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[01:00:09] JOHN VAUSE, CNN ANCHOR: You're watching CNN NEWSROOM live from Los Angeles. Ahead this hour, Donald Trump can still fire up a crowd. The president-elect hits the road again, this time on thank you tour.

Also ahead, South Korean lawmakers moving closer to impeaching their president over a corruption scandal. And the victims of this week's deadly plane crash in Colombia prepare to make their final journey home.

Hello, everybody. Thanks for staying with us. I'm John Vause. We're now into the second hour of NEWSROOM L.A.

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is on his post-election thank you tour that kicked off on Thursday night in Ohio, a state which surprised many poll watchers when it overwhelmingly supported Trump.


DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT-ELECT: I love American workers. I love these people. You know what I call the American workers? The forgotten men and women of our nation and those men and women came out to vote. Nobody ever thought that was going to happen.


VAUSE: Joining me now here in Los Angeles, Wendy Greuel, a former L.A. city councilwoman, and from San Francisco, Harmeet Dhillon, a Republican National Committee member for California.

Thank you for staying around for another hour. Let's get back to the Trump rally, the big thank you tour. He loves a big crowd. And tonight, for a lot of it, it was all about loving each other and coming together. Listen to this.


TRUMP: I've always brought people together. I know you find that hard to believe. Although this group probably doesn't find it hard to believe. But we are going to bring our country together, all of our country. We're going to find common ground and we will get the job done properly. We'll get it done properly.


VAUSE: Wendy, do you find it hard to believe that Donald Trump can bring people together?

WENDY GREUEL, FORMER LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCILWOMAN: Well, I think it is ironic that he's the one who said that, that people would find that hard to believe. I want our president to be able to bring people together and find that common ground. But some of the first things he needs to do is to ensure that the public knows that racism, bigotry, any of those items that we have seen from some of the Trump supporters will not be accepted.

You even saw this in his rally this evening that people were still, you know, demeaning Hillary Clinton and others. He's got to send a strong message that he is going to be a president for all of the people, those that voted for him and those that didn't, and particularly make sure that he doesn't represent racists and bigots and some of those other items that we've seen from some of his other supporters.

VAUSE: And Harmeet?

HARMEET DHILLON, RNC NATIONAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR CALIFORNIA: Yes, I mean, out of 60 million people who voted for the other side as well there've got to be some, you know, undesirables but, you know, I don't think you can slap those labels on Donald Trump and have him start condemning people he is not responsible for.

I think he did give a good speech about bringing people together and frankly in his election despite all the rhetoric from the media, he actually did quite well among women, he did better among African- Americans and Latinos than previous Republican presidential candidates. He won states that Republicans haven't won before. And he's reached out to communities that Republicans haven't reached out to before.

So I'd say I give him an A-plus in terms of reaching out and broadening the constituency, certainly of the Republican Party and frankly even after winning his great rhetoric that, you know, you saw. I've seen some interviews, some of these Carrier folks, some of them were Democrats, they didn't vote for him necessarily but they're very happy that he's keeping these jobs in America.

VAUSE: Well, Trump seems to be having a lot more success bringing the Republican Party together. There's nothing quite like winning. Listen to what the House Speaker Paul Ryan had to say to "60 Minutes."


SCOTT PELLEY, "60 MINUTES" HOST: You called Donald Trump a racist.

REP. PAUL RYAN (R) HOUSE SPEAKER: No, I didn't. I said his comment was.

PELLEY: Uh-huh. Well, I'm not sure there is a great deal of daylight between those two definitions but he definitely called you ineffective and disloyal. Have you patched it up?

RYAN: Yes, we have. We're fine.


VAUSE: Harmeet, are they really fine? Are they going to be able to work together?

DHILLON: I think so. I mean, you know, the rough and tumble of politics is tough. Wendy knows this. I know this. We've both run for office. And you know, at the end of the day, he won and he's assembled so far a great coalition of people behind him from all different walks of American life to help him succeed, and I think knowing the kind of guy that he is in terms of being a successful person, enjoying -- you know, dealing with common people like he does in all of his rallies, I think he genuinely wants to be the president who is liked by all Americans. And I think that that's going to be down to the benefit of all Americans to see when he governs, what his policies are like.

