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President Trump Departs For Las Vegas; Shooter's Girlfriend Marilou Danley Back In U.S.; Investigation Focuses On Arsenal Of Modified Weapons; Alarming Statistics On Mass Shootings In U.S.; Trump Departs White House For Las Vegas; Hurricane Death Toll In Puerto Rico Rises To 34; European Parliament Considers Catalonia Referendum; World Headlines; Las Vegas Massacre; All Yahoo Accounts Breached in 2013 Hack; Facebook Ads Under Scrutiny in Russian Probe. Aired 8-9a ET
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[08:00:00] ANNA COREN, CNN ANCHOR: Hello, I'm Anna Coren in Hong Kong and welcome to News Stream.
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COREN: Well, U.S. President Trump heading to Las Vegas this hour as we learn more about arsenal weapons owned by the man who massacre the 58
Mr. Trump just returned from Puerto Rico where he praised the federal response. Well, 93 percent of the island remained without power.
And Sources tell CNN that a number of Russian named Facebook ad targeted Michigan and Wisconsin, two states crucial from Mr. Trump election victory.
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COREN: Well, Donald Trump is heading to Las Vegas following the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Well, 58 people were killed when a
gunman showered bullets on a concert crowd from the 32nd floor of his hotel.
In the hours ahead, Mr. Trump plans to meet with survivors, medical staff and local officials. Investigators are still trying to determine what
could have caused the shooter to carry out his deadly rampage.
Well, one person who may said some lie -- his girlfriend where she is now back in the U.S. after visiting the Philippines. Well, for the latest on
the investigation, here is our Jean Casarez.
UNIDETIFIED MALE: Hey, you guys, get down! Go that way! Get out of here! There are gunshots coming over there! Go that way! Go that way!
JEAN CASAREZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Police releasing body camera video of the chaos that unfolded as shots rang out at an outdoor country music festival
on Sunday night.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Go that way. Go that way. Go that way. Everybody stay down. Stay down.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Where's he at?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: At the Mandalay Bay, there's a man at the window.
CASAREZ: These officers desperately attempting to locate the shooter, while taking cover under a hail of bullets.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Get back! Get back!
CASAREZ: This new video captures the concertgoers running in every direction as they were being fired upon. Police say the killer opened fire
for nine to 11 minutes, firing dozens of rounds in rapid succession.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm inside the Mandalay Bay on 31st floor. I can hear the automatic fire coming from one floor ahead, one floor above us.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Be advised, it is automatic fire -- fully automatic fire from an elevated position. Take cover.
CASAREZ: These pictures published by The Daily Mail provide a chilling look inside the killer's 32nd floor hotel suite and the arsenal used to
carry out the massacre, military style weapons and bullet casings littering the room.
The ATF says 47 firearms have now been recovered from the hotel suite and two homes connected to the killer. Officials say 12 of the guns in his
hotel room were rigged to fire like automatic weapons.
Police say the killer took his own life after exchanging gunfire with police, his lifeless body surrounded by some of the weapons he used to
shoot out the smashed out window behind the curtain. Police say this was a meticulously planned attack.
Authorities say the killer installed several hidden cameras, one inside the hotel suite's peep hole two others in the hallway, including one camera on
a hotel service cart to monitor approaching threats.
The killer's motive remains a mystery. His girlfriend, Marilou Danley, named a person of interests, is back in the U.S. being questioned by the
Returning to Los Angeles from the Philippines Tuesday night, police say she has been cooperating with law enforcement. Her two sisters speaking
exclusively to Seven Network in Australia insist that she did not know what the killer was planning.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He sent her away. So that he can plan what he is planning without interruptions. In that sense, I thank him for sparing my
sister's life, but that one bit to compensate 59 peoples' lives.
COREN: Jean Casarez, reporting there. Let's take you now to Manila where our Nic Robertson has been following the movements of the gunman's
girlfriend Marilou Danley.
[08:05:00] And Nic, Danley was in the Philippines at the time of the massacre and obviously has now returned to the United States. What have
authorities in Manila told you?
