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Authorities Discover Possible Human Remains; Firefighters: None Of The Fire Is Contained; At Least 24 People Killed In Disaster; Conservative Icon Ditches GOP Over Trump; Political Chaos Follows Messy U.K. Divorce From E.U.; British Citizens Narrowly Divided Over Vote; Donald Trump In Scotland; Iraqi State T.V. Says The Battle of Falluja is Over; Florida Reefs Dying; "THE HUNT" For A Sexual Predator; Prince's Yellow Cloud Guitar Auctioned; Shaquille O'Neal Visits Cuba; Team USA Loses To Colombia; Pete Rose In Reds' Hall of Fame; NASCAR'S Epic Brawl Aired 6-7a
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Authorities Discover Possible Human Remains; Firefighters: None Of The Fire Is Contained; At Least 24 People Killed In Disaster; Conservative Icon Ditches GOP Over Trump; Political Chaos Follows Messy U.K. Divorce From E.U.; British Citizens Narrowly Divided Over Vote. Aired 6-6:30a ET>
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We have structures that are completely demolished. There's nothing left. They're just ash.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's all gone.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Since Thursday, the rising waters have taken out bridges, dislodged barges, and swept away homes.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We were in extreme danger.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Disaster relief is on its way and residents tell us they need it.
JIM ACOSTA, CNN SENIOR WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: He spent part of this visit working on his vice-presidential selection process.
DONALD TRUMP (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I will tell you one thing, I'm getting (inaudible) from a lot of people.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It seems to be dismay and disbelief. Yes, the economy is going on a roller coaster ride, so let's just hold on and don't panic.
CHRISTI PAUL, CNN ANCHOR: Yes, just hold on tight. Good morning and welcome to Sunday. I'm Christi Paul.
VICTOR BLACKWELL, CNN ANCHOR: I'm Victor Blackwell. Good to be with you.
We are starting this morning with new developments about that deadly massive wildfire in Southern California. The Erskine fire has killed at least two people, and right now are working to confirm a possible third death.
PAUL: Officials discovered what they are calling suspicious bones in a charred out home. Now they're looking now to see if they are indeed human remains. But rampant flames burned at least 150 homes that are now just ashes. More than 1,000 others are in danger right now of being destroyed.
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FRED COLEMAN, HOMEOWNER: The look of devastation is on these people's face, lady sitting over there with oxygen tanks. I've lost everything. All I got is what I got on.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's just unbelievable. I've never seen this much damage from a fire up here.
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PAUL: In the meantime, hundreds of people have been evacuated so far, but authorities are worried some may be trapped. Now, there are teams combing the area with cadaver dogs searching for possible victims. California's governor has declared a state of emergency.
BLACKWELL: You see here the plumes of smoke filling the sky. More than 800 firefighters fought through the flames last night. The firefighters say they had no control here. No containment. A look at this haunting image. Look at this.
You see the smoke, the ashes here surrounding the flag, more scenes like this, we've seen throughout the last few days. Firefighters having to struggle to get some containment here thus far, none.
The weather and the conditions are not making it any easier for the crews. Dry brush from dead plants and trees, combined with the heat and wind, fueling those flames.
Meteorologist Allison Chinchar joins us right now. Allison, any indication that there is a break coming as it relates to the temperature, winds, dryness of all the -- I guess the freeze dried fuel that's on the ground there?
ALLISON CHINCHAR, AMS METEOROLOGIST: No. I wish I had better news, but there a reason why there is zero percent containment. Because the weather has been making it incredibly difficult to fight. We're looking at all of the southwest. There is multiple fires out there.
But the one that's been the hardest to really gain control over is the one that's in Erskine, the one in California. Part of it has been they're in an exceptional drought right now. Look at the moisture, going forward into the early portion of the week, they'll get moisture in portions of New Mexico and Arizona.
That will help with those fires, but not in California. Again, we also take a look at the winds, humidity, because they play a huge factor as well. Looking at the Erskine area, going through the day today.
The temperatures expected to be again 5 to 10 degrees above average. The humidity is expected to be incredibly low. We are talking mid-teen percentage wise and again, the winds not going to be much of help either. Again, unfortunately, guys, it is going to stay that way for several days.
PAUL: All right, Allison Chinchar, thank you so much for that update. We appreciate it.
