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[01:00:14] ERROL BARNETT, CNN HOST: Campaign 2016 in full swing. Donald Trump speaks out. Jeb Bush talks foreign policy and Hillary Clinton goes full transparency.
ZAIN ASHER, CNNI HOST: Also ahead, police in Ferguson release surveillance video of the moments leading up to a teenager's shooting.
BARNETT: And how the civil war in Syria is causing shortages in the fortified capital. CNN will take you inside of Damascus.
ASHER: A warm welcome to our viewers in the United States and all around the world. I'm Zain Asher. Glad to be with you the next hour.
BARNETT: And I'm Errol Barnett. This is CNN NEWSROOM.
We begin with U.S. politics in the 2016 candidate who keeps rising if popularity.
ASHER: And no stopping him.
BARNETT: Donald Trump. Yet.
The Republican presidential candidate leads two polls in the key early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire after the debate last week on Tuesday night. He spoke at his first campaign event since then night and fired back when press pull specific points on his policy plans. Listen.
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DONALD TRUMP (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: When you are coming up with a plan in business you have to be flexible. There has to be flexibility. And I recently bought something not so recently, but Doral in Miami. Everybody wanted it. If I would have sat down and said here's a 12-point plan to get Doral, I didn't do that. I went in and punched and punched and beat the hell out of people and I ended up getting it. Everybody wanted it.
(END VIDEO CLIP) ASHER: And another big question that Donald Trump faced that got attention is whether or not he will consider a third party run to run as an independent. In fact, that was the question that kicked off the Republican debate if you remember now. Trump is actually still sticking to his original plan and that is to not rule it out. Listen.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
TRUMP: If I'm not treated fairly -- and the word is fairly, it doesn't mean well, it means fairly. I am not treated fairly, we will see what happens. I was the establishment two months ago. I was like the fair-hair boy. I was a giver, a big giver. Once I decided to run all of a sudden I'm sort of semi anti-establishment.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
ASHER: All right, switching with over to Democrats, Hillary Clinton will hand over her private email server to the U.S. justice department. She used a server during her time as secretary of state and has faced very intense criticism for not using a secure government server. The FBI is investigating the matter.
Meantime, Clinton said that she has turned over all of her work- related emails to the state department. But until now she wouldn't turn over the server. The issue has certainly hurt Hillary Clinton in the polls. But the majority of respondents saying that they don't think that she is trustworthy.
BARNETT: So what does all of this really mean? We are going to bring in Larry Sabato in Charlottesville, Virginia. He's the director of the center for politics there at the University of Virginia.
Larry, thanks for your time. No real specifics from Donald Trump today. But plenty of free-wheeling generalities that to be frank do keep him atop the polls, but is the presidential selection process supposed to work like this?
LARRY SABATO, DIRECTOR OF CENTER FOR POLITICS, UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA: Well, it is very early in the process. People abroad are always amaze that American election starts so early. And in fact, we are still a year and three months away from the actual election.
In history, we found that candidates frequently at this particular point in time are not representative of the candidates who actually rise to the top at the end. So Donald Trump is being Donald Trump. He is saying relatively little. He is not being specific. He's spending most of his time repairing relations with certain media organizations like FOX News.
BARNETT: Much of his criticisms, though, have been Xena-phobic (ph). He talks about Mexico and Mexicans being a threat. He talks about China doing things to compete with the U.S. And some of his recent commentary has been judgmental towards women and minorities.
What does it say about the Republican Party that that rhetoric strikes a chord to the point where he is now the most popular candidate? SABATO: We need to remember, there are 17 candidates in this field.
And that is why Donald Trump is on top. Remember, he only has a fifth to a quarter of Republicans. The more Republicans that drop out, and there will be many dropping out before the first voting takes place in Iowa in February, the more candidates drop out the worst Donald Trump is will do relative to the others. I think he has hit his ceiling. He is at 20 to 25 percent. He has such high negatives with just about everybody else that he has no room to grow.
[01:05:32] BARNETT: And now on the flip side, the leading democratic contender Hillary Clinton made a move earlier to give her private server, computer server to the feds reversing an earlier decision. You talk about leadership qualities by reversing this decision, and not giving over the server, what does that mean? What does that show?