NIC ROBERTSON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, they have been very, very tightlipped, Anna, awhile it wasn't really until that Marilou Danley
actually landed back in the United States. So they -- they spoke and even Danley was only limited.
They say that they didn't want to get in the way of an active, ongoing U.S. investigation. What they did confirm was when she arrived into the
Philippines on the 25th of September but seem the less clear when I spoke to the spokeswoman at the Bureau of Immigration, with quite the
circumstances under which she left.
MARIA ANTONETTE MANGROBANG, SPOKESWOMAN, PHILIPPINES BUREAU OF IMMIGRATION: When she arrived on the 25th, she was processed like a regular passenger
and on the third of October, which is just yesterday, her -- she passed the immigration at 4:56 p.m. to border to Los Angeles.
ROBERTSON: And she passed through immigration when she was leaving with FBI agents?
MANGROBANG: I cannot confirm that, sir. That is not something that is in their travel records but what we can say is that all the information with
respect to the travel of Ms. Marilou Danley have been communicated with the Homeland Security, as well as the FBI.
ROBERTSON: And as far as you know, she left on her own free will?
MANGROBANG: Well, we cannot say if she was -- we cannot confirm or deny that because that is an information that we do not have. But what we can
is that she is pass through the immigration process and what's cleared by an immigration officer to board her flight departing the country.
ROBERTSON: With the FBI?
MANGROBANG: We cannot confirm, sir, whether she was accompanied by the FBI or she was traveling alone.
ROBERTSON: Well, the other interesting detail that the spokesperson had was that this wasn't Marilou Danley's first visit to the Philippines in
She had actually come here from -- on a flight from Tokyo on 15th of September, stayed seven days then on the 22nd flew to Hong Kong.
Have three days in Hong Kong and then come back here on the 25th which really adds additional complexity to precisely what she was doing here,
what was going on in all that time. And of course, U.S. were now beginning to understand some of that but still so many questions to be answered,
COREN: Yes, absolutely, Nic. We understand that the gunman Stephen Paddock had thousands of dollars to the Philippines. What more can you
tell us about that?
ROBERTSON: Yes, that's another where the authorities here really don't want to seem to stray into what they consider, you know an active U.S.
investigation. I asked that question at the -- at the immigration bureau.
The question is also been asked of other investigative units here in the Philippines and the answer is coming back, no comment. We don't want to
comment on that.
I asked the immigration bureau, did Marilou Danley bring a large amount of money with her when she came into the country in cash. Normally, that sort
of thing is declared. But again, they decline to answer that.
You know, a lot of this at the moment and details like that -- that amount of money and what happened to it, and what was it intended for are really
still just shrouded in mystery.
COREN: Yes, to really trying to piece together the puzzle. But, Nic, getting back to the girlfriend, Marilou Danley, she is now with U.S.
authorities we presume, and we gather -- you know, she may be able to shed some light in Stephen Paddock's state of mind and obviously positive --
possible motive I should say.
ROBERTSON: Sure. I mean she has to be the number one potential witness there and certainly, her sisters went on to say in that interview, there
maybe more information available from other family members.
And at the immigration bureau, I was given to understand by the spokesperson that there are other family members here in the Philippines
and the indication was that when she was here, she was very likely staying with them or at least in contact with them.
So I think there is an expectation that -- you know, that the information that she provide to the police will be the best that they can get, but
there are maybe more information out there that she shared with relatives that may be available here in the Philippines.
And it is not clear if Filipino authorities are following up on those lines for U.S. authorities. Again, they come back to that point that they are
working with the FBI, working with Homeland Security. It is a very common and strong relationship with the Filipino authorities here.
You know, they work together on many, many different issues and cases but you know, precisely what was going through in Paddock's mind and why
Marilou Danley has to be -- has to be the best of understanding that.
COREN: Nic Robertson, joining us from Manila. We appreciate the reporting, thank you very much. Well we've all seen the video and heard
the terrifying sound of that rapid gunfire raining down on the defenseless scrambler.
