in Egypt," which some have interpreted perhaps a softening of lines with the Muslim Brotherhood. But I have to tell you, the last few days we have been hearing real hard-line rhetoric from the government here, calling the Muslim Brotherhood terrorists.
And really, I think the scope of political negotiation ebbing. We just have to see whether or not today the small numbers of protests, the ebbing enthusiasm, it seems, for continued confrontation from the side of the brotherhood whether that reflects what's going to happen in the week ahead. Which the Brotherhood had promised to fill with protests, or if it simply an exception for today. Fredricka?
WHITFIELD: And part of that rhetoric, as you put it. We're talking about talk about banning the Muslim Brotherhood altogether, Is that possible?
WALSH: Absolutely. The Brotherhood's existed underground here as an alternative radical organization for years, decades even. Putting them back in that context would, of course, make it impossible for them to be involved in the political process.
Remember, the Muslim Brotherhood were the government that was ousted by the military just a few weeks ago. The real debate here is do you continue to marginalize them, keep them out of negotiating political process or do you -- then therefore force them undergrounds perhaps towards further radicalism or militancy? Many fearing that. Or do you somehow try and talk with them.
The path for talks, though, pretty much nonexistent at the moment. The army really in its strides here, trying to convince Egypt and trying to get the country back to normal. There's this real sense of tension, Fredricka. People still worried violence could erupt again.
WHITFIELD: Nick Paton Walsh, thanks so much from Cairo.
So, how are Egyptian Americans reacting to the crisis? Alina Cho is in a section of Queens, New York known as little Egypt because of the large number of American Egyptians living there. So Alina, what are people telling you?
ALINA CHO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, I think it's safe to say, Fredricka, that emotions are running high in Little Egypt. People are angry, they're fearful, one man was reduced to tears. When you walk around the streets here, when you visit cafes, all TVs are set to the news coverage. People are obviously watching that news coverage very, very closely.
Most of the people we spoke to said they are supportive of the military that ousted Mohamed Morsy. They say that even though he was a democratically elected president, he made promises to take care of the Egyptian people and didn't deliver. They also say that Morsy's Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist group. But mostly the tone around here is one of concern for the homeland.
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CHO: What's going on there?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What's going on? Killing people in the streets, innocent people.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: 84 churches in one day.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm a Muslim, but I'm against the Muslim Brotherhood and what they're doing. We thought when he come to the power, he would work for the Egyptian people, but -- but he was working for his organization. For his Muslim. It's not fair.
CHO: Why is this bringing you --
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Because Egypt is my country. That's it.
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CHO: I have to say, it was stunning to see that man reduced to tears when talking about the situation in Egypt. But Fredricka, when you see the bloodshed day after day on your television set with no signs of it letting up, I suppose it's hard not to be emotional.
WHITFIELD: At the same time, as emotional as it is, folks in the community there in Astoria feeling like it's also becoming a divisive issue? People taking sides about the conflict?
CHO: You know what's interesting, there is a lot of anger, there is a lot of emotion. But people -- at least the ones we spoke to today, Fredricka, were pretty unified in their support for the military rulers. They say once again that even though Morsy was democratically elected and the U.S. supports this government, that they feel that Morsy made promises he couldn't keep. He said he would take care of Egyptians and he didn't.
And they say his Muslim Brotherhood group is a terrorist group. They say, you know, he had been warned that he should get out and he didn't. So they're not surprised at what they're seeing in Egypt right now.
WHITFIELD: Alina Cho, thanks so much in Queens.
Penn State University has settled the first lawsuit by a victim of convicted child sex abuser Jerry Sandusky. The former assistant football coach is serving a prison term that could last 60 years after being convicted on 45 charges last June. The man known as victim five was among eight young men who testified at the trial. His lawyer says he provided key testimony against Sandusky.
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TOM KLINE, LAWYER FOR VICTIM (on the phone): The incident which involved my client could have and should have been directly stopped and could have been stopped had the appropriate reporting taken place. So, my client actually may end up a witness in that trial subpoenaed, just as he testified live and in person, of course, in the Sandusky trial and again at the sentencing hearing.
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WHITFIELD: The lawyer says the settlement terms are confidential but adds the compensation was, quote, "fair and adequate."
All right. Coming up, was there a conspiracy to kill Princess Diana or was it just a tragic accident? Next, reports of a new lead may force investigators to reopen the case. Details next.
