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Glitch In Historic Launch; New Details In Trayvon Martin Case; Going Outside U.S. To Adopt; Chinese Activist Gets U.S. Asylum; SpaceX Launch Nipped
Aired May 19, 2012 - 06:00 ET
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RANDI KAYE, CNN ANCHOR: From CNN Center in Atlanta, this is EARLY START WEEKEND. It is Saturday, May 19th. Good morning, everyone. I'm Randi Kaye.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one, zero. And liftoff. We've had a cut-off.
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KAYE: A space launch failed. The first mission by a private company is aborted as SpaceX's Dragon 9 rocket suffers a computer problem.
And it's a multimillion dollar business. No, not FaceBook but international baby adoptions. As a heart-wrenching story sheds lights on the struggles of overseas adoption, we put the baby business in focus.
And, how many people liked FaceBook's initial public offering. You might be surprised. We break down the social network's newest circle of friends.
And we start with that glitch in the space plan.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Four, three, two, one, zero. And --
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KAYE: That is the Dragon spacecraft on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, but it didn't get off the ground, as you can see there. CNN's John Zarrella joining me this morning from Miami.
Good morning, John. You know what happened here. Tell us.
JOHN ZARRELLA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yes, you know, Randi, it was funny to listen -- that was George Diller (ph), the voice of launch control there. And he goes "and lift off." That question in his voice. And, of course, it doesn't go anywhere. History on hold right now.
Dragon -- the Falcon 9 rocket with the Dragon capsule on board. That's the SpaceX commercial vehicle attempting to be the first commercial company to actually rendezvous with the Space Station and birth with the Space Station. Only five countries in the world have that technology. But what happened was, chamber pressure is what they're saying, in one of the nine engines on this vehicle. Apparently a little out of whack. A little too high. And they all have to be in balance or you're going to have problems when you get off the ground.
So, bottom line is, they shut it down and they probably will be able to try this again on the 22nd, about the same time in the very early morning hours.
KAYE: And, John, tell us just a little about it. I mean this was a historic mission, but what exactly was the mission?
ZARRELLA: Yes. Yes, hugely historic because what NASA had done, remember, was, they decided they didn't have enough money to continue flying space shuttles with crews and cargos to the International Space Station and to build a big new rocket and spacecraft to take humans to an asteroid or onto Mars. So NASA, in a big gamble, said, we're going to let commercial companies do all this low earth orbit stuff.
So, SpaceX is the first company ready to take that next step. There are several vying to do this. They're the first ready to start carrying cargo, this is an unmanned vehicle, to the International Space Station. And eventually to take U.S. astronauts. Remember, right now, the Russians are the only game in town. Our astronauts, for the next three or four years at least will be flying on Russian spacecraft to the International Space Station. So hugely important that they get these flights right and they start flying cargo, and then eventually humans to the Space Station or, again, for the foreseeable future, the U.S. is relying on Russia.
KAYE: So it sounds like they have a little bit of work to do and then they'll try again, what did you say, on the 22nd?
ZARRELLA: Yes. Yes, I believe about the 22nd at, I think, 3:44 a.m. Eastern Time. So early wake-up call again.
KAYE: Oh, yes, you'll be in the hot seat again. John Zarrella, nice to see you. Thank you.
KAYE: Also this morning, a blind Chinese human rights activist who hid out at the U.S. embassy in Beijing may soon be on his way to the U.S. Chen Guangcheng, his wife and two children have been cleared by U.S. authorities. They're at the airport in Beijing waiting for the plane to take off for Newark. Last month, Chen escaped house arrest and found his way to the U.S. embassy. He was later hospitalized. But after a lot of diplomatic back and forth, China agreed to let Chen leave the country to study abroad. He's been invited to study at New York University.
The hunt for a man accused of killing his bride on their wedding night has moved to Mexico. That's where the FBI believes Arnoldo Jimenez has actually fled. His parents live in Mexico. It's been exactly a week since police say Jimenez stabbed his new bride in his Illinois apartment. She was found in the bathtub. Jimenez's phone was tracked to the Texas-Mexico border and he's charged with first degree murder.
President Obama kicks off a major international gathering at Camp David in just a couple of hours. He's hosting the leaders of the other G-8 nations. They're in Maryland with the European financial crisis front and center on that agenda. And the stakes are high. The leaders are working on plans to head off any further trouble in the euro zone.
Meanwhile, protesters are gathered in Chicago for Sunday's NATO Summit. Afghanistan is expected to be one of the main points of discussion there.
