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Thousands of People Celebrate Gay Pride and Honor The Victims of the Orlando Shooting; Hillary Clinton Takes Double Digit Lead Over Donald Trump; Scotland Now Threatening to Block the Brexit Vote; Hawaii Becomes First State To Put Gun Owners In FBI Database; Twenty Four Dead In West Virginia Floods, Thousands Without Power; Two Killed In "Erskine Fire," 1,500 Homes At Risk; Abortion Decision Could Affect Millions of Women. Aired 2-3p ET
Aired June 26, 2016 - 14:00 ET
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[14:00:13] FREDRICKA WHITFIELD, CNN ANCHOR: Hello, everyone. Thank you so much for joining me. I'm Fredericka Whitfield.
Happening right now in New York City, thousands of people are taking to the streets to celebrate gay pride and honor the victims of the Orlando shooting. Hillary Clinton is marching in the parade and you will see her right there in green. Pulse nightclub owner, Barbara Poma, is also attending today's events two weeks now after that deadly shooting in Orlando. NYPD is dramatically increasing its presence at this year's parade but stressed that so far there has been no credible threats to the parade or any other events this weekend.
CNN's Chris Welch is live for us right now in New York City.
Chris, what are people thinking and feeling?
CHRIS WELCH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, you know what, Fred, a couple of weeks ago there was a lot of people voicing concern they might not be able to get out and show pride and celebrate two weeks after what happened in Orlando.
But take a look behind me right now. We are in the heart of it here in New York City's west village. Here you can see there are members here from New York City council walking down. You just mentioned Hillary Clinton. She's just a few blocks away from us where we are right now.
Obviously the crowds are huge. The mayor had predicted that we could see more than last year's record numbers of 1.6 million, and they do expect that to be even greater this -- address the issue whether or not (INAUDIBLE). Here's what he told us earlier.
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MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO (D), NEW YORK: I think it is an act of defiance on one level to come out and say we stand by our values, inclusion, love and tolerance. And we are standing up loud and proud and saying it embraces all people. So I do think there's a somber feeling obviously and this pain over what happened in Orlando. But the answer is not to run high. The answer is to stand up boldly and that's what New York City is doing today.
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WELCH: And Fred, there's certainly no shortage of proud people out here today. We spoke to a couple to find out why it was important to be here. Take a listen.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I got married three years ago and it's legal and we love it and we're really happy, share with the world.
WELCH: And what do you want to show the world in the wake of Orlando?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: That love is love. I know it's trite but it's true, love is love.
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WELCH: And there's no question security is tight. Today, the mayor also telling us they have increased their security in a number of areas, current terrorism efforts. And they have hundreds and hundreds that's according to the mayor, hundreds of hundreds more security personnel than they did at this parade last year -- Fred.
WHITFIELD: All right. Thank you so much, Chris Welch there in Manhattan.
All right, today, we are also learning new details about how things went down during that Orlando shooting two weeks ago. The Orange County sheriff's office releasing a 21-page report from officers who rushed to the scene, one recalling that night saying that he saw people running out of the club covered in blood.
CNN's Nick Valencia breaks down the officers' accounts.
NICK VALENCIA, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The first police report of shots fired came two minutes after 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 12th. 2:05, reports released by the Orange County sheriff's office describe an all-out assault. Deputy Marc Rutkoski writes following a barrage of gunfire, I obtained a stretcher and responded to the south side of the building. He assist a victim while the active shooter continues firing within the Pulse nightclub.
Deputy Keith Fiddler (ph) is on the scene by 2:08. He immediately sees three to four bodies lying in the parking lot. Another officer, (INAUDIBLE) writes in his report, I observed individuals running out of the club covered in blood with gunshot wounds and many more in the parking lot also with gunshot wounds.
As more survivors pour out from the nightclub officers try to get information about the shooter inside but are unable. Responding deputies describe a state of panic. In the 21 pages of police narratives released to the media, the
reports detail the chaos. Many of the victims had gunshot wounds and some who had been carried over appeared to be dead.