SABATO: It shows that she had to do it. Look, she has mishandled this from the start. But she's done it in the typical Clinton fashion that we've come to know from both Bill and Hillary Clinton. There's been a drip, drip, drip of revelations and this has lasted far longer than it needed to. In fact, it would have never occurred at all if Hillary Clinton, secretary of state followed the rules. So she is paying a price for not doing what other government employees had to do at the time.
ASHER: In the meantime, former Florida governor Jeb Bush is proposing his plan to fight ISIS and Islamic extremism as well. He spoke to supporters in California just a few hours ago. Bush said he would impose a no-fly zone over Syria and embed U.S. troops with Iraqi forces. He also took aim at President Obama and Hillary Clinton, as well, for pulling combat troops out of Iraq too quickly. Listen.
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JEB BUSH (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: And where was the secretary of state? Where was secretary of state Clinton in all of this? Like the president himself, she had opposed the surge, and then joined in claiming credit for its success. Then stood by as that hard-won victory by American allied forces was thrown away. It was a case of blind haste to get out and to call the tragic consequences somebody else's problem. Rushing away from danger can be every bit as unwise as rushing in to danger and the costs have been grievous.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
BARNETT: Now, two new polls to show Donald Trump still leading the field of Republican presidential candidates.
ASHER: Right. `Donald Trump doing well. But there are some other presidential candidates, as well, that are also rising in the polls. Here's our Dana Bash with more.
DANA BASH, CNN SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): In the first contest state of Iowa, Donald Trump is leading for the first time, according to a new Suffolk University poll, edging out Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, who spent months treading lightly around Trump and is now taking the gloves off.
GOV. SCOTT WALKER (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: He is just using the same tired talking points of the Democrats. And that they didn't work in the past and certainly not going to work in Iowa.
BASH: Trump's rise in Iowa comes as he told CNN's Chris Cuomo he still won't rule out running as an independent.
TRUMP: I have to keep that door open because if something happens where I am not treated fairly, I may very well use that door.
BASH: And the bombastic billionaire is defying convention once again, admitting to and owning to being a whiner.
TRUMP: And I'm a whiner and I am whiner and I keep whining and whining until I win.
BASH: Trump is trying to redeem himself with female voters after a public feud with FOX News' Megyn Kelly.
TRUMP: I cherish women. I will be so good to women. I will work hard to protect women.
BASH: The new Iowa polls shows that despite controversial remarks about women, Trump is at 14 percent winning with female voters in the first caucus state. This GOP opponent isn't buying it.
SEN. RAND PAUL (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Vulgarity does not equate with insight because someone can stand up and say you are stupid and you are ugly does not equate with a vision for the country.
BASH: Trump's lead has narrowed in the first primary state of New Hampshire. On the upswing with, two breakout stars from last week's debate.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So we keep plugging. We are like the little engine that can.
BASH: Ohio governor John Kasich catapulted from barely registering in New Hampshire to third place. Conservative voters in the live free or die state apparently not turned off about comments about same-sex marriage.
GOV. JOHN KASICH (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I just went to a wedding of a friend of mine who happens to be gay.
BASH: And former CEO Carly Fiorina couldn't get on the main debate stage last week moving up in both Iowa and New Hampshire.
The candidates not doing as well are as much of the story as those who are. Chris Christie, for example, he is basically living in New Hampshire and his numbers have dropped so much that he is only three percent in this new poll there. Rick Perry struggling so much that his campaign is no longer paying staff. Instead they are asking them to volunteer. And though, Jeb Bush was never banking on a win in Iowa, he is now in seventh place there which is troubling to some supporters.
[01:10:02] Dana Bash, CNN, Washington.
BARNETT: Now to other stories we are following for you.
Police in Missouri have just released video they say shows a suspect waving a gun during protests in Ferguson. Police say 18-year-old Tyrone Harris is the man in this surveillance video. And you will see him here in the white t-shirt. We have zoomed in. He's accused of firing at officers and was critically injured when they fired back.
ASHER: And now Harris actually faces a number of charges, including assault on law enforcement. But his family insists that he was actually running for his life.