Donna Summer's family wants to clear the air about the singer's death. The disco queen died Thursday at the age of 63. Her family says it was lung cancer, but Donna Summer wasn't a smoker, and the family says the cancer wasn't related to smoking. The family says they wanted to quell any rumors surrounding Summer's cause of death. They also say details about her diagnosis and treatment are between them and the doctors.
The much-anticipated FaceBook IPO couldn't pull the stock market out of its week long slide. In fact, FaceBook didn't really wow investors at all. After an early jump when trading started, the stock finished up just 23 cents over its initial $38 price. It still netted FaceBook around $18 billion though. All three major indices notched their worst week of the year. The Dow closed out the week down 3.5 percent.
And here's a rundown of some stories that we're working on for you this morning. Witnesses in the Trayvon Martin case paint a conflicting picture of what happened on the night the Florida teen was killed. You'll hear what they have to say.
Then, a 300 pound alligator picks a highway ditch to take a little break and it's not too happy when this guy decides it is time for that gator to take a hike.
Plus, a manhunt in Atlanta for a school bus sniper. We'll take you to the scene for a live report.
And, 150 years ago, it was one of the largest civil war prison camps. And, today, we're learning what life was like inside Camp Lofoten (ph).
And we want to say good morning to Atlanta. Look at that. The city is waking up. Lights are on. The beautiful sky there. We're glad you're with us. You're watching EARLY START WEEKEND.
KAYE: We may be getting a clear picture now of what really happened the night George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin. New details in the case were released this week, 183 pages of evidence. But those details also leave us with lots of new questions.
(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) KAYE (voice-over): The first bit of ambiguous evidence, these pictures, George Zimmerman, who says he killed Trayvon Martin in self- defense, told investigators Trayvon attacked him and slammed his head into the concrete. If that's true, are these wounds consistent with a head hitting pavement? Documents released Thursday show Zimmerman had abrasions to his forehead, bleeding and tenderness at his nose, and a small laceration to the back of his head. And if it was so bad, why didn't Zimmerman go to the hospital? Zimmerman declined to be transported to the hospital, even after he told officers his head hurt and that he felt light-headed.
And there's this. If there was a prolonged struggle, would Zimmerman's DNA be on Trayvon Martin's hands? An analysis of scrapings from underneath the teenager's finger nails did not contain any of Zimmerman's DNA. But the autopsy done on Martin does show a cut. A, quote, "one quarter by one eighth inch small abrasion on the left fourth finger." An indication he might indeed have been punching Zimmerman.
And new details also reveal the first neighbor to encounter Zimmerman after the shooting found him winded.
WITNESS 13 (voice-over): Yes, he was having a hard time cause he -- looked like he had just got his butt whooped. So he was a little bit more of a, you know, not shock but like just getting up type of thing.
KAYE (on camera): There's also this unanswered question. As the two men fought, who was it neighbors heard yelling for help? In a 911 call, one police sergeant counted a man yelling "help or help me" 14 times in just 38 seconds.
KAYE (voice-over): Listen to this 911 call. You can hear someone yelling in the background.
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DISPATCHER: So you think he's yelling help?
KAYE: The discovery documents show competing versions of the events. Of those who say they heard the struggle, some told police they thought they heard a young boy screaming for help. One witness, Witness 6 as he's called in the documents, thought it was the voice of a grown man.
WITNESS 6 (voice-over): There was a black male with a black hoodie on top of either a white guy or now that I found out I think he was a Hispanic guy with a red sweatshirt on, on the ground yelling out help.
KAYE: The FBI looked into this too, but their audio analysis was inconclusive, saying it couldn't determine whose voice it was due to the, quote, "extreme emotional state" of the person yelling, plus overlapping voices. The FBI said there was an "insufficient voice quality" on the recording.
And what about that racial slur Zimmerman, a white Hispanic, allegedly used when describing Trayvon? GEORGE ZIMMERMAN, (voice-over): The back entrance. (INAUDIBLE).
KAYE: FBI analysis released Thursday said they could not definitively identify the word Zimmerman used due to weak signal level and poor recording quality. That word is key to the racial discrimination argument and legal experts say, without definitive evidence he used a racial slur, the chances Zimmerman might be charged with a federal hate crime diminish.
But an interview, which is also part of the discovery, with one of the Zimmerman's former co-workers says something else. The man, who was Middle Eastern, said Zimmerman is a racist and a bully.