Deputy Raymond Torellas writes, he and other officers begin to search victims extracted from the club, separating them by their level of injuries. There are also concerns of possible improvised explosive devices outside the pulse nightclub.
Just after 2:30, Deputy Johnerick Sanchez writes about going inside the club while the gunman is still in there. He begins evacuating victims from bathrooms and in dressing room located on the west side of the club.
Just before 3:00 a.m., officers have already established a perimeter and wait for the SWAT team to complete their entry.
By 5:00 a.m., police breached the walls and the attack is over, three hours after it began.
In the wake of the shooting, police are surrounded by the carnage of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
[14:05:14] WHITFIELD: Alright, Nick with us live now.
So, how does this report kind a fill in the blanks?
VALENCIA: Well, we know -- we had a sense of the timeline coming in today. But getting this report, the very matter of fact there's very little emotion in them but you have to think what those officers saw and that it's going to stay with them forever. It was 193 minutes from the point that the first gunshots were fired, the first police reports of gunshots to the point where the subject, that terrorist was pronounced dead and find the team in the morning.
So there is some criticism that is been lobbed towards the police, could they have done more? Did they wait too long to go in? From these records we see there was officers going in and outside of the club. They were going into the club. There was a period of time, though, that there was hostage negotiators talking to this subject. But it is just a chilling account to think about what these officers saw and first responders and what they had to go through moments after that shooting happened, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
WHITFIELD: It is incredible.
All right. Thank you so much for bring us that, Nick Valencia. We appreciate it.
All right. Meantime, people attending a gay pride parade in St. Peters burg Florida paid tribute to those killed in the Orlando massacre. The event started with a moment of silent and people carrying 49 signs, each bearing the name of a victim. Seven wounded survivors are still in the hospital, three of them remain in critical condition.
So the shooting in Orlando carried out by the shooter who was an American born Muslim prompted Donald Trump to double down on his proposed Muslim ban. But now he says he would only block immigrants from countries with ties to terror. We will talk about this shift next.
[14:09:55] WHITFIELD: All right. Welcome back.
Democratic presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton is taking a double digit lead over Donald Trump, 12 points now between them in a new "Washington Post"/ABC poll. This as the Republican presumptive nominee is narrowing the focus of the most divisive issue of his campaign. He has proposed ban on Muslims entering the U.S. this all started last December following the San Bernardino terror attack. Here's how Trump's language has evolved since.
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DONALD TRUMP (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.
When my friends call me up and they call me up very strongly and they say, it's something - and these are Muslims, and they say it's something, Donald, that has to be talked about.
JAKE TAPPER, CNN CHIEF WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT: But they don't support the ban?
TRUMP: Not really. I mean, why would they support the ban? But without the ban you are not going to make the point.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Is there anything you heard that makes you want to rethink this position?
TRUMP: No. No. I called for a ban after San Bernardino and met with great scorn and anger. It will be lifted, this ban, when and as a nation we are in a position to properly and perfectly screen these people coming into our country.
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WHITFIELD: And now Trump says he would only ban Muslims from nations tied to terrorism tweeting this, we must suspend immigration from regions linked with terrorism until a proven vetting method is in place. I have never liked the media term mass deportation but we must enforce the laws of the land.
All right. Joining me right now to talk more about this, CNN political commentators Ben Ferguson and Kayleigh McEnany. All right, so Kayleigh is also a Trump supporter by the way. I think people know that by now but just in case. All right, so Kayleigh, this language, this change of language, does
this demonstrate Donald Trump can't make up his mind how to present or even back his own ideas?
KAYLEIGH MCENANY, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: I don't think so. I think it shows he is a negotiator and he set himself that he is flexible and he is willing to change on the margin. This isn't a complete flip. This is a deeper nuance in his policy instead of banning Muslims, he might think it is more wise to do what Senator Cruz and Senator Paul proposed which is banning immigration temporarily from terror hot bed countries.
I think he is a negotiator. And it's a stark contrast to President Obama where he doesn't work with Congress. And he doesn't like what Congress does. He uses executive order or Democrats where Republicans put forward in corn an amendment, a very smart proposal to make it hard for people on the terror watch list to get guns. That was a compromised Democrats projected. He is signaling that he is a negotiator. He can break gridlock and bring change to America.