WHITFIELD: All right. The world is buzzing about Princess Diana's death. Among new reported conspiracy claims that her death was not an accident. British police said yesterday they're looking into information, but it's not a reinvestigation.
Diana's death has been examined over and over since her car crash in 1997. A French investigation in 1999 found her driver was drunk. In 2004, the British police opened their own investigation, called Operation Paget. It reported its findings in 2006, saying there was no conspiracy. Then in 2008, an official inquest finished with a jury finding Princess Diana was unlawfully killed because of the actions of her driver and paparazzi following her. Now, five years later, police are looking at this case again. Royal biographer Mark Saunders, who has watched this case closely joining me now from London. Good to see you, Mark, again. British police are not revealing anything about the information, just that it is, quote, "scoping information that has recently been received," end quote. But British media is reporting the information may relate to a plot involving British military. Does that sound plausible to you?
MARK SAUNDERS, ROYAL BIOGRAPHER: Well, yes. It sounds plausible. There's a long history of collusion between the military and the SIS, special Secret Intelligence Service. But in terms of the assassination of Princess Diana, it's just not feasible that they would have carried out such an act.
You mentioned Operation Paget. That was one of the most intensive investigations ever carried out in this country. And no matter how you looked at it, no matter what angle you looked at the conspiracy theories from, you just come up against a brick wall. It's just not possible that the intelligence services or right-wing acting at the behest of the Duke of Edinburgh or any of the other nonsense we got from Mohamed Fayed at the inquest. It's just not possible, and it's been proved twice now by the French and British.
WHITFIELD: So, what do you suppose this scoping information is?
SAUNDERS: I understand this dossier was given to Scotland Yard from the SIB, the Special Investigations Branch of the military police. And the information was passed on to them from the in-laws of the serving soldier. Now, everybody is pretty much in the dark as to what this actual information was.
The story originally broke in "The Sunday People" newspaper over here. "The Sunday People," their sources are usually impeccable. And certainly it does appear some information has been given to Scotland Yard, which they are now looking at. We eagerly wait and anticipate what this information can be. But I really don't think there's going to be any re-opening of any investigations because of it.
WHITFIELD: Anything about the late Princess Diana is fascinating worldwide. But what is this kind of reporting, this bit of information about scoping information being looked over by the British police. What is that doing to people there in London?
SAUNDERS: Well, I mean, I'm in my 40s now. As long as I've been alive, every four or five years, there's been another documentary and another book about the assassination of John Kennedy. And to some extent, Diana is rapidly becoming the new Kennedy. I mean, it's just continuous. It doesn't stop. More theories, more allegations.
I mean, I think about William and Harry. Older viewers of CNN will remember when Diana died, I was pretty much in the front line then. And I was arguing passionately, all of this is affecting the boys, all this nonsense we talk about conspiracy theories, assassinations, it's affecting William and Harry. They were very young children then. And they've grown up with it. Every time they think they're out, they get pulled back with it. I mean, we've just celebrated William's first child. A couple years ago, we were celebrating the wedding. It all kind of moved on.
But yet again, we're dragged back into more allegation, more conspiracy theories. It must hurt the boys. As far as the British public go, there's, I think, muted interest. People are sort of waiting to see what does Scotland Yard have to say about this new information. And it has been heavily reported here.
WHITFIELD: All right. Mark Saunders, thank you so much. Appreciate your insight from London.
Of course, the spotlight continues to be on the late Princess Diana. But tomorrow morning on NEW DAY, the spotlight will be on Prince William because he'll be opening up about fatherhood and the British throne, to the delight of Mark Saunders, I'm sure. It is his first interview with us since the birth of his son, George. The prince sat down with our own Max Foster to talk about Baby George, his wife Katherine, and what it's like to be a new dad. The interview is part of a one-hour special premiering in September. A portion of the interview, Prince William will air Monday. Tomorrow morning, NEW DAY, 8:00 a.m. Eastern time.
Straight ahead in the NEWSROOM, the 1972 Super Bowl champion Miami Dolphins getting a trip to the White House. Coach John Schula is going to tell us why.
And later, Roger Daltrey of The Who has a new gig. Find out how he's helping others in need.
But next, what options does the U.S. have for dealing with the crisis in Egypt? CNN's Candy Crowley tells us next.