From flames now, we go to flooding in West Virginia on the other side of the country, and trying to recover what is known as deadliest flash flooding in the last six years. We are talking about 24 people who have died including two children when as much 10 inches of heavy rain overflowed creeks and rivers in that area.
Look at this video that's coming to us. This is what people are waking up to this morning as they try to deal with what's left. So many of their homes were literally picked off of their foundations and washed away.
And so you can imagine what it's like for them this morning, as you drive through these scenes. All they want is the picture, the one memento that may be laying amongst all of that.
BLACKWELL: There is some good news here, but it's very little, the high waters have receded, but as Christi said, the residents are working to dig out from all the mud and the wreckage. They're trying to clean up their homes, the ones who still have homes standing on the foundation.
[06:05:02]Mud, covering the streets as we saw, filled any buildings left standing. Meanwhile, officials are warning people to watch out for debris, downed power lines, downed trees in the area, and that's coming as President Obama declares West Virginia a federal disaster.
Our Brynn Gingras is in Clendenin with a look at the state's recovery.
BRYNN GINGRAS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Victor and Christi, today brings another day of rebuilding and trying to recover what's left in these damaged, sometimes even destroyed homes. Disaster relief is on the way and residents tell us they need it.
Take a look behind me at the tree that perched between these three homes, the people who actually live here, they got in their cars and kept driving to higher grounds the night of that storm in order to save their lives.
Their houses on the outside they look normal, but inside, they are destroyed. We actually talked to a resident who also lives on this street. He says the night of the flooding, he, his grandchildren and his wife went up to the second floor of their home because the flood waters were rising so quickly.
He has lived here for 39 years, and he said I live on a river, I'm used to flooding, but nothing like this.
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DAVID ROSS, FLOODING VICTIM: I toughed it out on my second floor. We were able to roundup enough food and drink that we were all right in that regard, but we lost our electricity. We lost our water.
GINGRAS: So you saw firsthand how this could take lives.
ROSS: Oh, my goodness, yes. We were in extreme danger, and all I could do was get my family to the second floor and hope that the foundation and structure of this house was strong enough to withstand the storm. I actually worried that it might shift off the foundation, but it did not.
GINGRAS: Thank God.
ROSS: Thank God.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
GINGRAS: We've seen members of the National Guard, U.S. Air Force, people with the county and the state, people who are actually going door-to-door, making sure residents are OK. They're getting the help they need. But it's true, everyone here has a long road ahead. Back to you.
PAUL: I want to show you some more of the incredible pictures that are coming into us from West Virginia. Do you see that? That's a truck inside a sink hole or what's left of it, what's sticking out there. Flooding washed out the driveway that this truck was parked in.
And then, of course, the truck was pulled into the hole. Once bustling neighborhoods, look like this. It looks like a swamp, doesn't it? This used to be someone's yard and now covered in just mud and debris.
BLACKWELL: Look at this. A restaurant here, collapsed. The Dairy Queen on the right of your screen is the only thing left standing. Our Scott McLean joins us live. He's also in Clendenin, West Virginia there. Scott, you're surrounded by all the mud and the debris and the damage. Give us an idea of what you're seeing at this Dairy Queen or used to be a Dairy Queen.
SCOTT MCLEAN, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Yes, Victor, Christi, good morning. It is really not an exaggeration to say that this is likely a once in a lifetime flood. The chances of this happening on any given year just 1 in 1,000. Take a look at the damage that it's done.
This as you mentioned is formerly a Dairy Queen, and there is not very much left of it. If you look over here, guys, Scott, pan over, you can see the high water mark there on the bank. We're just swinging around this way as well and show you some of the relief efforts.
So believe it or not, these guys are from the fire department about 20 minutes away. The fire department here in Clendenin, they had their gear washed away in the floodwaters so not only are they still monitoring calls for this area.
They've also set up this command post to take in and then redistribute donations or taking water, clothes, cleaning supplies, things like that. This is the tip of the iceberg and there's going to be a lot more needed.
I spoke to a couple of people yesterday, and you know, they're just in tears when they talk about what happened to them. I spoke to one couple, they not only lost their house right up to their attic. They've also lost their business, $1.5 million worth of inventory. They sold outdoor equipment.
They're waiting on insurance to see what they'll get back. I spoke to another person across the street, they were an employee at that shop. They're out of work because it looks like it might not reopen, and if it does, it won't be for quite some time.