VAUSE: OK. Well, Trump was also on FOX News a few hours ago with his number one fan, Sean Hannity. Listen to this.


SEAN HANNITY, FOX NEWS ANCHOR: Since you've been elected some people have had a hard time dealing with it.

[01:05:02] And poor kids on college campuses have their professors giving them cocoa and aroma therapy and pet therapy and coloring books and Play-Doh. They're fairly very upset, they couldn't deal with it. Anything you'd like to say to them to reassure their sensitive feeling that they will be OK?

TRUMP: I think NEVILLE: ey're going to be very happy. I think we're going to have a very safe country, a prosperous country. We're going to do things that are going to create jobs for their parents in many cases where their parents are going to be able to do a lot better. Although most of their parents voted for me, so I think they don't have the problem. But we're going to have a very prosperous and a very safe country. And I hope they realize that very soon.


VAUSE: Wendy, Sean Hannity was clearly throwing the bait out there and Trump didn't take it. I mean, is that a presidential moment or is now the bar just pretty low we think that was a presidential moment?

GREUEL: Well, I -- you know, Sean Hannity did -- I mean, what he said was offensive. You know, what people are worried about are very serious issues where they disagree with President-elect Trump. I think as you said in that instance he tried to be above it. And I just want to make sure that that is consistent and what I saw tonight at the rally didn't necessarily continue in that same vein. I think if you saw what he had on his teleprompter and when he read from that he was trying to be presidential, but he can't help himself and goes off script and then continues to say some things that doesn't stop people who are saying bigoted, racist items.

He has got to stand up and say, I'm going to be a president for all of America whether you voted for me or not, and I haven't seen that consistently happening yet. And I don't think his appointments --

DHILLON: Well, he said it repeatedly. Come on.

GREUEL: And I don't think his appointment have necessarily reflected that as well.

VAUSE: Sorry, Harmeet, go on.

DHILLON: He has repeatedly said, repeatedly -- I can think of at least 10 instances in the last two seeks that he said, I want to be the president for all Americans and I want to succeed for all of you whether you voted for me or not. Quote-unquote. He keeps saying that. So I actually don't think there's anything that he could say at this point to make Hillary supporters happy. That's sad. I mean, I think as Americans we should all be pulling for our president to succeed and doing better for this country.

And you know, like I said before, you know, I wasn't happy when President Obama won the election but you know what, he did some good things and if he did some good things I was the first person to praise him because he's the president for all Americans. And Donald Trump is going to be the president for all Americans, too.

VAUSE: Harmeet, it takes time. Give it time. It's only been a couple of weeks.

Donald Trump also made some news tonight with this announcement.


TRUMP: We are going to appoint Mad Dog Mattis as our secretary of Defense. But we're not announcing it until Monday so don't tell anybody.


VAUSE: It's all just between us. But, Wendy, do you have any concerns about General Mattis as Defense secretary?

GREUEL: Well, I think this is a very different than has happened in the past where you have civilian oversight versus it being a military individual who was secretary of Defense. And I think that has raised concerns among many. No disrespect at all for General Mattis who gets high praise. But I think as we've seen in many instances the difference between civilian oversight and military oversight and the balance between that.

VAUSE: Yes. Harmeet, Donald Trump does like the generals.

DHILLON: He does like the generals and the generals like him. And you know, I, for one, you know, from what I've heard about General Mattis, I mean, he's coming out of the Hoover Institution, and I know some of his colleagues there. He is extremely well-respected for being a very thoughtful, learned man who at the same time as a Marine has known what it is to send people into combat and had boots on the ground. The Marines are usually there first with their boots on the ground.

And so, you know, I think there's something to be said for having somebody who's actually had to make those tough decisions as opposed to somebody whose knowledge of wars out of a textbook. So I look forward to this approach.

VAUSE: OK. Very quickly. Donald Trump went to Indianapolis today to that plant which was about to be closed down. It was a big issue during the campaign. Trump intervened, it is now not closing down, 1,000 jobs will stay but 1,000 will still be gone.

This is what Donald Trump said to the crowd. Listen to this.


TRUMP: I just want to let all of the other companies know that we're going to do great things for businesses. No reason for them to leave anymore because your taxes are going to be at the very, very low end and your unnecessary regulations are going to be gone. We need regulations for safety and environment and things, but most of the regulations are nonsense.