WHITFIELD: President Obama returns home from vacation tonight. He spent the last week with his family on Martha's Vineyard, but he won't be home for too long. CNN political editor Paul Steinhauser explains why in this political week ahead.
PAUL STEINHAUSER, CNN POLITICAL EDITOR: Hey, Fred. President Barack Obama hits the road Thursday as he kicks off a two-day bus tour in upstate New York. The next day, he motors through parts of Pennsylvania. The push: making college more affordable. The swing is the latest in a series of events Mr. Obama is doing on the road this summer to highlight how he's trying to help out the middle class.
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BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I'm laying out my ideas to give the middle class a better shot.
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STEINHAUSER: The president's health care law will also be in the spotlight this week as a leading conservative group holds a series of de-fund Obamacare town halls. Former senator Jim DeMint, head of the Heritage Foundation, will headline the town halls. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas will join him at the second one in Dallas.
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SEN. TED CRUZ (R), TEXAS: We have an opportunity right now between now and September 30th to de-fund Obamacare.
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STEINHAUSER: Later in the week, Cruz will keynote a Republican dinner in New Hampshire, the state that kicks off the presidential primary process. Sparking more speculation he may run for the White House.
And vice president Joe Biden also in the 2016 spotlight as he's the main attraction at a fundraiser this week for New Hampshire's Democratic governor. Fred?
WHITFIELD: All right, thanks so much, Paul. Also, the president is beginning this week at the White House with a lot of meetings. Among the topics, what to do about Egypt. Hundreds have been killed since the military removed the democratically elected president. "The Washington Post" reports the White House may consider whether to stop next month's scheduled delivery of Apache helicopters.
Senator John McCain just returned from Egypt. He was on "STATE OF THE UNION" with Candy Crowley. Is halting the shipment a viable answer?
CANDY CROWLEY, CNN HOST, "STATE OF THE UNION": Well, it's not an answer, it's a viable thing to do. They could do it. Whether it will affect the U.S. military-backed government in Cairo, nearly everyone I talk to says no. Nonetheless, McCain's really indicated that symbolically, the U.S. really does need to do more.
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SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN (R), ARIZONA: With Apache helicopters flying overhead, nothing is more symbolic of the United States of America siding with the generals. We could be cutting off the aid, the spare parts and maintenance of these military equipments we've given the Egyptian is important to their capabilities.
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WHITFIELD: The drumbeat gets louder over suspending the entire $1.5 billion in aid. Does the White House need to change its tune?
CROWLEY: If definition of "need" is therefore things will change in Egypt, no, because again, nobody thinks things will change in Egypt. Certainly, the president left that door open to suspending aid at the very least. If we continue to see the kinds of scenes that we saw, of those crack crackdowns, where 700, 800, the numbers, if you know, are fairly unreliable, hundreds of Egyptians died, if we continue to see that, I suspect he will do it.
But it needs to be kept in some kind of perspective. $1.5 billion over the years, the U.S. has given a lot to Egypt. But now, other countries give a lot more. Secondly, the money to Egypt, as far as I understand it, has already been doled out for this year. So it would take effect next year anyway.
WHITFIELD: Candy Crowley, thanks so much, host of "STATE OF THE UNION."
CROWLEY: Thanks, Fred.
WHITFIELD: Is San Diego Mayor Bob Filner going to show up at work tomorrow? We'll tell you about the latest effort to remove him from office.
WHITFIELD: Welcome back. I'm Fredricka Whitfield. Here are four things crossing the CNN news desk right now. Number one, new information in Princess Diana's death has caught the eye of British police. They have not given out any details however. British media is reporting that it could involve conspiracy claims that Princess Diana may have been murdered. The British newspaper of the Sunday "People" reports it saw a letter from former in-laws of a former soldier who apparently said the British military was involved in her death. This is not a reinvestigation.
Number two, thousands of people in parts of Central Idaho are being told to get out of the way of a fast moving wildfire. The sheriff is telling people in the Wood River Valley, they need to grab pets and essential belongings and move now. Evacuation orders covers 2,200 homes in six communities and it is only 9 percent contained right now.