So this is just the tip of the iceberg. That woman's message that I spoke to yesterday, the couple that lost their business, is simply we need help. They're worried that, you know, this story of West Virginia, because it is so -- it is such a rural state, it will get forgotten with all of the other news that's happening here.
One other thing to keep in mind, this is just one area. There are 44 other counties in this state that are affected in some way, and so you can imagine just how many people have been affected by this -- Victor, Christi.
BLACKWELL: They will need a lot of help starting over for a lot of these families. Scott McLean for us there in Clendenin, thank you so much.
PAUL: New this morning, three people are dead after a 22-foot boat capsized off Catalina Island.
[06:10:03]We know a Good Samaritan pulled four survivors out of the water. Those survivors are in a hospital now in critical condition. But a witness who saw this said it was just terrifying.
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CAPTAIN GREG OBYMAKO, PACIFIC QUEST: They were in the water. There were four people clinging to the hull of the boat and apparently, I guess, there were people under the hull of the boat. It's not every day that you see people up floating, trying to swim and they go under and disappear. It is not something pretty.
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PAUL: Obviously, police are investigating the incident.
BLACKWELL: A very well-known conservative commentator and columnist says he is ditching the GOP and he says Donald Trump is the reason. We'll have his scathing advice to other Republicans.
PAUL: Also, millions, millions are signing this U.K. position for another chance to vote on leaving the European Union, and that is forcing parliament to discuss it.
BLACKWELL: Also, NBA star, Shaquille O'Neal is making news this morning. Andy Scholes is here with his new international title. What is it?
ANDY SCHOLES, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Yes, that's right, Victor. You know, we've known him as the big (inaudible), the big Shaq, well, now, we call him in the big diplomat.
PAUL: Conservative icon, George Will, says he's ditching the GOP and Donald Trump is the reason.
BLACKWELL: On his way out, Will offered some scathing advice for his former party. This is a quote now. "Make sure he loses. Grit your teeth for four years."
Joining us to talk about it, CNN Politics reporter, Tom LoBianco. Tom, good morning to you. Will is a long time never Trump guy, but this is a major step.
[06:15:05]Not just to skip the convention or say I won't vote for him or support him, but to leave the party. That's a major development.
TOM LOBIANCO, CNN POLITICS REPORTER: It is very stunning. You know, for folks are in the game necessarily, in the game of politics, George Will is an incredibly influential voice for decades now, something of a king maker, at least among establishment Republicans.
And to go so far as you said to leave the party is really just a shocking development. You know, he is in Maryland, and it reminds me that Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, a Republican, said he won't vote for Donald Trump.
But even Larry Hogan, one of the staunchest critics of Trump hasn't even said that he'll leave the party over this. So this is really surprising.
BLACKWELL: And from what I read, it's not just -- he disagrees with Trump's positions on the non-American-Muslim ban or what he said about Mexicans coming into the country and other issues, it was the endorsement from Speaker Ryan that pushed him over the edge. LOBIANCO: That's right. You know, what's interesting for George Will here is that he is saying wait four years, gerd yourself, and comeback and try to fix this. This is a sort of a big question among conservatives and Republicans who are saying do we worry about this November, or do we worry about a long-term impact.
What happens after November to the Republican Party? It is an existential question for the Republicans. You know, George Will obviously just came down and said hold your horses, ride it out for four years.
BLACKWELL: He said, quote, "This is not my party. Let's move on to a shift we're seeing from Donald Trump and his campaign and ban American-Muslims from entering the U.S. He tweeted this last night. "We must suspend immigration from regions linked with terrorism until a proven vetting method is in place. That's a shift from what he said back in December, calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims coming into the country.
LOBIANCO: You know, I don't know that nuance is ever a word I would associate with Donald Trump, but this is clearly, he is tenouring (ph) his tone. He's being a little more tenuous here. This kind of comes with the shift towards the general election. Your primary candidate, the fire, the passion of the primary naturally moves toward a broader message that will play better to the broader base.
The question here for Trump is, OK, A, what does it mean exactly, which countries are we talking about. Now he was peppered with this question yesterday when he was in Scotland touring his golf course there and it still remains.
We don't know exactly where he is talking about. But it is interesting, he has moved away from defining this as based on a religion now basing it on countries with links to terrorism.
BLACKWELL: You know, Tom, if there is one policy or one proposal as he characterized it after he pitched it a few months later, that stands between some Republican leaders and a full throated endorsement, it is this one. Is this enough from your perspective to bring them on with those full throated endorsements of Donald Trump, or are there still outliers?