FORMER CO-WORKER (voice-over): I was portrayed like the um -- I don't know if you ever watched comedy, this guy is called Ahmed the terrorist?
FORMER CO-WORKER: OK. So it's this little guy. He's got this weird voice and some -- that was me in the story. So the story turned my accent to 'No! I kill you!'"
FORMER CO-WORKER: And he kept going and going and going.
KAYE: And finally the question of drugs in Trayvon Martin's system. In his 911 call, just before the shooting, Zimmerman indicated the teenager looked like he was on drugs on something. But even though we now know Trayvon's blooded had THC in it, the active ingredient in marijuana, that may not mean he was high. One toxicologist cautioned THC can linger in a person's system for days, even spike after death. And HLN's Dr. Drew Pinsky warned marijuana typically does not make someone more aggressive.
With all the new details released this week, you think we'd be closer to learning the truth about what happened. But, really, the one thing we know for sure is that a single gunshot fired straight into the chest of Trayvon Martin killed him.
KAYE: And George Zimmerman is charged with second degree murder. He pled not guilty and claims it was self-defense. Zimmerman is currently out on bond.
Texting while walking. It's becoming a huge problem in some cities. Just look at this guy walking right into a bear because he is so focused. He is so focused on his phone. Is it time to crack down on distracted walkers? You'll get your chance to weigh in.
Plus, a scientist tries to capture a 300 pound gator, but this wild reptile wasn't going to go without a fight.
(COMMERCIAL BREAK) KAYE: Good morning, Washington. We are letting just a little bit of sunshine in there. You can see it there just poking through on that corner there of the White House. A beautiful shot. Good morning, Mr. President.
Check stories cross country now.
Watch this. A 300 pound alligator chomps down on a biologist's arm in North Carolina. Whoa! The man works at a nearby aquarium and was helping firefighters wrangle that gator. Not a job I would want. Neighbors called for help after seeing it lurking in the ditch. They eventually captured it and, yes, the scientist, the very brave scientist is OK.
Today is the Preakness Stakes in Maryland. So get your bets ready. It's the second leg of the U.S. Triple Crown, but odds are against the winner of the Kentucky Derby named "I'll Have Another." Instead, the runner up of the derby, "Bodemeister," is favored to win. The race starts tonight at about 6:00 Eastern.
And a man in Kentucky bought everything inside a Kmart that was closing and is donating it to charity. Rankin Paynter paid about $20,000 for it and was going to sell it all and then he changed his mind. Most of it is winter clothing.
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RANKIN PAYNTER, DONATED KMART BUYOUT TO CHARITY: It will mean that the needy this fall will not go cold. And they won't go hungry.
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KAYE: Paynter said he once was so poor he couldn't afford shoes and now he's a successful jeweler.
Now here's some advice for you. If you're known to text while you walk, well, watch out, because it can be dangerous and even deadly and also expensive. More and more communities are starting to fine people for careless walking. Just this week, Fort Lee, New Jersey, starting fining people $85 if they're caught, but other cities are taking a kinder approach, putting signs reading "look up" on sidewalks.
Just an example now of how dangerous this is. Take a look. Remember this video here. A woman was texting and walked right into a mall's fountain. It was all caught on the surveillance camera. Yep, there she goes. Or maybe you've seen this video of the guy walking up on a hungry 400 pound black bear while he's just texting in Los Angeles last month. Didn't even see the bear until it was right on him. Yep.
So we want to know what you think should this. Should cities fine people for texting while walking? Is it really that dangerous? Tweet me @randikayecnn and we'll read some of your comments on the air. Keep them coming.
Adopting from outside the U.S. We're putting that in focus this morning. It can be more expensive and more trouble. So why do thousands of parents still choose to do it? We'll ask one of them.
KAYE: Welcome back.
Going outside the U.S. to build a family. Some would-be parents are willing to put up with the hassle and the high cost for a child to call their own. In 2010, 53,000 children were adopted through public agencies within the U.S. As for international adoptions by Americans, that number hovered around 10,000 last year. It has fallen steadily since 2004. The difference in cost can be substantial. These are the high-end numbers. More than $40,000 for domestic adoptions and more than $64,000 for international adoptions. But for some going outside America's borders just makes more sense. Fiona Hall has adopted two children, one from Nepal and one from China.
Good morning, Fiona. Thank you for joining us. So why did you go outside the U.S. to adopt?
FIONA HALL, ADOPTED TWO CHILDREN ABROAD: You know, that was pretty simple for me. I had a friend who had adopted three children from China and I knew that they had a proven process. And so after I got divorced and I knew I wanted to have a family, she kind of steered me in that direction. So it was really nothing more than that.