Number three, the effort to recall the San Diego mayor in the center of a huge scandal started today. More than a dozen women have accused Mayor Bob Filner of sexual harassment and I inappropriate behavior. Filner could return to work tomorrow after going through counseling. Coming up at 4:00 Eastern Time. Today, I'll talk to two women who were trying to get the mayor recalled.
Number four, a wild night at the ballpark, tensions between the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves boiled over when the national star pitcher, Steven Strasbourg threw three consecutive wild pitches at Braves shortstop. Washington Manager Davy Johnson had hinted payback would be coming after, boy, one of his star players was hit by Braves' pitches three times during four games. Last night's wild pitches were too much for the umpire to take and he ejected both Strasbourg and Johnson.
They won the Super Bowl and went undefeated, but the 1972 dolphins never got to go to the White House to celebrate, that dream is coming true Tuesday. Football Legend Don Shula and Mark Fleming share details about this tribute.
WHITFIELD: It's become quite the tradition when college and professional teams win national championships they usually take a trip to the White House to be recognized by the president. Four decades ago, the 1972 Miami dolphins who went undefeated and won the super bowl didn't get that chance. It was not a common practice back then. Guess what? It is now going to happen for the '72 Dolphins.
On Tuesday, they're going to the White House, the main man responsible for all of this, Dolphin Marv Fleming, joining us from Los Angeles. Good to see you. You know, you're also joined by phone, by the coach who led that team, Don Shula, joining us from Pebble Beach, California. You can be with us, Coach.
DON SHULA, FORMER HEAD COACH, MIAMI DOLPHINS (via telephone): Yes, looking forward to being with the president.
WHITFIELD: Fantastic. Marv, this is your doing. How did you make this happen and why?
SHULA: I think he had a lot to do with it. Marv was a pretty persistent guy, a great football player. Beyond that, he had a lot of great ideas. This is one of them.
WHITFIELD: Coach, let's ask Marv, how did you make this happen?
MARV FLEMING, FORMER MIAMI DOLPHINS PLAYER: You know, every time I'm a big TV man, so I would see -- every year, I would see another team, another somebody else going to the White House and not us. Why not us? So what I did was -- go ahead.
WHITFIELD: No. Go ahead, carry on.
FLEMING: What I did was for 15 years, OK, believe it or not, I talked to Congress people, mayors, governors, I talked to everybody who was involved with the White House. Nobody came -- nobody came up with anything. So I'm at party at Deacon Jones' house bless his heart, when he was still with us and I met George Stark. Who's George Stark, George played for the Washington Redskins.
I said, do you know anybody, do you know anybody at the White House? He says, yes, my wife. Said, your wife? He says, yes, she's one of the top lawyers there. There are a lot of people probably helped out and whatever button we pushed, whatever, I think they were the spark in getting us there.
WHITFIELD: It's interesting, Marv, this is not something that was customary in the '70s, you know, in '72, when you all were undefeated, a trip to the White House would follow a big championship. You've been seeing this happen over the years. I want to make this happen.
FLEMING: Exactly. When it happened, when it happened, it was like, my -- I've been to what, three championships and five Super Bowls, it was another Super Bowl for me to go to the White House.
WHITFIELD: Wow. OK. So, Coach, then give me an idea, what is this going to be like for you and the team to reunite and no less at the White House? What's that moment, in your view, going to be like?
SHULA: I'm really looking forward to it. It's an honor and privilege to be there. I'm sure all of the '72 team that can make it health- wise are going to be there, to get to see them again, and then also be able to meet and talk to the president. He's probably a Redskin fan but we'll let that go. We'll talk about the Dolphins and, you know, the great accomplishments so, Marv, whatever you did, thank you.
WHITFIELD: Fantastic. Given 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, he better be a Redskin fan. Go Skins. But for a day, I'm sure at least for a day he will be a big Dolphins fan. Coach Don Shula and Marv Fleming, thanks to both of you and have fun on Tuesday.
FLEMING: We will, thank you.
WHITFIELD: Fantastic. All right, rock music Roger Daltrey of "The Who" has a new mission, instead of just chasing number one hits, he helped teens in need. He'll be here next in the NEWSROOM.
WHITFIELD: "The Who" still filling stadiums around the world five decades after they made it big, but now the main mission of lead singer, Roger Daltrey is not making music. He is focused on revolutionizing the way that teenagers with cancer are hospitalized. Here's CNN's Tory Dunnan.