VAUSE: The criticism here seems to be that this is not a policy. This is an individual case by case basis. He obviously can't call every factory, you know, president and CEO which is about to be closed.


GREUEL: From my perspective is every job that we can create here is important or that we can keep here.

[01:10:03] But it is -- as someone who has been an elected official, who has adopted business tax reform, has looked at ways in which we keep businesses here from the entertainment industry and others, you have to have an overall policy. And I think that's what the American people are asking for whether it be on business and taxes or regulation or housing, whatever the issue is we haven't seen that yet and people are asking what's the overall policy on how we're going to create jobs and how we're going to pay for those tax reductions that he proposes.

VAUSE: OK. I want to read the statement that came out --

DHILLON: Yes. But we have seen it.

VAUSE: Sorry. I want to get the statement from Bernie Sanders. I'll get your response after this. This is from Bernie Sanders, he was the Democratic presidential candidate, he said, "Trump has endangered the jobs of workers who are previously safe in the United States. Why? because he has signaled to every corporation in America that they can threaten to off shore jobs in exchange for business friendly tax benefits and incentives."

Harmeet, is there now a precedent for corporate shakedown of the federal government?

DHILLON: No, that's nonsense. I mean, the fact of the matter is that he's been promising from day one of his campaign that he's going to make the tax rates fairer for corporations which will encourage more investment here and more jobs for Americans and also simultaneously make the tax rate more fair for Americans and allow them to spend money in their local communities because they have jobs.

I think there's anything consistent about that. I think it's a myth to say that he hasn't actually clearly communicated this policy. Now, you know, it is a new thing for Republicans to talk about holding foreign countries and holding foreign corporations accountable and also punishing American corporations who send jobs abroad and then try to bring the products back. That's a new thing. I think we're going to, you know, see what happens with that. But this shakedown concept, the reality is businesses are there to make money.


DHILLON: And if it's better for their pocketbook to go abroad that's what they're going to do.

VAUSE: Yes. A lot of new things coming, it seems.

Harmeet and Wendy, thanks to you both. We appreciate it. Thank you.

GREUEL: Thanks.

DHILLON: My pleasure, John.

VAUSE: Donald Trump began his campaign for president and sparked an ongoing debate. Is the Donald an American al-duce? Is he a modern- day Benito Mussolini, the leader of fascist Italy? Others have compared Trump's rise to power with Adolf Hitler and the Nazis.


RICHARD SPENCER, NATIONAL POLICY INSTITUTE: We were not meant to beg for moral validation from some of the most despicable creatures to ever populate the planet. Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory.


VAUSE: That was the annual meeting last month of white nationalists at the National Policy Institute that was celebrating the election of Donald Trump. Two days later the president-elect denounced the group. And the U.S. dictionary, Miriam Webster, reports the word fascism is now its most searched term right now. And they're begging people to stop because the number of searches directly correlates to the word of the year.

Allan Lichtman is a presidential historian and distinguished professor at American University and he's with us now from Washington.

Professor, thank you for being here. Just to be clear this is a serious debate right now among academics and historians, as opposed to critics who label someone a fascist as an ultimate insult.

ALLAN LICHTMAN, PRESIDENTIAL HISTORIAN: That's right. Look. History does not repeat itself in lockstep. And America is not Italy. It's not Germany in the 1930s. Nonetheless there are lessons we can learn from history and there are warnings we can take from history and I think there are some real warning signs right now that Americans need to heed and need to resist.

VAUSE: So what are those warning signs do you think that everyone should be aware of right now?

LICHTMAN: First of all, fascism is a cult of personality. You obviously see that in Mussolini and Hitler and the cult of personality is a hallmark of the Donald Trump approach to politics. After all he's the guy who went before the nation at the Republican convention and said, only I can fix your problems. In addition, there is this inward looking xenophobic nationalism that has marked the Trump campaign and continues to mark the pre-election -- the pre- presidential period, post election.

In addition fascism is an alliance between corporations and the state. And in Trump's policies and his appointments we've seen him moving in that direction. Trump is no populist. And that's critical for us to understand. Populism was a 19th century American movement that arose to curb and control and arrest the power of the big corporations. Donald Trump is doing just the opposite.