BARNETT: Now, the gun fire broke out during what had been a peaceful demonstration marking one year since a white police officer shot and killed unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown.
Our Sara Sidner reports on the day of unrest that followed.
SARA SIDNER, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Pepper spray flies after police tell protesters to get out of the street that has become synonymous with civil unrest. West Florissant in Ferguson, Missouri, erupting again one night after shots rang out scattering protesters and police.
The night after the barrage of gun fire and two stores were looted, west Florissant had new guests, armed men who call themselves the oath keepers, here, they say to protect the U.S. constitution and in particular, an employee of infowars.com who says its journalist was attacked and beaten after witnessing looting. He is wearing a black hat. We snapped photos of the moment he went to police, his face bloodied.
The controversial oath keepers, their armed presence a sore spot with protesters who say they are unarmed but getting much of the police attention. Though, Missouri gun laws allow people to openly carry if their guns are legally obtained.
The night before, we witnessed a store owner who armed himself too protecting his store which had been looted in the past.
Meantime, police have made at least 85 arrests in 24 hours as plan civil disobedience took place in and around Ferguson. Blocking highways and traffic, frustrations and fear causing one driver to step on the gas.
CROWD: Let them go!
SIDNER: Protesters plan on more action to remember Tyrone Harris. Police say he was shot early Monday after shooting at police down the street from the protest line. Tyrone Harris' father, though, said his son did not shoot at police.
TYRONE HARRIS SR., TEEN SUSPECT'S FATHER: From what I heard he was there with friends and the friends had confrontation and they started to shoot at the friend and he happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.
SIDNER: But a young man who said he knows Harris and was on the scene told us Harris was armed and did fire back at police.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Tyrone (INAUDIBLE), he was shooting back at them. He had a gun and all of that.
SIDNER: Police are saying, he shot at us. Look, he shot at us, so we shot back. Is that what happened?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes. He shot him six times in the stomach and put him in handcuffs.
SIDNER: We also took looked a close look at video of a man with a gun after gun fire erupted. You can clearly see he has on red pants. So did Harris. His red pants shown here as he lay on the ground after being shot by police.
St. Louis county police also say they are looking to a picture found on Facebook and they say they believe it is Tyrone Harris sitting there holding two guns. The investigation continues and Harris is in the hospital still in critical condition.
Back to you guys.
ASHER: That is our Sara Sidner reporting there.
I want to take you to Texas now where a white police officer has been fired for allegedly shooting and killing an unarmed African-American teenager. So it happened during a burglary. Call on Friday at a car dealership, the surveillance company edited this video which it says showed 19-year-old Christian Taylor, you can see him there, apparently jumping who was on cars in the dealership and driving his SUV in to the dealership show room. Police say that Taylor didn't follow police orders to surrender.
BARNETT: Now, police also say that there was no physical altercation between Officer Brad Miller and Taylor before the teen was shot. Arlington police chief says Miller was fired for exercising poor judgment. He also faces a possible criminal prosecution.
ASHER: We want to get to China now where the state-run news agency says that some 40 people are missing after landslide swept through a mining company's living quarters early this morning. The landslide buried five dorms and three houses in the (INAUDIBLE) province. Nearby residents have been evacuated and rescue teams are searching for those who are missing. We'll keep you updated on that story.
BARNETT: Still to come here on CNN, a Mississippi couple accused of using their honeymoon as a cover for an attempt to join is. We will talk about this after the break.
ASHER: Also ahead, U.S. authorities say that hackers used insider information to make millions in stock trades.
[01:18:50] ASHER: Welcome back, everyone.
We are following developments out of China where the country has devalued its currency for the second day in a row. Now, the people's bank of China said as reference rate 1.6 percent lower today after 1.9 percent cut on Tuesday.
BARNETT: This is a very big deal. We can show you China's markets how they are responding to all of this. As you see, they continue to fall. The Shanghai Composite down 0.3 percentage point. The Hang Seng down two percentage points. The Nikkei and the S&P ASX 200d own a percentage and a half there.
ASHER: And the devaluation is actually supposed to help with economic growth and exports, as well. The China central bank said it doesn't expect another rate cut anytime soon.
BARNETT: Meanwhile, the impact stretches far beyond the world's stock market.
