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Aired January 15, 2014 - 8:00 ET
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KRISTIE LU STOUT, HOST: I'm Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong. And welcome to News Stream where news and technology meet.
Now a series of car bombs go off in Baghdad as the violence continues to build in Iraq.
And we'll show you video that has just been released from one of the first responders to the July crash of that Asiana jet in San Francisco.
And we explore the Internet of things. I'll look at the impact of connecting all sorts of household objects to the Internet.
Now there are more reasons to fear that Iraq could be on the brink of sectarian war. A wave of bomb attacks swept through the capital Baghdad today and the city of Baqubah. Now this is the aftermath of one of the explosions in Baghdad. Police say that seven car bombs exploded in all.
Now CNN's Michael Holmes joins us live from Baghdad. And Michael first events earlier today, dozens of people killed in these bomb attacks across the country. Tell us what happened and why they were targeted.
MICHAEL HOLMES, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Yeah, this is becoming a daily event here in Baghdad, Kristie, every day we have bombs going off around the capital. This is a particularly bad day, though, as you said seven car bombs this morning in Baghdad alone. You pointed out, too, Baqubah just north of here an IED went off at a funeral tent, a funeral for a local schoolmaster apparently. The total, 26 killed, 75 -- sorry, 90-odd wounded. It's a huge death toll. And as I said, this is becoming a daily event. Chillingly, perhaps security forces say they stopped another four suicide car bombs before they could be activated.
Things are getting pretty much out of control here, Kristie.
LU STOUT: Yeah, out of control. There has been a surge in sectarian violence there in Iraq. Why? And what did the former prime minister tell you?
HOLMES: That's right. We're talking about Ayad Allawi who was the first head of government after Saddam Hussein in the interim administration that was put in. He was prime minister back then.
Like many others, he is a critic of Nuri al-Maliki, although he himself is Shia, he is a very secular politician, a very moderate one.
He says that for the Nuri al-Maliki government, time is running out for them to bring Sunnis on side. Here is our conversation.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
HOLMES: Inclusivity, power sharing, reconciliation was the promise of this government. It hasn't happened.
AYAD ALLAWI, FRM. PRIME MINISTER OF IRAQ: No.
ALLAWI: They don't want to do it. They are moving towards in a kind of an authoritarian regime in this country.
HOLMES: Why do you think Mr. al-Maliki has not pursued power sharing, reconciliation? Why do you think he is alienating Sunnis?
ALLAWI: He doesn't believe in power sharing. He doesn't believe in reconciliation. He knows that very well that a reconciliation will bring about a radicalized democracy in this country. And it seems he doesn't want it. He's not a democrat.
HOLMES: What could be the result of that?
ALLAWI: The result of that is breaking the country up, breaking the society up, allowing forces of extremism to flourish and develop. And this is what you have seen.
Iraq really is only -- has started a civil war, but hasn't reached the point of no return. Once it reaches the point of no return, then unfortunately the whole region will burn up.
HOLMES: What would it take to turn things around? Do you think that the government has the appetite to bring in the Sunnis?
ALLAWI: This government?
ALLAWI: No. No. We should refrain from saying the Sunnis now are harboring al Qaeda. This is really a clear, naked attempt to push the Sunnis to the extreme. And this isn't in the interest of Iraq, not in the interest of the region nor in the international community.
HOLMES: The U.S. of course has been blamed for making many mistakes pretty much from the moment they got to Baghdad. Do you think they've made mistakes now by support Mr. al-Maliki in the way they do?
ALLAWI: They are doing a very huge mistake. They should support Maliki, it's up to them. But they should also clarify to Maliki that their support is conditional, one inclusivity of the political process and respecting the constitution and respecting human rights.
HOLMES: You say that it's not too late, that the point of no return is foreseeable. What is that turning point?
ALLAWI: You know, the civil war is -- there are two kinds of civil war. There is the symmetrical and asymmetrical like any war. What we have now is an asymmetrical. Once this asymmetrical transfers and get transformed into a symmetrical war...
HOLMES: An open rebellion.
ALLAWI: Open rebellion, armed rebellion, then this is the point of no return.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
HOLMES: Dr. Allawi says that he will be running in April elections. He's trying to get a list or a coalition together to do that.
He also chillingly perhaps points out that he has received numerous death threats in recent times, Kristie.
LU STOUT: And it is chilling just to hear Ayad Allawi speak about how close Iraq is to reaching that point of no return. Michael Holmes reporting live from Baghdad for us, thank you.
Now Michael has more analysis on the situation in Iraq. And you can also see more of his interview with the former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi on his CNN blog. The address, CNN.com/holmes.
Now in neighboring Syria, the civil war there rages on. Some victims are taking their first step toward the road of recovery and they're getting help from a group of craftsman across the border in Turkey.
Ivan Watson has the story.