In addition we see with Donald Trump a complete disregard for facts and the truth. We have never had a presidential candidate much less a president who, like Donald Trump, is in essence a serial fabricator, and of course fascism suppresses the free press.

[01:15:06] And we have never seen someone in politics like Donald Trump so viciously attacking the press even after his election and there is this undertone of violence in the Trump movement as well. After all this is the candidate who talked about a possible Second Amendment solution if Hillary Clinton should win and have the opportunity to appoint judges and of course the Second Amendment only refers to guns. So we're far from an American fascism but there are disturbing warning signs.

VAUSE: Other presidents like Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush were at times also called fascists or Nazis. Are you saying it's different, though, this time around with Donald Trump?

LICHTMAN: I do think it's different. First of all I'm not calling him a fascist or a Nazi, I'm just pointing to dangerous tendencies and I think all of these tendencies go far beyond anything we saw in Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush or any modern American president. Some of those presidents may have had one or two of these many tendencies, only Donald Trump has embodied all of these characteristics which are warning signs of an incipient fascism. It may never come about and I certainly hope it doesn't but as Thomas Jefferson said, you know, the price of liberty is eternal vigilance.

VAUSE: I mean, looking a little further around the world, we have the rise of the far right in Europe and Nazis demonstrating in Sweden praising Donald Trump. Are there similarities now to the time period before World War II? History doesn't repeat itself, as you say, but Mark Twain said, history often rhymes.

LICHTMAN: Well, that's right. And I think we are seeing some echoes of rhymes here. During the 1930s people felt displaced, they felt distressed, they felt their governments were not working for them and they were looking for an authoritarian solution indeed for some leader who said I can solve your problems. This rippled across Europe. Of course we saw it in the far eastern Japan as well. And we're now seeing it ripple across much of the Western world, the same sentiments and same tendencies we see the United States. We also see around the world particularly in Europe.

VAUSE: OK. Professor, obviously some concerning times, you know, for many countries right now and as you say vigilance and obviously people need to be aware of all of this.

We appreciate you being with us. Thank you, sir.

LICHTMAN: Thank you, John.

VAUSE: Well, next here on NEWSROOM L.A., Park Geun-hye's time in office could be up. Opposition parties plan to vote on impeaching the South Korean president.

Plus French president Francois Hollande won't run for a second term. We'll tell you how that could shake up the political landscape beyond France.




[01:21:42] VAUSE: South Korean opposition parties plan to vote next week on impeaching President Park Geun-hye. Miss Park denies any wrongdoing but has offered to resign. She is accused of letting a friend view confidential documents as well as presidential speeches. South Koreans have rallied for the past five weeks calling for her to go.

Saima Mohsin joins us now live from Seoul. So, Saima, how is this expected to play out?

SAIMA MOHSIN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, John, it seems to change every day. But the opposition parties seem to finally have got their act together. They really were having trouble trying to agree on a date for impeachment. They said they wanted to go ahead with it but they weren't coming up with a decided date. Now they have announced and said that they will go ahead with impeachment and they have tabled a motion today here, Friday in Seoul, for that vote to go ahead on December 9th.

Now to do so, half the members of parliament which is 150, it's 300 in the national assembly here in South Korea, half of them need to agree to the motion. So the opposition parties have those numbers. Crucially what they need now next week on December 9th is to have two- thirds of the national assembly vote in favor of impeachment. Now the opposition parties collectively only have 165 members. They need 35 more votes which means they need to tear away some votes, John, from the Saenuri Party, President Park's own party.

Now local media has been reporting this morning. We haven't managed to get through to them ourselves yet and independently confirm that, but local media reporting that President Park's party is meeting this weekend to try and stop people from voting for impeachment. They are hatching some kind of plan for her to step down in months to come.

But I spoke to Associate Professor John Delury at Yonsei University, who said that that would be political suicide for her party and what is more important to them? The upcoming presidential election, potentially, once she does go, or President Park and saving her from impeachment -- John.

VAUSE: OK. Interesting days ahead there in Seoul. Saima, thank you.

Now Thailand has a new king. Crowned Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn has accepted the government's invitation to assume the throne after his father died in October. Vajiralongkorn honored the late king in Buddhist prayer ritual in Bangkok. He said he needed time to mourn before taking the crown.