[08:10:00] Well, as we heard earlier, a U.S. official has confirmed that a dozen of the weapons found in Paddock's hotel room had been modified to
make them even more deadly. Drew Griffin has more.
DREW GRIFFIN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The difference between a semiautomatic one shot at a time assault rifle and this fully automatic assault rifle is
stunning. Holy smokes.
GRADY JUDD, SHERIFF, POLK COUNTY FLORIDA: Many rounds in seconds.
GRIFFIN: At 9.43 seconds, 90 rounds. That is unbelievable. Polk County Florida Sheriff Grady Judd says this kind of firepower is not only
available but what you see here, these legal 100 round canisters were taken right off his streets from drug dealers. This is 290 rounds, right?
JUDD: Three hundred and ninety rounds, right here. And you can literally shoot these as quick as you can pull the trigger one time.
GRIFFIN: The massive magazines legal, the parts to turn a semiautomatic weapon into a fully automatic rifle also legal.
JUDD: These are pieces of what makes it a fully automatic fire arm. Interestingly enough, you can buy this online.
GRIFFIN: And the Las Vegas shooter may have used another modification. This is a slide stock, perfectly legal aftermarket component.
According to the manufacturer's video, it's easy to assemble on an assault rifle and the results though technically do not make a machine gun, ask
yourself if you can tell the difference.
GRIFFIN: The slide stock is legal to buy and use. Former ATF Agent Sam Rabadi calls it a work around the gun laws, not a loophole. That may make
no sense to you. This will make even less sense. Kits you can buy online to turn a semiautomatic rifle into a fully automatic weapon, legal to buy,
yet illegal to actually use.
SAM RABADI, FORMER ATF SPECIAL AGENT: The conversion kit itself is legal but when you use it to convert a rifle into fully automatic, obviously then
makes it an illegal firearm.
GRIFFIN: Rabadi says the Las Vegas shooter may have used both in firing from the 32nd story into a huge crowd needed little training if any to kill
so many. Drew Griffin, CNN, Winter Haven, Florida.
COREN: Absolutely frightening. Well, the issue of gun control once again has taken the spotlight. Two Democratic Senators from the State of
Connecticut are among those speaking out.
Well they say they are fed up with the resistance to gun control and they are pushing Congress to expand, and close loopholes in the background check
system. Let's take a listen.
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SEN. RICHARD BLUMENTHAL (D), CONNECTICUT: We're saying enough to the evasion and the euphemisms. They can take those euphemisms and stuff them
as far as I'm concerned.
Enough of the debate that it's not time yet, that it won't deal with that problem that the background check proposal wouldn't have stopped the killer
in Las Vegas, that argument is absurd.
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COREN: But over the years after each mass shooting in the United States, the debate over the gun-control seems to come and go with little impact on
the alarming statistics. Lynda Kinkade has more.
LYNDA KINKADE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Mass shootings in the U.S. have become all too common. The brutal attack in Vegas was the 273 mass shooting out
of 275 days so far this year, according to the gun violence archive, an independent group which defines such incidents as four or more people shot
or killed not including the shooter.
There's one definition of mass shooting in the U.S. an estimate very widely. But that group reports that more than 11,000 people in the U.S.
have died from gun violence so far this year. That the U.S. is actually considering measures that would ease gun restrictions.
The gun lobby, the National Rifle Association is considered so helpful many politicians are reluctant to challenge them. The NRA spends more than $30
million to support Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential race.
DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: You have a true friend and champion in the White House.
KINKADE: Mr. Trump became the first sitting president since 1983 to address the NRA.
TRUMP: My friends at the NRA, you are my friends, believe me.
[08:15:00] KINKADE: Two months after that speech U.S., Congressman Steve Scalise was shot and wounded at a Republican baseball game. That same day,
his colleagues were meant to hold a hearing on a bill to make it easier for Americans to buy gun silencers. That hearing was postponed.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Oh, my God.