IVAN WATSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: On the fringes of Syria's awful civil war, there's a small factory where craftsman are hard at work. They're not manufacturing bombs and guns, these Syrians are building artificial limbs, prosthetic legs that are giving some victims of the conflict a second chance at life.
Throughout the day, patients limp in to the two-story building that houses the National Syrian Project for Prosthetic Limbs, among them, Ahmed Mohammed. A year ago he says a bomb blew off his left leg in the battleground city of Aleppo as he was trying to rescue wounded children from a previous blast.
Today, he takes his first steps on a brand new prosthetic leg.
AHMED MOHAMMED, SYRIAN WAR VICTIM: Before I got this leg, my life was tragedy. I was depressed. Thank god. This has now brought back hope, brought back self-esteem, it brought back life.
WATSON: Thanks to his prosthesis, Mohammed says he can now hold his own child on his lap. He's even been able to go back to his old job as a metal worker.
Funded by Syrian ex-patriots, this charity is part factory, part physical therapy clinic. It can take months to learn how to walk on these artificial limbs. And most patients had to make a difficult, dangerous journey from neighboring Syria for treatment in this Turkish border town.
Among the Syrians working here is 18-year-old Abdullah el-Mawlah. Mawlah is not just an employee, he's also a victim of the war with his own prosthetic leg.
ABDULLAH EL MAWLAH, SYRIAN CIVIL WAR VICTIM (through translator): Sometimes when you see patients who are completely destroyed emotionally, I am here to tell them that you can go on and continue your life like any normal person. Yes, you may not get back to exactly how you were before the injury, but you will be able to walk again.
HOLMES: And sponge (ph).
HOLMES: Despite these brave words, this teenager confesses to having doubts.
The boy who once loved playing soccer now worries that no woman will ever want to marry a man mutilated by war.
This charity has quite literally helped hundreds of wounded Syrians get back on their feet and all for free, providing a vital first step on the long road towards recovery for victims whose bodies and minds have been shattered by this devastating conflict.
Ivan Watson, CNN, Rehanleh (ph), Turkey. (END VIDEOTAPE)
LU STOUT: Now still to come here on News Stream, voters in Egypt, they head to the polls for day two of a referendum on a new constitution. Now there was sporadic deadly violence on the first day of voting. We get to Cairo for a live update.
And dramatic new video shedding new light on last year's deadly Asiana Airlines crash.
LU STOUT: Now it is day two of Egypt's referendum on a new constitution. Now Tuesday's voting was marred by sporadic violence.
Now let's bring in CNN's Reza Sayah who is on the ground there in Cairo. He joins me now. And Reza, what have you seen, what kind of turnout has there been today?
REZA SAYAH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, obviously turnout is key for this military backed interim government. They want a strong turnout to boost their credibility and legitimacy.
We've been visiting polling stations throughout the morning. We're at another one here in Cairo. And this is pretty much what we've observed, no long lines, but a steady trickle of voters coming in. This is the line for women voters, over there it's the men voting.
Earlier this morning at a couple of other polling stations, we saw no lines. And we saw relatively empty polling stations.
What we are seeing is strong nationalist sentiment, strong support for the constitution and strong sentiments against the Muslim Brotherhood. This is a man who pretty much sums up the sentiment, this is Awad Abdulbury Awad (ph), a veteran. His hat says yes to the constitution for beloved Egypt and the terrorist group the Muslim Brotherhood in the trash bin of history.
You really get the sense that there's deep-seated hatred for the Muslim Brotherhood and many believe that this is a vote against the former President Mohamed Morsy and the Muslim Brotherhood.
What's remarkable is throughout the past two days we haven't come across a single person who has told us that they're going to vote no for this constitution. And rights groups say that's a troubling indication of a repressive and intimidating atmosphere established by this military- backed government and the state media. This really stifling debate and descending on any kind of crackdown.
So several more hours left on this second and final day of this referendum. Many analysts say this constitution is going to pass with a yes vote and that could set the stage for a potential presidency for Abdul Fatah al-Sisi, the army chief. He's certainly the most popular man in Egypt. Rights groups say if he is elected president, though, that could be an indication that Egypt is going towards another military ruled autocracy and away from the freedoms and democracy that many Egyptians fought for back in the 2011 revolution -- Kristie.
LU STOUT: You report that there has been this political intimidation to guarantee virtually a yes vote, but from the opposition the threat of violence hangs over this referendum. So, Reza, could you tell me about the huge security operation in place?
SAYAH: Yeah, there's clearly bolstered security throughout the city here in Cairo, throughout Egypt. The best news probably today is no violence, no attacks, that wasn't the case yesterday early in the morning, 7:00 am, there was a bomb placed in front of a court house in Cairo. Nobody killed, nobody injured, but certainly the message was clear.