KAYE: And before you adopted Graham (ph), you got pretty far in the adoption process, from what I understand, for another little boy in Nepal, only to have him yanked away from you, but yet you thought that he was going to be yours, correct?
HALL: Yes, that is absolutely correct. And actually I blame the agency for that, actually. They gave me a picture of a little boy and said, this is your son and matched me to him. And quite candidly (ph) the day after the check cleared they called and said, you know, he might not be yours because they just changed the government. So, you know, we're going to hang tight. And I said, well, how do we advocate for this child?
I was devastated, but it was a couple of months later I had found out that they had given the child my picture and told him that he had a mommy and he actually was going to school. One (ph) of the parents told me that, you know, he was going to school and then it was game on. I had to take it on myself. The agency was not supportive. And I went to Nepal myself to advocate to fight for that child, yes.
KAYE: And you actually spent some money. I mean you didn't only invest emotionally, but financially as well, right, helping to improve the orphanage where he was?
HALL: Oh, huge. The living conditions there were just -- we had no concept of it in this country. It was awful. (INAUDIBLE) medical care. There was a die -- a child who ended up passing away, but I got him a nurse to take care of him before he did. Furnished the whole orphanage. I was very, very careful that it was a donation of goods and never, never, never cash. But, you know, stocked the kitchen with food. I mean it was just something you just don't believe until you see it.
KAYE: And did you ever find out what happened to him?
HALL: Oh, I fought for him. I fought for him all the way through the process. As a matter of fact, he has a family in Italy and the mother and I are in touch.
KAYE: Oh, that's great news.
HALL: So, great. I have picture -- I have -- I'm sorry, I didn't mean to cut you off. But I have a picture of him getting off the plane in Milan, Italy, where I know his ears are touching behind his head he's smiling so big.
KAYE: Oh, that is so nice. Sometimes a wonderful end to that story.
KAYE: But between Nepal and China, which would you say gave you a harder time just in terms of trying to adopt?
HALL: Oh, my goodness, China was smooth sailing. OK. I had a great agency. They've been in the business for 20 years. They were about the children. It was -- except for the wait time, which is about the government of China, it's not about the agency. Nepal, my friends will tell you that, you know, China was an adoption, Nepal was a rescue. I mean it was absolutely -- you just didn't know what was going to happen until the very last minute. And it's a six year story. I don't think I could ever tell it to you in this segment, but it's incredible pain. Incredible pain that we went through.
KAYE: So you mentioned six years. I mean how long did each adoption take for you and how much did each cost you?
HALL: The one -- let's see, China's ended up being between five and six years. And then Nepal was about five and a half years before it was all finally said and done. And as far as the cost, they're very regulated with what it costs you and I made sure that we stuck to the law as far as, you know, what was spent on the adoption itself. But to your point, it's those outside expenses. I had to hire lawyers to manage agencies. I had to hire a lawyer in Nepal to manage the government. I had to, you know, go over there and furnish all of these things. So, to answer your question, China was simple. It was the $23,000 that was asked of me. Nepal, I stopped counting at 80.
KAYE: Yes. You know, we see so many problems about -- related to adoptions, international adoptions, Fiona, and one of the stories that I've been covering this week has to do with this case out of Guatemala where this woman says that her child was abducted in 2006 and then sold to an international adoption agency and then this unknowing family in Missouri adopted this child, this little girl, and now there's an international fight to try and get her back in Guatemala. What -- do you -- and Guatemala is one of those countries even that has cut off some international adoptions to the U.S. Do you see that kind of thing happening? Is that something that families in the U.S. should worry about? HALL: They should be concerned. Well, I tell you what, the way I look at it, the process itself is so flawed, so broken, right, that it is very hard to validate any of that information. That's the real challenge. That -- marry that with the fact that this is the land of opportunity, so these children in international adoptions who get a U.S. citizenship have won the international adoption lottery. And so, you know, you don't know who you can trust, who's trying to capitalize on that by getting a piece of that any way they can. Desperate people in these countries will do desperate things. I know that for sure.
KAYE: And in terms of an agency, I mean what kind of I guess advice do you have for anybody? I mean how do you know what sort of agency to use?
HALL: I tell you what, that's been the biggest challenge I had because many, many agencies were flawed. So my advice to them is, do your due diligence and recognize at the end of the day they do the paperwork. You've got to get educated and you've got to fight for yourself.