WHITFIELD: Well, who is he associating with if that is the right terminology here? Because when he says, you know, people who are linked to countries where there's terrorism, does that mean France where, you know, there were terrorist attacks, does it mean Belgium? What does he mean by that?
MCENANY: I think he means what the bill senator Paul put forward said which is countries like Syria, countries like Iraq potentially. He listed, you know, 12 or so countries where there needs to be a temporary halt until we can figure out how to vet people. We have been warned by the CIA director, the FBI director, that we can't vet these people accurately right now. It is not working. People are getting into our country like (INAUDIBLE) who killed 14 in San Bernardino. Until we figure out what's wrong, it needs to temporarily stop.
WHITFIELD: So Ben, is this what is behind so many establish conservatives who are now distancing themselves from Donald Trump? Is this in large part one of the reasons why, this issue of the banning Muslims, whether be all of them or whether now with those who are coming from, you know, terrorist states? I mean, just look at some at the most recent people and repulse and conservative George Will, you know, (INAUDIBLE) who is actually saying he is going to be voting for Hillary Clinton. Those who are saying we don't want anything to do with Donald Trump?
BEN FERGUSON, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: Yes. I think the main thing here, there is two parts in this. One, I think Donald Trump, (INAUDIBLE), who is he negotiating with? I think Donald Trump is negotiating with the American people. And I think you realize that a total and absolute ban was way too extreme for the average American voter especially going into the general election. And so, what you see him negotiating here is saying OK, let me clarify and be more clear and concise about what I'm actually intending to do. And that would be specifically going to terrorism hot bed countries. WHITFIELD: But does that also speak to those critics who say he is
too knee jerk? Shouldn't he be thinking all of this through before presenting his idea proposal as opposed to now back peddling?
WHITFIELD: I think that is one of the reasons why you seen him have some problems in the polls recently. I also think that is one of the reasons why you see some of these establishment individuals who are taking big shots at him saying that he is not thought out his position to his policies well enough. And I think that's one of the reasons why when you saw Donald trump earlier this week have his real layout of the attack on Hillary Clinton but also talked about some policy issues while using a script that was well thought out, people said OK, this is what we need more of from Donald Trump.
Here's the big issue, when you are Donald Trump and you come out and you start to change things a little bit, you have a big issue which is do you end up alienating your base which absolutely supported you.
Remember, he came up with his first 100 day plan. There was no build he wall in his first 100-day plan. There are people that supported you in the primaries that love this ban all Muslims coming to this country. Now it looks like you are becoming more of a moderate on this issue.
I personally like his stance now. It is one I can get behind. I do think we have a problem with Middle Eastern country and terrorism people coming into the country right now. We don't have a good enough way to vet them. We have seen that from the CIA director. He was very clear about this when he was before congress. So I think there's some meat and potatoes here to this policy. The question is, does he alienate his core supporters at the same time when he starts to shift a little bit.
[14:15:53] WHITFIELD: And no, you know, you brought up the issue of scripting, you know, he had a lot of criticism for candidates who were scripted. Now he is appealing, you know, to people in a different way because he is more scripted.
So Kayleigh, are we going to see more of that in a Donald Trump? Is that his attempt to be more presidential, being more careful about his language because it's on copy?
MCENANY: I think that's part of it. Certainly, he has been pushed by Republican leaders to adopt a teleprompter at least a bit. He doesn't like it. He has pushed back. You know, inside advisers said he doesn't like it. He doesn't want to do it.
WHITFIELD: At the same time, a lot of his supporters liked the fact that he was unscripted. So now what?
MCENANY: You are exactly right, Fred. And this is where it's a really delicate balance for Donald Trump because that's what people love about him, is that he is candid. He is off the cuff. People like that part of him. So how does he get to this part where he negotiates between having some scripted speeches, but also not losing the candid nature? It is really popping. It is kind of the battle we saw play out between Paul Manafort and Corey Lewandowski. It is a very different philosophies and how do you get to middle ground. It's a very tough balance.