LOBIANCO: I think there is still -- there is obviously a fair amount of apprehension that remains, but these -- behind the scenes, these are the types of things that Republican leaders, top level donors, top lawmakers have been saying they want to see.
The firing of Corey Lewandowski, who is more of a hard liner inside the Trump campaign, moving on to the teleprompter, all of these things shift him more to looking like the Republican nominee and less like Donald Trump, presidential candidate. That's the kind of thing that brings more people on board.
BLACKWELL: All right, let's take a look over what Donald Trump has said over the past year about Muslims coming into the country and other topics. Let's watch. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
TRUMP: We have to go and we have to maybe check respectfully the mosques, and we have to check other places because this is a problem that if we don't solve it, it's going to eat our country alive. We have to stop people from pouring into our country. We have to stop it until we find out what the hell is going on.
(via telephone): We have a serious problem. It is a temporary ban. It hasn't been called for yet. Nobody has done it. This is just a suggestion until we find out what's going on.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
BLACKWELL: Yes, so that's the shift, although we're not sure yet if the campaign is acknowledging that there has been a shift from the start when he announced that ban back on December 7th of 2015, we'll continue to pepper them with questions. Tom LoBianco, thanks so much.
LOBIANCO: Thank you.
BLACKWELL: Programming note here, Bernie Sanders joins Jake Tapper on "STATE OF THE UNION" this morning. He will have the latest reaction to the British vote to leave the European Union. That's of course at 9 a.m. Eastern right here on CNN.
[06:20:04]PAUL: U.K. citizens are waking up this morning and just starting to feel the full effects of Britain's decision to divorce from the European Union. Diana Magnay is in London outside the prime minister's office, as that political chaos is swirling. Good morning, Diana.
DIANA MAGNAY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Just when you thought British politics could not get more dramatic this Sunday morning, it just did. We'll be telling why in a few moments.
BLACKWELL: Three million people, really and counting, the signatures keep coming in the U.K. People asking for another shot.
PAUL: They're signing this online petition, calling for a new vote on whether to leave the European Union. The regrets over the so-called Brexit, now even have a name, re-grexit.
The petition actually only needs 100,000 names to be debated in parliament, so it will be debated. A Member of Parliament says they're going to bring it up on Tuesday. The political chaos seems to just beginning to play out here.
Tomorrow British lawmakers will get together to hash out a way forward, including a new prime minister. But in the meantime, the leader of the main opposing political party is under some pressure to resign. He is refusing.
In the past few hours, he has fired a key staffer, who is plotting a coup and another leader, we were talking about the U.K. shadow health secretary has just resigned. All of this, unfolding before European leaders meet this week, as I said, to start planning for the U.K. divorce.
[06:25:01]CNN correspondent, Diana Magnay, joining us live from London. I feel it is changing so quickly, by the minute, we almost need a board for you to give us highlights here and a map to draw out who is still in the position, who is not, and a coup.
MAGNAY: It's such an extraordinary situation, this political story that's unfolding. First of all, the Conservative Party and the prime minister resigning who is going to be leader now. And now over the course of this morning, we've had all of these revelations coming out from the opposition, Labour Party.
That members of his shadow cabinet have no confidence of him. Hillary (inaudible), the shadow foreign secretary ringing him out for having a midnight telephone call with the Labour Party leaders saying that he thinks he is a good and decent man, but he does not have confidence in his leadership.
We're expecting more resignations from the shadow cabinet. How long can Jeremy Corbyn last at the top of the Labour Party? That means you have a political vacuum in the two main political parties in the U.K. at this very, very critical time.
What an extraordinary situation in the wake of Thursday's vote. Yesterday, I went out and I spoke to the millions of Europeans who live here in London, about how they felt about Brexit. Well, it was fear and trepidation. Basically here is what they said.
MAGNAY (voice-over): Saturday in South Kensington, the farmers market just behind the French school is a well healed affair. The continental well to do nibbling (inaudible), casting a discerning eye over the finest organic veg mulling over Brexit.
CAROLINE DOGGART, DUTCH CITIZEN: It is just terrible. I can't bear it. It is very unfair towards the younger generation. It really is. They're all going to be deprived of scholarships, the research, for academic, scientific, never mind the easy movements within E.U.
MAGNAY: Vasileios Valasakis from Greece is unphased by Brexit, he works in financial services, and doesn't that think much will change.
