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Judge: OTC Morning After Pill For All Ages; Stocks Tumble As Jobs Shrink; Doctor Had Warned Cops About Holmes; North Korea Loads Missile Launchers; Cop, Suspect Shot Dead In Police Station; One Million Child Port Images Found; Soldier Arrested In Fort Knox Murder; Rutgers Assistant Coach Resigns; Hillary Clinton Back In The Spotlight
Aired April 5, 2013 - 10:00 ET
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FREDRICKA WHITFIELD, CNN ANCHOR: Happening now in the NEWSROOM, economic aftershock. This morning stocks sink after a dismal jobs report and more disappointing news on the sluggish recovery.
And lost in the wilderness, four days, an 18-year-old woman found clinging to a cliff, rescued just in time.
Plus, airport takedown, wrong place, wrong time, lady, don't do this at home. An off-duty cop's quick moves caught on surveillance here at the airport.
All right, and it is here, the final four. Thousands flock to Atlanta, and we're bringing you all the excitement. You're live in the CNN NEWSROOM.
Good morning, again, everyone. I'm Fredricka Whitfield in for Carol Costello. We're following breaking news this morning, a federal judge in Brooklyn ordered the FDA to make the morning after pill available over the counter to anyone. That means no age restrictions and no prescriptions.
The Obama administration fought the ruling. It wanted girls younger than 17 to get a prescription for that medicine. Let's bring in CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen.
Elizabeth, we're talking about a change potentially. We're not sure when it's going to happen, whether it's a matter of weeks or months, but how readily available would this be?
ELIZABETH COHEN, CNN SENIOR MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: Once this actually takes place, this is a huge change for sexually active girls. So taking sort of the ethics and the morality out of this, let's focus on the science and what's happening here.
So a couple years ago, Kathryn Sebelius said we think that this pill should not be available to girls under the age of 17. And today what's happened is that a U.S. District Court judge in Brooklyn said no, there is no reason for that. It should be available to everyone. And his wording was very, very strong. So I want to read directly from his decision, Fred. So what he said was, the decisions of the secretary with respect to plan B-1 steps, that's the morning after pill, were arbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable.
And we haven't read through the entire decision. I have the whole decision right here, but basically what the arguments have been over the years is why is it OK for a 17-year-old to take it, but not a 16- year-old? There's no medical reason and FDA is supposed to focus on medicine and science not morality.
WHITFIELD: And likely there would be an appeal?
COHEN: I would imagine there might be. The FDA has been very close- lipped about this. We asked them for a comment and they said this is part of an ongoing judicial process. When you hear ongoing, you think are we going to make this go on longer than it already has.
WHITFIELD: OK, Elizabeth Cohen, thanks so much.
WHITFIELD: All right, now, let's shift to some other breaking news. The stocks are tanking on Wall Street after this morning's dismal jobs report. Employers added only 88,000 jobs last month. That's less than half of what was expected. The jobless rate falls to 7.6 percent, but that too is rooted in disappointment.
Alison Kosik is at the New York Stock Exchange. So Alison, the markets stand where right now?
ALISON KOSIK, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Looking at the Dow fall 160 points right now. The S&P 500 is down even more, about 1.25 percent. You know, we were expecting a sell-off after this jobs report and we got it.
This jobs number, Fredricka, fell way short so 100,000 fewer jobs were actually added to the economy in March than expected. Now what's interesting is that the headline grabber in all of this could be the unemployment rate falling to 7.6 percent and you think that's good news.
But actually it went down for the wrong reason because over 600,000 people threw up their hands, left the labor force, essentially giving up looking for work altogether because of frustration of not being able to find a job.
So that unemployment rate is reflective at this point -- the unemployment rate is reflective of a smaller group of people in the mix and that actually has a labor force participation rate at its lowest level since the late 1970s.
Here's what's also discouraging in this. The number of long term unemployed, that refuses to go down, 4.6 million people, they have been out of work for six months or longer. So the thinking is the longer people are out of work, the harder it is to find a job. But during that time, they're not going shopping. They're not buying a house. They're not buying a car. That hits spending and that hits the broader economy. So as far as the markets go, it makes everybody wonder if this could really be the trigger to the correction that a lot of investors have been anticipating since the market began hitting these record highs day after day after day. We are seeing the markets tank at this point -- Fredricka.
WHITFIELD: All right, Alison Kosik, thanks so much.