WHITFIELD: All right. Let me ask you about something else that kind of lays the ground work leading up to the convention. Carol Correll, a Virginia delegate who is bound to Trump for the convention is now suing election suing officials citing his right to free speech. Kayleigh, are you afraid of this movement to unbid delegates could pose a threat for Donald Trump.
MCENANY: No, Fred, because here is the thing. The will of the people is out. They have spoken commanding these more votes than any politician and Republican presidential history. That's what Donald Trump received.
I'm not concerned about unbound delegates, say attempts to stop him every step of the way, tore and silence the people every step of the way and this is going to continue. But the people have spoken and the Republican Party would be insane really to come out and try to squeals the people now. The people have spoken. It's not going to happen. Donald Trump is the Republican nominee.
WHITFIELD: Go Ben.
FERGUSON: You have some opportunists here too. And there's a lot of people that have been around this campaign that are trying to make it the most for themselves. When you come out and you sue and you are bound delegate, you know the rules of the game beforehand. You are trying to make a name for yourself and make waves and become, you know, here's your 15 minutes of fame.
I don't put a lot of stock into this. I don't see that many people doing this. There are some that are opportunists and they want -- anybody right now that comes out against Donald Trump, immediately, you are going to get attention when you say you feel like you made a mistake or you don't want to be bound to him, you're immediately going to get attention.
WHITFIELD: So you see this as a side show. You just don't think there's a real viable, you know, route here?
FERGUSON: No I don't. And I think people that are keep going down this road are just trying to keep their name in the press and they keep reminding people that they are anti-Donald Trump.
I said early on, I am never Hillary guy. I have never said I am a never Trump guy. He is the party's nominee. It happens every year where people get their feelings hurt - every four years, and it happens for people end up colliding behind the eventual nominee. There is not going to be an overthrow of Donald Trump in the convention. It is a bunch of just people, I think, really talking trying to make themselves bigger than they really are.
WHITFIELD: All right, Kayleigh McEnany and Ben Ferguson, thanks to both of you. Appreciate it.
MCENANY: Thank you, Fred.
FERGUSON: Thanks, Fredricka.
WHITFIELD: All right, much more later.
Also still to come, Scotland is now threatening to block the Brexit vote and millions have signed a petition for a do-over. David McKenzie is following this for us - David.
DAVID MCKENZIE, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, that's right. The UK could be splitting up because Scotland wants to remove itself over the Brexit vote?
And more than three million signed this petition but is it on some level a fraud? That's next.
[14:23:02] WHITFIELD: All right, the first global stock markets getting ready to open overnight in Asia and we could be in store for more turmoil after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European union.
Today, the Chinese finance minister weighing in saying quote "the vote will cast a shadow over the global economy." On Friday, markets around the world plummeted. Here in the U.S. the Dow dropped more than 600 points by the end of the day.
And just days after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, we are seeing a major roadblock. Scotland's political leader is saying that country might try to block Brexit from even happening. The Scottish first minister saying today quote "if the Scottish parliament is judging this on the basis of what's right for Scotland, then the option of saying we're not going to vote for something that's against Scotland's interests, that's got to be on the table. You're not going to vote for something that is not in Scotland's interest," end quote.
Scottish voters of course were split on the Britain -- on Britain with that issue. And now in Britain, more than three million people have signed a petition calling for yet another vote. British Prime Minister David Cameron is also facing increased pressure to speed up the exit from office and find the person who will replace him. Tomorrow U.S. secretary of state John Kerry heads to Belgium and the UK. He will be meeting with his counterpart to talk about the fallout from the Brexit vote and growing security concerns over Syria and ISIS.
CNN international correspondent David McKenzie is in Scotland for us today.
WHITFIELD: So David, how serious is the Scottish first minister's threat to try to block all of this?
MCKENZIE: Well, Fred, it's certainly anything at this stage is seen as serious because the UK as a whole United Kingdom does face an existential threat if Scotland decides to try and leave it to keep in the European Union.