VASILEIOS VALASAKIS, GREEK BUSINESSMAN: Maybe I would need a visa, but I need a vista to go to the U.S. Maybe I'll have to stand in line at Heathrow, but when I go to Kennedy, I stand in the line for 45 minutes. I still go. So no problem.
MAGNAY: Transition to Stockwell, little Portugal it's called, a little grittier, but home from home in the form of (inaudible), purveyor of Portuguese delicacies and coffee stock for the community. Annabella Amalo moved to the U.K. 26 years ago in search of a better life, she voted to remain, but she says she worries about European workers under cutting British wages.
ANNABELLA AMALO, PORTUGUESE DUAL CITIZEN: So many countries come inside, and take the place like people like my son. He is born in London. He is 16 and a half years, and difficult to find a job because people working more cheaper and take the place for him.
MAGNAY: In London cafes, it's Europeans you'll find behind the counters. The Brits want higher wages, the owner tells me.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Belgium as well, Polish, Romanian and Bulgarian as well.
MAGNAY: That is London. What makes London great this melting pot of people, but most of the people who voted leave in this referendum, didn't come from London. They come from the north of England, the midlands, where they feel they're not art of the success that London represents, the cosmopolitanism of the capital, and they are the ones who swung this vote towards leave -- Christi.
PAUL: Interesting. All right, Diana Magnay, we thank you so much.
BLACKWELL: Donald Trump has dinner in Scotland with Rupert Murdoch. Brian Stelter, what's that about?
BRIAN STELTER, CNN SENIOR MEDIA CORRESPONDENT: Well, Murdoch, one of the most powerful newspaper owners in Britain and also a big publisher here in the U.S. There's lots of curiosity what they talked about at dinner, could more endorsements be on the way? I'll have the story right after the break.
CHRISTI PAUL, CNN ANCHOR: All right, a busy week in politics, as an overseas vote lose large over the American election. Donald Trump hammering Hillary Clinton over her support for the "Remain" campaign while he is in Scotland yesterday and accusing her of hiding from the media.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Do you think it is a mistake not to go on camera?
DONALD TRUMP (R), PRESUMPTIVE NOMINEE: Yes, she should go on camera. She called Brexit a 100 percent wrong. And she doesn't want to go on camera because she is in embarrassed.
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PAUL: Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is courting some donors here holding a high dollar fundraiser next month hosting a performance of the smash Broadway show "Hamilton." One thing still not on the schedule is (INAUDIBLE) to hit the trail with President Obama. An earlier appearance was cancelled of course in the wake of the Orlando terror attack.
VICTOR BLACKWELL, CNN ANCHOR: Donald Trump had dinner with media mogul "FOX News" owner Rupert Murdoch. The (INAUDIBLE) had (INAUDIBLE) times a rocky relationship at least this year. Murdoch once called Trump thin-skinned. Murdoch was forced to defend "FOX News" anchor Megyn Kelly from Trump's attacks last year.
CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter if following the story. So they say that they were meeting to talk Brexit. But I'm sure, I'll bet you a dollar, they talked about more than Brexit at the dinner.
BRIAN STELTER, CNN SENIOR MEDIA CORRESPONDENT: Yes, absolutely. A year ago, Rupert Murdoch who owns "FOX News," "The Wall Street Journal," "The New York Post," the "FOX Network" and lots of media properties, a year ago, he said Donald Trump was embarrassing his friends and the whole country with his controversial stances - his entrance into the GOP campaign.
Well now, a year later, Murdoch has concluded as everybody else pretty much has that Trump is the nominee and Murdoch has warmed up to Trump in recent months. So it's sort of all culminated in this meeting yesterday as you can see here in Scotland with him riding off on a golf cart with Trump driving the cart. (INAUDIBLE) it's a metaphor for their relationship now.
BLACKWELL: Yes, Trump in the driver's seat. I wonder, is there an endorsement coming, are we expecting more than just a thawing of their relationship as we've seen over the last year?
STELTER: People always watch "FOX News" and read his papers and look for signs about where Murdoch stands, but sometimes he hedges his bets.
With regard to the Brexit decision, his tabloid newspaper was calling for a Brexit. His broadsheet newspaper was saying, we should remain in the E.U. So sometimes he hedges his bets. It is curious to see how he does this. But it's a reminder that behind the scenes Trump continues to court media attention, even courting one of the biggest media moguls in the world.