CNN's Richard Quest explains why.
RICHARD QUEST, CNN AVIATION CORRESPONDENT: When you look at how the Yuan moved you see all of these effects, whether it is going up or down. In this case obviously it is falling. Immediately we see the dollar getting stronger. And that means more exports from the United States. They become more expensive. Clear negative.
And Chinese goods, they of course become cheaper which means a more competitive battle. In the short and easy terms, devaluing the one is bad for U.S. exporters and brilliant for Chinese exporters.
But there is more to it than that. You got to look at other currencies closely tied to the ones. Now, also, losing value, the Australian and New Zealand dollars and Brazil's riyal. They were all down. They were down not only because of the technical effect but because commodity prices also. They are priced in dollars. And those countries are big commodity exporters. Oils, minings, metals. They are all losing ground.
At its most simplistic, you can see the Yuan's move in simply as Chinese exports versus U.S. exports and the rest of the world. In the wider picture, over the longer term, you are left with the conclusion that there is a much bigger political play underway.
Richard Quest, CNN, New York.
(END VIDEOTAPE) [01:21:15] ASHER: We will keep our eyes on China's currency.
But meantime, there is another story about market manipulation. This time by an international team of hackers and stock traders.
BARNETT: That's right. U.S. investigators say the group tapped in to computer systems to get inside information on stocks. They made up to $100 million in illegal trades.
MARY JO WHITE, U.S. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSIONER: Over the course of five years the 32 defendants named in this complaint are charged with carrying out a brazen scheme to steal nonpublic earnings information for hundreds of publicly traded companies and then placing thousands of trades through a network of U.S. and overseas traders located in the Russian federation, Ukraine, Malta, Cyprus, France, New York, Pennsylvania and Georgia.
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BARNETT: Law enforcement groups have warned for years about the threat of hacking, haven't they?
ASHER: Yes. And over the past two years retailers in the U.S. and even the government have actually fallen prey to it.
BARNETT: Well, right now, we want to move on to a young Mississippi couple charged with conspiring in attempting to support ISIS. A court documents indicate the couple got married in June and was then arrested as they try to travel outside of the U.S. this past weekend. This trip was allegedly disguised as their honeymoon.
CNN's justice correspondent Pamela Brown tells us more.
PAMELA BROWN, CNN JUSTICE CORRESPONDENT: This is a young newlywed couple from Mississippi who allegedly used their honeymoon as a cover up to go to Syria and join ISIS according to the FBI. The man is 22- year-old Muhammad Dakhlalla and his wife, 20-year-old woman Jaelyn Young. And they were arrested at a Mississippi airport on Saturday.
From the outside, this was a seemingly normal couple. Young is a daughter of a Pittsburg, Mississippi police officer who was studying chemistry at Mississippi State University and she recently converted to Islam. Law enforcement officials say, her husband graduated last spring from Mississippi State and the son of a local Imam.
According to the complaint, Young seemed to be the most enthusiastic about joining the terrorist group. In fact, in one conversation on- line, she allegedly boasted about how the two could help ISIS saying quote "I'm skilled in math and chemistry and worked at an analytical lab here on my college campus. My partner is good with computer science and media. We learn very fast and would love to help." Now in July, she also allegedly said on social media that she
supported the shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee, that killed four marines. The two were first put on the FBI's radar back in May from their social media posts. They appeared in court on Tuesday in Mississippi and were denied bail.
Back to you.
ASHER: That was our Pamela Brown reporting there.
In the meantime, we want to take you to Europe now. Police on the Greek Island of (INAUDIBLE) are calling in reinforcements from Athens after clashes with migrants. The situation, though, has since calmed down.
BARNETT: Yes. But the chaos that broke out on Tuesday is just more evidence of how Greece is struggling to cope with the growing number of migrants there.
Isha Sesay explains.
ISHA ESSAY, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Immigration overload. Tensions are running high on the Greek island of (INAUDIBLE) where hundreds of migrants gather in a long crowded queue waiting to register with local authorities.
Standing in the sun for hours the heat takes its toll. One woman faints. A father with a small child struggles through the crowd to reach the front of the line. Frustration mounts until tempers flare and several scuffles break out.