Now, that threat she is making is that the Scottish parliament may be allowed to veto the exit of the UK from the EU, but it's all very sort of hazy legal territory. What is more likely in fact is that she brings forward an independence referendum which people here in Scotland that these the ones I have been speaking to say they certainly would want to push for independence and maybe that's another option for Scotland to break with the rest of the UK but keep with the EU -- Fred.
[14:25:39] WHITFIELD: So that must mean that the folks in Scotland are very much in favor of the British petition. Now you've got, what, three million signatures on a petition to say we want a do-over.
MCKENZIE: Well, that's right. And the irony here is that the gentlemen who started the petition turns out to be a supporter of the leave campaign. He put that in some time ago, that petition, if it gets 100,000 votes it can be considered to be debated in the UK parliament. The west men, they are parliament. It has gotten over three million. And now an investigation is ensuing that potentially more than 70,000 of those votes were fraudulent, a hack job of some kind. But still, three million, a huge number and it does show on some level the regret or the angst as it were of voters who voted to stay but lost the day could have a possible impact for generations here in the UK -- Fred.
WHITFIELD: All right, David McKenzie, thank you so much. Appreciate it.
All right. Hawaii making an unprecedented move on gun control, becoming the first state to put gun owners in a federal database, one of the major players behind the move joining us next.
[14:31:03] WHITFIELD: All right, welcome back. Hawaii is breaking new ground becoming the first state to put gun owners into a federal database. The database is called the "Rap Back" system. It is operated by the FBI and would notify police when gun owners arrested for a crime anywhere in the United States.
Until now the database was used to monitor arrests of people in positions of trust like school teachers or day care workers and anyone under investigation already. This comes on the heels of congressional Democrats staging a 25-hour sit-in on the House floor demanding votes on gun control legislation.
But a recent NBC/"Wall Street Journal" poll shows that 50 percent of voters are concerned that the government will go too far in restricting guns.
State Democratic Representative Karl Rhoads is joining me now on the phone. I understand, Mr. Representative, you strongly supported this legislation. Why?
KARL RHOADS, HAWAII STATE DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE (via telephone): We were trying to keep certain categories of people from getting weapons as stalkers -- actually three bills that we passed this year, one would make it so stalkers made it difficult for stalkers to get them for the severely mentally ill. This will be disqualifying events for owning a gun in Hawaii.
And in addition we passed the "Rap Back" program, which incidentally does not create a federal database, there's always been a database controlled by counties in Hawaii so if you're a gun owner in Hawaii and there are hundreds of thousands of them.
If you're a gun owner here in Hawaii, you're already in a database. What this enters you into is the federal "Rap Back" program. Under federal law they are not allowed to keep data base. If we change our policy and say we don't want to be in the program anymore, the federal government cannot keep that information.
It's our data base and their program and it was set up for guns. I've seen the applications and one of the check-offs is for guns and it's been designed for gun ownership too.
WHITFIELD: And so how would this measure in your view be advantageous?
RHOADS: Well, what it does, currently in Hawaii, if you register in Honolulu County, which is the largest country of any of the other three counties, if you commit a felony, you can be a perfectly law abiding citizen. If you commit a felony after you purchase the gun legally, there's no practical way for us to check.
We have the legal authority to do it, but until this "Rap Back" program was set up by the government, we have no easy way to do it. There's hundreds and thousands of gun owners. We can go back individually, person by person to check to see if they committed a felony but this makes it automatic.
And so what happens if somebody commits a felony even in another county if they register their gun in Honolulu and commit a felony in Maui, the Honolulu police will be notified that somebody has been indicted for the felony and look if that disqualifies them under Hawaii law.
If it does after the case has been included and if you're indicted and you are cleared of the charge, then you would not be disqualified. Once the case is over we can determine whether you've committed the disqualifying act.
WHITFIELD: So the NRA has responded by this tweeting this saying not only does the law affect Hawaii residents. Visitors must also register in the database. What's your response to that?
RHOADS: When you bring a gun to Hawaii you have to register within a very short period of time and you're already in a database. I mean, first principles of the second amendment says nothing about databases. This is a federal law.