The warnings were there one month before that deadly theatre shooting in Aurora, Colorado. New documents just released showed James Holmes' psychiatrist alerted police about homicidal statements and threatening text messages in the weeks preceding the July 20th shooting.
We don't know if anything was ever done with that information or if it would have stopped that deadly attack in Holmes' apartment, police found hundreds of bullets, a batman mask, and several bottles of prescription medication.
Martin Savidge is joining us now from Aurora. So Martin, much of this information was sealed by the court just after the shooting. Why was it unsealed?
MARTIN SAVIDGE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, it was brought on now because there's a new judge in the case and there were a lot of members in the media that had been petitioning to get these documents. They'd been under seal, but they also knew they were important.
We're standing outside the apartment building that used to be where James Holmes lived. It had its own part to play in this very dark tragedy. We'll talk about that in a minute. Let's get to the documents.
Specifically there is a warning and this is what you alluded to, that came from the psychiatrist. The psychiatrist that was treating James Holmes, Lynne Fenton, 38 days before the attack in the movie theatre she went to the authorities.
She told the police officer on the campus at the University of Colorado that her client was she felt very dangerous, that he was having these confessions of homicide and that she felt under the law she had to tell authorities about this so she did.
And the officer who took her report took it so seriously that she then deactivated his card that allowed him to move around on the campus of the University of Colorado. But that's all the documents showed. In other words, could they have done more?
You know that's issue that hunts so many people now. If the warning had come in, if it had been taken more seriously, could all of this have been prevented? Now, let's get to the apartment and what the documents talk about that.
We know that this apartment had been rigged with all kinds of explosives. We know that authorities had a very difficult time getting in and how dangerous it was, but then the breakdown and you see everything from dangerous to the very mundane of ballistic comes out.
First of all one of the things listed, the fandango movie receipt that he bought to go to the movie on that terrible night. Then you get a breakdown of all the various weaponry found, 323 in two jars.
Then you find all kinds of other stuff, the batman mask you mentioned, glow sticks, and it gets down to stuff the you really think is very kind of mundane. Cans of Bud Light, Curs Light, bottles of Blue Moon, Miller high light, Jim Bean and Pacardi 151.
Then there are also the prescription drugs, anti-depressants, anti- anxiety pills, sleep aids and all of that. So it's really a kind of dark breakdown of this entire tragedy.
WHITFIELD: Yes, very strange cocktail of items. All right, thank you so much, Martin Savidge.
All right, checking our top stories right now, North Korea has says it has loaded two missiles into launchers that's according to a South Korean news agency. A U.S. official has confirmed that missiles and launch components have been moved to the east coast of North Korea in recent days and communications suggest a launch is possible.
And a new arrest in the murder of the Colorado prisons chief. Police in Colorado Springs have James Lohr behind bars less than two days after launching a search for him and another white supremacist. They Lohr and Thomas Gouley may have helped plot last month's killings. Police are still looking into that possibility.
Authorities say Evan Ebel shot Tom Clements because Clements cracked down on their prison gang. Ebel was later killed in a shootout with police in Texas.
And an off-duty California police officer is getting praise after he came to the rescue of a TSA agent that was attacked at the Honolulu Airport. Justin Rogers jumped the barrier and then body slammed that female attacker. For his part, Rogers downplayed the hero talk.
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CORPORAL JUSTIN ROGERS, PINOLE POLICE: Police officer or not, the woman was being assaulted. She was defenseless, had her arms up, trying to defend herself, and somebody really needed to help her.
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WHITFIELD: The suspect has been charged with assault.
And here we are, after weeks of amazing games and buzzer beaters. We have arrived at the final four. This is the big bracket board, right here in the CNN center in the Atrium, Louisville and Wichita State, and then Michigan and Syracuse taking on one another back to back. All four teams are facing off in Atlanta tomorrow night. Our Joe Carter is outside the Georgia Dome where the games will be played, lots of excitement throughout the city. So Wichita State, the Shockers, they kind of have lived up to their name, haven't they?
JOE CARTER, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Yes, they're not so shocking, as you put it, Fredricka. Wichita State would have grabbed a lot more headlines if it wasn't for the pesky school in Fort Myers, remember them, the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles.
But here they are, they're in the final four. Here we got another mid major making their way to the big tournament. This has sort of become habit for these smaller schools to get their way into the tournament.