And throughout the day several other Egyptians were killed in violence at or near polling stations, the government describing the fatalities as criminals.
But that's an indication of the political crisis that's going on here in Egypt. This referendum taking place against the backdrop of a military government that wants to push through what it calls a transition towards a democratically elected government. But there's still supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, supporters of the ousted president Mohamed Morsy and secular activists who are very much troubled by increasing repressive tactics -- arrests of journalists, activists, the killing of innocent civilians, according to rights groups. And they say, again, these are signs that Egypt is going backwards, back to a Mubarak era style regime dominated by the police and the military, Kristie.
LU STOUT: All right, Reza Sayah, joining us live from a polling station there in Cairo, thank you.
Now a hearing was held in a Nairobi court today for four men accused of involvement in September's deadly attack at the Westgate shopping mall in Kenya. At least 67 people died during the four day siege.
Al Shabaab militants based in Somalia claimed responsibility.
Now today's hearing has been adjourned until Thursday.
Now the political standoff, it drags on in Thailand with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra insisting the elections planned for next month will go ahead. Now this follows a shooting the capital of Bangkok on Tuesday night as anger grows at her refusal to step down.
And protesters are also standing firm. They refuse to meet with the prime minister. And they are calling for a political overhaul.
Now CNN's Saima Mohsin spoke to the protest leader Suthep Taugusuban.
SAIMA MOHSIN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: His supporters form a human chain to protect Suthep Thaugsuban as he goes from one intersection to another meeting the protesters. we're going to go inside and see if we can speak to him.
Mr. Suthep, you have made a lot of threats against the government. You have given them a deadline to step down. You're even saying you're going to take the prime minister into custody. Is that actually going to happen?
SUTHEP THAUGSUBAN, PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC REFORM COMMITTEE (through translator): We haven't made a deadline for her to resign, but I can assure you that people will rise up.
MOHSIN: So you're saying that the people don't want them to govern the country. This is an elected prime minister with an elected government. She's saying she represents democracy and are you really representative of the people?
THAUGSUBAN (through translator): Winning an election doesn't give you the right to commit crimes. An elected government still has to obey the law. When a government abuses its power and doesn't listen to the people, we call that a traitor government.
MOHSIN: But who gives you the right to lead a nonelected committee?
THAUGSUBAN: Look at that.
MOHSIN: 170,000 on Monday night.
THAUGSUBAN (through translator): Them, it's their country, not Yingluck's
MOHSIN: Only 40,000. Are these really the Thai people? Is this the entire population?
THAUGSUBAN (through translator): You watch. You'll see.
MOHSIN: She's called an election, why don't you let them vote?
THAUGSUBAN (through translator): We don't want an election full of fraud and vote buying. We don't want an election that isn't free and fair.
MOHSIN: Suthep Thaugsuban says that this is people power. Yingluck Shinawatra says that she represents the people, she is trying to protect democracy in Thailand not her own position. But just how long can these supporters stay on the street?
Saima Mohsin, CNN, Bangkok, Thailand.
LU STOUT: Now another disturbing report of sexual assault in India. A Danish woman has filed a police complaint saying that she was gang raped and robbed in the capital New Delhi. Now the 51-year-old said that she approached some men for directions and they then robbed and raped her.
Now scrutiny of sexual violence in India has grown since a 23-year-old woman was brutally raped and beaten in New Delhi in 2012. She later died of her injuries.
And the attack triggered huge nationwide protests and calls for action.
A community in Pakistan is mourning the death of a teenager who died saving his schoolmates from a suicide bomber. But although they're grief stricken, they are also very proud.
As Ralitsa Vassileva tells us, the boy's act of bravery will not soon be forgotten.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): We are very proud of his martyrdom, but we are very saddened by his leaving us.
RALITSA VASSILEVA, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDNET: His classmates and his nation are honoring their new hero: Aitazaz Hasan Bangesh. Members of Pakistan's human rights commission visited his family, the latest to pay homage.
The ninth grader died last Monday after stopping a suicide bomber targeting his school, saving hundreds of lives. The school is in a predominately Shiite area, which borders the lawless tribal territories rife with Sunni extremist groups.
Aitazaz and his classmates were at the school gate when they were approached by a suspicious man in school uniform. Aitazaz tried to chase him away with stones. When that didn't work, he tackled him and died when the bomber detonated the suicide vest.
Even in grief, no one is more proud than his father.
MUJAHID ALI, FATHER (through translator): As soon as I heard about the martyrdom of my son, I thanked Allah Almighty. I am proud of my son who sacrificed his life and saved the future generation of the country. We are all proud of him.
VASSILEVA: On Monday, the provincial governor laid a wreath at the teens grave, a wreath from the prime minister. Pakistan's president sent flowers, and the local government announced Aitazaz's school will now bear his name.
Words of praise poured in across the country. In Islamabad, the party of cricketer turned politician Imran Khan organized a vigil.