KINKADE: There are more public shootings in America than any other country in the world. According to University of Alabama report, the U.S. makes up
less than five percent of the world's population but accounts of 31 percent of the world's mass shootings. Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan says
mental health should be the focus.
PAUL RYAN, UNITED STATES SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE: As we see the dust settle and we see what was behind some of these tragedies, that mental health
reform is a critical ingredient to making sure that we can try and prevent some of these things from happening.
KINKADE: Yet about a month after entering office, U.S. President Trump signed a measure that scrap an Obama regulation aimed at keeping guns out
of the hands of severely mentally ill people, people who can't work or can't manage their own social security benefits. When asked about that,
Paul Ryan claimed there were people whose rights were being infringed. Lynda Kinkade, CNN.
COREN: U.S. President Donald Trump's trip to Las Vegas follows a visit to Puerto Rico to survey the damage from hurricane Maria from keeping praise
to giving paper towels, we'll have details on how winds just hit.
And saying, dealing with a constitutional crisis, as Catalonia threatens to speak from the country, we'll have a live report from Barcelona, next.
COREN: Welcome back to News Stream. You are looking at pictures from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. We're expecting U.S. President Donald
Trump to disembark there from the Marine One. He flew out from the White House a short time ago.
He is on his way to Las Vegas where he will meet with survivors, with the family members of victims, with we medical staff, local authorities and
officials there following the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history which have claim the lives of 58 people, more than 500 were injured.
So we see Donald Trump there to meet with survivors, meet with the family members of those 58 people who lost their lives in that horrific mass
shooting in the Las Vegas over the weekend.
Donald Trump do disembark Marine One, very shortly where he will then board Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews and head to Las Vegas, obviously
America reeling from that absolute tragedy.
[08:20:00] Well, now obviously the debate over gun control and tighter regulations has begun, many now are saying that it is too early to discuss
The day we say Donald Trump disembarking from Marine One with his wife Melania trailing behind him, obviously greeting officials there and will
they make his way over to Air Force One, way to board that plane and hit the Las Vegas.
The president has been in Puerto Rico where he obviously met with the survivors of hurricane Maria and now he is heading to a tragedy on own home
soil in Las Vegas.
America's worst mass shooting among history that claimed lives of 58 people and injured more than 500. We will bring you updates when he lands there
in Las Vegas.
Well just days after hurricane Maria hit the of Puerto Rico, the governor and mayor of San Juan warned it could take six months to restore electrical
COREN: And two weeks on that prediction is proving to be true.
COREN: Right now 93 percent of the island is without power and half of the island is without running water. Supplies are now getting into some of the
hardest hits areas but on his visit to the island, the message from the U.S. president was on the upbeat. Boris Sanchez has this report.
TRUMP: This has been the toughest one. This has been a category five, which few people have ever even heard of -- a category five hitting land.
But it hit land -- and, boy, did it hit land.
BORIS SANCHEZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Nearly two weeks after hurricane Maria devastated much of Puerto Rico, President Trump visits the island amid a
TRUMP: I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico but you've thrown our budget a little out of whack because we've spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico and
that's fine. We've saved a lot of lives.
SANCHEZ: The president touting the federal response to Maria and his team's relief efforts while also comparing the number of those killed after
Maria to the death toll following hurricane Katrina.
TRUMP: If you look at a real catastrophe like Katrina and you look at the tremendous, hundreds and hundreds, and hundreds of people that died, and
you look at here what happened here with really a storm that was just totally overpowering, nobody has ever seen anything like this. And what is
your -- what is your death count as of this moment, 17?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Sixteen.
TRUMP: Sixteen people, certified. Sixteen people versus in the thousands. You can be very proud of all of your people, all of our people working
together -- sixteen versus literally, thousands of people.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We're grateful for the president.
SANCHEZ: The president also commending Puerto Rico's governor.
TRUMP: And I just want to tell you that right from the beginning this governor did not play politics. He didn't play it at all. He was saying
it like it was, and he was giving us the highest grades. And I want to on behalf of our country, I want to thank you.