BLACKWELL: All right. So this is of course his outreach to Murdoch. What other outreach are we seeing from Donald Trump? Are we seeing a change in the tone and -- after the exit of Corey Lewandowski, as it relates to the media, as it relates to his Twitter account and -- take us down that road.
STELTER: In some ways, we have seen somewhat of a more normal campaign. I say that with a lot of caveats. But he has been using Twitter in different ways. He's been using Facebook in different ways. He's been acting a little more like what we call a normal presidential candidate.
But of course what makes Donald Trump interesting and why so many of his supporters love him is because he is unorthodox, because he does do things in different ways. And then frankly, this business over in Scotland is just the latest example. And even as he is courting some media attention and riding around his golf course with reporters he is also continuing to blacklist some news organizations. Again this is highly unusual behavior, not normal presidential campaign behavior.
Yesterday, the "Washington Post," "The Guardian" and "BuzzFeed" were all blocked from attending Trump events. "Washington Post" has been blacklisted for about two weeks going on. So that's an example of a not typical presidential campaign strategy, even though Corey Lewandowski has now left.
BLACKWELL: Brian Stelter, always good to have your insight on this. Thanks so much.
PAUL: Still surprised you are only willing to bet a buck.
BLACKWELL: Just a buck.
PAUL: No way below more than that.
BLACKWELL: Just a dollar.
PAUL: All right, listen, this story coming up is -- it is hard to watch. I just want to let you know. The Iraqi city of Falluja we understand has been liberated. This is according to Iraqi officials. But here's the thing there are 84,000 people who fled that city because of the fighter and they're living now apparently in terrible conditions in that refugee camp.
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BEN WEDEMAN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Supplies of water and food are running low. Many are sleeping outside, on the desert floor.
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PAUL: Look at this. The battle to retake the Iraqi city, Falluja, we understand is over. Iraqi officials say, the city has been -- quote -- "liberated" from ISIS and 1800 militants had been killed in the fighting.
A senior international correspondent, Ben Wedeman, was embedded with the Iraqi forces as they cleared that city. Take a look.
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WEDEMAN: This is the entrance to Falluja's teaching hospital. Incidentally, it was also the command and control center for ISIS. Now we've come in here. The soldiers say that they've cleared this particular area of IEDs. They said there were 10 in here. However, if you just go down the hall, it's no longer safe.
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BLACKWELL: Consider this. The U.N. says 84,000 people have fled Falluja since fighting began last month. 84,000 people in just the last few weeks and they're facing terrible conditions in refugee camps. Here is Ben's full report.
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WEDEMAN: This is what passes for shelter if you fled Falluja. They came to these camps outside the city to escape ISIS, there's no escape, however, from the elements.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): All I want is a tent said (INAUDIBLE). He's been here with his family for a week. I ask God, I ask the government, give me a tent to protect my family.
WEDEMAN: More than 200 people are huddled in front of a mosque taking turns sleeping inside. These are the people whose hearts and minds the Iraqi government says it is trying to win but hearts and minds are wilting in the scorching the desert heat.
MUHAMMAD, FALLUJA RESIDENT (through translator): Are we criminals, asked Muhammad addressing the government. No, we're people, you couldn't protect us from ISIS, and now you're crushing us.
IMAN (ph), FALLUJA RESIDENT (through translator): Says Iman (ph), we escaped from the tyranny of ISIS, now we need the Iraqi government to stand with us.
The lucky ones, if you can call them that, do have tents, but often several families are packed inside.
WEDEMAN: This is the only toilet in this camp. This camp has more than 3,600 people. It has only been used by the women. The men go out into the desert. This camp was set up less than a week ago. And really, the facilities are basic.
The open cesspit is in the middle of the camp. A recipe for disaster say relief workers. Aid groups like the Norwegian Refugee Council are doing what they can hand out food and water.
Demand far exceeds supply, says Karl Schembri.
KARL SCHEMBRI, NORWEGIAN REFUGEE COUNCIL: We can only reach up to five liters per person per day which is dangerously low in this heat as you can feel. We must be quite close to 50 degrees today and it will get much worst next month.
WEDEMAN: That's just over a gallon of water a day, in temperatures topping 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
The slightest relief from the heat and the dust no small accomplishment. Ben Wedeman CNN outside Falluja.
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PAUL: So hard to see (INAUDIBLE).