A shock in France with President Francois Hollande announcing he will not run for a second term. It's the first time in over 50 years a sitting French president has decided not to seek reelection. He leaves behind a divided left which could boost support for the conservatives and the far right national front in the next election.


FRANCOIS HOLLANDE, FRENCH PRESIDENT (Through Translator): Power, the exercise of power, the corridors of power, the rituals of power have never made me lose perspective either over myself or the situation because I have to act and today I am conscious of the risks that would result from a step, my own, that did not unite enough people behind me. I have therefore decided not to be a candidate for the next presidential election.


VAUSE: Mr. Hollande has some of the lowest approval ratings ever. His administration has struggled to revive the economy.

[01:25:03] Prime Minister Manuel Valls is expected to seek the nomination of president for the Socialist Party.

Well, victims from the plane crash in Colombia are heading home. Just ahead, what the Brazilian town is doing to remember those killed in this tragic plane crash.

Also it has been a year since the horrific San Bernardino massacre. Now new details about what might have triggered the attacks.


VAUSE: Welcome back, everybody, you're watching CNN NEWSROOM live from Los Angeles. I'm John Vause with the headlines this hour.

South Korean opposition parties plan to vote next week on impeaching the country's president. Park Geun-Hye denies any wrongdoing but has offered to resign. She's accused of letting her confidant to use secret documents and presidential speeches.

French president Francois Hollande says he won't seek re-election. His administration struggled to review the economy. He has some of the lowest approval ratings ever. And supporters have gone for the conservatives and the far right National Front.

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is on a thank you tour to kick off Friday in Ohio. He promised to unite the country and secure American interests.

Trump also publicly confirmed his choice of secretary of Defense. He wants retired Marine general James "Mad Dog" Mattis to lead the Pentagon.

It has been a year since one of the deadliest attacks in the U.S. since 9/11. A married couple killed 14 people at work event in San Bernardino right here in California. 20 others -- 22 others were wounded.

Sayyed Farouk and his wife Tashfeen Malik were inspired by ISIS. Investigators still have questions including whether anyone helped them plan and carry out the attack.

Bobby Chacon joins us now. He's a former FBI special agent.

Bobby, thanks for coming in.


VAUSE: OK. More than 600 interviews, more than 500 pieces of evidence. Dozens of search warrants. Investigators still don't have a lot of answers in this. In partical if someone gave them some assistance or knew about the attack ahead of time.

CHACON: Right. And if they were part of a larger cell or anything like that.

VAUSE: Yeah --


CHACON: It certainly doesn't look like that from this point after a year, and so much evidence uncovered you would think some of that would have led to people or a group that they might have been associated with.

VAUSE: The FBI, they put together a time line of everything that happened, you know, days before and on the day. But on the actual day, between 12:59 and 1:17 p.m., it's missing 18 minutes. How crucial is that 18 minutes in trying to piece this all together?

CHACON: Ideally, you want to know every minute, but it's I think the day of the attack, the fact that they know where he was just prior to the attack and what happened during the attack, I'm not sure how crucial that 18 minutes is. I think that you know, by the looks of this, this may or may not have been their primary target when they were planning everything out. Whether they met with other people during that 18 minutes I would find it hard to believe. Things were developing fast for them and may not have been going the way they planned for them to go. They were looping back to try to detonate the pipe bombs and stuff. I don't know how crucial. I wouldn't put a lot of importance on that missing 18 minutes.

VAUSE: Investigators have found e-mails that reveal that the wife was unhappy that her husband had to attend a workplace Christmas party. This is what the San Bernardino police chief told ABC News.


JARROD BURGUAN, CHIEF, SAN BERNARDINO POLICE DEPARTMENT: She made the statement in an online account that she didn't think a Muslim should have to participate in a non-Muslim holiday or event. You could see there from pictures inside that room there was somewhat of a festive atmosphere. So, it had Christmas overtones to it. This is one of the very, very few pieces of potential evidence that we have that we can point to and say that is a motive in this case.


VAUSE: A short time after he was at that Christmas party, they came back and killed 14 and wounded 22. From your point of view, is that more of a motive or a trigger?