MAYOR CARMEN YULIN CRUZ, SAN JUAN: Save us from dying.
SANCHEZ: But there was no mention of San Juan's outspoken mayor, Carmen Yulin Cruz. Despite meeting her face to face minutes before, the moment
coming after the president's weekend Twitter attack saying she had such poor leadership ability, Trump commenting on their feud before leaving
Washington this morning saying...
TRUMP: I think she has come back a long way. And, you know, I think it's now acknowledged what a great job we've done and people are looking at
that. Do you know who helped them? God helped them.
SANCHEZ: The president also taking on the comforter in chief role with first lady Melania Trump by his side visiting victims of the storm at their
homes in Guaynabo known as the five-star city, one of the island's most upscale neighborhoods.
TRUMP: Did you have fear that the house was going to go or collapse?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The second floor probably, not the house.
TRUMP: And that sort of happened?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.
TRUMP: Incredible. Well, good going.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Thank you for being here.
SANCHEZ: And stopping by a church to help distribute food and supplies.
TRUMP: There's a lot of love in this room -- lots of love in this room.
SANCHEZ: Despite the positive spin on relief efforts coming from the White House, official numbers reveal there is still a long way to go.
Seven percent of the island's electricity is restored and only 40 percent of their telecommunications. Obtaining running water is still a challenge
and there are still long wait times at lines in grocery stores and gas stations.
TRUMP: The job that's been done here is really nothing short of a miracle. It's been incredible.
[08:25:00] COREN: Boris Sanchez is reporting there. Well, CNN's Leyla Santiago caught up with the mayor of San Juan after President Trump's
briefing. Here is what she had to say.
CRUZ: We got to meet with White House staff and I truly believe that they finally saw the connection or the disconnect between what they were hearing
on the one hand and the reality of what is happening on the ground.
When I heard him say and I quote, Puerto Rico, you have thrown our budget out of whack for all the money we have spent here, that doesn't make you
LEYLA SANTIAGO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yes or no, do you think this trip with President Trump on this island will help the people of Puerto Rico after
CRUZ: I think his staff understands now and they have all the data they need. But I would hope that the President of the United States stops
spouting out comments to hurt the people of Puerto Rico. Because rather than commander-in-chief, he sort of becomes mis-communicator and chief.
COREN: Well, the European parliament is to meet in the next hour to take up the political crisis in Spain. It comes after the Spanish King lash out
of the Catalonian independence referendum.
Well meanwhile, the region's president said independence will be declared within days. On Tuesday, hundreds of thousands took for the streets
protesting at least crackdown on the vote that source some 900 people injured.
The separatists face internal and external pressure with most folks outside is considering Sunday's vote illegal. The Spanish government is not
officially rejected the vote. Let's get the latest now on this crisis.
Our Isa Soares joins us from Barcelona and Isa, King Felipe was very forceful in his televised address, what's been the reaction there?
ISA SOARES, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Anna, it really depends who you are -- if you ask the separatists, those who have been protesting here in the
streets, the pro-independence groups, they basically ask (Inaudible).
We saw during a speech, people coming out, pop some pants because although you did call for union -- political union and union within the country, he
didn't mention any of the almost 900 people who were injured on Sunday.
And he also didn't ask for dialogue for the two sides to come together to the negotiating table and you know, some of the Catalan I've been speaking
to has said to me, well, in fact he just scorned us.
There was no olive branch actually of it. And so they are in many ways, city offenders but if you ask other Catalans who don't back the
independence, both who won't have to say in a referendum, they say to me, he was right.
He was forceful but it was fair and he was balance, and this is what this country needs because there is disintegration, one percent to meet within
Spain and the theory is that what is happening, Catalonia with its independence movement to hurt Spain's economy.
So it really depends who you in the part if you go outside of Catalonia, to the rest of Spain, many would no doubt have been supporting Kin Felipe's
words yesterday, Ana.
COREN: Isa Soares, we'll have to leave it there, great to see you, many thanks for the update. Well, we are learning more about the victims of
Sunday's shooting in Las Vegas. When we come back, how three brothers are trying to cope the unthinkable lost of their mother.