We saw it with VCU, George Mason, Butler, but the Wichita State Shockers certainly earned their right to be here. They beat teams like number one-seed Gonzaga. They beat teams like number two seed Ohio State so they certainly belong in this tournament. Their coach will tell you. In order for these small schools to get over the hump, they've got to win a championship.
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GREGG MARSHALL, WICHITA STATE MEN'S HEAD BASKETBALL COACH: I think it's been great for the college game. I think when George Mason made their run with Jim Laranega and then Butler twice, and they got to the championship game, VCU, and now us.
I think it makes the tournament wide open. It gives everyone a chance and a belief that they could make it happen in their own institution, their own program. But none of us have broken through yet and won. So that's the goal.
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CARTER: Obviously, it's going to be a mighty challenge if they want to breakthrough and get to the championship game on Monday night because they play the heavy favorite the Louisville Cardinals, Louisville, of course, the number one overall seed in the tournament.
They are also the sentimental favorite, Fredricka, because a lot of people pulling for Kevin Ware. Of course, he is the guard who broke his leg in that Duke game on Sunday night. We've seen the video of him hobbling to his team on crutches. People really want to see Louisville do well and see them win it for Ware.
But then you've got the late game. That's really an interesting one. You got Michigan against Syracuse. Michigan, I'd say the big ten team a lot of people are surprised to be in the four. There was a lot of picks to have Indiana in the final four, Ohio State in the final four even Michigan State.
So Michigan trying to do what the Fab Five wasn't able to do 20 years ago and that's win the national championship. They take on Syracuse in the late game Saturday night. But you know, it's not all about basketball the final four. Of course, we're going to go behind the scenes with Rachel Nichols. That's going to be Saturday 3 p.m. Eastern. If you want to know what happens at this giant event, join us for this special one-hour show CNN tomorrow, 3:00 pm Eastern. Rachel Nichols is the host. We're having a good time here, Fredricka. It's about 40 degrees here in Atlanta.
WHITFIELD: Well, it's going to be hot in that dome no matter what. I love to see the excitement with pieces of net tied onto their hats et cetera. Well, it's hard to pick a favorite so we're going to root for all of them. Joe Carter, thanks so much.
All right, Facebook wants to take over your phone. The social network giant is showing off its new software. The aim, to help you stay better connected to everything Facebook.
And we're live all morning with the final four madness, it's right here in Atlanta and you can feel the excitement. More coming up.
WHITFIELD: All right, checking our top stories, authorities in Mississippi are investigating the shooting death of a detective inside a Jackson police station. The veteran detective was interviewing a murder suspect when shots rang out. Officers rushed into the room and found both people dead.
Police in Florida are trying to figure out where a 51-year-old man allegedly got a massive stash of child pornography. Authorities arrested John Edward Shiren in Leesburg. They say up to 1 million videos and pictures of child porn were found on his computers. They also found pieces of children's clothing, which the suspect said he used only for himself.
In Kentucky, a soldier has been arrested in Wednesday night's murder at Fort Knox. Jacobs is charged with gunning down a civilian employee whose name has not been revealed. The Army says it was a domestic issue and not a random act of violence.
Rutgers assistant men's basketball coach, Jimmy Martelli, has resigned. This comes after ESPN aired videos of Head Coach Mike Rice throwing balls at players' heads and shouting homophobic slurs. Rice was fired. ESPN also showed video of Martelli calling a player a homophobic slur.
Check this out. A 400-pound alligator gave some people quite a stare. He was sunbathing near an apartment complex. It took five men to move the gator. Officials say alligators that size can be a threat to children.
All right, it's not a phone. It's not a new operating system, but Facebook has a new way for users to connect with all their friends. Yesterday, Mark Zuckerberg took the wraps off Facebook Home. It's a new interface for android phones to better integrate users to the rest of the Facebook world. Steven Levy is a senior writer for "Wired" magazine. All right, Steven, Facebook has found a new home on Android. Why was it so important to do?
STEVEN LEVY, SENIOR WRITER, "WIRED": Well, Facebook has an increasing percentage of its users accessing on a mobile, I think it's over half now. So I really had to get this right as this transition comes.
This is where dominant companies usually run into trouble is when their users go somewhere else and they have to remake themselves in order to stay dominant. So they didn't want to do a phone because then it could only reach the people who bought that particular phone.