BLACKWELL: Yes. We've got new video coming in, images from Iraq. This is from the Iraqi federal police showing forces battling ISIS militants in the last neighborhood there, al Jolan, in Falluja under terrorist control. The Iraqi military commander there, Lieutenant General Abdul Wahab al Saadi, says that more than 1,800 terrorists were killed during military operations by Iraqi forces as they recapture Falluja and villages surrounding the city. Again, these images coming in as Iraqi forces continue to fight to recapture and liberate Falluja.
PAUL: Well, obviously we'll keep you posted on what's happening there.
But I want to tell you something that environmentalists are concerned about. Something that is killing the coral reefs in Florida. Take a look.
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ROBERT CARMICHAEL, PROJECT BASELINE: You know, it's depressing. I'm upset by it.
CHRIS LANGDON, UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI: This study shows a whole new thing and we didn't even know it was threatening them.
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BLACKWELL: Florida's coral reef system the third largest of the kind on heart earth may be dying. But environmental changes are not the only factor that's responsible for that.
PAUL: Well, environmentalists say two projects for (ph) the Army Corps of Engineers are intensifying the problem. CNN's Boris Sanchez tells us more.
BORIS SANCHEZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Once known for bright hues and exotic creatures.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: There's so much life in every nook and cranny.
SANCHEZ: Scientists tell us that south Florida's coral reefs are in rapid decay because a variety of threats are edging this delicate ecosystem closer to collapse.
SANCHEZ (on camera): When you see it now, what comes to mind?
CARMICHAEL: You know, it's depressing. I'm upset by it.
SANCHEZ (voice-over): Robert Carmichael has been diving these reefs since he was 16. He now dives for Project Baseline a non-profit determined to document changes in underwater habitats around the world. In 30 years, Robert says that he has watched 93 percent of the hard corals here vanish.
CARMICHAEL: If the vast majority of tourists knew that they were swimming in this I think they might reconsider where they go for their vacations.
SANCHEZ: Robert says that six Florida sewage outflows like this one only a mile from the waves of Hollywood beach dump millions of gallons of effluents into the ocean every day. Pumping nitrogen, phosphorous and other chemicals that Carmichael says act like steroid for the reef's mortal enemy.
CARMICHAEL: You see the furry looking stuff?
SANCHEZ (on camera): Yes.
SANCHEZ (voice-over): Algae that covers the ocean floor and strangles the coral.
CARMICHAEL: Then that algae has become the invasive predominant species on the reef.
SANCHEZ: Officials from the city of Hollywood tell CNN that they closely follow all state guidelines. They also point to several NOAA studies that they say show no conclusive link between the outflow and the reef's decline. But they do reveal they've spent millions in recent years to improve water quality and they've cut down outflow in half.
Meantime, scientists are sounding the alarm about a new factor.
LANGDON: This study showed a whole new thing we didn't even know it was threatening them.
SANCHEZ: Fresh research from the University of Miami shows the reef is now also dissolving.
LANGDON: Now we didn't think that this would happen for another 50, 60 years.
SANCHEZ: Professor Chris Langdon says that greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are altering the ocean's chemistry slowly transforming ocean water into acid and coral reef into dust.
LANGDON: When you add acid to a piece of limestone rock you'll see it fizz up. So that's what we're talking about.
RACHAEL SILVERSTEIN, MIAMI WATERKEEPER: We're really seeing these reefs disappear before our eyes.
SANCHEZ: Scientist like Rachael Silverstein say that recovery may soon become impossible. She says that instead of tackling these problems, local officials have made it worst, with a controversial project that dreads the port of Miami, a project that a report from NOAA shows covered hundreds of meters of coral reef in sediment.
SILVERSTEIN: Buried alive, the equivalent of over 200 football fields worth of our coral reef off of Miami Beach.
SANCHEZ: Rachel's group Miami Waterkeeper is suing the Army Corps of Engineers for violating the endangered species act. The Army Corps of Engineers tell CNN that the lawsuit is baseless. They say the effects of deepening the port were greatly exaggerated and didn't threaten the overall viability of the reef. But they do say that protective modifications are being made on a similar new project.
The dredging of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale set to start next year. With mounting controversies facing the reef experts warn that the consequences of this trend could be staggering. NOAA estimates that corals bring in more than $8 billion to Florida's economy, keeping some 70,000 people employed. And if the reefs health is any indication as to the health of our oceans Rachael says we're running out of time.