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ANNA COREN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Anna Coren in Hong Kong. You're watching "News Stream." This is your world headlines.
Donald Trump is on his way to Las Vegas following Sunday's massacre. Fifty- eight people were killed when a gunman showered bullets on a concert crown from his hotel room. Police say the shooting was meticulously planned. They
say the killer installed camera inside and outside his room and had 23 weapons with him.
Mr. Trump was in Puerto Rico on Tuesday where he praised his administration disaster response. For two weeks after Hurricane Maria, more than half the
population has no access to drinking water, and nine out of every 10 people don't have cell service.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has apologized for June's bruising election as still (ph) conservatives lose their parliamentary majority. At
the party's annual conference, she said it's not her style to give up, trying to persuade critics she will secure a strong Brexit for Britain.
For more now on the Las Vegas massacre, as families and friends of the victims grieve the loss of their loved ones, we are learning more about the
58 people who were killed in Sunday's attack. Sara Sidner joins us now with more. Sara, you have been spending time with the families of some of those
victims who must be going through indescribable pain.
SARA SIDNER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: They are. They go from numb to angry to sad and background again like an emotional roller coaster as one of the sons of
Ms. Tonks talked about. She was at this concert enjoying herself like everyone else. She was with co-workers when bullets rained down.
SIDNER (voice-over): Fourteen-year-old Greysen Tonks was sleeping at his dad's house when he heard commotion.
GREYSEN TONKS, SON OF VICTIM: Well, I was in my bed. I heard my brother yelling. And then my dad was crying, which isn't pretty normal.
SIDNER (voice-over): He turned to his father for answers. G. TONKS: And then he said your mom was shot in the head and she's dead. I froze.
SIDNER (voice-over): A simple straightforward answer that destroyed all hope. His happy, high energy, fun, loving, hardworking, single mother
attended the country music concert, which turned into a massacre.
SIDNER (voice-over): The bullets struck scores of people including Neysa Tonks, who was with co-workers.
CHRIS DAVIS, FATHER OF VICTIM: (INAUDIBLE) random call at midnight that you never want to get.
SIDNER (voice-over): Tonks' mother and father were sound asleep, and then their phone rings.
C. DAVIS: I had a horrible pit feeling that something was terribly wrong.
DEBBIE DAVIS, MOTHER OF VICTIM: I thought somebody was playing a terrible joke and it wasn't funny. And I sink in my memory. I kept saying this is
not funny. This is not a good joke. And this is not real. And I kept waiting to wake up. And I kept waiting for somebody to tell me it wasn't
real and it absolutely didn't make sense that it was real until last night.
SIDNER (voice-over): What was it about last night that sort of trigger that this was really true?
D. DAVIS: We found her.
SIDNER (voice-over): After hours of (INAUDIBLE) asking questions and searching, Tonks' three children and her parents went to the coroner's
office. They had to see her. They needed proof. And they got it in a form of a picture.
C. DAVIS: We know that she had passed. We knew there wasn't any hope. And that was the worst. Knowing that she had passed.
SIDNER (voice-over): Her older sons didn't know how to process the pain. They literally hit a wall. Their fists bearing the scars.
BRAXTON TONKS, SON OF VICTIM: My mind is racing in many different ways. There's so much I could say.
KADEN MANCZUK, SON OF VICTIM: There's moments where you're just so sad. You're still angry that happened. But you're so happy for the life that she
G. TONKS: She lived life like it was her last day. She didn't care what anyone else thinks.
D. DAVIS: She lived more in 10 years than most (INAUDIBLE).
SIDNER (voice-over): And she (INAUDIBLE) they promise to live by even
[08:35:00] when it comes to the man who caused so much pain to so many families.
D. DAVIS: If you ever said something like, I hate that, she would say don't be a hater. She said that all the time, don't be a hater, even if you said
(INAUDIBLE), she would say don't be a hater. A wonderful person with huge light that we will not let be dimmed. We will not.