The law that was passed in 1986 called the federal -- Firearms Protection Act and it -- that's the law this prohibition on the federal government keeping data bases, but there's nothing in the second amendment that says anything about whether you can be in a database or not.
WHITFIELD: And then Hawaii has joined other states that have passed laws barring people who have stalked or committed sexual assault crimes from owning guns. After the terror attack in Orlando, people want those who are on terror watch lists to be prevented from owning guns as well. We saw that was at the heart of the sit-in that took place on Capitol Hill. Where do you fall on that?
RHOADS: Well, in that case, these other three bills I did not introduce, but did introduce a bill on the terrorism watch list that would make it so you can't purchase a gun in Hawaii and that bill did not pass. So it's not something on the table for now.
But my feeling was if you're considered dangerous enough by the federal government to be on a terrorism watch list, we shouldn't be selling you a firearm. It just doesn't make any sense.
[14:35:04]It's most of the time, the terrorism watch list is correct and occasionally it will be wrong but are we really willing to take that chance?
When you see what happened in Orlando, the same sort of thing can happen in any state in the union including Hawaii unfortunately.
WHITFIELD: Hawaii State Representative Karl Rhoads, thanks for your time. Appreciate it.
RHOADS: Thank you. Have a good afternoon.
WHITFIELD: Thank you. All right, straight ahead, a 1,000 year flood leaving parts of West Virginia devastated and there could be more flash flooding on the way. Brynn Gingras is there.
BRYNN GINGRAS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Suzanne, utter devastation, that's how people are describing their neighborhoods at this point. We'll come back with stories of survival and the cleanup effort that still exists right now.
WHITFIELD: Welcome back. I'm Fredricka Whitfield. The risk of more flash flooding is growing in West Virginia with more rain threatening to hit the state tomorrow. At least 24 people have been killed in what's being called a 1,000 year flood. Hundreds of homes have been damaged or destroyed and more than 17,000 homes and businesses are still without power until at least tomorrow.
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MELISSA SCARBERRY, VICTIM'S AUNT: This has been horrific, a nightmare. I mean, there's no words can explain.
LARRY CONRAD, RESIDENT: Worked all their life for what they got and just one day it's all gone.
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[14:40:01]WHITFIELD: CNN's Brynn Gingras is in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. So Brynn, the National Guard has about 300 troops on the ground. How are they helping people?
GINGRAS: I mean, they are just all around here trying to help pick up the pieces. We're in Green Briar County, Fred, this saw the most deaths at 16. As you look around it is just complete devastation. Look at this home, you can see right into it, the kitchen a tree in it.
And the crazier thing about this, this home isn't even supposed to be here. It actually traveled through the flood waters and landed here. The residents around here don't even know where this home came from.
Now we're walking across the street, not far at all and seeing another home destroyed. The man who owns this home says he went in there to rescue his daughter's pets and the water was to his ankles and 4 minutes later, only 4 minutes, that water was above his knees and took rescue with a woman on top of a roof, that's the only way they could survive. Take a listen to their story.
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KIMBERLY GREENE, WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS RESIDENT: I got a second chance because it could have very easily been me and Paul, you know, swept away trying to leave here on foot or taking off that roof, anything. So I know that I'm here, God left me here.
GINGRAS: You said you saw houses actually floating down the river, floating around you.
GREENE: Saw houses floating down, coming off foundation, houses burning, of course cars, yes, just all around. And just -- you know, you try stay calm as much as you can because you know you'll have to save your life and a million things are going through your head. What if the house goes? What can you use to float with? I was not prepared for something like this.
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GINGRAS: So the man that she was on that roof with, his name is Paul Moya, and we have spoken to him. He watched as his ex-wife's car floated down the river. She was in that car and became perched in a tree and she lasted there for a few hours and in the hospital recovering from all of the injury that's she received in this storm.
There is so much devastation in this area. Right now we're seeing bulldozers come about. We're seeing FEMA here. We are seeing volunteers from places all across the county coming here to try to help people recover but at this point, this particular community is pretty devastated -- Fred.