There's actually two reasons why Graham finally came home to me. One is my friend Kim and Fred Boia (ph) and I bonded together and we had an international group of waiting families that we connect and we got -- and we put together a plan and we all went after our own embassies and said, you've got to do something in the government of Nepal. And the only embassy that did not rise to the occasion was our own. So I had -- it was Richard Burr (ph) of North Carolina, Senator Richard Burr. There's a special place in heaven for that man because he got my son out of there for me.
KAYE: Well, tell me about Graham and Audrey? I mean how are they doing with live in America?
HALL: Oh, fabulous. They are fabulous. I just -- every day is just a great adventure. And they just -- they've bonded together. You know it's just -- it's a wonderful -- it's a wonderful ending to a horrible, tragic story.
KAYE: We have an adorable picture of them with their two little doggies I see. They look like they're bonding. And they get along?
HALL: Oh, they get along great. I have to tell you about that picture. That's number 997 out of 1,000. So that's definitely a moment in time.
KAYE: Well, listen, they are adorable and, Fiona, you've done a wonderful thing there. My hat goes off to you there. So, Fiona Hall, thank you very much.
HILL: Thank you so much. Have a great day. Bye.
KAYE: You too.
Two families, one of them here, one of them in Guatemala -- we've been talking about this -- both laying claim to the same little girl. Whatever the outcome, one family will be torn apart forever. That story when we continue our focus on adoption at 7:15 Eastern Time this morning. Shipwrecked on a remote island. Three stranded fishermen survived on seaweed and just clams for 10 days. Wait until you find out who came to their rescue.
KAYE: It is about half past the hour. Welcome back everyone. I'm Randi Kaye. Thanks for starting your day with us. Let's take a look at some of the morning headlines.
A blind Chinese activist who asked President Obama and Congress for help is on his way to the U.S. Chen Guangcheng, his wife and two children arrived in Beijing Airport today for a flight to New York. Chen hid at the U.S. embassy for several days last month after fleeing house arrest.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Three, two, one, zero. And liftoff. We've had a cut-off. Lift off did not occur.
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KAYE: You are looking at the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral in Florida. Today's early morning launch was scrubbed at the very last second because of a technical glitch. A private company was about to make history by launching the rocket to the International Space Station, another attempt could happen Tuesday.
Alabama's governor says changes to the state's controversial anti- illegal immigration law will make it simpler and clearer. Governor Robert Bentley signed the legislation yesterday but critics say the changes are just window dressing and the law still discriminates. The Justice Department is challenging the law in court as unconstitutional.
An incredible story of survival at sea. Three men were on a fishing trip when their boat capsized off Canada's Pacific Coast. Well, they managed to get aboard a life raft and paddled eight miles to a remote island. They lived on clams and seaweed for 10 days, until a passing sailor in his 70s spotted them and rescued them, amazing.
The Kennedy family is gathering for the funeral of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.'s estranged wife in Bedford, Massachusetts today. Mary Richardson Kennedy was found dead on Wednesday. The Westchester County medical examiner said she hanged herself. Mary Kennedy's siblings also plan a private memorial service in New York.
$83 million in presidential campaign cash, that is how much President Obama and Mitt Romney raised in April. So how are they using the money, on TV ads. CNN political editor Paul Steinhauser has more on the competing commercials.
PAUL STEINHAUSER, CNN POLITICAL EDITOR: Good morning, Randi. Have you wondered what Mitt Romney would do if elected president on his first day in the White House? A new campaign commercial spells it out. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
ANNOUNCER: Day one, President Romney approves the Keystone pipeline, creating thousands of jobs that Obama blocked. President Romney introduces tax cuts and reforms that reward job creators, not punish them. President Romney issues orders to begin replacing Obama care with common sense health care reform, that is what a Romney presidency will be like.
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STEINHAUSER: The ad which hit TV stations in key battleground state yesterday, is the first general election spot by Romney and it pretty much stays positive. It seems right now Romney is letting others do the dirty work on TV.
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ANNOUNCER: President Obama's agenda promised so much.
BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: We must help millions of homeowners facing foreclosure.
ANNOUNCER: Promise broken. One in five mortgages are still under water.
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STEINHAUSER: That is a new ad out this week by independent pro- Republican group Crossroads. They say they're spending big bucks to run the spot.
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ANNOUNCER: His mother got him up before dawn to do school work. She knew what it meant for his future, with hard work and student aid, his life was transformed.