SIDNER: And her sons also said that the way that they are going to keep their mother's light and energy alive is to be the best they can be, to be
the best citizens, to be kind. And they talked about that as they held hands, sitting around the kitchen table. They were explaining to us just
how much fun she was. They told us a little story that was very sweet.
She would come home sometimes and say hey boys, get your backpacks. The last time she did it, they ended up in Cancun (ph) for the weekend. They
will remember their mother and all that she did for them. But they want to make sure that they are good citizens for her. Anna?
COREN: What a special lady. Amazing how people can find strength in such tragedy. Sara Sidner, we really appreciate you sharing us that story with
us. Thank you so much.
Still ahead, the latest on the investigation into whether Russia was involved in the U.S. presidential election. Exactly how millions on social
media were targeted. That's coming up.
COREN: Yahoo!'s historic data breach was much bigger than initially reported. Every single Yahoo! account was hacked in 2013. That's three
billion accounts. Verizon who now owns Yahoo! says outside forensic experts gave them that new number.
The hackers got names, e-mails, addresses, and passwords, but not financial information. Yahoo! is re-sending e-mails to the newly discovered victims.
The company was also hit in 2014. At least 500 million accounts were compromised, with the hackers getting the same kind of information.
We're learning new details about the investigation into whether Russia was involved in the U.S. presidential election. Sources tell CNN that Russian-
linked Facebook ads specifically targeted two states crucial to Donald Trump's victory. CNN's chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto
JIM SCIUTTO, CNN CHIEF NATIONAL SECURITY CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Investigators are reviewing thousands of Russian-bought Facebook ads as
part of the congressional probe in the Moscow's wide ranging social media campaign to influence the U.S. presidential election.
And estimated 10 million people in the U.S., according to Facebook, saw at least one of the 3,000 political ads bought by accounts linked to the
Kremlin. The cost for that access? Just $100,000 over the course of two years. And Facebook's data suggests that money bought Russia influence well
beyond the election and may continue to this day with more than half of the ads viewed after voters cast their ballots in November.
How did Russia target its audience of millions? Moscow set up websites and Facebook pages that focus on controversial issues such as race relations
and illegal immigration. And also use the Facebook tool to send specific ads
[08:40:00] to voters who have visited those sites. This is according to a Washington Post report citing sources familiar with the investigation.
Congress in now under pressure to release those ads to the public.
Will you release them publicly?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No, we don't release documents provided to the investigative committee.
SCIUTTO (voice-over): New details are emerging from another set of documents being reviewed by investigators. E-mails from former Trump
campaign chairman Paul Manafort appear to show that Manafort used his position to garner favor with Russian billionaire and Putin ally Oleg
Vladimirovich Deripaska who Manafort was deeply embedded to. This according to excerpts released by The Atlantic.
Just weeks after being hired by Trump, Manafort writes on April 11, 2016, quote, "I assume you've shown our friends my media coverage, right?"
Konstantin Kilimnik, a Ukraine-based former business associate of Manafort responds, quote, "absolutely, every article." Manafort then asked, how do
we use to get whole? Has OVD operation seen? The initials OVD referring to Deripaska, according to The Atlantic citing a source close to Manafort.
Still there is no evidence according The Atlantic that Deripaska met with Manafort last year or was aware of Manafort's attempt to reach him. These
e-mails are under scrutiny as investigators continue to look into whether the Trump campaign had ties to Russia.
But congressional investigators are complaining they are not getting everything they need. Just last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee sent
this letter to the CIA, asking for quote, "access to the same material that have been made available to the Senate Intelligence Committee." Senator
Dianne Feinstein, a ranking member on the judiciary committee, telling reporters, we were turned down.
SCIUTTO: There is now a debate between Democrats and Republicans on the house and Senate Intelligence Committees about whether to make these
Facebook ads public. Democrats want to, Republicans did not.
The Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said today that it would be a bad precedent for his committee to do so, but he did not
close the door to Facebook releasing these ads themselves. Jim Sciutto, CNN, New York.
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