Police try to reestablish control by spraying the crowd with fire extinguishers. A few use batons against the unruly. Hundreds flee in panic. And those who are left describe the conditions on the island as third world.
MUHAMMAD SHAREEF AWARD, SYRIAN MIGRANT: No toilets, no water. People have been waiting for more than ten days.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We want only to go from this island because we live in miserable way. No bathrooms, no place to sleep in.
SESAY: (INAUDIBLE) is just a few kilometers from the Turkish coast making the Greek Island a prime destination for thousands of migrants fleeing war-torn countries like Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria.
Hundreds arrive daily aboard these inflatable rubber boats seeking the quickest way to Europe on what they hope will be a better life. But the island is obviously overwhelmed and many migrants say they have reached their breaking point.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What can I say? Is this Europe? If this is Europe we're going back to Syria. SESAY: The ASP news agency reports at least one police officer was
suspended following Tuesday's clash. And the Greek news agency quotes the island's mayor as saying there is a risk of bloodshed if the situation degenerates further.
Isha Sesay, CNN.
[01:26:29] BARNETT: Coming up, Donald Trump's colorful speeches have kept him on top of the polls, but will they cost him valuable votes from women? Hear how he is appealing to a key demographic next.
ASHER: Plus, they are caught between warring factions and they are short on fuel and food. We will take a rare glimpse at life for average Syrians in Damascus.
[01:30:13] ERROL BARNETT, CNN ANCHOR: Thank you for staying with us. We appreciate that. This is CNN NEWSROOM. I'm Errol Barnett.
ZAIN ASHER, CNN ANCHOR: I'm Zain Asher. 1:30 in the morning here in Atlanta. These are your headlines.
China has devalued its currency the second day in a row. The Central Bank set the reference rate 1.6 percent lower today. Some analysts say it is a sign the country's economy is faltering. Tuesday's devaluation sent world financial markets tumbling.
Investigators recovered near the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 may be parts of a Russian made missile possibly. It is too early to say for certain. Pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian forces blame each other for the downing of the plane over Ukraine.
BARNETT: Hillary Clinton will hand over her private e-mail server to investigators. Clinton said she's given all work-related e-mails to the State Department and will continue to cooperate with investigators.
Donald Trump continues to lead the pact of U.S. Republican presidential candidates. He currently tops two new polls from two early voting states following last week's debate.
ASHER: Iowa and New Hampshire, as well. His controversial, quote, "blood comment" about Megyn Kelly led some to believe they had alienated women voters and they wouldn't rally around him anymore. Here's what Trump had to say about them.
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DONALD TRUMP, (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE & CEO, TRUMP ORGANIZATION: I will be great on women's health issues. I cherish women. I will be great on women's health issues. Believe me.
(END VIDEO CLIP) ASHER: In the meantime, Trump is once again refusing, refusing to rule out a third party bid for the White House.
I spoke last hour with CNN political analyst, Ron Brownstein, about the possibility of him running as an Independent. Listen.
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RON BROWNSTEIN, CNN POLITICAL ANALYST: In the sense if he chose to run as a third party candidate he would be an enormous challenge for the push can party. His support is concentrated on the elements of white America, particularly blue collar white America. Those are the voters that have become the corner stone of. It is hard to imagine any Republican nominee being able to survive, I think, a Donald Trump third party candidacy. It's not easy to do. It's very difficult to get on the ballot in all 50 states. The rules are conflicting and they vary from state to state. Some states even have sore loser rules. Some say if you run in one party you can't come back in the general. So it is not simple. But someone with his money could cause a lot of mischief for the Republican Party if he chooses to go that route.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
ASHER: A lot of people say if Donald Trump runs as an Independent that would be a sure win for the Democrats. Meantime, Trump does say he wants to be sure that he is treated fairly in the Republican primaries.
BARNETT: Zain, CNN has been getting a rare look at what daily life is like inside of Syria, the country that has been ravaged by civil war for the past four years. For those living in the relatively protected capital city, it still means dealing with many hardships.
Our Fred Pleitgen reports from Damascus.