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STEINHAUSER: President Obama's reelection team is also staying pretty much positive.
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ANNOUNCER: He doubled funding for college grants, capped federal student loan payments, passed the largest college tax credit ever.
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STEINHAUSER: This new spot began hitting TV stations yesterday, it's part of a huge ad buy this month by the reelection team. But they, as well as an independent pro-Obama group, are spending some money to attack Romney.
KAYE: We'll interrupt that story there. We want to bring you to the SpaceX story, they tried to make history as the first private company to launch a space mission. But the rocket never got off the ground. We showed you the attempted launch. NASA is holding a press conference right now at Cape Canaveral. Let's listen in.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: ... it's already taken a look that day. It's a go, we need to make sure the range is available though, we don't currently have the 23rd with the range.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Alan?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Right. So we're looking at the additional launch opportunities this 22nd, of course, looks good. That was preplanned. The 23rd, it looks like it's a good date from the trajectory and the station crew says they're ready to support. So we believe we'll have a good day on the 23rd and then there's a couple days after that that look like it's a good period. So we're ready to support when SpaceX is ready to go.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: All right. We'll take some questions now, please be sure to give your name and affiliation when you get the microphone. And we'll start here in the front with Marsha (ph).
MARSHA DENNIS, ASSOCIATED PRESS: Marsha Dennis, Associated Press. I think you said in your opening remark when did the clock actually start - stop, when was the abort actually called precisely?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: T-minus .5 seconds.
DENNIS: .5, half a second left. And up until that point, all the nine engines were firing as they were supposed to?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Engine five was increasingly - engine five was trending high. But it hit the abort limit at T-minus .5.
DENNIS: OK. Great.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: All other engines were right on. We compared this data to the static fire data as well and that is one of the reasons why we aborted. (INAUDIBLE) static fire.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Was there anything seen on five during the test fire?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No, it was rock solid.
KAYE: And you have been listening to just a little bit of the press conference being held by NASA there at Cape Canaveral. Bottom line is we can tell you it looks like they are going to attempt this launch again on the 22nd, possibly the 23rd, they're looking at both days just in case. But it sounds like with just half a second left to go it was aborted. Everything seemed to be working well it's the little trouble with engine five there before that. But just half a second left there and they had to abort.
One of the most important civil war discoveries in years found right here in Georgia. We'll take you to the prison camp undisturbed for nearly 150 years.
KAYE: Welcome back. Nearly 150 years after it was left behind, a newly discovered prison camp in Georgia is giving historians a unique look in the life of prisoners in the civil war.
Reynolds Wolf is joining me now to talk about this. You actually got to visit the camp?
REYNOLDS WOLF, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Got to get my hands dirty. (INAUDIBLE) take a look at it.
KAYE: And the most incredible thing about it, it was basically undisturbed. right?
WOLF: It really was, and that within itself really is a rarity. I mean when you think about civil war camps or civil war sites like Gettysburg, you've had millions of people that have gone to these places, they picked over them, they've taken a look at this, they've turned over a lot of soil. This truly is a rarity and what they were able to find at this specific site in South Georgia truly was amazing.
WOLF (voice-over): Deep in the Georgia woods, archeologists are revealing the most pristine and complete civil war prison ever discovered. Each shovel full of dirt brings them closer to telling a story 150 years in the making.
SUE MOORE, PROFESSOR OF ARCHEOLOGY: It is a unique site, there really aren't any more of those.
WOLF: This is Camp Lawton, a confederate civil war prison.
KEVIN CHAPMAN, GRADUATE STUDENT, GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIV.: If we were here 150 years ago you would be standing in a recently cleared field surrounded by a wall about 12, 15 foot high. There was pigeon roosts as they were called guard towers all around that exterior of the stockade, and within the stockade itself, there was what was called a deadline. It was called the deadline because to cross it was death.
WOLF: Lawton was for a brief time the largest prison camp in the civil war. Slaves built it in 1864 to ease overcrowding of the notorious Andersonville Prison. Every one evacuated six weeks later as General William Sherman began his fiery march to the sea.
CHAPMAN: A lot of them didn't know they were leaving when they left they would not have taken the time to gather all of their equipment.
WOLF: This discovery happened by accident.
When Kevin came in to see me and he was looking for a thesis topic. I said "Kevin, I got a project for you. It will be easy we won't find anything you'll get this thesis done in a hurry and move on and you know, get your master's." WOLF: Georgia Southern grad student Kevin Chapman took on the project and using water colors painted by a former prisoner stumbled on the site.