SILVERSTEIN: We don't have decades to deal with it. We have to deal with this right now. It's an absolute emergency.
SANCHEZ: Boris Sanchez, CNN, Miami.
PAUL: All right, well, it got dicey last night at the NASCAR truck race. Andy Scholes has more (INAUDIBLE).
ANDY SCHOLES, CNN SPORTS ANCHOR: That's right, Christi. The definition of road rage right here. Wreck on the track ends with a brawl that seemed to never end.
BLACKWELL: This weekend, John Walsh is on the hunt for a man who posed as a teenager and then sexually assaulted a minor. Now police have already come close to catching him once.
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SHANE KNOPP, DEPUTY U.S. MARSHAL, OMAHA (ph): Some of the research we did on Menjivar-Herrera -- he's going to come back to Omaha possibly because there's people here that can get him out of the country. We interviewed everybody we could that might have had contact with him.
There is a gentleman named Tio (ph). We talked to Tio (ph) on Saturday night, talked to his sons. He said hey, if I hear anything about him, if I see him, I will call you. Not 24 hours later, we got a call from one of Tio's (ph) sons. It was very short and sweet. He is here right now. It was very late at night on a Sunday that we alerted as many people as we could, grab your gear, get in your car, and get here now. Let's go ahead and moving in on the house and try to grab him. Things happened very quickly. We missed him.
JOHN WALSH, CNN HOST, THE HUNT: He slipped through the cracks so many times. He is like the really evil bad guy that has nine lives. But one of these days, those nine lives are going to run out.
BLACKWELL: Don't miss "THE HUNT" at 9:00 p.m.
PAUL: But one of Prince's iconic guitars just sold at an L.A. auction. The "Yellow Cloud" electric guitar got nearly $138,000. Prince used the guitar in concerts and videos in the 1980s and '90s. (INAUDIBLE) the metal hardware all gold colored. Now remember, the singer died in April from an ethanol (ph) overdose, that's opioid fentanyl.
BLACKWELL: Basketball hall of fame Shaquille O'Neal he is in a new mission. He is in Cuba on behalf of the State Department.
PAUL: Andy Scholes in this morning's bleacher's report.
SCHOLES: Good morning, guys.
Shaq has many titles in his career of course basketball legend, "Turner Sports" analyst, now you can add diplomat to the list. Earlier in the week, the State Department made Shaq America's new sports envoy. And this weekend, he is taking that title to Cuba. He posted a picture on Instagram recently of him flying to Havana. Now Shaq is leading basketball clinics for kids there, showing how sports can develop academic leadership and teamwork skills. Shaq is going to be in Cuba until Tuesday.
All right, after losing to the world's top ranked soccer team Argentina, Team USA, looking (ph) the rebound the third place game of Copa America but once again Team USA was unable to find the back of the net. And this one Columbia got on the board in the 31st minute with that goal and U.S. nearly pulled (INAUDIBLE) with that shot though. It went off the post. Jurgen Klinsmann couldn't believe it. Team USA would lose this game 1-0, to finish fourth in the tournament, tying their best finish ever. Argentina are going to play Chile for the title tonight in New Jersey.
Pete Rose may still be banned from baseball, but he's now in the hall of fame, but not the one in Cooperstown. It is the one in Cincinnati. The Reds inducted baseball's all-time hit leader into the team's hall of fame yesterday. They're going to officially retire number Rose's number 14. Before today's game the 75-year-old not eligible for baseball's hall of fame of course we bet on the game.
All right. Finally rubbing is racing in NASCAR but last night's truck race went to a whole new level. John Wes Townley and Spencer Gallagher they (INAUDIBLE) then they got into a brawl like we really haven't seen before. This may have been the slowest, longest fight ever.
We actually had to speed it up for you, because they kind of just stood there and wrestled around for a little bit. And the best part is, guys, no one broke this up. I guess everyone out there was just like, let's them go, let's let them settle this out there by themselves. There is plenty of bad blood between these two already. They had gotten into another huge fistfight after a race a couple of years ago. But --
BLACKWELL: Wait, is that how it ends?
PAUL: Yes --
SCHOLES: They kind of just like...
PAUL: Oh, my goodness.
Andy, thank you so much.
SCHOLES: You're welcome.
PAUL: And thank you for starting your morning with us.
BLACKWELL: We've got more in the next hour of your "NEW DAY" stars right now.