CHACON: I don't know if it's either. I think it's more of a trigger than a motive. I disagree that that tells you a lot about it. Simply because he was taking part in this -- the wife was unhappy. It's a reasonable thing to be unhappy in that sense. It's unreasonable then to carry out an attack like this. And the planning and building of the bombs, the gathering of the equipment, the training with that equipment doesn't lend credence to the belief that this was a real snap decision on his part. He was upset being at the party and decided to the this? I don't think that's believable.

# One of the theories is this was in the works and they thought now is as good a time as any because we are angry.

CHACON: That could be. And they may have had another target and this presented it. But they were planning an attack, whether this one or another one. They were equipping themselves and planning and training for the attack. And you know, in the new sense of the word, these were ISIS soldiers. Sometimes there is a new trend to use "ISIS- inspired" to minimize these people. These are the new ISIS soldiers. This is what they are.

VAUSE: With that in mind, they pledged support for ISIS but investigators say they searched online, the day before, the name "al Baghdadi." Does that question their commitment to the group?

CHACON: I don't think so. It reinforces it for me. We don't know why they searched that name. They could have been searching it to see if there were new instructions or words or developments from him. This was someone they were following and were about to take extreme measures in his name. So, it is possible and reasonable they would search his name.

VAUSE: And the time this investigation is taking, for an attack like this, so many people dead, so many pieces of evidence, is this standard or taking longer than you expect?

CHACON: I think it takes as long as it takes. Each case is different. But when you are not finding anything, as clearly they weren't, or they would have made it public, it seems like it takes longer because you just keep looking. If you find things right away, you show it to the public. The longer it goes, and you don't find that cell or those additional people, then it just lingers on and it seems like it is taking longer, but it really isn't.

VAUSE: Thanks for explaining all that.

CHACON: Thank you.

VAUSE: In Colombia, the air traffic controller who received the distress call from the doomed plane says she has been getting death threats. She says, "I can affirm, with absolute certainty, for my part, I did what was humanly possible and technically required to preserve the lives of the users of air transport. Unfortunately, my efforts were unfruitful because of the reasons that you all know." Colombian authorities confirmed that the plane was out of fuel when it crashed on Monday. 71 people died, including an almost entire Brazilian football team. And most of the victims will be repatriated to Brazil on Friday.

The town of Chapeco is reeling over the sudden loss of the small football team-turned national heroes.

Here's Don Riddell.


[01:35:35] DON RIDDELL, CNN WORLD SPORT CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The locker room is the heart and soul of any football club at a stadium. This is the room where you have the banter, the rousing team talks, the celebrations after the game or perhaps the commiserations. And that was certainly the case here just a week ago, when all those players were jubilant at their historical achievements, reaching the final of the South American Cup, and they partied long into the night. They savored that achievement.

But now everything has changed and this locker room now feels very, very different. It has become a sacred place. It's now where the surviving players are consoling each other and the family members are take solace, too. As you can see, there is a shrine. We have the flowers, sentiments that are being echoed all over the stadium, and we see the tragic names and numbers on some of the lockers. These players, these guys are never, ever coming home. And the club is really still trying to come to terms with this awful loss, this absolutely devastating turn of events.

In time, the club says that it will rebuild and it will try and figure out a way to continue in the future. But that seems a long way off right now.

They do know for sure the next few days are going to be very, very difficult. One day, the atmosphere and the vibrancy will perhaps return to the locker room, but right now, that seems a very long way off in the future.

Don Riddell, CNN, Chapecoense.


VAUSE: The United Nations admits it did not do enough to prevent the cholera outbreak in Haiti that killed at least 10,000 people after the earthquake.


BAN KI-MOON, U.N. SECRETARY-GENERAL: On behalf of the United Nations, I want to say very clearly, we apologize to the Haitian people. We simply did not do enough with regard to the cholera outbreak that spread in Haiti. We are profoundly sorry for our role.


VAUSE: The Haitian ambassador to the U.N. welcomed Ban's acknowledgment but Haiti still needs money from U.N. members to improve health care, water and sanitation systems.

Next here on NEWSROOM L.A., we are learning more about the mystery surrounding a California woman who vanished for three weeks.

Back in a moment.