NAFEESA KHATTAK, PAKISTANI LAWMAKER (through translator): We are here to pay tribute to Aitazaz Hasan. We are hear to salute his sacrifice. We are here to thank him. He is a martyr and he has become immortal.
VASSILEVA: On Saturday, came more honors for Aitazaz from high places. A wreath from Pakistan's army chief, and on Friday Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif recommended him for the start of bravery, one of the highest civilian distinctions.
The same honor was bestowed to Pakistan's other teenage hero Malala Yousafzai who survived a Taliban attack in 2012 for speaking out for girl's education.
The Pakistani media also praised Aitazaz's act of bravery, but asked why isn't the government standing up to the growing militancy the way it's children are.
Ralitsa Vasseliva, CNN, Atlanta.
LU STOUT: Still to come on News Stream, she says she has done nothing wrong. And yet her career is on the line. Now Russia's new law on gay propaganda has this teacher in trouble.
LU STOUT: Coming to you live from Hong Kong, you're back watching News Stream.
Now the world's best tennis players battled through another day of sizzling temperatures at the Australian Open. But as some of the games greats found out, the best way to beat the heat is to get your match done with as soon as you can.
Amanda DAvies joins me now live from London. It seems like a good strategy, Amanda?
AMANDA DAVIES, CNN SPORTS CORREOSPONDENT: It does if you have the ability to play that way, Kristie. The extreme heat, though, does seem to favor the top players, the ones who on the whole are fitter than the rest.
Both the men's defending champion Novak Djokovic and the women's favorite Serena Williams booked their place in the third round doing just that without showing any signs of struggle, really.
Serena admitted that she wanted to get things over and done with quickly. And she stayed on track for her sixth Australian Open title with an easy 6-1, 6-2 victory over Serbia's Vesna Dolonc. She was on court for just 63 minutes. And whilst the conditions weren't as hot as Tuesday, Williams did admit that she'd been concerned saying, "I kept waking up in the middle of the night last night just paranoid. I just wanted to stay hydrated. The last thing I want to do is to cramp in this weather. I can happen so easy."
Well, the three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic struggled with the conditions in Melbourne back in 2009. He retired then in the quarterfinal because of the heat. But he had no such problems on Wednesday. He brushed aside Argentina's Leonardo Mayer 6-0, 6-4, 6-4 saying he now feels physically and mentally stronger having practiced and prepared specifically for these Australian summer conditions.
One Croatia competitor wasn't so lucky, though. The men's 32 seed Ivan Dodig became the 10th player to withdrawal, the first to do so specifically because of heat related injuries.
Dodig suffered such bad cramps he had to retire in the fourth set of his match. Afterwards, he said today 30 minutes after the match, "I couldn't walk. There was 10 people around me. I was thinking I could maybe even die here. I think we deserve that somebody listens to the voice of the players."
It was a short-lived return to action for Pat Rafter. 13 years after retiring, the two-time grand slam champion and his partner Lleyton Hewitt lost their double's match in straight sets. Rafter now the Australian David Cup captain. He has been playing on the seniors tour since he hung up his racket properly. But he'd admitted that he was pretty nervous before he and Hewitt took the court. They were beaten by the doubles specialist Eric Butorac and Raven Klaasen 6-4, 7-5. Just 73 minutes in that one.
But the crowd enjoyed it.
And it was a happier return to action for Britain's Ross Hutchings having spent 2013 undergoing chemotherapy and battling cancer, the 28-year- old got back to winning ways with his partner Hollin Flemming (ph). They reached round two of the men's doubles.
Kristie, though, I can tell you Ross Hutchins will be very disappointed, because growing up his idol was Pat Rafter and he was really hoping that he would get to play him in the quarterfinals. But I think he'll be very pleased just to get that first win back at a grand slam as well.
LU STOUT: Definitely, very inspiring story there.
Amanda Davies, thank you.
You're watching News Stream and still to come a straight schoolteacher standing up for gay rights, but it could cost her her job. I'll tell you why coming up next on News Stream.
And a chilling new video could provide more clarity about what happened in the moments after Asiana Airlines flight 214 crash-landed in San Francisco in July.
LU STOUT: I'm Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong. You're watching News Stream and these are your world headlines.
At least 29 people have been killed in a wave of bomb attacks in Iraq. Now police say seven car bombs exploded in the capital Baghdad. A bomb also went off at the funeral of the school official in the city of Baqubah.
A second day of voting is underway in Egypt in a referendum on a new constitution. Among other things, people are being asked if they want to see more power handed to the military. A yes vote could pave the way for fresh elections.
In the U.S. a 12-year-old boy is in custody after police say he pulled a shotgun out of his bag and opened fire on other students at school on Tuesday. Now two students were wounded, one of them critically. And police are still trying to determine the motive.