WHITFIELD: Wow, Brynn, it's good to see the other side of the story too because we did talk to Paul yesterday and he was talking about that neighbor. You found that neighbor hearing her and the story and thank goodness for his quick thinking.
He attributed in large part to his military training he says because, you know, he didn't even think about his own personal safety from what we learned yesterday. He just kind of acted and he got that neighbor up on the roof top. Pretty extraordinary story of survival.
GINGRAS: And that's what he said. He actually could have gotten out of here. He found a way. He had that military training, but he saw Kimberly and she was just crying on her doorstep. She didn't know what to do. It was he who brought her to the roof and they lasted there for six hours and the water kept rising.
They didn't know when it was going to stop. That's just a scary thing. No one expected this. It happened so quickly and no one had any idea if they were going to be alive the next day.
WHITFIELD: Wow, amazing story of survival. We're glad both are OK and great to hear their stories and accounts of some really harrowing moments there. Brynn Gingras, thank you so much.
All right, now to the massive deadly wildfire in Southern California. Firefighters are starting to contain the fire and now raging about 110 miles from Los Angeles. At least two people have been killed in the Erskine fire and authorities are also trying to determine whether suspicious bones that were found are human.
More than 150 homes have been destroyed and at least 1,500 homes are in danger. Many residents barely made it out.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We couldn't get anything. It hit the top of the ridge. We saw it and within 20 minutes it was there, our house was on fire.
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WHITFIELD: More than 35,000 acres have been score scorched and the fire is now 10 percent contained.
All right, still ahead, the biggest abortion case in almost two decades is expected from the U.S. Supreme Court tomorrow. How it could affect millions of women across the country.
WHITFIELD: Tomorrow the U.S. Supreme Court is said to issue a ruling on an abortion that could affect millions of women in this country. At issue a Texas law that puts new restrictions on abortion clinics, which could dramatically reduce the number of abortion clinics available to women.
CNN's Chris Frates is joining me right now from Washington. What's the expectation, Chris?
CHRIS FRATES, CNN INVESTIGATIONS CORRESPONDENT: Fred, we expect protesters on both sides of this abortion issue to flood the plaza of the Supreme Court tomorrow because the high court's expected ruling on a Texas abortion law is sure to throw this controversial social issue back into the spotlight in the midst of a very heated presidential campaign.
FRATES (voice-over): The Supreme Court is expected to rule tomorrow on most important abortion case in almost two decades, a decision that could affect millions across the country. At stake, the fate of a Texas law that requires abortion clinics to upgrade facility standards to more resemble hospitals and mandates that clinic doctors be able to admit patients to a local hospital. Supporters say the law makes abortions safer.
ANNA PAPROCKI, AMERICANS UNITED FOR LIFE: It's common sense health and safety standards that are challenged by the abortion industry because they put profits ahead of health and safety.
FRATES: But opponents --
PROTESTERS: Stop the shame. Women's rights are not a game.
FRATES: They argue the restrictions are really aimed at putting abortion clinics out of business. Before the law there were about 40 abortion clinics in Texas. Opponents say the law would shutter 75 percent of them. Candice Russell says wait times are so long in Texas, she had to fly to California to get an abortion.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Getting on a plane and flying 1500 miles away is not an option for many, many of the women in our state.
[14:50:06]FRATES: During oral arguments in March, Justice Ruth Vader Ginsburg said, "The focus must be on ones who are burdened, this is not a problem for the women who have means to travel."
The three women on high court and Justice Steven Briar asked whether the law was medically necessary and if it places an undue burden on women. Texas said yes the requirements are necessary and argued a majority of women in the state will live within 150 miles of an abortion clinic.
Texas's argument seemed to be better received by the court's conservative justices, who appears skeptical that the law was to blame for the clinic closures.
STEVE VLADECK, CNN LEGAL ANALYST: The four liberals seemed quite intent on striking down the law. The three other conservatives willing to uphold it, and so Justice Kennedy really is the swing. Will he join with the liberals and provide a fifth vote for striking down the law or join with conservatives and send it back to the lower court?