So what they did was say we're going to do something that's not a new operating system as you mentioned or a phone, but we're going to take over the Android operating system to a certain degree to allow Facebook to be first and foremost the thing you see when you flick on your phone or go to your home screen.
WHITFIELD: OK, so Facebook "Home," you know, comes as the social network giant continues its big push into the mobile world. As you said, this really kind of underscores that. Their motto is mobile first, mobile best. They're not joking around here.
LEVY: No. I went in here to do a interview with Mark for our 20th anniversary issue, which is coming up, and he insisted that he's going to show me this, because this is really the key to Facebook's plans there.
And I think what you see now only happens in the home screen, the lock screen when you get the familiar Facebook feed that you normally seen on a desktop, and then there's the communications program that can take place while you're doing any other app.
But in the future, you look for them to do other things perhaps with location and voice calls and other kinds of things there. That's because the Google Android system allows developers like Facebook to do whatever they want with it.
WHITFIELD: OK, Steven Levy, thanks so much, of "Wired." Appreciate it.
LEVY: Thank you.
WHITFIELD: Hillary Clinton making her second high profile appearance this week and we're hearing more about her book deal, straight ahead in the NEWSROOM.
WHITFIELD: All right, last hour, Hillary Clinton made her second high profile appearance of the week. She gave a speech at the Women in the World Summit in New York.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) HILLARY CLINTON, FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE: When women participate in peace-making and peace-keeping, we are all safer and more secure. And when women participate in the politics of their nation, they can make a difference.
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WHITFIELD: Of course, this builds a further hype around her possibly becoming a potential 2016 candidate. Joining us to talk about this is CNN chief political correspondent and host of CNN's "STATE OF THE UNION," Candy Crowley. Candy, so, you know, help us understand the importance of today's appearance or really the importance of any appearance she made these days, right?
CANDY CROWLEY, CNN CHIEF POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, exactly. I'm not so sure it's so important as what does it add to the body of knowledge that we have about whether or not she's going to run in 2016.
This is a woman who, if she's thinking about this, it will come as a surprise to the people around her in terms of making a decision is she thinking about it. What we make is that anything the former first lady, former secretary of state, former senator does, is going to cause a buzz.
Because right now she is in that place where she's writing a book, she's making public speeches, and she's making paid speeches. So all of this is going to add into one of Washington's favorite past-times, which is figuring out who's going to run in 2016.
So I don't know that we know anything more other than, you know, this is something that's going to be paid attention to until she makes up her mind, which we think is probably years away.
WHITFIELD: OK, so you mentioned book, book deal. What kind of book deal. This would be another book deal.
CROWLEY: Another book deal. It's more -- what's interesting about it is when it's coming out. It's coming out we're thinking the summer of next year, which is, boy, right before the mid-term. So it's interesting timing.
But I will also tell you that what you need to do to sell a book often looks like a presidential campaign. You have to keep your name out there. You have to give speeches and put tantalizing things out there. You keep your name out there because it keeps book sales going.
So anything that tries to differentiate between pushing a book and running for president just at this point there is very little difference between the two of them. And it will be hard to read something into it and yet everyone will, because I think at this point the only thing we really know about Hillary Clinton is that she is keeping her options open, as are the people around her.
WHITFIELD: All right, Candy, thank you so much from Washington. Look forward to seeing you this weekend in "STATE OF THE UNION" Sunday morning. All right, thanks so much.
All right, President Obama has been wining and dining Republicans for weeks now, but next week is go time. He unveils his budget proposal and we've got a sneak peak.
And I don't know if you notice, but it's final four weekend. Thousands are flocking to Atlanta, not just for the games, but also for the entertainment on that stage right there, tons of free concerts. Big names including Zach Brown Band, Dave Matthews, Sting and Slow Rider. Details next.
WHITFIELD: All right, checking out top stories, newly released documents surrounding the Colorado theatre shooting in July shows some startling revelation. The psychiatrist who treated James Holmes had warned police he was making homicidal statements and sending her threatening text messages.
That was one month before this crime. The documents also showing that police found hundreds of bullets, a batman mask, gas torch, explosives and several bottles of prescription medication in Holmes' apartment.
And the United States general in charge of the Horn of Africa had been fired. Major General Ralph Baker has been relieved of his duty for loss of confidence. This makes the second high ranking official to be dismissed five months.