CHAPMAN: On the very first day of the survey, we - within about 20, 30 minutes, found a U.S. large cent. To find one of those meant that the site was fairly pristine.
WOLF (on camera): Kevin, can you tell me about this? What we're seeing here?
CHAPMAN: What we're looking at here is what we call a (INAUDIBLE). It's really just a stain in the soil. And as you can see, it is square shaped, and that is exciting to us because nature doesn't do square. This stain right here could be possibly where a timber has been cut and squared off, and sunk into the ground and deteriorated and left a trace there for to us find today.
WOLF (voice-over): Each shovel full unearths a new discovery, buttons, a key, a picture frame, a pipe from Scotland, a coin from Argentina, treasures that once belonged to prisoners so far from home.
(on camera): What have you learned about these people? Has there been anything that surprised you?
CHAPMAN: Absolutely. The amount of ingenuity that we're seeing in the artifacts, their will to survive. The levels of society that they develop within their environment. This site is about the little people, the privates, the men who fought on the front lines, the men whose name didn't get recorded by history. That is what we're doing is telling their story.
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KAYE: That was an incredible story. So I'm just curious how rare is it to find a civil war site that hasn't already been looted?
WOLF: It's almost impossible. Because I mean when it comes to American history, Americans love their history. One of the things that remains that is very popular is civil war history. So when there is some kind of site, a lot of people get their metal detectors. They go out there. They scour the site and they want to find artifacts. And unfortunately many places are pretty much combed through.
KAYE: So now it's out there, I mean is it a target now? Do you think?
WOLF: I think it might be and I know they are watching it very, very carefully. They are trying to keep as many artifacts as they possibly can. They hope to have a museum. They should have a great place for people to visit - hopefully in the next 20, 30 years.
KAYE: What was the most interesting thing that you saw there?
WOLF: The most compelling thing is just seeing these artifacts that belonged to a young man, you know, a young guy in the prime of his life, and just the nightmare of a situation he was going through, but just that connection. Here we are 150 years later but you have the one item that connects you into the past.
KAYE: Wow. It's amazing. Thank you, Reynolds. Great story.
KAYE: Students and parents in one Georgia neighborhood are on edge this morning after a man takes aim at a school bus. What police are doing to find him.
KAYE: A terrifying end to the school year for a community just southeast of Atlanta where a man pointed a rifle at a passing school bus. George Howell is in Hampton, Georgia.
George, good morning to you. Where does the police investigation stand and how are parents reacting?
GEORGE HOWELL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Randi, what we've seen in this neighborhood has been a great deal of police presence, like this mobile command center that's been set up in the neighborhood. And this will continue through the weekend. It doesn't really matter who you talk to in the neighborhood, everyone is taking the threat against a school bus seriously.
HOWELL (voice-over): On the last day of school in Clayton County, Georgia this is the last thing any parent wanted to see at a school bus stop but the heavy police presence here since a man pointed this rifle at a school bus, comes as welcome news to many.
(on camera): There is the helicopter right there. Right over your neighborhood. Are you surprised by that?
MARY MCCOY, PARENT: Well, I have been seeing it all week. So I'm happy to see it each morning I'm out here.
HOWELL (voice-over): From an eye in the sky to dozens of squad cars on the streets, Clayton County police essentially moved into this neighborhood after the threat was reported Monday. Their main focus to keep close watch of grade school students as they make their way to and from school and to reassure parents like Anjanette Grigley.
ANJANETTE GRIGLEY, PARENT: A little nervous, I have two kids in the Clayton County school system, just nervous and scared.
HOWELL (on camera): What is your protocol as far as taking the kids to the school bus in the morning. I see you're out here.
GRIGLEY: Yes, sir. I'm out here and I'm patrolling my children and I'm watching them as they get on and off the bus.
HOWELL: Witnesses spotted the man in this neighborhood Monday, crouched down in someone's backyard pointing a rifle at a school bus. Police say one of the witnesses yelled at the suspect, he dropped his rifle and a note pad with information on it that investigators are looking into and he took off on foot. Another witness then gave chase, the police say the suspect then pulled a hand gun and fired one shot but missed.
Are you any closer to finding this person?
DEPUTY CHIEF TIM ROBINSON, CLAYTON COUNTY POLICE: Well, we had a loft information come in we're working several leads and hoping that will lead to a suspect. But right now, we don't have a suspect.
HOWELL (voice-over): As police talked with neighbors to determine a description of the man they are looking for the Clayton County school district suspended all outdoor activity as a precaution.