FREDERIK PLEITGEN, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Driving in Damascus had become difficult since the onset of the civil war. There's a lot of traffic obviously because of many check points in the city. But one thing that's become hard is actually getting fuel. There are certain days where there won't be any fuel at all, where the stations are closed. But very often in the summer people have to wait very long. Some tell us they wait hours in lines trying to get gasoline. That's what we are going to try to do right now.
"The fuel prices have really increased. It makes life very difficult. You can sometimes pay as much as a fifth of your salary just for gasoline."
"It is tough because it's not just fuel that's gotten more expensive but pretty much all other goods, as well."
It really is difficult to move your way forward in these gas lines. I'm not very good at it. Trying to force your way in to these little spaces. And what happens is people get angry. There's a lot of honking going on and sometimes fights break out here.
[01:35:00] So what's happened is the Syrians have deployed military personnel or security personnel to these gas stations to make sure that people don't break out in to fist fights.
The way these gas stations work is you have one or two lines for regular people, and then you will have a line for the military, which obviously means they get fuel quicker. And then you have a line for government workers. So there is a hierarchy here, as well.
The other big problem that people deal with is aside from the fact that it takes very long to get fuel, it's become more expensive. People that we have been speaking to here at the gas station say the fuel prices have increased four fold. So it is four times as expensive today as it was a year ago. Of course, the prices keep rising as the crisis keeps going on.
It has some dips, as well. There are times when the government can get more fuel and the prices will decrease for a while but, by and large, they keep going up. So, getting fuel is something that is really important to people here and certainly something that isn't easy.
Fred Pleitgen, CNN, Damascus.
BARNETT: The U.S. secretary of state has a new warning if Congress rejects the Iran nuclear deal. The agreement gives Iran some relief from economic sanctions in exchange for scaling back its nuclear program.
ASHER: The clock is ticking because Congress has until next month to act on the deal. John Kerry said if the agreement fails, the U.S. would have to impose sanctions on anyone doing business with Iran going forward and that could actually result in retaliation.
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JOHN KERRY, SECRETARY OF STATE: We turn around and nix the deal and say you have to obey our rules on the sanctions anyway. That is a recipe, my friends, business people here, for the American dollar to cease to be the reserve currency of the world.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
BARNETT: Some currency experts dismissing Kerry's warning as an exaggeration. If you are interested to see what they have to say about this, head over to CNNmoney.com.
ASHER: Coming up next, toxic missiles turn a river in Colorado bright orange. A yellow, brownish color. Hear why officials say the toxins may not pose the dangers that some may have feared.
[01:40:22] ASHER: U.S. federal officials say a truck driver had been awake 28 hours before he was involved a deadly car crash that serious injured comedian, Tracy Morgan. Investigators say that Kevin Roper had driven 12 hours to work even before he started his 14-hour shift. The Walmart truck he was driving rear-ended a limo van on the New Jersey Turnpike last year.
BARNETT: The crash killed comedian, James McNair, and injured four passengers in the van including the "Saturday Night Live" star, Tracy Morgan, who suffered a brain injury. The passengers were not wearing seat belts, which did contribute to their injuries.
ASHER: Time for a little weather. Officials in Los Angeles are resorting to interesting measures to retain as much water as possible in the city's reservoirs.
We are joined now by our Meteorologist Pedram Javaheri.
Pedram, basically, 96 million black plastic balls.
PEDRAM JAVAHERI, AMS METEOROLOGIST: that's right.
ASHER: To prevent evaporation, among other things.
JAVAHERI: The size of an apple. They are filled with water. They are weighed down and they've dispersed them across the city of Los Angeles over four reservoirs because they cover the surface area.
The city's mayor posting this on his Facebook page, saying, "Take a look. We have come up with this. It keeps algae out and water in." They estimate they will preserve 300 million gallons of water a year from evaporating in to thin air.
ASHER: Desperate times. Desperate times.
BARNETT: Is the plastic safe, though.