[01:41:09] VAUSE: Now to the bizarre mystery of the California mother who went missing for three weeks and was found on the side of the road 200 kilometers from her home.

In an interview with ABC News, Sherri Papini's husband has described the terrifying moments just before and after his wife was set free.


KEITH PAPINI, HUSBAND OF SHERRI PAPINI: They opened the door. She doesn't know because she had a bag over her head. They cut something to free her restraint that was holding her in the vehicle and then kind of pushed her out of the vehicle. And she has, at this point, no idea where she's at. And then ran to the freeway. She said she was coughing up blood from the screaming trying to get someone to stop.


VAUSE: Joining me now for his take on the Sherri Papini case is Troy Slaten, a criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor based here in Los Angeles.

OK, Troy, there was concern from the investigators when Papini's husband released a written statement, and now ABC News is running this interview. They've been running it all day. They'll be running it tomorrow. What are the potential problems with him going public like this?

TROY SLATEN, CRMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY & FORMER PROSECUTOR: As a former prosecutor, you don't want anyone talking about any potential evidence that could affect the leads that you're investigating. So, if he's revealing things that only the kidnappers would know, that causes problems because it forces investigators to possibly go down paths that they wouldn't otherwise go down. So, the -- the more interviews he gives and the more information he gives to the public, the more difficult it is to solve the crime.

VAUSE: Surely, authorities have said please don't do this?

SLATEN: Yeah, but he's a free person. It doesn't appear he is a person of interest right now, so he's free to talk to whoever he wants to.

VAUSE: Police also revealed one of the few clues they have is Papini's iPhone. That it may have been planted at the crime scene. So how does that complicate things?

SLATEN: If the iPhone was planted, that would lead investigators to look at the husband. It was the husband who said that he found the iPhone by using the "Find My iPhone" feature, and that cell phone service near their home was so difficult that you had to go a mile away from the house even to get cell service.

VAUSE: Sherri Papini's family hired a private investigator to find her. He's not involved in the current investigation but he believes this case has the hallmarks of sex trafficking. Listen to this.


BILL GARCIA, PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR HIRED BY PAPINI FAMILY: I suspect, based on the types of injuries that Sherri incurred, the beatings, the broken nose, the cut hair, especially the chains and the branding, indicate that it was most likely one of these sex trafficking groups.


VAUSE: The county sheriff says there is no evidence of that, but at this stage, how much faith do you put in that theory? SLATEN: Well, it's as good as any other. And when someone is being

kidnapped, the kidnappers want to place that person under fear. They want to make sure that the person is not running away. So, branding them, cutting their hair, making them afraid to escape is something that captors normally do. So, sex trafficking is a real problem here in the United States. There is modern-day slavery. That is a real possibility. And it's something that investigators are going to look at. She was branded with not just a symbol but sheriff's investigators say a message --


VAUSE: And that happens in sex trafficking cases as well.

SLATEN: It does. It absolutely does.

VAUSE: OK, Papini said described the kidnappers as two Hispanic women. She said the older one had dark hair, thick eyebrows, the young one, curly hair, thin eyebrows. They wore masks most of the time, their faces covered sometimes. It's all pretty vague. How helpful are these descriptions?

[01:45:01] SLATEN: When somebody is the victim of a crime, they may know things that they may not even know are important at the time that they're giving information to investigators. So, although she may have been covered most of the time, like she was when she was released, with a burlap sack, it may be some noise she heard nearby, even a train or a bus station, or something could be the lynchpin to give investigators the clue needed to solve the crime. And the investigators are looking not just for the identity but what was the whole reason behind this?

VAUSE: She had the sack on her head and hands were chained. I guess that is physical evidence as well. What sort of clues or evidence can they get out of that?

SLATEN: They can. Where was -- her wrists were bound with hose clamps. Where were the hose clamps purchased? Where was the burlap sack from? These are all things that could lead investigators back to who are the perpetrators of this crime.

VAUSE: Troy, it is a mystery right now and will be for a while.

Thanks for coming in.

SLATEN: Thanks for having me.

VAUSE: Hundreds of high school students in Hong Kong have pushed themselves to exhaustion, running a 24-hour endurance race to save lives of human trafficking victims. CNN's parent company, Turner, was the sponsor of the race.