(on camera): How do police patrols like that help you with the school district situation?
DOUGLAS HENDRIK, CLAYTON COUNTY SCHOOL: Well, it builds confidence. It builds confidence not only for the school district but I'm sure it builds confidence in the community as well.
HOWELL (voice-over): As bus drivers make their final rounds through this neighborhood, people here hope the patrols will continue until the alleged gunman is caught.
HOWELL: Early on Randi, there were a few descriptions that came out about this suspect but police are backing off those descriptions, they are currently working to put together a composite sketch of the person they are looking for, Randi.
KAYE: George Howell in Hampton, Georgia, for us this morning. Thank you very much.
The CDC is sounding the alarm. Millions of Americans have a potentially deadly virus but may not even know it what you need to know, next.
KAYE: Good morning. Here are some stories that may have been off your radar, starting with a new warning from the Centers for Disease Control.
KAYE (voice-over): If you're a baby boomer the CDC wants you to get tested for Hepatitis C. Of the three million Americans living with the disease an overwhelming 75 percent are baby boomers. Many don't know they have it. Health officials say it can go undetected for years and lead to serious liver damage. But if caught in time, new available treatments can cure up to 75 percent of infections.
Virgin Atlantic will soon allow passengers flying from London to New York to talk and text on their cell phones in flight. It's teaming up with Aero Mobile to offer the service. It will be limited to only six users at a time but there will be no dialing up in the U.S. air space. That is because in-flight phone calls are against the law. Virgin hopes to expand the service by year's end.
It's not every day you see something like this fall near your home, a missile. As you can imagine, it put people in Kileen, Texas on edge.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's definitely a scary feeling. I'm actually ready to go.
KAYE: Fort Hood officials say the missile was not live or danger to anyone. They say a helicopter accidentally dropped it during a training exercise. There is an investigation going on to see how and why the missile detached.
KAYE: Guess it just wasn't her day, a woman on her way to work crashes into a moose.
JEANNE MOOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (on camera): Did you have a hoof print on your face?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Right up there.
KAYE: But it's what happened after the accident that may leave you scratching your head.
KAYE: This is an incredible story. A woman survived after hitting a moose so hard that it peeled back the roof of her car like a tin can. But what she did next is the truly amazing part.
Here is CNN's Jeanne Moos.
MOOS (voice-over): What's black and blue and has fur all over? A Canadian motorist who hit a moose, lost all memory of the accident and drove the car like this 25 miles. To arrive at work on time. Co-worker Cindy Paulson came running.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And I said "Michelle, what happened?" She said nothing. She asked me if I was okay and I said "Yes, why wouldn't I be?"
MOOS: Blood streaming down her swollen head.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: "Michelle, you were in an accident." She said "No, I wasn't."
MOOS: But when she turned and saw her car, the one she just stepped out of -
MICHELLE HIGGINS: I was devastated to see the state my car was in.
MOOS: Next stop, the hospital. Michelle Higgins has been recovering ever since, two broken bones in her neck and bruises galore.
(on camera): Did you actually have a hoof print on your face?
HIGGINS: Right up there.
MOOS: She called it a scuff mark. But the moose look worse than Michelle did. Police found it dead on the side of the road.
(voice-over): Michelle was driving from home to her job as a behavior therapist in Gander, Newfoundland. She believed she rounded a bend on the Trans Canada Highway and struck the moose. Peeling back the top of the car. Officials told her -
HIGGINS: If I had been an inch taller they say it would have taken the top of my head off.
MOOS: She has no memory of driving the next 25 miles.
(on camera): Stopping at red light, making lefts and rights.
HIGGINS: Exactly. Yes, I made two lefts and a right.
MOOS (voice-over): Michelle says the memory loss really bothers her.
HIGGINS: I lost $5 a few years ago and that still drives me crazy wondering where it is. Now I lost my mind.
MOOS: Finally, a pair of pedestrians came forward confirming they have seen her driving by.
HIGGINS: A lady driving a car with no windshield.
MOOS: She never may go down memory lane with her moose but she is happy.
HIGGINS: I'm breathing and walking.
MOOS (on camera): Michelle says there was moose fur all over the car, all over her clothes.
HIGGINS: That was in my bag.
MOOS: In your purse.
MOOS (voice-over): Sadly for them both, Michelle bagged a moose.
Jeanne Moos, CNN ---
HIGGINS: You can hand it in handfuls. MOOS: -- New York.