JAVAHERI: They are saying it is BPA free, but on the Facebook page, so many people have questions about chemicals leeching in to the water, is it safe? How long will they last, the answer to that 10 years, and they will be recycled. Fascinating as the city is trying to preserve a billion liters of water, 300 million gallons of water across Los Angeles. Here we go with the perspective. With the sun radiating and bouncing off of this. They are tightly packed. They have done it before. It worked. And scientists behind this are saying it's a pretty good estimation to save a tremendous amount of water from what is happening in California. Also water issues out of Europe. Take a look. Very much on the hot
side in recent days. Since the 1st of August, 11-day stretch where temperatures have been five degrees Celsius above the norm. Look at the footage coming out of Germany. The river level impressive to see this. Dropping to historic lows in a few areas. We know this is impacting tourism industry and the hydrological efforts to create hydro electricity as well, and shipping routes affected across Romania and Germany with the drought in place. Look at the last three months, the tremendous heat evaporating a lot of water over this region. Exceptional drought over areas of Poland as well as Germany.
BARNETT: Serious drought conditions there.
Pedram, thank you very much.
There are new fears over the water supply in three U.S. states after a toxic waste spill that turned a river in Colorado this mustard color. We'll show you before and after images which make the point. Staggering.
ASHER: The Animas River is returning to normal color, but many residents still worry about the potential long-term health effects. Officials are trying to ease those concerns.
Here's our Dan Simon with more.
DAN SIMON, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The governor of Colorado touring the aftermath of the three million gallons of contaminated water that spilled in to the Animas River and neighboring states. It turned the typically clear water in to ominous mustard color. But there are positive signs the toxins may not pose the dangers some feared. Wildlife officials placed fish in the water to see how they would fair with the contamination. Only one died, and they don't know if it is related to the water.
DR. LARRY WOLK, COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT: At this point, we don't feel there is any potential risk for human health but based on the preliminary results the levels of the metals appear to have returned to pre-incident levels.
SIMON: It sent arsenic levels to 26 times higher than normal and a lead levels 12,000 times higher than those set by the EPA, leading toxicologist to call this shocking, fearing that health effects could be seen for years to come. The EPA is warning residents not to drink the water.
There are also concerns about crop irrigation as many local farmers rely on the river.
[01:45:13] JOHN HICKENLOOPER, (D), COLORADO GOVERNOR: To have one of your major rivers yellow orange with all of that oxidized iron and sync in the water that is the worst thing you can imagine.
SIMON: The spill occurred when an EPA team was sent to clean an abandoned gold mine that had been spewing contaminated water. The good intention backfired. The team caused it to flow into the river. The EPA is under intense criticism for not issuing a public alert until a day later.
HICKENLOOPER: We're ticked off. We're furious. We are past that. Now what do we do?
SIMON: Communities up and down the river depend on it for water, recreation and fishing and farming.
TOM BARTLES, RANCHER: This is a main artery of the region and it goes for the same, everybody lives and uses this river.
SIMON: David Bowler owns a river rafting company. His business shut down with no one allowed on the water.
DAVID BOWLER, RIVER RAFTING COMPANY OWNER. This is our lifeline. We're a rafting business that's been established for over 32 years. This will negatively impact our bottom line.
SIMON: The water color has returned to normal and Colorado officials say the water chemistry levels are where they should be, but residents see remnants of the toxic sludge in the water and are nervous about this, and feel the EPA still has a lot of explaining to do.
Dan Simon, CNN, Durango, Colorado.
BARNETT: The starting quarterback for the New York Jets had his jaw broken on Tuesday after the coach said he was sucker punched by a teammate. Geno Smith will need surgery and is expected to be out for about two months.
The back-up linebacker who threw the punch has been cut from the team.
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TODD BOWLES, HEAD COACH, NEW YORK JETS: We're not going to tolerate anything like that from anybody. I told the team that. I addressed them. I don't care who you are.
As far as them in the locker room, the redskins have to take care of themselves and they have to police the locker room, as well. When someone just walks up to you and takes a shot, that can't be warranted nowhere.
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ASHER: Geno Smith is taking it in stride. He posted quite a comedic selfie on social media after the incident, echoing Arnold Schwarzenegger, vowing that he will be back.
BARNETT: The International Governing Body of Track and Field said it may soon change record books and medal counts because new technology has uncovered at least 28 cases of athletes using performance- enhancing substances at the 2005 and 2007 world championship. The IAFF are not revealing the names, nationalities or athletes under suspicion, but many are eastern European. Most have since retired from competition.