Now supporters of Russia's so-called anti-gay propaganda law say that it was passed to protect children. But one teach disagrees. And she is risking her own career to stand up for gay rights. And Phil black has her story.
PHIL BLACK, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORREPSONDENT: In a country where gay rights activists are usually attacked or arrested within moments of starting a protest, you don't get many gay rights activists who are straight.
This woman is one of the few. Here, she is being led away by police. "For nothing" she says.
Her name is Ekatarina Bogich (ph) and she teaches Spanish at this school at St. Petersburg. Her activism is now threatening her career because someone complained to local education authorities and her conduct is being investigated.
So you will not change your behavior?
She says, "when discrimination starts in one part of society it inevitably leads to other parts."
Bogich (ph) was inspired to act because of this man: Vitaly Malanov (ph), an Orthodox Christian, local St. Petersburg politician and father of what's known as the gay propaganda law.
Malanov (ph) became one of the most high profile politicians in the country by fighting for legislation which makes it illegal to tell children gay and straight relationships are equal.
She says, "suddenly, St. Petersburg was famous as a religiously fanatical city with xenophobic authorities at the top levels of power."
We asked Malanov (ph) for his view of Bogich (ph) as an activist and teacher. And said as a parent he'd be concerned about what she is saying to children. But student's parents say Bogich (ph) doesn't discuss gay rights in class.
"That is her personal opinion and it has nothing to do with school," this woman says.
Russian politicians say the gay propaganda law is designed to protect children. Ekatarina Bogich (ph) says it's purpose is to divide society and to boost intolerance. And she says her case is just another sign that proves its working.
The local head of the education department says there is an investigation to determine if her activism is continuing in the classroom. But regardless of the outcome of the investigation, he's already publicly stated his personal view which is Ekararina Bogich (ph) should either stop fighting for gay rights or stop being a teacher.
Phil Black, CNN, St. Petersburg.
LU STOUT: Now newly released video is revealing more about the first moments after Asiana Airlines flight 214 crash-landed at San Francisco International Airport last July. Three people were killed, dozens were injured. But one victim survived the crash itself only to die shortly after when a fire truck ran over her.
Now there is new video of the moments after the crash. And it could become crucial evidence in a lawsuit filed by the girl's parents.
Dan Simon is at the San Francisco airport where that crash occurred. He joins us now live for more -- Dan.
DAN SIMON, CNN CORREPSONDENT: Well, hi, Kristie.
It was a heartbreaking revelation. Here you had this 16-year-old girl who survived this crash only to be run over by fire vehicles. Now you have this new video, which raises questions as to how firefighters conducted themselves.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa! Stop, stop, stop! There's a body right -- there's a body right there, right in front of you.
DAN SIMON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Chilling new video obtained by CBS News giving us a rare, up-close look from a firefighter's helmet-cam, the chaotic moments first-responders encountered after Asiana Flight 214 crashed landed in San Francisco last July.
Sixteen-year-old Ye Meng Yuan was accidentally run over twice by fire trucks. Her family has since filed a wrongful death claim against the city. In particularly blunt language, it accuses first-responders of deliberately and knowingly abandoning the teen where they knew she would be in harm's way.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa! Stop, stop, stop! There's a body right -- there's a body right there, right in front of you.
SIMON: Does the new video prove the tragic accident could have been avoided?
There's also this. Another camera appears to show a firefighter directing a truck around the victim.
CHIEF JOANNE HAYES-WHITE, SAN FRANCISCO FIRE DEPARTMENT: We're heartbroken. We're in the business of saving lives and many lives were saved that day.
SIMON: This video may be crucial in understanding what happened to Ye, who the coroner says survived the crash, but died from injuries she suffered after being run over.
At the time, officials said Ye's body was obscured by foam and couldn't be seen by the trucks, that combined with the chaos of putting out the fire and rescuing victims.
MAYOR EDWIN LEE, SAN FRANCISCO: I will say this. It was very, very hectic, very emergency-mode at the crash site minutes after the airplane came to rest and there was smoke inhalation and people were coming out of the fuselage as fast as they could.
SIMON: The spectacular crash of Asiana Flight 214 was captured on amateur video and on surveillance cameras, the Boeing 777 descending too low on landing, crashing into the seawall and cart-wheeling across the runway, tragically claiming the lives of three passengers and ejecting flight attendants from the aircraft on impact.
A court may eventually have to decide whether fire crews in this video were negligent and should be held accountable for the teenager's death.
SIMON: So you have the pilots who made an error by bringing in that plane too low. And now you have the fire department, which apparently made an error in responding to the scene. We reached out to fire officials to get some sort of comment with respect to this video. They haven't gotten back to us. It is important to point out, Kristie, though that you did have many firefighters who acted in a very heroic fashion that day.