FRATES: Now if the high court deadlocks 4-4, the lower court ruling will be upheld and Texas law will be allowed to go into effect closing all but a handful of abortion clinics in the state. A tie would not set a new national precedent. On the other hand if the court were to strike down the law it could deliver a watershed victory to supporters of abortion rights and deter other states from passing similar laws -- Fred.
WHITFIELD: All right, a lot of stake either way. Thank you so much, Chris Frates. Appreciate it in Washington.
All right, a tragic boat accident in California leaves three dead. We now know the names of the victims. The latest next.
WHITFIELD: Welcome back. A look at our top stories now, an update to a story we covered earlier this morning. We now know the names of the men killed off the coast of Catalina Island in California. The three men were pronounced dead at the scene after their boat capsized. Four others were air lifted to area hospitals, two of them in critical condition. Officials say the boat hit large waves before tipping over.
Families of the victims of mobster, James Whitey Bulger, will receive some restitution. U.S. Marshals raised more than $109,000 in a Boston auction, which included items seized in the Irish American crime boss's California apartment. The hat worn by Bulger during his arrest went for $6,400 while one ring went for $23,000.
And in another auction this weekend, the infamous yellow cloud guitar played by Prince sold for over $137,000. This served as the music icon's main guitar from 1988 to 1994. You might remember seeing it in most of his earlier videos and concerts.
Now for a look at what you can expect in this week's new episode of CNN's "DECLASSIFIED." Tonight, we'll take you inside the hunt for one of history's most ruthless dictators, Saddam Hussein.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I was a train interrogator but I had never actually conducted a real live interrogation.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The war is going on for three months and I get orders that I'm going to go join this task force I never heard of. I didn't know but I pack my bags and they flew me to Tikrit and I'm picked up by these soldiers with beards. Soldiers don't have beards.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We didn't know him. Didn't train with him. He didn't really know what was going on with targets. Initially it was a bumpy road. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Jeff was not happy to see me. Jeff wasn't happy to see anybody. Jeff was not a trained interrogator. Jeff is a soldier and had a mission and had prisoners he wanted to get interrogated so he and I drove to this U.S. Army prison.
There were hundreds of prisoners. Brought the first prisoner down and we sat him down and Jeff looks at me and goes, how are we going this? I was a new interrogator, I did not have a plan, but Jeff and I looked at each other and we started asking questions.
WHITFIELD: All right, the search for Saddam Hussein continues on "DECLASSIFIED." You can watch the series tonight at 10:00 on CNN. You don't want to miss it.
All right, thanks so much for watching this hour. We have much more straight ahead right after this.
All right, here we go. Thanks again for joining me. I'm Fredricka Whitfield. Republican presumptive presidential nominee, Donald Trump, is shifting his ban on Muslims entering the U.S. tweeting this, "We must suspend immigration from regions linked with terrorism until a proven vetting method is in place."
This clarification came as Trump wrapped up a trip in Scotland where he visited his golf course there. He was also there during the bombshell Brexit results. Now the Clinton campaign is using his trip to Scotland as fodder for a new attack ad.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Global markets are plummeting.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Every president is tested by world events but Donald Trump thinks about how his golf resort can profit from them.
DONALD TRUMP (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: When the pound goes down, more people are coming to Turnberry.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Stocks tanked around the world.
TRUMP: Brand-new sprinkler system, the highest level.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He's talking about his new sprinkler system.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: In a volatile world the last thing we need is a volatile president.
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WHITFIELD: But former speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, says the results of the Brexit vote have greater implications telling the "Atlanta Journal Constitution," quote, "I suspect that after the Brexit result Hillary Clinton must be pretty darn worried. There must be a tidal wave of anti-establishment sentiment growing," end quote. Let's talk more about this with Julian Zelinzer (ph), a historian and professor there at Princeton University, Tharon Johnson, the regional director for the 2012 Obama campaign and supports Hillary Clinton, and CNN political commentator, Tara Sethmayer. Good to see all of you. Where are you? There you are.
Let me begin with you. Does Gingrich have a point? This sentiment in Great Britain is similar to a sentiment growing in the U.S.?