Alexandra Field, with the CNN Freedom Project, shows us how the kids do.





ALEXANDRA FIELD, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Some of these teenagers are athletes -- runners and swimmers used to competition. But few have faced a challenge like this. For 24-hours teams of eight from Hong Kong-based schools will run continuous relay laps, a bold mission, to raise awareness of modern-day slavery, and money to fight human trafficking.

UF: It's important to motivate one another.

UF: And keep the main idea in mind that we are doing this for a good cause. This is 24 hours compared to our entire lives, which most people go through.

FIELD: The Global of Slavery Index estimates there are 45.8 million enslaved people across the world and two-thirds are in Asia.

For the seventh year, the nonprofit, Running to Stop Traffic, is putting on this race, entirely organized by high school students.

They race along Hong Kong's Victoria Peak and partner with runners in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and South Korea. Together they say the relays have raised 700,000 U.S. dollars since 2010.

UM: I started to go back to my roots. When I found out about the problem of slavery in India, I felt that I'm living in a privileged area and I was able to do some change, and I got interested in the race.

FIELD: At 5:00 on a Sunday morning, the finish line feels far.

UF: Very, very tired. Four hours to go. A few of us have injuries and some of us are some of us are starting to get a bit sick.

UF: When you get a cramp and you feel like you can't go any more, think about what they are going through, just go on for the cause you are running for.

FIELD: The fuel for these runners, fighting for so many others.


FIELD: Alexandra Field, CNN, Hong Kong.






[01:52:33] UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: You remember, I had some money yesterday, the money I won on the horse.


UNIDENTIIED ACTOR: Tell her I had the money yesterday.

SACHS: I know nothing.


VAUSE: A scene from "Fawlty Towers" featuring hilarious Andrew Sachs as the bumbling waiter, Manuel, and his surefire laugh line, "I know nothing." Sachs was buried on Thursday. He reportedly suffered for dementia for four years dying last week at the age of 86. Sachs appeared on a few British shows but "Fawlty Towers" in the 1970s was his big break. The show starred John Cleese of "Monty Python" fame. He called Sach's work an inspiration.

The second man to walk on the moon is recovering after a health scare at the South Pole. Former U.S. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin was on a tourist trip when his medical condition deteriorated. The 86-year-old was air lifted to New Zealand. Aldrin had fluid in his lungs but is responding well to antibiotics. His condition is stable. His manager described him as being in good spirits. And in this picture posted to his Twitter account, he looks all smiles.

The world chess champ at the game of kings, the champion has successfully defended his crown.

But as Jonathan Mann reports, the grueling battle for global supremacy in chess with two grand masters, so evenly matched, they had to fight it out in overtime.


JONATHAN MANN, CNN HOST, POLITICAL MANN (voice-over): If you caught only a glimpse of one of the final matches, it looked fast and even easy. Magnus Carlsen, the reigning world champ, taking on Russian challenger, Sergey Karjakin, in a sound-proof room in New York with spectators out of sight outside behind one-way glass. But their matches, played out for hours at a time over nearly three weeks, were slow, agonizing drama. Brilliant chess fought to one draw after another with the two managing just one victory each. A dead heat after a dozen encounters.

SERGEY KARJAKIN, CHESS PLAYER: A lot of pieces were shut off and we met a draw.

MANN: It came down to a series of tie breakers with a crucial element to add pressure, a tight time limit on the clock, forcing a faster pace of play. There were more draws and a finally pair of wins for Carlson who turned 26 the same day.


[01:55:03] MANN: Carlsen was already a legendary figure in the game. He was a prodigy who became a grand master at the age of 13, one of the youngest in history. He has been world champion since 2013. Called the Mozart of chess and even it's Houdini for his ability to escape from his opponent's best moves. He's also a champion of high- speed variants of the game, known as rapid chess and blitz chess, which may have been a factor in his victory in New York.

MAGNUS CARLSEN, CHESS PLAYER: Very happy to get there. It is by no means obvious this was going to be the end result.

MANN: After his strong play in the regular matches, the defeated challenger blamed himself at failing at the faster-paced tie breakers.

KARJAKIN: My mistake and he deserved to win. And my congratulations to him.

MANN: In Magnus Carlsen, the world of chess has its king.

Jonathan Mann, CNN.


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