TORY DUNNAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Fredricka, Roger Daltrey admits he would be nowhere without teenagers buying his music over the years and propelling his career. So now the singer is giving back in a unique way to the age group that helped him most.
DUNNAN (voice-over): Today, "The Who's" Roger Daltrey is actually talking about a different generation, one born years after his rock star heyday.
ROGER DALTREY, LEAD SINGER, "THE WHO": I was give an life of privilege and it was supplied by teenagers supporting it.
DUNNAN: The British rocker is now paying back with his charity Teen Cancer America. The organization creates hospital settings where teenagers and young adults with cancer can be together.
DALTREY: We provide specialized environment where they can be comfortable being teenagers, where they don't wake up from a brain operation or next to a screaming 3-year-old or boring old man like me. That's what's been happening, waking up in total isolation where there's no contact with their age group within the space. That's just crazy.
DUNNAN: The program has seen success in Daltrey's native Britain and hope it will spread to hospitals across the U.S.
DALTREY: We're hope we're about two years I away, maybe less to having this service available to every teenager that gets cancer in Britain. If Britain can do it in that time I'm sure the U.S. can.
DUNNAN: Australian pop star and teenager himself, Cody Simpson joins the cause.
CODY SIMPSON, AUSTRALIAN POP STAR: I love what Teen Cancer is the way they're bringing the convenience with cancer one ward and a cool and comfortable space to hang out in.
DUNNAN: The man who once sang "Hope I Die Before I Get Old" is now trying to help young people live long and happy lives.
DALTREY: It's so rewarding. I have met so many young people at various stages of the illness. I haven't met one of them who has got me down even when they're suffering terribly. There's something about their spirit and the life in their eyes that is magical.
DUNNAN: The first U.S. facility opened at the UCLA Medical Center this year. We're told the next will be in Irvine, California, as for Daltrey, he just wrapped up an extensive world tour with the who and will give fund-raising performances and the singer plans to treat it like quote a full time job.
WHITFIELD: All right, thanks so much, Tory. They're massive and frightening and dangerous, taking you inside giant sandstorms next.
WHITFIELD: Time now for our new series, the science behind, where we explain the why behind the what. This week, we're talking about grains of sand on their own, they're harmless, but when they are blown together into a huge cloud towering dozens of feet high, they can cause a lot of damage, as Martin Savidge reports, figuring out how they start means going back down to a single grain -- Martin.
MARTIN SAVIDGE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Thanks, Fred. If you haven't experienced living through a sandstorm you likely have seen incredible images like these on television. They typically occur in arid or semiarid conditions and break out when dirt breaks out on a dry surface. Now scientists have made a startling discovery as to this weather phenomena.
SAVIDGE (voice-over): They are menacing to look at and from the air, sandstorms appear to swallow up entire cities. On the ground, the sky can turn deep red making conditions treacherous.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You said you've never seen a dust storm. Where are you from?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMAEL: Jersey.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What do you think about this?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We don't get these out there in Jersey.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We get water instead of dust.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This is not my favorite weather.
SAVIDGE: Scientists are going inside these monstrous sandstorms known as haboobs like never before.
MARCUS VINICIUS CARNEIRO, ETH ZURICH: We track the particles.
SAVIDGE: The team use computer simulators and wind tunnels to recreate sandstorms following the path of more than 4,000 particles. By following the flight of each sand particle and how they collide researchers say it may predict how this impacts the land before it strikes.
CARNEIRO: The particles are reach higher heights and through the mid- air collision, studies before were predicting let's say a certain amount -- a different height, which is less than what we predict as a real for the sandstorms.
SAVIDGE: In fact, the findings suggest mid-air collisions of sand particles can double the strength of a sandstorm rather than weaken it as previously thought.
JESSICA NOLTE, METEOROLOGIST, NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (via telephone): They can be quite intense, have very strong winds excess of 60 miles an hour and can be very dangerous the way they rapidly reduce visibility.
SAVIDGE: These new models can help scientists predict an approaching storm. While instinct may make many run her to way, these scientists see the beauty and power and physics of Mother Nature.
SAVIDGE: By studying the trajectory, they hope their research can predict sandstorms before they strike in hopes of helping people not get caught in the crosshairs -- Fred, back to you.
WHITFIELD: Thanks so much, Martin Savidge. All right, more CNN NEWSROOM right after this.
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