But they do need to answer -- you know, they need to come clean about how this occurred and really present things in a clear and transparent manner. At this point, they just haven't done so -- Kristie.
LU STOUT: Indeed, indeed. We are waiting for comment.
And of course you have a family desperately waiting for answers. Dan Simon joining us live from San Francisco, thank you.
Now the family of a Texas woman has gone to court to get their loved one taken off life support. Now the family of Marlise Munoz says that she is brain dead and the hospital says it's just following the law by keeping the pregnant woman on life support.
Ed Lavandera has the story.
ED LAVANDERA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Marlise Munoz's husband, Erick, and her parents all say Marlise never wanted to be kept on life support. The family says they've been telling the hospital exactly that since Marlise collapsed of a blood clot in her lung on November 26.
ERICK MUNOZ, HUSBAND: We've reached a point where, you know, you wish that your wife's body would stop.
LAVANDERA: So now the family has filed a lawsuit in hopes the courts will back them up. In the suit, lawyers for Marlise's husband say that what's being done to the brain dead pregnant woman is, quote, "nothing more than the cruel and obscene mutilation of a deceased body."
The lawsuit demands that Marlise Munoz be immediately disconnected from ventilators and that her body be turned over to the family for proper burial.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We were told she was brain dead November 26.
LAVANDERA: Marlise Munoz's body is still in the intensive care unit of John Peter Smith Hospital in Ft. Worth with the lawsuit now filed, hospital officials have said they're encouraged by this development, because the courts are the appropriate venue to provide clarity, direction and resolution in this matter.
A hospital spokeswoman has said this is not a difficult decision for us.
Officials at John Peter Smith hospital say they are simply following the Texas law that overrides a woman's end of life wishes if she is pregnant. Marlise's family calls that decision absurd. They say because she is brain dead, the law does not apply to her.
Tom Mayo, a law professor at Southern Methodist University helped right the law 15-years-ago. He says the hospital is wrong because Marlise cannot be brought back to life.
TOM MAYO, SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY LAW PROFESSOR: I don't see how we can use a provision of the law that talks about treating or not treating a patient in a case where we really don't have a patient.
LAVANDERA: Marlise's fetus is now about 21 weeks along. Doctors can still hear a heartbeat, but it's not clear what kind of damage the blood clot that killed Marlise has done to the unborn baby.
Medical experts say even ultrasounds and heartbeat patterns can't accurately predict if the fetus if viable, that's a risk the family does not want to take.
DR. JEFF ECKER, MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL: But those things can't perfectly predict health and outcome. And there are certainly occasions where as we look as best we can tell a fetus appears to be developing appropriately and meeting all its milestones and yet after birth, after delivery there's evidence of profound compromise.
LAVANDERA: As Marlise Munoz's family deals with this ordeal, Marlise's mother helps her son-in-law take care of the couple's 15-month- old son who doesn't understand what's happened.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The door will open and he'll look to see if his mama is coming through the door still.
LAVADERA: Ed Lavandera, CNN, Dallas.
LU STOUT: Welcome back.
Now the electric carmaker Tesla has a problem with nearly 30,000 of its 20134 Model S vehicles. There is a possible fire hazard in the charging system. Now the company is mailing new electric adapters to customers. And while some media report it's a recall CEO Elon Musk says it isn't because no vehicles will leave the road. He tells CNN the media focus on Tesla is to be expected.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
ELON MUSK, TESLA MOTORS: Any new technology is going to get added scrutiny. And that's certainly understandable. There should be a spotlight on new technology, but it shouldn't be a laser beam.
So I think in all fairness, the coverage probably is too high.
Now at the same time I think would accept some responsibility for that because at Tesla we're both somewhat of a viral brand and it's a two-edged sword so the good news gets heavily reported and the bad news gets heavily reported.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
LU STOUT: Elon Musk there.
And you can see more of that interview of World Business Today. It's coming up in about 15 minutes from now
Now eggs, an argument and a very angry neighbor, Justin Bieber has found himself in another sticky situation. Now police searched the pop star's California home on Tuesday morning and arrested one of his house guests.
Nischelle Turner reports.
NISCHELLE TURNER, CNN ENTERTAINMENT CORRESPONDENT: Nearly a dozen police cars surrounded superstar Justin Bieber's multimillion dollar mansion Tuesday. Once inside, L.A. County deputies searched for surveillance video, video that could reveal whether the entertainer was involved in damaging a neighbor's home. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hi. I'd like to place an assault.
TURNER: It started Thursday when a neighbor of Bieber's claimed the star threw these eggs at his home. CNN couldn't verify the authenticity of this video. According to TMZ the neighbor seems to believe Bieber was on the other end of this verbal altercation.
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TURNER: The damage is estimated by the homeowner to be around $20,000.
LT. DAVE THOMPSON, L.A. COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT: I get that it was done with eggs which makes you feel like it's a lower level crime. But a felony crime is a felony crime no matter how you commit it.