ASHER: Coming up next on CNN NEWSROOM, more than seven decades after World War II ended, the conflict still echoes in London. Up next, more details on the bomb dropped in the blitz that construction workers uncovered.
[01:52:01] ASHER: Welcome back, everyone. Experts have safely removed a World War II bomb found in London. Construction contractors discovered the rusty weapon buried in a basement.
BARNETT: There it is. It is not the first bomb found like this in the British capital, and it may not be the last either.
As Ian Lee shows us, it is a reminder of the horrors of war.
IAN LEE, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): London's darkest hour during World War II. Thousands upon thousands of German bombs raining down on the city.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (INAUDIBLE)
LEE: Eight months in history simply known as the blitz.
Each dot here represents a strike in London. Pull back and you can see it is enormous. But some never exploded and, generations later, they are still being unearthed.
The latest a 500-pound bomb found by builders in east London. Authorities quickly evacuated more than 100 residents, some to a nearby school.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: One of my boys was upstairs and he said, mom, they found a bomb around the corner.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Not really scary per se. It happens quite a lot.
LEE: Residents may be fairly nonchalant about an unexploded bomb a few blocks away but you have to remember, in the '40s, this instilled terror in the people of London. Roughly 30,000 Londoners would lose their lives among the rubble.
Bomb disposal experts, veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, successfully diffused and removed the explosive.
It is unknown how many bombs from World War II remain entombed under London. And with the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain this summer, these bombs serve as a reminder of the horrors of war.
Ian Lee, CNN, London. (END VIDEOTAPE)
BARNETT: This next one is for the married couples out there, unlike us.
ASHER: Unlike us.
BARNETT: Do you love your spouse enough to marry them again?
ASHER: How about not once with, not twice, but 12 times? Do you love your spouse enough to marry them 12 times. A Canadian couple has done just that.
Natalie Allen reports.
NATALIE ALLEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): With a majestic backdrop of glaciers and icebergs, Karl Fix and Sandy Bide (ph), got married off the coast of Greenland two weeks ago. Unlike most brides and grooms, there were no cold feet or wedding day jitters here. These two have done this before, 12 times in different countries.
SANDY BIDE (ph), MARRIED HER SPOUSE 12 TIMES: This is our marriage certificate from Timbuktu.
ALLEN: They have certificates from half of the ceremonies. Karl likes to joke that his wife can't divorce him because no lawyer in the country could dissolve all of their marriages.
KARL FIX, MARRIED HIS SPOUSE 12 TIMES: It will be for better or worse until death do us part because she has no choice.
ALLEN (on camera): Too many weddings?
FIX: Too many weddings and places. It would be too expensive.
[01:55:02] ALLEN (voice-over): Sandy, a dentist, and Karl, a retired construction company owner, got married the first time 11 years ago in South Africa. Sandy lost their wedding certificate. On a trip to West Africa, Karl found a local official to marry them again with an Islamic ceremony in the sub-Saharan Desert. They loved it so much it inspired future weddings. A Hindu ceremony in Nepal. Traditional ceremonies in Ethiopia and Mozambique. In each, they embrace local customs.
BIDE (ph): So we had 30 people spitting.
FIX: That's their tradition. Rather than confetti, spit in the air.
BIDE (ph): So we were wet.
ALLEN: So how many of these ceremonies did the bride plan?
BIDE (ph): None. Not one.
ALLEN: It's all Karl. For some, he spent months secretly planning the surprise. For Vegas, it was an impromptu decision.
ELVIS IMPERSONATOR: You hunk-a-hunk-a-hunk-a burning love.
BIDE (ph): It's reaffirms he's in love with me.
ALLEN: The couple will marry again in Mongolia next month. Karl may take a break after that, but admits he likes the weddings and the honeymoons.
ASHER: I am a romantic, but after the tenth time, it doesn't lose its magic.
BARNETT: I would think so.
ASHER: On that note, thank you for watching, everyone. I'm Zain Asher.
BARNETT: I'm Errol Barnett. I like switching out my partners.
BARNETT: Zain is out. Rosemary Church is next. More CNN NEWSROOM after this.
I mean anchor partners, anchor partners.