TURNER: According to the deputies, Bieber was cooperative, but one of the singer's guests rapper Lil' Za was arrested when police allegedly found drugs believed to be Ecstasy and Xanax.
BRIAN BALTHAZAR, ENTERTAINMENT JOURNALIST: I don't really think this is about just a bunch of eggs being thrown at a house. I think this is about a bunch of neighbors who've had enough of a carefree, somewhat reckless 19-year-old pop star...
TURNER: This is just the latest in a string of Bieber blunders.Back in March he lashed out at a paparazzo in the UK. And in May two neighbors called police after catching the star allegedly speeding down residential streets. Now the 19-year-old mogul with a top ten album and legion of fans will possibly be prosecuted if investigators find enough evidence.
THOMPSON: None of this has to do with him being a celebrity. This is a felony crime.
TURNER: Nischelle Turner, CNN, Hollywood.
LU STOUT: Now CNN reached out to Bieber's spokesperson but they declined to comment. And CNN is also trying to reach the rapper Lil Za for his response. He's posted a $20,000 bond and is expected to be released. No charges resulted from any of the other Bieber episodes that Nischelle mentioned in her report.
Now the story, it probably has Justin Bieber's followers on edge and there are a lot of them. Bieber is a social media phenomenon. He has over 13 million followers on Instagram, over 48 million on Twitter and 62.5 million likes on Facebook.
To put that into perspective, the number of people who have liked his Facebook page is roughly equivalent to the population of France.
Now coming up right here on News Stream, we're going to look at the new generation of smart devices in the home that make up the Internet of things. Stick around.
LU STOUT: Welcome back.
Now a new U.S. court ruling can threaten net neutrality. It is a long running fight and a little bit complicated so bear with me as we break it down.
Now net neutrality means that every site on the Internet should be equally accessible no matter whether you're going to Amazon or YouTube or Facebook your Internet service provider is supposed to offer you free and equal access to all those sites.
But today's ruling, it changes that. Now let's use video streaming services like YouTube and Netflix as an example. Now some worry that sites like YouTube could cut a deal with your Internet service provider to allow you to access it faster and to slow access to other streaming sites like Netflix. But that's just one possibility.
Net neutrality advocates say this ruling could also allow Internet service providers to slow everything and then charge you extra to allow faster access to a particular site like Amazon.
If you don't like the sound of all this, I've got some bad news for you these net neutrality rules have never applied to mobile devices. Mobile Internet providers in the U.S. do not have to provide free and equal access to everything on the net.
Now yesterday, we told you about Google's $3 billion purchase of Nest, it's a company that makes smart devices like this thermostat. It's supposed to learn from your behavior to regulate temperature automatically. And this is one of a new generation of devices they may look like ordinary items we've had in our homes for decades like thermostats or weight scales, even door locks, but they now include Internet connectivity to make them smarter. And these devices form what is known as the Internet of things.
And for more on this, let's bring in our regular tech contributor Nicholas Thompson. He's of course the editor of The New Yorker.com.
And Nick, let's talk more about Google's purchase of Nest. Does that confirm what you already picked up at CES that the Internet of things is a major tech thing this year?
NICHOLAS THOMPSON, NEW YORKER.COM: Yes. It's absolutely a major tech thing this year and the purchase of Nest affirms that. Nest is one of the most successful companies doing Internet of things. They make these thermostats, which people love. And now they make smoke detectors, which people are really excited about. And Google paid a ton of money both because they expect they'll be able to sell more of these gadgets through Nest and because of the data it will give Google, which of course is a company that makes money off of our data.
LU STOUT: And can you please help us just drive home the significance of the Internet of things, of these networked appliances and what kind of impact will they have on our daily lives?
THOMPSON: Well, the hope is that they'll make our lives a lot easier, right.
So you wake up in the morning and your room will sense that you're awake so the shades will come up. Your alarm clock will be tied to your coffee pot so when your alarm clock goes off, the coffee pot will start brewing. Your car will know when your commute begins so let's say it's an electric car, it will start to warm itself, which will save power, because it will be able to do that while it's still in the wall. Your whole life will ideally become more ordered, easier and the appliances will do what you want.
You know you can imagine situations where if you've had a bad day at work, which is known because of the content of your inbox, your liquor cabinet will lock itself right?
So there are all sorts of things, which could be kind of useful.
LU STOUT: It's this beautiful ordered automated reality, but how close are we to it? I mean, right now we have smartphones, there's cheaper sensors, location data available. Is everything in alignment to make this happen today?
THOMPSON: It actually -- no, it's not going happen today, but it is in alignment for -- to really start happening. I mean, what's happened is that because we now all have these incredibly phones we keep in our pockets, it gives us the possibility to order all this stuff, to control our toaster, to control our liquor cabinet, to control our car with this very powerful device.
Also, because there's been this amazing competition to build the best phones, sensors have gotten extremely small, location data has gotten extremely precise. So all of the technology and all of the infrastructure is there to start embed it in all these devices.
Now, it's not that easy to embed these things in everything. And then it's not that easy to learn how to control them right. You can imagine lots of scenarios where you buy a smart device and it just becomes more a hassle than a convenience.
So, it's going to take awhile for manufacturers to figure it out. It's going to take awhile for us to figure out how to manage it all.
Nest kind of jumped ahead because they made this beautiful device, which looks good on your wall, because they went into a market where thermostats were extremely inefficient and extremely ineffective, jumped way ahead of them. In other markets with other gadgets there's not a clear leader like that, there hasn't been a connected device manufacturer which is that much better than what we already have.
So we will move into this. We are moving relatively quickly. And it will just continue.
LU STOUT: Yeah, we're moving quickly to it. And we're on the cusp of this vision of networked everything.
Is there a downside to this? I mean, I can't help to think about my privacy.
THOMPSON: Oh, I mean, there's all sorts of privacy possibilities, right. All of your data will be stored not just on your phone, but inside of your toaster, right? So if all these devices are talking to each other, all of your information is going to be dumped into the cloud, the devices will then tap into the cloud to get your information and you know it could be -- it could be hacked. I mean, that's a serious concern, right.
If motion sensors know who is in your house, because they need to set the thermostat based on the motion sensors, well somebody hacks into the motion sensors, they know there's nobody in your house and they can break into your house, right?
So there are lots of security concerns. There are lots of privacy concerns that we have to deal with and then there's also the kind of overwhelming bother I'm getting drowned by information concern which comes up where you get these new devices, oh my god is my toaster communicating properly with my alarm clock? What am I going to do?
So, those are all the problems. But the great thing is that it will be nice to have fresh coffee and fresh toast, you know, 10 minutes after the alarm clock goes off.
LU STOUT: That's right. But I don't want to get spammed by my Nespresso machine, right?
THOMPSON: Yeah, exactly.
LU STOUT: Nick Thompson, thank you very much indeed. Love talking about these topics with you. Nick Thompson New Yorker.com, thank you, take care.
Now time now for your global weather forecast and a very, very worrying forecast for the Philippines. Heavy rain there, including areas affected by Supertyphoon Haiyan. Let's go straight to Mari Ramos. She joins us at the World Weather Center -- Mari.
MARI RAMOS, CNN WEATHER CORRESPONDENT: Kristie, we've been following this area of low pressure for the last few days already. And very slow moving, it's kind of parked over the same general area and it's bringing some very heavy rain in those unfortunately all too familiar places now like Tacloban, remember, affected by Typhoon Haiyan so severely.
Let's go ahead and roll the pictures, because you can see the rain falling. And this is a very significant because what happens is when you get all this heavy rainfall, and we have video to show you from this region, there you see it, it's a huge concern. So many people are still displaced across this area. The rain has been quite heavy.
There aren't any measuring devices to tell us how much rain has actually fallen, but we can tell from the images that it has been quite significant.
Farther to the south in areas affected by Typhoon Bopha, or Pablo as its known locally, they had some extremely heavy rainfall. And rivers in many cases are still rising. At least 13 people were killed and thousands displaced here because of the high water.
And if you come back over the weather map, I want to show you. This is that area of low pressure. Notice how it affects much of the region. It's going to continue kind of waving back and forth and the very heavy rain expected to continue, including the threat for flooding and landslides.
And I want to move you a little bit farther to the south here. Notice how much rain is expected across this area and how it lingers into areas farther to the south, especially across portions of Indonesia.
I want to take you right over here to (inaudible) near Ensuluwesi (ph) province all the way in far northeast Indonesia.
Look at these pictures, very dramatic images coming out of that area. You see those two women there, those two moms that were trapped by the high water as their house completely collapses around them.
Kristie, these are dramatic images of just a sample of the hundreds and hundreds of people that were taken by surprise as the water rose in some cases up to three to four meters. There were -- a lot of damage across this area and more than 20,000 people have been displaced by the flood waters.
Eventually, most of these people as far as we know were rescued. And there are no reports of deaths, which is very important across this area.
If you come back over to the weather map very quickly, I'm going to take you to Sumatra all the way over here, northern parts of Sumatra where something else is happening. Pretty incredible picture here. This is from Mount Sinabung (ph), the volcano erupting in that area. Caro (ph) is only about 15 kilometers away. Look at this amazing image. There had to be people that had to be evacuated and some villages were damaged by the ash, not by the lava, but no reports of injuries here either.
Back to you.
LU STOUT: Mari Ramos there. Thank you.
And that is News Stream, but the news continues at CNN. World Business Today is next.